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Characters: Senki Zesshou Symphogear

The characters who are a part of the Anime series Senki Zesshou Symphogear.

Unmarked spoilers ahead, several of which are Late Arrival Spoilers!

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    Symphogear users — general tropes 

All Symphogear users are Action Girls using a Powered Armor by default.

Tropes associated with all Symphogear users:

  • Action Girl: All the Symphogear users.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Some of the Image Songs suffer from this and give at least two variations of their songs. Many fans stick with the easier variation.
    • Gekisō ・ Gungnir is mistaken as "Gekiyari ・ Gungnir"
    • Makyū ・ Ichaival is mistaken as "Mayumi ・ Ichaival".
    • Fushichō no Flamme is mistaken as "Fushidori no Flamme".
    • Ressō ・ Gungnir is mistaken as "Retsuyari ・ Gungnir"
    • Gekkō no Ken is mistaken as "Gekkō no Tsurugi".
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Besides the... American, the beginning phrase of each girl's activation songs is gibberish. Or Norse. Or Ar tonelico's Conlang.
  • Badass: All of them!
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Symphogear users, without any visible means of life support, are space-worthy. The part about talking in the vacuum is explained by being telepathy, at least.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens to almost everyone who activates the Swan Swong ("Zesshou"). If someone has not blood from the mouth, she won't die or be hospitalized.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: A musical variant; each girl sings a brief verse to activate her gear. Careful listeners might catch the names of their relics in the lyrics.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Played with. All Symphogear users depend on maintaining a song during combat, making them unable to actually declare their attacks (except for the initial invocation of the Symphogear and one exception.) However, their special attacks and defenses are announced for the audience's benefit with cuts to a Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame with a title card, done in an unique style for each character.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Every Symphogear user has her own theme color.
    • Hibiki has orange and yellow.
    • Tsubasa has blue.
    • Chris has red with Ichaival, and silver with the Nehushtan armor, which is not a Symphogear.
    • Kanade has orange.
    • Maria has black with her Gungnir, and white with Airgetlám.
    • Kirika has green.
    • Shirabe has pink.
    • Miku has purple.
    • Serena has white.
  • Combined Energy Attack: In G, this is how Nephilim's Final Form is defeated, via combined Phonic Gain from the entire world. VITALIZATION!
  • Competence Zone: Apparently only teenagers can be Symphogears candidates. However, this is trope is more or less averted, since Maria is 21, who is definitely an adult, and Tsubasa was able to activate her relic when she was five years old. Also, if Kanade and Serena haven't died, they would be 19 years old — Serena would be a legal adult in American/Europe standards.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Swan Song ("Zesshou") is also known as the "Ulitmate Song", which releases energy beyond what the Symphogear can safely handle. It so dangerous that the Symphogear user usually dies. Basically everyone has sung it, some of them even multiple times, but only Kanade and Serena died after singing it.
  • Disco Tech: Symphogears and relics are activated and run on "phonic energy", that comes from singing.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: In G, everyone gets one, due to maximum Phonic Gain from the entire world. Even Maria.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Symphogears are powered armors that run on their users' singing skill and emotional state. They also take more or less stripperiffic forms on specific users (compare Chris in her Nehushtan Armour to Finé's).
  • Image Song: By the boatload. There is a justification though: the Relic users sing the songs to maintain their transformed state.
  • Invisible Backup Band: Justified in the OAV. Turns out the Symphogears act like karaoke machines, providing music and backup vocals for the wearer.
  • I Thought It Was Forbidden: By the end of the series the Ultimate Song, or sometimes translated, "swan song" has been used so often that it doesn't look that dangerous.
    • And it is actually dangerous only if the user is not perfectly tuned to the relic. Which... is only kind of explained in the anime, making it a case of All There in the Manual.
    • The very first scene of the G is the death-by-swan-song of another Relic user, Maria's little sister, Serena. She is both very young and un-tuned, which means it is a certain death for her.
  • Leitmotif and Mood Motif: All of the Symphogear users sing their song as a way to debilitate the Noise. The songs also actively change throughout the series as a way to show their current personality/Character Development or when their Symphogears are upgraded. For example, Hibiki's songs earlier in the series are Lighter and Softer, but gets progressively more Hot-Blooded as the show goes on. If their Symphogears are downgraded, they use their old songs.
  • Let's Duet: Multiple Symphogear users sing in duets or in larger groups, depending on the situation.
    • Shirabe's and Kirika's character songs actually sync up with one another and feels like an actual duet at the chorus. This is blatant with Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA, which is a duet.
    • And there's the epic one in the first episode of both seasons with Tsubasa with Kanade, then another with Maria.
    • Apple is performed by both Cadenzavna Eve sisters.
    • ORBITAL BEAT is a duet of Tsubasa and Kanade, which later appears in G, but performed by Shirabe and Kirika.
    • FIRST LOVE SONG is performed by the trio Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris.
    • Hajimari no BABEL is performed by both trios.
    • Niji Iro no Flügel is also performed by both trios. The full version also includes Kanade.
    • The Ultimate Song is performed as a little choir twice in G. By the 2nd Division trio and then by the ZABABA duo.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Sure their power depends on their singing activating mysterious relics, but it manifests as humongous swords, gatling guns and piston punches.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: With the exception of the X-Drive Modes, the Symphogears evolve along with their wearers after time has passed. With every upgrade, the Symphogear needs to be empowered by a new song. If they revert back, they can be empowered by the old songs. For example, Tsubasa has three versions of her Ame-no-Habakiri (one in the flashbacks, one in season 1, and another one in G).
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Reportedly, it's actually (supposed to be?) Old Norse, which fits with the Symphogears' naming theme.
  • One-Man Army: Everyone fits to a degree.
  • Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame: Everyone gets these when they use their attacks.
    • Kanade has a hardened American style, complete with Gratuitous English and very strong strokes similar to The Eighties Comics.
    • Tsubasa has an Oriental style like those from the Feudal Japan era. The kanji are showcased in very deep and complex strokes, and makes Shout Outs to famous paintings.
    • In S1, Chris has a Wild West-esque theme, complete with a brown overlay you often see in said genre. In G, hers is now metal plate with the title of the attack engraved.
    • Kirika's looks like something that is meant to transcribe Black Speech, the name of the attack is barely readable.
    • Shirabe's is simple vertical and horizontal writing in a standard font, but their introductions criss-cross each other before stopping a brief moment.
    • Miku's is simple Chinese calligraphy, written in blinding gold and white.
  • Power Gives You Wings: The X-Drive Modes adds wings on the Symphogears.
  • Power Limiter: There are several factors that limit a Symphogear's power. Like the Big Bad being in charge of their tuning for a long time. Nothing that the right song can't release.
  • The Power of Rock: Downplayed, strangely enough. While this is a series about fighting evil Noise with power armours running on singing, the songs are not a weapon all in themselves; instead, they serve to empower the suits with Spontaneous Weapon Creation and render the Noise vulnerable. Actual combat is still done through an assortment of melee and ranged weaponry, making the characters have to both fight -and- sing.''
  • Powered Armor: The Symphogear manifest themselves as armors that give the wearers powers.
  • Rocket Punch: The Final Attack of the second season, Vitalization, is a Gigantic Dual SPINNING Rocket Punch. It's so awesome it would make Kouji Kabuto proud.
  • Rule of Cool: Singing while fighting energy creatures in your mystical power armour.
  • Secret Identity: The Symphogear are kept out of the public eye, and thus Kanade, Tsubasa and Hibiki have to keep their side job secret, even from best friends. Anyone who witnesses a Symphogear in battle either has to sign an agreement that they will never tell anyone about what they saw, or is dragged into the organization themselves. The Finé group Symphogear users also have not-so-secret identities.
  • Sensual Spandex: The Symphogears have these as part of their armor.
  • Super Mode: The X-Drive Mode, which usually appears as an Eleventh Hour Superpower.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: The Armed Gears can change their forms, depending on the situation or the attack.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: How the titular "Symphogear" activates. Having Orchestral Bombing and dramatic music in the background is entirely optional, but it makes fights that much more awesome.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Relics that are worn as necklaces can be activated by singing. The only Symphogear user who does not have a Relic as a necklace is Hibiki because hers is inside her body.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The Symphogear outfits.


