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Sergeant Sousuke Sagara

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Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Chris Patton (EN)

The protagonist of the series. He is an approximately 16 year old sergeant within the paramilitary counter-terrorist force, Mithril. He is an Arm Slave specialist in the SRT (Special Response Team) of the Western Pacific Battle Group "Tuatha de Danaan". His call sign is Uruz-7 and his ID number is B-3128, and he operates as the team point-man.

The picture on the right is one of those rare moments where he actually resembles Bonta-kun.


  • Accidental Pervert: It happens so many times that Kaname eventually knows that it's Not What It Looks Like.
  • Ace Custom: In the light novels, when Sousuke participates in underground AS battles, he pilots an Rk-91 Savage painted white and navy blue like the Arbalest, which he dubs "Crossbow". Subverted in that the Crossbow is under-powered; the Rk-91 is an older model which uses a diesel engine, which is less powerful than the gas turbine engines most other 2nd generation Arm Slaves have (to say nothing of the 3rd generation's Palladium reactors).
  • Alliterative Name: Sousuke Sagara.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Despite being insanely skilled and competent, saving the day countless times, he remains a sergeant for the entire series. Partly explained by his lack of motivation to move up in rank and how he just plain doesn't care; Mao actually calls him out on it in The Second Raid after he admits that his only plan for his future is to keep following orders.
    • After TSR, he's now working at half his previous pay (as leverage for being allowed to live at least part of his life as a normal teenager in Japan with Kaname).
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Thusfar, combining all the different canonical material for the series, Sousuke has received around five of these. Out of these five, he's misunderstood or blown off four of them.
  • Animal Motifs: A cute little dog, during more comedic occasions or a wolf, during serious situations. Though a more plot significant one is a tiger (seeing how he's the "son of Badakhshan's tiger," as well as his eventually having a tiger as a pet).
  • Anti-Hero: He's a good guy who willing to do bad things to save the day, such as the willingness to use torture and deception and execute any terrorists detained.
  • Axes at School: One if his main Running Gags is the fact that he brings a wide variety of military-grade weapons and explosives to school and has absolutely zero problem unleashing them on an unsuspecting student body with full intent to kill whatever he percieves is a threat to himself or Kaname. In the more serious moments it is a case of being Properly Paranoid, sure, but Kaname has the very appropriate reaction of freaking out whenever she sees him pull out a weapon and the story very heavily implies that it takes an absurd amount of bribe money from MITHRIL to keep the school management quiet (in Fumoffu it also helps that the Student Council President is enough of a Cloudcuckoolander to accept Sousuke's explanations, regardless of how crazy they sound even with context).
  • Bad Dreams: He's eventually shown (in the novels) to start having nightmares about Kaname, and even his dead mother (who died protecting him, telling him to "fight" and "never give up"). As a matter fact, these nightmares are pretty much the only mention and thoughts he has about his beloved mom (as he's normally not a very sentimental person).
  • Bad Liar: He sucks at it. Pretty much any Muggle he tries to lie to is not convinced.
  • Bandage Hunk: There are quite a few Fanservice-laden instances where he's shirtless except for some bandages.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: He inspires this with many people. Now how well they restrain themselves is a different story...
  • BFG: Sousuke's newest AS, the Laevatein, is equipped with a ridiculously powerful Multi-purpose Demolition Howitzer cannon. It's intense firepower and huge recoil makes it impossible to use under real-life conditions and normal physics. It has to be used in conjunction with the Lambda Drive to nullify all the those drawbacks.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The way Sousuke tends to make his awesome entrances to save the day. He does it so often, it gets to the point where Gauron actually lampshades it mockingly when he tackles and holds him down. "Well well, how do you like this? It's such a disgrace like this, isn't it? You can't act like a big damn hero and save the day in a cool way."
  • Birds of a Feather: He bonds with Shinji through their shared love of Arm Slaves.
  • Book Dumb: Being raised by the KGB and mujahideen as a Child Soldier has left some massive gaping voids in his education. He's a Teen Genius when it comes to military strategies and techniques and the maintenance and operation of Arm Slaves... but he has little to no knowledge of Japanese history, can't wrap his mind around modern literature, and can barely read classical literature and poetry thanks to his complete lack of familiarity with more archaic and poetic forms of the Japanese language. As a result, he often struggles with his high school homework.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Depends on the adaptation:
    • In the anime, he was born in Helmajistan, a fictional country that serves as a representation of Afghanistan
    • In the manga, is outright of Afghani descent
    • Invoked in the novels, where he is ethnically Japanese
  • Can't Hold His Liquor:
    • Despite being in the military ever since he was young, he doesn't drink. He's shown to be disgusted at the idea of it, and can't understand how others can stand it. As a result, he has zero tolerance for the stuff. Especially pronounced in the manga, where he takes a small sip of amazake (a drink that has very low alcohol content), and promptly gets dead drunk, complete with the fever and loss of strength. Kaname even lampshades it, telling him he really can't hold his liquor. He ends up dropping unconscious, and even after waking up, he's still drunk.
