Characters belonging to Team Kogarasumaru in Air Gear
Kogarasumaru is a small Storm Rider team whose members are the main protagonists of this story. They begin with a single motivation: a desire to rise to the top, crush whoever is already there, and take their place. However, as they become more and more involved in the world of A-Ts, they realize things will not be as cut-and-dried as they had thought.
They're all first-class badasses. Yes, even Onigiri. The team possesses three kings: Kazu, the Flame King, Agito, the Fang King, and Ikki, the Storm King.
- Almighty Janitor: At one point they had a king with his own Regalia, a king with his own road, and the named successor to a third king, and they were still in D-class.
- Blood Knight: See their Battlecry.
- Badass Crew: By the end of the series, each and every one of them has stood their ground if not prevailed against the most powerful riders the antagonists had to offer.
- Battlecry/Catchphrase: Depending on your translation, it's either "Crush! Kill! Destroy!" or "Kill 'em dead!"
- Five-Man Band:
- The Hero — Ikki
- The Lancer — Kazu: Ikki's best friend whose lack of confidence provides a contrast to his Hot-Blooded leader. He also constantly lives in Ikki's shadow and admits to being "a nobody" in comparison.
- The Big Guy — Buccha & Onigiri: respectively, the biggest member of the team who tends to rely on strength more than anything and the least skilled team member who can only rely on a surplus of raw power.
- The Smart Guy — Agito: the most intelligent and tactically-inclined member of the team.
- The Chick — Yayoi: the team's caretaker who makes sure the team members don't drop dead from exhaustion from overworking themselves.
- The Sixth Ranger — Emily: she didn't really have a specific role in the team and unless she's needed for a six-man battle, she's mostly a substitute for when someone else is injured/busy.
- Hot-Blooded: All of them, even the non-combatants.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Four delinquents, one of which used to be a rival of the other three, a member of the school's track team, and an ex-cop who was used as a child soldier.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: It's kinda weird, resembles their emblem, and can be done with either five or seven people. It's also more often than not a Victory Pose, as they tend to do it after they've won a match.
- True Companions: They shape into this during and soon after the fight with Behemoth.
Road: Hurricane Road
Regalia: Storm Regalia
R.E.A.D. Level: 350
Shadow: Infinite Sky◊
"Don't you... want to go? I'll make it for you... inside this mold filled cage. I will show you... the SKY!"
Itsuki Minami is the male protagonist of the series. Prior to the beginning of the series, he was established as the leader of his school's gang, the East Side Gunz. There, he earned the nickname "Babyface", which has followed him into the A-T world. He has shown an extreme amount of talent with the Air Trek, to the point of being a genius at it. He is the founder of the team Kogarasumaru as well as its leader. He is the current Storm King of the Hurricane Road, a road of his own creation that is a fusion of the Wing and Over Roads.
Ikki is a boisterous, hot blooded young man who acts like a prick but has a heart of solid gold. Despite coming across as a moron, he consistently shows himself to be a charismatic leader and a brutal fighter who, though he never takes things too far, fights with exceptional cunning and underhanded tactics. Ikki strongly believes in striving to achieve one's goals instead of taking shortcuts or letting somebody else give it to you, which brings him into direct conflict with the series' Big Bad, who wants to forcefully change the world for the (in his eyes) betterment of everybody.
- All According to Plan: He wishes. Whenever a battle that had been going poorly turns around, Ikki likes to claim that it's because everything has been going all according to plan. It rarely is.
- All-Loving Hero: Despite having an abrasive personality, he will help anybody he sees in distress, and while he often resorts to underhanded tactics, it is because he wants to win and he always shows mercy to a defeated enemy.
- Animal Motifs: Crows. One even made a nest of his hair, thus his nickname.
- Anti-Hero: He's somewhere between a Disney Anti-Hero and a Pragmatic Anti-Hero. He's a good guy, especially to his friends, but he can be quite selfish at times, he fights dirty, and his only real motivation is to fly with his A-Ts, and while he'll stop someone from enslaving the world, he doesn't have any plans to make it a better place himself.
- Badass Boast: After his teammates are surprised he could take one of Cyclops Hammer's punches to the face.I thought that something like this might happen and had a skull implanted in my head.
- Badass Normal: He's not a Gravity Child, yet he still took down Big Bad Sora. To add even more 'normal' points to that, he did it using regular A-Ts as well.
- Battle Couple: With Ringo.
- Beneath the Mask: He's incredibly egoistical and violent, but deep down and especially early on, he knows that there are those stronger and more skilled than he is and he has quite the inferiority complex about it.
- Bishōnen: He isn't as pretty as characters like Agito or Orca, but he definitely fits.
- Blood Knight: An interesting example: he likes fighting, and his first solution to a problem is to beat it up, but he doesn't like using A-Ts, one of the two loves of his life, for battle, preferring to just use them to have fun. However, he'll still use them to fight if he must.
- Blow You Away: As a rider of the Hurricane Road, he specializes in manipulating the air. One of his most common tricks is creating a tornado with a kick.
- Blue with Shock: Sometimes, when he's driven to comical despair over something.
- Book Dumb: Oh, Dear Lord... his marks are consistently low, and he is always at risk of being held back a year.Orihara: "You punks should be grateful. I mean, the questions are so easy even grade-school kids could answer them."Ikki: "Yeah, but we're more stupider than grade-school kids."
- Butt-Monkey: More pronounced earlier in the series, but his home life is pretty horrible in an amusing way.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Even without A-Ts, he's monstrously strong and he can take unbelievable punishment thanks to growing up with Mikan and Rika as roommates.
- Chick Magnet: Kazu even lampshades it in episode 12 of the anime. He has three official love interests and countless other members of the fairer sex find him desirable.
