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The characters who were introduced in the Anime series Senki Zesshou Symphogear's second season(G).

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    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
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa

  • Date of Birth: August 7
  • Age: 21 (GX)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 170 cm (5'7")
  • Measurements: B96/W62/H90
  • Relic: Gungnir (formerly), Airgetlám

A world-famous singer whose recent début sent her straight to the top of the American charts. However, she was revealed to be a high-ranking agent of the terrorist group "Finé". Initially able to equip the Gungnir Symphogear while fighting against the 2nd Division, she now uses the relic Airgetlam, left to her by her deceased sister Serena.

  • Ace Pilot: Is capable of piloting FIS's advanced tilt-rotor stealth helicopter in G, implying significant piloting skills.
  • Anime Hair: Her hair looks rather improbable.
  • Anti-Villain: She is doing her best to avoid civilian casualties and carry her mission even when it puts her in serious risk. When juxtaposed with how the special forces constantly pursuing her are ridiculously incompetent gun-wielding jackasses, she comes off as Noble Demon.
    • She even moves across the entire board of anti-villains. Initially I, as explained, then II, but then she came to realize that she's not the descendant, so now it's something like a 3.5 since she cannot be considered a villain at this point but she is now willing to follow Ver. Then, she goes full on 4 when Ver betrayed her and reveals that he has no interest in the survival of the rest of humanity save himself.
  • Badass Cape: Which she uses as a weapon.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Kirika and Shirabe. And her dead little sister Serena.
    • Even with Serena dead, Maria still shows this instinct. Its implied that part of her reason for saving Miku was because she somewhat resembled Serena.
  • Big Damn Heroes: For Miku! It was a bad idea, though.
  • Big Eater: Revealed in the shorts
  • Blade on a Stick: Her Armed Gear, like the other Gungnir.
  • Brick Joke: The opening does not even display the name of her Symphogear. Instead, it showcases a black and a white Blade on a Stick, which is the Gungnir she wields, and Kanade's, respectively.
  • Broken Ace: She's the strongest of her team, but Maria is mentally even more broken than Tsubasa and Chris were.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kirika and Shirabe. Maria is 21 years old, being older than any other Symphogear user.
  • Dirty Business: Even if she knew Ver is a nutjob, she decided to bear with working with him to fulfill her goal to use her song to save the world, even if it means biting her tongue until it bled while witnessing more of his atrocities. After his betrayal, she finally quits.
  • The Dragon: To Nastassja and Dr. Ver.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While taking the concert hall was indeed her task given to her by her superior, Nastassja, she doesn't like the fact that she's taking hostages was also a part of it. So she gives the order to release them, which prompts the standard reaction.
    Tsubasa: What are you doing?
    Nastassja: What are you doing?
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Tsubasa. Both idol singers who have lost someone important to them (Kanade and Serena) due to Swan Song, the fact that she has another Gungnir drew a lot of more call backs to Kanade for Tsubasa, and pretty much act like the Cool Big Sis for their group of Symphogears. However, she has very high standards, making her not completely evil. Conversely, whenever there's a battle, Maria is usually pitted against Tsubasa. It is clear, however, that she is more fragile than Tsubasa, and may have Jumped Off The Slippery Slope after killing several American soldiers.
    • Also to Kanade. Both are Gungnir users, both had a little sister, both did a duet with Tsubasa, both used the drug LiNKER to control their power, both have a bright-spirited personality and are of severe temperaments in battles, both are the strongest from their team and both used the same quote after the LiNKER began to fail.
