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Crew of the Yamato
- Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
- Even Evil Has Standards: Defies Ito during the mutiny when he threatens to shoot a non-collaborating Shima.
- Hot Scientist: The Science & Technology officer (Intelligence Division) of the Yamato. Tag-teams with Sanada for Technobabble and exposition. Indeed, she tries to use that womanly charm to get Shima to side with the mutineers, but that didn't quite work out as planned.
- Meganekko: The most visible female example among the cast.
- The Mole: A major supporter of the Izumo Plan.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Happens several times in the early episodes as a foreshadowing element.
- Sempai Kouhai: She's Sanada's junior from the Academy, and still treats Sanada with more than a little respect, despite his current position as ship XO.
Akira "Rei" Yamamoto (Jefferson Davis Hardynote )
- Action Girl: Trained in hand-to-hand, and a proficient fighter pilot on top of that? Yep.
- Ahoge: Has a large one, but doesn't display the character traits normally associated with it.
- Alternate Character Reading: Kodai initially mistakes her name for "Rei", another reading for her given name's kanji.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. The original Akira didn't become prominent until the second season, while this series expands on her character right off the bat.
- Gender Flip: Counterpart to a male Black Tiger pilot (most famous for Going Out With A Smile in the Comet Empire storyline).
- Hopeless Suitor: for Kodai's affections.
- No Pronunciation Guide: In-universe — Kodai's visibly surprised when he hears Akira's first name, since he assumed (understandably) that the kanji was pronounced "Rei". Akira swiftly explains the situation.
- Odd Friendship: With Melda. The irony is not lost on Akira.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: not quite (she's not emptionless - quite the opposite in fact - but she has red eyes, white hair in the same hairstyle, and the same name as the original.
- Revenge Before Reason: Her personal vendetta against the Gamillons can get irrational at times.
- Spock Speak: She speaks in a rather subdued monotone during much of her earlier appearances before joining the fighter squadron and getting to know Kodai
- Stay in the Kitchen: Although Kato doesn't mind her being on the Yamato, he actively objects to her desire to be part of the fighter wing instead of Accounting.
- It had little to do with her being female though, and much more to do with the fact that she's the sister of a close squad-mate who lost his life.
- Ahoge: Has the largest among the Yamato's female crew.
- Ascended Extra: A genderflipped composite of a male nurse that assisted Dr. Sado in episodes 12 and 19 of the original series. The other one is also genderflipped but still is an extra.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: For a licensed nurse, Makoto is sure clumsy at times. Which makes one worried whenever a major operation has to be done...
- She even aims the stock of a submachinegun at two mutinied soldiers when guarding them.
- Hello, Nurse!: Fills in Yuki's role as Dr. Sado's nurse.
- Ms. Fanservice: Went to the trouble of bringing a Meido outfit; also has a Latex Spacesuit with a miniskirt and generous breasts.
- Odd Friendship: Becomes close with Kato, after both of them accidentally cosplay during the Yamato's farewell party before it leaves the Solar System. They get married at the end of the series, and she's already pregnant with his child.
- Ahoge: Obligatory.
- Bridge Bunny: Serves as Yuki's understudy on the bridge during third watch.
- Creepy Monotone: Yet another cue that Yurisha's in control.
- Genius Ditz: Capable of having rambling discourses over the mechanics of warp travel and the Wave Motion engine with Sanada, of all people, but only when Yurishia's in control of course. Laughs like a little girl when the away party she's part of was chased by a gigantic monster mantid.
- Girlish Pigtails: Whenever Yuria has them is a cue she's in control of her body. However, if the twintails aren't there, well...
- Grand Theft Me: By Yurisha.
- I See Dead People: Not that it bothers her much.
- Tsundere: Acts this way towards Hoshina, rebutting his pursuit of her affections with an irritated demeanor. Later, her shock from seeing him wounded by Gamillas soldiers prompts her to confess her feelings for him in episode 20.
- Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa
- Ace Pilot: Is the probably the second-best fighter pilot among Kato's subordinates, barring Akira.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Loud, flamboyant, yet has the aptitude to back it up when it counts? Yep.
