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A list of the characters that appear in the GUNNM/Battle Angel Alita series. As a this is a Long Runner, expect Loads and Loads of Characters.

For the live action film's characters, see Alita: Battle Angel.

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Alita/Gally/Yoko "von der Rasierklinge" Dornburg
The series protagonist, a cute and young-looking girl cyborg, who was found by Dr. Daisuke Ido on the scrap heap in the beginning of the original Gunnm. While hardly all that intimidating on the outside, she later proved to be arguably the finest warrior on Earth and probably the whole Solar System, the reasons and implications of which touched in the great detail in the sequel manga Last Order. In Mars Chronicle, she travels to Mars to wrap up unfinished business with the surviving Panzer Kunst, but becomes the target of a conspiracy.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her Damascus blades, which needs pressurized water to be sharpened and can can cut almost anything.
  • Action Girl: Or Dark Action Girl depending on her mental state of the moment. Completely dark when she was still Yoko.
  • Adorkable: Even after being broken numerous times and becoming more and more serious, she never truly breaks free of this and still has her goofy moments from time to time.
  • Almost Kiss: After Figure Four saves her from Knucklehead, she leans in to kiss him... and Yolg almost shoots them. The second time, as Figure is about to pass out from dehydration and she leans in to give him a Last Kiss... they're interrupted by a sudden deluge.
  • Ambiguously Bi: There's been her canonical relationships with Yugo and Figure Four, but then there's her Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with Lou, which was actually the driving force for the whole Last Order, and her reunion with Erica in Mars Chronicle is just pure Foe Yay. Her Luminescent Blush and comedic reaction to Mui wandering around her ship naked also carries a bit of subtext, since Mui misinterpret's Alita's expression of forgiveness for the events 200 years prior as a love confession.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Her muscles aren't very big, but they are very defined.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Prior to her discovery by Ido, she was a mass-murdering Martian terrorist who attempted to more or less kill everyone on Earth by destroying the Orbital Ring. This cannot be under-emphasized; the "Camranth Tragedy" is not just the reason Tiphares cut itself off from the surface - creating the Scrapyard in all its dystopian horror - but it also resulted in the destruction of the Panzer Kunst schools and the centuries-long system-wide cold war. Just about everything that Alita battles throughout all three series is All Her Fault.
  • Animal Motifs: Alita has always been closely associated with cats - Ido first named her after his dead cat, her friends have either compared her to a cat or stated she has the personality of one, and it was heavily implied that the cat in Nova's Lotus-Eater Machine was Alita's real self. Her appearance near end of Last Order emphasized this further, giving her more cat-like mannerisms and even a tail, although this is gone by the time of Mars Chronicle. Her perpetual pout has also led her to be compared rather unfavorably to an octopus.
  • Anti-Hero: All things said and all her heroic deeds considered, Alita is most emphatically not a conventional Cape, but rather a combination of a Broken Ace and a '90s Anti-Hero (the latter one fairly literally), even verging on a Sociopathic Hero sometimes, when she is most stressed.
  • Artificial Human: In Last Order, having her body composed of advanced nanobots and her organic brain replaced with a chip. Also, in the video game GUNNM: Martian Memory, her birth is revealed as being a tumoral growth in a member of Martian royalty that developed a central nervous system. This is canonized and expanded upon in Mars Chronicle, where it's revealed that she was "born" from a maske tumor. Baron Muster initially states her "mother" was Princess Kagura Dornburg, who contracted the maske tumor disease and was experimenting on both finding a cure and attaching tumors to robotic bodies, but later admits to having falsified this — she was really created from his sister.
  • Appendage Assimilation: Forget appendage! When Super Nova reduced her to nothing but a brain chip and a mass of Imaginos cells, she reformed by assimilating the Jovian Tunguska super weapon.
  • Assimilation Backfire: Absorbing the Tunguska gave her a massive power boost, but enabled the Jovians to pull her consciousness out of her body during her fight with Toji, resulting in it being ripped to shreds. She then turned this on the Jovian scientists responsible by massacring them and destroying their base in a fit of rage.
  • The Atoner: Alita was once Yoko, the mass-murdering terrorist whose actions severed Tiphares from the surface and created the Scrapyard. In effect, all her struggles against maniacal criminals and corrupt authorities are simply cleaning up the mess she made in her previous life.
  • Back from the Dead: Repeatedly. And she becomes even more powerful with each resurrection.
  • Badass Adorable: Is it really hard to believe this master-level cyborg warrior has human feelings & can care/love the few important people in the long years of her life? She is human also, in a way.
  • Badass Longcoat: Alita conjures up one for herself after gaining her Imaginos 2.0 body.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Her Berserker and Imaginos bodies lack attributes, although her TUNED body did have nipples. However, it's somewhat a subversion, due the fact that her nipples either don't have areola or they're really pale.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She becomes strongly smitten with Figure Four in a matter of mere days as a result of him being the first person in years to treat her like a genuine human being and reminding her that she's more than just a living weapon. Though she DID appreciate him challenging her to a fist fight and not getting K.O.-ed after the first hit she landed.
  • The Berserker: During her time as a TUNED agent Alita would deliberately surrender herself to bloodlust in battle as a way of coping with her rage and despair at being enslaved by the Tiphareans, though after falling in love with Figure Four she finds herself unable to do so anymore. An extra chapter shows her brutally killing every desert animal she comes across while laughing maniacally on her way to assassinate a rogue Deckman, though she waits until it's finished playing with a group of kids before pulling the trigger.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Her Damascus Blade was attached to her arm during her Motorball days and when she gained her Imaginos body.
  • Blood Knight: From the beginning of the series, Alita showed a natural aptitude for combat and enjoyment of combat. During her time as a TUNED agent, Alita came to use bloodlust as a coping mechanism and outright tells Figure that battle is all she has left to live for while sporting a Slasher Smile, though he quickly snaps her out of it with a What the Hell, Hero? speech. Even after finding a reason for living other than fighting, she still enjoys a good fight and furiously lashes out if interrupted.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: At one point Alita fights Den while wearing a gorgeous wedding dress after Barjack attacks Kaos's mobile station.
  • Boobs of Steel: Quite literally. While she's not the most buxom of characters — according to Zekka her bust is under 80 cm — she is by far one of the strongest fighters and her TUNED body has a larger bust size than her other bodies. One bonus 4koma gag in Last Order reveals during a shower scene that when she "retracts" her Blade Below the Shoulder, the steel from the blades apparently migrates to pad her breasts.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • When Ido is killed by the Berserker-enhanced Zapan, she kills Nova and his assistant in a fit of rage.
    • She almost loses her mind when she thinks Figure Four was killed. The only thing that prevents her from doing so is finding out that he really isn't dead.
    • When Super Nova and Nova X revealed that Nova II had extracted her organic brain and replaced it with a Tipharian bio-chip, she has an existential crisis over whether or not she's human anymore.
  • Broken Ace: Alita is considered the "strongest warrior", being far above 95% of the killer cyborgs she encounters, but she honestly wants to do the right thing. Still, she tends to create just as many problems as she fixes because she is still a flawed human at heart who is controlled by emotions, fears and prejudices... and can kill almost anything.
  • Brought Down to Badass: She overtaxed the Tunguska's Wormhole Reactor in between the events of Last Order and Mars Chronicle, meaning that she no longer has an infinite energy supply to instantly regenerate with.
  • Came Back Strong: Combined with Serial Escalation. In the finale and Last Order, she is resurrected by Nova in the Imaginos 1.0 body, which is essentially an enhanced version of her Berserker body. In Last Order, after her body disintegrates during a Heroic BSoD moment she reconstructs it into the Imaginos 2.0 body by assimilating the Jovian Tunguska superweapon with scraps of the Imaginos 1.0 body. After Toji destroys her Imaginos 2.0 body, she reconstructs it into the Imaginos 2.1 body.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: More like Can't Settle Down With Somebody She Loves, Ever. Just as Hugo renounced to his dream of reaching Tiphares for her, he got killed; just as she finished her TUNED mission and was free to go see Figure Four, she was blown up, and next thing she knew, she had to go to space to save Earth.
    • Early on, Alita also sadly realizes that any attempt at lovemaking would probably end in her boyfriend getting grinded into gory paste.
    • Averted (at least implicitly) for the flesh-and-blood Alita in the final chapter of Last Order, who was created to fulfill her promise to Figure Four.
  • Cat Girl: The Imaginos 2.0 body comes with a Prehensile Tail, and Alita starts showing more cat-like mannerisms after she gets it.
  • Celibate Hero: It's not that Alita hasn't fallen in love, it's that her romances are doomed: Hugo was killed trying to reach Tiphares, and she commissioned a clone of herself using her organic brain to be with Figure Four.
  • Character Development: At the beginning of the original series, Alita was young and naive, but possessed an almost instinctual desire to fight that led to her becoming a Hunter-Warrior. Her personal losses robbed her of her naivety, and following her enslavement as a TUNED Agent she becomes a spiteful Blood Knight revelling in combat in order to blot out her despair over the loss of her freedom. She regained her determination to live after falling in love with Figure Four and befriending Kaos and Lou, but suffered a series of existential crises during the ZOTT. By the end of Last Order and the beginning of Mars Chronicle, Alita has matured considerably both as a warrior and a person, as shown by her interactions with Elf and Zwölf - who resemble her early, naïve persona, and Sechs - who resembles her TUNED Blood Knight persona.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Alita was "born" from a maske tumor initially stated to have been extracted from Princess Kagura Dornburg, though later revealed to actually be produced from Nollin Sonann, Baron Muster's sister, technically making her a clone. She later has her organic brain restored into a clone body to fulfill her promise to Figure Four.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's short and cute, but hands-down the strongest warrior in the Solar System.
  • The Cutie: As a child, Yoko was nothing short of adorable, and had Blush Stickers and a chubby-looking robotic body with a screw for a bellybutton.
  • Cyborg: Her only organic part is her brain. And that's no longer true as of Last Order, although her consciousness is still human.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Moody, temperamental, sarcastic, easy to anger and always quick to fight, not to mention almost aways clad in pitch-black leather in the original manga (she switches to purple in the Last Order and beyond, though), Alita is nevertheless an unambiguously good person.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alita is prone to taunting opponents, especially when she acquires her Imaginos 2.0 body
  • Determinator: Her enemies will be in for a rude shock if they think just because they made her Half The Woman She Used To Be can stop her from killing them.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Octolips", courtesy of her nigh-constantly pursed lips giving her a resemblance to a cartoon octopus.
  • Facial Markings: Her trademark "antiglare patches" on the cheeks that she wears in all of her bodies. They were originally the traditional markings of Panzer Kunst users, but since Alita was the only PK user on Earth they became her own trademark, so much so that they have been built into her face since the Motorball days, and she's only seen without them twice after that.
  • Femme Fatalons: Or perhaps Babe Blowtorches? Once she gets the Imaginos body, she forms plasma cutters in her fingertips. They can be used as claws for cutting, or can paralyze other cyborgs.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: As Mars Chronicle reveals, as a child she initially couldn't even walk without a remote control. A couple of upgrades later, and she was one of the most dangerous terrorists in the solar system. And that was two-hundred years before the plot of the original storyline started.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: When she bothers with clothing at all, as most of her bodies are robotic enough to not need it, she usually wears black leather catsuits. She apparently just loves leather as a fashion statement.
    • She loves her pitch black leather so much she even wears it in the desert while using a body that has an inherent overheating problem (see picture).
