This is a list of some of the characters from the 2003 Gonzo series Last Exile, as well as its 2011 bridge manga Travelers from the Hourglass/Sunadokei no Tabibito.With the arrival of its sequel Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, many of the previously-spoilered entries have been made visible, so for those still going through the series, proceed with caution.
A simple (if skilled) vanship pilot and message courier, Claus has a big dream for someone his age: to be able to cross the Grand Stream using just his vanship. However after accepting a delivery from another dying courier, he and his close friend Lavie are soon drawn into the middle of a conflict that might determine the fate of his homeworld.
Ace Pilot: Is likely the only pilot in Prester who has a chance of outflying Dio. Showcased in the Travelers manga, where Uroctea mentions that he only won against Claus in their second encounter only because he had the element of surprise.
Blue Blood: While he might not look like much, Claus is actually the son of a minor noble. With the death of his parents though, he literally has nothing left to him but his family name, and even then many people have forgotten that it was even associated to nobility by the time the series begins, his father's fame as a vanship pilot and his Heroic Sacrifice having overshadowed his personal history.
Memetic Badass: As the Travelers manga reveals, in-universe, some of the soldiers and nobility of Anatore and Dissith view him as this, resulting in some comically radical shifts in demeanor when they suddenly realize that the lowly vanship pilot they're sneering at is THE Claus Valca. Claus himself has no idea this is happening beyond noticing that some nobles suddenly act less snobbish than usual.
Claus' friend since childhood, Lavie is both the navigator of their vanship as well as its mechanic. Very brusque and blunt, Lavie is a tomboy through and through, but she's more sensitive than she first seems. She shares in Claus' dream to cross the Grand Stream just using their vanship.
Achilles in His Tent: Lavie's fear of combat keeps her out of the fray until the heroes are forced to go all in.
Action Survivor: Lavie is an excellent vanship navigator but she's so terrified of combat she passes out during their first battle, leading her to join the mechanics where she can contribute without endangering Claus.
Clingy Jealous Girl: While she's subtle about it and it doesn't last very long, she's not too happy to see Tatiana wearing the overalls that she repaired for Claus after they return to the Silvana, and refuses to talk to him for a while as well.
Courier with Claus. The difference being she's nothing more than a courier and she knows it. But when the situation calls for a heroic courier, Lavie's your girl.
Demoted to Extra: While a significant character at the beginning, she spends the middle of the series not doing anything important.
Parental Abandonment: Like Claus, both of Lavie's parents are dead — her mother during childbirth, and her father during the ill-fated expedition across the Grand Stream that claimed the life of Claus' father as well.
Team Mom: Becomes this to both Alvis and Holly, judging from the Travelers from the Hourglass manga.
A quiet little girl with pale blue eyes, Alvis is Claus and Lavie's first major 'delivery', and the main reason why the two friends are drawn into the conflict between Anatoray and the Guild. As a scion of House Hamilton, she is the key to activating the Exile, which both Anatoray and the Guild seek to control.
Distressed Damsel: A natural end result of Guild chapters coming after her, especially in Travelers from the Hourglass.
The dark and brooding captain of the Silvana, Alex Rowe is focused on the utter destruction of the Guild's current Maestro, Delphine Eralcea, for reasons only known to himself. Although he ostensibly serves Anatoray, he is given much more leeway and is considered a dangerous rogue by the rest of the Anatoray military.
Berserk Button: When the Guild ship appears over Sophia's coronation ceremony, and Delphine's mocking laughter is heard, Alex orders all the Silvana's weapons fired, despite the mass of humanity gathered below. Fortunately, My Master, Right or Wrong gets averted:
Second Officer: Belay that order! The captain is not in his right frame of mind!
Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold: Alex's motivation for stealing the Silvana, gathering the components necessary to activate Last Exile and conquering the Grand Stream, essentially revenge on The Guild, and Maestro Delphine in particular.
