The protagonist of the series. He is an approximately 16 year old sergeant within the paramilitary counter-terrorist force, Mithril. He is an Arm Slave specialist in the SRT (Special Response Team) of the Western Pacific Battle Group "Tuatha de Danaan". His call sign is Uruz-7 and his ID number is B-3128, and he operates as the team point-man.The picture on the left is one of those rare moments where he actually resembles Bonta-kun.
Animal Motifs: A cute little dog, during more comedic occasions or a wolf, during serious situations. Though a more plot significant one is a tiger (seeing how he's the "son of Badakhshan's tiger," as well as his eventually having a tiger as a pet).
Bad Dreams: He's eventually shown (in the novels) to start having nightmares about Kaname, and even his dead mother (who died protecting him, telling him to "fight" and "never give up"). As a matter fact, these nightmares are pretty much the only mention and thoughts he has about his beloved mom (as he's normally not a very sentimental person).
Bad Liar: He sucks at it. Pretty much any Muggle he tries to lie to is not convinced.
Big Damn Heroes: The way Sousuke tends to make his awesome entrances to save the day. He does it so often, it gets to the point where Gauron actually lampshades it mockingly when he tackles and holds him down. "Well well, how do you like this? It's such a disgrace like this, isn't it? You can't act like a big damn hero and save the day in a cool way."
Book Dumb: Being raised by the KGB and mujahideen as a Child Soldier has left some massive gaping voids in his education. He's a Teen Genius when it comes to military strategies and techniques and the maintenance and operation of Arm Slaves... but he has little to no knowledge of Japanese history, can't wrap his mind around modern literature, and can barely read classical literature and poetry thanks to his complete lack of familiarity with more archaic and poetic forms of the Japanese language. As a result, he often struggles with his high school homework.
Can't Hold His Liquor: Despite being in the military ever since he was young, he doesn't drink. He's shown to be disgusted at the idea of it, and can't understand how others can stand it. As a result, he has zero tolerance for the stuff. Especially pronounced in the manga, where he takes a small sip of amazake (a drink that has very low alcohol content), and promptly gets dead drunk, complete with the fever and loss of strength. Kaname even lampshades it, telling him he really can't hold his liquor. He ends up dropping unconscious, and even after waking up, he's still drunk.
This could be a holdover from his KGB training; as an assassin in Helmajistan (what used to be Afghanistan), abstinence from alcohol would be a necessary part of his cover as a mujahadin. It also helps to note that he's also raised as a Muslimnote Or at least some Islamic values, he isn't really that religious, where Islam forbid their followers to drink any alcohol.
As of recently in the novels, he literallyCan't Hold His Liquor, due to debilitating internal injuries courtesy of a rifle round that relieved him of a portion of his liver among other things.
Sousuke himself is fine with that. After a rather unpleasant experience in Hong Kong involving whiskey (and Gauron), he really doesn't want to see alcohol again.
Chick Magnet: Let's see, there's Kaname, Tessa, Nami (from the novels), Ena Saeki, Gray, and countless girls from his school (that are just too scared to approach him, but nonetheless fangirl and drool over him). And that's not even getting into how Even the Guys Want Him.
Child Soldier: He was trained as an assassin for the KGB ever since he was 2-3 years old.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A very hilarious example in that he is generally serious, by-the-book and not crazy by any standards. The problem is that, due to having No Social Skills, his classmates (and the viewers) see his behavior as... UNUSUAL.
The Comically Serious: He finds humor in practically nothing, and never gets a joke. Doesn't help that he's a Perpetual Frowner who has apparently forgotten how to smile. Despite, or perhaps because of, all this, he's well known for being the funniest and most beloved character in the entire series.
Conveniently an Orphan: Although his mother's death while protecting him, along with her dramatic Last Words for him to "live," "never give up," and "fight!" serve to help make him the Crazy Survivalist he is today, it mainly seems to serve the purpose of making him an orphan with no ties. Since he has no one waiting for him, it justifies why he can carelessly put himself in such dangerous situations without worry or care.
Oh it goes beyond mere weaponry. In the very same situation as above, he not only prepares a counter-hostage of original hostage-taker ahead of time okay, a pretend hostage, but still, he thoroughly researches *each and every gang member* and pulls off Shame If Something Happened on all of them.
Crazy Survivalist: Heck, he even carries a special biochemical suit on him, just in case.
Sousuke has some similarities to Domon Kasshu as well, with his social awkwardness evolving from intense combat training and the similarly placed scar. They share a voice actor, as well, not to mention the wise mentor who betrays them for the enemy...
Ironically, years later Sousuke would get his own Expy in the Gundam franchise: Setsuna F. Seiei, who unlike Heero actually does have a degree of Sousuke's social awkwardness, as well as a Gauron-like archrival.
Fish out of Water: Pretty much the whole premise of the series. Military nut who has no social skills gets shoved into a school where he wreaks havoc.
Improbable Age: Even beyond being a 16-year-old genius secret agent and sergeant working for an anti-terrorist organization, before that he was a prepubescent KGB assassin.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Barring his near-sociopathic tendencies which is kinda justified, he's a actually a Nice Guy who cares about his friends in & out of school/military & loves Chidori very much.
Just a Kid: Especially pronounced during the arc where he was sent to assassinate Gauron. All the teammates that he was forced to join up with (other than Gray) found it hard to believe that Mithril would send a child to help them, and refused to take his advice.
