Characters / Outlaw Star

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Crew of the Outlaw Star

    Gene Starwind 

Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya (JP), Robert Buchholz (EN, as "Robert Wicks")
"I am Gene Starwind. An outlaw not in the habit of listening to warnings."

An outlaw, pilot, gunman, and jack-of-all trades. Business partners with the computer prodigy Jim Hawking, Gene runs a semi-legitimate business dubbed, "Starwind and Hawking" on Sentinel III. When he was 14, Gene lost his father in a what appeared to be a brutal Space pirate attack and has since been terrified of space. At 20 years old, he is offered the chance of a lifetime when he meets an outlaw named "Hot Ice" Hilda and acquires a state-of-the-art ship, the XGP 15A-II, and a biological android named Melfina, with the ability to find and unlock the galaxy's biggest treasure - the Galactic Leyline.

    Jim Hawking 

Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN, credited as "Ian Hawk")
"Damnit, I'm supposed to be the brains of this outfit"

An eleven year old outlaw and co-owner of "Starwind & Hawking Enterprises", along with Gene. Jim is the brains of the outfit and the one who handles the business side of things, whether it be procuring supplies, or negotiating deals to try to keep the crew from getting any deeper in debt.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Jim may be small, but he isn't afraid to speak his mind and tends to be blunt; especially when dealing with Gene.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Gene, whose habit of leaving things to chance drives Jim up the wall.
  • Brains and Brawn: The calm, fiscally minded genius to Gene's reckless, frivolous self.
  • Fatal Attraction: With Hanmyo of the Anten Seven.
  • Free-Range Children: Eleven years old, no parents, and nobody bats an eye that he's a professional bounty hunter.
  • Kid-anova: He's not shy about beaning Gene with a frying pan so he can use Melfina as a Lap Pillow. Aisha's pretty affectionate with him, too, though usually in more of a "partner-in-crime" kind of way, with the occasional hug. He discovers his true power on Tenrei, where the ladies just can't get enough of him. Marshmallow Hell squared to the power of bikinis.
  • The Lancer
  • Not So Above It All: He can be just as hormonal as Gene at times, but still in a less perverted way.
  • Only Sane Man: Someone has to help Gene prioritize and focus on business, otherwise "Starwind & Hawking Enterprises" would've gone under a longtime ago.
  • Parental Abandonment: His genius dad didn't have time for him.
  • Protectorate: To Aisha.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Gene's Red Oni.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: To say he's only 11, he's has good business sense, knows how to prioritize, and negotiate.
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Straight Man: To Gene.
  • Teen Genius: Jim is pretty much the brain of "Starwind & Hawking" and is the one who drums up business for their operation. He also gathers intel on whatever bounty Gene decides to go after, and negotiates deals to reduce the costs for their ship's repairs and docking fees.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Way more practical than Gene is.


Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Emilie Brown (EN)
""Why was I made? Who made me? And what did they make me for?"

An advanced bio-android created by Professor Gwen Khan in conjunction with the XGP 15A-II with the sole intention of finding the Galactic Leyline.
  • Amnesiac Hero: She has no recollection of her past or why she was created.
  • Artificial Human: She's a highly advanced "bio-android" created by Gwen Khan.
  • The Chick: The only female that doesn't kick ass on a daily basis. Instead she tries to make everyone get along.
  • Damsel in Distress: Justified, as she's pretty important to the one thing everyone's after in the series, and furthermore she is the one female member of the Outlaw Star crew who isn't a semi-immortal alien or an assassin.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She forced the very, VERY creepy Harry to flee all by herself.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: All she wants is, to know who created her and for what purpose. After Hilda's death, Gene looks after Melfina and promises to help her find out about her past.
  • Deuteragonist: She's the next most pivotal character, after Gene, and gradually becomes his Love Interest. The Kei Pirates, the McDugal Bros., and Hanzankou, are also after her because she's the key to unraveling the secrets of The Galactic Leyline.
  • Digital Bikini: Not in the original or the uncut DVD's, but given one for the edited American broadcast on Cartoon Network.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Really wants to, and sleeps in a position so she can dream.
  • Eating Optional: Even though eating isn't necessary to her vital function, she finds she enjoys certain foods, after being prompted by Jim to try some. She was even surprised to learn she could distinguish different tastes.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears a single gold bangle around her left ankle, as part of her standard attire.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She does the ship's cooking but the trope is played with as she needs help from Suzuka, the elegant lady of war.
  • Girl in a Box: Gene and Jim first see her when Hilda opens the briefcase she'd stolen from the Kei Pirates; making Melfina a literal example of the trope. For many (perhaps most) anime fans in the West, Melfina is the Trope Codifier.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's nude whenever she's functioning as the ship's navigation unit, though her arms are always crossed over her chest and a metal strip outside the tank obstructs any view of her nether region. Given her general innocence, she seems like the type that was never introduced to the idea of there being anything wrong about her not having clothes on. Though being nude seems to be just a side effect of being the navigation unit, since she enters and leaves fully clothed.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: She's sought after by the bad guys because she's the key required to pilot the Outlaw Star, and to unlock the Leyline's power.
  • The Mermaid Problem: In a sense. As Gwen Khan said to Harry MacDougal, "You'd probably have some problems trying to mate with her".
  • Mysterious Waif: A girl in a box that's connected to the special starship. The mysteries surrounding her drive a large part of the plot.
  • Naked on Arrival: She firt appears naked when Gene and Jim find her inside a box.
  • The Navigator: Or rather, the navigation system itself.
  • Nice Girl: A kind and friendly girl. She even feels compassion for Harry when he's dying.
  • No Sell: The cactus monster has mind control but it doesn't work on machines. Thus, she was the only one on the main cast that could deal with it.
  • Official Couple: With Gene, while they're at the Galactic Leyline. When she asks Gene what he wants, he says he wants Melfina to stay with him, but realizes he's being selfish. So he asks what she wants. Melifina says it's to stay with him and the others and remain herself. So Gene makes that his wish, then seals with a Big Damn Kiss.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: If she's onboard the Outlaw Star itself, she's naked (unless you're watching the Cartoon Network edited version).
  • Phlebotinum Girl: She was created to locate a legendary space treasure built by an ancient alien race.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Shrinking Violet: Notably shy for a girl who spends most of her time doing her job naked.
  • Spaceship Girl: Melfina seems at first to be a shy teenage girl, but she is soon revealed to be the living navigation system for a very advanced starship. The rest of the ship's functions, however, are controlled by Gilliam II, the ship's male computer system.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Aisha's Butch and Suzuka's Neither.
  • Unusual User Interface: She isn't a navigator, but rather the navigation system for the Outlaw Star. This requires her to jump into some backlit chamber and remove all of her clothing for some reason. Notably, she always enters and exits the navigation chamber fully clothed, the stripping appears to be involuntary and automatic.
    Aisha: The ship won't move unless you're naked? Well, that's very kinky, wouldn't you say?
  • Wetware CPU: As the Outlaw Star's navigation system.