    • This could be a holdover from his KGB training; as an assassin in Helmajistan (what used to be Afghanistan), abstinence from alcohol would be a necessary part of his cover as a mujahadin. It also helps to note that he's also raised as a Muslimnote , where Islam forbid their followers to drink any alcohol.
    • As of recently in the novels, he literally Can't Hold His Liquor, due to debilitating internal injuries courtesy of a rifle round that relieved him of a portion of his liver among other things.
      • Sousuke himself is fine with that. After a rather unpleasant experience in Hong Kong involving whiskey (and Gauron), he really doesn't want to see alcohol again.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Mondai nai/Not a problem."
    • Before Kaname found out about Mithril and everything else surrounding Sousuke, he always used "It's a coincidence" to justify his following her.
  • Chick Magnet: Let's see, there's Kaname, Tessa, Nami, Ena Saeki, Gray, and countless girls from his school (that are just too scared to approach him, but nonetheless fangirl and drool over him). And that's not even getting into how Even the Guys Want Him.
  • Child Soldier: He was trained as an assassin for the KGB ever since he was 2-3 years old. Sousuke fits quite neatly between the Talented and Tragic flavors; he isn't angsty or traumatized (much), but he has severe difficulties coping with civilian life, rarely bothers trying to do anything non-violently and sees everything in terms of its value in a guerilla combat situation.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A very hilarious example in that he is generally serious, by-the-book and not crazy by any standards. The problem is that, due to having No Social Skills, his classmates (and the viewers) see his behavior as... UNUSUAL.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He never notices all the girls he attracts.
  • Coincidence Magnet: Being the person that has the most connections to all known "whispereds".
  • Combat Pragmatist: He uses small arms in close quarters that involves martial arts and his background as an anti-Soviet guerrilla in Afghansitan gave him training and ideas to take on armored vehicles and Arm Slaves when cornered.
  • The Comically Serious:
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Although his mother's death while protecting him, along with her dramatic Last Words for him to "live," "never give up," and "fight!" serve to help make him the Crazy Survivalist he is today, it mainly seems to serve the purpose of making him an orphan with no ties. Since he has no one waiting for him, it justifies why he can carelessly put himself in such dangerous situations without worry or care.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Goes hand in hand with his Hammer Space and Hyperspace Arsenal. It's also Lampshaded numerous times by shocked and exasperated bystanders. Especially pronounced in an episode of Fumoffu, where he was asked to get rid of all of his weapons during a hostage situation. It takes him a long time to put all of his weapons out in a (huge) pile, which makes the kidnappers horrified.
    • Worth noting the pile includes a 9mm handgun, extra clips, at least five frag grenades, and from what else could be noticed, one assault rifle and two L.A.W.s. And he managed to hide all of this inside regular civilian clothes!
    • Oh it goes beyond mere weaponry. In the very same situation as above, he not only prepares a counter-hostage of original hostage-taker ahead of time okay, a pretend hostage, but still, he thoroughly researches each and every gang member and pulls off Shame If Something Happened on all of them.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Heck, he even carries a special biochemical suit on him, just in case.
  • The Dreaded: Feared by the rank and file of Amalgam that at one point, he was made a priority target when a DGSE safehouse was raided somewhere in Polynesia.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty:
    • Boy, does he make one nasty drill sergeant. He breaks a whole army of cuties into Ax-Crazy killers in record time. Extra irony in that it's hinted that he makes a more cruel and sadistic teacher even when compared with Gauron (who was actually a well respected AS instructor for a camp). Granted, this was Mao's fault since he was using her guidebook.
    • One chapter of Overload has Kaname trying to get a slimmer figure for swimsuit season; Sosuke offers to help and ends up becoming this, putting her in a Bonta-kun suit that forces her to exercise while he shouts insults. Eventually he apologizes, explaining that her original weight-loss methods (which included skipping meals) were dangerously unhealthy and he was trying to get her to realize that.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In FMP! Another, Clara Mao considers contacting "Seagal" (one of Sousuke's aliases) for help, but Kurz insists that she leave him alone due to this trope.
