Characters: Gatchaman Crowds
These are the characters for the series Gatchaman Crowds
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Main Cast: Gatchaman Crew (G-Crew)
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.
- Action Girl
- All-Loving Hero: Definitely shaping up to be this. The girl befriended a MESS, after all.
- Badass Adorable: Sweet, energetic, and dedicated to her job. Also terrifyingly intelligent and a pretty handy fighter.
- Badass Bookworm: Very smart (in her own unconventional way), quite learned, and a capable Gatchaman.
- Bokukko: She uses the masculine pronoun "boku" despite not being particularly masculine herself, which is just one example of the strange way she speaks.
- Boobs of Steel: Quite endowed, especially as the first episode shows.
- 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.
- Genki Girl: Makes Haruhi Suzumiya look like an Emotionless Girl.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: Consumes vast amounts of sweets and pastries to fuel her thought processes.
- Gibbering Genius: A Motor Mouth with very unusual speech patterns that only get worse when she's figuring something out. This is a problem.
- Girlish Pigtails: Gains these when transformed.
- 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.
- Gratuitous French: When she calls her attacks.
- Gray Eyes: Type 3, to signify her innocence.
- Hair Decorations: A white bird-shaped hair clip. After her transformation, she wears blue ribbons streaked throughout her hair and a pair of gold decorations atop her pigtails.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Katze is not pleased when they find out she is immune to their "trolling".
- Innocent Cohabitation: Moves into Sugane and Paiman's apartment after becoming a part of the team.
- Intergenerational Friendship/Odd Friendship: With O.D.
- Jumped at the Call
- 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 Pollyanna: Sort of a reconstruction. She's very good at using her hyper-optimism to get people to work together, avoid unnecessary violence, and bolster her Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Plucky Girl: Nothing will keep this girl down. Really.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: In her school uniform.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Sugane's and Utsutsu's Blue.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite her bubbly personality, she catches on to things extremely fast.
- Genius Ditz
- 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.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Rather than fight the MESS, she tries to communicate with it. It works.
- 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.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- Weapon of Choice: A giant pair of scissors, generated while she's in her armor.
A serious, samurai-like boy who's been part of the team for five years. He is baffled by Hajime and barely even thinks of her as a woman at the start, but grows to understand and admire her.
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.
- Achilles in His Tent: Refuses to participate in the final battle against Berg Katze
- Break the Haughty: At the hands of Berg Katze.
- Calling Your Attacks
- 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).
- Flaming Hair: When transformed.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Looks as if he's meant to have black hair in some artwork, though it generally appears as a dark green.
- Heroic BSOD: After losing to Berg Katze, he gets really depressed and lets his self-loathing and even suicidal impulses consume him.
- Jail Bait Wait: A platonic variation: Joe invites Sugane out drinking with him several times, though Sugane always has to turn these invitations down since he's not old enough to drink yet. Their last scene in the epilogue, taking place after Sugane's 20th birthday, is of them finally at Joe's favorite bar for that drink. (Although given the way he looks at Sugane in that scene, it might not be all that platonic after all.)
- More Dakka: When transformed.
- Multicolored Hair: Green (or black) on top, red underneath. When his hair is tied back though it appears solid green.
- Playing with Fire: His power is to create flames, most obvious with his Gatchaman form. He can also use them to light his cigarettes.
- Smoking Is Cool: He is often seen smoking and is rather aloof.
- 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.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome and Snarky
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Absent in the epilogue. Fortunately, the Director's Cut episode remedies this.
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.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Camp Gay
- 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.
- Catch Phrase: "You're overdoing it!"
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: The clothes he wears and his appearance makes him look androgynous.
- Friend to All Children
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Heroic Sacrifice: Possibly; it's unclear if he died from his wounds after battling Katze.
- Bury Your Gays: If the above trope holds true.
- Subverted, as it turns out. He's shown to be alive in the director's cut episode 12.
- Intergenerational Friendship/Odd Friendship: Gets along with Hajime very well.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has his pet cat Altair tagging along with him.
- My Greatest Failure: He failed to defeat Berg Katze, who went on to destroy his home planet.
- Nice Hat: Sports a top hat when going outdoors.
- 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.
- Older Than They Look: He's lived for over three centuries.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In Episode 4 he says that if he uses his power, the world will be destroyed.
- Sad Clown: He's almost always flamboyant and cheerful, but shows signs of wistfulness or sorrow when alone or with Paiman.
- Team Dad
- 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.
- Unfortunate Name: O.D. is common shorthand for a drug overdose.
- 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.
An alien Gatchaman whose history goes back hundreds of years. He's entrusted by J.J. to lead the team and give them their orders. He also happens to resemble a tiny panda.
- Berserk Button: Don't call him a panda.
- Or threaten to hurt children.
- Butt Monkey
- Crossdressing Voices
- Drowning My Sorrows: After he chickens out of a battle and feels unfit to lead the team.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: No one but Sugane takes him too seriously.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: It turns out in episode 10 that he's had them during the whole run of the show. During his He's Back moment, they turn gray and shiny.
- Friend to All Children: Develops shades of this after visiting the kindergarten
- Hammerspace: Both his smart phone and NOTE are larger than himself, yet he somehow manages to keep both of them in his pants.