    Aisha Clan Clan 

Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (JP), Lenore Zann (EN)
"Who are you calling an animal!?"

A Ctarl-Ctarl and former officer of the Ctarl-Ctarl Empire. Charged with the task to search for the Galactic Leyline, Aisha hunts would-be outlaw, Gene Starwind and later joins his crew in search for answers.
  • Action Girl: Gene or Jim wouldn't have a chance against her unless they cheat.
  • Badass Adorable: Aside from when she's pissed, pretty much every expression she makes is absolutely adorable.
  • Berserk Button: Never destroy delicious seafood when Miss Clan Clan is watching. She will pulverize the entire building!
    • Also, she REALLY hates being called an animal, though her behavior still does plenty to warrant it.
  • Big Eater: Eats as much as a Shonen hero.
  • The Big Girl: If you want brute force, Aisha's your girl.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loud and kicks ass.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has by far the largest rack of any female character in the series, and the strongest of the crew in terms of physical strength
  • Braids of Action: She keeps her hair tied in a braid with a large ring.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Played with every which way. Aisha won't hesitate for one second to remind you of her race's superiority, get into trouble due to her childishness, or bail out the crew when brute strength is needed. But she's frequently in as much debt as everyone else due to destroying wherever she works in a pointless fight. She is once on the receiving end of Screw You, Elves! when she wants to enter the Universe's Strongest Women tournament, and is told Ctarl-Ctarl are banned because they're seen as a danger to the tournament's competitors and its spectators because the last one that entered went a one a rampage that killed HUNDREDS of people and injured thousands more.
  • Cat Girl: The ears, the "nya", and the feisty attitude. She even turns into a tiger-thing!
  • Clothing Damage: Aside from when she gets blown up, she shreds her outfit when she turns into her tiger form.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's a childish buffoon, but she's still an immortal Ctarl-Ctarl with skin like iron and crazy amounts of brute strength.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Jim. It's lampshaded later in the series.
  • Cute Bruiser: Acts like she's twelve. Kicks a lot of ass.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde
  • Iron Buttmonkey: If it's bad, it's probably going happen to her. Such as being shot in the face point-blank by Gene. Getting hit with a set of bombs even has results that are more comedic than harmful.
  • Large Ham: Even more so than Gene.
  • Lethal Chef: She claims the stew she makes is a Ctarl-Ctarl delicacy. And that may be true, but the fact is humans can't handle it - just ask Suzuka. It gave her a stomachache bad enough to leave herself open to Leilong. Worst timing ever?
  • Made of Iron: To say Aisha is durable would be an understatement. When Gene has a go at her with his knife in Episode 5, the blade shattered from striking her skin; she was unharmed. At the end of the same episode, she survived being shot point blank between the eyes by a #12 caster shell, though the impact knocked her unconscious. The Hot Springs Episode also had her finding most of the springs too cold, and the only one that was warm enough proved scalding hot to anybody else.
  • The Nicknamer: Aisha calls Twilight Suzuka "Suzu", which noticeably irritates the latter.
  • One-Winged Angel: Whenever she activates her were-tiger mode, which is an inherent ability amongst the Ctarl-Ctarl. So long as there's a moon present, that is.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The Ctarl-Ctarl are werecat-space-people.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Which gets lampshaded during the opening narration of Episode 5, which recounts how and why Aisha lost her former position and status.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: ...and won't let anyone forget it. Expect to hear about "the mighty Ctarl-Ctarl Empire" at least once, or twice, whenever she's onscreen.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her braid is long enough to reach down to her knees.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She didn't mind Gene seeing her stark naked, during their trip to Tenrei's hot springs resort. If anything, she was amused by it and teased him for getting flustered.
  • Short Hair with Tail: Most of her hair only reaches her chin, with a long braid tied at the nape of her neck.
  • Super Strength: Enough to destroy robots that could shrug off Gene's caster shells, and in another episode, when beating up a group of thugs she also brought down the entire building.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Melfina's Femme and Suzuka's Neither.
  • Unusual Ears: Apart from the obvious Cat Girl thing, Aisha's ears do have a bit of a jigokumimi look to them.
  • Verbal Tic: In the original Japanese, she adds "zo na" to the end of most of her sentences for emphasis. In the English dub, she'll let out a "Nya" when expressing emotion.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: She can go full werecat at will, provided the planet she's on has a moon.
  • Woman Child: She has zero maturity or impulse control, often making Gene appear to be extremely mature by comparison.
  • Worf Barrage:
    • Gene casually took her out with a no.12 caster at the end of Episode 5. She survived the shot relatively unharmed, but was still knocked unconscious by it and suffered considerable Clothing Damage.
    • She was also one among the first to be taken out by Shimi, who dropped her with a set of explosives.
  • World's Strongest Woman: While she did break the rules to enter, and the whole place burned down, but defeating the assassin Iraga, who easily defeated the four time reigning champion... yep Aisha earned this one.

