Characters: No More Heroes

Here's the cast of misanthropes, miscreants, and general ne'er-do-wells (plus one adorable kitten) found in No More Heroes. For the characters introduced in the sequel, go here.

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    Main Characters 
Travis Touchdown
Voiced by: Robin Atkin Downes

No More Heroes
No More Heroes 2

The Heroic Comedic Sociopath Anti-Hero of the game, who is out to go from loser Otaku to would-be Badass assassin. Begins the game as the 11th ranked assassin in the United Assassins Association. His life becomes significantly more complicated by becoming an assassin, including running into several levels of Squick and family he didn't even know he had.

  • Alliterative Name: It's an impossibly cool one too. Even Charlie MacDonald agrees.
  • Animal Motifs: Tigers. Several of his shirts have tigers on them, and his Cool Bike is named after them. The name is transliterated in Japanese as "Torabisu", and "tora" means tiger. Also, he can transform into a tiger for a short period of time in the second game. And his wrestling moves include the Tiger Suplex and Tiger Driver.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts out bordering on Villain Protagonist. This changes a bit in the sequel, where thanks to deaths of the latter assassins in Desperate Struggle, he swears to destroy the UAA because of how it destroyed the lives of his fellow assassins. He falls under Classical Anti-Hero now.
  • Axe Crazy: No matter how closer to earth and self aware we see him as he takes on a world filled with murder happy crazies, he is the same as them, and just as callous and evil considering he himself does this job because he loves it and kills people regardless of having numerous chances to quit. The sequel makes Travis into a Heroic Sociopath somewhat but in the end, he murders and kills to get what he wants, despite showing sympathy to the people he killed.
  • Badass: He's basically some average joe who bought a lightsaber off the net. Doesn't stop him from killing tons of mooks, as well as several experienced assassins.
  • Blood Knight: Travis apparently got started as an assassin because he bought a beam katana off the Internet.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The first game's opening and ending sequences. He does it periodically throughout the second.
  • Byronic Hero: At first. Character Development at the end of the game and continuing into Desperate Struggle helped greatly.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He even named them after attacks from his favourite anime.
  • Character Development: Hoo boy, does he get this in Desperate Struggle. While he did change a little bit in the first game, it's nothing near the growth he went through in the second. In the beginning, he's the same immature otaku that he had always been, but some of the battles throughout the game (namely Ryuji being heartlessly gunned down by Sylvia when he considered him an honorable man and a Worthy Opponent, his decision to leave Captain Vladimir's body unharmed by Sylvia's goons, and the outcome of his battle with Alice Twilight) completely alter his view on life, and by the end of the game, his goals have shifted from screwing Sylvia to being a hero in his own way.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Particularly whenever he enters a fight while in a good mood. The loading screen for the second game even shows a small picture of him sporting one.
  • Cool Bike: Travis' Schpeltiger.
  • Cool Loser: As hard as the games try to paint him as a complete loser (and he certainly is, to some extent,) he's still a Made of Iron assassin with a lightsaber.
  • Cool Shades
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: As awesome the stunts you can pull off when in control, it doesn't even compare to what Travis can do in cutscenes.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He asked Naomi to make a Humongous Mecha; that is some preparation. If there are any doubts, he says "I thought this might happen".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being a stereotypical loser, he's built up an impressive body count against other trained killers.
  • Determinator: Becomes a gameplay mechanic in the second game. If you run out of health, you can furiously shake the Wiimote and nunchuck to come back from the brink with a few units of health (the number of times you can do this before dying for real varies on the difficulty.)
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The way he recharges his beam katana is quite... evocative.
  • Due to the Dead: He seems to practice this as seen in the events after his fights with Dr. Peace, Holly, Jeane, Ryuji, Margaret, Captain Vladimir, and Alice.
  • Dynamic Entry: His intro in the first stage of the first game.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the intro to the first game, Travis is riding the Schpeltiger towards Death Metal's mansion, breaks down the giant wooden doors outside, crashes into his fountain, jumps off, lands and yells "Fuckhead!", which is followed by two random Mooks' heads getting cut off.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Throughout both games, Travis never takes his weapon up against a civilian, killing only in UAA battles, events or assignments, or for revenge in the second game. In the first game, he expresses disgust at those who do (Shinobu, Destroyman, and Bad Girl, the latter two being shown as being irredeemable psychopaths). He's also really iffy about Shinobu's crush on him in the second game because he doesn't want to feel like a Dirty Old Man.
