Introduced in DonPachi
The Pilot is the Player Character. The Pilot is not portrayed in official art until Saidaioujou, where they are dressed in a purple bodysuit with a purple helmet.
- Ace Pilot: The only reason why in every single game, the Pilot is singled out to destroy whatever attacking force the DonPachi Corps is up against.
- Blind Obedience: Piloting skills aside, this is the only outstanding trait of the Pilot: their willingness to follow the orders of the DonPachi Corps without question. Deconstructed and exploited in DoDonPachi, where the Pilot was manipulated into committing genocide against the entire human race because of this trait.
- The Everyman: The Pilot's Blind Obedience to the DonPachi Corps defines them as much as their ability to fly a Cool Plane through walls of bullets.
- Featureless Protagonist: Cave has never released any official art of the Pilot until Saidaioujou...and even then, the Pilot's true appearance is hidden by the full helmet and bodysuit they wear. The only characteristics that can be gathered from whatever official art Cave has released of the Pilot is that they have a flat chest and are apparently quite tall.
- It's Up to You: Very darkly invoked in DoDonPachi. You're the only one able to stop Longhena... because Longhena had you kill everyone else who COULD oppose him.
- The Master: The Element Dolls in SaiDaiOuJou refer to the Pilot as this.
- One-Man Army: Nothing can stop the Pilot from fulfilling their orders. Nothing.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The Pilot is always addressed as "Master" by the Element Doll flying with them. Very rarely is the Pilot addressed by any other name by anyone else.
- Play the Game, Skip the Story: Deconstructed. As he states in the ending, he's only interested in carrying out his orders with outstanding results, and does not care about the implications of the actions he's ordered to commit, in a manner similar to those who play games only to complete gameplay objectives and ignore story elements.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wears a full-body purple bodysuit with a matching full helmet in Saidaioujou and is an Ace Pilot.
- Shout-Out: In Saidaioujou, they bear a passing resemblance to EVA-01.
- Stealth Pun: Especially obvious in Saidaioujou (if you can read Japanese or find a translation of the game's text), where the Pilot outright refuses to care about what would happen to the citizens of the City of Ideal if the computer at the center of it is destroyed and refuses to think about the implications of the transmission from an unknown source if the player does not encounter Hibachi at the end of the game. The Bullet Hell genre, which the entire DonPachi series falls under, is a sub-genre of the Shoot 'em Up, of which many of the most successful games in this genre either have an Excuse Plot or no plot. The Shoot 'em Up was one of the most popular Video Game genres back in the late eighties and nineties. Yes, the Pilot is a Take That! at everyone who either Play the Game, Skip the Story or feel that a poor plot, or lack of it, does not diminish the game's quality. Which is almost everyone, at one point or another.
- Tomato Surprise: In DonPachi, after clearing the first loop, he reveals that his training involves the ordered slaughter of his fellow military forces.
- Unwitting Pawn: Because he's blindly obedient, never questions anything, and is really damn good at what he does, any Evil Plan that involves manipulating the Pilot is going to be wildly successful.
The Operator has never been named anything other than "Operator" although in SaiDaiOuJou she at least has a face. In DonPachi and Daioujou, the operator was a very excited man.
- Announcer Chatter
- Danger Deadpan: In the English dub, her response to Colonel Longhena marking the transport ship you're on for destruction is a lot more stoic than her Japanese-language counterpart. Even when a huge laser strikes the ship.
- Gratuitous English:"Jumpu Gaato karade masu!""Bombu, stocku desu!""Extendo shimashita!""OK, goodo lucku!"
- Mission Control: Serves as one for the Pilot.
- Verbal Tic: "Just a couple more shots desu!"
- Voice with an Internet Connection
- Zettai Ryouiki: This isn't obvious in-game, but the Operator in Saidaioujou is shown to have a Rank A in official artbooks and promotional posters.
The ultimate weapon of the enemy robot forces, it is a gigantic bee that can shoot out a lot of bullets. Pictured to the right is not Hibachi itself, but rather Kouryuu, its regeneration chamber in DaiOuJou since Hibachi is actually too small to get an accurate image of (since it would be covered in bullets and lasers half as large as itself). A prototype of Hibachi called Taisabachi first appeared in DonPachi as the True Final Boss, and was considerably larger than Hibachi would be in DoDonPachi and beyond.
