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Vash the Stampede (aka "The Humanoid Typhoon")
LOVE AND PEACE!
"I meditate diligently every morning. The subject is Life and Love. I quit after three seconds."
A tall, blond-haired man who seems to have disaster follow him wherever he goes. He is feared by the people of Gunsmoke as a ruthless, destructive killer. Supposedly responsible for the annihilation of July City, Vash has quite the bounty placed on his head—60 billion double-dollars, dead or alive! Constantly hounded by often entire towns of people wanting to claim the reward for his capture, Vash is always wandering, never staying in one place for too long (and leaving behind a lot of property damage). In reality, Vash is not a homicidal maniac, but a complete and utter goofball who actually refuses to kill anyone
, despite the huge pistol he keeps with him at all times, a prosthetic arm that can switch into a machine gun, and a switchblade in his boot. He has an extreme fondness for donuts
(and sometimes alcohol). He claims to be a "hunter of LOVE AND PEACE, searching for the mayfly known as Love". Still, it just may be that he only puts on a facade of being a harmless moron...
Tropes that Vash atoned for:
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In an attempt to save Lina. He's also not too proud to strip naked and bark like a dog.
- All-Loving Hero: And how.
- Anime Hair: Vash's blonde (and later black) hair usually stands straight up and is aligned with his head's contours in such a manner that his head has a distinctive V-shaped silhouette, with the top looking like a brush.
- However, it doesn't stand up naturally.
- Arm Cannon: His left arm is a prosthetic which houses an unfoldable gun that he grips with the same hand when it's deployed. His trademark handgun can also merge with him when gripped to form an extremely destructive Wave Motion Gun.
- Artificial Human
- Artificial Limbs: Though it is censored for most of the anime, Vash regularly loses and spends time without his bionic left arm in the manga.
- The Atoner: Remember the July.
- Bad Ass
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Beard: Ditto
- Badass Longcoat: Vash is almost never seen without his distinctive red long-coat with a square button-up collar flap and missing left sleeve.
- Badass Pacifist: In the first four episodes, he doesn't even use his gun to solve problems. And all the Gungho Guns that come for him are dead not because of Vash killing them; instead, they are either killed or chose to kill themselves.
- Barbarian Longhair: As Kanan/Eric/Eriks
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It wouldn't be Vash otherwise! (but just at the beginning)
- Heart Broken Badass: Watched his mother figure, Rem, die when he was a child. As a result, he tends to obsess over her and her teachings.
- Beard of Sorrow: Grows one in the anime after his BSOD after killing Legato.
- Beauty Mark: Has one near the corner of his left eye.
- Berserk Button:
- Kill just one of his precious huma...OH SHI...
- Also, don't insult Rem, his mother figure. Knives found out just how foolish that was.
- Berserker Tears: A couple times. After he snaps and almost kills Monev the Gale while in an Unstoppable Rage, and while Legato is forcing him to kill him which then causes a Heroic BSOD.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Oh yes. This is a guy who can be cheerful and kindhearted in the middle of a gun fight. It takes a LOT to get him legitimately angry, but when it happens...
- BFG: He is the BFG. Visually, his arm will meld with his gun when he is about to unleash it, but technically his entire body is part of the setup.
- Big NO!: "NOOOO, don't kill them!! BIGGER NOOOOOOO!!!" Vash screams a lot whenever rendered impotent in a life-or-death situation. Also weeps. Man has no dignity to speak of.
- Bishōnen: He's still got the looks that girls will fall for even after living over a hundred years.
- Body Horror: Vash's body is interesting; involves a generous helping of Transformation Trauma. After he finally starts to learn how to use this (traumatically), the first time his angel arm instinctively puts up some 'feathers' to catch a bullet he gets stoned.
- Blush Sticker: Pops up occasionally in the manga.
- Break the Cutie: Damn You Legato.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the episode Little Arcadia, Vash breaks the fourth wall and says, "Hey, is that all the time I get?" It is also fairly obvious that he does it again a couple times in the series.
- Bring My Red Jacket: One of the most iconic ones in anime, up there with Alucard and Ed, also makes him noticable in bounties and to those after him.
- Broken Ace: Vash is without question the greatest gunslinger on the planet, he's apparently immortal (in terms of never aging), he has an actual Healing Factor and incredible resistance to pain, and he is dedicated to saving everyone, no matter who they are. Unfortunately, Vash lives in a world that leans considerably more towards the cynical side than his ideology requires, and so it is repeatedly deconstructed in various subtle and direct methods throughout the series. Case in point, Vash's dedication to preserving human life over all else has left him horribly mutilated and caused a huge bounty to be placed on his head as a result of the property damage that results whenever he gets into a fight (and in a Vicious Cycle, this just makes things worse; more people come to kill Vash for his bounty/terrible reputation, Vash escapes after causing yet more horrific property damage, reputation gets worse & bounty gets bigger attracting more gunmen). When finally forced to admit that he simply can not save everyone (namely, when he has to shoot Legato dead to save the lives of Milly and Meryl), he suffers a Heroic BSOD that almost kills him.
- But He Sounds Handsome: In the anime, after Vash foils a group of robbers' attempt to rob a bank, one of them says to him "You have no idea who you're dealing with, I'm Vash the Stampede!" Vash responds with, "Oh, really? I was under the impression that he was a lot more handsome." Could even double as a Stealth Insult since the guy doesn't even seem to realize Vash just called him ugly, replying with "Are you implying that I'm not Vash the Stampede?"
- But Now I Must Go: the initial premise being informed by just the type of Western that codified the trope.
- Captain Crash: He's a hilariously bad motorcycle driver, in the manga managing to flip a motorcycle with a side car on it within two seconds of starting it up. Although it's kind of a Compressed Vice in the anime, as he is shown to be, in his own words, "a lousy driver" in the movie, but did perfectly fine driving in the anime episode "Escape From Pain."
- Captain Obvious: To Knives at least once in the manga.
- Casanova Wannabe: In the anime.
- Cast from Lifespan: His Angel arm is ridiculously powerful, but every shot costs him life energy and shortens his lifespan.
- Cat Smile: In the first episode of the anime.◊
- Catch Phrase:
- LOVE AND PEACE! Comes with a peace sign analogue in the form of crossed fingers.
- "GET DOWN!" counts as well, though it usually portends that very bad things are about to happen.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: To sucker levels. Basically, if you ask him for help, you'll get it.
- Cool Shades: In the anime, Vash wears small, round, yellow sunglasses with W-bends in the temples whenever he means business. In the manga, he wears about 3-4 different pairs in total.
- Covered with Scars: The result of being a Technical Pacifist in a gunslinger world.
- Deadly Dodging: One of his preferred tactics.
- Dented Iron: You wouldn't have realized he was Covered with Scars until after the Shirtless Scene. Reinforces the idea that he is ready to lay down his life for his ideals.
- Determinator: He will do whatever he can to save someone in trouble. In-Universe, the red trenchcoat he wears is the same colour as the red geranium flowers his mother figure claimed represented courage and determination, and which she was very fond of.
- Destructive Saviour: He saves thousands of lives every day, but causes HUGE collateral damage in doing so.
- Disney Death: In Badlands Rumble, Vash is seen to be shot down by Gasback's crew and falls into a quicksand. Near the final showdown with Gasback, he shows up again and explains that he has a very hard sweet potato in his chest pocket, which blocks the bullet. He is saved from the quicksand by Meryl and Milly.
- Dodge the Bullet: All the time. He's so fast he can deflect bullets by throwing rocks at them. On another occasion he emerged from a hail of bullets completely unharmed; when asked how he did it, he explained that he calculated where the shots would be as they were being fired. Subverted later when he gets shot full of holes while using this same method.
- Doom Magnet: The reason he's called 'a walking act of God' is because collateral damage follows him.
- Dork Knight
- The Dreaded: The mere mention of Vash's name can cause a panic as people vacate the city they're in, or a riot as people fearfully try to Zerg Rush him for the reward.
- The Drifter
- Exactly What I Aimed At: Vash never hits a fatal spot, instead opting to hit areas like the shoulders and legs. Lampshaded in a fight in the manga: Vash is seen practicing his aim on a target board shaped like a person, but it seems he's unable to actually hit the vital spots. The villain of the chapter assumes that, because of this, he must be wounded. He was actually aiming for the non-vital spots, and even hit them more than once.
- Fan Disservice: His famous Shirtless Scene.
- Fastest Gun in the West: Although he is indeed very skilled at gunplay, most people who chase after him do so for the enormous bounty on his head, and most people who run away from him assume he is skilled without any actual evidence to back it up.
- The Fettered: Absolutely abhors killing, and always goes to enormous lengths to ensure nobody gets killed, even if it means putting himself in trouble.
- Friend to All Children: Playing with children is one of his many activities whenever he stays in one place more than a few hours, and if he stays more than a few days the local kids will all consider him their personal minion.
- Fun with Acronyms: In The Lost Plant, six years after Knives' defeat, and going back to his old runaway life, Vash goes by the name VTS to keep at least some lower level thugs off his back.
