The series protagonist, a cute and young-looking girl cyborg, who was found by Dr. Daisuke Ido on the scrap heap in the beginning of the original Gunnm. While hardly all that intimidating on the outside, she later proved to be arguably the finest warrior on Earth and probably the whole Solar System, the reasons and implications of which touched in the great detail in the sequel manga Last Order.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her Damascus blades, which needs pressurized water to be sharpened and can can cut almost anything.
Almost Kiss: After Figure Four saves her from Knucklehead, she leans in to kiss him... and Yolg almost shoots them. The second time, as Figure is about to pass out from dehydration and she leans in to give him a Last Kiss... they're interrupted by a sudden deluge.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Prior to her discovery by Ido, she was a mass-murdering Martian terrorist who attempted to more or less destroy the entire Earth by destroying the Orbital Ring.
Animal Motifs: Alita has always been closely associated with cats - Ido first named her after his dead cat, her friends have either compared her to a cat or stated she has the personality of one, and it was heavily implied that the cat in Nova's Lotus-Eater Machine was Alita's real self. Her appearance post Heroic BSOD has only emphasized this further - not only has she adoped more cat-like mannerisms, now she even has a tail. Her perpetual pout has also led her to be compared rather unfavorably to an octopus.
Artificial Human: In Last Order, having her body composed of advanced nanobots and her organic brain replaced with a chip. Also, in the video game, her birth is revealed as being a tumoral growth in a member of Martian royalty that developed a central nervous system.
Appendage Assimilation: Forget appendage! When Super Nova reduced her to nothing but a brain chip and a mass of Imaginos cells, she reformed by assimilating the Jovian Tunguska super weapon.
The Atoner: Alita used to be a mass-murdering terrorist fighting against the space government before she lost her memory. In a way, she atoning for all the bad things she's done in her previous life.
Badass Longcoat: Alita conjures up one for herself after gaining her Imaginos 2.0 body.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: Her Berserker and Imaginos bodies lack attributes, although her TUNED body did have nipples.
The Berserker: During her time as a TUNED agent Alita would deliberately surrender herself to bloodlust in battle as a way of coping with her despair at being enslaved by the Tiphareans, though after falling in love with Figure she finds herself unable to do so anymore.
Blade Below the Shoulder: Her Damascus Blade was attached to her arm during her Motorball days and when she gained her Imaginos body.
Blood Knight: Gradually transforms into one, but showed traces of this from the very beginning. During her time as a TUNED agent, Alita even tells Figure that battle is all she has left to live for while sporting a Slasher Smile, though he quickly snaps her out of it with a What the Hell, Hero? speech. Even after finding a reason for living other than fighting, she still enjoys a good fight and furiously lashes out if interrupted.
Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: At one point Alita kicks some mecha ass wile wearing a gorgeous wedding dress... for no good reason, but it sure looks cool.
Boobs of Steel: Quite literally. While she's not the most buxom of characters, she is by far one of the strongest fighters and her TUNED body has a larger bust size than her other bodies.
One bonus 4koma gag in Last Order reveals during a shower scene that when she "retracts" her Blade Below the Shoulder, the steel from the blades apparently migrates to pad her breasts.
When Ido is killed by the Berserker-enhanced Zapan, she kills Nova and his assistant in a fit of rage.
Broken Ace: Alita is far above 95% of the killer cyborgs she encounters and she honestly wants to do the right thing. Still, she tends to create just as many problems as she fixes because she is still a flawed human at heart who is controlled by emotions, fears and predjudices... and can kill almost anything.
She is considered the "strongest warrior".
Came Back Strong: Combined with Serial Escalation. In the finale and Last Order, she is resurrected by Nova in the Imaginos 1.0 body, which is essentially an enhanced version of her Berserker body. In Last Order, after her body disintegrates during a Heroic BSOD moment she reconstructs it into the Imaginos 2.0 body by assimilating the Jovian Tunguska superweapon with scraps of the Imaginos 1.0 body. After Toji destroys her Imaginos 2.0 body, she reconstructs it into the Imaginos 2.1 body.
Can't Have Sex, Ever: More like Can't Settle Down With Somebody She Loves, Ever. Just as Hugo renounced to his dream of reaching Tiphares for her, he got killed; just as she finished her TUNED mission and was free to go see Figure Four, she was blown up, and next thing she knew, she had to go to space to save Earth.
Early on, Alita also sadly realises that any attempt at lovemaking would probably end in her boyfriend getting grinded into gory paste.
Cat Girl: The Imaginos 2.0 body comes with a Prehensile Tail, and Alita starts showing more cat-like mannerisms after she gets it.
Celibate Hero: It's not that Alita hasn't fallen in love, it's that her romances are doomed: Hugo was killed trying to reach Tiphares, and she commissioned a clone of herself using her organic brain to be with Figure Four.
Clones Are People Too: She has her organic brain restored into a clone body to fulfill her promise to Figure Four.
Facial Markings: Her trademark "antiglare patches" on the cheeks that she wears in all of her bodies. They were originaly the traditional markings of Panzer Kunst users, but since Alita was the only PK user on Earth they became her own trademark, so much so that they have been built into her face since the Motorball days, and she's only seen without them twice after that.
Hell-Bent for Leather: When she bothers with clothing at all, as most of her bodies are robotic enough to not need it. She apparently just loves leather as a fashion statement.
She loves her pitch black leather so much she even wears it in the desert while using a body that has an inherent overheating problem (see picture).
Heroic Sacrifice: In the original manga she turned herself into a tree to stop Tiphares from crushing the scrapyard, and in Last Order she seemingly sacrifices her body to stop the Onion Frame from smashing into the Moon.
Hot-Blooded: Altia is temperamental and quick to fight in most situations.
Implacable Woman: A flashback shows that she and possibly all Panzer Kunst users were this.
Heroic BSOD: In Last Order, Altia has one when it's revealed she no longer has an organic brain, although her certainty in her cause and humanity had been undermined for some time.