- Childhood Friend: With Ringo, Kazu and Ongiri.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Ringo. The two had known each other since they were children, but Ikki remained oblivious of her feelings until she confesses to him and he reciprocates.
- Chivalrous Pervert: While he's not nearly as bad as Onigiri, he's got quite the perverted streak and will often take the opportunity to grope either Rika or Ringo despite knowing the consequences. However, he'll never try to actually put the moves on a girl who isn't already propositioning him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: While he's not as pronounced as some examples of this trope, Ikki has given some really odd reasons for some of the decisions he's made.
- Combat Pragmatist: Ikki does this a bit. An example from Chapter 309: while Nue is having a heart to heart talk with his father, Ikki takes the opportunity to slug Nue in the face.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Often, his retarded antics are Obfuscating Stupidity, but many other times, he's genuinely being stupid. He's still a major badass, though.
- Delinquent: In the beginning of the series, he even had his own gang.
- Denied Food as Punishment: He loves meat, so if he makes an idiot of himself in the few days leading up to the Noyamano household's "meat night," he doesn't get to eat.
- Determinator: Ikki has turned this into a life philosophy, believing that if you aren't ready and willing to sweat and bleed for something, it's either not worth having or you don't deserve it. Both on and off the battlefield, he shrugs off whatever is thrown at him and always bounces back from any setbacks, and even the occasional Heroic BSoD, with remarkable alacrity.
- Even the Guys Want Him: The guys include Akito, Aeon, and maybe Kazu.
- Evil Laugh: It's Played for Laughs for the most part, and he even undergoes an art-shift for it, growing shark teeth and demonic eyes.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: After founding Kogarasumaru, one of the legs of his uniform is always tucked up partially.
- The Gadfly: He'll dick around with anybody from friends and family to teachers to people he just met, just for the hell of it.
- Giver of Lame Names: He really can't name operations very well. For instance, the plan to get Akito's bank book from Kaito's trailer was called "Operation City Hunter Wriggling in The Darkness."
- A God Am I: Played for Laughs. He regularly calls himself a god for comedic effect and acts arrogant just to be a troll.
- A God I Am Not: In direct contrast to Sora, despite the unimaginable power he wields and his undisputed mastery over it, Ikki has no aspirations for power, and once the story ends and the upheaval has passed, he's content to just ride his A-Ts.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Even though he'd never admit it, or even actually understand the implications of his feelings, he subconsciously hates Kanon because the latter is in a position to be closer to Ringo than Ikki is. Ikki won't remember his name or even recognize him has a fully-fledged human being.
- Guile Hero: On several occasions, he is outclassed or in over his head somehow, but he pulls through with superior planning or by bending the rules in imaginative ways. The crowning example would be in the final battle, in which, thanks to the rules they set for the match, neither he nor Sora can activate their god-like regalia. Ikki's solution: tune the Storm Regalia for Ringo and put them on her because the rules say nothing about whether or not she can use them. It stops Sora from blowing them all up.
- The Hero: The story follows his quest to become the Sky King, while also helping anyone he sees in trouble.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to Sora's promise to give everyone wings, the entire world starts baying for Ikki's blood when the latter challenges the former. After the truth of what Sora was planning is outed to the public, this trope becomes averted, and by the end of the series, Ikki has been hailed as the Sky King.
- Heroic BSoD: Ikki just loses it after the reveal that Sora is the Big Bad and has been using him the whole time. He doesn't practise, he doesn't abuse his friends for no reason, and he'll talk about anything besides A-Ts. Hell, he even almost drove his bike off a cliff, not because he wanted to die, but because he didn't care about anything enough to be careful. His friends actually get quite concerned about him.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: In this series, if the situation isn't serious, Ikki will act like a selfish dick for the amusement of the reader. If things are actually serious, though, he's quite caring and selfless.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Agito and Kazu.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: We have Rika, Mikan, and even Ume to thank for this.
- Hot-Blooded: Very. He gets excited easily and he tends to be loud and passionate about everything he does with the exception of school.
- Idiot Hero: Subverted. While he comes across as a moron, he is actually one of the more intelligent members of the cast.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be loud, violent, rude, and insensitive, but he really does deeply care about his friends and family.
- Large Ham: He tends to be very boisterous and energetic when saying something he thinks is important.
- Love Epiphany: Team Kogarasumaru insists that Ringo and Ikki are made for each other, but Ikki begs to differ, as his heart belongs to Simca. To settle the question Onigiri asks Ikki to close his eyes and try to visualize the face of the girl he likes. Cue two-page spread of Kururu Sumeragi. To say Ikki is shocked would be an understatement. It's subverted later, though, when he has a...
- Love Revelation Epiphany: After Ringo confesses to him, he takes a good long look at their relationship and realizes that he's been in love with her for a very long time. After that, he takes the first feasible moment to push for a Relationship Upgrade.
- Made of Iron: He's spent much of his life getting beaten daily by Mikan and Rika, who both possess Super Strength. As a result, he's got insane levels of endurance.
- Magnetic Hero: Kilik states that this is the aspect of Wind Riders that annoys him the most: they seep into peoples hearts like a gust of wind. This is after Ikki won him over.
- Manly Tears: Whenever he cries.
- Mistaken for Gay: Akito's open infatuation with him causes all the Yaoi Fangirls to jump all over the relationship.
- Mr. Fanservice: He spends a fair amount of time shirtless, or even naked.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Usually in conjunction with his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass moments. He almost always reveals near the end of an arc that he already knew what was being planned, and planned accordingly.
- Oblivious to Love: Despite Ringo's feelings for him being painfully obvious to the reader (and most characters) from day one, Ikki had no idea until she finally confessed to him. He was understandably pissed with himself for unwittingly hurting her and taking her for granted for so long.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Everyone calls him either "Crow," "Baby-face," or "Ikki." He's almost never called Itsuki.
