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    Eva "Molly" Wei 

Eva "Molly" Wei

Voiced by: Chiara Zanni (English), Junko Noda (Japanese), Gabrielle Jeru (French)

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An ambitious 15 year-old Earth girl who escapes from her harsh boarding school to find her father, Don Wei, but when he doesn't recognize her she ends up landing a job as a mechanic for his company. Lacking in self-confidence and intimidated by his harsh demeanor, Eva is unable to tell Don Wei who she really is, and assumes the name "Molly" after reading it on a conveniently placed poster. Eva soon becomes the pilot of the Whizzing Arrow II for the Earth Team after their star, Rick Thunderbolt, is injured during the first race. She wants to win the ultimate prize to bring her mother back to life.


  • Action Girl: Played with; Eva doesn't use her fists, but she makes up for it with amazing racing skills.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Nicknamed "Little Mouse" by Rick.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Eva/Molly is the youngest Earth Team member — making her the most inexperienced as well. She quickly learns, however.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cute and kind teenage girl who progresses to a Badass Biker.
  • Badass Biker: Molly on her rocket seat, which she grafts on the Arrow's steering column. Over the course of the series, Eva transforms into an experienced pilot.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her Earth Racing uniform exposes her stomach area.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Case in point, before she learned the true nature of her mother's death, she tried to murder Spirit during their race because she falsely thought he was directly responsible. Then she learns that it was Canaletto who was responsible for her mother's death; Maya actually let Spirit pass her just before her ship crashes and burns.
  • Big "NO!": She shouts this when she sees Jordan jumping onto the Pyramid of Power, and shouts his name as he falls, assuming that he's going to die, but is powerless to stop him due to being under Canaletto's control. However, luckily for her, the Pyramid of Power contains the Avatar's powers and Jordan survives, but becomes the new Avatar.
  • Biker Babe: Before she became one of the contestants for Ōban, she would fix up her rocket bike and try to escape her abusive boarding home.
  • Blush Sticker: When she was a child, she had the red, round, rosy cheek kind.
  • Brainy Brunette: Eva has natural black hair, is 15-years-old, and already a skilled mechanic.
  • Break Them by Talking: Canaletto does this to her when they finally meet in person, by revealing the Awful Truth - that she's been an Unwitting Pawn her entire life and that he was the one who killed Maya and crippled Rick. The existential horror of it all overwhelms Eva, leaving her vulnerable to Canaletto's hypnotic sorcery.
  • Broken Bird: Her mother's death, followed by her father's abandonment, and coupled with 10 years in a boarding school with an abusive figure turned her into the trope and made her gain many self-esteem issues.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After Don Wei tells Molly that he knows that she's really his daughter, she unloads on him for abandoning her at a boarding school for most of her childhood (without so much as a letter) and not even recognizing her when she first joined the team.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It's implied that she wanted to say, "I love you," to Jordan after he becomes the new Avatar in the finale, but she hesitates at the last minute. Further implication is Molly cradling Jordan's face just as he leaves, and his understanding expression before he goes to kiss her.
  • Character Development:
    • Having grown up as a loner, she is very self-reliant and does not like to talk about her problems. She learns to trust her teammates and Prince Aikka, but it takes a long time before she is able to open up to any of them.
    • She's fixated on winning the Great Race so she could use the Ultimate Prize to bring her mother Maya back to life. She's devastated when she's learns that there's no prize and the Avatar's power couldn't resurrect the dead, but she eventually accepts it after reconciling with her surviving father, Don Wei.
  • Child Prodigy: Became a mechanic before she hit puberty. This is what let her father hire her as a mechanic for his racing company.
  • Daddy's Girl: Deconstructed. Her devotion towards her father and desire to make him proud has made Eva push herself since early adolescency to become a top mechanic. It also made her never give up on the idea that one day he would come back to get her. Sadly, he never does. And even when they do meet, he doesn't even recognize her. When he finally does, he gets the most brutal chewing-out of his life.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her life has been a hard one. Her mother died in a tragic accident during a race (later revealed to be part of an Eldritch Abomination's unfathomably-complex Gambit Roulette). Her father abandoned her only a short time afterwards in a boarding school, and has never visited or called her. And the headmaster of Eva's boarding school was an abusive parental figure towards Eva, giving the young protagonist a lot of self-esteem issues.
  • Delinquent Hair: Dyes the top part of her hair red.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: At the end, she doesn't get Jordan (turned into the Avatar) nor Aikka (returns to his home planet after the races).
  • Dude Magnet: Has Aikka and Jordan falling for her. She doesn't get either, but she's not bitter.
  • Facial Markings: Star (left side of face) and rectangle (right side of face) tattoos, in honor of her mother who possessed similar tattoos.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zigzagged. Eva's hair is black, but she dyed the top part red. And while she's mainly quiet and keeps to herself, when pressed she shows she inherited her father's short-tempered and stubborn personality.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: They don't serve any real purpose, except as a reminder of her mom.
  • Goth: Implied. She wears black, dyes part of her hair red, and got facial markings.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: She has a crush on the redheaded Aikka. She's also the Redhead as fellow Hero Jordan has a crush on her.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gets a heavy one when it's discovered that the winner of the race won't receive any wish they desire, but instead become the next Avatar. She all but gives up the will to even compete in the race. Eva/Molly only does return to racing because she couldn't let someone like Lord Furter or General Kross abuse the power.
    • She suffers an even worse one when Canaletto reveals that she's been an Unwitting Pawn for him her entire life. She's so horrified that Canaletto is basically able to break her by simply telling her the truth, which leaves her vulnerable to his hypnotic sorcery. Jordan had to save her by becoming the next Avatar, vaporizing Canaletto in the process.
  • The Heroine: The story follows her journey to win Ōban.
  • Humble Hero: Fully shown when she willingly refuses the title of the Avatar, insisting that Aikka would be far better suited to the role. Unfortunately, it was Just as Planned for Canaletto's gambit to become the Avatar again.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Eva's main motivation throughout the series is to gain the love and appreciation from her father. Something she hasn't had in ten years.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: More like "I Just Want To Have the Normal and Happy Life I Had with My Parents".
  • Interspecies Romance: She (a human) and Aikka (a Nourasian). They don't get together, but remain close friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eva/Molly has her angst and abrasiveness, but she's still a kindhearted and friendly person.
  • The Kirk: To Jordan's McCoy and Aikka's Spock.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • Besides the looks, Eva/Molly also shares a lot of characteristics from her mother, especially her mom's headstrong attitude and recklessness.
    • While Eva/Molly does share more of her mother's quirks, there's no denying that the girl gets her short-tempered nature and stubbornness from her father.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Eva picks up her pseudonym, "Molly", in this way. When she sees her father for the first time in years and he doesn't recognize her, she tells him her name is Molly after seeing a pin-up poster in the hangar, because she was too afraid of telling him the truth.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: After Don Wei finally figures out she is his long-lost daughter, he does everything within his power to keep her safe and explicitly tells her that he couldn't bare to lose her again.
  • Love at First Sight: Downplayed. It's more like "crushing at first sight" towards Aikka.
  • Morality Pet: To Rick. He drops his usual smug attitude when around her and acts like a surrogate Cool Big Bro.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Though not as prominent an example as her mother, Eva/Molly is quite attractive and her earth team uniform shows off her midriff and curves. Plus, certain shots of her show a fair amount of Male Gaze and Hartman Hips.
  • Multicolored Hair: Red hair on the top and black on the bottom.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After she wins the race, Molly is supposed to become the Avatar. But, having learned that becoming the Avatar won't let her bring back her dead mother, she refuses and goes back to her module, intending to make Aikka the Avatar. This results in Canaletto breaking out of his prison since Satis' power runs out.
  • Oblivious to Love: She's pretty clueless about Jordan's feelings for her. Jordan has to spell it out for her to get it, but sadly he did it too late.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: In both Oban and Alwas, she was shown to be quite adventurous and was shown to love exploring.
  • Parental Abandonment: Lost her mother after her ship fatally crashed during a race against Spirit, and her father dumped her in a boarding school just because she resembled her dead mother, never contacting her for ten years since. No wonder Eva was so mad once Don Wei finally recognizes her.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Invoked, causing Molly to give one of the Arrow's engines a paint job that Don Wei disapproved of.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Eva/Molly doesn't really know a lot about star racing.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Her tattoos and dyed hair are souvenirs from one of her first runaway attempts. The stripe represents a tear (the tragedies of her mother's death, her father's abandonment, and the abuse of the boarding school's dean) while the star symbolizes hope (her desire to win so she could resurrect her mother).
  • Samus Is a Girl: Don Wei mistakes her for a boy when they first meet after years.
  • Seeks Another's Resurrection: She wants to win the Ultimate Prize in order to bring her mother back to life, believing that her return will repair her broken family. Unfortunately, even the godlike Avatar cannot bring back the dead; learning her efforts are All for Nothing nearly causes Eva to quit the Great Race.
  • Ship Tease: With Jordan and Aikka. Also could qualify as a Love Triangle as well.
  • Sleep Cute: With Jordan. Don Wei was not happy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Molly is the only female member of the Earth Team.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Deconstructed. Lose her natural black hair and she's the spitting image of her mother. However, Don Wei reveals that this was the reason he abandoned her as a child.
  • Teen Genius: A former Child Prodigy as well. Her mechanical skills at only 15 are professional-like; this is what let her father hire her for his company, and to later allow her to stay on the Earth Team after following them as a stowaway.
  • Teens Are Short: The shortest member of the Earth team.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Eva is quite tomboyish, but can act quite girly when excited.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a novice star pilot to to the winner of the Great Race with a partly damaged star fighter.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Subverted. invokedWord of God states that the googles she wears are not her mother's; the ones that Maya wore were destroyed in the crash.
  • Unwitting Pawn: From the very beginning, her entire life - including the death of her mother and Rick's Career-Ending Injury - was carefully orchestrated by Canaletto so she would eventually participate in the Great Race of Oban as Earth's representative pilot, knowing that she would refuse the Avatar's power after learning it wouldn't bring Maya back. Eva doesn't take the revelation well.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While Eva is still a nice person, flashbacks of her as a child show she was more open and cheerful. In the present (especially at the beginning), she is a depressed teen with father issues and low self-esteem.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Deconstructed. Eva's motivation for most of the series is to get back the love Don Wei denied her for ten years. The irony is that Don doesn't know she's his daughter at all, and acts as a Mean Boss to her until well into the latter half of the series. When he does finally realize the truth, it prompts Eva to chew him out over his neglect.
  • Wrench Wench: Her skills are on par with Winry Rockbell. She built the hover-bike used to escape the orphanage herself, having apparently spent ages collecting and purchasing the parts, and later goes on to hotwire the thing into the Whizzing Arrow II to replace its adult-scale pilot seat.
  • You Killed My Father: Gender-inverted. Her attitude towards Spirit, the racer who she thinks is responsible for her mother's death. Once she gets over the initial shock of seeing him again, Eva is so consumed by rage that she completely wrecks the Arrow trying to kill him; only to learn the truth when he shows her the events of that day through his eyes. Later, it turns out that Canaletto was responsible for Maya's death.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her appearance at the series finale, as she's attending a new school.
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    Jordan C. Wilde 

