Characters: GUN×SWORD

Important characters in the GUN×SWORD anime, and the tropes they embody.




Voiced by Takanori Hoshino (JP), David Vincent (EN)

Main character of the show. In short, he was going to get married when a man only known as "The Claw" murdered his bride on his wedding day, and now he's going to get his revenge. Along the way, he makes a name for himself as a Badass, acquires a ton of nicknames, and more or less goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to avenge the woman he loved.

His primary weapon is a sword which morphs from a cloth on his belt. He can summon an Armor named "Dann of Thursday" when the situation calls for it.
  • Badass
  • Berserk Button: The Claw himself is one for him. Another is touching his own sword.
    Van: *After Michael picks up Dann's sword to kill Van* "THAT'S MIIIINE!"
  • Big Eater
  • BFS: Variable at times, but generally he and his mecha, Dann of Thursday, carry one. For that matter, Dann transforms into one.
  • But Now I Must Go: Naturally, it also involves some Cuing of the Sun. He is Van of the Dawn.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: The man drinks milk because booze does BAD things to him.
  • Celibate Hero
  • Chick Magnet/True Companions These two tend to go hand in hand, as Van seems to unintentionally get attractive women to follow in his wake (despite having no interest, as he's very devoted to his deceased lover), and manages to make friends despite his very personality militating against it. It gets so bad Ray Lundgren blatantly lampshades it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.
  • Determinator: With regard to vengeance; he may be apathetic about other things.
  • The Drifter: Both during the series and prior to meeting his (ill-fated) future wife.
  • Empathic Weapon: Dann of Thursday is this to him. He literally can't LIVE without it.
  • Evil Laugh: Manages to let out a rather disturbing one when he finally finds the Claw.
  • Healing Factor: When he links with Dann of Thursday he can heal almost all the injuries he sustains. It's necessary for him to enter Dann once a week because he will die if he doesn't, and Dann's functionality would shut down completely without him.
  • Humongous Mecha: Dann of Thursday.
  • I Have Many Names: Van of the Dawn, Crybaby Van, Nice Guy Van...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A variation. The biggest reason he is seen as a jerk is because he takes Not Good with People to its maximum level. After losing Helena, he is extremely focused to his quest, becoming extremely apathetic as a result.
  • Kiai: CHESTOU!
  • Mr. Fanservice: You can tell by all the Shirtless Scenes.
  • Nice Hat
  • Not So Stoic: When he finally talks to Wendy about his love for Elena in episode 16.
  • Oblivious to Love: Pricilla is pretty obvious about her feelings, but he still doesn't notice until she confesses.
  • The Power of Love: He runs on this, as his love for Elena is what keeps him going. It also helps him defeat both Woo and The Claw later on.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • Running Gag:
    • His ever-rotating nicknames.
    • Also, "Serve me *insert food here* and all the condiments you have" -> Eats the food -> Yell from the top of his lungs about the taste.
  • Samurai Cowboy: The hilt of his sword is a gun's handle. And his clothes and attitude supports it.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Twice:
    Fasalina: Well this is how the utopia will work... everyone will be happy. Don't you think it's a good idea?
    Van: STFU! I'm not gonna listen to underlings of the guy who killed Elena!
    • Later...
      The Claw: Van, I really like you.
      Van: *slice*
  • Slasher Smile: Van looks a little unhinged when he sees The Claw for the second time.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff
  • The Stoic: Subverted when eating and when pissed; see also Not So Stoic, above.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Every single condiment in history on whatever he's eating.
  • Walking the Earth

Wendy Garret

Voiced by Houko Kuwashima (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)
"Van, you're horrible!"

