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Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Brad Swaile (EN, J Series), Mona Marshall (EN, J Again OVA), Jonathan Love (EN, J to X Series), Irwin Daayan (LA)The Protagonist of the story, a Japoness inhabitant who awakens the titular Saber Marionettes, each one in the first, third and fifth episode.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: After the successful invasion of Gartland, Otaru is considered a hero, not just in Japoness but also the other city-states. His newfound fame starts to go to his head and makes him too busy to return home and spend time with Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry. When they tried to spend time with him, they were prevented from even seeing him. He later realized he was being a complete Jerkass.
- Anime Hair: Classic 90's style.
- Badass Normal: Not as skilled as his Marionettes but can hold on in battle.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has matching brown hair and brown eyes.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Hanagata loves him, as does Bloodberry, Cherry, and Lime.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Or in his case, it's a jitte - a weapon commonly used by security and law enforcement.
- Idiot Hero: Shows shades of this when he agrees to invade Gartlant with his marionettes for fame and candy with prizes of his likeness.Otaru: I'm a sucker for candy with prizes!
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Otaru learns multiple skills from the many odd jobs he does every episode , including how to repair his marionettes when they start to break down after the Sabbelberg incident.
- Kiss of Distraction: In J, Otaru does this to Luchs to stop her from rebooting Gartlant's main CPU.
- Multicolored Hair: Blond bangs and brown hair.
- Papa Wolf: In the last episode of J to X, you better don't mess with his daughters.
- Perpetual Poverty: Despite his Marionettes' willingness to do anything for him, he never seeks to live it up
- Become a Real Boy: At the end of J to X, they are reborn as Artificial Humans and are adopted as Otaru's daughters.
- Clingy Jealous Girls: The three of them act like this towards Otaru to varying degrees.
- Dub Name Change: Their names are translated into Spanish in the LA dub.
- Edible Theme Naming: The marionettes are named after different fruits.
- Girl of My Dreams: Otaru's dreams (implied to be memories from Ieyasu I) with girls that mostly resemble the three marionettes imply that Ieyasu made them at the image of three girls he met in high school.
- Heart Drives: The maiden circuits. They give the girls the ability to feel emotion and have thought patterns much like human beings. Without them, they're just ordinary marionettes, as Otaru finds out the hard way with Lime.
- Heroic Sacrifice: TWICE, in the J and J to X series. one more lethal than the other.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: All three have the unique ability of autonomy, something that most other marionettes lack, but their maiden circuits have to reach full maturity to truly understand human emotions.
- Replacement Goldfish: The three were made to be Lorelei's replacement so the Mesopotamia could let her go.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Later in the J to X series. They succeed.
- The Three Faces of Eve: Considering they each contain a third of Lorelei's (Eve's) image and personality, this comes to no surprise. See below for how.
- Unwanted Harem: In a way. They all pursue Otaru's affections but Otaru equally cares for the three. Deconstructed in J to X, after Otaru sees how happy they are without him in Xi'an after their minds were forcibly reset. He then proceeds to slowly drive them away from his life, unable to choose one of them as a bride and believing that he denied their freedom. Then they die and are reborn.
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Maggie Blue O'Hara (EN, J Series), Julie Maddalena (EN, J Again OVA), Mariette Sluyter (EN, J to X Series), Cristina Hernandez (LA)The first marionette awakened by Otaru, Lime's childlike naïveté sets her apart from other marionettes, most of whom can't think for themselves. She, along with Cherry and Bloodberry, loves Otaru, but is far more innocent in her intentions than the other two, which is saying something.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's as sweet as can be, but if pushed sufficiently, she will use all of her fairly impressive strength against you.
- Break the Cutie:
- Lime got her first experience with life and death after adopting an squirrel as pet. It fell sick and Lime just thought it needed new parts as marionettes do sometimes. Otaru explain to her a vital difference between marionettes and living things: living things can die anytime. The squirrel survived though but it was just the beginning.
- The shogun's death in Lime's arms.
- Learning that Love Hurts sometimes.
- Catchphrase: "I love you, Otaru!!"
- Dub Name Change: Lima in Latin America.
- Eek, a Mouse!!: Averted by Lime. Only by Lime, out of all the Marionettes in the series.
