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The heroes of the story naturally, composed of a team of rag tag warriors who are the main force in the War Games to save MAR Heaven

     Ginta Toramizu 
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Voiced by: Motoko Kumai (Japanese, episodes 1 - 89), Kumiko Higa (Japanese, episodes 90 - 102), Spike Spencer (English)

The main character of the series. Once a loser at his school for being one of the least athletic and non-intelligent person in the school with terrible eyesight. His father went missing six years ago and is now being raised by his alcoholic mother. He has a passion for video games and fantasy though and recently, he had the same dream of the same world 102 times with him as the hero. His only friend is Koyuki who believes in his story. Then one fateful day, the Gatekeeper Clown allowed him to go to MAR Heaven. In MAR Heaven, that’s when his life changed for the better as he decided to become the world’s hero and find his missing father.


  • Accidental Kiss: With Snow when he saves her the first time. Both freak out because it was their first kiss. The second time it happens when they save Snow from the Chess Pieces in the anime, there isn’t much of a reaction and both admitted it wasn’t like that.
  • All-Loving Hero
  • Always Save the Girl: He’s very determined to save Snow AND Alviss when the situation calls for it.
  • Ascended Fanboy
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He passes out after he drinks.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Ginta sees Babbo as an annoying toy that didn’t listen to him at the beginning because he was not taken seriously. He leaves Babbo alone and realizes that he likes Babbo’s annoying personality near him and goes to save him. This trope comes back multiple times though despite making up.
  • Character Development
  • Chaste Hero: Zig-zagged Depending on the Writer, as while one episode can have him crushing all over Koyuki (and Snow, to an extent), as well as blushing to Dorothy kissing him on the cheek, others has him not really reacting to kisses much.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He has a crush on his childhood friend Koyuki.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome
  • Crush Blush: Towards Koyuki in the first episode several times, and every now and then towards Snow for the rest of the series.
  • The Chosen One
  • Determinator
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Dumb Blonde: At the beginning.
  • Expy: Of Kaoru from Flame of Recca. The major hint is that they got the same VA in the anime note ; they’re the same age and have the same hyperactive personality with the major difference is that Kaoru is on the suicidal side.
    • Another thing is the way is Nanashi treats Ginta as Joker treats Kaoru. He’s very playful around him but respects him as a fighter and is willing to do things that will make them stronger.
    • And they're both voiced by Motoko Kumai....at least for the first 89 episodes in Ginta's case
  • Fish out of Temporal Water
  • Genre Savvy: Very genre savvy at the beginning. He thinks he's the hero given cool powers to fight evil and demonstrates being able to get by in MAR Heaven on his own before he was appointed a mission to save Snow which leads to the War Games eventually.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • The Heart: Without Ginta, the group falls apart.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Koyuki quite enjoyed seeing that, upon his return from MAR Heaven, he was a year older, taller, stronger, and didn't need glasses anymore.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic BSoD: When Snow dies in the anime, he goes into a huge depression. He gets over after he realized that Alviss pulled a Heroic Sacrifice to open a path to the King in order to avenge her and his other friends.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jack.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ginta is very energetic, easily proved and very reckless.
  • Idiot Hero: Grows out of it when Character Development hits especially in the last season.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Pulls this off with Alviss in the Ghost Chess filler arc. It almost works until he is forced to retreat to his anger.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He fights with Babbo that is generally a kid’s toy (kendama). However, he can turn Babbo into either into whatever he wishes from the stones he gave him.
  • Invincible Hero: Justified because he has to win his match or the entire team loses. This is also subverted in the anime fillers where he tends to lose like during the Ghost Chess arc.
    • However outside of the tournament, he has a tendency to lose, most noticeably to Phantom and the Ghost Chess.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He is well balanced compared to his other team members.
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Keet: He's very hyperactive and excited most of the team.
  • Kid Hero: The Hero of the story, the captain of Team Mar and a middle school student.
  • Light The Way: His fourth form of Babbo, Alice using healing magic and is used to counter Darkness ÄRMs.
  • Made of Iron
  • Maybe Ever After: With Koyuki/Snow in the anime.
  • Nerd Glasses: At the beginning before he could see better.
  • Official Couple: Heavily implied at the end of the anime, with Koyuki/Snow. Even if you follow the manga's continuity, his and Koyuki's cameo in Omega makes it pretty clear they're together
  • Say My Name: He screams Alviss’ name a lot and that’s during the Ghost Chess arc.
    • He also screams Snow’s name when she dies in his arms.
  • Ship Tease: With Snow, Dorothy and Alviss. Luckily at the end, he seems to revolve some things with Dorothy, Snow becomes Koyuki but unfortunately, he doesn’t solve anything with Alviss.
  • Shonen Hair: As per shonen hero, Ginta has very spiky hair.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: He's an energetic, bighearted Kid Hero with spiky hair. He has a Chronic Hero Syndrome and is fueled by the Power of Friendship. He also starts out as an Idiot Hero, but grows out of it through Character Development.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks identical to his dad.
  • Summon Magic: He only has three ÄRM Guardians or four in the anime. They are Gargoyle, Alice (who is also a healing ÄRM), Puss and Boots and the Shiny Gargoyle in the anime.
  • This Loser Is You: He starts out as this but then grows out of it once he reaches MAR Heaven.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Per training gate though it prevents any real conflict in his fights except outside of the War Games.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Early on in the series, while noted to have un-natural strength, he had no knowledge about ÄRMs and couldn't even come close to using Babbo to his full potential, as noted by characters such as Alviss or Ian.
  • Unwanted Harem: He’s got Snow and Dorothy chasing after him constantly. And if you believe that Alviss has feelings for him too then that’s three potential love interests. In the manga, he doesn’t choose any of them in the end. In the anime, it's not explicitly stated, but considering Snow/Koyuki is the only one left with him in the end, it definitely seems the most likely. It helps that Ginta, Snow and Koyuki all agree that Snow and Koyuki are the same person.
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     Babbo 
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Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

Ginta’s main weapon that he uses to fight. Babbo is a rare ÄRM because it has the ability to talk. Naturally, this actually makes him annoying. He tries to act like a gentleman but ends up acting like Ginta. He calls himself the hero and calls Ginta and Jack First and Second servant reprehensively.


  • Amnesiac Dissonance: He was actually Phantom’s ÄRM in the War Games six years ago and killed many people. He had a different personality back then but he doesn’t remember now. It’s the reason why Alviss tries to destroy Babbo at the beginning but changes his mind because of Ginta.
    • Justified as it was actually Caldia's Orb that pulled a Demonic Possession on Babbo, suppressing the true personality. It's not that Babbo couldn't remember his violent past, it's that something vile took his body, suppressed his mind and it's only recently that he's mostly himself again.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: He generally announces that he hates Ginta because he’s annoying but very early on, he realizes that he can’t do anything without Ginta. They eventually make up at the end of the episode but the tropes comes back multiple times.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He tries to be a gentleman, albeit one that has a slightly lecherous side, however....
  • Game-Breaker: In universe example. His powers allow Ginta to choose his form every time he gets a stone to insert into him. Naturally, Ginta could abuse this trope and make himself unstoppable but Ginta goes for balance.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Babbo himself is this until Ginta turns him into a sword, hammer or gun.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To Ginta, disliking the boy for not taking him seriously and for being an annoying brat; however, he ultimately enjoys his company.
  • Living Weapon: The only one that constantly active, this is because he was the previous Caldain elder.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Babbo is an Ärm that allows it to transform into whatever the user desires. Ginta's versions are all revealed by the series' end. However, he was once used by Phantom who used him to commit atrocities, but in comparison, it's never revealed what those forms were or what they did. Given what kind of person Phantom was, it's better not knowing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Views himself as a gentleman despite being shaped like a ball and cup toy.
  • Soul Jar: To Danna unknowingly, the Orb previously and to his former former self as the Caldian elder.
  • Stripperific: His 4th form Alice. He always gets embarrassed when Ginta uses that move because it has to do something about Ginta’s fetish.

     Jack 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

A younger farmer boy who lost his father six years ago in the War Games. He lives with his mother on the outskirts of the main cities of MAR often tormented by the wolves that eat their crops and threaten to kill them daily. Until he met Ginta, Jack was very cowardly but after Ginta and Babbo teach him what it’s like to be man, he joins them on their journey. Eventually, he is thrown into the War Games and when he realizes that his dad died here, he swears to avenge his old man by killing the one who ended his life. He uses plant themed ÄRMs. He is based on Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.


  • Accidental Pervert: It depends. There are times where it was intentional but the first battle with Pano was unintentional. Then again, when you tied a woman up in your vines and proceeded to “have your way with her” (make her surrender), it’s no wonder the entire crowd turned against you.
  • Bishounen: In Pano’s mind.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lampshaded in the series when Loco actually turns him into a monkey. But yeah, poor guy usually the one who takes the brunt of the physical comedy in the series.
  • Character Development: Compare his cowardly personality at the beginning of the story to being relatively calm during the Ghost Chess arc.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Once he gets a magic stone, it allows his ARM to shift the ground.
  • Improvised Weapon User: His weapon of choice is a shovel.
  • Gonk: Lampshaded by many characters when he gets Pano, as they cannot see what she sees in him.
  • Green Thumb: The elder of Caldra gives him an ARM that allows him to summon a huge venus fly trap. It saves his life when he's nearly turned to stone by Cadence's power.
  • Groin Attack: Pano gives it to him twice. The first time was accidental (she fires out the ball end of her weapon while in a panic and hit Jack in the nether regions). The second one, which was anime only, happened after she was brought out of her stupor from Jack's mushrooms, realized that she was tricked into forfeiting the match, and kick Jack in the groin in response.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ginta.
  • Kill It with Fire: Late in the series, he gains one more ARM which can turn into an imp and send out fire. It allows him to win his final match in the War Games.
  • The Lancer: He shares this role with Dorothy.
  • Lethal Chef: Ironically because he’s a farmer.
  • Lovable Coward
  • Love at First Punch: He falls for Pano hard after she beats him.
  • Magikarp Power: His shovel is considered one of the weakest and most normal ÄRM compared to everyone else’. But Dorothy notices that's it's been modified to take magic stones and gives him one, allowing him to increase it’s power to the point where he can use plant moves and shift the ground.
  • Official Couple: With Pano.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He is generally the weakness member of Team MAR (some would argue that Snow is weaker) and while he does win some matches, it is often forgotten for the other characters that pull off an amazing fight. Subverted in the anime where he gets more fights outside the War Games.
  • Ship Tease: With Pano. And has a few moments with Snow during the Ghost Chess arc. And ONLY in the Ghost Chess arc.
  • Shovel Strike: He wields the Battle Scoop as his main weapon, given to him by his father, who, like Jack, was a farmer.
  • The So-Called Coward: Has a insecure and cowardly demeanor, but will push on and fight as hard as the rest of his teammates when pushed to a corner.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts out as the weakest member of Team MAR that was easy to cower when he was forced to fight. However by the end of the War Games, he has matured greatly, avenges his father, hooks up with Pano and generally becomes the calmest member of the group when the Ghost Chess arc hits.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Compared to Ginta, he was just a normal a kid that just wanted the wolves to go away and he ended up as one of the representatives of MAR.

     Snow 
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Voiced by: Ai Shimizu (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)

The princess of MAR who looks identical to Ginta's friend from Earth Koyuki. Her mother died at a young age and her father ended up marrying another woman. She was forced to run away from her kingdom and her last resort was to get her dog Edward to find help while she encased herself in ice. She was saved by Ginta and later joined him on his journey. Snow uses ice and water themed ÄRMs and relies on the usage of Guardians then her own strength. She then became a representative of MAR in order to take back her kingdom. She is based on Snow White from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".


