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From left to right: Kanade Amou, Miku Kohinata, Chris Yukine, Tsubasa Kazanari, Hibiki Tachibana, Maria Cadenzavna Eve, Shirabe Tsukuyomi, Kirika Akatsuki and Serena Cadenzavna Eve

In a world where the general populace (and even the army) are helpless against the Noise, these girls get down to business kicking their asses and singing cool leitmotifs while they're at it.


  • Action Girl: As is expected for the main characters and fighters in what is primarily a Hot-Blooded action show, all of the girls have plenty of kick-ass fighting prowess and explosive, over-the-top attacks they get to show off over the course of the series.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Some of the Image Songs suffer from this and give at least two variations of their songs. Many fans stick with the easier variation.
    • Gekisō ・ Gungnir is mistaken as "Gekiyari ・ Gungnir"
    • Makyū ・ Ichaival is mistaken as "Mayumi ・ Ichaival".
    • Fushichō no Flamme is mistaken as "Fushidori no Flamme".
    • Ressō ・ Gungnir is mistaken as "Retsuyari ・ Gungnir"
    • Gekkō no Tsurugi is mistaken as "Gekkō no Ken".
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Besides the... American, the beginning phrase of each girl's activation songs is gibberish. Or Old Norse. Or Ar tonelico's Conlang. Apart from containing the name of each girl's relic, the rest is nonsense.
    • Kanade - Croitzall ronzell Gungnir zillz
    • Hibiki - Balwisyall nescell Gungnir tron
    • Tsubasa - Imyuteus Ame no Habakiri tron
    • Chris - Kiliter Ichaival tron
    • Maria - Granzizel bilfen Gungnir zillz (for the Black Gungnir) and Seilen coffin Airgetlam tron (for Serena's Airgetlam)
    • Kirika - Seiwoss Igalima lyzen tron
    • Shirabe - Fallian Shul Shagana tron
    • Miku - Lei Shen Shou Jing lei zillz
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Symphogear users, without any visible means of life support, are space-worthy. The part about talking in the vacuum is explained by being telepathy, at least.
  • Blood from the Mouth: In Symphogear, happened to anyone who sang her Swan Song ("Zesshou"), to show just how serious business singing the Swan Song was - users tended to die. However, in G, Swan Songs started being used more casually as compared to Symphogear, and cases of Blood from the Mouth happened only for a Symphogear user who would die from the Swan Song. For example, Serena. Several variants occur in GX E5, when Maria has a small bit of bleeding at the mouth and eyes when she defends Hibiki by borrowing Gungnir, and Shirabe and Kirika take the field and overdose on LiNKER: Shirabe has a nosebleed, whereas Kirika looks as though she's about to cough up blood. They get better.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: A musical variant; each girl sings a brief verse to activate her gear. Careful listeners might catch the names of their relics in the lyrics.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Played with. All Symphogear users depend on maintaining a song during combat, making them unable to actually declare their attacks (except for the initial invocation of the Symphogear and one exception.) However, their special attacks and defenses are announced for the audience's benefit with cuts to a Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame with a title card, done in an unique style for each character. The only exception is Hibiki, who doesn't actively wield an Armed Gear.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Every Symphogear user has her own theme color.
    • Hibiki has orange and yellow.
    • Tsubasa has blue.
    • Chris has red with Ichaival, and silver with the Nehushtan armor, which is not a Symphogear.
    • Kanade has orange.
    • Maria has black with her Gungnir, and white with Airgetlám.
    • Kirika has green.
    • Shirabe has pink.
    • Miku has purple.
    • Serena has white.
  • Combination Attack: In G, the trio has S2CA Tri Burst, serving as a combination attack between Hibiki, Chris, and Tsubasa. The energy from all three singing their Superb Song at once is channelled into Hibiki's right hand, with the harmony of the three songs cancelling their harmful backlash and resulting in a vast tornado of rainbow-hued light.
    • In GX, Kirika and Shirabe have Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil, a combination of Shirabe's Extreme Sigma Style: Forbidden Moon Ring and Kirika's The Slasher Jabberwock which ties up their opponent and sets up an a elaborate two-way guillotine.
    • Also in GX, Shirabe and Kirika combine their X-Drive gears into what can only be described as a giant buzzsaw Roomba with a set of giant pincers.
  • Combined Energy Attack: In G, this is how Nephilim's Final Form is defeated, via combined Phonic Gain from the entire world. VITALIZATION!
  • Competence Zone: Apparently only teenagers can be Symphogears candidates. However, Maria is 21, and Tsubasa was able to activate her relic when she was five years old. Also, if Kanade and Serena hadn't died, they would be 19 years old — Serena would be a legal adult in American/Europe standards. The age thing appears to have more to do with how recent the tech is and the search for those capable of wielding it.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Swan Song ("Zesshou") is also known as the "Ultimate Song", "Climax Song" or "Superb Song", which releases energy beyond what the Symphogear can safely handle. It so dangerous that the Symphogear user usually dies. Basically everyone has sung it, some of them even multiple times, but only Kanade and Serena died after singing it. The reason is so dangerous is because of the backlash, which increases if you have a low sync with the Symphogear. Using LiNKER generally means you have a low sync in the first place so singing it with that is thus fatal more often than not. Someone with a high sync rate will generally only be seriously injured to the point of needing hospitalization.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: When the girls activate their Ignite mode, they gain modified Symphogear armours, which feature a lot of black in combination with their own primary colour. Also, arguably applies to the F.I.S. Symphogears in G - they're all not evil per se, just misguided. Made even more blatant by Maria's temporary use of Gungnir in GX: she's no longer playing for the bad guys, but her Gungnir is still black.
  • Disco Tech: Symphogears and relics are activated and run on "phonic energy", that comes from singing.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: The X-Drive form. The 2nd Division trio gets one in the first season's Grand Finale, thanks to the Lydian students singing their anthem which gives them new powers. In G, everyone gets one, due to maximum Phonic Gain from the entire world. Taken even farther in GX, where they combine the X-Drive form with the ignite module by taking the phonic gain that's blasted at them by Carol, which is apparently equal to the entire population of the planet if they could use climax songs.
    • Taken EVEN Further with XV, in ep 12. With the destruction of the curse of Balal, as Fine stated all the way back in season one, the true power of the X-drive is unleashed, in tandem with their new Amalgalm forms. Hibiki even gains long Kanade like hair via a shroud of Saint Germain's soul on her new form, and the solid parts of their uniforms from the X-drives before have changed into Pure Energy. This form is referred to Blazing X-Drive in the Key Words section of the official website.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Symphogears are powered armors that run on their users' singing skill and emotional state. They also take more or less stripperiffic forms on specific users (compare Chris in her Nehushtan Armour to Finé's).
  • Fusion Dance: In XDU, It's show that Symphogear itself has an ability to combined the power of other relics (Also known as Duo-Relics) or other magical source. However just like Ignited Module, most relics won't simply lets the users to use their power easily and required a lot of determination from user before able to accessed it's form. A few exception like Kresnik Gear and SSSS.GRIDMAN Gear have an easier time to access the form because the source "Willing" to have them used their power.
  • Golden Super Mode: Later in XV, it's revealed that as a result of the final battle in AXZ, the already very powerful IGNITE Mode has been traded in for the even stronger Amalgam Form, which uses the alchemic powers of Faust Robes to amplify the wielders' abilities, along with turning a large part of their armor and weapons gold
  • Henshin Hero: The girls transform to fight.
  • Heroic RRoD: Wearing a Symphogear that the user isn't fully compatible with is a really bad idea. Unless they have some LiNKER handy (and that carries it's own risks), expect a short period of ass-kicking followed by crippling pain, Blood from the Mouth and eyes, and a trip to the hospital.
  • Hot Wings: Blazing X-drive's wings, previously Solid light or brightly colored wings in the Standard version, turn into Wings made out firey Pure Energy.
  • Image Song: By the boatload. There is a justification though: the Relic users sing the songs to maintain their transformed state. For the individual image songs, see the individual entries under the Awesome Music page.
    • Gyakkō no Flügel and ORBITAL BEAT for ZweiWing. Both songs are eventually covered in G. Kirika and Shirabe sings the latter in a karaoke contest, and the former is performed by seven Symphogear users — this version is called Niji Iro no Flügel.
    • FIRST LOVE SONG, and later RADIANT FORCE for the 2nd Div trio.
  • Invisible Backup Band: Justified (spoofed?) in the OAV. Turns out the Symphogears act like karaoke machines, providing music and backup vocals for the wearer.
  • I Thought It Was Forbidden: By the end of the series, the Ultimate Song, or sometimes translated as "swan song", has been used so often that it doesn't look that dangerous.
    • And it is actually dangerous only if the user is not perfectly tuned to the relic. Which... is only kind of explained in the anime, making it a case of All There in the Manual.
    • The very first scene of the G is the death-by-swan-song of another Relic user, Maria's little sister, Serena. She is both very young and un-tuned, which means certain death for her.
  • Leitmotif and Mood Motif: All of the Symphogear users sing their song as a way to debilitate the Noise. The songs also actively change throughout the series as a way to show their current personality/Character Development or when their Symphogears are upgraded. For example, Hibiki's songs earlier in the series are Lighter and Softer, but gets progressively more Hot-Blooded as the show goes on. If their Symphogears are downgraded, they use their old songs.
    • The girls' songs also tend to share consistent styles across seasons:
      • Hibiki's songs gradually go from upbeat and happy to Hot-Blooded, and often feature Celtic bagpipes.
      • Tsubasa's battle songs heavily feature Japanese instruments along with rock elements, while her stage songs are J-pop befitting an idol.
      • Chris's battle songs are aggressive and angry hard rock (befitting her "tsun" side) while her non-battle songs are sweet and happy (showcasing her "dere" side).
      • Miku's songs are generally happy and are usually about her relationship with Hibiki. Her battle song is dubstep and is also about her relationship to Hibiki.
      • Maria's battle songs are triumphant and bold rock, implementing choirs, whereas like her fellow Idol Singer Tsubasa her stage songs are J(?)-pop.
      • Kirika's battle songs are symphonic rock that implements gothic lolita elements, while her mundane songs are goofy and happy.
      • Shirabe's battle songs are peppy J-pop with techno elements, while her mundane songs are more emotional and showcase the "sugar" in her Sugar-and-Ice Personality.
  • Let's Duet: Multiple Symphogear users sing in duets or in larger groups, depending on the situation.
    • Shirabe's and Kirika's character songs actually sync up with one another and feels like an actual duet at the chorus. Invoked in every season after their debut as their songs are eventually remixed into a duet. There's "Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA" for G, "Just Loving X-Edge" for GX, "Gizagizagirari Full Throttle" for AXZ, and "Cutting Edge x2 Ready Go!" for XV.
    • "Apple" is performed by both Cadenzavna Eve sisters.
    • "FIRST LOVE SONG" and "Radiant Force" are performed by the 2nd Div trio.
    • Tsubasa and Chris get "BAYONET CHARGE" in GX E5.
    • Both "Hajimari no BABEL" and "Niji Iro no Flugel" are performed by all six Symphogears. The latter also includes Kanade in the full arrangement.
    • The Swan Song is performed as a little choir twice in G, first by the 2nd Div trio, then as a duet by Shirabe and Kirika.
    • While not a Symphogear battle duet per se, the epically awesome showpiece concerts in the first episode of each season, from both ZweiWing and the Queens of Music.
    • Also not a Symphogear battle piece, "ORBITAL BEAT" was originally a ZweiWing duet, but was covered in G by Kirika and Shirabe during the school festival competition.
    • Becomes a major plot point in AXZ, where it's revealed that two Symphogear users who fight together in unison (e.g. Shirabe and Kirika) can increase their phonic gain to the point where they can defeat much tougher foes without using the IGNITE module. Because of this, Genjuro makes the Symphogear users pair up with each other in different combinations to abuse this mechanic whenever possible, resulting in three different duets for this season:
      • "Change the Future" for Chris and Maria in Episode 8.
      • "Fugetsu no Shissou" for Tsubasa and Shirabe in Episode 9.
      • "Hitsuai Duo Shout" for Hibiki and Kirika in Episode 10.
  • Lovely Angels:
    • Tsubasa and Kanade. This is visually blatant when they perform as ZweiWing.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Sure their power depends on their singing activating mysterious relics, but it manifests as humongous swords, gatling guns and piston punches.
  • The Magic Goes Away: The Symphogears's relics are seemingly completely destroyed in the final episode of XV on their way out of escaping the earth's core after stopping the Yggdrasil program, though whether or not Shem-ha recreated them after Hibiki convinces her to let them live is uncertain.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • ZweiWing's Tsubasa ("wing") and Amou ("heaven wing"). Also fits the valkyrie theme, and Tsubasa's Broken Bird status.
    • Further emphasis on this in Kanade/Hibiki's theme songs, which use the same instrumental but have lyrics echo-ing to each other. Kanade's song is called Kimi to Iu Oto Kanade Tsukiru Made ("Until I die, I will play this sound called 'you'"), Hibiki's is Watashi to Iu Oto Hibiki Sono Saki ni (Beyond the resonance of this sound called 'me'"), which embodies nicely the baton pass between them (a played sound will resound).
    • In the climax of the first season, Hibiki's declaration of the unified Swan Song brings together the sound kanji from Yukine, Kanade, Kazanari, and Hibiki: "Yoake wo tsugeru kane no ne kanade, nari hibiki watare!" "Ring the bells of the coming dawn! Let their call resound across the world!"
  • Next Tier Power-Up: The Symphogears change over time with their wearers, with each version of each Symphogear having a new song as its power source. If they revert back, they can be empowered by the old songs. Tsubasa shows this when the Ame-no-Habakiri is downgraded to its season 1 appearance in G, and "Zettou: Ame-no-Habakiri" is played instead of G's "Gekko no Ken".
    • The Ignite Module is a Mid-Season Upgrade example of this.
    • Ditto the Amalgam form from XV, which is when the music based Symphogears gain the power of the alchemic based Faust Robe, which gives base form symphogears a gold trim, and Hibiki regains her Golden Super Mode from AXZ, with Giant additional arms added.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Chris and Tsubasa somehow survive episode 11 after the former singing a Ultimate Song and both being caught in a Wave-Motion Gun blast and a humongous explosion respectively. What saves them is the power of music.
  • Not Quite Dead: The trio do survive the destruction of the Moon fragment and return without a scratch. They are declared officially dead in a cover-up for political reasons for three weeks.
  • One-Man Army: Everyone fits to a degree, although Chris is probably by far the most serious contender for this trope, considering the sheer amount of firepower her Gear can somehow manifest out of nowhere.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Kanade/Hibiki's Symphogear next to Tsubasa's.
  • Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame: Everyone gets these when they use their attacks.
    • Kanade has a hardened American style, complete with Gratuitous English and very strong strokes similar to The '80s Comics.
    • Tsubasa has an Oriental style like those from the Feudal Japan era. The kanji are showcased in very deep and complex strokes, and makes Shout Outs to famous paintings.
    • In S1, Chris has a Wild West-esque theme, complete with a brown overlay you often see in said genre. In G, hers is now metal plate with the title of the attack engraved.
    • In G, Maria has a frame of black flowers, butterflies and chains, along with the name of her attack running dynamically across the screen with a cross separating it. In GX, the frame becomes much more colorful
    • Kirika's looks like something that is meant to transcribe Black Speech: the name of the attack is barely readable.
    • Shirabe's is simple vertical and horizontal writing in a standard font, but their introductions criss-cross each other before stopping a brief moment.
    • Miku's is simple Chinese calligraphy, written in blinding gold and white.
  • Powered Armor: The Symphogear manifest themselves as armors that give the wearers powers.
  • Power Gives You Wings: The X-Drive Mode gives the symphogears energy wings (and far more potent than anything they had access to before).
  • Power Limiter: There are several factors that limit a Symphogear's power. Like the Big Bad being in charge of their tuning for a long time. Nothing that the right song can't release.
  • The Power of Love: AXZ revealed that the brain that controls the deep feelings of love is the key for Symphogears and their Wielders to function. Also note that the girls do become more powerful when they have someone they care deeply about and want to protect.
  • Power Trio: Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris since the 10th episode of the first season.
    • A second Power Trio forms when we're introduced to the F.I.S. Symphogears in G.
    • GX plays with it even more by splitting the 6 wielders differently: there's the seniors, made up of Tsubasa, Maria and Chris, and then the juniors, comprising Hibiki, Kirika and Shirabe.
  • Rocket Punch: The Final Attack of the second season, Vitalization, is a Gigantic Dual SPINNING Rocket Punch. It's so awesome it would make Kouji Kabuto proud.
    • For less over-the-top examples, any of Hibiki's punches where the pile-driver power up sequence is ostentatiously shown beforehand.
    • Played With and possibly spoofed by Stealth Pun in GX E6, where Hibiki punches out an airborne carrier Alca-Noise while riding an ordinary rocket.
  • Rule of Cool: Singing while fighting energy creatures in your mystical power armour.
  • Secret Identity: The Symphogears are kept out of the public eye, and thus Kanade, Tsubasa and Hibiki have to keep their side job secret, even from best friends. Anyone who witnesses a Symphogear in battle either has to sign an agreement that they will never tell anyone about what they saw, or is dragged into the organization themselves. The F.I.S. Symphogear users also have not-so-secret identities.
  • Sensual Spandex: The Symphogears have these as part of their armor.
  • Shapeshifting: The Symphogears have an ability to change it's form or look depending on the users.
    • Taken even more greater in XDU, The users emotion and feeling can transform the gear into different type which also grant them new power according to the gear type for a specific situation used. (Like Swim Gear is more effective in wet area or Miko Gear can deal more damage to spirits monster) Though the base gear is said to be the most balanced out of the type.
  • Super Mode: The X-Drive Mode, which usually appears as an 11th-Hour Superpower.
    • The Ignite Module is a straighter example of this. As it turns out, Hibiki's Berserker mode is something any Symphogear wielder can tap into, but the Ignite Module essentially takes this and makes it into a Super form at will.
    • XDU Introduced the Duo-Relics system. As the name suggested it's the combine between the 2 relics. Not only it's greatly increased the gear output (Though not in X-Drive's level) it's also gain new abilities. The power itself is said to be much more powerful than Ignited Module and have no downside. It's also can be activated at will as long as the gear users possessed the other relic.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Hibiki's Berserker form which turns out to be a legitimate function in all Symphogear users as revealed in GX. Maria also went berserk when she first tried Ignite Mode and failed.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: All the Gears are capable of shifting form depending on the situation, although the extent to which each Gear can do so depends on the gear and the wielder.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: How the titular "Symphogear" activates. Having Orchestral Bombing and dramatic music in the background is entirely optional, but it makes fights that much more awesome.
  • The Power of Friendship: It can release the ultimate power of Symphogears and fuels the Heroic Willpower to overcome Hibiki's Superpowered Evil Side.
  • The Power of Rock: Downplayed, strangely enough. While this is a series about fighting evil Noise with power armours running on singing, the songs are not a weapon all in themselves; instead, they serve to empower the suits with Spontaneous Weapon Creation and render the Noise vulnerable. Actual combat is still done through an assortment of melee and ranged weaponry, making the characters have to both fight -and- sing.''
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Appears to be the case with human enemies, as opposed to Noise, Alca-Noise, Autoscorers, and other creatures that get cut down in droves. In AXZ, when the Symphogear users invade Val Verde as part of S.O.N.G., they go out of their way to avoid killing any of the enemy combatants and generals, using Ludicrous Melee Accuracy and Improbable Aiming Skills to disarm them or destroy their vehicles while leaving them physically unharmed. Even Maria in G, when she was on the side of F.I.S., had a code against killing people during her mission, which was broken to the detriment of Maria's mental health when she slaughtered a strike team of American commandos in a fit of rage. Several statements are made throughout the series and in XDU which indicate that Symphogear users are supposed to use restraint when applying force against other people, even when said "people" are enemy combatants.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Relics that are worn as necklaces can be activated by singing. The only exception was Hibiki while Gungnir was fused with her, but now that she has Maria's original Gungnir pendant, she plays this straight.
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: The Symphogear system was originally developed to debilitate and kill the Noise, which are otherwise basically invulnerable.
  • World of Action Girls: All the Symphogear users are girls, and they provide the bulk of the action rampant through the series.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The Symphogear outfits.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Tsubasa and Chris' Symphogear armors have this.
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    Hibiki Tachibana 
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  • Date of Birth: September 13
  • Age: 13 (S1 E1 Flashback)15 (S1), 16 (G/GX), 17 (AXZ/XV)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 157 cm (5'2")
  • Measurements: B84/W58/H86
  • Relic: Gungnir, Mjölnir (XDU)

