!Madlax [[spoiler:(The Gatekeeper of Hell is All Alone)]]

-->''Voiced by: Creator/SanaeKobayashi (Japanese) Creator/NancyNovotny''

An agent for hire in the war torn country of Gazth-Sonika. [[spoiler:She is a part of Margaret, released after the horrible plane crash incident.]]
* ActionGirl: As the highest rated mercenary in Gazth-Sonika, this is a given.
* AllLovingHero: She's kind to everyone, sticks her neck out for people she barely knows, and only fights to bring an end to the war in Gazth-Sonika. A perfect example of this is when she's hired to publicly assassinate the commander of Gazth-Sonika's armies, Guen [=McNichol=]. When she's told that the target was also the person who commissioned the hit, she sneaks into his residence at night and, after discerning his motives, comforts him before leaving.
* AntiHero: She's not a bad person once you get to know her, she'll stick her neck out for friends and even acquaintances, and she's only fighting to put an end to the war as quickly as possible, but she's still a mercenary-- considered to be the very best (read: possessing the highest bodycount) in Gazth-Sonika-- who kills hundreds without really batting an eye.
* AssKickingPose: She has a lot of these.
* BadassAdorable: Madlax is oh so very sweet and cute for a mercenary.
* BiTheWay: She's shown some interest in men, but her relationship with Vanessa is decidedly ''not'' platonic.
%%* BigDamnHeroes
* CodeName: Her name has always simply been known as MADLAX.
* CompressedHair: Her hair disappears whenever she wears a motorbike helmet.
* CursedWithAwesome: [[spoiler: Her {{Immortality}}.]]
* DissonantSerenity: She's terrifyingly calm whenever she fights. Sometimes, she even closes her eyes.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: She has ''extremely'' honed combat instincts and, despite her young age, several years of hard combat experience under her belt, but aside from that she's pretty much normal. [[spoiler:We find out later in the series that she's also immortal, but she still qualifies for this trope because her immortality really isn't any help in combat because it doesn't heal her fast enough, and while Madlax can't die, she can still ''lose''.]] We've even [[Pantheon/{{Heroes}} deified her]].
%%* FingerlessGloves
%%* GunFu
%%* TheGunslinger: Well, naturally.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Although she didn't know the meaning of what it meant to be "normal" at first in Episode 8.
%%* InnocentFanserviceGirl
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: The red and [[WomanInWhite white]] cocktail dresses.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: She can snipe a target from farther away than even an expert sniper thought possible. Then there's her hitting her targets despite not looking directly at them from a considerable distance away using just a pistol. And finally, she also brought down an attack helicopter by firing a FAMAS while she was hugging it like a stuffed toy.
* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: Madlax isn't the first person to go by that title. The first one was Margaret's father.]]
%%* MeaningfulName
%%* MsFanservice
%%* MysteriousPast: Just one of many.
* OneManArmy: Platoons- even companies- of soldiers can do nothing but die in droves when Madlax starts fighting.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Madlax" is her codename, but everyone uses it.
%%* OnlyOneName
%%* OutOfTheInferno: In Episode 1.
* PrinceCharming: Sees herself as this for Vanessa. Her exact line from Episode 12 as she's about to face off against Limelda once again:
-->'''Madlax:''' Vanessa Rene, you're the princess. And... I'm the prince. So I have to go. Because the scary person is coming.
* ShipTease: With multiple characters. She has some with Guen [=McNichol=] (a person she kills later on in that episode), and Chris (a young boy she's assigned to protect in Episode 5). However, [[BiTheWay she has the most teasing]] with [[LipstickLesbian Vanessa Rene]], whom she spends protecting for a majority of the series.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Yanmaani!
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: "Yeah, PASTA!"
* UnscrupulousHero: While she's a very nice person, she's still a mercenary and as a result of her job, she leaves a considerable amount of bodies behind in her wake.
* WeaponOfChoice: The SIG P210.
%%* WhoWearsShortShorts

!Margaret Burton

-->''Voiced by Creator/HoukoKuwashima (Japanese), Creator/LuciChristian (English)''

A usually sleepy eyed and slightly amnesiac aristocrat.