- Heroic BSOD: Katze showing up triggered one, and he doesn't break out of it until Episode 8.
- I Am Not Weasel: Really, he doesn't like being called a panda.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mild example.
- Mentor Mascot: Well, he tries. He isn't actually much good at the mentoring, though.
- My Greatest Failure: Apparently, Berg Katze was responsible for killing his friend.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: When he finally decides to go after Berg Katze he transforms and dashes off to Katze's location...then Pai-Pai gets cold feet and runs off.
- Older Than They Look: Looks like a cute little panda, but drinks beer, acts like an old man, and has been around longer than the rest of the team.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Transforms into a huge cylindrical rocket-tank-mecha.
- 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.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Swallowed Whole: Has a heroic version of this power when transformed. He swallows the CROWDS and shoots them out of his shoulder in a stunned state.
- Transforming Mecha: When transformed he's basically this. He can even carry other people inside him.
- Vacuum Mouth: One of his powers when transformed.
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.
Rui Ninomiya/Load Galax
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.
- Break the Cutie: Painfully so.
- Character Tic: Biting his nails when he gets nervous.
- 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.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Despite being the creator of a wildly popular social network, he doesn't seem to have any close friends besides X.
- Offscreen Teleportation: As part of his ability to summon CROWDS, he can also teleport.
- The Presents Were Never from Santa: A subversion, in that he was aware Katze was bad from the beginning.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Katze is trying to force him into this. It doesn't happen, so Katze decides to set things in motion himself.
- Sixth Ranger: Despite not becoming a Gatchaman.
- Teen Genius: Besides creating GALAX, Rui knows English, Japanese, and Chinese. He also learned how to hack from places all over the world.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Often eats from a jar of jelly beans while talking to X. Berg Katze picks up this habit when he disguises himself as Rui, eating handfuls of jelly beans and crushing them under his heels.
- 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.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He just wants the people of the world to join forces against evil. But he's slowly becoming a Well-Intentioned Extremist to get this goal.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: As part of his King Incognito outings as "Load Galax". According to the series planner Takao Kudo, Rui does this because he enjoys pretty things. It's possible that he's intended to be genderqueer, though Word of God hasn't confirmed or denied this.
An artificial intelligence created by Rui Ninomiya. It monitors the "GALAX" network, provides information to its users, and acts as Rui's assistant.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Adaptational Heroism: The Gatchaman character it is named after was the Big Bad of the series.
- 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.
- Heel-Face Turn: And Rui regains control of X in Episode 11.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the original series's Big Bad.
- Mission Control: To the entire GALAX network.
- One-Letter Name
- 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.
One of the Hundred GALAX users empowered by Rui's CROWDS. Due to a disagreement with Rui, he was removed as a Hundred, until Katze approached him again.
A shady individual claiming to be an alien from outer space and a fallen Gatchaman. His goals and motivation are shrouded in mystery.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The original Berg Katse was a blond, while his counterpart in this series has a long mane of dark pink hair.
- Adaptational Villainy: The original series villain was The Dragon. Here he's the Big Bad.
- Ax-Crazy: Delights in making people kill each other.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: The power of his NOTE is to create discord among living beings and make them fight each other. One has to wonder how he was able to become a Gatchaman in the first place.
- Break Them by Talking: One of his preferred methods. Poor Joe.
- Calling Your Attacks: Averted. In fact, he mocks those who do.
- Don't Look at Me!: In the director's cut, when Hajime cuts his hair. Probably symbolic of how trolls need their anonymity.
- The Dreaded: To OD and Pai-Pai.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Referencing the original's Gender Bender nature.
- Enemy Without: In the episode 12 director's cut, Hajime says he's this for everyone.
- Evil Is Hammy: SCREAMS!! or draaaa~ws out nearly all of his dialogue.
- Evil Redhead: Well, pinkhead.
- Evil Tastes Good: He finds suffering yummy. May be an Emotion Eater.
- 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".
- Fallen Hero: He's a former Gatchaman.
- Faux Affably Evil: At times, particularly when speaking to Hajime.
- 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.
- Gratuitous English: As opposed to using any of the Japanese personal pronouns, he uses the English word "me".
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: His modus operandi is to get a planet's inhabitants to destroy each other.
- Meaningful Name: Berg-Katze is roughly german for "mountain cat" which goes well with tormenting our bird-based heroes for fun and fits with either taking the "mountain cat" translation at face value or if it refers to them being a cougar.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Which he keeps even after shapeshifting.
- Omnicidal Maniac: According to episode 4 he destroys entire planets...without getting his own hands dirty.
- Perception Filter: He seems to possess this power; even the Gatchaman sometimes can't see him.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Oh boy...
- Psycho Pathic Manchild: OD believes he might be a troublesome child when talking to Sugane in episode 8.
- 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.)
- Super Power Lottery: Even amongst Gatchaman, he's got casual flight and Voluntary Shapeshifting, and whatever his Gatchaman state is, it's apparently extremely strong.
- Tail Slap: It's described as a tail, at any rate.
- The Unreveal: His transformed state in episodes 4 and 7.
- Troll: The entire point of his character is that he's an internet troll in real life with superpowers. Given the ending, the series' Aesop may well be "Don't feed the trolls".
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: By kissing people.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair