The heroine and protagonist of Variable Geo. She's 17 and a practitioner of karate, since childhood. She currently works as a combat waitress at Hanna Miller's diner and enters the VG Tournament, not for the prize money and real estate, but in the spirit of competition and learning more about herself as a martial artist.
Boobs of Steel: She has the largest bust of the cast and the fighting ability you'd expect, as per the trope. But not without consequence:
D-Cup Distress: They're already big to begin with and they're still growing, which she realizes when another of her uniforms becomes too tight in the chest again; much to her dismay.
Gag Boobs: Manami refers to Yuka's boobs as "airbags" and enjoys groping them, because of their size and how bouncy they are, or simply bouncing the back of her head against them while they're riding with Jun.
Eleventh Hour Superpower: When the lab technicians try to sedate him he kills them and even tuns on Siritahi. Just as he's about to kill her, Yuka saves her by blasting Damian witn a modified Kikou Dan that purges him of all his hostility.... killing him in the process.
The Empath: Yuka forms a spiritual connection with her opponents by absorbing their ki while taking their attacks, which allows her to sense whatever's troubling them.
Heart Is an Awesome Power/Warrior Therapist: Once she establishes that, she cleanses them of those negative emotions, by blastig them with her own ki while also returning theirs, essentially reliveing them of those feelings.
Friendly Rivalry: She and Satomi have known each other since childhood and have competed against each other for just as long. They even made a promise to not allow themselves to lose to anyone until they faced each other at the VG tournament.
Our Powers Combined: After freeing Satomi from Miranda's control, they unleash their combined might on Miranda's disembodied spirit and destroy her along with the cyber drive. Just like "those guys" did at the end of "that movie".
Rapunzel Hair: It's long enough that it almost reaches her feet when she unfastens her hair ribbon. Which is why she usually keeps in in a ponytail and, even then, it's still long enough to extend past her waist.
She's Got Legs: Seen in the anime's cover art and at multiple points throughout the series, along with plenty of Foot Focus thanks to the ankle guards she wears.
Spirited Competitor: Yuka would make Ryu proud. The tournament's cash prize and recognition mean little to her. Instead, she lives for the fight and the strives to learn more about herself and others through combat.
The Deuteragonist and Yuka's childhood friend and rival, from the dojo they trained at. She's fallen on hard times, since her parent's deaths, leaving her to raise and care for her ill brother, Daisuke, on her own. As such, she's had little time for practice, since she has to work two jobs just to make ends meet. But she's eventually scouted by The Jahana Group, and manipulated into entering the VG Tournament.
Always Second Best/Overshadowed by Awesome: Damian's background check on her reveals that Satomi was undefeated and a top competitor... until she met Yuka. After her first loss to her, Satomi contiuned to lose to Yuka, each time they competed against each other, with each loss chipping away at her confidence until she finally stopped competing altogether, out of fear that she'd never be able to defeat Yuka. Which is how he manipulates her into entering the VG tournament.
Body Horror: After seeing she wasn't powerful enough to defeat Reimi, despite the cyber drive's enhancements, Miranda threatens to kill Satomi from within, unless Yuka surrendered her body to her. Then shows she means business by splitting Satomi's fingernail and making her bleed from the wound.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Satomi curbstomps Chiho and Kaori, at separate times, while she's under the cyber drive's influence.
Deal with the Devil: Damian offers to cover the medical expenses for her brother's continued treatmentnote after poisoning him, unbeknownst to Satomi, on the condition that she enter the VG tournament. When she hesitates, he brings up her all her losses against Yuka and tells her he thinks she's become afraid she can't beat her, but says he can make her strong enough so she can. Satomi caves and accepts the offer.
Ill Brother: Her younger brother, Daisuke, is constantly bedridden and suffers from an unknown condition that causes occasional coughing and convulsions. The costs of his treatments are so expensive that Satomi barely makes enough to support them, even with two full-time jobs.
Perpetual Poverty: This is the reason she originally wanted to compete in the VG tournament, as the grand prize package includes 10 million yen and a choice piece of prime real estate. Which would undoubtedly help her and her brother's financial situation and living arrangements.
