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Crew of the Outlaw Star

    In General

  • Color-Coded Characters: Gene - Red, Jim - Yellow, Melfina - Blue, Aisha - Green, Suzuka - Orange
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A hapless bodyguard duo, an exiled warrior, one of the galaxy's most deadly assassins, and an artificial human who have no business piloting the most advanced ship in the galaxy. Except for Melfina who was designed to do so.
  • The Team: The crew of the Outlaw Star is as follows.
    • The Leader: Gene, the captain of the crew, and the one that brings everyone together. He handles long-rang fighting.
    • The Lancer: Jim, Gene's partner and Number Two who is a much more down-to-earth Teen Genius.
    • The Chick: Melfina, a Mysterious Waif who takes care of the smaller details around the ship. A Cool Big Sis to Jim, and love interest to Gene.
    • The Big Girl: There are two of these.
    • Aisha, a Proud Warrior Race Girl with a Super Mode transformation, who tends to rely on brute strength in a world full of (projectile and/or particle) weapons.
    • Suzuka is a swift and deadly master of the sword. That is, a wooden sword that can cut through anything.
    • The Smart Guy: Gilliam, the Outlaw Star's computer, is responsible for the many technical issues regarding inter-stellar travel.
  • True Companions: They become tight knit after a sufficient adventures together.

    Gene Starwind 

Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya (JP), Bob Buchholz (EN, credited as Robert Wicks)
"I am Gene Starwind. An outlaw not in the habit of listening to warnings."

An outlaw, pilot, gunman, and jack-of-all trades. Business partners with the computer prodigy Jim Hawking, Gene runs a semi-legitimate business dubbed, "Starwind and Hawking" on Sentinel III. When he was 14, Gene lost his father in a what appeared to be a brutal Space pirate attack and has since been terrified of space. At 20 years old, he is offered the chance of a lifetime when he meets an outlaw named "Hot Ice" Hilda and acquires a state-of-the-art ship, the XGP 15A-II, and a biological android named Melfina, with the ability to find and unlock the galaxy's biggest treasure - the Galactic Leyline.

  • Accidental Pervert: During the Hot Springs Episode, he accidentally crashes into the hot spring Aisha was bathing in and sees her completely naked. Aisha is amused - especially when he falls in the red-hot water. Suzuka lets him have it ("it" being a magnificent bokken smack to the face) when it happens to her on the other hand.
  • Act of True Love: Could have asked for Melfina to make the Leyline literally give him anything but all he really wanted was for her to stay with him.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Starwind" is an awesome name, especially for a starship captain.
  • Badass Longcoat: More like yellowish cape, but it fits the spirit.
  • Badass Normal: Compared with other cast members, he has no fancy skills, he's just an ordinary human with a bunch of weapons.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Gene tries a version of this with a modified light shield against Suzuka and it works... briefly.
  • Big Eater: Not as much as Aisha, but still high enough to be below the Shonen line.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Gene seems to be prone to these, considering it happened with Hilda and Melfina.
    • Played every which way but straight with Fred Luo, for whom Gene is briefly a bodyguard well after Fred Luo's obvious crush on Gene is shown.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Jim's Brains because of his caster gun and greater athleticism.
  • Catchphrase: "I'll pay you when I make it big." He uses this so often to try and skip out on a bill that Swanzo and Mikey even muse about it in the finale, wondering if "I'll Pay You When I Make It Big Gene" should be his new outlaw nickname.
  • The Chosen One: During the Hot Springs Episode, one of the three mages muses on the significance of "a red-haired man with a Caster". Either there's some prophecy going on, or it's at least somehow important. Unfortunately, it's never brought up again.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Gene's tactic for winning a duel to the death? Straight up cheating, of course!
  • Covered with Scars: It's implied that many of his scars are the result of his escape pod crash-landing on Sentinel III when he was fifteen.

    Jim Hawking 

Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN, credited as Ian Hawk)
"Damnit, I'm supposed to be the brains of this outfit!"

An eleven year old outlaw and co-owner of "Starwind & Hawking Enterprises", along with Gene. Jim is the brains of the outfit and the one who handles the business side of things, whether it be procuring supplies, or negotiating deals to try to keep the crew from getting any deeper in debt.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Jim may be small, but he isn't afraid to speak his mind and tends to be blunt; especially when dealing with Gene.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Gene, whose habit of leaving things to chance drives Jim up the wall.
  • Brains and Brawn: The calm, fiscally minded genius to Gene's reckless, frivolous self.
  • Fatal Attraction: With Hanmyo of the Anten Seven. He never learned that cute girl he met was trying to kill him, she never learned he was her target, and neither ever learned that she died at his hands.
  • Free-Range Children: Eleven years old, no parents, and nobody bats an eye that he's a professional bounty hunter. One could say that he's bounty hunting with his legal guardian but considering Gene immaturity it's not really any better.
  • Kid-anova: He's not shy about beaning Gene with a frying pan so he can use Melfina as a Lap Pillow. Aisha's pretty affectionate with him, too, though usually in more of a "partner-in-crime" kind of way, with the occasional hug. He discovers his true power on Tenrei, where the ladies just can't get enough of him. Marshmallow Hell squared to the power of bikinis.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is very close to Jim Hawkins, the protagonist of literary classic Treasure Island. Both are adventurous youths who join the crew of a ship under the mentorship of a more experienced rogue.
  • Not So Above It All: He can be just as hormonal as Gene at times, but still in a less perverted way.
  • Only Sane Man: Someone has to help Gene prioritize and focus on business, otherwise "Starwind & Hawking Enterprises" would've gone under a longtime ago.
  • Parental Abandonment: His genius dad didn't have time for him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Gene's Red Oni because he is more cautious and less intuitive.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He only comes up to Gene's waist, is the shortest of the Outlaw Star crew and has a better head for business than any of them.
  • Side Kick: He is Gene's kid partner and strikes a contrast with him in terms of personality and skillet.
  • The Smart Guy: Jim is pretty much the brain of "Starwind & Hawking" and is the one who drums up business for their operation. He also gathers intel on whatever bounty Gene decides to go after, and negotiates deals to reduce the costs for their ship's repairs and docking fees.
  • The Straight Man: He reacts with frustration at Gene's antics.
  • Teen Genius: He's very good with mechanical repairs, has good business sense, can hack pretty decently, knows how to prioritize and negotiate, and in general acts like a very intelligent adult man... except he's only 11.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Way more practical than the much older Gene is. He handles most of the buisness side of things.


Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Emilie Brown (EN)
""Why was I made? Who made me? And what did they make me for?"

An advanced bio-android created by Professor Gwen Khan in conjunction with the XGP 15A-II with the sole intention of finding the Galactic Leyline.

