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The main male protagonist. An ordinary boy bored with his ordinary life and with dreams of becoming a professional lifter, Renton's life is turned upside down when Eureka enters his life. He is one of the only people besides Eureka herself who can pilot the series's signature LFO, the Nirvash typeZERO.
- Action Dad: Later in the series, Renton becomes the "papa" of Eureka's children.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: In the epilogue, Eureka's children are adopted by Renton as well, who is 16, as Maurice, Maeter, and Linck all are shown to have the last name Thurston.
- Adorkable: Is awkward and blushing around those he admires, and is nonetheless adorable despite it.
- All-Loving Hero: If you live on the planet, Renton will want to protect you.
- All of the Other Reindeer:
- He was snubbed by fellow classmates who thought of him as weird for always looking at his Compac Drive when it suddenly read "Eureka" or when he remembered his sister.
- He was often dismissed or ignored by the Gekkostate crew, teased by the children, and abused physically and emotionally by Holland, who refused to acknowledge him as Eureka's partner. This mistreatment caused him to believe that he was hated by everyone, including Eureka.
- Always Save the Girl: No matter what happens, Renton will do anything to protect Eureka.
- Ascended Fanboy: He greatly admired the crew of Gekkostate before becoming a member.
- Badass Adorable: A cute, 14-year-old kid who becomes an Ace Pilot.
- Battle Couple: With Eureka.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Renton desperately wished for a more "exciting life" and to become a Gekkostate member. However, the mess he got himself into and the poor treatment he received from the rest of Gekkostate had him question his earlier wishes.
- Berserk Button: Renton goes brutally psycho over his opponents at the end of episode 20. It's because of his deadly combination of his love for Eureka, his hatred towards Holland and frustration with his immaturity that makes him berserk instead of the Nirvash. The result: Blood, a dismembered arm, and a horrific scream.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When he snaps, he snaps hard.
- Big Sister Worship: He deeply loved his older sister, Diane. Her memories has a profound effect on him.
- Book Dumb: It's noted that his grades in school are pretty awful.
- Boy Meets Girl: With Eureka.
- Butt Monkey: Deconstruction. For much of the first arc. Done intentionally by the crew of the Gekko. However, their mistreatment of him makes him believe that they don't care about him and he runs away as a result. Eventually grows out of it via Character Development.
- Character Development: Due to the impact of the war, seeing how the lives of everyone around him are affected, and understanding how everyone depends on him due to being the chosen one to stop the war between the Scub Coral and humans, he gradually became more brave, mature, and confident in himself.
- Chastity Couple: With Eureka.
- Chew Toy: Holland and Talho made Renton's life completely subject to their own insecurities for the first half of the series.
- The Chosen One: A literal one. Eureka chose him by falling in love with him.
- Classical Anti-Hero: At first.
- Costume Evolution: Renton discards the outfit he has worn for the last 49 episodes and dons a new one in the series finale before going to save Eureka: He uses an entirely new jacket, loses the fanny pack, sports black shoes with red lines, and dark pants.
- Declaration of Protection: To Eureka.
- Renton is a person with strong resolve who is willing to do anything to accomplish something that is important to him without hesitation.
- In the manga, he gets shot in the gut and stabbed by enemy soldiers, but managed to carry Eureka around for a bit before passing out and later pilots the Nirvash while still injured.
- Devoted to You: Once she finally reciprocates his feelings, Eureka becomes hopelessly devoted to him and can barely stand being away from him.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Eureka. He falls for her at first sight, but waits patiently a long time for her to return his feelings.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite some of the things he has done for them, everyone of Gekkostate (sans Eureka) hardly show him the respect he deserves.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He's ready to do anything to protect Eureka even when he just met her and doesn't even know her name.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: His hairstyle starts to be different from episode 42 onwards, which probably signifies his Coming of Age.
- Failure Knight: Momentarily feels like this in the finale, thinking he failed to save his father, his sister, and Eureka.
- Friendless Background: He doesn't appear to have any friends, which is further implied in his inability to pass the ball in soccer as he never actually had anyone to play with.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Though it doesn't come up much, Renton is a very competent mechanic. He disassembles Dominic's bike in mere moments to blackmail him, knowing Dominic couldn't fix it without him.
- Good Parents: His response after Maurice points a gun at him, is to say he loves him as much as Eureka does, and he'll always do his best for him.
- He Is All Grown Up: In seasons three and four, he noticeably grows taller and mature, which is mentioned by several members of the Gekkostate on numerous occasions. By the time he is 16, he has matured considerably and nearly overtowers Eureka, who had been about the same height as him.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- Hidden Depths:
- Renton was introduced as Book Dumb in the first episode, but it's later revealed that he's actually a genius; seen with his skills in mechanical engineering, his ability to pilot Nirvash, and when he invents the first IFO by combining his knowledge of the Scub Coral and LFOs.
- He shows surprising skill at soccer.
- Human Pack Mule: When he goes shopping with Talho and Eureka.
- I Am What I Am: Says this a lot, especially as he tried to climb out of his father's shadow early in the series.
- Idiot Hero: "Idiot" is a stretch. All of his failures come from naivete and he gets over it thanks to Character Development.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The first episode has Renton monologue about how dull his entire life has been and his desire to do something worthwhile.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Which serve to represent his initial naivete in the beginning.
- Innocently Insensitive: He makes comments about the importance of image that get Eureka reasonably self-conscious about her scars and he doesn't realize it. He also says her Cosmetic Catastrophe is awful without realizing she was trying to look pretty for him.
- Insecure Love Interest: The first half of the series has Renton fear Eureka thinks of him as "uncool" or "pathetic".
- Interspecies Romance: He (human) and Eureka (Coralian).
- I Will Wait for You: In the manga ending, Renton refuses to acknowledge that Eureka is dead and will continue to wait upon the day she returns back. The final page indicates they might have finally reunited after 2 years.
- Jumped at the Call: Deconstruction. Renton's decision to quickly join the Gekkostate, the crew he's admired for a long time, comes back to bite him later on. One, he doesn't know exactly what they're doing on their journeys. Second, he never took into account that badly they would treat him.
- Kid Hero: 14-years-old at the beginning and the main male protagonist.
- Like a Son to Me: The Beams genuinely cared about him and thought of him as a surrogate son.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Eureka. After he flees from Gekkostate, she is constantly in grief at Renton's absence and determined to see him to the point that she departed from Gekko behind everyone's back, including her three kids, to find Renton. She was finally emotionally at ease when she was reunited with Renton.
- Love at First Sight: He falls deeply in love with Eureka the moment she crashlands near his grandfather's house.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When saving Holland, he goes insane and pounds a KLF into pulp. A bloody arm with a wedding band attached drops out, clicking the realization that he has been killing people and has killed someone. Causes These Hands Have Killed which results in Thou Shalt Not Kill.
- My Greatest Failure: The deaths of the Beams had a particular effect on him, making him very guilt-ridden for unintentionally leading them to invade the Gekko and not doing anything to prevent their deaths.
- Naďve Newcomer: Renton starts out as one when he joins the Gekkostate. He's a jovial kid who hates his dull life and wishes to have more freedom. Too bad Gekkostate sees him as a gawky, timid, 14-year old snot nose whose sole purpose is to be their Butt Monkey. Renton is enraged that the crew sees him as an immature baby whom they give no respect. Come several episodes later, he's had enough, blows his stack in a firefight, and slaughters a whole KLF squadron very horrifically. Shortly afterward, Eureka's pissed at the whole crew for egging him all this time, which causes them to drop all ideas of messing with him and treat him as an equal.
- Nice Guy: He is a very outgoing and emotional person possessing strong ideals and compassion.
- Not So Different: With Maurice, Maeter, and Linck. He realizes that they act so bratty to him is because their afraid og him taking Eureka away from them. The eaxct same thing he did when his sister went out on dates.
- Raised by Grandparents: Grandfather, rather. Sister, too, except she disappeared some time later.
- Real Men Wear Pink: When he and Eureka do chores, he wears a pink apron and hat.
- Red Is Heroic: Red is his main color scheme — on the sleeves of his jackets, lining of his hover board, and linings of his shoes.
- Replacement Goldfish: It can be argued that the Beams, who were unable to have children of their own, saw Renton as this.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After his My God, What Have I Done? moment, he flees from Gekkostate. It doesn't last, of course.
- Shipper on Deck: With Eureka, Renton helped Anemone understand her feelings for Dominic.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Renton never had any romantic feelings for any girl until he met Eureka.
- These Hands Have Killed: He completely flips when he realizes that there were people inside the KLFs he was destroying, and never quite gets over it. He eventually takes up a Thou Shalt Not Kill stance.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Eventually takes this stance. The anime finale shows him making one exception to this to destroy the antibody Coralians threatening the Gekko before heading off to save Eureka.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was throwing up in the cockpit in the first episodes. By the end, savior of the world.
- Took a Level in Cynic: While always an idealist in the end, he goes through the process of shifting from an Ascended Fanboy to realizing what kind of mess he's really gotten himself into.
- Tragic Keepsake: He keeps Charles's wedding ring with him all the way up to the finale, as a reminder of the world he wants to save.
- Understanding Boyfriend: After Eureka is revealed as a Coralian, Renton does not reject her as she feared but rather accepts her for who she is, not what she is.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
- Though somewhat of a celebrity, being the son of a savior, Renton feels uncomfortable being the son of Adroc Thurston. His surname is recognized everywhere he travels, and he constantly feels as if he lives in his father's shadow.
- He wants to earn the approval of the Gekkostate crew, specifically Holland's.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He had a rather idealistic, but naive outlook on the world and Gekkostate. Thank to character development, he gained a more realistic view.
The main female protagonist. Eureka is a mysterious girl with an affinity for machines who has trouble opening up to other people until she crash-lands her LFO, the Nirvash, on Renton's house.
- Ace Pilot: She was a very experienced LFO pilot to begin with.
- Action Girl: She's a very competent pilot.
- Action Girlfriend: Her arrival changes Renton's life and allows him to join Gekkostate and become Nirvash's pilot.
- Action Mom: Though her children are clearly adopted.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: Eureka has three adopted children and she's only about 14-16. What's more, they're the children of some people she killed when she was in the SOF. Her horror at her actions prompted her Heel–Face Turn, so she adopted them.
- The Ageless: Her physical age never changes, as shown in flashbacks set nearly a decade earlier.
- The Atoner: Has shades of this in regards to her past in the SOF, and it becomes amplified when the Antibody Coralians show up and start killing people.
- Badass Adorable: A cute, Mystical Waif who is an Ace Pilot.
- Battle Couple: With Renton.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted pretty hard. After her close call with being encased in scub, Eureka gets some nasty-looking scars that last for quite some time, her hair is left as a short, jagged mess and she loses her eyebrows. She gets reasonably self-conscious about it.
- Belated Love Epiphany: Eureka realizes her feelings for Renton upon learning of his departure in episode 24.
- Bifauxnen: Due to having Boyish Short Hair at the time, Eureka looks almost like a male in her soccer attire in episode 39 thanks to her hair loss.
- Blank Slate: The reason for her existence. The Coralians wanted to know what humans would write on the slate.
- Blue Is Heroic: Eureka's main color scheme is blue.
- Body Horror: When Eureka's Coralian features begin to show towards the end of the series, one of the first stages of her transformation included growing giant luminescent boils growing all over the left side of her body.
