Born in Tomakomai, Hokkaido in 1978, she is the pilot of the first Ingram in Unit 2 (first forward of Division 2). She loves Labors (to the point of obsession) and nicknames her Ingram "Alphonse" after her deceased pet dog and cat. A dedicated police officer, very easy going and cheerful, she never loses her cool. That is unless somebody damages her beloved Alphonse.
Action Girl: Noah is less of a badass out of her labor than in, but she's the only one who can last more than 3 seconds against Takeo in Judo. She lasts 8. And Noah also defeated a criminal who was armed with a knife, using only her bare hands.
Ascended Fangirl: She joined the police force in the hopes of piloting a Labor because she'd spent her childhood watching MechaAnime, even if she knows a Labor is not quite like a Mazinger, a Getter or a mobile suit. Still she got pretty disappointed when she was told that no, a Labor does not fly.
Character Development: Invoked in the second movie, where the tells Asuma that she doesn't want everyone to think of her as just "that girl who loves labors".
Everyone Can See It: She forms a close bond with Asuma, and they tend to hang out, while they're off duty. Plus, they have chemistry. Needless to say, it isn't long before their squadmates start to think that their relationship goes deeper than "just friends".
Hard Drinking Party Girl: She doesn't drink often, but when she does, she goes all the way. Comes from being a liquor store owner's daughter.
Gotō is the Captain of Unit 2 and was born in the Taito Ward in Tokyo. Although he may seem very laidback and even apathetic, but is quite a strategist, and knows how to get the best out of his team even if it means tricking them. He has gained the reputation of being very sharp and rumour has it he was purposely sent out to the SVU so he wouldn't cause any trouble. He still manages to do so anyway. Gotō has a crush on Shinobu, which is completely unrequited (poor Gotō...). Gotō is a heavy smoker, has athlete's foot and can often be seen wearing traditional Japanese wooden sandals around the office.
A Father to His Men: He can be manipulitive, at times, and his methods are unorthodox, but he always has his division's best interest at heart.
Asuma was born in Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture and is 21 years old at the start of the series. Asuma is the son of the owner of Shinohara Heavy Industries, the makers of the Ingram. So why is he a public servant? Apparently his father forced him into being one. A member of Unit 2, he provides backup*
really more like field command, issuing directions from the ground
for Noa's Ingram and is her partner. He can be quite short tempered and sometimes gives the impression he would rather be somewhere else. Still he is quite a competent police officer.
Oedipus Complex: Relations between him and his father are so strained, that Asuma usually spends his vacations at the squad's barracks, rather than visiting home, like his teammates.
In the final episode of The New Files, he meets his father while visiting his older brother's grave, and speaks with him briefy. The only words we're allowed to hear, is when Asuma parts with his father, by telling him to take better care of himself; which suggests they may have begun to reconcile their differences.
Ōtah is the 2nd forward of Division 2. He was born in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture and is 26 at the beginning of the series. He is a complete gun maniac and will almost always try to use force over all other options when solving a dispute. Though he is reckless and violent, he is an integral part of the team, and actually manages to end situations quicker than Noa.
The Big Guy: He may be short, but he's got a pretty solid build and the power that comes with it.
Kanuka is a Police Officer on loan from the New York Police Department and was born in Oahu, Hawaii. She is 21 at the beginning of the series. She is half Japanese-American. She is a competent officer who does everything by the book and is often disgusted by the tactics used by the SVU. In Division 2 she acts as Ōta's backup. Though among the SVU there is a rumour that the NYPD sent her to them because she was a problem officer.
The Ace: Blackbelt in Judo, expert Labor pilot, and in disarming bombs, graduated with honors from MIT, you get the idea.
Fair Cop: All of the SVU's members are at least not ugly, but Kanuka is downright beautiful.
Lady of War: Both in and out of her mecha. She's a crack shot and master of both judo and kendo.
Kanuka's combat skills, in and out of her labor are awe inspiring. The woman took down a courtyard of Yakuza, with a wooden sword while clad in a kimono. And, in the first film, Gotoh specifically called her in to assist SV 2 with the raid on the Ark.