  • Amnesiac Hero: She has no recollection of her past or why she was created.
  • Artificial Human: She's a highly advanced "bio-android" created by Gwen Khan.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's as kindhearted and pure as they come, but even she won't suffer an evil cactus trying to possess Jim and make everyone else eat crappy ice cream. She proceeds to stomp on it until it's mush and begging for her to stop.
  • The Chick: The only female that doesn't kick ass on a daily basis. Instead she tries to make everyone get along.
  • Damsel in Distress: Justified, as she's pretty important to the one thing everyone's after in the series, and furthermore she is the one female member of the Outlaw Star crew who isn't a semi-immortal alien or an assassin.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She forced the very, VERY creepy Harry to flee all by herself when he came after her.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: All she wants is, to know who created her and for what purpose. After Hilda's death, Gene looks after Melfina and promises to help her find out about her past.
  • Deuteragonist: She's the next most pivotal character, after Gene, and gradually becomes his Love Interest. The Kei Pirates, the MacDougal Bros., and Hanzankou, are also after her because she's the key to unraveling the secrets of The Galactic Leyline.
  • Digital Bikini: Not in the original or the uncut DV Ds, but given one for the edited American broadcast on Cartoon Network.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Really wants to, and sleeps in a position so she can dream.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears a single gold bangle around her left ankle, as part of her standard attire.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She does the ship's cooking but the trope is played with as she needs help from Suzuka, the elegant lady of war.
  • Girl in a Box: Gene and Jim first see her when Hilda opens the briefcase she'd stolen from the Kei Pirates; making Melfina a literal example of the trope. For many (perhaps most) anime fans in the West, Melfina is the Trope Codifier.
  • Girly Girl And Tomboy: Melfina's girly girl to Aisha's tomboy because is she far more gentle, polite and caring than the boisterous warrior.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Stomped the alien cactus to death when it tried to mind control Jim and as the Outlaw Star's navigation system, she frequently engages in battles to the death alongside Gene and the others against enemy ships.
  • Hidden Buxom: In instances when she's not wearing her cloak (such as inside her navigation chamber) Melfina is actually fairly well endowed for her build.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She doesn't show any hatred towards any of the forces seeking to claim her. Not even Harry MacDougal despite the abuse he puts her through. Even after being on the receiving end of a breaking speech from Hazanko and fearing Gene saw her as nothing more than a tool to be used for his own end, Melfina offers to use the Leyline to grant whatever he desires. Make no mistake though, if you threaten anyone she cares about (as the alien cactus found out the hard way) she won't hesitate to fight back.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's nude whenever she's functioning as the ship's navigation unit, though her arms are always crossed over her chest and a metal strip outside the tank obstructs any view of her nether region. Given her general innocence, she seems like the type that was never introduced to the idea of there being anything wrong about her not having clothes on. Though being nude seems to be just a side effect of being the navigation unit, since she enters and leaves fully clothed.
  • Intimate Healing: She does this for Gene when Yase poisoned him. Something about the navigation module enabled her to heal him.
    • In the manga, she's shown to be able to do this without the chamber.
  • Kick the SOB: She gave the mind-controlling cactus a harsh stomping, yet the plant definitely got what it deserved in episode 13.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: She's sought after by the bad guys because she's the key required to pilot the Outlaw Star, and to unlock the Leyline's power. In general,
  • Mama Bear: Didn't hesitate to kill the alien cactus after seeing what it was trying to do to Jim.
  • The Mermaid Problem: In a sense. Gwen Khan said to Harry MacDougal, "You'd probably have some problems trying to mate with her" implying not so much that Melfina can't have sex but more like the end result of a successful breeding would be something completely unheard of.
  • Mysterious Waif: A girl in a box that's connected to the special starship. The mysteries surrounding her drive a large part of the plot.
  • Naked on Arrival: She first appears naked when Gene and Jim find her inside a box. The official reason is unknown but it may have to do with the perception of who ever put her in the box of her as Wetware CPU instead of human.
  • The Navigator: Or rather, the navigation system itself.
  • Nice Girl: A kind and friendly girl. She even shows pity to the absolutely vile Harry Mac Dougal.
  • No-Sell: The cactus monster tries to use mind control on her, but it doesn't work on machines. Thus, she was the only one of the main cast who could deal with it... by stomping it to death
  • Official Couple: With Gene, while they're at the Galactic Leyline, she asks Gene what he wants. He says he wants Melfina to stay with him, but realizes he's being selfish. So he asks what she wants. Melfina says it's to stay with him and the others and remain herself. So Gene makes that his wish, then seals it with The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: If she's inside the Outlaw Star's navigation, module she's naked (unless you're watching the Cartoon Network edited version, where she has something like a two piece swimsuit).
  • Parental Substitute: Jim sees her as a surrogate mother figure.
  • Phlebotinum Girl: She was created to locate a legendary space treasure built by an ancient alien race.
  • She's Got Legs: Long and slender, further emphasized by her gray tights, short skirt, and anklet.
  • Shrinking Violet: Notably shy for a girl who spends most of her time doing her job naked.
  • Spaceship Girl: Melfina seems at first to be a shy teenage girl, but she is soon revealed to be the living navigation system for a very advanced starship. The rest of the ship's functions, however, are controlled by Gilliam II, the ship's male computer system.
  • Take a Third Option: During the time Gene was poisoned, Yase gave the crew two options: either hand over the Outlaw Star and Melfina so they will receive the cure (although Jim implied that he never kept his word) or Gene will die from the toxin. Melfina cured Gene herself.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Aisha's Butch and Suzuka's Neither due to being the only Girly Girl.
  • Unusual User Interface: She isn't a navigator, but rather the navigation system for the Outlaw Star. This requires her to jump into some backlit chamber and remove all of her clothing for some reason. Notably, she always enters and exits the navigation chamber fully clothed, the stripping appears to be involuntary and automatic.
    Aisha: The ship won't move unless you're naked? Well, that's very kinky, wouldn't you say?
  • Wetware CPU: She is a walking, talking, breathing navigation system for the Outlaw Star .

    Aisha Clan Clan 

Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (JP), Lenore Zann (EN, credited as Zan)
"Who are you calling an animal!?"

A Ctarl-Ctarl and former officer of the Ctarl-Ctarl Empire. Charged with the task to search for the Galactic Leyline, Aisha hunts would-be outlaw Gene Starwind and later joins his crew in search for answers.