    "So my time limit only goes this far!?"
    • Unlike Kanade, Maria is not the strong and determined person she first appears to be - the cold and proud personality is just a mere shell to hide her past sorrow and weakness. This is the reason why her manifestation of Gungnir has a black cape that can deflect attacks.
  • Good Costume Switch: She goes from wearing black to wearing white when she makes her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Godiva Hair: In episode 12.
  • Graceful Loser: At the end of G, she allows Hibiki to keep the Gungnir she extracted from her, before leaving with Kirika and Shirabe into a helicopter, presumably having chosen to surrender now that they have nowhere else to go.
  • Gratuitous English: Her B-side track, Dark Oblivion, is completely in English. This is justified, since it's a stage song of her singing career in America, but she has a heavy accent. Not that Maria was born there either.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Heel Realization/My God, What Have I Done?: When she finally saw Ver killing other humans with glee and declaring that he's just there to save his own butt and the rest can die, seeing that her own decision was the one that let all those happen, and then topped with seeing Kirika and Shirabe fighting each other, Maria loses it.
  • Hour of Power: Like Kanade, Maria needs the LiNKER to synchronize with her Symphogear and she has a time limit.
  • Image Song:
    • G:Ressō ・ Gungnir note  is her battle song. Dark Oblivion is her stage song in America.
    • GX: Ginwan ・ Airgetlam note  is her new battle song, with Junpaku Innocent'' note  being her mundane song.
    • AXZ: Stand Up! Ready!! is her battle song, with Stand Up! Lady!! being her mundane (country!) song. She also has Change the Future, her duet with Chris.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for not having the slightest bit of Finé in her, which causes all sort of messy and bloody complications.
  • Lucky Charms Title: Her attack names have † signs in them, similar to Kanade's use of infinity symbols.
  • Magic Idol Singer: Like Tsubasa, her public image is that of an idol singer. She proceeds to blow her cover within the beginning of G.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The only evil thing she did was attack Tsubasa.
  • Noble Demon: She's part of an organization with extremist goals, but she's not above saving innocent lives if she can help it, as shown when she rescues Miku from the exploding tower they were on.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone's reaction when they see that Maria has a black Gungnir.
  • Paint It Black: Her Gungnir is black.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Hers is thigh-length.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Attempted and, thankfully, averted.
  • Re-Power: She loses Gungnir to Hibiki, but had kept what was left of Serena's relic as a keepsake, giving her a new white-and-silver costume with a sword-based Armed Gear. It breaks after one use, but lasts long enough to give her something to use during the final battle.
  • Ship Tease: With Tsubasa. It's Foe Yay in G, where the two are enemies, but it becomes straight-up Les Yay in GX, where the two are on the same side.
  • Signature Move: Her only individual attack Horizon Spear - Both blades of Maria's lance split open to expand the lance into a large energy cannon, which after a short charging time unleashes a purple energy beam.
  • Team Mom: To Shirabe and Kirika, since she's several years older than them. Also Played for Laughs in the second OVA, where Maria is the only one who cooks in a healthy and balanced way.
  • Token Adult: Maria is 21, being the oldest Symphogear user and the only one alive to be an adult.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes nuts from the revelation that Ver has been using her, threatening to kill him while going under Gungnir's influence, until Hibiki absorbs it, restoring her own Gungnir and calming Maria down.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her black Gungnir is a spoiler for those who haven't seen the second season. Well, it's pointless to mark it since it's been revealed in the first episode.

