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A list of characters from Rikdo Koshi's comedy/gag series Excel Saga. This page covers both the anime and manga versions, with characters and tropes noted accordingly.

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Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Jessica Calvello (EN, episodes 1-13), Larissa Wolcott (EN, episodes 14-26)

The title character, whose single-minded devotion to the ideals of ACROSS and Il Palazzo drive the plot.

Excel is in love with Il Palazzo to an obssessive degree, and gladly carries out any assignments he gives her. Unfortunately for Il Palazzo, Excel's love does not supersede her stupidity or hyperactivity. Excel will fail at any mission given to her, usually doing a lot of collateral damage. Same goes for all part time jobs Excel is hired for. Any success Excel has will be accidental.

Acts as The Leader to the rest of the ACROSS minions, despite being the least level-headed in the group, due to sheer enthusiasm.

While the anime implies Excel joined ACROSS after completing high school, in the manga Excel has an important past she is not aware of. A few characters that Excel has not met know her, and ACROSS and Kabapu's technology reacts unusually around her. Excel herself never divulges anything about her past.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde hair in the manga, orange hair in the anime.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Absolutely no backstory in the Manga, the anime first episode seems to imply that Excel got wasted near her Highschool graduation in a bar where she was seduced by Il Palazzo and then taken to some kind of initiation ritual.
  • Afraid of Needles: The only clue to Excel's life before ACROSS is that she is unnerved by needles and does not know why.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She has the hots for Il Palazzo, a villain. In episode 21 she also gets a crush on Key, a brooding guitarist.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Excel is in love with Il Palazzo, whose attitude towards her ranges from indifference to barely tolerating her presence.
  • Anti-Villain: She's barely a hero, but barely a villain either. In the anime, Excel goes out her of her way to help people several times. She is genuinely distraught in the third-to-last episode when she realizes the thugs she's been fighting also work for ACROSS.
  • Ax-Crazy: If given the opportunity for violence on missions.
  • Bad Liar: In Episode 5. When asked by the vice-mayor who she is, Excel (who's supposed to be undercover) tells everything instead of making up a cover story.
    Excel: Excel's such a honest person that she answered the question in full!
  • Big Eater: As shown in Episodes 4 and 8 (the latter of which results in a Balloon Belly).
  • Cleavage Window: Her standard-issue ACROSS uniform has this, as you can see in the picture.
  • The Chew Toy: Excel's suffering at the hands of her boss is almost always Played for Laughs.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Subverted. Excel is highly dangerous, but mostly to herself. And she only has one.
  • The Dragon: Excel serves as Il Palazzo's second-in-command and right-hand woman and will carry out any assignment he gives her.
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted. She's dumber in the anime where her hair is orange. In the manga, she's blonde but is not "ditzy" dumb as much as she is "dangerously unhinged" dumb.
  • Fiery Redhead: In the anime, where her hair's more orange than blonde. Her personality certainly fits.
  • From Bad to Worse: Excel's life in the manga, where she goes from barely affording a tiny apartment, to amnesiac and living with Umi Rengaya, to living under a bridge with her normal memory.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite everything, Excel is pretty knowledgeable, and while you never see her reading anything in particular, or having the focus/sanity to apply it to anything useful, she can come up with a vast amount of references.
  • Genki Girl: Excel takes "genki" far beyond eleven and into realms previously believed to be theoretical. Even modern Genki Girls are tame compared to her.
    Il Palazzo: "Ahh, Excel. Wastefully cheerful as always, I see."
    • She loses her genkiness for a while in the manga after losing her memory the second time. It comes back when she gets her identity back, though.
  • Hidden Depths: In the manga, Excel will occasionally demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of various scientific disciplines. She's also able to easily interpret ancient Chinese proverbs. However, she doesn't seem to realize she can do any of that. It's much rarer in the anime.
  • Hot-Blooded: Will jump into any situation with destructive enthusiasm.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When she interacts with Ropponmatsu II, she actually gets annoyed with her overactive spazziness, not realizing that's how she herself always acts.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Could easily be the poster child for it, especially in the anime.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Can survive falling into pits, explosions, electrocution, and fire with little damage. Usually played for slapstick laughs, but in the manga some characters have started to take note of just how durable she is despite being only human.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the anime, after getting shot by Il Palazzo, she loses all memory of who she is, although seeing Hyatt and Il Palazzo on TV makes her realize they seem familiar...
  • Leitmotif: Soryaamou, Genkidakenara Shikinmo Kakarimasenshixi
  • Lethal Klutz: In the anime. The many ways in which she kills Pedro are particularly notable.
  • Little Miss Snarker: On occasion in the anime. Quite a lot in the manga.
  • The Millstone: It's amazing how efficient ACROSS becomes whenever Excel is missing.
  • Motor Mouth: So much so that her first English voice actress had to pull out after straining her vocal chords. She would have been fine to record the second half if she had been given some time to recover, but the fans demanded ADV not postpone its release.
  • Number Two: She is second-in-command of ACROSS.
  • Perky Female Minion: Though anyone would look calm when compared to Excel.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Hyatt's Blue Oni. The anime even gives them fitting hair colors. Also the heads of their microphones in the opening theme match. Excel's is red, Hyatt's is blue.
  • Repetitive Name: Excel claims in the anime that her first name is Excel and her last name is Excel, but it's not clear if that's her real name, just her codename, or if she was using hyperbole.
  • Talkative Loon: Dear. Lord.
  • Third-Person Person: Anime only.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In anime Episode 3, during her capture by the jungle guerrillas, they decide to torture her by holding live wires against her breasts. She responds by asking them to move the electrodes directly onto her nipples. The torturer, assuming the wires are bad, then tries them on a nearby guy, who is promptly incinerated.
    "Oooh, that feels good! A little higher please!"
  • Undying Loyalty: Excel feels this way towards Il Palazzo.
  • Villain Protagonist: Excel frequently states that the organization she so willingly serves is working towards conquering the world and bringing it under the sway of their "ideology".
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Anime only, a bizarre example in Episode 21: when the vocalist Key is proving to be the Stupid Sexy Flanders to Excel's Single-Target Sexuality, she tries to think of Lord Il Palazzo to keep out her dirty thoughts. What comes up in her head instead? Il Pallazo and Key frolicking and hugging in a field of flowers.


Voiced by: Omi Minami (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

The second member to join ACROSS.

Hyatt has a tendency to die a lot, only to revive a few minutes later. In the anime she revives on her own, in the manga Excel has to work a bit to wake her up, though it is unknown if such work is necessary.

While she also believes in the glory of ACROSS, Hyatt does not follow it with the same zeal as Excel, letting Excel formulate plans which she will happily go along with. Hyatt is a lot more polite to others, in contrast to Excel.

Their neighbor Watanabe is in love with Hyatt, but only knows her as "Ms. Ayasugi". Hyatt is unaware of his infatuation.

Hyatt's backstory differs between the anime and the manga. In the manga Hyatt just walked into ACROSS and signed up; in the anime Hyatt is a moon princess with an unexplained connection to Nabeshin and Dr. Kabapu, that was captured by the Puchus but inadvertently escaped when Excel destroyed their spaceship.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Brown hair in the manga, dark blue hair in the anime.
  • Affably Evil: Especially in the last few episodes of the anime.
  • Blood from the Mouth: She does this constantly. She also has the tendency to die, sometimes from this. In the final episode of the anime, she bleeds so much from her mouth that the world floods.
  • Cleavage Window: As part of the standard ACROSS uniform.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Hyatt is possibly not aware of how much damage she causes, unlike the rest of ACROSS, who do not care. On a smaller scale, she does not know about all the emotional grief she causes Watanabe.
  • Death by Falling Over: She need not fall from any sort of height, however. She just falls over where she stands and dies. And then gets up and usually apologizes. note 
  • Demoted to Extra: The last five regular episodes of the anime barely feature her at all.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A true deathly pallor.
  • Girl in a Box: Anime only. There, she was first seen in a coffin aboard the Puuchu spaceship, which later floated into ACROSS headquarters.
  • Hidden Depths: In the manga. She's a expert marksman, which is evidently why Il Palazzo recruited her. She tells Excel this in a very vague way early on ("I have experience with projectile weapons"), but it only becomes relevant much later. To be fair to Excel, Hyatt is far more likely to die from holding a gun than do anything useful with it.
  • Ill Girl: So ill that she will die for no reason.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Parodied, as Hyatt constantly falls over dead, but never stays dead for long. In the manga, it seems to be empathetic. When she lost her memory and started living with Watanabe and then later when the new, more-competent (robot double of) Excel takes over Fukuoka, she isn't seen dying for quite some time. After Elgala tells her about Excel being an imposter, it comes back with a vengeance.
  • Leitmotif: Image Color wa Yappari [aka]!
  • Oblivious to Love: Watanabe is infatuated with her but she seems unaware of his advances.
  • Out of Focus: Her screentime in the manga gradually lessened after Elgala joined ACROSS, since Elgala butts heads with Excel instead of just following her lead. However, Hyatt did get an arc centered around her and Watanabe after that point.
  • Proper Lady: Sexual innuendos aside, that is.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Excel's Red Oni. The anime even gives them fitting hair colors. Also the heads of their microphones in the opening theme match. Excel's is red, Hyatt's is blue.
  • Running Gag: Her dying; her obliviousness.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: In the anime. In the manga she has brown hair.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: She also has the tendency to die.
  • Villain Protagonist: What does one expect from an ACROSS girl?
  • Walking Wasteland: In Episode 12 of the anime, her blood is shown to release a deadly neurotoxin when it comes into contact with the air, killing the songbirds that happen near it. Excel is able to follow the trail of dead birds to Hyatt.