- The Paragon: Because he both believes in obtaining what you want through hard work and wants to help people, he adopts a philosophy of trying to inspire others to achieve greatness for themselves instead of just giving it to them.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: He freaks out every time Akito kisses him, but it's Played for Laughs. It's played much more seriously when he freezes up right after the first time Ringo kisses him.
- Power Copying: He copied Thor of Sleipnir's ability to create vacuums.
- Relationship Upgrade: He and Ringo finally admit to each other that they're the most important people in each others' lives and seal the deal by become each others' link tuners.
- The Rival: He sees himself as one to Kururu in terms of willpower.
- Save the Villain: As the energy from the Sky and Storm Regailas wears off and gravity returns to normal, he passes up the chance to get rescued by helicopter to save a falling Sora despite all the crap he put Rika and him through.
- The Scream: He delivers four. Once after each time Akito kissed him, once when he comes home from his fight against Buccha and finds Simca waiting for him in his bed naked and when Simca falls crotch first on his face in the bathroom.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: For much of the first part of the series, he wore heavy training weights, even during his fight with Behemoth and during the Devil's 33, as he saw all of those challenges as practice. Ringo eventually forces him to go I Am Not Left-Handed during their fight by cutting the weights off his body.
- Shonen Hair: It's spiky and defies gravity.
- Smug Super: Although it's mostly a front, he tends to very arrogant and boastful. It's usually played for laughs, but he's still probably the strongest character still alive in the series.
- Stock Shōnen Hero: Heroic Comedic Sociopathy aside, he's a boisterous and energetic spiky-haired young hero with an unbreakable will who is on a quest To Be a Master. He comes off as a moron, but he shows himself to be a charismatic leader and cunning fighter, and he can be a genius when the situation calls for it. He will go out of his way to help anyone in trouble and always shows mercy to a defeated enemy.
- Take a Third Option: When faced with the choice of standing with Genesis against The Sleeping Forest or with The Sleeping Forest against Genesis, he gives them both the finger and tells them he'll take them both down. He ends up loosely allied with The Sleeping Forest anyway.
- Teeny Weenie: In the anime, it's mentioned his member is rather... lacking in potency. Agito is less-than-impressed after initially being surprised.
- To Be a Master: His goal is to become the Sky King. His interpretation of this goal changes over the course of the series and reflects his character development: at first, he wanted to be the biggest badass in the A-T world, but as time went on and he saw the destruction wrought in pursuit of that goal, his goal became to be the best he could be and nothing more.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Any kind of meat, which is why being Denied Food as Punishment is so effective when used on him.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Not in terms of physical strength (although he is still quite strong). His riding style for most of the series is this: he has endless raw talent with A-Ts, giving his tricks high output, but his technique is often sloppy, causing him to rarely reach his true potential and bust his A-Ts much more quickly than any other character. All his practicing pays off by the final battle, though, making him quite precise and able to match Sora with regular A-Ts without destroying them.
- Was It All a Lie?: While he doesn't ask this, it's clear from his internal monologue that he's thinking it when he finds out that his roommates are all Gravity Children and he realizes the gravity of them being members of The Sleeping Forest.
- World's Best Warrior: In the end of the series, he beats Sora and becomes the Sky King.
"What makes some asshole born just a few years ago on a 'different level'? Don't give me that lip. I've been through shit you can't even imagine, kid."
Agito, Akito, and Lind Wanijima are the three personas inhabiting the body of Kaito Wanijima's younger brother.
The youngest and dominant persona, Agito was created by Akito to cope with the mental stress created by his pacifist nature and responsibilities as Fang King. As such, his strength is derived from his desire to protect Akito. He is aloof, foul-mouthed, and violent, but despite this, his great skill and surprising intelligence make him a valuable asset to Kogarasumaru. Eventually, he warms up to the rest of the team, and even gets involved in their antics from time to time.
Akito was the dominant personality prior to Agito's creation and his polar opposite in almost every aspect. He's timid, gentle and feminine both in behavior and appearance. Nonetheless he is even more frightening than Agito when angered.
Lind is the third personality that comes out when the other two are having trouble, and is far more powerful and violently proactive than Agito. He's ruthless, sadistic, disdainful, and has a playboy attitude towards women. He is in actual fact the first Brain Charger, and a copy of Gazelle, a Gravity Child and Kaito's lover who was killed by the Takeuchi brothers.
All of the personae are King-Level Bloody Road riders.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Chapter 97 shows us how cute they look in a wedding dress.
- Bishōnen: It is acknowledged both in and out of universe that Agito and Akito are incredibly pretty. Not handsome, pretty. At one point during the class trip to Kyoto, he's dressed up in a wedding dress and rocks it better than the actual girls in the cast.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Where to begin? All the things that Akito was forced through actually forced him to create an Ax-Crazy personality just to protect himself, and Lind is the personality of someone who was actually killed.
- Eyepatch of Power: Akito and Agito have this. Which eye it covers indicates which personality is in control.
- Glass Cannon: Their attack output is staggering but because of the small body they share, they're quite frail.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Akito and Agito find out in chapter 301 that Kaito isn't their big brother, but their own father. Agito wasn't too happy about it either.
- Missing Mom: Akito/Agito/Lind's mother is Gazelle, who kills herself before she even gave birth to them.
- Razor Wind: It involves using the inertial force created by rapidly accelerating and decelerating to send a kind of directed shockwave through the air.
- The Smart Guy: The most intelligent and perceptive members of the team.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Akito's retroactive first appearance was at Kaito's doorstep; with a letter introducing him as the salvaged child from Gazelle's body and Kaito's son, even if his body has been 'grown' by the Dr. Minami's lab.
