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A mysterious organization that directly opposes the Kiryuin family and their plans to Take Over the World.

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  • Anti-Hero: They want to take down the Kiryuin family's Evil Corp organization. They also use very unorthodox methods and cause destruction on their own path to achieve their goals.
  • Atrocious Alias: Almost everyone who hears their name comments that it's ridiculous. Ryuko even thought Aikuro was joking at first. The man who founded the organization didn't have the best naming sense, not that he cares anyway.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Effort was clearly taken to ensure some variety in the heights, builds, and faces of the rank-and-file during their first crowd shot. This stands in deliberate contrast to Satsuki's One-Stars and Ragyo's middle-managers, who all look like copies of the same three people no matter how many are on screen.
  • Cool Ship: The Naked Sun, Nudist Beach's flagship. It's a retractable aircraft carrier which also formed part of their Elaborate Underground Base prior to being deployed in episode 20.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: They have an underwater fortress in Osaka.
  • Fanservice: A whole organization dedicated to it no less. All men are handsome and buff, and the women are pretty and buxom. Meanwhile, their clothing, if it can even be called that, barely covers anything.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: They turned this into a philosophy.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: The combat uniform of the Nudist Beach Red Shirt Army consists of semi-automatic handguns, tactical combat belts, stockings, and sleeves. Literally only those items: they don't wear shirts, pants, or underwear. The pistols are conveniently positioned to cover the naughty bits of each man and woman.
  • Irony: They are the only people on the entire planet wearing anything (minimal as it is) by the finale.
  • La Résistance: They are known as the "Anti-Kiryuin" resistance.
  • Meaningful Name: They are nudists who oppose those who use clothes for evil purposes.
  • Mini-Mecha: Their primary weapons are mechanical two-legged suits.
  • Mysterious Backer: They supply the Kansai schools with technology designed to fight the Kiryuins with funding from the late Isshin Matoi and the Takarada Conglomerate.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Their nakedness hardly ever fails to get a bewildered expression from Ryuko.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Thanks to Tsumugu, they seemed like a credible threat at first. However, by the mid-point of the series, they became all but useless compared to monsters using 3 Star Uniforms, Kamuis, or being Life Fiber hybrids.
  • Weak, but Skilled: They are completely outmatched in terms of physical capabilities by people using Life Fibers so they have to fight skillfully and intelligently.

    Aikuro Mikisugi 

Aikuro Mikisugi

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Matthew Mercer (English), Vittorio Guerrieri (Italian)

"At school, you and I are teacher and student. Don't make contact without making precautions. Of course, you're more than welcome to cross that line here."

Appearing at first glance to be Ryuko's bumbling homeroom teacher, this mysterious man is an agent of Nudist Beach who has infiltrated the school to spy on Satsuki. Aikuro aids and protects Ryuko under the Student Council's radar, providing her with vital information on Senketsu and the Kiryuins, usually in the middle of an inexplicable striptease.