Playing with Fire: Whereas Yuka's ki manifests as pure energy, Satomi's ki manifests in the form of flames.
The Promise: She and Yuka swore they'd never allow themselves to lose to anyone until they had the chance to face each other in the VG tournament.
Ryu and Ken: Her friendship with Yuka is portrayed this way, with Satomi filling the "Ken" role, since she has family matters to attend that consume most of her time. Likewise, she's been competing with Yuka since childhood and they made a vow to face each other someday in the VG tournament - complete with a fist bump gesture.◊
She's Got Legs: Just like Yuka, though Satomi's are more athletic in tone. Likewise, she gets plenty of Foot Focus, since she's the only one, besides Yuka, who fights barefoot - minus the ankle guards both of them wear.
Unwitting Pawn: To The Jahana Groupnote who had her brother poisoned, then had Damian manipulate her by offering to cover her brother's medical expenses on condition that she enter the VG tournament who subject her to the cyber drive project with the intent to use her as Miranda's host body and use her against best friend, Yuka.
A former Olympic wrestler, who was disgraced after being banned from competition for unnecessarily injuring her opponent, which earned her the nickname:"Bone Crusher". She's looking to restore her honor and integrity by competiting in the VG ring.
The Big Girl: She's the most athletic member of the cast and has the muscle power and stamina you'd expect from a former Olympic wrestling champion.
Biker Babe: It's how she gets around and how she helps get Yuka from place-to-place during the series.
Boisterous Bruiser: Jun uses a combination of pro wrestling and kubojutsu, making her the most physical combatant competing in the tournament and she's Hot-Blooded to boot.
Defeat Means Friendship: After her defeat, not only does she buddy up with Yuka, she develops a deep respect for her and acknowledges Yuka as being stronger than herself. From then on, she spends the remainder of the series getting to know her and helping her to save Satomi and Chiho.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She enjoys knockin' back brewskies and seems capable of holding her liquor, as she was able to drive perfectly after downing several large mugs of beer.
The Lad-ette: She likes booze, prides herself on her bikeriding skills, and loves a good scrap.
Leave Her To Me: Jun invokes this in the final episode, when she elects to fight Chiho (though Manami stays behind to help her) so Yuka could move on to to try to save Satomi.
Meteor Move: Her "Kubota Special" is a high-flying backbreaker, which she uses on Yuka during their match.
Mighty Glacier: Jun can withstand amazing amounts of punishment and continue to fight, which is how you know she's in trouble when she gets dropped by a single backhand from Damian's Superpowered Evil Side, then curbstomps her along with Yuka and Manami.
This Cannot Be!: Her expression says it all, right at the moment Yuka's Kikou Dan overpowers her Geyser attack and floors her.
Wrestler in All of Us: She's a former Olympic wrestling champion, so it's to be expected. Her fighting style encompasses lariats, clotheslines, and flying backbreakers (i.e. her "Kubota Special").
As the tournament's lone American entrant, she's also the only foreigner competing in VG. She leads a team of bunnies, who not only look up to her, they even carry her around on a throne. But, despite what her seemingly carefree nature would lead you to believe, she's got a Dark and Troubled Past and a major chip on her shoulder.
Blondes are Evil: Subverted. Erina isn't evil, but you definitely don't wanna get on her bad side. Just ask those kids who used to pick on her.
Combat Pragmatist: Erina keeps a lighter with her, which she uses as a makeshift flamethrower, and wears a pair of brass knuckles which helps her manipulate her ki, as well as augmenting her striking power.
Dark and Troubled Past: When she moved to Japan, her mixed heritage and hair color caused her to be bullied.◊ Erina eventually became bitter and retaliated by brutally beating her tormentors within an inch of their lives, and went on to become a juvenile deliquent.◊ She eventually grew out of it, but still harbored lingering resentment along with anxiety over her grandmother, who'd she had left back in America.
Defeat Means Friendship: Her loss to Yuka relieved her of her anxiety and anger, for which she expresses her gratitude to Yuka.
