These are the characters of Sunrise's Valvrave the Liberator. Be warned that this page does contain some unmarked spoilers.
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The Valvrave Pilots *SPOILERS*
Tropes shared by the Valvrave Pilots.
Badass Crew: All five of them only fight together a few times (usually they're operating in smaller groups), but when they do, they're nigh-unstoppable.
Body Surf: They can take control of other people's bodies by biting them.
Famed in Story: Implied, as one of the scientists they rescued in Dorssia refer to them as "the kids who fought the world." Three of them are well known throughout the series; Haruto ("The boy who fought The world"), Saki (a Teen Idol), and Akira (known for her social network, Wired).
Fire-Forged Friends: Though some of them had a rocky start (Raizo being confrontational to Haruto at first for wanting to be a pilot and Akira being a Hikikomori), they have developed a close knit friendship as brothers-in-arms.
Instant Expert: All of them had no prior training before becoming the pilots of their respective units. Possibly justified by being turned into a Magius gives them the information they need to operate the Valvraves. A Downplayed example, because they're not exactly super-aces: very talented pilots in lesser equipment can give them a hard time.
Jumped at the Call: All of them, each for very different reasons, answered yes to the Valvrave's "Do you resign as a human?" prompt.
A young man living and attending high school in Jior. He prefers to avoid competition. The apparent death of Shoko at the hands of Dorssian soldiers convinces him to leap into the Valvrave and protect his home. Doing so has turned him into some sort of artificial, body-swapping vampire. His identity as the pilot of the Valvrave is also revealed to the world via livestream of his first battle online. As such, he's become somewhat of an international icon of the opposition against Dorssia.
Body Snatcher: One of his newfound abilities that lets him hijack another human body by biting them.
Bound and Gagged: Spends a chunk of episode 4 like this when Senator Figaro tries to kidnap him to the ARUS during his secret escape.
Break the Cutie: Really starting to kick in in Season 2. His extreme fits in Episode 13, having his eye blown off temporarily, and after Marie's death, he is clearly showing signs of a bad case of PTSD, including horrific nightmares and impulsive actions. Then it goes From Bad to Worse during the massacre of the Module, where his friends are slaughtered, Shoko forsakes him and Inuzuka dies in his effort to save Haruto and L-Elf.
Butt Monkey: For most of the first season, Haruto really can't catch a break. With the darker tones of Season 2 settling in, this trait is abandoned.
The Call Knows Where You Live: As he's the only known person to have received the injection the Valvrave gives perspective pilots and survive, albeit only one other person has tried so far, he's the only one capable of controlling it, and still winds up piloting it when the ARUS is bringing relief to their module. Senator Figaro realizes this and attempts to kidnap him in episode 4.
After Saki, also managed to recieve an injection from a Valvrave and survive, it is implied that all the students of the academy are able to survive the injections, and are viable pilots.
Cannot Spit It Out: Towards Shoko. Even after it turns out that she's alive in episode two. However, it seems to be justified. Haruto has no idea what he's become, and is convinced that he is a monster. He says that monsters can't have feelings, but it's really because he's afraid of what might happen to Shoko if he got too close to her.
Clueless Chick Magnet: He seems to have no clue that Shoko, Saki, Takahi and Aina are all trying to get into his pants. The only one of those he seems to have any clue about is Saki, although he's guilt-ridden about his possessed body raping her.
Blessed with Suck: He is a regenerating vampire with the ability to pilot an awesome robot. He strongly believes that this ability is more of a curse than a blessing. You'll probably agree with him by the end of episode 10. Season 2 elaborates even more that he's the one who suffers all the drawbacks that come with being a Valvrave, unlike the rest of the pilots.
Death Seeker: Haruto comes to realize in Episode 22 that he is already dying because of the damage done to his Limiter, and instead of despairing over it, he decides instead that he wants to leave as big a mark on history as he possibly can before he will eventually die.
Despair Event Horizon: While all the cutie breaking did a real number on his sanity, what really plunges him into this is Inuzuka's death, and he only sinks deeper after learning that he killed Shoko's dad from L-Elf. They manage to pull each other out of it by forging a pact to fulfill Lieselotte's dream; To create a haven where Magius and humans can coexist.
Distressed Dude: Winds up kidnapped and held captive by Senator Figaro and his soldiers in episode 4.
The Dragon: L-Elf seems hellbent on forcing him to become this in his efforts to liberate Dorssia, as Haruto can potentially speed up his plans by as much as five years. As of episode eight, he's technically accepted.
Eleventh Hour Superpower: After coming to terms with his eventual fate of death, he awakens the ability to freely manipulate Runes just like Cain and Lieselotte.
Emergency Transformation: Became what appears to be an immortal vampire after accepting Valvrave's contract. He only accepted because he was about to be killed by soldiers from Dorssia.
Eye Scream: Suffers this in Episode 14 due to the control system for a new weapon attachment blowing up in his face. Thanks to his Healing Factor, it doesn't stick.
Famed in Story: After everyone finds out that he's the pilot in episode one.
First Episode Resurrection: In the first episode, after accepting the Valvrave's contract and exiting the mecha, he is brutally stabbed by L-Elf, then shot at point blank range a few times for good measure. Then he simply gets up, and bites the latter...
Good Is Not Soft: He has no qualms killing Dorssians and has the highest known kill count besides maybe L-Elf.
Grand Theft Me: One of the powers that contracting with Valvrave seems to have given him. Unique in that his own body actually goes into a coma of sorts whenever he possesses someone else, rather than joining his mind or dying. He uses it to steal L-Elf's body in episode 2, and is able to instantly use L-Elf's gunslinging abilities while in his body.
Healing Factor: Appears to have gotten one after being turned by the Valvrave, which includes healing his arm and the two shots and stab wound he received from L-Elf, as well as getting riddled with bullets by Cain in episode 12 and an Eye Scream in Episode 14.
Hurting Hero: He feels really guilty about the whole rape incident.
I Am a Monster: States this as tears stream down his face at the end of episode two. He increasingly feels this way as he finds himself unable to stop himself from attacking people, and understandably goes through a near-nervous breakdown after finding out that he raped Saki when he lost control. At the start of season two, he's even started to spend all possible hours locked up to make sure he doesn't hurt anyone.
In-Series Nickname: "The Boy Who Fought the World", it isn't used much, but that's probably because the only people who talk to him are people that know him personally and his enemies. Gets brought up in episode 18, though,
Not So Different: An oddly positive example and the rare variant in which The Hero realizes this. At the end of episode seven, he learns of the one person L-Elf deeply cares about and presumably the reason he fights, whom he calls "Licht," or "light." Because of this, Haruto realizes that L-Elf only wants to protect the person he loves, just like Haruto does for all of his friends. This convinces him to accept L-Elf's offer to join him.
Oh Crap: Reacts this way multiple times during the end of Season I and during episode 13 first is when Cain activates Valvrave unit 2, then when Cain uses it with the Light of Rune as its regenerating limbs to beat the living daylights out of him.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: He strongly believes that Module 77 can fight a war against Dorssia without suffering any casualties. He also believes that he can save Liselotte without even knowing her current situation.
One of Haruto's schoolmates. She was once a famous idol (singer), and adapts to fighting against the Dorssians rather quickly. She's very accepting of Haruto's new abilities, as displayed by her affections for him. She seemingly doesn't care about the potential dangers getting romantically close to him may pose. She came to Sakimori after having quit being an idol, but she will sing for her friends' sake. Despite her apparent retirement, she does have a strong passion for becoming famous enough to "carve her existence into the world."As of season two, her notoriety as one of the Jioran Valvrave pilots has caused her music to soar to the tops of the charts.
Abusive Parents: As shown in the Ryuusei no OtomeSpin-Off manga, her parents were horrible. Her father is heavily implied to have sold her off to the VVV Project, and seemingly has her contract with the company she works for terminated so she could be sent to Module 77.
Actor Allusion: Saki is an Idol who turns into a Vampire and happens to have a romantic interest in the hero, and is voice by Haruka Tomatsu. Sounds like what Megumi Shimizu from Shiki would have wanted, or could have been. The difference this time is that Saki is much more kind, playful, and compassionate, whereas Megumi was a psycho Yandere.
Adults Are Useless: Strongly believes in this. When her friends suggest revealing the strange changes that Haruto goes through after having piloted the Valvrave, she's immediately opposed to it. She says that adults "cheat" and that he might wind up as a lab rat. Turns out she was right. A little too right.
Future Badass: two-hundred years after the end of the series, Saki is still around and better than ever at using her Valvrave.
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Holds herself at a distance from the other students, at least until the war gets underway.
