Characters: Linebarrels of Iron
Here are the chracter features in the anime/manga series Linebarrels of Iron. Beware of spoilers.Contributions are most welcome.
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Koichi HayaseThe Hero of the story, a bullied 14-year old kid who becomes Linebarrel's Factor.
- Accidental Pervert
- Badass: ESPECIALLY after Character Development.
- Break the Haughty: And boy, does he get broken. Hard.
- Butt Monkey
- Cannot Spit It Out: His feelings for Emi
- Clueless Chick Magnet: The guy has four beautiful girls all after him... and yet, he only appears to be romantically interested in Emi.
- Declaration of Protection: Towards Emi, mostly. But despite not noticing the other girls' crushes, he's still quite protective towards all of them.
- First Episode Resurrection: In the anime.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: The main weapons of Linebarrel being two Katanas.
- Idiot Hero
- Jerkass: Before Character Development (though with touches of Jerkass Woobie)
- Jumped at the Call: Deconstructed. His behaviour in his first battles caused lots of property damage, as he lashes out towards anyone.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Kato and, in the anime, to Masaki.
- Unskilled, but Strong: For the most part he just uses Linebarrel's extreme power to win. Although he can hardly be called a poor fighter, compared to Reiji's skillful swordsman ship he basically just wacks people with his swords as hard as he can and can't really use the Executor as anything other than a wide area single shot blast. He pretty much could not beat Reiji straight up, without using modes B and C to overpower him. In the manga he's shown to be a flat out terrible pilot if he can't use Linebarrel. In one fight he needs to use a Jinrai (an Mass produced Arma that can match a Machina in the right hands), and he does more damage to the enemy by jumping out and punching it with his Factor enhanced strength than the Jinrai's weapons.
- Unstoppable Rage: In response to Yajima's death. And, towards the end of the anime, in response to Emi's.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He receives quite a lot of these, especially at first.
Emi KizakiSomehow, she is also one of its Factors.
- Badass Adorable: A sweet girl who cares about her friends & Hayase who also happens to be an even more experienced Factor than the hero, not to mention being the 2nd Factor of Linebarrel.
- Cannot Spit It Out
- Catch Phrase: "You're the worst!" / "You make me sick!"
- Chainsaw Good: Episode 6, though it's Played for Laughs
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's just as clingy and jealous as Risako. She just does a (slightly) better job at hiding it.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: In the first few episodes.
- Fish out of Water: "What's a Christmas party?"
- However in the Manga, she's aware of things like that, due to Living in this era longer
- It's All My Fault: Mostly in Episode 15, as she thinks that it's her fault if Juda has been scattered and people are dying to protect her.
- Naked on Arrival: Only in the anime.
- Really 700 Years Old: Around 650+ years old.
- Took A Levelin Badass: post timeskip she's sporting a shorter haircut, calling herself a "heroine of justice" and piloting Katou's Tsukyomi Arma.
- The Ace: In the manga, Hayase even stated that Moritsugu is the role model the he want to become.
- Ace Pilot: And how!
- Blood Knight: As a kid he would used to get into fights under the pretext of "being an ally of justice". A recent battle in the manga hints that he still has that tendency.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His first two fights with Koichi consist of nothing but him beating the crap out of the poor kid. However, he gets on the receiving side of this trope in the anime when Emi gets in Linebarrel's cockpit.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up being raised by his sister and upon finding out he can't feel pain, starts getting into fights, and that eventually ends up getting him in trouble with the law
- Fake Defector
- Feel No Pain
- Genius Bruiser: He's well educated about things, and quite a mastermind in the manga
- I Am Not Left-Handed: One of Verdant's eyes appears damaged and when Koichi attempts to attack him from his "blind side", Reiji has the eye heal at that moment
- Mundane Made Awesome: In the manga, he makes having a bunch of bags along his arms look quite dramatic. Koichi attempts to do the same and fails.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Stoic
- Stoic Spectacles
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese) and Barry Yandell (English)An eccentric old man and CEO of the JUDA company, as well as the Factor of Juda in the manga.
- Big Good
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yes, the perverted guy who likes pranking people is the boss of a world-protecting organization, why do you ask?
- Cool Old Guy
- Defector from Decadence: From the Katou Organization
- Heroic Sacrifice:In the manga, to close the gate to the other world while the Human-Machina were trying to come out of it.