Customs Agent: "Are you here to see the sights?"
Kanuka: "No. Combat."
Mukoku Seki: Notably averted. It's ironic that the show's only American also looks the most stereotypically Asian (though she is at least half-Japanese).
Not so Above It All: Kanuka's disciplined and takes pride in herself as an officer, but she can be just as juvenile as the rest of the squad, depending on the circumstances.
Officer O'Hara: ...well, she's a cop with an Irish surname who can drink heavily when the situation warrants, but that's about as far as it goes.
Put on a Bus: She returns to New York about halfway through the TV series.
Shinshi is the driver for the second carrier. He was born in Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture and is 29 at the start of the series. Originally Ōta's backup until Kanuka replaced him, he is a quite introverted man, but can become surprisingly violent if provoked enough. He is also the rather henpecked husband of Tamiko, who is rather possessive of him. Shinshi is the only married member of the team, which occasionally bites him in the ass.
A Day in the Limelight: He really only gets one episode where he's the focus, when a business takes note of his computer skills and tries to lure him away from the SVU.
Berserk Button: DO NOT insult his wife. Or the institution of Marriage.
The Smart Guy: He's a wiz with computers, he was even offered a management position at a high profile computer company.
Those Two Guys: Since their job is to just drive the Patlabors to crime scenes, he and Hiromi are often relegated to the sidelines. Additionally, they were introduced as a pair in the manga continuity.
Officer Hiromi Yamazaki
Hiromi is the quiet giant amongst the members of the SVU, in fact the tallest member of the team, at two metres tall. He was born on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, and is 23 at the start of the series. Even though he looks rather intimidating, he is quite gentle in action and words. He tends the tomatoes in the greenhouse and looks after the henhouse at the SVU in his spare time. These duties actually provide a substantial amount food for the officers. His main duty in Division 2 is driving the first Labor carrier.
Shinobu is the Captain of Division 1 and was born in in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo. She is a professional, competent police officer. Basically the exact opposite of Captain Gotoh. She always keeps her mind on the job and never loses her cool. Often she talks back to her superiors when she disagrees with an order, and this is probably why she remains at the SVU rather being promoted to another job more worthy of her skills. She is often slightly jealous of Division 2's successes and the equipment they get, but she never really lets on.
She's Got Legs: Revealed in the 12th episode of The New Files, which features several lingering pan shots of them. Not to mention, Gotoh having to be told twice to keep his eyes on the road, instead of her legs.
Sakaki is the head mechanic of the SVU. His training was was in mechanics, and he doesn't really understand the electronics and computers in the Labors*
he struggles with software in the animated continuities, but has apparently gotten used to them in the manga
. Though he's supposedly only the head mechanic, most of his job is to order the other staff around, primarily the maintenance crew but sometimes the members of Division 2. Easily the most respected member of Special Vehicles 2, he commands fear, respect, admiration, and loyalty from all who know him.
Cool Shades: He's never seen without 'em... even at night or at home! (Except once, close to the end of the TV series.)
Mentor: To a lot of people, from the Special Vehicles 2 maintenance crew to the higher-ups at the MPD, Sakaki is the God of Maintenance. On a day-to-day basis, though, he's grooming Shige to take his place.
Mr. Fixit: He's 62 - been doing his job since machines were invented. If he can't fix it, it ain't broke! (...Or Hoba did something to the software.)
Chief Shigeo "Shige" Shiba
Shigeo, or just plain Shige, is second in command of the maintenance crew at Special Vehicles 2. He is a man truly dedicated to his work, though sometimes he can go overboard. He is a proud member of the SVU, and makes sure the Labors work perfectly. He takes over from Sakaki when he retires (though is more than happy to defer to him if a serious need arises).
Gadgeteer Genius: Understands Labors from the ground up as well as or better than anyone - oh, and he built the Riot Gun Division 2 occasionally uses.
Hot Blooded: To a point that it interferes with his job. Hot blood seems to be a trait common to the whole mechanic team, in fact.