Voiced by: Samuel Vincent (English), Keichirou Satomi (Japanese), Thomas Guitard (French)

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A 17 year-old rambunctious army soldier who is hired by Don Wei to be the gunner for the Whizzing Arrow II. He eventually falls in love with Eva.


  • Adorkable: Falling in love with Molly/Eva has made him weak in the knees.
  • Anime Hair: The left side of his hair is black, the right side is blonde.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Defeats Canaletto by jumping onto the Pyramid of Power, and becoming the new Avatar. When Molly sees him for the last time, Jordan's human body has transformed into a long-haired, humanoid being whose (temporary) body is brimming with power.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His last name is Wilde.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty (Eva/Molly's best friend during Oban and the gunner for the Earth Team) to Aikka's Veronica (a Nourasian prince who may or may not be a Friendly Enemy depending on the situation) for Molly's Archie.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thick, black eyebrows. They glow white after becoming the Avatar.
  • But Now I Must Go: Having stopped Canaletto and become the Avatar, Jordan had to leave with the Great Beings so he could get settled into his new role... but not before giving Molly her first kiss.
  • Butt-Monkey: Especially when trying to handle with his explosive partner.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He finds himself unable to tell Molly how he really feels about her. And when he finally spits it out, it's just moments before he becomes the Avatar and never sees her again. To be fair, he does admit his feelings once, but it turned out to be Don Wei.
  • Character Development: Subtle, but his hostility towards Aikka gradually lessens over time.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Downplayed. While half of Jordan's hair is blond, the other half is black, which matches his black eyes. After becoming the new Avatar, his eyes turn yellow, and while it doesn't match his hair or his body, which got turned into white energy, it does match the golden aura that surrounds his (temporary) form.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: It remains a mystery if the blonde side of his hair is dyed or natural. Taken Up To Eleven when becoming the Avatar makes his hair grow long and turns it completely white.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Jordan got his name from the middle name of his grandfather.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Though he finally confesses his feelings to Molly and kisses her in the finale, he is unable to pursue a romantic relationship because of his new duties as the Avatar.
  • Disappears into Light: Leaves this way with the Great Beings, after giving Eva/Molly his first kiss.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He's abysmal at piloting, to the point that in his words, his flight instructor retired due to sheer trauma. If Stan and Koji are to believed, said instructor now works with small animals.
  • Famous Ancestor: In-Universe. His grandfather is William J. Wilde, one of the first humans to meet with aliens - who is also rumored to have been The Quisling. This apparently caused Jordan some trouble in school, which likely contributed to his hatred of the rogs.
  • Fantastic Racism: Jordan is intensely distrustful of aliens. He hates the Crogs because they attacked his grandfather, William J. Wilde. He also doesn't like the Nourasians because of their alliance with the Crogs... or so he thinks.
  • Fingerless Gloves: A blackish-brown pair, that also show skin on the back. Averted in the conceptual short Molly, Star Racer, which depicted him without his gloves. He also loses them after becoming the Avatar.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: His new (temporary) form as the Avatar is made of white, rippling energy, while a golden aura and the Avatar's sigil surrounds him. He's the show's equivalent of a Physical God.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Non-fatal example. Despite getting a broken leg from Canaletto's attacks, Jordan stops Canaletto from reclaiming his lost power by jumping into the power orb atop the Pyramid of Power, becoming the new Avatar in the process. While he saved the universe, Jordan's new duties prevents him from being with his friends or returning to Earth to his family.
  • Holy Halo: In the finale, when he appears to Molly after jumping onto the Pyramid of Power, Jordan is floating in the air with the Avatar's multi-armed sigil behind him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Jordan's form as the new Avatar looks somewhat passable as a humanoid - his face is intact, but his arms are elongated, his once-short hair is much longer and perpetually rippling, and his entire body seems to be made of white-golden energy. He also has the tendrils of the Avatar's sigil extending from his back. However, Jordan states that the body Molly/Eva sees him in is only temporary, and it would change into something else once he settles into his new role.
  • Identical Grandson: When his grandfather, William J. Wilde, was younger he looked exactly like Jordan does.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: After becoming the Avatar in the finale, Jordan admits to Eva/Molly that while he wanted to prevent Canaletto from abusing the Avatar's power, he actually wanted to do "something big in [my] life", but never had the courage to do so until now. It's implied that being the grandson of a supposed traitor motivated him.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Pretty much why he got the job. He proved his worth to Don Wei's team by shooting down the targets so hard, he made a small crater in the wall.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jordan isn't exactly the most mature, but his heart is always in the right place.
  • The Lancer: To Molly/Eva; unlike her, he's doesn't live a double life, isn't an excellent pilot (he was so bad his last instructor retired), fiercely hates the Crogs and the Nourasians (the latter only because of their alliance with the former).
  • Large and in Charge: Becoming the Avatar causes Jordan's body to become otherworldly and grow several times bigger than Eva/Molly, though he mentions that it'll go away once he settles into his new role.
  • Last Kiss: Gives one to Molly right before assuming his role as Avatar.
  • Light Is Good: His ascension as the new Avatar gives him a large, long-haired body that's brimming with power and entirely made of light. He's also one of the central protagonists after Eva/Molly.
  • Lonely at the Top: He becomes the new Avatar in the finale, stopping Canaletto for good. But now he can't return to Earth and will never see his beloved Molly, his friends, or his family again. And it's likely he'll outlive them, too.
  • The McCoy: To Molly's Kirk and Aikka's Spock.
  • Meaningful Appearance: After becoming the Avatar, the best way to describe his new (temporary) form is that of a godlike being made of energy with his face. It shows how far removed he is from his own humanity now, and while he's still himself, that is very likely to change due to the Avatar's omniscience and quasi-immortality.
  • More Dakka: When Don is looking for the best gunner for the team, Jordan proves his worth by putting enough shots in the back wall to tear a chunk out of it.
  • Multicolored Hair: Black hair on the left side and blonde on the right side. Later averted in the finale; after becoming the Avatar, Jordan's hair becomes long, perpetually flowing, and completely white.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: It's never revealed what the "C" in his name stands for.
  • Noodle Arms: His new (temporary) body as the Avatar has much longer and skinnier arms than is normal for a human. However, he states that it'll likely change once he fully settles into his new responsibilities.
  • One Head Taller: Jordan is a head taller than Molly/Eva. After becoming the new Avatar, he becomes much bigger, though Jordan mentions that his new body is just temporary until he settles into his new role.
  • Physical God: After becoming the Avatar. Even his new (temporary) body is otherworldly and brimming with power.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Jordan isn't a direct replacement, but his grandfather William Wilde is regarded by history as a traitor on the order of Benedict Arnold. At least in part, this motivated him to join the military in the first place.
  • Ship Tease: With Eva.
  • Single Tear: As he watches Earth Team leave Ōban in the finale, he sheds one, knowing that his duties as the new Avatar would prevent him from seeing his friends and long-time crush.
  • Sleep Cute: With Molly. Don Wei isn't happy to find them that way.
  • Someone Has to Do It: Mentioned verbatim. Part of Jordan's decision to become the new Avatar in the finale is so that he could prevent someone like Canaletto from abusing the position's power.
    Molly: So you're the Avatar?
    Jordan: Someone had to do it.
  • Spanner in the Works: Canaletto was probably not expecting Jordan to interfere with his plans with Eva/Molly, assuming he was dead or severely incapacitated like Aikka. And it proves fatal, too; after Jordan jumps onto the Pyramid of Power and becomes the new Avatar, the World-Healing Wave that ensues completely obliterates Canaletto.
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: After Jordan jumps onto the Pyramid of Power and becomes the new Avatar, his hair grows to tremendous lengths, and is constantly rippling from the sheer power he now possesses.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Wears his grandfather's dogtags.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without bringing up his fate as the new Avatar.
  • World-Healing Wave: Jordan becoming the new Avatar in the finale unleashed a wave of power that completely obliterates Canaletto and restores the lifeless Ōban into the lush planet it once was.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He says this trope verbatim when he finds out Molly/Eva is Don Wei's daughter in Episode 25.

