A teenager with the ability to summon a Symphogear, which she gained from fragments of Gungnir that became lodged in her chest after being caught in the crossfire of a Noise attack. Hibiki's control over her relic is too weak to summon an "armed gear", so instead she focuses her energy onto physical attacks.
Death by Origin Story: Apparently shown to be dead at the very beginning of Season 1, though it is revealed to be just a ruse so she, Tsubasa and Chris can continue their activities unencumbered by bureaucratic meddling.
Ironic Echo: Hibiki reminds Tsubasa so much of Kanade it hurts.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Hibiki's relationship with Miku became increasingly strained due to the pressures placed upon her as a Symphogear, as well as her decision to keep her best friend safe from the Noise.
Jumped at the Call: Hibiki doesn't hesitate for a moment to become part of the 2nd Disaster Relief unit.
Leit Motif: Her image songs have a distinct Celtic influence.
Rookie Red Ranger: Both literally and per trope. Her power is still new, compared to Tsubasa, who had hers since childhood.
Superpowered Evil Side: Durandal forces her to perform in Berserker mode, and, when taken to full power, she couldn't stop the power from taking over her body. In Season 1 Episode 11, when Durandal fuses with herself, she is still aware of her actions, while Tsubasa attempts a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Kadingir from firing. Fortunately, come G, she apparently learns to rein in her powers.
Took a Level in Badass: Hibiki eventually just stops trying to summon her Armed Gear and asks Genjurou to train her. She then easily beats Chris, unlike the first time around, when Tsubasa almost had to perform a Swan Song to even dent her.
Brought Down to Badass: After being exposed to Shenshou-Jing's relic-eater power, the Gungnir fragments inside her body all disappear. On the upside, she's no longer threatened by The Corruption. On the downside, she is no longer able to transform. Not that it's going to stop her from participating in the Final Battle, though. This works very well for her, because she manages to ultimately subvert this trope by absorbing Maria's Gungnir powers, restoring her own Gungnir.
Discard and Draw: After stealing Maria's Gungnir, she no longer has the life-threatening explosive power that came with it being fused with her body, but having a full Gungnir instead of a broken copy more than makes up the difference. Plus she can use an Armed Gear now if she wants to.
Humanoid Abomination: In order to [spoiler:regenerate her arm]] following the events of episode 5, Gungnir had to merge with her completely. She actually touches a Noise at the end of 6 with her bare hands before transforming, hinting she might be more relic than human now.
Lightning Bruiser: This time around, her punches and kicks have much more stopping power than the previous season, easily defeating several Noises with a single attack.
Oblivious to Love: If the OV As are canon, then Hibiki is most definitely this. Long story short, she doesn't notice Miku's feelings for her.
Plucky Girl: Even moreso here than in the first season.
Tears of Remorse: Breaks down in tears at the end of her, Tsubasa and Chris' battle against Maria's group in G Episode 2 for failing to reach their hearts and understand what molded them into the way they are.
A veteran Symphogear and former partner of Kanade in ZweiWing. Initially shy and passive, her disposition changes severely after Kanade's death, causing her to fall into despair and question whether her emotions should impede her performance as a Symphogear or if she should accept Hibiki as her new partner. Her Armed Gear is Ame-no-Habakiri, a massive Nodachi that can be split into multiple swords.
Broken Ace: To live up to her Dead Partner, she devotes herself to her job to the exclusion of everything else... and then falls short.
Broken Bird: Becomes one after Kanade dies, but eventually warms up to Hibiki during the first season.
Character Development: Her initial outlook was extremely grim and she saw herself as simply a weapon. After her near-Heroic Sacrifice and some heart-to-heart with Kanade's spirit during her recovery period, she starts mellowing out to her new partner.
Chilly Reception: Initially, to Hibiki, unable to cope with the fact that she'll be replacing Kanade.
Expy: Her fighting gear makes her resemble KOS-MOS, while her blue hair, stoic facade and idol career draws some parallels with Chihaya Kisaragi. Her rather less-defined tracts of land (at least compared to the other two protagonists) further fuels the latter comparison.