- Split Personality: Three of them!
- Strong Family Resemblance: They're the spitting image of their mother Gazelle.
- Weak, but Skilled: The body they all share is quite frail, but the fangs they shoot off, which require perfect technique, are devastatingly powerful.
- Younger Than They Look: Chronologically, they're less than ten years old. They only look older since they were grown in Dr. Minami's lab.
Road: Bloody Road
Regalia: Sand Tiger/Bloody Armour
R.E.A.D. Level: Approx. 200
- Abduction Is Love: Yayoi pulled this on him and he didn't seem to mind. In fact, her tying him up and taking him out across a lake in a rowboat is one of the first times we really see him calm down and openly show his softer side. He doesn't even swear.
- The Ace: Let's see... he's an extremely skilled rider, an expert in all things related to Air Treks, and extremely intelligent. Furthermore, thanks to his Bishōnen looks, he's so popular with the ladies that it freaks him out. It's stated that he is part of the 1% that the Big Bad hates so much.
- Animal Motifs: HE'S A SHAAARRK!!
- Anti-Hero: He began as a Sociopathic Hero, but eventually softened up into a Pragmatic Hero.
- Ax-Crazy: When he's first introduced, he enjoys brutally crushing his enemies. Even after his HeelFace Turn, he's still far too willing to resort to violence.
- Let's put it this way: you know you've got a bad case of this when your own friends think you've come a long way from what you once were when you give an enemy the chance to surrender before deciding to kill them.
- Badass Normal: As he isn't a Gravity Child or a Brain Charger, he has no special powers.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ikki when they fought Behemoth's Akira Udou and Mitsuru Bando.
- Beta Couple: With Yayoi.
- Blood Knight: Oddly enough, he's also the strategist. He'll plan out how to shred his opponents, make sure that it's likely to work, then he'll thoroughly enjoy himself while he does it.
- Catchphrase: See Cluster F-Bomb.
- Chick Magnet: Well, among nurses and doctors, anyway.
- Cluster F-Bomb: He says "Fuck" a lot for no real reason. Seriously, the guy's got quite the mouth on him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially earlier in the series, his tolerance for Kogarasumaru's stupid antics was absolutely nil.
- Declaration of Protection: Before his character development, everything he does is to protect Akito and spare him the brutality of the Storm Rider world. Even when his social circle expands and he gets friends, protecting Akito is one of his top priorities.
- Defrosting Ice King: He started off hating Kogarasumaru and only staying because Akito liked them, but then he began to open up to them, start going out with Yayoi, and even join in on some of their shenanigans.
- Determinator: He isn't as pronounced as severe cases like Ikki or Nike, but Agito refuses to give up. In his battle with Thor, for example, he cuts his own legs in order to render his opponent's technique harmless and he keeps going.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: When training the rest of Kogarasumaru for the cube battle with Behemoth as part of his general nastiness.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Akira turning on him and siding with his girlfriend, whom Agito saw as nothing more than a Manipulative Bitch, really hit him hard.
- Evil Laugh: When he's getting his Ax-Crazy on.
- Failed a Spot Check: Somehow, for some reason, he cannot recognize Yayoi without her trademark ponytails. Once is bad enough, but when it happens again and again, after he's seen what she looks like with her hair down, it gets pretty ridiculous.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The only one who beats him in this regard is Nike. If you do anything around Agito, if you even talk to him when you're a stranger, he'll flip out.
- HeelFace Turn: He started off as a psychopathic hunter of A-T riders working for the cops. Then he became a psychopathic hunter of A-T riders working for Kogarasumaru (although they didn't know about his "hunts"). Eventually he managed to completely soften up.
- Hellish Pupils/Animal Eyes: His eyes are like those of a deranged cat.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: It's not as obvious as Kazu's case, but he doesn't really think he's capable of protecting Akito. However, these issues are cleared up when he reclaims his place as the Fang King.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ikki.
- Hidden Depths: At first glance, he's a sadistic and violent psycho, but deep down, everything he does is for Akito, and later his other friends, and he actually has some issues about not being good enough.
- Ineffectual Loner: While he is still badass enough to hold his own by himself, there are many times when he tries to go it alone, such as during the fight with Behemoth, when he fails and only succeeds with Kogarasumaru's help. He eventually learns to play with the rest of the kids when he realized that it's more fun to beat up a bunch of opponents with your friends than it is to beat them up alone.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's harsh and abrasive, it's extremely obvious that he cares for his teammates.
- Lame Comeback: He delivers an epic one to Thor during their fight:Agito: "Who did you say was "escaping"? I was just... um... staying upwind from your stank-ass pit hair..."
Audience: "Wow... That was weak..."
Thor: "Body odour cannot travel through a vacuum."
Agito: "That just shows you how stinky your BO actually is!"
Yayoi: "Talk about childish insults..."
- Misery Poker: He plays a variant of this with Thor of Sleipnir. Thor laments how he and the rest of Team Sleipnir have no memories since their Brain Charger personalities were only created a few years ago, and how they had to live with having no hope and no purpose in life for years. Agito quickly tells him to shut the fuck up as the hell that he and Akito had been put through far outweighs what Sleipnir went through. It also doubles as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Thor as well as Sleipnir as a whole.Agito: "What makes some asshole born just a few years ago on a "different level"? Don't give me that lip. I've been through shit you can't even imagine, kid."
- Only Sane Man: He often fills this role — pretty peculiar considering he's one of the more unstable members of the cast. Unlike the rest of the team, he doesn't have a perverted streak, he isn't impulsive, and he likes to think of himself as above their retarded antics.
