Characters from the 2013 Summer Blockbuster Pacific Rim, its 2018 sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, and the tie-in material (the comics Tales from Year Zero, Tales from the Drift, Pacific Rim: Aftermath, and the novel Pacific Rim: Ascension).
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Just as the Jaegers have badass names, it's a given for the cast to have these as well.
- Do Not Go Gentle: The Kaiju just move in under the assumption that humanity would surrender in the face of unwinnable odds. What they never anticipated was humanity working together to find a solution to kick their asses.
- Humans Are Warriors: As presented in the opening narration.They never considered we would rise to the challenge.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Standard reaction to Kaiju having the upper hand. Especially notable when Slattern (the first-ever Category 5) shows up in the first film and the Mega-Kaiju forms in the second.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Humanity as a whole has to be this just to survive by the point the story properly begins.
Debuted in Pacific Rim
Played by: Charlie Hunnam, Paul Michael Wyers (young)
Voiced by: Irwin Daayán (Latin-American Spanish), Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese)
One of the primary viewpoint characters. He piloted Gipsy Danger with his brother until they were defeated by Knifehead, heralding the end of the Jaeger age.
- Amazon Chaser: It's not explicitly romantic, but he's definitely taken with Mako after their spar and insists that she become his co-pilot. Considering that she won that fight crosses with Defeat Means Friendship.
- Badass Boast: It's only part of the narration, but man is it a subtly awesome one."There are things you can't fight. Acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you have to get out of the way. But when you're in a Jaeger, suddenly, you can fight the hurricane. You can win."
- Beware the Nice Ones: Raleigh is usually a very friendly guy who takes any insult or offense quietly, but when Chuck insults Mako, he throws the first punch and thrashes Chuck.
- Big "NO!": When Yancy is killed.
- Broken Bird: A rare male example. Prior to Knifehead, Raleigh was an optimistic and carefree young man who believed he could take on the world and every Kaiju in it. By the time of the main storyline, his brother is dead, Gipsy Danger is decommissioned, the Ghost-Drifting presence of Yancy is still bouncing around inside his head, the Jaeger Program is about to be shut down, and the Wall of Life has failed in a truly spectacular fashion. Both physically and mentally, all of these occurrences have turned Raleigh into a shell of his former self.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Marshal Pentecost seeks him out to pilot the rebuilt Gipsy Danger, as he's the only Mark-3 pilot still alive.
- Character Narrator: He does the narration.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The reason for his absence in Uprising is never explained despite still being alive and well by the end of the first movie.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has a habit of using improvised weapons in his fights and switching up his fighting styles when his enemy starts to adapt — possibly as a result of the Kaiju adapting to the tactics Jaegers were using. It's particularly evident in his fight with Chuck.
- Confusion Fu: Not in the most literal sense, but a remarkable aspect of Raleigh's piloting ability is his unconventional fighting style. Mako points out that he's "unpredictable" (which is later shown to be accurate), and this is a major advantage when fighting an enemy that can learn its opponents' preferred attack style.
- Covered with Scars: His Shirtless Scene reveals the many physical scars he retains from the fight with Knifehead.
- Dead Sidekick: Inverted in that he seemed to be the sidekick to his older brother, Yancy. However, this was the main reason why he stopped being a Jaeger pilot. The neural link during his brother's death didn't help.
- Death by Adaptation: While non-canon to the actual film, the novelization of Uprising states that he contracted a fatal cancer from exposure to radiation in the Anteverse and died less than a year after closing the Breach.
- Seriously injured, his Jaeger heavily damaged, his brother very recently killed, and having just defeated a giant monster, Raleigh still finds the strength to walk Gipsy Danger back to shore on his own.
- By calculating the timeline, the Beckets sortied some time around 2 a.m. and engaged Knifehead soon after. By the time Raleigh makes it back to shore, it's already daylight, which means he had been soloing Gipsy for several hours, when most pilots who attempt to even move a Jaeger on their own suffer severe seizures/aneurysms or collapse from the strain. The fight happened in FEBRUARY. In ALASKA. Think for a moment on how long the nights are.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Raleigh has dark blonde hair, and is one of the most heroic characters in the film.
- Heroic BSoD: Prior to the present timeline, Raleigh fell into a five-year rut due to his brother dying. It didn't help that they were still connected via neural drift when it happened, meaning he felt everything. When he talks about it with Mako, it's obvious that he still carries a lot of guilt about the incident.
- Heartbroken Badass: Losing Yancy had quite an effect on him. Doesn't stop him from kicking all kinds of ass though.
- Hot-Blooded: Kept fairly down-to-earth because a live action Domon would definitely look silly, but when he gets into battle, Raleigh certainly gets shouty. This may be justified, as the inside of a Jaeger conn-pod seems to be pretty loud.
- Implied Love Interest: It's unclear if Raleigh and Mako are a Battle Couple, Like Brother and Sister, or Just Friends. The Big Damn Kiss doesn't happen at the end, but there are Ship Tease moments like Mako Eating the Eye Candy of Raleigh's Shirtless Scene.note
- Keet: Just compare him to his brother Yancy in his introductory scene. While Raleigh practically skips about their dorm at the announcement of a Kaiju attack, Yancy can barely keep his eyes open to do their Secret Handshake.
- The Lancer: To his brother Yancy during the prologue. He's goodhearted, but also impulsive and jokey.
- Last of His Kind: The last surviving Mark-3 Jaeger pilot.
- Military Maverick: Deconstructed. Most action films portray disobeying or contesting orders as a positive trait, but the opposite happens early on in the storyline when Raleigh and Yancy ignore Stacker's orders for them to stay in the Miracle Mile outside of Anchorage. Instead, they venture 10 miles out to sea in order to save a small fishing boat, which gave Knifehead the advantage of deeper water. Coupled with their cocky attitudes, this ultimately leads to Yancy's death and Gipsy Danger's destruction.
- Mr. Fanservice: Raleigh has tons of scenes where Charlie Hunnam's impressive physique is on full display. Heck, his first scene has him shirtless.
- Nice Guy: Raleigh is usually friendly to people he interacts with, even if he has reason not to be.
- When they first meet, Mako makes a rude comment about him in Japanese while he is standing there. However, he only appears amused and later is Mako's biggest supporter for her to be his co-pilot.
- When Newt cheerfully talks about Kaiju in front of him, Raleigh—despite having every reason to be mad, what with how Yancy died—only cautions Newt about his desire to see a Kaiju up close.
- When Chuck outright calls Gipsy an "old rust bucket" to Raleigh's face, Herc visibly freezes ... but Raleigh simply goes on eating. It's not until Chuck starts insulting him—and later on, Mako—that Raleigh attempts to retaliate.
- Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: Raleigh has scars from the battle of Anchorage on his body, and scars in his mind from having his brother Yancy torn out of the Drift.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- The excitable, upbeat Red to his brother Yancy's more levelheaded Blue.
- Again the Red to the impassive and stoic Mako. The supplementary notes indicate that he is the perfect match with her because of this — he's impulsive and unpredictable, while she's the strategic perfectionist. Both their personalities complement each other's strengths and cover their weaknesses.
- Retired Badass: Was the original co-pilot for Gipsy Danger but quit after his brother's death, only to be called back to duty by Pentecost when they are in desperate need for pilots.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Based on film and supplemental data, Raleigh is the only pilot to flat-out quit the Jaeger Program. All the other pilots were simply killed or reassigned (like Pentecost). Yes, Raleigh lost his brother, but so did many of the other pilots whose families, friends, and even co-pilots were killed by the Kaiju. It's the main reason why Chuck is so disgusted and hostile towards him.
- Shirtless Scene: Mako gets a glimpse of one across the hall when their doors (opposite each other) were simultaneously open.
- Small Steps Hero: Refuses to sacrifice a boat of ten people to save a city of one million (along with Yancy). Unfortunately, it also results in them venturing over 10 miles outside of the Miracle Mile, which gave Knifehead an enormous advantage in the deeper waters.
- Unlikely Hero: During his narration at the start of the film, he notes that he and his brother weren't the sort of people stereotyped to become Jaeger pilots — an occupation that netted you guaranteed fame and fortune at the time. They weren't at the tops of their classes and they weren't the best of the best when it came to sports. What set them apart was their Drift compatibility.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's mentioned as a legendary Jaeger pilot a few times in Uprising - but there's no sign of him, and his holo isn't on the wall of the deceased in that film.
- White Male Lead: He is the protgonist in a multi-racial film; his boss is a black man, his partner is a Japanese woman, and some of his fellow pilots are Chinese men.
Played by: Rinko Kikuchi, Mana Ashida (young)
Voiced by: Christine Byrd (Latin-American Spanish), Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese)
One of the primary viewpoint characters of the first film. Her family was killed in Onibaba's attack on Tokyo. Afterwards, she was adopted by Stacker Pentecost, one of the pilots of the Jaeger that saved her life.
- Action Girl: She's a Jaeger pilot and the only candidate shown capable of keeping up with Raleigh.
- Alliterative Name: Mako Mori.
- Always Someone Better: Uprising reveals that she was this to Jake, her adoptive brother and Stacker's biological son.
- And This Is for...: "For my family!" (slash)
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She studied footage of Raleigh's fighting to be able to match him in combat. However, her analysis found that he is, in fact, unpredictable.
- Back for the Dead: Uprising has her die early on in the Obsidian Fury attack, if only to serve as inspiration for Jake and the others.
- Badass Adorable: She's a badass who seems quite deferential to Pentecost and shy around Raleigh. Just check the puppy dog look she gives Pentecost when Raleigh asks to spar with her.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her normally reserved demeanor, she's just as capable — and just as confident about how capable she is — as Raleigh. This is first hinted at by her attitude when she enters the ring with him; she puts her boots down neatly at the edge of the mat, then struts out in a manner not unlike Raleigh's swagger.
- Big Good: Serves this role in Uprising as the leader of the PPDC.
- Broken Bird: The combination of losing her parents and hometown to Onibaba resulted in Mako becoming a stoic perfectionist, which can be seen when she chases the RABIT during her initial Drift with Raleigh.
- Brutal Honesty: Despite her polite nature, she's willing to tell Raleigh he's not suitable for the final mission. She also has no problem with critiquing his performance in front of everyone, pointing out that he could have taken out all the other candidates two moves earlier.
- Cool Big Sis: To Jake Pentecost in Uprising. An adoptive example.
- Covert Pervert: See Eating the Eye Candy below.
- Deuteragonist: To Raleigh's protagonist in the first movie. Since their Drift partnership is an essential part of the first film, Mako's history and issues are given equal focus and she has a similarly large role in the plot. She also fills the Not Love Interest role.
- Doomed Hometown: Appropriately enough, Tokyo, which was destroyed in a childhood Kaiju attack.
- Eating the Eye Candy:
- Realizes she's doing this while observing Raleigh's Shirtless Scene across the hall through their open doors. She quickly closes her own door in embarrassment ... then keeps watching through the peephole.
- This interpretation of her actions is subverted in the novelization, where Raleigh deduces that Mako wasn't looking at him for his looks; she was looking at his scars, specifically the ones he got from his battle with Knifehead. Why she did this, he decides, is because she wants scars of her own.
- Genius Bruiser: She's the leader of Gipsy's restoration project, which requires no small amount of engineering and technical wizardry, and she can match Raleigh in a straight-up fight despite having a serious reach disadvantage and being 50 pounds lighter. Then there's when she actually pilots Gipsy Danger, and her becoming a PPDC Marshal herself in Uprising.
- Happily Adopted: Raleigh theorizes this to be her relationship with Pentecost. He's right.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Familiar with the Hansens' bulldog, Max, and is very affectionate with him.
- Heroic BSoD: She starts "chasing the RABIT" during their initial Drift, slipping into the trauma from Onibaba's attack. She recovers, but not before instinctively powering up Gipsy Danger's Arm Cannon and nearly toasting the command centre.
- Hero-Worshipper: To both Raleigh and Marshal Pentecost.
- She studied everything about Raleigh in the hopes that she would be his co-pilot.
- She has huge admiration for Pentecost because he saved her as a child and then raised her.
- Implied Love Interest: It's unclear if Raleigh and Mako are a Battle Couple, Like Brother and Sister, or Just Friends. The Big Damn Kiss doesn't happen at the end, but there are Ship Tease moments like Mako Eating the Eye Candy of Raleigh's Shirtless Scene. note
- The Lancer: As Raleigh's co-pilot.
- Ms. Fanservice: Defied by del Toro, who wanted a female lead that wasn't a "sex kitten." The closest we got to fanservice with her is the tank top she wore during the sparring scene (which all the sparring participants were wearing). Other than that, she's always dressed practically.
- Multicolored Hair: Word of God says that she dyes her hair to match the coat she wore during the attack on Tokyo, as a reminder.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Narrowly averted - when she loses control of her memories and past traumatic experiences ("chasing the RABIT"), she nearly fries the entire Shatterdome with Gipsy's plasma cannon during her first Drift exercise.
- The Not-Love Interest: She fills a 'love interest' role to Raleigh in that she becomes his trusted partner and confidant. They help each other overcome their traumas while saving the world in the process. While not without light Ship Tease moments, their relationship remains platonic.
- Parental Abandonment: Mako loses both her parents in the attack by Onibaba, a monster whose name ("ogress grandmother") overtly ties it to the fiendish replacement-parents of folktales.
- The Perfectionist: Del Toro describes Mako as "her own worst enemy" and "adversary" due to her constant need for perfection. Mako dislikes nothing more than to fail herself and those around her, which resulted in her socializing very little with others and having few friends, much like the equally young and short-tempered Chuck Hansen.
- Pillars of Moral Character: A plot point. Raleigh, the American, can't understand why she obeys Pentecost's decisions when they are clearly wrong, and she disagrees with them. She replies that it's not about obedience, it's about respect.
- Rank Up: She's now Secretary-General of the PPDC by the sequel.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Raleigh's Red. Her hair's even Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
- Rei Ayanami Expy:
- While having a rather more well-adjusted and sociable personality and there's nothing artificial about her origin, she's the only Japanese character in the movie, is stoic and reserved, fiercely loyal to her adoptive father figure, and sports Rei's haircut as said above. It's even colored blue, though only at the tips. Popular fan consensus is that it's supposed to say, "We took some inspiration from Evangelion but didn't try to ape it".
- Explicitly invoked in the Japanese dub, where, instead of the actual actress playing her, she's voiced by the same person responsible for Rei — Megumi Hayashibara. You can't get to be a bigger expy than that!
- Revenge Before Reason: Pentecost even tells her that her desire to avenge her family is so strong that it makes her a liability in combat and in the Drift.
- Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Vengeance is like an open wound. You cannot take that level of emotion into the Drift.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Her haircut is a neat bob with the tips dyed blue; fitting for the protagonist of a sci-fi movie. By the time of Uprising she's lost the bangs and the dip-dye but kept the bob haircut, making her look dignified and proper.
- Sole Survivor: She was the only survivor of a Kaiju attack in Japan when she was a child. Thankfully Pentecost, who was one of the Jaeger pilots that saved her life, adopted her.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: By shooting her helicopter down in Uprising, Obsidian Fury condemns her, one of the prior film's main characters, to a crude, fiery death undeserving of a PPDC Marshal and former Jaeger pilot (of Gipsy Danger itself, no less). This is what motivates Jake further to rejoin the PPDC.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She is rather suddenly killed off about third-ways into Uprising.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's the only woman in the main cast of the first film, and she's Asian too.
- Waif-Fu: Holds her own against Raleigh despite lacking his bulk in muscle (she is quite wiry).
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Mako strives for Stacker's approval out of deep respect for him, as much as she wants to be a Jaeger pilot to avenge her family.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: A Japanese woman who is very soft-spoken and obedient, but still strong-willed and tough.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mako has blue tips, befitting an Anime-inspired character. As del Toro says, she dyes it that way as a Call-Back to the coat she was wearing the day Onibaba attacked Tokyo.
Marshal Stacker Pentecost
Played by: Idris Elba
Voiced by: Octavio Rojas (Latin-American Spanish), Tessho Genda (Japanese)
Stacker Pentecost is a former British Royal Air Force and Jaeger pilot, a Marshal in the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, and the adoptive father of Mako Mori. He oversaw operations in the Hong Kong Shatterdome during the last days of the Kaiju War and eventually coordinated the final attack to retake the Breach in 2025. He piloted Coyote Tango with Tamsin Sevier until its 2021 decommission and official retirement. Along with Hercules Hansen, Stacker is a veteran of the Jaeger Program and one of the last survivors from the first-generation of PPDC pilots, although he no longer takes part in physical combat.
- Action Dad: If you count Mako as his daughter. Pacific Rim: Uprising is about his biological son.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Stacks" to his partner Tamsin.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: A flashback in the comics reveal that he spent his final moments thinking of his son Jake. He apologizes for not being a better father and saying he loved him right before he died.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's respected by the entirety of the PPDC because of his badassery.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: With a name like "Stacker Pentecost", his being a badass was inevitable.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Idris Elba's own smooth voice. It adds a lot of gravitas whenever he makes a Rousing Speech.
- Badass Boast: As heard in the trailers.Today, at the edge of our hope; at the end of our time ... we have chosen to believe in each other. Today, there's not a man or woman in here that shall stand alone. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are cancellin' the apocalypse!
In all our eons, we've seen continents frozen and the sun blotted by ash - and we're still here. A decade after K-Day and we're still here. I've never believed in the end times. We are mankind. Our footprints are on the moon. When the last trumpet sounds and the beast rises from the pit - we will kill it.
- Tales From Year Zero gives him another one.
- Badass Longcoat: His uniform's foul weather overcoat. It even gets commented on for "looking sharp" by Raleigh.
- Badass Moustache: Even in flashbacks, he's depicted with a mustache almost as impressive as its owner. It carries over into the present day.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: Although he still has a standard military haircut, Stacker is the leader for a few damn good reasons, and he's a Four-Star Badass to boot.
- Big Good: By the time of the main storyline, he is the only bonafide leader standing between humanity and its destruction.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Gives one to Hermann when he keeps interrupting Newt's exposition of his neural bridge experience with the Kaiju brain.
- Black Dude Dies First: Inverted. He ties with Chuck for dying last.
- The Chains of Commanding: Implied. There's basically only one full scene where he voluntarily shows any vulnerability in front of anyone, and he comes across as a man who's really, really tired.
- Convenient Terminal Illness: He's suffering severe radiation poisoning by the time of the movie. He's also part of the team that detonates the nuke attached to his Jaeger to "clear a path" for Gipsy.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Supplementary materials reveal that his sister Luna was one of the fighter jet pilots who lost their lives in the first Kaiju attack, inspiring him to work on combating the Kaiju.
- Deadly Nosebleed: Not an obvious example of this trope at first, as it shows up alongside other characters frequently coming down with a Psychic Nosebleed. See Secretly Dying.
- Defiant to the End: Pentecost knows that humanity is on the brink. He isn't going to go down without fighting tooth and nail. Exemplified when he hits Raleigh with an Armor-Piercing Question:"Where would you rather die? Here, or in a Jaeger?"
- Determinator: Alongside Raleigh, he is one of only 'two'' pilots to have operated a Jaeger solo. For Pentecost, it was during the Battle of Tokyo, where he piloted his Jaeger through heavy combat after his co-pilot fell unconscious.
- Famous Last Words: "Mako, listen! You can finish this! I'll always be here for you. You can always find me in the Drift.
- A Father to His Men: During the meeting with the United Nations representatives, Stacker makes it very clear that he cares for the Jaeger pilots under his command, and that to dismantle the Jaeger program is not only an extremely bad decision, but also an insult to the very thing they fought to protect.
- "I am aware. Those are my Rangers that die every time a Jaeger falls.
- Four-Star Badass. Make it five star as a Marshal.
- Good Is Not Nice: Stacker Pentecost can be quite intimidating and harsh at times. In the beginning, he told the Becket brothers to ignore the fishing boat in distress to focus on the bigger problem. However, when he realized things were going to get worse, he told them to take the ship and clear out.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Both he and Chuck blow themselves up while in Striker Eureka in order to clear a path for Gipsy Danger. This is a nested sacrifice, since he was already dying due to inadequate radiation shielding in the early Jaeger he used to pilot, and even going into the non-nuclear Striker was likely to kill him.
- Ill Boy: Piloting a Jaeger with a not-well-shielded reactor power plant solo for three hours put a huge strain on his health and he's Secretly Dying because of it.
- It Has Been an Honor: Shares such a moment with Chuck before they self destruct Striker Eureka.
- Large and in Charge: One of the tallest characters and is also The Leader.
