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501st Joint Fighter Wing "Strike Witches"
The 501st JFW, also known as the Strike Witches, is a specialist unit composed entirely of witches originally stationed in Britannia and later in Romagna. Although their primary duty is defending the area where they are stationed from Neuroi, they are the ones responsible for liberating Gallia from the Neuroi. After the liberation of Gallia, they were disbanded, however they were reformed in Romagna to help defend the area after the disastrous Operation Trajanus. During the liberation of Gallia, they were one of the squadrons under the command of Trevor Maloney, after they were reformed to defend Romagna they were placed under the command of Adolfine Galland.
- Amplifier Artifact: Their striker units function as magical amplifiers as well strengthening their spells.
- Child Soldiers: They range in age form twelve to twenty (meaning the older ones don't count for this trope). Given the generally optimistic tone of the show, the darker side of this trope is never explored.
- Five Rounds Rapid: The vast majority of their firepower accomplishes exactly nothing. Only when the core is exposed or when the Neuroi deploys drones does their firepower actually do something.
- This has little to do with the guns the girls are using and a lot to do with the structure of the Neuroi themselves. Pretty much everyone can inflict significant damage on the shell of a neuroi, the problem is that said shells can completely regenerate from having whole wings cleaved off of them in just a few seconds, so nothing short of a direct hit on the core will put them down.
- Flying Brick: In addition to a nifty unique power, all witches have increased strength, endurance, and durability. They also have access to basic magics like shields and flight, meaning they are essentially all flying bricks.
- Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who's watched the film before Operation Victory Arrow will catch on that the team will reunite at the end of the film.
- Improbably Female Cast: The overwhelmingly female demographics of the witches is hardly unique since magic is pretty much an all girl party. What justifies the presence of this trope is Minna enacting a rule that prevents any guys from getting anywhere near the limelight.
- Instant Runes: These are created whenever the girls raise a shield and whenever they take off.
- Little Bit Beastly: The girls grow animal features when they use magic.
- Little Miss Badass: The girls may be teenagers but they can kick major ass when they need to.
- More Dakka: The standard issue gun is a heavy machine gun.
- Multinational Team: Since witches are so rare, talent is pulled from everywhere.
- Power Glows: Whenever the girls of the 501st call upon their magic they glow in addition to growing animal features.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: For the same reason that witches are pulled from everywhere, they are also pulled from all walks of life.
- Also before the Neuroi invasion the military appears to be composed of mostly men so there was a scramble to recruit witches who are almost exclusively female from the civilian populations. This coupled with the seeming lack of formal training means that the Strike Witches are mildly military to put it lightly.
These are the maidens who make up the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches.
Sergeant/Ensign Yoshika Miyafuji
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)Yoshika comes from a family of magical doctors on the island nation of Fuso. Her father was responsible for the creation of the Striker Unit, magically powered engines that amplify magic, to counter the Neuroi. However, her father was killed in the war tainting Yoshika's perception of it. She was initially reluctant when Mio came to recruit her, but after helping to defend the Fuso fleet from a Neroi attack, she agreed to join the 501st Strike Witches. Yoshika's striker unit is based on the Mitsubishi Zero A6M3a and she carries around a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She's named after the WWII ace Kanayoshi Mutou.
"Her latent ability is impressive indeed. Not only with regards to her magic, but she also has perseverance and determination. It's my mission and duty to guide her on her path to becoming a full-fledged Witch, for the sake of my, no, the world's benefactor, Dr. Miyafuji." —Mio
- Accidental Pervert: She has a habit of staring and grabbing onto the breasts of the well endowed members of the unit, though Lynette's the usual target. She even unconsciously does it in her sleep!
- All Loving Heroine: On top of just being a really pleasant person who doesn't bear grudges, she's the only one willing to negotiate with the Neuroi. Played Up to Eleven in The Movie, despite or (perhaps because of) her lack of power.
- Badass Adorable: Takes several levels in badass over the course of the series. Remains cute as hell.
- Badass Normal: In the film, even without her Witch Powers she destroyed a huge Neuroi tower with a machine-gun she can barely carry and a Jeep all by herself.
- Barrier Warrior: Her shields are noted to be far stronger than average and she seems to have a higher magical capacity than most.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's very nearly a pacifist. The first time she really seems to want the Neuroi to die right now is after it almost kills Lynne. She even goes on a short Roaring Rampage of Revenge to do it. After a Dungeon Bypass straight through its center of motion, firing her machine gun all the way.
- Bi the Way: In spite of her close Les Yay relationship with Lynne-chan, Yoshika is still overjoyed at receiving her very first love letter from a boy; namely an admirer in the Fuso navy. Something might have come of it if Minna didn't rain on her parade and ended the relationship before it even began by pulling rank.
- Broken Pedestal: She becomes this to Shizuka in the first half of The Movie.
- Cowboy Cop: She tends to launch her own investigations when she gets stonewalled.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: In the film, it seems that Yoshika must stop and help others whenever there is an 'opportunity' to help, even though that means facing up against a Neuroi with nothing but a machine gun that she can barely lift.
- Combat Medic: She possesses strong healing magic yet still mixes it up in combat.
- Covert Pervert: She seems pretty innocent, but shows an inordinate interest in other girls' boobs. Specifically Lynette's.
- Demoted to Extra: While Yoshika is a major character in the Strike Witches TV series and movie, she gets a minor appearance in Brave Witches.
- Determinator: She refuses to lose to the Neuroi, no matter how bleak the situation gets.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Yoshika is blissfully unaware of her growing magical prowess in season two.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: In the finale of episode 5 of Strike Witches, Yoshika grabs the boobs of Shirley while she is unconscious due to fatigue. And BUTT NAKED.
- Friend to All Living Things: Well, not to Neuroi. But taming the bears in The Movie has to count for something.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a medical student to a member of the 501st JFW.
- Healing Hands: She tends to channel her healing magic through her hands.
- Heroic Resolve: Mio has noted that Yoshika's magical abilities seem to increase under stress.
- Taken Up to Eleven in the finale of Strike Witches 2, when, after exhausting all her magical power, she musters up some more through sheer determination. The rest of the squadron follows suit.
- And once more in the film, while bleeding out on the ground, the collective call of everyone in the 501st lets her get her magic back.
- Another example from The Movie: She doesn't let the little difficulty of having no magic keep her from lugging a gun into a nearby Jeep in order to protect a village Basically, there's never ever a good time to get on her bad side.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Strike Witches 2, she uses up all her magical power in order to save Mio and destroy the Neuroi core.
- Honor Before Reason: The last few episodes of Strike Witches are almost a direct cause of her honorable nature trumping observational evidence. Then again...
- The Idealist Was Right: The 501st admitted that Yoshika's ultimately correct about her attempts to communicate with the Neuroi, if only that the Warlock incident didn't occur.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She is willing to break military rules for the safety of the 501st and everyone else if she needs to.
- Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: According to episode 8 of Strike Witches 2, she's never caught a cold in her life.
- Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a Shiba Inu when she uses magic.
- Military Maverick: Yoshika becomes well-known for disregarding orders from higher authorities and still bring out positive results.
- Naďve Newcomer: The newest one into the squadron, and due to Japan's relative isolation from the war she has very little idea of what has been going on.
- Nice Girl: She is one of the nicest girls in the 501st and doesn't resent anyone, including Perrine.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Towards the end of episode 4 in Strike Witches, Yoshika tells Barkhorn that she can't leave her behind.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: In Strike Witches Yoshika's striker unit is a memento left by her dead father. She later uses it to blow up a gigantic Neuroi core and liberate Gallia. Likewise the Shinden Striker Unit in Strike Witches 2, which is based on her father's research.
- Ramming Always Works: How the burrowing battleship Neuroi is disposed of at the end of The Movie. And it's glorious.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: At the end of The Movie, Yoshika gains Shizuka's respect after the latter realizes what how the 501st works.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Lynette. Her friendly admiration of Mio also has some shades of this, though it's nowhere near Perrine's level.
- Sailor Fuku: Her signature outfit is this over a school swimsuit.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Yoshika's modus operandi is to bend military rules that she doesn't agree to where necessary.
- She's Back: Yoshika's role in The Movie is this in a nutshell. She regains her magical powers while fighting off a battleship Neuroi.
- Spanner in the Works: At the end of Strike Witches, Yoshika helps the 501st expose General Maloney's true intentions of disbanding the unit and using Neuroi technology.
- Stone Wall: Her shields are very good, but she seems to have a far lower kill rate than everybody else in the squadron.
- Team Chef: She's pressed into this role after joining because nobody else can cook, although Lynette is often seen helping her.
- Even after the other members start showing off their culinary skills, Yoshika and Lynette are often the default chefs of the unit.
- 10-Minute Retirement: She quits the military in the finale of Strike Witches 2, but Shizuka picks her up back to Venezia in The Movie. Then she gets her power back during a very crucial moment, so She's Back in action with full glory.
- Took a Level in Badass: She goes from a medical officer to a witch capable of taking down Neuroi.
Sergeant/Master Sergeant Lynette Bishop ("Lynne")
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Kate Bristol (EN)Lynne is a very personable if a bit shaky, sniper from Britannia. Lynette is the middle child of eight siblings and was sometimes overlooked. Because of this, she's domestic and painfully shy. She joined the Strike Witches shortly before Yoshika to help protect her homeland. Lynette is assigned to be Yoshika's roommate, where the two quickly become friends. Her striker unit is based on the Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX and she lugs around a Boys Anti-Tank Rifle in battle. Her sister, Wilma Bishop, is named after the WWI Ace William Avery Bishop.
"Other members of the unit? Lynne was the first friend I made after coming here to Britannia. She showed me around in the base and was very kind! That made me happy... And... that big bosom.... wah! Nothing! It's nothing!" — Yoshika
- Apologizes a Lot: Apologizing seems to be her first knee-jerk reflex.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Less clumsy than most, but she has her moments.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Her power essentially turns normal bullets (and other objects) into these.
- Friendly Sniper: She's soft-spoken, nice, and can hit a target most people need binoculars to see.
- Gag Boobs: Often treated like this by the fandom.
- Spot of Tea: Every time the squadron chips in to help prepare for a difficult mission, her suggestion is tea.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Her inherent gift magic lets her guide and strengthen her shots. Also, she has really good eyesight.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: In the Japanese version, her nickname is Lee-Neh rather than Lyn.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In spite of her close Les Yay relationship with Yoshika-chan, Lynne-chan was overjoyed for the latter when she received her very first love letter from a boy; full of encouragement and support and doing her best to help that potential friendship blossom into a full romance... until Minna stepped in and ruined everything.
- Little Bit Beastly She takes on the features of the Scottish Fold when she uses magic.
- Marshmallow Hell: Gave it to Yoshika after they took out a Neuroi.
- Nice Girl: Probably why she and Yoshika get along so well.
- No Scope: Despite shooting at objects across distances measured in kilometers, she does so without a scope. Although the ability to guide her shots after she's fired them probably helps.
- Shrinking Violet: She's very shy and almost washes out before Yoshika arrives.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: She's on the short end of the squadron and her weapon of choice is an anti-tank rifle.
- Squishy Wizard: Yeah.
- Team Chef: Along with Yoshika.
Major Mio Sakamoto
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (2007-2008) and Saori Seto (2010-present) (JP), Kira Vincent-Davis (EN)Mio, the second in command of the Strike Witches, worked with Yoshika's father on the Striker Units and is, therefore, the oldest witch. As a veteran of the initial fights against the Neuroi, she is far tougher and more disciplined than most of the Strike Witches. Her primary job is to train new recruits and takes a no-nonsense "tough love" approach to her duties. As the second in command of the Strike Witches, she supports Minna and maintains discipline when out of battle and locates the weak point of Neuroi with her magic eye in battle. Her striker is based on the Mitsubishi Zero A6M3a in season one and the Kawanishi N1K in season two: in battle, she carries a Type 99 13mm machine gun and a katana. Her character is named after WWII aces Saburo Sakai. She is known for her distinctive, hearty laugh.
"Sakamoto-san? She's kind, but can be pretty strict sometimes. She told me about the work my father had done, and I'm very grateful for that. Although it surprised me when we met for the first time and she told me that “I would come to her sooner or later”!" —Yoshika
- Badass in Distress: In the finale of Strike Witches 2, she is absorbed into a Neuroi core. You don't get much more distressed than that.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Known for her rolling, jolly laugh of approval for innocence and/or righteous behavior.
- Bar Sinister: Oddly enough this appears on her eyepatch as well as her emblem.
- Brought Down to Badass: In The Movie, she appears with an ordinary warplane to deliver the Shinden Unit to Yoshika.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: After having a jug of wine dropped on her, Mio immediately proceeds to give Commander Minna a full-on kiss and runs into a cave.
- Cool Big Sis: Serves as this role to ease newcomers into their new military life.
- Cool Sword: Reppumaru, a katana she forges herself using magic and it can block lasers.
- Death Seeker: Though far from a fatalist, Mio still intends her death to be a glorious one in battle, befitting of a Fuso Warrior. Tragically, she finally plays this trope straight in the penultimate episode of Strike Witches 2, when her life as a warrior comes to an end.
- Determinator: She never gives up in the battlefield, even when her powers start to fade away, she wants to stay on the battlefield even if cost her life.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: According to supplemental material, new recruits in the Fusou Navy call her "Sakamoto the Demon" behind her back.
- Enemy Scan: When she looks at a Neuroi with her magic eye, she can see its weak point.
- Eyepatch of Power: She wears a patch that hides her Neuroi core-detecting right eye.
- Feeling Their Age: The fact that for Strike Witches old age starts somewhere around 20, with a decline in magic power, is explored in Strike Witches 2. Mio pushes herself to stay in action, against fellow high-ranking officer Minna's advice, ultimately receiving first a minor then a grave injury.
- Fragile Speedster: In Strike Witches 2 her striker unit is upgraded, making it far faster and more maneuverable. She doesn't have a shield, so the only thing between her and extra crispy is her reflexes.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Not only does she have no shield anymore, but Reppumaru ate up almost all of her magic to the point that she can't even fire off Reppuzan anymore.
- Heroic Resolve: In the finale of Strike Witches 2, she snaps out of a Heroic B.S.O.D. after knowing the Yamato mission failed. She rushes into Yamato ship with little to none magic power for reactivating the ship in order to blow up the Neuroi nest.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: Mio nearly runs herself to the ground by using Reppumaru to eat up all of her magic in the finale of Strike Witches 2.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. She's prepared to pull one in the finale of Strike Witches 2, but Yoshika saves her.
- Honor Before Reason: On top of acting like a stereotypical samurai, she considers betraying her code to be worse than death since her ability is critical to the squadron's success. Even after she loses her shield she continues to fight, even though even a glancing hit from a Neuroi laser would be enough to critically injure her.
- Hot-Blooded: A bit more tempered than most, but is not one to back down from a fight.
- Lady of War: Again, modeled after a stereotypical samurai.
- The Lancer: She is the second in command of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing and often helps her commander when she can. For example, when enacting discipline, she often plays "bad cop" to Minna's "good cop".
- Little Bit Beastly: She takes on Doberman traits when she uses magic.
- Losing Is Worse Than Death: And Mio unhesitantly charged into the latter, having finally and literally exhausted her life as a warrior in the final episodes of Strike Witches 2.
- Magic Knight: She lacks some magical capacity but makes up for it with increased martial skill.
- Meaningful Name: Her sword means "gale" and is named after a Japanese plane model that never entered service.
- Number Two: She's Minna's second in command.
- Oblivious to Love: She shows absolutely no awareness of the fact that both Perrine and Minna have crushes on her. Minna at least tries to be subtle about it, but not noticing Perrine's feelings takes work.
- Older Than She Looks: She's twenty years old, despite looking like a teenager at first appearance.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: The picture of a classical Japanese Warrior, albeit Gender Flipped.
- Shower of Angst: Towards the end of Strike Witches 2 after knowing her powers are fading away.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is her rank squadron commander or major?
- Suicide Mission: At the end of Strike Witches 2, she rushes into Yamato to reactivate the ship again while it was infested by Neurois.
- Super Senses: Her power is Enhanced Visual Acuity which grants her telescopic vision along with the ability to identify a Neuroi's core.
- Supporting Leader: She serves as this to Minna.
- Sword and Gun: She uses a katana alongside with gun weapons.
- This Cannot Be!: After Reppuzan failed in the battle, Mio goes through another brief Heroic B.S.O.D..
Lieutenant Colonel Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (JP), Anastasia Munoz (EN)Minna is the leader of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing and the commander of the Karlsland Air Force. After the Neuroi appeared and her lover was killed, she gave up her dream of becoming a singer to join the Karlsland Air Force. Because of her traumatic past, the safety of her subordinates is her top priority. Despite her kind and gentle demeanor, she will go to any lengths to protect her subordinates. She is even willing to issue orders specifically to prevent them from being hurt and she was the one behind the order forbidding male workers in the base from socializing with the witches. Her striker unit is based on the Messerschmitt BF109G2 and her weapon is the MG42 machine gun. Her character is named after the WWII ace Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke.
"Lieutenant Colonel Minna? Yes, she's a fantastic person! She's always smiling... and she feels like a very mature woman. I wish I could be more like her. She somewhat reminds me of a mother." —Yoshika
- Armor-Piercing Slap: At the end of episode 4, Minna slaps Trude for her reckless behavior.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the leader of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing and Karlsland Air Force, and extremely powerful and skilled.
- Badass In Charge: Of the Strike Witches.
- Badass Teacher: She teaches witches from time to time and can kick major ass if she needs to.
- Berserk Button: Engage in self-destructive or suicidal behavior around her, I dare you.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her demeanor, it's worth noting that her familiar is a wolf.
- Broken Bird: Became bitter with the death of her first love, and rather self-righteously tries to stop anyone else from falling in love as a result, with the justification of "not wanting her comrades to experience the same pain."
- The Captain: Despite her demeanor, she's clearly the one running things although she doesn't hold the rank of Captain.
- Extreme Omnivore: While not a Big Eater, Not only can Minna consume foods and drinks that the rest of the squadron can barely stomach, but she actually likes them. Examples include ginger tea that Lynette put too much sugar in, and Lamprey oil (She asked for seconds!).
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Minna tried to be a singer earlier in the war.
- Genre Savvy: It's almost impossible to hide anything from Minna. She knows her companions very well. For example, she is the first to perceive Mio powers are fading away.
- Heartbroken Badass: Sure, she may be a high-ranking officer of the Karlsland Air Force, but after the death of her lover, the series can testify how more badass she became.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Minna lost her love during the war before the beginning of Strike Witches. This tragedy caused her to become a strict captain to guarantee the witch's safety and have them avoid experiencing the same pain.
- Little Bit Beastly: Takes on the features of a wolf when using magic.
- Mama Bear: She is willing to go to any lengths to prevent her subordinates from being harmed.
- Meaningful Name: Her archetype pilot is named Wolf, she gains wolf features.
- Mission Control: Minna's power gives her acute knowledge of her surroundings which allows her to determine unit positions in 3D, unit allegiance, and unit health. She uses this in battle to help her direct her forces. When she sits out of a battle, she is usually in front of a radar giving orders.
- A Mother to Her Men: Or in her case, "A Mother to Her Girls". She cares deeply for her subordinates and they return the favor.
- Team Mom: The novels mention that she and Mio have a Good Cop/Bad Cop approach to discipline, with Mio as the Bad Cop and Minna as the Good Cop.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Minna calls Trude out for her reckless behavior at the end of episode 4 of Strike Witches.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She's willing to do a lot to ensure her subordinate's safety, including pulling a gun on one of her best friends. This is the result of losing her love during the war.
- Yandere: Her behavior toward the end of Strike Witches — specifically, pulling a gun on Mio to keep her from fighting when she's losing her power — can be considered this. She gets over it, though.
- X-Ray Vision: Minna's ability essentially lets her see everything in her proximity out to a respectable yet unspecified distance. In battle, it makes her a mobile CIC: out of battle it allows her to keep tabs on her subordinates.
Lieutenant Perrine Henriette Clostermann
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Jad Saxton (EN)Perrine is a rich Gallian noble that saw her home destroyed when the Neuroi invaded Gallia. She joined the Strike Witches in their liberation of Gallia to help free her homeland from the Neuroi. She admires Mio and quickly develops a dislike of Yoshika due to their closeness. Her dislike eventually turns to full blown jealousy as she challenges Yoshika to a duel. Eventually, she realizes that Yoshika is a comrade but she still makes constant attempts to win Mio's attention and to make Yoshika look bad. Her striker unit is based on the Arsenal VG 39 and her weapon is the Bren Light Machine Gun Mk 1. She is also seen carrying a rapier in some official art, which doesn't show up until midway through Strike Witches 2. Her character is named after the WWII Ace Pierre Clostermann.
"Perrine? Yes, it feels like she's always mad at me. I wonder why...? I know I make a lot of mistakes all the time, but I still don't think she has to be that hard on me... Sakamoto-san told me being strict on someone is a way to show you have hopes for them, but I wonder..." —Yoshika
- Alpha Bitch: Snobby, rich, and insufferable.
- Butt Monkey:
- Her foot seems magnetically attracted to her mouth: One time she insults Miyafuji for bringing in foul tasting Lamprey oil as a health drink only to find out seconds later that Mio brought it. Also, almost everything she does tends to backfire horribly for her.
- Used literally in episode 7 of Strike Witches 2 — a Neuroi bug crawls into her butt crack, and when she pulls down her tights and panties Francesca shoots her in the rear with a high-pressure fire hose (using a scope from a Mosin-Nagant no less).
- Character Development: Probably the series' best example. She goes from a snooty, self-centered Yandere to a friendly, even humble person who runs an orphanage & a school. She never really gets over Mio, though.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Holds Mio with the utmost of respect, and resents anyone getting too chummy with her (especially Yoshika who, like Mio, is a native of
Japanthe Fuso Empire).
- Cool Sword: Often seen with one in the promo art, and in Strike Witches 2 it makes its appearance. A different rapier is used to destroy a golem.
- French Jerk: She's from Gallia and can come off as a jerk towards everyone else.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: There's a heart of gold in there somewhere, you would need a crowbar and heavy digging equipment to find it, though.
- And that kind and gentle big sister hugging and playing with children in Episode 6 of Strike Witches 2 can't be the same Rich Bitch that's mean to Yoshika, can she? Oh, you have got to be kidding!!
- Strike Witches 2 reveals she's practically penniless. All that huge hazard pay she's getting? All donated to charity. She also sold most of her family's heirlooms to raise money for the Gallia rebuilding effort.
- Little Bit Beastly: Gains the features of a Chartreux cat when using her magic.
- Luminescent Blush: She has one whenever Mio is in any way involved, when she's outraged, and when she's embarrassed which is why there seems to be on permanently glued to her face. For example, see the picture.
- Meganekko: Constantly wears glasses except in places where they would fog up.
- Ojou: She definitely used to be high class and wealthy. She even does the laugh.
- Psycho Lesbian: Challenging a rookie to a duel with live ammunition over a crush is really really pushing it, even if the ammo was just used for intimidation.
- Rich Bitch: Though it's less flaunting her wealth and more complaining about how unrefined her comrades (read: Yoshika) are.
- Averted in Strike Witches 2, the third OVA & the film. She converted her extravagant manor into an orphanage and is deeply involved with Gallian reconstruction efforts.
- Shock and Awe: This is her power. It messes up her hair so she doesn't use it often.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In The Movie, after Gallia is liberated, she runs an orphanage (which is also a school) with Amelie. She's also very nice toward Yoshika and Shizuka.
- Tsundere: She has her moments.
- Yandere: Attached to Mio.
Ensign Francesca Lucchini
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN)Lucchini is a talented and cheerful witch from the Duchy of Romagna. Unlike most other members of the 501st her past isn't marred by tragedy, she joined the Strike Witches out of a sense of duty to ensure that no harm would ever come to her beloved Romagna. However, for all her lofty ideals she's still twelve years old and often acts childish or self-indulgent like a typical twelve-year-old. Her energetic personality masks the fact that she's quite lazy. She'll often spend time napping around the base only waking up to change where she naps. However, in the air, she displays a passion and talent for flying that nobody in the 501st can match. Her striker unit is based on the FIAT G-55 Centauro and her weapon is the Breda-SAFAT Machine Gun 12.7 mm. She is named after the World War II ace Franco Lucchini.
"Lucchini always eats the things I cook with a smile on her face. Things like that makes me happy! But it feels like she's always sleeping in some odd place... is that really okay?" —Yoshika
- Barrier Warrior: Takes this a step further and literally fights people with her barriers. Her stacked barriers are almost unbreakable as well.
- Big Eater: Eats slightly more than the other witches and for her food is always a top priority.
- Butt Monkey: She tends to be the one whom bad things happen to. In one episode she spends most of it running away from everybody. In another, she accidentally breaks Shirley's Striker unit and receives a lump on the head when Minna finds out.
- Cat Girl: While there are others with the cat motif, she has the personality to match. This includes her habit of sleeping in high places.
- Child Soldier: She's twelve and has been serving for a while.
- Fastball Special: At the end of Strike Witches, Shirley throws her. Also, her signature move seems tailor-made for this.
- Fearless Fool: She doesn't seem to fear anything (not even Shirley's driving) except Minna and Mio.
- Genki Girl: She's full of energy, jumps around a lot, and speaks in a sing-songy voice.
- Girlish Pigtails: She ties her hair into twin tails.
- Heavy Sleeper: Although she takes cat naps, not even the roar of airplane engines can rouse her while she's asleep.
- Hypocritical Humor: Makes fun of Perrine's boobs, despite being the flattest of the witches herself, which is nothing unusual, since she's also the youngest.
