Characters: Noir

Characters of the anime Noir

Kirika Yuumura

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

  • Anti Heroine: On the one hand, she's a lonely young woman desperately searching for her past and fleeing a mysterious organization that apparently wants her dead. On the other hand, she is extremely good at killing people and makes her living doing just that.
  • Badass Adorable: Can I take her home with me?
  • Cry Cute: Especially Episode 25. Break my heart, I prithee break.
  • Dark Action Girl: Not only is she a good fighter, she's extremely creative in dealing with various handicaps caused by terrain or injury.
  • Dark Messiah: What Kirika-chan becomes when she attains the legendary mantle of "The True Noir."
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted. She isn't truly emotionless, just simply having a hard time expressing her emotions until near the end, when her "real" personality takes over. She has no hesitation in killing large numbers of people; that lack of feeling distresses her.
  • Enfant Terrible: Raised by the Soldats to be a Noir candidate. Her first assignment was to kill the Boquets when she was age six, complete with overall straps askew.
  • Expy: Let's see... she's an assassin, she has amnesia, she's hunted by the orginization she belongs to, and she kills people with items that are SUPPOSED to be harmless. Sound like Jason Bourne.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: When she gets Hellish Pupils, it's very bad.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Even Revolver Ocelot would think twice fighting this cutie.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: She is basically viewed as a savior by the superstitious followers of Soldats: An Invincible Warrior destined to destroy evil and injustice in the world.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She has no memory of her first fourteen years and only knows her name because of a student ID card, which could very well be fake.
  • Nice Shoes: Her rather distinctive pink shoes have received a degree of Memetic Mutation among fans. They're also nearly identical to the ones she wore as a young child, when she killed Mireille's family, and since the reveal is shot from her feet up it's the first indication of who the shooter was.
  • Oblivious to Love: Seemingly towards Chloe. It might just have been because she was in "True Noir" state but the fact that Chloe kisses her on the lips while they were both completely naked and gets no reaction whatsoever points to this.
  • One Woman Army: Makes you wonder if she has Saiyan blood in her.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her normal eye colour is hazel but sometimes it turns into red. This is usually the moment to take cover.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Seemingly-emotionless, struggles with identity and humanity, short hair, permanently sad expression.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Tyke Bomb: Was about five when she killed Mireille's family.
  • Unscrupulous Heroine : She's more concerned with the ethics of killing than Mireille and is mostly concerned with solving the mystery of herself. That doesn't stop her from going into business with Mireille and being very good at it.
  • Waif-Fu: Not as bad as some examples, but she does pull off some pretty impressive stunts.
  • When She Smiles: The first time she does is she meets the cat in Episode 6.

Mireille Bouquet

  • Affably Evil
  • Anti Heroine: Although she's an amiable person who has no problem having a friendly chat with a shopkeeper, she is a contract killer and has no moral qualms about it.
  • Anti-Heroes Gone Fishing: The first few minutes of the show are her going back to her apartment on a bright yellow scooter with a bag of groceries. Then she checks her e-mail to see if she has any hit job offers. She also has a tendency to window-shop.
  • Badass Normal: Compared to the other candidates for the title of Noir, who have probably been trained since the time they could walk.
  • Blondes Are Evil: For a given definition of "evil" but she probably would be considered such by most normal people due to her occupation. Given the Black and Gray Morality of the show in the end most agree she ends up more on the Gray side.
  • Can't Catch Up: Compared to the impossibly skilled Kirika and Chloe, even though by normal standards she's still a badass and not someone you cross.
  • Combat Stilettos: Not as unrealistic as some examples, but her boots still have decent heels on them. Deconstructed too, on at least one occasion she nearly fell from a house roof to her death since her boots lack grip.
  • Cool Shades: Tragically, she only wears them in one episode.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a very successful assassin. "Successful" meaning that she survives all of her jobs.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's twenty-ish at the start of the show, but about fifty-five in terms of cynicism.
  • Love Redeems: Towards Kirika, whether you interpret it as platonic or romantic.
  • Limited Wardrobe: She wears more action and climate-oriented outfits in some episodes, but the majority of her time is spent in the red shirt and black skirt. She is also quite fond of wearing a lavender colored jacket.
  • Mafia Princess: Was one as a child.
  • Magic Skirt: Many cosplayers will attest to the impossibility of replicating Mireille's short skirt without flashing people.
  • Nominal Heroine: She's not evil. Well, not evil if you significantly lower your standards for morality.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: When ADV Films dubbed Noir, they decided not to give Mireille a Corsican accent. The reason for this was to avoid confusion among viewers unfamiliar with the language.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: A blond, blue eyed Corsican isn't impossible, but it's not very likely either.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Self-Made Orphan: Subverted, she doesn't kill her parents — but she does kill her Parental Substitute uncle Claude.
  • Spanner in the Works: And holy crap, HOW. Not only Chloe attacking her brought Kirika out of her Brainwashed and Crazy state, but she ended up totally tearing through Altena's plans.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her mother. This ends up being a plot point.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She's actually rather pleasant when dealing with the general public, but maintains strict personal boundaries for all but a few due to her job.
  • Villainess Protagonist
  • Younger than She Looks: According to the series timeline Mireille is at most 20 during the show, while most people guess that she's a good deal older. Part of this is due to Vague Age, since we're not entirely sure how old she actually is. There's also the fact that she's implied to have been living on her own and working as an assassin for quite some time now, which borders on the horrifying if she's only 20 now.