Season 3

  • Ambiguously Gay: Some of Maria's interactions with Tsubasa during the season walks a very narrow line between text and subtext. The only reason she fits here is because of the lack of explicit confirmation.
  • Attack Drone: In X-Drive mode her blades are capable of flying around on their own and shooting beams. In her normal mode she can use three knives to project a triangular energy shield, reminiscent of the Nu Gundam's Fin Funnel Barrier.
  • The Atoner: She's trying to make up for her actions in season 2, but the process at first is a Deconstruction: The FBI approached her and the only way for her to atone... is to become a false Idol Singer, singing with Tsubasa and pretending that she was all along just a Reverse Mole for the FBI. Unfortunately, this entails having to be escorted everywhere with FBI agents, since the FBI themselves naturally don't trust her. After the initial Auto-Scorer attacks, she however requests to be transferred to SONG, and plays the trope straight from there.
    • Additionally, when Shirabe and Kirika, as the only Symphogear users left, go out to Hold the Line, Maria convinces Genjuurou to let them fight, as part of their atonement.
  • Be Yourself: The crux of her Character Development. Maria laments the fact that she's clung onto lies and false ideals every time she wanted to be strong, and wishes to kill this weak self of hers. However, she soon learns that even though she may think of her own self as weak, being true to that self, no matter how weak, is the key to strength, a lesson driven home when she misactivates IGNITE mode while wishing to kill her weaker side.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: She can attach her blade to her wrist while in IGNITE mode, and attaches it to her elbow as part of her Finishing Move "Serenade".
  • Blood from the Mouth: She gets this after borrowing the Gungnir relic from Hibiki in episode 4.
  • Boobs of Steel: Being the Token Adult, Maria is clearly the most well-endowed girl in the series. Unlike Chris, however, her combat style revolves around getting up close and beating or slashing the crap out of her enemies. She ranks up there as one of the more powerful Symphogear users according to Word of God, and if you're still questioning her badassery after her poor performance in G, well, she ends up dominating and killing Garie, being the first to score a kill against any Auto-Scorers.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the first part of the season, due to her not having a Symphogear.
    • Brought Down to Badass: That said, however, she actually managed to hold her own against Phara rather well, even landing a hit before Tsubasa took over.
  • Car Fu: Attempts this on Phara in episode 2. However, Phara simply slashes the taxi in half.
  • Character Development: Is the only character to have the distinction of having an entire episode centred around her, showing her grappling with her past as she tries to control the IGNITE module.
  • Flechette Storm: Airgetlam's Infinite Crime attack, which generates multiple copies of her Gear and fires them as projectiles.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Her Horizon Spear attack returns when she temporarily uses Hibiki's Gungnir.
  • I Hate Past Me: She kept having monologues about how much she hated her weak, indecisive self, having multiple flashbacks to incidences where she appeared strong yet was clinging to a lie within. Part of her Character Development is to acknowledge that despite her self-perceived weakness, what truly mattered for strength was being true to herself, however weak she might have thought she was.
  • Image Song: Ressou - Gungnir returns as her battle song when she borrows Hibiki's Gungnir in Episode 4. When she receives Serena's repaired relic, her battle song becomes Ginwan - Airgetlam. note 
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Maria's use of her new Gear is unconventional in exactly the opposite way of Hibiki's. While Gungnir is a spear that Hibiki uses as a Power Fist, Airgetlam is a Power Fist that Maria uses as a sword.
  • Laser Blade: Her Serenade attack in her IGNITE mode combines this with Power Fist and Single-Stroke Battle.
  • Luminescent Blush: Gets one near the end of Episode 13 when Tsubasa smiles at her.
  • Reverse Grip: How she holds her dagger.
  • Spike Shooter: In her IGNITE mode, she can turn her weapon into one of these by attaching it to her wrist.
  • Team Mom: Being the oldest, tends to fall into this role. She's most involved in helping others from behind the scenes, usually in realising something, despite being a powerful Gear user herself. Notable cases include interceding with Genjuurou to allow Kirika and Shirabe to fight as part of their atonement, and helping Tsubasa to realise that her father really cared for her after all.
  • Tears of Blood: As a result of briefly using the Gungnir Symphogear to fend off the Alca-Noise without LiNKER, this happens to her.
  • Whip Sword: Airgetlám's Armed Gear manifests as a short dagger that can extend into one of these. Her Empress Rebellion attack has her extend it to ridiculous lengths.

Season 4

  • Ace Pilot: While Brought Down to Normal, in the first episode she pilots a combat helicopter to give support to the other girls in battle.
  • Arch-Enemy: Dr.Ver seems to have become this in retrospect. Long after his death and "redemption" Maria is still haunted by the man's memory.
  • Amazonian Beauty: As revealed in the opening animation sequence of the season where she's shown training with Ogawa, Maria's actually rather muscular. Justified because her fighting style is one of the most physical in the series.
  • Blow You Away: TORNADO IMPACT, which creates a tornado to barrage the enemy.
  • Combination Attack: Change The Future with Chris.
  • Luminescent Blush: Maria gets another one courtesy of Tsubasa once again in Episode 1 when the latter assumes that Maria joined her on her mission due to being lonely.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Her new move HORIZON CANNON allows her to fire one of these. The shape of the cannon and the name of the move likely references her old HORIZON SPEAR move which functioned in a similar manner.

