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Characters: Pacific Rim
Characters from the 2013 Summer Blockbuster Pacific Rim.
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Humans

    General Human Tropes 
  • Awesome McCoolname: Just as the Jaegers have Badass names, its a given for the cast to have these as well.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: The Kaiju just move in under the assumption that humanity would surrender in the face of unwinnable odds. What they never anticipated, was that they were...
  • Humans Are Warriors: As presented in the opening narration.
    They never considered we would rise to the challenge.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Standard reaction to Kaiju having the upper hand.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Humanity as a whole has to be this just to survive by the point the story begins proper.

    Raleigh Becket 
"When you're a pilot, you'll realize that when you're in combat, you make decisions. And you have to live with the consequences. That's all I'm trying to do."

Nationality: American
Jaeger Academy Class: 2016
Strike Group: Anchorage Shatterdome (formerly), Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Gipsy Danger
Played by: Charlie Hunnam

One of the primary viewpoint characters. He piloted Gipsy Danger with his brother until they were defeated by Knifehead, heralding the end of the Jaeger age.
  • Badass: Is stated to be one of only two people to ever be able to pilot a Jaeger by himself. And when he did this, he killed the Kaiju he was fighting even after Gipsy Danger lost an arm in the fight, then walked the thing back to shore while completely cut off from communication. He may also be the best hand-to-hand combatant in the film; he easily beat every replacement pilot until Mako came along, and Chuck was clearly outmatched when the two fought.
  • Badass Boast: It's only part of the narration, but man is it a subtly awesome one.
    "There are things you can't fight, acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you have to get out of the way. But when you're in a Jaeger, suddenly, you can fight the hurricane. You can win."
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult Mako in front of him.
  • Broken Bird: A rare male example. Prior to Knifehead, Raleigh was an optimistic and carefree young man who believed he could take on the world and every Kaiju in it. By the time of the main storyline, his brother is dead, Gipsy Danger is destroyed, the Ghost-Drifting presence of Yancy is still bouncing around inside his head, the Jaeger Program is about to be shut down, and the Wall of Life has failed in a truly spectacular fashion. Both physically and mentally, all of these occurrences have turned Raleigh into a shell of his former self.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Marshall Pentecost seeks him out to pilot the rebuilt Gipsy Danger, as he's the only Mark-3 pilot still alive.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has a habit of using improvised weapons in his fights and switching up his fighting styles when his enemy starts to adapt — possibly as a result of the Kaiju adapting to the tactics Jaegers were using. Particularly evident in his fight with Chuck.
  • Covered with Scars: His Shirtless Scene reveals the many physical scars he retains from the fight with Knifehead.
  • Dead Sidekick: Slightly averted in that he seemed to be the sidekick to his older brother, Yancy. But this was the main reason why he stopped being a Jaeger pilot. The neural link during his brother's death didn't help.
  • Determinator: Seriously injured, his Jaeger heavily damaged, his brother very recently killed, and having just defeated a giant monster, Raleigh still finds the strength to walk Gipsy Danger back to shore on his own.
    • By calculating the timeline, the Beckets sortied some time after 2 a.m. and engaged Knifehead soon after. By the time Raleigh makes it back to shore, it's already daylight, which means he had been soloing Gipsy for several hours, when most pilots who attempt to even move a Jaeger on their own suffer severe seizures/aneurysms or collapse from the strain.
  • Genre Savvy: Presumably due to learning from his fight with Knifehead, he becomes this once he comes out of retirement. He typically goes right for the monster's special ability the moment he learns of it (tearing out Leatherback's EMP generator and Otachi's acid sprayer and destroying her tail) and makes sure to quadruple tap Leatherback.
  • The Hero: Main protagonist and calls most of the shots when partnered with rookie Mako Mori.
  • Heroic BSOD: Fell into a five-year rut because of having sharing the neural link with Yancy as he died, feeling all the despair and pain of that moment.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Losing Yancy had quite an effect on him, doesn't stop him from kicking all kinds of ass though.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kept fairly down to earth because a live action Domon would definitely look silly, but when he gets into battle, Raleigh certainly gets shouty. This may be justified, as the inside of a Jaeger seems to be pretty loud.
  • Implied Love Interest: It's unclear if Raleigh and Mako are a Battle Couple, Like Brother and Sister, or Just Friends. There's no Big Damn Kiss at the end, but there are Ship Tease moments like Mako Eating the Eye Candy of Raleigh's Shirtless Scene. In the novelization, there's nothing implied about it, but Word of God is that if there is conflict between novelization and film events, film is the "real" version.
  • Keet: Just compare him to his brother Yancy in his introductory scene.
  • The Lancer: To his brother Yancy during the prologue, good-hearted but impulsive and jokey.
  • Military Maverick: Is prone to disobeying or contesting orders he disagrees with. However, unlike most fictional examples, this behavior cost him and the Jaeger Program big time in the battle against Knifehead, ultimately resulting in Yancy's death and the destruction of Gipsy Danger.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He had plenty of Shirtless Scenes.
  • Nice Guy: Is one of the nicer pilots, if you don't press his Berserk Buttons.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's always the Red to both of his co-pilots, Yancy and Mako.
  • Retired Badass: Was the original co-pilot for Gipsy Danger but quit after his brother's death.
    • The supplementary notes indicate that he is the perfect match with Mako because of this. He's impulsive and unpredictable, while she's the strategic perfectionist. Both their personalities complement each other's strengths and cover their weaknesses.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Based on film and supplemental data, Raleigh is the only pilot to flat-out quit the Jaegar Program. All other pilots have either been killed or reassigned (like Pentecost). Yes, Raleigh lost his brother, but so did many of the other pilots whose families, friends, and even co-pilots were killed by the Kaiju. It's the main reason why Chuck is so disgusted and hostile towards him.
  • Shirtless Scene: Mako gets a glimpse of one across the hall when their doors (opposite each other) were simultaneously open.
  • Small Steps Hero: Refuses to sacrifice a boat of ten people to save a city of one million (along with Yancy). Unfortunately, it also results in them venturing over 10 miles outside of the Miracle Mile, which gave Knifehead an enormous advantage in the deeper waters.
  • Unlikely Hero: During his narration at the start of the film, he notes that he and his brother weren't the sort of people stereotyped to become Jaeger pilots — an occupation that netted you guaranteed fame and fortune at the time. They weren't at the tops of their classes and they weren't the best of the best when it came to sports. What set them apart was their Drift compatibility.
  • White Male Lead

    Mako Mori 
"It's not obedience, Mr. Becket. It's respect."

Nationality: Japanese
Jaeger Academy Class: 2021
Strike Group: Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Gipsy Danger
Played by: Rinko Kikuchi, Mana Ashida

One of the primary viewpoint characters. Her family was killed in an early Kaiju attack, and she was adopted by Pentecost, the man piloting the Jaeger that saved her.
  • Action Girl: The only candidate shown capable of keeping up with Raleigh.
  • Alliterative Name: Mako Mori.
  • And This Is for...: "For my family!" (slash)
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She studied footage of Raleigh's fighting to be able to match him in combat. However, her analysis found that he is, in fact, unpredictable.
  • Badass: She easily matched Raleigh despite him taking down several people in succession while sparring.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a Badass who seems quite deferential to Pentecost and shy around Raleigh. Just check the puppy dog look she gives Pentecost when Raleigh asks to spar with her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her normally reserved demeanor, she's just as capable — and just as confident of how capable she is — as Raleigh. This is first hinted at by her attitude when she enters the ring with him; she puts her boots down neatly at the edge of the mat, then struts out in a manner not unlike Raleigh's swagger.
  • Broken Bird: The combination of losing her parents and hometown to Onibaba resulted in Mako becoming a stoic perfectionist, which can be seen when she chases the RABIT during her initial Drift with Raleigh.
  • Brutal Honesty: Despite her polite nature, she's willing to tell Raleigh he's not suitable for the final mission. She also has no problem with critiquing his performance, pointing out that he could have taken out all the other candidates two moves earlier.
  • Covert Pervert: See Eating the Eye Candy.
  • Doomed Hometown: Appropriately enough, Tokyo.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Realizes she's doing this while observing Raleigh's Shirtless Scene across the hall through their open doors. She quickly closes her own door in embarrassment... then keeps watching through the peephole.
    • According to the official novelization, Raleigh deduces that Mako wasn't looking at him for his looks; she was looking at his scars, specifically the ones he got from his battle with Knifehead. Why she did this, he decides, is because she wants scars of her own.
  • Genius Bruiser: She's the leader of Gipsy's restoration project, which requires no small amount of engineering and technical wizardry, and she can match Raleigh in a straight up fight despite having a serious reach disadvantage and being 50 pounds lighter. Then there's when she actually pilots Gipsy Danger...
  • Happily Adopted: Raleigh theorizes this to be her relationship with Pentecost. He's right.
  • Heroic BSOD: When she starts "chasing the RABIT" during the initial Drift, slipping into the trauma from Onibaba's attack. She recovers, but not before instinctively powering up Gipsy Danger's Arm Cannon and nearly toasting the command centre.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To both Raleigh and Marshall Pentecost.
    • She studied everything about Raleigh on the hopes that she would be his co-pilot.
    • She has huge admiration for Pentecost because he saved her as a child and then raised her.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Familiar with the Hansens' bulldog, Max, and is very affectionate with him.
  • Implied Love Interest: It's unclear if Raleigh and Mako are a Battle Couple, Like Brother and Sister, or Just Friends. There's no Big Damn Kiss at the end, but there are Ship Tease moments like Mako Eating the Eye Candy of Raleigh's Shirtless Scene. In the novelization, there's nothing implied about it, but Word of God is that if there is conflict between novelization and film events, film is the real version.
  • The Lancer: As Raleigh's co-pilot.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Defied by del Toro, who wanted a female lead that wasn't a "sex kitten." The closest we got to fanservice with her is the tank top she wore during the sparring scene (which all the sparring participants were wearing). Other than that, she's dressed practically.
  • Multicolored Hair: Word of God says that she dyes her hair to match the coat she wore during the attack on Tokyo, as a reminder.
  • Pillars of Moral Character: A plot point. Raleigh, the American, can't understand why she obeys Pentecost's decisions when they are clearly wrong, and she disagrees with them. She replies that it's not about obedience, it's about respect.
  • The Perfectionist: Del Toro describes Mako as "her own worst enemy" and "adversary" due to her constant need for perfection. Mako dislikes nothing more than to fail herself and those around her, which resulted in her socializing very little with others and having few friends, much like the equally young and short-tempered Chuck Hansen.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Raleigh's Red. Her hair's even Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: While having a rather more well-adjusted and sociable personality and there's nothing artificial about her origin, she's the only Japanese character on the show, is stoic and reserved, fiercely loyal to her adoptive father figure, and sports Rei's haircut as said above. It's even colored blue, though only at the tips. Popular fan consensus is that it's supposed to say, "We took -some- inspiration from Evangelion but didn't try to ape it".
    • Explicitly invoked in the Japanese dub, where, instead of the actual actress playing her, she's voiced by the same person responsible for Rei — Megumi Hayashibara. You can't get to be a bigger expy than that!
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Sports one.
  • Sole Survivor: She was the only survivor of a Kaiju attack in Japan when she was a child. Thankfully Pentecost, who was one of the Jaeger pilots that saved her life, adopted her.
  • Twofer Token Minority: She's the only woman in the main cast, and she's Asian too.
  • Waif-Fu: Holds her own against Raleigh despite lacking his bulk in muscle (she is quite wiry).
  • Well Done Daughter Gal: Mako strives for Stacker's approval out of deep respect for him, as much as she wants to be a Jaeger pilot to avenge her family.
  • Woman in Black: Always clad in black.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She is very soft-spoken and obedient, but still strong-willed and tough.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: ...Well, blue highlights, anyway.