The third member of ACROSS, only seen in the manga. Elgala first appeared in Volume 7. She was hired in Volume 8 and proved to be just as bad at her job as her seniors. While she is just as devoted to Il Palazzo as Excel and Hyatt, Elgala at least questions how Excel leads their missions, but is usually forced to go along with them. Elgala is very vain and materialistic, which constantly puts her at odds with Excel's extreme penny pinching.

  • The Alcoholic: She loves her booze. Unfortunately, she tends to do really stupid things when she's drunk – like withdraw Excel's entire savings from an ATM and give it to some random guy. Who ends up using it to open a restaurant which becomes extremely successful, naming it after her. She never finds out.
  • Alpha Bitch: At least that's what she longs to be.
  • Buxom Is Better: As her first character insert describes — "Bust: larger than Excel, Waist: Smaller than Excel, Hips: Classified". She certainly sees herself as more attractive (synonymous with valuable in her mind) than Excel, and gets more notice for her efforts among the masses (for better and worse).
  • Card Sharp: Despite the above-mentioned, Elgala is on more than one occasion shown as a master card player (and apparently is fond of the stripping variety of such games, where she rarely loses her own clothes). Too bad she doesn't actually use it to the benefit of ACROSS.
  • The Chew Toy: She ends up becoming more of one than Excel.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Elgala has a problem keeping her thoughts internalized.
  • Gag Boobs: Not quite as absurd as, say, Dr. Shiouji's female relations, but definitely large enough that they get in the way. Excel regularly describes them as "parasitic fatty mammaries" and becomes (violently) angry when they're gainaxing, and that they get her into embarrassing situations.
  • Ms. Fanservice: On the ACROSS side anyway (in the sense that she has to match Excel's sociopathy, but is also a good bit more vain and invested in her appearance).
  • Nice Girl: An almost perfect example, surprisingly enough – she goes out of her way to be polite (even to those she doesn't like or she and Excel plan to harm), is regularly horrified by Hyatt's bleeding spells (in a way that Excel has stopped noticing), and treats Hyatt and Mince as a normal girl and dog respectively. It doesn't mean she's always pleasant, but she's far more balanced and reasonable to others than her fanatical senior is.
  • The Rival: To Excel over Il Palazzo's affection (not that he notices).
  • Smug Snake: Thinks she's better than her seniors even though she's really no more competent than they are.
  • Third-Person Person: Sort of, see Verbal Tic below.
  • Verbal Tic: I, Elgala, do not know why this is here! I, Elgala, know of no one possessing such a thing!

     Il Palazzo 

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)

The glorious and charismatic leader of ACROSS. Il Palazzo dreams of total global conquest, but has first set his sights on taking over Fukuoka, Japan, and building from there. Usually Il Palazzo gives out missions to Excel and Hyatt while he sits in his throne room pursuing other hobbies.

Il Palazzo shows some concern for Hyatt (though not enough to not send her out on mission), and indifference to Elgala. With Excel Il Palazzo is mildly annoyed to hostile, depending on how fed up he is with her failures.

In the manga Il Palazzo steps up ACROSS' plans for conquest by starting ILL Electronics and flooding the market with cheap but effective electronic devices, gaining him a lot of positive public opinion.

