The main protagonist of the series and newest recruit to the team. She's a bubbly, energetic high school girl with a fixation on collecting stationary, art supplies, and anything she considers pretty and cute. Just as she was starting to become bored and craving of more excitement in her life, she found herself enlisted as part of the G-Crew.Her impulsive nature and willingness to disobey orders puts her at odds with more serious team members like Sugane.
Buffy Speak: For all her virtues, the lady is not especially articulate.
Cloudcuckoolander: This is a girl that fawns over day planners to almost Cargo Ship levels, obsesses over arts and crafts, makes spontaneous conversation with strangers, and rarely bats an eye to being thrust into becoming an alien-fighting superhero.
Fantastically Indifferent: She doesn't bat an eye about being recruited onto a team that fights mysterious forces, and just embraces it with the same enthusiasm that she does with everything else.
Free-Range Children: Her parents don't seem to accompany her on her meet-ups (which, granted, have plenty of other authority figures she's on friendly terms with). The only indication that Hajime even has parents is when her mom calls her after she's moved in with Sugane and Paiman.
Good Is Not Dumb: She's genuine in her optimism, and it's easy for cynical characters to see her as too idealistic to have thought things through. Not so. While she is capable of acting dumber than she is, she rarely does so.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Serves this role to the entire team and is unusual in that she is the protagonist. Energetic and optimistic in the extreme, she manages to pull everyone out of their shells or change them for the better by opening their eyes to new viewpoints.
Meaningful Name: "Hajime" means "First," and "Ichi" means "One." She's Gatchaman #101, and she makes the team do many things they hadn't done before (communicating with the enemy instead of mindlessly fighting, revealing their existence/identities to the public, etc.).
Motor Mouth: And she speeds up even more when she's thinking hard.
Nice Girl: Always happy to make new friends, and often succeeds in doing so.
Obfuscating Stupidity: During the conversation with Rui in Episode 6. In her own weird way, she does this pretty much all the time; she's a lot more perceptive than her hyperactive, childlike behavior suggests.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: It's heavily implied that something like this happened between Hajime and Berg Katze in the final episode, but we only get to see it in the director's cut version of it.
Phrase Catcher: When someone calls her newbie, she responds with, "I'm Hajime!"
The Cuckoolander Was Right: In her initial encounter with a MESS, she lets it go and later claims that she wants to get to know them better first. Then in her second encounter, she actually succeeds in communicating with a MESS and it returns all the people and objects it absorbed.
Supreme Chef: Whatever blue... concoction she fed Sugane and Paiman for breakfast, they seemed to like it just fine.
Too Sweet For Yog Sothoth: Her bubbly nature and unshakable optimism coupled with the way she doesn't let what anyone says negatively about her bother her means that Berg-Katze can't stand her after they realize they can't break or corrupt her. In the epilogue she weaponizes this and make herself the "caretaker" of a sealed Berg-Katze.
Triple Shifter: A student, part-time worker, an active GALAX user who arranges meet ups and hang outs with friends, and a Gatchaman.
Verbal Tic: Ends her sentences with "-ssu", a slurred way of saying "desu". She tends to slur some of her speech in general.
A graduate of Tokyo University. He had a negative view of the human race, but wound up with a revived passion for his job after encountering Hajime. He's a no-nonsense government employee by day, but when night falls, he takes on the role of a dart-loving "bad boy". He also has feelings for Hajime, though he tries to keep his distance.
Expy: Reflects the original Joe Asakura in some ways with being the bad boy of the team, having an affinity for feather shuriken, and wearing leather racing gloves. He also smokes, as the OVA version of Joe did to cement his "tough" status, and has a friend named Alan (who in the original Gatchaman, was a childhood friend of Joe's that became a priest).
Spell My Name with an S: Is it Joe or Jou? NTV's official site gives his name in English as "Joe", though the other spelling can persist, such as in the artbook where his name is spelled in English as "Jo".
Split-Personality Makeover: In the day time, he takes on a serious and formal personality, slicks his hair back into a ponytail, and wears glasses. At night, the glasses go, he lets his hair down, and he acts as a laid-back delinquent.
A effeminate, flamboyant man who runs the Gatchaman "CAGE". He is unable to transform, so he does not actively participate in the missions. He is fun-loving, but will only truly open up to those who open up to him.
Ambiguously Human: Earth isn't the first planet he's protected. Plus there's a large number gap between Joe and him despite looking the same age. Then he reveals in episode 8 that he's half-human.
Badass Gay: At the school the Gatchamen visit for PR, one of the reporters starts to yell at the children for trying to get a look at Hajime in Gatchaman form. O.D. yells at the reporter so loudly that it scares the hell out of them, and settles things down. One of the children remarks that O.D. "must be the strongest one." It turns out, he is. He's more powerful than any of them and managed to give Katze a solid beatdown, though it may have cost him his life.
Non-Action Guy: Subverted. He can more than hold his own in his Gatchaman form, but chooses not to fight most of the time because doing so could easily destroy the world. Also, when Katze threw J.J.'s sitting place at him in the Precipice, O.D. was strong enough to safely block it while in his normal form.
Uncertain Doom: Gets severely injured fighting Katze, and collapses after tossing Rui's NOTE to him. Ustusu was shown running in his direction earlier, though, so she might have healed him. Either way, his death/survival remains ambiguous until the director's cut version of episode 12, which shows he is alive.
Vague Age: He's not given an official age and his age range is very vague at first, appearing to be an adult team member around Joe's age (29) or older. Later, we find out that he's much older than he appears.
Willfully Weak: The reason he doesn't transform; otherwise he'd destroy the world.
A fifteen year-old girl and underclassman of Hajime. She has a negative self-image and fears being closer to others, preferring instead to work in the gardens. She can only speak normally and feel comfortable around O.D.
Pointy-Haired Boss: A superhero example. He's completely useless as a leader, and knows it. Mostly, he compensates for his inadequacies through blind adherence to the Gatchaman rulebook and J.J.'s prophecies, and when that doesn't work, he either freezes up or runs away. He eventually admits this to himself and changes for the better.
An alien guardian of Earth who has looked after the galaxy, having seen the rise and fall of life over aeons. He is in charge of granting the Gatchaman title to those who have the correct characteristics and powers, and guides them with his premonitions.
The Gods Must Be Lazy: After the MESS are dealt with he does...absolutely nothing. Eventually, the Gatchamen politely call him out on this and say they don't need him anymore. He does not seem to care.
A highly-intelligent young man who finds the current world boring, and seeks to update and advance it at any cost. He created President X and the "GALAX" network in hopes of solving the world's problems.
Ambiguous Gender: In-universe and outside of it; Hajime and the G-Crew alternate between using neutral and masculine pronouns for him and it's not clear what Rui considers himself. Meanwhile fans and those unfamiliar with the series sometimes mistake him for female, even when he isn't crossdressing.
Dark Magical Girl: A male example, kind of. He doesn't become a Gatchaman himself though.
Deal with the Devil: Though seemingly it was done involuntarily on his part, and he's extremely hesitant about using his powers.
Elegant Gothic Lolita: Many of his outfits while crossdressing are intended to be this, but none of them are an accurate representation of the fashion.
Evil Is Not a Toy: The reason he worries about using the CROWDS, as he knows they are a power Katze has given him. That said, he is still willing to use it to his advantage.
Guardian Entity/Summon Magic: The CROWDS are basically this. He describes them as manifestations of human consciousness and they can be summoned through an app he created. Anyone who summons a CROWD gains Synchronization with it.
Hair Color Dissonance: The wig he usually wears as Load seems to vary between being depicted as blonde or a light pink, depending on the lighting and shading in a scene.
Informed Attractiveness: Hajime notes he looks better without makeup than with the thick makeup he wears as Load. He's drawn the same way regardless. However, Hajime's make up comment was most likely an analogy about Rui being distrustful and hiding his identity.
King Incognito: He dresses as a woman so he can travel through the city and see how his GALAX network is working out in the real world.
Vague Age: He has a youthful enough appearance to easily pass for being a prepubescent girl, but is financially independent.
We Can Rule Together: When he contacts Hajime and Sugane, he asks them to give up being Gatchaman and work as GALAXters, claiming that Gatchaman will become unnecessary and possibly even a hindrance in the world he is trying create. Sugane understands where he's coming from but refuses because he doesn't think Gatchaman are unnecessary. Hajime then refuses because...well, she doesn't say, but she implies that Rui's being hypocritical since he has abilities like a Gatchaman himself.
Face-Heel Turn: In Episode 8, after Katze copies Rui and locks him out of the system. Interestingly, this is not because of any malice on X's part, but because it is literally not capable of understanding that there are two Ruis.
Brainwashed: When it starts noticing the differences between Rui and Katze in Rui's form, Katze causes it to glitch out with a wave of his finger, making X think there's nothing wrong.
Spell My Name with an S: The website says its English name is "President-X". However the Japanese name is "Sōsai X". To make things more confusing, Crunchyroll's description calls it "General X". (Both president and director-general are valid translations of sōsai).
Well-Intentioned Extremist: It does hack into other systems if it detects there is a potential emergency. Like a shipment of bad milk, for instance.
An alien species that absorbs humans. The Gatchaman team has been tasked with exterminating them. Shortly after becoming a Gatchaman, Hajime successfully communicates with a MESS, causing the entire species to stop attacking and return the humans they absorbed.
Blue and Orange Morality: The MESS are believed to be this in episode 3, with the G-Crew believing them to simply view humans as ants or rocks rather than being malicious towards them. The implication is that when Hajime actually talked to them in a way they could understand, they realized that humans were sentient.
The actual word he's saying is meshiuma, which is Japanese internet slang for schadenfreude. Read about it here - the word is a abbreviation of meshi ga umai which means "my food tastes good". This relates to a Japanese proverb which basically means "the misfortune of others is sweet like honey".
Foil: To Hajime. They have a lot of similarities which highlight their differences as well; one superficial one is Hajime's sing-song chanting of "Gatcha" in the first episode, which sounds like a Dark Reprise when Katze does the same thing later on.
For the Evulz: Wanders the universe killing random people and making entire civilizations destroy themselves, just because he can.
Hellish Pupils: Katze's eyes are entirely red, with moving black bands in the center.
Instrument of Murder: When transformed. When used on OD, it creates colorful doppelgangers of its target that Katze attacks to damage him.
Invisible to Normals: In practice his Perception Filter works like this since no one pays attention to them when their hiding as a normal person, no one notices that there are two identical individuals in the area when Katze starts framing their victim, and they can get away with their transformation kiss in the middle of a busy street without getting so much as an odd glance. This may be a reversal of the standard "Only the pure of heart can see it" since no matter how hard she tries Hajime can never see him, making this more like "Invisible To Innocents". In the director's cut Hajime does see him when she realizes that Katze is basically in everyone.
Ironic Hell: Seems very put out by Hajime dragging him along on "dates" in the epilogue.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: When they're actually shown, his eyes are a solid red with the same black diamond pattern he has for his "tail" and imprinted on his neck and feet.
Sealed Evil in a Can: The final episode implies [ Hajime sealed him within her body, or at least turned him into her tie. It's not very clear, though.
Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: As shown in the director's cut for the final episode. Hajime kisses him, which apparently transforms Katze into his own NOTE. Then she sticks it into herself through her chest, sealing Katze forever.
Spell My Name with an S: NTV's licensing info spells his name "Berg-Katze", but most other materials use "Berg Katse". (The hyphens might just be there to clarify the name order for a Japanese audience.)