- Minor example, apparently H.T. The theme song could be Humanoid Typhoon.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Rarely happens, but if you piss him off enough to push him into this mode, you're so screwed... Currently is the trope picture.
- Gratuitous French: Vash occasionally utters a few words in French, crying for his "maman" and greeting his food with "Bonjour! Je t'aime!". The first time he cries for his "maman" in the anime, he then questions "Why am I crying in French?" He even does it once in a completely serious situation, saying to Leonof, "Your reign of Guignol (French word meaning 'puppet show') is over."
- The Gunslinger: Obviously.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He can't help but give aid to those who need it, even though he usually puts himself at great risk when doing so.
- Heroic BSOD: Multiple times, particularly after he murders Legato.
- Heroic RROD: Although not the case in the anime, the manga reveals that every time Vash uses his powers it slowly kills him as Plants were engineered to be that way because they were so powerful. How long they have before it does is dependent on how black their hair has become.
- Hero with Bad Publicity
- Hidden Depths: He hides his suffering under a playful exterior, he's the closest thing Gunsmoke is getting to the second coming of Jesus in the lengths he goes to save people, and his arguments with Wolfwood over whether or not killing is ever justified is one of the cornerstones of the entire story.
- Hidden Weapons: His has a hidden blade in his right boot and a hidden gun in his prosthetic left arm.
- Hurting Hero
- Immortality Begins at Twenty
- Implacable Man
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Nothing is cooler than a coat with the bottom part torn apart by tons and tons of bullets!
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Could be the Trope Namer for this. And they turn out to be not so improbable since he isn't human.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Interrupted Suicide: By Rem when he was a child in the manga.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Early episodes especially emphasize this.
- The Klutz
- Large Ham: When he's not depressed.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority
- Lennon Specs
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Do you see him angst about his immortality? No. You see him angst about his brother's Evil Plan and how to save people without killing others. He's dedicated to Rem's ideals and goals.
- Locked into Strangeness. When he uses his plant power more and more, his hair slowly turns black....
- Lost Food Grievance: Tends to get... emotional when he doughnuts are harmed.
- Lost Technology: Has an abundance of it.
- Lovable Coward: Part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Love Freak: Now everyone! Let's say very loud - LOVE AND PEACE!!!!!! And again! LOVE AND PEACE!!!!! and again!
- Mama Bear: He's more of grieving mother than actual father when it comes to humans/living beings he loves so much.
- Martial Pacifist: Unlike most examples which are unrealistically idealistic, Vash has brilliant strategies to save people, and is willing to hurt them if it means more lives can be saved; unfortunately, he lives in a world much more cynical than he'd like.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a corruption of the French word for cow and he's the star of a Cattle Punk sci-fi series.
- Another example of this trope is more in leiu with the title of the series then his name. It refers to the three guns on hi: His standard pistol (which Knives made for him), the gun hidden in his prosthetic arm and lastly the arm cannon he can transform his arm into thats capable of leveling a entire city.
- Momma's Boy: Even though Rem Saverem died many years ago he still loves her as his mother figure and a big part of his character was inspired by her ideals.
- Mr. Fanservice
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Necktie Headband: Happens whenever he gets drunk, though neither he nor any of his friend wear ties.
- Nice Guy
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Big time. Practically the definition of the trope. Vash didn't even fire his gun once until the end of the fifth episode, surviving the previous episodes by making it look like dumb luck. Another early episode had him rocking out on his headphones and going into a bar seemingly ignorant of the current hostage situation, but carefully and methodically diffused the situation all while seemingly harmless
- One-Man Army
- Overly Long Name: Once falsely gives the name "Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gombigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andri Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III."
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Punny Name: Sounds like vache, which is French for "cow", appropriately enough for someone called "the Stampede."
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Remarkably good at it.◊
- Really 700 Years Old
- Red Baron: "Humanoid Typhoon"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's associated with red in contrast to Wolfwood, Knives and Legato.
- "RED, THE COLOR OF DETERMINATION!"
- Sanity Slippage
- Save the Villain: Practically his core ideal; he wants to save both the spiders and the butterfiles. This is a sharp contrast with Knives.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: When he puts these on, it means he just got serious and is now going to open a can of whoop-ass.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Sometimes as part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Shoot the Bullet: With pebbles.
- Stepford Smiler: Lampshaded by Wolfwood at one point, who observes that his smile doesn't reach his eyes, and that he's "hurting like crazy on the inside".
- Some of his smiles are genuine, though, according to Wolfwood.
- Technical Pacifist: He's willing to shoot people as long as the shot isn't lethal.
- Tender Tears
- Thou Shalt Not Kill
- Tranquil Fury: After Monev proceeded to kill a decent amount of the population of a town they were in at the time, he doesn't take it lightly. Proceeding to effortlessly fight him off and make him retreat with a calm but evidently furious look on his face, emphasized by his Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Trademark Favorite Food: You brought me doughnuts?! Danke, danke!
- To a lesser degree, he seems to really like pancakes/flapjacks and salmon sandwiches.
- Trauma Conga Line: Doesn't even begin to describe what this guy's been through.
- Walking Disaster Area
- Walking Gunsmoke
- Walking Wasteland: He doesn't have that power by any means it's just that his enemies and bounty hunters, in addition to the fears of other people due to his abnormal powers and finally the collateral damage he causes, make him want to justifiably want to be alone made lonelier once you realize he's technically immortal and outlive anyone he knows even if he tried to settle down.
- Wave Motion Gun: The Angel Arm.
- When He Smiles: When he smiles for real, since most of them are fake. The real ones are rare, but when they come up...
- Wrong Genre Savvy: With his idealistic desire to protect others and the massive collateral damage he causes, he'd fit right in a Shounen universe like Fairy Tail or One Piece, unfortunately, he lives in a realistic and pessimistic space Old West universe filled with people fearing the abnormal, crazed and powerful bounty hunters after his head and finally his Ax-Crazy brother planning to destroy the foundations of his ideals through his arguably more threatening assistant whose ruthless methods of preventing an "all protect "scenario eventually drives Vash to a corner.
"Does this man look like the legendary gunman Vash the Stampede? That droopy-eyed, weak-looking, bristle-headed, promiscuous-looking donut freak of a man?"
An insurance agent for the Bernadelli Insurance Company, she and her associate Milly were given the task to search for Vash and apply "damage control" to the so-called disasters he leaves behind. She is often seen typing records of her and Milly's exploits on a typewriter, to send back to the company. She is nicknamed "Derringer" because of the array of derringer pistols she carries under her poncho. In the anime, it takes her a while to realize that the goofy, donut-scarfing man that she and Milly always seem to run into is THE Vash the Stampede.
- Action Girl: Not as apparent as some other examples, but she's actually pretty Bad Ass.
- Action Survivor
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 14 of the anime, corresponding with Chapters 10, 11 and 12 in the manga. In both instances Vash complains about how little time he got.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives several to Vash over the course of the series.
- Awesome but Impractical: Fifty something guns, but only two bullets each.
- Boyish Short Hair: To reflect her complete focus on her job.
- Does Not Like Guns: (manga) When she was younger, but her father encouraged her to carry a Derringer to help her fight those who were bigger than her. She took that advice and ran with it.
- Can Not Spit It Out: She falls in love with our favorite blond goofball in both the anime and in the manga, but in the anime she seems to have a lot of a harder time expressing those feelings. And she can never pluck up the nerve to tell him how she feels. Awwwww. When she finally does seem about to tell him, Milly comes in for a Moment Killer.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Expressive Accessory: Her earrings. They stick out to the side when she's particularly excited.
- Freudian Slip: After Meryl and Milly see Vash's scars, he comments about not wanting women to see his scars since they might run away. In the English dub for the anime, Meryl has to correct herself after letting "I wouldn't run away" slip. In the manga, she just says "no they wouldn't [run away]."
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Meryl is the tiniest woman we see in the series, while Vash is one of the tallest men.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: While she's got nothing on either Vash or Wolfwood, She's shown to be a crack shot with her Derringers; once disarming several opponents in rapid succession.
- Intrepid Reporter, at the end of the manga, with Milly
- The Gunslinger
- Hidden Weapons: Has about fifty something guns strapped to the inside of her cloak.
- Laughing Mad: Mild case of this in episode 5 of the anime after Vash uses her as a Human Shield against the dartguns of children "bounty hunters. After commenting on her good use as a shield, Vash laughs loudly. Meryl starts laughing too while pulling guns on him.
- Little Useless Gun: Meryl's derringers are neither taken seriously as a threat nor used to deliver meaningful damage over the entire course of both series. This is because of the Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality; Milly's stun-gun can be used with impunity, but since Meryl's little guns can't invoke Rule of Cool or the beaten-up-by-bullets effect and she's not a killer, they aren't allowed to actually do much of anything. Still good that she doesn't go around unarmed, and she does take some useful actions; the derringers themselves are just useless. Even though a real derringer can kill you very dead.