- Boyish Short Hair: After being absorbed by scub, her hair is is left in kind of a pixie cut style. When she emerges after talking with Sayaka in Episode 41, her hair grows back into a bob hairstyle.
- The Cameo: In New Wave, she shows up at the end, after Sumner delivers the Nirvash to her and Holland.
- Character Development: As time goes by, she begins to act less a socially awkward girl and more like an actual person as parts of her human side begin to emerge.
- Character Exaggeration: The manga plays up her Emotionless Girl aspect in the beginning. She's more stoic and emotionally distant, even to her children.
- Character Title: Her name gives the anime (and manga) its title.
- Chaste Heroine: At first, she doesn't know a thing about romance. She doesn't even know how to get pregnant with a baby. She does grow out of it as she falls in love with Renton.
- Chastity Couple: With Renton.
- The Chooser of The One: She chooses Renton to be her partner after realizing she's in love with him.
- Cosmetic Catastrophe: In Episode 36 in an attempt to look pretty for Renton.
- Cry Cute: In the manga, the first time she shows emotion is when she breaks down in tears after she confesses her dark past as a soldier to Renton.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was once a child soldier and killed people as a result.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Goes from Emotionless Girl to an average emotional girl thanks to Renton.
- Devoted to You: Renton falls desperately in love with her the moment he meets her, no caring to put up with her initial lack of interest in him and Gekkostate crew's constant abuse just so he can be by her side and protect her.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the manga, she Disappears into Light in Renton's arms.
- Disappears into Light: In the manga.
- Emotionless Girl: Prior to Character Development.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Eureka has a circle parallel to the iris.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She gets several hairstyle changes reflecting... other changes about her.
- Expy: Green haired girl with lavender eyes, who is a human version of the alien species mankind failed to communicate with and represents their one hope of communicating with them. Piloted a giant robot for the government as a killing machine. Raises children who are not her own and flies around the world on a skyship with a gray-haired loser in black? Eureka is definitely an expy of Final Fantasy VI's own Terra Branford, or at least has an uncanny amount in common.
- Flower in Her Hair: In the final episode, the hairclip that Renton puts on Eureka has a flower on it.
- Freakiness Shame: When Eureka's Coralian attributes begin to manifest themselves, her left arm sheds its skin and she grows a pair of green, butterfly-like wings. At first, she is worried Renton will reject her new form, but Renton admires her new wings and thinks she has become even more beautiful.
- Friendless Background: She doesn't have any friends and doesn't open her heart to anyone prior to meeting Renton.
- Good Parents: She starts out inexperienced and aloof, but she loves her adopted kids dearly. Her real test comes when Maurice points a gun on Renton. She gently talks him down, reaffirms how much she loves him, and rescues him from doing something he'd regret for the rest of his life.
- Hair Decorations: Her hair clips.
- Hair Reboot: She spends a significant portion (episodes 21-41) of the series with her hair as the short, jagged mess left behind after her close call with being encased in scub, but it grows back instantly when she speaks with Sakuya.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: In the manga, when Renton, in his own Heroic B.S.O.D., told her to leave him alone when she tried giving him some fruits to cheer him up.
- Human Alien: A Coralian in human form.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful: In Episode 36 upon realizing the importance of beauty and due to being somewhat disfigured at the time.
- I Will Find You: Upon realizing that Holland won't go out and search for Renton, Eureka sets off to do it herself.
- Ill Girl: In the first season, she often suffers from chronic headaches and by the second season her mental and physical health have deteriorated to point where she can barely stand. This was probably due to the fact that her connection to the Nirvash was deteriorating and she felt that it was favoring Renton as it's pilot rather than herself. Plus, her ailments really put her over the edge after she comes in contact with the Coralians in Episode 11.
- Important Hair Accessory: Her gold hair clips, especially the flower one Renton puts on her in the finale.
- Innocently Insensitive: In the first episode, she did an insensitive thing by burning Renton's house down and she does not seem to comprehend why Renton reacted so miserable about it.
- Interspecies Romance: She (Coralian) and Renton (human).
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Talho and Anemone's dark.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She's the only reason he puts up with and come back to Gekkostate.
- Love Hurts: In the manga, she learns how much it can hurt to love someone when Renton hurts her feelings during his Heroic B.S.O.D.. It goes to the point where she temporarily decides to never care about anyone again so she doesn't have to feel pain anymore.
- Machine Empathy: She's in tune with the Nirvash's feelings. She also treats any other machine as a living thing.
- Magic Skirt
- Maternally Challenged: She's raising three orphans despite knowing little to nothing about taking care of kids. As a result, she spoils them and gets them presents that aren't too appropriate, such as textbooks that are too advanced for them.
- Messy Hair: She loses a significant amount of hair after being absorbed by the Scub Coral in the 19th episode and what is left of it is rather messy. After episode 41, it grows back to a bob haircut.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Wears one.
- Modesty Shorts: She wears a pair of shorts under her very short dress.
- Morality Pet: To Holland. Besides Talho, Eureka is the only one of Gekkostate that Holland doesn't take his anger out on.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The first emotion she ever experienced 3 years ago when she realized she orphaned the three children she would later adopt.
- No Brows: She loses her eyebrows after being absorbed by the Scub Coral. She regains them after talking to Sakuya, along with her hair growing back to a bob haircut.
- No Social Skills: Due to her backstory as a Tykebomb, she does not even know what is "cool", what love is and how to be pregnant with a baby. She eventually becomes a more sociable person towards the end of the series, thanks to the influence of Renton.
- Non Human Lover Reveal: She is later revealed as a Coralian and fears that Renton will reject her, but he rather accepts her for who she is, not what she is.
- Not Good with People: Seems to be more in touch with machines than humans.
- Painful Transformation: Growing large, green wings out of your back is not a pleasant experience.
- Phlebotinum Girl: In her backstory. A young alien girl and the key to piloting the Nirvash who was used and manipulated by the government and blindly followed their orders until she realized what she was doing was wrong and defected along with Holland.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: She secretly in her heart wishes to be a human in order to be with Renton.
- Protectorate: Renton's main motivation is to protect Eureka.
- Purple Eyes: A sign that she's not human.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue (quiet, reserved, and calm) to Anemone's red (loud, emotional, and violent).
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Short light bluish hair, purple eyes, pale skin, Humongous Mecha pilot, Human Alien, Mystical Waif, No Social Skills, an Ill Girl, deeply attached to her boss until she becomes closer to the main character and an Emotionless Girl as a result of her upbringing, prior to a traumatic event that would trigger her Character Development, which then was accelerated much further by meeting her Love Interest.
- Safety in Indifference: In the manga after realizing Love Hurts, she goes through a period of refusing to feel, deciding that it's easier than leaving herself vulnerable.
- Scars Are Forever: Before leaving Sakuya's Heart, Eureka is offered to have her scars from being absorbed by the Scub Coral fixed but she declines saying that these scars are the outward proof of what she has been through. Upon emerging, Eureka's scars remain, but they have become less prevalent.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: After the Hair Reboot.
- Secondary Character Title: Her name is the series' title, but she's the deuteragonist.
- Shipper on Deck: With Renton, Eureka helped Anemone understand her feelings for Dominic.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls for Renton because of his good-nature and sensitive personality.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: At first, she mostly comes off as reserved and emotionally distant due to her lack of understanding of human feelings, yet she's a kind and motherly girl. Eventually, her warmer personality takes over.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Like Renton, she eventually decides to fight this way.
- Token Non-Human: A Coralian member of Gekkostate.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She originally was an Emotionless Girl. She began to develop emotions after adopting her three children, but remained emotionally distant of others. Meeting and falling in love with Renton turns her into a much more cheerful and open girl.
- Tykebomb: She was used by the government and trained to kill almost remorselessly, until one day, when she was checking a pile of corpses looking for wounded people to finish off, she found three orphans, had a huge epiphany, and decided then and there to adopt them and defect from the military.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Being an Emotionless Girl representative of the Coralians, Eureka is extremely confused by the concept of romantic love until she begins to fall in love with Renton. However, she seems to have figured out familial love on her own thanks to her adopted children.
The leader of Gekkostate. Holland was once a member of the military, but defected and formed an anti-government movement. To the public, he is known as the world's top amateur lifter and is Renton's longtime idol. He pilots the Terminus typeR909, and later the Terminus typeB303 Devilfish.
- Ace Pilot: One of the many things he's famous for.
- Action Dad: In a Team Dad sense for Gekkostate and in a literal sense when Talho is pregnant with their child.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is a lot less of a Jerkass and much more laid back in the manga. He only hit Renton once, and he arguably deserved it at the time.
- Aloof Big Brother: Acts as this towards Renton.
- Bad Dreams: In one episode, he has a nightmare of the atrocities he committed while part of the SOF.
- Badass In Charge: The leader of Gekkostate who is an Ace Pilot, former military, and has Nerves of Steel.
- Big Brother Worship: He was said to have idolized Dewey and never realized the deep hatred his older brother harbored towards him. His affection for Dewey was such that Holland even joined the military with him, and was made a unit leader.
- Big Good: The leader of the main heroes.
- Bishounen: Mild case of this, despite his Perma-Stubble. Perma-Stubble which is all the more hilarious cause he's shown shaving in one episode.
- Broken Ace: Previously the ace of the SOF, and definitely broken, after everything he went through and did.
- Broken Pedestal: Mild case of this for Renton, who found Holland's image was somewhat more inflated than justified, even admitted by the man himself. Eventually he becomes worthy of that hype through character development.
- The Cameo: He makes a brief appearance in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl to compliment Sumner on his lifting.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dewey's Cain.
- Character Development: By seasons 3 and 4, he becomes more mature and caring, due to him learning that he needs to face his problems rather than run away from them if he wants to help save the world and gain the trust and respect of others. He becomes very protective of the crew, particularly Renton and Eureka, to the point where he seems to favor them for important activities. When Talho tells him that she is pregnant with his child, he starts to take on a surrogate father role to the crew and he becomes more open and friendly with them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: A soldier who was ordered to kill innocent people. Before that, his parents were dead by the time he was a child. Afterwards, he had to find out that his older brother hated him.
- Deadly Upgrade: Swaps to the 303 in the last act of the series, which requires extremely dangerous drugs just to pilot the thing.
- Declaration of Protection: After his Character Development kicks in, he swears to do whatever it takes to protect Renton and Eureka.
- Defector from Decadence: In the past, when he betrayed the military.
- Determinator: In the manga, he will bring back the Amita Drive to Renton and Eureka, even if he has to crawl his way back after being attacked by TheEnd.
- Familial Reveal: His last name is Novak; he's the younger brother of Dewey Novak.
- Fatal Flaw: A recurring theme in the middle portion of the series with Holland is his instinct to run away from his past and responsibility, using Eureka, Renton (in this case, physically and emotionally abusing him), and lifting as a way to escape, much to Talho's chagrin. Hell, it almost became a literal one when it almost lead Gekkostate straight into a State army trap that takes advantage of this tragic instinct of his until Renton and Eureka's actions and reunion saved the team. Character Development helps get rid of this trait.
- A Father to His Men: Takes a while, but he grows into this over the course of the series.
- Freudian Excuse: It was Dewey's efforts to destroy the Scub Coral, and potentially the world, that caused Holland to personally set out to stop him by thinking he can partner with Eureka and unite the humans and Scub Coral to overthrow Dewey. Because of this, Dewey is indirectly responsible for Holland's initial indifference towards the crew, his obsession with Eureka, and grudge towards Renton in the beginning.