    Don Wei 

Voiced by: Ron Halder (English), Unshou Ishizuka (Japanese), Jérôme Keen (French)

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Eva's father and owner of Wei Racing, a successful Earth corporation that manufactures vehicles and sponsors races.


  • Broken Bird: A male example. All of his jerkassery is to hide his deep grief and self-hatred over Maya's death.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Pre-series and flashbacks portray him with black eyes and black hair.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His beloved wife Maya died in a tragic race against Spirit, who was mistakenly believed to have murdered her. It destroyed him to the point he abandoned his only child because she reminded him too much of Maya. For a while, he was a drifter and met Rick. They started a racing company together, but because Don sported an abrasive attitude in order to not get close to anyone again, their relationship wasn't a happy one. Needless to say, Rick left.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Downplayed at first. He wears an all-black suit and is a complete hardass to his employees. But after Eva/Molly joins the racing team and proves her worth, he gradually loosens up, and eventually reconciles with his estranged daughter.
  • Disappeared Dad: Don left Eva at a boarding school and has never visited her once in the past 10 years.
  • Expository Hairstyles: Look at his picture — Don's hair is in black and white stripes, the same color and form for the finish lines in racing.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Don may be leading the Earth Racing Team in order to stop the Crogs, but he's not the most pleasant.
  • Good Parents: To Eva before Maya's death and after they return to Earth. He was a caring and devoted father to his only child.
  • Happily Married: To Maya before her death — they were openly affectionate with one another and all flashbacks shown of the two were happy ones.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Justified; after Maya's death, Don Wei acts as a jerk so people won't get close to him, and so he wouldn't suffer heartbreak again. It's deconstructed as it hurts Eva who left her boarding school to look for him... only to find that he doesn't recognize her, and Don Wei's abrasive impatience at the moment causes Eva to introduce herself as a new girl as she was too afraid to tell the truth. Once Don Wei finally recognizes "Molly" as his estranged daughter, Eva gives him an epic chewing-out for abandoning her just because she heavily resembled her mother, and not even bothering to contact her for ten years.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Abrasive, rude, and cynical. But he does care for the team and isn't as selfish as he would like others to believe. He later loses the Jerk part completely after he finally recognizes Eva as her daughter, gets called out on his abandonment by her, and resolves to become a better father for her after they return to Earth.
  • The Leader: Of the Earth Racing Team.
  • Mean Boss: He fires one employee on a whim after discovering new mechanic talent (Eva), after not letting him take a day off cause his wife gave birth to twins.
  • Meaningful Name: "Don" is a term used for someone who is in charge of something; Don Wei is the boss of his own racing organization, as well as the Earth's racing team.
  • The Mourning After: Don referred to Maya as "the love of his life" and never got involved with any other women after the death of his wife. Maya's death had a huge impact in his personality and he's still affected by it.
  • Multicolored Hair: Justified. Don has black and white hair which is a result of being an old man.
  • My Greatest Failure: He blames himself for Maya's death.
  • Overprotective Dad: After he finds out Molly is Eva and Jordan has feelings for her, he gets a little hostile when he sees them getting too close.
  • Papa Wolf: After discovering Molly was his long-lost daughter, Eva, Don showed his fierce protectiveness over her. He was even willing to deliberately disobey a direct order from the President because he didn't want his daughter to get seriously injured or die in the race (particularly once its revealed that their shared desire to bring Maya back was All for Nothing).
  • Parental Abandonment: He stuck his daughter in boarding school and did his best to forget about her after the death of his wife.
  • Parents as People: He does love his daughter, but he's only human. He lost the "love of his life" in such a brutal manner, he wasn't in the right emotional state to raise Eva.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: His best pilot is his rebellious, estranged daughter with abandonment issues. His best gunman is a rambunctious military cadet. Both of them are in their teens.
  • Seeks Another's Resurrection: Upon learning about the Ultimate Prize, Don resolves - much like Eva - to win it for the sake of bring Maya back to life.
  • So Proud of You: Shortly before the final race, he tells Molly/Eva that Maya would be proud of her and his look just states he's proud of her too.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Despite his hardass nature, he's mainly like that because he doesn't want to get close to anyone due to his wife's death. Seeing his daughter again helped show his soft side again.
  • Team Dad: For the Earth Team. The especially strict, disciplinarian type.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Maya's death Don changed his personality for the worse. The new Don became a strict and controlling workaholic to distance himself from the pain of his past, including Eva, the daughter he left behind. This resulted in Don's relationship with Rick becoming strained as well. Despite their great success, the two men clashed with each other enough that Don eventually fired Rick from Wei Race in 2081.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After discovering Molly is his daughter, Eva, and getting a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech from her, Don regained some of his old personality prior to Maya's death. He's still a hardass, but a reasonable one. After the Great Race is concluded and they both come to terms with the fact that Maya will never come back, Don takes Eva to live a much happier life together.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Don isn't that ugly, but look at Maya...
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: An older example. In his flashbacks to when Maya was alive, Don was a happier man and a Benevolent Boss. Her death transformed him into a Mean Boss and complete hardass.

    Rick Thunderbolt 

Voiced by: Michael Dobson (English), Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Alexandre Coadour (French)

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A Minor League Racing Champion and one of the best racers on Earth, Rick is chosen to accompany Don Wei as the Earth Team's original pilot. He is seriously injured in the team's first race and replaced by Molly.


