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Characters: Gantz

Gantz

"Your lives have ended. How you use your new lives is entirely up to me. That's the theory, anyway"

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Harbinger of death, damnation, and dirty nicknames.
  • Big Bad: So it appears...at first.
  • Blue and Orange Morality
  • Cloning Blues: Since it basically copies people the moment before they are killed (or at least, not fatally injured), Hunters who think on it end up with this.
  • Cosmic Plaything: This is essentially what it has in store for the people it collects.
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dissonant Serenity: "8 Points! Total 46 Points! 54 to Go!" After Kurono returns as the Sole Survivor of the nightmarishly intense third mission.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It is a hairless comatose man wired inside of an indestructible black ball that carries weapons, power suits, teleportation capabilities, and poor instructions on finding and killing deadly alien invaders.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Clueless humans with high tech weaponry hunting sneaky alien invaders.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Toward the particularly Badass or Blood Knight characters.
  • Jerkass: Deliberately spites, insults, and degrades the players, even when they are at their lowest.
  • Killed Off for Real: You know shit has gotten real when the Giant Aliens attack the Gantz room, blowing the black ball out of the building and into the street, crushing the head of the man inside. Though, there's more where that one came from.
  • Knight Templar
  • Lack of Empathy: Life, death, sacrifice, loss, even The End of the World as We Know It. It's all a fun game to Gantz.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Seems to be part of its programming.
  • Meaningful Name: Averted, no one really knows what "gantz" means. It's possibly just a slang term used to address the black ball that got around amongst the Hunters.
    • Given the spheres' origins, it's likely a misspelling of the German adjective/adverb ganz ("complete" or "completely"). Still meaningless in context, though.
  • Me's a Crowd: At first one Gantz seems bad. Then you find out there are thousands, if not, millions of Gantz balls on assembly lines and an endless supply of carbon copied men to "pilot" them.
  • More Dakka: Gantz supplies its participants with the best in alien engineered weaponry, all of which can be incredibly destructive if used correctly.
  • The Nicknamer: Gantz gives all the players nicknames based on appearance or behavior.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: It picks the sickest, nastiest, most lethal aliens and monster for the Gantz teams to kill.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The fact that Gantz has the sense of humor of a twelve year old Call of Duty troll makes the fact that it sends random humans on horrifying suicide missions even scarier.
  • Smug Snake
  • Troll: Like no other. Disrespects and inconveniences the players at every turn, delays the firing mechanism on all of the guns, alters the rules of the game on a whim, and targets aliens that are either a) worth next to no points, or b) the least dangerous out of several that are extremely dangerous. Worst of all, it doesn't do it because of programming or anything, it just likes fucking with the poor souls it traps.
  • Unwitting Pawn: As much a slave to forces beyond its control as the players it plagues. Although its powers are still near godlike and can be used to deadly effect no matter whose hand is controlling it.
  • We Have Reserves: Not just the endless supply of potential Hunters, but there are literally thousands of Gantz balls in production, waiting to make life hell for humans and aliens by the score.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While it can't be denied that many of the creatures Gantz targets need to be stopped, the methods it uses to achieve these goals are cruel and unusual.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gantz doesn't really play favorites. Everyone is expendable.
  • Your Days Are Numbered

     Tokyo Team 

Kei Kurono

"At least my world views don't come from comic books and video games! You're living in a fantasy!"

Masaru Kato

Kei Kishimoto

Joichiro Nishi

"Remember how I said you had a little bit of potential last time? I was wrong. You should be the first one to die!"

Sei Sakuraoka

Shion Izumi

Tae Kojima

Yoshikazu Suzuki

Daizemon Kaze

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Until he meets Kurono.
  • Badass
    • Badass Longcoat: Sports a sleeveless one in his civilian life.
    • Badass Normal: Doesn't wear a suit during his first mission. He ends up beating to death a few alien velociraptors and briefly defeats Gantz's superhuman target in a fistfight.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk
  • The Big Guy
  • Blood Knight
  • Bruiser with a Soft Centre
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Fights every alien hand to hand, regardless of how powerful they are or if they even have hands.
  • The Drifter: He travels around a lot, basically looking for someone who can beat him. Stays put when he finds that person in Kurono.
  • Evil Laugh: When facing a particularly challenging foe, he howls with laughter, sinisterly implying that he fears nothing. This might be a defense mechanism, actual joy or both.
  • Gentle Giant: Towards Takeshi.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Muscle Rider"
  • Knight of Cerebus: It is quite a devastating display when he decides to really cut loose on an enemy. The rest of his team would agree.
  • Made of Iron: The first time he dies, Kaze is riddled with bullets at point blank range by Izumi while he himself is crushing Izumi's throat. He doesn't go down until the gunfire cuts his legs apart, leaving him crippled and vulnerable.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted. He's one of the most competent fighters in the series...he's still a virgin though.
  • Manly Tears: After finding out Takeshi's 'stepfather' beat him to death over a pudding cup, while his mother did nothing to stop it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: A master of these.
  • Papa Wolf: Kaze to Takeshi. When one of the Nura alien's attacks hurt Takeshi, Kaze went apeshit and attacked it, dealing more damage than Oka Hachirou did even with his Power Armor.
  • Promotion to Parent: for Takeshi.
  • Sarashi: He likes to wear this, along with old fashioned geta.
  • The Stoic
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome

Hiroto Sakurai

Kenzo Sakata

Reika Shimohira

Takeshi Koumoto

Kouki Inaba

Hoi Hoi

Second Kei Kurono

     Osaka Team 

The Nerd

Anzu Yamasaki

  • Action Girl
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Again, to Kato.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to The Nerd.
  • Badass
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting all but her head vaporized by the Nurarihyon Alien
  • Hero-Worshipper: Like The Nerd, Anzu is so astounded by Kato's bravery that she not only joins his cause, but falls in love with him on the same night that they meet.
  • Heroic Sacrifice
  • Irony: Of all the Osaka members, Anzu lives possibly the most morally ambiguous normal life. While most of the Psycho for Hire types you read about earlier are shown to be mild mannered members of the workforce in their normal lives, the sweet and attractive little Camper Anzu is shown to be passively neglectful toward her son so she can focus on earning money. By illustrating porn. In her living room.
  • Morality Pet: Love for her son compels her to survive. Love for Kato compels her to be heroic.
  • The Oathbreaker: Dies to prevent Kato's death, even though she made him swear earlier not to die so that they and their families could all live together. They each tragically lampshade this as she is being killed.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Punch Clock Hero
  • Sacrificial Lion

Hachirou Oka

  • The Ace
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's been taking karate lessons. Online.
  • Badass
  • Blood Knight: A subtle version.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses the most powerful weapons and armor Gantz has to offer not to protect the weak innocent, but to increase his odds in battle despite the fact that he is plenty dangerous without all of it.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Apparently ripped apart by Nurarihyon. We only see that he's missing everything below his chest.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He's cleared seven missions with 100 points. At the time, it was considered next to impossible to get more than a few points each mission.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him
  • The Ghost: Remains invisible for most of the game, letting the rest of his team eliminate the lesser aliens and draw out the greater ones so that he can collect on the points.
  • Foreshadowing: All of the technology he collected as achievement awards for the missions he completed are later revealed to be Gantz's war arsenal against the Giant Aliens.
  • Humongous Mecha: Pilots one when he first appears.
  • In Harm's Way
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: It turns out that the secret to surviving a long time in Gantz is to back off when an alien is obviously too powerful for you, and just run out the clock or hope someone else kills it. Who knew? (It doesn't save him this time, because the alien is a Blood Knight who wants to keep fighting him, but it's almost certainly how he survived so long in the first place.)
  • Lack of Empathy: Does not feel the least bit bad about leaving the scared and uncertain Tokyo Team to deal with the monster even he can't kill.
  • Large Ham: Has his moments.
    • "Despite this look, in grade school I PLAYED PING PONG!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: Outside of the armor.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Powered Armor: Oka is the first player seen wearing the Gantz version, as well as piloting its towering mechanized war machine.
  • Punch Clock Hero
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Calmly drops his sword and walks away when he realizes that he can't kill the Nurarihyon Alien.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath
  • Southern-Fried Genius
  • Straight Edge Evil: In the Osaka spinoffs, Oka appears to be a well-adjusted office worker by day, quiet and efficient. Though, he is clearly bored, and even more clearly exhilarated when he receives the signal for his next and last mission.
  • The Strategist
  • Unflinching Walk
  • The Worf Effect: It appears that Oka (who has already taken down a Godzilla level monster) can be the only one capable of defeating the Nurarihyon Alien that has so far eliminated three of his best teammates, dominated half of the Tokyo Team, and proven itself unkillable. Even with all his wonderful toys, this turns out to not be the case. Since both got a lot of buildup, this avertings it for the monster, but plays it straight for Oka himself.
  • Worthy Opponent: Nurarihyon considers him to be something like this, claiming "he was fun" when confronted with Kaze's "predictable" martial arts. It even abandons its fight with the Tokyo Team to hunt Oka throughout Osaka, and destroys several buildings in the process of killing him.

Kyou Hanaki

Kazuo Kuwabara

Nobou "Knob" Muroya

Shimaki/"George"

Three Sadists

Sumiko Yamada

Miho Yamanaka

     Katastrophe Team 

Takeda Hyouma

Maeshima Ryuuji

Mary Mcclane

Sekine Mokoto

Yoshikawa Kaiji

Yazawa Toshio

     Aliens 

Green Onion Aliens

Tanaka Aliens

Buddhist Temple Aliens

  • Badass
  • Bizarre Alien Biology
  • Bling of War: All of their statue disguises can count as this, especially 1000 Arms.
  • Blood Knight: Innocent or not, these aliens are talented, destructive fighters. When it can speak english, 1000 Arms is almost psychotic in its enthusiasm about beating Kato to a pulp.
  • Break the Haughty: What this mission symbolizes for Kurono. His over-inflated ego is quickly demolished when the girl he loves is melted in front of him, he loses An Arm and a Leg, and finally he finds out that he is the mission's Sole Survivor.
  • Disc One Final Boss: 1000 Arms is this for Kato.
  • Foreshadowing: Kurono kills the largest statue by skyrocketing his whole body straight into its head... which is also how he ends up killing his final enemy in the series, also a giant.
  • Hero Killer: 1000 Arms.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Sei kicks the acid vial out of 1000 Arms' hand, melting half of its statue disguise and its Time Master ornament.
  • Human Outside, Alien Inside: Buddhist statue outside, lizard alien inside.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: A couple of these aliens eat the brains of their victims.
  • Innocent Aliens: 1000 Arms claims they never did anything to hurt humans and have no idea why they are being attacked. Since they are specifically in disguise as peaceful statues, it probably was not lying.
  • Invisibility
  • Knight of Cerebus: Played with. The Rowdy and Grumpy Aliens seem like this compared to the aliens in the first two hunts. Then the towering (and by far the largest) Buddhist statue breaks out of the temple... and is unceremoniously killed by Kurono. Once these titans have been taken down, it looks like easy street for the team. Then they find The 1000 Arms Alien.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: 1000 Arms' statue disguise, and possibly all of them in their true form.
  • One-Winged Angel: 1000 Arms
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Kato fights to the bitter end, finally slaying 1000 Arms and rejoicing that he will get to go home to his brother. Then he's killed by the alien's final attack, seconds before he would have been sent back.
  • The Reptilians: Out of the statue.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: 1000 Arms does not respond well to the puny humans who eradicated its companions.
  • Shockwave Clap: The larger statues can do this.
  • Shoot the Dog: The entire mission is one long Shoot the Dog. Becomes a literal example, when one of the statues smashes the Team Pet dog's head without any warning.
  • Super Power Lottery: As well as strength and agility, the 1000 Arms Alien possesses...
  • Super Speed
  • Super Strength
  • Starter Villain: The most traumatizing starter villains yet.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Though, we sympathize a lot more with the Tokyo Team, of course, since they are severely disadvantaged and out of their depth at this point.
  • The Worf Effect: Just when it looks as if Kurono has accepted his role as the series definitive badass, 1000 Arms crushes him and slowly slaughters the rest of the team.
  • This Is Unforgivable

Shorty Aliens

Kappe Aliens

  • Alien Animals: Well, dinosaurs.
  • Aliens Are Bastards
  • The Big Guy: The Kappe Alien, though it started out as a little guy.
  • Elite Mooks: The Velociraptors and smaller Brachiosaurus.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The T-Rexes and Triceratops' don't get along and end up fighting over who kills Izumi.
  • Extra Eyes: The Horned Brachiosaurus spontaneously grows hundreds of eyes on its underbelly when Kurono tries to sneak attack it from below.
  • Giant Mook: The T-Rexes and Triceratops.
  • Humanoid Aliens: The Kappe Alien.
  • Intelligent Gerbil: Many are disguised as prehistoric dinosaurs, despite the fact that they can shift sizes, stand upright, develop fists, and breathe fireballs.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Horned Brachiosaurus.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: The Kappe Alien looks kind of cute and harmless at first, until you realize it controls the dinosaur aliens, has Super Strength, and can turn into a hideous giant.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Kurono literally has to do this when he's being chased by the T-Rexes, who shoot fireballs out of their mouths.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The Kappe Alien is very insecure, thinking it's being attacked because it is "looked down upon" by others, and retaliating by using the dinosaurs as weapons.
  • Shrinking Violet / The Berserker: The Kappe Alien is pretty timid normally, but is insatiable when pissed off.
  • Size Shifter: The angrier these aliens get, the bigger they get.
  • This Is Unforgivable: The Horned Brachiosaurus, who is apparently the mother of the other dinosaurs, reacts this way when it is the only one left.
  • The Worf Effect: Just as The Kappe Alien grows to an enormous size, becoming a One-Winged Angel, it is easily cut in half from behind by Izumi.
  • Would Hit a Girl: It's pretty amusing when the Kappe Alien gets jumped and beaten up by an angry shopaholic girl. Then it starts fighting back and sics its pet velociraptors on her.

Ring Aliens

Oni Aliens

Nurarihyon Aliens

Renaissance Statue Aliens

Giant Aliens

Mothership Aliens

  • Aliens Are Bastards
  • Alien Animals: Kurono and Tei happen upon a literal zoo full of them.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: With extra emphasis on the word "bizarre."
  • Body Horror: Some of these aliens can explode into a cloud of floating light spores. When the light spores touch humans, they enter their bodies and mutate them from the inside out, appendages multiplying like tumors, turning the victims into violent freaks of nature.
  • Eldritch Abomination
  • Insectoid Aliens: Lots.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The largest of these aliens is some sort of deformed giant with a scowling human face and mysterious abilities. It's so terrifying that the whole team finally decides to run, save Kurono's Clone who wants to prove himself by killing it, and Reika who doesn't want to leave him. After the creature beats Kurono into submission, it fights Reika, and the two kill each other.
  • Mighty Glacier: the largest and most powerful of these aliens hovers over the battle and watches mostly. After it drops to the ground, it's movements are very ponderous. However, its telekinetic powers and ability to summon an entire new brood of creepy-crawly aliens makes up for it.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird
  • Viral Transformation: Pandora's Box.
  • Wretched Hive: What they inhabit on The Mothership.

Room of Truth Aliens

  • Abusive Precursors
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Every other panel features them projecting some new random face. It can be Gandhi, one of the aliens that have been defeated, a litter of kittens, etc.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Fitting that the most powerful ones would also be the biggest bastards.
  • Bigger Bad: They are responsible for humanity's discovery and utilization of the Gantz technology.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: their reaction to pretty much the entire series and everything the characters have been through.
  • Eldritch Abomination
  • Expy: They seem to be a freaky combination of the aliens from Contact, the Engineers from Prometheus, and the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Technically, they gave humanity the means to defend itself from dangerous alien invaders. However, the information was given to the mentally challenged daughter of a ruthless German businessman, who used the Gantz technology the way seen throughout the series: enslaving resurrected humans to a sadistic artificial intelligence and pitting them against bizarre, horrifying, highly lethal creatures. The Room of Truth Aliens did not do any of this out of the kindness of their hearts, nor out of any other great concern of theirs. More likely, they just want to maintain some sort of balance in the universe, which was likely being screwed up by the world destroying Giant Aliens.
    • They more or less state that they did what they did in retaliation for the Giant Aliens trying the same crap on them. Basically, "They pissed us off, so Let's You and Him Fight."
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: They get away with all the havoc and misery they are responsible for, because there is apparently no one powerful enough to stop them.
  • Kick the Dog: When they resurrect Kishimoto, Sei, Suzuki, and Reika and then immediately destroy them just to prove to Kurono that human life has no value.
  • Lack of Empathy: They tell the disheartened, battle-scarred Gantz Hunters that humans are no different from ants and that everything they do is totally meaningless.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower
  • Ludicrous Gibs: their favorite method of execution as Kurono found out personally.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: A scary example, considering what they are...
  • The Omniscient
  • Physical God
  • The Powers That Be
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: They deliver a cold one to humanity as a whole.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Perhaps the most sufficiently advanced aliens in the universe.

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