- Number Two: To Kato this time around.
- Ship Tease: With Akira.
- Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
- Eyes Always Shut: Used to underscore how much of an ass he is.
- Fantastic Racism: Ito is a blatant xenophobe, and spent a good bit of his time in the brig ranting that aliens (in this case Yurisha) couldn't be trusted.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Seriously, Yurisha could have forewarned them that Iskandar was Gamilas' twin planet...
- Killed Off for Real: But not before saving Yurisha. He admits to her that, maybe some aliens aren't as bad as he thought, and asks her to help get Yamato to Iscandar before he dies.
- The Mole: For Serizawa and the Izumo Plan.
- Smug Snake: Is he ever.
- Voiced by: Motoki Takagi
- Cute Shotaro Boy: He's drawn noticeably younger-looking than most of the Yamato's male crew.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Yuria.
- Made of Iron: Survives a point blank laser pistol shot.
- Reverse Mole: For Sanada, in the security division.
- Ship Tease: With Yuria.
- The Dragon: Subverted. He only earns Ito's trust so he can expose his plans to forcefully enact Project Izumo.
- Grease Monkey: If there's physical work to be done, you could count on Enomoto to be there doing the grunt work.
- The Mentor: To Kodai and Shima, prior to their posting on the Yamato.
- Voiced by: Koji Yusa
- Grease Monkey: See Enomoto's entry.
- Killed Off for Real: During Dessler's surprise raid on the Yamato in episode 25.
- Those Two Guys: And often gets the bad luck to be pulled for Seagull duty by Kodai at that.
- Verbal Tic: "~na."
- Voiced by: Kouki Harasawa (Japanese), John Wesley Go (English)
- Grease Monkey: See Enomoto's entry.
- Killed Off for Real: Like Toyama, Iwata gets killed in the penultimate episode during Dessler's raid on the Yamato.
- Megane: One of several among the male crew.
- Servile Snarker: Never lets the opportunity to complain about the amount of maintenance work he has to pull.
- Those Two Guys: Always seen around Enomoto.
- Voiced by: Satomi Moriya
- Bridge Bunny: Is Yuki's stand-in for the third shift. If neither Yuki or Yuria is on duty, then you'll definitely see her on the Radar station's chair.
- Voiced by: Eriko Nakamura
- Ascended Extra: Her most notable canon appearances before the Ark of the Stars movie are in episodes 20note , 22note , and 24note .
- Crash-Into Hello: Her first encounter with Sawamura was this.
- Cunning Linguist: Is shown working on a translation program that would help Terrans, Gamilons, and Jirellians to communicate. In fact she's so fluent in the latter, despite it being a nearly-extinct language, that she can understand it by ear, and read its rune-like alphabet via touch.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Barring her skin color, she's apparently a dead ringer for Berger's long-dead fiance Melia.
- Ship Tease: With Sawamura.
- Remember the New Guy: Could be considered this for first-time viewers of the Ark of the Stars movie despite already having appeared in the TV series as mentioned in Ascended Extra above. Though in all fairness, scenes involving her presence in the TV series pass by quite quickly and she only becomes more noticeable to those who've already seen the movie and are bothering to rewatch the TV series.
- Voiced by: Yuuya Chikaki
- Ascended Extra: Like Kiryu above, he gains main character status for the movie, although he appears in some form in exactly half of the TV series' episodes, starting as early as episode 3.
- Cat Smile
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Though essentially a part of the Yamato's Red Shirt Army, he's surprisingly competent in the few action scenes he plays a role in, including sinking an enemy carrier to avenge Kobashi.
- Ship Tease: With Kiryu.
- Voiced by: Masato Kokubun (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)
- Voiced by: Saki Fujita
- Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi
- Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese), Doug Jackson (English)
- Awesome Mc Coolname: The Ko in Kotetsu means tiger and Tetsu means iron. Also Kotetsu is the homonym of a Japanese word for ironclads.
- Colonel Kilgore: Orders Earth ships to fire on the Gamilan messengers first time Humans saw them.