- Animalistic Abomination: Hibachi is equal parts this trope and Mechanical Abomination. It's an unimaginably powerful, semi-intelligent weapon of mass destruction in the shape of a huge bee.
- Alternate Character Reading: In DaiOuJou the characters of its name are written to be "Scarlet Bee" and in SaiDaiOuJou it's "Solar Bee"
- Bee Afraid: Really, what could be worse than a mechanical bee that fires an obscene amount of bullets?
- Bishounen Line: Sort of. Hibachi always appears first as a massive battleship, shaped vaguely like a bee... but after blowing it to hell, the much smaller, much more beelike, and much more powerful robot erupts from the exploding vessel.
- Defeat Means Playable: In the mobile port of DaiFukkatsu, reaching and defeating it on a single credit will allow you to play as it in arrange mode. You can also unlock it through a cheat code, but you must input the code every time you want to play as it, while unlocking it the hard way makes the unlock permanent.
- The Dragon: To Colonel Longhena.
- Foil: To The Pilot; They're both incredibly talented warriors who shoot first, ask questions never, and refuse to stop until the mission is completed. The key difference is that Hibachi is a literal war machine who can't even fathom anything else.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Hibachi has no real goals of its own; it's simply a very effective weapon of mass destruction.
- Incendiary Exponent: In DoDonPachi, where it uses flaming bullets.
- Joker Immunity: No matter how many times the Pilot blows Hibachi to smithereens, it's back and flooding the screen by the end of the next game.
- Killer Robot: It is considered the ultimate weapon of the enemy forces for a good reason!
- Leitmotif: Hibachi has quite a few, actually.
- "Deep Red Bee" from Daioujou, a high-paced, heart-pounding theme that is sure to remind you that you've unleashed hell. The PS2 Arrange adds the background sound of an angry, buzzing bee.
- "]-[34(#!" from Resurrection, complete with indistinct, chaotic rapping all throughout.
- "Mercilessness" from Resurrection Black Label. This is a boss theme that wants to kill you before the boss has a chance.
- Meaningful Name: Its name is always pronounced the same, but due to Alternate Character Reading in different games it variously means things like "Scarlet Bee", "Fire Bee", or "Solar Bee".
- Mechanical Abomination: Hibachi is equal parts this trope and Animalistic Abomination. It's ungodly powerful, but the fact remains that it was built.
- No-Sell: If you fire a bomb or otherwise go invincible, it will simply raise a barrier to make itself also invulnerable until your invincibility wears off.
- Palette Swap: As Zatsuza in DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Its entire purpose being a weapon to eradicate humanity. It certainly has the firepower to make that happen.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: When compared to the other bosses Hibachi is tiny. Don't let that fool you.
- Restraining Bolt: In Dodonpachi, Daioujou and Resurrection, Hibachi is contained inside a much bigger bee-shaped machine. Hachi in DDP, Kouryuu in Daioujou, and Golden Disaster in Resurrection.
- Secret Character: In DaiFukkatsu iPhone (a.k.a. DoDonPachi Resurrection)
- Transforming Mecha: In DaiFukkatsu, it assumes a humanoid form for its final phase.
- True Final Boss: In all games in which it appears. There may have been others before it, but Hibachi is one of the defining examples of this trope in the danmaku genre.
- Warm-Up Boss: Believe it or not, Hibachi's container from DDP, Hachi, shows up as this at the very beginning of the non-canon DoDonPachi II.
- We Can Rebuild Him: The plot of DaiOuJou is that it was being rebuilt after it was destroyed in DoDonPachi. It returns yet again in DaiFukkatsu as, once again, the tool of Colonel Longhena.
Introduced in DoDonPachi
Colonel Schwarlitz Longhena/Longhener
The mysterious commander of the DonPachi Corps throughout the whole DoDonPachi game series (excluding DonPachi).
- Big Bad: As the guy commanding the enemy forces, generally including Hibachi itself.