Introduced in Symphogear (Season 1)

    2nd Division Symphogears 

Tropes associated with multiple characters:

  • Combination Attack: In G, the trio has S2CA Tri Burst, serving as a combination attack between Hibiki, Chris, and Tsubasa. The energy from all three singing their Superb Song at once is channelled into Hibiki's right hand, with the harmony of the three songs cancelling their harmful backlash and resulting in a vast tornado of rainbow-hued light.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The trio gets one in the first season's Grand Finale, thanks to the Lydian students singing their anthem which gives them new powers.
  • Expy: ZweiWing? Well, if you put the wings on their backs, then they look like another duet during transformation.
  • Image Song: For the individual image songs, see the individual entries below.
    • Gyakkō no Flügel and ORBITAL BEAT for ZweiWing. Both songs are eventually covered in G. Kirika and Shirabe sings the latter in a karaoke contest, and the former is performed by seven Symphogear users — this version is called Niji Iro no Flügel.
    • FIRST LOVE SONG for the trio.
  • Lovely Angels:
    • Tsubasa and Kanade. This is visually blatant when they perform as ZweiWing.
    • The trio has various duo combinations.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • ZweiWing's Tsubasa ("wing") and Amou ("heaven wing"). Also fits the valkyrie theme, and Tsubasa's Broken Bird status.
    • Further emphasis on this in Kanade/Hibiki's theme songs, which use the same instrumental but have lyrics echo-ing to each other. Kanade's song is called Kimi to Iu Oto Kanade Tsukiru Made ("Until I die, I will play this sound called 'you'"), Hibiki's is Watashi to Iu Oto Hibiki Sono Saki ni (Beyond the resonance of this sound called 'me'"), which embodies nicely the baton pass between them (a played sound will resound).
    • In the climax of the first season, Hibiki's declaration of the unified Swan Song brings together the sound kanji from Yukine, Kanade, Kazanari, and Hibiki: "Yoake wo tsugeru kane no ne kanade, nari hibiki watare!" "Ring the bells of the coming dawn! Let their call resound across the world!"
  • Next Tier Power-Up: In G, the trio has new and upgraded versions of their Symphogears, which are more powerful than their previous one. Their upgrades are empowered by new songs.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Chris and Tsubasa somehow survive episode 11 after the former singing a Ultimate Song and both being caught in a Wave Motion Gun blast and a humongous explosion respectively. What saves them is the power of music.
  • Not Quite Dead: The trio do survive the destruction of the Moon fragment and return without a scratch. They are declared officially dead in a cover-up for political reasons for three weeks.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Kanade/Hibiki's Symphogear next to Tsubasa's.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In the Grand Finale of season 1, the Lydian students singing their anthem revitalize Hibiki and resurrect Tsubasa and Chris, giving all three of them new Gear forms in the process. All of the forms are winged (and far more potent than anything they had access to before).
  • The Power of Friendship: It can release the ultimate power of Symphogears and fuels the Heroic Willpower to overcome Hibiki's Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Power Trio: Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris since the 10th episode of the first season.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Tsubasa and Chris' Symphogear armors have this.

Hibiki Tachibana

Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki

A teenager with the ability to summon a Symphogear, which she gained from fragments of the Third Relic, 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.

Tropes associated with Hibiki Tachibana in season 1:

  • Action Dress Rip: Gungnir's Combat Stilettos are in the way of Hibiki's new kung-fu moves, so she gets rid of the heels.
  • All-Loving Hero: Hibiki dislikes fighting humans and tries to find a peaceful solution.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: Her interactions with Miku can be considered as this. There is also a moment when she accidently sees a photo of a gravure idol and is embarrassed by it, saying that only boys are interested in those dirty stuff.
  • Badass Adorable: A sweet and often airheaded girl who kicks alien ass with purely physical attacks? Yup.
  • Berserk Button: Just try and hurt her friends. Seriously. We dare you.
  • The Berserker: One side effect of her fusion with Gungnir, triggered either by her emotions or overexposure to phonic energy, Hibiki becomes visibly bestial (her fangs grow slightly and her figure darkens). When fully enraged she can't tell friend from foe.
  • Big Eater: She eats a lot of portions.
  • Book Dumb: She's not the brightest student.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Despite her strength, Hibiki's lack of experience and training makes her ineffective in combat until she learns martial arts from her Badass Normal commander. "Eat lightning and crap thunder!"
  • Catch a Falling Star: In episode 8, Hibiki dives to save Miki after the latter fell off a roadside that was destroyed by the Noise.
  • Catch Phrase: "I think I am cursed."
  • Chilly Reception: Averted when Hibiki gets a welcome party that a new employee/recruit/etc in Japan can expect from the old-timers... but played straight by Tsubasa, who gives her the cold shoulder.
  • Combat Stilettos: Subverted. She breaks her heels because she cannot fight with them.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While not an idiot, Hibiki is rather ditzy. Doesn't stop her from kicking ass.
  • Cute Bruiser: Hibiki's inability to summon Gungnir's Armed Gear forces her to fight empty-handed, clumsily brutal at first and later with flashy kung-fu moves...
  • 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.
  • Dissonant Serenity/Stepford Smiler: Attempted to use this in order to curveball Miku's interest in... Hibiki's work outside school. Miku was able to see straight through it.
  • The Ditz: She's generally treated as an idiot.
  • Doomed Protagonist/Foregone Conclusion: Hibiki is (apparently) shown to have expired sometime before the events of the story and what we're seeing are the events leading to her death. Or at least she's legally dead at this time.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Forget about the Downer Beginning. Hibiki is alive. She and Miku eventually get to see the shooting stars together.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Miku and Ryoko certainly think so.
  • Every Scar Has A Story: Has one on her chest in the shape of a forte symbol where the Gungnir shards entered her body.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Literally, whenever she goes berserk.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Hibiki does not avert Blood from the Mouth after singing her Swan Song in episode 13. In the few seconds when the trio attacks the fragment of the moon, Hibiki is blooding from the mouth.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energertic, hammy and is very Hot-Blooded. She's also described as the sun by Miku.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Under the influence of Gungnir.
  • The Heart: Without her, Tsubasa and Chris would never get along in the first place.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Though Hibiki lacks an Armed Gear, it's been theorized by the team that her Armed Gear is really her hands. Not in the sense that she literally punches the Noise, but that she can hold hands of other Gear users to absorb and amplify their power into one massive attack.
  • The Heroine: Hibiki is the main heroine of the series and she's the biggest influence of the story.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's loud, energetic, and very hammy. Even in mundane things, like yelling battlecries while playing an arcade crane game.
    Finé in episode 12: What are you using? What?
    Hibiki: SYYYYMMPHOOOGEEEEAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!
    Re-iterated in G episode 12 from Maria: "What is that song?" WHAT IS IT?
    Hibiki: "GEKISOU - GUNGNIR" DAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!note 
  • Idiot Hero: Not as bad as other examples, but she has her idiotic moments.
  • Image Song: Gekisō ・ Gungnir and Watashi to Iu Oto Hibiki Sono Saki ni are both battle songs. The latter is a remix of Kanade's Image Song.
  • In a Single Bound: Made possible by leg-mounted pistons on her gear.
  • Ironic Echo: Hibiki reminds Tsubasa so much of Kanade it hurts.
  • It's All My Fault: In episode four Hibiki blames her lack of skills for forcing Tsubasa and Kanade to use their Ultimate Songs.
  • 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. However, Miku will always support Hibiki. Aww... until The Reveal kicks in, and Miku stops supporting Hibiki for a while for constantly lying about her secret identity.
  • Jumped at the Call: Hibiki doesn't hesitate for a moment to become part of the 2nd Disaster Relief unit.
  • Ki Attack: In her X-Drive Mode, she can fire multiple energy blasts from her fists that resemble little meteroids.
  • Leitmotif: Her image songs have a distinct Celtic influence.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Hibiki starts missing appointments with Miku after she joins The Organization. Keeping Secrets Sucks.
  • Meaningful Echo: Hibiki sings Gungnir's Ultimate Song in the finale to stop the Moon fragment hurling towards Earth, creating a meteor shower for Miku to watch.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hibiki" means "to resound/echo". And Tachibana means "standing flower".
  • Megaton Punch: Hibiki decides to go this route, since she can't properly manifest her Armed Gear, and simply funnels all the power into ass-whooping punches from episode 5 and onwards. In an interesting take on this trope, it's because she can't make a Kamehame Hadoken. (This was after a training with an Akuma-esque master.)
  • Mistaken for Cheating: In what might be considered a Contrived Coincidence, Miku caught Hibiki visiting the just-recently-waking-up-from-comatose Tsubasa, when Hibiki said that she needs to go somewhere else and can't go shopping with Miku. Then things go From Bad to Worse...
  • Naďve Newcomer: Hibiki is used a lot for other characters to engage in infodump conversations.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In episode 8, she activates a power that causes her to move even faster than before.
  • Painful Transformation: At the end of Episode 1, when she activates her Symphogear for the first time, complete with mechanical parts bursting from her body.
  • Power Fist: She's armed with Pile Bunker gauntlets, but they are not her Armed Gear.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Miku and Tsubasa's blue.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her Superpowered Evil Side turns her completely black with red outlines and eyes.
  • Red Herring: The introduction with Hibiki dead was actually a cover-up by Genjurou. The animators left out the few minutes after, showcasing Hibiki, Kanade, and Chris well alive and ready to fight.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Since Hibiki has Kanade's relic inside her body, she's a replacement of her.
  • Replacement Scrappy: An In-Universe example. Tsubasa thinks that Hibiki is one for her dead friend Kanade. Ultimately, she learns to respect her, thus Rescuing her from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Miku. They even look and act like a married couple.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Both literally and per trope. Her power is still new, compared to Tsubasa, who had hers since childhood.
  • Ship Tease: Hibiki and Miku are roommates and classmates, but they are also close friends, often share the same bed, they bath together, have at least one moment together, and they comfort each other. Not only that, but they also want to go out and see shooting stars. Everyone can see it, until Miku decides to break ties after Hibiki hides her new heroic job. It's okay, they get better.
  • Skyward Scream:
    • In episode 4, the camera cuts off to the sky after Hibiki screams Tsubasa's name when the latter collapses due to performing her Ultimate Song. Presented rather similarly to a certain moment in Neon Genesis Evangelion, incidentally.
    • In the end of episode 10 and the the short recap of episode 11, she screams again after witnessing Chris' Heroic Sacrifice.
  • 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 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.
  • Taking Up The Mantle: She accidentally inherits the Gungnir relic from Kanade.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Subverted. There are two beds in form of a bunk bed, but she and Miku sleep on the top bunk. When they have their relationship crisis, Miku sleeps on the bottom bunk.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Miku's girly girl. Hibiki is basically the "guy" of their relationship.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Hibiki has many traits of a Tomboy, being brash, Hot-Blooded and is also a close-range fighter. But she is also interested in many girly things.
  • 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.
    Chris in episode five: "She learned how to fight?"
  • Training Montage: Hibiki trains with Genjuro during the credits of Episode 4. Bruce Lee makes an appearance!
  • Waif-Fu: Hibiki can send a punching bag 20 feet away with one hit after getting a few weeks of training from Genjurou. In her normal form!
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Hibiki tries to juggle her Symphogear heroics, training with Genjurou, keeping up with her homework and not forgetting about her girl friend. Her sleep time suffers.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Ryoko delivers this word for word to Hibiki, about keeping her new powers a secret.