  • Genre Savvy: Travis becomes increasingly so as the game goes on.
    • Idiot Ball: That said, he has his moments of this early on. Particularly in the battle against Destroyman.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Of sorts—after his battle with Alice, Travis resolves to become a true hero, starting with his vow to end the mindless bloodshed of the UAA. In an interview given to Nintendo Power a few months before Desperate Struggle was released, Suda expressed how he loved to picture Travis as a wrestler, and uses the terms heel and face to describe his career.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Even outside gameplay, Travis can take a lot of abuse and still live, whether he's electrocuted by Destroyman, blown up by land mines or dropped in the middle of an ocean.
  • Jerkass: So much. By the end of Desperate Struggle though, he seems to have developed into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as the result of his increasing unease with killing.
  • Laser Blade: Travis' Weapon of Choice.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Held in high regard by some of the assassins in Desperate Struggle, including Nathan Copeland, Kimmy Howell, and Alice Twilight. In fact, it's implied in the opening narration in Desperate Struggle that his actions in the previous game led to the UAA going from just a fake organization to an actual one.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: It doesn't matter how much his first three weapons look like fluorescent bulbs with a handle, they're called beam katanas. Played straight by his ultimate weapon, which really is a curved beam of light.
  • Made of Iron: Lets just say that were this real life, the man's organs would be paste.
  • Master Swordsman: He can deflect automatic-gunfire with his sword, slaughter scores of mooks at a time and is able to defeat virtually every other swordsperson he encounters. He qualifies.
  • Medium Awareness and No Fourth Wall: Travis' Genre Savvy reaches these levels by the end of the first game, and the opening sequence of the second show that he's keeping up with it.
  • My Greatest Failure: If only for a moment, but he felt bad for not letting Holly Summers die by his hand and instead resort to killing herself in front of him with a sweet smile on her face.
  • Nosebleed: When seduced by Silvia in Desperate Struggle, although it's hard to notice as she's simultaneously positioning his Beam Katana by his crotch and then proceeds to kiss it. Travis' nose erupts in a geyser of blood and his Beam Katana turns on.
  • Official Couple: With Sylvia, more or less, as of the ending to Desperate Struggle. Although to be fair, they did have sex before Travis went on to fight Jasper Batt Jr.
  • One-Man Army
  • Otaku
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Par for the course for Travis to deliver this against rival assassins, but one that definitely takes the cake is against Jasper Batt Jr.'s final form.
    "Come on, Prez! Unleash your anger, your hate, everything! I'll take it all and fucking kill you with it!"
  • Progressively Prettier: While Travis wasn't exactly ugly in the first game, his face takes on a less haggard and generally friendlier appearance in Desperate Struggle, likely to reflect the character development he goes through over the course of the game.
  • Red Baron: The manual of the second game, and at least two opponents, call Travis "The Crownless King" in reference to the events of the first. Later on, Travis starts calling himself the "No More" Hero.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The theme of the second game.
  • Shout-Out: His character design is inspired by Johnny Knoxville.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: over the course of both games, Travis;
    • Says "Fuck" 32.5 times.
    • Says "Shit" 19 times.
    • Says "Hell" 18 times.
    • Says "Damn" 13 times.
    • Says "Bitch" 9 times.
    • Says "Ass" 8 times.
    • Says "Bastard" 2 times.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Travis skirts this line. Sometimes crosses over into Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: "You've gotta be shittin' me!"
  • This Loser Is You: As incredibly skilled a warrior as he is, Travis remains a complete loser from beginning to end.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In the first game.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Travis can't bring himself to perform a finishing blow on a woman, as seen in his fights against Shinobu and Holly. Though as his fights against Speed Buster, Bad Girl, and Jeane show, he gets over it. By Desperate Struggle, he's completely over it. The only female he spares is Kimmy Howell, and it's somewhat implied that her being a female had little to do with it.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In Desperate Struggle, he doesn't kill Kimmy Howell on account of her age.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: It helps that his beam katana keeps landing in mooks' chests after he does a wrestling move on them.
    • Suplex Finisher: Most of his wrestling moves are actually different suplex variations.

