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.
Ace Pilot: While she's not amazingly good, she's pretty reliable which counts for alot in the ultimate Real Robot series. She's also pretty skilled in hand to hand labor combat. During the selection tournament, she only lost to Kanuka in the finals because her battery ran out. Later on, her skill becomes well known enough that Schaft repeatedly singles her and Alphonse out to (illegaly) test Super Prototype combat labors in actual combat.
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.
Also in the manga, don't use Labors for criminal/terror acts.
Boyish Short Hair: She and Kumagami both keep their hair short, while Kanuka wears hers long and Captain Shinobu keeps hers in a ponytail while she's on the job.
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 hang out, whenever 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.
Voiced by: Ryunosuke Ohbayashi (JP), Michael Schwartz (EN)
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.
Batman Gambit: He is a master of getting people do to what he wants by making them think it's what they want.
From the first movie:
Goto has just manipulated Shinohara into putting his career on the line to find something out for him and then stepped in to get him off with 'just' a suspension. Shinohara: The only thing I don't get is how the commander found out about it all? Gotoh:(deadpan) Oh, that? I ratted you out, even the not wearing a helmet part. Shinohara: Commander!? Gotoh:' Look at it this way, now you have enough free time to snoop around for me some more.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Don't ever fool yourself and think you're getting anything by him, without him noticing. Asuma and the others get a not so subtle reminder, when they return from an undercover rescue operation and find he followed them. Gotoh even brought fries!
Reassigned to Antarctica: SVU's headquarters is located on reclaimed land that's practically in the middle of nowhere, which why the higher ups have Gotoh stationed there, where he can't ruffle any feathers. So they think....
Theme Naming: He and Nagumo are both named after WWII admirals.
Troll: Some of the stunts he pulls to discipline his squad can be desribed as such. Kanuka calls him out on it on more than one occasion. So does Shinobu.
Shinobu:(impressed) That was brave of you to face that Labor the way you did. Weren't you scared? Gotoh:(deadpan) No. Sakaki told me it was harmless. Shinobi:(disillusioned) Wha- So THAT'S why you were acting so bravely? Gotoh:(deadpan) Pretty much. Shinobu:(annoyed) I give up. So what'll your adoring public say, when they find out? Gotoh:(smirks at door) I wonder....? Asuma, Noa, Kanuka, Otah, Shinshi, and Hiromi:(eavesdropping outside door)THAT CHEAT!
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 backupnote 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.
Agent Mulder: If it involves anything supernatural, or paranormal, he's all for it.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Asuma is familiar with most Labor models, both civilian those used by the police/military alike, since he's the son of the founder of SHI and has been exposed to the labor industry from a young age.
Foil: To Otah, due to their conflicting personalities. Asuma alternates between trying to talk sense into him and either griping, or snarking, whenever Ota's trigger-happy tendencies creates problems for their division.
Honest Advisor: Which is the main reason Noa trusts him and doesn't mind it much when he snarks on her. In fact, it's when he doesn't that she starts to get worried.
Maybe Ever After: With Noa at the end of The Mobile Police/New Files continuity, though The Next Generation live action continuity ultimately subverts it by confirming they eventually did.
Mission Control: Though his position is "backup" for unit 01, his actual job is to cover Noa's blindspotsnote the Labors have a limited field of vision, even with the onboard monitors and provide intel on enemy units. Asuma is also a capable strategist and always has Noa's safety in mind, so she trusts his judgement implicitly.
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.
Only Sane Man: Asuma shares this spot with Kanuka and, later, Kumagami, as they're the most sensible, levelheaded members of the team. Which often makes him a foil for Otah.
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, half Irish-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.
Brother Chuck: She disappears without comment in the second and third movies. Some fans assume she died at the climax of the first filmnote which is weird, since you can see her being helped up to her feet at the end, but she probably just returned to the NYPD. (Given the tensions flaring up during the second movie, she may simply not have been able to get to Tokyo in time.)
But Not Too Foreign: Her grandmother was a Japanese immigrant, who married an American pilot stationed in Japan during the Korean War.