    Shirabe Tsukuyomi
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

  • Date of Birth: February 16
  • Age: 15 (GX)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 152 cm (5'0")
  • Measurements: B72/W53/H76
  • Relic: Shul Shagana

Introduced as another Symphogear user of Fine. She gives off the air of a calm and obedient person, but turns incredibly aggressive when she fights. Her Symphogear is Shul Shagana, a multitude of in-built buzzsaws.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Blu-ray version, when Shirabe has her Hellish Pupils moment in episode 11, her eyes are changed from pink to golden.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's quite mild and displays less emotions than the brash Kirika.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let her petite figure, girlish looks, and status as one of the youngest Symphogear users fool you; she probably has the least amount of problems when it comes to slicing up her enemies.
  • Beehive Barrier: Summoned one while unconscious, but we're led to believe it was Kirika until she unknowingly summoned one to protect herself in their duel.
  • Deadly Disc: Her Weapon of Choice. Even the title for it is "Massacre Saw: Shul Shagana" (Ōkyo ・ Shul Shagana in Japanese).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being the least emotive of the group, it comes as no surprise that she occasionally engages in some lighthearted verbal belittling.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: As of episode 11, she stops behaving coldly towards Hibiki, even encouraging the latter to carry on with her endeavour.
  • Emotionless Girl: Her default expression is blank and serious. She's more dynamic than other examples, prone to emotional outbursts and fond of joking with the more energetic Kirika.
  • Flight: Emergency Phi Style: Twin Moon Karma allows her to hover by turning her saws into helicopter-style rotors.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Has them. When she uses her Symphogear, they are covered by the former and it looks like she fights with her pigtails.
  • Hellish Pupils: In episode 11, when she tells Hibiki the same very last words of Finé/Ryoko. In the Blu-ray version, she even gets Supernatural Gold Eyes.
  • Hime Cut: As she has much more in common with Japanese themes than the other two do, she fits this trope when she does not wear her Girlish Pigtails.
  • Hypocrite: How Shirabe calls Hibiki after the latter tells the F.I.S. trio to Shut Up, Hannibal!.
    Shirabe: "You hypocrite! There are so many hypocrites like you in this world!"
    (song resumes) "That's why I will cut the world to pieces as I please..."
  • Image Song:
    • G: Ōkyo ・ Shul Shagana is her battle song. PRACTICE MODE is her mundane song. She also has ''Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA, her duet with Kirika.
    • GX: Her battle song is Genocide Saw Heaven, along with Just Loving X-Edge, her duet with Kirika. Her mundane song is "SENSE OF DISTANCE".
    • AXZ: Melodious Moonlight serves as her battle song, with Gizagizagirari☆Full Throttle note  being her duet with Kirika. She also has Draft Folder as her mundane song, and Fuugetsu no Shishou note  as her duet with Tsubasa.
  • Mini-Mecha: At full power, Shul Shagana transforms into a set of massive robotic arms and legs armed with humongous buzzsaws.
    • Shirabe's Final Omega Style: Dystopia, only accessible in her X-Drive form, creates a giant robo-Shirabe with buzz-saws for arms and bladed ears, with Shirabe piloting from behind its head.
  • Monowheel Mayhem: Her Extreme Sigma Style: Lunar Eclipse creates a gigantic monowheel buzzsaw that she can use to ride around the battlefield.
  • Moon Rabbit: Shul Shagana's "ears" evoke this image, fitting with her lunar theme.
  • Near-Death Experience: Stabbed in the back by Igalima's scythe-boomerang during the climax of her duel with Kirika. She even goes into a 'drowning' experience like Tsubasa was in season 1. However, Finé herself appears to her and tells her to go back to Kirika, just like Kanade appearing to Tsubasa during her coma.
  • Only Sane Girl: Of the F.I.S. trio, Shirabe is the only one who realizes that Dr. Ver is a nutjob whose actions may do more harm than good.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her theme color is pink and she's the girl with the girliest appearance. The color is also a hint that she's Finé's host.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Shul Shagana's Armed Gear is attached to a pair of mechanical pigtails, and motorized wheels in the boots provide most of its mobility. Compared to the other Symphogear users, Shirabe barely has to lift a finger.
    • The disadvantages come into play when Chris is easily able to apprehend her in episode 9 (though she had been weakened by Anti-LiNKER just a few moments prior).
  • Prehensile Hair: Well, sort of. In Symphogear form, her pigtails gain armor plating and become extendable robot arms.

