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Strike Witches

The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, also known as the Strike Witches, is a specialist unit composed entirely of witches originally stationed in Britannia and later in Romagna. Although their primary duty is defending the area where they are stationed from Neuroi, they are the ones responsible for liberating Gallia from the Neuroi. After the liberation of Gallia, they were disbanded, however they were reformed in Romagna to help defend the area after the disastrous Operation Trajanus. During the liberation of Gallia, they were one of the squadrons under the command of Trevor Maloney, after they were reformed to defend Romagna they were placed under the command of Adolfine Galland.


    In General

  • Amplifier Artifact: Their striker units function as magical amplifiers as well strengthening their spells.
  • Child Soldiers: They range in age form twelve to twenty (meaning the older ones don't count for this trope). Given the generally optimistic tone of the show, the darker side of this trope is never explored.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: The vast majority of their firepower accomplishes exactly nothing. Only when the core is exposed or when the Neuroi deploys drones does their firepower actually do something.
    • This has little to do with the guns the girls are using and a lot to do with the structure of the Neuroi themselves. Pretty much everyone can inflict significant damage on the shell of a Neuroi, the problem is that said shells can completely regenerate from having whole wings cleaved off of them in just a few seconds, so nothing short of a direct hit on the core will put them down.
    • Zig-Zagged: More accurately: for most Heavy and Capital-class Neuroi, while damage can be done easier with a Witch's magically enhanced weapons; a Neuroi's regeneration, and at times shell durability, can render any damage repaired and thus moot at best unless the core is destroyed. With smaller Neuroi units and drones; Witches can destroy them with impressive ease, although exceptions are known to exist in either direction.
  • Flying Brick: In addition to a nifty unique power, all witches have increased strength, endurance, and durability. They also have access to basic magics like shields and flight, meaning they are essentially all flying bricks.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who's watched the film before Operation Victory Arrow will catch on that the team will reunite at the end of the film.
  • Improbably Female Cast: The overwhelmingly female demographics of the witches is hardly unique since magic is pretty much an all girl party.
  • Instant Runes: These are created whenever the girls raise a shield and whenever they take off.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The girls grow animal features when they use magic.
  • Little Miss Badass: The girls may be teenagers but they can kick major ass when they need to.
  • More Dakka: The standard issue gun is a heavy machine gun.
  • Multinational Team: Since witches are so rare, talent is pulled from everywhere.
  • Power Glows: Whenever the girls of the 501st call upon their magic they glow in addition to growing animal features.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: For the same reason that witches are pulled from everywhere, they are also pulled from all walks of life. Also before the Neuroi invasion the military appears to be composed of mostly men so there was a scramble to recruit witches who are almost exclusively female from the civilian populations. This coupled with the seeming lack of formal training means that the Strike Witches are mildly military to put it lightly.

    Sergeant/Ensign Yoshika Miyafuji
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)
"Her latent ability is impressive indeed. Not only with regards to her magic, but she also has perseverance and determination. It's my mission and duty to guide her on her path to becoming a full-fledged Witch, for the sake of my, no, the world's benefactor, Dr. Miyafuji." —Mio

Yoshika comes from a family of magical doctors on the island nation of Fuso. Her father was responsible for the creation of the Striker Unit, magically powered engines that amplify magic, to counter the Neuroi. However, her father was killed in the war tainting Yoshika's perception of it. She was initially reluctant when Mio came to recruit her, but after helping to defend the Fuso fleet from a Neuroi attack, she agreed to join the 501st Strike Witches. Yoshika's striker unit is based on the Mitsubishi Zero A6M3a and she carries around a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She's named after the WWII ace Kaneyoshi Muto.

  • Accidental Pervert: She has a habit of staring and grabbing onto the breasts of the well endowed members of the unit, though Lynette's the usual target. She even unconsciously does it in her sleep!
  • All Loving Heroine: On top of just being a really pleasant person who doesn't bear grudges, she's the only one willing to negotiate with the Neuroi. Played Up to Eleven in The Movie, despite or (perhaps because of) her lack of power.
  • Badass Adorable: Takes several levels in badass over the course of the series. Remains cute as ever.
  • Badass Normal: In the film, even without her Witch Powers she destroyed a huge Neuroi tower with a machine-gun she can barely carry and a Jeep all by herself.
  • Barrier Warrior: Her shields are noted to be far stronger than average and she seems to have a higher magical capacity than most.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's very nearly a pacifist. The first time she really seems to want the Neuroi to die right now is after it almost kills Lynne. She even goes on a short Roaring Rampage of Revenge to do it. After a Dungeon Bypass straight through its center of motion, firing her machine gun all the way.
  • Bridal Carry: She carries Shizuka this way after her magic reactivates in the finale of Road to Berlin.
  • Cowboy Cop: She tends to act on her own whenever she gets stonewalled.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In the film, it seems that Yoshika must stop and help others whenever there is an 'opportunity' to help, even though that means facing up against a Neuroi with nothing but a machine gun that she can barely lift.
  • Combat Medic: She possesses strong healing magic yet still mixes it up in combat.
  • Covert Pervert: She seems pretty innocent, but shows an inordinate interest in other girls' busts. Specifically Lynette's.
    • No longer applies in later seasons as the entire squadron is now well aware of how perverted she is.
  • Demoted to Extra: While Yoshika is a major character in the Strike Witches TV series and film, she gets a minor appearance in Brave Witches.
  • Determinator: She refuses to lose to the Neuroi, no matter how bleak the situation gets.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Yoshika is blissfully unaware of her growing magical prowess in season two.
  • Does Not Like Guns: At first. She refuses to even touch her standard issue sidearm when she first joins the 501st due to moral objections. Soon she is forced to deal with the reality of the Neuroi and relents.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Since Shirley is the one who taught her how to drive and she picked up the same bad habits.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: At the end of the Strike Witches episode "Fast, Big, Soft", Yoshika grabs the boobs of Shirley while she is unconscious due to fatigue. And butt naked.
    • Narrowly averted, in a Running Gag in the 501st Joint Fighter Wing Takeoff! Movie involves Yoshika coming across seemingly unconscious girls and thinking about using it as an opportunity to grope their breasts under the guise of performing CPR. She always ends up deciding against it.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Well, not to Neuroi. But taming the bears in The Movie has to count for something.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a medical student to a member of the 501st JFW.
  • Healing Hands: She tends to channel her healing magic through her hands.
  • Hero on Hiatus: Invoked. Due to using up all of her magic after defending Kiel from the Neuroi's Suicide Attack in Road to Berlin, she can't use it again until she gets enough rest for the next ten days but this does nothing to stop her from treating the wounded by requesting the Ratte crew to take her with them.
  • Heroic Resolve: Mio has noted that Yoshika's magical abilities seem to increase under stress.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the finale of Strike Witches 2, when, after exhausting all her magical power, she musters up some more through sheer determination. The rest of the squadron follows suit.
    • And once more in the film, while bleeding out on the ground, the collective call of everyone in the 501st lets her get her magic back.
    • Another example from The Movie: She doesn't let the little difficulty of having no magic keep her from lugging a gun into a nearby Jeep in order to protect a village There's never ever a good time to get on her bad side.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Strike Witches 2, she uses up all her magical power in order to save Mio and destroy the Neuroi core.
  • Honor Before Reason: The last few episodes of Strike Witches are almost a direct cause of her honorable nature trumping observational evidence. Then again...
  • The Idealist Was Right: The 501st admitted that Yoshika's ultimately correct about her attempts to communicate with the Neuroi, if only that the Warlock incident didn't occur.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: She is willing to break military rules for the safety of the 501st and everyone else if she needs to.
  • Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: According to episode 8 of Strike Witches 2, she's never caught a cold in her life.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a Shiba Inu when she uses magic.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Older than most examples, but she looks the part.
  • The Medic: This is pretty much Yoshika's specialty and she makes good use of her skills as a surgeon to patch up injuries whenever she can't use her magic (usually due to non-fatal Heroic Sacrifices) as shown in The Movie and Road to Berlin. Since she comes from a family of doctors, it does makes sense.
  • Military Maverick: Throughout the course of her story arc, Yoshika gains fame for disregarding orders — whether it be from Minna or the higher-ranking leadership — and still bring out positive results. Even with her unstable magical power, she doesn't have second thoughts about breaking the rules.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The newest one into the squadron, and due to Japan's relative isolation from the war she has very little idea of what has been going on.
  • Nice Girl: She is one of the nicest girls in the 501st and doesn't resent anyone, including Perrine.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Towards the end of episode 4 in Strike Witches, Yoshika tells Barkhorn that she can't leave her behind.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: In Strike Witches Yoshika's striker unit is a memento left by her dead father. She later uses it to blow up a gigantic Neuroi core and liberate Gallia. Likewise the Shinden Striker Unit in Strike Witches 2, which is based on her father's research.
  • Power Incontinence: In Road to Berlin, Yoshika's magical power becomes unstable due to a drop in her magical pressure, possibly as a side effect of regaining it during the events of The Movie.
  • Ramming Always Works:
    • How the burrowing battleship Neuroi is disposed of at the end of The Movie. And it's glorious.
    • She also does this to intercept the escaping Bell Neuroi in the finale of Road of Berlin, giving Minna the chance to finish it off.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: At the end of The Movie, Shizuka regains Yoshika's respect after the latter realizes what how the 501st works.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Lynette. Her friendly admiration of Mio also has some shades of this, though it's nowhere near Perrine's level.
  • Sailor Fuku: Her signature outfit is this over a school swimsuit.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Yoshika's modus operandi is to bend military rules that she doesn't agree to where necessary.
  • She's Back:
    • Yoshika's role in The Movie is this in a nutshell. She regains her magical powers while fighting off a battleship Neuroi.
    • Her magic hasn't been fully recovered throughout the course of Road to Berlin even after she controls her magical pressure but this is completely removed in the finale after Shizuka is shot down trying to protect her and things are going south quickly for the Neuroi.
  • Stone Wall: Her shields are very good, but she seems to have a far lower kill rate than everybody else in the squadron.
  • Tagalong Kid: She requested the Ratte crew to bring her along as their field medic in Road to Berlin.
  • Team Chef: She's pressed into this role after joining because nobody else can cook, although Lynette is often seen helping her.
    • Even after the other members start showing off their culinary skills, Yoshika and Lynette are often the default chefs of the unit.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: She quits the military in the finale of Strike Witches 2, but Shizuka picks her up back to Venezia in The Movie. Then she gets her power back during a very crucial moment, so She's Back in action with full glory.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She goes from a medical officer to a witch capable of taking down Neuroi.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Or reawakening in this case, but her magic went from being completely spent to fully charged in an instant near the end of Road to Berlin after Shizuka is seriously injured protecting her from the Neuroi swarm.

    Sergeant/Master Sergeant Lynette Bishop ("Lynne")
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Kate Bristol (EN)
"Other members of the unit? Lynne was the first friend I made after coming here to Britannia. She showed me around in the base and was very kind! That made me happy... And... that big bosom.... wah! Nothing! It's nothing!" — Yoshika

Lynne is a very personable if a bit shaky, sniper from Britannia. Lynette is the middle child of eight siblings and was sometimes overlooked. Because of this, she's domestic and painfully shy. She joined the Strike Witches shortly before Yoshika to help protect her homeland. Lynette is assigned to be Yoshika's roommate, where the two quickly become friends. Her striker unit is based on the Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX and she lugs around a Boys Anti-Tank Rifle in battle. Her sister, Wilma Bishop, is named after the WWI Ace William Avery Bishop.