    • Ever since getting the Imaginos 2.1 body she takes to wearing whitenote  overalls and/or coats over her black/purple catsuits.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the original manga she turned herself into a tree to stop Tiphares from crushing the scrapyard, and in Last Order she seemingly sacrifices her body to stop the Onion Frame from smashing into the Moon.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: And how. As a child the only part of her that was organic was her head. As a young adult, only her brain was organic - and in Last Order, Nova points out that her glial cells have been replaced with a polymer resin that can harden instantly to protect the brain from sudden shock or heat. Only her neurons are organic - less than 3% of her brain. And immediately after Nova discovers this, he copies the whole thing into a Tiphares brain chip and that is who experiences the events of Last Order and Mars Chronicle.
  • Hot-Blooded: Alita is temperamental and quick to fight in most situations.
  • Implacable Man: A flashback shows that she and possibly all Panzer Kunst users were this.
  • Hack Your Enemy: After upgrading her Imaginos body and gaining access to Melchizedek, Alita becomes able to hack her enemies, preventing them from attacking her.
  • Heroic BSoD: In Last Order, Alita has one when it's revealed she no longer has an organic brain, although her certainty in her cause and humanity had been undermined for some time.
  • I Hate Past Me: A mild example. When fighting Toji for the first time, Alita realizes that she's let her past control and limit her, and decides that in order to progress her old self has to (metaphorically) die. This resolve triggers her ability to use the Damascus blade.
  • Hypocrite: Played rather tragically regarding Alita's views of What Measure Is a Non-Human?. She's completely bewildered that both Ido and Bigott end up Going Mad from the Revelation that their brains had been replaced by chips. Ido chooses to have his memories erased while Bigott gets Driven to Suicide. When Alita finds out that the same ends up getting done to herself in The Last Order, she doesn't take it well either.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Knowing that she'll never be able to fulfill her promise to return to Figure Four, she gives her original brain over with instructions to use it to create a copy of herself to be with him in her stead.
  • Kiss of Life: When she and Koyomi fall into an underground river, Alita uses her TUNED body's lungs to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, then passes it to Koyomi via mouth-to-mouth.
  • Kubrick Stare: When Nova says he'll resurrect Lou if Alita kills the surviving residents of Tiphares - who she had recently saved and befriended - she initially looks at him with shocked horror, then composes herself into a cold stare full of killing intent and says she'll do it if he keeps his end of the bargain.
  • Laughing Mad:
    • While tracking down a rogue Deckman, Alita went out of her way to brutally kill all the wildlife she encountered while laughing maniacally.
    • When Knucklehead challenges her to a one-on-one duel she has no chance of winning, Alita responds with a feral grin and starts to break into maniacal laughter, but stops when she hears Figure Four playing her harmonica.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At first she remembered nothing of her past, but gradually regains her memories.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Alita is extremely fast, powerful, and durable, especially in her Berserker and Imaginos bodies.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Her Berserker and Imaginos bodies are composed of advanced nanobots that behave like "machine cells".
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: When Alita falls head over heels in love with Yugo she unleashes her inner MPDG to talk him out of his single minded quest to reach Salem and make him hers. She ultimately succeeds a few seconds before he dies. After this experience, Alita permanently loses that part of herself.
  • Market-Based Title: Not only that, but also her name — she's named Alita in the English translation, but Gally (apparently from Galatea) in the Japanese original. Kishiro doesn't seem to mind though, and with the help of Ouroboros both names were made canon. So now she has THREE names! To make things even more complicated, there are a few clones of her running around, each with her/his own distinct personality and name.
  • Mood-Swinger: Her frequently alternating between the cheerful periods and depressed sulking in the corner would make her look almost bipolar, if not for the fact that she usually has a valid reason for these Heroic BSODs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Alita learns a toddler she turned over to the police was sent to a live-fire combat drill, she's horrified. When she finds his corpse on the battlefield, she breaks down in tears before punching Colonel Payne, the man responsible, so hard that his body is ripped to shreds and his dropship is blown apart by the shockwave.
  • Naked on Revival: At the end of the original manga's happy ending, before it was retconned, Alita is destroyed saving the Earth, and is effectively "regrown" out of the resulting "tree's" nanomachine system. In the last frames, Figure pulls her out of a cocoon and she falls out, nude. She also averts Barbie Doll Anatomy by being anatomically correct.
  • The Needless: After getting her Imaginos body, Alita says she only needs oxygen and glucose to keep her brain running. Actually, she doesn't even need that, given that her brain is a chip.
  • No-Sell: Her Imaginos 2.0 body is completely immune to Trinidad's hacking technique, and the attack Nova X used to slice her up previously.
  • Older Than They Look: Spent 200 years in suspended animation, yet still looked like a teenager when she was revived. True, she WAS a teenager beforehand, and cyborg bodies do not age, but, 15 years later, and several body upgrades, she is still said to not look older that 20, despite actually being closer to two centuries and a half. Her "real" age, that is, the time she spent conscious and not a Human Popsicle, turned off, or in other type of suspended animation, is about 30, though.
  • Out with a Bang: Invoked when Alita falls in love with Hugo but realizes that her Berserker body is too powerful to be intimate with him.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: One of the most efficient warriors alive, insanely skilled, and with the raw firepower of one of the major superpowers of the Solar System... And still just 5 feet tall.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Berserker and Imaginos bodies can create and manipulate plasma.
  • Power Gives You Wings:
    • When Zapan infects her with the Berserker body during their fight, Alita swallows some collapser agent to prevent herself from being consumed. Just before the agent takes effect, she manifests a pair of biomechanical wings to stop herself from hitting the ground at terminal velocity.
    • Her Imaginos 2.1 body has avian wings with Damascus blades for feathers, though they're destroyed in the ensuing fight.
  • Prehensile Tail: After she assimilates the Tunguska to create the Imaginos 2.0 body, a chunk of it remains stuck to her butt and she morphs it into a felid tail. It serves as an indicator of her mood, and is useful as a weapon as well.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Alita originated as a sentient tumor and her Imaginos body is comprised of highly advanced nanomachines, making her by far one of the most powerful characters in the series, but she still sees herself as being human and fights for the sake of humanity.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Purple is her favorite color, and she is one of the most powerful warriors in the galaxy. In Last Order she shifts the color of her Imaginos body to purple, and wears a purple bodysuit overtop until she acquires her Imaginos 2.0 body.
  • Reality Warper: In her Imaginos 2.0 and 2.1 bodies, she is able to hack cyborgs just by being in their vicinity, transmute any metal into Damascus steel and shape it to her will, and even recreate her body from energy. Even after the Jovians pull her consciousness into the Glass Cat robot, Alita retains this ability and transmutes the floor of their laboratory to shred them with Damascus steel spikes.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Alita is approximately 224 years old, though she only looks to be in her late teens or early twenties.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Discussed in Mars Chronicle. According to Gergt, she was supposed to be killed in the ZOTT and resurrected as a Necro Soldier subservient to Dasien. Specifically, Alita was supposed to have been cut down by Caerula's Death Gate, but how this would work with her being a compete gynoid is unknown, since according to Qu Tsang an organic brain is needed to make a Necro Soldier.
  • Renaissance Man: While Alita is first and foremost a warrior, she is also a skilled musician, athlete, and hacker; and is versed in 19th and 20th century philosophy and psychoanalysis.
  • Robot Girl: While her brain was originally organic, as of Last Order it was extracted and replaces with a Tipharean bio-chip.
  • Save the Villain: Her current goal is to rescue and redeem her Evil Former Friend, Erica.
  • Send in the Clones: The AR/GR series notwithstanding, as what remains of them are more Annoying Younger Siblings story-wise, there's now two of her: The first is the (mostly) original organic Alita, resurrected from her original brain that Nova extracted in Tiphares before giving her the Imaginos 1.0 body and thus not having any memories beyond that point. This Alita ends up in Tiphares with Figure Four after the events of Last Order. The second is the robotic one, who was recreated by Nova using the Imaginos 1.0 body based on the Berserker Body and a Typharean brain-chip, and is The Protagonist of Last Order and Mars Chronicle. She never reunites with Figure Four and goes to Venus and Mars as an agent of the Solar System's ruling AIs, in order to put a stop to Nova once and for all.
  • She's Got Legs: Alita's choice of clothes and fighting style accentuate her legs.
  • Shoulder Cannon: She acquired Danko, a sentient cannon infected with Berserker cells, on Venus during the three-year timeskip between Last Order and Mars Chronicle.
  • Slasher Smile: She sometimes sports one during her most battle-crazed moments, especially as a TUNED agent. Pray you never have to be on the receiving end of a face like that!
  • A Taste of Power: The Berserker body she obtains in the first volume has more raw firepower that ANYTHING else in the series save some of her weapons in her (otherwise inferior in combat) TUNED body, and the Imaginos bodies she uses in the ending and in Last Order.
  • Technopath: Alita's Imaginos 2.0 body can hack cyborgs just by being in their general vicinity and can assimilate other technologies into itself.
  • Tempting Fate: After an especially brutal plot twist Alita is astounded how just knowing your brain is a chip can drive you to instant raving madness. Eventually she gets to experience it herself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The most striking one was when she was given the Berserker body and went from a young girl without experience that could do some martial arts to a plasma-wielding professional able to win a bar brawl by herself.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Twice in fast succession in Last Order. First, she discovers that prior to her memory loss, she was a mass-murdering terrorist. Less than an hour later, she discovers that Desty Nova's last act (which took place after he started cloning himself repeatedly) was to turn her into a Tipharean - by cutting out her brain and replacing it with a chip. The organic-brained Alita only appears in Last Order in the last pages of the final chapter. She discovers the latter seconds before she has to exchange her original brain for Lou's. She has not been the same since.
  • Tron Lines: When inside the Melchizedek supercomputer she has jet-black skin and glowing green cybernetic markings, eyes, and hair.
  • Übermensch: Rejects the authority and laws outlined by the Factory, Tiphares, and Ketheres. Though she accepts the joint authority of Melchizedek and Zeus when they form an alliance to guide the humanity through the current crisis and beyond, but not before confirming their good intentions and going through an existential crisis herself.
  • Ultimate Life Form: When she is recreated the second time, Payne equates her to a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Videogame Dashing: Is capable of doing this in her Imaginos body by forming balls of plasma under her feet and detonating them.
  • Waif-Fu: She's small, and her Panzer Kunst fighting style utilizes flips and kicks.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Damascus Blade; first used as an elbow blade, then turned into a giant butterfly knife, and then incorporated into her Imaginos body as an elbow blade again.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Goes through an existential crisis after being "killed" by Toji in the Z.O.T.T. finals, as her conscience was pulled back to Jupiter by Zeus to contemplate on her nature. Finally she decides that her humanity is her own decision, and to prove this she accepts the joint authority of Zeus and Melchizedek as the Last Order.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Alita is terrified of Minois dryas butterflies.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her Imaginos 2.1 body initially possessed enormous wings with sword blades for feathers, though they interfered with her Panzer Kunst and were quickly destroyed.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In Mars Chronicle, she tells Mui she's not at full power due to undisclosed circumstances - presumably related to her mission on Venus - and therefore the loss of her arm, which she could have restored in seconds at the end of Last Order, will take about a week to grow back.

