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    Finé 
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Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

The Big Bad of the first season, who controlled Chris from the shadows. She possesses a number of powerful armours and Relics, some of which allow her (and by extension, Chris) to summon and control Noise. Despite not being a Symphogear user, the Nehushtan Armor, Solomon's Cane, Durandal and Kadingir make her a very powerful foe.

She is the reincarnation of an ancient priestess who sought entry into Heaven by building the Tower of Babel, but was struck down by God. Fine possessed the body of Ryoko Sakurai when the latter came into contact with the Relics, and used her host's position within the 2nd Division to further her own agenda. She builds a new Tower of Babel, Kadingir to destroy the moon, which should be followed by natural catastrophes.


  • Back for the Finale: In both G and the series finale, Finé's spirit makes a brief appearance.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: Finé punishes Chris' mistakes stark naked save for black stockings.
  • Beehive Barrier: Ascard is a shield with a hexagon structure made by the whips. She can also create a three-layer shield.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Fine claims that she through several reincarnations has been responsible for most of the world's global paradigm shifts. It should be noted that her reincarnations were not limited to be female.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The Nehushtan armour when worn by Fine doesn't do much to cover her user below the shoulders. But it makes the exposed skin as bullet-proof as the rest of the armour, as seen in episode 11.
  • Contralto of Danger: Fitting to the Big Bad, she has one of lowest female voices of the cast.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair and golden eyes.
  • The Dark Arts: That's exactly what the she calls her forbidden powers.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Between her death and her reappearance in Shirabe's Near-Death Experience midway through G Episode 12, Finé has since taken Hibiki's words to heart. Her ghost even encourages Shirabe, her descendant, to live on and protect Kirika and help her save Maria.
  • Depraved Bisexual: She sexually tortures Chris, flirts openly with other women, but her motivations stem from being rejected by the man she loved.
  • Divine Date: She states she was in love with God, but rejected. In truth, she was the lover of the Custodian Enki. XV suggests they had at least one child, the distant ancestor of Maria.
  • Dramatic Irony: In her attempt to reach out for her God, the ancient priestess of Enki ended up turning into a similar menace that Enki gave up his life to stop, Body Surf between their descendants and using the face of their opponent's beloveds included.
  • Evil Gloating: She keeps on harping about how she's going to rule the Earth while beating a downed Hibiki.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Finé's voice is noticeably lower than Ryoko's.
  • Flight: The Nehushtan Armor gives her flight abilities.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Attacks Chris while naked, but then activates her Symphogear. Well, she was wearing stockings, high-heels and long gloves at that time.
  • Fusion Dance: With the Nehushtan Armor to receive its regenerating ability. And then later with thousands of Noises.
  • Genetic Memory: Finé is a scientifically reincarnated Sumerian priestess who stored her personality and memories in her descendants' DNA. This is how she bodyjacked Ryoko twelve years ago.
  • Golden Super Mode: When she starts using the Nehushtan Armor for herself she also upgrades its power, causing it to turn gold. It reverts to its original colour when she is defeated.
  • Gratuitous English: Her first dialogue is in badly pronounced English, although it's actually used as an insult to her American interlocutors.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: An interesting case as she becomes this in later seasons. G, GX, and AXZ happen all thanks to her research and heretical technology as part of her attempts to destroy the curse of Babel over the centuries. G stands out as the only one that is the result of recent, modern day attempts towards her goal.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Thanks to the Nehushtan Armour.
  • Hellish Pupils: To fit her unhuman nature.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As part of her redemption, she ultimately sacrifices the last of her life-force in G Episode 12 to revive Shirabe.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The very Symphogear "toys" she made are why she loses. Her Oh, Crap! reaction as she comes to the realization that Hibiki is getting up again and it's all thanks to the Symphogear makes it very clear she knows this well.
  • I Surrender, Suckers:
    • Being outmatched by Genjuro, Finé switches for a moment to her Ryoko persona to recover the momentum.
    • Fine pulls off another fake-out later when she causes a Colony Drop right after it seems she has given up.
  • Meaningful Name: "Finé" is a musical term for "The End". Lampshaded by Tsubasa.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She lounges around nude and wears the most stripperiffic Symphogear.
  • Mook Maker: Solomon's Cane allows her to summon Noises.
  • One-Winged Angel: Finé's Apocalypse Dragon form is her last trump against the Symphogears.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Strangely enough, her magic color is pink, despite she's the main villain. Though, she's not a girlish, but a very mature woman.
  • Posthumous Character: She may be gone but she still plays an important role in later seasons. G features a terrorist group named Finé, built around girls with the potential to become her next vessel. In AXZ the immortal villains considered Finé their greatest rival, and view the Symphogear users as heirs to her position.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She dresses Chris in very erotic outfits, while Finé wear nothing, but stockings, high-heels and long gloves. The former gets electric shocks from the latter.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Subverted. Initially, it seems like Finé tries to destroy the moon using the Kadingir because God destroyed the tower she built to reach him. It turns out she's trying to destroy the moon because it will make everyone speak the same language as God again, allowing her to confess her love for him.
  • Significant Double Casting: Ryoko and Finé are the same person, hence why Miyuki Sawashiro is voicing both characters.
  • Slasher Smile: Finé is prone to this humourless grin.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The fansubs spell her name as "Finé", the official Niconico subs call her Phine.
  • Stripperiffic: The Nehushtan armour when worn by Finé makes its user sport a Sexy Backless Outfit with Underboobs, Bare Your Midriff and comes with absurdly tall platform boots.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Fitting to the fact that she's a supernatural person.
  • Taking You with Me: Finé tries to do this to the majority of the world by crashing a piece of the moon into the Earth. Her intention is to revive via a new host and continue from where she left off.
  • Together in Death: In the series finale, the reunited spirits of Finé and Enki appear to the Gear users.
  • Tragic Mistake: Finé spent thousands of years filled with rage, believing that the Curse of Balal was Enki's way to completely reject her. Her goal of destroying the Moon, and with it the Curse of Balal, would have undone her lover's final, desperate act to protect Finé and the rest of humanity from Mad God Shem-ha.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Despite being more powerful than the three Symphogear users, she lacks amount of skills and she has a hard time against Genjuro and later against the trio. But not unskilled enough that she is an Anti-Climax Boss.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Despite being the big bad of the original series, her ripping off a piece of the moon that unveiled the Lunar Ruins comes back to bite everyone in the ass by XV, including her original goal of trying to destroy the moon. The Curse of Balal she hated so much that originated from the moon she tried to destroy wasn't actually a Curse in the traditional sense, but a special program created to keep Shem-ha, the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire franchise, from re-emerging out of humanity's DNA to turn everyone into Monsters that serve her. Fine herself would not be exempt, either. Ooops.
  • Villainous Rescue: In G, does this to spare Shirabe's soul from being destroyed by Kirika's scythe, though by then she's not exactly a villain.
  • Whip It Good: The Nehushtan Armor has a couple of Variable Length Chains as main weapons. And as seen in the last episode, it has a really long, long reach.
  • Woman Scorned: Apparently by God, of all deities. Ironically, VX reveals it to have been an incredibly tragic misunderstanding. Her lover, the Custodian Enki, enacted the Curse of Balal in a desperate effort to protect Finé and the rest of humanity from Mad God Shem-ha.
  • The Worf Effect: After killing a bunch of US-soldiers, she sets a bomb trap, which is activated by Genjuro and his men. Nobody seems to be hurt by the explosion.
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    Noise 

Monsters that do not exist on the same dimension as humanity, rendering normal weapons useless against them. Only the Symphogears possess the ability to defeat them. Solomon's Cane can summon and control them. It is later revealed they were created by humans of long ago. The climax of G has the heroes finally seal away the dimension where they come from. Even if they survived the explosion of Nephilim there is most likely no way to open the Treasury of Babylon again without Solomon's Cane.


  • Achilles' Heel: Relics seem to be the only things capable of hurting them, most often in the form of a Symphogear.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Creepy looking and make strange distorted squishy sounds. A single touch means an agonizing death to the average civilian. They also only attack humans, leaving any other living things alone.
  • Intangible Man: One of the main reasons they're so hard for conventional soldiers to deal with. They're only corporeal when they want to be, which makes walls no obstacle and weapons incapable of hitting them. The Symphogear system is so effective against them because it's designed, among other things, to force them into a solid state.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: The fate of their victims as they carbonize and instantly turn to dust. Also, the Noise's own fate when they are destroyed as they crumble into the same dust.
  • Living Weapon: For a certain value of "living" but they were created as weapons by humanity long ago.
  • Mooks: What they all end up being, what with there being a Big Bad controlling them. Not to mention how the Symphogears let the heroes tear through them like tissue paper.
  • Mook Maker: A few different types have this ability.
  • Shooting Superman: Plenty of armies still shoot at them, as though it's ineffective it tends to delay them enough for civilians to evacuate.
  • The Dreaded: As soon as they show up, people start screaming and running. The trope below makes it very clear why.
  • Touch of Death: One single touch from them (if you aren't wearing a Symphogear) will immediately carbonize the victim, instantly killing them...and interestingly destroying the Noise as well.
    Alca-Noise 
Creatures visually similar to the Noise, created by Carol using the same magic she plans to use to eventually destroy the entire world. They are also eventually used by the Pavarian Illuminati as foot soldiers in their own schemes.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing / Demonic Spiders: Far, far more dangerous than they appear. While individual Alca-Noise are still Made of Plasticine, the glowing parts of their bodies can destroy Symphogears on contact, and the Bushi-Noise in particular are capable of using them defensively as well.
  • Degraded Boss: Once the Symphogears are reinforced against the effects of their deconstruction organs, they don't appear to be any more dangerous than the original Noise.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite having the ability to destroy Symphogears, they aren't any tougher than real Noise and are actually more vulnerable to conventional weapons, due to lacking the phase-shifting abilities of the real Noise.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Unlike Noise, which simply crumble to dust when slain, the Alca-Noise erupt in sprays of blood-like mist.
  • Meaningful Name: Their name is likely to be a combination of Noise and Alkahest, a universal solvent that could dissolve gold, and hence highly sought after by historical alchemists.
  • Mooks: Replacing the Noise as the primary cannon fodder of the series after the Treasury of Babylonia is destroyed at the end of G.
  • No-Sell: In Episode 2, a Bushi-Noise not only easily blocks Tsubasa's attack, but destroys her sword and Symphogear.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": So far there's been Alkanoise, Alukahnoise and Arcanoise. The show gives the official spelling as Alca-Noise, perhaps to be consistent with their nature as alchemical creations/modifications of Noise by Carol.
    • In terms of meta, considering the nature of the antagonists' powers (alchemy) and how Japanese katakana is normally transliterated into English, Alca/Alka-noise seems to be the most accurate, as the other two versions (Arca and Alukah) are more direct transliterations from their Japanese pronunciations.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They look almost identical to the Noise, except that they're much more resistant to the Symphogear.
  • Wham Line: "They're not Noise!" in Episode 2, after they No-Sell Tsubasa's attacks and destroy her armour.
    Carol Malus Dienheim 
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Voiced by: Inori Minase

A young European alchemist, who claims she will destroy the world's miracles. She is a master of Elemental Powers and is the creator and commander of the four Auto-Scorers.


