Characters: Martian Successor Nadesico
Here are the characters from the popular sci-fi anime Martian Successor Nadesico, along with the tropes they represent. Please be aware of spoilers.
Jiro Yamada Gai Daigouji
Crew of the NadesicoAkito Tenkawa
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), Spike Spencer (English), Héctor Rocha (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Emmanuel Rivas (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Butt Monkey: Oh, so much.
- Calling Your Attacks: Not as over-the-top as Gai, but still does it frequently at the beginning. "GEKIGAN FLARE!" Starts doing it less and less as the show goes on, though.
- Career-Ending Injury: By the time of the movie, he has to give up on his dream to be a chef because the villain's experiments destroyed his senses of taste and smell.
- Chef of Iron: The "ordinary" type. He prefers being a chef and never applies cookery skills to combat, but he is also an excellent pilot.
- Chick Magnet: Yurika, Megumi, and Ryoko, and Ruri has a bit of a schoolgirl crush. To his chagrin. Mainly due to the absurd and over-the-top ways they try to gain his affections.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Yurika.
- Hot-Blooded: See Calling Your Attacks. He resists it at first, but embraces the path of hotbloodedness after Gai's death.
- Humanoid Abomination: What he becomes in the movie.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: All he wants in life is to be a chef and watch his favourite anime.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents died when he was very young, when someone set a bomb in their house.
- Real Men Pilot Pink Mecha: Although nobody ever explicitly draws attention to it.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Akito repeatedly denies that Yurika is his girlfriend or that he's even interested in her. Yurika herself refuses to believe that however, much to his chagrin.
- Stellar Name: Tenkawa = "Heaven's River" the Japanese term for the Milky Way.
- The So-Called Coward: He's frequently accused of being a coward because he's reluctant to fight, but whenever he does fight, he never shirks.
- Team Chef: Which is what he really enjoys doing.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Movie. In all the worst ways, unfortunately.
- Unlucky Everydude
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Jennifer K. Earhart (English), Adriana Rodríguez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gaby Beltrán (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Break the Cutie / And I Must Scream: In the Movie
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's flighty, self-centered, daydreamy, and really good at outwitting the enemy (and her nominal allies), which is why she got the job.
- The Captain: Despite her oddities, she is concerned about her crew's welfare, sincerely committed to protecting humanity, and burned by the hard decisions she has to make.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Akito. They get married after the series.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: And that's the least of Akito's problems, really....
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Combat Pragmatist: Despite her personality, she can come up with some pretty brilliant strategies at times, such as using fishing techniques to take advantage in one fight against a Jovian ship, and utilizing air pressure to silently maneuver her ship in space without relying on engines.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Her reunion with Akito involves spilling her suitcase all over the road.
- The Ditz
- Dogged Nice Girl: She completely ignores Akito telling her, repeatedly, that he's not in love with her.
- Genius Ditz: When push comes to shove, she can be a brilliant strategist.
- Genki Girl: She does seem a bit over-energtic at times.
- Lethal Chef: Tries to win Akito Through His Stomach with a plate of... something we probably don't want to know much about.
- Rapunzel Hair: Goes down past her hips.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Implied. It's really interesting that during episode when part of crew had reversed their personalities, she was under affect of it and was acting like usually.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's purple.
Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English), Azucena Martínez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Ariadna Rivas (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Artificial Human: Is the product of DNA engineering and nanotechnology designed to create an "operator [who could] connect directly with computers". And is rather bitter about it.
- Catch Phrase: "..idiots", "Baka bakka. (I'm Surrounded by Idiots.)"
- Girlish Pigtails
- Little Miss Snarker: Formerly called "The Ruri". She's none too impressed with the antics the crew gets up to.
- Machine Empathy: She treats the computer with the respect and dignity she would a human being.
- Mysterious Waif: More accentuated in the Mexican Spanish dub of The Movie than in the Japanese version, due the way how her Mexican voice actress dubs her.
- Not Good with People: Her best friend and confidant is the ship's computer, Omoikane.
- Precocious Crush: She's implied to be a lurker in the Akito Tenkawa Appreciation Society; see the lyrics to "I Want to be your Number One", her Image Song from the beauty contest episode.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Blue-grey hair, yellow eyes, odd origins, very stoic.
