The denizens of Judoh. A man should beware of spoilers.
Daisuke AuroraThe Hero of the work, despite not being the title character. A police officer with the Department of Security, Central Headquarters Special Service, he's half of the field team. Their division is tasked with preventing crime before it happens. Daisuke is a good man with a strong sense of justice, though he's a bit on the lazy side.
- All-Loving Hero: Shows some signs of being this, since he seems to bear no grudges or ill will for anyone but those who do harm to the innocent. He's happy to forgive anyone if they're not acting maliciously anymore.
- Anti-Hero: Has heroic qualities (desire for justice) and not-so-heroic ones (laziness).
- Badass Normal: Just a guy ( Albeit half-Celestial, but that doesn't actually mean anything), and he manages to take on androids and people enhanced to superhuman levels.
- Bishounen: It's partially the art-style, but he's drawn as a skinny blonde pretty boy.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's incredibly capable, but he sure does enjoy lounging on the couch, much to Kiyoko's chagrin.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Shun's Cain, after it's revealed that Shun's the Big Bad.
- Catchphrase: "Yeah, yeah." and "You piss me off."
- Contemplate Our Navels: Has a tendency to drift off and wax poetic for... some reason.
- Cool Bike: His bike is amazing. Not only is it fast and built like a tank, it can convert into a mode to go over water and in a pinch, J can get on it and it'll transform into a mode only he can use.
- Cowboy Cop: Loves catching baddies, hates oversight and paperwork.
- Deadpan Snarker: Enjoys dishing out dry one-liners from time to time. It goes with his "bored guy" image.
- Distress Ball Gets handed this every now and then, captured so that J has more to do. Or in one instance, Kiyoko.
- Fantastic Racism: Seemingly doesn't like androids. The first episode ends with him telling J he will take him down if he goes rogue, and he brushes J off in his first meeting. Of course, he and J are True Companions anyway so it's more of an Informed Attribute.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde and very firmly on the side of justice.
- Likes Older Women Has a crush on Antonia, his senior, seemingly showing little interest in the younger, cutesier Kiyoko.
- Mr. Fanservice: Is seen doing chin-ups on the balcony of his top-floor apartment shirtless.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The real hitch to the plan to take over Judoh? Daisuke manages to talk J out of his programming to get him back on his side.
- Androids and Detectives: The premise for the series, he's an android on the police force. With his fedora and trenchcoat he wouldn't look that out of place in a noir movie, barring his hulking frame.
- Artificial Human: An android who usually wears artificial skin, and wholly sapient.
- Bad Ass Longcoat: The only time he's not wearing his kickass trenchcoat is when it (and his fake skin) gets burned off in combat.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Can come off this way at times, particularly in the next-episode previews.
- The Computer Is Your Friend: He's a robotic individual, but he's largely built to be good and helpful.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Dispenses advice starting with "A man..."
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the manga, he's not as into lobbing grenades, and not as concerned about impressing his deceased father. And although described on the back cover as being "unstable," really isn't, the way he is in the anime. He also doesn't seem to have the physical and mental health problems he does in the anime, and even has a girlfriend.
- Affably Evil: He's become this by the end of the series. He's still a criminal, but he's not insane and much more restrained.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He's... off. The abuse from his father contributed for sure, but he's just a bit strange in an unexplored way.
- Angst Coma: After he's dethroned, two of his close men are killed, and Mauro betrays him, he's left in a stupor for weeks, with Giovanni caring for him.
- Anti-Villain: By the end of the series, he's still a criminal but compared to the worst Judoh has to offer, he's actually a stabilizing influence.
- Ax-Crazy: At the beginning of the series. Prone to using violence at the drop of a hat, and particularly loves grenades (fireworks, as he calls them).
- Badass Bookworm: Is apparently an accomplished computer hacker, among other things.
- Berserk Button
- Big Bad Wannabe: Seems to be obsessed with looking like an all-powerful crime boss, but fails at actually being one.
- Bishounen: Pretty, skinny, and usually decked out in feminine colors.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In the Japanese, when talking to Daisuke after figuring out Shun's plot, he says he always wakes up with a clear head. This implies that Clair considers losing consciousness, lost time, etc., even for weeks at a time to be normal (or at least not anything to be too concerned about), because he's so used to it.
- Camp Straight: In the manga, at least, where there is a woman in his life. In the anime he has no such thing, so it's more ambiguous.
- Character Development: Comes of age over the course of the story. Goes from an insane manchild Big Bad Wannabe to the true Vampire and leader of Judoh's criminal underground.
- Mommy Issues: Daddy Issues, more like. He is crazy because of his abusive father. His first appearance is at his father's funeral and he doesn't know how to cope.
- Death by Childbirth: This is what happened to his mother, assuming Lorenzo wasn't lying. Which resulted in a Lonely Rich Kid being introduced to Giovanni.
- Death Seeker: Plays Russian Roulette and would have been killed doing so had Giovanni not showed up in the nick of time, and charges a military tank armed with only a hand grenade.
- Dissonant Serenity: Does this on a number of occasions. The man's calm when he shouldn't be, and Laughing Mad when he should be calm.
- Distress Ball A Corrupt Politician takes over The Mafia, forcing Clair to escape from it and go into the aforementioned Angst Coma. Then, it turns out they need his left eye to unlock a money-filled safe protected by a retinal-scan device.
- Driven to Madness: His father's abuse resulted in a crazy kid. Character Development sets in and he gets a lot better.
- Dual Wielding: Does this in the last episodes. (Once, even with a pair of sub-machine guns a la Master Chief!)
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: He runs the only organization in the series to contain absolutely no women (unless the girls who work in the casino count), and in the manga seems to ignore his girlfriend Trinity unless he needs her expertise with robotics. And he once disparages Daisuke for having to be rescued by Kyoko because she was a woman, contrasting Daisuke who has no issue with Kiyoko's rescue.
- Evil Laugh: Frequently breaks out into villainous laughter. Overlaps with Laughing Mad, too.
- Eye Scream His left eye is needed to open a safe protected by a retinal scanner. He's rescued by Daisuke, who needs to keep him safe in order to (hopefully) obtain some information from him when he comes out of the Angst Coma.
- Forgets to Eat: Gets so wrapped up in whatever he's doing that things like eating and sleeping tend to go on the back burner.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Has "the eyes of a wild beast," according to one of the other mob leaders in Company Vita.
- Gut Feeling: Is visibly distressed when Giovanni is sent off on a mission, seeming to know something bad is going to happen, though he can't figure out what. Giovanni gets attacked by J.
- Hates Being Touched: Has no problem touching objects (such as hand grenades), but can't stand being touched by other people, even his best friend Giovanni. (In the manga, even his girlfriend does not make physical contact with him.) Likely due to being abused, and constantly in danger due to his "profession."
- HeelFace Turn: To an extent, he remains kingpin of the criminal underground, even stronger than he was before, in fact. But he's grown to be Affibly Evil and turns out there being some control over the criminal underground isn't the worst thing in the world.
- Hellbent For Leather: Literal leather pants, dyed hair, and piercing contribute to his rebellious image.
- Ignore The Fanservice: In the manga, Trinity wears nothing but lacy lingerie under her lab coat, and repeatedly tries to get Clair's attention. Clair is not one bit phased by her attire, and in fact barely acknowledges her unless he needs her robotic expertise.
- Ill Boy It's mostly mental, but seems to take a toll on him physically, too.
- Ironic Name: He's the leader of Judoh's criminal underworld and his father once announced his plans to make him a "lord of darkness" yet his name is a French word meaning "light," "bright," or "clear." Meaningful Name: However, as the series goes on, his name becomes more appropriate, as he ends up being a guiding light for most of Judoh in the final battle. Giovanni is the first to lampshade this idea ("Show Judoh that you can shine, Clair").