    Marshall Stacker Pentecost 
"All I need to be to you and everybody else on this 'Dome is a fixed. Point. Your last man standing. I do not need your sympathy or your admiration, all I need is your compliance, and your fighting skills."

Nationality: British
Jaeger Academy Class: 2015
Strike Group: Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Coyote Tango, Striker Eureka
Played by: Idris Elba

Stacker Pentecost is the adoptive father of Mako Mori, a former British Royal Air Force and Jaeger pilot, and a Marshal in the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. He oversaw operations in the Hong Kong Shatterdome during the last days of the Kaiju War and eventually coordinated the final attack to retake the Breach in 2025. He piloted Coyote Tango with Tamsin Sevier until its 2022 decommission and official retirement. Along with Hercules Hansen, Stacker is a veteran of the Jaeger Program and one of the last survivors from the first-generation of PPDC pilots, although he no longer takes part in physical combat.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's respected by the entirety of the PPDC because of his badassery.
  • Awesome McCoolname: With a name like "Stacker Pentecost", his being a badass was inevitable.
  • Badass
  • Badass Boast/Rousing Speech: As heard in the trailers.
    Today, at the edge of our hope; at the end of our time... We have chosen to believe in each other. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door! Today, we are cancellin' the apocalypse!
  • Badass Longcoat: His uniform's foul weather overcoat. It even gets commented on for "looking sharp" by Raleigh.
  • Badass Moustache
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Although he still has a military short haircut, Stacker is the leader for a few damn good reason, and he's a Four-Star Badass to boot.
  • Big Good: By the time of the main storyline, he is the only bonafide leader standing between humanity and its destruction.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Gives one to Hermann when he keeps interrupting Newt's exposition of his neural bridge experience with the Kaiju brain.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Inverted. He ties with Chuck for dying last.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Implied. There's basically only one full scene where he voluntarily shows any vulnerability in front of anyone, and he comes across as a man who's really, really tired.
  • Convenient Terminal Illness: He's suffering severe radiation poisoning by the time of the movie. And he detonates the nuke attached to his Jaeger to "clear a path" for Gipsy.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Supplementary materials reveal that his sister Luna was one of the fighter jet pilots who lost their lives in the first Kaiju attack, inspiring him to work on combating the Kaiju.
  • Deadly Nosebleed: Not an obvious example of this trope at first, as it shows up alongside other characters frequently coming down with a Psychic Nosebleed. See Secretly Dying.
  • Defiant to the End: Pentacost knows that humanity is on the brink. He isn't going to go down without fighting tooth and nail. Exemplified when he hits Raleigh with an Armor-Piercing Question:
    "Where would you rather die? Here, or in a Jaeger?"
  • Foreshadowing:
    • "Where you rather die? Here? Or in a Jaeger?" He says this to Raleigh early on, but you can glean the impression that he feels the same way. When Pentecost actually does die at the end, it's in a Jaeger and not from the sickness that was going to claim his life anyway.
    • When Mako is first introduced, she briefly attempts to speak to Pentecost in Japanese, as she believes Raleigh doesn't understand it (but he does). But that means she knew Pentecost was fluent in Japanese. Thus, this scene is also our first signal that there is more going on than we realize.
    • Him silently taking a pill (once the Jaeger Program is shut down) hints at his Secretly Dying of radiation poisoning.
  • Four-Star Badass
  • Good Is Not Nice: In the prologue, he tells Gipsy Danger to ignore a fishing boat in distress.
    • And after they go to save it anyway, and he realizes everything's about to go wrong, he promptly tells them to take the boat and clear out.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Both he and Chuck blow themselves up while in Striker Eureka in order clear a path for Gipsy Danger. This is a nested sacrifice, since he was already dying due to inadequate radiation shielding in the early Jaeger he used to pilot, and going in even the non-nuclear Striker was likely to kill him.
  • Ill Boy: Piloting a Jaeger solo for three hours put a huge strain to his health and is Secretly Dying because of it.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Shares such a moment with Chuck before they self destruct Striker Eureka.
  • Large and in Charge: One of the tallest characters and is also The Leader.
  • Large Ham: Stacker's speeches definitely count as this. And they're very justified since he's desperately trying to raise morale and convince his subordinates to make one last stand against the Kaiju and their creators.
  • The Last Dance: With no other pilots available, he co-pilots Striker Eureka with Chuck Hansen during the final battle even though the radiation poisoning will kill him.
  • Lonely at the Top: As his opening quote shows, Pentecost is the model of a career soldier taken to its logical conclusion. By deliberately severing emotional ties to his fellow human beings (with the exception of a small few, notably Mako), he makes himself a ruthlessly efficient leader who is able to make heartless yet logical decisions (not saving innocents, not even allowing mourning periods for fallens soldiers) that allows humanity to better survive against the Kaiju invaders. Though it is hinted that this is at least partly a front he puts up for the benefit of all those serving under him, to give them the unwavering leader who is required.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Mako's mentor and father figure. He doesn't survive the final battle.
  • The Needs of the Many: Cites this principle in his argument that the Becket brothers fight Knifehead closer to shore, even if it puts the fishing boat at risk.
  • Old Soldier: One of the early Mark-1 pilots, and one of the most experienced pilots, bar none.
  • Overprotective Dad: Anyone who's read the prequel comic realizes quickly that this is why he doesn't want Mako piloting a Jaeger, particularly Gipsy Danger.
  • Parental Substitute: Became this for Mako after Tokyo. He adopted her and raised and trained her. The prequel comic shows he adored her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Stern and intimidating, but is also more than willing to back Newt's ploy to sync up with a Kaiju brain after it yields results (and after initial refusal) and praises Mako and Raleigh's unorthodox tactics in handling Otachi and Leatherback.
    • Also very gentle with Newt after he drifts with the Kaiju, talking him through sorting out what he saw.
  • Retired Badass: Was once the Jaeger pilot for Coyote Tango. He is also the only other person besides Raleigh to pilot a Jaeger solo. He comes out of retirement when Hercules is too injured to pilot to Striker Eureka.
  • Scary Black Man: His positional authority and commanding presence is quite intimidating when challenged.
    Stacker: One, don't you ever touch me again. Two. Don't you ever touch me again.
  • Secretly Dying: He is actually dying from radiation poisoning as evidenced by his nose bleeding. Due to the Mark I Jaegers being hastily designed for combat, they were not fitted with internal radiation shields to protect the pilots from the nuclear cores powering the Jaegers. Thus Pentecost slowly became poisoned every time he fought. He kept this a secret from most in order to keep the morale of his men.
  • Taking You with Me: He and Chuck blow themselves up to take down two Kaiju so Gipsy Danger can seal the breach.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: To Mako.

    Cheung, Jin, and Hu Wei 

Nationality: Chinese
Jaeger Academy Class: 2015
Strike Group: Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Crimson Typhoon
Played By: Charles, Lance, and Mark Luu

The Wei triplets are former street fighters who have fought the Kaiju several times and became local heroes in China. In 2015, they joined the Jaeger Academy to become Jaeger pilots. They are the PPDC Rangers assigned to Crimson Typhoon, the last Mark-4 Jaeger in existence.
  • Bash Brothers: Of the identical male triplet variety. They've been defending the Chinese coastline for seven years, have the third highest Kaiju kill count in the Jaeger Program, and once lived as street fighters in the criminal underbelly of Hong Kong.
  • Hometown Hero: They are described as being this to the people of China and their personal dragon symbol can be found all over Hong Kong.
  • Red Is Heroic: Their suits are patterned after their Jaeger, Crimson Typhoon. Even their tech teams and daily outfits appear to consist entirely of red and gold, too.
  • Reformed Criminal: Before they were Jaeger pilots, the Wei triplets were street fighters in the Chinese underworld.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Together, they're known as the Wei Tang Triplets.
  • The Quiet One: We don't clearly hear them talk outside of their Jaeger.
  • Twin Telepathy: As explained in the novelization, part of their Drift hangover. They are constantly passing a basketball between them without looking because of this.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: We learn little about these characters before they die in battle.
  • The Worf Effect: They are killed by Otachi while in Crimson Typhoon.

    Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky 
"Let's get this bastard!"

Nationality: Russian
Jaeger Academy Class: 2015
Strike Group: Vladivostok Shatterdome (formerly), Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Cherno Alpha

Lt. Aleksis Kaidonovsky is the husband of fellow Lieutenant, Sasha Kaidonovsky. Together, they defended Vladivostok, Russia from over half a dozen Kaiju attacks and successfully protected the Siberian Wall, which went unbreached by Kaiju for six years. They were both PPDC Rangers and co-pilots of Cherno Alpha, the last of the Mark-1 Jaeger series and the oldest Jaeger still active in combat.
  • Action Girl: Not only is Sasha renowned for her legendary strike missions and decade-long defense of the Russian line, but she's also the longest serving female pilot in the Jaeger Program. And she's on the right side of their Jaeger, which is generally where the more dominant or experienced pilot is positioned.
    del Toro: The dominant pilot is on the right side of the Jaeger.
  • Arms Dealer: After Pentecost failed to gain additional funding from the UN for the PPDC and Jaeger Program, Sasha and Aleksis used their various connections to procure any weapon that Pentecost needed in his assault against the Breach and the continued defense of Hong Kong.
  • Badass: The Kaidonovskies defended the Vladivostok Shatterdome from over a half-dozen Kaiju attacks and under their protection, the Siberian Wall went unbreached for at least six years. In a Mark-1 Jaeger, at that.
  • Badass Baritone: Well, considering that Aleksis is played by Robert Maillet, it shouldn't be too surprising.
  • Badass Beard: Aleksis sports one of these, although he dyes the rest of his hair blond to match his wife's.
  • Battle Couple: The two are married.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Neither of them speak much, preferring to observe those around them and then come to their own conclusions. However, Sasha and Aleksis are also the most stable Drift partners that the PPDC has ever produced and they continued to successfully pilot a Mark-1 Jaeger until the final days of the Kaiju War.
  • Defiant to the End: Cockpit melting, right arm getting munched, but they sock Otachi two more times before Leatherback jumps them.
  • Determinator: Even when they're being drowned they're still trying to fight Leatherback.
  • Happily Married: There's a moment in the cafeteria scene where Sasha affectionately greets Aleksis as he sits down next to her. They're also well-known for holding the record of the longest and most stable neural handshake in the Corps, lasting up to eighteen hours.
  • Husky Russkie: Russian pilots with Russian names.
  • The Jailer: Both Sasha and Aleksis worked as guards at an unspecified Russian prison before they were recruited into the Jaeger Program.
  • Nerves of Steel: They calmly and unhurriedly walk away when Gipsy Danger's plasma caster activates. When they are right in front of it at point blank range.
  • Together in Death: They both die by each other's sides on the battlefield.
  • The Quiet One: We don't hear them talk outside of their Jaeger.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: We learn little about these characters before they die in battle.
  • The Worf Effect: They are killed by Leatherback while in Cherno Alpha.

    Hercules 'Herc' Hansen 
"Now we have a choice here! We either sit and wait or we take those flare guns and do something really stupid!"

Nationality: Australian
Jaeger Academy Class: 2015
Strike Group: Sydney Shatterdome (formerly), Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Lucky Seven, Striker Eureka
Played By: Max Martini

Hercules Hansen is the father of Chuck Hansen, a former Royal Australian Air Force pilot, and a veteran of the Jaeger Program. He was a PPDC Ranger and the pilot of both Lucky Seven (with Scott) and Striker Eureka (with Chuck). In the aftermath of Stacker Pentecost's death, he is promoted to the rank of Marshal.
  • Action Dad: He pilots Striker Eureka alongside his son and has been killing Kaiju since the very beginning of the program.
  • Alliterative Name: Hercules Hansen.
  • Awesome Aussie: Judging by his introduction with Raleigh, he is something of a Living Legend in the Jaeger pilot community.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: And Herc actually lives up to such an intensely masculine and heroic name, too.
  • Badass: In a world where pilots are dying young, Herc is one of the only Mark-1 pilots from the glory days to be still alive.
  • Bash Brothers: According to screenwriter Travis Beacham, Hercules' original partner was his brother, Scott Hansen. However, their partnership ended after Scott was discharged for an infraction that Herc witnessed in Scott's memory of while in the Drift. He never revealed what the incident was to anyone else after Scott was fired, but it was apparently bad enough to almost cause them to lose control of their Jaeger... while in combat.
  • Defiant to the End / Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Even after his Jaeger is disabled, Herc convinces his son to come with him, exit their Jaeger, and fire flares in Leatherback's eyes to buy time for Hong Kong. They succeed in REALLY pissing it off. And he survives that stunt!
  • Hands-Off Parenting: After Angela's death in Sydney and the rapid rise of the Kaiju, this essentially summed up Herc's parenting-style. And it has come back to bite him in the ass. Big time. When Herc claims that he doesn't know who Chuck is anymore, his son says that Herc never knew who he was in the first place since Herc never spent any time with him.
    Chuck: After Mum died, I spent more time with these machines than I ever did with you. Now, the only reason you and I speak, old man, is because we're Drift-compatible.
  • Heartbroken Badass: By the end of the film, Herc has outlived his son, his best friend, and his entire family. The last twenty minutes are obviously pure torture for Herc as he watches his only child make a Heroic Sacrifice that had originally been planned for him, not the 21-year-old Chuck.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Herc dotes on Max almost as much as his son does, and the bulldog is all he has left after Chuck's death.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The father in the father-son Australian team.
  • Nice Guy: He is a much more amicable man than his Jerkass son.
  • Number Two: Always present with Pentecost during briefings and scientific meetings. By the end of the film and with Pentecost's death by nuclear explosion, Herc is promoted to Number One as Marshal of the PPDC.
  • Old Soldier: A contemporary of Pentecost. He is one of the last first-generation Jaeger still in service. Or alive. And he served in the Royal Australian Air Force before K-Day as well.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Due to Herc's right arm being broken during the battle with Leatherback, Chuck has to pilot Striker Eureka in his father's place, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice via nuclear explosion with Pentecost to seal the Breach.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Of the less hot-headed variety, though.
  • Sadistic Choice: In the novelization, Herc only had enough time to find either his son or his wife before Sydney was nuked. He chose his son. They both hate themselves/each other for it.
  • Sergeant Rock: His rank is uncertain (it may either be sergeant or lieutenant), but he's definitely got the attitude.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compared to the heroic and law-abiding Herc, Travis Beacham described younger brother Scott as a consummate n’er-do-well, problem gambler, and aggressive Lothario. And while Herc was always able to keep his eye on the Kaijus and their threat to humanity, the fame and attention lavished on Jaeger pilots only further complicated Scott's worst qualities.
  • You Are in Command Now: Takes up the rank of Marshall after Pentecost's Heroic Sacrifice.

    Chuck Hansen 
"Yeah, Gipsy! Kick his arse!"

Nationality: Australian
Jaeger Academy Class: 2019
Strike Group: Sydney Shatterdome (formerly), Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Striker Eureka
Played By: Robert Kazinsky

Charles Hansen is the only son of Hercules and Angela Hansen. Chuck was ten-years-old when Sydney was attacked by Scissure, which resulted in the death of his mother. Following the authorization of the Jaeger Program, his father and uncle both enlisted in the Jaeger Academy in 2015. Chuck himself was “raised in a cockpit” by his father and on the principles of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. He later went on to become a PPDC Ranger and the pilot of Striker Eureka.
  • Anti-Hero: Specifically of the Pragmatic Hero variety. Chuck's first and foremost goal is always to protect humanity and the PPDC, and he doesn't take kindly to anything or anyone that might endanger them.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Extremely confident in his abilities, and justly so. He has the temper to match, too.
  • Awesome Aussie: He's the youngest pilot ever in the Jaeger Program, has a Kaiju kill count that's rivaled only by his equally-Australian father's, and takes his English bulldog everywhere with him, including as the official decal on his tech team and Striker Eureka.
  • Badass: Chuck was piloting a Jeager before the age when most kids are allowed to apply for their driver's licenses. And he's managed to stay alive and in fighting-shape while almost every other PPDC pilot has either been killed in battle or died a slow death of radiation poisoning. Too bad it doesn't stick.
  • Broken Ace: One of the youngest pilots with the highest kill count, also bad at communicating and dealing with a double dose of Daddy Issues and Survivors Guilt with regards to his father choosing to save him over his mother. He's almost a textbook example of an emotionally stunted Child Soldier who believes his only purpose in life is to live and die fighting the Kaiju. Not the healthiest mindset for a young, stressed out pilot.
    Chuck: After Mum died, I spent more time with these machines than I ever did with you.
  • Celibate Hero: According to production notes, he has never had a girlfriend. Instead, he focuses on being the best Jaeger pilot there is. Averted recently on Travis Beacham's tumblr by saying that Chuck wasn't a virgin.
  • Child Soldier: When most teenagers were in middle or high school, Chuck was training at the Jaeger Academy and piloting Striker Eureka before he could even apply for a driver's license. This probably explains a lot of his emotional issues as well.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Confidently telling the press that Mutavore was Striker's eleventh kill, establishing that he's a cocky hotshot.
  • Foil:
    • To Mako. Both of them are young and exceptionally talented perfectionists with war veteran fathers and suitably varying amounts of Daddy Issues, but Chuck is emotional where Mako is stoic. This plays into their interactions with Raleigh as well — Mako openly admires Raleigh's unpredictability while Chuck expresses disdain for him.
    • To Raleigh. Pre-Knifehead Raleigh is quite similar to Chuck, showing the same cockiness and eagerness to fight Kaiju. Had the fight with Knifehead gone better, we might be looking at two extremely similar people.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Chuck may be doing everything in his power to protect and save humanity from the Kaiju, but don't expect him to not insult or sneer at the people around him, especially if he believes they're incompetent or just not worth his time.
    Chuck: You slow me down, I’m gonna drop you like a sack of Kaiju shit.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets angry at the drop of a hat. Growing up as a prodigy in an extremely isolated environment probably didn't help his anger issues.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Both he and Marshall Pentecost blow themselves up while in Striker Eureka in order clear a path for Gipsy Danger.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He has an English bulldog named Max. His jacket, Striker Eureka, and the tech crew's uniforms have custom decals modeled after his beloved pet.
  • Hot-Blooded: Definitely applies outside the cockpit, where he's short-tempered, arrogant, and quick to take offense. Interestingly, the opposite seems to take place inside a Jaeger, possibly due to his life-long ranger training.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: For all his animosity with Raleigh and Mako, he cheered them on when Gipsy Danger came to fight Leatherback.
  • Improbable Age: Chuck was barely 16 when he was first deployed in Striker Eureka in 2019, and (according to the artbook) was enlisted in the Jaeger Academy in 2015 at the tender age of 12.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Said to Marshall Pentecost right before their Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite his egotism, he criticizes Raleigh and Mako not out of jealousy, but because he's actually concerned about their ability to do their jobs. And though Chuck's accusation that pilots like Raleigh are what got the Jaeger Program cancelled are harsh, he's not completely wrong. Raleigh lost his brother and got Gipsy Danger nearly destroyed by refusing orders and engaging Knifehead 10 miles at sea rather than within the golden mile of the coast as ordered — it's easy to see how Chuck can hold Raleigh's rockstar-esque, above the rules attitude in contempt. On top of that, by the time Raleigh rejoined the PPDC, almost every other Jaeger and their pilots, except the promoted Stacker Pentecost, has died in combat. From Chuck's point of view, Raleigh never learned from his mistakes, and top of that, abandoned Humanity's only line of defense.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He isn't a pleasing person to say the least. Raleigh openly stated that the only thing that holds him back for wanting to beat him up is due to his respect for his (Chuck's) father. He is willing to insult Raleigh, Mako, and even his own father, but nonetheless cares about humanity's survival and doesn't hesitate to come to his fellow pilots' defense. Chuck's also extremely fond and affectionate with his bulldog, Max.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Chuck's heroic actions and genuine desire to save humankind would have qualified him as a straight hero if it were not for his bad attitude that pisses off nearly everyone around him.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The son in the father-son Australian team.
  • The Perfectionist: Chuck does not tolerate failure from anyone, including himself. And due to him being raised in a Shatterdome and around the Jaeger pilot lifestyle, Chuck has little to no social life or experience outside of the Defense Corps. He even expresses open disdain for pilots whom he feels could be a liability to the program.
  • Pet the Dog: Done literally and figuratively with his dog Max.
  • The Rival: To Raleigh.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Leaves his post to try to help aid the Russian crew while they are getting hammered by Otachi.
  • Survivor Guilt: In the novelization, Chuck is very aware of his father's choice to save him instead of his mother. After all, he Drifts with him. And his father is very aware that his son would rather he had saved his mother.
  • Taking You with Me: He and Pentecost blow themselves up to take down two Kaiju so Gipsy Danger can seal the breach.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Although he tries to act tough and uncaring, it's pretty obvious to viewers that Chuck desperately seeks the approval and love of his father. Unfortunately, he seems to think that killing Kaiju and being the best Jaeger pilot ever is the only way to accomplish this.

    Yancy Becket 
"Don't get cocky, kid."

Nationality: American
Jaeger Academy Class: 2016
Strike Group: Anchorage Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Gipsy Danger
Played by: Diego Klattenhoff

Raleigh's brother, who is killed by Knifehead in the prologue.

    Dr. Newton "Newt" Geiszler 
"Fortune favors the brave, dude."

