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Pilots of Delphinium

    Code:056/Goro 
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Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (Japanese, Ep01-22), Daiki Hamano (Japanese, Ep23 onward) Natsumi Fujiwara (child - Japanese), Austin Tindle (English), Morgan Berry (child - English), Alejandro Orozco (Latin American Spanish), Tenyo Vargas (child - Latin American Spanish)

The mood maker amongst the children, he is partnered with Ichigo and pilots the Franxx Delphinium alongside her. He is very easygoing and has a good head on his shoulders. He always tries to support his teammates the best he can, specially his childhood friends Hiro and Ichigo.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: Downplayed in the manga, he's pretty much the same character but is more assertive and outspoken about his feelings, such as calling out Hiro for his recklessness or saving Ichigo from the bomb Klaxosaurus instead of her doing the deed.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 9 is focused on him and his Love Epiphany regarding his feelings for Ichigo.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Usually when Hiro decides to ignore his own well-being and jump mindlessly into action.
  • Babies Ever After: In the finale, a timeskip shows Ichigo pregnant with his child.
  • Childhood Friends: He's been best friends with Hiro and Ichigo since they were young.
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: The gentle touch to Ichigo's firm hand. While they both play the role of Team Mom, Goro is kinder than Ichigo when it comes to giving encouragement to their teammates, as he isn't burdened by the responsibilities of a leader Ichigo has.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Goro is clearly not mad of Hiro due to Ichigo's ever growing feelings toward him, even when he saw her kiss him in front of him. But when he sees Nine Alpha kiss her hand, he's absolutely irritated.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A rare male example. He is the nicest guy on the team and his hair is a very yellow blond.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He is the tallest guy paired with the shortest girl.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Realizes that he is in love with Ichigo and that Ichigo is in love with Hiro at the same time. He is surprisingly calm about it, as Hiro is also his close friend and he trusts him. Even after giving Ichigo a Love Confession, he freely admits he doesn't want an answer, he just wanted to get it out of his chest.
  • Last Minute Hookup: With Ichigo
  • Like Brother and Sister: How he sees Hiro and Ichigo's relationship. Neither have the heart to tell him otherwise. Ultimately he discovers the truth about Ichigo's feelings (and his own) simply by observing her like he has always done.
  • Love Confession: Gives one to Ichigo at the end of episode 9, despite not expecting a positive answer. It ultimately ends well for him though when Ichigo finally reciprocates in the finale.
  • Love Epiphany: After hearing from Hiro and Zero Two about what "love" means, he reflects on his relationship with Ichigo and realizes he has been in love with her since they were children.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Downplayed Trope. Ichigo is a socially assertive spitfire while Goro serves as her quiet, diplomatic Number Two. Notably, their relationship started when she convinced him to fight off the bullies preying on him.
  • Nice Guy: His partner Ichigo often ignores him due to her crush on Hiro, but he doesn't hold a grudge towards either of them. When Ichigo offers herself to be Hiro's partner for a practice match, Goro not only accepts it but also tells Hiro there is no need to feel guilty about it.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite giving off a goody-two-shoes impression, he still joins Zorome and Futoshi as they ogle their partners, declaring that as a guy, he can't ignore this "marvelous view".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know a battle is not going well when a Nice Guy like Goro has to yell at his partner to get a grip of herself.
  • Opposites Attract: Calm, mellow, Nice Guy Goro is in love with Ichigo, who has terrible anxiety and turbulent emotions. (This also applied when they were little, as Goro couldn't handle being raised communally while Ichigo thrived in it.)
  • Power Trio: How he sees his relationship with Hiro and Ichigo.
  • The Reliable One: Goro's attention is always on looking out for the others and supporting them in whatever they do, especially toward Ichigo his partner, and Hiro.
  • Secret Keeper: Goro knows Hiro is severely ill after piloting with Zero Two and will likely die if he keeps it up, but Hiro asks him to keep it a secret so he can continue piloting; in the manga, he keeps his mouth shut about the matter but not without scolding Hiro for what he's doing.
  • Shipper on Deck: Even before Hiro and Zero Two properly become a couple, Goro is the most openly supportive of their relationship.
  • Team Mom: Respectively fulfills this role in Episode 5, particularly to Hiro's new growth/sickness after piloting with Zero Two and to Ichigo's unrequited feelings for Hiro.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Left wondering this after watching Ichigo crying and suffering because of her feelings for Hiro and being unable to do anything.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Hiro for his willingness to die by piloting Strelizia a third time in the manga, telling him to think about how the rest of them would feel if he were to die.
    • He has to do it again in Episode 22 when Hiro flatly tells the Squad he's willing to die trying to rescue Zero Two's soul from Strelizia Apus. Goro calls him out on always running off to do his own thing without ever considering how his actions affect the rest of the group, and even taking their support for granted, or jumping to make Senseless Sacrifices that render all the risks and sacrifices they made earlier to ensure his safety and happiness in vain. Goro also does not understand why Hiro is currently making such a brash decision when all of them are doing their best to survive, but in the end he comes to respect Hiro's determination to protect and go after what he loves most, something Goro is scared of.

    Code:015/Ichigo 
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Voiced by: Kana Ichinose (Japanese), Brittany Lauda (English), Andrea Arruti (Latin American Spanish)

Goro and Hiro's childhood friend. She is an honor student amongst the parasites and had shown the most promise after Hiro from a very early age, thus she was made leader of the group. While normally a very considerate and level-headed person, her crush on Hiro impairs her judgment, especially as regards to his possible partnership with Zero Two.


  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Almost confesses to Hiro in episode 6, but backs down when Zero Two passes by, reminding her of how she can't make Hiro's wish come true like Zero Two can. She tries again in the next episode, only to be interrupted by a stream of shooting stars. Averted in the manga, where she kisses him during the shower of stars.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Downplayed in the manga, much like Goro, she's more assertive about her feelings and her rough edges are less pronounced, making her a more even-headed character.
    • Adaptational Heroism: Her jealousy towards Zero-Two is downplayed, and during her fight with Strelizia later on in the manga she's doing it as much for Zero-Two's own sake as it is to protect the rest of rhe Plantation.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: After the above example, in Episode 14 Ichigo finally makes a proper confession to Hiro, combined with a kiss (or two). However, it's clear that he doesn't reciprocate her feelings since he had already confessed to Zero Two, he made it clear that he only sees Ichigo as a sister, and throughout Ichigo's confession he mostly makes pained or longing expressions (the latter clearly for Zero Two).
  • Animal Motifs: Her Battle Aura is a cat, and she often plays with them off-duty.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Lays one out on Zero Two when she makes light of Hiro potentially dying.
  • Babies Ever After: The timeskip in the finale shows her pregnant with her and Goro's child.
  • Beneath the Mask: She expresses her anxiety far more inside her Franxx than she does outside it.
  • Betty and Veronica: Betty to Zero Two's Veronica and Hiro's Archie. She is Hiro's childhood friend and a straight-laced person who supports Hiro the best she can, but also always follows the orders she receives, in contrast with the independent Zero Two.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Forced between acting as leader and her own feelings, knowingly putting Hiro's life on the line while also acknowledging he's needed, the strain of commanding weighs her down.
    • After VIRM leave earth and abandon humanity to fend for themselves the desert wasteland they've created, Ichigo becomes so dedicated to looking after the others and ensuring they have enough food, clean water, etc. for survival that she forgets to take care of herself, until she collapses outright in the fields.
  • Character Development: Over the series, Ichigo slowly learns to put Hiro's feelings and Squad 13's well-being before her own. She learns to accept and support Hiro and Zero Two's relationship, and become nicer to Zero Two to the point of considering her an integral part of Squad 13 and being just as fiercely protective of her as the others. She also becomes a much better leader; she learns to see the big picture not let her tunnel-visioned emotions consume her, makes decisions that benefit the whole group rather than just Hiro or her designs for him, isn't as badly shaken when things go wrong.
  • Childhood Friends: With Hiro and Goro.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Hates the possibility of a stranger like Zero Two becoming Hiro's partner. One of her motivations for agreeing to be Hiro's partner in the training match was because she believes she should be the one to bring out his full potential. Not helping matters is Zero Two's reputation as the "Partner Killer". Turns out her fears were justified; Hiro really risks his life by piloting with Zero Two.
  • Color Motif: Her blue hair and clothes accessories convey her calm and rational demeanor (at least when Hiro isn't involved), but also her underlying sorrow (that is, her unrequited crush).
  • Condescending Compassion: She has a tendency to meddle, which lessens as Character Development teaches her to respect others' choices.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Coos over a cat outside the parasite living quarters, peppering her speech with "Nya"'s. She's rather embarrassed when Hiro sees her doing it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite her serious disposition, Ichigo is capable of giving some notably snippy remarks, as seen in her interactions with Nine Alpha.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: After Ichigo is squicked out by Zero Two licking her, Goro offers her a headpat, which she rejects.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Ikuno has a pretty blatant crush on her.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Perfectionism. She feels that failure of any kind, no matter how justifiable, reflects laziness on her part. (The drastic consequences failure often has in the pilots' world doesn't help.) So she tends to panic when the slightest thing goes wrong, which of itself leads to more things going wrong. Miku even calls her out on this in Episode 9.
    • Even though she's supposed to be the leader, she tends to put her own interests above those of others, even at the cost of their well-being. At first she tries to get Zero Two removed from the squad even though Zero Two is the only pistil that Hiro can ride with, as well as the fact that her presence greatly increased the team's battle effectiveness against the klaxosaurs. It becomes justified later on since Zero Two almost willingly killed Hiro before discovering that he was the boy from her past, followed by her beating up almost the entire squad later on; and Ichigo doesn't know enough of the whole picture to act more rationally.
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: The firm hand to Goro's gentle touch. While Ichigo is also a gentle person, her seriousness regarding her role as the leader means she will be harsh towards her teammates when she feels it's necessary, contrasting with how Goro is always encouraging them with kind words.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Ichigo always asks for a stuffed animal when receiving an annual gift from Papa.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a clip on the left side of her head to hold back her hair. It was a gift from Hiro. She loses it in episode 9 and receives a replacement from Goro.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Even after she accepts Hiro's feelings for Zero Two, the girls just do not like each other (save for Zero Two liking Ichigo as a trolling victim). Zero Two thinks Ichigo's useless, and Ichigo thinks Zero Two is a disrespectful loose cannon. By episode 9, things started improving between them, which makes their falling out from episode 12 and onward that much worse for them. Thankfully, they officially become friends in episode 16.
  • Heroic BSoD: When she thinks Hiro died, she loses her connection to Delphinium and starts crying her heart out. It took Goro yelling at her face for her to remember the battle isn't over yet and they have to keep fighting to survive.
  • Heroic RRoD: Collapses from a combination of overwork, despair and sheer stress when the kids' initial attempt at growing crops fails.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She is the shortest girl on the team and is paired with the tallest guy.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: From her perspective, all she's doing in Episode 14 is keeping an attempted murderer away from someone she loves, and trying to persuade him to forget about her. Her decision is rash, selfishly motivated, and poorly informed; but perfectly logical given the circumstances.
  • Important Hair Accessory: Her hairclip was given to her as a child by Hiro, and she's worn it every day since. After she loses it in a fight, she's given a replacement by Goro. Receiving and losing those is symbolically important for her relationship with the boys.
  • Incompatible Orientation: When Ikuno asks to try a pistil-to-pistil pair-up with her in Episode 11, they fail to sync up, partly because Ichigo "doesn't feel anything." This frustrates and disappoints Ikuno greatly.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Presumably the reason she didn't dislike Hiro's previous partner, and didn't stop him from leaving the plantation permanently in episode 1. Unfortunately, his choice to team up with the infamous "Partner Killer" is a different kettle of fish. In fact, she keeps on zigzagging this trope; she wants Hiro to find happiness, although her refusal to let go of her love for him has her looking on with both longing and resentment, to the point that she makes a move on Hiro as soon as she sees discernible friction (which she unintentionally aggravated) between him and Zero Two. She eventually makes peace with her feelings by Episode 15 after getting a reality check on where she stands in their Love Triangle, and the following episode shows her genuinely wishing the best for Hiro and Zero Two.
  • It's All About Me: Ichigo has a very bad habit of placing her own interests and wants above everyone else's. Best displayed in episode 14: she does everything in her power to keep Zero Two away from Hiro, and later flat-out refuses to participate in the Gran Crevasse mission unless she's removed from Squad 13. Later, when Hiro tries to go after the departing Zero Two, Ichigo stops him and makes an Anguished Declaration of Love, uncaring that he's in clear emotional turmoil over Zero Two's removal from Plantation 13.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • One of the reasons she pressures Hiro to partner with her is that Zero Two seems like a dangerous person who wants to separate Hiro from the squad. She's not wrong about this, but she is twisting the truth for her own benefit.
    • Episode 5 also shows that she's right not to trust Zero Two with Hiro's safety. And while it is callous of her to accuse Zero Two of not being human, her accusation that Zero Two doesn't care about other people is hard to argue with.
    • While her renewed hostility towards Zero Two is greatly fueled by jealousy and selfishness, it's not completely unfounded given that Zero Two almost killed Hiro, followed by her beating up the squad in a rage later on.
    • Her unwillingness to allow Zero Two to see and speak to Hiro after she was told that she would return to her original team in a day is not one of her best moments; however, she is not completely wrong on her justification that Zero Two was deceiving Hiro all along, something that even Zero Two doesn't argue with her when she brings it up.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: It takes diving into Hiro's mind and discovering it's filled with memories of his moments with Zero Two before she finally acknowledges that — even though she hates it — she's a Hopeless Suitor for Hiro.
  • Last Minute Hookup: With Goro.
  • The Leader: She is the leader of the group, with all of the members falling under her command. The exception is Zero Two, who's a full-fledged parasite.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Normally considerate and level-headed, Ichigo's one-sided crush on Hiro clouds her better judgement on multiple occasions. This leads her to try to have Zero Two removed from Squad 13, even though Zero Two is the only pistil that Hiro can ride with, as well as the fact that her presence greatly increased the team's battle effectiveness against the klaxosaurs, all out of petty jealousy over her relationship with Hiro.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Downplayed with her relationship with Goro. She isn't tomboyish and neither is Goro girly, but she is the firm hand holding the team together, while he is the gentle touch supporting them. Stereotypically, the father is the one who is harsh and firm while the mother serves as The Heart of the family.
  • Oblivious to Love: For most of the series, she's so wrapped up in her own issues and unrequitted feelings for Hiro that she has no clue that Goro is in love with her and has been since they were kids. Despite the fact that piloting a Franxx involves mind-melding between pilots.
  • Opposites Attract: She enjoys piloting with Goro, presumably because mind-melding with him soothes her anxiety. Piloting with Hiro, who shares her inferiority complex, makes it much worse.
  • Order vs. Chaos: She has physically struggled note  to make Zero Two wear pajamas. Zero Two is equally opposed to wearing any sort of state-mandated clothing.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair screens off the right side of her face. She uses this as an emotional shield, turning to put the long hair between her and other people in uncomfortable moments.
  • The Perfectionist: One of her Fatal Flaws. Ichigo takes any kind of failure, no matter how small or justifiable, very seriously and believes it reflects laziness on her part. Thus, whenever even the slightest thing goes wrong, she tends to panic.
