Characters: Eureka Seven

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Renton Thurston

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.

Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

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.
  • 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
  • Battle Couple: With Eureka.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he snaps, he snaps hard.
  • Book Dumb: It's noted that his grades in school are pretty awful.
  • Boy Meets Girl: With Eureka
  • Butt Monkey: For much of the first arc. Done intentionally by the crew of the Gekko. Eventually grows out of it via Character Development.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Coral 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. 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
  • 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.

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

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.
  • The Cameo: In New Wave, she shows up at the end, after Sumner delivers the Nirvash to her and Holland.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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
  • Never Be Hurt Again: In the manga, she goes through a period of refusing to feel, deciding that it's easier than leaving herself vulnerable.
  • 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.
  • Protectorate: Renton's main motivation is to protect Eureka.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?: 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.
  • 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.

Talho Yuki

The pilot of Gekkostate's ship, the Gekko, and cover-girl for their magazine Ray=out. In a relationship with Holland.

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

Tropes associated with Talho:

Holland Novak

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.

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN)

Tropes associated with Holland:


Photographer and main editor of Ray=out. He was also a former member of the military and defected with Holland.

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Doug Stone (EN)

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.

Maurice is voiced by: Michiko Neya (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)
Maeter is voiced by: Eriko Kigawa (JP), Peggy O'Neil (EN)
Linck is voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

Tropes associated with Maurice, Maeter and Linck:
  • Attention Whore: All of them compete with everyone else for Eureka's attention and affection.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Maurice is the most sensible (probably due to being oldest) while Linck is the most immature.
  • Cheerful Child: All of them, but Maeter and Linck moreso — when they're not being mean to Renton or crying, that is.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Linck.
  • Expy: They resemble the three little kids from the original Mobile Suit Gundam quite a lot.
  • Happily Adopted: By Eureka, and later by Renton as well.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Since Eureka is a Coralian.
  • The Load
  • 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, over time 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. It starts of 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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)

Tropes associated with Matthieu:


Pilot of the Gekkostate LFO, Terminus typeR808. Acts as a big-sister figure for the Gekkostate crew.

Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)

Tropes associated with Hilda:


Weapons expert of the Gekkostate crew. Also the Gekko's original owner.

Voiced by: Tamio Ohki (JP), Bob Papenbrook (EN, episodes 1-28), Kyle Hebert (EN, episodes 29-50)

Tropes associated with Ken-Goh:


Physician of the Gekkostate crew. Sometimes gives advice to her crewmates.

Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)

Tropes associated with Mischa:


An enigmatic old man who always hangs around the Gekko.

Voiced by: Takkou Ishimori (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)

Tropes associated with Gonzy:
  • 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.
  • Disappears into Light
  • Human Alien: The ending reveals Gonzy is a Coralian.
  • 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 (EN)
Woz is voiced by: Yuuichi Nagashima (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

Tropes associated with Jobs & Woz:


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)

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.

Voiced by: Fumie Mizusaka (JP), Jessica Straus (EN)

Tropes associated with Gidget:


The newest member of Gekkostate before Renton. Jealous of Renton, despite being viewed as a big brother figure by him.

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

Tropes associated with Moondoggie:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: According to his license, his name is actually James Darren Emerson. Nobody ever calls him this.
  • 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.

    United Federation Force 

Dewey Novak

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.

Voiced by: Kouji Tsujitani (JP), Kim Strauss (EN)

Tropes associated with Dewey:


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.

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)

Tropes associated with Anemone:

Dominic Sorel

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)

Tropes associated with Dominic:


Anemone's pet badger.

The Ageha Squad

A group of specially-trained children who answer directly to Dewey.

Captain Jurgens

Captain of the Federation flagship Izumo.

Voiced by: Tetsuo Komura (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)

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     New Wave and New Vision Characters 

Sumner Sturgeon

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.

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)

Tropes associated with Sumner:
  • Accidental Pervert: First met Ruri by accidentally walking in on her while she was changing.
  • 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: Less so in New Vision, having grown up a bit, but it's still there at times.
  • Battle Couple: With Ruri in New Vision.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: 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.
  • 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.
  • Love at First Sight: He became infatuated with Ruri since the first time he saw her... not that he knows that it was her.
  • 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 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.

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)

Tropes associated with Ruri:
  • 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.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • 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)
  • Defector from Decadence: She left the military of her own volition once she realized how far the corruption ran.
  • 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: 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • The Tease
  • 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.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In New Wave.

Steven Bisson

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.

Voiced By: Masakazu Morita (JP), Liam O Brien (EN, Uncredited)

Tropes associated with Steven:

Gillian Hamilton

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.

Voiced By: Chie Nakamura (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN, Uncredited)

Tropes associated with Gillian:

Hooky Zueff

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.

Voiced By: Wataru Takagi (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN, Uncredited)

Tropes associated with Hooky:

Shaun Banks

One of Sumner's companions when he was a member of Sawyer Team, as well as being one of the first members.

Voiced By: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Dan Woren (EN, Uncredited)

Tropes associated with Shaun:

Pez Wells

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)

Tropes associated with Pez:


Axel Thurston

Renton's strict yet loving grandfather.

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP), Steve Kramer (EN)

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".
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf

Diane Thurston

Renton's long lost sister and Holland's ex-girlfriend.

Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (JP), Peggy O'Neal (EN)

Tropes associated with Diane:
  • Chekhov M.I.A.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Or what Granddaddy hates, that is. Suffice to say that Axel didn't approve of Holland.
  • 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.

Charles is voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
Ray is voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Melissa Fahn (EN)

Tropes associated with Charles and Ray:

Master Norb

A powerful Vodarac priest.

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Jun Fukuyama (JP, young), Jamieson Price (EN), Sam Riegel (EN, young)

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.

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Jennie Kwan (EN)

Tropes associated with Sakuya: