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Here's the list of characters introduced in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. For the characters introduced in the original game, go here.


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The Assassins

     Skelter Helter 

Real Name: Vincent

Voiced by: Matthew Mercer

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"You insensitive prick! You killed him and you don't even remember!"

First boss of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, and the 51st ranked assassin. Helter Skelter's younger brother. Before becoming an assassin, he was a college student named Vincent.


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     Nathan Copeland 

Nathan Copeland

Voiced by: Khary Payton

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"This is it! This is what I've been prayin' for! I'm weary of this gilded world! All glitter! NO SOUL!"

The 50th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. An Irish hip-hop rapper.


  • Almighty Janitor: He's ranked 50th in the UAA, but he is not a Warm-Up Boss. Good luck defeating him on Bitter.
  • Badass Preacher: He's the founder of a religion that spreads its word through rap. One would expect him to be a full-on hip hop stereotype, but he speaks like an ancient shaman in the midst of divine revelation.
  • Blood Knight: He really doesn't care about the UAA, he joined simply for the challenge of facing Travis in one-on-one combat.
  • Bonus Boss: In Heroes' Paradise.
  • Dance Battler: Spends just as much time dancing as he does punching Travis' face in.
  • Death Seeker: He fully admits that he wishes to die by Travis's hand since he's tired of how pointless life is, even shouting "DELIVERANCE!" as Travis is about to cut him in half.
  • Death Trap: He's rigged the room you fight him in with things such as dropping chandeliers, exploding plants, and laser beams.
  • Gangsta Rap: And much literally so. According to Silvia, Nathan's charm, charisma, appeal, and outreaching lyrics to the audiences were meant to also seek out troubled delinquents, confused and lost people, and misfits so that the New Mafia and Pizza Batt could have some new members and lackeys in their ranks. His Leitmotif, "Nathan is Our Boss", even boasts the lyrics, "Murder Cures The Nation", and it's induced many of the mooks you fight throughout the game.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The way Travis kills him.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His boombox can transform into mechanical armor that can become Power Fists, along with shooting missiles and sonic blasts. Before that, he throws his hoes at you as an opening move.
  • Jive Turkey: Subverted. He certainly looks the part with his hiphop style and golden chains. He also acts the part while you're fighting him, complete with dancing moves. However, he talks and acts more like a enthusiastic preacher that passed the Despair Event Horizon before Travis arrived.
  • Large Ham
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's a low-ranked assassin, but his faith apparently influenced a lot of the mooks you're battling throughout the game, giving him a lasting impact on the culture of Santa Destroy.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: His boombox, as covered in Improbable Weapon User.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Travis as one, respectfully calling him "The Crownless King".

     Charlie MacDonald 

Charlie MacDonald

Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal

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"After this, I'm going to touch you down."

The 25th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A football jock followed by a group of assassin cheerleaders who are all collectively ranked 26th through 49th. Despite the obvious motif, his weapon is the Santa Death Parade, a Humongous Mecha.


     Kimmy Howell 

Kimmy Howell

Voiced by: Jennifer Hale

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"I'm legit, and way tougher than I look! So, uh...don't go easy on me, 'k? 'cause one wrong move, and you're over."

A schoolgirl assassin in Desperate Struggle. Her rank is unknown, but it's presumed to be one below Travis at the time you fight her—unlike the other UAA assassins, she challenges Travis for his rank. Uses her recorder as a weapon, which doubles as a double-bladed beam katana.


  • Affably Evil: She has the personality of a bubbly, ditzy schoolgirl, but is still more than capable of cold-blooded murder.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She doesn't really show anger, but she does come off as a bit deranged during her conversation with Travis, going into full "crazy love" once she reveals her plans for their relationship.
  • Bonus Boss: In both No More Heroes 2 and Heroes' Paradise. She's the only original bonus boss in the series - in the former, she can be fought if Travis returns to the Motel in between ranking fights after beating Charlie MacDonald. Unlike most other examples of this, she becomes a mandatory fight as soon as the above trigger is fulfilled; the player cannot proceed with future bosses until she is defeated.
  • Bubble Gun: Kimmy will sometimes pause mid-battle to blow bubbles at you from her recorder. Unblockable, exploding bubbles.
  • Confusion Fu: Her moves while in close-range can be ridiculously fast, and she has a habit of playing with expectations on when to engage her, which she will gladly punish. Her most prominent trick is to bait the player by doing what appears to be an idle taunt before immediately following it into a spinning combo.
  • Double Weapon: Wields a Darth Maul-esque double beam katana, complete with red blades.
  • Fangirl: Of Travis. She calls him "Travis the Great", "Travis Ravenous" and "Cool Hand Teezy Greasy".
  • Girlish Pigtails: As a schoolgirl, fittingly.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: The little bunny doll she carries around.
  • Glacier Waif: Kimmy fights like a chainsaw on legs and her combos do immense damage, but she's extremely lacking when it comes to mobility. In fact, she barely moves at all over the course of her match, preferring to taunt and bait Travis until he gets within range, which makes it extremely easy to hit her with a fully-powered Peony. Averted on Bitter, where she is more than happy to slowly chase you all over the arena.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: A meta version. She originally wore glasses in the game's E3 trailer, but they're removed in the final version, with one reason given by Suda being that a glassless design was more appealing to American audiences.
  • Groin Attack: What happens if she beats you in a weapon clash. Travis' response is "Oh Yeah!"... And then he keels over.
  • If I Can't Have You...: She's going to put Travis' head on a trophy to ensure that only she can have him.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Says this to Travis. Notably, the whole reason she's a boss fight is so she can prove it by besting him.
  • Instrument of Murder: Her recorder.
  • Killer Rabbit: Seems innocent enough until she pulls out the double beam katana. While not quite as hard as Nathan Copeland, she's very fast during her attacks, and trying to attack her head on will get you killed.
  • Laser Blade: What she uses during her fight.
  • The Nicknamer: For Travis, again. Three of them. From her Travis gets "Travis the Great", "Travis Ravenous", and "Cool Hand Teezy Greasy".
  • Non-Lethal K.O.; The last boss in the series that Travis never attempts to explicitly kill, after Shinobu and Holly Summers. His dialogue implies that if she does go after him again in the future, he'll not give the same consideration again.
  • Totally Radical: "You have to read it out loud, just for lulz!"
  • Waif-Fu: Kimmy's knees even knock together when she's not attacking you. Her desperation move is to hit Travis with the old "thigh vice" trick.
  • Yandere: She writes a love letter to Travis and has him read it aloud. Said love letter details her desire to behead Travis, and, in turn, surpass him. She sounds unbelievably creepy when she says "I love you" during the battle.
  • You Are Not Ready: Travis refuses to kill her, saying he "can't kill a co-ed", and tells her to come back when she graduates.

     Matt Helms 

Matt Helms

Voiced by: Debi Derryberry

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"I'm going to kill you... I'm going to kill you..."

An obese behemoth wearing a clown mask, and the 24th ranked assassin Desperate Struggle. He was abandoned as a child, and when he died, he made a deal with the devil to be revived through dark arts.


  • An Axe to Grind: A flame-throwing axe.
  • Bonus Boss: In Heroes' Paradise.
  • Deal with the Devil: It already got him his revenge. So now he just hangs around being scary.
  • Die, Chair, Die!: The building you fight him in is filled with boxes, crates and furniture. Between the two of you, it will likely be far less filled by the time you finish him. There is one wall that cannot be broken, creating a pocket on the left side of the map. Of course, Matt's smart enough to force you into that pocket if you get careless.
  • Fat Bastard: Only in his ghost form.
  • Laughing Mad: He has almost zero dialogue, but he laughs a lot during the battle, not helped by his conspicuously child-like voice. He even laughs when you finally take him down in slow-mo.
  • Playing with Fire: Uses a flamethrower-axe and Molotov Cocktails. The UAA later torches his house after Travis defeats him, but it is unclear as to whether this would truly end him for good.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A terrifying pyromaniac who's constantly giggling throughout his attempt to kill Travis. Subverted when you find out that he actually is a child.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He originally came back from the dead to get revenge on his parents.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Posthumously, no less.
  • Shout-Out:
    • He's a big one to slasher movies in general, especially Friday the 13th.
    • A flamethrower inside an axe is enough to invoke jealousy in even the Pyro.
  • Uncertain Doom: While it ultimately doesn't matter as Sylvia counts Travis the winner regardless, given how Matt is effectively a ghost, it's unclear what his exact fate is once Travis "defeats" him. Sylvia shoots his child form in the head, only for him to recover and run off seconds later, and it's unclear what good burning his house down will do in the long run (especially since you can see him calmly staring out the second-story window as it's burning).
  • Undead Child: That giant adult you fight appears to be just an apparition of his, with this being his true form. He also appears to be totally immortal in this form, shrugging off one of Sylvia's headshots.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's a big, heavy guy, if not bigger than Travis himself, yet he has the voice and giggles of a young child. Subverted in that he actually is a child.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Though not as much as Ryuji, who ironically uses the same boss theme, Matt Helms is definitely a much tougher boss than the previous (And good luck on Bitter Mode). His attacks include Molotov Cocktails that he never stops throwing, powerful swings of his Axe, turning the aforementioned axe into a flamethrower, and sitting on you.
  • Your Head A-Splode: The way Travis kills him. At least his ghost form.

     Cloe Walsh 

Cloe Walsh

Voiced by Tara Strong

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"Don't say that, handsome. Actually, you're just my type. You'd be even more dashing if you were writhing in agony. Show me your face twisted in pain."

The 23rd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. She's found locked in a prison complex.


  • Breather Bossinvoked: Suda51 himself claimed that she was purposefully made to be less challenging than the brutal, claustrophic battle with Matt Helms before her. To boot, she has less health, her arena is much more open, and her attacks are much easier to deal with so long as you can avoid her poison debuff.
  • Combat Stilettos: Not that she uses them in combat though.
  • Evil Redhead: She LOVES seeing other's pain and will not even attempt to hide her sadism at all even while she is flirting.
  • Eye Beams: They're not very hard to avoid, though.
  • Jiggle Physics: Her breasts jiggles a bit as she tries to kiss Travis, if you look a little closely and her butt jiggles as she is sliced to pieces by Travis.
  • Kiss of Death: What she tries to do to Travis.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: She likes to scream, and her voice is so powerful it causes the room to rumble.
  • Perfect Poison: Her main method of attacking.
  • Poison Is Corrosive: Her saliva is both toxic and corrosive.
  • Poisonous Person: Her breath is toxic. Getting hit by it renders Travis extremely sluggish and effectively worthless for a few seconds before he can heal up.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Not only does she appear to be the only dedicated inmate on Prison Island, but she's bound in a straitjacket and face mask while in her cell, which is itself hanging from the ceiling of a giant hall filled to the brim with lasers. You don't find out why she's worth all the effort until you have to free her for the fight.
    Travis: You're lucky I don't have a bondage kink.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: Technically speaking, you can sneak past a bunch of prison guards in order to get to her. You don't actually have to do the sneaking mission. If you get caught, you can just fight the Mooks as you would normally. They don't give you any money, though, so you may as well sneak by. In Bitter you better sneak by, because everyone there is a gun enemy (there's a reason they get their own radar icon).
  • Vapor Wear: She is very scantily dressed and the straps barely cover her breasts.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She is Grade B.
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     Dr. Letz Shake 

Dr. Letz Shake

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

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"All I desire is a duel with you. Desire level: One hundred percent. Revenge on primary target was a success. Behold. Said dramatically."

An assassin in Desperate Struggle, ranked somewhere between 22 and 10. He previously appeared in the first game (although he was the brain in the Earthquake Machine, not the human assassin) as a Bait-and-Switch Boss, but now you actually get to fight him. The fight was supposed to be a Battle Royale, but he wipes out the rest of the competition before you even fight.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Due to his name being a composite of Dr. Shake (the brain in the earthquake generator) and Letz Shake (the ranked assassin who used said earthquake generator) from the first game, it's a bit unclear which of the two he's supposed to be.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Only this time he's on the giving end.
  • Being Human Sucks: He might have a mechanical body, but his brain is still human, which causes him to make irrational decisions. He lampshades this before the fight.
    "With determination levels maximum, I thought only of winning. It was meaningless. Futile. Illogical. But such is the curse of being run by a human brain."
  • Brain in a Jar: Brain in a giant weapon. Though oddly, the brain is nearly as large as a human's entire body.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Parodied. When he does his earthquake attack, he'll occasionally declare "Battle cry."
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: It's not uncommon to win this fight without taking a hit. The boss, however, takes plenty of hits to take down.
  • Earthquake Machine: Since he's a brain implanted on an earthquake generator, you can guess what his main attack is.
  • Evil Laugh: Thanks to his speech pattern, he simply says "devilish laughter" in response to Trevor's intent of killing him.
  • Large Ham: From the way he talks, as well as the general nature of the game, it almost seems like his Robo Speak is an affected dialect.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Dr. Letz Shake moves surprisingly fast for his size, soaks up damage like a sponge, and deals massive damage with his earthquakes and Eye Beams. Despite these strengths, his attacks are telegraphed, making it easier to dodge them.
  • Meaningful Name: Since Dr. Letz Shake is an earthquake generator, he shakes the ground to make said earthquakes.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: All of the Assassins are humans, or at least humanoid, but as for this guy? He's a humongous Starfish Robot.
  • Puzzle Boss: It's less about dodging him, more about getting on the stable ground so you can actually do some damage to the big lug.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eyes are sometimes visible, but they glow yellow whenever he uses his Eye Beams.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Subverted. Travis rightfully points out that it was Henry who killed him; problem is, Shake already took Henry down, and just feels like finishing the job he started in the last game.
  • Robo Speak: Very much, exclamation mark. Akin to Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud, he'll convey his mood, intonation and punctuation in the same monotone.
  • Starfish Robot: He doesn't look like your standard robot, being a tower-like machine supported by four cylindrical legs that float whenever he moves.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Among other characteristics of his aforementioned Robo Speak.
  • Wet Ware CPU: He's an earthquake generator run by an exposed and unusually large human brain.

     Million Gunman 

Million Gunman

Voiced by: Paul Eiding
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"Do you love money like I do?"

The 9th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle, and the first boss you fight as Shinobu.


     New Destroyman 

Secret Identity(es): John Harnet

Voiced by: Josh Keaton

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"Seriously, she's so rude! Reminds me of my complaining customers. Now Travis, he knew how to fight like a gentleman. Sliced me in half, sure, but he did it with grace."

The 8th ranked assassin(s) in Desperate Struggle, and the second and final boss you fight as Shinobu. After Destroyman's death from bisection in the last game, both halves of him were rebuilt as cyborgs, and Shinobu must fight both at once.


     Ryuji 

Ryuji

Voiced by: Robert Wu

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"COME OUT, DRAGON!"

The 7th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle.


  • Animal Motifs: Dragons, to contrast him with Travis. His bike looks like one, and the "ryu" in his name means "dragon."
  • Badass Biker: He has the style of a stereotypical bōsōzoku and is capable of fighting while mounting his motorcycle. This is how he fights Travis during the first phase of the battle.
  • Blade on a Stick: Happens to be using a Beam Naginata (although the length of the blade suggests it's a nagimaki instead)
  • Evil Counterpart: To Travis.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. Thanks again, Miss Silvia.
  • Laser Blade: A beam nagamaki (the blade is too long for a naginata and the handle is too long for an odachi).
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji of his name literally translates to "dragon controller." That's what he uses in battle.
  • The Quiet One: Aside from two or three lines of dialogue (including the above quote), he merely grunts while in the midst of battle.
  • Ring Out: The first half of his battle is a mock sumo duel on bikes around a cliff, and Travis must win by knocking him off it.
  • Shout-Out: A samurai with nigh-unbeatable skills and armed with an abnormally large sword challenges his mirror and rival, who has an Alliterative Name, in combat to a duel, right after said opponent just so happens to have acquired the ability to Dual Wield? During a sunset? There should be bells going off in the heads of anyone who's heard of Miyamoto Musashi at this point.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Ryuji is the only boss in the game whose music is not unique to him. The song in question was last heard when you fought an overweight demonically possessed fire-loving baby-faced psychopath.
  • See You in Hell: He shouts this if you lose to him in a weapon clash. He also says "See you..." as he charges up his dashing thrust.
  • Spam Attack: His charge attack.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: Ryuji is represented by a dragon, while Travis is represented by a tiger.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Most bosses up until now have been moderately challenging, even if they've been a tad unfair here and there. Ryuji has no real gimmicks. His strength and endurance are fairly average. He doesn't even have too many attacks - but be damned if he doesn't toss you around, or at least give you one hell of a rush. On Bitter Mode, he will annihilate you the first time around.
  • Worthy Opponent: So much that Travis decides not to kill him, or at least give him an honorable death on his feet. Instead, Sylvia guns him down like a dog.

     Mimmy 

Mimmy

Voiced by: Debi Derryberry

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"You should stay here forever. We'll live together. I'll never leave. If you want to go to the other side, then I have no choice. I've got to kill you."

A young girl Henry fights in a dream.


  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Henry fights her in a dream while in the middle of a coma. She's presumably influenced by the anime Travis is jacking off to in the other room.
  • Boss Remix: The theme that plays during her boss fight is the Golden Brown remix of "We Are Finally Cowboys", Henry's boss theme from the original No More Heroes.
  • Enemy Within: For Travis, even though Henry fights her.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: She has zero foreshadowing and no relation to any of the main plot, she just suddenly appears as a fight in Henry's dream that he must win against.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: The only boss in either game who isn't an assassin at all.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's essentially a manifestation of all of Travis' anime-related Fetishes, making her one to Travis' subconscious.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: While all the other characters in the series have models in a realistic style with lots of shading, Mimmy's model is very colorful and animesque, with big, shiny eyes. Even her character art is in a 'cuter' style than that of the others. Justified, since Mimmy is a mental manifestation of all the anime-related fetishes of local Otaku Travis.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: As if the entire fight wasn't bizarre enough, when Henry finally kills Mimmy by stabbing her in the back, she starts to swell up like a balloon to enormous proportions and then spectacularly explodes. Does Travis have a hidden inflation fetish?
  • School Swimsuit: Her outfit greatly resembles one. Since she's basically a personification of all of Travis' anime-related fetishes, it wouldn't be surprising if school swimsuits were one of them.
  • Shout-Out: The part where she reads Henry's mind is a reference to the Newtype meeting between Lalah and Amuro in Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: She speaks in...some kind of accent, likely Indian, Irish, Japanese, or some combination of the three, but it's hard to tell.
  • Yandere: Since Henry won't stay in a coma and share his mindscape with her, she feels obliged to kill him.
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     Margaret Moonlight 

Margret Moonlight

Voiced by: Tara Strong

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"Did you... did you memorize the song?"

The 4th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A Gothic Lolita who fights with two scythes that double as Anti-Material Rifles.


  • All There in the Manual: It's near-impossible to see in a regular playthrough, but one of the pictures Alice Twilight is seen burning before her battle displays her and Margaret, and when combined with their similar names implied they were related. Suda51 confirmed in a 2010 interview that the two are in fact sisters.
  • Alliterative Name: Margaret Moonlight.
  • Badass Boast: Her theme song is a mix of this and a "The Reason You Suck" Speech directed at Travis.
  • Dual Wield: With scythe rifles.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her design is based off this aesthetic and is very fancy.
  • Foil: Margaret seems to have been designed as a total opposite of Bad Girl. Bad Girl is rude, violent, and psychotic while Margaret is relatively (and ironically) sweet, honorable, and kind. Their death scenes even start similarly, with Travis running them through with his sword, but they react in totally opposite ways, with Bad Girl viciously beating Travis until he actually gives up, just before she dies, while Margaret just asks if Travis remembered her song and accepts her death when he tells her he did.
  • Four Is Death: She's the 4th ranked assassin. She has scythes. People call her "The Reaper".
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: She spends the majority of the fight running away, turning around and shooting at you.
  • Go Out with a Smile: "That...is so...sublime."
  • Graceful Loser: She doesn't seem to have any qualms with Travis as he impales her, only asking him if he remembered her song.
  • Grim Reaper: If the scythes didn't sell it for you, the theme song should have.
  • Last Request: Before she collapses, she only asks if Travis memorized her song. When Travis replies that he did, she dies happily.
  • Meaningful Name: The song states: "Margaret is Greek, you geek / It means 'a pearl' [...] Boys cannot crack this oyster shell!"
  • Pimped-Out Dress: When she falls dead, it even goes "poof". Doesn't get in the way of her fighting, though.
  • Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: The case with her rifle, as half the fight is closing the gap between you and her so that she'll be constantly running off to try to shoot you from less than twenty feet away. Bizarrely, she begins the fight on top of a sniper perch, but jumps down so that you can actually hit her once you get close enough.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Pre-release pictures of her also very strongly made her resemble Suigintou from Rozen Maiden. Her outfit and general appearance indeed looks like Suigintou a bit, but not as much of a carbon copy as the pre-release images made you believe.
    • The whole Reaper motif coupled with the reference to an "Oyster" in her song is similar to Blue Öyster Cult's classic "Don't Fear The Reaper".
  • Sinister Scythe: Her Weapons of Choice, the "Le Croissant Du Ange," which she dual-wields. They also double as .50 caliber sniper rifles, and yes, she continues to use both at once.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: If the lyrics of "Philistine" are any indication.
    You think the fire in your eyes makes you a tiger in disguise?
    Dream on, you goddamn pussy!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Half of the lyrics to her battle theme are unrelenting insults geared towards Travis. She mocks his belief that pursuing revenge makes him noble, that he is not a real hero for pursuing it, and his anger doesn't make him a good man. She even devotes a line to make a dig at Travis' otaku perversions. Philistine means one who does not pursue intellectual needs. This is all geared at how Travis only wants to see people die and not consider that they are also people.
  • Villain Song: Definitely, and a pretty catchy one to boot. American and Japanese/PAL releases of the game got different versions of the song; America got one with more techno and clear vocals, while Japan and PAL got the Fukuda-Mix which added more distortion and background effects.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She even mentions it in her song—/Thigh-high socks and my absolute territory/Go on and drool the Otaku can not resist/.

     Captain Vladimir 

Captain Vladimir

Voiced by: Paul Eiding

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"This is Earth? So I'm finally back, after all this time. Fresh oxygen. Blue sky. Beautiful: as I remembered."

