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    Avilio Bruno (Angelo Lagusa) 

Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (adult), Ayaka Asai (child) (Japanese), Austin Tindle (adult), Morgan Berry (child) (English)

The protagonist of 91 Days, real name Angelo Lagusa. Seven years ago, on his birthday in April 1921, his father, mother, and little brother were murdered by Vincento Vanetti and three others, including Nero Vanetti. Now grown into a young man, Avilio sets about getting close to Nero so that he can exact his revenge.

  • Anti-Hero: Avenging the murder of his family is understandable, but the ruthless lengths Avilio goes to succeed are...almost villainous.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • The more dirty work that Avilio does for Nero in order to earn his trust, the more blurred the distinction between his cover and his real identity becomes. Corteo reproaches him for his willingness to kill a cop and his family to shut up an investigation, which shows that he's become as heartless as the criminals he's supposedly seeking revenge against.
    • In the end, Avilio confesses that he didn't kill Nero simply because he didn't want to kill him, implying that all that time spent pretending to be his friend affected him more than he had intended.
  • Bishōnen: An elegant and attractive youth with a tall, slender build, a shapely, clean-shaven face, smooth black hair, and striking eyes. Too bad he always has a gloomy or hostile look on his face, but that's what makes him Troubled, but Cute.
  • Broken Bird: A troubled protagonist whose cynicism and detatchment stem from his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Shows off some expert picpocketing skills on Nero to entertain a group of children in episode 4. In episode 7, he uses those same skills to discreetly remove the bullets from Frate's revolver before goading him to try to shoot Nero, causing his death.
  • The Chess Master: Able to think up and execute complex plans that have everyone dancing to his tune.
  • Childhood Friends: Has been friends with Corteo since they were young boys.
  • The Comically Serious: Whenever he's the source of a gag, expect him to keep his default expression on his face.
  • Consummate Liar: Despite his lack of social graces, Avilio can come up with convincing lies and never gives himself away when he's decieving someone. He's literally gotten away with murder thanks to this skill.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Witnessed the deaths of his parents and younger brother and is the only survivor from the attack.
  • Death Glare: If looks could kill, Avilio would have wiped out the Vanettis already.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: When Corteo asks him why he would throw away his life to get revenge, Avilio tells him he's got it the wrong way around: he's afraid that without revenge motivating him, he'll have nothing worth living for. In the end, he tells Nero he had hoped he would find his reason to live after achieving his revenge, but instead he is just as empty as before.
  • Empty Shell: Metaphorically dead on the inside, he describes himself as having nothing to live for except revenge. Nero actually describes him to Barbero as an "empty shell", and says that he will give Avilio a reason to live, little suspecting the hatred that Avilio holds for him in his heart.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the opening scene, Avilio returns to his appartment, a gloomy figure in the rain. A woman addresses him as "Mr. Bruno" but says a letter for Angelo Lagusa was sent to his address, which tells us that he's living under an assumed name. He snatches the letter from her without a word of thanks, demonstrating that he's quite antisocial. His appartment is shabby with used food cans lying around and has hardly a stick of furniture in it, which reflects how he's just keeping himself alive rather than really living. When he opens the letter, he finds a photograph of his murdered little brother Luce, utters the name "Vanetti", and slowly breaks into a Slasher Smile as lightning illuminates his face. Right off the bat, we have strong signs that our protagonist is a man who had everything he loved taken away from him a long time ago, and now he has no purpose in life other than Revenge.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: In episode 11 he looks terrible from lack of sleep, caused by his guilt about killing Corteo.
  • False Friend: Works his way into Nero's confidence and makes him think that he's a loyal friend, but behind this act he is plotting to destroy him.
  • Heel Realization: See Was It Really Worth It?
  • The Hero Dies: Nero takes him to the beach and shoots him as he walks away. Thus, our tortured protagonist dies. Or does he?
  • Hidden Eyes: Depicted with eyes hidden in shadows to reflect his angst about Corteo being held hostage.
  • Hypocrite: Even though avenging his murdered family is supposed to be his raison d'être, he would carry out the murder of a policeman's wife and four-year-old daughter if it meant keeping Nero's trust, making him no better than the people who murdered his loved ones.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Forced to kill Corteo, who was like a brother to him and probably the last living person he really cared about.
  • Lack of Empathy: Has little sympathy for anyone's suffering other than his own, and frequently kills people without a twinge of regret. Granted, some of them are total scumbags who have it coming, but he has a tendency to completely dehumanize his victims regardless of whether they're a Punch-Clock Villain or a Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In episode 1, his neighbors consider him creepy because he has no friends and doesn't talk to anyone.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Expertly and cruelly manipulates just about everyone to serve his plan, especially in episode 7 where he causes his enemies to eliminate each other.