  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Her inherent gift magic lets her guide and strengthen her shots. Also, she has really good eyesight.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In the Japanese version, her nickname is Lee-Neh rather than Lyn.
  • Little Bit Beastly She takes on the features of the Scottish Fold when she uses magic.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Gave it to Yoshika after they took out a Neuroi.
  • Nice Girl: Probably why she and Yoshika get along so well.
  • No Scope: Despite shooting at objects across distances measured in kilometers, she does so without a scope. Although the ability to guide her shots after she's fired them probably helps. Seeing them at that range, however, isn't due to her magic at all.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's very shy and almost washes out before Yoshika arrives.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She's on the short end of the squadron and her weapon of choice is an anti-tank rifle.
  • Spot of Tea: Every time the squadron chips in to help prepare for a difficult mission, her suggestion is tea.
  • Squishy Wizard: Yeah.
  • Team Chef: Along with Yoshika.

    Major Mio Sakamoto
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (2007-2008) and Saori Seto (2010-present) (JP), Kira Vincent-Davis (EN)
"Sakamoto-san? She's kind, but can be pretty strict sometimes. She told me about the work my father had done, and I'm very grateful for that. Although it surprised me when we met for the first time and she told me that “I would come to her sooner or later”!" —Yoshika

Mio, the second in command of the Strike Witches, worked with Yoshika's father on the Striker Units and is, therefore, the oldest witch. As a veteran of the initial fights against the Neuroi, she is far tougher and more disciplined than most of the Strike Witches. Her primary job is to train new recruits and takes a no-nonsense "tough love" approach to her duties. As the second in command of the Strike Witches, she supports Minna and maintains discipline when out of battle and locates the weak point of Neuroi with her magic eye in battle. Her striker is based on the Mitsubishi Zero A6M3a in season one and the Kawanishi N1K in season two: in battle, she carries a Type 99 13mm machine gun and a katana. Her character is named after WWII aces Saburo Sakai. She is known for her distinctive, hearty laugh.

  • Badass in Distress: In the finale of Strike Witches 2, she is absorbed into a Neuroi core. You don't get much more distressed than that.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Known for her rolling, jolly laugh of approval for innocence and/or righteous behavior.
  • Bar Sinister: Oddly enough this appears on her eyepatch as well as her emblem.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In The Movie, she appears with an ordinary warplane to deliver the Shinden Unit to Yoshika.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: After having a jug of wine dropped on her, Mio immediately proceeds to give Commander Minna a full-on kiss and runs into a cave.
  • Competence Zone: Her biggest problem is that she's aging out of it. When she turned 20, her shields became too weak to stop a Neuroi on their own. By forging Reppumaru, she buys herself a bit more time, but she ultimately runs out of magic entirely before she can die in battle like she wants to.
  • Cool Big Sis: Serves as this role to ease newcomers into their new military life.
  • Cool Sword: Reppumaru, a katana she forges herself using magic and it can block lasers.
  • Death Seeker: Though far from a fatalist, Mio still intends her death to be a glorious one in battle, befitting of a Fuso Warrior. Tragically, she finally plays this trope straight in the penultimate episode of Strike Witches 2, when her life as a warrior comes to an end.
  • Determinator: She never gives up in the battlefield, even when her powers start to fade away, she wants to stay on the battlefield even if cost her life.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: According to supplemental material, new recruits in the Fusou Navy call her "Sakamoto the Demon" behind her back.
  • Enemy Scan: When she looks at a Neuroi with her magic eye, she can see its weak point.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She wears a patch that hides her Neuroi core-detecting right eye.
  • Feeling Their Age: The fact that for Strike Witches old age starts somewhere around 20, with a decline in magic power, is explored in Strike Witches 2. Mio pushes herself to stay in action, against fellow high-ranking officer Minna's advice, ultimately receiving first a minor then a grave injury.
  • Fragile Speedster: In Strike Witches 2 her striker unit is upgraded, making it far faster and more maneuverable. She doesn't have a shield, so the only thing between her and extra crispy is her reflexes.
  • Heroic Resolve: In the finale of Strike Witches 2, she snaps out of a Heroic BSoD after knowing the Yamato mission failed. She rushes into Yamato ship with little to none magic power for reactivating the ship in order to blow up the Neuroi nest.
  • Heroic RRoD: Mio nearly runs herself to the ground by using Reppumaru to eat up all of her magic in the finale of Strike Witches 2.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. She's prepared to pull one in the finale of Strike Witches 2, but Yoshika saves her.
  • Honor Before Reason: On top of acting like a stereotypical samurai, she considers betraying her code to be worse than death since her ability is critical to the squadron's success. Even after she loses her shield she continues to fight, even though even a glancing hit from a Neuroi laser would be enough to critically injure her.
  • Hot-Blooded: A bit more tempered than most, but is not one to back down from a fight.
  • Lady of War: Again, modeled after a stereotypical samurai.
  • The Lancer: She is the second in command of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing and often helps her commander when she can. For example, when enacting discipline, she often plays "bad cop" to Minna's "good cop".
  • Little Bit Beastly: She takes on Doberman traits when she uses magic.
  • Losing Is Worse Than Death: And Mio unhesitantly charged into the latter, having finally and literally exhausted her life as a warrior in the final episodes of Strike Witches 2.
  • Magic Eye: Her special magic power manifests in her right eye, which she normally keeps covered up. When she lifts her patch, her glowing purple eye can see very far away and locate the core inside a Neuroi. Without this power, her team would have to dismantle each Neuroi completely to try and find its core, and never mind the special cases that can move their cores mid-battle or hide them in another Neuroi unit. For Mio, it's just one more reason not to quit flying just because she's too old.
  • Magic Knight: She lacks some magical capacity but makes up for it with increased martial skill.
  • Meaningful Name: Her sword means "gale" and is named after a Japanese plane model that never entered service.
  • Number Two: She's Minna's second in command.
  • Oblivious to Love: She shows absolutely no awareness of the fact that both Perrine and Minna have crushes on her. Minna at least tries to be subtle about it, but not noticing Perrine's feelings takes work.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's twenty years old, despite looking like a teenager at first appearance.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: The picture of a classical Japanese Warrior, albeit Gender Flipped.
  • Shower of Angst: Towards the end of Strike Witches 2 after knowing her powers are fading away.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is her rank squadron commander or major?
    • Or properly, she should be a Lieutenant Commander and Yoshika a Petty Officer of some sort.
    • Changing rank designations is not unusual when naval officers serve with non-naval units. In such cases, they tend to use the equivalent land or air force ranks, or whatever is closest.
  • Suicide Mission: At the end of Strike Witches 2, she rushes into Yamato to reactivate the ship again while it was infested by Neurois.
  • Super Senses: Her power is Enhanced Visual Acuity which grants her telescopic vision along with the ability to identify a Neuroi's core.
  • Supporting Leader: She serves as this to Minna.
  • Sword and Gun: She uses a katana alongside with gun weapons.
  • This Cannot Be!: After Reppuzan failed in the battle, Mio goes through another brief Heroic BSoD.

    Lieutenant Colonel Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (JP), Anastasia Muñoz (EN)
"Lieutenant Colonel Minna? Yes, she's a fantastic person! She's always smiling... and she feels like a very mature woman. I wish I could be more like her. She somewhat reminds me of a mother." —Yoshika

Minna is the leader of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing and the commander of the Karlsland Air Force. After the Neuroi appeared and her lover was killed, she gave up her dream of becoming a singer to join the Karlsland Air Force. Because of her traumatic past, the safety of her subordinates is her top priority. Despite her kind and gentle demeanor, she will go to any lengths to protect her subordinates. She is even willing to issue orders specifically to prevent them from being hurt and she was the one behind the order forbidding male workers in the base from socializing with the witches. Her striker unit is based on the Messerschmitt BF109G2 and her weapon is the MG42 machine gun. Her character is named after the WWII ace Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke.

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: At the end of "Thanks", Minna slaps Trude for her reckless behavior.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the leader of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing and Karlsland Air Force, and extremely powerful and skilled.
  • Badass in Charge: Of the Strike Witches.
  • Badass Teacher: She teaches witches from time to time and can kick major ass if she needs to.
  • Berserk Button: As shown in 501st Joint Fighter Wing Takeoff!, being mistaken for a humanoid Neuroi causes the usually kind and motherly Minna to go out of control (via rage). Just ask Shirley.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her demeanor, it's worth noting that her familiar is a wolf.
  • Broken Bird: She's devastated with the death of her lover, Kurt Flachfeld, and while she does enforce existing witch anti-fraternization laws (as non-witch personnel fraternizing with military witches, regardless of rank or station; range from strongly discouraged to outright prohibited), as commanding officers are to ensure military regulations are followed, implications come across as she enforces those existing regulations with greater strictness then most, given that she has first hand experience one of the reasons why they were established in the military to begin with regarding relationships between military witches and non-witch military personnel in general and romantic relations in particular.
  • The Captain: Despite her demeanor, she's clearly the one running things although she doesn't hold the rank of Captain.
  • Extreme Omnivore: While not a Big Eater, Not only can Minna consume foods and drinks that the rest of the squadron can barely stomach, but she actually likes them. Examples include ginger tea that Lynette put too much sugar in, and Lamprey oil (She asked for seconds!).
  • Glamorous Wartime Singer: Minna tried to be a singer earlier in the war.
  • Heartbroken Badass: She may be a high-ranking officer of the Karlsland Air Force, but after the death of her childhood friend Kurt Flachfeld, the series can testify how more badass she became.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: After Minna lost Kurt during the war, she doesn't want the witches to avoid experiencing the same pain she did.
  • Lethal Chef: In the 501st Joint Fighter Wing Takeoff! 4-koma, her ability to stomach anything is translated to her being an extremely horrible cook who unfortunately insists on doing all of the cooking, at least until Yoshika joins the team.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Takes on the features of a wolf when using magic.
  • Mama Bear: She is willing to go to any lengths to prevent her subordinates from being harmed.
  • Meaningful Name: Her archetype pilot is named Wolf, she gains wolf features.
  • Mission Control: Minna's power gives her acute knowledge of her surroundings which allows her to determine unit positions in 3D, unit allegiance, and unit health. She uses this in battle to help her direct her forces. When she sits out of a battle, she is usually in front of a radar giving orders.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Or in her case, "A Mother to Her Girls". She cares deeply for her subordinates and they return the favor.
  • Shower of Angst: Does this in the ninth episode of Road to Berlin for the same reason as Mio's.
  • Team Mom: The novels mention that she and Mio have a Good Cop/Bad Cop approach to discipline, with Mio as the Bad Cop and Minna as the Good Cop.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Minna calls Trude out for her reckless behavior at the end of "Thanks". Given the nature of the 501st, Minna has to resort to this almost Once an Episode.
    • She's on the receiving end of this in Road to Berlin, this time by True and Erica over her attempted Suicide Attack.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She's willing to do a lot to ensure her subordinate's safety, including pulling a gun on one of her best friends, which stems from losing Kurt during the war.
    • While Witch anti-fraternization laws are established as being a blanket general regulation in all military's and units to some degree to discourage romantic relationships between witches and non-witches for fairly reasonable grounds of preventing witches being taken advantage of, mitigate loss of non-witch comrads in wartime or avoiding..... *ahem* "accidents" from happening to much needed witches in the war effort: Minna does admittedly enforce this regulation to a degree greater than average to the point of also discouraging unnecessarily fraternization between the girls and the maintenance staff which even for other other units is a bit much... but the reason behind it is somewhat justified given her last love interest was a striker mechanic who died and is a strong emotional issue for her and she reasonably knows first hand why such regulations are in place.
  • X-Ray Vision: Minna's ability essentially lets her see everything in her proximity out to a respectable yet unspecified distance. In battle, it makes her a mobile CIC: out of battle it allows her to keep tabs on her subordinates.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: After the 501st's emergency meeting over the fog surrounding Kiel in Road to Berlin, Trude reminded her that they don't have much time left as Witches due to them nearing their age limit. Minna is painfully aware of this.

    Lieutenant Perrine Henriette Clostermann
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Jad Saxton (EN)
"Perrine? Yes, it feels like she's always mad at me. I wonder why...? I know I make a lot of mistakes all the time, but I still don't think she has to be that hard on me... Sakamoto-san told me being strict on someone is a way to show you have hopes for them, but I wonder..." —Yoshika

Perrine is a rich Gallian noble that saw her home destroyed when the Neuroi invaded Gallia. She joined the Strike Witches in their liberation of Gallia to help free her homeland from the Neuroi. She admires Mio and quickly develops a dislike of Yoshika due to their closeness. Her dislike eventually turns to full blown jealousy as she challenges Yoshika to a duel. Eventually, she realizes that Yoshika is a comrade but she still makes constant attempts to win Mio's attention and to make Yoshika look bad. Her striker unit is based on the Arsenal VG 39 and her weapon is the Bren Light Machine Gun Mk1. She is also seen carrying a rapier in some official art, which doesn't show up until midway through Strike Witches 2. Her character is named after the WWII Ace Pierre Clostermann.

  • Alpha Bitch: She's snobby, rich, and insufferable. This starts getting downplayed by the last few episodes of Strike Witches. In Strike Witches 2 she has become much better and by the Movie and 3rd OVA she has become better a person and less insufferable, though still retaining something of a prim and proper attitude, though only seems to get mad when pressed into stressful situations.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Her foot seems magnetically attracted to her mouth: One time she insults Miyafuji for bringing in foul tasting Lamprey oil as a health drink only to find out seconds later that Mio brought it. Also, almost everything she does tends to backfire horribly for her.
    • Used literally in the Strike Witches 2 episode "It's All Creepy-Crawly" — a Neuroi bug crawls into her butt crack, and when she pulls down her tights and panties Francesca shoots her in the rear with a high-pressure fire hose (using a scope from a Mosin-Nagant no less).
  • Character Development: Probably the series' best example. She goes from a snooty, self-centered Yandere to a friendly, even humble person who runs an orphanage & a school. She never really gets over Mio, though.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Holds Mio with the utmost of respect, and resents anyone getting too chummy with her (especially Yoshika who, like Mio, is a native of Japan the Fuso Empire).
  • Cool Sword: Often seen with one in the promo art, and in Strike Witches 2 it makes its appearance. A different rapier is used to destroy a golem.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She doesn't like to be called by her full name of "Perrine-Henriette", which is why her name is simply written as "Perrine H.".
  • French Jerk: She's from Gallia and can come off as a jerk towards everyone else.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: There's a heart of gold in there somewhere, you would need a crowbar and heavy digging equipment to find it, though.
    • And that kind and gentle big sister hugging and playing with children in Episode 6 of Strike Witches 2 can't be the same Rich Bitch that's mean to Yoshika, can she? Oh, you have got to be kidding!!
    • Strike Witches 2 reveals she's practically penniless. All that huge hazard pay she's getting? All donated to charity. She also sold most of her family's heirlooms to raise money for the Gallia rebuilding effort.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Aside from her vast estate which she has transformed into an orphanage, she has sold off virtually everything else of value to help fund the Gallian rebuilding effort.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she can be insufferable and an Alpha Bitch, she does care about her homeland and her friends.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Gains the features of a Chartreux cat when using her magic.
  • Luminescent Blush: She has one whenever Mio is in any way involved, when she's outraged, and when she's embarrassed which is why there seems to be on permanently glued to her face. For example, see the picture.
  • Meganekko: Constantly wears glasses except in places where they would fog up.
  • Ojou: She definitely used to be high class and wealthy. She even does the laugh.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Challenging a rookie to a duel with live ammunition over a crush is really really pushing it, even if the ammo was just used for intimidation. In fairness, after Mio's brush with death in the later episodes of Strike Witches and having a firm but fair heart to heart with her, Perrine does eventually get over it in Strike Witches 2.
  • Refusal of the Call: After the liberation of Gallia she was offered command of the 506th, but turned it down so she could focus on rebuilding Gallia.
  • Rich Bitch: Though it's less flaunting her wealth and more complaining about how unrefined her comrades (read: Yoshika) are. It's eventually averted in Strike Witches 2, the third OVA & the film. She converted her extravagant manor into an orphanage and is deeply involved with Gallian reconstruction efforts.
  • Shock and Awe: This is her power. It messes up her hair so she doesn't use it often.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In The Movie, after Gallia is liberated, she runs an orphanage (which is also a school) with Amelie. She's also very nice toward Yoshika and Shizuka.
  • Yandere: While she's initially attached to Mio to the point of becoming jealous with Yoshika, she eventually gets over it in Strike Witches 2.

    Ensign Francesca Lucchini
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN)
"Lucchini always eats the things I cook with a smile on her face. Things like that makes me happy! But it feels like she's always sleeping in some odd place... is that really okay?" —Yoshika

Lucchini is a talented and cheerful witch from the Duchy of Romagna. Unlike most other members of the 501st her past isn't marred by tragedy, she joined the Strike Witches out of a sense of duty to ensure that no harm would ever come to her beloved Romagna. However, for all her lofty ideals she's still twelve years old and often acts childish or self-indulgent like a typical twelve-year-old. Her energetic personality masks the fact that she's quite lazy. She'll often spend time napping around the base only waking up to change where she naps. However, in the air, she displays a passion and talent for flying that nobody in the 501st can match. Her striker unit is based on the FIAT G-55 Centauro and her weapon is the Breda-SAFAT Machine Gun 12.7 mm. She is named after the World War II ace Franco Lucchini.

  • A-Cup Angst: Subverted; despite being the flattest member of the witches, Lucchini firmly believes that this is only due to her youth, and she has every hope that when she matures, she will grow large enough to rival Shirley.
  • Barrier Warrior: She takes this a step further and literally fights people with her barriers. Her stacked barriers are almost unbreakable as well.
  • Big Eater: She eats slightly more than the other witches and for her food is always a top priority.
  • Breast Expansion: In episode 7 of the Road to Berlin anime, she discovers a cursed idol that causes her breasts to grow at last. The curse then compels her to take up her usual groping habit with a vengeance, as every girl whom she gropes similarly has their breasts enlarge — and then they become obsessed with groping other girls and making their breasts bigger too, in a comedic parody of a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Buxom Is Better: Despite being flatchested herself, Lucchini firmly likes big breasts, and dearly hopes that she will grow up to be very busty herself.
  • Butt-Monkey: She tends to be the one whom bad things happen to. In one episode she spends most of it running away from everybody. In another, she accidentally breaks Shirley's Striker unit and receives a lump on the head when Minna finds out.
  • Cat Girl: While there are others with the cat motif, she has the personality to match. This includes her habit of sleeping in high places.
  • Child Soldier: She's twelve and has been serving for a while.
  • Fastball Special: At the end of Strike Witches, Shirley throws her. Also, her signature move seems tailor-made for this.
  • Fearless Fool: She doesn't seem to fear anything (not even Shirley's driving) except Minna and Mio.
  • Genki Girl: She's full of energy, jumps around a lot, and speaks in a sing-songy voice.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties her hair into twin tails.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Although she takes cat naps, not even the roar of airplane engines can rouse her while she's asleep.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Makes fun of Perrine's boobs, despite being the flattest of the witches herself, which is nothing unusual, since she's also the youngest.
  • Last-Name Basis: Oddly enough, practically no one ever calls her by her first name.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gains features of the black panther whenever she uses magic.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She likes to grope the boobs of her teammates, sometimes as a greeting ritual or just for fun...
  • Ramming Always Works: Her signature move is to stack several shields together and ram the target.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She's the smallest witch and she wields a gun meant for airplanes. Although it's not that much bigger than the other girls' guns, the size difference is more pronounced.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's also the youngest of the witches.

    Lieutenant/Captain Charlotte E. Yeager ("Shirley")
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
"Shirley is a really kind person! She seems kind of slack, but I think she actually really looks after everyone. She's big-hearted and broad-minded... What? I'm not talking about her breasts! But... well... they sure did feel nice..."

Shirley is a mechanical enthusiast from the United States of Liberion. She is a thrill seeking speedster and her goal is to break the sound barrier. Before the war, she raced motorbikes and set a land speed record. When she joined the 501st she modified her Striker unit to help her with her goal of breaking the sound barrier. In addition to her obsession with speed she's also obsessed with cleanliness: even going so far as to have her personal bath shipped when she was transferred into the 501st. Her Striker Unit is based on the P-51 Mustang and her weapons of choice is the Browning Automatic Rifle M1918. She is named after American WWII ace Charles "Chuck" Yeager.

  • Affectionate Nickname: She is called Shirley by her teammates.
  • Berserk Button: Tampering with her inventions without her permission is definitely a bad idea, as Lucchini can attest in Road to Berlin (though to Lucchini's credit, she only wants to help).
  • Danger Deadpan: She has a calm demeanor and alerts others of potentially dangers situations without losing her temper. She even breaks the sound barrier in episode 5 of Strike Witches.
  • Drives Like Crazy: While not as destructive as most in the one scene she's shown driving, she drifts on mountainside dirt roads and leaps across chasms in a military supply truck. Francesca loves it, but Yoshika gets sick.
  • Fearless Fool: Which is probably why she's paired with Lucchini so often.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's strong, passionate, and outgoing, but she's only outspoken when dealing with certain people.
  • Hot-Blooded: She doesn't back down from any challenge even going so far as to charge a neuroi in an unarmed plane.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a jack-rabbit; most likely a nod to her speed.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Other than the obvious one to Chuck Yeager, there's one to the photographer Bunny Yeager.
  • Parental Substitute: She's pretty much Luccini's mother.
  • The Rival: She started a rivalry with Trude before Yoshika arrived.
  • Super Speed: Her power lets her do anything faster. Her power plus the modifications she made to her striker unit allow her to break the sound barrier in flight.note 
  • Shout-Out: She says the P-51 Mustang, the fighter that her striker unit is based on, is her all-purpose weapon platform of choice.
  • Wrench Wench: Before joining the witches she worked on motorcycles and airplanes, consequentially her striker unit is heavily modified. Even after joining the witches she spends her spare time in the machine shop and making further modifications to her striker unit.

    Captain Erica Hartmann
Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa (JP), Luci Christian (EN)
"I don't really understand Hartmann. Everyone says she's an excellent witch, and she is amazing even in small scaled battles, but in her everyday life she is... how should I put it... umm... sloppy?" —Yoshika

Erica is one of the "Double Aces" from Karlsland, having the second highest kill score in the world at just over 200. However, her skill in the air and on duty is in sharp contrast with her disorganized and careless nature when off duty. She is a close acquaintance of Gertrud and Minna having served with them long before the creation of the 501st although, unlike Minna and Gertrud, she spends most of her time sleeping and eating, only getting up to investigate oddities and fight neuroi. Her striker unit is based on the Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 and her weapon is the MG42. She is named after WWII ace Erich Hartmann, the highest scoring ace in history.