Tropes associated with Hibiki Tachibana in Symphogear G:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Ver's Nephilim chomped her left arm when she tried to make it eat a punch. That doesn't faze her one bit, and actually regenerates it after going berserk again.
  • Abusive Parents: As part of her Dark and Troubled Past, her dad became a violent drinker.
  • Badass Boast: Episode 6 at the end. Very well done as the boast is preceded by actual FACT, Hibiki punching a Noise and not disintegrating on the spot, further gives weight and reality to her words.
    Ver: "As a mere human, touching a Noise?!"
    Hibiki (initiating the sequence BEFORE, but actually transforming AFTER punching the Noise!): "My fist, my life! Both of them are my Symphogear!"
  • 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.
  • Combination Attack: See S2CA Tri Burst above, but the attack is not limited to Tsubasa and Chris. It also works with other Swan Songs.
  • The Corruption: Gungnir fragments inside Hibiki. It's responsible for Hibiki turning into a black berserker, and is slowly spreading throughout her body. If nothing is done, eventually she'll become the bone of her relic. The upside is that Hibiki can regenerate lost limbs and that as a living relic, she can touch (punch, kick) Noise without being carbonized. Hinted since season 1, but the fecal matters really hit the proverbial blower in season 2. We see the full effects of it in episode 10 of Symphogear G.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted in Season 1, then G reveals what truly happened. She is the Sole Survivor of a Noise attack (unknown whether it's the same attack that costed Kanade's life), and that very fact drove others to ostracize her and her family, accusing her as a murderer. It scarred her so much she breaks down crying after Shirabe called her a hypocrite for trying to reach out to her and her friends.
  • 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.
  • Energy Absorption: SC2A Tri Burst isn't limited to friendly Swan Songs. See Save the Villain.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Episode 9 of G has Genjuro and Hibiki performing a cover of the opening theme to Jackie Chan's Police Story, in its original language, Cantonese.
  • Heroic RROD: Gungnir being fused with her body makes her stronger every time she uses it, right up until the point when malformed spears start bursting out from under her skin. Eventually averted thanks to Miku destroying Gungnir with the Shenshou-Jing.
  • Hour of Power: Hibiki gets one of these in episode 10, two minutes and forty seconds to be precise before the growth of the Gungnir shard in her chest starts to spread uncontrollably like some crystalline cancer. Which she proceeds to go over anyway.
  • Humanoid Abomination: In order to 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.
  • Image Song: Seigi wo Shinjite, Nigiri Shimete and Rainbow Flower are both battle songs.
  • 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 OVAs are any indication, Hibiki is most definitely this. Long story short, she doesn't seem to notice Miku's feelings for her. Yumi even lampshades this in Episode 6 of this season by comparing Hibiki to a dense harem protagonist.
  • Plucky Girl: Even moreso here than in the first season.
  • Rocket-Powered Weapon: An upgrade to her Power Fist, which eliminates the need to prime her Pile Bunker and adds even more strength to her punches.
  • Save the Villain: Hibiki's Combination Attack drains and discharges other Armed Gears' Swan Song, allowing its participants to use its devastating power with significantly less risk. This is used to save Kirika and Shirabe from certain death when they are forced to use it in episode 7— the combo doesn't discriminate between allied and hostile Armed Gears.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: And, it is fierce. And it's so long that it appears on five different Image Song covers.
  • Shout-Out: Her songs include certain words.
    • Seigi wo Shinjite, Nigiri Shimete has "La Head-Cha-La".
    • The first and third chorus have of Rainbow Flower have "Zenryoku" and the second chorus has "Zenkai.
      • There is also "banka yo", which sounds similar to Bankai.
  • Skyward Scream: In the end of episode 8, she screams Miku's name when the building is exploding and seemingly kills the latter.
  • Stepford Smiler: Due to her Dark and Troubled Past and the revelation that Gungnir's fragment are eventually going to take over her body, she's faking a smile when around her friends.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Hibiki's badass level of the first season is nothing in comparison to the one of the second.
  • Up to Eleven: Hibiki is much more Hot-Blooded and hammier than before. For example, she screams sometimes when singing her transformation phrase or her Image Songs. And it's awesome.


Tsubasa Kazanari

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

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 Symphogear is the First Relic, Ame-no-Habakiri, a massive Nodachi that can be split into multiple swords.

Tropes associated with Tsubasa Kazanari in season 1:

  • The Ace: Among the three Symphogear users, Tsubasa is most experienced and most skilled fighter and she's in many aspects better than Hibiki and Chris. For her ace status in G, see below.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: At first Tsubasa is a Shy Blue-Haired Girl. She starts fitting this trope after Kanade's death, displaying a near-emotionless aloof stance in everything, treating herself as nothing but a weapon to destroy the Noise and becoming more distant and rough than before. She eventually mellows down a bit, but she's no longer the shy girl she was.
  • Animal Motif: Fitting to ZweiWing, Tsubasa has also a bird motif: the phoenix. It shows up in episode 12 and in G.
  • Armed Legs: Her Symphogear boots come with heel blades. She has several spinning moves that use them.
  • Badass: Comes with being the oldest Symphogear user of the three and a warrior trained since childhood. During the battle with Finé, Tsubasa is the only one who is able to overwhelm her in one-to-one combat. By G, her battle experience shows, as she has no problem overwhelming other Symphogear users if she needs to.
  • Badass Biker: Has a bike that can resonate with her Symphogear.
  • BFS/Katanas Are Just Better: The Ame-no-Habakiri, whose special moves manifest as blade attacks, from a building-sized sword to a Storm of Blades (One Thousand Tears) and a Sword Beam (Blue Flash, her Signature Move). Taken Up to Eleven in the Season 1 finale, where it takes on a form that could easily match most apartment complexes.
  • 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: After Kanade dies, she became a cold and obsessive Death Seeker, but eventually warms up to Hibiki during the first season.
  • Casting a Shadow: Shadow Weaving. Tsubasa throws a dagger into her opponent's shadow, disabling their movements.
  • 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.
  • Clark Kenting: When she has a "date" with Hibiki and Miku in episode 9, Tsubasa wears nothing, but a simple head to conceal her identity. She doesn't even to bother to hide her freaking long, blue hair!
  • Cliffhanger Copout: Genjuro stops Tsubasa's attack on Hibiki with his fists alone.
  • Contralto of Danger: Not counting Finé, Tsubasa has the deepest vocal range of the Symphogear users, and is accordingly the most action-oriented; her songs are also sung in the same tone.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Blue hair and eyes, although the latter a slightly darker.
  • Cooldown Hug: Tsubasa gives one to an out-of-control Hibiki in episode 12.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Not like the majority of Nana's DMG roles, but being a Broken Bird and Aloof Dark-Haired Girl... she's not a happy and friendly Magical Girl when the series started.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes a Near Death Experience to change her outlook on life and her view on Hibiki.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Although she came to terms with the loss of Kanade, her singing career and eventually is still alive, Tsubasa will have to give up her overseas singing career and dedicate her life to fighting Noises 'from the shadows', since she, Hibiki and Chris were officially listed as KIA. Thankfully, by the second season, the government took care of that (by making everything Symphogear-related to be top secret files), allowing Tsubasa to continue her idol-singing.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Her fighting style includes spinning handstands.
  • 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.
    • When Chris tries to slow Swan Song singing Tsubasa down with some Mooks, Tsubasa instantly appears in front of her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Thrice, each time ending with her surviving. The first time is against Chris. The second time is when Tsubasa is destroying Kadingir. And the third time is when she, Hibiki and Chris destroy the fragment of the moon.
  • Image Song: Zettō ・ Ame-no-Habakiri is her battle song. FLIGHT FEATHERS is her stage song in Episode 9. Zettō ・ Ame-no-Habakiri comes back in G Episode 12.
  • Last Name Basis: Addresses Hibiki and Chris as Tachibana and Yukine respectively. The only one she calls by their first name is her old partner Kanade. This is an indication that she has been trying to distance herself from everyone she met after Kanade's death.
  • Leit Motif: Her battle songs feature traditional Japanese instrumentals. Her stage songs are all JPop songs.
  • Magic Idol Singer: Her actual cover is that of a renowned idol singer. She and Kanade were also the idol singer duo ZweiWing.
  • Male Gaze: In episode 1, the camera focuses on her crotch area when she performs Wight Slayer. In episode 4, when Tsubasa is lying on the ground, there is a shot of Tsubasa's crotch.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kazanari", Tsubasa's last name, means "calling wind".
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Aside from gaining one between the first season and G, Tsubasa's Symphogear of the first season is different than the one of two years ago.
  • Nightmare Face: In episode 4 after singing her Ultimate/Swan Song, Tsubasa has a Broken Smile, Blood from the Mouth, Tears of Blood and a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Off Model: That infamous walk scene of episode 3.
  • Playing with Fire: Soaring Phoenix, a technique that involves two swords igniting flame wings. Then Tsubasa is clad in these flames that turn blue and have the form of a phoenix.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's waist-length.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to both Hibiki and Kanade's red. Kanade holds enthusiastic view toward battle, while Tsubasa is more reserved (and in the Flash Back, was actually quivering in fear). Hibiki, while not quite enthusiastic, is always in high spirits.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tsubasa does this when fighting against Chris as a way to make up for the loss of Kanade.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: She devoted herself to become a warrior, but she didn't learn how to clean her own room, leaving the job to Ogawa. Hibiki is shocked to hear that a man is cleaning a girl's room and is taking care of her underwear.
  • Samurai: Tsubasa's character is based of them. She vows her life for the battle, frequently calls herself as a sword and sentinel, and her Armed Gear has a katana as its default form.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The album cover of her first Image Song has her charging at the camera.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Soaring Phoenix takes on the form of a blue phoenix at its peak.
  • She-Fu: Tsubasa does Capoeira-like spins (Wight Slayer) using the extra pair of blades on her legs and loves jumping kicks and somersaults.
  • Shower of Angst: In the second episode, Tsubasa has one to show how distressed she is by Gungnir's reappearance.
  • Shock and Awe: One of her signature moves, Azure Flash, transforms her katana into a much larger sword capable of delivering swings laced with blue lightning.
  • Shrinking Violet: Before Kanade's death, she was a shy girl who couldn't even lift a weapon against the Noise.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: See Shrinking Violet above.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff
  • The Stoic: Comes across as this, following Kanade's death.
    • Not So Stoic: ...though at times she gets emotionally aroused, particularly where Kanade is concerned.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Her usual façade is aloof, but warms up when around Hibiki once she gets over Kanade's death.
  • Suicide Is Painless: She walks down and pull an almost-Heroic Sacrifice without even flinching, even after it expires.
  • Taking You with Me: Subverted with Tsubasa taking down Chris — they both survive.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Tsubasa has a Dead Person Conversation with Kanade when she is in a coma.
  • Tears of Blood: In episode 4, combined with Blood from the Mouth.
  • Technicolor Fire: Soaring Phoenix starts with red flames, but they later turn blue when they take the shape of a phoenix.
  • There Are No Therapists: As a result, she still hasn't gotten over Kanade's death.
  • They Call Her Sword: Tsubasa frequently calls herself being a sword, even in G after her Character Development from season 1. Finé also calls her a sword that does not fit in the society.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After her partner's death Tsubasa became an aloof cold fish obsessed with her job.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After a Near Death Experience and a conversation with Kanade's ghost, she learns to somehow let go of her grief and accept Hibiki as Kanade's living legacy.
  • Tykebomb: Has been trained to be a Symphogear user since childhood, believing that she's a "sword" to protect people.
  • Waif-Fu: She's the most agile Symphogear user, and fittingly moves at ludicrous speeds, often executing attacks in quick succession.
  • Wreathed in Flames: At the peak of Soaring Phoenix, Tsubasa is clad in blue flames that take the shape of a phoenix.
  • Yandere: Not Tsubasa herself, but the enka song "Koi no Okehazama", sung in episode 9 — it's also Tsubasa's side-B track of her G Image Song single. The song is about a woman who is in love with a personnote , but she swears that she will kill the said person if he/she will betray her.
  • You Are Not Alone: Kanade comforts Tsubasa by saying she will support her during her Near Death Experience.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And nobody cannot recognize Tsubasa by her hair color when she's Clark Kenting.
  • You Remind Me of Kanade: How Tsubasa views Hibiki. And she doesn't like it one bit, because to her Kanade is irreplaceable. It also doesn't help that Hibiki said she wanted to replace Kanade.

Tropes associated with Tsubasa Kazanari in Symphogear G:

  • The Ace: Despite Hibiki Taking A Level In Badass between the first season and G and becoming stronger as the story progresses, Tsubasa still retains her Ace status. Tsubasa is probably the best Symphogear user and the only one of the Finé organization who can compete with her is Maria, but the latter has a time limit and Tsubasa is able to turn the tables when she herself is in disadvantage in their fight in episode 4.
  • 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.
  • Bike Fu: End of the Rider's Blade has her riding her motorcycle and leaping across great distances. It's used once to slash a water tank, cooling off Hibiki's berserk tendencies and later to kill a bunch of Noise.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Her technique Early Silhouette. Tsubasa can choose to voluntarily reduce her Symphogear's performance to an earlier stage, which weakens the Gear's performance but also greatly reduces the strain on it from effects like Anti-LiNKER that would lower Tsubasa's synchronization.
  • Cool Big Sis: By Season 2, she has developed into this role towards Hibiki and Chris. She's damn aloof, though.
  • Crash into Hello: Happened twice so far with Tsubasa and Chris; the latter running to escape being dragged into events by her new classmates.
  • 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.
  • Dual Wielding/Bifurcated Weapon: In G, she uses two blades and can join the hilts together.
  • Fighting Your Friend: This time it's Miku and then Chris.
  • Image Song: Gekkō no Ken is her battle song. The second song, Koi no Okehazama, was a karaoke song in the ninth episode of the first season.
  • Living with the Villain: In G, turns out that Tsubasa's new singing partner, Maria, is one of the bad guys. Also, she has the black version of Gungnir, complete with Badass Cape.
  • Onee-sama: Arguably, she's one of these as the oldest Symphogear user.
  • Playing with Fire: Fiery Windblades.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Establishes this dynamic with Chris during the You Are Not Alone moment in episode 12.
  • Shipper on Deck: Along with her uncle Genjurou and Ogawa, she also seems to ship Hibiki and Miku together as seen during the first OVA's reunion short.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her voice is noticeably lower than before.
  • Weak, but Skilled: When she downgrades her Symphogear to her first season version, she's considerably weaker but nonetheless skilled and badass.


Chris Yukine

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

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 Genjuro, her legal guardian from whom she was kidnapped 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 user, she wields the Second Relic, Ichaival, a pair of Automatic Crossbows.

Tropes associated with Chris Yukine in season 1:

  • 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.
  • Automatic Crossbows: Ichaival's default weapon.
  • BFG: The Ichaival allows her to dual wield a pair of Gatling guns in an attack called BILLION MAIDEN.
  • The Big Girl: After joining Hibiki and Tsubasa.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has one of the biggest breast sizes of the cast, but this trope is only played straight when Chris wears the Nehushtan Armor, which gives her better physical abilities than Ichaival.
  • Broken Bird: After undergoing child slavery in a warring country (not rape), she became a violent, mistrusting destroyer.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her mother was obviously from an Anglophone country, though it wasn't elaborated on.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Chris comes around in episode eight with the typical "bolt upright" move.
  • Character Focus: After Chris' introduction, the show takes some time off from its heroines and devotes it to her. Half of Episode 7 was dedicated to her Character Development, alongside Episode 5. Being one of the antagonists, this foreshadows her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: At the beginning of the series — two years before the start of the story — Hibiki called Miku at home; Miku's father was reading a newspaper, which had an article about a rescued Japanese girl being kidnapped. It turns out that Chris was the girl.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: She shows up fighting Tsubasa in order to steal Hibiki away from her because Hibiki is "the main character".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: An orphan enslaved as a kid for her incredible compatibility with the Relics (and maybe worse).
  • Dark Magical Girl: Until her Heel-Face Turn. Chris worked for Finé in the hope to end all wars.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Possibly a tribute—she has all the powers of any regular Final Boss, and she's fought four episodes in.
  • The Dragon: To Finé, until the latter ditches her.
  • Flight: The Nehushtan Armor gives her flight abilities.
  • Friend to All Children: Though a little rough at first, she got along well enough with the two kids she helped out in episode 7.
  • Girlish Pigtails: They fit her Tsundere personality.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Continued mistreatment from Finé, as well as finding out on her motives, made her realize that she's being lied to, and promptly defects from her. Eventually, she warms up to Hibiki, Tsubasa and Genjuro.
  • 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. She gets better.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very, especially when she's fighting.
  • Image Song: Makyū ・ Ichaival is her battle/tsun song, and Tsunaida te Dake ga Tsumugu mono is her dere song performed in episode 10.
  • Large Ham: On top of being Hot-Blooded, she's very prone to overreacting, and doesn't munches on her words. Also, her battle songs are less about singing and more about blasting the scenery to bits.
  • Leit Motif: Her battle songs tend towards Rock and Roll and give a heavy emphasis of her tsun personality. Her other songs are peaceful and happy, reflecting her dere side.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yukine" is written as "snow sound".
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Part of the catalyst for her Heel-Face Turn is the torture Finé administered to her after Hibiki hands her ass to her, as well as realizing what she's actually doing.
  • Mook Maker: Solomon's Cane, on loan from Finé, allows her to summon and control Noise.
  • More Dakka: Ichaival is Gatling Good, Frickin' Laser Beams, Macross Missile Massacre and Rain of Arrows wrapped in one package! The latter is even taken Up to Eleven in the Season 1 finale, where she sports enough cruise missiles to make a battleship jealous.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: As mentioned above, Ichaival has an absurd number of ranged weapon forms, and Chris seems proficient with all of them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She breaks down in tears after witnessing firsthand that the Noise are really harming civilians.
  • Oh Crap: Sends Noise to stop Tsubasa. The camera cuts to the Noise, and then to Tsubasa right in front of her. And again when Hibiki swings Durandal in her direction.
  • Only Sane Woman: How she feels around Hibiki.
    • The OVAs reveal her to be this within the 2nd Division, hilariously enough.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Prior to her Heel-Face Turn, she always glared or scowled with the occasional smirk.
  • Perspective Flip: Episode 5 focuses on Chris. She's a normal Symphogear user who has to endure sadistic torture by her boss. Failing the last mission resulted in her being electrified for a very long time. The subsequent episode reveals she has a Dark and Troubled Past and is a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Both her and that stone shown in earlier episodes have diamond spikes on her Nehushthan armor colored pink. Her X-Drive Mode in the first season is also pink, but it's changed to red in G because pink is Shirabe's theme color. G takes this trope 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 Genjuro, her legal guardian, and eventually Hibiki and Tsubasa.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her "pigtails"/chunks of hair practically reach her knees.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted, Ichii-Bal is red and black but she gets it after her Defector from Decadence.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to leave at the peak of her battle with Tsubasa.
  • Short Hair with Tails: Gives the illusion of her hair being permanently tied back. Although as a child, she instead kept all of her hair long and put them in "actual" ponytails.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Chris cuts off Hibiki when the latter is trying to talk her around during the battle.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She has no profanity filter.
  • Sixth Ranger: She joins Hibiki and Tsubasa in episode 10.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Being one of the smaller characters in the series, Chris's BILLION MAIDEN summons a pair of twin-linked Gatling guns just as big as she is, if not bigger.
  • Spell My Name with an S: In season 1 her relic was called Ichii-Bal. In season 2 its renamed Ichaival.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Despite the abuse she suffered at her hands, Chris was still extremely distraught when Finé abandoned her. Even after she gets over it and declares deadly revenge against her, she's still the one to cry hardest once Finé finally does die.
  • Start X to Stop X: Chris wants to stop all wars and fighting... by viciously beating anyone with a weapon using her Symphogear.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted—it seems that she'll transform uninterrupted in 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.
  • Underboobs: While wearing the Nehushtan Armor.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Finé.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wanted to stop wars. Alas, Finé has other things in mind.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Her way of thinking has some nice changes in 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".
  • Whip It Good: The weapons of the Nehushtan Armor.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Before her Heel-Face Turn.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl: It can also be light purple, that would be Curtains Match The Windows.

Tropes associated with Chris Yukine in Symphogear G:

  • Adorkable: In season 2.
  • 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.
  • Big Eater: When going into a restaurant with Tsubasa, Chris can be seen ordering lots of foods. And when she's done, some bits are left around her mouth.
  • 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.
  • Crash into Hello: Happened twice so far with Tsubasa and Chris; the latter running to escape being dragged into events by her new classmates.
  • 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 Turn at 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.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Against Brainwashed and Crazy Miku. And as a part as a Fake Defector, she fights Tsubasa.
  • Flechette Storm: QUEEN'S INFERNO.
  • Godiva Hair: In episode 12, when her hair covers her lower regions.
  • Hair Decorations: Pink scrunchies hold up her pigtails.
  • Image Song: Bye-Bye Lullaby is her battle/tsun song, and Kyōshitsu Monochrome is her dere song performed at the end of episode 4.
  • Missile Lock On: In G, Chris' RED HOT BLAZE. True to this trope, the target then goes full stealth and Chris can't launch her missiles.
  • Recursive Ammo: GIGA ZEPPELIN fires large crystalline spikes into the air which split into countless shards and rain down hell.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tsubasa's blue and the blue to Hibiki's red.
  • Shrinking Violet: With people she doesn't know, mainly at school.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: The weapons she use in this season are far bigger than before.
  • Squishy Wizard: The Training Montage reveals that her physical and athelic conditions suck in comparison to Hibiki and Tsubasa's, despite being able to blow up Noise en masse with her weapons. Earlier, Chris is one-shotted by Kirika with a single simple attack.
  • Stealth Pun: Chris' attack-calling screens gain a rose motif in this season. Said attacks often involve firearms. Put the two together...
  • Sudden Name Change: From Ichii-Bal in the first season to Ichaival in the second, but the pronunciation is still the same.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is very vocal in her distaste for how Tsubasa starts treating Hibiki in Episode 6.
  • Zettai Ryouki: Grade A while in school uniform.


Kanade Amou

Voiced by: Minami Takayama

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 the Third Relic, 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.

Tropes associated with Kanade Amou:

  • The Ace: She's not always better than Tsubasa, but she's upbeat, popular, cheerful and fun-loving. Parallels to Zack Fair are noted.
  • Animal Motifs: Kanade's hairstyle is inspired by wings. When next to Hibiki they look like "an adult bird and a baby chick".
  • Belated Backstory: More of her past is revealed as the story goes on, a few episodes after her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Blade on a Stick: The Gungnir, which also has a BFS mode.
  • Blood from the Mouth: In a flashback during episode four, lets fly a massive geyser of this, when she injects herself so Gungnir will sync with her.
  • Blow You Away: Last Meteor, a whirlwind attack.
  • Captain Ersatz: Her weapon resembles and makes the same sound effects as Erio's.
  • 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.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Her family was killed by Noises.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Red fluffy hair with matching red eyes.
  • Dead Partner: To Tsubasa.
  • Dead Person Conversation: With Tsubasa; Kanade is the dead person.
  • Dead Star Walking: Kanade, being voiced by Minami Takayama, is killed in the middle of the first episode.
  • Death by Origin Story: Tsubasa wasn't always the hostile cold fish; Kanade's death turned her so.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The promotional videos show the four girls have a prominent role in the series. At the end of the first episode however, it shows that Kanade died halfway through the episode. Hibiki takes up her relic in her place.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: How she uses her Gungnir.
  • Expy: Of Zack Fair, being one of the protagonists's Dead Partner.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's pretty cheery, and during one flashback was shown to be quite brazen as a child. Above all else, however, she's brave; not even the loss of her family to the Noise made her despair.
  • Final Speech: Kanade's last words are revealed in episode three. She opens with a variation on "Everything's going dark".
  • Good Feels Good: While she initially was in the Symphogear business for revenge, she eventually comes to realize that she has actually come to enjoy helping people for its own sake.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Taking You with Me: She saves Hibiki by activating her Swan Song, thus ending her life and killing the attacking Noise.
  • Hot-Blooded: She puts her whole heart in everything she does, be it revenge, song or protecting people.
  • Hour of Power: Kanade needs the LiNKER to synchronize with her Symphogear, thus having a time limit for using it.
  • Image Song: Kimi to Iu Oto Kanade Tsukiru Made, which is later covered and altered by Hibiki.
  • Magic Idol Singer: She used to be the other member of ZweiWing with Tsubasa.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kanade" means "to play (an instrument)".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While protecting Hibiki from the Noise, some fragments from Kanade's Gungnir breaks off and accidentally sends a sharp chunk straight at her, spearing her through the chest, nearly killing her.
  • Posthumous Character: After the first episode, she only appears Talking in Your Dreams and in flashbacks, but it happens almost in every episode.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tsubasa's blue. Kanade holds enthusiastic view toward battle, while Tsubasa is more reserved (and in the Flash Back, was actually quivering in fear).
  • 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.
  • Shounen Hair: A rare female example. Her hair resembles wings.
  • Spirit Advisor: To Tsubasa in the first season.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: During the flashback to her childhood.
  • The Unchosen One: Didn't naturally have the power to wield Symphogear. It didn't stop her.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: None of the 2nd Division Symphogears are particularly boyish, per se. But with her general demeanor and appearance, out of all of them she's definitely the closest thing to it.
  • You Are Not Alone: In an attempt to comfort Tsubasa, Kanade tells her that she will always be supportive, even in death.