  • Accidental Kiss: With Ginta. Same description as above.
  • Action Girl
  • A-Cup Angst
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blue eyes in the manga, brown eyes in the anime.
  • An Ice Person
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Just to make the point, this princess has four matches. She loses two of them but really only because of having big disadvantages placed upon her. An elemental weakness the first time and a psychological block the second. It's easy to see her winning both of those fights if all things were equal. And the fights she does win, she wins almost effortlessly.
  • Badass Adorable: Her Guardian ÄRM Yuki-chan which is basically a big snowman.
  • Betty and Veronica: She is the Betty to Dorothy’s Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Break the Cutie: Snow had been locked up and all alone as a child, and constantly had visions of Ginta and Koyuki in the other world and wished nothing more than be friends with Ginta. She wanted Ginta to rely on her the same way he relied on Koyuki back on Earth but Snow just kept failing. By the time she realizes this, she experiences a Heroic BSoD so bad she's willing to simply fade away and disappear forever. She's just a fragment of Koyuki's soul that was used and treated like an object instead of a person, destined to die to bring pain to others when all she wanted to do was help people. Ginta manages to pull her out of this despair with a Cooldown Hug and some kind words. Things get even more sad when she dies in his arms two episodes later after confesses her love to him.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: She has the same problem as Ginta. One sip and she’s an out of control maniac.
  • The Chick
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows signs of this when Dorothy is hitting on Ginta. We later find out Snow is actually jealous of Koyuki for being able to grow up with Ginta. Technically this means she is jealous of HERSELF.
  • Cloning Blues: She has a major case of this in the anime when she discovered she's a magically conceived clone of Koyuki. She had seen visions of Ginta and Koyuki since she was little. All she ever wanted was for Ginta to rely on her the same way he relied on Koyuki but her shit luck makes this impossible for her. Ginta pulls her out of the depression with a Cooldown Hug and some kind words.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Like Koyuki, she puts seafood in her Ocean-themed cake.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: What causes her death? The King burns her alive. Alviss has to run in the fire to get her out before she completely burns, but by the time he gets her to Ginta, you see the damage that is done to her. In fact, her body is much darker and she really seems to suffer due to her elemental weakness.
  • Damsel in Distress: She only needs help twice but in the anime but they make it seem like she’s been held captive longer due to fillers.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Both times she has been captured have her put to sleep. However when she wakes up, she’s able to do some damage. The Ghost Chess arc has her using her ice magic as a sniper to destroy the clock on Alviss' chest.
  • Deuteragonist: She's probably the most plot-important character after Ginta himself, being the target of the Chess and the one to form the Team in the first place. But the series seems to find any excuse it can to take her away from the action. Having the fewest fights of the principal cast and being absent due to capture for over 20 episodes.
  • Did Not Think This Through: During the third round she eagerly takes the the first slot against their oppoenets but forgot that they're fighting in a volcanic region and that she's an ice user, putting her at a major disadvantage. By the time she realizes her mistake, her opponent already has her figured out and manages to win via Victory by Endurance, though not to say she didn't give it her all. Luckily he was under orders not to kill Snow from the Chess Queen.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the anime, she is killed by the King and dies in Ginta's arms.
  • Disappeared Dad: Subverted in the anime when it turns out her father was alive the entire time.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: She's a magically conceived clone of Koyuki, Ginta's childhood friend and love interest from the real world. She becomes jealous and depressed since she thinks she will never be as close to Ginta as Koyuki is. However, Ginta ends up falling for Snow for being Snow. In the end, he decides to return to the real world and, in the anime, it's implied he starts dating Koyuki, who Snow's spirit has joined with.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: She admits she's in love with Ginta as she burns to death in his arms. In the end, she doesn't stay dead though, her soul merges with Koyuki. Essentially, the two halves become one person and get to be with Ginta at the very end.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the anime ending, Snow is able to merge herself back with Koyuki to form the one single being they were always meant to be, in the process giving Ginta the means to defeat the Orb and resurrect everyone. At the end, Snow, now living as one being with Koyuki gets to be with the guy she loves.
  • Expressive Accessory: The snowman pendant she wears tends to imitate her expressions.
  • Field Power Effect: An Ice Person she is, when the arena is a blazing hot volcano, her magical power drops DRASTICALLY, leading to receiving a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Fusion Dance: Done in the anime when her spirit meets her Earth counterpart, Koyuki, after she's killed. She merges with her so she can be with Ginta when he goes back home.
  • Girl of My Dreams: Ginta has 103 dreams of MAR Heaven with visions of Snow before he travels there for real.
  • Glass Cannon: Snow’s attacks are very powerful when they hit, but she can’t take that much damage.
  • Identical Stranger: She's identical to Ginta's childhood friend, Koyuki, meaning they are identical in every way except memory (and even that is questionable later on). She's actually Koyuki's magically created clone.
  • Kill the Cutie: In the anime where she snaps at the King for killing Nanashi and tries to kill him but he ends up burning her body instead. She gets better.
  • Lethal Chef
  • Love Before First Sight: She had feelings for Ginta long before they met, since she constantly had visions of Ginta and Koyuki in the other world ever since she was a child.
  • Making a Splash
  • Messianic Archetype
  • Plucky Girl: Her defining character trait.
  • The Pollyanna: Lampshaded by the characters.
  • Princess Classic
  • Princesses Prefer Pink
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: A cute and friendly pink-wearing princess who has enough magical power to fight in the Chess Pieces' war game.
  • Reluctant Warrior: She hates fighting but is a good fighter.
  • Rescue Introduction
  • Ship Tease: With Ginta and Jack in the anime.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The truth of Snow's existence is absolutely tragic and puts a lot of her words and actions up until that point in a much sadder context. Essentially, Snow was never supposed to exist in MÄR Heaven. She is a magically created clone of Koyuki, made by Diana to serve her plans. Diana was going to sacrifice Snow and Koyuki and use the connection between their soul fragments to rip open a portal to Earth so she could conquer it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon acquiring a Water Guardian but sadly this same Guardian is what leads to her capture. Played straight in the Ghost Chess arc where she snipes Alviss' clock from a distant and is able to handle herself against the Ghost Chess minions.
  • Winter Royal Lady
  • The Woobie: In universe example especially by how Alan and Edward describe her to Ginta at the beginning.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

     Dorothy 
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Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

A witch from the land of Caldea who searches for rare ÄRMs. Her past and motive is unknown because she keeps it to herself until she meets Ginta. She fell head over heels with Ginta shortly after he saved her and as a result, will listen to him whenever he tells her to do something. She is based on Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and uses a combination of Darkness, Wind and Guardian ÄRMs based on those characters.


  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She gives one to Ginta after they fail to save Alviss from Phantom and are forced to leave Nanashi and Alan behind.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Nanashi.
  • Betty and Veronica: She is the Veronica to Snow’s Betty.
  • Blow You Away
  • Braids of Action
  • Cain and Abel: Her sister is Diana who is the Queen of the Chess Pieces and by Caldea’s rules, Dorothy must kill her older sister for committing treason in their home town. However, she and Diana both love each other dearly.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Played for laughs compared to Snow.
  • Clothing Damage: There are at least five battles where her dress does not survive. In the manga in only happens once though but after Phantom is defeated and it gets into the Ghost Chess arc, she loses her clothes more often and not and more of it the more it happens. Ginta lampshades this in the manga.
  • Casting a Shadow
  • Cry Cute: She cries after Diana comes back to her senses telling her that she always loved her little sister. She cries again when Ginta has to leave.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost all her battles result in this.
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Dark Action Girl: She was pretty nasty before encountering Ginta and is the only member of the group that is looking for a fight despite the fact she has a goal in mind.
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: After she kills her sister Diana, the King comes out of nowhere and kills her. She gets better.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Dorothy becomes a victim of this in the anime where the female villains have a tendency of grouping or tearing her clothes off.
  • The Glomp: Toward Ginta.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: While they are both attractive, Dorothy would be the snarky sibling. However, by Caldea’s rules, she must kill her sister.
  • Hair Intakes: Her hairstyle has two intakes that look like cat ears.
  • Hot Witch
  • I Gave My Word: She promises Ginta that she won't kill anyone anymore if he asks for it. However, she cannot keep the promise concerning killing her older sister.
  • Iron Woobie: In universe example after the group finds out about Dorothy's past and what her homeland is forcing her to do.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the anime, she helps Ginta to find the Gatekeeper Pierrot, knowing well it means sending him back home to be with Snow/Koyuki.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • The Lancer: She shares this roll with Jack.
  • Lethal Chef: She’s just as bad as Snow.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She is very fast and powerful and can hold her own without Guardian ÄRMs.
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Her Guardian ÄRM Toto but for obvious reasons.
  • Meido: She became this in the Tokyo arc anime filler.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has a prominent figure, a flirtatious personality- especially around Ginta and tends to suffer more Clothing Damage than the rest of her team for the sake of Fanservice, especially in the final arcs in the anime.
  • Mysterious Past: At the beginning.
  • Nice Hat
  • One-Hit Kill: During round 4 of the match, she easily defeated the opponent under ten seconds.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Her outfit gets stripped during the fight with Chimera and much so later during the Ghost Chess as well as the final arc in the anime. She definitely didn't like this happening to her, even though she's a very flirtatious and clingy around Ginta.
  • Rescue Romance: She started opening up to Ginta after he saved her.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's the princess of the country of Caldia and it's her royal duty to stop Diana her sister and the Queen of the Chess Pieces for her crimes against the nation.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: She’s willing to get her hands dirty to make sure she completes her mission.
  • Ship Tease: With Ginta and Nanashi.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She comes off as this toward Ginta at times.
  • Summon Magic: Her main battle strategy is to summon Guardian ÄRMs to do her bidding. Most of the time though, she finishes off with her weapon ÄRM.
  • The Tease
  • Tsundere: Type B; she's cheerful, cute and affectionate unless she gets serious or when concerning Nanashi.
  • Warrior Princess: Caldea sent its princess to execute a dangerous rogue element, implying this trope is a thing in its culture. She was the only member of Team MAR that didn’t need the training gate at the beginning and never loses a single match. Her first loss is in the Ghost Chess arc.

     Nanashi 
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Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)

The new appointed leader of the Luberian Thieves. He first appears and attacks Team MAR after they invade his territory. He then later joins the group in hopes of getting the Chess Piece that killed his men. While huge ladies men with a very perverted personality, he is very honorable and would not harm a girl if he can’t help it. He fights mainly with electric themed ÄRMs.


  • Chick Magnet: What with all the girls swarming him after every battle and even when he doesn't fight, he has two girls around his arm every time.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the anime when he protects Alviss and Snow from the King. He gets better.
  • Easy Amnesia: Concerning Galian.
  • Ethical Slut: Encourages the other members to get a girl like he does or they're uncool. Part of his argument with Alviss is how he needed to chill out.
  • Expy: Many people think that Nanashi is Joker from Flame of Recca. They have the same personality, the habit of hiding their eyes, and same poses. Babbo comments that Nanashi smells exactly like Ginta which hint that he’s from Tokyo. This is also backed up by the fact that when the Luberian Thieves found him, he had a wound in his chest. In Flame of Recca, Joker is stabbed by an enemy and uses his powers to create a black hole to make sure that said enemy wouldn’t follow Kaoru.
  • The Glomp:
    • In the anime, he’s not afraid of touching Dorothy. Cue, she punches him the face.
    • He also tries the same thing to Alviss. Cue, he gets pushed off.
  • Handsome Lech
  • Harem Seeker: And a very successful one.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He is the one who reminds Ginta that casualties are a part of war whenever Alan or Dorothy kills one of the Chess Pieces. Despite this, he is one of the most honorable fighters in the war and the only person he kills is the man he was originally after.
  • I Let You Win: In his fight against Loco, rather than electrify her before passing out, he decided to destroy her Darkness ÄRM. Loco noted how he could have easily killed her but decided not to.
  • Kansai Regional Accent
  • Loveable Rogue
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He will not stop to touch Dorothy and he has clung to Alviss more times than not.
  • Revenge: His motivation for joining Team MAR.
  • Sexy Man, Instant Harem
  • Ship Tease: With Dorothy.
  • Shock and Awe
  • Supreme Chef
  • Weak-Willed: He gets possessed often in the filler arcs…
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Which is why he loses or ties with many of the female Chess Pieces. Subverted concerning Dorothy in the anime filler where he actually electrocuted her and in the Ghost Chess arc where he punches Chaton in the face and tries to attack Snow. To be fair, he wasn’t himself during the Ghost Chess arc.
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     Alviss 
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Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (English)

A young man that watched the War Games six years ago. He admired the leader Danna and was often scolded by the other adults who believed that a kid shouldn’t hang out with them. He was unlucky enough to be cursed by Phantom’s Zombie Tattoo. For six years, he lived in doubt that he wouldn’t be able to get rid of the tattoo until he brought Ginta to MAR Heaven. Slowly he began to open his heart up to the group, as he believed that they would save the world he loves. Alviss has a fairy companion named Bell that he loves deeply. He focuses on Darkness ÄRMs whether they are curses or guardians. He is based on Peter Pan.