  • Expy: Gets compared to Heero Yuy a lot, since both are Stoic Teen Soldiers-slash-Humongous Mecha pilots who come out of their shells due to Bodyguard Crushes on Ordinary High School Students (namely, Relena and Kaname); the main difference is that Heero lacks Sousuke's comedic awkwardness and can blend into regular society much better. Years later Sousuke would get his own Expy in the Gundam franchise: Setsuna F. Seiei, who unlike Heero actually does have a degree of Sousuke's social awkwardness, as well as a Kurz-like ally and Gauron-like archrival.
  • Fish out of Water: Pretty much the whole premise of the series. Military nut who has no social skills gets shoved into a school where he wreaks havoc.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a cross-shaped "hero scar" on his jaw, as visible above.
  • Hammerspace/Hyperspace Arsenal: Lampshaded in both Fumoffu and The Second Raid.
  • Hates Being Touched:
    • Due to his highly paranoid nature. It's shown later that only a select few (which you can count on your fingers) can without provoking a very violent reaction.
    • Best shown in one episode of The Second Raid where Chidori drags him out to get a haircut; he ends up freaking out and holding the barber at gunpoint. Chidori has to do it herself, and he falls asleep during the process, such is his trust in her.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has an epic one in The Second Raid.
  • Hero with an F in Good: He's one of the good guys, but he tends to cause a lot of problems in some of his solutions to things, such as blowing up his school locker when he finds a suspicious letter in it in Fumoffu. And he interprets said love letter as a letter of challenge based on the bits of the letter that survived the explosion.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: How he feels about Nami. He also feels horrible about Kyoko getting injured on his watch, thanks in part to Ono-D chewing him out for it.
  • Improbable Age: Even beyond being a 16-year-old genius secret agent and sergeant working for an anti-terrorist organization, before that he was a prepubescent KGB assassin.
  • Informed Judaism: Was raised Muslim by the Mujahedin in Afghanistan/Helmajistan, but the only Islamic practice he routinely follows is not drinking alcohol, which might be more the result of his state of perpetual paranoia than any religious upbringing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Barring his near-sociopathic tendencies which is kinda justified, he's a actually a Nice Guy who cares about his friends in & out of school/military & loves Chidori very much.
  • Just a Kid: Especially pronounced during the arc where he was sent to assassinate Gauron. All the teammates that he was forced to join up with (other than Gray) found it hard to believe that Mithril would send a child to help them, and refused to take his advice.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: He's definitely not averse to doing this to his opponents.
  • Killer Rabbit: BONTA-KUN. That is all.
  • Lack of Empathy: A product of his upbringing; He's by no means a Sociopath, but he finds it difficult to understand other people's feelings, and tends to do very morally ambiguous things without much consideration for others. Most of the time it's played for laughs. There are numerous times where he finds himself unable to understand why someone feels fear or sadness (even when someone died).
  • Lethal Chef: In the manga, he's shown to be this due to his lack of common sense. He ends up cooking rice in a rice cooker... over a fire. Indoors. Which results in the others fainting from the fumes.
  • Lightning Bruiser: All the Arm Slaves barring the Savage "Longbow Custom" he pilots are like this, being very fast & powerful especially the Laevatein. His battle style in & out of Arm Slaves is also like this, preferring to charge in for medium-to-close range combat.
  • Love Hurts: And how. His whole Heroic BSoD in TSR was pretty much caused by being ripped away from Kaname after he was starting to feel something for her.
  • Luminescent Blush: He has a couple of rare moments in Fumoffu.
  • Mad Bomber: Definitely. Especially in Fumoffu and Overload. And no, it's not everyone from Mithril - it's mainly just him.
  • Magnetic Hero: He tries to not get attached to people and just stay a loner... but True Companions just keep flocking to him.
  • Married to the Job: Kurz and Mao tend to Lampshade this, calling Sousuke a bore that doesn't care about anything else except his job. This eventually becomes a major plot point for TSR.
  • Mini-Mecha: His Bonta-kun costume in Fumoffu is basically a human-sized AS.
  • Moment Killer: It's pretty much 100% guaranteed that if he's saying something or doing anything that could possibly be construed as romantic or seductive, he'll kill the mood almost immediately by revealing his intentions to be purely pragmatic if not actively violent.
  • More Dakka: The ARX-8 Laevatein is already a Game-Breaker machine to begin with. Then during the final assault on Amalgam, Sousuke & some of the MITHRIL engineers develop a Long-Range Booster Jet Pack called the XL-3 that not only gives it the ability to fly but also adds ANOTHER SHOTGUN, TWO ASSAULT RIFLES, ALMOST A DOZEN MISSILES, & to top it off TWO GATTLING CANNONS. Gloriously animated in Super Robot Wars Z Tengoku-hen
  • Necessary Drawback: The Fairy's Feather system on the Laevatein. It nullify all Lambda drivers in the vicinity. However, the Laevatein's own Lambda driver is also disabled.
  • New Transfer Student: His cover story to allow him to transfer into Kaname's school without anyone being the wiser about his ties to Mithril.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: He does not take well to aggressive methods of romantically pursuing him. As a matter of fact, it almost seems like he subconsciously turns up the level of his obliviousness when his admirer becomes too direct. In contrast, when the girls act more shy and cute, and tell him touching things like "I trust you," his heart starts fluttering. (Case in point: Why Tessa is rather unsuccessful at wooing him, versus Kaname and Nami, both of whom he admits deeper feelings for.)
  • No Social Skills: Someone once described Sousuke as that character in a Tabletop RPG who traded in all those "worthless" character points in social skills and instead put them into combat abilities. He is a nice guy, he just has no concept at all of what's expected of someone in a high school environment. Naturally, the writers put him in a high school environment, often.
  • Not Good with People: Boy does he suck at dealing with people (in ways that don't involve explosives, that is). He's shown to actually be capable of understanding and relating to animals more than humans (such as in the cases of Mousuke and Shiro, both of whom he managed to communicate with, and even understood their actions).
  • Not So Stoic:
    • The most obvious one would be his huge Heroic BSoD during TSR, where he thinks Kaname died. But even then, he didn't cry. What really takes the cake is, in the novels, the one and only time he's ever shown to actually break down crying and show his vulnerability as a young boy is during the Behemoth Arc. Not over Kaname, not over Tessa, not over any of his comrades dying... but over his shame and hurt pride when his plan for the hostage situation failed to succeed. Heck, he didn't even cry when Kurz died.
    • In the final novel, it looks like he's going to die on Meridia Island and he makes peace with that. But after he sees a video from his classmates at Jindai High asking him to come back to school, he breaks down, sobbing that he wants to live so he can see his friends even if it's just one last time. Thankfully, Al manages to save the day
    • An often-overlooked (and utterly hilarious) one is in the third episode of Fumoffu!. After Kaname STILL hasn't come back from washing off the watermelon juice Sousuke accidentally covered her with (It Makes Sense in Context), Sousuke goes off to look for her. He's told that she was seen going to a mansion on a cliff, and after his attempts to ask for her there failed (she was seriously not happy with him and told the kid running the mansion that Sousuke was a sick pervert stalking her), Sousuke...imagines what the people there are doing to her. The resulting look of complete fury on Sousuke's face is enough to scare Chuck Norris. Keep in mind that all the times she's legitimately kidnapped this season, Sousuke is still his eternally composed self.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's shown to have done this when Mao interviewed him for a position on her squad. Suspicious of the mysterious organization sponsoring the training camp (actually Mithril), he deliberately underperformed during tests so as not to stand out, and insisted that his victory in an AS match (where he won overwhelmingly over another AS that was much superior in make) was entirely a fluke.
  • Oblivious to Love: At one point someone angrily yells at him about how much she loves him, and he never notices, and he should just admit he wants to be with Kaname...and there's evidence he still didn't get it.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Prefers to sleep underneath beds.
  • Official Couple: At the very end on the last chapter of the novel, with Kaname.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He's a consummate and serious professional, but when he sees Chidori with a former boyfriend, he starts mixing up his words and giving orders for an exfiltration to men who aren't there, obviously working from muscle memory, all the while speaking in his usual tone.
  • Perpetual Frowner:
    • Alluded to even in the beginning. Kurz is exasperated when he tries to get Sousuke to put on a decent smile for his photo ID. He ends up looking like he has facial neuralgia. Also referenced by some characters feeling it's a pity that such an attractive boy looks perpetually angry and unapproachable (with slanting down eyebrows and lips pressed firmly in a straight line).
    • Unnervingly, one of the few times he's shown to smile naturally can be seen here. Yikes, Sousuke.
    • He does legitimately smile a few times. In particular, in Episode 1 of the first anime when he tells his new classmates at Jindai that he loves to go fishing, and in Fumoffu Episode 2 when he thanks Kaname for lending him her notes for Japanese class.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He's the poster boy for this. You know he is when he considers blasting holes in the wall to get to the room next door as being more efficient than just using the door.
  • Properly Paranoid: The humor value of his seemingly ridiculous overreactions to aspects of civilian life others take for granted is somewhat tempered by the fact that people genuinely are out to get him and Kaname.
  • The Quiet One: Let's face it, no matter who he's with, he will always be the person who speaks the least. This is especially pronounced later in the novels, when he's with Nami's group.
