!!Main Characters

[[folder:Molly/Eva Wei]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChiaraZanni (English), Creator/JunkoNoda (Japanese), Gabrielle Jeru (French)

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 pilot of the ''Whizzing Arrow II'' 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.
* ActionGirl: Eva doesn't use her fists, but she makes up for it with amazing racing skills.
* AffectionateNickname: Nicknamed "Little Mouse" by Rick.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Eva/Molly is the youngest Earth Team member -- making her the most inexperienced as well.
* BadassAdorable: She's a cute and kind teenage girl who progresses to a BadassBiker.
* BadassBiker: 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.
* BareYourMidriff: Her Earth Racing uniform exposes her stomach area.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: 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.
* BikerBabe: Before she became one of the contestants for Ōban, she would fix up her rocket bike and try to escape her abusive boarding home.
* BlushSticker: When she was a child she had the red, round, rosy cheek kind.
* BrainyBrunette: Eva has natural black hair, is 15-years-old, and already a skilled mechanic.
* BrokenBird: 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.
* CallingTheOldManOut: 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.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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.
* ChildProdigy: Became a mechanic prodigy before she hit puberty. This is what let her father hire her as a mechanic for his racing company.
* DaddysGirl: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. Her devotion towards her father and [[WellDoneDaughterGirl 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.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her life has been a hard one. Her mother died in a tragic accident during a race [[spoiler:(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.
* DelinquentHair: Dyes the top part of her hair red.
* DidNotGetTheGuy: [[spoiler:At the end, she doesn't get Jordan nor Aikka.]]
* DudeMagnet: Has [[WisePrince Aikka]] and [[AwesomeMcCoolname Jordan]] falling for her. [[spoiler:She doesn't get either, but she's not bitter]].
* FacialMarkings: Star (left side of face) and rectangle (right side of face).
* FieryRedhead: {{Zigzagged|Trope}}. Eva's hair is black, but she dyed the top part red. And while she's mainly quiet and keeps to herself, when pressed, she shows she inherited her father's short-tempered and stubborn personality.
* GogglesDoNothing: They don't serve any real purpose, except as a reminder of her mom.
* {{Goth}}: {{Implied|Trope}}. She wears black, dyes part of her hair red, and got {{facial markings}}.
* HeroesWantRedheads: She has a crush on the redheaded Aikka.
* HeroicBSOD: Gets a heavy one when it's discovered that [[spoiler: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.]]
** She suffers an even ''worse'' one when [[spoiler:Canaletto reveals that she's been an UnwittingPawn for him her entire life. She's so horrified that Canaletto is basically able to MindRape her by simply telling her the truth, which leaves her vulnerable to his hypnotic sorcery.]]
* TheHeroine: The story follows her journey to win Ōban.
* HumbleHero: Fully shown when [[spoiler:she willingly refuses the title of the Avatar.]]
* IJustWantToBeLoved: 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''.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: More like "I Just Want To Have the Normal and Happy Life I Had with My Parents".
* InterspeciesRomance: She (a human) and Aikka (a Nourasian). [[spoiler:They don't get together, but remain close friends]].
* LikeParentLikeChild:
** 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.
* LineOfSightName: 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.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: 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.
* LoveAtFirstSight: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. It's more like "crushing at first sight" towards Aikka.
* TheMcCoy: To Jordan's [[TheKirk Kirk]] and Aikka's [[TheSpock Spock]].
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Canaletto does this to her when they finally meet in person, by revealing the AwfulTruth of her life - that she's been an UnwittingPawn 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.]]
* MoralityPet: To [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Rick]]. He drops his usual smug attitude when around her and acts like a surrogate CoolBigBro.
* MsFanservice: 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 MaleGaze.
* MulticoloredHair: 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.
* NiceGirl: Eva/Molly has her angst and abrasiveness, but she's still a kindhearted and friendly person.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: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.]]
* ObliviousToLove: She's pretty clueless about Jordan's feelings for her. Jordan has to spell it out for her to get it, [[spoiler:but sadly he did it too late]].
%%* PluckyGirl
* RebelliousSpirit: {{Invoked|Trope}}, 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.
* RookieRedRanger: Eva/Molly doesn't really know a lot about star racing.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Her tattoos and dyed hair are souvenirs from one of her first runaway attempts. The stripe represents a tear while the star symbolizes hope.
* SamusIsAGirl: Don Wei mistakes her for a boy when they first meet after years.
* SleepCute: With Jordan.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Molly is the only female member of the Earth Team.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. 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.
* TeenGenius: A former ChildProdigy as well. Her mechanical skills at only 15 are professional-like; this is what let her father hire her on the Earth Team.
* TeensAreShort: The shortest member of the Earth team.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Eva is quite tomboyish, but can act quite girly when excited.
* TookALevelInBadass: Goes from a novice star pilot to [[spoiler:to the winner of Ōban with a partly damaged star fighter.]]
* TragicKeepsake: {{Subverted|Trope}}. WordOfGod stated that the googles she wears were ''not'' her mother's; the ones that Maya wore were destroyed in the crash.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:From the very beginning, her entire life - including the death of her mother and Rick's CareerEndingInjury - 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. [[HeroicBSOD Eva doesn't take the revelation well.]]]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: 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.
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: 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.
* WrenchWench: Her skills are on par with [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Winry Rockbell]].
* YouKilledMyMother: 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 [[spoiler:Canaletto was responsible for Maya's death]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her appearance at the series finale, as she's attending a new school.