- Evil Genius: Hinted to be the one who converted the Wave Motion Engine into a cannon. Not even Dessler made it possible.
- From Nobody to Nightmare/Ascended Extra: In a meta way: the original series had an unnamed officer with Serizawa's looks and position who was an Obstructive Bureaucrat and an ineffective enemy, but this one... Well, this one caused the Hopeless War against the Gamilans, nearly succeeded in repurposing the Yamato's mission in a colonization plan fated to fail, and is hinted having invented the Wave Motion Gun.
- Karma Houdini: Apparently gets away with everything he did.
The Great Gamillas Empire
- Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto
- Expy: An ambitious, large, loud and boorish scion of the old aristocracy, who's at the same time both racist and classist, he's the one of "Fat Hermann" — Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering, though unlike him Goering firmly remained a loyal Hitler's follower and favorite.
- Fantastic Racism: He makes no attempt to hide his contempt for any who do not share his cerulean complexion.
- General Ripper: The one time he faces the Yamato he puts his ships into such position to shoot and ram each other. Even Goer, who had previously established himself as one, was appalled.
- Killed Off for Real/Killed Mid-Sentence: And by Goer, of all people. Goer himself seems to be surprised that he was able to do it.
- Large Ham: Colossal ham would be more like it - of course, one could expect nothing less from a villain voiced by Norio Wakamoto.
- Smug Snake: In spades.
- The Starscream: Plots a takeover scheme starting with offing Dessler. Too bad Dessler is far too smart to fall for something like it.
- Voiced by: Katsunosuke Hori
- Badass Moustache: The owner of an impressive one, at that. In a bit of a subversion however, Deitz is actually a moderate rather than a warmonger.
- Captain Ersatz: of Carl Donitz.
- La Résistance: Forced to become the figurehead of Anti-Dessler sentiments, after he is freed from prison.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's noticebly the most moderate of Dessler's subordinates. This remains unchanged even in the wake of the chaos surrounding the Yamato's arrival in the Gamilon's home system, where he allows the ship access to Iscandar as thanks.
- Voiced by: Junpei Morita
- Ambition Is Evil: he wants more power, and won't stop before anything to get it.
- Blood Knight: The more carnage the better, so the unruly proles would know their place.
- Expy: Of SS Commander Heinrich Himmler and Governor Reinhard Heydrich , being the similarly inexplicably and unnecessarily cruel State Sec head, and a fan of extremely brutal repression.
- Graceful Loser: When his ship was destroyed during Yamato's attack on Gamilas in ep. 23, he just calmly wondered, teacup in hand: "So, that's what death is?"
- Knight Templar
- Smug Snake
- Ace Custom: All of his ships have a distinct camouflage.
- Dirty Coward, and useless boob.
- The Dragon: Was supposed to be this to Zoellik (and was described as one of his lackey). Then Zoellik revealed himself as a worse General Ripper than him and as The Starscream, and Goer shot him in the back for treason.
- He later takes the role for Dessler, and surprisingly does a good job.
- Even Evil Has Standards: There are things even he would never do, like forcing his ships in a situation where they'd risk shooting and ramming each other (and was appalled when Zoellik did it) or betraying Deslar. Being caught doing the latter in his presence is a good way to being interrupted during a speech by a gunshot In the Back.
- Evil Is Petty: Truly.
- Fantastic Racism: If you are not of blue skin, Goer ain't gonna like you.
- General Ripper: His answer to have a ship between he and the Yamato not moving and telling him there's the daughter of the commander in chief on the Human ship is to destroy said ship, write her off as destroyed by the Yamato and then attack the Yamato too.
- Killed Off for Real
- Death Postponed by Adaptation: In the original series he dies at the Battle of the Rainbow Cluster, as he's on Domel's flagship command module when he launches his Suicide Attack on the Yamato. Here he doesn't take part to that battle, and is only killed in episode 25, when Wolf Frakken comes to arrest him and he resists.
