15-year-old Fam is a Sky Pirate from Kartoffel, and despite her relatively young age is one of their best vespa vanship pilots. Cheerful and excitable, Fam takes pride in always being the first one to cast the harpoon on the Sky Pirates' usual skyship hunts. She hopes to one day re-institute the annual Grand Race, long discontinued due to the war between the Ades Federation and its neighbors. Of course, if and when that happens, she wants to also participate in it and win.
Boring Conveniently-Lucky Heroine: For most of the first half of the series things mostly seem to go Fam's way (particulary in the Skyship Hunt), even when all logic suggest that they shouldn't.
Brutal Honesty: Fam seems to be utterly incapable of lying and is completely devoid of tact. Her jibes at Atamora aside, in one instance we see her, over the span of a few minutes, pretty much call the Turanian refugees in Ades hypocrites, comment on the general shabbiness of the Ades palace and overreact to Sara Augusta being a little girl.
Memento MacGuffin: Fam's medal, embossed with what looks like the symbol of the Guild, hinting at her noble heritage.
In the final episode, she receives Sadri's locket.
Parental Abandonment: Apparently. She was the sole survivor of a crashed vanship discovered by people from Kartoffel.
Plucky Girl: Nothing seems to keep Fam down for long. YMMV of course, but some viewers dislike her for this, as her constant optimism seems unrealistic and out of place given the seriousness of the conflict the setting is engulfed in.
Sleepwalking: One of Fam's bad habits. She has to have her leg tied down to ensure she doesn't fall out of either a vanship or her room, and there's an extra bed under the ladder to her room to cushion the impact.
Supporting Protagonist: While Fam is the titular character, it can be interpreted that Silver Wing is really Milia's story, told from Fam's perspective.
Static Character: For nearly the entirety of the series' run, Fam stays idealistic and hopelessly naive. Nineteen episodes pass (and two episodes before the end of the series at that) before she finally realizes that she's been insensitive to the feelings and wishes of the people around her and, what's more, was thoughtlessly pushing her own dreams unto other people.
Fam's childhood friend, Giselle is also her co-pilot and navigator. Calm and soft-spoken, Giselle often finds herself embarrassed by Fam's antics, particularly during skyship hunts. The eldest of four children, Giselle is a bit of a mechanical nut, and keeps a personal diary filled with technical diagrams and designs of most of the skyships that ply the skies.
Break the Cutie: The skyship hunt she and Fam were hired for noticeably takes its toll mentally and emotionally on Giselle.
Hyper Awareness: Displays a bizarre example of this when she realizes that the Grand Exile shares the same layout of the Ades battleship Impetus, but on a much larger scale. Take note this is the first time anyone has infiltrated it aside from Luscinia.
The second daughter of the ruler of the kingdom of Turan, Princess Milia is very headstrong and opinionated. The destruction of her country changed all of that though, and now Milia is trying the best she can to adapt to her current situation. For the moment she is staying with Fam at Giselle's family home at Kartoffel and — more recently — the Silvius, though she hopes to someday return to rebuild her homeland.
Character Development: Milia has come a long way from the spoiled and bratty princess she was at the start of the series. Contrasts neatly with Fam, who's remained mostly the same since then.
The Captain: Is given temporary command of the Silvius, as Tatiana and Alister sortie in their vanship again during the climax.
She demanded the canteen and three rooms - but she only got a table (marked off with tape and adorned with the Turan flag), and possibly whatever room(s) they sleep in.
Rebel Leader: With the death of Vasant she virtually becomes this, and takes command of the Alliance forces for the final showdown with Luscinia. Even more senior generals like Ōrang follow her lead.
Rousing Speech: Gives a very good one before the Alliance forces confront Luscinia's Grand Exile and his allies.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Connected to the Kingdom In Exile entry above, Milia has spent most of the series gathering support to strike against Luscinia, and at one point takes command of the Turanian segment of the Alliance forces during the battle of Boreas in Sadri's old flagship. She's also read up on the functions of the Silvius enough that she is given temporary command of the ship for the final battle against the Grand Exile.
Slightly-Pointy Ears: Not really commented on in-series, but they make her stand out compared to Fam and Giselle. Not surprising as being a noble implies she is of Guild descent. Further proven by being born of a family of Exile Keys, which is a guild exclusive ability.
The premier of the Ades Federation, and the prosecutor of its current aggressive policies against its neighbors. Although Luscinia seems to have an admirable goal behind the conflict his homeland is instigating — to take back the lands lost to the Exile returnees for their original owners — one can't help but wonder if there are other, more personal reasons behind this. Quite surprisingly, he does not.