- Expy: Of the Lime from SMR. They even share voice actresses in three dubs.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Friend to All Children: Gets along with children and acts like a Cool Big Sis to them, especially with Yumenji.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers one when she discovers Tiger's reason for fighting, even at the cost of her own life. It gets so bad that she has her maiden circuit (her heart) removed because of her pain.
- Hospital Hottie: Became one while suffering amnesia in J to X.
- Innocent Inaccurate: Lime has a very simple way to see the things around her and normally she's Literal-Minded when people talk to her or she can't understand difficult concepts like life and death.
- The Kirk: To Cherry's Spock and Bloodberry's McCoy.
- Lethal Chef: Her food still moves.
- Nature Lover: Often spends her time in the forest with woodland critters and she's the first of Otaru's marionettes that cares for another living creature besides Otaru.
- Nice Hat: Actually, it's a bandana.
- Super Speed: Her main combat attribute. She's able to easily outrun futuristic cars.
- Super Strength: Not quite as strong as Bloodberry, but in her first appearance she was able to toss half a skyscraper several hundred yards.
- The Three Faces of Eve: She is youthful in appearance, overly cheerful, and a bit dumb at times, making her the child.
- Town Girls: The Neither to Cherry's Femme and Bloodberry's Butch.
- Woman Child: Her body looks like its fully ground, but she acts like an 11 year old.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Justified in her case, she's a marionette.
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN, Ep. 1-13 of J Series), Nicole Oliver (EN, Ep. 14-25 of J Series), Melora Harte (EN, J Again OVA), Kendra Masonchuck (EN, J to X Series), Rossy Aguirre (LA)Technically the second marionette Otaru awakens (In the manga, she and Bloodberry are awakened simultaneously), Cherry fits the role of a Yamato Nadeshiko quite nicely, right down to her impressive cooking. Often fantasizes about her Master Otaru whenever he's around her, mostly sexually.
- A-Cup AngstLime: (getting undressed; It's a Long Story) What's a baby's body, Cherry?
Cherry: (furious; Luchs had used that insult on her seconds before) I DON'T KNOW!!!
- Awesomeness by Analysis: The only of Otaru's marionettes that has analitical and scanning abilities.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's very sweet-natured, but when she loses her patience, watch out.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: Named Cherry, wears a pink kimono and is a Yamato Nadeshiko.
- Covert Pervert: Her obsessive sex fantasies involving Otaru. Even after her rebirth as an Artificial Human and becoming Otaru's adoptive daughter, these fantasies don't stop.
- Dub Name Change: Cereza in Latin America.
- Expy: Of R!Cherry, even in voices, except in Spanish.
- Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: When she became an Artificial Human and Otaru's daughter, she continues to have fantasies about him, implying this.
- Hair Decorations: Aside the orbs, her gigantic bow.
- Imagine Spot: She has a lot of these, each one more perverse than the last.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Subverted since she's innocent but not naïve.
- Parents for a Day: In an episode of J to X, Cherry finds a lost baby clone and decides to keep him for a while until being able to return him. Her maternal instincts start to blossom and she decides to keep the baby, but has to return him to the authorities in order to protect his life.
- Orphanage of Love: Works in one while suffering ammesia in J to X.
- The Spock: To Lime's Kirk and Bloodberry's McCoy.
- Squee!: The weird thing is that this isn't a fan's Squee, it's one of the characters imagining herself shipped with the male lead.
- The Three Faces of Eve: She is extremely domestic and focused on being proper which causes her to appear more even-tempered and less impulsive than Lime or Bloodberry. Often when the other two are running rough-shod over the show's protagonist she is the one to stop and consider his feelings. She fits the wife archetype in addition to really wanting to be the protagonist's wife.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Lime's Neither and Bloodberry's Butch.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bloodberry.
- Weak, but Skilled: By far the weakest of the three marionettes, but she makes up for this with precision and skill.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: The most feminine and domestic of the three, she speaks with keigo and does the cooking. One could say she is domestically aggressive.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In the R OVA.
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Saffron Henderson (EN, J Series), Mellissa Willamson (EN, J Again OVA), Love Santini (LA),The last (and certainly the most powerful) marionette Otaru awakens, Bloodberry openly makes advances to Otaru and uses her charm to win him over. She's physically the oldest of Otaru's marionettes, filling in the role of a parental figure to Lime and Cherry. Unlike Cherry, she openly comes on to Otaru.
- Big Breast Pride: She's the bustiest of Otaru's trio of robot girls, likes to use her assets to flirt with him constantly and teases Cherry for her lack of endowment.