- Catchphrase: Shinu ga yoi. (lit. "Dying is good," or "Now you can die."). Basically a very "polite" and formal way to tell someone to "Die!" in Japanese. It serves as Foreshadowing for his true personality.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: He always sits at his desk with his hands and fingers intertwined. He was secretly responsible for crimes of attempted genocide of nearly the entire human race, which he manipulated the Pilot into doing for him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He tends to act polite towards the player, even after sending his squadron to kill the player after the player had unwittingly killed his own allies.
- Just Between You and Me: In DoDonPachi and DaiFukkatsu, he tells the player about his plans and motivations before releasing Hibachi.
- Knight Templar: He genuinely believes that humanity is flawed and the world is suffering because of the, so he secretly directed the Pilot into massacring all of them.
- Man Behind the Man: He is responsible for the whole game series, making it look like an attack of killer robots each time.
- Manipulative Bastard: He was responsible for directing the Pilot into slaugthering his fellow soldiers, taking advantage of the Pilot's Blind Obedience for his own ends and to rid himself of anyone who wants to foil his schemes.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to put an end to overpopulation, but all he cares about is wiping out all of humanity.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Seeks to eradicate the human race.
- The One Guy: The only guy with a face in this series. All the other DonPachi characters with faces are young girls.
- See You in Hell: In DoDonPachi, he bids you as much when he sends you off to be killed by his special forces.
- The Social Darwinist: The only reason why people like the Pilot are able to live under his command was because he was the strongest.
- This Is Unforgivable!: In DoDonPachi he states this when you defeat his Special Forces and before he summons Hibachi."You know, what you've done to me is unforgivable. I'll punish you myself and see to it that you'll die a miserable death with my awesome weapon. Die, maggots."
- Treacherous Advisor: Served as the Pilot's commander. Ordered the Pilot to commit genocide on humanity itself under the belief that it'll solve the world's problems.
- Walking Spoiler: He's presented as the hero's commander in every game he appears in. Even in Dai Fukkatsu, where most of the players knew he was evil, the game was suggested to be set before he turned evil, so the fact that he's the Big Bad there too was still a bit of a surprise.
- Wham Line: At the end of DoDonPachi's first loop, if the second loop has been unlocked. Well, not Wham Line so much as an entire Wham Speech."That was a good fight! You should be commended... Psych! You're dead meat!! Enemies you've been fighting against, supposedly 'Mechanized Aliens', were actually. our (sic) guys, the missing battlefleet you learned about in the academy. You were killing our guys without knowing it! But I planned that all along! And your death...would be a nice finishing touch to my whole scheme. My special forces are the best of the best and they will be welcoming you with fierce fier (sic) power. See You in Hell!"
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In DoDonPachi, after having you unwittingly wipe out your own comrades, he sends his special forces (i.e. the second loop) to have you destroyed as part of his scheme.
Introduced in DoDonPachi DaiOuJou
She was a playable character in Dai Ou Jou focusing on shot power and quantity of bombs. She returns in the form of Shooty as the boss of stage 5 of Dai Fukkatsu, now many times more powerful than ever before. She is described as being pure and faithful - formerly to her human pilot, and now in her obedience to Next EXY.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Like the other girls of the ''DonPachi series, she is dressed in elegant Victorian clothing.
- Emotionless Girl: Except when she is left with her last human memories as her memory is being wiped in Dai Ou Jou.
- Humongous Mecha: As Shooty in Dai Fukkatsu.
- Killer Robot: She was designed solely for combat, and becomes even more killer as Shooty.
- Meaningful Name: In Dai Ou Jou, she is the Shot type.
- Ojou Ringlets: It's a little hard to see, but her folder image shows that her hair is styled in these kinds of ringlets.
- Parasol of Prettiness: One piece of artwork for DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Black Label EXTRA shows her carrying one of these, going with the whole gothloli fashion.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Achieved for Shooty by appearing to have mechanical add-ons to her legs and helped by a detachable skirt.
She was a playable character in Dai Ou Jou focusing on laser power. She returns in the form of Ray'n as the boss of stage 4 of Dai Fukkatsu, still focusing on laser attacks. Once again she returns in Dai Fukkatsu' in Arrange Mode A as Leinyan as she was in Dai Ou Jou.
