has an absolutely whopping cast
, so it only stands to reason that they all get a close looking at.
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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.
Tropes associated with Renton:
- 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.
- Ascended Fanboy: He greatly admired the crew of Gekkostate before becoming a member.
- Badass Adorable
- Battle Couple: With Eureka.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When he snaps, he snaps hard.
- Butt Monkey: For much of the first arc. Done intentionally by the crew of the Gekko. Eventually grows out of it via Character Development.
- 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.
- Declaration of Protection: To Eureka.
- Determinator: 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.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Eureka.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Towards Eureka, being ready to protect her while having just met her and not even knowing her name.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: His hairstyle starts to be different from episode 42 onwards, which probably signifies his Coming of Age.
- Expy: To Naota of FLCL, in terms of narration style and the sound of his voice.
- Failure Knight: Momentarily feels like this in the finale, thinking he failed to save his father, his sister, and Eureka.
- 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.
- Heroic BSOD: Threw up after his My God, What Have I Done? moment below and ended up running away from Gekkostate for a while. In the manga, after Holland reveals the truth about his father.
- 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
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: With Eureka.
- 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
- Kid Hero
- 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 madly in love with Eureka the moment she crashlands near his grandfather's house.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Renton snaps after literally "disarming" an enemy pilot, as in the guy was pulverized except for the arm- which had a wedding band on a finger.
- Na´ve Newcomer
- Nice Guy
- Parental Abandonment: Renton's father is presumed dead, his mother is never mentioned, and his surrogate parent big sister disappeared. It later turns out that his father, and his sister who followed his research, were both willingly absorbed by the scub into its hive mind.
- Raised by Grandparents: Grandfather, rather. Sister, too, except she disappeared some time later.
- 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.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was throwing up in the cockpit in the first episodes. By the end, savior of the world.
- 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
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
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.
Tropes associated with Eureka:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chaste Hero: At first.
- The Chooser of The One
- Cosmetic Catastrophe: In Episode 36 in an attempt to look pretty for Renton.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Goes from Emotionless Girl to an average emotional girl thanks to Renton.
- 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.
- 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 BSOD: In the manga, when Renton, in his own Heroic BSOD, 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.
- 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.
- 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: With Renton.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Talho and Anemone's dark.
- Love Epiphany: Eureka realizes her feelings for Renton upon learning of his departure in episode 24.
- 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. It's revealed in a flashback this is why she did a Heel-Face Turn.
- 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.
- Mystical Waif
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Purple Eyes: A sign that she's not human.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Anemone's red.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls for Renton because of his good-nature.
- 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.
- True Blue Femininity
- 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.
- Unusual Eyebrows: 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.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?
- When She Smiles
- Winged Humanoid: After her "big change" in the last few episodes.
- You Gotta Have Turquoise Hair
- You Kill It, You Bought It: After killing their parents, she took the kids in and is raising them.
The pilot of Gekkostate's ship, the Gekko
, and cover-girl for their magazine Ray=out
. In a relationship with Holland.
Tropes associated with Talho:
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.
Tropes associated with Holland:
- Ace Pilot: One of the many things he's famous for.
- Aloof Big Brother: Acts as this towards Renton.
- Big Good
- 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.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dewey's Cain.
- Character Development: He goes from a Jerk Ass Man Child to a mature, father-like figure to Renton.
- Deadly Upgrade: Swaps to the 303 in the last act of the series, which requires extremely dangerous drugs just to pilot the thing.
- A Father to His Men: Takes a while, but he grows into this over the course of the series.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Green-Eyed Monster: Arguably the reason for some of his worst Jerk Ass moments. Once he gets over it, he is a much nicer guy.
- Jerkass: At his worst moments.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his better moments.
- 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.
- Kick the Dog: Slap the ignorant hero around, Holland! Such a great way to win his loyalty and impress your crew!
- Man Child: Immature in the way he deals with his anger.
- 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.
- The Resenter: Towards Renton initially.
- Screaming Warrior: Likes to scream while charging into the fray.