Season 3

  • The Atoner: Same as Maria.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives in the nick of time (along with Kirika) to rescue Chris and Elfnein from Leuir.
  • Clothing Combat: Delta Style: Bewitching Axel turns her miniskirt into a much larger buzzsaw.
  • Combination Attack: "Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil"
  • Determinator: She successfully grabs an unconscious Elfnein and doesn't hold back in taking down some Alca-Noise despite the strain put on her from the lack of LiNKER.
  • Good Costume Switch: Although she was never really evil to begin with, her Symphogear is mostly white and pink whereas in G it was black and pink.
  • Image Song: GENOCIDE SAW HEAVEN is her battle song, and in Episode 5 her and Kirika sing a battle duet called Just Loving X-Edge. Her "mundane" song is SENSE OF DISTANCE.
  • Killer Yo Yo: Her upgraded gear lets her use these alongside her buzzsaws. She even performs yo-yo tricks in her new transformation sequence!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Episode 8 of GX she mentions that she regrets calling Hibiki a hypocrite after Hibiki tells her parts of her Dark and Troubled Past and after experiencing for herself some of the pain that Hibiki was always facing when activating the IGNITE module.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's definitely more sociable around others this time around, though she's still a ruthless killing machine on the battlefield.

Season 4

  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 9 has Shirabe become the main center of focus as she struggles to work with people other than Kirika. The episode also delves into her previously-unexplored background and even makes subtle hints towards her origins prior to joining F.I.S.
  • Animal Motifs: There were already some hints of it in previous seasons, but AXZ makes Shirabe's Moon Rabbit motifs more prominent as the episode that centers around her is called "Aoi Usagi" note  and the place the girls visit in said episode, Tsuki Shrine, is a real place in Japan that is best known for its plethora of rabbit statues.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers one for the Shul Shagana relic in Episode 5 in her head, presumably to help bolster her self-confidence.
    Shirabe: "Shul Shagana's blades can cut through anything! No matter the obstacles in our path, they'll make way for a brighter future!"
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: As shown in the first episode, Shirabe doesn't take kindly to Kirika's gaze wandering around somewhere else. In this case, Shirabe glares at both Hibiki and Kirika during the shower scene.
  • Combination Attack: Zababa Sun+Moon: Extreme Beta Style with Kirika, Racing Duet of Wind and Moon with Tsubasa.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She may have come to realize why her seniors are worried for her safety in the previous season, but that doesn't stop Shirabe from telling Hibiki off when the latter tries to stop her and Kirika from putting their bodies at risk to raise their sync rates with their Gears.
    Shirabe (to Hibiki): "You were blessed with your sync rate without even knowing what it was! Don't act like you understand!"
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Cooks up an entire feast for Hibiki's birthday party in Episode 13, though she blushingly insists that it was a combined effort.
  • Mysterious Past: Shirabe's past prior to her time at F.I.S. is still largely unknown, but her character description on the official Symphogear AXZ website says that she was involved in some sort of accident that left her orphaned. If her bloodstained bag as seen in a flashback in Episode 9 is of any indication, said accident wasn't pretty.
    • It's hinted that Shirabe may be the "dead" granddaughter of the Tsuki Shrine priest. He explains that he lost his granddaughter and her parents in a car accident, and had the girl survived, she would be around the same age as the main characters. If it is true, then Shirabe has no memory of her family or any relatives, since the accident may have given her amnesia.
  • Name Amnesia: Episode 9 reveals that Shirabe is suffering from a minor case of this. In a flashback to when she first became one of the Receptor Children, she says to Kirika that she doesn't remember her real name and that it was the people at F.I.S. who gave her the name that she would go by today. She doesn't seem too bothered by it, though.
  • Say My Name: After Kirika uses her swan song and is rendered unconscious in Episode 10, when the scene cuts back to S.O.N.G. headquarters, Shirabe can be heard screaming Kirika's name in the background.