- Beam Spam: As a boss in Dai Fukkatsu, going with the fact that she was the Ray / Laser type in Dai Ou Jou.
- Chinese Girl: She wears a stereotypical chinese dress, and one piece of artwork for DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Black Label EXTRA shows her serving dim sum at the mess hall.
- Humongous Mecha: As Ray'n in Dai Fukkatsu
- Interspecies Romance: Her ending in DaiOuJou shows she has truly and emotionally become attached to her pilot, who she cannot bear being away from and defies the odds to be with him.
- Killer Robot: As Ray'n.
- Meaningful Name: In Dai Ou Jou she is the Ray / Laser type.
- Show Some Leg: She wears a stereotypical Chinese dress which exposes her legs.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She was originally designed for peace and to protect, but her programming was changed into this. In her ending in Dai Ou Jou, she has to be forcefully pulled away from her pilot, and even THEN.....
She was a playable character in Dai Ou Jou being excellent at both shot and laser power but having the fewest number of bombs. She returns in the form of Next EXY as the boss of stage 2 of Dai Fukkatsu, physically now the weakest of the original Element Dolls. She is responsible for rebuilding the killer robot army and traveling back in time to 2008.
- Black Bra and Panties: Her dismantled robot body in her folder image is dressed in these items.
- Cool Shades: One piece of artwork for DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Black Label EXTRA shows her wearing these.
- Fan Disservice: Look at that picture! She's a very curvy girl, wearing a highly revealing and sensual outfit... but she has a cold, dead stare and is being ripped apart.
- Humongous Mecha: As Next EXY.
- Killer Robot: As Next EXY. Before that, she choked her human pilot to death.
- Meaningful Name: In Dai Ou Jou she is best used by Expert players due to the fact that she has both Shot & Laser power, but has the fewest number of bombs.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Achieved for Next EXY by appearing to have mechanical addons to her legs.
She is introduced in DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Black Label EXTRA and is focused on being able to gain Hyper items more often. On the other hand, she starts with no bombs and her Hyper mode has a shorter duration. She is a prototype for a planned mass-production run of Element Dolls. Her programming is incomplete and her emotions are not fully developed. She only learned how to smile when her pilot smiled.
- Cleavage Window: Almost literally a window.
- Creepy Child: While a robotic Element Doll, she has this appearance thanks to her young physical age, her pigtails and lolita-style clothing, and that emotionless smile.
- Emotionless Girl: The smile she puts on is inauthentic; her emotions are actually undeveloped.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is held up in a pair of short pigtails.
- Killer Robot: She is designed solely for combat.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is supposed to rhyme with "Hyper," her specialty.
- Mythology Gag: She has a number of things in common with Casper.
- Robot Girl: An Element Doll designed only for combat.
Introduced in DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu
She is the poster girl for Dai Fukkatsu and has white pantsu. Her original design was intended to assist senior citizens and make humans feel more comfortable. She is now the boss of Dai Fukkatsu stage 1.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: She is depicted this way in some of the official artwork, stomping around Tokyo, being shot at with little effect, and crushing the Don Pachi ships in her hand.
- Killer Robot: Averted with her original design, which was to assist senior citizens and help humans feel comfortable.
- Expy: She resembles Yuriko Omega.
- Meaningful Name: Her name can mean either "Artificial Intelligence" or just be an ordinary Japanese name.
- Panty Shot: Shown here.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: What does she need white pantsu for? Why does she need to tie her hair?◊
- Zettai Ryouiki: Achieved by making her legs look mechanical starting at the thighs.
The boss of Dai Fukkatsu stage 3, she supposedly has the highest potential power out of all the Element Daughters.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: She developed her speech and behavior patterns on her own.
- Genki Girl: "Mateeeeeeeeeeeeee!"
- Lucky Charms Title: Her name is "Perfect" with a star emote next to it.
- Meganekko: An adorable-looking robot maid who wears huge glasses.
- Meido: Her dress resembles that of a French maid.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Achieved by making her legs look mechanical starting at the thighs.
Introduced in DoDonPachi Maximum
- Author Avatar: For CAVE programmer Tsuneki Ikeda.