A teenager with the ability to summon a Symphogear, which she gained from fragments of the Third Relic, Gungnir, that became lodged in her chest after being caught in the crossfire of a Noise attack. Hibiki's control over her relic is too weak to summon an "armed gear", so instead she focuses her energy onto physical attacks.


  • Abusive Parents: As part of her Dark and Troubled Past, her dad became a violent drinker, and one day decided to disappear without a trace.
  • Action Dress Rip: Gungnir's Combat Stilettos are in the way of Hibiki's new kung-fu moves, so she gets rid of the heels by crushing them into the ground with her Super Strength.
  • All-Loving Hero: Hibiki dislikes fighting humans and tries to find a peaceful solution.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: Her interactions with Miku can be considered as this. There is also a moment when she accidently sees a photo of a gravure idol and is embarrassed by it, saying that only boys are interested in that dirty stuff.
    • She's extremely embarrassed and aroused by Vanessa teasing her with her huge boobs (which turned out to actually be ballistic missile launchers) and flirting in XV.
    • Her song "Kimi Dake Ni" (translated as "Only You" or "Only For You") has her singing about "answering to [someone's] eternal love". Considering Word of God has confirmed that the song is Hibiki's answer to "Eiai Promise" from XDU, that "someone" is most likely Miku. Confirmed in the Grand Finale that Kimi Dake Ni is Hibiki's own confession to Miku.
    • She covertly gropes Chris's chest when she helps her dodge out of the way of one of Vanessa's Attacks in Episode 12 of XV.
    • The ambiguity almost entirely disappears in the series' Grand Finale when she admits that she wants to take Miku for herself simply because she wants to, while the final scene resolves their relationship with a Maybe Ever After. Miku blushes violently while telling Hibiki that there's something she's always wanted to say to her, and Hibiki responds that she knows and hopes it's the same thing she wants to tell her, heavily implying a mutual Love Confession and Relationship Upgrade.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Ver's Nephilim chomped her left arm when she tried to make it eat a punch. That doesn't faze her one bit, and she actually regenerates it after going berserk again.
  • Badass Adorable: As a sweet and often airheaded girl who kicks alien ass with purely physical attacks, she definitely qualifies as this.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Episode 6 of "G" at the end. Very well done as the boast is preceded by actual FACT, Hibiki punching a Noise and not disintegrating on the spot, further gives weight and reality to her words.
      Ver: "As a mere human, touching a Noise?!"
      Hibiki (initiating the sequence BEFORE, but actually transforming AFTER punching the Noise!): "My fist, my life! Both of them are my Symphogear!"
    • Happens again in "AXZ"
      Hibiki: "Unite the inner three harmonies with the outer three... and thus, my fist becomes the spear of six harmonies! Movies have all the answers!"
    • After Hibiki punches and One Hit Kills a monster designed to be immune to physical damage:
      Cagliostro: "Hey, where'd that invincibility go?"
      Hibiki: "You're looking right at it!"
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: To make up for her inability to manifest Gungnir's spear form, she starts learning Bajiquan and Jeet Kune Do. Interestingly, bajiquan was originally developed for training spearmen, with masters of the art even being referred to by the title of "Divine Spear".
  • Bare Your Midriff: In a contrast to the previous two seasons, which had averted this trope, Hibiki plays this trope straight when she dons her Symphogear the third time around.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Hibiki tries to reason and empathize with enemies who are human, or at least close enough. This has varying degrees of success.
  • Berserk Button: Just try and hurt her friends. Seriously. We dare you.
  • The Berserker: One side effect of her fusion with Gungnir, triggered either by her emotions or overexposure to phonic energy, Hibiki becomes visibly bestial (her fangs grow slightly and her figure darkens). When fully enraged she can't tell friend from foe.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hibiki would just as soon befriend an enemy rather than defeat them... But if they've gone too far, her fist will likely be the last thing they see.
  • Big Eater: She eats a lot of portions. In Season 1 she proclaims to Chris that her favorite things are “food and food”.
  • Book Dumb: She's not the brightest student.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Despite her strength, Hibiki's lack of experience and training makes her ineffective in combat until she learns martial arts from her Badass Normal commander. "Eat lightning and crap thunder!"
  • Bridal Carry: Performs one on Miku in Episode 4 of "GX" when Hibiki saves her from Micha and Garie.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After being exposed to Shenshou-Jing's relic-eater power, the Gungnir fragments inside her body all disappear. On the upside, she's no longer threatened by The Corruption. On the downside, she is no longer able to transform. Not that it's going to stop her from participating in the Final Battle, though. This works very well for her, because she manages to ultimately subvert this trope by absorbing Maria's Gungnir powers, restoring her own Gungnir.
  • Catchphrase: "I think I am cursed" for the first season. "Believe in justice, grip it tight" for "GX", which appears in both of her songs and is also a Call-Back to her song in G, titled exactly that. There's also "Heiki, hecchara!" note  Episode 8 reveals that her dad taught her that phrase. In AXZ, she starts saying "But even so!" a lot.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The pieces of Gungnir that erupted from Hibiki during season 2 ends up being instrumental in season 4 as the shards are refined by Elfnein into becoming the "Fools Stone" which allows the Symphogear users the ability to counteract the Alchemists Philosophers Stone.
    • Getting hit by the power of the Shen Shou Jing back in season 2 ends up purifying her soul of the original sin and thus allows her to channel divine power.
  • Chilly Reception: Averted when Hibiki gets a welcome party that a new employee/recruit/etc in Japan can expect from the old-timers... but played straight by Tsubasa, who gives her the cold shoulder.
  • Combat Stilettos: Subverted. She breaks her heels because she cannot fight with them.
  • Combination Attack: S2CA Tri Burst, but the attack is not limited to Tsubasa and Chris. It also works with other Swan Songs.
    • AXZ gives us Trinity Resonance with her, Tsubasa and Chris in Ignite mode, and Two Shouts, One Love with Kirika.
  • The Corruption: Gungnir fragments inside Hibiki. It's responsible for Hibiki turning into a black berserker, and is slowly spreading throughout her body. If nothing is done, eventually she'll become the bone of her relic. The upside is that Hibiki can regenerate lost limbs and that as a living relic, she can touch (punch, kick) Noise without being carbonized. Hinted since season 1, but the fecal matters really hit the proverbial blower in season 2. We see the full effects of it in episode 10 of Symphogear G.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite being otherwise clean, she's shown a few times to be like this, such as mistaking Vanessa's want to connect with her via flashing her boobs at her and covering her eyes, except not really due to the gaps in her fingers, and in episode 12 of XV, she covertly gropes Chris's chest while helping her get out of the way of one of Vanessa's attacks...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While not an idiot, Hibiki is rather ditzy. Doesn't stop her from kicking ass.
  • Cute Bruiser: Hibiki's inability to summon Gungnir's Armed Gear forces her to fight empty-handed, clumsily brutal at first and later with flashy kung-fu moves...
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted in Season 1, then G reveals what truly happened. The fact that she survived the Noise attack on the Zwei Wing concert caused the public to ostracize her and her family, accusing her as a murderer, and also leading to her father being kicked off a project he had been a part of by his employer, as the president of the company that employed him lost his daughter in the attack. This led to his breakdown, and resulted in him abandoning his family, and disappearing without a trace. It scarred her so much she breaks down crying after Shirabe called her a hypocrite for trying to reach out to her and her friends. In GX, Carol makes mention of her own father, and Hibiki suffers a Heroic BSoD as a result of memories about her father re-surfacing.
  • Death by Origin Story: Apparently shown to be dead at the very beginning of Season 1, though it is revealed to be just a ruse so she, Tsubasa and Chris can continue their activities unencumbered by bureaucratic meddling.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In AXZ Hibiki is shown to be able to destroy artefacts made from divine power making her the biggest thorn in the side of the Pavarian Illuminati. It's revealed near the end of the season that the reason for this is that Gungnir is made from the legendary spear that pierced Christ's side making it a Godslayer.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father abandoned his family after the Zwei Wing incident. Hibiki is not happy to see him again at the end of Episode 7 of "GX".
  • Discard and Draw: After stealing Maria's Gungnir, she no longer has the life-threatening explosive power that came with it being fused with her body, but having a full Gungnir instead of a broken copy more than makes up the difference. Plus she can use an Armed Gear now if she wants to.
    • She loses the ignite module at the end of AXZ, but shares her body with Saint Germain in XV, allowing her to use alchemy.
  • Dissonant Serenity/Stepford Smiler: Attempted to use this in order to curveball Miku's interest in... Hibiki's work outside school. Miku was able to see straight through it.
  • The Ditz: She's generally treated as an idiot.
  • Doomed Protagonist/Foregone Conclusion: Hibiki is (apparently) shown to have expired sometime before the events of the story and what we're seeing are the events leading to her death. Or at least she's legally dead at this time.
  • The Dreaded: Fudo Kazanari of all people considers Hibiki this as her god-slaying power is something that he wants to get rid of fast.
  • Drunken Boxing: Has added a few moves from drunken boxing to her repertoire, most notably displayed in her Transformation Sequence. Presumably Genjuro has been showing her more Jackie Chan movies.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Forget about the Downer Beginning. Hibiki is alive. She and Miku eventually get to see the shooting stars together.
  • Energy Absorption: SC2A Tri Burst isn't limited to friendly Swan Songs as she can also use it on other Symphogear wearers.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Miku and Ryoko certainly think so.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Has one on her chest in the shape of a forte symbol where the Gungnir shards entered her body.
  • Expy: Long story short she is basically a genderswap version of Eiji Hino and Kazuma Kenzaki/Blade. Though personality wise she's a dead ringer for Gentaro Kisaragi
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Literally, whenever she goes berserk.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Any time she enters her Berserker Rage, her canine teeth grow into fangs, representing the fact she's basically a mindless beast lashing out at others in that state
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Hibiki does not avert Blood from the Mouth after singing her Swan Song in episode 13. In the few seconds when the trio attacks the fragment of the moon, Hibiki is bleeding from the mouth.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energertic, hammy and is very Hot-Blooded. She's also described as the sun by Miku.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Under the influence of Gungnir.
  • Golden Super Mode/ Eleventh Hour Super Power: In the final episode of AXZ, thanks to the power of the other 5 relics of S.O.N.G. plus a final alchemical power up from the deceased members of the Pavarian Illuminati, she gains a new Golden armor form not unlike that of the Gold Saints, which she uses to single-handedly defeat Adam, the strongest villain in the series yet.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Episode 9 of G has Genjuro and Hibiki performing a cover of the opening theme to Jackie Chan's Police Story, in its original language, Cantonese.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: A Vehicle version. She rips one tank apart with her bare hands.. to use the pieces to beat up another tank in AZX, episode 1.
  • The Heart: Without her, Tsubasa and Chris would never get along in the first place.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Though Hibiki lacks an Armed Gear, it's been theorized by the team that her Armed Gear is really her hands. Not in the sense that she literally punches the Noise, but that she can hold hands of other Gear users to absorb and amplify their power into one massive attack.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Not played completely straight thanks to her gauntlets, but she grows to like the idea because it means she can join hands with others.
  • Heroic RRoD: Gungnir being fused with her body makes her stronger every time she uses it, right up until the point when malformed spears start bursting out from under her skin. Eventually averted thanks to Miku destroying Gungnir with the Shenshou-Jing.
  • The Heroine: Hibiki is the main heroine of the series and she's the biggest influence of the story.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's loud, energetic, and very hammy. Even in mundane things, like yelling battlecries while playing an arcade crane game.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: She has sideburns any Go Nagai character would be proud of.
  • Hour of Power: Hibiki gets one of these in episode 10 of "G", two minutes and forty seconds to be precise before the growth of the Gungnir shard in her chest starts to spread uncontrollably like some crystalline cancer. Which she proceeds to go over anyway.
  • Humanoid Abomination: In order to regenerate her arm following the events of episode 5 of "G", Gungnir had to merge with her completely. She actually touches a Noise at the end of 6 with her bare hands before transforming, hinting she might be more relic than human at that point.
  • Idiot Hero: Not as bad as other examples, but she has her idiotic moments.
  • Image Song: For each season.
    • S1: Gekisō ・ Gungnir note  and Watashi to Iu Oto Hibiki Sono Saki ni note  are both battle songs. The latter is a remix of Kanade's Image Song.
    • G: Seigi wo Shinjite, Nigiri Shimete note  and Rainbow Flower are both battle songs.
    • GX: Genkai Toppa G-Beat note  and Little Miracle -Grip it Tight- are her battle songs. There's also her duet with Miku: Itsuka no Niji, Hana no Omoide note .
    • AXZ: Makenai Ai ga Koki ni Aru note  and Hanasaku Yuuki note  are her battle songs, along with Hitsuai Duo Shout note , her duet with Kirika.
    • XV: ALL LOVES BLAZING is her battle song. Her B-side is Kimi Dake Ninote , which is her Love Confession to Miku.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Gungnir is supposed to be a spear formed from the Symphogear's wrist guards, and has manifested as such for its other users. Hibiki is incapable of using this function for some reason, so she instead uses the wrist guards like Pile Bunkers to enhance her punches.
  • In a Single Bound: Made possible by leg-mounted pistons on her gear.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Getting hit by the power of the Shen Shou Jing in season 2 ends up purifying her soul of the original sin and thus allows her to channel divine power.
  • Ironic Echo: Hibiki reminds Tsubasa so much of Kanade it hurts.
  • It's All My Fault: In episode four Hibiki blames her lack of skills for forcing Tsubasa and Kanade to use their Ultimate Songs.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Hibiki's relationship with Miku became increasingly strained due to the pressures placed upon her as a Symphogear, as well as her decision to keep her best friend safe from the Noise. However, Miku will always support Hibiki. Aww... until The Reveal kicks in, and Miku stops supporting Hibiki for a while for constantly lying about her secret identity.
  • Jumped at the Call: Hibiki doesn't hesitate for a moment to become part of the 2nd Disaster Relief unit.
  • Ki Manipulation: In her X-Drive Mode, she can fire multiple energy blasts from her fists that resemble little meteroids.
  • Lightning Bruiser: By "G", her punches and kicks have much more stopping power than the previous season, easily defeating several Noises with a single attack.