Playing with Fire: Which is what the lighter she keeps between her boobs is for. She can blow into it, creating a flamethrower effect and, once the flame is released, she can separate it into fireballs that she can control at will. Or she can unleash them all in a massive pillar of fire from above.
An 18 year old computer technician and practicioner of Tae Kwon Do, she's one of the top competitors participating in the VG tournament. She has a personal score to settle with Reimi Jahana, the two-time defending and current champion.
Awesome by Analysis: Kaori uses her personal computer and analytical skills to guage her opponents, based on their past performances and latent aura readout. Her assessments are usually accurate, with little margin for error.
The Smart Girl: For the aforementioned reason, which she likely gained from her experience as both a computer technician and a martial artist.
Glasses Pull/Don't Look Back: After winning her first match, Kaori solemnly removes her glasses and averts her gaze so she wouldn't have to see what was taking place behind her. See the I Warned You entry.
One-Hit KO/Single-Stroke Battle: Invoked in her opening match versus her unnamed opponent, during the first episode. After dodging her attack, Kaori responds with a single attack that ends the fight.
I Warned You: Once it's over, Kaori reminds her opponent that the match was at level-1 and how she tried to warn her about the penalty for losing. She averts her eyes when the other girl tries to flee and gets caught by members of the tournament committee who enforce the penalty by drugging her with an aphrodisiac.
Proper Lady: In the modern sense, rather than the traditional Victorian manner.
Kaori's manner of speech is somewhat prim and her style of dress is decidedly feminine, outside of combat. She's one of the few characters to not have any underlying motives, nor does she harbor any ill-intent towards anyone: even where Reimi is concernednote while Kaori was humiliated by her defeat, she has no animosity towards Reimi and merely sees defeating her as milestone on her path to self-discovery and enters VG to prove herself.
Rapunzel Hair: Hers isn't as long as Yuka's and Reimi's, but it's still past her waist.
Razor Wind: Delivered with a ki powered kick that shears the apron off of her opponent and sends her flying across the ring.
Stocking Filler: She wears a pair of dark skin-tight leggings and ankle guards, like Yuka and Satomi.
The Worf Effect: Kaori winds up on the receiving end when she accepts Damian's proposal to participate in an unsanctioned spar against Satominote who's fighting abilities had been enhanced by the cyber drive project. Kaori was completely outclassed and lasts little more than a few seconds, before Satomi flattens her with a single spin kick that leaves her in a crumpled heap on the floor.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hers is purple, making her the only other character besides Manami (pink) and Reimi (silvery white) to have an unusual hair color.
She ties with Satomi as being the youngest entrant in the tournament, at age 16. Though she looks, acts, and dresses more like she's 12. However, she's well aware that she's outmatched by the competition, which is why she has absolutely no intention of fighting to begin with. Instead, she plans to cheat her way to the top by tricking others into fighting her matches for her.
Leeroy Jenkins: She deliberately invokes this, as a diversion tactic, by appearing to charge Chiho head-on, then sheds her dress to avoid being skewered. Jun capitalizes on the opening and clotheslines Chiho, ending the fight.
Manipulative Runt: She mooches a free dessert off of Jun and weasels out of her match with Erina, by getting them to stop at the site of her designated fight, then allowing Erina to think Yuka was her. See directly below for details.
Loophole Abuse: Erina knew Manami was supposed to be her next opponent, but hadn't bothered to do an ID check before the match. So when Jun tells her to fight Yuka, Erina accepts under the assumption that Yuka must've been Manami, since she was at the designated place for the fight. Which was exactly what Manami intended, so she could advance on a technicality.note As Manami pointed out, it was Erina's fault for not doing an ID check, and Jun's for suggesting that Erina fight Yuka. By tournament rules, Manami was exonerated of any wrongdoing and was allowed to advance.
Rapunzel Hair: Because of her pint-sized stature, her pigtails nearly touch the floor.
Ninja Log: She pretends to charge Chiho, then sheds her dress at the last second to decoy her fire. It works, giving Jun the opening she needs to end the fight.
Older than They Look: She's supposed to be 16, but you'd never know it by looking at her. She looks and acts like she's 12-13 instead. Moreso, since she wardrobe consists of a frilly dress and a bow, and a sailor suit style school uniform.