  • Ace Custom: His Dotonb... er... DTR is notably different than the standard unit issued to Nudist Beach Red Shirts; being bigger and having red leg wheels.
  • Almighty Janitor: Alongside No-Star students, teachers hold the absolute lowest rank in Honnouji Academy. This doesn't make his skill set any less impressive.
  • Audible Gleam: Every time he "transforms". Aikuro's face is just that dazzling.
  • Badass Teacher: He's managed to survive the hellhole that is Honnouji Academy until now. He's also an effective acupuncturist and spy.
  • Battle Strip: His clothes fall off of their own accord when he ditches his teacher disguise and things get dangerous. He also pilots a Mini-Mecha with nothing but a utility belt covering his privates.
  • Beardness Protection Program: Has a bit of Perma-Stubble as part of his disguise. It can apparently disappear at will.
  • Beautiful All Along: Happens Once an Episode for the whole first half of the series.
  • Berserk Button: The words "Dotonbori Robo" are guaranteed to turn Aikuro into a petulant child. It's "DTR"!
  • Biseinen: A manly version, and transforms into one at will, when not playing the part of the teacher. Taken to ridiculous extremes as it's always accompanied by stripping and sparkles.
  • Bishie Sparkle: To the extent that at one point a single sparkle takes up half the screen.
  • The Captain: Assumes this role in the second half of the series.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Quite a bit more muscular than his clothing would suggest.
  • Clark Kenting: His disguise amounts to messy hair, a pair of aviator glasses, stubble, and bad posture. In episode 15, it's subverted, as we learn his disguise never fooled Satsuki.
  • Combining Mecha: His DTR can combine with Tsugumu's in order to form the "Ultimate Double Naked DTR"... which is instantly brushed off by Ragyo. It's ultimately used to blow up the rocket which Ragyo would use to propel herself into space.
  • Cool Car: His "Nude Shooting Star", which doubles as an Amphibious Automobile.
  • Double Entendre: When speaking directly to Ryuko, he makes occasional comments that could also be misinterpreted as offers to make out or have sex. Considering how this spreads to other characters, it might just come naturally to him.
  • Dramatic Wind: During one scene this aids him in stripping, casually blowing off his coat.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Aikuro can be a bit strange sometimes.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Right at the start of episode 1, Aikuro actually evades the reinforced metal door Gamagoori kicks at him, unlike his poor students. Later that same episode, he follows Ryuko home and drops her through a trapdoor, before taking off his disguise for the first time. It's an indication that he's neither who he seems nor someone to be messed with. Retrospectively, the lecture he's giving in class, about Hitler's rise to power, also qualifies, since given his politics, it's likely that his excessive focus on it is a not-so-subtle dig at the school administration and REVOCS.
  • Expy: Of Kamina, being the blue-haired mentor to Ryuko's hero. He even gets his own mecha.
  • Female Gaze: Exaggerated during his strip routines. Episode 19 takes it to a whole 'nother level with extreme close-ups of his crotch every few minutes.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Seeing as he's one of Nudist Beach's "Splendid Naked Officers", his choice of battle attire should come to no one's surprise.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Every time he stops Obfuscating Stupidity and gets serious.
  • Godwin's Law: Aikuro dedicates a suspicious amount of class time to history lessons on Nazi Germany.
  • Gratuitous English. Is prone to bouts of this when he's not in his teacher disguise:
  • Handsome Lech: He is handsome, but when he's alone with Ryuko his actions and body language pretty much amount to constant sexual molestation.
  • Hot Scientist: Used to conduct research on Life Fibers with Isshin. He even re-dons the lab coat (and only the lab coat) upon returning to Nudist Beach.
  • Hot Teacher: Subverted; he's not really a teacher, and he's only hot when he's not acting like one.
  • Hunk: On the lean side, but still muscular, handsome, and manly.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Played with. He's fully prepared to snipe Berserk!Ryuko with an Anti-Kamui bullet, even when told there's no guarantee she'd survive. However, Mako's effective Cooldown Hug on a berserk Ryuko spares him from potentially killing his own student.