Chloe

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

  • Anti Heroine: Mixed with Anti-Villain. She shows up as an antagonist, but she also aids the duo several times and loves Altena. She is, however, a little too enthusiastic about killing people.
  • Badass: She and the other Noir are the best assassins, but Chloe stands out by only using knifes. And she's not inferior to them.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 12.
  • Enfante Terrible: The flashback to Kirika's assassination of the Bouquets shows five-year-old Chloe looking on and smiling eagerly as the deed is done.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She works with Shao-Li only because she has to, and it's clear that she doesn't particularly like doing so and offs her as soon as she sees an indication that she's turning.
    Chloe: Poisonous insect.
  • Evil Redhead: Her hair changes based on the lighting, sometimes it's purple, more often a deep, dark shade of red. Either way, it looks pretty sinister.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Her eyes are noticeably more narrow than Mireille and Kirika's except when Kirika is in "true Noir" mode which highlight her being on the darker side of the Grey and Grey Morality. They also make determining her exact ethnicity difficult, and the show never clarifies either way.
  • Gray Eyes
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Becomes blatant in episode 25 when she screams about how "it should have been me!" with Kirika and tries to Murder the Hypotenuse by going after Mireille.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: She is to knives what Kirika is to guns.
  • Implausible Hair Color: In a series of realistic hair colors, she stands out by having purple hair.
  • Knife Nut
  • Nominal Hero: Although she often helps Mireille and Kirika and is something of a Tritagonist, she never questions her job and was raised by a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • One Woman Army: She takes down a whole battalion of police officers in full gear, three assassins, etcetera, all singled-handed.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: As a matter of professionalism, she will kill other assassins who are targeting her hits.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Psycho Lesbian: Lesbian definitely. Psycho? Debatable, at least until the second half of episode 25...
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Becomes especially apparent when she kisses Kirika and Kirika does not react at all. Even with the latter in Brainwashed and Crazy mode at the time its clear it wasn't mutual.
  • Villainess Protagonist

Altena

Voiced by: TARAKO (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN)