    Kirika Akatsuki
Voiced by: Ai Kayano

  • Date of Birth: April 13
  • Age: 15 (G), 16 (GX)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 155 cm (5'1")
  • Measurements: B82/W56/H83
  • Relic: Igalima, Kresnik (XDU)

Introduced as another Symphogear user of Finé. As one of the more level-headed and enthusiastic team members, she acts as the heart and soul of the group while hiding her own troubles. Her Symphogear is Igalima, a sizeshifting Sinister Scythe which she can create duplicates of.

  • Badass Adorable: One of the most cheerful rays of sunshine to ever grace the planet also happens to be packing a rocket-powered scythe that can cut up enemies just as well as it can reap their souls.
  • Battle Boomerang: Her Kill Juliet attack, which summons multiple blades from her scythe and hurls them at her opponent.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Introduced as The Ditz in her first appearance, but is quickly seen as a good battler.
  • Big Eater: She's very fond of food, and talks about snacks frequently. Supplementary notes imply that she may have experienced a famine in her past.
  • Black Magician Girl: She (along with Shirabe) is the youngest Symphogear user and Kirika's design bears strong resemblance to the trope namer. Kirika's personality also fit this trope, but not she's not physically weak. Actually, Kirika is physically stronger than Shirabe and Chris.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Sports this hairstyle with sidetails and is the most tomboyish of the FIS Receptor trio.
  • Cute Witch: Her Symphogear's look evokes this.
  • Driven to Suicide: When she realizes her actions have done nothing but drive her apart from Shirabe. She gets better.
  • Genki Girl: Generally has an exuberant amount of energy, rattles on constantly about various topics, and almost always has a cheerful smile on her face.
  • Good Costume Switch: After the 11th-Hour Superpower Igalima turns white.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a X-shaped hair clip on her left bang.
  • Image Song: Gokuren ・ Igalima is her battle song. Tegami note  is her mundane song.
  • Motor Mouth: At times, though it's most notable in her battle songs where she's singing lyrics so quickly she may as well be rapping.
  • Red Herring: We're led to believe she summoned the Beehive Barrier and so is Finé's next host. Shirabe actually summoned it unconsciously.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Her Symphogear armor provides a witch hat and a short "cape".
  • Shinigami: Kirika has a Shinigami motif, as she wields a Sinister Scythe, has sinister sounding (and looking) attack names and has a "desu"/"death" Verbal Tic.
  • Ship Tease: With Shirabe. This continues in GX as well.
  • Shear Menace: Can create scissor-like weapons by connecting multiple scythe blades together.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Soul Power: Igalima's Swan Song is said to have the power to destroy its victim's soul. It's at least enough to destroy Fine's.
  • Stepford Smiler: She still tries to keep up a cheerful face despite steadily becoming more worried and anxious later on in the series.
  • Theme Naming: Her attacks all reference various fictional tales, such as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Neverland, Pinocchio, Jabberwocky, and Rapunzel.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Shirabe's girly girl. She sports short hair, sidetails, and normally dons pants and shorts in casual clothing.
  • True Companions: With Maria and Shirabe, but especially the latter.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Her pauldrons can project these.
  • Verbal Tic: She emphasizes her 'desu', in a way much like Dekomori (i.e. making it sounds like she's trying to say 'Death'). The OVA makes even fun of it, whenever she is upset, Kirika screams randomly "desu"/"death".
    • The Japanese lyrics in her songs have either "death" in English or "desu" in katakana, the latter indicating that she really says "death" instead of the Japanese word "desu".
  • Whole Costume Reference:
    • The helmet on her Gear costume takes design cues from Dark Magician Girl in Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Her X-Drive Mode borrows the scythe, metallic wings and winged helm from Dis Astranagant in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She tends to wear miniskirts and stockings, leaving a thin strip of skin visible on her thighs.