- Rescue Romance: With Yayoi Nakayama. She'd always been at least somewhat attracted to him, but their relationship really started picking up speed after Agito saved her from Orca.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He tends to try to quit the team whenever Kogarasumaru is in an unfavorable position. It's not that he's a coward, quite the opposite, in fact, but if something he isn't looking forward to comes up, he'll try to ditch them. His leaving is always played for laughs and always denied by the rest of the team. A good example is when Kogarasumaru loses to the White Wolf Clan and they all think that they'll have to wear extremely embarrassing outfits for the rest of the series.Agito: "Fuck! Don't be looking like that now. How shameful. You lost, so... you have to honour your agreement. Although it was just a short time, I had fun. Don't cry. See ya."Kogarasumaru: "Not again, you damn shark!"
- Security Cling: It could be considered this when Yayoi first tunes Agito.
- Ship Tease: With Yayoi Nakayama. It stopped being tease at some point.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Like damn.
- Slasher Smile: You're more likely to see him in a fight without his A-Ts than you are to see him without a bloodthirsty grin.
- Sociopathic Hero: At least at first; if anybody stood in his way, they would be sadistically crushed without a second thought. However, The Power of Friendship and The Power of Love manage to pull him out of this.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even after his complete HeelFace Turn, he's still Kogarasumaru's resident Ax-Crazy.
- Tsundere: Agito has his moments with his friends, but even more with Yayoi Nakayama.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Akira, although they manage to repair their relationship after Kogarasumaru's fight with Behemoth.
- Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't care which gender his enemy belongs to.
- Yandere: It's debatable whether or not Agito is this for Yayoi Nakayama.
Road: Bloody Road
Regalia: Sand Tiger/Bloody Armour
R.E.A.D. Level: Approx. 200
- Actual Pacifist: He needs Agito to fight for him because he is emotionally incapable of directly hurting anything, although he is willing to lend Agito his power and skill.
- Badass Adorable: He's oh so cute, but he's also a more skilled rider than Agito.
- Break the Cutie: In his backstory, he was forced by Kaito to murder someone. This broke him so badly he actually created Agito to handle killing for him.
- Camp Gay: He's obviously gay and quite flamboyant.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Ikki.
- Incompatible Orientation: He loves Ikki, who is straight.
- Nice Guy: He feels sick just at the thought of hurting anybody, that's how nice he is.
- Out of Focus: With Agito's Character Development and the introduction of Lind, Akito's been pushed to the sidelines more and more.
- Shipper on Deck: Sometimes he ships Agito and Yayoi.
- Yandere: He is this for Ikki. He got Agito to hurl a fang extremely close to Kururu and Ikki when they were getting a little too close for his comfort, and personally gave them a terrifying smile.
Road: Bloody Road & Thornier Road
Regalia: Sand Tiger/Bloody Armour
R.E.A.D. Level: Approx. 360
- Anime Hair: For some reason, despite Agito and Akito sharing the same relatively tame hair style, Lind's hair sweeps up and back, defying gravity in the process.
- Ax-Crazy: He's twice as sadistic as Agito. Now that's saying something.
- Bi the Way: Lind is flirtatious with woman and he seems to something of a playboy, but his obsession with Kaito and his true identity as the personality of Kaito's deceased female lover makes it clear that gender is nothing to him.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Lind has the Over-Cross Twinkle Eyes, an inherent trait in Brain Chargers.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: While Agito and Akito have the same hairstyle, Lind's is quite different.
- Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Lind is the the Brain Charger Project Prototype No. 0, and apparently a copy of Gazelle's personality at that.
- Heroic RRoD: Agito's body can't keep up with Lind's insane abilities, so if he fights for too long, the body can't take it anymore.
- Jerkass: And unlike Agito, he doesn't get better.
- Morality Chain: Kaito, and considering his temperament, there tends to be very little keeping Lind from going on a rampage.
- Slasher Smile: Lind is no slouch in this department. Just look at him!
- Sociopathic Hero: Much more than Agito ever was. The only person he cares about is his morality chain.
- Would Hit a Girl: Just like Agito, anything he feels like attacking, he'll attack.
- Yandere: For Kaito.
Road: Apollon Road
Regalia: Flame Regalia
R.E.A.D. Level: 250
Kazu is the second in command of team Kogarasumaru and Ikki's best friend. By nature, he is insecure and timid, a trait that is only exasperated by the brash and overbearing personalities of some of his teammates. This introverted nature often leads others to underestimate him, especially when they compare him to the likes of Ikki and Agito. In reality, he is hard-working and dedicated, and a competent fighter and Storm Rider.
Kazu is a Speed-type rider who rides the Apollon Road, a refined form of the Flame Road incorporating Time Tricks, which calls on his speed and agility.
- All Your Powers Combined: In his fight with Nike, he uses the Flame Regalia to tap into the power of several powerful riders' roads.
- Always Someone Better: The poor guy feels this way when comparing himself to Ikki and Agito.
- Animal Motifs: Pegasi
- Audience Surrogate: He's always been the most normal member of Kogarasumaru.
- Berserker Tears: He has these in his fight with Nike. Given how he watched Aeon and (apparently) Onigiri die right in front of him, coupled with his already intense hatred of the Gem King, it's hardly a surprise.
- Bishōnen: When he takes that nappy hat off, at least.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He manages to fight Nike in the climax of the series and win. However, doing so almost killed him.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: He does this from time to time.
- Chick Magnet: He wasn't aware of it, but he had been famous on the internet since Kogarasumaru's battle with Behemoth. When he joined a cult— long story— the girls flocked to him.
- Classical Anti-Hero: He starts out as this, being a self-deprecating failure in combat with a snarky streak, but by the end of the series he's evolved straight into a normal Hero.
- Covert Pervert: Yeah Kazu seems pretty normal right nope. While Kazu isn't as bad as Ikki, he's a pretty big pervert too.
