Characters: Infinite Stratos
Tropes for individual Infinite Stratos
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Most of the characters are in the same class; first year high school students (10th grade, 15 or 16 years old).Unmarked spoilers ahead. Highlight at your own risk.
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The main protagonist and the first ever male able to pilot an Infinite Stratos
- The Ace: Averted. Whatever the female cast adores him for, it's certainly not the piloting skills. He's notably struggling with his suit and manages to throw in the towel even when you'd expect him to win, such as after just gaining a Next Tier Power-Up. His suit being a Flawed Prototype whose only special ability of note is Cast from Hit Points certainly doesn't help matters.
- In season 2, he finally accumulates enough skill and extra equipment to be able to go toe to toe with Phantom Task, but he still requires aid to actually win his engagements. And the rest of the girls still routinely kick his ass.
- Accidental Pervert
- In Episode 1, he stumbles onto Houki getting out of the shower. He later comes across her bra hanging from one of her wooden katanas and almost doesn't recognize what it is.
- After being crushed under Maya's IS, he somehow winds up on top once the dust clears, face down in front of two classes.
- Several moments with Charlotte post-reveal.
- Season 2 Episode 2 has him and Tatenashi in a judo match; after getting curbstomped by her for a while, he manages to grab her outfit, but inadvertedly pulls it open in the process revealing her ample chest. Cue Pervert Revenge Mode.
- A Lady on Each Arm:
- Ends up between Houki and Cecilia, as they coerced him to escort them to the cafeteria in season 1 episode 6.
- ... And again between Houki and Charlotte in the Sugar & Honey spin-off manga.
- Taken Up to Eleven in season 2 episode 3 when Houki, Cecilia, Charlotte, and Laura all attempt to accompany him on his break during the school festival, resulting in two girls holding each of his arms.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Blocks Houki's wooden katana with this.
- Bare Your Midriff: His IS suit.
- Battle Couple: With Charlotte and Houki at one point.
- Battle Harem: Lampshaded by one of his teachers in that with so many personal IS users gathered around him, he has enough to become an independent force.
- Bishōnen: Described as one by the girls in the academy.
- Big Sister Worship: Thinks very highly of his older sister. This naturally gets everyone in his harem to suspect that he's got feelings for her.
- Bishie Sparkle: This is apparently how Laura sees him◊.
- Book Dumb: Very bad when it comes to theoretical application, such as the mechanics of firing an IS-outfitted gun. This is why Chifuyu encourages him to simply stick to close-range combat. This is more of him being generally unfamiliar with anything IS-related than him being dumb.
- Butt Monkey: Get's beaten up or insulted by his harem and sister, usually for being stupid, on a near regular basis.
- Character Tics: He has a habit of clenching and relaxing his left hand when anxious (a reference to Shinji Ikari, who had the same habit). His sister has actually taken note of this, and explains that whenever the tic shows up in combat, it's a sign that he's about to do something reckless and stupid.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Houki. And Rin. And Ran.
- Class Representative: For Class 1-1. Cecilia originally won it by way of a duel, but later cedes the position to him.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Most of the time, though at least he knows of the affections of Charlotte and Laura toward him — after all, the former gave him a naked hug during their time at the hot bath; the latter gave him a kiss and later snuck naked onto his bed.
- Crippling Overspecialisation: Played with — the Yukihira Type-2 is his only weapon, leaving Ichika crippled in ranged combat. When he notes this, Chifuyu points out that it'd be extremely hard for the inexperienced Ichika to learn the complex mechanics behind firing an IS-outfitted ranged weapon, advising him to instead perfect his melee skills such that he won't need long-range firepower anymore... just like how Chifuyu won the 1st Mondo Grosso Tournament.
- That all changes, Mid-Season Upgrade-style when Byakkushiki second-shifted into the Setsura to save his life giving him a powerful Beam Cannon & Shield combo weapon.
- Custom Uniform: Justified since he is the only male who can pilot an IS unit in the all-female academy.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Uhh yeah, check. This got him into a temporary coma, though.
- Expy: Looks fairly like SEED Destiny's Shinn Asuka, minus the Wrath and Black and White Insanity issues.
- His IS, particularly the Setsura, is also this to Shinn's Destiny Gundam.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Averts the usual basics of this trope. During his high school entrance exam, he wandered into a storage room, where he discovered he could operate an IS upon touching one. Come Episode 1, he's already used ISs a few times.
- The Fettered: Ichika never backs down on a promise he makes, and he draws strength from his need to protect his friends and family. Also, his talks with Charles (Charlotte) and Laura about his decision to protect them cause them to fall in love with him.
- First Name Basis: With pretty much everyone in his harem. His new name for Charles after she reveals her true gender is Char.
- First-Person Smartass: In the Light Novel, especially regarding Chifuyu.
"Oh my, this voice definitely belongs to Chifuyu-nee. A black knight’s song rings in my mind without conditions. On a side note, there’s also another tune in my mind. It’s called The Terminator."
- First Kiss: Laura steals it, and declares Ichika to be her wife.
- Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: Byakkushiki can deal a lot of damage and is also way faster than any other IS, but it can't take a ton of hits due to its low energy pool.
- Happy Ending Massage: He's very skilled at it.
- The Hero: And by extension a Doom Magnet.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Blames himself and his kidnapping for Chifuyu forfeiting her title defense at the 2nd Mondo Grosso Tournament to save him. Obviously, it wasn't but he still thinks so.
- Hidden Depths: The light novels make it clear that he isn't actually Oblivious to Love, or at least not as much as he pretends.
Charlotte: Sometimes I think you're doing this on purpose.
- House Husband: Has the qualities of one, as lampshaded by his sister to his "girlfriends".
- I Am Not Left-Handed: During his duel with Cecilia, he gets caught by missiles after destroying her drones. After the resulting Smoke Shield clears, it turns out he survived due to his IS upgrading and optimizing itself at the last second. Right then, Cecilia realizes that Ichika had been holding her off with his IS's default settings.
- Idiot Hero: He's Book Dumb, but not Street Smart either and gets his ass kicked by people with far inferior equipment. Bullseye in every category.
- Innocent Cohabitation: With Houki, and a double-subversion with Charles/Charlotte.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: In the light novels when he blocks Houki's wooden sword, someone comments that "he's not bad at receiving." He definitely doesn't appreciate that comment.
- Jack of All Stats: The Byakushiki (after its Post-Setsura shift) is armed with a particle cannon, an energy claw, and a force shield, in addition to the Yukihira Type-2.
- Katanas Are Just Better/Laser Blade: Yukihira Type-2
- Cast from Hit Points/One-Hit Kill: The Reiraku Byakuya one-off ability, where the Yukihira Type-2 casts away the IS's shield energy for a shield-nullifying attack, powerful enough to force an opposing IS to activate its Absolute Defense, and thus ending the match in his favor. Its main drawback is the Byakushiki's low Shield Energy reserves and its limitation to said weapon.
- Likes Older Women: One of the many rumors floating around about him. Some of his interactions with his sister, as well as with other women (Cecilia's maid - Chelsea, and Natasha Flairs to name a few) don't help his case much.
