Attention: As VOTOMS relies heavily on plot twists and the Chirico saga is composed of 52 TV episodes, 4 Short Films, a 12-episode OVA, and two 6-episode OVAs released over a nearly 30-year period, it's not advisable to read the spoiler text as it can totally ruin your experience of a particular work. You have been warned.
A Gilgamesh Federation pilot "raised" in a research facility on Sunsa by Yoran Pailsen from the planet Melkia, and the hero of the series. Groomed from birth to succeed Wiseman as God of the Astragius Galaxy.
- A God I Am Not: It turns out Chirico is an Overman and that he was destined to become the new God of the Astragius Galaxy. He acted like he agreed when he got the offer, but it was all an act to kill Wiseman.
- Alpha Strike: Being a Mini-Mecha pilot that makes use of traditional ordnance, his most desperate strategies are slamming his opponent with everything in his arsenal. This carries over to his appearances in Super Robot Wars during his strongest moves, Assault Combat.
- Ambiguous Disorder: "Psychologically troubled" indeed.
- Artificial Human: Very strongly implied to one, having been genetically engineered to fit the profile of an Overman without actually being one. The possibility of him being an incredibly long lived Perfect Soldier is even brought up on more than one occasion.
- The Atoner: Being both part of an elite death squad and the type to follow orders to the letter will do that to someone.
- Birds of a Feather: He and Fyana are more alike than they are different, and it's no wonder they're as drawn together as they are.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Characterized as such on occasion - he's a natural AT pilot but never trains or leaves his room if he has to. He's gotten over this as of the Time Skip - even Zophie remarks that he's become an extremely hard worker, also a subtle indicator of his general development.
- Captain Crash: Although he's possibly the best real robot pilot ever, he's almost never able to make it out of battle without getting his Scopedog or Scopedog variant wrecked and abandoning it. Sometimes he even goes through more than one per fight. Despite this, he still usually manages to win.
- Child Soldier: Enlisted in the Melkian military when he was 16.
- The Chosen One
- Classical Anti-Hero: He's an incredibly talented Mini-Mecha pilot who has dedicated himself to unraveling a galactic conspiracy, the stakes of which turn out to be the free will of humanity as a whole, but it's easy to forget that he's a traumatized, lonely Emo Teen with a Friendless Background.
- The Determinator: If there is one trait that defines him as a character it's this. You shoot him, you can kill the entire unit he's in, you can blow up the entire city he's in, you throw entire ARMIES at him and he doesn't. Ever. STOP.
- Drowning My Sorrows: While aboard unmanned Battleship X, he is forced to hear and watch footage of the Red Shoulders in action. This is his reaction.
- He apparently has a high alcohol tolerance though, as a toast with Fyana earlier in the episode shows that he's never had a drink before in his life. So he goes from a glass of wine to a glass of spirits - then straight from the damn bottle...
- Emotionless Boy: He's distant, icy, inexpressive and more than a little mechanical, to the point where the actually artificial Fyana is much more human than he is. He improves somewhat.
- Experienced Protagonist: He's already a skilled soldier and a veteran of several battles at the start of the first series.
- FaceHeel Turn: Subverted. It turns out he was just pretending to be a bad guy in order to get near Wiseman and destroy him.
- Extreme Doormat: At first - growing out of this is the main crux of his Character Development in the prequel OVAs. Discussed at times, especially in the Kummen and Quent arcs where he begins defying immoral orders he'd have carried out without question in the past.
- Flanderization: In the original series Chirico is a talented, if traumatized, special forces soldier with a helping of luck who loses as much as he wins. Come the OVAs, he is a nigh immortal reality warper who simply cannot be killed no matter how ridiculous the odds.
- Hand Cannon: His "Armor Magnum" pistol which is specifically mentioned to be an anti vehicle caliber weapon. Not only is it massive but true to its name it can shoot down helicopters with a single shot and pierce AT's and tank armor.
- Healing Factor: Recovers very quickly from injuries, to the tune of having fractured his hip then participated in a battle barely a week later. And then there's that time he survives a space station impact...