  • Action Girl: Gene or Jim wouldn't have a chance against her unless they cheat (which they do... a lot)
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's often shown flexing or otherwise showing off her muscles, and Gene certainly appreciated the view when he accidentally saw her naked.
  • Amusing Alien: She's a childish alien egotist who suffers comic abuse for her arrogance.
  • Badass Adorable: Aside from when she's pissed, pretty much every expression she makes is absolutely adorable.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Never destroy delicious seafood when Miss Clan Clan is watching. She will pulverize the entire building!
    • Also, she REALLY hates being called an animal, though her behavior still does plenty to warrant it.
  • Big Eater: Eats as much as a Shonen hero.
  • The Big Girl: If you want brute force, Aisha's your girl. She even has a Super Mode.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loud and kicks ass.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has by far the largest rack of any female character in the series, and the strongest of the crew in terms of physical strength
  • Braids of Action: She keeps her hair tied in a braid with a large ring, even when in combat.
  • Butt-Monkey: She gets the most comic abuse out of the Outlaw Star's crew.
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Played with every which way. Aisha won't hesitate for one second to remind you of her race's superiority, get into trouble due to her childishness, or bail out the crew when brute strength is needed. But she's frequently in as much debt as everyone else due to destroying wherever she works in a pointless fight. She is once on the receiving end of Screw You, Elves! when she wants to enter the Universe's Strongest Women tournament, and is told Ctarl-Ctarl are banned because they're seen as a danger to the tournament's competitors and its spectators because the last one that entered went on a one rampage that killed HUNDREDS of people and injured thousands more.
  • Cat Girl: The ears, the "nya", the Cute Little Fangs, her tendency to Faux Paw, the bell on her collar, and the feisty attitude all point to this trope. She even turns into a tiger-thing!
  • Clothing Damage: Aside from when she gets blown up, she shreds her outfit when she turns into her tiger form.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's a childish buffoon, but she's still an immortal Ctarl-Ctarl with skin like iron and crazy amounts of brute strength.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Jim. It's lampshaded later in the series.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When she entered the Universe' Strongest Woman tournament she easily defeated every opponent she went up against until she faced Iraga.
  • Cute Bruiser: Acts like she's twelve and kicks a lot of ass.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's a catgirl alien so this contrast is likely part of showing that.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: If Aisha could go were-tiger at will, only certain foes such as the Anten Seven would really be a threat (and even then she trashed another Ctarl Ctarl werewolf of said group with no aid or significant difficulty). Well, that and if she were a bit smarter.
  • Girly Girl And Tomboy: Aisha's tomboy to Melfina's girly girl because she is boisterous, rude and a warrior.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: If it's bad, it's probably going happen to her. Such as being shot in the face point-blank by Gene. Getting hit with a set of bombs even has results that are more comedic than harmful.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of her obnoxious behavior, Aisha does have a sense of honor.
  • Large Ham: She is even more expressive than Gene.
  • Lethal Chef: She claims the stew she makes is a Ctarl-Ctarl delicacy. And that may be true, but the fact is humans can't handle it - just ask Suzuka. It gave her a stomachache bad enough to leave herself open to Leilong. Worst timing ever?
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She gets serious in a fight on two occasions. Both times she demonstrates exactly why Ctarl-Ctarl have such ferocious reputations as fighters.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Being a Ctarl-Ctarl means Aisha is much stronger, faster, and more durable than humans. She once brought down a building, by accident.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The series puts her in more outfits than Melfina or Suzuka, along with ample Clothing Damage, copious amounts of Male Gaze, and so forth. Aisha easily has the most explicit Fanservice of the entire series.
  • The Nicknamer: Aisha calls Twilight Suzuka "Suzu", which noticeably irritates the latter.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Aisha boasts about the strength of the C'tarl-Ctarl and when she's no subject to slapstick she can typically back in up. When she entered the Universe's Strongest Woman tournament she easily won every all of her matches prior to the final round. Iraga, the only opponent who could prove a challenge, turned out to be shapeshifter as well.
  • No-Sell: Gene once hit her with a knife. The knife broke without making a scratch on her.
  • No True Scotsman: She's insulted by the idea that Iraga could possibly be a Ctarl-Ctarl, insisting that no Ctarl-Ctarl would ever stoop to being an assassin for lowly pirates (given that Iraga turns into a wolf-like creature instead of a cat, she might actually correct, though).
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The Ctarl-Ctarl are werecat-space-people. Their super mode requires a moon.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Which gets lampshaded during the opening narration of Episode 5, which recounts how and why Aisha lost her former position and status.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: ...and won't let anyone forget it. Expect to hear about "the mighty Ctarl-Ctarl Empire" at least once, or twice, whenever she's onscreen.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her braid is long enough to reach down to her knees and she used to be' really high status in the Ctarl-Ctarl Empire.
  • Riches to Rags: It's barely touched on in the series, but per her backstory at the start of episode 5 she comes from a very wealthy and influential family and at the start of the series she was the commanding officer on the largest and most powerful warship of the Ctarl-Ctarl Empire. Then she was promptly stripped of her rank due to screwing up when she encountered Hilda and the crew in Episode 3 and was stuck working menial jobs until she signed up with the crew of the Outlaw Star (where she was still stuck mostly doing menial jobs).
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She didn't mind Gene seeing her stark naked, during their trip to Tenrei's hot springs resort. If anything, she was amused by it and teased him for getting flustered.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Aisha is legimately strong, but her pride as a Ctarl-Ctarl outstretches her ability given her frequent boasting of the Ctarl-Ctarl's superiority.
  • Super Mode: Whenever she activates her were-tiger mode, which is an inherent ability amongst the Ctarl-Ctarl, her already high combat ability goes even higher. So long as there's a moon present, that is.
  • Super Strength: Enough to destroy robots that could shrug off Gene's caster shells, and in another episode, when beating up a group of thugs she also brought down the entire building.
  • Super Toughness: To say Aisha is durable would be an understatement. When Gene has a go at her with his knife in Episode 5, the blade shattered from striking her skin; she was unharmed. At the end of the same episode, she survived being shot point blank between the eyes by a #12 caster shell, though the impact knocked her unconscious. The Hot Springs Episode also had her finding most of the springs too cold, and the only one that was warm enough proved scalding hot to anybody else.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Melfina's Femme and Suzuka's Neither because she's the local tomboy.
  • Unusual Ears: Apart from the obvious Cat Girl thing, Aisha's ears do have a bit of a jigokumimi look to them.
  • Verbal Tic: In the original Japanese, she adds "zo na" to the end of most of her sentences for emphasis. In the English dub, she'll let out a "Nya" when expressing emotion.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: She can go full werecat at will, provided the planet she's on has a moon.
  • Womanchild: She has zero maturity or impulse control, often making Gene appear to be extremely mature by comparison.
  • The Worf Effect: She was also one among the first to be taken out by Shimi, who dropped her with a set of explosives, to demonstrate why he is one of the Anten Seven.
  • Work Off the Debt: Aisha was forced to wash the dishes at a seafood restaurant she worked at to pay for the damages she caused while fighting several pirates.
  • World's Strongest Woman: While she did break the rules to enter, and the whole place burned down, but she defeated the assassin Iraga, who easily defeated the four time reigning champion... yep Aisha earned this one.

    "Twilight" Suzuka 

Voiced by: Sayuri Yamauchi (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

An "Ultra Class A" assassin who is known for killing her victims during a setting sun. Suzuka joins up with Gene Starwind and the crew of the Outlaw Star, claiming that she finds them to be all rather interesting people, and teams up with them in their fight against the Kei pirates.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her bokken can cut through anything.
  • Action Girl: When Suzuka picks up her bokken, somebody's ass is about to be kicked. She’s probably the strongest member of the crew in a one-to-one.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall (almost six feet), has long black hair and is the most attractive female in the main cast. She's quiet, composed and so aloft she barely even seems to be part of the crew.
  • Always Someone Better: a whole episode involves her killing high profile targets and living comfortably while Gene chased down pettier criminals for a fraction of the reward while barely keeping his head above poverty.
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: In the Hot Springs Episode, Gene ends up landing in the hot spring where she and Melfina were bathing and she quickly reacher for her sword that she kept within reach.
  • Combat Stilettos: She's a samurai in high-heels, which do not slow her down. They may as well be track shoes.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Seen near the end of her introductory episode, when Gene grabbed her Sarashi and unravelled it. Suzuka was forced to forfeit in order to cover up.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: She joins the crew after Gene (barely) defeats her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She doesn't do a personality 180, but she grows kinder and more willing to care about other people over the course of the series.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: The only reason she's in this Sci-Fi universe is because Samurai are cool. Suzuka has no real place in the series, which is a semi-futuristic world with magical Space Pirates and ships with arms, likely only there to add a sense of Japanese culture and fetish appeal.
  • Hidden Buxom: Hides them under both her kimono and her Sarashi wrap. When she's relaxing nude in the hot spring, she's almost as big as Aisha.
  • Hitman with a Heart:
    • She has no obligation to help the crew, but does so out of boredom.
    • She later protects Melfina and some civilians from a rampaging Kei pirate, showing that she’s really not all that bad as long as she hasn’t been hired to kill you.
  • Honor Before Reason: She holds herself to timed kills out of pride for her skill, and will actually relent for at least a day if she can't kill the person that sunset. Once Gene manages to cause her to have this happen, she near-immediately targets him personally in disregard of this shtick, and even continues this after he defeats her - all while refusing to accept either a loss or a draw because Gene's Combat Pragmatist methods personally peeved her off, even admitting it's because of her pride.
  • Hypocrite: It's never directly addressed in the series, but when she first meets Gene she calls him out for fighting to protect Fred Lo for money rather than loyalty or ideology even though her only reason for trying to kill Fred was for money.
  • I Have the High Ground: It was formerly part of her trademark, though the last time she invokes it is when she helps Gene escape the shuttle bay on Sentinel III.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Suzuka wields a bokuto, or a wooden training sword. And with that, she cuts trucks in half and can smash clean through a ceiling in a single slash in pure Charles Atlas Superpower fashion.
  • Lady of War: All but lampshaded during the opening narration of her introductory episode. Suzuka is literally a space-aged samurai and upholds their classic ideals of honor and chivalry.
  • The Lancer: With her cool demeanor and skillful use of a wooden sword, she makes quite the contrast with the hotblooded gunslinger who leads the crew.
  • Martial Arts Headband: She sports a strip of cloth tied around the head because she is a samurai.
  • Ms. Fanservice: An interesting example in that normally Suzuka is fairly modest, reserved and not at all intent in sexual matters. But when the cast has to strip down, Suzuka is the one that usually wears the least, and the uncensored opening for her introductory episode pretty much cements her as this with a sitting nude shot from behind while the narrator comments on her beauty.
  • Nerf Arm: Of course, given how she uses it, it might as well be a lightsaber.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Gene, after losing to him. It's a matter of pride since she lost to him previously.
  • Professional Killer: Gene tarnished her reputation, but she still kills people despite this. It's probably the only reason she's not dirt broke like the others.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail goes past her waist and adds to her elegance as a lady of war.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: An alluring beauty with jet-black hair and pale white skin, as the narration for her introduction episode points out.
  • Razor Wind: One of her many, many sword techs is creating attacks with wind by slicing it.
  • Red Baron: She's known as "Twilight" Suzuka, because that's the time she feels is most beautiful for carrying out assassinations. It also gives the victim time to say their final goodbyes.
  • Samurai Ponytail: She is a samurai and ties back her long tail.
  • Sarashi: She wears one around her chest because Samurai!.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Most of her fights end quickly. Down in one blow by Leilong.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The tallest member of the main cast according to official size charts, and directly referred to as the "Beautiful Assassin" for a reason.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Aisha's Butch and Melfina's Femme because she stands between the two.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: She uses a bokkuto (a Japanese wooden training sword) to do everything from blocking gun fire, to cleaving through metal. Normally a bokken is used for training; Suzuka's is used to cleave, among other things, a bus, lengthwise, as it's barrelling towards her.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Happens against Shimi a.k.a Leilong. She actually stood a much fairer chance of fighting him evenly than the rest of the crew, but right in the middle of the fight she gets....a stomachache (blame Aisha and her stew). It left her open enough to be taken down quickly.

