Characters: The Big O

These are the characters from The Big O.

Roger Smith

Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (JP), Steve Blum (EN)

The top negotiator in Paradigm City and The Hero of the story. A Batman analogue, he's committed to the well-being of the citizens of Paradigm, especially children and the elderly. He controls the Megadeus he calls Big O, though he's not sure why he has this power. In fact, he never seems to dwell much at all on his own youth, or how he came to possess so many amazing capabilities...

Tropes associated with Roger:

  • Angst Coma: In the first episode of the second season, Roger goes introspectively catatonic as he struggles to figure out just who — and what — he is. Mind Screw ensues.
  • Badass: A small example would be how easily he carries Dorothy. Beck's lackey couldn't do it, and Dastun only managed to get her to get to prone position. Granted, he did say she "must weigh a ton". He can also break off iron shackles by simply pulling his limbs as long as he has enough leverage.
  • Badass Longcoat: Roger sometimes dons a black overcoat or topcoat.
  • Composite Character: Of Bruce Wayne and Batman, depending on how much you view the two as the same or different characters.
  • Cool Car: the Griffon (Roger's answer to the Batmobile.)
  • Cultured Badass: He still looks stylish when kicking ass.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As a contrast to Rosewater's Light Is Not Good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's based off of the Film Noir traditions of heroes like Sam Spade.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: He feels they're unbecoming of a gentleman.
  • Man in Black: He has a rule that everyone living in his home wear black but as for the "Memories" and "Conspiracy" and "Government Agent" parts....see Mind Screw.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Seriously played with by way of Fridge Logic. The flashback/hallucination etc showed it.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: In his wristwatch. In the final episode he even uses it as a garrote. He's also got one shaped like a small briefcase that makes instant wire bridges.
  • Honor Before Reason: The 'no guns' thing, in keeping with him being a Batman Expy. However, when he's piloting his Megadeus, then he has no problems with guns as he's been shown to be using its ranged weapons.
  • Informed Ability: In the early episodes you have to wonder at this skill as a negotiator when he has to pull out his ace in the hole so damned often. Not so glaring as to be obtrusive, but DAMN. Paradigm must have some dumbass criminals. One website called him the worst negotiator since Kevin Spacey.
  • Invocation: A justified trope, given the Megadeuses' response to their masters' voice commands. The following could be anything Roger wanted (presumably; the backstory is complicated).
    • "Big O! It's SHOWTIME!"
    • "Big O! ACTION!"
  • The Man Behind the Man: If Gordon Rosewater's picture means anything, then he is the reason that everyone lost their memories.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: He can't be more than his late 20s or so, right? So he couldn't possibly have memories of before 40 years ago. No wait, before the Event he was a cop who decided to leave his job and become a vagrant possibly because a megadeus was unearthed, and he cannot be more than 40 years old. And then he became Big O's pilot, holding the rank of major, and they've known each other since before the Event. No, wait, he was a mass-produced megadeus pilot robot. Or none of this actually happened because there were no memories! Has actually caused him to have a Heroic BSOD or two, but overcoming this may be what allows him to successfully negotiate with Angel in the Grand Finale. Maybe.
  • Not a Morning Person: Shown to wake up at 1 PM in one episode.
  • Private Eye Monologue: In the early episodes he would mull things over to himself.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Negotiating must be QUITE a gig to keep his digs looking so fine.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears black because it looks so damned good on him.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: How he deals with Angel's rampage in the final episode. Negotiator indeed.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: All three points in a film noir gentleman style.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Zigzagged. At the end of the series, it's still not clear if he's one of the Tomatos, the tomato grower, or both.
  • Tsundere: His interactions with both Dorothy and Angel hint at subtle (and hilarious) Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: They're like...windshield wipers, or something.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: He PAYS for them, using hired labour.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Inverted and Enforced version. Word of God stated that they didn't want a Kid Hero so they made Roger into a young man. The point was for the target demographic to look up to him instead of identify with him.

R. Dorothy Wayneright

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Lia Sargent (EN)

This young lady happens to be an android, who ends up as Roger's live-in maid after negotiations to rescue her from kidnappers results in the death of her creators. Built from a pre-Event design, her sophistication rivals that of the other androids seen around the city, and she carries the distinction of being the only one capable of passing for a human under casual inspection. Until the final episodes reveal at least one other character was an android all along as well.