Skinship Grope: She gets a kick out of groping Yuka's boobs and using them as pillows to rest her head on, which usually annoys Yuka. At other times, she simply tries to ignore her.
Sweet Tooth: All you'll ever see her eat are sweets, whether it's chocolate bars, poki sticks, or parfaits.
A rogue ninja, who's acting on orders to enter the VG tournament in order to investigate The Jahana Group's activities and expose them. She's also friends with Shen, a fellow ninja who's infiltrated the group disguised as on of their operatives.
Jane Bondage: By the time she regains consciousness, she finds herself bound and stripped down to her panties, at Siritahi's mercy. She gives Chiho A Taste of the Lash, but doesn't allow her to pass out. Not before giving her an injection to make her their slave.
Ninja: She comes from an unnamed ninja clan that apparently has ties with the Japanese government.
Flash Step: Seen when she slips past a pair of guards, during her escape attempt. Chiho is shown running down the hall towards them, then appears to vanish before reappearing in the elevator directly behind them, as if she had teleported.
Flechette Storm: Used during both her fights with Reimi and Satomi respectively.
Ninja Maid: Make that "ninja waitress". Literally.
Oh Crap: Covered in the next entry directly below.
She Knows too Much: Invoked when Damain casually lets her know her that he's aware she was spying on him, during his secret meeting with one of the lab technicians from the Jahana Research Facility. So he decides to use her, by pitting her against Satomi in an unsanctioned match so he could field-test the cyber drive's enhancements. Then has Siritahi enslave Chiho after she's defeated.
A minor character, who works as a dancer at the SoTO techno/rave dance club. In the anime, she serves as Satomi's first opponent.
reviewer: (snarking) "Wait... did Satomi just kill Yuki? What the hell? What happened to the penalties being humiliation and nudity? What did Yuki do to deserve death? She was so kind, and charming, and charitable and-"
*shows replay of Yuki stripping and groping Satomi*
Dance Battler: It's her profession after all, which she incorporates into her fighting style.
Demoted to Extra: While the rest of the cast gets a fair amount of screentime and character focus, Yuki is only seen briefly during her match with Satomi. Which serves as little more than a means for Damian to assess Satomi's inherent fighting ability.
Noblewoman's Laugh: She taunts Satomi by laughing from behind her fan, after shredding several parts of her uniform.
Oh Crap: Yuki's reaction right as Satomi prepares to let her have it.
Tempting Fate: Sexually harassing an opponent, who happens to have one of the highest latent fighting potentials on recordnote though Yuki wasn't aware of that was already pushing her luck. Going so far as to grope her though, was the straw that broke the camel's back. Which Yuki learns in short order.
Abusive Parent: A flashback reveals she used to beat Reimi and subjected her to hellish training and experiments to condition her for use as her new host body. When she failed to meet Miranda's expectations, she considered her trash and lost her only interest in her daughter.
Big Bad: The VG tournament is the means by which she intends to find the ideal specimen, whose body will become her new vessel, and designed the cyber drive - which is designed to augment one's natural fighting ability through neurological manipulation. It also allows her to take possession of them by superimposing her consciousness over theirs.
Blondes are Evil: As seen in pretty much all the entries in her example section.
The Disembodied: It's never said how she died. All that's known is she wants another lease on life and is looking for the perfect specimen to use as her new vessel - even it means creating one, herself.
Her first mistake was pushing Reimi to such insane levels of perfection at an early age, which comes back to bite Miranda in the ass when Reimi'sfighting skills prove too much for Satomi to overcome even with the cyber drive's enhancements.
Miranda's second mistake was using Satomi for the cyber drive project, which naturally lead Yuka to search for her missing friend. Once she frees Satomi from Miranda's control, the very power she coveted gets turned against her when they unleash their combined fury on her and destroy tbe cyber drive.
Meaningful Name: The name "Jahana" means "evil flower" in Japanese, which explains the white rose motiff she uses. This also become a plot point when she cheats Reimi out of her victory against Satomi, by activating the seed she had implanted in Reimi's body when she was a child. It sprouts into a vine covered in white roses that sap all of Reimi's strength, leaving her unable to fight.
