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The four strongest members of the Student Council hand-picked by Satsuki to act as her generals. They are all Three-Star students whose Goku Uniforms can transform into mighty suits of armor, giving them powers exceeded only by the Kamui themselves.

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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In episode 23, they receive upgraded uniforms that are powerful enough to allow them to engage Ragyo in close combat.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The student council members of Honnouji Academy are so powerful that they can execute students for disobeying school rules and the principal knows he can't do a thing in the face of the power they hold. This gets turned Up to Eleven when the Tri-City raid trip shows they can rally the students like an army to launch an assault through Japan.
  • Ace Custom: Just like Two Star students, their Goku Uniforms are tailored to strengthen their abilities and talents. They also had customized Dotonbori Robos but refused to use them until they had no choice in the very final episode. They abandoned them soon after that anyway.
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of information about their backstories are explained in a short light novel excerpt written by the writer, while the Elites themselves get a lot more focus in the Drama CDs.
  • Animal Motifs: The first characters in their surnames (Gamagoori, Sanageyama, Inumuta, and Jakuzure) mean "toad", "monkey", "dog", and "snake", respectively. Jakuzure often addresses the other three with the animal parts of their names, in particular calling Sanageyama "the wild monkey".
  • Anti-Villain: Despite fully supporting and helping to enforce Satsuki's brutally fascist hold over Honnouji, they are generally pleasant people (though Nonon does have one hell of a mean streak) who are more loyal to Satsuki herself than her ideals. Hell, Gamagoori and Sanageyama's interactions with Mako and Ryuko suggest they'd actually get along with them if they weren't opposed to Satsuki. This helps make their true colors more believable.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Invoked by their Goku Uniforms, which give students stronger powers the higher their rank. And considering their rank is the highest behind Satsuki herself, their might is unquestionable.
  • Badass Crew: They'd need to be, considering Satsuki chose them to wear some of strongest kind of Goku Uniforms around. And under her guidance, they work incredibly well as a team when they have to.
  • Berserk Button: None of them will tolerate any insult to Satsuki, especially not Gamagoori and Jakuzure.
  • Bishōnen Line: The new versions of their uniforms grow progressively smaller and more humanoid, especially in Nonon and Uzu's cases. Their final and strongest uniforms don't even cover most of their bodies.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • Even after getting demoted to No-Stars and having their Goku Uniforms destroyed/confiscated in their matches with Ryuko, they still sit comfortably in the stands as the whole stadium crumbles around them, and later spring to obey Satsuki's order to evacuate the collapsing school, still in their tracksuits and/or underpants.
    • Happens again in episode 19 when their Goku Uniforms fall apart due to a month straight of battle with no maintenance. They are also shown to have become members of Nudist Beach.
    • Just how badass have they become? In episode 21, even without their uniforms, they're still able to fight Ryuko to a standstill and nearly defeat her. The only reason they didn't succeed was that somebody else crashed the party...
    • Episode 25 proves that even with no Goku Uniforms they are stronger by the end of the series then their former 3-star selves.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Their hair and Transformation Sequences have are the four primary colors: Gamagoori - Yellow. Sanageyama - Green. Inumuta - Blue. Jakuzure - Pink (Red).
  • Competitive Balance: Each of their Goku uniforms revolve around a specific attribute, especially in comparison to Ryuko and Satuki's Lightning Bruiser Kamuis:
    • Sanageyama's Blade Regalia is quick enough to the point where Ryuko can't keep track of him and he even boasts about how he's "faster than light" during his rematch against Nui. But all of the times he's lost, it's always been in one or two hits, making him a Fragile Speedster.
    • Gamagoori takes all damage done to him and then dishes it right back in his Scourge Regalia's second form, but for the most part he's pretty stationary.
    • Inumuta's Probe Regalia has camouflage and great analytically ability to pick apart his opponents, but he goes down even quicker than Uzu once anyone gets past that. He fights with his mind, not his body.
    • Jakuzure's Symphony Regalia is just about spamming as many weapons as possible to completely obliterate her foe, but has no close quarters abilities.
  • Custom Uniform: Unlike One-Star students, their Goku Uniforms are custom-made to fit their personal strengths and abilities. After losing those uniforms, they all don unique school tracksuits (except for Gamagoori); Inumuta's has a much higher collar than usual, Jakuzure's includes a beret with a skull on it, and Sanageyama's jacket is a Badass Longcoat. The same goes for Inumuta and Jakuzure's Nudist Beach "uniforms".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of them have this to some extent, except Jakuzure:
  • Defeat Equals Friendship:
    • Gamagoori, Sanageyama, and Inumuta were all outdone by Satsuki before she made them her henchmen.
    • Hilariously, after Ryuko defeats each of them in the King of the Hill Battle, they all sit down and begin to get along with Mako.
  • Elite Four: Literally referred to as such. They are the elite bodyguards of Satsuki and the most powerful students in the school outside of her.
  • Expy: More or less similar in personality and ability to the Four Generals, and fill roughly the same role as early villains who are defeated to make way for the true villains.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: In a truly villainous display, when Ragyo is about to kickstart her plan to enslave humanity. The villainous part is subverted when they are actually concealing their expressions from Ragyo, who they betray right then and there.
  • Four Is Death: The death of the normal students, that's for sure.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Gamagoori is Melancholic, the firm disciplinary officer and enforcer of Satsuki's rules, and the most overt in their loyalty towards her.
    • Sanageyama is Sanguine, the fight-happy swordsman interested only in finding opponents that can challenge him.
    • Inumuta is Phlegmatic, preferring to gather and study as much data as possible rather than take an active field role like the others.
    • Jakuzure is Choleric, Has a driest sense of humor. She also takes great pride in the fact that she's known Satsuki the longest.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • They never call Satsuki "Kiryuin-sama" / Lady Kiryuin and always refer to her as "Satsuki-sama" / Lady Satsuki. Episode 17 reveals they were planning on joining Satsuki in her rebellion against Ragyo, meaning they were indicating their loyalty to Satsuki, not the Kiryuin family.
    • The four of them are demoted to No-Stars after losing to Ryuko. Given how others who have failed are treated, it's a surprise that Satsuki spares them to begin with. Further episodes reveal that just like in Mako and Ryuko's case, the Elite Four are Satsuki's personal friends and confidants and not just lackeys.
  • Friendly Enemy: When battling Ryuko, they are ruthless. Outside of battle, they seem to hold no hostility toward her and even compliment her abilities against other opponents. They also never fight her outside of school despite knowing where she was living. Gamagoori even gave Ryuko and Mako a ride when their scooter had run out of gas. Episode 18 reveals that this is because they were using Ryuko to find weaknesses in their Goku Uniforms.
  • George Jetson Job Security: All of them are demoted to No-Star status after they lose to Ryuko (and in Sangeyama's case, Nui) in the Naturals Election. By the time the Raid Trip is underway (almost immediately after the Naturals Election ends), they're back to being Three-Stars.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: All four of them develop these in episode 20 (color-coded no less) when they realize Satsuki hasn't lost her will to fight.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In the second Drama CD, they had hotpot with Ryuko, Mako and their family. A week after Sanageyama's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in episode 6 and far before they were revealed to be Good All Along.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The default form of their Goku Uniforms changes with each upgrade. Their first form was made of white with silver accents, then white with gold accents, but their final form when they worked alongside Nudist Beach became black with gold accents.
  • Going Commando: As members of Nudist Beach, their only attire is a utility belt around their hips and strategically positioned chest-pouches for the girls. And stockings, for some reason. Inmuta is the only exception to this rule, as he wears pants as part of his nudist gear.
  • Heel Realization: Their initial Heel–Face Turn is just them following Satsuki as always. There is no real reflection on how terrible they had been until the OVA, where they fight clones based upon their past selves and are horrified to realize how much they had made the students of Honnouji Academy fear and hate them.
  • I Hate Past Me: The Elite Four fight their past selves, from when they were still ruling over Honnouji Academy through fear and intimidation. Each says something to the effect of "Argh, how could this be me? Was I really like this?" For example, Cute, but Cacophonic Jakuzure complains on how annoying Clone!Jakuzure's voice is; Clone!Sanageyama does the classic kendo kiai of MEN! DO! KOTE! while Sanageyama just rushes through the clone's defenses, shouting "JUST SHUT UP ALREADY!"
  • Leitmotif: While they all have the own individual themes, after their Heel–Face Turn those are dropped in favor of a slowed-down version of "KILL7laKILL" that's applied to the group as a whole.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In their Supreme War Regalia, they all become very fast, and extremely powerful enough to take down the COVERS and extract the people inside.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: They get shiny new uniforms in episode 15 with completely new transformations. Interestingly, Sanageyama and Jakuzure's new transformations are smaller and more compact compared to their old ones.
  • Mirror Match: In episode 25, they fight versions of the uniforms they started out with, and after a bit of a struggle, Mako convinces them that they are way stronger now than they used to be. Cue a curb stomp battle that cements their badass status with or without Goku Uniforms.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: They represent the less well-known (and more controversial) version where there's actually four monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and do no evil. However, each member of the team subverts his/her respective virtue in a unique way. This not only symbolizes the manner of which the Student Council flexes their terms of honor for their own benefit, but also works as foreshadowing of Honnouji Academy’s rebellion against Life Fibers. The monkeys are distributed as such:
  • No-Sell: They're not affected by the power pressure Goku Uniforms emit.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Sanageyama, Inumuta, and Jakuzure effortlessly avoid Gamagoori's wild attacks in episode 9.
  • Paint It Black: Inverted. By the time they receive all-black Goku Uniforms, they're firmly on the side of the good guys.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: They're just as much mortal enemies to Ryuko as Satsuki during class, but when given a week off to prepare for the school Naturals Election, they all go about their own businesses rather than go after Ryuko.
  • Shipper on Deck: By the end of episode 24, it seems that Uzu, Nonon, and Houka have teamed up to help Ira confess his feelings for Mako.
  • Spikes of Villainy: A common feature of their Goku Uniforms, most prominently Sanageyama and Gamagoori (who even has them on the soles of his shoes).
  • Stripperiffic: The final incarnations of their Goku Uniforms cover a lot less skin than the previous ones. Much like a Kamui.
  • Strolling Through the Chaos: They walk through an entire crowd of brawling students totally unfazed, elbowing those who lunge at them out of the way without batting an eyelid.
  • Transformation Sequence: Like Ryuko and Satsuki, the Elite Four have their own transformations.
  • True Companions: While they may bicker frequently, they are united by their camaraderie and loyalty to Satsuki.
  • Undying Loyalty: Initially only Gamagoori seemed to exhibit this, while the other three were more flippant about their loyalty to Satsuki. However, following episode 17, it's quite obvious that all four of them feel this way. They essentially picked a fight with the most powerful organization on the planet, the loss of which would equal death or worse for both them and their families. Nevertheless they still follow Satsuki without question.
  • Villainous Friendship: As a collective group they are unified by their loyalty to Satsuki and seeing her ultimate goals achieved. From time to time, they offer each other advice and aid, but don't shy away from refusing help or taking a jab at each other's failures. They tend to bicker and argue like close siblings; disagreements never come to violent blows, just snide remarks and playful mockery. After episode 18, they are revealed to have been good guys and True Companions the entire time.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: All three of the boys once they join Nudist Beach, and later the released forms of their Ultimate Configuration Regalia.
  • Weak, but Skilled: A somewhat strange example; while they are far more powerful than other students, they have less power than Kamui users like Ryuko and Satsuki. They can fight and win against Ryuko not thanks to the power of their uniforms, but thanks to various tricks and skills they and their uniforms possess.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mikisugi is a little miffed that they didn't try to team up with Nudist Beach beforehand, and that in order to keep up their façade of loyalty to Ragyo Kiryuin, they not only didn't seek out their help, but they also launched an all-out assault on Nudist Beach which wound up badly crippling its forces. This, combined with the fact that Ragyo has most of Satsuki's Rank-and File under her control, leaves both Honnouji and Nudist Beach badly unprepared to fight COVERS and the Primordial Life Fiber.

