Characters: Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor
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Fafner Pilots (original series)
Main character of the original Fafner TV series, The Movie Heaven And Earth, and the sequel TV series Exodus. He is the pilot of the Mark Elf. And later, Mark Sein.
- The Ace
- Ambiguously Gay: He seems completely oblivious and uninterested in the affections the girls have for him, and it's quite apparent that Soushi is the one who is most important to him, to the point where he vows to wait forever for Soushi to return to the island, and flies into a rage when Festum show up instead of Soushi. Could be a case of If It's You, It's Okay and/or Single-Target Sexuality.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: On the novel's colorpage he has brown instead of the usual black hair.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Soushi in Exodus.
- Berserk Button: Attempting to harm and/or kidnap Soushi? Bad idea.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and Soushi single-handedly salvage the situation in India once they show up with Sein and Nicht.
- Break the Cutie: He goes through so much crap throughout his childhood and the first season that once he's forced to confront his past and what he's done he breaks down. He seems to get better, but then Soushi is kidnapped by the Festum, breaking him all over again.
- Broken Bird: In Heaven and Earth it's quite apparent that he's become this due to Soushi's disappearance.
- Casual Danger Dialog: When he and Soushi arrive in India in the middle of a battle, Soushi nonchalantly asks him whether he slept well and if he had nice dreams. Kazuki responds that he thinks he did.
- Child Prodigy: Of the athletic variety. He's miles above anyone else in this regard.
- Childhood Friends: With Soushi and Maya.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Shoko, Maya, and Canon all have feelings for him, and he's completely oblivious to it. Goes into Ambiguously Gay territory.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Really takes after his mother and not a shred of his father's masculinity.
- Even more so in Exodus. His shoulder-length hair often makes him look just as feminine as Soushi.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: In the movie, because his assimilation process is so far gone, there's a big chance that he'll be assimilated within minutes of piloting the Mark Sein. This along with essentially being removed for most of the last part of the movie, prevents him from piloting and easily defeating the Festum army, leaving the defense of the island to his friends.
- In Exodus he's forced to stay behind by Soushi to conserve his strength when the Festum attack them while travelling. He's understandably upset by this, as they suffer heavy civilian casualties.
- Handicapped Badass: By the end of the TV series, he's nearly blind. In the movie, his assimilation process has reached the point where if he pilots the Mark Sein for more than a few minutes, there's a high chance he'll be completely assimilated. As of Exodus he can see again, but the assimilation phenomenon is still wreaking havoc on his body, leaving him with only 3 years to live.
- Heartbroken Badass: At the end of the TV series and during the movie.
- Held Gaze: He likes doing this with Soushi a lot.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Soushi, though the heterosexual bit is arguable.
- The Hero
- I Can Still Fight: Despite being so far along in the assimilation phenomenon in Exodus that piloting for even a few minutes would put his life at risk, he offers to fight again if it will help the younger pilots survive.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- I Will Find You: When Soushi gets kidnapped by the Festum Kazuki has one thought in mind, and it's this.
- I Will Wait for You: Says this to Soushi at the end of the first season, and again in the movie.
- Legendary in the Sequel: In Exodus, Narain claims that Kazuki is considered a hero by the New U.N. Fafner pilots for his actions in the final battle of the original series. Kazuki himself seems a little put off by the admiration that Jonathan, Billy, and Ai give him when they meet him.
- Midseason Upgrade: From the Mark Elf to the Mark Sein.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he scratched out Soushi's eye when they were kids.
- My Greatest Failure: Scratching out Soushi's eye when they were kids, even though it was necessary to save his life. The guilt eats away at him until near the end of the first season. Again, failing to save Soushi from the Festum at the end of the first season. It leads him to become the Broken Bird he is in Heaven and Earth.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He saves a NUN shuttle despite orders to leave it, but this results in Shoko's death and the NUN finally discovering the location of the island.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Maya. He finds her presence calming and comforting, and she's the only one he finds he can confide fully in.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Refuses to believe that Soushi is disappearing into the Festum hivemind at the end of the series, resulting in this.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Goes on one immediately after Soushi is kidnapped by the Festum. It doesn't work.