Has some connection with Dr. Kabapu that is hinted at the anime but explained in the manga.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Pale cyan in the manga, pale lavender in the anime.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In the anime, when actually given a chance to be competent, is QUITE effective at beating the crap out of the entire cast. Most of this takes place while Brainwashed and Crazy (heavy on the crazy), but he was still kicking ass while it lasted.
  • Bad Boss: To Excel, since she is The Chew Toy.
  • Big Bad: He is, technically, the major villain of the series.
  • Bishōnen: He is a very, very handsome man, surpassed in his good looks only by Key the musician.
  • Catchphrase: "This world is corrupt!" (and variants of such)
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: As the president of ILL.
  • Evil Overlord: He's a parody of one.
  • Hearing Voices: Il Palazzo has this problem until they take over his mind.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the anime's Grand Finale; his dark side bent on conquest is eliminated.
  • Large Ham: "This CORRUPT!!!"
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the manga he suffers from this much of the time, forgetting almost everything about himself but his ideals and the desire to conquer. As his memory is slowly restored, he becomes more competent and driven.
  • Leitmotif: Nanka Nayamunda. Kekkou Nayamunda. Ichiban Nayamunda
  • Limited Wardrobe: Il Palazzo only has a giant cloak to wear in the anime. In the manga he also has a black business suit, but that's it.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: An attractively featured man whose long, elegantly kept hair helps him present himself as a pretty boy.
  • Jerkass: On any occasion in which he loses his composure, he shows himself as a major one.
  • Made of Iron: During his "competent" phase in the anime's 25th episode, roughly half a dozen Ropponmatsus latch onto him and simultaneously self-destruct in an attempt to take him down. It doesn't even muss up his hair.
  • Meaningful Name: "Il Palazzo" is Italian for "The Palace", somehow reflecting his tall, square, seemingly immovable build.
  • Mind over Matter: In the anime's final episode, during his time as a competent fighter, he displays strong psychokinetic abilities.
  • Neck Lift: During the anime's final episode, he's shown grabbing a pair of Ropponmatsus by the neck, hoisting them over his head effortlessly, and then squeezing their throats so fiercely he pops their heads clean off.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Happens in the anime and the manga. When Il Palazzo finally decides to do things on his own, he not only manages to conquer most of Fukuoka, but (in the anime) singlehandedly takes on and destroys an army of Ropponmatsus.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Hail Il Palazzo!"
  • Precursors: In the manga, and only according to Kabapu, Il Palazzo is one of the few surviving members of the race that lived before humans. He's right. Il Palazzo is really some ancient god who went mad trying to create life.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Just look at the size of those epaulets!
  • Split-Personality Takeover: In both the anime and the manga. In the anime is it a much more obviously evil personality, while in the manga it's so vague that it barely counts as a different personality at all, only being much more competent.
  • Super Speed: In the anime's final episode, during his time as a competent fighter, he is shown moving faster than the eye can follow, even catching the android Ropponmatsus off-guard with how quickly he moves.
  • Super Strength: In the anime's final episode, during his time as a competent fighter, he is shown lifting two Ropponmatsus over his head simultaneously, one in each hand. He then decapitates them by crushing their throats, popping off their heads with the effort of a man crushing a pair of empty aluminum drink cans.
  • Villains Out Shopping: While his minions are away attempting (and failing repeatedly) to conquer F City, Il Palazzo indulges in such villainous pastimes as...guitar, dating sims and handheld video games.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes the world is corrupt and needs ACROSS to fix it.


Doggie sounds by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

Excel's emergency food supply. Menchi (or Mince in the manga) is a dog of some breed that was picked up by Excel while she was looking for something to eat. At the last moment, Excel opted not to eat her and now keeps Menchi around as a backup. Menchi spends most of the time either trying to escape from their apartment or being frightened by Excel and Hyatt, though she gets along a bit better with Elgala.



     Toru Watanabe 

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), Jay Hickman (EN)

The first neighbor introduced and the only one who actually lives next door to Excel and Hyatt.