  • Identical Stranger: Despite residing in a Cast of Snowflakes, Aikuro's nearly a dead ringer for Soichiro Kiryuin, the only apparent differences being hairstyle and eyelash prominence. This is something of a Red Herring. While Aikuro is well acquainted with Soichiro via his identity as Isshin Matoi, there does not appear to be a blood relation.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Can paralyze Tsumugu's trigger finger with an acupuncture needle from hundreds of yards away.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Has no backstory whatsoever, yet is awesome.
  • Insistent Terminology: He absolutely hates the term Dotonbori Robo, so much so that he takes offense whenever his Mini-Mecha is called as such. He prefers the cooler sounding DTR.
  • Leitmotif: If "犬Kあ3L" or "Suck your blood" start up when he's in the room, prepare for a striptease:
  • Lens Flare Censor: His crotch and nipples tend to be obscured by patches of blinding pink light almost all the time, lending otherwise serious scenes a bizarre bit of Mood Dissonance.
  • Mr. Exposition: The only other people in the know about the uniforms are the Kiryuin family, and they're probably not going to open up to Ryuko any time soon, so...
  • Mr. Fanservice: Exaggerated. After he takes off his shades to reveal his good looks, he usually starts stripping and striking very erotic poses. Since resigning from the academy, he's butt naked more often than not. Also, if you look closely during some of the scenes where he's naked, you can see female characters' gazes drifting towards his crotch, especially Sukuyo Mankanshoku.
  • Mysterious Backer: He secretly drops Ryuko through a trapdoor into the basement where she first finds Senketsu.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When Ryuko is in his apartment. Played for Laughs.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: How he goes about wearing lab coats.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: While at Honnouji Academy, he takes on the appearance and personality of a crusty old teacher who gives long, boring lessons. Even his real self spends much of his time with Ryuko stripping and acting seductive to the point that it's hard for her to take him seriously, all to keep her from asking too many questions.
  • One Degree of Separation: He was a colleague of Ryuko's father, and now helps Ryuko at his request.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Part of his disguise, though they look more like tinted aviator shades than anything.
  • The Paralyzer: He is very knowledgeable of Pressure Points and, using acupuncture needles, is able to paralyze his targets.
  • Perma-Stubble: Only in his "teacher disguise" though. When he gets serious, his face miraculously becomes clean-shaven.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: And requires merely a Hair Flip and a Glasses Pull to switch.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Ryuko's consternation, his advice and stripping habit are unable to occur independently from each other. He's also perfectly willing to cross the teacher-student boundary in private. It's implied this was mostly an act, though, since his behavior towards her becomes much less suggestive later on.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: While most Nudist Beach operatives treat nudity as protocol, Aikuro loves showing off, frequently posing erotically and removing his clothes for no reason. Lampshaded by Tsumugu:
    Tsumugu: You get undressed because you like to, and you know it!
  • Supporting Leader: With Isshin dead, Aikuro basically calls all the shots for Nudist Beach.
  • Surprise Creepy: One that is unrelated to nudism, believe it or not. When he begins explaining the truth behind Life Fibers, he's suddenly framed in shadow while sporting an unsettling grin.
  • The Tease: Really likes messing with Ryuko, since he knows she can't take a joke.
  • Trickster Mentor: Tries to play this card when Ryuko confronts him about Tsumugu attacking her but gets his bullshit instantly called. However, he does genuinely care about her.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: After reclaiming his rank as a "Splendid Naked Officer" in episode 14, Aikuro basically stops wearing clothes altogether.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Has unusual ways of offering advice or exposition, none of which involve keeping his clothes on. In later episodes, his clothes gain the ability to remove themselves.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's at its bluest when not in disguise.