- Say My Name: Screams Soushi's name repeatedly when he's being kidnapped by Festum, and again at the end of the series when he disappears.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He saves some members of the NUN despite orders to leave them to die. This results in Shoko's death, however.
- Stepford Smiler: Both in the original TV series and the movie. He gets better. Maybe.
- Strong Family Resemblance: It isn't that strong at the beginning but as of EXODUS, he looks nearly identical to his mother.
- Supreme Chef
- Take My Hand: with Soushi when they got absorbed into the Festum world by Mark Nicht and Idun.
- Tears of Joy: At the end of the movie.
- Trauma Conga Line: He experiences this, in spades.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Scratching out Soushi's eye scarred him so much that he blocked out the reason as to why he did it, leaving him only with the memory that he had done it.
- Unstoppable Rage: Twice so far. First when Soushi is kidnapped by the Festum. He propels himself high into the atmosphere in pursuit, screaming at them to give Soushi back. Again when Festum show up at the beginning of the movie. He furiously demands to know why it's them instead of Soushi, and utterly annihilates his opponent, until it evolves.
- Worf Had the Flu: In the movie, he sortied to face a Sphinx-type Festum, which quickly mutated into a new Aeolus-type, which is capable of mimicing and using human weapons, including Fafner weaponry. Kazuki ended up having an extremely difficult time, mainly because his assimilation process started up and he was struggling to fight back from being assimilated.
- Your Days Are Numbered: In Exodus.
Main heroine of the Fafner franchise and the eventual pilot of the Mark Sieben.
- Action Girl
- Badass Adorable: She's the second most capable pilot behind Kazuki, and in Exodus she's learning how to pilot a fighter jet.
- Break the Cutie: When she realizes she couldn't protect everyone as she thought she could, having almost had to put Ai down before she was completely assimilated, and it was Kazuki who had to save everyone again. She breaks down in tears in the middle of a fight, apologizing for being unable to protect anyone without his help.
- Childhood Friends: With Kazuki.
- Cold Sniper: When piloting.
- Declaration of Protection: Has one toward the younger pilots after things go to hell in India.
- Dull Surprise: Generally her reaction when things go bad when she's piloting. Made abundantly clear when her only reaction to a Festum charging her head-on is a slight widening of her eyes and a quiet "oh."
- Emotionless Girl: Again, when piloting.
- Go Through Me: She notices Mizoguchi attempting to snipe Koyo after the latter starts wandering around as a mostly-assimilated zombie and steps between them.
- Hyper Awareness: Is able to perceive and deduce an alarming number of things with great accuracy just by noticing small details.
- Incompatible Orientation: If this is true for the franchise remains to be seen but Maya herself is convinced of this. She believes that Kazuki doesn't want or need her. The way she puts it he needs and wants someone else with him, namely Soushi.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Mizoguchi, to the point where she's playfully calling him "Dad" in '"Exodus''.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Towards Kazuki. Whether or not he'll ever return her feelings remains to be seen.
- The Lancer: Once she's starts piloting a Fafner.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Kazuki by the time of Exodus, as it seems she's given up on pursuing him romantically and is content to just protect him. The official relationship chart for Exodus reflects this by saying Canon and Shoko have feelings for him but Maya wants to protect him.
- Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Japanese), Tiffany Gayle (English)
Maya's best friend and pilot of the Mark Sechs.
- The Berserker: When she pilots.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Declaration of Protection: Says she'll protect the island for Kazuki right before she gets killed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Blew herself up to take out a Festum.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Kazuki.
- Ill Girl
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Festum she fights does this to her, though it's not what ends up killing her.
- Knife Nut: Repeatedly tries to stab a Festum even after Soushi tells her that that weapon won't work against it.
- Meaningful Name: Hazama in this case means 'to be in between', symbolizing how Shoko is positioned between characters without any real stability of her own.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first and foremost proof that Anyone Can Die in this anime.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: After she dies her grave is desecrated and she's treated as an outcast for destroying her Fafner along with the Festum.
- Taking You with Me: She activates Fenrir and straps herself to a Festum to take it out.
Pilot of the Mark Vier. He becomes a Festum, but eventually managed to retain his human will. In Heaven and Earth, he turned himself into the Mark Vier's core in place of the one used by the New U.N. for the Mark Nicht, and comes to assist his friends.