- HeelFace Turn: His defection from the Red Shoulders and military at large; unlike the FaceHeel Turn example listed above this is played completely straight.
- Human Popsicle: Chooses to become one at the end of the TV series, to wait for a world without war with Fyana.
- Icy Blue Eyes: They have a green tint to them, though.
- Invincible Hero: Can sometimes approach this due to his nigh-supernatural nigh-immortality, but is largely counteracted by his depressed demeanor and the fact that even if he apparently can't DIE he can be wounded to extremely large degrees or have his AT shot out from under him. Thankfully he heals from severe injuries such as gunshot wounds in a matter of days, and crippling injuries in a matter of weeks. And while he is occasionally taken prisoner, his captors are usually reluctant to kill him for various reasons... until it's too late.
- Last of His Kind: Twice over: he's the last Red Shoulder and the last Overman, a type of advanced human who asserted themselves as Godly figures in the setting, particularly on Quent.
- Limited Wardrobe: Is practically NEVER seen, even in the side stories, without his safety-orange pilot suit. This gets ridiculous when he's in the totally-not-Vietnam Kummen, but apparently it has some sort of cooling system built-in.
- The only time he wore something different was during the Melkian parade during the end of Roots of Ambition OVA, where he wore a green Gilgamesh uniform with a red beret.
- Eventually becomes an Iconic Outfit in-universe and out of it. The incident between him and Marteal at Allegium is referred to as the Red Rebellion because of it, and by the time he comes out of cold sleep that color seems to have fallen out of fashion.
- Made of Iron: Chirico gets shot, stabbed, and beaten pretty often, but keeps on going. Note that he has this trope going in addition to an incredible healing ability, which is one of his Overman powers.
- To drive the point home, Chirico even survives a space station crash in Shining Heresy. Nuff' said.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Subverted in the anime: he does get several upgrades, but none of them survive long. Events in the OVA series means he usually ends up with an Ace Custom that is considerably better equipped than a stock Scopedog... which then get shot out from under him.
- Nerves of Steel
- The Quiet One: The Trope Codifier, as far as Anime protagonists go, and particularly so in earlier episodes.
- Red Baron: Ever since killing Wiseman, the Church of Marteal gave Chirico a badass nickname since they know they'll be in deep shit if they ever dare mess with him. That nickname? The Untouchable!
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Perhaps the earliest example of this trope, predating the trope's namesake by twelve years. He has the blue hair, Icy Blue Eyes, cold, unemotional exterior, and is a vessel for a Godlike being, which he ultimately destroys or defies.
- Revenge: The Last Red Shoulder follows him and his old team as they attempts to kill General Pailsen.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Especially early on, he treats every person who tries to kill him an enemies in his own personal war, meaning he simply arms up a Scopedog AT and goes after them with extreme prejudice, including massacring entire gangs and police forces all because their leaders tried to kill him. Gradually he moves away from this tendency to mass-murder his foes thanks to Fyana's love and the friendship of Gotho, Coccona, and Vanilla, though it remains an EXTREMELY stupid idea to screw with him at all.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the Roots of Treachery OVA, we see he was put through an extremely darwinistic Training from Hell when his superiors noted his uncanny survivability and transferred him to the Red Shoulder Battalion. His past with this group haunts him throughout the TV series, though it's only when he's aboard Battleship X and forced to watch Red Shoulder footage that he's actually paralyzed by it.
- Apparently he wasn't always a notorious Stoic, and it's his combat experience that made him that way.
- The Stoic: His expression practically never changes, and it's such an iconic part of the character that he wears it on literally every image he appears in. However, There was that time Basara played Dynamite Explosion on Aim. Upon hearing the song, Chirico smiled.
- Stoic Woobie: Though he never complains or Wangsts about it, his life has been truly hellish, which probably has something to do with his perpetual non-expression.
- Starting from about the Kummen arc, he gets a little better about connecting with his friends. He even smiles a little when he reunites with Vanilla and Coconna at the former's nightclub.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Despite being asocial and distant to an extreme, he's a compassionate and ethical character in a very gritty setting.
- Übermensch: Despite being the one destined to be God, instead he killed the Evil God despite the power he offered; his battle's a pretty clear allegory for the differences between the Ubermensch and the Last Man.