Laughing Mad: When Knucklehead challenges her to a one-on-one duel she has no chance of winning, Alita responds with a feral grin and starts to break into maniacal laughter, but stops when she hears Figure Four playing her harmonica.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: At first she remembered nothing of her past, but gradually regains her memories.
Lightning Bruiser: Extremely fast, powerful, and durable, especially in her Berserker and Imaginos bodies.
Mechanical Lifeforms: Her Berserker and Imaginos bodies are composed of advanced nanobots that behave like "machine cells".
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: When Alita falls head over heels in love with Yugo she unleashes her inner MPDG to talk him out of his single minded quest to reach Salem and make him hers. She ultimately succeeds a few seconds before he dies. After this experience, Alita permanently loses that part of herself.
Market-Based Title: Not only that, but also her name — she's named Alita in the English translation, but Gally (apparently from Galatea) in the Japanese original. Kishiro doesn't seem to mind though, and with the help of Ouroborosboth names were made canon. So now she has THREE names! To make things even more complicated, there are a few clones of her running around, each with her/his own distinct personality and name.
Mood-Swinger: Her frequently alternating between the cheerfulperiods and depressed sulking in the corner would make her look almost bipolar, if not for the fact that she usually has a valid reason for these Heroic BSODs.
Older Than They Look: Spent 200 years in suspended animation, yet still looked like a teenager when she was revived. True, she WAS a teenager beforehand, and cyborg bodies do not age, but, 15 years later, and several body upgrades, is still said to not look older that 20, despite actually being closer to two centuries and a half.
Her "real" age, that is, the time she spent conscious and not a Human Popsicle, turned off, or in other type of suspended animation, is about 30, though.
Pintsized Powerhouse: One of the most efficient warriors alive, insanelly skilled, and with the raw firepower of one of the major superpowers of the Solar System... And still just 5 feet tall.
Playing with Fire: Her Berserker and Imaginos bodies can create and manipulate plasma.
Power Gives You Wings: Her Imaginos 2.1 body has wings with Damascus blades for feathers, though they're destroyed in the ensuing fight.
Pro-Human Transhuman: Alita's body is comprised of highly advanced nanomachines and makes her by far one of the most powerful characters in the series, but she still sees herself as being human.
Reality Warper: In her Imaginos 2.0 and 2.1 bodies, she is able to hack cyborgs just by being in their vicinity, transmute any metal into Damascus steel and shape it to her will, and even recreate her body from energy. Even after the Jovians pull her consciousness into the Glass Cat robot, Alita retains this ability and transmutes the floor to shred them with Damascus steel spikes.
She's Got Legs: Alita's choice of clothes and fighting style accentuate her legs.
Slasher Smile: She sometimes sports one during her most battle-crazed moments, especially as a TUNED agent. Pray you never have to be on the receiving end of a face like that, I kid you not!
A Taste of Power: The Berserker body she obtains in the first volume has more raw firepower that ANYTHING else in the series save some of her weapons in her (otherwise inferior in combat) TUNED body, and the Imaginos bodies she uses in the ending and in Last Order.
Technopath: Alita's Imaginos 2.0 body can hack cyborgs just by being in their general vicinity and can assimilate other technologies into itself.
Tempting Fate: After an especially brutal plot twist Alita is astounded how just knowing your brain is a chip can drive you to instant raving madness. Eventually she gets to experience it herself.
Took a Level in Badass: The most striking one was when she was given the Berserker body and went from a young girl without experiece that could do some martial arts to a plasma welding professional able to win a bar brawl by herself.
Tomato in the Mirror: Twice in fast sucession in Last Order. First, she discovers that prior to her memory loss, she was a mass-murdering terrorist. Less than an hour later, she discovers that Desty Nova's last act (which took place after he started cloning himself repeatedly) was to turn her into a Tipharean - by cutting out her brain and replace it with a chip. The organic-brained Alita has never appeared in Last Order. She discovers the latter seconds before she has to exchange her original brain for Lou's. She has not been the same since.
Tron Lines: When inside the Melchizedek supercomputer she has black skin and glowing green markings, eyes, and hair.
Übermensch: Rejects the authority and laws outlined by the Factory, Tiphares, and Ketheres.
Above Good and Evil: The best way to describe him. The basic purpose of his life is in fact to scientifically define Good and Evil through what he calls "Karmatron Dynamics" - the study of how people act based on their memories, their bodies, their status in society... and radical shifts in all three. Alita's his favorite subject, as she is constantly changing all three; she swaps bodies more often than most do cars, she's been everything from a beggar to a secret agent, and despite her current drive for heroics, in her forgotten past life she was a mass-murdering terrorist.
Evil All Along: You could be forgiven for thinking Nova X was on anyone's side but his own. Sure, he promised to support Alita, but the moment Ido, Figure, Koyomi, and Kaos get to Tiphares, he springs a Sadistic Choice trap on his son. When Kaos calls him out on betraying Alita's trust, Nova reveals that his intent all along has been to seize all of the surface as a testing site for his experiments.
Friendly Enemy: To Alita, mostly because she is his favorite (and most successful) test subject.
For Science!: His raison d'etre is studying "Karmatron Dynamics", and he's committed more than a few atrocities doing so.
Funny Afro: A subversion: Super Nova is anything but funny.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Nova goes from being the Big Bad of the first series to resurrecting Alita in a more powerful body and bringing her to Ketheres. Then that Nova joins forces with Mbadi as Super Nova, and one of his clones in Tiphares. dubbed Nova X, decides to help Alita... right up until the first opportunity to double cross her For Science! presents itself.
Heel-Face Turn: Nova Pod is probably his only iteration that could be definitely said to be on the side of the good guys. And then he is killed by Trinidad and Super Nova.
Sealed Evil in a Can: In a fairly literal fashion, this happens to Nova X — Ido beats him just short of kicking the bucket, and then puts him into the stasis so Nova's "stereotomy" revival ability won't get activated as it usually does after his death.
