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Characters: No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Here's the list of characters introduced in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. For the characters introduced in the original game, go here.

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    The Assassins 
Skelter Helter
Voiced by: Matthew Mercer

"You insensitive prick! You killed him and you don't even remember!"

First boss of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, and the 51st ranked assassin. Helter Skelter's younger brother.

Nathan Copeland
Voiced by: Khary Payton

"This is it! This is what I've been prayin' for! I'm weary of this gilded world! All glitter! NO SOUL!"

The 50th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. An Irish hip-hop rapper.

  • Almighty Janitor: He's ranked 50th in the UAA, but he is not a Warm-Up Boss. In fact, he's arguably harder than quite a few bosses that follow him. Good luck defeating him on Bitter.
  • Badass Preacher: He's the founder of a religion that spreads its word through rap. One would expect him to be a full-on hip hop stereotype, but he speaks like an ancient shaman.
  • Blood Knight: He really doesn't care about the UAA, he joined simply for the challenge of facing Travis in one-on-one combat.
  • Bonus Boss: in Heroes' Paradise.
  • Dance Battler
  • Death Seeker: He fully admits that he wishes to die by Travis's hand.
  • Death Trap: He's rigged the room you fight him in with things such as dropping chandeliers, exploding plants, and laser beams.
  • Gangsta Rap: And much literally so. According to Silvia, Nathan's charm, charisma, appeal, and outreaching lyrics to the audiences were meant to also seek out troubled delinquents, confused and lost people, and misfits so that the New Mafia and Pizza Batt could have some new members and lackeys in their ranks. His Leitmotif, "Nathan is Our Boss", even boasts the lyrics, "Murder Cures The Nation", and so far, it's induced many of the mooks you fight throughout the game.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His boombox can transform into mechanical armor that can shoot missiles and sonic blasts. Before that, he throws his hoes at you.
  • Jive Turkey: Subverted. He certainly looks the part. He also acts the part while you're fighting him, complete with dancing moves. However, he talks and acts more like a preacher.
  • Large Ham
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: His boombox.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Travis as one, respectfully calling him "The Crownless King".

Charlie MacDonald
Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal

"After this, I'm going to touch you down."

The 25th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A football jock followed by a group of assassin cheerleaders who are all collectively ranked 26th through 49th. Despite the obvious motif, his weapon is the Santa Death Parade, a Humongous Mecha.

Kimmy Howell
Voiced by: Jennifer Hale

"I'm legit, and way tougher than I look! So, uh...don't go easy on me, 'k? 'cause one wrong move, and you're over."

A schoolgirl assassin in Desperate Struggle. Her rank is unknown, but it's presumed to be one below Travis at the time you fight her—unlike the other UAA assassins, she challenges Travis for his rank. Uses her recorder as a weapon, which doubles as a double beam katana.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She doesn't really show anger, but she does come off as a bit deranged.
  • Bonus Boss: In both No More Heroes 2 andHeroes' Paradise. She's the only original Bonus Boss in the series- if you never leave and return to the Motel in between ranking fights after beating Charlie MacDonald, you never fight Kimmy.
  • Bubble Gun: Kimmy will sometimes pause mid-battle to blow bubbles at you from her recorder. Unblockable, exploding bubbles.
  • Double Weapon: Wields a Darth Maul-esque double beam katana, complete with red blades.
  • Fangirl: Of Travis. She calls him Travis the Great.
    • And Travis Ravenous. Oh, and Cool Hand Teezy Greasy!
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: The little bunny doll she carries around.
  • Glacier Waif: Kimmy fights like a chainsaw on legs and her combos do immense damage, but she's extremely lacking when it comes to mobility. In fact, barely moves at all over the course of her match, preferring to taunt and bait Travis until he gets within range, which makes it extremely easy to hit her with a fully-powered Peony. Averted on Bitter, where she is more than happy to chase you all over the arena.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Subverted, kinda. The E3 trailer showed her with glasses on. The finished game shows her without them.
  • Groin Attack: What happens if she beats you in a weapon clash. Travis' response is "Oh Yeah!"... And then he keels over.
  • If I Can't Have You: She's going to put Travis' head on a trophy to ensure that only she can have him.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Says this to Travis. Notably, the whole reason she's a boss fight is so she can prove it.
  • Instrument of Murder: Her recorder.
  • Killer Rabbit: Seems innocent enough until she pulls out the double beam katana. While not quite as hard as Nathan Copeland, she's very fast, and trying to attack her head on will get you killed.
  • Laser Blade
  • The Nicknamer: For Travis, again. Three of them. From her we get, and quote, "Travis the Great", "Travis Ravenous", and "Cool Hand Teezy Greasy". Guess that's three more we can add to the list of nicknames Travis has earned in his career...
  • Took a Level in Badass: Considering Kimmy was probably a normal student before being trained as an assassin.
  • Totally Radical: "You have to read it out loud, just for lulz!"
  • Yandere: She writes a love letter to Travis and has him read it aloud. Said love letter details her desire to behead Travis, and in turn, surpassing him. She sounds unbelievably creepy when she says "I love you" during the battle.
  • Waif-Fu: Kimmy's knees even knock together when she's not attacking you. Her desperation move is to hit Travis with the old "thigh vice" trick.