Sylvia Christel
Voiced by: Paula Tiso

No More Heroes
No More Heroes 2

Trust your Force... And head for the Garden of Madness.

The mysterious woman who is supporting Travis through his endeavors, using the cash he brings from part-time jobs and small hits to arrange his fights to progress in the UAA rankings. She toys with Travis' affections, offering to sleep with him if he should become #1 on the list. As it turns out, though, she's playing Travis for a fool. Then, in the second game, she does it again. And makes good on her promises.

  • But Not Too Foreign: You'd never know by looking at her, but she's half-Japanese.
  • Defrosting the Ice Queen: Desperate Struggle shows a much softer and more vulnerable side to her...eventually.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Literally—in Desperate Struggle, she actually changes hairstyles and outfits every time you see her just to give exposition.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French
  • Femme Fatale
  • Happily Married: Subverted with Henry, as the two have divorced since the events of the first game. In fact, Sylvia hooks up with Travis in the sequel. They finally make good on Sylvia's promise, and in the epilogue, she affectionately calls him "my No More Hero".
  • Karma Houdini: For someone who sets up a bunch of hits, nothing bad happens to her and Travis ends up glad that she set up all those fights, even after he learns he's been cheated by her. It later turns out that she did give Travis what he wanted, which was a chance to get revenge for what happened to his parents, which he drunkenly said to Sylvia when he first met her. Subverted in the events after the sequel, where she is shown to be miserable and working at a strip club, being paid to recount the events of the game to a mystery client—Travis.
  • Male Gaze: Played almost to the point of satire during the "Phone Speak" segments in Desperate Struggle
  • Manipulative Bastard: She sets Travis up for money.
  • Painting the Medium Her phone calls before the ranked battles actually begin are actually played through the Wii remote speaker.
  • Sensual Slavs: She's apparently half-Ukranian, though raised in France.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: When Travis delivers his angry Kirk Summation to her in the second game.
    Sylvia: Are you done bitching?
  • Split Personality: Sylvia tends to swing violently between personalities. In the second game, she starts off nice and sweet to Travis, seducing him back into the ranking battles, then she acts somewhat cold, then a few cutscenes afterward, she's violently screaming at him that she doesn't have time for a scrub of Travis' low rank at the time, and gunning down Travis' opponents when he doesn't finish them off quickly enough. Other times she'll be somewhat mean to him, but it's Played for Laughs, such as making Travis try to jump into her helicopter, reaching out to grab his hand, only to pull it away and saying "Oh yeah, there's no more seats." Other times she'll at least try to be nice, such as copping that she would prefer if Travis and Henry didn't kill each other.
  • Stripperific
  • Tsundere: Travis is sick of it by the second game. "How many personalities do you have?!"
  • Yandere: How much she cares is never quite established, but she does threaten to kill Travis if he makes her jealous.

Jeane (the kitten)

Travis' pet Scottish Fold kitten, who can be played with between missions. In the second game, she's grown up... and apparently eaten a bit too much.

  • All There in the Manual: Jeane's breed. Also, her name comes from being a replacement for the other Jeane, who dumped him.
  • Death by Newbery Medal: Toyed with. During the Speed Buster fight leadup it totally looks like the game is going to kill Travis' cute kitten to make it personal instead it happens to Ryu and Jeane toddles back home without a scratch.
  • Cute Kitten: She's even cute after growing up and gaining about fifteen pounds too many.
  • Morality Pet: How bad can Travis be? He's got such cute widdle kitty!
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, see below.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jeane's random decision to follow along to the third ranked battle is what ends up keeping Travis alive for Speed Buster's initial volley. However, it also ends up in Thunder Ryu's death.

    The Original Rankings 
Helter Skelter

Hear the lullaby? Rest in peace, baby.