  • Meaningful Rename: Justified. He changed his name from Angelo Lagusa to Avilio Bruno as to protect his identity from the people who killed his parents.
  • Nerves of Steel: Doesn't matter if he's dealing with a Smug Snake or Ax-Crazy mobster, Avilio will stand his ground.
  • Nice Hat: Often wears a flat cap as a fashion accessory, especially when he's outdoors.
  • Nominal Hero: While he has the sympathetic backstory of wanting to get back at the criminals who murdered his family, and some of his enemies are really bad people, neither his motivation nor methods come off looking much better than the antagonists. There is no line he wouldn't cross in order to achieve his revenge, and his lack of basic scruples leads him to lie to, manipulate, betray, and murder anyone who stands in his way.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • When the Vanettis have Corteo captive and are planning to kill him for conspiring with Fango, he kicks in a table out of frustration when he's alone.
    • In episode 10, he has to fight back tears when he shoots Corteo.
    • In episode 12, he raises his voice and weeps bitterly when he tells Nero that he should have just killed him that night seven years ago.
  • Papa Wolf: Inverted. He's the eldest son of his family and his main goal to avenge the deaths of his parents and younger brother.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Avilio believes that his family's murderers and anyone associated with them are pure scum, and there's nothing too cruel or underhanded for him to use against them.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Frowning is his default expression, so it's a rare and significant thing for him to smile.
  • Pet the Dog: His care for Corteo is his main redeeming feature, although they have their ups and downs. In episode ten he bargains for Ganzo to spare Corteo, helps him escape from Lawless, and takes several days in Chicago for them to rekindle their friendship.
  • Shoot the Dog: In episode ten, Nero tells him to prove his loyalty by killing Corteo himself. It's the only way to survive and ultimately get revenge, but Avilio is in anguish when he pulls the trigger.
  • Slasher Smile: Presents a terrifying example of this trope when he receives the letter that kickstarts his revenge plot, accentuated by a Lightning Reveal.
  • Sole Survivor: The only surviving member of the Lagusa family.
  • The Stoic: Holds his emotions close to the vest, presenting a poker face to the world while concealing the hatred for the Vanettis that keeps him going.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Shares his late father's dark black hair and serious face.
  • Sweet Tooth: Avilio's got a thing for sugar in contrast to most of the other cast. He puts a lot of sugar in his coffee, drowns his pancakes in syrup, and when on the road with Nero bought mostly canned pineapple for the trip.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As a child, Avilio was first seen running away and barely escaping from the men who killed his family. Now? The guy has gotten Nerves of Steel, became a master manipulator, and is even a decent fighter.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Before the night of the murder, he Used to Be a Sweet Kid, but he had a lot of time to get mean between then and now.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Pressures Corteo into getting mixed up in the mafia with him, and tries to turn Nero against Frate.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Keeps a picture of his younger brother Luce when he receives the letter from the mystery accomplice.
  • The Unfettered: Guided by his all-consuming goal of revenge on the Vanettis rather than any consistent moral principles, Avilio is willing to do bad things to get what he wants and doesn't let emotions like pity get in his way.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In episode eight he tells Corteo to get out of his life, turning his back on their childhood friendship. This, to the friend who sheltered him on the night of the murder, provided them with the Lawless Heaven that enabled Avilio to get close to Nero, and whose life he tangled up in crime by convincing him to sell his concoction to the Mafia. The wad of money to pay for college just seems like an insult, as if money can settle all the debts he owes him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Appeared to be a happy and optimistic child before the murder of his family. Now he feels hollow inside, with nothing to live for except vengeance.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After he succeeds in destroying the Vanetti family with everyone who participated in killing his family or stood in his way, and Nero asks him if he's satisfied, he bitterly remarks that he took revenge hoping that it would help him find a reason to live. Instead he feels just as empty as he did before, and speaks the same words as Vincento: "It was all for nothing".
  • Villain Protagonist: Downplayed. Avilio's goal is understandable and the people he's facing against aren't heroes in the slightest, but he's not above putting another person through the same pain he went through (i.e., threatening to harm Delphy's family).
  • Was It Really Worth It?: In episode 11 he asks himself what he's been killing for all this time and whether it was worth losing Corteo.
  • Weapon of Choice: Avilio uses an M1911 pistol as his trusted sidearm and instrument of revenge. It features prominently in the opening and closing credits sequences, as well as in the stylized logo of the series that shows him concealing it behind his back.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Downplayed. His family were murdered and he's out to get vengeance for them. But, he's not above being either a hypocrite or acting like an Ungrateful Bastard either.
  • Worth Living For: He hoped to find a reason to keep on living after avenging his family. But there was nothing left in the end.
  • You Killed My Father: Seeks revenge for the murder of his father, mother, and little brother. By the end he kills every one of their killers except Nero.