  • Ambiguously Gay: He only seems to lose his stoic personality when concerning the guys of the groups. Additionally, the episode where Dorothy was in a swimsuit, Alviss was the only one that wasn’t drooling/blushing at her appearance. (He looked more shocked than anything.)
  • Anime Hair: Has very spiked up short hair, even as a child.
  • Barrier Maiden: Played with due to Stable Time Loop. Alviss is the reason why MAR Heaven is saved in the present hence he can’t die at that point of time.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Bell, mentioning how blessed the Zombie Tattoo is and anything to do with Phantom will really anger him.
  • Bishōnen: He's easily the most handsome of the men of Team Mar, something that's lampshaded by a lot of his enemies from Kouga to Phantom.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: When Phantom realized that kidnapping him wasn’t enough, he does this to him in order to swear absolute obedience. Cue, the fangirls are screaming.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: When he was younger.
  • Break the Cutie: Anime fillers love this to him specifically the last arc where he finds out that his idol Danna is actually the King that killed all of his friends. He can’t bring himself to fight back and that’s all King needs in order to stab him which said wounds would later kill him.
    • And of course there's the Ghost Chess arc. In fact, Phantom was intentionally trying to break him so he would submit to the Zombie Tattoo and be forever immortal with Phantom.
  • Broken Bird: After his failed suicide, Alviss hardened his heart and trained so he could bring someone to MAR Heaven in order to defeat Phantom. Bell originally kept his spirits up but once Team MAR was formed, he opened his heart up to everyone, and this plays a vital role in the Ghost Chess arc as The Power of Friendship is what ultimately saves him from A Fate Worse than Death.
  • Casting a Shadow: Tends to use a series of Darkness Arm in the beginning and aside from his Totem Pole Arm, his other Trump Card is a skull faced Eldritch Abomination that contains its target in a sphere before it explodes once it fully opens its mouth/body to reveal a mass of darkness with a large eye in the center.
  • Character Development: By the time he opens up to the group, he's a different person from the cynical and cold person he was at the start of the series.
  • Clothing Damage: Similar to Dorothy who always has dress ripped, Alviss keeps getting tears in his clothes and technically got it ripped in the Ghost Chess arc.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Zombie Tattoo grants the person immortality when it covers the body entirely. Alviss sees it as a curse while Rolan sees it as a blessing.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was a Cross Guard in training, but then Phantom kills all of his friends and makes the young boy cursed with the end result being a nigh-immortal zombie. This unsurprisingly made Alviss very cold and jaded for six years.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He had a hard time trusting people, especially Ginta at the beginning. He opens up though in the end.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Has crossed it multiple times in his life. The first time resulted in Alviss trying to kill himself but failed because Alan told him to get stronger. However, when Ginta fails to remove the Zombie Tattoo with the healing ARM that is supposed to heal all Darkness ARMS, Alviss gives up on trying to find a way to remove it. Ginta has to encourage him AFTER the War Games by giving him a key and reassuring him that this key will help him remove the Zombie Tattoo. Alviss crosses it two more times when he was being controlled by Phantom and one last time when he sees that the Zombie Tattoo is close to covering him completely, the one ARM that could grant any wish was given to his younger self in order to cause the Stable Time Loop and Candice and Rolan take Phantom and flee their location makes Alviss give up again. He can't pull himself out of this one no matter what his friends do and Rolan makes it worse by killing himself in front of Alviss making Alviss realize that it was his fault that Rolan killed himself.
  • Distress Ball: He throws this during the Ghost Chess filler arc. See What an Idiot! and What Could Possibly Go Wrong? below.
  • Distressed Dude: In the Ghost Chest anime filler. Took the gang so long to save him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Just like everyone else, this happens to him, but he gets better.
  • Emo Teen: He acts like this sometimes.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: In canon example…Phantom who is obsessed with him.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Besides the dog collar he was forced to wear, he changed into a darker outfit when being controlled.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Subverted and played straight. Alviss pretended to get captured claiming he wanted to be with Phantom. No one falls for it; not even Phantom who hypnotizes him as a result. Then he temporary switches sides until Team MAR saves him.
  • Facial Markings
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Alviss almost falls into this trope if Team MAR didn’t save him. Basically, he would have been Phantom’s "slave" for all of eternity and would never have the free will again. However, it turns out that Alviss could still see what he was doing even under hypnosis meaning that he would have been forced to do things that he didn’t want until the end of time.
  • Fragile Speedster: Alviss is ridiculously fast in combat and usually hits the opponent multiple times after the fourth battle in order to win. However, as demonstrated in the battle with Rolan, he can’t take that many hits.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He is the only character that survived an encounter with the King. He uses the last of his powers to open the gates to the castle where the Queen and King are. The minute Ginta and Dorothy teleport away, Jack and Bell could only watch in horror as Alviss starts to disappear.
  • Hidden Depths: He comes off as rude and emotionless at the beginning but that's to hide his insecurities as well as his low self esteem issues that would make him do suicidal things.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In the beginning, he DID curse Jack and threatened to kill Babbo but eventually reveals that it was all an act as he's a much nicer person when he opens up.
  • Hypno Trinket: The watch that is attached to Alviss during the Ghost Chest arc acts as this. Slowly Alviss begins to lose his will to fight over Phantom and alters his personality before he falls complete control over him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The King takes advantage of Alviss' weakness and stabs him. However, this wound is not enough to kill him so while Alviss is able to do damage to the King and later open a portal that can get Ginta and Dorothy to fight him, the wound is too much and he too dies shortly after.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Absent in the manga but in the anime, Alviss tried to kill himself after he got the Zombie Tattoo from Phantom. Alan had to slap him in order to get him to snap out of it and fight fate.
  • It's All My Fault: When the King attacks him, Nanashi, Snow, Jack and Pano, Alviss can’t help but feel it was his fault that Nanashi and Snow were killed. It doesn’t help that Nanashi told Alviss to take Snow and get Ginta and he couldn’t even save Snow who jumped out of his arms, attacked the King and got burned to a crisp. Hence he pulls of a Heroic Sacrifice to make it up to them.
    • Before that, he thinks he's at fault when Rolan decides to kill himself because he can't be with Phantom.
  • Jumped at the Call: You wouldn’t think that by looking at him, but when the Chess Pieces appeared after six years, the first thing he did was ask Alan for help. When he didn’t help him, Alviss went to the village himself to deal with the Chess Pieces.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend
  • Lust Object: To Phantom.
  • Made of Iron: Like pretty much everyone else...
  • Manly Tears: In the manga, he starts crying when Ginta has to go back but he hides what he really feels when he tells him that he “Won the bet” (referring to how he saved the world by bringing Ginta in MAR Heaven). In the anime, he starts crying when he thinks he’s getting taken in by Phantom’s words and can’t break out of the hypnosis.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Along with the chains, he gains this when controlled by Phantom and when he’s in Phantom’s presence.
  • Mind Rape: The victim of this by Phantom in the Ghost Chess arc.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the beginning before the role was passed onto Alan and Gaira.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Let's see, bishounen? Check. Dark and Troubled Past? Check. Clothes get ripped off in battle? Check. Cries at the end of the series and has a wonderful smile? Double check. The main victim of Ho Yay/Foe Yay moments and plays the role of the Distressed Dude? Triple check.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: He doesn’t seem affected when Dorothy was wearing a bathing suit. And when he accidentally grabbed her breast when he tried to stand up, he didn’t notice until she screamed.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When in the presence of the enemy, his Mind-Control Eyes become these.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Guy: It's not his fault that he's constantly losing his shirt, getting harassed and then some.
  • The Rival: To Ginta at the beginning before he comes to trust him.
  • Say My Name: During the Ghost Chess arc, he constantly screamed Ginta's name especially when he was trying to break free from his mind control.
  • Screw Destiny: Concerning the Zombie Tattoo, Alviss switches between trying to get rid of it and giving up on the idea. When Ginta tried to cure the Zombie Tattoo with Alice, Alviss seemed to have given up the idea of ever getting rid of the tattoo. Cue to Ginta giving him the key, Alviss’ confidence goes back up. While in the manga, he succeeds in putting the key into Phantom, in the anime, he misses him and results in the mind control. When finally freed from Phantom’s grasp though, the zombie tattoo is almost completely filling his body and almost gives up again…and he would have if Phantom didn’t accept death.
  • Ship Tease: He has moments with Ginta especially in the anime.
  • Shirtless Scene: His shirt gets ripped off as much as Dorothy loses her outfit.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Slasher Smile: Combined this with Red Eyes, Take Warning and you got a a psycho on the loose.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: He's constantly called a pretty boy in the series to the point that he might as well get use to it. However, this has earned him unwanted attraction from Phantom who he hates with a passion.
    • Which leads to a Funny Moment when Rapunzel calls him ugly and he's insulted as he's used to be called beautiful, not ugly.
  • Stable Time Loop: In the anime, when he goes into Misty Castle to retrieve the ÄRM that could save him from his cursed fate, he sees his younger self in the castle. He let’s his younger self get the wish. However, his younger self does not understand why he was given a dagger and promptly throws it away and leaves the castle. Alviss takes the dagger, chases after his younger self and then gives him back the dagger telling him that when he was older, he would understand the dagger. This dagger was used to invoke Gate Keeper Clown and summon Ginta to MAR Heaven thus saving the world.
  • The Stoic: When he first appears, he seems to be this. However…
    • Not So Stoic: He is prone to anger easily compared to the other characters and the minute he sees Phantom tends to have him either snap or freeze in fear. Additionally, he begins to break out his true personality as he hangs out with his friend.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Six years after the first War Game & After his various "days" in the Training Gates and after being Mind Raped by Phantom.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid
  • When He Smiles: Lampshaded in the series the few times he has smiled genuinely as seen here.
  • Wimpification: Suffers from this A LOT in fanfiction and it became in universe and literally almost canon when he was captured by Phantom.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: DUH.

     Alan 
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Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Lex Lang (English)

The oldest member of Team MAR and the second strongest man in all of MAR Heaven who fought in the War Games six years ago with Danna and Gaira. He was a rather confident man in his youth back then and that was what cost him in his battle with Halloween in which he was forced to share a body with Edward. He mellowed down over the years but he still is able to maintain his strength that he couldn’t flex often. He took care of Alviss during the War Games prior to this incident. While the biggest badass of the series, he has a huge fear of cats and freaks out at the sight of them. However, that does not stop his growing relationship with the Chess Piece Chaton. He fights with fire themed ÄRMs and his fists.