Attention Whore: Her reason to pilot her Valvrave and give up her humanity was so that she could be in the spotlight. The true reason she wants to be famous is so that she never has to fear returning to her abusive family, which further takes her away for the usual definition of this trope. Actually manages to turn this into a virtue - she draws her Heroic Willpower from NicoNico comment streams.
Because You Were Nice to Me: She cares about Aina a lot more than normal because Aina was amongst the few people to not treat her differently for her idol status.
Big Damn Heroes: After being freed by A-Drei, she sprints to the Moon in her Valvrave and manages to save Haruto and L-Elf from a squad of Waffe.
Break the Cutie: This happened before the show even started, and then got worse. Especially in episode 10, where she comes to realize that the Kamitsuki condition is a curse.
Dark and Troubled Past: While at first it seems like she fibbed about this in order to get close enough to Haruto in order to steal his body, it's revealed that she was abused as a child and was actually bullied by her idol seniors and fired by her bosses.
Freudian Excuse: The reason she doesn't trust adults is she was abused as a child and fired from being an idol by her bosses.
I Lied: She constantly subverts it. Every time in the series where she claims that she was lying, it is actually shown that she was telling the truth, whether it be about her abusive childhood, or the existence of her feelings for Haruto. Aina very pointedly notes at one point that Saki is actually an extremely honest person.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Amusingly enough, while she accuses Shoko of being one earlier on, it is quite obvious that Saki ultimately fits the trope far better. In episode 10 she tries to thwart Haruto's attempt to get closer to Shoko by saying a love that's one way wouldn't last very long, and that a relationship between him and a regular human like Shoko would never work out. Subverted when she later rejects Haruto's marriage proposal and sends him to save Shoko.
Distressed Damsel: She is captured by A-Drei in Episode 17 and becomes a hostage of the Dorssian military.
Badass Damsel: Despite the fact that she is mercilessly tortured on international television and kept under maximum security, she doesn't give out any information (minus the use of her regeneration to demonstrate her inhumanity to the world) and ultimately escapes from the same maximum security with a bit of help from A-Drei.
Famed in Story: It is mentioned in the first episode that she was a popular idol. This is revealed to actually be her greatest ambition, to become so famous that she can "carve her existence onto the face of the world".
Foil: Her actions in episode 6 have some interesting parallels with Haruto's actions in the first episode. Namely, she makes a calculated choice to pilot a Valvrave, as opposed to his which was driven by rage and the desire for vengeance. Likewise, she seems fine with losing her humanity while it is a source of much angst for him. And while Haruto's later fights see him acting more on thought than raw emotion, her second battle after recovering from her Freak Out is driven by her personal emotions and desire for fame and immortality.
Genre Savvy: Figures out how the body switching works and explains her logic with "That's how it works in movies."
She also points out that sending Haruto to the ARUS doctors to find out what his condition is would only make him their lab rat.
Healing Factor: Recovers within a few minutes being shot through the heart.
Hidden Buxom: Emphasized in the manga, where it's shown that she already had a generous rack at age 13.
Immortality: We see her fighting an unknown enemy at the beginning of episode 7, more than two hundred years after the current events of the story, and she doesn't seem to have aged a day.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: On international television and in front of all the Sakimori students and the ARUS politicians, courtesy of Cain, to show that she is immortal. This causes the Arus President to Freak Out.
Jumped at the Call: Jumps at the chance to become the second Valvrave pilot, unconcerned with losing her humanity.
Leeroy Jenkins: Initially, she is very reckless once she becomes a Valvrave pilot. She gets better.
Ms. Fanservice: She's a rather generously proportioned Teen Idol who frequently teases Haruto. Emphasized more in the Ryuusei no Otome manga.
Nerves of Steel: Remains both calm and defiant when held at gunpoint by L-Elf. Later subverted when when she starts fighting the Karlstein Institut graduates in episode 6, and completely freezes up in fear.
The Promise: Forms one with Haruto in episode five to keep the fact that there are other Valvraves a secret. She seals the deal with a kiss.
Rape as Drama: She gets raped by Haruto during a particularly bad Magius flip-out in episode 10. Interestingly, Haruto takes it far worse than Saki does, and in Episode 13 she actually proposes them having sex to stop Haruto's fits, though he stops her. The Spinoff manga Ryuusei no Otome reveals that Saki saw them sharing the "curse of the Valvraves" as a kind of tight-knit bond.
Reality Ensues: For her in episode 6, as soon as she starts fighting the Karlstein Institut graduates, she gets completely out matched and all thoughts of being a immortal are pretty much shattered.
Saved by Canon: Episode 7 confirms that 200 years after the series, Saki is still alive and kicking ass in her Valvrave.
Shameless Self-Promoter: She advertises herself as Haruto's sister in order to be "related to a celebrity." As of Season two, she took advantage of her notoriety as a Valvrave pilot to sell her songs, which turned out to be an effective move.
Another one of Haruto's classmates. He's very good with motorcycles, and is known for hanging out with a lot of girls. He's killed off rescuing Haruto and L-Elf after ARUS betrays the inhabitants of Module 77.
Achilles' Heel: His Valvrave's main weakness is that his back is left incredibly vulnerable when making use of its incredibly powerful shields and arsenal.
What the Fu Are You Doing?: Took Haruto's place as the pilot of the helicopter in episode 2 because he's good at driving motorcycles. He quickly realizes that the controls are very different and nearly crashes.
Jumped at the Call: Like Raizo, he doesn't hesitate for too long once he makes up his mind to become a Valvrave pilot.
Killed Off for Real: His Valvrave and his body are both completely vaporized by the explosion caused by his attack on the final Kirschbaum.
Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: His Valvrave is equipped with two gigantic shields that are nearly unbreakable. The only thing that has been able to harm them to date is The Kirschbaum Units's Löwenglitzen.
Money Fetish: His goal in life is to get money and he winds up handling the donations for the student after they declare independence.
Soon after his first battle, he talks about making Shoko's desert into a mass produced souvenir from visitors to Module 77 and he is later made the Minister of Finance.
Rasputinian Death: His Valvrave is slowly blown apart piece by piece and a shot to his cockpit completely snaps his arm, but it takes it being bisected and him self-destructing in an absolutely huge explosion before he finally bites the bullet.
Self Destructive Charge: During the escape from Module 77, his Valvrave is completely torn apart, concluding with it being blown clean in half as he suicidally charges a Kirschbaum before he vaporizes them both by exploding his cockpit.
Shipper on Deck: For Haruto and Shoko. The last thing he asks before he charges the Kirschbaums is whether not Haruto loves Shoko.
Taking You with Me: As his Valvrave is blown apart by the last Kisrchbaum's Löwenglitzen, him and his cockpit rams the mech and detonates, causing a massive explosion the size of Module 77.
A gruff, disobedient student at Haruto's school. One of his best friends was killed in the Dorssian attack. He wants revenge, and thinks that he can force Haruto to hand over the Valvrave so he can get it. Later on, it's revealed that, despite his gruff demeanor, he cares deeply for his friends and only wants to keep things going well in the module, and is willing to put his life on the line to do so.
Attack! Attack! Attack!: His attitude towards fighting is basically "shoot the enemy until they die." This borders of Leeroy Jenkins territory as he usually recklessly heads off to battle opposing Dorssian units, thus making him always the first victim of whatever strategy they have at the moment or the new Kirschbaum units that the Dorrsians have developed by adapting the Valvrave tech.
Bash Brothers: With Kyuma, although they fight frequently due to their contrasting personalities, their team work is impeccable.
Big Damn Heroes: When Kyuma is about to be taken out, he shows up in his own Valvrave and starts kicking ass.
Butt Monkey: So far he gets beat up by Dorssian soldiers, knocked out by L-Elf and shot by Senator Figaro
Covert Pervert: He and his posse quickly take advantage of the school being the only people remaining in the module to show some pornos at the theatre and make the best out of it.
Defiant to the End: While he isn't killed off, he refuses to listen to the Dorssian officers demands that he and the other students hand over their cell phones. Not by virtue of them being an invading enemy force, mind you, but because he feels that he's in charge of the school.
Heroic Sacrifice: Holds off Q-Vier long enough for Akira to hack the communications satellite of the Dorssians, but when he goes in for the kill on the brat, he gets duped and then eats a Löwenglitzen to the mouth, killing him.
Hot-Blooded: As befits a young bully type, he's loud, outspoken, and aggressive.
I Call It Vera: He names his Valvrave "Nobu Lightning" after the friend he lost in the initial Dorssian attack.
A skilled Jioran hacker. She's responsible for revealing Haruto as the Valvrave's pilot to the world via live stream on the internet in episode one. Her motivations are unknown, but her skills are great. Her stream showed up on televisions around the world. Satomi is her older brother. She runs a popular social networking site known as Wired.She becomes the pilot of the Valvrave VI.