- Abusive Parents: His parents only see him as an object to make them look good.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Heaven and Earth.
- Dogged Nice Guy
- Dysfunctional Family
- Failure-to-Save Murder: Blames Kazuki for not being able to save Shoko despite that it was clear that there was no way that Kazuki could have caught up to Shoko's Mark Sechs since it was actively flying 'away' from him the entire time.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Shoko.
- Meaningful Name: Kasugai means 'clamp', signifying how he connects the characters and their emotions.
- Soulless Shell: After being assimilated.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Shoko.
- The Voiceless: As a Festum in the movie.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Shoko dies he lashes out at Kazuki at every opportunity and ultimately gets himself assimilated after trying to prove that he can do better.
Pilot of the Mark Drei.
- Action Girl
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kenji before they confess their feelings to each other.
- Best Her to Bed Her: In the light novel it's explained that she'll only consider dating someone who can defeat her in her dad's dojo. Kazuki ends up accidentally beating her due to his Child Prodigy athletic skills, and after that the boys come to the conclusion that by beating Kazuki in a fight they'll have beaten Sakura by proxy.
- The Big Girl: Shared with Mamoru in the original series.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Chick: In the movie.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the movie, where she's constrained to a wheelchair.
- Heir to the Dojo
- Official Couple: With Kenji, eventually.
- Put on a Bus: In episode 21, Sakura is assimilated by the Festum and is last seen in episode 22 in a coma. Near the very end, a method of reversing the effects is discovered, and it's mentioned that Sakura's starting to recover, but is not seen again in the TV series. The Bus Came Back in the movie, in which she's recovered enough to start piloting again.
- Ship Tease: With Kenji, big time.
- Tsundere: Towards Kenji.
- You Killed My Father: The Festum killed her father, so she wants to destroy them.
Pilot of the Mark Acht.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sakura before they confess their feelings to each other.
- The Chick: When piloting a Fafner most of the time.
- Cowardly Lion: Despite his cowardice, he can actually get a job done.
- Despair Event Horizon: When his mother is killed. He gets better by the end of the season.
- Meaningful Name: The 'ken' in Kenji means sword, making Kenji the 'sword' protecting Sakura.
- The Medic: In Exodus.
- Miles Gloriosus: He talks up a big game because he believes it'll help him pick up girls, but when he actually pilots his Fafner he's constantly screaming that he's scared and wants to go home.
- Mission Control: He takes over the Siegfried System in Exodus after Soushi sorties in Nicht.
- Official Couple: With Sakura, eventually.
- Ship Tease: With Sakura.
- The Smart Guy: In the movie, surprisingly enough.
Pilot of the Mark Funf.
- The Big Guy: Shares the role with Sakura in the series.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cruel and Unusual Death
- Declaration of Protection: Screams that he's going to protect everyone before impaling a Festum and himself.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When a Festum pins everyone down, he picks it up and impales it along with his own Fafner on Mark Sein's sword. His cockpit is crushed from being caught in the Festum's explosion, but he's happy that he saved his friends.
- Hot-Blooded: As Goubain.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Cause of death.
- Meaningful Name: A rather obvious case, but Mamoru is the 'shield' protecting both Kenji and Sakura.
- Split Personality: He develops a second personality when he's piloting his Fafner. He puts on his Goubain mask, becomes hot-blooded, and kicks total ass, but once you take off his mask, he reverts back to Mamoru and forgets everything he's done as Goubain.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: As Goubain, he acts just like a stereotypical Super Robot pilot and keeps using tactics that are just plain suicidal, believing that a strong heart will save the day and all that jazz. Too bad he's in an extra-bleak Real Robot anime.
The Fafner franchise's other protagonist. Kazuki's best friend and the controller of the Siegfried System. Was the designated pilot of Mark Ein, as shown in Right Of Left, but couldn't due his previous eye injury. In Exodus, he pilots the Mark Nicht.
- Adorkable: He can be this during the more light-hearted moments of the series. The convenient-11-steps-from-his-room vending machine stands out.
- Always with You: Says this to Kazuki as he's being assimilated into the Festum hivemind at the end of the first season. And he is; he stays in a state of crossing with Kazuki for two years.
