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, even shouting "DELIVERANCE!" as Travis is about to cut him in half.
  • 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 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-bladed 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 and Heroes' 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, she 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 she no longer has in the finished game.
  • 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 by besting him.
  • 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, surpass 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.


Ryuji
Voiced by: Robert Wu

"COME OUT, DRAGON!"

The 7th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle.


Mimmy
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'.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Henry fights her in a dream while in the middle of a coma. She's presumably influenced by the anime Travis is jacking off to in the other room.
  • 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.


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?
  • Aliens Speaking English: While not an alien per se, it is a bit strange a Soviet Russian would be trying to contact his HQ in English.
  • 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
  • Bilingual Bonus: His ship's name, Volk, translates from Russian to "Wolf".
  • 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 or return to Earth, nor did he ever consider simply removing his helmet.
  • Death from Above: Volk, his ship/satellite, regularly fires lasers at Travis from orbit.
  • Disappears into Light: Vladimir seemingly fades away after he breaths his last, leaving only the floating suit behind.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is able to lift large rocks telekinetically (perhaps by manipulating gravity) to fling them at Travis.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: From his helmet and from the very skies!
  • 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.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: One popular interpretation of his unnatural existance, strange powers and the fact that he is unable to realize that he's not in space is that Vladimir is actually long dead and his essence is possessing his space suit. Also, in typical ghost fashion, he is able to pass on to the other side once he finds peace by realizing he's back on Earth.
  • Turns Red: At low health, he becomes able to use his One-Hit Kill as well as a much more powerful variation of his facial laser.

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 during the first game, and he wanted revenge.

  • Animal Motifs: Bats.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Invoked Trope. He was designed to be overall annoying and uncool as a message on getting revenge. He's not an example in terms of gameplay though, at least not after the first phase - he's actually hair-pullingly hard to beat.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His final form.
  • Bald of Evil: Justified in that his father and two brothers were generic goons you took out in side-missions in the first No More Heroes, made bald so that they'd be easier to spot.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Setting aside the fact that he used his pizza empire to climb to the top of the UAA and was the one who ordered the hit on Bishop, most players will think, "He's just a scrawny, bucked-tooth nerd. How bad can he be?" Then they actually fight the guy.
  • Big Bad
  • Breath Weapon
  • Brick Joke: Early on in the game, when Travis meets with Sylvia next to the building the final battle takes place in, a guy randomly falls out of the sky and lands nearby. Once you get to fight Batt the same thing can happen to you.
  • Continuity Nod: Travis killing his father and brothers was a series of K-Entertainment assassination jobs from the first game. They weren't even a part of the plot at all.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Travis murdering at least three members of Batt's family results in him sending hitmen after Bishop, and apparently killing all of Travis' other allies as well, or so it seems (see below). Said family members are the Pizza Butt executives you killed in your assassination missions in No More Heroes.
  • Destination Defenestration: One of his attacks can do this to you if you're near the windows.
  • Difficulty Spike: He's harder than anything in either game, and the only boss in either to have multiple phases and multiple attacks that could kill you in one hit.
  • Facial Markings: A tattoo of a pizza on the left side of his face.
  • Flying Car: His primary mode of battle in his first form.
  • Genre Savvy: "Have you never even seen a kung fu movie, spy flick or western?! Shakespeare, for God's sake!"
  • Giggling Villain
  • Go Out with a Smile: Well, okay, he didn't have much of a choice in the matter but still...
  • Jerkass: Even losing his family does not really justify him being so extremely obnoxious.
  • Large Ham
    I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his second form, he packs quite a punch, can take quite a few hits and will not stay the fuck still.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Bald and ugly, he's not a looker in his natural state, and gets uglier in every subsequent form he takes.
  • The Napoleon: Being tiny does not stop him from being very egotistical.
  • Not So Different: Both he and Travis want revenge. In fact, Travis wants revenge for Jasper's revenge on Travis.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twice. First he turns into a hulking superhero-themed brute, then into a giant parade float.
  • Perfect-Play A.I.: During the second phase of Batt's fight, he just walks very, very slowly towards Travis. Except for when he suddenly doesn't.
  • Psycho Serum: Used in the second part of the battle, and still apparently running through him in the third.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Has the build and voice of a 11-year-old and spends the majority of the fight giggling like a lunatic.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's the CEO of Pizza Batt, which controls all of Santa Destroy.
  • Sequential Boss
  • Shadow Archetype: He's an amalgam of all of Travis' darker traits taken Up to Eleven - a nerdy loser who treats battle as a game and is vengeance-crazed.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Teleport Spam
  • Visual Pun: The second form; he's got a champion belt that looks similar to Shinobu's and using wrestling moves. Which explains his appearance: He's a Baby Face!!
  • You Killed My Father: Inverted; the villain wants you dead because you killed his father, as well as his brothers, possibly for money to buy new Fun T Shirts. Though it is played straight if one replaces 'father' with 'best friend'.
  • Zeroth Law Of Trope Examples: Pulls this on Travis in his introduction scene.

    Civilians 

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.