Van's main traveling companion. She's an orphan with a strong sense of loyalty to her kidnapped brother: she'll risk anything to get him back. However, she is also deeply concerned with right and wrong, and is willing to put her sense of ethics above her emotions when necessary.
  • Action Survivor: She's pretty resourceful when need be.
  • Cool Pet: Her pet turtle Kameo counts for this big time. He helped make money when she had none, and actually saved her life in the beginning of the series. He has the bullet mark on his shell to prove it.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Notable because in the scenes when she has her hair down, she frequently looks older.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: A flashback shows that when she was a small child, she wore the same pigtails as when she was a teen and as an adult.
  • The Heart: She's the character who most cares about helping others in need, even if she hardly knows them.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Van towers over her. A sketch in the artbook really brings this home. Even after Wendy is grown up, the top of her head is still a little below shoulder height to Van when they stand together.
  • I Will Wait for You: A variation: she never explicitly promises this, but it seems to be what she's doing.
  • Jail Bait: She's about middle school age (indicated by the Sailor Fuku she wears in an early piece of credit art) but that doesn't stop grown men from threatening her sexually in episode 4. Good thing she's traveling with a protective Celibate Hero.
  • Kid Sidekick: She's no good at fighting, but she's smarter and more grounded than Van, so sometimes steers him the right direction.
  • Modesty Shorts: When hiking across the world its a good idea to wear these.
  • Morality Pet: Hence, the quote above. She manages to temper Van's Jerkassedness somewhat.
  • Plucky Girl: She has her Damsel in Distress moments, but most of the time she's optimistic and determined.
  • Tagalong Kid: But for good reason! This is her role as part of the Five-Man Band, but when she's traveling alone with Van, she functions more as a Kid Sidekick.
  • Tsundere: She may seem like a sweet, innocent girl, but Van frequently brings out her irritable side.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Justified in that she and her brother have been living on their own for years.

Carul Mendoza/Carmen99

Voiced by Kikuko Inoue (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
"Remember, I'm Carmen99!"

An information broker who has known Van for a long time, and who happens to be one of his few friends (whether Van openly admits it or not). She originally was a neutral element in his life, but when her life is ruined by the same guy who murdered Van's wife-to-be, things become personal.
  • Action Girl: She doesn't have an armor, so she isn't as flashy as other Action Girls, but she did beat Fasalina in a fight.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Anti-Hero: While she's nowhere as cruel as Ray, she can be so apathetic at times that she makes Van look altruistic. While she won't kill people just because they have something she wants, she will not hesitate to screw them over and her only reaction to overhearing how Pricilla is fighting in an Armor tournament for the sake of the orphans she's taking care of is to roll her eyes.
  • Big Breast Pride: She is very proud of her chest. The 99 in her name refers to her measurements.
  • The Chick/occasional The Smart Guy.
  • Cool Big Sis: She somewhat assumes this role when it comes to Wendy and, to a lesser extent, Pricilla.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everything she says. If there's something weird going on, she'll be the one to snark about it. If Van or Ray is getting to into their vengeance, she'll snark about it. If Wendy starts acting altruistic, she'll snark about it. If it exists, she'll snark about it.
  • I Lied: Jokingly tells Wendy she's in love with Van. Given who she is, it may or may not be true. Turns out it was.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes
  • Insistent Terminology: Her name isn't Carul, it's Carmen 99.
  • Killer Yoyo: It has blades that come out of it
  • Meaningful Name: Carmen99. The 99 refers to her bust size in centimeters.
  • Ms. Fanservice: For the good guys.
  • Stripperific

Ray Lundgren

Voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Liam O Brien (EN)
"When you're out for revenge, humanity just gets in the way!"