[[folder:Jordan C. Wilde]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SamuelVincent (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.
* AnimeHair: The left side of his hair is black, the right side is blonde.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Becomes the new Avatar.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His last name is ''Wilde''.
* BettyAndVeronica: 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 FriendlyEnemy depending on the situation) for Molly's Archie.
* BigOlEyebrows: Thick, black eyebrows.
* ButtMonkey: Especially when trying to handle with his explosive partner.
* CannotSpitItOut: He finds himself unable to tell Molly how he really feels about her. [[spoiler: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.
* CharacterDevelopment: Subtle, but his hostility towards Aikka gradually lessens over time.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Jordan has (partially) black hair and black eyes.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: It remains a mystery if the blonde side of his hair is dyed or natural.
* DeadGuyJunior: Jordan got his name from the middle name of his grandfather.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: ''Good God...''
* FantasticRacism: 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.
* FingerlessGloves: A blackih-brown pair, that also show skin on the back.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Falls in love with [[FieryRedhead Molly.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: When his grandfather, William J. Wilde, was younger he looked ''exactly'' like Jordan does.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Pretty much why he got the job.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jordan isn't exactly the most mature, but his heart is always in the right place.
* TheKirk: To Molly's [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] and Aikka's [[TheSpock Spock]].
* TheLancer: 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).
* LastKiss: [[spoiler:Gives one to Molly right before assuming his role as Avatar.]]
* LonelyAtTheTop: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MoreDakka: 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''.
* MulticoloredHair: Black hair on the left side and blonde on the right side.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: It's never revealed what the "C" in his name stands for.
* OneHeadTaller: Jordan is a head taller than Molly/Eva.
* RedeemingReplacement: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SingleTear: [[spoiler:As he watches Earth Team leave Ōban in the finale.]]
* SleepCute: With Molly. Don Wei [[OverprotectiveDad isn't happy to find them that way.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Canaletto was probably not expecting Jordan interfering with his plans with Eva/Molly.]]
* TragicKeepsake: Wears his grandfather's dogtags.

[[folder:Don Wei]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RonHalder (English), Creator/UnshoIshizuka (Japanese), Jérôme Keen (French)