- Last Name Basis: Oddly enough, practically no one ever calls her by her first name.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gains features of the black panther whenever she uses magic.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: She likes to grope the boobs of her teammates, sometimes as a greeting ritual or just for fun...
- Ramming Always Works: Her signature move is to stack several shields together and ram the target.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: She's the smallest witch and she wields a gun meant for airplanes. Although it's not that much bigger than the other girls' guns, the size difference is more pronounced.
- Token Mini-Moe: She's also the youngest of the witches.
Lieutenant/Captain Charlotte E. Yeager ("Shirley")
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)Shirley is a mechanical enthusiast from the United States of Liberion. She is a thrill seeking speedster and her goal is to break the sound barrier. Before the war, she raced motorbikes and set a land speed record. When she joined the 501st she modified her Striker unit to help her with her goal of breaking the sound barrier. In addition to her obsession with speed she's also obsessed with cleanliness: even going so far as to have her personal bath shipped when she was transferred into the 501st. Her Striker Unit is based on the P-51 Mustang and her weapons of choice is the Browning Automatic Rifle M1918. She is named after American WWII ace Charles "Chuck" Yeager.
"Shirley is a really kind person! She seems kind of slack, but I think she actually really looks after everyone. She's big-hearted and broad-minded... What? I'm not talking about her breasts! But... well... they sure did feel nice..."
- Affectionate Nickname: She is called Shirley by her teammates.
- Danger Deadpan: She has a calm demeanor and alerts others of potentially dangers situations without losing her temper. She even breaks the sound barrier in episode 5 of Strike Witches.
- Drives Like Crazy: While not as destructive as most in the one scene she's shown driving, she drifts on mountainside dirt roads and leaps across chasms in a military supply truck. Francesca loves it, but Yoshika gets sick.
- Fearless Fool: Which is probably why she's paired with Lucchini so often.
- Fiery Redhead: She's strong, passionate, and outgoing, but she's only outspoken when dealing with certain people.
- Hot-Blooded: She doesn't back down from any challenge even going so far as to charge a neuroi in an unarmed plane.
- Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a jack-rabbit; most likely a nod to her speed.
- Parental Substitute: She's pretty much Luccini's mother.
- The Rival: She started a rivalry with Trude before Yoshika arrived.
- Super Speed: Her power lets her do anything faster. Her power plus the modifications she made to her striker unit allow her to break the sound barrier in flight.note
- Shout-Out: Other than the obvious one to Chuck Yeager, there's one to the photographer Bunny Yeager.
- Also she says the P-51 Mustang, the fighter that her striker unit is based on, is her all-purpose weapon platform of choice.
- Wrench Wench: Before joining the witches she worked on motorcycles and airplanes, consequentially her striker unit is heavily modified. Even after joining the witches she spends her spare time in the machine shop and making further modifications to her striker unit.
Captain Erica Hartmann
Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa (JP), Luci Christian (EN)Erica is one of the "Double Aces" from Karlsland, having the second highest kill score in the world at just over 200. However, her skill in the air and on duty is in sharp contrast with her disorganized and careless nature when off duty. She is a close acquaintance of Gertrud and Minna having served with them long before the creation of the 501st although, unlike Minna and Gertrud, she spends most of her time sleeping and eating, only getting up to investigate oddities and fight neuroi. Her striker unit is based on the Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 and her weapon is the MG42. She is named after WWII ace Erich Hartmann, the highest scoring ace in history.
"I don't really understand Hartmann. Everyone says she's an excellent witch, and she is amazing even in small scaled battles, but in her everyday life she is... how should I put it... umm... sloppy?" —Yoshika
- Blow You Away: Her power lets her create a vortex of air when she does a barrel roll. She calls this ability Sturm and it's powerful enough to blow holes through Neuroi.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even more so than the rest of the 501st.
- Compatriot Yin Yang: Pretty much the complete opposite of Gertrud, to the latter's endless annoyance.Gertrud: And you call yourself a Karlsland soldier?!
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: On the ground, she's a lazy disorganized failure of a soldier. In the air, she's skilled, disciplined, and one of the best aces in the world. Both are the real her but most people see the disorganized failure before they see the second greatest witch in the Karlsland air force.
- Do a Barrel Roll: Her power is an offensive barrel roll she calls "Sturm".
- Dumb Blond: Averted. The girl's smart enough to be one of the best fighters despite sleeping most of the time.
- Genki Girl: When she's awake, she's cheerful.
- Historical Injoke: Her sister is named Ursula, the name of Erich Hartmann's wife.
- Her striker unit has the black tulip pattern also present on Erich Hartmann's aircraft.
- The hubbub over her stealing Lucchini's underwear is based on Erich Hartmann accidentally taking Hitler's hat.
- Like Erica, Erich also had a problem with discipline.
- Her hairstyle is based on Erich's nickname "Bubi" (Erica's hair is in the Bubischnitt hairstyle)
- Heavy Sleeper: She seriously spends most of the series asleep, only appearing to investigate major disturbances and participate in battles. She even sleeps through an alarm clock and having books thrown at her.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: In The Movie, this is the only possible explanation about how she's able to use her special attack, despite unable to even fly a moment ago.
- Impact Silhouette: When she uses Sturm to ram Neuroi, she leaves behind a perfectly circular hole.
- Jerkass Ball: In the first episode of Operation Victory Arrow, she distrusts the new military stuff of her twin sister, Ursula, possibly as a result of Gertrud's nearly fatal incident with the flawed jet striker prototype.
- Little Bit Beastly: Takes on the features of a Dachshund when she uses magic. However, unlike the other girls, she doesn't grow animal ears—the tips of her hair turn black instead.
- Mildly Military: While the other girls are at least trying to act like soldiers, Erica doesn't. Interestingly enough her real life counterpart had disciplinary problems as well although nowhere near as bad as her.
- Nice Girl: A cheerful, upbeat and friendly breath of fresh air who doesn't hold grudges and can get along with anybody.
- Not a Morning Person: Friendlier than most though about staying asleep... though mention the possibility of having candy and she'll wake up instantaneously.
- Power Fist: In The Movie, this is how she obliterate the Neuroi attacking her when she's out of guns. It looks and acts like Chidori & Rasengan: she actually has to board the Neuroi and punch it.
- Ramming Always Works: Like Luccini she uses her magic to invoke this. Unlike Luccini she uses a vortex of wind for protection instead of a stack of shields.
- Sweet Tooth: She wants sweets, they buy her an alarm clock instead.
- Trash of the Titans: Especially in comparison to Gertrud's room, which is spotless and on the opposite side of their dorm.
Captain Gertrud Barkhorn ("Trude")
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)Barkhorn is also one of the "Double Aces" of Karlsland. She holds the highest kill score over 250. She is disciplined and efficient: a very stereotypical German military personality. However, to her friends Minna and Erica, whom she has known for a long time, she's slightly more open and friendly although she often yells at Erica for lacking discipline. She cares deeply about her little sister Chris, who was injured before Strike Witches in a Neuroi attack. Her striker unit is based on the Focke-Wulf Fw190D-9 and her weapons are two MG42 machine guns with dual drum magazines. She is named after WWII ace Gerhard Barkhorn, the second highest scoring ace in history.
"It feels like Barkhorn is always mad at me too. But well, compared to her, I'm still just an inexperienced little duckling, so I guess it's only natural." —Yoshika
- Action Girl: Although every witch is technically one, her love of fighting coupled with her skill in the air means she takes the prize.
- Affectionate Nickname: She is called "Trude" by everyone around her.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Yoshika after she rescues her in episode 4 of Strike Witches. The reason is because Yoshika looks like her sister, Chris.
- Blood Knight: Not only is she one of the best witches, she deeply enjoys her job.
- Broken Bird: She is deeply affected by her sister's injury to the point of keeping her distance from Yoshika because she resembles Chris. She comes out of it by the time episode 4 rolls around.
- Death Seeker: Barkhorn is nearly driven to suicide fighting the Neuroi following Karlsland's attack. In episode 4, Yoshika and Minna make her realize how stupid her actions are after Barkhorn is shot down.
- Doomed Hometown: Her homeland got destroyed by the Neuroi.
- Dual Wielding: When she decides to use her guns as clubs instead of guns.
- Guns Akimbo: Her normal battle loadout is two MG42 machine guns.
- Heartbroken Badass: She may be one of the most badass aces in the Karlsland Air Force along with Erica, but she was greatly affected by her sister's injury.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She goes through a long one after Chris was injured and Karlsland was destroyed.
- Heroic Second Wind: She undergoes this in the finale of episode 4 after Yoshika heals her.
