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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.
- Child Prodigy: Of the athletic variety. He's miles above anyone else in this regard.
- Childhood Friends: With Soushi.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Shoko, Maya, and Canon all have feelings for him, and he's completely oblivious to it.
- 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 more feminine than 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.
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Soushi. Arguably.
- 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 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.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Goes on one immediately after Soushi is kidnapped by the Festum. It doesn't work.
- Stepford Smiler: Both in the original TV series and the movie. He gets better. Maybe.
- Tears of Joy: At the end of the movie.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cold Sniper: 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.
- 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.
Maya's best friend and pilot of the Mark Sechs.
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.
Pilot of the Mark Drei.
Pilot of the Mark Acht.
- The Chick: When piloting a Fafner most of the time.
- Cowardly Lion: Despite his cowardice, he can actually get a job done.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Bishōnen: Of the Long-Haired Pretty Boy variety.
- Childhood Friends: With Kazuki.
- 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
- 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 & Earth his sight was restored, but the scar still remains.
- 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.
- Kuudere: Type 1, big time.
- Living on Borrowed Time: It's heavily implied in Exodus that he's only alive because he's part-Festum now.
- Megane: 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
- 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.
- The Smart Guy: In the original series.
- The Spock: The rational one among the younger cast.
- The Stoic: Is generally this, but slips into Not So Stoic when Kazuki returns to the island, and again at the end of the movie.
- The Strategist: There's a reason he's the operator of the Siegfried System.
- 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.
Masahiko Tanaka (Japanese), Kirk Thornton
(English, series), Brian Mathis (English, Heaven and Earth
Commander of Alviss and Kazuki's father.
Maya and Yumiko's mother and grandmother of Miwa in the movie.
Maya's older sister and Chizuru's first daughter, as well as Miwa's mother.
Voiced by: Nanaho Katsuragi (Japanese), Jane Alan (English, series), Lydia McKay (English, Heaven and Earth)
Shoko's mother by adoption, and Canon's in the movie.
Masahiro and Ryoko Kasugai
Voiced by (Masahiro): Tomoya Kawai (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
Voiced by (Ryoko): Shoko Tsuda (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English)
Koyo's parents by adoption.
- 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.
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.
Ai Satou (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English, 1st voice), Wendee Lee
(English, 2nd voice)
Head Mechanic of the Fafners and Mamoru's father.
- 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.
- Give Him a Normal Life: He tries to give his son a happy childhood by making manga.
Yoko Soumi (Japanese), Wendee Lee
Voiced by: Hisako Kyouda (Japanese), June Ellis (English, series), Juli Erickson (English, Heaven and Earth)
Grandmother of Rina and Akira, as revealed in the movie.
Cheremy Lee Marcy
Voiced by: Aya Endo
(Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (English)
A former member of the New U.N. introduced in Heaven and Earth
who, along with Ian, defected to Tatsumiya at the same time as Michio and Canon
A former member of the New U.N. introduced in Heaven and Earth
who, along with Cheremy, defected to Tatsumiya, at the same time as Michio and Canon
A member of Mizoguchi's combat squad introduced in Exodus
- Nice Guy: He's shown himself to be a very pleasant guy to be around.
An information officer in Mizoguchi's combat squad introduced in Exodus
- Name's the Same: For some reason, she has the same last name as Ryo, the protagonist of Right of Left. Him apparently living by himself would suggest that they aren't family, but nothing is solid yet.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Seems to have this dynamic with Mai, with her as the tomboy.
Voiced by: Saori Seto
Hiroto's older sister, introduced in Exodus
, who serves at her family's cafe. She becomes a substitute operator at Alviss.
- Red Shirt: Pretty much anybody piloting the U.N.'s mass produced Fafner, the Gnosis-type.
New U.N. pilot of the Fafner Megatherion Model and Yumiko's former boyfriend. Goes back to Tatsumiya, his birth-place, and helps defend it from the Festum. Also ties things back up with Yumiko. Later pilots the Mark Ein.
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.
- 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.
- 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)
Three New U.N. pilots chosen to pilot Tatsumiya's Fafners during the time the former invaded the latter. Exodus shows that they have since become operators for Alviss.
Voiced by: Toshiko Fujita
(Japanese, original series), Yoshino Ohtori (Japanese, Exodus
), Wendee Lee
(English, original series)
Secretary-General of the New U.N.
- Put on a Bus: Due to Heaven and Earth focusing entirely on Tatsumiya Island, she doesn't make an appearance.
Maya and Yumiko's father and Chizuru's ex-husband. In Exodus, he is revealed to have another son named Jonathan.
