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Voiced by: Yuka Nanri (Gunslinger Girl) Kana Akutsu (Il Teatrino) (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

A survivor of a family massacre who was found to be badly wounded (and raped, according to the manga) by Polizia di Stato officers, she's one of the first girls who became a first-gen cyborg. She works with Jose and her weapons of choice consist of a FN P90, a Walther WA2000 and a SIG-Sauer P239.

  • Allegory Adventure: The manga very intentionally sets up Henrietta and Jose's plot to mirror that of the mythological tale of Orion and Artemis.
  • Backstory Horror: Subverted in that thanks to the conditioning she doesn't remember it; at least, not consciously (this goes for all the cyborgs). A man brutally murdered her family and tortured her for several hours; while the manga never goes into detail, she was possibly raped as well.
  • Berserk Button:
    • When a terrorist starts hitting Jose in the first episode, Henrietta responds by hitting the man in the jaw with her violin case then killing every terrorist in the apartment, despite direct orders from Jose not to act until they'd spotted their target.
    • During the battle at Turin Nuclear Power Plant, Henrietta had memories of her own trauma triggered after facing an enemy wearing a ski mask—after she's already killed the terrorist and Jose is the only one left near her.
  • Camera Fiend: Downplayed, but Jose gives her a camera so naturally she puts it to use (after all, why else would he give her one?).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Henrietta has a face like dip whenever her handler Jose pays attention to someone other than herself. A significant representative scene from the first series of the anime: Marco is supervising Henrietta and Angelica on the shooting range. Jose arrives - but does not immediately speak to Henrietta, instead greeting Marco and complimenting Angelica on her improving accuracy. Henrietta watches the conversation - and praise - with a silent scowl, and then starts deliberately throwing off her aim to falsely suggest that her own technique is poor. She thus gets rewarded with private tuition with Jose all afternoon!
  • Cultured Warrior: The violin case she carries sometimes actually does have a violin in it, shockingly enough.
  • Driven to Suicide: In her backstory; after the assault on her family, she told her doctors that she wanted to kill herself, although she doesn't seem to have attempted it (that said, it doesn't look like she was physically able to with only one arm, leg, and eye, plus doctor's and nurses making sure she does not do just that).
  • Emotionless Girl: Inflicted on Henrietta at a later stage when she is reconditioned after her Heroic BSoD following the battle in St. Mark's Campanile. The process 'resets her to factory settings', so to speak, wiping her memories and reducing her to a robotic personality. It also catapults her handler miles beyond the Despair Event Horizon. She seems to have regained both her personality and memories minutes before her death, which is ultimately what causes it in the first place).
  • Eye Scream: She and Jose die by shooting each other in the eye, after Henrietta accidentally shoots Jose during a rampage triggered by memories of her assault.
  • Family Extermination: Henrietta's backstory has her being the sole survivor of a massacre when masked men storm her apartment and kill her parents and siblings and left her nearly dead with implications that she may have been raped. The Social Welfare Agency adopts her after hearing that she wanted to commit suicide due to the trauma.
  • Heroic BSoD: During the battle in St. Mark's Campanile the presence of balaclavaed GIS troopers brings back memories of her assault. It happens again during the nuclear plant attack with serious consequences for herself and Jose.
  • If I Can't Have You…: Implies this as she demonstrates how Elsa killed Lauro and then herself.
  • Indy Hat Roll: Done side-by-side with Rico during the Turin arc.
  • Kill Tally: Jose notes with discomfort that she keeps track of the men she kills for her handler in her eagerness to please him.
    Henrietta: I know I only killed four people this month...but last month I killed at least ten! That's probably more than Triela's got!
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: cf. Emotionless Girl above. After being reconditioned she can recognise a make of pistol, but not her sister-cyborgs. "Hello, roommate, neighbor," indeed.
  • Meaningful Name: Henrietta's name is derived from Enrica, her handler's dead younger sister. cf. Replacement Goldfish below.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Though it's a Magic Skirt too.
  • Replacement Goldfish: For Jean and Jose's dead sister, Enrica. At least, until the events described above.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her devotion to Jose will even lead her to kill him if he personally wills it, as seen when they die in chapter 83. Jean later uses this tactic to bring down Dante.
  • Suicide Pact: A variation: unlike most such pacts, no suicides are actually involved. Both parties involved in this pact kill each other.
  • Taking You with Me: How she dies in the manga, as shown in graphic and tragic detail in chapter 83.
  • Through His Stomach: Henrietta cooks for the others during the Elsa investigation, with the help of Elenora's magical notebook. Hilariously subverted when Fermi says later that like all kids she can't cook worth a damn.
  • Yandere: She adores her handler, and his generous treatment of her. She cannot abide a world where Jose has no affection for her... and would destroy them both rather than endure it. Must be part of why Jose finds it increasingly difficult to placate her affections, at least until he re-conditions her.

Voiced by: Kanako Mitsuhashi (Gunslinger Girl) Anri Shiono (Il Teatrino) (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

Born with birth defects that kept her hospitalized her whole life, Rico was placed into SWA custody after representatives informed her parents that she'd be able to survive under their care. She works with Jean and uses a Dragunov SVD and a CZ 75 as her weapons of choice. She also happens to be proficient in close quarters.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Both of each, actually; her limbs were amputated and replaced with prosthetics after her parents signed her to the SWA for her birthday.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In her most infamous Creepy Child moment. She flees an assassination only to run into Emilio, a bellhop she'd befriended earlier. As Emilio starts asking awkward questions, Rico wonders what she's supposed to say in this situation. Then she realises the answer. Taking out her silenced pistol, Rico cheerfully says, "I am sorry", then kills him.
  • Badass Longcoat: As seen in the image provided, this is part of her wardrobe; whenever worn, it's over her general sweatshirt/khaki pants attire.
  • Bifauxnen: Due to her handler, not herself (though she doesn't mind).
  • Cheerful Child: The most cheerful of the cyborgs; Triela notes that she seems to enjoy pretty much everything.
  • Cute Bruiser: Literally in Rico's case as Jean uses her to beat up suspects for interrogation, presumably for the additional Mind Screw factor of being pummeled by a small girl.
  • Flanderization: In fanfiction, Rico's Plucky Girl characteristics tend to be exaggerated, often making her an outright ditz.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Rico is a boy's name, which seems to be another means that Jean avoids feminizing her until you realize it's actually a Meaningful Name.
  • Hates Wearing Dresses: She finds dresses too constricting for her.
  • Indy Hat Roll: Done side-by-side with Henrietta during the Turin arc. And used some She-Fu against Dante later on.
  • Meaningful Name: Rico is normally a boy's name, but it's also a masculine version of Enrica, the name of Jean's deceased sister.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents basically abandoned her in the hospital due to her lifelong illness, although they apparently come to visit her at the Agency on occasion.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: For all of her bouncy demeanor, Rico has a paralyzing, mortal terror of losing the gift of movement that the Agency has given her, and has nightmares about it, to the point where she checks her mobility regularly, if not daily, as revealed in chapter 2. She willingly tolerates the shit Jean (at first) and the Agency put her through for a reason, after all.
  • Plucky Girl:
    • Apparently guileless, Rico has a bright, sunny, genial and bubbly disposition that nothing can seem to dull. Arguably The Pollyanna given that she has a harsh handler, but unlike the classic Pollyanna the entire universe is not conspiring to make Rico's life a misery, and she enjoys friends and many benefits in her Agency life, too.
    • Yu posted a series of images on his Twitpic account imagining the cyborgs as characters in THE iDOLM@STER; Rico's performance stats were indifferent, but her character bar was off the charts!
  • Put on a Bus: Lives out the last year of her life on a boat with Claes and the remaining 2nd gen Cyborgs.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When she goes to the opera in one chapter.
  • Shorttank: While Rico's personality is well away from that of a tomboy (cf. Plucky Girl above), neither can she be said to be especially feminine. She has a boy's name, a permanent cropped haircut, and a wardrobe consisting entirely of sweatshirts, jerseys and trousers. This is really a reflection of her handler, who treats Rico in a utilitarian way — partially to not get attached to her since she'll die sooner or later.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • Rico seems to enjoy the prospect of torturing a Padania suspect.
    • Of course, then there's her smile when she's about to shoot Emilio, even though she doesn't want to kill him (but she's being forced to, given that he walked in on her just as she was walking out of the room where she had assassinated her actual target).

Voiced by: Eri Sendai (Gunslinger Girl), Atsuko Enomoto (Il Teatrino) (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)

The survivor of a snuff film attempt in Amsterdam, Triela was rescued by Hilshire and Rachelle in an unsanctioned Europol op. She's brought to Italy to be treated for her wounds, but the SWA decides to use her as a first-gen cyborg. Triela works with Hilshire and her weapons of choice is a Winchester 1897 and a SIG-Sauer P230SL and later, a SIG 232 after Pinocchio steals her sidearm.

  • Adrenaline Makeover: Justified as it reflects Triela's changing attitude towards her handler. She starts the series wearing frumpy clothes when she thinks Hilshire is indifferent to her, changes to Badass in a Nice Suit when he starts treating her as his police partner, and ends up in a schoolgirl-like skirt reflecting her eventual role as his surrogate daughter.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In "Il Teatrino" Triela acknowledges that she's in love with Hilshire, but is mature enough to know that an underage girl having a relationship with a man twice her age is out of the question. In the manga Triela guesses that Hilshire has started seeing Roberta Guellfi — Hilshire clearly expects a jealous outburst, but a smiling Triela just wishes them well and hopes Roberta will be able to put up with him, only looking crestfallen once Hilshire's back is turned.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Happens to put her out of the fight very early in the Turin nuclear plant incident, as the terrorists are expecting to be attacked by cyborgs and so are armed with anti-tank rifles.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Although most likely never taught the philosophical and spiritual side of Martial Arts in her training, Triela solemnly and sadly returned Pinocchio's treasured key-ring to him after slaying him in single combat, paying her final respects to a fellow warrior.
  • Backstory Horror: Subverted, since she does not remember it; however, even among the cyborgs, her backstory is particularly horrific. She was sold via human trafficking, then used in a snuff film (which involved being tortured and probably raped), and was saved inches from death, only to have the police unwilling to send her to a hospital which could treat her resulting PTSD (merely because she was evidence). She was only saved by Hilshire/ Hartman smuggling her to Italy for treatment and was used by the SWA to be an assassin without either of them knowing it in advance.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Hilshire starts dressing Triela in suits once he starts thinking of her as his police partner. Though she now prefers more feminine clothes, Triela continues to wear a tie and Waistcoat of Style even when geared up to assault terrorist strongholds.
  • Better To Die Than Be Reconditioned: When Hilshire asks how she feels about the reconditioning that has left Henrietta a cold and emotionless robot, Triela expresses to Hilshire that she'd rather die than have him see her like that, in part because she doesn't want him to have any more regrets than he already does about the SWA. Hilshire's reaction, "Is that your will?" (the document, Japanese doesn't have the double meaning). Triela, "Yes it's a will."
  • Blood Knight: Increasingly as she's feeling her death coming close, and to the distress of Hilshire who wants her to live as long as possible. Triela says that the cyborgs were created to fight, but she fights to show she is alive. She also shows some enjoyment in fighting itself (not killing, really), and sees it as her purpose and raison d'être.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Mimi asks Triela if she's part-Japanese, but we get no answer because Triela herself doesn't even know. Hilshire tried to find out more about her origins, but all he was able to learn was that she was born in Tunisia.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Convenient for the Agency anyway, having a girl with no past dropped off by a couple of criminals who can't afford to complain when she's turned into a cyborg killer.
  • Cool Big Sis: Triela is described as a 'mother hen' to the other cyborgs by her English voice actress, Caitlin Glass.
  • Cute as a Bouncing Betty: When Triela was learning hand-to-hand fighting with the GIS, she picked up a nickname. What did the Special Forces call the little killing machine? Lepretto (roughly "bunny") after a child's doll that shares her Twin Tails. Leading to a Crowning Moment of Cuteness when Triela runs into those GIS troopers the following year — they immediately start rubbing her "bunny ears" for luck. Cue Luminescent Blush.
  • Emotionless Girl: Not to the extent of, say, Beatrice, but the conditioning has heavily stunted her emotions just like all the other girls. When Angelica dies, Triela is surprised by how little she is affected.
  • The Evils of Free Will: In her introductory episode, Triela complains that Hilshire doesn't have a clearly defined role for her like the other girls have with their handlers. "It would be so easy if the conditioning decided everything."
  • Eye Scream: Gets her right eye punctured with a car key by Pinocchio in the final episode of Il Teatrino. Does it stop her from killing him? Hell no. And she gets better in the same episode (this is not true of the manga).
  • Fallen Princess: Triela, though in her case she's pulled herself up from even further down. Most of the adults at the agency call her "the princess," half in jest half in respect. The title of her image song is "Brown Snow White", which is probably not entirely about her skin, or her first seven teddybears.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Thanks to her minimal conditioning Triela's interaction with her handler is awkward at first but evolves more naturally, leading to genuine affection for Hilshire.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She keeps them throughout the series, even when dressing as a Badass in a Nice Suit. Likely a reference to her Tsundere nature, as such characters tend to have Twin Tails.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Triela owns a number of bears, but these are an austere ornamental collection rather than a soft pile of fuzzy teddies to cuddle (sort of, it's left quite vague). The severe names she gives the eighth bear onwards (after Roman Emperors) is remarked on by other characters. She's shown cuddling and dressing them up, but only after she realized that the bears were in fact signs of Hilshire's affection for her, not just something given to shut her up at Christmas.
  • Hates Being Touched: Triela pulls away from any attempt by Hilshire to comfort her (a noticeable exception is the Cool-Down Hug scene after defeating Pinocchio). After the events of "Returning to the Birdcage" Hilshire is surprised that his cyborg is acting a lot more friendly.
  • Heroic BSoD: After losing to Pinocchio in hand-to-hand combat, especially since she was the one who pressured Hilshire into charging in in the first place.
  • Honorary Uncle: She refers to Mario Bossi as "uncle Mario" in later episodes (both to her bear Augustus and internally). Much the same, Rachelle Belleut is "mama"; she's never used "papa" even in her mind, likely due to her conflicting feelings towards the most obvious candidate for the title.
  • Iconic Item: Winchester 1897 Trench Gun (with bayonet); after losing to Pinochio Triela refused Hilshire's suggestion that she upgrade to a modern shotgun. Although Triela doesn't know why she feels more comfortable with this gun, a flashback shows she got the weapon from Hilshire and it was used by Mario Bossi in her rescue in Amsterdam.
  • Ignored Epiphany: When first hunting for Pinocchio, Triela is told to read the fairy tale story by her handler. Her reaction to reading about a "mechanical" thing wanting to be human and to please his "father"? "What a stupid story!"
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Triela is fully accepting of her role as a cyborg warrior, and resists Hilshire's attempts to expose her to 'normal' life or discuss What Might Have Been. This is partially due to her feelings as a Blood Knight.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Early chapters had her skin color not be shaded in. It wasn't until several volumes in that her being darker skinned than the others became obvious even in monochrome.
  • It Is Not Your Time: Triela has a near-death experience after sustaining a head injury during the battle for the nuclear plant. She encounters Rachelle's spirit and is excited to meet her 'mother', but Rachelle shuts a door on Triela and she's pulled back to consciousness. Also notable, Triela was wearing a one-piece sun dress. Turns into a Hope Spot, as the next time we see her, Triela and Hilshire have fatal injuries.
  • The Lancer: Having received minimal conditioning or interaction from Hilshire, Triela is the most independent and outspoken of the girls, and directly disobeys her handler when she lets Mario Bossi go so he can see his daughter. Ironically this causes Hilshire (who secretly witnessed this) to start seeing her as his partner as opposed to a cyborg killer or a little girl — neither of whom he knows how to relate to.
    • Even better, when she calls the detectives investigating Elsa's death to tell them that Henrietta and Jose have suddenly gone off to Sicily. "Oh, and this phone is probably bugged."
  • Last Stand: Triela is crippled early in the nuclear plant attack. She sends Rico and Henrietta on, and waits in ambush for the mopping-up team.
  • Love Epiphany: After discovering Hilshire only joined the Agency to protect her, Triela decides to run away so he'll have a chance for a normal life. She barely makes it out the door before rushing back inside to kiss Hilshire and declare she's going to stay with him till she dies, though Hilshire doesn't hear this because he's unconscious at the time.
  • Meaningful Name: Triela is named after the city of Trier in the German wine-making region of the Mosel Valley, where her handler Hilshire originates from.
  • Mind Game Ship: In-universe; Triela worries over whether her feelings for her handler are real, or merely the result of her conditioning.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: She eventually ditches her trousers for a pleated skirt, but strangely enough keeps her tie and sleeveless vest.
  • Mysterious Past: All Triela knows is that she was born in Tunisia; Hilshire was unable to find out anything else about her origins.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Part of her conflict with her handler — Hilshire tries to fight against her fate; Triela fully accepts it.
  • Office Lady: Is shown acting like one at the opening of chapter 14. This seems kinda demeaning for her, until you realize that she's being allowed to listen in on actual Agency meetings, not just told what to do.
  • Shading/Colour Dissonance: In early chapters her skin wasn't shaded correctly, despite Triela having darker skin than most of the cast. This was fixed with Art Evolution.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Beats Mimi at chess and even table soccer.
  • Snuff Film: Poor Triela was taken from her home in Tunisia to Amsterdam by a child sex trafficking ring, where she was tortured and probably raped on camera before being rescued by Hilshire (then with Europol). He brought Triela to the Agency to treat her traumatic injuries... only for them to turn her into a brainwashed cyborg instead.
  • Taking the Bullet: Does the literal version for Roberta during vol 7 of the manga. Later she takes a smoke grenade to the head while shielding Beatrice. She survives both, as does Roberta (though still wounded). Beatrice however...
  • Take Up My Sword: When she's wounded during the Turin attack, she tells Rico to look after the other girls. Hilshire also believes that Rachelle's courage was somehow passed on to Triela with her death.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: With her fellow cyborgs, it's friendly teasing. With Hilshire it can get pretty cutting. With other (non-handler) adults, it's on a whole other level.
  • Teen Genius: Not as widely read or philosophical as her roommate Claes. She still has learned a LOT of history, writes startlingly good essays, and speaks at least three languages well enough to translate. In addition to lock-picking, combat medicine, etc...
  • Together in Death: Marco finds Triela and Hilshire dead with their arms around each other.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She typically wears masculine clothing and is very sharp-tongued, but she also wears her long hair in pigtails and has a fondness for stuffed animals.
  • Tsundere: Her conditioning inhibits the more extreme behaviours of this trope, but her Twin Tails and hot/cold interaction with Hilshire are definitely drawn from it.
  • Waif-Fu: In addition to the usual programmed skills, Triela is given extra training in hand-to-hand with the GIS.
  • Woman Scorned: Feels this way towards Pinocchio, after he beats her for the first time. Averted with Roberta Guellfi; she shows none of Henrietta's jealous tendencies when her handler finds himself a Love Interest.
  • Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard Pinocchio as such, not only respecting him as the only normal human to best her in combat, but empathizing with him as a kindred spirit of seeking love and approval in a world of loneliness.