    Ira Gamagoori 

Ira Gamagoori

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)

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"Listen up, students of Honnouji Academy! As long as Ira Gamagoori draws breath, this academy's rules will stand firm!"

The Disciplinary Committee Chair and Satsuki's loyal enforcer. Bombastic and relentless when punishing truants, Gamagoori will stop at nothing to mould the model student body. His Three-Star Goku Uniform, the Shackle Regalia, is unique in that it can transform into the more formidable Scourge Regalia when he absorbs enough damage.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Subverted. He has dark skin through his foreign father — possibly an American soldier. However, information about his heritage is only found in the light novel.
  • Animal Motifs: One of the characters in his name means "toad". Toads can inflate themselves to look more intimidating.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the Noble Demon variation; he has no pity for opponents of the establishment, but as a member of the Disciplinary Committee, he will help a student in need, even his enemy Ryuko.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the head of the Disciplinary Committee, enforcing Satsuki's will and his introductory scene cements it. He gives a grand entrance to find the Goku Uniform thief. When he finds the latter fleeing, instead of chasing him, he jumps down the school building to land in front of the thief, all while laughing manically. Needless to say, the ridiculousness of his stunts increases with every single episode.
  • An Axe to Grind: Uses an axe-like Tailor's Dagger in episode 25.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Just when it seems that Maiko Ogure will get away with her actions, Gamagoori appears and kicks her out of the school for good.
  • Berserker Tears: After losing to Ryuko and having his uniform destroyed, he angrily cried and tried to take his own life by stabbing himself.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Ira" also means "rage" in Italian, and he did seem perpetually angry in the beginning.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Downplayed. He builds strength the more he's hit with very sexual overtones and his Goku Uniform has a heavy BDSM motif, which features whips, spikes, rope, and a ball gag. However, even though he's a villain, he's defined more by his Noble Demon status and Undying Loyalty to Satsuki, and even the uniform and methods of using it are explained in the context of disciplining himself to set an example to the rest of the student body. Ryuko is still creeped out by it, though. Subverted in episode 17 when Satsuki and the entire Honnouji Academy reveal themselves to be Good All Along.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The light novel reveals that he is the son of a Japanese nurse and a foreign man — possibly an American soldier — explaining his Dark-Skinned Blond looks.
  • Characterization Marches On: Starts off as brutish enforcer of Satsuki's rules. He mellows out somewhat and proves to be both a competent administrator and leader, being effectively Satsuki's Dragon. He also proves very responsible and protective of the people under his care.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The metal armor Gamagoori wore when challenging Satsuki in middle school (custom-made by his uncle) reappears in the finale, where it protects him from Nui's stab attack, which was aimed at Mako.
  • Coat Cape: In a flashback.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his flashback to when he first met Satsuki, it's shown that he wore a titanium waistband ostensibly to protect against her sword. This comes up again in the finale where it saves him from what could have been a fatal blow.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: His Goku Uniform looks like a bondage mummy and relies entirely on damage sustained to launch a vicious counterattack using endless amounts of spiky whips. If the enemy chooses not to damage him, he is perfectly willing to whip himself in order to launch an attack. He also enjoys damage perhaps more than is healthy. It should be said that Gamagoori is less on the "sado" and more on the "masochist"; during the free-for-all Naturals Election, he came in last out of the Elite Four in the informal "who defeated the most One-Star students" competition due to only fighting in self-defense.
    Gamagoori: That's it! More! Punish me more! I've been a bad boy!
  • Combat Tentacles: Scourge Regalia has a lot of whips that move in this manner, and is Gamagoori's main form of offense.
  • The Comically Serious: He reacts this way to the Mankanshoku family's antics.
  • Cool Car: Has a sweet sports car that he recently got a license for. It's baby pink.
  • Counter Attack: His first uniform's shtick.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Originally it seems like he would suffer from this - since he depends entirely on being attacked to launch counterattacks, it seems like just not attacking him would be an easy way of dealing with him. However, it turns out he can attack himself.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: He has dark skin and blonde hair, which, according to the light novel, is how he knew his father was a foreign man — possibly American.
  • Declaration of Protection: At first only towards Satsuki, but in the end towards the entire group, no, the entire Academy. And despite all of them being major badasses, he saves more than one life by acting as their shield:
    Gamagoori: As Honnouji Academy's Disciplinary Committee Chairman, I, Ira Gamagoori, will protect Satsuki Kiryuin and all of Honnouji Academy's students! I am their living shield!
  • Determinator: Before submitting to Satsuki, he told her he would never kneel before her no matter what. Sure enough, after Satsuki defeated him, he took her sheath and used it as crutch to keep himself from falling on his knees.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gamagoori's father walked out when he was very young, so his maternal uncle helped raise him instead.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He claims that should he ever shed a tear, he'll wipe it himself. When he does start crying, however, he can't handle the disgrace and tries to kill himself.
  • The Dragon: Though he has the appearance and capabilities of The Brute, he's actually the one who keeps the entire student body in line when Satsuki isn't around.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: If the students of Hannouji Academy are an army, then he certainly fits this role. Especially when he's barking orders or punishing students.
  • Driven to Suicide: Averted. He nearly attempted this after losing his fight against Ryuko, only for Satsuki to intervene and spare him.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He thinks that spinning his car is a valid method of fending off drive-by shooters. It doesn't end well. Not surprising considering he just got his license. Although it's mostly subverted as before he was attacked, he was driving safely and properly.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He's shown to have joined with Satsuki in part because he loathed his classmates who pulled Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!.
    • While he berates Inumuta for daring to wear a tracksuit after being defeated by Ryuko, he does not say the same to Jakuzure, since she's a girl. And when Sanageyama shows up totally naked, he tells him to put on some clothes.
  • Fallen Hero: When he was still a Student Council President, he opposed Satsuki's ruthless conquest of his school. After being beaten by her, however, he joined her side but he merely changed into an Anti-Hero, seeing how Satsuki was Good All Along but extremely ruthless.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Only wears one stocking as part of his Nudist Beach uniform. His Shackle Regalia: Persona Unleashed has the left area of his body covered in metallic armor.
  • Flowers of Romance: In the final episode's ending credits, he's seen holding a bouquet of roses almost certainly intended for Mako.
  • Foreshadowing: When he was attacked by the Automotive club, he taunted them if they can keep up with his driving skills. The taunt was issued while the camera showed the wakaba mark on his car, pretty much commenting on his driving skills and how his attempt at escaping will end.
  • Genius Bruiser: While he seems like a brutish Mighty Glacier at first, he is very insightful outside combat and is pretty much the leader of the Elite Four.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In episode 8, when he passes Ryuko and Mako wheeling their busted scooter along the road and gives them a lift in his Cool Car.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: He is challenged by Mako to a cheering competition for their respective sides during the King of the Hill Final Battle after he gets demoted.
  • Hand Blast: His Shackle Regalia: Persona Unleashed can unleash these.
  • Held Back in School: By his own choice so that he could serve Satsuki when they entered high school.
  • Heroic Willpower: Even with Shinra Koketsu subjugating every Goku Uniform to its will during the finale, he's still able to move around, something Nui notes is very impressive.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially comes off as a brutish Large Ham who solves problems by whipping the heck out them. Turns out he is a very thorough and competent administrator and leader who is well versed in bureaucracy, probably due to being a former Student Council President.
  • Hitler Cam: Like Satsuki herself, most if not all of Gamagoori's shots when he's exercising his authority are angled in such a way, which coupled with his already impressive height makes him look infinitely more vast than he already is. Especially prominent during the first episode when he's dealing with the spy and during his match with Ryuko when the angle he's presented in makes Gamagoori seem like a monumental structure rather than a person.