Watanabe is characterized by three things: his desire to live a normal financially stable life among the increasing chaos that surrounds him, his infatuation with his neighbor Ms. Ayasugi (Hyatt, but he does not know her real name), and his dislike of his friends Iwata and Sumiyoshi. He went to work for Kabapu in the hopes of getting a civil servant job, not realizing that it would put him in direct opposition of the group Hyatt works for.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Watanabe is in love with Hyatt but she is either unaware of his feelings or doesn't care.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At least Matsuya seems to believe that Dr. Kabapu did something unconventional to lift him from his depression, and that his creepy attitude is because of this. Kabapu refuses to either admit or deny the accusation.
  • Break the Cutie: Hyatt's Comedic Sociopathy combined with his friends' antics slowly turn Watanabe into a perverted wreck.
  • Covert Pervert: Watanabe suffers this in a huge way for Chihaya Ayasugi (a.k.a. Hyatt). Then he just becomes a regular one after Il Palazzo cockblocks him in the manga.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Immediately gets himself years into debt just because "Ms. Ayasugi" asks for help.
  • Freak Out: Suffers from one in the manga after Il Palazzo takes Hyatt away from him. Post Freak Out he spends his time play S&M video games and being creepy.
  • Hero Antagonist
  • Medium Awareness: Watanabe is fully aware of Sumiyoshi's Talking with Signs in the anime.
  • Only Sane Man: Was this in the anime for being the only one who questioned anything, not that it did him any good. Was this for a while in the manga, until he snapped when Il Palazzo took Hyatt away from him, though he eventually calms down.
  • Straight Man: To Iwata and Sumiyoshi.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Hyatt is last seen is his custody in the anime. This, combined with ACROSS's downfall, gives him a good shot of finally getting with her.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Post-freakout, though his evil actions are limited to buying S&M videogames and not being fazed at all by Kabapu. He was also gleefully eager to arrange Il Palazzo's car to be rigged with an explosive.

     Norikuni Iwata 

Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP), Mark Laskowski (EN)

Watanabe's "friend". Iwata is dumb as a brick and barrels into everything with enthusiasm and not a lot of forethought. Iwata is either oblivious or does not care that Watanabe hates him, and hangs out in his apartment regardless. He joined the Department of City Security because Watanabe did. As a member of Daitenzin, Iwata is usually the first to run into a mission and mess everything up.

In the manga, Iwata dies (abruptly and without warning from colon cancer) and has his mind put into an android body by Dr. Shioji. Being an android makes Iwata a lot less concerned with his safety and he often is destroyed, to Dr. Shiouji's annoyance, since he is the one who has to rebuild Iwata. His robot body gives him lots of nifty gadgets like a built-in radio and night vision. He can also transfer his consciousness to Ropponmatsu II, though he never does intentionally.

He will hit on any attractive lady in the area (except, oddly enough, the girls of ACROSS), but usually focuses his attention on Matsuya, whom he knew in college.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Iwata loves Misaki and Ropponmatsu 1, but is beat up by Misaki for his remarks and ignored by Ropponmatsu 1 (she's a robot, after all.)
  • Brain Uploading: Has his mind copied and uploaded into an android after the first time he dies, and gets moved from replacement body to replacement body.
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Even after fending him off throughout college and virtually the whole manga series, Matsuya still has feelings for him, and after seeing his robot body utterly destroyed - and The Reveal that he was alive the whole time - she caves in. Following ACROSS's one-week conquest of the world and dissolution they're living together.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Iwata is prone to daydreaming that he is in a television show, or going off on pointless mental tangents.
  • Dead All Along: Inverted in the Manga. GLORIOUSLY.
  • The Ditz
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Iwata destroys a lot of walls in his android body.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He is generally disliked but tolerated by his neighbors and co-workers.
  • Hero Antagonist: As a member of the Daitenzin.
  • Hot-Blooded: Really the only member of the Daitenzin who fits this.
  • Idiot Hero: At least he thinks he's a hero. He is definitely an idiot.
  • Jumped at the Call: The only one excited about putting on a sentai suit to fight evil.
  • Made of Iron: Despite getting wrecked on a regular basis, cyborg Iwata can still take a ton of punishment.
  • Near-Death Clairvoyance: Iwata technically counts; he's dead in every sense except the mental one (which is the opposite of how he was in life) and has been compared to a temp worker in that Kabapu considers him "No longer human!"
  • Remote Body: ... The trope the rest of the cast thinks Iwata is working under. In reality his body is recuperating in Shiouji's lab and operating his androids from a tank.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Plot Armor and the sentai suit protect him in the anime, and his reparable body protects him in the manga.

     Daimaru Sumiyoshi

Watanabe's other friend and neighbor. Sumiyoshi is smart enough to not go running head first into trouble like Iwata, but not smart enough to avoid trouble altogether and quit working for Kabapu.

Sumiyoshi is from a different part of Japan, and as such speaks with an accent, which in the anime is rendered as subtitles, and in the manga is written in a different font and with an accent. His father and younger sister speak with the same accent.

Has a strange friendship with Dr. Shiouji, and is the only one that gets along with Ropponmatsu II.

