A list of the characters that appear in the GUNNM/Battle Angel Alita series. As a Long Runner, expect Loads and Loads of Characters.
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.
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Alita/Gally/Yoko von der Rasierklinge
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.
- Action Girl: Or Dark Action Girl depending on her mental state of the moment. Completely dark when she was still Yoko.
- Adorkable: Even after being broken numerous times and becoming more and more serious, she never truly breaks free of this and still has her goofy moments from time to time.
- 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.
- Ambiguously Bi: There's been her canonical relationships with Yugo and Figure Four, but then there's her Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with Lou, which was actually the driving force for the whole Last Order, and her reunion with Erica in Mars Chronicle is just pure Foe Yay.
- Amazonian Beauty: Her muscles aren't very big, but they are very defined.
- 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 adopted 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's atoning for all the bad things she's done in her previous life.
- Back from the Dead: Repeatedly. And she'll more than likely be even more powerful afterwards.
- Badass Adorable: Is it really hard to believe this master-level cyborg warrior has human feelings & can care/love the few important people in the long years of her life? She is human also, in a way.
- 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 while 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.
- Break the Cutie: She almost loses her mind when Figure Four dies. The only thing that prevents her from doing so is finding out that he really isn't dead.
- 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 prejudices... 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.
- Averted (at least implicitly) for the flesh-and-blood Alita in the final chapter of Last Order, who was created to fulfill her promise to Figure Four.
- 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.
- Cry Cute: Whenever she's upset.
- Cute Bruiser: She's short and cute, but hands-down the strongest warrior in the galaxy.
- The Cutie: As a child, Yoko was nothing short of adorable, and had Blush Stickers and a chubby-looking robotic body with a screw for a bellybutton.
- Cyborg: Her only organic part is her brain. And that's no longer true as of Last Order, although her consciousness is still human.
- Deadpan Snarker: Alita is prone to taunting opponents, especially when she acquires her Imaginos 2.0 body
- Determinator: Her enemies will be in for a rude shock if they think just because they made her Half The Woman She Used To Be can stop her from killing them.
- Facial Markings: Her trademark "antiglare patches" on the cheeks that she wears in all of her bodies. They were originally 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.
- Femme Fatalons: Or perhaps Babe Blowtorches? Once she gets an Imaginos body, she forms plasma cutters in her fingertips.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: As Mars Chronicle reveals, as a child she couldn't even walk without a remote control. A couple of upgrades later, and she was one of the most dangerous terrorists in the galaxy. And that was two-hundred years before the plot of the original storyline started.
- 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: Alita is temperamental and quick to fight in most situations.
- Implacable Woman: A flashback shows that she and possibly all Panzer Kunst users were this.
- The Heroine: Although she comes across as an Anti-Hero in her darker moments.
- Heroic BSOD: In Last Order, Alita 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.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Knowing that she'll never be able to fulfill her promise to return to Figure Four, she gives her original brain over with instructions to use it to create a copy of herself to be with him in her stead.
- 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 Ouroboros both 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 cheerful periods 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.
- The Needless: After getting her Imaginos body, Alita says she only needs oxygen and glucose to keep her brain running. Actually, she doesn't even need that, given that her brain is a chip.
- 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.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: One of the most efficient warriors alive, insanely 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.
- Prehensile Tail: After she assimilates the Tunguska to create the Imaginos 2.0 body, a chunk of it remains stuck to her butt and she morphs it into a felid tail. It serves as an indicator of her mood, and is useful as a weapon as well.
- 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.
- Really 700 Years Old: Well, 200-something really.
- Send in the Clones: The AR/GR series notwithstanding, as what remians of them are more Annoying Younger Siblings story-wise, there's now two of her: The first is the (mostly) original organic Alita, resurrected from her original brain that Nova extracted in the Granite Inn before giving her the Imaginos 1.0 body and thus not having any memories beyond that point. This Alita ends up in Typhares with Figure Four after the Last Order. The second is the robotic one, who was recreated by Nova using the Imaginos 1.0 body based on the Berserker Body and a Typharean brain-chip, and was The Protagonist of the whole Last Order. She never reunites with Figure Four and goes to Mars as an agent of the Solar System's ruling AIs, in order to put a stop to Nova once and for all.
- She's Got Legs: Alita's choice of clothes and fighting style accentuate her legs.
- Shoulder Cannon: She acquired Danko, a sentient cannon infected with Berserker cells on Venus during the three-year timeskip between Last Order and Mars Chronicle.
- 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 experience that could do some martial arts to a plasma-wielding professional able to win a bar brawl by herself.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Twice in fast succession 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 replacing it with a chip. The organic-brained Alita only appears in Last Order in the last pages of the final chapter. 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. Though she accepts the joint authority of Melchizedek and Zeus when they form an alliance to guide the humanity through the current crisis and beyond, but not before confirming their good intentions and going through an existential crisis herself.
- Ultimate Life Form: When she is recreated the second time, Payne equates her to a Humanoid Abomination.
- Videogame Dashing: Is capable of doing this in her Imaginos body by forming balls of plasma under her feet and detonating them.
- Waif-Fu: She's small, and her Panzer Kunst fighting style utilizes flips and kicks.
- Weapon of Choice: The Damascus Blade; first used as an elbow blade, then turned into a giant butterfly knife, and then incorporated into her Imaginos body as an elbow blade again.
- What You Are in the Dark: Goes through an existential crisis after being "killed" by Toji in the Z.O.T.T. finals, as her conscience was pulled back to Jupiter by Zeus to contemplate on her nature. Finally she decides that her humanity is her own decision, and to prove this she accepts the joint authority of Zeus and Melchizedek as the [Last Order.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Alita is terrified of Minois dryas butterflies.
- Winged Humanoid: Her Imaginos 2.1 body initially possessed enormous wings with sword blades for feathers, though they were quickly destroyed.
Dr. Desty Nova
A closest thing to a Big Bad in the original manga and the epitome of a Mad Scientist archetype. He becomes somewhat more subdued in the sequel, even becoming something of an Anti-Hero and a combination of a mentor, a Mission Control and a Parental Substitute (if you squint really hard) for the hero. Disregarding Super Nova, of course. Super Nova might go and die in the fire.
- 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.
- Abusive Parents: Kaos' childhood wasn't a pleasant experience by any stretch, and it still doesn't seem to stop.
- Affably Evil: Discounting his bouts of Science-Related Memetic Disorder, Desty Nova is a pretty swell guy.