Eva's father and owner of Wei Racing, a successful Earth corporation that manufactures vehicles and sponsors races.
* BrokenBird: A male example. All of his {{jerkass}}ery is to hide his deep grief and self-hatred over Maya's death.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Pre-series and flashbacks portray him with black eyes and black hair.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: 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.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He wears an all-black suit and is a complete hardass, but he ultimately means well.
* DisappearedDad: Don left Eva at a boarding school and has never visited her once in the past 10 years.
* ExpositoryHairstyles: Look at his picture -- Don's hair is in black and white stripes, the same color and form for the finish lines in racing.
* GoodIsNotNice: Don may be leading the Earth Racing Team in order to stop the Crogs, but he's not the most pleasant.
* GoodParents: To Eva before Maya's death [[spoiler:and after they return to Earth]]. He was a caring and devoted father to his only child.
* HappilyMarried: To Maya before her death -- they were openly affectionate with one another and all flashbacks shown of the two were happy ones.
* JerkassFacade: After Maya's death, Don Wei acts as a jerk so people won't get close to him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Abrasive, rude, and cynical. But he DOES care for the team and isn't as selfish as he would like others to believe.
* TheLeader: Of the Earth Racing Team.
* MeanBoss: He fires one employee on a whim, after [[CrossesTheLineTwice not letting him take a day off cause his wife gave birth to twins]].
* MeaningfulName: "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.
* TheMourningAfter: 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.
* MulticoloredHair: Justified. Don has black and white hair which is a result of being an old man.
* MyGreatestFailure: He blames himself for Maya's death.
* OverprotectiveDad: 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.
* PapaWolf: 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.
* ParentalAbandonment: He stuck his daughter in boarding school and did his best to forget about her after the death of his wife.
* ParentsAsPeople: 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.
* SoProudOfYou: He tells Molly/Eva that Maya would be proud of her and his look just states he's proud of her too.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: 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.
* TeamDad: For the Earth Team. The especially strict, disciplinarian type.
* TookALevelInJerkass: 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.
* TookALevelInKindness: After discovering Molly is his daughter, Eva and getting a massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from her, Don regained some of his old personality prior to Maya's death. He's still a hardass, but a reasonable one.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Don isn't ugly, but look at Maya...
* UsedToBeASweetKid: An older example. In his flashbacks to when [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Maya]] was alive, Don was a happier man and a BenevolentBoss. Her death transformed him into a MeanBoss and complete hardass.

[[folder:Rick Thunderbolt]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MichaelDobson (English), Creator/JunichiSuwabe (Japanese), Alexandre Coadour (French)

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.
* TheAce: Rick is a Minor League Racing Champion and one of the best racers on Earth.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A racer example. Rick is an amazing pilot and ''knows'' it.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His last name is '''thunderbolt'''.
* BigBrotherMentor: Acts as an older brother figure to Eva/Molly, even giving an AffectionateNickname. Later on, he would also be her racing mentor.
* BrokenAce: After his CareerEndingInjury, Rick quickly falls into a depression, but he still sticks around to teach Molly what he knows.
* CareerEndingInjury: 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. [[spoiler: Exactly as Canaletto had hoped.]]
* CoolShades: A stylish pair of black shades.
* FingerlessGloves: Wears a grey-brownish pair that show some skin on the back.
* {{Foil}}:
** To Eva/Molly -- He's an experienced Star Racer who was supposed to be the racer for the Earth Team, while Eva is a RookieRedRanger who becomes the replacement for Rick. While Eva is a HumbleHero, Rick is quite arrogant and even states "modesty is for losers". He is a famous star racer, while Eva is just a fresh newbie [[spoiler: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 NiceGirl who was in a loving marriage with Don, but was unable to see her daughter grow up; Rick is an arrogant JerkWithAHeartOfGold 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 [[spoiler:Canaletto's scheming -- Canaletto orchestrated Maya's death to ensure her daughter would refuse the Ultimate Prize in the future while the BigBad ensured an [[CareerEndingInjury accident]] for Rick when the latter got too close to the truth.]] Thirdly, how Eva/Molly never sees them again -- [[spoiler: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.]]
* HiddenDepths: 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). [[spoiler:He's also the only person to even come close to discovering Canaletto's existence before the Ōban Cycle, but he's promptly {{Mind Rape}}d into forgetting what he learned.]]
* {{Hunk}}: There's no denying it. He's '''very''' hunky.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rick is arrogant for sure, but he has a decent heart.
* LongBusTrip: [[spoiler:After being PutOnABus (see section), Rick never makes a reappearance (sans mentions and flashbacks). He doesn't even have a cameo in the series finale.]]
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Long, flowing hair and considered to be quite handsome? Check.
* MeaningfulName: Rick ''Thunderbolt'' has red ''thunderbolt'' tattoos on his body.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:When he gets too close to the truth and manages to psychically contact Canaletto, Rick is mentally tortured and forced to forget the experience.]]
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Rick heads back to Earth half way through the series as the team is heading on to Ōban, having taught Molly everything he can.]]
* RedIsHeroic: His red thunderbolt tattoos and he serves as a guide for Molly/Eva.
* SexyMentor: Quite the hunk and the racing mentor for Eva/Molly.