  • Love Confession: Kimi Dake Ni is basically this from Hibiki to Miku. Also, while we never hear what Hibiki and Miku say to each other during the final scene of the series due to cutting away from it, the fact that a piano version of Kimi Dake Ni plays during the scene heavily implies this trope.
  • Love Epiphany:
    • Seems to have this in episode 5 of "GX" regarding Miku when she makes mention of "living up to [Miku's] feelings" during her inner monologue while she's in the infirmary.
    Hibiki: "All I do is crush the things I care about. But Miku cheered me up. She said I saved her. I need to live up to her feelings."
    • Seems to be continuing from the previous season. In Episode 5 of "AXZ", Hibiki blushes in response to Miku's encouragement. In Episode 6, when Chris tells Hibiki that the Alchemists are planning to attack Lydian, Hibiki's first thought was of Miku viewed through a Love Bubbles filter as seen here indicating that she's beginning to view Miku as more than just a friend.
    • XV Episode 13 shows that Hibiki does feel the same way for Miku and she's known about Miku's feelings for a while now. The series ends before we can hear Miku and Hibiki confessing to each other but the fact that a piano version of Kimi Dake Ni is playing during the entire sequence tells the audience what Hibiki said to Miku.
  • Luminescent Blush: For the first time in the show, Hibiki blushes in response to Miku's encouragement at the end of Episode 5 of "AXZ".
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Hibiki starts missing appointments with Miku after she joins The Organization. Keeping Secrets Sucks.
  • Maybe Ever After: The series ends with Hibiki and Miku seemingly confessing their feelings for each other. The fact that a piano version of Kimi Dake Ni plays during the final scene makes the intent clear.
  • Meaningful Echo: Hibiki sings Gungnir's Ultimate Song in the finale to stop the Moon fragment hurling towards Earth, creating a meteor shower for Miku to watch.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hibiki" means "to resound/echo". And Tachibana means "standing flower".
  • Megaton Punch: Hibiki decides to go this route, since she can't properly manifest her Armed Gear, and simply funnels all the power into ass-whooping punches from episode 5 and onwards. In an interesting take on this trope, it's because she can't make a Kamehame Hadoken. (This was after a training with an Akuma-esque master.)
  • Misplaced Retribution: Inverted. It is made immediately evident upon her introduction that the public at large didn't think survivor's guilt and a near-death experience was enough suffering for her. Because she's a survivor from the audience of a rock concert where a Noise attack took place, and that because a fragment of Gungnir pierced her in the chest, the friends and family of all the other victims reacted as if she murdered them. Rioting, firebombing her home, and tearing apart her family, and the government even had to declare her legally dead to make the violence stop. Tsubasa even goes so far as to accuse her of stealing Gungnir and attack her.
    • In the G keywords, we find out this goes for all survivors of the concert tragedy; of the almost thirteen thousand deaths, the Noise were responsible for only a third while the panicking crowds accounted for the rest. This eventually turned into a witch hunt against the survivors by popular opinion. In Hibiki's case, her entire school turned against her because she survived and the captain of the soccer team didn't and her father lost his contract because the daughter of the president of a company he did business with died in the tragedy, leading him to abandon his family.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: In what might be considered a Contrived Coincidence, Miku caught Hibiki visiting the just-recently-waking-up-from-comatose Tsubasa, when Hibiki said that she needs to go somewhere else and can't go shopping with Miku. Then things go From Bad to Worse...
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: This was part of how Hibiki would attempt to make her villains pull a Heel–Face Turn, simply by introducing herself to them and telling them a little about herself.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Hibiki is used a lot for other characters to engage in infodump conversations.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In episode 8 of the first season, she activates a power that causes her to move even faster than before.
  • Nice Girl: Incredibly empathetic, even to her enemies.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The nice compared to Chris' mean and Tsubasa's inbetween. Chris loves picking on Hibiki (though affectionately, not maliciously), and Tsubasa is usually very aloof.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: In Episode 1 of "AXZ", she gets up close and personal to a naked Kirika along with holding the latter's hand while giving words of encouragement that the F.I.S. girls don't need LiNKER in order to be useful whenever they're out fighting Noise.
  • Not So Different. G reveals that Miku is quite possessive of Hibiki and wants Hibiki's attention and love all for herself. The Grand Finale reveals that Hibiki feels the same way, wanting to, in her own words, "take Miku for [herself]" not because it's the right thing to do but because Hibiki wants it.
  • Oblivious to Love: If the OVAs are any indication, Hibiki is most definitely this. Long story short, she doesn't seem to notice Miku's feelings for her. Yumi even lampshades this in Episode 6 of the first season by comparing Hibiki to a dense harem protagonist. Then again, XV reveals that Hibiki might not be as oblivious as she appears...
  • Official Couple: Ultimately ends up with Miku after the end of XV. A memoria from Symphogear XDU titled "The Light That Illuminates the Future" has them performing a Love Confession simultaneously while they were at a karaoke bar with their friends.
  • Painful Transformation: At the end of Episode 1, when she activates her Symphogear for the first time, complete with mechanical parts bursting from her body.
  • Plucky Girl: Even more so in the second season than in the first season.
  • Power Fist: She's armed with Pile Bunker gauntlets, but they are not her Armed Gear.
  • Power Glows: Hibiki's Scarf of Asskicking now has the added perk of glowing bright yellow whenever she starts to go all out.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Miku and Tsubasa's blue.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her Superpowered Evil Side turns her completely black with red outlines and eyes.
  • Red Herring: The introduction with Hibiki dead was actually a cover-up by Genjurou. The animators left out the few minutes after, showcasing Hibiki, Tsubasa, and Chris well alive and ready to fight.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Heavily implied to be the case between her and Miku at the end of the series.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Since Hibiki has Kanade's relic inside her body, she's a replacement of her.
  • Replacement Scrappy: An In-Universe example. Tsubasa thinks that Hibiki is one for her dead friend Kanade. Ultimately, she learns to respect her, thus Rescuing her from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Rocket-Powered Weapon: An upgrade to her Power Fist, which eliminates the need to prime her Pile Bunker and adds even more strength to her punches.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Miku. They even look and act like a married couple.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Both literally and per trope. Her power is still new, compared to Tsubasa, who had hers since childhood.
  • Save the Villain: On numerous occasions
    • In season 1, when Hibiki saves Finé from dying in an explosion at the end of their final battle, though Finé dies anyway after using the last of her power to pull the Moon out of orbit and into a collision course with Earth.
    • In G, she saves Shirabe and Kirika from certain death when they get overdosed with LiNKER by Dr. Ver and begin their Swan Song, through a creative application of her unique Combination Attack.
    • Again in G, after Dr. Ver murders Nastassja, she stands in Maria's way to stop her from bisecting him
    • In GX, she saves Carol from falling to her death at the end of Carol's climactic battle with her and the other Symphogear users.
    • In AXZ, after Tsubasa cleaves the enemy general's airship in half during the invasion of Val Verde, Hibiki leaps into the cockpit and yanks him to safety into a nearby pond, though he passes out from the experience.
    • Again in AXZ, she rushed Saint-Germain into a nearby trench to avoid an explosion caused by a deflected attack.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: And, it is fierce. And it's so long that it appears on five different Image Song covers. Also becomes a literal example when in Amalgam Mode by way of turning into an extra pair of armored arms.
  • Secretly Selfish: The Grand Finale of the entire series reveals her to be one. While she usually wants to help people, her reasons for wanting to save Miku are purely for her own gain. Namely, "[she] wants Miku all to [herself]", mirroring Miku's own feelings back in G.
  • Sharing a Body: Saint-Germain lives on inside of her after fusing with her combined Symphogear at the end of AXZ, though Hibiki didn't find out about it until episode 4 of XV.
  • Ship Tease: Hibiki and Miku are roommates and classmates, but they are also close friends, often share the same bed, they bathe together, have at least one moment together, and they comfort each other. Not only that, but they also want to go out and see shooting stars. Everyone can see it, until Miku decides to break ties after Hibiki hides her new heroic job. It's okay, they get better. It's heavily implied that she and Miku get together for real in the Grand Finale.
  • Shout-Out: Her songs include certain words.
    • Seigi wo Shinjite, Nigiri Shimete has "hecchara" which sounds like "Head-Cha-La".
    • The first and third chorus of Rainbow Flower have "Zenryoku" and the second chorus has "Zenkai".
      • It shows up again in the 4th stanza of Makenai Ai ga Koko ni Aru
  • Skyward Scream:
    • In episode 4 of season 1, the camera cuts off to the sky after Hibiki screams Tsubasa's name when the latter collapses due to performing her Ultimate Song. Presented rather similarly to a certain moment in Neon Genesis Evangelion, incidentally.
    • In the end of episode 10 of season 1 and the the short recap of episode 11, she screams again after witnessing Chris' Heroic Sacrifice.
    • In the end of episode 8 of "G", she screams Miku's name when the building is exploding and seemingly kills the latter.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Due to her Dark and Troubled Past and the revelation that Gungnir's fragment are eventually going to take over her body, she's faking a smile when around her friends.
    • Continues in "GX". Not only does she fail to reason with Carol in their first encounter, her reasons of using the Symphogear to protect people rather than hurt them are severely challenged when she briefly finds herself to be the only functioning Symphogear user aside from Shirabe and Kirika. And she still finds the need to put a smile on her face to reassure others that everything's okay.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: While she's The Hero in a Magical Girl series, she actually checks most of the boxes for a typical Shōnen protagonist, being a Hot-Blooded, Book Dumb (bordering on Idiot Hero) All-Loving Hero who believes strongly in The Power of Friendship. Also, while she starts out as a Naïve Newcomer, her ambition is to become stronger so she can protect the innocent and her True Companions, and she eventually becomes the most powerful Symphogear wielder on the team.
  • Super Strength: Every Gear-user has some of this when transformed, but as a Bare-Fisted Monk, Hibiki's Gungnir is entirely designed to boost her physical strength until her punches can hit as hard as a cruise missile barrage or a skyscraper-sized sword.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Durandal forces her to perform in Berserker mode, and, when taken to full power, she couldn't stop the power from taking over her body. In episode 11, when Durandal fuses with herself, she is still aware of her actions, while Tsubasa attempts a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Kadingir from firing. Fortunately, come G, she apparently learns to rein in her powers.
  • Suppressed Rage: With the reveal that Hibiki's The Berserker state is a natural aspect of the Symphogear system, something the other girls could only tap into with the power of Dainsleif, which nearly consumed them while Hibiki used it with ease, heavily hints at the fact that beneath her genuinely nice and cheery personality is a well of hate and fury brought about from all the pain and sorrow she went through following that fateful meeting with Kanade which gave her Gungnir.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: She accidentally inherits the Gungnir relic from Kanade.
  • Taught by Television: As a student of Genjuro, most of her fighting skills come from a mixture of self-taught practice and old Jackie Chan movies.
  • Tears of Remorse: Breaks down in tears at the end of her, Tsubasa and Chris' battle against Maria's group in G Episode 2 for failing to reach their hearts and understand what molded them into the way they are.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Inverted. There are two beds in form of a bunk bed, but both she and Miku sleep on the top bunk. When they have their relationship crisis, Miku sleeps on the bottom bunk.
  • This Is a Drill: Her Gear now allows her to enlarge the armor around her fists and rotate them to create a drill.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Miku's girly girl. Hibiki is basically the "guy" of their relationship.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Hibiki has many traits of a Tomboy, being brash, Hot-Blooded and is also a close-range fighter. But she is also interested in many girly things.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the first season, Hibiki eventually just stops trying to summon her Armed Gear and asks Genjurou to train her. She then easily beats Chris, unlike the first time around, when Tsubasa almost had to perform a Swan Song to even dent her.
      Chris in episode five of season 1: "She learned how to fight?"
    • Hibiki's badass level of the first season is nothing in comparison to the one of the second.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Tsubasa's Butch and Chris's Femme. She's the Tomboy with a Girly Streak while they're a Tomboy and Girly Girl respectively.
  • Training Montage: Hibiki trains with Genjuro during the credits of Episode 4. Bruce Lee makes an appearance!
  • Tareme Eyes: Hibiki has big round eyes to emphasize her caring and loving nature.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Hibiki's been put through a lot of crap both by the population at large, that she's tasked with protecting, and the other symphogear wielders, friend and foe alike. Her default reaction is to smile and presumably not let it bother her. She eventually reachers her limit by the time of GX as she starts to lose her cool and lash out, especially once she's reunited with her estranged father, who turns out to be an Entitled Bastard. Fortunately, the other gear users are all well aware of what she's going through and give her a certain amount of slack.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Actually enters one of these without going Berserk in Episode 8 after she has an awful encounter with her father and tries to take it out on Micha and the surrounding Alca-Noise. However, it actually works against her with Hibiki not being able to focus her attacks against Micha, allowing the latter to score an easy victory.
  • Up to Eleven:
    • Hibiki is much more Hot-Blooded and hammier than before. For example, she screams sometimes when singing her transformation phrase or her Image Songs.
    • Does it again in "GX" when she punched through mountains and SUPLEX A SPACE SHUTTLE!
  • Vocal Evolution: Her seiyuu, Aoi Yuuki, improved her singing voice. Compare season 1 Hibiki to XV and the difference is incredible.
  • Voice of the Legion: A rare beautiful example instead of being creepy or powerful. When Saint-Germain awakens inside her in XV, Hibiki can somehow project both of their voices during their duets.
  • Waif-Fu: Hibiki can send a punching bag 20 feet away with one hit after getting a few weeks of training from Genjurou. In her normal form!
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Hibiki tries to juggle her Symphogear heroics, training with Genjurou, keeping up with her homework and not forgetting about her girl friend. Her sleep time suffers.
  • Wrecked Weapon: How Hibiki's power worked — as she only had pieces of Kanade's relic in her, she can only access the armor function and doesn't have enough power to actually summon a weapon.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Ryoko delivers this word for word to Hibiki, about keeping her new powers a secret.

