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Fafner Pilots (original series)
"Long ago, I got into a Fafner, thinking if I died, it wouldn't matter. I continued to pilot it, while searching for the reason I existed. I will choose. If there is still further use for my life, I want to live, so I can discover it."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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: On the novel's colorpage he has brown instead of the usual black hair.
- 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. And even though there were possible hints he returned Maya's feelings in the first season, in later installments he very clearly doesn't see her in a romantic light.
- The dramas take this further with him clearly stating that he is able to fight because Soushi is by his side. Furthermore, after Soushi is kidnapped and presumably killed by Mark Nicht under Festum control he asks his dad to allow a suicide mission to get revenge and compares his pain to that of his father after his mother was killed. The most ambiguous part about this trope is how ambiguous it's supposed to be.
- An Arm and a Leg: His right arm gets assimilated in Exodus.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Soushi in Exodus.
- Badass Longcoat: In Exodus 2nd ending. Debuting this late in the series but the coat◊ greatly increases◊ his badassitude and boosts his maturity to epic proportions.
- Benched Hero: Due to his critical assimilation process. Not for long though.
- 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.
- Book Dumb: Thinking Dublin was in Germany probably qualifies him for this. Though as the show puts very little focus on school life, this isn't really much of a topic.
- 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 Ace
- 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.
- Character Development: Quite impressive too. He went from someone who despised himself for hurting someone precious to him and who isolated himself as much as possible (Dead Aggressor) to someone whose greatest wish is to be with his best friend (Heaven and Earth) and finally developed into someone who is comfortable enough with himself to joke around with and tease his friends (Exodus).
- Child Prodigy: Of the athletic variety, to contrast with Soushi's Teen Genius. He's miles above anyone else in this regard and Soushi, in the novel, says that he could probably win the gold medal in every Olympic competition.
- Childhood Friends: With Soushi and Maya, though he spent five years (or four years, seven months and eleven days according to Kouyo) not speaking to Soushi.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Shouko, Maya, and Canon all have feelings for him, and he's completely oblivious to it, which goes into Ambiguously Gay territory. Averted in the game version though. In Exodus he seems to be aware of Canon's feelings, to a degree.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Soushi tells him in the novel that he is so above everyone in the fitness department that he could easily win every Olympic gold medal his first concern is whether that includes synchronised swimming.
- Death Seeker: For a short time after Soushi is presumably killed by Festum he is dead set on going on a suicide mission to get revenge, calling it all he has still left in GONE/ARRIVE. When it's revealed that Soushi is in fact alive he gets over this. He's also turned into the exact opposite in the movie due to his promise to wait forever for Soushi's return and in Exodus he really just wants to live because it's what he wants.
- Declaration of Protection: Towards Shouko in the novel, thinking of her as a sweet, delicate girl who needs to be protected. Though in accordance to his Ambiguously Gay status mentioned above, he manages to compare her to a flower and a swan without any hint of romance, despite Shouko actually sort of confessing to him.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: 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: For most of the series until he, in Exodus, willingly accepts the island Mir's blessing and surpasses the cycle of life and death which he calls choosing the same path as Soushi.
- It's All My Fault: In the novel he blames himself for Shouko's death even months after the fact, which Soushi even tells him to quit.
- 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. A variety happens in Exodus when they promise to meet again and again beyond life and death. Considering Kazuki is now essentially immortal while Soushi is dead it ends up as this trope.
- 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.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Not quite as pronounced as the other way round but he is this for Soushi. Various characters at various points in show, dramas and novel confront Soushi about this and even though he denies it...well, Blatant Lies is too mild a description for his denial.
- 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 Shouko's death and the NUN finally discovering the location of the island.
- Not Quite Human: After he wakes up in Exodus he's no longer fully, if at all, human.
- Parental Substitute: It's implied he raises Soushi after the events of Exodus.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Maya. He finds her presence calming and comforting, and she's the only one aside from Soushi post reconcilliation he finds he can confide fully in. The novel reveals that he actually told her about scratching out Soushi's eye because he needed to tell someone and she was the only option.
- 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.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He plans to do this after Soushi is taken - and presumably killed - by Festum. When Akane reveals that Soushi is actually alive that plan falls flat.
- 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. It reaches memetic level in the Eastern fandom.
- 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 Shouko'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.
- Together in Death: He tries to invoke this at the end of Exodus by following Soushi, who came to him to say goodbye, into death. Kouyo and Misao stop him though.
- Unstoppable Rage: Twice so far. First when Soushi is kidnapped and presumably killed 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.
"It’s strange. I’m sad, but tears won’t come."Main heroine of the Fafner franchise and the eventual pilot of the Mark Sieben.
- Ace Pilot: While Kazuki and Soushi in Exodus pilot superior Fafners and do the most damage, Maya seems to match, or even exceed, them in raw talent. She has excellent endurance (she can pilot a Fafner far longer than anyone else in Exodus despite her brain's advanced development) and is a naturally talented sniper, the second skill being vital in the North Pole mission at the end of Season 1.
- Action Girl
- Badass Adorable: She's the most capable pilot behind Kazuki and Soushi, and in Exodus she's learning how to pilot a fighter jet.