[[folder:Koji and Stan]]
->'''Koji is voiced by:''' Alessandro Juliani (English), Creator/YoshinoriFujita (Japanese), Vincent Latorre (French)
->'''Stan is voiced by:''' Dexter Bell (English), Keisuke Fujii (Japanese), Nicolas Mead (French)

The Earth Team's mechanics.
[[AC:Tropes that apply to both:]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: They even refer to the ''Whizzing Arrow III'' as their "baby".
* {{Nice Guy}}s: They're one of the most easygoing and polite members of the Earth Team.
* RedOniBlueOni: 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.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Koji is the Sensitive Guy, Stan is the Manly Man.
* {{The Smart Guy}}s: Koji is the electronics specialist and Stan is hardware specialist.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They are always seen together, mostly working on the ''Whizzing Arrow''.

[[AC:Tropes that apply to Koji:]]
* AsianAndNerdy: Koji is Asian (the exact nationality is unknown) and is one of {{The Smart Guy}}s of Team Earth.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Aside from one instance in episode 12, Koji's eyes are never seen open in the entire series.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Koji is one of the mechanics and the only one of the two to wear glasses.

[[AC:Tropes that apply to Stan:]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Stan is African-American and is one of {{The Smart Guy}}s of Team Earth.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Stan has the darkest skin of the Earth Team and has dark, red hair.
* FieryRedhead: Especially when the lives of his friends are in danger.

[[folder:Prince Aikka]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KirbyMorrow (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.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica (a Nourasian prince who may or may not be a FriendlyEnemy 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The prince despite being peaceful in general is dangerous through his archery skills, swordsmanship, and skills with a bow.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy and His Giant Beetle. Aikka formed a close bond with his mount, G'dar.
* ConflictingLoyalty: He values his friendship with Molly, but his loyalty to his kingdom and his "alliance" with the Crogs keeps getting in the way.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: He has dark skin like other Nourasians and has natural red hair.
* FriendlyEnemy: Though he belongs to a rival team, Aikka developed a deep bond of friendship with Molly.
* GlassCannon: 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.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Develops feelings on [[FieryRedhead Molly]].
* HonorBeforeReason: As a Nourasian Knight, Aikka has a very deep rooted sense of honor. This being his defining trait through the series and his actions.
* InterspeciesRomance: Him (a Nourasian) and Eva/Molly (a human). [[spoiler:They don't get together, but remain close friends.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor: Besides being the Nourasian Prince, Aikka is also a knight.
* MagicKnight: 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.
* NiceGuy: One of the nicest racers in the contest.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Hinted at in his very first appearance, as when Molly derides him for barely being older than she is, he simply admits that [[TwoOfYourEarthMinutes she would be correct if they were referring to "Earth years"]]. [[WordOfGod The creators]] have stated that Nourasians do indeed have longer life expectancies than humans, and thus age slower.
* TheSpock: To Molly's [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] and Jordan's [[TheKirk Kirk]].
* WarriorPrince: Aikka knows some martial arts and can shoot arrows.
* TheWisePrince: He's quite mature for his age.
* WeaponOfChoice: His main weapons are a bow and arrow.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BrianDrummond (English), Creator/MasashiHirose (Japanese), Nicolas Mead (French)

A small, eccentric being who proclaims himself to be the Avatar's loyal servant.
* AcePilot: As "Super Racer", Satis manages to reach the preliminary rounds of the Alwas Cycle. [[spoiler: Given that the Avatar is selected through the Great Race, Satis was obviously one of these in his mortal life.]]
* ActuallyIAmHim: [[spoiler: Introduces himself as the 'servant' of the Avatar, but is in fact the Avatar himself.]]
* BigOlEyebrows: They're so big that they reach his knees!
* CoolOldGuy: Quite the chipper, if eccentric guy.
* DisappearsIntoLight: [[spoiler: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.]]
* EccentricMentor: 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.
* LargeHam: As "[[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown Super-Racer]]".
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: The shortest and oldest character in the series.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:He's the Avatar.]]
* StealthHiBye: One of his favorite tricks. It's implied he can do it across interplanetary distances! [[spoiler:Most likely a benefit of being Avatar.]]