- Ambiguously Bi: His Exodus relationship chart says he might have romantic feelings for Toomi while the novel states that Kazuki is the most important person in his life.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: On the novel's colorpage he has bright red hair instead of the usual dark blond.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Kazuki in Exodus.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and Kazuki single-handedly salvage the situation in India once they show up with Sein and Nicht.
- Bishōnen: Of the Long-Haired Pretty Boy variety.
- Casual Danger Dialog: When he and Kazuki arrive in India in the middle of a battle, he nonchalantly asks Kazuki whether he slept well and if he had nice dreams. Kazuki responds in the affirmative.
- Childhood Friends: With Kazuki.
- The Comically Serious
- Deuteragonist: The franchise's secondary protagonist.
- Distressed Dude: Gets caught up in a cocoon of Festum tendrils as they slowly attempt to assimilate him, and just as you think he might get out of it he gets full-on kidnapped by them.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Worst offender of the franchise.
- Eye Scream: He has a scar over his left eye that's left him blind on that side. Kazuki did it to him when they were children to save his life. He was getting assimilated. When he was returned at the end of Heaven and Earth his sight was restored, but the scar still remains.
- Held Gaze: He likes doing this with Kazuki a lot.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kazuki. If not something more.
- I Shall Return: Says this to Kazuki at the end of the first season, and again in the movie. He finally does.
- Hypocritical Humor: In Exodus he and Kazuki share a scene where he mentions how long Kazuki's hair has gotten and suggests he cut it. Kazuki calls him out on it. Later, after Kenji has taken control of the Siegfried System for the first time, Soushi tells him not to shoulder everything by himself. Both Kenji and Kazuki call him out on this.
- Kuudere: Type 1, big time.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Kazuki.
- Living on Borrowed Time: It's heavily implied in Exodus that he's only alive because he's part-Festum now.
- Megane: In Exodus.
- Midseason Upgrade: He goes from manning the Siegfried System to piloting the Mark Nicht in Exodus.
- Mission Control
- Nerves of Steel: Required of him while he's operating the Siegfried System, as any show of emotion could negatively impact the pilots.
- No Social Skills: He has no clue of how to do casual conversation. See the episode where he takes Kazuki into his bedroom.
- Soushi: This vending machine is 11 steps from my bedroom. It's really convenient.Kazuki: ...You're really awkward, aren't you?
- Non-Action Guy: Played straight in the original and Heaven and Earth. Subverted in Exodus.
- Parental Abandonment: His father dies near the very beginning of the series. His mother sacrificed herself while pregnant with Tsubaki to stabilize the island's core.
- Sand In My Eyes: Happens when Kazuki returns to the island and declares that he finally understands Soushi. Soushi is moved to tears, but when Kazuki asks him about it he brushes it off as nothing.
- Say My Name: In the PV for the second cour of Exodus, he screams Kazuki's name repeatedly in a manner reminiscent to Kazuki's breakdown in the first season.
- Scars Are Forever: When he remakes his existence and come back from the Festum world, the sight in his left eye is restored but the scar there remains, probably because he considers it part of himself and make him who he is.
- Ship Tease: Shows occasional additional concern for Maya, which may or may not be platonic. His Exodus relationship chart lists his feelings towards her as romantic, but with a question mark.
- Shoot the Dog: The second CD drama reveals that he spread rumors about Shouko and vandalized her grave to prevent the pilots from seeing suicide attacks as a viable option.
- Stoic Spectacles: In Exodus. Bonus points for the already long hair, double because it's already worn in a ponytail.
- The Smart Guy: In the original series.
- The Spock: The rational one among the younger cast.
- The Stoic: Is generally this, but...
- The Strategist: There's a reason he's the operator of the Siegfried System.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he was always pretty capable and badass in his own right, being the operator of the Siegfried System, when he starts piloting Nicht he is nigh-unstoppable.
- Was Once a Man: Exodus reveals that upon his return to Tatsumiya at the end of the movie he's no longer completely human, taking on some Festum-like qualities.
- When He Smiles: In the movie. And EXODUS. Wow.
- Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English, series), Brian Mathis (English, Heaven and Earth)
- The Chains of Commanding
- Incurable Cough of Death: Develops this in Heaven and Earth due to modifications to the Mir of Tatsumiya. It's cured when Mir becomes the atmosphere of Earth and cleanses it.
- Parents as People
- Ship Tease: He had some of this with Chizuru in the first season. The Heaven and Earth relationship chart◊ even says they're in love.
- The Medic
- Parents as People
- Ship Tease: In original series, it's more obvious on her end than Fumihiko's. And the Heaven and Earth relationship chart flat out says they're in love.
- Back from the Dead: After being crushed by the building as mentioned below, she's back right away with no explanation like nothing ever happened.
- Cool Big Sis
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: A building, to be exact.
- Official Couple: With Michio
- The Medic
- Voiced by: Nanaho Katsuragi (Japanese), Jane Alan (English, series), Lydia McKay (English, Heaven and Earth)
- Death Wail
- Replacement Goldfish: After Shoko dies, Koyo's dog Chocolat likely becomes this to her.
- Canon as well, later in the series.
- Skyward Scream
Masahiro and Ryoko Kasugai
- Voiced by (Masahiro): Tomoya Kawai (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)Voiced by (Ryoko): Shoko Tsuda (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English)
- Jerkasses: They only care about Koyo as a potential boost to their reputation, and when they think he has failed his "purpose" (i.e. falling into a coma from being semi-assimilated), they quickly want to ditch him and get another child who won't become a "loser" by their standards. What do they do when they're refused? Try to freaking kill him.
- Put on a Bus: They're expelled from the island after trying to kill Koyo and aren't seen again.
- Voiced by: Shizuka Ishikawa (Japanese), June Ellis (English, series), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English, Heaven and Earth)
- Bridge Bunny: The longest-standing one, having been pretty much the only consistent operator throughout all entries in the franchise.
- Voiced by: Ai Satou (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English, 1st voice), Wendee Lee (English, 2nd voice)
- The Alcoholic: In the movie. He gets better by Exodus, though.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Mamoru's death. He hasn't gotten over it at the start of the movie, probably because his wife is dead, too. He seems to have recovered by Exodus, as he's seen creating manga again and is in charge of maintenance for the 3rd generation Fafners.
- Give Him a Normal Life: He tries to give his son a happy childhood by making manga.
- Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
- Face-Heel Turn
- Pet the Dog: Has a soft spot for her former teammates Yumiko and Micho, culminating in her warning Michio about the New U.N.'s plans to blow up Tatsumiyajima and disabling the ship's weapons so he can escape.
- Karmic Death
- Badass Normal
- Friendly Sniper
- The Mentor: Acts as one towards Maya.
- Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Maya in Exodus, as she's started calling him "dad."
- Voiced by: Hisako Kyouda (Japanese), June Ellis (English, series), Juli Erickson (English, Heaven and Earth)
Cheremy Lee Marcy
- Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (English)
- Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Andrew Chandler (English)
- Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese)
- Nice Guy: He's shown himself to be a very pleasant guy to be around.
- Ship Tease: He's implied to be going out with Mai. Her father even tells him to hurry and marry her so he (her father) can be at ease.
- Voiced by: Azumi Asakura (Japanese)
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Seems to have this dynamic with Mai, with her as the tomboy.
- Voiced by: Saori Seto
- Bridge Bunny: Takes over for Olga when the latter becomes a part of the expeditionary team.
- Cool Big Sis: She's Hiroto's.
- Nice Girl
- Ship Tease: It's implied that she's going out with Jinnai. Her father apparently wants them to get married soon so he can be at ease, much to her embarrassment.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Seems to have this dynamic with Saki, with her as the girly girl.
- Red Shirt: Pretty much anybody piloting the U.N.'s mass produced Fafner, the Gnosis-type.
- Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (Japanese), Jack Bauer (English)
- Heel-Face Turn: Sticks with Tatsumiya instead of the New U.N.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Midseason Upgrade: From the Megatherion-type to the Mark Ein. Comes pretty late in the series, though.
- Official Couple: With Yumiko.
- Sixth Ranger: Alongside Canon in the original series.
New U.N. pilot of the Fafner Babylon Model. Eventually becomes an inhabitant of Tatsuymiya Island under the care of Yoko and pilots Sakura's Mark Drei near the end of the series. Is officially adopted by Yoko by the time of Heaven and Earth. Starts out still piloting the Mark Drei before becoming the first pilot of the new Mark Dreizehn.