- Idiot Ball: In episode 4, despite being an ace in Karlsland, Barkhorn wasn't smart enough to realize that charging recklessly and attacking the Neuroi by herself is a very bad idea; she learns her lesson the hard way. This causes Yoshika and Minna to call her out on this and also have a Heroic Second Wind.
- It's All My Fault: Trude laments that she was unable to protect her sister and her homeland, even knowing this wasn't her fault. This worsened when Yoshika joins the Strike Witches, since she looks like her sister, leading to a Heroic B.S.O.D. and a Death Seeker moment. She gets better by the time episode 4 of Strike Witches rolls around.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: In episode 4, Barkhorn tells Yoshika that healing her will only slow Yoshika down, but Yoshika tells her that No One Gets Left Behind.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In episode 4, she charges recklessly towards the Neuroi and tries to gun it down. It doesn't work and she gets shot down for her troubles.
- Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a German Wirehaired Pointer when she changes.
- My Greatest Failure: Not being able to rescue her sister, Chris, from a Neuroi attack in Karlsland.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Half her power seems to be her ability to strengthen objects allowing her to use her machine guns as clubs and not be crushed by a giant steel girder.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Most of her dialogue in the English dub doesn't sound like a disciplined Karlsland soldier, given that she is voiced by Stephanie Sheh.
- Pistol-Whipping: When she mixes it up toe to fin with the neuroi she sometimes uses her guns as clubs.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Or in her case, "Proud Warrior Race Lady". And therefore constantly exasperated by Erica's laid back and informal attitude, seeing them as "a disgrace to the Karsland military."
- Replacement Goldfish: Since Yoshika resembles her sister, she treats Yoshika coldly at first, because she doesn't want to see Yoshika hurt.
- Shoo the Dog: Attempted with Yoshika in episode 4, but it doesn't work out as she refuses to leave Barkhorn for dead.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's officially "Gertrud", but her name is sometimes spelled "Gertrude".
- Super Strength: The other half of her power is strength exceeding the already boosted strength of most witches.
- That Man Is Dead: Or in her case, "This Sister is Dead." At the end of the first half of episode 4, Barkhorn tells Minna that the sister Chris once knew is now dead and that she belongs to the Strike Witches now. She eventually gets over it by the end of the episode's second half.
- Tsundere: She becomes this after Yoshika rescues her from certain death. She denies, but deeply cares for Yoshika. Lampshaded by Erica several times.
Lieutenant Aleksandra Vladimirovna Litvyak ("Sanya")
Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (JP), Jennifer Forrester (EN)Aleksandra, or Sanya as she prefers to be called, is a shy Orussian witch in the 501st that often handles night patrol duties alone. Described as "nocturnal" she doesn't have a lot of contact with the other members of the 501st, but is essential for the unit's safety. Because of her lack of contact with the rest of the squad, she is only close to Eila and Erica although her compassionate and submissive personality means she's kind and accepting of everybody in the 501st. Sanya's father was an accomplished musician and taught Sanya how to play the piano and sing. He even wrote a song for her entitled 'Sanya's Song'. When the Neuroi invaded Orussia, Sanya was separated from her father but maintains hope that he's still alive in Orussia and someday they'll be reunited. To remind herself, she often hums the song her father composed for her. Unlike the other girls, most of whom wield machine guns, she uses a rocket launcher called the Fliegerhammer which is based on the Fliegerfaust, a contemporary German anti-aircraft rocket launcher and M202 FLASH. In season one her striker unit is based on the MiG60 a fictional fighter combining features of the MiG-1, MiG-3, and Yak-1: in Strike Witches 2 her striker unit is based on the Yak-9. She is named after WWII ace Lydia Litvyak, one of just two female aces in real life.
"Sanya is a really kind girl! She's a little shy and quiet, but she's good at singing, and I think it's really great how she always does her best for all of us during the nights!" —Yoshika
- Demoted to Extra: Sanya appears as a prominent character in the Strike Witches TV series and movie, she gets a minor appearance along with Eila in episode 7 of Brave Witches.
- Distaff Counterpart: Averted, she is the only one not based on a male ace.
- Friendly Sniper: In essence. Her rocket launcher weapon means that she tends to attack from long range.
- Enemy-Detecting Radar: This is her unique ability.
- Heavy Sleeper: Justified, considering she's up all night patrolling.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Anyone familiar with the physics of flight or shooters will tell you how difficult it is to hit a moving target with a slow-moving projectile from long range.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gains the features of a black cat when she uses her magic.
- Loners Are Freaks: She's afraid that her isolation will make other people perceive her this way.
- Macross Missile Massacre: While she's limited to nine dumbfire rockets, she never seems to fire only one.
- Until episode 11 of Strike Witches 2 where she just fired one rocket and it created a domino effect on the Neuroi. She even lampshades it herself.
- Mission Control: She can also use her power to broadcast information to witches (including spatial information and orders) as well as rebroadcast radio transmissions.
- Mundane Utility: She uses her radar powers to listen to the radio at night.
- Nice Girl: Gives even Yoshika a run for her money in the niceness department. She's a very generous and polite person.
- The Load: During day missions she sometimes relies on Eila to move her around because she's practically dead on her feet.
- The Quiet One: She rarely talks, although she's quick to scold Eila when she's being too malicious.
- Parental Abandonment: She was separated from her father when the neuroi invaded.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Eila, if you don't consider it full-on Les Yay.
- Shrinking Violet: She is a fairly shy girl.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Her FliegerHummer is almost bigger than she is.
- Vapor Wear: Averted. She is indeed wearing something underneath those black tights, as can be seen when she undresses to go to bed.
Ensign/Lieutenant Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen ("Illu")
Voiced by: Erika Nakai/Ayuru Ohashi (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)Eila is the top ace of the Suomus witch corps where she held the rank of captain (the rank indicated by the three roses on her collar). She is an expert at reading people, allowing her to predict her companions' actions and outwit her enemies. Her ability to read people combined with her ability to see the future means that in the air she is nearly untouchable. She is so used to her mastery of evasion that she relies exclusively on dodging and has difficulty raising a shield. Her striker unit is based on the Messerschmitt Bf109G-2 and her weapon of choice is the Suomi KP/31 Sub-Machine Gun. She is named after the Finnish WWII ace Eino Ilmari Juutilainen the highest scoring non-German ace in history.
"Eila is quite mysterious. But at least I've come to understand that she cares a lot about Sanya. Seems like she almost never has used her protective shield during battles since she can predict the enemy's attacks. According to herself, she does it without thinking, “by intuition”, but... Isn't it amazing?" — Yoshika
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: She's less extreme but relationships are definitely not her specialty. She just can't resist throwing insults into everything she says to anyone (except Sanya).
- Finns are stereotypically perceived as aloof and casually rude people by their neighbors, and Eila seems to follow those tropes pretty closely.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: In spite of her doing perverted things around her squad mates, she never does it towards Sanya.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Very protective of Sanya.
- Combat Clairvoyance: She can see three seconds into the future and uses this to her advantage in combat.
- Declaration of Protection: Gives a big one to Sanya in Strike Witches 2.Eila: I'M GOING TO PROTECT SANYAAA.
- Deadpan Snarker: She gets a few moments of this in episode 6 of Strike Witches.
- Demoted to Extra: Eila gets a minor appearance along with Sanya in episode 7 of Brave Witches.
- Dodge the Bullet: As a part of training, she dodges live anti-tank rounds fired by a sniper.
- Averted later that episode when Sanya angrily throws a pillow at her and she's too shocked to dodge it.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: In episode 7 of Strike Witches 2, she tried to pull off Sanya's panties while she was sleeping, suspecting the bug neuroi was under her panties. Obviously, Sanya wakes up, with predictable results.
- Fragile Speedster: The fact that she is rarely prepared to raise a shield means a stray Neuroi beam would toast her. Fortunately, she is really good at dodging.
- High-Speed Missile Dodge: Or in her case, "High Speed Laser Dodge." She uses her ability to see several seconds into the future to dodge lasers.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her reliance on dodging backfires spectacularly in Strike Witches 2.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Since she knows where the enemies will be and where her shots will go, she doesn't even have to look to hit with perfect accuracy.
- In-Series Nickname: Illu.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: In FUNimation's dub of the series, Eila's name is pronounced "eye-luh", instead of the traditional "ay-luh" with a "long a" sound as in the Finnish name.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her abilities let her dodge every attack coming her way and hit the enemy with uncanny accuracy.
- Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a black fox when she uses magic.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: She's almost as bad as Lucchini.Sanya: Eila is very dear to me. We’re always together... because that’s just the way it is. I didn’t even notice it until people around me told me. But I don’t like her habit of touching other girl’s bodies like she does! That’s not good, Eila! You never do those kinds of things to me... Why? Just blushing won’t help me understand...