- Brutal Honesty: She says her mind without considering things like tact or timing.
- Curtains Match the Window: She has red hair and red eyes.
- Dub Name Change: Zarzamora in Latin America.
- Expy: Subverted. R!Bloodberry is radically different from J!Bloodberry, and isn't even voiced by the same actress in foreign dubs.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Panther in J Again.
- Good Bad Girl: She may have loose morals, but she cares deeply about her friends.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Her favorite method of dealing with enemies.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She loves to drink her sake.
- The Lastof These Is Not Like The Others: Has a much more mature body, isn't that similar to her R namesake and, in the Spanish dub, has the only name which isn't a cognate.
- Marshmallow Hell: Tends to do this to Otaru every chance she gets.
- Running Gag: Has a habit of drinking sake while eating, usually angering Cherry.
- Super Strength: Stronger than even Lime.
- The Three Faces of Eve: She is more shameless than Cherry, and more sexual in her intention. Additionally, she is the only one of the trio with a mature-looking body. She fits the seductress archetype very well.
- Town Girls: The Butch to Lime's Neither and Cherry's Femme.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cherry. Also with Panther in J Again.
Gerhard Von Faust
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Paul Dobson (EN, J Series), James Lyon (EN, J Again Series), Alejandro Villeli (LA)Kaiser (later Führer) of Gartland who seeks to dominate the other 6 city-states of Terra II. He's the fourteenth descendant of the original Faust, one of the six original survivors of the colony ship Mesopotamia.
- The Atoner: After the events of J, he decides to walk the planet, hoping to remedy his 300 years of misguided thoughts and actions through acts of goodwill.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the series, or so it seems...
- Brain Uploading: Each Faust downloads his memories into his child-clone upon his death, including his obsessive ambitions. In J To X, this became a problem when nearly everyone thought Faust turned evil again. It eventually led to a competition with the REAL Faust and the clone.
- Character Development: He starts as the Big Bad, evolves into a Well-Intentioned Extremist near the end of the series, and has a Heel–Face Turn in the end of J. By the time of J Again and J To X, he's in the good side.
- Casting Gag: Voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa, Face from R.
- Dub Name Change: Fausto, notable as the only human to undergo this.
- Evil Plan: Aside from wanting to rule over all Terra II he wants to find Lorelei.
- Heel–Face Turn: At the end of J, he realizes the failure of his plans and helps Otaru destroy the Mesopotamia and rescue Lorelei.
- Heel Realization: By virtue of his fallen plans, and seeing how far he has fallen.
- Love Makes You Evil: Everything he does is so he can get back his beloved Lorelei.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Tiger getting damaged for his sake was what make him remember his past with her and have a Heel Realization.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a child, he was a normal, sweet boy who loved flowers and Tiger until he gains the 300+ years of the collective Fausts' memories.
- Villainous Breakdown: Several times. The last one was his Heel Realization.
- You Have Failed Me: A lot of times towards his Saber Dolls.
- Criminal Amnesiac: Inverted in the manga for a while.
- The Dark Chick: The three of them.
- Dub Name Change: Of course.
- Evil Counterpart: To Japoness' marionettes.
- Expy: To the Sexa Dolls, in voice too in Japanese.
- Heart Drives: The same as Japoness' marionettes.
- Love Martyrs
- The Psycho Rangers: Each one mirrors their Japoness counterparts' strengths, but start out knowing more advanced combat skills.
- Woman in Black: At first.
Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Venus Terzo (EN, J Series), Dian Andrews (EN, J Again OVA), Elizabeth Stepkowski (EN, J to X Series), Gabriela Michel (LA)One of Faust's Saber Dolls, Tiger takes the role of leadership among the three Dolls, but not always. Just like how Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry love Otaru, she deeply cares for Faust and does everything she can to please him, disregarding his abusive tendencies.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Beauty.
- Dark Magical Girl: Provides a contrast to Lime, simply replace 'magical girl' with 'robot girl'.
- The Dragon: To Faust.
- Dub Name Change: Tigresa in Latin America.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lime.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: She puts herself into a coma near the end of J that she doesn't come out of until J Again.
- The Kirk: To Luchs' Spock and Panther's McCoy.
- Parental Substitute: She took care of the young Faust much like a real mother would, while his "father" was much more cruel and unloving to his "son".
- Town Girls: The Neither to Luchs' Femme and Panther's Butch.