    "Twilight" Suzuka 

Voiced by: Sayuri Yamauchi (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

An "Ultra Class A" assassin who is known for killing her victims during a setting sun. Suzuka joins up with Gene Starwind and the crew of the Outlaw Star, claiming that she finds them to be all rather interesting people, and teams up with them in their fight against the Kei pirates.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her bokken can cut through anything.
  • Action Girl: When Suzuka picks up her bokken, somebody's ass is about to be kicked.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall (almost six feet), has long black hair and is the most attractive female in the main cast. She's quiet, composed and barely even seems to be part of the crew.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a mole under the left side of her lip.
  • Combat Stilettos: She's a samurai in high-heels, which do not slow her down. They may as well be track shoes.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Seen near the end of her introductory episode, when Gene grabbed her Sarashi and unravelled it. Suzuka was forced to forfeit in order to cover up.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: She joins the crew after Gene (barely) defeats her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She doesn't do a personality 180, but she grows kinder and more willing to care about other people over the course of the series.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Only reason she's in this Sci-Fi universe is because Samurai are cool. Suzuka has no real place in the series, which is a semi-futuristic world with magical Space Pirates and ships with arms, likely only there to add a sense of Japanese culture and Fetish Fuel.
  • Hitman with a Heart: She has no obligation to help the crew, but does so out of boredom.
  • I Have the High Ground: It was formerly part of her trademark, though the last time she invokes it is when she helps Gene escape the shuttle bay on Sentinel III.
  • Lady of War: All but lampshaded during the opening narration of her introductory episode. Suzuka is literally a space-aged samurai and upholds their classic ideals of honor and chivalry.
  • Martial Arts Headband: She sports a strip of cloth tied around the head.
  • Nerf Arm: Of course, given how she uses it, it might as well be a lightsaber.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Gene, after losing to him.
  • Professional Killer: Gene ended her notable reputation, but she still kills people despite this. Probably the only reason she's not dirt broke like the others.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail goes past her waist.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: An alluring beauty with jet-black hair and pale white shin.
  • Razor Wind: One of her many, many sword techs.
  • Red Baron: She's known as "Twilight" Suzuka, because that's time she feels is most beautiful for carrying out assassinations. And because it gives the victim time to say their final goodbyes.
  • Samurai Ponytail
  • Sarashi: She wears one around her chest.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Most of her fights. Down in one blow by Leilong.
  • Sixth Ranger: She comes and goes as she pleases but is so significant an ally that the crew would never survive their encounters with pirates without her.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The tallest member of the main cast according to official size charts, and directly referred to as the "Beautiful Assassin" for a reason.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Aisha's Butch and Melfina's Femme.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: She uses a bokkuto (a Japanese wooden training sword) to do everything from blocking gun fire, to cleaving through metal. Normally a bokken is used for training; Suzuka's is used to cleave, among other things, a bus. Lengthwise. As it's barrelling towards her.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Happens against Shimi a.k.a Leilong. She actually stood a much fairer chance of fighting him evenly than the rest of the crew, but right in the middle of the fight she gets....a stomachache (blame Aisha and her stew). It left her open enough to be taken down quickly.

    Gilliam II 

Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Peter Spellos (EN)
"My library is on par with that of a Space Forces cruiser."