- Robot Buddy: She builds one (Kyuupachi/98) in the manga's Alternate Continuity.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In the movie. She makes all the other characters superfluous...
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Although she comes across as emotionless, she is actually quite warm, she just tries not to show it. This is more accentuaded in the Mexican dub of the TV series, compared with the dub of The Movie.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Has them as part of her implied kinda-sorta Artificial Human background and general Mysterious Waif-iness.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Ruri invokes this by playing the Gekiganger3 theme during a key battle in Super Robot Wars W, giving everyone the extra dose of Hot-Blooded they need to save the day. Sousuke and Heero try to resist this, as they must be stoic.
- Hey now, Sousuke at least tried.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Sort of - when she meets the person responsible for her education (away from an actual family) after several years, she slaps him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English), Mauricio Valverde (Latin-American Spanish, TV series)
- Actor Allusion: In the English dub he's voiced by Brett Weaver, who also played Roy Focker and was scheduled to play Kamina before ADV lost the license.
- Ascended Fanboy: Gekiganger 3 is a Super Robot show about protecting Earth from evil aliens. Naturally Gai wants to pilot a real robot for the same reasons.
- Calling Your Attacks: One of the most over-the-top examples in mecha anime. GAAAAAAAAAAIIIIII SUPEEEERRRRRR UPPEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! Honestly, the man could give Guy Shishioh a run for his money.
- Captain Ersatz: Has too many similarities to Don Quixote to be a coincidence. Notice how their names are even similar.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: He doesn't like being called by his given name, Jiro Yamada. He insists that "Gai Daigouji" is the name that belongs to his soul!
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: An interesting example, in that it was clearly foreshadowed...and he makes a big deal about how a man SHOULD die, before dying in an unceremonious, undignified way.
- Hot-Blooded: But of course! Complete with Hot-Blooded Sideburns.
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Jumped at the Call: He's way too eager to join the Nadesico's crew and manages to break his leg before he even gets to pilot.
- Killed Off for Real
- Large Ham
- Manly Tears: All the time, especially over Gekiganger.
- The Obi-Wan
- Sacrificial Lamb
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks he's in a Super Robot show. He's actually in a Deconstruction Parody of one.
Voiced by: Naoko Takano (Japanese), Jenny Strader (English), Desirée Sandoval (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Reobeca Gómez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A lot more so than Yurika, and that's saying something. It took awhile to set in, but once it did, it effectively murdered her chances of getting Akito's affection at all. She actually does gets the seeds of a serious relationship started, but she destroyed it all by trying to take things too far, which utterly repulsed him. Trying to get him to leave the crew of the Nadesico to their fate when they were in trouble didn't help either.
- Heroic BSOD: A brief one in Episode 4, after the destruction of the space station.
- Lethal Chef
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's a voice actress who shares the same name as a certain real-life popularity...
Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English), Desirée Sandoval (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Rebeca Gómez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Cool Big Sis: To most of the female crew members. She's flirty and fun, but also more mature and experienced than they are.
- Dating Catwoman: She falls in love with the Jovian Tsukumo Shiratori. It ends badly.
- Heroic BSOD: Has a minor but pretty intense one when Tsukumo Shiratori is killed.
- Ms. Fanservice: Wears a very low-cut open shirt.
- Parental Substitute: Acts as Yukina's caretaker while she's on the Nadesico and while the crew is in hiding. She's ultimately adopts her permanently after Yukina's brother Tsukumo is killed.
- Hidden Depths: Who would've thought a secretary would be the best qualified helmswoman for a state of the art battleship?
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Arturo Sian Vidal (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Butt Monkey: Exists for Yurika to bounce off early on, but then pretty much disappears when he's no longer needed. And is never even in the running in the Love Septagon.
- Broken Faceplate: Parodied. In episode three, his faceplate breaks as he attempts to make a Heroic Sacrifice, but he's fine.
- Demoted to Extra: See above.
- Hopeless Suitor: Poor guy, Yurika never thought of him as anything else than a good friend...
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Often. Unfortunately, he usually forgets some key detail (like wearing a pilot suit, which results in a bad case of whiplash).
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English), Alejandro Villeli (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Bernardo Rodríguez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Literally!
- The Comically Serious
- Gentle Giant
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mr. Prospector.