  • The Ace: Rick is a Minor League Racing Champion and one of the best racers on Earth.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Refers to Eva as "little mouse".
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A racer example. Rick is an amazing pilot and knows it.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His last name is thunderbolt.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts as an older brother figure to Eva/Molly, even giving an Affectionate Nickname. Later on, he would also be her racing mentor.
  • The Big Guy: He is the tallest and hunkiest member of Earth Team.
  • Broken Ace: After his Career-Ending Injury, Rick quickly falls into a depression, but he still sticks around to teach Molly what he knows.
  • Career-Ending Injury: His first race ends with the Whizzing Arrow I exploding mid-flight and crashing. While Rick survives and is back on his feet in a week, severe damage to his nervous system nearly cripples him with pain whenever he becomes stressed. Not even the advanced technology available at the Great Race is able to cure him, which effectively ends his career as a racer and ensures that Molly becomes the Earth Team's pilot full-time.
  • Cool Shades: A stylish pair of black shades.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a grey-brownish pair that show some skin on the back.
  • Foil:
    • To Eva/Molly — He's an experienced Star Racer who was supposed to be the racer for the Earth Team, while Eva is a Rookie Red Ranger who becomes the replacement for Rick. While Eva is a Humble Hero, Rick is quite arrogant and even states "modesty is for losers". He is a famous star racer, while Eva is just a fresh newbie who doesn't even get recognition for winning Ōban.
    • To Maya Wei — Both were racing champions, had a partnership with their manager Don Wei, and a close relationship with Eva/Molly. For the first contrast between the two is personality, relationship with Don, and when they were in Eva/Molly's life — Maya was shown to be a humble Nice Girl who was in a loving marriage with Don, but was unable to see her daughter grow up; Rick is an arrogant Jerk with a Heart of Gold who has a volatile relationship with Don due to the latter's hardass personality, and befriended Eva/Molly when she was a teen. Second, how their racing careers came to an end — Both had different reasons but they are also connected to Canaletto's scheming — Canaletto orchestrated Maya's death to ensure her daughter would refuse the Ultimate Prize in the future while the Big Bad ensured an accident for Rick when the latter got too close to the truth. Thirdly, how Eva/Molly never sees them again — With Maya, she remains dead and the Ultimate Prize couldn't being her back to life; for Rick, he leaves Ōban after teaching Eva/Molly everything he knows.
  • Hidden Depths: Rick turns out to be quite perceptive. Case in point, he was able to figure out Eva/Molly was Don's long lost daughter before anyone else (including Don himself). He's also the only person to even come close to discovering Canaletto's existence before the Ōban Cycle, but he's promptly Mind Raped into forgetting what he learned.
  • Hunk: There's no denying it. He's very hunky.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rick is arrogant for sure, but he has a decent heart, especially around Eva/Molly who becomes a surrogate younger sister.
  • Long Bus Trip: After being Put on a Bus (see section), Rick never makes a reappearance (sans mentions and flashbacks). He doesn't even have a cameo in the series finale.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long, flowing hair and considered to be quite handsome? Check.
  • Meaningful Name: Rick Thunderbolt has red thunderbolt tattoos on his body.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Look at him.
  • Mind Rape: When he gets too close to the truth and manages to psychically contact Canaletto Rick is mentally tortured and forced to forget the experience.
  • Put on a Bus: Rick heads back to Earth half way through the series as the team is heading on to Ōban, having taught Molly everything he can, never seen again.
  • Red Is Heroic: His red thunderbolt tattoos and he serves as a guide for Molly/Eva.
  • Sexy Mentor: Quite the hunk and the racing mentor for Eva/Molly.

    Koji and Stan 

Koji is voiced by: Alessandro Juliani (English), Yoshinori Fujita (Japanese), Vincent Latorre (French)

Stan is voiced by: Dexter Bell (English), Keisuke Fujii (Japanese), Nicolas Mead (French)

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The Earth Team's mechanics.


Tropes that apply to both:
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They even refer to the Whizzing Arrow III as their "baby".
  • Nice Guys: They're one of the most easygoing and polite members of the Earth Team.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Stan is the Red Oni, more prone to speaking out his mind; Koji is the Blue Oni, the one who tries to keep the peace and calm down Stan's more emotional outbursts.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Koji is the Sensitive Guy, Stan is the Manly Man.
  • The Smart Guys: Koji is the electronics specialist and Stan is hardware specialist.
  • Those Two Guys: They are always seen together, mostly working on the Whizzing Arrow.

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    Prince Aikka 
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Voiced by: Kirby Morrow (English), Hiroaki Miura (Japanese), Rémi Caillebot (French)

The prince and knight of Nourasia who races on the back of a giant flying beetle named G'dar, which acts as his vehicle.


  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica (a Nourasian prince who may or may not be a Friendly Enemy in the depending situation) to Jordan's Betty (Eva/Molly's best friend during Ōban and the gunner for the Earth Team) for Molly's Archie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The prince despite being peaceful in general is dangerous through his archery skills, swordsmanship, and skills with a bow.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He values his friendship with Molly, but his loyalty to his kingdom and his "alliance" with the Crogs keeps getting in the way.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: He has dark skin like other Nourasians and has natural red hair.
  • Friendly Enemy: Though he belongs to a rival team, Aikka developed a deep bond of friendship with Molly.
  • Glass Cannon: His 'star-racer' is a living creature which, while gigantic, is still much smaller and more fragile than most other racers. The majority of Akkia's races are won thanks to his magic arrows, which are so powerful that very few star-racers are able to survive a direct hit.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Molly develops a crush on Aikka almost immediately.
  • Honor Before Reason: As a Nourasian Knight, Aikka has a very deep rooted sense of honor. This being his defining trait through the series and his actions.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Aikka formed a close bond with his mount, a giant beetle named G'dar.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (a Nourasian) and Eva/Molly (a human). They don't get together much, but remain close friends.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Besides being the Nourasian Prince, Aikka is also a knight.
  • Magic Knight: He's a skilled hand to hand fight that also pulls out a few different magic abilities, most frequently powering up his arrows to deal damage to an opposing racer.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest racers in the contest.
  • Older Than They Look: Hinted at in his very first appearance, as when Molly derides him for barely being older than she is, he simply admits that she would be correct if they were referring to "Earth years". invokedThe creators have stated that Nourasians do indeed have longer life expectancies than humans, by dint of aging slower.
  • Ship Tease: With Eva.
  • The Spock: To Eva's Kirk and Jordan's [1].
  • Warrior Prince: Aikka knows some martial arts and can shoot arrows.
  • The Wise Prince: He's quite mature for his age.
  • Weapon of Choice: His main weapons are a bow and arrow.
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    Satis 

Voiced by: Brian Drummond (English), Masashi Hirose (Japanese), Nicolas Mead (French)

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A small, eccentric being who proclaims himself to be the Avatar's loyal servant.


  • Ace Pilot: As "Super Racer", Satis manages to reach the preliminary rounds of the Alwas Cycle. Given that the Avatar is selected through the Great Race, Satis would have been the greatest racer in the galaxy during his mortal lifetime.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Introduces himself as the 'servant' of the Avatar, but is in fact the Avatar himself.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're so big that they reach his knees!
  • Cool Old Guy: Quite the chipper, if eccentric guy.
  • Disappears into Light: After Molly refuses to accept the powers of the Avatar, Satis does not have enough strength to keep Canaletto imprisoned and is forced to destroy the Pyramid of Power in the temple to prevent him from stealing the powers. Satis then falls from the temple but is caught by Prince Aikka. With his last breath, Satis tells him what must be done to stop Canaletto from destroying everything. As he dies, his body disappears in a cloud of lights.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His ship Super Shark first appears during "Playful Like Para-dice", where it is featured alongside Flint's Flying Fortress and Rush's Stone Crusher as part of Para-dice's fake arcade game.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Whenever Molly needs some encouragement, or when things aren't going her way. Usually he just appears to Molly, but he has appeared to Jordan once for similar reasons.
  • Large Ham: As "Super-Racer".
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: The shortest and oldest character in the series.
  • The Reveal: He's the current Avatar that periodically appears throughout the series. At least, until Jordan succeeds him
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: One of his favorite tricks. It's implied he can do it across interplanetary distances! Most likely a benefit of being Avatar.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without bringing up the fact that he's was the current Avatar until Jordan succeeded him.

    The Avatar 
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Voiced by: Paul Dobson (English), Banjo Ginga (Japanese), Mathieu Barbier (French)

An enigmatic, omnipresent, and seemingly omnipotent entity who organizes the Great Race of Ōban every 10,000 years, and grants the winner their wish, or so the competitors were led to believe.


  • Ace Pilot: Generally, the current Avatar is the one who wins the Great Race every 10,000 years. Canaletto and Satis were examples in their mortal lives, though the former became evil. Jordan is an aversion as he's as abysmal pilot, so he's only the gunman; Eva/Molly as the winner would've become the Avatar, but she refused because it wouldn't bring her mother back to life. Jordan became the Avatar to stop Canaletto from resuming his destruction of the galaxy.
  • Big Good: The Avatar is this for the entire galaxy, at least, when a good person is assuming the role; in the case of Canaletto, they become the Big Bad. Notably, the Avatar singlehandedly forced the Crog Imperium to abort its invasion of Earth, and is heavily implied to protect the galaxy from even greater threats.
  • Holy Halo: The symbol of the Avatar floats behind his shoulders at all times, glowing bright yellow to create this effect.
  • Large and in Charge: In every appearance, the Avatar is gigantic, though Your Size May Vary - when overseeing the preliminary rounds on Alwas, he's a sixty-foot-tall colossus, but he is clearly much smaller when he appeared before the Earth government's council (which was obviously meeting indoors) and during the final rounds on Oban.
  • Legacy Character: The Avatar rules for exactly ten-thousand years, before hosting the Great Race of Oban to determine a successor. The winner of the Great Race becomes the new Avatar for the next ten millennia, while the previous Avatar dies. Satis is the current Avatar, while Canaletto was a former Avatar who was defeated and imprisoned when he refused to relinquish his title to his successor. At the end of the series, Jordan Wilde becomes the newest Avatar.
  • Lonely at the Top: Being a godlike being with a 10,000 year lifespan and immense magical powers sounds cool at first, but it comes with the price of protecting the galaxy alone until a new Avatar replaces you. Jordan learns this first hand in the finale; though he saves the world by becoming the new Avatar, his duties prevent him from joining the Earth racing team's departure from Oban, so he has to tearfully watch as his friends leave him behind.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: The Avatar is revealed to be none other than the diminutive Satis, when he becomes too weak to maintain the illusion any longer.
  • Physical God: A mythical figure whose powers are said to be unlimited. However, Satis reveals to Eva/Molly that one thing the Avatar cannot do is bring back the dead.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The Avatar seen in the series dons purple robes, and he's a godlike figure. This is because the purple-wearing Satis is the Avatar.
  • Sigil Spam: The Avatar's symbol is found all over Ōban and its technology, and it even floats behind him as a Holy Halo.