    2nd Division Mobile Disaster Response Corps 

Miku Kohinata

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

Hibiki's best friend, schoolmate and roommate. Extremely happy and eager to get Hibiki's spirits lifted whenever either one of them feels down. She also loves watching shooting stars.

Tropes associated with Miku Kohinata in season 1:

  • Action Survivor: She has no powers, yet she's able to escape certain death from the Noise several times.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: It's hinted throughout the show that she might want to be more than just friends with Hibiki.
  • Brainy Brunette: In contrast to Hibiki, Miku is a good student.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And what better way for her and Hibiki to enjoy the moment than to finally watch the meteor shower together?
  • Hair Color Dissonance: She had greenish hair in season one, but season two shows that it's now black.
  • Heroic BSOD: Finds out about Hibiki's Symphogear in episode 6. This rewrites her thinking about her closest friend.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hibiki. Though the heterosexual part is debatable . . .
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: She believes that Hibiki cheats her with Tsubasa in episode 6. She breaks up with Hibiki after learning the truth in episode 7. Then she creates a new relationship with Chris in episode 8. And then goes back to Hibiki in the same episode.
  • Ironic Echo: Her use of consistently telling Hibiki about the shooting stars ends up being denied at the last minute.
  • Image Song: Hidamari Memoria, a very happy and sweet song.
  • Meaningful Name: "Miku" means "future", though it could also be after the pronunciation of "mic" as in "microphone". "Kohinata" means "a little sunshine" and she's often called by Hibiki as her sunshine.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Hibiki.
  • Nice Girl: Very nice. Whether it's supporting Hibiki in her battles or nursing an injured Chris back to health, Miku is arguably the sweetest, most sincere character in the show.
  • Plucky Girl: Just because she's nice doesn't mean she's lacking in a backbone. Just look at Took a Level in Badass below or just watch the second season.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: A textbook case with Hibiki. Sharing the bed, jealousy, break-ups and making-ups, the whole nine yards.
    (In the first episode): "I miss you! I cannot bear not being able to see you anymore, Hibiki!"
  • Ship Tease: Miku and Hibiki are roommates and classmates, but they are also close friends, often share the same bed, they bath together, have at least one moment together, and they comfort each other. Not only that, but they also want to go out and see shooting stars. Everyone can see it, until Miku decides to break ties after Hibiki hides her new heroic job. It's okay, they get better.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Subverted. There are two beds in form of a bunk bed, but she and Hibiki sleep on the top bunk. When they have their relationship crisis, Miku sleeps on the bottom bunk.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Hibiki's tomboy.
  • 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 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.

Tropes associated with Miku Kohinata in Symphogear G:

  • 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. It works even on itself.
  • 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.
  • Battle Cry: Right after entering the battlefield in episode 10.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At the end of Episode 9, complete with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness and her own Symphogear.
  • 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.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Her Symphogear (while possessed) is purple.
  • Continuity Nod: The lyrics of Waikyō ・ Shenshou Jing include "hidamari" and "memoria". Her Image Song from the previous season was "Hidamari Memoria".
  • Evolving Credits: Watch the opening for Episode 10. It features her Symphogear after her cut.
  • Flight: Part of Shenshou Jing's power.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She is determined to protect Hibiki and eventually gets her own Symphogear, going from an ordinary athletic shoolgirl to a Relic user with extremely.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hibiki uses a reflected blast from Shenshou Jing for its relic-destroying properties, which ends up saving both of them.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Her Symphogear, Shenshou Jing, has displayed more weapons than any other Symphogear user. Her arsenal includes:
  • Image Song: Waikyō ・ Shenshou Jing is her battle song. Kaban no Kakushigoto is the ordinary Miku song.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When having her Symphogear, she's surprisingly fast, incredibly tough and extremely powerful.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Once again, her love for Hibiki makes her go along with Dr. Ver's proposal of using the Shenshou Jing.
  • Mind-Control Device: She gets on the back of her head.
  • 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.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Courtesy of being Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her Symphogear is purple, and it's far and away the most powerful relic shown in the series.
  • 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: Big things happen in season 2.
  • Yandere: It's been noted that her song lyrics while wearing her Symphogear hint at her being very possessive of Hibiki and her love.

Genjuro Kazanari

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa

Tsubasa's uncle and leader of the 2nd Division Mobile Disaster Response Corps, an organization dedicated to fighting the Noise.

Tropes associated with Genjuro Kazanari:

  • Badass: The man is able to step in on a fight between Symphogear users and stop them! Not only that. He nearly defeats Finé!
  • Badass Baritone: Even gets a Character Song to boot!
  • Badass Beard: A nice trimmed goatee.
  • Badass Normal: All of his ridiculous strength comes from nothing but pure physical training. Unfortunately, touching a Noise would still kill him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Twice—once for Hibiki, the other time for Chris.
  • Big Good: He's the highest authority figure to the Symphogear users.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: His actual ability.
  • Conflict Killer: Stops Tsubasa from fighting Hibiki with punching a BFS.
  • Cool Uncle: To Tsubasa.
  • Eccentric Mentor:
    • Genjuro teaches Hibiki his unnamed, super-powered Secret Art after she proves unable to bring out her Armed Gear in episode four. Part of the training involves watching action movies and doing forms in cosplay.
    • Later in G, when he gives the trio another special training, he sings. And in Chinese! While Hibiki is willing to sing with him, Chris wonders if he's fine with his brain.
  • Expy: Genjuro is, appearance wise, a dead ringer for Ali-Al Saachez. And to Gouki/Akuma of course.
  • Fiery Redhead: He's big, he's hammy, and he likes to train. Naturally, Chris just can't stand him, initially.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Episode 9 of G has Genjuro and Hibiki performing a cover of the opening theme to Jackie Chan's Police Story, in its original language, Cantonese.
  • Hot-Blooded:
    • Watch a man teach martial arts to a girl with lines like "Your fists ought to fly like hammers that hit the thunder of the bolt that strucks you!" and the Hot-Blooded girl responds "I didn't understand a word of that, but I'll try!".
    • At the end of the Training Montage in G, Chris says to herself that those two are too hot.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Genjuro's idea of training includes watching action movies and playing fighting games, and trying to copy main characters' moves... while being dressed like them. It includes trying to teach Hibiki Hadouken, by having them both dressed as Makoto and Gouki/Akuma. All of this set to a Badass Rocky-like theme.
  • Image Song: Two in G. Eiyū Kōji is a cover of the opening theme of Police Story, which he performs with Hibiki. His version of Genchaku! Denkō Keiji Ban is a cover of Yumi, Shiori and Kuriyo's song, which is from an anime parody.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Finé; thankfully he survives.
  • In a Single Bound: He can jump from the ground to the top of a building with a single jump.
  • Large and in Charge: The tallest character in the series, and he commands his respective division.
  • Large Ham: He can be very dramatic, sometimes.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: The guy with the Anime Hair and pink necktie in charge of Mission Control? He can beat a Symphogear barehanded, as seen in episode 3.
  • The Movie Buff: Action films, to be exact.
  • Mr. Exposition: Justified, since he is the leader of the research group. Otherwise, he would leave this trope to Ryoko.
  • My Greatest Failure: Being unable to be there for Chris, for whom he is her legal guardian. He does everything in his power to reach out to her, soothe her rage, and make up with her for his failure.
  • Parental Substitute: To the girls. He ain't the Team Dad for nothing.
  • Properly Paranoid: While genuinely an outgoing person, he has some reservations regarding Ryoko. The thing is, he's right.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a pink tie.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a very understandable boss.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to most of his agency's blue.
  • Shipper on Deck: If the first OVA is an indication, he seems to ship Hibiki and Miku together as seen during the reunion short in said OVA.
  • Shounen Hair: Has matching hair to kick asses.
  • 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.
  • Team Dad: He's a very caring person, who can stop the fight between Tsubasa and Hibiki, and comforts the broken Chris.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Genjuro doesn't usually fight women, but he'll do an exception if said woman wants to hurt someone under his protection.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Of the forked kind, matching his fiery personality.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Genjurou is a gentleman, but he makes an exception for villains.

Shinji Ogawa

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi

An agent of the 2nd Division who also acts as Tsubasa's manager for her idol cover.

Tropes associated with Shinji Ogawa:

Aoi Tomosato

Voiced by: Asami Seto

An agent of the Second Division.

Tropes associated with Aoi Tomosato:

Sakuya Fujitaka

Voiced by: Kenji Akabane

Another agent of the Second Division.

Tropes associated with Sakuya Fujitaka:

Ryoko Sakurai

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

Head Scientist of the 2nd Division MDRC and creator of the Symphogear.

Tropes associated with Ryoko Sakurai:


    Finé *SPOILERS* 

Finé

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

The Big Bad of the first season, 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. Despite not being a Symphogear user, the Nehushtan Armor, Solomon's Cane, Durandal and Kadingir make her a very powerful foe.

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. She builds a new Tower of Babel, Kadingir to destroy the moon, which should be followed by natural catastrophes.