- Marshmallow Hell:
- During the Long Vacation OVA, where she was pulled underwater by Cecilia in order to hide from Rin and Laura.
- Subjected to this by Tatenashi in Season 2, who demanded he give her a massage.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Byakkushiki's second-shift into Setsura.
- Somewhat downplayed in the second season where all that remained from the second shift was the particle cannon; the rest of his IS reverted back to its first-shift settings in between seasons.
- Mr. Fanservice: A boy who doesn't look too bad on the eyes, frequently seen wearing skin-tight outfits, and is ripped. And if Houki's reaction is any indication, he looks good in a tuxedo.
- Nice Guy: One of the reasons why the girls fall for him, along with House Husband skills.
- Oblivious to Love: Comes with his Idiot Hero package. Dan seems to be aware of this.
Dan: "I bet you're like this at school too."
Ichika: "What are you talking about?"
Dan: "Nothing at all."
Dan: "I feel bad for Rin."
- Off Model: Happens to him.◊ Twice◊. Averted in the DVD and BD release.
- Oh, Crap:
- When Rin fires off a Wave Motion Gun at him without his IS suit at point-blank range.
- When Cecilia almost blows his head off for almost kissing Houki.
- The One Guy: Out of the all-female population of IS users within the Academy.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: He experiences this with Houki◊.
- Our Hero Is Dead: This is how volume 6 ended. Due to the long wait between volume 6 and 7, fans assumed that he really did die. Cue Laura's Big Damn Heroes moment at the opening of volume 7.
- Parental Abandonment: He and Chifuyu were abandoned by their parents.
- Power Palm: Byakkushiki in season 2 (post-Setsura shift) has one on the left.
- Real Men Wear Pink: As Chifuyu described him, Ichika is great at cooking, house chores, and giving massages. Dude is destined to be the perfect house husband. In the OVA between Seasons 1 and 2, Charlotte even has a brief fantasy about how he'd make an excellent husband.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Chifuyu's blue.
- Running Gag: Every single time he's about to deal a finishing blow, his Byakushiki's energy always seems to run out at the worst possible time.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When he is late for a dinner with Houki in Volume 7, she is about to blast him for it until she turns around. The sight of him in a tuxedo makes her forget what she was about to say.
- His IS shares the same name of a suit in Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G OVA, which is actually a white variant (and is one stroke different in Kanji) of the Hyaku-Shiki.
- In season 1 (both in the teaser scene in episode 1 and the final battle in episode 12), he pulls off a left-handed Shining Finger.
- Super Prototype: Ichika's IS core is actually Core 001 — the very first of its kind. Chifuyu claims Tabane put her heart and soul into it as her first creation.
- The Byakushiki is actually a 4th-generation Super Prototype. However, as a testbed for new technology and concepts, its full of flaws, making it more of a Flawed Prototype.
- Survival Mantra: Naked girl nearby? Recite pi in your head.
- Thanks for the Mammary:
- Had a dose of this and Funbag Airbag when Yamada-sensei crash-landed on him in episode 5.
- Accidentally grabbed onto Charlotte in the second OVA, when they went down the pair pool.
- Trash Talk: His argument with Cecilia in the first episode. He even states that England has the worst cuisine in the whole world.
- Unlucky Everydude: Ichika is very uncomfortable being the only guy in what is essentially an all-girls academy, leading to a number of awkward situations. Nevertheless he's not a complete pushover — especially towards Houki, who even hit him once, but he still got up and didn't let it faze him (and he even was the one who dragged her out to lunch by the hand, rather than the other way around), making him somewhat a subversion. However, he was tossed in harm's way after the reveal of the IS, first being kidnapped before he knew he was an IS pilot and now a target of terrorist attacks because they want his IS core.
- Unwanted Harem: So far, he has gained the affection of almost every single person in the academy, particularly Houki, Cecilia, Rin, Charlotte, Laura, and Kanzashi. Even his friend's little sister Ran is in love with him. Despite all that, he's still Oblivious to Love.
Ichika's childhood friend ever since they're little kids. Although she moved away during their grade school years (due to tight security surrounding her older sister Tabane, chief developer of the IS, and her family), he still remembers a lot about her, and is happy that they're in the same class. Due to an extreme coincidence, they also end up sharing a dorm room, though Ichika doesn't see any harm in this. Later, Charles Dunois gets paired up with him, but Houki still keeps close contact with her old friend.
Official representative of the United Kingdom for the IS Academy. Although tension initially sparked between her and Ichika due to the latter's lack of knowledge about her impressive history, she warms up to him after he almost defeats her in a duel.
- Attack Drone: Her Blue Tears has four of them, all of which shoot lasers.
- Beam Spam: All but one of the Blue Tears' weapon systems are beam-type weapons. In fact, Blue Tears was designed from the ground up as a test bed for IS-carried beam weapons.
- British Stuffiness: Her vocabulary in the original Japanese version is completely formal in its prefixes, suffixes and idioms; free of slang and other "vulgar" syntax. In other words, vocabulary spoken by stereotypically uptight and overly polite British nobility.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Like Rin, has some trouble expressing her "feelings" for Ichika, despite being a bit of a tease herself.
- Class Representative: She won the duel for the position against Ichika (simply because his IS ran out of shield energy just as he's about to deal the finishing blow), but nevertheless cedes her position to him.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: While she hated Ichika initially, after nearly beating her in a duel, she became very friendly to him, and hates it when the other girls get close to him, particularly his two childhood friends.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted — She wins the duel for the Class 1-1 Representative position against Ichika, but starts falling for him afterwards.
- Does Not Like Men: Her father was a spineless sycophant, which frustrated her to no end and colored her interactions with men in general. Apparently Ichika was the first exception she ever met.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Together with Rin while they were stalking on Ichika and Charlotte holdings hands as they buy swimsuits.
- Friendly Sniper: Her IS does have a Sniper Rifle as a primary weapon, so this counts.
- Girly Run: She runs like this. Most noticable in the ending.
- Godiva Hair: Episode 9, by way of her Ojou Ringlets.
- Hair Decorations: A blue headband with floral borders.
- Keigo: Uses "watakushi" when referring to herself and "desu wa" at the end of her sentences to emphasize her nobility.
- Laughing Mad: In Episode 12, after witnessing Ichika and Houki's Almost Kiss and nearly blowing off the guy's head in the process.
- Lethal Chef: Shown when she gave Ichika some sandwiches. Her cooking can be described as "looking exactly as depicted in the cookbook, but tastes just like the cookbook". Then again, there's that joke about British culinary skills...
- Season 2 shows how her lack of common sense is a major cause of her horrendous cooking skills. While teaching her how to cook, Houki, Charlotte and the latter's roommate, Laura, all get sick from her attempts to make the food look better. Later, when Rin to teaches her how to make sweet & sour pork, Cecilia ends up blowing the latter's room up, as upon hearing Rin stating that Chinese cooking is all about "firepower", Cecilia decides to use her IS's laser.
- Megaton Punch: Gives one to Ichika during the Beach Episode.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: There was a mention of a Strike Gunner high-speed package for her personal IS, just before their encounter with the Silver Gospel. It is unknown if she actually made use of it during the last battle...
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Played straight in the original sub, averted in the dub.
