Characters: Tekkaman Blade
Here be the characters of Tekkaman Blade
Introduced in Tekkaman Blade
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D-Boy/Blade/Slade/Takaya Aiba/Nick Carter/Ness Carter/Tekkaman Blade/Teknoman Slade
Voiced By: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Bob Bergen (English)
The main character of the show. Takaya is the 2nd son of the Aiba family and was captured along with them by the Radam and set to become a full Tekkaman until his father saved him and had him launched to Earth. The incomplete biological engineering allowed him to transform into a being hell-bent on the Radam's destruction, the titular Tekkaman Blade. With his memories not actually lost to him, he joined the Space Knights to defeat the Radam (getting the nickname D-Boy) and ultimately succeeds, but not without great sacrifice. Eventually however, the bonds he made with the Space Knights heal his trauma and he begins assisting his girlfriend Aki in training a new generation of good Tekkamen.
- Agitated Item Stomping to the Radam parasite that had been attached to Shinya/Evil.
- Aloof Ally: Takes a while to warm up to the Space Knights.
- Amnesia Danger: Later in the series, as his memory begins degrading, he gets into more trouble.
- Amnesiac Lover: Later in the series, after he gains the Blastor transformation.
- Asleep for Days: After getting hit by Evil's Psy-Voltekka.
- Bad Ass: The fact that he doesn't break after everything that happened to him says something.
- Bad Dreams: Plagued by nightmares involving his enemies and family members.
- Being Good Sucks: If he continues fighting for Earth, he's going to have to kill most of the other members of his family.
- Belated Backstory: Because he simply Cannot Spit It Out.
- Break the Cutie : His current self is a pretty nice guy, despite his Jerk Ass tendencies, but seriously, look at the flashback of his past life and see how much he changed.
- Byronic Hero
- Chick Magnet: Lets see, Aki and Milly are close to him, and the sequel adds Yumi. Not to mention Levin.
- Classical Antihero
- Determinator: Always gets up to fight again, even if it means escaping the hospital wrapped in bandages.
- Dramatic Space Drifting
- Deus Angst Machina: Hoo boy, his life really does suck.
- Determined Expression
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!
- Emotionally Tongue Tied: Quite often, though he gets better.
- Establishing Character Moment: Begins the show viciously attacking the Radam, and barely slows down afterward.
- Faking Amnesia: Initially. Late in the series, he starts losing his memory for real.
- Everyone Can See It: On how Aki/Star feels about him.
- Famed In-Story: Becomes this in the sequel.
- Faking Amnesia: In the beginning not so much later, though
- Fate Worse Than Death: At the end of the series, he lost all his memory, can't move or even talk, and he could still go berserk. Thankfully It Got Better in the sequel.
- Fights Like a Normal
- Good Is Not Nice: Particularly in the beginning. Subverted later on. He has always been an outgoing Nice Guy, as implied during the start of the series.
- Graceful Loser: As shown in flashbacks, he was this to his twin brother.
- Happy Flashback
- Heartbroken Badass
- Heroic BSOD: Several times.
- Heroic Fatigue
- Hero with Bad Publicity
- Hidden Heart of Gold
- Hope Bringer
- How Much More Can He Take
- Hunter of His Own Kind
- Identity Amnesia
- Instant Sedation: Falls victim to this once.
- In the End, You Are on Your Own
- Invisible Subtle Difference: Between him and Shinya / Evil.
- It's All My Fault: Often, part of his Guilt Complex.
- I Will Fight Some More Forever: Whenever he gets beat down, you can bet he's coming right back for more.
- I Work Alone: At first. Eventually D-Boy comes to realise the benefits of having allies to fall back on.
- Jerkass Fašade
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kill the Ones You Love: Winds up killing two brothers and a few close friends who became evil Tekkamen.
- Legendary in the Sequel
- Libation for the Dead: Gives one for O'Toole.
- Light Is Good
- Lightning Bruiser: Even before he got his Super Mode.
- Living Legend: Again, in the sequel.
- The Magnificent: Called the White Tekkaman in the sequel.
- Men Don't Cry: Mostly.
