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: Which become even more prominent in her Hyper Form.
- Magical Girl: Her Transformation Sequence is even featured in the trailer for Otomedius Excellent.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Vic Viper space fighter.
- Rapunzel Hair: Not as obvious since she wears it in those pigtails, but if worn loose it would probably reach her knees or even her ankles.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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: She even charges up her Platonic Break with a mischievous giggle.
- Girlish Pigtails: Wrapped in ribbons.
- Human Aliens: She's Melian, not human.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- BFS: Technically, Big Freakin' Tobacco Pipe.
- Captain Ersatz: Probably unintentional, but hello there, Kamina...
- Considering both Otomedius and Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann came out in 2007, it's safe to assume this is a case of Convergant GARvolution.
- Human Aliens: He's an Ebisuboshan.
- GAR Anthropomorphism: Of the ship from Thunder Cross. ... and Ganbare Goemon.
- The One Guy: Literally the only named male in the entire series.
- Onmyodo: Emon recites the Asian Rune Chant right before he fires off his Dramatic Burst. He doesn't actually complete the chant, but it sounds pretty awesome anyway.
Emon: "Lin, Byou, Tou, Sha, Kai, Jin, Retsu, Zen... Pierce them!!"
- Putoneibus: Left the team prior to Excellent for the purpose of training.
- Rapunzel Hair: Longer even than some of the girls!
- Rated M for Manly: The character designer, Mine Yoshizaki, explains in an interview that Emon's unusual position on Xel Viper was chosen so that the hitbox being below his waist would make it look like he tanked enemy fire with his chest.
- Shout-Out: The character for Five is 'Go'. Read in Japanese, Emon's full name is Go Emon.
- Smoking Is Cool: ...when you use a pipe longer than your entire body.
- Take That: Due to being cut from the cast in Excellent, his sister Emon-8 attacks the Angels in a fit of rage.
Emon-8: "How dare you drive out Emon-5 like that!"
- Wave Motion Gun: Emon's Platonic Break spreads his Options and uses them like a Wave-Motion Tuning Fork.
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.
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, a reference to a powerup from Parodius. It's surprisingly effective.
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.
- Curtains Match the Window: Despite the rampant color-coordination of the entire cast, she's the only one who actually displays this. And even then, it's tentative, being a noticably different shade of green.
- Downloadable Content: In Gorgeous. She becomes unlockable instead in Excellent.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Jade Knight's primary laser weapon, Round Laser, projects circle-shaped lasers that ripple out from the craft a short distance in all directions. Shouldn't lasers travel forever?
- Human Aliens: Like Erul, she's a Gradian.
- Magical Girl: It's generally assumed that all of the Angels with this style of uniform have a Transformation Sequence.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: Of the Jade Knight space fighter.
- Rebellious Spirit: Has a rivalry with Diol.
- Superpower Lottery: In addition to Platonic Energy, Esmeralda appears to have the ability to mimic Round Laser with her bare hands◊.
- Tsundere: "Aww, a cat~... I mean, battlestations, now!"
- Walking Armory: Esmeralda is the only character in Gorgeous who can use every single weapon in the game.
- This is carried over in Excellent, in that Esmeralda can use everything except for the character specific weapons, of which there are 1 per character (or 2 in the cases of Strarf, Kokoro, Gesshi, and Poini).
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.
A samurai girl who references Getsu Fuma Den
as well as Neo Contra
. 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.
- Expy: To Genbei "Jaguar" Yagyu of Neo Contra.
- 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.
- 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.
- Replacement Goldfish: Joined the team to replace Emon.
- Sarashi: She wears some across her chest, as appropriate for her warrior's lifestyle.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Angels & Demons: Devil, or Demon, motif.
- Ass Kicks You: In the trailer for Excellent, Strarf tries to shove Arnval out of the picture with a flying butt-bump.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Arnval and Strarf were built based on stolen Bacterian schematics to be used against the Bacterians.
- Genki Girl: She seems much more upbeat than Arnval.
- Karaoke Box: Shown to be really into karaoke during the end credits.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Strarf's Platonic Break spawns a spread of missiles, which she controls with her mind.