Matt Helms
Voiced by: Debi Derryberry

"I'm going to kill you... I'm going to kill you..."

An obese behemoth wearing a clown mask, and the 24th ranked assassin Desperate Struggle. He was abandoned as a child, and when he died, he made a deal with the devil to be revived through dark arts.

Cloe Walsh
Voiced by Tara Strong

"Don't say that, handsome. Actually, you're just my type. You'd be even more dashing if you were writhing in agony."

The 23rd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. She's found locked in a prison complex.

Dr. Letz Shake
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

"All I desire is a duel with you. Desire level: One hundred percent. Revenge on primary target was a success. Behold. Said dramatically."

An assassin in Desperate Struggle, ranked somewhere between 22 and 10. Once a Bait-and-Switch Boss, now you actually get to fight him. The fight was supposed to be a Battle Royale, but he wipes out the rest of the competition before you even fight.

Million Gunman
Voiced by: Paul Eiding

"Do you love money like I do?"

The 9th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle, and the first boss you fight as Shinobu.

New Destroyman
Voiced by: Josh Keaton

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"Seriously, she's so rude! Reminds me of my complaining customers. Now Travis, he knew how to fight like a gentleman. Sliced me in half, sure, but he did it with grace."

The 8th ranked assassin(s) in Desperate Struggle, and the second and final boss you fight as Shinobu.

Voiced by: Robert Wu


The 7th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle.

Voiced by: Debi Derryberry

"You should stay here forever. We'll live together. I'll never leave. If you want to go to the other side, then I have no choice. I've got to kill you."

A young girl Henry fights in a dream.

  • Boss Remix: The theme that plays during her boss fight is the Golden Brown remix of "We Are Finally Cowboys, Henry's boss theme from the original No More Heroes.
  • Enemy Within: For Travis, even though Henry fights her.
  • Fetish: Composed of all of Travis'.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind
  • Non-Standard Character Design: While all the other characters in the series have models in a realistic style with lots of shading, Mimmy's model is very colorful and animesque, with big, shiny eyes. Even her character art is in a 'cuter' style than that of the others. Justified though, as Mimmy is a mental manifestation of all the fetishes of local anime-nut Travis.
  • Pop Goes the Human: As if the entire fight wasn't bizarre enough, when Henry finally kills Mimmy by stabbing her in the back, she starts to swell up like a balloon to enormous proportions and then spectacularly explodes. Does Travis have a hidden inflation fetish?
  • School Swimsuit: Her outfit greatly resembles one.
  • Shout-Out: The part where she reads Henry's mind is a possible reference to the Newtype meeting between Lalah and Amuro in Mobile Suit Gundam.
    • She may be based on Chandy from Betterman, given that she's also a young, psychic Indian girl with an odd fixation on an older man and a deadly exoskeleton.
  • Yandere: Since Henry won't stay in a coma and share his mindscape with her, she feels obliged to kill him.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: She speaks in...some kind of accent, which could be Japanese but it's hard to tell.

Margaret Moonlight
Voiced by: Tara Strong

"Did you... did you memorize the song?"