- Oh, Crap: Upon seeing the Silent Zephyrs in episode 4 of season 2. Especially since the Silent Zephyrs was originally known as "Blue Tears Mk. II", basically Cecilia's IS Suit, but better in pretty much every way.
- Ojou: Makes a big point of her noble birth and upbringing.
- Ojou Ringlets: Two sets.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents died in a train accident.
- Pimped-Out School Uniform: Her uniform has frills on the edges of her skirt and sleeves.
- Playboy Bunny: Her blue-with-white-ears outfit in Season 2, Episode 5.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Seems to wear a pair as part of her Custom Uniform (see above pic).
- Seiza Squirm: Ichika even lampshades it when he sees her discomfort, asking why didn't she sit at a table instead. She refuses to, having won said spot next to him from the other girls in a game they played earlier.
- Shout-Out: The Attack Drones on her personal IS, Blue Tears, is an obvious reference to mechs with similar armaments from the Gundam franchise, particularly the Strike Freedom Gundam, though the mix of that and the sniper rifle weapon would be more akin to the Cherudim Gundam.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some subs misspelled her last name as how it was pronounced in the original: "Olcott".
- Those Two Girls: With Rin.
- Tsundere: Another blatant Type B.
- Upper-Class Twit: Due to her sheltered life, she does not have as much common sense as her peers.
Lingyin "Rin" Huang
Representative of China for the IS Academy and Class 1-2 Representative. She and Ichika were friends since grade school, some time after Houki left. They have fond memories of eating together in her family's restaurant, though it seems that Ichika doesn't remember things quite the same way Rin does...
- A-Cup Angst: Never ever say to her face that she's flat-chested. In episode 5 of season 2, she punches the TV screen while watching Charlotte with Ichika, after the screen pauses on Charl's chest. She also angrily accuses him of staring at the other girl's boobs later on after Tatenashi steals her outfit to tease Ichika. The latter only adds fuel to the fire by saying Rin's outfit is a bit tight around the chest. The novels reveal she's actually somewhat jealous of Laura, because Laura has even smaller breasts than her but she isn't bothered by it in the slightest.
- Almost Kiss: She nearly gave one to a sleeping Ichika, till he started to wake up.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Aside from stated nationality, she befits the stereotype of being raised in a family that runs a Chinese restaurant.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Has no problem being playful and energetic towards Ichika, but has problems in the romantic affection bit.
- Catch Phrase:
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Ichika.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: She made a promise with Ichika in which she'd treat him to food everyday if she got better at cooking (the implication being that they'd get married). Ichika, ever Oblivious to Love, took her words literally.
- Child Soldier: In episode 1 of season 2, Rin mentions having been given sniper training just like Laura, when at a shooting gallery stand.
- Class Representative: For Class 1-2.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Houki and Cecilia hate her instantly for being a childhood friend of Ichika, but she also hates it when the other girls get close to him, particularly Houki and Charlotte.
- Cute Bruiser: While she does have cannons with medium-range capabilities, her IS suit is melee-oriented.
- Cute Little Fangs: Especially visible when her smile turns from cute to cruel and murderous.
- Detached Sleeves: Her custom Academy uniform.
- Dual Wielding: Her Shenlong's Souten Gagetsu, a pair of swords that can be combined to form a lance-like weapon.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When slipping into Yandere mode.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Gives Houki one of these to snap her out of her Heroic BSOD.
- Genki Girl: Upbeat and energetic in disposition; disturbingly enough, even when she is angry enough to want to kill Ichika she is upbeat and happy.
- Genre Savvy: The only one out of Ichika's harem to recognize just how much of a Lethal Chef Cecilia is. Thus, when Cecilia ropes her into teaching her how to cook, Ling makes sure to monitor everything Cecilia does while cooking, which Houki & Charlotte made the mistake of not doing.
- Girlish Pigtails: See above pic.
- Green Eyes: See above pic again.
- Hair Decorations: Two yellow ribbons.
- Just Friends: With Ichika, who's completely clueless about the implications of the aforementioned Childhood Marriage Promise.
- Multiform Balance: Her IS is armed with a pair of Impact Cannons on the shoulder armor and the aforementioned Souten Gangetsu.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Gains a couple more Impact Cannons for their counterattack against the Silver Gospel.
- New Transfer Student: A few days right after Ichika, but was introduced to Class 1-2.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Played straight.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents divorced due to differences, and the restaurant Ichika usually visits had closed down, forcing her to return to China, where she was scouted as an IS pilot. The first manga series showed that she was living with her uncle prior to enrolling in the IS academy, but even he didn't seem to be home very often because of his duties as a People's Liberation Army officer.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: Was already friends with Ichika before the start of the story (although at a later time than Houki).
- Qipao: Wears one in Season 2 as part of the school festival.
- Shoulders of Doom: Sort of; the Impact Cannons are positioned slightly above her shoulders
- Those Two Girls: With Cecilia.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The first season spelled out her name as "Fan Rinin" on a computer screen. The second season's opening clearly spells it as "Huang Lingyin." The former is the Japanese reading of her name, while the latter is Mandarin.
- Tsundere: Swings between Type A and B, but such trait is not that much given emphasis.
- Yandere: Busting through a wall and attempting to kill Ichika after Charlotte admits to her true gender (with most of the school knowing that she and Ichika took a bath together the previous day) counts as this. She also seems to have no qualms about hitting Ichika with her IS weapons even when he's unarmed.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade C in her uniform (see picture above), Grade S in her IS pilot suit.
Representative from France and the only other male in the world that can pilot an IS... or is he?
German representative and Captain of its military IS corps Schwarzer Hase
("Black Hares"). Chifuyu used to train her during the former's time in Germany, and initially despised Ichika for being too weak and causing Chifuyu's early retirement.
Russian Cadet Representative to the IS Academy (though apparently half-Japanese) and currently the strongest IS user in the Academy, warranting her the position of Student Council President
. She's the pilot of the third-generation IS, Mysterious Lady
- The Ace: Good at pretty anything she does on screen.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She is one of the better, if not the best, IS pilots at the school. So much so that she delivered a Curb-Stomp Battle to Autumn when the latter attacked Ichika.
- Badass Adorable: Compared to Houki, Cecilia, Rin and Laura, Tatenashi is a bright, cheerful and infectiously likable ray of sunshine.
- BFG: She used a long-range cannon in the last episode of Season 2 to take out the airborne Squall, breaking the latter's helmet in the process.
- Bodyguard Crush: For Ichika, unto whom she was temporarily assigned to protect after the Silver Gospel incident.
- Boobs of Steel: The best IS pilot in the academy, and one of the bustiest girls in the series. She's actually second in size to Houki and is mildly put off by that... for about ten seconds before going back to her cheerful self.
- But Not Too Foreign: Subverted: her name is written in kanji instead of katakana. The light novels suggest that ethnically, she is fully Japanese but she simply has Russian citizenship.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Stopped Laura's Laser Blade with a paper fan.
- Cool Big Sis: Affectionately caring and kind, Tatenashi wants nothing more than for her juniors to have a fun and happy childhood; something (much to her regret) she failed to give to her own little sister.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Puts Ichika into heavy training to shape him up, leaving him exausted afterwards.