- The Big Girl: In the movie.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Near the end, she starts developing feelings for Kazuki, which both Sakura and Michio figure out. Because of her upbringing and lack of social skills, she has no idea how to talk to him. As of the movie, it remains unresolved. This leads to a heartbreaking moment in Exodus where she still can't spit it out when as Kazuki departs on what appears to be a suicide mission.
- Death Seeker: Was relieved at the concept of being killed as part of a suicide order by the New U.N. to destroy Tatsumiya Island.
- Happily Adopted: By the time of the movie.
- Heel-Face Turn: Defects from New U.N. to Tatsumiya.
- Love Hurts: In Exodus, where everything Kazuki does causes her some kind of anguish.
- Midseason Upgrade: Takes over piloting the Mark Drei when Sakura's out of commision.
- She's shown still piloting it in Heaven and Earth's first battle, before she upgrades to the Mark Dreizehn, and Sakura reclaims the Mark Drei.
- No Social Skills: Constantly takes suggestions for orders due to having spent so much time in a military environment. The first time she has to make one, she has a near mental breakdown.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Begs Kazuki not to sortie in Sein again, as it will probably kill him. He doesn't listen.
- Sixth Ranger: Alongside Michio in the original series.
Other U.N. Fafner Pilots (Original Series)
- Jingjing Chen voiced by: Michiko Komatsu (Japanese, Exodus)Olga Katina Betrenko voiced by: Miyu Sawaii (Japanese, Exodus)Vera del Gnoni voiced by: Natsuki Aikawa (Japanese, Exodus)
- Bridge Bunnies: After joining Alviss.
- Heel-Face Turn: Exodus shows that they did this all the way back in the original series.
- Put on a Bus: Due to Heaven and Earth focusing entirely on Tatsumiya Island, she doesn't make an appearance.
- The Bus Came Back: She's back to cause more trouble in Exodus.
- Voiced by: Katsuji Mori (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
- Abusive Parents: At least, for Yumiko. Exodus hints that he may have been one for Jonathan as well.
- Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)
- Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Probably the most out of any high-ranking New. U.N. officials shown. Likely the reason he has as many supporters as he does.
- Was Once a Man: Like Soushi, he's being kept alive by the Festum.
Jonathan Mitsuhiro Bartland
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Long-Lost Relative: Neither Maya nor Yumiko seemed to know that their father had another kid.
- Voiced by: Masakazu Morita
- Casanova Wannabe: His attempts to hit on Maya and Rina don't work very well.
- Locked Out of the Loop: The likely reason for his Open Mouth, Insert Foot moment. He genuinely didn't seem to know about how badly the New U.N. had treated Tatsumiya's residents (supported by his look of confusion at Rina's rage) until Jonathan told him.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When he asked why the Alviss Fafner pilots haven't been helping the rest of the world.
Aishwarya "Ai" Fein
- Voiced by: Megumi Han
- Dying as Yourself: Tries to invoke this on herself. She's nearly assimilated and begs Maya to kill her before she loses herself to the Festum but then Kazuki arrives and eradicates the assimilation.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: While all of the New U.N. Fafner pilots admire Kazuki for his exploits in the original series, she seems to be the most obvious about it.
- Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Lynn Fischer (English, series), Jennifer Seman (English, Heaven and Earth)
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the movie, she understands Akane's love for Tatsumiyajima, and willingly gives her life to protect Tsubaki's reincarnation and Seri.
- The Assimilator: As a Festum, he's capable of this. Tries this on Kazuki and the Mark Sein at the end of the TV series, which only gets 'him' assimilated in turn.
- Big Bad: As close to one as the original series had.
- Grand Theft Prototype: How he acquires the Mark Nicht.
- Anti-Villain: He truly wants peace between humans and Festum, and is trying everything he can in hopes that it can happen. However, he doesn't dare go against the wishes of the Festum's Mir.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He shields the island and his Mir from the New U.N.'s nukes.
- The Juggernaut: During the time he piloted the Mark Nicht, nobody could do much of anything to him. The most Kazuki could manage was to convince him to tell his Mir he didn't want to fight anymore.
- Soul Jar: He's holding and protecting Soushi's existence within himself.
Fafner Pilots (Right of Left)
- Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese)
- Break the Cutie: The OVA definitely wasn't kind to him.