- Averted in the episode "Love and Peace," in which she uses her derringers to help Vash outwit the hostage-takers, shoot the guns out of the deputies' hands, and put a hole through the sheriff's badge.
- More Dakka: At least fifty derringers hidden in her cloak.
- Plucky Girl
- Replacement Goldfish: At the end of the anime, Vash seems to view her as similar to Rem.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: With Vash of course. Anime or manga, the first signs of her softening toward him is her talking about his admirable qualities.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Meryl Strife/ Meryl Stryfe.
- Tsundere: A fiery Type A.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Milly's girly girl.
- Workaholic: Pretty much everything she does is for her job, which is following Vash around to try to prevent the damage he causes.
- You Called Me Meryl, It Must Be Serious: In the manga, Vash never calls Meryl by name until things really start to get serious (i.e., Legato and the Gungho Guns show up.) He calls Meryl and Milly both by name for the first time when he's warning them to stay away from him. Meryl grasps the seriousness of the situation because he uses her name.
"You should never get between people and their pudding!"
"It's like my big, big sister always says, "Never hold back in matters of the heart".
Meryl's assistant and fellow Bernadelli agent, Milly is plucky and cheerful, and in the anime is constantly trying to convince Meryl that above mentioned man is the real Vash. She's also incredibly tall, and nicknamed "Stungun" because like Meryl, she conceals a weapon underneath her clothes — a huge stungun that can pin enemies to walls without killing them. She likes pudding.
Nicholas D. Wolfwood
That cross is so heavy because it's full of mercy.
"I picked up my first gun at the age of seven. And I shot. I remember how strangely easy it was to pull the trigger. I actually laughed. Because that one shot was all that was needed to silence that sickening piece of garbage who had the nerve to call himself my guardian. It was that simple. And so I was free."
A wandering priest that carries a portable confessional box and The Punisher, which is pretty much a mobile weapons platform (it's a rocket launcher, machine gun, and a pistol rack all-in-one). He tends to call Vash "Needlenoggin".
- Absolute Cleavage: His neckline is low to begin with, but in Badlands Rumble, it's just absurd.◊
- Badass: Kills three members of the Gung-Ho Guns, fights one to a draw, and redeems another.
- Bad Dreams: In the manga, he has these about the orphans and how he's "no longer qualified to hold them."
- Becoming the Mask: Apparently part of his severe moral dilemmas regarding his friendship with Vash; also why he can so easily isolate Vash's Stepford Smiler tendencies.
- BFG: The Cross Punisher.
- Car Fu: More like Bike Fu.
- Child Soldier: In the manga, he was recruited by Chapel to become an assassin for the Eye of Michael at a very young age. The accelerated aging caused by his chemical enhancements make him appear to be in his thirties while he is only in his late teens. In the anime, Chapel begins to train him after he shoots and kills his abusive guardian at the age of seven.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Because he's a Knight Templar caught between extreme factions with the goal of protecting the maximum number of people it is feasibly possible to protect and a seriously Dark and Troubled Past, he betrays just about everyone at least once. Very rarely to any real effect, and they were usually expecting it. He's actually got a very loyal nature, so he kind of telegraphs before he does it. Related to Double Reverse Quadruple Agent below.
- Church Militant
- Cool Bike: Angelina.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: the giant cross he carries is actually a disguised arsenal.
- Cool Bike: He uses one to kill the robot gang.
- Cool Shades
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: Dresses and acts somewhat like a Protestant minister, but does things more in line of a Catholic one (such as hearing confessions). In the manga, he's a member of the Eye of Michael, which claims to worship Plants. In the anime, he's intended to be the successor to the current Chapel the Evergreen, of the Gung-ho Guns, which would basically make him a priest of Knives.
- A Death in the Limelight
- Death by Sex: Sleeps with his friend/love interest of sorts, Milly. Dies in the same episode.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: The anime doesn't go much beyond a morally-conflicted Double Agent, but between the Eye, Chapel, the Guns, Vash, and the children manga Wolfwood is playing a lot of sides at once. Although he's not in control at all.
- Dying Alone: But only in the anime; he's with Vash in the manga.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Manga only: the last moments of his life, from the moment he defeats the robot gang to his complete owneage of Chapel and Lazlo.
- Explosive Overclocking: During his fight with Livio and Chapel. He regenerates instantly from any wound, but dies shortly afterward.
- Expy: Of El Mariachi from Desperado.
- Friend to All Children: Vash lampshades this in episode 9.
Vash: I could swear you were more generous with those children. Explanation
- Good Shepherd: He's a heroic character that dresses like a priest, hears confessions, and jokes that his cross Punisher is 'full of mercy'.
- Guns Akimbo: Fully capable of using the Punisher and his pistol at the same time.
- Healing Factor: In the manga, it makes him age faster, and he can boost it with drugs.
- Heroic BSOD: Shortly after shooting Zazie, he breaks down in tears in Milly's arms.
- Heroic RROD: He intentionally overdoses himself on the drugs that enhance his healing factor fight before his final fight with Razlo, even though he knows it'll kill him in minutes.
- Improbable Weapon User: Oh sure, we've covered the Punisher, but it reaches a new level in his fight against Razlo when he ejects his pistol's magazine into him. He ends the battle by detonating his entire remaining stock of ammo in a massive explosion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The manga never quite explains why his True Companions inflict it upon themselves to put up with him in the first place, knowing that he never uses Honorifics and expresses his affection by distributing humiliating nicknames ("Tongari / Spikey," "big girl," "small girl," "crybaby Livio"), "playful" insults and various blows. Plus, his manga version is particularly macho and even tries to protect Milly from Midvalley... by pretending he'll shoot her if she doesn't leave immediately, then punching her in the stomach to knock her out (he gets booed by onlookers). Borders on Values Dissonance when his mistreatment of Vash is Played for Laughs. It's even a wonder Nightow still manages to make him such a likable and well-written character for all his Knight Templar and Jerkass traits.
- Knight Templar:
Wolfwood: Sometimes, we're even driven to become the devil himself.
- The Lancer:
- More Dakka: The Punisher he carries has a rocket launcher at one end, a machine gun at the other, and racks for about half a dozen semi-automatic pistols.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Murder, Inc.: His Dark and Troubled Past, at least in the manga. Provided him with Training from Hell and low-level superpowers. Anime is more ambiguous; he may have just had a Professional Killer for an Evil Mentor before getting mixed up with the Guns.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: Word of God's response to the question of what the D stands for is utterly random, ranging from "Daily Cigarette Intake" to "Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora."
- "What the hell family do you think you're from!? I'm gonna tie you up in a reed mat and dunk ya!"
- Nun Too Holy: He claims to be a priest, but he not only hears confessions for money (admittedly, there were times in history where priests would sell "forgiveness" for money and land), he's also a chain-smoking hard-drinking killer who, in the anime at least, paid for the orphans he took care of by being a gunman for hire.
- Obi-Wan Moment: In the manga, he shares one last quiet drink with Vash in the rubble of the orphanage he just saved by killing Chapel and defeating Livio/Razlo. The last thing he sees before his body finally gives out is confetti thrown by the children in gratitude as a ship carries them off to safety. The contrast between this scene and the brutal fight before it is incredible.
- Pants-Positive Safety: Has the habit of carrying a single pistol (outside his Punisher) in his pocket.
- Papa Wolf: For children in general, but especially those he grew up with at the orphanage in the manga.
- Parental Substitute / Promotion to Parent: As a child (in the manga), he spent an entire year caring for an orphaned baby girl because she was less inclined to cry around him, only stopping because she'd been adopted. Years later, he found her again and saved her life. In the anime, his caring for the orphanage may count.
- Perma Stubble: Though he is mostly clean-shaven in Trigun Maximum.
- Poisonous Friend: Killed one of the Gung-Ho Guns because he thought Vash's idealism didn't cut it. In the manga Knives sent Wolfwood to follow Vash for this very purpose.
- Since the anime replaced his epic execution of Rai-Dei with the Zazie incident, after making Zazie no longer The Worm That Walks, and put Rai-Dei in August, there's an oddly chilling little scene amid the rubble when Rai-Dei, who had somehow survived being at ground zero probably due to Vash's Heroic Willpower alone, sees Wolfwood, expresses recognition, and starts talking about how they have to get together and kill that monster, Vash, while they can. Wolfwood nonchalantly shoots him dead and drives away. This is implied to be done on command from their mutual employer, but he clearly thinks it's an okay idea.
- Redemption Equals Death: In the manga he dies after stopping the Eye of Michael from destroying the Orphanage where he grew up, and redeems his childhood friend of Livio.
- In the anime, after a heated argument with Vash regarding killing Zazie the previous day, Wolfwood opts to adapt Vash's lifestyle. When he fights his mentor later that day, Wolfwood manages to get away with getting a few non-lethal shots at him and letting him live. As soon as Wolfwood turns, Legato manipulates Chapel via mind control into shooting Wolfwood. Presumably, Wolfwood didn't shoot back even after seeing Chapel raise his gun again.