Lack of Empathy: He finds it hard to understand other people's feelings, and tends to do very morally ambiguous things without much consideration for others. Most of the time it's played for laughs. There are numerous times where he finds himself unable to understand why someone feels fear or sadness (even when someone died).
Lethal Chef: In the manga, he's shown to be this due to his lack of common sense. He ends up cooking rice in a rice cooker... over a fire. Indoors. Which results in the others fainting from the fumes.
Lightning Bruiser: All the Arm Slaves barring the Savage "Longbow Custom" he pilots are like this, being very fast & powerful especially the Laevatein. His battle style in & out of Arm Slaves is also like this, preferring to charge in for medium-to-close range combat.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Happens a lot with Sousuke at school, but special mention to one act in Super Robot Wars W must be given; Banpresto Original Akane Ardygun is a HUGE fan (to the point where she scares her little sister Mihiro) of Wateropolis's mascot, Uppo-Kun. After being rejected by everyone else he crosses paths with, Uppo-Kun is about to give up hope when Akane shows up and revitalizes his spirit. Just when it looks like a canon Zonder is about to be retconned out of existence, Sousuke pops out in his Bonta-Kun outift and causes pandemonium, ultimately leading to the creation of EI-13. If only Sousuke knew how to keep a low profile...
No Guy Wants to Be Chased: He does not take well to aggressive methods of romantically pursuing him. As a matter of fact, it almost seems like he subconsciously turns up the level of his obliviousness when his admirer becomes too direct. In contrast, when the girls act more shy and cute, and tell him touching things like "I trust you," his heart starts fluttering. (Case in point: Why Tessa is rather unsuccessful at wooing him, versus Kaname and Nami, both of whom he admits deeper feelings for.)
No Social Skills: He was raised by the KGB to be an assassin ever since he was 2-3 years old. Spending his entire life in the military has left him completely incapable of even understanding civilian life, let alone actually passing as a civilian himself, and tends to lead him to some very off-kilter interpretations of other peoples' behavior:
Sousuke: [Chidori] seems to be bothered by something. Either that or she's been abusing drugs. Kyoko: Er... I don't know about that...
Not Good with People: Boy does he suck at dealing with people (in ways that don't involveexplosives, that is). He's shown to actually be capable of understanding and relating to animals more than humans (such as in the cases of Mousuke and Shiro, both of whom he managed to communicate with, and even understood their actions).
Obfuscating Stupidity: He was shown to do this when Mao interviewed him for the position of being one of her underlings. He insisted that his victory in an AS match (where he won overwhelmingly over another AS that was much superior in make) was entirely a fluke, and generally came off as being very unwilling to elaborate or answer questions. Later, he even actively underperformed during tests just so he wouldn't get picked.
Oblivious to Love: At one point someone angrily yells at him about how much she loves him, and he never notices, and he should just admit he wants to be with Kaname...and there's evidence he still didn't get it.
Official Couple: At the very end on the last chapter of the novel, with Kaname.
Perpetual Frowner: Alluded to even in the beginning. Kurz is exasperated when he tries to get Sousuke to put on a decent smile for his photo ID. He ends up looking like he has facial neuralgia. Also referenced by some characters feeling it's a pity that such an attractive boy looks perpetually angry and unapproachable (with slanting down eyebrows and lips pressed firmly in a straight line).
The Quiet One: Let's face it, no matter who he's with, he will always be the person who speaks the least. This is especially pronounced later in the novels, when he's with Nami's group.
The Rainman: He at least borders on this due to his extensive knowledge of all things military and complete lack of social skills. Heck, he didn't realise that kissing a girl without her permission was a bad thing in the anime.
She Is Not My Girlfriend: A variation of this is found during the party on the Tuatha De Dannan, in regard to Kaname. Kurz: "Any man would fall for her." Sousuke (quickly and coldly): "I wouldn't know. I'm not interested." So Sousuke iscapable of acting like a Tsundere...
The Stoic: He's famous for this. Not to mention that it's pretty much expected of him from his superior and colleagues. Any display of emotions by him tends to be met with shock by people who know him.
Not So Stoic: He has a few memorable moments. Of course, the most obvious one would be his huge Heroic BSOD during TSR, where he thinks Kaname died. But even then, he didn't cry. What really takes the cake is, in the novels, the one and only time he's ever shown to actually break down crying and show his vulnerability as a young boy is during the Behemoth Arc. Not over Kaname, not over Tessa, not over any of his comrades dying... but over his shame and hurt pride when his plan for the hostage situation failed to succeed. Heck, he didn't even cry when Kurz died.
He does cry after the final battle where he is trapped on Merida Island with Al 1 minute before the island is nuked.
Talk to the Fist: More of the form "Talk To The Bullet." Being the Combat Pragmatist he is, he tends to do this when his enemies show an opening and are giving long speeches.
He usually relies on firing a dummy grenade in his opponent's face to shut them up, at least if he's not in actual warfare.
Teen Genius: Gauron was well known for being a genius at handling AS in Amalgam. Gauron is 40-50 years old. And then here's Sousuke, who is 16 years old, and can actually fight evenly with Gauron (minus the Lambda Driver - and even then, Sousuke ends up being able to handle it extremely well in a remarkably small amount of time, with little guidance). It's even more pronounced when one considers that the boy was a genius even when he was only 8-12 years old.
Kalinin mentions during their final duel to the death that while Sousuke is good at everything, he can not beat specialists of the area, ei Kalinin in CQC, Melissa in strategy, Kurz in shooting, and Clouseau in AS piloting. Effectively making him Jackof All Trades.