Ray, like Van, witnessed his wife being murdered by the Claw, and took to avenging her death. Unlike Van, however, he is willing to do anything to kill the Claw, even taking the lives of innocents who get in the way.
  • Aloof Big Brother: For most of the series, anyway.
  • Anti-Hero: For most of the series, he's a Nominal Hero who doesn't care who he hurts in his quest for vengeance. Even if you aren't his enemy, he's still prone to unnecessary cruelty.
  • Badass Oh, hell yes.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Or at least so amoral they get close. Ray's hair is long, too.
  • Caped Mecha: His Volkain is the only Armor that wears a cape, and instead of getting in his way, it actually neutralizes the energy beams mounted on the Original Seven Armors.
  • Comforting Comforter: He places one on Joshua when he falls asleep while he repaired Volkain. It's one of the first indications we have that Ray hasn't completely given up his humanity.
  • Crusading Widower: His motivation for almost everything he does in the series.
  • Detached Sleeves: A rare male example, though he's wearing some kind of bodysuit beneath his outer layers. Oddly, his 'chaps' are also detached in the same manner as his sleeves.
  • Dying Dream: As he dies, he dreams of waking up in a rocking chair on the porch of a beach house, his wife hanging laundry and asking what he was dreaming about.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His armor, Volkain, has a transport vehicle that travels underground by digging tunnels with a massive drill, and it often makes its entrance by burrowing up from the ground, in contrast to the falling Dann. It destroys most of a train station in Episode 13.
  • Famous Last Words: "There, it's done. Goodbye, Josh, thank you."
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • The Gunslinger: At first it looks like he prefers trick shots but his favorite gun and his Armor are better suited for flinging great quantities of lead.
  • Guttural Growler: Once again, he's voiced by Liam O Brien. It really makes him seem hollow and empty inside.
  • Handicapped Badass: He gets blinded in one eye around the series midpoint.
  • Hidden Supplies: In addition to his machine-pistol, Ray has guns in his boot-heels. Or rather, the heels of his boots are guns.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Just look at his character quote. He gets better about it.
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His reactions to fighting with Pricilla and The Eldora Five at his side. He even evokes the trope by name.
  • Jerkass: Again, for most of the series.
  • Kick the Dog: He has several moments, but one that stands out is when Yukiko gives him a Get a Hold of Yourself Man slap, his response is to call her a bitch and draw his gun. It's quite likely that if Josh hadn't stopped him, he would have shot her, even though she was obviously concerned about him and just trying to help
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He acts all aloof, but it's just a façade to keep his brother away. In reality, if you so much as think of hurting Joshua, he'll viciously murder you.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: As befitting Ray's love of dakka, he can fire a large number of missiles all at once, and often uses them at close range.
  • More Dakka: Believes in this whole-heartedly — his favored tactic is to throw as many bullets at his enemy as possible. Volkain is more than prepared for this strategy. Hell, some of the bigger guns have smaller guns attached to them.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Just look at the man.
  • Nominal Hero: As detailed under Anti-Hero and Sociopathic Hero, this guy is as brutal as the enemies he fights.
  • Perpetual Frowner: When he isn't frothing with rage. It makes him look hollow and dead inside.
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • The Rival: To Van.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • Samurai Cowboy: Emphasis on the "Samurai," despite his reliance on firearms and his mecha's design.
  • Shadow Archetype: Again, to Van.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He delivers an armor-piercing one to Fasalina, given her backstory and her complex about it:
    Fasalina: "Then why not part with this idiocy?" (By idiocy, she means the series' True Companions)
    Ray: "Big talk, coming from The Claw's whore."
    • He gives her another one later in the same episode:
      Fasalina: "You fight only for vengeance, but we fight for the sole reason of protecting our comrade's dream. And those who live to protect are always stronger."
      Ray: "Just a bunch of knights in shining armor, aren't you? Well, let me tell you something. I had a dream once too: to live a peaceful life with the woman I loved. A modest one, I know, but he tore it to pieces because we wouldn't go along with his lunacy."
      Fasalina: "Our comrade's dream is for all of humanity."
      Ray: "AND WE THROW OUT OUR OWN? What did you think... what did you imagine we would do... when our dreams were taken away?"
  • Slasher Smile: Gets a few of them in Episodes 12 and 13.
  • Sociopathic Hero: For most of the series, he places absolutely no value on human life. Upon being convinced that Carossa and Melissa wouldn't give him any information, he shoots them with a simple, "Very well, I guess I won't be getting anything out of them. Delete." After killing Melissa, he notes, "Alright, that's one of them down." He gets better by the end, though.
  • Trigger Happy: Very.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Volkain's massive energy rifle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He killed both Melissa and Carossa without a second thought.
  • Would Hit a Girl: His introductory episode has him shoot two women separately before he drills a hole clean through their Armor, causing it to blow up with both of them inside. One of those women was his employer.
    • In the same episode, he also fires at Wendy, and later threatens her again to keep Van from attacking him.
    • Would Kill a Young, Preteen Girl: Even though she was the pilot of an Original Seven armour and an enemy, the fact that he didn't even hesitate to murder Melissa shows just how cold and ruthless he's become.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He delivers an understated one to Joshua that overlaps a bit with Heroic Self-Deprecation. When the latter comments that he was always too cowardly to pursue vengeance like Ray had, Ray corrects his brother, telling him that his own revenge trip was nothing but an attempt to run away from his own pain, and that the only coward there was Ray, not Joshua.

Joshua Lundgren

Voiced by Junko Noda (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

Ray's younger brother, who joins up with Van and Wendy in order to hopefully convince his brother to abandon his quest for revenge


Voiced by Saeko Chiba (JP), Carrie Savage (EN)

An Armor pilot with a bit of an Idol Singer theme. First encountered by Van and the others in an armor tournament where she was fighting to earn enough prize money to save her orphanage.

