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Characters: Trigun
A list of characters in Trigun.

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    Heroes 

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."

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bishōnen: He's still got the looks that girls will fall for even after living over a hundred years.
  • Blush Sticker: Pops up occasionally in the manga.
  • Break the Cutie: Damn You Legato.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ▄bermensch
  • Technical Pacifist: He's willing to shot people as long as the shot isn't lethal.
  • Tender Tears
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill
  • 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.
  • 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.

Meryl Strife

"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?"

Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN, series), Luci Christian (EN, Badlands Rumble)

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.

Milly Thompson

"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".

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Lia Sargent (EN, series), Trina Nishimura (EN, Badlands Rumble)

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.
  • Action Survivor
  • Bifauxnen: In the anime and the beginning of the manga, Milly wears masculine clothes: dress shirt and pants, tie, suspenders, greatcoat. In the manga, she eventually goes for a slightly girlier look and cuts her hair.
  • Berserk Button: Like Vash, she hates seeing people mistreating and/or killing each other but particularly if they are family (when facing a man who had earlier pointed a gun at his own parents, she took several swings at him, any of which would likely have knocked him clean out of his boots if they had connected. Also:
    "You should never get between people and their pudding!"
    "Wastage of pudding is punishable by heaven!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's very strong and throws a mean right.
  • BFG: Her stungun. The thing looks like a portable gatling gun and can fire projectiles with enough force to flip a truck or launch huge boulders out of a deep underground well.
  • Cat Smile: Pops up in a few episodes.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cute Bruiser
  • The Ditz: Subverted; she may not be very intelligent, but she is actually much wiser than Meryl.
    • Genius Ditz: In the anime, Milly not only figures out who Vash is several episodes before Meryl, she wins a chess game Wolfwood is sure he's losing with one move. Milly is clearly smarter than she appears.
  • Genki Girl: A six foot tall one, no less.
  • Gentle Giant: She stands as tall as most male characters, if not taller, and is very easygoing unless she gets good and angry.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Her love interest dies. She lives on.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Older example.
  • Intrepid Reporter at the end of the manga, together with Meryl
  • Lampshade Wearing: When she gets drunk, she gets drunk.
  • Na´ve Everygirl
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Much sharper than she first seems. She catches onto some things quicker than some of the other characters at times.
  • Pillow Pregnancy: In the anime, uses her great size and strength to smuggle a slave girl away from her masters by having her cling to Milly's stomach underneath her shirt, so Milly can (with Wolfwood's help) pretend to be an expectant mother. While the sight is rather ludicrous (someone immediately asks if she's expecting sextuplets), she still manages to get away with it.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Subverted, since she's very tall.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Milly" in the anime, "Millie" in the manga.
  • Sweet Tooth: Pudding!
  • Technical Pacifist: She carries a "stungun" that can fire X-shaped crosses capable of knocking over a truck.

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."

Voiced by: Show Hayami (JP), Jeff Nimoy (EN, series), Brad Hawkins (EN, Badlands Rumble)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

    Gung-Ho-Guns 
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Tropes applying to the Gung-Ho-Guns as a whole:

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

Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Carol Stanzione (EN)

The second 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.
  • Yoko Soumi: Her Seiyuu
  • You GottaHave Purple Hair
  • You Have Failed Me: In the anime, she's killed for her failure and strung up beside Monev.

E.G. Mine

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (JP)

The third 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 Dai 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. Ironiclly hes stabbed by Rai-Dai 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
  • 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)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)

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 "posssessed".
  • 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 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.
    • Gender Bender: After that body's killed, he possesses a girl.
      • Then returns as a man.
  • 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.

Hoppered the Gauntlet

Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (JP), Jonathan Charles (EN)

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 imbedded inside him.

Caine the Longshot

The eighth Gung-Ho-Gun. Only appears in the anime.

Rai-Dei the Blade

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

The ninth Gung-Ho-Gun. A warrior who's adapted the way of the samurai..with a few adjustments.

Chapel the Evergreen (anime)

Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (JP), Dan Woren (EN)

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)


  • 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 apart 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.

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.

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.

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.

    Major Villains 

Legato Bluesummers

"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."

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Richard Cansino (EN)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sadist
  • Sadistic Choice: See his Thanatos Gambit.
  • Sanity Slippage: By the end of the manga, he's raving
  • 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 Milly and Meryl, 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.

Millions Knives

"The humans treat you well? Did you have fun, dear brother?"

Voiced by: Tōru Furusawa (JP), Bo Williams (EN)

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 Nazi by Any Other Name
  • 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.
  • Bishōnen
  • 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
  • The Dreaded
  • 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
  • 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 Vashs' 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:
  • Large Ham: In the anime
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Minor Villains 

The Nebraska Family

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.
  • 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.

Rem Saverem

"No person ever has the right to take the life of another."

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN)

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 idealistic, 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.

Joey

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.
  • Shoot the Dog: Kills Rowan to save Rem, and feels horrible about it afterwards.

Steve

Another anime-only SEED crew member.

Rowan

Note: Anime-only character.

Mary

Note: Anime-only character.

Chronica

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 Planet Gunsmoke's transmissions.
  • 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.

Domina

A manga-only character, Domina is Chronica's subordinate, and also a plant.

Tessla

CAUTION: 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.

    Others 

Ludia

Ludia is the leader of the SEED ship dwellers.

Brad

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.
  • 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.

Emilio

Jessica

    Kuroneko-sama 

Kuroneko-sama

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Billy Regan (EN)

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 

Gasback

Voiced By: Tsutomu Isobe (JP), John Swasey (EN)

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, Maaca City, to take him in for the reward.

Amelia

Voiced By: Maaya Sakamoto (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

Amelia is young woman whom Vash runs into on a sandsteamer headed for Maaca 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her mother's "precious secret" was the antithesis to Gasback's own destructive gauntlet.
  • Does Not Like Men: Claims that she's allergic to the particularly the stupid and ridiculous ones. When Vash touches her bare skin, she screams and breaks out in hives.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • 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.
  • Youthful Freckles: When she was a small child.
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