- Badass Boast: After completing Maximum, he congratulates you for braving the Maximum Bullet Simulator, boasts about the fierceness of EVAC Industry's weapons and invites you to experience them in real combat, i.e. Ikeda boasts about how much player ass CAVE's games have kicked and encourages you to try out Ketsui and other DonPachi games.
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: On the Maximum website, Daugh and his guide answer various FAQs.
- Fun with Acronyms: Ingram K. Daugh. "IKD" is short for Tsuneki Ikeda, one of CAVE's most prominent programmers.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: On the Maximum FAQ, he suggests that the player try out various such challenges if the game becomes too easy for them. One such example:
Introduced in DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou
She is the Element Doll for the Type-A Deltasword fighter (red, straight-forward shot, fast movement speed) in SaiDaiOuJou. She has an extremely aggressive personality and believes that the best defense is an even better offense.
- Absolute Cleavage: For both her Shot and Expert outfits.
- Expy: Of Exy.
- Lightning Bruiser: She and her ship boast the fastest speed of all three ships, as well as the most concentrated shot.
- Meganekko: In her Laser outfit
- Personality Powers: As the Element Doll for the Type-A ship, she's fast in speed, has a straight-forward shot range, and extremely aggressive.
She is the Element Doll for the Type-B Biaxe helicopter (green, turning shot, medium movement speed) in SaiDaiOuJou. Since she is a relatively new model, she is uncertain about herself and always looks to her pilot for guidance.
- Color Motif: Green, which stands for her naivety, insecurity, and indecisiveness.
- Expy: Of Leinyan.
She is the Element Doll for the Type-C Spearhead bomber (blue, wideshot, slow movement speed) in SaiDaiOuJou. She has a calm personality, is as quiet as a mouse, and calculates her decisions carefully.
- Expy: In general, she is an expy of Shotia. Her outfit in Laser mode looks a lot like that of Hatsune Miku.
- Meido: Her Shot outfit is essentially a French maid version of Hatsune Miku's outfit.
- Spread Shot: A straight example.
ED01 Hina / Hibachi / Inbachi
Hina is the first of two Element Dolls manufactured as part of a project to create the ultimate Element Doll. She was programmed with a sisterly relationship to the other Element Doll, ED02 Saya, as well as an overarching directive to protect humanity. To improve her combat prowess (as well as her sister's), she was pitted against Saya in virtual drills. However, in doing so, she fell into a logical paradox due to the drills' directive to eliminate the enemy human pilot. As a result, she was kept in stasis while her sister was deactivated for data analysis. A few years following their shutdown, a massive explosion destroyed the laboratory they were kept in, and she disappeared without a trace.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Due to the logical paradox in her programming, she ultimately reasoned that, in order to protect humans, she needed to make them "adopt a better form". So she altered the programming of the central computer of the City of Ideal, causing all of its citizens to transform into mechanical lifeforms, and started leading an all-out assault against the organic world in an attempt to take over and turn all humans into robots. In the process, she became Hibachi.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Either way her Death Equals Redemption goes, it's still very tragic for the players.
- Big "NO!": As Hibachi, when defeated.Hibachi Hina: Why... me?! N...! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
- Bright Is Not Good: Looks like an innocent, angelic young girl with light turquoise clothes and hair. She's also a boss of the game as Hibachi and Inbachi who seeks to roboticize humanity.
- Catch-22 Dilemma: Her given directive of protecting humanity resulted in her experiencing a Logic Bomb during a virtual combat drill: In order to "protect" humanity, she had to kill some humans for the greater good. This ultimately warped her interpretation of the directive "protect humanity" into "rid all of humanity of their organic state to protect them".
- Creepy Doll: She originally owned a bunny doll; this is seen in the Xbox 360 intro.When she became Hibachi, she left it behind, and it was recovered by Saya.
- Death Cry Echo: As Inbachi when defeated.Inbachi Hina: But you're... not...! (gasp...!) AAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!!!!!
- Death Equals Redemption: The nature of her redemption differs based on whether you are playing in Xbox 360 Mode or not. Against Saya, she gives a Final Speech. Against everyone else, she has a Heel Realization and accepts that "there are those who wish to choose their own shape".