    Gilliam II 

Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Peter Spellos (EN, credited as G. Gordon Baer)
"My library is on par with that of a Space Forces cruiser."

The XGP 15A-II's artificial intelligence system.

  • Benevolent A.I.: He is polite and helpful to the Outlaw Star's crw.
  • Catchphrase: Gilliam would like to remind you that the Outlaw Star is the most advanced ship in the galaxy.
  • Cool Ship: He is the mind of the most advanced ship in the galaxy!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes valid complaints, not that the crew listens.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Parodied. Gilliam is programmed with a mental block that prevents him from questioning or meditating on his existence or purpose – so instead of contemplating his navel, he contemplates his inability to contemplate his navel. Meta.
    • One stops to wonder why when you realize this is Gilliam II, despite the XGP itself being a prototype. Did Gilliam I contemplate his navel and go rampant?
  • Not So Above It All: While he's the straight man and is usually pointing out the foolhardiness of his captain, when Gene enters them into a space race Gilliam gets pretty competitive himself.
  • Not So Stoic: when he sees hordes of Mecha-Mooks charging up his gantry, he does a proper Wild Take. His interior manipulator drones are much more expressive than his terminal, and, hey! He's the most advanced ship in the galaxy. He can handle a few dozen enemy craft. Getting besieged while stuck on the ground, however, is something neither he nor the ship can deal with efficiently.
  • Only Sane Man: Constantly points out the recklessness of the crew.
  • Robot Buddy: In his pink mini-robot form; Jim painted one pink to make it friendlier and distinctive.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the AI for the "most advanced starship in the galaxy", of course he's the smartest in the group.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He has a crew where the Only Sane Man besides him is a child, who still goes along with whatever reckless plans Gene comes up with. Hard to argue with him when he says his crew are lunatics.
  • The Stoic: When he detects enemy spacecraft and/or space hazards, he indicates it through a rather bored-sounding "Oh my".
  • Super Prototype: He's the prototype of "the most advanced starship in the galaxy" and damn proud of it.



"Hot Ice" Hilda

Portrayed By: Toshiko Fujita (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN, credited as Melissa Williamson)

"No one is going to give you a map, you've got to walk your own path"

An outlaw with an enigmatic past and a sworn enemy of the Kei Pirate Guild and the MacDougall brothers. Prior to landing on Sentinel III, she stole the prized possession of the Kei pirates, the XGP 15A-II and the bio-android Melfina.

  • Action Girl: She defeats both tavern thugs and space pirates. The latter has been trying to kill her for a while.
  • Artificial Limbs: In the Manga. In the anime, one of her arms is shown to be fake.
  • Awesome Mccoolname: "Hot Ice" Hilda; the paradox just sounds awesome.
  • Body Horror: Again in the Manga, her Artificial Limbs do NOT look natural at all, hence why she wears really long gloves.
  • Decoy Protagonist: She's set up to be an equal partner to Gene in their search for the Galactic Leyline. She isn't one. She dies.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: With Gene. It's left unanswered for much of the anime series, until the flashback in Episode 25. They did.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She's missing her right eye and covers it with an eye patch. She's not a pirate.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She handles her impending death with grace and acceptance, calmly using her last moments to implore Gene to become an outlaw and go find the Galactic Leyline.
  • Four Is Death: She dies in Episode 4, which is appropriately titled: "When the Hot Ice Melts".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Next time you watch the first episode, check her alter ego/disguise/fake ID. Amongst other things, the date of birth is 1988.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She's positively serene shortly before her death via falling into a star.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: She has a cybernetic left arm.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Hilda imparts her value system to Gene (her motivations, philosophy and code of honor) before her death.
  • Mysterious Past: Very little is really known about Hilda; her origins, her past and her exploits are mentioned vaguely at best.
  • Red Baron: She's known as, "Hot Ice" Hilda.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She's The Herald and the reason Gene finds the Outlaw Star in the first place, and her death serves as a catalyst for Gene.
  • Taking You with Me: When she realizes there's no possible way to escape, she clings onto Soi Len and detonates an explosive in her tooth, killing them both.

    Old Man 

Old Man "Gramps"

Portrayed By: Kenichi Ogata (JP), Mike Reynolds (EN)

''"You must search for your own dream, young outlaw. And then fight for it - fight to make it all yours."

An old Outlaw, looking for a ship and a crew capable of infiltrating a mysterious planet with an incredibly valuable treasure inside.

  • Determinator: Vows to find the lost treasure of the pirate ship containing dragonite and avenge his comrades.
  • Expy: Of Captain Ahab of Moby Dick.
  • Eyepatch of Power: A metal eyepatch.
  • A Father to His Men: He lost his crew to the sea monsters of the Water Planet long ago. All he has left of them is a picture.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He crashes a mini-sub into the mouth of the Demon King sea monster and blows himself up, allowing Gene and his crew to escape.
  • Taking You with Me: He blows himself up (using explosives embedded inside his cybernetic arm), taking the Demon King of the Water Planet with him.


Kei Pirate Guild

    In General

  • Asian Rune Chant: The Tao Magic they use works this way.
    "Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa...!"
  • Greater-Scope Villain: We know practically nothing about Hazanko's superiors, the Tendo King and the Tempa Emperor. However, considering that Hazanko, who is no slouch himself, felt he needed something like the Galactic Leyline to take on either of them it seems reasonable to assume that they are bugnuts terrifying.
  • Once per Episode: Expect to hear: "Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa...!" every time they cast their Tao magic, with Soi Len being the main offender.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Anten Seven fit the bill for the Kei Pirates as a whole since they are a special group of assassins.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Soi Len is the only female in the group.
  • Space Pirates: Well, yeah. They plunder other starships.
    • Ironically, all the named Kei pirates are never actually seen committing piracy, although they are involved in various other nefarious actions. Instead, they are trying to recover an expensive ship and android developed by their R&D department and stolen from them. Since they hold high positions in a large criminal enterprise, though, it's not unreasonable for them to be too busy and important to commit petty crimes.
  • Starter Villains: They're Gene and Hilda's primary antagonists for the first four episodes, until they're killed near the end of the fourth episode. From then on, the MacDougall Bros. and the Anten Seven take over as the main antagonists of the series.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While they're after the XGP, you think they could've waited when they were out of the gravity well first to try and gain it back. But no, they decide that it would be an ample time to attack Gene and Hilda when all were in danger of falling into a sun after the MacDougalls decide to betray the pirates and push the meteorite everyone was on towards it.


    Tendo King 

The Tendo King

Portrayed By: N/A

  • The Ghost: He makes zero appearances, only ever referred to by the narrator and Hazanko.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's the leader of the Kei Pirates and is implied to be so powerful that Hazanko himself fears him, but he's never seen.



Played By: Seizo Kato (JP), Tom Wyner (EN)
"Not just the Tendo King! The power of the Galactic Leyline surpasses that of the Tempa Emperor! No, its power is even greater than that!!"