Claes (formerly Frieda Claes Johansson)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Gunslinger Girl) Risa Mizuno (Il Teatrino) (JP), Alese Watson (EN)

Formerly known as Fleda Claes Johansson, she was the daughter of a university professor who taught her to read books. Her handler was Raballo, an ex-Carabinieri officer who died in a car accident; ever since then, she has mostly ceased participating in field operations and instead acts as a guinea pig for SWA equipment testing, although she is occasionally sent to help the other agents when they need additional manpower. In field ops, Claes uses a Heckler & Koch VP70M and a MP5K-PDW.

  • Berserk Button: When Claes catches Petra trying on her glasses.
  • Call to Agriculture: She no longer fights (unless strictly necessary, like when she was used as a Trojan Prisoner), so Claes has a lot more free time than the other cyborgs - she likes to spend her time planting vegetables.
  • Cultured Warrior: She inherited a library from her former handler and has a bookish air. Also, her father was an university professor.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Claes is restricted to the compound, has no handler to lean on, and is used for brutal experiments by the Agency, but she neither tolerates sympathy from the other girls nor puts up with them angsting over their own situations.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Her role as the cybernetics test bed frequently requires her to stress her body past the breaking point. Then they fix her up and order her to break herself again.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Literally! Her former handler instructed her to be calm and composed while wearing her glasses, so she has to actually remove her glasses in order to remove the mental block and let her fight.
  • I'm Crying, but I Don't Know Why: A few times when reminded of her old handler Raballo.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After Raballo's death, she was reconditioned to forget that he ever existed. She still subconsciously remembers things he taught her, though. When a soldier asks her if she ever knew Claudio Raballo, she breaks down in tears because she recognizes the name, but can't remember who it is no matter how hard she thinks.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Averted. Claes can be coldly pragmatic and prefers it when everyone goes off on missions and leaves her alone, but she does care about her friends; she simply prefers to socialize on her own terms.
  • Mysterious Past: Other than a couple of details here and there, her past and how she came to the SWA are never revealed.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Prior to the death of her handler, Claes compartmentalized her life thoroughly — fighting for the Agency and leisure time spent with her handler were hermetically sealed from one another and she would never let the aspects of one intrude on the other.
  • Put on a Bus: Lives out the last years of her life on a boat with Rico and the remaining 2nd gen Cyborgs. It isn't said how long she lives (every day is much the same to her), but she and Rico are the last survivors of the first gens.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: She stands between the SWA and the army column that's been ordered to take them all out, and asks the soldiers not to attack. They refuse to fire on her and the SWA is able to surrender peacefully without any further bloodshed.
  • Technical Pacifist: While on a mission with Petra, Claes finds herself unable to pull the trigger of her firearm as a result of the subconsciously-remembered suggestion from her deceased handler that she be "gentle Claes". This means Claes has to stay at the SWA compound while her fellow cyborgs go to attack the Turin Nuclear Plant.
  • Tested on Humans: After Raballo's death makes her unsuitable for normal combat operations, Claes literally becomes the Technology Department's test bed, outfitted with and testing each new iteration of cybernetics.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Claes goes catatonic after learning of her handler's death and loses memory of him, although it's uncertain whether that is because of her 'systems failure' or if the Agency re-conditioned her to make her operable again.
  • Unable to Cry: Whenever Claes sees something that subconsciously reminds her of her dead handler, who's been wiped from her memory.
    • Subverted in the final standoff: Claes stands between the Agency and an army of soldiers who have been ordered to take them all out. One of the soldiers asks her if she knew Claudio Raballo, and Claes drops her weapon and collapses in tears...because no matter how hard she thinks, she still can't remember him.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: How many twelve year-old girls do you know with an advanced knowledge of Balzac? She also carries herself primly.

Angelica (formerly Angelina)
Voiced by: Hitomi Terakado (Gunslinger Girl) Kana Hanazawa (Il Teatrino) (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

The first cyborg. She was the survivor of a hit and run accident courtesy of her businessman father who tried to run her down to get insurance money, since his businesses were about to go bankrupt. Given the new name Angelica, she works with Marco and her weapons of choice involves Steyr-made weapons, including the AUG series and the M9. By the time the story starts, she has begun showing many of the negative side effects of the conditioning and frequently has to sit out missions and training as a result.

  • Big Friendly Dog: Before being run down by her father and transformed into Angelica, Angelina's only friend was her amiable dog Perro.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Trips often enough in missions and in training, likely due to her not adjusting well to her implants or losing control over her enhanced body.
  • Death by Adaptation: Not exactly true due to the series nature but Angelica is implied to have died at the end of the first anime, far earlier than her death in the manga.
  • Flawed Prototype: Was the first cyborg to be put into action, and also the first to show the symptoms of memory loss. Later cyborgs are able to last longer and have better control over their implants, but Angelica is an unspoken reminder of how all cyborgs who aren't killed in action will end up.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She is mortally wounded shielding her handler from a bomb blast.
  • Meaningful Name: Her handler remarks how her father made a good choice in naming her after the angels in The Prince of the Land of pasta, part two. Marco himself changed her name from Angelina, to Angelica.
  • Loss of Identity: Occurs in the terminal stages of conditioning poisoning.
  • Parental Neglect: Angelica's handler, Marco, is initially very close to his cyborg. However, he grows increasingly distant and resentful as conditioning problems advance and he considers that the little girl he was introduced to has already died. Really not helped by how the poor girl's brainwashing actually destroyed the personality that he was so fond of.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: At least she wasn't around to witness the Hell on Earth the Agency was about to experience...

Petrushka AKA Petra (formerly Elisabeta Baronovskaya)

A promising Russian ballet dancer in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy who developed cancer in her legs. Her family brought her to Italy in the hopes that Elisabeta would be healed, but when Elisabeta learned that she couldn't be saved without having her leg amputated, she attempted to commit suicide. The SWA pressed her into service by making her one of the first second-gen cyborgs. She works with Sandro and usually uses a SITES Spectre M4.

Due to her prominence in the media, the SWA had to dye her blonde hair red and use slight facial surgery to avoid the press' attention.