%%* AwfulTruth
* BadassAdorable: [[spoiler:Becomes this in later episodes.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Somewhat spacey most of the time (the first episode has her walking to school in the wrong direction). [[GeniusDitz She's far from stupid]], though.
%%* EasyAmnesia
%%* EvilCostumeSwitch: Dark Margaret.
%%* HiddenEyes: Dark Margaret.]]
%%* IdiotHair
%%* MysteriousPast
* ObliviousToLove:
** She doesn't know what her classmates meant when she's on "someone else's mind" and she actually thought that she did something wrong to the guy instead.
** She also doesn't seem to notice [[spoiler: Elenore's feelings for her]]. Or [[spoiler: Carrossea's/Poupee's]].
%%* SmallGirlBigGun
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: PASTA! Yeah, Pasta!
* ZettaiRyouiki: In her school uniform.

!Elenore Baker [[spoiler:(Everyday Gatekeeper)]]

-->''Voiced by: Creator/AiUchikawa (Japanese), Creator/KiraVincentDavis (English)''

Margaret's loving and very devoted personal assistant and maid.
* ActionGirl: In certain circles it's joked er... hinted that she's the teacher of Roberta from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''.
* BadassLesbian: She can kick ass along with Madlax and she's very much dedicated [[spoiler: to her master Margaret]].
* BeachEpisode: Episode 9. One of the few times in the series that you see her wearing something ''other'' than her maid uniform.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's very nice but if harm comes to Margaret, she will show no mercy to the perpetrator. Lopez found this out the hard way in Episode 6 and when Margaret revealed that her wrist hurt because of Lopez's grip, Elenore didn't hesitate to break Lopez's wrist in turn.
* CannotSpitItOut: In Episode 21. When she finds out that [[spoiler: Margaret went through the Gate of Truth with Carrossea]], she states that this can't be possible because [[spoiler: Margaret]] is... Something to her. Elenore couldn't say it out properly but it's clear what she was going to say.
** And again in Episode 24 during a flashback. As she takes up Vanessa's offer of being driven back home after doing some grocery shopping, Vanessa asks if looking after [[spoiler: Margaret all the time is tedious. Elenore denies this and says that protecting Margaret is the most important thing to her and that Margaret is... Something to her once again. Despite prodding by Vanessa to continue, Elenore doesn't but once again, it's made clear what she meant to say]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Downplayed example towards Margaret as she doesn't want Margaret to grow fond of any guys. She does deny it when Vanessa asks her about it, though.
** Later cranked up in Episode 17, though. She doesn't take kindly to Carrossea getting closer to Margaret.
* GainaxEnding: Her fate [[spoiler:and that of Vanessa and Carrossea]] has been the cause of some intense debates over [[spoiler:if Margaret resurrected her or not.]]
* JustFriends: Vanessa and her in the first half of the series, until Vanessa hooks up with Madlax.
* KickChick: Watch Episodes 6 and 24 for prime examples of this.
%%* LetsGetDangerous: Episode 6.
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Episode 14.
%%* {{Meido}}
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler: Tragically becomes one.]]
* NinjaMaid: Oh God, does she ever prove it. In fact, she did such a good job of proving it that we've made her the ''[[Pantheon/{{Combat}} Greater Goddess]]'' of {{Ninja Maid}}s.
* OldRetainer: Her grandpa was this, and she'd fit if not for her age since the Bakers have served the Burtons for generations.
* PluckyGirl: Pretty much one the entire series.
* SmallGirlBigGun: One episode she gets on a mounted gun and starts firing off like hell.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Margaret. Regardless of the circumstances, she will always protect her master.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Episode 14. The only other episode that she wears something ''other'' than her maid uniform.