- Messianic Archetype: Let's see, Humanity's savior? check. Endured a sizable sacrifice? check. Fate he does not deserve? TRIPLE CHECK! He IS this trope.
- Naked First Impression
- Not Wearing Tights
- Nuclear Family: Well, he had one...
- Oblivious to Love: He's is oblivious to the fact that Aki loves him and the whole team cared for him. It takes Noal's lecturing for him to realize it.
- Parental Abandonment
- Pro-Human Transhuman
- Pull the I.V.: In his first untransformed appearance, he does just this.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Shoulder Cannon: VOLTEKKA!!!
- Screaming Warrior: So much that his voice actor broke the microphone ''twice'. The first time was when Blaster Mode debuted; the second one was the Blaster Voltekka at series' end.
- Socially-Awkward Hero
- Stranger in a Familiar Land
- Superheroes Stay Single: For the beginning of the series.
- Survivor Guilt
- Takes One to Kill One
- The Determinator: To fulfill his mission to defeat the Radam, he need to fight against his family members and friends, and he did.
- The Hunter
- The Power of Hate
- They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason
- Touched by Vorlons
- Tragic Monster: He feared that he would become this.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback
- Troubled, but Cute
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
- Victory-Guided Amnesia
Miyuki Aiba/Tekkaman Rapier/Shara Carter
Voiced By: Yuuko Mizutani (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
D-Boy's sister and the youngest member of his family, Miyuki was part of the Argos crew. She has a very close relationship to her brother.
- Break the Cutie: At the age of sixteen, she finds herself, her family and friends taken over by a parasitic alien species, is forced to undergo horrific pain as a result of the tekkaman transformation process, all the while seeing how other crew members are slowly being drained and killed by the Radam plants for reasons of incompatibility. Then she escapes to Earth, hounded by her brother, and manages to see D-Boy one last time, fully knowing that she is dying. And then it gets worse.
- Collateral Angst: For D-Boy, who was very close to her. His relief at getting a beloved member of his family back from the Radam turns to despair when he finds out that she doesn't have long to live.
- Deconstruction: What happens when an innocent girl is called a monster by the people that she saved?
- Flower Motifs: Her favorite flower is the amaryllis.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Compare and contrast with Tekkaman Sword.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Wounded beyond hope by the Radam Tekkamen, she self-destructs in a desperate attempt to annihilate them. It doesn't work.
- Ill Girl: As An incomplete Tekkaman whose assimilation process was interrupted.
- Plucky Girl: She clearly knows she's screwed and the story takes a huge physical/mental toll on her, but doesn't stop fighting.
- Purple Eyes
Aki Kisaragi/Star Summers
Voiced By: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Barbara Goodson (English)
Aki is a member of the Space Knights and the co-pilot of the spaceship Blue Earth.
- Action Girl: Is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, an excellent pilot and pretty handy with a gun.
- Badass Adorable: Overlaps with Badass Normal; she might be The Chick, but early on the series she is said to be the physically strongest of the Space Knights, with the exception of D-Boy, so much that she's confident enough to challenge D-Boy to spar with her after throwing a guy larger than her.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She punched D-Boy in the face after he snarked at her attempt to make him eat something and would have shot a wounded Shinya if D-Boy hadn't stopped her.
- Brainy Brunette: Certainly qualifies in both intelligence and common sense. Aside her physical skills (combat, piloting) she is also responsible for the collection and analysis of Radam data.
- I Will Wait for You
- He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him
- Remember That You Trust Me: To D-Boy.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: When D-Boy is taken by the military.
- Tender Tears: She is a very compassionate person.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Levin/Maggie, who constantly tells her that she needs to be more feminine. When she wears perfume to catch Blade's eye, everybody is surprised.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Noal Vereuse/Ringo Richards
Voiced By: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese), Kerrigan Mahan (English)
A member of the Space Knights, Noal is a laid-back, flirty young man who abandoned a career in the military in order to fulfill his dream of being a pilot. Initially antagonistic towards D-Boy, he ends up becoming one of his most loyal companions. He's a bit of a card shark and a gambler, and tends to be a bit overconfident and hot-tempered at times.