  • Hot-Blooded: He can never seem to stop shouting.
  • I Am Your Opponent: During Ryuko's match against the Elite Four, Gamagoori ensures his chance to fight her first by requesting they fight in the order of how much cannon fodder they take out from least to greatest, then taking out the least number.
  • I Gave My Word: The reason he gives for wanting to save Mako. Nonon thinks otherwise, and teases him for it.
  • I Regret Nothing: Says this after Taking the Bullet for Mako.
  • Incoming Ham: "I'M ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS!!!"
  • Insane Troll Logic: He attempts to dodge an enemy pursuit by spinning the car. It goes as well as you'd expect.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He attempts to perform Seppuku after losing to Ryuko. Satsuki, however, stops him.
  • Large and in Charge: He towers over the Elite Four, and is also the enforcer of Satsuki's rules. When in battle, he often acts as Satsuki's Number Two.
  • Large Ham: Perhaps the biggest ham in an entire school of clothes-wearing pigs, seeing how he never stops screaming.
  • Leitmotif: The first half of "goriLLA蛇L",note  which features angry guitars, pounding percussion, and panic-inducing synth riffs.
  • Licked by the Dog: After he rescues the Mankanshoku family, Guts can be seen drooling all over his head.
  • Limit Break: How his Shackle/Scourge Regalia works; if he keeps getting hit while he's unable to move, he will eventually explode with power.
  • Logical Weakness: Subverted; the weakness in question, which Ryuko tries to exploit, would be to not attack him while in his Shackle Regalia. He rectifies this by whipping himself.
  • Macho Masochism: Episode 8 shows he likes being attacked by others. It gets really risqué he describes his defenses as "towering higher" and "getting harder" until they all burst out and he pulls a One-Winged Angel.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: His obsession with rules and etiquette seems to give him this view towards females like Ryuko. He derides her and considers her depraved for wearing a sexually suggestive Kamui, but does not see Satsuki as such despite having an equally revealing Kamui due to being "pure".
  • Manly Tears: He says he's not afraid to cry, as he clearly shows after losing to Ryuko.
  • Mighty Glacier: He barely moves an inch while using his Shackle Regalia, instead letting his opponents hit him so he can repay the damage doubly using his Scourge Regalia. He even refers to himself as Satsuki's "impenetrable shield".
  • Nigh Invulnerable: His Shackle Regalia is impossible or at least extremely hard to damage from the outside due to being made from layers upon layers of reinforced fabric that even Ryuko's Scissor Blade cannot penetrate. It even No Sells Seni-Soshitsu because the actual Life Fibers are secreted deep below the outer layers. It is unknown whether this extends to the Scourge Regalia, which is hard to damage by virtue of being almost impossible to approach without getting whipped to death.
  • No Indoor Voice: About the only times he doesn't scream at the top of his lungs are when he's talking to Satsuki.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Gamagoori explains that it's the duty of committee members to help students off-campus, even if that student is Ryuko.
  • Odd Friendship: With Mako.
  • One Head Taller: Ironically, Gamagoori only seems to achieve this when placed near Satsuki, to accentuate his demure attitude towards her. Around everybody else he ranges from "big" to "kaiju".
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He seemed rather proud of his Vacuum Fist which could destroy a COVERS and simultaneously rescue its victim. But then Ryuko woke up and did the same to a whole host of COVERS in under 10 seconds. Ira was not amused.
  • Personality Powers: Shackle Regalia allows him to punish himself for his past failings and to show other students true discipline. Scourge Regalia allows him to beat those same students into line.
  • Pet the Dog: Seems to form a peculiar soft spot for Mako, showing remarkable tolerance of her wacky antics as well as reluctance to fight her seriously or let her put herself in harm's way. Goes into full-blown Ship Tease when Gamagoori leaps to her rescue and cries out Mako's name before she's absorbed by COVERS, as well as his embarrassment in seeing her nude after rescuing her.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: According to the light novel, his Dark-Skinned Blond looks are how he knew his father was a foreign man — possibly American. His huge build is attributed to his heritage as well.
  • Playing with Fire: His Shackle Regalia: Persona Unleashed gives him the ability to cover his right hand in fire.
  • Principles Zealot: Even as he and Ryuko are raring to fight, he insists they wait another four hours for their match to begin as scheduled, because those are the rules.
  • Punny Name: His name sounds like "gorilla" if said quickly; fitting for someone of his size. "Ira" also means "chastise", his favorite pastime.
  • Reverse Arm-Fold: Is frequently seen doing this, especially while pacing.
  • Samurai: He's not one, but he does share some common elements, such as his strong sense of honor, his attempted seppuku, and the Cherry Blossoms in his flashback.
  • Seppuku: Subverted. He tried to take his own life stabbing himself in a classic seppuku attempt after losing to Ryuko, but Satsuki took his knife, saving him.
  • Ship Tease: Surprisingly, Gamagoori begins to show hints of attraction towards Mako. He sometimes blushes around her and acts especially chivalrous on Mako's behalf.
  • Shirtless Scene: After being defeated by Ryuko and demoted to No-Star, be spends almost three whole episodes in his underwear.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: After rescuing Mako from COVERS, Nonon teases Gamagoori, telling him to stop flirting with Mako, which he furiously denies doing. Given that Mako is butt naked at the time and Gamagoori avoids looking at her and blushes, Nonon may be onto something.
  • Student Council President: He used to be one at his middle school before transferring to Honnouji Academy.
  • Super Strength: As expected of his hulking stature, but isn't seen using it much as he utilizes his whips in combat more often. In his Shackle Regalia: Persona Unleashed however, he ditches the whips entirely and solely uses his brute strength, which is now enhanced enough for him to outright crush many COVERS (even the Kaiju sized ones) with ease.
  • Taking the Bullet: During the finale, he takes a stab from Nui's artificial arms in order to shield Mako, but survives due to the custom-made titanium armor wrapped around his torso.
  • Technical Pacifist: Gamagoori does not pick fights unless he is provoked or must enforce the rules. If it's possible to avoid violence to achieve his goals, Gamagoori is not above attempting that avenue first. He similarly cannot attack in his Shackle Regalia unless he receives damage first - though it should be noted that he can damage himself if the enemy won't.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Ira sees Tsumugu using three Vacuum Fists, gives it a moment of thought and then equips himself with nine of them. Extra points because Tsumugu had them attached to his power armor while Ira lifts and uses them with nothing but his own muscles.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Figuratively and literally. His school regulation pocket books are thrown like daggers to defeat the Kobe rugby team during Raid Trip. The pocket books are powerful because they contain "iron-clad" enforced regulations... and also because they're made entirely of folded steel, but his version sounds better.
  • Transformation Sequence: Deserves a separate mention, since his first uniform has two forms beside the regular one. Shackle Regalia is a Nigh Invulnerable punching bag with no offensive capabilities. Once it takes enough damage, it transforms further into Scourge Regalia to unleash all that damage back on the opponent, and when its energy resources are spent, it turns back into Shackle Regalia again until attacked some more.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is noted for his fierce loyalty to Satsuki. His only thoughts seem to be about enforcing her rules, and his loyalty is much more prominent and outspoken than his colleagues'.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Like ears of wheat.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In episode 13, punishing Mako for spreading news against Satsuki didn't seem important at the time, but if he hadn't taken her away to perform labor service, she would have been there for Ryuko when Nui Harime (the manipulator of the situation) attacked and Senketsu might have escaped destruction.
  • Weapons That Suck: In episode 19, he gets the "Emergency Rescue Suction Device", an Arm Cannon which is able to suck away the host inside COVERS and kill the COVER in the progress.
  • Whip It Good: His Goku Uniform generates red, thorny lashes. They turn brown and he gets even more of them when transformed. This plays into his "discipline" theme.
  • Younger Than They Look: Subverted; the reason he looks so much older than your standard high school student is because he deliberately waited two years for Satsuki to graduate, so they could enroll in high school together.
  • Your Size May Vary: By virtue of the series' Deranged Animation, he has only one set height, and that's "bigger than you". His variations in size are so deliberate and increasingly ridiculous, he may as well be a literal Size Shifter. In episode 23, he even utilizes this in combat, becoming large enough to flatten many COVERS with just one hand and even crushes a KAIJU-SIZED one that utterly dwarfed him in the last episode between both of his hands. Even his name and general association with toads reference how frogs puff themselves up to look big.