- Deadpan Snarker: It comes with being the Only Sane Man.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Kazu was already getting some serious Badass cred from his fight with Sleipnir, but he finally proves, once and for all, that he's no longer the little bitch who needs Ikki to fight for him when he takes out Nike. Sure, he had help, but he still stood alone for much of the battle.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He fights Nike in the climax of the series and actually manages to get around his Jade Road and win!
- Elemental Rivalry: Between him and Nike. He is fire and while Nike doesn't use Ice powers, he does have a clear Ice Motif going on. In the last part of the battle, Kazu is at the breaking point of his rage and Nike is more stoic than he has been for most of the battle.
- Fragile Speedster: Taken Up to Eleven after he takes sufficient levels in badass. At one point he moved faster than the eyes of two king class riders could follow, then said something along the lines of "oops, silly me, I forgot to unlock my back wheels." He wins his fight against Nike because he took nothing worse than a few punches and kicks directly. Everything else he dodged. It's clear that if any of Nike's real attacks had hit, Kazu would have been toast.
- Foil: His is Nike. Both he and Nike have undying loyalty to a wind rider. They are both the number two of their group. But while Kazu is a Fragile Speedster, Nike is a Mighty Glacier. Nike is a gravity child while Kazu is normal. Kazu had been on the losing side of almost every single fight he'd ever been in, but that only motivated him to do better. On the other hand, Nike had always been ridiculously strong and impossible to defeat, and when he realized that he had lost to Kazu, he completely lost it. And while Kazu depended on his friends and gained strength from their bonds, Nike was always alone except for a person who constantly manipulated him, making him powerful, but also extremely brittle.
- Foreshadowing: Kazu was able to see that Spitfire's trick was just an illusion when Ikki first met Spitfire. Guess which Road Kazu latter becomes the King of?
- Heroic BSoD: He goes through a major one when the Flame Regalia that was given to him by Spitfire was stolen. It took a major fight with Ikki to get out of it
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He has some crushing self-esteem issues. He gets over them spectacularly in his fight with Nike.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Ikki. His greatest desire is to surpass him, but until then he's happy to follow him.
- It's Personal: Kazu has hated Nike and wanted nothing more than to kill him after he murdered Spitfire. It gets played with later: despite everything Nike has done, Kazu finds he has trouble hating Nike because of the way Sora manipulated his brother into becoming nothing more than a killing machine with no free will, and he even feels a little sorry for him. He even begs Nike to say something so unforgivable that Kazu can hate him enough to kill him, because knowing how Nike became the way he was had defanged his hatred.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By the half-way point of the series, the jerk part is more or less gone.
- Kick Them While They're Down: After finding a way around Nike's Jade Armour, Kazu's attacks start to actually have a noticeable effect and Nike falls to his knees. The first thing Kazu does is hit him as many times as he can. It's justified, as Nike has a habit of faking damage, and even if he wasn't, he'd still get up again despite the damage, so it's only prudent to take the opportunity to inflict as much damage as possible.
- Kill It with Fire: After he takes Spitfire's place as the Flame King, he tries to kill Nike with his flames.
- The Lancer: His timidity provides a contrast to Ikki's Hot Bloodedness, and he constantly lives in Ikki's shadow and admits to being "a nobody" in comparison.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He does this when Agito is introduced to their class, stating that there's now another character who sticks out more than he does.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When push comes to shove, this timid guy will kick your ass. Even if you're Nike.
- Number Two: He's the second in command and actually led the Team to B status.
- Official Couple: With Emily at the end of the manga
- Only Sane Man: From time to time. He's the only character who isn't a complete pervert or a Blood Knight.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's actually quite competent and a skilled fighter, but even as far back as his and Ikki's days in the East Side Gunz, he was always overshadowed by Ikki.
- Playing with Fire: He rides the Flame Road and by the time he fights Nike, he's become as powerful as Spitfire was in his prime.
- Power Copying: The ultimate power of the flame regalia, though it only works if the rider allows Kazu to use his tricks.
- Rescue Romance: Him and Emily have a lot in the manga. See chapter 111-113.
- Security Cling: Between him and Emily.
- The So-Called Coward: In most stressful situations, he's quite timid, but if anybody needs him, he ignores his fear and heads out to kick ass.
- Time Master: He learned the Time tricks and they are a major part of his arsenal.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the second half of the series, he decides to stop being a wimp and man the fuck up. He even manages to beat Nike of all people.
- Undying Loyalty: Kazu has long since decided to follow Ikki and even though it's his dream to one day surpass his friend, he would never even consider betraying him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Aeon have a bit of this going. They make fun of each other, argue with each other, and even attack each other, but Kazu was crying tears of joy when he heard Aeon was still alive. For his part, Aeon admits that Kazu has great potential and he only stole the flame regalia so that Kazu's inexperience with the flame road wouldn't have nasty consequences if he used them before he was ready, and in his last moments he tuned the regalia to Kazu.
- With Friends Like These...: He and Ikki had this dynamic in their youth. Ikki bullied Kazu so badly, it's seriously amazing they stayed friends. However, by the time of the story proper, they are more or less Heterosexual Life-Partners.
R.E.A.D. Level: Unknown
- Voiced by: Hitoshi Bifu (JP - Series), Kenta Miyake (JP - OVA), Mark X. Laskowski (EN)
Mihotoke Issa, a.k.a. Fats Buccha, is a heavily-built, tanned fighter who specializes in close combat. His elements of character design, especially the three lines on his forehead, are based off the wrestler Abdullah the Butcher. Before joining Kogarasumaru, he was the leader of the team Night Kings (Yaou) and savagely beat down Kazu and Onigiri. After losing to Ikki in a Hurdles match, he becomes good friends with Ikki, Kazu, and Onigiri and becomes a founding member of Kogarasumaru. Big, intimidating, and surprisingly intelligent, Buccha has deep technical knowledge and analytical skills when it comes to A-Ts, but he suffers from a crippling lack of confidence.
