Characters / Senki Zesshou Symphogear

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

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Introduced in Symphogear (Season 1)

Symphogears

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  • Action Girl: All the Symphogear users are girls, and they provide the bulk of the action rampant through the series.
  • 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 Tsurugi is mistaken as "Gekkō no Ken".
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign / Ominous Latin Chanting: Besides the... American, the beginning phrase of each girl's activation songs is gibberish. Or Old Norse. Or Ar tonelico's Conlang. Apart from containing the name of each girl's relic, the rest is nonsense.
    • Kanade - Croitzall ronzell Gungnir zillz
    • Hibiki - Balwisyall nescell Gungnir tron
    • Tsubasa - Imyuteus Ame no Habakiri tron
    • Chris - Kiliter Ichaival tron
    • Maria - Granzizel bilfen Gungnir zillz (for the Black Gungnir) and Seilen coffin Airgetlam tron (for Serena's Airgetlam)
    • Kirika - Seiwoss Igalima lyzen tron
    • Shirabe - Fallian Shul Shagana tron
    • Miku - Lei Shen Shou Jing lei zillz
  • Badass: In a world where the general populace (and even the army) are helpless against the Noise, these girls get down to business kicking their asses and singing cool leitmotifs while they're at it.
  • 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: In Symphogear, happened to anyone who sang her Swan Song ("Zesshou"), to show just how serious business singing the Swan Song was - users tended to die. However, in G, Swan Songs started being used more casually as compared to Symphogear, and cases of Blood from the Mouth happened only for a Symphogear user who would die from the Swan Song example: Serena. Several variants occur in GX E5, when Maria has a small bit of bleeding at the mouth and eyes when she defends Hibiki by borrowing Gungnir, and Shirabe and Kirika take the field and overdose on LiNKER: Shirabe has a nosebleed, whereas Kirika looks as though she's about to cough up blood. They get better.
  • 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. The only exception is Hibiki, who doesn't actively wield an Armed Gear.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • In GX, Kirika and Shirabe have Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil, a combination of Shirabe's Extreme Sigma Style: Forbidden Moon Ring and Kirika's The Slasher Jabberwock which ties up their opponent and sets up an a elaborate two-way guillotine.
  • 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, Maria is 21, and Tsubasa was able to activate her relic when she was five years old. Also, if Kanade and Serena hadn't died, they would be 19 years old — Serena would be a legal adult in American/Europe standards. The age thing appears to have more to do with how recent the tech is and the search for those capable of wielding it.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Swan Song ("Zesshou") is also known as the "Ultimate Song", "Climax Song" or "Superb 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. The reason is so dangerous is because of the backlash, which increases if you have a low sync with the Symphogear. Using LiNKER generally means you have a low sync in the first place so singing it with that is thus fatal more often than not. Someone with a high sync rate will generally only be seriously injured to the point of needing hospitalization.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: When the girls activate their Ignite mode, they gain modified Symphogear armours, which feature a lot of black in combination with their own primary colour. Also, arguably applies to the F.I.S. Symphogears in G - they're all not evil per se, just misguided. Made even more blatant by Maria's temporary use of Gungnir in GX: she's no longer playing for the bad guys, but her Gungnir is still black.
  • Disco Tech: Symphogears and relics are activated and run on "phonic energy", that comes from singing.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The X-Drive form. The 2nd Division trio gets one in the first season's Grand Finale, thanks to the Lydian students singing their anthem which gives them new powers. In G, everyone gets one, due to maximum Phonic Gain from the entire world. Taken even farther in GX, where they combine the X-Drive form with the ignite module by taking the phonic gain that's blasted at them by Carol, which is apparently equal to the entire population of the planet if they could use climax songs.
  • 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).
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Wearing a Symphogear that the user isn't fully compatible with is a really bad idea. Unless they have some LiNKER handy (and that carries it's own risks), expect a short period of ass-kicking followed by crippling pain, Blood from the Mouth and eyes, and a trip to the hospital.
  • Image Song: By the boatload. There is a justification though: the Relic users sing the songs to maintain their transformed state. For the individual image songs, see the individual entries under the Awesome Music page.
    • 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, and later RADIANT FORCE for the 2nd Div trio.
  • Invisible Backup Band: Justified (spoofed?) 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 as "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 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.
    • The girls' songs also tend to share consistent styles across seasons:
      • Hibiki's songs gradually go from upbeat and happy to Hot-Blooded, and often feature Celtic bagpipes.
      • Tsubasa's battle songs heavily feature Japanese instruments along with rock elements, while her stage songs are J-pop befitting an idol.
      • Chris's battle songs are aggressive and angry hard rock (befitting her "tsun" side) while her non-battle songs are sweet and happy (showcasing her "dere" side).
      • Miku's songs are generally happy and are usually about her relationship with Hibiki. Her battle song is dubstep and is also about her relationship to Hibiki.
      • Maria's battle songs are triumphant and bold rock, implementing choirs, whereas like her fellow Idol Singer Tsubasa her stage songs are J(?)-pop.
      • Kirika's battle songs are symphonic rock that implements gothic lolita elements, while her mundane songs are goofy and happy.
      • Shirabe's battle songs are peppy J-pop with techno elements, while her mundane songs are more emotional and showcase the "sugar" in her Sugar and Ice Personality.
  • 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. Invoked with their combined songs in both G and GX, "Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA" and "Just Loving X-Edge".
    • "Apple" is performed by both Cadenzavna Eve sisters.
    • "FIRST LOVE SONG" and "Radiant Force" are performed by the 2nd Div trio.
    • Tsubasa and Chris get "BAYONET CHARGE" in GX E5.
    • Both "Hajimari no BABEL" and "Niji Iro no Flugel" are performed by all six Symphogears. The latter also includes Kanade in the full arrangement.
    • The Swan Song is performed as a little choir twice in G, first by the 2nd Div trio, then as a duet by Shirabe and Kirika.
    • While not a Symphogear battle duet per se, the epically awesome showpiece concerts in the first episode of each season, from both ZweiWing and the Queens of Music.
    • Also not a Symphogear battle piece, "ORBITAL BEAT" was originally a ZweiWing duet, but was covered in G by Kirika and Shirabe during the school festival competition.
  • Lovely Angels:
    • Tsubasa and Kanade. This is visually blatant when they perform as ZweiWing.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Sure their power depends on their singing activating mysterious relics, but it manifests as humongous swords, gatling guns and piston punches.
  • 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: The Symphogears change over time with their wearers, with each version of each Symphogear having a new song as its power source. If they revert back, they can be empowered by the old songs. Tsubasa shows this when the Ame-no-Habakiri is downgraded to its season 1 appearance in G, and "Zettou: Ame-no-Habakiri" is played instead of G's "Gekko no Ken".
  • 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.
  • One-Man Army: Everyone fits to a degree, although Chris is probably by far the most serious contender for this trope, considering the sheer amount of firepower her Gear can somehow manifest out of nowhere.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Kanade/Hibiki's Symphogear next to Tsubasa's.
  • 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 '80s 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.
    • In G, Maria has a frame of black flowers, butterflies and chains, along with the name of her attack running dynamically across the screen with a cross separating it. In GX, the frame becomes much more colorful
    • 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.
  • Powered Armor: The Symphogear manifest themselves as armors that give the wearers powers.
  • Power Gives You Wings: The X-Drive Mode gives the symphogears energy wings (and far more potent than anything they had access to before).
  • 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.
  • Power Trio: Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris since the 10th episode of the first season.
    • A second Power Trio forms when we're introduced to the F.I.S. Symphogears in G.
    • GX plays with it even more by splitting the 6 wielders differently: there's the seniors, made up of Tsubasa, Maria and Chris, and then the juniors, comprising Hibiki, Kirika and Shirabe.
  • 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.
    • For less over-the-top examples, any of Hibiki's punches where the pile-driver power up sequence is ostentatiously shown beforehand.
    • Played With and possibly spoofed by Stealth Pun in GX E6, where Hibiki punches out an airborne carrier Alca-Noise while riding an ordinary rocket.
  • Rule of Cool: Singing while fighting energy creatures in your mystical power armour.
  • Secret Identity: The Symphogears 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 F.I.S. 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.
    • The Ignite Module is a straighter example of this. As it turns out, Hibiki's Berserker mode is something any Symphogear wielder can tap into, but the Ignite Module essentially takes this and makes it into a Super form at will.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Hibiki's Berserker form which turns out to be a legitimate function in all Symphogear users as revealed in GX. Maria also went berserk when she first tried Ignite Mode and failed.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: All the Gears are capable of shifting form depending on the situation, although the extent to which each Gear can do so depends on the gear and the wielder.
  • 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.
  • The Power of Friendship: It can release the ultimate power of Symphogears and fuels the Heroic Willpower to overcome Hibiki's Superpowered Evil Side.
  • 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.''
  • Transformation Trinket: The Relics that are worn as necklaces can be activated by singing. The only exception was Hibiki while Gungnir was fused with her, but now that she has Maria's original Gungnir pendant, she plays this straight.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The Symphogear outfits.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Tsubasa and Chris' Symphogear armors have this.