A member of the Kei Pirate Guild and leader of the 108 Stars. A key player in the creation of the Outlaw Star, Hazanko seeks ultimate power through the mysterious Galactic Leyline.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He leads a group of space pirates and is the most powerful among them.
  • Berserk Button: After Harry manages to destroy part of his Cool Mask, he immediately subjects him to a Family-Unfriendly Death that had to be censored on the original Toonami showing.
  • Big Bad: He is the leader of the 108 and commands the Anten Seven, which makes him the biggest threat to the Outlaw Star crew.
  • Cool Mask: Destroying part of it is a major Berserk Button for him.
  • Darth Vader Clone: With a metallic-toned voice to boot.
  • Devour the Dragon: Hazanko eventually merges with the Geomancer – including Tobigera and the rest of the crew.
  • The Dreaded: Even Suzuka seemed worried about this guy.
  • Evil Old Folks: An old man that can crush your body if you anger him.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He's like the Sorcerous Overlord from a fantasy genre but (In space)
  • Evil Plan: Acquire the XGP and find the Galatic Leyline so he gain enough power to overthrow the Tendo King and Tempa Emperor.
  • Hero Killer: He is every bit the ultimate Tao Master he is built up to be. Just ask Harry. He even succeeded in killing Gene when they finally confront each other, though he was killed in the process. He got better, and he managed to get all his power from the Leyline.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The few times he is involved, things get very bleak. In his introduction, he sends his strongest assassin who very nearly kills Gene and his crew, and the stakes are raised even higher when his true plans for the Leyline are revealed.
  • Large and in Charge: He towers over his minions.
  • Large Ham: He is fond of dramatically speaking.
  • Not So Stoic: Gets a bit more expressive when he merges with his ship.
  • One-Winged Angel: Hazanko merging with the Geomancer during the climax of the series.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Does barely anything for most of the series. Prior to the finale, he's barely even appears.
  • The Starscream: It was hinted that he was more powerful than the other leaders, but his real goal is use the Galactic Leyline in order to overthrow the Tendo King and the Tempa Emperor.
  • The Stoic: His mask does a good job of hiding what a psycho he truly is under that royal façade.
  • Tin Tyrant: A high-tech example.

The Anten Seven

Played By: Yusaku Yara (JP), Steve Bulen (EN)

The first assassin Hazanko sent after Gene, for good reason...

  • Anti-Villain: By the time he faced off with Gene, Shimi expressed his exasperation in killing people and went as far as to throw the fight and fake his death to permanetly cut his ties to the Kei Pirates.
  • Badass Normal: Shimi appears to be the only member of the pirates lacking either sorcery or supernatural powers, but is arguably the one who comes closest to killing Gene and the rest of the crew.
  • Curbstomp Battle: As noted, the crew had no chance against him. It was completely one-sided.
  • Faking the Dead: He pretends to die in his duel with Gene in order to retire as a Space Pirate.
  • I Let You Win: Shimi , *ahem* Leilong, had deliberately allowed Gene to win as part his intention to retire.
  • Implacable Man: His light shield was strong enough to withstand a missile barrage, followed by a direct hit from Gene's rocket launcher, and a shot from his caster, before it was finally disabled. Except getting through his shield was the least of Gene's problems.
    Gene: (radios Jim, after firing rocket) "Jim, is he dead...?"
    (Shimi's light shield appears through the dust cloud)
    Gene: (exasperated) "What IS this guy??"
  • Knight of Cerebus: As Super Eyepatch Wolf notes in his video on Outlaw Star, the first fourteen episodes of the show are a fun romp, in which Gene and the crew quite easily defeat every villain they come up against. The arrival of Shimi presents the first time Gene actually has to be faced with the real fact of his mortality, and the tone of the episode in which he appears is significantly bleaker, with Shimi soundly defeating every single member of the crew in close combat, including the experienced Lady of War, Suzuka. It's also his arrival on the scene that forces some of Gene's Character Development, as he is faced with what he's up against for the first time.
  • Mook Chivalry: Inverted. Aisha, Jim, and Suzuka politely wait until Shimi's got Gene on the ropes before they intervene, and they subsequently attack him one at a time.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Shimi" is his alias, his real name is Leilong, widely regarded as one of the most feared members of The Anten Seven.
  • Noble Demon: Nothing short of polite to Gene during their initial encounter, and after he defeats Gene fairly and soundly in combat, offers to settle things with a duel.
  • Retired Badass: Seeing how close Gene and his crew were is what made him change his mind about killing him. They were good people and they were loyal to each other. So Shimi threw the fight in order to fake his death. Once he was certain they were gone, he dug himself out and said he was done with being an assassin.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Sends out a student to fight Gene first, and doesn't seem overly concerned that Gene killed him.
    Gene: So this guy was your flunky, is that it?
    Shimi: He was more like a pupil, really. He didn’t have any talent, so he died. That’s all it amounts to.
  • Sole Survivor: By the end of the series, he is the only member of The Anten Seven who's still alive.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Double subverted. Since he's the first of the Anten Seven that the crew encounters, he would be expected to be the weakest of the bunch. However, he turns out to be an incredibly tough opponent and gives the entire crew the worst beatdown they receive in the whole series, turning the algorithm on its head. And then it's played straight when he turns out to be the least evil of the Kei Pirates or at least the least dedicated to their goals, so he turns out to be the least threatening of the Seven after all.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's the only one of the Anten who seems to follow a code of honor, preferring to challenge Gene openly to a one on one duel and keeping collateral damage to a minimum. Fittingly, he's the only one of them to survive.
  • Walking Armory: Shimi a.k.a. Leilong has a lot of weapons.
  • Walking the Earth: Right as he took his leave, he said he'd just wander aimlessly.

Played By: Chiyako Shibahara (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN)

The second assassin that Gene and the crew encounter.

  • Butterface: Yeah... Iraga definitely won't be winning any beauty contests and her muscle looks more like 'bulk'.
  • Curbstomp Battle: She defeated Reiko Ando, who was the former four-time champion of the Universe's Strongest Woman competition, in an offscreen match. According to Jim, the match was quick.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: She's a Ctarl-Ctarl, or at least implied to a varient, who entered a tournament where everyones besides Aisha were humans. Besides Aisha, none of them could provide a challenge.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Implied to be a wolf variant of the Ctarl-Ctarl. Aisha, however, denies the idea, insisting that Ctarl-Ctarl only morph into cats, nothing else.
  • World's Strongest Woman: Iraga entered a tournament for strongest person in the universe/galaxy and has a pretty good chance of winning, but since her goal was to kill Gene she blew her disguise as Ctarl-Ctarl. She beat the four-time reigning champ less than twenty seconds. But still loses to Aisha after a heated fight.

Played By: Tomoko Kawakami (JP), Rebecca Forstadt (EN, credited as Reba West)

The youngest member of the Anten Seven, who travels with a pair of sentient cats named Kemi and Matta. She pilots an advanced ship, the Toruratta, which separates into three subsections, each equipped with its own grappler and weapons.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: She's a cute girl who developed romantic feelings for Jim without realizing his true identity. Her death is an emotional scene as Jim never realized he killed Hanmyo.
  • Dying Alone: In the end, she died dejected and alone in space, having lost Kemi and Matta to the Outlaw Star.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: A large pink one, to match the smaller one that was worn around her forehead.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Hanmyo being a master of "Space combat with cats" certainly invokes this trope. Ultimately, it means she pilots a grappler ship with two detachable arms, each piloted by a super-intelligent cat.
  • Kill the Cutie: Done by the crew of the Outlaw Star, who weren't aware they were fighting a grappler ship battle with a child. The damage to Hanmyo's ship was so extensive, that she was killed in the ensuing explosion.
  • Last Words: Uttered as her ship's main console was crackling with electricity, mere seconds before it exploded:
    Hanmyo: (quietly) "A dead ship... the Toruratta won't respond. Kemi... Matta..."
  • Token Mini-Moe: Were it not for her introduction alongside the rest of the Anten Seven, you'd never know that cute little girl was an assassin. Neither did Jim.
  • Villainous Crush: She had Puppy Love for Jim but neither ever knew the other's true identity..