- Break the Cutie: Exodus is not kind to her. By Episode 23 after she kills other fellow humans, she considers herself the same as Hester and her father, two notoriously awful people, and is even willing to use Fernir to force Hester pulling off Combat Regulation Alpha. At the end of Exodus she nearly lets Billy kill her, and Mizoguchi intervening is the only thing preventing it. She states after that Billy should have shot her.
- Broken Bird: The end of Exodus leaves her as one of these.
- 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 Kouyou after the latter starts wandering around as a mostly-assimilated zombie and steps between them.
- Hopeless Suitor: 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.
- Hyper Awareness: Is able to perceive and deduce an alarming number of things with great accuracy just by noticing small details.
- Implied Love Interest: Soushi 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.
- Innocently Insensitive: Maya's obliviousness to Soushi's heavily implied (if unspoken) crush and her preferential treatment of Kazuki becomes a Running Gag in Exodus.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Mizoguchi, to the point where she's playfully calling him "Dad" in '"Exodus''.
- It's All My Fault: As the Stand By Me Drama CD reveals, she took Shouko, who wanted to go outside but wasn't supposed to because of her illness, into the mountains when they were kids. On the way Shouko's condition grew worse and because they were alone with no one to help them she grew so weak she almost died. Maya blamed herself baldy for years and mothered Shouko because of it.
- 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 Shouko have feelings for him but Maya wants to protect him.
- Taking You with Me: Maya attempts to blow herself up via Fenrir to take out Hester's ship when the latter attempts an ROE Alpha. Hester calls it off.
"We're destined to fight since we're born, aren't we?"Maya's best friend and pilot of the Mark Sechs.
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Japanese), Tiffany Gayle (English)
- 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. At one point Maya even states that Shoko probably knew that Kazuki wanted someone else, namely Soushi.
- 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 Shouko 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. The CD Dramas reveal that it was actually Soushi who did this to turn the other pilots off of sacrificing themselves.
- Teen Genius: In the novel. Apparently she always scored at the very top of her year even though she barely ever attended class.
- Taking You with Me: She activates Fenrir and straps herself to a Festum to take it out.
- The Voiceless: In Exodus, due to her Japanese voice actor having passed away.
"I'll protect the place everyone will return to."Pilot of the Mark Vier.
- Abusive Parents: His parents only see him as an object to make them look good.
- Badass Longcoat: Sports one of these in Exodus' second ending.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Akira in Heaven and Earth and Sui in Exodus; notably, he marks his return in the latter by blowing up the arm of an Azazel-type Festum.
- Chick Magnet: According to the novel. There he gets so much attention that he has to turn down ten girls the day the Festum first appear on the island.
- Declaration of Protection: Seems to be his catch phrase after returning.
- Dogged Nice Guy
- Dysfunctional Family
- Failure-to-Save Murder: Blames Kazuki for not being able to save Shouko despite that it was clear that there was no way that Kazuki could have caught up to Shouko's Mark Sechs since it was actively flying away from him the entire time. He also accuses Soushi of abandoning Shouko at one point, as if her disobeying orders was somehow his fault as well. He gets over this later on and makes a somewhat self-ironic callback to it when he reappears in Exodus.
- Good with Numbers: In the novel. Apparently so good that he could have been one of the greatest mathematicians of his time, according to Soushi.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Shouko.
- Ludicrous Precision: Knows the exact amount of time Kazuki and Soushi haven't walked home together in the novel. It's four years, seven months and eleven days, in case you're wondering.
- Meaningful Name: Kasugai means 'clamp', signifying how he connects the characters and their emotions.
- Soulless Shell: After being assimilated. He does seem to get a little better though.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Shouko.
- Teen Genius: According to the novel Kouyo has the mind of a nobelprize winner and could have been one of the best mathematicians of his time. There he also always scored at the top if grades were split by gender, sharing that spot with Shouko.
- The Voiceless: As the Mark Vier's core in Heaven and Earth. Not so much in Exodus, where he manages to materialize the entire Mark Vier, with him getting to operate it in his humanoid form.
- Took a Level in Badass: Obliterating the hand of the Azazel-type Walker when he used to be weaker than the new pilots are today is quite impressive.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Shouko dies he lashes out at Kazuki at every opportunity and ultimately gets himself assimilated after trying to prove that he can do better. Ironically, he got better after becoming a Festum.
- Was Once a Man: After getting assimilated, he becomes a Slave-type Festum.
"Don't take on so much alone."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.
- Happily Married: Done faster than planned to give Sakura's mother some peace when she lays dying in the medical room.
- 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.
"I will become stronger, and... I'll protect you."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.
- Happily Married: Done faster than planned to give Sakura's mother some peace when she lays dying in the medical room.
- 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. In Exodus, he even takes over as the Siegfried System operator once Soushi goes to India with Kazuki and Mark Nicht and keeps being the operator even after Soushi comes back. While he isn't on Soushi's level of intelligence he's certainly a talented commander.
- The Big Guy: Shares the role with Sakura in the series.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cruel and Unusual Death: His cockpit gets twisted by the worm sphere of a destroyed Festum.
- 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.
"We are constantly living in a peaceful world that somebody else won for us. Even if it were only a day of peace, I will be grateful for its value."The Fafner franchise's other protagonist. Kazuki's best friend and the controller of the Siegfried System.