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Happens literally — Alessandro is convinced her declarations of love are simply a result of her conditioning. To prove otherwise Petrushka slaps her handler and insults him, an act that makes her physically ill from the strain of fighting the conditioning that prevents her from harming him.
  • Anti-Hero: Somewhere between Pragmatic and Nominal; she's the least moral of the cyborgs, though that's just because Sandro passed quite a few vices on to her. On the other hand, she's the only girl who appears to have doubts about the morality of their methods (torturing prisoners, that is, not brainwashing girls like herself). She asks quite a few questions about violence and the like, actually.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Well, she did want to be taller...
    • Not only is this lampshaded by Petrushka herself, when she's regained her memory, but it is also used to lampshade the irony of her situation at the end of the manga. She mentions regret over her name being that of a puppet from ballet, so when Sandro tells her that this Petrushka got what she wanted, she replies that she guesses they both got what they wished for.
  • Beautiful Dreamer
    Sandro: You looked so cute, all curled up like a cat.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: So it turns out that Petra's conversion to a cyborg didn't cure her of cancer entirely since she ended up relapsing anyway, and it's leukemia this time; basically, her being a cyborg mostly just masked the symptoms, allowing her to function normally but did next to nothing to stop the disease (though with artificial organs, it was less likely). The SWA finds this out and informs her handler a bit late, and it's hard to say if that's because the prosthesis made the symptoms subtle or if this were a deliberate case of hiding it. They do try to treat her for it after Turin; however, what happens to her and Sandro is left open to interpretation.
  • Dramatic Irony: She first meets Sandro hours before the amputation of her leg is confirmed and her resulting suicide attempt. The irony is further shown in that he tells the agency to give him any random girl and gives her the name Petrushka only knowing that she is Russian. Just before the Turin Battle, Sandro was informed that a nuclear power plant might give her some bad reactions, considering her past, which he is informed of for the first time, and then he realizes the worst part of all this.
  • Dream Ballet: There is a dream-sequence where Petrushka witnesses her pre-cyborg self (aspiring ballerina Elisabeta) practice her dancing, but because she's lost her memory and the person she sees has a different appearance and height, she doesn't realize that it's her.
  • Driven to Suicide: Having been irradiated during the Chernobyl disaster when she was a child, Elisabeta developed cancer in her leg. Then she was sent to Italy for treatment, which failed and she was to have had said leg amputated, which destroyed her dream and raison d'être of becoming a ballet dancer. She throws herself off a roof, but doesn't die; this however brings her to the Agency's attention.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: (Anime only) Elisabeta shows up in a middle episode of "Il Teatrino."
  • Improperly Placed Firearms: Subverted: while the series is quite heavy on this, the Spectre, being Italian special forces issue, is the most appropriate gun.
  • Master of Disguise: This is Petrushka's specialty, trained in it by her handler.
  • Meaningful Name: "Petrushka" is the name of a puppet used in Russian theatre and ballet - thus reflecting both the character's origins as a Russian ballerina, and her status as an Agency cyborg.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Having been converted into a cyborg at a significantly older age than most of the earlier girls, she is a frequent focus of fanservice. The most attention is on her legs, which are long and almost always bare.
  • Neural Implanting: When Petra first wakes up at the Agency she can speak Italian and has a detailed knowledge of firearms.
  • Secretly Dying: Leukemia. Inverted in that she's the one that doesn't know, but the staff and (just before she is informed) her handler do.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She does literally have green eyes and red hair! Petrushka also does fulfill the further characteristics of the archetype — she is much more acquainted with hand-to-hand combat than the other cyborgs, and sometimes loses her temper with her handler (Fiery Redhead) and becomes a Love Interest (green eyes).
  • Stress Vomit: Due to her conditioning Petrushka throws up every time she tries to insult or challenge her handler.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Petrushka falls in love with her handler Alessandro, who after initially resisting her increasingly obvious affection (incorrectly believing her to be driven by cyborg conditioning and not wanting to take advantage of her), eventually acknowledges her feelings to be real and genuine, falls for her himself, and forms a relationship with her.
  • The Topic of Cancer: Had a bad case of it. Eventually it comes back as leukemia and is the supposed cause of her death.

Voiced by: Mariya Ise (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

A first-gen cyborg who works with Bernardo, she's tasked to do anti-EOD duties due to her heightened sense of smell to detect traces of explosives and bombs of various types. Beatrice uses the IMI Uzi family as her weapon of choice.

Like Claes, no one knows how the SWA came to recruit her.

  • Anyone Can Die: After Angelica's death, we were led to believe that Beatrice was becoming an Ascended Extra to replace her. Beatrice started to make several more appearances where previously she had barely featured... then an anti-material gun pits her like an olive. ...And she's vaporized by a cruise missile (in a heroic sacrifice, see below).
  • Boots of Toughness: Wears combat boots, in contrast to the other girls who wear sneakers or more stylish shoes.
  • Emotionless Girl: While all of the cyborgs display this to varying degrees, Beatrice is the straightest example. She says she's never felt moved enough to smile, and is curious about how the other girls seem to feel happiness or fear so easily.
  • Gimmick: In the sense of a defining trait, before beliefs, personality or appearance Beatrice was distinguished chiefly by her abilities as a bomb-sniffer, being able to literally smell traces of explosive.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The one time Beatrice raises her voice beyond a flat monotone is her scream at Triela to hit the deck as she, mortally wounded, heaves an imminently-detonating warhead out of a window, and herself along with it.
  • Never Found the Body: They did, it just took a week.
  • The Nose Knows: She can distinguish the smells of different explosives.
  • Odd Couple: Beatrice is flat and almost monosyllabic, while by contrast her handler is effervescent and talkative.
  • Satellite Character: Given less focus than the girls talked about above; however she has a somewhat larger role in the second season of the anime.

Elsa de Sica
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

The first of the cyborgs to be killed in action, alongside her handler Lauro; the SWA investigates on whether she was killed by Padania terrorists or by someone else. She operates while using a SIG SG 550 series and the SIG-Sauer P229, although she uses a PGM Hecate for handling enemy vehicles.

  • Ascended Extra: In the manga Elsa is only shown in a couple of panels, and we never know her as a character. In the anime an episode is devoted to their fratello, plus a flashback scene in a later episode which shows their deaths.
  • Cold Sniper: To the enemies of the SWA.
  • Driven To Murder / Spurned into Suicide: Her eventual fate and Lauro's afterwards.
  • Ice Queen: Elsa has a cold demeanor which only changes when she's reacting to her handler or showing contempt for her fellow cyborgs.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Elsa spurns the friendship of the other girls, living alone in a room where the only extraneous object is a photograph of her handler. The photo is not even a proper portrait, showing only a partial reflection of Lauro in a rearview mirror.
  • Only One Name: Averted as Elsa is the only cyborg with a full name, and not a Gender-Blender Name either. What makes it even sadder is that her fuller name has even less meaning behind it; Lauro named her after the park he was walking through at the time, because he had to call her something and that was the first thing he could think of. Elsa's name is precious to the poor girl - in addition to being a "gift" from her handler, it's the keystone that maintains her very sense of self and describes her as a person, not a latterday golem, whose struggles have meaning. The realization that that self is a dismissive and indifferent mere token destroys her, literally.
  • Shadow Archetype: To the other cyborgs and Henrietta in particular, showing what could happen if a girl's obsession with their handler gets out of control.
  • Twin Tailed Braids of Action: How she wears her hair.
  • The Woobie: Lauro orders Elsa off her rifle moments before a hit because she's distracted by the warm interaction of the Jose/Henrietta fratello. Lauro ignores her pleas to be allowed to continue the mission, and when he views Elsa's Heroic BSoD afterwards says only, "Useless."
  • Yandere: Due to her heavy conditioning Elsa has become obsessed with Lauro, and her only reason for existing is to serve him.

    SWA Handlers 

Jose Croce (Henrietta's handler)
Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (Gunslinger Girl) Kozo Mito (Il Teatrino) (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)

Part of the Croce family who are known to be involved in government work, he and Jean were in the Carabinieri when a bomb attack wiped out his family. He and Jean were the only survivors and were also the first ones to be recruited into SWA's Section 2.

  • Anti-Hero: Nominal around most people, and also Henrietta after his crossing of the Despair Event Horizon. Before that Henrietta saw him as nice enough to be Unscrupulous at worst.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After the memory wipe inflicted on Henrietta, leading to Took a Level in Jerkass below.
  • Eyepatch of Power: After the tower incident. Coupled with Sanity Slippage (now he's seeing Enrica too).
  • Eye Scream: Results in the above trope. This is also how he and Henrietta ultimately end each other's lives.
  • Mercy Kill: He has Henrietta shoot him after she accidentally fragged him during her rampage at the nuclear plant. As she does so, he puts one in her eye. They both die instantly.
  • Morality Pet: Given the affection Jose showers on Henrietta, it's easy to forget that he too is a ruthless anti-terrorist operative, engaged in a personal Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Lampshaded in a scene where a female politician crippled by a bomb comments on how frightening Jose seems. Henrietta naturally protests that he's "the kindest man in all of Italy!" The politician wisely lets the matter drop.
  • Nominal Hero: Supposedly the most decent of the SWA handlers; this turns out to be a facade once Henrietta's constant need for affection starts to wear on him. His past doesn't help.
  • Sanity Slippage: Following the tower strike, where he lost an eye to the very same guy that had already killed his parents, his sister, and his brother's lover in one fell swoop. As memories of Enrica torment him and the Agency prepares to reset Henrietta to factory settings, he finally jumps over the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Shoot the Dog: Does this to Henrietta as she inflicts a Mercy Kill on him at his own request.
  • Spanner in the Works: He and his brother try to go out exactly the same way: they ordered their own cyborgs to do them in. In the case of Rico and Jean, though, Jean used that order to pull a Thanatos Gambit on Dante and he ends up alive, unlike poor Jose.
  • Taking You with Me: Following that shot to the chest, he asks Henrietta to put one through his head right before putting his own gun to her eye. They proceed to put each other out of their misery.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He along with Henrietta as a result of their Suicide Pact are spared from the Hell on Earth the Agency is about to experience...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Initially Jose appears to be a model for handlers who treat their cyborgs kindly and compassionately; however, it is later revealed that he finds being nice to his cyborg a draining experience and that keeping her happy and placated is an increasingly troublesome act. Eventually he becomes emotionally exhausted, and can't muster any opposing argument when the Agency wants to "reset" Henrietta, wiping out her memories and personality (essentially destroying all that distinguished the girl he's cared for for years), to reprogram her in the hopes of prolonging her life. Thereafter Jose, no longer keeping up a pretense of being mellow, starts flat-out ignoring her (this is partially out of grief and regret, though).

Jean Croce (Rico's handler)
Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (Gunslinger Girl), Takehito Koyasu (Il Teatrino) (JP), Eric Vale (EN)

Older brother of Jose, he too was in the Carabinieri when his family, including his fiance, were killed in a Padania-credited bomb attack. Like Jose, Jean was among the first recruits to SWA's Section 2.

  • Anti-Hero: On the whole he is a very bad man. Were he not faced with the extraordinarily villainous Giacomo Dante, he might even qualify as a Villain Protagonist. He is manipulative, violent and single-mindedly pursues revenge no matter how many lives he destroys in the process.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Jean, he starts off by far the coldest handler but by the end of the second anime season finally seems to have warmed up to Rico. This also applies to the manga, where he's the only handler known to have directly stated his motives (he directly tells her that she is his tool for revenge), yet by the end, they seem to have developed a close bond of some sort.
    • Rico is precious to Jean (she's the instrument of his vengeance), Jean is just really crappy at nurturing and softer feelings and stuff like that. This causes problems, at one point Jean tries to give a rousing speech to Rico about getting Dante for him, even if it kills her. Rico's reaction is totally uncomprehending; if you haven't taught someone emotions, you really can't appeal to them.
    • While in the Carabinieri Jean was pursued by female subordinate Sophia Durante, who fell in Love at First Sight with the handsome aloof officer despite his warning that he was a cold fish. Her persistance breaks through his reserve and they agree to get married — her subsequent death in the same terrorist attack that kills Jean's sister no doubt reinforces his belief that it's better to go through life as a ruthless unfeeling bastard.
    • In the Distant Finale he has mellowed considerably, and is either married (presumably to his sister's equally vengeance-worn friend) or has resumed wearing his engagement ring (it's not made clear). He even tells his subordinates to send Hugo a buck for his Dante Documentary. He also keeps a photo of a smiling Rico on his desk.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Jean maintains a cold demeanor towards his cyborg Rico, and hits her whenever she doesn't perform to standard. Seeing as the cyborgs are all going to die before adulthood as a result of their conditioning, he has good reason not to get too attached, especially since Jean still feels the loss of his sister Enrica. On rare occasions, however, this façade cracks, like when Rico is injured and falls into the sea during a battle and Jean desperately dives in to save her.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Has no qualms about using it himself, if there is any chance of gaining useful info, or sometimes when he's just extra angry. Usually delegates this to Rico, who will cheerfully (though not maliciously) take care of it.
  • Knight Templar: Has been one pretty much since birth (thanks to his grandfather); having his family killed only increased his fanaticism.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Implied to have had Raballo murdered and disguised it as a traffic accident, when Raballo tried to expose (and presumably shut down) the SWA. He also threatened to do the same to Hilshire if he didn't become Triela's handler and keep the SWA's secret.
  • Pet the Dog: He briefly gives Rico a hug and reassures her that she is doing fine, after she worries about her lack of emotional response to Angelica's death. As distant as Rico and Jean seem to be, Rico is still a cyborg who appreciates attention from her handler.
    • He occasionally checks in on Claes, ostensibly because it's his job, but he goes out of his way to ask how she's doing. He's also the one who gave her permission to plant a vegetable garden when she asked him, despite having no particular reason to do so. It's implied that it's because he feels guilty about having betrayed her handler, Raballo, to the Agency and gotten him killed.
    • At one point he arranges for himself and Jose to go on a vacation with their respective cyborgs, claiming that he wants to see taking a break will relieve their stress and thus make them better in the field.
  • Precious Photo: In the Distant Finale, Chief Croce is shown to have a photo of Rico on his desk.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Right before Turin, he feels guilty about betraying Raballo to the Agency and orders Rico to kill him when Dante tries using him as a Human Shield. Following this Thanatos Gambit, he apologizes to Rico and tells her to move on. However, in chapter 95, he's confirmed to be alive, but amnesiac regarding Rico (considering later chapters, he might have just been concussed.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Giacomo Dante tries to use Jean as a shield. Jean's response? He orders Rico to shoot through him anyway with an anti-material rifle.
  • Sinister Shades: He wears them a lot in the anime, anyway.
  • Taking You with Me: Does this to Dante who tried to use him as a shield.
  • Thanatos Gambit: When Dante tries using him as a shield, Jean pulls one on him, using Rico for his gambit.
  • Would Hit a Girl: You bet, and the woman doesn't have to be the SWA's quarry either—he's smacked Rico hard enough to draw blood, and gave Priscilla a shiner during hand-to-hand sparring. To be fair to him, though, he doesn't enjoy hitting them, and he never hit his fiance (though he did throw an orange in her face, it made sense in context).

Victor Hilshire (Triela's handler)
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (Gunslinger Girl), Masaya Matsukaze (Il Teatrino) (JP), Dameon Clarke (Gunslinger Girl) J. Michael Tatum (Il Teatrino) (EN)

A German Polizei officer who was seconded to Europol, he was tasked to do deskwork and rarely ventures into the field until he conducts an unsanctioned op with Rachelle to save Triela from dying during a snuff film attempt. He hides from public view in the Netherlands (and Germany) and brings her to the SWA, which also resulted in being forced to work with them to ensure Triela's life is saved.

  • Always Save the Girl: Hilshire doesn't hesitate to run back to save Triela during the attack on the Turin nuclear plant, even when directly ordered not to. He ends up dying with her there.
  • Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous bordering on Disney(!).
  • The Atoner: Hilshire clearly feels guilty over Rachelle Belleut's death in their bungled raid in Amsterdam, and goes far beyond the call of duty to protect the girl she died to save in an effort to make her Heroic Sacrifice mean something.
  • Cowboy Cop: Hartmann raids a Snuff Film warehouse on his own initiative, leading to the death of his Love Interest, French doctor Rachelle Belleut.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Hilshire's relationship with Triela resembles a stepfather, or recently widowed father, suddenly thrust into the role of sole parent.
  • Germanic Depressives: Hilshire seems the typical "serious German" to his fellow handlers, and when the audience first sees him he's keeping an emotional distance from Triela, leaving her confused as to exactly what he expects of her. It turns out that Hilshire's just never been comfortable dealing with children or socializing with others.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Translators of the manga can't seem to decide whether he's supposed to be named Hilshire (the more common, and generally accepted pronunciation) or Hirscher. The last one is an actual German surname, but given that he's using a fake one anyway...
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Shading into Martyr Without a Cause. His last letter to Roberta even quotes Macaulay's "Horatius" (Stanzas 27-29).
  • Last-Name Basis: Hilshire is never called 'Victor' by the other handlers; Triela doesn't even know his first name until Roberta Guellfi mentions it.
  • Maternally Challenged: Hilshire doesn't know how to deal with this child who's been thrust into his care, so keeps an emotional distance. This improves Triela as an assassin and Cool Big Sis by making her self-reliant, but also leads to their Tsundere relationship.
  • Morality Chain: Inverted. He's a good cop who's forced to carry out assassinations because becoming Triela's handler was the only way to protect her.
  • Naïve Newcomer: At Europol, Hartmann is kept on liaison work because he's believed to be too sensitive and idealistic for field operations.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: You've got this girl who's traumatized and mutilated from a snuff film, and you've heard of an agency in Italy that can make her all better.
  • Nom de Guerre: His real surname is Hartmann; Hilshire is a fake identity given when he joined the Agency.
  • You Know Too Much: During a flashback to how he ended up with the agency, when Hartmann discovers that Triela has been turned into a cyborg killer, he threatens to blow the whistle on the Agency; Jean gives him the choice of either becoming Triela's handler, or becoming a corpse and abandoning Triela to an unknown fate.

Marco Toni (Angelica's handler)
Voiced by: Norihiro Inoue (Gunslinger Girl), Kazuki Yao (Il Teatrino) (JP), Jim Foronda (EN)

An experienced operator with the Polizia di Statos' Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza, Marco was taken off field work after an injury made him stay off future NOCS ops. This led him to work for the SWA. For a time, he was in a reltionship with Patricia before they parted ways.

  • Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous, then Nominal, then back to Unscrupulous.
  • The Bus Came Back: Marco drops out of the story after Angelica's death, but he reappears five volumes later. This is not a case for shouting out He's Back excitedly, partially because he was never the central hero but also because his return to active service is treated in a very low-key, almost incidental way.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Marco was an operator with the Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza.
  • Handicapped Badass: An injury he sustained forced him out of NOCS.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Flashbacks reveal that Marco was a good handler to Angelica (of the friendly brother type) but when she starts losing her memory, he becomes resentful and indifferent. Marco does show moments of concern, but it isn't until his Heel Realisation that he starts trying to comfort Angelica in her final days. Later when Sandro asks for advice handling the cyborgs, Marco can only warn him against getting attached to them in the first place.

Claudio Raballo (Claes' handler)
Voiced by: Kenyū Horiuchi (JP), Bill Flynn (EN)

An ex-Carabineri who was taken off field duty from a leg injury, Raballo's one of the few SWA agents who didn't like the idea of using Claes as a child assassin, but took his time to take care of her and remind her to be a good person. By the time the story takes place, he has died, leaving Claes with no handler. It's implied throughout the story that he was planning to go to the newspapers about the SWA and was assassinated before he could do so.

  • Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous to the naked eye, but is really a Disney.
  • Berserk Button: Having lost his leg in a firearm accident, the sight of Henrietta grossly mishandling her pistol (checking a misfire by looking down the barrel) causes him strike her and abuse Jose for not training her properly.
  • Bookworm: While he handwaves it as being a Cultured Warrior, his private book collection makes it clear he enjoys reading and learning for its own sake. This is the first step in learning to identify with Claes, whom he notices is always holding a book in her family photos.
  • Call to Agriculture: He inadvertently passes this down to Claes, who subconsciously recalls his mention of a vegetable garden and begins growing one herself after his death.
  • Foil: To Jose, who also cares about his cyborg but neglects her training because he doesn't want to face up to what's happening to Henrietta, and does nice things for her to assuage his own conscience. Raballo on the other hand takes training seriously after his initial indifference, makes a serious effort to bond with his cyborg, and tries to stop what's happening to the girls rather than retreat into apathy or wallow in his own guilt.
  • Friend-or-Idol Decision: Jean promises to get him back into Carabineri, an organisation he dedicated his life to, if he spends a few years training Claes. He's on the verge of getting this but elects to throw away his future career to blow the whistle on the Agency, having come to empathize with her too much to continue turning a blind eye.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a leg injury that got him removed from field duty, but is still more than capable of handling himself.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: He teaches the joy of fishing to Claes, and their fishing expeditions enable them to have private time away from the gaze of the Agency where they can just be themselves. It later helps Claes cope with her own isolation, as she's learnt from him to enjoy spending her time in such idle pleasures.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Raballo is a gruff veteran embittered over the loss of his leg in a meaningless accident, who's only training Claes so he can get back into the Carabinieri. He's curt towards her and strikes people on a couple of occasions (not without cause) but in the end is the only one who makes an active step towards trying to stop what's being done to the girls.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Raballo decides to go to the newspapers about the SWA. The next thing we see is Jean telling Claes that her handler was killed in a hit and run accident, though we never find out any further details.
    • Well, we later hear Jean apologizing to Raballo after turning down Claes's request to join the Turin mission. Which at least eliminates any lingering doubt.
  • My God, What Have I Done?
    • When Claes fails to hit the target because she's unused to her new cyborg body, Raballo tells her to stay on the range until she can consistently hit the target. He finds her on the range the next day in the pouring rain, having spent all night trying to obey his last command.
    • As part of her training, he sends Claes into a dark subway, ordering her to take down the petty criminals there without using her gun except in self-defense, which should be easy for a cyborg. He's disappointed when he hears gunshots and she comes out dragging two corpses...until he sees the knife sticking out of her gut.
    • His angry confrontation with Jose causes Henrietta and Claes to nearly kill each other. The Agency decides their conditioning needs refinement, which will take even more years off their lifespan. It's the final straw for Raballo.

Lauro (Elsa's handler)

Voiced by: Eisuke Tsuda (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

Elsa's handler in the field in SWA ops, Lauro doesn't really give a damn about Elsa. He gets killed while off duty from SWA work.

  • Ascended Extra: In the manga Lauro is only shown in a couple of panels, and we never know him as a character. In the anime an episode is devoted to him, plus a flashback scene in a later episode which shows their deaths.
  • Asshole Victim: While Lauro was technically doing his job, the cold treatment he gives to Elsa, especially in contrast to how the other handlers treated their girls, made him a victim of this trope.
    • The Jerkass Lauro orders Elsa off her rifle moments before a hit because she's distracted by the warm interaction of the Jose/Henrietta fratello. Lauro ignores her pleas to be allowed to continue the mission, and when he views Elsa's Heroic BSoD afterwards says only, "Useless."
  • Foil: To Jean. While Jean treats Rico with cold distance as a way to avoid getting attached and flat-out admits to her that she is his tool for revenge, on several occasions it is made clear that he does still care for her. Lauro, on the other hand, doesn't care for Elsa in the slightest and doesn't even see her as a person.
  • Parental Neglect: The handlers are supposed to raise and train their cyborgs, but Lauro refuses to pay Elsa much attention outside of work.
  • Shadow Archetype: To the other cyborgs, showing what could happen if a girl's obsession with their handler gets out of control.
  • What Measure Is A Cyborg: Lauro despises handlers who show affection to their cyborgs, but even so makes the effort to know Jose better, as he believes everyone has some likeable qualities. However, this doesn't extend to the cyborgs because he doesn't regard them as people.

Alessandro "Sandro" Ricci (Petrushka's handler)

An ex-SWA Section 1 agent, he was recruited by Rossana, who taught him her fieldcraft in espionage and surveillance. He got transferred to Section 2 and served as Petruska's handler. Sandro is known to speak many languages, including Italian and Russian.

  • Badass Normal: In a Hidden Badass Non-Action Guy way. Aside from frequently using his incredible Sherlock Scan to locate and identify criminals as well as come up with effective strategies and plans that even impress some of the veterans, he is the person who locates the Big Bad in Venice (though not soon enough to reach him). Considering that he's doing all of this in battlefields when he has no skill for combat, it's hard to consider him anything other than badass.
    • In Turin, he even manages to single-handedly talk down the Big Bad's right-hand man, who is threatening to detonate a nuclear warhead from a room around the corner, using only his Sherlock Scan to assist (note, he can't see the guy). Meanwhile, he is silently instructing Petra how to take the guy down. All this, without pausing for an instant to think.
  • Cunning Linguist: He speaks a lot of languages, including his native Italian and Russian.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Sandro dropped halfway through university when he couldn't figure out what he wanted to do after university life was over.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Averted. Alessandro actively dislikes redheads (after his redheaded mentor and then lover ran out on him) and is frustrated when his cyborg arrives with a luscious scarlet mantle. It's assumed the guy in charge of her appearance at the Agency put red hair on Petra to spite him.
  • Honey Trap: Sandro's job was to seduce female radicals (or women related to radicals) which has given him a Handsome Lech reputation among his colleagues.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: His ex-lover introduces him to her daughter as the father, and both he and the little girl believe it for a few minutes, resulting in a flushed Sandro being called Papa... until said ex-lover tells him that it's a joke (the little girl's real father turns out to be a Glorified Sperm Donor, and it's something of a plot point for the remainder of the arc).
  • Nominal Hero: With significant shades of Pragmatic Hero, especially once he begins to reciprocate Petra's feelings. He has multiple moments where he goes out of his way to have his actions lead to good results, which leaves him being a bit more complicated than a straight-forward Nominal Hero, but mostly without the good-guy attitude of a Pragmatic Hero. The best example of his attitude is in chapter 36, where he tells Petra "Bad people can always protect good ones from the really bad ones."
  • Non-Action Guy: Prior to the Turin Power Plant attack Sandro usually left all the combat to Petra (some flashbacks to his past note that he has no skill for it). During the attack, he leaves his cover out of concern for his cyborg and gets chewed out by Marco for it.
  • Sherlock Scan: Has developed this skill since he was a kid. His mentor trained him in this even farther.
  • Straw Nihilist: Sandro is specifically recruited from Intelligence because his morals will be more flexible than the military and police types previously recruited as handlers (e.g. police and soldiers are supposed to protect women and children, whereas spies are more likely to be Manipulative Bastards). He has no discernable patriotism or sense of duty. He loves to watch people, not interact with them. However, perhaps because of that there are several instances where he gives bad guys every opportunity to surrender and tries to talk them down.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: With the mentor who recruited him into the intelligence services. Ultimately, also with Petra, it also qualifies as a Mayfly–December Romance due to the lifespans of cyborgs coupled with their age difference and the relapse of her prior illness. There's some subtle Belligerent Sexual Tension in both examples.

