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Chryse Guard Security (CGS) / Tekkadan
A group of Private Military Contractors hired by Earth to help police the Martian settlements, our heroes are members of CGS's Third Group. A rag-tag bunch of Child Soldiers, they decide to go rogue after the adults of CGS deploy them as Cannon Fodder to delay a Gjallarhorn attack while the rest of CGS runs away. The Third Group subsequently rename themselves Tekkadan, the iron flower.

    Tekkadan as a whole
The main characters of the story and the eponymous iron-blooded orphans. A collection of kids taken off the streets of Mars and forced into combat, most of them have never known any other life. They're beaten and abused by the adults of CGS, and treated as disposable, despite actually being better soldiers and more skilled pilots than their superiors. Things finally go too far when CGS comes under attack by Gjallarhorn, and the adults use the Third Group to Hold the Line while they steal everything not nailed down and flee the scene. Against all odds, the Third Group actually defeats the attack (allowing the adults to return), but the incident provides the push they need to plan an open rebellion.
  • Accidental Hero: Tekkadan's repeated victories against Gjallarhorn causes them to be viewed as heroes against tyranny by those whom Gjallarhorn oppresses to the point that Tekkadan's actions inspire working-class colonists to instigate an armed rebellion against Gjhallarhorn. However, Tekkadan only fought against Gjallarhorn for their survival and to complete their job to get Kudelia safely to Earth. As such, they are very perplexed when strangers start singing their praises. Then it turns out McGillis did this on purpose, to paint them as heroes.
  • Anti-Hero Team: As expected of a mercenary group composed mostly of Child Soldiers. Tekkadan is no stranger to unsavory tactics in the name of victory; such as attacking from blindspots, taking hostages or attacking defenseless enemies. However, every once in a while they make it clear they have a moral conscience and inherent goodness; not to mention most of their enemies tend to be immoral bastards. By season 2, Orga intends to make Tekkadan an honest business.
  • Band of Brothers: Most of them have no one besides each other, and they've formed the sort of close bond you'd expect in that situation.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: While well-meaning, with Tekkadan becoming something of a safe harbor for other Human Debris and disenfranchised children, the Organization ironically has the opposite effect on the society around them. Their actions throughout the first season encourage armed forces to use more Human Debris because Tekkadan ironically proved their usefulness. This comes full circle in the Grand Finale where Tekkadan ends up becoming the cautionary tale of Human Debris and Child Soldiers as a whole, and it was through their destruction that society finally started to do away with the system.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Tekkadan is so loyal to Orga because he cared for them and gave them a home when nobody else would.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Many of their members die and the survivors are branded as war criminals by Rustal's smear campaign. On one hand, most of the survivors are able to adopt new identities and live stable, decent lives following the dissolution of the Human Debris system. On the other hand, it is implied Rustal knows who they are and chooses to ignore them because they are no longer threats. Ride is the only person to not have a positive outcome due to his guilt over Orga dying to protect him. His final scene is murdering Nobliss to avenge Orga's death, so he hasn't reached "the place" that the others have, i.e. a peaceful life.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: The Third Group's pilots have the Ālaya-Vijñāna system, a cybernetic implant in their spine that uses nanomachines (among other things) to connect directly to their mecha. It makes them more effective in Mobile Workers and Mobile Suits alike.
  • Child Soldiers: None of the fighting members are adults, though they range in age from "preadolescent" to "late teens".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Early on, Tekkadan makes up for their lack of manpower and resources by fighting dirty. Many of their victories are achieved not so much through superiority in open battle as through their willingness to take huge risks and use tactics that some of their opponents consider dishonorable and cowardly.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In their second encounter against Carta Issue, Tekkadan battled them by using pre-planted explosives against them, trapping the Gjallarhorn at a seashore house and blows up the bridge and house, and casually blowing up a Graze with a land mine.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Upon arriving on Earth, Tekkadan is presented with seafood for the first time. Most of its members have no idea what to make of the fish staring them in the face and are shocked that that sort of thing is considered food on Earth.
  • Famed in Story: As the series goes on, they become famous for being powerful enough to defeat Gjallarhorn. By season two, nearly everyone knows about them and they are seen as celebrities on Mars.
  • Fatal Flaw: Tekkadan's biggest flaw as an Organization is that they are too Heroic Neutral. They are completely insular and oblivious to the political ramifications that their actions cause. This comes back in a big way at the end of season 2 where the group jumps into backing McGillis in his coup against Gjallarhorn without properly assessing first if he actually has the means to win.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: After the destruction of Tekkadan, the survivors were forced to change their identities and split up. However, they do still keep in touch with one another since some of them worked for Kudelia and Yukinojo. It's only Ride who doesn't get in touch with them ever since he's unable to move on after Orga's death.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: In a way. They become known for piloting Gundam Frames, which were created by Gjallarhorn originally. However, that was hundreds of years ago and since the end of the Calamity War, the Frames themselves have become scattered and forgotten across the Solar System for anyone to find and utilize.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Near the end of the series, Rustal uses a smear campaign to frame Tekkadan as war criminals for their association with McGillis Fareed's revolution. This causes their sponsors to retire all their financial support, leaving Tekkadan bankrupt. Their reputation is irreparably damaged in the epilogue, and the surviving members have to change their identities to survive in the new world.
  • Heroic Neutral: As bad as they feel about Gjallarhorn oppressing the Martian population, Tekkadan only does what it does to earn a living. They only decide to take Gjallarhorn as a serious enemy once Biscuit dies and even then, it's for vengeance, not liberation for the people of Mars.
  • It's Personal: After Biscuit's death in the hands of Carta Issue, Orga declared that they will crush Gjallarhorn and destroy anyone who gets in the way.
  • Lady and Knight: In the eyes of the Dort colony unions, Kuedelia and Tekkedan are precisely this; "The Maiden of Revolution and the brave knights who guard her". Eugene remarks how they're treated as heroes because of it.
  • Leitmotif: "Iron-Blooded Orphans", "Surface of the Iron Blooded Orphans"
  • Meaningful Rename: After their coup, Orga renames the company Tekkadan, iron-flowers that never wilt.
  • Nanomachines: Involved in the Ālaya-Vijñāna system that lets them interface with their mecha.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • While they were just trying to survive and become successful, their victory in season 1 not only damaged the power balance but showed the value of both child soldiers and mobile suits, leading to more child soldiers and human debris and to a resurgence of the most dangerous weapons from the Calamity War.
    • Tekkadan's pragmatic approach to getting work done efficiently has resulted in them growing at a fast rate and an impressed McMurdo giving them more opportunities. This has also led to senior members of Teiwaz resenting Tekkadan and viewing Orga as an upstart glory seeker who are receiving favoritism from the boss. Naze has even warned Orga that Tekkadan may need to start moving at a slower pace because of this.
    • Their alliance with McGillis led them into tragedy such the deaths of their closest allies (Naze, Amida, Lafter) and loss of several members such as Shino. After retreating to Mars, it's only then that they realized that forming an alliance with McGillis is a very bad idea. As a result, everyone is turning against them after Rustal uses black propaganda to paint them as criminals and Tekkadan are being hunted down by Gjallarhorn. And then, their leader, Orga, gets assassinated.
  • Playing Both Sides: They're becoming comfortable with working closely with camps which are technically fighting each other—such as Teiwaz and even a fraction of their enemies in Gjallarhorn.
  • Private Military Contractors: As members of CGS.
  • Protagonist Title: Protagonist Subtitle, anyway. They are the Iron-Blooded Orphans.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The dregs of Martian society, literally taken off the streets and forced into combat. That doesn't keep them from being better at their jobs than the rest of CGS.
  • Red Is Heroic: Befitting the name of the show, they're strongly tied with the color red, with most of the major characters having some small association with it. Examples include Orga's scarf, Kudelia's hair ribbon and dress, and the Human Debris characters' uniform stripes.
  • Refuge in Audacity: As Tekkadan is regularly going up against opponents who outgun them, their plans are unconventional, to say the least. Examples include:
    • The first engagement with the Turbines. With Mika and Akihiro on the ropes, Orga leads a boarding party to storm the Hammerhead, and seizes the bridge.
    • Episode 21. Trapped on an island in the Pacific Ocean with no way out, Tekkadan deliberately leaves an inviting beach unguarded to allow Gjallarhorn forces to land there, lures them into a trap, and then hijack their landing craft to make their escape.
  • The Scapegoat: Rustal Elion pins all his war crimes on Tekkadan and permanently ruins their reputation. The epilogue states that with the formation of the new democratic Gjallarhorn and the free, independent Mars, everyone now remembers Tekkadan as war criminals. Only a few know the truth but they can never reveal it; otherwise, they'd jeopardize the Gjallarhorn-Martian Union alliance and put the surviving members in danger.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Being the product of a Crapsack World, Tekkadan has adapted to a "kill or be killed" philosophy without even blinking. This lead to something of an ideological conflict with some of the more idealistic members like Biscuit, Merribit, and Takaki. By episode 42, even Merribit and Atra have come to accept that this, whether they like it or not, is the only way to go, especially now that they know that there people on all sides who are willing to kill those close to them (Naze, Amida, Lafter) to get at them.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: The Soldiers to Gjallarhorn's Warriors. They are no strangers to ideals like honor and brotherhood, but they fight to win at all costs. Carta Issue and her forces learned that the hard way.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Implanting the Ālaya-Vijñāna system can only be done to children whose bodies haven't finished growing yet. CGS doesn't bother asking new Third Group recruits whether they want to undergo the procedure or not. They also don't bother with anesthetics and it has a 40% chance of failure.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Come Season 2, the organization as a whole is facing something like it. Growing towards becoming overnight celebrities as a competent PMC and as a band of freedom fighters (not to mention their growing importance within Teiwaz's network hierarchy) is inviting all sorts of admiration and envy. Naze and the Turbines themselves, while in no way jealous of them (seeing them as equals and valuable partners), do acknowledge that Tekkadan's tendency to keep to themselves and not play politics will cause them bigger problems and more potential enemies in the future. This indeed came to pass late in Season 2, with certain elements in Teiwaz maneuvering to dismantle the Turbines and kick Tekkadan off Teiwaz.
  • Tragic Mistake: Accepting McGillis's deal on the "King of Mars" really led them into a disaster where they lost their friends and reputation after Rustal Elion stomps them out of existence and stains them as criminals.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The biggest threat to the Third Group isn't the enemies they fight, it's the rest of CGS. They plan accordingly.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Tekkadan as whole tends to fall under this. The group is only out to make a living and will fight without mercy to protect their own. They aren't freedom fighters and even go out of their way of avoiding conflicts that do not involve them. With that said, they are willing to cooperate with other factions, and ultimately ended up backing up DORT in their rebellion because the alternative would be to watch the workers get slaughtered.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Tekkadan, being a small, fairly desperate group with little political influence and no knowledge of what's going on behind closed doors at the highest levels of power, has been subject to this. In particular, Nobliss has been using Tekkadan (and Kudelia) to foster revolutionary sentiment among disaffected workers. This reaches a head when they arrive in the Earth Sphere and unknowingly deliver weapons to such a group, prompting them to stage an armed demonstration in an attempt to force management into negotiations.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Since the Third Group's pilots use the Ālaya-Vijñāna system implanted in their spines to help them pilot their mecha, they would go into combat shirtless. Once they head into space, however, they get proper suits with an interface on the back that lets them use their implants without having to fight half-naked.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The Third Group wouldn't question about hitting women as long as it gets the job done. During the encounter with the Turbines, they see the fight as a challenge to prove their worth and negotiate with Naze. In the ensuing battle against Carta Issue, it is revenge for their fallen allies.

Main Members

    Mikazuki Augus 

Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese), Kyle McCarley (English)
Main mecha: TK-53 CGS Mobile Worker (white), ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos, ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos Lupus, ASW-G-08 Barbatos Lupus Rex

A young orphan and a member of CGS's Third Group, Mikazuki is the closest thing the show has to a main protagonist. As the Third Group's best pilot and Orga's right-hand man, he ends up piloting Gundam Barbatos — previously used by the CGS as a power source — in order to counter Gjallarhorn's attack on CGS. He is rather stunted both emotionally and socially, putting all his trust in Orga while doing whatever he asks him to without question. Utterly ruthless both in and out of combat, he's equally calm about killing his enemies in the heat of battle or in cold blood, but threatening people he cares about is a good way to piss him off. He doesn't enjoy fighting or killing for its own sake, however, expressing an interest in leaving the battlefield and becoming a farmer once he's done fighting for a living.

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: Gets Atra pregnant while they're both teenagers, and becomes a father posthumously.
  • Ace Pilot: He's the best pilot in the Third Group, which is why Orga taps him for the job of piloting the Barbatos. Like most Gundam protagonists, he's a classic Steamroller, focusing on taking down his enemies with maximum speed and aggression.
  • Achilles' Power Cord: Mikazuki can use the right side of his body if he's linked with the Gundam Barbatos, but that limits how far he can move away while retaining full control of his entire body.
  • Action Hero: A very dark example of the trope. He's a ruthless soldier in which Orga is the only one making sure Mikazuki is a hero, but whenever he enters the battlefield, it's clear the situation can no longer be solved peacefully.
  • Admiring the Abomination: His reaction to the Mobile Armor is that it's beautiful.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The people close to him call him Mika.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Obviously an effect of his experiences as a Child Soldier, he's both incredibly indifferent to most of what goes on around him and prone to sudden violent outbursts if you do manage to get to him. He also seems to outsource all of his moral thinking to Orga, making him look positively psychopathic at times. He'll gun down helpless prisoners and wounded enemy combatants without breaking his usual blandly calm demeanor, as long as it's under Orga's orders. His behavioral tendencies seem to be consistent with Schizoid Personality Disorder (i.e. emotional coldness, indifference, lack of motivation, Lack of Empathy).
  • An Arm and a Leg: Suffers a downplayed version by losing the use of his right arm and eye in the battle at the end of Season 1, and by Season 2 episode 13, his right leg as well, though they are still attached to him. Now he says he can only use them while connected to Barbatos. So far, he seems to be right about it. It's not confirmed if he legitimately cannot use them outside of the Gundam or if he simply thinks he can't, which in turn prevents him from doing so. However, everything on the right side is fully usable once linked up with Gundam Barbatos (even an umbilical cable can do the job, letting him linger outside the machine) so we know they aren't dead. They may simply have some form of mental block on them that Mikazuki doesn't understand (or care about), and simply works as best he can around them.
  • Animal Motifs: Barbatos goes motifs 3 times, first from a mobile suit with a slight goat motif (from it's namesake), to a Wolf as the Lupus (it's even in the name), to a wolf/large dinosaur hybrid as the Barbatos Lupus Rex ("King of Wolves", as McGillis calls it), each upgrade making it become progressively more demonic than it was initially. The Barbatos even howls during its final battle.
  • Anti-Hero: A protagonist who mostly just does what he's told and has a chilling lack of mercy for opponents, but who nonetheless fights in service of his Tekkadan family and Kudelia's noble cause.
  • Arm Cannon: The Barbatos's 'fifth form', designed to counter the Kimaris, is fitted with a pair of two-shot rocket launchers beneath its forearms. When it reaches Earth, these are replaced with a pair of short-barrelled 170mm cannons, finally giving the Gundam a ranged option that doesn't compromise Mikazuki's Close-Range Combatant fighting style.
    • In Season 2, the Barbatos Lupus has a pair of 200mm guns mounted on its arms.
    • The Barbatos Lupus Rex also has a pair of 200mm guns built into its ginormous forearms.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: In the final episode, he and Akihiro stand back to back against the Arianrhod Fleet
  • Beast and Beauty: Along with his Knight/Lady dynamic with Kudelia and even to Orga, there are definitely shades of this given that he is referred to as a "monster" or even a "devil" in his machine.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: After it was rebuilt, Mikazukis' Mobile Suit ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex now comes equipped with Hashmals' Wire Blade that Mika can control.
  • BFG: In a sharp contrast to most mobile suit guns, which are designed for mowing down tanks and infantry because of the difficulty in getting through larger targets' tough nanolaminate armour, the Barbatos's primary ranged weapon is a gigantic, suit-killing howitzer. It's still not immensely effective, but you really don't want to be on the receiving end of a point-blank shot from it, as one unlucky pilot found out the hard way.
  • BFS: Downplayed. As part of its Mid-Season Upgrade from Teiwaz's engineers, his Barbatos gets an odachi almost as tall as the suit itself... but compared to the gigantic mace that was its previous melee weapon of choice, it looks positively delicate. The Lupus's 'sword mace' is a more conventional example, essentially a massive bar of metal with an edge, a point, and a handle that's as much bludgeon as blade. When he's confronting the Hashmal, Mika borrows Helmwige Reincar Greatsword from Isurugi and uses it to impale Hashmal.
  • Big Eater: One thing he has in common with most Tekkadan kids, which might be justified by the CGS adults starving them on occasion. One major difference is his ability to seemingly metabolize it all directly into strength.
  • Bigger Is Better: His Barbatos's twin reactors make it strong enough to effortlessly wield weapons that are huge even by mobile suit standards, and Tekkadan's engineers are only too happy to provide them.
  • Bigger Stick: It's normal for a Gundam protagonist's suit to be one of the most powerful in the setting, usually as a way to offset the inexperience you'd expect from a Kid Hero, and the Barbatos is no exception, even if it is somewhat in need of maintenance at first. Mika, meanwhile, is part of that rare and fearsome subset who also know how to wield their Bigger Stick with deadly effect, making him one of the most dangerous people in the solar system almost from day one.
  • Big Brother Worship: Treats Orga as if he were an older brother, one whom he admires more than anyone else.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Several times in the series. So far...
    • for the First season: episodes 1, 9 & 24.
    • for the Second season: episodes 7, 11 & 12.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Mika's thick eyebrows accent his frank and serious nature, especially when he looks at you with that poker face while his eyes stare into your soul.
  • Black and White Insanity: Not to the extent of Shinn Asuka but it's the larger principle that matters. Mika categorizes the world into two ways: allies to be protected and enemies to be destroyed. In his mind, if you're in Orga's way, get out or die.
  • Blood Knight: Kudal accuses him of enjoying killing people, an accusation that mildly disturbs Mika.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: Like all the primary combatants of the Third Group, Mikazuki has the Ālaya-Vijñāna system to directly link him to the machines he pilots. Unlike the rest of the Third Group, the link to the Barbatos is required to operate it, rather than just enhancing his skill with it. It uploads data directly to his mind, including giving him a first person view of what the Gundam sees. The procedure for getting the Ālaya-Vijñāna requires surgically-implanting and fusing the connecting nerve into the spinal column; which has a high mortality rate during the implantation process: even during subsequent implantations. Mika is the only one in the entire show that has THREE "whiskers" implanted in his back.
  • Brutal Honesty: As long as you're not his enemy you don't have to be afraid of him, but he's not one for social tact — often very blunt and straight-to-the point when he has to say something.
  • Bond One-Liner: "Shut up, I can't hear Orga's words."
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In episode 25, Ein is raging at Mikazuki for killing Lieutenant Crank, an event which Ein is obsessed with avenging by killing Mikazuki and the rest of Tekkadan, and even led him to allow himself to be wired into the Graze Ein to do it. Mikazuki's response is "Who the hell is Lieutenant Crank?" Ein is not pleased by this.
  • Call to Agriculture: One of the first indications that there's more to him than being an emotionless killing machine is when he says that he'd like to become a farmer someday. He's quite happy to help Biscuit's family work on their farm in the meantime. Unfortunately, after his battle with Hashmal, that's no longer an option.
  • Carry a Big Stick: When they first start to use it, Gundam Barbatos' primary weapon is an enormous (even by mecha standards) flanged mace. Once Tekkadan finally arrives on Earth, it's replaced with something even more nightmarish - a giant club that can fold out into a chainsaw-toothed pincer, letting it literally bite through enemy suits. Season 2 has the Lupus carry a hybrid sword-mace that manages to be even larger than both of its prior armaments. The Lupus Rex returns to form with a new mace similar to the Barbatos' first one...but even bigger.
  • Chainsaw Good: The Barbatos's sixth form has one of these as its main weapon - a strange, fearsome-looking club-claw with a chainsaw serving as the 'teeth' of its 'jaws'.
  • Character Development: While he is one of the more static characters in the show, he goes through some subtle but important development in learning about interpersonal relationships and falling in love.
  • Chick Magnet: Downplayed—he only has two girls interested in him—but it's still remarkable that he got both Kudelia and Atra interested in him at the same time just by being himself, without any conscious effort.
  • Childhood Friends: With both Orga and Atra.
  • Children Forced to Kill: It hasn't been expanded on - yet - but some brief flashbacks imply this about his early life.
  • Child Soldier: His exact age isn't clear, but he seems to be on the young side (even by the Third Group's standards) for a combat pilot, despite his skill.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Guns are largely useless against the nanolaminate armour used by anything big enough to mount an Ahab Reactor (so, ships and mobile suits), which means most suits carry them to deal with smaller targets like shuttles, tanks, and infantry. Since Tekkadan uses Mikazuki as their dedicated mobile suit killer, that's not a concern - his job is to close with enemy suits as fast as possible and rip them apart, and he often doesn't go into battle with any ranged weapons at all, even when they're readily available.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Despite his Ship Tease with Kudelia and Atra, Mika has a very limited understanding of romance (and basic socialization in general), and is completely unaware of the potential threesome Atra is pushing him towards. By episode 41 he seems to have caught on to Atra's hints, and he and Atra make Kudelia an equal partner in their relationship in episode 47.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He fights to win, with no qualms about "dirty" tactics like sneak-attacking from ambush, using enemy units as shields, and using clouds of dust or smoke to blind opponents. He also has no qualm with aiming directly for the cockpits of enemy units the moment he has a chance to.
  • Combat Stilettos: The Barbatos is given stiletto style feet when optimized for Earth's gravity (despite the fact that would make its balance worse). Its upgrades, the Barbatos Lupus and Lupus Rex are built with even larger stiletto feet, the latter stated to contain Pile Bunkers.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: With no other family, he's fiercely loyal to Tekkadan.
  • Cooldown Hug:
    • Received one from Kudelia in Episode 13, to which he repays with a kiss out of nowhere.
    • Gives one in episode 18 to both Kudelia (upon Atra's persuasion) and Atra (upon noticing that she was crying as well).
    • Ends up again at the receiving end of this in the Season 1 Finale, but this time with a double head pat from both of them. Though the positioning tends to lean more over A Lady on Each Arm.
    • Gives another one to Atra in episode 44, after the latter breaks down out of worry after having given an Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • Covert Pervert: Mika starts off knowing very little about sex or babies because of his upbringing, and seems to react with detatched curiosity when such things are explained to him; much of the time it seems to Kudelia and Atra that he doesn't look at them in a romantic or sexual way. Yet every once in a while, he does something unexpectedly forward showing he has been thinking about what he's learned: Kudelia is caught off guard in episode 13 when he kisses her and calls her cute, while a flustered Atra has to excuse herself to calm down and think things over after he suggests making babies together in episode 41.
  • Creepy Child: There are times when he seems to be... rather off, even by the standards of Gundam Child Soldier main charactrs. The most unsettling thing about him is the fact that, with very few exceptions, he remains calm and emotionless at all times.
  • Creepy Good: He's the main character of the series. He's also scary as hell.
  • Deal with the Devil: With Barbatos, of all things. Barbatos is mentioned as an ambiguously sentient machine, but during the final episode, Mika asked for extra power to take on the Graze Ein, and he got it at the cost of his right arm and right eye while not in Barbatos. Considering the name is taken from Ars Goetia, you can easily see it as Mika summoning a demon to help him defeat his enemy, who then took his arm and eye as payment. The fact that Mika could only use his eye and arm while connected to Barbatos further reinforce the image that 'the arm and eye are still there, they just don't belong to you anymore'. Even more disturbingly, his right eye activated WHEN NOT CONNECTED TO BARBATOS upon the reactivation of the buried autonomous Mobile Armor that Tekkadan found. In this setting, the Gundams were created specifically to destroy the Mobile Armors, making it look as if the Barbatos was looking through Mika's eye upon sensing an old enemy reawakening.
  • Death Seeker:
    • A variant. He's a barely-literate child with virtually zero marketable skills other than his ability to kill people. Someone he trusts and respects plans to end all war. He's put two and two together, and no longer sees any value in his own life, because he believes he'll no longer be useful for anyone when the dust settles. Especially obvious after he loses the ability to use his right leg which, coupled with the similar disability of his right arm, leaves him unable to walk.
    • That being said, he grows out of this by late Season 2 thanks to Atra and Kudelia, and, after half of the remaining Tekkadan members wish to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for Orga's assassination that will most certainly get them killed, he reminds them to follow Orga's last order: to live.
  • Determinator: Even in the final battle, with Barbatos literally shot to pieces and Mikazuki already dead, his will keeps it moving forward! Julieta is shocked beyond words when she tears open the cockpit and discovers his body.
  • Disability Superpower: A variant. The more of his body he "sacrifices" to Barbatos, the more of the suit's power he is able to utilize.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He doesn't consider himself to be a victim and finds Crank's reluctance to kill him to be ridiculous. This takes on a more and more disturbing tone as the series progresses - by Season Two, it's clear that he's deliberately ignoring alternative ways to live his life as a coping mechanism for his terrible career.
  • Double Tap: A habit of his when he's shooting things on foot, though he hasn't shown the same tendency in his Gundam.
  • The Dreaded: Both as a soldier and as a human being, Mikazuki scares friend and foe alike. Both Orga and Kudelia have admitted in separate occassions they were afraid of Mika before getting to know him better. In the finale, Mikazuki's feat of defeating the Mobile Armor on the battlefield earned him the reputation of being "a demon." And in the final battle, he kills so many mobile suit soldiers that they end up having to use the Dainsleif on him and Akihiro to finally have a chance at putting him down.
  • Drop the Hammer: His preferred melee weapon is basically a giant metal club. While he's given a katana later in the first season, he has incredible difficulty using such a finese weapon until the end of the season. By season 2, he seems to have split the difference with the Lupus' sword mace, a giant, incredibly thick sword that crushes as much as it cuts. When upgrading to the Barbatos Lupus Rex, he uses a mace once again, only this time the mace's head alone is half the size of the entire mobile suit.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Fighting a rearguard action to safeguard the escape of the rest of Tekkadan, Mika puts up such a good fight that Rustal has to resort to a Dainsleif Orbital Bombardment. Yet before the dust even settles, Mika gets right back up, overclocks the damaged Barbatos again and unleashes such a smackdown despite the Barbatos falling apart around him that the Gjallarhorn troops facing him completely freak out and almost rout before Iok rallies them. Mika ultimately dies from blood loss.
  • Dynamic Entry: Thanks to his willingness to immediately go for kill-shots, if Mika's required to make a dramatic entrance, it will involve someone dying messily, and he makes quite a lot of dramatic entrances.
  • Emergency Weapon: A couple of them:
    • He never really gets used to the sword that Teiwaz give him as part of the Barbatos's Mid-Season Upgrade, and tends to use it as a last resort if he happens to lose his mace or smoothbore cannon. After yielding to the suit-munching temptations of the Montag Corporation's wrench mace, he never looks back. However, when the wrench mace is broken, Mika uses the sword to impale Ein.
    • The 170mm Arm Cannons on the Barbatos's fifth and sixth forms are a bit of a downgrade in firepower from the 300mm behemoth that previously served as its main ranged option, and lack its long-ranged accuracy, too. On the other hand, they're a way to knock an enemy suit off-balance while keeping the Gundam's hands free, and that's a real asset in close-quarters combat. By the time that the Barbatos has been remodelled into the Lupus for Season Two, though, the arm-guns have been upgraded in firepower enough to become primary weapons that make the Gundam a genuine threat at range.
  • Emotionless Boy: To a disturbing degree. Mikazuki rarely shows expressions, even when he's about to butcher someone.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Ruthless and insular as Mikazuki is, he's still voices his abhorrence to Gjallarhorn's massacre of hapless Dort forces.
  • Fatal Flaw: Mikazuki lacks any sort of ambition or desire beyond doing whatever Orga tells him. Other characters, including Orga himself, wise up on this and begin voicing their own opinions over how wrong this is: Orga wonders what did he do to make Mika so loyal to him, Atra fears he will get himself killed fulfilling someone else's dreams and McGillis concludes that Mikazuki simply has no desire to change the world. In his final moments, he admits to Julieta that fighting for Orga is the only thing gave his life meaning.
  • First Kiss: He kisses Kudelia in the lips after receiving a brief Cooldown Hug from her in episode 13.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He grabs Orga by the neck to break him out of his Heroic BSoD.
  • Good Luck Charm: Atra gives him a good luck bracelet matching her own. He occasionally smells it in times of stress, presumably because it reminds him of Atra.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: He would have these thanks to his over-sized coat, if he didn't roll them up.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Mikazuki only does what Orga tells him; nothing more, nothing less. When McGillis asks him what does he want, regardless of what Orga says, he responds he will only want what Orga wants. It's this comment that makes McGillis realize Mikazuki has no ambition whatsoever. What this means when Orga dies however....
  • He Is All Grown Up: Had Mikazuki survived the events during the Grand Finale, character designer Yu Ito drew what he would've looked like as an adult.
  • The Hero Dies: At the end of the series he dies of blood loss from his mortal wounds, and while the official history may depict him as a demon, his surviving loved ones remember him as their hero. Notably, while he's not the first Gundam Protagonist to have lost their lifenote , his passing is unique as it marks him as the first main character in a Gundam TV series to unquestionably die, moreso in the very same show where he debuted.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Downplayed significantly. The Barbatos starts out equipped with a mace, and doesn't get a sword until its Mid-Season Upgrade. Even after he has a sword available, though, Mika prefers the mace and only uses the sword as a smaller, lighter backup weapon. In Episode 21, when selecting a weapon, he complains that he finds the sword difficult to use and passes up on it in favor of a massive two-handed club/wrench hybrid that can crush a limbs with its jaws or be used to throw around other mobile suits. However, Mikazuki is unique among Tekkadan and its allies in using a sword at all, even as a second choice, so the trope is ultimately played straight. in episode 25, he finally figures out how to use it properly and wields it to deadly effect against Ein.
    • He zigzags this in season 2. Barbatos Lupus' main weapon is a sword-mace, which is a giant, heavy sword that is used more akin to his mace from season one. Ironically, while it does have dual maces, this time they are the sub weapon, not the sword/mace. Meanwhile, much of Tekkadan has upgraded to the Shiden which carries a sword and shield kit for melee.