The 11th ranked assassin, he's a wanderer that was baited into a fight with Travis. Never actually fought in-game; he appeared in the trailer for Heroes, which eventually developed into this game.

Death Metal
Voiced by: J. Grant Albrecht

Quite beautiful, wouldn't you say? Paid for with the lives of many. When you have the strength to take life for yourself... That is true wealth. I am free of desire. So long as I have this scenery to look upon. I need nothing more. Please, leave me be.

The 10th ranked assassin, who awaits Travis in his opulent estate. He's apparently quite disgusted with his own lifestyle, and eagerly awaits his fight with Travis. He also sees himself as a bit of a rival to Travis, as he also uses a beam katana. Real name: Count Townsend.

Doctor Peace
Voiced by: Richard McGonagle

Listen to my song...

The 9th ranked assassin, a crooked cop with a long and sordid past, who apparently spent Travis' entry fee to have a nice dinner with his daughter and have center stage at the local baseball stadium to sing. He uses twin gold-plated revolvers. Real name: Pastel Brankino.

Voiced by: Kimberly Brooks

No More Heroes
No More Heroes 2

You will pay with your life! At last, I have my chance. I will now avenge my father!

The 8th ranked assassin, a cold-blooded schoolgirl living a double life. She's out to kill Travis just as he's out to kill her - she believes that he killed her father. He didn't. By far the most frequently cited to mess you up if you're not ready for her. Returns in the sequel as a self-proclaimed apprentice of Travis and to score some kills in his place. Real name: Scarlet Jacobs.

  • Artificial Limb: Her right hand is mechanical in the second game. Travis cut the real one off in the first game rather than kill her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Perhaps in exchange for sparing her life, she rescues Travis in the end of the final battle.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Sonic Sword!" "Bloody Sunday!" "Black Monday!"
  • Combat Stilettos: In Desperate Struggle.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Compare the cold and aloof Shinobu of the first game to her older, more cheery and cockier self who is fawning over Travis.
  • Dissonant Serenity
  • Fanservice: Save the game as Travis, you hit the can. Save it as Shinobu, Shower Scene.
  • Fragile Speedster: She can avoid all of Travis's attacks with ease, vault around the battle arena, dodge so quickly she nearly turns invisible and can outright ignore Travis's own Flash Step technique.
  • Glass Cannon
  • Gratuitous Japanese: "You've got no Moe!"
  • Hot for Teacher: In the sequel, she's adopted Travis as her master and appears to have a crush on him.
  • Joshikousei
  • Katanas Are Just Better: And hers is decorated with little stuffed animals in the first game.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Sword Beam: Her Sonic Sword/Gentoken attack
  • Teleport Spam: Used during her ultimate attack.
  • They Know Too Much: She kills her classmates after they learn she's an assassin. Travis calls her out on it.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The first one who can kill you in a single hit (it's not really an instant kill, but it does enough damage to kill you if you're even slightly wounded), the first one to emphasize the importance of wrestling moves and the first one where it's practically required to know how to Dark Step on Bitter. Not to mention that her ridiculous speed and aggressive combos make direct combat a suicidal effort.
  • You Killed My Father: She doesn't seem to care about the fight... until Travis turns on the beam katana. Then she goes ballistic and starts yelling this. For the record, he didn't. Fanon favors Henry.

Voiced by: Josh Keaton

Ahahahaha! This is great! Is this guy an idiot or what? Is this a joke? You fell for the oldest trick in the book! Ahaha! Oh man! You are something. This is the best. Man, you really crack me up. I...I think this laughter's going to kill me. Seriously! I think I might really die from laughter! Ahaha...It hurts. Someone help! Oh God! Oh...oh shit. Ehehe, I thought I was gonna die there. For real.

The 7th ranked assassin, an actor in indie films that uses his character's superhero gimmick suit to hide deadly weapons. In really questionable places. He's initially taken by surprise by Travis, but is able to prepare thanks to quickly tossing Travis an Idiot Ball. Secret identity: John Harnet.