Played By: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Tom Wyner (EN)

The fourth assassin sent out to kill Gene Starwind.

Played By: Mako Hyoudou (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN, credited as Dorothy Melendrez)

A temptress with a history of luring men to their deaths through seduction. She barred Gene's path as he was searching for Melfina in the Galactic Leyline.

Played By: Kiyonobu Suzuki (JP), Barry Stigler (EN, credited as Gil Starberry)

Hitoriga was responsible for the deaths of Suzuka's entire family, which was the reason she joined the crew of the Outlaw Star. Despite that fact, he became fixated on her, going so far as to adopt Suzuka's likeness as his own.

Played By: Masashi Ebara (JP), Doug Stone (EN)

The last of the Anten Seven, who served as Aisha's opponent at the Galactic Leyline.

  • Bizarre Alien Biology: It's implied that he either he bleeds water, or his blood is blue, after he was slain by Aisha.
  • The Dragon: He is Hazanko's most loyal and trusted follower.
  • Evil Old Folks: Jukai sounds like a geezer with a weezing, raspy, tone that reverberates through his mask.
  • The Faceless: We never get to see what he looks like.
  • Evil Gloating: Both before and after his duel with Aisha. He told her she was being kind by sending Jim ahead, so he wouldn't have to watch her be humiliated. Then after they exchanged blows and Aisha collapsed, he starts to gloat again.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: His gloating is cut short when geysers of his own blood suddenly erupted all over his body. Each one marking a spot Aisha had attacked, too fast for his eyes to perceive them.
  • Marionette Motion: Because he's restricted by what appears to be a straitjacket, his movements are reminiscent of an animated corpse. Particularly when he casts his Tao magic on Hazanko to enable him warp to the end of the Leyline.
  • Spin Attack: During his clash with Aisha, he became a vortex of spinning blades. Unfortunately, it was no match for a Ctarl-Ctarl's hide, or her claws.

Other Members of the Guild

    Soi Len 
Voiced By: Wakana Yamazaki (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

  • Creepy Child: She is small, pale, and ruthless. "Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa...!" is a monotone.
  • Disk-One Final Boss: She is the final one of the trio to be defeated in the first arc, when the heroes first acquire the titular ship.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She might be a murderous witch, but she does seem to care about her comrades. She's rather upset when Roi Fong is killed.
  • Evil Sorceress: "Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa, Pagua Sonfa...!" conjure some magic effect for some unfortunate victim.
  • Enfante Terrible: Looks like a pre-teen, but she's a callous space pirate who has zero compunctions with killing anyone in her way.
  • Karmic Death: In the end she succeeded in bringing about Hilda's death, which ultimately resulted in her own.
  • The Leader: She appears to be in charge of this Space Pirate cell.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has her moments of panic, such as when she sees that Gene has a caster or that she is about to be pulled into a star.
  • Pint Size Power House: She might be a child but she's still a powerful Tao master. It's hinted she could have destroyed the XGP as Gene and his friends were escaping with just her own power.
  • The Stoic: She's reserved and quiet most of the time...
    • Not So Stoic: ...but when things turn against her, she gets more emotional and ultimately terrified.
  • Taking You with Me: She tried this on Gene and the others as they were escaping but before she could pull it off, Hilda showed her how it was done.

    Roi Fong 
Voiced By: Takeshi Watabe (JP), Simon Prescott (EN, credited as Simon Isaacson)

Voiced By:

  • Bald of Evil: A space pirate who shaved his head.
  • BFS: A sword bigger than himself.
  • Red Right Hand: He's got weird screws protruding from his neck and other parts of his body, marking him as evil.

Voiced By: Akira Ishida (JP), Robert Martin Klein (EN, credited as Bob Marx)
  • Bald of Evil: Even has a noticeable bulge on his bald head.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He left lookouts, bugged Jim’s car, and set a trap for Gene. It goes even further bribed the air traffic controller to secretly assist him, and had grappler ships coming in if anything went wrong.
  • Dirty Coward: Suzuka straight up calls him this.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: He tries this on Suzuka. It doesn't work.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Has pointed ears, fangs, grey skin, creepy fingernails, a long nose, and is hairless.
  • Ninja: Not a heavy hitter of the Kei Pirates, he resorts to sneaky tactics. He leads a bunch of Kei Ninja mooks, uses poisoned weapons, and even behind the scenes bribery to throw the crew off.
  • Smug Snake: Even for an underhanded pirate, he takes far too much pleasure in tormenting his targets, and easily the most arrogant and condescending pirate, casually mocking the crew if he thinks he has the upper hand.
  • Super Speed: He's very fast and agile. Unfortunately Suzuka is much faster.

Voiced By: Hisao Egawa (JP), Joe Romersa (EN)

  • Epic Flail: He tried to captured Melfina using this, only to be deflected by Suzuka.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He accepts his fatal defeat by Suzuka with silent grace.
  • Worthy Opponent: He's rather impressed by Suzuka's skills and even compliments her.

The MacDougall Brothers

    In General 

General trope

  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Their twin gold-plated grappler ships, the Shangri-La and the El Dorado, piloted by Ron and Harry, respectively.
  • The Dreaded: The duo have a reputation that leads to be feared as much as entire factions. Ron, it turns out, built much of it up on his own.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The two brothers do genuinely love each other and Ron is particularly upset when it looks like Harry's been killed. We also find out that while his obsession with Melfina was pretty far from healthy, in the end Harry at least cared enough to help Gene rescue her before dying.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Beyond being the primary reason for Hilda's death, the two of them come very close to winning whenever they show up.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ron is the Blue Oni – the calm, composed planner. Harry is the Red Oni, being the impulsive and destructive sibling.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Ron is calm, focus and rational. Harry is obsessive and prone to hysterics.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: A villainous example. They get far more prominently featured than the Kei Pirates and fighting them gets far more focus.
  • Wild Card: They're willing to take jobs from any of the three factions, as long as it pays well. The Wild Card aspect REALLY comes into play when they finish a job for the Kei Pirates... only to start on a job they got from the Space Forces that involves killing said pirates.

    Ronald "Ron" MacDougall 

Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP), John Snyder (EN, credited as Jack Emmet)

The elder MacDougall Brother, and the pilot of the Shangri-La. Always calm, he is the brains of the MacDougall's entire operation. Ron has a past with Hilda. He uses a Caster gun like Gene, but it is basically the barrel of a Caster fashioned in the style of a Shakujo, the staff often carried by Buddhist monks. Ron is a man who will take on any job so long as the money is right and he ends up finishing ahead of where he started. Be it pirates, Space Forces, or private contractors, he will consider anything viable and carry out the job only as it is stipulated, and no further than that.

  • Affably Evil: Ron has a certain charm to him, being the more personable of the two brothers.
  • Badass Longcoat: A fur-lined trench coat.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Harry may be unhinged, but he's still family to Ron. When Hazanko butchers his brother, Ron takes it personally and decides to settle the score: starting with Gwen Khan and Gene.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Gene confronts Ronald about the death of his father, Ron casually states that he doesn't recall:
    Gene: "Don't gimmie that! I know it was you!"
    Ron: (calmly) "Look, I'm a busy man, you can't expect me to remember every job I've ever pulled. And "10 years ago" doesn't exactly narrow it down. Though I suppose it could've been me."
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Ronald has a scar across the left side of his lip. Makes it look like he's always smirking. He probably is.
  • Hero Killer: Ron was responsible for Hilda's death, by ordering Harry to cut her towline.
  • Oh, Crap!: Aptly sums up Ron's reaction at the end of his duel with Gene, at the Galactic Leyline. He thought their shots had cancelled each other out, until Gene told him he had just fired a #9 caster shell:
    Ron: (at Gene) "You keep trying the same thing over and over... Well, now you're gonna suffer LIKE HARRY DID!!"
    Gene: (grimly) "For your information, that shell I just fired was a #9."
    Ron: (eyes wide in alarm) "No. 9?? Do those really exist..?? But... it doesn't seem to have done any damage at al--
    (the effects kick in at that moment, sending Ron flying off the cliff)
  • Old Flame: Ron's banter with Harry after Hilda's death, implied that Ron may have been romantically involved with her in the past.
    Harry: "Man, what a waste."
    Ron: "C'mon, we don't need the the XG-P. We already have the fastest ship in the galaxy."
    Harry: (smirking) "I meant Hilda. Didn't you say she was really cute?"
    Ron: (upon reflection) "...sorry, Harry, she wouldn't have been your type."
  • Parental Substitute: To Harry. Harry was a clone made to be Ron's younger brother, so despite being considered siblings Ron is actually the closest thing Harry has to a father..
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Harry's Red Oni. Ron is the crafty, experienced brains of the duo.
  • Revenge Myopia: Despite having gone out of his way to harass, provoke, and attempt to straight-up murder Gene for the entire series, and there's the little thing with Gene's dad too, Ron ends the series swearing revenge on Gene for the loss of Harry's body, even though Gene had absolutely nothing to do with that part, and even if Gene did, it would have been warranted, considering how Harry repeatedly traumatized Melfina.
  • Villain Has a Point: While it may seem that Ron was evading Gene's question, he makes a fair point about Gene not being specific enough for him to really say whether the accusation was true, or not. Especially considering the sheer number of jobs Ron has accepted over the last decade.

