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

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The Alchemists

    Carol Malus Dienheim
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.

  • 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.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of GX.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, her body changes from a child form to that of a woman in her twenties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: Sports a witch's hat, keeping with her heretic powers.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: This is what she ultimately unleashes in Episode 6. She even self-destructs after being beaten and de-powered 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.
  • Tears of Blood: She has this during the final battle of GX.
  • 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!"
  • Dance Battler: All except Micha obviously 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Leiur Darâhim
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.

  • 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.
  • 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
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.
  • 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
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!"
  • 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
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Voiced by: Misaki Kuno

A girl who looks very similar to Carol, who is on the run from Leiur in the beginning of the series.

  • Artificial Human: Claims to be a Homunculus that Carol created to aid in the construction of the Château de Tiffauges.
  • The Atoner: She wants to protect the world to atone for her "other self", Carol, wanting to destroy everything.
  • Bokukko: Uses boku to refer to herself. This may be a reflection of her rather ambiguous gender.
  • Enemy Without: Inverted. Due to being a incomplete copy of Carol, she's basically a physical representation of the season 3 Big Bad before her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Good Costume Switch: While never truly evil, Elfnein wears a more sensible white blouse once she joins S.O.N.G.
  • In the Hood: She keeps the hood of her cloak up while running from Leuir, only taking it off to enlist Chris's help.
  • Meaningful Name: She actually follows the Tarot Motifs as well, though in a less obvious way than the Autoscorers. Her name is Gratuitous German for "no eleven" which doesn't seem to mean much until Carol's song refers to her as "the unneeded card of Justice" (the eleventh major arcana of the Rider-Waite tarot deck) in her bloody quest for revenge.
  • The Mole: Carol can see and hear everything Elfnein is currently experiencing whenever she wants. In a twist of this trope, Elfnein is horrified when she finds out about this, and begs to be locked away so she doesn't cause any further harm.
  • Mysterious Waif: Has a small stature and is currently shrouded in mystery as far as her agenda and history goes.
  • No Biological Sex: The medical examination she receives from S.O.N.G. reveals this to be the case, although the cast sticks with using female pronouns for her for the lack of a better option. She also claims that such a thing is normal for homunculi like herself.
  • Science Hero: After joining S.O.N.G., Elfnein becomes its expert in heretical technology and alchemy, doing things like giving the Symphogears access to the Ignite mode and decoding Dr. Ver's LiNKER recipes.
  • Stripperiffic: Appears to be wearing nothing but underwear and her cloak. Lampshaded by Chris.
    Chris: "What happened to your clothes?!"
    • It's revealed in a Zesshoushinai skit that her entire wardrobe is nothing but that outfit
  • Taking the Bullet: Protects Aoi from a piece of the ceiling when Leiur's golem makes a last-ditch attack on S.O.N.G.'s submarine. She gets injured in the process, but is able to recover.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's physically the youngest and smallest person in the cast.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has bright green hair.

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.

    Yatsuhiro Kazanari 

Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji

Tsubasa's father and Genjuurou's brother, and a senior diplomat/lawyer. Tsubasa is actually his half-sister on their father's side.

  • Abusive Parents: Averted; his cold treatment of Tsubasa is his way of making it easier for her to leave the Kazanaris and pursue her dreams.
    • Tough Love: He emotionally neglected Tsubasa for years to help her, but all it seemed to do was cause Tsubasa to grow up emotionally stunted.
  • Badass Family: Is yet another addition to the prestigious Kazanaris. Unlike his relatives, however, he's shown to be experienced not in combat, but in diplomacy - he was responsible for effecting Maria's transfer to SONG and the reason overall for SONG's relative freedom and discretion when it comes to acting, despite being a UN agency.
  • Expy: His relation and role to Tsubasa are just like Kei Karasuma
  • It Runs in the Family: Just as Tsubasa pulled a Cruel to Be Kind act on Hibiki in G, Yatsuhiro is revealed to have done something similar to Tsubasa in the past.
  • Poor Communication Kills: It takes ten years of estrangement for Tsubasa to figure out why her father acts cold towards her, and only because Maria was around to explain it.