- Large Ham: Neck and neck with Zoellik for the largest ham in Garmillas's fleet.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He seems just an idiot and a glory hound. Then in episode 25 he gets the jump on the Yamato, and would have destroyed her then and there had it been his goal instead of sending her into Dessler's ambush, and not even getting counterambushed and killed by Wolf Frakken prevented him from completing his objective.
- Only Sane Man: Carried from his characterization in the original series: be they Domel or Zoellik, he is quick to note when their plans are crazy or stupid. Where Domel gets a pass by bordering on Crazy Awesome (and here losing his General Ripper tracts), Zoellik does not.
- Pet the Dog: Despite being a generally unlikable Jerk Ass brown-noser, his loyalty to Dessler is genuine.
- Pyrrhic Victory: His last battle was one: his goal was to push the Yamato into Dessler's ambush, and he did it with time to spare on Wolf Frakken showing up and killing him.
- Undying Loyalty: To Dessler. Basically his only redeeming quality.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Definitely has an inflated sense of self-worth, especially when you realize just how little he's actually accomplished in-series.
- Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Japanese), Katelyn Barr (English)
- Ace Pilot: One of the best Gamilon fighters shown on-screen.
- Ace Custom: Her customized red-trimmed fighter of course.
- Action Girl: More than capable of defending herself, as shown when Akira unceremoniously attacks her when the Yamato was stranded in the galactic sargasso.
- Ascended Extra: A genderflipped version of the unnamed male Gamilon pilot captured during the original series.
- Blue-Skinned Space Babe: Of course.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted. Melda is calm and very reasonable, even when she was ostensibly held hostage.
- The Rival: Akira has certainly pegged her as such. When she returns to be the liason to Yamato, it starts to overlap with Odd Friendship, to the extent of Les Yay.
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
- Ascended Extra: One of the field officers that accompanied Domel, he gets a whole lot of focus in the Ark of the Stars movie, and his memories become the key to unlocking the mystery that the group is trapped in.
- Death Seeker: He's tired of the constant war and death he's seen in his life, and has been waiting for a long time to be reunited with Melia.
- Amicable Exes: Despite their relationship ending long ago, he still seems to get along fine with Neredia.
- Scars Are Forever: He has a huge scar that runs from his left cheek to chin, which he got at the same time his fiancee died.
- Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki
- Voiced by: Eriko Nakamura
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: She's basically just a blue-skinned Mikage.
- The Lost Lenore: For Berger.
- Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana
- Foil: For Sawamura. Both are young fighter pilots representing their sides, but while Sawamura is able to make light of their situation, Krim just starts losing patience and eventually snaps. He gets better by the end though.
- Voiced by: Shinya Fukumatsu
Miezellla Celestela, Minister of Propaganda
- Voiced by: Minori Chihara
- Big "NO!": When Dessler took off in his spacecraft without her.
- Blue-Skinned Space Babe: Actually subject to Fantastic Racism for being light blue instead of blue, along with her kinds Psychic Powers.
- Captain Ersatz/Composite Character: Based Dessler's ex-wife Mela from Leiji Matsumoto's "The Eternal Story of Jura", one of his subordinates from the manga of the original version and Goebbels.
- Kick the Morality Pet: Dessler abandoned her and tried to shoot her, which he almost succeeded.
- He ends up shooting her by accident on board the Yamato when she surprised him by using her Psychic Powers.
- Killed Off for Real: Accidentally shot by Dessler when he boards the Yamato in the penultimate episode.
- Last of Their Kind/Sole Survivor: Of her home planet after Mirenel's consciousness is killed by the Yamato's activating warp engine. And then the Ark of the Stars movie reveals that this isn't quite the case...
- Love Martyr: Will do everything and anything for Dessler, regardless of how he treats her.
- Pointy Ears: Due to being a Jirellian.
- Psychic Powers: Assumed, due to her being a Jirellian. Not really shown on-screen however.
- Undying Loyalty: To Dessler.
- Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)
- Blue-Skinned Space Babe: Though, she disguises herself as pink skinned when exploring the Yamato.
- Captain Ersatz: Also partly based on Dessler's daughter Jura from "The Eternal Story of Jura".
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Her mind is trapped inside the Yamato's Wave Motion Engine and painfully annihilated. Her physical body spasms in pain and dies too.
