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Characters from Space Battleship Yamato 2202. Much like its predecessor, this page will deal with characters introduced and/or created specifically for this series, or older characters who have changed or expanded characterization in this series.

See also the character pages for Space Battleship Yamato and Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

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The Earth Federation

Rising from near-annihilation just a mere three years prior, the people of Earth are well on the road to recovery, thanks to the return of the Yamato and the Cosmo Reverse. Its military arm in particular is keen on flexing its military muscle, thanks to a new space fleet armed almost exclusively with Wave Motion-based weaponry. It is now military allies with Gamillas.

    Cosmo Navy 

Captain Ryu Hijikata/Draco Gideon

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Voiced by: Unsho Ishizuka (episodes 1-20), Naomi Kusumi (episodes 21 onward).

A former commander of the Cosmo Navy, Captain Hijikata was a veteran of the Gamillas-Earth war, and a close friend of the late Captain Okita. His opposition to the Earth Federation rebuilding its fleet with Wave Motion-based tech made him many enemies, which is why he was quietly "appointed" as the commander of the Earth forces garrisoned there on the 11th planet of the Solar system.


  • Ascended Extra: In Yamato 2, Hijikata was simply the commander of the Andromeda, and most of the time was placed in opposition to the Yamato. Here he pretty much becomes the ranking officer on the ship, and stays that way until close to the end of the series.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In Yamato 2, Hijikata perishes as the crippled Andromeda slams uncontrollably into the Comet Empire's highly-defended capital. In 2202, he is critically wounded as Yamato makes its final charge against the Ark of Destruction, and dies in the captain's chair, much like his friend Okita before him.
  • The Captain: Takes over his old friend Okita's position as Yamato's commander for almost the entirety of its journey to Telezart and back.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Believes in this, but cites it as a virtue.
    Hijikata: All Humans are weak, we're fallible, we all make mistakes. I say so what? We're not machines!
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being the more veteran officer, Hijikata gives Kodai and his crew a lot of leeway in deciding the course of action during a particular battle.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Hijikata was a vocal critic of Serizawa's plan to re-arm Earth's fleet with Wave Motion weaponry. It got him "promoted" as senior commander of colony garrison far away from Earth.

Master Sergeant Hajime Saito/Webb Knox

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Voiced by: Hiroki Touchi.

The rough and tumble commander of the Space Cavalry 5th Regiment, assigned to the 11th planet of the Sol system. A big bruiser of a marine, Saito is no stranger to the brutal nature of combat, though he surprisingly thoughtful and soft-hearted out of battle.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Is much more nicer to Kodai in this series than in Yamato 2, where he would go out of his way to antagonize Kodai at every turn. In this series, he just thinks that Kodai is way too idealistic in a war against the very bloodthirsty Gatlantis.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He joins Keyman on his flight to destroy the energy core of the Ark of Destruction, using his Mini-Mecha as additional AA defense.
  • Rugged Scar: Has a cross-shaped scar on the left side of his jaw from a previous battle.
  • Space Marine: A more literal example, Saito and his men are really just jarheads in fancy space suits.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Much later in the series, he learns to his horror that he's been turned into a Gatlantis sleeper agent, and can be forced to self-destruct at any time.

Private Shiori Nagakura

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Voiced by: Kazusa Amagai

The only female member of Saito's marines, she can rumble as good, if not better, than many of her fellow marines. Somewhat inwardly resentful that the other treat her as their regiment's flower, to be protected at all costs.


  • Beauty Mark: A mole on the lower left side of her lips.
  • Bring Help Back: Is sent off by Saito to find help after the 11th planet is attacked by Gatlantis. She succeeds, and brings back the Yamato.
  • Number Two: Eventually becomes this by the operation to land on Telezart. While it was a brevet position in case something happens to Saito, it ends up sticking, and she stays as this until the end of the series, as Saito never bothered rescinding his order.
  • One of the Guys: How she wants to be treated. Hence the reason she feels that she shouldn't be given any special treatment just because she's a woman.
  • Smurfette Principle: She's the only woman in several squads worth of marines.

Jirou Tsurumi

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Voiced by: Ryuichi Kijima

A new recruit under Yamamoto's tutelage, he joins his commander and the rest of the ex-Yamato Air Corps in transferring to the Yamato for its journey to Telezart.


