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- Action Girl: Eva doesn't use her fists, but she makes up for it with amazing racing skills.
- Affectionate Nickname: Nicknamed "Little Mouse" by Rick.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Eva/Molly is the youngest Earth Team member — making her the most inexperienced as well.
- Badass Adorable: She's a cute and kind teenage girl who progresses to a Badass Biker.
- Badass Biker: Molly on her rocket seat, which she grafts on the Arrow's steering column. Over the course of the series, Eva transforms into an experienced pilot.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Earth Racing uniform exposes her stomach area.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Case in point, before she learned the true nature of her mother's death, she tried to murder Spirit during their race because she thought he was directly responsible.
- Biker Babe: Before she became one of the contestants for Ōban, she would fix up her rocket bike and try to escape her abusive boarding home.
- Blush Sticker: When she was a child she had the red, round, rosy cheek kind.
- Brainy Brunette: Eva has natural black hair, is 15-years-old, and already a skilled mechanic.
- Broken Bird: Her mother's death, followed by her father's abandonment, and coupled with 10 years in a boarding school with an abusive figure turned her into the trope and made her gain many self-esteem issues.
- Calling the Old Man Out: After Don Wei tells Molly that he knows that she's really his daughter, she unloads on him for abandoning her at a boarding school for most of her childhood (without so much as a letter) and not even recognizing her when she first joined the team.
- Character Development: Having grown up as a loner, she is very self-reliant and does not like to talk about her problems. She learns to trust her teammates and Prince Aikka, but it takes a long time before she is able to open up to any of them.
- Child Prodigy: Became a mechanic prodigy before she hit puberty. This is what let her father hire her as a mechanic for his racing company.
- Daddy's Girl: Deconstructed. Her devotion towards her father and desire to make him proud has made Eva push herself since early adolescency to become a top mechanic. It also made her never give up on the idea that one day he would come back to get her. Sadly, he never does. And even when they do meet, he doesn't even recognize her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her life has been a hard one. Her mother died in a tragic accident during a race (later revealed to not having been so much of an accident as it was Canaletto who killed her in order to create the perfect circumstances for manipulating Eva into entering and winnning the Great Oban Race and later steal the Avatar powers for himself). Her father abandoned her only a short time afterwards in a boarding school and has never visited or called her. And the headmaster of Eva's boarding school was an abusive parental figure towards Eva, giving the young protagonist a lot of self-esteem issues.
- Delinquent Hair: Dyes the top part of her hair red.
- Did Not Get The Guy: At the end, she doesn't get Jordan nor Aikka.
- Dude Magnet: Has Aikka and Jordan falling for her. She doesn't get either, but she's not bitter.
- Facial Markings: Star (left side of face) and rectangle (right side of face).
- Fiery Redhead: She may have dyed her hair red, but she's still got that fiery personality.
- Goggles Do Nothing: They don't serve any real purpose, except as a reminder of her mom.
- Goth: Implied. She wears black, dyes her hair red, and got facial markings.
- Heroes Want Redheads: For Aikka.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Gets a heavy one when it's discovered that the winner of the race won't receive any wish they desire, but instead become the next Avatar. She all but gives up the will to even compete in the race. Eva/Molly only does return to racing because she couldn't let someone like Lord Furter or General Kross abuse the power.
- The Heroine: The story follows her journey to win Ōban.
- Humble Hero: Fully shown when she willingly refuses the title of the Avatar.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Eva's main motivation throughout the series is to gain the love and appreciation from her father. Something she hasn't had in ten years.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: More like "I Just Want To Have the Normal and Happy Life I Had with My Parents".
- Interspecies Romance: She (a human) and Aikka (a Nourasian). They don't get together, but remain close friends.
- Like Parent, Like Child:
- Besides the looks, Eva/Molly also shares a lot of characteristics from her mother, especially her mom's headstrong attitude and recklessness.
- While Eva/Molly does share more of her mother's quirks, there's no denying that the girl gets her short tempered nature and stubbornness from her father.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Eva picks up her pseudonym, "Molly", in this way. When she sees her father for the first time in years and he doesn't recognize her, she tells him her name is Molly after seeing a pin-up poster in the hangar, because she was too afraid of telling him the truth.
- Living Emotional Crutch: After Don Wei finally figures out she is his long-lost daughter, he does everything within his power to keep her safe and explicitly tells her that he couldn't bare to lose her again.
- Love at First Sight: Downplayed. It's more like "smitten at first sight" towards Aikka.
- The McCoy: To Jordan's Kirk and Aikka's Spock.
- Mind Rape: Canaletto does this to her when they finally meet in person, by revealing the Awful Truth of her life - that she's been an Unwitting Pawn her entire life and that he was the one who killed Maya and crippled Rick - before using his powers to dominate her mind so she'll activate the Pyramid of Power for him.
- Morality Pet: To Rick. He drops his usual smug attitude when around her and acts like a surrogate Cool Big Bro.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though not as prominent an example as her mother, Eva/Molly is quite attractive and her earth team uniform shows off her midriff and curves. Plus, certain shots of her show a fair amount of Male Gaze.
- Multicolored Hair: Red hair on the top and black on the bottom.
- Necromancer: She wants to win the ultimate prize in order to bring her mother back to life.
- Nice Girl: Eva/Molly has her angst and abrasiveness, but she's still a kindhearted and friendly person.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After she wins the race, Molly is supposed to become the Avatar. But she refuses and goes back to her module, intending to make Aikka the Avatar. This results in Canaletto breaking out of his prison since Satis' power runs out.
- Oblivious to Love: She's pretty clueless about Jordan's feelings for her. Jordan has to spell it out for her to get it, but sadly he did it too late.
- Rebellious Spirit: Invoked, causing Molly to give one of the Arrow's engines a paint job.Rick: (to Don Wei) You told me to light a fire, I lit a fire.
- Rookie Red Ranger: Eva/Molly doesn't really know a lot about star racing.
- Rule of Symbolism: Her tattoos and dyed hair are souvenirs from one of her first runaway attempts. The stripe represents a tear while the star symbolizes hope.
- Samus Is a Girl: Don Wei mistakes her for a boy when they first meet after years.
- Sleep Cute: With Jordan.
- The Smurfette Principle: Molly is the only female member of the Earth Team.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Deconstructed. Lose her natural black hair and she's the spitting image of her mother. However, Don Wei reveals that this was reason he abandoned her as a child.
- Teen Genius: A former Child Prodigy as well. Her mechanical skills at only 15 are professional-like; this is what let her father hire her on the Earth Team.
- Teens Are Short: The shortest member of the Earth team.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Eva is quite tomboyish, but can act quite girly when excited.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a novice star pilot to to the winner of Ōban with a partly damaged star fighter.
- Tragic Keepsake: Subverted. Word of God stated that the googles she wears were not her mother's; the ones that Maya wore were destroyed in the crash.
- Unwitting Pawn: From the very beginning, her entire life - including the death of her mother and Rick's Career-Ending Injury - was carefully orchestrated by Canaletto so she would eventually participate in the Great Race of Oban as Earth's representative pilot, knowing that she would refuse the Avatar's power after learning it wouldn't bring Maya back. Eva doesn't take the revelation well.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While Eva is still a nice person, flashbacks of her as a child show she was more open and cheerful. In the present (especially at the beginning), she is a depressed teen with father issues and low self-esteem.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Eva's motivation for most of the series is to get back the love Don Wei denied her for ten years. The irony is that Don doesn't know she's his daughter at all until well into the latter half of the series.
- Wrench Wench: Her skills are on par with Winry Rockbell.
- You Killed My Mother: Her attitude towards Spirit, the racer who she thinks is responsible for her mother's death. Once she gets over the initial shock of seeing him again, Eva is so consumed by rage that she completely wrecks the Whizzing Arrow II trying to kill him; only to learn the truth when he shows her the events of that day through his eyes. Later, it turns out that Canaletto was responsible for Maya's death.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her appearance at the series finale, as she's attending a new school.
Jordan C. Wilde
Voiced by: Samuel Vincent (English), Keichirou Satomi (Japanese), Thomas Guitard (French)A 17 year-old rambunctious army soldier who is hired by Don Wei to be the gunner for the Whizzing Arrow. He eventually falls in love with Molly.
- Adorkable: Falling in love with Molly/Eva has made him weak in the knees.
- Anime Hair: The left side of his hair is black, the right side is blonde.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Becomes the new Avatar.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His last name is Wilde.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty (Eva/Molly's best friend during Oban and the gunner for the Earth Team) to Aikka's Veronica (a Nourasian prince who may or may not be a Friendly Enemy depending on the situation) for Molly's Archie.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thick, black eyebrows.
- Butt-Monkey: Especially when trying to handle with his explosive partner.
- Cannot Spit It Out: He finds himself unable to tell Molly how he really feels about her. And when he finally spits it out, it's just moments before he becomes the Avatar and never sees her again. To be fair, he does admit his feelings once, but it turned out to be Don Wei.
- Character Development: Subtle, but his hostility towards Aikka gradually lessens over time.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Jordan has (partially) black hair and black eyes.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: It remains a mystery if the blonde side of his hair is dyed or natural.
- Dead Guy Junior: Jordan got his name from the middle name of his grandfather.
- Drives Like Crazy: Good God...
- Fantastic Racism: Jordan is intensely distrustful of aliens. He hates the Crogs because they attacked his grandfather, William J. Wilde. He also doesn't like the Nourasians because of their alliance with the Crogs.
- Fingerless Gloves: A blackih-brown pair, that also show skin on the back.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with Molly.
- Identical Grandson: When his grandfather, William J. Wilde, was younger he looked exactly like Jordan does.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Pretty much why he got the job.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jordan isn't exactly the most mature, but his heart is always in the right place.
- The Kirk: To Molly's McCoy and Aikka's Spock.
- The Lancer: To Molly/Eva; Unlike her, he's doesn't live a double life, isn't an excellent pilot (he was so bad his last instructor retired), fiercely hates the Crogs and the Nourasians (the latter only because of their alliance with the former).
- Last Kiss: Gives one to Molly right before assuming his role as Avatar.
- Lonely at the Top: He becomes the Avatar, but now he can't return to Earth and will never see his beloved Molly nor any of his friends again.
- More Dakka: When Don is looking for the best gunner for the team... Jordan puts enough shots in the back wall to tear a chunk out of it.
- Multicolored Hair: Black hair on the left side and blonde on the right side.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: It's never revealed what the "C" in his name stands for.
- One Head Taller: Jordan is a head taller than Molly/Eva.
- Redeeming Replacement: Jordan isn't a direct replacement, but his grandfather William Wilde is regarded by history as a traitor on the order of Benedict Arnold. At least in part, this motivated him to join the military in the first place.
- Single Tear: As he watches Earth Team leave Ōban in the finale.
- Sleep Cute: With Molly. Don Wei isn't happy to find them that way.
- Spanner in the Works: Canaletto was probably not expecting Jordan interfering with his plans with Eva/Molly.
- Tragic Keepsake: Wears his grandfather's dogtags.
- Broken Bird: A male example. All of his jerkassery is to hide his deep grief and self-hatred over Maya's death.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Pre-series and flashbacks portray him with black eyes and black hair.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His beloved wife died in a tragic race. It destroyed him to the point he abandoned his only child because she reminded him to much of Maya. For a while, he was a drifter and met Rick. They started a racing company together, but because Don sported an abrasive attitude in order to not get close to anyone again, their relationship wasn't a happy one. Needless to say, Rick left.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He wears an all-black suit and is a complete hardass, but he ultimately means well.
- Disappeared Dad: Don left Eva at a boarding school and has never visited her once in the past 10 years.
- Expository Hairstyles: Look at his picture — Don's hair is in black and white stripes, the same color and form for the finish lines in racing.
- Good Is Not Nice: Don may be leading the Earth Racing Team in order to stop the Crogs, but he's not the most pleasant.
- Good Parents: To Eva before Maya's death and after they return to Earth. He was a caring and devoted father to his only child.
- Happily Married: To Maya before her death — they were openly affectionate with one another and all flashbacks shown of the two were happy ones.
- Jerkass Façade: After Maya's death, Don Wei acts as a jerk so people won't get close to him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Abrasive, rude, and cynical. But he DOES care for the team and isn't as selfish as he would like others to believe.
- The Leader: Of the Earth Racing Team.
- Mean Boss: He fires one employee on a whim, after not letting him take a day off cause his wife gave birth to twins.
- Meaningful Name: "Don" is a term used for someone who is in charge of something; Don Wei is the boss of his own racing organization, as well as the Earth's racing team.
- The Mourning After: Don referred to Maya as "the love of his life" and never got involved with any other women after the death of his wife. Maya's death had a huge impact in his personality and he's still affected by it.
- Multicolored Hair: Justified. Don has black and white hair which is a result of being an old man.
- My Greatest Failure: He blames himself for Maya's death.
- Overprotective Dad: After he finds out Molly is Eva and Jordan has feelings for her, he gets a little hostile when he sees them getting too close.
- Papa Wolf: After discovering Molly was his long-lost daughter, Eva, Don showed his fierce protectiveness over her. He was even willing to deliberately disobey a direct order from the President because he didn't want his daughter to get seriously injured or die in the race.
- Parental Abandonment: He stuck his daughter in boarding school and did his best to forget about her after the death of his wife.
- Parents as People: He does love his daughter, but he's only human. He lost the "love of his life" in such a brutal manner, he wasn't in the right emotional state to raise Eva.
- So Proud of You: He tells Molly/Eva that Maya would be proud of her and his look just states he's proud of her too.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Despite his hardass nature, he's mainly like that because he doesn't want to get close to anyone due to his wife's death. Seeing his daughter again helped show his soft side again.
- Team Dad: For the Earth Team. The especially strict, disciplinarian type.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Maya's death Don changed his personality for the worse. The new Don became a strict and controlling workaholic to distance himself from the pain of his past, including Eva, the daughter he left behind. This resulted in Don's relationship with Rick becoming strained as well. Despite their great success, the two men clashed with each other enough that Don eventually fired Rick from Wei Race in 2081.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After discovering Molly is his daughter, Eva and getting a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech from her, Don regained some of his old personality prior to Maya's death. He's still a hardass, but a reasonable one.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Don isn't ugly, but look at Maya...
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: An older example. In his flashbacks to when Maya was alive, Don was a happier man and a Benevolent Boss. Her death transformed him into a Mean Boss and complete hardass.
- The Ace: Rick is a Minor League Racing Champion and one of the best racers on Earth.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A racer example. Rick is an amazing pilot and knows it.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His last name is thunderbolt.
- Big Brother Mentor: Acts as an older brother figure to Eva/Molly, even giving an Affectionate Nickname. Later on, he would also be her racing mentor.
- Broken Ace: After his Career-Ending Injury, Rick quickly falls into a depression, but he still sticks around to teach Molly what he knows.
- Career-Ending Injury: His first race ends with the Whizzing Arrow I exploding mid-flight and crashing. While Rick survives and is back on his feet in a week, severe damage to his nervous system nearly cripples him with pain whenever he becomes stressed. Not even the advanced technology available at the Great Race is able to cure him, which effectively ends his career as a racer and ensures that Molly becomes the Earth Team's pilot full-time. Exactly as Canaletto had hoped.
- Cool Shades: A stylish pair of black shades.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears a grey-brownish pair that show some skin on the back.
- To Eva/Molly — He's an experienced Star Racer who was supposed to be the racer for the Earth Team, while Eva is a Rookie Red Ranger who becomes the replacement for Rick. While Eva is a Humble Hero, Rick is quite arrogant and even states "modesty is for losers". He is a famous star racer, while Eva is just a fresh newbie who doesn't even get recognition for winning Ōban.
- To Maya Wei — Both were racing champions, had a partnership with their manager Don Wei, and a close relationship with Eva/Molly. For the first contrast between the two is personality, relationship with Don, and when they were in Eva/Molly's life — Maya was shown to be a humble Nice Girl who was in a loving marriage with Don, but was unable to see her daughter grow up; Rick is an arrogant Jerk with a Heart of Gold who has a volatile relationship with Don due to the latter's hardass personality, and befriended Eva/Molly when she was a teen. Second, how their racing careers came to an end — Both had different reasons but they are also connected to Canaletto's scheming — Canaletto orchestrated Maya's death to ensure her daughter would refuse the Ultimate Prize in the future while the Big Bad ensured an accident for Rick when the latter got too close to the truth. Thirdly, how Eva/Molly never sees them again — With Maya, she remains dead and the Ultimate Prize couldn't being her back to life; for Rick, he leaves Ōban after teaching Eva/Molly everything he knows.
- Hidden Depths: Rick turns out to be quite perceptive. Case in point, he was able to figure out Eva/Molly was Don's long lost daughter before anyone else (including Don himself). He's also the only person to even come close to discovering Canaletto's existence before the Ōban Cycle, but he's promptly Mind Raped into forgetting what he learned.
- Hunk: There's no denying it. He's very hunky.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rick is arrogant for sure, but he has a decent heart.
- Long Bus Trip: After being Put on a Bus (see section), Rick never makes a reappearance (sans mentions and flashbacks). He doesn't even have a cameo in the series finale.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long, flowing hair and considered to be quite handsome? Check.
- Meaningful Name: Rick Thunderbolt has red thunderbolt tattoos on his body.
- Mind Rape: When he gets too close to the truth and manages to psychically contact Canaletto, Rick is mentally tortured and forced to forget the experience.
- Put on a Bus: Rick heads back to Earth half way through the series as the team is heading on to Ōban, having taught Molly everything he can.
- Red Is Heroic: His red thunderbolt tattoos and he serves as a guide for Molly/Eva.
- Sexy Mentor: Quite the hunk and the racing mentor for Eva/Molly.
Koji and Stan
Koji is voiced by: Alessandro Juliani (English), Yoshinori Fujita (Japanese), Vincent Latorre (French)
Stan is voiced by: Dexter Bell (English), Keisuke Fujii (Japanese), Nicolas Mead (French)The Earth Team's mechanics.
Tropes that apply to both:
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: They even refer to the Whizzing Arrow III as their "baby".
- Nice Guys: They're one of the most easygoing and polite members of the Earth Team.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Stan is the Red Oni, more prone to speaking out his mind; Koji is the Blue Oni, the one who tries to keep the peace and calm down Stan's more emotional outbursts.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Koji is the Sensitive Guy, Stan is the Manly Man.
- The Smart Guys: Koji is the electronics specialist and Stan is hardware specialist.
- Those Two Guys: They are always seen together, mostly working on the Whizzing Arrow.
- Asian and Nerdy: Koji is Asian (the exact nationality is unknown) and is one of The Smart Guys of Team Earth.
- Eyes Always Shut: Koji's eyes are never seen open in the entire series.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Koji is one of the mechanics and the only one of the two to wear glasses.
Voiced by: Kirby Morrow (English), Hiroaki Miura (Japanese), Rémi Caillebot (French)The prince and knight of Nourasia who races on the back of a giant flying beetle named G'dar, which acts as his vehicle.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica (a Nourasian prince who may or may not be a Friendly Enemy in the depending situation) to Jordan's Betty (Eva/Molly's best friend during Ōban and the gunner for the Earth Team) for Molly's Archie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The prince despite being peaceful in general is dangerous through his archery skills, swordsmanship, and skills with a bow.
- A Boy and His X: A Boy and His Giant Beetle. Aikka formed a close bond with his mount, G'dar.
- Conflicting Loyalty: He values his friendship with Molly, but his loyalty to his kingdom and his "alliance" with the Crogs keeps getting in the way.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: He has dark skin like other Nourasians and has natural red hair.
- Friendly Enemy: Though he belongs to a rival team, Aikka developed a deep bond of friendship with Molly.
- Glass Cannon: His 'star-racer' is a living creature which, while gigantic, is still much smaller and more fragile than most other racers. The majority of Akkia's races are won thanks to his magic arrows, which are so powerful that very few star-racers are able to survive a direct hit.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Develops feelings on Molly.
- Honor Before Reason: As a Nourasian Knight, Aikka has a very deep rooted sense of honor. This being his defining trait through the series and his actions.
- Interspecies Romance: Him (a Nourasian) and Eva/Molly (a human). They don't get together, but remain close friends.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Besides being the Nourasian Prince, Aikka is also a knight.
- Magic Knight: He's a skilled hand to hand fight that also pulls out a few different magic abilities, most frequently powering up his arrows to deal damage to an opposing racer.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest racers in the contest.
- Older Than He Looks: Hinted at in his very first appearance, as when Molly derides him for barely being older than she is, he simply admits that she would be correct if they were referring to "Earth years". The creators have stated that Nourasians do indeed have longer life expectancies than humans, and thus age slower.
- The Spock: To Molly's McCoy and Jordan's Kirk.
- Warrior Prince: Aikka knows some martial arts and can shoot arrows.
- The Wise Prince: He's quite mature for his age.
- Weapon of Choice: His main weapons are a bow and arrow.
- Ace Pilot: As "Super Racer", Satis manages to reach the preliminary rounds of the Alwas Cycle. Given that the Avatar is selected through the Great Race, Satis was obviously one of these in his mortal life.
- Actually, I Am Him: Introduces himself as the 'servant' of the Avatar, but is in fact the Avatar himself.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're so big that they reach his knees!
- Cool Old Guy: Quite the chipper, if eccentric guy.
- Disappears into Light: After Molly refuses to accept the powers of the Avatar, Satis does not have enough strength to keep Canaletto imprisoned and is forced to destroy the Pyramid of Power in the temple to prevent him from stealing the powers. Satis then falls from the temple but is caught by Prince Aikka. With his last breath, Satis tells him what must be done to stop Canaletto from destroying everything. As he dies, his body disappears in a cloud of lights.
- Eccentric Mentor: Whenever Molly needs some encouragement, or when things aren't going her way. Usually he just appears to Molly, but he has appeared to Jordan once for similar reasons.
- Large Ham: As "Super-Racer".
- Miniature Senior Citizens: The shortest and oldest character in the series.
- The Reveal: He's the Avatar.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: One of his favorite tricks. It's implied he can do it across interplanetary distances! Most likely a benefit of being Avatar.
- Big Good: The Avatar is this for the entire galaxy, at least, when a good person is assuming the role. Notably, the Avatar singlehandedly forced the Crog Imperium to abort its invasion of Earth, and is heavily implied to protect the galaxy from even greater threats.
- Holy Halo: The symbol of the Avatar floats behind his shoulders at all times, glowing bright yellow to create this effect.
- Large and in Charge: In every appearance, the Avatar is gigantic, though Your Size May Vary - When overseeing the preliminary rounds on Alwas, he's a sixty-foot-tall colossus, but he is clearly much smaller when he appeared before the Earth government's council (which was obviously meeting indooors) and during the final rounds on Oban.
- Legacy Character: The Avatar rules for exactly ten-thousand years, before hosting the Great Race of Oban to determine a successor. The winner of the Great Race becomes the new Avatar for the next ten millennia, while the previous Avatar dies. Satis is the current Avatar, while Canaletto was a former Avatar. At the end of the series, Jordan Wilde becomes the newest Avatar.
- Lonely at the Top: Being a godlike being with a 10,000 year lifespan and immense magical powers sounds cool at first, but it comes with the price of protecting the galaxy alone until a new Avatar replaces you.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: The Avatar is revealed to be none other than the diminutive Satis, when he becomes too weak to maintain the illusion any longer.
- Physical God: A mythical figure whose powers are said to be unlimited.
- Sigil Spam: The Avatar's symbol is found all over Ōban and its technology, and it even floats behind him as a Holy Halo.
Voiced by: Nicole Oliver (English), Tomoko Kobashi (Japanese), Sarah Bouché de Vitray (French)Eva's mother and Don's wife, one of the best racers on Earth who lost her life in a race ten years before the start of the series.
- Ace Pilot: She was the first woman, the first Earth pilot, to have three Earth Star-Racer cups under her belt.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: While alive, Maya was shown to be a caring and kind mother to Eva.
- Facial Markings: Maya has a moon marking on her left cheek and a stripe on her right cheek.
- Fingerless Gloves: A long, pink/red pair.
- Goggles Do Nothing: They just serve to show she's a pilot.
- Happily Married: To Don before her death — they were openly affectionate with one another and all flashbacks shown of the two were happy ones.
- Hot-Blooded: Don commented that Maya could be reckless when in a race.
- I Can't Dance: Explicitly told so to her husband on their date.
- The Lost Lenore: Maya's death had a profound impact on her husband. It caused him to to leave their daughter in a boarding school and never visit. Flashbacks have shown that when she was alive, Don was more happier and politer than he is now.
- Meaningful Name: In Hindi, "Maya" means "illusion". This could count as a subtle Foreshadowing because Eva/Molly's whole reason for racing to bring back her mother. Then, it's discovered that ultimate prize wasn't granting a wish. In short, Eva/Molly's goal was an illusion.
- Missing Mom: To Eva.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her racing uniform doesn't reach her knees and shows off her curves.
- Nice Girl: The flashbacks show her as a kind, selfless woman. In fact, in her last race, Maya denied help from Spirit because she didn't want him to get hurt.
- Older Than She Looks: She was 28 when she died, but could have passed being a high schooler.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death was intentionally caused by Canaletto because he knew that her daughter would refuse the crown of Avatar since it meant Eva/Molly couldn't bring her mother back.