The XGP 15A-II's artificial intelligence system.
  • Benevolent A.I.
  • Catch Phrase: Gilliam would like to remind you that the Outlaw Star is the most advanced ship in the galaxy.
  • Cool Ship: One of several in the series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes valid complaints, not that the crew listens.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Parodied. Gilliam is programmed with a mental block that prevents him from questioning or meditating on his existence or purpose so instead of contemplating his navel, he contemplates his inability to contemplate his navel. Meta.
    • One stops to wonder why when you realize this is Gilliam II, despite the XGP itself being a prototype. Did Gilliam I contemplate his navel and go rampant?
  • Not So Above It All: While he's the straight man and is usually pointing out the foolhardiness of his captain, when Gene enters them into a space race Gilliam gets pretty competitive himself.
  • Only Sane Man: Constantly points out the recklessness of the crew.
  • Robot Buddy: In his pink mini-robot form.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the AI for the "most advanced starship in the galaxy", of course he's the smartest in the group.
  • The Stoic: When he detects enemy spacecraft and/or space hazards, he indicates it through a rather bored-sounding "Oh my".
    • OTOH, when he sees hordes of Mecha-Mooks charging up his gantry, he does a proper Wild Take. His interior manipulator drones are much more expressive than his terminal, and, hey! He's the most advanced ship in the galaxy. He can handle a few dozen enemy craft. Getting besieged while stuck on the ground, however, is something neither he nor the ship can deal with efficiently.
  • Super Prototype: And damn proud of it.

The MacDougal Brothers

    In General 

General tropes

  • The Dreaded: The duo have a reputation that leads to be feared as much as entire factions. Ron, it turns out, built much of it up on his own.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The two brothers do genuinely love each other and Ron is particularly upset when it looks like Harry's been killed. We also find out that while his obsession with Melfina was pretty far from healthy, in the end Harry at least cared enough to help Gene rescue her before dying.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Beyond killing Hilda, they two of them come very close to winning whenever they show up.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ron is the Blue Oni the calm, composed planner. Harry is the Red Oni, being the impulsive destructive.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: A villainous example. They get far more prominently featured than the Kei Pirates and fighting them gets far more focus.
  • Wild Card: They're willing to take jobs from any of the three factions, as long as it pays well. The Wild Card aspect REALLY comes into play when they finish a job for the Kei Pirates...only to start on a job they got from the Space Forces that involves killing said pirates.

    Ronald "Ron" MacDougal 

Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP), John Snyder (EN)

The elder MacDougal Brother. Always calm, he is the brains of the MacDougal's entire operation. Ron has a past with Hilda. He uses a caster gun like Gene, but it is basically the barrel of a Caster fashioned in the style of a Shakujo, the staff often carried by Buddhist monks. Ron is a man who will take on any job so long as the money is right and he ends up finishing ahead of where he started. Be it pirates, Space Forces, or private contractors, he will consider anything viable and carry out the job only as it is stipulated, and no further than that.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Harry may be unhinged, but he's still family to Ron. When Hazankou butchers his brother, Ron takes it personally and decides to settle the score: starting with Gwen Khan and Gene.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Gene confronts Ronald about the death of his father, Ron casually states that he doesn't recall:
    Gene: "Don't gimmie that! I know it was you!"
    Ron: (calmly) "Look, I'm a busy man, you can't expect me to remember every job I've ever pulled. And "10 years ago" doesn't exactly narrow it down. Though I suppose it could've been me."
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Ronald has a scar across the left side of his lip. Makes it look like he's always smirking. He probably is.
  • Hero Killer: Ron was responsible for Hilda's death, by ordering Harry to cut her towline.
  • Oh, Crap!: Aptly sums up Ron's reaction at the end of his duel with Gene, at the Galactic Leyline. He thought their shots had cancelled each other out, until Gene told him he had just fired a #9 caster shell:
    Ron: (at Gene) "You keep trying the same thing over and over... Well, now you're gonna suffer LIKE HARRY DID!!"
    Gene: (grimly) "For your information, that shell I just fired was a #9."
    Ron: (eyes wide in alarm) "No.9?? Do those really exist..?? But... it doesn't seem to have done any damage at al--
    (the effects kick in at that moment, sending Ron flying off the cliff)
  • Old Flame: Ron's banter with Harry after they kill Hilda, implied that Ron may have been romantically involved with her in the past.
    Harry: "Man, what a waste."
    Ron: "C'mon, we don't need the the XG-P. We already have the fastest ship in the galaxy."
    Harry: (smirking) "I meant Hilda. Didn't you say she was really cute?"
    Ron: (upon reflection) "...sorry, Harry, she wouldn't have been your type."
  • Villain Has a Point: While it may seem that Ron was evading Gene's question, he makes a fair point about Gene not being specific enough for him to really say whether the accusation was true, or not. Especially considering the sheer number of jobs Ron has accepted over the last decade.