Season 3

  • Ambiguously Lesbian: Her affection for Shirabe is a lot less ambiguous than it was in G; she even has this reaction when Shirabe tells her that she only wants Kirika to see her embarrassing side.
    • Whatever ambiguity was present before is promptly ditched during episode 8 when she openly admits to Shirabe that she loves her.
  • The Atoner: Same as Maria and Shirabe.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Her Reverse Rapunzel attack creates another copy of Igalima and combines the two into a large double-bladed halberd.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She arrives in the nick of time (along with Shirabe) to rescue Chris and Elfnein from Leuir.
  • Bridal Carry: She carries an unconscious Chris in this way while escaping the Alca-Noise.
  • Combination Attack: "Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil"
  • Creator's Apathy: In-Universe example in Okitegami, whose lyrics imply Kirika was too lazy to write the song properly and filled in the space by spamming her Verbal Tic.
  • Good Costume Switch: Along with Shirabe, her outfit incorporates a lot of white compared to last season.
  • Image Song: OVERKILL SCYTHE HELL serves as her new battle song, along with Just Loving X-Edge which is a duet with Shirabe. Her mundane song is Okitegami. note 
  • Love Confession: Kirika gives one to Shirabe in Episode 8 during their fight against Micha, telling Shirabe that she gets angry whenever Shirabe puts herself in harm's way because Kirika loves her.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Parodied in Episode 3. If one looks closely, it's just a shop banner.
  • Spin Attack: Kirika's Tinkerbell Tornado attack, in which she uses her rocket pauldrons to spin her scythe at high speeds.
  • Verbal Tic: Her habit of saying "desu/death" at the end of each sentence is more emphasized this season, almost to the level of the OVAs.

Season 4

  • Badass Boast: Delivers one for the Igalima relic in Episode 5 in her head, presumably to help bolster her self-confidence.
    Kirika: "Igalima is the ultimate scythe! It can cut even ghosts and gods in two!"
  • Combination Attack: Zababa Sun+Moon: Extreme Beta Style with Shirabe, Two Shouts, One Love with Hibiki.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: Last Ignition Igalima comes with a relatively small one, made of four scythe blades stapled together on the end of a chain.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She activates her swan song in order to protect Hibiki and Saint-Germain from a giant energy blast from Adam that would have otherwise killed them. She only survives because of taking in an overdose of LiNKER beforehand, but the strain on her body causes her to be rendered unconscious.
  • Luminescent Blush: Has a major one when Hibiki suddenly grabs her hands while congratulating her during their shower. The blush intensifies when she realizes that Shirabe is also glaring at her during this scene.
  • Serious Business: She admits that she's very enthusiastic when it comes to celebrating birthdays, as shown in Episode 10 where she's constantly spouting ideas for celebrating Hibiki's birthday when she finds out it's coming soon. Specifically, she's more concerned with celebrating other peoples' birthdays rather than her own as she herself doesn't remember her real birthday.
  • Tears of Blood: Sheds these after using her swan song in Episode 10.
  • Useless Without Powers: With the supply of LiNKER to keep her, Shirabe, and Maria synced to their Gears beginning to run dry, Kirika is starting to become increasingly afraid of being this. She tries to rectify this by giving 100% of her efforts to whatever S.O.N.G. assigns her to do, even the most menial of tasks, but Episode 5 shows it was mostly an act to cover up her insecurities about her capabilities.
    Kirika: "I can't stand always being useless. Even when my heart is beating, I feel dead inside!"

    Serena Cadenzavna Eve
Voiced by: Yui Horie

  • Date of Birth: October 15
  • Age: 13 (XDU)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 148 cm
  • Measurements: B70/W54/H76
  • Relic: Airgetlám

Maria's deceased younger sister and the former wielder of the Symphogear Airgetlám.