  • The Ace: This guy was so cool that he had to be given a small weakness in order to not have him be killed off because he's more awesome than the rest of the cast.
  • Ambiguously Brown: More so in the anime than in the manga.
  • Arch-Enemy: With Halloween. It gets to the point where Halloween allows Alan to participate in the War Games because of their rivalry.
  • Battle Couple: With Chaton whether he likes it or not.
  • The Big Guy: Alan primarily is a very physical fighter that deals in direct combat. [[spoiler: To the point that his Guardian Arm is a pair of large hands that physically attack his enemies.
  • Cool Old Guy: The oldest on Team Mar and one of their most powerful fighters.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Whenever he’s on screen, the battle ends swiftly in his favor. This is inverted with Chaton, who beats him easily, but only because she is a cat.
  • Dating Catwoman: Literally with Chaton whether he likes it or not. Eventually, he does start falling for her and the two main barriers of her being a Chess Piece and his fear of cats vanishes at the end of the anime.
  • Dramatic Irony: He has a fear of cats but ends up with the Cat Girl in the end.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the anime like everyone else but he gets better.
  • Epic Fail: His battle with Chaton to the point where everyone on his team starts booing him.
  • Fusion Dance: Forced into it with Edward By Halloween.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He does this to Alviss six years ago when the kid just got the Zombie Tattoo and tried to kill himself. He tells him to fight the curse and live.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's an amicable guy, but he's ruthless in combat against enemies and will kill them even when they cannot fight back anymore and are no threat to him. Case and point with his fight with Ali Baba, where Allan destroyed his weapon and cheerfully dragged him along and dropped him in a volcano while the man was helpless and begging for his life.
  • Handicapped Badass: At the beginning, he could only stay out of Edward for one day before he disappeared. However, this trope becomes subverted when Ginta heals him.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He acts like a stern and often cold individual, but he does care for others, especially Alviss and Snow.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: One of his main attacks that he often uses with Chaton.
  • The Lady's Favor: Gender flipped. He gives Chaton a ÄRM that allows the two to communicate with each other when they go their separate ways. Chaton cries when she receives it. Doesn’t do any good in the end though because Alan dies at the end of said episode and the ÄRM disappears as well.
  • Megaton Punch: He's strong enough to destroy a Guardian Arm- albeit one that hadn't fully synchronized with its user and his primary fighting style especially his Guardian Arm revolve around a strong finishing punch.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's very powerful but he's rather slow moving around the battlefield. This might be justified as he doesn't want to waste his energy chasing after fast opponents.
  • My Greatest Failure: In his mind, his greatest failure was not being able to save Alviss from Phantom when Phantom forced the Zombie Tattoo on him. While he stops Alviss from killing himself, he and Gaira ended up leaving him to train on his own for six years to grow stronger and mature. However, when he sees Alviss again six years later, he frowns at how far the tattoo has spread on Alviss’ body.
  • Official Couple: With Chaton by the end of the anime, much to his initial displeasure.
  • One-Man Army: For the most part, at the beginning, he was the strongest fighter in Team Mar until Ginta surpassed him.
  • Papa Wolf: He was very protective of Alviss during the first War Games. Now, he’s very protective of Snow due to sharing the same body as Edward.
  • Parental Substitute: For Alviss and Snow; serving as the former's father figure during the six years to the 2nd War Games and a surrogate father while the latter's true father was kept prisoner by the Chess Pieces.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Playing with Fire: Flame Dragon, but unlike his Evil Counterpart Halloween, he primarily uses it to light his cigars.
  • Power Fist: His weapon of choice.
  • Refusal of the Call: He didn’t respond when the Chess Pieces started attacking. This pisses Alviss off greatly. It wasn't that he didn't want to help, he couldn't even if he wanted to because at that time he is training Ginta and Jack.
  • Scars Are Forever
  • Ship Tease: With Chaton. Taken up to eleven in episode 96.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Bonus points for using his Fire Nature Arm as a cigar lighter.
  • Smug Super: He's usually very confident, given his One-Man Army
  • Team Dad: Serves as the wise mentor to the younger members of Team Mar.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Edward in the manga.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Loco states this outright when Chaton starts crying, telling Alan she’s a Chess Piece and shouldn’t be with him anymore. Alan falls for this trick HARD as he gives her a communication ÄRM that would allow them to stay in touch and tells her that it no longer mattered if she was Chess Piece or not because she is a member of Team MAR now and would always protect her.
  • The Worf Effect: Often defeats his enemies in a very one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle, (as Ian and Alibaba can attest) and the only times that it's not the case is when he faces Chaton, who's feline presence is enough to bring up his allergies and phobia- limiting his overall fighting potential and Halloween, his equal in combat.
    • In the anime, he's the first of King's victims, demonstrating how much more of threat he is in comparison to their enemies up till now.
  • World's Strongest Man: Outright described as the strongest male warrior in Mar Heaven with only a father and son from another world, a reanimated zombie and [[spoiler: an embodiment of evil being stronger than him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a HUGE fear of cats that Chaton uses to beat him. Alas, his guardian cat doesn’t unleash his fear at all. In the anime, he gets over this fear the longer he stays with Chaton. And he ends up with said Cat Girl in the end.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Chaton in the anime. They Do.
  • You Are Worth Hell: He tells Chaton this as he gives her one of his ÄRMs that allows them to stay in touch saying that even if she’s a Chess Piece, he wouldn’t leave her side and would fight for her.

The Chess Pieces

The main antagonists of the series, ruled by King and Diana and their main forces lead by Phantom. As their name indicates, their set up like pieces from a chess game. The weakest being Pawns who are made up of nameless mooks and their strongest forces being the Knights.

  • Blood Knight: The majority of the Chess Pieces joined just to be able to fight, but the the majority act this way only when they're winning.
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  • Cool Mask: Some of them have this.
  • Dirty Coward: For being sadistic fight mongers, the majority of Chess Pieces seem to easily back down and beg for their lives once they're outmatched by their opponents.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: If you haven't taken a guess yet, the majority of the characters belong to the Chess Pieces, and only a few are actually competent.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: It's easier to name the ones that actually back up their claims.
  • Villain Ball: Both the lower tier and higher tier are guilty of this, either believing they either think they can take on enemies that soon prove superior to them or spare them so that they eventually get beaten easily as well, without a thought of killing them while they're still helpless.

King and Queen

     The King/ Caldia's Orb 
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In his normal form
The true Leader of the the Chess Pieces. Initially, a sentient orb of all of humanity's evil from either Mar Heaven or Ginta's World depending on the version of the series you watch until he manages to break free through the manipulation of Phantom and Diana and founding the Chess Pieces. He initially was in Babbo's body until he took Danna, the leader of the Cross-Guard and Ginta's father's body for his own. He does nothing until his entire army is defeated. His fate differs between medium; in the manga, he's beaten defeated quickly after Phantom and Diana once Ginta manages to force him out of Danna's body; in the anime, he manages to engage in a long battle in which he manages to kill almost all of Team MÄR until he is defeated by Ginta once and for all, after traveling to Ginta's homeward.

     Diana 
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Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese), Tara Platt (English)

The Queen of the Chess Pieces, the queen of Lestava, Snow's Wicked Stepmother and Dorothy's older sister. prior to the series, Diana was brainwashed by Caldia's Orb into stealing a majority of Arm, rescuing Phantom and founding the Chess Pieces. She would act as both the leader of the Chess Pieces and the Cross Guard as the latter's beloved queen in the war six years ago. Her greedy nature gradually was exposed and she dropped her facade entirely to once again attempt control of Mar Heaven.


  • Beneath the Mask: Double-Subverted. Diana initially seemed to be a loving person to Lestava, but gradually to be a cold and very greedy individual as time went on. However, it was only because she was Brainwashed and Crazy by King and returns to being her true loving self by the time that she dies.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subverted. Initially, she seemed to be a kind woman and a supporter of the Cross-Guard until she revealed herself to be the greedy leader of the Chess Pieces when in actuality, she was a kind person who was brainwashed into acting vilely by King.
  • Blow You Away: Much like Dorothy, her primary fighting style involves wind manipulation in addition to the use of Guardian Arms. justified in that Diana was the one who taught Dorothy so her fighting style is similar by default.
  • Cain and Abel: [[spoiler:Her younger sister Dorothy must kill her by Caldea rules. They still love each other, though and Diana was brainwashed.
  • The Chessmaster: Not only is she the one behind the Chess Pieces, she’s also the reason the Cross Guards existed.
  • Cool Big Sis: Used to be this to Dorothy until King brainwashed her and she returns to being this just as she died.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Serves as the mastermind behind the Chess Pieces while King lays in the shadows until he's needed.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: [[spoiler: after Dorothy kills her, Diana returns to being the kind sister she used to be before dying in Dorothy's embrace.
  • Dying as Yourself: She addresses Dorothy as the loving big sister she once was, before dying.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She loves her younger sister dearly but by Caldea rules, Dorothy must kill her. To prepare for the day, she gave Dorothy everything she needed before she committed the treason.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Dorothy, having similar looks and fighting styles. Justified as she's Dorothy's older sister and taught the former how to fight similarly to her.
  • Evil Redhead: Has long pink hair, which serves a strong hint that she is Dorothy's sister.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the backstory, she acted as the beloved leader of Lestava and seemed to be a kind person, but was really a greedy and ambitious woman who was actually Playing Both Sides with her true calling being the Chess Pieces' cold and stoic Decoy Leader. Although, this is downplayed once it's revealed that she was brainwashed into being this way by King and really was a nice person.
  • Femme Fatale: She's the strongest female fighter in the Chess Pieces.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Normally, she would be the Beautiful Sister, but her crimes, [[spoiler:being brainwashed into being evil], and the law that rogue elements in her culture must be killed by their loved ones justifies Dorothy's reasons to fight her.
  • Greed: Taken Up to Eleven. That's what alerts people like her retainers at Lestava about her true nature. And it isn't even limited to what she could get her hand on in her own world.
  • Hair Intakes: Just like her sister Dorothy, Diana's hairstyle includes two intakes that look like cat ears.
  • It's All About Me: She has an insatiable Greed to have everything in not only Mar Heaven, but Ginta's world as well.
    • Subverted as she's actually Brain Washed And Crazy and it's actually King's own avarice being projected through her in order to make her more compliant to his ideology.
  • Magic Staff: Her primary weapon is a magic staff that allows her to to use powerful wind magic.
  • Promotion to Parent: To Dorothy, being her surrogate mother.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has less expressive eyes than Dorothy that sometimes have a pie-eyed light reflection.
  • Running Both Sides: She is the leader of both the Chess Pieces and the Cross Guard.
  • The Stoic: Doesn't emote very much, coming off as mysterious and detached. Except when ranting about her ambitions or returning to her former, kinder self as she dies.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: She and Dorothy look so similar that nobody was that suprised with the revelation that they're sisters.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Very much so. As the Queen of Lestava, she was popular with the people and loved by her stepdaughter Snow. When the 1st war came, she gave the good guys powerful weapons to fight the Chess Pieces. The war is over, and all is well, until her close retainers notice that she's suddenly getting more villanously greedy day by day, and appears to harbor ill intentions for her stepdaughter.
  • Wicked Stepmother: She's Snow's stepmother who is trying to kill her.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: Phantom is only her puppet.
  • You Have Failed Me: Invokes one to Phantom after he loses to Ginta. Although she doesn't kill him but just leave him to his own device, he pretty much commits assisted suicide thereafter.

Knights

     Phantom 
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Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)

The public leader of the Chess Pieces's main attack force and the strongest Knight of them all and serves as the main villain of the series. He is an immortal being that come back to life after getting killed hence he continues to reign terror on MAR Heaven for many years. The first War Games, he fought against Ginta’s father Danna and they both kill each other in the end. However, it proved futile as six years later, he is revived and continues the same hell that he did six years ago only to fight his enemies’ son Ginta. Phantom loves staying on the sidelines to watch the fights and loves to see how Ginta will grow. Phantom has a huge obsession with Alviss and constantly tries to get him join his side by force. What happens to him depends on the anime and manga.