Trigger Happy: No matter which canon, he can definitely be described as this. Now howTrigger Happy depends on which source. He's at his most outrageous and violent when in Fumoffu and the Overload manga, where he has traces of Ax-Crazy as well. In the Overload manga, he's even shown getting withdrawal symptoms when forced not to use his gun or shoot anyone.
Troubled, but Cute: Good looking, 16-year-old male that has extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, plants land mines around his school, bombs public and private property, and points gun at people? Yes, he qualifies. This is furthered even more when one realizes that, in his school, it's implied that a bunch of girls (and guys) have precocious crushes on him, but are just too scared to directly approach him.
The Unfettered: he has a tendency to treat everything as if it's a military mission, which often leads to him pulling guns on Kaname's classmates, blowing up lockers, or threatening to torture people he thinks are spies trying to get at Kaname. Kaname hitting him is the only way to effectively stop him.
Kaname is the main female protagonist of the story, and appears to be a "normal" 16 year-old Japanese high school student at first glance.note The character was taken from a friend of the authors also named Kaname Chidori. However, the discovery of her Whispered abilities attracts the attention of terrorist organizations. As a result, Sousuke has been assigned by Mithril to protect her. While Sosuke Sagara's battle intuition generally saves her from dangerous situations, she often considers Sosuke's instincts an irritant in daily high school events, leading to countless comical situations. Nonetheless, she and Sosuke continue to grow closer, to the point where they have expressed their feelings for each other.
Tropes associated with Kaname:
Action Survivor: After The Second Raid. She's an ordinary girl with no military training or anything aside from powers that are useless in a direct offensive purpose but she's managed to outwit and beat up assassins and is one of the few people Sousuke is afraid of.
Almost Kiss: An agonizing amount with Sousuke. Normally he doesn't even notice or realize that they almost did, much to Kaname's embarrassment and annoyance.
Dude Magnet: Played with. She's actually known for being the most popular, beautiful girl in school... that no guy wants as a girlfriend. Her horrible temper really doesn't help. Nevertheless, guys are still shown to idolize her.
She Cleans Up Nicely: What she does in an episode of Fumoffu, where she dressed in one of her mother's old kimonos and posed as an older, married woman who is having an affair with Sousuke. Needless to say, it was enough to make Sousuke become uncharacteristically shy and beet red.
Sparkling Stream of Tears: She does this in one later episode of the first season. Kurz gets very angry at Sousuke for making her feel that sad.
Split Personality: Sophia pretty much acts like this, even if she was originally a person that lived 18 years ago. After things are over, Kaname mentions that Sophia still lives within her, but is content just to lead a normal life thru Kaname.
The Talk: Kaname gives Sousuke a variation of this... on exactly what it means to "flirt" and "pick up girls." Needless to say, whatever she explained to him (it wasn't shown) was enough to traumatize him, making him go completely white and break out in cold sweat, stammering that he "could never do that."
Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa is the clumsy but charming Captain of the Mithril anti-terrorist organization's revered TDD-1 'Tuatha de Danaan'. She is American by birth but has lived on submarines and military bases for most of her life. She is also a child prodigy who rose to her relatively high rank at the age of only 16 after using her Whispered power to design the submarine. Tessa has silver hair (described as platinum/ash blonde) and grey eyes.
Ditzy Genius: Extremely talented due to being a Whispered, but otherwise look like an innocent airheaded teenage girl.
Dude Hes Like In A Coma: Unlike Kaname, Tessa has no problems whatsoever trying to take advantage of Sousuke in his sleep. It gets to the point of being a Running Gag that she tries to kiss/grope/molest him while he's sleeping somewhere else (and normally getting stopped by others before she goes too far).
Improbable Age: A 16-year-old captain in a huge, anti-terrorist organization.
Justified by her Whispered status, her father being a well-known submarine captain himself, and Admiral Borda and Mardukas being family friends. Note that Borda repeatedly tried to discourage her from the task, and failed.
Lady of War: As stated above, Tessa is a damn dangerous opponent and has a rather firmly military outlook.
No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Her... methods of pursuing Sousuke were not very well done (or well taken, for that matter). She didn't really seem to wise up to the fact that he does not react well when girls try to actively seduce him by throwing themselves at him or forcefully put him in compromising situations. Numerous attempts at molesting him in his sleep probably didn't help things, either.
Second Love: Not in the anime, but in the novels, her first love was Bunny Morauta (the whispered that built the Arbalest) - they were girlfriend and boyfriend. He ended up dying, and she later ends up falling for Sousuke.
Kurz is a member of Mithril and has the rank of Sergeant in the SRT (Special Response Team) of the Tuatha de Danaan (TDD-1) Pacific Battle Group. He has the call sign Uruz-6 and his ID number is B-3127. He is an SRT Arm Slave pilot and designated marksman, equally proficient with sniper rifles and Arm Slave long range precision cannons. It is said he can visualize the exact trajectory of a bullet, resulting in an almost inhuman accuracy. He most often forms a three-man cell with squadmate Sousuke Sagara and squad leader Melissa Mao. He is regarded as a finicky genius, burdening the Mithril mechanics with extremely difficult to understand complaints and requests.
Ladykiller in Love: Though he might not be as successful a ladykiller as he might think. In the later novels, however, he manages to get past the Slap-Slap-Kiss stage with Mao, and it's obvious they're in love with each other.
Not sure about the born part, but he was actually raised in Japan, where his father worked as a reporter. Cue jokes about him being more Japanese than Sousuke — at least from a cultural perspective.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Not even just hitting - just simply making a girl cry. To the point where he hits Sousuke and chews him out for making Kaname sad. "People like you grow up to be those violent, abusive husbands!" indeed.