    Nero Vanetti 

Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (Japanese), Ian Moore (English)

The eldest son of Don Vincento Vanetti, who at the young age of 21 is already on track to succeed his father. His personality is fun-loving, hot-headed, and rash, but he has the qualities of a natural leader and a deep sense of responsibility for carrying on his father's legacy. Seven years ago, when he was only fourteen, he was one of three men who accompanied Vincent to kill the Lagusa family. When Angelo Lagusa comes back to Lawless in the guise of Avilio Bruno, Nero quickly embraces him as a friend and confidant, little suspecting that his new right-hand man is plotting to kill him and destroy his family.

  • Actually, I Am Him: When introduced with Vanno on the island, he's in disguise and neither Avilio nor Fango recognize him. After they escape from Fango, Avilio asks if Nero was actually there, upon which Nero removes his fake beard and reveals himself as Nero.
  • Anti-Villain: On one hand he was one of the four men who made the hit on the Lagusas, and no matter how you slice it he's killed a fair number of people since then, but on the other hand he was only 14 when he participated in the murder, and it turns out he actually couldn't bring himself to shoot anyone that night. He commits violence mainly to protect the lives and honor his friends and family, and has a strong sense of duty to his father which is in itself quite admirable. He's been a solid friend to Avilio since they began working together, and much of the time he comes across as more likeable and sympathetic than our Nominal Hero protagonist!
  • Benevolent Boss: Takes good care of his subordinates by listening to what they have to say, trusting them with responsibility, and making sure they are rewarded for loyal service.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has lived a life of crime as a mafioso, starting at a young age when his father took him along to take out the Lagusa family at the tender age of 14.
  • Deuteragonist: The second-most important character in the show, as both a companion and mortal enemy of the protagonist Avilio.
  • The Don: In training to take over his father's role as head of the Vanetti Mafia family. In episode nine his father officially gives up his seat to Nero, making him the new head of the family which now includes the former Fango family.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: When he finds out that Avilio was a False Friend all along, and that he killed so many people who were dear to him, Nero feels deeply betrayed.
    "I trusted you!"
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Starts getting dark circles under his eyes in episode seven from the headache that Delphy is giving him.
  • Foil: Compared to Avilio, who is sullen, dispassionate, and ruthlessly pragmatic, Nero is boisterous, Hot-Blooded, and tends to put Honor Before Reason. He also comes from a screwed up family that has nonetheless been there throughout his life, while Avilio had an idyllic family but lost them at a young age.
  • Friend to All Children: Zigzagged. He goes out of his way to entertain a group of children in episode 4, and the kids adore him. He was an accomplice in the murder of Luce Lagusa and fired a shot at Angelo as he fled, but he didn't actually shoot anybody, in the latter case intentionally missing. In episode eight, however, he orders his men to threaten Delphy's four year old daughter to make him withdraw his investigation into the family's activities. You might say that he genuinely likes kids and doesn't enjoy hurting them, but sometimes he feels like he's left with no other choice.
  • Handsome Lech: Makes it obvious that he's not shy around women and flirts with any one he comes across; the ladies don't seem to mind his roguish good looks and charm, either.
  • Hidden Depths: Has shown the range of his talents outside of the mafia, such as being a good juggler.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Nero's done some dirty work that he isn't proud of, and suffered from having to kill Frate, but to him it's ultimately justified if it serves the good of the family.
  • It Gets Easier: Tells Avilio that he felt terrible about his involvement in killing the Lagusas as his first job, and the truth is that he couldn't bring himself to shoot that night, but after that he threw himself into mob work, including killing, without looking back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be reckless and hot-tempered when confronted, but he shows a deep loyalty to his friends and family. He's even demonstrated to be polite and friendly towards women and children.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Tries to persuade Frate not to draw his gun, and kills him only in self-defense. Afterwards he is obviously heartbroken.
  • My Greatest Failure: When speaking to Avilio about his first job in episode four, he shows regret about his involvement in the murder of the Lagusa family. In episode nine he reveals that he actually couldn't bring himself to shoot anybody that night, and because he felt like he'd failed his father by being unable to carry out his orders, he did a lot of work and a fair amount of killing afterwards to prove his loyalty.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Don Galassia tells him he looks just like his father did when he was a youth.
  • Thicker Than Water: Decides to take Fio's advice by swallowing his pride and making up with Ronaldo, since he doesn't want to kill his own brother Frate. Avilio tries to convince him that this is dangerous sentimentality.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wants to prove himself worthy of his father's trust, in which he has competition from Frate. In the end he succeeds in making his father proud, only to lose him and see everything his father dreamed of beginning to fall apart.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Not that he enjoys it, but if he must protect his family, Nero isn't afraid to harm a woman to get at his enemy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He doesn't like doing it, but if it's for the sake of the family he will. Ordering his men to go after Delphy's wife and daughter to make him call off the investigation shows that he can sometimes be ruthless.
  • You Killed My Father: After Avilio avenges himself upon Vincento, Nero takes it upon himself to kill Avilio, and shoots him on the seashore. Presumably.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's only 21, but could pass off as older because of his robust build, rugged face, and mature-looking goatee. Even when he was only 14 he could have passed for a grown man while dressed up for the hit on the Lagusas.

Lagusa Family

    In General 
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Their deaths are the ultimate impetus for the plot.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All of them are introduced in the first episode, only to be killed off before the seven minute mark.

    Testa Lagusa 

voiced by: Satoshi Mikami (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

Angelo’s father, killed along with his wife and son by the Vanettis due to a financial discourse. He discovered the deals going on between the Vanettis and Galassias and was silenced for it.

  • Good Parents: In the first episode he is shown to be a loving father to his sons, playing along with their game of hide and seek.
  • He Knows Too Much: Vincent had to silence him because he knew about Vincent's dealings with the Galassias.
  • Knife Nut: Attacks Vincent with a knife when he sees his wife and son in danger, using it with precision and deadly accuracy. Though it doesn't prevent their deaths, he stabs Vincent through the hand and gives him a permanent scar on his face.
  • Papa Wolf: Immediately attacks Vincent after he hits his wife, with Luce crying out for her.
  • We Used to Be Friends: According to Vincent, they had been best friends before the incident.

    Elena Lagusa 

voiced by Kanami Sato (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)

Angelo's mother, killed by the Vanettis along with her husband Testa and youngest son Luce.

  • Good Parents: Along with their father, she is a gentle and friendly woman who loves her sons.
  • Mama Bear: The last act she did before being murdered was trying to shield Luce.
  • Parental Substitute: Gives Corteo money to support himself and his sick mother, looking after him almost as if he were one of her sons.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: Begs Vincent's men to spare her and Luce, swearing that they won't tell anybody, but the hitmen show no mercy because even a child can grow up to take revenge.