    Maya Wei 
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Voiced by: Nicole Oliver (English), Tomoko Kobashi (Japanese), Sarah Bouché de Vitray (French)

Eva's mother and Don's wife, one of the best racers on Earth who lost her life in a race ten years before the start of the series.


  • Ace Pilot: She was the first woman, the first Earth pilot, to have three Earth Star-Racer cups under her belt.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Her fiery death during her race against Spirit served as one for her husband, who became an abrasive, uncaring hardass to his employees, and her daughter, who's left with a tremendous amount of issues from seeing her die and being abandoned by her father for looking like her.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: While alive, Maya was shown to be a caring and kind mother to Eva.
  • Facial Markings: Maya has a moon marking on her left cheek and a stripe on her right cheek.
  • Fingerless Gloves: A long, pink/red pair.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: They just serve to show she's a pilot.
  • Happily Married: To Don before her death — they were openly affectionate with one another and all flashbacks shown of the two were happy ones.
  • Hot-Blooded: Don commented that Maya could be reckless when in a race.
  • I Can't Dance: Explicitly told so to her husband on their date.
  • The Lost Lenore: Maya's death had a profound impact on her husband. It caused him to to leave their daughter in a boarding school and never visit. Flashbacks have shown that when she was alive, Don was more happier and politer than he is now.
  • Meaningful Name: In Hindi, "Maya" means "illusion". This could count as a subtle Foreshadowing because Eva/Molly's whole reason for racing to bring back her mother. Then, it's discovered that ultimate prize wasn't granting a wish. In short, Eva/Molly's goal was an illusion.
  • Missing Mom: To Eva, whose goal is to bring her back and repair her broken family. Though she learns that her mother can't be brought back, she learns to accept it by the end of the series.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her racing uniform doesn't reach her knees and shows off her curves, ans she is very attractive.
  • Nice Girl: The flashbacks show her as a kind, selfless woman. In fact, in her last race, Maya denied help from Spirit because she didn't want him to get hurt.
  • Older Than They Look: She was 28 when she died, but could have passed being a high schooler.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Eva and Don Wei's lives were changed forever by her death, which led to Don's depression and Eva's subsequent Parental Abandonment. Both of them are motivated to seek the Ultimate Prize as a means of bringing Maya back to life and repairing their broken family. As it turns out, this trope was intentionally invoked by her murderer, Canaletto - the lynchpin of his Gambit Roulette is that Eva would only seek the Ultimate Prize to bring Maya back from the dead, refusing Avatar-hood upon learning it can't be done.
  • Posthumous Character: Dead for ten years by the time the series begins, Maya is only mentioned, seen in flashbacks, or appears in illusions/dreams.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Downplayed; her hair reaches to her waistline.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Maya is the only character with pink hair and was known to be quite kind, as well as being Hot-Blooded.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With her husband, Don. Downplayed as he wasn't bad looking, but when you compare him to Maya...
  • Unwitting Pawn: Canaletto's plan to become the Avatar hinged on Maya's death. He had her ship rigged on the day of her race with Spirit just so she would crash right in front of her family, giving Eva/Molly the motivation to bring her back via the Ultimate Prize.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Maya had natural pink hair.

    SPOILER CHARACTER 

Canaletto

Voiced by: Colin Murdock (English)

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A dark, sinister being that was once the Avatar, but he refused to give up the title and so was imprisoned by the Great Beings.


  • Ace Pilot: Given that the Avatar is selected through a racing tournament, Canaletto was supposedly one of these in his mortal life.
  • Ancient Evil: He ruled as the previous Avatar, plunging the galaxy into ten-thousand years of darkness and refusing to relinquish the power to a successor when his time was up. Even after Satis defeated him and became the current Avatar, Canaletto somehow survived and remained trapped in the Temple of Ōban for the entirety of Satis' reign, quietly plotting his revenge. This makes Canaletto well over twenty-thousand years old by the time the series starts, and very few people are even aware that he exists.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • He resembles a Corvid, which includes crows and ravens, birds that are associated with death and ill omens. He's the ultimate Big Bad of the series that the protagonists must face, and he's responsible for every single tragedy that happened to Molly/Eva and those related to her, up to her mother's death and Rick's permanent crippling.
    • He also has what look like large, spider-like limbs protruding from his back, and his symbol resembles a spider. Spiders are associated with destiny and seen as weavers of fate, and he is a Manipulative Bastard who singled out one human to use as his pawn, and utterly ruined her life in a mad bid to regain his lost power as a past Avatar. It also shows how he perverts the golden Avatar sigil and what it represents, as spiders are predators - during his stint as an Avatar, he would abuse his power by destroying all forms of life to reduce the universe to a lifeless void, and even after he was sealed, he would prey on certain individuals he thinks are important or detrimental to his plans.
  • Big Bad: The ultimate antagonist of the series.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: He has large, arachnid-like limbs on his back, and his symbol resembles a spider.
  • Break Them by Talking: When he encounters Eva in person, Canaletto reveals the full, awful extent of his Gambit Roulette - that Maya Wei's Plot-Triggering Death, Rick Thunderbolt's Career-Ending Injury and Sul's disappearance were all orchestrated by Canaletto so that Eva would be his Unwitting Pawn and win the Great Race, only to refuse the power of the Avatar and leave Satis too weak to prevent Canaletto's escape. The heartbreak and existential horror is enough to drive Eva to her knees.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight with Eva/Molly, Aikka, and Jordan could hardly qualify as a "fight". Aikka was rendered unconscious, Jordan got a broken leg, while Molly was sent into a Heroic BSoD regarding the truth of Canaletto's involvement in her life and hypnotized into submission.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears dark, greyish clothing, has black spider legs protruding from his back, is covered in black fur/feathers, and is hideously evil.
  • Didn't See That Coming: With Aikka unconscious and out of the picture, Canaletto becomes so focused on Eva/Molly that he's completely blindsided by Jordan, who jumps onto the Pyramid of Power and becomes the new Avatar, just as he's this close to regaining his old power.
  • Eldritch Abomination: He's a former Avatar from a species that is presumably long extinct, is capable of observing the flow of time to orchestrate sweeping Gambit Roulettes, and at one point possessed enough power to scour worlds of life and destroy stars. Even in his weakened and imprisoned state, he's still powerful enough to vastly outstrip every mortal character, including Sul.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Avatar. While the Avatar generally appears as a being made of light with a multi-limbed Holy Halo behind them, Canaletto is the opposite, appearance-wise, and his sigil is a dark perversion of the Avatar's. He also went against the Avatar's purpose as protector of the galaxy by seeking to obliterate everything save for himself.
  • Evil Is Bigger: In person, he's almost as large as the average star-racer, though its unknown whether this is because of his nature as an ex-Avatar or if his race is naturally this huge.
  • Feathered Fiend: His head is distinctly corvid in shape and his extra limbs are typically folded like wings behind him, while black feathers are a recurring motif. invokedWord of God confirms that he was originally meant to be even more raven-like in appearance.
  • Gambit Roulette: Eva's entire life turns out to be the product of one - Canaletto caused Maya's death, and set off the bombs that would remove Rick from the race in order to make sure that Eva would be the Earth Team's main pilot; somehow knowing that she would refuse the role of Avatar when she won, and leave Satis too weak to stop him from escaping the temple. Justified, given that he can see the future.
  • I Have Many Names: Says the line. Canaletto, the Lord of Purity and the Timeless One are mentioned.
  • Karmic Death:
    • After spending countless millennia obliterating worlds and people for being a "weakness" the Great Beings created, he himself is killed for good when Jordan jumps onto the Pyramid of Power and becomes the new Avatar, unleashing a World-Healing Wave that heals the lifeless Oban and obliterates Canaletto.
    • He revolved his plans solely on Molly/Eva, and would manipulate - and kill - whoever was connected to her however he pleased if he thinks they'll advance or halt his plans. He ends up being killed when Jordan, someone close to Molly/Eva, completely blindsides him by sacrificing himself to become the new Avatar, saving his friends and undoing everything Canaletto had worked so hard for.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The reveal of his existence gradually darkens the plot.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: He's been trapped in the Temple of Ōban for several millennia, but he's still able to reach out to communicate with the Mad Scrub and manipulate Eva's life.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Orchestrated a massive Gambit Roulette to take back the power of the Avatar, by essentially manipulating most of Eva's life from the shadows to use her as an Unwitting Pawn during the Great Race.
  • Mind Rape: Tortures Rick Thunderbolt when the human manages to psychically contact him, causing Rick to forget the encounter and everything he learned previously.
  • Near-Villain Victory: By the endgame, Canaletto is free, Satis is dead, the protagonists are scattered, Eva has been hypnotized into helping him activate the Pyramid of Power, and even the Great Beings are only able to annoy and distract him. If Jordan hadn't thrown himself into the Pyramid and became the new Avatar, Canaletto would have won and continued obliterating every living thing in the universe.
  • Off Stage Villainy: Hinted that his time as the Avatar had him doing a LOT of this, given his attitude to what he sees as "impure" and his talk of the punishments he wrecked on the galaxy. Notably, a brief flashback shows him looming threateningly over defenseless worlds, and causing stars to detonate.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He aims to wipe the galaxy clean of life to remove any "impurities", and then start it over in his own image. He sees life as a mistake the Great Beings made, and wishes to make everything barren save for himself.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Invoked by Canaletto himself, upon revealing that he was the one who set up Maya's fatal accident against Spirit.
    Canaletto: The loss of your mother, and the desertion of your father, created a perfect alchemy; a blazing pain within you. Once in place, I simply waited for this flame to reach Ōban, and set the entire galaxy ablaze.
    Eva: My mother... it was you. You made her crash. You made her crash, didn't you?
    Canaletto: She had to go, to bring out the best in you.
  • Pride: Sees himself as the only one fit to be the Avatar, and upon his release reveals that he has come to consider the work of the Great Beings to be "flawed"; thus necessitating the universe's destruction and recreation In Their Own Image.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His coloring is predominantly near-monochrome grey and black, but his eyes, symbol and powers are all colored bright, glowing red.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Bright, staring red eyes, resembling those of a bird.
  • Sigil Spam: Canaletto's emblem - an angular, upside-down Avatar symbol that resembles a spider - is found wherever his influence is felt. In particular, he has it painted in bright red on his beak, and the Mad Scrub painted the symbol on his own body and all over his home.
  • The Sociopath: He shows no remorse whatsoever for killing Maya, permanently ruining Rick's racing career, or dragging Sul to his doom as part of his goal. He even shows no mercy to the Mad Scrub, the last of his faithful servants.
  • Softspoken Sadist: In the Swedish dub he speaks in a very gentle, but at the same time hollow and emotionless tone, and almost never raises his voice. The sadist part should need no explanation.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Has a large crest of bony spikes on the back of his shoulders, evoking the image of a High Collar of Doom.
  • Time Abyss: He was one of the previous Avatars, and the Avatars rule for exactly ten-thousand years. Even after losing the bulk of his powers, he managed to survive long enough to live through the entirety of Satis' rule, which means that Canaletto is at least twenty-thousand years old by the events of the series.
  • Walking Spoiler: You can't really talk about Canaletto without spoiling his role as the Big Bad, his significance to the history of the Avatars, or his role in Eva's life.
  • Walking Wasteland: Canaletto's very presence is enough to corrupt the Temple of Ōban and cause it to plummet from the sky. Canatello then transforms the entirety of Ōban into a lifeless desert.
  • We Can Rule Together: Makes this offer to Sul, when it becomes clear that he completely outmatches all the other competitors. When he refuses, Canaletto pulls him into an alternate dimension to remove him from the tournament outright.
    • He then offers a more twisted variant of this to Eva, while using hypnosis and a breaking speech to erode her willpower; though it's unknown whether he actually wanted Eva to be his servant or merely needed her to activate the Pyramid of Power for him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Canaletto caused the accident that led to Maya's death.