- Pragmatic Hero: Unlike Vash, he sees no problem with killing enemies if the situation requires it.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Defeats Chapel and Razlo, but overdoses on his healing drugs in doing so, killing him shortly after.
- Sexy Priest: He's attracted Milly's attention and is definitely a loose example of a normal priest.
- Shirtless Scene: After sleeping with Milly, he stands up next to a window shirtless and deep in thought.
- Shoot the Dog: His killing of Zazie in the anime, according to him.
- Smoking Is Cool: Not that he cares about dying from lung cancer, since he has an accelerated healing factor, and therefore shorter life span.
- Super Serum: In the manga, the only reason he's able to stand on Vash's superhuman level and survive is because of biological augmentations performed by the Eye of Michael. He's actually the prototype, with Livio being a more successful attempt.
- Tragic Hero: He eventually does want to save people in the same way Vash does, but dies to protect everyone from his own master in both the anime and the manga.
- Younger Than They Look: In the manga he's seventeen-ish, but looks like he's in his mid-30s. This is because of the special treatments Chapel put him through during his Training from Hell, to give him enhanced strength, reflexes, and Healing Factor.
A group of assassins gathered by Knives, ordered to cause pain to Vash in any way possible.
Tropes applying to the Gung-Ho-Guns as a whole:
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Most of them commit suicide when defeated instead of having to face Knives and or especially Legato, for their failure.
- Carnival of Killers
- Deal with the Devil: They are said to have given up their humanity in exchange for strength. This is metaphorical, but their choice to work with Knives while knowing his goals is much more literal.
- Humanoid Abomination: Those that aren't mostly human, anyway.
- The Magnificent: Each of them has a title, usually referring to their abilities. E.G. Mine is the only one which does not fall into this form. In Gratuitous English, no less.
- Psycho for Hire: All of them
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: To Knives
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: In the anime, they have a Cyborg, cripple, a sniper, a saxophone player, a one eyed lady, a samurai, a kid, a priest a puppet master, a man with a strange spike shooting weapon tied by strings to his body and one Venom Expy in the group.
- It's even more bizarre in the manga The cyborg is actually a Collective Identity for a group of midgets, the kid is actually a Hive Mind for a species for highly intelligent worms, a man with a Split Personality, a man in a wheelchair and a transvestite.
- The Stoic: If they aren't Ax-Crazy.
Monev the Gale
Voiced by: Masuo Amada (JP), Peter Spellos (EN)
The first Gung-Ho-Gun. The only thing known about him was that he was locked away and trained solely for purpose of killing Vash.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs for his life after slaughtering an entire town and subsequently getting beaten by Vash.
- BFG: Wields two types, a chain gun he wears around his wrist and back and a rocket launcher after he loses that.
- Expy: Of Venom, his design strongly resembles him. Heck even his name is Venom spell backwards. Most likely this was a homage as Nightow was stated to be a fan of American comic books.
- More Dakka
- Oh, Crap: His expression after seeing Vash's Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- You Have Failed Me: Winds up killed for his failure. Mostly likely from Legoto.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: He looks like one. Disproportionately huge muscles, bright colors, massively impractical guns, grimacing like a loon all the time....Rob Liefield would have a hard time coming up with anything crazier.
Dominique the Cyclops
The second/third Gung-Ho-Gun. Tries her luck against Vash but he finds out her powers and easily beats her. Her fate is different depending on the media. In the anime, she found and killed by Legoto off-screen. In the manga, she commits suicide by falling off a cliff.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: In the manga.
- Bifauxnen: Before Vash confirmed she had an ample bust, her gender was somewhat ambigious. She is manly in shape, similar to how Milly is mannish.
- Dark Action Girl: The only explicitly known female in the Gung-Ho Guns and a far more effective enemy than Monev against Vash. At least at first, because of the addition of two, both of which are pretty ambiguous about it; with the former not having a confirmed gender and the latter being a group of insects possessing a girl.
- The Dark Chick
- Eyepatch of Power: To hide her special eye's powers.
- Hellish Pupils: In the manga at least her special eye is reptilian in design.
- Nice Hat: Wears one.
- Lightning Bruiser: Pretends to be this.
- Fragile Speedster: Even when outpaced by Vash, she's revealed to have an eye that allows her to hypnotize her victims to have slower reactions.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her main power is her right eye which is red colored in the anime, and reptilian-like in the manga.
- Self-Disposing Villain: In the manga.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female Gung-Ho-Gun there are two other ambiguously female members in the manga
- Teleport Spam: What Vash assumes her power be after watching her in action.
- Time Stands Still: What her real power is as her right eye affects her opponents senses and freezes them in place, allowing her to get the drop on them.
- Weak, but Skilled: She relies heavily on her eye's powers and is unable to dish anything out once that's been discovered.
- You GottaHave Purple Hair: In the anime. Due to the manga being black-and-white, her hair color in it may be blonde.
- You Have Failed Me: In the anime, she's killed for her failure and strung up beside Monev.
The second/fifth Gung-Ho-Gun. A villain with two shells on either side of him that shoots out spikes.
- Adaptational Badass: Actually manages to be a more of a threat in the anime, though not by much.
- Anime Hair: Has black spikey hair.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Vash beats him in one panel in the manga and both the former and Rai Dei basically strip him of his weapons while the latter kills him.
- The Dark Chick: Especially in the anime, where he relies on brute force, but is much weaker than the rest of the members, despite his own views thinking otherwise.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His method of murder includes shooting spikes at his opponents. Ironically he's stabbed by Rai-Dei after he loses to Vash.
- At least in the anime, it's not directly inferred into he actually dies in the manga but he is dead, likely at the hands of Knives' agents as he is tallied as one of the deceased Gung-Ho Guns.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses two shields that shoot spike projectiles held together by string connect to his fingers. Unlike most examples, this is actually crippling as he has no other way of defending if they get into his range.
- Mask of Power: Does not help him against Vash at all.
- Meaningful Name: The only one without an awesome nickname and is thus defeated in the shortest amount of time at least in the manga.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the manga, after Vash bonks him on the head, the focus immediately switches to Vash and Legato, E.G. completely forgotten and never again mentioned. Though at least his name is given whenever someone tallies the dead Gung-Ho Guns, so it wasn't like he was forgotten.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Especially in the anime, he has a high opinion of himself and thinks he's on par with the rest of the members, but in reality, he relies heavily on his spike projectiles to kill enemies and seems to be the only reason why he was even considered a member.
- Spikes of Villainy: Has them as a weapon, with the manga version being even spikier.
- Weak, but Skilled: His spike projectiles are effective against a group of thug, but when faced with a man who can throw pebbles to deflect fatal bullets and has the speed to match those skills; He is obviously outmatched.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Especially with the manga adaptation, which had elaborated on almost all the members' pasts.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Rai Dei does this to him once he proves to not be up to the task of taking Vash on, and it is highly implied Knives also does this through his agents as he's tallied among the dead members.
Zazie the Beast (anime)
The fourth Gung-Ho-Gun. A child with the power to control sandworms with a device on his head.
- The Beastmaster: At least, to insects.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Controls giant bugs through a device in his head.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Creepy Child
- Demonic Possession: Zazie in this version thinks so, Vash has another theory in mind
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Wolfwood kills him before he could do anything.
- Evil All Along: He's partially responsible for why his friends' parents have been forced away by Legato's powers as well as trying to kill the villagers in order to piss off Vash.
- Guns Akimbo: Has the single most normal weapon arsenal of the Gung-Ho guns, and is a terrible shot.
- Hair Decorations
- Hellish Pupils: Has purple slits once revealed to be evil.
- Hidden Depths: Vash notices that he was crying before the insect attack, which caused Zazie to lose his cool.
- Killed Off for Real: Like most of the Gung-Ho Guns.
- Our Demons Are Different: He has to control insects with a device on his head and possesses a child while submissive to Legato and by that extension, Knives.
- Shrinking Violet: Pretends to be this.
- Tyke Bomb: Vash strongly thinks he is this.
- Vocal Dissonance: Sounds much older than your average kid, justified as he might be "possessed".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We don't get much on his character and Wolfwood guns him down just as Vash was starting to get through to him, especially as to how he possessed the kid or how the kid came to think that way as well as how he came to have a device that controls insects.
- According to Word of God however, it may the demon that possesses him that might be speaking through it.
- Worm That Walks: While not directly stated, it is implied that the aliens centipedes have taken over the boy's mind and possessing him to do his dirty work.
Zazie the Beast (manga)
Unlike Zazie in the anime, they are a hive mind of insects native to the planet that possesses human bodies.
- Bare Your Midriff: As a girl and then as a disco king-like man.
- Creepy Child: Originally this in in his first host.
- Dark Action Girl: Briefly... it's complicated.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: In two of his three bodies.
- Deal with the Devil: He does this with Knives in order to see whether they would better coexist with him or humans.
- Once he proves dangerous, they turn on him, only to be killed themselves.