- 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 Jerk Ass, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Photographer and main editor of Ray=out
. He was also a former member of the military and defected with Holland.
Tropes associated with Stoner:
- 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
Left to right: 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)
Tropes associated with Maurice, Maeter and Linck:
Pilot of the Gekkostate LFO, Terminus typeR606. Laid-back and will do anything for his partner, Hilda.
Tropes associated with Matthieu:
Pilot of the Gekkostate LFO, Terminus typeR808. Acts as a big-sister figure for the Gekkostate crew.
Tropes associated with Hilda:
Weapons expert of the Gekkostate crew. Also the Gekko
's original owner.
Tropes associated with Ken-Goh:
Physician of the Gekkostate crew. Sometimes gives advice to her crewmates.
Tropes associated with Mischa:
An enigmatic old man who always hangs around the Gekko
Tropes associated with Gonzy:
- Disappears into Light
- Human Alien: The ending reveals Gonzy is a Coralian.
- Averted in the manga; there, he is completely human, but is a former Sage, named Gal Kalmapa, thus allowing him to drop lots of exposition.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He can appear behind someone — set down his carpetnote and all — in seconds. Possibly justified by the above trope.
- The Watcher
Jobs & Woz
Best friends who snuck into the crew. Jobs handles hardware while Woz handles software.
Jobs is voiced by: Kazayuki Shimura (JP), Dave Mallow
Tropes associated with Jobs & Woz:
Second-in-command of the Gekkostate crew. One of the few people Holland confides his troubles to.
Tropes associated with Hap:
- 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.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a barely noticeable scar that divides his left eyebrow.
- Nice Guy: Is easily one of the friendliest of the adult males on the crew.
One of the more ordinary members of Gekkostate. Has a crush on Moondoggie.
Tropes associated with Gidget:
The newest member of Gekkostate before Renton. Jealous of Renton, despite being viewed as a big brother figure by him.
Tropes associated with Moondoggie:
- Beta Couple: With Gidget.
- Bishōnen: He's drawn prettier than the other men of Gekkostate, and Gidget mentions his pretty face at one point.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: According to his license, his name is actually James Darren Emerson. Nobody ever calls him this.
- Took a Level in Badass: Eventually becomes the pilot of the Gekko.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sumner in the video games.
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
. Also Holland's older brother
Tropes associated with Dewey:
- Aloof Big Brother: To Holland.
- Ambition Is Evil
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking
- Big Bad
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- 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
- Dark Messiah: Becomes one, when the Ritual of the King becomes laid out to us.
- 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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Who knew that Captain Justy Tylor could be so chillingly sinister?
- 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.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: How he preys off of Anemone's abandonment issues in Episode 36 is downright creepy. "My sweeet little Anemone..."
- My Death Is Just the Beginning
- 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.
- Never My Fault: Blames Holland for the succession ritual failing when he caused it in the first place.
- 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.
- 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
- Villain Team-Up: With the Frost Bros. and Gym Gingham in Super Robot Wars Z.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- Would Hurt a Child: Or murder them en masse to be more specific.
- White Hair, Black Heart
Pilot of the Federation LFO, Nirvash typeTheEND. Prone to violent mood swings that can only be controlled through the use of lethal
sedatives, she refuses to listen to anyone other than Dewey. Owns a strange badger-like pet named Gulliver.
Tropes associated with Anemone:
- Ace Pilot: She's a great pilot who prefers 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.
- Actor Allusion: Kari Wahlgren playing a pink-haired Cute and Psycho Ax-Crazy girl. Sound familiar?
- 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.
- Badass Adorable
- 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: Especially apparent in episode 48, where even Eureka's children note how sad she sounds.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Dominic in the manga.
- Crazy Consumption/Erotic Eating: Mmmmm, strawberry jam.
- Cute and Psycho
- Daddy's Little Villain: For Dewey, at first.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her eyes each have a single straight line etched across them.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Dewey dressed her up as one in later arcs.
- Flower Motifs: See Meaningful Name.