Bernardo (Beatrice's Handler)

Voiced by: Yuto Nakano (JP), Duncan Brannan (EN)

He's Beatrice handler and an all-around Nice Guy.

  • Nice Guy: He's cool with the other S2 agents/staff and he treats Beatrice well, despite her being The Stoic.

    SWA Public Security 


Head of the Public Security Department. He's the one who recruited Sandro to the department.


A PS field agent who specialized in espionage and surveillance. She mysteriously disappeared after being involved in a case involving a known politician.

    SWA Special Operations 

Section 1



The head of Section 1. He doesn't hide his disgust towards Section 2's use of cyborg agents in anti-terrorist ops since they're successful in field ops.


Pietro Fermi

A Section 1 field agent tasked to investigate Elsa's death on whether their conditioning is too serious to recommend discontinuing it.—-

Elenora Gabrielli

A Section 1 field agent who worked with Pietro on the Elsa case.

Section 2


Pieri Lorenzo

The head of Section 2, he used to work in various Italian ministries before he was assigned to his current job.


A Section 2 agent assigned to coordinate all S2 agents in the field.



A Section 2 agent recruited from the Guardia di Finanza, she specializes in intelligence collection and analysis.



A Section 2 agent who was recruited from Russia after she worked with the Russian Embassy in Rome.


A Section 2 agent.




A Section 2 agent of African ancestry.

    SWA Tech Staff 

Fernando Bianchi

Head of the SWA's tech station. He's in charge of leading surgery ops for the cyborgs and acts as their counselor from time to time. Bianchi also oversees their medical prognosis and is a friend of Marco and Patricia.


A scientist in charge of creating/repairing the prosthetic limbs used by the cyborgs.


A doctor who was involved in replacing Triela's legs after they were damaged in a major SWA op.

Adamo Belisario

A scientist in charge of monitoring the cyborg's conditioning. Adamo holds four doctorates from various universities.


A doctor who oversaw Elizabeta's facial construction with Dr. Giliani. In charge of overseeing information on the prosthetic limbs used by the cyborgs.

Louis Duvalier

A scientist who oversees other aspects of a cyborg's surgery, including their physical features.


A neurologist who's in charge of overseeing the cyborg's conditioning process.

    Padania Movement 

Franca and Franco
Voiced by:(Franca) Chisa Yokoyama (Gunslinger Girl) Eriko Hirata (Il Teatrino) (JP), Stephanie Young (EN)
Voiced by:(Franco) Shintarou Sonooka (Gunslinger Girl) Hiroki Yasumoto (Il Teatrino) (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)

Franca was a promising university student who left her studies because her father was imprisoned on false accusations and was killed under suspicious circumstances.

Franco was a worn-out right-wing terrorist who couldn't find meaning to follow the legacy of his grandfather after he passed away. He spent his days being a bum drinking until Franca convinced him to continue his legacy.

  • Anti-Villain: Franco is Disneyesque; while he isn't a Woobie, he only participates in Padania's activities because of his devotion to Franca.
  • Bus Crash: And it actually happens onscreen, though Cristiano (the sole survivor) doesn't alert us to it until many chapters later.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Franca attended the same university as Patricia, Marco's girlfriend, until she dropped out to pursue her father's lawsuit.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: People assume these two are lovers, but it's actually a case of Like Brother and Sister — Franco gave Caterina the name Franca in deliberate evocation of that trope.
  • Irony: Caterina is the one responsible for Marco (a handler with the Agency) getting together with his girlfriend/ ex-finacée Patricia. (She seems to have been their Shipper on Deck.)
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Franco no longer believes in terrorist causes; only the fervour of his partner keeps him going.
  • The Stoic: Franco. Franca often jibes him about it.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The pair try to avoid placing bombs where children will be hurt, and Franca manages to stop Pino from offing a young girl, never mind that said girl had been snooping on them at the worst possible moments lately.
  • You Killed My Father: Caterina's father dies in prison under suspicious circumstances when she appeals his conviction. This is what caused her to become a terrorist.

Pinocchio (AKA Pino)
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

An orphan found by John Doe and Cristiano during an operation, he was trained by the nameless man in close quarters and firearms training, although he shines in using knives during close quarters.

Pinocchio gets killed during a SWA op to apprehend or kill him alongside Franca/Franco.

  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Seen sleeping on top of a car in imitation of his ex-CIA mentor. He gets chewed out for not showing respect for a good motor.
  • Badass Normal: Consistently portrayed as faster, stronger and more accurate then the girls to despite being just a normal boy (albeit trained as an assassin since childhood).
  • Cultured Warrior: Subverted. Pino appears to be one due to his ability to play the piano, but it turns out that he can only play the one tune and that his surrogate father kept him out of school.
  • Cynical Mentor: Is trained by a former CIA assassin working for Cristiano. Despite being a total badass, he ended up being killed by a stray bullet; this is somewhat lampshaded in a conversation between said mentor and Cristiano.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Like Triela, Pino is a victim of child abuse who was rescued by his surrogate parent-figure, and who measures his success solely by his ability to kill for that 'parent.'
  • Due to the Dead: Triela returns his treasured key ring to him after killing him in combat.
  • Hero Killer: Is responsible for taking out SWA agents and nearly kills Triela.
  • Robbing the Mob Bank: This was pulled on him. Robbing the apartment of a terrorist group's assassin is probably not the best idea if you'd rather not end up in the 'fridge.

Cristiano Savonarola
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (Gunslinger Girl) Yoji Ueda (Il Teatrino) (JP), Unknown (Gunslinger Girl) John Swasey (Il Teatrino) (EN)

One of the main leaders of Padania, he's in charge of its Milan branch. He formerly worked with John Doe and took care of Pinocchio when he was very young.

  • Big Bad: For the first and second seasons of the anime. Cristiano runs the Milan branch of Padania.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Orders his men not to commit violence in sight of art galleries or churches — as they're in Florence his underling gripes that it doesn't leave much for them to attack.
  • Like a Son to Me: Averted; from the way he raised and treated Pinocchio everyone close to him can see that Cristiano thinks of Pinocchio with parental affections but Cristiano isn't aware of it until at least two people point it out to him (and this is when the SWA is already very close to his door). Pinocchio's death at the hand of the Agency motivates a crippled Cristiano to summon Giacomo Dante back to Italy; and having Pinocchio's memento returned to him at the end of the series finally persuades Cristiano to give the agency the name of the mastermind behind Croce bombing affair. Also played straight after Pinocchio's death, both in the second time he hires Giacomo (his reason is stated to be for revenge for his son and his son's friends) and later in chapter 99, as the Agency uses this to have him cooperate with providing information about the ringleader of the Croce assassination.
  • Not Quite Dead: Reappears as a Dark Lord on Life Support who recruits Dante to destroy the Agency on his behalf.
  • Meaningful Name: Girolamo Savonarola was a 15th Century Dominican friar who preached against the corruption and immorality of the established order, and was executed for it.
  • Parental Substitute: Raises Pinocchio as a child assassin, but by default he becomes a surrogate son.
  • Revenge: Hires Dante to destroy the SWA, whose cyborgs killed Pinocchio, Franco and Franca.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He was the one who broke Dante out of captivity to kill the Croce family in the first place. Later, he finances Dante's operation to destroy the SWA. However, he wasn't the ringleader.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Cristiano appears to accept his fate when Padania betrays him to the police, as someone has to pay the price for their recent failures at the hands of the SWA. When Pinocchio refuses to leave his side, Cristiano decides to flee the country to save Pinocchio's life. Unfortunately that decision comes too late as the Agency is already moving in for the kill.

Giacomo Dante

A mercenary who has fought overseas, he gets recruited by Cristiano to provide their services to take on Italian security forces, including the SWA, after his forces raid Turin's lone nuclear power plant.

At the end of the series, Dante is arrested and locked up for terrorism charges.

  • Batman Gambit: His men seize the Belltower of St. Marks to demand the release of a terrorist leader — it turns out Dante is actually several miles away with an anti-material rifle and the detonator for a cruise missile, waiting to ambush the SWA when they attack.
  • BFG: Uses a 20mm anti-material rifle, firing it from the hip at one stage.
  • Big Bad: Replaces Cristiano as the main target of the SWA.
  • Blood Knight: This guy has way too much fun in battle. He says more than once that he lives for violence, because killing each other is apparently all humans do (see below).
    "The Five Republics has won this battle! Go ahead, fight all you want! It just makes it more exciting! Such a hateful enemy, you are! Such a lovely hate unfolding in the front of me!
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: If he had been present when Jose and Henrietta killed each other, he might have figured out that the best way to get himself killed would be to use a handler as a Human Shield and just gagged Jean after capturing him.
  • How We Got Here: Dante was behind the bombing which killed Jean and Jose's parents and kid sister, not to mention Jean's fiancée.
  • Karmic Death: Gets shot by his own 20 mm rifle (Rico using it) and falls down into the power plant's yard. Then ends up in front of the young soldier woman who was the only survivor of the initial attack. In her youth, she was Enrica's soccer friend. That said, he doesn't die, because he has to pay for what he has done in a trial and the like. In the epilogue Jean uses the fact that Giacomo is in prison to capture and eliminate radicals who try to free the guy, which is effectively this trope considering what the guy lives for.
  • No Kill like Overkill: Dante gets shot in the guts by a 20mm anti-material round, which blows him through a hole in the wall, causing him to fall to his Not Quite Death.
  • Terrorist Without A Cause / Straw Nihilist
    "I opened the book of mankind's history. People have always fought and killed, many times without real reason. Violence is the way of the world. I am simply playing along."