    Henry "Harry" MacDougall 

Voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura (JP), Steve Staley (EN, credited as Steve Cannon)

The younger of the MacDougall Brothers, and the pilot of the El Dorado. Though usually calm and arrogant, he is prone to intense fits of rage and insanity. He develops an obsessive infatuation with Melfina; claiming whenever they meet that they are one and the same and are the only ones capable of understanding each other.

  • Artificial Human: Similar to Melfina, he is also a synthetic human, a test tube baby created in a lab using genetic material from that of another individual who had earlier died.
  • Artificial Limbs: After a minor injury during his first appearance, Harry gains a prosthetic arm, which seems to give him super-hacking abilities. Later on, most of his body is replaced.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is definitely unstable and given to immature violence, though he slowly gets more and more sane as time goes on.
  • Brain Uploading: A copy of his mind and personality continues to exist in his brother's ship at the end of the series. It has no idea that his human body was destroyed.
  • Camp Straight: He has a lot of behavior that can be seen as "fruity" but he's clearly interested solely in Melfina.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Inverted. If anything, Harry becomes more stable the more cybernetics his body takes on.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Trying to take on a high-level Tao Master, such as Hazanko, on his own was not the brightest move in Harry's career.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Harry doesn't like the idea of anyone being close to Melfina, except him. Anyone who does, is perceived as competition for her affections and, for him, that's unacceptable.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Harry, while adjusting his bionic arm, throws darts at a picture of Gene.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Love him or hate him in the end at least Harry was able to realize that Melfina's safety and happiness were more important than his own gratification and was able to help Gene save her before his body gave out.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Played extremely, frighteningly well with Harry, going from pleasant to lashing to apologetic to screaming to eerily calm to furious, all in episode 17 in his Yandere obsession with Melfina.
  • Entitled to Have You: Harry fells that he and Melfina are perfect for each other and it frustrates him that she doesn't agree.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Harry has his insides crushed by Hazanko, which is so brutal that it was edited out in the original Toonami version.
  • Flawed Prototype: Harry was a beta test clone raised by Ron to be his younger brother; needless to say, it's not hard to guess how flawed he is.
  • Fur and Loathing: He wears a yellow leather vest with white fur trimming.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Complete with a pink bow behind his hair.
  • Mad Love: Melfina is terrified of Harry for his unhealthy obsession with her and wants nothing to do with him. Rather than drive him away, her rejection of him simply makes him even more determined to win her love.
  • Mood-Swinger: What made Harry's pursuit of Melfina so unnerving was that he could go from from caring one moment, to violent the next, at the drop of a dime. It was so natural for him, that it left Melfina terrified.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Harry attempts to get rid of Gene in episode 21, once he realizes Melfina is in love with him. And tried to do the same to Hazanko for coming between them at the Galactic Leyline. Neither attempt ends well for Harry, especially the latter.
  • Psycho for Hire: He takes jobs to kill people and is certainly unhinged.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Ron's Blue Oni. Aside from being much younger and less experienced, Harry is also impulsive and unstable.
  • Sanity Strengthening. Harry starts off as an Ax-Crazy Stalker with a Crush to Melfina, but as the series goes on he generally becomes more calm and stable, albeit still delusional about his relationship with her.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Harry becomes obsessed with Melfina from the moment he lays eyes on her, and spends the remainder of the series trying to make her his own. Especially in Episode 17, and it's never been more terrifying.
  • Villainous Crush: Ron had only ordered Harry to kidnap Melfina since she's the navigation system of the XGP. Instead, he fell in love with her — by which we mean went full-blown stalker/yandere; especially when she rejected him. Harry spends the remainder of the series shifting from trying to coax her with heartfelt pleas to trying to murder Gene for being too close to her.
  • Wet Ware CPU: Much like Melfina, Harry is later able to connect to the MacDougal's ship, which only fuels his obsession even further.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Harry gets frustrated and hits Melfina in episode 17 when she refuses to come with him. Coincides with Yandere mentioned below.
  • Yandere: Absolutely crazy about Melfina and he will try to get rid of anyone who gets near her. Best shown in Episode 17, which depicted a unsettling realistic portrayal of an abusive relationship with a bipolar psychopathic stalker, with Melfina being the victim.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has aquamarine hair and given his artificial nature, it's likely a deliberate artistic trait.

Other Characters

     The Wizards of Tenrei 

Urt is voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Melora Harte (EN, credited as Sara Syphers)

Lord Hadul is voiced by: Koichi Kitamura (JP), Steve Kramer (EN)

Ark Manaf is voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN, credited as Sparky Thornton)

Three wizards named Urt, Hadul and Ark Manaf that landed on the planet Tenrei a hundred years ago, hoping to find a powerful element known as mana. Gene seeks them out to find caster shells numbers 4, 9, and 13, all of which were needed in the final battle at the Leyline.

  • Big Eater: Lord Hadul, who eats a sushi platter, several bowls of udon, steak and potatoes, soba, two chicken legs, and a sundae...for lunch.
  • Bold Explorer: The three set out from their home planet(s) over a hundred years ago, hoping to find a new source of mana, but presumably found nothing but hot springs. Seizing the opportunity, Urt turned the planet into a tourist destination.
  • Boobs of Steel: Urt, who is presumably the most powerful wizard of the three. It's worth noting that she gives Gene two #4 caster shells as opposed to Ark and Hadul's one each.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Urt, knowing full well about Ark and Hadul's perverse nature, set several traps on the route to Mount Nyotai.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Caster shells no.s 4, 9, and 13 are extremely rare and just as dangerous to use, as each one drains a portion of the user's lifeforce, when fired. But, above all, the user is warned not to fire all three consecutively, or they'll die. Guess what Gene ends up doing?
  • Dirty Old Man: Lord Hadul, though Lord Ark could technically count as well since the trio is over 100 years old.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Urt is quite perverted herself. Not only was she happy to make a nude video of herselfeven if it was rigged to self destruct, as a reward if Gene beat her in a ping-pong match, she asked for a rematch and requested a nude video of him if she won.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: There was a time Ark, Hadul, and Urt were revered as sages... but since casters have become outdated, no one needs their services anymore. So Ark and Hadul have been reduced to selling souvenirs just to get by, and Urt has abandoned them and now runs a women-only hot springs resort at the summit of Mt. Nyotai.
  • Mr. Exposition: Not for long, but Ark's brief lecture in episode 23 provides the only clues that viewers get into why Casters exist and how they became so rare, as well as establishing that Caster magic vs. Tao Magic is a case of both Magic A Is Magic A and The Magic Goes Away.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ark, Hadul, and Gene certainly thought so when it came to Urt, during her strip tease. They were so busy ogling the video she sent sent them, that they completely failed to notice the countdown in the video display (though Gene did ask about it, only for Ark and Hadul to dismiss it), until she pointed it out to them.
    Urt: (laughs seductively) "I can't believe you're still watching this. You men are such fools."
    Ark, Hadul, and Gene: (in unison) "Huh...?"
    Urt: (finishes countdown)' "3... 2... 1... 0." (video self-destructs)
  • Lady Land: Urt banned men from the summit of Mount Nyotai, and as Ark put it, "Lords over everyone there like a queen."
  • Mood Dissonance: Scenes with Ark and Hadul frequently use this trope - serious one moment, perverted and funny the next, or vice versa.
  • The Tease: Urt distracted the guys with a self-made video of herself doing a strip tease, which self-destructs moments after she's taken everything off.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Despite being over a hundred years old, at least, Ark and Urt both still look like young people in the prime of their life. Even Hadul hasn't seemingly aged since he discovered Tenrei with them a century ago.
  • Worth It: Hadul said that he can die satisfied that he got to see Urt naked after the tape self-destructed.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Urt has purple hair.