- Ace Pilot
- The Charmer: Handsome, adventurous and very competent in what he does.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Has hints of it, especially towards Aki.
- Dad the Veteran: His father was a nobleman and a military officer, and really wanted Noal to follow in his footsteps.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In one of the short OVAs he gets killed very suddenly.
- Happy Flashback: When he returns to his childhood home, he remembers the times spent with his parents.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Military Brat
- Missing Mom: His mother died when he was a boy.
- Parental Abandonment: His father disinherited Noal when he abandoned his military career to join the Space Knights.
- Put on a Bus: Killed off in one of the side OVAs in between I and II by a berserking D-Boy.
- Word Schmord: Radam Schmadam, in the second episode.
Miletta 'Milly' Le Rouge/Tina Corman
Voiced By: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Julie Maddalena (English)
Chief communications officer for the Space Knights, she is only 16 and can at times act rather childishly - yet at other times may see things more clearly than anybody else.
- Communications Officer: Chief of Communications, at sixteen!
- Like Brother and Sister: With D-Boy (she reminds him of his younger sister).
- Mood Whiplash: Having such a cheerful child in a middle of a Crapsack World that is filled by adults feels really inappropriate. Levin kinda lampshades it early on in the series.
- Tagalong Kid
- You Remind Me of X: Her similarity with D-Boys' sister is one of the reason that she's the first person that can talk casually with D-Boy
Heinrich von Freeman/Commander Jameson
Voiced By: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese), Michael Forest (English)
Formerly the assistant of General Colbert, Freeman is now the commander and chief of the Space Knights. He uses his intellect, leadership skills and his ability to keep a cool head under pressure to help and protect his team and most importantly, to find a way to turn the tables in humanity's favor in the war against the Radam.
- Big Good: After all, he's the Chief of the Space Knights.
- Commanding Coolness: In the English dub.
- Da Chief
- Heroic Albino
- Manipulative Bastard: He does care for his subordinates, but the way he manipulated D-Boy's existence, the military and Balzac all at the same time, is brilliant.
- Supporting Leader
- The Plan: He is really good at these.
- The Leader
- The Stoic
- Tranquil Fury
Voiced By: Shouzou Iizuka (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)Honda is the man to call when you need something built good and fast. He is Pegas' co-constructor and the Blue Earths' main repair engineer is one of the persons whom the Space Knights rely on to get them off the ground.
- Brave Scot: In the dub, at least.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Gentle Giant: His dream is to fly a kite after world peace is restored.
- Grease Monkey: Balzac calls him this in the dub.
- Mr. Fixit
- Team Dad: He's essentially one to D-Boy, and to a lesser extent to most of the team.
Voiced By: Shigeru Nakahara (Japanese), Mari Devon (English)
- Camp Gay: Japanese version.
- She's a Man in Japan: Leading to an unfortunate case of Get Back in the Closet.
- The Engineer
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Star's Girly Girl in the English dub.
Voiced By: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Tom Wyner (English)
Pegas is a robot designed and created by the Space Knights' engineers for the purpose of enabling D-Boy/Blade to transform into a Tekkaman after his crystal shattered. He also serves as a bodyguard, transportation method and battle aid for Blade and the two eventually become friends in spite of Pegas being a robot.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the final battle with Tekkaman Omega, Pegas protects Blade from what would have been a killing blow and is destroyed in the process. His last words are a farewell to Blade.
- Robot Buddy: He and Blade become friends.
- Single Tear: An unusual example in that Pegas is a robot who displays no emotion over the course of the series... except at the end, when a single oil tear falls from his eye when he says goodbye to Blade.
- Transforming Mecha: He contains shards of Blade's crystal and amplifies them, allowing Blade to transform.
Earth Defence Force
Balzac Asimov / Balzac St. Jacques
- Call to Agriculture: In the second season; both results in and is the result of Character Development.
- Destined Bystander: For a while.
- Glory Hound: He got better.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the end, he did one to defeat Tekkaman Sword, thanks to the latter's Taking You with Me
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Jerk Ass: Especially after he becomes the pilot for the man-made Tekka-armor. He is absolutely horrible to Blade.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It just takes a near-death incident and being saved and nursed back to health to bring it out.