  • Affably Evil: She's not just affable, she's downright gracious. She is also plotting something that has even other members of the Soldats worried.
  • Anti Villainess: Depending on your interpretation.
  • Broken Bird: Her backstory is very Harmful to Minors. When she was a child, her homeland was devastated by war and atrocities at the hands of soldiers, and she herself was raped by one of them.
  • The Chessmaster: She's the closest equivalent to a Big Bad the series has.
  • Dark Messiah: "If love can slay, then hatred can save the world."
  • Dissonant Serenity: One thing that makes her so frightening.
  • Does Not Like Men: Never explicitly stated, but she's never seen interacting with a male character on screen, and the male Soldat leaders only show up at the Manor after everything's over and she's dead. Given her backstory this makes a lot of sense.
  • Knight Templar: So much so that even the other Soldats think that she's too extreme.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Even with Rule of Symbolism in effect, there are a number of things she does which don't seem possible unless she has some manner of magic/psychic powers, such as the three candles representing the "saplings" and how when one goes out she not only seems to understand what it means but also which "sapling" it was referring to. Also there's the fact that she lives on a friggin' active volcano.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: One interpretation of the ending, especially since if you look really close at her face while she's falling to her death you can see that she's smiling.
  • Parental Substitute: She treats Chloe with the care and affection that she would a daughter.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Purple Is Powerful: Along with Purple Eyes above, her outfit is purple with white accents.
  • Rape as Backstory: She was raped by a soldier when she was a young girl, which contributed to her villainy.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Her first few appearances show her tending to her grapes and writing letters without any dialog. It gives an extremely sinister feel to her even before she does anything.
  • Visionary Villainess: She wants to use Noir to cleanse the world of evil and impurity.

Silvana Greone aka "Intoccabile"

Voiced by: Yumi Touma (JP), Heather LeMaster (EN)

  • Creepy Child: Her idea of "playing" as a kid is running at Mireille with a knife.
  • Dark Action Girl: Although she lets her elite assassins do most of the work, she's a very capable combatant herself.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She never seems to lose her temper and remains calm whether she's trying to have Noir killed or torturing a man by having his loved ones killed in the next room. When she reacts with genuine shock at Kirika shooting her knife and preventing her stab at Mireille from being fatal you know things have gotten serious.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone who knows about the Intoccabile is either terrified of her or reverential of her ruthlessness. Mireille in particular has never gotten over her fear.
  • Kiss of Death: Gives an excessively long one to Mireille.
  • Knife Nut: She favors a single, curved dagger.
  • Lady of War: A villainous version.
  • Mafia Princess
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Pure Is Not Good: One translation of "Intoccabile" is "the inviolate" "the untouchable" or "the pure", but Silvana is anything but good.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Has both purple hair and wears a purple dress, probably to emphasize her status as a Mafia Princess.
  • Young and in Charge: Since, as stated above, Mireille is at most 20 during the show Silvana by extension is probably not any older than 25, since while it was obvious that she's slightly older that Mireille in the flashback to them as children it's clear it's not by much.

Shao Li

Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Kelly Manison (EN)

Laurent Bouquet

  • The Mafia: Laurent at the very least had dealings with the Greones, and it's implied he was involved in a lot more.
  • Posthumous Character: His death still affects Mireille years later and he appears in flashbacks.
  • Screening The Call: The Bouquets refused to hand young Mireille to Les Soldats. Shortly afterwards, they were killed.
  • The Voiceless: Apart from some grunts, which aren't credited, isn't shown speaking any time he's on screen.

Odette Bouquet

  • Defector from Decadence: The Bouquets refused to hand young Mireille to Les Soldats. Shortly afterwards, they were killed.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She didn't show any fear or hatred towards little Kirika when she came to kill her, just softly asked her to take care of Mireille.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Played with. While Laurent was obviously a huge influence on Mireille and the direction her life took, iw was Odette who probably had the largest impact, what with what she said to Kirika before she was killed.
  • Mama Bear: As soon as she saw Laurent get shot, her first instinct was to reach for Mireille's brother, who was reading next to her chair. She was too late, and the poor boy was killed. Then there's her request to Kirika, where she calmly asks her soon-to-be killer to protect her daughter. (And boy, would Kirika later follow these words.).
  • Missing Mom
  • Posthumous Character: Like Laurent, her death continues to haunt her daughter and she appears in flashbacks.
  • Screening The Call: The Bouquets refused to hand young Mireille to Les Soldats. Shortly afterwards, they were killed.
  • Significant Double Casting: Shares Mireille's VA in both the Japanese and English versions.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her making Kirika promise to protect Mireille took a long time to pay off, but when it did it put the final nail in the coffin as far as Altena's original plan for a Chloe/Kirika Noir went.

Claude Feyder

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)

George Madelin

Belladonna Lily Woman

Voiced by: Christine Auten {EN)