  • Collector of the Strange: His apartment is filled with nothing but computers to house his collection of dating sims and other video games.
  • Gonk: The one time that Sumiyoshi is turned into a Bishōnen in the anime, he is deeply disturbed by it and wants to transform back into Gonk form.
  • Hero Antagonist
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Though compared to Watanabe and Iwata, he's the smart one. Aside from his bizarre speech impediment, he's probably a subversion of the trope. He's from Okayama (in between Osaka and Fukuoka), but he's not really an idiot.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Sumiyoshi speaks in subtitles in the anime. In the manga he uses the dialect of Okayama, which is much closer to where Fukuoka actually is. It may be a subtle form of Lampshade Hanging, as everyone else speaks Standard Japanese instead of the city's own dialect, Hakata-ben.
  • Only Sane Man: Was this around volume 18 of the manga, when Watanabe was suffering from his freak out and Matsuya had given up. Defers to Matsuya again once she starts trying to get everyone out of trouble.
  • Talking with Signs: Anime only; the manga translation by Viz Media gives him a very thick accent and a speech font different from everyone else's. It might still be Talking with Signs, seeing as he doesn't talk with any speech bubbles.
  • The Voiceless: He communicates through subtitles. In the manga his dialogue lacks voice bubbles, but it seems that he is speaking audibly.

     Misaki Matsuya 

Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN)

Arguably the most normal and reasonable person in the cast, Ms. Matsuya began to work for Kabapu around the same time as the others.

Initially she recognized the absurdity of her job, but did not complain. Instead she usually prepared for each mission assigned by Kabapu so that she either finished a mission unscathed or without having to do as much work as others.

When Il Palazzo and Kabapu's war intensified Matsuya tried to stay out of it or escape, but could not. Realizing how dangerous her life had become, Matsuya starts collaborating with Dr. Shiouji to figure out what is going on with Il Palazzo and Kabapu while doing whatever she can to make sure she and her team get involved as little as possible.

She does not appreciate Iwata constantly hitting on her, but has gotten used to it, and devotes considerable effort to coming up with ways to rebuke him.


Department of City Security

     Dr. Kabapu 

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP), Mike Kleinhenz (EN)

A shadowy government figure, Kabapu is very protective of Fukuoka, but goes about protecting it through bribes, blackmail, and assassinations. He hired Watanabe, Iwata, Sumiyoshi, and Matsuya as a problem solvers / Sentai group known as the Department of City Security, or Daitenzin.

He shares a history with Il Palazzo that is only hinted at, and for a long time in both the anime and the manga was only vaguely aware of his presence. When he finally realizes that Il Palazzo is the leader of ACROSS Kabapu starts using more extreme methods of eliminating ACROSS, which puts him in financial trouble.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the anime, green in the manga, though manga cover art that showed Kabapu's hair color was released so long after the anime that the anime creators did not know.
  • Badass Mustache: A really long one, which is actually fake in the anime but real in the manga.
  • Bad Boss: For the Civil Servants. Kabapu is not malicious towards his employees, but is unconcerned for their safety when he makes them work.
  • The Determinator: Come hell or high water, he'll defend his city
  • Hero Antagonist: The Anti-Hero variant.
  • Hidden Eyes: Until it is revealed in the manga that he has Hellish Pupils. In the anime he just has regular eyes.
  • Leitmotif: Yappari Myouna Namaedato Omou
  • The Mentor: Oh, so subverted.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: It is never said what kind of doctor he is, and he is never seen doing anything medical.
  • President Evil: More like Vaguely Defined Government Position Evil, but he had about as much power which is legitimized once he is elected mayor of Fukuoka.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kabapu claims to do everything for the good of Fukuoka, but given that at the start of the series Fukuoka is suffering the same recession problems as the rest of Japan, and in the manga the city turns into a battleground that is at least half his fault, it is a weak excuse.

     Ms. Momochi 

Voiced by: Yumiko Nakanishi (JP), Emily Carter-Essex (EN)

Kabapu's secretary. Little is known about Ms. Momochi, including her past, first name, or eye color. The only things known for certain are that she has worked for Kabapu since before the series started, and she is the one that's probably keeping Kabapu's schemes from totally backfiring.

Shiouji Household

     Dr. Gojo Shiouji 

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Spike Spencer (EN)

A brilliant roboticist hired by Kabapu to build an android for the Department of City Security. Dr. Shiouji builds Ropponmatsu I, based on Kabapu's designs. When Ropponmatsu I fails to disarm a bomb Shiouji builds a new robot, Ropponmatsu II, based on his own preferences.