Fighting Your Friend: She won't accept Hibiki as a replacement for Kanade just because she has inherited her Gungnir. This caused her to throw the gauntlet at poor Hibiki. She repeats this again, albeit this time more reluctantly, after Hibiki goes berserk during the fight against Finé.
Flash Step: Due to her ridiculous speed, she often ends up appearing from one point to another in the span of a few seconds.
She-Fu: Tsubasa does Capoeira-like spins using the extra pair of blades on her legs and loves jumping kicks and somersaults.
Shout-Out: When she bleeds from eyes and mouth when she executes her Swan Song against Nehushtan Chris, she looks almost like Sayaka during her "I'm such a fool" moment. Jarring, because she normally doesn't make that kind of face, her emotional spectrum
You Remind Me of Kanade: How Tsubasa views Hibiki. And she doesn't like one bit, because to her Kanade is irreplaceable. It also doesn't help that Hibiki said she wanted to replace Kanade.
Big Sister Instinct: Towards Hibiki and Chris. Despite her cool, stoic exterior, she's always available to bail them out of trouble as a senior Symphogear user should. Best shown in her Cruel to Be Kind act to keep Hibiki from fighting and her Sempai Kohai moment with Chris.
Cruel to Be Kind: In episode 6, after hearing Hibiki's fate as a Humanoid Abomination, she tried to spare Hibiki from constant fighting and probably learning the Awful Truth... by reverting back to her cold self and tells Hibiki to stop fighting because she's a burden.
Tsubasa's former partner in ZweiWing, Kanade was the sole survivor of a Noise attack that killed her family when she was young. After being recovered by Genjuro and Ryoko, she wholeheartedly agreed to be tested for compatibility with Gungnir in exchange for the opportunity to exact revenge against the Noise. Unlike Hibiki, she can manifest the Gungnir in the form of a spear. Unfortunately, she dies in the beginning, forced to perform a Swan Song to defeat a concentration of Noise that massed around one of their concerts.
Chekhov's Gun: While protecting Hibiki from the Noise, she accidentally sends a sharp chunk straight at her, spearing her through the chest and nearly killing her. Two years later, this would become the reason Hibiki can use a Symphogear.
Psycho Serum: How the Symphogear research facility allowed Gungnir to resonate with her. Initially, a small dose was given, but when that doesn't work, she decides to take the rest of it. This serum may have been LiNKER as shown in G, but, given what happened in that season, she's really lucky to have lived after using it.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kanade took up Gungnir after her family was carbonized by the Noise. And she is utterly bent on avenging them. Eventually she comes to enjoy helping people for its own sake.
Introduced as a major antagonist during Season 1 with the ability to summon Noise, Chris is revealed to be a former Symphogear Candidate trafficked throughout her childhood for Relic compatibility research, developing a hatred for adults and aligning herself to Finé, until she realized that the latter was lying into using her. She later reconciles with Genjurou, her legal guardian from whom she ran away two years prior to the start of the series. As a wearer of Finé's Nehushtan armor, she wielder Solomon's Cane, a whip-like weapon. As a Symphogear, she wields the Ichaival, a pair of Automatic Crossbows.
Artifact Title: "The Nehushtan Armor" was her nickname before her actual name was revealed. Finé reclaims the Nehushtan armor and Solomon's Cane when she ditches her.
Heroic Sacrifice: To prevent the Moon from being pulverized, she launched herself to outer space and blasted the incoming laser with her own. She fails to stop it entirely, but at least the damage the moon suffers is relatively minor.
Pink Means Feminine: Both her and that stone shown in earlier episodes have diamond spikes on her Nehushthan armor colored pink. G takes this further with Episode 4's ending being pink all over.
Pragmatic Hero: After her violent break-up with Finé, she gets a better perspective of things, and decides to fight the Noise on her own terms — while (initially) refusing cooperation with the Second Branch, trusting no one but Genjurou, her legal guardian, and eventually Hibiki and Tsubasa.
Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted—it seems that she'll transform uninterrupted in Season 1 Episode 8, but suddenly the Noise make a charge at her. Thankfully, Genjuro appears and punches the asphalt to raise an ad hoc barrier before they can touch her.
Tsundere: Develops this attitude towards Hibiki (and to a lesser extent, Tsubasa), post-Heel-Face Turn. G eventually shows her more Adorkable side, especially once she re-attunes to school life.
Villainous Breakdown: Somewhat literally. When Tsubasa uses her Swan Song, it creates veins on her skin and does massive damage to her own armor, forcing her to flee. It supposedly doesn't kill her off, but it caused one hell of a breakdown.
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Her way of thinking has some nice changes in Season 1 Episode 7. She decides to help a brother and sister find their father, and she later asks them how do they get along with each so well. Their answer is something like "Slap-Slap-Kiss".
The Atoner: She still blames herself for the previous season's events, since she was the one who activated Solomon's Cane. Thus, during the climax she pretends to do a Face-Heel Turn so she can find Solomon's Cane, steal it, and make sure nobody abuses it ever again.
Blood Knight: She already showed signs of this trope in the first season, but in G, it's in full force. Chris takes down bad guys with a big smile on her face.
Explosive Leash: Outfitted with one during her fight against Tsubasa. She is released from it after a vicious battle with her.
Fake Defector: Apparently pulls off a Face-Heel Turnat the end of Episode 10, only for it to turn out she was only pretending so she could infiltrate Dr. Ver's group and steal Solomon's Cane, now under his possession, only to be forced to fight Tsubasa by way of an Explosive Leash.
Took a Level in Badass: Uses herself as a way of distracting the Noise when Hibiki was unable to activate her Symphogear. She did say she was a part of the school's track and field.
True Companions: Lives with Hibiki in the dorm and later relies on her in Season 1 Episode 8 when she acts as a decoy. Come G she joins the 2nd Division to be able to help her friend on an even greater scale.
Tsundere: A very minor example of the type B variety. She's a total sweetheart, but she isn't above criticizing Hibiki for her poor study habits or above quietly referring to her friend as an idiot when Hibiki gets herself into trouble.
Ambiguously Lesbian: Whatever ambiguity there was in the previous season has been wiped out of the board here: the reason she can link with Shenshou Jing is due to her love.
Anti-Magic: Her Shenshou Jing relic has the power to erase other relics and any effects related to them, including Symphogears, the seal on the Frontier, and the Gungnir fragments infecting Hibiki.
Badass Lesbian: Given her Symphogear, Shenshou Jing, activates due to her love for Hibiki, and the sheer amount of destruction that's caused by it, she definitely qualifies.
Chekhov's Skill: Her athletic talent finally comes into play in the finale, when she hurls Solomon's Cane to the warp gate leading to the Noise dimension, sealing it and causing the Nephilim's explosion to kill all the Noise within.
The Power of Love/Soundtrack Dissonance: It has been noted that sheer willpower can overcome literally anything, even Symphogears. That last Badass moment was simply her doing what she does best. Her Symphogear gets to the point where her laser is more powerful than Chris', which was used last season to stop moon chunks, and able to disintegrate it. And her song is about Hibiki's meeting from the previous season, saying that she completely loves her. Even a fansub decided to use pink cursive style fonts for her love song while said laser rips through a battleship.
Purple Is Powerful: Her Symphogear is purple, and it's far and away the most powerful relic shown in the series.
From Nobody to Nightmare: She is determined to protect Hibiki and eventually gets her own Symphogear, with disastrous results during episodes 9 and 10.
Unskilled, but Strong: Having received no formal training on how to use her Symphogear, Shenshou Jing, she's much less effective than the rest of the Symphogear users. And yet she still manages to destroy an entire fleet of ships with just her relic, and even overpower Chris and Tsubasa's ultimate defenses.