- Just a Kid: Because he's only 19, the other higher-ups in the various Mafia factions don't think he'll be a good leader. At the beginning of the series,
- Kick the Dog Most of his Evil plans have little to do with the central plot. It's revealed later that he isn't the Big Bad, Daisuke's brother is.
- Lean and Mean: Thin as a rail, and begins the series as its primary antagonist.
- Likes Older Women (manga version only) Has a girlfriend or "friend with benefits" (it's never explained which) who is in her mid-to-late-20's, and he's 19.
- The Mafia: He begins the series inheriting the title of Vampire, the head of all the crime families in Judoh.
- Pants-Positive Safety: Okay Clair, just keep that gun shoved in the back of your pants. Pretty impressive quickdraw, all told.
- Psychic Powers: Has some (limited) ESP. More specifically, a psychic connection to his Heterosexual Life Partner, Giovanni. Which Clair uses to find and rescue Giovanni from a rogue J. More than likely more of a My Significance Sense Is Tingling, but given the setting, it's unclear.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His establishing character moment is throwing a grenade at his father's funeral and babbling about "fireworks." It sets the tone quite well.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech He tends to give a lot of these, and gets one from Daisuke.
- Red Baron: Vampire refers, here, not to undead bloodsucking creatures, but to the leader of the Mafia in Judoh.
- Self-Made Orphan:
- Smug Snake: He's far more confident in... everything than he has any right to be. This bites him in the ass when he gets overthrown.
- Took a Level in Badass: From a Non-Action Big Bad wannabe to personally heading the character against the military.
- Action Girl: Well, even by her own admission, more of a Faux Action Girl. She storms Clair's building to try to rescue Daisuke even though she doesn't wind up taking a shot.
- Chickification In the manga she went from an intelligent girl who just happened to have a crush on Shun to a bimbo!
- Brainless Beauty: In the manga. In the anime, she's fairly smart.
- Idiot Hair: Is meant to symbolize her innocence (along with its Anvilicious piiiink color) compared to the other characters
- Spy Catsuit: Parodied in the outfit she wears when she goes to rescue Daisuke from Clair at one point.
- Women Are Wiser: In the anime, often serving as a voice of reason for Daisuke (although he usually brushes her off with his Catchphrase.)
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Inexplicably pink hair, other than just the fact she's a
- BFS: Not quite on par with that of Cloud or Gin, but it's pretty big. It can be pulled out of thin air!
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Highlights include randomly inserting "Usagi/Bunny" into everyday conversation, and randomly vanishing mid-fight.
- Creepy Monotone: Most likely a result of the torture he underwent in prison
- Noble Demon: In his first couple of appearances, he comes off this way—particularly when, at one point when he's sent after J, he tells Daisuke that since he's not targeting him, if Daisuke leaves J to him he'll let him (Daisuke) live. He becomes a full-fledged good guy pretty soon after, though.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Started off as completely human, then surgically and genetically altered as punishment for murder to have the head of a wolf, which he disguises with a holographic mask.
- Angst Coma: When he was 13, just after his father was killed
- Badass Bookworm: Shown to be skilled enough to fight toe-to-toe with Daisuke, even beating him in their first onscreen scuffle and almost literally destroys the city's government system with his manipulation behind the scenes, being just an inch away from becoming its dictator
- Best Served Cold: Has detailed plans for avenging his father. Saying anymore, however, involves massive spoilers.
- Chick Magnet: Almost every woman he meets displays at least some signs of being attracted to him.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Daisuke when it's revealed which side he's really on
- Badass Bookworm: Shows some signs of being this, most especially when she destroys the copy J after Daisuke proves himself unable to.
- Broken Bird: She lost her father at a young age. J is sort of based off him.
- Buxom Is Better: Particularly in the manga. Absolute Cleavage ahoy!
- Christmas Cake: Although, strictly speaking, she has another year to go before reaching true Cake status, she does receive comments from J about her lack of a husband. She takes it with a grain of salt, though.