- Walking Disaster Area: If Chirico comes to your town at the beginning of an arc or OVA, it will be a smoldering ruin by the end. Sometimes it applies to the planet instead of just the town.
- Walking the Earth: After Shining Heresy, his stories always end like this.
- Weapon of Choice: Unless he's got no choice but to use another AT type (like when escaping from an enemy base and needing to steal a ride) he'll use a Scopedog. If the environment isn't suited for the standard type, he'll use a variant modified for that instead. Although he's proficient in all the Scopedog's armaments, his favored weapon is the heavy assault rifle. If he can't use that due to weight reasons, like when needed to make his AT as light as possible or when the water proofing equipment made it heavy enough as it was, he'll opt for the smaller sub-machine gun instead.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Downplayed. While non natural hair colors are normal in the setting, Chirico's blue stands out because Children of God, and so far, ONLY Children of God, have all had blue hair.
A salvager and arms dealer who Chirico first meets during his time on Melkia in Woodo.
- Action Survivor: Despite having no military training, Gotho's familiarity with the weapons he sells sees him right in the middle of the fighting from time to time.
- Arms Dealer: Starts out a little petty in the Woodo arc, but he's Assemble EX-10's supplier 3 months later, in Kummen.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: With Coconna and Vanilla eventually; he's the big part.
- Comic Relief: While more mature than Chirico's other friends, his greed and desire for self preservation helps lighten the tone of the show.
- Cool Old Guy: The other three - yes, this includes Chirico(!) - take to calling him 'Tottsan' ('Pops') in short order.
- Mentor Archetype: While he doesn't teach Chirico anything about battle, he is the first person to start breaking through to him as a human being after the horrors of the Hundred Year War. He also introduces Chirico to the Woodo city underworld.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Completely averted. Not only does he survive the events of the original series, he's happily retired the sequel OV As set three decades later.
- Stout Strength: He's far stronger and more dangerous in a brawl than you'd expect from an overweight old man, routinely keeping up with the actual trained soldier Vanilla.
- Unstoppable Rage: When it seems that Chirico has betrayed his friends during the finale, Gotho blitzes the Secret Society guards and kills a half dozen of them with a viciousness that surprises Coconna and Vanilla.
- Ace Pilot: He may come across as a harmless goofball most of the time, but he is to aircraft what Chirico is to Armored Troopers - he can fly anything, and rack up an impressive body-count while doing so.
- Afro Asskicker: Despite being part of the Plucky Comic Relief, he's a trained combat pilot who's very good at his job.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Coconna.
- Comic Relief: His legendary spats with Coconna and disbelief at the insanity of events he gets caught up in being the main source of humor.
- Happily Married: To Coconna after the events of the show.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Was a Gilgamesh pilot at some time during the Hundred Years' War, and can do pretty unbelievable things with aircraft of any kind (particularly helicopters) and live to tell about it.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: When placed in a bad situation, his plan usually involves playing the fool long enough to get the drop on the enemy.
- True Companions: He initially scouts Chirico for his criminal business ventures after seeing how well he can fight, but eventually risks his life a dozen times for him over despite his loner nature.
- Badass Driver: In the series as well as the Big Battle OVA, she shows quite the skill at keeping cool in vehicles under heavy fire.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Vanilla.
- Born Lucky: There's a reason everyone (including Coconna herself) likens her to a cat. She can dive head-first into the most dangerous situation with the most deranged, suicidal plan imaginable and come out without a scratch.
- Fiery Red Head: Generally speaking, when Vanilla and Gotho are unwilling to go into a dangerous situation, it's Coconna dragging them into it.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Wears a dress with feathers around the shoulders at the Kunmen nightclub. (Apparently certain feathers go in and out of style, too.)
- Genki Girl: An exploding ball of energy who thinks nothing of berating her friends, love interest, and even her captors.
- Happily Married: To Vanilla, shortly after the series ends.
- The Heart: During the Woodo arc, it's Coconna who browbeats Vanilla and Gotho into rescuing Chirico, ultimately talking them into giving away their 3 BILLION gold coin treasure so he can escape.