    Hibiki Tachibana 
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Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki

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  • Date of Birth: September 13
  • Age: 15 (S1), 16 (G/GX)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 157 cm (5'2")
  • Measurements: B84/W58/H86
  • Relic: Gungnir

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.

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 bleeding 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.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: not played completely straight thanks to her gauntlets, but she grows to like the idea because it means she can join hands with others.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Gungnir is supposed to be a spear formed from the Symphogear's wrist guards, and has manifested as such for its other users. Hibiki is incapable of using this function for some reason, so she instead uses the wrist guards like Pile Bunkers to enhance her punches.
  • 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.
  • 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, Tsubasa, 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.

Season 2

  • 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, and one day decided to disappear without a trace
  • 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. The fact that she survived the Noise attack on the Zwei Wing concert caused the public to ostracize her and her family, accusing her as a murderer, and also leading to her father being kicked off a project he had been a part of by his employer, as the president of the company that employed him lost his daughter in the attack. This led to his breakdown, and resulted in him abandoning his family, and disappearing without a trace. 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. In GX, Carol makes mention of her own father, and Hibiki suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D. as a result of memories about her father re-surfacing.
  • 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 The Police Story, in its original language, Cantonese.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: 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 note  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 "hecchara" which sounds like "Head-Cha-La".
    • The first and third chorus 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.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Tsubasa's Butch and Chris's Femme. She's the Tomboy with a Girly Streak while they're a Tomboy and Girly Girl respectively.
  • 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.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her seiyuu, Aoi Yuuki, improved her singing voice.

Season 3

  • Bare Your Midriff: In a contrast to the previous two seasons, which had averted this trope, Hibiki plays this trope straight when she dons her Symphogear this time around.
  • Catch Phrase: "Believe in justice, grip it tight", which appears in both of her songs and is also a Call Back to her song in G, titled exactly that.
    • Also "Heiki, hecchara!" note  Episode 8 reveals that her dad taught her that phrase.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father abandoned his family after the Zwei Wing incident. Hibiki is not happy to see him again at the end of Episode 7.
  • Image Song: Genkai Toppa G-Beat note  and Little Miracle -Grip it Tight- are her battle songs.
  • Love Epiphany: Seems to have this in episode 5 regarding Miku when she makes mention of "living up to [Miku's] feelings" during her inner monologue while she's in the infirmary.
    Hibiki: All I do is crush the things I care about. But Miku cheered me up. She said I saved her. I need to live up to her feelings.
  • Stepford Smiler: Possibly even more so than in previous seasons. Not only does she fail to reason with Carol in their first encounter, her reasons of using the Symphogear to protect people rather than hurt them are severely challenged when she briefly finds herself to be the only functioning Symphogear user aside from Shirabe and Kirika. And she still finds the need to put a smile on her face to reassure others that everything's okay.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Actually enters one of these without going Berserk in Episode 8 after she has an awful encounter with her father and tries to take it out on Micha and the surrounding Alca-Noise. However, it actually works against her with Hibiki not being able to focus her attacks against Micha, allowing the latter to score an easy victory.
  • Up to Eleven: How do you up Hibiki's Hot Bloodedness? Have her punch through mountains and SUPLEX A SPACE SHUTTLE!

    Tsubasa Kazanari 
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Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

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  • Date of Birth: May 25
  • Age: 17 (S1), 19 (GX)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Height: 167 cm (5'5")
  • Measurements: B81/W57/H83
  • Relic: Ame-no-Habakiri

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Diving Kick: Her "Heaven's Wrath" move has her jumping up in the air and throwing her sword forward, which transforms into a stories-tall, rocket-propelled BFS. Then, she gets into the kick motion and combines her heel with the sword. It's powerful enough to force Finé into weaving her strongest barrier.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: There's no mention of her parents. Since she appears to defer to Genjuuro as a guardian, it might be that they're dead.
    • Her parents are finally given screentime in season 3. See the GX tropes below for more details.
  • 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.
  • Shadow Pin: Shadow Weaving. Tsubasa throws a dagger into her opponent's shadow, disabling their movements.
  • 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: Following Kanade's death, Tsubasa comes across as aloof and focused on her duty as a Symphogear. However, 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.

Season 2

  • 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. The only one of the F.I.S 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 Damn Heroes: She slides in the nick of time to save Chris and Shirabe from Miku's attack. And she does it via giant sword!
  • 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.
  • Car 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.
  • 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 Tsurugi 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.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Chris' Femme and Hibiki's Neither. While she definitely possesses a feminine side, she'd serve as the man in a relationship whether you ship her with Maria or Chris.
  • 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.
  • You Are Not Alone: Give this speech to Chris in episode 12 so that she'll ask for help her atonement mission.

Season 3

  • Adorkable: Her insistence about her Alca-Noise sketch is pretty damn cute, especially considering her usual personality. Not to mention, her weird way to do scissors in a rock-paper-scissors because it's 'cool' in her head.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Provides one for Maria in Episode 1 and teams up with Chris to provide another for Shirabe and Kirika in Episode 5.
  • Child by Rape: However Tsubasa's "grandfather" impregnated her mother, the way she talks about it (and the way Maria reacts) don't suggest consent.
  • Double Weapon: Her Fiery Windblades has her join the blades together at the hilt while igniting them.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Episode 9 reveals that she's not her father's daughter; rather, she is the child of her grandfather and her father's wife, in the name of "keeping the bloodline pure". In a variation of the trope, though, Tsubasa already knows this; she's the one explaining it to Maria.
  • Heroic Bastard: She's stalwart in her heroism and duty, and is the product of Genjuuro's father and his brother's wife, making her his half-sister and a bastard.
  • I Am Not a Gun: After realizing her father's true intent behind his aloof behaviour, she proudly declares to Phara that she's not a sword, before slicing her with Rasetsu Stance Zero.
    "Do you call this a sword? No! These are wings, taking flight towards their dreams! Know that your philosophy cannot break my wings!"
  • Image Song: "Beyond the BLADE", her Season 3 battle song, along with Sora e...note , her mundane song. There's also her duet with Chris in Episode 5, BAYONET CHARGE.
  • Luminescent Blush: Exhibits this in E2 when Maria abruptly grabs her arm.
  • Playing with Fire: Moonlit Fiery Windblades, an upgraded version of her S2 Fiery Windblades attack with blue flames.
  • Ship Tease: Since Maria is now on the Symphogears' side, Tsubasa interacts with her more than any other girl during the season. Tsubasa also lampshades how Maria takes on a motherly attitude when playing the confidante.
  • Smash Sisters: She and Chris team up with a duet to save Shriabe and Kirika in episode 5.
  • Terrible Artist: Shown in episode 3 when she presents a "sketch" of the Alca-Noise that attacked her and Maria in London. She's even proud of herself when she shows off the "drawing" to Chris. Doubles as a Brick Joke considering it's the drawing Nana Mizuki drew of a "Bushi-Noise" back in the 2013 Live. note 
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Gal: She really wishes so hard her father would acknowledge her, but he coldly brushes her off as not her daughter and only treating her like a sword. It's one reason that the mere mention of her father would make her extra bitter.
  • The Worf Effect: Both Tsubasa and Chris briefly lose the ability to access their Symphogears to show off what the Alca-Noise are capable of.
    • She's Back: Returns in Episode 5 with her new and enhanced Symphogear.

    Chris Yukine 
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Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

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  • Date of Birth: December 28
  • Age: 16-17
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 153 cm (5'0")
  • Measurements: B90/W57/H85
  • Relic: Nehushtan (former), Ichaival

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.