[[folder:The Avatar]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/PaulDobson (English), Creator/BanjoGinga (Japanese), Mathieu Barbier (French)

An enigmatic, omnipresent, and seemingly omnipotent entity who organizes the Great Race of Ōban every 10,000 years, and grants the winner their wish, or so the competitors were led to believe.
* BigGood: The Avatar is this for the entire galaxy, [[spoiler: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.
* HolyHalo: The symbol of the Avatar floats behind his shoulders at all times, glowing bright yellow to create this effect.
* LargeAndInCharge: In every appearance, the Avatar is gigantic, though YourSizeMayVary - 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.
* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: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 [[BigBad Canaletto]] was a former Avatar. At the end of the series, Jordan Wilde becomes the newest Avatar.]]
* LonelyAtTheTop: [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: [[spoiler: The Avatar is revealed to be none other than the diminutive Satis, when he becomes too weak to maintain the illusion any longer.]]
* PhysicalGod: A mythical figure whose powers are said to be unlimited.
* SigilSpam: The Avatar's symbol is found all over Ōban and its technology, and it even floats behind him as a HolyHalo.

[[folder:Maya Wei]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NicoleOliver (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.
* AcePilot: She was the first woman, the first Earth pilot, to have three Earth Star-Racer cups under her belt.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: While alive, Maya was shown to be a caring and kind mother to Eva.
* FacialMarkings: Maya has a moon marking on her left cheek and a stripe on her right cheek.
* FingerlessGloves: A long, pink/red pair.
* GogglesDoNothing: They just serve to show she's a pilot.
* HappilyMarried: To Don before her death -- they were openly affectionate with one another and all flashbacks shown of the two were happy ones.
* HotBlooded: Don commented that Maya could be reckless when in a race.
* ICantDance: Explicitly told so to her husband on their date.
* TheLostLenore: Maya's death had a profound impact on her husband. It caused him to [[ParentalAbandonment 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.
* MeaningfulName: In Hindi, "Maya" means "illusion". This could count as a subtle [[spoiler:{{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''.]]
* MissingMom: To Eva.
* MsFanservice: Her racing uniform doesn't reach her knees and shows off her curves.
* NiceGirl: 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.
* OlderThanSheLooks: She was 28 when she died, but could have passed being a high schooler.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: [[spoiler:Her death was intentionally caused by [[BigBad Canaletto]] because he knew that her daughter would refuse the crown of Avatar since it meant Eva/Molly couldn't bring her mother back.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Maya is only mentioned, seen in flashbacks, or in illusions/dreams.
* RapunzelHair: Her hair reaches to her waistline.
* RoseHairedSweetie: Maya is the only character with pink hair and was known to be quite kind, as well as being HotBlooded.
* UglyGuyHotWife: With her husband, Don. He wasn't bad looking, but when you compare him to Maya...
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: 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.
* AcePilot: Given that the Avatar is selected through a racing tournament, Canaletto was obviously one of these in his mortal life.
* AncientEvil: 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 [[TimeAbyss well over twenty-thousand years old]] by the time the series starts, and very few people are even aware that he exists.
* BigBad: The main antagonist in the entire series, [[spoiler:and the architect of most of the misery in Eva's life.]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: He has large, arachnid-like limbs on his back, and his symbol resembles a spider.
* DarkIsEvil: Wears dark, greyish clothing, is covered in black fur/feathers, and is hideously evil.
* EldritchAbomination: He's a former [[PhysicalGod Avatar]] from [[TimeAbyss a species that is presumably long extinct]], is capable of observing the flow of time to orchestrate sweeping {{Gambit Roulette}}s, and at one point possessed enough power to [[OmnicidalManiac scour worlds of life]] and [[StarKilling destroy stars]]. Even in his weakened and imprisoned state, he's still powerful enough to vastly outstrip every mortal character, including [[TheWorfEffect Sul]].
* EvilIsBigger: 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.
* FeatheredFiend[=/=]RavensAndCrows: 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. WordOfGod confirms that he was originally meant to be even more raven-like in appearance.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: 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.
* IHaveManyNames: Says the line. Canaletto, the Lord of Purity and the Timeless One are mentioned.
* KnightOfCerebus: The reveal of his existence gradually darkens the plot.
* LeakingCanOfEvil: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Orchestrated a massive GambitRoulette to take back the power of the Avatar, by essentially [[spoiler: manipulating most of Eva's life from the shadows to use her as an UnwittingPawn during the Great Race]].
* MindRape: 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 - [[spoiler: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.]]
* NearVillainVictory: [[spoiler: By the endgame, Canaletto is free, Satis is dead, the protagonists are scattered, Eva has been {{Mind Rape}}d 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.]]
* OffStageVillainy: 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 [[StarKilling causing stars to detonate]].
* OmnicidalManiac[=/=]InTheirOwnImage: 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 [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]] to be "flawed"; thus necessitating the universe's destruction and recreation InTheirOwnImage.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: His coloring is predominantly near-monochrome grey and black, but his eyes, symbol and powers are all colored bright, glowing red.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Bright, staring red eyes, resembling those of a bird.
* SigilSpam: 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.
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SoftspokenSadist: 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.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Has a large crest of bony spikes on the back of his shoulders, evoking the image of a HighCollarOfDoom.
* TimeAbyss: 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.
* WalkingSpoiler: You can't really talk about Canaletto without spoiling his role as the BigBad, his significance to the history of the Avatars, [[spoiler: or his role in Eva's life]].
* WalkingWasteland: 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.
* WeCanRuleTogether: 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 [[spoiler:Eva, using MindRape 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.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Canaletto caused the accident that led to Maya's death.]]