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Mjolnir Duo-Relics
  • Combination Attack: In the Attack on Titan event, she gets one with Eren, granting his Titan form usage of Gungnir to smash their opponents.
  • Competitive Balance: Due to it's size, Mjolnir is a bit too inconvenience to be normally carry around. Which limited Hibiki to use Duo-Relics to certain degree.
  • Demoted to Extra: In some events there are instant where she get sideline so other characters can have their own spotlight.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Hibiki is the last person to achived Duo-Relics, Mjolnir Gear. And did so in the final battle against Beatrice.
  • Foreshadowing: During the Gjallarhorn Chapter 2, Hibiki managed to grab the Mjolnir relic however the resonance between the relic and Gungnir turn Hibiki into her Berserker Form again except this time the form has more blue than the usual red and gain Lightning power. She is also more powerful and faster than usual. Hinting at Mjolnir could potentially be her Duo Relics gear.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: With Mjolnir Gear, At this point Hibiki wouldn't be out of place in Dragon Ball.
  • Odd Friendship: In 3.5, Hibiki becomes friend with the vengeful ghost of Pharaoh Tutankhamun while visiting an Egyptian exhibit and finds that the Curse of Pharaoh had become a Philosophical Weapon that animates his sarcophagus, which becomes a living relic. Hibiki does her usual thing and soothes the Pharaoh's soul.
  • Shock and Awe: As Mjolnir is lightning-based power. It's also give Hibiki to use it.
  • Super Mode: Mjolnir Gear and Sol Bright Gungnir gear
  • Swapped Roles: In Carbuncle event, Miku along with Chris, bonded by the alchemical hound Carbuncle under their custody. Because of this, Miku gets officially admitted as a S.O.N.G personnel instead of just an independent collaborator and is forced to stay in the HQ to placate it when it's under observation. Carbuncle likes Miku and Chris while disliking Hibiki, so Hibiki has to stay at home alone. Hibiki ends up miserable from worry and jealousy out of the things Miku usually gets worried and jealous from.
  • Toku: During SSSS.GRIDMAN event, she gain an ability to transform her gear into this fighting off against Kaiju.

    Tsubasa Kazanari 
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Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

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  • Date of Birth: May 25
  • Age: 15 (S1 E1 Flashback) 17 (S1), 18 (G), 19 (GX, AZX, XV)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Height: 167 cm (5'5")
  • Measurements: B81/W57/H83
  • Relic: Ame-no-Habakiri, Murakumo (XDU)

A veteran Symphogear and former partner of Kanade in ZweiWing. Initially shy and passive, her disposition changes severely after Kanade's death, causing her to fall into despair and question whether her emotions should impede her performance as a Symphogear or if she should accept Hibiki as her new partner. Her Symphogear is the First Relic, Ame-no-Habakiri, a massive Nodachi that can be split into multiple swords.


  • The Ace: Among the three Symphogear users, Tsubasa is most experienced and most skilled fighter and she's in many aspects better than Hibiki and Chris. Comes with being the oldest Symphogear user of the three and a warrior trained since childhood. During the battle with Finé, Tsubasa is the only one who is able to overwhelm her in one-to-one combat. By G, her battle experience shows, as she has no problem overwhelming other Symphogear users if she needs to.
  • A-Cup Angst: There's several Memoria cards in XDU that make fun of her size. During a Sleep Cute moment between her and Shirabe, Shirabe buries her face in Tsubasa's chest and sleep talks saying that "this pillow is flat."
  • Adorkable: Her insistence about her Alca-Noise sketch is pretty damn cute, especially considering her usual personality. Not to mention, her weird way to do scissors in a rock-paper-scissors because it's 'cool' in her head.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: At first Tsubasa is a Shy Blue-Haired Girl. She starts fitting this trope after Kanade's death, displaying a near-emotionless aloof stance in everything, treating herself as nothing but a weapon to destroy the Noise and becoming more distant and rough than before. She eventually mellows down a bit, but she's no longer the shy girl she was.
  • Animal Motif: Fitting to ZweiWing, Tsubasa has also a bird motif: the phoenix. It shows up in episode 12 and in G.
  • Armed Legs: Her Symphogear boots come with heel blades. She has several spinning moves that use them.
  • Badass Biker: Has a bike that can resonate with her Symphogear.
  • BFS/Katanas Are Just Better: The Ame-no-Habakiri, whose special moves manifest as blade attacks, from a building-sized sword to a Storm of Blades (One Thousand Tears) and a Sword Beam (Blue Flash, her Signature Move). Taken Up to Eleven in the Season 1 finale, where it takes on a form that could easily match most apartment complexes.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • She slides in the nick of time to save Chris and Shirabe from Miku's attack. And she does it via giant sword!.
    • Provides one for Maria in Episode 1 of GX and teams up with Chris to provide another for Shirabe and Kirika in Episode 5.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Hibiki and Chris after softening up. Despite her cool, stoic exterior, she's always available to bail them out of trouble as a senior Symphogear user should. Best shown in her Cruel to Be Kind act to keep Hibiki from fighting and her Sempai/Kohai moment with Chris.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Her technique Early Silhouette. Tsubasa can choose to voluntarily reduce her Symphogear's performance to an earlier stage, which weakens the Gear's performance but also greatly reduces the strain on it from effects like Anti-LiNKER that would lower Tsubasa's synchronization.
  • Broken Ace: To live up to her Dead Partner, she devotes herself to her job to the exclusion of everything else... and then falls short.
  • Broken Bird: After Kanade dies, she became a cold and obsessive Death Seeker, but eventually warms up to Hibiki.
  • Car Fu: End of the Rider's Blade has her riding her motorcycle and leaping across great distances. It's used once to slash a water tank, cooling off Hibiki's berserk tendencies and later to kill a bunch of Noise. Taken Up to Eleven in Episode 1 of AXZ where attaches a blade onto her motorcycle and spins it around while she's still riding it to destroy some anti-air cannons.
  • Character Development: Her initial outlook was extremely grim and she saw herself as simply a weapon. After her near-Heroic Sacrifice and some heart-to-heart with Kanade's spirit during her recovery period, she starts mellowing out.
  • Child by Rape: However Tsubasa's "grandfather" impregnated her mother, the way she talks about it (and the way Maria reacts) don't suggest consent.
  • Chilly Reception: Initially to Hibiki, unable to cope with the fact that she'll be replacing Kanade.
  • Clark Kenting: When she has a "date" with Hibiki and Miku in episode 9, Tsubasa wears nothing but a simple hat to conceal her identity.
  • Combination Attack: Gets two in AXZ; Trinity Resonance with Hibiki and Chris and Racing Duet of Wind and Moon with Shirabe
  • Contralto of Danger: Not counting Finé, Tsubasa has the deepest vocal range of the Symphogear users, and is accordingly the most action-oriented; her songs are also sung in the same tone.
  • Cool Big Sis: By Season 2, she has developed into this role towards Hibiki and Chris. She's damn aloof, though.
  • Cooldown Hug: Tsubasa gives one to an out-of-control Hibiki in episode 12.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Tsubasa's had it rough in the first Season, but each subsequent Season it just gets worse.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Happened twice so far with Tsubasa and Chris; the latter running to escape being dragged into events by her new classmates.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In episode 6 of "G", after hearing Hibiki's fate as a Humanoid Abomination, she tried to spare Hibiki from constant fighting and probably learning the Awful Truth... by reverting back to her cold self and tells Hibiki to stop fighting because she's a burden.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Blue hair and eyes.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Not like the majority of Nana's DMG roles, but being a Broken Bird and Aloof Dark-Haired Girl... she's not a happy and friendly Magical Girl when the series started.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes a Near-Death Experience to change her outlook on life and her view of Hibiki.
  • Diving Kick: Her "Heaven's Wrath" move has her jumping up in the air and throwing her sword forward, which transforms into a stories-tall, rocket-propelled BFS. Then, she gets into the kick motion and combines her heel with the sword. It's powerful enough to force Finé into weaving her strongest barrier.
  • Double Weapon: Her Fiery Windblades has her join the blades together at the hilt while igniting them.
  • Dual Wielding/Bifurcated Weapon: In G, she uses two blades and can join the hilts together. Her Soaring Phoenix also involves two swords igniting with flames.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Her fighting style includes spinning handstands.
  • Fighting Your Friend:
    • After Hibiki goes berserk during the fight against Finé.
    • Happens again in "G". This time it's Miku and then Chris.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Episode 9 reveals that she's not her father's daughter; rather, she is the child of her grandfather and her father's wife, in the name of "keeping the bloodline pure". In a variation of the trope, though, Tsubasa already knows this; she's the one explaining it to Maria.
  • Flash Step: When Chris tries to slow Swan Song singing Tsubasa down with some Mooks, Tsubasa instantly appears in front of her.
  • Heroic Bastard: She's stalwart in her heroism and duty, and is the product of Genjuuro's father and his brother's wife, making her his half-sister and a bastard.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Three times - saving Hibiki from Chris, saving Hibiki while she's destroying Kadingir, and attempting to save the moon along with Chris and Hibiki.
  • Hurricane Kick: Her most notable move is a spin attack that is very similar to Chun-Li's "Spinning Bird Kick". Though, she uses blades attach to her feet whenever she uses that move
  • I Am Not a Gun: After realizing her father's true intent behind his aloof behavior, she proudly declares to Phara that she's not a sword, before slicing her with Rasetsu Stance Zero.
    "Do you call this a sword? No! These are wings, taking flight towards their dreams! Know that your philosophy cannot break my wings!"
  • Image Song:
    • S1: Zettō ・ Ame-no-Habakiri is her battle song. FLIGHT FEATHERS is her stage song in Episode 9. Zettō ・ Ame-no-Habakiri comes back in G Episode 12.
    • G: Gekkō no Tsurugi is her battle song. The second song, Koi no Okehazama, was a karaoke song in the ninth episode of the first season. She also has Fushichō no Flamme note  a duet with Maria during the idol concert in episode 1.
    • GX: "Beyond the BLADE", her Season 3 battle song, along with Sora e...note , her mundane song. There's also her duet with Chris in Episode 5, BAYONET CHARGE. She also sings Seiten Galaxy Cross note  with Maria during a concert in episode 1.
    • AXZ: Gekka Bijin note  is her battle song, along with Luminous Gate, her mundane song. There is also Fuugetsu no Shishou note , her duet with Shirabe.
    • XV: Defender'Z Brand! is her battle song, along with Kaze no Anata ni note , her mundane song. She also sings Angelic Remnant with Maria during their concert in episode 2 and they also sing Fushichō no Flamme, note  returning from G, in episode 11 while fighting Millaarc.
  • Last-Name Basis: Befitting her aloof status following Kanade's death, the only person she addresses by their first name is Kanade.
  • Living with the Villain: In G, turns out that Tsubasa's new singing partner, Maria, is one of the bad guys. Also, she has the black version of Gungnir, complete with Badass Cape.
  • Luminescent Blush: Exhibits this in E2 when Maria abruptly grabs her arm.
  • Magic Idol Singer: She and Kanade were also the idol singer duo ZweiWing.
  • Male Gaze: In episode 1, the camera focuses on her crotch area when she performs Wight Slayer. In episode 4, when Tsubasa is lying on the ground, there is a shot of Tsubasa's crotch.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kazanari", Tsubasa's last name, means "calling wind".
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Aside from gaining one between the first season and G, Tsubasa's Symphogear of the first season is different than the one of two years ago.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Strikes a nice balance between the almost impossibly nice Hibiki and the mean Chris.
  • Nightmare Face: In episode 4 after singing her Ultimate/Swan Song, Tsubasa has a Broken Smile, Blood from the Mouth, Tears of Blood and a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Off-Model: That infamous walk scene of episode 3.
  • Onee-sama: Arguably, she's one of these as the oldest Symphogear user.
  • Parental Abandonment: There's no mention of her parents. Since she appears to defer to Genjuuro as a guardian, it might be that they're dead.
    • Her parents are finally given screentime in season 3. See the GX tropes below for more details.
  • Playing with Fire: Soaring Phoenix, a technique that involves two swords igniting flame wings. Then Tsubasa is clad in these flames that turn blue and have the form of a phoenix. There's also Fiery Windblades and Moonlit Fiery Windblades, an upgraded version of her S2 Fiery Windblades attack with blue flames.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's waist-length.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to both Hibiki and Kanade's red. Kanade holds enthusiastic view toward battle, while Tsubasa is more reserved (and in the Flash Back, was actually quivering in fear). Hibiki, while not quite enthusiastic, is always in high spirits.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tsubasa does this when fighting against Chris as a way to make up for the loss of Kanade.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: She devoted herself to become a warrior, but she didn't learn how to clean her own room, leaving the job to Ogawa. Hibiki is shocked to hear that a man is cleaning a girl's room and is taking care of her underwear.
  • Samurai: Tsubasa's character is based of them. She vows her life for the battle, frequently calls herself as a sword and sentinel, and her Armed Gear has a katana as its default form.
  • Save the Villain: Three times in G: First when Chris and she restrain Hibiki during her dismemberment-induced berserker rage to keep her from mauling Dr. Ver to death like she did to the Nephilim, then again later in the season when she yanks Shirabe (who up until then had been an enemy) out of the way of the Shenshoujin's energy blasts, and a third time when she cuts down a gaggle of Noise converging on a helpless Dr. Ver. However, it should be noted that in the latter two instances Tsubasa was also saving Chris at the same time.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The album cover of her first Image Song has her charging at the camera.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Establishes this dynamic with Chris during the You Are Not Alone moment in episode 12 of G.
  • Shadow Pin: Shadow Weaving. Tsubasa throws a dagger into her opponent's shadow, disabling their movements.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Soaring Phoenix takes on the form of a blue phoenix at its peak.
  • She-Fu: Tsubasa does Capoeira-like spins (Wight Slayer) using the extra pair of blades on her legs and loves jumping kicks and somersaults.
  • She's Got Legs: Her long legs are further accentuated by her thigh high boots.
  • Shipper on Deck: Along with her uncle Genjurou and Ogawa, she also seems to ship Hibiki and Miku together as seen during the first OVA's reunion short.
  • Ship Tease: Since Maria is now on the Symphogears' side, Tsubasa interacts with her more than any other girl during GX. Tsubasa also lampshades how Maria takes on a motherly attitude when playing the confidante.
    • There's also her dynamic with her old partner Kanade. Though it can be attributed to her Shrinking Violet personality early on, Tsubasa does display more emotion and behaviors such as blushing and stuttering towards Kanade, not unlike how someone would turn shy in front of their crush.
      • This is pronounced in XDU, where in an official 4koma Maria remarks that the usually cool-headed Tsubasa turns into a "maiden" whenever Kanade is involved.
  • Shower of Angst: In the second episode, Tsubasa has one to show how distressed she is by Gungnir's reappearance.
  • Shock and Awe: One of her signature moves, Azure Flash, transforms her katana into a much larger sword capable of delivering swings laced with blue lightning.
  • Shrinking Violet: Before Kanade's death.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: See Shrinking Violet above.
  • Signature Move: Her most noticeable move is a spinning leg split kick.
  • Smash Sisters: She and Chris team up with a duet to save Shriabe and Kirika in episode 5.
  • The Stoic: Following Kanade's death, Tsubasa comes across as aloof and focused on her duty as a Symphogear. However, at times she gets emotionally aroused, particularly where Kanade is concerned.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Her usual façade is aloof, but warms up when around Hibiki once she gets over Kanade's death.
  • Suicide Is Painless: She walks down and pull an almost-Heroic Sacrifice without even flinching, even after it expires.
  • Taking You with Me: Subverted with Tsubasa taking down Chris — they both survive.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Tsubasa has a Dead Person Conversation with Kanade when she is in a coma.
  • Tears of Blood: In episode 4, combined with Blood from the Mouth.
  • Technicolor Fire: Soaring Phoenix starts with red flames, but they later turn blue when they take the shape of a phoenix.
  • Terrible Artist: Shown in episode 3 when she presents a "sketch" of the Alca-Noise that attacked her and Maria in London. She's even proud of herself when she shows off the "drawing" to Chris. Doubles as a Brick Joke considering it's the drawing Nana Mizuki drew of a "Bushi-Noise" back in the 2013 Live. note 
  • There Are No Therapists: As a result, she still hasn't gotten over Kanade's death.
  • They Call Her Sword: Tsubasa frequently calls herself being a sword, even in G after her Character Development from season 1. Finé also calls her a sword that does not fit in the society.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After her partner's death Tsubasa became an aloof cold fish obsessed with her job.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After a Near-Death Experience and a conversation with Kanade's ghost, she learns to somehow let go of her grief and accept Hibiki as Kanade's living legacy.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Chris' Femme and Hibiki's Neither. While she definitely possesses a feminine side, she'd serve as the man in a relationship whether you ship her with Maria or Chris.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Has been trained to be a Symphogear user since childhood, believing that she's a "sword" to protect people.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her voice is noticeably lower than before.
  • Waif-Fu: She's the most agile Symphogear user, and fittingly moves at ludicrous speeds, often executing attacks in quick succession.
  • Weak, but Skilled: When she downgrades her Symphogear to her first season version, she's considerably weaker but nonetheless skilled and badass.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Gal: She really wishes so hard her father would acknowledge her, but he coldly brushes her off as not her daughter and only treating her like a sword. It's one reason that the mere mention of her father would make her extra bitter.
  • The Worf Effect: Both Tsubasa and Chris briefly lose the ability to access their Symphogears to show off what the Alca-Noise are capable of.
    • She's Back: Returns in Episode 5 of GX with her new and enhanced Symphogear.
  • Wreathed in Flames: At the peak of Soaring Phoenix, Tsubasa is clad in blue flames that take the shape of a phoenix.
  • Yandere: Not Tsubasa herself, but the enka song "Koi no Okehazama", sung in episode 9 — it's also Tsubasa's side-B track of her G Image Song single. The song is about a woman who is in love with a personnote , but she swears that she will kill the said person if he/she will betray her.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • Kanade comforts Tsubasa by saying she will support her during her Near-Death Experience.
    • Give this speech to Chris in episode 12 of G so that she'll ask for help her atonement mission.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And nobody cannot recognize Tsubasa by her hair color when she's Clark Kenting.
  • You Remind Me of Kanade: How Tsubasa views Hibiki. And she doesn't like it one bit, because to her Kanade is irreplaceable. It also doesn't help that Hibiki said she wanted to replace Kanade.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A, as she usually wears thigh high boots.