  • Abduction Is Love: Poor Alviss...
  • Alas, Poor Villain: His death in the anime is rather depressing. Despite all the things he did, he was saddened when he found out that Rolan killed himself in order to be with him. He even apologies to Candice before asking Alviss to kill him. Alviss can’t do it so Phantom takes his hand and puts the key to his heart. See also Despair Event Horizon below.
  • Beyond the Impossible: This guy is the no.1 Knight for a reason. The reason becomes apparent during the fight with Ginta. He is shown to be capable of summoning up to five Guardians at the same time, a feat unaccomplished by any powerful fighters before. Dorthoy said outright that this is impossible. Most people can only summon one Guardian due to the incredible stress on stamina, mental strength and magic power. And he isn't restrained to using techniques of this level only once during the battle. In comparison, his fellow knights, Team Mae and his direct superiors, the Queen and King, two individuals who are supposed to surpass him in Magical Power, are limited to one Guardian Ärm active at a time. It's heavily implied that being a zombie and therefore undead, is what allows him to do this, not having to care about overexerting himself as he's already undead.
  • Bishōnen: When he doesn't act Ax-Crazy, he's a handsome fellow..
  • Blood Knight: He's acts like and often acts like likes fighting, but only when ultimately superior, overestimating his own abilities while belittling even his most Worthy Opponent and and never believing he'll lose. This is deconstructed as his decision to let his enemies get strong enough to face him instead of finishing them off when they're still weaker than him comes back to bite him twice. The first being his first death with Danna in a draw that took him six years to revive. He does the same to Ginta, sparring him during the invasion of Caldea and allowing him to get stronger, leading to not only his defeat, but with Ginta completely surpassing him due to being allowed to get stronger. Phantom himself realized this mistake too late as just before his defeat.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By the King.
  • Break the Cutie: See Dark and Troubled Past below.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember the rule of Caldean wizards that family members of criminals must hand out the punishment themselves? Another case happened twenty years before Dorothy's. Think it's bad for Dorothy to kill her own beloved big sister by rules? Turns out it's no better when the family refuse to deliver the penalty.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was just an innocent, 10-year-old kid who was attracted to the Caldean Orb due to his own unusually strong magic power, and was charmed into committing a taboo by that same evil presence. He was promptly chucked into prison, all the while quite clueless to the magnitude of his transgression. After a while his parents came to bring him back home, and all seemed well, his mom even cooked him a good meal. Next morning, he woke up to find his parents both dead, having taking their own lives because they couldn't find the resolution to kill him. He ended up in prison for ten years and would likely have rotten there until he died, had Diana not gotten him out, and then he fell under the influence of the same dark force that caused his parent's deaths and his imprisonment. Then he managed to find a girlfriend, but she left him the moment she knew he consented to being a zombie, a curse bestowed on him by the bad guy above, again. Oh, and this bad guy is also responsible for her death, and barred her and her friends from entering heaven by sealing their souls inside a cave (note that they won't be released until 6 years later, when Ginta arrives in MAR-Heaven). He spent the next ten years fighting and dying, then resurrecting only to fight for that bad guy. After he loses, said bad guy releases his hold on him, allowing him for the first time to reflect on his life: everyone he ever loved are dead thanks to said bad guy, his opponent's ideals completely trumph his, and all he's left with is the immortality he no longer finds cool. No wonder he becomes such a depressed wreck of angst after the War Games.
  • Dark Is Evil: Has purple eyes, a large bandaged left arm, dark clothing and his Arm tend to be horrific in terms of design.
  • Decoy Leader: Serves as The Heavy and ArchEnemy to Team Mar while it's actually Diana and King who really are in charge.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Anime version. He seems to lean toward boys until you find out about his girlfriend.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He crossed it long ago.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Even when he’s defeated, Snow still needed to be saved and the Queen and King needed to be taken out. In the anime, Team MAR has to also go through the Ghost Chess resulting in another Rescue arc to save Alviss this time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Them being his parents, his girlfriend Alma and his best friend Peta. Cue him angst when he realizes he has lost all of them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He values courage as Alviss found out with great cost on his part, and does not support random abuse of power against subordinate at all, as Rapunzel finds out the hard way.
    • The anime adds more to this as he barred a subgroup of Chess Pieces called the Zonenn from becoming Knights due to their overly brutal nature.
  • Evil Mentor: To Rolan.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the manga, he just sits calmly in his throne as Alviss moves in for the kill, and his last word was a farewell to MAR-Heaven. Taken further in the anime, where he literally forces Alviss' hand to do so, when the later hesitates after witnessing his pet the dog moment with Candice. In both version, he goes out with a smile.
  • A Father to His Men: Played with. This only seems to concern most of the Knights but mainly Peta, Rolan and Candice. Everyone else is considered trash.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Zig-Zagged. The main cast see him as an Omnicidal Maniac under a veneer of politeness, but to his followers, He's fair as long as you don't break his code of conduct and has genuine friendship with Peta and Rolan.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Years after Alma died, he still has not gotten over her.
  • Forceful Kiss: He attempted this on Alviss at least twice. The first time was during Ginta’s nightmare and the second was when Alviss got captured and he had him in his grasp. Fortunately, Alviss was smart enough to pull away fast enough the second option. The first one, Nanashi saved him. Then again, this was Ginta's dream...
  • The Four Loves: His parents who killed themselves rather than harm him (the Storge), Alma who rejected him but still loved him despite what he became and created the key to end immortality (the Eros), Peta who is his dedicated best friend (the Phileo), finally Rolan and Candice who love him and will stay with him until the end of time (the Agape). Not that he's always aware of them. Once he does, he finds the courage to die.
  • Freudian Excuse: He has one that explains why he wants to destroy all of MAR Heaven. Being sentenced to death by the elders of Caldea but your parents taking the fall for you that forces you to be sentenced for life and then your girlfriend turning on you after you gain immortality is enough to drive anyone over the edge.
  • Genre Blind: He has multiple opportunities to kill Ginta but he decides to let Team MAR grow stronger so he can have a good fight.
  • Hypocrite: He despises a group in the Chess Pieces for being too barbaric called the Zonnen when his direct followers in the knights are far worse in comparison, including himself.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: His reaction when Alviss is finally in his base. Comes with a staggering amount of intimate interactions forced on Alviss.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: This comes out as part of the reason he finds immortality so awesome; what could be better then eternal life hanging out with your friends? Especially if one had such a crappy childhood. He tries everything he could to make Alviss into a zombie like him, so that he won't be alone.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: While not as apparent as it is with Candice, he constantly talks about Ginta becoming more ripe so he'll be more satisfied with the battle.
  • Kick the Dog: To name a few examples, he kills Alviss' friends right before his eyes, then proceeds to curse him with the Zombie tattoo, revealing that once the curse is complete, the boy will be just like him. He disguises as a nice boy and befriends Ginta for a short while, then pretends to be killed by Peta right before Ginta's eyes, just to raise his fighting spirit. Oh, and when Candice tries to comfort him after Peta's death, he responses with his usual sweet talks to her..until he gets really close, and whispers into her ears that she will never replace Peta.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: The reason he abandoned his humanity is because he didn't want to be limited in his potential strength. The true reason is he didn't want to be parted from those he cares about. After the traumatic way he lost his parents, it's hard to blame him for wanting to make his favorite people unkillable.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Becoming an evil zombie is the cause of his white hair.
  • Lust: He lusts for power after being brainwashed by the King and also lusts for Alviss.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He deceives Ginta into thinking he's Tom and latter pretends to be killed by Peta to enrage Ginta to becoming angry enough once he reveals he's not only alive, but he's actually Phantom.
  • Memetic Molester: An in universe example. He’s ALWAYS commenting about Alviss to the point that it goes to creepy levels. He licked Alviss’ tears for crying out loud!
  • Mind Rape: He’s always trying to pull this off on Alviss and it’s successful in the Ghost Chess arc temporarily.
  • More Than Mind Control: He was being controlled by the King, but his hatred for Caldia for causing his parents' deaths is genuine.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: After he has Alviss under his control, he orders the Ghost Chess to eliminate Team MAR so they won't interfere.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's a literal magic zombie and The Dreaded to Mar Heaven.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Toward Alviss.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: He was once Babbo's previous user and unlike Ginta who demonstrated all of his imagined powers onscreen; Phantom's powers using Babbo are never revealed outside of the Zombie Tattoo which seem to something that Phantom himself can do. given the type of person Phantom is, it's better off not knowing.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to destroy Mar-Heaven because he hates everything about it. spoiler: a mix of his hatred for the world that took his parents and being mind washed into being crazier as well as being compliant to King's own desires to destroy everything.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: The left eye is normally covered by his white hair.
  • Pet the Dog: He is very kind to Peta who he sees as a best friend and Rolan who he took under his wing when Rolan had no one to turn to. He's polite, but mostly indifferent to Candice's obvious crush on him; but when she, under circumstances, becomes the final one by his side at the end of the Ghost Chess arc, he treats her almost lovingly and with gratitude, and even saves her from getting thrown into the ocean after she loses a battle with Ginta at the expense of his remaining magic powers.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Seeing how much Candice and Rolan cares for him and being forgiven by Alma's ghost makes him acknowledge his evil deeds and embrace death.
  • Single Tear: When Peta died. In both versions, it's what alerts Ginta to the possibility that Phantom is not heartlessly evil through and through.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Toward Alviss.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: Has all of his Arm sown onto his reattached arm and usually bandaged until the final battle with Ginta.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He used to be a more innocent and curious child until a combination of his parents dying in his place, being locked up in prison at a young age for ten years and being brainwashed into being evil by the Big Bad drove him to villainy.
  • Villainous Breakdown: It's his own fault for letting Ginta live after their first real fight, He goes semi-apeshit after being hit once in their rematch to the point Ginta was much stronger than he was. Which leads him to a massive..
  • Villainous BSoD: He becomes disillusioned with everything. He accepts death as soon as Team MAR come knocking on his door in manga version, and after a longer struggle in the anime, arrives at the same conclusion.
  • Villainous Crush: On Alviss.
  • We Can Rule Together: Invokes this trope on Ginta and Alviss. It doesn’t work on Ginta. With Alviss however… it worked, but because of hypnosis.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: An evil zombie with white hair.
  • Woobie Destroyerof Worlds: One way to look at his personality due to Alternate Character Interpretation.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pulled one on Ginta in one of his disguise, just so he could tick off Ginta even more.
  • Yaoi Guys: The third victim of this trope often to squick levels.
  • You Got Spunk: To Alviss. Too bad he took it beyond just complimenting him for it.

     Peta 
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Voiced by: Koichi Tochika (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

Ranked Second in Command of the Knights of the Zodiac and third strongest overall, he served as the organization's organizer and strategist during the six years leading into the 2nd War Games in preparation for Phantom's return. He killed several members of the Thief Guild after deciding their attempts to get Babbo were no longer needed.


  • Bloody Murder: His primary fighting style, utilizing Arm intent to drain the blood of his enemies and turning into blood to avoid physical attacks.
  • Blood Magic: Due to Arm being created by Caldean sorcerers/sorceresses.
  • The Dragon: To Phantom, had the entire group reestablished for his resurrection.
  • The Heavy: He played an initial role as the Greater-Scope Villain to the Thief Guild in getting Babbo for them and also rebuilt the Chess Piece Army and also played a role in getting Nanashi into joining the war through his murder of his comrades after killing the latter in a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness move. In addition to influencing Galian, the previous Thief Guild leader into joining the Chess Pieces. This is downplayed after Phantom's resurrection as the latter becomes more prominent as the Team Mar focuses on defeating him with Peta becoming Nanashi's personal Arch-Enemy and another rock block to Phantom like the other Knights.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He's killed by Nanashi, the leader of the thieves he exterminated earlier in the series.
  • Nice Hat: A long pointed hat that points straight upwards.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His decision to pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on the Thief Guild of Liberia ends up biting him in the long run, when their leader, Nanashi personally hunts him down and kills him during the sixth round of the 2nd War Games.
  • Only Friend: To Phantom.
  • Social Darwinist: To the point he goes on a Motive Rant about the subject during the global scale attack on Mar Heaven prior to the 2nd War Games.
  • The Strategist: Served as the re-organizer of the Chess Pieces, building them back up stronger than before and orchestrating the global scale attack on Mar Heaven prior to the War Games.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Nanashi notes he's not as fast or as strong as his colleagues, especially his immediate inferior, Halloween, but due to his use of Arms to avoid/redirect attacks as well as draining their blood, he's
  • Undying Loyalty: Because they have the same ideas, he also rebuilt the Chess Pieces in preparation for Phantom's return, six years after the latter's defeat so it would be ready for his return.
  • Villainous Friendship: A genuine one between Phantom and him. When he's killed following his battle with Nanashi, Phantom mourns him and thanks him for all he's done.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Initially requested the Thief Guild to get Babbo until he decided it wasn't required anymore and killed them when they resisted. This bit him in the rear when Nanashi their leader came and killed him in revenge.

     Halloween 
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Voiced by: Hiroshi Matsumoto (Japanese), Rikako Aikawa (child, Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)

Ranked the 3rd ranked powerful Knight of the Chess Pieces, but 2nd strongest in terms of might, he's Alan's Arch-Enemy, having fought him previously in the first War Games. However, their history goes back further as Halloween- known back then as Pump, used to be bullied and rescued by Alan. This led to Pump feeling incredibly insecure and became sadistic and a Social Darwinist in order to get back at the world that bullied him- joining the Chess Pieces in order to do so.


     Chimera 
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Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese)

Ranked the 4th most powerful Knight of the Chess Pieces, Chimera is a deadly opponent that was able to knock out Gaira in the preliminaries. Chimera looks like a monster created by the Chess Pieces that never talks. Chimera fights with Ghost ARMs.