- Cool Pet: Has a donkey named Parsley, who is apparently housetrained and makes noise in response to what people say.
- Just a Kid: Even though she's only 10, she has to earn money to support her family, because of her alcoholic mother and her Disappeared Dad. Because of her difficult life, she is more adult-like than kid-like, but is dismissed as this because she's only 10.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Is able to discern that a man her mother has started seeing is nothing but trouble long before her mother, or even Daisuke does
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Although not related to Clair, is like a big brother to him...and takes his duty very seriously.
- More Dakka: He has a Mecha similar to (if less clunky than) Heavyarms which has bullets and missiles in both arms, chest, shoulders and knee caps.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Ian is shot by Senator Noriega while spying on him. Afterwards, his hand with the Phi Beta Kappa ring on it is chopped off, packaged up, and sent to Clair's office. All we see is the look of horror on Clair, Giovanni, and Mitchal's faces when they open the box.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse The smallest of Clair's bodyguards, but still badass
- The Smart Guy Graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and is in charge of all the technical crap.
- Spy Catsuit A rare male example
- Affably Evil The most amiable of all of Clair's minions.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Never confirmed in-series, but the last name (and stereotypically curly hair) are suggestive.
- Bash Brothers Almost always with Ian
- Camp Straight: Either this or he's bi, depending on how you interpret his relationship with Ian, given that he seems to take an interest in Kyoko.
- Evil Redhead: He doesn't really come across as that evil, but he does work for the bad guys.
- The Alcoholic: His apartment has an awful lot of empty beer bottles and cans, and it's implied that he drinks heavily to cope with stress. (Ironically, he is attempting to take care of Monica's mother.)
- I Was Quite a Looker: A flashback to a few years prior, when he was dating a woman named Elisa, he had neater hair, fewer wrinkles, and wasn't so stubbly. The stress related to his job and their breakup sent him into somewhat of a downward spiral in terms of his looks.
- Meta Casting: His seiyuu, Keiji Fujiwara, was picked (in part) because he looks kinda like Edmundo.
- No Indoor Voice Almost always yelling in the dub
- Promotion to Parent Adopts Monica, because he sees that she is suffering (and far too jaded for a 10-year-old) without a father figure (or a good mom) in her life.
- The Rival Has a rivalry with Daisuke
- Second Love: He may not be with Elisa anymore (despite still having feelings for her), but after he adopts Monica and takes her and her mother Christina in, he starts a relationship with Christina.
- Tsundere A male example of a Type A Tsundere
- Abusive Parents: Was one to his "beloved son."
- Catchphrase: "My beloved son..."
- Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: A non-comedic example.
- The Mafia: The head of it, and started his particular faction.
- Pet the Dog: Rescues Giovanni from the slums of Judoh and gives his depressed son a friend.
- Shoot the Dog: Killed Daisuke's father... on orders from Shop Echigo.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Mostly ice.
- Younger Than They Look: Looks old enough to be Clair's grandfather
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Says this to then 12-year-old Giovanni
- The Alcoholic: Is implied to have a drinking problem, although he denies that the substance in the bottle is alcohol.
- Back-Alley Doctor: Is not licensed, but is still very competent
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one knows his real name; he is only referred to as "Sensei" ("Doc" in the dub)
- Doorstop Baby: Was washed down a manhole into the city's Absurdly Spacious Sewer and found, raised, and trained by Sensei
- Put on a Bus: Leaves with the Celestial she fell in love with
- Cool Down Hug: Receives one from his half-brother Ray
- Dissonant Serenity: Plays a guitar while there's a literal war going on for the future of Kabuki Road and Judoh in general. Right in the middle of the action, as if this were a perfectly normal (and safe) thing to do.
- Impoverished Patrician: At one time, his family was very wealthy, but then his Jerkass father decided to leave, and took all the money with him, to start a new life with his mistress.
- Odd Friendship: Shares one with both Daisuke and Clair
- Percussive Maintenance: Does this to a speaker in a bar that isn't working right, and gets it to work again before talking with Daisuke.