The El Dorado Five

A quartet (formerly quintet) of walking shout-outs to the days of themed combining super-robots. They were content to wait around in their town's cantina, tired and forgotten by the younger generation, until Van stumbled along one day and showed them that there are still people with the spirit of heroes and, more importantly, people who need heroes.
  • The Alcoholic: Except Carlos, who's generally too asleep to drink much, all of them drink so much that they're essentially dependent on alcohol.
  • Badass Grandpa: All of them.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: All of them, even Bario and Carlos.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Constantly. Pricilla even tells them their lead-in is a smidge long.
  • Cool Old Guy: All of them.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 4 old men who seem to be nothing but worthless, washed out old fools who cling to the past. In battle, they become an extremely devastating fighting force, despite using an extremely outdated machine and often being drunk.
  • Dashing Hispanic: All of them.
  • Drink Order: Tequila.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: At first it seems like the townsfolk don't appreciate their local retired heroes, but it turns out that's mostly the younger folks' opinion. The sheriff in particular is kind of torn about having to regularly arrest his childhood heroes for drunk and disorderly conduct.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Nero, Jose, and Bario view Carlos as this, even declaring that he'll give them an extra boost when they most need it. They're right, and when he wakes up in the final battle, the Eldora Soul gets a massive power boost because he, having actually read the manual for their upgraded armor, was the only one who was aware of the backup power supply Bucchi had installed and proceeded to promptly activate it.
  • Five-Man Band: Despite their Chick having died of old age. Her granddaughter Yukiko covers for her in spirit, motivating the others to keep fighting the good fight. To clarify:
    • The Leader: Nero. He is practically the leader of the remaining members, and the one who shouted the team name before combining.
    • The Lancer: Jose, being the Foil and to Nero.
    • The Big Guy: Bario, as noted by the picture of his younger self, and being the tallest of the group.
    • The Smart Guy: Carlos is likely the smartest of them all, considering the computer skills he displayed in the penultimate episode.
    • The Chick: Chizuru before her death, now her granddaughter Yukiko occupies the role in spirit, although she does not pilot with them.
  • For Great Justice: Being Super Robot hero Expies, it comes with the territory.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The vast majority of their attacks, such as FREE-FALL GRACIAS!!! and their victory cry AAADIIOOOOS!!! AAAAMIIIIGOOOOO!!!
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jumped at the Call: When they realized the world still needed heroes, they jumped at the opportunity and raced off to find Van.
  • Large Ham: While Bario is usually The Stoic, and Carlos is always asleep, put them together and each one of them produces an extraordinary amount of ham.
  • Nice Guy: The straightest example in the series with the possible exception of Pricilla. Seriously, they put their lives on the line for a town full of people who treat them like crap because it's the right thing to do.
  • Old Superhero
  • Older Than They Look: They do look old, but they look nowhere near as old as they should, Nero in particular. For reference, the rather old Town Sheriff mentioned that they are his childhood heroes, meaning they were already established badasses when the sheriff was a young child. For further reference, Chizuru, Yukiko's grandmother, died at the age of sixty-five, and going by the old picture of the team, the rest of them are of comparable age. Given how we don't know how long ago she died, they could even be in their seventies.
  • Shipper on Deck: They ship Pricilla with Van.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Their speech to Buchi shows they see him as this, and all of them treat Van like this. Turns out, they were spot on both times.
  • Sleepy Head: Carlos: With the exception of three episodes, he's asleep for the entire series.
  • The Stoic: Bario, who, for the most part, does nothing but read a book.
  • They Were Quite The Lookers: Their aged selves are not that bad. Their younger selves? Gorgeous. Especially Jose.


The Claw

Voiced by Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

A... very nice, affable old man who is a Friend to All Living Things, polite, soft-spoken and loves everyone... except that he's the Big Bad. While his motives may seem good, his final goal is morally problematic. His charisma is one of his main strengths: he gathered a lot of followers by merely 'helping' them. However, he has also committed his share of murders, namely Van's bride Elena and Ray's wife Shino, which marked him as the ultimate target of their bloody revenge.

Michael Garret

Voiced by Soichiro Hoshi (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

Wendy's brother. At first kidnapped against his will by The Claw, he is later charmed with The Claw's methods and faithfully served him, abandoning his sister. He also strikes a relationship with Fasalina and goes a bit more on the extreme side later on. He is later selected as the pilot of Saudade of Sunday and spends his life protecting The Claw.
  • Aloof Big Brother
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Seems to be proven completely during Michael and Fasalina's intense sex scene, but is subverted in a later episode, which explicitly refers to him as a "boy" in contrast to Van, who is both a man and a virgin.
  • Death by Sex: If you believe he and Fasalina were crushed by that falling boulder. According to the Drama CD, however, they survived. It's unclear if that's supposed to be canon or not.
  • The Dragon
  • Hypocrite: He asks Wendy what she knows about the world. Wendy calls him out on that, stating she has actually traveled the world where he only knows about the world from what he has been told by The Claw.
  • It's Personal: Michael hates Van because Van killed Gadved, and (Michael thinks) kidnapped Wendy. Van, on his part, blames Michael for abandoning Wendy.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted when he collapses from blood loss after being shot in the arm.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Overlaps with Lima Syndrome in regards to him and Fasalina.
  • The Power of Love: Subverted, as his relationship with Fasalina was one of the main reasons he stayed with The Claw. Their intense sexual encounter pretty much closed the deal.