  • Team Mom: She considers the squad her responsibility, so she administers pep talks and breaks up fights as needed.
  • Tender Tears: She sheds these when she realizes that Hiro could never really love her as more than friend.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. While she's still not exactly on friendly terms with Zero Two, their relationship gradually becomes more civil, and Ichigo even defends Zero Two from Nine Alpha in Episode 12. It temporarily goes downhill after the events of Episode 13, but after Hiro and Zero Two properly reunite, Ichigo treats her much better than before and even shows remorse for her previous actions.
    • Played straight as of Episode 16. Ichigo has grown into a very selfless and compassionate leader, often putting the group's needs before her emotions, and firmly supporting Hiro and Zero Two's relationship and happiness.
  • Tritagonist: After Hiro and Zero Two she is clearly the character that has most focus and screentime, she even has exclusive scenes in all the ending credits that gives her more emphasis compared to Ikuno, Miku or Kokoro.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: No matter how much she wishes otherwise, it's obvious that she doesn't stand a chance in winning Hiro's affection, especially since Hiro is already in love with Zero Two. She does come to realize this in Episode 15.
  • Was It All a Lie??: She actually admitted to Zero Two that she was starting to feel like part of the team prior to her actions in Episode 13, Zero Two's cold rebuttal only makes her more incensed about it.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Similar to Goro, she's left wondering this after her conversation with Zero Two in Episode 5 and how she's endangering Hiro, leaving her head a mess and her thoughts scrambled.
  • Woman Scorned: Played with. She takes the fact that she's a Hopeless Suitor for Hiro's affections better than expected, but she's clearly bitter about it, as seen when she gives Zero Two a beating while ranting that she hates how she always toys with her and wishes that they never met her. What subverts this trope is that despite her frustrations, Ichigo still wants Hiro to be happy and is implied by Goro to still care for Zero Two (which makes her rant take on a different light altogether); thus after her venting, she lets them get together without any more protests.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though due to Rule of Symbolism it's more justified than most. See Color Motif.

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Pilots of Argentea

    Code:666/Zorome 
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Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese), Ryan Reynolds (English), Javier Olguin (Latin American Spanish)

Miku's partner. He is arrogant and impulsive, always seeking to prove himself. Likes to provoke his teammates whenever he has a chance, particularly Hiro. He yearns to become an adult as soon as possible.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 10 focuses on him and his fascination with adults.
  • Adorkable: Despite generally being kind of a jerk, he's goofy enough to cross into this, particularily in episode 10 when he gets to go to the city.
  • Aesop Collateral Damage: In Episode 3, Zorome brags about how great he is instead of finishing off a klaxosaur, allowing it to seriously hurt Miku and almost kill the group. Zorome is terrified for Miku and is aware it's all his fault. He learns his lesson and becomes more pragmatic and considerate of her safety in battle from then on.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Zorome's reaction towards Futoshi's refusal to eat any food is practically this trope.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Miku. For as much bluster as he has, he'll prioritize her safety during battles.
    • In the manga, he hugged Miku once he realised she was fine during a battle and in a conversation with Hiro in the City he admits that, while he often bickers with her, he considers her a good person and doesn't want to make her cry nor sad.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: His relationship with Miku in a nutshell. They fight all the time, but deeply care about each other, even if it takes a close-call with death to get them to admit. They were the most adamant about splitting up boys and girls in episode 8, but the apologies of each side started with them.
  • Beneath the Mask: Underneath all his bluster and grandstanding, Zorome is actually quite afraid that his life has no meaning. The reason he idolizes Papa so much and wants to become an adult is because he's desperate to know that somebody sees value in him and his accomplishments and that he isn't just some Child Soldier being used as cannon fodder, this comes backs to the front when he asks Papa if all that they really amount to is just cannon fodder that can be easily tossed aside.