    Luce Lagusa 

Voiced by Kaeda Hondo (Japanese), Madeleine Morris (English)

Angelo’s cheerful and innocent little brother, who was killed along with his parents by the Vanettis. An old photograph of him comes enclosed with the letter that tells Angelo the names of the killers.

  • Alliterative Name: Luce Lagusta.
  • Big Brother Worship: Fairly low key, but he thinks Angelo is so cool when he puts the candle out with his fingers.
  • Cheerful Child: A very cheerful and bright child, shown to be very playful towards his brother and Corteo.
  • Kill the Cutie: One of the sweetest little boys you could ever meet, and right off the bat he gets killed in a heart-wrenching way. As the most innocent of the victims, his death most of all is the one that motivates Avilio to revenge.
  • Momma's Boy: Cares deeply for his mother, rushing out to check if she was alright after Vincent hit her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Resembles his warm-hearted blonde-haired mother, unlike Angelo whose appearance takes after their dad.

Vanetti Family

    Vincento Vanetti 

Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese), Jeremy Schwartz (English)

The Don of the Vanetti family and father of Nero, Fio, and Frate. In April 1921, he usurped the previous Don by murder, justifying himself to Testa by saying it was to protect the family. He and his goons murdered the Lagusas except for Angelo, who now as Avilio Bruno considers Vincento as one of his top targets. Because of his failing health he hasn't gone out in public for three years, and as his time approaches, his two sons struggle for the right to succeed him.

  • Abusive Parents: Nero states his father beat him when he and his friend snuck out to see the circus.
  • Alliterative Name: Both his first and last name start with "V".
  • Big Bad: Vincento is the boss of the whole Vanetti family and the man who ordered the murder of the Lagusa family, making him the ultimate target of Avilio's revenge.
  • Blood from the Mouth: As his disease progresses, blood appears on his handkerchief every time he coughs. He coughs up bright red blood moments before he dies.
  • Death by Despair: When Avilio’s murder of Don Galassia causes the Galassias and Vanettis to start attacking each other, it becomes too much for him to take and he dies in Nero’s arms, mourning the loss of everything he’s built.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Just before he dies, he is held by Nero in his final moments.
  • The Don: Patriarch of the Vanetti crime family and in charge of all their illegal operations.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his aloofness and cold visage, Vincent does display some concern and love for his children. After Frate’s death and Fio’s departure, he still mentions them.
  • Famous Last Words: His last words to Nero as his life's work evaporates in a storm of bullets and heaps of corpses: "It was all for nothing."
  • Fate Worse than Death: Instead of killing him, Avilio ruins the empire Vincento spent most of his life building.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Still has a scar across his left eye where Testa Lagusa grazed him with a knife, showing him as a tough villain who's been in his share of scrapes while serving as a permanent reminder of what he did to the Lagusas.
  • Heel Realization: As he gets on in years, he has more time to think of his failures as well as the cruel things he did to get where he is.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Always held that killing his best friend Testa Lagusa and his family was necessary for the Vanetti's survival, but as his death nears he starts to question if he could have done it another way.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Besides his frailty, the main symptom of his disease is a persistent hacking cough that gets progressively worse. Sure enough, he dies, although Avilio speeds things up considerably.
  • Klingon Promotion: Got the job by killing its previous occupant.
  • Magnum Opus: His greatest project is building the Vanetti playhouse, a lavish edifice that he based on La Scala in Milan and brought in an Italian architect to supervise.
  • Parental Favoritism: Always favored his rembunctious eldest son Nero over the dutiful and younger Frate, which the latter never forgave him for.
  • Tragic Villain: Though he did kill Angelo’s family and is the Don of a mafia, it’s feel bad for what he goes though the series. Especially since he killed his former friend, along with his family due to them becoming a target from another rival family who he has been dealing with to protect his own. His sons got caught up in a feud forcing one to kill the other. He has an incurable sickness that is destroying his health and to top it all off all of his life’s work to protect the family comes crumbling down in one night by the son of the person he regretted killing and dies thinking he has failed.
  • Wicked Cultured: A cultured crime lord who loves the finer things in life, including opera.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Pistol whips Elena Lagusa when she begs him to spare her husband.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Didn't have a problem ordering the death of Luce.
  • You See, I'm Dying: Suffers from a terminal disease that is slowly killing his body and taking away his ability to move.

    Frate Vanetti 

Voiced by: Kotaro Nishiyama (Japanese), Justin Briner (English)

Nero's younger brother, who has different ideas about how to best serve the family's interests. He approves of his sister Fio's marriage to Ronald of the Galassias.