- Moe Couplet: With Sanya.
- Mysterious Waif: Almost every character notes her odd behavior and mysterious air, even the ones that don't normally comment on character disposition. Also, she has the least backstory development of the entire cast, all we really know about her is that she's from Suomus and loves Sanya.
- Not What It Looks Like: When she pull off Sanya's panties while she is sleeping and Sanya wake up with an angry face.
- Psychic Powers: Her power is the ability to see several seconds into the future, although her accuracy with Tarot cards is not nearly as good.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Sanya, if you don't consider it full-on Les Yay.
- Smug Super: She's more than happy to rub the fact in that she doesn't need shields, which are critical to every other witch.
- Tarot Motifs: She keeps a tarot deck in one of her belt pouches and she occasionally reads people fortunes.
- Tomboy: Aside from using the gender-neutral "watashi" to refer to herself, Ella exclusively uses masculine vocabularies and syntaxes in the Japanese version.
- Tsundere: She often tries to pass off her presence at several engagements as just chance, much like a tsundere would her acts of kindness. No one buys it, though.
- In the end of Strike Witches when the 501st JFW is dissolved, she tries to deny that she returned to the base because of Yoshika. Sanya reveals her true intentions.
- Waif Prophet: She's a mysterious little girl and her powers revolve around reading the future.
- Wingman: In combat, she takes this role more often than not.
502nd Joint Fighter Wing "Brave Witches"
The 502nd Joint Fighter Wing, also known as the "Brave Witches", are based in Petersburg, Orussia. They are nicknamed the "Breaker Witches" due to their penchant for damaging and destroying striker units.
- Captain Crash: They are infamous due to the amount of Striker Units they have destroyed in action, though most of them can be attributed to the "Crusher Trio" of Krupinski, Kanno and Nipa.
- Early-Bird Cameo: All of the 502nd, sans Hikari, appear in The Movie, which was produced years before Brave Witches. Nipa and Sasha also appear in episode 3 of Operation Victory Arrow.
- Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who has seen the movie will know that the 502nd JFW will survive the events of Brave Witches and Operation Victory Arrow.
- Multinational Team: Unlike the Strike Witches, though, the countries where they come from is a little bit limited (in particular, three witches from Fuso/Japan as well as three from Karlsland/Germany).
- Gallia (France): Georgette
- Fuso (Japan): Hikari, Sadako, Naoe
- Karsland (Germany): Rall, Rossmann, Krupinski
- Orussia (Russia): Sasha
- Suomus (Finland): Nipa
- Seiza Squirm: Their preferred form of punishment for misbehaving, administrated by Sasha. The reasoning for this was due to a time when Sadako tried to teach Sasha seiza as a meditation technique, but she considered it being pure torture.
- The Voiceless: Aside from Sasha and Nipa, the 502nd JFW witches don't speak in The Movie due to it being made long before they were cast.
Lieutenant Hikari Karibuchi
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (JP)Hikari Karibuchi is an aspiring Witch born in Sasebo, Fuso. Looking up to the older sister Takami, she enrolled in Sasebo Aviation Preparatory School to hopefully one day to become a great Witch like her sister. While not a particularly skillful one, Hikari possesses a lot of stamina. When her school got an order to send Witches to fight in the war, she Jumped at the Call and was eventually picked to go to Suomus to be on the back lines. However, due to an accident during her and her sister's trip to Europe, she took her sister's place on being part of the Brave Witches. She inherits her sister's experimental Shiden Model-4 Striker Unit nicknamed "Chidori" and uses a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She is named after the younger sister of Takashi Oshibuchi.
- Be Yourself: Episode 4 has it drilled into her that she cannot be like Takami - she needs to play to her own strengths.
- Big Sister Worship: She looks up to Takami and wants to be just like her.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Her beginnings as a Witch are not pretty. She has really low grades from school, technically failed her test to be on the front lines but was selected for saving Miya, doesn't have enough magic to properly operate Chidori and is seen as a hindrance by most of Brave Witches.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike the pacifistic Yoshika who would prefer not to fight unless necessary and only went along with Mio to find her father, Hikari has aspired to be a great Witch like her big sister and Jumped at the Call when it was presented to be on the front lines. However, while Yoshika showed her having potential in her first flight, Hikari shows a lot of problems in the beginning of her journey even if she has trained to be a Witch for around a year.
- Determinator: She refuses to lose her ambitions and goals, as shown during her training in Episode 4. Not even Kanno's insults slow her down.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: In episode 9, she tells Kanno to get a grip when the latter feels that their mission to protect their supplies has failed.
- Inept Mage: Due of her low mana pool, she has hard time working as a Witch initially. It is until Rossmann realizes that she can focus her magic powers onto a single task at a time that Hikari starts getting good at fighting.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gains squirrel traits when using magic.
- Little Sister Heroine: Is Takami's younger sister and the protagonist of Brave Witches.
- Magical Eye: She has a magic ability called Contact Eye, which allows her to see the core of a Neuroi if she touches the Neuroi in question.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She becomes friends with Kanno after the latter gets over her envy in episode 4.
Ensign/Lieutenant Naoe Kanno ("Nao")
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (JP)Naoe Kanno is a short but strong-headed Witch from Fuso and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. When she was young, she was a really obedient child with a keen sense of literature. But when she started to train to become a Witch, she started adopting a more aggressive personality, adopting a fighting style of fighting until you simply can't fight anymore. While this does make her undertake actions which might cause her to crash often, she still proves to be a force to be reckoned with. Her Striker Unit is based on the Yamanishi Shiden Model 21 and she uses a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She is named after the Japanese pilot Naoshi Kanno.
- Badass Bookworm: She studied literature before she became a pilot.
- Bokukko: She speaks with the masculine pronoun "Ore."
- Dislikes the New Guy: Or in her case, "Dislikes the New Girl." Kanno dislikes Hikari upon joining the 502nd JFW. She eventually loosens up on her towards the end of Episode 4.
- Determinator: She refuses to lose against the Neuroi so much that she gets aggressive and fights until she becomes exhausted.
- Full-Contact Magic: The application of her special magic ability is to compress her shield to the size where she can outright punch through Neuroi.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She envies Hikari when she enters the 502nd.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Kanno can get angry quite easily and with minimal provocation.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She goes through a brief one when Sasha gets injured in episode 9.
- In-Series Nickname: "Nao".
- Irrational Hatred: At first, she is envious of Hikari because Kanno was unable to help Takami during their trip to Europe. Hikari was in no position to fight, especially when the only Striker Unit she had was a training model so her helping Takami to defend against the Neuroi was out of the question. She gets over this by the time Episode 4 rolls around.
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses the super masculine "ore" to refer to herself, as opposed to the gender neutral "watashi" or the more feminine "atashi".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be a jerk to Hikari, but she is a very generous person overall.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She always charges into battle against Neurois and gets her Striker Unit trashed in the process.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gains traits from a bulldog when using magic.
- My Greatest Failure: Not being able to save Takami during their trip to Europe.
- The Napoleon: She is one of shortest members of the team, and is also the most aggressive of everyone.
- Otaku: For Gallian literature.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's the shortest member of the team, but she can still kick ass when she needs to.
- Tomboy: If the way she speaks doesn't prove it, the way she acts certainly will.
- Tsundere: Even after she doesn't envy Hikari anymore, she still acts rather harsh when she is brought up, even if she cares for her. At least until episode 9.
- Use Your Head: After Hikari snaps Kanno out of her funk in episode 9, the latter headbutts Hikari and agrees to help destroy the Neuroi.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She becomes friends with Hikari over time, which eventually culminates in Kanno helping the latter destroy the Neuroi in episode 9.
Master Sergeant Nikka Edvardine Katajainen ("Nipa")
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori (JP), Krystal LaPorte (EN)Nikka Edvardine "Nipa" Katajainen is a member of the Suomus Air Force and is part of the same squadron as her friend Eila. She is a bit of a tomboy and a bit guileless at times. She is known for her really bad luck which has led to her crashing numerous Striker Units in the past to the point where she is pulled out of the front-lines to operate on the base. That being said, she still has the numbers to prove that she is ace material and her accidents haven't done harm to anyone else. Her Striker Unit is based on Messerschmitt BF109K-4 and she uses an MG42 machine gun. She is named after the Finnish pilot Nils Edward Katajainen, who was also nicknamed "Nipa" and was known for crashing multiple crafts but surviving with minimal injuries.
- Born Unlucky: Compared to Kanno and Krupinski, her reputation of being in the Crusher Trio is out or complete lack of luck. in The Movie, she was struck down by lightning out of nowhere, for example.