  • Blow You Away: Her power lets her create a vortex of air when she does a barrel roll. She calls this ability Sturm and it's powerful enough to blow holes through Neuroi.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even more so than the rest of the 501st.
  • Compatriot Yin Yang: Pretty much the complete opposite of Gertrud, to the latter's endless annoyance.
    Gertrud: And you call yourself a Karlsland soldier?!
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember the chocolate bar she received from Trude in Road to Berlin? Its bar wrapper comes in handy when she told Trude (verbally) that she's still alive. To fair for Trude though, she had no idea that the "Erica" she saw is actually a fake body.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: On the ground, she's a lazy disorganized failure of a soldier. In the air, she's skilled, disciplined, and one of the best aces in the world. Both are the real her but most people see the disorganized failure before they see the second greatest witch in the Karlsland air force.
  • Do a Barrel Roll: Her power is an offensive barrel roll she calls "Sturm".
  • Dumb Blond: Averted. The girl's smart enough to be one of the best fighters despite sleeping most of the time.
  • Faking the Dead: After being shot down by a highly maneuverable Neuroi in Road to Berlin and with her radio busted, Erica built a fake body to trick it into thinking she's dead. Unfortunately, this tactic almost bites Erica big time later when Trude had a Heroic BSoD after mistakenly seeing the fake body as the real deal, though Erica snapped her out of it by using a chocolate bar wrapper as a signal light.
  • Genki Girl: When she's awake, she's cheerful.
  • Historical Injoke:
    • Her sister is named Ursula, the name of Erich Hartmann's wife.
    • Her striker unit has the black tulip pattern also present on Erich Hartmann's aircraft.
    • The hubbub over her stealing Lucchini's underwear is based on Erich Hartmann accidentally taking Hitler's hat.
    • Like Erica, Erich also had a problem with discipline.
    • Her hairstyle is based on Erich's nickname "Bubi" (Erica's hair is in the Bubischnitt hairstyle)
  • Heavy Sleeper: She seriously spends most of the series asleep, only appearing to investigate major disturbances and participate in battles. She even sleeps through an alarm clock and having books thrown at her.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: In The Movie, this is the only possible explanation about how she's able to use her special attack, despite unable to even fly a moment ago.
  • Impact Silhouette: When she uses Sturm to ram Neuroi, she leaves behind a perfectly circular hole.
  • Informed Attribute: Yoshika claims Hartmann is just as bad a driver as Shirley, but none of the other members of the squadron know what she's talking about and when we see Hartmann actually behind the wheel she drives perfectly responsibly.
  • Jerkass Ball: In the first episode of Operation Victory Arrow, she distrusts the new military stuff of her twin sister, Ursula, possibly as a result of Gertrud's nearly fatal incident with the flawed jet striker prototype.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Takes on the features of a Dachshund when she uses magic. However, unlike the other girls, she doesn't grow animal ears—the tips of her hair turn black instead.
  • Mildly Military: While the other girls are at least trying to act like soldiers, Erica doesn't. Interestingly enough her real life counterpart had disciplinary problems as well although nowhere near as bad as her.
  • Nice Girl: A cheerful, upbeat and friendly breath of fresh air who doesn't hold grudges and can get along with anybody.
  • Not a Morning Person: Friendlier than most though about staying asleep... though mention the possibility of having candy and she'll wake up instantaneously.
  • Power Fist: In The Movie, this is how she obliterate the Neuroi attacking her when she's out of guns. It looks and acts like Chidori & Rasengan: she actually has to board the Neuroi and punch it.
  • Ramming Always Works: Like Luccini she uses her magic to invoke this. Unlike Luccini she uses a vortex of wind for protection instead of a stack of shields.
  • Sweet Tooth: She wants sweets, they buy her an alarm clock instead.
  • Trash of the Titans: Her room has a ton of garbage lying around such as bottles and clothes. Even her bed is full of random trash.

    Captain Gertrud Barkhorn ("Trude")
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)
"It feels like Barkhorn is always mad at me too. But well, compared to her, I'm still just an inexperienced little duckling, so I guess it's only natural." —Yoshika

Barkhorn is also one of the "Double Aces" of Karlsland. She holds the highest kill score over 250. She is disciplined and efficient: a very stereotypical German military personality. However, to her friends Minna and Erica, whom she has known for a long time, she's slightly more open and friendly although she often yells at Erica for lacking discipline. She cares deeply about her little sister Chris, who was injured before Strike Witches in a Neuroi attack. Her striker unit is based on the Focke-Wulf Fw190D-9 and her weapons are two MG42 machine guns with dual drum magazines. She is named after WWII ace Gerhard Barkhorn, the second highest scoring ace in history.

  • Action Girl: Although every witch is technically one, her love of fighting coupled with her skill in the air means she takes the prize.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She is called "Trude" by everyone around her.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Yoshika after she rescues her in "Thanks". The reason is because Yoshika looks like her sister, Chris.
  • Blood Knight: Not only is she one of the best witches, she deeply enjoys her job.
  • Broken Bird: She is deeply affected by her sister's injury to the point of keeping her distance from Yoshika because she resembles Chris and eventually being Driven to Suicide. She comes out of it by the end of "Thanks".
  • Butt-Monkey: Due to her role as the team disciplinarian, she is the most common target of pranks from Hartmann, Yeager, and Lucchini.
  • Death Seeker: Barkhorn is nearly Driven to Suicide fighting the Neuroi following Karlsland's attack. In "Thanks", Yoshika and Minna make her realize how stupid her actions are after Barkhorn is shot down.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her home country of Karlsland was destroyed by the Neuroi.
  • Driven to Suicide: Attempted in the second half of "Thanks" due to her depression stemming from Chris's injury, but it doesn't work out.
  • Dual Wielding: When she decides to use her guns as clubs instead of guns.
  • Guns Akimbo: Her normal battle loadout is two MG42 machine guns.
  • Heartbroken Badass: She may be one of the most badass aces in the Karlsland Air Force along with Erica, but she was greatly affected by her sister's injury.
  • Heroic Second Wind: She undergoes one by the end of "Thanks" when Yoshika heals her and snaps her out of her Heroic BSoD.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: After Chris's injury, Trude blames herself for everything that has happened to the point where she wants to die fighting.
  • Idiot Ball: In "Thanks", despite being an ace in Karlsland, Barkhorn wasn't smart enough to realize that charging recklessly and attacking the Neuroi by herself is a very bad idea; she learns her lesson the hard way. This causes Yoshika and Minna to call her out on this and also have a Heroic Second Wind.
  • Incest Subtext: With Chris. The rest of the squadron outright accuse her of it, and she does little to disuade them.
  • It's All My Fault: Trude laments that she was unable to protect her sister and her homeland, even knowing this wasn't her fault. Her Heroic BSoD worsened when Yoshika joins the Strike Witches, since she looks like her sister, to the point that she's Driven to Suicide. She gets better after the end of "Thanks".
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: In "Thanks", Barkhorn tells Yoshika that healing her will only slow Yoshika down, but Yoshika tells her that No One Gets Left Behind.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She might have been a jerk when we first met her, but she cares about her homeland, her sister and her squamates.
  • The Lancer: She takes over this role in Road to Berlin after Sakamoto is forced to retire as a witch.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In the Strike Witches episode "Thanks", she rushes in to gun down the Neuroi against Minna's orders, only to get shot down for her troubles.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a German Wirehaired Pointer when she changes.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
  • My Greatest Failure: She wasn't able to rescue her sister, Chris, from a Neuroi attack in Karlsland.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Half her power seems to be her ability to strengthen objects allowing her to use her machine guns as clubs and not be crushed by a giant steel girder.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Most of her dialogue in the English dub doesn't sound like a disciplined Karlsland soldier, given she is voiced by Stephanie Sheh.
  • Pistol-Whipping: When she mixes it up toe to fin with the neuroi she sometimes uses her guns as clubs.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Or in her case, "Proud Warrior Race Lady". And therefore constantly exasperated by Erica's laid back and informal attitude, seeing them as "a disgrace to the Karsland military."
  • Replacement Goldfish: Since Yoshika resembles her sister, she treats Yoshika coldly at first, because she doesn't want to see Yoshika hurt.
  • Shoo the Dog: Attempted with Yoshika in "Thanks", but it doesn't work out as she refuses to leave Barkhorn for dead.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It's officially "Gertrud", but her name is sometimes spelled "Gertrude".
  • Super Strength: The other half of her power is strength exceeding the already boosted strength of most witches.
  • That Woman Is Dead: At the end of the first half of "Thanks", Barkhorn tells Minna that the sister Chris once knew is now dead and that she belongs to the Strike Witches now. She eventually gets over it by the end of the episode's second half.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Following her disastrous first encounter with a highly maneuverable Neuroi who shot down Erika and even outclassed Shirley in Road to Berlin, Trude responds by building up her body through shedding her weight for extra mobility while retaining her speed.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Trude impulsively charges to attack the Neuroi during their battle in the Strike Witches episode "Thanks", resulting in her being seriously wounded.
  • Tsundere: She becomes this after Yoshika rescues her from certain death. She denies, but deeply cares for Yoshika. Lampshaded by Erica several times.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Trude genuinely believes that by dying in battle.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: She and Minna are turning 20 soon in Road to Berlin, and the former can't afford to waste anymore time.

    Lieutenant Aleksandra Vladimirovna Litvyak ("Sanya")
Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (JP), Jennifer Forrester (EN)
"Sanya is a really kind girl! She's a little shy and quiet, but she's good at singing, and I think it's really great how she always does her best for all of us during the nights!" —Yoshika

Aleksandra, or Sanya as she prefers to be called, is a shy Orussian witch in the 501st that often handles night patrol duties alone. Described as "nocturnal" she doesn't have a lot of contact with the other members of the 501st, but is essential for the unit's safety. Because of her lack of contact with the rest of the squad, she is only close to Eila and Erica although her compassionate and submissive personality means she's kind and accepting of everybody in the 501st. Sanya's father was an accomplished musician and taught Sanya how to play the piano and sing. He even wrote a song for her entitled 'Sanya's Song'. When the Neuroi invaded Orussia, Sanya was separated from her father but maintains hope that he's still alive in Orussia and someday they'll be reunited. To remind herself, she often hums the song her father composed for her. Unlike the other girls, most of whom wield machine guns, she uses a rocket launcher called the Fliegerhammer which is based on the Fliegerfaust, a contemporary German anti-aircraft rocket launcher and M202 FLASH. In season one her striker unit is based on the MiG60 a fictional fighter combining features of the MiG-1, MiG-3, and Yak-1: in Strike Witches 2 her striker unit is based on the Yak-9. She is named after WWII ace Lydia Litvyak, one of just two female aces in real life.