- Demonic Possession: A much more passive one as it possesses humans that are the nearest by to communicate with.
- Double Agent: Played with; he's still working for Knives, but his first mission to act as this since Hoppered and Midvalley aren't trusted.
- Heel-Face Turn: After realizing Knives is becoming too powerful and might end up wiping them out as well as the humans. It's brief, though, since he's quickly defeated and decides to give the final coin-half needed to Vash.
- Hellish Pupils
- Hive Mind: Zazie is actually a group of insects that resided on Gunsmoke before the humans populated it. They're actually controlling people they take over to act on their behalf.
- Not Quite Human: You know something's up when you see those eyes of his.
- The Worm That Walks: Bizarre variant; Zazie is the collective mind of many literal worms in a hijacked human body.
- Pretty Butterflies: First respawn, appears in a cloud of pseudo-butterflies; possibly some kind of connection technique for the newly appropriated hub.
- Walking Spoiler
Leonof the Puppetmaster
Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki (JP), Milton James (EN)
The fifth Gung-Ho-Gun. As his name suggests, he can control puppets many at a time in fact. He can also make them looks surprisingly lifelike right down to the personality to fool his opponents. This gives Vash a hard time as he has to distinguish friend and foe.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Vash tells him of the people Leonof used to know as a kid, he freaks out, especially at the last name mentioned, implied to be his real name.
- Berserk Button: He flips out when Brad discovers the body of his love interest.
- The Chessmaster: Controls his People Puppets like chess pieces while he watches from a distance, controlling their every move.
- Evil Old Folks: The oldest of the Gung-Ho Guns even in the manga as the older looking member, Chapel, looks like this due to an overuse of his enhanced body
- Freudian Excuse: See The Lost Lenore below for more details.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: To Vash, in the manga.
- The Lost Lenore: In the manga, he's preserved the body of his dead love interest in a coffin next to the other puppets. It's implied that he started making puppets because he was lonely.
- Marionette Master
- People Puppets: Though he only pretends to use corpses.
- That Man Is Dead: Thinks himself as this, which when Vash reminds him of his past, he freaks out
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses it once the Armor-Piercing Question comes up, he goes from Break the Cutie to deciding to kill him
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The anime kills him off before we learn why learn he even joined the Gung-ho Guns in the first place.
Hoppered the Gauntlet
The sixth Gung-Ho-Gun. A crippled being encased in a bullet like shell that he can use to spin toward his targets as well as a shield behind him which also has a gun.
Gray the Ninelives
The seventh Gung-Ho-Gun. A huge hulking robot-like being with many a weapon embedded inside him.
Caine the Longshot
The eighth Gung-Ho-Gun. Only appears in the anime, replacing Livio, Razlo, and Elendria.
Rai-Dei the Blade
The ninth Gung-Ho-Gun. A warrior who's adapted the way of the samurai... with a few adjustments.
Chapel the Evergreen (anime)
The tenth Gung-Ho-Gun, Nicholas' Evil Mentor
, but unlike Master C, he genuinely cares about him.
- Bald of Evil: More of a Punch Clock Villain if anything.
- BFG: Holds one similar to Wolfwood, that can split into two separate ones.
- Church Militant: Unlike the example below, he is bit more lenient .
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It becomes clear that after he "killed" Wolfwood and that he became enraged once Legato dismisses Wolfwood as trash, that he tries to kill him.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Knives has him obliterated for defying him in the act of trying to avenge Wolfwood.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Subverted in that he actually cares for Wolfwood enough to attempt to kill Legato to avenge him.
- Guns Akimbo: Has a cross gun that can split into guns similar to Wolfwood justified as he is the one who raised him to use this gun.
- Hidden Depths: He has Wolfwood try and take his apple away even as an adult like a father teasing his son.
- How Do You Like Them Apples?: Often eats green apples.
- Like a Son to Me: Unlike the manga example below, it is strongly implied that he cared for Wolfwood as his son and goes to shoot Legato for insulting him.
- The Mentor: To Wolfwood.
- Punch Clock Villain: Implied
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Knives has him killed after he tries to take down Legato for forcing him to kill his student.
Chapel/Master C (manga)
The leader of the Eye of Michael, an order of assassins who worship the Plants and Knives as gods.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: He's NOT "Trip of Death".
- He and Livio are also this to another duo who look to follow the Gung-Ho theme, but show up to quickly kill them off.
- Church Militant: Unlike Evergreen, he is truly evil.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He can't get why Wolfwood became so hesitant to kill people.
- Evil Mentor: To Wolfwood, but is much more of an ass about it.
- Evil Old Folks: Subverted, in that his appearance is a result of an overuse of an altered body, but is still much older, with the exception of Vash, than the rest of the main cast.
- Handicapped Badass: Confined to a wheelchair, but that's nothing; he can still shoot off his BFGs like a pro.
- Healing Factor: As a part of his enhanced body and the reason he looks so old.
- Humans Are Bastards: Believes this zealously like Knives does.
- Jerk Ass: He's this to everyone except Knives to which he views as a god.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He spared Livio's life to raise him, not because he was doing something selfless, it's because he wanted to use him as a weapon.
- He even shoots off his own legs to get Livio to be incredibly loyal to him.
- Karmic Death: Tries to kill Livio once he proves useless, but is then killed by him.
- Knight Templar: To Knives' goals.
- Lack of Empathy: Once Razlo/Livio prove to useless, he tries to kill him.
- He also tries to have Wolfwood's orphanage destroyed in order for him to lose emotional ties.
- The Magnificent
- The Unfettered: He'll do anything to make sure his students remain killers.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To Livio, but it backfired epically.
- Younger Than They Look: His current appearance can be attributed to his overuse of his altered body.
Midvalley the Hornfreak
Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (JP), Steve Bulen (EN)
The eleventh Gung-Ho-Gun.
- Badass: Gives Vash the toughest fight out of all of the Gungho-Guns in the anime
- The Dragon: To Legato.
- Improbable Weapon User: A saxophone modified as a gun.
- Instrument of Murder: A saxophone that can create shock-waves when blown.
- Mad Artist: More in the anime than in the manga.
- Musical Assassin: He kills with a modified saxophone gun.
- Psycho for Hire: He was always a musician who killed with his music, which got Knives' attention.
- However, it turns out that wasn't something he wanted and tried to escape the Gung-ho Guns due to this.
- The Starscream: In the manga, since the Gung-Ho Guns don't take kindly to job resignations.
- Villainous Friendship: With Hoppered in the manga.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Kills himself on Legato's orders just as he was introduced.
Elendira the Crimsonnail
The thirteenth Gung-Ho-Gun. Only appears in the manga. Maybe a transwoman, maybe just a cross-dresser, but she's just as loyal to Knives as Legato is.
- Abnormal Ammo: Unlike most others, Elendira uses giant screws and nails over using a gun.
- Ambiguous Gender: Prefers to be referred to with feminine pronouns, however.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: With the Gung-Ho Guns, manga only
- Badass: Is the strongest of the Gung-Ho Guns. It takes everything Livio has to kill her.
- Battle Butler: To Knives.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: During her most intense fight and even as she lay dying, impaled on her own nail, her makeup stays perfect.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Creepy Crossdresser: Possibly.
- Dark Action Girl: Assuming she is a transwoman.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a very sarcastic sense of humor, in contrast to most other characters.
- Death from Above: In the form of giant nails shot down from Elendira's air transport.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Assuming that Elendira is in fact biologically male.
- Fragile Speedster: Thank God, considering all the effort it took Livio to land that one hit.
- Guyliner: If Elendria is a man.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Those nails look like they hurt. She also dies on one of them.
- Improbable Weapon User: With her spikes, which she has, seriously though things are way too big to be thrown around.
- Killed Off for Real
- Lightning Bruiser: Once she removes her Power Limiter, and proceeds to beat the crap out of her opponent.
- Mind Rape: She has the ability to make others think they're suffering incredibly gruesome deaths. Like so many things about her this is never explained.
- Power Limiter: Removes it during the battle against Livio.
- The Resenter: Toward Legato, for being favored of Knives. It's mutual.
Livio the Double Fang
In the manga, one of two members of the Eye of Michael called in to be the last of the Gung-ho Guns. One of Wolfwood's friends from the orphanage where he grew up.
- Action Genre Hero Guy: When he becomes a good guy, he shaves his head, looking like a pale version of this, however, after the events of the manga,he now has a mane.
- The Atoner: Post Heel Face Turn, as is obvious he feels guilty about the whole Wolfwood deal.
- Badass: Defeats the strongest member of the Gung-Ho Guns by himself... sort of.
- Badass Preacher: As a member of the Eye of Michael.
- Badass Cape: Post Heel-Face Turn
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: He isn't, but when Legato mentions "Double Fang" and "Trip of Death" arriving, we cut to two guys, one with two big tusks, and the other with the power to extremely expand his muscles. One would think these are them until the real McCoys make their entrance.
