Characters: Ōban Star-Racers
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Molly / Eva Wei
An ambitious 15 year-old Earth girl who escapes from her harsh boarding school to find her father, Don Wei, but when he doesn't recognize her she ends up landing a job as a mechanic for his company. Lacking in self-confidence and intimidated by his harsh demeanor, Eva is unable to tell Don Wei who she really is, and assumes the name "Molly" after reading it on a conveniently placed poster. Eva soon becomes the lead pilot for the Earth Team after their star, Rick Thunderbolt, is injured during the first race. She wants to win the ultimate prize to bring her mother back to life.
Jordan C. Wilde
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 his racing vehicle. He eventually falls in love with Molly.
- Adorkable: Falling in love with Molly/Eva has made him weak in the knees.
- Anime Hair
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- Awesome McCoolname
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Aikka's Veronica for Molly's Archie.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Butt Monkey
- 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.
- Dead Guy Junior: Jordan got his name from the middle name of his grandfather.
- Drives Like Crazy: Good God...
- Fantastic Racism: 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
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Molly/Eva's Tiny Girl.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Pretty much why he got the job.
- The Kirk: To Molly's McCoy and Aikka's Spock.
- The Lancer
- 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.
- One Head Taller: Jordan is this to 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 Oban 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: When his grandfather, William J. Wilde, was younger he looked exactly like Jordan does.
- Tragic Keepsake: Wears his grandfather's dogtags.
Eva's father and owner of Wei Racing, a successful Earth corporation that manufactures vehicles and sponsors races.
A Minor League Racing Champion and one of the best racers on Earth, Rick is chosen to accompany Don Wei as the Earth Team's original pilot. He is seriously injured in the team's first race and replaced by Molly.
Koji and Stan
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. Koji is the electronics specialist and Stan is hardware specialist.
A small, eccentric being who proclaims himself to be the Avatar's loyal servant.
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.
An enigmatic, omnipresent, and seemingly omnipotent entity who organizes the "Great Race of Oban" every 10,000 years, and grants the winner their wish, or so the competitors were led to believe.
Colonel of the Crog Imperium and younger brother of the Crog leader. The Crogs are the sinister alien race that threatened to destroy Earth 25 years ago. He is determined to obtain the Ultimate Prize in order to enslave the entire galaxy under Crog rule.
- Dark Is Evil: Huge dark-skinned alien that pilots and evil looking starfighter.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- 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 win easily.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Nice Guy: He may be brutal, but he's ultimately a good guy.
- Single Tear: After he shows Molly how her mother really died through his eyes.
- The Speechless
A giant, Viking-like racer who, despite his intimidating appearance, is a very friendly, good natured person. His first appearance was in Hostilities Break Out when Molly nearly gets run over by his star-racer on her way to get fuel.
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.
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.
- Large Ham
- 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.
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 hallucinate 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
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.
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
- The Archmage
- 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 Aika (due to some threats from Kross) managed to convince Ning, Skun and Ondai to team up to try to kill him because at the rate the race was going Sul would be impossible to catch in the rankings, and he flattened them when they tried.
- 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.
- The Worf Effect: Used to demonstrate Canaletto's power.
Ning and Skun
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.
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.
General of the Crog Imperium. He replaces Toros as the Crog's representative on Oban, because Toros' loss to the Earth Team in the last race of the playoffs was "unacceptable".
- Big Bad Wannabe: As menacing as he is and the number of actions he pulls off which drive a wedge between Aika and Eva, he fails to be a straight up Big Bad since he could never beat Sul and everything in the series is being manipulated by Canaletto
- Dark Is Evil
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Used to differentiate him from Toros, and make him look more intimidating.
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.
The tallest of the nine Oban 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
- Heroic Sacrifice/Taking You with Me: 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.
- 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.
A large crab-like alien with a heavy, armored shell and large pincers, as well as telepathic tentacles.
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.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She was 28 when she died, but could have passed being a high schooler.
- The Ace: She was the first woman, the first Earth pilot, to have three Earth Star-Racer cups under her belt.
- Average Guy Hot Wife: With her husband, Don. He wasn't bad looking, but when you compare him to Maya...
- Badass: See The Ace section.
- Facial Markings
- Fingerless Gloves
- Goggles Do Nothing
- Good Parents
- Happily Married: To Don before her death.
- Hot-Blooded: Don commented that Maya could be reckless when in a race.
- I Can't Dance
- The Lost Lenore: To Don.
- 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.
- Morality Chain: 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.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Lady: 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.
- 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
- Rapunzel 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.
- Big Bad
- Dark Is Evil
- Eldritch Abomination
- Gambit Roulette: The whole series is one regarding Eva's life, he caused Maya's death, set off the bombs that would remove Rick from the race, in order to make sure that Eva would be the winner. Justified given that he can see the future.
- Knight of Cerebus: The reveal of his existence gradually darkens the plot.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Off Stage Villainy: Hinted that his time as the Avatar had him doing ALOT, given his attitude to what he sees as "impure" and his talk of the punishments he wrecked on the galaxy.
- Omnicidal Maniac: When he becomes the Avatar, he aims to wipe the galaxy clean of life to remove any "impurities" and then start it over.
- Pride: Sees himself as the only one fit to be the Avatar.
- Tautological Templar
- Red Eyes, Take Warning