Byronic Hero: Broods on personal failings, dark, attractive, mysterious, flawed, broken, classy, isolated, intense drive for revenge, no romance, rebelling against authority...need we go on?
Alex's loyal second-in-command, she has known him since apparently military academy. She is also the heir to the throne of Anatoray.
All Love Is Unrequited: It's obvious that Sophia is infatuated with Alex, but the latter is either too caught up with his mission of revenge to notice, or just doesn't care... or maybe he holds her at a distance,knowing how his quest must inevitably end.
I Did What I Had to Do: Four times: First when she leaves the Sylvana to take the throne. Second when she leads the Alliance into battle against the Guild despite knowing they will suffer heavy casualties against nearly hopeless odds. Third when she orders the Sylvana's cannons to blow the mired Urbanus out of the way during the last desperate charge, and finally when she orders Sylvana's special ship-killing cannon to fire at Delphine's flagship despite knowing Alex is aboard. Is it any wonder she needs a moment to compose herself before she issues the final order to abandon ship?
The Mole / Reverse Mole According to Word of God Sophia was originally planted in thw Silvana's crew to serve as a mole for Anatore. But she's also serving as a Mole for Prime Minister Malthius and a Reverse Mole for Alex. And she somehow manages to do all of this without compromising any of her loyalties while keeping her honor intact
Voiced by: Hozumi Gôda (Japanese), Steve Blum (English)
An old friend of both Alex and Sophia, Vincent is the captain of the Anatoray battleship Urbanus. More straight-laced than Alex, Vincent is nevertheless a very competent (and dangerous) skyship captain.
Bad Ass: It takes balls of steel to lead one's ship in a charge against the berserk defenses of an Exile.
Leader of the Silvana's vanship corps, and nicknamed 'Princess' by its gaggle of hangar mechanics, Tatiana is humorless and all-business, which tends to rub people the wrong way. She starts to lighten up later in the series however, after crashing with Claus and spending a few days thinking the Sylvana has been sunk. She pilots a modified red vanship with her friend and navigator Alister.
The Ace: Mentioned to have been an over-achieving straight-A honor student when she was studying at Anatoray's Military Academy, can outfly anyone in Prester who isn't Claus or Dio and, as the Hourglass manga reveals, can cook a mean full-course feast.
Ace Pilot: Is probably the best vanship pilot on the Alliance's roster after Claus, and is certainly a better fighter pilot, since his gunnery is awful.
Always Someone Better: Certainly feels this way when compared to Lavie, especially after Claus calls her using Lavie's name in chapter 7 of the Travelers manga.
On the piloting front, she feels this way about Dio
All Love Is Unrequited: Has an interest in Claus, but sadly the feeling isn't mutual. Made even clearer in the Sunadokei no Tabibito manga.
Important Haircut: The Travelers manga shows that she had one of this as a child (she used to have long braided hair).
Impoverished Patrician: Not really mentioned much in-series (at least, not until her Uncle Hendrick was introduced in Hourglass), but Tatiana comes from a noble family that's fallen on hard times. In fact almost all of her pay goes back to her parents, but it's barely enough to maintain their family estate.
Not so Above It All: irritates everyone with her take-no-prisoners attitude until she suffers a Heroic BSOD in combat and realizes that everyone has limits
Rousing Speech: Gives a very good one as she leads the remaining (and damaged) Anatoray battleship against the Earth Guild's base.
A soldier serving in Duke Mad-Thane's fleet, Mullin helps Claus and Lavie in their initial delivery to the Duke. A survivor of twenty fleet battles, this simple fact gives him the right to choose which ship he wants to be reassigned next. Another chance encounter with Lavie robs him of the chance to even do so, though it does land him a spot on the Silvana, where he eventually becomes part of its corps of mechanics. Mullin still experiences some nostalgia for his time as a line musketman.
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Unexplained Recovery: He sure appears to die in the final battle, complete with Dunya weeping in grief. Then the epilogue shows him with Dunya and a kid on his shoulders, with no explanation given. There was quite a bit of debate among viewers whether it was supposed to be literal or a metaphorical vision of the afterlife, until Word of God confirmed him alive.