Nationality: German
Jaeger Academy Class: 2016
Strike Group: Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: None
Played by: Charlie Day

A scientist and a "Kaiju groupie," known for being a little disturbingly interested in the monsters trying to kill them all. He also has a crazy idea to try and drift with one of the few intact Kaiju brains they have.
  • Adorkable: He becomes extremely giddy about anything that deals with Kaiju.
  • Admiring the Abomination: He is a Kaiju fanboy. His entire torso is covered in tattoos referencing them, even down to his wrists!
  • Ascended Fanboy: He is specifically called a "Kaiju groupie" and him being able to study Kaiju for a living is practically heaven. He nerdgasms when he gets to Hannibal Chau's Kaiju organ shop.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: "And unlike most people, I want to see [a Kaiju] alive and up close one day."
    Raleigh: Trust me, you don't wanna.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: If he wasn't such a competent Kaiju biologist, he's probably get checked into a mental hospital due to his borderline-obsession with the things.
  • Dreadful Musician: According to the DVD Special Features, he is a horrible singer.
  • Expy/Does This Remind You of Anything?/No Celebrities Were Harmed: His look, mannerism, tone and general tendency to TALK LOUDLY are essentially one great big, loving tribute to J. J. Abrams.
  • Eye Scream/Psychic Nosebleed: When he tries to initially drift with a Kaiju brain, the neural load is too much for him and thus his left eye started bleeding.
  • Handicapped Badass: Strongly implied to be borderline manic or bipolar, which would disqualify him from a career in piloting due to issues with Drift compatibility. Not that this stops him and Hermann from mind-melding with a Kaiju and discovering information that saves the entire human race from extinction.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He talks about how much he would love to see a Kaiju up close...right in front of Kaiju trauma survivor Raleigh. Everyone else's looks of contempt or resignation in that scene really drive it home.
  • Insufferable Genius: In the novelization, it is explicitly stated that he hates talking to people because they're not as intellectually gifted as he is to understand him.
  • Large Ham: In his nerdiness, of course.
  • Meaningful Name/Genius Bonus: Together with Gottlieb; their names are a Shout-Out to Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, who were at one point rivals over the discovery of calculus. (Initially the two scientists were planned to be one character with a mixture of their traits, named Newton Gottlieb.)
  • Motor Mouth: Often talks very quickly and very excitedly.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • While his efforts to drift into a Kaiju brain were ultimately helpful, it's also what provokes the attack on Hong Kong by the Kaiju's masters. It may also have provided the information needed to tailor-make the Kaiju to counter the three "on-deck" Jaegers.
    • Additionally, when he realizes out loud that Otachi is coming for him, it results in the entire crowd in the bunker abandoning him in hopes of his death placating the Kaiju.
  • Non-Action Guy
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted. He's a biologist, and think Gottlieb's discipline is a field of theory and guesses. He is able to create a Drifting rig from random scraps, however.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: When no one is entertaining his crazy-sounding proposal to enter drift with a Kaiju brain, he just straps himself in. He lives, to everyone's surprise, with no lasting damage.
  • The Smart Guy: Part of the team researching the Kaiju.
  • Storyboard Body: Has tattoos depicting Kaiju covering his arms and (according to Word of God) the rest of his torso. This helps reinforce his Ascended Fanboy status.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Herman's Blue.
  • Those Two Guys: With Dr. Hermann Gottlieb.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Announcing to a crowded shelter full of superstitious, frightened people that the Kaiju is specifically hunting him. Cue everyone backing away from him, making it very clear that they are fully prepared to sacrifice him to it to save their own skins.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After very nearly getting eaten by Otachi, he's suddenly much less intimidated by Hannibal Chau.
    Newt: Hey! Okay, guess who's back, you one-eyed bitch?! You owe me a Kaiju brain!
  • The Xenophile: Harbors a deep and abiding appreciation for Kaiju, seeing them as monstrous masterpieces.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: More vitriolic than most examples because Newt considers Gottlieb to be a stuffy rival for most of the film.

    Dr. Hermann Gottlieb 
"Numbers do not lie. Politics and poetry, promises, these are lies. Numbers are as close as we get to the handwriting of god."

Nationality: German
Jaeger Academy Class: 2015
Strike Group: Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: None
Played By: Burn Gorman

Newt's mathematician partner, working on determining the exact limits of the Breach, and by extension the size and frequency of Kaiju attacks.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the artbook, he was at least born in Germany if not raised there, and is an expectant father. He is married to a model named Vanessa, according to writer Travis Beacham.
    • He also studied engineering and applied sciences in Berlin, so it seems fairly safe to assume he's spent many years, if not his entire life, in his mother country.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Gets on the receiving end from Pentecost when he keeps interrupting Newt's exposition of his neural bridge experience with the Kaiju brain.
  • Genius Cripple: Uses a cane due to a bad leg and tends to shake heavily when excited. He's also distinctly hunched, though whether or not this is an aspect of his disability or just body language to telegraph his characterization is unclear.
  • Germanic Depressives: Doesn't quite seem to know what to do with Newt's 'bro-handshake' at first, among other examples.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a limp, a hunch, twitches, and walks with a cane. Refuses to take absolutely anyone's shit and helps save the day.
  • Insufferable Genius: Not insufferable, but sour and a bit of a pretentious know-it-all.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: According to writer Travis Beacham, he has Jewish ancestry but is non-practicing.
  • Large Ham: He has his moments.
  • Meaningful Name: See Newton.
  • Non-Action Guy
  • Not so Above It All: He's professional and stern... except when it comes to Newt, he'll stoop to childish bickering and maintaining an highly counter-productive rivalry.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted. He's a physicist, and thinks Newton's field is disgusting and obsessive about the enemy.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Nope, he's a theorist who thinks that Newt's ideas are batshit insane. He eventually trusts Newt enough to agree to enter Drift with the Kaiju brain with him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Newton's Red.
  • The Smart Guy: Part of the team researching the Kaiju. His speciality is mathematics. Newton thinks it's just a bunch of intelligent-sounding guesses, but his math-backed predictions prove to be consistently right.
  • This Is My Side: He'd like Newt to keep his Kaiju entrails on his own side of the room, thank you very much.
  • Those Two Guys: With Dr. Newt Geiszler.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: More vitriolic than most examples because Gottlieb hates Newt for most of the film, and the two only reconcile when Gottlieb offers to share the Drift with a Kaiju brain to take the neural strain off of Newt.

     Tendo Choi 
"A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, brother."

Nationality: American
Jaeger Academy Class: 2016
Strike Group: Anchorage Shatterdome (formerly), Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: None
Played By: Clifton Collins Jr.

The CIC commander for the Jaegers.

    Hannibal Chau 
"Where is my GODDAMN shoe?"

Nationality: American
Occupation: Black market dealer
Played By: Ron Perlman

The black market Kaiju parts supplier, who harvests the corpses of the monsters and sells the parts. Stacker made a deal with him in order to gain some extra funding the Jaeger Program desperately needed.
  • And Starring: Ron Perlman.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He is able to correctly guess the cause and symptoms of Otachi Junior's demise after having one look at him Well, off by a few seconds, but still right.
  • Badass: Hell, what else would you call someone who gets eaten alive, cuts his way out later and then worries about where his shoe went?
  • Brooklyn Rage
  • Cool Shades: He has round, gold-rimmed shades that he takes off only once. As it turns out he started using them after a wound he received in a public shelter, during a Kaiju attack.
  • Death by Adaptation: Being devoured by Otachi Jr. is fatal in the novelization... less so in The Stinger.
  • Eaten Alive: Non-fatal example, thanks to The Stinger.
  • Eye Scream: His left eye was injured when he was in a public Kaiju shelter.
  • Feet-First Introduction: The first time he properly appears, the shot starts on his gold-plated shoes and pans up to his face.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Stacker gave him exclusive rights for scavenging Kaiju remains in some desperation, and he deals in their body parts. Apparently their bone powder is used for male enhancement.
  • Genre Savvy: The moment Newt tells him about the drift, Hannibal realizes how screwed Newt is. He also runs away the moment he hears a Kaiju scream. He does make the fatal mistake of Tempting Fate in front of a "dead" Kaiju.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: He has gold on his jewelry, his knife, his shoes, his teeth, his glasses...
  • Gold Tooth: Several of his front teeth.
  • Hidden Depths: He's roughly as knowledgeable about Kaiju as Newt is. In some areas, he knows even more.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Subverted in that he later turns out to have survived.
  • Knife Nut: He has a gold-plated Butterfly Knife, and one of the first things he does is shove the blade up Newt's nostril.
  • Large Ham: According to del Toro, he was originally going to be an actual Chinese guy — but Ron Perlman was brought in precisely to make the character so over-the-top ridiculous that viewers would take the Kaiju more seriously by comparison.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Despite how much of a jerk he might be, he certainly dresses the part of a successful crime lord.
  • Not Quite Dead: As seen in the stinger.
  • Only in It for the Money: His motivation for dealing in Kaiju parts.
  • Tempting Fate: Just had to stand in front of the "dead" baby Kaiju and say you knew it could only live about a minute outside the womb, didn't you?

    United Nations 

The council of nations that provided funding to the Jaeger Program, and later the wall that replaced it.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Kaiju popping out faster than new Jaegers are being built? Let's cut funding and shut down Shatterdomes!
  • Tempting Fate: Indestructible walls. Yeah, that worked out great.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The "Suits" decide to scrap the Jaeger Program in favor of building "Kaiju proof walls". 5 minutes later, a Kaiju crashes through the wall in less than an hour. The Kaiju is only stopped by, surprise, surprise, a Jaeger.
    • And with that incident, you'd think that the "Suits" would go back to thinking that Jaegers are a better option. NOPE. They say that the walls STILL show promise. Which leads to riots along the areas of the coastal walls.

      And when another Kaiju is shown to have a very corrosive acid, and WINGS, it's essentially proven that the walls are not only useless, but a complete waste of time to build. Consider how many Jaegers could have been built with the resources and labour taken to wall the entire coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Then consider that even if they couldn't go through it, they could go around, being shown to be entirely capable of moving on land even early on. And the complete lack of any [[BFG active defences]] which allowed Mutavore nearly an hour of whaling on the Sydney wall to get through.
    • Panic Mode: Plan A, the Jaeger Program, became a losing battle of attrition as stronger Kaiju appeared faster than the construction of a Jaegar even with full funding. They just found out that Plan B (the wall) was useless. They had no Plan C other than run and hide.

    Tamsin Sevier 

Nationality: British
Jaeger Academy Class: 2015
Strike Group: Hong Kong Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Coyote Tango

Tamsin Sevier was a British Royal Air Force pilot and friend of Luna and Stacker Pentecost. During the beginning of the Jaeger Program, she and Stacker were the pilots of the Mark-1 Jaeger Coyote Tango.
  • Action Survivor: She was among the pilots that fought Trespasser, the original Kaiju in San Francisco.
  • All There in the Manual: She's vaguely mentioned in the film, but isn't name-dropped and doesn't make an appearance. What we know of her is from the prequel comic.
  • Meaningful Name: A seviert is a measure of radiation exposure.
  • Red-Headed Hero: With Boyish Short Hair.
  • Heroic RROD: Blacked out prior to the battle with Onibaba, causing Stacker to pilot Coyote Tango solo. They both got radiation poisoning from the poorly shielded reactor, and Tamsin ultimately died from cancer.
  • Ill Girl: Died of cancer prior to the film.
  • Posthumous Character: Dies before the beginning of the film proper.