    Uzu Sanageyama 

Uzu Sanageyama

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Grant George (English)

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"So you're dead set on this. All right, show me the power of a man's resolve!"

The Athletic Committee Chair, commanding officer of the various sports clubs at Honnouji Academy. Sanageyama is rather laid back, but makes no effort to mask his true passion for serving Satsuki. He is also a kendo practitioner, with his Three-Star Goku Uniform Blade Regalia allowing him to see from any angle with great accuracy.


  • Accidental Pervert:
    • The second drama CD had him trip over Guts and land on something "warm and squishy." Ryuko asked what he thought he was holding, and Sanageyama immediately became flustered and apologetic since he thought he was groping Ryuko's breasts. Hilarity Ensues on Ryuko's part when Sanageyama found out he was actually squeezing Barazo's face.
    • In the third drama CD, Ryuko caught him half naked wearing nothing but a Mako possessed T-shirt while he was arguing with Mako to stop clinging to him. Mako attempted to glomp Ryuko while possessing Sanageyama and Ryuko understandably freaked out about it.
  • The Ace: Despite his occassional Butt-Monkey status, Sanageyama is the strongest of the Elite Four.note 
  • Affably Evil: He's the most laid-back of the Elite Four, makes quips in humorous situations, and at least appears to treat his committee members fairly.
  • Animal Motifs: His name includes the character for "monkey". He is by far and beyond the most agile of the Elite Four, and may be based on Sun Wukong, the Monkey King.
  • Anime Hair: When he was younger.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's a superb swordsman, but he's also overly reliant on his Tengantsu in battle. Fortunately for Ryuko, she is able to exploit this. Unfortunately for her, he learns from his mistakes.
  • Badass Longcoat: He's one of the strongest melee fighters in the series, easily on par with Ryuko, whom he gives a thorough trashing twice during episode 6. Adding to his appearance, he also wears a long coat over his uniform, unlike the other members of the Elite Four, to add to his badass presence.
  • Badass Normal: Despite being a regular human, only he and Satsuki have been able to battle Nui in melee without donning a Goku Uniform; every other character has either used a Goku Uniform, wasn't entirely human, or ran off before Nui got close. If they didn't suffer a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Benevolent Boss: While not above beating the crap out of his committee members for disobedience, he's usually there to give them words of encouragement, and is not happy about Ryuko defeating them. Trigger has also stated that his money gained from Honnouiji Academy is used to fund his former gang, the North Kanto Alliance.
  • Berserk Button: Sanageyama really hated it when Nui interrupted his third match with Ryuko. Unfortunately for him, Nui effectively cut him off and beat him without even trying.
  • Black Sheep: Was a disruptive delinquent from a well-to-do family. Eventually, his father got fed up with him, punched him out, and challenged him to do something with his life if he was so sick of being The Un Favourite. Thus, Sanageyama formed the Northern Kanto Bancho Alliance.
  • Blade Brake: He breaks his fall using his bamboo sword after being knocked off the tournament platform by Nui Harime.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: He's a master of the bamboo sword, but once he sews his eyes shut and heightens his remaining senses, granting him the all-seeing Shingantsu, he becomes all the more formidable. However, the stitches on his eyes were cut in episode 23.
  • Blood Knight: While still loyal, he takes a great interest in fighting strong enemies, to the point where he personally requests Satsuki to make a one-time exception to the rule that the Elite Four are forbidden to fight Ryuko. In fact, the promise of being able to fight to his heart's content in Satsuki's new school was the reason he joined her in the first place.
  • Boring, but Practical: Despite the hulking appearance of his Goku Uniform, Sanageyama doesn't really gain many flashy moves compared to his fellow Elite Four Members. Instead, it simply amplifies his Kendo Skills and super sense.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • He takes great pride in his Tengantsu, so to be defeated when Ryuko counters it with a simple tactic is extremely humiliating for him. It prompts him to sew his eyes shut so she'll never be able to exploit this weakness again.
    • Happens again in episode 11 when he tries to attack Nui Harime for interrupting his fight with Ryuko.
  • The Brute: He's a Blood Knight, and his Power Armor is positively huge, like a gorilla.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hehe. Sanageyama is always raring to go fight Ryuko, but the times that he's able to, he's first defeated by her, then Ryuko escapes when his Goku Uniform overheats in their rematch. During their match in the King of the Hill Final Battle, Nui Harime interrupts and quickly defeats him by de-threading his Goku Uniform of its Banshi Life Fiber with her pinky. The guy just can't catch a break.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Justified, as it's part of being a proper kendo practitioner:
    Sanageyama: MEN! DOU! KOTE! (repeat hundreds of times)
  • Char Clone: Is significantly faster and more attentive than the other members of the Elite Four, and wears a mask as of episode 6.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Initially, his over-reliance on his eyesight led to a crippling weakness.
  • Compensating for Something: He likes to hold his sword close to his crotch during lulls in his fights, and his uniform has a belt with an enormous solid metal buckle adorned with three long spikes.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Aikuro comments that his initial defeat against Ryuko was due to him focusing too much on Tengatsu. Once Ryuko covered every part of his armor so he couldn't see, he was defeated easily.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is very cool-headed and questions the awkward mindsets of others surrounding him all the time, Mako more often than not:
    Sanageyama: That one has resolve, too. That, or she's an idiot.
  • Determinator: After being easily defeated by Ryuko for his overconfidence in his eyesight, Satsuki tells him he is too lacking in resolve to continue serving her. So he proves he has that resolve by sewing his eyes shut. Later on, he also keeps his Goku Uniform far longer than the rest of the Elite Four after fighting the COVERS for one month straight.
  • Disability Superpower: Blinding himself and losing his Tengantsu, combined with the power of his Goku Uniform, sharpens his other senses into the all-seeing Shingantsu.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: While loyal to Satsuki, Sanageyama joins up with her cause to fight strong opponents and with the intention of eventually having a rematch with her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He shows outright disgust with Kaneo Takarada for making common citizens fight for him in episode 14.
  • Expy: Of Viral. Just like Viral, he is Hot-Blooded, voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in the Japanese version, and quickly establishes himself as a rival, but soon starts to lose his competence. And just like Viral, he regains it after he joins the good guys.
  • Eye Scream: When he finds he relied too much on his sight fighting Ryuko, he has his eyes sewn shut. As of episode 23, this has been undone.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His Blade Regalia: Secret Unsealed covers over only to his left shoulder.
  • Fragile Speedster: A very odd example, because his uniform is a massive, towering Powered Armor, which looks like it would be easy to hit but hard to pierce. The truth is quite the contrary, despite the bulky-looking armor he is lightning-fast and can dodge attacks with utmost ease, but if something stops him from dodging, he does not take hits well at all. Ryuko defeats him with a single Seni-Soshitsu. Granted, the armor would probably be useful if it was facing anything but a specialized Fiber-destroying weapon. Nui also takes him out in a pinky but later on is shown that she still cannot dodge his hits.