  • Heroic RRoD: He pushes the limit of Barbatos' Alaya-Vijnana system to kill Ein, which costs him both his sight in his right eye and the use of his right arm when unconnected to Barbatos. He does it again during the fight with Hashmal. This time it paralyzes the entire right half of his body.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite seeming upon first impression like a mindless warrior who thinks of nothing but fighting, Mikazuki actually wants to run his own farm in the future if he ever retires from combat. Also, although he outwardly seems oblivious to Atra's feelings for him, the way he reacts to her good luck charm at times suggests he might reciprocate in his own way.
  • Idiot Hair: An odd case, since he's no more Book Dumb than the others, and sometimes even the Only Sane Man.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Mika's small regret at killing people after Kudal's accusation clearly didn't take as he's back at killing people without looking back.
  • Improvised Weapon: Barbatos's wrench mace is a massive wrench used to perform adjustments to the Barbatos. Mika uses it to rip Grazes in half with ease.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Downplayed; Mikazuki is not insane but isn't a stable individual either. He manages to be one of the most brutal characters in the series, if not the franchise.
  • Invincible Hero: On top of being an excellent pilot with three cybernetic enhancements, Mikazuki is also in possession of one of the most powerful machines in the Sol System. However, he deconstructs the trope by the desperate measures he takes to win; not to mention he outsources his moral thinking to Orga. At the same time, some of his enemies are actually good people who just happen to be his enemies, which might make the audience uneasy about rooting for Mikazuki when he kills them.
    • In fact, it takes Rustal firing multiple railguns from outer space to finally put Mikazuki down. And even then, he puts up a good fight before finally bleeding out.
  • It's Personal: In the narration, he mentions that he is usually impartial to his foes and simply kills those Orga tells him to kill. When Biscuit dies, he notes that now he'll kill anyone who gets in the way and then presses Orga into taking action.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He can be downright ruthless, even cruel, but that doesn't change the fact that war is about survival, not acting like a boy scout. The simple fact is, every person he's killed was either trying to kill him, or personally responsible for the deaths of his brothers. These were enemies, plain and simple.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mika is often rude and can be horrifically brutal in battle, but he cares very much for his friends and does whatever it takes to protect them.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: After being refurbished by Teiwaz, the Barbatos trades out its enormous mace for a large but more conventionally-sized (for a mecha) odachi as its melee weapon of choice. The 'just better' bit is slightly played with, though - it's a superbly-crafted weapon, but it's not one Mikazuki is used to, so he has a bit of difficulty at first with learning not to use it like a big metal club. Then he averts this in season 2, when he goes back to using what looks like a giant speartip that he uses mostly to bash enemies with.
  • Kid Hero: Not only is he a Gundam protagonist (translation: teenage Humongous Mecha pilot with enough skills and firepower to wipe out small armies), but he's part of the rare subset who were superhumanly-skilled warriors before ever seeing the inside of a Gundam's cockpit. It's worth noting, though, that his lethal competence isn't portrayed quite as glamorously as this trope usually implies - in fact, it's sometimes played for outright horror. He is an emotionally-scarred child soldier, after all, and children are not supposed to be able to kill that easily.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He nearly murders Gaelio with his bare hands when he thought they had hurt his friend's little sisters, Cookie and Cracker. Any time he sees one of his friends hurt or threaten sets off his Tranquil Fury.
  • Lady and Knight: Very much a Black Knight to Kudelia's Bright Lady and even Orga's Lord. Inside his mechanized armor, he kills, brutally and without mercy, anyone the latter tells him or is a threat to the former's plans.
  • Let Them Die Happy: In Episode 49 when a fatally injured Hush says to leave him behind and he'll catch up to him afterwards, Mikazuki still tells Hush he is counting on him in his final moments.
  • Licked by the Dog: In Episode 41, one of Naze's babies crawls up to Mika and starts playing with him, suggesting that despite how dark Mika's character arc is getting by that time, he must still have a hidden gentle side that even a baby could recognize.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The seventy-two Gundams of the Calamity War were distinguished by their twin reactors, giving them enormous strength and speed, and the Barbatos is jury-rigged with a Mobile Worker's Alaya-Vijnana system, giving it human-like reflexes. The combination makes Mikazuki a deadly foe indeed, and later upgrades like the Fifth/Sixth Form and Lupus add extra armour and thrusters to make the Barbatos even tougher and faster. The other Gundam Frames are shown to be just as effective, when actualized to their potential.
  • Leitmotif: "Iron Blooded Orphans" "Hoping For You"
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He's completely nonchalant about losing the use of his right arm and eye when not hooked up to Barbatos at the end of season one. And when he loses the use of the entire right side of his body when not hooked up to Barbatos at the end of season 2, Mika is relieved that he won't have to figure out what to do with himself when he no longer needs to fight. It's at this point when the rest of the cast realizes how self-destructive this attitude is.
  • Master Swordsman: He's pretty much the opposite of this for most of the first season, with the Barbatos's odachi being his least favorite and worst-understood weapon. He finally figures it out in the finale, though, and once Season Two rolls around and he gets a sword better suited to his preferences, the results are spectacular, despite how huge and unwieldy his weapon is.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Mikazuki means "Crescent Moon". When he landed to the Earth and saw the moon, he learnt the meaning of his name for the first time.
    • With Orga now aiming for ultimate sovereignty of Mars, it's quite convenient that Mika's ride is being named Barbatos Lupus Rexnote .
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Unlike most other Gundams in previous seasons, Barbatos gets close to 5 of them in season 1 alone, albeit these are mostly additions of armor and weapons obtained from enemy units. Season 2 sees Mika get a proper upgrade to the Barbatos Lupus, which, due to all the damage it's received over the years, is practically rebuilt entirely by Teiwaz from the frame itself to the armor. Essentially it's a brand new unit with only the irreplaceable systems (such as the Ahab reactors and components that directly relate to their ability to sync) left in place.
    • After the Barbatos Lupus was severely damaged in the fight against the Hashmal, it gets overhauled into the Barbatos Lupus Rex, which is essentially another new suit besides the irreplaceable parts from the frame itself. It's outfitted with longer forearms (along with sharper claws to eviscerate enemy mobile suits, built-in 200mm machine guns and a pair of subarms to go along with them), sharper toenails (speculated to be made from the same material the Grimgerde's swords are made of), a pair of pilebunker heels and a mace made large enough to destroy warships with a pilebunker on each tip.
  • More Dakka: The Lupus's revised Arm Cannon set are 200mm monsters with a blistering rate of fire, particularly by the standards of a show where most suit-sized guns are relatively slow-firing semi-automatics, and can effectively paralyse enemy suits with the constant stream of massive impacts they dish out.
    • Those can also be swapped out for a pair of Rocket Launchers, which are great for thinning out the Pluma horde that the Hashmal is summoning.
  • Neck Lift: Delivers a rather terrifying one to Gaelio when he thinks the latter's car has run over the Griffon siblings.
  • Never Learned to Read: When a mechanic hands him the Barbatos' manual to look over, he just gives the guy a sad smile and hands it back. Being a Child Soldier in an entire unit of nothing but Child Soldiers, he's not alone in being illiterate. Eventually, Kudelia begins to teach him (and the other kids in Tekkadan) how to read.
  • The Nicknamer: A dark example. He doesn't believe in learning the names of people he's about to kill, but recurring enemies will get half-hearted nicknames, like "Chocolate Man" for McGillis (a reference to his handing out some chocolate as an apology for nearly hitting Cookie and Cracker while driving around on Mars) and "Gali-Gali" for Gaelio (a possibly deliberate corruption of his first name).
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Frequently delivers these. He's a Combat Pragmatist with anger issues, and is perfectly willing to hit enemies as hard as he can and as often as he can until they're very thoroughly, visibly dead.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: A rare heroic version. If he wants you dead, then you're dead, in a very bloody fashion, and there will be no speeches or challenges that are going to make him slow down. Best example of this is when Carta Issue intercepts Tekkadan in Alaska. She challenges them to a duel and tells them they have an hour to organize themselves to do it. Mika's response? Say "you're boring" and slaughter Issue and her companions in the space of a minute.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Given his utter devotion to Orga, his refusing Orga's order to not engage the Mobile Armor shocks Orga and show just how serious a threat it is.
  • Older Than They Look: Most viewers don't guess that he's actually fifteen on a first viewing (he's rather short, and the large, baggy coat that he wears continuously when not piloting makes him look smaller). Probably justified in that malnutrition stunted his growth.
  • Only I Can Make It Go: He set the Barbatos's Ālaya-Vijñāna system to such a high output the only other person who tried to use it immediately blacked out from the strain. No one else has tried to use it since.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Played with. Mika's most major contribution to the story is to do whatever Orga tells him... and to do it with such enthusiastic ferocity that his fear of disappointing his best friend becomes Orga's Fatal Flaw. His most active intervention, the Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! speech after Orga goes into a Heroic BSoD, only worsens the problem.
    • McGillis even notes with disappointment that he thought he and Mikazuki were kindred spirits, but realized that Mikazuki has no real ambition of his own. He simply uses his great power and skills for someone else's dreams and otherwise just meanders through his own life.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's a shrimp, but he lifted a grown man up by his throat and nearly strangled him to death with one hand.
  • Power at a Price: Gives his arm and eye to Barbatos in order to gain enough strength to kill Eins. Now he can only use them when attached to it.
  • Power Limiter: As with all Gundam Frames, the Barbatos is equipped with a limiter that prevents the information feedback from killing its pilot. Mikazuki has shut it down twice; first in his fight against Ein in the season 1 finale, again while confronting Hashmal, and one last time in Tekkadan's last stand against the Arianhrod fleet.
  • Protagonist Power-Up Privileges: The Barbatos starts as the most advanced weapon in Tekkadan's arsenal and gets the lions share of upgrades. In season 2 where everyone else gets a Mid-Season Upgrade, Barbatos gets two.
  • Psycho for Hire: Sort of. He has all of the mannerisms and motives necessary for this trope, but he only works for one person and he's absolutely loyal.
  • Rasputinian Death: During the final battle, he not only took a direct hit from a Dainsleif, but also took at least three axes to the chest, his own tail to rather brutally remove said axes, several shots from Reginlaze Julia, explosion from Barbatos breaking apart, before eventually succumbing to the backlash of having removed the mobile suit's limiters.
  • Red Baron: In Season 2, he has become known as the Devil of Tekkadan for his ferocity fighting on the front lines.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After Mikazuki overclocks the Barbatos Lupus to fight Hashmal, its optics change from green to red. Mikazuki's own eyes also become red due to the massive bloodshot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Among Tekkadan's MS pilots, he's the stoic Blue to both Akihiro's and Shino's emotional Red.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: By the end of season 1, his right eye is blind when not hooked up to Barbatos as shown by it's lack of catchlights, which return when hooked up.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: The first in the Gundam franchise, and a Gender Flip at that. He's emotionless, short in stature, has short hair, is a Child Soldier, has significant injuries, No Social Skills, Undying Loyalty to Orga, and to top it off, a mecha pilot. As an added bonus, his name means "Crescent Moon", which has connotations with the cold (like Yuki and Rei), and was an Imperial Japanese warship. Unlike other examples, though, he rarely becomes more humanly expressive, and this lack of development is played for drama.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He used to fight for survival, starting from Biscuit's death, whoever blocks his way is his enemy and he will shred them into pieces.
    "I don't care who you are, it doesn't change that you are my enemy."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he swept down Carta and her squadrons on his own to avenge Biscuit's death. It also enters Extreme Mêlée Revenge territory as he only uses melee attacks and deliberately prolonged the beating instead of killing them quickly.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: In order to chase up Graze Ein's agile maneuverability, Mika detaches the armor of Barbatos and resorts to his katana.
  • Ship Tease: With Kudelia, whom he kisses in episode 13, and Atra, who made the good luck bracelet on his left arm (and outright asks him to make babies with her). Atra wins.
  • Shoulders of Doom: The upgrades that the Barbatos gets over the course of the series are visually signified by changes in its shoulder armour. The 'doom' part comes, of course, from the fact that bigger and more impressive shoulders mean Mika has more and better ways to kill you.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Trying to distract Mikazuki with a Breaking Speech in the middle of a fight just isn't a smart thing to do. As multiple enemy pilots have found out, he'll just file it away for later consideration and then get right back to killing you. Given some of his enemies are sympathetic characters, this can also qualify as Shut Up, Kirk!.
  • Static Character: Mika's personality changes very little over the course of the series, and the the fact that he isn't learning to think for himself or stop sacrificing his future is played for drama. In fact, several characters worry about him because they know exactly how he will act due to his one track mind and inability to change. At the same time, he has undergone some subtle character development in relation to Kudelia and Atra.
  • The Stoic: Doesn't show his emotions outwardly, but he does have strong opinions and makes them known through actions. This makes the payoff where he actually starts raising his voice a little during the Hashmal battle that seals his fate all the more terrifying.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: It turns out that he justifies his brutality through his faith in Orga's plan for Tekkadan's future, and he takes Orga's breakdown over the death of Biscuit extremely poorly because it might threaten that plan and retroactively make his own deeds worthless. Naturally, this ends up giving his friend an even bigger Sunk Cost Fallacy problem, eventually leading to Tekkadan's doom.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: He's been guilty of this several times, thanks to those Mars palms. There's also those sandwiches made by Atra and Kudelia, which he's still chowing down on while revising his English and maneuvering the Barbatos through some tricky wreckage.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Orga, Kudelia and McGillis are the ones really moving the story forward with their political agendas. Mika is just there for the ride.
  • Tears from a Stone: When Mika is about to execute Carta with her own bent blade, the Barbatos can be seen shedding tears. Whether it is Berserker Tears from Mika or it being sad is another question.
  • These Hands Have Killed: A subtle example. Kudelia is the first person to notice that his hands shake after killing someone, in one of several early indicators that he's not quite as much of a cold, remorseless killing machine as he appears... and that trying to be one is taking a serious toll on him.
  • Together in Death: A platonic example. After Orga dies Mika's Death Seeker tendencies get ramped Up to Eleven and after he starts to die, he declares the the day the he met Orga was the day he was "born." The last we see of him, he's reunited with Orga once again.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Has a bit of a mutual one going with Orga. Because Orga promised him when they were young to take him to a new world, Mikazuki holds him to that promise. Mikazuki for his part, despite being perfectly willing to be used as a tool to fulfill Orga's dreams is also constantly pushing Orga more and more into callous thinking being the one to snap and force him out of grieving Biscuit's death and later disobeying Orga's orders against fighting the Mobile Armor. That being said, in the wake of Shino's Senseless Sacrifice and Orga's resulting frustration and grief from it, he shows awareness of his role in often pushing Orga to go far, even too far, and doesn't sound proud of it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He's frequently seen snacking on "Mars palms" (that is, Martian-grown dates).
  • Tranquil Fury: If Mikazuki gets angry, this is the form it will take. No screaming, no yelling, no expressions of rage on his face; he speaks calmly and levelly, with only a slight edge to his voice and a cold fury in his eyes betraying his state.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Par the course of someone being a Child Soldier, but it really gets ramped up late in the series.
    Mikazuki: "Hey Orga, what should I do next? Is this our place? I won't stop until we get there. I can't stop.... Hey, how many should I kill? How many more until we get there? Tell me, Orga Itsuka. You'll take me there, right? What should I do next? Who should I kill next? What should I destroy next? If I can reach your goal, I'll do anything."
  • Undying Loyalty: To Orga. He goes along with whatever he decides. "What are we gonna do, Orga?" No matter what Orga says in reponse, he will do it. It gets to the point by the second season, he's lost the use of his entire right side of his body and he's actually happy because that means he can just keep fighting for Orga. When when Orga dies, Mika decides to follow Orga's final order, that being "Survive and live happily at all costs."
  • Unscrupulous Hero: A Child Soldier who has no qualm on killing, he does not have the concept of mercy when it comes to disposing enemies when they're still speaking, often gives vulgar nicknames to enemies who managed to survive his encounters. And he remains in an unnervingly calm mood all the time. Even his own friends admit he has to be handled with kid gloves at times.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Being a soldier who kills to survive and avenge his friends, Mika often takes ruthless solutions to deal with his enemies, however, his actions inadvertently contributed to Ein and Gaelio's Start of Darkness and the Cycle of Revenge between them, namely him mercy killing Crank as well as dishing out an Extreme Mêlée Revenge towards Carta.
    • In season 2, his destroying the Mobile Armor is what inspires McGillis to go ahead with his coup, which ends disastrously for all involved.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Seeing this expression on Mika's face is the surest sign that something's really pissed him off. Amusingly, it doesn't take much to snap him out of it.
  • Wolverine Claws: The Barbatos Lupus Rex is upgraded with claws made of rare ultra-hard metal and enlarged, strengthened arms, giving them the power and precision to be effective weapons.
  • Would Hit a Girl: While the entire Tekkadan already has no problem hitting women, Mika worths a special mention. In the battle against the Turbines, when the rest were trying to defeat the Turbines without bloodshed, Mika fully intended to kill Lafter when battling against her, it was fortunately halted by Naze admitting his defeat and befriending the group. In the battle against Carta Issue, the Gjallarhorn officer who killed Biscuit, Mika immediately went for the kill and wasted her and her entire group. In Season 2, he has no problem fighting against Julieta as well.
  • Wrecked Weapon: He gets the Barbatos's maces lost and/or destroyed so often that it becomes a dark, subtle Running Gag. It's particularly noticeable since most of his other weapons tend to fare considerably better. the wrench mace got it worse, getting pulverized by the Graze Ein's Pile Bunker.
    • The Barbatos itself is presumably this by the end of the series.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the finale, he stays behind with Akihiro to hold off the Gjallarhorn army while the rest of Tekkadan retreat. He doesn't survive.