  • Ascended Extra: The Brave Witches OVA centers around Eila and Sanya's perspectives and interactions with the 502nd and each other.
  • Demoted to Extra: Sanya appears as a prominent character in the Strike Witches TV series and movie, she gets a minor appearance along with Eila in episodes 7, 11, and 12 of Brave Witches.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Averted, she is the only one not based on a male ace.
  • Doomed Hometown: According to Minna in Road to Berlin, Orussia fell into the Neuroi's hands a few years ago, which is mainly the reason why Sanya treats her attempt to eliminate the Neuroi guarding Kiel as Serious Business.
  • Friendly Sniper: In essence. Her rocket launcher weapon means that she tends to attack from long range.
  • Enemy-Detecting Radar: This is her unique ability.
    • Whats more, the Magical Radar is established as a more modern innovation of magic to detect Neuroi and is commonly used by Night Witches like Sanya.
  • Heavy Sleeper: A Justified example, considering she's up all night patrolling.
  • Hidden Depths: When she overheard Minna and Trude's conversation over taking back Berlin and their age limit in Road to Berlin, the usually reserved Sanya is revealed to be a capable field leader when the situation calls for it.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Anyone familiar with the physics of flight or shooters will tell you how difficult it is to hit a moving target with a slow-moving projectile from long range.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: One of the more overt example of the 501st as Sanya is very feminine in presentation and demeanor and also hold a deal of romantic feelings towards Eila. Much like Eila however,[1] is that both girls are much like a young boyfriend and girlfriend who cannot easily convey their feelings for each other.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gains the features of a black cat when she uses her magic.
  • Loners Are Freaks: She's afraid that her isolation will make other people perceive her this way.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: While she's limited to nine dumbfire rockets, she never seems to fire only one.
    • Until episode 11 of Strike Witches 2 where she just fired one rocket and it created a domino effect on the Neuroi. She even lampshades it herself.
  • Mission Control: She can also use her power to broadcast information to witches (including spatial information and orders) as well as rebroadcast radio transmissions.
  • Mundane Utility: She uses her radar powers to listen to the radio at night.
  • Nice Girl: Gives even Yoshika a run for her money in the niceness department. She's a very generous and polite person.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Removing Eila from the fog-clearing operation due to trust issues in Road to Berlin would've been a guaranteed death wish if it weren't for the latter's intuition.
  • The Load: During day missions she sometimes relies on Eila to move her around because she's practically dead on her feet.
  • The Quiet One: She rarely talks, although she's quick to scold Eila when she's being too malicious.
  • Parental Abandonment: She was separated from her father when the Neuroi invaded.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Eila, if you don't consider it full-on Les Yay.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is a fairly shy girl.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Her FliegerHummer is almost bigger than she is.
  • Vapor Wear: Averted. She is indeed wearing something underneath those black tights, as can be seen when she undresses to go to bed.

    Ensign/Lieutenant Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen ("Illu")
Voiced by: Erika Nakai/Ayuru Ohashi (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)
"Eila is quite mysterious. But at least I've come to understand that she cares a lot about Sanya. Seems like she almost never has used her protective shield during battles since she can predict the enemy's attacks. According to herself, she does it without thinking, “by intuition”, but... Isn't it amazing?" — Yoshika

Eila is the top ace of the Suomus witch corps where she held the rank of captain (the rank indicated by the three roses on her collar). She is an expert at reading people, allowing her to predict her companions' actions and outwit her enemies. Her ability to read people combined with her ability to see the future means that in the air she is nearly untouchable. She is so used to her mastery of evasion that she relies exclusively on dodging and has difficulty raising a shield. Her striker unit is based on the Messerschmitt Bf109G-2 and her weapon of choice is the Suomi KP/31 Sub-Machine Gun. She is named after the Finnish WWII ace Eino Ilmari Juutilainen the highest scoring non-German ace in history.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A Gender Swapped example. She's less extreme but relationships are definitely not her specialty. She just can't resist throwing insults into everything she says to anyone (except Sanya). Finns are stereotypically perceived as aloof and casually rude people by their neighbors, and Eila seems to follow those tropes pretty closely.
  • Ascended Extra: The Brave Witches OVA centers around Eila and Sanya's perspectives and interactions with the 502nd and each other.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Showed up just in time to defend Sanya's team in Road to Berlin after figuring out that a second Neuroi (which Sanya can't even detect) is hiding in the fog.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: In spite of her doing perverted things around her squad mates, she never does it towards Sanya.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Very protective of Sanya.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: She can see three seconds into the future and uses this to her advantage in combat.
  • Declaration of Protection: Gives a big one to Sanya in Strike Witches 2.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She gets a few moments of this in episode 6 of Strike Witches.
  • Death Glare: Gives a seething angry one to Yoshika in Strike Witches 2 when the latter was chosen to protect Sanya for the rocket launch operation instead of her.
  • Demoted to Extra: Eila gets a minor appearance along with Sanya in episode 7, 11, and 12 of Brave Witches.
  • Dodge the Bullet: As a part of training, she dodges live anti-tank rounds fired by a sniper.
    • Averted later that episode when Sanya angrily throws a pillow at her and she's too shocked to dodge it.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: In episode 7 of Strike Witches 2, she tried to pull off Sanya's panties while she was sleeping, suspecting the bug neuroi was under her panties. Obviously, Sanya wakes up, with predictable results.
  • Fragile Speedster: The fact that she is rarely prepared to raise a shield means a stray Neuroi beam would toast her. Fortunately, she is really good at dodging.
  • High-Speed Missile Dodge: Or in her case, "High Speed Laser Dodge." She uses her ability to see several seconds into the future to dodge lasers.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Her reliance on dodging backfires spectacularly in Strike Witches 2.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Since she knows where the enemies will be and where her shots will go, she doesn't even have to look to hit with perfect accuracy.
  • In-Series Nickname: Illu.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In FUNimation's dub of the series, Eila's name is pronounced "eye-luh", instead of the traditional "ay-luh" with a "long a" sound as in the Finnish name.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her abilities let her dodge every attack coming her way and hit the enemy with uncanny accuracy.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She takes on the features of a black fox when she uses magic.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She's almost as bad as Lucchini.
    Sanya: Eila is very dear to me. We’re always together... because that’s just the way it is. I didn’t even notice it until people around me told me. But I don’t like her habit of touching other girl’s bodies like she does! That’s not good, Eila! You never do those kinds of things to me... Why? Just blushing won’t help me understand...
  • Mysterious Waif: Almost every character notes her odd behavior and mysterious air, even the ones that don't normally comment on character disposition. Also, she has the least backstory development of the entire cast, all we really know about her is that she's from Suomus and loves Sanya.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When she pull off Sanya's panties while she is sleeping and Sanya wake up with an angry face.
  • Psychic Powers: Her power is the ability to see several seconds into the future, although her accuracy with Tarot cards is not nearly as good.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Sanya, if you don't consider it full-on Les Yay.
  • Satellite Character: Eila's main interest is Sanya, even when she isn't present (in fact in many cases, specially when she isn't present), her motivations beyond that aren't really known.
  • Smug Super: She's more than happy to rub the fact in that she doesn't need shields, which are critical to every other witch.
  • Tarot Motifs: She keeps a tarot deck in one of her belt pouches and she occasionally reads people fortunes.
  • Tomboy: Aside from using the gender-neutral "watashi" to refer to herself, Ella exclusively uses masculine vocabularies and syntaxes in the Japanese version.
  • Tsundere: She often tries to pass off her presence at several engagements as just chance, much like a tsundere would her acts of kindness. No one buys it, though.
    • In the end of Strike Witches when the 501st JFW is dissolved, she tries to deny that she returned to the base because of Yoshika. Sanya reveals her true intentions.
  • Waif Prophet: She's a mysterious little girl and her powers revolve around reading the future.
  • Wingman: In combat, she takes this role more often than not.

    Sergeant Shizuka Hattori
Voiced by: Aya Uchida (JP), Cristina Valenzuela (EN)

Shizuka is a newer member of the Witches who idolizes Yoshika. Without much knowledge of war, she sticks strictly to the rules due to her being raised by a military family. She is given the role of accompanying Yoshika in her journey through Europe but is very shocked and dismayed at Yoshika's demeanor which seemingly is disgraceful for her rank. This comes to a head when she disproves even of Yoshika's desire to help everyone she can and break the rules if absolutely necessary. Over the course of the film, she mellows out considerably when she meets the rest of the 501st. Her ace archetype is Kazushi "Popo" Uto.

  • Apologizes a Lot: Does this to Yoshika initially, and again at Perrine's chateau.
  • By-the-Book Cop: She is very clear on following orders and rules due to her being raised as a Military Brat... At least until she learns from Perrine about what Yoshika really is.
  • Character Development: She went from being a New Meat By-the-Book Cop to picking up Yoshika's habit of breaking the rules for the greater good at the end of Road to Berlin.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Upon meeting Yoshika, she is shocked by her idol's disregard for military rules if she needs to, as well as her un-officer-like behavior (read: cooking dinner and swabbing the deck). Over the course of the film, Shizuka meets the rest of the 501st and is convinced to lighten up, especially after meeting Perrine.
  • Deuteragonist: Takes over Mio's role in the story during the events of Road to Berlin.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her relationship with Yoshika is very similar to how Perrine first met Yoshika.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: At first, she finds it hard to stomach the fact that Yoshika is willing to disobey military rules so she can bring out positive results.
  • Fangirl: She is a fan of the 501st witches, particularly Yoshika.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gets hit with this between Episodes 10 and 11 of Road to Berlin after finding out that Yoshika's magic reserves have been completely spent and won't participate in Operation Southwind (at least for the next ten days if Yoshika gets enough rest, according to the doctor).
  • It's All My Fault: Shizuka blamed herself for her failed attempt to stop the Neuroi's attack on Kiel during the events of Road to Berlin, forcing Yoshika to do the deed instead. The next time she meets up with Yoshika in the following episode, she breaks down in tears after being told by Mio about the classified information that musn't be known to Yoshika.
  • Lethal Chef: Shizuka's first attempt at cooking miso soup didn't go that well in Gallia.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Takes the ears and tail of a Shikoku dog when using magic.
  • Military Brat: Shizuka's family served in the Fuso military.
  • New Meat: In her first year at the Fuso Naval Academy. Her first combat sortie consists of engaging a Neuroi alone during the second half of the film. She does remarkably well until she gets shot down.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: She comes to respect Yoshika for what she is towards the end of the film.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She defied Mio's orders in the finale of Road to Berlin to defend Yoshika from the Neuroi swarm, though she ends up being taken out of the fight after being struck in the gut as a result.
  • Sixth Ranger: As of Road to Berlin, Shizuka joins the 501st as Mio's replacement.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: In the second half of The Movie, she becomes conflicted with obeying orders or breaking them like Yoshika. In the end, she sides with Yoshika after meeting the rest of the 501st.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: After spending part of the movie conflicted with Yoshika's mentality, her faith in Yoshika is restored towards the end of the film.

Brave Witches

The 502nd Joint Fighter Wing, also known as the "Brave Witches", are based in Petersburg, Orussia. They are nicknamed the "Breaker Witches" due to their penchant for damaging and destroying striker units.

    In General

  • Captain Crash: They are infamous due to the amount of Striker Units they have destroyed in action, though most of them can be attributed to the "Crusher Trio" of Krupinski, Kanno and Nipa.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: All of the 502nd, sans Hikari, appear in The Movie, which was produced years before Brave Witches. Nipa and Sasha also appear in episode 3 of Operation Victory Arrow.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who has seen the movie will know that the 502nd JFW will survive the events of Brave Witches and Operation Victory Arrow.
  • Multinational Team: Unlike the Strike Witches, though, the countries where they come from is a little bit limited (in particular, three witches from Fuso/Japan as well as three from Karlsland/Germany).
    • Gallia (France): Georgette
    • Fuso (Japan): Hikari, Sadako, Naoe
    • Karsland (Germany): Rall, Rossmann, Krupinski
    • Orussia (Russia): Sasha
    • Suomus (Finland): Nipa
  • Seiza Squirm: Their preferred form of punishment for misbehaving, administrated by Sasha. The reasoning for this was due to a time when Sadako tried to teach Sasha seiza as a meditation technique, but she considered it being pure torture.
  • The Voiceless: A Justified example. Aside from Sasha and Nipa, the 502nd JFW witches don't speak in The Movie due to it being made long before they were cast.