- Good Is Not Nice: Holland is on the side of good for sure. However, he spends the first half of the series being a jerk to his crew (save Eureka and Talho), even being physically and emotionally abusive to Renton. Thankfully, he gets over it.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Arguably the reason for some of his worst Jerkass moments. Once he gets over it, he is a much nicer guy.
- Heartbroken Badass: He had a messy first relationship, which is one of many issues that led to the mess he is today.
- Hero of Another Story: While not seen, his defection from the military in the video games (taking place a few years before the anime) has a fair amount of background importance. That said, Holland's story is already shown in the anime, aka the original adaptation; that is, as a hero in the main storyline, Holland's the Hero of Another Story in the spin-off.
- His Own Worst Enemy: Let's face it, things would have work out much better in the first half of the series, had he learn to accept that there are ways for him to help save the world and stop Dewey, besides being Eureka's chosen partner, instead of always running away and letting his bitter feelings build up.
- Jerkass: At his worst moments, especially in the first half of the series.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his better moments, especially in the second half of the series, thanks to Character Development.
- Kick the Dog: Slap the ignorant hero around, Holland! Such a great way to win his loyalty and impress your crew!
- The Leader: He's the captain of Gekkostate.
- Living Legend: By far and away one of the most famous people in the entire world.
- Man Child: Deconstructed. Holland's immature nature has him poorly handling his anger (i.e., emotionally and physically abusing Renton) and straining his relationships with Renton, Talho, and the rest of Gekkostate.
- The Masochism Tango: With Talho. They eventually work things out.
- Papa Wolf: Turns more and more into this for Eureka as the series goes on. See Episode 38 for a particularly good example.
- Parental Substitute:
- Acts as a father figure to Eureka.
- In seasons 3 and 4, Holland adopts a somewhat secondary father figure to Renton and now treats him like a son.
- The Resenter: He resents Renton for his relationship with Eureka up until episode 26.
- Screaming Warrior: Likes to scream while charging into the fray.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Holland, attempting to deny Eureka's relationship with Renton, only ends up causing Renton to become The Chosen One for Eureka regardless of his actions.
- Sergeant Rock: Sure, Holland might be a MAJOR asshole at times, but he's respected and even liked by the Gekkostate crew because he's competent, wouldn't have them do something he wouldn't do himself, and despite his outward Jerkass (especially in the first half of the series), is rather concerned for their welfare.
- Shameless Fanservice Guy: While inside the Gekko he wears nothing but his underwear. Since the ship is his home, he doesn't see anything wrong with it.
- Smoking Is Cool: In the manga and novels, he is a smoker, unlike his anime counterpart.
- Supporting Leader
- Team Dad: Stern, determined, calls the shots.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the anime, this is a major part of his Character Development. He goes from a Jerkass Man Child to a mature, father-like figure to Renton.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After everyone else fails to get through to Holland about his treatment of Renton, it's Eureka's crushed and soft-spoken disappointment in him for what he's done that finally turns him around.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Holland has gray-taupe hair.
The pilot of Gekkostate's ship, the Gekko, and cover-girl for their magazine Ray=out. In a relationship with Holland.
- Adaptational Heroism: Much like Holland, Talho is much nicer and more mature in the manga.
- The Alcoholic: She was a heavy drinker in the first half of the series.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Talho's relationship with Holland, but even that is tempered by her insistence that he act more maturely.
- Babies Make Everything Better: She and Holland vow to make a better world for their kid.
- Bare Your Midriff: Before her character development.
- Be a Whore to Get Your Man: She reveals in episode 30 that her personality and revealing dress style was to capture and maintain Holland's attention and love. Once she gets over her insecurities, she starts dressing up more modestly.
- Character Development: In season 3, she decides to become the person she used to be before the Gekkostate and becomes more mature, kind, and caring towards the crew.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: The root of her issues is that she can't stand the mere thought of Holland paying more attention to Eureka than her and the fact that she's afraid that he hasn't gotten over his feelings for Diane yet.
- Color Motifs: Talho's two main outfits consisted of purple and white.
- Cool Big Sis: She teases and advises the younger members of Gekkostate. Moreso after her Character Development, after which she grows into more of a Team Mom.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Before her character development.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As a result of realizing her own immaturity and displeasure with the kind of person she has been recently, she undergoes a physical and emotional change. She ditches her Stripperiffic look for a more conservative one, including cutting her hair.
- Facial Markings: The flower tattoo on her left cheek.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Due to Holland's dedication to protect Eureka and put her safety above everything in hope of becoming her partner, Talho exhibited great jealousy and resentment towards Eureka, and lashed out in anger towards Holland for not only not taking her own feelings for him into consideration but using Eureka as an excuse to run away from his problems. She also tended to get angry at him when he showed his obsession and affection for his first love, Diane.
- Hand on Womb: Does this very frequently after she discovers she's pregnant.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Best friends with Hilda.
- Important Haircut: Talho trims her normally unkempt hair as part of her complete outer (and inner) makeover in episode 30.
- Insecure Love Interest: One of the reason her relationship with Holland was initially rocky was because of Holland's dedication to protect Eureka and his past relationship with Diane made her feel very insecure.
- Lethal Chef: She tried to cook in the manga and ruined the kitchen so badly that she made cup ramen instead.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Eureka's light.
- Mama Bear: Though she teases Renton in the beginning, she is willing to protect him along with Eureka, Maurice, Maeter, and Linck as if they are her own children.
- The Masochism Tango: With Holland. They eventually work things out.
- Morality Pet: Besides Eureka, Talho is the only one that Holland doesn't take his anger out on.
- Number Two: Talho is the second-in-command of Gekkostate.
- Parenting the Husband: Discussed. She tells Eureka that she'll have to deal with both her baby and Holland's childish antics.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: After her Important Haircut.
- Second Love: Holland's, which she has difficulty getting over.
- Settle for Sibling: It's implied she was in a relationship with Dewey before Holland.
- Shipper on Deck: After going through Character Development, Talho begins to give Renton good advice on how to strengthen his relationship with Eureka.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: When decides to set her immaturity aside, she abandons her skimpy clothes in favor of a bodysuit.
- Stripperiffic: Until midway through the series, at which point she ditches the look for a very covering bodysuit.
- Tareme Eyes: Representing her motherly personality.
- Team Mom: She softens Holland's harsher tendencies and keeps everyone in line. Bonus points for being pregnant with the Team Dad's child.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Starts in episode 30. She loses her immature, temperamental nature. Thus, she becomes more nicer to Renton and Eureka.
- Tsundere: Towards Holland. Due to his anger and immaturity, she tended to lash out in anger towards him and questioned the length of his true feelings towards her.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: An older example. Prior to joining the Gekkostate, she was well-liked for her maturity and kindness towards others. However, upon joining the Gekkostate, she made major changes in her personality and appearance: Dressing in a Stripperiffic fashion and having a Woman Child attitude.
Photographer and main editor of Ray=out. He was also a former member of the military and defected with Holland.
- Actual Pacifist: Only takes photographs, never fights.
- Contemplate Our Navels: When he talks about Coralians.
- Erudite Stoner: Erudite, yes. Stoner, no. Despite his name, he's never shown to use anything more mind-altering than tobacco.
- Nice Hat: Never seen without it, even in the soccer episode.
- Non-Action Guy: Despite allegedly being ex-military, he never participates in a single battle throughout the series (and never tries to).
Maurice, Maeter, and Linck
Eureka's adopted children, who she took care of after she killed their parents during a military raid. They are fiercely protective of their "Mama" and like to play pranks on Renton, but warm up to him over time.
Maeter is voiced by: Eriko Kigawa (JP), Peggy O'Neil (EN)
- Attention Whore: All of them compete with everyone else for Eureka's attention and affection.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Linck is the youngest of them, and also the youngest of member of Gekkostate.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Maurice is the most sensible (probably due to being oldest) while Linck is the most immature.
- Character Development: All three of them learn to respect and trust Renton, who they previously disliked.
- Cheerful Child: All of them, but Maeter and Linck moreso — when they're not being mean to Renton or crying, that is.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Maurice becomes this to Eureka as a result of developing something of an Oedipus Complex. It starts off with Maurice pranking Renton with his siblings and went Up to Eleven in episode 45 when he pulls a gun on Renton thinking that Eureka loves Renton more than him. Eureka talks him out of it though and he accepts Renton as his father.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Their biological families were killed by Eureka, their adoptive mother.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Linck is the only one of his siblings (an perhaps the only one of Gekkostate) to not wear shoes.
- Expy: They resemble the three little kids from the original Mobile Suit Gundam quite a lot.
- Freudian Excuse: Their initial dislike of Renton was because they feared he would take away Eureka. The "excuse" comes in the fact that their original families died when they were very young.
- Happily Adopted: By Eureka, and later by Renton as well.
- Hidden Depths: Maurice has an interest in books and photography, which Stoner introduced him to.
- Interspecies Adoption: Since Eureka is a Coralian.
- The Load: Justified. None of them do anything remotely important for Gekkostate because they are children. They only serve to be the reason behind Eureka's Heel–Face Turn.
- Morality Pet: To Eureka. Finding them triggered her Heel–Face Turn.
- My New Gift Is Lame: Eureka tends to get them textbooks as presents (usually ones that are too advanced for them). She does put thought into it, she just has no idea what they might like. And they need an education, after all.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The kids are named after Nobel Prize-winning Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck.
- Oedipus Complex: While Maeter and Linck still acted like a son and daughter to Eureka, Maurice started to develop this overtime. It started with him blushing and avoiding her to her confusion, but then he turned into a Crazy Jealous Guy whenever Renton was with her.
- He eventually grows out of it, coming to see Renton as his adoptive father. By the finale, he's even started dressing like him!
- Parent with New Paramour: They don't approve their "mama"'s relationship with Renton, usually get in the way of Renton towards Eureka' heart and are afraid that Eureka chooses him over them. They eventually accept him as their adoptive dad.
- Spoiled Brat: Being inexperienced as a mother, Eureka has a tendency to spoil them.
- Tagalong Kids: Especially egregious in the finale.
- Took a Level in Kindness: They all go from disrespecting and harassing Renton to calling him "papa" and believing that he will save Eureka.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Maurice. No normal kid would pull a gun on his mother's boyfriend just because he wants his mama all to himself.
- That said, he remembers being orphaned at a young age by his adoptive mother. And Eureka had just run away due to her arm breaking out in Coralian boils, setting off his attachment issues. Eureka (and Renton) respond with only love and kindness, and Maurice drops the gun while he cries in Eureka's arms.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Maurice knows Eureka is the one who killed his real mother, but he doesn't hold any grudge against her and loves her as his adoptive mother.
- Youthful Freckles: Maeter is the only one to have them and, like her siblings, she's energetic.
Pilot of the Gekkostate LFO, Terminus typeR606. Laid-back and will do anything for his partner, Hilda.
Voiced by: Akio Nakamura (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
- Big Brother Mentor: A lesser example to Renton.
- Black and Nerdy: Often regarded as a genius by the others.
- Black Best Friend: He's African-American and acts as this to Holland.
- Demoted to Extra: Hardly appears in the last few episodes.
- Funny Afro: The only one of the crew to have an afro.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Matthieu is insensitive (playing jokes on Renton), but he does show sympathy towards the young man in regards to Holland mistreating him.
- Official Couple: Matthieu and Hilda often act like husband and wife, although they are clearly in a romantic relationship.
- Token Minority
Pilot of the Gekkostate LFO, Terminus typeR808. Acts as a big-sister figure for the Gekkostate crew.