- Abusive Parents: His father raised him to believe he was born only to protect the core and that he couldn't live for himself or someone else. Kozo essentially forced him to deny his own desires and needs to make him the perfect shield for the core. As a kid he even believed he didn't really exist because of this. No wonder he's got No Social Skills.
- 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. In the extended cut of the first episode of Exodus there is a whole sequence dedicated to showing off his dorkiness.
- 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. He also shows far more worry for Kazuki then for any other pilot including Maya and gets some teasing moments with both of them, though with her they are more ambiguous. It's all very confusing, mostly because Fafner - in true Fafner fashion - doesn't confirm anything.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: On the novel's colorpage he has bright red hair instead of the usual light brown.
- And Starring: In Heaven and Earth, understandable because he showed up the least when compared to other characters. Subverted in Exodus where he's (well, his voice actor) the top billing cast in the credit.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Kazuki in Exodus.
- Badass Longcoat: In Exodus 2nd ending. Debuting this late in the series but the coat◊ greatly increases◊ his badassitude and boosts his maturity to epic proportions.
- Berserk Button: In Exodus. Never, ever, threat or hurt his friends or he will send you to nothingness with his Mark Nicht.
- 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.
- Blatant Lies: In the novel, when Kazuki asks him who he bet on in Kazuki's matches with other boys, he says "I...I forgot". Kazuki doesn't buy it for a second but had a feeling he would says so anyway.
- Brutal Honesty: When Akira asks him how his "Akira curry" tasted he replies with "Extremely ordinary" without missing a beat.
- 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.
- Chick Magnet: Probably befitting his status as Kazuki's closest friend, he is this in the novel. Kazuki notes that Soushi has a whole fanclub following him around at all times.
- Childhood Friends: With Kazuki though they spend five years not speaking to each other.
- The Comically Serious: Oh so very much. He treats every task, no matter how mundane, like a war council. It's the source of many weird looks in universe.
- Crazy-Prepared: Played for laughs. In the extended first episode of Exodus he for some reason carries a stop watch and clip on thermometer with him and in Exodus 2, in the middle of a war situation he for some reason has a ruler on him to cut Kazuki's hair with. Minashiro Soushi, prepared for any situation.
- 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.
- Even the Guys Want Him: The fanclub mentioned under Chick Magnet is, according to Kazuki, made up of equal numbers of boys and girls.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Between Heaven and Earth and Exodus his hair grows out, becomes a bit messier and developes a wave. Considering the Character Development he went through since episode one and how relaxed he is in Exodus it fits nicely with his far less cold and forcefully controlled personality.
- 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.
- Go Out with a Smile: Stoic to the bitter end but when he's saying his goodbyes to Kazuki after his death he's last seen smiling before his body fades away.
- Held Gaze: He likes doing this with Kazuki a lot.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kazuki. If not something more.
- Implied Love Interest: Maya of all people turns him into this for Kazuki. Whenever her feelings for Kazuki are mentioned she immediatly turns away and mumbles to herself how she is not the one Kazuki wants, with absolutely no doubt whatsoever Kazuki actually wants Soushi to do the things for him everyone thinks Maya should do (all very romantic, by the way). She also outright acknowledges that Kazuki is Soushi's most important person in the novel. If this is just her interpretation, Lampshade Hanging or Fafner being Fafner is a whole other matter.
- 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.
- I Shall Return: Says this to Kazuki at the end of the first season, and again in the movie. He finally does.
- Japanese Pronouns: He uses boku, but sometimes slips up into using ore. This is usually a good indication for when he loses his cool in the original series or is just really deeply connected to Kazuki in the System.
- Killed Off for Real: He claims this is his fate at the start of Exodus. It comes true in the final episode. Maybe.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Kazuki, consistently throughout the series. Exodus Kazuki, who is much more stable than before, flees the NUN pilots to go to see Soushi, calming down significantly and immediately once they're together. Funny enough, Kazuki is this for him too.
- Living on Borrowed Time: It's heavily implied in Exodus that he's only alive because he's part-Festum now.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Already this in the original but even more so in Exodus where his hair is even longer and falls far less strict.
- Megane: In Exodus, only for a while, though.
- Midseason Upgrade: He goes from manning the Siegfried System to piloting the Mark Nicht in Exodus.
- Mission Control: Until his Midseason Upgrade.
- 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. It's turned into a sort of Running Gag where he treats a menial task as serious as a war council and Kazuki fondly says "You're really awkward, aren't you?"
- Not So Stoic: Right of Left especially shows us that Soushi's stoic demeanour is at least partly a facade. In actuality, his coldness is a front used to bear the weight of his responsibilities, namely the potential of having to sacrifice the pilots for the sake of the island.
- Soushi: This vending machine is 11 steps from my bedroom. It's really convenient.Kazuki: ...You're really awkward, aren't you?
- Also played straight when he pilots Mark Nicht in Exodus. He turns out to be one of, if not the most aggressive among the pilots on the entire show.
- Non-Action Guy: Played straight in the original and Heaven and Earth. Subverted in Exodus.
- No-Sell: When the island Mir resonates with Emery he and Miwa are the only ones not bothered by the apparently incredibly loud and painful noise it creates.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the novel, Kazuki describes him as a generally pleasant and gentle person (which he pegs as one reason for his massive fan club) so when he starts getting erratic and irritated Kazuki knows that something really bad is about to happen.