- Anti-Hero: Some of Novas in Last Order, most notably Nova Pod, who even actually seems more or less sane.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: The man might be batshit crazy, but his is the sharpest brain in the Solar System.
- Blue and Orange Morality: His attempts to scientifically define ethics did produce some results, but these turned out to be exceptionally weird and horrific.
- Brain Uploading: Like every Tipharean, his brain was replaced with a chip, but he uses it to his advantage by periodically copying its contents, making backups in his body, making backup bodies...
- Catch Phrase: "Flan is *insert adjective here*!"
- Cloning Blues: There are at least two fully-operational clones of him - Nova X and Super Nova - running around as of now (and there's been more). His self-replicating pods that create backup bodies have caused him to become a literal pest. Even he considers his dozens of accidentally-created defective clones to be little more than fodder for his experiments.
- Crazy-Prepared: Whatever scenario you come up with to kill him, Desty Nova WILL have a plan ready to counter it. Comes with the "defeating karma" thing.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Debuts in the second half of the 5th volume of the original manga, past its midpoint, but is first seen in the very first volume, and his name is first mentioned in the third.
- Einstein Hair: A somewhat subdued example, he at least changes hairstyles as Super Nova.
- Enemy Without/Evil(er) Counterpart: Super Nova is something like this, being another iteration of Nova, but without any of his endearing qualities.
- 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 kills the surviving Tiphareans and 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.
- Healing Factor: Due to nano machines he can regenerate from just about anything. After his combination of Brain Uploading and Cloning Blues, he is functionally immortal.
- 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.
- Human Popsicle: Nova X's ultimate fate, put into cryogenic storage so that he can no longer regenerate or resurrect himself.
- Insufferable Genius: He is prone to (rightly) bragging about his own intelligence.
- Jerk Ass: Only cares about KARMATRON DYNAMICS.
- Joker Immunity: Nova isn't going to quit, no matter how many times you kill him. But face it, the universe is just so much fun with him in it.
- Karma Houdini: Literally seems to be his ultimate goal... probably.
- Super Nova's last appearance has him escape to Mars scot free (though with Martian Chronicle, Alita may finally catch up to him.) Nova X, meanwhile, has karma finally catch up to him, with Ido, Figure Four and the others stuffing him in cyrogenic storage indefinitely to prevent him from resurrecting.
- Knight of Cerebus: The overall tone of the manga (as well as Alita's life) changes DRASTICALLY after he appears.
- Large Ham: Bombastic delivery, complete with corporal expresiveness and running around laughing like a maniac.
- Mad Scientist: Doesn't even believe in sanity. Still, he tends to be successful in his experiments.
- The Man Behind the Man: He is responsible of pretty much EVERYTHING that happens to Alita.
- Mind Rape: When Nova picks a fight with you, he usually comes up with a new, creative way to mess up your head. He is very effective at it. Just ask Kaos...
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Well, more like completely amoral.
- Opaque Lenses: Made of metal, and making his visage look (more) insane and inhuman.
- Pet the Dog: While still very much a villain, Desty Nova never seems to take away the free will of his test subjects (even when they would have loved it) and his actions empower several characters to leave a positive mark on the world.
- When he kills the remaining inhabitants of Tiphares to make room for his experiments, he saves their information first so they can be recreated later, memories and all. He does the same to Kaos' envoy party when they enter Tiphares in case anyone dies during his Death Checkers game.
- Psychotic Smirk: Well, smile from ear to ear. That's his facial expression when he is not spotting a Cat Smile.
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Flan. His catchphrase is even dedicated to it.
- 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 anesthetic 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
- Cool Hat: Ido almost always wear some distinctive headgear.
- Back for the Finale: Coutesy of Ouroboros. Alita, in her attempts to escape, has to kill him. Twice. When she manages to finally overpower the program, we get a quite heartwarming So Proud of You moment.
- It happens again in Last Order, with Figure catching up to Ido and resulting in the two going after Alita together.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a black leather trench coat and fedora for his hunting escapades.
- Badass Normal: The only fully organic hunter warrior in the Scrapyard (or so he thinks), and a pretty damn good one.
- Blood Knight: His sole reason to be a hunter-warrior. Because of this inherent character trait Ido was banished from Salem.
- The Bus Came Back: Not only did he patch Figure Four in recent chapters, but he also seems to became his co-protagonist in their search for Alita.
- As of Chapter 125 the old hunter-warrior Ido is back, complete with his trusty sledgehammer.
- And as of Chapter 128 he uploads the complete set of memories of the old Ido back into his brain, having received them from Nova X.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His hunter-warrior outfit consists of black leather longcoat and fedora.
- Killed Off for Real: Well, somewhat subverted, he is resurrected, but ends up deleting his own memories, so the Ido we (and Alita) knew and loved is gone for good.
- 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 sealed, and there's yet no indication on how he received them.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Quite easy for him, having the kind of brain he has.
- He seems to die in the Death Checkers game forced on Kaos by Nova X, but it turns out that it's an old, dying clone Nova X used as one of his Guinea Pigs that sacrificed himself to pose as Ido, fooling Nova X enough for the old Hunter-Warrior Ido to confront him.
- 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...
- Parental Substitute: For Alita, having rebuilt her and taken care of her.
- 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 entirely impossible for him to return but it is very unlikely.
- While not returning as supporting character for Alita 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.
- Create Your Own Villain: Zapan becomes a horribly destructive monster pretty much entirely because of Alita. Zapan told Ido that he and the other hunter-warriors wanted no part in the hunt for Makaku for entirely understandable reasons: Makaku has already killed at least ten hunter-warriors thus far. He even delivers a Shut Up, Kirk! speech to Ido for trying to convince them they're morally obligated to commit suicide-by-cannibal-robot-monster. Alita's response? Dump Zapan's drink on him, insult everyone in the bar, and then brutally dispatch them all. It was nonlethal, sure...but after she beat them all into submission, she hurled them out of the bar and ''right at Makaku's feet''. What's worse is that Alita is riding high with the Berserker body by this point. She can go toe-to-toe with Makaku even while the latter is sporting the arena champion's unbelievably powerful chassis. Zapan and company? Makaku kills three of them by stepping on their bodies, reaching down, and casually ripping their heads off between the fingers of one hand.
- Cyber Cyclops: In the Berserker 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.
- Fangs Are Evil: When he gains the Berserker body.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a respected, competent bounty hunter before Alita defeated him many times with insulting ease and he became a wanted criminal. Then he became a monster.