Voiced by Masayo Kurata (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)

A blank-eyed beautiful woman who was formerly a pole/prostitute dancer and came to hate her own unclean body. Until The Claw rescued her and promised her a new world where she and her unclean body could be cleansed. Cool-headed, polite, and soft-spoken, she is somewhat The Claw's second in command. She grew interested in Michael, and later had sex with him. She's also Carmen 99's arch-enemy, as she is responsible of the death of Carmen's friend, her hometown's destruction and her fall from grace. She pilots the Dahlia of Wednesday.
  • Affably Evil
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's a rather interesting subversion of this trope since she definitely has the look, but she's not really aloof. She's actually very kind, polite, and outgoing...despite being one of the villains, that is.
  • The Atoner: Very subverted. She does indeed want to atone for what she views as her past sins as a prostitute, but the way she goes about trying to do so by siding with the Big Bad and helping to further his decidedly evil plan isn't the most moral way to do so.
  • Berserk Button: There's nothing that can actually make her angry, but calling her a whore comes close.
  • Boobs of Steel: She is quite possibly the most powerful female in The Claw's group, if not the whole series, and the bustiest as well. Granted, of the two named females in the Claw's group she's the only one who's an adult.
  • Broken Bird
  • Close-Call Haircut: Carmen gave her one in the final episode.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: She moans erotically while both giving and receiving damage with her mecha in battle.
  • Combat Tentacles: In keeping with the general plant motif, the Dahlia of Wednesday comes complete with vines.
  • Cool Big Sis: Evil version.
  • Dance Battler: While in her mecha, she controls it by dancing on a pole.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dissonant Serenity: She manages to keep her calm, kind, and polite demeanor even while blatantly revealing The Claw's evil plans to the heroes.
  • The Dragon: More or less serves as The Claw's second in command.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Her eyes always look like this. They're constantly empty and dead looking. This is likely because of her past and her status as a Broken Bird desperately looking to redeem herself. The only time her eyes really show life and have the lighting and shading that resemble the eyes of your typical anime female more is when she shows concern for Michael when he collapses from blood loss after being shot in the arm and right before the giant boulder falls on them (if you believe it actually fell on them, that is).
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: While she is extremely beautiful, her face also has an eerie look to it. Namely, her eyes.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Carmen 99.
  • Flower Motifs: Invoked. She calls the Dahlia's ink attack 'sweet nectar' and claims that if Van keeps thrusting at her, he'll scatter her petals.
  • Godiva Hair: Her hair covers a decent portion of her chest.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has a huge scar running entirely down her backside due to having to be implanted with the necessary equipment to be able to pilot her mecha.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Quite possibly one of the first instances of Masayo Kurata jumping up from 'adorable little girl' to... well look above. Also in the US, she has Karen Strassman for her voice.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: A very rare villainous example.
  • Orgasmic Combat: She, uh, really gets into her duel with Van. Complete with blush and innuendo.
  • Pet the Dog: Semi-played straight, albeit a little late. If she wasn't so broken, she wouldn't be nearly as messed up, and she did genuinely try to be The Heart of the antagonist team (even the Jerkass Tykebomb Carossa had a soft spot for her), and even truly falling for Michael at one point.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her dead eyes aren't enough of an issue to keep Michael from being attracted to her.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Carmen 99.
  • Simple Staff: Main weapon of choice; the Dahlia of Wednesday also carries this over.
  • Slut Shaming: Internalized; she believes that she has to 'atone' for selling her body and that bringing the Claw's dream to fruition is the only way to do so.

Carossa & Melissa

Carossa voiced by Makiko Ohmoto (JP), Sterling Beaumon (EN)
Melissa voiced by Chiwa Saito (JP), Megan Harvey (EN)

William Will Wu

Voiced by Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Dameon Clarke (EN)


Voiced by Kazuhiko Kishino (JP), Dan Woren (EN)