The 3rd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A Soviet cosmonaut who became stranded in outer space, armed with strange, incredibly powerful technology and who doesn't even realize he's back on Earth.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Vladimir has been stranded in space since the 1960s and spends the entire fight trying to contact the space station and trying to contact the control centre in Russia. He had no idea that he was back on Earth, he didn't know he became a ranked assassin, and he didn't know he was fighting Travis, an assassin sent to duel him. For these reasons, he is one of the few villains in the series that Travis actually sympathises with at the end of the battle, Travis also threatens and demands that Sylvia leaves his corpse alone.
    Travis: Screw your policy. He's back with the earth after who knows how long, you're not going to suck him up with your damn vacuum.
  • Alien Abduction: His arena and intro sure inspires the imagery... and just what happened to him?
  • Aliens Speaking English: While not an alien per se, it is a bit strange a Soviet Russian would be trying to contact his HQ in English.
  • And I Must Scream: He's been trapped in space since the mid-1950s to mid-1970s during the space race. Judging by his design, it looks an accident in space jettisoned him from his ship. He was lost and adrift in space until he unknowingly landed on Earth. No wonder he lost his mind.
  • Anti-Villain: More so than any other boss in the game. He has no clue what's going on when he fights Travis, and all we know about him is that he's an uber-patriotic Soviet who's been trapped in space for years. He's only presented as an antagonist due to a very tragic and very literal example of Poor Communication Kills and the fact that Travis is the hero of the story. The otaku even recognizes this and gives him a fitting Informal Eulogy.
    Travis: "Glory to the Soviet Union."
  • Bilingual Bonus: His ship's name, Volk, translates from Russian to "Wolf".
  • Captain Ersatz: His design as a Russian cosmonaut, his unexpectedly ruined face, and his death speech about returning to Earth closely mirrors The Fury from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. He's even voiced by a Metal Gear regular.
  • Darth Vader Clone: His face reveal and touching death after Travis breaks his helmet adds yet another Star Wars Shout-Out.
  • Determinator: Vladmir has been floating in space for two decades. In all that time, he never stopped attempting to contact his mission control or return to Earth, nor did he ever consider simply removing his helmet.
  • Death from Above: Volk, his ship/satellite, regularly fires lasers at Travis from orbit.
  • Deflector Shields: For most of the battle, he has a large prismatic one always guarding his front, which blocks all of Travis' attacks as he spins around, including his "Death Blows." It breaks once he reaches 1/3 of his health, though he Turns Red as a result.
  • Disappears into Light: Vladimir seemingly fades away after he breaths his last, leaving only the floating suit behind.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is able to lift large rocks telekinetically (perhaps by manipulating gravity) to fling them at Travis.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: From his helmet and from the very skies!
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Coup de Grâce against him, Travis stabs his helmet visor, blasting one final laser up into the sky that destroys his Kill Sat.
  • Kill Sat: His main weapon, used to bombard the battlefield with all sorts of destructive lasers.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: It's less physical strength than having the most impressive weapon to ever be used on Travis, barring Speed Buster's laser cannon. Although surviving alone in space for over 20 years is pretty hardcore.
  • Old Soldier: Despite his age, this cosmonaut can more then hold his own against Travis.
  • One-Hit Kill: When he fires the big beam, if it touches Travis, he's dead.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Like Matt Helms before him, Captain Vladimir is a supernatural foe: His uniform appears to have been designed in the mid-1950s to mid-1970s (as shown by his surprise by Travis' nationality, which indicates he was part of the space race which was from 1955 to 1975), it looks like an accident jettisoned him into deep space, and when he finally learns that he's returned to Earth, his body disappears as if he's fulfilled his unfinished mission. This also explains how he was able to survive in space without needing to take his helmet off so he can eat and drink and how he managed to survive the return to Earth's atmosphere.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Even in a series as outlandish as this, Vladimir is presented as especially supernatural for an assassin, to a point where one has to wonder exactly how this laser-firing cosmonaut lost in time (additionally implied to be a literal ghost) got roped into the UAA. Even Travis — who's gone through nearly two full games worth of crazy bosses — is thrown for a loop.
  • Turns Red: At low health, he becomes able to use his One-Hit Kill as well as a much more powerful variation of his facial laser.

     Alice Twilight 

Alice Twilight

Voiced by Jennifer Hale

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"We're all trapped, don't you see? Addicted to the violence, to a life in the shadows. Once we join the ranks we can never get out."

The 2nd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. She vies to leave the assassination scene, wanting to learn how Travis did. She uses a pack with six waldoes armed with numerous beam katanas. Notable for having appeared in the earliest trailers for the game, likely because of her memorable appearance.