- Childhood Friends: With Yumi. Before his death, he admits that he liked her.
- Doomed by Canon
- Incurable Cough of Death: Very prone to getting sick
- Nice Guy
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died before the series and the OVA.
- Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese)
- Badass Adorable
- Break the Cutie: Like Ryou, the OVA wasn't kind to her.
- Childhood Friends: With Ryou. She seemed to have returned his feelings for him.
- Doomed by Canon
- Important Haircut
- Parental Abandonment: Her father died earlier in the TV special.
Other Titan Model Pilots
- Jun Tachigi voiced by: Toru Nara (Japanese)Takeshi Murakami voiced by: Atsushi Kakehashi (Japanese)Yukihiro Funabashi voiced by: ? (Japanese)Sayuri Shibata voiced by: Yoko Nishino (Japanese)Sanae Kaburagi voiced by: Kana Oumura (Japanese)Toru Yanase voiced by: Takayuki Sasada (Japanese)
- Doomed by Canon: All of them, just like our main characters.
- Important Haircut: In Exodus, Sanae's younger brother Sui opens a drawer with her hair in it, revealing that she did this, presumably for similar reasons to Yumi.
- Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (Japanese)
Fafner Pilots (Heaven and Earth) *SPOILERS*
- Ascended Extra: All of them. They were just a bunch of regular school kids previously.
- Sixth Ranger: All four of them to the original series pilots.
- Barrier Warrior: Just like his predecessor, he utilizes the Mark Funf's Aegis energy shields for both defense and offense.
- Legacy Character: He is the 2nd generation Gobain, down to piloting the Mark Funf.
- Passing the Torch: He gives the mask to Mimika in the first episode of Exodus.
- Ship Tease: With Seri. In Exodus, his sister Mai claims that Hiroto used to be so curious of Seri, to which Hiroto frantically retorts that that was just when they were kids. Didn't stop him from having a nice moment with her later that night.
- Also of note, the Heaven and Earth relationship chart◊ has a note that says "Interested?" for both of them.
- Back from the Dead: She didn't survive the fight in episode 7 of Exodus, but Orihime's power brought her back. Because of this she's started accidentally assimilating everything she touches, and has been put in quarantine.
- Beetle Maniac: She loves observing and studying bugs.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Tsubaki.
- Ship Tease: With Hiroto. As noted in above, Exodus shows her having a nice moment with Hiroto the night before he heads off with the expeditionary team. Incidentally, he also frequently gets her to join in on his various TV programs. Even when she said she wasn't going to go along with them anymore, she ends up doing so during his interview of the islanders and their New U.N. guests, even putting on her shrine maiden outfit without even thinking about (it wasn't until after the interview started that she asked why she had to wear it).
- See also Hiroto's entry in regards to the Heaven and Earth relationship chart.
- Shrine Maiden: She's working as one in Exodus.
- Use Your Head: Her signature attack. Tamotsu ends up installing the Shotgun Horn on top of her Fafner's head to make the most of her headbutting habit.
- Ambiguously Bi: Had a crush on Maya but by the time of Exodus, she apparently has developed a thing for Kenji.
- Anger Born of Worry: She is very prone to this, specially with her brother.
- BFG: Uses the Medusa shoulder-mounted cannons in Exodus.
- Kill It with Fire: When in the Mark Neun, she uses the Salamander flamethrower.
- Midseason Upgrade: See Akira's entry.
- Raised by Grandparents: Her parents died when she was an infant, so her grandmother Ikumi took care of her and her brother.
- Sibling Team: With Akira, as the co-pilots of the Zero Fafner.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Like Kenji and Sakura, her and Akira's whereabouts weren't shown at the end of Heaven and Earth; in fact, the last we see of them, they looked like they were being enveloped in an explosion. It isn't until Exodus that we see that they're alive and well.
- Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Ben Bryant (English)
- Ascended Extra: Akira deserves special mention, as he was just a background character in the original series who, as noted below, didn't speak. Heaven and Earth gave him a voice and character.
- Broken Tears: After the people he was trying to save get assimilated Akira breaks down and just wails.
