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.
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.
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).
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 Symhogear 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
A teenager with the ability to summon a Symphogear, which she gained from fragments of Gungnir that became lodged in her chest after being caught in the crossfire of a Noise attack. Hibiki's control over her relic is too weak to summon an "armed gear", so instead she focuses her energy onto physical attacks.
Tropes associated with Hibiki Tachibana in season 1:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hot-Blooded: She's loud, energetic, and veryhammy. Even in mundane things, like yelling battlecries while playing an arcade crane game.
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.
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. Les Yay 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.
Leitmotif: Her image songs have a distinct Celtic influence.
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.)
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.
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.
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?"
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 [[spoiler: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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A veteran Symphogear and former partner of Kanade in ZweiWing. Initially shy and passive, her disposition changes severely after Kanade's death, causing her to fall into despair and question whether her emotions should impede her performance as a Symphogear or if she should accept Hibiki as her new partner. Her Armed Gear is Ame-no-Habakiri, a massive Nodachi that can be split into multiple swords.
Broken Ace: To live up to her Dead Partner, she devotes herself to her job to the exclusion of everything else... and then falls short.
Broken Bird: 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She-Fu: Tsubasa does Capoeira-like spins 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.
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.
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 GImage Song single. The song is about a woman who is in love with a personnote some translation translate it as a "man", but the Japanese lyrics say "hito", which means "human/person", but not explicitely a man, but she swears that she will kill the said person if he/she will betray her.
You Remind Me of Kanade: How Tsubasa views Hibiki. And she doesn't like one bit, because to her Kanade is irreplaceable. It also doesn't help that Hibiki said she wanted to replace Kanade.
Tropes associated with Tsubasa Kazanari in Symphogear G:
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.
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.
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.
Drives Like Crazy: 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.
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, she wields the 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.
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.
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).
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.
Pink Means Feminine: Both her and that stone shown in earlier episodes have diamond spikes on her Nehushthan armor colored pink. G takes this further with Episode 4's ending being pink all over.
Pragmatic Hero: After her violent break-up with Finé, she gets a better perspective of things, and decides to fight the Noise on her own terms — while (initially) refusing cooperation with the Second Branch, trusting no one but Genjuro, her legal guardian, and eventually Hibiki and Tsubasa.
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.
Villainous Breakdown: Somewhat literally. When Tsubasa uses her Swan Song, it creates veins on her skin and does massive damage to her own armor, forcing her to flee. It supposedly doesn't kill her off, but it caused one hell of a breakdown.
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Her way of thinking has some nice changes in episode 7. She decides to help a brother and sister find their father, and she later asks them how do they get along with each so well. Their answer is something like "Slap-Slap-Kiss".
The Atoner: She still blames herself for the previous season's events, since she was the one who activated Solomon's Cane. Thus, during the climax she pretends to do a Face-Heel Turn so she can find Solomon's Cane, steal it, and make sure nobody abuses it ever again.
Blood Knight: She already showed signs of this trope in the first season, but in G, it's in full force. Chris takes down bad guys with a big smile on her face.
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 Turnat the end of Episode 10, only for it to turn out she was only pretending so she could infiltrate Dr. Ver's group and steal Solomon's Cane, now under his possession, only to be forced to fight Tsubasa by way of an Explosive Leash.
Tsubasa's former partner in ZweiWing, Kanade was the sole survivor of a Noise attack that killed her family when she was young. After being recovered by Genjuro and Ryoko, she wholeheartedly agreed to be tested for compatibility with Gungnir in exchange for the opportunity to exact revenge against the Noise. Unlike Hibiki, she can manifest the Gungnir in the form of a spear. Unfortunately, she dies in the beginning, forced to perform a Swan Song to defeat a concentration of Noise that massed around one of their concerts.
Chekhov's Gun: While protecting Hibiki from the Noise, she accidentally sends a sharp chunk straight at her, spearing her through the chest and nearly killing her. Two years later, this would become the reason Hibiki can use a Symphogear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Chekhov's Skill: Her athletic talent finally comes into play in the finale, when she hurls Solomon's Cane to the warp gate leading to the Noise dimension, sealing it and causing the Nephilim's explosion to kill all the Noise within.