Serving as the SRT's second-in-command next to Gail McAllen, she serves in Mithril under the call sign Uruz-2. Her expertise in electronic warfare is valued by the Pacific Battle Group Tuatha de Danaan. Her rank was Sergeant Major, but by the novel Dancing Very Merry Christmas she has been promoted to Second Lieutenant, making her a commissioned officer. She is 25 years old.
Semper Fi: Mao enlisted in the Marines on her wedding day, but was dishonorably discharged sometime before the story begins. It's hinted that she was a DI at Parris Island.
She Cleans Up Nicely: An even better example than Kaname, who is generally agreed to be quite pretty even when she's not dressed up. Mao, on the other hand, rarely appears in anything but fatigues or a flightsuit, making the slinky dress she dons for her undercover operation in The Second Raid all the more impressive.
Sagara's commanding officer and one of Tessa's military strategists with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, fulfilling the role of Operations Director. He is also the foster father of Sagara.
Tropes associated with Kalinin:
The Atoner: He always felt guilty that he couldn't save Sousuke's beautiful mother. And he also feels responsible for letting Sousuke get taken in by the KGB (who raised him to be a Straw Nihilist assassin). As a result, he desperately wants to humanize Sousuke.
Subverted in the last couple of novels, where he betrays Mithril, defects to Amalgam, and personally orders his men to kill Sousuke. It's stated directly by the author that it's not some double-agent act, either. He truly wants the same thing as Leonard.
A Father to His Men: Of course, in Sousuke's case, he did end up becoming his adopted father and legal guardian.
Holding the rank of Commander, Mardukas serves as the second of Tessa's strategists and Executive Officer, responsible for keeping the ship running smoothly. Has a professional working relationship with Kalinin and defers to his judgment on ground combat. Very stuffy and very British.
Tropes associated with Richard Mardukas:
Brits with Battleships: Mardukas was a submariner in the Royal Navy, his last command being the attack submarine HMS Trident.
The Captain: Mentioned to have been one in his backstory, which explains his assignment as Tessa's XO, as he's the best person to advise her... not that she needs it.
Commander Contrarian: Mostly averted, with one exception - when Tessa orders the Arbalest to be sent to Sousuke in Hong Kong, during TSR, Mardukas strongly disagrees. Tessa convinces him to believe in her, and he backs down.
His backstory reveals that Mardukas was a reasonable Commander Contrarian, but it also got him into trouble; late in his career with the Royal Navy, he submitted a brutally honest report that ran contrary to and embarrassed his superiors, causing him to be demoted and relieved of his command; this ultimately accumulates to his eventually joining of Mithril.
Let's Get Dangerous: Has an epic moment in Dancing Very Merry Christmas. A team of Amalgan underwater fighters/AS/submarines attack the TDD-1 while Tessa is on an adjacent ship. Mardukas steps up to bat and owns them hard. See below.
Overprotective Dad: Since Tessa's parents died, he's become more or less her father figure. Justified, considering he was a close friend of her parents.... which is why you should never think of laying a finger on her pretty little head or else he will stuff you inside a GODDAMN submarine cannon and launch you sky high!!. Sousuke was reasonable terrified of this, in Fumoffu.
Red Baron: Known to the submarine communities of the US and UK as The Duke of Undersea Warfare.
The Glasses Come Off: An unusual variation. He keeps his glasses on... but whenever he's about to get serious, everyone around him knows you just have to watch out for his hat. The moment wears it backward, he's about to kick ASS.
Training from Hell: Mardukas is both a graduate and instructor of Perisher, the Royal Navy's submarine equivalent to TOPGUN... but harder.
If you flunk TOPGUN, you're still a Naval Aviator, and you can still come back and try again. If you flunk Perisher... you will never serve on a submarine for the rest of your life.
Xanatos Speed Chess: How he takes down the Amalgam naval taskforce. Also something of a military maverick, in that none of his tactics are convential tactics, but he points out that their foe isn't conventional.
Sousuke's World (Antagonists)
Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (JP), Mike MacRae (EN)
While little is known about Gauron at the present, he is Sousuke's strongest and most formidable enemy throughout the TV series. He's a terrorist of the highest caliber sponsored by a mysterious organization, but little is known about Gauron's benefactors other than the fact that they appear to be more formidable and possess greater resources than even the notorious Soviet KGB. Believed to be Japanese, or at least of Asian ethnicity, Gauron and Sousuke have a long and bloodstained history together. Sousuke left a big scar on Gauron's forehead when he and then Soviet Spetsnaz commander Major Kalinin ambushed Gauron in a sniper attack back in Sousuke's Afghan guerrilla days. This is but one of many battle scars Sousuke inflicts upon this vicious man slayer over the course of the series.
Almighty Janitor: Mentioned in the novels, where Harris, another member of Amalgam, explains that with Gauron's capabilities, he could have easily become commander. However, due to Gauron's Jerkassery, most of the other members had a hard time getting along with him, and adding to that, he had incurable cancer. As a result, they decided instead to give the position to Gates, who was very much inferior.
Animal Motifs: His is a lion, according to Kalinin. Languid and bored at first sight, he shows his ferocity the next second. Contrasts with Sousuke's tiger motif.
A more symbolic and significant one might be a dragon, from his name "Gauron" (which means "nine dragons" in Chinese). And considering that Sousuke is a tiger, as well as that the dragon and tiger are natural born enemies (think Tora Dora)... well, just look at the Tiger Versus Dragon trope page. It describes their relationship perfectly. ("This refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet wildly similar at the same time, intricately linked together in destiny.")
