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Crew of the Yamato
Captain Juzo Okita (Captain Abraham Avatar)
- Voiced in Star Blazers by: Gordon RamseyPortrayed by: Tsutomu Yamazaki
- Badass Grandpa
- Back from the Dead: For Final Yamato
- The Captain
- Crazy Awesome: His reaction to getting jumped on by two thousand ships led by Domel? Charge through the enemy fleet, ram Domel's flagship, shoot her at point blank to get her out of the way, and then continue on his course while the enemy ships are too shocked to try and stop him. The only reason it didn't work was that Domel had eight thousand other ships in reserve just in case this happened...
- Father to His Men: Very well loved, and literally the father of Mamoru in Matsumoto Leiji's manga version.
- Father Neptune: Likely the trendsetting character in Japanese media.
- Incurable Cough of Death: From the radiation caused by Gamillian bombing.
- My Greatest Failure: Having to watch as Mamoru Kodai (Susumu's older brother) sacrificed himself so Okita could retreat at the start of the series.
Susumu Kodai (Derek Wildstar)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kei Tomiyama (original), Koichi Yamadera (PS2 games and Yamato Rebirth), Daisuke Ono (2199)Voiced in Star Blazers by: Kenneth Meseroll (Seasons 1 and 2), John Bellucci (Season 3)Portrayed by: Takuya Kimura
- Death by Origin Story: Actually his whole family, but Mamoru Kodai in particular connects him directly with Okita.
- Friendly Sniper: If the job of firing the Wave Motion Gun doesn't qualify...
- Hot-Blooded: Not that it hinders his senses.
- Number Two: Usually gets promoted to "Acting Captain" to make decisions on Okita's behalf as the Captain's condition worsens through the series.
- Tragic Keepsake: In the 2012 reboot he finds Mamoru's gun in the hulk of Yukikaze on Enceladus.
Yuki Mori (Nova Forrester)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yoko Asagami, Noriko Yume (Yamato Rebirth), Houko Kuwashima (2199)Voiced in Star Blazers by: Amy Howard (Seasons 1 and 2), Corinne Orr (Season 3)Portrayed by:
- Bridge Bunny: She is the officer with the task of the reading and interpretation of the radar's data.
- The Chick: Her role in the first series.
- Hospital Hottie: In the original series she was initially Dr. Sado's nurse.
- Latex Space Suit: Her yellow jumpsuit. It is one of the earliest appearances in anime of this trope.
- Ms. Fanservice: Yuki provides continuous Fanservice and is very fetching indeed in a yellow space suit that leaves so little to the imagination that it's hard to imagine it providing any protection against a stiff breeze, much less the vacuum of space.
- The Smurfette Principle: Averted in the 2012 movie and 2199.
- Xenafication: Appears in the 2010 movie as the Black Tigers' squad leader.
- Her whole character there is basically the reimagining of Starbuck.
Dr. Sakezo Sado (Dr. Sane)
- Voiced in Star Blazers by: Frank PitaPortrayed by: Reiko Takashima
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Up to Eleven in the 2010 movie.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In the first Anime version he's technically a vet. Yes, one who looks after livestock.
- Composite Character: In a meta way: There is always a Sado Sakeza in Matsumoto's mangas, either a medicine professional or a teacher. He is partly based on Matsumoto himself.
- Gender Flip: Appears in the 2010 movie as a Christmas Cake Hard-Drinking Party Girl.
- Gonk: He's the token Leijiverse off-model character.
Daisuke Shima (Mark Venture)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Shusei Nakamura, Isao Sasaki (Final Yamato), Hideyuki Tanaka (PS2 games), Kenichi Suzumura (2199)Voiced in Star Blazers by: Tom Tweedy (Seasons 1 and 2), Peter Fernandez (Season 3)Portrayed by: Naoto Ogata
- Bash Brothers: with Kodai.
- Bromantic Foil: To Kodai in most cases but downplayed in 2199.
- Hopeless Suitor: A rather tragic example in Yamato II (or the Comet Empire arc in Star Blazers): he falls in love with the Princess of Telezart, Trelaina, but she seemingly sacrifices herself to save the Yamato's crew from the Zordar in the second series' Grand Finale. The only grace he gets is his unconscious state during her death.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kodai's red in the original. In 2199, however, Shima actually becomes the red oni as Kodai's character matures.
- The Lancer: In charge of moving the ship around so that Kodai can make it shoot.