  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins forces with the Wielders during their final battle against Shem-Ha, acting as a substitute to a seventh Symphogear wielder. Their combined power is enough to break down Shem-Ha's barriers, and finally defeat the Mad God.
  • And Then What?: Carol's plan in GX is to use her alchemy to find out the secrets of the world which she intends to do by dissecting the world and examining its individual pieces. However, as Dr Ver lampshades Carol has no plan on what she intends to do after gaining said knowledge and in fact Carol admits that she doesn't actually want to do anything with the knowledge either.
  • Back from the Dead: Seemingly commits suicide at the end of Episode 6 before being revived at the end of Episode 8 by transferring her consciousness into a backup body. After a long period of being presumed gone, XV has Carol finally reawaken inside Elfnein's body to protect her from Noble Red.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of GX.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Averted. Dr. Ver shows up to assist Carol midway through GX, but when he mocks her goals and motives, she dissolves their partnership and attacks with the intent to kill. She indicates afterwards that she would have gotten around to disposing of Ver in any case; Ver's impertinence just drove Carol to get it done with sooner rather than later.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In XV she briefly intervenes to stop Millaarc from destroying Elfnein's mind. Later, when the Autoscorers are defeated by Noble Red, Elfnein seemingly summons Daurdabla and equips the Faust Robe, but it quickly becomes clear that the one we're seeing is actually Carol, who has taken over Elfnein's body to protect her.
  • Body Backup Drive: She keeps on living by transferring all her memories to a new cloned body everytime the active body is destroyed. However, the strain of receiving so many memories at once (including the pain experienced upon dying) is starting to eat away at her.
  • Braids of Action: Sports a single blond braid and packs a great deal of power in her magic.
  • Brought Down to Badass: On her return in XV, Carol retains her gargantuan level of raw power, but no longer has anything resembling the same amount of endurance.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent for the entirety of AXZ and most of XV Carol returns to life in episode 7 to help protect Elfnein from Noble Red.
    Vanessa: Another impossible miracle at the last second?
    Carol: A miracle, you say? Not at all. I am the murderer of miracles!
  • The Chessmaster: Carol manages to play S.O.N.G exactly how she wants them throughout the majority of the season by destroying the Symphogear users relics and then having them upgraded by Elfnein to use the Ignite mode so that their "cursed melodies" can power the Château de Tiffauges.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Gold in her image song CD.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite being much weaker than she was in GX, she spends her fight against Noble Red toying with them, blocking their attacks practically with her eyes closed. They don't manage to land a single hit on her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We've only seen a little of it via flashback, but from the looks of it, her hatred of people might be justified.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: It's revealed in episode 10 that the beating she received by Hibiki's hands with the Ignite mode at the end of episode 6 was intentional so that her body could record the "cursed melody" of her Ignite mode. This allowed the Auto-Scorers the chance to die by the rest of the Ignite Mode enhanced Symphogear users hands so that the Château de Tiffauges could be completed.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Carol almost manages to take out Shem-ha with a final gambit of a smaller version of the Chateau's World deconstruction. If it weren't for Shenshoujing's unique reflective properties, Carol would have outright killed Shem-ha in her current physical state, as weak as it was, and would at least have delayed the activation of the Yggdrasil program for a little while longer. Too bad it doesn't stick, and she gets subsequently curbstomped right after.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Subverted. Carol kills herself after losing to the IGNITED Symphogears in episode 6 of GX, only to reappear in a new cloned body at the end of episode 8.
  • Dual Age Modes: When using her harp Relic, she can choose to change her body from a child form to that of a woman in her twenties.
  • Due to the Dead: In XV, Carol asks Elfnein to make sure that the Autoscorers receive a proper burial after the battle is over, in an uncharacteristic show of appreciation and regret.
  • Elemental Powers: All five that exist In-Universe, those being Wind, Earth, Fire, Water and Light. She mainly uses light-elemental attacks, though, making her an example of Light Is Not Good
  • Energy Shield: Has the ability to conjure an extremely powerful three-layered shield called Hermes Trismegistus, which apparently requires knowledge of spiritual power and demon summoning in addition to alchemy. The keywords describe it as the ultimate defense, but Hibiki simply punched her way through it without knowing or caring about its origins.
  • Evil Counterpart: While Fine was already this to the Symphogears in the first season, she fits the bill even more, having an actual Transformation Sequence and actually can use a climax song. One that has the power of 7 Billion of them, i.e. If the entire population of the planet could use one.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Due to the Freudian Excuse, she kept refusing to listen to Elfnein's more down to earth warnings, causing her to discard Elfnein. This culminates in episode 12, when Elfnein managed to translate the true meaning of her father's last wish to learn the true secrets of alchemy: that is, to forgive, and let bygones be bygones. Carol, already too deep in her grief of losing her father and hating the world for getting him killed, decided that such thing can go to hell, she still wants to destroy the world she hated, choosing grief over forgiveness.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Lampshaded. Near the end of episode 13, the battle ends with an explosion "like a miniature sun."
  • Freudian Excuse: Her father was burned as a witch in front of her eyes by the ungrateful populace of a town he cured from the plague who decried his work as a miracle that never should have happened. This gave her a deep hatred of both the world and the concept of miracles.
  • Fusion Dance: At the end of GX the mostly amnesic Carol merges her body and consciousness with Elfnein in order to save both their lives and so that the two can have another chance to complete their father's work.
  • Geometric Magic: Summons large, somewhat circular grids of hexagons when she attacks.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She saves Elfnein and helps S.O.N.G. in XV Episode 8 although she still thinks of herself as a bad guy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The mostly amnesiac Carol gives the last of her memories to Elfnein at the end of Episode 13 so that she could carry on their father's wish. She does it again in the final episode of XV, when she chooses to burn away her entire essence instead of both hers and Elfnein's memories, saying that she couldn't bear the thought of Elfnein forgetting her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In episode 12, when her insanely powerful swan song gets siphoned by Hibiki and Maria to power the Symphogears' X-drive modes.
  • Humongous Mecha: By wrapping her self in the strings of Daurdabla, she makes a Mecha Lion that she pilots, with a near impenetrable hide, even to the usual X-drive attacks.
  • Image Song: Senkin ・ Daurdablanote , which she sings to activate the World Destructor in Episode 11. She also has tomorrow, which is dedicated to her father.
    • In XV she has Sforzando Reverberation, which plays when she awakens within Elfnein to protect her from Noble Red.
  • Instrument of Murder: Daurdabla, the harp relic that forms her faust robe. Her battle song is titled "Massacre Harp" for good reason.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: She immolates herself after being beaten by Tsubasa, Chris, and Hibiki, just so she can't be persuaded to stop it, or even questioned regarding the details. Furthermore, she cannibalized her own memories during the attack so even if Hibiki had somehow managed to save her, she couldn't reveal any pertinent information anyway. For a few episodes, it appears that her plans are being continued posthumously and independently by her remaining Autoscorers before it's revealed that her suicide allowed her to be reborn into a clone body with a complete set of memories, and with it, a new store of "firepower" for her alchemy to combust.
  • Nice Hat: Sports a witch's hat, keeping with her heretic powers.
  • Not Quite Dead: While the possibility for her return was left open after the end of GX, since she hadn't made an appearance after fusing with Elfnein, it seemed as if she was gone for good. However, her consciousness returns in XV E7 after Millaarc tries to destroy her mind, and later she regains control of her body after Elfnein summons Daurdabla.
  • One-Winged Angel: While keeping the Symphogears busy with all her remaining Alcanoise, which if not stopped, can destroy the world, she gathers more phonic gain, and wraps the strings of Daurdabla around her body, and creates a Green Mech lion that she pilots. Its hide is so strong that not even the attacks from the new and improved X-drive forms can pierce it, so everyone gives Hibiki the power of their gears, to concentrate all their power into a single fist to do the job and destroy it.
  • Ore Onna: She uses the very masculine pronoun ore.
  • Overnight Age-Up: By consuming the memories she's amassed over the centuries, she takes on an adult appearance.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Gives one to Noble Red in XV after transforming.
    Carol: A miracle, you say? Not at all. I am the murderer of miracles!
    • She then delivers another one to Noble Red after they interrupt her thoughts regarding the Autoscorers.
      Carol: You interrupted my reverie. You know you're going to pay for that, right?
  • Playing with Fire: Her Mech lion form breaths fire.
  • Power at a Price: Carol's alchemy comes from burning her own memories in order to convert the energy into her power. Due to being hundreds of years old, she has a lot of memories to burn, but she runs the risk of losing every single precious memory she has left if she keeps using high level alchemy. By the season finale Carol is left almost completely amnesic after burning herself dry in the Final Battle with only a few scattered memories left.
  • Razor Floss: While wielding Daurdabla, she can conjure magic harp strings that can cut through just about anything.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Although her body is that of a young child, she has stayed alive for centuries by constantly uploading her memories into new homunculus bodies.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The driving force behind her actions is to exact revenge on the world for killing her father. In Episode 12, she reveals that she knew all along that her father wouldn't have wanted her to destroy the world, but continues to do so anyway. Note that the people she wants revenge against, the Ungrateful Bastards that killed her father have been dead for centuries. She's also unwittingly proving them right.
  • Redemption Demotion: Justified pretty well in her case: she burned through most of her memories in the finale of GX, so by the time she returns in XV, she's basically running on fumes, and she burns through most of what's left in the process of fighting Noble Red and recharging the X-Drives of the cast. Consequently, she suffers a Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands of Shem-Ha.
  • Redemption Equals Life: A variant. Carol actually survives the final battle but it comes at the cost of her memories. After reconciling with the dying Elfnein, Carol and Elfnein merge into a single being so both can live at the same time.
  • Secretly Dying: Episode 9 reveals that her new body is rejecting the strain of receiving all of her remaining memories at once, as well as the shock of her killing her own previous body.
  • Shadow Archetype: Towards Hibiki. They both really looked up to their fathers greatly, and then Carol's father died, Hibiki's father became a Broken Pedestal, while they were shunned by society. Their reaction really differs in the opposite end of spectrums: While Hibiki survived through the harsh world with her father's words and eventually managed to set their relations on recovery, Carol misinterpreted her father's last words to one that he wanted the world destroyed and gleefully accelerated genocide. In a sense, Carol probably is what Hibiki would turn out if she gave in to the grief of her father's departure.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Also called Carol Mars Dienheim.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Her grand plan ultimately amounts to this, planning to use the Ignite Module's cursed melody to destroy the entire world via alchemical dissection. When that doesn't work out, she attempts to do it manually with an army of Alcanoise.
  • Tears of Blood: She has this during the final battle of GX.
  • Together in Death: In the final episode of XV, after finally burning up the last of her powers and fading away, Carol is seen together with her father among the spirits of those who died throughout the series.
  • Tsundere: In XV, she tries to flimsily deny saving Elfnein by saying that they're sharing a body and it was a fit of pragmatism that made her emerge to fight off Noble Red. She also shows off more of her softer side when she asks Elfnein to give the Autoscorers a proper burial after she sends Noble Red running off for the first time.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Not within the context of her own season by any means, but compared to the Bavarian Illuminati and Noble Red, Carol is portrayed as a brute-force alchemist who relies on memory combustion to perform her feats rather than the refined alchemy without drawbacks that the Illuminati can perform. This allows her enough sheer brute power to singlehandedly take on all six Symphogears alone, something the later alchemists can't or aren't willing to do, at the cost of utterly destroying her sanity.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Child: If her memories are accurate, she was a very nice, inquisitive little girl. Curiously, she's wearing a witch's hat in all her flashbacks outside of her father's lynching and being burned at the stake.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When the Chateau de Tiffauges is destroyed, similar to Fine's when Tsubasa destroyed the Kadingr.
  • Villainous RRoD: At the end of Episode 13, she's lost almost all of her memories and her body is breaking down.
  • Villain Song: Carol has one called Senkin ・ Daurdablanote  and immediately demonstrates it to the Symphogears and also sings it to activate the World Destructor in Episode 11.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Carol does this to Dr. Ver, first by stabbing him then sending him falling to his apparent death.