XDU

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Murakumo Duo-Relics
  • Combination Attack: In the Attack on Titan event, she has one with Levi, creating walls of blades so he can use his ODE Gear to attack before the two move in for a dual spin attack.
  • Call-Back: Murakumo was Fudou's sword in the main series. While in the pararell world the sword belonged to the Big Bad of the event.
  • Sword Beam: Up to Eleven with Tsubasa's signature 'Blue Flash', which is now called Murakumo Flash, it creates much larger and more powerful waves.
  • Terrible Artist: During the ruin exploration, she offers to draw the map of the ruin much to Chris and Maria's worries, so instead they give the role to Serena.

    Chris Yukine 
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Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

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  • Date of Birth: December 28
  • Age: 16 (S1/G), 17 (GX/AZX), 18 (XV)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 153 cm (5'0")
  • Measurements: B90/W57/H85
  • Relic: Nehushtan (former, XDU), Ichaival

Introduced as a major antagonist during Season 1 with the ability to summon Noise, Chris is revealed to be a former Symphogear Candidate trafficked throughout her childhood for Relic compatibility research, developing a hatred for adults and aligning herself to Finé, until she realized that the latter was lying into using her. She later reconciles with Genjuro, her legal guardian from whom she was kidnapped two years prior to the start of the series. As a wearer of Finé's Nehushtan armor, she wields a whip-like weapon, along with Solomon's Cane, which can summon Noise. As a Symphogear user, she wields the Second Relic, Ichaival, a pair of Automatic Crossbows.