- 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.
- Posthumous Narration: His very first line in the first scene of the first episode of Exodus is "My name is Minashiro Soushi. By the time you hear these words, I’ll no longer be in this world." From there on it’s "You will soon learn that [insert the most dramatically vague and hope-crushingly depressing statements you can think of]" every single episode. It has reached memetic level by now.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Played with. Technically he doesn't actually need to wear glasses but chooses to do so because he never restored his left eye to normal (probably because the wound Kazuki caused was too important to erase). He only does so once an attempt to dismantle Mark Nicht requires him to get into a cockpit which would not have been possible with only one eye.note Before that however, he only wears them sporadically and with no actual indication of why he needs them.
- 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.
- Saying Too Much: He toes the line in the first episode when Toomi asks how Tokyo was. By baffledly repeating the word "Tokyo" he manages to reveal to the audience that there's something else afoot but it's just subtle enough to not alert the other characters. Right of Left then reveals "Tokyo" was part of summer vacation spent in Alvis and Fafner training.
- 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. He does scream Kazuki's name several times across the 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.
- 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.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: because how else do you explain the choker?
- Stoic Spectacles: In Exodus. Bonus points for the already long hair, double because it's already worn in a ponytail.
- Taking the Bullet: Was fully prepared to get shot for Kazuki and does take Raison's attack for Kazuki at two separate occasions.
- The Smart Guy: In the original series.
- The Spock: The rational one among the younger cast.
- The Stoic: Is generally this, but he slips into Not So Stoic when Kazuki returns to the island, and again at the end of the movie. The PV for the second cour of Exodus takes this even further, where he loses his cool completely and is heard screaming Kazuki's name repeatedly in desperation.
- The Strategist: There's a reason he's the operator of the Siegfried System.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Teen Genius: To contrast Kazuki's far more sporty nature. He was the brains behind the entire operation at the tender age of 14. In Exodus being on his intelligence level is equal to being the most intelligent pilot in history. In the novel he apparently plays this down as it's actually Shouko and Kouyo who always have the best grades.
- 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.
- Vocal Evolution: It's subtle but Kiyasu Kohei voices him slightly deeper in Exodus which does actually make him appear more mature than before.
- 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.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Right of Left reveals that the 13-year-old Soushi has already been working at Alvis for quite a while, knowing most of the island's secrets.
"The battle with nothing to protect is meaningless."Kazuki's father who takes over command of Alvis after Kouzou's death.
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: Of the "always at work, never home" variety. This is actually sort of understandable considering he has an island to protect and a war to manage. He still clearly cares deeply about Kazuki which is most apparent in the Drama CDs.
- 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.
"Beautiful things are not always on humans' side."Soushi's father and the original commander of Alvis as well as headmaster of the school on Tatsumiya Island.
- Abusive Dad: Raised his son Soushi to be the protector of the core and nothing else. He even made him believe that he wasn't allowed to live for himself or others, which explains his complete lack of social skills.
- Mission Control
- We Hardly Knew Ye
- The Medic
- Outliving One's Offspring: Yumiko dies near the beginning of Exodus, and disappears for good at the end of it.
- Parents as People: She and her daughters have a good and loving relationship that gets pushed to the sidelines because, like Fumihiko, she is always busy trying to find ways to keep the pilots from dropping like flies due to assimilation. Unlike Fumihiko, who is home maybe three times the entire series, Chizuru has notably more interactions with Maya and Yumiko.
- 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. A drama CD explains that Miwa's will is keeping her alive until Miwa accepts that she's dead.
- Cool Big Sis
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: A building, to be exact.
- Living on Borrowed Time: She's only alive so long as Miwa rejects her death.
- Official Couple: With Michio
- The Medic
- Voiced by: Nanaho Katsuragi (Japanese), Jane Alan (English, series), Lydia McKay (English, Heaven and Earth)
- Death Wail
- Outliving One's Offspring: Twice. Poor Youko.
- Replacement Goldfish: After Shouko dies, Kouyou's dog Chocolat likely becomes this to her.
- Canon as well, later in the series.
- Skyward Scream
Masahiro and Ryouko Kasugai
- Voiced by (Masahiro): Tomoya Kawai (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)Voiced by (Ryouko): Shouko Tsuda (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English)
- Jerkasses: They only care about Kouyou 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 Kouyou 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.
- Going Down with the Ship: Stays behind in a sinking Alvis (though to be fair she didn't have much longer to live anyway) to ensure Plan Delta is carried out while the rest of the staff evacuates.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Kiyomi suffers from radiation poisoning due to her hometown being nuked when she was young. Tatsumiya's Mir usually can keep her symptoms under control, but whenever the Mir is strained or weakened, her condition worsens significantly.
- Death by Origin Story: His death at the begining of the series plays a vital role in Sakura and Kiyomi's character arcs.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
"I'll do what I have to do... Then I will cry a lot."Mamoru's mother.
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)
- Exact Words: She promised Kazuki she'd show him paradise. She never said it would be paradise for him.
- Face–Heel Turn
- Pet the Dog: Has a soft spot for her former teammates Yumiko and Michio, 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
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Maya.