  • Full Potential Upgrade: His Eye Scream increases his power to such a degree he overheats his Goku Uniform, requiring it to be upgraded after this allows Ryuko to escape.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Wore one that said "bad boy" when he first met Satsuki.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: If the way he holds his sword while posing naked in episode 12 serves as any indication.
  • Handicapped Badass: After he trades off his eyesight, if his uniform hadn't overheated, he would've defeated Ryuko for good.
  • High Collar of Doom: To go with his delinquent motif.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ryuko overcomes his super sight by covering his face plate with Senketsu's cloth, blinding him long enough to cut him down. He learns from this and as a result he becomes a much bigger threat.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, what on Earth were you expecting? Though Sanageyama's character is a bit more on the tamed and mature side.
  • Hunk: In a cast full of borderline gonk, he's noticeably very attractive, not to mention in great shape.
  • Hyper-Awareness: After his eyes are sewn shut, his Goku Uniform extends his awareness to the entire world, and it's not much of a hyperbole.
  • Hypocrite: Chews out Takarada for relying on his vast wealth for power and for using the citizens of Osaka as a hastily amassed private military. Conveniently ignores that not only is Honnou Town only formed because of the money Satsuki was loaned by her mother, but that Satsuki and he are far worse abusers of human rights than Takarada, not to mention that he is leading an army of teenagers to subjugate Kansai.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Unlike with Satsuki's other subordinates, stripping him of his uniform does not strip him of the will to fight.
  • I Have Many Names: Lampshaded by the episode 6 preview, which is almost entirely spent listing his titles.
  • Japanese Delinquent: He was one during his middle school days.
  • Kendo Team Captain: His rank and practice of kendo suggests he is this. Given the high social status kendo has in Japanese society, it's no wonder this guy was picked as one of the Elite Four.
  • Knife Nut: His weapon was the Tailor's Dagger after he lost his third Goku Uniform and had to face Ryuko.
  • Laser Blade: The sword from his Blade Regalia: Secret Unsealed comes with a blade that looks a lot like Spiral Power.
  • Leitmotif: The second half of "犬Kあ3L",note  a lively, fast-paced piece with an Oriental feel.
  • Logical Weakness: Due to his heightened senses after blinding himself, he can't endure anything that's too severe to his other senses. Even after he gains his eyesight back, he still struggles with this, as shown when he tried to drink Soroi's tea.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: When he first fights Ryuko, he shows off his Tengantsu ability that gives him super sight, which proves to be his downfall. In their rematch, he reveals that he traded out his Tengantsu (and his eyes with it) for the much more potent Shingantsu, which lets him "see" with his other senses. Add that to the powers of his Goku Uniform, and he can pretty much sense anything and everything, everywhere.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Becomes one at the end of episode 6, wearing a mask to cover the scars on his eyes.
  • Martial Arts Headband: After he gained his sight back, he wore his mask ribbon like one.
  • Mini-Mecha: His uniform becomes this once transformed, until he gets it upgraded to MKIII.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The most traditional example of the Elite Four. He's neither as bulky as Gamagoori or as scrawny as Inumuta, and spends more time than either of them completely naked.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: During his second fight with Ryuko, to show off his bandaged torso.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Holds this view toward Ryuko. He proclaims this while being butt-naked.
  • Parrying Bullets: Best demonstrates his abilities by being able to deflect bullets and cut missiles in half by using only a bamboo sword during the Raid Trip in episode 14.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: It's noted that he was pretty scrawny when he was 15, and has since grown to almost unrecognisable heights in the last three years (being even taller than Satsuki nowadays).
  • Power Armor: His Blade Regalia, once it's upgraded to MKIII, resembles metal kendo armor.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: In episode 6:
  • Scars Are Forever: There are cross-shaped scars across his eyes from the stitches. Subverted, because the scars are gone when the stitches are removed.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: Being completely naked doesn't stop him from trying to keep fighting. He didn't even think to put underwear on until Gamagoori ordered him to.
  • Shonen Hair: Particularly after blinding himself and acquiring the mask. Becomes more ridiculous every time he has a costume change, reaching Saiyan levels by episode 23.
  • Spear Counterpart: Determined, hotheaded, a swordsperson, became a delinquent because of family issues, and had to change their attitude to become stronger? Sanageyama is pretty much a male Ryuko.
  • Speed Echoes: His Goku Uniform is so fast it can leave behind afterimages to distract his opponent with.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Twice in episode 6, though Satsuki notices him both times. The second time, however, Sanageyama does it right in front of her when she assumes he's behind her.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: In episode 24, some One-Star students form a tower so Sanageyama can better attack the transmitter, and when its barrier repels them all Sanageyama uses the students as footholds to climb back up and keep attacking.
  • Straight Man: A rare Hot-Blooded example, versus a cast full of Large Hams, especially visible when interacting with Cloudcuckoolander Mako.
  • Super Senses: His Tengantsu ability gives him super sight, which lets him pick up on subtle body gestures to predict his enemies' moves.
  • Super Speed: Contrary to his Blade Regalia's bulky appearance, he moves so fast he can actually hit each of Ryuko's Speed Echoes.
  • Tareme Eyes: Worth noting because, for a tough former-delinquent in a Hot-Blooded action show, this dude's eyes are HUGE. They look better suited to someone half his age.
  • Teeny Weenie: If Mako's assessment is to be trusted. Trigger has confirmed that his schlong is indeed severely lacking.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By blinding himself and sharpening his other senses with his Goku Uniform, he is able to predict enemies' movements like never before. This practically makes him the most dangerous of the Elite Four considering the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown he delivered to Ryuko and the highest counter of victories in the Naturals Election.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The drama CDs made it abundantly clear he is obsessed with konjac.
  • Tranquil Fury: He spends much of his second match with Ryuko in a chilling calm rather than his usual Hot-Blooded self.
  • The Un-Favourite: Sanageyama was constantly and unfavorably compared to his older brother. His irritation over it is partly why he fell into delinquency.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Subverted. While he's more than capable of kicking ass with his Shinai, its still inferior to the likes of Ryuko's Scissor Blade or Satsuki's Bakuzan due to the ability of the latter two to sever life fibers.
  • The Worf Effect: Has seen both sides of the coin: he utterly thrashes Ryuko after he gains his Blade Regalia MKII, and is built up as her final opponent during the Naturals Election, but when it finally comes time for the two of them to fight, Nui crashes the fight and demolishes his uniform with her pinky.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a very deep shade of green.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Rare Male Example. His Nudist Beach uniform comes with a pair of bicep-length gloves and boots.

