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Characters: Outlaw Star
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    The Heroes 

Gene Starwind

Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya (JP), Bob Buchholz (EN)

Tropes associated with Gene:

Jim Hawking

Damnit, I'm supposed to be the brains of this outfit

Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN, credited as "Ian Hawk")

Tropes associated with Jim:

Melfina

"Why was I made? Who made me? And what did they make me for?"

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Emilie Brown (EN)

Tropes associated with Melfina:

  • 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: Her past and why she was created.
  • 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: The reason for her Naked on Arrival. 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.
  • Living Macguffin: She's 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: Her first appearance.note 
  • 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, at the end, 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. Gene tells her that's what he wants too. Sealed 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).
  • Shrinking Violet: Notably shy for a girl who spends most of her time doing her job naked.
  • 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

Who are you calling an animal!?

Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (JP), Lenore Zann (EN)

Tropes associated with Aisha:

  • Action Girl: Gene or Jim wouldn't have a chance against her unless they cheat.
  • Badass: Albeit much, much more so when fully transformed. Her default look is the Cat Girl look.
  • 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 Guy: If you want brute force, Aisha's your girl.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loud and kicks ass.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has a nice rack, and can (probably would) beat the crap out of you.
  • Butt Monkey
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Large Ham: Even more so than Gene.
  • Made of Iron/Nigh Invulnerable: 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.
  • Man Child: She has zero maturity or impulse control, often making Gene appear to be extremely mature by comparison.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Little clothing and lots of skin are pretty much her metier. And if that isn't enough, there is the Hot Springs Episode where she's displayed completely naked for a time. With visible nipples. And she isn't bothered by people looking at her.
  • The Nicknamer: Aisha calls Twilight Suzuka "Suzu", which noticeably irritates the latter.
  • One-Winged Angel: Turns into a giant tiger creature.
  • 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 Gal: ...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.
  • 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.
  • The Dreaded: In regard to the Ctarl-Ctarl as a whole, rather than Aisha, herself. They're feared and renowned for their natural born beast strength and their ability to transform into werebeasts.
    • Ctarl-Ctarl as an entire species are even banned from taking part in the Universe's Strongest Man tournament, and its counterpart for women, because the previous time a Ctarl-Ctarl entered, it went berserk and nearly killed its opponent, did kill HUNDREDS of other people, and injured THOUSANDS.
  • Universe's Strongest Woman: While she did break the rules to enter, she did still win the tournament, even defeating the assassin Iraga, who easily defeated the four time reigning champion.
  • 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.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: She has a habit of wrecking every place she works at by getting in a fight, promptly leading to "new employment opportunities".
  • Worf Barrage: Pulls one off against Shimi.
    • Also subjected to one, being on the receiving end of a #12 Caster Shell in episode 5. Probably just to prove how tough the Ctarl-Ctarl really are. She's unscratched, sure, but there's some pretty serious Clothing Damage.

Twilight Suzuka

By all means, she shouldn't be in this series, but it's cooler that way

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

Tropes associated with Suzuka:

  • 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 quiet, composed and barely even seems to be part of the crew.
  • Defeat by Modesty: So modest that Gene exposing her Sarashi is enough to make her give 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.
  • Hitman with a Heart: She has no obligation to help the crew, but does so out of boredom.
  • I Have the High Ground: In her introduction, stops this after losing to Gene.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Blocking gun fire, cutting through metal, with a bokken that doesn't even have a sharp edge.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Only reason she's in this Sci-Fi universe is because Samurai are cool.
    • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: 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.
  • Lady of War: Elegant, graceful, lethal.
  • 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.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A classical look for a classical lady samurai, in the futuristic space ship.
  • Razor Wind: One of her many, many sword techs.
  • Red Baron: "Twilight" Suzuka, so called because she always completes her jobs at twilight.
  • Samurai: 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 Japan and Fetish Fuel.
  • 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, the crew would never survive their encounters with pirates without her.
  • Worf Barrage: Pulls one off against Shimi a.k.a Leilong.

Gilliam II

My library is on par with that of a Space Forces cruiser.

Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Peter Spellos (EN)

Tropes associated with Gilliam II (as well as the Outlaw Star)
  • 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?
  • 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 danger, he indicates it through a rather bored-sounding "Oh my".
  • Super Prototype: And damn proud of it.

    Allies 

Fred Luo

Oh Gene, I've missed you! You never call; you never write!