- Jerkass: Zapan is an asshole to Alita, although to be fair she did provoke him.
- Implacable Man: After getting the Berserker body he becomes this.
- Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a knife.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after accidently killing his girlfriend when sent into convulsions upon remembering what Alita did to him. It's also what drives him over the edge.
- Redemption Equals Death: Saves Alita with his last moments.
- Shout-Out: The symbol he bears in his forehead is Blue Oyster Cult's.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He delivers one to Alita when he wrongly believes she actually killed Hugo.
- You Will Be Assimilated: The active Berserker body really likes to eat other cyborgs...
A Scrapyard boy who became Alita's first friend and later a Love Interest in the original. His biggest dream was to reach Tiphares/Salem whatever it takes. It took his life — which was one of the first signs just how crapsack their world really is.
- Determinator: Deconstructed; not only does his dream lead him to extremes such as crime, but it ends up causing his demise.
- Go Out with a Smile: The last Alita sees of him alive is him smiling at her.
- Killed Off for Real: He's ripped to shreds by the blades surrounding the tubes to Tiphares.
- Lovable Rogue: He was a nice enough kid during the day, but the stuff he did to earn cash for getting to Tiphares put him on the hunter warrior hitlist for a reason.
- Oblivious to Love: Hugo, you fool!
- 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.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Hugo or Yugo?
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Subverted, Alita takes his death HARD, and even 10 years later and having found another love interest, she remembers him.
- That Man Is Dead: During his Sanity Slippage.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Vector may be the top crime boss of the Scrapyard, but even he is no match for the Factory and Barjack.
- Anti-Villain: He isn't really all that evil in the manga, but in the OVA he is the main villain.
- Bald of Evil: In his own words, he got to his position by "being an all around psycho", but now that he's in his late 40's he's lost his hair.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a gangster and more than willing to have Kaos beaten to a pulp.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog / Pragmatic Villainy: He agreed to let Hugo exchange his hand with his brother's, arguing Hugo's hand would be worth more money.
- In his own twisted way, his lie to Hugo was a Pet the Dog moment; he was actually trying to dissuade him by asking him too much credits.
- Scary Black Man: He's in his late 40's at least and the top crime boss of the Scrapyard.
- Sinister Shades: He wears round sunglasses.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even he has a Freudian Excuse.
- And I Must Scream: He expresses an intention to inflict this to Alita by tearing her limbs and using her as a living pendant so he could enjoy her screams. Alita isn't impressed.
- Ax-Crazy: He's a nihilistic cannibal who kills people not only to sate his addiction to brains but for amusement.
- Combat Tentacles: Kinuba's power-body had five of these as his left hand doubling as Vibro Weapons. He also had a Boarhead computer but it was eaten by Makaku.
- 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.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was once a mere child living in the sewer, until he almost died and was saved by Nova, who rebuilt him as a worm creature. After this, he became a criminal so dangerous that no hunter-warrior dared to go after him until Alita arrived.
- Go Out with a Smile: His last facial expression was a genuine smile.
- 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.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Both as a Cannibalism Superpower and an addiction.
- No Yay: In-Universe exemple. Ido is horrified when he realizes Makaku is probably going easy on Alita because he has feelings for her.
- Puppeteer Parasite: He can steal the bodies of other cyborgs.
- Starter Villain: The first real villain faced by Alita in the manga.
- Straw Nihilist: He even quotes Nietzsche at one point.
- Taking You with Me: Attempts this on Alita after she defeated him.
- Was Once a Man: Until Nova rebuilt him.
- Would Hurt a Child: Kidnaps the baby Koyomi in order to lure Alita into a fight.
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.
- Audience Surrogate
- Bare Your Midriff: The outfits she wore as a teenager tend to expose her stomach.
- Face-Heel Turn: Turns against Alita and joins Barjack.
- Identical Stranger: She is said to look a lot like Alita. This is most noticeable in the epilogue of the original manga, where She's All Grown Up.
- Intrepid Reporter: Becomes this after the Barjack arc.
- 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.
- Her very name means "Calendar" in Japanese.
- 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 villainy 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 and urging Den to crush her alcoholic, abusive father who has stumbled into Den's path to beg him to spare his daughter. Den promptly decides to put the fear of death back in the little brat by dropping her a few stories, simultaneously sparing her from his imminent death and spitting in Kaos' face when he calls Den a mere figment of his mind.
- Tag Along Kid: With the Barjack.
- 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.
- Bad Ass
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Died Standing Up: After making Alita lose consciousness on a fight.
- 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
KaosA mysterious Radio DJ who drives around the wasteland with his assistant. His musical talent stems from his unique ability to read memories imprinted 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 interest for Alita after reading her memories. However he also harbors two dark Secrets. He has a split personality named Den who leads a massive army and tries to destroy Jeru and he is the biological son of Destiny Nova.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: His psychometry abilites allow him to do this, including channeling the fighting skills of an ancient samurai through his katana. The latter eventually comes to an end when the katana is destroyed. Even though it's rebuilt later, it's just a copy without the history of the original, and thus Kaos isn't able to wield it.
- 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, including how to use it at its best.
- Literal Split Personality: Den. Revealed at the worst possible moment.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields a katana that belonged to a famous samurai, enabling him to expertly use kendo despite his frail body.
- Love At First Touch: Due to his power, having to fix Alita's body made him fall in love with her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks eerily similar to Nova without his specs in, as rare as that sight is.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: To the point of making the setting a World Half Full almost by himself.
DenLeader of the marauding army Barjack. Prefers to walk around in a massive centaur-shaped robot body. According to Alia, extremely agile despite his size.
- Bad Ass: One of the few Worthy Opponent that inspires Alita on even long after his death.
- BFS: Wields a katana the size of a skyscraper.
- 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.
- Large and In Charge: While his original body was human-sized, by the time of the series it's a Humongous Mecha.
- Lightning Bruiser: It's specifically mentioned that he moves fast for someone of his size.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Has his lower body rebuilt into the shape of a horse.
- Self-Destructive Charge: His last attempt to destroy the floating city, after Barjack got heavily destroyed. Complete with "O Fortuna" sounding. Yes, in printed media.
- Samurai: His armour is based off of samurai armour and he wields a katana.