!!Alwas Cycle Racers

[[folder:Colonel Toros]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/PaulDobson (English), Creator/BanjoGinga (Japanese), Mathieu Barbier (French)

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.
* DarkIsEvil: Huge dark-skinned alien that pilots an evil-looking starfighter.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The crogs in general have deep voices.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: 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.
* KnightOfCerebus: He hands Eva her first defeat, and destroys the ''Whizzing Arrow II'' in the process.
* OhCrap: Has in his second race against Eva when both of them are going at top speed [[GameOfChicken straight towards the wall near the finish line]], [[YoureInsane calling her crazy for a plan that would kill both of them]]. He blinks first and slows down, allowing her to win.
* SpikesOfVillainy: The second [[CoolStarship trident fighter]] he used after Rush damaged the first one displayed these.
* YouHaveFailedMe: 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.
* DarkIsNotEvil: 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.
* HiddenDepths: 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 SingleTear hints that he respects Molly's mother as a racer and feels remorse for being unable to save her.
* MistakenForMurderer: 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.
* NiceGuy: He may be aggressive in a race, but he's ultimately a good guy.
* SingleTear: After he shows Molly how her mother really died through his eyes.
* TheSpeechless: He never utters a word.
* StarfishAlien: Disregarding the fact that he [[VoluntaryShapeshifting is his own racing vehicle]], he looks pretty close to human, doesn't he? [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/YEiUDcWYZ-U/hqdefault.jpg Nah.]]


->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KenjiNomura (Japanese)

A giant, Viking-like racer who, despite his intimidating appearance, is a very friendly, good natured person.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's a Viking-like racer.
* ChainsawGood: His Star racer has a ''laser chainsaw''.
* EarlyBirdCameo: His first appearance was in ''"Hostilities Break Out"'' when Molly nearly gets run over by his star-racer on her way to get fuel.
* GentleGiant: Despite his intimidating appearance, is a very friendly, good natured person.
* NiceGuy: Rush is friendly and good-natured, as he believes in winning races fair, without underhanded tactics.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MichaelDobson (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.
* FakeUltimateHero: His races are rigged in his favor.
* FatalFlaw: Flint's own cockiness brings about the destruction of his star-racer and humiliates him in front of all his fans.
* AHeroToHisHometown: Going along with FakeUltimateHero.
* ItsAllAboutMe: 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:''' Creator/BrianDobson (English), Jin Horikawa (Japanese), Omar Yami (French)

A biomechanical racer who, along with his ship, seems to run on steam power.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Groor is a very aggressive and dangerous racer given to EvilGloating when he thinks he's going to win.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: 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.
* HeroKiller: The damage he deals to the ''Whizzing Arrow I'' in his first race is what leads to Rick's CareerEndingInjury. [[spoiler: Subverted later, as the damage was actually the result of the Mad Scrub's sabotage.]]
* LargeHam: He has an odd tendency to speak in the third person and shout his own name in battle.
* MightyGlacier: 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.
* PokemonSpeak[=/=]SayMyName: 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.
* SoreLoser: 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.
* StarterVillain: The first racer the Earth Team competes against.
* WouldHurtAChild: 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.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: 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 [[MusicalAssassin probably crash]].
* BeneathTheMask: 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.
* LastOfHisKind: Ceres is the last surviving member of the Mong people, a very ancient race.
* MindManipulation: 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.
* MagnetismManipulation: Seemingly an inherent power of his, best demonstrated when catches and redirects the ''Whizzing Arrow'''s bullets right back at it.
* MusicalAssassin: 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:''' Creator/YuriShiratori (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.
* CatGirl: She hat cat-like features that symbolize her sneakiness.
* CatsAreMean: She's certainly a sneaky cat.
* ChildProdigy: 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.
* GenkiGirl: Even in race, she's full of energy.
* GreenAndMean: Her main outfit is colored green and she's a sneaky jerk.
* MoreDakka: Her ship is armed to the teeth, possessing [[GatlingGood gattling guns]] and a set of [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile launchers]].
* PlayfulHacker: 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:''' Creator/KeijiFujiwara (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.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Canaletto sends Sul to another dimension to eliminate him from the Great Race, and his fate after that is unknown.]]
* TheArchmage: Sul is a 'magician' known across the galaxy with telekinetic super-powers that are rumored to equal those of the Avatar himself.
* InvincibleVillain: 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. [[CurbstompBattle He flattened them when they tried.]]
* IWorkAlone: In his own words: "Alliances are for the small and weak."
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: 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.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TooPowerfulToLive: [[spoiler:Canaletto certainly thought so.]]
* TheWorfEffect: Used to demonstrate [[spoiler:Canaletto's power]].