  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: She spent months physically tortured, mentally tormented and possibly raped by the gang who killed her fiance, until she managed to escape.
  • Blood Knight: One of the Chess Pieces who wanted to fight Ginta.
  • Body Horror: Her Ghost Arms are unpleasant, primarily manifesting as grotesque, monstrous heads for hands. This gets worse with additions such as elongated arms with enlarged hands
  • Break the Cutie: She was once a nice and loving woman until her romance with a former Chess Piece caused her to suffer physical and mental torture to the point, she became just as cruel, if not worse than the ones who ruined her life.
  • Broken Bird: She's a victim of circumstance due to her lover being a former Chess Piece and the world punishing her for it. By the time she was physically scarred and raped, she lost her sanity and became the Ax-Crazy brute force for the Chess Pieces to get back at the world.
  • The Brute: Outside of summoning some hideous flying, multi-eyed fish, Chimera's fighting style is primarily close quarters focusing on physical attacks. And even with her true face/personality exposed, she's more focused on proving physical superiority through her melee based powers than the more balanced and mind-game playing colleagues, such as Peta and Phantom.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her original human name was Irene who was destined to marry a Chess Piece named Marco who she loved dearly. Despite Marco reforming himself from a Chess Piece, an angry mob barged into their wedding ceremony and demanded that Marco pay for the crimes the Chess Pieces committed. Marco told her he would be fine since he is a reformed man. She waited for him for days in the church until the men came back with only Marco’s ring finger. She freaks out when she realizes that they killed her husband and then they kidnap her and do unimaginable things to her that range from messing up her body to implied rape. She finally manages to escape them and tries to kill herself but Peta gives her hope and allows her to get her revenge on the people that took her Marco away.
  • The Dark Chick: with her true personality exposed, she's the the only woman on the final Knights Team, has a power set that drastically contrasts with her colleagues and is mainly scornful towards more fortunate women.
  • Dark Is Evil: [[spoiler; Her]] powers involve summoning hideous monster heads for hands, in addition to increasingly horrific mutation, wears a skull mask most of the time and is one of the monstrous Chess Pieces.
  • Defiled Forever: she is heavily implied to be raped by her captors, resulting in her Despair Event Horizon.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it in the backstory when her lover is killed at her wedding, she's tortured, heavily implied to be raped and lastly sees that she's spiritually and physically defiled forever- resulting in becoming a cruel monster after losing her sanity.
  • Died Happily Ever After: After seeing Ian and Gido reunite, she dies from the wounds that Ian inflicted her with but regains her humanity in the process as well as happy she can be with her lover again.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: [[spoiler: Her true face, has these on the right side of her face, an Arm that served no purpose other than demonstrating her lose of humanity and former identity.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her lover, a former Chess Piece, was killed by a group of vengeful villagers. That and being tortured and raped drove her insane.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Chimera was a wife-to-be for a reformed Chess Piece. Unfortunately an angry mob came into her wedding ceremony and eventually killed her husband and tortured her. She became one of the most powerful Knights of the Chess Pieces who at the beginning of the Second War Games defeated Gaira in most likely a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Chimera is more of a name used for an animal but many people thought that Chimera was a man because of it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Out of all people, Chimera jealous of Gido who continues to love her boyfriend despite the horror she has been put through. She changes Gido back at the end when Ian proves his love is true and wishes for them to be happy.
  • Heel Realization: She realizes what sort of Monster she became and turns Gido human again.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In her backstory, she tried to kill herself after she escaped but Peta saved her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Catches Dorothy the fastest of Team Mar completely off guard initially.
  • Mask of Power: A creepy skull one at that.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • The Quiet One: Comes off as this at first. But once the mask is removed, she starts talking, [[spoiler; revealing herself to be a scornful and cruel woman]].
  • Rape as Backstory: It's more than implied that she was raped by the men who killed her fiance and tortured her for months.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: She went crazy after the men who killed her fiance kidnapped and raped her multiple times until she escaped.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dies by Ian's hand, getting to be with her lover in death.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Many people think that Chimera is a male. However, when Dorothy blows away the mask it turns out that Chimera is in fact a dangerous woman.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Has a skull mask to hide her equally hideous multi-eyed face.
  • Together in Death: As she dies, she sees the spirit of her husband come to take her to the afterlife.
  • Tragic Monster: While she is one of the most brutal and cruel Chess Pieces, it all comes from being associated with a Chess Piece and being punished severely for it until she was rendered insane- becoming a cruel monster in order to get back at the world.
  • Was Once a Man: Or once a woman.
  • White Mask of Doom: a warped human skull with spiked horns on the top, in addition to a green plumage to hide her true blond hairstyle.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Oh God, Chimera has went through the most shit out of all the Knights. Her soon to be husband is killed despite reforming himself. The men who took him gave the ring finger back to her literally and then they kidnapped and raped her multiple times before she escaped. It’s no wonder she went crazy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.

     Rolan 
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Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

Ranked 5th strongest of the Knights of the Zodiac, once a child rescued by Phantom and joined the group out of a life debt. He like Alviss received the Zombie Tattoo, but it was much more willing on his part.


  • Anti-Villain: He’s not evil at all. He hates killing above everything and is very talkative and helpful toward Team MAR. He just won’t turn his back on Phantom…ever.
  • Apologetic Attacker: He's nicer than his comrades and is very apologetic when outside of battle, inside of it he's more confident, but is still not as sadistic as his colleagues.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's an Adorkable Apologetic Attacker, but he's also one of the six strongest Knights and gave Alviss his first and only defeat in the War Games.
  • Bishōnen: To the point that he's incredibly girly looking, not helped by his Adorkable and bubbly nature.
  • Bungled Suicide: Implied at the end of the anime.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He shows signs of this during the Ghost Chess arc when Alviss tells him that Phantom likes him better. Cue, the two start fighting.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: This feminine looking guy is one of Phantom’s most trusted comrades and will kick your ass if you underestimate him. Alviss learned that the hard way.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the anime when he realizes that Phantom will be killed and he can’t do anything about it.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Extremely effeminate in appearance and emotional behavior
  • Epic Fail: His introduction…he shows up late for the match and then he trips upon landing. Alviss questions why he was stuck fighting the idiot.
  • Evil Is Dumb: Played with. He’s very intelligent; he doesn't like using it though unless Phantom is concerned.
  • Expy: Of Raijin from Flame of Recca. Both are really nice people and seem to be on the wrong side. They stick by their Master’s side always because he has done something that has earned their eternal respect and both hide the fact that they are competent fighters. They both have the same Epic Fail entry as well.
  • Hair Intakes: Has them on his head.
  • Having a Blast: His powers allow him to blow things up.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: After being saved, he became devoted to Phantom. Unfortunately as everyone on the heroes' side points out, Phantoms's The Heavy and The Dreaded of the Chess Pieces, on top of being a Card-Carrying Villain himself.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted! He almost pulled one but changed his mind and stayed with Phantom and Candice.
  • Idiot Hair: Has one on his head and initially played the part of the fool until his fight with Alviss.
  • I Owe You My Life: The reason for staying with Phantom is that Phantom took him in when no one else would.
  • Lightis Not Good: He doesn’t have light magic but his color scheme fits this. He even has angel wings when he uses a Guardian ÄRM.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Candice.
  • Moe: He may be older than Alviss but somehow manages to pull this off in-universe.
  • Morality Pet: To Phantom in the anime.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Alviss questions his respect for Phantom during their rematch that makes him rethink everything he has done. He stays with Phantom in the end.
  • Nice Guy: He’s one of the nicest Chess Pieces you will ever come across.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts Adorkable and very uninformed prior to his fight with Alviss, but once he started getting serious, he stops playing around and gives Alviss his only defeat in the War Games.
  • Odd Couple: With Candice.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents died, leaving him alone until Phantom became his new parental figure.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He’s only evil on the battlefield and even on the battlefield he tries not to kill his opponent.
  • Sissy Villain: Very emotional and sensitive to the point, he's far more girly than the three girls on the Knights who are far more masculine in demeanor in comparison.
  • Suck My Rose: One of his Arm is stone rose whip
  • Technical Pacifist: He's the least violent of the Knights, but it doesn't mean he won't kill or heavily damage his foes in a fight.
  • Technicolor Eyes: They’re pink.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Phantom, even becoming a zombie to be at his side forever.
  • Whip It Good: And it explodes too.
  • Yandere: In the Ghost Chess arc, he tries to kill Alviss when he tried to kill Phantom. Even if Phantom likes Alviss better and accepts death, Rolan wouldn't take it.
  • Yaoi Guys: The second most used victim of this trope, being very obsessed with Phantom, with implications that it isn't entirely platonic.

     Weasel 
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Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese)

The sixth strongest Knight, he participated in the previous War Games, where he caused the death of Jack's father. And years later, fights Jack.


  • Affably Evil: He's polite and acknowledges his enemies. especially Jack, but has also killed his former best friend Jack's father and killed an entire castle with a tree. Along with Rolan and Alan, he comes across as the nicer members of the Knights of the Zodiac.
  • A Lighter Shadeof Black: He's not as an Apologetic Attacker as Rolan or Ash are, nor is he an openly sadistic and psychotic murderer like Phantom, Peta, Chimera or Halloween are. He just happens to be a good-humored old man who respects his opponents who happens to be an unrepentant killer.
  • Green Thumb: Serves as the Evil Counterpart to Jack.
  • Evil Old Folks: The oldest member of the Chess Pieces aside from Caldia's Orb/King is potentially much older in comparison.
  • Satellite Character: He's pretty much there to be an opponent for Jack and give a motivation for him to fight. The anime does expand on his past a bit, but nothing more is really known about him.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Several translations have made their own interpretation of what Weasel's name is, including Vizard, Vizel, Pizel,Veezle, Pizel and Vidar.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Jack. He also admitted that Jack’s father gave him a good fight and he was one of the best opponents he had.

     Ian 
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Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese), Adam Lawson (English)

Ranked Rook in the beginning of the story, Ian is one of the Chess Pieces sent to get Snow, resulting in a fight with Ginta gaining respect for the boy for breaking one of his arms. He later pursues Ginta over participating in the massacre, gets beaten easily by Ginta's new power and Halloween has Chimera punish Gido- his lover instead to psychologically break Ian for his disobedience and failure resulting in her being transformed into a hideous creature that can't even speak. This results in him becoming a Knight by killing Rapunzel. And becomes the 7th strongest overall after the six that participated in the sixth final Match.


  • Always Save the Girl: He'll do anything to save Gido, even it means ranking up to Knight Class by killing a fellow Chess Piece- who had it coming. and taking his Misplaced Retribution on the boy started his problems in the first place.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: His favorite tactics, using offensive weapon Arm meant to demolish and devastate his enemy.
  • Cool Mask: Wore this initially until he took it off as he didn't like wearing it. After Gido was punished for his actions, he wore this all the time to iron his resolve and removes it permanently as
  • Expy: Of Gin from Bleach. They would go to extreme lengths to save their love interest meaning they would go to the enemy side just to get their revenge.
  • Eyes Always Shut: When they’re open, you better look out.
    • Made funny in the last episode where he opens his eyes widely because he sees Ash without his mask.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: He was willing to change his personality from a happy, but arrogant fighter to a stoic, but [[Tranquil Fury perpetually angry just to get his girlfriend back.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: At first, being an Affably Evil fighter who is only in it for the fight. However, when Gido is punished for his failures, he's fueled by The Power of Hate, becoming much angrier and focused on killing Ginta. And after his defeat, he's quit the Chess pieces to rescue Gido.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He used to be this until Gido was punished for his actions, making him take on The Power of Hate to become stronger, presumably becoming a Perpetual Frowner behind his mask of Tranquil Fury until Ginta defeats him again and he mellows out as a result.
  • The Power of Hate: Used this to become strong enough to fight Ginta once again as a Knight class this time around.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Gido is turned into a monster by Chimera, he basically goes through hell to get stronger to get revenge on the people who did that to her. He takes his anger out on Ginta who tells him he's got the wrong person before focusing on Chimera.
  • Spam Attack: As he got stronger, Ian increased his weapon usage from two whips to eight to finally Armor Break, which has a wide range of weapons spewing out of his body.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After he sees what happened to Gido he goes through intensive training. He takes several levels in fact, as he jumps from a mere Rook to a Knight.
  • Training from Hell: Took training and The Power of Hate to go from a Rook to one of the Knights by killing Rapunzel easily in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Tranquil Fury: After his training, he became this, hiding his intense hate for Ginta behind his Cool Mask.

     Magical Roe 
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Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)

Snow's caretaker, the court clown of Snow's kingdom and the 12th strongest Knight 11th prior to Ian's inclusion into the group.


  • Heel Realization: Upon realizing what the Queen wants to do to Snow, he decides to sacrifice himself to save Snow.
  • Monster Clown: He looks like a piedmont, but is more on the Affably Evil side on the Knights' morality pole.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In the anime, he sacrifices his life to save Snow and apologizes for kidnapping her. Averted in the manga, where he also apologizes for his actions after being defeated by Team Mar in their pursuit to rescue Snow.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In comparison, to his colleagues, Magical Roe focuses on trickery and misdirection. Most of his Arm are glamor at best, mainly because his role was to retrieve Snow and not actually defeat her.

     Galian 
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Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)

The former leader of the Thief Guild of Liberia who appointed Nanashi as his successor And the 8th previously 7th prior to Ian's inclusion into the group strongest Knight overall,


     Ash 
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Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Jaxon Lee (English)

The 9th strongest Knight previously 8th prior to Ian's inclusion into the group, a man who joined the Chess Pieces in order to make a better world for children. The same organization bent on making the world into a hellhole.


     Candice 
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Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

The 10th previously 9th prior to Ian's inclusion into the group strongest Knight and a Psycho Supporter of Phantom.