Holly Summers
Voiced by: Kim Mai Guest

A bud that will never blossom...farewell, my sweet seventh.

The 6th ranked assassin, a former model with a prosthetic leg. She takes full advantage of Travis' unwillingness to hurt a woman, setting up pit traps for him and using the rocket launcher in her fake leg on him when he slips up.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: Seems to try this at the beginning of her match. It doesn't take.
    Holly: Do you like fighting?
    Travis: Yep.
    Holly: Do you like killing?
    Travis: Live for it.
    Holly: Do you like fear?
    Travis: Can't say. Never felt it.
  • Badass Bookworm: She fights far more intelligently than the other ten (at least most of the time) and is explicitly referred to as an "academic."
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: Inverted, as Holly would much prefer Travis to kill her. When it becomes clear that he won't, she does it herself.
  • Death Trap
  • Face Death with Dignity/Graceful Loser: She notes that the loser has to die in a ranked battle. Rather than await what the UAA has in store for her, she puts a grenade in her mouth after giving Travis the pin.
    • What makes it even more heartwrenching is that she states that she could 'accept defeat from the likes of you [Travis]. She even thanks for hesitating to kill her.
  • Famous Last Words: "Academics like to fantasize too, you know?" (smiles and puts a grenade in her mouth)
  • Go Out with a Smile: And a grenade in her mouth!
  • Handicapped Badass: She's got a rocket launcher in her fake leg. That alone is pretty badass. She's also able to dig holes in sand surprisingly fast.
  • Last Request: "Open your eyes and never look back. Promise...never forget me."
  • Leg Cannon
  • Love at First Punch: Travis really seems to connect with her and treats her body with respect. Also, she's the only one who Travis loves for her soul and nothing else.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: From her fake leg, no less.
  • Puzzle Boss: Much of the fight is figuring out how to avoid her traps.
  • Shovel Strike: She can kick your ass five ways to next week with her shovel.

Letz Shake
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker (Letz Shake), Fred Tatasciore (Dr. Shake)

Oh Ja! I feel a good undulation. Your rumbling is excellent. I think I'm going to lose ze bowel control!

The 5th ranked assassin, an immigrant from Singapore who made off with an experimental military earthquake generator. He awaits Travis quite far out of town. Turns out the earthquake generator survived the encounter and makes a return appearance in No More Heroes 2, as the 10th ranked assassin, and you actually get to fight him this time.

Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii
Voiced by: James Horan

Let's see what you're made of, country boy!

The 4th ranked assassin, an illusionist and escape artist that prefers using both death traps and Dual Wielding Laser Blades (although smaller than the ones Travis uses). Also gives Travis an Idiot Ball before the fight, although Travis wises up much faster this time. Tends to be the most forgotten fight, for some reason.

Speed Buster
Voiced by: Mitzi McCall

The 3rd ranked assassin, a seemingly senile elderly homeless woman who turns out to have a Wave Motion Gun in her shopping cart. She apparently has some history with Thunder Ryu.

Bad Girl
Voiced by: Kathryn Fiore

Pop quiz. Why am I such an angry bitch? Seriously, no matter how many I kill, it's all the same. They're all. Going. To pay. Yeah. With their fucking lives.

The 2nd ranked assassin, who is an overly made-up woman in a pink baby doll dress and carrying around a bloody baseball bat. While all of the assassins, including Travis, are obviously unhinged to some degree, Bad Girl is out-and-out psychotic. Easily the most unnerving of the opponents.