Stealth Mentor: To Alita, though whether this was intentional on his part is difficult to discern.
Tested On Humans: He has turned ordinary people into grotesque monstrosities in the pursuit of his research.
The Unfettered: There is nothing Desty Nova, in any of his incarnations, will not do to achieve his goals. He once sliced open his own skull on a whim and without anaesthetic just to make a point that Scrapyarders and Tiphareans are Not So Different.
We Can Rebuild Her: Blows Alita up and gloats about it... then completely reconstructs her using Imaginos "machine cells" derived from her Berserker body so that she would be even more powerful.
Villainous Breakdown: After finding true happiness taking care of Alita in the Ouroboros program, Desty proclaims that he would do anything to protect Alita and preserve that eternal moment, breaks down in tears... and then pulls out a submachine gun and opens fire.
Original manga characters
Dr. Daisuke Ido
Scrapyard cybersurgeon and Hunter-Warrior who found what was left of Yoko Alita in the scrap heap and revived/rebuilt her. Ido initially had some hopes of a Pygmalion Plot, but wasn't much disappointed when she turned out indifferent, and became her Parental Substitute to amend her amnesia.
Cool Hat: Ido almost always wear some distinctive headgear.
He learns them following watching his own Go Mad from the Revelation tape, and this time took it rather well, though didn't really regain them in the mental sense. As he incapacitated Nova X, the latter gifts him a complete record of his memories in a nanomachine form shortly before being being sealed, and there's yet no indication on how he received them.
Decoy Protagonist: Early on it seemed like Ido would be the main co-star next to Alita. He puts everything in motion, gets plenty of characterization and is interesting enough to last an entire series. Then comes volume five...
Pygmalion Plot: He somewhat had that idea about Alita when he found her, but quickly got over that.
Stuffed In The Fridge: Even if alive, the only thing that remains of the old Ido is a memory in a few persons. Very few, as most of his friends were killed by Zapan. The way things are it isn't intirely impossible for him to return but it is very unlikely.
While not returning as supporting character for Alita it seems he gets a bit of spotlight again with chapter 113 of Last Order, and regains his memories in Chapter 121.
Alas, Poor Villain: Being connected to Alita via Berserker cells, a dying Zapan shows Alita that after all he did he wished it was only a dream and could still be together with his girlfriend he accidentally killed. His final action is using what remains of his body to break Alita's fall and save her.
Came Back Wrong: As in the only remained of his humanity being his rage, and with an ungodly powerful body.
The Faceless: Alita ripped his face off when he tried to show that she was aiding a fugitive. He got a new one, but the trauma of losing it had cost him a fair part of his memory. Regaining those memories when he saw Alita drove him partially insane, causing him to tear most of the skin off his face, and accidentally killing his girlfriend during that time sent him the rest of the way. When he got the Berserker body, he could have had his face back, but he didn't remember how his own face looked like.
Sanity Slippage: He pretty much loses it when he learns Vector had been lying to him about his chance to go to Tiphares.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He never gave up on his dream, no matter the hardships he went through. After discovering his chance to fulfil it was a lie, he tries to get to Tiphares by foot, but the defense mechanism of the Factory pipes tear his feet out. He keeps CRAWLING up. Then Alita arrives, ends up convincing him to drop his dream and stay with her. Cue second razor ring going down the pipe, tearing his body apart, and, despite being caught by Alita, having just the time to say goodbye before breaking and falling to his doom.
Exact Words: He can send people to Tiphares... as dead bodyparts. Though to be fair, he actually didn't want to inflict this to people, tried to dissuade Hugo, and directly reveals the truth when Hugo brings the money.
Genre Blind: For believing Hugo would give up his dream if the price was too high.
Dark and Troubled Past / Freudian Excuse: Right at birth, his mother abandoned him by flushing him through the toilets, and he lived in the Sewers for years feeding on rats and garbage. People then partially burnt him, and he started decaying. He was found and saved by Desty Nova, who rebuild him with a customized body shaped after his deepest desires, resulting in what he looks like now.
Grand Theft Me: To several people, most notably Kinuba where he got his cyborg power-body.
Home Field Advantage: In his second fight with Alita, he lured her into the Sewers where he had grown up to take advantage on the evacuation system. While he does manage to surprise her, she turns out to be one step ahead of him.
Hulk Speak: When first introduced only. According to himself, it was his initial body that limited his speech. When coming back, he speaks like a normal person... Sort of.
A young girl appearing in the very first volume as newborn kid who lost her parents. Koyomi serves as a quasi timer for the series since her age represents the time that has passed since the series started. Growing up in the scrapyard and with her father losing his beloved bar with the Zapan incident, she developed a rather opportunistic and sarcastic personality. However she still has a honest heart and believes in a better future.
Hit So Hard The Calendar Felt It: She was born exactly at the same moment that Ido found Alita's body in the scrap heap, marking the start of the whole story. Kishiro half-jokingly maintained a separate calendar called Anno Koyomi to maintain continuity of the series before replacing it in Last Order.
Morality Pet: Became this for Den, even though she urges him to massacre the Scrapyard's citizens.
Scare 'Em Straight: She almost crosses the line into villany during the raid on the Scrapyard, especially when she says the Scrapyard's inhabitants deserve to die for not listening to her warning to evacuatenote Which they never got due to the Factory bullying Vector into keeping quiet and urging Den to crush her alcoholic, abusive father. Den promptly decides to put the fear of death back in the little brat by dropping her a few stories.
The Ace: He ended up taking challenges only from teams, AND with a handicap, otherwise he'd have no challenge. And he had barely in this way. Justified, however, in that his brain was touched by a certain Mad Scientist who enjoys flan...
Back for the Finale: Like Ido, reappears in Ouroboros. Alita breaks out of the illusion by finally defeating him.