Through the use of the Gjallarhorn relic to connect with parallel worlds, the group comes across an alternate version of Serena who came from a timeline where Maria died instead of her. In this timeline, Serena survived her Heroic Sacrifice and was saved by Maria, who was eventually killed by Karma Noise. Heavily injured and rendered unconscious, Serena was put into a deep sleep for treatment until she awoke seven years later.
  • Alternate Self: As previously stated, this version of Serena comes from an alternate timeline where Maria died 7 years ago before the start of G instead of her.
  • Ascended Extra: One of the most triumphant examples in the game, going from a posthumous secondary character in the main series to a main recurring character in XDU.
  • Attack Drone: She can freely control her Armed Gear (knife) to attack enemies from afar.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She develops a sisterly case of this to the Maria of the main timeline, if this is of any indication.
  • Cold Sleep, Cold Future: Went into Cold Sleep for 7 years. By the time she woke up, her sister and friends are nowhere to been seen. Nastassja knowingly holds the truth from Serena, simply telling her that the rest were sent to work at another place.
  • Death from Above: Many of her attacks such as XANA†TEARS and IGNIS†FATUUS involve her doing this.
  • Happy Place: The Magic Lamp-themed event has a djinn trap Serena, Shirabe, and Chris in their own little worlds based on their greatest dream. Serena's world notably has her living a normal life with Maria and going to school with Shirabe and Kirika at Lydian Academy. Apart from showing how down-to-earth she is, it really hammers down the point that both this Serena and the prime Serena never got the chance to live life like a regular girl.
  • Instant Expert: Despite being much weaker and less experienced, she immediately manages to synchronize with Maria the first time they sortie together. According to Hibiki, their combination is just as good as Shirabe and Kirika, if not even better.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Compared to Maria, Serena prefers to attack the target from a distance.
  • Magical Girl: Plays this trope straighter than the other Gear users, as she is physically the youngest of the bunch and primarily uses long-range beams as her form of attack.
  • Older Than They Look: Technically, she's twenty years old, but due to her being put into stasis, her mind and body are still the same as a thirteen year old.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Hinted at in G, but fully realized here. She doesn't like fighting, but she'll get her hands dirty against the Noise if it means protecting others.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Maria starts to feel that she is using AU!Serena as one for her own sister and feels bad about it. She gets over it later.
  • Sole Survivor: From what we see, she is the only known Gear user left in her world.
  • Stepford Smiler: Though she keeps a smile on her face, deep down she still feels saddened by the loss of her sister and is lonely due to having been on her own as a Gear user since then. By all things considered, though, she's handling her situation much better than Maria.
  • Sweet Tooth: Multiple event cards have her making or eating sweets. If both of her birthday cards are of any indication, she particularly likes custard pudding.
  • Theme Naming: Her attacks reference various fairy tale creatures, often small ones, such as gremlins, fairies, sylphs, and gnomes.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Physically, she is the smallest and youngest of the playable Gear users.

    Professor Nastassja Sergeyevna Tolstaya
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.


  • 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
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: Prone to extreme outbursts of ham, and he's entirely convinced that he's the hero that will save the world no matter how nonsensical his approach is.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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' in his own terms is not worth existing.
  • Laughably Evil: With all his Villainous Breakdowns and trippings, it's hard to take him seriously.
  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist/Mad Doctor: Extra emphasis on the mad part.
  • Mook Maker: He wields Solomon's Cane.
  • Named After Someone Famous: John Wayne. Just to emphasize his American-ness.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Had no problem sending the Noise to attack innocent bystanders with a smile on his face.


  • 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.

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.


    Masahito Shibata 

The Vice-President of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Big Eater: Of noodles. Literally every time we see him, he's slurping down a bowl of noodles.
  • Grumpy Old Man: It's why most people don't want to deal with him.
  • Odd Friendship: With Genjuro.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Has a few sparse appearances, and then, is suddenly gone from the plot.
    • He does make a brief appearance in the first episode of GX, so it can be assumed that he's still alive.


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