  • The Baroness: She is a domineering woman who's also a masochist and in an one sided Mad Love relationship with Phantom. Not to mention, her Arm theme is based on a stone based sadomasochist theme.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: She's smitten with Phantom because he defeated her.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Phantom.
  • Clothing Damage: Some of her outfit is torn when she fights Kappel after she suspects that he plans on betraying Phantom. She doesn’t mind at all.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: When fighting Jack, the more he hit her, the more it seemed like she was having an orgasm. And then let’s not get started with her fight with Dorothy in the anime.
  • Cute and Psycho: Being cheered by Phantom makes her squeal like a school girl, but she's also a sadomasochist with a perverted side to her.
  • Dark Action Girl: The most openly feminine of the Knights, with an unorthodox fighting style that resolves around sadomasochism.
  • Depraved Bisexual: While primarily obsessed with Phantom, she also got really touchy with Dorothy in the final arcs of the anime.
  • Expy: Of Harley Quinn from Batman.
    • She is also very similar to Neon from Flame of Recca. Both are madly in love with their leader and are extremely sadistic in battle. Also, both softened up after their battle with the main characters. It takes Candice longer though in the anime, and she’s still crazier than Neon though.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Which hides an Arm that allows her to switch places with her foe during an attack her initiated, both to increase her magical power for her trump card and because she's a sadomasochist.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Phantom as he still loves his dead girlfriend. Subverted in the anime, where he appears to reciprocate her feelings to some extents, after seeing just how far she would go for his sake.
  • Laughing Mad: Tends to be this, either giddy for Phantom's affection,
  • Love Makes You Evil: Downplayed. She was already The Baroness with a sadistic streak prior to Phantom. After being defeated by him, she becomes a sadomasochist that aids him in making Mar-Heaven a hell hole.
  • Mad Love: She is dedicated to Phantom.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Rolan.
  • Morality Pet: To Phantom in the anime, at the end of the Ghost Chess arc.
  • Odd Couple: With Rolan.
  • Orgasmic Combat: She reacts to being hit like reaching a climax, not to mention her fighting style revolves around themes of sadism and masochism.
  • Pet the Dog: Besides Phantom whom she is dedicated to, she is rather kind to Rolan who she doesn’t see as a rival.
  • Psycho for Hire: She's a sadomasochist who joined the Chess Pieces primarily over her Mad Love for Phantom.
  • Psycho Lesbian: In the anime where she has so much fun touching Dorothy in all the wrong places, while still being obsessed over Phantom.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Phantom declares that she cannot be one for his best friend Peta, when she tries to comfort him after Peta's death and cheer for him in his incoming battle. Later though, he's remarkably kinder to her when she's determined to stay by his side even until his death, as they both know it.
  • Slasher Smile: Has one, either dealing in pain or suffering pain.
  • Taken for Granite: Her fighting style, which revolves around summoning earth themed Arm or turning her enemies to stone.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Because it empowers her and her sadism.
  • Walking the Earth: At the end of the anime.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: The Ghost Chest arc hints that she’s this since she doesn’t really seem to mind Phantom feeling up Alviss at all. She only minds if Alviss is trying to kill him.
  • Yandere: Towards Phantom, though it's a one-sided Mad;ove.
  • You Are Not Alone: To Phantom. Thanks to this, he attains some peace of mind before dying.

     Pinocchio 
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Voiced by: Nao Nagasawa (Japanese)

The 11th strongest Knight previously 10th prior to Ian's inclusion into the group, he is a puppet given life by Diana to attack Dorothy during the War games.


  • Artificial Human: The only Chess piece to be known to not be a human of any kind, rather a puppet brought to life by Diana.
  • Bad Liar: As another feature taken from its namesake, it comes off as more of sarcasm though and is uses to activate on of his powers.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Justified as he isn't human in the first place and was likely created with a creepy appearance in mind by Diana.
  • Dark Skinned Red Head: Technically wood, but it still counts.
  • Evil Red Head: Has a mane of red hair on his head and is very Ax-Crazy.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has an additional arm. Justified due to being an artificially made sentient puppet and not a human being.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Very obvious, he wants to kill Dorothy in the hopes that Diana will make him a real boy.
  • Space Whale: His summon is a whale that eats his opponents, based on the whale that eats the actual Pinocchio.

     Rapunzel 
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Voiced by: Yoko Sasaki (Japanese), Melodee Spevack (English)

The 12th strongest Knight, Girom's older sister and an insane, kill-happy Blood Knight even by the Knights' standards. A short while after losing to Dorothy after the 5th match, she is executed for her antics and replaced by Ian.


     Kouga 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (Japanese)

The weakest of the Knights, a {{Ninja]] themed giant of a man who feels insecure about his looks and despises those more good looking than him.


  • The Brute: A not-so bright, physical and loud blowhard who's only allowed in the group for being more of Stone Wall than most Bishops. He also doubles as The Dark Chick as he's an insecure man who envies others and is extremely incompetent in comparison to his colleagues.
  • Foil: To Rapunzel, two equally facially hideous people who attack people who insult their looks. Rapunzel is a vain, short-sighted psychopath who kills her own teammates without a second thought, a competent fighter that's able to use the terrain to her advantage and lives in denial of her true ugly face. Kouga on the other hand, is fully aware of his own looks being ugly, acting arrogant as a front to hide most of insecurities, the most incompetent Knight, but is a Combat Pragmatist at worst, never really going to the extremes that his colleagues do.
  • Gonk He is aware of his own appearance, which is why he hates pretty boys like Alviss (hence he goes for the face in battle).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He is jealous of Alviss' looks and constantly berates him for them to the point where when he attacks, he goes for the face.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: his gimmick, but an extremely incompetent one, given that he uses his {{Shuriken}] as a bludgeon tool than the throwing projectile that it usually is.
  • Karma Houdini: A lesser example then Girom but after the War Games, he tried to attack Alviss again and got beaten. In the anime ending, he’s alive with Girom by his side.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Kouga is the most incompetent Arm user of the Knight Class and arguably the Chess Pieces, with using a {{Shuriken}] as a bludgeon as a notable example. He is however, a Stone Wall that's tougher than most Bishops, which is implied to be the reason why he is even allowed in the group in the first place.

The Bishops

     Chaton 
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Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Japanese)

The strongest Bishop of the Chess Pieces. She doesn’t seem to fit with the group due to her happy go lucky and playful personality. She battles Alan in the semi-finals and beats him due to his fear of cats. However, after the match, she begins to idolize him (and in the anime, she falls in love with him). As a result, she doesn’t hesitate to cheer for Team MAR and goes as far as to switch sides after the War Games to be with Alan. She fights with animal themed ÄRMs.


  • Affably Evil: As mentioned above, she's much nicer than her much crueler and sadistic comrades in the Chess Pieces with her only negative traits being her Yandere obsession with Alan and being willing to take advantage of Alan's allergies to win the fight. It's to the point that it's not a shock that she soon pulls a Heel–Face Turn to aid Alan with no hesitation.
  • Action Girl: The strongest Bishop in the Chess Pieces and a very powerful fighter in both close combat and having a powerful Kamehame Hadoken technique.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the anime, being a Dark-Skinned Blonde.
  • Ambiguously Human: She's a Cat Girl with no indication that she's a real one or it's a cosmetic change based on an Arm.
  • Anti-Villain: She wasn’t really a villain to begin with, and quickly joins the heroes' side after the War Games.
  • Battle Couple: With Alan whether he likes it or not.
  • Break the Cutie: In the anime, she is forced to watch Loco sacrifice her age to save them from the Ghost Chess and then she is forced to watch Alan die in front of her which sets her off.
  • Catchphrase: “You’re so cruel old man~”
  • Cat Girl: Notably is one, with no confirmation that she's naturally this way or it's a result of a special Arm.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. She is however cunning but that’s what Loco thinks.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She seems to be this at the beginning and especially during the Ghost Chess arc where’s she’s wondering the desert with Loco. Of course, this actually helps because she uses it to get captured by the Ghost Chess and save everyone.
  • Cry Cute: Does this when she's hit by Alan and later when he's temporally killed by King.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's this in the anime.
  • Forceful Kiss: She gives at least two of them to Alan. One was during their battle and the other was when she thought he died because of the Ghost ÄRM and gave him CPR which was more of a kiss. Alan freaks out on the first kiss but the second one, he doesn’t react to her kissing him.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: She does this to both Alan and Loco.
  • Genki Girl: She's a very bubbly and energetic girl.
  • Heel–Face Turn: More apparent in the anime than in the manga.
  • Heroic BSoD: In the anime when Alan dies, she breaks down crying and then disappears until the last episode. She went to find Alan’s killer but isn’t successful.
  • Hidden Depths: In the anime. While happy go lucky, she does care for what people think of her with someone on Team MAR because she is a Chess Piece hence she has a Heroic BSoD when Team MAR see Snow’s father is alive and hides in the forest to cry because she doesn’t want to get judged. Loco tells the audience it’s only a trick to see what Alan would do but everyone begs to differ.
  • It Was a Gift: The ÄRM that Alan gives her is important because it’s from him and it symbolizes there soon to be marriage. Alan has no idea what she’s talking about on the marriage part though but judging from the ending, Alan doesn’t seem to mind that idea at all.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: One of her signature moves that catches everyone off guard.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking tends to look and taste horrible.
  • Lost Wedding Ring: Not by choice. When Alan dies, the ÄRM he gave her (which looks more like an earring than a ring) disappears with him.
  • Love at First Sight: Towards Alan, which is reciprocated by the end of the anime.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: She goes to extremes to be with Alan, even when he initially wanted nothing to do with her.
  • Love Redeems: Not that she was that evil in the first place, but her romance with Alan makes her pull a Heel–Face Turn in the anime to be with him.
  • Mood Killer: When Loco sacrifices herself for her, she starts crying. However, Alan tries to give her comforting words and she instantly stops to hug Alan and tricks him into saying yes about taking care of Loco as a couple. Naturally, Loco is pissed off that Chaton didn’t cry for that long.
  • Morality Pet: To Loco. This causes Loco to sacrifice her age to the point where she would never communicate with her again to save Chaton during the Ghost Chess arc.
  • Official Couple: With Alan.
  • Perky Female Minion: She's this to the Chess Pieces, being barely evil in the first place prior to her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She’s not even evil hence she cheers for Alan during his match. And when Ginta beats Phantom and all the Chess Pieces retreat, she’s the only one that stays to hug Alan.
  • Ship Tease: With Alan.
  • Stalker with a Crush: On Alan and it’s played for laughs.
  • Stripperific: She wears a crop top that reveals her midriff and shorts that reveals her legs, overall having a very athletic and feline, feminine figure.
  • The Trickster: During the Ghost Chess arc. To specify, she forces Loco to switch places with General using the Mirror ÄRM. She then gets them both captured and taken to where Alan and Nanashi are being held. She then pulls her Kamehame Hadoken on Sara and knocks all the Ghost Chess out and then gets Loco to switch bodies again.
  • Villainous Crush: She is infatuated with Alan.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Alan. They do in the anime.

     Hamelin 
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Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

One of the three strongest Bishops, being the most mysterious of the three. He fights Alviss in the fifth round of the War Games.


  • Ambiguously Human: He has blue skin, no nose and a completely green eye with no pupils, shine or sclera; and a smiling mouth with no visible teeth. Much like Korrechio, this is never addressed in the series.
  • Flight: A power if his that Alan finds out late in their fight. He tries to use it to keep away from Alan's attacks while he makes clones of himself. Alan figures it out when he notices his shadow on the ground.
  • Me As A Crowd: He's able to do this via his Arm Clarinet Horn.
  • Musical Assassin: Attacks via a flute that drains the magical power of others or make clones of himself.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Hamelin's design is bizarre in contrast to the other cast in Mar. Justified somewhat as he was originally a fan-made character.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Except in some cases when he'll go Oh, Crap!, he's always smiling in a dissonantly calm manner plastered on his face.
  • The Stoic: He never really emotes compared to his more expressive colleagues.

     Emokis 
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Voiced by: Chiemi Chiba (Japanese), Mona Marshall (English

One of the three strongest Bishops, a plump girl who believes herself to be very pretty in comparison to other women. She faces Snow in the fifth battle's first match of the War Games.


  • {{Acrofatic]}: Able to gracefully dodge Snow's Iced Earth with ease, in spite of being a plump girl.
  • BFS: It acts as a Magic Mirror as well. She winds up destroying it when it doesn't answer if she pretty over Snow.
  • Big Eater: Has an ARM called Gingerbeard House which boosts her power the more she keeps eating it.
  • Foil: To Rapunzel, two vain, but ugly women who face off against the women of Team Mar. Rapunzel is a Blood Knight Bad Boss who's prone to Stupid Evil antics and having a fast speaking, No Indoor Voice. Emokis is an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who is more tolerable of her colleagues and speaks in a slower tone of voice.
  • Gonk: An obese girl with puffy lips and squinty eyes.
  • Heavy Voice: After she bulks up from eating Gingerbread House.
  • Honor Before Reason: When Snow covers her head in a water bubble and gives her a chance to surrender. She chooses drowning over giving up. It lucky for her that Snow's ARM was merciful enough to cancel the attack after she passed out.
  • Magic Mirror: Functions as a BFS as well
  • Vain Sorceress: Ironically she calls Snow ugly as result.
  • Villain Ball: Destroys her Arm because it called her ugly, despite it being possibly useful for later in the fight

     Girom 
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Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

An unpleasant young man that prefers to kill women and joined the Chess Pieces to engage in their anarchy to kill even more people with his equally vile and unpleasant sister, Rapunzel. He faced Ginta prior to the War Games where he got defeated easily by Gargoyle. He faced Ginta again in the penultimate match of the fifth battle only to lose again. He then faced Ginta again in Caldia, only to lose for a third time.