Shout-Out: To both Akuma and Bruce Lee. While training Hibiki in Season 1 Episode 4, he looks almost like the former, and sometime later during the same Training Montage, he and Hibiki wore Lee's iconic yellow-and-black jumpsuit. Come Season 1 Episode 8 he uses fighting moves that evoke both fighters. His training methods however, are more of a mix between old kung-fu movies (especially Drunken Master) and a certain Italian Stallion.
Taken Up to Eleven in G Episode 9, as there is not only another Rocky-style Training Montage (including Tsubasa and a very unenthusiastic Chris this time!), but he actually sings the theme song of Police Story (in Cantonese!) with Hibiki to accompany it...you'd have to be deaf to think his singing voice isn't an impersonation of Isao Sasaki.
The Big Bad of the series, who controlled Chris from the shadows. She possesses a number of powerful armours and Relics, some of which allow her (and by extension, Chris) to summon and control Noise.She is the reincarnation of an ancient priestess who sought entry into Heaven by building the Tower of Babel but was struck down by God. Fine possessed the body of Ryoko Sakurai when the latter came into contact with the Relics, and used her host's position within the 2nd Division to further her own agenda.
Death Equals Redemption: Between her death and her reappearance in Shirabe's Near Death Experience midway through G Episode 12, Finé has since taken Hibiki's words to heart. Her ghost even encourages Shirabe, her descendant, to live on and protect Kirika and help her save Maria.
Heroic Sacrifice: As part of her redemption, she ultimately sacrifices the last of her life-force in G Episode 12 to revive Shirabe.
Posthumous Character: She may be gone but she still plays an important role in the sequel. Instances include the terrorist group whom they named it after her and Shirabe being her reincarnation.
A world-famous singer whose recent début sent her straight to the top of the American charts. However, she is actually a high-ranking agent of the terrorist group "Finé" and can equip a black Gungir-class Symphogear. She claims to be the new reincarnation of Finé (the person), but this is actually a lie to secure the loyalty of Dr. Ver.
Anti-Villain: She is doing her best to avoid civilian casualties and carry her mission even when it puts her in serious risk. When juxtaposed with how the special forces constantly pursuing her are ridiculously incompetent gun-wielding jackasses, she comes off as Noble Demon.
She even moves across the entire board of anti-villains. Initially I, as explained, then II, but then she came to realize that she's not the descendant, so now it's something like a 3.5 since she cannot be considered a villain at this point but she is now willing to follow Ver. Then, she goes full on 4 when Ver betrayed her and reveals that he has no interest in the survival of the rest of humanity save himself.
Dirty Business: Even if she knew Ver is a nutjob, she decided to bear with working with him to fulfill her goal to use her song to save the world, even if it means biting her tongue until it bled while witnessing more of his atrocities. After his betrayal, she finally quits.
Even Evil Has Standards: While taking the concert hall was indeed her task given to her by her superior, Nastassja, she doesn't like the fact that she's taking hostages was also a part of it. So she gives the order to release them, which prompts the standard reaction.
Tsubasa: "What are you doing?" Nastassja: "What are you doing?"
She also screams utter disgust and anguish when Ver sics Noises to children just on the way home because they saw a Noise (deployed by Ver) turn enemy soldiers into ash.
Evil Counterpart: To Tsubasa. Both idol singers who have lost someone important to them (Kanade and Serena) due to Swan Song, the fact that she has another Gungnir drew a lot of more call backs to Kanade for Tsubasa, and pretty much act like the Cool Big Sis for their group of Symphogears. However, she has very high standards, making her not completely evil. Conversely, whenever there's a battle, Maria is usually pitted against Tsubasa. It is clear, however, that she is more fragile than Tsubasa, and may have Jumped Off The Slippery Slope after killing several American soldiers.
Graceful Loser: At the end of G, she allows Hibiki to keep the Gungnir she extracted from her, before leaving with Kirika and Shirabe into a helicopter, presumably having chosen to surrender now that they have nowhere else to go.