- It Amused Me: The reason for many of his pranks
- Killed Off for Real: In anime, by Reiji, and in the manga due to a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Really 700 Years Old: Around 70+ years old, old enough to participate in World War II.
- Sacrificial Lion: Again, in the anime.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese) and Mary Morgan (English)A 16-year-old member of the JUDA STF and Factor of Hind-Kind
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: It doesn't help that he's voiced by women.
- Hero-Worshipper: For Reiji. So of course the poor kid goes in a complete Heroic BSOD when Reiji turns traitor...
- Ill Boy: When he was younger. He got better after becoming a Factor.
- Nice Guy
- She's a Man in Japan: A very odd example. In the manga, Yamashita was without a doubt a male. He has suit design that is masculine, but he still was made fun of for looking like a girl. However in the anime, it's the exact opposite. In the anime adaptation, Yamashita is an androgynous woman that looks like a boy. This change might have been made because Gonzo didn't like the idea of a boy possibly having romantic feelings for a man(In this case, Reiji) when Linebarrels of Iron seem to be pandering at a male crowd.
Miu Kujoushe is an idol singer, who decided to join in the mid parts of the storyline after Koichi saves her.
- Action Girl
- Badass Adorable
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Broken Bird: She was already being bullied to the point of committing suicide, but after the timeskip she gets fired from her job as an idol singer because the factors joined with Katou, her fans turn on her, and her wanting to kill them ended up turning Deceive into a humanioid, leading to Izuna's death.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally a character created for the anime, who eventually made it into the original manga, albeit with a completely different story and personality.
- Subverted: She was originally made for the manga, but the anime decided to introduce her much much earlier, using only the bare-bone early manga design notes as a base.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Her huge pink ribbon.
- Gag Boobs
- Heroic BSOD: In the anime, after Masaki gives her a nasty "The Reason You Suck" Speech, telling her that she's too weak to be a Factor.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Koichi.
- Interrupted Suicide: In the manga, she was ready to jump off a building, until Koichi saw her and talked her out of it.
- Nice Girl: At least in the anime.
- Parental Abandonment
- Rescue Romance: About the one thing her anime self and manga self have in common is her falling in love with Koichi after he saved her (though in different ways).
- Senpai Kohai: After Koichi gets into high school, Miu turns out to his senpai. Ironically, sometime after they find this out, Miu becomes Painkiller's Factor, and she noted that this time, he's her senpai.
- Yandere: The manga version of her is... different. In fact, she's so fucked up in the head that Painkiller made her its factor believing she was dying. She finally snaps after Kouichi disappears when the Time Skip happens.
The Endou twinsA pair 14-year-old twins who are both Factors for Deceive.
- Action Girl
- Berserk Button: Do not call her "bobcut".
- Butt Monkey: Whenever the mood of the show turns comedic, it's often at her expense.
- Cry Cute: Normal Shizuna - a tough, aggressive tomboy who takes crap from no one. Crying Shizuna - a total and complete Woobie.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Actually invoked when Koichi gives her his necktie holder as an hairpin. Shizuna's response is... quite spectacular.
- Genki Girl: Aw yeah!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Beneath all that arrogance and bluster, Shizuna is actually a very warm person.
- Kansai Regional Accent
- My Brother Is Off Limits
- Tsundere: Bonafide Type A
- Ax-Crazy: In the anime, when trying to link with Central's Hive Mind.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After all, he's the one who controls the Deceive's Nerve Crack cables...
- Also has a pretty dark side in the manga.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Killed Off for Real
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to Deceive's ability he doesn't remember his powers or how his father died.
- Nice Guy
- Teen Genius: He does work with the Juda scientific personnel, after all. Though Rachel still outclasses him...
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He's a Seer but the fact that he can only see bad futures seem to have affect him mentally.
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese) and Tia Ballard (English)JUDA's 12 year old Chief of Research and Development. She mainly handle's the Machina's maintainance.
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 25 and a few pages in the Manga.
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Canon Immigrant: Subverted, along with Miu. The anime used things much earlier then they showed up in the manga with no real explaination.
- Cry Cute: After Ishigami's death in the anime.
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails
- Improbable Age
- Insufferable Genius
- Little Miss Snarker
Hisataka KatouFactor of the Shangri-La.