  • The Alcoholic: Starts hitting the bottle pretty hard to deal with the stress brought on by the conflict with his brother and Fango cutting into the Vanetti family's profits.
  • Cain and Abel: Clashes with his brother Nero for leadership of the family. Frate sees Nero as selfish and irresponsible, wanting to risk the family for the sake of his stubborn pride instead of accepting the patronage of the Galassias, while Nero views Frate as a spineless coward who's just Ronaldo's puppet and willing to let the Galassias walk all over them.
  • Character Death: Shot dead by Nero in episode 7 when Avilio tricks him into drawing his unloaded gun.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Frate prides himself on going to mass every Sunday, nevermind what his family does as a business every other day of the week, which Avilio on one occasion exploits for a driveby.
  • Descent into Addiction: Originally a bit of a straight edge, Frate copes with his increasing stress by slipping into booze and the drugs that Ronaldo gives him.
  • The Dutiful Son: Views himself as the responsible sibling who will make the sacrifices necessary to protect the Vanetti family, while viewing his older brother Nero as irresponsible and unworthy of becoming the Don. Nero doesn't see it that way.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Starts having dark bags under his eyes when he meets with Orco after his plan to get Nero killed fails.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Always envied his brother for being the one their dad acknowledged.
  • Karmic Death: In the first half of the show, Frate tries to kill Nero, arguing that he is forced to sacrifice them for the sake of the future of their family. As a result, his older brother kills Frate himself with the technical assistance of their sister, in order to sacrifice them, really save the family.
  • Nervous Wreck: Grows more burnt out and anxious as the feud worsens, to the point where he tells Ronaldo that he can't live this way anymore.
  • Sibling Murder: Attempted indirectly when he makes a deal for peace with Don Orco in exchange for Nero's life, believing peace between the families to be more important than his own brother, and directly in episode 7 when he tries to shoot Nero with his empty revolver.
  • The Unfavorite: Feels ignored by his father and brother, which is one reason he turned to Ronaldo for support.
    "I never missed mass. You always did whatever you wanted...And yet, you're the one Dad cared about."
  • Youthful Freckles: Freckled cheeks mark him as the youngest of the Vanetti siblings.
  • Punny Name: Frate is Latin for "Brother".

    Fio Vanetti 

Voiced by: Hisako Toko (Japanese), Alex Moore (English)

Sole daughter of the Vanetti family, sister to Nero and Frate, married Ronaldo as a way to make peace between their two families.

  • Apologetic Attacker: She says sorry to Ronaldo for shooting him, saying it was for her family.
  • Babies Ever After: It is implied that she remained alone in solitude with her child at the end of the series.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shoots Ronaldo before he gets the chance to confront and kill Nero.
  • Break the Cutie: She marries into another family for the sake of bringing peace between them but circumstances spiral downward to the point where she has to witness a feud between her two brothers despite her efforts to prevent it. She is made into a pawn by Avilio when he manipulates her into shooting Ronaldo through a forged message.
  • Extreme Doormat: Tends to make sacrifices for the good of her family instead of standing up for herself.
  • It Runs in the Family: Has blood on her hands now by protecting her family from outside threats. Nevertheless, this still leads to an intra-family conflict and the death of her younger brother.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Given Vanno's feelings for her and a number of hints throughout history, he can be the real father of her child.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Marries Ronaldo more as a way to keep peace between their families than out of love for him.
  • Morality Pet: Her existence helps bring out alot more of Nero's good side.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Experiences guilt and regret from killing Ronaldo, despite believing she had no other choice.
  • Put on a Bus: Avilio sees her off to a train out of Lawless after the events of Episode 7, so that she survives but is effectively removed from the story.

    Vanno Clemente 

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese), Newton Pittman (English)

Nero's subordinate and friend. He and Nero involved in the murder of Testa Lagusa on the night of the murder seven years ago. He seems to be in love with Nero's sister Fio, and is very unhappy about her marriage to Ronaldo Galassia.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: He gets shot and killed by Avilio when he's in the middle of taking revenge against one of Orco's men, which stings a bit since up to that point he was presented in a relatively sympathetic way.
  • Carpet of Virility: Shows off his manly chest hair with an open collar.
  • Character Death: Is the first of the men to be killed by Avilio in his revenge.
  • Dead Star Walking: Vanno is played by Daisuke Ono, a very recognizable voice actor who's played a lot of fan favorites in a bunch of recent series. Despite this, Vanno is killed off very abruptly by Avilio in the climax of the second episode.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Goes out with Nero and gets drunk because he's bummed about Fio marrying Ronaldo, to the point where he starts falling asleep on the bar.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Introduced to the audience on the island, where he's trying to sell imported liquor to Mr. Granchio. He tries to play it smooth, but gets a sheepish look on his face when Granchio guesses that since the Orcos control all the routes to the border, he must have stolen it from them.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He displays an extreme dislike of Ronaldo for marrying Fio and even gets into a fist-fight with him at the wedding reception.
  • Oh, Crap!: The face he makes when he realizes he's about to be killed by Angelo, the son of the family who he helped murder.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Nero is surprised at him getting drunk since he's usually a teetotaller, which just shows how upset he is about Fio's marriage.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: The show repeatedly hints at his feelings for Fio, and her reaction to Ronaldo's words about their child may imply that Vanno is the real father of her child.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Gets killed right after taking revenge against Serpente by Angelo in episode 2.
  • The Teetotaler: He's not a drinker (he claims that he can tell good liquor just by the smell), but he breaks his rule to drown his sorrows.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He was one of the men responsible for murdering Avilio's family, including his mother. And when forming a plan to kill Fango, Avilio questions him on what to do if Fango's girlfriend (Lacrima) is there, to which Vanno nonchalantly replies he could kill her too.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was one of the men responsible for murdering Avilio's family, including his younger brother.

    Ganzo Alary 

Voiced by Masuo Amada (Japanese), Chris Messersmith (English)

The Right Hand to Vincent. He’s a part of the integral family and appears in most of the meetings that take place in the Lodge.