Heel Realization/My God, What Have I Done?: When she finally saw Ver killing other humans with glee and declaring that he's just there to save his own butt and the rest can die, seeing that her own decision was the one that let all those happen, and then topped with seeing Kirika and Shirabe fighting each other, Maria loses it.
It's All My Fault: Blames herself for not having the slightest bit of Fine in her, which causes all sort of messy and bloody complications.
Leitmotif: "Retsuyari Gungnir", which sports a distinctive symphonic R&B style.
Re Power: She loses Gungnir to Hibiki, but had kept what was left of Serena's relic as a keepsake, giving her a new white-and-silver costume with a sword-based Armed Gear. It breaks after one use, but lasts long enough to give her something to use during the final battle.
Villainous Breakdown: Goes nuts from the revelation that Ver has been using her, threatening to kill him while going under Gungnir's influence, until Hibiki absorbs it, restoring her own Gungnir and calming Maria down.
Heel-Face Turn: By G Episode 11, she becomes the first Finé Symphogear to agree to help Hibiki if it means saving her friends from Ver's manipulation.
Leitmotif: "Oukyo - Shul Shagana", which goes with her general Jpop-themed songs.
Mini-Mecha: At full power, Shul Shagana transforms into a set of massive robotic arms and legs armed with humongous buzzsaws.
Humongous Mecha: After powering up to X-Drive Mode, Shirabe gains the ability to morph parts of Shul Shagana into a giant robo-Shirabe armed with even BIGGER saws, which Shirabe herself operates the from behind its head.
Near Death Experience: Stabbed in the back by Igalima's scythe-boomerang. She even goes into 'drowning' experience like Tsubasa was in season 1.
It Is Not Your Time: Fine herself appears to her and tell her to go back to Kirika. Just like Kanade appearing to Tsubasa during her comatose.
Only Sane Girl: Of the Finé trio, Shirabe is the only one who realizes that Dr. Ver is a nutjob whose actions may do more harm than good.
Powers Do The Fighting: Shul Shagana's armed gear is attached to a pair of mechanical pigtails, and motorized wheels in the boots provide most of its mobility. Compared to the other Symphogear users, Shirabe barely has to lift a finger.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zig-zagged With Kirika. She's primarily Blue, but becomes Red when in Symphogear.
Shower of Angst: Mirroring Tsubasa's own in the previous season and against the same person. Turns into a shower oflove when Kirika comforts her.
Shut Up, Kirk!: When Hibiki tries to reason instead of fight, Shirabe calls her out on being a hypocrite; specifically because people who have never experienced hardship shouldn't offer to help others.
In-Series Nickname: Maria constantly refers to her as "Ma'am". Also a case of Spell My Name with an S: The way it's pronounced (maamu?), it's not really clear if it's meant to be "Mom" (mama), or "Ma'am". Episode 13 shows she was saying the latter but meant the former.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is trying to save the world from the Moon's collapse, which, unknown to her, was actually precipitated by Dr. Ver.
A mysterious researcher from America who transferred to the Second Division in order to study the Sakurai Theory. However, he reveals his true colours when he steals the Cane of Solomon and defects to Finé, becoming one of the main antagonists of the season.
It's All About Me: When he said "saving humanity", he meant only himself. Everybody else can go die in a hole for all he cares. Also that's why he instead quickened the moon drop instead of preventing it. In the finale, he even claims a world where he's not considered 'hero' in his own terms is not worth existing.
Villainous Breakdown: After Hibiki goes nutson his Nephilim, and at the end, when he completely went unhinged as he was being led away in chains after seeing all his plans crash and burn and being denied the "Heroic Sacrifice" he always wanted, with nothing to look forward to but the prospects of a lifetime behind bars.
One-Winged Angel: Multiple times. First, he gains a dark skin pigment and red veins after eating Hibiki's arm. Later, in episode 13, after it's heart is fused with the Frontier, Ver manages to make him come back using the ground in a much bigger form that shoots massive fireballs. Then, after Ver transfers all of Frontier's power to the heart, it fuses with the Frontier itself, becoming a city sized abomination.