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.
  • Broken Bird: After undergoing child slavery in a warring country, 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: A different variation of this trope than Hibiki and Genjuuro. She's aggressive and coarse, whether talking or fighting.
  • Idiot Hair: small ones
  • 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 mince her words. Also, her battle songs are less about singing and more about blasting the scenery to bits.
  • 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.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Being among the smaller character in Symphogear, her offensive capability is the highest among all Symphogear users.
    • Even her seiyuu can be considered as one in singing world (note: Ayahi Takagaki is only 151 cm tall with opera-grade vocal range).
    • To put it into perspective, by GX, the only characters shorter than Chris are Shirabe (a girl two years younger than her) and Elfnein (the resident Token Mini-Moe).
  • 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.
  • Rape as Backstory: It's heavily implied that she was sexually abused when she was being trafficked around; when Genjuro offers to help her she bitterly asks him if he wants to become her pimp (which was translated out but put back in from the Crunchyroll subs). In Episode 8 she tells Miku that "they didn't stop, even when I said it hurt", which could refer to her experiments or something worse.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her weird pigtails 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 in actual pigtails.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Chris cuts off Hibiki when the latter is trying to talk her around during the battle.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Depending on the subs, 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.

Season 2

  • Adorkable: Her dere side tends towards this trope, between her shy attempts at socializing and habit of blushing when complimented.
  • 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.
  • Senpai Kohai: After the You Are Not Alone moment, she slowly begins to regard her relationship with Tsubasa as this. Though Tsubasa points out in the finale's epilogue that Chris doesn't consistently refer to her as senpai.
  • Shrinking Violet: With people she doesn't know, she adopts an uncharacteristic shy side. Best shown at the beginning of the season at school where she avoids her enthusiastic classmates and sticks with Tsubasa or Hibiki's clique.
  • 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.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Hibiki's Neither and Tsubasa's Butch. Between the frilly clothes and pigtails, she's easily the girliest of the three.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is very vocal in her distaste for how Tsubasa starts treating Hibiki in Episode 6.
  • Zettai Ryouki: Grade A whether wearing the school uniform or casual clothes.
    • Depending on interpretation, she almost qualifies as a grade S given that she is tsundere and her hair almost passes for Twin Tails.

Season 3

    Kanade Amou 
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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.
  • 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.
  • This Is a Drill: Her "Last∞Meteor" attack has her twirling her Gungnir to incredible speeds, drilling Noise apart and even creating tornadoes.
  • 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 / S.O.N.G. (Squad Of Nexus Guardians)

    Miku Kohinata 
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Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

Profile
  • Date of Birth: November 7
  • Age: 16 (GX)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 157 cm (5'2")
  • Measurements: B79/W54/H82
  • Relic: Shen Shou Jing

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.

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 B.S.O.D.: 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 . . .
    • Season 2 does away with the "heterosexual" part and outright reveals her to be a lesbian by explaining that her love for Hibiki is the reason why Miku could connect with the Shen Shoujing relic.
  • 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.
    Miku: 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.

Season 2

  • 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.
  • Badass Normal: A mundane variation. She showed inklings of this trope in season 1 with her Action Survivor tendencies, but she officially becomes this when she uses her track-and-field experience to launch Solomon's Cane.
  • 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.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed example but in the second OVA, there's a short where Hibiki tells Miku that she won't be able to make it to the Queens of Music Festival because she's been put into a mission with Chris. Miku's reaction to this is to be worried about Hibiki cheating on her with Chris.
  • 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 insane power.
  • 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 
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Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa

Tsubasa's uncle and leader of the 2nd Division Mobile Disaster Response Corps, an organization dedicated to fighting the Noise. Revealed in GX to actually be Tsubasa's half-brother, though whether or not Genjuro himself knows this is unknown.
  • 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. His punches and kicks are so strong that they shatter the ground, and even make cracks in Finé's Nehushtan armour.
  • 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.
  • 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 The 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 The 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. Later on he also takes on Fine herself and wipes the floor with her, forcing her to resort to a cheap shot to win.
  • 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.
    • More specifically, he's the legal guardian of the orphaned Chris, and might be for the parent-lacking Tsubasa. Given the absence of Hibiki's family, it's lucky that his paternal instincts extend so widely.
  • Properly Paranoid: While genuinely an outgoing person, he has some reservations regarding Ryoko. The thing is, he's right.
  • Rated M for Manly: You thought the Symphogear girls were the only ones to kick ass in the series? Genjuro will prove you wrong by nearly defeating the Big Bad with nothing but his physical strength! As he puts it when Finé is bewildered by his lack of Relic usage:
    Finé: How is it that you can stand up to the power of a complete relic?!
    Genjuro: You wanna know? I eat, watch movies and sleep! A true man needs nothing else!
  • 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 The 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. He's also Chris's legal guardian and Hibiki's sensei in terms of martial arts.
  • 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 
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Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi

An agent of the 2nd Division who also acts as Tsubasa's manager for her idol cover.
  • Badass Normal: Not as much as Genjuro, but he has his moments. Suddenly shows it off extensively in episode 9 of G (see below), showcasing that he may be more powerful than he looks.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He always wears a black suit and he shows some action while wearing it.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Had shades of this towards Hibiki in the earlier parts of Season 1. Arguably, he is this to Tsubasa, being very supportive and loyal to her, and showing concern for her well-being. The fact that he taught Tsubasa at least one of his ninja techniques helps.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Is in the nick of time to save Miku from a Noise ambush in Episode 10 of season 1.
  • Bridal Carry: In episode 9 of G, he carries Shirabe like this when he rescues her from the battlefield.
  • Drives Like Crazy: We don't see how he drives, but he drives his car at the speed of the plot, just in time to save Hibiki and the rest of her classmates and he parked while spinning around twice or thrice at high speed. Normal people wouldn't even survive such driving, but because he lives in a World of Badass, his passenger, Maria, is completely unaffected with that kind of crazy driving.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: In episode 3 of G, Ogawa decides to report back to headquarters while surrounded by a gang of armed thugs. His tone never changes despite the battle heard in the background, and by the time the scene cuts back to him the thugs are collapsing one by one.
  • Megane: He wears glasses as Tsubasa's manager.
  • Nice Guy: Has an approachable and amiable way about him, and is quick to advise Hibiki when she first joins. He also has a heroic tendency, between
  • Ninja: As revealed in supplementary notes. He can easily overpower yakuzas unarmed while making a phone call, and taught Tsubasa his Shadow Weaving Technique.
  • Right-Hand Hottie: In his cover as Tsubasa's manager.
  • Shadow Pin: Tsubasa's Shadow Weaving is actually from Ogawa, a technique that involves a thrown dagger into the opponent's shadow, disabling their movements. As shown in GX, Ogawa can even do this with bullets.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He always wears a black suit.
  • 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.
  • The Glasses Come Off: During serious moments. It's a Character Tic.
  • The Reliable One: Most definitely. He's the one who cleans Tsubasa's room, a girl's room, despite he's a man.
  • Undying Loyalty: Maintains this towards the 2nd Division, but it extends to Tsubasa. His use of the Shadow Weaving Technique to let Tsubasa and Maria make a car getaway in the second episode of GX.
  • Walk on Water: In episode 9 of G, where he runs on water with Shirabe in his arms.

    Aoi Tomosato 
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Voiced by: Asami Seto

An agent of the Second Division.

    Sakuya Fujitaka 
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Voiced by: Kenji Akabane

Another agent of the Second Division.

    Ryoko Sakurai 
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Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

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

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    Finé *SPOILERS* 
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Decides she has no more use for Chris as of Episode 7.
  • 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.

    Yumi Itaba 
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Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki

A schoolfriend of Hibiki and Miku. She enjoys watching anime.
  • 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. She even references this trope:
    Yumi: "In an anime, this would be the moment where the small-bodied girl gets the spotlight!"
  • 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 and gets annoyed with Hibiki's dense nature.
  • Those Three Girls: With Kuriyo and Shiori.

    Kuriyo Andou 
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Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu

Another schoolfriend of Hibiki and Miku.
  • 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.
    • And as of the third season, she refers to Chris as Kinechri.
  • Those Three Girls: With Yumi and Shiori.

    Shiori Terashima 
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Voiced by: Nao Touyama

Another schoolfriend of Hibiki and Miku.
  • 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 has a nicer, calmer demeanor than the other two girls and golden locks to match.
  • 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.