Battle Butler: In the past as part of a guildsman bodyguard pair to the previous Augusta with Alauda as his "twin". Currently he is acting as one to the current Augusta with Alauda acting as his back up.
Big Bad: Since he does most of the work and he is doing this more for his former empress instead of following the current Augusta's orders.
Memento MacGuffin: He wears a rosary bracelet just like Empress Farahnāz. Possibly the very same one.
No Place for Me There: He chooses to die on the Grand Exile rather than be rescued by Fam and Giselle since his war has finally united the people of Earth, the world that Sara deserves to rule in peace.
Not So Stoic: He snaps something awful when Empress Farahnāz was killed protecting Liliana.
Pointy Ears: While it's a trait common to people in Ades Luscinia is a much purer example since he and Alauda have the most Guild-like designs, hinting at them being former bodyguard type Guildsmen since they only come in pairs or "Twins".
The 10-year-old Empress of the Ades Federation, Sara is surprisingly well-informed about the conflict her generals are prosecuting in her name. Kind and compassionate, she seems to understand the spirit behind the war if not the grim specifics of it; though you wonder how much she would support the war if she knew everything Luscinia was doing in her name. Despite this she is still a little girl, and as such enjoys simple pleasures like having shoulder rides (care of General Kayvān).
Fan Nickname: Quite unflattering (and unfair) "Loli Hitler", given that Ades is often interpreted just as a bunch of Sky Nazis. Though it was mostly forgotten in the second half of the series.
Parental Abandonment: Her father's whereabouts are yet to be specified. Her mother was assassinated.
Pointy Ears: Much like many people in Ades, though in Sārā's case it might be a clue who her father is and proof of her nobility, since most are of guild descent. It turns out that, like Liliana and Alvis, she not only has Guild blood in her but she is in fact the Key to the Grand Exile.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Brian Mathis (English)
The commander of Ades' 2nd Fleet, General Kayvan is a big bear of a man whose gentleness with children, particularly his monarch Augusta Sara, belies his gruff exterior. While seemingly not that imaginative a commander, at least when compared with younger peers Ōrang or Sorūsh, he makes up for it through determination and bravery.
Commander of the 3rd Fleet of the Ades Federation, Ōrang is calm and methodical, and seems to have a plan or strategy ready for each encounter. He and Sorūsh are old friends, having known each other since their days in the Academy.
Suave and handsome, General Sorūsh is the commander of the Ades Federation's 4th Fleet, and known as much for his womanizing as for the way he quickly deploys the ships under his command. He is an old friend of General Ōrang, though his lecherous antics often gets on his more straight-laced friend's nerves.
Honor Before Reason: He continues on with his attack on Vasant's flagship, despite knowing that Augusta Sārā was on it and it would likely alienate his closest ally and best friend Ōrang.
Keep the Reward: In the finale, he was in line for the Premier position, but turns it down and goes off somewhere else. The position is given to Ōrang instead.
Law of Chromatic Superiority: Sorūsh's red-themed fleet of ships seems to be faster than all the other ships that the Ades Federation has under its disposal. Indeed his flagship the Serapati is called the fastest warship of its airborne navy.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Seemingly the Red Oni to Ōrang's Blue, but the latter points out that Sorūsh is much more logical and, as later events show, brutally pragmatic than he is.
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)
The commander of the Ades Federation's 1st Fleet, General Sadri has been kept busy lately trying to track down and capture, if possible, the elusive ghost ship Silvius. It was through his quiet support that Luscinia was able to rise to his current place of power, of which the Premier is thankful to the elder general for.
Badass Grandpa: He's definitely the oldest of the Ades generals, and seems to be more than a fine strategist, seeing as how he was able to corner the Sylvius (and it may not be the first time).
The Men First: He's entirely willing to lose a modern battleship but save its crew. The fact that these men are skilled and well trained and are going to save their experience for the Federation is a welcome addition.
The Strategist: Showcased wonderfully in the attack on Boreas where he sows confusion in the Alliance's ranks, which actually causes the Glacies contingent to attack their allies, the Ades 3rd Fleet.
We Have Reserves: Totally and utterly averted. He cares and values his men, and much prefer them over the materiel. Even if it was altruistic(as mentioned, saving the crew saves the trouble of training a new one), but still better than the alternative.
You Remind Me of X: Fam reminds Sadri of his daughter Raha. Not surprising, since Fam is Raha's daughter.
Ostensibly the commander of Ades 5th Fleet, General Vasant rarely goes out on campaigns these days, and prefers to stay by the side of the young ruler of the Federation. She ostensibly serves as Augusta Sara's adviser, but it would be more accurate to call her the Empress' guardian. Vasant herself isn't an Ades native, and instead hails from Keios, a troublesome territory that was annexed sometime during the previous Augusta's reign.