     Aqua 
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Voiced by: Kimiko Koyama (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

One of the Bishops that fought in the fourth battle in the War Games. Nanashi took petty on her in order to spare her from Rapunzel's Bad Boss tendencies, allowing for a draw. Unfortunately Girom decided to kill her anyway.


     Maira 
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Voiced by: Keiichi Sonobe (Japanese), David Lodge (English)

A confident Bishop that faced Dorothy in the final match of the 2nd battle of the War Games.


     Garon 
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Voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (Japanese), Douglas Rye (English)

A stoic man, father of Pano and Leno who faces Ginta in the final match of the second battle of the War Games.


  • Back from the Dead: Killed by King in the anime adaptation. He revives from it later on.
  • Bald of Evil: One that has tattoos on his bald scalp.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Always seen barefoot.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Father of Pano and Leno.
  • Super Strength: Guy's pretty tough on his own (he managed to barely get back on his feet after getting thrown into the ground by Ginta's gargoyle). But it's revealed he wields ten strength ARMs on his fingers.
  • Papa Wolf: Loves his kids dearly and a flashback showed he took out a bear that had attacked them when they were little.
  • Noble Demon: Implied he only joined the Chess to support his family and isn't really evil. He's even quite respectful of Ginta's strength after their battle.
  • Starter Villain: The first obstacle Team Mar has to face in the War Game. Ginta personally takes him on to break the tie in the first match.

     Kannochi 
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Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English)

A polite Bishop who faces Ginta in the penultimate match of the third battle in the War Games.


  • Blood Knight: The only legitimate one in the entire organization
  • Face Death with Dignity: He knew full well what he was getting into when he used his ARM and takes his death in stride. Even complimenting Ginta as he melts away.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Uses a darkness ARM that'll melt his opponent. However when Ginta manages to use Alice to heal himself. The curse rebounds on him and he melts much to Ginta's dismay.
  • Noble Demon: He's a fair fighter and actually takes his death rather gracefully.

     Mr. Hook 
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Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)

A confident Bishop faced Snow during the third match in the third battle of the War Games. He wins through Snow being weakened by the volcanic environment, only to lose swiftly by Alviss' hands in the following battle.


  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gets one from Alviss who doesn't use an Arm during their fight.
  • Off with His Head!: The first victim of Rapunzel's penalty game.
  • Victory by Endurance: During his match against Snow, he knew he would be able to win due to the landscape being a volcanic area and her being a snow and ice user. Despite Snow giving her all, she ends up collapsing due to the strain of the heat and her power pettering out when she goes in for an all or nothing attack. Giving him the win.

     Korrechio 
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Voiced by: Tetsuharu Ohta (Japanese), Michael Sorich (English)

A Bishop who faces off against Jack in the second fight of the fourth battle of the War Games.


The Rooks

     Loco 
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Voiced by: Sawa Ishige (Japanese), Sandy Fox (English)

The strongest of all the Rooks. A young girl that uses Darkness ÄRMs and is first had seen infiltrating the ice palace where Snow is kept with Ian. She later battles Nanashi in the second round and while she won the round, she lost the battle because Nanashi chose not to kill her. Loco is actually a thirty two year old woman that was given the box with cursed ÄRMs (a flashback in the anime details this showing her as a simple Chess Piece wandering the aftermath of a battleground before she came upon the previous owner of the ARMs who had aged himself into nothing). At first, she uses it to kill people but eventually, she befriends Chaton and starts to see people in a different light.


     Fugi 
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Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (Japanese), Jaxon Lee (English)

A confident Rook who faces Snow in the first match of the the 2nd battle of the War Games.


     Leno 
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Voiced by: Makoto Yoshimura (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)

A confident Rook who faced off against Alviss in the first match of the first battle of the War Games. He loses handily to the young man.


     Pano 
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Voiced by: Yuko Sasamoto (Japanese), Michele Specht (English)

A confident Rook like her brother, she faces off against Jack in the second match of the first battle of the War Games. She manages to win barely through an accidental Groin Attack on Jack. He faces off against her in the second match of the third battle of the War Games where he manages to defeat her through trickery. She later falls in love with him and becomes an Official Couple with him later on.


  • Does Not Like Shoes: She goes barefoot all the time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Sister and daughter and Leno and Garon respectively.
  • Foil: To Chaton, an equally Stripperific Chess Piece. While Pano hid her feelings for Jack initially through a Tsundere facade and eventually became a mutual Official Couple after Jack manages to defeat her; Chaton loved Alan at first sight, was far more open about her advances than Pano and becomes an Official Couple after a strained one sided relationship. The fact they managed to defeat their lovers through a humorous technicality- Groin Attack and Alan's fear/allergy of cats respectively also makes them even similar.
  • Go Through Me: Just as Garon was about to take Ginta's final attack. She leaped in the way to prevent Ginta from finishing him off, begging that he'd be spared (ironically after she had proclaimed to Leno that their father was too tough to give up after Leno had begged Garon to give in). Ginta complies.
  • Groin Attack: Done in the first battle against Jack (she actually managed to win it due to this, albeit accidentally). The anime turns it into a Running Gag in their second fight when she comes out of hypnosis from her Bishōnen vision of him and kicks him in the junk once again (Least he won the fight by that point but still, ouch. Jack did deserve it since he purposefully has left a hallucination mushroom on her though).
  • Heel–Face Turn: She ends up cheering for Jack in the final match. In the manga, this oddly comes out of nowhere with no build up other then knowledge of their previous fights. The anime rectifies this by having her appear in a few filler episodes and interacting with the MAR crew more.
  • Love at First Punch: With Jack.
  • Missing Mom: We never find out what happened to her mother.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She wears a BANDEAU, for crying out loud.
  • Official Couple: With Jack by the end of the series.
  • Underestimating Badassery: With Jack in the second battle that she nearly refuses to fight him again till Ganta informs her that he's been training and not the same as before. Keep in mind, she only won the first battle due to luck and Jack had her dead to rights in that fight.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Averted, in spite of having blue hair, she's tomboyish and speaks her mind, in spite of her girlish crush on Jack.
  • Starter Villain: One of the first villains Team Mar has to face in the War Game, if not the first. Jack is the one to take her on.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: During the War Games and after her brother's death.
  • Tsundere: During both her battles with Jack.

     Ali Baba 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Kiiri (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

A very overconfident Rook that faces off against Alan in the first match of the third battle of the War Games with the assumption he could defeat the man who fought on par with a Knight. Unsurprisingly, he lost.


The Pawns

     Gido 
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Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Amanda Winn-Lee (English)

A pawn associated with Ian, revealed to be his lover. Halloween had Chimera turn Gido into a hideous beast/human hybrid to motivate Ian with The Power of Hate. He manages to rescue her after coming to his senses with Ginta's help.


  • Baleful Polymorph: Due to Ian failure in no killing Ginta, she's punished in Ian's place by Halloween who uses an ARM on her turning half her body into a grotesque hybrid.
  • Body Horror: What Chimera does to her, while her top half is fine, her lower torso is that of a twisted mix of several Eldritch Abomination creatures. Plus she can't even speak.
  • Morality Chain: To Ian.
  • Samus Is a Girl: During Ian and Ginta's second battle. She tries to join in on the fight but it knocked down by Jack's new shovel powers. Ian takes off her mask to heal her, revealing her gender to the group.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Is purely defined by her relationship to Ian.

Zonnen

An anime only group within the Chess Pieces. Were said to be so violent and uncontrollable, that Phantom forbade them from becoming knights which prevented them from joining the War Games. Eventually they set out on their own, attacking Team MAR as they're training within the gate. They're all named after planets.

     Saturn 


  • Dirty Coward: He attacks Alan as he has his Training Gate activated which means he can't move during so.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His Darkness ARM rebound on him once Alan breaks free of it, turning him into a monster.
  • The Leader: Of the Zonnen group
  • Sadist: Loves causing misery to people and even prologs suffering just to drag out his target's death. This winds up backfiring however since as he tortures Alan it keeps the Training Gate open allowing the heroes to win their battles against his subordinates, combine their powers and escape.

     Mars 

     Mercury 

     Venus 

     Jupiter 

  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Both Venus and he are defeated when Alviss creates a tunnel under their shield and floods it with water. Nanashi's Electric Eel does the rest.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Has an air ARM that covers both Venus and him to block attacks.
  • Mobile Maze: He has an ARM that traps his victims in one and will keep regrowing the walls if they're destroyed.

     Uranus, Pluto & Neptune 
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Pluto
  • Poisoned Weapons: Techniclly, Uranas has an ARM that turns into a moth and blows out poison spores.
  • Siblings in Crime: All three are sisters.
  • Slave Collar: The secondary effect of Pluto's ARM produces this.
  • Spot the Imposter: Pluto has an ARM that transforms her into any person when she uses it. However she's not quite good at getting mannerisms down. Luckily for her it comes with a secondary ability that transfers pain to the person she's imitating.
  • Trap Master: Neptune's only attack is an ARM that traps her opponents in a cage.

Ghost Chess Pieces

Another anime only sub group. As their name suggest, they're members who exclusively use Ghost ARMs which, next to Darkness ARMs, are the most dangerous ones to use since it causes side effects to the user (as shown with Chimara).

     Kapel Meinster 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Toward Phantom, willing to do anything to gain his favor.
  • Bad Boss: Willingly sacrifices his subordinates to power himself up in the final fight against Team MAR.
  • The Leader: Of the Ghost Chess

     Sarah Band 

     General 

     Pause 

     The Flats (Grave, Allegro and Moderato) 

Other Characters

     Koyuki 
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)

Ginta's childhood friend in his own world. She has a strong resemblance to Snow.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes are blue in the manga, but they're brown in the anime instead.
  • Agent Mulder: She gives the reason she believes Ginta's dreams to the fact that she also believes in aliens, bigfoot, etc. She actually believes Ginta because she was having those same dreams.
  • Brutal Honesty: Koyuki has her moments. The most infamous being when she flat out tells Ginta's mother, "Did you know your son is a pervert?".
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ginta.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She comes across as blunt mainly because she doesn't realize how... eccentric she is. Not finding anything weird about putting seafood in an Ocean-themed cake or how getting kidnapped by a biker gang and given free snacks is weird.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: She puts seafood in a cake because it's Ocean-themed.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Ginta in the anime.
  • Official Couple: Heavily implied at the end of the anime, with Ginta. Even if you follow the manga continuity, Koyuki and Ginta's cameo in Omega still shows they're together.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

     Gaira 
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese), Steve Kramer (English)

A warrior of the Cross Guard who fought alongside Alan and Dana in the First War Game. He answers the call when the second one is declared but has the misfortune to be paired up with Chimera in the preliminaries and knocked out of the running. So he helps train Team MAR so they can becomes stronger against their future opponents.


  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: When Chimera revealed her gender in the finale of the War Games, he was shocked she was a woman.
  • Retired Badass: His loss to Chimera notwithstanding, he can still kick butt at his age. The man did survive the first War Games after all.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Justified as the further Team MAR fights the Chess, the stronger their opponents will be so they need to increase their power fast. Case in point, he personally trains Jack and promptly beats the stuffing out of him till he's able to track his punches. He likewise trained Alviss.

     Edward 

A talking dog and one of Snow's retainers who helped her escape from her castle when it became clear Diana was evil. He was also forcibly fused with Alan at the end of the First War Games by Halloween. Putting the two on an odd time share (Edward has to fall asleep three time to summon Alan. Alan has to sleep only once to switch back) until Ginta is able to separate them with Baboo's Alice form.


     Belle 
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

A tiny fairy seen most of the times at Alviss' side. Belle befriended Alviss in his earlier years while he was training under Gaira's supervision.


     Pozun 
The judge that referees the War Games. He technically a Chess Piece member but is impartial and fair.

     Ginta's Mom 
Voiced by: Sayori Ishizuka (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)

Ginta's mom who is an author of fantasy stories.


     Danna Toramizu 
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

Ginta's Disappeared Dad who was obsessed with a "fantasy world".


  • Demonic Possession: His body was taken into usage by the King, and his soul was moved into Babbo.
  • Disappeared Dad: Turns out Alan wound up summoning him and he was the previous hero who had saved Mar Heaven. But was killed in the final War Game against Phantom.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: While most likely spelled differently, his name's more common translation is "Husband".

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