- Slumming It: To find inspiration for an Angsty song.
- Stage Names: Kia Freeborn is not his birth name. It may or may not be a stage name, and we don't know what his real name is.
- Handsome Lech: Flirts a lot, particularly with Boma (who does not reciprocate)
- Hellbent For Leather: Wears leather pants
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She is known only by her title "Hime" ("Princess"), as amongst her people, only family members and spouses have the right to know each other's real names.
- Funny Foreigner: Is regarded as this in-universe
- Ludd Was Right: Believes technology is evil
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A non-romantic variety for the duration of the one episode she appears in
- Miko: Appears to play this role, as she is very religious and performs an exorcism on a bunch of Mooks
- Precocious Crush: Develops one on Shun and asks (read: orders) him to marry her. Hilarity Ensues.
- Space Amish: Her civilization lives outside the city limits, independent from Judoh's technologies. It is, however, a Crapsaccharine World, because its people are very cold towards one another
- Disappeared Dad: Has been killed by Lorenzo
- Fourth Date Marriage: Married Marius right away
- Happily Married: Until her evil brother got in the way
- Love at First Sight: With Marius
- Missing Mom: Went back to the Land of the Celestials.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Her brother Echigo does not like her marrying Marius
- Superior Species: Is a Celestial
- The Chessmaster: Ordered Lorenzo to kill Marius using an android, after Marius sought to allow them again.
- Generation Xerox: Looks like an older version of his nephew Shun
- I Did What I Had to Do: Or so he tells Shun
- Post Humous Character: Sort of. Shun took over his identity
Cynthia, Janis, and Vivian
Janis voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
Vivian voiced by: Ai Tokunaga (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
- Dumb Blonde: Vivian, though she's arguably somewhat less ditzy than the other girls
- Gossipy Hens: Makes them good informants for Daisuke
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: No one comes right out and says it, but it is implied that they are prostitutes. (Most evident when they are seen going to a hotel with some businessmen.)
- Stripperiffic: Justified, as they are supposed to be prostitutes.
- Broken Bird: It's implied that many of her current problems (drinking, poverty) are because her boyfriend (Monica's father) left her.
- Children Raise You: Because of her drinking and generally irresponsible behavior, she cannot take care of herself. It's Monica that brings home the bacon and cooks it.
- Generation Xerox: We know where Monica gets her looks, and Christina lampshades it.
- Love Makes You Stupid: Gets involved with a man who wants nothing more than to take her out of Judoh to either be killed or used as a Sex Slave, and doesn't realize it until it's too late.
- Mama Bear: At times, such as when Daisuke tries to adopt Monica.
- Missing Mom: Is prepared to leave Judoh with her new boyfriend, with or without her daughter
- Naïve Everygirl: Despite being an adult and having a child, she still has shades of this trope.
- Omniscient Morality License: Takes one anyway (see above), believing that Monica will join up with her later on and accept Christina's boyfriend as her father.
- Second Love: Eventually begins a relationship with Edmundo
- Stripperiffic: Is seen walking around in public wearing booty shorts on a date, and usually wears a slinky nightie.
- Teen Pregnancy: Is 26, and Monica is 10
- Canon Immigrant: Was created specifically for the manga, and does not appear in the anime series.
- Expy: Of Antonia
- Mad Love: Is very loyal to Clair, and does seem to have feelings for him. If he does return those feelings, he's very good at hiding it.
- The Rival: Implied to be in some kind of rivalry with Antonia regarding who is better at robotic engineering.
- Stripperific: Wears nothing but lacy lingerie under her labcoat
- Unholy Matrimony: With Clair. That, or Friends with Benefits.
- HeelFace Turn: Used to be a prominent member of the Mafia, but became disillusioned and gave all of that up. He is now "retired", and supports himself by running a store.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Took Daisuke and Shun in when their father was killed, and gave Clair a place to stay after Noriega took over