- Love Triangle: She likes Chirico, but is competing with Fyana. This leads to an interesting take on First Girl Wins, as Coconna's the better-developed character by the time Fyana shows up.
- Plucky Girl: This is one of the most important things she brings to the table. She's not nearly as good a fighter as Gotho or Vanilla, but she's by far the most willing to get into trouble. If someone needs to browbeat the trio into swinging into action, or merrily go ahead with a plan that's Crazy Enough to Work, it'll be her.
- Token Minority Couple: Coconna eventually marries Vanilla, and they have 6 Patchwork Kids.
- The Smurfette Principle: There are two main female characters, and Coconna's one of them.
- Stealth Expert: Her main asset apart from luck and determination. Her years of living as a street-rat have left her capable of getting into damned near anywhere.
A Quentian mercenary and a squadmate of Chirico's while he's fighting in Kunmen on Melkia. Plays a bigger role in the story during the Quent arc and Phantom Arc OVA.
- Barbarian Hero: "Barbarian" is pushing it, but he prefers to use Bersergas equipped with a (heavily melee-focused) Pile Bunker.
- The Big Guy: Literally, as he Is the tallest character in the series. Even the stoic Chirico Is briefly taken aback by his introduction.
- Gentle Giant: Outside of battle, even when he's working as a mercenary, he's as gentle as a character can get in this setting.
- Technical Pacifist: Well, when he's not killing people as a mercenary.
- Asshole Victim: Ru Shako tossed him into the pit after attempting to stop Chirico and Fyana from leaving.
- The Cameo: A picture of him appears in the ending credits of Pailsen Files.
- Disney Villain Death: Courtesy of Shako.
- FaceHeel Turn: To basically no one's surprise.
- Glory Hound: He's actually a fairly good AT pilot, but when there's glory to be had he'll start screwing things up.
- Jerkass: Oh yes.
- The Neidermeyer: To the point where his men defy his orders to follow Chirico, much to his displeasure.
- Unfriendly Fire: Tries to off Chirico when they capture Fyana. Chirico wins and he was presumed to have died.
- Villain Team-Up: With Viral, Timp and Beck in Saisei-Hen
- Glass Eye
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Often steps in on Chirico's side to protect him from Kan Yu.
- FaceHeel Turn: Actually somewhat averted, but he and Kan Yu are secretly collaborating with Rochina to get Fyana.
- Cain and Abel: His sister is working with La Résistance, but it's actually averted as they aren't necessarily bad people even though they are tools of the Society.
- Rebellious Rebel: He feels that the Veela rebels are misguided in their actions and believes that they can modernize if they cooperate with the Melkian government.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Potaria becomes president sometime between the series and Phantom Arc and tries to carry out his vision, only to become the object of a coup d'etat and crushed to death.
Col. Jean-Paul Rochina/Kotta Luske
A Gilgamesh intelligence officer, who brutally interrogates Chirico at the beginning of the series. His main objective for the first half is recapturing an AWOL Super Soldier, but his ultimate goal is to watch over Chirico for Wiseman and make sure that he succeeds in becoming God.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with Chirico when they're under attack by the Society.
- Hidden Agenda Villain:
- Laughing Mad: By Shining Heresy, we see that the years have not been kind to him at all and he's just as obsessed with Chirico as ever.
- The Quisling: In Pailsen Files, he kills Wockam and defects to Pailsen to help with his research after he's told that the "Pailsen Files" were faked research used to confuse them, and takes on his new name.
- Villainous BSoD: He goes crazy when Chirico kills Wiseman.
A Gilgamesh general, and leader of the Secret Society.
- Evil Old Folks
- The Dragon: to Wiseman.
- Sinister Minister
- Villainous BSoD:When he learns that Chirico is the one chosen to become God, and the Society's purpose was merely to bring them to the current one.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Wiseman kills him shortly after this happens.
- Asshole Victim: A large pipe collapsed and kill him during the siege on Stage II: Kummen
- I Want Them Alive: His standard refrain whenever an opportunity presents itself to kill Chirico or Fyana, although eventually he decides both are too dangerous to be left alive.