Cool Car: In the series, she drives a Porsche 911 in episodes 18 and 23 and a blue one in episode 44.
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).
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.
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.
Christmas Cake: Shinobu's in her mid-late 20's and is a police captain, so her mother worries about her chances of marriage. While Shinobu appreciates her concern, she's dedicated to her career and appears to be in no hurry to settle down. Though given the way she and her fellow captain, Gotoh, relate to each other, you'd think she already was.
Deadpan Snarker: Usually in regard to Gotoh's more questionable tactics (i.e. trolling), and his squad's reckless behavior.
Fair Cop: Though she usually dresses very conservatively (she is a police captain, after all), when dressed casually she's very pretty.
Like an Old Married Couple: The way she and Gotoh relate to each other, they could easily be mistaken for a married couple. She knows him like a book, especially when he's trying to charm her. Likewise, he knows when to tease, and when not to push his luck. This is best seen in both "The SVU's Longest Day" and the final episode of the OVA continuity.
In The New Files continuity, this is best seen in the Two in Karuizawa episode which focuses exclusively on them (covered extensively on the heartwarming moments page).
May-December Romance: In the second film, it's revealed that Shinobu once had an affair with her instructor while she was a cadet at the Tsuge Institute. She was 19 at that time, while Tsuge was said to be in his early 30's.
The Mistress: She fell for Tsuge, despite knowing he was married, which was both a breach of police protocol and ethics, which created a scandal. Though it isn't said whether his wife ever got wind of the fact he was cheating on her with one of his students.
New Old Flame: It isn't until the second film that we find out about her past relationship with Tsuge. Their history together becomes a subplot, as it reveals the reason she settled for a position with the SVU and creates part of the film's tension, since he's now a terrorist laying siege to Tokyo.
Old Shame: It wasn't long before word of the affair got out, reaching as far as the top brass, which is why she eventually had to settle for a job at the SVU. A photo and the details are seen here, at the Other Wiki.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Alongside Gotoh in the SV2. She's a stickler for proper procedure and carries out her duties without fail, but if she has reason to question an order, or find your motives suspect, she won't hesitate to say so.
Sakaki is the head mechanic of the SVU. His training was in mechanics, and he doesn't really understand the electronics and computers in the Laborsnote 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.
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.)
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.
Agent Scully: She'll adamantly denounce the existence of anything supernatural, until it's staring her in the face; especially ghosts, because she was left traumatized by her father's ghost stories, when she was a child.
Bifauxnen: Kumagami is short, has a boyish haircut, and looks rather tomboyish (but still feminine). She's also an expert at judo.
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She keeps her hair cut short and excels in Judo. In fact, no one in division 2 has been able to beat her (including Ota). But she dresses femininely whenever she's off-duty and is afraid of dark places, ghosts, and especially rats. She's even prone to fainting when sufficiently frightened.
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.
Fuwa is an old friend of Captain Nagumo, and is her contact within the JGSDF. She's occasionally done favors for Nagumo, and has worked with SV 2 on several occasions. She pilots the ARL-99 Helldiver, a military paratrooper labor derived from the AV-98 Ingram.
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.
Old Flame Fizzle: In The New 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.
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 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 cripplednote ...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 gonett through during his UN peacekeeping tour. He has a history with Shinobu.
May-December Romance: He had an affair with Shinobu (who was 19 at that time), whereas he was in his early 30's.
New Old Flame: Revealed during the events of the second film, as noted by the preceding entry.
Start of Darkness: In the prologue of movie 2, a JGSDF labor patrol in Southeast Asia under his command came under attack by anti-UN guerrillas, and is almost completely wiped out, while they're ordered to hold their fire.
Teacher/Student Romance: Tsuge was Shinobu's instructor, at the time they were together. At the end of the second film, she turns herself in with him because she still had feelings for him.
Your Cheating Heart: The affair created a scandal, because it was a clear breach of police protocol, made worse since he was married at the time. Though it isn't said whether his wife ever learned he was cheating on her with one of his students.