[[folder:Ning and Skun]]
->'''Ning is voiced by:''' Creator/JillianMichaels (English), Creator/AiOrikasa (Japanese)
->'''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.
* AntiVillain: They want the ultimate prize to reunite their people.
* BadassBiker: 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.
* BikerBabe: Both are attractive bikers who wear revealing outfits.
* DarkIsNotEvil: They may look scary, but they are at best {{Anti Villain}}s.
* FemmeFatalons: Skun has these, and they're AbsurdlySharpClaws to boot.
* HideYourLesbians: They're strongly implied to be a couple. Of course, since this show was playing on Creator/ToonDisney and Creator/ABCFamily, the most romantic thing we see them doing is HoldingHands.
* OfficialCouple: They are hinted at being a couple, given the HideYourLesbians, the closest romantic gesture they share is holding hands.
* OneGenderRace: Their race are entirely female.

[[folder:Lord Furter]]
->'''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.
* CardCarryingVillain: A self-proclaimed pirate.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: {{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.
* HairTriggerTemper: The only thing that matches his HUGE ego is his quick temper.
* TheNapoleon: He is easily recognizable due to him being the smallest in stature of all the racers.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He's extremely short, but has an enormous ego.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.

[[folder:General Kross]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BrianDobson (English), Creator/ShozoIizuka (Japanese)

General of the Crog Imperium. He replaces Toros as the Crog's representative on Ōban, because Toros' loss to the Earth Team in the last race of the playoffs was "unacceptable".
* AmbitionIsEvil: He plans to use the Ultimate Prize for galactic domination. [[spoiler: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.]]
* BigBadWannabe: 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 BigBad since he could never hope to beat Sul, [[spoiler: and everything in the series is being manipulated by Canaletto anyway.]]
* BloodKnight: He loves to kill and would do so, if it weren't for the rules.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Used to differentiate him from Toros and other crogs, and make him look more intimidating.
* IHaveYourWife: He forces Aikka to help him by threatening his parents.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kross is the most violent and unlikable racer of Ōban.
* ManipulativeBastard: 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.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Continues the color theme of the Crog Imperium, but also accents it with [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority an abundance of silver markings]].
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: 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.
* TheUnfettered: Kross has no qualms about killing his opponents or manipulating Prince Aikka into doing his dirty work.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TrevorDevall (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.
* FatalFlaw: 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''.
* HiddenDepths: He's convinced of his own superiority over organic races, but [[spoiler: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.]]
* InsufferableGenius: He is very analytical and constantly running calculations, but is also known to have a sarcastic and narcissistic personality.
* LivingLieDetector: Ondai has one that enabled him to know [[spoiler:Eva/Molly wasn't lying about the ultimate prize being a fake.]]
* PinocchioSyndrome: [[spoiler:He wants to use the ultimate prize to become an organic creature, or at least understand what it feels like.]]
* TransformingMecha: 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.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* ChekhovsGunman: Previously under the radar, he turns out to be important later on.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: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.]]
* OneWingedAngel: His combat form is colossus sized, vaguely humanoid, and has large jaws for hands. He uses it during his HeroicSacrifice.
* TheQuietOne: 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 [[spoiler:Satis fighting Canaletto]]. As a result, O seemingly drops out of the race and takes shelter from the impending catastrophe to help out afterwards.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: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.
* AntiVillain: 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.
* CombatTentacles: Muir's tentacles also have telepathic qualities.
* GiantEnemyCrab: 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.
* NotSoDifferent: From Eva. They both are only interested in the Ōban prize because they are driven to bring back the life of a loved one.
* OptOut: When it's revealed that [[spoiler:it's impossible even for the Avatar to bring people back from the dead]], Muir drops out of the race completely.