- Sinister Minister: Greatly enjoys using his status as a religious figure to influence politics.
- Hate Sink: An unsympathetic asshole treating Proto-One aka Fyana nothing but a crap. And even considering what he did to Chirico in the first season.
Major Gimual Iskui
- Asshole Victim : Just about to leaving from the Melkian force's raid on Uoodo.
- Anti-Climax Boss: He's killed not by Chirico, but an anonymous Melkian VOTOM pilot during their raid on the Society.
- Bookends: His raid on Lido kickstarts the plot, and his death and the destruction of Woodo ends the first arc of VOTOMS.
- Corrupt Cop: His role within the Secret Society after organizing the raid on Lido research base.
- Smug Snake: Initially disdains Chirico as a simple loose end, he is very wrong.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes One-Man Army Chirico is tearing through his entire police force and headed right for his HQ.
Arron and Gurran Schmitel
- Asshole Victim: Arron was shot to dead by Chirico when he was about to kill him. After that, Gurran got killed by the explosion during the coalition of Gilgamesh Federation-Balarant Union on planet Quent.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Initially, while the rest of their dialogue becomes more like Twin Banter.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Arron wears a brown uniform, while Gurran wears a turquoise colored one.
- Mad Scientist: Their only interest initially is constructing PS research.
A Perfect Soldier (PS for short) created by the society, who is the objective of the mission against the Gilgamesh forces that Chirico is on, who later becomes Chirico's love interest.
- Artificial Human: The first Perfect Soldier introduced in the franchise.
- Birds of a Feather: Has similar issues adapting to normal life as Chirico does, as she never had a childhood to begin with.
- Dark Action Girl: Fyana was created with the express purpose of being a military weapon. When she fights without emotion she's as terrifying as Chirico. However, she quickly becomes a Damsel in Distress after her Brutishdog gets destroyed and she uses a AT only a couple of more times in the series.
- Sixth Ranger
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Literally. In Shining Heresy ep. 5, we're told that PS's have an average lifespan of 2 years, and Chirico knew at the end of the TV series that her time was almost up so they froze in order to stay together forever. They were awakened early and had time to reunite for all of 30 seconds.
- High-HeelFace Turn
- Irony: Despite being an artificial Super Soldier, she ends up being arguably the most empathetic character in the series rather than the ruthless killing machine the Society wanted.
- Macguffin Girl: She is an Artificial Human and a good chunk of the tv series is about Chirico investigating her identity and why the Secret Society wanted her.
- Phlebotinum Dependence: She requires jijirium to survive.
- Shower Scene: She needs them to live, but the purpose is pretty obviously some glowy, booby, blue Fanservice.
- Super Soldier: Strong enough to aim and fire a mecha-sized rifle, on foot!
- Alas, Poor Villain
- Ace Pilot: The most skilled & dangerous of the Perfect Soldiers.
- Ace Custom: The Snapping Turtle and the Strike Dog, two powerful and blue colored ATs specifically designed for Perfect Soldiers.
- Char Clone: Well, as close as it gets in VOTOMS...
- Color Motif: Both his uniform and the ATs he pilots are blue.
- Hero Killer: He kills Gregor and Muza in his first battle as shown in the Last Red Shoulder OVA.
- The Rival: In both battle and love to Chirico.
- Super Soldier: As a pilot he's skilled enough to be nearly unstoppable to any normal military force, and is capable of killing even elite Red Shoulders.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Last Red Shoulder shows the newly born Ypsilon as childlike as they come, making his programming into a weapon of war all the more horrible.
God of the Astragius Galaxy and subject of the Secret Society's worship who manipulated the Balarant and the Gilgamesh into starting the war.
- Big Bad
- Deity of Human Origin:Was once one of the Overmen, a race of supermen from Quent who ruled over the Astragius Galaxy 3000 years before the start of the series. Now he inhabits a computer system.
- Evil God
- Deal with the Devil
- Kill the God: Ya...me...ro...Chi...ri...co...
- Large Ham
- The Man Behind the Man
- Mechanical Abomination
- Mysterious Employer : Rochina was secretly taking orders from him all along.
