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Characters: The Vision of Escaflowne

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    Hitomi Kanzaki 

Voiced by Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Kelly Sheridan (English), Ilaria Latini (Italian), Julia Meynen (German), Pilar Morales (Catalan, series and Spain, movie), and Alma Wilhelme (Latin America)

The heroine and focus character of the series. Hitomi was just a normal high school student with a schoolgirl crush on her track team sempai Amano when a string of events leaves her stranded on Gaea. To add to her problems, her latent psychic abilities (manifesting before only as hunches and surprisingly accurate Tarot readings) begin to explode in power, frequently barraging her with disturbing images of what is to come.

Tropes that apply to Hitomi
  • Action Survivor: Being on the track team sure comes in handy when you have to do things like, say, leaping six meters across a gaping chasm to save Van.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: To Van in episode 19.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Probably to indicate her athleticism.
  • But Now I Must Go: Hitomi goes back to Earth at the end of the series.
  • The Chosen One: In the movie.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: What's actually behind the accuracy of her fortune-telling. Her talisman is an Atlanthean artefact that can change fate, realising the dreams of its user. However, her anxiety always makes her imagine bad fates. Yes, whenever she predicted a disaster, she actually made it happen
  • Crash into Hello: A dramatic variant, with Van.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: Hitomi chooses to go back to Earth while Van stays behind in Gaia to help his world heal from the war it just endured.
  • Generic Cuteness: Has rather plain looks, which once or twice trouble her.
  • Girl Next Door: At first.
  • Fainting Seer: A rare case where said character is The Heroine.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Merle.
  • Hair Antennae: Symbolizes her sunny disposition (and is not present in The Movie version where she is an Emo Teen, except in a childhood flashback)
  • Identical Granddaughter: She and her grandmother Yuri (when the latter was younger, that is) look exactly alike. Appearance-wise, the young Yuri was basically a long-haired Hitomi.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Van, since he is a half Draconian.
  • Joshikousei: Wears her very cute uniform like, 70% of the time.
  • Love Epiphany: After she is briefly sent back to Earth, Hitomi finally realizes that the one she really loves is Van, and a year after has a vision of him.
  • Loving a Shadow: Hitomi's crush on Allen is based on the fact that he looks, acts, and even sounds like her beloved Amano-sempai.
  • Magic Skirt: The animators were explicitly instructed to keep away from giving her any Panty Shots.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her pendant, given to her by her late grandmother.
  • Morality Chain/Living Emotional Crutch: Eventually she becomes this to Van.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Millerna asks Hitomi to do a tarot card reading on which man she should marry, she sees that Millerna's marriage to Dryden will go badly while her marriage to Allen will make her happy. Because Hitomi loves Allen too, she uses her power to switch a card (thereby altering fate) and tells Millerna Dryden would be the better choice for her. As a direct consequence of altering fate, the wedding is attacked by Guymelefs and nearly gets the couple killed.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: A completely normal schoolgirl who ends up Trapped in Another World.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Subverted, as it's hinted that she joined her school's track team because she had a huge crush on the team captain Susumu Amano. Her running skills do come handy later in the story, though.
  • Plucky Girl: Starts as a Girl Next Door, then must develop a stronger will as time passes. Eventually she becomes a textbook example of this trope.
  • Power Strain Blackout: Her ability to see into the future, via Tarot Cards, often has this effect on her afterwards. It's eventually revealed that both the duration and the severity of her fainting spells is determined by her emotional state. Meaning, the greater her anxiety, the greater its toll on her following her vision; not to mention the part about her anxiety making those visions come true!
  • Protectorate: To Van.
  • Say My Name: "VAAAAAAN!"
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: She wears her school uniform despite being on a completely different world. Justified in that the only other clothes she has with her are her running clothes.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Millerna dolls her up in a dress in Asturia, Van is left dumbstruck.
  • Shorttank: Is kinda tomboyish, but not to ladette extremes.
  • Spanner in the Works: The only thing that puts the Destiny Prognostication Engine through more hell than the Escaflowne: the love between her and Van.
  • Trapped in Another World: She is stuck on Gaea.
  • Tsundere: Type B towards Van.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Merle.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
    Hitomi: I saw it — you enjoyed fighting! I don't want you protecting me if this is what it does to you.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Hitomi's visions are not set in stone — it's her anxiety over them that makes them come true.

    Van Slanzar de Fanel 

Voiced by Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Kirby Morrow (English), Fabrizio Manfredi (Italian), Bjorn Schalla (German, Series), Robin Kahnmeyer (German, Movie), Angel de Garcia (Spain, Movie) and Jose Gilberto Vilchis (Latin America)

The Hero, pilot of the Escaflowne and newly crowned king of the country of Fanelia. Van has the misfortune of having his kingdom burned to the ground on the day of his coronation, and is now forced on the run from the Zaibach Empire.

Tropes associated with Van:

    Allen Schezar 

Voiced by Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English), Peter Fletchner (German), and Óscar Flores (Latin America)

A member of the Knight Caeli that happens to bear an uncanny resamblance to Hitomi's crush, Amano. Allen is the sole, impeccable gentleman among a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that guard one of Asturia's outposts. Despite his near perfect outward appearance and demeanor, he's hiding quite a number of abandonment issues just below the surface.

And yes, the Goliath's hero unit in Starcraft is named after him.

Tropes associated with Allen:

    Merle 

Voiced by Ikue Otani (Japanese), Jocelyne Loewen (English), Christin Marquitan (German), and Claudia Mota (Latin America)

Van's closest, and clingiest friend. She has quite the love-hate relationship with Hitomi, thanks to Van's feelings for her

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    Princess Millerna Sarah Aston 

Voiced by Mayumi Iizuka (Japanese), Venus Terzo (English), Antje von der Ahe (German) and Martha Ceceña (Latin America)

The youngest princess of Asturia who happens to be quite smitten with Allen, but betrothed to Dryden Fassa. Millerna is not quite comfortable being royalty, particularly since it she was forced to abandon her medical studies because of it.

Tropes associated with Millerna

    Dryden Fassa 

Voiced by Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Michael Dobson (English), Stefan Gossler (German), and Jorge Ornelas (Latin America)

Millerna's fiance. A brilliant and successful merchant with a frank, laid-back demeanor and a massive generosity streak.

Tropes associated with Dryden:
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: The repair bill for Escaflowne? 50 million, which one of the crew calculates is equivalent to two thousand years worth of their salaries. Dryden casually offers his entire fleet, causing his assistant to choke and sputter that the fleet is worth at least ten times that.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Millerna.
    • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Played with. He and Millerna are a mild version of Belligerent Sexual Tension. They grow fond of each other as the series advances. At the end, Dryden decides he cares for Millerna, and might be in love with her, but after their disastrous wedding, he feels he still has to work hard to become truly worthy of marrying a girl like her.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: To a very mild degree, with Millerna.
  • Bishōnen: Normally a borderline case, due to facial hair and overall unkempt appearance. But on his Wedding Day (clean-shaven, no glasses, Nice Hat, etc.) he's a classic example.
  • Brutal Honesty: Dude never sugarcoats his words.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene is in his airship. He's had an entire swimming-pool-sized aquarium installed in his room... so can romance the mermaid he freed and is transporting back to her home.
  • Guile Hero: Very kind-hearted and rich, but also very cynical and manipulative when needed. See how he completely owned Allen with words alone and how he dealt with the creators of Escaflowne and got them to fix it, thus saving Van's life.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Dryden gives Millerna back the wedding ring after their disastrous wedding, claiming that he's not worthy of her quite yet.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is quite aware of how awesome he is, and is quick to point it out.
  • Intrepid Merchant: To the T.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Abrasive, hedonistic, kinda selfish. Also generous, kindhearted and quick-thinking.
  • Lennon Specs: In a medieval-like environment.
  • Mad Corrupt Corporate Executive's Handsome Son: Dryden's father makes an appearance before him in episodes 6 and 7, where he pays to have Hitomi kidnapped. Dryden thankfully doesn't take after him in any way.
  • Merchant Prince: He used his vast fortunes to secure a place at the Asturian court and now uses his political connections to gain even more money.
  • Perma Stubble: For the most part until the botched wedding episode where he, surprisingly, looked quite dashing. Seriously, who would've thought?
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Dryden seems at first to be one of these. But is quite smarter than he looks.
  • The Team Benefactor: An Intrepid Merchant, with zero fighting skills, who manages to join Hitomi and Van's little gang by providing funding (read: an ungodly sum of money) for the eponymous mech's mid-season repairs.