    Houka Inumuta 

Houka Inumuta

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)

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"It's one unbelievable thing after another here. That's what makes this academy so fascinating."

The Information and Strategy Committee Chair, charged with the finance and strategic planning of the Student Council. Unlike his fellow elites, Inumuta is more interested in gathering data on Ryuko's Kamui rather than defeating her. His Three-Star Goku Uniform, Probe Regalia, allows him to analyze and predict his enemies' moves in the heat of battle.


  • Adjusting Your Glasses: By the corner. Pushing either one side, or both sides of the lenses using just one or two fingers. Double the badass level when he performs this alongside Sewing Club President Iori.
  • All Webbed Up: Gets this ability in his Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled, in a sense. He utilizes computer wires to ensnare many COVERS and squeeze out their human hosts, and can pierce clean through the head of a Nui clone with them.
  • Animal Motifs: His name contains the character for "dog". As the president of the Information Committee and a skilled hacker, he is very good at metaphorically "sniffing out" enemies.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: His Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled has the theme of a spider.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
    • Played straight when he uses his skills to pinpoint the weak spot in a 50% Life Fiber Goku Uniform and unravel it in one hit. This is thoroughly justified, as he watched exactly how the uniform was made and the uniform was only mostly finished.
    • This is defied to the point of deconstruction, however, in his fight against Ryuko. She is familiar enough with guys that use this strategy to know that using dangerous and/or just plain stupid techniques can throw off their contingency plans enough to turn the tables on them, so she starts off the match by overclocking Senketsu to the point where Inumuta's calculations can't catch up with her attacks.
  • Badass Bookworm: Hands down the most intelligent of the Elite Four. He displays his non-combat abilities by doing things like hacking Ragyo's cameras to find a captured Satsuki.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled covers everything from the hips down and collarbones up.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason he's so loyal to Satsuki is because she gave him the chance to pursue something tangible beyond what he could do on the internet, and gave him something to live for
  • Berserk Button: He threatens to kill Mako when she bumps into his laptop.
  • Bishōnen: Compared to his two male companions, Inumuta has a lighter build and far less muscle, but still possesses a handsome face.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Green eyes are more commonly associated with mysticism and nature, but he focuses on its opposite in data and technology.
  • The Comically Serious: Amongst other things, the fact that he's usually so calm and grounded makes him striking strange poses in a skin-tight bodysuit all the more hilarious.
  • The Cracker: Before attending Honnouji Academy, Inumuta was a street punk who would hack into and ruin big name corporate networks for the fun of it. Thanks to Satsuki, he was given the chance to crack the real world system instead of a virtual one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Though he's a lot more subtle about it than others:
    Inumuta: Oh, how fascinating. I'll file away that bit of snide commentary.
  • Doing Research: His main concern with Ryuko is simply gathering data on everything she and Senketsu are capable of.
  • Enemy Scan: His Goku Uniform can pinpoint his opponents' weaknesses and predict their attack trajectories. Ryuko manages to exceed his calculations simply by being reckless enough.
  • Evil Genius: He's the council's information analyst and strategist, so of course he'd be this.
  • Fanservice Pack:
    • Inumuta's Transformation Sequence shows him with minimum muscle definition. However, after joining Nudist Beach and going shirtless, he looks much more toned than before.
    • And then Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled gets rid of the six-pack and reverts his waistline to that of a slender young girl. However, he does reveal some pretty nice biceps in the process.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses, and is also a cold and calculating super-genius.
  • Future Spandex: His Goku Uniform, Probe Regalia, which is more restrained-looking than his fellow elites'. It's covered in keyboards too.
  • Geek Physiques: Of the skinny sort, at least until episode 19. Nudist Beach must have one hell of a fitness program.
  • Hartman Hips: Feature rather prominently as part of his Probe Regalia MKI oddly enough, what with him being male.
  • High Collar of Doom: His collar is like a mouth mask, and will zip closed whenever he decides to stop speaking. When he's demoted, he switches to a high-collared warm-up jacket, and as a member of Nudist Beach, he keeps the collar despite not wearing a shirt.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His MKIII uniform is equipped with retractable USB cords. They are launched from his forearm and can be used to either stab the enemy or ensnare them with the cable.
  • In the Hood: In flashbacks to when he was a hacker recruited by Satsuki, he wears a red hoodie.
  • Invisibility Cloak: His Goku Uniform's Optical Camouflage.
  • It Amused Me: During middle school, Inumuta broke into the world's tightest online security system because of the challenge it presented. Satsuki was disappointed that someone so brilliant could be so small-minded, and offered him to be a part of something with a much greater purpose.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He knows when he's been beaten and surrenders to Ryuko before she can shred his uniform so he won't lose the data he's gathered on her. Doesn't stop him from being demoted, though.
  • Leitmotif: The first half of "犬Kあ3L",note  which fittingly uses many electronic sounds; however, it is quite upbeat for Inumata's overall mood.
  • Me's a Crowd: He can make illusionary clones of himself once he upgraded to Probe Regalia MKII.
  • Mission Control: The reason he's a Non-Action Guy. A notable example is during the subjugation of Kansai, and this also seems to be his primary function as an officer of Nudist Beach. During the penultimate fight with Ragyo, he's literally relaying information to Satsuki via an earpiece.
  • Mr. Exposition: According to Jakuzure, this is his role in the Elite Four, and he has fulfilled it on multiple occasions and with great enthusiasm. Of course, he can't really explain things that he has no information about, like who Nui Harime is, or how she's able to tear a Goku Uniform to shreds by pulling a single thread out.
  • Ninja: His Probe Regalia: Truth Unveiled has this design, complete with Ninja Run.
  • Non-Action Guy:
    • Ryuko beats him with less trouble than she had against some two-star students, his role during the Kansai conquering arc is tech support, and he's the only one of the Elite Four to not even land a hit on Nui in episode 18.
    • Seems Inumuta can't fight without the aid of a Goku Uniform, judging from the fact that after joining Nudist Beach he doesn't participate directly in any battles until Iori makes him a new one.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Aikuro's stripteases seem to have absolutely zero effect on him.
  • One-Way Visor: Wears this while transformed, and comes with a HUD display.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When he does smile, it's usually because he's got some devious plan in mind. This changes after the time skip. Mostly.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: With his feet while fighting Ryuko, since he needs his hands for...
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Does it all over his body when using Probe Regalia. While striking ridiculous poses.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: When he's cornered by Ryuko, his visor flashes "DOES NOT COMPUTE" in bright red text.
  • Readings Blew Up the Scale: The direct consequence of the above.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Satsuki recruited Inumuta after witnessing him hack into her conglomerate's computer system and destroy their stock holdings.
  • The Runaway: He ran away from home when he started middle school.note 
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Not that scary, but those shiny blue lenses look pretty cool.
  • Sensual Spandex: His Probe Regalia MKI is surprisingly tight and revealing despite covering his entire body.
  • Serious Business: Anything he argues about can be this, with the time he argued about the logistics of whether hotpot in the dark was theoretically possible (in the 2nd Drama CD) being the best example.
  • Shonen Hair: Much like Sanageyama, his Truth Unveiled form makes Inumuta's normally sleek hair incredibly fluffy and gravity-resistant.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: He trades potshots with Jakuzure almost every time they talk. While she finds it annoying, he seems to find it amusing.
  • The Sociopath: Has signs of this when he was younger, especially in his backstory:
    "When he imagined the frustrated look on his father's face as he was blocked by every turn, Houka laughed out loud for the first time in a while."
    "His mother often sends worried emails, and he programmed an AI to automatically respond to them. It was a digital boy that wrote emails flowing with more humanity than her actual son, a boy that cared for his parents."
  • Squishy Wizard: One solid hit from Ryuko is enough to render him defenseless.
  • The Stoic: Calm and composed, Inumuta usually remains collected in stressful situations.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He's the only one of the Elite Four who rarely smiles and almost never raises his voice. Unless you damage his laptop.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His sentiment when Mako sums up his Techno Babble as "Ryuko is really awesome!" and Gamagoori just agrees with her.
  • Teen Genius: In middle school, he managed to bypass one of the tightest security systems in the world just for kicks.
  • Three-Point Landing: Used almost to the point of parody in his ninja-themed Truth Unveiled Regalia.
  • Unfortunate Name: The kanji of Inumuta's first name is meant to be "fiery jewel", but how it's pronounced also sounds like the Japanese word for "set fire to" or "arson".
  • Weak, but Skilled: Inumuta's the weakest of the Elite 4 as seen during his fight with Ryuko who beats him without nearly as much difficulty as she had with the other 3, but his analysis and technological contributions make him an especially valuable member of the team. This is best showcased when he defeats the rampaging 5 star uniform student. Inumuta couldn't match him blow for blow so he just quickly took stock of the situation and struck him at the freshly sewn seams of his uniform splitting up the fabric and neutralizing him.
  • The Worf Barrage: Fires the Naked Sun's main cannons at a Junketsu-wearing Ryuko. While it fails to even dent his target, it provides enough time for Ira to use his "Emergency Rescue Suction Device" at point-blank range as to separate Junketsu from Ryuko.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A light shade of it.