- Posthumous Character: Maya is only mentioned, seen in flashbacks, or in illusions/dreams.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches to her waistline.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Maya is the only character with pink hair and was known to be quite kind, as well as being Hot-Blooded.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With her husband, Don. He wasn't bad looking, but when you compare him to Maya...
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Maya had natural pink hair.
Voiced by: Colin Murdock (English)A dark, sinister being that was once the Avatar, but he refused to give up the title and so was imprisoned by the Great Beings.
- Ace Pilot: Given that the Avatar is selected through a racing tournament, Canaletto was obviously one of these in his mortal life.
- Ancient Evil: He ruled as the previous Avatar, plunging the galaxy into ten-thousand years of darkness and refusing to relinquish the power to a successor when his time was up. Even after Satis defeated him and became the current Avatar, Canaletto somehow survived and remained trapped in the Temple of Ōban for the entirety of Satis' reign, quietly plotting his revenge. This makes Canaletto well over twenty-thousand years old by the time the series starts, and very few people are even aware that he exists.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist in the entire series, and the architect of most of the misery in Eva's life.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He has large, arachnid-like limbs on his back, and his symbol resembles a spider.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears dark, greyish clothing, is covered in black fur/feathers, and is hideously evil.
- Eldritch Abomination: He's a former Avatar from a species that is presumably long extinct, is capable of observing the flow of time to orchestrate sweeping Gambit Roulettes, and at one point possessed enough power to scour worlds of life and destroy stars. Even in his weakened and imprisoned state, he's still powerful enough to vastly outstrip every mortal character, including Sul.
- Evil Is Bigger: In person, he's almost as large as the average star-racer, though its unknown whether this is because of his nature as an ex-Avatar or if his race is naturally this huge.
- Feathered Fiend/Ravens and Crows: His head is distinctly corvid in shape and his extra limbs are typically folded like wings behind him, while black feathers are a recurring motif. Word of God confirms that he was originally meant to be even more raven-like in appearance.
- Gambit Roulette: Eva's entire life turns out to be the product of one - Canaletto caused Maya's death, and set off the bombs that would remove Rick from the race in order to make sure that Eva would be the Earth Team's main pilot; somehow knowing that she would refuse the role of Avatar when she won, and leave Satis too weak to stop him from escaping the temple. Justified, given that he can see the future.
- I Have Many Names: Says the line. Canaletto, the Lord of Purity and the Timeless One are mentioned.
- Knight of Cerebus: The reveal of his existence gradually darkens the plot.
- Leaking Can of Evil: He's been trapped in the Temple of Ōban for several millennia, but he's still able to reach out to communicate with the Mad Scrub and manipulate Eva's life.
- Manipulative Bastard: Orchestrated a massive Gambit Roulette to take back the power of the Avatar, by essentially manipulating most of Eva's life from the shadows to use her as an Unwitting Pawn during the Great Race.
- Mind Rape: Employs this on Rick Thunderbolt when he gets too close to the truth, causing him to forget meeting Canaletto due to the trauma. At the climax, he does this to Eva - revealing that every major event of her life had been pre-planned, to break her spirit from the existential horror of it all, before using his powers to mind-control her so she would activate the Pyramid of Power for him.
- Near Villain Victory: By the endgame, Canaletto is free, Satis is dead, the protagonists are scattered, Eva has been Mind Raped into helping him activate the Pyramid of Power, and even the Great Beings are only able to annoy and distract him. If Jordan hadn't thrown himself into the Pyramid and became the new Avatar, Canaletto would have won.
- Off Stage Villainy: Hinted that his time as the Avatar had him doing a LOT of this, given his attitude to what he sees as "impure" and his talk of the punishments he wrecked on the galaxy. Notably, a brief flashback shows him looming threateningly over defenseless worlds, and causing stars to detonate.
- Omnicidal Maniac/In Their Own Image: He aims to wipe the galaxy clean of life to remove any "impurities", and then start it over in his own image.
- Pride: Sees himself as the only one fit to be the Avatar, and upon his release reveals that he has come to consider the work of the Great Beings to be "flawed"; thus necessitating the universe's destruction and recreation In Their Own Image.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His coloring is predominantly near-monochrome grey and black, but his eyes, symbol and powers are all colored bright, glowing red.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Bright, staring red eyes, resembling those of a bird.
- Sigil Spam: Canaletto's emblem - an angular, upside-down Avatar symbol that resembles a spider - is found wherever his influence is felt. In particular, he has it painted in bright red on his beak, and the Mad Scrub painted the symbol on his own body and all over his home.
- The Sociopath: He shows no remorse whatsoever for killing Maya, ruining Rick's racing career, or dragging Sul to his doom as part of his goal. He even shows no mercy to the Mad Scrub, the last of his faithful servants.
- Softspoken Sadist: In the Swedish dub he speaks in a very gentle, but at the same time hollow and emotionless tone, and almost never raises his voice. The sadist part should need no explanation.
- Spikes of Villainy: Has a large crest of bony spikes on the back of his shoulders, evoking the image of a High Collar of Doom.
- Time Abyss: He was one of the previous Avatars, and the Avatars rule for exactly ten-thousand years. Even after losing the bulk of his powers, he managed to survive long enough to live through the entirety of Satis' rule, which means that Canaletto is at least twenty-thousand years old by the events of the series.
- Walking Spoiler: You can't really talk about Canaletto without spoiling his role as the Big Bad, his significance to the history of the Avatars, or his role in Eva's life.
- Walking Wasteland: Canaletto's very presence is enough to corrupt the Temple of Ōban and cause it to plummet from the sky. Canatello then transforms the entirety of Ōban into a lifeless desert.
- We Can Rule Together: Makes this offer to Sul, when it becomes clear that he completely outmatches all the other competitors. When he refuses, Canaletto pulls him into an alternate dimension to remove him from the tournament outright.
- He then offers a more twisted variant of this to Eva, using Mind Rape and hypnosis to break her spirit, though it's unknown whether he actually wanted Eva to be his servant or merely needed her to activate the Pyramid of Power for him.
- Would Hit a Girl: Canaletto caused the accident that led to Maya's death.
Alwas Cycle Racers
- Dark Is Evil: Huge dark-skinned alien that pilots an evil-looking starfighter.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The crogs in general have deep voices.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: In his first race against Eva, he lets her get ahead of him with the Arrow II's hyperdrive, but then reveals he was just toying with him and uses a hyperdrive of his own to overtake the Arrow effortlessly and bisect it.