Shiro Sanada (Stephen Sandor)
- Voiced in Star Blazers by: Rene Auberjonois (Season 3)Portrayed by: Toshiro Yanagiba
- Artificial Limbs
- Not in the 2199 version. Well, at least not yet.
- Big Brother Mentor
- Deadpan Snarker
- Died Standing Up: Only in the 2010 movie.
- Expy of Mr. Spock and here's why:
- Flanderization: Completely averted with respect to Sanada's artificial limbs. It comes up in one episode and is never referred to again. Also (particularly in the original), although Sanada is highly intelligent and a brilliant inventor, he is not depicted as a Gadgeteer Genius. A large number of his ideas are actually clever uses of existing technology or based on salvaged Iscandarian, Gamilas or Comet Empire technology. He also leaves anything relating to the biological sciences to Dr. Sado.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: A rare example of one who is more into the sciences than liberal arts and humanities.
Analyzer UO-9 (IQ-9)
- Adaptational Badass: Analyzer loses the sex drive and becomes a Humongous Mecha in the 2010 movie. Though he's been shown to be a Pintsized Powerhouse on occasion in the original anime.
- This extends to 2199, where he is given a cargo-loader style exosuit, which becomes handy during the landing at Beemla when they had to fight off the feral Big Creepy-Crawlies infesting the planet.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: In the original series, has a perverse sense of humor and the hots for Yuki/Nova.
- Robot Buddy: Particularly in the 2010 movie where he's retconned to Kodai's personal "Mother Box".
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: usually played for laughs due him asking Sado for how to become more human (once resulting in him going in mission DRUNK), but there's a very sad episode showing the contrast between his robotic body and his very human feelings for Yuki.
- Also heavily discussed in episode 9 of the 2199 remake.
- You Shall Not Pass: Done by him during the Battle of Iscandar on the 2010 movie.
Mamoru Kodai (Alex Wildstar)
- Voiced by: Taichiro Hirokawa (original), Mitsuru Miyamoto (2199)Portrayed by: Shinichi Tsutsumi
- Babies Ever After: Has a daughter, Sasha Kodai with Starsha. She later also serves on the Yamato.
- I Choose to Stay: Throws away his only chance to go home to stay with Starsha in the end.
- Posthumous Character: Not.
- Played straight in 2199: while he did end up on Iscandar after the Battle of Pluto, he did not live long enough to see the Yamato make it there.
- You Shall Not Pass: In the Star Blazers and 2199 versions, while in the original version he simply wants Death Before Dishonor.
Leader Abelt Dessler (Desslok)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Masato Ibu (original), Koichi Yamadera (2199)Voiced in Star Blazers by: Eddie Allen (Seasons 1 and 2)
- Really 700 Years Old: In 2199, the man himself looks about 32. Keep in mind he's been in control of the Gamilas Empire for 103 years.
- Affably Evil: He has his moments where he seems to be just a charming, polite, and cultured character.
- A Glass of Chianti: Seen most of the time drinking a glass of space wine, even when in battle.
- Bling-Bling-BANG: His pistols are typically gold in color.
- Captain Ersatz: The prototype of most Anime alien leaders and enemy aces, Dessler is created form the images of Roman nobles. He's also modeled after Adolf Hitler, especially in 2199.
- Chessmaster: Literally invoked in 2199, as he seems to enjoy playing chess with Starsha.
- Cool Ship: Always manages to get one in all of his appearances, and all of them have a Wave Motion Gun, just like the Yamato.
- Dueltothe Death: Does it with Kodai and the Yamato, twice over the original series. It ends badly for him the first time when Sanada pulls a last second save by activating a secret weapon to reflect his Wave Motion Gun, the second time, he most famously pulls a Face–Heel Turn and lets the crew go out of respect and even gives them a hint on how to beat the Bigger Bad of the series.
- Death by Adaptation: Unlike in the original series, Dessler is apparently killed off in 2199. Emphasis on apparently, because a freeze-frame shot of his ship before it blows up might tell you an entirely different story...
- Emperor Scientist: In the original series, he's smart enough to use Gamilas' own acid rain weather against the ship. Not to mention the energy-sapping space starflies/bacteria in season 2.
- Faking the Dead: In 2199 his ship is sabotaged and blown up in a coup early on, we see him on board... And it's later revealed it was a Body Double, with Dessler having got wind of the coup and wishing to see who was behind it so he could crush the traitors.
- Heel–Face Turn: Pulls this one off at the very end of the second series and becomes a valued ally of the Yamato's crew afterwards.
