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Angel Squadron

Otomedius Debut

Anoa Aoba

Arguably the main character, and a staple of Otomedius' promotional art. Anoa is a bright and cheerful girl with a penchant for blue. Her Ride Viper is the Vic Viper. When not saving the world, Anoa is a second year high school student at St. Gradius Academy.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Hyper Anoa. The concept of her becoming more powerful as her Platonic power grows is great from a story perspective, but when it happens in gameplay, it strips all of your powers and weapons, leaving you to face the final stage with default speed, no weapons, and no options.
    • Also, Anoa's Platonic Break. By the time it's charged and ready to fire, the enemies it's locked on to are most likely off the screen. It's impressive though when used on bosses.
  • Big Good: Hyper Anoa
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Vic Viper's primary weapon.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Meant to invoke the split-hull design of the Vic Viper itself.
    • Art Evolution in Excellent keeps the aesthetic, but makes Anoa's pigtails an actual extension of her bangs, furthering the split-hull/fanged appearance of the Vic Viper's hull.
  • Hair Antennae
  • Magical Girl: Her Transformation Sequence is even featured in the trailer for Otomedius Excellent.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Vic Viper space fighter.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Roboteching: Anoa's Platonic Break in Excellent is a swarm of homing lasers.
  • Super Mode: Gains one when her Platonic power overdrives near the end of Excellent, resulting in Hyper Anoa.
  • The Mario: Vic Viper is identified as a 'Balance Type', and Anoa's default weapon loadout is intentionally easy to use for beginners.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It actually becomes more blue when she changes into her uniform.

Erul Tron

A Gradian. Erul is Anoa's best friend, and came to Earth as part of a search for her older brother, the pilot of VIXEN (a ship from one of Konami's earlier shooters). She's quite intelligent, and enjoys studying Earth culture. Her Ride Viper is Lord British. Erul is a second-year student, in the same class as her friend Anoa.

  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Lord British's signature weapon, Ripple Laser, fires expanding laser rings that still destroy enemies that fly through the center.
  • Human Aliens: Gradian.
  • Magical Girl: Presumed to transform like Anoa.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Lord British space fighter.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Shout-Out: Her brother was the pilot of VIXEN, from Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou. Another is her credit dialogue in Gorgeous, quoted word-for-word from the Salamander OVA.
    Esmeralda: "What are you going to do now?"
    Erul: "Well...I'll think about it while listening to some rock music."
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Erul's Platonic Break, where she positions her Options and then detonates them.

Diol Twee

A third year student and the closest to being an adult in the cast, Diol is the squadron leader. She's firm, but has a sisterly kindness to her approach on leadership. She seems to be bonded to the Flint, an organic component of her otherwise artificial Serenity Viper.

  • Absolute Cleavage
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Cat Girl: She is not one. However, her cat-ear style headset and tail-like tentacle give her the appearance of one.
  • Combat Tentacles: Her Platonic Break attack smashes half the screen with huge spiked tentacles similar to her "tail".
  • Cool Big Sis: Edging into Team Mom territory.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Diol gets very excited during the boss rush in Excellent, commenting that her body feels hot and she wants to fight more and more.
    Diol: "More! More! Harder, faster!"
  • Meganekko
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Flintlock, playable ship in the Konami sleeper hit Xexex.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Shout-Out: Her tentacle tail resembles those found on the Flint in the original game.
  • Workaholic: A rare, upbeat version. Diol loves her work for the "G" Organization and can't seem to put it down.
    • In her ending cutscene from Gorgeous, Diol announces that the mission is complete and she wants another one, because her "work is never really finished." Anoa and Erul promptly complain about the work load, but she just laughs it off.


An immigrant from Planet Mel, Madoka is an engineering genius who built her own Ride Viper - Which is based on Twinbee, a hero from her planet. On Earth, she's a first-year high school student.