!!Other Characters

[[folder:President [=McMullen=]]]
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 GovernmentConspiracy. When the Great Race of Ōban draws near, he recruits Don Wei to form a team capable of competing.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: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.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: 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 [[TheMasquerade 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. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, the same conspiracy forces the surviving human protagonists to [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold swear to lifelong secrecy about Ōban and their adventures]].]]
* NotSoDifferent: Towards the end of the series, [=McMullen's=] behavior increasingly aligns with that of [[spoiler:the Crog Imperium, humanity's greatest rivals]]:
** When he learns that the ultimate prize is [[spoiler:ascension to Avatar-hood]], [=McMullen=] immediately decides that [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler:This is exactly what General Kross had in mind, minus the latter's additional desire to become a GodEmperor.]]
** In the same scene, the President indicates that the Coalition hopes to [[spoiler:use an Avatar to not only wipe out the Crog Imperium completely, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters but also destroy anyone else in the galaxy who would threaten humanity or stand in their way]].]]
** Damningly, [=McMullen=] arranges for [[spoiler: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 DespairEventHorizon that the Crogs [[{{Hypocrite}} couldn't be trusted to respect the ceasefire]], and that attacking first was the only option.]]
* SmugSnake: He dismisses Don's concerns about forcing Molly to keep racing [[spoiler: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:''' "[[spoiler:She thought could use the prize to bring her mother back from the dead.]]"\\
'''[=McMullen=]:''' "Touching, but irrelevant."

[[folder: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 CareerEndingInjury, which prompts the human to track him down for answers. [[spoiler: He is also a cultist of Canaletto.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Once Rick tracks him down, the greater plot gains some pretty dark implications.
* MadBomber: 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.
* NoNameGiven: We never learn the Mad Scrub's true name.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: 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. [[spoiler: All of these are motifs associated with Canaletto.]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: 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. [[spoiler: He also serves as an introduction to [[BigBad Canaletto]].]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: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.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: You can't talk about the Mad Scrub without revealing that he caused Rick Thunderbolt's CareerEndingInjury in the first race against Grooor, [[spoiler: or his nature as a Canaletto cultist]].

!The Great Beings
A race of enigmatic EnergyBeings who are the creators of Ōban, from which the entire galaxy originated via the planet-seeds. However, they grew complacent and jealous of each-other, and a catastrophic civil war exterminated their civilization. The survivors, wracked with guilt, chose to abandon their godhood and instead nominate a single mortal every ten-thousand years to serve as the galaxy's solitary steward - The Avatar.
* MrExposition: Nine of them appear near the end of the series, but their main role is to provide TheReveal and share a story about the downfall of their race.
* PhysicalGod: An entire species of them, and the few that remain grant their combined strength to the Avatar.
* {{Precursors}}: They created Ōban, the planet seeds, and by extension most life in the galaxy. They also created the Great Race, through which they select a candidate to be Avatar every ten-thousand years.
** NeglectfulPrecursors: However, once they give the power of the Avatar to someone, it's heavily implied that they just sit back and let the new Avatar do whatever he or she wants - the only rule is that the Avatar must surrender his powers when the time comes to chose a successor. [[OmnicidalManiac Canaletto]] was only imprisoned because he broke that one rule, and until then he was allowed to commit horrifying atrocities for millennia.
* EnergyBeings: The Great Beings are shown on temple murals and flashbacks to be abstract, two-dimensional humanoid shapes formed out of either pure light or pure darkness. The far-reduced remnants of their civilization prefer to simply appear as small spheres of light, but they can assume a more detailed shape at will.
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: Their civilization was brought low by an apocalyptic civil war between two factions. By the time it ended, only nine weakened individuals were left, [[DeathOfTheOldGods and they elected to empower individual mortals to rule as gods in their place]].
* TheWorfEffect: At the climax, the nine echoes manifest to deny Canaletto access to the Pyramid of Power, but individually they're so weak that all they can do is fly around the monster and distract him, as he smites them one by one with his sorcery.