    Orga Itsuka 

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Main mecha: TK-53 CGS Mobile Worker, TK-53/s CGS Mobile Worker Space Type

The leader of CGS's Third Group and Mikazuki's closest friend. He recognizes that the rest of CGS cares absolutely nothing for them, so takes the job of ensuring their safety on himself — even at the cost of CGS's displeasure. He's well aware of Mikazuki's fanatical devotion to him and takes pains not to abuse their relationship. After the Gjallarhorn attack on CGS and the Third Group being sacrificed to delay them, it's Orga who sends Mika to pilot the Barbatos in their defense, and it's Orga who floats the idea of taking over CGS afterward. While instrumental in the creation and survival of Tekkadan, Orga is still young and occasionally makes bad decisions — particularly by putting Mika's (rarely expressed) desires before what might be best for the group as a whole.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Orga offers his life to Rustal if it means sparing the rest of Tekkadan from Gjallarhorn's retribution. Unfortunately, Rustal is not having any of that.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He's certainly got the look and haircut for it. One possible interpretation of his statement that he's not interested in women is that he might swing the other way, but it is also valid to interpret it that he considers women a distraction. However, it is suspicious that throughout the series he never shows any attraction for the opposite sex at all, even offhandedly, and his closest relationships with women are never more than platonic.
  • Almost Dead Guy: He manages to give Ride and Chad a Final Speech of encouragement and starts walking quite a distance before bleeding to death.
  • Anime Hair: Despite being a young man, his hair is white. And spiky, with a single lock that sticks directly out from the front of his forehead, then curls around his temple. In some cases, it even doubles as a visor!
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Starting in Season 2, he wears a red, well-tailored suit under his uniform, signifying his allegiance to The Mafia.
  • Bash Brothers: With Mika. Though the entire Third Group is a Band of Brothers, his relationship with Mika specifically is older and closer.
  • Benevolent Boss: To Tekkadan. A standout point is when Takaki decides to quit, he happily thanks him for his efforts and even finds him a new job on Earth.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He gets wasted in episode 8 while celebrating with the rest of his group, while the others were relatively unaffected.
  • Celibate Hero: In episode 9, he says he's not interested in women when prodded by Shino and Eugene. Whether he literally means that or he finds women a distraction it's not delved on.
  • The Chains of Commanding: He's a young guy in his late-teens/early twenties, and although he's as effective a leader as could be reasonably expected for a guy that age, it's becoming increasingly apparent that part of him sort of wants to cut loose and enjoy life a little more - but he's primarily concerned about Tekkadan being respected and its members (Mika in particular) being safe and respecting him as their leader. In the second half of Season 2, he felt the weight on his shoulders ever since he made an alliance with McGillis which led to Tekkadan losing several of their allies and friends and being cornered by Rustal Elion.
  • Character Tic: Orga has a habit of closing his right eye during a conversation, not that many people would notice as it is sometimes obscured by his oversized bang.
  • Coat Cape: Sometimes wears his old green Tekkadan jacket over his suit, particularly when in the field.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He had easily three backup plans in the fifth episode, taking everything into account, including Todo's betrayal.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: It's not obvious until he's alongside the other guys, though.
  • Deuteragonist: While Mikazuki is the focal character, Orga gets the second most amount of focus after him and is the one who carries most of the show's emotional weight.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After getting mortally wounded, Orga calmly accepts his fate, encourages his friends to live on and takes one last walk before finally collapsing.
  • Fatal Flaw: Orga's ambitions is both his greatest strength and weakness. He wants society to recognize and respect Tekkadan's strength, but for every step he takes to reach his goal, Orga puts both himself and the rest of Tekkadan at risk. Season 1 didn't have any problems with this, but season 2 is where Orga's ambitions start interfering with his judgment, albeit in minor ways. When McGillis offered to give Tekkadan complete control over Mars if his Gjallarhorn reforms succeed, Orga accepted the offer. While most of Tekkadan follow him without question, Takaki quits because he already has a good life on Earth with his sister and doesn't want to risk losing it. At the same time, Naze tells Orga some of the higher-ups at Teiwaz see Tekkadan as opportunistic upstarts, and if Tekkadan and Teiwaz ever come to blows, he will have to side with Teiwaz. Before his death, he realizes his real goal was not to reach someplace where Tekkadan could be happy, but to give his friends the opportunity to achieve their own dreams.
  • A Father to His Men: The welfare of the Third Group is his first and only concern, both in combat and out. He's willing to screw up CGS's plans in order to protect his men, then takes the entirety of the blame so CGS's adults don't punish anyone else for it. In Season 2, he punches McGillis for willing to let the members of Tekkadan be cannon fodder against the Arianhod fleet.
  • Grin of Audacity: Any time Orga gets one of his... ideas.
  • Guile Hero: Taking his relatively rag-tag band against other, better equipped and better-supported enemy forces, he wins through a combination of foresight and cleverness. For example, when the First Group abandoned the Third Group during Gjallarhorn's initial attack, he remotely activated pre-planted signal flares hidden in their supplies, drawing Gjallarhorn's attention and prompting them to redirect some of the forces they were sending against the Third Group.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: His hair is pale purple, whereas most of the rest of the cast have normal hair colors. Might edge into You Gotta Have Blue Hair, as even explaining it as a stylistic rendition of gray hair doesn't work, seeing as he's only around twenty years old.
  • Heroic BSoD: In the aftermath of Biscuit's death, Orga shuts himself inside his room and sulks until Mika convinces him to leave.
  • Honor Before Reason: It's been noted that Tekkadan's financial woes only started with Orga insisting on handing out severance pay to all the First Group people who opted out.
  • Hope Bringer: To Tekkadan by season 2. They believe that as long as they follow his orders, they will always win. And when he dies, Tekkadan nearly hits a Despair Event Horizon.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: By season 2, nearly all of Tekkadan has Undying Loyalty to him. To the point when he dies, half of Tekkadan are willing to die in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge even through Orga's final order was for them to live. Years later, Ride and several others assassinate Nobliss and his men in revenge of Orga's death despite the potential consequences.
  • I Gave My Word: He refuses to abandon a mission once he agrees to carry it out, partially to avoid besmirching Tekkadan's reputation and partially because Orga's just that stubborn.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: All he wants is to get rich and live a comfortable life; unfortunately, the murky morality of the world he lives in and his own sense of honor makes that difficult.
  • Large and in Charge: Orga's not thickly built, but he towers over almost everyone else in Tekkadan (only Norba and Akihiro are as tall as he is). He's even much taller than Naze Turbine, who isn't exactly dwarfish. It's especially jarring given that he's implied to be no older than twenty, but makes the other main Tekkadan boys, who are most likely in the 13-16 range, look like shrimps.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Orga goes through this when he sees how his alliance with McGillis has caused around half of Tekkadan to die in battle.
  • Rugged Scar: A nasty one on his left arm. One of the first scenes is a flashback to where it came from.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Killed two episodes before the finale just to show Gjallarhorn is done playing nice.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Jasley tries to pay Orga not to kill him. But as far as Orga's concerned, Jasley killed too many people Tekkdan cared about for the vendetta to end in anything but blood.
  • Secretly Selfish: This is brought up in episode 38 by Naze. He thinks that Orga's desire to be King of Mars might not just be for his family but a desire to finish his work and finally take a break. And Orga begrudgingly admits that it might be true.
  • Single Tear: His reaction when he learned that Naze did die in episode 40.
  • Skyward Scream: His reaction to Biscuit's death.
  • Take Me Instead: Orga offers himself up to Rustal in an episode for all of Tekkadan. Rustal coldly refuses.
  • Taking the Bullet: Dies shielding Ride from a crapton of machinegun fire.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: It's been brought up off and on that both he and Mikazuki have a mutually toxic relationship with one another. On Orga's end, he relies on Mikazuki's skills as a pilot even though it's continually coming at the price of the functionality of his body. Despite his guilt over this, Orga also can't find himself willing to actually bench Mika for his own good. From a certain perspective, the way Orga uses Mikazuki is Not So Different than McGillis' relationships with Gaelio, Carta, and Ein.

    Biscuit Griffon 

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Erik Kimerer (English)
Main mecha: TK-53 CGS Mobile Worker

A chubby boy who acts as the Third Group's support officer, working directly with Orga on the non-combat side of operations. One of the few people in Tekkadan to have any family at all, he has twin little sisters, Cookie and Cracker, an older brother who works in the Earth Sphere, and an elderly grandmother, Sakura. He joined CGS in order to help support his family, as their only other source of income is their grandmother's farm, which doesn't pay enough to support all of them by itself.

  • Bookworm: In contrast to many of the boys in Tekkadan who Never Learned to Read, Biscuit enjoys reading in his spare time.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Seen manning the bridge alongside Dante, Chad, and Fumitan, which is officially the closest to the action he's been.
  • Broken Pedestal: His love and admiration for his brother Savarin was shattered when Savarin arranged for him and Atra to be kidnapped by Gjallarhorn.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Although he has family, both his parents are conspicuously absent. In episode 14, it was explained that they died in an industrial accident.
  • Deadly Deferred Conversation: He was going to talk to Orga about leaving Tekkadan after their defensive mission in episode 21. Of course, Biscuit doesn't survive the operation. Mikazuki informed Orga that he had his own conversation with Biscuit beforehand, and Biscuit had decided he wasn't going to leave Tekkadan. This helped give Orga his Heroic Second Wind for the end of Season 1.
  • A Death in the Limelight: His final episode has more focus on him than any other, even the episode where his brother betrayed him.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Not just him, but the entire Griffon family. Cookie, Cracker, Sakura Pretzel, and Savarin are also named after pastries.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Due to Mars' tremendous poverty, there aren't any other jobs, so he joined CGS to support his family along with his grandmother's corn farm.
  • Guile Hero: While not a combatant like the other members of Tekkadan, Biscuit is definitely able to think on his feet, such as when he deflects suspicion by pretending to not know anything about the battle between CGS and Gjallarhorn during a chance meeting with McGillis and Gaelio several days after the fact.
  • Heroic BSoD: He seriously considers quitting Tekkadan after he learns that his brother Savarin committed suicide. According to Mikazuki, he ultimately decided to stay.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the battle against Carta's forces in Episode 21, he pilots a mobile worker that Orga stands on top of to give his commands across the battlefield. When Carta figures out which mobile worker Orga is on, she goes after it. Biscuit hurls Orga overboard and acts as a decoy, ultimately costing Biscuit his life.
  • Hidden Depths: He was born in the Earth sphere before moving to Mars with his two younger sisters when their parents died. He also has an older brother who works as a salaryman for an African Union company.
  • Humble Goal: Wants to send his sisters to school, which is part of the reason he works so hard.
  • Morality Chain: His death was the point where Tekkadan stopped fighting for simple survival and started fighting to crush their enemies.
  • Nice Guy: Gentle and kind towards everyone in Tekkadan.
  • Non-Action Guy: Though he does have an Alaya-Vijnana implant and can pilot a Mobile Worker, he's not one of Tekkadan's regular combat pilots. Instead, he takes a support role, acting as Orga's staff officer. The one time he participates in battle is when he gets killed.
  • Retirony: Orga was sure that Biscuit was going to quit Tekkadan right before his death happened. Ultimately subverted once Mika reveals to him that Biscuit was going to stay with them in the end.
  • The Smart Guy: As Tekkadan's staff officer, Biscuit handles some of the organization's technical and bureaucratic elements. He also occasionally serves as an advisor to Orga.
  • Stout Strength: Although concealed by his jacket most of the time, his bulk isn't just fat, he's got some serious muscles.
  • Team Mom: Closest they have to one, at any rate.