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Ezra Weisz (EN)

Tropes associated with Fred:

"Hot Ice" Hilda

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

Voiced by: Toshiko Fujita (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)

Tropes associated with Hilde:

    The MacDougal Brothers 

Ron (left) is voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP), John Snyder (EN)

Harry (right) is voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

  • Affably Evil: Ronald
  • Artificial Human: Harry, eventually.
  • 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: Harry, though he slowly gets more and more sane as time goes on
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ronald has with Harry.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Again, Ronald with Harry.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Gene confronts Ronald about the death of his father, Ron casually states that he doesn't recall, as he can't be bothered to remember every single person he's killed.
  • Camp Straight: Harry
  • Character Development: Harry starts off as a psychopath, but with The Power of Love, he manages to become a truly devoted lover to Melfina, even fighting to protect her from Hazanko
  • Cloning Blues/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 flaws he is
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Inverted. If anything, Harry becomes more stable the more cybernetics his body takes on.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Entitled to Have You: Harry towards Melfina.
  • Evil Counterpart: Both of them could qualify for different aspects of Gene. Ron is a cool, calculating fighter who plans ahead, whereas Gene is hotheaded and prone to making stuff up as he goes along. Harry, his romantic rival, is disturbingly open with his feelings for Melfina and pursues her aggressively, while Gene keeps his feelings for her hidden to the point of seeming uncaring.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Harry has his insides crushed by Hazanko, which is so brutal that it was edited out in the original Toonami version.
  • 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: Not directly, but Ron is ultimately responsible for Hilda's death.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Beyond killing Hilda, they two of them come very close to winning whenever they show up.
  • Mood Whiplash/Mood-Swinger: What made Harry's stalking of Melfina very unnerving is that he switches from caring to violent to unnaturally calm at sudden swings, leaving Melfina understandably scared out of her mind
  • Pet the Dog: 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 her was pretty far from healthy, Harry's feelings for Melfina were purer than they first seemed.
  • The Power of Love: It causes Harry to become a decent person by the time of his death.
  • Psycho for Hire: Ron is the calmer, more businesslike of the two, but Harry definitely counts at first.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ron is the Blue Oni – the calm, composed planner. Harry is the Red Oni, being the impulsive destructive.
  • Sanity Strengthening. Harry starts off as an Ax-Crazy Stalker with a Crush to Melfina, but as the series goes on he becomes more loving and gentle towards her and even makes peace with Gene before his death.
    • And Romance aside, he starts off as a cackling and unstable nut, but gets slowly more and more calm and approachable till he is a nearly genuine guy defending Melfina against Hazanko.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
  • Stalker with a Crush: Harry with Melfina especially in Episode 17, and it's never been more terrifying.
  • Stoplight Stealing Squad: A villainous example. They get far more prominently featured than the Kei Pirates and fighting them gets far more focus.
  • Villainous Crush: Harry toward Melfina.
  • Wet Ware CPU: Much like Melfina, Harry can connect to the MacDougal's ship. It's part of the reason for his obsession with her.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: Again, Harry towards Melfina, but it gets better with time
    • Best shown in episode 17, where it shows an extremely realistic sight of an abusive relationship with a bipolar psychopathic stalker, with Melfina being the victim

    The Kei Pirates 
Coolest Pirates not a part of the Straw Hats.
  • Bad Ass: Although they appear less often then most villains, the group is undeniably powerful and up to the job.
  • Bigger Bad: 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.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Anten Seven fit the bill for the Kei Pirates as a whole.
  • Space Pirates: Well, yeah.

    Hazanko and the Anten Seven 

Hazanko

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!!

Voiced by: Seizō Katō (JP), Tom Wyner (EN)

Tropes associated with Hazanko

Shimi

Voiced by: Yusaku Yara (JP), Steve Bulen (EN)

Tropes associated with Shimi

  • 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.
  • Faking the Dead
  • 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.
  • Walking Armory: Shimi a.k.a. Leilong has a lot of weapons.

Iraga

Voiced by: Chiyako Shibahara (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN)

Tropes associated with Iraga

  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Implied to be a wolf variant of the Ctral-Ctral
  • Universe'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 Ctral-Ctral. She beat the four-time reigning champ less than twenty seconds. But still loses to Aisha after a heated fight.
  • The Worf Effect: Defeats Reiko, the four time Universe's Strongest Woman champion in a short-offscreen fight

Hanmyo

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (JP), Rebecca Forstadt (EN)

Tropes associated with Hanmyo

Tobigera

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Tom Wyner (EN)

Tropes associated with Tobigera

  • Butt Monkey: The Hot Springs Episode. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
  • Informed Ability: Tobigera's a member of the Anten Seven, Hazanko's elite group of assassins, but his first attempt on the heroes was pure comic relief during the Hot Springs Episode, and after that he never gets a chance to prove himself.
    • He's also supposed to be a master of disguise, but never gets a chance to prove it. You'd think wearing an evil-looking mask all the time wouldn't do much to disguise you, though.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
  • Wolverine Claws: His weapon of choice.

Hamushi

Voiced by: Mako Hyoudou (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)

Tropes associated with Hamushi

Hitoriga

Voiced by: Kiyonobu Suzuki (JP), Barry Stigler (EN)

Jukai

Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Doug Stone (EN)

Tropes associated with Jukai

     Professor Gwen Khan 

  • 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 resulted in 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.
  • 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!"
  • "It was I, Who Created Melfina": Said word-for-word, when he shuts her down to force Gene to comply with his demands, at the end of Episode 21.
  • 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."
    *pause*
    Gwen Khan: {proudly} "It was made by someone else."
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The way he talks.
  • Mad Scientist: Very mad.
  • 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.


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