- Large Ham: Stacker's speeches definitely count as this. And they're very justified since he's desperately trying to raise morale and convince his subordinates to make one last stand against the Kaiju and their creators. Amusingly, Newt remembers him first and foremost as "a great speechwriter" in the sequel.
- The Last Dance: With no other pilots available, he co-pilots Striker Eureka with Chuck Hansen during the final battle even though the radiation poisoning will kill him.
- Lonely at the Top:
- As his opening quote shows, Pentecost is the model of a career soldier taken to its logical conclusion. By deliberately severing emotional ties to his fellow human beings (with the exception of a small few, notably Mako), he makes himself a ruthlessly efficient leader who is able to make heartless yet logical decisions (not saving innocents, not even allowing mourning periods for fallen soldiers) that allows humanity to better survive against the Kaiju invaders. However, it is hinted that this is at least partly a front he puts up for the benefit of all those serving under him, to give them the unwavering leader they require.
- Gets even sadder in the sequel, when it's revealed he had to kick his son, Jake, out of the program after he foolishly tried to pilot a Jaeger solo. God knows how he must have felt about that...
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Mako's mentor and father figure. He doesn't survive the final battle.
- The Needs of the Many: Cites this principle in his argument that the Becket brothers fight Knifehead closer to shore, even if it puts the fishing boat at risk.
- Not So Stoic: Pentecost raises his voice three times: first to shut up Hermann after Newt drifts, then a short moment while chewing out Raleigh (before going back to his usual calm demeanor), and finally, raising his voice for the Rousing Speech.
- Old Soldier: He is the most experienced pilot (together with Herc Hansen), having piloted the early Mark I Jaegers. Not to mention he was in the military before joining the Jaeger Program.
- Overprotective Dad: Anyone who's read the prequel comic will quickly realize that this is why he doesn't want Mako piloting a Jaeger, particularly Gipsy Danger.
- Papa Wolf: Stacker, towards Mako. He repeatedly dissuades her from piloting a Jaeger, not because he doesn't see her potential, but because he truly cares for her safety.
- Averted with his biological son, Jake, in the sequel. Jake even reminisces on how Stacker personally stripped him of his rank and kicked him out of the program when he tried to pilot a Jaeger on his own.
- Parental Favoritism: If Stacker didn't outright favor Mako over Jake, he was certainly much closer to her and had a strained relationship with his son.
- Parental Substitute: Became this for Mako after Tokyo. He adopted, raised, and trained her. The prequel comic shows he adored her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Stern and intimidating, but is also more than willing to back Newt's ploy to sync up with a Kaiju brain after it yields results (and after initial refusal), in fact being very gentle with him and talking him through what happened. Pentecost also praises Mako and Raleigh's unorthodox tactics in handling Otachi and Leatherback.
- Red Baron: Amara remembers him as "Badass Stacker" in Uprising.
- Retired Badass: Was once the Jaeger pilot for Coyote Tango. He is also the only other person besides Raleigh to pilot a Jaeger solo. He comes out of retirement when Hercules is too injured to pilot Striker Eureka.
- Scary Black Man: His positional authority and commanding presence is quite intimidating when challenged.Stacker: One, don't you ever touch me again. Two. Don't you ever touch me again.
- Secretly Dying: He is actually dying from radiation poisoning as evidenced by his constantly bleeding nose. Due to the Mark I Jaegers being hastily designed for combat, they were not fitted with internal radiation shields to protect the pilots from the nuclear cores powering the Jaegers. Thus Pentecost slowly became poisoned every time he fought. After he saves Mako in Tokyo, his condition worsens, due to his co-pilot (who was also sick) passing out from the strain. He kept this a secret from most in order to keep the morale of his men.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Marshal Pentecost is usually tranquil, but he loses his cool when Raleigh tries to impose Mako on him."Do not let my calm demeanor fool you, Ranger!"
- Taking You with Me: He and Chuck blow themselves up to take down two Kaiju so Gipsy Danger can seal the breach.
- Tranquil Fury: Not long after the Suddenly SHOUTING! moment listed above, Raleigh tries to insist he put Mako back in a Jaeger, grabbing him as he leaves for the elevator and even bringing up the fact that he now knows Pentecost rescued her as a child. Pentecost's reply is icy-cold but completely vicious:One: don't you ever touch me again. Two: don't you EVER touch me again. Now, you have no idea who the hell I am, or where I've come from, and I'm not about to tell you my whole life story. All I need to be to you and everybody on this dome is a fixed point. The Last. Man. Standing. I do not need your sympathy or your admiration. All I need is your compliance and your fighting skills. And if I can't get that, then you can go back to the wall that I found you crawling on. Do I make myself clear?
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: The second film implies this to have been his relationship with his son, Jake, who mentions he joined the PPDC in part to spend more time with him.
Hercules "Herc" Hansen
Played by: Max Martini
Voiced by: Martín Soto (Latin-American Spanish), Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese)
Hercules Hansen is the father of Chuck Hansen, a former Royal Australian Air Force pilot, and a veteran of the Jaeger Program. He was a PPDC Ranger and the pilot of both Lucky Seven (with his brother, Scott) and Striker Eureka (with Chuck). In the aftermath of Stacker Pentecost's death, he is promoted to the rank of Marshal, but resigns soon after.
- Action Dad: He pilots Striker Eureka alongside his son and has been killing Kaiju since the very beginning of the program.
- Alliterative Name: Hercules Hansen.
- Awesome Aussie: Judging by his introduction with Raleigh, he is something of a Living Legend in the Jaeger pilot community.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: And Herc actually lives up to such an intensely masculine and heroic name, too.
- Bash Brothers: According to screenwriter Travis Beacham, Hercules' original partner was his brother, Scott Hansen. However, their partnership ended after Scott was discharged for an infraction that Herc witnessed in Scott's memory while they were in the Drift. He never revealed what the incident was to anyone else after Scott was fired, but it was apparently bad enough to almost cause them to lose control of their Jaeger ... while in combat.
- Dad the Veteran: Prior to K-Day and the Kaiju invasion, Herc was enlisted in the Australian Royal Air Force. After that, he joined the Pan Pacific Defense Corps and eventually became one of the longest serving (and surviving) Jaeger pilots. By the time of the film, Herc still pilots Striker Eureka alongside his young son, Chuck.
- Defiant to the End: Even after his Jaeger is disabled by an EMP strike, Herc convinces his son to come with him, exit their Jaeger, and fire flares in Leatherback's eyes to buy time for Hong Kong. They succeed in REALLY pissing it off. And he survives that stunt!
- Four-Star Badass: He's revealed to be a Marshal (the PPDC's equivalent to a general) like Pentecost but is still fighting on the front lines as a Jaeger pilot.
- Hands-Off Parenting: After Angela's death in Sydney and the rapid rise of the Kaiju, this essentially summed up Herc's parenting-style. And it has come back to bite him in the ass. Big time. When Herc claims that he doesn't know who Chuck is anymore, his son says that Herc never knew who he was in the first place since Herc never spent any time with him.Chuck: After Mum died, I spent more time with these machines than I ever did with you. Now, the only reason you and I speak, old man, is because we're Drift-compatible.
- Heartbroken Badass: By the end of the film, Herc has outlived his son, his best friend, and his entire family. The last twenty minutes are obviously pure torture for Herc as he watches his only child make a Heroic Sacrifice that had originally been planned for him, not the 21-year-old Chuck.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Herc dotes on Max almost as much as his son does, and the bulldog is all he has left after Chuck's death.
- Nice Guy: He is a much more amicable man than his Jerkass son.
- Number Two: Always present with Pentecost during briefings and scientific meetings. By the end of the film and with Pentecost's death by nuclear explosion, Herc is promoted to Number One as Marshal of the PPDC.
- Old Soldier: A contemporary of Pentecost. He is one of the last first-generation Jaeger pilots still in service. Or alive. And he served in the Royal Australian Air Force before K-Day as well.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His wife does this first. After saving Chuck from Scissure's attack on Sydney as a young child, Herc later loses his 21-year-old son by Heroic Sacrifice and nuclear explosion in order to close the Breach. At that point, the Kaiju have officially taken Herc's entire family from him. And there is nothing he can do to stop it.
- Parents as People: Herc Hansen is a good man and is trying hard to be a good father, but him and Chuck suffer from poor communication and various other issues caused when Herc chose to save Chuck over his wife, which led to Chuck resenting his father.
- Put on a Bus: The novelization for Uprising reveals he was only briefly Marshall, and left the service soon after Chuck's death.
- Retired Badass: In his cameo in the Uprising novelization, he gives a good tongue lashing to a reporter who brings up Chuck and his death in an attempt to get Herc to come out in favour of drone pilots.
- Sadistic Choice: In the novelization, Herc only had enough time to find either his son or his wife before Sydney was nuked. He chose his son. They both hate themselves/each other for it.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He and his son go against Pentecost's orders and engage Otachi when she and Leatherback are overpowering Crimson Typhoon at Hong Kong.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Compared to the heroic and law-abiding Herc, Travis Beacham described younger brother Scott as a consummate ner-do-well, problem gambler, and aggressive Lothario. And while Herc was always able to keep his eye on the Kaijus and their threat to humanity, the fame and attention lavished on Jaeger pilots only further complicated Scott's worst qualities.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Chuck several times for antagonizing Raleigh and Mako, and isn't at all pleased by his haughty attitude.
- You Are in Command Now: Takes up the rank of Marshal after Pentecost's Heroic Sacrifice.
Charles "Chuck" Hansen
Played by: Robert Kazinsky
Voiced by: Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Latin-American Spanish), Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese)
Charles Hansen is the only son of Hercules and Angela Hansen. Chuck was ten-years-old when Sydney was attacked by Scissure, which resulted in the death of his mother. Following the authorization of the Jaeger Program, his father and uncle both enlisted in the Jaeger Academy in 2015. Chuck himself was raised in a cockpit by his father and on the principles of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. He later went on to become a PPDC Ranger and the pilot of Striker Eureka.
- Anti-Hero: Specifically of the Pragmatic Hero variety. Chuck's first and foremost goal is always to protect humanity and the PPDC, and he doesn't take kindly to anything or anyone that might endanger them.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Extremely confident in his abilities, and justly so. He has the temper to match, too.
- Awesome Aussie: He's the youngest pilot ever in the Jaeger Program, has a Kaiju kill count that's rivaled only by his equally-Australian father's, and takes his English bulldog everywhere with him, including as the official decal on his tech team and Striker Eureka.
- Broken Ace: One of the youngest pilots with the highest kill count, but is extremely bad at communicating his feelings. He's also dealing with a double dose of Daddy Issues and Survivor's Guilt with regards to his father choosing to save him over his mother. He's almost a textbook example of an emotionally stunted Child Soldier who believes his only purpose in life is to live and die fighting the Kaiju. Not the healthiest mindset for a young, stressed out pilot.Chuck: After Mum died, I spent more time with these machines than I ever did with you.
- Celibate Hero: According to production notes, he has never had a girlfriend. Instead, he focuses on being the best Jaeger pilot there is. Averted recently on Travis Beacham's tumblr by saying that Chuck wasn't a virgin.
- Child Soldier: While most teenagers were in middle or high school, Chuck was training at the Jaeger Academy and piloting Striker Eureka before he could even apply for a driver's license. This probably explains a lot of his emotional issues as well.
- Establishing Character Moment: Confidently telling the press that Mutavore was Striker's eleventh kill, establishing that he's a cocky hotshot.
- Famous Last Words: "It was a pleasure, sir."
- To Mako. Both of them are young and exceptionally talented perfectionists with war veteran fathers and suitably varying amounts of Daddy Issues, but Chuck is emotional where Mako is stoic. This plays into their interactions with Raleigh as well — Mako openly admires Raleigh's unpredictability while Chuck expresses disdain for him.
- To Raleigh. Pre-Knifehead Raleigh is quite similar to Chuck, showing the same cockiness and eagerness to fight Kaiju. Had the fight with Knifehead gone better, we might be looking at two extremely similar people.
- Good Is Not Nice: Chuck may be doing everything in his power to protect and save humanity from the Kaiju, but don't expect him to not insult or sneer at the people around him, especially if he believes they're incompetent or just not worth his time.Chuck: You slow me down, Im gonna drop you like a sack of Kaiju shit.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets angry at the drop of a hat. Growing up as a prodigy in an extremely isolated environment probably didn't help his anger issues.
- Heroes Love Dogs: He has an English bulldog named Max. His jacket, Striker Eureka, and the tech crew's uniforms have custom decals modeled after his beloved pet.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Both he and Marshal Pentecost blow themselves up while in Striker Eureka in order to clear a path for Gipsy Danger.
- Hot-Blooded: Definitely applies outside the cockpit, where he's short-tempered, arrogant, and quick to take offense. Interestingly, the opposite seems to take place inside a Jaeger, possibly due to his life-long ranger training.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: For all his animosity with Raleigh and Mako, he cheered them on when Gipsy Danger came to fight Leatherback.
- Chuck: Come on, Gipsy, kick his arse!!!
- Improbable Age: Chuck was barely 16 when he was first deployed in Striker Eureka in 2019, and (according to the artbook) was enlisted in the Jaeger Academy in 2015 at the tender age of 12.
- It Has Been an Honor: Said to Marshal Pentecost right before their Heroic Sacrifice.
- Jerkass: Chuck Hansen comes dangerously close to this trope in light of his belligerent treatment of Raleigh, Mako, and just not being a particularly nice person in general, even if his criticisms about Raleigh (burned out) and Mako (too inexperienced) had some validity. However, he ultimately subverts it by ignoring orders to help his fellow pilots when they're in need of assistance, openly doting on his beloved dog, and then pulling a Heroic Sacrifice at the movie's climax to save humanity.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Despite his egotism, he criticizes Raleigh and Mako not out of jealousy, but because he's actually concerned about their ability to do their jobs. And though Chuck's accusation that pilots like Raleigh are what got the Jaeger Program canceled are harsh, he's not completely wrong. Raleigh lost his brother and nearly got Gipsy Danger destroyed by refusing orders and engaging Knifehead 10 miles at sea rather than within the Miracle Mile as ordered — it's easy to see how Chuck can hold Raleigh's rockstar-esque, above the rules attitude in contempt. On top of that, by the time Raleigh rejoined the PPDC, almost every other Jaeger and their pilots, except the promoted Stacker Pentecost, has died in combat. From Chuck's point of view, Raleigh never learned from his mistakes, and on top of that, abandoned humanity's only effective line of defense to work on a Wall project that was just proven to be useless.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He isn't a pleasing person to say the least. Raleigh openly stated that the only thing that holds him back for wanting to beat him up is due to his respect for Chuck's father. He is willing to insult Raleigh, Mako, and even his own father, but nonetheless cares about humanity's survival and doesn't hesitate to come to his fellow pilots' defense. Chuck is also extremely affectionate with his bulldog, Max.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Chuck's heroic actions and genuine desire to save humankind would have qualified him as a straight hero if it weren't for his bad attitude that pisses off nearly everyone around him.
- Like Father, Like Son: For all of his jerkassness, Chuck, like his dad, says Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! and rushes in to try to save his teammates.
- The Perfectionist: Chuck does not tolerate failure from anyone, including himself. And due to him being raised in a Shatterdome and around the Jaeger pilot lifestyle, Chuck has little to no social life or experience outside of the Defense Corps. He even expresses open disdain for pilots whom he feels could be a liability to the program.
- Pet the Dog: Done literally and figuratively with his dog Max. Chuck is openly affectionate with the dog, showing that he's not entirely a jerk.
- The Rival: To Raleigh. It's implied in the novelization that Chuck once idolized the Becket brothers and Gipsy Danger, but Raleigh's desertion of the Jaeger Program led to him being distrusting and jaded against the other pilot.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Leaves his post to try to aid the Russian crew while they were getting hammered by Otachi. This makes him Not So Different from Raleigh and his brother who did something similar to save the crew of a fishing boat. For all his talk, Chuck is ultimately just as unwilling to abandon a few people to their death for the sake of the many or the big picture, even when it's the logical thing to do.
- Survivor Guilt: In the novelization, Chuck is very aware of his father's choice to save him instead of his mother. After all, he Drifts with him. And his father is very aware that his son would rather he had saved his mother.
- Taking You with Me: He and Pentecost blow themselves up to take down two Kaiju so Gipsy Danger can seal the Breach.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Although he tries to act tough and uncaring, it's pretty obvious to viewers that Chuck desperately seeks the approval and love of his father. Unfortunately, he seems to think that killing Kaiju and being the best Jaeger pilot ever is the only way to accomplish this.
Cheung, Jin, and Hu Wei
Played by: Charles, Lance, and Mark Luu
The Wei triplets are former street fighters who have fought the Kaiju several times and became local heroes in China. In 2015, they joined the Jaeger Academy to become Jaeger pilots. They are the PPDC Rangers assigned to Crimson Typhoon, the last Mark-4 Jaeger in existence.
- Bash Brothers: Of the identical male triplet variety. They've been defending the Chinese coastline for seven years, have the third highest Kaiju kill count in the Jaeger Program, and once lived as street fighters in the criminal underbelly of Hong Kong.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Chinese, and with a dragon as their personal sigil.
- Hero of Another Story: The Wei Tang triplets have impressive records but are sadly not the biggest heroes of this film, as they're offed before the climax.
- The Quiet One: We don't hear them talk clearly outside of their Jaeger.
- Red Is Heroic: Their suits are patterned after their Jaeger, Crimson Typhoon. Even their tech teams and daily outfits appear to consist entirely of red and gold, too.
- Reformed Criminal: Before they were Jaeger pilots, the Wei triplets were street fighters in the Chinese underworld.
- Same-Sex Triplets: Together, they're known as the Wei Tang Triplets.
- Signature Move: The Thundercloud Formation, courtesy of their Jaeger's buzzsaw hands.
- Twin Telepathy: As explained in the novelization, part of their Drift hangover. They are constantly passing a basketball between them without looking because of this.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We learn little about these characters before they die in battle.
- The Worf Effect: They are killed by Otachi while in Crimson Typhoon.
Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky
Played by: Robert Maillet and Heather Doerksen
Lt. Sasha Kaidanovsky is the husband of fellow Lieutenant, Aleksis Kaidanovsky. Together, they defended Vladivostok, Russia from over half a dozen Kaiju attacks and successfully protected the Siberian Wall, which went unbreached by Kaiju for six years. They were both PPDC Rangers and co-pilots of Cherno Alpha, the last of the Mark-1 Jaeger series and the oldest Jaeger still active in combat.
- Action Girl: Not only is Aleksis renowned for her legendary strike missions and decade-long defense of the Russian line, but she's also the longest serving female pilot in the Jaeger Program. And she's on the right side of their Jaeger, which is generally where the more dominant or experienced pilot is positioned.del Toro: The dominant pilot is on the right side of the Jaeger.
- Almighty Janitor: After holding the line against Kaiju for more than 7 years, they didn't get promoted above the rank of Lieutenant. Wartime promotions for field officers come much quicker: World War II Soviet ace Ivan Kozhedub got promoted from Senior Sergeant to Lieutenant in 6 months and to deputy commander of his regiment before 3 years of service. Aleksandr Pokryshkin got promoted to Major after 2 years in combat.
- Arms Dealer: After Pentecost failed to gain additional funding from the UN for the PPDC and Jaeger Program, Sasha and Aleksis used their various connections to procure any weapon that Pentecost needed in his assault against the Breach and the continued defense of Hong Kong.
- Badass Baritone: Well, considering that Sasha is played by Robert Maillet, it shouldn't be too surprising.
- Badass Beard: Sasha sports one of these, although he dyes the rest of his hair blond to match his wife's. There is also a subtle hint here: in some periods, beards were worn more exclusively by the clergy or men of the cassocks (as in the Soviet period, when they were a suggestion of the Tsarist fashions), while in modern times they have largely been adopted by devout Orthodox Russians.
- Battle Couple: The two are married.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Neither of them speak much, preferring to observe those around them and then come to their own conclusions. However, Sasha and Aleksis are also the most stable Drift partners that the PPDC has ever produced and they continued to successfully pilot a Mark-1 Jaeger until the final days of the Kaiju War.
- Truth in Television: as noted in the Mother Russia Makes You Strong page, calm and composure in front of danger are typical valued traits in modern (and not so modern) Russians.
- But as shown in the novelization, any disrespect towards Ukrainian hard house will be vocally unappreciated. Not that it stops the Wei triplets from complaining about it.
- Couple Theme Naming: Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky, both have first names that are diminutives of "Alexander" ("defending men"). Fitting for a Battle Couple who pilot a Humongous Mecha.
- Defiant to the End: Cockpit melting, right arm getting munched, but they sock Otachi two more times before Leatherback jumps them.