- Affectionate Nickname: Called "Honey" by Matthieu.
- Cool Big Sis: Though Talho gets the lion's share of this.
- Demoted to Extra: Hardly appears in the last few episodes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Best friends with Talho.
- Nice Girl: She is a calm, wise, and friendly woman.
- Official Couple: Matthieu and Hilda often act like husband and wife, although they are clearly in a romantic relationship.
- Team Mom: Especially before Talho's character development. Hilda's in charge of supplies, cooking, and filling in the Cool Big Sis role. Less so after Talho gets more focus and she gets Demoted to Extra.
Weapons expert of the Gekkostate crew. Also the Gekko's original owner.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: A very renowned marksman.
Physician of the Gekkostate crew. Sometimes gives advice to her crewmates.
- Amicably Divorced: Was once married to Doctor Bear, although they have since divorced.
- The Medic: The doctor of Gekkostate.
- Nice Girl: Mischa is one of the nicest members of Gekkostate.
- The Smart Girl: Being the token scientist of the group tends to do this.
- Working with the Ex: With Doctor Bear, although they're on good terms.
An enigmatic old man who always hangs around the Gekko.
Voiced by: Takkou Ishimori (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)
- Adaptation Species Change: The ending of the anime reveals he is a Coralian. In the manga, he is completely human, but is a former Sage, named Gal Kalmapa, thus allowing him to drop lots of exposition.
Best friends with Woz; snuck into the crew. Jobs handles hardware while Woz handles software.
Voiced by: Kazayuki Shimura (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)
- Ambiguously Gay: Jobs is discussed as such in the episode commentaries.
- Bromantic Foil: His serious attitude and well-dressed attire is in deep contrast to Woz.
- Fanboy: Jobs is a BIG fan of Dr. Bear aka Greg Eagan.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has a deep friendship with Woz.
Best friends with Jobs; they snick into the crew. Woz handles software.
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nagashima (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)
- Bromantic Foil: His hippy attitude and grunge attire are a deep contrast to Jobs.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has a deep friendship with Jobs.
- In-Series Nickname: Woz is sometimes called "Woz the Whiz."
- Named After Somebody Famous: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.
- Nice Hat: Damn, it's a weird one, but it seems to double as a headset.
- Playful Hacker: He is the ship's hacker
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Apparently he and Jobs bicker a lot about improving the Gekko's hardware and software and the repercussions of this.
Second-in-command of the Gekkostate crew. One of the few people Holland confides his troubles to.
Voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)
- Beware the Nice Ones: In the manga, at least, when the Gekko is invaded by assassins after Eureka, he very calmly shoots one in the head, making him one of the only characters with an onscreen kill.
- Childhood Friends: He and Holland have been buds since they were three.
One of the more ordinary members of Gekkostate. Has a crush on Moondoggie.
Voiced by: Fumie Mizusaka (JP), Jessica Straus (EN)
- Ambiguously Brown: Gidget has a tanned skin tone and it's unknown if it's just a sun tan or not.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt shows off her stomach area.
- Beta Couple: With Moondoggie. They have the least amount of drama as a couple.
- Cool Big Sister: Though even less so than Hilda, due to being much younger.
- The Ditz: She's not very bright.
- Heterosexual Life-Partner: Jealous of Talho and Hilda being this, she wants this kind of relationship with Eureka as the only other teenage girl in Gekkostate.
- Nice Hat: A pink and white hat with a purple visor.
- Weakness Turns Her On: In regards to Moondoggie, she mentions that looking at him makes her want to "scoop him up and help him along."
The newest member of Gekkostate before Renton. Jealous of Renton, despite being viewed as a big brother figure by him.
- Affectionate Nickname: Dubbed "Brother Doggie" by Renton, much to Moondoggie's annoyance.
- Ascended Extra: He gets to be a tritagonist in the video games.
- Beta Couple: With Gidget. They have the least amount of drama as a couple.
- Bishōnen: He's drawn prettier than the other men of Gekkostate, and Gidget mentions his pretty face at one point.
- Bromantic Foil: To Sumner in New Vision, being loud and childish next to Sumner's Only Sane Man status.
- Butt Monkey: In an unusual take on the trope, he was the ship's official Butt Monkey before Renton arrived, and actually resents Renton from taking the position from him. Of course, as Renton grows as a character, Moondoogie reclaims his role as the Butt Monkey.
- Cool Big Bro: To Renton, who sees him as a surrogate big brother.
- A Friend in Need: In New Vision, where he sticks by Sumner, in spite of all their bickering and not necessarily knowing what's going on or agreeing with what they're doing.
- Hidden Depths: He turns out to be a pretty good ship pilot.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: As the series goes on, his usefulness declines, which he's painfully aware of. Luckily for him, he gets promoted to the Gekko's pilot.
- Instant Expert: New Vision suggests that he's a (ship) piloting prodigy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as bad as Holland, but unsurprising for a teenage male, he's prone to grumpiness and being egocentric. At the end of the day, though, he's still a good guy.
- Meaningful Name:
- According to one of the definitions given by Urban Dictionary, a moondoggie is 1960s slang for a habitual marijuana user. Almost certainly deliberate given the series' large amounts of references to 60s counterculture (and the presence of a character named Stoner).
- It's also a reference to the character in the Gidget franchise, just as the character's real name (see Only Known by Their Nickname below) is a reference to James Darren, the actor who played Moondoggie in the three original films.
- Nice Hat: A blue hat with a couple of white markings.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: According to his license, his name is actually James Darren Emerson. Nobody ever calls him this.
- The Resenter: He's initially not very fond of Renton due to his jealousy over him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At some point pre-series, as seen in the video games, he temporarily left the Gekkostate (implied to be because of being treated like the Butt Monkey, if you assume the "friends" he was complaining about to Ruri were the Gekkostate). At the end of New Vision, he returns and is welcomed back.
- Took a Level in Badass: Eventually becomes the pilot of the Gekko.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sumner in the video games. Them constantly bickering didn't stop Moondoggie from giving Sumner his truck or from remaining in the conflict largely to stand by Sumner.
United Federation Force
The main antagonist. Once a disgraced military official following Holland's defection, he ultimately seizes control over the United Federation Forces so he can lead a crusade to destroy the Coralians at all costs.
- Alas, Poor Villain: In spite of all the atrocities he committed, he was still Holland's brother, and so Holland cries for him after his death.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Holland.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series who is trying to kill the Coralians.
- Broken Pedestal: For Dominic, who very obviously respects the man up until the point he realizes what a monster Dewey is.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Holland's Abel.
- The Chessmaster: In a complicated and carefully calculated plan, he undermines the public's faith in the Sage Council and overthrows them.
- Dark Messiah: Becomes one, when the Ritual of the King becomes laid out to us.
- Familial Reveal: He is Holland's older brother.
- Faux Affably Evil: While he can be charming and seductive in order to get what he wants, he is ultimately revealed to be a psychotic megalomaniac driven solely by his hatred for the Scub Coral and his brother, Holland.
- Impoverished Patrician: According to the lifestory he recounts to Anemone, he's allegedly descended from a noble family responsible for leading humanity's exodus from Earth. After Dewey murders his father in order to become the family's new patriarch, the Novak family is deprived of its legitimacy and he and Holland are forced into poverty.
- It's All About Me: While he claims to be acting in the interests of mankind, it is ultimately revealed that he cares about nothing but satisfying his hunger for vengeance against a world which he perceives has wronged him since his childhood.
- Knight Templar: He sincerely believes in his cause, and he's all the more nasty because of it. Subverted towards the end of the series when you find out his idea of "saving" the world means destroying it.
- Lack of Empathy: Despite being prone to melancholy bouts of self-pity over an unhappy childhood (much of it do to his own making), he has no regard for the well-being of those around him and is downright contemptuous of displays of compassion. When Dominic objects to how he repeatedly refers to Anemone as a "thing", he laughs derisively at his subordinate's concern before coldly dismissing him.
- Light Is Not Good: He wears an all white uniform and is the Big Bad of the series.
- Manipulative Bastard: How he preys off of Anemone's abandonment issues in Episode 36 is downright creepy. "My sweet little Anemone..."
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: By declaring that his death will bring forth a new world, Dewey shoots himself in the head to set his plan of planetary genocide in motion.
- Never My Fault: Blames Holland for the succession ritual failing when he caused it in the first place.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His character bears an uncanny resemblance to Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Nazi Germany, given how he similarly plots a campaign of mass murder and deception that causes devastation on a global scale in order to satisfy his own hatred.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Despite professing to be the savior of mankind, he admits towards the end of the series that his real objective is to preserve humanity's "dignity" by destroying it along with the Scub Coral.
- Parental Substitute: In the manga, it's implied he was one for Dominic.
- Pet the Dog: In the manga, he thinks back to fond memories of the times he and Holland spent together as children before his death (may count as both a Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming, Tear Jerker, and Alas, Poor Villain all at the same time). In the anime, he is depicted as a thoroughly egocentric and coldhearted individual with no humanizing moments aside from a brief flashback to his childhood where he is seen visibly grief-stricken over the death of his mother.
- Self-Made Orphan: Dewey kills his and Holland's father in an attempt to perform the "Sacrificial King" ritual
- The Unfettered: There is nothing he will not do in pursuit of his goal.
- Villain Team-Up: With the Frost Bros. and Gym Gingham in Super Robot Wars Z.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Through his combined talents of charisma and intelligence, he seizes control of the United Federation and begins a murderous campaign to rid the world of the Scub Coral.
- Would Hurt a Child: Or murder them en masse to be more specific.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His gray hair is often depicted as white and he's the sociopath Big Bad.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has gray hair.
Pilot of the Federation LFO, Nirvash typeTheEND. Prone to violent mood swings that can only be controlled through the use of sedatives, she refuses to listen to anyone other than Dewey. Owns a strange badger-like pet named Gulliver.
- Ace Pilot: She's a great pilot who prefers to ambush her opponents and rain blow after blow upon them. However, she's only that way because she uses a Psycho Serum before she pilots.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the manga. She's a lot nicer, especially toward Eureka. And Dominic at the end.
- Anger Born of Worry: When she goes to save Dominic after she accidentally attacks him with her mech while he's falling from the sky, clinging to a ref board to try and save her. She admonishes him for doing something so reckless, even though they're both in a freefall at this point. Now she's normally been pretty harsh on poor Dominic until now, but fortunately for him, she lets it slide. Cue Big Damn Kiss.
- Anti-Villain: As we discover more of her true personality and tragic past.
- Ax-Crazy: When she takes the serum, Anemone becomes viciously determined to kill her enemy with, even with overkill.
- Badass Adorable: A cute young lady with pink hair? Check. Can pilot theEnd like a pro? Double check.
- Belated Love Epiphany: She realizes she is in love with Dominic around the time of his Heel–Face Turn when she thinks he has abandoned her, which leads to a far more serious Despair Event Horizon for her.
- Beneath the Mask: Her Daddy's Little Villain attitude is revealed to be a facade.
- Blood Knight: She loves violence, at least when she is on her Psycho Serum.
- Broken Bird: In the later part of the series reveals that she is in fact a lonely and mentally damaged girl who desperately wants to live a normal life and find someone to love and love her in return. Especially apparent in episode 48, where even Eureka's children note how sad she sounds.
- Character Development: Anemone goes from Psycho for Hire to angst ridden Broken Bird to a nicer young lady who can give a genuine smile.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Dominic in the manga.