Tropes associated with Dorothy:

  • Action Girl: She has to be if she's going along with Roger.
  • Animation Bump: She's often given especially fluid animation, but this just serves to point out her robotically smooth movements. It also doesn't help much that audible whirring sounds can be heard during these sequences...
  • Badass in Distress: Kidnapped multiple times (per standard MacGuffin Girl procedure), but suffers no Badass Decay from it.
  • Battle Couple: Unofficially on the couple part but she has joined Roger in battle with Big O at times.
  • Catch Phrase: "You're a louse, Roger Smith." Eventually becomes "You're such a louse, Roger Smith."
  • Creepy Monotone: More monotone than creepy. See Deadpan Snarker.
  • Cute Bruiser: She needs no key and opens walls when doors will not suffice. She has a mean punch, too.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With emphasis on the deadpan: "You're a louse, Roger Smith."
  • Deceptively Human Robot:
    • Her movements are too precise, she whirrs occasionally, and she has next to no intonation when she talks. All little things that remind you there's metal under the cute.
    • It's evident that she can invoke or avert this trope intentionally, i.e. either appear and behave very human, or very inhuman. And she often does the latter to simply tick off Roger.
  • Dreadful Musician: She'd probably be pretty good were it not for her stubborn insistence on playing every last note perfectly, which prevents her from playing with feeling.
  • Emotionless Girl: She has the flat voice and expressionless face down pat but the words she says...
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: The focus of an early episode revolves around her attachment to a kitten she rescues.
  • Loophole Abuse: Roger says "wear black" so she wears very very dark red.
  • MacGuffin Girl: Being the most advanced android ever made tends to prompt a number of kidnapping attempts. When you're able to interface with Big type megadei, this should be a given.
  • Meido: Justified - Roger's house rules demand she dress in black. She thinks it's tacky at the best of times. She's worn a full meido outfit in some episodes, complete with brooms and other cleaning utensils.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Teenage girl, short hair, mysterious past, artificially created, pale skin, emotionless; all she's missing is the blue hair.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Lampshaded by Roger several times. Every other robot in this show doesn't look nearly as human as she does.
  • Robot Girl: She's much heavier than her looks imply. Roger can still pick her up.
  • Running Gag: Has a tendency to get picked up by giant industrial magnets. The first time it happens, the situation was serious. The second time, Roger forgot about her. The final time was during Beck's funniest episode...
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She'll happily help Roger when working on a case. Just don't expect her to give him an easy time with it.
  • Tin Man: She's not particularly expressive, but there's definitely something going on underneath the non-emotive surface. She goes out of her way to claim she wasn't programmed with emotions, which makes you wonder what she's hiding.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Besides all the above tropes, some of her movements are...unsettling. See Animation Bump.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's a freshly manufactured robot, barely a couple of years old. She looks at least sixteen. Everyone even seems to count her age starting from when the original Dorothy was born.

Norman Burg

Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Alan Oppenheimer (EN)

Norman is Roger's butler. Though he's a faithful domestic servant in his daily routine, he's also a skilled and fearless fighter, and has been maintaining the Big O since the Event forty years ago. Apparently when the Big O accepted Roger as a worthy master, Norman did the same.

Tropes associated with Norman:

  • Badass Biker: When he goes to pick up his master, he does so in a bike that has a rocket launcher attached.
  • Bald of Awesome: Balding at least and all it means is that he's been badass for a long time.
  • Battle Butler: Fixes up your robot, neutralizes physical threats, and prepares your breakfast, lunch, and dinner ready on time and grilled to perfection.
  • Cool Old Guy: As said in Expy, he's basically Alfred Pennyworth with additional badass injected.
  • Expy: Just as Roger Smith is Batman, Norman is Alfred Pennyworth with additional badass injected. Amusingly, his voice actor in Season 2, Alan Oppenheimer, went on to voice the actual Alfred in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.
  • Eyepatch of Power: One has to wonder; did he get it before Roger's service or during?
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He maintains the Big O on a regular basis with some occasional help.
  • Gentleman Snarker: He gets his jabs in but is always polite about it.
  • Shipper on Deck: He strongly encourages ways for Dorothy and Roger to get together.

Major (and later Colonel) Dan Dastun

Voiced by: Tesshō Genda (JP), Peter Lurie (EN)

The Head of Paradigm City's Military Police, and formerly Roger's commanding officer. Technically his allegiance lies with the Paradigm Corporation, but his true loyalties are to the genuine welfare of the city and its people. Unlike Roger, he's (mostly) willing to put up with Paradigm's corporate string-pulling in order to keep serving the public trust.

Tropes associated with Dastun:

  • Knight in Sour Armor: Despite being hampered by an uncaring bureaucracy and threats that are too powerful for him to even scratch, Dastun charges into the fight time and time again.
  • Redshirt Army: What he basically commands since police officers and even tanks can't match up against the Megadeus. Act 10 shows us how much this would start to really affect a guy.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Serves as a springboard for a Crowning Moment of Awesome. As soon as he's no longer working for Alexander, he turns against the guy and a good chunk of his men follow him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Roger. They're old friends and former partners but their relationship can be rocky.

