Important characters in the GUN×SWORD
anime, and the tropes they embody.
NOT ALL SPOILERS HERE ARE MARKED YET
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.
- 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!
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Ray's younger brother, who joins up with Van and Wendy in order to hopefully convince his brother to abandon his quest for revenge
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.
- Catch Phrase: AAADIIOOOOS!!! AAAAMIIIIGOOOOO!!!
- 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!!!
- 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.
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.
- Affably Evil: And how. He's so polite, you almost forget that he kills anyone who gets in his way. Could be Faux Affably Evil, depending on whether or not you think it's actually an accident when he kills someone.
- And Call Him George: He has a habit of killing people because of this, although it's ambiguous the degree to which it's accidental versus accidentally-on-purpose.
- Big Bad
- Cool Old Guy: An evil version of this.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Half the Man He Used to Be: His eventual fate at the hands of Van.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Yes, we've got ourselves a 'nice', old, senile Raiden.
- Hypocrite: Wendy calls him one. Stating how he preaches about love and friendship but then kills anyone in his way.
- Incurable Cough of Death
- Insane Troll Logic: The various ways that he downplays and justifies his crimes can often fall into this. For instance, him explaining to Ray that his murder of the latter's wife wasn't such a big deal because 'she still lives on in your heart, doesn't she?' The viewer is left rather surprised that Ray does not immediately fill him full of holes and explain to him that his missing organs aren't such a big deal because they, too, still live on in his heart.
- Killed Off for Real: And it's completely awesome.
- Love You and Everybody
- No Name Given: He's only called 'Clawed Man' or 'Comrade'. According to Super Robot Wars K, his real name is Ku Krying Kru—Wu's father.
- Obliviously Evil: He doesn't even realize when he has bear-hugged one of his own minions to death by slashing their back out until it's too late.
- Really 700 Years Old: He looks in his late eighties. He was one of the original colonists, making him at least five hundred years old.
- Villain Ball: Grabs it when Michael offers to help Wu kill Van and he refuses him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Like you wouldn't believe.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: At least, that's one interpretation.
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.
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
William Will Wu
Voiced by Kazuhiko Kishino (JP), Dan Woren