  • Break the Haughty: He constantly calls himself "Zorome the Great" and acts like a big shot. This bites him in the ass big-time when in episode 3, he opts to brag about how great he is rather than finish off a klaxosaur, which leads to Miku getting badly injured. Zorome is well aware it's all his fault and becomes more pragmatic and considerate of Miku as a result.
  • Broken Pedestal: Even after APE wiped Kokoro and Mitsuru's memories of each other, Zorome was still desperately clinging on to the belief that Papa was doing what was best for them. It's only when he gets to ask Papa if the Parasites will ever be able to become adults and receiving no answer that his faith begins to crack, the pedestal finally shatters as he comes to realise that he, and all the Parasites by extension, were nothing more than Child Soldiers whose lives could be expent at any given moment and without much thought.
    • This is accelerated in the manga after seeing the cold treatment that the adults gave to him and his friends and learning about the city of adults, going as far as to note how dead the city was to him in the next chapter and silently implying that he no longer cares about what the Fathers think of him in a group discussion.
  • Character Development: Probably more so than any other kid so far. He starts off as a loud, aggressive, insufferable braggart who bullies Hiro, takes Miku for granted, and openly hits on other girls. After Miku is badly injured due to his carelessness he shows caring for her and is more careful with her well-being while piloting from then on. When Hiro snaps out of his funk Zorome ceases trying to bully or one-up him and welcomes him back into the group. At the end of Episode 8 he realizes what an objectifying jerk he's been to Miku, manages to grit out an apology, and promises to try not ogle her so much anymore. He also learns to increasingly question and then outright reject Papa.
  • Declaration of Protection: Downplayed: he hasn't declared anything to Miku yet, but he mentions wanting to protect her.
  • Freudian Slip: In episode 10 where he asks the elderly woman about becoming an adult.
    Zorome: [blushing] So, when I'm able to live in this city too, would you, uh, be my fam... W-Would you be my friend?
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Zorome is the most excitable pilot, and he has the sideburns.
  • Idiot Hair: Has an ahoge that appears shorter and stockier compared to his partner's.
  • Irony: Zorome and Miku fight more than any other pair of pilots, but they are the only ones who are not involved in the Love Dodecahedron that's going on in Plantation 13.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Insults Hiro for his initial failure at becoming a pilot at every opportunity he gets. Plus, refering to himself as Ore-sama (which is an incredibly narcissistic way to refer to oneself) makes him seem very obnoxious. However, he is shown to genuinely care about Miku when she is hurt in Episode 3. He also calls out Futoshi for his bullimia in Episode 16 because he's afraid that he will die if he doesn't eat properly.
  • Manly Tears: Despite being a braggart, he's not immune to crying when deeply moved by something.
  • Maybe Ever After: In the 8 year timeskip, he and Miku are still bickering even as teachers. But there may be a possible relationship between the two as they both wear matching necklaces.
  • The Napoleon: Short, arrogant, aggressive with a chip on his shoulder.
  • Number of the Beast: His codename is 666, and he is - on the surface - the most antagonistic and unpleasant of the Parasites.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's rather full of himself, eager to prove that he's better than the double-digits while constantly belittling them. But when he tries to prove his talent he only ends up making a fool of himself.
  • Tsundere: He and Miku have a "mutual Tsundere" relationship, although he is a Type A (rude to everyone but occasionally shows some kindness to her) while she is a Type B (sweet and friendly most of the time, but can act quite rash towards him).
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: All the Parasites are this to Papa to an extent, but he's by far the most loyal to Papa among them and the one that buys into APE's hype the most. This makes his questioning Papa's intentions concerning the squad in Episode 16 over what's happening with Futoshi more prominent.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's on the receiving end of this from most of his teammates when he tries to defend APE's decision to tamper with Mitsuru and Kokoro's minds.

    Code:390/Miku 
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Voiced by: Nanami Yamashita (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English), Angelica Villa (Latin American Spanish)

Zorome's partner. She is cheerful and friendly but can be really selfish and hates losing more than anyone else.