- Load-Bearing Boss: His death causes the destruction of Quent and the massive Gilgamesh-Balarant combined fleet.
- Master Computer Takes a lot of notes from HAL. Their "death" scenes are extremely similar
- Only Mostly Dead: Zig-zagged. Wiseman shows up in Phantom Arc; turns out he had transported out at the last minute along with some of the Quentians. Chirico agrees to his request to raise the Child and unplugs him...again.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:Chirico turns down his offer.
- Wolf Pack Boss: in Super Robot Wars Z2 Saisei-Hen, Wiseman fights the heroes with a squadron of Bloodsucker armored troopers and in Z3 Tengoku-Hen he uses copies of the battleship from the Big Battle OVA.
The protagonist of Armor Hunter Mellowlink one of the few OVA's that doesn't directly focus on Chirico himself. Mellowlink was a humble private in the Melkian Armed Forces who's entire unit was betrayed by his unscrupulous commanders, who are working for Chirico's mortal enemy, the Secret Society. As the sole survivor of the Schwepps Unit, Mellowlink hunts down the conspirators with nothing more then determination and an old anti-AT rifle.
- Almighty Janitor: Officially, he's only a private. However, he ends up going up against former higher-ranking officers and proving himself a more capable soldier in spite of all the handicaps he's bogged with.
- Batman Gambit: While Chirico seems to prefer using heavy armaments and AT's to fight his battles, Mellow favors trickery, traps, and deception, partially out of necessity.
- Been There, Shaped History: Almost. Mellowlink's story takes place just before the TV series starts (he's basically running around in that time frame between Chirico's last mission and his arrival in Uudo), and while the Pranbandoor Scandal is actually part of the Perfect Soldier plan, Mellow himself doesn't have much to do with anything. (He killed off a major contributor in Kunmen, which probably didn't contribute to its stability, but that's about it.)
- BFG: Mellowlink's signature anti-AT rifle is truly huge, being slightly longer then he is tall. In a subversion, it's also completely outdated for the tactics used in the series' timeline, bordering on being a museum piece - it works, just not in any way that an equivalent number of ATs couldn't do better.
- Bayonet Ya / Pile Bunker: Mounted on the underside of the massive weapon is a huge piledriver spike, which is propelled by the same kind of 50mm explosive charge an AT's Arm Punch is, which Mellow uses to spear right through AT armor. (Which wouldn't work in real life, unless that spike really vibrates during use.)
- Cosmic Lottery Winner: Mellowlink is insanely lucky, even described as such during the final episode. However, unlike Chirico he doesn't have a milennia-old supercomputer backing him up, nor does he have a Healing Factor beyond that of a normal person.
- Cool Bike: His vehicle of choice for most of the series. (One with a similar design shows up in Shining Heresy as well.)
- The Determinator: Nearly as much as Chirico is, especially given his personally enforced method of hunting his targets.
- Finishing Move: Mellowlink always kills his targets with the piledriver spike on his rifle...
- One Buwwet Weft: ...because he keeps running out of ammo and tricks over the course of the battle, and ends up having to get up close and personal. He generally does fine against the mooks though.
- Flashback Nightmare: One episode has him reliving the events of his unit's brutal demise after being stuck by a thorn from a plant that has hallucinogenic properties. (Subverted slightly, in that events proceed slightly differently in the hallucination than in the actual flashback he has later, once the drug wears off.
- Nerves of Steel: Most episodes have him facing down what amounts to a bipedal tank without even a vehicle to protect himself from their huge autocannons, and not even blinking - most of the time without much more than an anti-AT rifle.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Sure, his methods are brutal, but the melkian officers he targets are often shown to be complete scumbags.
- Roaring Rampageof Revenge: The entire plot of his OVA. Unlike Chirico, his targets are individuals who screwed him (and his platoon) over, so the body count he's personally responsible for over the whole OVA probably adds up to around that of one episode of the original series.
- Hot-Blooded Sniper: Though he keeps a cool head during fights, he's certainly prone to shouting and anger quite a bit more then the perpetually stoic Chirico.