Dr. Desty Nova
A closest thing to a Big Bad in the original manga and the epitome of a Mad Scientist archetype. He becomes somewhat more subdued in the sequel, even becoming something of an Anti-Hero and a combination of a mentor, a Mission Control and a Parental Substitute (if you squint really hard) for the hero. Disregarding Super Nova, of course. Super Nova might go and die in the fire.

  • Above Good and Evil: The best way to describe him. The basic purpose of his life is in fact to scientifically define Good and Evil through what he calls "Karmatron Dynamics" - the study of how people act based on their memories, their bodies, their status in society... and radical shifts in all three. Alita's his favorite subject, as she is constantly changing all three; she swaps bodies more often than most do cars, she's been everything from a beggar to a secret agent, and despite her current drive for heroics, in her forgotten past life she was a tumor-turned-princess-turned-mass-murdering terrorist.
  • Abusive Parents: Kaos' childhood wasn't a pleasant experience by any stretch, and it still doesn't seem to stop.
  • Affably Evil: Discounting his bouts of Science-Related Memetic Disorder, Desty Nova is a pretty swell guy.
  • Anti-Hero: Some of Nova's copies in Last Order, most notably Nova Pod, who even actually seems more or less sane.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The man might be batshit crazy, but his is the sharpest brain in the Solar System.
  • Belly Mouth: He installed a second brain chip in his abdomen, complete with a face, His clones also have them.
  • Big Bad: He's largely responsible for most of the villains in the original manga. By Last Order he's simultaneously part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Trinidad (in the form of Super Nova) and the Token Evil Teammate of the Space Angels due to their being multiples of him. By Mars Chronicle he's finally been put on ice as a way to bypass all his cloning contingencies, leaving only Super Nova as the potential main villain of that part.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: His attempts to scientifically define ethics did produce some results, but these turned out to be exceptionally weird and horrific.
  • Brain Uploading: Like every Tipharean, his brain was replaced with a chip, but he uses it to his advantage by periodically copying its contents, making backups in his body, making backup bodies... and even the backup bodies have brain chips. Super Nova claims to be running two of his personality chips at the same time.
  • Catchphrase: Nova X comes to use flan as a metaphor, saying "Flan is [insert adjective here]!"
  • Cloning Blues: There are at least two fully-operational clones of him - Nova X and Super Nova - running around, not to mention several defective decoy bodies. His self-replicating pods that create backup bodies have become a literal pest in Tiphares. Even he considers his dozens of accidentally-created defective clones to be little more than fodder for his experiments.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Whatever scenario you come up with to kill him, Desty Nova WILL have a plan ready to counter it. Comes with the "defeating karma" thing.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Debuts in the second half of the 5th volume of the original manga, past its midpoint, but is first seen in the very first volume, and his name is first mentioned in the third.
  • Einstein Hair: A somewhat subdued example, he at least changes hairstyles to an afro as Super Nova.
  • Enemy Mine: Nova has allied himself with Alita as a matter of convenience or manipulation multiple times throughout the series, to the point where she knows just what to say to pique his interests.
  • Evil Counterpart: Super Nova is something like this to the other Novas, being another iteration of Nova, but without any of his endearing qualities. Nova Pod hypothesizes that this is because he has two brain chips in his skull.
  • Evil All Along: You could be forgiven for thinking Nova X was on anyone's side but his own. Sure, he promised to support Alita, but the moment Ido, Figure, Koyomi, and Kaos get to Tiphares, he kills the surviving Tiphareans and springs a Sadistic Choice trap on his son. When Kaos calls him out on betraying Alita's trust, Nova X reveals that his intent all along has been to seize all of the surface as a testing site for his experiments.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Alita, mostly because she is his favorite (and most successful) test subject.
  • For Science!: His raison d'etre is studying "Karmatron Dynamics", and he's committed more than a few atrocities doing so.
  • Funny Afro: A subversion: Super Nova is anything but funny.
  • Healing Factor: Due to nanomachines he can regenerate from just about anything. After his combination of Brain Uploading and Cloning Blues, he is functionally immortal.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Nova goes from being the Big Bad of the first series to resurrecting Alita in a more powerful body and bringing her to Ketheres. Then that Nova is killed and resurrected and joins forces with Mbadi as Super Nova, and one of his clones in Tiphares, dubbed Nova X, decides to help Alita... right up until the first opportunity to double cross her For Science! presents itself. Three years later on Mars, Super Nova decides to help Alita oppose Dasien and his Einherjar.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Nova Pod is probably his only iteration that could be definitely said to be on the side of the good guys... Probably. And then he is killed by Trinidad and Super Nova.
  • Human Popsicle: Nova X's ultimate fate, put into cryogenic storage so that he can no longer regenerate or resurrect himself.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is prone to (rightly) bragging about his own intelligence.
  • Jerkass: Nova only cares about KARMATRON DYNAMICS, and will do whatever he deems necessary to further his research on the subject.
  • Joker Immunity: Nova isn't going to quit, no matter how many times you kill him. But face it, the universe is just so much fun with him in it.
  • Karma Houdini: Literally seems to be his ultimate goal... probably.
    • Super Nova's last appearance has him escape to Mars scot free, though with Mars Chronicle Alita finally catchs up to him... though he's the only one with the know-how to cure being a Necro-Soldier. Nova X, meanwhile, has karma finally catch up to him, with Ido, Figure Four and the others stuffing him in cyrogenic storage indefinitely to prevent him from resurrecting.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The overall tone of the manga (as well as Alita's life) changes DRASTICALLY after he appears.
  • Lack of Empathy: To research his theories, he gleefully makes people suffer. A lot.
  • Large Ham: Bombastic delivery, complete with corporal expresiveness and running around laughing like a maniac.
  • Mad Scientist: Doesn't even believe in sanity. Still, he tends to be successful in his experiments. Or is he the one truly objective thinker in a completely insane universe?
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is responsible of pretty much EVERYTHING that happens to Alita.
  • Me's a Crowd: Nova developed specialized airborne "stereotomy" nanomachines that, should he be incapacitated or killed, would create a clone of himself, complete with two brain chips and a face in his abdomen. He then modified those nanomachines to create a second decoy clone so that the primary clone could fully mature. This results in several copies of him existing: the original Nova, who was seemingly killed by Alita several times and fully killed by Jim Roscoe; Nova II, who was killed by Mbadi; Nova Pod, who was created with one of the original Nova's brain chips and a display screen; Super Nova, who was given Nova II's brain chips; and Nova X, who was cloned using stereotomy nanobots. And that's not including the dozens of defective clones Nova X was using as test subjects.
  • Mind Rape: When Nova picks a fight with you, he usually comes up with a new, creative way to mess up your head. He is very effective at it. Just ask Kaos...
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Well, more like completely amoral, since there's nothing he won't due in his pursuit of defying karma.
  • Opaque Lenses: He wears goggles made of metal, and making his visage look (more) insane and inhuman. Without them on, he's actually pretty handsome.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • While still very much a villain, Desty Nova never seems to take away the free will of his test subjects (even when they would have loved it) and his actions empower several characters to leave a positive mark on the world.
    • When Nova X kills the remaining inhabitants of Tiphares to make room for his experiments, he saves their information first so they can be recreated later, memories and all. He does the same to Kaos' envoy party when they enter Tiphares in case anyone dies during his Death Checkers game. Upon his defeat, he tells Ido and Kaos how to use this.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Nova usually sports a disturbing smile from ear to ear, when he is not spotting a Cat Smile. The few times he stops smiling he looks rather normal.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In a fairly literal fashion, this happens to Nova X — Ido beats him just short of kicking the bucket, and then puts him into the stasis so Nova's "stereotomy" revival ability won't get activated as it usually does after his death.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Alita, though whether this was intentional on his part is difficult to discern.
  • Tested on Humans: He has turned ordinary people into grotesque monstrosities in the pursuit of his research.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Flan. His catchphrase is even dedicated to it.
  • The Unfettered: There is nothing Desty Nova, in any of his incarnations, will not do to achieve his goals. He once sliced open his own skull on a whim and without anesthetic just to make a point that Scrapyarders and Tiphareans are Not So Different.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Any version of Nova that works with the protagonists has shades of this to varying extents. So far, the only one not to betray them died before he had the chance.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Blows Alita up and gloats about it... then completely reconstructs her using Imaginos "machine cells" derived from her Berserker body so that she would be even more powerful. Roscoe calls him out on this, but Nova says its all in the pursuit of studying KARMANATRON DYNAMICS!
  • Villainous Breakdown: After finding true happiness taking care of and raising Alita in the Ouroboros program, Desty proclaims that he would do anything to protect Alita and preserve that eternal moment, breaks down in tears... and then pulls out a submachine gun and opens fire.

Original manga characters

     Scrapyard inhabitants 

Dr. Daisuke Ido
Scrapyard cybersurgeon and Hunter-Warrior who found what was left of Yoko Alita in the scrap heap and revived/rebuilt her. Ido initially had some hopes of a Pygmalion Plot, but wasn't much disappointed when she turned out indifferent, and became her Parental Substitute to amend her amnesia.

  • Cool Hat: Ido almost always wears some distinctive headgear.
  • Back for the Finale:
    • Coutesy of Ouroboros. Alita, in her attempts to escape, has to kill him. Twice. When she manages to finally overpower the program, we get a quite heartwarming So Proud of You moment.
    • In the final arc of Last Order, Figure catches up to Ido and restores his memories, the two going after Alita together.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a black leather trench coat and fedora for his hunting escapades.
  • Badass Normal: The only fully organic hunter warrior in the Scrapyard (or so he thinks), and a pretty damn good one.
  • Blood Knight: His sole reason to be a hunter-warrior. It was because of this inherent character trait that Ido was banished from Tiphares.
  • The Bus Came Back: Not only did he patch Figure Four up following his fight with Sechs, but he also seems to became his co-protagonist in their search for Alita. As of Chapter 125 he reclaims his old hunter-warrior gear, complete with his trusty sledgehammer; and as of Chapter 128 he uploads the complete set of memories of the old Ido back into his brain — having received them from Nova X.
  • Entitled to Have You: This trope goes back and forth as, through the first four volumes, Ido treats any sign of Alita developing independence from him with pure hostility. First when she becomes a Hunter-Warrior and later on when she runaways from home and joins the Motorball Circuit. At first, it seems like he's just being an Overprotective Dad, but later implications hints that he may harbor unrequited feelings towards her.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His hunter-warrior outfit consists of a black leather longcoat and a fedora.
  • Killed Off for Real: Well, somewhat subverted, he is resurrected, but ends up deleting his own memories, so the Ido we (and Alita) knew and loved is gone for good.
    • He learns them following watching his own Go Mad from the Revelation tape, and this time took it rather well, though didn't really regain them in the mental sense. As he incapacitated Nova X, the latter gifts him a complete record of his memories in a nanomachine form shortly before being sealed, and there's yet no indication on how he received them.
    • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Quite easy for him, having the kind of brain he has.
    • He seems to die in the Death Checkers game forced on Kaos by Nova X, but it turns out that it's an old, dying clone Nova X used as one of his Guinea Pigs that sacrificed himself to pose as Ido, fooling Nova X enough for the old Hunter-Warrior Ido to confront him.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Early on it seemed like Ido would be the main co-star next to Alita. He puts everything in motion, gets plenty of characterization and is interesting enough to last an entire series. Then comes volume five...
  • Parental Substitute: For Alita, having rebuilt her and taken care of her.
  • Pygmalion Plot: He somewhat had that idea about Alita when he found her, but quickly got over that.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Even if alive, the only thing that remains of the old Ido is a memory in a few persons. Very few, as most of his friends were killed by Zapan. The way things are it isn't entirely impossible for him to return but it is very unlikely.
    • While not returning as supporting character for Alita he gets a bit of spotlight again with chapter 113 of Last Order, and regains his memories in Chapter 121.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the bonus chapters detailing his backstory, he was initially disgusted by cyborgs and couldn't bring himself to operate on them. A couple of traumatic experiences caused him to realize that cyborgs are people too, and he completed his cybersurgeon licence.
  • Weapon of Choice: A rocket-powered pickaxe as a hunter-warrior.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Being connected to Alita via Berserker cells, a dying Zapan shows Alita that after all he did he wished it was only a dream and could still be together with his girlfriend he accidentally killed. His final action is using what remains of his body to break Alita's fall and save her.
  • Body Horror: Nova reduces him to just a brain in a jar and a mouth.
  • Came Back Wrong: As in, the only remnant of his humanity being his rage, and with an ungodly powerful body.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Zapan becomes a horribly destructive monster pretty much entirely because of Alita. Zapan told Ido that he and the other hunter-warriors wanted no part in the hunt for Makaku for entirely understandable reasons: Makaku has already killed at least ten hunter-warriors thus far. He even delivers a Shut Up, Kirk! speech to Ido for trying to convince them they're morally obligated to commit suicide-by-cannibal-robot-monster. Alita's response? Dump Zapan's drink on him, insult everyone in the bar, and then brutally dispatch them all. It was non-lethal, sure... but after she beat them all into submission, she hurled them out of the bar and ''right at Makaku's feet''. What's worse is that Alita is riding high with the Berserker body by this point. She can go toe-to-toe with Makaku even while the latter is sporting the arena champion's unbelievably powerful chassis. Zapan and company? Makaku kills three of them by stepping on their bodies, reaching down, and casually ripping their heads off between the fingers of one hand.
  • Cyber Cyclops: In the Berserker body he had a single eye.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Saves Alita with his last moments.
  • The Faceless: Alita ripped his face off when he tried to show that she was aiding a fugitive. He got a new one, but the trauma of losing it had cost him a fair part of his memory. Regaining those memories when he saw Alita drove him partially insane, causing him to tear most of the skin off his face, and accidentally killing his girlfriend during that time sent him the rest of the way. When he got the Berserker body, he could have had his face back, but he didn't remember what his own face looked like.
  • Fangs Are Evil: When he gains the Berserker body.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a respected, competent bounty hunter before Alita defeated him many times with insulting ease and he became a wanted criminal. Then he became a monster.
  • Jerkass: Zapan is an asshole to Alita, although to be fair she did provoke him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As nasty and vindictive as he was, he can be nice to those on his good side.
  • Implacable Man: After getting the Berserker body he becomes this.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Zapan's framing Hugo and causing him to gain a bounty. On the one hand, Hugo was blatantly taking part in the illegal black market and robbing cyborgs of their spines. On the other, Zapan frames him for murder that Zapan committed, all to spite Alita.
  • Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a knife.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after accidently killing his girlfriend when sent into convulsions upon remembering what Alita did to him. It's also what drives him over the edge.
  • Shout-Out: The symbol he bears in his forehead is Blue Öyster Cult's.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Relatively, but the first time we meet Zapan he actually warmly greets Dr. Ido. It's revealed later on that Zapan was also the one to help build the bar that all the Hunter-Warriors hang out at.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He delivers one to Alita when he wrongly believes she actually killed Hugo. Hypocritical of him, since he was trying to get her to either do exactly that or become a traitor.
  • You Will Be Assimilated: The active Berserker body really likes to eat other cyborgs...

A Scrapyard boy who became Alita's first friend and later a Love Interest in the original. His biggest dream was to reach Tiphares/Salem whatever it takes. It took his life — which was one of the first signs just how crapsack their world really is.

  • Determinator: Deconstructed; not only does his dream lead him to extremes such as crime, but it ends up causing his demise.
  • Go Out with a Smile: The last Alita sees of him alive is him smiling at her.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Finally begins to listen to Alita just before the the tube blades tear him to pieces.
  • It's All About Me: He is obsessed with going to Tiphares to a point where he is willing to steal people's organs to get the money he needs to fulfill his dream, showing little remorse for the people he is hurting. When his friends try to reach out and convince him that they care for his well-being, his reaction is to rebuff their efforts and continue with his hopeless quest, and he ends up paying for it with his life.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's ripped to shreds by the blades surrounding the tubes to Tiphares.
  • Lovable Rogue: He was a nice enough kid during the day, but the stuff he did to earn cash for getting to Tiphares put him on the hunter warrior hitlist for a reason.
  • Oblivious to Love: Hugo, you fool!
  • Sanity Slippage: He pretty much loses it when he learns Vector had been lying to him about his chance to go to Tiphares.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He never gave up on his dream, no matter the hardships he went through. After discovering his chance to fulfil it was a lie, he tries to get to Tiphares by foot, but the defense mechanism of the Factory pipes tear his feet out. He keeps CRAWLING up. Then Alita arrives, ends up convincing him to drop his dream and stay with her. Cue second razor ring going down the pipe, tearing his body apart, and, despite being caught by Alita, having just the time to say goodbye before breaking and falling to his doom.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Hugo or Yugo?
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Subverted, Alita takes his death HARD, and even 10 years later and having found another love interest, she remembers him.
  • That Man Is Dead: During his Sanity Slippage.


  • Always a Bigger Fish: Vector may be the top crime boss of the Scrapyard, but even he is no match for the Factory and Barjack.
  • Anti-Villain: He isn't really all that evil in the manga, but in the OVA he is the main villain.
  • Bald of Evil: In his own words, he got to his position by "being an all around psycho", but now that he's in his late 40's he's lost his hair.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a gangster and more than willing to have Kaos beaten to a pulp.
  • Exact Words: He can send people to Tiphares... as dead bodyparts. Though to be fair, he actually didn't want to inflict this to people, tried to dissuade Hugo, and directly reveals the truth when Hugo brings the money.
  • Genre Blind: For believing Hugo would give up his dream if the price was too high.
  • Pet the Dog / Pragmatic Villainy: He agreed to let Hugo exchange his hand with his brother's, arguing Hugo's hand would be worth more money.
    • In his own twisted way, his lie to Hugo was a Pet the Dog moment; he was actually trying to dissuade him by asking him too much credits.
  • Scary Black Man: He's in his late 40's at least and the top crime boss of the Scrapyard.
  • Sinister Shades: He wears round sunglasses.