- Jerkass: Frequently does this, most notably when he taunts Rush about having led the Crog invasion of his planet to lure him out his racer when losing the race to him.
- Knight of Cerebus: He hands Eva her first defeat, and destroys the Whizzing Arrow II in the process.
- Oh, Crap!: Has in his second race against Eva when both of them are going at top speed straight towards the wall near the finish line, calling her crazy for a plan that would kill both of them. He blinks first and slows down, allowing her to win.
- Spikes of Villainy: The second trident fighter he used after Rush damaged the first one displayed these.
- You Have Failed Me: Implied to be his fate after he's replaced in the competition by Kross.
Ambassador of the Fills; a mysterious, polymorphic, shadowy being. Ten years earlier he raced against Molly’s mother, Maya. Near the end of the race Maya’s ship crashed and exploded. Molly and her father since that day have believed that Spirit had intentionally killed Maya.
- Dark Is Not Evil: An all-black figure who happens to be a good person. Once Spirit reveals Molly the truth of what happened to her mother, she feels very bad for misjudging him.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his dark, creepy appearance and general lack of speech, there's a lot that can be said about Spirit just through his actions; he's a very noble racer with a lot of honor, and in the race where contestants can fight each other, he can be brutal, but would only fight back when he's being continuously attacked first, implying that he cares more about winning races through sheer speed rather than taking out his opponents. And last, from what was shown in his exchange of memories with Molly, he was trying help her mother whose star-racer was breaking down, yet she told him to go on ahead; his Single Tear hints that he respects Molly's mother as a racer and feels remorse for being unable to save her.
- Mistaken for Murderer: He was thought to be the reason behind Maya Wei's death. Spirit was completely innocent and seems to feel remorse for being unable to save her.
- Nice Guy: He may be aggressive in a race, but he's ultimately a good guy.
- Single Tear: After he shows Molly how her mother really died through his eyes.
- The Speechless: He never utters a word.
- Starfish Alien: Disregarding the fact that he is his own racing vehicle, he looks pretty close to human, doesn't he? Nah.◊
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese)A giant, Viking-like racer who, despite his intimidating appearance, is a very friendly, good natured person.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's a Viking-like racer.
- Chainsaw Good: His Star racer has a laser chainsaw.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance was in "Hostilities Break Out" when Molly nearly gets run over by his star-racer on her way to get fuel.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his intimidating appearance, is a very friendly, good natured person.
- Nice Guy: Rush is friendly and good-natured, as he believes in winning races fair, without underhanded tactics.
Voiced by: Michael Dobson (English), Hitoshi Horikawa (Japanese), Laurent Maurel (French)A pilot from Alwas, the host planet of the Great Race's preliminary matches. Somewhat arrogant and not quite as good as he seems; the judges fix the races for him, since he's the home-town favorite. He and his gunner, Marcel, pilot the Flying Fortress; a green star-racer that resembles a steam-powered train or tugboat.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: His races are rigged in his favor.
- Fatal Flaw: Flint's own cockiness brings about the destruction of his star-racer and humiliates him in front of all his fans.
- A Hero to His Hometown: Going along with Fake Ultimate Hero.
- It's All About Me: The only reason he (and Marcel) helped Stan and Koji The Will to Win, Flint reasons that if he can help the Earth Team reach Ōban, then he will have lost to the best team in the galaxy and that this would "restore" him in the eyes of his fans.
Voiced by: Brian Dobson (English), Jin Horikawa (Japanese), Omar Yami (French)A biomechanical racer who, along with his ship, seems to run on steam power.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Groor is a very aggressive and dangerous racer given to Evil Gloating when he thinks he's going to win.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: A villainous example. While he establishes his threat level by defeating Rick Thunderbolt, his own star-racer is heavily damaged by the destruction of the Arrow I, and in the rematch Eva and Jordan are able to exploit Groor's patchwork repair job to destroy his racer and win by default.
- Hero Killer: The damage he deals to the Whizzing Arrow I in his first race is what leads to Rick's Career-Ending Injury. Subverted later, as the damage was actually the result of the Mad Scrub's sabotage.
- Large Ham: He has an odd tendency to speak in the third person and shout his own name in battle.
- Mighty Glacier: His racer is slow, but very tough. This is because his 'style' is to batter his opponents into submission, hammering them against the course and shrugging off obstacles.
- Pokémon Speak/Say My Name: In the English dub at least, he has a habit of shouting his own name in a Kiai-esque fashion when angry or moving in to strike.
- Sore Loser: Unsurprisingly, given his general attitude. After he is defeated, he confronts Eva in a bar and attacks her, raging over his defeat in the rematch.
- Starter Villain: The first racer the Earth Team competes against.
- Would Hurt a Child: Attacks Eva in a bar after losing the rematch, ostensibly with the intention of killing her for it, and is only stopped once Prince Aikka intervenes.
The last surviving member of the Mong, a very ancient race. He resembles a hieroglyphic carving come to life, and his ship is a bizarre tangle of pipes that apparently functions via an unknown form of planetary magnetism.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He constantly hurls verbal abuse at his opponents and likes to reiterate his superiority by playing his flute to make them enter a dream-state and probably crash.
- Beneath the Mask: He shows himself extremely proud to be the last surviving member of one of the oldest races in the universe. The art book establishes that this is mostly a front and he's actually bitter about being so alone.
- Last of His Kind: Ceres is the last surviving member of the Mong people, a very ancient race.
- Mind Manipulation: His music puts Eva into a hypnotic sleep, where she experiences a psychedelic vision of the Mong civilization and nearly loses control of the Arrow. Rick breaks the trance by turning on her CD-player just before she walks off a ledge in the dream.
- Magnetism Manipulation: Seemingly an inherent power of his, best demonstrated when catches and redirects the Whizzing Arrow's bullets right back at it.
- Musical Assassin: He uses a magical flute to cause Molly to fall asleep and nearly crash the ship. It turns out that all of his powers rely upon the harmonic music, however, as the discordant sound of Molly's rock-and-roll CD actually causes him to freak out and lose control of his star-racer.
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese), Johanna Menuteau (French)A cat-like, 12-year old hacker prodigy. She controls her ship via a dynamic footpad, which resembles a Dance Dance Revolution platform. She sees the Great Race as nothing more than a game.
- Cat Girl: She hat cat-like features that symbolize her sneakiness.