The manga goes into Dr. Shiouji's backstory more. Shiouji's father Tenmangu worked on robots with Kabapu too, before he disappeared, and a lot of Shiouji's work is based on his father's research. Shiouji wants to know what happened to his father which is why he works with Kabapu, though he is not interested in Kabapu's goal. He also collaborates with Matsuya to figure what is really going on with Il Palazzo and Kabapu.

Dr. Shiouji's laboratory is staffed by a collection of little girls, and he usually relaxes in a park and watches little girls play on the playground.

  • Always Second Best: To his father Tenmangu, and to his mother, below.
  • Comedic Lolicon:
    • Zigzagged. Gojo's creepy fixation on little girls is played for laughs early on in the manga, but it's hastily retconned that his attraction is non-sexual as the story progresses; it's explained that he's developed an aversion to big-breasted women because of his mother's insistence on repeatedly smothering him in her huge breasts, amongst other negative foibles, as well as causing him to fixate on the one girl he did trust; his younger cousin. He ultimately starts to grow out of it with the help of his would-be Love Interest (and cousin) Umi Rengaya.
    • Played straight in the anime, where there's no doubt about his creepy loli fixation being sexual and it's played for Black Comedy. Taken to its peak in the dubiously-canon Episode 26, where he takes the loli assassin Sara Cosette to a love hotel, only to discover to his horror that she's actually an oppai lolinote  with a G-cup bustline.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He has multiple doctorates. However, none of them are medical, as he's quick to point out anytime anyone wants his help.

     Ropponmatsu I 

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Kelli Cousins (EN)

The first robot Dr. Shiouji built for Kabapu. Ropponmatsu I was built as a Do-Anything Robot, with skills like Super Strength, fighting abilities, and Bomb Disposal. She's very bad with the last one. Depending on the continuity, she was either rebuilt alongside Ropponmatsu II, or because they share the same power source, Ropponmatsu I can only be activated when Ropponmatsu II is deactivated.

In the manga, Il Palazzo kidnaps her and dresses her up to look like Excel. From there she switches owners and roles several times.

     Ropponmatsu II (Nishiki) 

Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Kira Vincent-Davis (EN)

Ropponmatsu I's replacement after she was blown up. Dr. Shiouji built her more to his liking, so instead of a tough full-grown woman, Ropponmatsu II looks and acts like a ten-year-old girl. She has a hyperactive personality that elicits annoyance from her co-workers, particularly Iwata, though she gets along with Sumiyoshi. Ropponmatsu II can either work with Ropponmatsu I, or cannot because they have a single power source that they have to share, depending on the continuity.

In the manga, Dr. Shiouji builds a new Ropponmatsu II with a new power source after Il Palazzo kidnaps Ropponmatsu I and the power core and calls her Nishiki.

     Umi Rengaya

Dr. Shiouji's friendly cousin and lab assistant. Umi is love with her cousin, but her almost dangerous levels of stupidity constantly lead her to destroy his lab equipment, earning his ire. The fact that she is fully grown and busty does not help her.

Umi took in Excel when she was suffering from amnesia. They quickly became best friends as Umi tried to help "Teriha" remember where she was from.

Only appears in the manga.

  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Does this in part to get Shiouji's attention, and partly for fun. She tries to get Teriha into it too, but Teriha is not as interested.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • The Igor
  • Kissing Cousins: One-sided. Umi is definitely in love with her cousin Shiouji. Shiouji thought she was attractive when they were kids, but unfortunately for her she is not only a Ditz, but is now a little too mature for his tastes.
  • Morality Pet: In that Shiouji is probably the nicest to her out of everyone he knows, even though she bothers him the most.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend

     Dr. Tenmangu Shiouji 
Dr. Shiouji's even more brilliant father, who worked with Dr. Kabapu to unlock to the secrets of the Solarian technology that apparently operates the Ropponmatsu's and Il Palazzo's place. He apparently came really close, but disappeared before he could reveal anything, leaving Kabapu high and dry.

Only appears in the manga.

  • Big Bad: Is Il Palazzo's second, more proactive personality that causes the most trouble.
  • Body Surf: Is able to hijack any robot and robot like being from his base.
  • The Faceless: His face is always obscured in the few flashbacks he appears in.
  • Faking the Dead: Not that anyone saw him die, but finding out Shiouji's alive and well comes as a bit of a surprise.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Even more so than his son.
  • Posthumous Character: Disappeared before the start of the series.
  • Walking Spoiler: Since he was the only sane person who knew what was going on more than anyone else, his actions are incredibly important and spoilery.