- Emotionless Girl: As Inbachi, she drops her Genki Girl personality and becomes The Stoic. She remains dangerously calm until she goes One-Winged Angel from taking too much damage, whereupon she momentarily rages at her opponent.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Who would've thought that an adorable-looking robot girl would've become the bane of humanity itself?
- Friend to All Living Things: She loves life, organisms, plants and flowers, but especially flowers.
- Genki Girl: Hina is lively and cheerful, traits she retain even after she becomes Hibachi. She loses them upon becoming Inbachi, though.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has what looks like four Mega Twintails.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: As Inbachi in her warning screen.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: She's a robotic AI who was created with the intelligence and means to protect humanity. She ends up trying to convert humans into robots in order to "protect" them instead.
- Half-Human Hybrid / One-Winged Angel: Her second form is a half-mechanical bee.
- Mega Twintails: Not as large as her sister's, but she has two pairs on both sides of her head.
- Nostalgia Level: Her attacks - and level settings - are all taken from the Hibachi units of the previous games.
- Obliviously Evil: Due to the logical paradox in her programming, she thinks that forcefully converting humans into robots is all part of her job of "protecting humanity"... and that anyone who tries to stop her must be eliminated.
- Power Gives You Wings: She sprouts a pair of wings made up of elongated hexagons in her second phase as Hibachi/Inbachi.
- Robot Girl: Comes as standard for any Element Daughter, including herself. As shown during her Final Speech or Heel Realization, her skin is actually made up of curved, elongated hexagons that completely cover her internal wirings and circuitries and only start falling apart when she is dying.
- Shout-Out: She is designated as "Element Daughter" in her warning screen. This is a reference to the bosses from Daifukkatsu.
- Shouting Shooter / Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: As Hibachi, and taken to rather adorable effect.Hibachi Hina: DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA... DAAAAAA!
- Tranquil Fury: Inbachi in particular maintains her cold, stoic tone of voice despite being the most brutal boss ever produced by CAVE, even more so than Queen Larsa from Mushihime-sama. She only starts to get loud when her health runs low.
- Trick Boss: In Xbox 360 Mode, you have to fight both Hibachi and Inbachi. Once you defeat Hibachi, she revives as Inbachi.
- Ultimate Life Form: Hina was created alongside Saya to be the ultimate Element Doll. The project was discontinued after she fell into a logical paradox, but she was reactivated by some unknown force with her original programming intact. This makes her very dangerous. By extension, this is also a corruption of her original directive and the reason why she became Hibachi: to protect humanity and make it the best that it can be, it must be roboticized, forcefully or by consent regardless.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She seeks to fulfill her original directive of protecting humanity by turning them all into robots, consenting or not, under the belief it is for their own good.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Rank E.
Saya is the second of two Element Dolls manufactured as part of a project to create the ultimate Element Doll. She was also programmed with a sister relationship to the other Element Doll, ED01 Hina, as well as an overarching directive to protect humanity. Following the discontinuation of the project due to Hina falling into a logical paradox, Saya was deactivated and had her data analysed. Some time later, she was reactivated and continued her duties as an Element Doll designed to protect humanity. When the DonPachi Corps was formed to counter Hibachi's attacks on the world, she was reprogrammed with an additional directive: to destroy Hibachi and, by extent, her own sister, Hina. As with the other Element Dolls, Saya is fiercely devoted to her master, the Pilot, and is designed to hide her feelings, but deep down, she is confused and hurt by what her sister is doing.
Saya is the console-exclusive Element Doll for the Type-D Ship in Xbox 360 Mode.
- Announcer Chatter: With the Operator throughout much of Xbox 360 Mode. The rest of it is with Hibachi.
- Bittersweet Ending: Saya destroys Hibachi/Inbachi, but in doing so, she leaves Hina in her death throes. The cutscene following Inbachi's destruction shows a tearful Saya cradling the upper remnants of Hina as the latter dies giving a Final Speech on how strong Saya has become and how much she loved her. All this, while an arranged version of "Peaceful Death" from Daioujou plays in the background. And when Hina finally dies, Saya is left screaming her sorrow out at having killed her own sister. We all cry with her.