    Lieutenant Hikari Karibuchi
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (JP), Madeleine Morris (EN)

Hikari Karibuchi is an aspiring Witch born in Sasebo, Fuso. Looking up to her older sister Takami, she enrolled in Sasebo Aviation Preparatory School to hopefully one day to become a great Witch like her sister. While not a particularly skillful one, Hikari possesses a lot of stamina. When her school got an order to send Witches to fight in the war, she Jumped at the Call and was eventually picked to go to Suomus to be on the back lines. However, due to an accident during her and her sister's trip to Europe, she took her sister's place on being part of the Brave Witches. She inherits her sister's experimental Shiden Model-4 Striker Unit nicknamed "Chidori" and uses a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She is named after the younger sister of Takashi Oshibuchi.

  • Be Yourself: Episode 4 has it drilled into her that she cannot be like Takami - she needs to play to her own strengths.
  • Big Sister Worship: She looks up to Takami and wants to be just like her.
  • The Cameo: Though she doesn't appear in The Movie, she and Gundula briefly showed up in Road to Berlin.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Her beginnings as a Witch are not pretty. She has really low grades from school, technically failed her test to be on the front lines but was selected for saving Miya, doesn't have enough magic to properly operate Chidori and is seen as a hindrance by most of Brave Witches.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike the pacifistic Yoshika who would prefer not to fight unless necessary and only went along with Mio to find her father, Hikari has aspired to be a great Witch like her big sister and Jumped at the Call when it was presented to be on the front lines. However, while Yoshika showed her having potential in her first flight, Hikari shows a lot of problems in the beginning of her journey even if she has trained to be a Witch for around a year.
  • Determinator: She refuses to lose her ambitions and goals, as shown during her training in Episode 4. Not even Kanno's insults slow her down.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: In episode 9, she tells Kanno to get a grip when the latter feels that their mission to protect their supplies has failed.
  • Inept Mage: Due of her low mana pool, she has hard time working as a Witch initially. It is until Rossmann realizes that she can focus her magic powers onto a single task at a time that Hikari starts getting good at fighting.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gains squirrel traits when using magic.
  • Little Sister Heroine: Is Takami's younger sister and the protagonist of Brave Witches.
  • Little Useless Gun: Her FP-45 Liberator pistol that she carries as a good luck charm.
  • Magical Eye: She has a magic ability called Contact Eye, which allows her to see the core of a Neuroi if she touches the Neuroi in question.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She becomes friends with Kanno after the latter gets over her envy in episode 4.

    Ensign/Lieutenant Naoe Kanno ("Nao")
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (JP), Mikaela Krantz (EN)

Naoe Kanno is a short but strong-headed Witch from Fuso and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. When she was young, she was a really obedient child with a keen sense of literature. But when she started to train to become a Witch, she started adopting a more aggressive personality, adopting a fighting style of fighting until you simply can't fight anymore. While this does make her undertake actions which might cause her to crash often, she still proves to be a force to be reckoned with. Her Striker Unit is based on the Yamanishi Shiden Model 21 and she uses a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She is named after the Japanese pilot Naoshi Kanno.

  • Badass Bookworm: She studied literature before she became a pilot.
  • Bokukko: She speaks with the masculine pronoun "Ore."
  • Dislikes the New Guy: A gender-swapped variation. Kanno dislikes Hikari upon joining the 502nd JFW. She eventually loosens up on her towards the end of the fourth episode.
  • Determinator: She refuses to lose against the Neuroi so much that she gets aggressive and fights until she becomes exhausted.
  • Full-Contact Magic: The application of her special magic ability is to compress her shield to the size where she can outright punch through Neuroi.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She envies Hikari when she enters the 502nd.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Kanno can get angry quite easily and with minimal provocation.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Nao".
  • Irrational Hatred: Kanno's initially resentful of Hikari because Kanno was unable to help Takami. Hikari was in no position to fight, especially when the only Striker Unit she had was a training model so her helping Takami to defend against the Neuroi was out of the question. She gets over this resentment towards the end of episode 4.
  • I Shall Taunt You: In episode 4, she deliberately trash-talks Hikari as a failure while the latter's struggling to retrieve the hat. Fortunately for her, Hikari finally retrieves the hat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be a jerk to Hikari at first, but she is a very generous person overall.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She always charges into battle against Neurois and gets her Striker Unit trashed in the process.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gains traits from a bulldog when using magic.
  • My Greatest Failure: She wasn't able to rescue Takami during their trip to Europe.
  • The Napoleon: She is one of shortest members of the team, and is also the most aggressive of everyone.
  • Otaku: For Gallian literature.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's the shortest member of the team, but she can still kick ass when she needs to.
  • The Resenter: When Kanno first meets Hikari, she doesn't bother to hide how resentful she is towards the latter
  • Tomboy: If the way she speaks doesn't prove it, the way she acts certainly will.
  • Trash Talk: In episode 4, she deliberately angers Hikari into retrieving the hat to complete her training by taunting her as a failure.
  • Tsundere: Even after she doesn't envy Hikari anymore, she still acts rather harsh when she is brought up, even if she cares for her. Well, until "Break Witches" at least.
  • Use Your Head: After Hikari snaps Kanno out of her funk in episode 9, the latter headbutts Hikari and agrees to help destroy the Neuroi.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She becomes friends with Hikari over time, which eventually culminates in Kanno helping the latter destroy the Neuroi in "Break Witches".

    Master Sergeant Nikka Edvardine Katajainen ("Nipa")
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori (JP), Krystal LaPorte (EN)

Nikka Edvardine "Nipa" Katajainen is a member of the Suomus Air Force and is part of the same squadron as her friend Eila. She is a bit of a tomboy and a bit guileless at times. She is known for her really bad luck which has led to her crashing numerous Striker Units in the past to the point where she is pulled out of the front-lines to operate on the base. That being said, she still has the numbers to prove that she is ace material and her accidents haven't done harm to anyone else. Her Striker Unit is based on Messerschmitt BF109K-4 and she uses an MG42 machine gun. She is named after the Finnish pilot Nils Edward Katajainen, who was also nicknamed "Nipa" and was known for crashing multiple crafts but surviving with minimal injuries.

  • Born Unlucky: Compared to Kanno and Krupinski, her reputation of being in the Crusher Trio is out or complete lack of luck. in The Movie, she was struck down by lightning out of nowhere, for example.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eila enjoys making a fool out of her, not to mention the fact that she tends to crash her Striker a lot, much to Sasha's dismay
  • Gag Boobs: Large enough that at one point, she hangs from a tree branch using nothing but her boobs after she crashes yet another Striker Unit. Luckily, as a witch, she's quite durable and she specifically has a Healing Factor, so she doesn't mind the discomfort. She actually manages to fall asleep there until Hikari finds her. On the other hand, they won't stay still during the team's morning exercises, which slows her down.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: On one hand, she is the unluckiest member of the team, constantly getting into crashes. On the other hand, she has hyper-regenerative abilities which allow her to heal almost any injury she receives in an instant.
  • Identical Stranger: Side-material gives her one in Hanna Wind, the two physically differing only in eye color (Hanna's are green), familiar (Eurasian eagle-owl), and breast size (Hanna's are smaller). Hanna has apparently even been mistaken for Nipa on one occasion (which Hanna just rolled with).
  • In-Series Nickname: Aside from "Nipa", she's also called "Jinxed" Katajainen and "Crasher O'Hare the Second", due to her rivaling Katharine O'Hare of the 507th in terms of crashing Striker Units.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Gains snow weasel traits when using magic.
  • Tomboy: She has a mannish appearance and has rather unladylike mannerisms. She also used to be something if a delinquent, but her friends got her out of that phrase.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Is this with Sasha and to a certain extent Eila.
  • Walking Techbane: Whereas the other two members of the "Crasher Trio" are as such because they either get too close to the enemy for their own good (Kanno) or lose sight of where enemy fire is coming from and/or overtax their unit (Waltrud), a lot of Nipa's crashes are mostly because her Strikers just stop working for no reason other than she being the one piloting them.

    Captain Aleksandra Ivanovna Pokryshkin ("Sasha")
Voiced by: Yumi Hara (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

Aleksandra Ivanovna "Sasha" Pokryshkin is Orussia's greatest ace. Her engineer father made her get familiar with mechanics early on in her life to the point where she is said to have a "mecha fetish". Aside from being the combat officer of Brave Witches, she is also an engineer and a combat instructor due to her achievements in the military. That being the case, she is a perfectionist and structured, causing her to clash with some of her teammates and gets headaches for the amount of Striker Units she needs to fix. Her Striker Unit is a MiG-60 like with Sanya but repainted brown, and she uses a DP28 light machine gun. She is named after Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin, a Russian ace who was called "Engineer" in his youth.

  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While Sasha might be extremely harsh to Nipa due to her crashing her Striker Unit constantly, she does really care for her well-being and is harsh because she feels like she has to.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Sasha".
  • The Lancer: She is the combat commander of the Brave Witches.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gets traits from a polar bear when using magic.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted, despite having different nicknames to differentiate them, she shares her full first name with fellow Orussian Witch, Sanya V. Litvyak.
  • Otaku: She's a huge fan of machines, to the point she is said to have a mecha fetish.
  • Photographic Memory: Her inherent magic is called Image Memorization, which allows her to memorize practically anything and recall it even years after printing it into her memory. She particularly uses this in regards to the blueprints to the wing's Striker Units to easily tell what needs fixing.
  • The Chains of Commanding: As second-in-command and field leader of the Brave Witches, she's often forced into making tough decisions that she very clearly does not enjoy doing. In particular, she really hates having to punish her lower ranking friends for rules violations.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: When she was visiting her grandma's home in Petersburg while young, she awoke to her magic when she was trying to stop a runaway car from running her over. Her discovering that she was a Witch shocked her to the point that she locked her memories of visiting Petersburg away.
  • Wrench Wench: She is the mechanic of the team, and has had a fascination with machinery even since she was young.

    Lieutenant Waltrud Krupinski ("Countess")
Voiced by: Kayo Ishida (JP), Felecia Angelle (EN)

Waltrud Krupinski is one of Karsland's veteran aces. Self-claimed "Countess", she is a hard-drinking hedonist and womanizer, but generally easygoing. She has a tendency to discard personal safety to line up her attacks, causing her to get into many crashes. Even so, she has a fairly lengthy military history and has the skills to be considered one of the top aces of Karsland. Her Striker Unit is based on Messerschmitt BF109G2 and she uses an StG-44 assault rifle. Her namesake is the German pilot Walter Krupinski.