Buccha rides his own unique road called the The Rock Road (not to be confused with the Gaia Road, which it is something of a derivative of) which emphasizes physical hand-to-hand attacks enhanced by his A-T's momentum.
- Acrofatic: He's a huge Big Eater who can never the less jump over buildings with A-Ts.
- Big Eater: He's actually a Double Subversion: Like most examples of that trope, he appears to be tremendously fat. However, he's got only about 6% body fat; he just looks that way most of the time because blood pools in his stomach from overeating.
- The Big Guy: While he's not stupid, he tends to default to the application of brute force when he gets into a fight.
- Can't Catch Up: Subverted. He starts to believe this is the case because he never had the same levels of natural talent that Ikki and Agito had, but once he starts to see himself as The Load, he decides to work as hard as he can anyway, and eventually catches up to his friends.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He started off as the leader of a rival A-T team but joined up with Ikki after he lost.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: In order to use his advanced "Bump Up" techniques, he meditated excessively until he came to truly understand himself.
- Genius Bruiser: He's analytic and knowledgeable about A-Ts, and along with Agito, he's one of the only members of his team who thinks before he acts.
- Gentle Giant: As long as you aren't going up against Kogarasumaru.
- HeelFace Turn: See Defeat Means Friendship.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He gets quite depressed when he compares himself to natural geniuses like Agito and Ikki, although he gets over this eventually.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he upgrades his Pump Up technique to enhance his legs, he gets an insane boost in speed. He still has the same endurance, and although his upper body is no longer being reinforced, he can still hit as hard as he used to because of the added power from his momentum.
- The Load: He fears becoming this, which is actually the reason he ends up being useless. Once he decides to do something about it instead of just wallowing in his uselessness, he takes several levels in badass.
- Mighty Glacier: His default fighting style. He was slow when compared to people like Ringo, Kazu, and Agito, but he was so insanely tough that he could shrug off most hits.
- Only Known By His Nickname: With the exception of his father, everyone calls him Buccha.
- Only Sane Man: Especially when Ikki and Agito start showing their Blood Knight tendencies.
- Scary Black Man: Before his HeelFace Turn.
- Stout Strength: He looks like an obese slob, but he's got the most raw strength on the team.
- Temporary Bulk Change: His Pump Up Technique. The fat in his stomach is actually blood pooling thanks to his overeating. When he wishes, he can transfer said blood to his muscles and gain a much more impressive build. Later in the series he leans how to do this with his legs to give him more speed. After the aforementioned example where he pumped up his legs, he burned off so much energy that the bulk change has become permanent, at least until he eats it back.
- Trash of the Titans: Buccha's apartment has to be seen to be believed.
- Villainous Glutton: Before his HeelFace Turn.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely fights with a shirt on in later volumes.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He's usually the first to call Ikki out whenever he's being incredibly selfish, such as when he bet the Fang Regalia just to provoke a team into fighting them.
R.E.A.D. Level: 36 (360 if his opponent is a woman)
Onigiri is one of Ikki's childhood friends. He is 15 years old and a part of Kogarasumaru. His head looks like a riceball (Onigiri in Japanese, hence the name). Onigiri is a pervert whose imagination is so potent that he can as good as see through anything if there's an attractive girl behind it. He frequently uses his powers to peer through walls into women's bathing area and through their clothes and characterized as a pig.
Onigiri rides his very own road, the Smell Road. It utilizes Onigiri's body odor to distort an opponent's senses and create illusions. It is very disgusting.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: For some reason, he has dark red hair in the OVAs, while in the manga and anime he has black hair.
- Animal Motifs: Pigs
- The Big Guy: While he starts off quite useless, he manages to fill a powerhouse role in the team later on. For example, his highest R.E.A.D. is 360, which is higher than the estimated R.E.A.D.s of Ikki and Ringo at the start of the final battle, though both of them likely surpassed that as the fight progressed.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Yes, really! See Hidden Depths.
- Clothing Damage: Weaponized.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's totally incompetent at fighting with A-Ts unless it's a hot chick he's fighting. THEN he fights on the same level as Kilik and Nike.
- Determinator: When he actually gets serious about a fight, he'll fight almost to the point of death.
- Eye Scream: "Eye-Socket Conquest!" He uses his tongue.
- Gonk: Look at him.
- Hidden Depths: Onigiri shows that he's more than a pervert when he tells Ikki about how much he appreciates girls and women as people. He'll still admire the female body, but he'll also look deeper. It's not just hot air — he ends up with Sharome, one of the least physically developed female characters in the series.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a great guy and a loyal friend, but often his perverted exploits border on sexual harassment.
- Lethal Joke Character: He's absolutely useless until you put him in a fight with a girl, at which point he gets as powerful as Nike.
- Power Perversion Potential: In the most literal sense — Onigiri has incredibly powerful senses and supernatural abilities that only work on hot women. He tends to horrify any female who has to face him in an A-T battle. And recently, he learned to hallucinate his opponents into hot women.
- Squick: The In-Universe opinion most people (his friends included) have of Onigiri is that he is the most disgusting thing to... grace... the Earth with his presence.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He generally gets little to no respect from anyone. It must have something to do with the fact that his R.E.A.D. is typically 36, and the fact that he's a monstrous pervert.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: There's that girl from early in the series who likes obese men, and in the finale, he's shown to be going out with Sharome, the Princess from Genesis' aircraft carrier.
Emily is part of the track team together with Yayoi Nakayama. She has short dark brown hair, sometimes depicted as black itself, along with dark brown eyes. Has a big crush on Kazu.