The Power of Love/Soundtrack Dissonance: It has been noted that sheer willpower can overcome literally anything, even Symphogears. That last Badass moment was simply her doing what she does best. Her Symphogear gets to the point where her laser is more powerful than Chris', which was used last season to stop moon chunks, and able to disintegrate it. And her song is about Hibiki's meeting from the previous season, saying that she completely loves her. Even a fansub decided to use pink cursive style fonts for her love song while said laser rips through a battleship.
Purple Is Powerful: Her Symphogear is purple, and it's far and away the most powerful relic shown in the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Would Hit a Girl: Genjurou is a gentleman, but he makes an exception for villains.
Head Scientist of the 2nd Division MDRC and creator of the Symphogear.
Tropes associated with Ryoko Sakurai:
Ambiguously Lesbian: Has a thing for Hibiki and is very open about it. It doesn't help when she bites Hibiki's ear and then tells her that she will be the first to pop her cherry. Approaches into Psycho Lesbian territory since she's the same person who's having an abusive relationship with Chris Yukine.
Beehive Barrier: She's able to erect a barrier with hexagons to block incoming Noise during episode 5. This is the first indicator that she is the Big Bad Finé.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 herImage 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.
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.
A world-famous singer whose recent début sent her straight to the top of the American charts. However, she is actually a high-ranking agent of the terrorist group "Finé" and can equip a black Gungir-class Symphogear. She claims to be the new reincarnation of Finé (the person), but this is actually a lie to secure the loyalty of Dr. Ver.
Anti-Villain: She is doing her best to avoid civilian casualties and carry her mission even when it puts her in serious risk. When juxtaposed with how the special forces constantly pursuing her are ridiculously incompetent gun-wielding jackasses, she comes off as Noble Demon.
She even moves across the entire board of anti-villains. Initially I, as explained, then II, but then she came to realize that she's not the descendant, so now it's something like a 3.5 since she cannot be considered a villain at this point but she is now willing to follow Ver. Then, she goes full on 4 when Ver betrayed her and reveals that he has no interest in the survival of the rest of humanity save himself.
Dirty Business: Even if she knew Ver is a nutjob, she decided to bear with working with him to fulfill her goal to use her song to save the world, even if it means biting her tongue until it bled while witnessing more of his atrocities. After his betrayal, she finally quits.
Even Evil Has Standards: While taking the concert hall was indeed her task given to her by her superior, Nastassja, she doesn't like the fact that she's taking hostages was also a part of it. So she gives the order to release them, which prompts the standard reaction.
Tsubasa: "What are you doing?" Nastassja: "What are you doing?"
She also screams utter disgust and anguish when Ver sics Noises to children just on the way home because they saw a Noise (deployed by Ver) turn enemy soldiers into ash.
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 use severe temper 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.
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 song of her singer career in America. But she has a heavy accent.
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.
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.
Meaningful Name: Her middle 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".
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.
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.
Verbal Tic: She emphasizes her 'desu', in a way much like Dekomori (i.e. making it sounds like she's trying to say 'Death'). The OVA makes even fun of it, whenever she is upset, Kirika screams randomly "desu"/"death".
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 giantrobo-Shirabe armed with even BIGGER saws, which Shirabe herself operates the from behind its head.
Only Sane Girl: Of the Finé trio, Shirabe is the only one who realizes that Dr. Ver is a nutjob whose actions may do more harm than good.
Pettanko: She's the Symphogear user with the smallest breast. Somehow ironic, considering that her predecessor Ryoko the biggest breast of the series.
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.
Shower of Angst: Mirroring Tsubasa's own in the previous season and against the same person. Turns into a shower oflove when Kirika comforts her.
Shut Up, Kirk!: When Hibiki tries to reason instead of fight, Shirabe calls her out on being a hypocrite; specifically because people who have never experienced hardship shouldn't offer to help others.
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.
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:
And Now You Must Marry Me: After revealing that saving "mankind" was just saving himself, Ver tells Maria they should talk later about repopulating the human race.
It's All About Me: When he said "saving humanity", he meant only himself. Everybody else can go die in a hole for all he cares. Also that's why he instead quickened the moon drop instead of preventing it. In the finale, he even claims a world where he's not considered 'hero' in his own terms is not worth existing.
Whenever the heroines somehow foil some of his plans... and that happens a lot.
After Hibiki goes nutson his Nephilim, and at the end, when he completely went unhinged as he was being led away in chains after seeing all his plans crash and burn and being denied the "Heroic Sacrifice" he always wanted, with nothing to look forward to but the prospects of a lifetime behind bars.
One-Winged Angel: Multiple times. First, 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.