Koyomi K.
A young girl appearing in the very first volume as a newborn kid who lost her parents. Koyomi serves as a quasi timer for the series since her age represents the time that has passed since the series started. Growing up in the scrapyard and with her father losing his beloved bar with the Zapan incident, she developed a rather opportunistic and sarcastic personality. However she still has a honest heart and believes in a better future.

  • Anti-Hero: Koyomi is conniving, cynical, selfish, and greedy, but deep down she's not a bad person.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The outfits she wore as a teenager tend to expose her stomach.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Den's Scare 'em Straight threat described below actually results in Koyomi not only breaking down crying for her life, but also relieving herself in fear.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Turns against Alita and joins Barjack.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: At her worst, Koyomi is borderline villainous, at one point seriously considering taking over Barjack using Den's empty samurai body and becoming a Shadow Dictator.
  • Identical Stranger: She is said to look a lot like Alita. This is most noticeable in the epilogue of the original manga, where She's All Grown Up.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Becomes this after the Barjack arc.
  • Hit So Hard, the Calendar Felt It: She was born exactly at the same moment that Ido found Alita's body in the scrap heap, marking the start of the whole story. Kishiro half-jokingly maintained a separate calendar called Anno Koyomi to maintain continuity of the series before replacing it in Last Order.
  • Meaningful Name: Her very name means "Calendar" in Japanese.
  • Morality Pet: Became this for Den, even though she urges him to massacre the Scrapyard's citizens.
  • Scare 'em Straight: She almost crosses the line into villainy during the raid on the Scrapyard, especially when she says the Scrapyard's inhabitants deserve to die for not listening to her warning to evacuatenote  and urging Den to crush her alcoholic, abusive father who has stumbled into Den's path to beg him to spare his daughter. Den promptly decides to put the fear of death back in the little brat by dropping her a few stories, simultaneously sparing her from his imminent death and spitting in Kaos' face when he calls Den a mere figment of his mind.
  • Tag Along Kid: With the Barjack, to the point where the surviving members rally around her.

    Motorball people 


  • The Ace: He ended up taking challenges only from teams, AND with a handicap, otherwise he'd have no challenge. And he had barely in this way. Justified, however, in that his brain was touched by a certain Mad Scientist who enjoys flan...
  • Back for the Finale: Like Ido, reappears in Ouroboros. Alita breaks out of the illusion by finally defeating him.
  • Determinator: His sheer determination and willpower enables him to overcome his illness and become an Energy Being.
  • Died Standing Up: After making Alita lose consciousness on a fight.
  • Energy Being: Through sheer willpower, he briefly becomes this in his last moments. He uses this opportunity to punch Alita in half, snapping her out of her depression while he is at it.
  • Worthy Opponent: The sole character to punch Alita in the midsection and actually defeat her in combat until Last Order. This left such a mark on her that even after having long surpassed him, she still thinks highly of him.

    Barjack and related 


A mysterious Radio DJ who drives around the wasteland with his assistant. His musical talent stems from his unique ability to read memories imprinted on items by their users. This can range from music and singing from instruments to fencing from Swords. He also can only see in infrared and hear in radio signals. Becomes a potential love interest for Alita after reading her memories. However he also harbors two dark Secrets. He has a split personality named Den who leads a massive army and tries to destroy Jeru and he is the biological son of Destiny Nova.


Leader of the marauding army Barjack. Prefers to walk around in a massive centaur-shaped robot body. According to Alita, extremely agile despite his size.

  • BFS: Wields a katana the size of a skyscraper.
  • Blood Knight: Seeing he is Kaos' suppressed rage, it is quite reasonable.
  • Body Backup Drive: Den has at least three bodies: a couple of humanoid samurai bodies and one that resembles a centaur.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Seeing him deliver a Badass Boast to an opponent who is destroying his body, just to kill him in one single move once he finishes. Then squashing the manager of said opponent for being a pawn of Tiphares.
  • Large and in Charge: While his original body was human-sized, by the time of the series it's a Humongous Mecha.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It's specifically mentioned that he moves fast for someone of his size.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: In addition to his fully humanoid bodies, he has a centaur-like body.
  • Self-Destructive Charge: His last attempt to destroy the floating city, after Barjack got heavily destroyed. Complete with "O Fortuna" sounding. Yes, in printed media.
    • "Shaggy Dog" Story: And that charge ends with his BFS breaking when he gets an strike against one of the tubes that go up to Tiphares. He decides dying is the best thing he can do then.
  • Samurai: His armour is based off of samurai armour and he wields a katana.
  • Scare 'em Straight: Koyomi tags along in his suicidal charge (having already proclaimed to be unafraid of death) and urges him to kill her alcoholic father picks her up. When confronted by the specter of Kaos calling him a mere extension of his own persona, Den responds by dangling Koyomi from shoulder-height (read: several stories) and demanding that Kaos stop him from dropping her while she begs him to not let her die. It's reasonably implied that Den did this because he knew her father would at least try to save her, but Den's not exactly a hero.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Delivers one to Kaos when he tries to force Den to back down, being ultimately nothing more than an offshoot of his personality. Den's response? He takes Koyomi off his shoulder, holds her out (several stories off the ground), and then tells Kaos, "If I am just a figment, as you say, then stop me!" Also doubles as one for Koyomi, who was urging him to kill her father and proclaiming she wasn't afraid to die.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: A far darker that normal take on the trope, he believes the destruction of Tiphares would solve the world's problems. Not So Different from Kaos, after all.

Figure Four
A martial artist from the peaceful fishing village of Alhambra on the West Coast. In the original manga he joins a group of mercenaries protecting Factory trains, and gets to know Alita, then a TUNED agent. Their friendship soon starts to turn into something deeper, but after the Barjack War Alita got involved with the whole Lou brain's business and asks him to wait for her before heading to the Granite Inn, so he returns home. He got only brief mentions in the most of the Last Order, but, tired of waiting, seems to be back after the Z.O.T.T. finished.

  • Badass Normal: He is a Genius Bruiser and an advanced practioner of anti-cyborg version of Koppo, and specialises in handstrikes that penetrate the targets to deliver shockwaves that demolish them from inside in a similar fashion to Alita's Heartz Hauen attack; he can even control how deep will the shockwave go. A heavily armored cyborg ended up with a brain concussion after facing him. Another one with much weaker protection didn't survive the ordeal. Even Sechs, who briefly fought him during (then) her AR-Series hunt, had some difficulties before rendering him combat-incapable...but not dead.
  • Born Lucky: Let's collect. On his first day as railway mercenary he is on the same train as Alita, therefore surviving Barjack's initial assault. A dropping building misses him. He gets lost in the desert with Alita and ends up in a rainstorm with fishes raining from the sky. Now in Last Order he survives a fight with Sechs when she gets distracted by a lightning bolt hitting her beloved titan blade. The guy certainly has Lady Luck on his side.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the post-Z.O.T.T. chapters he seems to return to the role of a protagonist.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: He has his effect on Alita, who at the point of their meeting is a very distressed and depressed soul that lives on solely in hopes of reuiniting with Ido, and tries to numb her existentional pain by letting go of her humanity in the heat of constant battle. Figure is not only arguably the first person in a decade to treat her like a real person, but by being a version of Genius Bruiser himself can also relate to some of her issues while reminding her of what life can offer beyond the rush of fighting.
  • Determinator: Went up against Alita several times despite getting his ass beaten, survived having a wall drop on him and didn't stop carrying Alita through a desert without any water or shade. The only thing that can really stop him is a nuclear reactor (It Makes Sense in Context).
    • In his fight with Sechs while protecting GR-4 he managed not only survive despite not being enhanced in any way, but also trick then her into believing that he's dead, and reach safety while missing a whole arm (with the stump being tied by a crude tourniquet) and carrying GR-4's body to boot.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulu: Yolg pictures Figure's early attempts at hitting on Alita as this.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After Sechs rips off one of his arms Ido and Keina give him a cybernetic replacement.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Two, representing the main aspects of his character. First, he defeats a  a much bigger cyborg while having a normal organic body, showing what a powerful fighter he is for a baseline human. Then, when faced with the prospect of getting killed by a destroyed train's nuclear reactor exploding, something he couldn't escape on his own, he prompts Alita to leave him behind and save herself while she can, displaying his kind nature - something that arguably made her decide he's worth saving. 
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Alita, and managed to become one in just days after meeting her, showing how starved of interacting with someone showing her genuine kindness she was. It shows how much she needed that kind of person near her when assuming Figure got killed by Barjack instantly turned on her rage mode.
  • Loving a Shadow: His romance with Alita can be interpreted as such as of Last Order: the Alita he reunites with after Z.O.T.T. ends has her original, organic brain that was put into cold storage at the beginning of Last Order. As a result, Figure's Alita has memories and personality traits that don't go beyond her fight with Desty Nova in Granite Inn (at the end of original manga), making her virtually a seperate character from the Alita that we follow during Last Order and Mars Chronicle.
  • Manly Tears: When Yolg dies.
    • Same with GR-4. Which is even more understandable, given that he thought it was Alita then, until Sechs illuminated him.
  • Meet Cute: He first caught Alita's attention by grabbing her harmonica and making a total idiot out of himself while trying to play it.
  • Out of Focus: He only got mentions in Last Order. Compare with Koyomi, Kaos, and even Vector and Alita's motorball circle, which were seen and even got some plotlines.
  • Required Secondary Powers: His new cyborg arm not only shattered when he tried to do his usual training routine, but also ripped away from his shoulder. Keina then gives him an extra heavy-duty one instead, with heavy reinforcement of the attachment point.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Alita has her organic brain restored into a clone to keep her promise with Figure while she deals with unfinished business on Mars.
  • Short Hair with Tail: In case you can't see it, he has this hair style.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: He acts macho to lure Alita out of her shell but ironically he is the one who stays behind in his peaceful coastal village to faithfully await Alita's return while she is out on her own kicking ass and taking names. That's pretty rare in fiction, when you think of it.
    • While not returning as supporting character for Alita it seems he got tired of waiting in the kitchen as of chapter 111 of Last Order. He's even getting a story arc while searching for Alita.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Alita tells him battle is all she cares about with a Slasher Smile, Figure snaps her out of it.


A former lab assistant to Desty Nova who quit and became Dr. Ido's assistant nurse after he erased his memories and left.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She never got a chance to tell Ido that she loved him.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she fell for Ido is because he treated her a lot better than Desty did.
  • Blood Knight: She kept it well hidden, but it shines through when she clashes with Alita and when fighting to keep Ido and Figure Four.
  • Cat Smile: Her most common facial expression.
  • Determinator: Despite being badly injured she keeps fighting to buy time for Ido and Figure to escape the angry mob.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Figure Four's arms.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She used to be one of Desty's lab assistants before she fell in love with Ido.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Works as Ido's assistant and is a physically attractive woman.
  • It's All About Me: Admits she kept Ido ignorant about the truth just so he would stay with her. To achieve this she didn't hesitate to break Alita's heart when she showed up.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Uses lethal force against a bunch of angry ex-experiments of Desty Nova who mistakenly believe Ido to be Nova in order to protect him and Figure Four, but is ultimately killed. Ido and Figure are subsequently arrested and sentenced to be executed as scapegoats.
  • Redemption Rejection‎: Her time as Desty Nova's lab assistant. Despite her attempts to redeem herself, one of Nova's former experiments recognizes her and goes on a rampage, ultimately killing her.
  • Token Good Teammate: Was this to Desty Nova, being his only lab assistant with a shred of conscience.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Attacks Alita rather than risk her reawakening Ido's memories.


Lou Collins

Alita's Mission Control during her Factory agent times and her closest friend since she lost touch with Ido and others (bordering on Les Yay sometimes). During the Barjack arc she was swept up into the Jeru/Salem (Tipharo-Ketherean for you Viz readers) politics, and the result... wasn't pretty to say the least. In fact, the original impulse for Last Order story was Alita's wish to save her friend (or whatever left of her).

  • Back from the Dead: She is ultimately resurrected by Deckman 100. Mostly. The Lou who knew Alita is dead for real. She's a back-up copy.
  • Cosmic Plaything: It seems that the poor girl exists mainly to ramp up drama and give Alita something to angst over.
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted in the original manga's ending. It looks like this happens to her after Nova revealed her Salem's secret, but she is completely distracted from it after realising her hiccup has stopped.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Kishiro has a sick, sick imagination, really.
  • Happy Ending Override: Lou finds herself a victim of this due to The Last Order retconning the ending of Alita Battle Angel. With the final arc no longer canon, this means that Alita never arrives on Zalem in time to save her. While Lou does eventually get revived in Last Order, it's explicitly a version of her before she had met Alita.
  • Mission Control: In the original, she served as Alita's mission control as a TUNED agent.

Bigott Eisenburg

After Alita is nearly destroyed, Eisenburg is the one who recruits her for the "Tuned" program which involves recording Alita's fighting skills so they can make 100% loyal robotic copies of her. He is an extremely smug character who values his citizenship of Salem above all else and sees Scrapyard cyborgs as sub-human tools.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: From the first time you see him, you know he is up to no good. When he crushes the Barjack rebellion with Salem's superweapon he seems to be a really big deal too. He is anything but.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Just how far are you flying off the deep end if you CUT OPEN YOUR OWN SKULL WITH A BUZZSAW?
  • Irony: The biggest hater of cybernetic implants had a chip for a brain all along.
  • Punny Name: His first name is a homonym to "bigot" and he's prejudiced against the surface-dwellers.