    Dr. Caitlin Lightcap 

Nationality: American
Jaeger Academy Class: 2015
Strike Group: Anchorage Shatterdome
Jaegers Piloted: Brawler Yukon

One of the scientists who helped invent the drift technology that made piloting a Jaeger possible. She also became one of the first Jaeger pilots with her husband.
  • All There in the Manual: Only appears in the prequel comic.
  • Battle Couple: She first drifted with, and later married, the first successful Jaeger test pilot. They continued piloting Brawler Yukon for the duration of its service.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a shy scientist to not only creating the first Jaegers but being the first to slay a Kaiju.
  • Hot Scientist
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Significant Haircut: Cuts her hair much shorter after picking up some of her co-pilot's confidence from Drifting. It also signifies her getting better from her mental illness.
  • Student Teacher Romance: Subverted. Despite being a grad student in a sexual relationship with the man who invented the Jaegers, it was loveless and the two break up after she starts drifting with Sergio D'onofrio.


Jaegers

    General Jaeger Tropes 
  • Armored Coffins: Averted: most Jaegers have ejections systems. This is played straight with Cherno Alpha.
  • Awesome McCoolname: All of them! Even the designation 'Jaeger,' which is the German word for "hunter".
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Jaegers are specifically designed to fight Kaiju, and would be hugely impractical for any purpose other than beating giant aquatic monsters to a pulp.
  • Dwindling Party: By the time the movie takes place proper, there are only four remaining Jaegers left due to the Kaiju becoming more powerful, and time between Kaiju attacks becoming too short for additional Jaegers to be built. Their numbers drop even further during the film so that by the end, none are left.
  • Eureka Moment: They were conceived by Dr. Jasper Schoenfeld after seeing his son playing with toy monsters and robots, realizing the potential of robotic countermeasures against the Kaiju in the process.
  • Good Counterpart: To the Kaiju. Further following this theme is the fact that both the Jaegers and the Kaiju are given classification schemes, and the fact that they require two brains to function. Both are more or less the avatars of their respective species.
    "To fight monsters, we created monsters."
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: More often than not, Jaegers end up brawling with Kaiju, as most of their other weapons are either too cumbersome to be constantly used in close quarters combat or lack the same level of effectiveness. Some Jaegers are designed with this function in mind while others tend to improvise.
  • The Hero Dies/Heroic Sacrifice/The Worf Effect: Jaegers are more often destroyed than decommissioned.
  • Humongous Mecha: Specifically designed to counter Attack Of The Fifty Foot Kaiju.
  • Real Robot: One of the main reasons why Jaegers are not particularly practical against anything but Kaiju is because they cost ten times as much as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and are very demanding machines to operate, requiring huge specialized facilities, thousands of support personnel, and an entire squadron of transport helicopters to carry them around.
  • Red Baron: Each Jaeger had a title in the promotional material, and the released NECA figures each have a tagline name.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Some of them are accounted for. Jaegers move quite slowly when compared to most other portrayals of Humongous Mecha and are extremely maintenance intensive, with actions no more than a few hours long requiring several weeks of downtime. Nevertheless, some of the more insurmountable obstacles have to be excused by Rule of Cool.
    • Simply lifting the arm of a 2,000 ton humanoid robot from its shoulder requires a level of torque equivalent to the output of several thousand Bugatti Veyrons. Combat maneuvers would not only require a greater amount of power, but also materials that are capable of withstanding G-forces equivalent to ten times their actual weight.
    • To operate in the ocean, Jaegers would not only have to be heavily waterproofed (difficult, considering the sheer number of moving parts involved) but also receive regular treatment of all components against saltwater corrosion (also difficult). Moreover, they would also have to be capable of remaining stable while buffeted by strong underwater currents (very difficult), all the while moving in an environment that is three times denser than the Earth's atmosphere at around 16 fathoms, and up to one thousand times as dense around the Marianas Trench (downright impossible).

    Gipsy Danger 
Nationality: United States
Classification: Mark-3
Date of Launch: July 10th, 2017
Pilots: Raleigh and Yancy Beckett/Mako Mori

Gipsy Danger is an American Mark-3 Jaeger. It was stationed at the Anchorage Shatterdome along with Brawler Yukon and Chrome Brutus until its closure in 2024. Despite being decommissioned and transported to Oblivion Bay in 2021, Gipsy Danger was later returned to the Anchorage Shatterdome to undergo major reconstruction and refurbishment under the supervision of Mako Mori and Tendo Choi in 2023. It is one of the oldest Jaegers still in active combat-duty service after Cherno Alpha and had a kill count of nine Kaiju prior to its destruction.
  • Action Girl: Feminine pronouns, plus a feminine shape to the other Jaegers. Striker Eureka being a male brawler, Crimson Typhoon an artful dodging basketball player and Cherno Alpha a Mighty Glacier.
  • America Saves the Day: It becomes the only surviving Jaeger left during its fight with Slattern, and gets sacrificed in order to destroy the Kaiju homeworld.
  • American Robot: The art book describes how Gipsy Danger was intended to be an all-American design but in a more subtle way than a red-white-and blue colossus in an Abe Lincoln Hat. Her riveted skin and pinup Nose Art are reminiscent of the heavy bombers from World War II, she has the slim hips and armored shoulders of a linebacker, and when she charges up her plasma caster her posture — shoulders back, gun hand outstretched — is intentionally similar to an old-west gunfighter.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Her left arm is torn off during the prologue battle against Knifehead by the Kaiju's... knife head.
    • After being rebuilt, she loses her right arm during the climax at the Breach.
  • Arm Cannon: Armed with two plasma casters as standard armament.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: A sword is mounted in each arm as a back-up weapon.
  • Book Ends: Of the All In The Manual variety. In Tales from Year Zero, the initial simulated fight for Gipsy Danger was won via a point-blank range shot with the Nuclear Vortex Turbine. The end of the film has Slattern slain the same way. Doubles as foreshadowing.
  • Chest Blaster: The Nuclear Vortex Turbine located in the center of the chest is primarily designed vent excess heat. However, it can also output enough thrust to slow a fall from several thousand feet in the air. It is powerful enough to kill Slattern, the only Category 5 Kaiju ever fought.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The reason why despite being older and less powerful than other Jaegers, she has a lot of success in fighting Kaiju.
  • Dual Wielding: Hypothetically possible, but ultimately averted; Gipsy Danger has a sword and a plasma caster housed in each forearm, but she only ever uses one of them at a time in the film.
  • Glass Cannon: Overall weaker than the other Jaegers but its Nuclear Turbine is by far the most powerful weapon in their arsenal.
  • Handshake Substitute: Pounds her right fist into her left palm as part of combat preparation procedure, showing that the neural link between the pilots has been established.
  • The Hero: The focal Jaeger of the film.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The only Jaeger equipped with a long blade as a weapon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Self-destructs in order to seal the portal.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Powered by a nuclear reactor, which vents excess heat through a turbine mounted on its chest. This proved to be an important plot point twice: it renders Gipsy Danger resistant to Leatherback's EMP ability and was later detonated (along with the rest of the Jaeger) to seal the rift.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • Uses a freighter boat as a club against Otachi.
    • Also uses a pair of storage containers as knuckle dusters, vents coolant to freeze its tail, and uses the exhaust from its chest-mounted turbine to blast a Kaiju to death. Seems this specific Jaeger has a knack for this.
    • In her first fight, prior to the events of the film she finished a Kaiju by pulling a steel cable off a crane and garroting it until it was decapitated.
  • Last of His Kind: The only remaining Mark-3 by the events of the film.
  • Leitmotif: "Gipsy Danger".
  • Pride Before a Fall: At the height of the Jaeger program's success, one of Gipsy Danger's original pilots dies in the fight against Knifehead. After that, things started going downhill, with Kaiju attacks becoming more frequent and Jaegers being destroyed faster than they could be replaced.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Blue chassis, red stripes, and a yellow visor.
  • Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Gipsy Danger is "The Steel Titan".
  • Rocket Punch: "Elbow Rockets" provide non-detachable variant that is more akin to a Power Fist.
  • Shout-Out: Most likely based on Mazinger Z. Though the concept of Jaegers in general takes a lot from the series, Gipsy Danger especially resembles the namesake robot, incorporating a Chest Blaster and even a Rocket Punch.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Received several upgrades while being rebuilt, notably a Whip Sword.
  • Whip Sword: Her Blade Below the Shoulder is this, presumably for ease of storage.
  • Woman in Black: She is clad in bluish-black armor.

    Striker Eureka 
Nationality: Australia
Classification: Mark-5
Date of Launch: November 2nd, 2019
Pilots: Chuck and Hercules Hansen / Stacker Pentecost

Striker Eureka is an Australian Mark-V Jaeger designed to defend the coastline of Australia from the Kaiju during the Kaiju War. It was stationed at the Sydney Shatterdome along with Vulcan Specter until its closure in 2024, and had a kill count of eleven Kaiju prior to its destruction. Striker Eureka held the best overall stats of any Jaeger ever created by the PPDC.

    Cherno Alpha 
Nationality: Russia
Classification: Mark-1
Date of Launch: December 25th, 2015
Pilots: Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky

Cherno Alpha is a Mark-1 Russian Jaeger. Piloted by Sasha Kaidonovsky and her husband Aleksis, Cherno Alpha is the last of the Mark-1 Jaeger series and the oldest Jaeger still active. It was assigned to the Vladivostok Shatterdome alongside Eden Assassin and Nova Hyperion, and had a kill count of six Kaiju prior to its destruction.
  • Badass Normal: Armed with no more than its fists, it held the line in Siberia for nearly seven years
  • The Big Guy: The largest and heaviest of the remaining active Jaegers, with a bulky appearance to match.
  • Cranial Processing Unit: One of the only Jaegers to avert this. According to the Jaeger Designer program and blueprints on the official website, Cherno Alpha's connpod is chest-mounted. The giant cylindrical "head" actually contains a nuclear reactor and fuel storage tanks, in essence acting as a decoy for any Kaiju trying to disable the Jaeger by destroying its head.
  • Defiant to the End: Even after being double teamed by two Category 4 Kaijus and having its armour breached, Cherno Alpha kept on fighting until the very end.
  • Fatal Flaw: Though heavily armoured, Cherno Alpha's reactor is still very much a vital system and presents a highly noticeable target. Any damage to the reactor will severely incapacitate the Jaeger.
  • Honor Before Reason: Word of God states that this is the main reason why it has no escape pods. However, given the location of the conn pod deep inside the Jaeger's chest, it is possible that the escape pods were sacrificed in order to provide better protection to the pilots, potentially subverting this trope.
    Guillermo Del Toro: "We agreed that Cherno would have no escape pods. They win or die."
  • Husky Russkie: See The Big Guy above, then take into account it being the Russian Jaeger.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: As with many other early Jaeger marks, it is powered by a nuclear reactor.
  • Kill It with Fire: The "Incinerator Turbines" above each of its shoulders can shoot streams of incendiary fuel.
  • Last of His Kind: The last surviving Mark-1 Jaeger by the events of the film.
  • Leitmotif: Has one of Ominous Russian Chanting.
  • Made of Iron: Leatherback had to pound Cherno halfway to pieces before being able to reach in and destroy the conn pod.
  • Mighty Glacier: Much slower than its compatriots, but powerful, heavily armoured and very well protected.
  • Nonindicative Name: In the Russian dub its name is Cherniy Alfa note . Translated this means "Black Alpha". While still cool-sounding it's funny because Cherno is green.
  • Power Fist: Cherno Alpha's signature "Tesla Fists" are disproportionately large when compared to the rest of the Jaeger. Much like Gipsy Danger's "Elbow Rockets", they're equipped with hydraulic mechanisms that extend to add extra impetus to punches.
  • Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Cherno Alpha is "Hammer Slammer".
  • Sacrificial Lion: Defeated to show the power of the Kaiju duo.
  • Shock and Awe: As per their name, the fists are also equipped with tesla coils that discharge electricity upon impact.
  • Stone Wall: Can take a ton of punishment, but has rather few weapons systems when compared to other Jaegers. The lack of agility also hinders its ability to perform in close combat as well.
  • Shout-Out: The reactor/storage tank on the head resembles the DeLorean's Mr. Fusion Energy Reactor from Back to the Future.
  • The Worf Effect: Is brought down by Leatherback after its armor is melted by Otachi's acid.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: What little we see of it includes an elbow drop and a headlock on one of the Kaiju. Its status as the heaviest Jaeger certainly helps.