- Muggle Power
- My Girl Back Home
- Street Urchin: Used to be one until he got recruited by the army for his skills.
- Armchair Military
- Asshole Victim: Becomes one in Super Robot Wars Judgment, where he even serves as Muruta Azrael's dragon.
- Fantastic Racism: To extremes at time, even treating the hero like a bastard traitor to his own race simply for being a Tekkaman even though he obviously is one Colbert's side (i.e.- he wants the Radam dead as much as said General does)
- General Ripper
- It Must Be Mine: About Blade.
- With Us or Against Us: Says this almost verbatim in the English dub.
Kouzu Aiba/Ulysses CarterPatriarch of the Aiba family, he rescues his second-eldest son from the Radam, launching him in an escape pod to earth, before dying from the after-effects of a failed transformation.
- Badass Normal: He is a scholar who managed to become the head of an important space exploration mission, and his marksmanship skills are nothing to scoff at. Add to that the fact that on top of all of this, he managed to raise four children on his own after his wife died and you get a pretty impressive picture.
- Bold Explorer: Embarks together with his entire family on an ambitious voyage to explore space.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He received it as a birthday present from his three sons, and declared it to be his most valuable possession.
- Standard '50s Father: What we see of him, anyway.
- The Patriarch
Shinya Aiba/Cain Carter/Tekkaman Evil/Teknoman Saber
- Always Second Best: Or so he thinks; he and Takaya seemed about equal, from the scenes shown in flashbacks. In fact, Takaya mentions how he could never beat Shinya because his brother practiced every day and always kept himself in perfect shape. Shinya's inferiority complex stems from his fear that if his brother worked as hard as he did, he would win against him.
- Blood Knight: Utterly obsessed with killing his older twin brother, to the point where it worries the other Radam-controlled Tekkamen.
- Cry for the Devil
- Dark Is Evil: His Tekkaman armor is mostly black.
- Determinator: Since he was young, he was always completely focused on winning every competition against his brother. After his corruption by the Radam, he channels his determination into killing Blade.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: With Blade / Takaya
- Drunk on the Dark Side
- Driven by Envy: He was envious of the affection and recognition received by his brother.
- Environmental Symbolism: When Takaya visits his family home, he enters the rooms of his younger siblings. Miyuki's room is intact while Shinya's room is completely overtaken by Radam plants, mirroring his corruption by the aliens.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Evil Twin: He's Takaya twin brother.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He expresses jealousy over Blade's relationship with Aki, and in their younger days he is shown to have been unhappy with the attention his more outgoing, popular brother received, as seen in the school race scene.
- Kingpin in His Gym: One episode shows him doing one-handed push-ups while listening to classical music.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the plot is already dark, essentially his appearance is where the show gets real.
- Leave Him to Me: About Blade, because he is The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.
- Menacing Stroll
- Name of Cain: His name in the English dub.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Self explanatory.
- Not Afraid to Die: He wants to eliminate Blade so much that he seems to have no room for his self-preservation instinct anymore.
- Not Brainwashed: In the dub, his Dying Speech when the Venomoid Mind Control Parasite is revealed:"I wish I could blame it all on that little thing, but the truth is, I made myself what I became. Frankly, I enjoyed being the Teknoman called Saber."
- Obviously Evil: He's Tekkaman Evil
- One-Man Army: Can wipe the floor with anything the humans throw at him. The only one who can face him for longer than five seconds is Tekkaman Blade.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His Tekkaman armor.
- Rival Turned Evil: Since he was a young boy, Shinya was very competitive because he felt like the unfavorite child. He believed that every single member of his family liked his twin brother better because of his cheerful and upbeat personality, and even though he always beat Takaya in every competition, he always feared that if Takaya would really set his mind to it, he would win.
- Sadist: He enjoys killing and torturing his opponents.
- Sibling Rivalry: Like you wouldn't believe.
- The Dragon: To Darkon/Tekkaman Omega.
- The Perfectionist: Takaya describes him as such, remembering that Shinya trained every day and kept himself in top condition and went all out in every competition.