- Tribal Facepaint: Mellow is often shown with four lines of it smeared across his face. Though most of the episodes he's bare-faced, you know he's about to kill someone whenever he smears the four lines across his face, using different materials in different episodes, including mud, oil, Polymer Ringers Solution, and his own blood.
Gen. Yoran Pailsen
Founder and commander of the infamous Unit X-1 of the 24th Melkian Strategic AT Special Operations Corps (the Red Shoulders). His goal is locating and creating a unit of "unique survivalists" akin to the Perfect Soldiers. After the war, he assists the Secret Society with their PS research. Appears in The Last Red Shoulder, Roots of Treachery/Ambition, and Pailsen Files.
- Evil Cripple: As a result of Wockam's torture he's left with severe brain damage and is confined to a wheelchair until his death in The Last Red Shoulder.
- Insane Admiral: The "pet project" type; then-Colonel Pailsen's "unique survivalist" research claims the lives of over 800 soldiers and eats up huge amounts of Gilgamesh's equipment and funds.
- Mad Scientist
- Sinister Shades: He always wears a pair of shades that would make Douglas Macarthur proud.
- The Unfought: He gets shot in the back by Baiman instead of being killed by Chirico.
- Villainous BSoD: He suffers this in Roots of Ambition when he thought he killed Chirico (therefore making all his efforts up to that point meaningless). He somewhat recovers when he concludes that, even if Chirico was a unique survivalist, his lack of obedience made him too dangerous...only to go through a bigger one at the end of the OVA, when he finds out that Chirico is still alive and now displays absolute defiance against him.
Gregor Galosh, Baiman Haggard, Muza Merime
Former members of the Red Shoulders. At first they tried to kill Chirico to prove his mortality but soon end up befriending him in way. After the war, they are all targeted in some form by Pailsen, supposedly for leaving the Red Shoulders, so they decide to kill him and their former corps, and invite Chirico to join in. Appear in The Last Red Shoulder and Roots of Treachery/Ambition.
- Artificial Limbs: Whatever Pailsen did to Baiman, it cost the latter his arm, forcing him to get a robotic replacement.
- Character Tic: Gregor often slaps himself in the face when upset.
- Die Laughing: Baiman, after shooting Pailsen, asks Chirico about Gregor and Muza; upon hearing that they died, he laments that at least he managed to kill Pailsen with his own hand and lets out a small chuckle as he succumbs to the wounds he got killing off the remaining Red Shoulders.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Baiman, offscreen, managed to wipe out the rest of the Red Shoulders, and, on-screen, manages to survive his nasty wounds long enough to kill Pailsen by shooting him in the back before passing.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Muza tries, and fails, to hold off Ypsilon from getting to Chirico and Gregor, at the cost of his life. Gregor, likewise, bites the dust distracting him from killing Chirico.
- Jerkwitha Heartof Gold: Despite of being jerk to Chirico in the first place, they did support Chirico, and even they were shocked to saw Chirico's supposedly death by Yoran Pailsen's gunshot on the chest. Gregor did cared about Murza after he heard about the death of Murza's parent. And Baiman also cared about Gregor, or Murza. And even Murza did cared about Baiman's hand.
- Everyone Has Standards: They were greatly appalled at the supposedly-death Chirico by Pailsen, and they were disgust at the Leeman's plan by destroying Dock 21 to kill both of them.
- Revenge: In The Last Red Shoulder, they all want Pailsen dead for what he did to them: giving Gregor a pretty nasty scar on his face, killing all of Murza's family, and taking Baiman's arm.
- Don'tYouDarePityMe!: Murza:
- Murza: I don't want sympathy, but I refuse to fight with someone who can't understand another man's pain.
A soldier for the Balarant Union, he was defeated during the war by a Red Shoulder. Upon identifying Chirico as having been in said group, he becomes determined to kill him. Appears in Big Battle.
- Berserk Button: The Red Shoulders as a whole are this to him.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Rather than simply being shot or blown up, Shako and Chirico pin his mech in place, lock their braking claws, and run away, leaving the semi-crushed Radaa to die in his battleship's explosion.
- I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Fyana to provoke Chirico into a duel.
