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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.

Crew of the Nadesico

Akito Tenkawa
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), Spike Spencer (English)

  • 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

Yurika Misumaru
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Jennifer K. Earhart (English)

Ruri Hoshino
Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)

Jiro Yamada Gai Daigouji
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English)

Megumi Reinald
Voiced by: Naoko Takano (Japanese), Jenny Strader (English)

  • 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...

Minato Haruka
Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English)

  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Who would've thought a secretary would be the best qualified helmswoman for a state of the art battleship?

Jun Aoi
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)

  • 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).

Goat Hoary
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)

Mr. Prospector
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (Japanese), Paul Sidello (English)

Ryoko Subaru
Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English)

Hikaru Amano
Voiced by: Shiho Kikuchi (Japanese), Cynthia Martinez (English)

Izumi Maki
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Japanese), Tamara Lo (English)

Seiya Uribatake
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

  • 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.

Inez Fressange
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Heather Bryson (English)

  • 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.

Howmei
Voiced by: Miyuki Ichijou (Japanese), Marcy Rae (English)

  • 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

Sadaki Munetake
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)

  • 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?"

Nagare Akatsuki
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)

Erina Kinjo Won
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (Japanese), Emily Carter (English)

  • 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 Successors

Tsukumo Shiratori
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English)

Yukina Shiratori
Voiced by: Ikue Otani (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)

Genichiro Tsukiyomi
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)

Saburota Takasugi
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)

Haruki Kusakabe
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui (Japanese)

Aritomo Shinjo

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