    Tsumugu Kinagase 

Tsumugu Kinagase

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English), Daniele Raffaeli (Italian)

One of the members of Nudist Beach, a notorious anti-uniform guerilla who fights with an array of sewing themed weaponry. He considers Senketsu to be a bigger threat than the Honnouji administration.

  • Abnormal Ammo:
  • Ace Custom: Like Mikisugi, he has a custom made DTR armed with Four Heavy Sewing Machineguns.
  • Anti-Hero: He opposes Satsuki's uniform-dominated world just as much as the Main Characters, but takes a gruff, no-nonsense approach to his work which sometimes has him clash with other heroic characters.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: He fights back-to-back with Ryuko in episode 15.
  • Badass Baritone: Has this, especially in the English dub when either he explains the two things that someone needs to know or whatever promise he plans on keeping.
  • Badass Biker: He's introduced as a mercenary riding a Cool Bike.
  • Badass Normal: Being a member of an anti-uniform organization, he has no Life Fibers to use for himself, yet his battle with Ryuko is mere child's play to him, even with Senketsu.
  • Berserk Button: There are three things can drive this guy up the wall: the Kamui, being interrupted, and mentioning his sister Kinue post-mortem.
  • Briefcase Blaster: Carries a metal suitcase that contains an disassembled Sniper Rifle.
  • Can't Catch Up: His debut had him handing Ryuko her ass despite using Senketsu and evading Satsuki's forces. Once Nui shows up, however, he begins to fall behind as the rest of the cast gains powerful upgrades. By the time Episode 20 rolls around, he's reduced to a punching bag.
  • Catchphrase: "Let me tell you two useful pieces of information". In the English dub, it's "There are two things you need to know..."
  • Cold Sniper: The guy rarely cracks a smile.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He will use guns, sniper rifles, grenades, mines, traps, and remotely controlled rocket launchers to get the job done. Hell, he's the first one in the series to flat-out attack and disable Ryuko before she gets a chance to transform.
  • Combining Mecha: During the finale, his DTR combines with Aikuro's in order to form the "Ultimate Double Naked DTR", which would have been seen using a minigun-like BFG if not for Ragyo instantly writing them off.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • He can ask a teenage girl point-blank to take her clothes off and then insist that he's not a pervert without a shred of irony. He also remains completely stone-faced in light of Mako's antics.
    • This is stretched to breaking point when he activates a custom DTR in episode 20.
  • Cool Shades: Wears them in his first appearance.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his sister Kinue is the reason why he hates Kamui.
  • Delinquent Hair: A red and black mohawk.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Has fingerless ones that can shoot giant seam rippers.
  • Godzilla Threshold: He's this for Mikisugi, who calls for his presence when Senketsu starts evolving at an alarming rate.
  • Guns Akimbo: Uses two sewing machine guns in episode 12.
  • Healing Shiv: His needles can paralyze and incapacitate anyone, though they also end up feeling better than ever before once they come to.
  • Hero Antagonist: He hunts Ryuko and Senketsu instead because he thinks they pose a threat.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He constantly talks about the evils of clothing, and spends his introductory episode trying to rip off Ryuko's Kamui. Once the war against the Life Fibers is finally won, the first words out of his mouth are "Thank God. I miss my pants."
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: His sister believed in the friendship between man and Kamui so earnestly that a Kamui took advantage of her and devoured her completely. This is the reason why he doesn't trust Kamui and wants all clothes with Life Fibers to be terminated.
  • I Owe You My Life: Aikuro saved him from a (not specified) life-threatening situation in the past, and will do anything to repay the favor. Except when the favor is "don't destroy the Kamui".
  • It's Personal: He is against the use of Life Fibers because his own sister died while testing a Kamui.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: His advice always changes to fit the circumstances.
  • Mage Killer: He can render Goku Uniforms powerless thanks to his Anti-Magic gun.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Similarly to Gamagoori, he became a huge hit amongst bara fans, and the scene that had him completely naked and showed off his ass was freaking celebrated by Tumblr.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: He shoots Mako with paralyzing needles to keep her out of his fight with Ryuko, then assures Ryuko that not only is Mako totally unharmed, but she'll be full of energy and rid of any diseases she may have had when she wakes up. Even Ryuko falls under this somewhat since he's targeting Senketsu and not her, but he's willing to make an exception when it becomes clear she won't be giving Senketsu up.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Though the series maintains a high sense of slapstick and hijinks, Tsumugu is completely no-nonsense and one of the most dangerous foes Ryuko has encountered.
  • Noodle Incident: Aikuro saved him from a past life-threatening situation. However, it isn't revealed what happened.
  • One-Man Army: Single-handedly crushes three school clubs along with their leaders as well as Ryuko while armed with Senketsu.
  • The Paralyzer: He is skilled in the use of acupuncture needles to paralyze targets. They are as dangerous as they are therapeutic.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: The moment Tsumugu turned up to the gun show in that combat vest was the moment every viewer knew he meant business.
  • Smoking Is Cool: And he does it wherever he damn wants.
  • Stealth Pun: His Weapon of Choice is a sewing machine gun.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: His penchant for land mines and other trap-based explosives comes off as a bit excessive at times.
  • Theme Naming: "Tsumugu" is also the Japanese name of pongee, a soft thinly woven cloth. It can also be translated as "to spin yarn", which goes well with his sewing-related weaponry.
  • This Means Warpaint: Present during his second assault against Ryuko and the academy, though unlike most examples he's not shown applying it.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Uses a lot of cotton reel-shaped grenades.
  • Trap Master: He's insanely efficient at setting traps, managing to wire an entire hallway with enough explosives to take off the top half of a building in a matter of seconds.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: They are thick and forked at the ends.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: A rare Hero Antagonist example. In episode 12, he's considerably upset that he's hardly a match for Berserk!Ryuko and Nui Harime, and sets himself to train all over again.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's willing to go to great lengths to fight the proliferation of uniforms, but he's also determined to destroy Senketsu by any means necessary, even if it means taking Ryuko out with him.
  • The Worf Effect: His supposedly all-powerful DTR is completely ineffective against Ryuko wearing Junketsu, and is easily tossed around by her, and then Nui.
  • Would Hit a Girl: All bets are off once he kicks Ryuko in the gut and then pistol whips her for good measure.

    Kinue Kinagase 

Kinue Kinagase

"Please continue with the experiments."

A researcher who worked with Nudist Beach beside Aikuro and her brother Tsumugu. She expressed an optimistic view towards the Kamui and hoped to usher in a unity between people and clothing.