  • Adorkable: Her dere side tends towards this trope, between her shy attempts at socializing and habit of blushing when complimented.
  • Artifact Title: "The Nehushtan Armor" was her nickname before her actual name was revealed. Finé reclaims the Nehushtan armor and Solomon's Cane when she ditches her.
  • The Atoner: She still blames herself for the first season's events, since she was the one who activated Solomon's Cane. Thus, during the climax she pretends to do a Face–Heel Turn so she can find Solomon's Cane, steal it, and make sure nobody abuses it ever again.
  • Automatic Crossbows: Ichaival's default weapon.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute short Tsundere who can kick some serious ass.
  • Battle Strip: Chris does this a couple of times as an attack, first when she sheds the Nehushtan and switches to Ichaival during the first season, and a second time when she's fighting Dr. Ver to counteract his use of Anti-LiNKER.
  • BFG: The Ichaival allows her to dual wield a pair of Gatling guns in an attack called BILLION MAIDEN.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Returns the favor for Shirabe and Kirika by double-teaming with Tsubasa to bail them out in Episode 5 of GX.
  • Big Eater: When going into a restaurant with Tsubasa, Chris can be seen ordering lots of foods. And when she's done, some bits are left around her mouth.
  • The Big Girl: After joining Hibiki and Tsubasa.
  • Blood Knight: She already showed signs of this trope in the first season, but in G, it's in full force. Chris takes down bad guys with a big smile on her face.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Probably justified in that she's basically using magic guns, but also played with in that she needs more time to create complex ammunition; bullets and lasers seemingly form fast enough for a continuous stream, not so for any kind of missile or Trick Arrow.
  • Broken Bird: After undergoing child slavery in a warring country, she became a violent, mistrusting destroyer.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her mother was obviously from an Anglophone country, though it wasn't elaborated on. It is confirmed in the manga notes that she is half-American.
  • Buxom Is Better: She's definitely one of the bustier main heroines, second only to Maria in measurements (however, Chris' breasts are bigger relative to the size of her torso).
  • Combination Attack: Gets two in AXZ; Trinity Resonance with Hibiki and Tsubasa and Change The Future with Maria.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Chris comes around in episode eight with the typical "bolt upright" move.
  • Character Focus: After Chris' introduction, the show takes some time off from its heroines and devotes it to her. Half of Episode 7 was dedicated to her Character Development, alongside Episode 5. Being one of the antagonists, this foreshadows her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: At the beginning of the series — two years before the start of the story — Hibiki called Miku at home; Miku's father was reading a newspaper, which had an article about a rescued Japanese girl being kidnapped. It turns out that Chris was the girl.
  • Cleavage Window: Her Symphogear armor features one for her large breasts.
  • Cool Big Sis: Develops into this role towards Shirabe and Kirika, watching out for them in battle and seeing to it that they're adjusted to school. Without a doubt, Chris takes her role as their sempai very seriously.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Happened twice so far with Tsubasa and Chris; the latter running to escape being dragged into events by her new classmates.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • An orphan enslaved as a kid for her incredible compatibility with the Relics (and maybe worse).
    • Her mission in South America and her seeing the people suffering makes her remember her own childhood. This causes her to become more determined to put an end to the threat at hand.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Until her Heel–Face Turn. Chris worked for Finé in the hope to end all wars.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Possibly a tribute—she has all the powers of any regular Final Boss, and she's fought four episodes in.
  • The Dragon: To Finé, until the latter ditches her.
  • Flight: The Nehushtan Armor gives her flight abilities.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In Season 1 Chris' hair is Lavender colored, rest of the series on-words it's White.
  • Explosive Leash: Outfitted with one during her fight against Tsubasa. She is released from it after a vicious battle with her.
  • Expy: to Hajime Aikawa/Chalice, both have the same color theme and as a enemy at first to main character.
  • Fake Defector: Apparently pulls off a Face–Heel Turn at the end of Episode 10 of G, only for it to turn out she was only pretending so she could infiltrate Dr. Ver's group and steal Solomon's Cane, now under his possession, only to be forced to fight Tsubasa by way of an Explosive Leash.
  • Failure Hero: Chris begins seeing herself this way after she was forced to shoot a boys leg off in order to prevent him from being destroyed by an Alca-Noise. After the action she's left reeling and notes to herself that, no matter what she does, her actions always end up hurting somebody.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Against Brainwashed and Crazy Miku. And as a part as a Fake Defector, she fights Tsubasa.
  • Flechette Storm: QUEEN'S INFERNO.
  • Friend to All Children: Though a little rough at first, she got along well enough with the two kids she helped out in episode 7.
  • Gainaxing: There are plenty of scenes throughout the series where you get to see Chris' large breasts bouncing around, far more than the other girls.
  • Genre Savvy: She shows up fighting Tsubasa in order to steal Hibiki away from her because Hibiki is "the main character".
  • Girlish Pigtails: They fit her Tsundere personality.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Her bookbag has stuffed rabbit keychained.note 
  • Godiva Hair: In episode 12 of G, when her hair covers her lower regions.
  • Gun Kata: Chris has added a pair of pistols to her arsenal, along with close-range dueling skills straight out of Equilibrium... because Genjuro lent her the movie on DVD.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Continued mistreatment from Finé, as well as finding out on her motives, made her realize that she's being lied to, and promptly defects from her. Eventually, she warms up to Hibiki, Tsubasa and Genjuro.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To prevent the Moon from being pulverized, she launched herself to outer space and blasted the incoming laser with her own. She fails to stop it entirely, but at least the damage the moon suffers is relatively minor. She gets better.
  • Hot-Blooded: A different variation of this trope than Hibiki and Genjuuro. She's aggressive and coarse, whether talking or fighting.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Played With in regards to Chris' actions throughout the fourth season. At the start of the season Chris is forced to shot a boys leg off to prevent an Alca-Noise from destroying his body and, while horrified by it, she believes that it was the only thing she could do and that regrets aren't something she can afford. However privately Chris thinks back on this decisions and others she's made and wonders if she could have done something different.
  • Idiot Hair: small ones
  • Image Song:
    • S1: Makyū ・ Ichaival is her battle/tsun song, and Tsunaida te Dake ga Tsumugu mono is her dere song performed in episode 10.
    • G: Bye-Bye Lullaby is her battle/tsun song, and Kyōshitsu Monochrome is her dere song performed at the end of episode 4 of G.
    • GX: "TRUST HEART", her battle song for GX. In Episode 5 she also sings a duet wtih Tsubasa titled "BAYONET CHARGE". Her mundane song is Hōkago Key Holder. note 
    • AXZ: "GUN BULLET XXX" is her battle song, with Todoke Happy♡Uta Zukin! note , a cover of the opening of the In-Universe Magical Girl anime Kaiketsu☆Utazukin! note , as her mundane song. There is also Change the Future, her duet with Maria.
    • XV: Take this! "All loaded" is her battle song with Ashita no Atashi note  as her mundane song.
  • Insult of Endearment: She only refers to Hibiki as an idiot, but it's clear that she means it affectionately.
  • Large Ham: On top of being Hot-Blooded, she's very prone to overreacting, and doesn't mince her words. Also, her battle songs are less about singing and more about blasting the scenery to bits.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Chris gets put in this position at the end of episode 2 when a young boy gets attacked by the Alca-Noise and it wraps its limb around his leg. In order to prevent the boy from being killed Chris is forced to shot his leg off.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: MEGA DETH SYMPHONY, an Up to Eleven version of MEGA DETH PARTY which manages to blow up a large part of the K2 in Episode 1.
    • in AXZ, we have MEGA DETH INFINITY, an Up to Eleven version of MEGA DETH QUARTA with full dozen missiles instead of four managed to blow a flying fortress (after being sliced by Tsubasa and punched through by Hibiki).
  • Male Gaze: There are plenty of instances where the camera focuses on Chris' breasts.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yukine" is written as "snow sound".
  • Missile Lock-On: In G, Chris' RED HOT BLAZE. True to this trope, the target then goes full stealth and Chris can't launch her missiles.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Part of the catalyst for her Heel–Face Turn is the torture Finé administered to her after Hibiki hands her ass to her, as well as realizing what she's actually doing.
  • Mook Maker: Solomon's Cane, on loan from Finé, allows her to summon and control Noise.
  • More Dakka: Ichaival is Gatling Good, Frickin' Laser Beams, Macross Missile Massacre and Rain of Arrows wrapped in one package! The latter is even taken Up to Eleven in the Season 1 finale, where she sports enough cruise missiles to make a battleship jealous.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: As mentioned above, Ichaival has an absurd number of ranged weapon forms, and Chris seems proficient with all of them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Between her large breasts, white hair, curvy figure, and due to how her Symphogear is fairly revealing (complete with a Cleavage Window), she fits the trope.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She breaks down in tears after witnessing firsthand that the Noise are really harming civilians.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In order to find an invisible alca-noise in episode 3 of AXZ, she creates a sonar system by planting bullets that turn into speakers around the battlefield.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Mean to Hibiki's nice and Tsubasa's inbetween. It's downplayed somewhat, as while Chris does badger Hibiki, she's at least affectionate about it. In fact, Tsubasa being cold to Hibiki actually makes Chris angry.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sends Noise to stop Tsubasa. The camera cuts to the Noise, and then to Tsubasa right in front of her. And again when Hibiki swings Durandal in her direction.
  • Only Sane Woman: How she feels around Hibiki.
    • The OVAs reveal her to be this within the 2nd Division, hilariously enough.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Prior to her Heel–Face Turn, she always glared or scowled with the occasional smirk.
  • Perspective Flip: Episode 5 focuses on Chris. She's a normal Symphogear user who has to endure sadistic torture by her boss. Failing the last mission resulted in her being electrified for a very long time. The subsequent episode reveals she has a Dark and Troubled Past and is a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Both her and that stone shown in earlier episodes have diamond spikes on her Nehushthan armor colored pink. Her X-Drive Mode in the first season is also pink, but it's changed to red in G because pink is Shirabe's theme color. G takes this trope further with Episode 4's ending being pink all over.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Being among the smaller character in Symphogear, her offensive capability is the highest among all Symphogear users.
    • Even her seiyuu can be considered as one in singing world (note: Ayahi Takagaki is only 151 cm tall with opera-grade vocal range).
    • To put it into perspective, by GX, the only characters shorter than Chris are Shirabe (a girl two years younger than her) and Elfnein (the resident Token Mini-Moe).
  • Pragmatic Hero: After her violent break-up with Finé, she gets a better perspective of things, and decides to fight the Noise on her own terms — while (initially) refusing cooperation with the Second Branch, trusting no one but Genjuro, her legal guardian, and eventually Hibiki and Tsubasa.
  • Rape as Backstory: It's heavily implied that she was sexually abused when she was being trafficked around; when Genjuro offers to help her she bitterly asks him if he wants to become her pimp (which was translated out but put back in from the Crunchyroll subs). In Episode 8 she tells Miku that "they didn't stop, even when I said it hurt", which could refer to her experiments or something worse.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her weird pigtails practically reach her knees.
  • Recursive Ammo: GIGA ZEPPELIN fires large crystalline spikes into the air which split into countless shards and rain down hell.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted, Ichii-Bal is red and black but she gets it after her Defector from Decadence.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tsubasa's blue and the blue to Hibiki's red.
  • Save the Villain: Twice in G: First when Tsubasa and she restrain Hibiki during her dismemberment-induced berserker rage to keep her from mauling Dr. Ver to death like she did to the Nephilim, then again later in the season when she shields Shirabe (who up until then had been an enemy) from being incinerated by the Shenshoujin's energy blasts.
    • Saves Noble Red from being sucked out into space in Episode 12 of XV.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to leave at the peak of her battle with Tsubasa.
  • Senpai Kohai:
    • After the You Are Not Alone moment, she slowly begins to regard her relationship with Tsubasa as this. Though Tsubasa points out in the finale's epilogue that Chris doesn't consistently refer to her as senpai.
    • She also takes her role as Shirabe's and Kirika's senpai very seriously and considers them her cute kohais.
  • Shrinking Violet: With people she doesn't know, she adopts an uncharacteristic shy side. Best shown at the beginning of the season at school where she avoids her enthusiastic classmates and sticks with Tsubasa or Hibiki's clique.
  • Shoe Slap: Throws her shoe at Hibiki in the beginning of Episode 1 of AXZ
  • Short Hair with Tails: Gives the illusion of her hair being permanently tied back. Although as a child, she instead kept all of her hair long and in actual pigtails.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Chris cuts off Hibiki when the latter is trying to talk her around during the battle.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Depending on the subs, she has no profanity filter.
  • Sixth Ranger: She joins Hibiki and Tsubasa in episode 10.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Being one of the smaller characters in the series, Chris's BILLION MAIDEN summons a pair of twin-linked Gatling guns just as big as she is, if not bigger.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Shirabe and Kirika express surprise when they see Chris's stellar report card. Chris, ever the Tsundere character development or not, snaps at them to finish their make-up assignments.
  • Smash Sisters: With Tsubasa, complete with a duet, in episode 5.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In season 1 her relic was called Ichii-Bal. In season 2 its renamed Ichaival.
  • Squishy Wizard: The Training Montage reveals that her physical and athletic conditions suck in comparison to Hibiki and Tsubasa's, despite being able to blow up Noise en masse with her weapons. Earlier, Chris is one-shotted by Kirika with a single simple attack.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Chris' attack-calling screens gain a rose motif from the second season onward. Said attacks often involve firearms. Put the two together...
    • GX's Transformation Sequence involves long, glowing ribbons. What kind of weapon was Ichaival? A bow.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Despite the abuse she suffered at her hands, Chris was still extremely distraught when Finé abandoned her. Even after she gets over it and declares deadly revenge against her, she's still the one to cry hardest once Finé finally does die.
  • Start X to Stop X: Chris wants to stop all wars and fighting... by viciously beating anyone with a weapon using her Symphogear.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Chris as a whole seems to be playing this trope more straight in fourth season than in previous ones, from using more moves that turn Ichaival into a traditional bow to practicing archery as seen in the opening.
  • Sudden Name Change: From Ichii-Bal in the first season to Ichaival in the second, but the pronunciation is still the same.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Hibiki's Neither and Tsubasa's Butch. Between the frilly clothes and pigtails, she's easily the girliest of the three.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted—it seems that she'll transform uninterrupted in episode 8, but suddenly the Noise make a charge at her. Thankfully, Genjuro appears and punches the asphalt to raise an ad hoc barrier before they can touch her.
  • Trick Arrow: ARTHEMIS CAPTURE, which has Chris fire an arrow into an enemy before it explodes from the inside.
  • Tsundere: Develops this attitude towards Hibiki (and to a lesser extent, Tsubasa), post-Heel–Face Turn. G eventually shows her more Adorkable side, especially once she re-attunes to school life.
  • Underboobs: While wearing the Nehushtan Armor.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Finé.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Somewhat literally. When Tsubasa uses her Swan Song, it creates veins on her skin and does massive damage to her own armor, forcing her to flee. It supposedly doesn't kill her off, but it caused one hell of a breakdown.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wanted to stop wars. Alas, Finé has other things in mind.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Her way of thinking has some nice changes in episode 7. She decides to help a brother and sister find their father, and she later asks them how do they get along with each so well. Their answer is something like "Slap-Slap-Kiss".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is very vocal in her distaste for how Tsubasa starts treating Hibiki in Episode 6 of G.
  • Whip It Good: The weapons of the Nehushtan Armor.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Before her Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Worf Effect: Both Chris and Tsubasa briefly lose the ability to use their Symphogears to show off what the Alca-Noise are capable of.
    • She's Back: Returns in Episode 5 with her new and enhanced Symphogear.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A whether wearing the school uniform or casual clothes.

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  • The Bus Came Back: As Neshutan was destroyed back in the first season (as well as it's later used by Fine).
  • Ironic Echo: Give one to her parents (who lose Chris in this world) that their song to suppose to save the world just like how they once told her.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: To hide her real identity from her parents (as she doesn't mentally preprare to face them), she goes by the name Chris Tachibana.

    Kanade Amou 
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Voiced by: Minami Takayama

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  • Date of Birth: July 28
  • Age: 17 (S1 E1 flashback), 20 (XDU)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 169 cm
  • Measurements: B95/W62/H92
  • Relic: Gungnir, Brisingamen (XDU)

Tsubasa's former partner in ZweiWing, Kanade was the sole survivor of a Noise attack that killed her family when she was young. After being recovered by Genjuro and Ryoko, she wholeheartedly agreed to be tested for compatibility with the Third Relic, Gungnir, in exchange for the opportunity to exact revenge against the Noise. Unlike Hibiki, she can manifest the Gungnir in the form of a spear. Unfortunately, she dies in the beginning, forced to perform a Swan Song to defeat a concentration of Noise that massed around one of their concerts.


  • Fiery Redhead: She's pretty cheery, and during one flashback was shown to be quite brazen as a child. Above all else, however, she's brave; not even the loss of her family to the Noise made her despair.
  • Final Speech: Kanade's last words are revealed in episode three. She opens with a variation on "Everything's going dark".
  • Good Feels Good: While she initially was in the Symphogear business for revenge, she eventually comes to realize that she has actually come to enjoy helping people for its own sake.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Taking You with Me: She saves Hibiki by activating her Swan Song, thus ending her life and killing the attacking Noise.
  • Hot-Blooded: She puts her whole heart in everything she does, be it revenge, song or protecting people.
  • Hour of Power: Kanade needs the LiNKER to synchronize with her Symphogear, thus having a time limit for using it.
  • Image Song:
    • Kimi to Iu Oto Kanade Tsukiru Made, which is later covered and altered by Hibiki.
    • In XDU she also has Gyakko no Resolve note 
  • Lucky Charms Title: Her attacks have infinity symbols as part of their names.
  • Magic Idol Singer: She used to be the other member of ZweiWing with Tsubasa.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kanade" means "to play (an instrument)".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While protecting Hibiki from the Noise, some fragments from Kanade's Gungnir breaks off and accidentally sends a sharp chunk straight at her, spearing her through the chest, nearly killing her.
  • Posthumous Character: After the first episode, she only appears Talking in Your Dreams and in flashbacks, but it happens almost in every episode.
  • Psycho Serum: How the Symphogear research facility allowed Gungnir to resonate with her. Initially, a small dose was given, but when that doesn't work, she decides to take the rest of it. This serum may have been LiNKER as shown in G, but, given what happened in that season, she's really lucky to have lived after using it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tsubasa's blue. Kanade holds enthusiastic view toward battle, while Tsubasa is more reserved (and in the Flash Back, was actually quivering in fear).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kanade took up Gungnir after her family was carbonized by the Noise. And she is utterly bent on avenging them. Eventually she comes to enjoy helping people for its own sake.
  • Shounen Hair: A rare female example. Her hair resembles wings.
  • Spirit Advisor: To Tsubasa in the first season.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: During the flashback to her childhood.
  • This Is a Drill: Her "Last∞Meteor" attack has her twirling her Gungnir to incredible speeds, drilling Noise apart and even creating tornadoes.
  • The Unchosen One: Didn't naturally have the power to wield Symphogear. It didn't stop her.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: None of the 2nd Division Symphogears are particularly boyish, per se. But with her general demeanor and appearance, out of all of them she's definitely the closest thing to it.
  • You Are Not Alone: In an attempt to comfort Tsubasa, Kanade tells her that she will always be supportive, even in death.

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Through the use of the Gjallarhorn relic to connect with parallel worlds, the group comes across an alternate version of Kanade who came from a timeline where Tsubasa died at the Zwei Wing concert instead of her.
  • Alternate Self: As mentioned above, this Kanade comes from alternate timeline where Tsubasa performed a Heroic Sacrifice/Taking You with Me in the beginning of Season 1 instead of her.
  • The Berserker: Depending on her mood, If she begin serious she will out right activated her Super Mode from the very beginning and recklessly charge into the enemies. This work quite often as Brisingamen can easily overhelming most opponent.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Kanade relationship with Serena start to become this as both having similiar experienced and come from the different world. She often give out an advices to Serena when it's come to something she can't say to Maria.
  • The Big Guy: Play this role among the gear users.
  • Can't Catch Up: How she felt after witnessing the Symphogear users from the main timeline fight.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Happened quiet often when she has to deal with someone she doesn't familiar with despite begin on the same side.
  • I Work Alone: Initially refuses to work together with Symphogear users from main timeline.
  • Playing with Fire: Brisingamen has a fire-based ability.
  • There Are No Therapists: She's in an even worse state than Tsubasa was during season one, having lost both her family and her partner to Noise. She even went as far as to quit her idol business to focus on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • The Unchosen One: At one point she stole Hibiki's Gungnir pendant in order to gain access to Ignite Module. It promptly rejects her.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: With Brisingamen relic, Kanade can easily take on her own verse of Saint-Germain, Cagliostro and Prelati at the same time at least until the trio activated their Faust Robes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Just like Tsubasa during the events of first season.
    • Took a Level in Kindness: At the end of her introduction event. Again, not unlike Tsubasa's development in the prime timeline.
  • Super Mode: Gains access to one with Brisingamen relic similar to how Ignited Module worked. As a complete relic it's power are exceed than Ignited Module. And unlike other gear users who got Bag of Spilling treatment for their own Duo-Relics at the end of their respectative events, Kanade got to keep it.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The first time Kanade encounters with the prime Symphogear users, she think that she is pathetic weak when comparing to them and is very Angst about it. Meanwhile the prime gear users comment among themselves that Kanade is extreamly good with her gear even with her lower version of the gear.
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    Miku Kohinata 
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Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

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  • Date of Birth: November 7
  • Age: 13 (S1 E1 Flashback), 15(S1, G), 16(GX,AZX), 17(XV)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 157 cm (5'2")
  • Measurements: B79/W54/H82
  • Relic: Shen Shou Jing, Aigis (XDU), Vambrace of Shem-ha (XV)

Hibiki's best friend, schoolmate and roommate. A kindhearted and gentle girl is Hibiki's number-one confidant; once she learns of Hibiki's secret activities as a Symphogear, she joins the 2nd Division to support her in any way she can. She is very athletic herself, being a member of her middle school track team, and she loves watching shooting stars.