  • Ascended Extra: People would remember him in Yamato 2 as that pilot who came aboard the Yamato after Kato and Yamamoto, and that it who just so happened to be voiced by Shigeru Chiba. Here he's given an expanded role as Akira's trainee, and "new guy" among the veterans of Yamato's flight wing.
  • Exact Words: Tells Akira that she will survive the war. Given that he was delirious due to blood loss, she doesn't believe him. Turns out he was right; Akira was one of those announced KIA in episode 25, but turned out to be alive in episode 26.
  • New Meat: He's very much a greenhorn, especially compared to the rest of his squadron, who all flew in the Yamato during its quest to Iscandar.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He gets seriously wounded during the Telezart landing operation, and while he gets medevac'd back to the Yamato, Dr. Sado is unable to save him.

Captain Osamu Yamanami

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Voiced by: Masashi Ebara


  • Ascended Extra: He's actually been around since 2199, but he gets his role expanded here, given his command over the Andromeda.

Captain Saki Todou/Wendy Singleton

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Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

Commander-in-chief Todou's only daughter, now commander of the Ginga. She takes her command very seriously, and comes off strict and uncompromising.


  • Ascended Extra: She was barely seen in the previous series, but here she's climbed up the ranks to become the commander of a very important warship.
  • Adaptation Expansion: We're given a glimpse into her motivations in 2202, and why she had a rather dour and pragmatic mindset initially.
  • The Captain: A rare female version, she is this for the Ginga.
  • Composite Character: Takes the role that Akiko Todou (Todou's granddaughter), at the same time takes aspects of the much older Wendy Singleton from the Starblazers: Rebirth comic (who was a line officer in the Star Force and her grandfather's successor).
  • Dark Secret: Shes aware of the true purpose of the Ginga as an Ark for Humanity in case it falls to Gatlantis. This is a big responsibility, and it leans heavily on her much like her crew, making her come off as very grim and serious.

    Civilians 

The Federation President

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Voiced by: Youji Mikimoto

The President of Earth and its colonies, he is a moderate politician who is nonetheless willing to make the necessary compromises if it ensures the security of his people.


  • Ascended Extra: Has a far more active role in 2202, compared to Yamato 2, where he only appears once the Battle of Saturn begins in earnest.
  • No Name Given: Really, even in the cast list he's simply called the Federation president.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Of the President Personable type. Overall seems to be a well-meaning politician, and not scum like, oh, General Serizawa.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Though it did take some convincing by the Gamillas ambassador, he was willing to rescind the order to arrest the crew of Yamato for mutiny, and gave his official mandate for their journey to Telezart.

Tsubasa Kato

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Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori

Saburo and Makoto's three-year old son, who was born shortly after the Yamato's return. He suffers from Planet Bombing syndrome due to Makoto's exposure to the initial bombardment of Earth by Gamillas, and is very sickly as a result.


  • Ill Boy: Very sickly from the moment he was born, as whatever was radiation Makoto was exposed to damaged her genes, which in turn she passed to Tsubasa. He eventually gets better, but it causes a LOT of drama and guilt on his father's part.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: The treatment he is receiving on the Moon is simply a stopgap, and no one is sure how long it will extend his life. Even then it leaves him bedridden, and he has to be constantly watched over by his mom.
  • The Quiet One: Due to his illness, he doesn't speak much, and it's already episode 22 before we hear him speak.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He gets his hair and eye color from Makoto, but has the facial shape of Saburo.

Touko Katsuragi

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Voiced by: Yuko Kaida

A female archeologist that boards the Yamato along with the refugees after Gatlantis attacked the 11th planet of the Sol system. In truth she's a Gatlantis spy, and what's more a body clone of Sabera herself.


  • I Am Who?: Touko learns, much to her own surprise, that not only is she technically the last living Zemulian, she was also the clone of Zorder's murdered wife.
  • The Corrupter: She tries several times to get Keyman to turn on the Yamato, citing that they are Not So Different, though she doesn't succeed in this. She tries this on Saburo later on though, and because she plays on his Adult Fear, she succeeds.
  • Deal with the Devil: Offers Saburo a cure to Tsubasa's illness, only if he sabotages the Yamato. And in an interesting twist, she keeps her promise.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Throws her lot with the Yamato when she learns about the truth of the Zemulian people, Gatlantis, and her own role in all of this.
  • I Gave My Word: Gives Saburo the formula to the cure of Planet Bombing Syndrome, as a down payment for him sabotaging the Wave Motion engine for her.
  • The Mole: Serves as Zorder's spy inside Yamato, until that is Keyman gets wise to her antics.
  • Psychic Link: As a Sabera clone, Zorder can talk to her mentally, and look through her eyes, while Touko can only reply back. Zorder takes advantage of this link to pinpoint where Touko is in the Yamato during the final battle, where he then sends a swarm of Needleslaves to kill her.
  • Technopath: As she is a clone of Sabera, she has limited mental control over the Ark of Destruction, as well as many of the systems related to it. In the final battle, she uses this to grab control of dozens of unfinished Calakmul-class battleships to protect the Yamato, as well as to open the gates to the throne room of the Ark.