- Butt Monkey: Eila enjoys making a fool out of her, not to mention the fact that she tends to crash her Striker a lot, much to Sasha's dismay
- Good Thing You Can Heal: On one hand, she is the unluckiest member of the team, constantly getting into crashes. On the other hand, she has hyper-regenerative abilities which allow her to heal almost any injury she receives in an instant.
- Identical Stranger: Side-material gives her one in Hanna Wind, the two physically differing only in eye color (Hanna's are green), familiar (Eurasian eagle-owl), and breast size (Hanna's are smaller). Hanna has apparently even been mistaken for Nipa on one occasion (which Hanna just rolled with).
- In-Series Nickname: Aside from "Nipa", she's also called "Jinxed" Katajainen and "Crasher O'Hare the Second", due to her rivaling Katharine O'Hare of the 507th in terms of crashing Striker Units.
- Little Bit Beastly: Gains snow weasel traits when using magic.
- Tomboy: She has a mannish appearance and has rather unladylike mannerisms. She also used to be something if a delinquent, but her friends got her out of that phrase.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Is this with Sasha and to a certain extent Eila.
- Walking Techbane: Whereas the other two members of the "Crasher Trio" are as such because they either get too close to the enemy for their own good (Kanno) or lose sight of where enemy fire is coming from and/or overtax their unit (Waltrud), a lot of Nipa's crashes are mostly because her Strikers just stop working for no reason other than she being the one piloting them.
Captain Aleksandra Ivanovna Pokryshkin ("Sasha")
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While Sasha might be extremely harsh to Nipa due to her crashing her Striker Unit constantly, she does really care for her well-being and is harsh because she feels like she has to.
- In-Series Nickname: "Sasha".
- The Lancer: She is the combat commander of the Brave Witches.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gets traits from a polar bear when using magic.
- One Steve Limit: Subverted, despite having different nicknames to differentiate them, she shares her full first name with fellow Orussian Witch, Sanya V. Litvyak.
- Otaku: She's a huge fan of machines, to the point she is said to have a mecha fetish.
- Photographic Memory: Her inherent magic is called Image Memorization, which allows her to memorize practically anything and recall it even years after printing it into her memory. She particularly uses this in regards to the blueprints to the wing's Striker Units to easily tell what needs fixing.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: When she was visiting her grandma's home in Petersburg while young, she awoke to her magic when she was trying to stop a runaway car from running her over. Her discovering that she was a Witch shocked her to the point that she locked her memories of visiting Petersburg away.
- Wrench Wench: She is the mechanic of the team, and has had a fascination with machinery even since she was young.
Lieutenant Waltrud Krupinski ("Countess")
Voiced by: Kayo Ishida (JP)Waltrud Krupinski is one of Karsland's veteran aces. Self-claimed "Countess", she is a hard-drinking hedonist and womanizer, but generally easygoing. She has a tendency to discard personal safety to line up her attacks, causing her to get into many crashes. Even so, she has a fairly lengthy military history and has the skills to be considered one of the top aces of Karsland. Her Striker Unit is based on Messerschmitt BF109G2 and she uses an StG-44 assault rifle. Her namesake is the German pilot Walter Krupinski.
- Badass Gay: She is pretty much the only character in the series who is confirmed to be gay as a Butch Lesbian, and she is one of top aces of Karsland.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has dirty blonde hair and dark skin. Whenever it is natural or not is unknown.
- Handsome Lech: Is as beautiful as she is lecherous.
- In-Series Nickname: "Countess", though she does tend to get called "Fake Countess" at times. She is also called "Earl".
- Lethal Chef: When Sadako goes missing in Episode 5, she takes up the role in cooking for everyone else still in the place. She ends up cooking some sort of purple soup made with caviar what makes almost everyone puke besides Rall, though she doesn't have high opinions on the result.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Some of her antics comes from her desire to be with particularly cute girls. For example, she was motivated to go to a mission when she was shown a picture of the Britannian witch escorting the fleet and wanted to meet her.
- Super Mode: Her unique magic skill "Magic Boost" seems to allow her to overclock her Striker Unit to allow her to move faster, albeit the Unit can only last so long before acting up.
Master Sergeant Edytha Rossmann
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi (JP)A veteran Karlslandian Witch, Edytha is a bit of an oddity for one from Karlsland due of her low body count. She suffered a serious illness when she was young which halted her growth. Because of her frail body, she uses a really strategic fighting style which involves making a single decisive blow on the enemy and following with a quick escape, which has granted the status as an ace fighter, though one with a rather low kill-count compared to other Karlsland aces, and a highly-valued instructor. She spends most of her time being a teacher to upcoming Witches, which have included some of the world's top aces like Erica Hartmann. Her Strike Unit is based on Messerschmitt BF109G2 and her weapons include MG42 machine gun and Fliegerhammer rocket launcher. Her namesake is the German pilot Edmund Roßmann.
- Badass Teacher: She teaches witches from time to time, and is able to whoop their asses at once should they ever cross her.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Her familiar is a fox and since her body can't handle high-speed dogfighting, she had to develop a fighting style that focuses on decisive blows and quick escapes.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: She can be tough when she is training witches.
- Good Is Not Soft: She is an easily approachable person. And yet, she has no qualms with putting witches through hard situations to get them to learn quickly.
- Ill Girl: She has a fragile body resulting from an illness since childhood.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gains traits from a red fox while using magic.
- In-Series Nickname: Paula.
- Kitsune: A What If? idea by fans is that her true guardian animal is a kitsune, but due of her falling ill, it couldn't develop completely. Apparently Fumikane believes the same.◊
- Older Than She Looks: Even though she is the oldest member of the Brave Witches, she is one of shortest members of the team. That is because she became seriously ill in her youth, halting her growth.
- Stern Teacher: She may be the Brave Witches's resident Drill Sergeant Nasty, but she does care for them, and does wish that they will surpass her one day.
- Training from Hell: She makes Hikari undergo one of these, making her climb a pillar to retrieve a hat from the top using her magic in one week. Hikari eventually succeeds on the last day.
Captain/Major Gundula Rall
Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)Gundura Rall is the third-greatest Witch in the world. She acts like a brash and frank older sister, but she isn't overly serious. During the evacuation of Karlsland, however, she was hit when she couldn't focus, which led to her back being fractured. She went through extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation to get back in shape, but she still needs to wear a corset with magically-woven fibers to prevent the old injuries from flaring up in combat. Her Striker Unit is based on the Messerschmitt BF109G2 and her weapon is the MG42 machine gun. Her namesake is the German ace Günther Rall, the third greatest ace in the world.
- The Ace: She is humanity's third greatest ace, even after the accident in Karlsland.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the Brave Witches's commander and one of the top Witches in the world.
- Badass In Charge: Of the Brave Witches.
- The Captain: She is the leader of the 502nd JFW.
- Contralto of Danger: Provided by Rina Sato.
- Handicapped Badass: She was injured during the evacuation of Karlsland and even after medical treatment and rehabilitation, she needs to wear a magical corset to prevent old injuries from flaring up. Even so, she is humanity's 3rd greatest ace, just behind Barkhorn and Hartmann.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gets wolf traits when using her magic.
- Nerves of Steel: She is always calm and collective about the situation. Even eating Krupinski's cooking has her just commenting that it is bad without giving a reaction. She even keeps her wits about long enough to give orders to Nipa as everybody else is essentially paralyzed from laughter due to eating laughing mushrooms.
- Of Corset Hurts: Inverted, she needs her corset to keep her old injuries from hurting.
Sergeant/Major Georgette Lemare ("Georgie")
Voiced by: Haruka Terui (JP)Georgette Lemare is a Witch born in Gallia and lived most of her childhood in her family's inn. She is a sweet and gentle soul, but also world-wise and straight forwards, and also a good cleaner. During the evacuation of Gallia from the Neuroi attack, she quickly manifested her powers and enrolled into the military alongside many other Witches-to-be. While not a particular stand-out, she has a defensive fighting style and her healing magic is crucial in any team. Her Striker Unit is based on Arsenal VG-39 and uses a DP28 light machine gun. She is named after French ace pilot Georges Lemare.
- Big Eater: Due of her healing magic causing her metabolism into overdrive, she constantly needs to eat to keep herself in shape.
- Girlish Pigtails: She has shoulder-length ones, which makes her seem the girliest of the Brave Witches.
- Girly Girl: She at least feels like she is a girl alongside soldiers.
- Healing Hands: She can heal, but her body temperature increases when she does it. She can use this to her benefit to warm other people and machinery up, however.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: An odd literal (and non-video game-specific) example, as her healing magic really does speed up her metabolism.
- In-Series Nickname: "Georgie".