She eventually joins the team Kogarasumaru and acts as their back-up. Even though her Air Trek skills aren't that great, she seems to be able to summon up super strength and endurance, from taking hits from powerful Storm Riders and brushing them off easily to delivering extremely powerful kicks and wrestling moves, through her pure strength of will and "The Power of Love". Two thirds of the way through the series she gets mind swapped into John Omaha's body.
- Action Girl: She's not as powerful as the Noyamano sisters or other skilled riders, but she can still hold her own in most battles she takes part in.
- Badass Adorable: She's very cute, has good looks, and after Ikki's fight with Buccha, she drop kicked Spitfire in the back of the head after Ikki realized he was trouble.
- Boobs of Steel: Her chest is almost as big as Ringo's and she has an insane amount of physical strength.
- Characterization Marches On: Early in the manga, she had a thing for Ikki, but but she ditched her feelings pretty quickly for Ringo's sake. This was not kept in the anime.
- Curtains Match the Window: In the manga, where she has brown hair. In the anime and OVAs, she has black hair.
- Groin Attack: When she, Yayoi, and Agito get kidnapped by members of Trident, she takes down more than half of them with this.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: She and Kazu are chased by the extremely dangerous Gabishi whom several badasses have already been powerless to stop. Kazu is absolutely powerless and soon begins to lose his courage. Aeon Clock gets his ass kicked. Things are looking grim until suddenly, Emily decides to stop cowering and hoping Kazu will protect her and she attacks Gabishi, performing a suplex on him and not letting go. Her determination to help in the fight even gives Gabishi cause to praise her, and she keeps him from moving long enough for Aeon to smash a motorbike over his head.
- Shipper on Deck: She actively ships IkkixRingo and AgitoxYayoi.
- Sixth Ranger: She doesn't really have a role in the team and only joins a fight when an extra fighter is needed.
- Super Strength: She inexplicably has superhuman strength. She can hold down Gabishi, a king class rider, and at one point she broke open a watermelon by head-butting it.
- Took a Level in Badass: And how! She went from being a non-combatant to outmaneuvering Kilik, if only for a few moments.
- Unskilled, but Strong: More pronounced earlier before she gets more skilled with A-Ts, but even after that, she is still the least skilled member of the team by far. On the other hand, she's probably as strong as Buccha. In the simulated battle with the old Sleeping Forest, she even dropped a statue on Kilik.
- Yandere: Do not hurt and/or get between her and Kazu.
- Yaoi Fan Girl: In Chapter 192, Ikki is seen feeding Agito (without Agito cursing) and Emily begins to squee.
- Voiced by: Rieko Yoshimoto (JP - Series), Saori Hayami (JP - OVA), Stephanie Wittels (EN)
Yayoi was part of the track team with Emily and later becomes something like the team's manager. As such, she is Kogarasumaru's Team Mom and she looks after the rest of the team, especially when they get so focussed on training that they forget to eat or rest. She has a crush on Agito, who surprisingly has no problems with this. Oddly enough, she has the ability to communicate with Ikki's crow. She also has the ability to tell the exact time, down to a second — a trait that is shared by the more affluent tuners of Tool Toul To. Ine Makigami stated that she saw potential in Yayoi as a link-tuner, even mistaking Yayoi for the team's tuner.
- A Day in the Limelight: She has two: Chapter 186 and Chapter 222.
- Abduction Is Love: She kidnapped her Love Interest Agito. It's more benevolent than most examples of the trope as she was just trying to force him to rest and both of them seemed to enjoy themselves.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She likes Agito.
- Clark Kenting: An accidental version: Agito can never recognize her unless her hair is tied up. A running gag for more than half the series is Yayoi greeting Agito with her hair down and him responding with "Who the fuck are you? Why are you talking to me?"
- Cute Sports Club Manager: She's the one who takes care of the rest of the team when they're too busy practicing to care about things like food, water, rest, etc., she keeps track of their progress, and she even has two Kogarasumaru Hero Worshippers as assistants.
- The Chick: She has absolutely no combat abilities but she's always there supporting the rest of the team.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments, especially earlier in the series.
- First Kiss: It was meant to be for Agito, but instead she kissed Lind to give him air.
- The Generic Girl: To quote the lady herself, "I don't have huge breasts like you (read:Emily) do. I don't have notable looks. My grades are barely above average. Even on the track team, I've only ever placed once." She has quite the complex about it.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She's surrounded by ridiculously powerful people like Ikki, Agito, Kazu, and Buccha, and even Emily is extremely attractive, has a large bust, and is a star athlete. On the other hand, Yayoi is something of a Ridiculously Average Girl and feels like a pointless fifth wheel, despite the fact that without her being the Team Mom, the team would train with far less efficiency and probably severely injure themselves by overworking.
- Morality Pet: To Agito. It's possible that she's actually his Morality Chain.
- Nice Girl: A little bit of snarking aside, she's one of the nicest characters in the series.
- Neutral Female: As far as we know, she's never even put on a pair of A-Ts in her life.
- Odd Couple: Nice Girl with resident Sociopathic Jerkass. Who'd have guessed?
- Rescue Romance: With Agito. Subverted with Lind, who really couldn't give two shits about what happens to her.
- Security Cling: She did this with both Agito and Lind.
- Shipper on Deck: She actively ships Ikki with Ringo, and she seems to be completely supportive of Emily's pursuit of Kazu.
- Shrinking Violet: An understated example, as she tends to have little confidence or self-esteem, and it really comes out the most around Agito.
- Stalker with a Crush: See Yandere.
- Team Mom: She takes care of the team when they're to busy training to look after themselves. Without her, they would likely drop dead from exhaustion.
- Yandere: She lacks the typical Ax Craziness, but she did go so far as to kidnap Agito and tie him up.