    Crimson Typhoon 
Nationality: China
Classification: Mark-4
Date of Launch: August 8th, 2018
Pilots: Cheung, Jin, and Hu Wei

Crimson Typhoon is a Mark-4 Chinese Jaeger piloted by the Wei triplets. Constructed in Hong Kong Shatterdome, Crimson Typhoon is unique among the Jaegers due to it being piloted by three Rangers as opposed to the traditional two. It successfully defeated eight Kaiju.

    Coyote Tango 
Nationality: Japan
Classification: Mark-1
Date of Launch: December 30th, 2015
Pilots: Stacker Pentecost and Tamsin Sevier/Gunnar and Vic Tunari

Coyote Tango is the second Mark-1 Japanese Jaeger after Tacit Ronin. It was one of the oldest Jaegers in active duty before its retirement from combat due to the massive damage caused by its confrontation with Onibaba and the Jaeger's own insufficient radiation shielding. It spent over a year in repairs, and had its radiation shielding improved. It was reintroduced to the war with a new set of pilots, who piloted it until Coyote Tango's destruction in 2022. Coyote Tango has a record of two Kaiju kills at the time of its destruction.
  • All There in the Manual: Stacker's copilot, Tamsim Sevier, is shown in Tales from Year Zero but not the film proper.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Swoops in to stop Onibaba's rampage, saving Mako in the process.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The offscreen fight with Onibaba doesn't last long. Though the entire scene is a reflection of how Mako remembers the events, and thus it may not be entirely correct. The fact that Coyote Tango sustained massive damage from the fight suggests that it wasn't ended quite that fast.
  • Finger Firearms: By adjusting its hands, it can reveal a small-scale Wave Motion Gun. While not used in the film, it's shown in the game as a primary weapon capable of creating a Laser Blade, and used in the Finishing Move, Maximum Release.
  • Glass Cannon: Lightly armoured, forcing it to rely on attacking at range using its "Mortar Cannons".
  • Gratuitous English: It's promotional stat-card title "Giant Japanese Techno-Tyrant" seems like it might have been done so to directly invoke this.
  • Heroic Build: Very broad shoulders, very narrow waist. Fits its Glass Cannon attributes.
  • Heroic RROD: Tamsim Sevier blacked out prior to the fight with Onibaba, leaving Stacker to handle things solo. It turns out that both Rangers were suffering from radiation poisoning from Coyote Tango's inadequately-shielded reactor. Both the Jaeger and its pilots were soon retired, but not before they contracted cancer. Coyote Tango's reactor shielding was improved and it received a new set of pilots later on.
  • Laser Blade: The game of the movie shows that Coyote Tango has these equipped in both arms, under the name of the Anti-Matter Blade. Whether or not this is actually canon is unclear.
  • Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Coyote Tango is "The Towering Tyrant".
  • Shoulder Cannon: Has two retractable "Mortar Cannons" on its back.
  • Shout-Out: To the Guncannon from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, which also had retractable shoulder cannons. Moreover, the top-heavy appearance and portrayal as a protector of children is strongly reminiscent of The Iron Giant.

    Lucky Seven 

Nationality: Australia
Classification: Unknown
Date of Launch: 2016
Pilots: Scott and Hercules Hansen

Lucky Seven is the first Jaeger assignment given to former RAAF pilot, Hercules Hansen and younger brother, Scott, during the Jaeger Program's earliest tenure. In 2019, Lucky Seven teamed up with Gipsy Danger and Horizon Brave to fight a Category IV Kaiju in Manila. It successfully defeated at least two Kaiju. After Scott's ejection from the PPDC, Herc was reassigned to Striker Eureka with his son, Chuck. Lucky Seven was destroyed some time during the Kaiju War.
  • Bash Brothers: Piloted by the original Australian brother-team, Scott and Herc Hansen.

    Horizon Brave 
Nationality: China
Classification: Mark-1
Date of Launch: December 22, 2015
Pilots: Lo Hin Shen and Xichi Po

Horizon Brave is a Mark-1 Jaeger and the first launched by the Chinese. It was among the first Jaegers constructed on Kodiak Island, Alaska when the Jaeger Program was greenlit by the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. In 2019, Horizon Brave teamed up with Gipsy Danger and Lucky Seven to fight a Category 4 Kaiju in Manila. It was saved from destruction by the other two Jaegers. Sometime prior to 2025, Horizon Brave was destroyed while trying to defend Lima from a Kaiju attack. Horizon Brave had a record of two Kaiju kills before its destruction in battle.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Sports a single green eye.
  • Kill It with Ice: The known specs indicate that its primary weapon systems rely on freezing the Kaiju.
  • Mecha-Mook: There are some indications that more than one Jaeger of this type has actually been produced.

    Brawler Yukon 
Nationality: United States
Classification: Mark-1 (Prototype)
Date of Launch: April 23rd, 2015
Pilots: Adam Casey/Sergio D'onofrio and Caitlin Lightcap

Brawler Yukon is a Mark-1 prototype Jaeger. It fought against the Kaiju Karloff in Vancouver and is notable for being the first Jaeger deployed into actual combat against the Kaiju. It was destroyed by an unknown Kaiju later in the war. Karloff was not Brawler Yukon's only kill.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Dished one out to Karloff.
  • Dynamic Entry: The Kaiju didn't see it coming at all.
  • Death by Falling Over: Captain Adam Casey, the original test pilot, suffered this when he suffered a seizure and crashed Brawler Yukon (assuming the seizure itself didn't kill him).
  • Heroic RROD: The neural load was too much for a single pilot, who would suffer seizures as a result.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Smaller than most, but it does the job.

    Romeo Blue 
Nationality: United States
Classification: Mark-1
Date of Launch: December 15th, 2015
Pilots: Bruce and Trevin Gage

Romeo Blue is the second Mark-1 American Jaeger launched against the Kaiju threat after Brawler Yukon. It fought and killed the Kaiju Hardship in an unknown location early on in the war. Sometime prior to 2025, it was deployed in Seattle to prevent a Kaiju from destroying the city and the Jaeger was destroyed when the Kaiju tore off its arm and smashed through the Conn-Pod, killing the pilots in the process. Romeo Blue has a record of two Kaiju kills.

    Tacit Ronin 
Nationality: Japan
Classification: Mark-1
Date of Launch: December 6th, 2015
Pilots: Duc Jessop and Kaori Koyamada

Tacit Ronin is the first Mark-1 Japanese Jaeger. It was assigned to the Tokyo Shatterdome alongside Coyote Tango and Echo Saber, and had a kill count of three Kaiju prior to its destruction.
  • Battle Couple: Its pilots are a married couple.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Has two "Fang Blades" on each of its arms, similar to Striker Eureka's sting blades.
  • The Cameo: Its remains can be seen when Vladivostok is shown during the UN meeting at the beginning of the movie.
  • Fragile Speedster: Lightly armoured. Unlike Coyote Tango, Tacit Ronin has enough agility to evade attacks while being strong enough to engage Kaiju at close range.

    Matador Fury 
Nationality: Mexico
Classification: Mark-3
Date of Launch: September 14th, 2017
Pilots:

Matador Fury is a Mark-3 Mexican Jaeger. It was assigned to the Lima Shatterdome alongside Solar Prophet and Diablo Intercept. Sometime during the Kaiju War, Matador Fury was destroyed in combat and taken to Oblivion Bay.
  • Boxed Crook: The pilots, whose stipulation behind their cooperation was if they piloted the Matador Fury "one more time", they could earn their freedom.

    Chrome Brutus 
Nationality: Canada
Classification: Mark-3
Date of Launch: 2017
Pilots: Ilisapie Flint and Zeke Amarok

Chrome Brutus is a Canadian Mark-3 Jaeger. It was stationed at the Anchorage Shatterdome along with Brawler Yukon and Gipsy Danger until its closure in 2024. Sometime during the Kaiju War, it was destroyed in combat and taken to Oblivion Bay.

    Eden Assassin 
Nationality: Russia
Classification: Mark-2
Date of Launch: 2016
Pilots:

Eden Assassin is a Mark-2 Russian Jaeger that was stationed at the Vladivostok Shatterdome along with Cherno Alpha and Nova Hyperion until its closure in 2024. At some point during the Kaiju War, Eden Assassin was destroyed in combat.

    Nova Hyperion 
Nationality: South Korea
Classification: Mark-4
Date of Launch: 2018
Pilots: Pang So-Yi and An Yuna

Nova Hyperion is a Mark-4 South Korean Jaeger that was stationed at the Vladivostok Shatterdome along with Cherno Alpha and Eden Assassin until its closure in 2024. At some point during the Kaiju War, Nova Hyperion was destroyed in combat.
  • Action Girl: Competitive fencers. Potential Olympians. Kaiju attack survivors. Jaeger pilots. Oh yes.
  • Amazon Brigade: Both of its pilots are female.
    • They were also competing for spots on the South Korean Olympic team prior to a Kaiju attack on their homeland, which officially qualifies them as Action Girls before they even became Jaeger pilots.
  • Bald of Awesome: Its pilot, An Yuna.
  • Master Swordsman: Both of Nova's pilots competed in fencing at the Olympic level, so it's likely that they later employed those skills while piloting Nova Hyperion against the Kaiju.
  • The Rival: Its pilots were this prior to the Jaeger Academy. So-Yi and Yuna were both competitive fencers who dreamed of participating in the Olympics. Their hatred for each other drove their rivalry and desire to win a spot on the team. However, in the middle of a match, the Kaiju Emergency Alert System sounded inside the arena, urging its occupants to escape before the Kaiju made landfall. During the escape, So-Yi slipped and hit her head on the floor, knocking herself out. As the Kaiju rose from the water and headed for the arena, Yuna turned back and saved So-Yi just in time from the Kaiju's attack. Their experience during the Kaiju attack presumably brought the two closer together and allowed them to put aside their differences to help one another and the world as Nova Hyperion's pilots.

    Echo Saber 
Nationality: Japan
Classification: Mark-4
Date of Launch: 2018
Pilots:

Echo Saber is a Mark-4 Japanese Jaeger. It was stationed at the Tokyo Shatterdome along with Coyote Tango and Tacit Ronin until its closure in 2024.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Destroyed in the novelization by Mutavore while trying to prevent her attack on the Sydney wall.

    Vulcan Specter 
Nationality: Australia
Classification: Mark-3
Date of Launch: 2017
Pilots:

Vulcan Specter is a Mark-3 Australian Jaeger. It was stationed at the Sydney Shatterdome along with Striker Eureka until its closure in 2024.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Destroyed in the novelization by Mutavore while trying to prevent her attack on the Sydney wall.

    Shaolin Rogue 
Nationality: China
Classification: Mark-3
Date of Launch: 2017
Pilots:

Shaolin Rogue is a Mark-3 Chinese Jaeger. It was stationed at the Hong Kong Shatterdome along with Crimson Typhoon and Horizon Brave. At some point during the Kaiju War, Shaolin Rogue was destroyed in combat.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the novelization, some of its parts (specifically the parts needed for drifting) were salvaged by Newt to use for his first drift with a Kaiju.

    Hydra Corinthian 
Nationality: United States
Classification: Mark-4
Date of Launch: 2018
Pilots: Kennedy LaRue and Stephanie Lanphier

Hydra Corinthian is a Mark-4 American Jaeger. It was stationed at the Panama City Shatterdome along with Puma Real until its closure in 2024. At some point during the Kaiju War, Hydra Corinthian was destroyed in combat.

Kaiju

    General Kaiju Tropes 
  • Alien Blood: Blue, acidic, and toxic blood.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Jaegers were specifically built to fight them at their level.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • They and their creators clearly weren't expecting humanity to fight back to any useful effect, something humans theorize on. This is best shown when the first Jaeger utterly demolished its Kaiju opponent.
    • On the other side, humanity didn't expect that the Kaiju and their creators could think beyond animalistic behaviors and evolve to deal with the Jaegers.
    • Humans certainly couldn't have been expecting Kaiju Blue when they decided to Nuke 'em in early attacks...
  • The Dragon: There are beings on the other side of the portal responsible for creating and sending the Kaiju through the breach.
  • Eldritch Abomination: So ludicrously large and powerful they are more forces-of-nature that cut swathes of destruction than creatures.
  • Extra Eyes: Most, if not all, of the Kaiju have more than two eyes.
  • Hive Mind: They are all mentally connected to one another. Even the still living but damaged brain of a dead Kaiju is connected to the hive.
  • It Can Think: It had been assumed that the Kaiju were acting on instinct, but nobody expected them to adapt to counter the Jaegers.
  • Kaiju: Duh
  • Kill All Humans: This is why the Precursors sent the Kaiju through the Breach this time.
  • Leitmotif: "2500 Tons Of Awesome", which is shared by the Kaiju as a whole. The one exception is Slattern, as detailed in his entry.
  • Living Weapon: They turn out to be genetically engineered attack dogs of a human-sized race from another universe. The humans don't realize that the emergence of bigger and tougher examples that can better fight the Jaegers is an arms race until the aliens have added projectile acid and EMP attacks and it's too late.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: A number of the Kaiju look like a combination of different animal traits. Considering the way they are assembled by their masters, this is not entirely surprising.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The designations assigned by the PPDC are typically and understandably distasteful and terrifying.
  • People in Rubber Suits: A featurette revealed that Guillermo and the character designers wanted to invoke this when designing the Kaiju as a homage. Basically, the Kaiju are all designed as if an actor would be able to fit into them like a rubber suit, hence why most of them are bipedal.
  • Proportionately Ponderous Parasites: Isopod-like creatures the size of footballs live on the Kaiju.
  • Taking You with Me: Prior to the creation of the Jaegers, the only reliable way to take down a Kaiju was to hit it with a nuclear weapon. Aside from the resulting collateral damage and fallout that would occur if deployed in a populated area, the issues with this are further compounded by the fact that Kaiju blood is toxic, and that the resultant overkill ends up spreading a large amount of that blood over a wide area.
  • Throat Light: One of the usual Kaiju traits.
  • Volcanic Veins: A number of the Kaiju have these.

    Trespasser 
Category: Unknown (pre-scale)
Breach Date: August 10, 2013
Target: San Francisco, USA

The very first Kaiju.

    Knifehead 
Category: III
Breach Date: February 29, 2020
Target: Anchorage, USA

The Kaiju that killed Yancy and crippled Gipsy Danger in the prologue. Though Raleigh managed to kill him, this attack heralded the apparent end of the Jaeger age, as the Kaiju were beginning to counter the robots.
  • Evil Is Petty: It took a detour from its main mission of attacking Anchorage to slaughter the crew of a passing fishing boat. Good thing Gipsy Danger was there.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Has a large, knife-like blade jutting out of its head.
  • Expendable Clone: Newt's first drift shows dozens of identical Knifeheads in pods, showing the one Gipsy fought was just one copy out of many.
  • Expy: The bladed head somewhat resembles Guiron from the Gamera franchise.
  • Heroic Dolphin: Subverted; villainous. It has two blowholes not unlike that of a dolphin on its head.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Has the features of a shark, a turtle, and a dolphin.
  • Multiarmed And Dangerous: Has a smaller pair of arms under its larger primary set.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Knifehead had just swum to Anchorage like planned, it could have slowed Gipsy Danger down for quite a while by causing their deviation to help the fishing boat turn into a dead end.
  • Not Quite Dead: The initial encounter looks like a short Curb-Stomp Battle, but then it bursts from the water looking barely worse for wear.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Appears onscreen for less than ten minutes, and manages to turn the tide of the war back in favor of the Kaiju.
  • Threatening Shark: The featurette on Kaiju suggests he's meant to resemble a goblin shark. He swims like a shark would as well.
  • Turtle Power: It has a shell-like body structure on its back.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Its fight with Gipsy Danger was the moment that asserted "Jaegers aren't invincible."

    Mutavore 
Category: IV
Breach Date: January 2, 2025
Target: Sydney, Australia

The Kaiju that tears through the Life Wall in under an hour, proving the entire fortification worthless. Killed by Striker Eureka.
  • Adaptational Badass: It's dodgy as to which came first, the novelization, based on an older script most likely or the movie release and so one. The film has her as a Category 4, but serves more as a mook, while the novelization has her tear through two Jaegers (Vulcan Specter and Echo Saber) before encountering Striker Eureka. Either way, she is there to show how powerful Striker Eureka is, and that the wall is useless against Kaiju.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of few confirmed female Kaiju.
  • Expendable Clone: Along with Knifehead, there is a glimpse of at least two more Mutavores already assembled.
  • Eyeless Face/Eyes Do Not Belong There: Her eyes are on her lower jaw instead of her upper jaw.
  • I Have Many Names: Officially named Mutavore but known by "Sydney" in the Jaeger Combat Simulator and "Bladehead" in the video game.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everybody pretty much had this when she simply rammed through the Coastal Wall meant to protect people from the Kaiju like it was nothing.
  • Mook: Serves as grunt Kaiju in the Jaeger Combat Simulator online game.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: She has a bifubricated tail, which can be used like a pair of scissors in the video game.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The only other confirmed female Kaiju is Otachi.

    Onibaba 
Category: II
Breach Date: May 15, 2016
Target: Tokyo, Japan

The kaiju that Mako encountered as a child. It is only seen in her dream sequence, and is noted to be far larger than a Cat2 would normally be due to her psychological issues distorting the memory.
  • Curbstomp Battle: It evidently did not last long against Coyote Tango.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Its body resembles a crustacean.
  • Meaningful Name: Playing very much a nightmarish role in Mako's psyche, it can be said Onibaba(Demon Hag) can be said to represent her inner demons.
  • Non-Indicative Name: It's named after a demon that resembles a monstrous hag. On a meta level, this makes sense, as the onibaba was a child-eater, and the Kaiju's defining role is chasing a small child down an alley.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Easily the least humanoid of the Kaiju seen in the film.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Chases a ten-year-old girl down the street and then tries multiple times to grab her out of the alley she's hiding in, despite being so big that just reaching down and grabbing her should outweigh the energy gained from eating her. This is presumably a trait of all the other Kaiju as well.
  • You Killed My Father: He basically killed Mako's parents in his attack on Tokyo.

    Otachi 
Category: IV
Breach Date: January 8, 2025
Target: Hong Kong, China

One of the Kaiju that attacks Hong Kong during the movie. Has a powerful acid attack that can eat through metal, and is one of the few confirmed female Kaiju.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Has her tail frozen and shattered and her wing sliced off by Gipsy Danger.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: The corrosive substance she sprays from her mouth easily dissolved Cherno Alpha's heavy armor.
  • Badass: Earns it for not only having fought all four main Jaegers but for also having many story breaking powers and despite being cunning still has enough strength to fight in melee. Oh and she does all that while being pregnant too.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: She has a claw on her tail, though it functions more like a third hand.
  • Body Horror: Her lower jaw splits in half. Also, the scene of her infant bursting out of her womb.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of the only two known female Kaiju.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: She has several eye-like organs on her nasal crest.
  • Genius Bruiser: Otachi is a cunning and resourceful ambush predator, much like Leatherback (if not moreso).
  • Giant Flyer: Vaguely resembles a giant bat capable of lifting a giant robot of equivalent size.
  • Hollywood Acid: Sprays a very corrosive substance from its mouth. It's enough to cripple Cherno Alpha and immediately liquify a small section of a building.
  • It Can Think: One of the most intelligent and thus, among the most dangerous ever encountered. Otachi was directly responsible for the destruction of two Jaegers, specifically negating their strengths and taking full advantage of their weaknesses. She also very nearly manages to destroy Gipsy Danger, who only manages to survive through quick thinking.
  • Kung-Fu Proof Mook: No Sells Crimson Typhoon's Thundercloud Formation attack by catching all three of its arms. She also severely weakened Cherno Alpha by managing to damage its heavily-armoured reactor.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Her tail suffers this, courtesy of Gipsy Danger.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Originally, her tail was supposed to be torn off only to come to life until meeting death by ice. This was kept in the novelization.
  • Made of Iron: Takes hits from all four of the Jaegers but keeps on fighting.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Though her child is born postmortem while Hannibal Chau's men are poking around her corpse.
  • Multi Purpose Tongue: Has a strange flower-like bioluminescent tongue.
  • No Sell: Otachi manages to catch each of Crimson Typhoon's arms and stop the blades from rotating.
  • Off with His Head!: Gipsy Danger chops its head and a wing off with its sword, killing it in mid-flight.
  • Pregnant Badass: She was pregnant the whole time she attacked Hong Kong.
  • Prehensile Tail: The claw on the tip allows it to act more like an extra arm than a tail.
  • Story Breaker Power: The only entity (Jaeger or Kaiju) with a demonstrated ability to fly. It's obvious that Jaegers were never built for aerial combat. This revelation also should have revealed the wall defense, which had already been proven ineffective, to be a complete waste of time, but it's never brought up. Likewise with its corrosive acid.
  • Tongue Trauma: After missing its spray of acid at Gipsy, the Jaeger rips out Otachi's tongue (and acid-producing gland) to keep it from trying that again.

    Leatherback 
Category: IV
Breach Date: January 8, 2025
Target: Hong Kong, China

One of the Kaiju that attacks Hong Kong. Big, muscular, with approximately the shape of a gorilla.
  • Acrofatic: Not only is he burly, but he's noticeably pudgy as well. Doesn't make him much slower (or any less menacing) than any other Kaiju.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Had its EMP emitter ripped off and arm blown off by Gipsy Danger.
  • The Brute: He has a few tricks up his sleeve, but mostly relies on raw brute force.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Winds up on both ends of this. Nobody anticipated that there would be a Kaiju with an in-built EMP shockwave generator designed specifically to deal with Striker Eureka. Of course, the aliens didn't plan for Gipsy Danger's presence.
  • Dynamic Entry: His In the Back jump against Cherno Alpha was the first time he was seen in the fight.
  • EMP/Shock and Awe: Has an EMP emitter on its back.
  • Eye Scream: Gets shot in the eye by a flare shot by Striker Eureka's pilots. All it does is piss it off.
  • Expy: Of King Kong.
  • Extra Eyes: Six total.
  • Fat Bastard: He's rather heavyset for a Kaiju, and is just as vicious as the others.
  • For the Evulz: One of the few Kaiju who shows signs of open sadism, taking his time with Cherno Alpha and Striker Eureka's crews.
  • Genius Bruiser: Performs well-coordinated teamwork with Otachi using his partner as bait to set up an ambush, shuts down Striker Eureka just when it's putting itself in a position of vulnerability to use a genuinely dangerous weapon, and is the only Kaiju in the film to use tools.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His primary fighting style, helped by his hard mace-like fists.
  • In the Back: His Dynamic Entry against Cherno Alpha.
  • It Can Think: A cunning and resourceful Kaiju like its partner Otachi, Leatherback is intelligent enough to use tools, such as a crane for a club. He also lumbers cautiously around the disabled Striker Eureka, making sure it is not using the same Kaiju tactic of faking death.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a crane as a mace to batter Gipsy silly.
  • Kevlard: Gipsy Danger has to shoot him nearly a dozen times to make him go down. Unlike more armored Kaijus, the individual shots do damage him, just not enough to get through his bulk until the damage builds up.
  • Killer Gorilla: Has a gorilla-like body, although it's named after the leatherback turtle. The name still evokes a silverback gorilla, however.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Can move incredibly fast and agile for his size, making a difference with the slow, cadenced Kaijus introduced until that point in the film.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Even after Gipsy Danger shoots off his arm and blasts him in the gut several times, Raleigh tells Mako that they need to "check for a pulse." Cue Gipsy Danger blasting Leatherback's body several more times.
    Raleigh: No pulse.
  • Stealthy Colossus: Despite his enormous size, he goes unnoticed under the water until the very moment of his Dynamic Entry.
  • Story Breaker Power: His EMP enables him to take out just about any Jaeger, as well as the Shatterdome, in a single move. This allows Leatherback to be the only Kaiju capable of defeating Striker Eureka.
  • Stone Wall: Took several point-blank Plasma Caster shots into the chest before going down, and that's not counting all the punishment it received beforehand.

    Raiju 
Category: IV
Breach Date: January 12, 2025
Target: Unknown

One of the Kaiju fought at the Breach. Looks like a flower jawed pangolin. Much faster than other Kaiju.

    Scunner 
Category: IV
Breach Date: January 12, 2025
Target: Unknown

One of the Kaiju fought at the Breach. Looks like an aquatic bull.

    Slattern 
Category: V
Breach Date: January 12, 2025
Target: Earth

One of the Kaiju fought at the Breach. The only Cat 5 ever encountered, it is the largest and most dangerous monster anyone has ever seen.
  • Badass: Basically the devil, the first and only Category 5 and the first to actually hurt Striker Eureka without resorting to underhand tactics. And of course there's that little surviving a point-blank super nuke matter.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Not only can they club but are strong enough to stab into Gipsy Danger's back during their tumble.
  • Cats Are Mean: When he's on all fours his body looks very feline influenced as well as the shape of his front two hands/claws look like a lion's.
  • Dance Battler: His tail-end, anyway. He twirls them disorientingly before lashing out with all three to devastating effect.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While all Kaiju serve as The Dragon to their other-dimensional masters, Slattern is the worst of them all and serves as the final obstacle of the story.
  • Final Boss: Sent out at the very end to deal with Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka.
  • Large and in Charge: He is a Category 5, the most feared among the Kaiju that attacked Earth, although Newt suggested that he may have merely been the first member of a second wave of more powerful Kaiju.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Subverted; villainous. Has quite the double chin.
  • Leitmotif: "Category 5", a darker, faster-paced, highly varied and even more ominous variation on the main Kaiju leitmotif (complete with choral backing!) which emphasizes the power and dread that Slattern possesses.
  • Made of Iron: Even compared to the other Kaiju. To the point of surviving the equivalent of 1.2 million tons of TNT blowing up in his face.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": His appearance causes one for the forces back in Hong Kong.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: He has three main tails with numerous smaller tails besides.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The word "slattern" basically means "promiscuous woman" (or, in more vulgar terms, "slut"). It's revealed in the novelization that when this Kaiju first appeared, all the Rangers were struck by its utterly massive size:
    Tendo Choi: Bitch is big.
    Pentecost: Don't use that word. Call it "Slattern", if you must.
  • Rasputinian Death: Cut open numerous times by Striker Eureka (including having his throat slit and his arms nearly sliced off), has a nuclear bomb explode in his face, stabbed repeatedly by Gipsy Danger, and then he only dies when he's cooked alive by Gipsy Danger's nuclear turbine at point blank until the blast starts coming out his back.
  • Shock and Awe: His tails are electrified.
  • Slashed Throat: Striker Eureka manages to inflict this on Slattern. It doesn't even flinch.
  • Shout-Out: The art book cites Chernabog and Vermithrax Pejorative as influences for his entrance scene.
  • Threatening Shark: His head greatly resembles a hammerhead shark's.
  • You Shall Not Pass: A villainous example. He is the guardian of the Breach (the portal from which the Kaiju enter our world).

    Kaiceph 
Category: Unknown (pre-scale)
Breach Date: June 1, 2014
Target: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The third Kaiju ever, killed by a nuclear strike that wipes out the city it was attacking.

    Scissure 
Category: Unknown (pre-scale)
Breach Date: September 2, 2014
Target: Sydney, Australia

The fourth Kaiju, killed with two nukes.
  • Made of Iron: It took two nukes just to kill him.
  • Nuke 'em: Defeated by nuke after three days of getting it far enough away from Sydney, Australia.

    Karloff 
Category:
Breach Date: April 23, 2015
Target: Vancouver, Canada

The fifth Kaiju, and the first to fight a Jaeger. It loses. Horribly.
  • Blood from the Mouth: From Brawler Yukon's first blow.
  • The Cameo: Has a little more focus in the prequel comic but appears briefly behind smoke during the prologue.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Never stood a chance against Brawler Yukon.
  • Fragile Speedster: He looks too twig-like for a Kaiju.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: His square head looks like that of Boris Karloff's depiction of Frankenstein.
  • Mugging the Monster: Was the first Kaiju to find out the hard way that humanity wasn't going down without a fight.
  • Oh Crap: The presumed mental reaction to Brawler Yukon's existence.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Boris Karloff.

    Hardship 
Category:
Breach Date:
Target:

The sixth Kaiju to appear, and the second to be killed by a Jaeger. Hardship is killed by Romeo Blue.
  • Development Gag: Hardship's final design is based on the original concept for Mutavore.
  • Nice Shoes: Has sneakers designed after it.
  • The Cameo: Briefly appears in the prologue fighting Romeo Blue.

    Meathead 
Category:
Breach Date:
Target:

A Kaiju that only appears on the cover of Tales of Year 0. No other details are known about him.

    Yamarashi 
Category: III
Breach Date: October 17, 2017
Target: Los Angeles, USA

A Kaiju that is briefly mentioned in the movie. It was Gipsy Danger's first kill.
  • The Big Guy: According to Newt, he was one of the largest Category IIIs on record.
  • Los Angeles: Where Yamarashi makes land and is killed.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yama-arashi" means "porcupine" in Japanese. Newt's tattoo reveals it to be quite prickly.
  • Razor Floss: Gipsy Danger killed Yamarashi by garroting it with a cargo crane wire until its head came off.
  • The Cameo: It's only seen as a tattoo on Newt's left arm, which Raleigh recognizes as Yamarashi.

    Hundun 
Category: Unknown (pre-scale)
Breach Date: February 5th, 2014
Target: Manila, Philippines

The second Kaiju, and the one that began to make it clear Trespasser was not an isolated incident.

    Verocitor 
Category: N/A
Breach Date: N/A
Target: N/A

A simulated Kaiju used for virtual training.

    Belobog 
Category: N/A
Breach Date: N/A
Target: N/A

A simulated Kaiju used for virtual training.

    Rachnid 
Category:
Breach Date: September 25, 2024
Target:

One of Striker Eureka's Kaiju kills.

    Reckoner 
Category:
Breach Date: 2016
Target: Hong Kong, China

A Kaiju that previously attacked Hong Kong. Its skeleton forms the Bone Quarter.

    Spoiler Character 

Otachi Junior

Category: ?
Breach Date: 2025
Target: Hong Kong, China

Otachi's child, rips itself free after its mother is killed.

    Spoiler Character 

The Precursors

The Masters behind the Kaiju attacks.
  • Abusive Precursors: Dear God, are they ever! Moving from planet to planet, killing the local populations via the Kaiju so that they can move in and harvest the abundant resources, then leaving the planet to die whilst they find the next one. Plus, it's implied that they were responsible for killing the dinosaurs.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Played absolutely straight.
  • Alien Invasion: The Kaiju are their means of clearing out Earth so they can colonize it.
  • Big Bad: The force that is sending the Kaiju through the Rift.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Fully aware that humans might try to turn the tables on them by invading through the rift, they programmed it to scan for Kaiju DNA first so only Kaiju could pass through. Eventually a loophole is found around that, though.
  • Extra Eyes: They have six of them on their face.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard/Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If sending the pregnant Otachi was a backup measure to kill the interloper Newt via her child, it backfired spectacularly and only provided an easily accessible brain that provided crucial information for the final assault on the Breach.
    • Del Toro himself points out in the director's commentary that at the end they find out what its like for a giant monster to invade their world and wreak havoc.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Very vaguely.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They've completely wiped out countless civilizations in order to drain their planets of their resources, of which Earth and humanity were their latest targets. Humanity, however, fought back and created monsters to fight their monsters. One of these weapons would then make it through the portal they used in order to access our world and nuke them (or at least a base of theirs) into oblivion.
  • The Man Behind The Monsters: More like Aliens Behind The Monsters, but it still counts given they're responsible for all of the havoc in the film's universe.
  • Nested Mouths: Their actual faces pop out of what appears to be a mouth, similar to Raiju. It might be a suit, but who knows?
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Averted. The Precursors first attempted to conquer Earth during the time of the dinosaurs, but the atmosphere was too hostile for them to move in. Millions of years later, humanity has polluted the environment to their standards, allowing them to move in again.
  • Oh Crap: Their reaction to seeing Gipsy Danger about to self destruct directly in front of them. Downplayed due to their lack of facial expressions, but you know it is there.
  • Organic Technology: They apparently wrote the book on this. They have an assembly line of Kaiju.
  • Planet Looters: They apparently move from planet to planet, and will move on when done with Earth.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: People have worshiped lesser beings than the Kaiju. The Precursors mass produce them. You do the math.
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost a victim of Trailers Always Spoil, revealing their motives but not their existence, implying it belongs to the Kaiju and not the masters.

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