- The Mentor: Acts as one towards Maya.
- Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Maya in Exodus, as she's started calling him "dad."
"You've learned only about war. I will teach you what peace is."Grandmother of Rina and Akira, as revealed in the movie.
Voiced by: Hisako Kyouda (Japanese), June Ellis (English, series), Juli Erickson (English, Heaven and Earth)
- Mandatory Unretirement: She's retired at the start of the series, but she gets back in action when Kazuki brings home the Mark Sein.
- My Greatest Failure: Developing the Zero Fafner, as it ended up taking the lives of her daughter and her son-in-law. She was so guilt-ridden she outright quit her job at Alvis for many years.
- Parental Substitute: She raised her grandchildren Rina and Akira, after her daughter and son-in-law where assimilated while testing the Zero Fafner.
- Technologically Blind Elders: Completely Subverted. Ikumi is one of the oldest people in the island and one of the most knowlegdeable about Fafner technology, as she was the Head Engineer of the Fafner Project for years.
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.
"Let's believe. If we lose heart, those who are fighting will lose their support."An information officer in Mizoguchi's combat squad introduced in Exodus. Ryo, the protagonist of Right of Left, is her nephew.
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.
- Knight Templar: Most antagonistic U.N. members are this due to the crimes and atrocities they commit hardly justifying how well intentioned their ultimate goals might be.
- Red Shirt: Pretty much anybody piloting the U.N.'s mass produced Fafner, the Gnosis-type.
"Every time I fought, I wanted to come back, but I couldn't."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. He ties things back up with Yumiko. Later pilots the Mark Ein.
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.
"I want to choose to be here. I want to choose to be on this island."New U.N. pilot of the Fafner Babylon Model.
- 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. And let's not mention Episode 17, where her final words finally admit her love.
- 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.
- Disappears into Light
- Dying Declaration of Love
- Happily Adopted: By the time of the movie.
- Heel–Face Turn: Defects from New U.N. to Tatsumiya.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: How she ultimately feels about Kazuki.
- 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.
- Senseless Sacrifice / Heroic Sacrifice: Canon literally gives the last of her being to find a future in which everyone survives, but she ultimately fails and fades away without succeeding. But it is implied that her efforts of destroying bad futures causes positive developments in the present, including the discovery of cures for SDP, the Walker's MO around the island and, most importantly, leaves data of Einherjar Model behind for future use, so her efforts doesn't go in vain.
- 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 Alvis.
- Heel–Face Turn: Heaven and Earth shows that they did this all the way back in the original series.
"We will destroy the new Mir that the monsters are bringing here and return the absolute right to exist on this planet to humans."Secretary-General of the New U.N.
- Big Damn Gunship: Her nuking of Vagrant. She may not know that Tatsumiyajima needs to take it down anyway in order to make contact with Altair, but she does it on the best time.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: She treated the Alvis vessel for the Sea Mir as a tool to be used to kill Festum and everyone who doesn't conform to the New U.N.'s ideal of humanity. Not only did they kill everyone it knew, making into an avatar of both the Festum and humans vengeance against the U.N., but it's been using her and the U.N.'s arrogance to its advantage.
- Hate Sink: She has little to no redeeming qualities and basically exists to make the main characters' lives more difficult. The fandom's reaction when she showed up alive and well in Exodus was a collective "someone please assimilate this lady already!".
- Iron Lady: The ruthless female leader of the NUN.
- Morality Pet: She does have a soft spot for Maya.
- Put on a Bus: Due to Heaven and Earth focusing entirely on Tatsumiya Island, she doesn't make an appearance. She's back to cause more trouble in ''Exodus''.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Say what you will about her actions, at least she is trying to achieve what's best for humanity, albeit by the wrong way (such as preserving 50,000 "unpolluted" humans and killing the rest). To her credit, humans under New U.N. rule manages to survive for over 40 years since the first Festum arrived.
"If I can win, I don't need to have anything left."Maya and Yumiko's father and Chizuru's ex-husband.
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
- Abusive Dad: At least, for Yumiko. Exodus hints that he may have been one for Jonathan as well.
- Laughing Mad: His reaction when Idunn assimilates Yukie and steals the Mark Nicht in his face, destroying everything Mitsuhiro had worked for. He just stands there laughing until Idunn forces Yukie to kill him.
- Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)
"There was a time when I sacrificed many thousands, but I'm not so foolish as to lose the key to humanity's salvation."A general in the New U.N. introduced in Exodus who joins forces with the residents of Tatsumiya.
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.
- Old Soldier: He is the oldest Fafner pilot in History.
- Was Once a Man: Like Soushi, he's being kept alive by the Festum.
Jonathan Mitsuhiro Bartland
"Father's life was nothing more than revenge on the Festum. But not mine."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.
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Yumiko comments on how attractive he is. His long wavy blond hair certainly helps.
- Long-Lost Relative: Neither Maya nor Yumiko seemed to know that their father had another kid. Because he didn't. Jonathan is a clone of Atlantis' former core, not Mitsuhiro's son.
- My God, What Have I Done?: A Gremory Type Festum start to take over his mind, forcing him to fire at his allies. When he briefly snaps out of it, he has this reaction.