  • The Rain Man: He at least borders on this due to his extensive knowledge of all things military and complete lack of social skills. Heck, he didn't realise that kissing a girl without her permission was a bad thing in the anime.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He was raised by the KGB to be an assassin ever since he was 2-3 years old. Spending his entire life in the military has left him completely incapable of even understanding civilian life, let alone actually passing as a civilian himself, and tends to lead him to some very off-kilter interpretations of other peoples' behavior:
    Sousuke: [Chidori] seems to be bothered by something. Either that or she's been abusing drugs.
    Kyoko: Er... I don't know about that...
  • Scars Are Forever: His little, cross-shaped scar on his cheek is permanent.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!:
    • He has a mission to follow Kaname around and protect her from terrorists, but he must not let her know he's doing that. So to Kaname and everyone else, he's acting like a creepy Stalker With a Crush. The only thing is, she completely underreacts to his insanely creepy and scary behavior, even blushing and acting extremely shy when talking about him. In fact, hardly knowing him (other than seeing him throw himself off a train to continue stalking her), she actually starts fishing around for an answer if he has a girlfriend or lover, and is shown to be ridiculously happy when he tells her she's his "special person." It undoubtedly has quite a bit to do with his good looks, seeing how she acts towards men who don't even do nearly as much crap as Sōsuke but are ugly. It's only when he gets to the point where he's on her balcony at night holding her panties that she gets angry.
    • In the novels, his being able to screw the rules because of his looks is lampshaded. He had always been a bit suspicious about how all the other guerrillas that were working with him treated him a lot nicer than they treated anyone else, and he got away with a lot more. Turns out that they all wanted to jump him.
  • Second Love: To Tessa. Not in the anime, but in the novels, her first love was Bunny Morauta (the whispered that built the Arbalest) - they were girlfriend and boyfriend. He ended up dying, and she later ends up falling for Sousuke (Within two months of Bunny's suicide!).
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: A variation of this is found during the party on the Tuatha De Dannan, in regard to Kaname. Kurz: "Any man would fall for her." Sousuke (quickly and coldly): "I wouldn't know. I'm not interested." So Sousuke is capable of acting like a Tsundere...
  • Shirtless Scene: He has one even in the beginning, where he's being bandaged up by Kurz. And then there's that completely gratuitous shot in Fumoffu.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: While using the Arbalest, Sousuke's favorite weapon is a Boxer shotcannon, which is essentially a mecha-sized shotgun.
  • The Spartan Way: What Sousuke subjects his schools' Rugby team to. His results could be considered a little too successful.
  • The Stoic: He's famous for this. Not to mention that it's pretty much expected of him from his superior and colleagues. Any display of emotions by him tends to be met with shock by people who know him.
  • Straw Nihilist: Temporarily near the end of TSR, and in his backstory.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In his backstory, he's shown to look exactly like his mother.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: See Bad Liar.
  • Talk to the Fist: More of the form "Talk To The Bullet." Being the Combat Pragmatist he is, he tends to do this when his enemies show an opening and are giving long speeches.
  • Tranquil Fury: He always maintains his composure and cool, even when utterly pissed off.
  • Teen Genius:
    • Gauron was well known for being a genius at handling AS in Amalgam. Gauron is 40-50 years old. And then here's Sousuke, who is 16 years old, and can actually fight evenly with Gauron (minus the Lambda Driver - and even then, Sousuke ends up being able to handle it extremely well in a remarkably small amount of time, with little guidance). It's even more pronounced when one considers that the boy was a genius even when he was only 8-12 years old.
    • Kalinin mentions during their final duel to the death that while Sousuke is good at everything, he can not beat specialists of the area, ie Kalinin in CQC, Melissa in strategy, Kurz in shooting, and Clouseau in AS piloting. Effectively making him Jackof All Trades.
  • That Man Is Dead: This reaction is provoked whenever Gauron calls him "Kashim." But only when Gauron calls him that. Because he hates Gauron acting like he was his friend.
  • Trash Talk: A tactic he uses several times in the series.
  • Trigger Happy: No matter which canon, he can definitely be described as this. Now how Trigger Happy depends on which source. He's at his most outrageous and violent when in Fumoffu and the Overload manga, where he has traces of Ax-Crazy as well. In the Overload manga, he's even shown getting withdrawal symptoms when forced not to use his gun or shoot anyone.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Good looking, 16-year-old male that has extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, plants land mines around his school, bombs public and private property, and points gun at people? Yes, he qualifies. This is furthered even more when one realizes that, in his school, it's implied that a bunch of girls (and guys) have precocious crushes on him, but are just too scared to directly approach him.