     Miwa Rengaya / Ropponmatsu III (Sanshiki)

Dr. Shiouji's mother, who is much more intelligent than her son. She showed up out of nowhere and moved into Shiouji's lab, then frustrated Shiouji's attempts to find out more about Kabapu and his father and started working with Kabapu. The "affection" she hoists upon her son is the reason he's a paedophile.

Only appears in the manga.

Other Characters

     Dr. Sekifumi Iwata

A parody of Dr. Black Jack. Dr. Iwata is a brilliant but irresponsible doctor whose father owns the hospital. He is kept in check by his assistant. He is Iwata's cousin, whom he hates for giving him a giant X-shaped scar across his face with a pair of scalpels when they were four.

Since Dr. Iwata works at the local hospital, he has had first hand experience with Hyatt's ability to die and resurrect.

     Shiki Fukuya

Dr. Iwata's Beleaguered Assistant, who was put in charge of keeping an eye on Dr. Iwata by the hospital's administrator. Usually has to restrain or bludgeon Dr. Iwata so he will not do anything criminal or lecherous.

Like Dr. Iwata, Fukuya has seen Hyatt's ability to die and revive.

Anime-Exclusive Characters

     The Great Will of the Macrocosm 

Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Kelly Manison (EN)

The Reset Button given form. At first she was simply a gag, a way to bring characters who were killed back to life. Then she got embroiled in the C-Plot when she slept with Pedro, earning him the ire of "That Man". She is actually the other half of Pedro's Sexy Wife, and is kidnapped by "That Man" as part of his global domination plan.


Voiced by: Takashi Nagasako (JP), Rob Mungle (EN)

An immigrant worker who worked with Excel on a construction job. His story is the C-plot of the show. He was killed in a fire (caused by Excel) and spends most of the series as a ghost trying to get back to his Sexy Wife and his son Sandora.

     Pedro's Sexy Wife 

Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Kelly Manison (EN)

A housewife. She sits around all day while her husband works overseas. She quickly moved on when she found out Pedro had died and married Gomez, who mistreats her and spends all her money. She is actually the other half of The Great Will of the Macrocosm.

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: She gets remarried after Pedro's death to a man named Gomez (who is eventually revealed as "That Man").
  • No Name Given
  • Talking to Himself: With Great Will of Macrossism Used as a comedic plot later on when it's revealed they're too halves of the same person due to this. Invoked by Excel during a commercial break, stating roughly "Too bad, even if she is two people she still only gets one paycheck"


Voiced by: Shinichi Watanabe (JP), Brett Weaver (EN)

The badass director of the Excel Saga anime and alter ego of Shinichi Watanabe. He is usually seen doing some cool spy thing in the background, hanging out with the show writers, or arguing with Koshi Rikdo over the direction of the series.

  • Hammerspace Hair: Nabeshin can pull assault rifles out of his afro.
  • Homage: His outfit is based on the outfit worn by Lupin III (note that Shinichi Watanabe is known to wear the same outfit in public appearances).
  • Mysterious Past: Aside from his being the director, we have no clue who or what Nabeshin is — but most of the one-shot supporting characters seem to know him very well.
  • Parody Sue

     "That Man" 

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (JP), Mike MacRae (EN)

A Yakuza thug who gets angry with Pedro after he sleeps with The Great Will of the Macrocosm and throws him into the ocean. Is actually the real leader of ACROSS and Il Palazzo's boss. He kidnaps The Great Will and uses the destruction of F City as part of a plan to take over the planet.

     The Puchuus

The Puchuus are an alien race of unknown origin, and are rarely seen in the daylight. They resemble plush toys, and look huggably cute... at first glance.

  • Aliens and Monsters: Most of them are nothing more than generic (if absurd-looking) alien invaders, and are best disposed of quickly.
  • Berserk Button: If you hit them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Well, maybe not "nice" considering they're trying to take over the planet (and as revealed in episode 22, the universe).
  • Gonk: The Puchuus change instantly from disarmingly cute to disturbingly ugly (resembling Golgo 13) when injured, usually shouting out something crude in Kansai gangster talk or else some kind of surreal Gratuitous English gibberish as they die.
  • Grotesque Cute: After they're physically assaulted.
  • Phony Mon: They're small yellow mouse-like creatures that can only say their own name. Sound familiar?
  • Pokémon Speak: In their normal form.
  • Shout-Out: The face they get when they die resembles Golgo 13.
    • Some of the individuals in episode 22 look like Puchuu versions of Leiji Matsumoto characters.
  • Talkative Loon: Whenever they get hit by something, they speak in incomprehensible Engrish.


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