Broken Bird: She used to be a fairly normal kid, until she became the target of bullying. She hacked the school computer to try and get the answers to help Satomi when he was stressing out about tests to the point of getting sick. Unfortunately the police caught wind of it, and when being questioned, he denied any responsibility for it. As a result of being caught by the police, the kids at her school began to bully her, and to make things worse, when she called to her brother for help, he ignored her cries.
Famed in Story: Although only a few people know who she really is, she carries a reputation of being so good at hacking computers there are rumors circulating around as to the extent of her abilities. One of said rumors is hacking into an established university's website, which is said to be protected by class S security (which she did hack into at a young age in order to get the test questions to help Satomi pass the said university's entrance exams). Yusuke refers to her as "the legendary Little Witch" and one of his friends notes that if all the rumors about her hacking prowess are true, then she must have the skills of a god.
Freak Out: Has one when Shoko finds her. She has a more comedic one after the power goes out and her computers shut down.
Has another one when Saki is shot in front of her.
Graceful in Their Element: She is pretty awkward when having to deal with people, but give her access to a computer, and she works miracles.
Hacker Cave: She hacks into the security cameras and starts the livestream from a small, darkened room seemingly made up of boxes and storage supplies. The floors are strewn with snacks, wires, and keyboards.
Hates Being Touched: She freaks out whenever she makes physical contact with people because of suffering from horrible bullying during her childhood. She's slowly getting over this thanks to Shoko.
Hikikomori: To such a degree that she had a massive Freak Out in episode four when someone found her Hacker room. She also freaks out in episode 11 when Shouko's invitation for her to get out more triggers a Flash Back where something terrible must have happened to her outside in the past, causing her to scream uncontrollably and disconnect her call.
It's shown she was brutally bullied by her former classmates, with them doing things like cutting her hair, ruining her stuff, and presumably physically beating her up, making her terrified of all human contact, to the point where she'd rather die than leave her little area. But she would leave it to save Shouko, her only friend.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her first big hack was to figure out the answers to an important entrance exam that was severely stressing out Satomi, to the point where he was studying through a severe fever and losing lots of sleep. Sadly, she nearly ruined his chances of getting into a good school when she was found out.
No Social Skills: When Shoko begins crying in front of her she is immediately flustered and without a clue on what to do to comfort her.
Only Friend: Considers Shoko this. Shoko has so much influence in her that she is shown eating snacks (like wafer bars with pickles) that Shoko likes.
Playful Hacker: She hacked into the security cameras around the school and streamed the Valvrave's first fight online live. Her skills are so great that her website, Wired, is known for being incredibly difficult to hack.
Later, she gets the Valvrave VI, which has a weapon that hacks enemy machinery.
The Promise: Makes one with Shoko as to not reveal where she is on campus.
The Voiceless: She doesn't speak for most of the series aside from some thoughts in her head and some screaming. When she does try in episode 11, the sound of other people talking to her on Shouko's phone causes her to freak out and cut the connection.
Unkempt Beauty: She spends most of her time inside her Hacker Cave, and does not seem to care much about how she looks like. She still looks quite the beauty, comparable to Saki and Takahi.
A House Divided: Some of the female members start to argue when their module was experiencing a power failure during season one, but they got over that.
After the reveal of Haruto and the others' Immortality as well as the FrameUp by Dorssia, some of the surviving members of the module started to turn against the pilots after most of them were mercilessly gunned down by the ARUS military while some of the others focused on trying to ensure their survival.
Improbable Age: The leaders of their independent module are barely past their twenties, the oldest cabinet member being Rion Nanami.
A close friend of Haruto's. She's very energetic and cares deeply for others. When it seems like she's killed by a stray laser blast in episode one, it turns out that she survived by ducking into the car of the person she tried to help. She is also the Jioran prime minister's daughter, and has seemingly inherited a healthy amount of leadership skills as a result. She also has a habit of repeatedly gripping her skirt and letting go of it when she's thinking.As of season two, she's settled into her role as a diplomat and a leader and has become a much more mature, level-headed person. Witnessing your father's last moments will do this to you.Position: Prime Minister.
Break the Cutie: In episode 11, she's forced to watch a Dorssian officer condemn her father to death in a military tribunal. While her father tries to reassure her not to worry about him and to think of the future, the ship they're on gets destroyed by Haruto's Limit Break attack, along with about three quarters of the attacking Dorssian forces. She breaks down in tears at being unable to do anything to save him.
Cannot Spit It Out: She seems to have mutual feelings for Haruto, but she won't admit it. As of Season two, she apparently did not confess to Haruto because she did not want to let him know that her father died together with the Dorssian fleet that Haruto destroyed during season 1.
Childhood Friends: With Haruto. She knows him so well that she realizes that the posts Saki makes when in control of Haruto's body were not actually made by Haruto, simply based upon his personality. However, since she doesn't know about the body swapping powers that come with being a Valvrave pilot, or the fact that Saki was even a pilot at that point, she assumes that a hacker was at fault.
Cloudcuckoolander: Shoko's thought processes are not ordinary thought processes. As Saki bluntly puts it, "Do you have brain problems?".
Disappeared Dad: Her father, the Prime Minister of JIOR, is revealed to be missing and many fear that he has been assassinated by Dorssia. He turns up alive in a Dorssian Kangaroo Court situation but is later killed in an explosion caused by Haruto's Harikiri Blade.
Famed in Story: She's the daughter of the prime minister of JIOR. However, she doesn't take advantage of this in order to be popular. She's well liked by most of the students in the school because she helps them out in various ways. Then she gets elected as the Prime Minister of New JIOR.
Foil: To Haruto. Enough to make a point that everyone notices how alike they are.
The Fool: An odd mixture of this and Guile Heroine. Her... unique approach to problem solving shouldn't work in any sane, rational universe, but it does. It does very well. Right up until Episode 21.
Genki Girl: One of the defining traits of her personality. Despite being caught in a war zone, she still acts silly and optimistic. She seems to lose this part of herself after witnessing the death of her father.
Guile Heroine: Manages get ARUS to fully cooperate by threatening to give the Valrave to Dorssia and plans on doing the same thing to Dorssia.
The Heart: Especially evident in episode 6 when her cheers helps Saki get over her fears and defeat the enemy.
Idiot Ball: Shoko willing handed Haruto and L-Elf to the ARUS military in exchange for their safety, despite the fact that they had already killed most of the students. This almost cost them their lives,as ARUS wasn't planning on honoring their part of the deal and the Valvrave pilots were in the process of defending them. It's worse when you consider that ARUS had tried kidnapping Haruto once before with Figaro and that if Haruto is captured or killed, all the Valvraves will cease functioning and they lose their only means of defense.
In the Blood: She winds up becoming an inspirational leader to her classmates in episode 4. It turns out she's the Jioran prime minister's daughter.
The Leader: She's the de-facto leader of Sakamori High School after they declare independence. She officially becomes New JIOR's Prime Minister in episode 10. She is type IV.
Lethal Chef: Subverted. Despite how horrible-looking the vegetable stew she makes in episode 7 is, it actually tastes good!
Locked Out of the Loop: She's the only person in Haruto's group of friends that doesn't know about the whole Valvrave curse. Until Episode 19.
My God, What Have I Done?: She's clearly unsatisfied with her condemnation of the Third-generation Magius, and after being shown by Pino that Haruto become a Magius for her sake, she breaks down in tears realizing just how horribly wrong she was.
Nice Girl: She's very friendly, energetic, and selfless. She's also very dedicated to keeping promises.
Noodle Incident: It's mentioned once that Haruto and Shoko ran away together as children, but it is never fully explained nor brought up again. When Haruto's memory of this is destroyed by the Valvrave, and Shoko questions him about it when she finds out about his Immortality and he cannot recall it, she truly believes that he has become a monster.
Supreme Chef: Her cooking may look bad at times, but she's actually an amazing cook, and is very knowledgeable in traditional cooking. Her cooking is good enough to even get L-Elf off his game!
Cordon Bleugh Chef: She cooks (or makes food) by throwing random stuff that the resulting dish ends up looking like it could kill anyone who eats it. Subverted because her cooking is absolutely delicious.
Take a Third Option: In episode four, she inadvertently gives one to Haruto, who pretty much only had two viable options once he and the others find out that their module is the only area of Jior not occupied by Dorssia and that their families very well may be used against them: surrender or work with L-Elf to bring revolution to Dorssia. She suggests that they use the Valvrave as collateral.
A somewhat aloof student at Sakimori. She's friends with Shoko, and doesn't seem to care much about appearances. It turns out she's an amnesiac, and can only remember the previous two years of her life. Five years ago, she was apparently a friend of Pino, according to the latter before she became the Valvrave AI.As revealed in episode 16, Marie was the test pilot for the Valvrave system, and Unit 1's (Haruto's) test pilot, which is how Pino came to know her and befriend her, as both were lonely people. Her amnesia was caused by Pino absorbing the Runes from her memory. As to how this hasn't happened to Haruto, Pino says that Marie's "Limiter" is broken. Exactly what a Limiter is hasn't been explained yet, but according to Pino, Marie's lack of a functional one means she loses too many Runes piloting the Valvrave, which is why she was abandoned as a test pilot. This is demonstrated when merely touching the Valvrave caused Marie to lose her very first memory. In the end, Marie chooses to pilot the Valvrave once more to save her friends from being killed by the Dorssians, losing her memories as the fight progresses, until the use of the Harakiri Sword ends in what is for all intents and purposes her death, as she is now an empty shell.Position: Minister of Internal Affairs. now deceased
Boom, Headshot: Suffers a painful looking headshot from L-Elf in Episode 15. To everyone's shock, she gets right back up.
Cloudcuckoolander: If the impression she gives in episode one is to be believed. Considering she has amnesia, this makes this trope interesting.
In episode five she walks around the city barefoot and in her school swimsuit.
Covert Pervert: Randomly reaches up and starts groping her teacher in episode one. In episode five, she also manages to get some pictures of Shoko when playing in the sprinklers—with her white uniform wet and see-through.
Cursed with Awesome: Her lack of a "Limiter" means she can feed a lot of power to the Valvrave and increase its specs considerably, but it comes at the price of her memories. This is what got her fired and abandoned by the research team in the first place.
Cast from Hit Points: She can power up and utilize Unit-01 in ways Haruto cannot do yet, but due to her lack of a "Limiter" this comes at the cost of her memories. Her first and only battle in episode 16 has her singlehandedly destroying the Dorssian units that were after them while her memories disappear one by one. By the end of the episode, she had lost so much memories that her mind is effectively too broken to function, leading to her death.
Dissonant Serenity: How the now-memoryless Marie comes off when talking with Haruto for the last time, expressing subdued and somewhat dull elation at learning that the "old" Marie had such dear friends.
Glass Cannon: She can pilot Unit 1 even better than Haruto, and pull off things that he (still) can't do, but at the cost of feeding it so many Runes that she loses memories just by being in contact with the Valvrave.
Healing Factor: Not 30 seconds after L-Elf shoots her in the forehead, she is standing back up.
Hers seems to be more extreme than Haruto's and the others as Saki is still on the ground unable to move minutes after being shot through the heart while she's already on her feet. For a small background, a person can live for several minutes before dying if shot in the heart, while a headshot is a guaranteed kill since all the oxygen filters through there.
Heroic Sacrifice: She loses so many Runes piloting the Valvrave that ending the battle with the Harakiri Sword kills her as well. For anyone doubting her death, Pino herself bids her goodbye as the episode ends.
Heroic RROD: She kept pushing herself to pilot Unit-01 to protect her friends while her memories get erased one after another. The Harakiri Blade finally takes the last semblance of mental functions for Marie which leads to her death.
Hidden Depths: Turns out she is an amnesiac. Pino also knows of her and refers to her as a friend from five years ago.
Identity Amnesia: She only knows her name, but not anything else. Episode 15 shows that she is somehow connected to Pino and was apparently friends with her before her amnesia, and has the immortality that the other Magius have.
Finally revealed in episode 16. Marie was the test pilot of Unit 1, which is how Pino befriended her.
Instant Expert: Surprisingly, despite not having any memories beyond the last two years of her life, she pilots Unit 01 rather well, and perhaps even better than Haruto. Unfortunately, this came at a cost to her memories.
It was caused by Pino consuming her Runes. And she loses even what little memories she had by the end of episode 16, not to mention her life.
Mysterious Waif: She can't remember anything beyond the last two years while she was in high school. Pino explains that she was a test pilot for her, but her limiter was broken, so she couldn't be used anymore, and Pino "ate" her memories to power up the Valvrave.
A student at Sakimori who has a love for ecchi anime and anything mechanical. While rather timid, he's happy to put his skills to use for the sake of his friends.Position: Minister of Culture and Sciences.
Suicidal Overconfidence: Attempts to pull one against the invading Dorssians in episode eleven, toting a giant wrench for good measure, and his attitude in the situation implies that he wast making a suicide charge. Takumi wisely stops him.
Squee: He completely fanboys upon the chance to get a close look at ARUS tanks.
Teen Genius: Incredibly good with machines. Takumi even points out that he has the potential to be one of the greats.
Took a Level in Badass: Initially he's a timid peeping tom, but later on he becomes willing to put his life on the line to defend Module 77.
A student at Haruto's high school who initially doesn't know him personally. He scoffs at the eating contest in episode one, calling it uncivilized. He's the Student Council President at his high school, an avid supporter of the ARUS, and big brother to Akira. He's displayed an impressive level of maturity and foresight for his age, as after their module declares independence he's among the few people who try to maintain its systems and keep everything up and running.Position: Chief Cabinet Secretary.
Abusive Parents: His parents were extremely forceful in their attempts to get him into a high-class school.
Awesome by Analysis: In episode 14, he is able to help direct their ship close enough to rescue Akira after she sends him hacked communications transmissions. No one else was able to make out anything from the garbled messages.
Heroic BSOD: He has a minor one when he sees someone besides himself with Akira. He suffers another brief one in episode 14 after Akira is too far away to get rescued despite Haruto's attempts.
Hypocrite: Akira views him as this, saying he did not stand up for her despite his claims of being concerned for her well being. This stems from the fact that he refused to be associated with her hacking the university he was studying for despite knowing she did it out of concern for his well being, as well as turning a blind eye and ear to her cries for help when she was bullied. Though this has lessened by episode 14.
The Man Behind the Man: A positive variant. While Rion and Shoko become the faces of Module 77's leadership, he works towards keeping things running in their home colony on a technical and diplomatic level behind the scenes. In other words, he's going a lot of the real work.
My Greatest Failure: Not preventing the severe bullying his little sister went through. He finally starts making amends for this in episode 14, when he risks the ship he's on to rescue her.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He accidently causes a situation in episode 14 that causes the Earthspace group to derail so far from their intended landing spot in JIOR that they ended near the Dorssian capitol.
Non-Action Guy: For the most part. He did attempt to board Haruto's Valvrave in season 2 after L-Elf suggested it, claiming Haruto would be incapable of piloting due to some mental problems, but is held back by the other students long enough for Haruto to overcome his doubts.
A student at Haruto's high school. She doesn't seem to know him personally, at first. She's also a member of the student council. Some students thinks she's bossy, but we have yet to see her act unreasonably in any way—that is unless placed in a particularly stressful situation.Position: Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Alpha Bitch: This side of her briefly comes out in episode five.
A teacher trainee at Haruto's school. As the Dorssian attack took place after regular school hours, she was among the few adults present at the school at the time.Position: Minister of Health and Welfare.
Adults Are Useless: She readily admits that she's not qualified to run the school by herself and leaves the day to day running of the school up to the protagonists.
Locked Out of the Loop: She was the only civilian teacher working on Module 77. All the other adults on the Module were JIOR soldiers there to protect the gene-spliced children who could pilot the Valvraves.
One of the very few people aware of Haruto's powers. She does her best to support him, but has had little impact on the story so far. She's also one of the few people who treats Saki normally despite how Saki is supposed to be a popular idol. This is part of the reason why Saki cares for her so much. She thinks of Haruto when he's possessing people's bodies as a holy spirit and believes that the changes he underwent as a result of piloting the Valvrave as God having visited him.
The Artifact: An in-universe example. She called Haruto "Kamitsuki", because she believes his powers are given to him by God. This became the general term for those who have been turned into Valvrave pilots to honor her memory after her death.
Tagalong Kid: In episode two, she's along for the ride just like Kyuma and Saki, but she's literally just along for the ride. The most she does is a Say My Name moment and some Parrot Exposition. Even though Kyuma doesn't follow Saki and Haruto into the Valvrave, he at least pilots the helicopter.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Shortly after giving Haruto an encouraging speech in episode 7, she gets killed in a random explosion caused by Q-Vier shooting up a hangar where Haruto and L-elf were.
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tries to convince Haruto of this in episode three, but she gets interrupted before she can actually have an effect on him. She manages to do so much more effectively in episode 7.
Masquerade: One of the soldiers in the masquerade. Would've been higher up the command if not for a falling out with his superiors.
Mr. Exposition: Explains the concept of Runes, which is basically the atoms or particles of data, to L-Elf.
My Greatest Failure: While nothing's been set in stone, He clearly shows a lot of regret for previously being part of the VVV Project in episode 18, when he, Haruto and Inuzuka meet up with Soichi Tokishima.
Tropes applicable to all Karlstein Institute Graduates
Ace Custom: The Graduates are almost always piloting the Dorssian heavy fighters, the Ideal. As of Episode 15 they have upgraded to the Kirschbaums, which may be even more powerful than the Valvraves, considering that one shot from it's main cannon blew the entire right half of Unit 03 to pieces.
Ace Pilot: It says something that they have managed to survive and at times win against the heroes, considering that they have far inferior equipment. With the arrival of the Kirschbaums, they may now have the tech advantage.
Charles Atlas Superpower: None of them are a Magius or have Valvraves. They simply rely on superior physique, tactics and experience.
Child Soldier: Though Q-Vier is the only one that truly fits the bill, being 14, whereas L-Elf and A-Drei are 17 and H-Neun and X-Ein 19. Flashbacks show that they were already in service around the age of 6-8.
My Greatest Failure: There was a sixth unnamed member of the Graduate squad during their training who turned out to have connections to the Royalist faction, and they had to personally execute him. All of them still have regrets about this.
Training from Hell: Implied. Children are trained to be ruthless and efficient in killing (as well as be skilled in other things like survival, espionage, and piloting mechs). They are also conditioned to show only loyalty to the Dorssian cause and values, thus are also ordered to kill deserters, traitors, and those that cannot endure the program. Graduates of the institute are considered elite soldiers by the Dorssian military.
Undying Loyalty: To Dorssia. Two random soldiers even discuss the fact that no Graduate to date has ever betrayed Dorssia. L-Elf and H-Neun are now the exception, though the latter didn't get to defect before he was killed.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The former plans a coup d'etat, apparently in favor of Lieselotte, the princess of Dorssia. The latter feels the need to confront Cain whose actions are highly suspicious. Both can be considered loyal to Dorssia, but not to certain elements within its government - and said elements are both (as of Episode 13) covertly overtaken by an outside force, The Council of 101.
A ruthless agent working for Dorssia. He has no qualms about killing anyone who gets in his way, innocent or not. He convinces Haruto of the naiveté of his views on competition. He later attempts to murder Haruto and hijack the Valvrave, only for Haruto to get back up and steal his body for a time, then using L-Elf's natural skills to get his friends to safety and steal back both his original body and the Valvrave. L-Elf is then forced to work with Haruto and co to survive. However he later asks Haruto to help him liberate his country, revealing he wanted to rebel against his country from the start. He's chosen Haruto to serve as his right hand in his revolution and has become the first official refugee to New Jior. His most prominent character trait is that he is a very skilled tactician and predictor. In the middle of season two, Liselotte dies, causing him to fall into a severe Heroic BSOD, but he eventually resolves to ensure that her sacrifice was not in vain and forms a mutual promise with Haruto to "unveil the world" by bringing down those who were ultimately responsible for her death: The Council of 101.
The Ace: He is a skilled fighter, but also an expert strategist. He is shown to be able to predict what actions people will take and manipulate them accordingly. He seems to always have a victory plan for every situation.
Anti-Hero: Of the Unscrupulous Hero type, edging dangerously close to Nominal Hero territory. Until episode 15, when he shoots Marie in the head for slowing down his plan and almost finding out about the Kamitsuki. It pretty much confirms his status as a Nominal Hero.
Awesomeness by Analysis: His most defining skill is to be able to make strategies, find hidden objects, and figure out what the opposition will do based only on subtle clues or his extensive knowledge of military information and tactics. The first demonstration of this is his deduction of where their targets in the school are located based solely on the structure of the school building and the placements of the sprinklers.
Badass: Two years before the start of the story, he apparently singlehandedly wiped out a batallion of five thousand men on his own, which led to his status as The Dreaded. He also nearly destroys an entire military base on his own.
Badass Biker: Shows a high level of competence with a bike in Episode 19.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Liselotte shared her life with him, even though he was a prisoner, and he's dedicated his life to finding a way to protect her.
Berserker Tears: After finding out that Lieselotte was a Magius per Haruto, he proceeds to violently beat him down while crying his eyes out
Brutal Honesty: He tells people the truth, and he doesn't sugarcoat it.
The Captain: As of episode 9, he has become this for Jior's fleet.
Cartwright Curse: Rare male example. Liselotte appears to have died helping him escape in episode 19, the same episode he gave her a Love Confession, and the sole reason he did everything he did in the show up till that point.
The Chessmaster: He is far more than some blindly loyal super-soldier. Case in point: He leaves Haruto with a cryptic message at the start of episode three that turns out to be a scarily accurate prediction of the events that Haruto would go through in the following days, right down to the exact moment L-Elf would show up behind him. It's also revealed that he'd had at least the next five years of his plan thought out until he realized that Haruto and the Valvrave could even further accelerate it.
In episode 7, he even manages to capture the entire colony after Shoko rejects his proposal to militarize New Jior. He even goes so far as to tell various characters very specific things, and later, when Haruto uses his body, he leaves tons of notes inside the Valvrave to help Haruto win the latest fight against Dorssia. Haruto lampshades this by wondering how he knew all of these things ahead of time.
Catch Phrase: He is fond of saying something along the lines of "Which leads me to the conclusion of/that X", X being the result of the scenarios and plans he's working out or a speculation of his. This becomes a form of Madness Mantra after Lieselotte's death, where he begins going through every single scenario he had thought of (and some he didn't) during the Force Recon group's stay in Dorssiana.
Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, he was apparently a prisoner in what was either a Dorssian prison or concentration camp.
Determinator: During Episode 19 he gets more and more torn up; His left arm is damaged by an explosion, he gets shot in the leg and has the bike he's riding explode right under him, throwing him into a river. He's barely clinging to life by the time he lowers the drawbridge for the shuttle, but is ultimately saved by Haruto.
The Dragon: A-Drei wanted L-Elf to play this role to him.
The Dreaded: Haruto mentioning L-elf's name to an interrogator is enough to get an entire room full of people to draw their guns on him.
Easily Forgiven: Played with. The Sakimori students don't immediately trust him and only let him join them when they realize that he's too valuable an ally to ignore. After that they pretty much forget the fact that he was an enemy soldier.
Enemy Mine: In the first episode he infiltrates Sakimori High School and indirectly winds up giving Haruto the push he needs to win his first fight. Later on, he's forced to join them after Haruto takes over L-Elf's body and uses it to fight against Dorssia for a time. And then It turns out that this, ultimately, helped L-Elf, as Haruto and the Valvrave can potentially help a goal he's been working towards for a very long time now—bringing revolution to Dorssia—five years sooner than he'd originally planned. So now he's hiding amongst the students, trying to force Haruto to join him.
Full-Name Basis: Calls everyone in JIOR by their full names. However, he calls his fellow Karlstein graduates and Cain by their first names.
Heel-Face Turn: He is forced to join Haruto at the end of episode 2 in order to keep himself alive, since the latter committed numerous crimes against Dorssia while in L-Elf's body, making them think that he had betrayed them. In episode 3 however he reveals to Haruto that he wants Haruto to join with him to liberate Dorssia. He reveals that he had always been planning a revolution, but Haruto's interference has accelerated his plan by five years.
Reformed But Not Tamed: He will still ruthlessly shoot students that get in the way of his plans without hesitation.
Heroic BSOD/Despair Event Horizon: Enters a massive one after Lieselotte's death, where he hides out in a dark room and tries to go through every possible scenario he had in mind during the strike force's time in Dorssia that could've maybe let to her being saved, but never finds one that might've worked. As he poetically puts it, without the "light" in his life, he is lead to the conclusion of "darkness". Haruto then pushes him in further by revealing Lieselotte was actually a Magius, but then pulls him back out by agreeing to carry on her dream; To create a world where Magius and humans can peacefully coexist.
Irony: The sign he wants Haruto to make to show that he's accepted L-Elf's proposition is a peace sign. As such, L-Elf sometimes throws up the sign when around Haruto as a way to tease him into accepting. L-Elf wasn't aware of the sign's meaning and likely chose it because it wouldn't stand out too much in a crowd, not because of its meaning. Either that or L-Elf was leaning towards it's more common Japanese usage, V for Victory.
Ironic Echo: When he was escaping the ARUS troops during Episode 3, he gives them a proficiency rating of E for taking fifteen minutes to find out that he escaped. During episode 12, Cain gives him different proficiency ratings (S for non-hesitancy in trying to kill his former instructor and E for Defense, after he beats him upwith ease.)
Manipulative Bastard: It becomes evident in episode 9 that he is not above manipulating others in order to further his own goals. He purposely let Haruto and Saki get drawn away from the main fleet so that he would have a reason to add two new Valvrave pilots to the line.
Manly Tears: When possessed by Haruto, his body cried when he looked at a picture of Princess Lieselotte in episode 7.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's not clear whether L-Elf's extremely accurate predictions are because of some supernatural ability or if he's really just that brilliant.
Debunked as Mundane, he was taught by the greatest man in Dorssian military history: Cain.
Meaningful Name: His real name, Michael, is taken from the most Badass angel who was the closest to God. Just like how Cain claims L-Elf is "his greatest creation".
Murder Is the Best Solution: If anyone gets in his way or has no use for his plans, he shoots them in the head without a second thought.
Only Friend: Revealed in the light novel that A-Drei considers him his rival AND his only friend.
Out-Gambitted: In episode eleven, Cain, one of L-Elf's teachers, figures out what L-Elf's plan for victory against the Dorssian army is and gets a scarily effective counterattack ready for the moment Module 77's guard is down.
Subverted after episode 4 though. We see him laughing and smirking in amusement after Shoko declares that Sakamori will use Valvrave as a bargaining chip with ARUS and Dorssia, and he has a rather pronounced smile on his face at the end of episode 5 when he is looking at the other Valvrave units he discovered.
The Promise: He first had one with Liselotte to eventually free her. He gets pretty damn close, too, but fails when she pulls a Heroic Sacrifice for his sake. He later forms one with Haruto in order to "unveil the world" by bringing down the Council of 101 and freeing the world from their corrupt control.
Room Full of Crazy: After the death of Lieselotte, he hides out in a storage room and begins going through every single possible scenario that could've happened during the escape of Dorssiana that could've possibly saved her, while scribbling it all down. By the time he gives up, the far wall, floor and ceiling are covered in his scribbles.
L-Elf: "I couldn't save her. Not even in a simulation."
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Seems to be how he feels about his revolution, and anything he can do to achieve it. He's not above turning around and trying to get the person he called a monster to work with him if it means achieving his goals.
The Stoic: Can stab, shoot, and blow people to bits without hesitation or changing his expression.
Not So Stoic: He gradually loosens up as time goes on and starts smiling more often.
Token Evil Teammate: He wouldn't hesitate to shoot any of the JIOR students, if he felt they would get in his way
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He stabs Haruto on the heart, then riddles him with bullets when he tried stealing the Valvrave in season 1, which didn't work. He also orders Haruto to shoot Cain (who was on foot) with the Valvrave during episode 12, stating that he's too dangerous of a man to be allowed to live. Again this didn't work.
The Unfettered: He would have no qualms about killing Shoko in episode 11 if she gave into Dorssia's demands. He also shoots Marie in the head without batting an eye when he believes her to be distracting Haruto from the fight.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Flashbacks to not even a few years into the past reveal that he used to be much less stoic and cold that he is nowadays.
Would Hurt a Child: Notably, he knocks out one Karlstein trainee and violently chokes another in Episode 15. He would have killed them on the spot if they had no use to him, but fortunately for then, he uses them as body-jack victims. He also shoots Marie in the head at the end of the episode when the latter slows down his battle plans by stalling Haruto for answers.
We Can Rule Together: At the start of episode three, he leaves Haruto with a cryptic message that ends with "3:14, the answer is behind you." 3:14 is the exact time he shows up behind Haruto; He was the answer. He then asks Haruto to form a contract with him so that they can bring revolution to Dorssia. He later explains that he wants Haruto to serve as his right hand in achieving his goals.
The Worf Effect: He doesn't stand a chance in neither planning nor combat against Cain.
You Are Worth Hell: Lieselotte takes priority over everything, even if it puts the entire operation in Dorssia under risk.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He has no problems whatsoever killing people who serve no more purpose for his plans. He brutally stabbed and shot Haruto in the first episode in an attempt to steal the Valvrave, was more than willing to shoot Shouko had she begged for her father's life and compromised her position, and shoots Marie in the head when she interrupts his plans by demanding answers from Haruto.
Another young Dorssian agent sent to infiltrate Haruto's high school. He and L-Elf were trained together at the Karlstein Institut. He's fiercely loyal to Dorssia, and L-Elf's apparent betrayal leaves him incredibly shaken as a result. Still, despite this, he expresses interest in taking L-Elf back alive rather than killing him.He's a Dorssian prince and wanted L-Elf to become "his right hand."
Anti-Villain: The most noble and least trigger-happy Karlstein agent and as revealed by his spin-off manga his goal is to restore the deposed Dorssian royal family for Lieselotte's sake.
Noble Demon: After finding out that L-Elf isn't really the guy who shot his eye out, he frees Saki so that she can go on and save Haruto and L-Elf, even if he now risks execution at the hands of X-Eins.
Another one of the graduates from the Karlstein Institut sent to infiltrate Jior and steal the Valvrave. While not as extreme as Q-Vier, he has a passion for battle and loves melee combat in his personal mech the best. He gets killed off after learning the truth about Cain.
Anti-Villain: He's suspicious of Cain and rummages his room in Episode 10. In Season 2, he and Kriemhild start to actively work to discover the secrets of the Magius.
Casanova Wannabe: His attempts to flirt with Kriemhild in episode eight are quickly rebuked. Subverted in season 2 via Call Back when she invites him for some tea.
He is shown to be charming enough to be able to entertain two girls (who seem to like him enough) that he dated during episode 14. His charms fail to work only because he tried using them on Aina and Kriemhild.
Caught on Tape: His earrings have inbuilt recording devices that he can activate by pressing a finger down on each side of it. He uses the blue one that is later given to X-Eins to record all that happens in the Grünau Mansion after he encounters Cain, which leaves X-Eins with all the evidence as to the existence of the Magius, Runes, Cain's true identity and the Council of 101's plans.
Chivalrous Pervert: He hits on pretty much every woman he talks to, including Aina and Kriemhild.
Even Evil Has Standards: As of Episode 8 he becomes somewhat suspicious of Cain due to even Kriemhild being left in the dark on his plans. He doesn't seem happy about discovering his commanding officer is actually a Magius in Episode 12.
He Knows Too Much: Cain kills him after finding him sneaking into a derelict castle where the Magius reside, where he proceeds to find the council discussing their desire to get X-Eins' body for one of their members. H-Neun reacts poorly to their discussion of taking away his best friend and gets shot for his trouble.
Hidden Depths: Going by the contents of his room in Episode 17, he's an avid bicycle enthusiast.
Only Sane Man: By far the most well-adjusted of the Karlstein graduates, he is not at all comfortable when he discovers that Cain isn't human.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Could move from a cafe counter to the side of Kriemhild's car, which was a good 30 meters away, in the span of 1 pedestrian briefly covering the direct viewing angle between the two spots.
Take Up My Sword: His blue earring, which is later given to X-Eins, is actually a recorder that he used to capture the audio of his trip into the Grünau mansion from when he met Cain and forward, giving X all the info about Magius, Runes, Cain's identity and H-Neun's fate.
Tragic Keepsake: After his death, H-Neun's earrings are handed out to his fellow graduates. He had four, each of them colored after the hair color of his teammates, and the one representing L-Elf was on his right ear instead of his left, representing his defection.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With X-Eins. They have completely opposite personalities and often bicker and make fun of each other, but they consider each other their best friend. H-Neun's infiltration of the Grünau Mansion that ultimately leads to his demise was his attempt at keeping X-Eins out of potential danger.
Another one of the graduates from the Karlstein Institut sent to infiltrate Jior and steal the Valvrave. Even in the midst of a heated battle, X-Eins is able to analyze his ememies' every weakness. He has a great level of respect for his former instructor and current supervisor Cain.
Anti-Villain: After finding the information hidden in H-Neun's earring, he turns over a new leaf together with A-Drei to avenge H-Neun and free Dorssia from the Magius.
Awesomeness by Analysis: He's not as good a pilot as the others but he's usually the one who comes up with the strategies and they are generally quite effective.
Badass Bookworm: Most of the threat from him comes from his advanced intellect and planning skills.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He notices that Valvrave's main strength is in close range combat and has little long range capability, so he specifically crafts a strategy to counter it. And it would have worked too if their plan wasn't foiled bySaki activating a second Valvrave unit.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With H-Neun. They have completely different mindsets (H-Neun being Hotblooded and X-Eins being The Stoic) and often bicker, but they have been together the longest of all the Graduates and consider each other their best friend.
Another young Dorssian soldier. He loves to fight, and delights in murdering his enemies, be they solider, scientist, or civilian. His enthusiasm for fighting is so strong that he admits that he's kind of happy about L-Elf's apparent betrayal. He had secretly wanted to fight him.
Ax-Crazy: His age and tone of voice hides a bit of how completely fucking batshit he really is. A Flash Back in episode 15 shows he had this mentality even while growing up and being trained as a Karlstein trainee, but he seemed just a tad saner back then.
Attack! Attack! Attack!: His preferred battle strategy is to shoot enemies (or anyone and anything else really) until they die in a bloody mess.
Commanding officer of the Dorssian forces attacking JIOR who came for the Valvraves. He knows more about them than he lets on, and has a mark on his neck that comes from becoming a Magius around ten years ago. He is a good friend of the Dorssian Fuhrer Amadeus. He is the pilot of Valvrave Unit 02.
The Ace: He's a brilliant strategist, a respected military commander, highly skilled in unarmed combat and also is a Magius, with far more extensive powers than those of the Valvrave pilots.
A Father to His Men: In a flashback in episode 17, he personally saves H-Neun and X-Eins from a terrorist group with nothing but a sword and a combat knife, before telling them a quote X-Eins would go on to live by, and which later tips H-neun off that "Cain" is not the Cain he knew in his youth;
Cain: "Don't have your friend watch your back. Have the strength to watch your own and your friend's back."
Affably Evil: Always polite with a smile on his face. Even while using L-Elf as a punching bag.
Asskicking Equals Authority: There's a reason even L-Elf is terrified of this guy. He's able to beat L-Elf with his bare hands without so much as a scratch and has some weird light-based powers called the Light of Rune that allows him to animate a Valvrave without limbs.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Could tell that Takumi had been in the military simply by seeing a scar on his shoulder. He then proceeds to point out how it happened, how it was treated etc. right down to exactly what kind of bullet it was. Takumi's face clearly shows that all his guesses were correct.
Awesome yet Practical: His Valvrave has no special weapons as of yet, but due to Prue's powers, it has infinitely regenerative clawed Rune Crystal limbs that can tear the living shit out of his opposition.
Badass: As of Episode 12 of Season 1 the most badass character in the series. Shown off when he beats the shit out of an armed L-Elf with his bare hands and later tears the living shit out of Unit 01 in the first episode of Season 2.
Badass Boast: Gives a surprisingly direct one to L-Elf and Haruto in his Valvrave:
"I told you didn't I? You cannot defeat me".
And another one slightly later to L-Elf, speaking as if he's grading his exams:
Blond Guys Are Evil: It's heavily implied that this used to not be the case before Cain was possessed by a Magius, but now that he is, it's played straight.
The Chessmaster: He's mainly used his talents as this for Dorssia's goals so far. Case in point, he out-gambits L-Elf, repeatedly.
The reveal of the Valvrave's pilots' Immortality as well as planting false evidence of them being murdering monsters is shown to have been his idea when Magius!Amadeus compliments him on the effective plan after the broadcast is done.
Crazy-Prepared: His guns have a cut-in on the handle specifically to block knifes.
Char Clone: Blonde, with a covered eye, a high-ranked officer and a suave manipulator? And secret plans of his own that threaten to upstage everyone? AND a special Valvrave? Close enough.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Once he personally joins the fray, the Dorssian forces absolutely steamrolls Module 77. He personally delivers this to Haruto and L-Elf at the same time without breaking a sweat, and then beats the living bejeezus out of them in Unit 01 with Unit 02, only withdrawing when Prue shows abnormal responses to being in proximity of Unit 01's engine.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He doesn't seem to act out of the ordinary for much of the series, but seems to know a lot about what may be going on much like L-Elf, and in episode 11, outmaneuvers L-Elf, ramming Module 77 at high speed along with launching a Boarding Party onto the ship when their defenses were laid back shortly after Haruto's Limit Break attack.
The Dragon: To the Fuhrer of Dorssia and the Council of 101.
Drama-Preserving Handicap: In Season 2, Most of the action takes place on Earth and not in space, where Cain is at his best. He's still, well, Cain, but L-Elf manages to outgambit him once because Cain is not nearly as familiar with the Dorssian capitol as L-Elf is.
The Dreaded: It should give you an idea of how horrifying Cain is when even L-Elf is afraid of facing him.
Expy: His Light of Rune give off a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann vibe, particularly fitting Lord Genome: He's huge, incredibly Badass, the Big Bad of the first season and his Magius powers are suspiciously similar to Spiral Energy.
Hidden Depths: He's not just some random high-ranking military official. He's been a Magius for at least ten years, was Amadeus's right hand man in the revolution in Dorssia twenty years ago and is an instructor at the Karlstein Institute, meaning he personally trained all of the Graduates.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He recognizes A-Drei's conflict over L-Elf's "betrayal" and tells him that he will be perfectly fine with overlooking any irregularities in their operation to capture Valvrave as long as the main objective is completed, basically giving them a free pass to capture L-Elf rather than kill him. Completely subverted when he is revealed to be a Magius.
Spoiler Opening: Season 2's openings and ED's have spoiled his Valvrave's black makeover.
The Stoic: Rarely emotes in any way other than a perpetual smile and impeccable manners, even to his enemies.
Super Prototype: Unit 02 turns out to be this, as not only does it carry the same kind of engine as Unit 01 (whereas Units 03-06 carry mirrored copies that are reliant on Haruto's), it was so powerful during testing that the Project VVV scientists decided to freeze it, seeing it as too big a risk. Naturally, it is enhanced even further through Prue's influence and ability to create Rune Crystals out of thin air and proceeds to lay a smackdown on Haruto's Unit 01 without any limbs.
The second-in-command in the Dorssian fleet surrounding Module 77. She's actually a Royalist in favor of restoring the previous government. She is also rightly suspicious of Cain and his goals, and begins to help the Jiorans of Module 77 in season two.
Anti-Villain: As of Episode 8 she is becoming suspicious of Cain. Later it is revealed she is an undercover Royalist and actively works with the heroes as of Episode 18 and forward.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Asking if there is a man named "Michael" with them to the Jiorians sets off a chain of events that leads to the plan they had almost going to hell in one fell swoop. By the way, "Michael" is L-Elf's real name, and the question causes him to deduct that Liselotte was around the area, causing him to run offto her rescue.
The current Fuhrer of Dorssia, who brought a revolution to the country twenty years ago, transforming it from a monarchy to a dictatorship by overthrowing the "King's Faction". He is dearly beloved by his people. After doing is very best to work against the Council of 101 in secret, his body is stolen by a Magius. What happened to his original personality is unknown.
Anti-Villain: He's not really evil and his conquering of JIOR is suprisingly humane and only for the purpose of getting the Valvraves out of Magius hands.
Irony: He has Saki impaled with a sword on international television to out the Kamitsuki, calling them monsters for their healing powers. A few episodes later, L-Elf slits his throat in front of the entire world to reveal his own immortality to the public.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He launched the invasion of JIOR in order to keep the Valvraves away from the Magius, not knowing that the commander of the invasion force, Cain Dressel, was a Magius all along and by extension basically gave them an opportunity to acquire a Valvrave.
Oh Crap: When he finds out that the Council of 101 had tabs on what he was doing the whole time and then when one of the Magii is about to bite him.
Again when L-Elf and his revolutionaries attack the international broadcast of their occupation of module 77 and outs him as also having the healing powers of the "monsters" he invaded Jior to exterminate.
Putting on the Reich: Besides the Guyliner and his weird head decorative, he totally looks the par for being a leader of a seemingly fascist nation.
Reasonable Authority Figure: For the most part. He is trying to conquer JIOR, though as it turns out he has a good reason for it: Keeping the Valvraves as far away from the Council of 101 as possible, but he is also the highly approved-of leader of the Dorssian nation.
A princess and heir of the Dorssian Empire. Many years before the start of the story, she rescued L-Elf from a group of soldiers who were trying to kill him for an unknown reason by giving him "half of her life", or, in other words, cutting off half of her hair and giving it to him. Even now, it is obvious that L-Elf bears strong feelings for her, and it is hinted that she is part of the reason why he wants to bring revolution to Dorssia. She is actually a Magius who attempted to reveal the existence of her species to mankind in the hopes of creating a society where they could coexist, but The Council of 101 stopped her.
Badass Damsel: This is shown in the past when L-Elf took her as a hostage in order to stop the guards from pursuing him. She plucks the needle L-Elf is holding out of his hand and undoes his grasp on her with ease.
Grand Theft Me: She's a Magius, so it's a given. The scene where she possesses the original Lieselotte's body is shown right before her death.
Heel-Face Turn: Performed this before the start of the series in the hopes of creating a world where humans and Magius could live together. The Council of 101 stopped her and incited the Dorssian Revolution to strip her of her influence and routinely drain her of Runes to keep her weakened.
Heroic Sacrifice: Uses her Light of Rune to stabilize a damaged part of the rocket carrying the Earthspace group into space for long enough to get altitude, but it ends up draining her completely of Runes.