The 4th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A Gothic Lolita who fights with two scythes that double as Anti-Material Rifles.

  • Affably Evil
  • Alliterative Name
  • Badass Boast: Her theme song is a mix of this and a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Dual Wield
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita
  • Expy: Arguably of Bad Girl. Both being into lolita fashion and having a total Ear Worm for a theme.The stages before their battles are similar as well, in both you fight a horde of enemies in a single area.
  • Foil: Once more, arguably of Bad Girl. Both like the Lolita look, but Bad Girl is Sweet while Margaret is Gothic. Which is ironic because despite her making fun of you, Margaret actually seems cute and just genuinely nice (for an assassin). Bad Girl is... not.
    • In fact, Margaret seems to have been designed as a total opposite of Bad Girl. Their dresses are different types of the same style, Bad Girl is rude, violent, and psychotic while Margaret is relatively sweet, honorable, and kind. Their death scenes even start similarly, with Travis running them through with his sword, but they react in totally opposite ways, with Bad Girl viciously beating Travis until he actually gives up, just before she dies, while Margaret just asks if you remembered her song.
  • Four Is Death: She's the 4th ranked assassin. She has scythes. People call her "The Reaper".
  • Get Back Here Boss: She spends the majority of the fight running away, turning around and shooting at you.
  • Go Out with a Smile: " so....Sublime."
  • Graceful Loser
  • Grim Reaper: If the scythes didn't sell it for you, the theme song should have.
  • Last Request: Before she collapses, she only asks if Travis memorized her song. When Travis replies that he did, she dies happily.
  • Meaningful Name: The song states: 'Margaret is Greek, you geek/It means 'a pearl'
    • 'Boys cannot crack this oyster shell!' probably makes it clearer.
    • Her song Philistine is about people who are uninterested in art, beauty or values.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: When she falls dead, it even goes "poof". Doesn't get in the way of her fighting, though.
  • Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: The case with her rifle, as half the fight is closing the gap between you and her so that she'll be constantly running off to try to shoot you from less than twenty feet away. Bizarrely, she begins the fight on top of a sniper perch, but jumps down so that you can actually hit her once you get close enough.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Pre-release pictures of her also very strongly made her resemble Suigintou from Rozen Maiden. Her outfit and general appearance indeed looks like Suigintou a bit, but not as much of a carbon copy as the pre-release images made you believe.
    • The whole Reaper motif coupled with the reference to an "Oyster" in her song is remindful of Blue Oyster Cult's classic "Don't Fear The Reaper".
  • Sinister Scythe: Dual-wielded as her Weapon of Choice.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The lyrics to her battle theme are insults geared towards Travis.
  • Villain Song: Definitely.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She even mentions it in her song—/Thigh-high socks and my absolute territory/Go on and drool the Otaku can not resist/.

Captain Vladimir
Voiced by: Paul Eiding

"This is Earth? So I'm finally back, after all this time. Fresh oxygen. Blue sky. Beautiful: as I remembered."

The 3rd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A Soviet cosmonaut who became stranded in outer space, armed with strange, incredibly powerful technology and who doesn't even realise he's back on Earth.

  • Alien Abduction: His intro sure inspires the imagery... and just what happened to him?
  • Anti-Villain: More so than any other boss in the game. He has no clue what's going on when he fights Travis, and all we know about him is that he's an uber-patriotic Soviet who's been trapped in space for years. He's only presented as an antagonist due to a very tragic and very literal example of Poor Communication Kills and the fact that Travis is the hero. The otaku even recognizes this and gives him a fitting Informal Eulogy.
    • "Glory to the Soviet Union."
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Beehive Barrier
  • Captain Ersatz: His design as a Russian cosmonaut, his unexpectedly ruined face, and his death speech about returning to Earth closely mirrors The Fury from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
  • Darth Vader Clone: His face reveal and touching death after Travis breaks his helmet adds yet another Star Wars Shout-Out.
  • Determinator: Vladmir has been floating in space for two decades. In all that time, he never stopped attempting to contact his mission control, return to Earth, or simply remove his helmet.
  • Disappears into Light: Vladimir seemingly fades away after he breaths his last, leaving only the floating suit behind.
  • Kill Sat: His main weapon.
    • One-Hit Kill: When it fires the big beam, if it touches Travis, he's dead.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: It's less physical strength than having the most impressive weapon to ever be used on Travis, barring Speed Buster's laser cannon. Although surviving alone in space for over 20 years is pretty hardcore.

