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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.
  • Ayako Kawasumi: Her debut role.
  • 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: Got at least one moment to be this in the episode with the cactus monster. She also 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: Given one when the show aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami line-up (the one that aired during the day hours in the 1990s into the early 2000s and had a lot of edited for American TV anime series — and some American action cartoons, like Powerpuff Girls and the original G.I. Joe from the 1980s).
  • 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 Shizuka.
  • Girl in a Box: The reason for the Naked on Arrival.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's nude whenever she's functioning as the ship's navigation untit, 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 the idea of there being anything wrong about her not having cloths on.
  • Living Macguffin: She's required to pilot the Outlaw Star, and to unlock the Leyline's power.
  • The Mermaid Problem: In a sense. As Nguyen Khan said to Harry Mc Dougal, "you'd probably have some problems trying to mate with her".
  • Mysterious Waif
  • Naked on Arrival: Her first appearance (and only in the uncut version. The Cartoon Network version averted this by having Melfina in a drawn-on bikini [or bra and panty set, depending]).
  • The Navigator: Or rather, the navigation system.
  • Nice Girl:
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 kicks butt.
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Played straight, subverted, double subverted, and parodied. Aisha won't hesitate for one second in reminding you of her race's superiority, get into trouble due to her childishness, bail out the crew when brute strength is needed, and she's frequently in as much debt as everyone else due to destroying wherever she works in a pointless fight.
    • Is once on the receiving end of Screw You, Elves! when she wants to enter the Universe' Strongest Women tournament, and is told Catrl Catrl are banned because they're seen as a danger to the tournament's competitors and its spectators.
  • 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 Blond
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron/Nigh Invulnerable: To say Aeisha 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 while Aiesha was completely unharmed. And, 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.
  • Man Child: She has zero maturity and impulse control, often making Gene appear to be extremely mature in 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 short moment. With visible nipples. And she isn't bothered by people looking at her.
  • The Nicknamer: Aisha calls 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 Aeisha lost her former position and status, due to her excessive pride.
  • Proud Warrior Race Gal: ...and won't let anyone forget it. Expect to hear about "the mighty Catrl Catrl Empire" at least once, or twice, whenever she's onscreen.
  • The Dreaded: In regard to the Catrl Catrl as a whole, rather than Aeisha, herself. They're feared and reknowned for their natural born beast strength and their ability to transform into werebeasts.
    • Catrl Catrl 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 Catrl Catrl entered, it when berserk and nearly killed its opponent, and killed hundreds of other people, and injured THOUSANDS.
  • Unusual Ears: Apart from the obvious Cat Girl thing, Aisha's ears do have a bit of a jigokumimi look to them.
  • Verbal Tic: She adds "zo na" to the end of most of her sentences for emphasis.
  • 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:

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.
  • Only Sane Man: Constantly points out the recklessness of the crew.
  • Robot Buddy: In his pink mini-robot form.
  • The Smart Guy: When Jim isn't acting reckless like the rest of team.
  • 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.
  • Artificial Limbs: 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
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Gene confronts Ronald about the death of his father, he casually mentions that he doesn't recall, as he can't be bothered to remember every single person he's killed.
  • 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: Was a beta test clone raised by Ronald 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.
  • 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. Probably is.
  • Hero Killer: Not directly, but they are responsible for Hilda's death.
  • Mood Whiplash/Mood-Swinger: What made Harry's stalking to 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: Ronald is the calmer, more businesslike of the two, but Harry definitely counts at first
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ronald is the Blue Oni, the calm, composed planner, and Harry 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, 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
  • 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 apart of One Piece
  • 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.
  • Walking Armory: Shimi a.k.a. Leilong has a lot of weapons.

Iraga

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

Tropes associated 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. She beat the four time reigning champ less than twenty seconds. But still loses to Aisha after a heated 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 idea of Ron McDougal 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.
  • 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 McDougal.
    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 the 21st episode.
  • 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 monoploe) "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."
  • 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 McDougal 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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