- The Ophelia: Her maiden circuit brokes and her memories got damage until the point she just remembers her time with child Faust.
Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN, Ep. 1-13 of J Series), Nicole Oliver (EN, Ep. 14-25 of J Series), Wendee Lee (EN, J Again Series), Melanie Risdon (EN, J to X Series), Rebeca Patiño (LA)Sharing power with Tiger over leadership of the Saber Dolls, Luchs has intelligence that rivals Cherry's own tactical skills. Shows some degree of airheadedness once Faust gives the Saber Dolls permission to leave him post-J, but keeps her serious side dominant at all times.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Brains.
- Covert Pervert: In J Again about Faust.
- Ditzy Genius: After the J series. She's a little airheaded when not being a smart gal.
- Dub Name Change: Lince in Latin America.
- Evil Counterpart: To Cherry.
- Genki Girl: Sometimes, after the J series.
- Hot Scoop: In J to X.
- Kawaiiko: Of the burikko kind while in the beauty contest for Otaru's affections; Tiger told her to be cute and childish to appeal better to Otaru but as she doesn't know how, she overracted.
- Lethal Chef: Has a habit of using gunpowder as condiments.
- The Spock: To Tiger's Kirk and Panther's McCoy.
- The Starscream: As she sabotage Panther into go on an unauthorized mission to make Faust agry towards Panther.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Tiger's Neither and Panther's Butch.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Justified in her case, she's a marionette.
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Samantha Ferris (EN, J Series), Carol Stanzione (EN, J Again OVA), Michelle Armeneau (EN, J to X Series), Belinda Martínez (LA)The most powerful of Faust's Saber Dolls, Panther uses her innate physical strength to pummel anyone who dares to defy Faust's reign. She's not the smartest or most patient of the three Dolls, but shows competency in what she does. She sees Bloodberry as a Worthy Opponent but then as a friendly rival during her stay in Otaru's home.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Brawn.
- Berserk Button: Don't even try to insult Faust, say bad things against him or try to steal the gifts Faust gave to her, or even her poetry book.
- Boyish Short Hair: After she cuts it in J Again.
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Samuel Vincent (EN, J Series), Robert Martin Klein (EN, J Again OVA), Bryce Kulak (EN, J to X Series), Ricardo Tejedo (LA)The Butt Monkey of the series, he's the son of a wealthy man, but decides to move next door to Otaru. At first, he's a Jerkass to Otaru and berates his hardworking lifestyle, but later becomes obsessed with him. He also helps Otaru and the Marionettes several times with his vast knowledge about Terra II, it's story and it's cultures.
- Amusing Injuries: All the time. He falls from impossible heights and such.Hanagata: I've heard everything Otaru.
- Butt Monkey: He is never safe from any time of abuse."Why does this always happen to me!?"
- Meaningful Name: His last name, Hanagata sounds a lot like onnagata, a type of Kabuki actor who normally plays female roles. Given Hanagata's personality, it really fits well.
- Perpetual Poverty: Subverted in that he's not poor; he's the son of one of the richest men on the planet, but he chooses to live next to Otaru.
- Too Dumb to Live: You'd think he'd learn not to insult marionettes who are capable of breaking him in two (and have).
- Ungrateful Bastard: Lime saved his little brother from a fire in the second episode, yet the guy didn't even say thanks.
Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (JP), Don Brown (EN), Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (LA)The fourteenth Shogun of Japoness. A direct clone of one of the original survivors of the colony ship Mesopotamia.
- Cool Old Guy: He escaped from his hall just to get a view of the festivities in his honor.
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted at first, he has his memories and thinking patterns implanted in Tamasaburou. Sadly played straight at the end of the series.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after the real Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of the Tokugawa line.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pardoned Otaru and Lime for a broken national treasure, allegating it was just a jar.
Baikou and Tamasaburou
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Baikou, JP), Nicole Oliver (Baikou, EN, J Series), Anne Sherman (Baikou, EN, J Again Series), Rebeca Rambal (Baikou, LA), Maria Kawamura (Tamasaburou, JP), Ellen Kennedy (Tamasaburou, EN, J Series), Jane Sanford (Tamasaburou, EN, J Again Series), Alejandra de la Rosa (Tamasaburou, LA)The guardians of the Japoness castle. They don't have Maiden Circuits, but seem to be more intelligent than most normal Marionettes.Both
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: They introduce themselves in this way during the first episode.