- Expy: In the anime, she looks quite a bit like Meia Gisborn from Vandread. Unlike Meia though, she is slightly more lively.
- Good Bad Girl: In stark contrast to every other girl in this franchise, Tatenashi is completely frank and comfortable with her sexuality, knows and openly-acknowledges that she is cute-and-sexy while enjoying every second of it. While she enjoys getting a rise out of chaste Sour Prudes like Ichika and Houki, she is ultimately too good-natured and kind to go beyond anything more than harmless teasing.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In episode 8 of season 2, she admits to Ichika that she's a little jealous of his relationship with his sister Chifuyu. When Ichika wonders what she means, due to Chifuyu's constant sternness with him, Tatenashi tells him that it means she's at least looking out for him, unlike her own relationship with her sister Kanzashi.
- Happy Ending Massage: Invokes one from Ichika in Season 2, much to his displeasure.
- Jousting Lance: Her IS's primary weapon.
- Cast from Hit Points: Her IS's one-off ability, Lance of Mysteltainn works similarly to Reiraku Byakuya, in which the water-based nanomachines gets concentrated towards the tip of her lance for a sudden offensive boost, in exchange for a decrease in overall defense.
- Lemony Narrator: Her narration of the Cinderella play in episode 3 of season 2, especially when Ichika tries to give his crown to Charlotte, only to have Tatenashi remotely shock him while claiming his own doubts are doing it due to the love of his country. She told the girls without telling him that whoever gets his crown would get to be his roommate. Hence why he tried to just give it to Charlotte before Tatenashi stepped in.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Stops just short of the "sex" part, and only just barely. See Good Bad Girl above for more details.
- Marshmallow Hell: While she's shorter than Ichika, she's subjected him to this a few times.
- Naked Apron: When she first moves into Ichika's room. At least she was wearing a swimsuit under it, if a skimpy one.
- Nanomachines: Mysterious Lady's special feature; it uses nanomachines to control (or in some instances, weaponize) water. It even works on water vapor, as Autumn's Arachne found out the hard way.
- Nerves of Steel: Never loses that winning smile or her happy-and-cheerful dispositon, even when bound by spider-web and thrown across a room with enough force to dent steel lockers. Except for the time when she got badly injured by the Golem drones in episode 9 of season 2 and when she got shot by a Navy SEAL during the World Purge incident.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Carries a small fan with her at all times, which can apparently stop Laser Blades.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Wears a pair like Cecilia (See pic above.)
- Red Baron: Squall identifies her as the "Impenetrable Mist of Moscow."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The best pilot in the academy, who happens to have piercing red eyes.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Red eyes, aquamarine hair, so she at least got the appearance, as well as the piloting skills. Subverted big time by her personality.
- Sensual Slavs: Subverted since she's a Russian citizen without actually being ethnically Russian. Plays the "sensual" part straight towards Ichika, though.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Used her position to become Ichika's new roommate. She also abuses this power to allow another girl to move in with him on the condition that they can take his crown during a play. Needless to say, every single one of the girls tries very hard to get it. And she conveniently neglected to tell Ichika...
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She likes to tease Ichika - a lot. In the OVA for season 2, she even pouts that she wants him to do lewd things to her like he apparently was doing with the other girls in the virtual reality simulations they were all stuck in. According to her sister Kanzashi who was monitoring all of that.
- Skinship Grope: Gives one to Houki in season 2, when she requested her to be her partner in the Tag Tournament
- Student Council President: Comes with the perks of being the strongest IS pilot in the Academy.
- Talking with Signs: Her fan sometimes displays words to suit the situation. Does it out of coolness.
- The Tease: Which doesn't sit well with Ichika. Or Laura.
- They Call Her Sword: Her real name is Katana Sarashiki.
- Troll: Part of her teasing act is to goad a reaction out of Ichika or his harem. There's also baiting the entire school to steal the crown that he is wearing in hopes of being his roommate, only to take the crown and deem herself the winner.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Well... Aquamarine to be more correct.
Tatenashi's younger sister, and Japan's official IS cadet representative. She is a quiet, socially withdrawn girl who prefers to immerse herself in her IS and anime.
- Adorkable: Clumsy, shy and cute.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives one to Ichika by accident.
- Berserk Button: For all her angst against her sister, Kanzashi loses it when she sees her sister lying defeated in episode 9 of season 2 by the unmanned IS suit. While it does enable her to defeat one of them, she used up all her energy, and another unmanned suit has easily taken care of Ichika, and throws him around while she watches helplessly.
- Can't Catch Up: She tries to work on her own IS suit without help, but is unable to do it. She ends up reluctantly accepting help from Ichika and several of the other girls, but finds out that him being nice to her was simply because Tatenashi wanted to secretly help her build her suit. She doesn't take the revelation well when she overhears her sister talking to Ichika about it in episode 8 of season 2.
- Class Representative: For Class 1-4.
- Custom Uniform: Looks more or less like the normal IS uniform, the only difference being the floral borders on the skirt edges and the unique-looking "side pods" (see pic above).
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is hostile towards Ichika at first, due to her IS suit being put on hold while one was built for him first, and refuses to be his partner for the tag-team tournament in season 2. However, due to his persistence, and saving her when her IS suit malfunctions during a test, she begins to reluctantly accept his help.
- Hackette: She's good with computers and bypassing security systems, as shown in the second season finale and the World Purge OVA.
- Hair Decorations: A couple of hair clips to match the skirt-mounted side pods.
- Hikkikomori: She's socially awkward, watches Sentai anime meant for people half her age and is generally Not Good with People.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Her Uchigane Type-2 's Mountain Storm, which launches a heapload of missiles.
- Meganekko: Has a pair of oblong glasses.
- Mission Control: During the World Purge incident when the girls had to enter the Academy's computer system.
- Multicolored Hair: She has a somewhat paler hue of hair compared to her sister's, which turns into a brighter aquamarine hue in the tips.
- Not So Above It All: In the OVA for season 2, she attempts to kiss Ichika while his mind was trapped in the virtual world. After the other girls pull her off, she says they would've never came to a conclusion, so she decided to just try it out.
- Otaku: She's a fan of Sentai anime, as shown when she watches an episode under the covers of her bed.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to her sister's red.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Fits this mold much more closely than her sister, being the quiet, stoic one as opposed to Tatenashi's Genki Girl.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Until she gets figurative molten lava poured over her and defrosts in the span of a single episode.
- Rescue Romance: She really starts warming up to Ichika after he saves her from crashing after her IS malfunctions.
- Shrinking Violet/Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Big time.
- Sibling Rivalry: She doesn't really get along with her older sister, to the point that when Tatenashi asks Ichika to be Kanzashi's tag-team partner to better protect her, she asks him to make no mention of her. She seems to get over this at the end of episode 9 of season 2, when Tatenashi tells her that she never looked at her sister that way, and always respected her abilities, and nearly died protecting her earlier.
- Wave Motion Gun: Her IS has a couple of particle cannons mounted on her waist.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Well, like her sister, aquamarine.
Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki
(Japanese) and Monica Passley (English)
Honne is a frequently sleepy girl usually dressed in a hooded pajamas. She's a recurring side character whose name was only revealed in the fifth light volume.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Her most distinct characteristic. Everything she wears has sleeves too long for her.