I'm a Humanitarian: She's a Magius, and ultimately reveals that this is what all Magius do to survive.
Light is Good: She has the same Light of Rune-based powers as Cain. Unlike him, however, she uses them for good.
Love Epiphany: At first she claims that she, a Magius, and L-Elf cannot be together because they are different life forms. Haruto then claims that statement is hogwash and while she at first doesn't show it, she comes to realize that she probably loved L-Elf back.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Cain mentions that she betrayed the Magius in the past and that's why she has to be put inside a machine. Her response was that she didn't betray them and that she was simply doing what was right.
Secret Keeper: She is the only person who knows L-Elf's real name. When Kriemhild asks for a person with the same name, he quickly deduces that Kriemhild has recently held a conversation with her and storms off to save her.
Small Role, Big Impact: In the first season she's only seen in the opening, in a brief Flash Back with L-Elf, and in a picture. Haruto is initially hesitant to help L-Elf in his plans until he saw that picture of her while in L-Elf's body, and starts crying uncontrollably. He then realized that L-Elf's plans were all to help her and finally changes his mind. She then sacrifices herself in episode 19 to help L-Elf escape with the JIOR recon force.
A diplomat representing the ARUS. He comes to JIOR in order to assist with the relief effort, as JIOR and ARUS are allies. He later reveals his true colors when the only means of pulling off a large-scale evacuation are destroyed by L-Elf, making him choose to secretly escape with his soldiers, steal the Valvrave, and kidnap Haruto. Thankfully, Shoko and her friends ruin his plans.Q-Vier unceremoniously kills him when destroying his ship in episode six.
Dirty Coward: Is not above leaving an entire school full of minors behind if it means getting away safely.
Would Hurt a Child: What does he do when Raizo gets in his way? Fires a machine gun at him.
Jeffrey Anderson (ARUS President)
voiced by: Taketora
An elderly man who was democratically elected to serve as the commander-in-chief of the ARUS. He is aware of the existence of the Magius and apparently meets with them regularly, but he is not a member of their council. His real name is never used in the show, and comes from the novelized version of the show.
I Lied: Creates a deal where the remaining students are allowed to trade away the Valvrave pilots in return for their guaranteed safety, only to open fire on them as soon as they capture Haruto.
Jerkass: He personally instigates a massacre of the Sakamori Academy students after he finds out about the immortality of the Third-generation Magius. The worst part comes from the fact that he did this out of his own free will, as Episode 22 confirms that he is indeed not a Magius himself.
Our Presidents Are Different: At first he's somewhere between President Scheming and President Personable, a reasonably friendly chap who convenes with the Council of 101 together with Fuhrer Amadeus as representatives of mankind, but isn't really evil. Later in the show he turns into a President Evil and President Corrupt when he orders the massacre of Sakamori Academy as a part of the Council's plan.
The Purge: He orders the brutal massacre of the Module 77 students after condemning them as dangerous extraterrestial lifeforms when Saki's immortality is demonstrated by a Dorssian broadcast, as part of the Magius' plan to remove them from the World Stage.
A young woman who appears on the Valvrave's console when Haruto is asked if he's willing to give up being human, and serves as its guide program. She's shown to be at least semi-sentient and is only present in Valvrave Unit 01, Haruto's unit. She is actually not an AI, but a living being who was sealed into the Valvrave in order to create a machine that could be powered by Runes, the information and memories stored within human cells.
Was Once a Man: Possibly. When she meets Maria again, she says that the AI-her isn't the real her, hinting that she may have once been a human. In episode 19, it is revealed that like Lieselotte, she is a Magius.
A being very similar to the AI girl in Haruto's Valvrave whom Cain has kept hidden within a crystal for an unknown amount of time. It has an intense hate of humans, JIORians in particular. This is later revealed to be because the scientists of Jior managed to seal his little sister Pino within the Valvrave Unit 01.
I Owe You My Life: He willingly helps Cain because Cain helped him some time in the past.
Moral Myopia: He hates humans for sealing away his little sister, but he is in cahoots with a group of Magius who's actions have ruined the lives and resulted in the deaths of countless innocent civilians who had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Haruto's father, a genius scientist who works for a pharmaceutical company. In reality, he is a Mad Scientist and the head of the VVV Project that gave birth to the Valvraves. He works in an underground laboratory in the Royalist part of the Dorssian capitol Dorssiana. He is obsessed with creating the next step in human evolution through the use of the Valvraves and third-generation Magii, referring to the latter as "Homo Sapiens Novus".
Lack of Empathy: He doesn't keep a picture of Haruto on his desk. He has a picture of Haruto's genetic code. He also thinks that he has the moral high ground when Haruto disapproves of his actions because he received military permissions and the consent of the parents of the to-be-experimented-on children.
Mad Scientist: He's completely morally detached from reality, keeps a picture of Haruto...'s genetic code on his desk, created the Valvraves and messed with the genes of his own and other's children so they could pilot them. WOW. And he also thinks that this is perfectly moral because he received permission to do it. Bullseye in every category.
Never My Fault: Does not at all realize just how many negative consequences has come from his project.
Perpetual Smiler: Even when describing how grotesque the VVV Project was, involving both human experimentation, gene-splicing of children still in the womb and so on, he retains an audacious, jovial grin.
Social Darwinist: Claims that Haruto and the other Magius living off of humans is moral because they are now the new top link of the food chain.
Small Role, Big Impact: Had no influence on the plot other than a brief mention in the first episode. Until it's revealed that he is the head scientist of the project that created the Valvraves and gene-spliced the children at Sakamori Academy.
Ultimate Lifeform: Explicitly refers to the Magius as such, claiming that they are next step in human evolution, "Homo Sapien Novus".
The Ancient Conspiracy seemingly behind everything going on, with members including the President of ARUS, Fuhrer Amadeus and Cain. Later on it's revealed that they did not initiate the war; They actually have a hands-off policy for human-on-human conflict. They chose to get involved after discovering that the Valvraves are closely linked to their race, the Magius Clan, thanks to their main informant, Cain. In reality, they were originally a group of a species of aliens without a physical body who crashed on Earth several hundred years ago. The Council of 101 is comprised of Magius who've chosen to take over the bodies of the most influential humans on Earth in order to hide the existence of Magius from humans and find reliable ways of gathering Runes, which are vital to their survival.
The Ageless: As long as they can gain new vessels, the Magius are immortal.
Cast from Hit Points: As Marie and Liselotte demonstrated, using the Light of Rune takes a toll on their bodies. More specifically, it drains away the memories of the Magius' host body, leaving them into an empty shell once all the runes have dried out. This also effectively kills the Magius spirit within as they need runes to survive. However, unlike the previously mentioned, the Council has access to far more Runes and are thus not really in danger from using them.
Eldritch Location: Their council is based in on Earth in the middle of the ocean. They have a fairly normal-looking council room at the bottom of a 360 degree waterfall.
The Faceless: Their faces are often covered by shadow and their hats obscure their eyes, but even the ones with visible faces have no distinctive features besides lipstick or facial hair.
Grand Theft Me: Their modus opperandi. When a member's current vessel gets old, they use their power and influence to find a new, younger one who is in a good position to take a seat of power in the world.
Nice Hat: They all wear giant purple suegasa-like hats.
Oh Crap: They have a collective one once the PR War they'd previously been winning gets turned on its head by the revelation that Amadeus also has healing powers, proving to the people of the world that they were being manipulated and lied to.
Token Human: Fuhrer Amadeus and the ARUS President report to the council and were human. Then Amadeus was forcibly taken into the Council at the beginning of Season 2.
Trans Human Treachery: For reasons yet to be explained the moment Amadeus is turned into a Magius he is now on the council's side, despite being implied to have been working against them by attempting to collect the Valvraves. This is later revealed to be because the Magius have the same body-hopping powers as the Valvrave pilots, and his body was taken over by one of their members.
Walking Spoiler: Do not read any of the spoilers on this character entry unless you have caught up to the current episode/finished both seasons of the show.
We Have Reserves: Inuzuka points out that based on the information Akira gathered from the Phantom they captured, they have over a hundred of such units at their disposal.
Would Hurt a Child: When the New Jiorans begin to pose somewhat of a threat to their secrecy, the opt to have an entire school of innocent kids wiped out.
A young boy we see Saki and Satomi personally tutoring and watching over in the far future. He is the prince of the first Galactic Empire we see in the flash-fowards. To him, the events of the Valvrave anime are important historical fact. His appearance is startlingly similar to Haruto and L-Elf.
Audience Surrogate: He gets a very personal, but still second-hand view of the hardships the Sakimori students faced, and also knows from the get-go that they win and are the righteous party in the war. The difference is that for us, we are an audience. To him, he's learning historical fact from people who were directly a part of it.