The Auto-Scorers

    In General 
Four "dolls" created by Carol to serve as her protectors and henchmen.


  • Artificial Human: Per Chris in GX E2: "Her movement is not just superhuman, it's not even human!"
  • Back from the Dead: The Autoscorers return temporarily in XV E7 through their discarded doll bodies, using the power of the memories left in them, to safe Elfnein and hold of Noble Red long enough for her to regain Carol's powers.
  • Dance Battler: All use dance as part of their fighting style. Leiur moves like a jazz dancer, Phara moves like a Flamenco dancer with plenty of skirt twirling, and Garie uses ballet. Micha might be an anomaly although it's possible she uses arco dance.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Subverted. In GX E6, Carol seemingly commits suicide after being defeated, yet the Autoscorers still carry on their objectives. At least until the end of GX E8, where Carol gains a new body.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Played with in GX E5. When Carol sends them to disrupt the city's power supply, Phara (wielding the element of Wind) and Garie (commanding Water) are shown at a wind farm and a hydroelectric plant respectively. They then proceed to destroy those installations with the very element they would normally generate electricity with: in Phara's case, she generates tornadoes that overload the turbines, whereas Garie simply summons torrents to physically damage the stations.
  • Kiss of Death: All of the Auto-Scorers (except Micha) are stated to be able to drain people's memories through a kiss, which presumably kills them.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: All of the Auto-Scorers' surnames are derived from an ancient set of cards, and predecessor to the Tarot. Their first names are suspected to relate to the four archangels: Leiur to Uriel, Phara to Raphael, Garie to Gabriel, and Micha to Michael. Furthermore, each Auto-Scorer wields the element that corresponds to the element of their Archangel in magical esoterica.
  • Suicide by Cop: Phara reveals in GX E10 that their final purpose is to record the Ignite Module-enhanced Symphogear songs so that Carol may proceed to the final phase of her Evil Plan, using the "cursed melodies" to destroy the world.
  • Tarot Motifs: Coins, swords, cups and wands.
  • Undying Loyalty: While they might snark at her the Autoscorers are ultimately completely loyal to their master Carol enough that they still carry out her plan even during her supposed death and later willingly die for her plan to complete. And as shown in XV their loyalty extends even through death as they return through some discarded doll bodies to protect Elfnein from Noble Red and help her reach Miku just because she resembles their master enough.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: After watching the Autoscorers move for only a few seconds into their first encounters, Tsubasa, Maria, and Chris separately conclude that they are not human but actually "monsters." This is then used as an excuse to stop holding back and go all out on them.
    (after Tsubasa knocks Phara into a bunch of crates)
    Maria: That's going too far! Against another human...
    Tsubasa: Too far? When I fought her, I could tell. She was an absolute... monster!
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: It's unclear why they don't murder the gear users and simply just depower themnote . Then at the end of episode 5, Micha and the Alca-Noise gang up on a defeated Shirabe with the intent of killing her. This is brought up by the main characters in episode 7, where even they're surprised they weren't killed by them. As it turns out though there is a good reason why the Symphogear users were left alive.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Their XV incarnations are as loyal as ever, but as they are spares left in a state of heavy disrepair after Carol's fall, they find themselves going from matching the Symphogears blow for blow in GX to not even lasting minutes against the weaker Noble Red trio. Garie in particular is shown having trouble with basic motor functions, let alone fighting, and goes down in a single Rocket Punch of Vanessa's.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: While the outer parts of their hair appear normal, they each have a coloured portion visible behind their heads: Leiur is yellow, Phara is green, Garie is blue, and Micha is red.
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    Leiur Darâhim 
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Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami

First of the Auto-Scorers, four "dolls" created to protect Carol, to appear in the series, pursuing Elfnein. Uses the element of Earth and attacks by throwing coins.


  • An Arm and a Leg: When the aftermath of her and Phara's fight with Noble Red is shown she's missing an arm.
  • Cast from Money: Attacks by throwing coins.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her element is Earth, and she utilizes it by hurling coins. She can also create large earth crystals and has Summon Magic that allows her to summon an enormous golem.
  • Familiar: Can summon a gigantic golem shaped like her to do some heavy lifting, such as throwing cargo containers at Chris or performing underwater operations. She seems to call it her "little sister".
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Uriel.
  • Tarot Motifs: The suit of coins.
  • The Stoic: During her fight with Chris, she never changes expression or tone of voice. She's actually not that serious, as she always wants to do everything as "flashy" as possible and she strikes the same ridiculous poses as the rest of the Autoscorers.
  • Weapon of Choice: Throws coins. They're powerful enough to destroy trucks and helicopters. She can also stack her coins into Dual Tonfas to fight at close range.

    Phara Suyûf 
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Voiced by: Masumi Tazawa

Second of Carol's Auto-Scorers to be seen in the series, she attacks Maria after the concert in the first episode. Uses the element of Wind and fights elegantly with a sword.


  • Blow You Away: Her element is Wind, and she's shown attacking with tornadoes both in the OP and in GX E5. She can also use wind as a form of invisibility, seemingly by transforming herself into air molecules.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In XV she's the first one to be reawakened by Elfnein's desperate cry for help, blocking Vanessa's blow and destroying her arm, because as far as Phara was concerned, it served the same purpose as a sword.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Phara's Sword Breaker is absolutely nothing like future philosophical armaments in the franchise, which are objects granted a special power by the fact that everyone thinks they have that power. Sword Breaker is instead an ordinary sword that Carol somehow enchanted to destroy anything else thought of as a sword, with how she achieved this going unexplained.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Gets sliced in half by Tsubasa's Rasetsu Stance Zero GX E9. While she passes out for a bit, she reanimates herself to tell Tsubasa and Maria the truth behind the Autoscorers' machinations, and promptly blows herself up since her purpose is done.
  • Laughing Mad: After Tsubasa defeats her, she breaks into an insane laughter as she reveals that Carol's plan worked out without a hitch.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Her weapon Sword Breaker makes her one to the sword-wielding Tsubasa and Maria.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Which she uses to steal a data chip containing information on Earth's ley lines.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Raphael.
  • Tarot Motifs: The suit of swords.
  • This Cannot Be!: For someone who takes pride in her "Sword Breaker", Phara is absolutely incredulous when Tsubasa breaks one of her blades and can't grasp how she did that even though Tsubasa's weapons are indeed "swords".
  • Weapon of Choice: Uses a wind-empowered sword. Specifically...
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: ...Her sword is a "philosophical weapon" imbued with a special kind of magic akin to a geas that destroys the concept of "Sword". This obviously applies to any blade created by Tsubasa's Ame no Habakiri, but also extends to Maria's Airgetlam. Tsubasa counters this by changing the philosophy behind her Symphogear, claiming that her weapons are not swords, but wings that will help her pursue her dreams.

    Garie Tûmân 
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Voiced by: Michiyo Murase

Third of the Auto-Scorers to appear, showing up in the second episode to speak with Carol after her brief encounter with Hibiki. Uses the element of Water and fights using ice crystals and illusions.


  • Blood Knight: Is excited that Maria is attempting to fight her with the Black Gungnir during episode 4 and is very disappointed that Maria couldn't keep up the transformation for long.
  • Cute and Psycho: Acts very girlish and teasing whether she's talking or threatening someone. She looks positively elated to fight Hibiki, and then there's her nonchalance when it comes to sucking the life out of people.
  • Famous Last Words: "I'm going to be the first!"
  • Go Out with a Smile: In XV, after being severely damaged by Vanessa while protecting Elfnein, she manages one last gentle smile when she sees Carol again.
    Garie: That's it, Master... This is what we wanted...
  • Kiss of Life: She awakens the other Autoscorers by kissing them and transferring the life-force of people she drained.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She constantly belittles Maria as a useless girl, considering her constant failures against her. She certainly didn't expect Maria to quickly overcome her weakness... then outright kill her.
    • And then in Episode 10 Carol reveals that she had planned that all along.
  • Making a Splash: So far, the most prominent Auto-Scorer, and apparently one of the most versatile and heavily used by Carol. Since her element, unlike the other three, exists in multiple states, she can do things with it that conceivably neither Phara nor Micha (wielding intangible elements of wind and fire) or Leiur (wielding the less versatile element of Earth) can do. Garie can wield water as itself, such as when creating an illusion of Micha when fighting Hibiki, but she seems to prefer using it as ice, which allows her to generate ice shields, ice blades, and even enhance her mobility by skating around on ice paths.
  • Mickey Mousing: Produces sounds like a music box whenever she moves.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Shows off a mouth of shark-like teeth when she grins.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Gabriel.
  • Suicide by Cop: She was outright thrilled to be destroyed by a Symphogear wielder using the Ignite Module. This might be part of Carol's plan as something is triggered as a direct result at Carol's base.
  • Tarot Motifs: Embodies the suit of cups. Because of this, she is the only Auto-Scorer who can not only drain people's memories, but also transfer them to the other Auto-Scorers.
  • The Tease: Speaks flirtatiously with a spying bystander before draining him of his life.

    Micha Jawkân 
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Voiced by: Shiori Izawa

Fourth of the Auto-Scorers to appear. She was awakened by Garie in GX E3. Uses the element of Fire and fights using high-pressure crystals that can explode.


  • Airplane Arms: Pursues Hibiki and Miku with outstretched arms, though this is meant to denote her childlike behaviour.
  • An Arm and a Leg: We get to see the aftermath of her fight with Millaarc, and one of her arms has been torn off and lodged in the wall.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Threatens Hibiki to dissect Miku, then the townspeople, and even the little doggies and kitties, if the former doesn't activate her Symphogear.
  • Big Eater: It takes a lot of soul-sucking humans to properly activate her. The first thing she does upon activation is complain about needing even more energy to move properly.
  • Blood Knight: Much like Garie, she gets excited at the prospect of fighting the Symphogear users.
  • Cute and Psycho: Childish and airheaded at first glance, but hands out death threats like candy and clearly enjoys fighting.
  • Freakiness Shame: See Wolverine Claws. During her brief revival to protect Elfnein, Micha comments that her hands are too dangerous to carry "Master". Elfnein reassures her that her hands are cool, delighting Micha.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Much like Garie's death, Micha is surprised to see Shirabe and Kirika's teamwork overwhelming her, but nonetheless lets out a gleeful expression before getting gutted by their Combination Attack.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: This actually makes her more dangerous as her hair being loose allows her to spray fire with the force of a jet engine in multiple directions at once.
  • Mega Twintails: So large that they double as rocket engines.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has shark teeth like Garie, but displays them more often.
  • Playing with Fire: She can use massive amounts of heat and pressure in her hands to produce super hard crystals on the fly, and cast magic that creates explosions. Combining the two creates a pressure bomb, which Shirabe and Kirika find out about the hard way.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Archangel Michael.
  • Super Mode: Implied in Episode 8 when she fights Shirabe and Kirika - after setting herself on fire, she seems to take on an upgraded form where her twintails come loose and her clothes seem to have burned off, revealing her doll body underneath. In this form, she's capable of creating portals to summon multitudes of crystals at once, in a way reminiscent of Gilgamesh from Fate/stay night.
    • Aside from giving her an extra power boost, it also comes with drawbacks—Micha's super mode threatens her life, but so did Garie's death, since she relies on Garie to give her the memories needed to function properly. With her source of energy gone, Micha was living on borrowed time and decided to go out with a bang.
  • Tarot Motifs: Embodies the suit of wands. Because of this, she is the most powerful Auto-Scorer in battle, but cannot drain people's memories and relies on Garie to transfer them to her to keep her functional. She also requires a ton of power to keep functioning.
  • Verbal Tic: She ends most of her sentences with "zo" or "da zo".
  • Wing Ding Eyes: Her pupils gain a yellow diamond upon entering Super Mode, and she's more excitable than ever.
  • Wolverine Claws: Very prominent in her character design. Surprisingly, they're not her weapon: she fights with, and channels fire, through rods/crystals that she generates from her palms. The "claws" seem to be just her fingers, though her gestures do direct the Alca-Noise. Her claws were made with the sole purpose of destruction though, and so she has difficulty using them for pretty much anything else, which is something she actually feels bad about.

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F.I.S.

    In General 
  • Badass Normal: Sure the F.I.S had Symphogears and a crapton of heretical superweapons. But compared to all of the other villains before and since; the F.I.S were basically five mere mortals who tried to take on the world and make the gods bleed and nearly succeeded.
  • But Not Too Foreign: They're still foreign to the Japanese viewers, but the Cadenzavna Eve sisters are not born in America, but in Europe.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Due to the lack of LiNKER, they are incapable of safely using their Symphogear at the start of AXZ.
  • Can't Catch Up: Unlike the main trio, Maria, Shirabe, and Kirika need LiNKER in order to stay synced to their Symphogears. This becomes a pressing concern for them after their Heel–Face Turn as they only have a finite amount of LiNKER left and thus will prove less effective as combatants in the future whereas Hibiki, Tsubasa, and Chris have no such drawbacks. Shirabe and Kirika are especially distressed by this as they are already limited in the number of things they can do for S.O.N.G. because of their age.
  • Clark Kenting: When Kirika and Shirabe infiltrate the school festival to take the protagonists' Symphogears, their only cover is a pair of glasses.
  • Combination Attack: Forbidden Wheel of Evil: Zababa Eclipse, used by IGNITE mode Kirika and Shirabe to defeat Micha in GX Episode 8.
    • In GX Episode 13, Shirabe and Kirika also combine their X-Drive gears into what can only be described as a giant buzzsaw Roomba with a set of giant pincers.
  • Counterpoint Duet: "Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA," a remixed combination of Shirabe and Kirika's battle songs. Appears in episodes 11 and 12 of G during their duel.
  • Dark Is Evil: Downplayed, Maria, Shirabe and Kirika are antagonistic but aren't exactly evil but they do oppose the heroines who wears white symphogears.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Maria, Shirabe and Kirika are anti-villains who think that their actions are for the sake of the others. In GX they're straight-up good guys.
  • Decomposite Character: Each of the candidates for Finé's next incarnation share some of her physical traits - Maria having her build and loose hair, Shirabe her hair texture and cut, and Kirika her hair colour.
  • Different as Night and Day: They're not related per se, but Kirika and Shirabe's contrasting personalities and character designs evoke this. Their battle themes even sync up with each other!
  • The Dividual: Shirabe and Kirika are together for about 95% of their screentime. Their Symphogears originated from the same goddess and their battle songs match perfectly together. GX takes this further where seem to lose all of their individuality from G.
  • Easily Forgiven: In GX... averted. Hibiki and friends might be honestly friendly for them, but the public world hasn't forgiven their involvement in the Frontier incident and treats Shirabe and Kirika getting enrolled in the same school as Hibiki as 'custody' so they can get watched over, and Maria has to play up a propaganda of being a Reverse Mole and becoming an idol again to cover that up. And everytime she exits the stage, she gets escorted by FBI agents just so she doesn't do anything funny.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A major reason why the F.I.S essentially implodes at the end of G. By the final episodes the remaining members are fighting each other as much as the 2nd division.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Shirabe and Kirika in episode 11 and 12.
  • Good Costume Switch: During the final battle in G, their Symphogears turns white.
    • Shirabe's and Kirika's Symphogears in GX incorporate much more white compared to G to show that they're on the heroes' side now. Meanwhile Maria eventually dons Serena's Airgetlam again, which is completely silver.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • By G Episode 11, Shirabe becomes the first F.I.S. Symphogear user to agree to help Hibiki if it means saving her friends from Ver's manipulation.
    • Kirika, midway through G Episode 12.
    • Maria in episode 13.
  • Leitmotif/Image Song: As you can notice, Shirabe and Kirika's battle songs are very similar and could sync up perfectly. "Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA" along with Just Loving X-Edge which are duets which combine their songs from G and GX respectively.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name Cadenzavna; "Cadenza" is a musical term that is generally described as "an elaborate, often improvised solo inserted within an existing piece, typically near the end".
    • Kirika's last name "Akatsuki" means "daybreak", whereas Shirabe's last name "Tsukuyomi" is another term for the goddess of the Moon. Makes perfect sense given their personalities.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zig-Zagged with Shirabe and Kirika. They share both personalities.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Shirabe and Kirika. The implications gives some parallels to Hibiki and Miku's relationship. GX takes this and runs about as close to Official Couple as you can get without an on-screen kiss.
  • Terrible Trio: Maria is the leader, and Kirika and Shirabe are her younger comrades.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: While Shirabe and Kirika are part of a trio of antagonistic Symphogear users, they works much more in tandem with each other. Not only do they have a very close relationship, their Relics are from the same Goddess.
    Maria Cadenzavna Eve 
    Shirabe Tsukuyomi 
    Kirika Akatsuki 
    Serena Cadenzavna Eve 
    Professor Nastassja Sergeyevna Tolstaya 
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Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue

An elderly woman who is the boss and caretaker of Maria, Kirika, and Shirabe. Her goals are unknown.


  • Abusive Parents: Maria's flashbacks show that she hit her during trainings to remind her of their objective.
    • On the other hand, she truly regretted doing that and only did it to prevent them from surrendering.
  • Blood from the Mouth / Incurable Cough of Death: Often coughs out blood as a sign that her past injuries will eventually overtake her. It ultimately kills her at the end of the series.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She was on the receiving end of this by Maria in G Episode 1, but even she had to express displeasure when Dr. Ver turned Miku into a Symphogear user.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Maria constantly refers to her as "Ma'am". Also a case of Spell My Name with an "S": The way it's pronounced (maamu?), it's not really clear if it's meant to be "Mom" (mama), or "Ma'am". Episode 13 shows she was saying the latter but meant the former.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She lost her eye, as well as the use of her legs, during an experiment with the Nephilim which turned awry and cost the life of Maria's sister, Serena.
  • Parental Substitute: Her demeanor is strict and occasionally harsh, but she's still the closest thing the FIS girls have to a guardian. She expresses a disdain over having to stain their hands with blood and sees them as good girls.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is trying to save the world from the Moon's collapse, which, unknown to her, was actually precipitated by Dr. Ver.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark blue hair.

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  • Last Request: AU!Maria asked her to take care of Serena before she died in this universe.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Serena-verse, she is shown to be much nicer and more protective of Serena like a typical mother taking care of her child.

    Dr. John Wayne "Dr. Ver" Vercingetorix 
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Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita

A mysterious researcher from America who transferred to the Second Division in order to study the Sakurai Theory. However, he reveals his true colours when he steals Solomon's Cane and defects to Finé, becoming one of the main antagonists of the season.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Maria seems genuinely saddened by his death in Episode 12 of GX, though she has no illusions about his total lack of remorse even at the end of his life and continues to regard him posthumously as "the worst of the worst."
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: After revealing that saving "mankind" was just saving himself, Ver tells Maria they should talk later about repopulating the human race.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His full name is John Wayne Vercingetorix.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sadistic, insane, and delights in murdering his enemies or really just anyone that gets in his way.
  • Big Bad: G's true antagonist, overshadowing F.I.S. and using them to his advantage.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Thinks that he'll use the Chateau de Tiffauges for some grandiose purpose after Carol takes him with her, hot off the heels of his jailbreak. However, she's only interested in the abilities of his Nephilim arm and plans to kill him when he's outlived his usefulness. This gets hastened when Ver makes the fatal mistake of trivializing Carol's motives, and she mortally injures him in retaliation and drops him from her plans.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Villain variant in GX, seeing he comes out of nowhere to intercept Chris' finishing blow on a weakened Carol before giving in to his inner ham.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When he's first introduced in G, he's actually very sane and down to earth. It didn't take long in that season to reveal how much of a selfish, evil nutjob he is.
  • Chewing the Scenery: When his Large Ham is at his peak, expect this to be in full effect.
  • Cruel Mercy: Dealt this by Genjuro, who refuses to allow him to die and be seen as a "hero", instead making sure he'd come back in one piece to face the consequences of his evil deeds.
  • Death Seeker: Once his plans go south, he was wishing anything would kill him so he could be written as having performed a "Heroic Sacrifice". A boulder heading towards the jeep where he, Genjuro and Shinji were in would've done the job. Unfortunately for him, Genjuro punches it out, making sure he would live to see all his plans unravel and face judgment just like anyone else. Ver loses it.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Basically Dr. Ver's goal when one gets past his rhetoric of heroism.
  • Dirty Coward: Typical for a villain, he'll start screaming like a sissy and tries to run whenever things go south for him. To make it even funnier, he trips a lot.
  • Disney Villain Death: Carol first impales him with extreme prejudice then sends him falling down the Château de Tiffauges, with him still yelling like a maniac.
  • Entitled Bastard: Injects Shirabe and Kirika with Psycho Serum while ordering them to protect him, since they need his biology expertise. They voice their protest, but reluctantly comply.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he is rather shocked when he learns about Carol's plan to dissect the world just for knowledge's sake, not because it's wrong but because he thinks it's dumb to gain all that knowledge and do nothing with it.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The guy is a cackling cauldron of ham. Somehow, he gets more insane and hammy with each episode. His late re-introduction in GX has him striking a ridiculous pose after saving Carol and go on to rant constantly about how a true hero should do this and that (oh, and he's the only hero).
  • Expy: A villainous Professor who acts like a hero? What the hell is Hideyuki Kagawa/Alternative Zero doing here?
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Episode 12 of GX; after all, how can he be a hero if there's no world to celebrate him? Though he's still a selfish dick, only doing a Face turn because it benefits him, and lets him give a "fuck you" to the one who fatally wounded him, and his thoughts before death are still about how he's still gonna be remembered as a hero, and hoping that at least someone (Maria) would pass the word.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His mindset is that if he dies, his death will go down in history as this, being the "hero." However, Genjuro denied that. Ironically, in GX... this happened for real, as he continued to work on reversing Chateau de Tiffauges and Carol's works, and this ends up costing him his life, but he still had enough time to bail out the FIS children, though only so at least someone would pass the word of his heroic sacrifice.
  • Heroic Wannabe: He will do anything and everything he thinks will make him a "hero" without exception, even if it's the very opposite of heroic, regardless of culture. For the entirety of G, he was a Card-Carrying Villain, because he somehow thought if the rest of the world didn't acknowledge his non-existent "heroism," it didn't deserve to exist, and ends GX with a Heroic Sacrifice only because it would spite Carol who literally stabbed him in the back, and even then wouldn't have done it if he didn't think Maria would spread the word on how "heroic" he was after he died.
  • Hypocrite: "A bunch of selfish jerks who only think about themselves locked me up down here." Says the man who loudly and happily proclaimed that everyone else can go die in a hole for all he cares back in G, and still calls himself "a hero" in GX.
  • It's All About Me: When he said "saving humanity", he meant only himself. Everybody else can go die in a hole for all he cares. Also that's why he instead quickened the moon drop instead of preventing it. In the finale, he even claims a world where he's not considered "hero" on his own terms is not worth existing.
  • Knight Templar: Has the deranged belief that everything he does is right and good, stemming from the conviction that his actions and schemes, through being extraordinary and ambitious, are ipso facto heroic.
  • Laughably Evil: With all his Villainous Breakdowns and trippings, it's hard to take him seriously. It still doesn't make him less vile or dangerous though.
  • Mad Scientist/Mad Doctor: Extra emphasis on the mad part.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays on Maria's insecurities and guilt and exploits Nastassja's need for his biomedical expertise to make both serve his agenda up until the climax of G. The fact that both are aware of what a psychopath he is from the get-go and yet still allow themselves to be manipulated by him is especially worthy of note. Later, he twists Miku's feelings for Hibiki with the Shenshoujing to turn her into a controlled weapon and use her against her friends.
  • Mook Maker: He wields Solomon's Cane.
  • Named After Someone Famous: John Wayne. Just to emphasize his American-ness.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: As a member of F.I.S., he spends much of G paying lip-service to the notion of saving the world from the descending moon, only to reveal in the climax that he was using F.I.S. to find Frontier so he could accelerate the cataclysm.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: He comes back as a "living memory" in AXZ Episode 5 and 6 during Maria and Elfnein's Journey to the Center of the Mind in order to help Maria figure out the secret behind LiNKER.
  • Obliviously Evil: He claims to be a hero, even though he isn't really one.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dies for real in Episode 12 after sacrificing himself to destroy the Chateau de Tiffauges.
  • Room Full of Crazy: His prison cell in the Undersea Dragon Palace
  • Sadist: Takes enjoyment in murdering soldiers, innocent people, and even children with his command over the Noise, and cackles with glee as the Sky Tower goes up in flames as a direct result of his intervention.
  • Slasher Smile/Laughing Mad: If he's not doing one, he's doing the other. Or both at once. He is a Mad Scientist, after all.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ends up serving this role to both the protagonists and antagonists of GX. When he initially appears he blocks one of Chris' blasts meant for Carol, in turn saving her life. He then helps Carol activate the Château de Tiffauges in place of the relic she lost in her fight with the Symphogear users. However, after Carol stabs him in the back he teams up with Maria and her group to reverse the Château de Tiffauges dissection of the world.
  • The Sociopath: While not exactly the classical model of a sociopath, seeing as he seems to genuinely believe his own delusional proclamations of heroism and perceives himself as a revolutionary idealist, he is a consummate manipulator, has zero regard for the lives of his allies or anyone else, and is so egotistical and selfish that he would hasten a civilization-destroying cataclysm under the pretense of stopping it, just so that he could rule over whatever little remained.
  • Take Over the World: His endgame, the grandest aspiration for any "hero" to Dr. Ver. However, the "heroes" of human history were incapable of establishing the one-world state through their conquests because the human population was too great in numbers to be ruled by one man. Ver's solution is to cut the human population down to a manageable size to make world domination possible.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The F.I.S. are antagonists, but not by much. This guy, on the other hand, has no moral compass.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In GX, he's a far cry from the cowardly bastard seen in G given he stops and absorbs one of Chris' missiles with his mutated left arm and even has time to taunt the Symphogears.
  • Übermensch: This seems to be how Dr. Ver defines a "hero." He believes he will become one by destroying civilization and rebuilding it in his image. The notions of humanitarianism or moral constraints never enter his mind. And in GX, Ver is on an incoherent rant about using the Chateau de Tiffauges to transcend good and evil when Carol decides she's had enough of his pseudo-Nietzschean gibbering and disposes of him.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Whenever the heroines somehow foil some of his plans... and that happens a lot.
    • After Hibiki goes nuts on his Nephilim, and at the end, when he completely went unhinged as he was being led away in chains after seeing all his plans crash and burn and being denied the "Heroic Sacrifice" he always wanted, with nothing to look forward to but the prospects of a lifetime behind bars.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: Rather surprisingly Dr Ver actually does go out with some grace after being crushed by pieces of the Château de Tiffauges. Not only does he reverse the effects the Château is having on the planet he also gives Maria all of the data he has on LiNKER so that S.O.N.G. can create more for the former F.I.S. girls.
  • Western Terrorists: He's American and he is a terrorist.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A white-haired mad scientist who has absolutely no qualms about sacrificing people for his own glory.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Backhands Maria repeatedly when she tries to defy him and disparages her intelligence with insulting names.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Murders children with the Noise while Nastassja and Maria watch in abject horror.

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  • The Friend Nobodylikes: He is on the good guy side in Fine's Pararell World, and can be very helpful but his crazy attitude on the other hands still rub off the main cast everynow and then.
  • Good All Along: At least 2 of his parallel version are this. The Symphogear are aware of his action in their world so they are very caution around him only to turn out he isn't a bad guy.
    • One version of him simply want to kept the girls in his world so he can form the idol group and when he heard what his prime counterpart did in the prime world, he find that take over the world and become a hero is such bothersome.
    • One version of him while having his mutated left arm and just Ax-Crazy as the prime one, He is convinced that he can be a hero by helping deal with the Noise.

    Nephilim 
A bio-weapon created by Dr. Ver, and one of the keystones of his scheme.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Becomes a city sized monster after its heart fuses with the Frontier completely.
  • The Dragon: Not out of any loyalty, but Ver seems to like using it as an attack dog; fairly easy, given it's attraction to relics.
  • Final Boss: In the final episode of G.
  • A God Am I: It's namesake means "Son of God". In the anime, however, it feeds off of Symphogears.
  • One-Winged Angel: Multiple times. First, it gains a dark skin pigment and red veins after eating Hibiki's arm. Later, in episode 13, after its heart is fused with the Frontier, Ver manages to make it come back using the ground in a much bigger form that shoots massive fireballs. Then, after Ver transfers all of Frontier's power to the heart, it fuses with the Frontier itself, becoming a city sized abomination.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: It's completely different from the Noise.
  • Playing with Fire: Its revived form in episode 13.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to do this when Hibiki regenerates her arm and goes berserk. It fails, and the Nephilim is obliterated rather crudely, although Ver manages to retrieve its heart.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was initially a disembodied heart, needing energy from consuming relics to generate the rest of its body and grow stronger. By the end, it becomes too powerful to defeat, so the heroes seal it away in the Noise dimension. And then they end up destroying it anyway.

The Illuminati

    In General 
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While Prelati and Cagliostro tend to not always listen to Saint-Germain's ideas and go off and do their own thing, they do care about her and really see her as their partner.
    Saint-Germain: "I can't afford to reconsider the steps already taken, even if I have to struggle alone."
    Prelati: "But you're not alone. Basically, we can't leave you by yourself."
    Cagliostro: "It's thanks to you that we're here at all. Wherever you go, we go together."
    • Saint-Germain reciprocates the feeling, rushing to protect them from Kirika and Shirabe's Combination Attack and visibly conflicted when Adam gives her the ultimatum of choosing which one to sacrifice for their life energy.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The alchemist trio seem to be this for season 4. They're actually Co-Dragons of their founder Adam.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Illuminati, and their leader Adam, are namedropped by Maria in G episode 12 as being part of the cover-up regarding the moon dropping on the earth long before they are revealed as being the Greater Scope Villains of the series.
  • Freudian Trio: Saint-Germain is the Ego, Cagliostro the Id, and Prelati the Superego.
  • Gender Bender: Cagliostro and Prelati are noted in their character bios to have been men before being turned into women by Saint-Germain. Their names are also taken from historical figures Alessandro Cagliostro and Francois Prelati.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Knowing that they were finally able to use their alchemy in a way that benefited humanity, Saint-Germain, Cagliostro, and Prelati die with content smiles on their faces.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The first episode of AXZ reveals they had supported Carol in the creation of the Château de Tiffauges and made F.I.S. cease operations, making them involved with the two previous seasons. The next episode shows they were in competition with Finé for control of the relics throughout the centuries.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: All three are named after real-life alchemists.
  • Power Nullifier: Up until the Mid-Season Upgrade, the Faust Robes Saint-Germain's group used were capable of nullifying the Ignite mode and take the Symphogear user out of the fight.
    • Their robes are powered by the Lapis Philosophorum (Philosopher's Stone), which is said to be able to cleanse evil and impurity. The Symphogears' Ignite modules are powered by Dainsleif, which is a cursed object.
  • The Rival: The Illuminati are revealed to have been long time rivals against Finé in their goal of analysing relics for their alchemic research.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Saint-Germain/Cagliostro/Prelati versus Adam. They don't particularly like him and think his methods of running the Illuminati are shoddy.
  • True Companions: Saint-Germain, Cagliostro, and Prelati. The show takes care to reaffirm their bond time and again. Saint-Germain even uses the word "nakama" to describe them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's revealed in episode 6 and 7 that, much like their rival Finé, the Illuminati (or at the very least Saint-Germain) intend to free humanity from the Curse of Balal by making use of the Lunar Ruins. However the way they intend to do this is by killing as many humans as possible in order to create divine power.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The alchemists kill a dictator and his men and turn them into particles of light to power their alchemy.