    In General 
  • 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.
  • Combination Attack: Forbidden Wheel of Evil: Zababa Eclipse, used by IGNITE mode Kirika and Shirabe to defeat Micha in GX Episode 8.
    • In GX Episode 13, Shirabe and Kirika also combine their X-Drive gears into what can only be described as a giant buzzsaw Roomba with a set of giant pincers.
  • 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: Downplayed, Maria, Shirabe and Kirika are antagonistic but aren't exactly evil but they do oppose the heroines who wears white symphogears.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Maria, Shirabe and Kirika are anti-villains who think that their actions are for the sake of the others. In GX they're straight-up good guys.
  • 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!
  • The Dividual: Shirabe and Kirika are together for about 95% of their screentime. Their Symphogears originated from the same goddess and their battle songs match perfectly together. GX takes this further where seem to lose all of their individuality from G.
  • Easily Forgiven: In GX... averted. Hibiki and friends might be honestly friendly for them, but the public world hasn't forgiven their involvement in the Frontier incident and treats Shirabe and Kirika getting enrolled in the same school as Hibiki as 'custody' so they can get watched over, and Maria has to play up a propaganda of being a Reverse Mole and becoming an idol again to cover that up. And everytime she exits the stage, she gets escorted by FBI agents just so she doesn't do anything funny.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Shirabe and Kirika in episode 11 and 12.
  • Good Costume Switch: During the final battle in G, their Symphogears turns white.
    • Shirabe's and Kirika's Symphogears in GX incorporate much more white compared to G to show that they're on the heroes' side now. Meanwhile Maria eventually dons Serena's Argeitlam again, which is completely silver.
  • 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" along with Just Loving X-Edge which are duets which combine their songs from G and GX respectively.
  • 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. GX takes this and runs about as close to Official Couple as you can get without an on-screen kiss.
  • 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 
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Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa

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  • Date of Birth: August 7
  • Age: 21 (GX)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 170 cm (5'7")
  • Measurements: B96/W62/H90
  • Relic: Gungnir (formerly), Airgetlám

A world-famous singer whose recent début sent her straight to the top of the American charts. However, she was revealed to be a high-ranking agent of the terrorist group "Finé". Initially able to equip the Gungnir Symphogear while fighting against the 2nd Division, she now uses the relic Airgetlam, left to her by her deceased sister Serena.


  • 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.
    • Even with Serena dead, Maria still shows this instinct. Its implied that part of her reason for saving Miku was because she somewhat resembled 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 singing career in America, but she has a heavy accent. Not that Maria was born there 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 note  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.
  • 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 and, thankfully, 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.
  • Ship Tease: With Tsubasa. It's Foe Yay in G, where the two are enemies, but it becomes straight-up Les Yay in GX, where the two are on the same side.
  • 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 several 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.

Season 3

  • Attack Drone: In X-Drive mode her blades are capable of flying around on their own and shooting beams. In her normal mode she can use three knives to project a triangular energy shield, reminiscent of the Nu Gundam's Fin Funnel Barrier.
  • The Atoner: She's trying to make up for her actions in season 2, but the process at first is a Deconstruction: The FBI approached her and the only way for her to atone... is to become a false Idol Singer, singing with Tsubasa and pretending that she was all along just a Reverse Mole for the FBI. Unfortunately, this entails having to be escorted everywhere with FBI agents, since the FBI themselves naturally don't trust her. After the initial Auto-Scorer attacks, she however requests to be transferred to SONG, and plays the trope straight from there.
    • Additionally, when Shirabe and Kirika, as the only Symphogear users left, go out to Hold the Line, Maria convinces Genjuurou to let them fight, as part of their atonement.
  • Be Yourself: The crux of her Character Development. Maria laments the fact that she's clung onto lies and false ideals every time she wanted to be strong, and wishes to kill this weak self of hers. However, she soon learns that even though she may think of her own self as weak, being true to that self, no matter how weak, is the key to strength, a lesson driven home when she misactivates IGNITE mode while wishing to kill her weaker side.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: She can attach her blade to her wrist while in IGNITE mode, and attaches it to her elbow as part of her Finishing Move "Serenade".
  • Blood from the Mouth: She gets this after borrowing the Gungnir relic from Hibiki in episode 4.
  • Boobs of Steel: Being the Token Adult, Maria is clearly the most well-endowed girl in the series. Unlike Chris, however, her combat style revolves around getting up close and beating or slashing the crap out of her enemies. She ranks up there as one of the more powerful Symphogear users according to Word of God, and if you're still questioning her Badassery after her poor performance in G, well, she ends up dominating and killing Garie, being the first to score a kill against any Auto-Scorers.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the first part of the season, due to her not having a Symphogear.
    • Brought Down to Badass: That said, however, she actually managed to hold her own against Phara rather well, even landing a hit before Tsubasa took over.
  • Car Fu: Attempts this on Phara in episode 2. However, Phara simply slashes the taxi in half.
  • Character Development: Is the only character to have the distinction of having an entire episode centred around her, showing her grappling with her past as she tries to control the IGNITE module.
  • Flechette Storm: Airgetlam's Infinite Crime attack, which generates multiple copies of her Gear and fires them as projectiles.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Her Horizon Spear attack returns when she temporarily uses Hibiki's Gungnir.
  • I Hate Past Me: She kept having monologues about how much she hated her weak, indecisive self, having multiple flashbacks to incidences where she appeared strong yet was clinging to a lie within. Part of her Character Development is to acknowledge that despite her self-perceived weakness, what truly mattered for strength was being true to herself, however weak she might have thought she was.
  • Image Song: Ressou - Gungnir returns as her battle song when she borrows Hibiki's Gungnir in Episode 4. When she receives Serena's repaired relic, her battle song becomes Ginwan - Airgetlam. note 
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Maria's use of her new Gear is unconventional in exactly the opposite way of Hibiki's. While Gungnir is a spear that Hibiki uses as a Power Fist, Airgetlam is a Power Fist that Maria uses as a sword.
  • Laser Blade: Her Serenade attack in her IGNITE mode combines this with Power Fist and Single-Stroke Battle.
  • Luminescent Blush: Gets one near the end of Episode 13 when Tsubasa smiles at her.
  • Reverse Grip: How she holds her dagger.
  • Spike Shooter: In her IGNITE mode, she can turn her weapon into one of these by attaching it to her wrist.
  • Team Mom: Being the oldest, tends to fall into this role. She's most involved in helping others from behind the scenes, usually in realising something, despite being a powerful Gear user herself. Notable cases include interceding with Genjuurou to allow Kirika and Shirabe to fight as part of their atonement, and helping Tsubasa to realise that her father really cared for her after all.
  • Tears of Blood: As a result of briefly using the Gungnir Symphogear to fend off the Alca-Noise without LiNKER, this happens to her.
  • Whip Sword: Airgetlám's Armed Gear manifests as a short dagger that can extend into one of these. Her Empress Rebellion attack has her extend it to ridiculous lengths.

    Shirabe Tsukuyomi 
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Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

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  • Date of Birth: February 16
  • Age: 15 (GX)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 152 cm (5'0")
  • Measurements: B72/W53/H76
  • Relic: Shul Shugana

Introduced as another Symphogear user of Fine. 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.
  • 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: Her default expression is blank and serious. She's more dynamic than other examples, prone to emotional outbursts and fond of joking with the more energetic Kirika.
  • Flight: Emergency Phi Style: Twin Moon Karma allows her to hover by turning her saws into helicopter-style rotors.
  • 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.
  • Mini-Mecha: At full power, Shul Shagana transforms into a set of massive robotic arms and legs armed with humongous buzzsaws.
    • Shirabe's Final Omega Style: Dystopia, only accessible in her X-Drive form, creates a giant robo-Shirabe with buzz-saws for arms and bladed ears, with Shirabe piloting from behind its head.
  • Monowheel Mayhem: Her Extreme Sigma Style: Lunar Eclipse creates a gigantic monowheel buzzsaw that she can use to ride around the battlefield.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The disadvantages come into play when Chris is easily able to apprehend her in episode 9 (though she had been weakened by Anti-LiNKER just a few moments prior).
  • Prehensile Hair: Well, sort of. In Symphogear form, her pigtails gain armor plating and become extendable robot arms.