- Only in It for the Money: He's embittered by his experience with the Feds, but Mr. Prospector writes a number down that immediately changes his mind."Is this after taxes?"
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (Japanese), Paul Sidello (English), Luis Raymundo Espinoza (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Herman López (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Badass Mustache
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At first he seems to be a pencil-pusher who will probably make their lives difficult, but later proves that he's loyal to the ship and its crew, and manages to be quite a Guile Hero.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Hoary
- Miser Advisor: ALWAYS has a calculator handy, and never fails to point out the incurred expenses that will result from whatever the crew or Nadesico does/has done
Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English), Desirée Sandoval (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gabriela Guzmán (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Ace Pilot: When Ryoko gets in a funk during her limelight episode, Akito cheers her up saying that she's their best Aesti pilot. Might be a Downplayed Trope, though, since while Ryoko is a badass on the field of battle and she does tend to perform a bit better than her colleagues, she's typically not so far ahead of her comrades as to be set apart from them.
- Action Girl
- A Day in the Limelight: During the "beauty contest episode", which - perhaps ironically - Ryoko does not participate in.
- Berserk Button: Do not try to harm Akito. It will not end well for you. She's also, notably, the first to jump to his defense when the other crewmembers are teasing/harassing him.
- Big Damn Heroes: "TENKAWA'S MINE!" <body-slams into a Jovian Lizard before it can launch rockets at an unprotected Akito>
- Refuses To Spit It Out: Unlike Yurika and Megumi, she never managed to confess to Akito...though it's more out of pride than anything.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Minor streak, but occasional subconscious referral to Akito as "My Tenkawa" and the aforementioned Berserk Button do seem to give this impression.
- Fanservice: During her limelight episode, she's piloting her Aestivalis in casual underwear.
- Last Name Basis: 90 percent of the time, she refers to Akito by his last name. Akito alone gets this treatment, where main characters are concerned.
- Stellar Name: Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades.
- Tsundere: And fortunately, not abusive like so many other examples of the stereotype.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Mentioned in a flashback.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: However, it turns out it's dyed, evidenced both in the above mentioned flashback in the show and through the entirety of the movie, which shows she's entirely given up on dyeing it.
- Her natural hair color is purple, so the trope still applies.
Voiced by: Shiho Kikuchi (Japanese), Cynthia Martinez (English), Daniela Benítez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Isabel Martiñón (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Action Girl
- Ascended Fangirl: Like Gai, she's a huge Gekiganger fan.
- Genki Girl
- Love Hurts: Due to unresolved issues with her ex-boyfriend she is one of the few not chasing after Akito, and also has to let Uribatake down gently when he tries to start a relationship with her.
- Otaku Surrogate: She draws doujinshi for Gekiganger with a Self Insert character.
- Parental Abandonment: Both her parents are dead.
- Yaoi Fangirl
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Japanese), Tamara Lo (English), Belinda García (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Patricia Quintero (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Action Girl
- Broken Bird: Two dead boyfriends will do that to you.
- Cartwright Curse: See Broken Bird for further info.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: And when you discover why she's this way, it becomes a lot less funny. Poor girl...
- Cold Sniper: She seems to be more proficient with ranged weapon. This is especially underlined in Super Robot Wars, where she has penalties for close combat, and bonuses for range.
- Dreadful Musician: how she was able to make a living out of it after the series is a mystery
- Incredibly Lame Pun: She's a master of these.
- Pungeon Master: And she's the only one who laughs at her jokes, In-Universe...
- Sad Clown
- Stepford Snarker: Apparently, terrible puns are how she deals with the grief of losing two lovers. Okay.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), John Swasey (English), Claudio Romero (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gustavo Melgarejo (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Berserk Button: He has two of these: 1) Seeing Akito 'get all the chicks', and 2) people breaking his Aestivalises.
- Dirty Old Man: Played straight and subverted and played straight again. Part of the reason he came aboard was to get away from his wife and (theoretically) spread some wild oats. Later on, people think there's something going on between him and Hikaru. Then they find out that she's helping him build a diorama with 1/48 scale plastic Aestivalis models. Then Hikaru has to let him down easy when he does try to start a romantic relationship with her.
- And then subverted again later in the series when he makes a heartfelt promise to his wife that he'll return to her once the fighting ends.