Rich Bitch: She's ridiculously wealthy, or was when she was alive, and is an evil, manipulative, contemptible woman with no redeeming qualities to speak of.
Sadistic Choice: After seeing that Satomi wasn't powerful enough to defeat Reimi, despite the cyber drive's enhancements, she decides to use Yuka's body instead. Miranda threatens to kill Satomi from within unless Yuka agreed to surrender her body to her. Kaori prevents it from happening.
The heiress of the Jahana Family and the two-time defending champion of the VG tournament. Reimi possesses tremendous power and fighting ability, such that few can hope to stand against her, and enters the competition to prove her dominance once again.
Armor-Piercing Slap: When Damian tries to get her to bend the rules to allow Satomi to enter the competition after the deadline, she asks whether it was Satomi's decision, or his. When he evades the question, by implying Satomi could possibly be a match for even her, she bitchslaps him and tells him the answer to both, is "no".
Arrogant Kung-Fu Chick: With her fighting skills and considering she's the two-time defending champion of the VG tournament (primed for a three-peat), it's justified.
Badass: From the moment of her introduction, it doesn't take long to see why Reimi's the reigning champion:
Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the CEO of the Jahana Corporation and the two-time defending champion of the VG tournament. Not impressed? Then consider this: Yuka and Satominote Satomi's power was augmented by the cyber drive each took a stab at her with one of their strongest attacks. She stopped both of them cold without breaking a sweat.
Badass Armfold: Usually seen whenever she's lecturing someone, though she'll sometimes do so with a hand on her hip to the same effect.
Badass in a Nice Suit: Her standard attire is a black tuxedo with a white vest and bowtie (minus a jacket), along with a pair high-heels. But she's also seen in secretarial garb, which includes a form-fitting miniskirt, when she's alone with her personal aide.
Cultured Badass: In addition to her style of dress, she rides around in a red Ferrari and is also seen having rooftop trysts (which includes fine wine) with her personal aide in her private rose garden.
Disc One Final Boss: The encounter between her and Yuka on the highway, along with the fact she's the two-time defending champion, makes it seem that she'll be the one Yuka has to face in the finals. Except it isn't allowed to happen, due to Miranda cheating Reimi out of her victory over Satomi, which eliminates Reimi from the competition.
Enemy Within: A flashback to Reimi's childhood reveals she was subjected to hellish experiments by her mother, during which, a seed was implanted in her body. Which comes into play during her match with Satomi when Miranda triggers it to sap Reimi's strength, leaving her unable to fight. Making Satomi the winner by default.
Flaw Exploitation: This is one of the cornerstones in her counteroffensive arsenal, which she demonstrates during her encounter with Satomi. When Satomi launches into a ki-powered aerial strike, Reimi catches it effortlessly with one hand and cancels it, while giving her a brief lecture on ki manipulationnote Reimi used her own ki as a buffer to first diminish the power of Satomi's strike, then redirected Satomi's own ki back at her. Thereby cancelling the attack altogether.
Reimi: (smirking) "You have amazing power. However, power alone is not enough. You must temper power with control, and temper control with technique. Like so."
Iron Lady: She's all business and adamantly enforces and adheres to the rules of the VG tournament. She's also the CEO of The Jahana Corporation, which sponsors the tournament, and runs both like well-oiled machines to ensure their profitability.
Lady of War: The women of VG are collectively referred to as "goddesses", but Reimi exemplifies it because you'd swear she was some sort of nobility. She conducts herself with presence, poise, and authority - even in the midst of battle.
Lightning Bruiser: Speed, power, defense, precision, technique. There is no discernible flaw in her style. So much so, that Miranda had to cheat to get rid of her.
The Ojou: She's held in high esteem as both the heiress of the Jahana Family and the CEO of her family's corporation.
The Perfectionist: This was beaten into her at an early age, by her mother, who relentlessly pushed her to perfect her fighting skills and analytical abilities. As a result, her skills have been honed to a razor's edge to where she can accurately read her opponents and readily exploit any flaws or weaknesses in their attacks.