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Gamillas

Despite its losses from the war with Earth, Gamillas is still a galactic power to be reckoned with. It has entered into a military alliance with its former enemy, to help rebuild its military infrastructure and quickly rebuild the ships it lost in the war.

    Gamilas Armed Forces 

Klaus Keyman

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Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya.

A Gamillas military intelligence agent attached to its Earth Embassy, he joins the Yamato on its journey to Telezart. He is a skilled pilot, and knows more than he lets on about both the Yamato and the politics back home.


  • Ace Custom: Pilots a customized white and silver-patterned Tsvarke fighter, which is armed with non-standard Attack Drone launchers and EMP torpedoes.
  • Ace Pilot: Is an exceptionally skilled pilot, with possibly only Yamamoto and Kato able to match him on the Cosmo Navy side.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Akira Yamamoto, though he hates to admit it to himself.
  • Composite Character: Takes cues from Lieutenant Alphon of the Dark Nebula arc, with the modern take on Dessler's moral ambiguity thrown in.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Introduced as a member of the Gamillas miltary intelligence bureau. Then he apparently sabotages the Yamato's Wave Motion engine. After that he's shown with members of an group plotting the downfall of the new democratic government... Then it looks like he throws his lot with his uncle Dessler when the latter is shown to be alive. It makes one wonder where his loyalty really lies. Even himself, and it leaves him extremely conflicted. In the end, he decides that his loyalty is to Yamato and the Gamillan people as a whole, and not his family's hidden legacy.
  • Follow Your Heart: Without the accompanying song of course, but this is pretty much what Teresa advises Klaus to do. He does so, and turns back on his uncle to remain loyal to the Yamato to the very end.
  • Given Name Reveal: "Klaus Keyman" is just an alias, and his real name is Ranhalt Dessler. Yes, he's Abeldt's nephew.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He volunteers for the mission to disable the Ark of Destruction's core, despite knowing he has no chance at surviving.
  • Odd Friendship: Again, with Yamamoto.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like a younger Dessler, except with much more fashionable hair. Not surprising, as Dessler is his uncle.
  • Token Non-Human: Much like Meralda in 2199, he's the only Gamillan onboard the Yamato the entire series. He settles into the role of tactical adviser and unofficial member of the Yamato's fighter compliment.

Loren Varel

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Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma

The Gamillas ambassador to Earth. A veteran of the Earth-Gamillas war, Loren is very invested in making sure that the alliance between his planet and Earth stays strong. Despite looking like a mild-mannered civil servant, he is quite capable of using strong-arm tactics to get what he wants.


  • The Cavalry: Arrives with the bulk of Gamillas' feet to defend Earth in episode 24.
  • Mr. Exposition: Briefs Kodai on who Teresa is for the other humanoid races of the universe, and plants the seeds of the Yamato's quest to reach Telezart.
  • Guile Hero: Manages to convince the Federation president that it would be in their best interests to let the Yamato continue on to Telezart.
  • Hidden Badass: People tend to underestimate him as he definitely looks like a diplomat, and tend to forget that, yes, he also used to be a Gamillas fleet commander.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to the Gamillas commanders in 2199, Loren is downright civil and calm-headed. Particularly with regards to Keyman, as he understands what the younger officer is going through.

Gader Talant

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Voiced by: Koutaro Nakamura

A former chief of staff of the Garmillas planetary defense force, Gader is a trusted Dessler loyalist, much like his older brother Velte. He is Dessler's de-facto second in command, and leads the fleet of Gamillas deserters that serves as the Neue Deusular's escort.


  • Decomposite Character: In the original Yamato and Yamato 2, there was only one "Talan", though he returned with a slightly different design for Yamato 2. The writers decided to split them up for the remakes, with the original design becoming "Velte" in 2199, while the huskier redesign became "Gader" for 2202.
  • Demoted to Extra: An odd case for 2202, but Gader actually shows up less than in Yamato 2, where he was pretty much Dessler's sidekick, and the witness to the off-hours shenanigans at the Comet Empire capital (most infamously in episode 15, where he was invited to a party at a Gatlantis disco).
  • Number Two: Takes up this role in 2202 to Dessler, much like his brother before him.

    Historical 

Mattheus Dessler

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Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao.

Abelt's older brother, and Klaus' father. A soldier with many talents, who was also well-loved by both the public and the military, he died relatively young. His death, or rather, the responsibilities and legacy he leaves behind, turns Abelt into the ambitious and expansionist ruler he became.