- Mr. Fixit and The Engineer (specifically, a Mechanic)
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Justified; he makes most of the special gear used by the Nadesico by embezzling Nergal company funds, but they turn a blind eye to it as it means they get new equipment to use.
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Heather Bryson (English), Patricia Mainou (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gaby Beltrán (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Chekhov's Gunman: Remember that adorable little girl that Akito give an orange to in the first episode? well Inez is who she grew up to be. After one too many Time Travels. It's... complicated, okay?
- Hot Scientist
- Ms. Exposition: She even has a sixth sense for when something is about to be explained.
Voiced by: Miyuki Ichijou (Japanese), Marcy Rae (English), Elba Laddaga (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Norma Iturbe (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Crazy-Prepared: She has over 300 different spices in the ships pantry. Her reason: she wants to make sure each crew member gets to eat exactly what they want, because nobody knows if it might be their last meal.
- Mentor: To Akito, at least where cooking is concerned.
- Team Mom: She's ready to dispense advice and motherly concern, mostly for Akito.
- Supreme Chef
- Driven to Suicide
- The Neidermeyer: Obnoxious, officious, and obstructive, nobody likes following his orders. In the Beach Episode, they happily leave him buried up to his neck in an incoming tide.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He was actually a much more moral, upright human being who believed in justice and doing the right thing, but he became corrupted by his own ambition, and after The Reveal on the identity of the Jovian Lizards, he snaps when his guilt over the bastard he became and his horror that what he fought for was a massive lie.
- We Have Reserves: When Minato points out that shooting the Nadesico's gravity blast will cause massive friendly casualties, his answer is pretty much "So what?"
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- The Casanova
- Grey and Grey Morality: That's pretty much his view of the world - there are no good and evil, everyone should fight for himself only.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Believe it or not, he did make an honest stab at playing Big Brother Mentor to Akito [and it actually worked to some extent], and he does to some extent join in on the craziness of the Nadescio crew willingly.
- Handsome Lech
- Karma Houdini: Somewhat. Nergal's power is greatly reduced after the end of the anime, in any event, which does count as a bit of a comeuppance.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In regards to his deceased older brother.
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (Japanese), Emily Carter (English), Jenny Burelo (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Irene Jiménez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Love Hurts (It's implied she knew and had feelings for Akito's father, which might explain why she's so snappy around him)
- Manipulative Bitch
- Smug Snake: Never quite reaches her boss Akatsuki's levels of brilliance, and comes across more as an annoying, self-important bitch who cares for nothing but herself.
Jovian Federation / Martian SuccessorsTsukumo Shiratori
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English), Mauricio Valverde (Latin-American Spanish, TV series)
- Anime Hair
- Ascended Fanboy: Like all Jovians...
- Dating Catwoman: He ends up growing fond of Minato.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns
- Identical Stranger: Somewhat justified in that he and the character he resembles are effectively styling themselves after the main character of Gekiganger III.
- Killed Off for Real
- Sacrificial Lion
Voiced by: Ikue Otani (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English), Mireya Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Cristina Hernández (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Annoying Younger Sibling
- Break the Cutie: Poor girl, Her brother's death doesn't hit her as hard as it does Minato, but still, ouch.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Happily Adopted: Minato adopts her after her brother's death.
- Minion with an F in Evil: She tries to sneak onto the Nadesico in order to kill Minato, who she believes bewitched her brother. Hilarity Ensues.
- With Catlike Tread: "Sneak, sneak, sneak."
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English), Alan Miró (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Roberto Mendiola (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Anime Hair
- Ascended Fanboy
- The Atoner: In the movie.
- Knight Templar: He thinks all Earthlings are evil and even shoots his best friend Tsukumo in order to prevent peace talks.
- Talking to Himself: With Kyosuke Nanbu in Super Robot Wars IMPACT.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), Chris Patton (English), Irwin Daayan (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Ace Custom: His mecha in the movie.
- Ascended Extra
- Chris Patton
- Handsome Lech
- Heel-Face Turn: Appears as a Jovian officer in a few episodes of the series, Is part of the Nadesico B's crew in The Movie.
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui (Japanese), Martio Hernández (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Alejandro Illescas (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)
- Big Bad
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Karma Houdini: Many wanted to see him dead. They were disappointed.
- Knight Templar