- Implacable Man: It takes the combined efforts of Chirico, Shako, Vanilla, Gotho and Coccona to kill him. That's saying something.
- One-Man Army: Undefeated in Battling arena combat and easily kills the Melkian platoon guarding their Perfect Soldier researcher.
- Psycho for Hire: He likes being a soldier because it gives him an excuse to kill people. Unfortunately for his employers, that's about the only thing he likes about it, and he does not like being given orders that make him refrain from killing.
- Super Soldier: Turns out Balarant had developed their own Perfect Soldier.
- Super Reflexes: Is capable of dodging bullets in an AT so long as he can see his target.
- We Can Rebuild Him: After being shot down by Red Shoulders, he was crushed underfoot by an AT, necessitating over half of his body being replaced with cybernetic components.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dating Catwoman: She develops a crush on Chirico at the end of Shining Heresy.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: At the end of the Alone Again OVA.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Alone Again, she arrives as The Cavalry to assist the Church against a militant splinter sect. During the battle, she gets shot and broken in half.
- Super Soldier
- The Rival
- Villain Override: The auxiliary brain.
A cardinal in the Church of Marteal and former Gilgamesh officer, who's making a bid to become pope. Makes appearances in Shining Heresy and Phantom Arc
- Big Bad: Of Shining Heresy.
- Karma Houdini: Ultimately averted: he becomes Pope, but his daughter refuses to talk to him again and it leaves him utterly broken. In Phantom Arc, he tries to take resposibility for the Child of God from Wiseman, but Wiseman already picked Chirico. He dies from his own bullets ricocheting when he attempts to kill the child.
- Sinister Minister
The Barcoff Squadron
After Roots of Treachery, Chirico is transferred to a new unit of people who have a high survivability. Little do they know that it's Wockam's experiment to test the validity of Pailsen's unique survivalist research.
- Dirty Coward / The Ditz: Dare Kochak, who sometimes ends up ruining their missions due to his incompetence; he began his career as a technician and never really hit his stride in combat. Nor Barcoff is also revealed to be this, since he was demoted back to MCPO from Lieutenant for abandoning his men while terrified.
- Genius Ditz: Being a technician beforehand, however, allows Kochak to determine which mixture ratio of the PRL is best suited for an AT under certain environments, he even goes as far as to taste test it to see which is the most suitable one, which saved the Barcoff squad from a massive cold air-mass in ensuring that their AT's would still go on running without having the PRL to either freeze up completely or blow up right in their face.
- Enfante Terrible: It's hinted that Zaki may be an early Perfect Soldier prototype.
- Gonk: Kochak.
- The Mole: Kochak reports the details of their survival to Wockam.
- Vigilante Man: The "Gilgamesh Purification Committee" targets them for execution because Gary's survival somehow was the result of many deaths, even though those deaths are mostly not explained to the audience.
- The Smart Guy / Big Good: Barcoff
- The Big Guy: Gary Godan
- Jerk with a Heart Of Gold:
- Not So Invincible After All: After Chirico reveals that they were being tested, they let the idea that they're unique survivalists go to their heads. Kochak is killed as a result of stupidity in combat, Godan is killed not-so-stupidly under heavy Balarant fire, Barcoff makes a Heroic Sacrifice to cut through said fire, and Zaki is Driven to Suicide when he figures out he was made to kill Chirico.
A Gilgamesh war hero and an important person in the Ministry of Intelligence who commands the forces of the ISS. He's the one who sets out all the tests that the Barcoff Squad has to pass; he wants to prove that they're unique survivalists in order to build his own power as well as humiliate Pailsen.
- Big Bad
- He Who Fights Monsters: Pailsen was rumored to have killed his father, so he manipulated the military tribunal to place him in his "care" in order to exact revenge.
- In the Back: When Pailsen's manipulation is made clear, his subordinates turn on him and Rochina kills him.
- Smug Snake
- Slouch of Villainy: He is introduced in the Pailsen Files series sitting on his couch wearing a bathrobe and holding a glass of Martini.
- Villainous Breakdown: The reveal of Pailsen's manipulation and Luske's betrayal at the end destroyed Wockman's smugness completely.