  • Alliterative Name: Kinue Kinagase.
  • The Faceless: The only glimpse of her that we get is in a flashback, and her face is almost completely shadowed.
  • Famous Last Words: Says the above quote to Aikuro and Tsumugu even as a Kamui absorbed her completely.
  • Posthumous Character: Has been dead long before the series began, seeing as Isshin was present when she died.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Aikuro.
  • The Power of Friendship: Full-heartedly believed in this from what we know. Unfortunately, this blew up in her face when a Kamui exploited this and absorbed her completely due to her lack of will against it:
    Aikuro: "People and clothing aren't enemies." Isn't that what Kinue said?
  • Red Herring: A lot of fans speculated that she was Ryuko's mother due mainly to how Tsumugu mentioned the similarities between the two in their effort to befriend a Kamui, and the fact that Kinue's face was never fully revealed. The true identity of Ryuko's mother is later revealed in episode 18.
  • Satellite Character: Is only mentioned whenever Tsumugu is around.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Even as she died, Kinue kept her idealistic views.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about her fate reveals the tragic aspect of Tsumugu's character and the danger that the Life Fibers represent.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Believed, despite Life Fibers clearly being destructive, that mankind and clothing could find a way to live together in peace.
  • You Will Be Assimilated: Kinue was absorbed wholly into a Kamui after it overpowered her.

    Isshin Matoi 

Isshin Matoi

Voiced by: Kinryu Arimoto (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)

"If you take that Scissor, you're sure to find the person who killed me. But a cruel fate lies in store for you..."

Ryuko's late father, a scientist who researched the mysteries of Life Fibers and the Kamui. He was recently murdered by a mysterious woman with his own invention, the Rending Scissors, half of which he entrusted to Ryuko before his death.

  • Abusive Parents: It's unknown exactly how involved he was with the experimentation on his daughters when they were very young, but at the least, he was complicit in it all. The seeming death of Ryuko and Ragyo's indifference to this is what made him turn against the latter. Even ignoring that, he was very cold and distant towards Ryuko, though he had his reasons.
  • The Atoner: There are some very strong hints suggesting that most of the things he did, like making Senketsu or Scissor Blades, was to protect Ryuko and atone for what he has done to her when she was a baby.
  • Batman Gambit: Nui Harime was sent by Ragyo to retrieve whatever he was working on and bring it back to the Kiryuins. By showing her the Rending Scissors and boldly touting them as his "life's work", Isshin managed to mislead Nui and prevent her from finding Senketsu, the Kamui he was developing, until it was too late.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: His creation, the Rending Scissors split into the two Scissor Blades wielded by Ryuko and his killer.
  • Big Good: He founded and financed Nudist Beach, and created the weapons needed to fight Ragyo. He's also the one who sent Ryuko on her quest. He was also the one who inspired Satsuki to fight against her mother, everyone who took part in the battle against the Life Fibers was in some way set in motion by him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Just because he was killed, that doesn't mean he went down without a fight. This is subverted when it's revealed that he only looks old because he altered his appearance.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: It's implied that the reason he sent Ryuko away was because he knew that Ragyo would eventually go after him and he didn't want Ryuko to be around when that happened. At least not before he finished Senketsu.
  • Death by Origin Story: His death is what sets Ryuko off on her journey.
  • Defector from Decadence: Used to serve Ragyo until he found out about the secret of the Life Fibers, escaped and founded Nudist Beach.
  • Defiant to the End: After Nui stabbed him repeatedly with his own Rending Scissors, Isshin pulled out one of its blades and gave her a taste of her own medicine.
  • Determinator: Especially considering that his opponent was Nui of all people, Isshin took a lot of damage and still refused to die before Ryuko got there. He would have lasted longer if it weren't for the fire.