- Teach Him Anger: The Sea Mir turns him into a vessel for its anger after the U.N. callously tries to delete his personality, completing his transformation into a herald of its vengeance.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He's a puppet made by the U.N.'s enslaved Seto Island Sea Mir; at the end of Episode 22 he has been taken over.
"It's enough that we can fight at all. The number of those who can't is far greater."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."
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita
- Big Brother Worship: It's implied he became a Fafner pilot following in his brother Dustin's footsteps. Even after everything Dustin does in the series, Billy still thinks of him as a just man.
- Boom, Headshot: He's shot in the head by Mizoguchi to prevent him from killing Maya.
- 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 Alvis Fafner pilots haven't been helping the rest of the world.
- Revenge Myopia: At the end of Exodus, he wants to get revenge on Maya for the death of his older brother, even though Dustin pretty much gave her no other choice but to kill him. Billy himself admits his own myopia, claiming that he doesn't know what's right or wrong anymore.
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.
"We have troops out there fighting! Not to mention thousands of citizens! Retract the order!"A New U.N. soldier appearing in Exodus. Originally seen objecting to the nuking of the Hawaii battleground, he is later seen piloting a Fafner as a member of the Perseus team.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
- The Atoner: He claims he's always wanted to apologize to the residents of Tatsumiya Island because he was the one who tried to nuke them in Heaven and Earth.
- A Death in the Limelight: He spends most of Exodus as a recurring background character, with maybe a couple lines every other episode. Then, he suddenly confesses to Akira that he was one of the pilots who bombed Tatsumiya Island in the past, and bonds a bit with him as Akira tries to sort out how he should feel about him. Walter dies at the end of that episode, sacrificing himself to save Akira and Maya.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempting to save Maya and Akira by activating Fernir underwater, blowing himself up along with Human Army's submarines.
- Just Following Orders: When Akira asks him if he bombed Tatsumiya out of hatred for the islanders, Walter replies that he was just doing what he was told to do, nothing more, nothing less. It wasn't until years later that he snapped out of that mindset.
"We try to save assimilated allies, and even more units are annihilated. I won't allow that to happen again."Leader of the Argos Platoon, tasked with enforcing ROE Alpha on battlefields and abandoned settlements. He was previously part of the same team as Jonathan, Billy, and Aishwarya, fighting in the Battle of Hawaii alongside them. Finally killed by Maya for keep executing ROE Alpha.
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura
- Aloof Older Brother: He is Billy's older brother.
- Big Brother Instinct: Even after parting ways, he still has a huge soft spot for his little brother, going as far as to try to get him out of the battlefield after ROE Alpha had been declared on him.
- Cold Sniper: His job includes sniping down partially-assimilated pilots, and he does so without bating an eye.
- Took a Level in Cynic: He seemed much more nicer and compassionate in the past, as shown in the extended version of Exodus Episode 1.
- Sniping the Cockpit: How he deals with partially-assimilated Fafner pilots. It's clean, it's fast, and it leaves behind a perfectly usable mech.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Years of watching his comrades die in the battlefield, along with the people they were trying to save, has turned Dustin into a cold and merciless man.
"In the age we live in, it's the cunning who survive."A member of the Argos Platoon and Dustin's right hand woman. She also fought under his command in the disastrous Battle of Hawaii.
Voiced by: Aki Unone
- Ax-Crazy: When Maya kills Dustin in self defense her already rather loose grip on sanity slips completely.
- Die Laughing: She goes out laughing hysterically as she's falling out of her Fafner, getting caught up in the Fenrir explosion.
- Gender-Blender Name: Despite her masculine name, Keith is a woman, and not a particulary tomboyish one.
- Make-Up Is Evil: One of the most cynical and merciless Fafner pilots, and the only one who wears make-up. Somewhat averted series wide as she is by far not the only woman who wears make up. In fact most of the female Alvis Staff members (meaning the good gals) do it as well.
- Moral Myopia: She calls Maya a "murdering bitch" and "shinigami" after Maya kills her teammate, and this is after Dustin mercilessly shot and killed Hiroto. Not to mention that Keith and her comrades have had no problem trying to kill tens of thousands of innocent civilians for half the second cour. Hypocrite much?
- Social Darwinist: She believes that only the smart and strong survive. Given the kind of world she lives in, she is not exactly wrong.
- Took a Level in Cynic: She has lost a whole lot on empathy since the Battle of Hawaii. She still retains some of her feisty mannerisms, which in context makes her seem even more cruel.
"Are you there?"Shiny aliens that serve as the main antagonists of the Fafner franchise.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Hive Mind: Played with. Unlike most examples of this trope, there're different "tribes" of Festum on Earth, and each one's "leader" (known as Mir) has different view on humans; some coexists with humans, some do not. Played straight as each group follows their Mir's direction.
- 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.
"Hey, have you ever thought that the sky looked beautiful?"A Sphinx-type Festum given human form, and a major character in Heaven and Earth.
- Animals Hate Him: Chocolat is not fond of Misao, and angrily barks at him everytime she's given the chance.
- Anti-Villain: He truly wants peace between humans and Festum, and is trying everything he can in hopes that it can happen. However, in Heaven and Earth, he wouldn't dare go against the wishes of the Polaris Mir, until Kazuki finally convinced him to stand up for himself. And as of Exodus, he's no longer a "villain."