Season 3

  • The Atoner: Same as Maria.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives in the nick of time (along with Kirika) to rescue Chris and Elfnein from Leuir.
  • Clothing Combat: Delta Style: Bewitching Axel turns her miniskirt into a much larger buzzsaw.
  • Combination Attack: "Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil"
  • Determinator: She successfully grabs an unconscious Elfnein and doesn't hold back in taking down some Alca-Noise despite the strain put on her from the lack of LiNKER.
  • Good Costume Switch: Although she was never really evil to begin with, her Symphogear is mostly white and pink whereas in G it was black and pink.
  • Image Song: GENOCIDE SAW HEAVEN is her battle song, and in Episode 5 her and Kirika sing a battle duet called Just Loving X-Edge. Her "mundane" song is SENSE OF DISTANCE.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Her upgraded gear lets her use these alongside her buzzsaws. She even performs yo-yo tricks in her new transformation sequence!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Episode 8 of GX she mentions that she regrets calling Hibiki a hypocrite after Hibiki tells her parts of her Dark and Troubled Past and after experiencing for herself some of the pain that Hibiki was always facing when activating the IGNITE module.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's definitely more sociable around others this time around, though she's still a ruthless killing machine on the battlefield.

    Kirika Akatsuki 
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Voiced by: Ai Kayano

Profile
  • Date of Birth: April 13
  • Age: 15 (G), 16 (GX)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 155 cm (5'1")
  • Measurements: B82/W56/H83
  • Relic: Igalima

Introduced as 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.
  • Battle Boomerang: Her Kill Juliet attack, which summons multiple blades from her scythe and hurls them at her opponent.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Introduced as The Ditz in her first appearance, but is quickly seen as a good battler.
  • Big Eater: She's very fond of food, and talks about snacks frequently. Supplementary notes imply that she may have experienced a famine in her past.
  • Black Magician Girl: She (along with Shirabe) is the youngest Symphogear user and Kirika's design bears strong resemblance to the trope namer. Kirika's personality also fit this trope, but not she's not physically weak. Actually, Kirika is physically stronger than Shirabe and Chris.
  • Cute Witch: Her Symphogear's look evokes this.
  • Driven to Suicide: When she realizes her actions have done nothing but drive her apart from Shirabe. She gets better.
  • Genki Girl: Generally has an exuberant amount of energy, rattles on constantly about various topics, and almost always has a cheerful smile on her face.
  • Good Costume Switch: After the Eleventh Hour Superpower Igalima turns white.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a X-shaped hair clip on her left bang.
  • Image Song: Gokuren ・ Igalima is her battle song. Tegami note  is her mundane song.
  • Motor Mouth: At times.
  • Red Herring: We're led to believe she summoned the Beehive Barrier and so is Finé's next host. Shirabe actually summoned it unconsciously.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Her Symphogear armor provides a witch hat and a short "cape".
  • Shinigami: Kirika has a Shinigami motif, as she wields a Sinister Scythe, has sinister sounding (and looking) attack names and has a "desu"/"death" Verbal Tic.
  • Ship Tease: With Shirabe. This continues in GX as well.
  • Shear Menace: Can create scissor-like weapons by connecting multiple scythe blades together.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Soul Power: Igalima's Swan Song is said to have the power to destroy its victim's soul. It's at least enough to destroy Fine's.
  • Stepford Smiler: She still tries to keep up a cheerful face despite steadily becoming more worried and anxious later on in the series.
  • Theme Naming: Her attacks all reference various fictional tales, such as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Neverland, Pinocchio, Jabberwocky, and Rapunzel.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Shirabe's girly girl. She sports Tomboyish Sidetails and normally dons pants and shorts in casual clothing.
  • Tomboyish Sidetails: Sports this hairstyle and is the most tomboyish of the FIS Receptor trio.
  • True Companions: With Maria and Shirabe, but especially the latter.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Her pauldrons can project these.
  • 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".
    • The Japanese lyrics in her songs have either "death" in English or "desu" in katakana, the latter indicating that she really says "death" instead of the Japanese word "desu".
  • Whole Costume Reference:
    • The helmet on her Gear costume takes design cues from Dark Magician Girl in Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Her X-Drive Mode borrows the scythe, metallic wings and winged helm from Dis Astranagant in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She tends to wear miniskirts and stockings, leaving a thin strip of skin visible on her thighs.

Season 3

  • Ambiguously Lesbian: Her affection for Shirabe is a lot less ambiguous than it was in G; she even has this reaction when Shirabe tells her that she only wants Kirika to see her embarrassing side.
    • Whatever ambiguity was present before is promptly ditched during episode 8 when she openly admits to Shirabe that she loves her.
  • The Atoner: Same as Maria and Shirabe.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Her Reverse Rapunzel attack creates another copy of Igalima and combines the two into a large double-bladed halberd.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She arrives in the nick of time (along with Shirabe) to rescue Chris and Elfnein from Leuir.
  • Bridal Carry: She carries an unconscious Chris in this way while escaping the Alca-Noise.
  • Combination Attack: "Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil"
  • Good Costume Switch: Along with Shirabe, her outfit incorporates a lot of white compared to last season.
  • Image Song: OVERKILL SCYTHE HELL serves as her new battle song, along with Just Loving X-Edge which is a duet with Shirabe. Her mundane song is Okitegami. note 
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Parodied in Episode 3. If one looks closely, it's just a shop banner.
  • Spin Attack: Kirika's Tinkerbell Tornado attack, in which she uses her rocket pauldrons to spin her scythe at high speeds.
  • Verbal Tic: Her habit of saying "desu/death" at the end of each sentence is more emphasized this season, almost to the level of the OVAs.

    Serena Cadenzavna Eve 
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Voiced by: Yui Horie

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

    Professor Nastassja Sergeyevna Tolstaya 
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Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue

An elderly woman who is the boss and caretaker of Maria, Kirika, and Shirabe. Her goals are unknown.
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: Her demeanor is strict and occasionally harsh, but she's still the closest thing the FIS girls have to a guardian. She expresses a disdain over having to stain their hands with blood and sees them as good girls.
  • 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 
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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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While Maria, Kirika and Shirabe aren't exactly shedding tears over his body, they do at least seem saddened by his death in Episode 12 of GX
  • 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.
  • Awesome McCool Name: His full name is John Wayne Vercingetorix.
  • Ax-Crazy: Prone to extreme outbursts of ham, and he's entirely convinced that he's the hero that will save the world no matter how nonsensical his approach is.
  • Big Bad: G's true antagonist, overshadowing F.I.S. and using them to his advantage.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Briefly with Carol in GX until Carol gets rid of him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Villain variant in GX, seeing he comes out of nowhere to intercept Chris' finishing blow on a weakened Carol before giving in to his inner ham.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When he's first introduced in G, he's actually very sane and down to earth. It didn't take long in that season to reveal how much of a selfish, evil nutjob he is.
  • Chewing the Scenery: When his Large Ham is at his peak, expecet this to be in full effect.
  • Cruel Mercy: Dealt with it by Genjuro, who refuses to allow him to die and be seen as a "hero", instead making sure he'd come back in one piece to face the consequences of his evil deeds.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Creates Noises in order to distract Hibiki, while the Nephilim recuperates. He also straps Chris with an Explosive Leash on her neck to make sure she will go through her (apparent) Face–Heel Turn.
  • Death Seeker: Once his plans go south, he was wishing anything would kill him so he could be written as having performed a "Heroic Sacrifice". A boulder heading towards the jeep where he, Genjuro and Shinji were in would've done the job. Unfortunately for him, Genjuro punches it out, making sure he would live to see all his plans unravel and face judgment just like anyone else. Ver loses it.
  • Dirty Coward: Typical for a villain, he'll start screaming like a sissy and tries to run whenever things go south for him. To make it even funnier, he trips a lot.
  • Disney Villain Death: Carol first impales him with extreme prejudice then sends him falling down the Château de Tiffauges, with him still yelling like a maniac.
  • Entitled Bastard: Injects Shirabe and Kirika with Psycho Serum while ordering them to protect him, since they need his biology expertise. They voice their protest, but reluctantly comply.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he is rather shocked when he learns about Carol's plan to dissect the world just for knowledge's sake, not because it's wrong but because he thinks it's dumb to gain all that knowledge and do nothing with it.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The guy is a cackling cauldron of ham. Somehow, he gets more insane and hammy with each episode. His late re-introduction in GX has him striking a ridiculous pose after saving Carol and go on to rant constantly about how a true hero should do this and that (oh, and he's the only hero).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His mindset is that if he dies, his death will go down in history as this, being the 'hero'. However, Genjuro denied that. Ironically, in GX... this happened for real, as he continued to work on reversing Chateau de Tiffauges and Carol's works, this costs him his life, but he still has enough time to boot out the FIS children, though only so at least someone would pass the word of his heroic sacrifice.
  • Hypocrite: "A bunch of selfish jerks who only think about themselves locked me up down here." Says the man who loudly and happily proclaimed that everyone else can go die in a hole for all her cares back in G, and still calls himself "a hero" in GX.
  • 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.
  • Laughably Evil: With all his Villainous Breakdowns and trippings, it's hard to take him seriously.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Episode 12 of GX; after all, how can he be a hero if there's no world to celebrate him? Though he's still a selfish dick, only doing a Face turn because it benefits him, lets him give a 'fuck you' to the one who fatally wounded him, and his thoughts before death are still about how he's still gonna be remembered as a hero, and hoping that at least someone (Maria) would pass the word.
  • Mad Scientist/Mad Doctor: Extra emphasis on the mad part.
  • Mook Maker: The Solomon's Cane he wields.
  • Obliviously Evil: He claims to be a hero, even though he isn't really one.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dies for real in Episode 12 after sacrificing himself to destroy the Chateau de Tiffauges.
  • Room Full of Crazy: His prison cell in the Undersea Dragon Palace
  • Slasher Smile/Laughing Mad: If he's not doing one, he's doing the other. Or both at once. He is a Mad Scientist, after all.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The F.I.S. are antagonists, but not by much. This guy, on the other hand, has no moral compass.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In GX, he's a far cry from the cowardly bastard seen in G given he stops and absorbs one of Chris' missiles with his mutated left arm and even has time to taunt the Symphogears.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Whenever the heroines somehow foil some of his plans... and that happens a lot.
    • After Hibiki goes nuts on 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.