  • Art Evolution: Madoka underwent significant design changes between Gorgeous and Excellent.
    • Of note, she wears shorts now, instead of a skirt. She's also opted for Twinbee's iconic gloves.
    • Murdoch Viper now has handles for her to hang on to. Additionally, the seat now physically resembles Twinbee's body, with the cushion itself replacing the windshield/eye portion. It's also referred to as Murdoch Viper Mk.II.
  • Dumb Blonde: Completely inverted, as she's a mechanical genius. She's still just a first-year student, though.
  • Enemy Summoner: The rare heroic version, Madoka's Platonic Break summons a duplicate of Gainbee who punches the crap out of enemies for a while.
    • In Excellent, she summons a Shooting Star enemy who swoops through, unleashing a variety of attacks along the way.
  • Genki Girl
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wrapped in ribbons.
  • Human Aliens: Melian.
  • Identical Grandson: Another theory is that she's the identical descendant of the original Madoka.
  • Lethal Chef: The Madoka of Twinbee fame is horrible at baking cookies. If this is the same Madoka, than Tita's line "I won't miss you, cookie!" while Madoka was departing must've referred to this.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of Twinbee.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Third-Person Person: Though the subs just translate it as her using "I", unlike with Tita.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Madoka doesn't wear a standard "G" uniform or a standard St. Gradius school uniform.
  • Wrench Wench: Built her own Ride Viper completely from scratch, before she even saw any of the others.

Emon Five

Hailing from another dimension, and the planet Ebisuboshi, Emon Five is the only male in the entire cast. While he himself is inspired by Ganbare Goemon, his Xel Viper is drawn from Thunder Cross. Emon is (was?) a second year student in Anoa's class.

Tita Nium

A Bacterian, Tita is a spacey girl whose body is rife with cybernetics. She flies the Big Core Examiner, and has a terse relationship with the rest of the squadron, being the same race as their primary enemy. Tita aspires to win their trust, though doesn't understand humans very well. Tita is in Madoka's class, as a first-year student at St. Gradius.

  • Ahoge: It moves on its own...
  • Bird Run: In the trailer for Otomedius Excellent, right before she flashes a creepy smile at the camera.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Comes across as an enormous spacecase.
    Tita: "Like water off a supersonic duck's back."
  • Emotionless Girl: But getting better.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Her DLC outfit in Excellent is her old Bacterian uniform.
  • Eyepatch of Power: The D-Burst cutin suggests it conceals the interface to Big Core Examiner's weapon system.
    • It helps that her eyepatch has "BC System" written on it in plain English.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Primary weapon of the Big Core Examiner.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Before the games take place.
    • The Time Travel in Excellent suggests that her defection was fairly recent, as her access codes were still usable in Dark Force's fortress.
    Tita: "I wonder if my clearance codes still work... ...Hm...This should be adequate."
  • Human Aliens: Bacterian. This is an important story point for Tita, as everything she does is to try and get the other Angels to accept her as one of their own despite being the same species as their worst enemy.
  • Kill Sat: Tita's Platonic Break invokes this by calling down a spread of high-powered lasers from the sky.
  • Magical Girl: Presumably, just like Anoa.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Big Core class battleship.
  • Norse Mythology: She's named her options Geri, Freki, Hugin, and Munin, after the twin wolves and twin ravens servile to Odin.
  • Punny Name: Titanium.
  • Shout-Out
    Tita: [reacting to Emon's presence] "What a pity for the first 1 MEGAROM PACK..."
    • Ganbare Goemon was the first game Konami released in the 1 MEGAROM PACK format. She feels sorry for Emon.
  • Super Drowning Skills: The swimsuit art collection makes it pretty clear Tita swims like a hammer. She doesn't seem too concerned about it, though.
  • The Snark Knight: Or maybe Little Miss Snarker.
    Tita: "Is this an admission ceremony or what?"
  • Third-Person Person: The type who does it only occasionally, and for no apparent reason. She also sometimes calls herself "Tita the Second" despite there being no suggestion of a precursor Tita.
    Tita: "Tita the Second is in a pinch!"
  • Weapons-Grade Vocabulary: Tita's DLC weapon, Megaphone, attacks enemies with harsh language. It's surprisingly effective.
  • You Gotta Have Dark Green Hair

Otomedius Gorgeous Debut


Another pilot from Planet Gradius, Esmeralda is a formal and businesslike tactician and weapons expert. She's a reference to the popular Gradius Gaiden, and pilots Jade Knight. Despite her cold and curt exterior, she seems to have a weakness for cute things. Esmeralda is in Diol's class, as a third year student.

Poini Kune

Esmeralda's wingman, Poini is a surprisingly young girl with an equally surprising intelligence. Like Esmeralda, she's a reference to Gradius Gaiden, piloting Jade Knight's partner ship, Falchion Beta. Also like Esmeralda, Poini is in Diol's class at St. Gradius, as a third year student in spite of her age.