- Tragic Monster: Every Radam Tekkaman counts, but he's the worst of this part.
- Twin Switch: Shinya impersonates his brother in order to infiltrate the Space Knights HQ. It works.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A staple of all Radam controlled Tekkamen.
- The Unfavorite: He sees himself as this because his mistake led to his mother's death. Later, he feels that everybody else prefers his more cheerful twin over him, despite his hard work.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As shown in the flashbacks.
- Weapon Stomp: When fighting Miyuki.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- You Remind Me of X: He mentions how Aki looks like his dead mother on several occasions.
- You Should Have Died Instead: Thinks his father believes this.
Fritz von Braun/Tekkaman Dagger
Voiced By: Tobita Nobuo (Japanese), John Vickery (English)The first evil Tekkaman we meet, Fritz is a former friend of Takaya's and the one who gave him his iconic scar.
- Archer Archetype/Knife Nut: His trademark weapon also doubles as a bow, strangely enough.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Blood Knight: Doesn't care about anything other than destroying Tekkaman Blade.
- Evil Former Friend: Used to be friends with Takaya.
- Starter Villain: The very first evil Tekkaman we meet, who proves to be a foe to be reckoned with. Not only does he nearly kill Blade during their first encounter, but he sets two traps in which Blade falls - the first costs him his crystal, effectively nullifying him as a threat to the Radam, and the second nearly gets him killed.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He sent a distressed signal to Earth pretending to be a survivor hiding in the Orbital Ring in order to lure Blade to him. It worked.
Voiced By: Shimaka Yuu (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)Once a close friend of Blade's family and his former martial arts mentor, Tekkaman Axe becomes a very dangerous opponent thanks to his skill, experience and knowledge of Blade's character and past.
- An Axe to Grind: He is named after his huge battle axe.
- Cool Teacher: An expert in electronics with a passion for martial arts, he trained both twins and acted as a mentor for Shinya. At one point, Shinya mentions that he used to spend more time around him than with his own family.
- Genius Bruiser: The first Radam Tekkaman who tries to convert Blade to his side through emotional manipulation.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Hypocrite: Calls Blade a coward while seemingly forgetting the numerous times he ran away from his fights with him.
- Stout Strength: Not fat, but stocky and very muscular.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Shinya. He is perfectly willing to sacrifice himself in order to kill Blade just so Shinya wouldn't have to risk fighting him again.
- Villain Respect: As Blade's former martial arts teacher, he comments how impressed he is by his student's progress and strength - after Blade stabbed him using his hand.
- We Can Rule Together: Attempts to emotionally manipulate Blade into joining the Radam forces.
- Blade on a Stick
- Butt Monkey: For all his talk about being superior and such, he gets utterly OWNED by Blade's Blastor Form.
- Evil Genius
- Super Strength: He is shown to be unusually strong while in human form.
Feng Li/Tekkaman Sword
- The Dark Chick
- Dark Mistress
- Lady of War
- The Smurfette Principle: The only evil female Tekkaman.
- Taking You with Me: To Balzac.
- Undying Loyalty: Even with the Radam corruption, she is still in love with Tekkaman Omega and obeys only his direct orders.
Kengo Aiba/Conrad Carter/Tekkaman Omega/Darkon
- An Axe to Grind/Blade on a Stick: A huge, wicked looking battleaxe.
- Big Bad: Subverted, while he's the commander of the Radam, the real Big Bad is the Radam itself, especially after The Reveal.
- Combat Tentacles
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Compare Omega with Sword, his former fiance.
- Large Ham: Comes with being voiced by Norio Wakamoto.
- Last Villain Stand
- Non-Action Big Bad/Orcus on His Throne: Tied into the ship that crashed on the Moon.
Introduced in Tekkaman Blade 2
Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver
- The Ditz
- Herd Hitting Attack: REACTOR VOLTEKKA!!
- Short Hair with Tail
- Wrench Wench: She was one before becoming a Tekkaman.
David Krugel/Tekkaman Sommer
Natasha Pablociva/Tekkaman Vesna
- Battle Couple with Blade, finally.
- Took a Level in Badass: As the commander of the Space Knights, not to mention being a Tekkaman herself.