    Nephilim 
A bio-weapon created by Dr. Ver, and one of the keystones of his scheme.
  • 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.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was initially a disembodied heart, needing energy from consuming relics to generate the rest of its body and grow stronger. By the end, it becomes too powerful to defeat, so the heroes seal it away in the Noise dimension. And then they end up destroying it anyway.

Others

    Masahito Shibata 

The Vice-President of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Big Eater: Of noodles. Literally every time we see him, he's slurping down a bowl of noodles.
  • Grumpy Old Man: It's why most people don't want to deal with him.
  • Odd Friendship: With Genjuro.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Has a few sparse appearances, and then, is suddenly gone from the plot.
    • He does make a brief appearance in the first episode of GX, so it can be assumed that he's still alive.

Introduced in Symphogear GX (Season 3)

The Alchemists

    Carol Malus Dienheim 
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Voiced by: Inori Minase

A young European alchemist, who claims she will destroy the world's miracles. She is a master of Elemental Powers and is the creator and commander of the four Auto-Scorers.
  • Back from the Dead: Revives at the end of Episode 8.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of GX.
  • Body Backup Drive: She keeps on living by transferring all her memories to a new cloned body everytime the active body is destroyed. However, the strain of receiving so many memories at once (including the pain experienced upon dying) is starting to eat away at her.
  • Braids of Action: Sports a single blond braid and packs a great deal of power in her magic.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Gold in her image song CD.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We've only seen a little of it via flashback, but from the looks of it, her hatred of people might be justified.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Subverted. Carol kills herself after losing to the IGNITED Symphogears in episode 6 of GX, only to reappear in a new cloned body at the end of episode 8.
  • Dual Age Modes: When using her harp Relic, her body changes from a child form to that of a woman in her twenties.
  • Elemental Powers: All five that exist In-Universe, those being Wind, Earth, Fire, Water and Light. She mainly uses light-elemental attacks, though, making her an example of Light Is Not Good
  • Energy Shield: Has the ability to conjure an extremely powerful three-layered shield called Hermes Trismegistus, which apparently requires knowledge of spiritual power and demon summoning in addition to alchemy. The keywords describe it as the ultimate defense, but Hibiki simply punched her way through it without knowing or caring about its origins.
  • Evil Counterpart: While Fine was already this to the Symphogears in the first season, she fits the bill even more, having an actual Transformation Sequence and actually can use a climax song. One that has the power of 7 Billion of them, i.e. If the entire population of the planet could use one.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Due to the Freudian Excuse, she kept refusing to listen to Elfnein's more down to earth warnings, causing her to discard Elfnein. This culminates in episode 12, when Elfnein managed to translate the true meaning of her father's last wish to learn the true secrets of alchemy: that is, to forgive, and let bygones be bygones. Carol, already too deep in her grief of losing her father and hating the world for getting him killed, decided that such thing can go to hell, she still wants to destroy the world she hated, choosing grief over forgiveness.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Lampshaded. Near the end of episode 13, the battle ends with an explosion "like a miniature sun."
  • Freudian Excuse: Her father was burned as a witch in front of her eyes.
  • Geometric Magic: Summons large, somewhat circular grids of hexagons when she attacks.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The mostly amnesiac Carol gives the last of her memories to Elfnein at the end of Episode 13 so that she could carry on their father's wish.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In episode 12, when her insanely powerful swan song gets siphoned by Hibiki and Maria to power the Symphogears' X-drive modes.
  • Humongous Mecha: By wrapping her self in the strings of Daurdabla, she makes a Mecha Lion that she pilots, with a near impenetrable hide, even to the usual X-drive attacks.
  • Image Song: Senkin ・ Daurdablanote , which she sings to activate the World Destructor in Episode 11. She also has tomorrow, which is dedicated to her father.
  • Nice Hat: Sports a witch's hat, keeping with her heretic powers.
  • One-Winged Angel: While keeping the Symphogears busy with all her remaining Alcanoise, which if not stopped, can destroy the world, she gathers more phonic gain, and wraps the strings of Daurdabla around her body, and creates a Green Mech lion that she pilots. Its hide is so strong that not even the attacks from the new and improved X-drive forms can pierce it, so everyone gives Hibiki the power of their gears, to concentrate all their power into a single fist to do the job and destroy it.
  • Ore Onna: She uses the very masculine pronoun ore.
  • Overnight Age-Up: By consuming the memories she's amassed over the centuries, she takes on an adult appearance.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Mech lion form breaths fire.
  • Razor Floss: While wielding Daurdabla, she can conjure magic harp strings that can cut through just about anything.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Although her body is that of a young child, she has stayed alive for centuries by constantly uploading her memories into new homunculus bodies.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The driving force behind her actions is to exact revenge on the world for killing her father. In Episode 12, she reveals that she knew all along that her father wouldn't have wanted her to destroy the world, but continues to do so anyway. Note that the people she wants revenge against, the Ungrateful Bastards that killed her father have been dead for centuries. She's also unwittingly proving them right.
  • Redemption Equals Life: A variant. Carol actually survives the final battle but it comes at the cost of her memories. After reconciling with the dying Elfnein, Carol and Elfnein merge into a single being so both can live at the same time.
  • Secretly Dying: Episode 9 reveals that her new body is rejecting the strain of receiving all of her remaining memories at once, as well as the shock of her killing her own previous body.
  • Shadow Archetype: Towards Hibiki. They both really looked up to their fathers greatly, and then Carol's father died, Hibiki's father became a Broken Pedestal, while they were shunned by society. Their reaction really differs in the opposite end of spectrums: While Hibiki survived through the harsh world with her father's words and eventually managed to set their relations on recovery, Carol misinterpreted her father's last words to one that he wanted the world destroyed and gleefully accelerated genocide. In a sense, Carol probably is what Hibiki would turn out if she gave in to the grief of her father's departure.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Also called Carol Mars Dienheim.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: This is what she ultimately unleashes in Episode 6. She even self-destructs after being beaten and de-powered by Tsubasa, Chris, and Hibiki, just so she can't be persuaded to stop it, or even questioned regarding the details. Furthermore, she cannibalized her own memories during the attack so even if Hibiki had somehow managed to save her, she couldn't reveal any pertinent information anyway.
  • Tears of Blood: She has this during the final battle of GX.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Child: If her memories are accurate, she was a very nice, inquisitive little girl. Curiously, she's wearing a witch's hat in all her flashbacks outside of her father's lynching and being burned at the stake.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When the Chateau de Tiffauges is destroyed, similar to Fine's when Tsubasa destroyed the Kadingr.
  • Villainous RROD: At the end of Episode 13, she's lost almost all of her memories and her body is breaking down.
  • Villain Song: Carol has one called Senkin ・ Daurdablanote  and immediately demonstrates it to the Symphogears and also sings it to activate the World Destructor in Episode 11.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Carol does this to Dr. Ver, first by stabbing him then sending him falling to his apparent death.