  • The Unfettered: He has a tendency to treat everything as if it's a military mission, which often leads to him pulling guns on Kaname's classmates, blowing up lockers, or threatening to torture people he thinks are spies trying to get at Kaname. Kaname hitting him is the only way to effectively stop him.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: An obvious virgin, and a complete idiot when it comes to anything not involving fighting.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Although his eyes don't have a particularly special color, they are big and very pretty. Gauron initially became infatuated with him because of seeing his emotionless, cold eyes. To put it in Gauron's words: "Anyone would say they're beautiful."
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: For the majority of the series. He literally doesn't understand the meaning of "love," even when Kaname tries to explain it to him.
  • When He Smiles: During the moments where his face relaxes and he lightens up, people who see him like that tend to have their heart racing BIG TIME.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Or shoot, bomb, whatever. He definitely isn't sexist when he deems the person a threat, that's for sure.
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    Kaname Chidori 

Kaname Chidori

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Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

Kaname is the main female protagonist of the story, and appears to be a "normal" 16 year-old Japanese high school student at first glance.note  However, the discovery of her Whispered abilities attracts the attention of terrorist organizations. As a result, Sousuke has been assigned by Mithril to protect her. While Sosuke Sagara's battle intuition generally saves her from dangerous situations, she often considers Sosuke's instincts an irritant in daily high school events, leading to countless comical situations. Nonetheless, she and Sosuke continue to grow closer, to the point where they have expressed their feelings for each other.


  • Action Survivor: After The Second Raid. She's an ordinary girl with no military training or anything aside from powers that are useless in a direct offensive purpose but she's managed to outwit and beat up assassins and is one of the few people Sousuke is genuinely afraid of.
  • Almost Kiss: An agonizing amount with Sousuke. Normally he doesn't even notice or realize that they almost did, much to Kaname's embarrassment and annoyance.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She's pretty much the only one who can successfully beat Sousuke up and deal as much damage to him as she does.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She frequently references to action movies. During her first adventure with Sousuke, she even compares the situation her, Sousuke and Kutz are in to a film she sees, getting some real life experience with her nerdy pass time.
  • Aside Glance: What she does when she tricks Sousuke (who was the New Transfer Student) into doing garbage duty.
  • Audience Surrogate: She's ostensibly the normal one of the main characters despite being a Whispered. We see Mithril and its workings through Kaname's eyes in addition to Sousuke's.
  • Badass Adorable: Arguably, especially on the "badass" side. The "adorable" part comes through from time to time.
  • Brooklyn Rage: She spent about eight years of her childhood in New York City, which she herself admits is why she's used to being more open and aggressive than most Japanese people.
  • Cannot Live With Them Cannot Live Without Them: She constantly claims that she can't stand Sousuke and all the troubles he brings. And then she realizes just how much she needs and wants him when he gets redeployed.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets incredibly jealous anytime she realizes Sousuke's spending time with another woman. She often butts heads with Tessa, such as in episodes 8 and 9 of Fumoffu.
  • Cry Cute: She has a few times where she bursts into tears.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: In the Rugby episode of Fumoffu.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is actually alive and well. However, Kaname has a strained relationship with him and he lives in New York with Kaname's sister.
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: She almost brings herself to kiss Sousuke while he's sleeping, but quickly realizes this trope. So she ends up dunking his head in cold water instead.
  • Dude Magnet: Played with. She's known around Jindai HS as "The School Idol Nobody Wants to Date" because, while the guys recognize that she's incredibly attractive, smart, and athletic, her short fuse is a major deal-breaker. Thus they're content to fawn over her without actually wanting to ask her out.
  • Forceful Kiss: Twice by Leonard Testarossa.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    • To Sousuke in The Second Raid. With several knees to the face and stomach.
    • Did one to herself after being kidnapped by Gauron due to the info flooding her mind. She proceeded to silence all of the noise by slamming her head into a tree.
  • Grand Theft Me: Kaname spends the last 1/3 of the series being "possessed" by Sofia, the Whisperer; it's foreshadowed by her sudden shift in attitude and willingness to go along with Leonard's plans, but becomes more obvious when Kaname exerts enough control to type "You are not me" on a computer Sofia's using.
  • Gratuitous English: "Don't worry, everything's gonna happy <3"
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets extremely angry easily and with minimal provocation, and usually deals with it by using Sousuke as a punching bag.
  • He Went That Way: What she does to help Sousuke escape from the police while he's dressed as Bonta-kun during an episode of Fumoffu.
  • Hostage Situation: She tends to get in these a lot. Even when it doesn't involve terrorists. Sousuke always handles it in his typical crazy way.