Last Order characters

    Space Angels 

Deckman 100

A former Factory maintenance robot, Deckman 100 was remodeled by Desty Nova from Deckman 10 to serve as a repair station for Alita's Imaginos body. Despite a humble start, manages to acquire a lot of personality and something of a Deadpan Snarker character.

  • Ascended Extra: Debuted as one of the Factory Deckmen in the original manga, but became a supporting character in Last Order.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the Alita's rebirth from Tunguska scene.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Talks this way in some scanlations.
  • Mission Control: Served as such during the ZOTT tournament.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In chapter 128 it turns out that Deckman 100 has deposed the previous Robot King and rules Typhares, now controlled by robots, as a tyrant, since the humans descended into chaos after Z.O.T.T. finals. Sechs, Ido, and Figure Four depose him and he is given a small, spider-like body to use.
  • Perpetual Expression: His lips are permanently pursed and his cheeks ballooned out, giving him a comical expression.
  • Robot Buddy: Unlike the humanoid androids and cyborgs comprising the rest of the Space Angels, Deckman 100 is a non-humanoid robot, though the original manga implies the Deckmen are cyborgs.
  • Was Once a Man: A side comic reveals he was a grossly obese man who happily threw away his humanity to become a Deckman.
  • You Are Number 6: Was originally Deckman 10, but was remodeled into Deckman 100.

GR-6 Sechs
One of Alita's TUNED clones who broke free and, being burdened with an extremely powerful Middle Child Syndrome decided to prove his (well, her at the time) worth by hunting down all other clones and, finally, the original. After getting his ass kicked by Alita almost at the end of that quest (see below), he toned down somewhat and became something of an Annoying Younger Sibling. Sechs is closest in personality to Alita's Blood Knight phase during her time as a TUNED agent, valuing battle over all else.

  • Badass Transplant: He lost his right arm after fighting Elf and Zwölf's mono-molecular wire. It was replaced with a Solenoid Quench gun, which was improved on when he obtained his first Fizziroy body.
  • Balloon Belly: When he upgrades his Fizziroy Body. Happens more frequently later when he uses his implosion punches.
  • Beta Test Baddie: Starts out as one. Sechs thinks that he will be just a copy unless he can be better than both the other copies and the original. So he hunts down the other Tuneds and faces off against Gally. Ironically he is unaware that the Tuneds were already superior as GR-2 revealed.
  • The Big Guy: Fizziroy bodies tend to be rather large — as of now he and Zekka stand at ~190 cm (6'3") and are the second/third tallest characters after Trinidad. Subverted when he is stuck in his Interactive Interface, which was converted into a Fizziroy.
  • Blood Knight: Un-apologetically one.
    • "Total annihilation is my song!"
    • Upon hearing that there existed a person just as powerful as Zekka, and the two fought in a fight so destructive that the two became recognized as equals to national powers in their own right, Sechs responds rather well.
    • Sechs saves a young woman from committing suicide not out of goodwill but because he wanted to ask her why she wants to do it, being completely confused by the concept of dying without killing someone else in the process.
  • Boobs of Steel: Averted. Whilst in his TUNED body, his development was fittingly more masculine. Compare to Alita, Elf, and Zwölf.
  • Book Dumb: Self-admittedly rather dense, but when it comes to the fight, he can think with the best of them.
    • He doesn't like thinking about things that don't pertain to killing.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Sechs is loud and loves to fight.
  • BFG: During the time he had the Solenoid Quench gun on his arm.
  • BFS: Sechs' second Titan Blade when unfolded is 6,45 meters long, which is 3 times his own height in his current body.
  • Brain Uploading: Even after getting the Fizziroy body, Sechs kept his brain-chip inside the Interactive Interface, enabling him to survive the destruction of his Fizziroy body.
  • Can't Catch Up: As strong as he is, it's fair to say that his at least a solid tier down from Alita's enormous power. Mocked by Deckman 10 in an omake.
  • Catchphrase: "What is the essential quality of a true warrior?"
    • The translations vary, but he's using the same word for warrior and true.
  • Character Development: When fighting Spring-Heeled Jack, Sechs thinks to himself that being part of a team has made him go soft, since he wouldn't have hesitated to kill Zwölf before.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Once shoved a rifle into someone's head after running out of ammo.
  • Compensating for Something: Sechs choice of body and the 6 meter long titan blade seem to imply that Sechs wasn't quite well after being stuck in a small doll.
  • Cute Bruiser: Not that he was particularly cute in his TUNED body, but he was a "chibi". Also true for his Interactive Interface.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Sechs unlocks his Fizziroy body's true potential by converting the fluid inside to plasma, but when it's damaged it explodes violently.
  • Determinator: In their fight, Niz tells him that he lacks perseverance. Sechs then wins the fight after being completely bound by superstrong straps and being fired out of a rail gun by cutting himself free, snaring the back of Niz's head with the straps, and holding the straps by the teeth, firing his gun and his body back at Niz at over mach 25.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He started as a copy of Alita, with her TUNED body and her overall appearance; and only differentiated from Elf and Zwölf thanks to the number on his face. By the time they debut, they are already easily told apart, and since then things change fast.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Solenoid Quench Gun. Lampshaded twice.
  • Dumb Muscle: Sechs isn't smart, but he's strong.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Was initially rusty (literally) and scarred from past fights, and both the Titan Blade and Quench gun weren't as upgraded as they become in the Fizziroy Body.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He's been missing his eye ever since he was *younger*, before he fought Elf or Zwölf.
  • Facial Markings: Even though partially covered by the eyepatch, Sechs also still has Alita's Panzer Kunst markings built into his face.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Averted. Despite his shark-like teeth, Sechs fights from the good side.
  • Gender Bender: And the rarest of them. Remember, he started as Alita's copy. But then he basically decided that he is a man — and a couple of bodies down finally got a better form to reflect it.
    • Which can be seen as Continuity Nod since Alita also once pondered about rather wanting to be a boy, so she would only need to think about fighting all the time.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Started out as an antagonist, but became one of the main characters.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Went from fighting with a combination of brutish Panzer Kunst, Sechster Angriff, and the Solenoid Quench Gun to mostly just punching, because he no longer has the Quench gun, and normally immediately loses his Titan Blade in fights.
  • Hot-Blooded: Sechs is very aggressive and prone to picking fights.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: To Alita, and later Zazie.
  • Idiot Hero: Well, Sechs isn't really going to win any Nobel prizes... mainly because you couldn't kill anybody with it.
    • Openly admits it himself and gets angry when people force him to use his brain(chip).
  • Insistent Terminology: Call it an expansion punch!
    • TRIO!
  • Ironic Echo: When he first "fights" Zekka, Zekka eats one of Sechs's plasma attacks. Then, later Sechs absorbs and upgrades his Fizziroy body by "eating" the power from Zekka's punch.
  • The Lancer: He plays this archetype in the Space Angels, contrasting Alita and Elf and Zwölf.
  • Lad-ette: Pre-Gender Bender
  • Middle Child Syndrome: The reason he made it his goal to kill the other TUNEDs.
    • Gets funnier when you remember that there were 12 TUNEDs, 13 with Alita. He really is middle one of the production line.
  • The Napoleon: It is implied that he didn't like being a "shorty" in his TUNED body. The Doll body as a temporary replacement didn't make that better.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Alita. Whenever it is thought Alita is dead, he denies it, and is pleased when she inevitably comes back. Keep in mind that this is because of his obsessive ambition to take Alita's head himself. Which really goes into strange territory.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: "Hey, Sechs, you managed to handle the power of your new body, and got the firepower of a small nation? Oh, too bad, Alita over there has hijacked via wormhole the finest weapon of technological giant Jupiter."
    • Even worse because Sechs's body was ultimately destroyed by Zekka's punch.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: What he is now, but given just how much they've diverged, he's closer to just a little brother.
  • Ore Onna: Before the getting the male Fizziroy body:
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Sechs' original titan blade was colored pink, as visible in the colored version of chapter 5. When he picked a male body for the ZOTT he switched to a blue titan blade.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Taken Up to Eleven: Sechs is stuck in a Fizziroy version of his Interactive Interface body... meaning all of his Rubber Man abilities have been crammed into it and amplified, making him stronger than ever, but only a few inches tall. He later gets his full-sized body back.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: His brain, being the same kind as the Tipharean chips, is functionally human.
  • Scars Are Forever: Despite being a robot, enforced, since he keeps his eye-patch in all his bodies.
    • The damage is even reflected in the chibi-body, which wasn't damaged when Elf and Zwölf found it.
  • She's a Man in Japan: That is, if you're in Germany, because for a while they continued to refer to him as a her even after his new body.
  • Shout-Out: Whether or not its intentional, there are quite a few similarities between Monkey D. Luffy and Sechs in terms of fighting style after Sechs obtains the Fizziroy body. Notable examples: his body "feels like rubber" when hit, and he's able to stretch his body to use long-range attacks that look a lot like Luffy's Gomu Gomu abilites.
    • After upgrading his Fizziroy body during the fight against Zekka: Gear Second, and Gear Third. As well, he's similarly bare-chested and wearing shorts. Naturally Zekka also shares similarities to Luffy because of his Fizziroy body, his ambition, and his love of punching people.
    • In terms of personality, there are fewer similarities, although both are determinators and low on booksmarts.
    • Most likely unintentional but TUNED Sechs as seen in chapter 113 also bears some similarities to Agito from Air Gear. Spiky dark hair? Check. Yellow eye? Check. Feminine face? Check. Eyepatch? Check. Sociopathic love for fighting? Check. Slasher smile? Check.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Still has quite an inferiority complex, despite being the second-most powerful Space Angels' fighter and being on par with the best of them.
    • Indeed, the only three characters who can outcompete him are Caerula, Alita, Trinidad, and Zekka.
  • Slasher Smile: He grins just like a shark.
    • It's interesting to note that Alita loved these too before she met Figure, one could argue that Sechs' smile was inspired by that period in Alita's life.
  • Smarter Than You Look: While self-admittedly stupid, underestimating Sechs' cleverness can be lethal.
  • Spear Counterpart: Became this of Alita.
  • Spin Attack: Most of his attacks involve spinning.
  • Spirited Competitor: To some extent, he won't kill enemies too easy to kill, and he's greatest ambition is to defeat the greatest competition.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Basically what his character has been trying to do from the beginning, prove that he's stronger than Alita and is a true warrior in his own right, which has a degree of irony to it because Alita spends her time trying to prove that she's a human being in her own right, so he's still imitating her. He did spend some time trying to figure out "the essential quality of a true warrior" but hasn't really gotten a satisfying answer, aside from "environmental destruction".
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Starts off a dark violent character and an adversary to Alita, who just wants to kill people, especially Alita once the tournament ends. Later on, his eyes get larger and he becomes more of a dumb comic relief character, frequently balloon bellying and reminding the readers that he's only 2 whilst making goofy faces. Hard to remember at times that he killed most of the GR series.
    • Thankfully Chapter 113 does exactly this, not only showing him killing a TUNED messily but also ripping Figure Four's arm off.
    • Also ironic since Alita has displayed acts of immaturity and stupidity as well, she can just hide them better behind her cool exterior.
  • Unfortunate Name: Sechs is pronounced the same as sex.
    • He says "A brand new Sechs enters the fray" when he debuts his new body.
    • Technically, initial "s" is pronounced as "z" in German.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Relative to Alita.
    Technique's not what matters. Just keep attacking until the enemy dies.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Not a character, but Sechs beloved pink titan blade has not appeared since the end of volume 2, having been previously carried around by Elf but being absent among Nova's luggage. Sechs later got a new larger blue one together with a new body. This is strange since chapter 113 showed that the original weapon really meant something to him.
  • You Are Number 6: And he is that number. Sechs means six in German.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • He is only two, after all, which turns into a Funny Moment in his first brush-up with Zekka:
      — How old are you, kid?
      — Two!
    • Sechs mentally even notes that he's only 1 year and 5 months old and that he should have said 20 because it's "average human age".

GR-11 Elf and GR-12 Zwölf
The only TUNED clones who survived Sechs' rampage, mainly because Desty Nova has taken them under his wing. Closer in personality to the younger and more innocent Alita of the early manga, they inexplicably behave as if they were twins, and serve as a more lighthearted foil to their more bloodthirsty older siblings.

Martian Kingdom special forces officer (and Queen Limeira's personal bodyguard at that) who crosses ways with Alita several times in the past, until finally becoming her ally in the Z.O.T.T. finals. While no slouch in unarmed combat, she's not nearly close to the insane feats of the likes of Alita and Zekka, and really shines with strategy and everything that shoots.

  • Action Girl: What's interesting she's one of the very few characters in the story who's an actual serving military officer and not one of the various special agents, criminals, street fighters, rebels and other general outlaws.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the most other characters, Zazie's cybernetic augmentations aren't that numerous or high-end.
  • Battle Butler: When she was the Queen's bodyguard until she was assigned to help Alita.
  • Big Guy: Angel Redux states that she's 180 cm tall.
  • The Good Captain: Is supportive of her troops and promotes camaraderie.
  • Facial Markings: It's unclear how high she is in Panzer Kunst hierarchy, or even whether they are Kunstler marks at all, but she does have some suspiciously similar markings. Apparently, it's still a popular style on Mars.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She attacked Alita and Weasel when they first met, assuming they were assassins targeting the queen. Despite a rocky start, they became close allies while clearing out the combat chamber to save the child soldiers. This gets thrown out the airlock in Mars Chronicle, since Zazie thinks Alita tried to assassinate Limeira.
  • The Gunslinger: Fights exclusively using guns.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Of the "...soldiers" variety. She just happens to show that a professional soldier of a sufficient skill is not out of her league in the increasingly Super Hero-like environment of the Z.O.T.T.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She's able to shoot her Metal Storm shotgun immediately after a grenade launcher volley to hit the grenades from behind and activate them.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She's really popular in her company, what to say.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Sports an extra pair of "Exo-arms" carrying some heavy-duty guns during the ZOTT finals, hiding her real arms (and a pair of handguns) under her coat.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship:
    • Her adoration of Alita sometimes rises to Les Yay levels, providing Elf and Zwölf an ample material for making fun of this.
    • Same for Queen Limeira, basically.
  • Police Brutality: When she returns in Mars Chronicle, she has her squad beat up a disarmed, injured, and compliant Alita.
  • Shrinking Violet: Actually really shy, even in moments of great importance, i.e: not telling anybody that she's going to die from a Verschlag because she never found the right time to.
    • Also acts awkwardly shy in front of cameras.
  • The Squadette: Is the leader of the Martian Queen's bodyguards.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: A classical example, always trying to hide her shy and sensitive character behind the facade of a cool and professional soldier. But unlike the classic albino type she's black.
  • We Used to Be Friends: When she shows up in Mars Chronicle, it's to brutalize and arrest Alita for the charge of attempting to assassinate Queen Limeira.

     LADDER Council 

Aga "Trinidad" Mbadi
The vice-chairman of the LADDER council and the most influential figure in the Solar System, Aga Mbadi is a Big Bad of the Last Order, and fills that role pretty well, having a hand in almost everything that happens around our good ol' Sol for the most of the last two centuries.

  • Ambiguously Brown: An odd example. His name is unambiguously African; however, his medium-brown skintone, rather narrow features, and interests (yoga, Kalaripayyatu and other Indian martial arts) could easily lead to him being mistaken for Indian.
  • Amusing Injuries: His face is still covered in band-aids after the beatdown from Alita several chapters ago.
  • Badass Bookworm: Being a master martial artist, a savvy politician, and jacked into Melchizedek, he's a powerful foe who easily overwhelms Alita at first. He's also well-educated and can kick your butt with his mind.
    I will not allow you to alter reality without my permission.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Almost: his hair is a more of a buzz cut, but being black and a leader he is as close as it gets. Not to say that he's one of the rare villainous examples.
  • The Big Guy: As in, really big. He's almost 7' and with a build of a distance runner.
  • The Chessmaster: Some of his plans are stretching for centuries.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Kishiro loves this trope.
  • Engineered Public Confession: When Weasel hacks the cameras in the Z.O.T.T. VIP box to broadcast him arguing the use of the Sword Of Damocles on the finalists, while simultaneously disabling the Ketheres mind control system so the people would have an opportunity to disagree.
  • Evil Chancellor: He's technically the vice-chancellor, but is the de facto head of the council.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Rather polite and cultured, but hardly ever tries to hide the fact that he thinks of most around him as of lower than dirt.
  • Hack Your Enemy: His connection to Melchizedek enables him to easily hack his cyborg opponents and bend them to his will.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: It's not very healthy to make your own former partners turn against you. Especially if these partners are a genius hacker and an immortal 700 years old vampire.
  • Ignored Epiphany:
    • Speaking to Queen Limeira causes him to have a Heel Realization and become overwhelmed with remorse for his actions to the point where he cries and almost confesses to ordering her father's assassination. While he vows to set the world right in order to make it up to her, it turns into a Redemption Rejection.
    • Right before the ZOTT finals, Arthur gives Mbadi a stern warning not to use the Sword of Damocles on the winning team because all signs point to an impending disaster. Mbadi, being the most arrogant man in the solar system, doesn't even consider this disaster could affect him personally and fires anyway. Guess how that turned out...
  • Kneel Before Zod: "And kiss my feet too!" Which Alita promptly obeys because her body is hacked. That's got to sting...
  • Knight Templar: In a big way.
  • Magic Knight: Despite being more of a manipulator, Trinidad rarely shies from a fight, and is usually really effective there.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates the council to get what he wants.
  • Number Two: His official position.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Tends to hide behind his official post of an important, but not really that powerful official.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Not really, it's simply his job description and one of the tools he wields so expertly.
  • Pet the Dog: Was genuinely touched by the Martian Queen Limiera during their meeting and actually felt remorse for ordering her father's assassination.
  • Power Trio: The current social and geopolitical situation (the ending of the Terraforming Wars, the establishment of the LADDER council, the proliferation of the Methuselyzation process...) was established by the actions of him, Caerula Sanguis, and Ping Wu. Now they are bitter enemies; although Aga Mbadi and Ping Wu were never allies to begin with.
  • President Evil: Well, vice-president, anyway. LADDER chairman Yajnik, on the other hand, seems to be President Buffoon.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to Methuselization, he is over 200 years old.
  • Red Baron: Is nicknamed Trinidad (Trinity in Spanish) due to being powered not by one, but by three brain chips of the brightest Typhareans so far. Really wants to "advance" to Quattro, but Desty Nova proved to be trickier than expected.
  • Start of Darkness: His decision to use the brainchip of the famous terrorist, Dr. Jean Vares, whom he apprehended on Pluto, to supplement his own brain. He was much less bitter and cynical before.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He knows that he's the top dog, and doesn't feel that shy about it (except when it might hinder his plans)
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cubes.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Trinidad won't stop before anything to bring his goal, however squicky you'd find it.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's still the hero for most of the Solar system, despite not being the good old Captain Mbadi for a long, long time.
  • Your Head Asplode: In Chapter 110 Caerula chops his head to pieces. He still may have a backup, though.

Ping "The Weasel" Wu
The mysterious hacker living in a Robo Asyl, who saves the team after Trinidad spaces them early on in Last Order. Worshiped as a god by the throngs of a half-broken and malfunctioned robots who congregate in the underbelly of Salem, he quickly becomes Alita's ally and Mission Control, and is later revealed to be one of LADDER's founders together with Trinidad and Caerula. He was an IT man in the Power Trio establishing most of the codes and protocols of Salem and LADDER, and knew its every nook and cranny, which is why he was able to navigate it so easily later. As Mbadi started to become more intolerant and demanding, Wu distanced from him, and finally went into hiding, ending in Robo Asyl.

  • Demoted to Extra: His role in the plot is phased into a minor role once the ZOTT begins, with him even being left in a coma by Mbadi.
  • It Amused Me: One of his main motivations. Even his recent Moment of Awesome, note  was apparently mainly done on a wager with Nova Pod.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He's quite a cynic, and doesn't hold any illusions about human nature, but still...
  • Mission Control: Acts as such for Alita during her attempt to get Lou's brain.
  • Non-Action Guy: Probably what explains his reduced relevance in the story, which progressively becomes action-centered.
  • Older Than They Look: He may look like a stereotypical Hollywood Nerd in his 30's, but he's been around since the Terraforming Wars.
  • Playful Hacker: Nearly textbook example.
  • Red Baron: The Weasel.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Wasn't heard about since Mbadi and Super Nova's encounter with Alita, and her fusion with Fata Morgana and rebirth from Tunguska in an Imaginos 2.0 body. But then again, Nova hasn't appeared in the story since the very same event.
    • The chapters before the final battle of the ZOTT show him still in coma and in medical care of his childhood love.
    • Chapter 109 shows him probably coming back to his senses, as he's seen smiling under the ventilator mask.

Queen Limeira

The young queen of Mars and Zazie's master. She carries a teddy bear named König, who may or may not contain the mind of her assassinated father, the king. Despite being young she is wise beyond her years, though she masks it behind a cheerful veil of naivety.

  • Actual Pacifist: She detests fighting, to the point of not wanting to pursue revenge for her father's murder and continuously breaking up fights between Zazie and Alita.
  • Break Them by Talking: Limeria does this to Mibadi of all people, simply by exuding such an aura of innocent hopefulness and idolization that he feels remorse for his sins.
  • Children Are Innocent: She exudes an aura of innocence, but it's strongly implied she's nowhere near as naive as she acts.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She never goes anywhere without a Teddy Bear named König, who is a vehement Deadpan Snarker and speaks what's implied to be Limeria's true feelings. Alternatively, it's implied he contains the brain-chip of her father.
  • The High Queen: She is the current queen of Mars, and is definitely a benevolent ruler, offering the Stellar Nursery Society sanctuary.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Upon learning that a toddler who stole her beloved teddy bear was turned over to the authorities by an unwitting Alita and sent to a military academy where he would inevitably be killed, Limeira buys the boy's entire squadron and tries to have them recalled from the field, price being no object. Tragically, the boy and the rest of his squad are killed. Subverted in that while on a personal level she's not an Impoverished Patrician and is somewhat well-off, as the states go, Martian Kingdom is dirt-poor and has to survive on foreign aid and hand-me-downs.
  • Secret Test of Character: To break up a fight between Zazie and Alita she lets herself drift off into space. Alita rescues her, proving she's not an enemy.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Her ambition is to end the war consuming her planet through peaceful means. The Jovians and Venusians - who are backing the Martian Kingdom's enemies in a war-by-proxy - have other plans.

    Stellar Nursery Society 

Caerula Sanguis/Vilma Fachiri
A mysterious woman with a hidden agenda that shows up periodically in Last Order, mostly as a leader of the Guntroll Z.O.T.T. team and Star Nursery society. One of her defining characteristics is that she often alternates as an antagonist or as an ally for the heroes' team. Later revealed to be an immortal vampire who is at least Really 700 Years Old and Trinidad's former partner. What she really knows and plans is one of the biggest mysteries in the series.

  • The Atoner: Deeply regrets some of the decisions she made in the past and tries to make up for them as far as she can.
  • Badass Longcoat: Is almost never seen out of her high-collared greatcoat.
  • Byronic Hero: She has all traits. Ironically her husband was actually named "Victor Byron", but he was far too evil to qualify for this trope.
  • The Chessmaster: She has been overseeing Arthur's will for centuries.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Her greatest power. Caerula is so experienced she knows every move her opponent will make after briefly observing the person she is about to fight. When Alita figures this out too late she can only scream in terror. She would have lost her head if her brain chip hadn't frozen up momentarily. Neither Caerula or Alita herself knew about this important detail at the time.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Regeneration, centuries of experience, eternal youth, almost none of the typical vampire weaknesses, and a supermodel-class body to boot. She's the total package. However, Vilma had to live trough a very stressful early phase during which she was very vulnerable to cancer, so there is a LOT of luck involved.
  • Fights Like a Normal: She is a vampire, but she fights with human techniques. She fought Alita and had the upper hand, even being a flesh and blood being. Exactly like 200 years before.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: As her Day in the Limelight shows, aside from her several self-acknowledged mistakes and rather aloof demeanor, she's basically the nicest person among the top players. Still, you don't want to be around when she gets hungry.
  • Happily Married: Used to be this very much until Victor did something so unforgivably cruel she was forced to turn on him if she wanted to retain a shred of humanity.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She is definitely a Wild Card. She's shown to be a really nice person, Guntroll have since basically allied with Alita's team, and there were other similar developments, but still no one knows what she really wants. She offs Trinidad and later provides Alita intel on Dasein and the Necro-Soldiers, so at least for now she's still firmly in the heroes' camp.
  • Lady of War: Never not elegant in victory or defeat, no matter how gory things get. Caerula can even suck on some poor SOB's ripped out heart with style.
  • Last of Her Kind: She is the last living vampire on Earth, and wants to keep it that way.
  • The Last Straw: She was forced to kill Victor after learning that he murdered a human girl in cold blood.
  • Mama Bear: She always had a soft spot for children. This is even the reason humanity still exists
  • Meaningful Name: Her name (which is obviously an alias) might be roughly translated as "Blood-red Skies", or, in real Latin, as "sky-blue blood". Both of which fits her extremely well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She normally wears modest clothing, but during the Vampire arc there are scenes with her either naked or wearing more revealing clothes.
  • Power Trio: Basically, the current social and geopolitical situation (the ending of the Terraforming Wars, the establishment of the LADDER council, the proliferation of the Methuselyzation process...) was established by the actions of her, Aga Mbadi, and Ping Wu. She later drifted away from it, when Trinidad started showing his current dictatorial tendencies.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist.
  • Really 700 Years Old: This time it's literally. And it might be an underestimation, because the 700 years figure was the one that Trinidad could vouch for with certainty, but he didn't exclude the possibility of error.
  • Scars Are Forever: She regenerates even torn off limbs, but the bite that made her a vampire is permanent.
  • Stealth Mentor: For Alita, and, probably, Trinidad as well.
  • Wild Card: Nobody knows what her true agenda is. Not even Aga Mbadi.

Qu Tsang


    Panzer Kunst 


Alita's former instructor in Panzer Kunst who survived (for a given meaning of the word) the school's destruction and as of Mars Chronicle is one of the antagonists. He survived only by getting resurrected as a Necro Soldier by Dasein, and now works for him as a commander of his military outfit, the Einherjar.

  • The Dragon: He's formally introduced as the commander of the Einherjar.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in the original manga during flashbacks of Alita's childhood, as one of her instructors.
  • The Stoic: In Mars Chronicle Gergt pretty nonchalantly confirms to Erika that yes, everyone in their team is a Necro Soldier, and continues to feed his pet ants with an earthworm without a second thought — all the while Erica was having a Villainous Breakdown over the news.