    Atra Mixta 

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English)

A girl who works at a grocery store in Chyrse, who has become friends with the CGS boys, and Mikazuki in particular. Later becomes a cook on board the Isaribi.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Is about 17 when she gives birth to Akatsuki.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: When we first see her, she's getting distracted at a really bad time, while driving. And then there's that time with the Imagine Spot. We know now she was malnourished as a child, so it might be that.
  • Ambiguously Bi: From the start, she's definitely in love with Mika. By Season 2, however, her eagerness for Kudelia to join her and Mika in a polyamorous relationship could be interpreted to mean she's attracted to Kudelia as well as Mikazuki. She makes Kudelia the same kind of Good Luck Charm Bracelet that she had for him and later admits to liking her in the same breath as repeating her attraction to Mikazuki. Following Mikazuki's death, she and Kudelia are married, living together, and raising her and Mikazuki's son.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When Mikazuki tells her that he's not worried about entering the deadliest battle of his career, Atra breaks down and admits that she's in love with him.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted; when she's captured by Gjallarhorn (after being mistaken for Kudelia), they apply the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique and she spends the next few episodes visibly bloodied and bruised.
  • Baby Trap: An unusual example of this trope. She wants to get either her or Kudelia pregnant by Mika as she believes that will bind Mika to them so he won't use Barbatos full power again and die. Eventually, she plucks up the courage to ask Mika, and he agrees to give her a child. The epilogue shows that Atra did succeed in getting pregnant, though Mika didn't survive to see it.
  • Cheerful Child: Genuinely upbeat and positive despite having her own Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Childhood Friends: Became acquainted with Mikazuki when she was younger and has been close to him ever since.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Played with. Seems rather possessive toward Mika, who's Oblivious to Love (or at least has a hard time showing his emotions), and seems to be intimidated by Kudelia's presence as a rival. Ultimately becomes an inversion when she decides that the Turbine's arrangement might work for the three of them.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: She's the victim of this after Gjallarhorn captures her thinking that she's Kudelia. She doesn't break or reveal that she's not Kudelia, in large part because the torture was similar to the beatings she received as a young child.
  • Cry into Chest: She cries in Mikazuki's arms after Fumitan and Naze's deaths.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Had to fend for herself when she was little, at one point earning her keep by doing the cleaning up at a brothel that was no place for a child. She also used to receive beatings so severe that being tortured by Gjallarhorn reminds her of them.
  • Freudian Slip: When Mikazuki asks Atra if she ever plans on having children in Episode 41, she accidentally lets it slip the only one she'd be interested in having children with was him. He immediately catches on to this, and he reciprocates the feeling. A few episodes later, he and Atra conceive their son Akatsuki.
  • Good Luck Charm: Makes one for herself and one for Mikazuki, then gives Kudelia a white version of the same in the Second Season. Her narration for the episode 2 preview is all about it.
  • Good Parents: Shown in the epilogue taking good care of her growing boy, Akatsuki.
  • Happily Married: Word of God confirmed that Kudelia and Atra are married by the end of the show. It's a bit unclear whether the two of them entered a romantic relationship or if they're just trying to give Akatsuki a stable home (and potentially protect him from his father's enemies) through that legal and domestic arrangement, but either way, they're happy together.
  • Harem Seeker: An unusual example. After being introduced to the Turbines' exotic lifestyle, she makes the firm decision that Mikazuki should have a harem, with her as the first wife. It is, at least, a good way to avoid competition for the guy's heart with his other Love Interest, the beautiful, intelligent, messianic young aristocrat who also happens to be her new best friend. And wouldn't you know it, she pulls it off!
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Often feels powerless to help Mika and the Mobile Suit pilots who risk their lives in every battle, without giving herself enough credit for keeping them properly fed and hydrated, which is something important that only she can do.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Despite loving Mika, she spends a long time thinking of herself as too physically immature, clumsy, and useless to be the lover Mika deserves while viewing Kudelia as being far more worthy. This gets to the point where she asks Kudelia to have Mika's baby because she thinks she isn't good enough to do it herself. Kudelia tells her to believe in herself and not to give up so easily, and as a result Atra becomes the first of them to confess to Mikazuki.
  • Nice Girl: Very kind towards Mikazuki and the others in Tekkadan.
  • Older Than They Look: She's fifteen, while most viewers guess twelve or younger upon seeing her. Probably justified by malnutrition stunting her growth. The epilogue shows that in the years that follow her height has shot up and her figure's filled out so that she looks like the grown woman she's become.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite (or perhaps because of) her brutal, dirt-poor upbringing, there's a will of steel under that sweet, delicate exterior. Perhaps the best example is when she subjects herself to an extended session of the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique to protect Kudelia and then shrugs it off as no worse than the beatings she got back at the brothel.
  • Puppy Love: Has a crush on Mikazuki for helping her when she was a child. Both look younger than the 15-year-olds they actually are.
  • Rescue Romance: Played with. Wasn't exactly a daring, chivalrous rescue from peril, but Atra was practically dying of starvation, and Mika got her food and a place to live when she had no one else. She's loved him for a long time now.
  • Ship Tease: With Mikazuki, they have known each other since childhood and she even made a good luck bracelet for him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Weirdly enough, for Mika and Kudelia, noting in one episode that they seem to make a good couple, and a later Imagine Spot reveals that, if it would make Mika happier, she wouldn't mind sharing Mika with Kudelia - Turbines-style. Her support for the couple is notable, one, because she is (or at least sees herself as) Kudelia's rival for Mika's affections, and, two, there's no one else—aside from Biscuit's twin sisters—who seems to think that Mika and Kudelia have any attraction to each other at all.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Played with. Along with Merribit, Atra is the one female employee of Tekkadan. Though she is the chef, not a soldier.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: After Mikazuki dies, she gives birth to their son Akatsuki and treasures him as Mika's last gift to her.
  • Spanner in the Works: Nobody would have guessed that the most unassuming member of Tekkadan if she even counts, would have been pivotal to protecting Kudelia on at least two occasions. If Atra hadn't strong armed her way onto the Isaribi, the show would have ended very differently.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some fans tend to misspell her name as "Arta".
  • Team Chef: She's a skilled cook and convinces Orga to hire her as Tekkadan's chef.
  • Teenage Pregnancy: An intentional example. The epilogue reveals that her attempts to get pregnant from Mika succeeded.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: She and Mika hook up in Episode 44, with Atra having his son in the epilogue. That being said, Atra is still more than happy to share him with Kudelia, even encouraging Kudelia to also have a baby with Mika.

    Akihiro Altland 

Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)
Main mecha: TK-53 CGS Mobile Worker (blue), EB-06/tc Graze Custom, ASW-G-11 Gundam Gusion Rebake, ASW-G-11 Gundam Gusion Rebake Full City

The leader of the CGS group referred to as "human debris", made up of boys who ended up in CGS as a result of human trafficking. Gruff and distant, he nonetheless tends to lead from the front, even in dangerous circumstances. Pilots a Graze, and later the Gusion Rebake.

  • The Alleged Car: Played straight then later subverted. His first suit, the Graze Custom, is comprised of 2 looted enemy machines that got comprehensively Mikazuki'd, has no AV compatibility and is put together and repaired by an engineer with limited resources who only had any experience with Mobile Workers. To nobody's great surprise, it's not exactly the terror of the battlefield, and when combined with his own inexperience as a pilot combined with the lack of AV compatibility, it ensures that Akihiro's earlier battlefield role is as a distraction for the enemy while Mika and the Barbatos do the real fighting. However, after a crash-course on piloting from Lafter and actual tuneups and maintenance from Teiwaz, it actually ends up exceeding the base Graze units it's built from, making the "custom" in its name mean more than it just being a patch job.
  • An Axe to Grind: Since he starts out piloting a looted Graze, his primary melee weapon is, of course, the standard ax. When he upgrades to the Gusion Rebake, though, he sticks with the weapon type - this time, in the form of a massive, razor-sharp halberd with a telescoping handle.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: His Gusion Rebake's appearance in the last episode of Season One after dealing with, and outlasting, a number of Grazes on the outskirts of Edmonton.
  • BFG: The Gusion Rebake's primary ranged weapon is a standard 120mm Graze rifle with an extended barrel and enhanced targeting systems, turning it from an anti-personnel weapon into a precise, lethal suit-killer. During the Episode 21 island battle, he steps it up a notch by borrowing not one, but two of the Barbatos's huge 300mm smoothbores.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He may not be the touchy-feely type, but Akihiro is definitely a strong, reliable older brother figure for Tekkadan — especially for the Human Debris kids. In the second season, he effectively "adopts" all the kids they rescued from the Brewers by allowing them to take up his surname if they want one.
  • The Big Guy: One of the beefiest of the crew and fights like a brute. It even extends to getting the Gusion which is a lot bulkier than the sleek Barbatos—although the Gusion Rebake is a bit slimmer with a large shield, not unlike the bulkiest Gundam of the Universal Century, the RX-78GP02 Gundam "Physalis".
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Often furrowed in anger or grim determination, his huge eyebrows express his macho and serious personality. Lafter takes a liking to a certain teddy bear with big ol' eyebrows that make it remind her of Akihiro.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: He has two Alaya-Vijnana implants, more than most people though still second to Mikazuki's three.
  • Can't Catch Up: Before his group ends up with Teiwaz. As a freed slave with unresolved emotional baggage, he's got a serious complex about staying useful to his new adoptive family in Tekkadan, and being a rookie mobile suit pilot initially saddled with the worst machine in the show that someone hasn't actually sabotaged (until it gets some much-needed repairs and maintenance) makes it worse. His Graze Custom getting a Teiwaz tune-up is good news from both a tactical and a therapeutic standpoint. And his upgrade to the far stronger Gusion Rebake fully removes him from this trope the moment it sorties, letting overwhelm both Gaelio (in the Kimaris) and Ein with ease, at the same time.
  • Celibate Hero: After Lafter's death, Akihiro has apparently dismissed all notion of romantic relationships, as he simply said "No thanks" to Orga's promise of money and women for everyone in Tekkadan after defeating the Arianhrod Fleet.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The idea of honorable fights goes completely over his head. Played for Laughs when Carta Issue's squadron start to give a clearly choreographed introduction only to be interrupted by Akihiro shooting one of their mobile suits in the head mid-routine.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Of the "excessively prepared for routine scenario" variety, that scenario being combat. He is almost always shown training in his down-time, either through physical exercises or simulated Mobile Suit battles with the Turbines. He refers to physical training as his hobby.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were gunned down by pirates while his younger brother and him were sold off into slavery.
  • Determinator: It does not matter if his mecha is falling apart around him, he will complete his mission.
  • Doom Magnet: Over the course of the series, the trauma continues to pile up for Akihiro in which anyone he gets particularly close to ends up biting the bullet. It starts off with his long lost brother Masahiro. And then in early season 2, his new adoptive brother Aston also gets killed off. And then later in season 2, this gets upgraded to Cartwright Curse when Lafter suddenly gets assassinated.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In the final episode, Akihiro is weakened and beaten from a railgun assault by Rustal's forces and is about to receive a fatal blow from Iok Kujan, until he hears the latter's name and wills himself to kill him before dropping dead.
  • Famous Last Words: Via Pre-Mortem One-Liner to the aforementioned Iok in Season 2 Episode 25:
    Akihiro: Good things come to you if you just live long enough... To think I'd be able to crush you (Iok) with my own hands...
  • Good Costume Switch: Not him, but upon acquiring the Gusion it's revamped into a much slimmer machine that more closely resembles a traditional Gundam.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Repeatedly slamming a mobile suit's delicate manipulators into things may seem unwise, but Akihiro makes a habit of it starting with his fight against Amida and Azee, and when he gets a machine entirely customized for him, he turns punches and grapples from acts of desperation into an integral part of his fighting style. The Gusion Rebake's four arms make attacking with its bare hands (or holding an enemy suit in place while it brings its weapons to bear) much easier, and the Full City leans into these tactics even further, increasing the strength of its arms by improving the efficiency of their power conduits, and adding knuckledusters to its arsenal to protect its manipulators and give its punches some extra bite.
  • Guns Akimbo: He and the Rebake memorably provide fire support with two massive 300mm howitzers borrowed from Mikazuki's Barbatos during the defense of Makanai's island in Episode 21. The Gusion Rebake Full City takes this to the next level, going into battle with one of its signature customized Graze rifles in each of its four arms.
  • Handicapped Badass: With the caveat that it is his machine that is handicapped, not he himself. Despite piloting the Graze Custom, a mangled and crudely-repaired mass-production suit, he held his ground two-on-one against Amida and Azee's Ace Custom Mobile Suits Note that this was BEFORE Teiwaz fixed it up. With him becoming the second in the Tekkadan to get a Gundam Frame he's taken an upgrade.
  • Heroic BSoD: He really doesn't take it well when he learns that the enemy pilot who critically injured Takaki is his own brother Masahiro.
  • Hidden Depths: Don't brush him off as human debris, he's the man Orga trusts with running the Isaribi in his absence, and only the second Tekkadan member assigned to a mobile suit.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Gusion Rebake, being a Gundam, is this by default thanks to its massive power output. In some ways, due to it having a long-range support and close range suppression role, it's actually tougher and stronger than the Barbatos (which is an all-purpose unit), Tekkadan's flagship suit, thanks to its extra arms, extra thrusters, and massive shield making it perfect for tanking and dishing out damage both close-up and far away (although Nadi and company soon start work on fixing that).
  • Long-Range Fighter: By IBO standards. Guns Are Worthless in this setting, so most mobile suit combat is in melee, but while Akihiro is willing to wade in swinging his ax, he shows a marked and unusual preference for gunplay. In the Graze Custom, this is because of his inadequate skills and (initially) even less adequate suit make sitting back and firing blindly at the enemy his best and safest option. In the Rebake, it's because the custom Gundam's powerful sensors (which are apparently native to the Gusion itself) and extra-accurate gun mean it's actually very effective at ranged combat. This starts to fall off in the second season, thanks to the Full City's improved melee performance and the arrival of the long-range specialist Gundam Flauros.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Akihiro's Gusion Rebake has a large shield (made from the original's back) that also functions as a thruster pack when stored on the back of its waist. The Fullcity's version also doubles as a pair of MS-sized shears, capable of clipping enemy Suits in two.
  • Made a Slave: As a child, he and his brother were captured by pirates and taken as Human Debris. While Akihiro was sold to the CGS, Masahiro was sold to the Brewers.
  • The Men First: His personal interests are second to the needs of those he leads.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Goes from the Graze Custom to the newly acquired Gundam Gusion Rebake, which is itself upgraded to the Fullcity.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Gusion Rebake has an extra pair of arms located in its back-mounted thruster pods. It's one of several similarities (like the color scheme and armament) that the suit has with his Turbine friend Lafter's Hyakuri - which, given that the Turbines helped him (re)design it, is probably not a coincidence.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He makes it clear when Orga talks about taking over CGS that he and the others of their group will work for whoever is in charge, be it the First Group or Third Group because they have no other option.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers one to "Galan Mossa" in Season 2.
  • Oblivious to Love: Completely oblivious to the fact that Lafter is falling for him. This is despite everyone else starting to pick up on it.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Noted as being "aloof and unfriendly", the only two expressions he seems to have are "stoic" and "angry". He seems to smile when talking about his younger brother though.
  • Poor Communication Kills: His choice of wording when trying to give his brother a Cooldown Hug instead sends him over the edge.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Leads the "human debris" team, which are rag-tag even by the standards of CGS.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Among Tekkadan's MS pilots, he's the Red to Mikazuki's Blue, but the Blue to Shino's Red.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: While he never goes to the extents that Mikazuki does, Akihiro is a firm believer in paying those who harmed his friends back twice as full. Galan Moss and Iok Kujan both experienced rather brutal deaths this way.
  • Shear Menace: The Gusion Rebake Full City can transform its shield into a pair of blunt-tipped pliers that it can use to squeeze mobile suits in half, or alternatively swing and stab with like a crude (but very large) sword.
  • Shield Bash: The Rebake's shield is an enormous slab of metal that used to be the backplate of the original Gusion. As a result, it makes a perfectly decent secondary melee weapon - when we cut to Akihiro after his Offscreen Moment of Awesome in the Season One finale, it appears that he's managed to shove the shield into the ground through what used to be the waist of a Graze.
    • Come Season Two, the Rebake Full City takes this to its logical conclusion by incorporating a shield that can turn into MS-sized scissors.
  • Shoulder Cannon: His Graze Custom is upgraded with a large, shoulder-mounted artillery piece after its first battle, compensating slightly for its poor repair and his inexperience with manually-piloted vehicles.
  • Super Strength: This is the main selling point of a Gundam frame, thanks to the vast power output from its twin reactors, but the Rebake Full City deserves special mention - not only does it have four arms like the original version, but it's also had the power conduits in all four of them modified for greater efficiency, allowing it to draw more strength from its main reactor for grapples, throws, and swinging its weapons. As a result, there's literally no other suit that can match it for sheer brute hitting power in a fight.
  • Taking You with Me: Dies while managing to crush Iok alive.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Downplayed example. In episode 42, he reflects on Galan Moss' words that good people die first in battle, stating that if it means more people important to him will die, then he's through with being a good person.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he's a highly talented Mobile Worker pilot, his mobile suit career starts in perhaps the most ignominious way possible, saddled with a barely-functional wreck with a control scheme he's almost totally unfamiliar with. Taking his level in badass requires two stages - first, getting his makeshift Graze repaired and training with the Turbines to become a genuinely competent pilot, and second, getting a useful, effective mobile suit that plays to his strengths in the form of a fully repaired and optimized Graze Custom, followed by the mighty Gusion Rebake.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A unique example in the form of his newly acquired Gundam, Gusion. It serves to remind Akihiro of his little brother, but what makes it even more tragic is that it was the very Mobile Suit that killed him in the first place.
  • Training from Hell: A constant, self-imposed example. His complex about being a freed slave leads to him spending nearly every waking moment training and exercising so that he might remain useful to Tekkadan.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he learns that Lafter was assassinated by Jasley's men, he's very quiet. But his anger is shown when he tells Orga to let him loose on Jasley.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • Against "Galan Mossa", after Aston dies.
    • Once more with Iok Kujan, upon hearing the latter's name, knowing his role in the deaths of Naze and Amida, and indirectly, Lafter.
  • Weak, but Skilled: An interesting example because it's his initial Mobile Suit, the Graze Custom, that's weak. Still, that he's able to stay alive while using it and, once it's been repaired, go toe to toe against pilots with far better hardware shows he's not just Dumb Muscle.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Pilots these the entirety of Season one. The Graze Custom is borderline useless until Teiwaz fixes it up, after which it allows him to go toe-to-toe with units that surpass it. Meanwhile, the Gusion Rebake is a downright weird-looking mishmash of Graze, Gusion, and Barbatos parts glued together with whatever the Turbines could find lying around their hangar... but it's also a Gundam designed and assembled by some of the best engineers in the solar system, and that makes it extraordinarily dangerous.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the finale, he stays behind with Mikazuki to hold off the Gjallarhorn army while the rest of Tekkadan retreat. He doesn't survive.