- Affably Evil: Always polite and respectful, even to a bitter enemy.
- Anti-Villain: Type III on the sliding scale.
- Big Bad
- Big Good: After Ishigami's death.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A villainous example.
- The Chessmaster
- Cool Ship: The Shangri-La is pretty much a huge spaceship.
- Easily Forgiven: Subverted in the anime, as Koichi does not forgive him for his crimes, but accepts to put his resentment aside and work with him for the greater good. Played straight in the manga, where Koichi does forgive him, and even offers to help him. Admittedly, his goals in the manga are different from the anime.
- Heel-Face Turn: In the manga, he decides to try things the way his old friend Ishigami did, and leads the rest of his organization with the members of JUDA.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the anime.
- Killed Off for Real: Again, in the anime.
- Emi, I Am Your Older Brother: Anime-only. In the manga, he was her father's live-in assistant, though it is mentioned that a young Emi did see him as a brother of sorts (as well as considered part of the family).
- Non-Action Guy
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Self-Made Orphan: At Amagatsus' request, no less.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to save the Earth from the other world's invasion by stirring people's imagination. The means he uses to do that, though, are quite debatable.
Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (Japanese) and Tony Patterson (English)Factor of Glein-Neidr, and, by extention, Naked, and Captain of Katou's 1st Squad.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the top ranking captain of the Kato Organization, and also the best pilot.
- Badass: Repeat; best pilot and a heavy firepower machina.
- Breaking Speech: He becomes fond of these as the ending of the anime comes close. They work on Miu but not on Koichi.
- The Dragon: To Katou in the manga. In the anime, he acts like he is, when in reality, he is this to Central.
- Heel-Face Turn:In the manga, with the rest of the Katou Organization.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: The reason why he's so pissed off with Ishigami in the manga; he literally treated him like his own father, and is justifiably upset when he left them with no explanation immediately after mounting Juda.
- Nice Hat
- Peek-a-Bangs: Justified in the anime. He needs it to hide his cybernetic eye, which would reveal that he's a Machina Human. Not quite explained in the manga.
- Superpower Lottery: The beam spamming heavily armored Glein Nieder is much much better than all the other Machina. Even Linebarrel can't dent it without help.AND it has Naked inside it.
Yasosuke SanadaCaptain of Katou's 2nd Squad. An old man who appears only the manga. He pilots the custom Arma, Tsuranagi.
Soubi Nakajimahe is the 72-year old leader of his village (having stopped aging at 17 due his being a Factor), who eventually decides to join JUDA's Special Task Force.
- Really 700 Years Old: In the manga.
- The Rival: In the anime, he's sort of one to Miu... or at least, he tends to single her out in battle. Miu doesn't reciprocate the enmity.
- Shock and Awe: His Talisman's main weapon is an electrified lance.
- Sixth Ranger: In the manga.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Again, in the manga.
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese) and Kent Williams (English)31-year-old captain of Katou's 3rd Squad. He pilots the custom Arma, Kagutsuchi.
- Blank White Eyes: They're actually pretty scary.
- The Comically Serious
- Stuffed In The Fridge: He's killed rather uncerimoniously in order to draw out Sawatari's rage.
- Villainous Friendship: With Sawatari.
Takuro SawatariEventually betreays Katou, and becomes the Factor of the Machina, Lostbarrel.
- Badass Normal: Like most members of the Kato Organization.
- Blood Knight
- Evil Counterpart: Lostbarrel to Linebarrel. Practically identical, but has one key feature different: unlike Linebarrel, Lostbarrel uses dual laser blades.
- Hot-Blooded: Complete with Hot-Blooded Sideburns.
- Karma Houdini
- Pet the Dog: His interactions with Demitri (and Soubi in the anime) bring out his better side.
- Villainous Friendship: With Soubi in the anime, and with Demitri in both continuities.
Matt ReznorCaptain of Katou's 5th Squad who, like Sanada, only appears in the manga. He pilots the custom Arma, Kagaseo.
- Heel-Face Turn: With the rest of the Katou Organization.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV on the sliding scale.
- Badass: Is there any way to deny it?
- Heel-Face Turn: In the anime, motivated by his desire to fight Reiji, and in the manga, when Katou and JUDA joined together.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- Noble Demon
- The Comically Serious: He has quite an reaction to someone drinking his bottle of milk in the manga after Katou and JUDA join forces
- The Rival: Considers himself to be Reiji's.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Robosexual: In the anime, he gets a huge crush on Risako.