- Made of Iron: In between the first season and the second one, he survives in deep space, alone, WITHOUT A SPACE SUIT on until he gets rescued.
- The Dragon: To Zordar and the Comet Empire in series 2. He doesn't mind this for the most part and is primarily driven for revenge against the Yamato.
- The Dreaded: Becomes one in the second season. His message congratulating the Yamato for annihilating the Comet Empire fleet detached with him caused the crew a massive Oh, Crap! moment.
- The Rival: With Kodai. It's even the name of one of his theme songs.
- Took a Level in Badass: Slightly, in Season 3 of the original series. By that time, after liberating Planet Garumman from the Bolar Federation, he gets declared an Emperor and manages to control a sizeable chunk of territory in the galaxy.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the Yamato is led into a trap on Gamilas itself, only to escape again. He only spirals deeper and deeper into his megalomania from there.
- Wave Motion Gun: He has his own version, called the Dessler Cannon. Surprisingly enough, it seems to be cursed to keep missing or not do its job for various reason until Season 3 of the original series.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The good and needs of his people are what he cares of the most (at least until his Villainous Breakdown). To this goal, he's willing to commit genocide on Earth.
- In 2199 his goal is to establish eternal peace in the galaxy, and to reach this goal he conquered the two Magellanic Clouds and is expanding in the Milky Way (the current war in the Small Magellanic Cloud isn't part of this as Gamilas is the defending side).
- Worthy Opponent: To Kodai and vice-versa. Best displayed in Series 2.
General Erwk Domel (Lysis)
- Voiced by: Osamu Kobayashi (Season 1), Akio Ohtsuka (2199)
- Captain Ersatz: Of Rommel, hels known as a tactical genius and nicknamed "Wolf of the Galaxy".
- Crazy Awesome: Especially in the original series, where his reaction to the Yamato reaching his headquarter is to throw an artificial sun at them.
- The Dragon to Dessler
- Establishing Character Moment: In 2199 the first thing we see of him (after hearing him being mentioned as a great general by some of his former subordinates) is his fleet inflicting a Curb-Stomp Battle on the White Comet Empire.
- Four-Star Badass
- General Ripper: In the original series, as the stunt with the artificial sun would have destroyed his own headquarter even if the Yamato escaped (as it happened). Goer was quick to call him out for this, as Deslar did once warned-forcing him to try and put back the sun, slowing it enough the Earther ship managed to fire the Wave Motion Gun and pass through it while making it fall on the base anyway.
- Graceful Loser: When he is bested by the Yamato, he opens a communications channel with Captain Okita to congratulate him for his masterful command before attempting to sink him with a final self-destruct attack.
- Hero of Another Story: a curious villain example. When he first appears, he just returned from the front against another unidentified enemy (revealed to be the Comet empire in 2199), and apparently defeated it so completely he's being hailed as an hero by the Gamilas people and Deslar himself. From the Gamilas point of view, HE is the hero.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns
- Lantern Jaw Of EEEVIL: Only in the original.
- Taking You with Me
- Senseless Sacrifice: He tries it to give a sense to the sacrifice of his men, died in the attempt to destroy the Yamato... But the Yamato survives again.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Michiko Hirai (Season 1), Miyuki Ueda (New Voyage and Be Forever), Kikuko Inoue (2199)Voiced in Star Blazers by: Lydia Leeds
- Babies Ever After: Has a child named Sasha with Mamoru.
- While Sasha doesn't appear in 2199, it's hinted that Starsha may be pregnant with her.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: with Kodai Mamoru
- Identical Stranger: resembling her own sister is reasonable, but Yuki? In the manga version of 2199, it is retconned that Yuki is cloned from her.
- Last of Her Kind: Almost all of her planet's population was killed by a plague. Then her sister is shot down trying to get a message to Earth.
- Somewhat averted in 2199 since her sis Yurisha is alive as well.
- Almost Dead Girl: Strike the "almost", but the message pod itself survived just fine.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: She brings both Starsha's message and the plans for the Wave Motion Engine.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: The sight motivates Kodai.
Emperor Zowrdar (Prince Zordar)
- Voiced by: Osamu Kobayashi
Lady Sabera (Princess Invidia)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Noriko Ohara (original), Kazue Komiya (Arrivederci, Yamato)Voiced in English by: Melanie McQueen (Farewell Yamato)Voiced in Star Blazers by: Morgan Lofting
- Voiced in Japanese by: Ichiro Murakoshi, Kazuyuki Sogabe