    Adam Weishaupt 
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Voiced By: Shin-ichiro Miki

The founder and Lodge-master of the Illuminati.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Adam's Robotic Reveal comes with getting one of his arms ripped off.
  • Artificial Human: Episode 11 reveals that he is the prototype of humanity, created by the Custodians, who discarded him for "being too perfect."
  • Ax-Crazy: The moment he shows up, he creates a nuclear explosion without apparently caring the other alchemists are in the blast zone.
  • Been There, Shaped History: According to a keyword, he contributed to Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie when the writer caught a glimpse of his true form and used it as the model for Baphomet.
  • Berserk Button: The usually unflappable Adam gets enraged when someone calls him a puppet.
  • Big Bad: Of AXZ once he shows himself in the fourth episode.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are thick and oddly shaped.
  • Bishōnen Line: He actually crossed it centuries ago, but has to go back the other way when the stamina expense of maintaining his beautiful form proves too much.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Played With. Adam's true form wouldn't be much stronger or weaker than his human-looking one if he were at full strength, but it's much easier for him to maintain when he's already spent a large percentage of his energy and lost an arm. Ditching his human form thus lets him return to his full combat potential, at the cost of being hideous.
  • Creative Sterility: The keywords declare this as the reason he was deemed "too perfect", as he had no potential for growth. Everything about Adam, from his prized chrysopoeia technique to his Nice Hat, is the product of someone else's genius.
  • Died Laughing: Just as Hibiki blows a hole through his torso, he muses that humanity doesn't have the power to face the Custodians, and gives one final Evil Laugh before exploding.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Adam's plans comes to a screeching halt when Episode 11 reveals that Hibiki is a much better vessel for the divine power than Adam is. He doesn't take this too well.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The moment he transfuses matter to create a nuclear explosion his clothes disintegrate.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As founder of the Illuminati, he has been indirectly involved with all the previous antagonists.
  • Lack of Empathy: He proposes sacrificing Prelati or Cagliostro to gain enough life energy to reach the lunar ruins without a care in the world. Saint-Germain even wonders if he has any humanity left. In episode 11 Adam admits to Saint-Germain that he doesn't since he was never human to begin with.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After Tiki is destroyed in episode 11 she desperately tries to get Adam to hug her. Instead Adam kicks her to the curb in an attempt to try and absorb the divine power. In episode 12 Adam successfully uses his torn off arm as a vessel to hold the divine power but Tiki arrives and holds him to the ground so she can get her hug. This prevents Adam from being able to defend his arm from Hibiki, who manages to destroy both it and the divine power he collected.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His final form is a huge humanoid monster, that moves incredibly fast and hits far harder than in his human form.
  • Light Is Not Good: Dresses in white and gold and is the Big Bad of Season 4.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair reaches his waist.
  • Meaningful Name: Though "Adam" doesn't seem this way at first with the reveal he was one of the candidates to be Adam — that is "the first man" — it definitely takes on an important meaning.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Adam has absolutely no compunction with stripping down in front of his female co-workers or attacking his enemies completely naked.
  • Nice Hat: He's almost always seen wearing a white fedora, and it constantly covers half his face. Adam can even use his hat as a projectile for combat.
  • Not Even Human: Turns out to be a non-human creature and is subsequently offed in the final battle.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Admits to Saint-Germain in episode 10 he actually didn't care if the power of the Lunar Ruins could be used to save humanity, he simply wanted to use its power for himself.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The first thing he does when he finally appears in Episode 4 is to quite literally nuke the area in order to kill the Symphogear users.
  • One-Winged Angel: Abandons his human form in the last episode of AXZ to destroy the symphogears, turning into a humanoid monstrosity with horns and Extra Eyes.
  • Psycho Prototype: To humanity. He was one of the candidates to be the "Adam" of planet Earth, but was passed over in favour of humans because he was "too perfect" and therefore incapable of growth and creativity.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: While the nuclear explosion he makes in episode 4 seems like an excessive amount of overkill its revealed in episode 10 that he intentionally used a blast that big to blow up the research center to prevent the Symphogear users from figuring out how to commit deicide and disrupt his plans.
  • Robotic Reveal: In episode 11 Adam has his arm slashed by Saint-Germain revealing that it is mechanical and that Adam isn't actually human.
  • Satanic Archetype: A primordial "perfect being" who is jealous of humans and wants to surpass the gods who created him, never keeps his promises, and whose true form served as the inspiration for Baphomet.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's the founder of the Illuminati, and the alchemist trio, Saint-Germain more specifically, answer to him.
  • The Power of the Sun: Adam's favorite combat technique is to perform chrysopoeianote , which makes gold the only way any element is made: by nuclear fusion.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He begins losing it in AXZ Episode 11 when Hibiki is revealed to be a better vessel for the divine power that he's attempting to collect. He completely loses it in the final two episodes of the season when Tiki prevents him from protecting his arm that was collecting the divine power, leaving him to futilely curse Hibiki's god killing power, and he's reduced to a raving lunatic during the final battle when Hibiki just won't die.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is dark purple.

XDU

Adam that the party met in Kanade's Pararell World.

  • Big Good: Along with this world Genjuro. He is genuie good guy here no matter how much suspicious he looked.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his suspicious personality, a few times the player read his inner dialog, it's confirmed that he is genuiely meant well.
  • Good All Along: Even the Gear users or Saint-Germain team lose count how many times their suspicion on Adam turn out to be false.
  • The Promise: Promised Izak to look after Carol if something ever happened to him. And he did so. Too bad Carol ran away stole Chateau and preprae to cause a havoc just like in the original series. Adam however doesn't have any ill feeling toward her but simply wait for her to return by her own.
  • True Final Boss: Played with, the first time he shown up at the end of the event make him look like this. Turn out it's just a huge misunderstanding. He is also seem pretty shocked knowing what his prime counterpart did.

    Saint-Germain 
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Voiced By: Minako Kotobuki

A powerful Alchemist who has achieved the state of "perfection" by recreating her body, becoming ageless. She now seeks the power of a god to fully realize her ideals.


  • The Ace: Saint-Germain appears to be the most powerful Alchemist seen in the series. Whereas Carol had to burn her memories for her powers to work and Noble Red actively weaken their bodies every time they use their powers Saint-Germain was able to grant herself, and her two closest friends, "perfected" bodies which not only made them immortal but also allow them to use their powers without any risk.
  • The Ageless: She hasn't aged in centuries, possibly even millennia.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Has shades of being this. Despite her past, Saint-Germain does not let it color her perception of humanity. Even though there are bad people in the world, that doesn't mean humanity isn't worth saving.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Her eyebrows are noticeably thicker than the other female characters'.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Outright defied. She has been keeping an exact count of how many people she has had to kill or sacrifice for their goal, which has been nearing 74,000 by the time she makes her debut.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Serves this role to Carol in AXZ. Both of them grew up thousands of years ago and suffered from the worlds cruelty even losing a parent in the process which helped shape their worldviews before becoming powerful Alchemists. However their goals, powers and motivations couldn't be more different. Whereas Carol gained a deep seated hatred for the world and wanted to complete her plan in order to destroy the earth in revenge for her fathers death Saint-Germain never blamed humans themselves but rather the Curse of Balal and dedicated her life to dispelling it at any cost. Their power sets also contrast; whereas Carol (most of the time) had the appearance of a little girl, kept herself alive by transferring her consciousness into clone bodies, and had to burn her own memories to use her powers, Saint-Germain had the appearance of an adult woman and created a "perfect" body that gave her immortality and allowed her to perform alchemy with no risks. Even their final fates are different; Carol could never let go of her hatred for the world, constantly rejected Hibiki's help, and died burning out all of her memories whereas Saint-Germain was able to let go of her plan, teamed up with Hibiki to fight Adam, and died saving the world.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her character bio reveals that not only was Saint-Germain born a slave who was continuously mistreated by her owners, she occasionally was also "called into bed" and molested by one of them, who taught her how to read for his amusement.
  • Enemy Mine: At the end of episode 10, she chooses to fight alongside Hibiki to defeat Adam. In episode 12, she assists S.O.N.G. in their efforts to save Hibiki.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She shows genuine shock at Adam's callousness towards her and her fellow alchemists.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her flashback shows she was the daughter of a slave, with her father not even recognizing her and her mother starved to death.
    • However, she doesn't let this turn her into an outright villain.
  • The Gunslinger: Her Faustian Robe takes the form of a pistol.
  • Knight Templar: Wants to end oppression on the world, but her radical belief that there's no other way than to rewrite history and destroy the curse of balal by sacrificing human lives put her in this category.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Unlike Prelati and Cagliostro, she has this type of eyes.
  • Mystical White Hair: Fitting for an ageless alchemist.
  • Necessarily Evil: She and her comrades have taken thousands of lives for their plan to end oppression by remaking the world.
  • Not Quite Dead: She lives on in Hibiki in XV through her Amalgam form, allowing her to assist in combat (and by extension singing). Her soul later appears as a shroud around Hibiki's new X-Drive in XV, the result of the X-Drive and Amalgalm fusing together, and gives Hibiki longer, Kanade like hair made out of Pure Energy.
  • One-Scene Wonder: In XV episode 4 she manifested alongside Hibiki's Amalgam and sang a duet with her in the fight against Noble Red... only to nevet appear again until her cameo in the finale alongside the other dead.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother died of illness and/or starvation and her "father" never considered her his daughter.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is as long as Maria's and seems even thicker.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Fought against Fine over 400 years ago. Her flashback shows she's even older.
  • Redemption Equals Death: When a nuke is fired at Tokyo in order to destroy the divine power, Saint-Germain, alongside Cagliostro and Prelati, sacrificed herself to protect humanity.
  • Villainous Friendship: She truly cares about Prelati and Cagliostro and doesn't want to sacrifice them for her goals.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Desires to remake the world so that no one feels oppressed. In the third AXZ OVA, Saint-Germain muses that although she wants to help free humanity from the subjugation of their souls, her chosen methods of reaching that goal will never be accepted because of how extreme they are.
  • When She Smiles: She shows off her first genuine smile in Episode 12. It also happens to be her last.

    Cagliostro 
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Voiced By: Shouta Aoi

A follower of Saint-Germain. A man who had his body altered by Saint-Germain's alchemy into the "perfect form" of a woman. Originally a liar and swindler, she has decided to change her ways, and be honest about her feelings.


  • Boobs of Steel: Among the villains, she has the largest chest and is the most physically active fighter, relying on punches similar to boxing techniques.
  • Faking the Dead: Knowing that Adam means to kill the alchemists in the long-run, Cagliostro picks a fight with Maria and Chris and causes a midair collision with them that produces a pyrotechnic explosion. She uses the explosion to fake her own death and fakes Prelati's death in a later battle so they could work on creating the lapis philosophorum.
  • Gainaxing: Her boobs constantly bounce when she moves.
  • Historical Domain Character: Is based off of Count Alessandro di Cagliostro.
  • Idiot Hair: Has two of them.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: It's a wonder how her breasts don't spill out of her top.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Getting a small cut to the cheek makes her go attack an airport in hopes of drawing out the Symphogears to get payback.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls the FIS girls "Team Dango" due to their Gear colours, and the 2nd Div girls "Team Stoplight".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite being looking like the ditziest member of the bunch, she is proven to have a very sharp sense of intuition by being the first to correctly guess that Adam was going to backstab them and pulled off a very convincing Faking the Dead act to boot.
  • Purple Eyes: Has light purple eyes.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Reaches past her waist.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Prelati's Blue.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She and Prelati arrive to help Saint-Germain destroy the nuke that was about to hit the divine weapon and the three use their combined power to seal the blast at the cost of their own lives.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Faustian Robe exposes even more than her regular outfit.
  • Undying Loyalty: Not to Adam nor the Illuminati, but to Saint-Germain instead.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Apparently dislikes how her past self used to lie, and now prefers to be honest with her thoughts.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Turquoise in her case.

    Prelati 
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Voiced By: Rina Hidaka

A former rival of Saint-Germain who was bested by her alchemy and joined her in pursuit of her ideals. Like Cagliostro, she was originally a man before receiving the "perfect form" of a woman. Originally lazy and indulgent in luxuries, Prelati has now become an excellent researcher, but still retains that desire to put fun before work.