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Ganzo has huge eyebrows giving him the gruff gravitas of a veteran mobster.
  • Character Death: Gets shot dead by Strega when the latter believes he is responsible for Avilio shooting Don Galassia instead of Vincent.
  • Cool Uncle: Has this relationship with Nero when he talks about how he used to gave him advice on women and has his best interest in mind by looking out for him. At first anyways.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His whole plan to manipulate Avilio into helping him become the Vanetti Don by killing off his rivals backfires horribly when Avilio shoots Don Galassia instead of Vincent, leading to Ganzo's death at the hands of Strega.
  • Manipulative Bastard: While working with Avilio to get rid of Nero and Vincent, he used Corteo as a scapegoat to take suspicion off Avilio.
  • The Mole: He has been planning a coup against the Don Vincent, so he could gain the power and influence of the position.


Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)

Nero's subordinate and general staff officer, who provides a more logical counterpoint to Nero and Vanno's impulsiveness. As Avilio gains ever more of Nero's trust, he grows more and more suspicious of Avilio's motives and tries to turn Nero against him.

  • Cassandra Truth: Barbero's right about Avilio being untrustworthy, but unfortunately for Nero he doesn't believe Barbero until it's too late.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's masked well at first, but as Avilio earns more and more of Nero's trust, Barbero begins displaying his resentment of Avilio for essentially taking his place as Nero's right hand man.
  • Not So Stoic: Although initially presented as level-headed he can get very emotional when trying to persuade Nero or expose Avilio. In episode 11 while interrogating Avilio he really goes wild.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is much calmer than either Nero or Vanno, acting as the cool and composed middleman in most situations.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Fastidious and classy, he wears a nice suit at all times.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Sees the world through spectacles that reflect his cool, analytical attitude.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is incredibly loyal to Nero and everything he does is to benefit him.

    Arturo Trunco 

Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)

A member of the Vanetti family who is killed by Serpente

  • Nice Hat: He wore a green flatcap.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His death is what causes Vanno to go on with the assassination on Fango with Avilio, triggering the plot’s future events.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies in the first episode he appears in.


Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (English)

One of Nero’s closest friends, works under the family and is usually seen around the Lodge.

  • Animal Theme Naming: "Tigre" is Italian for "tiger," suggesting ferocity.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's a man of action who prefers to fight his way out of a problem.
  • Eye Scream: Almost gets his eye burned by a cigarette when Fango interrogates him about Nero.
  • Hand Signals: Uses this to alert Nero about the danger of returning to the Vanetti home when Frate attempted to assassinate him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Like many other, he is very loyal to Nero and sticks by him even when his own brother tried to kill him.


Voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Marcus D. Stimac (English)

Another friend of Nero who helps him out on some of his jobs including the capture of Don Orco.

  • Animal Theme Naming: "Volpe" is Italian for "fox," a symbol of cunning.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Has this happen when he and Avilio escaped from their failed hit, delivered via bullet to the heart.
    "The bleeding won’t stop. By the way, we need to tell Nero about-" (gunshot)
  • Undying Loyalty: Claims that he would do anything for Nero. Unfortunately Avilio uses it to his advantage to further his revenge scheme.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Used as a scapegoat by Avilio and gets framed for the attempted hit on Frate and Ronaldo, inciting the feud between the Vanetti brothers.

    Del Toro 

Voiced by Yamamoto Kanehira (Japanese), Philip Weber (English)

  • Animal Theme Naming: "Del Toro" is Italian for "(of the) bull," denoting his strength and stamina.
  • The Determinator: He took multiple stab wounds that would kill a normal man. Takes down two assassins and is still standing until Avilio puts in the final blow.
  • The Old Convict: Was mentioned to have served seven years in prison before he got out and came to work for the Vanettis.
  • The Speechless: Has never said a word in any of his appearances due to an injury he got from fighting in a war.

Galassia Family

    Ronaldo Galassia 

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese), Dave Trosko (English)

A nephew of Don Galassia, Ronaldo has just married Nero's younger sister Fio and is trying to influence how the Vanettis do business. He's rather smug and acts as if he owns the place, while making a partner of Frate who unlike Nero was in favor of an alliance between the Vanettis and the Galassias.

  • Babies Make Everything Better: Tells Fio that their baby will symbolize reconciliation between the Vanettis and Galassias.
  • Character Death: His own wife, Fio, shoots him dead to prevent him from killing Nero.
  • Disappeared Dad: Effectively becomes this since Fio (who is pregnant by the time) shoots him to protect her older brother.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Curses Fio, his own wife, for shooting him as he dies.
  • Evil Redhead: Ronaldo is one of the few redheads in the series and also one of the most arrogant.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Given Vanno's feelings for Fio and a number of hints throughout history, he can be the real father of her child.
  • Smug Smiler: His natural expression is a smug and condescending grin.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Influences Frate to turn against his brother, and provides him with drugs that fuel his Descent into Addiction.

    Strega Gallassia 

Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese), David Wald (English)

Another nephew of Don Galassia and Ronaldo's cousin, he is working with Ganzo to overthrow Vincent as the Don.

  • Ambition Is Evil: His desire to expand the Galassia family makes him work together with Ganzo to make it come true.
  • Nothing Personal: Cares about the necessity of progress for his family rather than holding a particular grudge against the Vanettis.
  • Obviously Evil: One look at this guy with the hard-lined face, devilish eyes, and menacing smirk tells you he's up to no good.
  • The Starscream: He was working with Ganzo to take down Vincent, but when Avilio kills Don Galassia he immediately retaliates by shooting Ganzo for suspected betrayal. He isn't too upset by the outcome as it gives him a reason to wipe out the Vanettis.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Don Galassia is a pretty reasonable leader who is willing to make peace with the Vanettis, but as soon as he's dead, Strega takes the Galassia family in the direction of wiping out their competition.