  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has dirty blonde hair and dark skin. Whenever it is natural or not is unknown.
  • Handsome Lech: Is as beautiful as she is lecherous.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Countess", though she does tend to get called "Fake Countess" at times. She is also called "Earl".
  • The Lad-ette: A hard drinker and blatant womanizer, she comes across as far more masculine than the other witches.
  • Lethal Chef: When Sadako goes missing in Episode 5, she takes up the role in cooking for everyone else still in the place. She ends up cooking some sort of purple soup made with caviar what makes almost everyone puke besides Rall, though she doesn't have high opinions on the result.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Some of her antics comes from her desire to be with particularly cute girls. For example, she was motivated to go to a mission when she was shown a picture of the Britannian witch escorting the fleet and wanted to meet her.
  • Super Mode: Her unique magic skill "Magic Boost" seems to allow her to overclock her Striker Unit to allow her to move faster, albeit the Unit can only last so long before acting up.

    Master Sergeant Edytha Rossmann
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi (JP), Jill Harris (EN)

A veteran Karlslandian Witch, Edytha is a bit of an oddity for one from Karlsland due to her low body count. She suffered a serious illness when she was young which halted her growth. Because of her frail body, she uses a really strategic fighting style which involves making a single decisive blow on the enemy and following with a quick escape, which has granted the status as an ace fighter, though one with a rather low kill-count compared to other Karlsland aces, and a highly-valued instructor. She spends most of her time being a teacher to upcoming Witches, which have included some of the world's top aces like Erica Hartmann. Her Strike Unit is based on Messerschmitt BF109G2 and her weapons include MG42 machine gun and Fliegerhammer rocket launcher. Her namesake is the German pilot Edmund Roßmann.

  • Badass Teacher: She teaches witches from time to time, and is able to whoop their asses at once should they ever cross her.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Her familiar is a fox and since her body can't handle high-speed dogfighting, she had to develop a fighting style that focuses on decisive blows and quick escapes.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She can be tough when she is training witches.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She is an easily approachable person. And yet, she has no qualms with putting witches through hard situations to get them to learn quickly.
  • Ill Girl: She has a fragile body resulting from an illness since childhood.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gains traits from a red fox while using magic.
  • In-Series Nickname: Paula.
  • Kitsune: A What If? idea by fans is that her true guardian animal is a kitsune, but due to her falling ill, it couldn't develop completely. Apparently Fumikane believes the same.
  • Older Than She Looks: Even though she is the oldest member of the Brave Witches, she is also one of the shortest. That is because she became seriously ill in her youth, halting her growth.
  • Stern Teacher: She may be the Brave Witches's resident Drill Sergeant Nasty, but she does care for them, and does wish that they will surpass her one day.
  • Training from Hell: She makes Hikari undergo one of these, making her climb a pillar to retrieve a hat from the top using her magic in one week. Hikari eventually succeeds on the last day.

    Captain/Major Gundula Rall
Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP), Rachel Robinson (EN)

Gundura Rall is the third-greatest Witch in the world. She acts like a brash and frank older sister, but she isn't overly serious. During the evacuation of Karlsland, however, she was hit when she couldn't focus, which led to her back being fractured. She went through extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation to get back in shape, but she still needs to wear a corset with magically-woven fibers to prevent the old injuries from flaring up in combat. Her Striker Unit is based on the Messerschmitt BF109G2 and her weapon is the MG42 machine gun. Her namesake is the German ace Günther Rall, the third greatest ace in the world.

  • The Ace: She is humanity's third greatest ace, even after the accident in Karlsland.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the Brave Witches's commander and one of the top Witches in the world.
  • Badass in Charge: Of the Brave Witches.
  • The Cameo: She and Hikari made a small appearance in Road to Berlin.
  • The Captain: She is the leader of the 502nd JFW.
  • Contralto of Danger: Gundura has a very deep, commanding voice as a result of her being voiced by both Rina Sato in Japanese and Rachel Robinson in English.
  • Handicapped Badass: She was injured during the evacuation of Karlsland and even after medical treatment and rehabilitation, she needs to wear a magical corset to prevent old injuries from flaring up. Even so, she is humanity's 3rd greatest ace, just behind Barkhorn and Hartmann.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gets wolf traits when using her magic.
  • Nerves of Steel: She is always calm and collective about the situation. Even eating Krupinski's cooking has her just commenting that it is bad without giving a reaction. She even keeps her wits about long enough to give orders to Nipa as everybody else is essentially paralyzed from laughter due to eating laughing mushrooms.
  • Not So Above It All: She even eating Edytha's caviar in the OVA.
  • Of Corset Hurts: Inverted, she needs her corset to keep her old injuries from hurting.

    Sergeant/Major Georgette Lemare ("Georgie")
Voiced by: Haruka Terui (JP), Natalie Hoover (EN)

Georgette Lemare is a Witch born in Gallia and lived most of her childhood in her family's inn. She is a sweet and gentle soul, but also world-wise and straight forwards, and also a good cleaner. During the evacuation of Gallia from the Neuroi attack, she quickly manifested her powers and enrolled into the military alongside many other Witches-to-be. While not a particular stand-out, she has a defensive fighting style and her healing magic is crucial in any team. Her Striker Unit is based on Arsenal VG-39 and uses a DP28 light machine gun. She is named after French ace pilot Georges Lemare.

  • Big Eater: Due of her healing magic causing her metabolism go into overdrive, she constantly needs to eat to keep herself in shape.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has shoulder-length ones, which makes her seem the girliest of the Brave Witches.
  • Girly Girl: She at least feels like she is a girl alongside soldiers.
  • Healing Hands: She can heal, but her body temperature increases when she does it. She can use this to her benefit to warm other people and machinery up, however.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: An odd literal (and non-video game-specific) example, as her healing magic really does speed up her metabolism.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Georgie".
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for her inability to cure Takami to the point that she is unable to face Hikari. After Hikari thanks her for saving Takami's life, she was able to get over that mentality.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gets traits from a Persian cat when using her magic.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not being able to fully cure Takami.
  • Nice Girl
  • Serious Business: She takes winter cleaning very seriously.

    Ensign Sadako Shimohara ("Moha-san/Sada-chan")
Voiced by: Marin Mizutani (JP), Dawn M. Bennett (EN)

Sadako Shimohara is a Fusoan Witch originating from Onomichi, Hiroshima and was born into a family of scholars. Warm and nurturing, she is almost like a mother figure to the team, especially with her cooking. She has had extensive training from multiple places, including from Mio Sakamoto and from Karslandian night witches. She has all-around excellent skills in spotting targets and wilderness survival, though she has doubts about her abilities. Her Striker Unit is modelled after Yamanishi Shiden Model 21 and uses a Type 99 13mm machine gun. She is named after a Japanese ace pilot Uehara Sadao.

  • Cuteness Proximity: She absolutely adores cute things (including some of her teammates) and wants to hug them to the point that she borders into "creepy old man" territory.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She honestly thinks that she is only good at fighting Neuroi, and if she can't fight then she's useless. A good smack from Georgette snaps her out from it when she blames her for failing to defeat a Neuroi and getting Hikari injured.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Moha-san" (Sada-chan for Georgette).
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gets traits from a Fusoan rabbit when using her magic.
  • Magical Eye: Her special magic gives her both telescopic and night vision.
  • Team Chef: She is de facto chef of the Brave Witches.
  • Team Mom: The most mother-like figure of the Brave Witches with her caring attitude and her passion for cooking. Funny how she is one of youngest members of the team in terms of when she joined.

Noble Witches

The 506th Joint Fighter Wing, it was intended to be a group of nobles to serve in the defense of Paris. But due to the influence of the United States of Liberion, which has no nobility, and the resulting conflict between the Liberions and the Europeans the squadron was split into two distinct units serving under an overseeing commander. Group A, consisting of the nobles, are stationed out of Sedan. Group B consisting entirely of Liberions is stationed out of Dijon.

    Squadron Leader Rosalie de Hemricourt de Grunne 
The reluctant Belgican overall commander of the 506th. Aged out of active combat, she was pulled from retirement to lead the squadron after being convinced there were no other suitable candidates. A caring, but overmatched leader who struggles to make tough decisions and control her subordinates. Based on Rodolphe de Hemricourt de Grunne.

    Squadron Leader Heinrike Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein ("Princess") 
Flight commander of Squad A. Descends from a long line of Orussian aristocrats with her branch having later migrated to Karlsland, and with ties to European royalty. Brash, arrogant, and hotheaded, she often looks down on her fellow witches. The third highest ranked night witch in history. Based on Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.

    Flight Lieutenant Adriana Visconti 
A skilled Romagnan witch, her rebellious streak and constant fighting with superiors caused her career to stall and get passed over for numerous positions, before eventually winding up with the 506th. Based on Adriano Visconti.

    Flying Officer Kunika Kuroda 
A member of an obscure branch of the Kuroda Clan, she hardly had a noble upbringing. A veteran witch, she was adopted by the main family in order for Fuso to have a representative on the Noble Witches, as she was the only girl with magic powers in the entire family. Based on Tameyoshi Kuroki.
  • Big Eater: Loves to eat.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Kunika makes no secret of the fact that she is doing this primarily for the paycheck.
  • The Movie Buff: She loves Hollywood films and constantly makes references to them in casual conversation.

    Pilot Officer Isabelle du Monceau de Bergendal ("Isaac") 
A minor noble from Belgica, whose family was forced to flee to exile in Britannia after the fall of the country. Fearing her powers would result in her being drafted into the military, her parents disguised her and raised her as a boy. This failed when a restless Bergendal joined the Royal Air Force, while still maintaining her secret. After the fall of Gallia, her true identity was discovered and she was reassigned to the 506th as a witch. Based on Yvan Georges Arsène Félicien du Monceau de Bergendal.

    Wing Commander Geena Preddy 
The cold and efficient commander of Squad B. Based on George Preddy.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She immediately figured out that Keera was the traitor because she correctly deduced that there was no way she could respond so quickly to the hangar bombing unless she knew it was going to happen in advance.
  • The Stoic: She seldom shows outward emotion.

    Flight Lieutenant Marian Carl 
Grew up on an impoverished farm near Hubbard, Oregon and came to greatly resent nobles as a result. Based on Marion Carl.
  • Berserk Button: It doesn't take much to set her off at the best of times, but she holds a special hatred towards the nobility.

    Flight Lieutenant Jennifer De Blanc 
A descendant of Hispanian nobles who migrated to Liberion. Was originally assigned to Squad A, but refused and insisted on going to Squad B with the other Liberions. Based on Jefferson De Blanc.
  • Extreme Doormat: A secondary reason why she is chosen as the hostage is because she is the most docile of the Liberions and the others would be far more likely to fight back.

    Flying Officer Carla Luksic 
A cheerful and energetic witch from Liberion who tries to get along with everyone, including Squad A, a rarity among Squad B. Based on Carl Luksic.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Coca-Cola. Upon her transfer to the 506th, she insisted on them having cases ready for her arrival.

Other Witches

    Lieutenant Junko Takei
Voiced by: Masumi Asano (JP), Kara Edwards (EN)

Junko is originally from Fuso Imperial Navy and now is the commander of 504th JFW. She is an old friend of Sakamoto and fought alongside when they were stationed in Libau together. Takei, Sakamoto, and Yoshiko Nishizawa were called "Three crows of Libau" for their outstanding performance in Libau. Her special ability allows her to raise her comrades' morale. She also is the protagonist of Nintendo DS game and one of the main characters in Maidens of the Heavens. In the anime, she appears as the commander of 504th JFW in episodes 1, 3, and 12 of Strike Witches 2.