    Henry "Harry" MacDougal 

Voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

The younger of the MacDougal Brothers. Though usually calm and arrogant, he is prone to intense fits of rage and insanity. He develops an obsessive infatuation with Melfina; claiming whenever they meet that they are one and the same and are the only ones capable of understanding each other.
  • Artificial Human: Similar to Melfina, he is also a synthetic human, a test tube baby created in a lab using genetic material from that of another individual who had earlier died.
  • Artificial Limbs: After a minor injury during his first appearance, Harry gains a prosthetic arm, which seems to give him super-hacking abilities. Later on, most of his body is replaced.
  • Ax-Crazy: Though he slowly gets more and more sane as time goes on.
  • Bishōnen
  • Camp Straight
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Inverted. If anything, Harry becomes more stable the more cybernetics his body takes on.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Trying to take on a high-level Tao Master, such as Hazanko, on his own was not the brightest move in Harry's career.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Harry doesn't like the idea of anyone being close to Melfina, except him. Anyone who does, is perceived as competition for her affections and, for him, that's unacceptable.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Love him or hate him in the end at least Harry was able to realize that Melfina's safety and happiness were more important than his own gratification and was able to help Gene save her before his body gave out.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Played extremely, frighteningly well with Harry, going from pleasant to lashing to apologetic to screaming to eerily calm to furious, all in episode 17 in his Yandere obsession with Melfina.
  • Entitled to Have You: Harry towards Melfina.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Harry has his insides crushed by Hazanko, which is so brutal that it was edited out in the original Toonami version.
  • Flawed Prototype: Harry was a beta test clone raised by Ron to be his younger brother; needless to say, it's not hard to guess how flawed he is.
  • Fur and Loathing: He wears a yellow leather vest with white fur trimming.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Mad Love: Melfina is terrified of Harry for his unhealthy obsession with her and wants nothing to do with him. Rather than drive him away, her rejection of him simply makes him even more determined to win her love.
  • Mood-Swinger: What made Harry's pursuit of Melfina so unnerving was that he could go from from caring one moment, to violent the next, at the drop of a dime. It was so natural for him, that it left Melfina terrified.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Harry attempts to get rid of Gene in episode 21, once he realizes Melifina is in love with him. And tried to do the same to Hazanko for coming between them at the Galactic Leyline. Neither attempt ends well for Harry, especially the latter.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Sanity Strengthening. Harry starts off as an Ax-Crazy Stalker with a Crush to Melfina, but as the series goes on he generally becomes more calm and stable, albeit still delusional about his relationship with her.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Harry becomes obsessed with Melfina from the moment he lays eyes on her, and spends the remainder of the series trying to make her his own. Especially in Episode 17, and it's never been more terrifying.
  • Villainous Crush: Ron had only ordered Harry to kidnap Melfina since she's the navigation system of the XGP. Instead, he fell in love with her by which we mean went full-blown stalker/yandere; especially when she rejected him. Harry spends the remainder of the series shifting from trying to coax her with heartfelt pleas to trying to murder Gene for being too close to her.
  • Wet Ware CPU: Much like Melfina, Harry is later able to connect to the MacDougal's ship, which only fuels his obsession even further.
  • Yandere: Absolutely crazy about Melfina and he will try to get rid of anyone who gets near her. Best shown in Episode 17, which depicted a unsettling realistic portrayal of an abusive relationship with a bipolar psychopathic stalker, with Melfina being the victim.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has aquamarine hair.

Kei Pirate Guild

    In General

  • Greater Scope Villain: We know practically nothing about Hazanko's superiors, the Tendo King and the Tempa Emperor. However, considering that Hazanko, who is no slouch himself, felt he needed something like the Galactic Leyline to take on either of them it seems reasonable to assume that they are bugnuts terrifying.
  • Once per Episode: Expect to hear: "Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa..!" every time they cast their Tao magic, with Soi Len being the main offender.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Anten Seven fit the bill for the Kei Pirates as a whole.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Soi Len is the only female in the group.
  • Space Pirates: Well, yeah.
  • Starter Villains: They're Gene and Hilda's primary antagonists for the first four episodes, until they're killed near the end of the fourth episode. From then on, the McDougal Bros. and the Anten Seven take over as the main antagonists of the series.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While they're after the XGP, you think they could've waited when they were out of the gravity well first to try and gain it back. But no, they decide that it would be an ample time to attack Gene and Hilda when all were in danger of falling into a sun after the MacDougalls decide to betray the pirates and push the meteorite everyone was on towards it.

    Soi Len 
Played By: Wendee Lee & Wakana Yamazaki

  • Creepy Child: And how.
  • Disk One Final Boss:
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She might be a murderous witch, but she does seem to care about her comrades. She's rather upset when Roi Fong is killed.
  • Enfante Terrible: Looks like a pre-teen, and is a truly horrible person.
  • Karmic Death: In the end she succeeded in bringing about Hilda's death, which ultimately resulted in her own.
  • The Leader
  • Oh, Crap!: She has her moments.
  • Pint Size Power House: She might be a child she's still a powerful Tao master. It's hinted she could have destroyed the XGP as Gene and his friends were escaping with just her own power.
  • The Stoic: She's reserved and quite most of the time...
    • Not So Stoic: ...but when things turn against her, she gets more emotional and ultimately terrified.
  • Taking You with Me: She tried this on Gene and the others as they were escaping but before she could pull it off, Hilda showed her how it was done.