  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Finally takes her place as the 7th and final Symphogear Wielder during the series finale, wielding Shenshou Jing. With her additional power, the Wielders are able to overwrite the Will of the Gods, freeing humanity.
  • Action Survivor: She has no powers, yet she's able to escape certain death from the Noise several times.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: It's hinted throughout the show that she might want to be more than just friends with Hibiki. This is especially compounded in G, in which Ver uses Miku's love for Hibiki to control her through the Shenshou Jing, and the lyrics of Waikyou Shenshou Jing hint Miku's feelings for Hibiki being much more intense and possessive than she lets on.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hibiki often refers to Miku as her sunshine/sunflower.
  • Anti-Magic: The Shenshou Jing relic she uses for her Symphogear in G has the ability to erase relics and anything related to them; this includes Symphogears, the seal on the Frontier, and the Gungnir fragments infecting Hibiki. It even works on the Curse of Balal.
  • Badass Normal: A mundane variation. She showed inklings of this trope in season 1 with her Action Survivor tendencies, but she officially becomes this when she uses her track-and-field experience to launch Solomon's Cane into the portal leading to the Treasury of Babylon thus saving everyone's life's from the exploding Nephilim.
  • Battle Cry: Right after entering the battlefield in episode 10 of G.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At the end of Episode 9, complete with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness and her own Symphogear.
  • Brainy Brunette: In contrast to Hibiki, Miku is a good student.
  • Bridal Carry: She ends up on the receiving end of one courtesy of Hibiki saving her from Micha in Episode 4.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In XV, she actually wants to tell Hibiki something very important that pertains to their relationship and how they feel but just can't express it. It's because of this indecisiveness that Shem-Ha was able to possess her.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Getting hit by the rays of the Shenshou Jing back in G is revealed in the last few minutes of AXZ to be responsible for purifying her of the original sin making her and Hibiki the only two people capable of handling divine power. This comes to fruition in XV Episode 8 where Miku is possessed by Shem-Ha and is able to transform using the bracelet.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her athletic talent finally comes into play in the finale, when she hurls Solomon's Cane to the warp gate leading to the Noise dimension, sealing it and causing the Nephilim's explosion to kill all the Noise within.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed example but in the second OVA, there's a short where Hibiki tells Miku that she won't be able to make it to the Queens of Music Festival because she's been put into a mission with Chris. Miku's reaction to this is to be worried about Hibiki cheating on her with Chris.
    Miku: "Well... Hibiki... I hear that in the past, sailors used to have a different woman at every port."
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Her Symphogear is purple.
  • Continuity Nod: The lyrics of Waikyō ・ Shenshou Jing include "hidamari" and "memoria". Her Image Song from the previous season was "Hidamari Memoria".
  • Covert Pervert: She doesn't show it much, but she's definitely this. It's especially in full force during the Zesshoushinai OVA shorts focusing on the events of Episode 7 where Miku is shown to have brought a camera for the sole purpose of taking a lot of pictures of Hibiki in a bikini. Hibiki, of course, is none the wiser.
  • Damsel in Distress: Following XV Episode 8, she's taken over by Shem-ha, acting as her vessel.
  • Demoted to Extra: After playing a rather large supporting role in the first two seasons, Miku's importance to the plot and screentime are diminished in GX and AXZ, although she's always there to provide some helpful words of encouragement for Hibiki. The Stinger of the final episode of AXZ hints that Miku will be at the forefront for the fifth season, however. True enough, Miku becomes a major player in XV, becoming the vessel for Shem-ha due to her ability to wield Divine Power.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In Season 1 her hair color is greenish-black, G on-words it's completely black.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And what better way for her and Hibiki to enjoy the moment than to finally watch the meteor shower together? And finally, in XV where she works up the courage to tell Hibiki her feelings, with the latter heavily implied to reciprocate.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In the final episode of XV, she regains the use of Shensou Jing, this time without being brainwashed, in order to help the rest of the Symphogear wielders stop Yggradisil.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She is determined to protect Hibiki, and eventually gets her own Symphogear, going from an ordinary athletic shoolgirl to a Relic user with insane power.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: She had greenish hair in season one, but season two shows that it's now black.
  • Heroic BSoD: Upon finding out about Hibiki's Symphogear in episode 6.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hibiki. Though the heterosexual part is debatable . . .
    • Season 2 does away with the "heterosexual" part and outright reveals her to be a lesbian by explaining that her love for Hibiki is the reason why Miku could connect with the Shen Shoujing relic.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hibiki uses a reflected blast from Shenshou Jing for its relic-destroying properties, which ends up saving both of them.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Her Symphogear, Shenshou Jing, has displayed more weapons than any other Symphogear user. Her arsenal includes:
  • Ironic Echo: Her use of consistently telling Hibiki about the shooting stars ends up being denied at the last minute.
  • Image Song:
    • S1: Hidamari Memoria note , a very happy and sweet song.
    • G: Kaban no Kakushigoto note , her mundane song. There is also Waikyou ・ Shenshou Jing note , her battle song.
    • GX: Itsuka no Niji, Hana no Omoide note , her disgustingly adorable duet with Hibiki.
    • XDU: Eiai Promise note , the battle song of her X-Drive form when she uses the Shenshou Jing to battle the berserk Hibiki from another dimension. The song returns in instrumental form during the final episode of the series when Miku uses the Shenshou Jing to help the others destroy Yggdrasil's core.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's very girly and obviously in love with Hibiki as G and the Zesshoushinai shorts show.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Hibiki since her presence helps Hibiki during the more emotional stressing events. In fact, an alternate timeline shows a more cynical Hibiki since her Miku left during the aftermath of the Zwei Wing tragedy.
  • Love Confession: Makes two in XV: the first time in Episode 5 where she refers to Hibiki as "the person I care about" with the wording used being "daisuki na hito" which means "beloved person" and then in Hibiki's Dream Sequence in Episode 7 where she says that Hibiki is "the only one [she] can fully give herself to". Then it's heavily implied that she makes a third one at the end of the series, with both her and Hibiki blushing at each other as they talk to each other. And due to Kimi Dake Ni playing over the scene, it's quite obvious that it's reciprocated.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Once again, her love for Hibiki makes her go along with Dr. Ver's proposal of using the Shenshou Jing.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: When she finally gets a Gear voluntarily in XV, it's a wedding dress.
  • Maybe Ever After: The series ends with Miku and Hibiki heavily implied to be confessing their feelings for each other. The fact that a piano version of Kimi Dake Ni is playing makes the intent rather obvious.
  • Meaningful Name: "Miku" means "future", though it could also be after the pronunciation of "mic" as in "microphone". "Kohinata" means "a little sunshine" and she's often called by Hibiki as her sunshine.
  • Mind-Control Device: Her Symphogear armor features this on the back of her head.
  • More Than Mind Control: Although Ver uses the Shenshou Jing to control Miku, her love for Hibiki and her desire for her to stop fighting is what makes it possible.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Hibiki.
  • Nice Girl: Very nice. Whether it's supporting Hibiki in her battles or nursing an injured Chris back to health, Miku is arguably the sweetest, most sincere character in the show.
  • Official Couple: Ultimately ends up with Hibiki after the end of XV. A memoria from Symphogear XDU titled "The Light That Illuminates the Future" has them performing a Love Confession simultaneously while they were at a karaoke bar with their friends.
  • Plucky Girl: Just because she's nice doesn't mean she's lacking in a backbone. Just look at Took a Level in Badass below or just watch the second season.
  • The Power of Love/Soundtrack Dissonance: It has been noted that sheer willpower can overcome literally anything, even Symphogears. That last Badass moment was simply her doing what she does best. Her Symphogear gets to the point where her laser is more powerful than Chris', which was used last season to stop moon chunks, and able to disintegrate it. And her song is about Hibiki's meeting from the previous season, saying that she completely loves her. Even a fansub decided to use pink cursive style fonts for her love song while said laser rips through a battleship.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Courtesy of being Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her Symphogear is purple, and it's far and away the most powerful relic shown in the series.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Heavily implied to be what happens between her and Hibiki at the end of the series with both of them confessing to each other.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: A textbook case with Hibiki. Sharing the bed, jealousy, break-ups and making-ups, the whole nine yards.
    Miku: I miss you! I cannot bear not being able to see you anymore, Hibiki!
  • Secretly Selfish: She made it clear that she wasn't pleased with Hibiki's Symphogear-related activities in the first season before coming around and accepting it. While she would continue to encourage Hibiki, Miku has always felt guilt for setting Hibiki down on the path to becoming a Symphogear wielder due to sending Hibiki to the ill-fated Zwei Wing concert that kicked off the events of the entire series. As such, she wants Hibiki to stop putting herself at risk due to a mixture of Miku's own guilt and her own romantic feelings for Hibiki. Being this is the entire reason she was able to wield the Shenshou Jing in the first place.
  • Ship Tease: Miku and Hibiki are roommates and classmates, but they are also close friends, often share the same bed, they bath together, have at least one moment together, and they comfort each other. Not only that, but they also want to go out and see shooting stars. Everyone can see it, until Miku decides to break ties after Hibiki hides her new heroic job. It's okay, they get better and the Ship Tease has only increased since then. Then it's heavily implied that she and Hibiki get together for real in the Grand Finale.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Her Symphogear Shenshou Jing is one of the most ridiculously powerful weapons shown on the show. Not only does it have some of the most varied abilities and weapons shown in the series it also has the power of Anti-Magic making it one of the most dangerous powers on the show. It's therefore no surprise that Shenshou Jing gets destroyed by its own power after Miku's first fight with it otherwise the heroes would probably be able to easily beat any seasons Big Bad. As such, the Shenshou Jing's relic-killing power was used by Shem-Ha in order to counter Hibiki's own god-killing abilities during XV
  • There Is Only One Bed: Subverted. There are two beds in form of a bunk bed, but she and Hibiki sleep on the top bunk. When they have their relationship crisis, Miku sleeps on the bottom bunk.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Hibiki's tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Uses herself as a way of distracting the Noise when Hibiki was unable to activate her Symphogear. She did say she was a part of the school's track and field.
  • True Companions: Lives with Hibiki in the dorm and later relies on her in episode 8 when she acts as a decoy. Come G she joins the 2nd Division to be able to help her friend on an even greater scale.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Having received no formal training on how to use her Symphogear, Shenshou Jing, she's much less effective than the rest of the Symphogear users. And yet she still manages to destroy an entire fleet of ships with just her relic, and even overpower Chris and Tsubasa's ultimate defenses. Her firepower shows up again when she utterly annihilates a horde of Custiodian mechs in the Grand Finale.
  • Walking Spoiler: Big things happen in season 2. Not to mention what happens in Season 5
  • Yandere: It's been noted that her song lyrics while wearing her Symphogear hint at her being very possessive of Hibiki and her love.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: During Episode 4, when Hibiki finally tells Miku about her doubts, Miku says that Hibiki's fists are gentle and would never willingly hurt anyone.

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Aigis Duo-Relics
Determined to save Parallel Hibiki, Miku eventually managed to get her own Shen Shou Jing back from the parallel world and used it for that purpose. Unlike in the main series from this point onward, Miku has become the Sixth Ranger and help out the main cast if the situation calls for it.
  • Barrier Warrior: She later gets her Aigis relic to combine with her Shen Shou Jing. This Duo-relic allows her to generate a barrier in which its defensive potential even exceeds the X-Drive's.
  • Beam Spam: Almost all of her attacks consist of beam attack variations.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Her Aigis relic changes the shape of her big fan-like Arm Gear to look more like a proper (hi-tech) fan.
  • Power Copying: A first one to achived a Mirror Link system, in which she channeled the sound of Hibiki's Gungnir which change her gear form to look like Gungnir.
  • Sixth Ranger: As the gang often splits up and travels to other parallel worlds, Miku usually fill the gaps for the team if needed.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: More profound than the main series. She technically owns both powerful offensive (Shen Shou Jing) and defensive (Aigis) relics but on the other hand, she is average on the other parts as well as much less experienced than the other gear users.

Introduced in G

    F.I.S. Symphogears Overall 
The three Symphogear wielders that formerly worked for the terrorist organization Finé, before switching sides to work with S.O.N.G following the end of G (plus the dead Serena).
  • 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.
  • 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, though 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.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Shirabe and Kirika in G episodes 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 G 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, Gizagizagirari☆Full Throttle, note  and Cutting Edge×2 Ready go! are duets which combine their songs from G, GX, AXZ, XV 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 
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Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa

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  • Date of Birth: August 7
  • Age: 21 (G, GX), 22 (AXZ, XV)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 170 cm (5'7")
  • Measurements: B96/W62/H90
  • Relic: Gungnir (formerly, XDU), Airgetlám, Hermes (XDU)

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.