- Cats Are Mean: She's certainly a sneaky cat.
- Child Prodigy: Coming from a race with an extremely high IQ, Para-Dice is a small budding prodigy who designed and assembled her star-racer by herself.
- Genki Girl: Even in race, she's full of energy.
- Green and Mean: Her main outfit is colored green and she's a sneaky jerk.
- More Dakka: Her ship is armed to the teeth, possessing gattling guns and a set of missile launchers.
- Playful Hacker: Through trickery and computer hacking, Para-Dice managed to sabotage the Whizzing Arrow II before her race against the Earth Team, damaging the ship's left engine
Ōban Cycle Racers
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese); Brian Dobson (English)A 'magician' known across the galaxy with telekinetic super-powers that are rumored to equal those of the Avatar himself. Sul shows little emotion and rarely reacts to the other pilots unless attacked. He does not actually use a star-racer during the competition, instead he surrounds himself with glowing, diamond-shaped energy fields conjured and controlled by his mind.
- And I Must Scream: Canaletto sends Sul to another dimension to eliminate him from the Great Race, and his fate after that is unknown.
- The Archmage: Sul is a 'magician' known across the galaxy with telekinetic super-powers that are rumored to equal those of the Avatar himself.
- Invincible Villain: While not directly antagonistic, he's spends the entire time on Oban first in the rankings despite not always coming in first place. It got to a point where Aikka (due to some threats from Kross) managed to convince Ning, Skun and Ondai to team up to try to kill him in one race, because at the rate the tournament was going Sul would be impossible to catch in the rankings. He flattened them when they tried.
- I Work Alone: In his own words: "Alliances are for the small and weak."
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Sul admits he bored with the monotony of his existence. Having become a master of time, space, and the course of destiny itself, there is nothing left for him to want besides the Ultimate Prize and only participates in the competition to kill his boredom.
- Spanner in the Works: To Canaletto, as it turns out. His plans required Eva to win, but for all the plotting he did aiding by his power to see the future, Sul kept throwing his plans off with his victories. He had to remove from the race to get his plans back on course.
- Too Powerful to Live: Canaletto certainly thought so.
- The Worf Effect: Used to demonstrate Canaletto's power.
Ning and Skun
Skun is voiced by: Colleen Wheeler (English), Tomoko Hiratsuji (Japanese)Two very proud and aggressive creatures from the destroyed planet Inna. Their star-racer is distinctive in that it is actually two ships that fly in tandem, but are capable of combining to form a more powerful craft. After combining their ships, they gain the ability to use an extremely powerful heat-seeking plasma cannon. Their star racers are rectangle-shaped, red with a black border and, when it is two separate racers, are driven like motorcycles.
- Anti-Villain: They want the ultimate prize to reunite their people.
- Badass Biker: Ning and Skun's star racers are both essentially flying motorcycles - one is a racing bike and the other's a chopper, based on the handlebars.
- Biker Babe: Both are attractive bikers who wear revealing outfits.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They may look scary, but they are at best Anti Villains.
- Femme Fatalons: Skun has these, and they're Absurdly Sharp Claws to boot.
- Hide Your Lesbians: They're strongly implied to be a couple. Of course, since this show was playing on Toon Disney and ABC Family, the most romantic thing we see them doing is Holding Hands.
- Official Couple: They are hinted at being a couple, given the Hide Your Lesbians, the closest romantic gesture they share is holding hands.
- One-Gender Race: Their race are entirely female.
Voiced by: Don Brown (English), Tetsuo Gotō (Japanese)Captain of a space-galleon, as bad-tempered as he is egocentric. Being a self-proclaimed pirate, he only sees the Ultimate Prize as a treasure to be claimed.
- Card-Carrying Villain: A self-proclaimed pirate.
- Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. His vessel was destroyed by Kross in the episode Canaletto's Revenge when he rammed his star racer into it, splitting it in two before it exploded; all the crew escaped, but Lord Furter tried to prove his loyalty to his ship by not abandoning it, though at the last moment he has a change of heart and flees just as his ship explodes.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The only thing that matches his HUGE ego is his quick temper.
- The Napoleon: He is easily recognizable due to him being the smallest in stature of all the racers.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's extremely short, but has an enormous ego.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After the race with Kross is over, his crew members return to where they came from and are assumed to continue their careers as pirates, but Furter himself is conspicuously absent.
- Ambition Is Evil: He plans to use the Ultimate Prize for galactic domination. When the prize of the Great Race is revealed to be ascension to Avatar-hood, Kross calls up his people and outright demands to have full control over the Imperium once be becomes Avatar.
- Big Bad Wannabe: As menacing as he is and the number of actions he pulls off which drive a wedge between Aikka and Eva, he fails to be a straight up Big Bad since he could never hope to beat Sul, and everything in the series is being manipulated by Canaletto anyway.
- Blood Knight: He loves to kill and would do so, if it weren't for the rules.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Used to differentiate him from Toros and other crogs, and make him look more intimidating.
- I Have Your Wife: He forces Aikka to help him by threatening his parents.
- Jerkass: Kross is the most violent and unlikable racer of Ōban.
- Manipulative Bastard: Because the rules of the race forbid him to intentionally kill his opponents, Kross often manipulates Prince Aikka into helping him thwart the other pilots. His methods of coercion range from physical violence to holding Aikka's family hostage.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Continues the color theme of the Crog Imperium, but also accents it with an abundance of silver markings.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Kross is the second pilot for the Crog Imperium, replacing Toros during the Ōban Cycle. He is stronger, more treacherous and cruel than his predecessor, and his star-racer is a larger, more powerful version of the standard Crog Trident.
- The Unfettered: Kross has no qualms about killing his opponents or manipulating Prince Aikka into doing his dirty work.
Voiced by: Trevor Devall (English), Hideo Watanabe (Japanese)A robot that looks like a cylinder that walks on three flat metal legs. His star-racer is capable of transforming into a humanoid mech armed with a pair of energy swords and a battery of missile launchers.
- BFS: The energy swords his mech carries are almost as big as it is.
- Fatal Flaw: He may sometimes get carried away with calculations when too many things around him are mathematically possible, causing him to go into a state of awe, as was exemplified in Optimised Like Ondai.
- Hidden Depths: He's convinced of his own superiority over organic races, but his wish is to be able to feel things like an organic himself, and his module at Ōban is full of living creatures that he takes care of.
- Insufferable Genius: He is very analytical and constantly running calculations, but is also known to have a sarcastic and narcissistic personality.