    Norba Shino 

Voiced by: Taishi Murata (Japanese), Lucien Dodge (English)
Main mecha: TK-53 Ryusei-Go (CGS Mobile Worker (pink)), EB-06/tc2 Ryusei-Go II (Graze Custom II), STH-16/tc Ryusei-Go III (Shino's Shiden Custom), ASW-G-64 Ryusei-Go IV (Gundam Flauros)

A large, cheerful member of the Third Group, who specializes in hand-to-hand combat as well as piloting.

  • Ace Custom: His signature as a pilot. Every one of his "Ryusei-Go" (Meteor) suits is a Mook Mobile painted pink, given markings to turn its head into a face, and turned into a deceptively lethal Lightning Bruiser through the addition of an Alaya-Vijnana system. In Season One, he does it to Akihiro's battered, junky old Graze Custom after the latter gets his own Gundam. In Season Two, he does it to one of Tekkadan's new Shidens. The streak breaks with his third suit, the deadly Gundam Flauros, which is not a Mook Mobile by any conceivable measure, and has no obvious modifications other than the new paint job.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • He definitely loves women but has a bit of Ship Tease with Yamagi. And then there are all the hints the staff is making, including this excerpt from the radio show:
    "Shino doesn't really care either way and since he doesn't really draw the line anywhere, he could agree to pretty much anything."
    • Season 2, episodes 20 and 21 added credibility to this statement, where it is revealed that Shino not only came to realize Yamagi's feelings for him and appeared happy to be loved, but he also seemed to have been willing to act on them by asking Yamagi out to drink with him alone until dawn. It's worth noting Shino previously insisted Akihiro do the same with Lafter. He also stated Yamagi's love for him was one of the reasons he wanted to protect Tekkadan.
    • Put to rest during a staff and cast meeting where Shino has been publically anounced to have been established as a bisexual character since the beginning by the director Tatsuyuki Nagai:
    "I had decided from the beginning that Shino would be bisexual. His love is very broad and accepting regardless of age and gender."
  • An Axe to Grind: His Ryusei-Go is still the same old Graze under all its mods and emergency repairs, and it still uses the same old Graze ax in suit combat.
  • Backpack Cannon: Gundam Flauros has backpack cannons on both sides - two rail guns for Mobile Armor sniping purposes, and two shorter guns used during the big battle with Jasley, less powerful but more practical for space combat.
  • Big Eater: He's shown stuffing his face with such enthusiasm (while shouting about how delicious it is) that he's spraying food everywhere.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's very protective towards the younger members of Tekkadan.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest person in the Third Group, and specializing in hand-to-hand combat to boot.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After Ein nearly kills him he's seen bleeding from the mouth, ears, nose, and forehead. He survives.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Big, friendly, and trained at hitting people.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He has No Indoor Voice, gives all of his Mobile Suits the strange nickname of Ryusei-Go and an even stranger pink paintjob with a shark grin emblem somewhere on the head (yes, even the Gundam Flauros), and has also named two combat units in season 2 through his aptly-named "Ryusei Unit" and Akihiro's "Muscle Unit". He's still a very skilled pilot, and apparently capable of thinking on his feet while others flinch.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "GALAXY CANNON, FIRE!!!"
  • Carry a Big Stick: Tekkadan's Shidens use large clubs shaped vaguely like cricket bats, a design pioneered with Teiwaz's Roueis, and Norba's Ryusei-Go is no exception.
  • Defiant Stone Throw: His act of firing the Super Galaxy Cannon at Rustal's flagship in Episode 45 counts as this, despite missing the main bridge.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Completely unintentional, but Ein takes Shino piloting the EB-06 Graze and spray painting it Hot Pink as a final insult to the deceased Crank.
  • Determinator: Ep. 14 has him going through the arduous process of having his Alaya-Vijnana system synced to prepare for mecha usage and combat. It's possible he's become The Atoner.
  • Disney Death: Shown to have survived, albeit badly injured and bleeding, from Ein's crazed killing spree in Episode 25. Averted 20 Episodes later.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Takes on this role for the new recruits in season two, stating he'd feel awful if they died because he didn't push them hard enough to be better.
  • Dumb Muscle: Definitely not the smartest guy in Tekkadan. He misinterprets Tekkadan's new symbol (a stylized flower) as a fish, and then proceeds to get into a shouting match with the guy who designed it.
  • Four Is Death: He christened the repainted Gundam Flauros as "Ryuusei-Go IV". He dies aboard it during his fourth sortie in the suit in Episode 45.
  • Guns Akimbo: Subverted. He normally uses the standard Sword and Gun loadout of the franchise (well, ax and gun in his case), but when the Montag Corporation provides Tekkadan with a huge number of extra weapons, he takes the Ryusei-Go into battle with a Graze rifle in each hand... and gets one of them destroyed before he can even consider using it. Played straight with the Gundam Flauros, which has two rifles slung at the sides in addition to the backpack cannons.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: He's constantly talking about how much he loves women, which makes poor Yamagi's crush on him all the more awkward.
  • Hope Spot: He was this close to sniping Rustal's bridge, likely ending the war there and then, and even Rustal himself knows he's screwed. Unfortunately, Julieta manages to hit Norba's weapon, deflecting the shot and saving Rustal's life.
  • I Call It "Vera": Ever since graduating from his pink Mobile worker to the Graze Custom, he has called all his Mobile Suits "Ryuusei-Go", including the Gundam Flauros, much to the annoyance of the others.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't realize a lot of things he says aren't right for the mood. Notably, he invites Yamagi, who is gay and in love with him, to go out with him to find some women to sleep with. It's revealed however that he suspected Yamagi was in love with him, which puts a whole new spin of the conversation.
  • Insistent Terminology: He pilots the Ryusei-Go, not the Graze Custom, Shiden Custom, or the Gundam Flauros. Also, the Ryusei-Go IV's ultimate weapon is the Super Galaxy Cannon, not a Dainsleif.
  • Knife Nut: During the Calamity War, the Gundam Flauros was deployed with a pair of hooked knives for extra damage up close.
  • Last-Name Basis: In a departure from the rest of Tekkadan, everyone refers to Shino by his family name rather than his given name. Makes it even more ironic since he's the most Mildly Military of the bunch.
  • Long-Range Fighter: For most of the show, he's an all-rounder, as befits a setting where ranged combat is rarely useful as much other than a distraction, but that changes when Akihiro starts to shift towards close-quarters combat and he gets the only mobile suit in the Post Disaster era that can reliably kill nanolaminate-armored targets at range, the Gundam Flauros.
  • Magnetic Weapons: The Flauros' "Galaxy Cannons", a pair of massive backpack-mounted railguns that harness the Gundam's enormous power output to propel special armor-piercing slugs at incredible velocities. By transforming and going into 'bombardment mode', the Flauros can route even more power from its twin reactors into the guns, giving them enough range and power to fillet nanolaminate-armored warships, let alone suits.
  • Nice Guy: Described as cheerful, and his concept art has him showing off a friendly wink and a smile.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's the archetypal Boisterous Bruiser, and having zero volume control is just part of the package. Even his whispering is a dozen or so decibels too loud.
  • Nose Art: Notably the only mech pilot in the series that indulges in this. With the Gundam Flauros, he's made sure to add another pair of eyes to the kibble just for bombardment mode.
  • Oblivious to Love: He has no idea Yamagi has a crush on him, which leads to some rather awkward moments between the two. Season 2, Episode 21 reveals that he had come to realize Yamagi's feelings for him shortly before his death, but when he had that epiphany Eugene ragged on him for being the last person in Tekkadan to figure it out.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: According to the Word of God Shino's love for pink extends onto every piece of weaponry and personal belonging eligible for customization, including three of his Mobile Suits, Mobile Worker, an assault helmet, and more. All of which is also named "Ryusei-Go.". As a sidenote, his unit is called Ryusei unit. Now that he's been assigned to Gundam Flauros, it also get painted, you guessed it, pink.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Among Tekkadan's MS pilots, he's the Red to both Mikazuki's and Akihiro's Blue.
  • Robeast: The Flauros's transformed mode, which looks like a cross between a dog and an ape.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Shino fires his Super Galaxy Cannon at Rustal's flagship despite the Flauros being heavily damaged already. Unfortunately, Julieta manages to hit the Cannon, deflecting the blast, and saving Rustal's life. Shino, in sheer anger and frustration, rushes towards Rustal's ship anyway and gets blown up by his forces.
  • Shipper on Deck: Once Shino and Eugune realize that Lafter is in love with Akihiro, they gleefully convince him to go out for drinks with her.
  • Survivor's Guilt: He suffers from this in episode 13, as he blames his underestimating the Brewers' Human Debris child soldiers on the deaths of many of his comrades. When Tekkadan boarded the Brewers' ship and encountered a group of children even younger than they were, Shino told his group to lower their weapons and tried to calm the children. It backfired horribly and resulted in many of his allies' deaths. Plagued by the guilt over his careless actions, he starts training to become a mobile suit pilot, believing that he's not worthy of the responsibility of giving orders to others.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A double example. The haul of loot Tekkadan gets from their battle with the Brewers results in him being promoted to a pilot (because Akihiro now had a shiny new suit, leaving the Graze Custom unoccupied), and simultaneously led to the Graze Custom itself being upgraded into the far deadlier Ryusei-Go. In Season Two, he gets another double one, going from the tag-along Mook Mobile pilot to the commander of an entire squad and the pilot of yet another Gundam frame.
  • Transforming Mecha: While Gaelio's Kimaris Trooper got halfway there, his Flauros is the first ever true transformer we've seen in the Post Disaster setting, capable of shifting into a vaguely dog-like 'bombardment mode in order to enhance its agility and route even more power to its twin railguns.
  • Unexpected Character: No one would have guessed that Shino would be Tekkadan's third Mobile Suit pilot from seeing him at the beginning of the series. Let alone piloting Tekkadan's third Gundam.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Being refitted into the Ryusei-Go, his new ride, finally upgrades the Graze Custom from The Alleged Car to this. It's still crude, ugly bodge-job of a suit, it still has the same armaments, and the loud red paint-scheme doesn't help its enemies take it seriously, but it's gone from barely functional to genuinely lethal, and the reasons why are all under the hood. It's been fitted with a looted Alaya-Vijnana system, giving it the same human-like agility as the Barbatos, and Teiwaz's engineers have enhanced its performance and durability enough to keep up with the new control scheme. It's not a match for a Gundam, but the Ryusei-Go can give just about anything else in the solar system a serious run for its money.

    Eugene Sevenstark 

Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)
Main mecha: TK-53 CGS Mobile Worker, TK-53/s CGS Mobile Worker Space Type, STH-16 Shiden (Orga Custom)
Spaceships: NOA-0093 Isaribi, Brewers ship

The former leader of CGS's Third Group, displaced from his position when Orga joined. Highly skilled, but doesn't always think things through. Jealous of Orga for usurping his position, and frequently argues with him.

  • Ace Pilot: A gifted Mobile Worker pilot who became the Isaribi's helmsman, using the enhanced control granted by his Alaya-Vijnana system to throw the massive cruiser around like the Millennium Falcon. He can even pilot two spaceships at once, a feat said to be impossible
  • Big Eater: Normally downplayed, but when faced with the plethora of delicacies Teiwaz has to offer, you wanna get out of his way.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's a bit of a coward when the tables get turned on him, mildly panicking while in battle (despite still putting up a fight) after the First Group pretty much left them as Cannon Fodder. He's among the first to think of the worst case scenario.
  • Covert Pervert: While he at first attempted to play off any interest in women, he went to a brothel in episode 9. Episode 35 implies he might have gone to other brothels between season 1 and season 2.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Defined primarily by his envy of Orga for taking over as leader. Ultimately subverted as he grows out of it in the early episodes... at least when it doesn't come to women.
  • Expy:
    • A trusted ace pilot despite his major attitude problems, and conveniently blonde - Graham Aker is back.
    • Not just Graham, Beecha Oleg returns, being rebellious and at odds with the captain, who ironically becomes a second captain.
  • Fireforged Friends: With Orga. While they start the anime at odds over Orga displacing Eugene as leader of the Third Group, after fighting alongside one another long enough, Eugene becomes as fiercely loyal to Orga as any member of Tekkadan.
  • Hot-Blooded: Described as having great ability, but also being thoughtless.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: A lot of his earlier antagonism is due to his desire to prove himself. He starts to chill out when the rest of Tekkadan starts to rely on him more.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very, very abrasive, but he has no problem risking his life to protect Tekkadan.
  • The Lancer: As Deputy Boss of Tekkadan, Eugene is often the one who keeps Orga grounded. When Orga panicked after Shino failed to destroy Rustal's flagship, Eugene calms him down and orders a full retreat.
  • Number Two: In Season 2, Eugene is the Deputy Boss of Tekkadan. He seems to have become Kudelia's main aide in the epilogue.
  • Older and Wiser: By season 2 Eugene is much calmer compared to how he was at the start of the series.
  • Properly Paranoid: Assumes that Todo is working to betray them, despite the fact that it would get him killed by them for treachery. Todo is shown planning to screw them over very often.
  • The Rival: To Orga, given that Orga took over as leader, which Eugene wasn't happy about. He seems to have outgrown this by season 2.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: He's implied to have slept with a prostitute in episode 9. The day afterward he considers himself a man when talking to Lafter.
  • Shipper on Deck: Once Shino and Eugune realize that Lafter is in love with Akihiro, they eagerly convince him to go out for drinks with her.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the main members of Tekkadan (not counting Atra) Eugene is the only one to make it out alive at the end of the series.
  • Take Up My Sword: After Orga's assassination, he decides to take the white custom Shiden introduced early in Season 2, which the former never got to sortie in, for the final battle against Gjallarhorn.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's noticeably calmer by the start of season 2.