- The Assimilator: Miwa makes a deal to be assimilated by him in exchange for his help. Though he's perfectly fine waiting until there's peace after she later adds that she won't do it just yet.
- Heel–Face Turn: Manages to rebound his Mir's order to fight in the movie. He's on the good guys' side in Exodus.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He shields the island and his Mir from the New U.N.'s nukes. He comes back in Exodus though, albeit not exactly the same person in the movie.
- Innocently Insensitive: Misao tries his best, but he's still a Festum with a limited understanding of human feelings and nonverbal cues, so he comes out as this. For example, he sees nothing wrong in cheerfully asking Miwa (who is about 4 years old, Rapid Aging notwithstanding) if he can assimilate her already, in front of her family.
- 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.
- Mind over Manners: Like all Festum, Misao can read human minds, but he chooses not to out of respect for humans. He also calls Kouyou out for reading his mind, arguing that talking is more fun.
- Red Is Heroic: His fellow Aeros-type Festum from their Mir are red colored, contrasting the normally-seen gold ones. This trope doesn't come to effect until he returns in Exodus when they come to protagonists' aid. Taken even further when he inherits Canon's Mark Dreizehn.
- Soul Jar: In Heaven and Earth, he was holding and protecting Soushi's existence within himself.
Azazel-TypeThe leaders of the Festum of different groups which all serving the Seto Island Sea Mir in Exodus. after the North Pole Mir was destroyed in the original anime. Of the ones seen are those codenamed as "Walker", "Roadrunner", "Aviator", "Crawler", "Floater" and "Vagrant".
- The Heavy: They serve as the main antagonists of Exodus (specifically, "Walker" towards Tatsumiya Island, "Roadrunner" and "Aviator" towards the expeditionary group) but act under the command of the U.N.'s Sea Mir. "Floater" is the exception since its true form is Kurusu's carrier.
- An Ice Person: One of the later Azazel-types, "Crawler", display the ability of freezing its target before it assimilates them.
- Lean and Mean: The initial Azazel seen in the story, "Walker", is a long and thin humanoid figure out to attack the protagonists.
- Light 'em Up: "Vagrant" is a light based Festum.
- Lucky Seven: Inverted in this case. There's seven of them and all of them are antagonistic save for "Floater".
- Making a Splash: Some of them are associated with water due to originating from the Seto Island Sea Mir.
- Playing with Fire: Roadrunner's strongest attack is releasing a nuke-like heatwave around it.
- Slasher Smile: "Walker" shows off one of these during an attack on the island.
- Spy Satellites: "Vagrant" serves as this for the U.N. and as a pseudo-Mir.
- Gregory-type voiced by: Shizuka Ishikawa
- Adam and Eve Plot: Its plans for Mitsuhiro beyond filling him with hatred is for him to have someone to love.
- Anti-Villain: It originally existed on the Arcadian Project Island 3 Atlantis alongside humans. Then it was enslaved by the New U.N. to hunt down and kill those that defy them after they had killed all the humans and Fetsum on its island. As a result it desires vengeance against them and will do what it can to achieve it.
- Big Bad: Of Exodus. Though by the nature of Festum, this title is debatable.
- Creepy Child: The Sea Mir's Core is a young boy who also appears as a Gregory-type for most of Exodus.
- Made a Slave: Was bound to the U.N.'s will after they found it. This hasn't stopped its own plans or its minions from spreading destruction in its revenge scheme.
- The Power of Hate: It fills Mitsuhiro with hatred for everything to make him its herald. It even believes that the greatest power is hatred that has no reason as there can be no compromising or forgiveness in it.
- Revenge: Against the U.N. for destroying its home, killing the people there, and enslaving it.
- Walking Spoiler: It's so important that its existence can explain a lot of things since the first anime.
Fafner Pilots (Right of Left)
"And that is all. That was our fight. I pray that somebody will hear this someday."Hero of the TV special, Right of Left. Pilots a Titan Model.
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.
- Death Seeker: He initially joined Plan L because he wanted to die.
- 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.
"Everything we did up till today will reach everybody on the island, right?"Heroine of Right of Left. Also pilots a Titan Model.
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.
"Good boy... You went straight to Masaoka-senpai's side, didn't you?"Designated pilot of the Mark Zwei.
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, though they did take part in various episodes from the original anime.
- Sixth Ranger: All four of them to the original series pilots.
"I'll bring the island and the world together. Through mutual understanding, fighting among humans will cease. That's a job for this island's idol, me!"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.
- Go Out with a Smile: He probably never expects his death from Unfriendly Fire as Argos Platoon arrives.
- 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.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first Tatsumiyajima death in the second half of Exodus.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: When he tells Ai and Billy about Seri, they inmediatedly assume she is Hiroto's girlfriend, and not without reason. He denies it, of course.
- 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.
- Deep Sleep: At the end of Exodus she's put into a state of stasis with the underwater Tatsumiya.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She had a bob-cut in the original series and Heaven and Earth, but as of Exodus, has grown it long. Appropriately for her it resembles Tsubaki's hairstyle very closely.
- 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.