- Mind over Matter: Strarf's exclusive weapons PsyCom and Mindblast utilize artificially-generated psychic powers to manipulate weapons on Alpinia. The first is a homing laser while the second is a short-range force wave. Additionally, she uses this to control her Platonic Break attack.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Angel/Devil pair seems to have this going on with their personalities, with Strarf being Red.
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.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: And white-haired girl.
- Dual Boss: Hugin and Munin.
- Every Alien Is Cuter With Red Cores On Her Head
- Fashionable Asymmetry: L.B.'s Core is on the left side of her head, R.B.'s Core is on the right. Additionally, each one has a single Evil Eyebrow tattoo, guess which one has it over which eye.
- Genre Savvy: They created Dark Force in Excellent to be a living superweapon. However, they were smart enough to realize that Dark Force is a great deal more powerful than they are, so they treat her very kindly as she grows up, thus ensuring that she won't turn against the Bacterions later.
- Half-Identical Twins: They're twins, and resemble each other, but are clearly not identical.
- High Speed Battle: Both against Hugin and Munin, and again against Odin Core.
- Human Aliens: Bacterians.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: Of Gofer, final boss in many Gradius games. Especially weird, considering Gofer is an immense, pulsating brain with destroyable eyes.
- Norse Mythology: Hugin and Munin are the servants of Odin. They live in Valhalla.
- Only Known by Initials: It's never explicitly stated what R.B. and L.B. stand for. It's generally believed to be Right Brain and Left Brain, given the physical shape of their predecessor, a giant brain named Gofer.
- Really 700 Years Old: They look like little 14-15 year olds, but they've been running the Bacterian army for at LEAST 700 years.
- Recurring Boss: Encountered in Stage 2 and again in Stage 7.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: R.B. being Red, L.B. being Blue.
- Sequential Boss: After taking damage in Hugin and Munin, they team up with Eye Golem and supercharge their attacks.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Pengu are ... special.
- The Cameo: They show up in Excellent, piloting Tetran and supplying most of the hazards for the stage, but aren't a boss and cannot be defeated. They just run off before the real boss arrives.
A mermaid queen who sides with the Bacterians out of what seems to be whimsy more than actual malice.
- Blondes Are Evil: Played with. She works with the Bacterians, but doesn't seem to actually support them.
- Nice Hat: Wears a tiny boat with a photo of her husband on her head.
Queen of Space Egypt
, Titi XIV sided with the Bacterians in an attempt to harness their Core technology and advance her civilization.
One of the Gofer twins' ace pilots, found piloting Big Core DX.
- Human Aliens: Bacterian
- Noblewoman's Laugh: When she introduces herself, and again when she berserks.
- Oh, Crap: General player response when her ship deploys its Options.
- The Cameo: Appears in Excellent, but gets taken out by the stage's actual boss before she can fight.
- Shout-Out: Metalium is the name of the player ship in Nemesis II.
- At the end of Stage 3, before Big Core DX appears, the player is faced with two machines hurling out dozens of fireballs, just like the intro of the first Gradius boss ever, Big Core.
- While these machines are running, the classic Aircraft Carrier theme from Gradius also plays.
- Also, her outfit bears a striking resemblance to that of a certain very well - known Tsundere.
Empress of Easter Island, a weird society of sentient Moai statues.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Fiery Redhead: Both literally and figuratively.
- Kill It with Fire: "Die in a fire!" is one of her favorite lines.
- Knife Nut: Is shown holding one, and defeating her in various difficulties is how one unlocks the Dagger weapon.
- Lethal Lava Land: Attacks the Angels inside a volcano.
- Power Echoes: Has that demonic reverb behind all her dialogue.
- Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her ankles, a callback to her design in Getsu Fuma Den where her hair dragged on the ground behind her.
- Shout-Out: Her music, Fallen Leaves, is a remix of Ryukotsuki's boss theme from Getsu Fuma Den (And a variation was used in Castlevania).
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.
The Final Boss
of Otomedius Excellent.