  • All Work vs. All Play: Before meeting Saint-Germain, Prelati barely had any work ethic. After transitioning, she switched over to being disciplined.
  • Cute and Psycho: Despite her initially calm demeanor, there are hints she's not as stable as she first seemed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times.
  • Drop the Hammer: Her Faustian Robe seems to take the form of a massive hammer. To be more specific, a kendama.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: While not that noticeable with her glasses, when she takes them off is more obvious she has this.
  • Genius Bonus: The "psycho" part makes sense when you realize that the real Prelati had ties with the infamous Gille de Rais.
    • It's unknown whether this was intentional, but Prelati had designated fights with Shirabe and Kirika, the youngest Gear users. Historical Prelati was reported to have worked with Gille de Rais in killing children.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She's always carrying a stuffed frog plush around with her, including during fights, and seems rather averse to letting it stay out of her grasp for longer than a minute.
  • Historical Domain Character: Is based off of Francois Prelati.
  • In the Hood: Her faustian robe gives her a hood.
  • It Amused Me: Helps Cagliostro destroy an airport rather than help Saint-Germain transport Tiki because she found the former more entertaining.
  • Megane: The only alchemist who wears glasses. With her Faustian Robe The Glasses Come Off.
  • Not Quite Dead: Her battle with Tsubasa and Shirabe on the freeway ends with a fiery explosion that seemingly incinerates her. However, Cagliostro saved her so they could begin working on the creation of the lapis philosophorum.
  • Nice Hat
  • Not So Stoic: After confronting Adam, Prelati starts getting more and more emotional, culminating with her crying out Saint-Germain's name out of desperation.
  • Oh, Crap!: She seriously didn't expect Hibiki to just punch the Yohualtepoztli out of existence.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Instead of trying to explain to the Symphogears why was she fleeing, she chose to fight them, getting defeated in the process and failing to warn Saint-Germain of Adam's intentions.
  • Purple Eyes: Like Cagliostro, she has dark purple eyes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Cagliostro's Red.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She and Cagliostro arrive to help Saint-Germain destroy the nuke that was about to hit the divine weapon and the three use their combined power to seal the blast at the cost of their own lives.
  • The Teetotaler: Implied to be one. She is pouring a glass of wine to honor her friend Cagliostro after she perishes, but also pours herself a glass of milk for the occasion.
  • Undying Loyalty: Not to Adam nor the Illuminati, but to Saint-Germain instead.
  • Verbal Tic: Comes in the form of "wake da" or "to iu wake da", which can mean "frankly/essentially/in conclusion/etc.". At least one subgroup chose to translate this as her starting off her sentences with "Basically...".

    Tiki 
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Voiced By: Hina Kino

An Autoscorer created by Adam, the founder of the Illuminati. She's obsessed with Adam.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Actually invokes this trope at one point and certainly seems to play it straight as she claims she likes how nasty Adam is.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Unlike the other Autoscorers, she doesn't even wears clothes that hide that she's a doll.
  • Become a Real Boy: Wants to become human to be with Adam as his wife.
  • Blind Obedience: Seems incapable of going against Adam's orders and always follows him with a cheerful disposition.
  • Cute and Psycho: She looks utterly adorable and is energetic to match. She's also completely nuts.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Always cheerful and energetic, even when mentioning all the bad things Adam is going to do.
  • The Dragon: Serves as Adam's true, most loyal minion, and as the vessel necessary for Adam to access the divine power.
  • Genki Girl: She's rather energetic.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Tiki is torn in half by Hibiki at the end of episode 11.
  • Idiot Hair: Three small ones actually.
  • Lack of Empathy: Like her creator, she doesn't show any empathy or care for Prelati and Cagliostro after they're defeated.
  • Mickey Mousing: Like Garie, she makes music box sounds when she moves.
  • Multicolored Hair: Like the other Autoscorers, her hair is this way, half-green half-blue to be specific.
  • One-Winged Angel: In episode 11 after absorbing the divine power into herself she becomes a giant Eldritch Abomination able to level a city in seconds.
  • Purple Eyes: Like Prelati and Cagliostro she has purple eyes.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is pretty long too.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Well, not actually Adam's girlfriend but after Hibiki and Saint-Germain manage to hurt Adam she activates the divine power and sets to trying to kill them.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once the battle against Hibiki starts going south Adam has Tiki discard her body from the divine power so it won't be destroyed and allows Hibiki to destroy her instead. Afterwards Adam kicks Tiki to the curb in order to reclaim the divine power for himself.

Noble Red

     In General 
  • Came Back Strong: Shem-Ha infused a sliver of her power into them, and upon being reconstructed into perfect monsters, they no longer need Panacea Blood and in fact, are now capable of fighting head-to-head with the Symphogears now.
  • Combat Pragmatist: To make up for the fact that they aren't as powerful as the Philosopher's Stone wielders, Noble Red specialise in sneak attacks, insane desperate maneuvers, subterfuge and good old fashioned retreating when things don't look their way.
  • Combination Attack: By combining their powers they can summon a philosophical weapon, created by the accumulated legends of monsters, that traps their enemies inside a gigantic labyrinth. Their trump card attack, "Daedalus End", is to flood this labyrinth with energy, the enclosed space and their combination making up for their weak individual output.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: They learn this firsthand in Episode 9. Having been betrayed by Fudou, they undo their brainwashing on Miku/Shem-ha, presumably to try and use her to get back at Fudou. Shem-ha shows her gratitude by immediately eviscerating all three of them. She then feeds them her blood which turns them into perfect monsters thus depriving them of the humanity they desperately sought.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to All There in the Manual, all three members' lives have sucked in one way or another:
    • Vanessa's parents were members of the Illuminati, and she had a promising future in the organization. However, when she was injured and nearly killed in an accident, she no longer had the "perfect body" alchemists strove for, so her parents decided to strip her of her status and achievements.
    • Millaarc was kidnapped and victimized by a torture club. They later sold her to the Illuminati, who tried to turn her into a vampire, but failed.
    • Elsa was confined and abused by near-relatives. The Illuminati also experimented on her, but discarded her as a failure.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Their entire motivation for the season is to remove their monstrous bodies so they can become perfect humans. After they are fed Sham-Ha's blood they finally gain perfect bodies. Unfortunately for them, their new forms are perfect monster bodies, thus losing any chance they had at becoming normal humans again.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Because Noble Red's plans are being made on the fly, they often botch some element of the execution that sees them hoist:
    • Upon being spotted by some bikers, rather than track down and execute them quietly or just let them get away with little chance that they'll be believed, Noble Red indulge in a full-scale assault with Alcanoise, which draws the attention of SONG, nearly gets them taken out, and exposes their need for rare blood.
    • Using the Autoscorers as a power source for the Chateau de Tifauges allows them to resurrect themselves. Even worse, Milaarc probing Elfnein's mind excessively leads to Carol's re-emergence and subsequent curbstomp of the three.
    • Releasing Shem-Ha from her captivity in order to try and punish Fudou leads to their being turned into perfect monsters, losing any chance they had at returning to human form, and then enslaved as her servants.
    • Attacking the lunar rocket before it can launch allows Tsubasa to capture and use their teleporter crystal, which gets the Symphogear users to the moon much faster than the rocket would have.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The three want to go back to being normal humans. When this fails, they decide they'll settle for changing what's "normal" by helping Shem-Ha make everyone else into monsters too.
  • Killed Off for Real: Subverted, while Shem-Ha slices all three of them in half in Episode 9, seemingly killing them in the process. Episode 10 shows that they're alive and well under Shem-Ha's control with some improvements made to them in the process. They die for real in episode 12 after helping the Symphogears leave the moon.
  • Mark of the Beast: After Shem-Ha transmutes Noble Red into perfect monsters, a glowing sigil associated with her occasionally materializes on their foreheads, as if to demonstrate Shem-Ha's Satan cred.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: After being mortally wounded by Shem-Ha in Episode 9 they are resurrected by being feed the goddesses blood in the following episode. Doing so enhances their powers to the point that they can now fight the Symphogear wielders on an even playing field and also allowing them to use multiple powers at once (Millaarc for instance can now use her wings, arms, and legs all at once whereas before she had to switch which body part she was using.)
  • Mythical Motifs: As seen in the opening, they have a motif based on classical monsters; Vanessa is Frankenstein's monster, Millaarc is a vampire and Elsa is a werewolf.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Much like all other antagonists of previous seasons (minus Carol), the three of them help the Symphogear users to reach Earth creating a labyrinth from the moon, which comes at the cost of their lives.
  • True Companions: Millaarc sees Vanessa and Elsa like family, and Vanessa in turn cares deeply for the other two.
  • Villain Teamup: Noble Red never work on their own, instead always being servants of a greater villain. At first they work with Fudou Kazanari and the corrupt members of the Japanese government he controls, before switching loyalties to Shem-Ha.
  • Villainous RRoD: Extended use of their powers results in the "panacea fluid" in their blood to become impure which severely weakens and almost seems to poison them. They need an extremely rare type of blood in order to keep themselves moving.
  • Villainous Underdog: They don't have as many resources now that Adam and the rest of the alchemists are gone. They also don't have Philosopher's Stones or Faust Robes, putting them at a disadvantage against the Symphogears.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Unlike previous alchemists, Noble Red's members can't match the Symphogears in terms of raw power, forcing them to use superior tactics, dirty tricks, or just making a break for it any time they might be overwhelmed.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: They're well aware of what happens to non-humans such as themselves in this series. Their only wish is To Become Human so they won't be hunted down and murdered, and they're especially wary of the Symphogear users due to their reputation for slaying all the monsters they've faced.
  • Working for a Body Upgrade: In a sense. Being normal humans again would certainly make their lives a lot less lonely.

     Vanessa Diodati 
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Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi
  • Affably Evil: She's surprisingly polite and soft-spoken, even against her opponents.
  • Benevolent Boss: She orders Elsa to flee because she didn't want her to get injured.
  • Buxom Is Better: She uses her ample assets to fluster Hibiki in Episode 4, catching her off guard with her chest missiles.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sees Millaarc and Elsa as younger sisters.
  • Cool Car: Her introduction has her driving an older model Corvette.
  • Cyborg: She suffered an accident while making the Faust Robes, and the technology was used to turn her into an alchemical cyborg.
  • EMP: One of her many gimmicks is an EMP capable of knocking out the power of an entire city.
  • Gainaxing: As silly as it is, given her chest is solid metal. Given her usual personality, it's entirely possible that she stuffed her jacket just to distract people before the breast missiles come in.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As it's typical for the series, her hair would go all the way to her knees if she loosened it.
  • Sanity Slippage: While all three members of Noble Red suffer it from episode 10 onward, Vanessa in particular goes from the calmest of the trio to the most visibly unhinged.
  • Shout-Out: Her legs house Buster Colliders. Mazinger Z is also represented with her Rocket Punch and Torpedo Tits.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: Pulls this with her right hand in episode 10, first while lamenting about how Noble Red isn't human anymore and unsheathing a can opener, corkscrew and flat-head screwdriver, among other tools. She later uses a tape measure as a lasso from the same arm during her fight against Hibiki.
  • Telescoping Robot: She subscribes to the classic school that says that robot bodies don't need inner workings, just places to stuff weapons. There's even a missile the size of her entire torso somewhere in there!
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: When Hibiki asks her in episode 10 if they no longer want to be friends, she answers humans and monsters can never be friends.
  • Torpedo Tits: Her chest is equipped with missiles, as a flustered Hibiki finds out.
  • Uncertain Doom: While Millaarc and Elsa are both eviscerated and Vanessa herself is cut in half, her nature as a Cyborg makes it ambiguous as to whether she was truly killed or if she somehow managed to survive. Episode 10 shows that she survived and was turned into a complete robot by Shem-ha.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Millaarc from being defeated by Kirika and Shirabe in episode 3.
  • Walking Armory: Possesses all sorts of weaponry within her cyborg body.