- Director Guillermo Del Toro also explains in the commentary that Cherno Alpha has no escape pods. Their fights have only one of two outcomes: 1. Cherno Alpha dead. 2. Kaiju dead.
- Determinator: Even when they're being drowned they're still trying to fight Leatherback.
- Gender-Blender Name: Both have gender-neutral names, causing some confusion among the fanbase about which one is which. According to the credits, Sasha is the man and Aleksis is the woman. Aleksis can also faintly be heard calling 'Sasha' when she gestures to him in the cafeteria scene, but other sources switch their names.
- Happily Married: There's a moment in the cafeteria scene where Aleksis affectionately greets Sasha as he sits down next to her. They're also well-known for holding the record of the longest and most stable neural handshake in the Corps, lasting up to eighteen hours.
- Hero of Another Story: The Kaidanovskys have impressive records but are sadly not the biggest heroes of this story.
- Husky Russkie: Aleksis is portrayed by the rather tall 5'10 Heather Doerksen, and Sasha by humongous 6'11 professional wrestler Robert Maillet.
- It's Personal: When Otachi murders Crimson Typhoon's pilots, Aleksis outright says "Let's get this bastrd!"
- The Jailer: Both Sasha and Aleksis worked as guards at an unspecified Russian prison before they were recruited into the Jaeger Program.
- Meaningful Name: Both Sasha and Aleksis are diminutives of the same Russian name: Aleksandr/a (which happens to mean "Defending men"). Despite how different they look, they're a united, complementary team.
- Both also happen to be Gender Blender Names, which caused some confusion among the fans regarding who is who (not helped by the fact that some official sources contradicted one another in that regard).
- Nerves of Steel: They calmly and unhurriedly walk away when Gipsy Danger's plasma caster activates. When they are right in front of it at point blank range.
- The Quiet One: We don't hear them talk outside of their Jaeger, aside from Aleksis faintly calling Sasha over to her in the first cafeteria scene.
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: While Crimson Typhoon and Striker Eureka's pilots have a quick head crush and explosion respectively, Aleksis and Sasha are shown screaming and drowning as Leatherback tears Cherno apart.
- Together in Death: They both die by each other's sides on the battlefield.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We learn little about these characters before they die in battle.
- The Worf Effect: They are killed by Leatherback while in Cherno Alpha.
Played by: Diego Klattenhoff
Voiced by: René García (Latin-American Spanish), Hiroshi Tsuchida (Japanese)
Raleigh's brother, who is killed by Knifehead in the prologue.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His death threw Raleigh into a five-year rut. Justified as they were drifting at the time, meaning Raleigh was in Yancy's head as he was dying.
- Despair Event Horizon: As he was dying, which didn't help his Drift-linked brother's Heroic BSoD.
- Jump Scare: His death; Knifehead just popped out of the water when they previously thought it dead.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "Raleigh, listen to me"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He was the blue to his brother's red and is shown scolding Raleigh for getting too cocky just before they're deployed against Knifehead.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Killed in the first twenty minutes of the movie to show how dangerous the Kaiju are getting.
- White Shirt of Death: He was wearing a while pilot suit by the time he was killed.
Dr. Newton "Newt" Geiszler
Played by: Charlie Day
Voiced by: Víctor Ugarte (Latin-American Spanish), Toru Furuya (Japanese)
A scientist and a "Kaiju groupie," known for being a little disturbingly interested in the monsters trying to kill them all. He also has a crazy idea to try and drift with one of the few intact Kaiju brains they have.
- Admiring the Abomination: He is a Kaiju fanboy. His entire torso is covered in tattoos referencing them, even down to his wrists!
- Adorkable: He becomes extremely giddy about anything that deals with Kaiju.
- Ambiguously Bi: Newt is confirmed by Word of Gay to be in love with Gottlieb, and an extra feature from the first movie does not specify a preferred gender for his love interest. He also treats part of a Kaiju brain, which he has nicknamed "Alice", like a romantic partner, but it's unclear if drifting with "Alice" is actually sexual, an addiction, or something the Precursors forced him to do.
- Anything That Moves: His character profile in the "Drift Space" special feature states that his ideal love interest would be "Whoever will take him", apparently regardless of gender.
- Ascended Fanboy:
- He is specifically called a "Kaiju groupie" and him being able to study Kaiju for a living is practically heaven. He nerdgasms when he gets to Hannibal Chau's Kaiju organ shop.
- He ascends even further in Uprising when the Precursors choose him to help them destroy the world.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite his and Hermann's bickering, they really do seem to care about each other:
- Hermann panics when he finds Newt unconscious after having drifted with a Kaiju.
- Later, he offers to share the neural load with Newt when he drifts with Otachi's baby. Newt's response? "You'd do that for me? I—I mean, you'd do that with me?" Hermann coyly responds that the world is hanging in the balance, so he doesn't have much choice.
- And finally, when the Breach has been closed and everyone is celebrating, Hermann sidles close to Newt, who throws an enthusiastic arm over his shoulder in a hug.
- Ramped up in Uprising: they're able to communicate their planned fight in an elevator with a single look, and Hermann, despite hating PDA, embraces Newt.
- Be Careful What You Wish For:
- Early in the first movie, he states that "unlike most people, I want to see [a Kaiju] alive and up close one day." He then spends much of the Hong Kong battle running in terror from Otachi, who's after him specifically.Raleigh: Trust me, you don't wanna.
- He actually gets his wish in Uprising when the composite Kaiju pauses briefly for him, before continuing on its way to Mt. Fuji. It's a wish only the Precursors could grant.
- Early in the first movie, he states that "unlike most people, I want to see [a Kaiju] alive and up close one day." He then spends much of the Hong Kong battle running in terror from Otachi, who's after him specifically.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: His dynamic with Gottlieb in the first movie retroactively takes on this trope, with Charlie Day and Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight stating that Newt is in love with Gottlieb but in denial about it.
- Big Bad: Of Uprising, having been taken over by the Precursors.
- Blind Without 'Em:
- When Newt loses his glasses at the refugee bunker, he crawls helplessly across the floor trying to find them.
- Come Uprising ten years later, he can act without impediment when he takes his glasses off, implying he's gotten his sight fixed in the interim and continues wearing them only as a fashion accessory or out of habit.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: His continued drifting with a Kaiju brain led to him being possessed by the Precursors.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: If he wasn't such a competent Kaiju biologist, he'd probably get checked into a mental hospital due to his borderline-obsession with the things.
- Came Back Wrong: Uprising reveals his Drift with a Kaiju brain made him a pawn of the Precursors.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Joins the nefarious Shao Industries in the Time Skip between the first film and Uprising. It's purely to set his true plan in motion.
- Didn't Think This Through: He's smart enough to puzzle out that drifting with the Kaiju hive mind can give him all the information he needs on them and their masters - but the fact that the connection is two way and they can not only figure out what he's doing but do something about it (in the shape of giant monsters sent to kill him specifically) seems to have escaped him.
- Dirty Coward: He's extremely brave in a lot of ways - but it's telling that he plays the "I'm a doctor" card to get in one of the shelters when he realizes Otachi is after him specifically.
- Dreadful Musician: According to the DVD Special Features, he is a horrible singer. Though like Charlie Day, he can play guitar and keyboard fairly well.
- Extreme Omnisexual: Uprising reveals he now treats a salvaged Kaiju brain as a romantic partner.
- Eye Scream: When he initially tries to drift with a Kaiju brain, the neural load is too much for him and thus his left eye starts bleeding.
- FaceHeel Turn: His unhealthy obsession with the Kaiju left him Brainwashed and Crazy in the interim between the first film and Uprising, courtesy of the Precursors, until he became Uprising's Big Bad.
- Fighting from the Inside: Subverted. There's a brief moment in Uprising when he manages to regain some control ... but only enough to tell Hermann that he isn't strong enough to fight back.
- Handicapped Badass: Strongly implied to have some sort of mental illness, most likely bipolar disorder, which would disqualify him from a career in piloting due to issues with Drift compatibility. Not that this stops him and Hermann from mind-melding with a Kaiju and discovering information that saves the entire human race from extinction.
- Innocently Insensitive: He talks about how much he would love to see a Kaiju up close ... right in front of Kaiju trauma survivor Raleigh. Everyone else's looks of contempt or resignation in that scene really drive it home.
- Insufferable Genius: In the novelization, it is explicitly stated that he hates talking to people because they're not as intellectually gifted as he is to understand him.
- Interspecies Romance: In Uprising, he lives with a salvaged Kaiju brain, and treats drifting with it like sex.
- Large Ham: In his nerdiness, of course.
- Leitmotif: "Call Me Newt".
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Hermann, though they almost never stop fighting over their approaches to the Kaiju. In the first film, his recording of his Drift experiment even includes a message for Hermann that basically just amounts to "Ha, I'm right, I told you so."
- The Man Behind the Man: Usurps the role of Uprising's Big Bad from his boss, Liwen Shao. He tells Gottlieb he's been planning to "end the world" for ten years, activating Kaiju brains within the Jaeger drones Shao and him have worked so hard to prepare.
- Meaningful Name:
- Together with Gottlieb; their names are a Shout-Out to Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, who were at one point rivals over the discovery of calculus. (Initially the two scientists were planned to be one character with a mixture of their traits, named Newton Gottlieb.)
- As noted on the Aerith and Bob page, in modern Germany, naming your kids after celebrities (from the Anglophone world) was a habit of the low-educated classes. This is a hint of him being quite the Rags to Riches case.
- Motor Mouth: Often talks very quickly and very excitedly.
- Nerd Glasses: Thick black ones for the resident Kaiju biologist. He actually provides the current page image for this trope.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- While his efforts to drift into a Kaiju brain were ultimately helpful, it's also what provokes the attack on Hong Kong by the Kaiju's masters. It may also have provided the information needed to tailor-make the Kaiju to counter the three "on-deck" Jaegers.
- Additionally, when he realizes out loud that Otachi is coming for him, it results in the entire crowd in the bunker abandoning him in hopes of his death placating the Kaiju.
- His Kaiju obsession and unhealthy Drifting habits make him an ideal pawn for the Precursors in Uprising.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He really, really likes Kaiju...
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His look, mannerisms, tone and general tendency to TALK LOUDLY are essentially one great big, loving tribute to J. J. Abrams.
- Non-Action Guy: A hapless noncombatant.
- No Respect Guy:
- Despite his brilliance, he's pretty much this for everyone (especially Gottleib) until he discovers the Precursors' control of the Kaiju via drifting with one of their brains - at which point Pentecost and Hermann start seeing him as a much more valuable member of the team.
- In Uprising his rant after his reveal as the Big Bad shows that Newt seeing himself as this was one of the ways the Precursors got their claws in his psyche after taking over his mind.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Newt spends most of the first half of the movie running off his mouth, being an arrogant twerp and butchering Mandarin. After he reveals himself as The Quisling, he admits that this was a deliberate strategy to avoid suspicion...and he says it in fluent Mandarin just to ram the point home.
- Oh, Crap!: When he's marooned by Hannibal Chau on the streets of Hong Kong, Newt looks back and sees Otachi not only ripping its way through Hong Kong's skyline but doing so looking for him specifically.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Downplayed. He's a biologist, and thinks Gottlieb's discipline is a field of theory and guesses. He is able to create a Drifting rig from random scraps, however, and is able to oversee the construction of Jaeger/Kaiju hybrids in Uprising.
- Professor Guinea Pig: When no one is entertaining his crazy-sounding proposal to enter a neural drift with a Kaiju brain, he just straps himself in. He lives, to everyone's surprise, with no apparent lasting damage.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Herman's Blue.
- The Smart Guy: Part of the team researching the Kaiju.
- Storyboard Body: Has tattoos depicting Kaiju covering his arms and (according to Word of God) the rest of his torso. This helps reinforce his Ascended Fanboy status.
- Science Foils: Newt is an extremely experimental scientist who will put his own life and sanity on the line for the sake of his research, while Gottlieb is an analytical theoretician who takes pleasure in shooting down Newt's crackpot theories. Nevertheless, they turn out to have been perfectly Drift Compatible all along. Furthermore, both mock each other's ideas (on Kaiju-drifting and Triple Events) to Stacker, but both are proven completely right by film's end.
- Those Two Guys: With Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in the first film.
- Too Dumb to Live: Announcing to a crowded shelter full of superstitious, frightened people that the Kaiju is specifically hunting him. Cue everyone backing away from him, making it very clear that they are fully prepared to sacrifice him to it to save their own skins.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- After very nearly getting eaten by Otachi, he's suddenly much less intimidated by Hannibal Chau.Newt: Hey! Okay, guess who's back, you one-eyed bitch?! You owe me a Kaiju brain!
- In Uprising, he helps Gottlieb subdue the guards in the elevator. He later floors Gottlieb when he reveals his brainwashing by the Precursors.
- After very nearly getting eaten by Otachi, he's suddenly much less intimidated by Hannibal Chau.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: From a hyperactive scientist with an unhealthy appreciation for the Kaiju, to an Omnicidal Maniac. How the mighty have fallen.
- Villainous Breakdown: Completely freaks out when the Mega-Kaiju is killed at the very last second, and starts ranting about there being a Plan B - at which point Nate knocks him out with a single punch.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: More vitriolic than most examples because Newt considers Gottlieb to be a stuffy rival for most of the film.
- Voice of the Legion: The Precursors suddenly speak through him when it's revealed they're possessing him.
- Walking Spoiler: Noticed how his role in Uprising resulted in many whited-out entries?
- The Xenophile: Harbors a deep and abiding appreciation for Kaiju, seeing them as monstrous masterpieces. Becomes a little more literal in Uprising, where we see him treating a Kaiju brain as a lover. How we wish we had made that last statement up...
Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
Played by: Burn Gorman
Newt's mathematician partner, who works on determining the exact limits of the Breach, and by extension the size and frequency of Kaiju attacks.
- All There in the Manual: According to the artbook, he was at least born in Germany if not raised there, and is an expectant father. He is married to a model named Vanessa, according to writer Travis Beacham, although Unreliable Canon below outlines some contradictions.
- He also studied engineering and applied sciences in Berlin, so it seems fairly safe to assume he's spent many years, if not his entire life, in his mother country.
- Big "SHUT UP!": He's on the receiving end of one from Pentecost when he keeps interrupting Newt's exposition of his neural bridge experience with the Kaiju brain.
- Combat Pragmatist: When he and Newt have to fight their way out of an elevator filled with Shao security in Uprising, he starts off by whacking one in the groin with his cane, then beats another three guys by himself using his cane as a makeshift bat.
- Genius Cripple: Uses a cane due to a bad leg and tends to shake heavily when excited. He's also distinctly hunched, though whether or not this is an aspect of his disability or just body language to telegraph his characterization is unclear.
- Germanic Depressives: Doesn't quite seem to know what to do with Newt's 'bro-handshake' at first, among other examples.
- Handicapped Badass:
- Has a limp, a hunch, twitches, and walks with a cane. He also refuses to take absolutely anyone's shit and helps save the day.
- He and Newt subdue a whole cadre of guards in an elevator in Uprising. Of course, Gottlieb does the actual fighting.
- Herr Doktor: Being German and a scientist, he embodies certain features of this archetype.
- Insufferable Genius: Not insufferable, but sour and a bit of a pretentious know-it-all.
- Jewish and Nerdy: According to writer Travis Beacham, he has Jewish ancestry but is non-practicing.
- Large Ham: He has his moments.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Newt. Though they almost never stop fighting over their approaches to the Kaiju, they really do seem to care about each other:
- Hermann panics when he finds Newt unconscious after having drifted with a Kaiju.
- Later, he offers to share the neural load with Newt when he drifts with Otachi's baby. Newt's response? "You'd do that for me? I—I mean, you'd do that with me?" Hermann coyly responds that the world is hanging in the balance, so he doesn't have much choice.
- And finally, when the Breach has been closed and everyone is celebrating, Hermann sidles close to Newt, who throws an enthusiastic arm over his shoulder in a hug.
- Ramped up in Uprising: they're able to communicate their planned fight in an elevator with a single look, and despite stating a few seconds prior how much he hates PDA, he embraces Newt.
- Meaningful Name: See Newt's entry.
- Mission Control: He assumes this role for the Final Battle in Uprising after the previous crew was wiped out in an attack on the Shatterdome.
- Non-Action Guy: A noncombatant who walks with a cane; his contributions are of the scientific variety.
- Not So Above It All: He's professional and stern ... except when it comes to Newt. Then he'll stoop to childish bickering and maintaining a highly counter-productive rivalry.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Downplayed. He's a physicist, and thinks Newton's field is disgusting and obsessive about the enemy. By the second film, however, he fills in on other disciplines due to Newt having left the PPDC in the interim.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Nope, he's a theorist who thinks that Newt's ideas are batshit insane. He eventually trusts Newt enough to agree to join him in a neural Drift with the Kaiju brain.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Newton's Red.
- Science Foils: Newt is an extremely experimental scientist who will put his own life and sanity on the line for the sake of his research, while Gottlieb is an analytical theoretician who takes pleasure in shooting down Newt's crackpot theories. Nevertheless, they turn out to have been perfectly Drift Compatible all along.
- The Smart Guy: Part of the team researching the Kaiju. His speciality is mathematics. Newton thinks it's just a bunch of intelligent-sounding guesses, but his math-backed predictions prove to be consistently right.
- This Is My Side: He'd like Newt to keep his Kaiju entrails on his own side of the room, thank you very much.
- Those Two Guys: With Dr. Newt Geiszler. Gets truly sad in the sequel: even after Newt's reveal as the Big Bad Hermann still stops him from getting shot by Liwen after realizing the Precursors are controlling him.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Uprising where he's willing to place himself in harm's way at Shao Industries to talk to Newt, beat up a lift full of guards, and personally stops Shao from enacting her plan. Except it isn't her plan, it's Newt's.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While a grumpy and abrasive scientist in the original movie, he becomes a friendlier person in Uprising.
- Unreliable Canon: Travis Beacham says he has a wife, who is mentioned in the novelization, which is known for its inconsistencies. Hermann's actor says he isn't married and dislikes the idea of a wife, and Del Toro hasn't said anything at all about the wife. Now that Travis has left the franchise, it's unknown if his wife can even be counted as canon any more.
- The Un-Reveal: We never do find out what happened to his leg.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: More vitriolic than most examples because Gottlieb hates Newt for most of the film, and the two only reconcile when Gottlieb offers to share the Drift with a Kaiju brain to take the neural strain off of Newt.
Played by: Clifton Collins Jr.
The CIC commander for the Jaegers.
- Fan of the Past: Dresses a little more old-fashioned and, in the novel, uses more old-school terms and slang.
- Happily Married: In the novelization, he hooked up with Alison after Raleigh left the service.
- Mission Control: His role in the Pan Pacific Defense Corps is to help coordinate the Jaeger offensive from headquarters.
- Latino Is Brown: He's part Peruvian, part Filipino, and part Chinese, so being an aversion in the film itself (played by a pale-skinned half-Mexican actor) makes sense. However, the tie-in comic Tales from Year Zero makes him notably tan compared to Naomi.
- Mixed Ancestry: According to Beacham, he has roots from "all over," describing him as having Chinese, Peruvian, and Filipino ancestry.
- Must Have Caffeine: Is seen carrying four cups of coffee at the same time. Then again, he obviously needs it in a position as constantly stressful as his.
- Reformed Criminal: According to the data book, Del Toro figured he had a shady past before cleaning up.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Always seen wearing a polo and a button-down. He's also a fan of suspenders and bow ties.
Played by: Ron Perlman
The black market Kaiju parts supplier, who harvests the corpses of the monsters and sells the parts. In order to gain some extra funds that the Jaeger program desperately needs, Stacker Pentecost makes a deal with him that he can exert claim over all the Kaijus that wander into Hong Kong.
- And Starring: Ron Perlman.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Very, very shrewd.
- Hearing that Newt wants a Kaiju brain, he's confused as to why anyone would want one. Thinking he won't like the answer, he keeps pushing Newt until he tells all.
- Upon learning that Newt Drifted with a Kaiju and needs a Kaiju brain for a second attempt, he instantly realizes everything is about to go straight to hell - as he knows Drifting is two-way. If Newt learned about the Kaiju, they learned about him - and they're coming for him.
- He is able to correctly guess the cause and symptoms of Otachi Junior's demise after having one look at him. Well, off by a few seconds, but still right.
- Awesome McCoolname: Invoked. He chose his name for his favorite historical figure and his second favorite Szechuan restaurant in Brooklyn.
- Blatant Lies: He leaves Newt behind running away from Otachi's baby, but as soon as the thing's 'dead,' he reappears and starts monologuing about how he knew the thing was dead from the start. Newt's incredulous look really sells it.
- Brooklyn Rage: A tough, black-market dealer from Brooklyn who is over-the-top hammy.