Large Ham: Unlike Ōta, he's not "on" all the time, but when he is, he doesn't go halfway. (Shigeru Chiba is actually really good at this kind of role - it's especially clear during Shige's Mini-Pato episode.)
The Smart Guy: It's not too obvious, given how he normally acts, but Shige not upgrading the AV-98s to the Hyper OS due to mistrusting it and, more impressively, creating a working computer model of vibration effects of the entire Tokyo Bay area drives the third act of the first movie. (He apparently also understands English pretty well, translating Kanuka's notes on Division 2 more quickly than Shinshi.)
Kumagami is Ōtah's backup. She is Kanuka's replacement after she returns to New York. She was top of her class, and is an exceptional police officer. She was courted by several police agencies, but eventually chose the SVU because of the challenge. Kumagami seems to be very level headed and nothing seems to faze her, though the antics of her workmates sometimes annoys her. Kumagami has an irrational fear of the supernatural, especially ghosts as her father was interested in the topic and she heard many ghost stories when she was a child.
A detective with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Matsui once asked Gotōh for his help in strange case, but now is often called upon by Captain Gotōh for help on crimes which involve specialist investigation.
Friend on the Force: Though they're both police, Matsui is Gotōh's insider on police investigations.
Tamiko is the overbearing but loving wife of Mikiyasu Shinshi. She seems like the perfect housewife, but under her sweetness and light persona she can be a she-demon. Somewhat possessive of her husband, she can turn frighteningly mean if she thinks he has been hard done by. Strangely Tamiko and Mikiyasu seem made for each other.
Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it when her husband spends more time with his friends than with her.
Jitsuyama is head of the Shinohara Labor factory. His career in mechanics began when he started a business up with Asuma's father. To Asuma he is kind of like a substitute father and he often comes to him when he needs advice concerning Labors.
Momoko Sakurayama is a tabloid television journalist who always seems to be there at the right time to get that scoop. After following the SVU to get several scoops, she later helps them in their Griffin Labor case.
Hot Scoop: If there's trouble and it's news, she'll be there in the middle of it. Not surprisingly, this almost gets her killed. See directly below.
Large Ham: Seen during her farewell speech to her devoted fans when she thought she was going to be crushed to death by a Labor. The pilot was a disgruntled patient who thought he was terminally ill.
An intelligence officer assigned with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force chief of staff's office assisting Gotōh and Shinobu in locating and apprehending the terrorist Yukihito Tsuge into custody. Arakawa assists the SVU by providing pictures of Tsuge's assets via American military spy satellites and secretly meeting up with Gotōh to pass on him intelligence obtained on Tsuge, earning Shinobu's ire due to her suspicions about him and his intentions.
A very mysterious man working at Schaft Japan, in charge of the Griffin project. He seems to smile all the time and gives off the impression he's happy-go-lucky, but in fact he is very calculating, eccentric and cunning, and will stop at nothing to get the desired result. Utsumi is an alias; his real name is Richard Wong and he is from the Hong Kong division of Schaft.
Friendly Enemy: He acts this way at least. If nothing else, he's very polite and considerate for a villain. He even took offense when one of his associates shot Kumagami.
Karma Houdini: After all the trouble he causes for SV 2 and his company, Schaft gives him his old job back 'cuz they need him.
Laughably Evil: It's really hard to believe this guy's a villain sometimes, given his antics.
Man Child: A mild mannered version, but it shows in some of the stunts he pulls; like the troll entry below.
Old Flame Fizzle: In The New Case Files, it's revealed that he and Kumagami were an item. It doesn't work out, as seen in the troll entry below.
Scary Shiny Glasses: It doesn't have the usual effect, in his case. It's just there to remind you that he's the bad guy.
Troll: Toward his boss at Schaft and his ex: Kumagami! When she confronts him in The New Case Files, he tells her he intends to turn himself in, allegedly because of his feelings for her. It was a lie, naturally. The moment she drops her guard, he scoops her up and literally dumps her... in a laundry basket, then makes his escape!
Undying Loyalty: Wong absolutely refused to abandon Bado, even at the insistence of his partner, Kurosaki; despite jeopardising his own chances at escape.