    Fudou Kazanari 
Voiced by: Mugihito

The original head of Section 2, father of Yatsuhiro and Genjuro, and grandfather of Tsubasa. He's actually Tsubasa's biological father.

  • Abusive Parents: Hoo boy. Rather than name either of his sons as his heir, he impregnates his elder son's wife in the name of a "pure bloodline", resulting in Tsubasa. He's also the one responsible for Tsubasa spending much of her early life as a lab rat for Symphogear tests.
  • The Dreaded: The only one to actually make the Hot-Blooded Genjuro get quiet and obviously scared and nervous. Yatsuhiro is also quite timid around him, while Tsubasa gets very quiet; though in her case she shows signs of quiet rebellion culminating, after Miku first speaks up, calling him out for the first time.
  • Hate Sink: Ooh boy. Every time he appears on screen, the audience wants nothing more than for somebody, anybody to go and punch his face in.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: There's Tubasa's entire childhood to look at, as well as his sons and daughter-in-law. He also treats his subordinates in SONG as "family," meaning, should he feel sufficiently "dishonored", there will be hell to pay.
  • Karma Houdini: Not once has he ever had to face consequences for his despicable, and often illegal, actions.
  • The Neidermeyer: The most classic definition. He is so wrapped up in his irrational belief that his bloodline, and his bloodline alone has some kind of bizarre "sacred duty" to be the shield protecting Japan from all enemies, foreign and domestic, that he provides absolutely zero aid to SONG, whether in terms of materials, personel, or intelligence, and has in fact actively hindered SONG on several occasions, yet the moment SONG faces a defeat or setback, he immediately takes it as an unforgivable personal insult because his bloodline's "honor" has been trampled. There's his behavior under the Pointy-Haired Boss entry, and the worst part, SONG has to suffer his intolerable behavior and attitude because if he feels sufficiently "dishonored," he can and will have SONG's funding cut, leaving the entire organization dead in the water, both figuratively and literally, until he learns he has no idea what he's doing and presses everybody back into service without even an apology, or update on the situation.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: As if his self-righteous zealotry wasn't enough reason to hate him, every time SONG has to report to him, he can only bark orders, insults, and berate the people fighting to keep the world safe for what he sees as shortcomings, regardless of their efforts, results, or situation. To top it off, he doesn't have a clue on how to do anything but look important, and preach about how "sacred" his bloodline is and how it's the job of said bloodline to protect Japan.
  • Posthumous Character: Averted. Though he doesn't show up outside of a brief moment in Tsubasa's flashback in GX, season 4 reveals he's unfortunately still alive.
  • Principles Zealot: He is so utterly convinced that his bloodline has some kind of bizarre divine mandate to protect the land of Japan that he will do any and every nasty thing he has to in order make it happen. Including raping Tsubasa's mother in order to produce Tsubasa, and forcing the girl into becoming a Symphogear user, and a near lifetime of being a lab rat.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: When Tsubasa has had enough of him belittling her and her efforts, condemning her for trusting her back to Hibiki, she retorts that as long as Japan is safe, it doesn't matter whose bloodline is doing the protecting. His response to that is to go totally postal, accuse her of betraying or abandoning her bloodline, and if he didn't have to be evacuated due to an enemy attack, would probably have beat Tsubasa unconscious with his cane/waling stick.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Combined very heavily and inextricably with Screw the Rules, I Have Money!. Because he, personally, has the entire Japanese economy by the short hairs, he can outright demand The Diet to do whatever the hell he wants. So if he feels "dishonored" for any reason, and he feels you aren't bowing and scraping enough, kiss your livelihood goodbye.
  • Shadow Dictator: While The Diet is calling the shots in public, he's the one controlling The Diet. So even when the political fallout inevitably occurs, the politicians get shuffled around, but nothing ever truly changes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like an older version of his sons.
  • Tautological Templar: Since protecting Japan is a noble goal, he honestly believes that any and every thing he does in pursuit of that goal is beyond reproach. There is no way to change his mind in this, at all.
  • They Just Dont Get It: Season 4 ends with a nuclear missile being launched at Japan to bring the threat of the Symphogear and their enemies to an end. He not only completely ignores the fact that all the other nations on the planet are now willing to take any and all measures, including burning Japan to the ground, if need be, but actually doubles down on seeking out the very powers that triggered the attack, completely neglecting the fact that the nuke was only stopped by a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In season 4, when Hibiki has been cocooned inside an energy barrier, he orders the JSDF to fire at the cocoon, without any idea of how the cocoon works, or its intended function, pointedly ignoring the protests of SONG, who were desperately trying to figure it out, and extract Hibiki safely. This triggers a chain of events that forces the US president to order a nuclear strike on Japan. If the series was just the tiniest bit more cynical, Japan would have been blasted into a crater, it would have been entirely his fault, and he'd go to his grave cursing the gods, because he's firmly of the opinion that he did his duty, in spite of all the empirical evidence otherwise.