  • Cat Smile: This and her hair clips make her resemble a raccoon-girl.
  • Child Prodigy: Shown in an upperclassman's uniform, placing her in the same class as Diol and Esmeralda, despite being at least eight years younger than they are.
  • Downloadable Content: In Gorgeous. She becomes unlockable instead in Excellent.
  • Genki Girl
  • Gratuitous English: Poini's Japanese actress is well known for English as well as Japanese dialogue, so she makes use of it.
    Poini:[facing Excellent's Gunner Wall] "I hope you can entertain me~." (Word-For-Word quoting the Gunner Wall from Gradius Gaiden)
  • Gravity Sucks: In Excellent, Poini's Platonic Break generates a black hole which sucks enemies and bullets into it.
  • Human Aliens: Gradian.
  • Magical Girl
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Falchion Beta space fighter.
  • Precocious Crush: Appears to have one on Esmeralda. She gets jealous of Diol's being cast opposite her in the school play during the credits to Excellent, the two are constantly paired together by the games, and then there's the cleavage dive.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Rule of Cute: Pretty much justifies her entire existence.
  • Shout-Out: A lot of Poini's English dialogue is pulled straight from the Gradius Gaiden announcer's script.
    Poini: "You are a new legend. Good job!"
  • Summon Magic: In Gorgeous, Poini's Platonic Break summoned dragons made out of gravity which would home in on enemies and destroy them, leaving behind a massive wave of powerup capsules.
  • Superpower Lottery: In addition to Platonic Power, Poini appears to have the ability to generate gravity wells.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Esmeralda "Esme".
  • Vocal Dissonance: When she shifts into English dialogue, Poini's voice actress tends to slip into a deeper, more womanly voice than Poini's usual childish pitch when speaking Japanese. This is most evident during her Platonic Break and Burst attacks, where it sounds like a completely different person calling out "Crush all of them!"
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Otomedius Excellent Debut

Gesshi Hanafuuma

A samurai girl who references Getsu Fuma Den. Fuuma and Kokoro come to Angel Squadron to replace Emon. She's a very no-nonsense sort of girl who takes her job and her training very seriously. She lives by the code of bushido, though seems to be unaware of the history of her family name as she does not recognize Ryukotsuki.

  • Fan Nickname: Fuuma Nameicantpronounce was circulating amongst English-speaking fans who had trouble remembering her complex surname (back when the translation was thought to be Fuuma Getsushihana).
    • A translation error has also led to Fuuma being referred to as "Mon Hau".
    • Konami has finally settled on her name being Gesshi Hanafuuma, which is a little easier to handle. The nickname seems to be falling into disuse.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The trailer/OP shows it as a metal sword (see image), but some of the promotional art claims it's a Laser Blade.
    • Additionally, Gesshi gets access to the exclusive weapon Thunder Sword, which has short range but does an incredible amount of damage.
  • Magical Girl
  • Replacement Goldfish: Joined the team to replace Emon.
  • Sarashi
  • Summon Magic: With Poini's new Black Hole Platonic Break, Gesshi gets her old homing dragon, though it's somewhat nerfed because Gesshi has no Options to speak of.

Kokoro Belmont

A girl who references Konami's popular Castlevania series. Kokoro is an all-business sort of girl who works hard so that she can live up to her noble lineage. She compliments Gesshi's samurai sensibility quite well. Kokoro's Ride Viper is Stavros.