!Vanessa Rene [[spoiler:(Gatekeeper of Happiness)]]

-->''Voiced by: Creator/SatsukiYukino (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English)''

Margaret and Elenore's friend who's determined to find the truth and clear her parent's names. She's also an employee of Bookwald in order to find their connection to the civil war Gazth-Sonika.
* BodyguardCrush: On Madlax. It's mutual.
* CoolBigSis: To Elenore and Margaret.
* [[spoiler:DiedHappilyEverAfter: Vanessa is reunited with her parents after saying goodbye to Madlax.]]
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: Her ultimate fate at the end of the series. Whether Margaret used the books to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] her was left up in the air.]]
* GainingTheWillToKill: The ActualPacifist Vanessa has trouble coming to terms with shooting a guy to protect Madlax until the latter confirms that she only wounded him. Still, this leads to quite a bit of CharacterDevelopment in Vanessa, who eventually asks Madlax to [[TeachMeHowToFight teach her to shoot properly]].
* GuileHeroine: Considering she has no combat experience and has never even picked up a gun [[spoiler: (at first anyway)]], she relies on her wit in order to survive and get the information that she needs. Best shown when she finally arrives at Gazth-Sonika and she [[spoiler: needs to find the terminal containing the data that will expose her company's illegal dealings in the country]].
* HeroicBSOD: She has one at the beginning of Episode 17 after she shoots a soldier that was about to kill Madlax. While Vanessa fails to actually kill the soldier and only wounds him (he's shown to be alive later on in the episode with his right arm in a sling), she still considers the act of just shooting someone "unforgivable." She later snaps out of it and asks Madlax to teach her how to shoot.
* HeroicSacrifice: Shields Madlax [[spoiler: from getting shot by Limelda]].
* JustFriends: With Elenore.
* LipstickLesbian: While it's never actually stated, whatever her relationship with them is, she tends to flirt with/check out Elenore and Madlax, yet she's never shown doing the same to a man.
* NiceHat: She has one in the BeachEpisode.
* SenselessSacrifice: She [[spoiler: takes a bullet for Madlax near the end of the series]]. However, considering [[spoiler: Madlax is immortal and immune to all forms of conventional damage, she died for nothing]].
* ShipTease: With Madlax.
* ThePromise: Her's to Madlax and vice versa.
* TeachMeHowToFight: When shit's about to go down, she asks Madlax to teach her how to use a gun.

!Friday Monday

-->''Voiced by: Creator/MasashiEbara (Japanese) Creator/MikeKleinhenz (English) ''

Friday Monday is the enigmatic founder and head of the Enfant Organization. Very little is known about his past before 1999, when he used his Gift to open the Door of Truth in a failed attempt to plunge the world into a total war, which, as he believes, is it's natural state.
* AxCrazy: a guy who laughs like a maniac while trying to [[spoiler:turn the world into a global battlefield]] clearly isn't sane.
* BadBoss: he killed one of his henchmen for basically [[DisproportionateRetribution annoying him]]
* BigBad: he's the leader of Enfant, the most dangerous opposition to the protagonists. [[spoiler:he's also behind everything that happened in the series, including the civil-war]].
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler:he apparently thought that shooting at the most powerful {{reality warper}} in the series was a good idea. [[CurbStompBattle It didn't end well.]]]]
* CoolMask
* HiddenAgendaVillain: his goal is left unknown until late in the series.
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: by brainwashing Richard Burton into trying to murder Margaret, he indirectly contributed to Madlax's creation. Guess who is the one who killed him ?]]
* KnightTemplar: he really is convinced that [[spoiler:bringing out humanity's darker, self-destructive nature on a global scale is the right to do. For obvious reasons, nobody agrees.]]
* LightIsNotGood: he is wears white clothes. He's also the {{Big Bad}}.
* [[spoiler:RealityWarper: he's one of the few Gift users in the series, although he's less powerful than he was twelve years ago.]]
* StrawNihilist: the guy believes that things like peace, love, and even basic human decency are all lies and only war is real.
* [[spoiler:ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil: his ultimate goal, in a nutshell, consist in brainwashing the entire humanity into starting a global warfare]].
* VillainousBreakdown: ''Margaret! What happened to you?!'' ''' YOU BITCH!!!'''
* WalkingSpoiler: Aside from the fact that he's the leader of Enfant organization, everything about him is a spoiler.
* WarForFunAndProfit: That's what appeared to be his goal when it was revealed that [[spoiler:the Enfant organization has provided both sides of the civil-war with weapons and recruits. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when it was revealed that the organization did it for free.]]