    Balgus 

Voiced by Tessho Genda (Japanese), Don Brown (English), and Thomas Kastner (German)

One of the "three master swordsmen of Gaea" and Van's retainer/surrogate father. Balgus dies while covering Van's escape from Fanelia, but he nonetheless shows himself to be a major influence on both Van and Allen in the past.

Tropes associated with Balgus:

    Emperor Dornkirk 

Voiced by Masato Yamanouchi (Japanese), Richard Newman (English), Horst Lampe (German), and Federico Romano (Latin America)

Emperor of the Zaibach empire. Through Atlantean technology and a Magitek device known as Destiny Prognostication Engine, Dornkirk seeks to create a future for Gaea free of war — Even if it means burning down a city-state every now and then

Tropes that apply to Dornkirk

    Dilandau Albatou 

Voiced by Minami Takayama (Japanese), Andrew Francis (English), Laura Lenghi (Italian), Claudia Urbschat-mingues (German), Albert Trifol Segarra (Spain, Movie), and Victor Ugarte (Latin America)

A complete and absolute psycho, Dilandau is the man put in charge of capturing Van and the Escaflowne. He his happy to oblige to this order — provided he gets to blow a lot of shit up on the way.

Tropes that apply to Dilandau
  • Char Clone: An Ax-Crazy variant. He acts as The Rival to Van and even Allen to an extent, pilots custom red Guymelefs, and turns out to be Allen's little sister Celena. Basically, imagine if it was Sayla Mass who went nuts.
  • Cosmic Retcon: This is basically what Fate Alteration does: it turns you into a totally different person, physically and mentally.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Voiced by a woman in the Japanese version and several other language dubs. And actually subverted.
  • Dawson Casting: At the time the English dub of the show was first produced, Dilandau's English voice actor, Andrew Francis, was the only actor to avert this, though whether his voice actually suits the character or not is still debatable to this day. His voice changes for the better in the movie.
  • The Dragon: To Folken in the movie.
  • Evil Albino: Seems at first like a straight example but then played with since his coloring seems to be the result of the Fate Alteration experiments.
  • Fan Nickname: Quite a few, both in the show and out, from the civilized and fitting "The Diabolical Adonis" (It's one of the episode titles for crying out loud!) to stuff that's just childish and downright silly, like "Dilly" (it even rhymes with silly!).
  • Freak Out: The Break the Haughty process somehow manages to make Dilandau even more fucked up. He spends several episodes freaking out in epic and continuous ways.
  • Gender Bender: He's actually a girl named Selena Schezar that was mutated by Zaibach's fate alteration machines.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Has a taste for red wine.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: His henchmen quickly learn that it doesn't take much to wind up on the receiving end of a beatdown from him.
  • Hates Being Alone: The sole idea of being alone makes him more crazy than he already is.
  • Karma Houdini: In The Movie.
  • Laughing Mad: When killing and destroying, he has an Evil Laugh that would make The Joker himself proud.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He is Allen's sister Celena Schezar.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Dilandau" is a pretty clear nod to Durandal, the legendary sword tainted with a curse of insanity to prevent it from being wielded by the wrong hands.
  • Mid Series Upgrade: Well, more like end-of-series upgrade, but. He upgrades to a Guymelef called the Oreides four episodes from the end of the series. It appears to be a souped-up, stylized Alseides with dual flamethrowers/even more liquid metal claws (his only remaining soldier Jajuka also receives one, albeit in rank-and-file blue). In an aversion to this trope, however, the Oreides doesn't appear to do him much good, due to his increasingly-unstable nature, at least against main characters. Van pretty much takes it apart during the final battle with Escaflowne.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Dilandau has what has got to be the most epic freak out ever over the cheek scar Van gave him.