  • Dirty Old Man:
    • Subverted; Aikuro jokingly suggests Ryuko should chalk up Senketsu's design to her dad's tastes before admitting that he has absolutely no idea why it looks that way. Ryuko (while brainwashed) suggests that the skimpy design was to control the power of the Kamui by minimizing how much of it touched the skin.
    • Also, he founded Nudist Beach, so that might have double subverted this.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Averted, since it really serves no purpose whatsoever except to make him look more eccentric.
  • The Faceless: Up until episode 8, his face is always obscured in some way in Flashbacks and the damaged family photo.
  • Giver of Lame Names: When Nui hears that he named his invention the "Rending Scissors", she notes that he has a terrible naming sense. This turns out to be Foreshadowing; he gave his daughter a name that could be translated as "abandoned child".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Flashbacks reveal he was present at the recruitment of Rei Hououmaru and active in the Life Fiber experimentation of his daughters. His total knowledge of the truth behind COVERS proves he was part of Ragyo's inner circle. However, it wasn't until his wife displayed zero affection for their daughters, that he finally turned on her. Even then, his actions seemed more directed towards ensuring the girls had freedom of choice and a future, than self-preservation or an altruistic ideal of saving the world.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He was killed with the very same weapon he created. Lampshaded by Nui:
    "How does it feel to have your life taken by the very research you dedicated your life to?"
  • I Know Kung-Fu: For an elderly scientist, he sure performs effective flying kicks.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He's an old hunchback now, but he was quite attractive in the past as Soichiro Kiryuin. Invoked through plastic surgery.
  • Mad Scientist: Not necessarily in personality, but Isshin's appearance fit this so well that it was probably what he was going for.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Isshin spends so much time working on his research that he ends up being estranged from his daughter Ryuko, who ends up becoming a delinquent who barely knew her father. Combined with the fact that he never told her what exactly was going on until it was too late makes it easy for multiple people to manipulate her, culminating in Ragyo brainwashing her by using images of a happy childhood with her mother to break her psyche.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His design appears to be a deliberate throwback to 1970s anime.
  • Papa Wolf: He managed to drive Nui away right after he heard Ryuko approach, sparing his daughter's life.
  • Parental Abandonment: A less extreme case than usual; when Ryuko was still young, Isshin sent her to a boarding school and they didn't meet for the next couple of years. He seemed to have his reasons, though. This is played straight later when it's revealed that he's Satsuki's father as well.
  • Parental Neglect: According to Ryuko, Isshin focused much more on his research than on raising her.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His murder is what starts Ryuko's quest for revenge.
  • Posthumous Character: All that we know about him, including how he died, are gleaned from various characters' flashbacks.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. He used his patents to fund Nudist Beach.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: The Enlightened to Nui's Romanticism. He doesn't care about aesthetics, like giving a good name for his Rending Scissors, so long as the product of his efforts works well.
  • Shear Menace: The creator of the Rending Scissors, which he first wielded against his killer to impressive effect.
  • Take Up My Sword: Literally pulls the red Scissor Blade out of his guts and gives it to Ryuko in the episode 8 flashback.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: Isshin Matoi and Soichiro Kiryuin are one and the same.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A rather literal example. The mouse that is seen sitting on his shoulder in flashbacks, which had been included in a description of him by Senketsu, basically disappeared after a brief appearance.
  • Wizard Beard: Although he's not so much a wizard but a dedicated scientist instead.
  • Younger Than They Look: Isshin simply changed his appearance to that of an old man.