Power Nullifier: She has the ability to counter energy based attacks by nullifying her opponent's ki by first offsetting it with her own, then redirecting their own energy back at them to cancel their attack. Seen when she casually counters the same attack from both Yuka and Satomi respectively.
Rapunzel Hair: Her hair's actually longer than Yuka's and has greater volume to boot. Not that it slows her down any.
Shock and Awe: Her ki has an electrical effect, as Chiho learns firsthand when Reimi tags her with it.
Something about a Rose: Just like her mother, though hers are red to distinguish her from Miranda's white ones. She flicks one at Chiho, using the thorns on the stem to strip the mask from her face. And, at the start of her match against Satomi, she shields herself from one of Satomi's attacks by enveloping her body in a giant red rose.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Damian undermines Reimi's authority by bending the rules of the VG tournament (or flagrantly ignoring them altogether) to carry out Miranda's wishes. Including all but blackmailing Satomi into entering the competition, subjecting her to the cyber drive to augment her fighting abilities and holding unsanctioned matches in his hidden testing facility to gauge her progress.
Dying as Yourself/ Go Out with a Smile: Right before he dies, Siritahi tearfully calls him by his real name for the first time in years: Katoon. He smiles and thanks her for it before passing away.
Expy: Possibly of Guld Goa Boman. Not only do they look similar (minus the difference in hair color), he has a similar condition where he has to take meds to suppress his Superpowered Evil Side - just as Guld had to take medication to suppress his Zentradi impulses - and each takes an injection shot along with it.
Only One Name: Damian's last name is never given. In fact, it isn't even his real name, it's an alias. And, even when that's finally revealed, he's still only referred to by one name: Katoon.
Redemption Equals Death: During the scene where he attacks Yuka, he repeatedly demands that she, "use it"note her Kikou Dan, which failed because she couldn't sense any emotion from his ki. Damian deflects it easily which causes him to become further enraged and beats her savagely for it. He finally finds peace in the final episode, when Yuka blasts him with her modified Kikou Dan which purges him of all his hostility. Thereby, eliminating his alter-ego for good, which is what he'd been waiting for. It kills him in the process, but he dies without regret.
Entry deadline? Fuck it. The chairwoman sponsoring the tournament denied a last minute entry? To hell with her too, he signed Satomi up anyway and subjected her to a round of illegal experiments to augment her fighting abilities. Bottom line: Damian gives two about shits what the rules say. He has an agenda and nothing's going to stop him from seeing it through.
Superpowered Evil Side: He takes two sets of medication to control it: one helps him suppress it, while the other allows him to trigger it.
Axe Crazy: In his feral state, Damian will attack friend or foe indiscriminately. In the final episode, he becomes so forgone that he kills the lab technicians when they try to sedate him and even turns on Siritahi. Yuka saves her by blasting him with her ultimate attack which purges him of all his hostility... killing him in the process.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Near the end of the second episode, Yuka asks Jun to drop by her dojo, where she finds all but one of her students dead. Before Yuka can ask who was responsible, Damian attacks her, along with Jun and Manami, when they try to help her. They barely survive the encounter, thanks to the old master's intervention.
Sunglasses at Night: He rarely takes them off, 'til he reveals that he was the one who killed Yuka's students by triggering his transformation right in front of her, before fighting her one last time.
Implied Love Interest: She shows a great deal of concern for Damian's well being both times she has to sedate him to. In addition, it's implied she was working at the Jahana Research Facility in hopes of finding a cure for his condition, so they could be together again. When he eventually subcumbs to it and dies, she loses the will to live, herself, and choses to die with him, during the lab's destruction.
Love Suicide: As mentioned in the preceeding entry, when Damian dies, she loses her own will to live and chooses to remain with him during the lab's destruction... even as the ceiling collapsed on top of them.
Only One Name: It isn't known whether it's her first or last name. It's possible that it may not even be her real name, but an alias instead, like Damian's.
A Taste of the Lash: After binding Chiho's hands to the ceiling and stripping her down to her panties, she waits for her to regain consciousness. Once Chiho realizes her predicament, Siritahi lashes her with a whip; keeping her conscious throughout the ordeal.