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    Colonel Toros 
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Voiced by: Paul Dobson (English), Banjo Ginga (Japanese), Mathieu Barbier (French)

Colonel of the Crog Imperium and younger brother of the Crog leader. The Crogs are the sinister alien race that threatened to destroy Earth 25 years ago. He is determined to obtain the Ultimate Prize in order to enslave the entire galaxy under Crog rule.


    Spirit 
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Ambassador of the Fills; a mysterious, polymorphic, shadowy being. Ten years earlier he raced against Molly’s mother, Maya. Near the end of the race Maya’s ship crashed and exploded. Molly and her father since that day have believed that Spirit had intentionally killed Maya.


  • Dark Is Not Evil: An all-black figure who happens to be a good person. Once Spirit reveals Molly the truth of what happened to her mother, she feels very bad for misjudging him.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his dark, creepy appearance and general lack of speech, there's a lot that can be said about Spirit just through his actions; he's a very noble racer with a lot of honor, and in the race where contestants can fight each other, he can be brutal, but would only fight back when he's being continuously attacked first, implying that he cares more about winning races through sheer speed rather than taking out his opponents. And last, from what was shown in his exchange of memories with Molly, he was trying help her mother whose star-racer was breaking down, yet she told him to go on ahead; his Single Tear hints that he respects Molly's mother as a racer and feels remorse for being unable to save her.
  • Living Ship: He's not in the ship. He is the ship.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: He was thought to be the reason behind Maya Wei's death. Spirit was completely innocent and seems to feel remorse for being unable to save her.
  • Nice Guy: He may be aggressive in a race, but he's ultimately a good guy.
  • Single Tear: After he shows Molly how her mother really died through his eyes.
  • The Speechless: He never utters a word.
  • Starfish Alien: Disregarding the fact that he is his own racing vehicle, he looks pretty close to human, doesn't he? Nah.

    Rush 
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Voiced by: Richard Newman (English), Kenji Nomura (Japanese)

A giant, Viking-like racer from the planet Byrus who, despite his intimidating appearance, is a very friendly, good natured person.


  • Badass Beard: Has a thick beard, and is one heck of a racer.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's a Viking-like racer, so of course he's loud and boisterous.
  • Chainsaw Good: His Star racer has a laser chainsaw.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance was in "Hostilities Break Out" when Molly nearly gets run over by his star-racer on her way to get fuel. Stone Crusher also appears in Para-dice's fake arcade game during "Playful Like Para-dice".
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his intimidating appearance, is a very friendly, good natured person.
  • Graceful Loser: While at first it seemed he was mad at losing against Team Earth like Grooor, in reality he only wanted to congratulate Eva/Molly and Jordan for managing to defeat him.
  • Nice Guy: Rush is friendly and good-natured, as he believes in winning races fair, without underhanded tactics.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Flies into an Unstoppable Rage when Toros not only taunts him with the conquest and spoiling of his planet by the Crog Imperium, but Toros confirms he led the invasion.

    Flint 
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Voiced by: Michael Dobson (English), Hitoshi Horikawa (Japanese), Laurent Maurel (French)

A pilot from Alwas, one of the three planets that host the Great Race's preliminary matches. Somewhat arrogant and not quite as good as he seems; the judges fix the races for him, since he's the home-town favorite. He and his gunner, Marcel, pilot the Flying Fortress; a green star-racer that resembles a steam-powered train or tugboat.


  • Fake Ultimate Hero: His races are rigged in his favor.
  • Fatal Flaw: Flint's own cockiness brings about the destruction of his star-racer and humiliates him in front of all his fans.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: Going along with Fake Ultimate Hero.
  • It's All About Me: Why he (and Marcel) help Stan and Koji in "The Will to Win". Flint reasons that if he can help the Earth Team reach Ōban, then he will have lost to the best team in the galaxy and that this would "restore" him in the eyes of his fans.

    Grooor 
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Voiced by: Brian Dobson (English), Jin Horikawa (Japanese), Omar Yami (French)

A biomechanical racer who, along with his ship, seems to run on steam power.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Grooor is a very aggressive and dangerous racer given to Evil Gloating when he thinks he's going to win.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: A villainous example. While he establishes his threat level by defeating Rick Thunderbolt, his own star-racer is heavily damaged by the destruction of the Arrow I, and in the rematch Eva and Jordan are able to exploit Grooor's patchwork repair job to destroy his racer and win by default.
  • Flat Character: Compared to the other racers, Groor has no motive or personality traits beyond being an arrogant brute who hates losing, which could apply to just about anyone. Then again, he is just a Starter Villain.
  • Hate Sink: Grooor spends every second of his short screentime being an insufferable, petulant bully, and has no cool backstory or charisma that makes him even fun to watch. Therefore, it's unlikely anyone would give a rat's ass about him disappearing from the story after Aikka beats him up.
  • Hero Killer: The damage he deals to the Whizzing Arrow I in his first race is what leads to Rick's Career-Ending Injury. Subverted later, as the damage was actually the result of the Mad Scrub's sabotage.
  • Large Ham: He has an odd tendency to speak in the third person and shout his own name in battle.
  • Mighty Glacier: His racer, the Apocalypse, is slow but very tough, described as being armored in "polarized titanium". Thanks to this, Grooor's primary tactic to physically batter his opponents into submission, hammering them against the course and shrugging off obstacles.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His racer is named Apocalypse.
  • Pokémon Speak/Say My Name: In the English dub at least, he has a habit of shouting his own name in a Kiai-esque fashion when angry or moving in to strike.
  • Sore Loser: Unsurprisingly, given his general attitude. After he is defeated, he confronts Eva in a bar and attacks her, raging over his defeat in the rematch.
  • Starter Villain: The first racer the Earth Team competes against.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Attacks Eva in a bar after losing the rematch, ostensibly with the intention of killing her for it, and is only stopped once Prince Aikka intervenes.

