Characters: Overman King Gainer
This page describes the characters appearing in Yoshiyuki Tomino
's Overman King Gainer
and the tropes associated to them. Please help out with the blurbs.
Also, MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Proceed with caution.
- Ace Pilot
- An Ice Person: Courtesy of the Overdevil in conjunction with Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: More like Crowning Moment of Funny Declaration Of Love... Sara was not amused!
- Ascended Fanboy: Subverted in that videogame champion Gainer is perfectly aware of the difference between reality and fiction, and really does not like fighting.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of the Overdevil.
- Grumpy Bear: Gainer is quite skeptical whether going into Exodus is really a good idea.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Heroic Neutral: The guy ended up fighting for Exodus despite being against it. And ended up a more mature person from that, too.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Gainer learned how to pilot by playing video games, and he also improved by playing them.
- Manly Tears
- Nerd Glasses - which become Scary Shiny Glasses when the Overdevil controls him.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Cynthia, in both continuities. With Sara, in the manga.
- Punch Clock Hero: At first.
- Red Baron: His title of Game Champ.
- Refusal of the Call: He tried to get out of the Exodus in the first few episodes.
- Shaming the Mob: In Volume 5 of the manga, Gainer calls out a group of former Exodists who accused Gain of being the cause of their imprisonment, saying that Gain never forced them to go into Exodus.
- Supporting Protagonist: Well, not really... but quite often, it is Gain who ultimately wins the day. Gainer does achieve his own victories, though, so this trope only partially stands for him. Besides, most of the fights are about him and someone else.
- Turn the Other Cheek: When discovering that Gauli was the one who killed his parents, Gainer does not forgive him, but does not take revenge either, because he thinks it would be pointless.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: After a lot of misunderstanding and flip-flopping, he and Sara get together after the Overdevil's defeat.
- You Killed My Father: Averted!
Siberian Railroad / St. Reagan / London IMA
- Berserk Button: "GAAAAAAIN!"
- Big Bad: Kind of...
- Big Brother Instinct: He only, well, almost caused The End of the World as We Know It for her.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Watch him shoot down an Unhand Them, Villain! attempt in Episode 9...
- Disproportionate Retribution: Gain has a one night stand with my sister? I'll pursue him in the frozen lands, try to capture him at the cost of putting innocent lives in danger, and when that fails, I'll awaken the Overdevil and destroy the world.
- Hannibal Lecture: Asuham tries one on Gain in the manga, showing him a concentration camp filled with captured Exodists, and telling him that Gain is to blame for their condition, and for instilling in them false hope of a better life through Exodus. Gain, however, shrugs the lecture off.
- Impossible Thief: His Jinba's Overskill allows him to "steal" objects at a distance... which includes mechanical parts!
- Karma Houdini: Of the "it doesn't matter anymore" variant. Still, you'd think he would get a somewhat harsher punishment for some of his excesses.
- Kick the Dog
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Deconstructed. His Knight Templar attitude results in mass Disproportionate Retribution and chaos to everyone around him, ending in a Motive Decay. Additionally, he didn't even consult his sister about her opinion on the situation.
- Large Ham: At least in Super Robot Wars Z, where his lines when attacking Gain, Aquarion, The Big O, and the Turn A Gundam are presented quite loudly and dramatically, and during a quicksave skit, he gets into a ham contest with another Takehito Koyasu voiced Large Ham, Gym Ghingnham! (this tropers personal favorite skit). Was Asuham one in the show's proper canon? This troper can't remember.
- Not to such an extent, but... yeah.
- Manipulative Bastard: To a smaller extent than others, but still...
- Motive Decay
- Poor Communication Kills: If only Karin had told him that was a one-night stand...
- Revenge Before Reason
- Super Strength: His Power Golem's Overskill.
- The Worf Effect: After he has been estabilished as a fearsome opponent even Gainer has to struggle against, Cynthia comes and curb stomps him.
Voiced by: Richard Hayworth (EN)
- Cool Old Guy: Not that old (see below), but he does fit.
- Apparently this was why he was dropped as a character - he's too cool in a world without many cool adults and was threatening to overshadow the others. (The director even apologized to Hisao Egawa for this.)
- Disney Death
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why he's so dedicated to stopping Exodi from taking place? His parents went into one, and he was discriminated and bullied by other children for that.
- Heel-Face Turn: You can actually recruit him in Super Robot Wars games.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kill It with Fire: One of his Overman's weapons.
- Man Child: Weird example; he seems to bounce between acting like an immature kid and an extremely stern and capable pilot and leader.
- Manly Tears: When Adette defends him from his ungrateful underlings, he melts into water works...
- Parental Abandonment: Quite literally, as the manga reveals.
- Pet the Dog: During his forced stay in a city unit, he saves an impoverished little girl from being bullied and begins to act as a surrogate father figure to her. He later travels with her to her homeland (if this troper recalls correctly, the country was basically India)
- Time Stands Still: His Rushrod's Overskill. Sort of; anything that crosses paths with the attack will stop dead in its tracks.
- Younger Than They Look: He's 32, but looks much older than that.
Kejinan Datto, Enge Gam and Jaboli Mariela
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Kejinan to Adette while holding her captive with his Overman. He was utterly shot down.
- Ambiguously Brown: Jaboli.
- Bishonen: Kejinan tried to be one with his Overman's illusionary powers in the Anguished Declaration of Love above. It just makes him look ridiculous.
- Bodyguard Crush: Jaboli had one for Asuham.
- Country Mouse: Jaboli again, as Word of God says. Personality-wise, though, she's not quite as naive. Kejinan and Enge are also hinted to have been born in the boonies.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Jaboli is the sanest of the bunch, and tries her hardest to point out what not to do in combat. Sadly, Kejinan and Enge don't listen to her...
- Despair Event Horizon: Played for laughs when Kashmir tested his new Overman whose overskill is to lower morale and cause doubt in people's minds. They forgot their helmet.
- Elite Mooks: They pilot a trio of low-level Overmen who still manage to give some trouble to Gainer...
- Eyepatch of Power: Enge...though the power part is debatable...
- Gonk: Kejinan
- Jerkass: Kejinan again. He's not evil, mind you, but good luck getting along with such a self-centered cad!
- Lolicon: Both Kejinan and Enge. They found Cynthia to be hot, for crying out loud!
- Meganekko: Jaboli
- Only Sane Man: Jaboli again. Poor girl, being forced to put up with Kejinan and Enge...
- Punch Clock Villain: They work for the paycheck and for the chance of getting a promotion. That's it. They even considered quitting the job at various points in the show.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Terrible Trio: Not so terrible, really...
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Their Overmen are often compared to a trio of flying Buddhas...
Voiced by: Rena Mizuki (JP), Tara Malone (EN)
President Kids Munt
Voiced by: Seiji Sasaki (JP), James Lyon (EN)
Voiced by: Yumiko Nakanishi (JP), Kate Davis (EN)