Energy Being: Through sheer willpower, he briefly becomes this in his last moments. He uses this opportunity to punch Alita in half, snapping her out of her depression while he is at it.
Worthy Opponent: The sole character to punch Alita in the midsection and actually defeat her in combat until Last Order.
This left such a mark on her that even after having long surpassed him, she still thinks highly of him.
Barjack and related
A mysterius Radio DJ who drives around the wasteland with his assistant. His musical tallent stems from his unique ability to read memories inprinted on items by their users. This can range from music and singing from instruments to fencing from Swords. He also can only see in infrared and hear in radio signals. Becomes a potential love intrest for Alita after reading her memories. However he also harbors two dark Secrets. He has a split personality named Den who leads a massiv army and tries to destroy Jeru and he is the biological son of Destiny Nova.
Blessed with Suck: He can see infrared radiation and hear and speak radio waves. He can ONLY see infrared radiation and ONLY hear and speak radio waves. At least, until Den dies and he regains his voice.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Due to him sharing his body with Den, he also know how to kick ass & take names with a Katana when push comes to shove.
The Empath: Thanks to his psychometry, he can feel the experiences of whatever he touches.
Energy Being: Becomes one temporarily after using his psychometry to invade Nova's lab's computer system.
Instant Expert: Can learn EVERYTHING about anything he touches, incluiding how to use it at its best.
Blood Knight: Seeing he is Kaos' suppressed rage, it is quite reasonable.
Establishing Character Moment: Seeing him deliver a Badass Boast to an opponent who is destroying his body, just to kill him in one single move once he finishes. Then squashing the manager of said opponent for being a pawn of Tiphares.
Shaggy Dog Story: And that charge ends with his BFS breaking when he gets an strike against one of the tubes that go up to Tiphares. He decides dying is the best thing he can do then.
Samurai: His armour is based off of samurai armour and he wields a katana.
Scare 'Em Straight: When Koyomi tags along in his suicidal charge and urges him to kill her alcoholic father, Den asks her if she's afraid of death, picks her up, and drops her a few stories before carrying on, leaving Koyomi to be caught by her father.
Shut Up, Kirk!: Delivers one to Kaos when he tries to force Den to back down, being ultimately nothing more than an offshoot of his personality. Den's response? He takes Koyomi off his shoulder, holds her out (several stories off the ground), and then tells Kaos, "If I just a figment, as you say, then stop me!" Also doubles as one for Koyomi, who was urging him to kill her father and proclaiming she wasn't afraid to die.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: A far darker that normal take on the trope, he belives the destruction of Tiphares would solve the world's problems. Not So Different from Kaos, after all.
A martial artist from the peaceful fishing village of Alhambra on the West Coast. In the original manga he joins a group of mercenaries protecting Factory trains, and gets to know Alita, then a TUNED agent. Their friendship soon starts to turn into something deeper, but after the Barjack War Alita got involved with the whole Lou brain's business and asks him to wait for her before heading to the Granite Inn, so he returns home. He got only brief mentions in the most of the Last Order, but, tired of waiting, seems to be back after the Z.O.T.T. finished.
Badass Normal: Can perform a shockwave attack in a human body and knows how to fight full-body cyborgs. While fighting with Sechs he still managed to give then her a lot of trouble.
Born Lucky: Let's collect. On his first day as railway mercenary he is on the same train as Alita, therefor surviving Barjack's initial assault. A dropping building misses him. He gets lost in the desert with Alita and ends up in a rainstorm with fishes raining from the sky. Now in Last Order he survives a fight with Sechs when she gets distracted by a lightning bolt hitting her beloved titan blade. The guy certainly has Lady Luck on his side.
The Bus Came Back: In the post-Z.O.T.T. chapters he seems to return to the role of a protagonist.
Determinator: Went up against Alita several times despite getting his ass beaten, survived having a wall drop on him and didn't stop carrying Alita through a desert without any water or shade. The only thing that can really stop him is a nuclear reactor (It Makes Sense in Context).
In his fight with Sechs while protecting GR-4 he managed not only survive despite not being enhanced in any way, but also trick then her into believing that he's dead, and reach safety while missing a whole arm (with the stump being tied by a crude tourniquet) and carrying GR-4's body to boot.
Required Secondary Powers: His new cyborg arm not only shattered when he tried to do his usual training routine, but also ripped away from his shoulder. Keina then gives him an extra heavy-duty one instead, with heavy reinforcement of the attachment point.
Replacement Love Interest: Alita has her organic brain restored into a clone to keep her promise with Figure while she deals with unfinished business on Mars.
Stay in the Kitchen: He acts macho to lure Alita out of her shell but ironically he is the one who stays behind in his peacefull coastal village to faithfully await Alita's return wile she is out on her own kicking ass and taking names. That's pretty rare in fiction, when you think of it.
While not returning as supporting character for Alita it seems he got tired of waiting in the kitchen as of chapter 111 of Last Order. He's even getting a story arc while searching for Alita.
Heel-Face Turn: She used to be one of Desty's lab assistants before she fell in love with Ido.
Hello, Nurse!: Works as Ido's assistant and is a physically attractive woman.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Uses lethal force against a bunch of angry ex-experiments of Desty Nova who mistakenly believe Ido to be Nova in order to protect him and Figure Four, but is ultimately killed. Ido and Figure are subsequently arrested and sentenced to be executed as scapegoats.
Redemption Rejection: Her time as Desty Nova's lab assistant. Despite her attempts to redeem herself, one of Nova's former experiments recognizes her and goes on a rampage, ultimately killing her.
Token Good Teammate: Was this to Desty Nova, being his only lab assistant with a shred of conscience.
Alita's Mission Control during her Factory agent times and her closest friend since she lost touch with Ido and others (bordering on Les Yay sometimes). During the Barjack arc she was swept up into the Jeru/Salem (Tipharo-Ketherean for you Viz readers) politics, and the result... wasn't pretty to say the least. In fact, the original impulse for Last Order story was Alita's wish to save her friend (or whatever left of her).
Cosmic Plaything: It seems that the poor girl exist mainly to ramp up drama and give Alita something to angst over.
Driven to Suicide: Subverted in the original manga's ending. It looks like this happens to her after Nova revealed her Salem's secret, but she is completly distracted from it after realising her hiccup has stopped.
After Aita is nearly destroyed, Eisenburg is the one who recruits her for the "Tuned" program which involves recording Alita's fighting skills so they can make 100% loyal robotic copies of her. He is an extremely smug character who values his citizenship of Salem above all else and sees Scrapyard cyborgs as sub-human tools.
Big Bad Wannabe: From the first time you see him, you know he is up to no good. When he crushes the Barjack rebellion with Salem's superweapon he seems to be a really big deal too. He is anything but.
A former Factory maintenance robot, Deckman 100 was remodelled by Desty Nova from a run-of-the-mill Deckman 10 to serve as a repair station for Alita's Imaginos body. Despite a humble start, manages to ackquire a lot of personality and something of a Deadpan Snarker character.
Ascended Extra: Debuted as one of the Factory Deckmen in the original manga, but became a supporting character in Last Order.
From Nobody to Nightmare: In chapter 128 it turns out that Deckman 100 has deposed the previous Robot King and rules Typhares, now controlled by robots, as a tyrant, since the humans descended into chaos after Z.O.T.T. finals. Sechs, Ido, and Figure Four depose him and he is given a small, spider-like body to use.
Perpetual Expression: His lips are permanently pursed and his cheeks ballooned out, giving him a comical expression.
Robot Buddy: Unlike the humanoid androids and cyborgs comprising the rest of the Space Angels, Deckman 100 is a non-humanoid robot, though the original manga implies the Deckmen are cyborgs.
One of Alita's TUNED clones who broke free and, being burdened with an extremely powerful Middle Child Syndrome decided to prove his (well, her at the time) worth by hunting down all other clones and, finally, the original. After getting (then still) her ass kicked by Alita almost at the end of that quest (see below), she (then) toned down somewhat and became something of an Annoying Younger Sibling. Sechs is closest in personality to Alita's Blood Knight phase during her time as a TUNED agent, valuing battle over all else.
In fact, Sechs is carrying most of the weight with Alita only really participating the whole time in the first and last fight.
A Real Killer Is A Man. Sechs seem to think that a true warrior must be male, hence the body switch, though the real reason Sechs switched bodies was just because the Fizziroy body was a lot more powerful than the TUNED body. He says later in the ZOTT finals that he wants to be recognized as a true warrior not just because of the new body.
Attractive Bent-Gender: A male example. His head was replaced, so the scars he used to have vanished, and his body better fits his persona. He is described as "the most popular male participant in the ZOTT."
Bad Ass: Missile surfing. That's all. Not to mention one of the few people who can give Alita & Zekka a run for their money.
"You're accelerating at the speed of light" - Zekka
Badass Transplant: He lost his right arm after fighting Elf and Zwolf's mono-molecular wire. It was replaced with a Solenoid Quench gun, which was improved on when he obtained his first Fizziroy body.
Beta Test Baddie: Starts out as one. Sechs thinks that she will be just a copy unless she can be better than both the other copies and the original. So she hunts down the other Tuneds and faces off against Gally. Ironical she is unware that the Tuneds were allready superior as GR-2 revealed.
The Big Guy: Fizziroy bodies tend to be rather large — as of now he and Zekka stand at ~190 cm (6'3") and are the second/third tallest characters after Trinidad. Subverted when he is stuck in his Interactive Interface, which was converted into a Fizziroy.
Upon hearing that there existed a person just as powerful as Zekka, and the two fought in a fight so destructive that the two became recognized as equals to national powers in their own right, Sech responds rather well.
Sechs saves a young woman from commiting suicide not out of goodwill but because he wanted to ask her why she wants to do it, being completely confused by the concept of dying without killing someone else in the process.
Boobs of Steel: Averted. Whilst in his TUNED body, his development was fittingly more masculine. Compare to Alita, Elf, and Zwolf.
Deadly Upgrade: Sechs unlocks his Fizziroy body's true potential by converting the fluid inside to plasma, but when its damaged it explodes violently.
Determinator: In their fight, Niz tells him that he lacks perseverance. Sechs then wins the fight after being completely bound by superstrong straps and being fired out of a rail gun by cutting himself free, snaring the back of Niz's head with the straps, and holding the straps by the teeth, firing his gun and his body back at Niz at over mach 25.
Divergent Character Evolution: He started as a copy of Alita, with her TUNED body and her overall appearance; and only differenceable from Elf and Zwölf thanks to the number on her (back then) face. By when they debut, they are already easily told apart, and since then things change fast.
Though Sechs already differed highly from the others, mostly in terms of mimic. This became now evident in chapter 113 in which Sechs already display her different mimic.
Evil Makes You Ugly: Was initally rusty (literally) and scarred from past fights, and both the Titan Blade and Quench gun weren't as upgraded as they become in the Fizziroy Body.
Eyepatch of Power: He's been missing his eye ever since he was *younger*, before he fought Elf or Zwolf.
Facial Markings: Even though partialy covered by the eyepatch, Sechs also still has Alita's Panzer Kunst markings built into his face.
Actually there is a difference. His original name "GR-6" has two components, the "GR" and the "6", which is likely pronounced "sechs" instead of "six" because of the use of German in series. When he created his name, Sechs eliminated the "GR" element, which labeled him as nothing but a mere replica.
Gender Bender: And a rarest of them. Remember, he started as a Alita's copy — that is, female. But then he basically decided that he wants to be a man — and couple of bodies down finally did.
It's actualy more complicated than that, given that Sechs also uses a miniature female body all the time. Essentialy being both female and male at the same time.
Which can be seen as Continuity Nod since Alita also once pondered about rather wanting to be a boy, so she would only need to think about fighting all the time.
Heel-Face Turn: Started out as an antagonist, but became one of the main characters.
Gets funnier when you remember that there were 12 TUNEDs, 13 with Alita. He really is middle one of the production line.
The Napoleon: It is implied that he didn't like being a "shorty" in his TUNED body, the Doll body as temporary replacement didn't made that better.
Which is ironic given that Sechs backup body is even smaller.
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Alita. Whenever it is thought Alita is dead, he denies it, and is pleased when she inevitably comes back. Keep in mind that this is because of his obsessive ambition to take Alita's head himself. Which really goes into strange territory.
Overshadowed by Awesome: "Hey, Sechs, you managed to handle the power of your new body, and got the firepower of a small nation? Oh, too bad, Alita over there has hijacked via wormhole the finest weapon of technological giant Jupiter."
Even worse because Sechs's body was ultimately destroyed by Zekka's punch.
Opposite-Sex Clone: What he is now, but given just how much they've diverged, he's closer to just a little brother.
Ore Onna: Before the getting the male Fizziroy body:
The damage is even reflected in the chibi-body, which wasn't damaged when Elf and Zwoelf found it.
She's a Man in Japan: That is, if you're in Germany, because for a while they continued to refer to him as a her even after his new body.
Shout-Out: Whether or not its intentional, there are quite a few similarities between Monkey D. Luffy and Sechs in terms of fighting style after Sechs obtains the Fizziroy body, notable examples: his body "feels like rubber" when hit, and he's able to use a long-range attack (that replaces his gun) that looks a lot like Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Rifle.
After upgrading his Fizziroy body during the fight against Zekka: Gear Second, and Gear Third. As well, he's similarly bare-chested and wearing shorts. Naturally Zekka also shares similarities to Luffy because of his Fizziroy body, his ambition, and his love of punching people.
Most likely unintentional but female Sechs as seen in chapter 113 also bears some similarities to Agito from Air Gear. Spiky dark hair? Check. Yellow eye? Check. Feminine face? Check. Eyepatch? Check. Sociopathic love for fighting? Check. Slasher smile? Check.
Sibling Rivalry: Still has quite an inferiority complex, despite being second-most powerful Space Angels' fighter and being on par with the best of them.
Indeed, the only three characters who can outcompete him are Caerula, Alita, Trinidad, and Zekka.
Spirited Competitor: To some extent, he won't kill enemies too easy to kill, and he's greatest ambition is to defeat the greatest compeition.
Tomato in the Mirror: Basically what his character has been trying to do from the beginning, prove that he's stronger than Alita and is a true warrior in his own right, which has a degree of irony to it because Alita spends her time trying to prove that she's a human being in her own right, so he's still imitating her. He did spend some time trying to figure out "the essential quality of a true warrior" but hasn't really gotten a satisfying answer, aside from "environmental destruction".
Took a Level in Dumbass: Starts off a dark violent character and an adversary to Alita, who just wants to kill people, especially Alita once the tournament ends. Later on, his eyes get larger and he becomes more of a dumb comic relief character, frequently balloon bellying and reminding the readers that he's only 2 whilst making goofy faces. Hard to remember at times that he killed most of the GR series.
Thankfully Chapter 113 does exactly this, not only showing her killing a TUNED messily but also ripping Figure Four's arm off.
Also ironic since Alita has displayed acts of immaturity and stupidity as well, she can just hide them better behind her cool exterior.
Technique's not what matters. Just keep attacking until the enemy dies.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Not a character, but Sechs beloved pink titan blade has not appeared since the end of volume 2, having been previously carried around by Elf but being absent among Nova's luggage. Sechs later got a new larger blue one together with a new body. This is strange since chapter 113 showed that the original weapon really meant something to her.
Sechs mentaly even notes that he's only 1 year and 5 months old and that he should have said 20 because it's "average human age".
GR-11 Elf and GR-12 Zwölf
The only TUNED clones who survived Sechs' rampage, mainly because Desty Nova has taken them under his wing. Closer in personality to the younger and more innocent Alita of the early manga, they inexplicably behave as if they were twins, and serve as a more lighthearted foil to their more bloodthirsty older siblings.
Martian Kingdom special forces officer (and Queen Limeira's personal bodyguard at that) who crossed the ways with Alita several times in the past, until finally becoming her ally im the Z.O.T.T. finals. While no slouch in unarmed combat, she's not nearly close to the insane feats of the likes of Alita and Zekka, and really shines with everything that shoots.
Action Girl: What's interesting she's a one of the very few characters in the story who's an actual serving military officer and not a one of the various special agents, criminals, street fighters, rebels and other general outlaws.
Badass Normal: Unlike the most other characters Zazie's augmentations aren't that numerous or high-end.
Battle Butler: When she was the Queen's bodyguard until she was assigned to help Alita.
Big Gal: Angel Redux states that she's 180 cm tall.
Facial Markings: It's unclear how high she is in Panzer Kunst hierarchy, or even whether they are a Kunstler marks at all, but she does have some suspiciously similar markings. Apparently, it's still a popular style on Mars.
Friendly Enemy: She attacked Alita and Weasel when they first met, assuming they were assassins targeting the queen.
Humans Are Warriors: Of the "...soldiers" variety. She just happens to show that a professional soldier of a sufficient skill is not out of her league in the increasingly Super Hero-like environment of the Z.O.T.T.
Improbable Aiming Skills: She's able to shoot her Metal Storm shotgun immediately after a grenade launcher volley to hit the grenades from behind and activate them.
Sugar and Ice Personality: A classical example, always trying to hide her shy and sensitive character behind the facade of a cool and professional soldier. But unlike the classic albino type she's black.
Aga "Trinidad" Mbadi
The vice-chairman of the LADDER council and the most influential figure in the Solar System, Aga Mbadi is a Big Bad of the Last Order, and fills that role pretty well, having a hand in almost everything that happens around our good ol' Sol for the most of the last two centuries.
Ambiguously Brown: An odd example. His name is unambiguously African; however, his medium-brown skintone, rather narrow features, and interests (yoga, Kalaripayyatu and other Indian martial arts) could easily lead to him being mistaken for Indian.
Amusing Injuries: His face is still covered in band-aids after the beatdown from Alita several chapters ago.
Engineered Public Confession: When Weasel hacks the cameras in the Z.O.T.T. VIP box to broadcast him arguing the use of the Sword Of Damocles on the finalists, while simultaneously disabling the Ketheres mind control system so the people would have an opportunity to disagree.
Evil Chancellor: He's technically the vice-chancellor, but is the de facto head of the council.
Faux Affably Evil: Rather polite and cultured, but hardly ever tries to hide the fact that he thinks of most around him as of lower than dirt.
The Man Behind the Man: Tends to hide behind his official post of an important, but not really that powerful official.
Obstructive Bureaucrat: Not really, it's simply his job description and one of the tools he wields so expertly.
Pet the Dog: Was genuinely touched by the Martian Queen Limiera during their meeting and actually felt remorse for ordering her father's assassination.
Power Trio: The current social and geopolitical situation (the ending of the Terraforming Wars, the establishment of the LADDER council, the proliferation of the Methuselyzation process...) was established by the actions of him, Caerula Sanguis, and Ping Wu. Now they are bitter enemies; although Aga Mbadi and Ping Wu were never allies to begin with.
Red Baron: Is nicknamed Trinidad (Trinity in Spanish) due to being powered not by one, but by three brain chips of the brightest Typhareans so far. Really wants to "advance" to Quattro, but Desty Nova proved to be trickier than expected.
Start of Darkness: His decision to use the brainchip of the famous terrorist, Dr. Jean Vares, whom he apprehended on Pluto, to supplement his own brain. He was much less bitter and cynical before.
A mysterious woman with a hidden agenda that shows up periodically in Last Order, mostly as a leader of a Guntroll Z.O.T.T. team and Star Nursery society. One of her defining characteristics is that she often alternates as an antagonist or as an ally for the heroes' team. Later revealed to be an immortal vampireindeed at least Really 700 Years Old and a Trinidad's former partner. What she really knows and plans is one of the biggest mysteries in the series.
The Atoner: Deeply regrets some of the decisions she made in the past and tries to make up for them as far as she can.
Cursed with Awesome: Regeneration, centuries of experience, eternal youth, almost none of the typical vampire weaknesses, and a supermodel-class body to boot. She's the total package. However, Vilma had to live trough a very stressful early phase during wich she was very vulnerable to cancer, so there is a LOT of luck involved.
Happily Married: Used to be this very much until Victor did something so unforgivably cruel she was forced to turn on him if she wanted to retain a shred of humanity.
Heel-Face Turn: Probably. She's shown to be a really nice person, Guntroll have since basically allied with Alita's team, and there were other similar developments, but still no one knows what she really wants.
She recently offs Trinidad, so at least for now she's still firmly in the heroes' camp.
Lady of War: Never not elegant in victory or defeat, no matter how gory things get. Caerula can even suck on some poor SOB's ripped out heart with style.
Mama Bear: She always had a soft spot for children. This is even the reason humanity still exists
Ms. Fanservice: She normally wears modest clothing, but during the Vampire arc there are scenes with her either naked or wearing more revealing clothes.
Power Trio: Basically, the current social and geopolitical situation (the ending of the Terraforming Wars, the establishment of the LADDER council, the proliferation of the Methuselyzation process...) was established by the actions of her, Aga Mbadi, and Ping Wu. She later drifted away from it, when Trinidad started showing his current dictatorial tendencies.
Really 700 Years Old: This time it's literally. And it might be an underestimation, because the 700 years figure was the one that Trinidad could vouch for with certainty, but he didn't exclude the possibility of error.
Scars Are Forever: She regenerates even torn off limbs, but the bite that made her a vampire is permanent.
The mysterious hacker living in a Robo Asyl, who saves the team after Trinidad spaces them early on in Last Order. Worshiped as a god by the throngs of a half-broken and malfunctioned robots who congregate in the underbelly of Salem, he quickly becomes Alita's ally and Mission Control, and is later revealed to be a one of LADDER's founders together with Trinidad and Caerula. He was an IT man in the Power Trioestablishing most of the codes and protocols of Salem and LADDER, and knew its every nook and cranny, which is why he was able to navigate it so easily later. As Mbadi started to become more intolerant and demanding, Wu distanced from him, and finally went into hiding, ending in Robo Asyl.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Wasn't heard about since Mbadi and Super Nova's encounter with Alita, and her fusion with Fata Morgana and rebirth from Tunguska in an Imaginos 2.0 body. But then again, Nova hasn't appeared in the story since the very same event.
The chapters before the final battle of the ZOTT show him still in coma and in medical care of his childhood love.
Chapter 109 shows him probably coming back to his senses, as he's seen smiling under the ventilator mask.
Alita's childhood friend back on Mars when she was still called Yoko. She is part of Alita's first memories ever. After both were rescued by Gerda, she and Yoko joined the Panzer Kunst school. Her overall fate in Alita's past is still unknown.
Alita's Panzer Kunst teacher and the woman who saved her and Erika from death by cruel soldiers. Not much has been revealed about her except that she was a high ranking fighter.
Another one of Alita's teachers and one of the few Kunstlers who survived the LADDER sequestration of the school, if only by becoming Trinidad's crony. A thoroughly unsympathetic self-importantJerkass, he was Mbadi's general go-to man in the Martian affairs and tried to ambush Alita during the Lou's brain retrieval arc, though with a singular lack of the result.
Butt Monkey: Basically the only reason for him to appear was to show how much Alita progressed and how she isn't Yoko anymore — with him on the receiving end.