- Scare 'Em Straight: Koyomi tags along in his suicidal charge (having already proclaimed to be unafraid of death) and urges him to kill her alcoholic father picks her up. When confronted by the specter of Kaos calling him a mere extension of his own persona, Den responds by dangling Koyomi from shoulder-height (read: several stories) and demanding that Kaos stop him from dropping her while she begs him to not let her die. It's reasonably implied that Den did this because he knew her father would at least try to save her, but Den's not exactly a hero.
- 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 believes 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After Sechs rips off one of his arms Ido and Keina give him a cybernetic replacement.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Born Lucky: Let's collect. On his first day as railway mercenary he is on the same train as Alita, therefore 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.
- Manly Tears: When Yolg dies.
- Same with GR-4. Which is even more understandable, given that he thought it was Alita then, until Sechs illuminated him.
- Out of Focus: He only got mentions in Last Order. Compare with Koyomi, Kaos, and even Vector and Alita's motorball circle, which were seen and even got some plotlines.
- As of chapter 112, not anymore.
- 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 peaceful coastal village to faithfully await Alita's return while 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Alita tells him battle is all she cares about with a Slasher Smile, Figure snaps her out of it.
KeinaA former lab assistant to Desty Nova who quit and became Dr. Ido's assistant nurse after he erased his memories and left.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She never got a chance to tell Ido that she loved him.
- Badass: Her capoeira is a match for TUNED Alita's Panzer Kunst.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she fell for Ido is because he treated her a lot better than Desty did.
- Blood Knight: She kept it well hidden, but it shines through when she clashes with Alita and when fighting to keep Ido and Figure Four.
- Cat Smile: Her most common facial expression.
- Determinator: Despite being badly injured she keeps fighting to buy time for Ido and Figure to escape the angry mob.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Figure Four's arms.
- 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.
- It's All About Me: Admits she kept Ido ignorant about the truth just so he would stay with her. To achieve this she didn't hesitate to break Alita's heart when she showed up.
- 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.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Attacks Alita rather than risk her reawakening Ido's memories.
Lou CollinsAlita'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 exists 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 completely distracted from it after realising her hiccup has stopped.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Kishiro has a sick, sick imagination, really.
- Mission Control: In the original.
- Office Lady
- Pet the Dog: She is ultimately resurrected by Deckman 100.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Guess who!
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle
Bigott EisenburgAfter Alita 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.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Just how far are you flying off the deep end if you CUT OPEN YOUR OWN SKULL WITH A BUZZSAW?
- Irony: The biggest hater of cybernetic implants had a chip for a brain all along.
- Punny Name: His first name is a homonym to "bigot" and he's prejudiced against the surface-dwellers.
Last Order characters
Deckman 100A former Factory maintenance robot, Deckman 100 was remodeled 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 acquire 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the Alita's rebirth from Tunguska scene.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Talks this way in some scanlations.
- Mission Control: Served as such during the ZOTT tournament.
- 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.
- You Are Number Six: Was originally Deckman 10, but was remodeled into Deckman 100.
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.
- A Day in the Limelight: Due to Alita being busy getting Lou's brain and getting to know herself; and Elf and Zwölf being scared to fight due to the latter having had her head blown up in their last fight; Sechs alone has to fight in the Z.O.T.T. He brings the team to the finals, the first time ever the final is not Jupiter versus Venus.
- 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.
- Animal Motif: Sechs is repeatedly compared to a shark.
- Artificial Human: He started out as a copy of Alita, remember.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: His brain, being the same kind as the Tipharean chips, is functionally human.
- 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 Zwölf's mono-molecular wire. It was replaced with a Solenoid Quench gun, which was improved on when he obtained his first Fizziroy body.
- Balloon Belly: When he upgrades his Fizziroy Body. Happens more frequently later when he uses his implosion punches.
- 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. Ironically she is unaware that the Tuneds were already 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.
- Blood Knight: Un-apologetically one.
- "Total annihilation is my song!"
- 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 committing 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 Zwölf.
- Book Dumb: Self-admittedly rather dense, but when it comes to the fight, he can think with the best of them.
- He doesn't like thinking about things that don't pertain to killing.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Sechs is loud and loves to fight.
- BFG: During the time he had the Solenoid Quench gun on his arm.
- BFS: Sechs second Titan Blade when unfolded is 6,45 meter long, which is 3 times his own height in his current body.
- Brain Uploading: Even after getting the Fizziroy body, Sechs kept his brain-chip inside the Interactive Interface, enabling him to survive the destruction of his Fizziroy body.
- Calling Your Attacks: "IMPLODING BEATDOWN EXPAND COUNTER-DRILL DEBT-REPAYMENT PUNCH WITH INTEREST"...IMPLODING DRILL PUNCH for short.
- Can't Catch Up: As strong as he is, it's fair to say that his at least a solid tier down from Alita's enormous power. Mocked by Deckman 10 in an omake.
- Catch Phrase: "What is the essential quality of a true warrior?"
- The translations vary, but he's using the same word for warrior and true.
- Combat Pragmatist: Once shoved a rifle into someone's head after running out of ammo.
- Compensating for Something: Sechs choice of body and the 6 meter long titan blade seem to imply that Sechs wasn't quite well after being stuck in a small doll.
- Cute Bruiser: Not that he was particularly cute in his TUNED body, but he was a "chibi". Also true for his Interactive Interface.
- Deadly Upgrade: Sechs unlocks his Fizziroy body's true potential by converting the fluid inside to plasma, but when it's 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.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Solenoid Quench Gun. Lampshaded twice.
- Dumb Muscle: Sechs isn't smart, but he's strong.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Was initially 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 Zwölf.
- Facial Markings: Even though partially 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 actually more complicated than that, given that Sechs also uses a miniature female body all the time. Essentially 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.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Went from fighting with a combination of brutish Panzer Kunst, Sechster Angriff, and the Solenoid Quench Gun to mostly just punching, because he no longer has the Quench gun, and normally immediately loses his Titan Blade in fights.
- Hot-Blooded: Sechs is very aggressive and prone to picking fights.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: To Alita, and later Zazie.
- Idiot Hero: Well, Sechs isn't really going to win any Nobel prizes... mainly because you couldn't kill anybody with it.
- Openly admits it himself and gets angry when people force him to use his brain(chip).
- Insistent Terminology: Call it an expansion punch!
- Ironic Echo: When he first "fights" Zekka, Zekka eats one of Sechs's plasma attacks. Then, later Sechs absorbs and upgrades his Fizziroy body by "eating" the power from Zekka's punch.
- The Lancer: He plays this archetype in the Space Angels, contrasting Alita and Elf and Zwölf.