A cleaner recruited by Padania to take care of the scene in order to avoid unwanted attention. He's usually assisted by Vincenzo. Bruno works with Padania for the money to provide for his immediate family.


Bruno's assistant who cleans up scenes where Padania is involved to avoid unwanted attention. Like his boss, he agrees to work to earn money.


A Padania terrorist who was once an anarchist from the University of Turin, he later advocated for the use of non-lethal weapons and tactics since he felt that killing is getting too much for him. Nino works at an antique shop as part of his cover. He's known in the underground as the Tibetan Terrier.

    Italian Government 

Renato Pisano

The current Prime Minister of Italy. He has a hands-off approach towards the SWA and later on, decides that they're a potential liability and sends in the Italian Army to wipe them out.

  • Expy: His control of the media reflects Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
  • Karma Houdini: Never held accountable for trying to let the Italian military enact a cover up by taking out the SWA when they were key in taking out most of Padania's fighting strength.

Monica Petris

The current Italian Minister of Defense, she oversees the SWA's black budget is maintained and is the main line of contact for Draghi and Lorenzo alike.

Roberta Guellfi

An Italian prosecutor who's in charge of cases that are usually Padania in significance, she becomes the target of an assassination since her work was putting her in their crosshairs.

After the end of the series, Roberta is Speranza's adopted mother.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Although they do consumate their relationship, Hilshire forgoes a life of happiness with Roberta because he has sworn to protect Triela. In the Distant Finale, there is no sign she has ever married.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Her anti-social nature belies her passion for justice.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Her relationship with Hilshire starts when his fratello is assigned to protect her from Padania assassins.
  • Crusading Lawyer: A prosecutor in a country where prosecuting terrorists can get you killed.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Roberta resents how Hilshire's death means she is plunged back into loneliness again. Turns out he's left Someone to Remember Him By.
  • My Beloved Smother: To a minor degree — Roberta makes Speranza photograph her lunch to make sure she's eating properly, as well as checking that a student who shows an interest is who he says he is. The latter is justified given Roberta's past as a target of terrorists.
  • Parental Substitute: A literal version when she brings Triela's eggs to term, giving birth to Speranza whom Roberta raises as her own daughter.
  • Unknown Rival: Subverted — Mimi notes that Roberta is bad news for a Triela/Hilshire romance. But neither Roberta or Triela question the other's presence in Hilshire's life.
  • You Remind Me of X: The Hilshire/Triela fratello are motivated to protect her because she reminds them of Rachelle Belleut.


Enrica Croce (Jean & Jose's sister)
Voiced by: Kana Akutsu (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Jean and Jose's younger sister, she gets killed in the bomb attack that also got her parents killed.

  • The Ace: Enrica is the elementary school equivalent of a Renaissance Man. Her first appearance in a flashback has a classmate of hers joking that with her being so good at so many things (football, science, playing the harp...) she must have trouble thinking about what she'd like to do when she grows up. She actually wants to be an elite soldier.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Enrica does not react well to Sophia's arrival on the scene, decrying Jean's fiancée as an interloper and making every effort to be an ass to her.
  • Ghostly Goals: In death, Enrica's soul has been distilled down to a core of bitter, resentful, vengeful spite. Her ghost is a cold dagger pricking at her brothers to accomplish the Unfinished Business of ending her killer, Dante. A weak Type B - she cannot destroy Dante herself but relentlessly drives others to do so.
  • Harp of Femininity: Enrica played the harp and was accomplished enough to win competitions. This also serves to illustrate her Big Brother Worship because this image of serenity (and the fact that she's only adolescent) conflicts with her precocious desire to follow Jose into the Carabineri.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: It takes a lot, but eventually she warms up to Sophia and starts considering part of the family. When her parents, Sophia and her are taking the car for vacations, Enrica realizes she hasn't made proper amends with her yet. Just as she's about to do so, the car explodes seconds later.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks similar to Henrietta, but with longer hair.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Dies in the explosion just as she's about to apologize to Sophia.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's never made quite clear whether Enrica's ghost actually haunts the other Croce brothers, or is just a manifestation of their own insane desire for revenge.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Whenever Jose has a flashback memory of Enrica, she's portrayed as the personification of innocence. When the manga starts to cover Enrica's backstory, she's shown to be a lot more flawed and human, and more interested in playing soccer than the harp.
  • Parental Neglect: With middle-aged career parents and adult brothers away with the Carabinieri, Enrica has to clean, cook, and manage her own way around the family home.
  • Posthumous Character: Enrica is long dead when the manga starts, and her life is detailed entirely through later flashbacks and spectral visitations.

Speranza Guellfi (Triela's daughter)

The genetic daughter of Triela, she's the daughter of Roberta who later becomes a well-known actress and television presenter after initially spending time as a doctor.

  • Dramatic Irony: Triela's cyberization was due to a snuff film; Speranza's "birth" as an actress came from an indie film project.
  • Generation Xerox: The young Speranza has adopted Rico's haircut, Claes' glasses, Henrietta's Luminescent Blush, and Triela's dress sense (plus her tendency to hook up with older German men). She's also studying medicine as per Rachelle Belleut, the doctor Triela took as a maternal figure. However ten years later Speranza is shown to be going her own way as an actress.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Like give a voice-activated Stat-O-Vision of today's schedule, or take photographs of your lunch to send to your mother.
  • Girl not appearing in the Doc: Her first on-camera appearance is for Hugo's Kickstart-style fund-raiser for his documentary. The subject of the documentary? Giacomo Dante.
  • New Child Left Behind: A different take on this trope. Hilshire leaves Roberta Guellfi a letter explaining he had some of Triela's eggs stored. Roberta carries the eggs to term, but it's left unanswered whether Hilshire or some anonymous donor provided the sperm.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name means "hope."
  • Teen Genius: Possibly due to genetic modifications made to her mother by the Agency.
  • The Promise: Once Triela had been turned into a cyborg, her limited lifespan as a brainwashed killer made it impossible for Hilshire to keep his promise to Rachelle Belleut, but he is able to ensure Triela's daughter will have the life she never could.

Mario Bosci

A major leader in the Camorra mob. He later defects when he learns that they've been involved in human trafficking, especially in girls. Mario becomes a state witness, who later is targeted by his former Camorra mosters.

  • The Atoner: Was a former head of Camorra, and quit because his organization was trafficking girls, which he had a problem with because he also has a daughter, Mimi. He gave witness in court to reduce his jail time and because he wants to atone.

Maria Macchiavelli aka. Mimi

The only daughter of Mario, who has lived in hiding from being attacked/killed by the Camorra mob.

  • Foil: Her life as an ordinary teenager contrasts with Triela's, whose only purpose is her work.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mimi
  • In the Blood: She has Mario's thieving skill. As lampshaded by Hilshire:
    "Mimi is definitely Mario's daughter. They don't have similar look but clever at stealing/thieving."
  • Shipper on Deck: To Hilshire X Triela.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Mario may have beeen hot when young but he is ugly presently; Mimi is hot.

Rachelle Belleut

A French doctor/mortician from the Police Nationale, she worked closely with Hilshire back when they were still in Europol. Rachelle died from her wounds during an unsanctioned Europol op that went wrong.

  • The Lost Lenore: To Hilshire and some extent Triela, as she doesn't remember her personally but as a mother-figure in Triela's subconscious.


Marco's ex-girlfriend and owner of a book publishing company, she was friends with Franca back in university. She broke up with Marco before the series started.

  • What the Hell, Hero?: She got pissed when she found out that Marco was willing to use Angelica to help him conduct anti-terrorists and that he lied to her; this was when Patricia was told Marco wasn't with the GIS.

    Characters from outside the Anime/Manga 


A first-gen cyborg who was placed into SWA service alongside Henrietta and Rico. Pia went rogue on orders from her handler, Earnest.

Earnest (Pia's Handler)

An agent for SWA's Section 2, he's actually The Mole for Padania and defected after he was assigned to Pia.


John Doe

A mysterious hitman who was recruited by the CIA before he worked with Cristiano.