- Freudian Excuse
- Hair Decorations: Her hair clip and diadem.
- Heel-Face Turn
- 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.
- Ill Girl: Anemone takes a stimulant to deal with her Desperation Disease, which is highly addictive and extremely dangerous. That doctor even says her resistance to the drugs was her greatest value. She does not appear to need it, however, and she mostly takes it before combat under the belief that it makes her fight better.
- I'm a Humanitarian: During her first encounter with Renton in a dream state she tries to eat him.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Dewey and Deckard refer to her as an "it."
- 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 Epiphany: She realizes she is in love with Dominic around the time of his Heel-Face Turn, which leads to a far more serious Despair Event Horizon for her.
- 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: Anemones are linked to bloodshed in Greek and Christian mythology. When Dominic gives her a couple of anemones as a present, she asks if he's mocking her — he didn't realize that anemones mean "disappearing hope."
- Military Brat
- Mistress and Servant Boy: Her relationship with Dominic.
- Modesty Shorts
- Morality Pet: To Dominic.
- 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...
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the manga, she has no name, "Anemone" is the name Dominic gave her.
- Pet the Dog: In the manga. She's a lot nicer, especially toward Eureka. And Dominic at the end.
- 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: Played with. 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
- Redemption Earns Life
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Eureka's blue.
- 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
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She ends up falling for Dogged Nice Guy Dominic.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unknown Rival: To Eureka.
- Villainous BSOD: After multiple failures against the Nirvash. It gets worse when Dominic seemingly abandons her.
- When She Smiles: Dominic comments that her truly happy face is beautiful in Episode 48.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
- 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.
Tropes associated with Dominic:
Anemone's pet badger.
The Ageha Squad
A group of specially-trained children who answer directly to Dewey.
Captain of the Federation flagship Izumo
Tropes associated with Captain Jurgens:
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.
Tropes associated with Sumner:
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
Tropes associated with Ruri:
- Ace Pilot: As noted below, she was The Ace of New Wave until she left.
- Action Girl
- Bare Your Midriff
- Big Eater: If the ramen-eating competition is any indication.
- 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
- 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)
- Defector from Decadence
- Et Tu, Brute?: Flame's—that is, her old mentor's—betrayal sends her into a Heroic BSOD.
- Fiery Redhead
- Genki Girl: Though it occasionally veers into Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Heroic BSOD: Upon realizing Flame's true nature, though she quickly snaps out of it.
- Honey Trap
- 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: And like with Holland and Talho, the 'jerk' part 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.
- 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
- Street Urchin
- 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.
- The Tease
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Gillian's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: In New Vision.
- 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.
- 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.
Tropes associated with Steven:
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team, and Steven's fiancÚe. She works alongside Hooky in New Vision
, where she hunts down the traitors Sumner and Ruri.
Tropes associated with Gillian:
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.
Tropes associated with Hooky:
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team, as well as being one of the first members.
Tropes associated with Shaun:
One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team, as well as being one of the first members alongside Shaun.
Tropes associated with Pez:
Renton's strict yet loving grandfather.
Tropes associated with Axel:
- Badass Grandpa
- Cool Old Guy
- 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".
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Papa Wolf
Renton's long lost sister and Holland's ex-girlfriend.
Tropes associated with Diane:
- Chekhov M.I.A.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A defining part of the series is Diane and her disappearance's effect on Renton and Holland. In the anime at least. There, it is revealed that she had a relationship with Holland and somehow found her way into the control cluster with her father. In the manga, Holland's close relationship with Diane disappears from the narrative and Holland has a mentor-student relationship with Adrock Thurston instead. It is also revealed in the manga that Adrock was assassinated by Dewey. Diane still disappears, but her disappearance is completely unexplained.
Charles and Ray Beams
A pair of mercenaries-for-hire and a loving couple. They hold a grudge against Holland and Gekkostate in general.
Tropes associated with Charles and Ray:
A powerful Vodarac priest.
Tropes associated with Master Norb:
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.
Tropes associated with Sakuya: