Through hard work and guts, here's the ''Anime/GunBuster'' character page! Still under construction,

[[folder:Main Characters]]

!Noriko Takaya
[[caption-width-right:200:[[TheHero Our Heroine]].]]
* AcePilot: Becomes one over the course of the series.
* ActionGirl
* {{Adorkable}}
* AscendedFangirl: In the science lesson shorts, she reveals that she's a big ''Manga/GetterRobo'' fan. Also, she gets mentored by the actual Getter team in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha''.
%%* BadassAdorable
* BadassArmfold: Arguably the TropeCodifier in Japan.
* [[BashBrothers Smash Sisters]]: With Kazumi.
* BreakTheCutie: Breaks pretty quickly in Episode 1, and breaks again in episode 3-4, before [[TookALevelInBadass Taking Her Levels In Badass]].
%%* '''''[[CallingYourAttacks CALLING YOUR ATTACKS]]'''''
* CharacterDevelopment: Noriko starts out as helpless at controlling her mecha, despite being perfect physically, she trains nonstop to improve her skills and can handle her mecha perfectly.
** While she could control her mecha, she wasn't battle oriented, as shown in her first battle in episode 3, where she didn't fire a single shot at the enemy and it lead to the death of [[spoiler: her FirstLove Smith]]. The events that took place in the battle effected her mentally and she wept when she entered space to have a duel with Jung. During the second battle, where she gets sidelined, Noriko thinks about [[spoiler: Smith]] and vows to never cry again, and that she will fight rather than hide; this makes Noriko transform into a major badass.
* CuteClumsyGirl: An undeniably cute teenage girl with a tendency to embarrass herself while piloting a mecha. That is, until [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Episode 4]] rolls around.
* DecompositeCharacter: Her character traits would be inherited by later Gainax protagonists. [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] inherited her early personality, [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Naota Nandaba]] inherited her relation to a sibling, and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon the Digger]] inherited her CharacterDevelopment.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype : Noriko is an amazingly talented mecha pilot who can become the best pilot should she work hard enough...she's also only 17 when the show aires and suffers from near crippling self esteem issues and panics at the sight of danger, making her a deconstruction of the average mecha pilot at the time in a similar vein to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]]. However, she also becomes a {{Reconstruction}} of said archtype by Episode 4 by becoming stronger through the tragedy that was inflicted upon her.
* {{Expy}}: Of Hiromi Ouka, considering that ''Gunbuster'' started as an AffectionateParody of ''Manga/AimForTheAce''
* FirstLove: Falls for Smith in episode 3, and he ultimately triggers her CharacterDevelopment due to [[spoiler: his death]] and she seems to remain loyal to her feelings for Smith, as she doesn't fall in love with anyone else.
* {{Gainaxing}}: She's one of the original girls who started the trope
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: A famous subversion, she starts of clumsy and extraordinarily incapable, she works her ass off to become a badass.
* HeterosexualLifePartners / LesYay: With Kazumi on levels that would match a buddy cop film. [[Film/TopGun Wait...]]
* HotBlooded: Hints were always present and it grows episode by episode, but by Episode 4, Noriko is as HotBlooded a mecha pilot as any SuperRobot protagonist. In fact, she's the basis for [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]].
* IndirectKiss: Has one with Smith, the medium being his drink he gives her.
* LuminescentBlush: Has one after realizing she has an IndirectKiss with Smith.
* MementoMacguffin: She first gets a yellow ribbon from Kazumi that she wears as a headband to keep her bangs out of her face, she wears it to show her respect and admiration for Kazumi.
** Half way through the series, however, she swaps the yellow ribbon for a blue one, the one that her FirstLove Smith tied to a ladder for her during their test of courage, [[spoiler: she wears this ribbon to honor Smith after his death and to show her change in character.]] She still wears the blue ribbon, as shown in episode 6.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Due to being in space at relativistic speeds for extended periods of time, Noriko's personal age doesn't match what normal people have aged. Such as when in episode 5 where ten years have passed since Noriko entered space, she is still 17, as her personal time has barely passed at all. In episode 6, another fifteen years have passed with her at near-lightspeed, making her technically 42, but still hasn't experienced much time herself and the only visible difference is she has grown her hair out. Finally, at the conclusion of episode 6, [[spoiler: 12,000 years have passed]] since the implosion when Noriko and Kazumi finally made it back to Earth, having spent enough time at near lightspeed that she STILL remains a late teenager.
* StepfordSmiler: In a sense. She makes it clear that she's going to stop crying in order to become stronger but she never said anything about stop being scared.
* TookALevelInBadass: Quite possibly one of the best examples. Compare her performance in [[JokeCharacter episode one]] with that in [[PersonOfMassDestruction episode four]].
** Let's put this into perspective: Despite Gainax, Khara [[Creator/StudioTrigger Trigger]]'s pension for CrazyAwesome, no other protagonist from the three studios came close to her level until [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]], who needed a mecha the size of a [[MetaMecha GALAXY]] and challenging a PhysicalGod to do so
* RousingSpeech: Gives one to Kazumi in episode 5 that rivals something out of Kamina's mouth, combined with a verbal BrightSlap.

!Kazumi Amano
* ActionGirl
* [[BashBrothers Smash Sisters]]: With Noriko.
* '''''[[CoolBigSis COOL BIG SIS]]''''': She's actually referred to as "oneesama" more than by her own name!
* {{Expy}}:
** The [[Manga/AimForTheAce Reika]] to Noriko's Hiromi
** She later gets one in the form of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina.]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: Marries Ohta between 2032 and 2033, the marriage lasts only about a year before Ohta succumbs to his illness, but they were happy together nonetheless.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler: In episode 5, when she has to leave Earth for a mission and by the time she gets back, he'll probably be dead from his illness]]. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when they return to Earth after victory and [[spoiler: he's still alive]].
* HeroicBSOD / OutOfCharacterMoment: When she breaks down in episode 5.
* HeterosexualLifePartners / LesYay: With Noriko.
* MayDecemberRomance: Is in love with Coach Ohta, who was an officer on the ''Luxion'' with Noriko's dad.
** HotForTeacher
* [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech World Of Cardboard Monologue]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Jung Freud
* AuthorAppeal: Was apparently named by Creator/HideakiAnno. [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Yes]], ''[[CreatorBreakdown that]]'' one.
* DCupDistress: She says she likes the moon because the lack of gravity doesn't weigh down her breasts and she complains how her bra is too tight and she thinks her breasts are starting to sag.
* FauxActionGirl: She's said to be a genius pilot and fighter, but when she duels Kazumi, all of her attacks were blocked and when in combat in space, she quickly got caught by the enemy, couldn't break free, and was saved by Noriko.
* ForeignFanservice: She's from the Soviet Union, judging by her mecha.
** Or, judging by the name, on loan to the Soviet Union from East Germany (like [[ Sigmund Jähn]] in RealLife).
* {{Expy}}: If Kazumi and Noriko are [[Manga/AimForTheAce Reika and Hiromi]], Jung is most likely their Ranko.
* IneffectualLoner
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheRival: Starts out as this to Kazumi, but quickly becomes best friends with her and Noriko. She is, however, Kazumi's rival for Coach's affection. [[spoiler: She lost.]]

! Koichiro "Coach" Ohta
[[caption-width-right:300:Creator/NorioWakamoto, pre-[[PigeonholedVoiceActor Pigeon-holing]].]]
* DrillSergeantNasty
* MayDecemberRomance: With Kazumi.
** HotForStudent
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Manga/AimForTheAce Coach Jin Munakata]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: Marries Kazumi sometime between 2032 and 2033, the marriage only lasts about a year before he dies from his illness, but the two were happy together nonetheless.]]
* [[IllGirl Ill Man]]: Contracts space radiation poisoning, Kazumi was afraid that the six months she'd be gone, he'd die and she'd never see him again. [[spoiler: He's still alive when she and Noriko return to Earth.]]
** [[spoiler: As shown in the beginning of episode 6, he did die of his illness about a year after Noriko and Kazumi returned from their CurbStompBattle.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Everyone in the series, at one moment or another, doubts Noriko's ability and usefulness to the war, including Noriko herself... except Coach Ohta. Coach NEVER fails to tell Noriko of how much potential he sees in her and that it's her destiny to pilot Gunbuster, even as he submits her through every TrainingFromHell imaginable to toughen her up in preparation to pilot it. In return, [[PreAssKickingOneLiner IT'S COACH'S BEATING HEART THAT MAKES GUNBUSTER NOT SOME ORDINARY MACHINE!!!]]


[[folder: Minor characters]]
* AlphaBitch: In the first episode.
* HeelFaceTurn
** DefeatMeansFriendship: Gets her butt kicked at the end of the first episode and promptly cleans up her act.
* GreenEyedMonster: Before getting her butt kicked.
* TeensAreMonsters: See above.

!Smith Toren
* FirstLove: Noriko's.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Dies in battle, and his death triggers Noriko's CharacterDevelopment.]]
* IndirectKiss: Has one with Noriko, the medium being his drink that he gave her.
* NiceGuy
* PhenotypeStereotype: A fair haired and eyed American.
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLamb: Introduced in episode 3. Has some romantic chemistry with Noriko--just enough that it hurts Noriko (and the audience) when he dies in battle by the end of the episode.]]
* ShoutOut: He's based on Toren Smith, founder of manga translator Studio Proteus.