Finally subverted in the second OVA, where after repeated attempts to reason with Bado, he cuts his losses and bails on him.
Kurosaki is head of the Phantom labor project, and later second in command of the Griffin project. He seems to be a rather cold man and like Wong will do what ever it takes to get the result he wants.
Jerk Ass: A stark contrast to his partner, Richard Wong.
Karma Houdini: He's considerably more violent than Wong, yet never pays for it.
Obviously Evil: Seriously, with all the evil smirks, smugness, and the light always glinting off his glasses just so, he might as well wear a tag that says: "Hi, I'm evil."
Smug Snake: See the preceding entry directly above.
Badrinath Harchand / Bado (Bud) Renard
Bado is a very young Indian boy (about 12 years old) who is the pilot of the experimental Griffin Labor. A very competitive young man, his main aim seems to be beating Noa and her Patlabor rather than actually testing the Griffin. He can be very short tempered, and thinks his work for Schaft is just a game rather than actual work.
Bratty Half-Pint: He behaves this way when he's bored or doesn't get what he wants. Otherwise, he's really not that bad.
Kid Looks Like a Girl: Exactly what it says. Bado can easily pass for a girl even without a disguise. Wong even uses this to their advantage when he and Bado make their escape at the end of the Griffon Arc.
Improbable Age: The kid's an ace Labor pilot at age 12. More importantly, he can also survive the physical effects merely operating the Griffin would have on most anyone else.
Pride Before A Fall: Bado refused to back down or listen to reason, despite being out-numbered and low on power, all because he didn't want to give Noa the satisfaction of making him withdraw a second time. She invokes her 'Big Sister' rights and put's him in his place, by body slamming him and his Humongous Mecha on the tarmac!
Undying Loyalty: Bado may complain about alot of things, but he knows that, when it comes down to it, Wong's got his back. So he gives him the same in return.
Finally subverted in The New Case Files, where Wong cuts his losses and ditches Bado, who refused to withdraw from his rematch with Noa.
A software programmer who worked for Shinohara Heavy Industries, Hoba designed a revolutionary new operating system that was quickly implemented in almost every labor the Tokyo. After completing his work, Hoba commits suicide, and shortly later it becomes apparent that his new OS contains a virus that causes labors to go berserk—which due to their ubiquity, threatens the entire Tokyo metropolitan area.
As The Good Book Says: He leaves numerous biblical quotes for the investigators to find, and his name ("E. Hoba") is the Japanese pronunciation of "Jehova" (which, being a corruption of the original pronunciation, delights him).
Evil Genius: So much so, that it took three other geniuses combined (Gotoh, Asuma, and Shige) to stop his plans from succeeding.
My Death Is Only The Beginning/Thanatos Gambit: Kills himself after setting things up, but before the chaos begins. A slight variation in that the plan (itself not really clear, as Hoba left very little evidence of it besides the virus and biblical quotes) would have advanced with or without him, but him being dead means that the police can't easily piece things together, and certainly can't whip up an anti-virus in time. Gotoh suspects he killed himself in complete confidence that it would succeed.
Secret Test of Character: Speculated by some fans.He attached his employee badge to his pet raven to set off a Never Found the Body-paranoia, and give his pursuers a Secret Test of Character. Division 2 is only able to prevent the destruction of Tokyo because they decide to try and save Hoba when they think he's alive. They wouldn't have made it to the backup-system in time if they had decided to collapse the Ark with him still in it.
Xanatos Gambit: If the police don't stop his plan, then labors (including those in nuclear plants and underground construction sites) run amok and kill thousands. If they do stop it, then the Babylon Project is crippled*
...until the next movie
. Either way, he wins.
An ex-JGSDF lieutenant colonel who went missing after his UN Labor platoon was attacked by armed guerrillas in the Southeast Asian forests, Tsuge changed his brown hair to white and plotted terrorist activities in the Greater Tokyo Area under the assumption of a revolt from the ranks of the Self-Defense Forces. His main motive was for the people to see the reality that he had gone through during his UN peacekeeping tour. He has a history with Shinobu.