Ax-Crazy: As Ax-Crazy as they come. Pretty much everyone knows that he gets off on killing people. Including his associates and partners, who actually get annoyed at how he keeps killing people he shouldn't kill.
Badass: He is pound-for-pound more than a match for Sousuke, both in & out of AS-es.
Death Seeker: Which is revealed to stem from the fact that he has incurable cancer, and wants to get as much pleasure from death as he can. Extra Irony points when, the more he tries to be suicidal, the longer he seems to survive.
Faux Affably Evil. It really depends on if you appreciate his Black Comedy or not. However, by the time of The Second Raid, it's pretty clear that he is a heartless sociopath with no redeeming personal characteristics whatsoever.
First Name Basis: It doesn't matter who, he calls everyone by their most familiar name possible. And pretty much everyone is shown to be disturbed, creeped out, or annoyed by it. He calls Kaname "Kana-chan" (something only Kyoko, her best friend, calls her), he calls Dunnigan by the name "John" (which causes Dunnigan to get pissed off, only for Gauron to threaten Dunnigan with castration if Dunnigan doesn't let him call him that), calls Kalinin by the name "Iwan" (something no one else calls him)... and then there's the pet names he has for poor Sousuke.
For the Evulz: His main reason for doing most things, really. Including betraying and killing his employers for no real reason.
In Love with Your Carnage: This is the reason that this guy is so utterly obsessed with Sousuke — when he first met him at 12 years old, Gauron saw something in the boy's eyes; an ice-blue will to kill, without sin or care. He spends much of the series trying to "reawaken" this side of him.
Large Ham: The guy manages to make everything he does hammy. Especially by including Evil Laughter after saying anything. In the novels, he even literally eats ham while dramatically giving orders to the AI on the Tuatha de Dannan.
Love at First Sight: Apparently what he felt when he first saw 12-year-old Sousuke. He was immediately so smitten with Sousuke that he literally took a double look, immediately parked his jeep, and attempted to get Sousuke to come with him. Four years after being rebuffed and never seeing Sousuke again, he actually manages to recognize Sousuke as soon as he gets a clear view of his face. Scary.
Love Hurts: Gauron angrily tells Sousuke that, ever since the boy fell in love, he's become weaker, more messed up, and has a bunch of conflicting feelings.
A Love to Dismember: His infamous (and thankfully unfulfilled) desire to rape Sousuke's corpse after killing him.
Manipulative Bastard: He certainly managed to manipulate the two twins he took in and raised into falling in love with him and doing anything he bids them to. And then he managed to manipulate and piss Sousuke off to the point where he finally managed to get the death he always wanted, killed by the Assassin Saint he always loved.
Mind Rape: What he loves to do to all of his intended victims.
Murder the Hypotenuse: His unreasonable anger and and jealous grudge against Kaname is explained in TSR, where it's completely and seriously explained that he wants her dead because Sousuke likes her. Yep, his main reason for ordering the two twins he raised to go to their deaths was because he wanted the girl who managed to "tame" his beautiful Assassin Saint to die, so Sousuke will revert back to his emotionless, violent self.
Smug Super: Despite possessing hubris in abundance, he truly is an unstoppable force on the battlefield. With the exception of Sousuke Sagara, none of the soldiers of Mithril can hold a candle to his abilities as an Arm Slave pilot. Perhaps most significantly, he has consistently demonstrated an almost supernatural ability to cheat certain death right up until the moment he drove Sousuke to help him commit suicide.
An Amalgam agent and the head of Amalgam's Execution Squads, Gates seems to have two personalities. He is known to be killing his subordinates whenever Gates messes up an operation, hears that an Amalgam-sponsored mission is a failure or doesn't display any regard for life, for the most part when he is angry such as pushing one of a chopper, dragging another down on the swimming pool, shooting an Amalgam terrorist in the head and even played around with Xia Yu Lan's corpse. But on the other hand, Gates showed his intelligence that he was able to note the Arbalest and the M9s that were in Balic.
Tropes associated with Gates:
Ax-Crazy: Even more so than Gauron, which that's saying something.
Bad Boss: Killing a bunch of his subordinates for no apparent reason certainly isn't a sign of a good boss.
Cloudcuckoolander: A dark version of this trope. For crying out loud, he randomly starts singing the Ave Maria as his men commit wholesale slaughter.
Psychopathic Manchild: His over-emotional nature combined with the sheer crazy of some of his antics makes him seem something like an overexcited child - at least until you realize just what he's doing.
Trigger Happy: He tends to pull the trigger before even thinking. For example, killing the man who was supposed to pay them for their goods, before even thinking of a way to get the money from him. And then immediately killing his own soldier when the soldier pointed this out.
Big Bad Wannabe: So, after kidnapping Kaname and making life hell for Sousuke for so much time, how does he end up in Part 2 of Always Stand By Me? After being defeated by Sousuke and having his AS blown up, Kalinin then shoots him dead before he can activate Merida Island's self-destruction device. And that's it.
Crazy Jealous Guy: He hates how Sousuke keeps getting in his way of not only his goal, but winning over Kaname. He can never seem to understand why anyone would ever accept Sousuke at all. Especially as a romantic interest no less.