- Cool Shades: He has round, gold-rimmed shades that he takes off only once. As it turns out he started using them after a wound he received in a public shelter, during a Kaiju attack.
- Death by Adaptation: Being devoured by Otachi Jr. is fatal in the novelization... less so in The Stinger.
- Eaten Alive: Non-fatal example, thanks to The Stinger.
- Eye Scream: His left eye was injured during the first and only time he ever went into a public Kaiju shelter.
- Feet-First Introduction: The first time he properly appears, the shot starts on his gold-plated shoes and pans up to his face.
- Friend in the Black Market: Stacker gave him exclusive rights for scavenging Kaiju remains in some desperation, and he deals in their body parts. Apparently their bone powder is used for male enhancement.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: He has gold on his jewelry, his knife, his shoes, his teeth, his glasses...
- Gold Tooth: Several of his front teeth.
- Hidden Depths: He's apparently not a scientist but is roughly as knowledgeable about Kaiju as Newt is, and actually more in some areas.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Subverted in that he later turns out to have survived.
- Knife Nut: He has a gold-plated Butterfly Knife, and one of the first things he does is shove the blade up Newt's nostril.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed at the end of the "Aftermath" comic. We don't actually see the moment of death though, just the Fade to Black as he's shot.
- Large Ham: According to del Toro, he was originally going to be an actual Chinese guy — but Ron Perlman was brought in precisely to make the character so over-the-top ridiculous that viewers would take the Kaiju more seriously by comparison.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Sacrifices one of his staff in "Aftermath", shooting through her to kill a kaiju-worshipping ninja. At the story's conclusion, he's Killed Off for Real by another of his employees, her wife-to-be...
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Loses his "goddamn shoe" fighting his way out of the Kaiju that ate him.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Despite how much of a jerk he might be, he certainly dresses the part of a successful crime lord.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is notable in that out of all the humans with an Awesome Mc Coolname, he is the only one deliberately using a pseudonym. Which makes sense, being a criminal and all.
- Not Quite Dead: As seen in the stinger.
- Only in It for the Money: His motivation for dealing in Kaiju parts.
- Reality Ensues:
- Cutting his way out of a Kaiju after being eaten by it was certainly good for a laugh in Pacfic Rim - but as detailed in Secretly Dying, there were a lot of consequences...
- "Aftermath" reveals the closing of the Breach has hammered his operations, as there's no more Kaiju coming through to harvest.
- Secretly Dying: In the Aftermath comic he has blue lines all over his body due to being coated in Kaiju Blue and his health is deteriorating.
- Sesquipedalian Smith: Invoked — he named himself after his favorite historical figure (Hannibal) and a restaurant he likes (the otherwise unremarkable name Chau). The result is the very catchy name "Hannibal Chau".
- Tempting Fate: You just had to stand in front of the "dead" baby Kaiju and say you knew it could only live about a minute outside the womb, didn't you?
The Wizened Man
Played by: Santiago Segura
Hannibal Chau's second in command. He is in charge of receiving visitors in his shop and leading the harvesting operations.
- Bald of Evil: Lacks all the hair on top, though in exchange he sports shaggy long hair on the back of the head.
- Cool Shades: Like Chau's, only less cool.
- The Cameo: By Santiago Segura, Guillermo del Toro's close friend and usual collaborator. Also implied to be a Death by Cameo.
- Dashing Hispanic: Subverted quite thoroughly. He talks with suavity and a heavy Spanish accent, but his appearance is certainly unattractive and much more creepy than dashing.
- Fat Bastard: Rather wide of waist, and presumably quite underhanded given that he works in a black market.
- Honest John's Dealership: He evokes the mannerisms of the trope, addressing Newton with obnoxious cheekiness and telling him of his own experience while offering him the Kaiju harvested product. His facade, however, falls when the visitor reveals his motives.
- No Name Given: Neither the film nor the novelization give him a name; "Wizened Man" is how he is officially credited.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a very intuitive one when he discovers a baby Kaiju awakening in front of him.
- Too Much Information: Understandably, his note of himself taking the "male potency" Kaiju remedy creeps out Newton a bit, especially after a too expressive gesture to demonstrate it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not shown on-screen, but he is presumibly killed by Otachi Jr. inside its mother.
The council of nations that provided funding to the Jaeger Program, and later the Wall that replaced it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: To the extent that they view the Jaegers as merely a short-term solution and want a long-term one. It's just that their alternative to the Jaegers sucks.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The world council shelves the Jaeger project after the Kaiju start adapting, instead choosing to focus on the coastal wall project. When a Kaiju effortlessly destroys one such wall, riots ensue, and one bureaucrat still clings to the notion that the Wall will work in the flurry of news reports in the aftermath.
- Tempting Fate: Indestructible walls. Yeah, that worked out great.
- Too Dumb to Live: While, technically, they survive their lethally stupid decisions, it is only because they are far far away from the consequences of those decisions. Eventually, their stupidity would have caught up with them.
- The "Suits" decide to scrap the Jaeger Program in favor of building "Kaiju proof walls". 5 minutes later, a Kaiju crashes through the wall in less than an hour. The Kaiju is only stopped by, surprise, surprise, a Jaeger.
- And with that incident, you'd think that the "Suits" would go back to thinking that Jaegers are a better option. NOPE. They say that the walls STILL show promise. Which leads to riots along the areas of the coastal walls. And when another Kaiju is shown to have very corrosive acid breath, and WINGS, it's essentially proven that the walls are not only useless, but a complete waste of time and resources to build. Consider how many Jaegers could have been built with the money and labor taken to wall the entire coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Then consider that even if they couldn't go through it, they could go around, being shown to be entirely capable of moving on land even early on. There's also a complete lack of any active defenses which allowed Mutavore nearly an hour of whaling on the Sydney wall to get through.
- Seeing how effective Jaeger weaponry is on the Kaiju and how easily Kaiju can shatter buildings, you'd think they'd arm the walls, right? No, still no signs of intelligence. The walls have no weapons of any sort. Even if it could resist a Kaiju attack, what stops the Kaiju from rushing through or over the wall? If it had Wave Motion Guns like the Jaegers' cannons, or just More Dakka like the weapon defenses in Neon Genesis Evangelion, it could be an effective form to contain the Kaiju, at least until the Jaegers come to the rescue. As it was, it's just a plain stupid fucking plan.
Debuted in Pacific Rim: Uprising
Played by: John Boyega
The biological son of Stacker Pentecost and adoptive brother of Mako Mori. He is the main protagonist of Uprising.
- Big Brother Mentor: Acts like this to Amara, especially after Mako dies.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
- To Raleigh Becket. Raleigh was said to be someone unexpected to be a Jaeger pilot, while Jake is not only one of its first pilots but also the son of one of the PPDC's top pilots and eventual leader. But after they left the PPDC, Raleigh returned when Stacker came to recruit him while Jake was forcefully recruited back after one too many troubles with the law. Also, Raleigh managed to finish his fight with Knifehead and dragged Gipsy Danger back to land solo while Jake could barely make Gipsy Avenger stand.
- Also to his father, Stacker. Jake was kicked out of the PPDC, while Stacker stayed as the Marshall until his last sortie in Striker. Jake is notorious for being a troublemaker, while Stacker is the epitome of a stern soldier. And like above, Jake could barely make the Jaeger move two steps when he was trying to fly solo while Stacker managed to take on Onibaba for over three hours solo and win.
- I Am Not My Father: Emphatically declares this at the beginning of Uprising, disavowing Stacker's heroic reputation and making a name for himself as a smuggler. Later gets a Meaningful Echo.
- The Leader: The field commander during the final battle of Uprising.
- Like Brother and Sister: Initially he and Amara were antagonistic towards each other before gradually thawing. By the end of the film they're teasing and ribbing each other.
- Like Father, Like Son: He's capable of giving one hell of a pep talk, just like his old man.
- Military Brat: Deconstructed; his father was one of the greatest heroes of the Kaiju War, and Jake felt the constant pressure to live up to his example - eventually leading to his trying to pilot a Jaeger solo (as Stacker had). After this went terribly wrong, Jake recounts his father kicked him off the program personally, leading to him disappearing for years.
- Oh, Crap!: When Obsidian Fury turns out to have two arms-mounted chainsaw blades against Gipsy Avenger's one.
- Remember the New Guy?: Stacker's biological family went unmentioned in the first film, and Tales from the Drift only mentions his dead sister and father. His son is the protagonist of the second. Considering the circumstances for his leaving the Jaeger program, Stacker had good reason not to mention him.
- Sweet Tooth: He's a fan of Captain Crunch, Oreos, and of course ice cream sundaes.
- His only condition for co-piloting Gipsy with Nate - as Mako wants him with her for the Sydney ceremony - is that he be there to witness Nate's (likely horrified) reaction when Mako tells him.
- When Nate tries to talk with him in the kitchen, he sprays more whipped cream on his ice cream sundae, resulting in a very high tower of whipped cream and a very annoyed Nate.
- The Unfavorite: Stacker personally kicked him out of the Jaeger program after a truly epic screw-up trying to solo-pilot a Jaeger. No wonder he went off the rails. A bit of Fridge Brilliance in hindsight - no wonder his existence was never even hinted at in the first one...
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Amara and Nate initially, though by the film's end the vitriolic part has disappeared.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He joined the Jaeger program to be close to his father, maybe even drift with him eventually. Did not turn out so well.
Played by: Cailee Spaeny
A teenager who Jake meets while scavenging for Jaeger parts. Another main character of Uprising.
- Affectionate Nickname: Jake calls her "Smally."
- Ascended Fangirl: She clearly idolizes the Jaegers, and becomes one of their pilots.
- Badass Adorable: She's plenty badass, especially for someone so young, but in her heart she's still a playful teenager. When she and Jake find themselves near Mt. Fuji's summit after the Final Battle and she sees snow for the first time in her life, Amara immediately starts a snowball fight with Jake instead of giving a shit about the gigantic dead monster behind her. Her giant Squee! moment described below is also pretty cute.
- Bollywood Nerd: Subverted. Both her name and surname are curiously of Indian origin despite her official nationality being American (and her actress is ethnically Caucasian, as are the actors of Amara's parents). She hits the nerd aspect much more clearly, especially in regards with Jaegers and their technology.
- Brainy Brunette: Has dark hair and enough mechanical talent to build an undersized but still relatively huge mecha.
- Cassandra Truth: She's convinced from the outset that the Kaijus will return some day, and it's a Foregone Conclusion that she's right, but nobody pays her fears much attention when she voices them.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Much like Mako Mori, she is a mechanical genius who can build and pilot Jaegers like a duck takes to water, but unlike Mako, who worked with cutting edge technology, Amara had to scrounge for all her tech and parts.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Saw the rest of her family die in the Insurrector rampage. It's why she put so much effort into building Scrapper: to never be as helpless again in case the Kaiju return.
- Deuteragonist: To protagonist Jake Pentecost in Uprising.
- Disaster Scavengers: Lives like this before meeting Jake.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Conscripted into the PPDC at the age of fifteen; events quickly escalate into her piloting a Jaeger at the climax.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Viktoriya can't stand her when they meet, but they eventually turn into this during the shit they must go through together. It's what enables them to take control of Bracer Phoenix for the Final Battle.
- Like Brother and Sister: Develops this sort of relationship with Jake.
- Little Miss Badass: She survived on the streets alone for years, acquired the know-how and skills to build her own Jaeger from parts she stole from heavily guarded PPDC Jaeger graveyards, is a very capable pilot, and doesn't take shit from anyone. This girl has at least as much grit as any veteran Jaeger pilot seen so far despite still being a teenager.
- Little Miss Snarker: She can keep up with the best of them.Amara: Hold tight!
Jake: That's what I'm doing!
Amara: Then hold tighter!
- Newcomer Saves the Day: Amara despairs over being the class rookie, but manages to be crucial to the Final Battle by first piloting Bracer Phoenix, then taking over for Nate in Gipsy Avenger when Bracer Phoenix is destroyed and Nate is injured. Together with Jake, they defeat the Mega Kaiju.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Her actress is only 5ft 2 inches tall, making her much smaller than her antagonist Viktoriya - but when she's pushed too far she easily beats the much taller Russian.
- Recruiting the Criminal: She's arrested for her unauthorized Jaeger hijinks ... which lead to becoming a cadet in the PPDC.
- Squee!: She can barely contain her excitement when she's brought to the Chinese Shatterdome and sees all the top-tier Jaegers from up close.
- Teen Genius: Only 15, yet smart enough to build her own Jaeger.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a tough teenager from a scrap dump who amusingly complains her PPDC test helmet smells bad. Somewhat of Hypocritical Humor, though, if one considers she was quite dirty when she was introduced and probably didn't have it easy to keep herself clean and smelling good everyday back in her den.
- Wrench Wench: She's proficient enough to recognize where Obsidian Fury was manufactured.
- Wrestler in All of Us: She pulls an amazing flying armbar transitioned into a wrist lock on Viktoriya when they throw down in the Shatterdome barracks.
Played by: Jing Tian
The CEO of Shao Industries, a leading producer of Jaeger technology for the private sector in Uprising.
- Bad Boss: Newt certainly thinks so. It's subverted in practice though, where it becomes obvious she's not bad per se, just incredibly driven and with a low tolerance for incompetence..
- Big Damn Heroes: Multiple times - she first rescues Gottlieb from Newt with a handgun, then figures out how to deactivate the Hybrid drones seconds before they kill Jake and the other main characters, shows up with a huge fleet of her company's resource-carrying helicopters just as it looks like the Jaegers are too badly damaged by the Shatterdome attack to stop the Kaiju, then by way of remotely piloting Scrapper using a drone not only delivers Gipsy Avenger a rocket but saves Jake and Amara when their ejection pod fails during the fight with the Mega Kaiju.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Comes off as one, where her remotely-piloted Jaeger project is viewed by the pilots as Job Stealing Robots, and she is rather determined to get it approved in the midst of objections during her proposal. When it's revealed that Obsidian Fury is controlled by a Kaiju brain and is manufactured by Shao, things get more suspicious. It's all subverted when we learn she's completely unaware of Newt's actions behind the scenes, and following the revelation she lends her aid and resources to support the remaining Jaeger forces.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's cold, haughty, refuses the marshal's handshake on arrival at the Shatterdome, and treats Newt like crap. Then it turns out Newt has been using her company to turn her prized drones into Kaiju/Jaeger hybrids that reopen breaches and let Kaiju back onto Earth. After this disaster, she's much more helpful, sending her company's resources to rebuild the Jaegers for the final battle, being the first to twig how Mt.Fuji fits into the Precursors' plans and even pulling not one but two Big Damn Heroes moments with Scrapper.
- Good All Along: Despite being set up as an obvious villain for most of the movie, she turns out to have just been used by Newt and in fact helps save the world in the climax.
- Hidden Depths: While she is initially a cold CEO, she is shown to have hands-on engineering skills. In addition, realizing she was tricked by Newt and that her company was used to kickstart the second Kaiju invasion thaws her considerably.
- Light Is Good: Her first scene has her wearing a stark white dress that stands out, making her look imperious, cold, and intimidating. It later reveals that she is not as heartless as she appears, even helping to save the world at the climax.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Wears her hair in a neat bun to emphasize her no-nonsense nature. It's loose by the climax, coinciding with her thawing.
- Rags to Riches: According to the novelization she started off as a gifted hacker and engineer but was stricken with poverty. As an adult she is in charge of a Mega-Corp.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: When we see her first, she refuses to shake hands with anyone and she acts coldly and haughty. Towards the end, she defrosts hugely, personally piloting Scrapper into battle and saving Jake and Amara from dying in the final act.
- Teen Genius: Much like Amara, as according to the novelization Shao earned a doctorate at the age of 19.
- Underestimating Badassery: Newt is able to get away with creating a Jaeger/Kaiju Hybrid army behind her back largely because she clearly doesn't think highly of him or his abilities. As we see, that's all part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Unwitting Pawn: She had no idea that Newt was using her company's resources to create an army for the Precursors.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Honestly believes her remote-controlled drone army is a superior option to the Jaeger program, as it eliminates the need to find drift-compatible pilots and cuts down on pilot losses in combat, and is perfectly okay with instantly making the previous generation of Jaegers (and their pilots) obsolete and replaceable overnight.
- Wrench Wench: Personally makes modifications to Scrapper, then remotely pilots it to the aid of Gipsy Avenger using one of her drones. Who would've thought a seemingly cold-hearted businesswoman like she was this capable?
Nathan "Nate" Lambert
Played by: Scott Eastwood
An old friend of Jake from their academy days. He co-pilots Gipsy Avenger with Jake and trains Jaeger cadets.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Zig-zagged. He's undoubtedly hard on the cadets and reminds Jake that the Kaiju War was going on while they were being trained - but it's pretty clear he cares about the cadets he's training (to the point of dismissing Amara and Victoria fistfighting in front of him as an irrelevance) because he genuinely views them as part of the Jaeger-pilot family and wants them to have the same chances he had.
- Informed Attractiveness: Jake comments about his handsomeness a couple of times, but Lambert, while definitely not ugly, is not exaggeratedly attractive compared to him or any other main character. If anything, this seems to be mostly Jake teasing him in a bromantic way.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Gets lampshaded by Jake joking about it being an implant.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Comes with being played by Scott Eastwood. Even Jake cops to finding him attractive and sexy at one point.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially him and Jake piloting Gipsy Avenger is very much this due to their lingering issues - but once Obsidian Fury shows up they pretty quickly show why they were such a good team before Jake was kicked out.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jake. There's a lot of tension between the two due to the circumstances of Jake's departure and return (as well as his interest in Jules) but when the chips are down he makes it clear he regards Jake as part of the Jaeger-pilot family. He even refers to him as "brother" in the finale.
Played by: Ivanna Sakhno
A PPDC cadet who looks down on Amara.
- Alpha Bitch: Viktorya has this role among the cadets, and for what we see in her pilot scenes, she has the skill to back it up.
- Berserk Button: To Viktoriya, her full first name.
- Bigger Is Better: Viktoriya seems to think so, as she dismissed Amara's homemade Jaeger as 'too small'.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is initially cold and standoffish to Amara, but warms up to her as the film goes on.
- Dumb Muscle: Viktoriya was mentioned to have failed the entrance test thrice, which implies she is bad at the academic aspect of the school even although she is shown to be a great pilot. For extra points, she also gets to pilot the Mighty Glacier of the four Jaegers, a trope typically associated to this.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Viktorya is a full head taller than Amara despite being both at their teens, probably for Husky Russkie reasons.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Viktoriya's appearance and nationality (a Russian with short blonde hair) and surly personality seem to deliberately invoke the Kaidanovskys. In Ascension, her grandmother tells her the Kaidanovskys were her parents, but it's later revealed that she was lying.
Played by: Wesley Wong (Ou-Yang Jinhai), Lily Ji (Meilin Gao), Mackenyu (Ryoichi), Karan Brar (Suresh), Levi Meaden (Ilya), Rahart Adams (Tahima), Shyrley Rodriguez (Renata)
The class of PPDC cadets at the beginning of Uprising.
- Child Soldiers: Jake refers to them as 'teenagers', and they fall into the cockpits during the climax of Uprising.
- Famous Ancestor: According to the Ascension novel Ou-Yang's parents piloted Shaolin Rogue.
- Hero of Another Story: Ou-Yang and Viktoriya are the main characters of the prequel novel Ascension.
- Mauve Shirt: The ones given the most focus are Viktoriya, Jinhai, and Suresh. Suresh doesn't survive the Final Battle.
- Multinational Team: Implied. If the ethnicities of their actors are any indication, they come from all over the world, and the PPDC recruits from everywhere.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Some of the out-of-focus candidates disappear right before the final battle, but the novelization elaborates a bit more: Tahima and Meilin were badly injured by debris and could not take part in the final battle, while Ilya survives his crash landing. Renata and Ryoichi, on the other hand, are described as feeling their Jaeger "die" around them after an attack by the Mega Kaiju, but it's not officially confirmed if they also died themselves (although it is heavily implied).
Julia "Jules" Reyes
Played by: Adria Arjona
A J-Tech officer with the PPDC at the time of Uprising.
- Deadpan Snarker: Is this in Ascension, teasing Nate after he compliments her mechanical skills and asks her where she's from that she "grew out of the side of a Jaeger, like parthenogenesis".
- Implied Love Interest: To both Nate and Jake, both of whom she has light Ship Tease with, but the movie doesn't show her relationship with either going anywhere.
- Mission Control: Steps up into the command room alongside Hermann in the climax of Uprising.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: The expected hairstyle for a Wrench Wench with the PPDC.