    Akira Tachibana 
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki

Hibiki's father, who lost everything in the public backlash resulting from Hibiki surviving the Zwei Wing incident two years ago and abandoned his family.

  • Broken Pedestal: Hibiki tells Shirabe and Kirika that she used to really look up to her father, but his abandonment broke that pedestal and his behavior upon reuniting with her smashed it into dust. And somehow the 11th episode managed to fix that. Somewhat.
  • Defensive Feint Trap: Pulls one on Carol by seemingly running away and then pathetically throwing rocks at her... until he grabs Hibiki's relic pendant that Carol had knocked away from her and throws it to Hibiki.
  • Dirty Coward: Runs away to save his own skin instead of evacuating the kids like Tsubasa tells him to.
    • When Carol tried to blast them off, although he saved Hibiki with a dive, he then started to run off like a coward... Though it turned out to be the trope above, seeing that at first he wanted Hibiki to survive and run even if he's the one to die, then turns back to throw Gungnir back to Hibiki.
  • Disappeared Dad: Is this to Hibiki until Episode 7 of GX. Even with his reappearance, Hibiki is distraught to find him in such a pathetic state, and wishes she hadn't met him again.
    Hibiki: "What's broken can't go back to how it was..."
  • Entitled Bastard: In episode 8, not only does he expect Hibiki to completely forgive him with no issues for his parental abandonment, when she needed him most, but he arrived at the family restaurant, ordered a meal, and didn't even have any money on hand. To top it off, he just continues to eat his sandwich when Hibiki storms out in a rage after all of that.
  • Hate Sink: Hibiki appropriately describes him as "the man who ruined her family". Between his jackassery and sleazy behaviour while attempting in his own words to "get together again" with Hibiki, it's a surprise that she hasn't decked him across the face. His next appearance in 11, however, shows him to be running away from this trope as he showed that he does care a lot for his family, it's just that he admits he's something of a Dirty Coward.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: 'Mighty' might be saying too much, but this is a guy who was once an esteemed researcher, now reduced to a general store clerk because of an accident. With that kind of downgrade, it's no wonder he became bitter.
  • Jerkass: It's mentioned in the keynotes that he became an abusive alcoholic who took out his anger on his family, and his abandonment of them contributed heavily toward Hibiki's mental trauma. Though this is due to the heavy societal and work abuse he took from both his boss (whose daughter had died in the concert), co-workers, and society itself for being happy that Hibiki survived.
    • Jerkass Realization: Has one of these when he sees Hibiki transform and fight Carol in Episode 11 instead of running away, realizing that he shouldn't run away from his problems either.


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