- While not exactly a ship tease, her relationship with Soushi in Exodus is rather interesting, she's arguably the closest female character to him after Tsubaki/Orihime and Maya. Soushi even asked about giving her a birthday present, to her own amusement.
- She is in Soushi's relationship chart entry for Exodus, for "protecting Tsubaki together".
- Shrine Maiden: She's working as one in Exodus.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: While the original series made it look like the other way around, Heaven and Earth establishes that, personality-wise, she is the girly girl to Rina's tomboy. It's more noticeable in Exodus, where their appearances better match their roles.
- Tsundere: Seems to be a mild example, towards Hiroto.
- 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.
"Don't take us, and those who have died, for fools!"Pilots the Mark Neun in Heaven and Earth, and later co-pilots the Zero Fafner alongside her twin brother, Akira.
- 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.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She had longer hair styled into Girlish Pigtails in the original series and Heaven and Earth, but by Exodus, has cut it notably shorter. She and Akira now look more like twins.
- 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.
- Sole Survivor: By the end of Exodus, she is the only 3rd gen pilot to have made it out in one piece; Hiroto and Akira are dead, while Seri has been put into a Deep Sleep.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: While the original series made it look like the other way around, Heaven and Earth establishes that, personality-wise, she is the tomboy to Seri's girly girl. It's more noticeable in Exodus, where their appearances better match their roles.
- Tsundere: Heaven and Earth establishes her as one, most notably towards her brother Akira. Exodus extends this to Sui.
- 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.
"I want to learn about the outside world!"Rina's twin brother. Starts out piloting the Mark Zehn, and later the Zero Fafner with his sister.
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Ben Bryant (English)
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Attempts to give one to Maya in Exodus.
- 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. By Exodus, he's no longer cold, but doesn't quite go over into Friendly Sniper.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has one in Exodus after a bus-full of people he was trying to save get assimilated.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To stop the enemy Festum from assimilating their island's core, Akira absorbs the assimilation on Zero Fafner to only himself until he disappears.
- Midseason Upgrade: To the Zero Fafner. After Heaven and Earth, Akira and Rina both go back to their original units in Exodus, as Zero Fafner returns to its original role as Alvis' supporting computer, though they pilot Zero Fafner again late in Exodus.
- Raised by Grandparents: See Rina's entry.
- Sanity Slippage: Not surprising, considering the amount of crap he's gone through.
- Sibling Team: With Rina, mainly once they co-pilot the Zero Fafner.
- Together in Death: He's reunited with Hiroto and Walter after he dies.
- Trauma Conga Line: Akira's had a rough time in Exodus, to say the least.
- 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*
"GOU SPARK!"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.
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. And it eventually reaches her left eye. She loses her body in Episode 20 and leaves behind a black sphere that looks exactly like her growths. Kouyo says her soul is still in there.
- It doesn't stop her piloting Tsukiyomi, as Episode 22 shows-she teleports inside it and proceeds to utterly annihilate a missile bombardment. It's hard not to imagine her screaming GOU SPARK! when she does it, too.
- 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
- 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.
- Torso with a View
"That's checkmate for you."Middle school Student Council President. He is also the younger brother of Sanae, one of the Fafner pilots from Right of Left. He pilots the Mark Sechszehn, modeled after Shouko's Mark Sechs.
Voiced by: Kensho Ono
- Abusive Parents: They are not as bad as Kouyou'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. They get better though.
- Body Horror: Becomes exceptionally heavy after acquiring his SDP; his weight becomes 100kg and it keeps becoming worse, up to the point he need to use a walking stick.
- Catch-Phrase: "That's checkmate."
- Calling the Old Man Out: After some help from Rina, Sui calls out his mother on how poorly she is dealing with Sanae's death, and how throwing their lives away in a second Plan-L would render her sacrifice meaningless. Fortunately, Kanae finally understands, and from that point on she tries to be a better mom for Sui.
- 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 (mostly).
"I chose, too. To have a heart. That was my choice. I... am here."Soushi's younger sister and the core of Tatsumiya Island.
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.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- 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.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Begs Yumiko and Emery not to go at the end of Exodus.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In Exodus, her body is forcibly matured by Ashoka.
"Many people have entrusted us with this hope. To give it up is out of the question."A young girl found by General Narain in Exodus.
Voiced by: Rio Sasaki
- Blood from the Mouth: She starts coughing up blood during the journey to Khabarosvsk.
- Dead All Along: Emery was killed prior to the events of Exodus. However, her brother's will kept her alive until she could complete her mission.
- Hope Bringer: As one of the most powerful Esperantos, and due to her huge role in raising Ashoka into a peaceful Mir that wants to co-exist with Humanity, Emery is this for a good deal of Humanity.
- Psychic Powers: She has 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.
"How will you bless the world?"The new core of Tatsumiya Island, identifying herself as Tsubaki's daughter (thereby making her Soushi's niece).
Voiced by: Tamaki Nakanishi
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She ends up looking the part after Seri's mom gets too carried away dressing her up.
- Exotic Eye Designs
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Not much has been seen of her nice side yet, but she seems to hold a soft spot for Seri and Soushi. She even asks him if calling him Onii-chan would be weird considering she's actually his niece.
- The Stoic: Like Soushi she doesn't show much emotion.
- Not So Stoic: She breaks down into tears at the end of Exodus.