- Meido: She and her older sister are both revealed to be under Tatenashi's service.
- Mascot: Is essentially the one for Class 1-1.
- No Name Given: Until season 2 episode 8 which led to a case of...
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the early volumes of the light novels Ichika calls her "Noho-hon", or in English "Anyhow-san". Turns out this actually was a play off her real name, that she took as endearing. He did this before knowing that her name was actually "Nohotoke".
- The Nicknamer: She calls Ichika 'Orimu' instead of 'Orimura-kun'.
- Recurring Extra: With the rest of her three-girl posse.
- Sleepyhead: She is usually depicted as sleepy and/or slow moving, and wears her pajamas on a nigh-constant basis.
- Those Three Girls: With two other unnamed girls in both the anime and light novels.
- Wrench Wench: She turns out to be one of the mechanics who helps fix Kanzashi's IS suit in season 2 episode 8.
Ichika's 24-year-old sister and herself a retired IS ace, as well as head teacher of IS Academy's Class 1-1, where Ichika, Houki, Cecilia, Charles and Laura are placed. She gained popularity for her skill by using just a single katana with which she won the 1st Mondo Grosso Tournament. She disappeared after forfeiting her title defense at the 2nd Mondo Grosso to save the kidnapped Ichika. During her hiatus, she went to Germany to train IS pilots (one of which was Laura) as repayment for the German army's contribution to her rescue of Ichika. After she returned, she became an instructor at ISA.
- Ace Pilot: She won the first world-wide tournament for IS pilots, and was the runner-up in the 2nd (only because she didn't show up for the match). Yet years later, she is still regarded as the best.
- Aloof Big Sister: To Ichika, especially at the school where she doesn't believe in showing him favoritism despite him being the only male amongst an entire school of female pilots. The fact that she's a world class pilot and he didn't have any sort of preliminary training beforehand doesn't help either.
- Subverted once in a while when she sees Ichika in real danger and she can't do anything about it. Usually she becomes even colder and more aloof but she'll do things like pour salt instead of sugar into her coffee or sport Death Glares at no one in particular.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, raven-haired and a Stern Teacher who's also admired by most of her students in the academy. She also hates being teased.
- Authority Equals Asskicking:
- Badass: If winning the 1st Mondo Grosso armed with nothing but a One-Hit Kill Laser Blade isn't badass enough, then what else?
- To add to that, she is rumored to be the insanely strong IS pilot, 'The White Knight' who saved Japan when the country was being targeted for destruction by 'rogue' ICBMs years ago. Since Tabane unveiled the Infinite Stratos technology ten years ago, that would have made her age 14 at the time.
- Badass Normal: First on-screen act she performs is wielding a BFS made for an IS unit by itself and stops Laura's energy blade with ease. However, there are growing hints that Chifuyu may be more than what she let's on.
- In Volume 8 and the OVA World Purge, she takes on an IS with just an anti-personnel body suit and six modified katana. Granted, while none of her attacks managed to really damage the enemy IS, the fact that the pilot couldn't touch her and Chifuyu's mental game frustrated the IS pilot to no end. Also her Badass Boast just prior to taking on the enemy IS pilot is its own awesome:
“Bring it on. You’re standing in front of the First-Generation's Brunhilde
, the first woman to attain the title of "Strongest", so just focus entirely on fighting me, ordinary soldier.”
- Big Sister Instinct: Her little brother is kidnapped!? Screw the Mondo Grosso title defense, time to save Ichika!
- While it gives him no small amount of grief, she enrolled him into IS Academy to keep the storm of corporate and government recruiters off his back and where she can keep an eye on him. She also assigns him a high-level bodyguard when she thinks that someone will attempt to steal his IS' core - she was right. From the hints from her talks with Maya, she would have preferred to do it herself if not for her lack of an IS.
- Also has hints of My Brother Is Off Limits — she's fully aware of Ichika's Unwanted Harem and their affections towards him, but she's making it clear she's not simply letting them have their way with him.
- Can't Believe I Said That: In the OVA, to her horror, she realizes the implications of telling Ichika's harem that if they want to be with him, they'd have to go through her.
- Combat Stilettos: Her cybernetic battle suit has these. She even kicks the pilot of the Fang Quake with them in the face. Ouch.
- Cool Big Sis: In the eyes of her students, she is sometimes seen with this dynamic with Ichika. Not to the viewpoint of the latter's harem, though...
- Deadpan Snarker: Which Ichika picks up from her:
: "It's really quite a sight to see so many idiots gathered here every year. Are they all coming just for my class?" Cue Fangirl Squeeing.
- Dope Slap: Does this to Ichika regularly and even to the students of her class if they annoy her enough. Granted she uses an attendance book but still...
- Even the Girls Want Her: Almost all of the girls in her class, and pretty much the school (save for Houki, Cecilia, and Ichika -at least until he saw her lingerie-like bikini; Charlotte sort-of lampshaded this...) admire her.
- Even those she defeats end up swooning from her charisma and general badassery. When she finally freed a captured enemy IS pilot, the pilot hesitated to leave and even gave Chifuyu her personal contact number!
- Famed In-Story/Living Legend: From screaming fangirls to rogue IS pilots, everyone knows who Chifuyu Onimura is, either by name or by title.
- The Gadfly: She actually likes to tease her brother and other people. It's rare due to her very professional demeanor while at school, but she is not as 'ice queen' as she once was and will occasionally tease her students as well. She did this with Cecilia, peeking at her 'erotic underwear' and attempted to do this with the girls by saying she wouldn't give up Ichika to them but they misinterpreted her meaning.
- Also later on, when Ichika is given the task of taking his female classmate's measurements, she hands him a piece of cloth to use as a wrap over his eyes. He then discovered he can actually see through the fabric...
- Genius Bruiser: While not at Tabane levels, one must assume that if she is able to correctly analyze and predict her opponent's equipment and purpose, their weapon aim and trajectory paths while keeping up the pressure on them using only a single melee blade, she is a very smart fighter. The info dump she hands to Ichika about some of the factors that go into an IS shooting battle has him slumped over in less than 30 seconds.
- It only makes sense to learn how they fight and what factors into it so that she could come up with strategies to use against them.
- Harem Nanny: In the anime, more or less... her duty as dorm warden makes sure she keeps Ichika's harem from going wild on her younger brother, for the most part.
- Hot Teacher: Has received nothing but compliments about her model-like figure.
- It Runs in the Family: Piloting an IS seems to be in the blood of an Orimura. Just ask Ichika. Or Madoka.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Her Weapon of Choice. Her IS used the Yukihira Type-1 to win the first Mondo Grosso. She also has about 6 to 8 custom-made katana which she used in Vol. 8 and the World Purge OVA to fight a model similar to Fang Quake, a mid to top-tier I.S., on foot.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: While Chifuyu is an in-universe Badass and is working full-time to support both herself and Ichika, she doesn't/can't cook or clean so Ichika takes care of the house and meals when they are home. Lampshaded to hell and back when his harem comes to visit and they see the Orimura siblings in their natural state.
Charlotte: What is up with these two?