  • Insulted Awake: Late in the story, when Sousuke is attacking Merida Island, he contacts "Kaname" on the radio and starts calling her names — because he knows Sophia has taken over Kaname's body, and uses the insults to give Kaname the push she needs to start fighting back. Interestingly, what got under her skin the most wasn't stuff like "You stupid bitch!" but rather Sousuke accusing her of being too gutless and weak-willed to resist Sophia herself.
  • Invisible Parents: Kaname lives all by herself in Tokyo. Her mother died years ago and her father lives in New York along with her younger sister Ayame.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her crude personality and violent tendencies made her this way. Kaname treats Sousuke like dirt very often. However, as time passes, she takes her character development and admit her feelings for Sousuke.
  • Laughing Mad: She has a crazy one she gives whenever she's lying about something (most of the time involving Sousuke).
  • Luminescent Blush: She tends to do this when she misunderstands Sousuke's actions as being "bold" and "romantic." Cue Sousuke doing something to completely kill the mood.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died of illness before the start of the series.
  • Modesty Shorts: She wears these in an early chapter to prevent Panty Shots.
  • Moment Killer: What tends to happen any time it looks like things are getting too mushy between her and Sousuke. Most of the time, it's Sousuke who does this to her.
  • Near-Rape Experience: An odd version; one of the indicators that "Kaname" isn't herself late in the series is that when Leonard tried to initiate sex with her, she wanted to go along with it but her body instinctively shoved him away. It's later revealed that "Kaname" is Sofia, and the shove was the real Kaname's response.
  • Official Couple: At the very end on the last chapter of the novel, with Sousuke.
  • The Ophelia: Becomes one temporarily whenever she goes into her Whispered moments.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: During the rescue operation after the plane hijacking, she notes how the situation they're in (being pinned by enemy gunfire in a shallow ditch) resembled something she saw out of a movie.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: During the Battle in the Rain in The Second Raid.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: What she does in an episode of Fumoffu, where she dressed in one of her mother's old kimonos and posed as an older, married woman who is having an affair with Sousuke. Needless to say, it was enough to make Sousuke become uncharacteristically shy and beet red.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: She does this in one later episode of the first season. Kurz gets very angry at Sousuke for making her feel that sad.
  • Split Personality: Sophia pretty much acts like this, even if she was originally a person that lived 18 years ago. At the end of the series, she monologues that Sophia is still inside her mind but no longer seems malicious, apparently content to experience Kaname's life to make up for the one she didn't get to have personally.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: While Sophia is the one in control.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: She's subjected to this in the beginning of the first season.
  • The Talk: Kaname gives Sousuke a variation of this... on exactly what it means to "flirt" and "pick up girls." Needless to say, whatever she explained to him (done as a Fast-Forward Gag) was enough to traumatize him, making him go completely white and break out in cold sweat, stammering that he "could never do that."
  • Teen Genius: Being a Whispered likely has something to do with it.
  • Through His Stomach: As Kaname is a Tsundere she naturally fulfills this trope. She's shown to have prepared a special meal for Sousuke on several occasions, either as reconciliation after losing her temper, or as Ship Tease promptly followed by Sousuke doing something to make Kaname lose her temper.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Tessa and Kyoko's girly girl.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the rugby episode, she insults the Opposing Sports Team (who are all about two heads taller and very muscular) by comparing them to gorillas. If Sousuke hadn't been around to help, things could have gotten very nasty.
  • Tsundere: "Stupid Sousuke! It's not like I'm doing this because I like him or anything..." (Blush, blush)
  • Twitchy Eye: Whenever she's trying not to blow her top.
  • What Does She See in Him?: What Leonard bitterly keeps wondering about Kaname, citing that Sousuke is a worse choice for a boyfriend because he's killed hundreds of people. Of course, if he would sit down and start figuring out exactly what makes Sousuke so appealing, maybe he would find it easier to woo women.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sometimes her Genre Savvy leads her astray, mostly because it's based on American action movies. For example, she refused to believe Tessa could be a captain because "captains are tough old bastards like Sean Connery. You're one of those people who read telegrams or something."
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Especially pronounced in the novels.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime. The novels, however, describe her hair as black.

    Teletha Testarossa 

Captain Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa

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Voiced by: Yukana (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa is the clumsy but charming Captain of the Mithril anti-terrorist organization's revered TDD-1 'Tuatha de Danaan'. She is American by birth but has lived on submarines and military bases for most of her life. She is also a child prodigy who rose to her relatively high rank at the age of only 16 after using her Whispered power to design the submarine. Tessa has silver hair (described as platinum/ash blonde) and grey eyes.


  • Action Girl: Look at her entry in the Moment of Awesome page for this show. The proof is in the pudding.
  • Alliterative Name: Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa. Not just the first letter, but every sound in her name is alliterative!
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Which falls fantastically flat when Sousuke misunderstands it brilliantly.