    Ceres 
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Voiced by: Kirby Morrow (English), Takeshi Maruyama (Japanese)

The last surviving member of the Mong, a very ancient race. He resembles a hieroglyphic carving come to life, and his ship is a bizarre tangle of pipes that apparently functions via an unknown form of planetary magnetism.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He constantly hurls verbal abuse at his opponents and likes to reiterate his superiority by playing his flute to make them enter a dream-state and probably crash.
  • Beneath the Mask: He shows himself extremely proud to be the last surviving member of one of the oldest races in the universe. The art book establishes that this is mostly a front and he's actually bitter about being so alone.
  • Last of His Kind: Ceres is the last surviving member of the Mong people, a very ancient race.
  • Mind Manipulation: His music puts Eva into a hypnotic sleep, where she experiences a psychedelic vision of the Mong civilization and nearly loses control of the Arrow. Rick breaks the trance by turning on her CD-player just before she walks off a ledge in the dream.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Seemingly an inherent power of his, best demonstrated when catches and redirects the Whizzing Arrow's bullets right back at it.
  • Musical Assassin: He uses a magical flute to cause Molly to fall asleep and nearly crash the ship. It turns out that all of his powers rely upon the harmonic music, however, as the discordant sound of Molly's rock-and-roll CD actually causes him to freak out and lose control of his star-racer.

    Para-dice 
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Voiced by: Jocelyn Loewen (English), Yuri Shiratori (Japanese), Johanna Menuteau (French)

A cat-like, 12-year old hacker prodigy. She controls her ship via a dynamic footpad, which resembles a Dance Dance Revolution platform. She sees the Great Race as nothing more than a game.


  • Badass Adorable: A cute, cat-like alien who loves to play games, and definitely is no slouch in a race.
  • Cat Girl: She hat cat-like features that symbolize her sneakiness.
  • Cats Are Mean: She's certainly a sneaky cat.
  • Child Prodigy: Coming from a race with an extremely high IQ, Para-Dice is a small budding prodigy who designed and assembled her star-racer by herself.
  • Face Ship: Her ship, TV Ballnote , is built to resemble her own head (albeit spherical instead of cuboid), and is fitted with a large pixel monitor that mimics Para-dice's expressions.
  • Genki Girl: Even in race, she's full of energy.
  • Green and Mean: Her main outfit is colored green and she's a sneaky jerk.
  • More Dakka: Her ship is armed to the teeth, possessing gattling guns and a set of missile launchers.
  • Playful Hacker: Through trickery and computer hacking, Para-Dice managed to sabotage the Whizzing Arrow II before her race against the Earth Team, damaging the ship's left engine

Ōban Cycle Racers

    Sul 
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Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese); Brian Dobson (English)

A 'magician' known across the galaxy with telekinetic super-powers that are rumored to equal those of the Avatar himself. Sul shows little emotion and rarely reacts to the other pilots unless attacked. He does not actually use a star-racer during the competition, instead he surrounds himself with glowing, diamond-shaped energy fields conjured and controlled by his mind.


  • And I Must Scream: Canaletto sends Sul to another dimension to eliminate him from the Great Race, and his fate after that is unknown.
  • The Archmage: Sul is a 'magician' known across the galaxy with telekinetic super-powers that are rumored to equal those of the Avatar himself.
  • Invincible Villain: While not directly antagonistic, he spends the entire time on Oban first in the rankings despite not always coming in first place. It gets to a point where Aikka (due to some threats from Kross) manages to convince Ning, Skun and Ondai to team up to try to kill him in one race, because at the rate the tournament was going Sul would be impossible to catch in the rankings. He flattens them when they try.
  • I Work Alone: In his own words: "Alliances are for the small and weak." This bites him in the ass when he tries to confront Canaletto alone and is shortly sent to another dimension.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Sul admits he bored with the monotony of his existence. Having become a master of time, space, and the course of destiny itself, there is nothing left for him to want besides the Ultimate Prize and only participates in the competition to kill his boredom.
  • Power Floats: He's always floating in the air, which represents his power, but also his detachment from other beings.
  • Power Glows: His "robe" is always glowing, and is one of the best racers in the Oban cycle.
  • Spanner in the Works: To Canaletto, as it turns out. His plans required Eva to win, but for all the plotting he did aiding by his power to see the future, Sul kept throwing his plans off with his victories. He had to forcibly remove Sul from the race to get his plans back on course.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Canaletto certainly thought so.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Believed Canaletto was too weak to truly affect him. While Canaletto was indeed weakened, it was more than enough to completely surpass Sul, and he understood that way too late.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When Molly/Eva decides to warn Sul about the ambush the other racers are going to pull on him in the next race, he doesn't thank her nor does he even acknowledge that she was trying to do the right thing. Instead, he forces her to relive her worst memories, and he simply states she has wasted his time.
  • The Worf Effect: Used to demonstrate Canaletto's power.

    Ning and Skun 
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Ning is voiced by: Jillian Michaels (English), Ai Orikasa (Japanese)
Skun is voiced by: Colleen Wheeler (English), Tomoko Hiratsuji (Japanese)

Two very proud and aggressive creatures from the destroyed planet Inna. Their star-racer is distinctive in that it is actually two ships that fly in tandem, but are capable of combining to form a more powerful craft. After combining their ships, they gain the ability to use an extremely powerful heat-seeking plasma cannon. Their star racers are rectangle-shaped, red with a black border and, when it is two separate racers, are driven like motorcycles.


    Lord Furter 
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Voiced by: Don Brown (English), Tetsuo Gotō (Japanese)

Captain of a space-galleon, as bad-tempered as he is egocentric. Being a self-proclaimed pirate, he only sees the Ultimate Prize as a treasure to be claimed.


  • Card-Carrying Villain: A self-proclaimed pirate.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. His vessel was destroyed by Kross in the episode Canaletto's Revenge when he rammed his star racer into it, splitting it in two before it exploded; all the crew escaped, but Lord Furter tried to prove his loyalty to his ship by not abandoning it, though at the last moment he has a change of heart and flees just as his ship explodes.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The only thing that matches his HUGE ego is his quick temper.
  • The Napoleon: He is easily recognizable due to him being the smallest in stature of all the racers.
  • Overly Long Tongue: His tongue is so long he can't even close his mouth.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's extremely short, but has an enormous ego.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After the race with Kross is over, his crew members return to where they came from and are assumed to continue their careers as pirates, but Furter himself is conspicuously absent.

    General Kross 
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Voiced by: Brian Dobson (English), Shozo Iizuka (Japanese)

General of the Crog Imperium. He replaces Toros as the Crog's representative on Ōban, because Toros' loss to the Earth Team in the last race of the playoffs was "unacceptable".


  • Ambition Is Evil: He plans to use the Ultimate Prize for galactic domination. When the prize of the Great Race is revealed to be ascension to Avatar-hood, Kross calls up his people and outright demands to have full control over the Imperium once be becomes Avatar.
  • Arc Villain: Serves as the primary antagonist of the Ōban Cycle.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: As menacing as he is and the number of actions he pulls off which drive a wedge between Aikka and Eva, he fails to be a straight up Big Bad since he could never hope to beat Sul, and everything in the series is being manipulated by Canaletto anyway.
  • Blood Knight: He loves to kill and would do so, if it weren't for the rules.
  • Climax Boss: Kross serves as Eva's final opponent in the Great Race of Ōban, as they both scramble for the tournament's Golden Snitch after every other finalist has been incapacitated. Caneletto takes center stage after Kross' death, but the conflict with him only comes after the Great Race's effective conclusion.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Kross has by far the deepest voice on the entire show, fitting for the greatest general of a species of villainous Proud Warrior Race Guys.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Used to differentiate him from Toros and other crogs, and make him look more intimidating.
  • I Have Your Wife: He forces Aikka to help him by threatening his parents.
  • Jerkass: Kross is the most violent and unlikable racer of Ōban.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Because the rules of the race forbid him to intentionally kill his opponents, Kross often manipulates Prince Aikka into helping him thwart the other pilots. His methods of coercion range from physical violence to holding Aikka's family hostage.
  • Oh, Crap!: His last words are to gasp "By Crog!", seconds before his trident fighter crashes and explodes.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Continues the color theme of the Crog Imperium, but also accents it with an abundance of silver markings.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Kross is the second pilot for the Crog Imperium, replacing Toros during the Ōban Cycle. He is stronger, more treacherous and cruel than his predecessor, and his star-racer is a larger, more powerful version of the standard Crog Trident.
  • The Unfettered: Kross has no qualms about killing his opponents or manipulating Prince Aikka into doing his dirty work if it means victory for himself and the Imperium.