- Crazy Consumption: Mmmmm, strawberry jam.
- Daddy's Little Villain: For Dewey. Turns out to be a subversion; she puts on a facade of admiring Dewey because she's terrified of being killed by him if she becomes useless in his eyes. In truth, Anemone is disgusted by him.
- Dark Action Girl: A psycho Ace Pilot who also doubles as the Evil Counterpart to the The Heroine. Thankfully, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her family was murdered when she was a child and later was diagnosed with Desperation Disease. She was then subject to horrible experiments to become Coralian-like.
- Dark Magical Girl: Shows more traits of this as the series goes on. She's an Anti-Villain and the heroine's Evil Counterpart who seeks to please the Big Bad and is terrified of being abandoned and finally makes a Heel–Face Turn thanks to The Power of Love.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Dominic by the end.
- Devoted to You: Her bitchy and psycho personality and constant abuse doesn't affect Dominic's devotion to her at all. He will always protect her no matter what.
- Domestic Abuser: She's got it in for poor Dominic for most of the series.
- Emotionless Girl: Was apparently this before the start of the series, as Dominic and Dewey note that she has a personality now. She does have Desperation Disease, after all.
- Evil Counterpart: To Eureka. Both are the Ace Pilot of their organization and have a Love Epiphany when their love interest vanishes. They each even have their own Morality Pet (the kids for Eureka, Gulliver for Anemone). However, Anemone is with the United Federation, while Eureka is a member of Gekkostate. They also contrast in color scheme: Anemone is red (violent and emotional) and Eureka is blue (reserved and calm). Subverted in the end. She became the way she was because of the constant inhuman expreiments forced on her by Dewey, who she really hates. That and her Heel–Face Turn at the end shows she never was "evil".
- Evil Is Hammy:
- "Ha ha! Wow, what great reactions! That why - I'm going to have to kill you!!!"
- Japanese version: "Hello, my look-alike! Want me to kill you?!"
- Evil Laugh: When she fights.
- Evil Redhead: She has pink hair and is an antagonistic towards the main characters. She's also the Evil Counterpart of The Heroine. Subverted at the end. She was never "evil" and only did what she did because of Dewey's emotional manipulations of her. She makes a full Heel–Face Turn by the end of the series.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her purple eyes each have a single straight line etched across them.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Dewey dressed her up as one in later arcs.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason behind her personality is the frequent inhumane experiments she was forced to endure at a young age and Dewey's emotional manipulations.
- Hair Decorations: Her hair clip and diadem.
- Heel–Face Turn: She abandons the U.F. Force after Dominic shows up to try and save her in her final battle against Renton and Eureka, which makes her realize he still loves her.
- Hidden Depths: She's introduced as a crazy psycho, but then the reveal is brought up on how she became the way she is. And in a private soliloquy, she admits she desperately wants a normal life with someone she truly loves.
- Human All Along: Her appearance and role (and possibly her name) seem to imply that she is a Coralian. It turns out she's just a human whose appearance and abilities have been modified by horrible military experiments.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Anemone desperately wants to be normal.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Besides wanting to have a normal life, Anemone also wants to find someone to love and who will also truly love her.
- Ill Girl: As a result of these grueling experimentations, she regularly suffers from painful headaches, nose bleeds, and emotional instability, most of which can be temporarily treated with a drug injected into a receptor in her neck.
- I'm a Humanitarian: During her first encounter with Renton in a dream state she tries to eat him.
- Insecure Love Interest: Anemone never thought that Dominic would really love someone like her.
- Interspecies Romance: She (artificial Humanoid Coralian) and Dominic (human).
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Dewey and Deckard refer to her as an "it."
- Jerkass: Moody, callous, and prone to violent outbursts.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While biting him on the lip may have been excessive, Anemone was correct in the fact that Dominic hardly knew anything about her.
- Latex Space Suit: She wears a black form-fitting suit with nipple highlights when she pilots TheEND (and she does that suspended from all limbs in the cockpit in a way that accentuates her form even more).
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Eureka's light.
- Love Hurts: When Dominic seemingly abandons her, she finally realizes how much he means to her, but believes it's all too late. She delivers a gut-wrenching soliloquy, convinced that she doesn't deserve to live. Fortunately, Dominic arrives just in time.
- Love Redeems: In Episode 48, her love for Dominic changes her for the better.
- Meaningful Name: Named after anemones, flowers linked to bloodshed in Greek and Christian mythology.
- Military Brat: She was found by the Federation military and taken in to be a human military experiment.
- Mistress and Servant Boy: Her relationship with Dominic.
- Modesty Shorts: Wears them under her dress and they are seen rarely.
- Mood-Swinger: Goes from violent to emotionless to cheerful at a drop of a hat.
- Morality Pet: To Dominic — he acts his kindest when around her.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Anemone, a girl with a slim body type, manages to easily carry and hold her pet fat badger, Gulliver. An action that causes trouble to the more muscular and older Colonel Jurgens.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: See Meaningful Name above. Also applies to TheEND.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: One can be pretty sure all those drugs and experimentation had something to do with it, but still...
- Official Couple: With Dominic.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the manga, she has no name, "Anemone" is the name Dominic gave her.
- OOC Is Serious Business: For most of the series, Anemone hates taking the neurological stimulants. However, the moment she takes them willingly signifies how desperate she is to please Dewey.
- Phlebotinum Girl: A young girl that definitely isn't a normal human, the pilot of a powerful Humongous Mecha and a test subject of an attempt to copy Eureka's Coralian nature. She's used and manipulated as a human weapon, blindly follows the orders of her evil boss and is both very physically frail and mentally unstable.
- Psychic Nosebleed: In this case, used as an indicator of the abuse her job puts on her mind and body rather than actual Psychic Powers.
- Psycho for Hire: When she is on her Psycho Serum.
- Psycho Serum: Zig-Zagged. She seems to have a growing dependence on a specialized drug, but it serves more as a painkiller which makes her crazy rather than a mutagen.
- Psychotic Smirk: Quite often.
- Purple Eyes: Has purple eyes because of the experiments done on her to become an artificial Coralian.
- Redemption Earns Life: After her Heel–Face Turn, she gets to live and begin a happy life with Dominic.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red (loud, emotional, and violent) to Eureka's blue (quiet, reserved, and calm).
- Reverse Grip: TheEND's swords.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Inverted. It's pink-haired, orange-themed Anemone that's the near-crazy Anti-Villain to Eureka's blue-themed heroine. Played straight by the end, when she's freed from Dewey's influence and reforms.
- Sanity Strengthening: She starts off as a violently psychotic Tyke Bomb, but grows much stabler in the presence of her handler/guardian Dominic. Late in the series, he manages to restore her sanity completely through The Power of Love.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Realizes that she's Dominic-sexual.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She ends up falling for Dogged Nice Guy Dominic who would always take care of her just because he wanted to.
- Slasher Smile: Almost all the time when fighting.
- Sweet Tooth: In the manga.
- The Tease: In the manga, she has fun asking Renton if he wants to sleep with her. She also seems to make passes at Eureka.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Being freed from Dewey, plus becoming an Official Couple with Dominic made Anemone a truly happy person.
- Took a Level in Kindness: At the end of the series, due to her being free from Dewey and no longer being drugged, she becomes more pleasant and friendly.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves jam.
- Tsundere: Played for Drama. She spends most of the series being absolutely brutal towards poor Dominic. Eventually, she realizes she is in love with him and she regrets not telling him how she felt before he went AWOL.
- Tykebomb: Raised by Dewey to defeat and kill Eureka.
- Unknown Rival: To Eureka.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: After multiple failures against the Nirvash. It gets worse when Dominic seemingly abandons her.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: In the manga, Anemone undergoes a treatment that suddenly makes her act sweet and affectionate. This only freaks Dominic out and is relieved when she goes back to normal.
- When She Smiles: Dominic comments that her truly happy face is beautiful in Episode 48.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She was raised to defeat and kill Eureka. She also lost her family in a war and diagnosed with Desperation Disease later on. Afterwards, she was subjected to horrible experiments to turn her into a humanoid Coralian. While she survived, Anemone was left mentally and physically scarred.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair, in her case.
- You Have Failed Me: She is terrified of being replaced for failing too much.
An elite officer in the U.F. Force and Dewey's confidant. He also has the unenviable job of looking after Anemone who, despite being on the receiving end of a very abusive relationship with her, he is actually fond of.
Voiced by: Shigenori Yamazaki (JP), Peter Doyle (EN)
- Adaptational Badass: Not that he wasn't already a Badass in the anime, but he gets to see more of the action in the manga. Lampshaded in a sketch with various comments from the cast about the manga series, where Dominic comments that he was pretty cool.
- Adorkable: He's serious and blunt about his work, but is just adorable when he's lost or if he's looking dreamily at Anemone.
- Anti-Villain: He takes orders from his superiors seriously, but considers himself a friend of Renton despite being on the opposite side.
- Badass Adorable: Despite being slightly older than The Hero, Dominic gets his adorkable moments while still being a badass officer.
- Big Brother Mentor: He acts as one to Renton in the manga, particularly in Ch. 20 when Renton's having a Heroic B.S.O.D..
- Bishōnen: Even Anemone comments on it.
- The Caretaker: To Anemone.
- Character Development: Dominic begins to question the motives behind to why he fights and what he should be doing. He eventually realizes how messed up Dewey is and makes a Heel–Face Turn.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Anemone in the manga.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Dominic was a young child when he lost his entire family in the civil war that began in the aftermath of The First Summer of Love and he was taken in by Dewey, who taught him to be a soldier.
- Death by Adaptation: He's killed towards the end of the manga.
- Declaration of Protection: He will NOT stand for something interfering with Anemone's well-being.
- Defector from Decadence: He finally abandons the U.F. Force when he sees several girls being subjected to brutal, and ultimately fatal experiments in an attempt to made them into TheEND's pilots. Especially when he realizes Anemone had to go through the same.
- Defusing The Tykebomb: He tries to do this for Anemone. It eventually works.
- Determinator: Did we mention yet that he shrugged off laser burns to save Anemone in the manga? Not to mention his Shut Up, Hannibal! moment before that, or afterwards when he puts up with the pain—if not putting himself in more pain—to get him and Anemone out of there.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Anemone. His perseverance ultimately pays off.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: There are men in the military far older than him and yet of much lower rank, who often have trouble obeying his orders. Dominic is also aware that commanding officers give him a hard time following his orders for Dewey as they think he's still a kid.
- Easily Forgiven: The Gekkostate crew decides to trust him implicitly as soon as he shows similarities to Renton, especially his commitment to the one he loves.
- Enemy Mine: He and Renton are forced to work together to save Eureka and Anemone.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: "Evil" is a little much for him, but he does has someone he cares about: Anemone. He's as equally devoted and in love with her as Renton is to Eureka.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Calling him evil is a bit of a stretch, but he will NOT stand for inhumane experiments performed on young women to make them into pilots for TheEND. ESPECIALLY if Anemone already suffered through such a treatment herself.
- Evil Counterpart: To Renton. Both are relatively new members to an organization, and are given little respect by the other members. The only person of the organization they have a close connection with is an Ace Pilot girl they quickly become devoted to. Both of them are Wide-Eyed Idealist and go through a Broken Pedestal moment with their organization's leader. However, while Renton is with Gekkostate, Dominic is with the Federation. Subverted since Dominic was never truly "evil" and made a Heel–Face Turn near the end.