Tropes associated with Finé in season 1:

  • Bastard Girlfriend: Finé punishes Chris' mistakes stark naked save for black stockings.
  • Beehive Barrier: Ascard is a shield with a hexagon structure made by the whips. She can also create a three-layer shield.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Fine claims that she through several reincarnations has been responsible for most of the world's global paradigm shifts. It should be noted that her reincarnations were not limited to be female.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1.
  • Blondes are Evil: Ryoko's hair turn blonde when she transforms into Finé.
  • Boobs of Steel: Quite literally, they're bulletproof.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The Nehushtan armour when worn by Fine doesn't do much to cover her user below the shoulders. But it makes the exposed skin as bullet-proof as the rest of the armour, as seen in episode 11.
  • Contralto of Danger: Fitting to the Big Bad, she has one of lowest female voices of the cast.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair and golden eyes.
  • The Dark Arts: That's exactly what the she calls her forbidden powers.
  • Evil Gloating: She keeps on harping about how she's going to rule the Earth while beating a downed Hibiki.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Finé's voice is noticeably lower than Ryoko's.
  • Expy: Finé is pretty much Miang.
  • Flight: The Nehushtan Armor gives her flight abilities.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Attacks Chris while naked, but then activates her Symphogear. Well, she was wearing stockings, high-heels and long gloves at that time.
  • Fusion Dance: With the Nehushtan Armor to receive its regenerating ability. And then later with thousands of Noises.
  • Genetic Memory: Finé is a scientifically reincarnated Sumerian priestess who stored her personality and memories in her descendants' DNA. This is how she bodyjacked Ryoko twelve years ago.
  • Gratuitous English: Her first dialogue is in badly pronounced English, although it's actually used as an insult to her American interlocutors.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Thanks to the Nehushtan Armour.
  • Hellish Pupils: To fit her unhuman nature.
  • I Surrender, Suckers:
    • Being outmatched by Genjuro, Finé switches for a moment to her Ryoko persona to recover the momentum.
    • Fine pulls off another fake-out later when she causes a Colony Drop right after it seems she has given up.
  • Meaningful Name: "Finé" is a musical term for "The End". Lampshaded by Tsubasa.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She lounges around nude and wears the most stripperiffic Symphogear.
  • Mook Maker: Solomon's Cane allows her to summon Noises.
  • One-Winged Angel: Finé's Apocalypse Dragon form is her last trump against the Symphogears.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Strangely enough, her magic color is pink, despite she's the main villain. Though, she's not a girlish, but a very mature woman.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She dresses Chris in very erotic outfits, while Finé wear nothing, but stockings, high-heels and long gloves. The former gets electric shocks from the latter.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Subverted. Initially, it seems like Finé tries to destroy the moon using the Kadingir because God destroyed the tower she built to reach Him. It turns out she's trying to destroy the moon because it will make everyone speak the same language as God again, allowing her to confess her love for Him.
  • Significant Double Casting: Ryoko and Finé are the same person, hence why Miyuki Sawashiro is voicing both characters.
  • Slasher Smile: Finé is prone to this humourless grin.
  • Spell My Name with an S: The fansubs spell her name as "Finé", the official Niconico subs call her Phine.
  • Stripperiffic: The Nehushtan armour when worn by Finé makes its user sport a Sexy Backless Outfit with Underboobs, Bare Your Midriff and comes with absurdly tall platform boots.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Fitting to the fact that she's a supernatural person.
  • Taking You with Me: Finé tries to do this to the majority of the world by crashing a piece of the moon into the Earth. Her intention is to revive via a new host and continue from where she left off.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Despite being more powerful than the three Symphogear users, she lacks amount of skills and she has a hard time against Genjuro and later against the trio. But not unskilled enough that she is an Anti-Climax Boss.
  • Whip It Good: The Nehushtan Armor has a couple of Variable Length Chains as main weapons. And as seen in the last episode, it has a really long, long reach.
  • Woman Scorned: Apparently by God, of all deities.
  • The Worf Effect: After killing a bunch of US-soldiers, she sets a bomb trap, which is activated by Genjuro and his men. Nobody seems to be hurt by the explosion.

Tropes associated with Finé in Symphogear G:

  • 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.


    Others 

Yumi Itaba

Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki

A schoolfriend of Hibiki and Miku.

Tropes associated with Yumi Itaba:

  • Alternate Character Reading: Like the Symphogear songs above, Genchaku! Denkō Keiji Ban, which is mainly her Image Song, can be misread as "Genkitsu! Denkō Keiji Ban". If you listen to her before she starts to sing in episode 4, she pronounce it as "Genchaku". "Genchaku" is also part of the lyrics.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Very frequently.
  • Catch Phrase: "This isn't an anime."
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: In the fourth episode of G, she cosplays as the titular character of Denkō Keiji Ban. She even drags her two friends in costumes as well, so they can perform their karaoke song in the school contest.
  • Day in the Limelight: She gets a chance to shine in the first season finale, helping to get the power back on.
  • Epic Fail: It's her idea to participate with her two friends at the karaoke contest. Yumi's goal is to win the contest, so she can legitimately found an Anison Club. They don't even get to the chorus part.
  • Fangirl: Of anime. In G, she even tries to found an Anison Club, but with little success.
  • Genki Girl: She's much more upbeat than her friends who aren't Hibiki.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Is the only one of the cliqué.
  • Image Song: In 'G. Genchaku! Denkō Keiji Ban, an opening song covered by her, Shiori and Kuriyo. It's from an anime parody called Denkō Keiji Ban. Of course, she's the lead singer.
  • Large Ham: She can be very dramatic. Most notable in the Grand Finale of the first season and then in G, when she cosplays Denkō Keiji Ban.
  • Meta Girl: She keeps pointing out how things play out like in an Anime, beginning by calling Hibiki out for behaving like an Anime character in the second episode.
    Yumi (in episode 11): "How could the school be under attack? It's not like this is an anime or anything!"
    Yumi (in episode 5 of G): "You're as dense as a main character of a Harem Anime."
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to ship Miku and Hibiki together.
  • Those Three Girls: With Kuriyo and Shiori.

Kuriyo Andou

Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu

Another schoolfriend of Hibiki and Miku.

Tropes associated with Kuriyo Andou:

  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice is noticeably deeper than her friends'.
  • Cosplay: In the fourth episode of G, she is forced by Yumi to cosplay a mantis villain from Denkō Keiji Ban. Kuriyo is embarrassed about it.
  • Image Song: In G. Genchaku! Denkō Keiji Ban, an opening song covered by her, Yumi and Shiori. It's from an anime parody called Denkō Keiji Ban.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to Hibiki as Bikki and Miku as Hina.
  • Those Three Girls: With Yumi and Shiori.

Shiori Terashima

Voiced by: Nao Touyama

Another schoolfriend of Hibiki and Miku.

Tropes associated with Shiori Terashima:

  • Cosplay: In the fourth episode of G, cosplays a purple catgirl criminal (or heroine?) as requested by Yumi. Unlike Kuriyo, Shiori seems to enjoy it.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She acts nicer than the other two girls.
  • Image Song: In G. Genchaku! Denkō Keiji Ban, an opening song covered by her, Yumi and Kuriyo. It's from an anime parody called Denkō Keiji Ban.
  • Last Name Basis: Refers to her friends by their surnames, oddly enough.
  • The Quiet One: Has the least amount of lines out of the trio.
  • Those Three Girls: With Yumi and Kuriyo.


Introduced in Symphogear G (Season 2)

    F.I.S.' Receptor Children 

Tropes associated with multiple Receptor Children:

  • But Not Too Foreign: They're still foreign to the Japanese viewers, but the Cadenzavna Eve sisters are not born in America, but in Europe.
  • Clark Kenting: When Kirika and Shirabe infiltrate the school festival to take the protagonists' Symphogears, their only cover is a pair of glasses.
  • Counterpoint Duet: "Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA," a remixed combination of Shirabe and Kirika's battle songs. Appears in episodes 11 and 12 of G during their duel.
  • Dark Is Evil: Maria, Shirabe and Kirika play this trope straight (well, not that straight) in contrast to the white Symphogear users.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Maria, Shirabe and Kirika are anti-villains who think that their actions are for the sake of the others.
  • Different as Night and Day: They're not related per se, but Kirika and Shirabe's contrasting personalities and character designs evoke this. Their battle themes even sync up with each other!
  • Fighting Your Friend: Shirabe and Kirika in episode 11 and 12.
  • Heel-Face Turn:
    • By G Episode 11, Shirabe becomes the first F.I.S. Symphogear user to agree to help Hibiki if it means saving her friends from Ver's manipulation.
    • Kirika, midway through G Episode 12.
    • Maria in episode 13.
  • Leitmotif/Image Song: As you can notice, Shirabe and Kirika's battle songs are very similar and could sync up perfectly. "Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA" is a duet that combines both songs, so it's the perfect theme song of the ZABABA duo.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name Cadenzavna; "Cadenza" is a musical term that is generally described as "an elaborate, often improvised solo inserted within an existing piece, typically near the end".
    • Kirika's last name "Akatsuki" means "daybreak", whereas Shirabe's last name "Tsukuyomi" is another term for the goddess of the Moon. Makes perfect sense given their personalities.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zig-Zagged with Shirabe and Kirika. They share both personalities.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Shirabe and Kirika. The implications gives some parallels to Hibiki and Miku's relationship.
  • Terrible Trio: Maria is the leader, and Kirika and Shirabe are her younger comrades.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: While Shirabe and Kirika are part of a trio of antagonistic Symphogear users, they works much more in tandem with each other. Not only do they have a very close relationship, their Relics are from the same Goddess.

Maria Cadenzavna Eve

Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa

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, but this is actually a lie to secure the loyalty of Dr. Ver.


Tropes associated with Maria Cadenzavna Eve:

  • Anime Hair: Her hair looks rather improbable.
  • 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.
  • Badass Cape: Which she uses as a weapon.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Kirika and Shirabe. And her dead little sister Serena.
  • Big Damn Heroes: For Miku! It was a bad idea, though.
  • Big Eater: Revealed in the shorts
  • Blade on a Stick: Her Armed Gear, like the other Gungnir.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has a breast size that rivals Chris' and Maria goes toe-to-toe with Tsubasa, without summoning her Armed Gear.
  • Brick Joke: The opening does not even display the name of her Symphogear. Instead, it showcases a black and a white Blade on a Stick, which is the Gungnir of her's and Kanade's respectively.
  • Broken Ace: She's the strongest of her team, but Maria is mentally even more broken than Tsubasa and Chris were.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kirika and Shirabe. Maria is 21 years old, being older than any other Symphogear user.
  • 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.
  • The Dragon: To Nastassja and Dr. Ver.
  • 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?"
  • 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.
    • Also to Kanade. Both are Gungnir users, both had a little sister, both did a duet with Tsubasa, both used the drug LiNKER to control their power, both have a bright-spirited personality and are of severe temperaments in battles, both are the strongest from their team and both used the same quote after the LiNKER began to fail.
    "So my time limit only goes this far!?"
    • Unlike Kanade, Maria is not the strong and determined person she first appears to be - the cold and proud personality is just a mere shell to hide her past sorrow and weakness. This is the reason why her manifestation of Gungnir has a black cape that can deflect attacks.
  • Expy:
  • Good Costume Switch: She goes from wearing black to wearing white when she makes her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Godiva Hair: In episode 12.
  • 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.
  • Gratuitous English: Her B-side track, Dark Oblivion, is completely in English. This is justified, since it's a stage song of her singer career in America. But she has a heavy accent. Not that Maria is born their either.
  • Hair Decorations
  • 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.
  • Hour of Power: Like Kanade, Maria needs the LiNKER to synchronize with her Symphogear and she has a time limit.
  • Image Song: Ressō ・ Gungnir is her battle song. Dark Oblivion is her stage song in America.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for not having the slightest bit of Finé in her, which causes all sort of messy and bloody complications.
  • Leitmotif: Her songs sport a distinctive symphonic R&B style.
  • Magic Idol Singer: Like Tsubasa, her public image is that of an idol singer. She proceeds to blow her cover within the beginning of G.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The only evil thing she did was attack Tsubasa.
  • Noble Demon: She's part of an organization with extremist goals, but she's not above saving innocent lives if she can help it, as shown when she rescues Miku from the exploding tower they were on.
  • Oh Crap: Everyone's reaction when they see that Maria has a black Gungnir.
  • Paint It Black: Her Gungnir is black.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Hers is thigh-length.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Attempted, averted.
  • 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.
  • Signature Move: Her only individual attack Horizon Spear - Both blades of Maria's lance split open to expand the lance into a large energy cannon, which after a short charging time unleashes a purple energy beam.
  • Team Mom: To Shirabe and Kirika, since she's a couple of years older than them. Also Played for Laughs in the second OVA, where Maria is the only one who cooks in a healthy and balanced way.
  • Token Adult: Maria is 21, being the oldest Symphogear user and the only one alive to be an adult.
  • 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her black Gungnir is a spoiler for those who haven't seen the second season. Well, it's pointless to mark it since it's been revealed in the first episode.


Shirabe Tsukuyomi

Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

The third Symphogear user of Finé. She gives off the air of a calm and obedient person, but turns incredibly aggressive when she fights. Her Symphogear is Shul Shagana, a multitude of in-built buzzsaws.

Tropes associated with Shirabe Tsukuyomi:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Blu-ray version, when Shirabe has her Hellish Pupils moment in episode 11, her eyes are changed from pink to golden.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's quite mild and displays less emotions than the brash Kirika.
  • Beehive Barrier: Summoned one while unconscious, but we're led to believe it was Kirika until she unknowingly summoned one to protect herself in their duel.
  • Deadly Disc: Her Weapon of Choice. Even the title for it is "Massacre Saw: Shul Shagana" (Ōkyo ・ Shul Shagana in Japanese).
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: As of episode 11, she stops behaving coldly towards Hibiki, even encouraging the latter to carry on with her endeavour.
  • Emotionless Girl: Sometimes.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Has them. When she uses her Symphogear, they are covered by the former and it looks like she fights with her pigtails.
  • Hellish Pupils: In episode 11, when she tells Hibiki the same very last words of Finé/Ryoko. In the Blu-ray version, she even gets Supernatural Gold Eyes.
  • Hime Cut: As she has much more in common with Japanese themes than the other two do, she fits this trope when she does not wear her Girlish Pigtails.
  • Hypocrite: How Shirabe calls Hibiki after the latter tells the F.I.S. trio to Shut Up, Hannibal!.
    Shirabe: "You hypocrite! There are so many hypocrites like you in this world!"
    (song resumes) "That's why I will cut the world to pieces as I please..."
  • Image Song: Ōkyo ・ Shul Shagana is her battle song. PRACTICE MODE is her mundane song.
  • Leitmotif: Her songs go with a general JPop-theme with some techno elements.
  • Mini-Mecha: At full power, Shul Shagana transforms into a set of massive robotic arms and legs armed with humongous buzzsaws. 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 during the climax of her duel with Kirika. She even goes into 'drowning' experience like Tsubasa was in season 1. However, Finé herself appears to her and tells her to go back to Kirika, just like Kanade appearing to Tsubasa during her comatose.
  • Only Sane Girl: Of the F.I.S. trio, Shirabe is the only one who realizes that Dr. Ver is a nutjob whose actions may do more harm than good.
  • Pettanko: She's the Symphogear user with the smallest breast. Somehow ironic, considering that her predecessor Ryoko had the largest breast of the series.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her theme color is pink and she's the girl with the girliest appearance. The color is also a hint that she's Finé's host.
  • 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.
  • Prehensile Hair: Well, sort of. In Symphogear form, her pigtails gain armor plating and become extendable robot arms.


Kirika Akatsuki

Voiced by: Ai Kayano

Another Symphogear user of Finé. As one of the more level-headed and enthusiastic team members, she acts as the heart and soul of the group while hiding her own troubles. Her Symphogear is Igalima, a sizeshifting Sinister Scythe which she can create duplicates of.

Tropes associated with Kirika Akatsuki:


Serena Cadenzavna Eve

Voiced by: Yui Horie

Maria's deceased two years younger sister and the former wielder of the Symphogear Airgetlám.

Tropes associated with Serena Cadenzavna Eve:

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Professor Nastassja

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue

An elderly woman who is the boss and caretaker of Maria, Kirika, and Shirabe. Her goals are unknown.


Tropes associated with Nastassja:

  • Blood from the Mouth / Incurable Cough of Death: Often coughs out blood as a sign that her past injuries will eventually overtake her. It ultimately kills her at the end of the series.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She was on the receiving end of this by Maria in G Episode 1, but even she had to express displeasure when Dr. Ver turned Miku into a Symphogear user.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: 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.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She lost her eye, as well as the use of her legs, during an experiment with the Nephilim which turned awry and cost the life of Maria's sister, Serena.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is trying to save the world from the Moon's collapse, which, unknown to her, was actually precipitated by Dr. Ver.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark blue hair.


Dr. John Wayne "Dr. Ver" Vercingetorix

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita

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 Solomon's Cane and defects to Finé, becoming one of the main antagonists of the season.


Tropes associated with Dr. Ver:


Nephilim

A bio-weapon introduced by Dr. Ver, and one of the keystones of his scheme.

Tropes associated with Nephilim:

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Becomes a city sized monster after its heart fuses with the Frontier completely.
  • The Dragon: Not out of any loyalty, but Ver seems to like using it as an attack dog; fairly easy, given it's attraction to relics.
  • Final Boss: In the final episode of G.
  • A God Am I: It's namesake means "Son of God". In the anime, however, it feeds off of Symphogears.
  • One-Winged Angel: Multiple times. First, it gains a dark skin pigment and red veins after eating Hibiki's arm. Later, in episode 13, after its heart is fused with the Frontier, Ver manages to make it 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.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: It's completely different from the Noise.
  • Playing with Fire: Its revived form in episode 13.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to do this when Hibiki regenerates her arm and goes berserk. It fails, and the Nephilim is obliterated rather crudely, although Ver manages to retrieve its heart.

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Masahito Shibata

Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata

The Vice-President of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tropes associated with Masahito Shibata:


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