    Kaneo Takarada 

Kaneo Takarada

Voiced by: Makoto Awane (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English)

"We gonna wake yo' ass up to reality by pimpsmackin' you with fat stacks of cash!"

The ruthless and smug Student Council President of Naniwa Kinman High School and his family's conglomerate. His Takarada Bucks have greater value in Osaka than the national currency. With unlimited resources at his disposal, he's paid every single resident of Osaka to become his private army.

His family controls half of Japan, while the other half belongs to the Kiryuins.

  • Abnormal Ammo: His Mooks use guns that fire money.
  • Ace Custom: His golden crab DTR, which carries an assortment of weaponry, such as gourd missiles and sticky paste.
  • Anti-Villain: Takarada is an extremely unsavory individual, but he is still trying to protect his city from a hostile invasion, and even personally steps into the battlefield when it becomes necessary. Later on, we find out he's really not even a villain.
  • Art Shift: His final appearance in the series suddenly gives him a much more realistic and dignified portrait when he salutes the departure of Nudist Beach's battleship, which hammers home the point that he was a good guy all along.
  • Ass Shove: Sanageyama beats him by thrusting his sword up his rear multiple times.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his ridiculous looks, his shrewd tactics give Sanageyama's forces an even harder time than the other elites.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: His Power Armor, on top of being golden, can fire gourd-shaped missiles made of gold.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Sennari Gourd Missile Shower!"
  • Cool Sword: Another weapon that he gives to his Mooks are swords whose blades are made out of money.
  • Defiant to the End: Despite being defeated, anally violated, and visibly terrified for his life, he continues to shit-talk Satsuki while pinned on the ground with a sword in his face, even when restrained and faced with the wrath of Satsuki and her Elite Four.
  • Fiction 500: His family's conglomerate is so wealthy that their bonds are stronger than the Japanese yen itself; in addition, he can cheerfully literally throw money at Osaka to turn the city's residents into his personal army, and even happily pays for any rebuilding that needs to be done afterwards.
  • Frontline General: Personally oversees the defense of Osaka.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: When fighting Sanageyama, he wears a golden Power Armor that looks like a crab. It's surprisingly effective against Goku Uniforms, albeit not against a Three-Star. It even has a weak point in the back.
  • Gold Tooth: Wears a grill on his front teeth that reads "ZENI" (meaning "money").
  • Gonk: Somewhat downplayed, but he's definitely one of the ugliest characters in the cast.
  • Good All Along: He's obnoxious, but firmly on the side of good, as one the main backers of Nudist Beach. He even sacrifices his remaining fortune to fund the Naked Sun.
  • Hero Antagonist: Backs Nudist Beach and tries to defend Osaka.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Averted; he may live in Osaka and fit the stereotype of a greedy son of a bitch, but he's also a tactical mastermind who gives Honnouji Academy's forces a run for their money.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Aya Suzaki, Mako's Japanese voice actress, mentioned on a radio show that she was shocked when she met Makoto Awane because his face so closely resembles Takarada's.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His greedy image belies the fact that he whole-heartedly backs up Nudist Beach's plan to stop Ragyo's Assimilation Plot.
  • Jive Turkey: In the English dub.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Down to using wate for himself, the Kansai version of watashi. In the English dub, this gets translated as a Boston accent.
  • Leitmotif: Yes, he has his own.
  • Meaningful Name: "Takara" means "treasure", and "kane" means "money".
  • Money Fetish: He has taken Osaka's history as a merchant town to such heart that everything from his battle tactics to his grill involves money in some shape or form.
  • Mysterious Benefactor: To Nudist Beach, which shares the Takarada Conglomerate's anti-Kiryuin goals, albeit for different reasons. Taken to the next level in episode 20, in which he reveals that the defeated Takaradas have poured every last zeni of their remaining resources into building Nudist Beach's battleship.
  • Pragmatic Villain: He's not above using ordinary folk (or as he calls them, combat citizens blinded by money) as part of his forces to make sure Sanageyama and his forces are outnumbered. He's even willing to let Osaka be destroyed, confident that he can pay people to rebuild the entire city.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Unlike the other schools that rely on their strength or guile alone, Takarada rules Osaka by using supply and demand to win everyone's favor. Even if Osaka is destroyed in the raid, Takarada is confident that he can pay everyone in town to rebuild it.
  • Spear Counterpart: Oddly enough, despite the two of them hating each other's guts, he is not entirely dissimilar to Satsuki herself. They are both the school council presidents of their respective schools. They are both scions of incredibly wealthy families who utilize their absurd amounts of money to achieve their goals (more blatantly in Takarada's case) and are essentially the supreme rulers of their respective cities thanks to their wealth. Both prefer to let their subordinates do the fighting for them, but are perfectly ready to step onto the battlefield personally when push comes to shove. On top of that, Takarada also displays a surprising degree of Villainous Valor and defiance that is not unlike Satsuki's own. Even better, they both have the same end goal - to defeat Ragyo and stop the Life Fiber invasion, and they are not above using unsavory things to achieve said goal, which makes them appear villainous at first sight. Pretty much the only difference between the two is that Satsuki is disciplined, stoic, and prefers to rule through superior skill and force, while Takarada is flamboyant and unrestrained, and is quite upfront with the fact that his power is derived from money.
  • Student Council President: Of his own school.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: To the point where it's tough to call him a villain at all. He'll use human wave tactics, expend vast amounts of resources, and even burn down his own city but since it keeps the Osakan economy running and its citizens paid, everyone's totally OK with it. This is especially true considering he was only defending his school and city against an (apparently) unprovoked attack.
  • Villainous Valour: His army routs, leaving Takarada alone against not just Sanageyama but all Elite Four and Satsuki herself. He admits to being frightened, but refuses to surrender and fights on by himself, hopeless though it is. When defeated, he still refuses to submit to Satsuki.
  • Wingding Eyes: His eyes sometimes switch to a yen symbol.


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