  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite not always agreeing with Zorome, she'll go along with him and share the blame if need be.
    • In the manga, when Zero Two brings up the possibility of her changing partners, she rejects the idea by bringing up the Zorome's good points.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Zorome. They bicker more than any other duo in the series (even Ikuno and Mitsuru can act more professional) but whenever something really bad happens they have each other's safety at the top of their priorities.
  • Brutal Honesty: Openly criticizes Ichigo's faults as a leader and her skepticism towards Hiro and Zero Two, and is unapologetic about speaking her mind.
  • Character Development: Most prominent at the end of Episode 8. After spending most of the episode being the ringleader behind the childish "boys vs girls" fight because of how much she hates Zorome ogling her, she realizes there are greater things at stake and they all need to work together to survive, so she agrees to a compromise by telling Zorome he ogle her a little, but just not to take it too far.
    • Her relationship with Zero Two becomes much more friendly as the series progresses. Compare Episode 2, when she was taken aback and scared by her horns, to Episode 16 where she happily helps Zero Two wash her hair and plays with her in the water.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kokoro, they've known each other since their Garden days.
  • Covert Pervert: Not willing to admit it openly, but seems to actually like that Zorome can't help but ogle her.
    Miku: You can do it a little, but don't take it too far.
  • Driven by Envy: Not as blatant as Zorome towards Hiro, but Miku's motivations can be summed up in trying to best Ichigo. She complains about her being the leader, only goes along with partnering with him during the mock battle after Zorome mentions trying to show they're better than Ichigo and Hiro, and her Franxx disconnects when he suggests taking over as Ichigo's partner.
  • Fantastic Racism: In Episode 2, she says that Zero Two is not a person because she has horns on her head.
  • Fiery Redhead: Cleary the most outspoken, stubborn and expressive among the girls (save for Zero Two), and she has the crimson hair to match.
  • Gainaxing: Her breasts bounce quite a lot in the third episode.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wears her hair in twintails, and is the most cheerful of the girls.
  • Hypocrite: Gets angry when Zorome tries to flirt with another girl, but openly talks about how good-looking she thinks the Plantation 26 Squad stamen were. Within earshot of Zorome and all the other boys no less. Though this could also just be her way of dishing payback.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a very prominent ahoge in her head.
  • Irony: Zorome and Miku fight more than any other pair of pilots, but they are the only ones who are not involved in the Love Dodecahedron that's going on in Plantation 13.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her envy over Ichigo being leader aside, in Episode 9 she calls Ichigo out on constantly letting her emotions overwhelm her every time things go even a little wrong, which is the opposite of how a leader needs to be. Even Ichigo can't argue with her.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She is prone to making snarky comments in regard to Hiro and Zero Two's relationship and Ichigo's leadership, the latter being a subject she is a bit bitter about.
  • Maybe Ever After: In the 8 year timeskip, she and Zorome are still bickering even as teachers. But there may be a possible relationship between the two as they both wear matching necklaces.
  • Out of Focus: Of all Squad 13, Miku has had the least amount of episodes or character growth focused on her. The closest thing to date is the Boys vs Girls fight in Episode 8, which she mostly instigated and maintained due to her serious annoyance with Zorome, but otherwise she's mostly a background character.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: Her hair is still red for the most part, but in Episode 16, Zero Two notices a few silver locks.
  • Skunk Stripe: By the end of the series, she has multiple streaks of gray hair.
  • Third-Person Person: Downplayed. She tends to switch to third person when she is upset, which gives her fits of anger a "cute" touch.
  • Tsundere: Towards Zorome, but downplayed. Her mood swings aren't that wild and her "Tsun" moments usually are responses to his most Jerkass actions. Like trying to partner with Zero Two and then Ichigo in the same episode. She even says that she's probably the only one who can put up with an idiot like him in the manga.

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