- Abusive Parents: At least, for Yumiko. Exodus hints that he may have been one for Jonathan as well.
A general in the New U.N. introduced in Exodus
who joins forces with the residents of Tatsumiya.
- 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.
Jonathan Mitsuhiro Bartland
Leader of the New U.N.'s Perseus team of Fafner pilots appearing in Exodus
. He joins forces with Tatsumiya Island along General Narain. In the Battle of Hawaii, he piloted a Fafner Power Model "Olympia Angel", but upon reaching Tatsumiya, he pilots a Dominion Model "Gabriel", which is based on the Salvatore Models from the original series (Sein and Nicht), though its power is vastly inferior to that of its bases. He is the son Mitsuhiro Bartland, and Maya and Yumiko's younger half-brother.
- Long-Lost Relative: Neither Maya nor Yumiko seemed to know that their father had another kid.
Fafner pilot for the New U.N. appearing in Exodus
who also joins forces with Tatsumiya Island. He pilots 2 Fafner Power Types, based on the mass produced Gnosis Model from the original series, the first one from the battle of Hawaii being called "Olympia Angel," and the second from when they reach their destination being called "Ariel."
- 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
Another Fafner pilot for the New U.N. appearing in Exodus
. She joins forces with Tatsumiya Island alongside General Narain, Jonathan, and Billy. She pilots a Fafner Dominion Model "Gabriel" in the Battle of Hawaii, and switches to a Throne Model "Raphael", based on Michio's Megatherion Model, when they make contact with the island.
- 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
A Master form Festum who takes the appearance of Akane Makabe, Fumihiko's wife and Kazuki's mother.
- 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.
Another Master form Festum. Eventually steals the Mark Nicht from the New U.N.
- Big Bad: As close to one as the original series had.
- Grand Theft Prototype: How he acquires the Mark Nicht.
- You Will Be Assimilated: 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.
A Sphinx-type Festum given human form, and a major character in Heaven and Earth
. He extracts a re-designed Mark Nicht from the Mark Sein near the end of the movie and pilots it on orders from his Mir.
- 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)
Hero of the TV special, Right of Left
. Pilots a Titan Model.
Heroine of Right of Left
. Also pilots a Titan Model.
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)
The other Fafner pilots assigned to the L Boat. In Exodus, one of them, Sanae, is revealed to be the older sister of one of the newest pilots, Sui.
- 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.
Designated pilot of the Mark Zwei.
- Ascended Extra: Only appeared in one scene in the original series.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Was briefly seen in the first episode before quickly getting killed by a Festum.
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.
Inherits Mamoru's Mark Funf in the movie, as well as his Gobain mask.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: 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.
Pilots the Mark Zwelf in Heaven and Earth
- Beetle Maniac: She loves observing and studying bugs.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: 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.
Pilots the Mark Neun in Heaven and Earth
, and later co-pilots the Zero Fafner alongside her twin brother, Akira.
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji
(Japanese), Ben Bryant (English)
Rina's twin brother. Starts out piloting the Mark Zehn, and later the Zero Fafner with his sister.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Fafner Pilots (Exodus) *SPOILERS*
An energetic young girl appearing in Exodus
who admires Goubine (and Hiroto) and whom Hiroto gives Mamoru's Goubine helmet to. She pilots the Mark Funfzehn, modeled after Mamoru and Hiroto's Mark Funf.
A young boy in Exodus
who gives brings homemade cake at the cafe Kazuki works at. He pilots the Mark Vierzehn, modeled after Kazuki's Mark Elf.
Middle school Student Council President
who seems to have a crush on an oblivious Rina. He is also the younger brother of Sanae, one of the Fafner pilots from Right of Left
. He pilots the Mark Sechszehn, modeled after Shoko's Mark Sechs.
- 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 "Tsukuyomi."
- The Smart Guy: He's even considered to be a potential successor to Soushi in operating the Siegfried System.
Tamaki Nakanishi (Japanese), Mela Lee
(English, series), Kristy Kang (English, Heaven and Earth
Soushi's younger sister and the core of Tatsumiya Island.
- 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.
- 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.
Michio and Yumiko's daughter, Chizuru's grandaughter, and Maya's neice.
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
A young girl found by General Narain in Exodus
. He takes her with him to Tatsumiya, where she meets Miwa in person after making friends with her psychically.
- Psychic Powers: She seems to have similar powers as Miwa, which is how the two became friends in the first place.
The new core of Tatsumiya Island, identifying herself as Tsubaki's daughter (thereby making her Soushi's niece).
Voiced by: Tamaki Nakanishi