- Master C isn't the Trip of Death, Livio is, more specifically, his split personality, Razio
- BFG: Wears a machine gun on each arm that can fire forwards and backwards.
- Characterization Marches On: Just the Final Battle, he goes from stoic with a psychotic side to a significantly more wisecracking side after talking to Vash for a short while.
- Childhood Friends: With Nicholas Wolfwood.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: His guns are each shaped like one.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Combined with Et Tu, Brute? from Master C trying to kill him.
- The Dragon: To Master C.
- Facial Markings: Three lines connecting his eye with the device on its ear. He lacks the eyebrow above them.
- Good Costume Switch: Combined with Important Haircut, when he casts off the Eye of Michael and follows Vash.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields the Double Fang, two cross-shaped sub-machine guns capable of firing forwards and backwards.
- Healing Factor: Like most members of the Eye of Michael. Better formulated than Wolfwood's prototype version.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being defeated by Nicholas and the betrayal from Master C, he decides to team up with Vash
- Nice Hat: After defecting to the good side.
- Perma Stubble: After his heel face turn. And at the beginning it could be called...
- Post-Stress Overeating: Along with Vash after Wolfwood┤s death.
- Red Herring: Twice he kills two guys that seemed to be Gung-Ho Guns, but turned out to be assassins. Also he's both the Double Fang and Trip of Death
- Split Personality: With Razlo.
- Split Personality Merge: With Razlo after the fight with Elendira.
- The Stoic: At first anyway.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When Livio goes up against Elendira, he's forced to use Razlo to win.
Razlo the Tri-Punisher of Death
In the manga, the latter of the two members of the Eye of Michael mentioned above. Actually Livio's psychotic Split Personality; much more violent, yet also more loyal to Chapel
"Your reaction was better then I hoped. You're fun. And to think I could kill every man, woman, and child here in the blink of an eye if I wanted to. The power of death is intoxicating."
A sadistic blue-haired man with psychic powers who works under Knives and has the orders to make Vash's life a living hell.
- Adaptational Villainy: Since the anime didn't get to the point where his backstory was brought up, he comes off as completely heartless
- Ax-Crazy: Though more Sympathetic than many.
- Bad Boss: To the Gung-Ho Guns.
- Badass: Even more than Knives, as in both the anime and manga, he manages to force Vash to kill him.
- Badass Longcoat: Spikes of Villainy on one shoulder and a human skull on the other. Also, the coat is white, a color traditionally associated with death in Japanese culture.
- Handicapped Badass: In the manga, Knives shatters his spine after the incident with the fifth moon, and he spends most of the series paralyzed from the neck down. This doesn't stop him from tormenting Vash and even his own minions, especially once he starts to use a capsule fitted with mechanical spider legs to move around. He eventually regains full mobility by learning to manipulate his own body just as he does with those of other people.
- The Bad Guy Wins: His goal was to make Vash experience eternal pain, and he succeeded by forcing Vash to kill him.
- Big Eater: A villainous example; almost every time we see him on screen, he's eating something.
- Villainous Glutton: Of hot dogs, which are strongly implied to be human meat.
- Sweet Tooth: Eating something like cheesecake has never been so damn creepy.
- Bishōnen: Though he tends to be Ax-Crazy, which distracts us from the sexy
- Boomerang Bigot: Played with no laughs at all. He was at least born human (prior to getting a ton of modifications), but is an Omnicidal Maniac who wants to kill all humans and anxiously awaits the day when his own boss will kill him. He could very well have been modded in childhood by the people he hated so much at the place where they were keeping him. At any rate they paid him more careful attention than your average boy whore, worked out he was planning to kill them all, and the simplest explanation for how they were able to use the method they did for killing him is that they developed the cancellation technology from the coin-box, and were using it. Given Legato couldn't stop his death-by-rape but after the building got sliced up a bit could brain-hack Knives enough to stay alive.
- Creepy Monotone: Very creepy.
- Death Seeker: And it's never been more disturbing, also a Break the Cutie ploy to Vash.
- Depraved Homosexual: Presumed, based on his slavish devotion and the fact that he is utterly depraved. The Rape as Backstory probably doesn't hurt, unfortunately. Or all the creepy BDSM stuff in the manga.
- The Determinator: Legato's desires to make Vash suffer but also physically as well. His final battle with Vash in the manga is basically him refusing to give up even after being beaten into a bloody pulp by Vash's Angel Wings and being technically paralyzed from the neck down.
- Dissonant Serenity: Bishōnen yet is a cannibal and a sadist.
- The Dragon: To Knives.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Knives leaves him in command of the Gung-Ho Guns and the plants due to different reasons, maintaining the plants in the anime and just being a Lazy Bum in the manga.
- The Dreaded: The first enemy to genuinely unnerve Vash, and the Gungho Guns would rather be Driven to Suicide than to face his wrath.
- Epic Flail: In his final fight against Vash in the manga, he swings a mean weapon called the "Guernica" that can only be described as this. The head of it is rather artistic and about twice his size. It's also full of guns.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Really hates slave traders, due to his past as a sexually abused slave boy.
- Extreme Doormat: Implied to be this with Knives, anyway.
- Faux Affably Evil: Even more so in the sub where he mimics Vash's boyish tone to be sarcastic.
- Freudian Excuse: He had a really really really really crappy childhood, and honestly Knives is the best thing that ever happened to him. Which is just pathetic. So he has reason to hate everybody.
- Go Out with a Smile: And it has never been so creepy.
- Goth: Looks like it, but is far more sadistic.
- Groin Attack: Inverted; he kills someone with a blade on his crotch.
- The Heavy: While Knives has a much more prominent role in the manga, in the anime, it could be said that Legato is in fact the Big Bad of the story while Knives is the silent Bigger Bad.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Originally the hot dog he ate was much worse and more explicit, but it was so disturbing that the editors of the manga forced the author to remove most of it! Didn't prevent him from chopping off the head of the shoe maker and stuffing it in a paper bag.
- Karma Houdini: His succeeding in making Vash kill him most definitely makes him one, even though Vash recovers from it and beats Knives in the end.
- Kill All Humans: His goal, which is arguably worse than Knives' reasons because he's a Boomerang Bigot who wants every last human, including himself, dead and enjoys it deeply.
- Knight of Cerebus: Everything goes to hell after he shows up, especially in the manga.
- Laughing Mad: By the time Legato starts moving around after Knives shattered his spine, he's gone absolutely insane and sports huge slasher smiles while cackling madly throughout the manga.
- Leitmotif: Perfect Night which fits his Cerebus Syndrome nature well.
- Love at First Sight: After using Knives to free himself from enslavement, he falls into a very sick version of this. Upon seeing Knives for the first time, he "wished to know him" and asked to stand at his side.
- Mad Love: Knives invariably treats him like dirt, and in the manga cripples him utterly in a fit of rage. This only enhances his devotion.
- Marionette Master: In the manga, he even applies this to himself. (Yeah, it's Mind Screwy)
- Manipulative Bastard: To the Gung-Ho Guns.
- Man in White: Dress like this, but has the spikes and skull to make sure you know he's bad.
- The Nameless: Until some point after falling in with Knives, literally. Probably why he introduces himself so much.
- Nightmare Face: Pulls off some rather impressive ones◊ in the manga.
- Not So Stoic: In the anime and first three volumes of Trigun, Legato is a very calm individual. Once Knives breaks his spine, he slowly becomes more and more unhinged until by the end he's become a terrifying raving lunatic.
- People Puppets: Psychic in nature in the anime, where he also has some degree of telepathy. In the manga, he has the mutant or cybernetic ability to extend nearly-invisible "wires" of some sort that can directly activate other people's muscles.
- Poisonous Friend: To the Gung-Ho Guns, he even admits that he doesn't care for them in the manga.
- Power Limiter: Played with in the manga, the coin case that Legato gives Vash way back near the beginning. Once Vash collects all the coins, the case acts as this. Instead of Vash voluntarily using it, Legato uses it himself just so their final fight will be interesting. In the end, Vash destroys the case.
- Psycho Supporter: Dangerously insane he may be, but Legato is completely loyal to Knives. No matter what abuse he may suffer at his hand.
- Psychotic Smirk: More so in the manga.
- Put Them All Out of My Misery: Very, very much so.
- Rape as Backstory: Only implied in the anime, but shown on panel in the manga. Luckily, Knives turned up by coincidence and destroyed the building and everyone else in it before they could rape him all the way to death.
- Sadistic Choice: See his Thanatos Gambit.
- Sanity Slippage: By the end of the manga, he's stark raving fucking insane.
- Slasher Smile: Being normally The Stoic makes this creepier.
- Spikes of Villainy: Those same spikes appear on Grave's coffin in the Gungrave series.
- The Stoic: Moreso in the Anime than the Manga.
- Straw Nihilist: Especially in the anime, where everything he says is as pessimistic as he is.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: More Like Tall, Dark and Creepy.