  • Abnormal Ammo: Cloned gimps.
  • Affably Evil: Subverted. When she offers Travis a beer before fighting him, you might think she'll turn out to be this. It doesn't last, however, as she soon reveals that she's an utter psycho.
  • Ax-Crazy: She has a conveyor belt that bring in a line of cloned gimps that she hits and kills one by one, and also hits them at Travis like baseballs. This trope doesn't begin to describe her.
  • Badass Normal: About as normal as someone in this series can get, she relies on what appears to be a normal weapon without any tricks set up in the fight.
  • Batter Up: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Diabolus Ex Nihilo: Throughout the first No More Heroes, the assassins Travis faces at least have some explanation as to who they are. Death Metal has a mansion and a life of luxury, Dr. Peace has an estranged daughter, Harvey is a stage magician, Speed Buster is an old woman who hates men but seems to have an odd friendship with Thunder Ryu... with Bad Girl, you get nothing. There's no Freudian Excuse, no mention of friends or family... she doesn't even seem to have an occupation other than being a killer. Travis does not expect this and the fact that there is literally nothing else to her character beyond murder just disgusts him. He even drops his few shreds of chivalry for the fight with her.
  • Drunken Master: It's not so subtly implied that she's totally hammered during the fight, but she will kick your ass into next week with that bat.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Even more so than the other assassins in their cutscenes-in her first thirty seconds, she kills five gimps, swears like a sailor, and downs a beer in only a few seconds.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: With her, though, it's likely that she doesn't even care to have a name.
  • Fetish Fuel: Deliberately invoked to a disturbing degree.
  • For the Evulz: Judging by her monologue, this is what drives her.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon
  • Girly Bruiser/Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: That Sweet-Lolita dress, heels and make-up don't hinder her asskicking abilities in the least. She's even now the trope picture for the former.
  • Gray Eyes: Would fit Type Five (she certainly is dangerous) but doesn't have the cold, professional demeanor that those types have. Instead, Bad Girl is gleefully psychotic.
  • Lady Drunk: A rather young example, yet the most insane of them all.
    • To demonstrate: during the cutscene before the fight, Bad Girl downs a whole can of beer in under five seconds. She does it again in less time later-in between a cut to Travis and her throwing a beer can, Bad Girl emptied it entirely (you can tell by the clinking on the ground).
  • Lightning Bruiser: She can run fast, hits like a truck, and can take a beating too.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Is the only assassin in the original that has no comedic quirks to her, is by far the most violent.
  • Lady Swears A Lot
  • Mini Dress Of Power
  • Not So Different: During the prefight cut scene Travis says "You're no assassin, you're just a perverted killing maniac." Her response: "In essence, they're the same."
  • Panty Shot
  • Perfect-Play A.I.: In battle, she'll usually just saunter towards Travis very slowly and go ballistic when he's actually within attack range. If the player tries to stay away, she'll resort to her gimps instead.
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Playing Tennis with the Boss: You can hit her gimps back at her. Careful though, because she'll sometimes send them right back at you.
  • Playing with Fire: After she Turns Red.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Subverted. Why is she such an angry bitch? She doesn't need a reason. She just wants to make people "pay with their fucking lives" For the Evulz.
  • Sexy Walk: Two variations of it, one with dragging the bat and less hip swaying and the other holding the bat like a cane; swinging her hips enough to bounce her skirt side to side.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Travis, according to EmceeProphit
  • Straw Nihilist: Arguably the most disturbing example in the franchise. Unlike the other assassins, there is nothing truly that could be considered "humane" about her. She kills people For the Evulz and doesn't even seem to take pleasure in that. What's more, she's Genre Savvy to know that she's a nihilistic killing machine and has more or less resigned herself to it.
  • Taking You with Me: She tries her damnedest to do this to Travis. He actually does concede to her, and he goes unconscious from her blows as she dies. Travis doesn't so much win this fight as much as he just loses last.
  • Tranquil Fury: Just look at how her mannerisms shift after Travis tries to pull Even Evil Has Standards on her. She goes from being openly unhinged, flitting from Faux Affably Evil to Ax-Crazy at the drop of a hat, to much calmer and more collected. Travis quite clearly hits a nerve with her.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: And if you fall for it, it's a One-Hit Kill. On you, not by you. However, look at her hands when she does this. If she has one hand on her baseball bat? Stay away. If she has both of her hands on her face? Hack 'n' slash away!
  • You're Insane!: And if it comes from Travis, you know she's messed up.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

Dark Star
Voiced by: Steve Blum

Welcome to my castle. I heartily receive you, my son.

The number one ranked assassin of the UAA, and Travis' ultimate target. Lives way out of town in a large castle, and awaits Travis' approach for a very special reason... to start messing with his mind before he kills him, of course. He's a guy that enjoys that sort of thing.