  • Alice Allusion: Subverted. She's not ethereal, Victorian, and nothing about her seems to be alluding to Alice in Wonderland. Oddly enough, her sister Margaret (being a creepy blonde Elegant Gothic Lolita) would fit very well if their names were switched. Her name instead is a red herring to fit into her Buddhist Ashura symbolism.
  • Bonus Boss: in Heroes' Paradise.
  • Broken Bird: She's fed-up with her lifestyle as an assassin, leading her to seek an escape... preferably by Travis' hand.
  • Death Seeker: She reveals that she, including many other assassins who've idolized Travis, became this out of despair, and want to know how Travis managed to leave the business without becoming one himself. Lonely at the Top indeed...
  • Face Death with Dignity: And Travis takes no time in letting out his sorrows and disgust with an anguished cry.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A closer look at the photos she burned showed she had a husband and son and knew Margaret (it was later confirmed that the two are sisters).
  • I Have the High Ground: The pack she wears can extend her out of Travis' reach.
  • Last Request: "Promise me that you won't forget that there once was an assassin named Alice."
  • Lonely at the Top: She wants out of the ranked battles, and was hoping to get the answer of how out of Travis.
  • Mirror Boss: When grounded, she uses beam katana combos, can perform a lunging attack like Travis, and cancels her attacks with evasive rolls, a tactic normally in the domain of Player Characters.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her "ASURA-6" is a back-mounted device that gives her six limbs with beam katana extensions, one of which is long enough to act as a tail to lift her off the ground.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Is dangerous enough to be the Rank 2 assassin, and has red eyes.
  • Sad Battle Music: It's still energetic and more melancholy than outright sad, but her theme is distinctly more tranquil and harrowing than other themes, fitting for a battle representing the emotional climax of the game.
  • Spider Limbs: Complete with a Laser Blade tipping each one.
  • Stripperiffic: Her design seems to be based off Western superheroines.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Alice and her ASURA-6 seem to be based off of asuras of Hindu and Buddhist myth, semi-divine beings that rank above humans in power, but whose lives are considered even worse off as they are perpetually engulfed in wrath and anger, unable to find resolution or peace within their world. Because of this, they desire and seek enlightenment to transcend and become devas or remove themselves from Samsara altogether. Alice appears to be a symbolic asura who wants out of the world of glorified bloodshed and killing which she once saw as a means to use to ascend to higher calling.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: All five of them. Several at a time, no less.
  • Title Drop: "Don't you see, Travis? You are the No More Hero."
  • The Unfettered: Called the "last ascetic", Alice has completely devoted her life to climbing, and eventually escaping the UAA ranks. As Travis first encounters her for their duel, she's seen burning several personal photos, severing the last of her ties to a regular life.
  • Wham Episode: Travis' monologue after their fight marks the most his character development, precisely because the fight serves as a Wham Episode to him.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Russian? German?

     Jasper "Pizza" Batt Jr. 

Jasper "Pizza" Batt Jr.

Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal

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"Did you honestly think you could take so many lives and never suffer retribution? Have you never even seen a kung-fu movie, spy flick or western? Shakespeare, for God's sake! Not only did you murder my father, but my two brothers as well! That is why I took your best friend's life. Make sense, Travis? It's called poetic justice."

The 1st ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle, and the man behind Bishop's assassination. His reason is because Travis killed his father and brothers during the first game, and he wanted revenge.


