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

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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.
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     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.

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Custodians

     In General 
  • 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.

     Shem-Ha Mephorash (UNMARKED SPOILERS) 
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 
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao
  • 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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