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    Nonon Jakuzure 

Nonon Jakuzure

Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani (Japanese), Sarah Williams (English)

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"How shocking. The toad, the monkey, and the dog all screwed up big time."

The Non-Athletic Committee Chair and commander of the school's culture clubs. She boasts having been Satsuki's friend since kindergarten, and fancies herself Satsuki's equal. As a music conductor, Jakuzure's Three-Star Goku Uniform Symphony Regalia is a mobile sound system that utilizes sound-based attacks and musical instrument-shaped artillery.


  • Airstrike Impossible: Her real mission during the Raid Trip is destroying Nudist Beach's well-protected, well-hidden Elaborate Underground Base below Osaka. Despite the chaotic situation, including having to aid Satsuki during her fight with Ryuko, she manages to complete the mission anyway. Pity she missed the beach under the base... which helped Ryuko quite a bit.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The only person she is shown to care about in the beginning is Satsuki, and while later it is shown she cares about her friends too, Satsuki is the only one she addresses affectionately with none of her usual sarcasm. She is also the only person who refers to Satsuki with the honorific -chan, notable since their different statuses would normally make this incredibly rude and dismissive unless they were close.
  • Animal Motifs: Her name contains the character for "snake". She is indeed the most cruel, ill-tempered member of the Four.
  • Badass Adorable: She manages to kick ass while looking young enough to be the younger sibling of any of the main cast.
  • Barrier Warrior: In episode 25, Nonon is able to create a barrier that sends attacks back at their source. Note this is without a Goku Uniform.
  • Battle Baton: Her baton is used as a wand to control her mecha.
  • Berserk Button: For all the fun she has taunting others, she can't stand being on the receiving end. But that's nothing compared to letting someone other than herself fly in "her" sky.
  • Bishōnen Line: Her Symphony Regalia: Da Capo is a simple music conductor's uniform, whereas her Grave/Presto form is an armored tank.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She always makes fun of her peers while keeping up a sugary sweet façade. She does have a heart though.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even without her uniform and as a Nudist she still kicks COVERS ass with ease.
  • Brown Note: Her Da Capo's hat cannon can disrupt the connection between uniform and user through resonance with Life Fibers.
  • Cat Smile: Most noticeable when she's not speaking. Although it's not so much a cat smile as it is a snake smile.
  • The Chessmaster: Shows elements of this in episode 5, as she knows how Satsuki thinks and how to best interpret the motives of her orders.
  • Childhood Friends: With Satsuki. They've known each other since kindergarten, and Jakuzure considers her a close friend and an equal.
  • Clothing Damage: Besides from the typical finishing move her clothes actually tear before then in the fight against Ryuko showing her midriff.
  • Cool Hat: It can even be mounted with a sound cannon.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: She threatens to replace Inumuta's glasses with non-prescription ones if he ever talks smack to her again.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Her voice is an interesting mix of rasp, growl, and squeak.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who pilots a flying tank and fires bursts of sound from her hat.
  • Dark Chick: Sole female of the Elite Four? Check. Has the most colorful personality? Check. Loves reminding her fellow elites she clicks with their master more than any of them? Check. Pilots a massive airship whereas the others just wear suits of armor? That's gotta count for something.
  • Deadly Disc: Her Regalia can fire razor-edged cymbals.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's left feeling most bitter after getting beaten and demoted:
    Inumuta: I managed to collect excellent data. Thank you.
    Jakuzure: Bite me.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: She makes a comment on "how much she's grown" after wearing her half naked Mark III 3 star Goku Uniform to Ragyo.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her appearance is this crossed with a marching band uniform.
  • Evil Counterpart: She can be seen as one to Mako through their relationships with Satsuki and Ryuko, respectively. Both are the more lively, girlier best friends of their more serious-minded partners, and will support them to the very end. But whereas Mako is a poor yet wacky, Fun Personified nice girl, Nonon is a smug, spoiled brat in sheep's clothing. Also contrasting is how long they've known their closest friends; Mako didn't meet Ryuko until she transferred to Honnouji, while Nonon and Satsuki are Childhood Friends.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She's usually surrounded by stuffed animals to play with The Fake Cutie image.
  • Guns Akimbo: Done with two missile pods no less, unleashing a one person Macross Missile Massacre in episode 21.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Satsuki is a no-nonsense Lady of War with a black Hime Cut. Jakuzure is a Cute, but Cacophonic girl with bubblegum pink hair.
  • Head Pet: When she was in kindergarten, she had a pet monkey that perched on her head. The skull on her hat in the present day may or may not be all that's left of it.
  • Heroic Second Wind: One of the few villainous examples with Da Capo.
  • Instant Fanclub: She had the boys at her beck and call back in kindergarten.
  • Instrument of Murder: Her transformed uniform can launch giant recorder missiles, as well as fire cymbals and bladed musical notes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Jakuzure is still kind of arrogant and unpleasant, she did return to Honnouji to look for survivors all but single-handedly, and got Mataro and his gang of kids out.
  • Jet Pack: Her second Regalia has this.
  • Kawaiiko: She was definitely this as a kindergartener, with her adorable little pet monkey and sickeningly cute squeaky noises with every step she took.
  • Knife Nut: After the one month timeskip in episode 19, she began wielding the smaller piece of Bakuzan, retooled as a combat knife, to great effect in lieu of her lost Goku Uniform. Particularly notable since her Goku was a long range attack type and she had shown no close-quarter combat skills before this. Again, in episode 25, she uses a custom pink colored Tailor's Dagger.
  • Leitmotif: The second half of "goriLLA蛇L",note  which, appropriately for a drum major, features military drums and brass fanfares.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When she's in a fight, she drops her normally squeaky voice for a more intimidating one, especially if she's sufficiently pissed.
  • Little Miss Badass: She holds the second-highest elimination total during the Naturals Election, just behind Sanageyama.
  • Little Miss Snarker: If there's one thing she loves, it's sassing her fellow Elite Four members.
  • Loud of War: Plays her music at full blast with some epic bass to harass Ryuko.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: While playing music during her battle with Ryuko in episode 10, she decides it's lacking a certain something: the sounds of Ryuko's screams.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Her Musical Barrage attack. She also has an unnamed attack which fires multiple recorder missiles at once.
  • Magic Missile Storm: Her Symphony Regalia could fire musical bar-shaped energy that gives off this effect.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: An evil one, sure, but when you see a Magical Girl piloting an armored tank, she's bound to kick ass.