  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Him wanting to seek revenge on Travis for killing his family members isn't totally unjustified, but he unquestionably crosses the line by ordering the hit on Bishop — a completely innocent civilian — simply because he was Travis' best friend. Right before they fight face to face, Jasper presents the seemingly severed heads of Sylvia, Henry, and Shinobu just to demoralize him even further, though this turns out to be a bluff as the real Henry shows up to confirm that they're fakes.
  • Animal Motifs: Bats.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His final form.
  • Bald of Evil: Justified in that his father and two brothers were generic goons you took out in side-missions in the first No More Heroes, made bald so that they'd be easier to spot.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Setting aside the fact that he used his pizza empire to climb to the top of the UAA and was the one who ordered the hit on Bishop, most players will think, "He's just a scrawny, bucked-tooth nerd. How bad can he be?" Then they actually fight the guy.
  • Big Bad: Unlike the first game which didn't have a clear antagonist, Jasper is undoubtedly the bad guy in Desperate Struggle, being responsible for much of the state of Santa Destroy and Travis' problems.
  • Breath Weapon
  • Brick Joke: Early on in the game, when Travis meets with Sylvia next to the building the final battle takes place in, a guy randomly falls out of the sky and lands nearby... which neither reacts to, implying this happens fairly often. Once you get to fight Batt the same thing can happen to you.
  • Continuity Nod: Travis killing his father and brothers was a series of K-Entertainment assassination jobs from the first game. They weren't even a part of the plot at all.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Sought revenge on Travis after he murdered at least three members of his family in the previous game (originally just lowly Mooks during a side-mission), and he takes out Bishop and seemingly Sylvia, Henry, and Shinobu just to spite him before their showdown.
  • Destination Defenestration: One of his attacks can do this to you if you're near the windows.
  • Difficulty Spike: He's harder than anything in either game, and the only boss in either to have multiple phases and multiple attacks that could kill you in one hit.
  • Facial Markings: A tattoo of a pizza on the left side of his face.
  • Flying Car: His primary mode of battle in his first form.
  • Giggling Villain: If him killing Bishop or his boss fight didn't make you already hate his guts, his high-pitched laughs are sure to finish the job.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Well, okay, he didn't have much of a choice in the matter but still...
  • Hate Sink: He's utterly despicable in every way (possibly intentionally so.) Even discounting his actions during the game, his design is absurd for a final boss and only gets more and more absurd with every new form until even Henry can't stand to be near him and bails out mid-fight, and his second form is infamously difficult and cheap. He's the complete antithesis of a cool or likeable villain, or even an enjoyable boss fight.
  • Jerkass: Even losing his family does not really justify him being so extremely obnoxious.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Subverted. His arranging the murder of Bishop single-handedly brings the second game into Darker and Edgier territory, he represents the consequences of Travis' wanton murder in the first game, and he even tricks Travis into thinking that he killed Henry, Shinobu and Sylvia just to screw with his head. Once it actually comes time to fight him, however, the game actively defies any attempt to wring any kind of serious drama out of him by making the boss fight against him utterly ridiculous when he turns into a cartoonishly-buff supervillain and then a giant parade float, to the point that Henry eventually bails out because the fight is just getting too silly for him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his second form, he packs quite a punch, can take quite a few hits and will not stay the fuck still.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Bald and ugly, he's not a looker in his natural state, and gets uglier in every subsequent form he takes.
  • The Napoleon: Being tiny does not stop him from being very egotistical.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: He sends a total of five hitmen after the relatively harmless Bishop (four to shoot him to death and one to decapitate what's left of his head).
  • Not So Different: Both he and Travis want revenge. In fact, Travis wants revenge for Jasper's revenge on Travis.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twice. First he turns into a hulking superhero-themed brute, then into a giant parade float.
  • Perfect-Play A.I.: During the second phase of Batt's fight, he just walks very, very slowly towards Travis. Except for when he suddenly doesn't.
  • Psycho Serum: Used in the second part of the battle, and still apparently running through him in the third.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Has the build and voice of a 11-year-old and spends the majority of the fight giggling like a lunatic.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's the CEO of Pizza Batt, which controls all of Santa Destroy.
  • Sequential Boss: Three very different phases, more than anyone else in the series.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Teleport Spam: His whirlwind attack during his second phase.
  • Villainous Gentrification: Aims to finish what his slain relations started. Not just by running the local restaurants out of business, but rendering the purpose of every other Santa Destroy moot with his massive department store skyscraper.
  • Visual Pun: The second form; he's got a champion belt that looks similar to Shinobu's and using wrestling moves. Which explains his appearance: He's a Baby Face!!
  • Vocal Dissonance: In his final phase he takes on the appearance of a large-headed, cartoony mascot, but with an inhumanly deep voice.
  • You Killed My Father: Inverted; the villain wants you dead because you killed his father, as well as his brothers, possibly for money to buy new Fun T Shirts. Though it is played straight if one replaces 'father' with 'best friend'.

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     Ryan Yamazaki 

Ryan Yamazaki

"Oh poopie. I have the sad face."

The owner of the gym Travis visits in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. Once again, Travis can go there to train to improve his strength and his endurance between getting hit on by the owner.


  • Bullet Hell: What his Strength training amounts to.
  • Freddie Mercopy: Looks very similar to Freddie Mercury.
  • Macho Camp: A large hairy bear of a man with a bushy Porn Stache, who wears a bright pink leotard, has noticable eyelashes and very camp mannerisms.
  • Nintendo Hard: What his training minigames quickly become.
  • Training from Hell: His training technique involves randomly switching the direction of the treadmill Travis is on and throwing dumbells at him while flirting with him. To his credit, it does work and Travis gets stronger for it.

     Takashi Miike 

Takashi Miike

Voiced by: Takashi Miike

"Is this Bishop's grave?"

A Japanese filmmaker who was a friend of Bishop; he is seen visiting Bishop's grave and delivering a new Beam Katana to Shinobu that Bishop had wanted Travis to have.


  • As Himself: Apparently, he's a real character in the No More Heroes 'verse.
  • Deus ex Machina: The gift of Rose Nasty.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He was mentioned only once in the first game, then gives what would be the best sword in the sequel, which appears on the cover.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Discusses the language barrier between him and Bishop.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He's technically only listed as "Man 2", but his appearance and the context make it obvious that Takashi Miike is playing himself here.
  • Nice Guy
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