  • Aerith and Bob: Her first name is decidedly... unconventional... for her clan. Simon. Trevor. Julius. Richter. Juste. Kokoro.
  • An Axe to Grind: Has access to an exclusive Double-type weapon called "Axe" which pierces enemies in the parabola it travels and causes a lot of damage; however, this comes at the expense of the weapon being tough to aim and use effectively.
  • Downloadable Content
  • Heroic Lineage: She's a Belmont for heaven's sake. She even uses a whip.
    • Apparently, she has a brother. Considering she was born in 1995, and her hair colour, it's quite possible that she's the little sister of Julius Belmont, who, according to Castlevania canon, is definitively the strongest Belmont (even in his old age). Considering each generation of Belmont is stronger than the last, that means she's effectively on his level.
      • For the sake of context: in 1999, Julius offed Dracula permanently, possibly at the height of the Dark Lord's power. Unfortunately, Julius lost his memory and started Walking the Earth until Aria Of Sorrow, which takes place 35 years later. Poor Kokoro would've spent thirty-five of the first forty years of her life not knowing her brother's fate. Good thing she's dedicated enough to continue the good fight in Julius' stead.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Secretly. Kokoro differs from other characters of this type in that she already knows and accepts that she can't be normal, and while she has fun in her civilian life and likes hanging around with the other Angels, on missions she's completely focused on eliminating the enemy, not even allowing herself to get upset when her allies are hurt or killed. She needs to live up to her family name, after all.
  • Kill It with Water: Kokoro's exclusive Missile-type weapon is Holy Water.
  • Lighter and Softer: Even the Castlevania shown in her preview doesn't look so bad.
  • Magical Girl
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of Castlevania, of all things. Her Ride Viper, the Stavros, seems to be based on the 1942 Strikers series, but actually is not since Konami had nothing to do with that series.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Joined the team to replace Emon.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Seen in and out of uniform, and decorated with Crosses.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Kokoro's Platonic Break, the Lightning Sword, is a cross-shaped mega laser previously used by DeltaTry in Gradius Gaiden.
  • Shout-Out: Kokoro's lone Option is a Trigon unit, referencing the player ship from Trigon (Lightning Fighters in the US) that Deltatry in Gradius Gaiden also references. Her DLC soundtrack also consists of remixes from Castlevania, Trigon, A-JAX and Flak Attack.
  • Whip It Good: While having the least Stripperiffic uniform.
    • Also gets access to the exclusive weapon Beam Whip.


A robot girl from the Busou Shinki series of collectable figurines. She's a very demure and even shy person who tends to keep to herself. She dislikes combat and lacks the motivation for it, so tends to default to her programming. She contrasts with her playful and active sister in more ways than one. Arnval's Riding Viper is Anthurium.


Arnval's partner, also from Busou Shinki. Strarf seems to be optimized for night combat, and otherwise is a very active girl compared to her subdued partner. Strarf's main system imitates psychic powers, which she exercises with many of the weapons systems on Alpinia. Unlike Arnval, Strarf is a very active and playful girl who is very curious about the world of humans.

The Bacterians

Otomedius Debut

L.B. Gofer and R.B. Gofer

Referred to as the "Daughters of Gofer", these sinister twins seem to be behind most of the Bacterian activity in the series.


A mermaid queen who sides with the Bacterians out of what seems to be whimsy more than actual malice.

Titi XIV

Queen of Space Egypt, Titi XIV sided with the Bacterians in an attempt to harness their Core technology and advance her civilization.

Otomedius Gorgeous Debut

Meta Lium

One of the Gofer twins' ace pilots, found piloting Big Core DX.


Empress of Easter Island, a weird society of sentient Moai statues.

Otomedius Excellent Debut


A bikini-clad catgirl pirate. Her motivation as a villain isn't explained in the least. Given her pirate motif, the most sensible explenation is that she's a mercenary that the Bacterians have hired.

  • Cat Girl
  • Catgirl Space Pirate Swimsuit Model
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: Invoked when her Mirrored Core is close to defeat.
    Neko Sencho: "I'm gonna need all nine lives for this-nya!"
  • High Altitude Battle: Neko Sencho attacks the angels above the clouds. Mirrored Core emerges from the clouds in a way reminiscent of a surfacing submarine.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Cat Pirate Ship from the Parodius series.
  • Shout-Out: Her battle music Runaway is remixed from "Crisis, 4th Movement", the mid-boss song from the original Parodius where the Cat Pirate Ship is encountered.
  • Space Pirates: With flavors of more traditional nautical Pirates, such as her surcoat, hat, and cat's paw.
  • Verbal Tic: Ends most of her sentences with "nya".
    Neko Sencho: "I'm no 'fraidy cat! I'm an air-sea-landcat, the purrfect feline warrior-nya! I'll bat you around like a ball of string-nya!"
  • Warm-Up Boss: Generally considered easy, even in high loop play.