- Cold Sniper:Just like his crush Maya, he uses the Dragontooth sniper rifle with cold efficiency while piloting the Mark Zehn. He seems less cold in Exodus, but he doesn't quite go over into Friendly Sniper.
- Heroic BSOD: Has one in Exodus after a bus-full of people he was trying to save get assimilated.
- Midseason Upgrade: To the Zero Fafner. It's unknown what happened to it at the end of Heaven and Earth, as Akira and Rina both go back to their original units in ''Exodus.
- Raised by Grandparents: See Rina's entry.
- Sibling Team: With Rina, mainly once they co-pilot the Zero Fafner.
- The Voiceless: As a background character in the original series. In Heaven and Earth, he doesn't speak until he starts piloting a Fafner.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: See Rina's entry above.
Fafner Pilots (Exodus) *SPOILERS*
- Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa
- Badass Adorable: Her debut battle proves that she is truly worthy of the Gobain legacy.
- Body Horror: Develops several hardened growths on her back that multiply the more she pilots a Fafner.
- Barrier Warrior: As with previous Gobains, she makes ample use of the Aegis energy shield in her fight style.
- Genki Girl: She almost always seems so full of energy.
- Girly Bruiser: Don't underestimate the cute pigtailed girl in the pink robot.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: She learnt all her moves from reading Super Robot manga. Justified, those books were designed to be educational material for future pilots.
- In-Series Nickname: Sakura calls her Mika-Mika.
- I Call It "Vera": Her Fafner is given the name "Tsukuyomi."
- Legacy Character: She recieves Mamoru's helmet from Hiroto and becomes the 3rd generation Gobain.
- Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
- Badass: His use of Dual Wielding in his first battle has to be seen to be believed.
- Body Horror: Develops a hole in the centre of his chest that grows larger the more he pilots a Fafner. The implication is that it will keep growing until he's entirely consumed by it.
- Dual Wielding: His signature style utilizes both a Ruga Lance and a Raven Sword.
- I Call It "Vera": His Fafner is given the name "Susanoo."
- Ship Tease: He seems to like Mimika, and even keeps a photo of her on him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Reo or Leo? His name is spelling in kanji like all the other Japanese characters, but his claims that his name was inspired by the Belgium's use of a lion its coats of arms.
- Voiced by: Kensho Ono
- Abusive Parents: They are not as bad as Kouyo's parents, but they are so focused with the grief from their daughter's death that it looks like they don't mind their other kid becoming a pilot.
- Badass: Possibly the most out of the 3rd generation pilots. Look no further than his masterful use of wired weapons in his debut battle.
- Dual Wielding: Primarily wields 2 Raging Cutters.
- I Call It "Vera": His Fafner is given the name "Amaterasu."
- The Smart Guy: He's even considered to be a potential successor to Soushi in operating the Siegfried System.
- Ship Tease: He seems to be interested in Rina, who doesn't notice.
- Voiced by: Tamaki Nakanishi (Japanese), Mela Lee (English, series), Kristy Kang (English, Heaven and Earth)
- Exotic Eye Designs
- Heroic Sacrifice: Re-enters the core of Tatsumiyajima and fully merges with the Mir in order for it to fully understand life and death.
- Hesitant Sacrifice: Right before entering the core, Tsubaki breaks down and laments that she doesn't want to die and that she wants to live. However, she recovers and goes through with it, knowing that it will not only save everyone on the island, but also hopefully pave the way for eventual peace with the Festum.
- Meaningful Name: After the 'Tsubaki' or 'Camellia' plant blossoms and grows old, the flower simply falls off the branch. This hints that Tsubaki will be willing to sacrifice herself once the time has come.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child
- Truly Single Parent: In Exodus, the new core claims that Tsubaki is this to her, rather than Tsubaki herself reborn like everyone thought.
- Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
- Psychic Powers: She can read the minds of Festums and not only understand their words, but communicate with them.
- In Exodus they also allowed her to communicate Emery before the two met face-to-face for the first time.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up:In Exodus, her body is forcibly matured by the New U.N.'s Mir.
- Voiced by: Rio Sasaki
- Psychic Powers: She seems to have similar powers as Miwa, which is how the two became friends in the first place.
- Tragic Keepsake: The little shoe she always carries with her. It belonged to her younger brother, who was assimilated by Festum.
- Voiced by: Tamaki Nakanishi