- Freudian Excuse: As a result of having been orphaned at a young age and seen the effects of a war, Dominic becomes stoic and blunt towards others, and takes his duty as a soldier seriously.
- Friendly Enemy: He considers Renton (who is a member of the Federation's enemy) as a friend.
- Heel–Face Turn: Near the end of the series, he abandons U.F. Force and joins Gekkostate's side.
- Heel Realization:
- In the anime, Dominic realizes how sadistic his organization is when he sees girls, just like Anemone, undergo brutal, and ultimately fatal, experimentation in the lab. Cue the Vomit Discretion Shot and his Heel–Face Turn.
- In the manga, this occurs when Ruri informs him of Dewey's true motives, with Dominic realizing that everything he's fought for up until now was a lie.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Coinciding with his Heel Realization above, though it doesn't last for long.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the manga, via You Shall Not Pass fashion, as he shields Renton from a hoard of Coralians.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the manga.
- Improbable Hairstyle: The back part of his hair stands up on its own.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Dominic gives Anemone a couple of anemones as a present, she asks if he's mocking her — he didn't realize that anemones mean "disappearing hope."
- Interspecies Romance: He (human) and Anemone (artificial Humanoid Coralian).
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Anemome. She finally realizes it after he seemingly abandons her and she hits the Despair Event Horizon.
- Love Martyr: His endurance of Anemone's condescending manner and physical assault is legendary.
- Meaningful Name: Originally from the late Roman-Italic name "Dominicus" its translation means "Of Our Lord", "Lordly", "Belonging to God" or "of the Master". This fits with him being the servant of Dewey and Anemone, both who outrank him.
- Mistress and Servant Boy: His relationship with Anemone.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: You don't realize it until you see him twist the arms of thugs twice his size without any visible effort, as well as his ability to shoulder Anemone's improbably heavy Gulliver without extreme strain. There's also the stuff he does while saving Anemone in the manga, like shrugging off laser burns.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Deconstructed. Dominic is loyal to Dewey's cause, but comes to be greatly disturbed by his amoral actions and disregard to Anemone's mental well-being.
- Nice Guy: Develops into one Post-Heel–Face Turn; he's now a humble, polite, respectful man to those he initially considered beneath him.
- No Sense of Direction: You know you're bad when Renton calls you out on it.Dominic: Is "west" the direction of the hand you hold a fork with?
- Not So Different: To Renton, who is also devoted to protecting the girl he loves.
- Official Couple: With Anemone.
- Only Friend: He is the closest to Anemone (sans Gulliver) and he genuinely cares about her.
- Orphan's Ordeal: As revealed in Episode 44. It helps to explain why he's so devoted to Anemone - hers is the closest connection he has with another person.
- Punch Clock Villain: He may work for the United Federation, but he's only doing his job.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In response to a hallucinated skeletal Dewey trying to Break Them by Talking, in the manga.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Dominic has no interest in other girls, except one: Anemone.
- Subordinate Excuse: While Anemone doesn't outrank him, it should be clear that he chose this position for something more than a good paycheck.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He can be cold at times, mainly when on the job, but he's a pretty nice guy otherwise.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Jurgens, pre-Heel–Face Turn.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Once it's clear that this divide exists to begin with, he easily chooses 'good,' even telling Jurgens that there isn't even a choice.
- Token Good Teammate: Between Dewey, Anemone, and the Ageha squad children, he's about the only one who's actually trying to do the morally right thing.
- Took a Level in Kindness: From Ep. 45 and onwards, as signified by his newfound friendship with Jurgens and Gulliver, neither of whom he got along with before due to his previous uptight behaviour.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In Episodes 43 and 44.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: A bit subtler than most, but still very naive about how the world and human relationships work.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dominic has greenish-black hair.
Voiced by: NoneAnemone's pet badger.
- Fat Cat: A badger variant. It is immensely overweight, and therefore can not be easily transported or moved.
- Morality Pet: To Anemone. He is the only one she shows a gentler side to.
- Shipper on Deck: For Dominic/Anemone. He puts their hands together as they are all falling from the sky.
- Team Pet: For the Federation, but specifically towards Dominic and Anemone.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Like Anemone, Gulliver appears to really like jam.
The Ageha Squad
A group of specially-trained children who answer directly to Dewey.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: They admire Dewey and follow his orders because of this.
- Cute and Psycho: The sage Coda notes they're beautiful children. This is right before one of them shoots a maid in the head with no hesitation.
- Enfant Terrible: Despite their young age, they're some of the most psychotic characters around in the series.
- Evil Counterpart: To Anemone. They all work under Dewey and are Cute and Psycho. However, Anemone isn't truly "evil" and actually despises Dewey; the Ageha Squad are shown to be more cold-hearted than Anemone and truly admire Dewey.
- Freudian Excuse: They were victims of an ethnic cleansing. Apparently Dewey was the first one to show them kindness.
- No Name Given: Their names are never revealed.
- Shadow Archetype: To Anemone. They represent what she could've become had she actually cared for Dewey.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: They show no qualms with murder and gleefully follow Dewey's messed up orders.
- Tykebomb: Raised by Dewey to help him with his nefarious plans.
Captain of the Federation flagship Izumo.
Voiced by: Tetsuo Komura (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)
- Big Brother Mentor: Mild version to Dominic.
- Colonel Badass: His rank equates to this. Besides, being willing to take on an entire enemy armada in one ship takes some balls!
- Dark and Troubled Past: His wife and daughter were killed in a battle at Warsaw.
- Defector from Decadence: Sides with Gekkostate after witnessing the inhuman experiments done to make artificial humanoid Coralians.
- Demoted to Extra: While a minor character to begin with, he only appears once in the manga and then never again, with the role of facilitating Dominic's Heel–Face Turn going to Ruri instead.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He draws the line at horrible experiments and deliberately harming innocent people.
- Its Pronounced Tropay: His name is pronounced YOOR-gens.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For starters, he reads Ray=out and actually takes it seriously when the heroes reveal information in it.
- Shipper on Deck: He's all for Dominic/Anemone.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Dominic at first.
- To Be Lawful or Good: He chooses good.
- You Shall Not Pass: Tries to pull this off in Episode 49 with his crew.
New Wave and New Vision Characters
The male protagonist of the video game prequels New Wave and New Vision. After graduating New Wave Academy, a school for future military recruits, he and most of his friends joined the Sawyer Team KLF group. His beliefs and love for Ruri convince him to rebel against the military at the end of the first game, and deliver a captured Nirvash to Holland and Eureka.In the second game, he, Ruri, and Moondoggie fight against the Azure group and corrupted members of the military, including some of Sumner's old friends, to prevent mass destruction.
- The Ace: Explicitly referred to as the ace of the Sawyer Team.
- Ace Pilot: The star of New Wave (and then the Sawyer Team), after Ruri leaves. Even years later, he hasn't lost his touch and ranks among the best.
- Adorkable: He can be endearingly flustered and/or enthusiastic. Less so in New Vision, having grown up a bit, but it's still there at times.
- Battle Couple: With Ruri in New Vision.
- Been There, Shaped History: He was the one who delivered the Nirvash to the Gekkostate.
- Black Sheep: Of the famous Sturgeon family, after he chose to quit officer academy and join New Wave, and then doubly so after he defected from the military.
- Broken Ace: Becomes this by New Vision. Compared to the Ace Pilot before who thought everything was new and shiny and amazing, the Legally Dead Retired Badass he's turned into admits that lifting is now just another way to keep himself fed, and he's beginning to forget how he used to feel back in the old days.
- Broken Pedestal: In Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, his favourite brother Torino becomes this after Sumner witnesses him shooting (and killing) the brother of one of Sumner's friends.
- The Cameo: Sumner and Ruri make a brief appearance in the anime. He also appears in the manga's epilogue, in a panel alongside Ruri, Moondoggie, and Gidget.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: His main goal, and part of why he keeps chasing after/sticking with Ruri despite her occasionally questionable treatment of him, as he hopes that being with her will help guide him.
- The Ditherer: His main problem: he doesn't really know what he wants to do.
- Everyone Went to School Together: He attended the same high school as Gillian and Steven. This being Sumner, he doesn't even remember them.
- Extreme Doormat: Starts off as one for his family in the Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl.
- Faking the Dead: Albeit not by choice. After defecting from the military, he's declared officially dead rather than a traitor so as to not shame the Sturgeon name, so he just rolls with it.
- Fanboy: It's somewhat of a Running Gag that he's an LFO fanboy, weirding some people out. He also idolizes B.B. as a teenager, with that respect showing itself even as an adult where he uses the same moniker in a lifting tournament once.
- Forgotten First Meeting: With... just about the entire cast barring Hooky. Shaun and Pez tried to mug him once (though they don't seem to remember him either), and he utterly fails to retain any info about Gillian and Steven's existences during the years they attend school together. And, of course, there's the entire mess with Ruri.
- Good Is Not Soft: He's a genuinely nice and compassionate guy, but when push comes to shove? He ends up killing a fair amount of former allies provided they tried to kill him first.
- Good-Looking Privates: One of the family servants notes how handsome he is in his military uniform.
- Grew a Spine: This is especially noticeable in the Japanese version, where he switches from boku to the more assertive ore by the end of New Wave.
- Heel–Face Turn: Mostly for Ruri, hence why he's somewhat bitter in New Vision, believing that she ditched him afterwards.
- I Have No Son: His family pulls this on him after the events of New Wave. You don't get much more disowned than being declared Legally Dead so that the family can save face.
- Ignore the Fan Service: In Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, he never seems to acknowledge that he knows a very attractive older woman whom his (more hormonal) friends immediately fall for. According to her, it's because of his Single-Target Sexuality for B.B.
- Innocently Insensitive: God, it's almost painful to see how oblivious he is around Gillian.
- I Will Find You: His objective at the end of New Wave, after losing everything, is to find Ruri.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: A mild version in New Vision, in that he's still rather idealistic, but also a fair bit grumpier thanks to his experiences in New Wave.
- Jerkass Realization: He initially assumes his classmates are shallow jerks who only see him as a Sturgeon, before realizing that he was the shallow jerk for immediately dismissing them like that based on an ultimately false assumption.
- Legally Dead: After the events of New Wave. See Faking the Dead above.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Played with. At age fourteen, he's rich and he's mostly friendless, but it's somewhat self-imposed as he automatically assumes everyone only focuses on his family name. Once he realizes that he's wrong and lets himself become part of a social circle, he's much happier.
- Love at First Sight: He became infatuated with Ruri since the first time he saw her... not that he knows that it was her.
- Love Martyr: For Ruri, to an extent. Her being Troubled, but Cute doesn't do wonders for their relationship and Sumner knows it, but he's devoted to her all the same.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: He has five older brothers. It probably says something about his family that he doesn't seem to be close with any of them but Torino.
- Military Brat: However, rather than staying in officer academy like his father wanted, he joined New Wave.
- Nice Guy: In New Wave, compared to his Sugar and Ice Personality in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl and the more beleaguered attitude he develops in New Vision.
- Not So Above It All: Claims he was never competing with Hooky—before insisting that he won that last 'tie', thank you very much.
- Oblivious to Love: To Gillian's.
- Only Sane Man: Between him, Ruri, and Moondoggie.Sumner: There are three of us here, but it doesn't matter. I'm still alone. I guess what I'm trying to say is why don't these two DO ANY OF THE WORK!?
- The Quiet One: Used to be this. It was part of what attracted Gillian to him.
- Retired Badass: The retirement was forced on him, what with being Legally Dead, but he amounts to this in the beginning of New Vision, with both Wes and Moondoggie bemoaning how all of his talent as an Ace Pilot is going to waste.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Without even realizing it! Utter lack of interest in anyone else aside, he was mildly obsessive over both B.B. and the girl he saw once by chance, as others note, but ends up with Ruri—except they're all the same person.
- Stepford Smiler: Develops into one in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl upon realizing how empty his life is, having everything decided for him by his family.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: As a teenager, due to believing his classmates only saw him as a Sturgeon. Around others and once he realized that wasn't the case for everyone, he's significantly warmer.
- Underestimating Badassery: Frequent in the beginning of New Vision. Unlike some of the other Ace Pilots on this page, Sumner falls off the radar, so most people assume he's your run-of-the-mill punk who pilots an LFO... without realizing that he used to be one of the military's best.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Moondoggie. Sumner's clearly exasperated with him half the time, but is good friends with him nevertheless.
Sumner's love interest. In New Wave, she left New Wave Academy after learning about the military's insidious motives. Although her efforts to rebel lead her to aligning with black market dealers, she eventually reunites with Sumner long enough to help him realize what path he should follow.In New Vision, Ruri is able to meet Sumner again, and they (and Moondoggie) try to stop a military scheme that is driving their own pilots insane. After the conflict is over, she and Sumner remain together.Ruri also made an appearance in the manga adaptation. Here, she is a spy for Gekko State in the military, and helps them fight Dewey's plans, as well as facilitate in Dominic's Heel–Face Turn.
- Ace Pilot: As noted below, she was The Ace of New Wave until she left.
- Action Girl: She can hold her own both in an LFO and outside of one.
- Badass Adorable: A Genki Girl who's happy to brawl whether in an LFO or not.
- Bare Your Midriff: Both her outfit in New Wave and in New Vision.
- Battle Couple: With Sumner in New Vision.
- Big Eater: If the ramen-eating competition is any indication.
- Bluebird of Happiness: In Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, she's associated with this for Gillian's little sister (with the bluebird itself being her Animal Motif back then).
- Boobs of Steel: The least fragile out of all the heroines in the E7 world, and has by far the largest chest.
- Broken Ace: She was The Ace of New Wave before Sumner, but possesses a deep-rooted insecurity of being dependent on others.
- Broken Bird: Not immediately obvious, but she's got a fair amount of issues underneath her energetic personality.
- The Cameo: Briefly appears in the anime alongside Sumner.
- Canon Immigrant: Started as a main character in the prequel video games (that are prequels to the anime) and then became a main character in the manga, which is an adaptation of the anime (albeit one that goes in a completely different direction).
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Wears one as part of her New Wave uniform, and unlike Gillian, she's happy to wield it to its full potential.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She's grown up on the streets and in poverty.
- Defector from Decadence: She left the military of her own volition once she realized how far the corruption ran.
- Does Not Like Men: Presumably due to growing up in the slums, she's not hugely fond of the male gender in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, citing them all to be idiots (or, to Gillian, perverts), though she doesn't outwardly express it much and seems to later abandon that mindset either way.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Flame's—that is, her old mentor's—betrayal sends her into a Heroic B.S.O.D..
- Fiery Redhead: Her hair's a mix between red and brown (though considered red in the manga), and she's certainly got a loud personality to match.
- Genki Girl: Though it occasionally veers into Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- As a teenager, she falls into a depressed mood for quite some time after being outed as a girl as B.B.
- Upon realizing Flame's true nature, though she quickly snaps out of it.
- Honey Trap: She's not above seducing her targets to win their trust before she double-crosses them.
- Important Haircut: In Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, where she cuts her hair as acceptance of her femininity with it now being too short to stuff her under cap.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though she's lost the grumpiness from her teenage days (in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl), she's still prone to being flighty and inconsiderate. And like with Holland and Talho, said lack of consideration isn't exactly healthy for her love life.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Played straight in New Wave, as the one who forces Sumner out of his comfort zone. Subverted in New Vision, where it becomes clear that she's got her own problems.
- Master of Disguise: She's sure fond of it, in any case.
- The Mole: What she was originally in the manga, before making her true allegiance known
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Typically to hide her true motives.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Her disguises when she shows up before Sumner are half-hearted at best, and yet he still can't recognize her, even while actively thinking about her. Granted, this is probably more because of how Sumner is than anything.
- Passionate Sports Girl: In Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, she lives to lift. Her passion dies down when she no longer needs it to escape her life, but she still has a fondness for it.
- Selective Obliviousness: She completely refuses to believe that Flame could be a villain until she has unrefutable evidence that he tried to have her killed.
- Short Tank: The Tomboy Love Interest to Sumner with the outfit to match.
- Spirited Competitor: She shows signs of this when initially refusing to take on a job as a pizza delivery guy... until she hears that they've got a 5-minute speed record.
- Street Urchin: She grew up on the streets, and as she notes that she can't remember a time when she wasn't independent, it's likely she's been an orphan for a long time.
- Stripperiffic: Especially jarring in the manga, where where she first appears as a conservatively dressed scientist, then switches to her New Wave outfit.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: As a teenager in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, since girls weren't allowed to participate in the lifting tournament.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: In New Vision.
- The Tease: She can be flirty at times.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Gillian's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: After embracing her femininity, she enjoys things like make-up and doesn't mind wearing mini skirts, but she's still a tomboy at heart, through and through.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: In New Vision.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Over the course of Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, she goes from a bitter punk to a Genki Girl.
- Troubled, but Cute: A female version, which puts a strain on her and Sumner's relationship, particularly in New Vision. As Sumner notes, most guys wouldn't even think of kissing a girl like her.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: To the man who tried to assault her in prison while she was sleeping: suffice to say the guy noticed the "boy" was lacking certain... parts.
- Was It All a Lie?: Gillian asks this after discovering that Ruri is a girl and (falsely) assuming that she's given up lifting, though she admits afterwards that she wasn't really talking to Ruri (but rather venting her feelings about Sumner, having seen some of him in Ruri).
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: In New Wave.
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team. Between New Wave and New Vision, an experimental drug given to him by the military drives him insane, turning him into one of the main antagonists of the second game.
- Abusive Parents: When Steven was about to announce his intentions to go against his family's wishes (regarding his fate post-graduation) during his valedictorian speech, his father's response was to rush up to him and strike him in front of the entire audience.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Steven, Ruri, Gillian, and Hooky all mourn him after his death, both because he was their friend and because it wasn't entirely his fault to begin with.
- Arranged Marriage: In one with Gillian, though they apparently break it off sometime between New Wave and New Vision.
- Big Bad: One of them in New Vision.
- Black Sheep: Presumably became this for his family after choosing not to go to officer academy and instead joining up with New Wave.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: For the most part, he hides it well and doesn't let it interfere in his friendship with Sumner, but Steven's definitely taken notice of Gillian's feelings for Sumner. It's hinted to contribute to his Sanity Slippage in New Vision.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Sumner's defection is implied to have been one of the nails in the coffin for Steven.
- Lonely at the Top: Suggested towards the end of New Vision, where his insanity has its reached its peak and he seems genuinely glad to see Sumner and co. (who are there to take him down) and invites them to enjoy the view with him.
- Military Brat: Same story as Sumner.
- Nice Guy: He comes across as this in New Wave (having lost his uptight attitude from Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl), making his Sanity Slippage all the more tragic in New Vision.
- Not Quite Dead: Every time you might think the guy's been killed, he turns out to be alive.
- Not So Above It All: As a teenager, he initially comes across as a rule-abiding Student Council President, but he still helps referee Sind and Lotte's lifting match, and for all of his insistence that ghosts don't exist, he's just as easily freaked out when they think they see one.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Degrades into this once he starts having a Villainous Breakdown.
- Rebellious Spirit: He becomes a downplayed one towards the end of Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl. It may or may not have been what contributed to his Sanity Slippage much later on.
- Sanity Slippage: In New Vision.
- Student Council President: During his high school years.
- Tragic Villain: In Ruri's words, he was ultimately another victim of CFS.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hooky.
- We Used to Be Friends: His opinion of Sumner in New Vision, despite Sumner's belief that they still are friends.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Averted in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl and New Wave, but ultimately plays it straight as a Big Bad in New Vision.
- Yandere: Implied towards the end of New Vision, where he seems fixated on Gillian in particular (to the point of firing specifically at her when he attacks Sumner and co.).
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team, and Steven's fiancée. She works alongside Hooky in New Vision, where she hunts down the traitors Sumner and Ruri.
- Anti-Villain: In New Vision. She doesn't do anything honestly antagonistic and mostly acts as a harmless Punch Clock Villain (with a touch of It's Personal).
- Arranged Marriage: With Steven.
- Friendly Enemy: In New Vision, albeit with some prodding.
- Heel–Face Turn: In New Vision alongside Hooky.
- Her Heart Will Go On: A platonic version. Even after Gillian's sister dies, Ruri notes that Gillian keeps on lifting, "getting as high up to heaven as she can."
- Hidden Depths: The "Fair Lady" chapter reveals much about her mindset and personality when not revolving around her crush on Sumner. In-Universe, Ruri admits to herself that she might've been wrong about upper class girls like Gillian.
- Hopeless Suitor: Sumner didn't even realize she existed until they became teammates.
- Kill the Ones You Love: She's ultimately the one who pulls the trigger on Steven.
- Only Sane Man: During the ramen-eating competition, as the only one to question why they're doing this instead of, you know, capturing Sumner and Ruri like they're supposed to.
- Plucky Girl: Especially in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, where she continues to lift after her sister's death.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Invoked by her, disgusted at how revealing the female uniform for New Wave is.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: She was one for Sumner. As an adult, she keeps her feelings more subdued (partly because she's realized she doesn't really stand a chance).
- Spirited Young Lady: An upper class girl who gets into lifting—seen as a sport for punks—and ends up joining the controversial New Wave.
- The Squadette: After Ruri leaves, she's the sole female member of New Wave/the Sawyer Team.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Nicknamed "Miss Iron-Skirt" by Hooky for a reason. She tends to be uptight and came across as outright cold in her first meeting with Ruri, but she's a caring person underneath.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Ruri's Tomboy.
- Unable to Cry: When Steven dies.
- What Does She See in Him?: Edie, her best friend (and a Childhood Friend of Sumner's) asks this regarding her feelings for Sumner.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her father's shown to be frequently busy with work in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, though Gillian doesn't seem as affected by it as her little sister.
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team. Initially possessing a crush on Ruri, he considers Sumner his rival until Sumner beats him in a fight. During the timeskip between New Wave and New Vision, he's promoted to second lieutenant.
- Anti-Villain: In New Vision, as he remains pretty friendly with Sumner and co. in spite of everything.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Steven and Gillian have nicknamed him the Bashful Womanizer for this reason.
- Friendly Enemy: In New Vision. He's happy to have a ramen-eating competition with the very people he's supposed to be arresting.
- Funny Afro: When he's not wearing a hat. In Steven's words, that hair cannot be within military regulations.
- Graceful Loser: In spite of how obsessed he is over Ruri, he backs down just as promised after losing to Sumner.
- He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: A gender-flipped version—he cries when Gillian can't.
- Headbutting Heroes: He and Shaun don't get along very well, due to a rocky history together. The two end up in outright blows while in Bester, before Sumner and Wes intervene.
- Heel–Face Turn: In New Vision alongside Gillian.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all of his bluster, he's a fairly amiable guy once he warms up to you.