Orco Family

    Don Orco 

Voiced by: Chafurin (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliott (English)

The merciless and gluttonous head of the Orco family, whose empire controls the smuggling routes for foreign made alcohol. He loves lasagna and will not tolerate anyone who can't make it to his standards.

  • Big Eater: He has a big appetite, almost always seen eating something during his appearances.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the first major casualty of the Mob War Avilio is slowly starting in Lawless.
  • The Don: Of the Orco family.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance is being served lasagna as his underlings wait nervously, before he angrily rants at the chef about how he's so incompetent that he can't cook lasagna right, and that he may just have to feed him to the pigs.
  • Karmic Death: Gets killed by Fango and his body is used as the meat for a lasagna dish that is then fed to the top Orco executives.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Lasagna, as he is either seen eating it or asking for it.
  • Villainous Glutton: A big appetite and no conscience to go with it.


Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)

A swaggering Psycho for Hire in chaps and cowboy boots, who recently joined the Orco family as an enforcer. He has a mistress named Lacrima and makes his base of operations on the island.

  • Ax-Crazy: Fango is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Which is problematic because he's not only smarter than he looks, but also in a position of power.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a pointy goatee and angular moustache that practically scream, "villain!"
  • Blood Knight: Loves fighting for its own sake.
  • Bondage Is Bad: When Avilio and Nero try to assassinate him, he's found tied to the bed with Lacrima whipping his back with a riding crop.
  • Boots of Toughness: Wears a pair of leather cowboy boots to invoke a desperado gunslinger image. You can recognize Fango just by his unique footwear.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Seems to enjoy the pain he recieves almost as much as he loves inflicting it.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears half of a pair of riding chaps so that it only covers his left leg.
  • Evil Is Hammy: So far, both the largest ham and the most gleefully evil person in the show.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears lots of leather items including his jacket, chaps, and cowboy boots to go with the badass and kinky image he cultivates.
  • Karmic Death: Dies in his own office at the hands of the man whom he exploited and was about to kill, in a brutal fashion similar to how he had just kileld Scusa, with his killer using the bottle of alcohol Fango stole from him, and the telephone Fango was about to use to betray him to the Vanettis.
  • Klingon Promotion: Murders and usurps Don Orco in episode six.
  • Large Ham: Acts as if he enjoys playing the role of a cartoonish villain right to the hilt, complete with Chewing the Scenery and Milking the Giant Cow. Just listen to how he draws out the word "RRRRUUUUUUURU" when talking to Granchio in episode 1.
  • Multicolored Hair: Fango's hair seems dirty blonde, but he has a red streak in it, and his facial hair is black. It's not clear whether this is natural or bleached/dyed.
  • Nerves of Steel: Shows no fear even when Avilio has a knife to his throat, and tells Serpente to kill Corteo, boasting that Avilio can't possibly kill him.
  • Psycho for Hire: Jumps at the chance to fight and kill no matter what it's for and tends to get carried away, to the point where the Orcos eventually decide he's a liability.
  • Slasher Smile: This is Fango's default expression, since nothing amuses him more than threatening and harming people.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Works together with Nero and Avilio in order to take out a common enemy, Don Orco.
  • Villain Respect: Despite making constant threats and insults towards Nero, he seems to admire his attitude and even works alongside him and Avilio to get rid of Don Orco.


Voiced by Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

A partner to Fango, he is partly the cause of the war between the Orco family and the Vanetti family.

  • Dirty Coward: Despite having no guilt over all the people he's carved up, he goes to his own death blubbering for mercy.
  • Knife Nut: Shows a skillful usage with a knife when he attempts to kill Vanno with it in their second encounter.
  • Tears of Fear: Begs while crying that he doesn’t want to die when faced by Vanno in his final moments.


Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese), Janelle Lutz (English)

The current mistress to Fango, she’s usually hanging around the base on ‘the Island’.


Voiced by: Setsuji Sato (Japanese), Drew Wall (English)

Has a brother in Fango's gang and works for them as a part-time bartender. Knows Corteo and sometimes deals in some gang-work.

  • Chew Toy: Since he's gotten involved with Fango's gang, he's been pushed into doing things that have left him unable to leave. He's been threatened to be killed, got caught in the middle of a gang-war, and now he works for Fango without getting paid.
  • Fair Weather Friend: While he’s around Corteo enough for them to be considered friends, when he overhears how Fango wants to get rid of him for knowing too much he attempts to convince Corteo to run away with him out of the city but doesn’t try more than that to keep out of trouble.
  • Neutral Evil: Even as a member of an infamous gang, he doesn't work in any of the violent dealings and has shown to be more of a gopher than a hands-on gangster.
  • Only in It for the Money: The reason he started working for gang members was for the money, but after selling off Serpente's body to a corpse dealer from the Vanettis he gets into trouble and regrets his actions.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Though he is a part of Fango's group he doesn't like to deal with the more dangerous tasks that come from being involved. He works in the gang but he doesn't enjoy it.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Tries to persuade Corteo to sell his alcohol to the Orco family though Corteo says he can't stand the Mafia, and contributes to Corteo getting mixed up in a bunch of bad stuff.