Angel Rosewater

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

This lovely blonde has at least one hidden agenda, with very vague loyalties on top of that. She has a nose for trouble, which usually means she's always one step ahead of Roger. Oddly appropriate to her name, she has a pair of scars on her back — at about the place an angel's wings are usually shown sprouting from (seen in Act 7).

Tropes associated with Angel:

  • Action Girl: Whether or not her agenda is sinister is ambigious but she can take care of herself either way (most prominently in season 2).
  • Apocalypse Maiden: One possible interpretation of her in the finale given that she was the key to activating Big Venus and erasing everything.
  • Artificial Human: We seem to think that this may be the case given how Gordon Rosewater calls her a Memory, as well as her Wing Pull in the finale.
  • Blatant Lies: "I'm just an ordinary woman."
  • Broken Bird: Complete with scars on her back like a fallen angel.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Right off the bat Roger expects her to be a Double Agent for someone but he doesn't expect how many people and how many directions.
  • Expy: Of Catwoman and Fujiko Mine as the lovely and manipulative love interest that has many loyalties.
  • Fake Memories: The childhood she remembers happened on a studio set.
  • Faux Action Girl: In Season One where she is liable to panic. She's much more competent in Season Two.
  • Greater Scope Villain: One possible interpretation of her in the finale is that she is the "memories" everyone is searching for and that she has the power to reset everything again like what happened forty years ago.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Hinted, as she is shown to possibly be the person who controls the fate of Paradigm City and the memories within it, and given the powers Big Venus has.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's the most sexualized character in the series and still very classy.

Alex Rosewater

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), Michael Forest (EN)

The man in charge of Paradigm City and the corporation that owns it, controlling them both with ruthless efficiency. He's willing to preserve the state at the cost of its people when necessary, has no qualms about dealing with people he knows can't be trusted, and genuinely believes that anything would be better if he was in control of it.

Tropes associated with Rosewater:

  • A God Am I: The last few episodes have him go absolutely whacko.
    This world has a NEW order now! It has a new GOD!
  • Cultured Badass: He can be this at occasional intervals especially when he gets his own Megadeus.
  • Foreshadowing: When he started up Big Fau, the scrolling text stops at "Ye Not" before the monitor shuts down. He thought it was just a malfunction. It wasn't.
  • Expy
  • Light Is Not Good: As a contrast to Roger's Dark Is Not Evil clothing, he wears white suits.
  • Man in White: Always wears white, in contrast to Roger.
  • Oedipus Rex: Vera brands him this after he burns his father's fields and leaves him for dead
  • Smug Snake: Zigzagged. Playing with a toy Big Fau while boasting to Roger about how he can pull the strings controlling the entire city is kind of a dick move. To elaborate: Alex Rosewater invites his archenemy Roger Smith over for dinner, which is being cooked by Psycho for Hire Alan Gabriel, whom Roger despises. Alex plays with his toys while boasting about how he's going to rule the world. He and Alan share a laugh over Roger's distress when Roger's incapacitated by one of his flashbacks. Alex rubs dirt in the wound by mocking Roger's ignorance of his past, and hints that he knows the truth. And to top it off, Alex was already rejected by Big Fau for being unworthy one episode before! It takes a special kind of arrogance and petulance to insult the one man in the city who can literally squash him flat, but Alex Rosewater has it in spades.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He is outraged to learn that he is one of the tomatos as well.
  • The ‹bermensch: See his plan for recreating the world using Big Fau. "I will reset this world with my own will and my own strength!"


Voiced by: Katsunosuke Hori (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)

Formerly Michael Seabach, reporter. His search for the truth of Paradigm City led him into its darkest secrets, where he witnessed... something... and became unhinged, to say the least. Upon his return, he begins a one-man crusade against the lies and complacency of Paradigm, and cares little for what he destroys along the way.

Tropes associated with Schwartzwald:

  • Ballroom Blitz: He infiltrates a masquerade ball for very wealthy people and rigs their masks so that they catch on fire all at once. Roger is the only one present who refuses to wear the mask as he's savvy enough to figure something is amiss.
  • Defector from Decadence: While not advocating a totalitarian dictatorship to keep the populace in line, he REALLY hates the blind hedonistic tendencies of the Paradigm City's elite. He does everything in his power to fight back against this apathy, including handing out flammable masks at a cocktail party and trashing the city with his own Humongous Mecha.
  • Expy: The bandages are evocative of Hush, but he wouldn't debut for another three years after this series' airing. Schwartzwald's really the Joker meets Char Aznable. His background as a formerly happily married, moral man, asymmetrical facial scarring, and subsequent mental breakdown also parallels Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
  • Haunted Technology: One possible explanation of Big Duo's behaviour in season 2. A major contributor is his "ghost" that appears as he verbally breaks Alan for being (seen as) unworthy as the pilot of a Megadeus, whereupon his finishing statement Big Duo flashed the words "YE GUILTY," as if to agree with his assessment.
  • Large Ham: None of the Big O's villains were particularly subtle, but his speech in episode 18 is deliciously bombastic.
  • Straw Nihilist: .He's not so bleak as to declare all life meaningless, but the speech at the beginning of Act 17 ("Leviathan") certainly carries some darker notes of existentialism (See the link in Large Ham).
  • Thanatos Gambit: After his death midway through the second season, he manages to aid Roger with his letters.
  • That Man Is Dead: Michael Seabach is no more. Even Paradigm Corp. executives start thinking this way.
  • ‹bermensch: His speech in Leviathan sets him up as this and the elite of Paradigm City as the Last Man (see above Defector from Decadence).