- Tearful Smile: Biggest, happiest, most weepy smile you ever saw on a naked child when he was kneeling there in the rubble, realizing that Knives had chosen to spare his life and accept his petition to follow him, and had even asked his name, and he didn't have one to give.
- Thanatos Gambit: Forces Vash to shoot him in the head to save either Milly and Meryl (in the anime) or Livio (in the manga), using this to break him further.
- The Bad Guy Wins: By forcing Vash to kill him.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Especially in the manga
- The Unfettered: His unrelenting pursuit to make Vash's life a living hell is truly terrifying.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the manga.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though we notice his eyes and costume more than this feature.
"The humans treat you well? Did you have fun, dear brother?"
Vash's twin brother. Has a pathological hatred of humans and wants to exterminate them all, as he views himself and Vash as superior beings.
- A God Am I: Knives's megalomaniac tendencies and belief that he is a kind of noble crusader or even a kind of Jesus figure.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Knives is an Aryan on steroids who rants about being a "superior breed".
- The Antichrist: To Vash.
- Badass: While less so in the anime, Knives in the manga is easily the strongest character in the series. Capable of snapping Legato's spine with one hand, instantaneous teleportation, casual destruction of cities and wiping out a fleet. Helped by the fact that unlike his anime counterpart, Manga Knives actually has a likable and suave personality with a legitimately good Freudian Excuse.
- Bad Boss: Cares nothing for his subordinates.
- Big Bad: Genocidal? Emotionally unstable? God complex? Yes, yes, and yes.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Played with since his twin is The Hero and all Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, but the anime plays it kind of straight by giving him a much more white-blond shade, edging in the general direction of White Hair, Black Heart.
- Cain and Abel: Cain, though he's actually the younger brother..
- The Chessmaster: In the anime, less so in the manga.
- Despair Gambit: His main plan with regard to Vash. In the anime, this ultimately pushes him into a Heroic BSOD.
- The Dreaded: When the man with $$60 billion on his head freaks out about him, you know he's bad news.
- Evil Twin: To Vash.
- Faux Affably Evil: In the anime.
- Foil: To Vash.
- Full-Frontal Assault: In the manga.
- Freudian Excuse: He and Vash were physically and verbally abused by a crewmember on the SEEDs ship as kids (in anime). He and Vash were exposed to a truly horrific revelation about the nature of morality and their position in relation to all other sentient beings in the manga.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: from seeing the tortured remains of an elder sibling of theirs
- Hates Everyone Equally
- Heel-Face Turn: In the manga.
- Humans Are Bastards This is his philosophy.
- Implacable Man
- Just A Flesh Wound: Knives' tolerance for pain is much higher in the manga than it is in the anime.
- Case in point when Vash shoots Knives in the shoulder in the manga. Knives reaction is to calmly look at it, looks back at Vash and then slice off Vash's arm telling him to aim better. Even more apparent after he's practically obliterated by Vash's angel arm during July and calmly has to tell Legato to shut up because he's being too loud.
- Kill All Humans: Out of hate, rather than believing that their lives are worthless like Legato.
- Knife Nut: Only in the manga, where it fits more in line with his name.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: He's the younger brother, though.
- Large Ham: In the anime.
- Major Injury Underreaction: When Vash shoots him in the leg, Knives' reaction conveys more alarm at the fact that his own brother would shoot him, than for the injury itself.
- Misanthrope Supreme
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Moreso in the manga.
- Never My Fault: Knives is practically a child in his sense of right and wrong. The evils of a few humans are enough to convince him the whole species must die. While humans are certainly to blame for many things, the terrible abuse of Plants in the story happens because there is no other way for humans to survive on the hellish world he stranded them on.
- No Yay: Invoked with his brother, no less. And several scenes in the manga are specifically staged so that it looks like Knives is raping Vash.
- One-Man Army
- Orcus on His Throne: In the Anime, he relies on Legato to torment Vash while he completes the decades-long process of recovering from the effects of Vash's angel arm blast in July City.
- In the manga, he's a Lazy Bum whose only deadline is his and his sisters' lives expiring, which he starts moving pretty promptly after he learns about, and his only threat is his brother trying to pose one. Which he likes Vash doing. And which Vash is pretty bad at.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Unlike Vash, he's perfectly fully willing to use it towards his goals.
- Sanity Slippage
- Self-Made Orphan: In both adaptations, he is responsible for the Great Fall, which also directly kills Rem, the closest thing he had to a mother.
- Slasher Smile
- Smug Snake: In the anime, where he also comes off a lot more stable, although his philosophical position is less well-supported.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the anime.
- The Sociopath: Especially in the anime.
- Stepford Smiler: When young, he hid his homicidal urges from Vash and Rem very well.
- Straw Nihilist: A variation, as he thinks everyone except him and his brother should kill themselves.
- The Unfettered
- Unstoppable Rage: The unproductive kind, for the most part. Tends to destroy everything within range even if that includes people who were fairly integral to his plots.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: No, really, he was! If a little creepy at least...
- Wave Motion Gun: Also possesses an Angel Arm.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: As a child, his motives and goals are fairly similar to Vash's in that both desire protection and survival for the people they care about — it's their methods that provide such a stark contrast. Knives seems to have lost track of their similarities pretty early, and by the time the main story starts cannot be relied upon to adhere to any goal other than rage and revenge.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the manga.
Boss of a gang of bounty hunters that come after Vash in the first episode of the anime. He and Loose Ruth end up teaming up to capture Vash. He also later appears in the manga...
A bounty hunter that comes after Vash in the first episode of the anime. He teams up with Descartes to capture Vash.
- Badass Longcoat
- Badass Mustache
- Famous Last Words: Non-lethal example.
Vash: "You better watch out."
Ruth: "What for?" *thwak*
Vash: "...Whoops. Too late."
- Faux Affably Evil: "Mr. Vash the Stampede, it's a privilege to meet you. Your face is starting to look like it belongs on the double dollar. You really can't blame me for coming after you though, since your head is worth 60,000,000,000."
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He is the one that suggests Descartes... "enjoy" Meryl and Milly.
- The Stoic: At least until he gets blindsided by a giant boomerang.
A wealthy businessman who appears in the second episode of the anime, in charge of the water supply of a dried up town. He hires Vash to protect him and Marianne from an assassin, but it soon becomes clear that there is more to the story than he let on.
The Nebraska Family
A family of outlaws infamous for the amount of destruction they cause, consisting of their unnamed father, his wife Patricia, their sons Gofsef, Kanta, Tonkichi, and Chinpei, and their daughter Marilyn.
- Dumb Muscle: Possibly Gofsef, who does whatever his father tells him to do. Patricia is at least snarky with her daughter, Marilyn.
- Gonk: Oh good lord. The family patriarch is a scrawny old man with three teeth left, his wife and one of their sons are literal giants. The other three sons are built like the Juggernaut. At least their only daughter looks relatively normal.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Yeah, see above. A scrawny old fart standing 5ft 5in having kids with a woman standing 30+ ft tall and looks like this. HOW?!
- Talker and Doer: The father and Gofsef, and Marilyn and Patricia.
Brilliant Dynamites Neon
"Nothing shines like hard won fame."
Leader of a band of outlaws called the Bad Lads. He runs into Vash during his gang's takeover of a sand steamer on route from Inepril City to May City.
- BFG: The twin giant dynamos on his shoulders.
- Chewing the Scenery: He's very fond of this, in line with his ideology of wanting to do everything as flashy and bombastic as possible.
- Cutting the Knot: He seizes the sand steamer only to discover that the money is locked in a huge vault that nobody on board can access. His solution? Turn the engines to full speed and run the steamer off a cliff to crack the safe open.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Neon sticks to what he says and really likes it when someone "sparkles" brightly. He outright refuses to kill Vash despite pretty much winning a duel they had. He even helps stop the massacre he started because he agreed to do whatever Vash said if Vash won their duel.
- Karma Houdini: Is never brought to justice for his murders, and is confirmed to still be alive in one of the last chapters.
- Large and In Charge: Is nearly twice as tall as his minions.
- Noble Demon: Neon is not a nice man, but he challenges Vash to a one-on-one duel despite having a huge advantage in numbers, and even puts his own life on the line to save the sand steamer after conceding the duel.
SEED Crew (SPOILER WARNING)
Note: Under construction. Please expand and contribute.
"No person ever has the right to take the life of another."
One of the maintenance staff on the SEED ship. She takes Vash and Knives in as her own children when the crew finds them, and acts as their surrogate mother. She is extremely kind
, and Vash treats her lessons and worldviews as sacred. She is also, however, highly competent and has great resolve.
- The Atoner: In the manga. She didn't fight hard enough to save Tessla, the first independent plant born on the voyage, who died Strapped to an Operating Table less than a year old, and all the devotion and secrecy in which she raised the boys was initially motivated by her determination to do better, given this second chance.
- Death by Origin Story
- The Gwen Stacy: To Vash.
- Heroic Sacrifice: On a greater scope than most; her sacrifice prevents the entire annihilation of the human race, allowing some of the SEED ships to land on Gunsmoke.