- Wrench Wench: She mentions that she's with J-Tech, the PPDC division dedicated to the development and upkeep of Jaegers, and is seen helping repair Jaegers before the Final Battle.
Tamsin Sevier was a British Royal Air Force pilot and friend to the Pentecost siblings. During the beginning of the Jaeger Program, she and Stacker were the pilots of the Mark-1 Jaeger Coyote Tango.
- Action Survivor: She was among the pilots that fought Trespasser, the original Kaiju in San Francisco.
- All There in the Manual: She's vaguely mentioned in the film, but isn't name-dropped and doesn't make an appearance. What we know of her is from the prequel comic.
- Like Brother and Sister: She was like family to Stacker, and they were close enough to be a combat-capable pilot pair.
- Meaningful Name: The name Sevier is similar to sievert, which is a measure of radiation exposure.
- Heroic RRoD: Blacked out prior to the battle with Onibaba, causing Stacker to pilot Coyote Tango solo. They both got radiation poisoning from the poorly shielded reactor, and Tamsin ultimately died from cancer.
- Ill Girl: Died of cancer prior to the film.
- Posthumous Character: Dies before the beginning of the film proper.
Dr. Caitlin Lightcap
One of the scientists who helped invent the drift technology that made piloting a Jaeger possible. She also became one of the first Jaeger pilots with her husband.
- All There in the Manual: Only appears in the prequel comic.
- Battle Couple: She first drifted with, and later married, the first successful Jaeger test pilot. They continued piloting Brawler Yukon for the duration of its service.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a shy scientist to not only creating the first Jaegers but being the first to slay a Kaiju.
- Hot Scientist: From what we see in the comics, Caitlin was a very pretty young scientist. She's also one of the Drift's main inventors, having figured out that a Jaeger needed not one, but two pilots.
- Nerd Glasses: She wore a thick pair of glasses and was very intelligent.
- The Power of Love: Was motivated to create and perfect the "Drift" interface by her love for Sergio D'onofrio.
- Significant Haircut: Cuts her hair much shorter after picking up some of her co-pilot's confidence from Drifting. It also signifies her getting better from her mental illness.
- Student/Teacher Romance: Subverted. Despite being a grad student in a sexual relationship with the man who invented the Jaegers, it was loveless and the two break up after she starts drifting with Sergio D'onofrio.
Duc Jessop, Kaori Jessop (nee Koyamada)
Co-pilots of Tacit Ronin and the focus of Tales from the Drift.
- Battle Couple: They eventually got married and piloted Tacit Ronin until their deaths.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Got off entirely on the wrong foot and were always fighting early in their partnership but had drift compatibility that was off the charts. They eventually worked it out and got married.
- Handicapped Badass: Duc used a cybernetic leg, but was a competent pilot.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The Jessops were retired following Tacit Ronin's battle against the kaiju Itak, but suited up one last time in order to aid Victory Alpha against Ragnarok, knowing full well it would kill them.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Kaori was friendly towards Mako, likely due to their shared Japanese backgrounds. Mako was just a young child at the time of Kaori's retirement.
- Language Barrier: They started off unable to understand each other due to Duc speaking English and Kaori speaking Japanese. They learn to move past it in the Drift.
- Suicide Mission: Went into their last fight against Ragnarok knowing they would die.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Beacham uses "Jessop", while the comic spells it "Jessup".
The right pilot of Vulcan Spectre and protagonist of Pacific Rim: Aftermath.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Suffers one at the hands of Mutavore. He gets a more personal one against a punk at the end of the first issue. He dishes one out to a punk in the middle of issue 1.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Joshua clearly misses the life of an idolized Jaeger pilot. At the moment he works for the Mech Czar, taking scrape from a Jaeger graveyard.
- Glory Days: Misses being a modern day god as a Jaeger pilot.
The Mech Czar
- Armored Coffins: Averted: most Jaegers have ejections systems. This is played straight with Cherno Alpha due to their Not-One-Step-Back style philosophy.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: All of them! Even the designation 'Jaeger,' which is the German word for "hunter".
- Crippling Overspecialization: The Jaegers are specifically designed to fight Kaiju, and would be hugely impractical for any purpose other than beating giant aquatic monsters to a pulp.
- Destructive Savior: Whenever a Kaiju vs Jaeger fight breaks out in a city, the Jaeger pilots will not care about preserving the city in their duty to end the Kaiju threat; moreover, Jaegers such as Gipsy Danger have been known to use things like a freighter ship to club enemy Kaiju with. Normally, this would be easily justified since the Kaiju would be destroying the said city anyways (and other than Jaegers, the only other thing able to kill a Kaiju would be a nuke), but it's taken to ridiculous levels in Uprising, where Jaegers have weapons or equipment specifically designed to magnetically gather a bunch of cars or other vehicles and fashion them into a makeshift mace, or when merely drawing weapons like Saber Athena doing a Sword Drag and slicing through nearby buildings with its twin swords, just to look cool.
- Dwindling Party: By the time the movie takes place in the 'present' time, there are only four remaining Jaegers left due to the Kaiju becoming more powerful and smarter about how they fight, and time between Kaiju attacks becoming too short for additional Jaegers to be built. Their numbers drop even further during the film so that by the end, none are left.
- In Pacific Rim: Uprising, there are a lot more Jaegers - even police ones designed to deal with home-made "rogue Jaegers" - and the mil-spec ones are kept in multiple locations. The survival rate isn't a lot better, although more of the pilots survive, at least.
- Eureka Moment: They were conceived by Dr. Jasper Schoenfeld after seeing his son playing with toy monsters and robots, realizing the potential of robotic countermeasures against the Kaiju in the process.
- Good Counterpart: To the Kaiju. Further following this theme is the fact that both the Jaegers and the Kaiju are given classification schemes, and the fact that they require two brains to function. Both are more or less the avatars of their respective species."To fight monsters, we created monsters."
- Good Old Fisticuffs: More often than not, Jaegers end up brawling with Kaiju, as most of their other weapons are either too cumbersome to be constantly used in close quarters combat or lack the same level of effectiveness. Some Jaegers are designed with this function in mind while others tend to improvise. There's also the fact that Kaiju blood, otherwise known as Kaiju Blue, is extremely toxic to Earth's environment.
- The Hero Dies: Jaegers are more often destroyed than decommissioned.
- Humongous Mecha: Specifically designed to counter Attack Of The Fifty Foot Kaiju.
- Living Ship: It is subtly implied in the novelization that the Jaeger might be this due in part to the drift technology.
- Motion Capture Mecha: The later mecha are piloted in this fashion, albeit by two people working together at once. An interesting real-life production subversion, as the actual Jaegers were not motion captured at all, as del Toro felt straight human motion wouldn't scale up to something the size of a Jaeger. The animators did take some inspiration from the movements of the actors on the physical cockpit set to characterize the Jaegers movements.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Most of the Jaegers are fairly humanoid, except Crimson Typhoon has three arms and digitgrade legs and Cherno Alpha has, in place of a normal head, something that looks like a nuclear cooling tower (which it more or less is; Cherno's reactor is mounted in the head and its cockpit is mounted in the chest, where most Jaegers are set up with the reverse).
- In the second movie, Scrapper is a homemade assemblage of scrap and salvage intended for a single pilot. As a result, it's way smaller than the military and police Jaegers, looks much less polished, and is outfitted with tools rather than weapons. On the bright side, it can curl into a ball.
- Real Robot Genre: One of the main reasons why Jaegers are not particularly practical against anything but Kaiju is because they cost ten times as much as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and are very demanding machines to operate, requiring huge specialized facilities, thousands of support personnel, and an entire squadron of transport helicopters to carry them around.
- Red Baron: Each Jaeger had a title in the promotional material, and the released NECA figures each have a tagline name.
- Required Secondary Powers: Some of them are accounted for. Jaegers move quite slowly when compared to most other portrayals of Humongous Mecha and are extremely maintenance intensive, with actions no more than a few hours long requiring several weeks of downtime. Nevertheless, some of the more insurmountable obstacles have to be excused by Rule of Cool.
- Simply lifting the arm of a 2,000 ton humanoid robot from its shoulder requires a level of torque equivalent to the output of several thousand Bugatti Veyrons. Combat maneuvers would not only require a greater amount of power, but also materials that are capable of withstanding G-forces equivalent to ten times their actual weight.
- To operate in the ocean, Jaegers would not only have to be heavily waterproofed (difficult, considering the sheer number of moving parts involved) but also receive regular treatment of all components against saltwater corrosion (also difficult). Moreover, they would also have to be capable of remaining stable while buffeted by strong underwater currents (very difficult), all the while moving in an environment that is three times denser than the Earth's atmosphere at around 16 fathoms, and up to one thousand times as dense around the Marianas Trench (downright impossible).
- Square-Cube Law: The Jaegers and Kaiju alike play hell with this law; Jaegers for their size and constructed nature should not be able to function at the scale they do with any degree of finesse or dexterity. As mentioned above, just the effort of moving a Jaeger's arm upward at the shoulder would require torque that would tear apart the connections holding it together, without even getting into the stresses that it undergoes during active combat. Mostly justified by some level of technological advancement as well as Rule of Cool.
Debuted in Pacific Rimnote
Gipsy Danger is an American Mark-3 Jaeger. It was stationed at the Anchorage Shatterdome along with Brawler Yukon and Chrome Brutus until its closure in 2024. Despite being decommissioned and transported to Oblivion Bay in 2021, Gipsy Danger was later returned to the Anchorage Shatterdome to undergo major reconstruction and refurbishment under the supervision of Mako Mori and Tendo Choi in 2023. It is one of the oldest Jaegers still in active combat-duty service after Cherno Alpha and had a kill count of nine Kaiju prior to its destruction.
- Action Girl: Feminine pronouns, plus a feminine shape to the other Jaegers, what with Striker Eureka being a male brawler, Crimson Typhoon an artful dodging basketball player, and Cherno Alpha a Mighty Glacier.
- America Saves the Day: It becomes the only surviving Jaeger left during its fight with Slattern, and gets sacrificed in order to destroy the Kaiju homeworld.
- American Robot: The art book describes how Gipsy Danger was intended to be an all-American design but in a more subtle way than a red-white-and blue colossus in an Abe Lincoln Hat. Her riveted skin and pinup Nose Art are reminiscent of the heavy bombers from World War II, she has the slim hips and armored shoulders of a tailback, and when she charges up her plasma caster her posture — shoulders back, gun hand shooting from the hip — is intentionally similar to an old-west gunfighter.
- An Arm and a Leg: Her left arm is torn off during the prologue battle against Knifehead by the Kaiju's... knife head. After being rebuilt, she loses her right arm during the Final Battle. Amusingly, the same pilot is controlling the arm that gets ripped off, even though they happen five years apart.
- Arm Cannon: Armed with two plasma casters as standard armament.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: A sword is mounted in each arm as a back-up weapon.
- Bookends: Of the All There in the Manual variety. In Tales from Year Zero, the initial simulated fight for Gipsy Danger was won via a point-blank range shot with the Nuclear Vortex Turbine. The end of the film has Slattern slain the same way. Doubles as foreshadowing.
- Chest Blaster:
- The Nuclear Vortex Turbine located in the center of the chest is primarily designed to vent excess heat. However, it can also output enough thrust to slow a fall from several thousand feet in the air. It is also powerful enough to kill Slattern, the only Category 5 Kaiju ever fought.
- Gipsy Danger vents coolant from the side of its chest, and uses it as an improvised weapon to flash-freeze Otachi's tail.
- Combat Pragmatist: The reason why despite being older and less powerful than other Jaegers, she has a lot of success in fighting Kaiju.
- Dual Wielding: Hypothetically possible, but ultimately averted; Gipsy Danger has a sword and a plasma caster housed in each forearm, but she only ever uses one of them at a time in the film.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: There are spinning wheels/duct fans installed in the cockpit of Gipsy Danger, obviously placed there for effect. Also Gipsy Danger's Heart Light is spinning.
- Expressive Mask: Downplayed. Her actual faceplate doesn't change (and doesn't have a lot in the way of human expression to begin with), but the way it's shot and framed, combined with body language and the way the head itself moves, makes Gipsy surprisingly expressive. When Knifehead is tearing apart her left side, she looks like she's quaking in pain. When Otachi spits acid at her, she looks surprised and like she's thinking "okay, how the hell do I get out of this?" When being dropped from low orbit, she looks like she's thinking "oshitoshitoshitoshit." When she gets up from that landing, she looks like she's thinking "Oh God, that SUCKED." When her reactor is ready to detonate in the Anteverse, she looks at the Precursors as if to say "You lose, bitch."
- Glass Cannon: While overall a Jack-of-All-Stats, Gipsy also mounts the most heavy weaponry, such as large blades and a devastating Chest Blaster.
- Handshake Substitute: Pounds her right fist into her left palm as part of combat preparation procedure, showing that the neural link between the pilots has been established.
- Heart Light: Sports a rotating and glowing heart piece.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: The only Jaeger equipped with a long blade as a weapon.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Self-destructs in order to seal the portal.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Powered by a nuclear reactor, which vents excess heat through a turbine mounted on its chest. This proved to be an important plot point twice: it renders Gipsy Danger resistant to Leatherback's EMP ability and was later detonated (along with the rest of the Jaeger) to seal the rift.
- Improvised Weapon:
- Uses a freighter boat as a club against Otachi.
- Also uses a pair of storage containers as knuckle dusters, vents coolant to freeze its tail, and uses the exhaust from its chest-mounted turbine to blast a Kaiju to death. Seems this specific Jaeger has a knack for this.
- In her first fight, prior to the events of the film she finished a Kaiju by pulling a steel cable off a crane and garroting it until it was decapitated.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Not as strong and tough as Cherno Alpha, nor as agile as Crimson Typhoon, nor as advanced as Striker Eureka, but still very well rounded.
- Last of His Kind: The only remaining Mark-3 by the events of the film.
- Leitmotif: "Gipsy Danger".
- Thought there is a track named "Gipsy Danger" in the soundtrack, it's never actually used in the movie. Her real leitmotif is a variation of the main theme (as befitting her status as central Jaeger), such as "Go Big or Go Extinct" which plays in her Big Damn Heroes moment when she engages Leatherback, or "No Pulse" which - despite the name - plays while Gipsy drags a freighter ship across a street and clubs Otachi with it.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Received several upgrades while being rebuilt, notably a Whip Sword on each arm.
- Nose Art: Gipsy Danger sports a pin-up girl carrying a BFG on the right side of its chest when it is deployed at Anchorage.
- Older Is Better: Gipsy Danger's systems are shielded against its old-style nuclear reactor and less sophisticated than the top-of-the-line Striker Eureka, but this also makes it immune to an EMP burst that disables Striker.
- Pride Before a Fall: At the height of the Jaeger program's success, one of Gipsy Danger's original pilots dies in the fight against Knifehead. After that, things started going downhill, with Kaiju attacks becoming more frequent and Jaegers being destroyed faster than they could be replaced.
- Primary-Color Champion: Blue chassis, red stripes, and a yellow visor.
- Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Gipsy Danger is "The Steel Titan".
- Rocket Punch: "Elbow Rockets" provide non-detachable variant that is more akin to a Power Fist.
- Weaponized Exhaust: The nuclear turbine can be frightfully effective if vented at a close-enough range.
- Whip Sword: Her Blade Below the Shoulder is this, presumably for ease of storage.
Striker Eureka is an Australian Mark-V Jaeger designed to defend the coastline of Australia from the Kaiju during the Kaiju War. It was stationed at the Sydney Shatterdome along with Vulcan Specter until its closure in 2024, and had a kill count of eleven Kaiju prior to its destruction. Striker Eureka held the best overall stats of any Jaeger ever created by the PPDC.
- A Kind of One: The first and the last of the Mark-5 Jaegers ever built, until the sequel, that is.
- The Ace: The newest of the active Jaegers, with the highest kill count at 11.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: The fastest Jaeger, it has a chest plate that resembles the rear end of a sports car.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Is armed with a pair of short, retractable "Sting Blades" on each forearm, which are usually wielded in tandem. According to the art book, they're constructed with heat-conducting nanotubes that channel thermal energy, allowing them to more easily slice through Kaiju hides while simultaneously cauterizing their wounds, which helps reduce the amount of toxic blood spilled in the process.
- Chest Blaster: Has six missile launchers built into its chest and is activated by both her pilots flexing their pecs forward.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered one to Mutavore, by far the most one-sided fight in the movie, Striker Eureka giving it a swift pummeling before killing it with its missiles.
- This was the case against Otachi too until Leatherback's EMP disabled it. Otachi didn't even get a hit in before being deadlifted and tossed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Its nuclear package (which was intended to seal the rift) was detonated in order to provide a clear path to Gipsy Danger.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's by far the most powerful Jaeger.
- Fatal Flaw: Unlike the other surviving Jaegers, Striker Eureka relies almost entirely on digital systems for operationnote , which makes it disproportionately vulnerable to Leatherback's EMP ability.
- The Lancer: Becomes this to Gipsy Danger.
- Leitmotif: "Striker Eureka".
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast, durable, and packs a punch (and is strong enough that it can hoist a Kaiju over its head and throw it); everything great about a Mark-5. Despite being the fastest of any of the unveiled Jaegers, it's easily a match in strength and durability to the Mighty Glacier Russian Jaeger that out-masses it by 560 tons. That said, considering size and scale of the Jaegers, this isn't a massive difference in weight.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Striker Eureka is armed with multiple missile launchers in its chest which can result in this.◊
- Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Striker Eureka is "Scrapping Soldier".
- Super Prototype: Was the only Mark-5 Jaeger built before the program was terminated.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Has a rather similar, albeit updated, design to the Mark-1 model Tacit Ronin, which occupied a similar narrative role to Striker in an early draft of the script.
- Vertical Mecha Fins: The fins on its back help with balance by reducing aerodynamic turbulence while moving.
Cherno Alpha is a Mark-1 Russian Jaeger. Piloted by Aleksis Kaidanovsky and her husband Sasha, Cherno Alpha is the last of the Mark-1 Jaeger series and the oldest Jaeger still active. It was assigned to the Vladivostok Shatterdome alongside Eden Assassin and Nova Hyperion, and had a kill count of six Kaiju prior to its destruction.
- Badass Normal: Armed with little more than its fists, it held the line in Siberia for nearly seven years
- The Big Guy: The largest and heaviest of the remaining active Jaegers, with a bulky appearance to match.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: Shades of this: it's the last of the Mark I Jaegers, and visibly less advanced than the other three active ones. The Mark III's and V's look like something out of Star Trek, with digital holographic displays, plasma cannons, etc. Cherno Alpha, in contrast, almost looks Diesel Punk. The contrast is somewhat akin to the difference between all the gizmos in an F-22 Raptor jet, and a T-55 Russian tank smashing through a brick wall head-on. Cherno Alpha doesn't really have any gizmos, just the raw power of its steel fists...and it's nonetheless the longest-surviving Jaeger. It was heavier than any of the other Mark I's, and was really built to last.
- Chest Blaster: Cherno Alpha's nuclear-tower-looking head has two turbines under it, on CA's shoulders, that can spray incendiary fuel to roast enemies.
- Cranial Processing Unit: One of the only Jaegers to avert this. According to the Jaeger Designer program and blueprints◊ on the official website, Cherno Alpha's connpod is chest-mounted. The giant cylindrical "head" actually contains a nuclear reactor and fuel storage tanks, in essence acting as a decoy for any Kaiju trying to disable the Jaeger by destroying its head, although its twin lights beside its connpod do give it the appearance of a hunchback wearing a very large hat.
- Defiant to the End: Even after being double teamed by two Category 4 Kaijus and having its armor breached, Cherno Alpha kept on fighting until the very end.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Out of universe, developed a surprisingly large and devoted fanbase, relative to its somewhat brief screentime.
- Fatal Flaw: Though heavily armored, Cherno Alpha's reactor is still very much a vital system and presents a highly noticeable target.
- Forgotten Phlebotinum: Promotional material shows Alpha as equipped with flamethrowers and electric tesla coils, but it uses none of them in the film, relying only in its regular hydraulic fists. Averted in the novelization, in which both weapons are attempted on Otachi with several measures of success.
- Honor Before Reason: Word of God states that this is the main reason why it has no escape pods. However, given the location of the conn pod deep inside the Jaeger's chest, it is possible that the escape pods were sacrificed in order to provide better protection to the pilots, potentially subverting this trope.Guillermo Del Toro: "We agreed that Cherno would have no escape pods. They win or die."
- Husky Russkie: Cherno Alpha is the biggest, bulkiest, and most heavily armored Jaeger, with a head that bears a vague resemblance to a nuclear reactor's cooling tower. (This is no accident — it actually is a reactor, intended to put out all the juice such a massive machine needs, while also incidentally resembling a head and possibly diverting attacks from the pilots, who were in the more-protected chest cavity. In the end, it doesn't work.)