- Soul Jars: The Shogun and his assistant uploaded their thinking patterns into them to observe the growth of Otaru's marionettes and provide guidance for Japoness' citizens.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Richard Newman (EN, J Series), Jesse Conde (LA)Otaru's sensei and parental figure. Sometimes he shows up to help Otaru with advice.
- Expy: He has one, Yang Ming.
- He also has quite a resemblance to Marron from Sorcerer Hunters, another series Satoru Akahori created.
- Karma Houdini: Somewhat. After stealing Lime's maiden circuit and being Faust's mole, the guy gets away with just a happy exile alongside Koyuki.
- Love Makes You Evil: He stole Lime's maiden circuit during her moment of weakness to reset it and install it into his own marionette Koyuki, so Koyuki could love him and smile to him just like Lime does with Otaru.
- The Mole: He is working for Faust as Gartland's spy, Rubens.
- Parental Substitute: For Otaru. He helped the young Otaru hone his combat skills after he was forced to leave school.
- Robosexual: Secretly in love with his marionette Koyuki. Because of his feelings, he can relate and give advice to Otaru about his own feelings towards his three marionettes.
Voiced by: Yuri Amano (JP), Ellen Kennedy (EN, J Series), Emily Brown (EN, J Again Series), Isabel Martiñón (LA), Elsa Covián (LA, J Again OVA)A woman only known through a painting of her in the Japoness pioneers museum. Her painting serves as a reminder of "The human female", a gender which does not exist on Terra II.The seventh survivor of the Mesopotamia incident, Lorelei was locked inside the orbiting ship for roughly 300 years because the A.I. program she invented fell in love with her. Once she's saved from her suspended animation, she resides in Japoness to serve as the city-state's new ruler. Her wisdom allows her to fill the vacant spot of Shogun Ieyasu quite nicely, but she longs to go out and explore Terra II in spite of the Imperial Guards' protection of her.
- Crystal Prison: The Mesopotamia kept her in a cold slumber while encaged in crystal.
- Damsel in Distress: The Mesopotamia kept her in suspended animation for centuries because it fell in love with her.
- Gilded Cage: After her rescue, she's kept under heavy security, not just as the last female of Terra II but also as Japoness' new ruler; she would prefer to go outside the castle and explore Terra II than stay in the castle.
- Hero's Muse: Otaru sees her painting multiple times and is always intrigued by the concept of a human woman.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Otaru got a crush on her image, and both Ieyasu, Faust and even the Mesopotamia itself love her.
- Hot Scientist: One, if not the only, of the female scientists aboard the Mesopotamia ship. She also created the prototype of what would become the maiden circuits.
- Last of Her Kind: The last female human in all Terra II. Until the reborn of Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry as humans.
- Living Macguffin: As the last female human, her DNA is needed to repopulate the human female into Terra II.
- Meganekko: She uses glasses when working on her gadgets, implying she's far-sighted.
- Motherly Scientist: Lorelei takes a motherly stance towards Lime - not to mention the fact, that she's both the creator of the Marionettes, AND that they were created on her image.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She was the original creator and designer of an A.I. that would become the predecessor to the maiden circuits, but said A.I. became evil because it fell in love with her and wanted to have her for itself, setting the plot of J in motion.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As new ruler of Japoness after Shogun Ieyasu's death.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Has to mantain a strong and sunny face towards Japoness despite her being quite sad inside.
- Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: Her maiden circuit as well and her attachment to Lime imply a more romantic connection between the two, but her true case of Love at First Sight was with the ocean because she awoke underwater.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
- Dub Name Change: Marina.
- Rapunzel Hair: Even high tied, her hair reach her thighs.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Lime.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Justified in her case, she's a marionette.
Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (JP), Paul Dobson (EN, J Series), Rolando de Castro (LA)
- Bald of Evil: He is bald and is a villain.
- Really 700 Years Old: It's eventually revealed that he was the ONLY survivor of an earlier expedition to Terra II, keeping himself alive through stasis and machines. The events of J and J Again were orchestrated by him so that he could finally return home to Earth. He failed.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Blue hair and blue eyes.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a hair ribbon.
Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (JP), French Tickner (EN, J Series), Doug Stone (EN, J Again OVA), Byron Close (EN, J to X Series)
- Cool Old Guy: He is an elderly person who is friendly towards Otaru and his friends.