    Nadi Yukinojo Kassapa 

Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)
Main mecha: JEE-M103 Kutan Type-III

Head mechanic for CGS, specifically those Mobile Workers they always use. He's got his work cut out for him when mobile suits start factoring into the equation.

  • Artificial Limbs: Both his legs were replaced by prosthetics below the knee thanks to some old, unspecified injury. Given the in-universe belief that Cybernetics Eat Your Soul, it goes a long way to explaining his unusual bond with and kindness to CGS's augmented Child Soldiers.
  • Babies Ever After: Has a child with Merribit in the epilogue, with a second on its way.
  • Beginner's Luck: As Mikazuki drily notes, his first shot at piloting the Cutan may be a hideous screaming death-spiral, but it's a hideous screaming death-spiral away from the enemy, so it's no big deal. He gets better later on.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's comfortably middle-aged, and basically the only adult who actually gives a damn about the CGS kids, which is why he stays on with them after they reform as Tekkadan. The kids, in turn, affectionately refer to him as "the old man."
  • The Engineer: Tekkadan's lead mechanic.
  • Gentle Giant: Placid, kind, and built like a tank, emphasizing his role as Tekkadan's token friendly adult.
  • Non-Action Guy: He may be powerfully built, but he's an engineer, not a pilot, as his first outing in the Cutan mobile suit carrier amply demonstrates.
  • Token Adult: Since he was friendly with the kids in CGS he joins Tekkadan alongside them, being the only adult alongside Todo to join (with Todo never really being seen as "one of them" and being dropped soon after). For a while, he's the only adult on the team in a major capacity often acting like an older authority figure in the group.
  • Token Minority: Tekkadan has a couple of dark-skinned recruits, but he's the only one with visibly 'black' facial features.

    Yamagi Gilmerton 

Voiced by: Soma Saito (Japanese), Griffin Burns (English)

One of the mechanics in Tekkadan. A taciturn boy skilled at his job. Assigned exclusively to Ryusei-Go as of episode 18.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: He has a crush on Norba, who doesn't notice. However, right before the battle where Norba dies, Norba offered to take Yamagi out drinking for just the two of them afterward, and after the battle Eugene tells him that Norba did come to realize how Yamagi felt about him.
  • Bishōnen: A delicate boy whose features and voice are a bit feminine.
  • The Engineer: A skilled Mobile Suit mechanic who works under Nadi.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Norba implies that he slept with a woman, Yamagi is visibly upset.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: His eyes (irises in particular) are remarkably large and very blue.
  • Longing Look: Takes longing looks at Norba from time to time because of his unrequited crush.
  • Love Hurts: He's in love with Norba, but is too shy to confess and feels hurt that his beloved is oblivious to his feelings. Yamagi is left heartbroken when Norba dies in a Senseless Sacrifice while attempting to destroy Rustal's flagship.
  • Non-Action Guy: As a mechanic, he is one of the few Takkadan members who never participates in direct combat.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hairstyle covers one eye, reflecting his shyness. In the epilogue, he is shown to have changed to a more swept-back hairstyle.
  • Satellite Character: Most of his scenes either revolve around his crush on Norba or his mechanic duties under Nadi.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Yamagi is sensitive and quiet, in contrast to Norba who is more macho and boisterous.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shy, slouched, apologetic, and what's typical of the trope his hair covers his face almost entirely.
  • Straight Gay: A rare example for anime. He's just an unassuming, technically inclined boy in his early teens, who happens to be gay.
  • Tears of Joy: In episode 25, upon finding Norba in his cockpit still alive after his encounter with Ein.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Still holds on to the piece of cloth he used to tie Norba's arm to the control handle of his mecha.

Season 1 Supporting Members

    Merribit Stapleton 

Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)
An employee of the main Teiwaz branch (rather than any of the subsidiaries, like the Turbines), she joins the crew of the Isaribi after Tekkadan is inducted into Teiwaz. She acts as a liaison to Teiwaz and a general adviser to Tekkadan, particularly Orga. In season 2, following the death of Jasley, Merribit resigns from Teiwaz and jonis Tekkadan full-time.
  • Adults Are Useless: It kind of goes back and forth with Merribit. She's recruited by Naze to serve as a liason on Tekkadan and advice Orga. In general, her advice to Orga is rather sound and it's thanks to her medical knowledge that Takaki doesn't die. When it comes to being a therapist though, she falls short after Biscuit dies.
  • Babies Ever After: Has a child with Nadi in the epilogue, with a second child on its way.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Forced into this role in ep. 14 following Orga and his boys (and unwitting civilians) getting ambushed by Gjallarhorn.
  • Dude Magnet: A lot of the older Tekkadan members have a thing for Merribit.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her Establishing Character Moment, lending a hand to Orga when he got himself too drunk to function.
  • Happily Married: To Nadi.
  • The Lancer: In the second season, she takes Biscuit's place as Orga's adviser and tries to keep him from going overboard, as well as ensuring that he gets enough rest.
  • The Medic: As Naze said, she's a very versatile woman and takes this role.
  • Only Sane Man: Not being an actual member of Tekkadan (but rather a liaison from Teiwaz), she has more emotional distance from situations involving them than they do, leading her to take this role on occasion. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that she's one of the only people willing to criticize Orga when he makes mistakes due to his inexperience as a leader, and after Biscuit is killed in action she tries to rein things in before they go completely out of control. She's not always successful, however.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Sometime in-between the first and second season, Merribit entered a relationship with Nadi.
  • Ship Tease: She was the only girl who made Orga blush many times, though she ended up falling for and marrying Nadi instead.
  • Stealth Mentor: That's two for Orga so far.
  • Team Mom: She's trying to be this, particularly in the wake of Biscuit's death, but she has a bit of trouble connecting with the kids in Tekkadan.

    Takaki Uno 

Voiced by: Kouhei Amasaki (Japanese), Zach Aguilar (English)
Main mecha: TK-53/s CGS Mobile Worker Space Type, UGY-R41 Landman Rodi

A Tekkadan member specializing as a courier. He has a younger sister named Fuka whom he plans to send to school.

  • Ascended Extra: Takes a more active role in Season 2, even getting his three-episode story arc.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Takaki is one of the kindest members of Tekkadan, but even that doesn't stop him from killing Radice to avenge Aston.
  • The Bus Came Back: After leaving Tekkadan since episode 33, he finally made an appearance in episode 48 where he's part of Makanai's staff and helps out his former comrades in bringing them to Earth safely.
  • The Chains of Commanding: In Season 2, after Chad gets taken out of commission, Takaki is left in command of the Earth branch of Tekkadan. Takaki ends up having a hard time making decisive decisions when the Arbrau Defense Forces threaten to attack them.
  • Courier: It's his job to procure supplies for the Tekkadan group while also acting as a messenger.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Like Biscuit, he joined the CGS to provide money for his sister to send to school.
  • Foil: To Ride's antics.
  • Nice Guy: Along with Biscuit, Takaki is by far the nicest member of Tekkadan.
  • Non-Action Guy: In Season One, is one of the very few Tekkadan members who are never involved in any direct combat situation, nearly dying the one time he does get involved. Gets back in the action during the finale, acting as Orga's escort driver after Biscuit's death. In Season 2, he sheds this designation, being involved in a grinding, month-long ground war as the closest thing Tekkadan's Earth branch has to a commander.
  • Opt Out: He decides to quit Tekkadan, embracing the happiness he has now over the risk of death for the chance to be kings in the future, leaving his sister alone. Everyone ultimately supports the decision.
  • Put on a Bus: In episode 33, he quits Tekkadan and remains on Earth because, after seeing Fuka's reaction to Aston's death, he refuses to risk dying in battle and leaving her without family.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His little sister Fuka is introduced in Season 2. Appearance-wise, she's basically Takaki, smaller and wearing girls' clothes.
  • These Hands Have Killed: After killing Radice, Takaki has a hard time hugging his little sister when the two mourn Aston's death. He's later shown looking at his own hands with horror.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps Biscuit's hat.
  • You Are in Command Now: Forced into commanding the Tekkadan Earth branch after Chad is put in a coma.

    Ride Mass 

Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese), Amanda Céline Miller (English)
Main mecha: TK-53 CGS Mobile Worker, STH-16 Shiden, STH-16/tc Riden-Go (Formerly Ryusei-Go III/Shino's Shiden Custom)
  • And This Is for...: Before he assassinates Nobliss, he asks Nobliss if he remembers Orga. As soon as Nobliss makes it clear he doesn't, Ride doesn't hesitate to shoot Nobliss four times.
  • Ascended Extra: Ride had the least characterization of the younger Tekkadan members in Season One. In Season 2, Ride becomes a pilot, getting more screentime and eventually his own custom mobile suit. He even personally kills one of the main antagonists during the epilogue.
  • Big Eater: Especially considering his size.
  • Heroic BSoD: In the epilogue, it doesn't appear that Ride ever really got over Orga's death.
  • Hidden Depths: Has quite an artistic streak for a Child Soldier, as evidenced by the repainted Shiden Custom, and more importantly the Tekkadan emblem.
  • It's Personal: When Ride learned that Nobliss Gordon was on Mars in the last episode, Ride personally tracked him and killed him in revenge for Nobliss' hit on Orga. Additionally, he kills Nobliss with the same pistol that Orga borrowed from Mikazuki.
  • The Leader: During the epilogue, Ride appears to have become the leader of his own group who helps him kill Nobliss and wipe out his men.
  • Morton's Fork: Ride attempts to protect a farming complex from a beam fired by Hashmal. While he survives thanks to nanolaminate armor reducing the damage done by it, his mobile suit fails to block the beam attack completely and everyone in the farming complex is killed by the devastating blast anyway.
  • Name's the Same: Shares his surname with Sayla Mass, one of the main characters of the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Passing the Torch: With Norba gaining the Flauros (thus putting him on equal footing with Mika and Akihiro), Ride inherits the former's Shiden Custom which he repaints and christens "Riden-Go". While Norba is happy for Ride stepping up to the plate, he's not exactly pleased with the rename.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Not an easy thing for a CGS kid, honestly.
  • Punny Name: His Riden-go riffs on 'raiden', the Japanese word for lightning, and has a suitably electric color scheme to match.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In the epilogue, he insists on killing Nobliss and avenging Orga's death even when most of his friends have learned to let go and move on with their lives. Although he succeeds in killing Nobliss, the public still saw Nobliss as a benevolent philanthropist and Ride will likely be an outlaw for the rest of his life; effectively cheating himself of the happy ending his friends worked so hard to achieve.
  • Survivor Guilt: During Episode 48, Ride's life is saved by Orga who uses his own body as a human shield. In the following two episodes, it is clear that Ride feels guilty that Orga died, so he could live. During the epilogue, it is clear he still feel this way which leads to him and his own group wiping out Nobliss in retaliation to Orga's death.
  • Tragic Hero: Unlike every other Tekkadan survivor in the epilogue, he's never let go of his guilt and desire for revenge. Unfortunately, since Nobliss was a benevolent philanthropist in the public eye, Ride assassinating him has doomed any chance for the former to have the same peaceful lives as his comrades, who he's implied to have cut ties with as well.
  • Tragic Keepsake: As an adult, he wears Orga's scarf to remember him by. Ride also kills Nobliss with the same pistol Orga borrowed from Mikazuki right before he died.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Late in the series, we're given a reminder that for all the youth of Tekkadan has learned under Kudelia and Merribet, they are still Child Soldiers like the rest of them. Demanding to watch as Mika splatters the remains of Carta's forces and tears her mech to pieces shows this.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Orga. While other members of Tekkadan are loyal to Orga, Ride stands out. Orga sacrifices his life to save Ride. Even years after Orga was murdered by Nobliss' men, Ride tracks Nobliss down and personally kills him while the rest of his group wipes out Nobliss' men.

    Dante Mogro 

Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (Japanese), Sean Chiplock (English)

Main Mecha: STH-16 Shiden, UGY-R41 Landman Rodi

A former Human Debris who serves as Tekkadan's tech expert. In Season 2, he becomes a mobile suit pilot.

  • Bridge Bunnies: Normally fills this role for the Isaribi, since he's quite smart.
  • Friend to All Children: He'd have to be one if he's happily working in Kudelia's orphanage in the epilogue
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a big, imposing guy who serves as one of Tekkadan's marines under Norba (and later becomes a capable mobile suit pilot), but he's also got a serious knack for electronic warfare.
  • Mauve Shirt: A minor character who remains quietly useful and competent all the way through, and even survives Tekkadan's last stand despite being one of their front-line pilots.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: In episode 17, he decides to pilot the Barbatos to deliver it to Mika despite Yukinojo's warnings. Since the Barbatos's Ālaya-Vijñāna system is optimized for Mika's use, the Barbatos uploads an excessive amount of data to Dante's brain, rendering him temporarily catatonic.
  • The Smart Guy: Don't brush him off as human debris, he's not only literate but the resident Playful Hacker!
  • Took a Level in Badass: He becomes a mobile suit pilot in Season 2
  • Tragic Keepsake: He switches to piloting a Landman Rodi in honor of Aston, who died piloting one.

    Chad Chadan 

Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

Main Mecha: UGY-R41 Landman Rodi

A Tekkadan member and former Human Debris. Chad doesn't do much in Season 1, but in Season 2 he is appointed the commander of Tekkadan's Earth headquarters.

  • Ambiguously Brown: And that's all we really know about him.
  • Ascended Extra: Being made the head of the Earth Branch increased his screen time and even after the Earth Branch was closed, he joined Tekkadan's executives and interacts with the main members more regularly as a result.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Normally fills this role for the Isaribi.
  • The Chains of Commanding: He starts feeling this in episode 33 when he wakes up from his coma and sees how many members were killed in his absence. He states he would rather fight on the front lines than deal with his guilt.
  • It's All My Fault: He's filled with guilt for all the members that were killed during Arbrau-SAU war. Believing because he was in a coma, he allowed Radice and Galan Mossa to manipulate them.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Played for Laughs. Since he hadn't been on Mars for a long time between Season 1 and 2, he's the only one who didn't know that Nadi and Merribit are dating. When he finds out about it, he's completely shocked and then realizes that everyone in Tekkadan already knew.
  • Mauve Shirt: Like Dante he's a supporting character who gets just enough characterization to stand out, even becoming the head of Tekkadan's Earth branch in Season 2.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His gaunt, gloomy face makes it constantly look like something terrible has just happened to him... although considering that he's a Human Debris child soldier, it probably has.
  • Took a Level in Badass: You earn this trope when your first major sortie leads to chucking a thrown ax at the Mobile Armor Hashmal, leaving enough of a mark to get its attention, and live.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He pilots a Landman Rodi in honor of Aston, who died piloting one.

    Elgar, Embi, Hirume & Trow 

Voiced by: Yuna Yoshino (Elgar) / Shizuka Ishigami (Embi) (Japanese), Erica Mendez (Elgar) / Kira Buckland (Hirume) (English)

Main mecha: STH-16 Shiden, STH-16/tc Riden-Go (Formerly Ryusei-Go III/Shino's Shiden Custom) (Embi)
  • Mauve Shirt: They get no more development than the Red Shirt Tekkadan members, but apparently enough times throughout the series to give them some greater significants. Elgar being abruptly killed at the start of the final episode drives home just how dire the situation is.
  • Recurring Extra: They show up throughout the series as background characters.