- Living Lie Detector: Ondai has one that enabled him to know Eva/Molly wasn't lying about the ultimate prize being a fake.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He wants to use the ultimate prize to become an organic creature, or at least understand what it feels like.
- Transforming Mecha: Ondai's star-racer is capable of transforming into a humanoid mech armed with a pair of energy swords and a battery of missile launchers.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His star-racer (in robot mode) was disabled by Prince Aikka in the final race, and he is not seen again.
The tallest of the nine Ōban pilots, he resembles a large upside down teardrop with stubby legs and one large eye in the middle. He appears to "pilot" a large, bizarre, organic construct that looks similar to a jellyfish of some sort.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Previously under the radar, he turns out to be important later on.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After Canaletto is freed, O rushes to help Molly, Jordan, and Prince Aikka, and follows them to the Temple of the Heart, where he protects them from two giant guardians controlled by Canaletto before being killed by them. His unique energy-absorption abilities allowed him to take the guardians down with him, consuming them in an enormous explosion that disintegrated all three of them.
- My Greatest Failure: Long ago, when Satis faced Canaletto in combat, he called to O for help. However, O did not respond to the request. All the way to the present, O felt incredibly guilty that he did not go back to help Satis.
- One-Winged Angel: His combat form is colossus sized, vaguely humanoid, and has large jaws for hands. He uses it during his Heroic Sacrifice.
- The Quiet One: Hovering silently, O never says a single word of dialogue throughout the series.
- Seers: In the early stages of the absolute final race, O has what seems to be a vision of Satis fighting Canaletto. As a result, O seemingly drops out of the race and takes shelter from the impending catastrophe to help out afterwards.
- Taking You with Me: Overwhelmed by the guardians, he opts to self destruct once the heroes are out of the line of fire, destroying both his opponents at once.
A large crab-like alien with a heavy, armored shell and large pincers, as well as telepathic tentacles.
- Anti-Villain: In "Monstrous Like Muir", Molly discovers that she isn't the only one who wants to bring back a loved one; Muir's mate was killed by alien hunters who wanted her tentacles and left her for dead. Muir hopes to win the Ultimate Prize to bring her back to life.
- Combat Tentacles: Muir's tentacles also have telepathic qualities.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Muir is a large crab-like alien with a heavy, armored shell and large pincers.
- Necromantic: His mate was killed by alien hunters and he hopes to win the Great Race to bring her back to life.
- Not So Different: From Eva. They both are only interested in the Ōban prize because they are driven to bring back the life of a loved one.
- Opt Out: When it's revealed that it's impossible even for the Avatar to bring people back from the dead, Muir drops out of the race completely.
The president of the Earth Coalition, McMullen has been privy to the existence of the Avatar for many decades, but kept it secret as part of a Government Conspiracy. When the Great Race of Ōban draws near, he recruits Don Wei to form a team capable of competing.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crosses this hard when he realizes the Crog Imperium is sweeping aside Sol's defenses, all because he decided to launch a preemptive attack and thus violate the ceasefire of the Great Race. When Don contacts him the final time, he finds the President in an almost catatonic state, surrounded by apocalyptic pleas for help from military channels, mumbling that the Crogs were untrustworthy and that humanity had no choice but to attack first.
- Government Conspiracy: Decades ago, McMullen was minor member of a council of government officials during the Crog invasion of Earth. When the Avatar appeared before them and set the cease-fire in place in exchange for Earth's participation in the upcoming Great Race of Ōban, the council chose to keep the Avatar's intervention a closely-guarded secret from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately, this had the side-effect of leaving humanity rather underprepared for the tournament, and McMullen (now the leader of the Earth Coalition) basically had to order Don Wei to claw together a team at the last second. At the end of the series, the same conspiracy forces the surviving human protagonists to swear to lifelong secrecy about Ōban and their adventures.
- Not So Different: Towards the end of the series, McMullen's behavior increasingly aligns with that of the Crog Imperium, humanity's greatest rivals:
- When he learns that the ultimate prize is ascension to Avatar-hood, McMullen immediately decides that a human Avatar would be perfect for enabling human supremacy in the galaxy, and urges Don to continue participating in the tournament at all costs. This is exactly what General Kross had in mind, minus the latter's additional desire to become a God-Emperor.
- In the same scene, the President indicates that the Coalition hopes to use an Avatar to not only wipe out the Crog Imperium completely, but also destroy anyone else in the galaxy who would threaten humanity or stand in their way.
- Damningly, McMullen arranges for humanity to violate the ceasefire of the Great Race, sending a Coalition fleet to launch a premature surprise attack against the Crog armada, who were standing by to begin the invasion after the Race. He claims amid a Despair Event Horizon that the Crogs couldn't be trusted to respect the ceasefire, and that attacking first was the only option.
- Smug Snake: He dismisses Don's concerns about forcing Molly to keep racing after learning the prize won't bring her mother back with a "that's too bad" sense of smug indifference, as by that point McMullen had decided that the ultimate prize was far more important than any of the Earth Team's concerns.Don Wei: "She thought could use the prize to bring her mother back from the dead."
McMullen: "Touching, but irrelevant."
The Mad Scrub
A member of the scrub species on Alwas, and an insane hermit. He is discovered to be the one responsible for Rick Thunderbolt's Career-Ending Injury, which prompts the human to track him down for answers. He is also a cultist of Canaletto.
- Knight of Cerebus: Once Rick tracks him down, the greater plot gains some pretty dark implications.
- Mad Bomber: He snuck into the Earth Team pit and concealed an explosive device inside the Arrow I's engine, which led to the craft suddenly exploding just short of the finish line.
- No Name Given: We never learn the Mad Scrub's true name.
- Room Full of Crazy: The Mad Scrub's home is plastered with the same symbol found on his amulet, painted on several surfaces (including his own body) with bright red paint, and a creepy effigy shrine depicting a corvid skull sits in one corner. All of these are motifs associated with Canaletto.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's only a minor character, but he is the one who sabotaged the Whizzing Arrow I and caused Rick's crippling nervous damage, which allowed Eva to replace him as the Earth Team's pilot. He also serves as an introduction to Canaletto.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The lightning that sets fire to the Mad Scrub's home (with the hermit trapped inside) is heavily implied to have been caused by Canaletto.
- Walking Spoiler: You can't talk about the Mad Scrub without revealing that he caused Rick Thunderbolt's Career-Ending Injury in the first race against Grooor, or his nature as a Canaletto cultist.