Green-Eyed Monster: He not only hates Sousuke, but is very jealous of him. ALOT. It not only involves Kaname, but in general too. He hates how people are easily attracted by Sousuke, who can be aloof, stoic, and awkward, yet his loved ones are much more forgiving towards him. Even though he's killed over hundreds of people. What pisses him off more than anything, is that he believes that he and Sousuke are Not So Different and so questions Kaname's repeatedly; why she would show such strong care and emotion for someone like him.
If I Can't Have You: He won't kill Kaname, but he's not above slapping her, yelling at her, threatening Sousuke, letting her get BrainwashedandCrazy, and resetting the world in where Sousuke won't remember her. So yeah, he gives off this vibe quite a bit.
Lack of Empathy: Is worst than Sousuke, but not on the same level as Gates or Gauron.
Love Makes You Evil / Love Makes You Crazy: He begins to lose it when Kaname unintentionally shoots him in the head and overhears Kaname and Sousuke proclaiming their love to each other. He starts to get darker and more possessive towards Kaname.
Mind Rape: Does this to Kaname to bend her to his will.
Moral Dissonance: He considers himself to be morally superior to Sousuke, because Sousuke has killed and he has not. This completely ignores the fact that while he has never killed anyone with his own hands, the number of people who have died or been put in mortal peril due to his actions far exceeds the number of people Sousuke has killed. How is ordering the death or deliberate endangerment of thousands better than killing hundreds in person?
Murder Is the Best Solution: It doesn't matter to him how many lives he must sacrifice, because once he reaches his goal, it will be corrected and it will be as if it never happened. Just as long as no one gets in his way.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Sousuke gets a double wammy. He's in Leonard's way of both his plans and winning Kaname over completely. So of course, Sousuke is at the top of Leonard's hit list for two very good reasons.
He doesn't react well to Tessa siding with Sousuke and even though she's well aware of what their mother did to him, she still choses to oppose him.
At first he was somewhat laidback with Kaname dismissing his adavances on her. Didn't care that she slapped him or insulted him to his face. Later on, however, he becomes so enraged with Kaname not giving in to him, and sort of "betraying" him by finally declaring to Sousuke that she loves him, that he slaps her hard enough to make her fall to the ground, speaks to her very rudely, and generally tortures her (more mentally than physically) in order to weaken her mind so that she won't be able to resist his plans of world-domination.
What Does She See in Him?: What Leonard bitterly keeps wondering about Kaname, citing that Sousuke is a worse choice for a boyfriend because he's killed hundreds of people. Of course, if he would sit down and start figuring out exactly what makes Sousuke so appealing, maybe he would find it easier to woo women.
Would Hit a Girl: Not only to his enemies, but not even Kaname is safe if he's angered well enough.
Yandere: BIG TIME! By the time Kaname and Sousuke confess to each other, he's more than willing to do anything to get Kaname stay by his side and bend to his will. He's willing to slap or Mind Rape her into submission. If that wasn't enough, by the time he meets his plans, only the whispered will be aware of their new world, he wants to still have Kaname all to himself. As long as he's alive, he will never accept Sousuke and Kaname being together.
Chinese Girls: Complete with all the stereotypes. Yu Lan, at one point, wears her hair in the Odango hairstyle and a Qipao. Both are shown to be very adept at martial arts and using knives, and they even have the accent when attempting to pronounce "Chidori" (instead calling her "Chinniu").
Decoy Damsel: Yu Lan, who pretended to be one of the kidnapped hostages. She played the part pretty well, giving the Mithril agent who untied her an appreciative, admiring look. And the guy definitely looks very self satisfied that he had rescued a pretty Damsel in Distress... until she slits his throat immediately afterward.
Evil Counterpart: The twins serve as mirror images to Sousuke, being stoic teenage mercenaries who were adopted and cared for at a young age by a seasoned soldier. Unfortunately for the twins, the soldier they were raised by was Gauron. To further contrast with Sousuke, a Chaste Hero uncomfortable with sexual situations or with being touched, the twins are shown to being willing to use their sexuality as efficiently as machetes or firearms... and occasionally as a precursor TO those weapons.
Happiness in Slavery: Despite Gauron caring little for their wellbeing (to the point where he only seems to care for using them as his pawns to lure Sousuke, sending them to their deaths with no regard at all), their only happiness seems to come from being together with him. They're shown to be so incredibly depressed when they find out he's dying, and the only thing that gives them temporary comfort is that they are reunited with him.
Given what we know about Gauron's attitudes toward love and death, providing them with the opportunity to die with him could alternatively be interpreted as a loving gesture on his part - especially given that their alternative is being stuck with Gates.
Knife Nut: Since Gauron's specialty is in knives, he apparently taught it to Yu Lan as well. She's shown to be very skillful and graceful wielding two large knives during her fight with Mao.
Odango Hair: The hairstyle Yu Lan wears during a mission.
Wife Husbandry: Implied to be what Gauron very successfully executed with them. Although he failed in his attempt with Sousuke, he managed to get his hands on these two, and certainly managed to make them fall very much in love with him.
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kaneko (JP), David Born (EN)
Sergeant John Danigan of the SRT, Uruz 12 is a traitor to Mithril, and serves as a valuable asset to Gauron. He was told he would be given a large sum of money so he made the ship's controls accessible by Gauron. His past military history included the airborne division of the American Army. His distinguishable feature is a large vertical scar over his right eye. A rough sort of guy, he detests when people address him solely by his first name without his permission, claiming "I only let a few people call me by that name."