- Serial Romeo: He's quick to develop crushes in the military.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Ruri at first. He gets over it quickly.
- Unknown Rival: To Sumner, who initially isn't even aware that Hooky is competing him with him for Ruri.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Again, with Shaun.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Steven.
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team, as well as being one of the first members.
- Everyone Has Standards: Chews out the vigilante corps in Bester for acting like bullies. And as Pez notes, Shaun couldn't stand copycats, making it highly unlikely he chose to use CFS of his own volition.
- Headbutting Heroes: With Hooky, as noted under his section.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pez.
- Idiot Hero: He has shades of this during his teenage years, being fairly thick-headed and reckless compared to Pez, Ruri, and even Hooky.
- Jerkass: Most of the time, and especially at first.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, he does have his nice moments. He's a loyal friend (who lays off some of the obnoxiousness once he warms up to you), and he's seen to be pretty displeased over the new corruption in his hometown of Bester.
- Not So Different: Ruri comes to think this way in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl when she sees that even a bunch of punks like him and Pez have something they're working towards with all their effort.
- Odd Friendship: With Pez, who's his complete opposite in personality.
- Pet the Dog: In Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, the first major sign of Shaun's heart of gold is him choosing to be a Secret Keeper for Ruri/B.B. for no reason other than not wanting to ruin a potential friendship.
- Sanity Slippage: Thanks to using the CFS in New Vision.
- Secret Keeper: Knew "B.B" was a girl, but chose not to use it against Ruri, citing to Pez that she would never let him be her friend if he did.
- Street Urchin: Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl reveals that he used to live on the streets with Pez.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Hooky.
- Those Two Guys: With Pez.
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team, as well as being one of the first members alongside Shaun.
Voiced By: Yasuyuki Kase (JP), Erik Davies (EN, Uncredited)
- Anti-Villain: In New Vision—unsurprising, given that he was the Nice Guy of the Sawyer team, aside from Sumner.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Though someone who, up until then, had been a rather passive, kind person, his betrayal of Steven and dying words makes it clear why you should not mess with his best friend.
- Distressed Dude: He has to be rescued at one point in New Wave by Sumner, due to being trapped in a bandit-ridden mine with his LFO too damaged for combat.
- Dying Declaration of Hate: What his dying speech to Steven amounts to.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He manages to get an LFO up and running.
- Heel–Face Turn: Rather than blaming Sumner for killing Shaun, he blames Steven, believing that he pushed Shaun to using the CFS.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He helps Sumner and Ruri, despite knowing the consequences—that is, Steven kills him for it.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shaun.
- Nice Guy: Especially when next to Shaun.
- Not So Different: From Ruri, as noted by her. See Shaun's section for the details.
- Odd Friendship: With Shaun.
- Secret Keeper: For B.B./Ruri.
- Street Urchin: Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl reveals that he used to live on the streets with Shaun.
- Those Two Guys: With Shaun.
Renton's strict yet loving grandfather.
- Crazy-Prepared: In the manga, he tells Holland to go to work while throwing a wrench from his toolkit at his head that's specifically labeled "For Holland".
- Gadgeteer Genius: The biggest in the world.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: He and Dominic got along really well, even though Dominic was still on the villain team at the time. He even taught Dominic how to fix his bike, and Dominic promised to check up on his grandson. Then again, he never finds out what side Dominic was on at the time.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Both his son and granddaughter are gone, hence why he's initially not too eager about Renton's thirst for adventure, fearing that he'll lose him as well.
Renton's long lost sister and Holland's ex-girlfriend.
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (JP), Peggy O'Neal (EN)
- Chekhov M.I.A.: A defining part of the series is Diane and her disappearance's effect on Renton and Holland. It is revealed that she had a relationship with Holland and somehow found her way into the control cluster with her father.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Or what Granddaddy hates, that is. Suffice to say that Axel didn't approve of Holland.
- Demoted to Extra: In the manga, Diane is a much less significant character. Diane is merely mentioned to have left home and her disappearance is not relevant to the plot. Holland's close relationship with Diane also disappears from the narrative and Holland has a mentor-student relationship with Adrock Thurston instead.
- The Faceless: Her face isn't shown for the first 35 episodes. Under many different circumstances, her face in flashbacks and photographs is always covered.
- First Love: To Holland.
- Married to the Job: She was obsessed with her father's research; so much that it affected her relationship with Holland.
- Promotion to Parent: She and Axel were the ones who raised Renton after Adroc's death.
Charles and Ray Beams
A pair of mercenaries-for-hire and a loving couple. They hold a grudge against Holland and Gekkostate in general.
- Affably Evil: They're a nice couple...who have a grudge against The Heroine.
- Animal Motifs: As Holland seeks out Renton, one person he interrogates compares Ray to a kitsune and Charles to a tanuki.
- Anti-Villain: Nicer to Renton than the good guys... Unfortunately, their connections to the military along with a personal grudge against Eureka make them enemies of the protagonists.
- Battle Couple: They're married and they fight together.
- Beauty Mark: Ray has one under her right eye.
- Berserk Button: Ray was cool and collected when she was trying to take Renton and holding Eureka and the kids hostage to get him to cooperate. However when the kids refer to Eureka as "mama", Ray not knowing they are adopted; she loses it and begins to see Eureka as a monster mocking her for her infertility.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: On Charles's LFO.
- The Cameo: Charles briefly shows up in Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl, which takes place before he becomes a mercenary, as an acquaintance of Ruri's and to impart some advice onto Sumner in his usual fashion.
- Changeling Fantasy: An interesting take when they adopt Renton.
- The Cracker: Ray turns out to be an expert hacker.
- Despair Event Horizon: Charles' death for Ray.
- Dies Wide Open: Charles.
- Establishing Character Moment: They make their first appearance in twin LFOs riding a tandem lifting board.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They deeply love each other and genuinely cared for Renton.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Both of them were in the SOF with Holland.
- Expy: They share quite a few similarities with Ral Ramba and Crowley Hamon. Both Ral and Charles are friendly anti-villains who meet the hero during his brief wandering after running away from his ship, pilot blue ace custom mechas, and die in an explosion after a failed invasion of said hero's ship. And both Ray and Hamon get their own deaths in the following episode trying to avenge their fallen husbands.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Enemy, technically, but this trope is averted either way. The characters who knew them show these two weren't easily forgotten.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ray's name is usually for males.
- Happily Married: For instance, when Charles meets Renton he points out how hot his wife is.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Charles has them.
- Idiot Hair: Ray has single ahoge.
- It's Personal: They hate Eureka because Dewey has convinced them that she's to blame for Ray's infertility.
- Mama Bear: Ray becomes quite protective over Renton.
- Neat Freak: Both keep their ship, the Swan, utterly spotless, which signifies Ray's Villainous Breakdown when she trashes the ship in her grief over losing Charles.
- Papa Wolf: Charles becomes quite protective over Renton.
- Parental Substitute: For Renton when he ran away.
- Punch Clock Villain
- Real Men Wear Pink: Charles wears a purplish-pink shawl t-shirt and pink pants.
- Shout-Out: Their names, to pianist Ray Charles and/or designers Charles and Ray Eames.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ray is madly in love with Charles — the man who has proven to be an affable fellow (when not trying to kill the heroine) and still wanted to marry her even though she thought he would be ashamed of her infertility.
- Taking You with Me: After her plan to kill Eureka and convince Renton to let her adopt him fails, she tries to ram her ship against the Gekko in an effort to kill them all including Renton.
- Villainous Breakdown: Ray loses it when Charles dies. It's heart-rending to see the aftermath of her utterly trashing the Swan in her grief.
- Yandere: Ray is a Mama Bear variety.
- You Monster!: Ray refers to Eureka as one.
William B. Baxter
William B. "Will" Baxter is a young man living in the overgrown ruins of a town near Gearnus City with his wife Martha, who is suffering from the Desperation Disease.
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN)
- The Bus Came Back: After Dewey launches his plan to destroy the Scub Coral with Oratorio Number 8, the impact of the attack causes fragments of the Scub Coral to destroy towers across the planet and send debris flying. The debris begins falling across the planet, with William watching the falling debris fly overhead his farm and turns to see Martha fully conscious due to the Command Cluster being destroyed, standing and smiling at him as his farm is engulfed in an explosion from the debris, killing them both.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Which is why he doesn't tell Renton what "B" stands for.
- Happily Married: Despite Martha having Desperation Disease, she and William have a happy and intimate marriage.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: William doesn't tell Renton what the "B" in his name stands for because it's an embarrassing one.
- Nice Guy: Cemented in him helping a collapsed Renton to his devotion to his wife.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Will was the one who taught Renton the facts of nature and love; to really love and be with someone, he needs to keep his word and face the hardships in front of him. When Will asked Renton if there was someone he wanted to be with if the world ever came to an end, Renton immediately realized he wanted to reconcile with Eureka no matter what she thought of him and began to mature more.
The wife of William B. Baxter. She suffers from what Renton first identifies as "Desperation Disease."
Voiced by: N/A
- The Bus Came Back: When the control cluster was destroyed by Oratorio Number 8, her consciousness was brought back to her body which allowed her to regain control of her body. Forced out of her comma like state she walks over to the door of their house and looks at William and they both smile right before they are killed when the farm is crushed from debris from the recently destroyed Oratorio Number 8.
- Emotionless Girl: Justified since she's suffering from Desperation Disease.
- Happily Married: Despite Martha having Desperation Disease, she and William have a happy and intimate marriage.
- Ill Girl: Martha has Desperation Disease.
A powerful Vodarac priest.
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Jun Fukuyama (JP, young), Jamieson Price (EN), Sam Riegel (EN, young)
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The final scene of the series implies that he, along with Sakuya and various other people who merged with the Scub Coral, leave with some of the Scub Coral that departs from the planet.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For a venerated holy man, he sure as hell breaks the mold like you wouldn't believe.
- The Chosen One: In the past, he was chosen by Sakuya.
- Failure Knight: Part of his backstory, to an extent.
- Gasshole: Crops up whenever he's dragged into religion vs. science discussions, such as ones that bring up elements like the Vodarac, Coralisn. or Sub-Coralian. Tends to coincide and overlay with Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Interspecies Romance: With Sakuya.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Don't be fooled by his love for pizza.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Sakuya.
Eureka's predecessor. Because she was a girl of mysterious power, the religious authority of Vodarac thought she was some sort of messiah and placed her in the central part of the temple. They banned any disciple from speaking to her, and allowed very few select disciples to care for her in a highly reverent, if sterile, manner. For forty years since her initial appearance, she had no significant contact with anyone. This changed when Norb was assigned to care for her.
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Jennie Kwan (EN)
- And I Must Scream: She was turned into a giant lotus flower after she and Norb traveled to the Scub Coral.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the end of the series, the Nirvash states that Sakuya and the other humans who fused with the Scub will go to the universe beyond the rift in the Great Wall.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She fell in love with Norb because he was the first person to truly interact with her rather than merely worship her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She was pretty much an Emotionless Girl at first, but Norb managed to defrost her.
- Flower Motifs: The lotus.
- Human Alien: A humanoid Coralian, just like Eureka.
- Interspecies Romance: With Norb.
- Older Than She Looks: Is at least Norb's age, but appears younger than Eureka when we see her. Justified as this is probably how she chooses to project herself, and it was how she looked when she, well, turned into a giant flower.
- The Pollyanna: Given her backstory, she has every right to be miserable, but she's easily one of the friendliest and most optimistic characters around from what little we see of her.