T.B. Rika

  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: The stage initially seems like you'll be fighting the Gofer Sisters in a Tetran, which you can damage throughout the level. And then they take off down a side-street and T.B. leaps out with a perfect-condition Tripod Core.
  • Blondes are Evil
  • Human Alien: Bacterian
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: When she introduces herself.
  • Only Known by Initials: Like the Gofer sisters, it's never stated what T.B. stands for, though there is a sensible theory that it stands for Tuberculosis. She is, after all, a Bacterian.
  • Sadist Teacher: Many of Tripod Core's attacks are prefaced by her announcing it is a punishment of some kind, and she was a teacher at the characters' school, St. Gradius Academy.
  • Shout-Out: Her theme, Falling Rock, is a remix of the "The Final Enemy" which has appeared in Gradius II and was a theme for Chichibinta Rika, an enemy from the Gradius Series.
  • The Mole


A three-armed demon lord from a distant hell who was slain a long, long time ago. The Gofer Sisters resurrected her so they could use her power against the G Organization's newest members, Kokoro and Gesshi.

Shiori Fujisaki

A teenage high school student. Her motivation for working with the Bacterians is completely unexplained.

Ruby & Cobalt

Two female androids created by the Bacterians, intentionally based on Hikaru and Akane in both appearance and personality.

  • Affably Evil: They're actually quite playful, for villains.
  • Boss Rush: Encountered at the end of one.
  • Expy: Of Hikaru and Akane from the Parodius Series.
  • Shielded Core Boss: The front half of Metal Slave has to be destroyed before the gates to its central Core can be targeted.
  • Shout-Out: They pilot a boss that's not been seen since the MSX port of Salamander.
  • Stripperiffic

Dark Force

Adult form
Child form
The Final Boss of Otomedius Excellent.

  • Big Bad: So big and so bad that she can't be defeated. The characters have to travel back in time to when she was a little girl to even stand a chance.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Dark Force: Type 1.
    Dark Force: "I was spawned from the desires of humanity...So long as you shall I."
  • Chained by Fashion: In her child form, her arms and legs are inexplicably shackled together.
  • The Girl Behind the Bacterians: Probably.
  • Enemy Summoner: Spawns endless waves of Mecha-Mooks during her final encounter.
  • Expy: She's basically a Goth-Loli version of Castlevania's Dracula — an anthropomorphic force of evil who seemingly wants to destroy everything. Highlighting this, the first phase of her boss fight takes place in a castle/cathedral for no immediately obvious reason. Tita even comments that these Bacterians are different, and Kokoro says her family has a history of dealing with this sort of thing.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the original Dark Force, which is something of an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Final Boss Preview: She destroys the fleet of Gradians from her dimension.
  • Mirror Boss: Black Viper. Armed with Laser, Ripple, Flying Torpedo, and Valcan but has no Options.
  • Nostalgia Boss: Her final form, complete with a remix of Dark Force's theme from Gradius 3.
  • One-Winged Angel: Death Bringer.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Annihilates the entire Gradian fleet in just a few seconds. Even as a child, displays this kind of capability.
    Dark Force: "I will gather up my might again...and show you the power of a god."
  • Sequential Boss: First, she pilots the Black Viper, a Bacterian copy of the Ride Vipers. Then, she pilots a mecha. Finally, in the secret final stage, she's an Anti-Climax Boss.
  • Shout-Out: After you defeat Dark Force in her first phase and she escapes, you can see potraits of the final bosses of Gradius 1, 2, 3, and Salamander 1 and 2.
  • True Final Boss
  • Tyke Bomb: Either she's the current leader of the Bacterians, or the Gofer Sisters created her as a Person of Mass Destruction. No matter which one it is, even when she's in her larval stage, she's very powerful.

Supporting Cast

Otomedius Debut

Operetta / Operator

Effective commander of Angel Squadron, Operetta is a robot girl who coordinates the squadron's activities and dispatches them on their missions.


In Otomedius Gorgeous, Irene appears as a reference to Xexex, as an automated distress beacon embedded in Snowflake Core. The actual character doesn't make an appearance.


The innumerable Penguin robots fielded by the Bacterians. Pengu fulfill Konami's Penguin Quota.

Dr. Venom

  • Heel-Face Turn: For unexplained reasons, assists the Gradian fleet against the Bacterians during a mass assault. In the final stage, he's coordinating the fleet's repairs and pursuit of the routed Bacterian ships.
  • The Unfought: In Gorgeous, he's hanging around and you hear his laugh at one point, but you never fight him. He appears again in Excellent and again is not a boss. Considering that he's undergone a Heel-Face Turn in the finished product, fighting him might be difficult.
  • What Could Have Been: Was originally going to be the last bonus boss of Excellent, but this was given to Dark Force's final form, and his role in the plot was reworked.

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