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Hazanko & the Anten Seven

Played By: Seizo Kato (JP), Tom Wyner (EN)
"Not just the Tendo King! The power of the Galactic Leyline surpasses that of the Tempa Emperor! No, its power is even greater than that!!"

A member of the Kei Pirate Guild and leader of the 108 Stars. A key player in the creation of the Outlaw Star, Hazanko seeks ultimate power through the mysterious Galactic Leyline.

Played By: Yusaku Yara (JP), Steve Bulen (EN)

The first assassin Hazanko sent after Gene, for good reason...
  • Anti-Villain: By the time he faced off with Gene, Shimi expressed his exasperation in killing people and went as far as to throw the fight and fake his death to permanetly cut his ties to the Kei Pirates.
  • Badass Normal: Shimi appears to be the only member of the pirates lacking either sorcery or supernatural powers, but is arguably the one who comes closest to killing Gene and the rest of the crew.
  • Curbstomp Battle: As noted, the crew had no chance against him. It was completely one-sided.
  • Faking the Dead
  • Implacable Man: His light shield was strong enough to withstand a missile barrage, followed by a direct hit from Gene's rocket launcher, and a shot from his caster, before it was finally disabled. Except getting through his shield was the least of Gene's problems.
    Gene: (radios Jim, after firing rocket) "Jim, is he dead...?"
    (Shimi's light shield appears through the dust cloud)
    Gene: (exasperated) "What IS this guy??"
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Shimi" is his alias, his real name is Leilong, widely regarded as one of the most feared members of The Anten Seven.
  • Noble Demon: Nothing short of polite to Gene during their initial encounter, and after he defeats Gene fairly and soundly in combat, offers to settle things with a duel.
  • Retired Badass: Seeing how close Gene and his crew were is what made him change his mind about killing him. They were good people and they were loyal to each other. So Shimi threw the fight in order to fake his death. Once he was certain they were gone, he dug himself out and said he was done with being an assassin.
  • Sole Survivor: By the end of the series, he and Iraga are the only two members of The Anten Seven who're still alive.
  • Walking Armory: Shimi a.k.a. Leilong has a lot of weapons.
  • Walking the Earth: Right as he took his leave, he said he'd just wander aimlessly.

Played By: Chiyako Shibahara (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN)

The second assassin that Gene and the crew encounter.
  • Curbstomp Battle: She defeated Reiko Ando, who was the former four-time champion of the Universe's Strongest Woman competition, in an offscreen match. According to Jim, the match was quick.
  • Gonk: Yeah... Iraga definitely won't be winning any beauty contests and her muscle looks more like 'bulk'.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Implied to be a wolf variant of the Ctarl-Ctarl.
  • World's Strongest Woman: Iraga entered a tournament for strongest person in the universe/galaxy and has a pretty good chance of winning, but since her goal was to kill Gene she blew her disguise as Ctarl-Ctarl. She beat the four-time reigning champ less than twenty seconds. But still loses to Aisha after a heated fight.

Played By: Tomoko Kawakami (JP), Rebecca Forstadt (EN)

The youngest member of the Anten Seven, who travels with a pair of sentient cats named Kemi and Matta. She pilots an advanced ship, the Toruratta, which separates into three subsections, each equipped with its own grappler and weapons.
  • Dying Alone: In the end, she died dejected and alone in space, having lost Kemi and Matta to the Outlaw Star.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: A large pink one, to match the smaller one that was worn around her forehead.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Hanmyo being a master of "Space combat with cats" certainly invokes this trope. Ultimately, it means she pilots a grappler ship with two detachable arms, each piloted by a super-intelligent cat.
  • Kill the Cutie: Done by the crew of the Outlaw Star, who weren't aware they were fighting a grappler ship battle with a child. The damage to Hanmyo's ship was so extensive, that she was killed in the ensuing explosion.
  • Last Words: Uttered as her ship's main console was crackling with electricity, mere seconds before it exploded:
    Hanmyo: (quietly) "A dead ship... the Toruratta won't respond. Kemi... Matta..."
  • Token Mini-Moe: Were it not for her introduction alongside the rest of the Anten Seven, you'd never know that cute little girl was an assassin. Neither did Jim.
  • Villainous Crush: On Jim.

Played By: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Tom Wyner (EN)

The fourth assassin sent out to kill Gene Starwind.

Played By: Mako Hyoudou (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)

A temptress with a history of luring men to their deaths through seduction. She barred Gene's path as he was searching for Melfina in the Galactic Leyline.
  • Combat Hand Fan: She carried a feather lined one, with a concealed blade and was able to negate several of Gene's caster shells with it.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: By being turned inside out and compressed by Gene's #4 caster shell.
  • Femme Fatale: According to the narration, she lured many men to their deaths, in the hope they'd have the chance to spend the night with her, in bed. With the implication being, none of them survived long enough for it to happen.
  • Lady in Red: She dressed the part, was said to be alluringly beautiful, and was quite the seductress.
  • Power Nullifier: Her Tao magic was advanced enough to effortlessly negate caster shells, forcing Gene to resort to using the first of his three forbidden shells to overcome her.
    Hamushi: (smirks) "Is that a caster...? That isn't gonna work."
  • Tempting Fate: After negating Gene's first three caster shells, she asked how many he had left. Gene replied, "four," so she told him he had that many 'til his death; not realizing he was referring to the #4 caster shell he was about to use...
  • Underboobs: As seen in accompanying image above.