- Killed Off for Real: Care of the Yamato's Wave Motion core at that.
- Mind Rape: One that made Kodai rekindle his hate for Gamilas.
- Pointy Ears: As a Jirellian.
- Psychic Powers: Specifically astral projection.
- Space Elves: Part of the Jirellian package.
- Voiced by: Junko Iwao
- Voiced by: Yu Shimaka (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)
- Dying Moment of Awesome: When the Yamato is breaking through the ambush planned by Dessler himself in episode 8, he replies by charging at her in the corona of a star, trying to destroy her either with gunfire, by ramming her or pushing her into a flare. And when the Yamato breaks through the flare with a shot of the wave motion gun and his ship is about to be hit, he calmly accepted the inevitable.
- Pet the Dog: After his death, Dessler promotes him and his men two ranks (incidentally putting Shultz above his direct superior who had tried to blame him for the Yamato's survival) and give them not what they joined the fleet for, 1st-class citizenship for their families, but something better, honorary citizenship for their families (putting them above pureblooded Gamilans).
- Punch-Clock Villain: As a soldier his goal is to force Earth into surrender (and demands them so when engaging Okita's fleet in the first episode), and is starting to believe that Humans Are Crazy because for their refusal. The only reason he even counts as a villain is that his means to force Earth's surrender is asteroid bombing...
- Took a Level in Badass: His counterpart in the original series was a joke, who was a threat to the Yamato only because he had a powerful prototype weapon to use. This one nearly killed the Yamato by improvising with a device made to deviate asteroids to bomb Earth, and later has the Dying Moment of Awesome detailed above.
- Villainous Valor: See Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Initially the Yamato crew had no problems dealing with the Gamilas, only on how to use the wave motion engine and gun. Then they move on his base, and his first attack almost cripples the Yamato without them having any idea on what hit them.
NolanA 2nd-class Gamilas citizen who joined a commando team to board the Yamato and capture Yurisha. Sings the Gamilas anthem before going to the battlefield.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Ejects Yuki to safety while rigging Dessler's Fortress to detonate.
- Punch-Clock Villain
- Sole Survivor: Of the commando squad.
- Trauma Conga Line
- Villainous Valor: Sings the Gamilas anthem nervously which then cheer the entire army up.
- Voiced by: Ayano Miura (Japanese), Alison Viktorin (English)
- Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Mallorie Rodak (English)
- Beware of the Nice Ones: Messes with Alter, bodyjacks Yuria and annihilates Mirenel. The most psychologically deadly person in the entire cast.
- Body Surf
- Character Tic: A good clue that it's Yurisha and not Yuki or Yuria, is that she likes to twirl hair hair around her index finger.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: There's something off at times with Yurisha, which is more apparent when she's conscious again and interacting with the rest of Yamato's crew.
- Creepy Monotone: Not really creepy, but even when finally awake and walking around in the flesh, Yurisha speaks in a weird, almost dreamy tone of voice.
- Mythology Gag: To Sasha in the semi-official Star Blazers webcomic Rebirth.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Enjoys being chased by Big Creepy-Crawlies, also hinted to be attracted to Dessler.
- The Ghost: It's established that she brought the plans for the Wave Motion Engine to Earth a year before the series began, but she's not seen in the first few episodes. Her presence is first truly seen in Episode 14, and her body is seen in Episode 17. In Episode 20, she gets out of her sealed capsule and starts walking around.
- Purple Eyes: Another thing to differentiate her from Yuki, who has brown eyes instead.
- The Tease/Shipper on Deck: To Yuria and Hoshina and, later on, Kodai and Yuki.Yurisha (to Kodai): I love Yuki. Don't you love Yuki too?
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some translators, including the writers for the Star Blazers 2199 subbed release, suggest spelling her name "Ulyssia", because of the similarity to the Japanese pronunciation of "Ulysses". However, the official website Starblazers.com settled on a third romanization of her name: Eureshya.
- Spaceship Girl: Lives in the navigation computer of Yamato for a while, as Sasha did in Rebirth.