  • Attempted Rape: In the light novel and manga, she was almost ganged-raped by Amalgam soldiers. Fortunately for her, Melissa gun them down.
  • Badass Adorable: It's hard to believe this moeblob is the commander of a next-gen nuclear submarine carrying a battalion of Humongous Mecha. Fortunately, most enemies underestimate her because of this very reason, usually with grave consequences.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Kaname's Veronica.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Much like Sousuke, she doesn't drink one bit. Also like Sousuke, this resulted in a hilariously low tolerance for alcohol as it's implied a single mixed drink (which would have about as much alcohol as a strong beer) knocked her so thoroughly out that she forgot what she did the night previously.
  • The Captain: As Gauron found out, to his cost. "This is my ship, and I am her only Captain."
  • Character Tics: She has a habit of absentmindedly playing with her ponytail.
  • Clean Pretty Reliable: Tessa uses CPR as an excuse for trying to kiss Sousuke after he drowned. Kaname stops her in time for Sousuke to wake up by himself.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Gray eyes with silver hair.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Tends to trip quite often.
  • Ditzy Genius: Extremely talented due to being a Whispered, but otherwise look like an innocent airheaded teenage girl.
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: Unlike Kaname, Tessa has no problems whatsoever trying to take advantage of Sousuke in his sleep. It gets to the point of being a Running Gag that she tries to kiss/grope/molest him while he's sleeping somewhere else (and normally getting stopped by others before she goes too far).
  • Dude Magnet: The moment it was announced that the bingo winner would get a (cheek) kiss from her, everyone in the hangar started up their fighting auras. For a bingo game. To say nothing of the Death Glare's that Sousuke got when she said she and him have a "special relationship".
  • Even the Girls Want Her: When Tessa introduces herself as a New Transfer Student, all the girls squee over how cute she is. Except a fuming Kaname...and even she gets turned on by Tessa's choice of bathing suit later on.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: While all the guys clearly find her sexually attractive when she visits Sousuke and Kaname's high school in Fumoffu, the girls go up in exclamation about how cute she is.
  • Improbable Age: A 16-year-old captain in a huge, anti-terrorist organization. Although this is justified by her Whispered status, her father being a well-known submarine captain himself, and Admiral Borda and Mardukas being family friends. Note that Borda repeatedly tried to discourage her from the task, and failed.
  • Joshikousei: Even Mardukas and Sousake are stunned when she dresses up in her Jindai High uniform in Fumoffu.
  • Lady of War: As stated above, Tessa is a damn dangerous opponent and has a rather firmly military outlook.
  • New Transfer Student: For all of two episodes in Fumoffu.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Her... methods of pursuing Sousuke were not very well done (or well taken, for that matter). She didn't really seem to wise up to the fact that he does not react well when girls try to actively seduce him by throwing themselves at him or forcefully put him in compromising situations. Numerous attempts at molesting him in his sleep probably didn't help things, either.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: She shows up in San Francisco wandering down the highway and is taken to a hospital, where she openly talks about Mithril and Amalgam, saying that after being betrayed by her crew she's just an Empty Shell now. When they move to transfer her to a mental institution, Amalgam tries to kidnap her, only for Mithril to ambush them, revealing the whole thing was a sting operation intended to capture Leonard's "messenger boy" Lee Fowler.
  • Precision F-Strike: When speaking to Leonard's subordinate Lee Fowler, Tessa has enough of his know-it-all attitude and says that she can't stand "smug pieces of shit like you", telling him to pass the message along to her brother. The assembled Mithril crew's jaws drop upon hearing their "princess" swear, and in Sigma even Leonard looks surprised when Fowler repeats the message.
  • Red Baron: She's known by Amalgam as "Mithril's Witch of the Sea". The Tuatha de Danaan, likewise, is referred to by the US Navy with equal parts fear and respect as the "Toy Box".
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Shows serious signs of this after the events at Merida Island, as seen in Sigma.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: In Continuing On My Own (Invisible Victory episode 2), there's a moment where a member of the SRT jokingly suggests that they hand Tessa over to Amalgam in exchange for their safety. Tessa brings him back in line by personally threatening to shoot him dead on the spot unless he apologizes and reaffirms his loyalty to Mithril; when he expresses doubt that she'd actually do it, Tessa puts a bullet in the ground and reminds him that while he might have assumed she was just a delicate little fairytale princess, she's a professional soldier through and through.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: In one of her short stories. It led to a powerful Heartwarming Moment for her.
  • Teen Genius: She's 16 and designed the Tuatha de Danaan. This is likely due to her status as a Whispered, giving her knowledge that shouldn't possibly exist yet.
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