- I Love Nuclear Power: As with many other early Jaeger marks, it is powered by a nuclear reactor.
- Kill It with Fire: The "Incinerator Turbines" above each of its shoulders can shoot streams of incendiary fuel.
- Last of His Kind: The last surviving Mark-1 Jaeger by the events of the film.
- Leitmotif: Has one of Ominous Russian Chanting.
- Made of Iron: Leatherback had to pound Cherno halfway to pieces before being able to reach in and destroy the conn pod. This is after it was already shot up with acid from Otachi and double teamed by both Kaiju.
- Mighty Glacier: Much slower than its compatriots, but powerful, heavily armored and very well protected.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness: One of the least humanoid Jaegers in the Hong Kong Shatterdome, is destroyed in its first on-screen outing.
- Nonindicative Name: In the Russian dub its name is Cherniy Alfa note . Translated this means "Black Alpha". While still cool-sounding it's funny because Cherno is green.
- Power Fist: Cherno Alpha's signature "Tesla Fists" are disproportionately large when compared to the rest of the Jaeger. Much like Gipsy Danger's "Elbow Rockets", they're equipped with hydraulic mechanisms that extend to add extra impetus to punches.
- Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Cherno Alpha is "Hammer Slammer".
- Rasputinian Death: Between having its reactor go critical, torn to pieces (one arm and a good portion of its head/chest), being lunged on by two kaijus, the Cherno Alpha only stopped fighting when its Conn-pod was crushed, killing its pilots. By comparison, the Crimson Typhoon was killed with a single strike at its head (granted, said attack also killed its pilots).
- Sacrificial Lion: Defeated to show the power of the Kaiju duo.
- Shock and Awe: As per their name, the fists are also equipped with tesla coils that discharge electricity upon impact.
- Shoulder Cannon: Its vents are forward-facing and mounted on the shoulders, allowing it to spray enemies with flaming fuel, but we never get to see it used.
- Stone Wall: Can take a ton of punishment, but has rather few weapons systems when compared to other Jaegers. The lack of agility also hinders its ability to perform in close combat as well.
- The Worf Effect: Is brought down by Leatherback after its armor is melted by Otachi's acid.
- Wrestler in All of Us: What little we see of it includes an elbow drop and a headlock on one of the Kaiju. Its status as the heaviest Jaeger certainly helps.
Crimson Typhoon is a Mark-4 Chinese Jaeger piloted by the Wei triplets. Constructed in Hong Kong Shatterdome, Crimson Typhoon is unique among the Jaegers due to it being piloted by three Rangers as opposed to the traditional two. It successfully defeated eight Kaiju.
- Arm Cannon: Its left arm features an advanced variant of Gipsy Danger's Plasma Caster.
- Chainsaw Good: The claw-like hands on each arm can spin like buzzsaws.
- Cyber Cyclops: Its head has a one-eyed configuration◊.
- Diesel Punk: Movement is powered by diesel engines.
- Faceless Eye: Much like the geth from Mass Effect, it has a "flashlight" for a head.
- Fatal Flaw: Its conn pod lacks the same level of protection as the other surviving Jaegers.
- Fragile Speedster: Incredibly fast and agile, but poorly armored when compared to Cherno Alpha or Striker Eureka.
- Glass Cannon: According to supplementary manuals, its plasma caster is the most powerful weapon among the four main Jaegers, but Crimson itself is also the least tough of them in armor and build terms.
- Gradual Grinder: Uses a combat style that focuses on countering and gradually wearing its opponents down.
- Last of His Kind: The only remaining Mark-4 by the events of the film.
- Leitmotif: Ominous Vaguely Asian Chanting.
- Kill It with Ice: It can vent coolant from its left arm in the video game.
- Jet Pack: Equipped with thrusters in the back that assist with movement, and can be used for short jumps. This ability was used in Crimson Typhoon's battle with Otachi to perform a half-reversed aerial flip.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness: One of the least humanoid Jaegers in the Hong Kong Shatterdome, is destroyed in its first on-screen outing.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has three arms, with two sharing the right shoulder joint.
- Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Otachi.
- Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Crimson Typhoon is "Triple Threat".
- Red Is Heroic: Reflected in its name as well.
- Sacrificial Lion: Defeated to show the power of the Kaiju duo.
- Signature Move: The Thundercloud Formation, a defensive stance in which Crimson Typhoon activates the buzzsaws on each hand and proceeds to slash its opponent to pieces in a flurry of rotating blades.
- The Worf Effect: Is defeated by Otachi when she crushes its head with her tail claw, killing the pilots.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Pulls off a flying snapmare on Otachi after performing an aerial flip.
Coyote Tango is the second Mark-1 Japanese Jaeger after Tacit Ronin. It was one of the oldest Jaegers in active duty before its retirement from combat due to the massive damage caused by its confrontation with Onibaba and the Jaeger's own insufficient radiation shielding. It spent over a year in repairs, and had its radiation shielding improved. It was reintroduced to the war with a new set of pilots, who piloted it until Coyote Tango's destruction in 2022. Coyote Tango has a record of two Kaiju kills at the time of its destruction.
- All There in the Manual: Stacker's copilot, Tamsim Sevier, is shown in Tales from Year Zero but not the film proper.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Swoops in to stop Onibaba's rampage, saving Mako in the process.
- In the prequel comic Tales from the Drift, it arrived to save Tacit Ronin when both of the latter's pilots were critically incapacitated.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The offscreen fight with Onibaba doesn't last long. Though the entire scene is a reflection of how Mako remembers the events, and thus it may not be entirely correct. The fact that Coyote Tango sustained massive damage from the fight suggests that it wasn't ended quite that fast.
- Finger Firearms: By adjusting its hands, it can reveal a small-scale Wave-Motion Gun. While not used in the film, it's shown in the game as a primary weapon capable of creating a Laser Blade, and used in the Finishing Move, Maximum Release.
- Glass Cannon: Has huge retractable cannons mounted on its shoulders, but is apparently the most lightly armored of the Jaegers.
- Gratuitous English: Its promotional stat-card title "Giant Japanese Techno-Tyrant" seems like it might have been done so to directly invoke this.
- Heroic Build: Very broad shoulders, very narrow waist. Fits its Glass Cannon attributes.
- Heroic RRoD: Tamsim Sevier blacked out prior to the fight with Onibaba, leaving Stacker to handle things solo. It turns out that both Rangers were suffering from radiation poisoning from Coyote Tango's inadequately-shielded reactor. Both the Jaeger and its pilots were soon retired, but not before they contracted cancer. Coyote Tango's reactor shielding was improved and it received a new set of pilots later on.
- Laser Blade: The game of the movie shows that Coyote Tango has these equipped in both arms, under the name of the Anti-Matter Blade. Whether or not this is actually canon is unclear.
- Red Baron: NECA's tagline for Coyote Tango is "The Towering Tyrant".
- Shoulder Cannon: Has two retractable "Mortar Cannons" on its back.
Lucky Seven is the first Jaeger assignment given to former RAAF pilot, Hercules Hansen and younger brother, Scott, during the Jaeger Program's earliest tenure. In 2019, Lucky Seven teamed up with Gipsy Danger and Horizon Brave to fight a Category IV Kaiju in Manila. It successfully defeated at least two Kaiju. After Scott's ejection from the PPDC, Herc was reassigned to Striker Eureka with his son, Chuck. Lucky Seven was destroyed some time during the Kaiju War.
- Bash Brothers: Piloted by the original Australian brother-team, Scott and Herc Hansen.
Horizon Brave is a Mark-1 Jaeger and the first launched by the Chinese. It was among the first Jaegers constructed on Kodiak Island, Alaska when the Jaeger Program was greenlit by the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. In 2019, Horizon Brave teamed up with Gipsy Danger and Lucky Seven to fight a Category 4 Kaiju in Manila. It was saved from destruction by the other two Jaegers. Sometime prior to 2025, Horizon Brave was destroyed while trying to defend Lima from a Kaiju attack. Horizon Brave had a record of two Kaiju kills before its destruction in battle.
Brawler Yukon is a Mark-1 prototype Jaeger. It fought against the Kaiju Karloff in Vancouver and is notable for being the first Jaeger deployed into actual combat against the Kaiju. It was destroyed by an unknown Kaiju later in the war. Karloff was not Brawler Yukon's only kill.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dished one out to Karloff.
- Dynamic Entry: The Kaiju didn't see it coming at all.
- Death by Falling Over: Captain Adam Casey, the original test pilot, suffered this when he suffered a seizure and crashed Brawler Yukon (assuming the seizure itself didn't kill him).
- Heroic RRoD: The neural load was too much for a single pilot, who would suffer seizures as a result.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Smaller than most, but it does the job.
Romeo Blue is the first Mark-1 American Jaeger launched against the Kaiju threat after the Canadian Brawler Yukon. It fought and killed the Kaiju Hardship in an unknown location early on in the war. Sometime prior to 2025, it was deployed in Seattle to prevent a Kaiju from destroying the city and the Jaeger was destroyed when the Kaiju tore off its arm and smashed through the Conn-Pod, killing the pilots in the process. Romeo Blue has a record of two Kaiju kills.
Tacit Ronin is the first Mark-1 Japanese Jaeger. It was assigned to the Tokyo Shatterdome alongside Coyote Tango and Echo Saber, and had a kill count of three Kaiju prior to its destruction.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Has two "Fang Blades" on each of its arms, similar to Striker Eureka's sting blades.
- The Cameo: It appears briefly in the prologue, and its remains (mainly its head) can be seen during the UN meeting at the beginning of the movie.
- Fragile Speedster: Lightly armored. Unlike Coyote Tango, Tacit Ronin has enough agility to evade attacks while being strong enough to engage Kaiju at close range.
Matador Fury is a Mark-3 Mexican Jaeger. It was assigned to the Lima Shatterdome alongside Solar Prophet and Diablo Intercept. Sometime during the Kaiju War, Matador Fury was destroyed in combat and taken to Oblivion Bay.
- Boxed Crook: The pilots, whose stipulation behind their cooperation was if they piloted the Matador Fury "one more time", they could earn their freedom.
Chrome Brutus is a Canadian Mark-3 Jaeger. It was stationed at the Anchorage Shatterdome along with Brawler Yukon and Gipsy Danger until its closure in 2024. Sometime during the Kaiju War, it was destroyed in combat and taken to Oblivion Bay.
Eden Assassin is a Mark-2 Russian Jaeger that was stationed at the Vladivostok Shatterdome along with Cherno Alpha and Nova Hyperion until its closure in 2024. At some point during the Kaiju War, Eden Assassin was destroyed in combat.
Nova Hyperion is a Mark-4 South Korean Jaeger that was stationed at the Vladivostok Shatterdome along with Cherno Alpha and Eden Assassin until its closure in 2024. At some point during the Kaiju War, Nova Hyperion was destroyed in combat.
- Action Girl: Competitive fencers. Potential Olympians. Kaiju attack survivors. Jaeger pilots. Oh yes.
- Amazon Brigade: Both of its pilots are female.
- They were also competing for spots on the South Korean Olympic team prior to a Kaiju attack on their homeland, which officially qualifies them as Action Girls before they even became Jaeger pilots.
- Bald of Awesome: Its pilot, An Yuna.
- Master Swordsman: Both of Nova's pilots competed in fencing at the Olympic level, so it's likely that they later employed those skills while piloting Nova Hyperion against the Kaiju.
- The Rival: Its pilots were this prior to the Jaeger Academy. So-Yi and Yuna were both competitive fencers who dreamed of participating in the Olympics. Their hatred for each other drove their rivalry and desire to win a spot on the team. However, in the middle of a match, the Kaiju Emergency Alert System sounded inside the arena, urging its occupants to escape before the Kaiju made landfall. During the escape, So-Yi slipped and hit her head on the floor, knocking herself out. As the Kaiju rose from the water and headed for the arena, Yuna turned back and saved So-Yi just in time from the Kaiju's attack. Their experience during the Kaiju attack presumably brought the two closer together and allowed them to put aside their differences to help one another and the world as Nova Hyperion's pilots.
- What You Are in the Dark: "The first kaiju Yuna has ever seen in her life is rising up from the water ahead like a mountain, and shes running towards it, if you can believe that, running towards it and the almost empty arena in its path to save a girl who twenty minutes ago she wouldve sworn to you she hated. Sometimes the best part of you just kinda wakes up like that."
Echo Saber is a Mark-4 Japanese Jaeger. It was stationed at the Tokyo Shatterdome along with Coyote Tango and Tacit Ronin until its closure in 2024.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Destroyed in the novelization by Mutavore while trying to prevent her attack on the Sydney wall.
Vulcan Specter is a Mark-3 Australian Jaeger. It was stationed at the Sydney Shatterdome along with Striker Eureka until its closure in 2024.
Shaolin Rogue is a Mark-3 Chinese Jaeger. It was stationed at the Hong Kong Shatterdome along with Crimson Typhoon and Horizon Brave. At some point during the Kaiju War, Shaolin Rogue was destroyed in combat. The interqual novel Pacific Rim Ascension gives this Jaeger and its team some attention.
- A Day In The Lime Light: Shaloin Rogue and its crew get some attention in Pacific Rim Ascension due to its crew being Jinhai's parents.
- All There in the Manual: According to the novelization, some of its parts (specifically the parts needed for drifting) were salvaged by Newt to use for his first drift with a Kaiju.
- Cool Boat: Shaolin Rogue was built to excel more in sea battles than land. It could lay down and propel forward like a submarine and could carry more oxygen.
- Epic Flail: Her long range weapon consisting of a great ball and chain.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Her other long range she wielded shuriken...explosive shuriken.
Mammoth Apostle is a Mark-4 American Jaeger. It was stationed at the Los Angeles Shatterdome along with Romeo Blue. It was destroyed on October 4th 2024 when it and Striker Eureka fought a Kaiju in Kuching, Malaysia.
- All There in the Manual: It is briefly mentioned in the novelization when Pentecost brings Newt & Gottlieb up to speed about Hannibal Chau by showing them a video of Chau and his men harvesting a downed Kaiju while PPDC workers are working on the wreckage of Mammoth Apostle in the background.
Hydra Corinthian is a Mark-4 American Jaeger. It was stationed at the Panama City Shatterdome along with Puma Real until its closure in 2024. At some point during the Kaiju War, Hydra Corinthian was destroyed in combat.
- Amazon Brigade: Both of its pilots are female.
Debuted in Pacific Rim: Uprising
Gipsy Avenger, named for the Jaeger which was sacrificed to close the Breach in 2025, is a Mark-6 American Jaeger. It was stationed at the Hong Kong Shatterdome.
- The Ace: The pride of the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps Jaeger fleet.
- Action Girl: Like her predecessor, it is also referred to with female pronouns, and arguably looks more feminine while still kicking tons of ass.
- Arm Cannon: She has updated versions of the original's Plasma Cannons, and a new Gravity Sling weapon which manifests similarly.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Unlike her predecessor, Gipsy Avenger only has one Chainblade. It ultimately salvages the twin chainsaw blades used by Obsidian Fury to use for the final battle.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike Gipsy Danger, its slow and almost-obsolete predecessor, Gipsy Avenger is fast and equipped with the most cutting-edge weapons.
- Death from Above: Flies into the air and drops down onto the Mega Kaiju like a meteor to kill it.
- Hartman Hips: Has particularly shapely thighs for a giant robot.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Not as tough or hard-hitting as Bracer Phoenix, or as fast as Saber Athena, or has the range of Guardian Bravo, but solidly in between all of them.
- Legacy Character: Named for the original Gipsy Danger, and shares a strong design lineage with her.
- Lightning Bruiser: Dances and twirls around so fast it makes Striker Eureka look like a paraplegic.
- Meaningful Name: Is the second Gipsy after Danger. Becomes literal when Mako Mori, one of the original Jaeger's pilots, is killed by a rogue Jaeger.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Is equipped with Obsidian Fury's plasma chainsaws before the final battle.
A Mark-5 Jaeger, Bracer Phoenix is a walking titan of a Jaeger, having defended the city of Shanghai for numerous years, earning the nickname "The Shanghai Shield".
- The Big Guy: It's the biggest and most heavily armed (with the expected trade-off of being the slowest and least maneuverable) of the four surviving Jaegers that take part in the final battle.
- Chest Blaster: Outfitted with Vortex Cannons, automatic cannons which can be pivoted to attack targets in front or behind it.
- Epic Flail: After the destruction of Titan Redeemer, Bracer Phoenix was outfitted with its flail, the M-19 Morningstar.
- Guy in Back: Bracer Phoenix is a three-man rig; the third pilot functions as a gunner and has their own control station.
- Lightning Bruiser: While it is the slowest of the Jaegers, it's still surprisingly fast for its size and able to easily keep up with the other Jaegers and Kaiju during battle.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: See the Epic Flail entry above.
- Mighty Glacier: It's the slowest of the Jaegers stationed in Hong Kong, but it's built like a fortress, and hits like a meteor.
- More Dakka: This Jaeger packs a lot of firepower — no less than four massive guns are built into it, and all four can rapidly spew massive bullets at the enemy.
- Spent Shells Shower: When Viktoriya opens up its massive guns, large bullets rapidly fall behind it.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The oldest Jaeger in the film just happens to be the bulky Mighty Glacier? Cherno Alpha and Bracer should compare notes.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Its design evokes this, with bulky shoulders and a small head.
A Jaeger designed for ranged combat.
- Long-Range Fighter: Its specialty. Its weapons and thrusters are designed to allow him to keep distance from Kaijus and wound them from away.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Very much like Bracer Phoenix, evidencing their similar weapon specifications.
- Whip It Good: Armed with Elec-16 Arc Whips, it can create lashes of pure energy.
The most advanced Jaeger to date, Saber Athena is acrobatic and deadly.
- Action Girl: Has a deliberate feminine design.
- Dual Wielding: The Ionic Twinblades are normally wielded in both hands.
- Elemental Weapon: Armed with Ionic Twinblades, which can be combined to form one singular sword.
- Fragile Speedster: It's quick and acrobatic, with promotional materials describe her as the fastest Jaeger ever built, but can't take much damage. As such, she is destroyed in literally two blows.
- Impossibly Graceful Giant: Can perform flying kicks despite being a building-sized robot.
- Kick Chick: Employs fast kicks when it's not using its swords.
- Sword Drag: Does a variation during the final battle by pulling both her swords through the skyscrapers on her left and right while she charges the enemy.
A Mark-6 Jaeger armed with a large morningstar.
- Epic Flail: Its main weapon. After Redeemer is destroyed, the flail is grafted onto Bracer Phoenix.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Even after losing a leg and being taken down, it manages to behead an enemy before being destroyed.
- The Ghost: Subverted, if barely, for one of its pilots, as he can be seen through a breach in the Jaeger's faceplate just before it is crushed. Played straight for the other.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Both for it and its unidentified pilots. The hybrids are ignoring it after taking it out in their initial attack, presumably believing it to no longer be a threat. Once it reveals itself to still be operational with at least one pilot still alive and kills one of the attacking hybrids, this immediately attracts the attention of the second hybrid, which wastes no time stomping on its head to instantly kill the human pilot(s) inside.
- Sacrificial Lion: It's destroyed in the attack of the drones to show how dangerous they are.
- Unknown Character: We know it has pilots, as they operate it during the attack of the hybrids and actually die at it, but we are never revealed their names.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Barely sees operational service on screen, and most of it is Amara piloting a simulated version of it during a training exercise. Its weapon even receives more screentime than it.
A rogue Jaeger, and a deadly one at that, controlled by unknown forces.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Its whole upper section is spun 180 degrees by a blow from Gipsy Avenger. This foreshadows its being driven by a Kaiju brain.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Armed with two plasma chainsaws, which glow with a burning orange.
- Chest Blaster: Like Gipsy Danger, it can fire off blasts from its chest with lethal efficiency.
- Cyborg: A Jaeger controlled by a Kaiju brain implanted into it.
- Dark Is Evil: Like the name says, Obsidian is black as night, and evil as they come.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Is swiftly defeated by Gipsy Avenger in their rematch but its demise lead to the heroes discovering something much more sinister.
- Dual Wielding: Armed with two plasma swords that resembles chainsaws. Gipsy Avenger is later equipped with these swords from the defeated remain of Obsidian Fury.
- Evil Counterpart: To Gipsy Danger, having a similar build and weaponry (dual swords and being able to fire from its Chest Blaster). Even its Leitmotif (also named "Obsidian Fury") sounds like a "darker/evil" counterpart of Gipsy Danger's "No Pulse" or "Go Big or Go Extinct". However, it is thoroughly not on the side of humanity. It's also controlled by a Kaiju brain as opposed to two human pilots.