    Ondai 
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Voiced by: Trevor Devall (English), Hideo Watanabe (Japanese)

A robot that looks like a cylinder that walks on three flat metal legs. His star-racer is capable of transforming into a humanoid mech armed with a pair of energy swords and a battery of missile launchers.


  • BFS: The energy swords his mech carries are almost as big as it is.
  • Fatal Flaw: He may sometimes get carried away with calculations when too many things around him are mathematically possible, causing him to go into a state of awe, as was exemplified in Optimised Like Ondai.
  • Hidden Depths: He's convinced of his own superiority over organic races, but his wish is to be able to feel things like an organic himself, and his module at Ōban is full of living creatures that he takes care of.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is very analytical and constantly running calculations, but is also known to have a sarcastic and narcissistic personality.
  • Living Lie Detector: Ondai has one that enabled him to know Eva/Molly wasn't lying about the ultimate prize being a fake.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He wants to use the ultimate prize to become an organic creature, or at least understand what it feels like.
  • Transforming Mecha: Ondai's star-racer is capable of transforming into a humanoid mech armed with a pair of energy swords and a battery of missile launchers.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His star-racer (in robot mode) was disabled by Prince Aikka in the final race, and he is not seen again.

    O 
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The tallest of the nine Ōban pilots, he resembles a large upside down teardrop with stubby legs and one large eye in the middle. He appears to "pilot" a large, bizarre, organic construct that looks similar to a jellyfish of some sort.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: Previously under the radar, he turns out to be important later on.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After Canaletto is freed, O rushes to help Molly, Jordan, and Prince Aikka, and follows them to the Temple of the Heart, where he protects them from two giant guardians controlled by Canaletto before being killed by them. His unique energy-absorption abilities allowed him to take the guardians down with him, consuming them in an enormous explosion that disintegrated all three of them.
  • My Greatest Failure: Long ago, when Satis faced Canaletto in combat, he called to O for help. However, O did not respond to the request. All the way to the present, O felt incredibly guilty that he did not go back to help Satis.
  • One-Letter Name: He's simply known as O.
  • One-Winged Angel: His combat form is colossus sized, vaguely humanoid, and has large jaws for hands. He uses it during his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Organic Technology: His "star racer" is organic and uses a mouth of sorts to place its pilot inside. And that's not even including its combat mode.
  • Seers: In the early stages of the absolute final race, O has what seems to be a vision of Satis fighting Canaletto. As a result, O seemingly drops out of the race and takes shelter from the impending catastrophe to help out afterwards.
  • The Speechless: Hovering silently, O never says a single word of dialogue throughout the series.
  • Starfish Alien: He and the construct he flies are easily the most alien of all racers in Oban's finales.
  • Taking You with Me: Overwhelmed by the guardians, he opts to self destruct once the heroes are out of the line of fire, destroying both his opponents at once.
  • Time Abyss: If he was alive during the conflict between Satis and Canaletto, that makes O thousands of years old.

    Muir 
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A large crab-like alien with a heavy, armored shell and large pincers, as well as telepathic tentacles.


  • Anti-Villain: In "Monstrous Like Muir", Molly discovers that she isn't the only one who wants to bring back a loved one; Muir's mate was killed by alien hunters who wanted her tentacles and left her for dead. Muir hopes to win the Ultimate Prize to bring her back to life.
  • Combat Tentacles: Muir's tentacles also have telepathic qualities.
  • Freudian Excuse: He attacks other racers who compete against him because he wants to win the Ultimate Prize. His mate was killed by alien hunters and he hopes to win the Great Race to bring her back to life.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Muir is a large crab-like alien with a heavy, armored shell and large pincers.
  • Not So Different: From Eva. They both are only interested in the Ōban prize because they are driven to bring back the life of a loved one.
  • Opt Out: When it's revealed that it's impossible even for the Avatar to bring people back from the dead, Muir drops out of the race completely.
  • Organic Technology: His racer looks like a whale-like crab not dissimilar from Muir himself that he pilots using his tentacles.

Other Characters

    President McMullen 
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Voiced by: Richard Newman (English)
The president of the Earth Coalition, McMullen has been privy to the existence of the Avatar for many decades, but kept it secret as part of a Government Conspiracy. When the Great Race of Ōban draws near, he recruits Don Wei to form a team capable of competing.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses this hard when he realizes the Crog Imperium is sweeping aside Sol's defenses, all because he decided to launch a preemptive attack and thus violate the ceasefire of the Great Race. When Don contacts him the final time, he finds the President in an almost catatonic state, surrounded by apocalyptic pleas for help from military channels, mumbling that the Crogs were untrustworthy and that humanity had no choice but to attack first.
  • Government Conspiracy: Decades ago, McMullen was minor member of a council of government officials during the Crog invasion of Earth. When the Avatar appeared before them and set the cease-fire in place in exchange for Earth's participation in the upcoming Great Race of Ōban, the council chose to keep the Avatar's intervention a closely-guarded secret from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately, this had the side-effect of leaving humanity rather underprepared for the tournament, and McMullen (now the leader of the Earth Coalition) basically had to order Don Wei to claw together a team at the last second. At the end of the series, the same conspiracy forces the surviving human protagonists to swear to lifelong secrecy about Ōban and their adventures.
  • Not So Different: Towards the end of the series, McMullen's behavior increasingly aligns with that of the Crog Imperium, humanity's greatest rivals:
    • When he learns that the ultimate prize is ascension to Avatar-hood, McMullen immediately decides that a human Avatar would be perfect for enabling human supremacy in the galaxy, and urges Don to continue participating in the tournament at all costs. This is exactly what General Kross had in mind, minus the latter's additional desire to become a God-Emperor.
    • In the same scene, the President indicates that the Coalition hopes to use an Avatar to not only wipe out the Crog Imperium completely, but also destroy anyone else in the galaxy who would threaten humanity or stand in their way.
    • Damningly, McMullen arranges for humanity to violate the ceasefire of the Great Race, sending a Coalition fleet to launch a premature surprise attack against the Crog armada, who were standing by to begin the invasion after the Race. He claims amid a Despair Event Horizon that the Crogs couldn't be trusted to respect the ceasefire, and that attacking first was the only option.
  • Smug Snake: He dismisses Don's concerns about forcing Molly to keep racing after learning the prize won't bring her mother back with a "that's too bad" sense of smug indifference, as by that point McMullen had decided that the ultimate prize was far more important than any of the Earth Team's concerns.
    Don Wei: "She thought could use the prize to bring her mother back from the dead."
    McMullen: "Touching, but irrelevant."

    The Mad Scrub 
A member of the scrub species on Alwas, and an insane hermit. He is discovered to be the one responsible for Rick Thunderbolt's Career-Ending Injury, which prompts the human to track him down for answers.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once Rick tracks him down, the greater plot gains some pretty dark implications.
  • Mad Bomber: He snuck into the Earth Team pit and concealed an explosive device inside the Arrow I's engine, which led to Rick's Career-Ending Injury during the first race with Grooor.
  • No Name Given: We never learn the Mad Scrub's true name.
  • Room Full of Crazy: The Mad Scrub's home is plastered with the same symbol found on his amulet, painted on several surfaces (including his own body) with bright red paint, and a creepy effigy shrine depicting a corvid skull sits in one corner. All of these are motifs associated with Canaletto.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's only a minor character, but he is the one who sabotaged the Whizzing Arrow I and caused Rick's crippling nervous damage, which allowed Eva to replace him as the Earth Team's pilot. He also serves as an introduction to Canaletto.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The lightning that sets fire to the Mad Scrub's home (with the hermit trapped inside) is heavily implied to have been caused by Canaletto.
  • Walking Spoiler: You can't talk about the Mad Scrub without revealing that he caused Rick Thunderbolt's Career-Ending Injury in the first race against Grooor, or his nature as a Canaletto cultist.

    SPOILERS 

The Great Beings

A race of enigmatic Energy Beings who are the creators of Ōban, from which the entire galaxy originated via the planet-seeds. However, they grew complacent and jealous of each-other, and a catastrophic civil war exterminated their civilization. The survivors, wracked with guilt, chose to abandon their godhood and instead nominate a single mortal every 10,000 years to serve as the galaxy's solitary steward. This being is referred to as the "Avatar".

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