Played By: Kiyonobu Suzuki (JP), Barry Stigler (EN)

Hitoriga was responsible for the deaths of Suzuka's entire family, which was the reason she joined the crew of the Outlaw Star. Despite that fact, he became fixated on her, going so far as to adopt Suzuka's likeness as his own.

Played By: Masashi Ebara (JP), Doug Stone (EN)

The last of the Anten Seven, who served as Aisha's opponent at the Galactic Leyline.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Either he bleeds water, or his blood is blue.
  • The Dragon: Appears to be this towards Hazanko.
  • Evil Old Folks: Jukai sounds like a geezer with a weezing, raspy, tone that reverberates through his mask.
  • The Faceless: We never get to see what he looks like.
  • Evil Gloating: Both before and after his duel with Aisha. He told her she was being kind by sending Jim ahead, so he wouldn't have to watch her be humiliated. Then after they exchanged blows and Aisha collapsed, he starts to gloat again. Except...
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: was cut short, when geysers of his own blood suddenly erupted all over his body. Each one marking a spot Aisha had attacked, too fast for his eyes to perceive them.
  • Marionette Motion: Because he's restricted by what appears to be a straitjacket, his movements are reminiscent of an animated corpse. Particularly when he casts his Tao magic on Hazanko to enable him warp to the end of the Leyline.
  • Spin Attack: During his clash with Aisha, he became a vortex of spinning blades. Unfortunately, it was no match for a Ctarl-Ctarl's hide, or her claws.

Other Characters

     The Wizards of Mount Nantai 

Urt is voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Sara Syphers (EN)

Lord Hadul is voiced by: Koichi Kitamura (JP), Steve Kramer (EN)

Ark Manaf is voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN, as Sparky Thornton)

Three wizards named Urt, Hadul and Ark Manaf that landed on the planet Tenrei a hundred years ago, hoping to find a powerful element known as mana. Gene seeks them out to find caster shells numbers 4, 9, and 13, all of which were needed in the final battle at the Leyline.
  • Big Eater: Lord Hadul, who eats a sushi platter, several bowls of udon, steak and potatoes, soba, two chicken legs, and a sundae...for lunch.
  • Bold Explorer: The three set out from their home planet(s) over a hundred years ago, hoping to find a new source of mana, but presumably found nothing but hot springs. Seizing the opportunity, Urt turned the planet into a tourist destination.
  • Boobs of Steel: Urt, who is presumably the most powerful wizard of the three. It's worth noting that she gives Gene two #4 caster shells as opposed to Ark and Hadul's one each.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Urt, knowing full well about Ark and Hadul's perverse nature, set several traps on the route to Mount Nantai.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Caster shells no.s 4, 9, and 13 are extremely rare and just as dangerous to use, as each one drains a portion of the user's lifeforce, when fired. But, above all, the user is warned not to fire all three consecutively, or they'll die. Guess what Gene ends up doing?
  • Dirty Old Man: Lord Hadul, though Lord Ark could technically count as well since the trio is over 100 years old.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: There was a time Ark, Hadul, and Urt were revered as sages... but since casters have become outdated, no one needs their services anymore. So Ark and Hadul have been reduced to selling souvenirs just to get by, and Urt has abandoned them and now runs a women-only hot springs resort at the summit of Mt. Nantai.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ark, Hadul, and Gene certainly thought so when it came to Urt, during her strip tease. They were so busy ogling the video she sent sent them, that they completely failed to notice the countdown in the video display (though Gene did ask about it, only for Ark and Hadul to dismiss it), until she pointed it out to them.
    Urt: (laughs seductively) "I can't believe you're still watching this. You men are such fools."
    Ark, Hadul, and Gene: (in unison) "Huh...?"
    Urt: (finishes countdown)' "3... 2... 1... 0." (video self-destructs)
  • Lady Land: Urt banned men from the summit of Mount Nantai, and as Ark put it, "Lords over everyone there like a queen."
  • Mood Dissonance: Scenes with Ark and Hadul frequently use this trope - serious one moment, perverted and funny the next, or vice versa.
  • The Tease: Urt distracted the guys with a self-made video of herself doing a strip tease, which self-destructs moments after she's taken everything off.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Urt has purple hair.