- Giant Space Flea Out Of Nowhere: Appears out of nowhere in Sydney to attack the PPDC conference being held and kill off Mako Mori.
- Hero Killer: It shoots down and kills Mako Mori after destroying the PPDC building in Sydney. It has the same intentions for the other Jaeger pilots.
- Implacable Man: Shrugs off everything thrown at it by Gipsy Avenger until a hole is ripped in it.
- Knight of Cerebus: The sequel starts off pretty light-hearted, with Jake meeting Amara and Scrapper's escape attempt from November Ajax and them being recruited into PPDC for training as Jaeger pilots. Then Obsidian Fury shows up, kills off Mako Mori, and its status as a Disc-One Final Boss means the worst is yet to come.
- Lean and Mean: Its waist is really thin along with its limbs in general and it is very mean.
- Lightning Bruiser: Move extremely agile and fluid for a Jaeger and well armed with a variety of weapons. Its speed is achieved with Jaeger technology infused with organic Kaiju tissues.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Can shoots multiple missiles from its shoulders. This is how it managed to kill Mako Mori.
- Organic Technology: Obsidian Fury's interior looks like a mix of Jaeger parts lined with Kaiju biomass.
- Predecessor Villain: It's implied that Obsidian Fury is a prototype for Newt's army of Hybrid Drones that appear later in the film.
- Tactical Withdrawal: Facing the immobile Gipsy Avenger, it wisely withdraws once it spots 3 other Jaegers approaching as reinforcement.
- Walking Armory: Considering how sleek and smooth Obsidian is built it might as well be trenchcoat warfare as well. Most Jaegers have one to two weapons at most in addition to their fists. Obsidian Fury has missile pods in its shoulders, a particle cannon in its chest. At least one smaller particle cannon in its right wrist, smaller metal blades for extremely close melee in its left wrist. Oh and chainsaw swords in each arm along with devices that can jam communications along with being really strong and fast.
In the aftermath of the Kaiju War, the poorer civilians have taken to scrounging detritus from decommissioned Jaegers, seeking to build their own. Small and lithe, Scrapper is a unique Jaeger, only requiring one single pilot.
- Be the Ball: Can curl up into a ball and roll around.
- Butt-Monkey: If it's on camera, expect something bad to happen to it. Until the finale, of course.
- David vs. Goliath: It's the David. All other Jaegers are Goliath.
- Mini-Mecha: Only in comparison to the colossal "real" Jaegers. It stands at least two stories high, but barely reaches the shin of any other Jaeger.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Scrapper may be small, but it's not to be underestimated.
- The Runt at the End: Gipsy Avenger, Guardian Bravo, Saber Athena, Bracer Phoenix... and Scrapper.
- Support Party Member: Out of necessity. Its small size means it doesn't stand a chance against ordinary Kaiju, but can help with emergency repairs of Jaegers in the field, and provide their pilots with a means of escape in the event of an escape pod failure.
- What a Piece of Junk: Being a homemade Jaeger, Scrapper looks like a walking trash heap. But once you see it in action, you'll understand why Amara was recruited into the Jaeger Program.
A Jaeger employed by the PPDC to apprehend Jaeger scavengers.
- Cyber Cyclops: Has one big light/sensor in the middle of its face.
- Deadpan Snarker: Reacts vocally to Scrapper's attempts to confound it. After it subdues the tiny Jaeger, it comically pokes it to ensure its inactivity.
- Killed Offscreen: Word of God confirms that November Ajax was felled when the Shao Industries drones went berserk.
- Shock and Awe: Carries a taser within one of its fists.
- Super Cop: It serves to enforce PPDC protocol. When we meet Ajax, it cites a specific line prohibiting unauthorized Jaegers that Scrapper is in violation of.
- Alien Blood: Blue, acidic, and highly reactive toxic blood. The sequel reveals it explodes when it comes into contact with certain rare earth elements.
- Artistic License Physics: Without getting into the obvious Square-Cube Law problems, the given weights of all the Kaiju are unbelievably low. The Category V Slattern is stated to weigh around 6 750 tons while being 596 feet tall. For comparison, Legendary's Godzilla is about 355 feet tall and was calculated to weigh approximately 90 000 tons (if his volume was filled with water). The only way the kaiju could possibly be so light is if they were completely made of something like styrofoam.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Jaegers were specifically built to fight them at their level.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: They have extremely poisonous blood, they often have more limbs and/or eyes than Earthly animals, and they combine vertebrate and invertebrate traits. Much of their biology appears to be based on ammonia, or at least, thrives in an ammonia-based environment.
- Determinator: Even when sustaining numerous fatal injuries, they will absolutely not stop trying to cause as much destruction as possible before dying, in some cases not even a huge gaping chest wound or the loss of an appendage will stop them immediately.
- Didn't See That Coming:
- They and their creators clearly weren't expecting humanity to fight back to any useful effect, something humans theorize on. This is best shown when the first Jaeger utterly demolished its Kaiju opponent.
- On the other side, humanity didn't expect that the Kaiju and their creators could think beyond animalistic behaviors and evolve to deal with the Jaegers.
- Humans certainly couldn't have been expecting Kaiju Blue when they decided to Nuke 'em in early attacks...
- Jake and his comrades definitely don't expect the three Kaiju in Tokyo to merge into a singular Mega-Kaiju.
- The Dragon: There are beings on the other side of the portal responsible for creating and sending the Kaiju through the breach.
- Extra Eyes: Most, if not all, of the Kaiju have more than two eyes.
- Hive Mind: They are all mentally connected to one another. Even the still living but damaged brain of a dead Kaiju is connected to the hive. Despite this, they all seem to have individual personalities, with Otachi and Slattern being noted to be more intelligent than the others.
- It Can Think: It had been assumed that the Kaiju were acting on instinct, but nobody expected them to adapt to counter the Jaegers.
- Kaiju: Duh.
- Kill All Humans: This is why the Precursors sent the Kaiju through the Breach this time.
- Leitmotif: "2500 Tons Of Awesome", which is shared by the Kaiju as a whole. The one exception is Slattern, as detailed in his entry.
- Living Weapon: They turn out to be genetically engineered attack dogs of a human-sized race from another universe. The humans don't realize that the emergence of bigger and tougher examples that can better fight the Jaegers is an arms race until the aliens have added projectile acid and EMP attacks and it's too late.
- Male Might, Female Finesse: The Kaiju that attack Hong Kong; Leatherback, a massive, hulking brawler, and Otachi, a more slender creature with faster attacks, and the ability to fly. Otachi is shown to be female when it turns out she's pregnant.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Quite a few Kaiju have a combination of different animal traits. Considering the Precursors assembled them, it's not entirely surprising. The Kaiju generally evoke a single particular animal or mythical creature, such as Otachi resembling a dragon, Leatherback resembling a gorilla, Onibaba resembling a crab, and Slattern's multitude of tentacles evoking the legendary Kraken. The one exception is Mutavore, the Sydney Kaiju, who has a strange, crescent shaped head, scissor-like tail fins, ''eyes on its chin, its mouth on its forehead, and a single crest-like wing on its back''. It SO does not resemble any familiar shape, possibly barring a bio-raptor from Pitch Black. Of course, there is also the possibility that it resembles a creature from the Precursors' or another conquered world, which they may have used to their advantage against Vulcan Specter and Echo Saber.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Subverted with three of the Kaiju (Scunner, Trespasser, and Knifehead), as they rarely use their smaller extra arms. Otachi, however, has a claw on her tail that she uses more than her actual arms.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The designations assigned by the PPDC are typically and understandably distasteful and terrifying.
- People in Rubber Suits: A featurette revealed that Guillermo and the character designers wanted to invoke this when designing the Kaiju as a homage. Basically, the Kaiju are all designed as if an actor would be able to fit into them like a rubber suit, hence why most of them are bipedal.
- Proportionately Ponderous Parasites: Isopod-like creatures the size of footballs live on the Kaiju. They actually die very quickly once exposed to Earth's atmosphere, to the point that the PPDC was never able to recover them alive, so they're not really a threat. Black market scavengers selling kaiju parts, however, figured out that they can be kept alive if you put them in an ammonia bath.
- Square-Cube Law: The Kaiju and Jaegers alike play hell with this law; Kaiju shouldn't be able to ambulate without severe damage to their joints and whatever skin surfaces contact the ground alongside muscle tearing from the torque and stresses of combat, whereas flying Kaiju like Otachi would be far too heavy to take off even with a proportionate wingspan. Justified by the ocean-dwelling Kaiju like Slattern, where we have examples of massive creatures on Earth right now that can maintain that size due to the ocean taking most of the stress off of their bodies, as well as by the Rule of Cool.
- Taking You with Me: Prior to the creation of the Jaegers, the only reliable way to take down a Kaiju was to hit it with a nuclear weapon. Aside from the resulting collateral damage and fallout that would occur if deployed in a populated area, the issues with this are further compounded by the fact that Kaiju blood is toxic, and that the resultant overkill ends up spreading a large amount of that blood over a wide area.
- Throat Light: Most Kaiju have bioluminescence coming from their mouth. It signals an EMP in Leatherback's case.
- Volcanic Veins: A number of the Kaiju have these.
Debuted in Pacific Rimnote
The very first Kaiju.
- Dead Guy on Display: Its skull becomes a trophy on public display.◊
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: How he was killed in the movie, after 6 days and 35 miles of tank and jet attacks.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The game shows Trespasser having a pair of smaller arms underneath the primary set.
- Nuke 'em: How he was ultimately defeated in the comic.
- Starter Villain: Only the first of many Kaiju.
Breach Date: February 29, 2020
The Kaiju that killed Yancy and crippled Gipsy Danger in the prologue. Though Raleigh managed to kill him, this attack heralded the apparent end of the Jaeger age, as the Kaiju were beginning to counter the robots.
- Evil Is Petty: It took a detour from its main mission of attacking Anchorage to slaughter the crew of a passing fishing boat. Good thing Gipsy Danger was there.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Has a large, knife-like blade jutting out of its head.
- Expendable Clone: Newt's first drift shows dozens of identical Knifeheads in pods, showing the one Gipsy fought was just one copy out of many.
- Expy: Of Guiron.
- Hero Killer: Kills Yancy Becket in the beginning of the film and destroys Gipsy Danger.
- Heroic Dolphin: Subverted in which it is villainous and not heroic, but its elongated jutting is clearly meant to evoke a dolphin's nose, and it even has two blowholes not unlike that of a dolphin on its head.
- It Can Think: Mild example. Knifehead was the point when kaiju fight tactics upgraded, making it smart enough to play dead - something kaiju had never done before. This caught Gipsy Danger by complete surprise - given that kaiju can and do usually fight until they're hamburger.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Has the features of a shark, a turtle, and a dolphin.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has a smaller pair of arms under its larger primary set.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If Knifehead had just swum to Anchorage like planned, it could have slowed Gipsy Danger down for quite a while by causing their deviation to help the fishing boat turn into a dead end.
- Not Quite Dead: The initial encounter looks like a short Curb-Stomp Battle, but then it bursts from the water looking barely worse for wear.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Appears onscreen for less than ten minutes, and manages to turn the tide of the war back in favor of the Kaiju.
- Threatening Shark: The featurette on Kaiju suggests he's meant to resemble a goblin shark. He swims like a shark would as well.
- Turtle Power: It has a shell-like body structure on its back.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Its fight with Gipsy Danger was the moment that asserted "Jaegers aren't invincible."
The Kaiju that tears through the Life Wall in under an hour, proving the entire fortification worthless. Killed by Striker Eureka.
- Adaptational Badass: It's dodgy as to which came first, the novelization, based on an older script most likely or the movie release and so one. The film has her as a Category 4, but serves more as a mook, while the novelization has her tear through two Jaegers (Vulcan Specter and Echo Saber) before encountering Striker Eureka. Either way, she is there to show how powerful Striker Eureka is, and that the wall is useless against Kaiju.
- Dark Action Girl: One of few confirmed female Kaiju.
- Expendable Clone: Along with Knifehead, there is a glimpse of at least two more Mutavores already assembled.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Her eyes are on her lower jaw instead of her upper jaw.
- I Have Many Names: Officially named Mutavore but known by "Sydney" in the Jaeger Combat Simulator and "Bladehead" in the video game.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everybody pretty much had this when she simply rammed through the Coastal Wall meant to protect people from the Kaiju like it was nothing.
- Mook: Serves as grunt Kaiju in the Jaeger Combat Simulator online game.
- Multiple-Tailed Beast: She has a bifubricated tail, which can be used like a pair of scissors in the video game.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- Its smashing through the Sydney Wall is seen by Raleigh, confirming the anti-Kaiju barriers are useless in the end and leaving Raleigh open to rejoining the Jaeger program when Pentecost comes calling.
- According to Travis Beacham's Tumblr, the kaiju brain Newt drifts with to discover the existence of the Precursors and their plans came from Mutavore.
- Two Girls to a Team: The only other confirmed female Kaiju is Otachi.
The kaiju that Mako encountered as a child. It is only seen in her dream sequence, in which it appears bigger than a Cat 2 should — but then again, it is a memory seen through the eyes of a frightened child. Some Unreliable Narrator may be in play.
- The Cameo: A simulation of Onibaba appears in the sequel in a training simulation for upcoming Jaeger pilots to fight against.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: It evidently did not last long against Coyote Tango — at least, that's how Mako remembers it.
- Dead Guy on Display: The Novelization states that the Japanese mounted his skull on the side of Mt. Fuji as a warning to the Kaiju.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Looks eerily like a giant crustacean.◊
- Meaningful Name: Playing very much a nightmarish role in Mako's psyche, it can be said Onibaba(Demon Hag) can be said to represent her inner demons.
- Near-Villain Victory: Not apparent in its brief appearance in the first movie, but the sequel establish the Kaijus primary motive is not to destroy cities, but to reach Mount Fuji so that their Alien Blood can react with the minerals inside the mountain to create a chain reaction in the Earth crust that results in The End of the World as We Know It. Since Onibaba was the only Kaiju that managed to reach Tokyo, Japan of all the others, it could have destroyed the entire world. Good thing Stacker Pentecost was there to stop it, meaning he actually saved the Earth TWICE.
- Non-Indicative Name: It's named after a demon that resembles a monstrous hag. On a meta level, this makes sense, as the onibaba was a child-eater, and the Kaiju's defining role is chasing a small child down an alley.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Easily the least humanoid of the Kaiju seen in the film.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Chases a ten-year-old girl down the street and then tries multiple times to grab her out of the alley she's hiding in, despite being so big that just reaching down and grabbing her should outweigh the energy gained from eating her. This is presumably a trait of all the other Kaiju as well.
- You Killed My Father: He basically killed Mako's parents in his attack on Tokyo.
One of the Kaiju that attacks Hong Kong during the movie. Has a powerful acid attack that can eat through metal, and is one of the few confirmed female Kaiju.
- Acid Attack: She can spit blue Hollywood Acid that makes short work of any type of metal, which it uses to help kill the Russian jaeger.
- An Arm and a Leg: Has her tail frozen and shattered and her wing sliced off by Gipsy Danger.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: The corrosive substance she sprays from her mouth easily dissolved Cherno Alpha's heavy armor.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: She has a claw on her tail, though it functions more like a third hand.
- Body Horror: Her lower jaw splits in half. Also, the scene of her infant bursting out of her womb.
- Dark Action Girl: One of the only two known female Kaiju.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: She has several eye-like organs on her nasal crest.
- Force and Finesse: Relatively speaking, in the team of her and Leatherback, she's the finesse while Leatherback is the force.
- Genius Bruiser: Otachi is a cunning and resourceful ambush predator, much like Leatherback (if not moreso).
- Giant Flyer: She vaguely resembles a giant bat capable of lifting a giant robot of equivalent size. Uses its wings in one final attempt to destroy Gipsy, by taking it up into the stratosphere and planning on dropping it to its doom. It would have worked, if not for the fact that Gipsy has a sword.
- Hero Killer: She destroys Crimson Typhoon and kills its pilots.
- Hollywood Acid: Her acid is corrosive enough to cripple Cherno Alpha and immediately liquify a small section of a building.
- Ironic Name: Otachi means "Big sword" in Japanese. Just guess how Gipsy Danger kills her.
- It Can Think: One of the most intelligent and thus, among the most dangerous ever encountered. Otachi was directly responsible for the destruction of two Jaegers, specifically negating their strengths and taking full advantage of their weaknesses. She also very nearly manages to destroy Gipsy Danger, who only manages to survive through quick thinking.
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook: No Sells Crimson Typhoon's Thundercloud Formation attack by catching all three of its arms. She also severely weakened Cherno Alpha by managing to damage its heavily-armored reactor.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Her tail suffers this, courtesy of Gipsy Danger.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Originally, her tail was supposed to be torn off only to come to life until meeting death by ice. This was kept in the novelization.
- Made of Iron: Takes hits from all four of the Jaegers but keeps on fighting.
- Monster Is a Mommy: Upon Otachi's death, a team is sent into an orifice in her body. However, it is found that Otachi is actually pregnant, and the newborn beast quickly wreaks havoc on the team.
- Multi Purpose Tongue: She has a strange flower-like bioluminescent tongue.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: First we see her speed and agility. Then when Crimson and Cherno engage her she reveals her tail-claw and her acid spray. Then we see she has a weird flowery tongue, then we discover her tail has a mind of its own and can fight independently. And when Gipsy tears out her acid sac and her tail, she unfurls her wings and takes to the sky. When she is finally downed, she has one last postmortem surprise for us... she is actually pregnant.
- No-Sell: Otachi manages to catch each of Crimson Typhoon's arms and stop the blades from rotating.
- Off with His Head!: Gipsy Danger chops its head and a wing off with its sword, killing it in mid-flight.
- Pregnant Badass: She was pregnant the whole time she attacked Hong Kong.
- Prehensile Tail: The claw on the tip allows it to act more like an extra arm than a tail.
- Ribcage Stomach: The scene of Hannibal's team entering her entrails shows that a large amount of her abdominal cavity is hollow, as her womb is seen suspended upside down next to her dinosaur brain. Quite a logic body trait when one considers that the monster can fly.
- Story-Breaker Power: The only entity (Jaeger or Kaiju) with a demonstrated ability to fly. It's obvious that Jaegers were never built for aerial combat. This revelation also should have revealed the wall defense, which had already been proven ineffective, to be a complete waste of time, but it's never brought up. Likewise with its corrosive acid.
- Tongue Trauma: After missing its spray of acid at Gipsy, the Jaeger rips out Otachi's tongue (and acid-producing gland) to keep it from trying that again.
One of the Kaiju that attacks Hong Kong. Big, muscular, with approximately the shape of a gorilla.
- Acrofatic: Not only is he burly, but his midsection is noticeably prominent and bloated-looking. Doesn't make him slower or any less menacing than any other Kaiju.
- An Arm and a Leg: Had its EMP emitter ripped off and arm blown off by Gipsy Danger.
- The Brute: He has a few tricks up his sleeve, but mostly relies on raw brute force.
- Didn't See That Coming: Winds up on both ends of this. Nobody anticipated that there would be a Kaiju with an in-built EMP shockwave generator designed specifically to deal with Striker Eureka. Of course, the aliens didn't plan for Gipsy Danger's presence.
- Dynamic Entry: His In the Back jump against Cherno Alpha was the first time he was seen in the fight.
- EMP: Has an EMP emitter on its back.
- Eye Scream: Gets shot in the eye by a flare shot by Striker Eureka's pilots. All it does is piss it off.
- Expy: Of King Kong.
- Extra Eyes: Six total.
- Fat Bastard: He's rather heavyset for a Kaiju, and is just as vicious as the others.
- Force and Finesse: Relatively speaking in the team of him and Otachi, he's the force while Otachi is the finesse.
- For the Evulz: One of the few Kaiju who shows signs of open sadism, taking his time with Cherno Alpha and Striker Eureka's crews.
- Genius Bruiser: Performs well-coordinated teamwork with Otachi using his partner as bait to set up an ambush, shuts down Striker Eureka just when it's putting itself in a position of vulnerability to use a genuinely dangerous weapon, shows ponderation about his and his opponent's strengths and odds, and is the only Kaiju in the film to use tools.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His primary fighting style, helped by his hard mace-like fists.
- Hero Killer: Destroys Cherno Alpha and kills its pilots.
- In the Back: His Dynamic Entry against Cherno Alpha.