!!Limelda Jorg
-->''Voiced by: Creator/AyaHisakawa (Japanese), Creator/ChristineAuten (English)''

A beautiful and deadly DarkActionGirl whose boss dies at Madlax's hand. She is ''very'' displeased by that, and as such she starts chasing after Madlax.


* BiTheWay: Slept with Carrossea Doon in one episode and her obsession with Madlax speaks for itself.
%%* ColdSniper
%%* DarkActionGirl
* DepravedBisexual: She slept with Carrossea Doon and is very, VERY fixated on Madlax.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Ever since her first encounter with Madlax, which had the latter sniping a general that Limelda was assigned to protect, she becomes very fixated with defeating Madlax.

-->''Voiced by: Creator/TomokoKaneda (Japanese), Creator/CynthiaMartinez (English)''

A strange and very creepy little girl seen more than once holding on her handmade doll. [[spoiler: She is also a part of Margaret, and the keeper of her memories. As such, she's stuck in the Sanctuary.]]

%%* CreepyChild
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Margaret fully accepts her in the GrandFinale, and takes her in as her sister.]]
%%* LonelyDollGirl
* MeaningfulName: She's named after both a character in Mashimo's favorite movie and the Roman Goddess of gaiety

!!Colonel Richard Burton
-->''Voiced by: Creator/ToruOkawa (Japanese), Ben Hamby (English)''

Margaret's DisappearedDad. [[spoiler: Killed by the recently "born" Madlax after Monday uses the ''Words of Awakening'' on him.]]

%%* BrainwashedAndCrazy
%%* ColonelBadass
* OffingTheoffspring: [[spoiler:Tried to kill Margaret when driven insane. It backfired horribly.]]

!!Carrossea Doon [[spoiler: a.k.a Poupee]]
-->''Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (Japanese), Creator/VicMignogna (English)''

Carrossea is officially an independent contractor working for Bookwald Industries, although, in reality, he is one of Enfant's best operatives and the right-hand man of Friday Monday himself.


* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: As Poupee.]]
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:He only was alive due to his Gift and his unyielding wish to protect Margaret. Once he realizes this... he fades away out of existence.]]
%%* TheDragon: To Friday Monday.
%%* DragonWithAnAgenda
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Sort-of, to Margaret. Poupee was another survivor of the plane crash, fell for Margaret, vowed to protect her... and died TakingTheBullet for her. His Gift kicked in and he sort-of lived on. Then, Friday took the amnesiac kid in and named him Carrossea, with his Poupee self remaining stuck at the Sanctuary.]]

!!Quanzitta Marison

A mysterious woman who knows about the true cause of the civil war in Gazth-Sonika. She is later revealed [[spoiler: to hold the third of the three Books of Truth, Thirstari]].


%%* BareYourMidriff
%%* MysteriousWatcher


A woman who serves under Quanzitta. Much like her master, she also knows about the true cause of the civil war in Gazth-Sonika.


* BadassNormal: Compared to the [[spoiler: ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl]] Madlax, Nakhl has no known confirmed supernatural abilities yet can still fight against the mercenary evenly.
* BareYourMidriff: Much like her master.
* KnifeNut: Is never shown using guns. She prefers to fight using her knife and she proves to be very skilled with it.
* MysteriousWatcher: Watches over both Carrossea and Margaret early on in the series.
* StealthHiBye: Pulls this off multiple times throughout the series. She's so good at this that even ''Madlax'' herself has difficulty sensing her presence.