    Professor Gwen Khan 
Played By: Takeshi Aono (JP), Milton James (EN, credited as Richard Barnes)

A scientist and a member of the Keyline Project.

  • Abusive Parents: Is technically Melfina's "father" but has no problems shutting her down to force the crew to comply with his demands. Then at the Leyline, he happily echoes Hazanko's sentiment that she's nothing more than a puppet to be used.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the end, he remains inside the Galatic Leyline while the Outlaw Star crew leave.
    Gwen Khan: "I am data and data is me."
  • Bullying a Dragon: Considering that he wouldn't last five seconds against Gene, Suzuka, or Aisha, Khan should be thankful that after gaining the coordinates to the Leyline, the crew decided to abandon rather than kill him for using Mel as a hostage.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: For most people, the thought of Ron MacDougal holding them at gunpoint would have them shitting bricks, especially if he was blaming them for Harry being dead. Not Khan though, he just stands there calmly stroking his beard, while only mildly perplexed by why Ron's blaming him. What makes it even funnier is his response:
    Gwen Khan: {matter-of-factly} "Now that's utterly preposterous. It's not even logical."
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has a habit of riding on the coattails of anyone who can get him closer to his goal, then ditching them once they've taken him as far as they can.
  • The Comically Serious: In addition to the Casual Danger Dialog entry, Khan is more than a little eccentric, bordering on Cloud Cuckoolander at times, despite being dead serious! Such as when he brags at length about the monopole Gene asked him to make:
    Gene: "So did you bring it?"
    Gwen Khan: {produces monopole} "Yes, yes. I have it right here."
    Gene: {takes monopole} "And did you rig it, like we discussed?"
    Gwen Khan: "Indeed, I did, though I have no idea what you intend to do with it. Of course, I'll have to ask you to be careful with it, since I'll need it back. It was quite expensive, and a fine piece of craftmanship, if I say so myself."
    Gwen Khan: {proudly} "It was made by someone else."
  • For Science!: In the end, all he wanted was to know the answer to all the mysteries of the universe. Which is foreshadowed, when he briefly discusses Melfina with Ron and Harry MacDougal.
    Ron: {astonished} "You mean, Melfina's too great a mystery, even for you, Professor?"
    Gwen Khan: {frustrated} "Yes, yes! That's it precisely! Oh, to think that there are so many mysteries my brilliant mind can't fathom!"
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The way he talks is a waste of words.
  • Karma Houdini: Betrays and uses practically every major other faction and not only gets off with hardly any comeuppance but also gets everything he wanted in the end.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Said "It was I, Who Created Melfina" word-for-word, when he shuts her down to force Gene to comply with his demands, at the end of Episode 21.
  • Mad Scientist: It doesn't take long to see that Khan ain't all there. Or... he's just really, REALLY "eccentric".
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Designed Melfina, the Outlaw Star, and repaired Harry's damaged body after he was wounded at the Grave of the Dragon so at the very least he's an expert in bioscience, mechanical engineering, programming, and cybernetics.
  • Verbal Tic: He habitually repeats himself or restates his previous statements with slightly different wording.
  • Wild Card: For much of the series, it's hard to tell whose side he's really on, since he teams up with Gene, the MacDougal Bros., and even worked with the Kei Pirates at one point, prior to the start of the series. No surprise, he was in it for himself the entire time.

    Fred Luo 
Played By: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Ezra Weisz (EN, credited as Ethan Murray)
"Oh Gene, I've missed you! You never call; you never write!"

A weapons merchant, and the son and heir of a rich corporation. A close friend of Gene Starwind and Jim Hawking, Fred often supplies them with odd job opportunities and weapons for the Outlaw Star.

  • Arms Dealer: Gene gets the Outlaw Star's armaments from his company.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Reiko Ando, an engagement complicated by Fred's preferences...
  • Camp Gay: Boy, is he ever. He is very effeminate, very emotional and very interested in Gene as more than a friend or a good customer. Not even the edited Toonami broadcast was able to cover this one up (doesn't mean they didn't try. It's just that some of the lines in the edited version can be considered DubText if you watch it with the uncut version to compare and contrast).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Typically he's a jerk with 'exact words' such as initially refusing to pay Gene for not beating Reiko Ando. However a day later he admitted her remembered their talk saying 'if you take the job' so he paid up so he can throw a bone or two.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Not that Fred seems to mind. Fred's too busy making Gene blush and stutter to even care that he can never have him because Gene is heterosexual.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His affection for Gene is genuine, but he has no problem using his boy-toy for any number of dirty schemes, albeit not maliciously.
  • Manly Man and Sensitive Guy: Fred's sensitive guy to Gene's manly man.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Subverted, it initially looks like his refusal to marry Reiko Ando was because of this, but he makes it clear he didn't want to marry her because he's not attracted to women.
  • Queer People Are Funny: He is hilariously comical in homosexuality.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Fred is more than willing to make use of his finances to bribe inconvenient people so he can get his way.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Because of his business connections, Fred is used to getting his way, and will shamelessly exploit his ties to people to get what he wants.

     Swanzo & Mikey 

Swanzo voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP), Doug Stone (EN)
Mickey voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Chip Nickey (EN)

  • Frog Men: Outside his suit, Swanzo's appearance resembles a humanoid amphibian.
  • Space Suits Are SCUBA Gear: Swanzo wears a suit with a translator (which occasionally glitches), because he could not adapt to human environments.
  • Those Two Guys: They're partners who work as mechanics at Blue Heaven.

    Clyde & Iris 
Clyde Voiced By: Toshihiko Nakajima (JP), Steve McGowan(EN, credited as Richard Plantagenet)
Iris Voiced By: Akiko Kimura (JP), Rebecca Forstadt (EN, credited as Reba West)

Clyde is the bartender at Gene's favorite haunt, back on Sentinel III. Iris works there as a waitress and nurses a crush on Gene.

  • Fanservice with a Smile: Not only is Iris a babe in a miniskirt, she allows Gene to feel her up to both their satisfaction. She only gets upset when she has to stop, to get back to work. Near the end of the final episode, she's seen sighing in contentment while letting Gene do it again.
  • Muggles: They're just ordinary everyday people.
  • Not So Stoic: The only time Clyde's ever been surprised by anything, is when he realized Death Rob had walked into his bar. That was short-lived, however, since he knew Gene could handle it.
  • She's Got Legs: Check the skirt and notice how short it is. It's so you can see as much of her legs (and her ass, while Gene's groping it) as possible.
  • Super-Stoic Shopkeeper: Few things seem to bother Clyde, including when thugs and assassins show up looking for Gene, or when fights break out in his bar. He just puts the cost of the repairs on Gene's tab and continues calmly cleaning his beer mugs.

    Death Rob 

"Death Rob" Kane

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A criminal of some renown, he claims to have killed a dozen men, a fact which does not impress Gene in the least.

  • Cyborg: His right arm was replaced with three metal tentacles that can merge into one with a sharp hand-sized blade.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He sought to avenge his brother, Butch, who was killed at the hands of Gene.
  • Ironic Death: Gene could have ended up as his 31st kill. It went the other way around.
  • Serial Killer: He is notorious for at least 30 deaths.


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