    Other Assassins 
Ermen Palmer

I'm afraid not. These fights don't work like that. It's time to die, Mr. First Rank!

Rank unknown, but another assassin out to climb the ranks of the UAA. Travis meets him in the ending.

  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Don't worry, you won't have to run around Travis' apartment, trying to fend the guy off while getting your own beam katana.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Rather than go through the kinds of hoop-jumping that Travis did, he just surprises Travis on the toilet.
    • Wrong Genre Savvy: Too bad he's not the hero. He's taken out in one shot by Henry for his troubles.
  • Expy: Ermen is an Expy of Garcian Smith (AKA Emir Parkreiner) from Killer7.
  • Laser Blade
  • Unknown Rival: He bursts into Travis's bathroom, also with a beam katana, out to take Travis' position. Travis has no idea who this guy is, and particularly why he won't respect the sanctity of the restroom.

Jeane (the person)
Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

Go ahead. Draw, brother.

Travis' ex-girlfriend, who he hasn't seen in two years. Actually his half-sister, also an assassin, and the final opponent awaiting Travis at the end.

Henry Cooldown
Voiced by Quinton Flynn (EN), Katsuyuki Konishi (JP)

Click to see  him in No More Heroes 2

You're a disgrace to yourself and all those you've killed...

A mysterious man with an Irish accent that first runs into Travis when the latter is the 6th ranked assassin and the one who actually kills Letz Shake. He promises to meet Travis again and go into more detail next time. It turns out that he's Travis' long-lost twin and Sylvia's husband of ten years. Their battle is technically unresolved, but both brothers return in the sequel as playable characters.

Thunder Ryu
Voiced by: Paul Nakauchi

Former wrestler and Yakuza member who now runs a gym. There, Travis can train to become stronger, learn new moves, and get hit on by his mentor. He has a history with Speed Buster and is eventually killed in a duel with her, transforming into Travis' Spirit Advisor.

Doctor Naomi
Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall

A scientist in the warehouse area of Santa Destroy who specializes in beam katanas. She sells both the katanas and the upgrades for them to Travis.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her breasts have grown considerably since the first game. Her shirt has not.
  • Bare Your Midriff: It's very hard to notice, but it's there.
  • Cool Shades
  • Fanservice Pack: Her breasts are much larger in the sequel. There's the popular theory that all of the money Travis spent on beam katanas and upgrades in the first game went straight to her chest. However crazy this idea might be, this is Suda 51 we're talking about.
  • Gainaxing
  • Hot Scientist
  • Jiggle Physics: Her breasts physics are some of the most gratuitous non-combat uses of the engine in the game.
  • Male Gaze: Yup. She even calls you out for it in Desperate Struggle.
  • Older Than They Look: The Japanese website lists her age at 63 years old. She looks like she's in her 20s.
  • Red Herring: The manual mentions some kind of dark secret of hers, even though she experiences no character developement and never leaves the lab. Not addressed in NMH 2, but still a possible Chekhov's Gun. The Japanese website states that she's actually 63—she apparently uses her science to make herself younger.
  • Tsundere: Though she's dismissive of Travis' Otaku lifestyle, she still flirts with him. Though that could be just to get him to buy more stuff (not that there's anyone else selling beam katanas nearby).
  • Welcome to Corneria: Where's that "new toy" you keep promising, Naomi? May refer to the Glastonbury introduced in the sequel. Of course, after you've bought everything available in the sequel, she refers to another unnamed new toy.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Only noticeable in the sequel when she stands, but it is there (though only around a Grade B).

Randall Lovikov
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

A drunk who hangs out in a bar down a side street, he'll offer to teach Travis extra moves if he can be presented with seven "Lovikov balls." Given that his training involves beating Travis up, he might be the fastest at putting someone through Training from Hell ever.

Bishop Sidaks
Voiced by: Matthew Mercer

The owner of the video place near Travis' apartment, and also he's Travis' only friend. He only generally appears if you're far from your bike, as he's the one who drops it off when you call. He'll also rent new wrestling videos to Travis to teach new moves.