One of Alita's Panzer Kunst teachers and the woman who saved her and Erika from death by cruel soldiers. Not much has been revealed about her except that she was a high-ranking fighter.


Another one of Alita's teachers and one of the few Kunstlers who survived the LADDER sequestration of the school, if only by becoming Trinidad's crony. A thoroughly unsympathetic self-important Jerkass, he was Mbadi's general go-to man in the Martian affairs and tried to ambush Alita during the Lou's brain retrieval arc, though with a singular lack of the result.

  • Battle Butler: To Super Nova in Mars Chronicle, complete with a tuxedo.
  • Butt-Monkey: Basically the only reason for him to appear was to show how much Alita progressed and how she isn't Yoko anymore — with him on the receiving end.
  • Expy: Of Zycrow, a similarly unsympathetic character from Kishiro's other manga, Aqua Knight.
  • Humiliation Conga: After getting his ass kicked by Alita he crawls to Trinidad for help only to get a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness moment and end up as a Super Nova's guinea pig. The next time he meets Alita, she easily mops the floor with him in the time it takes Mui to ask them to not fight, despite Alita only having one arm.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Well, hardly sympathetic, but to end up as a Super Nova's test subject only because you failed your boss once and he thinks he doesn't need you anymore is a bit harsh.
  • Jerkass: He was a completely unsympathetic jerk, and got what he deserved.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Tzykrow has a really flattering self-image — which everyone who knows him thinks is ridiculously overinflated.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Trinidad kicks him to the curb because he no longer needs him.

Erika Wald

Alita's childhood friend back on Mars, when she was still called Yoko. She is part of Alita's first memories ever, having been raised at the same orphanage. After both were rescued by Gerda, she and Yoko joined the Panzer Kunst school. She is now a highly skilled warrior codenamed "Frau X", working as a mercenary for groups like the Neo Third Reich Division.

  • Abusive Parents: Mars Chronicle reveals she had a hellish family life. Her dad was an alcoholic grave robber who sicced the family dog on her for entertainment - the reason she was missing her left arm as a child - and her mother was a psychotic prostitute and the one who blinded her left eye. Something caused her to forget about this, and she imagined an idealistic family life based on a billboard outside her old bedroom window.
  • Always Someone Better: Her skill with Panzer Kunst dwarfs Zazie's combat abilities and surpasses even Alita's. Additionally, Yoko harbored a crushing inferiority complex because of her.
  • Affably Evil: When she reunited with Alita, she greeted her in a friendly manner until Alita brought up her work with the Neo Third Reich Division, at which point she became Cute and Psycho.
  • Ambiguously Bi: One of the first things she did upon reuniting with Alita was grope her butt and bemoan the loss of her tail, which she'd wanted to play with. Her dialogue with Alita leading up to and during their battle was also fairly flirtatious. Even as a child, she thought Yoko was cute and dreamed about eating her to have her all to herself, but she also developed a Precocious Crush on Damjan.
  • Artificial Limbs: As a child she had a prosthetic lower left arm. The reason for this is that her father had the family dog maul her for entertainment.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Casually chats with Zazie during their fight, even sitting back-to-back with her after hitting her with her soliton technique. She also pulls this with Alita when they reunite.
  • Cool Big Sis: She at the very least looked older than Yoko when they were children, and watched over her when they were kids.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Inflicts one on Zazie and her troops.
  • Cute and Psycho: Erika goes from casually chatting with Alita to trying to kill her, while her friendly grin slowly becomes a Slasher Smile. Even as a child, there was something off about her that Baron Muster sought to bring out and cultivate.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is a Kunstler even more skilled than Alita, and is a Blood Knight who works as a mercenary.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Alita, being a highly skilled cyborg Künstler.
  • Evil Feels Good: She truly awoke to her sadistic side while experimenting with the Krista Morten poison, using it to kill Professor Chinmoy after slipping some into his tea. Far from being angry, Baron Muster was delighted.
  • Evil Former Friend: She was Alita's closest friend when they were children. Something happened in the past that led to them having a falling out and now they're enemies.
  • Eye Scream: Her left eye was badly damaged as a child, necessitating she wear an eyepatch. She's since had it restored.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: She wears a dark outfit and in her fight against Zazie her face was framed in shadows, obscuring her identity.
  • Future Spandex: As Frau-X she wears a black Spy Catsuit.
  • Gratuitous German: She is a natural-born Martian, and peppers her speech with German phrases.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She was very close to Alita when they were children, to the point where when Mui wanted to turn her into a saule, she agreed as long as she and Yoko were Together in Death.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses a shoestring as a garrote.
  • Just Toying with Them: The only reason Zazie was left alive was because Frau X didn't feel like killing her, and Frau X made sure Zazie knew that.
  • Lecherous Licking: In a flashback to her childhood, she has a dream of ditching Yoko in a crowd dressed in scary masks and hiding until Yoko is terrified and bawling, before coming out and using it as excuse to kiss and lick Yoko's face.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's fast and strong enough to take down Zazie's team before they knew what hit them, durable enough to tank hits from Alita's Imaginos body, and can move faster than even Alita can react.
  • Oh, Crap!: The only thing that shocks her is when Zazie reveals that Yoko, aka Alita, is still alive.
  • Out of the Inferno: Debuted standing amidst the flaming wreckage of an operating cart.
  • Precocious Crush: She developed one on Damjan, to the point of asking him to marry her when she's grown up. Zoe notices this and flirts with Damjan to antagonize her.
  • Psycho for Hire: Works for the Neo Third Reich Division in disrupting Operation Hagel. This is later revealed to be a ruse, as the Neo Third Reich was a front and she's actually part of the Einherjar, Necro-Soldiers resurrected by Dasein.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Her primary expression during her fights with Zazie and Alita is a cruel smile.
  • Razor Wire: Uses a shoelace to cut through Zazie's knife on a molecular level.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Erica killed her abusive parents by tricking a couple of thieves into shooting them, then set the house on fire with a Slasher Smile and danced in the street while it burned.
  • The Undead: According to Alita, Erika's been dead for 200 years and Frau-X is a Necro Soldier. She was unaware of this, and is horrified upon learning it's the truth.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Does this to Alita using a coded soliton wave message: "I'm waiting."
  • Tomato in the Mirror: And has a major Villainous Breakdown upon learning that she's not who she thinks she is.
  • Touch of Death: Uses an advanced Verschlag technique similar to Hertza Haeon on Zazie, and codes a message to Alita in it at the same time.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When she learns that she's a Necro Soldier, like everyone in their group, she did not take it easy.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Is seen lying under a cloak/blanket in an undisclosed location watching the ZOTT on a portable TV.
  • Worthy Opponent: Acknowledges Zazie as one for her ability to keep calm against an opponent that outclasses her.


     Space Karate 

For all its history, karate has acquired a reputation of a ferociousness, not flash. Zekka, apparently, singlehandedly took upon himself to change that — a more flashy, loud and ridiculously over-the-top character hardly could be ever imagined. Essentially a parody of the insanely skilled aces in various fighting works, he's just another example of the fact that Tropes Are Not Bad — for all his cliche-ness he's all the more amusing, and we love him just for that.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Part of his motive rant about being a true man is getting a monopoly on good women. However, he also flirts with Sechs.
  • Anime Hair: Before he got his dreads.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: No spoilers, you'll know it when it happens.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Just a tad more affable than usual.
  • The Ace: Among the series top fighters, Zekka seems to constitute a league of his own. Him and Don Fua that is.
  • Badass Biker: He literally explodes his enemies with his punches, and causes miracles with his karate chops. Virtually the only way to damage him is to rebound his own power against him... and he heals anyways. Woe unto you if you just happen to just look at his bike funny.
  • The Big Guy: He has essentially the same body as Sechs — and is even bigger.
  • Blood Knight: The biggest of the series. His definition of what it means to be a man is to not make a single thing, but to destroy an entire planet with nothing but his own power, environmental destruction in short.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's large, he's loud, he doesn't give a shit about anything around him — and when he fights, it's better to be as far from him, as it gets. Preferably on another planet.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His mastery of "Dragon Slaying Fist" to Don Fua's "Tiger Killing Fist". Technically it's called "Bone Crushing Dragon Slayer."
  • Disney Owns This Trope: His name and genes were copyrighted by the Venusian bioengineering company Biovouivre.
  • Drink Order: To see Zekka without his trademark "Mothman" beer bottle outside of a fight (and sometimes inside as well) is a truly rare occurrence.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Averted. Despite his jerkass behavior and the shark-like teeth, he's not a bad guy.
  • Foil: To his rival Don Fua
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Is almost never without his leather jacket.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He most certainly is a complete jerkass in his own epic fashion at one notable moment. All things considered, though, he's a pretty good-natured guy. Just don't get on his bad side.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Fizziroy body is very durable and he punch so hard and fast he produces enough heat to glass objects, and can palm so fast he liquifies his target.
  • Literal Genie: During his thumb-wrestling match against Sechs: "Eat this!"..."HE ATE IT?!!"
  • Meaningful Name: That he received from his own Old Master — and which means "The Fist That Extinguishes Light".
  • Megaton Punch: Literally — his ultimate technique charges his punch with the load of antimatter.
  • Old Master: He doesn't look the part, sure, but as if that would ever stop him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Much to-do is made about stopping him from using his ultimate "Dragon-Slaying Bone Crusher" technique, as it's powerful enough to destroy not only the arena, but the entire colony as well.
  • Punched Across the Room: He's sent flying out of Earth orbit to the Moon in one punch.
  • Rated M for Manly: When he's not drinking beer on a motorcycle and talking about environmental destruction, he's winning the fight with a single punch.
  • Rule of Cool: Completely, which is ridiculous for this series, where normally there is some sort of scientific explanation for everything. Most of his absurd strength seems to be devoted to how "romantic" he is.

Another Space Karate master, and closest thing to the Worthy Opponent that Alita ever really had. Almost as skilled as Zekka (in fact, his master was Zekka's rival in the past), he's somehow managed to remain a Wide-Eyed Idealist who thinks that karate is a key that opens all the doors and answers all questions — and he wants to create a "karate planet" where he would welcome everybody who thinks the same — and those who need their protection. Also, despite the listing order and Zekka's general flamboyantness, it is Toji who's actually the Space Karate team captain.


Zekka and Toji's complete opposite, a notorious underworld assassin who is wanted on all Solar system planets (well, except Mercury, but only because it's populated by an inorganic nanomachine race that has a Blue and Orange Morality) and only happens to join Space Karate team because of surviving the elimination match that Zekka proposed to refill their ranks, despite his utter loathsomeness. An unrepentant pervert and rapist, he still manages to get around because he's just that good.

  • Ass Kicks You: In his own words, he has a supersonic butt.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: His dick is massive and he can use it to punch holes in walls too.
  • Famous Last Words: "It's my first time doing anal!"
  • Freudian Excuse: His backstory revealed he became a homicidal rapist after getting a bullet through the part of the brain responsible for social behaviour and sexuality.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Just a simple martial artist and loving family man, until a personality-changing, traumatic brain injury turned him into one of the most depraved villains in the series.
  • Impact Silhouette: Tears silhouette-shaped holes through a series of barriers while fighting Zazie.
  • Immune to Bullets: When he's not just flat-out dodging them at high speeds, he's stopping and deflecting them with his fingers, and using a series of rings under his gi to trap them and return them to sender. It takes bullets made of the heaviest natural element in existence (even heavier than depleted uranium) to finally bring him down.
  • Karmic Death: For all his perverseness, he died from an armor-piercing bullet to the ass — which punched through his whole body and destroyed his brain.
  • Morale Event Horizon: Was stated to be a murderer and rapist on introduction. However it only really hit home when we saw what he did to Elf and Zwölf.
  • Sexbot: He's a cyborg who is a perverse, sociopathic rapist.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The first thing he did upon seeing Alita was try to assault her. He ended up in a crater.
  • Tunnel King: Burrows to avoid explosions.

Tunpò/ Don Fua/ Tung Po
Another student of Zekka's Old Master and his original Rival. He was also Toji's master in the past. Their master sent them on a quest to obtain and master the techniques most suitable to them both — Dragon Slaying Fist for Zekka and Tiger Killing Fist for him — and Tun was never heard from since. Zekka claims that he killed Don Fua in one of their previous meetings, but it turns out Tunpò had transcended humanity, and returns in Chapter 107. He's the exact opposite of Zekka, easy-going and mellow in contrast to Zekka's hot-bloodedness.

  • Always Someone Better: Probably the greatest single martial artist in the Solar System.
  • Animal Motifs: Rhinoceros beetle. Alita even calls him "beetle-monk" in chapter 108.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After the ZOTT finals (well, technically he was already on a higher plane of existence. He just went off to a different one.)
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A martial artist who became a monk.
  • But Now I Must Go: He leaves the heroes quite soon after his introduction because his current body really cannot stay too long in this word.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His rivalry with Zekka was set up pretty long ago, but didn't come into play until the last few chapters of Last Order.
  • Enlightenment Superpower: Played with. He's essentially immortal, because his body is able to interact with the fabric of our space-time on the quantum level and transfer him into a kind of Alternate Universe in the whole or partially, so no attack can really harm him. But it's unclear whether this ability has anything to do with his Karate, his Enlightenment, or it's simply a function of his body. Trinidad thinks that it's the latter anyway.
  • Foil: To Zekka, obviously.
  • Martial Pacifist: Pretty much his entire shtick.
  • Megaton Punch: Even though his ultimate technique, Void Palm, absorbs attacks of the others, it has a variation, which can transport a person/attack. It once ended with Zekka making a neat new crater on the Moon.
    • He has another variation of this, Matter Fist, which "crushes the demon of desire" by creating something from nothing. In practice, that means it launches a mini black hole into the enemy. This is his take on the ultimate technique originally assigned to him by his master, the Tiger Killing Fist, which is supposed to be a match to Dragon Slaying Fist.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name has variously been translated as Don Fua, Tung Po, and Tunpò. The official translation went with the latter.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: How he tends to view their rivalry with Zekka. Don Fua is still very much in awe with Zekka's skill, determination and passion, feeling that he indeed nailed the essence of karate, but deeply regrets that Zekka still cannot abandon his Blood Knight ways, trying to persuade him every time they meet.
  • Warrior Monk: Subverted. He's indeed the enlightened Buddhist monk who simply knew karate. And knew it very well.
  • Warrior Therapist: He was much more calm and adjusted than Zekka even in their youth, and he takes it even further during his brief return, where his main goal is to settle his rivalry with Zekka by convincing him that their battles are over.