A Mother to Her Men: ... Which is why she wasn't happy when her countrymen are sent to spearhead the attack on Glacies.
Boobs of Steel: Her scarf really makes her large bust quite noticeable. And of course, being an exceptional general, she definitely qualifies as one.
Enemy Mine: She allies with some of Ades old enemies-turned-annexed territories and other aggrieved parties against Luscinia.
Heel-Face Turn: The slaughter of her countrymen in the assault on Glacies does NOT sit well with Vasant, enough that it causes her to rebel against Luscinia.
Killed Off for Real: Luscinia finally (and personally) disposes of her when she tries to stop him from taking Augusta Sārā.
Parental Substitute: She serves as Augusta's mother figure, something she swore to do after Farahnāz was assassinated.
Undying Loyalty: To the ideals of the previous Empress Augusta. Though she was a firm believer in unification even as a cadet, despite being part of the annexed country of Keios, this only strengthened when Augusta Farahnāz was killed.
The head of Ades' intelligence bureau, Alauda reports directly (and only) to the Premier Luscinia. Aside from information gathering, he seems to oversee some of the darker aspects of the Federation's governance, such as disposing of enemies of the state and other undesirables.
Ades' previous empress, a kind and compassionate, universally respectednote Well, almost universally woman with a goal of uniting the world and bringing it to peace. Tended to inspire Undying Loyalty in her friends and subordinates.
Irony: She started the peace treaty between the various nations in order to stop the killings and end the Earth Natives discrimination against the Exiles, yet it was the Exiles who she wanted to protect that killed her. Also, her desire for world peace has been interpreted after her death as justifying terrible wars.
Apparently is was her death specifically that convinced Luscinia in impossibility of integrating Exiles and Natives peacefully.
A Mother to Her Men: Especially to her Guildsmen bodyguards Luscinia and Alauda, whom she treated like her sons.
Captain of the infamous ghost ship, Tatiana is outwardly cool and all-business. She is also a skilled vanship pilot, a fact that she displays to full effect when a certain young and cheeky Sky Pirate thinks that her ship is easy pickings.
Back in the Saddle: She and Alister sortie out in their vanship once again for the climax.
Call Back: Near the end of the original series, she was briefly torn between serving on the bridge in place of Sophia and piloting but ultimately chose her vanship. Now she is bothThe Captain and Ace Pilot.
Tatiana's Executive Officer, Alister is much more expressive (and even-handed) than her captain. She takes over command of the Silvius whenever Tatiana feels the need to personally pilot her vanship during missions. She's been Tatiana's best friend for a long time and, being much more sly and scheming as it would look from the outside, isn't above manipulating her much more direct and straitlaced mate.
Back in the Saddle: She and Tatiana sortie out in their vanship once again for the final battle against Luscinia.
Cat Smile: She does this a lot when nobody's looking. Can be seen even on her image above.
Cool Big Sis: Takes up this role with Giselle, likely due to her own experiences as Tatiana's navi.
Voiced by: Hozumi Gôda (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)
The supreme commander of the armed forces of the United Kingdom of Anatoray-Disith, Vincent is also the captain of the warship Urbanus. With the bulk of Anatoray and Disith's forces still off-planet, Vincent has been trying his best to cultivate alliances against a future confrontation with the Ades Federation. So far he hasn't had much success with isolationist Glacies, but the crisis in Turan has opened up opportunities for the wily leader.
The Captain: And his warship the Urbanus makes its return with him.
The Cavalry: Arrives with the the Anatoray half of Prester's fleet just in time for the push against the Grand Exile.
Drink Order: Vincent sure loves his 'battleship coffee', and most of the time is shown with a cup of it either in hand or within easy reach.
Know When to Fold 'Em: Took the hard decision to leave the Silvius to fend for itself to keep Alvis away from one more Guild's abduction attempt.
The Key to Anatoray-Disith's Exile, Alvis is obviously an important person to the people of Anatoray-Disith, as well as the long-term goals of its leaders, particularly in the ongoing conflict with Ades. She is an acquaintance of Dio, whom she had some adventures with in the past.
The Empath: Al has a very specialized version of the ability: she can sense the activation (or destruction) of other Exiles, as well as their Keys. The latter facet of her ability becomes important in the climax as it helps Fam and Giselle locate Sara within the bowels of the Grand Exile. This ability was hinted at during the first series through her dreams, but only became prominent in the Silver Wing due to the presence of all the other Exiles.
An ex-courier and talented vanship pilot, Claus was a hero of the conflict that raged in his homeworld of Prester. He and Dio have some history together, and with his closest friend Lavie was Alvis' caretaker. He is currently recovering from injuries received from an unknown source in New Anatoray, under Lavie's supervision.