A former friend of Sousuke's from their time as guerillas, Zaied served as something of a mentor to the younger Child Soldier, and the two of them grew closer than brothers. While Sousuke and several others were away from camp, Zaied and the other guerillas were apparently killed in a raid by Gauron's mercenaries. Sousuke does encounter Zaied again though, during the "Wind Blows At Home" arc. Zaied is revealed to have survived, and is now on Gauron's payroll. Zaied eventually reveals that he is the one who lead Gauron to the guerilla camp in the first place, and is killed by Sousuke shortly afterwards.
Broken Pedestal: A mild version of this. Not that Sousuke really worshipped him or felt so eternally grateful to him... but Zaied was a respected memory to Sousuke of an honorable, dead comrade of the past. Needless to say, any feeling of goodwill on Sousuke's part completely vanishes when he realizes that Zaied decided to team up with Gauron and kill a bunch of his current comrades.
Child Soldier: Played frighteningly straight. Sousuke may be raised by the KGB and have No Social Skills but Zaied is too screwed up for words. His experiences have left him with the impression that winning is all there is to war, and that it doesn't matter what side you're on as long as you are victorious. He's been like this since he was at least twelve.
The Dragon: Serves as Gauron's during the "Wind Blows At Home Arc". He's the latter's second-in-command and is the group's best pilot after him, is a Foil to The Hero, and has to be defeated by Sousuke before he can engage in combat with Gauron. Justified as Gauron may have been appraising him for membership in Amalgam.
Evil Counterpart: Chillingly demonstrates what a few more years of warfare could have turned Sousukeinto. Zaied plays the whole Child Soldier thing very straight as opposed to Sousuke's more humorous portrayal, and takes every one of the tropes associated with Sousuke to their worst possible extreme. Sousuke's repressed, Zaied's emotionless. Sousuke's a Combat Pragmatist, Zaied will do anything to win. Sousuke hates Gauron, Zaied seems to be using him as a reference to get into Amalgam. He even serves as Gauron's guide to the local area, directly mimicking Sousuke's role with the Mitrhil team.
Forgotten Childhood Friend: Not so much "forgotten" as "thought he was dead" but the results are about the same. Unlike many examples, they don't get over it either, or even really address their issues, but spend all three of Zaied's episodes trying to murder one another in the most brutal fashion possible.
Hired Guns: Appears to have become a mercenary since the destruction of his old guerilla cell. The episode implies that he is seeking Gauron's assistance in applying for Amalgam membership.
It's All About Me: Preemptively betrayed his guerilla cell in order to ensure his own survival, and didn't care if his only friend died in the process.
Lack of Empathy: It's pretty easy to see him as an emotionless sociopath. He doesn't bat an eye while committing atrocities or trying to kill his former friend, has no problem working for the man who murdered his comrades, and betrayed his all his friends just so he could "be on the winning side". Not to mention that he's emotionally a corpse, and willingly transports nuclear weapons in exchange for a paycheck.
Last Breath Bullet: Subverted. He unexpectedly still had enough life to be able to aim his gun at Sousuke and tell Sousuke that the person who has remaining ammunition is the winner. Sousuke is shown wincing and waiting for the impact, but instead Zaied falls back in his seat and opens fire into the air (whether this was involuntary or deliberate is up for debate).
Law of Chromatic Superiority: Pilots a blood-red suit, in comparison to the rest of his troops in their tans and greys. His Arm-Slave, the first Shadow to appear in series, is actually the precursor to Gauron's own similarly coloured Venom suit.
More Dakka: And lectures Sousuke on the need to keep additional bullets so that this tactic is workable.
Never Found the Body: Apparently, Sousuke didn't even bother really looking for his body before putting a flag marker grave in honor of him. So much for that...
The Stoic: But unlike Sousuke, who's simply repressing his feelings, Zaied is legitimately dead inside. He has essentially no emotion to speak of.
Tempting Fate: He tells Gauron: "I've seen a lot of idiots die because of their stupid ideas of love and friendship. I'll never be like that." after Gauron (justifiably) makes sure that Zaied won't go easy on Sousuke. Next episode: Zaied ends up sparing Sousuke, as he's unable to bring himself to shoot Sousuke with his remaining ammunition. Then again, Zaied's already dying at the time.
Or Zaied just died before he could open fire, causing him to fall backwards in the seat and shoot into the air. And he was certainly trying to kill him during their actual fight; the incident being discussed was after Sousuke had already defeated Zaied and left him to die, and then proceeded to beat Gauron as well.
Turncoat: Betrayed his and Sousuke's guerilla cell to Gauron's mercenaries, because he was more concerned with winning than the cause he was fighting for.
As a young girl without any family, Seina found sanctuary in the A21 juvenile assistance group. The leader was the only father she ever knew and her dedication to the group was unmatched by any other for this simple fact. When the A21 fell into the hands of the mass media, the outlook of this oufit was turned into one of public disapproval ? affecting Seina greatly. Once the great leader Takechi fell to suicide, Seina took it on her own shoulders to continue the name of the group.
A 'Whisperer' - the one who the Whispered hear and receive their knowledge of Black Technology from. She was the daughter of the chief scientist at Yamsk-11 and used as a test subject for TAROS. The experiment that killed her resulted in the creation of the Whispered and the destruction of Yamsk-11. When Leonard brings Kaname to the Omni-Sphere, a remnant of Sophia takes over her mind. Sophia then assists Leonard in creating TARTAROS in order to change the world.
Kaname's humble best friend who is usually seen carrying around her trusty camera. She is constantly trying to bring Chidori and Sagara together, however impossible it may seem given Sagara's tendency to blow things up at whim. However, in the novel 'Continuing On My Own', she was held hostage by Amalgam's agents as bait to lure Sousuke so they could kill him and find Kaname. Kyoko was seriously injured during the rescue attempt and is currently still recovering in the hospital after being rescued by Wraith.