    Dexter Culastor 

Voiced by: Akinori Egoshi (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)

The accountant from First Group who would have opted out and made it away with his life... if they didn't have other plans.
  • The Atoner: In his reappearance in Season 2, he admits to Merribit that he feels like this, at least now, for being unable to do anything for the boys during the CGS days, hence his own reasoning for sticking with them.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: They have no intention of killing him, but as the accountant, he knows how the numbers work and how the money flows. He's too valuable right now for them to let him leave, but otherwise, he's treated fairly.
  • Non-Action Guy: Again, accountant.
  • Put on a Bus: Inverted. He's among the Tekkadan members left on Mars when the voyage to Earth begins.

Season 2 New Recruits

    Aston Altland 

Voiced by: Kentarou Kumagai (Japanese), Jason C. Miller (English)

Main mecha: UGY-R41 Man Rodi, UGY-R41 Landman Rodi

A former Brewers Human Debris child soldier, introduced in Season 1 along with Akihiro's brother. He has taken Akihiro's surname and become a mobile suit pilot for Tekkadan.

  • Ascended Extra: Started out as just one of several kids brought over from the Brewers, then gets one scene of note at the end of season 1 - in season 2, due to all the mobile suit aces being stuck on Mars while he's on the Earth branch, he's become the Number Two to Takaki and a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Mikazuki.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Aston grins right before he dies, as he remembers the happiness that Takaki and Fuka brought him.
  • Hope Is Scary: After being mortally wounded, he tells Fuka that he wish he had never been saved by Tekkadan because it brought him so much joy that he wasn't ready to lose it all. Though he does Go Out with a Smile.
  • Taking the Bullet: He is mortally wounded when he shoves Takaki out of the way of McGillis's attack.
  • Taking You with Me: After being mortally wounded, Aston attempts to crush McGillis's cockpit and probably would have succeeded in killing him if Mikazuki hadn't shown up and ended the battle.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He had a happy life after Akihiro adopted him as his brother and became good friends with Takaki and Fuka. However, he ended dying in a pointless war instigated by someone within Tekkadan.

    Derma Altland 

Voiced by: Genki Muro (Japanese), Mark Allen, Jr. (English)

Main mecha: UGY-R41 Man Rodi, STH-16 Shiden, UGY-R41 Landman Rodi

A former Brewers Human Debris child soldier. He has taken Akihiro's surname and become a mobile suit pilot for Tekkadan.

  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses an arm during the retreat from the first "final" battle against the Arianrhod Fleet.
  • Artificial Limbs: Is shown to have a bionic arm replacement in the epilogue.
  • Career-Ending Injury: The loss of his arm in Episode 46 means the end of his career as a pilot.
  • Heroic BSoD: In Episode 46, he falls into one after losing his arm, because, as a Human Debris, he is unable to conceive of a life beyond piloting. Akihiro, Dante, and Chad help snap him out of it by convincing him to be happy to be alive. It works since he's shown in the epilogue to have a robotic arm, and happily working with Dante in an orphanage.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He switches to piloting a Landman Rodi in honor of Aston, who died piloting one.

    Hush Middy 

Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese), Tom Bauer (English)
Main mecha: TK-56 Tekkadan Mobile Worker, STH-16 Shiden, STH-20 Hekija

A new Tekkadan member. Years ago, Hush's "big brother" joined CGS, but committed suicide after becoming paralyzed from the Alaya-Vijnana surgery. Hush has resolved to succeed where his brother failed and become a Tekkadan mobile suit pilot. Originally holding resentment towards Mikazuki due to events in the past, he later goes to respect him after firsthand experiencing the actual risks of war, and ends up becoming Mika's direct subordinate, to Mika's annoyance.

  • Break the Haughty: His first experience in a real battle ends with him contributing nothing and having to be saved by Mikazuki. His attitude takes a complete 180 following this, as he obtains a great deal of humility and resolves to genuinely improve as a pilot and not be a burden on others.
  • Can't Catch Up: Hush is the only notable Mobile Suit Pilot in Tekkadan who has not undergone the Alaya-Vijnana. While he did want to undergo, he ultimately gets talked out of it by the other members of Tekkadan. Because of this, Hush tends to struggle against what would otherwise be Mook enemies. Fittingly enough, his character arc is about wanting to catch up to and surpass Mikazuki as a pilot. And this gets played tragically in the penultimate episode where Hush ultimately dies on the battlefield because his reaction time wasn't quick enough.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • He originally resented Mika for living through the same surgery that crippled his big brother - now he's witnessing the same paralysis affecting Mika despite the supposedly successful surgery.
    • Similarly, there was a time when he tried to whack Atra across the face - now in Mika's absence he's taking orders from her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Hush's animosity towards Mikazuki is rooted in the fact that his best friend and "big brother" failed the Alaya-Vijnana surgery and became depressed paraplegic as a result. His last words to Hush was telling him about how there was a kid (Mikazuki) who successfully went under the knife three times and how he was useless by comparison.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Despite being fatally injured and in immense pain, he dies with a smile after Mikazuki acknowledges his wish to catch up to him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hush hates Mikazuki for being able to become a mobile suit pilot while Hush is stuck using a mobile worker. He seems to let go of the grudge when Mikazuki convinces Orga to let Hush become a Shiden pilot.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted: after he almost gets taken out in one of his first sorties and has to get bailed out by Mika, he stalwartly starts applying himself constantly, becoming skilled enough to the point where even Azee and Lafter begin to recognize just how skilled he's getting. Especially since he's doing so without an AV - system.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Dies after being impaled by the mobile suit's console when a Graze ax smashes into the cockpit.
  • Jerkass: Hush is initially abrasive to just about everyone. Though he gradually grows out of it after being taken under Mikazuki's wing.
  • Midseason Upgrade: He switches to a Hekija halfway through season 2. The Hekija is designed to be easy to pilot, which greatly benefits the inexperienced Hush.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Bears a passing resemblance to Saitama and other characters drawn by ONE. Ironic, considering ONE's works tend to be about Purposefully Overpowered heroes while Hush is painfully aware of the fact that he's just not as good as Tekkadan's other pilots.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Due to Hush never undergoing the Alaya-Vijnana surgery, he has a hard time keeping pace with the other pilots in Tekkadan. He can still hold his own, however.
  • Satellite Character: A massive offender, going from being one to the history of CGSnote  to being one for Mikazuki. Yet he has a prominent position in the earliest season 2 teasers, and even graces the HG Shiden box art.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: After seeing just how weaker he was than Mikazuki, he follows him everywhere to grow stronger. Mikazuki didn't mind and let him come along wherever he went.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Although he never caught up to Mikazuki's level, all of Hush's training had paid off and he's become a better Mobile Suit pilot as a result. He learned to fight better in his Shiden Mobile Suit and was able to hold on his own during the battle against Jasley's forces and in the final battle. Gotta give him credit for improving himself.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Not for him personally, but it's implied that the Hekija he pilots was Lafter's.
  • Unknown Rival: He hates Mikazuki, but Mikazuki barely knows who he is. It eventually turns out that Mikazuki has no problem with Hush becoming a mobile suit pilot: all Hush had to do was ask.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Actually tried to whack Atra across her face for his opinion about Mika, who immediately demonstrated how he didn't always need Barbatos to pull a Big Damn Heroes. Hush later learns to respect Atra after going through humiliation and dedicating himself to becoming a better pilot.

    Zack Lowe 

Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa (Japanese), Jon Allen (English)

Main mecha: TK-56 Tekkadan Mobile Worker

A new Tekkadan member who has a frivolous attitude.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As carefree as Zack is, he is quite smart and, in some situations is a more talented mechanic than Yukinojo.
  • Glory Seeker: Implied to be the reason Zack joined up with Tekkadan. Unlike the majority of the other members of Tekkadan, Zack actually came from a relatively privileged background; actually having a home and even an education. He joined the group because he got swept up in the media glorification painting them as rebel heroes.
  • Heroic BSoD: He stops working on his Mobile Worker and cries after he sees some of his comrades die during his first battle.
  • Hidden Depths: Reveals in Season 2 Episode 12 that he had previously gone to school before joining Tekkadan. Which explains how he knew about how Barbatos and Gusion went inactive after confronting the Hashmal. He also has a reasonable argument against going out in a blaze of glory near the end, as it wouldn't amount to anything if they all fought to the bitter end.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Sure Tekkadan is seeing better days now, but you gotta wonder how much it takes to keep that Space Dandy-worthy 'do on a regular basis.
  • Lovable Coward: Zack is afraid of fighting and is usually the first to suggest that Tekkadan retreat, although he's usually not too obnoxious about it. When he quits Tekkadan, it quickly becomes apparent that he's more afraid of seeing his friends die than dying himself.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Zack seems to be the only Tekkadan member who had been into school, had a family and never experienced being in the battlefield which is why he's very disturbed that former Human Debris like Chad and Dante are very calm about killing the other Human Debris in the opposing side. After the retreat, he suggested to Hush and Dane that they should resign from Tekkadan and look for jobs outside but he was called out by Dane for failing to understand that majority of the members are uneducated and unskilled orphans who have no other place to go.
  • Non-Action Guy: Zack's first battle sends him into a Heroic BSoD because he can't handle seeing his comrades die. After, he requests and is granted reassignment to a non-combat role.
  • No Respect Guy: Looks to be his defining trait. The only way he can get any respect from Norba Shino is though blackmail.
  • Ocular Gushers: He breaks down into tears after the siege on Tekkadan's base, implied to be from being told of his friend Hush's death. Overlaps with Tears of Remorse because of their somewhat strained relationship after Zack quit and called the remaining members of Tekkadan idiots for not running from what he believed was imminent death, which angered Hush.
  • Opt Out: He quits Tekkadan after Rustal scapegoats them for McGillis's rebellion. Unfortunately for him, Arianrhod's siege of Tekkadan's base forces him to stay and help.

    Dane Uhai 

Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese), Edward Bosco

A new Tekkadan member who has been assigned to the maintenance crew.
  • The Big Guy: Even bigger than Shino, Akihiro, or Nadi.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's a criminal who killed lots of people before joining Tekkadan.
  • Eyes Always Closed: In all of his appearances so far, he has kept his eyes closed.
  • Gentle Giant: So far he's shown to be a very laid back and understand man despite being huge.
  • The Quiet One: If Hush's words are to be believed, he's a man of few words.

    Radice Riloto 

Voiced by: Kazumasa Fukugawa (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

A Teiwaz accountant assigned to Tekkadan's Earth headquarters. Radice dislikes how recklessly the rest of Tekkadan operates.
  • Just Following Orders: Radice claims that all of his crimes against Tekkadan were just Galan's orders and, since Galan would have killed him for not cooperating, Radice is not to blame. It doesn't save him.
  • The Mole: Galan bribes Radice into planting a bomb in Makanai's quarters. After the bomb renders Makanai and Chad comatose, Radice takes over Tekkadan's Earth headquarters to further Galan's agenda.
  • Mole in Charge: After Radice's actions render Chad comatose, Radice takes over Tekkadan's Earth headquarters and uses his new authority to further Galan's agenda.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After betraying Tekaden to Galan, he gets abandoned to his fate. Which eventually is getting executed by a vengeful Takaki.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Radice has no problems starting a war that would likely kill all of Tekkadan because he finds Tekkadan's members annoying.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Mikazuki prematurely ends the Arbrau-SAU war, Galan cuts off all contact with Radice, abandoning him to his fate.

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    Todo Mirconen 

Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

One of the First Group defectors remaining in Tekkadan, and allowed to sit in on Orga's meetings due to rank alone. Back then his only real role was to yell at the kids and keep them in line, and he's not one to throw out the old ways...
  • Dangerous Deserter: Of a sort. After being kicked out of the airlock by Orga, he is instructed by Gjallarhorn to stop or slow down Tekkadan, which he does by bribing the Brewers to attack them. And he's currently kept by Montag as his informant and right-hand man.
  • Dirty Coward: He's a lot less loudmouthed after the CGS takeover, and with good reason.
  • Hate Sink: No one likes him, mostly due to being totally unsympathetic and having a mustache like Hitler.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: After Orga expels the First Group, Todo decides to stick around since he saw Orga's squad as his meal ticket. After Mikazuki kills Crank, fearing retaliation from Gjallarhorn, Todo becomes a Mole and later jumps ship after Orga kicks him out.
  • Karma Houdini: Shown to get well-off thanks to working as McGillis' informant at the end of Episode 25.
    • In Episode 49, he still manages to escape with his life after McGillis dissolves both the Montag Company and the Revolutionary Fleet.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He sells Tekkadan out to Gjallarhorn, only to learn that Gjallarhorn and the Orcus Company don't have any qualms with killing him along with the rest of Tekkadan. Subverted as he's delivered to Gjallarhorn alive and well, kinda.
  • Shameful Strip: After Orga figures out that he betrayed him, he strips Todo down to his boxers and sends him in a pod to McGillis.

    Maruba Arkay 

Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (Japanese), John Snyder (English)

The actual head of CGS, which is technically a non-combat role. So fleeing the moment Gjallahorn came knocking? Totally reasonable.
  • Bad Boss: Discounting everything else, he's responsible for enforcing the Alaya-Vijnana system on all the kids, acquired in bulk on the cheap since they're all "human debris", literally dumping the 40% that were crippled in the process after berating the failures as useless. At least 1 committed suicide over this. And Orga's most likely the only one he can name.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Disappeared for about 6 eps, resurfacing only after he'd found new backing... with Teiwaz. After another 2 eps, he's out of the picture again.
  • Dirty Coward: Known mainly for being the first to flee when Gjallahorn showed up.
  • Hidden Depths: In the preview for episode 7, Nadi says that Maruba was a lot nicer in his youth. Maruba apparantly owned a pair of puppies that he used to dote on.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Orga acknowledges that while Maruba was a scumbag, it would be worse to leave the 1st Corps group in charge as they viewed the boys as even more expendable than Maruba did. That and their lack of brains would eventually leave them all dead. This led Orga to decide it'd be best to just cut out the middle man and run the joint himself.
  • Made a Slave: Naze forces him to become a slave miner to repay Teiwaz for the money Maruba's fruitless and unjustified quest for vengeance cost. He totally deserved it.
  • Never My Fault: Cleared out the safe at CGS before he fled, and still expects Orga to hand over all the remaining assets. This would have included the Barbatos, which he never really knew the true value of.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Right when Tekkadan needed Teiwaz, he brought their subsidiary the Turbines to them in an attempt to take back his property. The Turbines leader was so appalled once learning of Maruba's treatment of them that he was willing to hear Tekkadan out and get them the support they needed.
  • Satellite Character: Not even to another character, but to the developments of CGS.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In-Universe, Nadi mentions that he knew Maruba when he was younger and he wasn't nearly as much of an asshole as he was in the present.

    Haeda Gunnel 

Voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)

The leader of CGS's first division and main commander of their forces.
  • Asshole Victim: Haeda's death is in part to demonstrate how cold and violent Mikazuki is as he dispassionately executes Haeda as he's tied up. Up till that point Haeda was depicted as a violent abusive bully who abandoned the third division to die and then blamed and attacked Orga when he objected. Killing him shows Mika's darker side but still keeps him sympathetic.
  • Bad Boss: Much like Maruba though Haeda's much more physical about it. He's quick to strike the kids under his command and throw his weight around. The first opening features him punching them in the face as they stand at attention.
  • Hate Sink: Haeda's limited role in the show is to give someone for the audience to hate and root against. He's abrasive, violent, demeaning, and frequently beats children. Maruba's unpleasantness is largely balanced by comedy at his expense and Haeda's abandoning the kids to Gjallahorn makes him more of a target for hate than the largely faceless Gjallahorn soldiers.

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