Col. Payne

  • Colonel Kilgore: Runs a "school" that is charged with creating child soldiers.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Even after his death, Alita is haunted by his statements to the point where hallucinations of him plague her throughout Last Order. Don Fua later suggests that this may have been more than mere hallucinations, but exorcizes Payne's remnant from her nevertheless.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Alita. Discussed, as she invokes Carl Jung's theory when arguing with him.
  • The Sociopath: Happily sends children to die on the battlefield.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Alita. In trying to break her resolve, he reaffirms it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Even after death he kept popping up to deliver these to Alita.
  • Villain Has a Point: The remarks he makes to Alita cause her to question her certainty and humanity.


  • Adaptive Ability: Uses the heat generated by Toji's electromagnetic karate to temper its skin.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Mbadi speculates Anomaly is the hypothetical Mercurions' ambassador to humanity.
  • Ax-Crazy: Embodies the extremes of humanity's capacity for violence, both physical and sexual.
  • Gag Nose: Possesses a beak-like nose that takes up most of its face.
  • Gag Penis: One half the length of its body, it's a massive plasma cannon to boot.
  • Healing Factor: Due to being composed of nanomachines it can regenerate from just about anything.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Anomaly is a biomechanical entity that was formed in mockery of the human body. Nova pretty much refers to it as incomprehensible to humans.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Was introduced chowing down on the Venusian Lucifer team and tries to eat Toji during their fight.
  • Immodest Orgasm: After pretty much raping Toji, it ejaculates him across the room with the force of its orgasm. Twice.
  • Kaiju: A 12-meter tall cybernetic parody of humanity.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Nova posits that Anomaly is very similar to the Berserker body and that it evolved from Grey Goo on Mercury.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a gaping mouth full of blockish teeth and isn't afraid to use them.
  • Sexbot: It is referred to as the "Libido Monster" and practically rapes Toji to shoot him point blank with its penis-cannon.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Has one... for a penis.

Pissarro Créer de Vivre

The leader and benefactor of the Genome Kingdom, the République Vénus' seeded team in the ZOTT, and Chief Designer of Biovouivre, a Venusian genetic-engineering corporation.

  • Bad Boss: Blackmails Homme de Feu into fighting using Olympe.
  • Body of Bodies: His true form is a small, deformed-looking creature, with his main body being a patchwork of genetically-engineered creatures
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is the Chief Gesigner (essentially the CEO) of Biovouivre, a genetic engineering Organic Technology company.
  • French Jerk: Venus was colonized by the French, and Pissarro is almost as big an asshole as Desty Nova.
  • Karmic Death: Is eaten by his own genetically engineered body parts.
  • Meaningful Name: "Créer de Vivre" is "pig French" for "Creator of life." (Proper French would be "Créateur de Vie")
  • Taking You with Me: Kills Olympie before being eaten by his own body parts.

Igrec/Homme de Feu

A member of the Venusian team. He is a guignol - essentially a genetically engineered war machine - and a genetically altered clone of Zekka.

Spring-Heeled Jack

A member of Starship Cult who looks like a fat clown.

  • Gone Horribly Right: His hypnotic suggestion turned a young boy with psychic powers into the cult leader Whophon. Until it's revealed Whophon was the one who drove him insane in the first place.
  • Hypno Fool: Hypnotizes his assistant into literally being a human sword, and Zwölf into being a human boomerang.
  • Monster Clown: He was a fat bum who found a dying clown, went insane, turned himself into a clown-themed cyborg, and became a serial killer.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a wide mouth full of pointy teeth.
  • Orphanage of Love: His real name was Molnev Menhil, and he was a former ward of Guntroll's orphanage.
  • Serial Killer: After he went insane he became one.


The leader of the circus themed Starship Cult.

Mars Chronicle Characters

    Yoko's Childhood 


  • Homeless Hero: He lives in and works out of his vehicle.
  • The Medic: He's a doctor who travels from settlement to settlement.
  • Take Me Instead: When Mui demands one of their lives to repair the broken baldachin, he immediately offers himself to spare Yoko and Erica. Mui turns him down since his advanced age means a säulen made of his body wouldn't last very long.

Ninon Silber

  • Alpha Bitch: She's a cruel, manipulative girl who tries to turn Erika against Yoko.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Ninon sneaks into Erika's bed and wakes her up to have a private conversation.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: There are times she can be motherly and nurturing, but she's also manipulative and cunning so it's hard to tell whether these moments are sincere or affected.
  • The Bully: She leads a gang of girls who immediately target the orphanage's new arrivals, Yoko and Erika.
  • Dying Dream: Ninon steps out into the open to stop the Papagi Corps from continuing their onslaught. At first it looks she was successful, and they stop and swear fealty to her as the new Queen of Mars... then her dead friends show up and lead her away... then it's revealed she was shot through the head, leaving Yoko and Erika sobbing over her corpse. The Papagi Corps spare Erika and Yoko, and blame the massacre on the Winde Corps.
  • Fallen Princess: She was a descendant of the royal family left abandoned in an orphanage after a coup d'etat.
  • Girl Posse: She is the leader of a small gang of girls who go out of their way to harass Yoko and Erika.
  • Lecherous Licking: Ninon licks Erika's cheek creepily when suggesting she swear allegiance to her.
  • No Body Left Behind: Ninon was shot through the head, then dumped into a lake with the other corpses and dissolved with enzymes.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She starts off as a manipulative bully, and just when it looks like she's about to mend her ways she's brutally killed.
  • The Stoic: She keeps a cool head when two of her friends are killed and the remaining two start having mental breakdowns.
  • Princess in Rags: She claims to be the future Queen of Mars, and from her name she at least has some merit in her claim: Silber is a royal house stemming from the Alt Neun, nine ancient kings who led the colonisation of Mars.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Ninon tries to force Erika to feed Yoko a spoonful of pill bugs, Erika instead stuffs them down her throat, causing her to puke all over Ulanova.


  • Broken Smile: Her facial expression when she picks up a live grenade is a broken smile aimed right at Ninon.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Ninon smashes her ouija board to bring her to her senses, it backfires and Morla lashes out and refuses to go with them, her actions making it clear in her final moments that she blames Ninon for her death.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She has a flower-shaped decal in her hair.
  • Ouija Board: She's quite superstitious, and believes her ouija board is absolutely correct.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Ninon when she smashes her ouija board.


  • Boom, Headshot!: ⅔ of her head is vaporized by the blast of a missile when the mercenaries attack.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She died three chapters in to Mars Chronicle.


  • Despair Event Horizon: She collapses on her knees, calling for her mother just before she's gunned down.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Seeing one of her friends get her head mostly blown off breaks her and she wanders out into the crossfire promising she won't be mean anymore.
  • No Body Left Behind: She was completely vaporized by high-power machine-guns
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She died three chapters in to Mars Chronicle.


The Gartner of Beine 244, Mui rescued Finch, Yoko, and Erika from a collapsing baldachin - the barrier containing Mars' atmosphere. In return she demanded one of their lives to repair the baldachin, but was told to release them by her superior, Priesterin Neff. 200 years later, she returns as the Priesterin herself and intervenes in Alita's trial for the attempted assassination of Queen Limeira.

  • Ambiguously Gay: When Alita tells her she doesn't hate her for the events 200 years ago, Mui blushes and asks if that means Alita is in love with her.
  • Body Backup Drive: Her original body was incorporated into the säulen centuries ago, but she can download her consciousness into a clone body.
  • Equivalent Exchange: Mui invoked this: Because she saved Finch, Yoko, and Erika, it was within her rights to take their lives to repair the baldachin.
  • High Priest: She eventually took Neff's place as the Priesterin, intervening on Alita's behalf during her trial for Limeira's assassination attempt.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Mui feels the people of Mars are ungrateful and undeserving of the Gartners' protection.
  • Ice Queen: She was aloof and callous towards Finch, Yoko, and Erika.
  • Luminescent Blush: When she asks Alita if her not holding a grudge for Mui almost killing her 200 years prior is because she's in love with her, Mui is blushing intensely.
  • Not So Stoic: She doesn't have a good grasp on emotions, since the Gartners are supposed to be completely emotionless but something was defective about her. When she's reintroduced, she's revealed to not quite be as ice-cold as Alita remembers, and tends to either be completely deadpan or overreact.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has a habit of going around her ship naked after having a shower, much to Alita's embarrassment.

Baron Muster

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Baron Muster arranged an alliance with Marquis Maruki Baumburg in order to take revenge on Princess Kagura Dornburg for infecting him with the maske tumor, manipulating events to have Kagura overthrown and to set up a young Yoko as a figurehead for the Marquis.
  • Body Horror: His body is riddled with the maske tumor, a form of cancer that causes faces to sprout all over his body, which he hides with his mask and cloak.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He is unabashedly evil and proud of how sadistic and cruel he is. His reason for this is that he views the immense suffering he endured as "punishment" he received for the sins he was yet to commit, and now seeks to balance the scales by being as atrocious as possible.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a skull-shaped mask that covers the left side of his face.
  • The Corrupter: He happily twisted Erika from a disturbed young girl into a sadistic murderess.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He owns a number of companies that recycle petrified corpses into bricks, which are then sold to the unwitting populace and used to build houses.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He wears a top-hat and Victorian-style cloak, owns a castle, and is a Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Revenge: He seeks revenge against the person who afflicted him with his cancer, and is searching for the Immortal Nostrum, a legendary artifact detailed in a Martian children's story.
  • Sadist: He delights in peoples' suffering, and has a collection of petrified women.
  • Slasher Smile: He nigh-constantly sports a maniacal grin rivalling that of Desty Nova.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: He sees great potential for evil in Erika after learning what happened to her parents, and takes her as his apprentice.
  • Villainous Rescue: He saves Erica from the bounty hunters looking for Yoko.


  • Card-Carrying Villain: Zoe embraces Muster's philosophy of evil to the extent that she is worried that he will come to care for Erica and be redeemed.
  • Child Hater: She is worried that Muster will grow attached to Erica and undergo a Heel–Face Turn as Love Redeems, and is thus harsh and cruel towards her.
  • Facial Markings: She has a tattoo over her left eye.
  • Gunslinger: She's handy with firearms, enabling Erica to figure out she's disguised as Muster.
  • Kick Chick: She's assigned by Muster to be Erica's combat trainer, though all she does is kick her around.
  • Love Martyr: She's head over heels for baron, even while suffering from his hand no less that anyone else.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Her main reason to work for Muster, who generally treats her like shit.


  • Deep Cover Agent: Damjan appears to be one, playing the part of a meek prisoner and waiting until Muster has uncovered the secret of the Immortal Nostrum before easily defeating Zoe and preparing to kill her, Muster, and Erica.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He tries to kill Munster and Erica using the petrification poison, only to learn that the antidote pills he'd been taking were the poison, and crumbled into dust.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He is devastated to learn that Munster killed his girlfriend.
  • It's Personal: He maintains that killing Munster is just business, but killing Erica is personal due to how she treated him.
  • Locked in the Dungeon: Erica finds him locked in a prison after he'd been caught looking for his girlfriend, Elsa.
  • Made a Slave: Munster gives him to Erica as a pet.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: Munster had his food poisoned, giving him doses of a temporary cure in exchange for good behavior. It turns out there was no poison in his food, and the antidote pills were actually Munster's krista morten poison.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a devastating one to Erica, calling her a selfish, spoiled brat who'll grow up into a bitch.

    Alita's New Allies 


A living gun engineered with Berserker cells. She encountered Alita on Venus, and they've been together ever since.

  • Backpack Cannon: Her gun component is attached to her back.
  • Blood Knight: She and Sechs would get along swimmingly, since Danko is of the "shoot first ask questions never" persuasion.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Seemingly a common trait of Berserker entities, since like Zapan and the Tunguska, she only has one eye.
  • Living Weapon: She is a biomechanical gun engineered using Berserker cells.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: She has a large mouth for her head size, lined with sharp teeth.
  • One-Hit Kill: She can fire homing bullets containing a mix of berserker cells and collapser, causing whatever they strike to mutate and then decompose.
  • Shoulder Cannon: She perches on Alita's shoulder with her tail wrapped around the latter's arm.



See Erika's profile under Panzer Kunst


  • Evil vs. Evil: Mbadi was the only one capable of undermining his efforts to create a Necro-Soldier army.
  • Orphanage of Love: It's implied he is Zappa Terracotta, a former ward of Guntroll's orphanage.
  • Outside-Context Problem: He's the mastermind behind the Einherjar and the Neo Third Reich Division, and was also behind the destruction of Guntroll's orphanage.


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