  • Moral Myopia: Only Dilandau's allowed to fuck with Dilandau's Dragonslayers, understand?
  • No Pronunciation Guide: How do you pronounce his last name?
  • The Ophelia: Becomes a male version post Freak Out. Then again, he is actually female...
  • The Power of Friendship: The only thing keeping him sane. Yes, that is his sane mode. He might beat the shit outta the Dragonslayers, but if one of them is wronged by somebody else, the attacker will DIE. Just as a certain Master of Disguise.
  • Psycho Supporter: To the Zaibach empire.
  • Psychotic Smirk: One of his default expressions.
  • Pyro Maniac: "BURN BURN BURN!"
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: His Dragonslayers.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: And they even seem to glow when he's feeling especially Ax-Crazy.
  • Scars Are Forever: Maybe they wouldn't be if he'd stop scratching at it.
  • Self Harm: Has a tendency to pick at the cut on his face and reopen it, despite being warned that this will slow the healing. The Mook who first points this out to him promptly gets backhanded.
  • Sissy Villain: But there's a very good reason for that.
  • Slasher Smile: His other default expression.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Does this whenever he's at his home base, usually while brooding.
  • The Sociopath: Seems like a straight example at first, but after the loss of the Dragon Slayers he's shown repeating their names to himself sadly, and then we find out who he really is and how he got that way.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: To an ungodly degree.
  • Tykebomb: Dilandau is what you get when you kidnap innocent little girls, like Selena Schezar, and put them through Fate Alteration experiments.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his horrendous treatment of the Dragon Slayers, they're devoted enough to him that their spirits show up to try and stop Van from killing him even after they all die.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Dilandau used to be a sweet little girl by the name of Selena Schezar.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When all the Dragon Slayers are killed.
  • Vocal Evolution: The movie was dubbed after the TV series, not surprisingly. But if you watch both the series and the movie in English, you'll notice it within seconds of movie Dilandau's appearance.
  • White Hair, Black Heart

    Folken Lacour de Fanel 

Voiced by Joji Nakata (Japanese), Paul Dobson (English), Sergio de Stefano (Italian), Bernd Vollbrecht (German), and Jorge Santos (Latin America)

Van's long-missing brother. After his dissappearence ten years ago, Van finds his brother — only to find that he's serving as The Dragon in Emperor Dornkirk's plans.

Tropes that apply to Folken

    Jajuka 

Voiced by Kouji Tsujitani (Japanese) and Scott McNeil (English)

A soldier in the Zaibach troops, and a very special one. First, he's an anthropomorphic canine of sorts, having the looks of a dog (more seemingly, an Afghan hound. Second, he took care of little Selena Schezar in her early Zaibach days, and was a sort of Big Brother Mentor to her. Jajuka feels horrendously guilty because he was powerless to save Selena from the horrid treatment that turned her into Dilandau, and becomes Dilandau's follower in hopes that he'll be able to fix his error someday...

  • Animal Motifs: He has the face and head of a dog, is also loyal and devoted as a well-trained one.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: We see him first during Dilandau/Selena's brief stunt as The Ophelia. Later, he reappears with a vengeance.
  • Failure Knight: Jajuka feels horrendously guilty because he was powerless to save Selena from the horrid treatment that turned her into Dilandau
  • Gentle Giant
  • Half-Human Hybrid
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shields Dilandau in the middle of the final battle, and dies begging him to become Selena again. His death triggers Dilandau's last Villainous Breakdown... and switches him back to Selena, the gentle girl he used to be.


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