    Professor Gwen Khan 
Played By: Takeshi Aono (JP), Milton James (EN)

A scientist and a member of the Keyline Project.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the end he remains inside the Galatic Leyline while the Outlaw Star crew leave.
    Gwen Khan: "I am data and data is me."
  • Casual Danger Dialog: For most people, the thought of Ron MacDougal holding them at gunpoint would have them shitting bricks, especially if he was blaming them for Harry being dead. Not Khan though, he just stands there calmly stroking his beard, while only mildly perplexed by why Ron's blaming him. What makes it even funnier is his response:
    Gwen Khan: {matter-of-factly} "Now that's utterly preposterous. It's not even logical."
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has a habit of riding on the coattails of anyone who can get him closer to his goal, then ditching them once they've taken him as far as they can.
  • The Comically Serious: In addition to the Casual Danger Dialog entry, Khan is more than a little eccentric, bordering on Cloud Cuckoolander at times, despite being dead serious! Such as when he brags at length about the monopole Gene asked him to make:
    Gene: "So did you bring it?"
    Gwen Khan: {produces monopole} "Yes, yes. I have it right here."
    Gene: {takes monopole} "And did you rig it, like we discussed?"
    Gwen Khan: "Indeed, I did, though I have no idea what you intend to do with it. Of course, I'll have to ask you to be careful with it, since I'll need it back. It was quite expensive, and a fine piece of craftmanship, if I say so myself."
    Gwen Khan: {proudly} "It was made by someone else."
  • For Science!: In the end, all he wanted was to know the answer to all the mysteries of the universe. Which is foreshadowed, when he briefly discusses Melfina with Ron and Harry MacDougal.
    Ron: {astonished} "You mean, Melfina's too great a mystery, even for you, Professor?"
    Gwen Khan: {frustrated} "Yes, yes! That's it precisely! Oh, to think that there are so many mysteries my brilliant mind can't fathom!"
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The way he talks.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Said "It was I, Who Created Melfina" word-for-word, when he shuts her down to force Gene to comply with his demands, at the end of Episode 21.
  • Mad Scientist: It doesn't take long to see that Khan ain't all there. Or... he's just really, REALLY "eccentric".
  • Wild Card: For much of the series, it's hard to tell whose side he's really on, since he teams up with Gene, the MacDougal Bros., and even worked with the Kei Pirates at one point, prior to the start of the series. No surprise, he was in it for himself the entire time.

    Fred Luo 
Played By: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Ezra Weisz (EN)
"Oh Gene, I've missed you! You never call; you never write!"

A weapons merchant and the son and heir of a rich corporation. A close friend of Gene Starwind and Jim Hawking, Fred often supplies them with odd job opportunities and weapons for the Outlaw Star.

    "Hot Ice" Hilda
"No one is going to give you a map, you've got to walk your own path"

An outlaw with an enigmatic past and a sworn enemy of the Kei Pirate Guild and the MacDougall brothers. Prior to landing on Sentinel III, she stole the prized possession of the Kei pirates, the XGP 15A-II and the bio-android Melfina.
  • Action Girl: Just see the other tropes here.
  • Artificial Limbs: In the Manga. In the anime, one of her arms is shown to be fake.
  • Awesome Mccoolname
  • Body Horror: Again in the Manga, her Artificial Limbs do NOT look natural at all, hence why she wears really long gloves.
  • Decoy Protagonist: She's set up to be an equal partner to Gene in their search for the Galactic Leyline. She isn't one. She dies.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: With Gene. It's left unanswered for much of the anime series, until the flashback in Episode 25. They did.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She's missing her right eye.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She handles her impending death with grace and acceptance, calmly using her last moments to implore Gene to become an outlaw and go find the Galactic Leyline.
  • Four is Death: She dies in Episode 4, which is appropriately titled: "When the Hot Ice Melts".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Next time you watch the first episode, check her alter ego/disguise/fake ID. Amongst other things, the date of birth is 1988.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She's positively serene shortly before her death via falling into a star.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: She has a cybernetic left arm.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Hilda imparts her value system to Gene (her motivations, philosophy and code of honor) before her death.
  • Mysterious Past: Very little is really known about Hilda; her origins, her past and her exploits are mentioned vaguely at best.
  • Red Baron: She's known as, "Hot Ice" Hilda.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She's The Herald and the reason Gene finds the Outlaw Star in the first place, and her death serves as a catalyst for Gene.
  • Taking You with Me: When she realizes there's no possible way to escape, she clings onto Soi Len and detonates an explosive in her tooth, killing them both.

    Clyde & Iris 
Played By: Toshihiko Nakajima (JP), Richard Plantagenet (EN)
Played By: Akiko Kimura (JP), Reba West (EN)

Clyde is the bartender at Gene's favorite haunt, back on Sentinel III. Iris works there as a waitress and nurses a crush on Gene.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: Not only is Iris a babe in a miniskirt, she allows Gene to feel her up to both their satisfaction. She only gets upset when she has to stop, to get back to work. Near the end of the final episode, she's seen sighing in contentment while letting Gene do it again.
  • Muggles: They're just ordinary everyday people.
  • Not So Stoic: The only time Clyde's ever been surprised by anything, is when he realized Death Rob had walked into his bar. Which was short-lived, since he knew Gene could handle it.
  • She's Got Legs: Check the skirt and notice how short it is. It's so you can see as much of her legs (and her ass, while Gene's groping it) as possible.
  • Super-Stoic Shopkeeper: Few things seem to bother Clyde, including when thugs and assassins show up looking for Gene, or when fights break out in his bar. He just puts the cost of the repairs on Gene's tab and continues calmly cleanig his beer mugs.