  • The Ace: Mattheus was a talented soldier, well-loved by both the public and his peers in the military, and fully-expected to lead Gamillas to greater things.
  • Blood Oath: What he had make Abeldt do when the latter accidentally overheard his family saying that the planet was doomed to die within a century. It is right to assume that he himself had to undergo this.
  • Dark Secret: As the heir-apparent to the Dessler noble family, Mattheus knew that the planet Gamillas was dying, and that his family had contingencies in place to invade Iscandar to simply get the Cosmo Reverse for their own.
  • Posthumous Character: Mattheus is long dead by the time 2202 happens, but he still casts a long shadow on Dessler even now.

Erik Vam Dessler

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Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue

Abeldt's uncle, and the head of the Dessler family when he was younger. Started out as merely the leader of a small dukedom, he and his family gradually expanded its power and united the planet into its rule. This would lay the foundation that the Great Gamillas Empire would be built on.


  • Blue Blood: Though Gamillans literally have blue blood, Erik was a duke, hence nobility.
  • One World Order: His lasting legacy is is that he was able to finally consolidate the nations of Gamillas into one rule, which then paved the way for Abeldt to turn it into a very successful interstellar empire.
  • Posthumous Character: It can be assumed that he has long passed on by the time of 2202.

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Telezart

Domain of the goddess Teresa, Telezart is an otherwise unremarkable-looking planet that still birthed the Precursors to all humanoid life in the universe. It is likewise mostly uninhabited, except for an order of monks who built their monastery there, and seek to emulate Teresa and eventually transcend their physical forms like the goddess they worship.

    Teresa 

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Voiced by: Sayaka Kanda

The amalgamated consciousness of her race once they transcended their physical forms, Teresa is a higher-dimensional being worshiped as a goddess throughout the universe. It is She that called out to the Yamato and its crew to make the journey to Telezart, where she would give them the clues needed to defeat Gatlantis once and for all.


  • Adaptational Modesty: Subverted. Unlike Yamato 2, where she is wearing a nice blue gown, Teresa here is very much naked, like her incarnation in Arrivedeci.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Shima? Shima who?
    • For context, in Yamato 2, Shima begins to have a long-distance crush on Teresa after receiving her message on Yamato's comms, and even has some personal conversations with her before they arrive on Telezart. Once there, he makes a big deal of having a haircut, and giving her a bouquet of flowers once they meet in person, and Teresa herself is charmed by this. In 2202 however this subplot is cut out entirely, perhaps because she’s naked here or because she never had a relationship with Shima in the original movie.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Good Lord, where do we even begin?
    • In Arrivedecci Yamato Teresa was a sort of anti-matter being that the Yamato crew couldn't even interact with directly.
    • In Yamato 2, Teresa was a powerful (though still mortal) psychic, and the only survivor of a civil war that left Telezart in ruins.
    • In 2202, she's a gestalt being, formed from the consciousness of a race that transcended their mortal form, existing now in a higher dimension where past and future don't really matter anymore.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The event that created Teresa was the mass transmigration of her race (implied to be the Arkhelians) to a higher dimension.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Has to resort to this to get things done, as outright stating how things would turn out might cause people to do something else instead.
  • Godiva Hair: Teresa's long golden hair reaches far beyond her feet, and also conveniently protects her modesty.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: As a higher dimensional being, Teresa already knows the ideal end to the conflict, and the sacrifices that would have to be made to make it possible, but can't actually tell anyone about it directly, or else risk changing the outcome. The best that she can do is give oblique and cryptic advice, and hope that those who've spoken to her listen to their better natures and do the right thing. Dessler found this infuriating, to say the least.
    Dessler: It's more frustrating than expected to face someone who sees through everything.
  • Green Thumb/Petal Power: Causes the barren cavern her Terezalium is in to erupt in vegetation once Kodai and his party makes it there, and a shower of flower petals once the Terezalium "blooms".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Teresa wants the best for the races of the universe, and does what she can to subtlety nudge things in the right direction for them.
  • Power Glows: Teresa in all her incarnations is surrounded by a soft golden glow that symbolizes the latent power she's supposed to have. 2202 heavily implies that while she IS powerful, she chooses not to use that power, as it would cause destiny to skew off course.
  • Prayer Pose: Teresa, much like her earlier incarnations, spends her time in this pose. Given the context of the series, it's fitting, as there's not much she can do but pray and hope that the people involved do the right thing.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Teresa in Yamato 2 dies as she expends all her psychic power in destroying Zorder's massive battleship over Earth. In Arrivedecci she disappears after her Telezalium gets blown up (since it actually was her prison there and she was now an anti-matter being), while in 2202 she technically can't be killed, and instead removes herself from Gatlantis' equation.. by moving Telezart in its entirety to another dimension entirely.

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