Cecilia: They look a lot like a husband and his wife.
- Married to the Job / Promotion to Parent: Ichika outright asks her in Volume 3 when she plans to get a boyfriend. Her answer is that she'll start looking once she's sure Ichika can provide for himself. Ichika then admits to himself that she is indeed responsible for covering 90% of their living expenses, so he can't really refute that.
- Meido: Roped into wearing one (presumably by Yamada-sensei) for Ichika's birthday in Season 2 Episode 5.
- No Sell: After Laura smugly suggests they should kiss Ichika while he's unconscious to wake him out of the World Purge cyber-trance, the girls start squabbling over who gets to kiss him and Rin ends up launching a flying kick at Charlotte, who ducks out of the way... right as the door behind her opens and Chifuyu walks through. Of course, Rin doesn't even budge her a centimeter. The smile she gave Rin terrifies not only her but also the other girls in the room.
- Onee-sama: Most said girls (particularly her fangirls) refer to her as this.
- Parental Abandonment: She and Ichika were abandoned by their parents.
- Powered Armor: When the U.S. military attacks the IS Academy during the World Purge incident, she dons a sleek black exosuit to repel the invaders.
- Rapunzel Hair: In certain moments that her hair is not tied up (particularly during the Beach Episode in season 1, and that moment where she was roped into wearing a maid outfit in season 2), it reaches down to her lower back.
- Red Baron: She has two nicknames but only one of them is publicly known: Brunhilde, which she got for winning the 1st Mondo Grosso; the other, Shirokishi aka The White Knight, would most likely cause a major international incident if known.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to both Ichika's and Tabane's red.
- Retired Badass: While she's teaching now, that doesn't make her any less capable and her presence still commands awe and respect from everyone around her.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Hinted by Ichika's inner monologue that Chifuyu doesn't really cook or clean so he does it for her, even her laundry.
- Stern Teacher: Has no qualms about giving Dope Slaps to her students or to her own younger brother. Especially to her younger brother.
- Teachers Out Of School: She sits all five members of Ichika's harem down during the beach field trip in season 1 to more or less grill them on why they're all so interested in Ichika. Meanwhile, she's chugging down can after can of beer while doing so. The novels spell out the girls' shock perfectly.
This person in front of them now is completely different from the lawful and ridiculously strict 'Orimura-sensei', causing the girls to be dumbstruck, especially Laura, who continued to blink her eyes like mad as if she couldn't believe what she just saw.
Chifuyu: "Stop giving me that weird look! I'm an ordinary person, of course I would drink beer! Do I look like I drink machine oil?"
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Demands that the students call her Orimura-sensei on school grounds else they'll get dope slapped. Not even her own brother is excused.
- Tsundere: She has shades of this for Ichika, which has been vaguely hinted at in Season 1 but is clearly seen in Season 2. In episode 4 of the latter season, after she tells Yamada that she had Tatenashi become Ichika's roommate due to an unspecified threat against him, the latter asks if she wanted to have been in that position instead. Chifuyu develops a Luminescent Blush, then denies wanting to protect her brother herself.
- There's also the matter of her dressing up as a maid for his birthday and the non-stop blush she sported through the entire thing, even more after he teases her a bit afterward.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Chifuyu won the first Mondo Grosso with nothing but her Yukihira... and now she's attempting to pass on her techniques and skill set to Ichika.
- She'll also make judicious use of her attendance book for administering corporal punishment.
- World's Best Warrior: She was the first Brunhilde and years after her retirement, is still regarded as an IS pilot who is second to none. Her reason for taking on an IS on foot during the World Purge incident - she wanted to test herself against them.
Sub-teacher of Class 1-1 and herself a former national candidate whose skill never waned even after years on the sidelines.
- Badass Adorable: Bright, sweet, cuddly and one of the deadliest warriors of her generation.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: An airheaded, ditzy teacher, right? Well, yes... but she's also a former national candidate with impressive piloting skills (notwithstanding her self-inflicted crash landing that gave Ichika a handful and faceful of her chest), as shown when she manhandles Cecilia and Rin at the same time with an inferior suit.
- Boobs of Steel: Quite possibly the bustiest among the cast.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
- The Cutie: Her cheerful and sweet demeanor is more fitting of a grade-schooler half her age. Even her students find her to be cute!
- Friendly Sniper: Her IS is mainly a sniper type and is colored green ala Lockon Stratos' mechs.
- Fun With Palindromes: Her name in Japanese form (Ya-Ma-Da Ma-Ya) is completely symmetrical; spelt backwards, her name is still "Ya-Ma-Da Ma-Ya." Lampshaded by Ichika's monologues.
- Gainaxing: The most blatant offender in the series.
- Gatling Good: Chapter 8 of the light novels has her piloting the Quad Phalanx◊ - a Turret-like Mecha Expansion Pack for the Rafale Revive with four Gatling Guns. Doubles as a Shout-Out of sorts to the OVA version of Gundam Heavyarms.
- Genius Ditz: Don't let her bubbly and airheaded behavior fool you. She is a teacher of high-tech warriors for a very good reason.
- Hot for Student:
- Kawaiiko: Her behavior and appearance would indicate a bright and cheerful middle-school teenager were it not for her vocation as a teacher.
- Meganekko: On top of being bespectacled, she possesses the adorable clumsiness characteristic of her stereotype.
- Nice Girl: Has a disposition warm as a sunny afternoon and a winning smile that can stop wars (not to mention traffic)
- Older Than They Look: So bright, sweet and adorable she looks younger than her 15 year old students. Heck, in the first episode when she gets embarrassed in front of her class, the entire class Squees.
- Retired Badass: Was a former Cadet Representative during her student days.
- Sensei-chan: Is more of a cheerful and adorable big sister to her students than an authority-figure proper.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Actually has a Grade C with her blouse and knee-high shoes. (See above pic)
Houki's older sister and inventor of the IS suits.
Makoto Yasumura (Japanese) and Chris Ayres
Ichika's friend from back in middle school up until the time he transfers to IS Academy.
- Bromantic Foil: To Ichika.
- Big Brother Instinct: During the OVA, he ended up freaking out, desperately asking people at the festival where his sister is since Ran ditched him to hang out with Ichika.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ichika, and their friendship never seems to have waned long after the latter transfers to the IS Academy.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: In the second manga adaptation, his sister Ran makes it really, really clear she's totally into Ichika and that she's going to try and apply to get into the IS Academy next year, hints which of course completely fly over his head. In response, Dan grabs Ichika and growls at him, "You'd better get yourself a girlfriend... as in, RIGHT AWAY!"
Dan's younger sister and a third-year junior high schoolgirl.
- A-Cup Angst: Though in a subversion, she's actually got a decent bust. It still is played straight in the OVA, since her brother freaked out at the festival, asking people if they've seen a flat-chested, red-haired girl around.
- Demoted to Extra: She actually appears quite frequently in the novels, making almost one appearance per volume, but the anime limited her screentime to only a few minutes in a single episode and the season 1 OVA.
- Fiery Redhead: Quick to anger at meaningless banter.
- Ship Tease: Her limited screentime in the anime hinted that she may have feelings for Ichika. Her extended appearances in the novels make it very obvious.
- Also doubles as her Berserk Button, especially when her brother makes any mention of it.
- Unkempt Beauty: Her usual getup at home.
Voiced by: Kei Mizusawa (Japanese)
Laura's second-in-command (and current acting commander) in the Schwarzer Hase
IS unit. Laura tends to call her for advice when it comes to trying to attract Ichika's attention.
- Ascended Extra: While she only had one appearance in the novels, she got another chance to shine in the anime-original episode 18.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She really thinks real relationships are just like anime & manga.
- Cool Big Sis: At 22, she's the oldest member of her unit, and all the other girls look up to her.
- Eyepatch of Power: Like the rest of her unit.
- Occidental Otaku: A big fan of Shoujo anime & manga, which gives her a rather... odd view of how to approach romantic relationships. She's not the only one either; apparently her teammates are all rabid cosplayers and otakus as well, because not only do they dress in the style of the SS (as in, Those Wacky Nazis) with Zettai Ryouiki, they even use the impossibly cliché line "As expected of..." after she gave Laura some great advice.
- Shipper on Deck: Certainly seems to be one for Ichika/Laura, if her ready willingness to provide advice to Laura is any indication. Though how much that advice helps is... questionable.
Light Novel-only Official Representative to the IS Academy from America. She is the pilot of the Silver Gospel
, an IS co-built with Israel.
- Adapted Out: In the anime, although her IS is the one the characters fight at the end of season 1, she's nowhere to be seen in season 2.
- I Call It "Vera": Calls her IS "Kid."
- I Owe You My Life: Kisses Ichika on the cheek — in the presence of the rest of his Unwanted Harem, no less — in gratitude for stopping her Silver Gospel's rampage.
- Mama Bear: She treats her IS like her own child.
- This Is Unforgivable!: She tells Chifuyu that she will find the person who tampered with her IS & get revenge.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Natasha gets all four of her limbs broken when M attacks the military base she is stationed in to steal the Silver Gospel in Volume 6. When her teammate Iris Calling shows up in her IS in the nick of time and snatches her out of M's grasp, she promptly throws Natasha aside to fight more effectively. Natasha's response is to make a very irritated, "Can't you see I'm injured?!" Iris then promises she'll hit M back for the damage caused. Natasha seems more annoyed than anything that Iris is Comically Missing the Point.
A mysterious white-haired
girl who first shows up with Tabane in the Volume 7 epilogue.
- Artificial Human: Chifuyu thinks she may be the "biological" component of an I.S.
- Cloning Blues: Chifuyu asks why she doesn't want to meet her little sister Laura. Chloe counters by saying Laura isn't a sister but is "an incomplete me."
- The Cracker: She was the one responsible for the World Purge hacking incident. Chifuyu goes to confront her after the crisis, which spooks Chloe enough for her to open her eyes and reveal she can project illusions in reality.
- Damsel in Distress: In the novel version of the restaurant scene, Autumn took Chloe hostage to use her as a bargaining chip against Tabane. It didn't take.
- Eyes Always Shut: Probably why she's so bad at cooking. It's also to cover up her mismatched eyes.
- Last Episode New Character: Wasn't introduced in the anime until the very tail end of the final episode.
- Lethal Chef: She burns bread when trying to prepare it, and tends to melt down other things she cooks. Despite this, Tabane still eats everything she serves her.
- Master of Illusion: Revealing her golden eye allows her to project illusions.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist.
- Shared Unusual Trait: Like Laura, she has a golden eye. Unlike Laura, it's on the right side.
- Sword Cane: In the OVA, her cane has a sword in it. Chifuyu told her not to even try pulling it out.
- Undying Loyalty: Tabane did something that saved her in the past, and for this she has pledged her complete loyalty to her.
Group as a whole
A secret organization introduced in Season 2. They have been known for stealing prototype IS units from other countries, and are now zeroing in on Ichika and his IS.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Not as ancient as most conspiracies, but the German army's best intelligence regarding them indicates Phantom Task was created sometime around the end of World War II, and that they have been active for at least 50 years.
- Grand Theft Prototype: Their supposed modus operandi, although the purpose for the same is not clear (apart from using the same stolen suits for their own.)
- Meaningful Name: The kanji for their name roughly translates to "Fallen Nation Textile Industries". They may have started as either a German or Japanese corporation providing civilian aid in the wake of the postwar Allied occupation.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Their specialty is in hijacking I.S. suits, but the "why" is a mystery.
- N.G.O. Superpower: They are able to penetrate the security of multiple military bases around the world with very little effort and know about I.S. suits & weapons that don't even officially exist.
- Oddly Small Organization: The anime & novels have only shown us three members of their group. In Volume 6 of the novels, the German army's intelligence indicates there is at least a Board of Directors & a Specialist group that comprises Phantom Task.
- Realpolitik: The real reason why they have been able to keep stealing I.S. cores without any true backlash and stay hidden from public knowledge. As there is only a limited number of I.S. cores in existence, any country that announces they have lost one will immediately be at a disadvantage relative to other I.S.-equipped countries, which means that the thefts are never officially reported. In addition, the fact that a lone agent is able to compromise military security and single-handedly steal an I.S. is probably a big embarrassment for every targeted country's military, which provides further incentive to downplay the losses. The fact that the thefts are always conducted with zero fatalities likely means that the group is regarded as a lower-level threat than, say, terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda.
- Secret War: They've been fighting the Sarashiki family for decades behind the shadows of international politics.
- Would Hurt a Child: They were the ones (according to Autumn) who kidnapped Ichika during the second Mondo Grosso tournament.
'M' - Madoka Orimura
A member of the secret organization Phantom Task and pilot of the experimental IS, Silent Zephyrs
. She actually looks like a younger Chifuyu who blames Ichika for stealing her life, but later reveals that she only wants to kill Chifuyu.
- Ax-Crazy: She's just a bit too Trigger Happy.
- Animal Motif: Silent Zephyrs has a silhouette of a butterfly, particularly during flight. Kurokishi takes this even further, looking very much like a black swallowtail butterfly. It even has a pair of antennae on its head that look just like a real butterfly's.
- Attack Drone: Being a prototype based on Cecilia's Blue Tears, her IS has about 6 of these.
- Badass: Anyone who can solo an IS-stealing run should qualify. If her hinted lineage is proven true, then this is to be expected. In the final episode, she swats Cecilia aside like a bug and takes on Charlotte, Laura, Rin, & Kanzashi all at once.
- BFG: Her IS's primary weapon, Star Breaker.
- Black Knight: Madoka actually fits this trope pretty well, being an antagonist wearing black who has a grudge against The Hero, is The Dragon to the Big Bad, and her identity is completely shrouded in mystery. The name of her second I.S. also translates to this.
- Black Sheep: Definitely the dark to Ichika's light.
- Blood Knight: She loves fighting, as shown in the final episode when she starts laughing maniacally while blasting away at Ichika.
- Cain and Abel: To both Ichika & Chifuyu.
- The Dragon: Squall relies on her a lot more than Autumn. Probably because even though Madoka has her own issues, her head is screwed on a lot tighter than Autumn's.