All There in the Manual: Claus' adventures after the previous series are only now being described in the Travelers from the Hourglass manga.
Continuity Nod: The whole of episode 15.5 is a reminder that, yes, Claus was the main character of the previous Last Exile.
Demoted to Extra: Like his friend Lavie, Claus only appears in a cameo at the end of one of the recap episodes and in the series' finale.
Also one of the many heroes of the war that engulfed her native colony-world of Prester, Lavie is one of Alvis closest friends and, prior to the escalating conflict with the Ades Federation, her caretaker. She is currently in New Anatoray, helping Claus recover from his injuries.
All In The Manual: Lavie's adventures prior to Fam, The Silver Wing are only now being revealed through the Travelers from the Hourglass manga.
The sovereign of the Anatoray segment of the United Kingdom of Anatoray-Disith, Sophia is also the captain of the warship Silvana. She arrives with her country's fleet just in time for the final push against Luscinia and his loyalists.
Badass: Sophia seems to have done some level-grinding in this aspect in the two years since her people returned to Earth.
The Captain: She takes over Alex's Rowe's mantle as commander of the Silvana.
Dian is the leader of the Adamas Squadron, one of the many rocket vanship squads tasked with defending the Glacies border from interlopers. She serves in dual role of pilot and 'Winged Priestess/Witches', an embodiment of the "Goddess" the people of Glacies worship. First initially encountered during the Silvius' battle with the Ades Federation's 1st Fleet, Dian later saves Fam and her friends from their Ades pursuers, and helps gather the parts they need to repair their damaged vespa.
My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes her desire for revenge for her people destroyed the peace Sara had worked so hard for and killing Liliana, the woman who destroyed her country, made her sick and sad.
Revenge Before Reason: Insists on attacking anyone involved in the fall of Glacies, whether they're already nominally allies (Ōrang and his 3rd Fleet) or just preventing her from getting her revenge (Fam).
Primula's Navi. Magnolia is the only Winged Priestess shown so far that speaks anything other than her native Glacian. This makes her a spokeswoman of sorts for her contingent whenever they need to talk to people who don't understand their language.
The crown princess of the Kingdom of Turan, Liliana is regal, mature, and level-headed despite the crisis facing her country, traits that her younger sister Millia admires and seeks to emulate. Having encountered Luscinia in her youth, she is shocked at how someone who used to be so kind would want to destroy her homeland.
Silk Hiding Steel: Regal and mature, she treats the Sky Pirates as timely allies instead of enemies.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: She joins Luscinia and his plans after realizing that even though he is bent on conquering the world and killed her father, killing him will only makes things worse since his death will lead to a massive civil war in Ades over his position and the Exile nations will use that war to their advantage to grab power. As a result, she choose the Lesser of Two Evils believing it's the only way to save the world even if it means people calling her a witch.
An eccentric yet extremely skilled vanship pilot, Dio appeared at Kartoffel six months prior to the start of the series, and has stayed there ever since. A regular visitor to the Vingt household, Dio comes off as a whimsical slacker, but shows a surprising amount of insight, particularly regarding the Ades Federation's aggressive actions against its neighbors.
Ace Pilot: Already evident, but supported by the fact that he's the CO of the Silvius' vanship wing, taking over from Tatiana.
Bad Ass: Pretty much slaughters a squad of Guild-trained assassins with what amounts to a keychain◊, (in reality a retracted lightsaber) all the while carrying Alvis under one arm.
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Atamora), Takako Honda (Tereza), Nao Touyama (Félicité), Kanako Miyamoto (René), and Kanae Ito (Adelle) (Japanese), Brad Jackson (Atamora), Melinda Wood Allen (Tereza), Apphia Yu (Félicité), Lara Woodhull (René), and Holly Franklin (Adelle) (English)
Giselle's family, of which Fam is an unofficial member. It is composed of family patriarch Atamora, his wife Tereza, and Giselle's three siblings: second daughter Félicité, only son René, and youngest daughter Adelle.Atamora is the leader of the Sky Pirates of Kartoffel, which means that he's also Fam's boss during skyship hunts. Despite this, Fam often gives him lip, but he just lets this slide since she is technically family. He was once a known vanship pilot in his youth, and was even a participant in the last Grand Race before it was discontinued due to war.
Voiced by:Chiwa Saito (Japanese), Kara Edwards (English)
Milia's young servant, easily-flustered Teddy is in some ways perfectly-suited to serving the demanding and headstrong younger princess, doing her bidding (mostly) without complaint. That said, one gets the feeling that Teddy would be rather be preparing tea and snacks somewhere quiet and unexciting. Alas, as long as he is under Milia's service, this wish will remain forever out of his reach.