- Scary Black Man
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (Japanese) and Michele Specht (English)27-year-old captain of Katou's 7th squad. She pilots the custom Arma, Tsubakihime.
- Badass Normal: Can fight against with the best of the Machina in a technically weaker machine.
- Best Beer Ever
- Boobs of Steel
- Chainsaw Good: Her Arma, the Tsubaki-Hime, has a couple of arm-mounted buzzsaws.
- Dark Action Girl
- Evil Redhead
- High Heel-Face Turn.
- Mysterious Woman
- The Vamp: Just ask Izuna...
- Berserk Button: Don't make fun of his funny appearence... or, worse yet, say that he lacks imagination.
- Fat Bastard
- For the Evulz: He wants to show the world his capacity for imagination - which translates to blowing up major cities and killing as many people as he can.
- Killed Off for Real: In the manga after being defeated by Emi as Satawari calls him saying that he's stepped out of line by Katou's standards right before Satawari's men finish him off.
- Mad Bomber
- The Napoleon
- Smug Snake
- The Sociopath: God, yes.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the manga, he gets a pretty huge one when Kouichi presses his Berserk Button. And an even bigger one when Emi defeats him in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Villainous Glutton: Even when he's fighting Kouichi.
Risako NiiyamaChildhood Friend to Koichi and Yajima, who's had a crush on the former for long time.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Koichi often gets on the receiving end.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She has had a crush on Koichi for long time. Koichi cares a lot about her, but not the way she wanted. After the Time Skip, we find out she started going out with their other Childhood Friend, Yajima.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Gag Boobs
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
- Locked Out of the Loop: And rather pissed about it.
- Misery Poker: In the manga, though it's mostly Played for Laughs.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In the manga, her role in the story declines to this.
- Tsundere: She's a Type B in the anime - mostly sweet and nice, but don't make her angry.
Voiced by: Go Shinomiya (Japanese) and Joel McDonald (English)Childhood Friend of Koichi and Risako, who's protected the former from bullies since they were kids. His death was a major turning point for Koichi. He eventually comes back to life as the Factor to the Machina Apparition, and eventually joins up with his best friend.
- Back from the Dead: As Apparition's Factor.
- Bully Hunter: He's the one who protected Kouichi from bullies when they were little. Deconstructed in the anime, as he was doing that mostly to look good in Risako's eyes.
- Canon Immigrant: Not him, but rather, his piloting Apparition.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He has a crush on Risako. While it was unrequited in the anime, the two do start dating in the manga after the Time Skip.
- Friendly Sniper
- The Gwen Stacy: A rare male example.
Voiced by: Jun Konno (Japanese) and Jerry Jewell (English)A student at Koichi's school who is good at fighting and loves to flirt with cute girls. After being amazed at Linebarrel, he decides to join Hayase's group of friends (dragging along Furuya, who used to bully Koichi), dubbing them the "Hayase Corps." Eventually pilots a custom Jin-Rai (a production model machine created by Kiriyama Heavy Industries intended to replace Arma, and possibly, JUDA's machina) and joins up the members of JUDA.
- Anime Hair
- Casanova Wannabe
- Chivalrous Pervert
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Large Ham
- Weak, but Skilled: Only in regards to Factors and mecha combat. Compared to most people his age, he's both Strong AND Skilled.
Eiji KiriyamaHe is the Factor of Pretender.
- The Atoner: In the manga.
- Big Bad Wannabe
- Death by Adaptation
- Faux Affably Evil
- Heel-Face Turn: In the manga, he ends up joining the heroes after some offscreen character development to make up for all he's done.
- Not So Different: Eiji is childish, arrogant and has a pathological need to be always right: pretty much how Koichi might have turned out had he not realized his mistakes.
- Redemption Equals Death: What his fate would've been in the manga had Koichi not saved him at the last second.
- Rival Turned Evil: For Reiji.
- Smug Snake
Amagatsu KizakiEmi's father and Katou's master. The creator of Machina and nanomachines. Was the original Factor for Linebarrel, and created the current Linebarrel and Lostbarrel.
*spoilers for the anime adaptation*
*spoilers for the original manga*