- Lad-ette: Pre-Gender Bender
- Middle Child Syndrome: The reason she made it her goal to kill the other TUNEDs.
- 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:
- "Original wa ore◊ ga taosu!!"
- In general, Sechs spoke and still speaks in a rough, dumb-sounding, masculine pattern, and used/uses masculine endings, words, and abbreviations; doesn't use honorifics; and anta, ome, or teme for "you", depending on his relationship with the person. And his speech is often written in katakana instead of kanji, or in kanji when he's using slang.
- "Original wa ore◊ ga taosu!!"
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Sechs' original titan blade was colored pink, as visible in the colored version of chapter 5. When she picked a male body for the ZOTT she switched to a blue titan blade.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Taken Up to Eleven: Sechs is stuck in a Fizziroy version of his Interactive Interface body... meaning all of his Rubber Man abilities have been crammed into it and amplified, making him stronger than ever, but only a few inches tall.
- Scars Are Forever: Despite being a robot, averted.
- The damage is even reflected in the chibi-body, which wasn't damaged when Elf and Zwölf 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.
- In terms of personality, there are fewer similarities, although both are determinators and low on booksmarts.
- 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.
- Slasher Smile: He grins just like a shark.
- It's interesting to note that Alita loved these too before she met Figure, one could argue that Sechs' smile was inspired by that period in Alita's life.
- Smarter Than You Look: While self-admittedly stupid, underestimating Sechs' cleverness can be lethal.
- Spear Counterpart: Became this of Alita.
- Even before the Gender Bender. Seriously, compare ''still female'' Sechs to Alita.◊ By anime standards, that's easily male.
- Spin Attack: Most of his attacks involve spinning.
- Spirited Competitor: To some extent, he won't kill enemies too easy to kill, and he's greatest ambition is to defeat the greatest competition.
- 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.
- Unfortunate Name: Sechs is pronounced the same as sex.
- He says "A brand new Sechs enters the fray" when he debuts his new body.
- Technically, initial "s" is pronounced as "z" in German.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Relative to Alita.
- 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.
- You Are Number Six: And he is that number.
- Bilingual Bonus: Sechs means six in German.
- Younger Than They Look: He is only two, after all, which turns into a Crowning Moment of Funny in his first brush-up with Zekka:— How old are you, kid?— Two!
- Sechs mentally 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.
- Artificial Human: The same deal as Alita, having TUNED bodies and brain chips.
- Always Identical Twins: Though kind of subverted in that they are not bioligical twins but two exact duplicates of the same person.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Sechs and Alita.
- Bilingual Bonus: The same as with Sechs — their names are just their numbers in German.
- Brain Uploading: Unlike the other TUNED clones, their brain-chips are stored inside their pets and remotely operate their main bodies.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The two of them are quite ditzy most of the time. Becomes a pun when they start wearing bunny-themed bodysuits.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: As part of their Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass shtick, they have the maturity level of small, hyperactive children.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It is easy to forget that they are each as strong as Alita in her TUNED body and thus just as much of a threat as Zwei was.
- Divergent Character Evolution: They started out as Alita copies, just like Sechs. Compare and contrast.
- Face-Heel Turn: They side with Deckman 100 in setting up a robot tyranny, but are easily subdued by Sechs.
- Facial Markings: Being copies of Alita, they have anti-glare patches built into their faces.
- Ms. Fanservice: Their main outfits sport Cleavage Windows, they're fond of clinging to each other, and they enjoy dishing out innuendos.
- Playboy Bunny: Played with, as they dress up in rabbit-themed unitards, and Zazie affectionately refers to them as "her bunnies".
- Plucky Comic Relief: Their primary role in the group.
- Razor Floss: Their main weapon is a spool of monomolecular wire.
- Stuffed In The Fridge/Shoo Out the Clowns: They were killed and probably raped by Rakan OUT OF THE FIGHT and off-panel, making him go even further past the Moral Event Horizon, though their brainchips are still intact and their bodies are repaired.
- Twin Tropes
- Waif-Fu: Their combat style involves snaring their opponent in razor wire and slicing them apart.
- Weak, but Skilled: Their TUNED bodies are much weaker than Atlia's Imaginos and Sechts' Fizziroy, but they still have over ten years of combat experience to back them up.
- Younger Than They Look: They are even younger than Sechs.
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 in 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.
- The Good Captain: Is supportive of her troops and promotes camaraderie.
- 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.
- The Gunslinger: Fights exclusively using guns.
- 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.
- A Mother to Her Men: She's really popular in her company, what to say.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Sports an extra pair of "Exo-arms" carrying some heavy-duty guns during the ZOTT finals, hiding her real arms (and a pair of handguns) under her coat.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Her adoration of Alita sometimes rises to Les Yay levels, providing Elf and Zwölf an ample material for making fun of this.
- Same for Queen Limeira, basically.
- Shrinking Violet: Actually really shy, even in moments of great importance, i.e: not telling anybody that she's going to die from a Verschlag because she never found the right time to.
- Also acts awkwardly shy in front of cameras.
- The Squadette: Is the leader of the Martian Queen's bodyguards.
- 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.
- Bad AssI will not allow you to alter reality without my permission.
- Badass Bookworm: He's well-educated and can kick your butt with his mind.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Almost: his hair is a more of a buzz cut, but being black and a leader he is as close as it gets. Not to say that he's a one of the rare villainous examples.
- The Big Guy: As in, really big. He's almost 7' and with a build of a distance runner.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: That little hair he has is suspiciously light.
- The Chessmaster: Some of his plans are stretching for centuries.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Kishiro loves this trope.
- 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: It's not very healthy to make your own former partners turn against you. Especially if these partners are a genius hacker and an immortal 700 years old vampire.
- Ignored Epiphany: Right before the ZOTT finals, Arthur gives Mbadi a stern warning not to use the Sword of Damocles on the winning team because all signs point to an impending disaster. Mbadi, being the most arrogant man in the solar system, doesn't even consider this disaster could affect him personally and fires anyway. Guess how that turned out...
- Jerk Ass: And proud of it.
- Kneel Before Zod: "And kiss my feet too!" Which Alita promptly obeys because her body is hacked. That's got to sting...
- Knight Templar: In a big way.
- Magic Knight: Despite being more of a manipulator, Trinidad rarely shies from a fight, and is usually really effective there.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates the council to get what he wants.
- Number Two: His official position.
- 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.
- President Evil: Well, vice-president, anyway. LADDER chairman Yajnik, on the other hand, seems to be President Buffoon.
- Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to Methuselization, he is over 200 years old.
- 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.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: He knows that he's the top dog, and doesn't feel that shy about it (except when it might hinder his plans)
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cubes.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Trinidad won't stop before anything to bring his goal, however squicky you'd find it.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's still the hero for most of the Solar system, despite not being the good old Captain Mbadi for a long, long time.
- Your Head Asplode: In Chapter 110 Caerula chops his head to pieces. He still may have a backup, though.
Caerula Sanguis/Vilma Fachiri
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 vampire indeed 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.
- Badass Longcoat: Is almost never seen out of her high-collared greatcoat.
- Badass Normal: She fought Alita and had the upper hand, even being a flesh and blood being. Exactly like 200 years before.
- Fights Like a Normal: Turns out she is a vampire.
- Byronic Hero: She has all traits. Ironically her husband was actually named "Victor Byron", but he was far too evil to qualify for this trope.
- The Chessmaster: She has been overseeing Arthur's will for centuries.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Her greatest power. Caerula is so experienced she knows every move her opponent will make after briefly observing the person she is about to fight. When Alita figures this out too late she can only scream in terror. She would have lost her head if her brain chip hadn't frozen up momentarily. Neither Caerula or Alita herself knew about this important detail at the time.
- 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 which she was very vulnerable to cancer, so there is a LOT of luck involved.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: As her Day in the Limelight shows, aside from her several self-acknowledged mistakes and rather aloof demeanor, she's basically the nicest person among the top players. Still, you don't want to be around when she gets hungry.
- 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
- Meaningful Name: Her name (which is obviously an alias) might be roughly translated as "Blood-red Skies", or, in real Latin, as "sky-blue blood". Both of which fits her extremely well.
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist.
- 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.
- Stealth Mentor: For Alita, and, probably, Trinidad as well.
- Wild Card: Nobody knows what is her true agenda. Not even Aga Mbadi.
Ping "The Weasel" Wu
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 Trio establishing 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.
- Demoted to Extra: Rather quickly.
- It Amused Me: One of his main motivations. Even his recent Crowning Moment of Awesome, note was apparently mainly done on a wager with Nova Pod.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's quite a cynic, and doesn't hold any illusions about human nature, but still...
- Mission Control: Acts as such for Alita during her attempt to get Lou's brain.
- Non-Action Guy: Probably what explains his reduced relevance in the story, which progressively becomes action-centered.
- Older Than They Look: He may look like a stereotypical Hollywood Nerd in his 30's, but he's been around since the Terraforming Wars.
- Playful Hacker: Nearly textbook example.
- Red Baron: The Weasel.
- 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.
GerdaAlita'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.
- The Obi-Wan: She was Alita's Panzer Kunst teacher.
TzykrowAnother 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-important Jerkass, 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.
- Humiliation Conga: After getting his ass kicked by Alita he crawls to Trinidad for help only to get a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness moment and end up as a Super Nova's guinea pig.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Well, hardly sympathetic, but to end up as a Super Nova's test subject only because you failed your boss once and he thinks he doesn't need you anymore is a bit harsh.
- Jerkass: He was a completely unsympathetic jerk, and got what he deserved.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Tzykrow has a really flattering self-image — which everyone who knows him thinks is ridiculously overinflated.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Trinidad kills him because he no longer needs him.
ErikaAlita's childhood friend back on Mars, when she was still called Yoko. She is part of Alita's first memories ever, having been raised at the same orphanage. After both were rescued by Gerda, she and Yoko joined the Panzer Kunst school. She is now a highly skilled warrior codenamed "Frau X", working as a mercenary for groups like the Neo Third Reich Division.
- Always Someone Better: Her skill with Panzer Kunst dwarfs Zazie's combat abilities and surpasses even Alita's. Additionally, Yoko harbored a crushing inferiority complex because of her.
- Affably Evil: When she reunited with Alita, she greeted her in a friendly manner until Alita brought up her work with the Neo Third Reich Division, at which point she pulled a Cute and Psycho.
- Ambiguously Gay: One of the first things she did upon reuniting with Alita was grope her butt and bemoan the loss of her tail, which she said she'd wanted to play with. Her dialogue with Alita is also fairly flirtatious.
- Artificial Limbs: As a child she had a prosthetic lower left arm.
- Casual Danger Dialog: Casually chats with Zazie during their fight, even sitting back-to-back with her after hitting her with her soliton technique. She also pulls this with Alita when they reunite.
- Cool Big Sis: She at the very least looked older than Yoko when they were children, and watched over her when they were kids.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Inflicts one on Zazie and her troops.
- Cute and Psycho: Erika goes from casually chatting with Alita to trying to kill her, while her friendly grin slowly becomes a Slasher Smile.
- Dark Action Girl: She is a Kunstler even more skilled than Alita, and is a Blood Knight who works as a mercenary.
- Evil Counterpart: To Alita, being a highly skilled cyborg Künstler.
- Evil Former Friend: She was Alita's closest friend when they were children. Something happened in the past that led to them having a falling out and now they're enemies.
- Eye Scream: Her left eye was badly damaged, necessitating she wear an eyepatch as a child.
- Face Framed in Shadow: She wears a dark outfit and in her fight against Zazie her face was framed in shadows, obscuring her identity.
- Future Spandex: She wears a black Spy Catsuit.
- Gratuitous German: Indicating that she is a natural-born Martian.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She was very close to Alita when they were children, to the point where when Mui wanted to turn her into a saule, she agreed as long as she and Yoko were Together in Death.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses a shoestring as a garrote.
- Just Toying with Them: The only reason Zazie was left alive was because Frau X didn't feel like killing her, and Frau X made sure Zazie knew that.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's fast and strong enough to take down Zazie's team before they knew what hit them, and can move faster than even Alita can react.
- Oh, Crap: The only thing that shocks her is when Zazie reveals that Yoko, aka Alita, is still alive.
- Out of the Inferno: Debuted standing amidst the flaming wreckage of an operating cart.
- Psycho for Hire: Works for the Neo Third Reich Division in disrupting Operation Hagel.
- Psychotic Smirk: Her primary expression during her fights with Zazie and Alita is a cruel smile.
- Razor Wire: Uses a shoelace to cut through Zazie's knife on a molecular level.
- Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Does this to Alita using a coded soliton wave message: "I'm waiting."
- 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.
- Anime Hair: Before he got his dreads.
- Atomic F-Bomb: No spoilers, you'll know it when it happens.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Just a tad more affable than usual.
- The Ace: Among the series top fighters, Zekka seems to constitute a league of his own. Him and Don Fua that is.
- Badass: He literally explodes his enemies with his punches, and causes miracles with his karate chops.
- Virtually the only way to damage him is to rebound his own power against him...and he heals anyways.
- Badass Biker: And woe unto you if you just happen to just look on his bike funny.
- The Big Guy: He has essentially the same body as Sechs — and is even bigger.
- Blood Knight: The biggest of the series. His definition of what it means to be a man is to not make a single thing, but to destroy an entire planet with nothing but his own power, environmental destruction in short.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's large, he's loud, he don't give a shit about anything around him — and when he fights, it's better to be as far from him, as it gets. Preferably on another planet.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His mastery of "Dragon Slaying Fist" to Don Fua's "Tiger Killing Fist".
- Technically called "Bone Crushing Dragon Slayer."
- Disney Owns This Trope: His name and genes were copyrighted by the Venusian bioengineering company Biovouivre.
- Drink Order: To see Zekka without his trademark "Mothman" beer bottle outside of a fight (and sometimes inside as well) is a truly rare occurrence.
- Foil: To his rival Don Fua
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Is almost never without his leather jacket.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: All things considered, he's a pretty good-natured guy. Just don't get on his bad side.
- Lightning Bruiser: Can punch so fast he produces enough heat to glass objects.
- Can palm so fast he liquifies his target.
- Literal Genie: During his thumb-wrestling match against Sechs: "Eat this!"..."HE ATE IT?!!"
- Meaningful Name: That he received from his own Old Master — and which means "The Fist That Extinguishes Light".
- 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.
- Punched Across The Earth Sphere: From the Earth orbit to the Moon in one punch.
- Rated M for Manly: When he's not drinking beer on a motorcycle and talking about environmental destruction, he's winning the fight with a single punch.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- 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.
- Shout-Out: Predator + Lobo + Kit Fisto.
- Spirited Competitor: Normally lazes around during fights because the competition is so weak compared to him... when it's competition on his own level it's a completely different story.
- Testosterone Poisoning: The macho-est character ever.
- 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.]]
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Maintains this attitude towards Don Fua.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Frequently goes without his shirt.
- World's Strongest Man: Literally what he is. The only way to damage him is to rebound or deflect his attack, and he heals anyways.
- 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.
- Animal Motif: The rat, as outlined in the fable he told Alita.
- The Big Guy: As an exception of other top fighters, who use generally normal-sized bodies, Toji is almost five meters tall.
- The Cape: One of the few characters who genuinely tries to be The Hero.
- Compensating for Something: Non-sexual example. He admits having been small as a human so when he became a cyborg he wanted to be a large one.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: During his final fight with Alita, it's emphasized that she should have sliced him like an onion, but the Jovians pulled her mind out of her body, enabling him to destroy her Imaginos 2.0 body.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: Super Electromagnetic Karate.
- Power Of The Storm: Can create massive storm cells using his electromagnetism.
- Selective Magnetism: His Electromagnetic Karate, which lets him No Sell Alita's plasma.
- Shotoclone: He's largely a Ryu's Expy, right down to the torn-off sleeves of his gi..
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: In comparison to the other Space Karate team members.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Alita to be one following their first fight. He even agrees to back up Alita should he lose their fight.
RakanZekka 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.
- Ass Kicks You: In his own words, he has a supersonic butt.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: And he can use it to punch holes in walls too.
- 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.
- Famous Last Words: "It's my first time doing anal!"
- Morale Event Horizon: Was stated to be a murderer and rapist on introduction. However it only really hit home when we saw what he did to Elf and Zwölf.
- Too Dumb to Live: The first thing he did upon seeing Alita was try to assault her. He ended up in a crater.
- Tunnel King: Burrows to avoid explosions.
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, but is it really so?... Indeed he did not, and Don Fua has returned in the Chapter 107, intent on settling his rivalry with him.
- Always Someone Better: Probably the greatest single martial artist in the Solar System.
- Animal Motifs: Rhinoceros beetle. Alita even calls him "beetle-monk" in chapter 108.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After the ZOTT finals (well, technically he was already on a higher plane of existence. He just went off to a different one.)
- Badass: He can create black holes with his fists!
- Bare-Fisted Monk: But he still used his fan occasionally.
- 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.
- Foil: To Zekka, obviously.
- Martial Pacifist: Pretty much his entire schtick.
- 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 Monk: Subverted. He's indeed the enlightened Buddhist monk who simply knew karate. And knew it very well.
- 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.
- The Sociopath: Happily sends children to die on the battlefield.
- Stealth Mentor: To Alita. In trying to break her resolve, he reaffirms it.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Even after death he kept popping up to deliver these to Alita.
- Villain Has a Point: The remarks he makes to Alita cause her to question her certainty and humanity.
- Adaptive Ability: Uses the heat generated by Toji's electromagnetic karate to temper its skin.
- Ass in Ambassador: Mbadi speculates Anomaly is the hypothetical Mercurions' ambassador to humanity.
- Ax-Crazy: Embodies the extremes of humanity's capacity for violence, both physical and sexual.
- Gag Nose: Possesses a beak-like nose that takes up most of its face.
- Gag Penis: One half the length of its body, it's a massive plasma cannon to boot.
- Healing Factor: Due to being composed of nanomachines it can regenerate from just about anything.
- Humanoid Abomination: An entity that was formed in mockery of the human body. Nova pretty much refers to it as incomprehensible to humans.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Was introduced chowing down on the Venusian Lucifer team and tries to eat Toji during their fight.
- Immodest Orgasm: After pretty much raping Toji, it ejaculates him across the room with the force of its orgasm. Twice.
- Kaiju: A 12-meter tall cybernetic parody of humanity.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: Nova posits that Anomaly is very similar to the Berserker body and that it evolved from Grey Goo on Mercury.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a gaping mouth full of blockish teeth and isn't afraid to use them.
- Sexbot: It is referred to as the "Libido Monster" and practically rapes Toji to shoot him point blank with its penis-cannon.
- Wave Motion Gun: Has one... for a penis.
Pissarro Créer de VivreThe leader and benefactor of the Genome Kingdom, the République Vénus' seeded team in the ZOTT, and Chief Designer of Biovouivre, a Venusian genetic-engineering corporation.
- Bad Boss: Blackmails Homme de Feu into fighting using Olympe.
- Body of Bodies: His true form is a small, deformed-looking creature, with his main body being a patchwork of genetically-engineered creatures
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is the Chief Gesigner (essentially the CEO) of Biovouivre, a genetic engineering Organic Technology company.
- French Jerk: Venus was colonized by the French, and Pissarro is almost as big an asshole as Desty Nova.
- Karmic Death: Is eaten by his own genetically engineered body parts.
- Meaningful Name: "Créer de Vivre" is French for "Creator of life."
- Taking You with Me: Kills Olympie before being eaten by his own body parts.
Igrec/Homme de FeuA member of the Venusian team. He is a guignol - essentially a genetically engineered war machine - and a genetically altered clone of Zekka.
- Beast Man: Has fur, fangs, claws, and slitted pupils.
- Badass Longcoat: Is introduced wearing slug-like hooded cloak.
- Beast and Beauty: Is in love with his former caretaker, Olympe... who he was genetically programmed to want to kill.
- Cloning Blues: 95% of his genes come from Zekka.
- Fangs Are Evil: While not evil per se, he is antagonistic.
- Gag Nose: Has a huge wolf-like nose on his forehead.
- Horror Hunger: As he grew up he realized he instinctively wanted to eat his caretaker Olympe, but when he tried to he discovered she was a gynoid.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rather than extend his own lifespan, he requests that if he win the ZOTT Olympe be set free.
- One-Winged Angel: Pissarro transforms him into a 500 meter tall Planimal called Gargantua. It's immensely powerful, but only has a life span of two hours.
- Together in Death: Dies together with the woman he loved.
- Worthy Opponent: Promises Zekka a rematch if he's reincarnated as a human.
Spring-Heeled JackA member of Starship Cult who looks like a fat clown.
- Gone Horribly Right: His hypnotic suggestion turned a young boy with psychic powers into the cult leader Whophon.
- Hypno Fool: Hypnotizes his assistant into literally being a human sword, and Zwölf into being a human boomerang.
- Monster Clown: He was a fat bum who found a dying clown, went insane, turned himself into a clown-themed cyborg, and became a serial killer.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a wide mouth full of pointy teeth.
- Serial Killer: After he went insane he became one.
WhophonThe leader of the circus themed Starship Cult.
- A God Am I: Thinks his powers make him a god, and is the leader of a cult.
- Artificial Human: Was created as part of the Jetan Series, intended to create an artificial saint, on the moon.
- Badass Cape: Part of his ensemble.
- The Chessmaster: Sent a double in to fight for him so that he could confront the man who created him.
- Church of Happyology: He turned Jack's circus into the Starship Cult, brainwashing thousands of young women into worshipping him and committing mass suicide For the Evulz.
- Cool Mask: He wears a beaked mask-like helmet.
- Man Behind the Man: Was the one who drove Jack insane in the first place.
- Mass Hypnosis: Uses supersonic waves to hypnotize people.
- Master of Illusion: Enjoys making people hallucinate Eldritch Abominations.
- The Sociopath: Gives off a major Charles Manson vibe.
- Squishy Wizard: Mbadi ignored his illusions and snapped his neck like it was nothing.
Mars Chronicle Characters
- Homeless Hero: He lives in and works out of his vehicle.
- The Medic: He's a doctor who travels from settlement to settlement.
- Alpha Bitch: She's a cruel, manipulative girl who tries to turn Erika against Yoko.
- Bedmate Reveal: Ninon sneaks into Erika's bed and wakes her up to have a private conversation.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: There are times she can be motherly and nurturing, but she's also manipulative and cunning so it's hard to tell whether these moments are sincere or affected.
- The Bully: She leads a gang of girls who immediately target the orphanage's new arrivals, Yoko and Erika.
- Dying Dream: Ninon steps out into the open to stop the Papagi Corps from continuing their onslaught. At first it looks she was successful, and they stop and swear fealty to her as the new Queen of Mars... then her dead friends show up and lead her away... then it's revealed she was shot through the head, leaving Yoko and Erika sobbing over her corpse. The Papagi Corps spare Erika and Yoko, and blame the massacre on the Winde Corps.
- Fallen Princess: She was a descendant of the royal family left abandoned in an orphanage after a coup d'etat.
- Girl Posse: She is the leader of a small gang of girls who go out of their way to harass Yoko and Erika.
- Lecherous Licking: Ninon licks Erika's cheek creepily when suggesting she swear allegiance to her.
- No Body Left Behind: Ninon was shot through the head, then dumped into a lake with the other corpses and dissolved with enzymes.
- The Stoic: She keeps a cool head when two of her friends are killed and the remaining two start having mental breakdowns.
- Princess in Rags: She claims to be the future Queen of Mars.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Ninon tries to force Erika to feed Yoko a spoonful of pill bugs, Erika instead stuffs them down her throat, causing her to puke all over Ulanova.
- Broken Smile: He facial expression when she picks up a live grenade is a broken smile aimed right at Ninon.
- Despair Event Horizon: When Ninon smashes her ouija board to bring her to her senses, it backfires and Morla lashes out and refuses to go with them.
- Flower in Her Hair: She has a flower-shaped decal in her hair.
- Ouija Board: She's quite superstitious, and believes her ouija board is absolutely correct.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Ninon when she smashes her ouija board.
- Boom, Headshot: ⅔ of her head is vaporized by the blast of a missile when the mercenaries attack.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She died three chapters in to Mars Chronicle.
- Despair Event Horizon: She collapses on her knees, calling for her mother just before she's gunned down.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Seeing one of her friends get her head mostly blown off breaks her and she wanders out into the crossfire promising she won't be mean anymore.
- No Body Left Behind: She was completely vaporized by high-power machine-guns
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She died three chapters in to Mars Chronicle.
MuiThe Gartner of Beine 244, Mui rescued Finch, Yoko, and Erika from a collapsing baldachin - the barrier containing Mars' atmosphere. In return she demanded one of their lives to repair the baldachin, but was told to release them by her superior, Priesterin Neff.
- Equivalent Exchange: Mui invoked this: Because she saved Finch, Yoko, and Erika, it was within her rights to take their lives to repair the baldachin.
- Humans Are Bastards: Mui feels the people of Mars are ungrateful and undeserving of the Gartners' protection.
- Ice Queen: She was aloof and callous towards Finch, Yoko, and Erika.
Frau-XSee Erika's profile under Panzer Kunst
- Big Bad: He's the mastermind behind the Einherjar and Neo Third Reich Division.