- Emotionless Girl: This is a facade she puts on, but the truth is that she is boiling with rage underneath her cool exterior. She just knows how to manage her emotions well. Mentioning the Orimuras is the best way to really press her Berserk Button.
- Evil Doppelganger: Dead ringer for Chifuyu when she was younger. Goes even further since her new I.S. is Kurokishi (Black Knight) in contrast to Chifuyu's Shirokishi (White Knight) I.S. from the Mondo Grosso tournament.
- Explosive Leash: The novels reveal that whenever she raids a military base to steal an I.S., she has strict orders from Squall to never kill even a single person. If she does, the Nanomachines in her head will fry her brain.
- Expy: She's a lot like an evil Inori, right down to the heavily-implied (in both series) being a clone of the main character's older sister. The anime plays up the expyness to the point of Actor Allusion by giving her role to Inori's voice actress.
- Grand Theft Prototype: Steals the Silent Zephyrs from England, which she then uses personally afterwards.
- Impossible Thief: She and Phantom Task specialize in stealing IS units from around the world. These are classified corporate and governmental items with dedicated security teams and IS guarding them - and they still manage to steal them.
- She takes the art to nigh Badass levels when she breaks into a base to steal a highly classified IS alone. The anime showed her raiding a British military base to steal the Silent Zephyrs. She does it again in the novels when she raids an American base in the Pacific Northwest to steal the Silver Gospel, but is unsuccessful this time.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Her raid on the American base is cut short when Iris Calling appears in the Fang Quake I.S. Even though Madoka is sure her Silent Zephyrs could probably beat it in a one-on-one match, she also knows time wasted fighting it is time for more reinforcements to arrive, so she wisely retreats. She also does not object when Squall orders a retreat in the final episode of the anime.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Her new I.S., Kurokishi, debuts in the second-to-last episode, presumably built by Tabane.
- Nerves of Steel: She's completely unfazed in the novels during one of Autumn's temper tantrums when she pins her to a wall and holds a knife to her eye after the failed attempt to steal the Byakushiki at the Cinderella play. Later, after her unauthorized assassination attempt on Ichika after his birthday party, Squall is the one unhappy with her and slams her against the ceiling with her I.S. Like before, Madoka barely reacts.
- Out of the Inferno: Just when it seems like the girls have landed a decisive blow on her in the finale... it turns out it barely affected her.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's roughly about the same height as Laura.
- Removing the Rival: Sees Ichika as the one who stole her place in the world. And she almost did it the first time that they meet if it wasn't for Laura. Later flipped around when the object of her hatred turns out to not be Ichika, but Chifuyu. She even cuts her own face simply because it looks like Chifuyu's.
- Spell My Name with an "S": While the Light Novel Translations and this TV Tropes page list her IS as "Silent Zephyrs", the Anime (and apparently the CHOCO volume reprint) used "Silent Zephyrus".
- The Worf Effect: Her Silent Zephyrs suit, which for most of the season is extremely overpowered and outmatches everyone at the I.S. academy, is effortlessly torn to shreds by Tabane Shinonono with her bare hands.
- Tragic Keepsake: She keeps a locket that is quite valuable to her, but we have yet to see exactly what's in it. In the final episode, we get a glance of it open from an oblique angle, and for whatever bizarre reason, it's a picture of Ichika in it.
Reiko "Autumn" Makigami
A member of Phantom Task who pilots the monstrous IS Arachne
. She was tasked to steal the Byakushiki
unit from Ichika during the school festival.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her cover identity's first name was "Ayako" in the novels, but it was "Reiko" in the anime.
- Ax-Crazy: After she "saves" Ichika from the Cinderella play, she develops this look on her face.
- Click Hello: To Tabane in season 2 episode 10. She gets kicked across the room in response.
- Honey Trap: Attempts this with Ichika by posing as 'Reiko Makigami'. Luckily, a classmate bails him out.
- Grand Theft Prototype: Attempts this with the Byakushiki unit. Luckily a certain Student Council President was tasked to protect him from the get-go.
- Lowered Monster Difficulty: She gets taken down with almost pathetic ease by Houki & Cecilia in the finale (and for most of the fight, Houki & Cecilia weren't even concerned with her, they were trying to get back to the train). After the strong performance she put on in episode 4, one would be forgiven for expecting more from her.
- Psycho for Hire: Once she drops her pretense and brings out her IS, her psycho side is on full display.
- Psycho Lesbian: In the novels, she becomes timid and giddy around Squall, and sees herself as her lover. All it takes for Squall to calm her down is to call her "lover," though it's unclear whether Squall really returns her feelings or is merely telling her what she wants to hear to control her.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the novel version of the episode 10 scene where Phantom Task tries to blackmail Tabane, Autumn was holding a knife to a hostage's throat. Tabane frees the hostage, breaks Autumn's arm, and stabs her in the lung with her own knife. We're not told if she gets up from that or not. While Autumn appears in the final 2 episodes of season 2, these are anime-original material. It's quite possible she might be dead in the novels continuity unless Volume 9 is released and she turns up again.
- Seems the anime may have followed suit. It's not clear if she survives Cecilia's shot in the final episode, making her survival an open question much like it was in the novel.
- Spider People: Invokes this with her IS Arachne, which was built in the shape of a spider and has the pilot connected to where the thorax would be located. Combined with her psychotic personality and the fact that she would have succeeded if not for Tatenashi's interference, she was certainly making Spiders Are Scary true for Ichika.
A member of Phantom Task, and pilot of the IS Golden Dawn
. She is currently in direct command of M and Autumn.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her wardrobe never misses a chance to show off her proportions.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Tried to rope Tabane into working for Phantom Task in episode 10. Tabane turned out to be quite capable of refusing... but fortunately for Squall, she didn't.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Golden Dawn has a long segmented pincer that clearly evokes this trope.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist for season 2.
- Dramatic Irony: In Volume 7, Ichika is supposed to have dinner with Houki in a high-class restaurant using the vouchers he got for the interview/photoshoot. But he can't go in without a tuxedo. Seeing his dilemma, a beautiful woman appears and introduces herself as Ms. Meusel, and buys him a tuxedo as well as a bouquet of roses for Houki before sending him on his way. Before he leaves, she reveals her full name to him, and wishes "Orimura Ichika-kun" luck. Ichika wonders briefly how she knows his name but then dismisses it. (this scene didn't get animated). In season 2 episode 11, she graciously offers to take Ichika & Houki's picture. In both circumstances, nobody knows who she really is, only seeing her as a friendly stranger.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: The arms of Golden Dawn can spin extremely fast to form a kind of shield.
- One Name Only: Her last name was only revealed in the novels. It's a spoiler for the scene it comes up in.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She always places Madoka under non-lethal limitations when attacking military bases because if even a single soldier dies in these raids, it would trigger a much harsher response from the world's military forces against Phantom Task.
- Sphere of Destruction: Golden Dawn is capable of generating one of these.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: She spiked Tabane's soup with a sedative at their dinner, but Tabane caught on. It wasn't clear if she touched it in the anime, but in the novel version of that scene, she drank all the soup but wasn't affected by it.
- Wham Line: The reveal of her last name is this in Volume 7.
- With Friends Like These...: Autumn & M do not like each other, which means she has to more or less play referee when they get violent.