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for her inability to cure Takami to the point that she is unable to face Hikari. After Hikari thanks her for saving Takami's life, she was able to get over that mentality.
- Little Bit Beastly: She gets traits from a Persian cat when using her magic.
- My Greatest Failure: Not being able to fully cure Takami.
Ensign Sadako Shimohara ("Moha-san/Sada-chan")
Voiced by: Marin Mizutani (JP)Sadako Shimohara is a Fusoan Witch originating from Onomichi, Hiroshima and was born into a family of scholars. Warm and nurturing, she is almost like a mother figure to the team, especially with her cooking. She has had extensive training from multiple places, including from Mio Sakamoto and from Karslandian night witches. She has all-around excellent skills in spotting targets and wilderness survival, though she has doubts about her abilities. Her Striker Unit is modelled after Yamanishi Shiden Model 21 and uses a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She is named after a Japanese ace pilot Uehara Sadao.
- Cuteness Proximity: She absolutely adores cute things (including some of her teammates) and wants to hug them to the point that she borders into "creepy old man" territory.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She honestly thinks that she is only good at fighting Neuroi, and if she can't fight then she's useless. A good smack from Georgette snaps her out from it when she blames her for failing to defeat a Neuroi and getting Hikari injured.
- In-Series Nickname: "Moha-san" (Sada-chan for Georgette).
- Little Bit Beastly: She gets traits from a Fusoan rabbit when using her magic.
- Magical Eye: Her special magic gives her both telescopic and night vision.
- Team Chef: She is de facto chef of the Brave Witches.
- Team Mom: The most mother-like figure of the Brave Witches with her caring attitude and her passion for cooking. Funny how she is one of youngest members of the team in terms of when she joined.
Lieutenant Junko Takei
Captain Hanna-Justina Marseille
- A-Cup Angst: Or in her case, "C-Cup Angst." Her breasts are big, but she is envious of Charlotte's, who're even bigger.
- A Day in the Limelight: She makes a prominent appearance in "500 Overs".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is very arrogant and thinks she is the best witch of the world but has a good heart and cares for others.
- The Rival: She sees Erika as her only rival, though Erika couldn't care less.
- Smug Super: She's one of the top aces in the world and a bit of a jerk about it.
Sergeant Shizuka Hattoridesire to help everyone she can. Over the course of the film, she mellows out considerably when she meets the rest of the 501st. Her ace archetype is Kazushi Uto.
- Apologizes a Lot: Does this to Yoshika initially, and again at Perrine's chateau.
- Broken Pedestal: At first, she has a major case of this once she discovers that Yoshika disregards military rules if the latter needs to.
- By-the-Book Cop: She is very clear on following orders and rules due to her being raised as a Military Brat... At least until she learns from Perrine about what Yoshika really is.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Upon meeting Yoshika, she is shocked by her idol's disregard for military rules if she needs to, as well as her un-officer-like behavior (read: cooking dinner and swabbing the deck). Over the course of the film, Shizuka meets the rest of the 501st and is convinced to lighten up, especially after meeting Perrine.
- Fangirl: She is a fan of the 501st witches, particularly Yoshika.
- Lethal Chef: Shizuka's first attempt at cooking miso soup didn't go that well in Gallia.
- Little Bit Beastly: Takes the ears and tail of a Japanese wolf dog when using magic.
- Military Brat: Shizuka's family served in the Fuso military.
- Not So Different: Her relationship with Yoshika is very similar to how Perrine first met Yoshika.
- New Meat: In her first year at the Fuso Naval Academy. Her first combat sortie consists of engaging a Neuroi alone during the second half of the film. She does remarkably well until she gets shot down.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: She comes to respect Yoshika for what she is towards the end of the film.
- To Be Lawful or Good: While Yoshika is willing to break military rules to do the right thing if she needs to, Shizuka doesn't agree with her... at first.
Voiced by: Rie Suegara (JP)Takami Karibuchi is considered the pride and joy of Sasebo, Fuso and is part of the 508th Joint Fighter Wing "Mighty Witches". She is known for her ability to rush into battle and flawlessly shoot her opponents down with extreme precision. Even so, she is always optimistic on things, and can talk to anyone regardless of their ranking and can think of a solution regardless of the situation. Her biggest strive for glory was when she fought in the retreat from Libau. Her Striker Unit is based on Yamanishi Shiden Model 11 but was eventually given the experimental Shiden Model-4, which she nicknamed "Chidori" and uses a Solothurn S-18/100 anti-tank rifle. Her namesake is Takashi Oshibuchi.
- Cool Big Sis: To Hikari.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Her "Absolute Eye" technique allows her to target and shoot Neuroi from the skies like flies, but causes intense amount of stress to ones body and mind that alone it can be borderline suicidal.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a rather sizable scar below her left breast what runs into her left side what she gained during a battle in Libao.
- I Call It "Vera": Non-weapon version, she calls her Strike Unit "Chidori".
- Little Bit Beastly: She gains traits from a Red-Crowned Crane when using magic.
- Magical Eyes: She can detect Neuroi cores through their heat signatures. And unlike Mio, she can freely turn her ability on and off. She also has "Absolute Eye" technique where she can see multiple Neuroi cores at a time.
- Put on a Bus: Gets thrown into a bus in Episode 2 due to the injuries she received while fighting Neuroi and being forced to use Absolute Eye causing her to go into a coma. Takami comes out of her coma by the time episode 9 rolls around.
The NeuroiA mysterious alien force that arrived from space one day and started wrecking havoc. Their goals are unknown.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Every non-drone Neuroi has a core. If the core is destroyed, so is the main body and all drones created by the Neuroi.
- Beam Spam: Most of the time, large-scale Neuroi attack by firing laser barrages, with occasionally focusing their firepower for a single, powerful laser.
- Cute Monster Girl: The Neuroi Girls near the end of Strike Witches and the beginning of Strike Witches 2 are really attractive to some people. Too bad the two that show up get blasted unceremoniously with extreme prejudice.
- High-Tech Hexagons: Even though they are based on time appropriate vehicles, for the most part, the hexagonal structure they have to make them look futuristic. And the fact that they can shoot lasers from them doesn't hurt.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: The Neuroi are vaguely mechanical, and mostly use forms based on vehicles and such, with some exceptions.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The first known Neuroi which invaded the Earth were sealed beneath an Egyptian city. While even knowing about the existence of the seal would break it, it was only broken during the Second Neuroi War.
- Starfish Aliens: They feed on the land's soil for energy, and even though they are Mechanical Lifeforms, they show little to no mechanical structure from the inside. Some pictures in the film seem to indicate that Neuroi used to take animalistic appearances like those resembling Hydra, Orochi, Tsuchigumo and dragons.
- Up to Eleven: One Neuroi late in Brave Witches turns out to have a core inside its core. Destroying the main core still causes it and any drones to explode... and then it just reforms as it would from any other damage.
General Trevor Maloney
Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (JP), Cole Brown (EN)Maloney is a general who serves in the Britannian RAF. He was well against the Witch program since it was created by his political rival. He's also the commander of the 1st Assault Unit codenamed "Warlock" and funded an advanced project to render the Witches obsolete.
- Ascended Extra: Is a playable character in the Shoot 'em Up doujin, flying the Warlock.
- Expy: He's based on the Royal Air Force general Trafford Leigh-Mallory.
- Fantastic Racism: His contempt towards the Witches may not be just because they were the brain child of his rival, but probably because they're... well, witches.
- Fatal Flaw: His low regard for the Witches in general and use of the "Warlock" technology proves to be his undoing.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Blatantly so, his low regard for the Witches could be, besides being created by his rival, that of their gender and they should not be in the frontlines "stealing" valor from men. Notably, after disbanding the Witches and taking over their base of operations, his team consists almost entirely of men with not a single female seen amongst them.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: He is an Evil Brit and a Mean Brit Smug Snake, unlike Leigh-Mallory in real life.
- The Neidermeyer: He's an Evil Brit general with an Irrational Hatred of the Strike Witches.
- Stay in the Kitchen: See He-Man Woman Hater above.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It remains to be seen what happened to him after the final Neuroi battle in Britannia.
- Distaff Counterpart: Averted, as she is based on the wife of Erich Hartmann.
- Little Bit Beastly: Like Erica, she takes on the features of a Dachshund, with the tips of her hair turning black instead of growing animal ears, when she uses magic.
- Meganekko: One of her features that distinguish her from her sister.
- Made of Explodium: Some of the things she builds tend to blow up, as shown at the end of Strike Witches 2 (may also explain why the jet striker prototype she built for Gertrud eventually self-destructed).
- Numerical Theme Naming: Hilariously played with when some of the protagonists first meet her and call her "Erica #2", not knowing she is Erica's sister.