Alan Gabriel

Voiced by:Issei Futamata (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN)

All we know about Alan is that he works for Rosewater (among possibly others), he's some kind of cyborg (which were previously unknown in Paradigm City) — and that he's very dangerous.

Tropes associated with Alan:

  • Ambiguous Robots: Dorothy has to ask him straight out whether he's an android or a human. He claims to be the boogeyman.
  • Karmic Death: See Evil Is Not a Toy.
  • Oh Crap!: Several leading up to his death. First when Big Duo stops responding, second when Schwartzwald ghost appears, third at "Ye Guilty" and finally when Big Duo eats him.

Jason Beck

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (JP), Bob Buchholz (EN)

This criminal has the distinction of being Roger Smith's first foe introduced in the series. Like any good criminal, he just wants to get rich at the expense of others... but unlike good criminals, he's equally concerned with looking as good as possible while doing it. Might be more than he seems, if the pre-Event memories he gets after being hit by lightning are any indication.

Tropes associated with Beck:

  • Beard of Evil: Originally clean shaven, he grew it after he got locked up the first time as pictured above. He likes it as he shaves it down to a goatee after he gets out.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: He even has a blond-colored suit. He contrasts directly to the clean-shaven, black-haired, black-clothed Roger.
  • Cultured Badass: He fails at being both cultured and badass. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Enemy Mine: He winds up siding with Alex Rosewater to weasel out of his execution. Later, he even gives technical advice to Dorothy explaining how she can interface with the Big O to activate the Humongous Mecha's Final Stage.
  • Expy: His obsession with one-upping his nemesis, style of dress, and technical savvy makes him almost fit the role of The Riddler.
  • Flanderization: While his first appearance shows a competent mob boss, he just keeps getting sillier and more incompetent the more the series progresses, until the penultimate during 'The Big Flop' which name drops his failure. Ironically, he seems to return to some resemblance of his former self toward the end after being stuck in prison.
  • Genius Ditz: He's a total incompetent as a villain, but his skills at electronics and android neuroscience are second to none.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's such a screw-up, you'd almost feel sorry for him when he gets his ass handed to him. Almost.
  • Laughably Evil: The guy is so over-the-top he's out and out hilarious.
  • Madness Mantra: In the manga: "Paradigm, paradise, paralyze..."
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Tries to be one, anyway. He's better at the being fashionable part than the villainous part.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: His final chapter in the manga has him unearthing a "Gigadeus" that knocks Big O around like it was a toy. Roger only wins because Beck goes totally mad from greed after seeing the old world replayed for him in the underground.
  • Villain Decay: An example done hilariously right: Roger and Dorothy find him a nuisance at best, but he never ceases to be entertaining for the audience. Earlier episodes shows him succeeding to a degree with his plans, but he just gets more and more incompetent and hilarious as the show goes on. He didn't even get a real fight scene in his final appearance battling Big O!

Gordon Rosewater

Alex Rosewater's father, a kindly old man who has given up the cosmopolitan life to lead a simple life of farming.

Tropes associated with Gordon Rosewater:

  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Some of his conversations have such a sinister overtone due to the fact that he is such a pleasant and kind old man who just happens to lackadaisically allude to big scary conspiracies which he might have accidentally set in motion.
  • Call to Agriculture: He sure loves his tomatoes!

Vera Ronstadt

Voiced by: Sayuri Yamauchi (JP), Carolyn Hennesy (EN)

A foreign woman who appears in the second season as a commander of the forces of the Union. Her French accent and claim to be from a country across the sea suggests there's civilizations in the world other than Paradigm City, but there's no memories to be had out there.

Tropes associated with Vera:

  • Abusive Parents: If one accepts the interpretation that she raised Angel as her daughter then the whips lead to this trope.
  • Beta Test Baddie: It's implied all of the Union are Tomatos to some extent.
  • Double Agent: ALL of the Union are these. She leads them. Do the math.