    Captain Hanna-Justina Marseille
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

Marseille, also known as "Star of Africa", is yet another super ace from Karlsland. Originally from Karlsland Afrika Corps, she now belongs to the "Afrika" Joint Fighter Wing, which was practically organized just for her. She has incredible combat skill which is said to be one of the best in Allied Forces, matching that of Erika. Though her score is only up to 200 kills, Neurois in Africa are much larger than the Europe, making this score worth three times as much. Marseille is originally from the semi-official Doujinshi series "Afrika" which, as the name suggests, focuses on the North African campaign of the Strike Witches universe. She also makes an appearance in episode 10 of Strike Witches 2.

  • A-Cup Angst: Or in her case, "C-Cup Angst." Her breasts are big, but she is envious of Charlotte's, who're even bigger.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She makes a prominent appearance in "500 Overs".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is very arrogant and thinks she is the best witch of the world but has a good heart and cares for others.
  • Red Baron: Outside of the other Karlsland witches, she's best known by her nickname, "The Star of Africa."
  • The Rival: She sees Erika as her only rival, though Erika couldn't care less.
  • Smug Super: She's one of the top aces in the world and a bit of a jerk about it.

    Lieutenant/Captain Takami Karibuchi
Voiced by: Rie Suegara (JP), Amber Lee Connors (EN)

Takami Karibuchi is considered the pride and joy of Sasebo, Fuso and is part of the 508th Joint Fighter Wing "Mighty Witches". She is known for her ability to rush into battle and flawlessly shoot her opponents down with extreme precision. Even so, she is always optimistic on things, and can talk to anyone regardless of their ranking and can think of a solution regardless of the situation. Her biggest strive for glory was when she fought in the retreat from Libau. Her Striker Unit is based on Yamanishi Shiden Model 11 but was eventually given the experimental Shiden Model-4, which she nicknamed "Chidori" and uses a Solothurn S-18/100 anti-tank rifle. Her namesake is Takashi Oshibuchi.

  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Once she gets better and she is sent off to rejoin the Brave Witches, she tries to force Hikari to return to Fuso. This is all to spare Hikari from getting injured in the line of duty. Unfortunately for Takami, it backfires when she gets seriously injured once again.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Her "Absolute Eye" technique allows her to target and shoot Neuroi from the skies like flies, but causes intense amount of stress to ones body and mind that alone it can be borderline suicidal.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The fact that supplementary material had placed her as being part of the Mighty Witches makes it clear that her joining the Brave Witches is either temporary or does not go as planned. Both of them end up happening, first with her falling into coma, leading to Hikari take her place, and after she does join to take down the Grigori hive, she returns to Fuso after the hive was destroyed, with Hikari staying with the Brave Witches for good.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a rather sizable scar below her left breast what runs into her left side what she gained during a battle in Libao.
  • I Call It "Vera": Non-weapon version, she calls her Strike Unit "Chidori".
  • Little Bit Beastly: She gains traits from a Red-Crowned Crane when using magic.
  • Magical Eyes: She can detect Neuroi cores through their heat signatures. And unlike Mio, she can freely turn her ability on and off. She also has "Absolute Eye" technique where she can see multiple Neuroi cores at a time.
  • Put on a Bus: She gets thrown into a bus in Episode 2 due to the injuries she received while fighting Neuroi and being forced to use Absolute Eye causing her to go into a coma. Takami comes out of her coma by the time episode 9 rolls around.
  • Shoo the Dog: At the end of Brave Witches, she tries to make Hikari leave the titular squad, as she didn't want her sister to get injured. It doesn't work out.


    The Neuroi 
A mysterious alien force that arrived from space one day and started wrecking havoc. Their goals are unknown.
  • Alien Invaders: They invade our planet in the late 1930s, signaling the start of the Europa Wars.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Every non-drone Neuroi has a core. If the core is destroyed, so is the main body and all drones created by the Neuroi.
  • Beam Spam: Most of the time, large-scale Neuroi attack by firing laser barrages, with occasionally focusing their firepower for a single, powerful laser.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The Neuroi Girls near the end of Strike Witches and the beginning of Strike Witches 2 are really attractive to some people. Too bad the two that show up get blasted unceremoniously with extreme prejudice.
  • High-Tech Hexagons: Even though they are based on time appropriate vehicles, for the most part, the hexagonal structure they have to make them look futuristic. And the fact that they can shoot lasers from them doesn't hurt.
  • It Can Think: Upon first glance one would mistake the Neuroi for being mindless Monster of the Week. But the actual fact is that, while perhaps at times single-minded and stubborn; intelligence and sentience lies within the alien minds of the Neuroi; using various kinds and degrees of tactics and strategies throughout the series, some of which range from the rudimentary while others are rather ambitious. The X-11 Witch type by far had the most extensive display of intelligence with it's interactions with Yoshika on their first contact; being able to tell that Yoshika wasn't shooting at it despite how usually Witch/Neuroi engagements are often hostile, showing it's core as a "gesture of peace and trust" and even trying to communicate non-verbally with Yoshika.
    • Brave Witches takes a step further when it is shown that Neuroi tactics have begun to grow and evolved to become more sophisticated and are starting to mirror human tactics: even if it's clear, while they are trying to emulate human concepts of warfare and tactics; they struggle in grasping fully the concepts of such tactics as well as trying to overcome a learning curve in the execution.
    • The series even shows that the Neuroi can even feel EMOTIONS: in the Movie when Shirley taunts the air type Neuroi infuriating Venizian airspace: it seems to shown actual frustration by making a harsh cry, as if in anger, and promptly giving chase; other media at times show some witches, like Hannalore Kummel, actually eliciting fear from Neuroi at times.
  • Kill It with Water: Downplayed as while Neuroi haven't shown to be weak to water, they for whatever reason seem to hate water as evident by the lack of any aquatic Neuroi and them trying to find ways to get around large bodies of water such as one forming into a Weather-Control Machine in order to freeze lakes earlier.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Neuroi are vaguely mechanical, and mostly use forms based on vehicles and such, with some exceptions.
  • No Body Left Behind: Whenever a Neuroi's core is destroyed, their external bodies shatter into millions of fragments, very rarely leaving behind even shrapnel.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The first known Neuroi which invaded the Earth were sealed beneath an Egyptian city. While even knowing about the existence of the seal would break it, it was only broken during the Second Neuroi War.
  • Starfish Aliens: They feed on the land's soil for energy, and even though they are Mechanical Lifeforms, they show little to no mechanical structure from the inside. Some pictures in the film seem to indicate that Neuroi used to take animal-like appearances like those resembling Hydra, Orochi, Tsuchigumo and dragons.
  • The Blank: The X-11 Witch-Type Neuroi, while appearing to adopt the form of Witches; seem to lack any other distinguishable facial features save for their nose. They seem to typically have neither eyes nor a mouth; alluding to their supernatural and alien nature.
  • Up to Eleven: One Neuroi late in Brave Witches turns out to have a core inside its core. Destroying the main core still causes it and any drones to explode... and then it just reforms as it would from any other damage.

    General Trevor Maloney 
Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (JP), Cole Brown (EN)

Maloney is a general who serves in the Britannian RAF. He was well against the Witch program since it was created by his political rival. He's also the commander of the 1st Assault Unit codenamed "Warlock" and funded an advanced project to render the Witches obsolete.

  • Ascended Extra: Is a playable character in the Shoot 'em Up doujin, flying the Warlock.
  • Expy: He's based on the Royal Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory.
  • Fantastic Racism: His contempt towards the Witches may not be just because they were the brain child of his rival, but probably because they're... well, witches.
  • Fatal Flaw: His low regard for the Witches in general and use of the "Warlock" technology proves to be his undoing.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Blatantly so, his low regard for the Witches could be, besides being created by his rival, that of their gender and they should not be in the frontlines "stealing" valor from men. Notably, after disbanding the Witches and taking over their base of operations, his team consists almost entirely of men with not a single female seen amongst them.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: He is an Evil Brit and a Mean Brit Smug Snake, unlike Leigh-Mallory in real life.
  • The Neidermeyer: He's an Evil Brit general with an Irrational Hatred of the Strike Witches.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: See He-Man Woman Hater above.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It remains to be seen what happened to him after the final Neuroi battle in Britannia.

    Major Chris Keera 

A Gallian Intelligence Officer who arrives to oversee an investigation into the Noble Witches after a bomb destroys a hangar at Sedan, determined to find a traitor in the group. Or so it seems. In reality, she's an assassin working for disgruntled nobles who want to overthrow the Gallian Republic and restore the Bourbon Dynasty as monarchs. She's also secretly a witch. Unmarked spoilers are below.

  • Child Soldiers: A flashback shows that she was trained to be an assassin and killed her first targets at a very young age.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls to her apparent death after her Striker Unit is destroyed over the English Channel.
  • Faking the Dead: She apparently tries to flee Marseille with Jennifer on a steamship that is quickly blown up before it can escape. This was a setup to cover the real escape plan using a U-boat.
  • French Jerk: Even before The Reveal.
  • The Mole: She's one within Gallian Intelligence, seeking to overthrow the Gallian government.
  • The Heavy: While she works for a larger organization, they are never seen on screen and it is Keera that becomes the main antagonist of Noble Witches.
  • Professional Killer
  • Rich Bitch: She's a noble who despises commoners and Liberions in particular.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Kuroda grabs her hand after her Striker Unit is destroyed in their duel. Keera chooses to let go and fall to her death rather than be rescued.

Other Characters

    Ursula Hartmann 
Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

Erica's identical twin sister. A brilliant engineer who designs and build strike units, including a Me-262 jet striker prototype used by Trude. She is introduced at the end of episode 4 of Strike Witches 2, where she offers the 501st a sack of potatoes as an apology for the super jet striker unit being unstable. Formerly a member of the 507JFW, AKA the Suomus Misfits Squadron.

  • Covert Pervert: She gets aroused when her special jet fuel accidentally disintigrates the clothes of Erica, Trude, and Minna.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Averted, as she is based on the wife of Erich Hartmann.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Like Erica, she takes on the features of a Dachshund, with the tips of her hair turning black instead of growing animal ears, when she uses magic.
  • Meganekko: One of her features that distinguish her from her sister.
  • Made of Explodium: Some of the things she builds tend to blow up, as shown at the end of Strike Witches 2 (may also explain why the jet striker prototype she built for Gertrud eventually self-destructed).
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Hilariously played with when some of the protagonists first meet her and call her "Erica #2", not knowing she is Erica's sister.

    General Geraldo S. Patton

Famed Liberion general tasked with leading the liberation of Berlin from the Neuroi. Based on the real life General George S. Patton.

  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Has a habit of indiscriminately firing his sidearm when he gets agitated.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the Witches, he has no magic powers. It doesn't make him any less of a badass.
  • Determinator: When he is given an objective, he will see it through no matter what.
  • Four-Star Badass
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his bluster. When Yoshika defies his orders to stay grounded in order to save Kiel and needs rest as a result, he not only doesn't get angry at her, but he goes to Allied Command and advocates to delay the assault on Berlin for ten days so she can recover. After he's denied, he allows Yoshika to join him in his command tank for the attack so she can participate.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the red to Bradley's blue.

    Detective Samantha Spade 
New York Police Detective who comes to Gallia while investigating the mysterious death of a reporter.

    The Bears 
A bear cub and its mom, they appear in the first episodes of seasons one and two, as well as the first half of the film. They're bears. Also, they're the only reoccurring non-witch non-antagonist characters.


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