     Millaarc Cranstoun 
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Voiced by: Aimi Terakawa
  • An Arm and a Leg: Her right arm can be seen flying when Shem-Ha slices her in half in XV 9. She gets a pair of new ones in the following episode.
  • Ax-Crazy: Gets a thrill out of mass destruction and violence.
  • Blood Knight: Is downright gleeful at the idea of engaging a Symphogear user like Tsubasa.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She introduces herself to Tsubasa by siccing Alca-Noise on the thousands of unsuspecting audience members at a concert and laughs about it.
  • Femme Fatalons: Has some sharp fingernails that she can extend at will.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: She has a pair of demonic-looking wings and is the most vicious member of the trio.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: She gets sliced in half by Shem-ha in the ninth episode of XV, then reduced to a chibi version of herself in episode 11.
  • Kick the Dog: Everything she does to Tsubasa in Episode 2 amounts to this, especially killing a young girl in front of Tsubasa.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: What she does to the nameless "investigator" (actually someone hired by Fudo in order to block S.O.N.G.'s attempts at finding out about Noble Red's plans) in Episodes 5 and 6. Considering the guy was a Nightmare Fetishist who was absolutely giddy about seeing Miku and Elfnein get murdered by Millaarc, no one mourns when she ends up killing the guy then burning his body.
  • Me's a Crowd: One of her many vampiric powers is to split up into a cloud of bats or split into multiple copies of herself.
  • Mind Manipulation: She has the power to induce mental trances in other characters, getting them to do her bidding. These trances can even be drawn out subconsciously by other characters using key phrases, as shown by Fudou Kazanari towards Tsubasa
  • Morph Weapon: Wields some sort of shape-shifting weapon that normally forms a working pair of wings, but can augment either her arms or legs depending on the attack. It can also be detached and flung like a boomerang.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has a strand of red hair on her otherwise dark blue hair.
  • Pointy Ears: Has pointy, elf-like ears, which indicate she's not actually human anymore.
  • Red Right Hand: Her big, clawed monster hands.
  • Significant Anagram: Her name is an anagram of "Carmilla", the eponymous character of the novel Carmilla. Appropriate, as Millaarc's design takes many cues from vampires.
  • Superpower Lottery: Relative to the other members of Noble Red, whose monstrous powers are almost entirely direct combat abilities, Millaarc has virtually all of the powers commonly assigned to vampires, giving her a superbly versatile ability suite.
  • Villainous Friendship: Cares deeply about Elsa and Vanessa, even seeing them as family.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She gleefully tears a hole in a child's chest right in front of Tsubasa. And is equally as willing to murder Miku when cornering her and Elfnein, though she ultimately doesn't as Miku proves to be a vital part to the group's plan.

     Elsa Bête 
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Voiced by: Kana Ichinose
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Carries a briefcase with all sorts of technologies that aid her to fight.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: After getting impaled by Shem-ha, her body gets sliced in half along with Millaarc.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She meets her end when she's impaled by a Laser Blade courtesy of Shem-ha. Then she also becomes Half the Man He Used to Be. Like the other two, she's shown to have survived this in episode 10.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Compared to the other two, her weapon of choice is an equippable prehensile tail with a giant pair of jaws on the end. It even works as a shield in a pinch.
  • Kill the Cutie: Is the youngest and seemingly most innocent of Noble Red, and also the first one to get murdered by Shem-Ha.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Has wolf ears on her head. She keeps them hidden to look normal, but pop out when she's nervous.
  • Mini-Mecha: Fights in a wolf-shaped mecha in episode 10 after being revived and empowered by Shem-ha.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: During their first encounter, she complains to Shirabe and Kirika that they only beat her because she wasn't fighting at full power. She only flees due to being ordered to by Vanessa.
  • Villainous RRoD: Using several tail attachments to form her wolf-mecha and then being defeated by Kirika and Shirabe blew out her neuron processors, causing her to lose the ability to use her tail attachment.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pink hair.
    Noble Red's Benefactor 

Custodians

     In General 
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Custodian Silhouettes as spoken by Adam
  • Good All Along: Through out the entire series, they were thought to been Jerkass Gods who inflicted The Curse of Balal on humanity for daring to try and connect to them and doom future humanity to no longer understand each other. As it turns out it was actually a desperate counter measure against Shem-Ha who would have resurrected herself through humanity since she created their original language and turned them into monsters.
  • Neglectful Precursors: Their actions in The Time of Myths, which includes creating Adam and imposing the Curse of Balal, are the main cause of every single conflict faced in the entire series. They had a good reason for the Curse of Balal, as its revealed that it was actually done to seal Shem-Ha, who turned traitor from the other Custodians in order to turn humanity into monsters to serve her, and because she created the original language of humanity herself, she was able to put her essence into humanity's DNA, making her essentially immortal. As a result, the Curse of Balal supressing Humanity's original language was to prevent her from rising again. Too bad they didn't count on Fine going nuts and trying her damndest to destroy the Curse of Balal itself...
  • Physical God: They are the Anunnaki after all. The gods of old mythologies who seeded life on Earth.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Only 2 out of 5 of the custodians are shown in the series's Final season, leaving the other 3 unseen outside of a silhouette from Adam in AXZ.

     Shem-Ha Mephorash (UNMARKED SPOILERS) 
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Shem-Ha (Original Body)
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Shem-Ha possessing Miku (Miku Shem-ha
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Miku Shem-Ha in Shenshou-Jing

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi, Noriko Hidaka (original body)
  • Abusive Precursors: As a Custodian, she helped create life on Earth, before betraying her brethren in an attempt to attain power by turning humanity into her servants.
  • Antagonist Title: As detailed under Satanic Archetype, Shem-Ha is associated with card XV in the Major Arcana, making her the XV in the title of the final season. To make the point even more obvious the episode that she makes her true first appearance (instead of as a corpse), after possessing Miku's body, is titled "XV".
  • Big Bad: She takes over as the main antagonist of XV from the end of episode 9 onwards.
  • Bishōnen Line: In the past, she was a white skinned humanoid with white and red hair. When she reawakens in XV ep 6, she resembles a giant, holy fetus with umbilical-cord like tentacles, a head that opens up to Beam Spam, and can regenerate by creating images of herself to merge and recover. When that form's destroyed, she merges with Miku, taking her form and sporting demonic armor.
  • Contralto of Danger: She speaks using a very deep and threatening tone, very different from Miku's regular voice.
  • Demonic Possession: This is basically what she's doing to Miku by taking over her body.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: She proves this by killing Noble Red after they tried to take control of her, transforming them into perfect monsters to turn them into her pawns, and putting her plans into motion by activating the Frontier once again, throwing Fudo's plans into disarray as well.
  • Evil Matriarch: As she was the biological scientist of the Custodians in their project to guide the Earth's evolutionary ladder, she's basically the one who created humanity the way they are. She's capable of taking control any human through the unified language because she birthed them that way, the same way Fine was capable of Body Surf between her descendants. The "insane holy mother" in the lyrics of "FINAL COMMANDER" is referring to her.
  • Final Boss: The last opponent the Symphogear users fight in the series.
  • Graceful Loser: She ultimately gives her plans up after the Gear users destroy Yggdrasil. Partially because of the World Tree being destroyed and more because of Hibiki and Miku convincing her that Humans Are Flawed but have the capacity to be so much more.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Despite the Custodians being the reason for the conflicts of the whole series to exist, it was because of Shem-Ha turning traitor on them that they did so in order to prevent humanity from being turned into her servants via the Yggdrasil system.
  • Humans Are Bastards: She seems to have this view as she gives humans a backhanded comment about how they're still alive after all this time, and her goal is to destroy the Moon which will undoubtedly cause a lot of widespread destruction.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She seemingly kills Noble Red easily and messily. However, considering all the things they've done during the season, it's well-deserved. Then she crosses the line herself when it's revealed in the following episode that she reconstructed them into perfect monsters, denying them the normal lives they wanted, and making them her new servants.
  • Lecherous Licking: Licks Miku's ear within her soul while saying that, as the embodiment of the future, Miku's full name being about the future compliments the two of them.
  • Mad Doctor: Described by Enki as being the "Great Surgeon" of the Custodians. Considering what she was planing to do with mankind, well...
  • My Beloved Smother: Her goal to make humanity into her Hive Mind, beside to take revenge on the other Custodians, is mainly motivated by her frustration that her prized creation just would't stop fighting with each other. She condescendingly coddles the humanity because she thinks humanity can't survive without her guidance as their absolute creator. She's somewhat impressed that humanity still exist after 5000 years under the Curse of Balal, seemingly expecting them to destroy themselves with their conflict. When Hibiki and Miku convince her to let humanity choose their own destiny, even to their own disadvantage, she smiles proudly that her children can stand up for themselves and leaves them alone, deciding to trust their judgment.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Not too dissimilar to Fine from the first season, she strings up Miku in bondage within her own soul, and also licks her ear.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: States that her power as it is currently in Miku's body is only at 1/10000 of a percent of her original self. Despite her initial awakened state already being more then a match for X-Drive Symphogears powered by 7 billion climax songs.
  • Satanic Archetype: Like Adam before her. She's the misanthropic enemy of the creator of Earthly life, calls herself "the god of this world", brands her mark upon the foreheads of her followers, and is associated with card XV of the Major Arcana, i.e. The Devil. Additionally, while her name is derived from a Kabbalistic name for God, that same name is also used as the LaVeyan Satanism equivalent of 'hallelujah', and considering the context...
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Curse of Balal was meant to prevent her revival, and her mortal remains were entombed in a very powerful, very hostile Humongous Mecha sinking under a frozen lake as a further countermeasure.
  • Shipper on Deck: Amusingly enough, this is one way how her final defeat can be interpreted. After being convinced by Hibiki and Miku to stand down, she gives them, and by extension humanity, her blessing and allows them to forge their own future.
  • Taken for Granite: In her first proper battle, Shem-Ha displays the ability to turn things into silver using a form of weaponized matter transmutation far more advanced than alchemy. Airgetlam was made from Enki's severed arm that Shem-Ha turned to silver with this ability.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: How she's ultimately defeated. Hibiki and Miku convince her together that Humanity doesn't need the Curse of Balal or the Custodians to decide humanity's fate.
  • Verbal Tic: Her sentence structure is generally consisted of a statement prefixed by a short phrase describing of what she feels about the statement, similar to the Hymnos.

     Enki 
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Enki
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao
  • Bishounen: A rather handsome man.
  • Divine Date: Romantically involved with the human Priestess Fine, resulting in a bloodline that would eventually produce Maria and Serena.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: He's the one who created the Curse of Balal in order to seal Shem-Ha and protect humanity from being corrupted by the treacherous Custodian.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Cut off his own left arm so that Shem-Ha's transmutation attack didn't expand to his entire body. The same arm that would become Airgetlam.
  • Meaningful Name: Shares the name with the Mesopotamian God of Knowledge.
  • Posthumous Character: He's been dead for over 5000 years, but he at least uploaded part of his consciousness into the Lunar ruins.
  • Shout-Out: His appearance is nearly identical to that of Ashley Winchester, who wields the sword Airgetlam in Wild Arms 2. His hair on the other hand is more similar to Jude Maverick from Wild Arms 4
  • Taking You with Me: Fatally injured fighting Shem-Ha, he at least killed her physical body and used the Curse of Balal to seal her before dying on the moon.
  • Together in Death: With Fine in the Finale.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Had dark blue hair.

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