The Law


Voiced by Kouji Ishii (Japanese), Chad Cline (English)

The head of prohibition enforcement in Lawless, Scusa is a crooked man who deals with the Mafia.

  • Dirty Cop: He's supposed to be enforcing prohibition, but instead he turns a blind eye to the Mafia and their illicit alcohol in exchange for a cut of the profits.
  • Establishing Character Moment: We first see him ordering a drink in a speakeasy. Clearly this is not an honest or upstanding public servant.
  • Greed: Abuses his job and authority to make money for himself, and gets done in by it when he foolishly tries to milk Fango for the Lawless Heaven recepie.
  • Hypocrite: He's the public face of prohibition in Lawless, and yet he drinks alcohol himself!
  • Karmic Death: Makes one crooked deal too many, and gets his head bashed in by the dangerous mobster whom he was trying to rip off.
  • Smug Snake: Fancies himself a smooth operator, and always wears that smug grin, but he gets in too deep and pays the price.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Makes the mistake of trying to sell the stolen Lawless Heaven formula to Fango for an inflated price, while neglecting to protect himself against Fango simply killing him and pocketing the formula.


A crusading lawman from the Federal Bureau of Prohibition in Chicago, Delphy has come to Lawless with the aim of sweeping up corruption and taking down the Mafia. Needless to say, he has his work cut out for him.

  • Achilles' Heel: He won't be bought with bribes, and he disregards threats to himself, but his love for his wife and daughter make him vulnerable.
  • Being Good Sucks: As the only lawman willing to stand up to the mob, he sees his family almost killed and has to leave Lawless with his tail between his legs.
  • Determinator: "Tell Nero Vanetti that I will crush him, no matter what." He says this after refusing a large bribe and shrugging off a threat to his family. Subverted when his wife and daughter almost get blown up, and he realizes that he can't live up to his boast.
  • Dry Crusader: Unlike Scusa, Delphy takes the prohibition of alcohol to heart and is determined to make Lawless as dry as he is.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Introduces himself before the reporters as the man who's going to clean up Lawless: stubborn, straight-laced, and incorruptible.
  • External Combustion: His family almost becomes the victim of one. Seeing his family nearly killed from one of these is enough to call off the case.
  • Gag Nose: Fango and the Vanettis both refer to him as "That big-nose". It's appropriate for a 'nosy' guy who smells the stink of crime, and sticks his nose in other people's business. But Fango just assumes it means he has a big dick.
  • Hero Antagonist: The only honest cop featured in the story so far, who is determined to improve the lives of ordinary citizens by busting the show's criminal protagonists. Unfortunately for him, it turns out he was just a bit player in a story that's really about conflict within the mob, and he doesn't even last one episode.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He can't be tempted to betray the law by anything such as money, and even refuses to back down when they threaten his family. When his refusal nearly causes their deaths, however, he gives up.
  • In-Series Nickname: See Gag Nose.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Refuses a bribe offered to him by Avilio.

Other Characters


Voiced by: Soma Saito (Japanese), Brandon McInnis (English)

A studious young man who is Avilio/Angelo's loyal childhood friend. Angelo's parents helped him when his mother was sick, and in return he sheltered Avilio on the night of the murder. Seven years later he has begun moonshining, producing alcohol of excellent quality. At first he refuses to sell it to the mafia, saying that this illegal activity is just to pay for his education, but increasingly he gets sucked into his friend's life of danger.

  • Adorkable: Awkward? Glasses-wearing? Cute in a dorky kind of way? That's our guy.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Has the darkest skin tone of the entire main cast, though his race or ethnicity are never discussed.
  • Bad Liar: Unlike Avilio, he can't keep a cool head and act natural when he's trying to hide something.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Seems like the kind of man who wouldn't hurt a fly, but Fango found out the hard way you can only push him so far before he snaps. Violently.
  • Childhood Friends: Has been friends with Avilio since they were young boys.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: As a result of being drawn into the Mafia world by Avilio, he gets in so deep that he can't get away from it, and ultimately stains his own hands with blood.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He had to take care of his mother when he was young, with no mention of his father. And begrudgingly joined the bootleg operation in order to pay for school.
  • Distressed Dude: Gets caught by the Vanettis when he tries to escape, then again is held hostage by another assailant who threatens Avilio to kill Nero or he will kill Corteo instead. Poor guy can't catch a break.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Brutally kills Fango in retaliation for being used, toyed with, and disposed of.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Avilio is made to kill him, Corteo forgives Avilio and resigns himself to his fate, saying it would have happened sooner or later, and that he's glad he got to see him again one last time.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Gets dependent on booze to calm his nerves.
  • Morality Chain: Keeps trying to act as Avilio's conscience, with mixed results. His death marks the beginning of the end, as he was the last person that Avilio truly cared about. With him gone, there is nothing left for Avilio except revenge.
  • Nervous Wreck: Develops into one as he gets caught between a rock and a hard place.
  • Nice Guy: In a cast full of mobsters, he's just a normal, well-adjusted guy who will do almost anything to help his friend. Well, at first anyway.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a newsboy cap when he's out and about.
  • Non-Action Guy: Compared to Avilio, he doesn't like fighting and isn't very good at it. Fango sure underestimated him, though.
  • The Smart Guy: Uses his technical knowledge to produce superior booze, and wants nothing more than to continue his education. Even as a child we see him reading about geology, and in episode 5 he's passing the time with The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: A pair of thick glasses mark him as the brains behind the bootlegging operation.

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