The Silvana's sonar officer, Wina's extremely sensitive hearing functions as one of Alex's key secret weapons, giving him superior intelligence on the location and intentions of his enemies. Her unique abilities prove key to locating Exile in the Grand Stream, and her hearing is so sensitive she can even identify Alex's voice aboard Dephine's flagship during the final battle. In the end, though she lies to her Empress, telling her that Alex's last word was "Sophia" instead of "Euris"
Steel Eardrums: Somehow, her remarkable hearing is not damaged by an entire war's worth of cannon fire.
Second Officer aboard the Silvana, Campbell is brave and loyal enough to belay Alex's orders to fire on Delphine's Guild ship as it hovers over Sophia's coronation ceremony, knowing that it would endanger the Empress and everyone else below. Rather than stand by Campbell risks Alex's wrath by ordering the gun crews to stand down
Commander of one of Anatoray's fleets, Duke Mad-Thane is the recipient of the message Claus and Lavie delivers at the start of the series. He initially embodies the Chivalric traditions of Anatoray, which includes among other things giving quarter to defeated enemies and not retreating even when tactically expedient. He eventually gets over the latter though, and goes on to lead the Anatoray segment of the Alliance fleet against the Guild.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Is not seen in the epilogue to the series, nor is even mentioned in the Travelers manga, despite the fact that his daughter Holly is living at the Valca homestead in New Anatoray.
Whimsical and unpredictable, Dio is a Guild pilot who takes an interest on Claus during the initial chase for Alvis. He later reappears as one of Claus' competitors during the Horizon Cave endurance race, eventually following him back to the Silvana, where he sticks around from that point on. He is also the younger brother of the Guild's leader Delphine, and as such a possible successor to her rule.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Yes, he's technically a villain, but he'd much rather hang out with the heroes and prefers toying with people to killing them. (Not that he's got anything against killing them, it just means he wouldn't get to play with them again later.) And he's genuinely touched when the Silvana's maintenance crew throw him a birthday party.
Theme Naming: Can apply to two cases since while both he and his brother are named after insects he also has a symbolic sounding latin name like Dio, since his name is pronounced like the latin word for light (Luciola) instead of the itallian word for firefly (Lucciola with the "ccio" sounding like "cho").
Current leader of the Guild, and main antagonist of the series, Delphine is as ruthless as she is coldly beautiful. She doesn't particularly care about the troubles of the people of Prester, and looks upon their struggles with grim amusement. She seeks control of the Exile, and will do anything to acquire the means to do so.
Duke Mad-Thane's only daughter. At the beginning of the series she asks Claus and Lavie to deliver a personal message to her father, which influences his decision during that particular encounter. She and her mother later convert their mansion in Norkia into a field hospital once Anatoray and Disith join forces against the Guild.
Happily Adopted: Despite her parents being likely still alive on Prester, she has pretty much settled into the role of Alvis' "sister" for the duration of her stay at the Valca homestead.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Although a part of Norkia's nobility, she and her mother willingly have their sprawling home converted into a field hospital, and Holly herself helps nurse the injured soldiers brought there.
Characters introduced in Traveler's from the Hourglass
Tatiana's overbearing uncle, who sneaked in secretly on the Exile instead of overseeing an administrative post in old Anatoray. Bombastic and prone to grand overreactions, Hendrick is mostly concerned with rebuilding the family fortune, and seems to see his over-achieving niece as a way to do this... by marrying her off to a family of high standing. Which obviously Tatiana doesn't care much for, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
Oh, Crap: Does this a lot, with accompanying epic reaction faces.
A member of the Guild, Uroctea is the first member of the native Chapter that the characters encounter upon their return to Earth. The supervisor of the Guild stronghold, he is willing to use force when necessary to fulfill his organization's objectives.
Cloning Blues: Uroctea admits up-front that he is a clone, as well as everyone else in his Guild chapter.