- The Stinger: After the credits, we see Saya standing alone on a cliff while wearing Hina's ribbons, until she hears a voice. She then turns toward the camera and smiles, implying that either the Pilot had come over to comfort her or that Hina was being rebuilt. This ambiguity is made even more ambiguous by the colour of the text, which is green and not teal (as it is when Hina gives her Final Speech).
- Bodyguard Crush: She's very precocious and always wants to do her absolute best to help out and please the Pilot with a smile.
- Cast from Hit Points: Saya can combine her shot and laser into a single powerful combination weapon which, according to Word of God, is known as the...ShotLaser. The ShotLaser constantly drains her power when it is fired. Her energy level must also be at least 1500 in order to fire a bomb. In addition, if the player is hit, she auto-bombs, which reduces her energy level by 2000.
- Cradling Your Kill: If the box art for the Xbox 360 version isn't enough indication, there's also her ending in Xbox 360 Mode.
- Creepy Doll: Owns a bear doll with one of its eye beads missing. She also owns a bunny doll that once belonged to her sister.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Excluding her regular shot and laser, all of Saya's attacks (including her bombs) Cast from Hit Points and she has no spare lives—if the player gets hit when she has not enough energy to auto-bomb, it's Game Over! On the other hand, thanks to her ShotLaser, she has the highest damage output of all Element Dolls, and it gets even higher if the player does well enough to unlock her 11th-Hour Superpower.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Aya Hirano, Saya's voice, sings the opening theme Hoshikuzu Garandou in the Xbox 360 port.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: She enters it once her confrontation with Hibachi enters its boiling point—when it happens, the player's ship transforms, and its damage per shot skyrockets. It has to be earned throughout the rest of the game, though!
- Genki Girl: The most energetic of the four playable Element Dolls. Until her final battle with Hibachi, where she ends up extremely distressed.
- Joshikousei: Her Laser outfit is like this, and she wears it throughout the Xbox 360 intro.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Saya's internal distress stems from her sister relationship with Hina and the directive to destroy Hibachi. This puts the relationship between her and Hina in an interesting light, as she loves Hina, and is determined to destroy Hibachi as she was destroying humanity, but Hina and Hibachi/Inbachi are both the same being, and Saya cannot destroy one without destroying the other.
- Little Miss Badass: In the hands of an expert, Saya can really plow into the battlefield just by being there.
- Mega Twintails: Just look at their size in her picture!
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When she's not her cheery self or a Third-Person Person, she starts talking normally and acts pretty serious. This is notable in her final battle with Hina.
- Purple Is Powerful: Dresses in different shades of purple and was originally built to be one of the best Element Dolls ever made. It's fitting considering that the ShotLaser ability is exclusive to her.
- Say My Name: She does an absolutely anguished one when Hina dies in her arms...Saya: HINAAAAAAAAAAAAAA...!
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her Shot outfit, shown on this article, which she wears in the ending cutscene.
- Shout-Out: Her ShotLaser ability is a reference to Daifukkatsu Black Label, which featured a mode that allowed the player to do exactly the same.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her bunny doll, which originally belonged to her sister until she became Hibachi/Inbachi. And in The Stinger, Saya is shown wearing Hina's ribbons instead of her usual ribbons.
- Ultimate Life Form: She and her sister Element Doll, Hina, were manufactured as part of a project to create the ultimate Element Doll. However, while her sister was placed in a stasis chamber following the discontinuation of the project, Saya was deactivated instead and had her data analysed. It can be assumed that the loophole responsible for Hina's logical paradox was patched, as Saya was subsequently reactivated, served the Pilot as they followed orders to save humanity by blasting their way through humans that have already been roboticized, follow the directive to destroy Hibachi and retain her sister relationship with Hina—all this, without entering a logical paradox herself. Like Hina, who can transform into a half-bee when she goes One-Winged Angel, Saya's 11th-Hour Superpower causes the ship she is on to physically transform into Super Mode in addition to giving it a considerable damage boost.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Between Ranks B and A in both her Shot and Laser outfits. At least she ranks higher than her sister in this regard.