- Hero's Muse: She inspired and guided Vash. She's the reason he never kills anyone, no matter how much they deserve it. She took Vash and Knives in as her own children when the crew found them, and acted as their surrogate mother. She is extremely kind and idealistic, and Vash treats her lessons and worldviews as sacred.
- Parental Substitute: To Vash and Knives.
- Posthumous Character
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: More or less; despite her statements, she has a noticeably bad habit of putting off actual planning on how to confront problems, because that might conflict with the conviction that a perfect solution is possible. This trait was passed on to Vash and was a major factor in his doing nothing to resolve the plot for over a century.
- Woman in White: Her shirt. She also wears blue jeans.
William Conrad/Count Revnant Vasquez
"Knives...please forgive us humans..."
Manga-exclusive character. One of the scientists on the SEED ship who discovers Knives and Vash when accidentally woken up from cold sleep. He agrees to keep their existence a secret after talking with Rem. After the Great Fall he used his knowledge of Plants to become wealthy and live a comfortable life in July. Vash goes looking for him. Knives finds him first, and makes plenty of use of Conrad's knowledge.
- The Atoner: Agrees to serve Knives out of his own guilt for the cruel experiments he performed on Tesla.
- Humans Are Bastards: He might even be more aware of that fact than Knives. He tries to lead Knives away before the latter can witness the Last Run, when an aging plant is drained of all remaining power to cause a horrific death.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When Knives learns of the limited powers of Plants and the black hair that signals eventual death, and how Vash is even further gone than he is.
- The Mole: Ultimately betrays Knives by tricking him into using his power carelessly, causing his hair to turn black. Unfortunately, it only makes Knives get that much more serious about wiping out humanity.
In the anime he's the captain, Rem's confidante, and something of a father surrogate.
- Armour Piercing Question: Cuts right to the heart of the matter in the manga when little Vash and Knives are shyly meeting their second human ever—"Do you love Rem?" (Knives nods shyly. Joey smiles) "Then it's fine."
- Boom, Headshot: Anime Knives takes him out right between the eyes.
- Only Sane Man: Is one of the few crew members who isn't unhinged.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the anime, he starts to show shades of this after he kills Rowan, which sets Knives off to shoot him.
- Shoot the Dog: Kills Rowan to save Rem, and feels horrible about it afterwards.
Another anime-only SEED crew member.
- The Alcoholic
- All Men Are Perverts: He gropes Mary.
- All Men Are Rapists: Knives takes Steve's usual pervert status and takes it a step farther...he manipulates Rowan into manipulating Mary to say that Steve raped her to get Steve put back into the pod, then Rowan sabotages it so that Steve dies.
- Asshole Victim: Knives sets up his death.
- Bait the Dog: He seems like the fun Boisterous Bruiser at first, but then he brings up on how Vash and Knives are "monsters" and beats up on the former while driving the latter to insanity.
- Bullying a Dragon: He both beats and verbally abuses a being that has far more intelligence than him and that possess unknown powers.
- Family-Unfriendly Death
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He's pretty much the sole catalyst for Knives' descent into madness — if he wasn't such a Knight Templar, Knives would never have become so scared of humans.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He abuses Vash and Knives under the belief that they are "monsters" because they aren't human. The abuse causes Knives to effectively become a monster.
Note: Anime-only character.
Note: Anime-only character.
A manga-only character, Chronica is an independent plant, just like Vash and Knives. She serves aboard an Earth-based fleet that is finally responding to the transmissions coming from No Man's Land.
- Big Damn Heroes: She and the rest of the fleet only show up at the bitter end, when Knives is about to finish the rest of humanity.
- The Stoic: Even in the face of Domina's fusing, she never loses her calm demeanor.
- Not So Stoic: ...until her ship crashes. As Vash runs off with Knives at the end of their battle, she attempts a desperation attack on them, but is stopped by Livio.
- Superweapon Surprise: Despite their desire to swoop in and save humanity, Chronica immediately employs their most powerful weapon, the "Tall Hammer", against Knives. Of course, it doesn't work, but it does buy Vash some time.
A manga-only character, Domina is Chronica's subordinate, and also a plant.
TesslaCAUTION: SPOILER CHARACTER
Tessla was the first independent plant on the SEED ships in the manga continuity. Once she turned about a year old (physically appearing 10 years old), she was experimented on by the SEED crew scientists until she died. After that, her body parts were kept in jars on the ship Knives and Vash lived on. This became a great source of trauma for the both of them.
Ludia is the leader of the SEED ship dwellers.
One of the dwellers of the SEEDS ship that didn't crash 150 years ago on planet Gunsmoke. He appears in both the anime and in Trigun Maximum
- Action Survivor: As an ordinary human he destroys several of Leonof's drones, and later survives a bombing run on the Ark.
- Death by Adaptation : He is killed by Leonof in the anime.
- Green-Eyed Monster : He already didn't like Vash, and then Jessica, who he has feelings for, decides she wants to marry Vash. (in the anime).
- Heroic Sacrifice / Redemption Equals Death / Taking the Bullet : He keeps dissing Vash in the beginning, but he soon accepts Vash. When the SEEDS ship finally crashes because of the Gungho Guns' attack, the people aboard is mad at Vash, but Brad stands up for Vash. Not long after this, Jessica (the puppet one) tries to shoot Vash, but Brad puts himself between them. He dies after getting a few shots from the puppet. Of course, this only applies in the anime.
- Jerk Ass: Starts out as this towards Vash.
- Motivational Lie: Maximum-only. When Vash and Livio return to the ship without Wolfwood, Meryl and Millie want to know where he is. Brad tells them that he's gone on a journey and that they will probably never see him again, rather than have them break down upon hearing that he's actually dead.
Another resident of the still functional SEEDS ship, she appears in the anime and Trigun Maximum along with Brad.
The small black cat with huge green eyes that appears randomly in the manga and at least once in every episode of the anime. Included because the author found the kitty easy to draw. Her name means "Lady Black Cat".
- Crossdressing Voices: In the dub, not that it matters.
- Cute Kitten
- Mascot: In one episode they drink out of a bottle of Kuroneko-sama brand beer, and she also appears on a calendar.
- Recurring Extra: Such a recurring extra that Kuroneko-sama appears in a flashback that happened a century ago.
- Rummage Fail: In one episode Wolfwood is searching for a book in his bag and instead finds the kitty.
Badlands Rumble Characters
A notorious robber who escaped police capture with Vash's help 20 years before the central plot begins. Now seeking revenge against the gang who betrayed him, bounty hunters from all over have arrived at his target, Macca City, to take him in for the reward.
Amelia Ann Mc Fly
Amelia is a young woman whom Vash runs into on a sandsteamer headed for Macca City. She rejects his silly affections and despises him for allowing the robber Gasback to evade capture 20 years prior. Like many of the bounty hunters present in the city, she wants nothing more than to kill Gasback, but her reasons are far more personal...
- Action Girl: She literally kicks the ass of some guys in the beginning of Badlands Rumble.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives many to Vash over the course of the movie. Granted, he did kind of deserve it.
- Badass: Arguably the most badass female in the series that's not an antagonist.
- Badass Longcoat
- Bare Your Midriff
- Character Development: She initially is dead set on killing Gasback, to protect others from dying and as revenge for her mother's death, but after spending a lot of time with Vash she seems to have adopted his philosophy, opting to send Gasback to jail rather than kill him.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her mother's "precious secret" was the antithesis to Gasback's own destructive gauntlet.
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Does Not Like Men: Claims that she's allergic to the particularly stupid and ridiculous ones. When Vash touches her bare skin, she screams and breaks out in hives.
- Fiery Redhead
- Hates Being Touched
- Heroic BSOD: Has a short one after she believes Vash has been killed, and realizing she may have been just as bad as Gasback. Then she snaps out of it and decides to do something about the situation, and enlists Wolfwood's help to do it.
- Improvised Weapon: Uses a Frying pan and a soup ladle to defend herself against some men in a barfight.
- Luminescent Blush: Mild case when she is drunk.
- Perpetual Frowner: Until the end of the movie when she smiles at Vash when he turns out not to be dead.
- Revenge: Originally what she was after Gasback for, since she blamed him for her mother's death. Also, seems to be later trying to avenge Vash's Disney Death as well as trying to get the plant back from Gasback.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To not only her mother, but to Gasback as well.
- You Killed My Mother: Claims that it's Gasback's fault (and therefore Vash's fault) that her mother died when she was young. This is because Amelia's mother was in a relationship with Gasback but chose to stay behind until they met again. She died when robbers seeking the money Gasback gave her wounded her and the local doctor refused to help.
- Younger Than They Look: She's actually only 19, meaning if Vash hadn't saved Gasback 20 years ago, she would never have been born.
- Youthful Freckles: When she was a small child.
Originally part of Gasback's gang, he betrayed Gasback and left him to die after shooting him in the eye. He then began a life of making easy money in Macca City, but Gasback has plans for revenge.