Pre-Heel–Face Turn Tropes

  • 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 Damn Heroes: For Miku! It was a bad idea, though.
  • 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.
  • 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!?"
    • However, 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.
  • 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.
  • Image Song: Ressō ・ Gungnir note  is her battle song. Dark Oblivion is her stage song in America. She also has Fushichō no Flamme note  a duet with Tsubasa during the idol concert in episode 1.
  • 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.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone's reaction when they see that Maria has a black Gungnir.
  • 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.
  • Paint It Black: Her Gungnir is black.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Post-Heel–Face Turn and General Tropes

  • Ace Pilot: Is shown to be a competent helicopter pilot when she needs to do something without a Symphogear.
  • Amazonian Beauty: As revealed in the opening animation sequence of AXZ, 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.
  • 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.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Shem-Ha reveals that Airgetlam is actually made from the severed, silver arm of Maria's distant ancestor.
  • Anime Hair: Her hair looks rather improbable.
  • 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.
  • 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 in GX. 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.
  • 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 Eater: Revealed in the shorts to have a rather large appetite.
  • 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 GX episode 4.
  • Blow You Away: TORNADO IMPACT, which creates a tornado to barrage the enemy.
  • 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.
  • Broken Ace: She's the strongest of her team, but Maria is mentally even more broken than Tsubasa and Chris were.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the first part of the GX, 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 GX 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 in GX, showing her grappling with her past as she tries to control the IGNITE module.
  • Combination Attack: Change The Future with Chris.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kirika and Shirabe. Maria is 21 years old, being older than any other Symphogear user.
  • Energy Weapon: Her Horizon Spear attack returns when she temporarily uses Hibiki's Gungnir.
  • Flechette Storm: Airgetlam's Infinite Crime attack, which generates multiple copies of her Gear and fires them as projectiles.
  • Good Costume Switch: She goes from wearing black to wearing white when she makes her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Godiva Hair: In G 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, having chosen to surrender now that they have nowhere else to go.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Lineage: It was originally believed she was a descendant of Finé taken over by her, but it's later revealed that isn't true. She's actually a descendant of Enki, the Custodian that sacrificed his life to stop Shem-Ha and original owner of the arm used to make Airgetlam.
  • Hour of Power: Like Kanade, Maria needs the LiNKER to synchronize with her Symphogear and she has a time limit.
  • 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:
    • GX: Ginwan ・ Airgetlam note  is her new battle song, with Junpaku Innocent note  being her mundane song. Ressou - Gungnir returns as her battle song when she borrows Hibiki's Gungnir in Episode 4. It's replaced with Ginwan ・ Airgetlam'' when she regains access to Airgetlam. She also sings Seiten Galaxy Cross note  with Tsubasa during a concert in episode 1.
    • 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.
    • XV: Shirogane no Honō -keep the faith- note  is her battle song, while Kono Ima wo Ikiru Hikari note  is her mundane song. She also sings Angelic Remnant with Tsubasa during their concert in episode 2 and they also sing Fushichō no Flamme, note  returning from G, in episode 11 while fighting Millaarc.
  • 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.
  • Lucky Charms Title: Her attack names have † signs in them, similar to Kanade's use of infinity symbols.
  • Luminescent Blush:
    • Gets one near the end of GX Episode 13 when Tsubasa smiles at her.
    • Gets another one courtesy of Tsubasa once again in AXZ Episode 1 when the latter assumes that Maria joined her on her mission due to being lonely.
  • 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.
  • 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. She then gets it back for permanent use with the help of Elfnein.
  • Reverse Grip: How she holds her dagger.
  • 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.
  • 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, she tends to fall into this role. She's most involved in helping others from behind the scenes, usually in realizing 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 realize that her father really cared for her after all. It's also Played for Laughs in the second G OVA, where Maria is the only one who cooks in a healthy and balanced way.
  • Tears of Blood: As a result of briefly using the Gungnir Symphogear to fend off the Alca-Noise without LiNKER, this happens to her.
  • Token Adult: Maria is 21, being the oldest Symphogear user and the only one alive to be an adult.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Although the song, Apple, was able to unify Humanity to be able to supply the Symphogears with enough Phonic Gain to enter X-Drive and defeat the Nephilim, this ended up biting the world in the ass later down the line in XV, not too dissimilar to Fine's Attempt to Destroy the Moon and the Curse of Balal that resides in it. Shem-ha reveals that Apple was a single song that was derived from Humanity's original language, which she helped create. Upon being defeated by her fellow Custodians, she used a last resort plan to merge herself with Humanity's DNA via the original language's words. When Apple was sung by Maria in the Climax of G, it kickstarted her revival alongside Fine's uncovering of the Lunar Ruins via ripping off a piece of the moon.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Her HORIZON CANNON move 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.
  • 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.

XDU

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Hermes Duo-Relics
  • Big "NO!": Played for Laughs, when Serena presents an idea to become a Phantom Thief. Maria immediately thinks that Serena has become delinquent. She then screams and runs away much to her sister's confusion.
  • The Bus Came Back: She got back her own 'Black Gungnir' gear by taking another Gungnir relic in Kanade's Pararell World and still have it by the end of the event. She now possesses both Airgetlám and Gungnir relics.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Occasionally has one for Serena.
  • Foil: In Hermes event, it is revealed that she had befriended another Receptor Child named Jeanne, who is in many ways is similar to her. Jeanne is the 'weaker' older sister who is a young girl that is greatly attuned to a relic, in this case, the Eye of Argus, whose younger sister became the victim of the relic's power. Jeanne then took up Argus as her own for the sake of keeping her sister alive in some way. The difference is that Jeanne didn't have anyone who can share her burden with, as she was ushered to isolation to keep Argus from going berserk, and she ends up mad with grief, hating the world.
  • Innocent Innuendo: For summer event, Maria has a song about showing off that it's fine to be weak as long as you don't make any excuse about it and always try to improve yourself. It's also a summer event song and has a title Let's Get Naked... It's Summer.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Maria starts to feel that she is using Parallel Serena as one for her own sister and feels bad about it. She gets over it later.
  • Super Speed: Her Hermes Duo-relics give her gear a huge speed boost. It's so fast that even Maria mention that it's did took a toll for her body a bit.

    Shirabe Tsukuyomi 
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Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

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  • Date of Birth: February 16
  • Age: 14 (G), 15 (GX, AXZ, XV)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 152 cm (5'0")
  • Measurements: B72/W53/H76
  • Relic: Shul Shagana, Tsukuyomi (XDU)

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.


Pre-Heel–Face Turn Tropes

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Blu-ray version, when Shirabe has her Hellish Pupils moment in G episode 11, her eyes are changed from pink to golden.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Shower of Angst: Has one, mirroring Tsubasa's own in the previous season and against the same person. Turns into a shower of love when Kirika comforts her.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: In the Blu-ray version, when she has her Hellish Pupils moment.

Post-Heel–Face Turn and General Tropes

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's quite mild and displays less emotions than the brash Kirika.
  • 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.
  • The Atoner: Just like Maria, she wanted to redeem herself for what she did in G. She especially wanted to make up for calling Hibiki a Hypocrite after learning just how genuine her ideal truly was.
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers one for the Shul Shagana relic in AXZ 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!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives in the nick of time (along with Kirika) to rescue Chris and Elfnein from Leuir in GX.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: As shown in Episode 1 of AXZ, 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.
  • Clothing Combat: Delta Style: Bewitching Axel turns her miniskirt into a much larger buzzsaw.
  • Combination Attack: Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil, Zababa Sun+Moon: Extreme Beta Style and Polyfilm Scissor Love Dreams with Kirika, Racing Duet of Wind and Moon with Tsubasa.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 9 of AXZ 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.
  • 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 of G, she stops behaving coldly towards Hibiki, even encouraging the latter to carry on with her endeavour.
  • Determinator: In GX 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.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She may have come to realize why her seniors are worried for her safety in GX, but that doesn't stop Shirabe in AXZ 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!"
  • 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.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Cooks up an entire feast for Hibiki's birthday party in AXZ Episode 13, though she blushingly insists that it was a combined effort.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Image Song:
    • 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.
    • XV: Mijuku Shōjo Buttagiri! note  is her battle song, with Cutting Edge×2 Ready go! being her duet with Kirika. Her mundane song is Kimi ga Nakanai Sekai ni. note 
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Her upgraded gear lets her use these alongside her buzzsaws. She even performs yo-yo tricks in her new transformation sequence!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 AXZ 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 of AXZ 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.
  • 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.
  • Protectorate: For Kirika.
  • Ramming Always Works: A few of her attacks consist of riding her giant buzzsaw-wheel and directly charge into the enemy.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A lighter red, being pink, but she still was a member of a terrorist organization willing to do anything to achieve their goals. Also, while she may have come over to the side of the heroes by the end of G, future seasons show that this has made her no less dangerous to her enemies.
  • Robot Girl: Her Symphogear design and tech-heavy arsenal evoke this, much like Kirika's Cute Witch motif.
  • Say My Name: After Kirika uses her swan song and is rendered unconscious in AXZ Episode 10, when the scene cuts back to S.O.N.G. headquarters, Shirabe can be heard screaming Kirika's name in the background.
  • Ship Tease: With Kirika. This continues in GX as well.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: When Hibiki tries to reason instead of fight, Shirabe calls her out on being a hypocrite; specifically because people who have never experienced hardship shouldn't offer to help others.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: All sugar with Kirika, Nastassja, and Maria (especially Kirika) and all ice with everyone else. This ends up becoming a major flaw later in Season 4 where she is unable to perform unison attacks with anybody except Kirika.
  • The Stoic: Usually. Sometimes, however, she lets her anger get the better of her, as shown when she gives a mouthful to Hibiki.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Kirika's tomboy. She has Girlish Pigtails, is color-coded by pink, and normally wears cute dresses.
  • 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.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Downplayed, but Shirabe shows some resemblance to Ryoko, the previous Finé, with both having similar eye colors and similar hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She's a grade A in her civilian outfits (Grad B in GX). She comes very close to Grade S, having Twin Tails and being somewhat of a Tsundere.

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Tsukuyomi Duo-Relics
  • Gamer Chick: She and Kirika (and later Serena) tend to hang out together, and to play video games during their freetime. She sometimes blurts out video game language, much to Maria's confusion.
  • Miko: To deal with the rampaging spirits. Shirabe and her friends start to train to achieve Miko Type Gear at Tsuki Shrine. She is easily the most talented one, as well as the first person to achieve the Miko Type Gear. Maybe because it's In the Blood.
  • Moon Rabbit: Take into further with her Tsukuyomi Gear. With her gear is even more rabbit-like and use Moon Theme attack.
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    Kirika Akatsuki 
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Voiced by: Ai Kayano

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  • Date of Birth: April 13 (?)
  • Age: 15 (G), 16 (GX, AZX, XV)
  • 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.


Pre- Heel–Face Turn Tropes

  • Driven to Suicide: When she realizes her actions have done nothing but drive her apart from Shirabe. She gets better.
  • Image Song: Gokuren ・ Igalima is her battle song. Tegami note  is her mundane song.
  • Red Herring: We're led to believe she summoned the Beehive Barrier and so is Finé's next host. Shirabe actually summoned it unconsciously.

Post-Heel–Face Turn and General Tropes

  • 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: Just like Maria and Shirabe, she greatly regrets her action in G.
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers one for the Igalima relic in AXZ 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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 in GX.
  • 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.
  • Bridal Carry: In ''GX' she carries an unconscious Chris this way while escaping the Alca-Noise.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Sports this hairstyle with sidetails and is the most tomboyish of the FIS Receptor trio.
  • Combination Attack: 'Zababa Eclipse: Forbidden Wheel of Evil, Zababa Sun+Moon: Extreme Beta Style and Polyfilm Scissor Love Dreams with Shirabe, Two Shouts, One Love'' with Hibiki.
  • 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.
  • Cute Witch: Her Symphogear's look evokes this.
  • Doesn't Know Their Own Birthday: Her listed birthday is actually the date of her coming under FIS' care; she either was too young to remember her real birthday or she has an amnesia. This causes her to think highly of birthdays, and leaves her under the impression that she's lesser than everyone because she doesn't even know the simplest facts of her own origin.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: Last Ignition Igalima comes with a relatively small one, made of four scythe blades stapled together on the end of a chain.
  • 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: Following the end of G, Igalima incorporates a lot more white into its design like with Shirabe.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She activates her swan song in AXZ 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.
  • Image Song:
    • GX: Her battle song is OVERKILL SCYTHE HELL, along with Just Loving X-Edge, a duet with Shirabe. Her mundane song is Okitegami. note 
    • AXZ: Dangerous Sunshine serves as her battle song, with Gizagizagirari☆Full Throttle note  being her duet with Shirabe. She also has Happy Smile Vacation as her mundane song, and Hitsuai Duo Shout'' note  as her duet with Tsubasa.
    • XV: Mikansei Love Mapputatsu! note  is her battle song, with Cutting Edge×2 Ready go! being her duet with Shirabe. Her mundane song is Happy Birthday no Uta. note 
  • Love Confession: Kirika gives one to Shirabe in GX 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.
  • Luminescent Blush: Has a major one in AXZ when Hibiki suddenly grabs her hands while congratulating her during their shower in. The blush intensifies when she realizes that Shirabe is also glaring at her during this scene.
  • 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.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Her Symphogear armor provides a witch hat and a short "cape".
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Parodied in GX Episode 3. If one looks closely, it's just a shop banner.
  • Serious Business: She admits that she's very enthusiastic when it comes to celebrating birthdays, as shown in AXZ 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.
  • 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.
  • Spin Attack: Kirika's Tinkerbell Tornado attack, in which she uses her rocket pauldrons to spin her scythe at high speeds.
  • Stepford Smiler: She still tries to keep up a cheerful face despite steadily becoming more worried and anxious later on in the series. Even after going beyond the entire debacle about "my distant ancestor is going to possess me", she still keeps a seriously depreciating view of her own worth, that she likes to put herself In Harm's Way by singing her Superb Song. One event in XDU reveals that, even one year after, she still keeps her last will / suicide note she wrote back in G.
  • Tears of Blood: Sheds these after using her swan song in AXZ Episode 10.
  • 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.
  • Useless Without Powers: With the supply of LiNKER to keep her, Shirabe, and Maria synced to their Gears starting to run dry around the beginning of AXZ, Kirika goes on 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!"
  • 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". It only gets worse from GX onwards.
    • 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.

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  • Cerebus Retcon: You think Zesshousinai skits about Kirika's letter funny? Turns out Kirika took the fact that she can't get rid of it as the sign that the world would never let her forget about what she had done. So she keeps it, even though it is now a wet, torn, unreadable mess of the already misspelled suicide letter, as a reminder on how worthless she is. She gets better later and tears it for the last time, but the whole process to reach that conclusion was somewhat messy.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: As seen in several Memoria, despite modelling herself as a grim reaper and having relics that are super effective against the classic supernatural horrors, Kirika is afraid of ghosts and horror stories in general.
  • Heroic BSoD: When the FIS Symphogear users go to engage Vlad, he ends up biting Maria, Shirabe, and Serena; incapacitating them and in time, turning them into vampires. Kirika, who was spared from the same fate because Vlad got scared off by the soul cutting Igalima, goes into a shock because she thinks she'll lose Shirabe for real this time.
  • Sinister Scythe: Or rather Beam Scythes in similar fashion of Gundam Deathscythe Hell.
  • Vampire Hunter: To save her friends from Vlad, she achieved this special type gear along with Hibiki and Chris, later using Kersnik, the spirit of a Vampire Hunter shaman, to powerup her Igalima.

    Serena Cadenzavna Eve 
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Voiced by: Yui Horie

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

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


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Gleipnir Duo-Relics
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.
  • A-Cup Angst: She is shown to be little jealous at Kanade's figure during their Swimsuit Gear type testing.
  • 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.
  • Can't Catch Up: How she felt the more she has been fighting with Maria and her friends but unlike Kanade, Serena doesn't really Angst about it but simply wants to more useful to the team.
  • 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.
  • Gamer Chick: She doesn't look like one but due to Shirabe and Kirika influeced, Serena had become quiet a gamer herself. She is especially enjoys adventure rpg and puzzle genre.
  • 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.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • In the second part of Dragon Gear event, Serena is taking Kirika's turn in the dragon game simulator because Kirika is sick from not sleeping out the excitement of playing the sim. Serena decides that she doesn't like killing dragons and change the Monster Hunter-esque game into a pet-raising sim.
    • She had become friend with Veigue, the dwarf who look over Gleipnir Labyrinth, who in returned give her the power of Gleipnir relic.
  • Knew It All Along: She is actually knew that Prime!Maria isn't her own Maria long before the event's final but she nonetheless still sees Maria as her sister.
  • 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.
    • Her Phantom Thieft Gear happened to look more like a Magical Girls as well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Smart Guy: She is smarter than she look and figured out thing rather quickly. She is especially play this role when she is place in Maria, Shirabe and Kirika group.
  • Space Master: Glepnir has an ability to trap an enemies in it personal pocket dimension.
  • Support Party Member: Most of her characters card are specialty for a support. Plot-wise, she is also often play as support role for other gear users.
  • 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.
  • Teleport Spam: Gleipnir gear allows her to perform this ability.
  • 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.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While Glepnir is one of the more powerful relic in the main cast, Serena herself isn't a fighter in nature.

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