The Auto-Scorers

    In General 
Four "dolls" created by Carol to serve as her protectors and henchmen.


  • Artificial Human: Per Chris in GX E2: "Her movement is not just superhuman, it's not even human!"
  • Dance Battler: All except Micha obviously use dance as part of their fighting style. Leiur moves like a jazz dancer, Phara moves like a Flamenco dancer with plenty of skirt twirling, and Garie uses ballet.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Subverted. In GX E6, Carol seemingly commits suicide after being defeated, yet the Autoscorers still carry on their objectives. At least until the end of GX E8, where Carol gains a new body.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Played with in GX E5. When Carol sends them to disrupt the city's power supply, Phara (wielding the element of Wind) and Garie (commanding Water) are shown at a wind farm and a hydroelectric plant respectively. They then proceed to destroy those installations with the very element they would normally generate electricity with: in Phara's case, she generates tornadoes that overload the turbines, whereas Garie simply summons torrents to physically damage the stations.
  • Kiss of Death: All of the Auto-Scorers (except Micha) are stated to be able to drain people's memories through a kiss, which presumably kills them.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: All of the Auto-Scorers' surnames are derived from an ancient set of cards, and predecessor to the Tarot. Their first names are suspected to relate to the four archangels: Leiur to Uriel, Phara to Raphael, Garie to Gabriel, and Micha to Michael. Furthermore, each Auto-Scorer wields the element that corresponds to the element of their Archangel in magical esoterica.
  • Suicide by Cop: Phara reveals in GX E10 that their final purpose is to record the Ignite Module-enhanced Symphogear songs so that Carol may proceed to the final phase of her Evil Plan, using the "cursed melodies" to destroy the world.
  • Tarot Motifs: Coins, swords, cups and wands.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: It's unclear why they don't murder the gear users and simply just depower themnote . Then at the end of episode 5, Micha and the Alca-Noise gang up on a defeated Shirabe with the intent of killing her. This is brought up by the main characters in episode 7, where even they're surprised they weren't killed by them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: While the outer parts of their hair appear normal, they each have a coloured portion visible behind their heads: Leiur is yellow, Phara is green, Garie is blue, and Micha is red.

    Leiur Darâhim 
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Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami

First of the Auto-Scorers, four "dolls" created to protect Carol, to appear in the series, pursuing Elfnein. Uses the element of Earth and attacks by throwing coins.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her element is Earth, and she utilizes it by hurling coins. She can also create large earth crystals and has Summon Magic that allows her to summon an enormous golem.
  • Familiar: Can summon a gigantic golem shaped like her to do some heavy lifting, such as throwing cargo containers at Chris or performing underwater operations. She seems to call it her "little sister".
  • Money to Throw Away: Used as a weapon, no less.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Uriel.
  • Tarot Motifs: The suit of coins.
  • The Stoic: During her fight with Chris, she never changes expression or tone of voice.
  • Weapon of Choice: Throws coins. They're powerful enough to destroy trucks and helicopters. She can also stack her coins into Dual Tonfas to fight at close range.

    Phara Suyûf 
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Voiced by: Masumi Tazawa

Second of Carol's Auto-Scorers to be seen in the series, she attacks Maria after the concert in the first episode. Uses the element of Wind and fights elegantly with a sword.
  • Blow You Away: Her element is Wind, and she's shown attacking with tornadoes both in the OP and in GX E5. She can also use wind as a form of invisibility, seemingly by transforming herself into air molecules.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Gets sliced in half by Tsubasa's Rasetsu Stance Zero GX E9. While she passes out for a bit, she reanimates herself to tell Tsubasa and Maria the truth behind the Autoscorers' machinations, and promptly blows herself up since her purpose is done.
  • Laughing Mad: After Tsubasa defeats her, she breaks into an insane laughter as she reveals that Carol's plan worked out without a hitch.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Her weapon Sword Breaker makes her one to the sword-wielding Tsubasa and Maria.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Which she uses to steal a data chip containing information on Earth's ley lines.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Raphael.
  • Tarot Motifs: The suit of swords.
  • This Cannot Be!: For someone who takes pride in her "Sword Breaker", Phara is absolutely incredulous when Tsubasa breaks one of her blades and can't grasp how she did that even though Tsubasa's weapons are indeed "swords".
  • Weapon of Choice: Uses a wind-empowered sword. Specifically...
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: ...Her sword is a "philosophical weapon" imbued with a special kind of magic akin to a geas that destroys the concept of "Sword". This obviously applies to any blade created by Tsubasa's Ame no Habakiri, but also extends to Maria's Airgetlam. Tsubasa counters this changing the philosophy behind her Symphogear, claiming that her weapons are not swords, but wings that will help her pursue her dreams.

    Garie Tûmân 
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Voiced by: Michiyo Murase

Third of the Auto-Scorers to appear, showing up in the second episode to speak with Carol after her brief encounter with Hibiki. Uses the element of Water and fights using ice crystals and illusions.
  • Blood Knight: Is excited that Maria is attempting to fight her with the Black Gungnir during episode 4 and is very disappointed that Maria couldn't keep up the transformation for long.
  • Cute and Psycho: Acts very girlish and teasing whether she's talking or threatening someone. She looks positively elated to fight Hibiki, and then there's her nonchalance when it comes to sucking the life out of people.
  • Famous Last Words: "I'm going to be the first!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She constantly belittles Maria as a useless girl, considering her constant failures against her. She certainly didn't expect Maria to quickly overcome her weakness... then outright kill her.
    • And then in Episode 10 Carol reveals that she had planned that all along.
  • Making a Splash: So far, the most prominent Auto-Scorer, and apparently one of the most versatile and heavily used by Carol. Since her element, unlike the other three, exists in multiple states, she can do things with it that conceivably neither Phara nor Micha (wielding intangible elements of wind and fire) or Leiur (wielding the less versatile element of Earth) can do. Garie can wield water as itself, such as when creating an illusion of Micha when fighting Hibiki, but she seems to prefer using it as ice, which allows her to generate ice shields, ice blades, and even enhance her mobility by skating around on ice paths.
  • Mickey Mousing: Produces sounds like a music box whenever she moves.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Shows off a mouth of shark-like teeth when she grins.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Gabriel.
  • Suicide by Cop: She was outright thrilled to be destroyed by a Symphogear wielder using the Ignite Module. This might be part of Carol's plan as something is triggered as a direct result at Carol's base.
  • Tarot Motifs: Embodies the suit of cups. Because of this, she is the only Auto-Scorer who can not only drain people's memories, but also transfer them to the other Auto-Scorers.
  • The Tease: Speaks flirtatiously with a spying bystander before draining him of his life.

    Micha Jawkân 
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Voiced by: Shiori Izawa

Fourth of the Auto-Scorers to appear. She was awakened by Garie in GX E3. Uses the element of Fire and fights using high-pressure crystals that can explode.
  • Airplane Arms: Pursues Hibiki and Miku with outstretched arms, though this is meant to denote her childlike behaviour.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Threatens Hibiki to dissect Miku, then the townspeople, and even the little doggies and kitties, if the former doesn't activate her Symphogear.
  • Big Eater: It takes a lot of soul-sucking humans to properly activate her. The first thing she does upon activation is complain about needing even more energy to move properly.
  • Blood Knight: Much like Garie, she gets excited at the prospect of fighting the Symphogear users.
  • Cute and Psycho: Childish and airheaded at first glance, but hands out death threats like candy and clearly enjoys fighting.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Much like Garie's death, Micha is surprised to see Shirabe and Kirika's teamwork overwhelming her, but nonetheless lets out a gleeful expression before getting gutted by their Combination Attack.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: This actually makes her more dangerous as her hair being loose allows her to spray fire with the force of a jet engine in multiple directions at once.
  • Mega Twintails: So large that they double as rocket engines.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has shark teeth like Garie, but displays them more often.
  • Playing with Fire: She can use massive amounts of heat and pressure in her hands to produce super hard crystals on the fly, and cast magic that creates explosions. Combining the two creates a pressure bomb, which Shirabe and Kirika find out about the hard way.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Michael.
  • Super Mode: Implied in Episode 8 when she fights Shirabe and Kirika - after setting herself on fire, she seems to take on an upgraded form where her twintails come loose and her clothes seem to have burned off, revealing her doll body underneath. In this form, she's capable of creating portals to summon multitudes of crystals at once, in a way reminiscent of Gilgamesh from Fate/stay night.
    • Aside from giving her an extra power boost, it also comes with drawbacks—Micha's super mode threatens her life, but so did Garie's death, since she relies on Garie to give her the memories needed to function properly. With her source of energy gone, Micha was living on borrowed time and decided to go out with a bang.
  • Tarot Motifs: Embodies the suit of wands. Because of this, she is the most powerful Auto-Scorer in battle, but cannot drain people's memories and relies on Garie to transfer them to her to keep her functional. She also requires a ton of power to keep functioning.
  • Verbal Tic: She ends most of her sentences with "zo" or "da zo".
  • Wing Ding Eyes: Her pupils gain a yellow diamond upon entering Super Mode, and she's more excitable than ever.
  • Wolverine Claws: Very prominent in her character design. Surprisingly, they're not her weapon: she fights with, and channels fire, through rods/crystals that she generates from her palms. The "claws" seem to be just her fingers, though her gestures do direct the Alca-Noise.