  • Make Way for the Princess: She enjoyed this treatment in her kindergarten years, with all the boys even building her a royal-sized castle in the school sandbox.
  • Mini-Mecha: Her Symphony Regalia is a flying tank, as Ryuko lampshades:
    Ryuko: On what planet is that a uniform?!
  • More Dakka: Nonon's battle style is to unleash as many projectiles as possible, to the point that the sky turns into a Bullet Hell.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: She taunts this when saying that the battle with her will not be like Gamagoori and Inumuta's.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Episode 19 mainly because she got a Nudist Beach outfit and all the other females aren't really important at the time except Mako's Mom. She's wearing an outfit that doesn't even cover up her butt, cleavage and Underboobs are shown.
  • Musical Assassin: Her transformed uniform is a massive surround sound system tank that can ditch the treads to turn into a VTOL fighter instead.
  • The Napoleon: She's tiny, quite probably the shortest non-child character in the series, and she's got a big ego to match. And does not appreciate it when enemies fail to notice her because they're paying too much attention to the other three members:
    Jakuzure: We're called the Elite Four because there's four of us!
  • Never Bareheaded: She's almost always seen wearing some kind of hat. When she was little she didn't wear a hat, but she did have a pet monkey perched on her head.
  • Nice Hat: Wears them with all her outfits, in particular her Goku Uniform marching band hat, which is decked out with a decorative monkey skull.
  • The Nicknamer: She calls others names on numerous occasions, mostly her fellow elites:
    • She never calls Ryuko by name, instead addressing her as "Transfer Student" ("New Girl").
    • In episode 1, she calls Gamagoori "Gama-kun" ("Froggy"), Sanageyama "Saru-kun" ("Monkey"), and Inumuta "Inu-kun" ("Doggy")—a reference to the Animal Motifs in their last names.
    • In episode 5, she calls Inumuta "Megane-kun" ("Four Eyes").
    • After episode 6, she often calls Sanageyama the somewhat derogatory "Yamazaru-san" ("Wild Monkey").
    • From episode 7 onwards, she refers to Mako as "Underachiever".
    • In episode 15, she calls Inumuta "Wan-chan", which means the same as "Inu-kun", but is ten times cuter.
    • Turned around in episode 19, where she demands that Mataro call her by her name (or preferably Nonon-sama) instead of "Elite Four chick" while still calling him "that slacker's brother/slacker junior"; Gamagoori reprimands her for expecting to be addressed by name without extending the same courtesy.
  • Older Than She Looks: Not counting her hat, she's much shorter than the other Elite Four members and Satsuki. However, she's known Satsuki since kindergarten which implies that they are both third years.
  • Only Sane Woman: Amongst the Elite Four, she's the one who nearly always calls out the boys on their more ridiculous/annoying antics.
  • Orchestral Bombing: Weaponized.
  • Perky Female Minion: She cheerily prances into battle with a full marching band following her, and her Transformation Sequence is the most Magical Girl-esque of all the characters. Then she has her Villainous Breakdown...
  • Pink Means Feminine: Being the only female Elite Four, Jakuzure's Goku Uniform predominantly features pink when transformed.
  • Power Copying: She defeats her past self with the variation of the same attack Ryuko used to defeat her.
  • Punny Name: Her first name contains the character for "sound".
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Only on the surface, mind you.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She doesn't care about Mataro and Guts blushing and drooling around her in her Nudist Beach outfit and doesn't care about her revealing Mark III Goku Uniform.
  • She's Got Legs: Emphasized by her outfit during the School Raid trip, where her tracksuit ends in very short shorts and garner much attention from the camera.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Her Symphony Regalia: Finale.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Her Goku Uniform features bone motifs and what appears to be the skeletal remains of a rock star draped over her shoulders. Her hat is also decorated with a small skull implied to belong to the pet monkey she owned in kindergarten.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Her Goku "Uniform" is a flying tank. In episode 21, she wields a pair of shoulder-mounted rocket launchers.
  • Smug Snake: She thinks quite highly of herself since she knew Satsuki when they were toddlers. Fitting enough for a girl with the word "snake" literally in her name.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female member of the Elite Four.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Most of her interactions with Inumuta are this. At first, it seems she finds it annoying, but the light novel on the Elite Four hints she might actually enjoy teasing him. She also does this with Sanageyama, who tends to get much more wound up about it.
  • Squishy Wizard: Jakuzure does not have Gamagoori's bulk, Sanageyama's speed or Inumuta's Optical Camouflage. But what she does have is enough firepower to level buildings and soundwaves that make it all but impossible to close the distance with her without getting Blown Across the Room.
  • The Starscream: Shows shades of this in the beginning of her introduction. Inumuta even seems to think she is over-stepping her bounds when she claims to know Satsuki best and thinks she is up to something. This is ultimately Subverted when her claims of knowing Satsuki's mind are not only proven true, but when Satsuki teases Nonon about an earlier comment she made of rising above her, Nonon affectionately brushes it aside as ridiculous.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Nudist Beach outfit is the most revealing outfit out of all of them.
  • Sweet Tooth: She's seen having sweets with her in the Student Council's meeting room and eating a lollipop.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Unless your name is "Satsuki", you will address her as "Lady Nonon."
  • Thong of Shielding: The final version of her Goku Uniform features a C-string thong that only covers her crotch and some of her behind.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's tiny, especially next to the other Elite Four. However, she does give Ryuko some trouble during their fight.
  • Token Mini-Moe: One of the youngest looking members of the Elite Four.
  • Undying Loyalty: Like Gamagoori, she is very loyal to Satsuki and has been with her since kindergarten.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She really starts to lose her cool when Ryuko manages to match her in the air with Senketsu Shippu, dropping her cutesy act entirely and adopting a perpetual, sickening hiss in her voice from there onward.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Among the Elite Four, she interacts the most with Inumuta. While it's mainly trading snark, they do have their moments, most notably in episode 15.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Subverted. Her Symphony Regalia: Da Capo's bass cannon is like this at first glance, but the weapon is not actually based on amplitude so much as inducing resonance.
  • We Have Reserves: She sends three relatively weak clubs against Ryuko and Tsumugu in order to test the pair's combat abilities. She doesn't exactly seem too concerned that all three clubs get wiped out.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Her hat in Da Capo mode has a bass cannon.
  • Wicked Cultured: She's a total Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, but she also has a taste for playing classical music even in the heat of battle.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is bubblegum pink.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Sports Grade A as a Nudist.


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