Alice Twilight
Voiced by Jennifer Hale

"We're all trapped, don't you see? Addicted to the violence, to a life in the shadows. Once we join the ranks we can never get out."

The 2nd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. She vies to leave the assassination scene, wanting to learn how Travis did. She uses a pack with six waldoes armed with numerous beam katanas. Notable for having appeared in the earliest trailers for the game, likely because of her memorable appearance.

  • Alice Allusion: Subverted. She's not ethereal, Victorian, and nothing about her seems to be alluding to Alice in Wonderland. Oddly enough, her old friend Margaret (being a creepy blonde Elegant Gothic Lolita) would fit very well if their names were switched. Her name instead is a red herring to fit into her Buddhist Ashura symbolism.
  • Bonus Boss: in Heroes' Paradise.
  • Broken Bird
  • Death Seeker: She reveals that she, including many other assassins who've idolized Travis, became this out of despair, and want to know how Travis managed to leave the business without becoming one herself. Lonely at the Top indeed...
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First seen in the very first teaser.
  • Face Death with Dignity: And Travis takes no time in letting out his sorrows and disgust with an anguished cry.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A closer look at the photos she burned showed she had a husband and son and was friends with Margaret.
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • Graceful Loser
  • I Have the High Ground: The pack she wears can extend her out of Travis' reach.
  • Last Request: "Promise me that you won't forget that there once was an assassin named Alice."
  • Lonely at the Top: She wants out of the ranked battles, and was hoping to get the answer of how out of Travis.
  • Mirror Boss: When grounded, she uses beam katana combos, can perform a lunging attack like Travis, and cancels her attacks with evasive rolls, a tactic normally in the domain of Player Characters.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • She Had A Name
  • Spider Limbs: Complete with a Laser Blade tipping each one.
  • Stripperiffic: Her design seems to be based off Western superheroines.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: The most interesting thing about Alice is rather her weapon, which is named the Asura-6. While considered cool and mystifying in video games and popular culture, Ashuras in reality, and to the Hindu and Buddhist culture they belong to, are semi divine beings that rank above humans in power, but whose lives and rankings in life are considered even worse than man's own world itself, as they are engulfed in wrath and anger, indulge in materialistic pleasures and vices, and never see any resolution or peace within their own world. Because of this, they desire and seek enlightenment to transcend to become Devas or even remove themselves from Samsara altogether. Considering her path she took in life, the rankings to ascend upon, her own weathered and weary perspectives in the world she dived into, the quest for death, and how Silvia even mentions how the contestants in Santa Destroy are nothing more than demons in the visages of men, Alice appears to be a beautiful ashura who wants out of the world of glorified bloodshed and killing which she once saw as a means to use to ascend to higher calling.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: All five of them. Several at a time, no less.
  • Title Drop: "Don't you see, Travis? You are the No More Hero."
  • The Unfettered: Called the "last ascetic", Alice has completely devoted her life to escaping the UAA ranks. Burning the photos apparently represents her severing the last of her ties.
  • Wham Episode: Travis' monologue after their fight marks the most his character development.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Russian? German?

Jasper "Pizza" Batt, Jr.
Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal

"Did you honestly think you could take so many lives and never suffer retribution? Have you never even seen a kung-fu movie, spy flick or western? Shakespeare, for God's sake! Not only did you murder my father, but my two brothers as well! That is why I took your best friend's life. Make sense, Travis? It's called poetic justice. "

The 1st ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle, and the man behind Bishop's assassination. His reason is because Travis killed his father and brothers, and he wanted revenge.


Ryan Yamazaki

"Oh poopie. I have the sad face."

The owner of the gym Travis visits in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. Once again, Travis can go there to train to improve his strength and his endurance between getting hit on by the owner.

Takashi Miike

A Japanese filmmaker who was a friend of Bishop; he is seen visiting Bishop's grave and delivering a new Beam Katana to Shinobu that Bishop had wanted Travis to have.

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