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    Elfnein 
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Voiced by: Misaki Kuno

A girl who looks very similar to Carol, who is on the run from Leiur in the beginning of the series.
  • Artificial Human: Claims to be a Homunculus that Carol created to aid in the construction of the Château de Tiffauges.
  • The Atoner:She wants to protect the world to atone for her "other self", Carol, wanting to destroy everything.
  • Bokukko: Uses boku to refer to herself. This may be a reflection of her rather ambiguous gender.
  • Enemy Without: Inverted. Due to being a incomplete copy of Carol, she's basically a physical representation of the season 3 Big Bad before her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Good Costume Switch: While never truly evil, Elfnein wears a more sensible white blouse once she joins S.O.N.G.
  • In the Hood: She keeps the hood of her cloak up while running from Leuir, only taking it off to enlist Chris's help.
  • The Mole: Carol can see and hear everything Elfnein is currently experiencing whenever she wants. In a twist of this trope, Elfnein is horrified when she finds out about this, and begs to be locked away so she doesn't cause any further harm.
  • Mysterious Waif: Has a small stature and is currently shrouded in mystery as far as her agenda and history goes.
  • No Biological Sex: The medical examination she receives from S.O.N.G. reveals this to be the case, although the cast sticks with using female pronouns for her for the lack of a better option. She also claims that such a thing is normal for homunculii like herself.
  • Stripperiffic: Appears to be wearing nothing but underwear and her cloak. Lampshaded by Chris.
    Chris: "What happened to your clothes?!"
    • It's revealed in a Zesshoushinai skit that her entire wardrobe is nothing but that outfit
  • Taking the Bullet: Protects Aoi from a piece of the ceiling when Leiur's golem makes a last-ditch attack on S.O.N.G.'s submarine. She gets injured in the process, but is able to recover.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's physically the youngest and smallest person in the cast.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has bright green hair.

    Alca-Noise 
Creatures visually similar to the Noise, created by Carol using the same magic she plans to use to eventually destroy the entire world.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing / Demonic Spiders: Far, far more dangerous than they appear. While individual Alca-Noise are still Made of Plasticine, the glowing parts of their bodies can destroy Symphogears on contact, and the Bushi-Noise in particular are capable of using them defensively as well.
  • Degraded Boss: Once the Symphogears are reinforced against the effects of their deconstruction organs, they don't appear to be any more dangerous than the original Noise.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite having the ability to destroy Symphogears, they aren't any tougher than real Noise and are actually more vulnerable to conventional weapons.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Unlike Noise, which simply crumble to dust when slain, the Alca-Noise erupt in sprays of blood-like mist.
  • Meaningful Name: Their name is likely to be a combination of Noise and Alkahest, a universal solvent that could dissolve gold, and hence highly sought after by historical alchemists.
  • Mooks: Replacing the Noise.
  • No Sell: In Episode 2, a Bushi-Noise not only easily blocks Tsubasa's attack, but destroys her sword and Symphogear.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": So far there's been Alkanoise, Alukahnoise and Arcanoise. The show gives the official spelling as Alca-Noise, perhaps to be consistent with their nature as alchemical creations/modifications of Noise by Carol.
    • In terms of meta, considering the nature of the antagonists' powers (alchemy) and how Japanese katakana is normally transliterated into English, Alca/Alka-noise seems to be the most accurate, as the other two versions (Arca and Alukah) are more direct transliterations from their Japanese pronunciations.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They look almost identical to the Noise, except that they're much more resistant to the Symphogear.
  • Wham Line: "They're not Noise!" in Episode 2, after they No Sell Tsubasa's attacks and destroy her armour.

    Yatsuhiro Kazanari 

Tsubasa's father and Genjuurou's brother, and a senior diplomat/lawyer. Tsubasa is actually his half-sister on their father's side.
  • Abusive Parents: Averted; his cold treatment of Tsubasa is his way of making it easier for her to leave the Kazanaris and pursue her dreams.
  • Badass Family: Is yet another addition to the prestigious Kazanaris. Unlike his relatives, however, he's shown to be experienced not in combat, but in diplomacy - he was responsible for effecting Maria's transfer to SONG and the reason overall for SONG's relative freedom and discretion when it comes to acting, despite being a UN agency.
  • Poor Communication Kills: It takes ten years of estrangement for Tsubasa to figure out why her father acts cold towards her, and only because Maria was around to explain it.

    Fudou Kazanari 

The original head of Section 2, father of Yatsuhiro and Genjuro, and grandfather of Tsubasa. He's actually Tsubasa's biological father.

  • Abusive Parents: Hoo boy. Rather than name either of his sons as his heir, he impregnates his elder son's wife in the name of a "pure bloodline", resulting in Tsubasa. He's also the one responsible for Tsubasa spending much of her early life as a lab rat for Symphogear tests.
  • Posthumous Character: Presumably, since he doesn't show up outside of a brief moment in Tsubasa's flashback. He's still pretty important, as he's the root of Tsubasa's family issues.

    Akira Tachibana 
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
Hibiki's father, who lost everything in the public backlash resulting from Hibiki surviving the Zwei Wing incident two years ago and abandoned his family.

  • Broken Pedestal: Hibiki tells Shirabe and Kirika that she used to really look up to her father, but his abandonment broke that pedestal and his behavior upon reuniting with her smashed it into dust. And somehow the 11th episode managed to fix that. Somewhat.
  • Defensive Feint Trap: Pulls one on Carol by seemingly running away and then pathetically throwing rocks at her... until he grabs Hibiki's relic pendant that Carol had knocked away from her and throws it to Hibiki.
  • Dirty Coward: Runs away to save his own skin instead of evacuating the kids like Tsubasa tells him to.
    • When Carol tried to blast them off, although he saved Hibiki with a dive, he then started to run off like a coward... Though it turned out to be the trope above, seeing that at first he wanted Hibiki to survive and run even if he's the one to die, then turns back to throw Gungnir back to Hibiki.
  • Disappeared Dad: Is this to Hibiki until Episode 7 of GX. Even with his reappearance, Hibiki is distraught to find him in such a pathetic state, and wishes she hadn't met him again.
    Hibiki: "What's broken can't go back to how it was..."
  • Entitled Bastard: In episode 8, not only does he expect Hibiki to completely forgive him with no issues for his parental abandonment, when she needed him most, but he arrived at the family restaurant, ordered a meal, and didn't even have any money on hand. To top it off, he just continues to eat his sandwich when Hibiki storms out in a rage after all of that.
  • Hate Sink: Hibiki appropriately describes him as "the man who ruined her family". Between his jackassery and sleazy behaviour while attempting in his own words to "get together again" with Hibiki, it's a surprise that she hasn't decked him across the face. His next appearance in 11, however, shows him to be running away from this trope as he showed that he does care a lot for his family, it's just that he admits he's something of a Dirty Coward.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: 'Mighty' might be saying too much, but this is a guy who was once an esteemed researcher, now reduced to a general store clerk because of an accident. With that kind of downgrade, it's no wonder he became bitter.
  • Jerkass: It's mentioned in the keynotes that he became an abusive alcoholic who took out his anger on his family, and his abandonment of them contributed heavily toward Hibiki's mental trauma. Though this is due to the heavy societal and work abuse he took from both his boss (whose daughter had died in the concert), co-workers, and society itself for being happy that Hibiki survived.
    • Jerkass Realization: Has one of these when he sees Hibiki transform and fight Carol in Episode 11 instead of running away, realizing that he shouldn't run away from his problems either.


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