- It Can Think: A cunning and resourceful Kaiju like its partner Otachi, Leatherback not only is intelligent enough to use tools, he also has a sense of tactics: he stays near the disabled Striker Eureka and lumbers cautiously around it in case it is not completely out and just Playing Possum as Kaiju themselves do. As Leatherback has no ranged weapons to safely maim him from away and Striker is his strongest foe in close quarter range, this is the safest stance for him to prevent a turn of the tables.
- Improvised Weapon: Uses a crane as a mace to batter Gipsy silly.
- Kevlard: Gipsy Danger has to shoot him nearly a dozen times to make him go down. Unlike more armored Kaijus, the individual shots do damage him, it's just that they are not enough to get through his bulk until the damage builds up.
- Killer Gorilla: Has a gorilla-like body. Also, although it's named after the leatherback turtle, the name still evokes a silverback gorilla.
- Lightning Bruiser: Can move incredibly fast and agile for his size, marking a difference with the slow, cadenced Kaijus introduced until that point in the film.
- Make Sure He's Dead: Even after Gipsy Danger shoots off his arm and blasts him in the gut several times, Raleigh tells Mako that they need to "check for a pulse." Cue Gipsy Danger blasting Leatherback's body several more times. "No pulse" indeed.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Gipsy Danger rips it apart and blasts it several more times to be sure. Justified; Kaiju have learned to play dead, so Jaegers will let their guard down. Raleigh was making sure that when Leatherback was dead, it stayed dead. Also a pretty nifty double-Kick the Son of a Bitch for the two pilots: one for Mako, whose parents were killed by a Kaiju, and one for Raleigh, in his first Kaiju fight since his brother was killed by one.
- Stealthy Colossus: Despite his enormous size, he goes completely unnoticed under the water until the very moment of his Dynamic Entry.
- Story-Breaker Power: His EMP enables him to take out just about any Jaeger, as well as the Shatterdome, in a single move. This allows Leatherback to be the only Kaiju capable of defeating Striker Eureka.
- Stone Wall: Took several point-blank Plasma Caster shots into the chest before going down, and that's not counting all the punishment it received beforehand.
One of the Kaiju fought at the Breach. Looks like a flower jawed pangolin. Much faster than other Kaiju.
- Expy: Its real head which is hidden inside an armor plated head bears a striking resemblance to Gabora from Ultraman.
- Fragile Speedster: Not very durable at all, but the fastest Kaiju underwater on record and easily sneaks behind Gipsy Danger and bites its right arm off.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Sliced in half lengthwise through a combination of Gipsy Danger's Blade Below the Shoulder and Raiju's own momentum.
- Nested Mouths: According to his Hero Clix figure, it looks like his head splits open to reveal a purple wormlike head.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: His design is very crocodilian.
- Raiju: Named after the thunder beast Youkai of Japanese folklore.
- Technicolor Toxin: A secondary power in the game. It can release a toxic and corrosive cloud of poison into the air as a ranged attack, and cover the battlefield in it as a Finishing Move.
One of the Kaiju fought at the Breach. Looks like an aquatic bull.
- A Load of Bull: Has two large prominent bull-like horns.
- Facial Horror: Gipsy Danger drags its face into a volcanic vent, burning half of it before it breaks free.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Between ramming horns, a biting mouth, large clawed hands, and a whip-capable tail, it doesn't seem to have any specialized focus.
- Meaningful Name: "Scunner" is a Scottish word for "a strong dislike."
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Has the features of a bull, a shark, and a turtle.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has a smaller pair of arms under its larger primary set.
- Threatening Shark: Has a hammerhead shark-like head.
- Turtle Power: Has a turtle-like shell.
One of the Kaiju fought at the Breach. The only Cat 5 ever encountered (at least until the sequel), it is the largest and most dangerous monster anyone has ever seen.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Not only can they club but are strong enough to stab into Gipsy Danger's back during their tumble.
- Cats Are Mean: When he's on all fours his body looks very feline influenced as well as the shape of his front two hands/claws look like a lion's.
- Dance Battler: His tail-end, anyway. He twirls them disorientingly before lashing out with all three to devastating effect.
- Dragon-in-Chief: While all Kaiju serve as The Dragon to their other-dimensional masters, Slattern is the worst of them all and serves as the final obstacle of the story. A bit literal as well, during the fight with Eureka, he emits an enormous roar that summons Scunner back to double team the MkV Jaeger
- Final Boss: Sent out at the very end to deal with Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka.
- Large and in Charge: He is a Category 5, the most feared among the Kaiju that attacked Earth, although Newt suggested that he may have merely been the first member of a second wave of more powerful Kaiju.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Subverted; villainous. Has quite the double chin.
- Leitmotif: "Category 5", a darker, faster-paced, highly varied and even more ominous variation on the main Kaiju leitmotif (complete with choral backing!) which emphasizes the power and dread that Slattern possesses.
- Made of Iron: Even compared to the other Kaiju. To the point of surviving the equivalent of 1.2 million tons of TNT blowing up in his face.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": His appearance causes one for the forces back in Hong Kong.
- Multiple-Tailed Beast: He has three main tails with numerous smaller tails besides.
- Non-Indicative Name: The word "slattern" basically means "promiscuous woman" (or, in more vulgar terms, "slut"). It's revealed in the novelization that when this Kaiju first appeared, all the Rangers were struck by its utterly massive size:Tendo Choi: Bitch is big.
Pentecost: Don't use that word. Call it "Slattern", if you must.
- Rasputinian Death: Cut open numerous times by Striker Eureka (including having his throat slit and his arms nearly sliced off), has a nuclear bomb explode in his face, stabbed repeatedly by Gipsy Danger, and then he only dies when he's cooked alive by Gipsy Danger's nuclear turbine at point blank until the blast starts coming out his back.
- Shock and Awe: His tails are electrified.
- Slashed Throat: Striker Eureka manages to inflict this on Slattern. It doesn't even flinch.
- Threatening Shark: His head greatly resembles a hammerhead shark's.
- You Shall Not Pass!: A villainous example. He is the guardian of the Breach (the portal from which the Kaiju enter our world).
The third Kaiju ever, killed by a nuclear strike that wipes out the city it was attacking.
- The Cameo: Appears very briefly as a decaying corpse on an aircraft carrier.
The fourth Kaiju, killed with two nukes.
The fifth Kaiju, and the first to fight a Jaeger. It loses. Horribly.
- Blood from the Mouth: From Brawler Yukon's first blow.
- The Cameo: Has a little more focus in the prequel comic but appears briefly behind smoke during the prologue.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Never stood a chance against Brawler Yukon.
- Frankenstein's Monster: His square head looks like that of Boris Karloff's depiction of Frankenstein.
- Mugging the Monster: Was the first Kaiju to find out the hard way that humanity wasn't going down without a fight.
- Oh, Crap!: The presumed mental reaction to Brawler Yukon's existence.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Boris Karloff.
The sixth Kaiju to appear, and the second to be killed by a Jaeger. Hardship is killed by Romeo Blue.
A Kaiju that only appears on the cover of Tales of Year 0. No other details are known about him.
A Kaiju that is briefly mentioned in the movie. It was Gipsy Danger's first kill.
- The Big Guy: According to Newt, he was one of the largest Category IIIs on record.
- Meaningful Name: "Yama-arashi" means "porcupine" in Japanese. Newt's tattoo reveals it to be quite prickly.
- Razor Floss: Gipsy Danger killed Yamarashi by garroting it with a cargo crane wire until its head came off.
- The Cameo: It's only seen as a tattoo on Newt's left arm, which Raleigh recognizes as Yamarashi.
The second Kaiju, and the one that began to make it clear Trespasser was not an isolated incident.
A simulated Kaiju used for virtual training.
- Fragile Speedster: Verocitor looks more like it was designed for hit-and-run tactics as opposed to grappling.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Has the most normal-looking designs as opposed to the more alien-looking Kaiju.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Verocitor's design is heavily reminiscent to terrestrial lizards.
- Training Boss: Like Belobog, Verocitor is a hypothetical Kaiju used in simulations.
A simulated Kaiju used for virtual training.
One of Striker Eureka's Kaiju kills.
A Kaiju that previously attacked Hong Kong. Its skeleton forms the Bone Quarter.
Otachi's child, rips itself free after its mother is killed.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Strangled by its own umbilical cord.
- Fetus Terrible: It "births" itself and goes after its targets seconds later.
- Not Quite Dead: After ripping its way out of Otachi's corpse and accidentally strangling itself with its own umbilical cord), it springs back to life for a few moments to eat Hannibal Chau, before dying for good.
The masterminds behind the Kaiju attacks.
- Abusive Precursors: Dear God, are they ever! Moving from planet to planet, killing the local populations via the Kaiju so that they can move in and harvest the abundant resources, then leaving the planet to die whilst they find the next one. Plus, it's implied that they were responsible for killing the dinosaurs.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Played absolutely straight.
- Alien Invasion: The Kaiju are their means of clearing out Earth so they can colonize it.
- Ascended Extra: They only appear in the final scenes of the first movie as the masters of the Kaiju army. In Uprising, they have a much more active role. Though they don't appear in person, they brainwashed Newt into serving them and kickstarting the second invasion.
- Big Bad: As the creators of the Kaiju and the ones sending them to Earth to kill/destroy everything in their path, they serve as this. And again in Uprising, operating through a Brainwashed and Crazy Newt to almost destroy all life on Earth.
- Evil Gloating: They're not immune to this, taking time to point out to Liwen that they/Newt accomplished everything without her being any the wiser because she's not as smart as she thinks she is. Backfires as it almost gets Newt shot by her on the spot.
- Evil Sounds Deep: They occasionally speak with distinctive flanged-bass style voices when they're talking through Newt.
- Extra Eyes: They have six of them on their face.
- Hidden Villain:
- In the first film their presence comes as a big surprise, given that up until Newt's drifting with a Kaiju brain there had been no indication there was any sort of guiding intelligence behind the Kaiju (trailers even used parts of Newt's explanation to make it sound like the Kaiju themselves were much smarter than realised, so as to keep the Precursors' presence secret).
- While the viewer is aware something's off in Uprising (given Obsidian Fury's actions) the film frames the events as human-contrived (with the reveal the Kaiju brain was grown on Earth, and the Marshal even saying "Precursors didn't do this, humans did") and throws suspicion on Liwen Shao, which ultimately turns out to be a Red Herring. Even after Newt's role is revealed, it's not until his Motive Rant where their control becomes apparent that Hermann realises they're involved.
- Karmic Death: Del Toro himself points out in the director's commentary that at the end they find out what it's like for a giant monster to invade their world and wreak havoc.
- Laser-Guided Karma: They've completely wiped out countless civilizations in order to drain their planets of their resources, of which Earth and humanity were their latest targets. Humanity, however, fought back and created monsters to fight their monsters. One of these weapons would then make it through the portal they used in order to access our world and nuke them (or at least a base of theirs) into oblivion.
- The Man Behind the Man: They're the ones controlling Newt in Uprising, which, given his manipulations, makes them basically The Man Behind The Man Behind The Man.
- The Man Behind the Monsters: More like Aliens Behind The Monsters, but it still counts given they're responsible for all of the havoc in the film's universe.
- Nested Mouths: Their actual faces pop out of what appears to be a mouth, similar to Raiju and Raijin. It might be a suit, but who knows?
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If sending the pregnant Otachi was a backup measure to kill the interloper Newt via her child, it backfired spectacularly and only provided an easily accessible brain that provided crucial information for the final assault on the Breach. On the other hand, since this leads to Newt's mind being corrupted by the Precursors between the first film and Uprising, it nearly worked out for them in the long run.
- No Biochemical Barriers: Averted. The Precursors first attempted to conquer Earth during the time of the dinosaurs, but the atmosphere was too hostile for them to move in. Millions of years later, humanity has polluted the environment to their standards, allowing them to move in again.
- Nonindicative Name: They are very contemporary and the kaiju are not old, with the term referring more to the fact they're known to have been about long enough to bring about the extinction of the dinosaurs long before humanity ever evolved.
- Oh, Crap!: Their reaction to seeing Gipsy Danger about to self destruct directly in front of them. Downplayed due to their lack of facial expressions, but you know it is there.
- Organic Technology: They apparently wrote the book on this. They have an assembly line of Kaiju.
- Planet Looters: The Kaiju-makers regularly invade planets through rifts between universes and wipe out any native organisms that might become a bother, potentially including humanity.
- Puppeteer Parasite: They're not physically present in Uprising, but their mental control of Newt otherwise fits the bill perfectly. Hermann even refers to Newt as having been infected by them on several occasions.
- Suddenly Voiced: They speak for the first time in Uprising, through Newt.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: People have worshiped lesser beings than the Kaiju. The Precursors mass produce them. You do the math.
- Walking Spoiler: Almost a victim of Trailers Always Spoil, revealing their motives but not their existence, implying it belongs to the Kaiju and not the masters.
Debuted in Pacific Rim: Aftermath
Faux FaceA scary monster with two heads that appears in Pacific Rim: Aftermath.
- Breath Weapon: Of the electric type.
- The Cameo: Its hologram outline appears very briefly in Uprising when the heroes start examining previous Kaiju movements.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Despite the name it is two fully functioning heads. The closest to something like that is Otachi's tail coming to life once getting pulled off and that was in the novelization.
- Shock and Awe: Seems to possess an electric breathe weapon.
Debuted in Pacific Rim: Uprising
The second confirmed Category 5 Kaiju. Appears in the sequel with Hakuja and Shrikehorn.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Gottlieb gives the monster its official name, Raijin, when it shows up in the radar. As at that time he couldn't know the creature looks like Raiju from the previous film, it's a surprising coincidence.
- Attack Reflector: Its faceplate can absorb kinetic energy and it can use the energy to empower itself or redirect it toward an opponent. It was able to punch Gipsy Avenger across half of downtown Tokyo in one hit by absorbing a single punch from the Jaeger.
- Composite Character: Appears to share traits of several Kaiju from the first film, including Onibaba's temple-like silhouette, Raiju's head plates that close over to protect a softer real face, and Knifehead's stance and body type. Considering the Precursors create the Kaiju in a literal assembly line, this is probably intentional.
- Extra Eyes: Has 16 of them, the most of any Kaiju.
- Large and in Charge: Being a category 5 he towers over his category 4 partners.
- Leader Forms the Head: Averted. When the trio combine into the Mega Kaiju, the final head is more of a fusion between Hakuja and Shrikehorn's faces. Raijin's headplates form the chest below it though.
- Nested Mouths: Has toothed external head armor that closes to protect its real head within.
- Noodle Incident: According to its stat cards, Raijin has engaged in battle with humanity before.
- No-Sell: Gipsy Avenger begins the fight with the famous rocket punch, which Raijin simply absorbs and turns back on the Jaeger, catapulting it back a great distance.
A Category 4 Kaiju. Appears in the sequel with Raijin and Shrikehorn.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Saber Athena slashes at its soft underbelly when it leaps overhead.
- Fast Tunnelling: Hakuja can burrow underground extremely quickly for such a behemoth to reposition and ambush any unsuspecting Jaeger.
- Fragile Speedster: With its multiple legs, Hakuja is one of the most agile Kaiju on land, but one solid hit from Guardian Bravo is enough to knock it down.
- In a Single Bound: Hakuja also sports impressive jumping capabilities.
- Impact Silhouette: Is knocked into a building by a strike of Guardian Bravo's electric whip and tunnels straight through it.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Combines features of a mole, an armadillo, a lizard and a beetle.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has six limbs, and puts them all to good use be it digging, climbing, or leaping at foes.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Is smaller than the other two kaiju (although the same Category as one of them), but puts up quite a fight.
- Stealthy Colossus: Land based version: its tunneling skills make him prone to appear suddenly behind an unsuspecting foe.
A Category 4 Kaiju. Appears in the sequel with Raijin and Hakuja.
- Advertised Extra: Plays only a very small part in the final battle, before the three kaiju are merged into one.
- Composite Character: Combines features of Slattern and Leatherback, with spikes added for good measure.
- Killer Gorilla: Has this shape, with its thick arms coming down to the ground like a gorilla's stance.
- Meaningful Name: Shrikes are small predatory birds, notorious for impaling dead prey on thorn bushes to cache food for later. Shrikethorn doesn't cache its victims, but does impale them on spikes.
- Multiple-Tailed Beast: Has two tails, which serve as spike-launching weapons.
- Spike Shooter: The spikes at the end of its tails can be shot like artillery.
- Cyborg: Unmanned Jaeger drones that were to be remotely controlled by a human, but were modified to be controlled by a Kaiju brain.
- Light Is Not Good: The Drones body armor is white in color and they look futuristic and heroic in their normal form. Once their Kaiju brain took control and they becomes Kaiju-Jaeger abomination, not so much.
- Mechanical Monster: Once the Kaiju brain assumes control, the Drones grows spikes from inside out and become much more monstrous.
- Advertised Extra: Is shown emerging from the portal in some trailers though he never actually makes it out alive.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Is quickly and unceremoniously killed once Shao disables the drones: the malfunctioning drones' portal beams cut his face apart before the collapsing portal bisects him to death.
- Giant Enemy Crab: According to Word of God, its lower body resembled that of a lobster.
- Giant Mook: Is easily twice the size of Slattern from the first film- though his full body is not seen, one of his arms alone is as big as an entire Hybrid Drone.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Is bisected by the Breach; his lower half is not seen.
- Portal Cut: A victim of this.
- Rhino Rampage: His head resembles a rhinoceros, with a pair of large horns on his forehead.
- Combining Mecha: Merge together to act as stitches when putting together the kaiju parts.
- Combat Tentacles: Possess numerous tendril like appendages used for movement as well as grasping.
- The Swarm: Insectlike drones that scamper across the streets and climb all over the kaiju like army ants.
- Zerg Rush: Emerge from the Shao Industries in a seeming river of drones spreading all over the streets and climbing all over the kaiju to cut them apart and reassemble them into one, using their own bodies as sutures.
- All Your Powers Combined: Being a fusion of three separate kaiju, the Mega Kaiju inherits their special abilities: Raijin's ability to redirect kinetic energy, Hakuja's body armor and multiple limbs, and Shrikethorn's twin weaponized tails (though instead of shooting spikes the tails are used more like spears).
- Attack Reflector: Inherits this ability from Raijin and uses it to send a powerful shockwave that knock back the four Jaegers charging toward it.
- Attack Its Weakpoint: Has three secondary brains due to being three monsters in one body. Getting to them however is harder than it looks.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Has sharp spear-like tips on the tips of its tails, which can easily skewer a Jaeger in one hit.
- Body Horror: Raijin, Hakuja and Shrikethorn are literally torn apart by Newt's drones and reassembled into a single creature.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Once it is formed, it quickly demolish three of the four Jaegers that gave its previous three components trouble. Only Gipsy Avenger is left standing due to her more experienced pilots and even then, she has sustained multiple critical damages.
- Death Glare: Gives Newt a murderous one before stomping over to Mt. Fuji.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Apparently the best name its creator could think of for his giant fusion kaiju is "Mega Kaiju".
- Dragon-in-Chief: Quite possibly the most powerful Kaiju yet for the Precursors.
- Extra Eyes: Has multiple eyes running alongside its head, to a total of ten (strangely, it's a lot fewer than the total of the eyes on the three original kaiju).
- Fusion Dance: A Kaiju created from Raijin, Hakuja and Shrikehorn with the help of Newton and his mechanical drones.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Is killed by Gipsy Avenger dropping from the stratosphere to literally punch it in half.
- The Juggernaut: None of the attacks on it do any real damage, even when aimed its weakpoints: it's simply too thick skinned. And on top of this, it's easily strong enough to rip the advanced Jaegers to pieces.
- Mighty Glacier: Befitting its status as the biggest Kaiju seen so far, it move quite slowly but shrugs off everything the Jaegers throw at it and demolishes them back with ease.
- Mighty Roar: The first thing it does when it is formed is to unleash a powerful and tectonic roar. Also quick fond of doing it, stopping quite regularly to roar for no practical reasons. Even with the mouth of Mount Fuji right in front of it, it still pauses to roar triumphantly, giving Gipsy Avenger enough time to punch it to death. And even with half of its body gone from said punch, it still managed to give one final roar before falling down dead. In a twist of Fridge Horror, it's possible that the monster is in a constant state of agony from being stitched together, and is actually screaming in pain...
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has six limbs, with the four hind limbs seemingly being from Hakuja and the two front arms combining Raijin and Shrikethorn's arms. Like Raijin, the Mega Kaiju can absorb kinetic energy and reflect it back at its foes.
- Tail Slap: Inherits the twin tails of Shrikehorn and one solid hit from them was enough to break Saber Athena in half.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: As the three kaiju are disassembled by the drones and put back together into a single monster, none of the Jaegers intervene or try to stop them combining, simply standing by as the Mega Kaiju forms before their eyes.