Sosuke's Arm Slave loving classmate. He shares the same amount of passion to AS as Sousuke and could be considered Sousuke's best school friend besides Kaname. His father is Shintaro Kazama and a secretary of Narashino's Assault Machine Troop. Shinji's love for AS began when his dad failed to become an AS pilot. As a result of his father's failure, Shinji strives to discover the result of the failure and to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a pilot. There is no indication as to what happened to his mother, but it's assumed that Shintaro is a widower before the series started.
The leader of Jindai High School's karate club, he is very skilled at karate. However, he is extremely nearsighted and can see clearly only when wearing his glasses, which leads to several comical incidents. His sense of pride cannot accept the fact that he was defeated by Sousuke, and he is constantly challenging him to rematches - which Sousuke usually avoids - intentionally or not. He also has a huge crush on Kaname.
Tropes associated with Tsubaki:
Anguished Declaration of Love: He accidentally gives one to Sousuke (instead of Kaname) during a novel side story. Extra Irony points in that, for every single one of the other love confessions Sousuke had received, he had either misunderstood them or blown them off. But for this one, Sousuke happened to vaguely understand the implications of it, and ended up getting weirded out by it, acting shocked that Tsubaki would be that kind of person.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's a more comical (and less evil) example; his extreme nearsightedness prevents him from being taken seriously. Think of Mousse and you'll have an approximate dimension.
Blind Without 'Em: Sort of. He's actually reasonably functional without his Nerd Glasses, but his poor vision and his reluctance to wear his glasses does result in regular bouts of mistaken identity comedy (see above).
He-Man Woman Hater: He firmly believes that women should Stay in the Kitchen and acts very condescending towards his female peers, except Kaname, who, he's developed a crush on. However, he still patronized her when they met again after their first meeting, only changed his attitude when he put his glasses on and recognize her.
Mistaken for Gay: In the novel's side story, where he accidentally confesses to Sousuke instead of Kaname (due to his glasses being off), while he was trying to reveal to Mizuki that he won't reciprocate her feelings because of this person he loves. Sousuke is shown to become very disgusted and nervous after receiving this confession, and afterwards, the entire school thinks he has a gay crush on Sousuke.
Rivals Team Up: After an entire episode in Fumoffu dedicated to the Janitor trying to get him to work in harmony with Sousuke... this ends up happening after Sousuke catches the Janitor's pet koi (which he thought of as his daughter) and they both cooked it and fed it to the Janitor. Who promptly went Ax-Crazy with a chainsaw and scared the crap out of them. They end up working in harmony to fend off the guy's attacks... except even then, they still end up getting overwhelmed.
The mysterious president of the Jindai High's Student Council and a third year student. He is highly intelligent and seems to be able to deal with any situation - no matter how difficult. His behavior is always calm and he is never seen angry. He often considers Sousuke's behavior a reasonable response to the kind of situations he finds himself in, much to the frustration of Kaname. He assigns Sousuke to be the head of security in the Student Council. He and Sousuke share a mutual respect.
Reasonable Authority Figure: According to Sousuke at least. In one episode of Fumoffu, Sousuke blows up his shoe locker after finding an unknown letter inside. While it caused lots of property destruction, Hayashimuzu considered Sousuke's actions okay and reasonable under the circumstances.
Ren Mikihara is the Secretary of Jindai High's Student Council, friend of Kaname's. Beautiful and dependable; she seems to have feelings for Atsunobu Hayashimizu, the Student Council's president. However, much about her is still unknown. Kaname prefers to address her as Oren-san due to her Ojou looks and extremely formal speech pattern.
The Ingenue: She once walked into a red-light destrict and was approached by many people with....not good intention and didn't seem to mind them a lot. Kaname, who was listening to story, was not amused.
Kaname: Oh, for the love of.. Uhm, Oren? A girl like you really shouldn't go into those kind of place alone, you hear me?!
She is a leader of a large gang and older sister to Yoshiki. When three members of her gang were assaulted by Sousuke Sagara after threatening Kaname, Mari vowed revenge. To fulfill this Mari planned to take Kaname hostage to ensure Sousuke would not back down from her directives.
A middle school attendee and younger brother of gang leader Mari. While his older sister maintains an aura of fear layered over her kindness, Yoshiki exudes the softer qualities of their childhood. As such, Mari is quite protective of him despite her disregard for the lives of other people.
A young boy enamored with Kaname. Surprising for his young age, he lives in mansion atop the coastal highland overlooking the numerous ocean activities. He preferrs to be called "Master Masatami" by his 3 servants Washio, Samejima and Hyoudou. He's suffering from a nervous disorder that prevents him from going outside by his psychiatrist's orders. The pathology of his disease state arose from a traumatic incident at age six, long ago when he had dreamed of marrying his cousin one year his senior.
Yandere: Appears as a sweet, frail pretty boy, but he openly expresses his desire to exact revenge on his childhood crush, who apparently made a Childhood Marriage Promise to him when he was five, then had a Love at First Sight with a florist she met at a traffic accident, then run off with him to the Netherlands.
A former senior classmate of Kaname's when they attended the same junior school together. He and Kaname happened to meet again on the train several years down the road and since it has been almost 3 years since they've seen one another he doesn't hesitate in asking her to go out with him. She agrees to go with him to Fumo Fumo Land upon his persistent text messaging requests.