Expy: Of Zycrow, a similarly unsympathetic character from Kishiro's other manga, Aqua Knight.
Touch of Death: Uses an advanced Verschlag technique similar to Hertza Haeon on Zazie, and codes a message to Alita in it at the same time.
Villains Out Shopping: Is seen lying under a cloak/blanket in an undisclosed location watching the ZOTT on a portable TV.
Worthy Opponent: Acknowledges Zazie as one for her ability to keep calm against an opponent that outclasses her.
For all its history, karate has acquired a reputation of a ferociousness, not flash. Zekka, apparently, singlehandedly took upon himself to change that — a more flashy, loud and ridiculously over-the-top character hardly could be ever imagined. Essentially a parody of the insanely skilled aces in various fighting works, he's just another example of the fact that Tropes Are Not Bad — for all his cliche-ness he's all the more amusing, and we love him just for that.
Megaton Punch: Literally — his ultimate technique charges his punch with the load of antimatter.
Old Master: He doesn't look the part, sure, but as if that would ever stop him.
Person of Mass Destruction: Much to-do is made about stopping him from using his ultimate "Dragon-Slaying Bone Crusher" technique, as it's powerful enough to destroy not only the arena, but the entire colony as well.
Rule of Cool: Completely, which is ridiculous for this series, where normally there is some sort of scientific explanation for everything. Most of his absurd strength seems to be devoted to how "romantic" he is.
The Rival: To Sechs, and he was that to Toji's master in the past.
His true rival is Don Fua, who matches Zekka's super-powerful testosterone filled style with his own Buddhist negating karate. Zekka has mastered the Dragon Slaying Fist, while Don Fua has his Tiger Killing Fist.]]
Worthy Opponent: Acknowledges his rival Don Fua, his clone Igec, and Sechs as worthy opponents.
Older Than He Acts: He's about 200 years old, but comparable to Sechs in terms of maturity.
Another Space Karate master, and closest thing to the Worthy Opponent that Alita ever really had. Almost as skilled as Zekka (in fact, his master was Zekka's rival in the past), he's somehow managed to remain a Wide-Eyed Idealist who thinks that karate is a key that opens all the doors and answers all questions — and he wants to create a "Karate planet" where he would welcome everybody who thinks the same — and those who need their protection. Also, despite the listing order and Zekka's general flamboyantness, it is Toji who's actually the Space Karate team captain.
Worthy Opponent: Considers Alita to be one following their first fight. He even agrees to back up Alita should he lose their fight.
Zekka and Toji's complete opposite, a notorious underworld assassin who is wanted on all Solar system planets (well, except Mercury, but only because it's populated by an inorganic nanomachine race that has a Blue and Orange Morality) and only happens to join Space Karate team because of surviving the elimination match that Zekka proposed to refill their ranks, despite his utter loathsomeness. An unrepentant pervert and rapist, he still manages to get around because he's just that good.
Freudian Excuse: Recent chapters revealed he became a homicidal rapist after getting a bullet through the part of the brain which affects the part of your brain responsible for social behaviour and sexuality.
Impact Silhouette: Tears silhouette-shaped holes through a series of barriers while fighting Zazie.
Immune to Bullets: When he's not just flat-out dodging them at high speeds, he's stopping and deflecting them with his fingers, and using a series of rings under his gi to trap them and return them to sender. It takes bullets made of the heaviest natural element in existence (even heavier than depleted uranium) to finally bring him down.
Irony / Karmic Death: For all his perverseness he died from an armor-piercing bullet to the ass, which punched through his whole body and destroyed his brain.
Another student of Zekka's Old Master and his original Rival. He was also Toji's master in the past. Shortly before his death their master sent them on the quest to obtain and master the techniques most suitable to them both — Dragon Slaying Fist for Zekka and Tiger Killing Fist for him, and he was never heard about ever since. Zekka claims that he killed Don Fua in one of their previous meeting, bit is it really so?.. Indeed he did not, and Don Fua has returned in the Chapter 107, intent on settling his rivalry with him.
But Now I Must Go: He leaves the heroes quite soon after his introduction because his current body really cannot stay too long in this word.
Chekhov's Gunman: Their rivalry with Zekka was set up pretty long ago, but has come in play only recently.
Enlightenment Superpower: Played with. He's essentially immortal, because his body is able to interact with the fabric of our space-time on the quantum level and transfer him into a kind of Alternate Universe in the whole or partially, so no attack can really harm him. But it's unclear whether this ability has anything to do with his Karate, his Enlightenment, or it's simply a function of his body. Trinidad thinks that it's the latter anyway.
Megaton Punch: Even though his ultimate technique, Noble Void Palm, absorbs attacks of the others, it has a variation, which can transport a person/attack. It once ended with Zekka making a neat new crater on the Moon.
He has another variation of this, a Noble Essence Fist, "the fist which smashes evil", that launches a mini black hole into the enemy. Which is probably his take on the ultimate technique originally assigned to him by his master, the Tiger Killing Fist, which is supposed to be a match to Dragon Slaying Fist.
Vitriolic Best Buds: How he tends to view their rivalry with Zekka. Don Fua is still very much in awe with the Zekka's skill, determination and passion, feeling that he indeed nailed the essence of karate, but deeply regrets that Zekka still cannot abandon his Blood Knight ways, trying to persuade him every time they meet.
Warrior Therapist: He was much more calm and adjusted than Zekka even in their youth, and he takes it Up to Eleven in the recent chapters, where his main goal is to settle their rivalry with Zekka by convincing him that Ambition Is Evil.
Colonel Kilgore: Runs a "school" that is charged with creating child soldiers.
Our Ghosts Are Different: Even after his death, Alita is haunted by his statements to the point where hallucinations of him plague her throughout Last Order. Don Fua later suggests that this may have been more than mere hallucinations, but exorcizes Payne's remnant from her nevertheless.
Shadow Archetype: To Alita. Discussed, as she invokes Carl Jung's theory when arguing with him.