Here be the characters of Tekkaman Blade
The main character of the show. Takaya is the 2nd son of the Aiba family and was captured along with them by the Radam and set to become a full Tekkaman until his father saved him and had him launched to Earth. The incomplete biological engineering allowed him to transform into a being hell-bent on the Radam's destruction, the titular Tekkaman Blade. With his memories not actually lost to him, he joined the Space Knights to defeat the Radam (getting the nickname D-Boy) and ultimately succeeds, but not without great sacrifice. Eventually however, the bonds he made with the Space Knights heal his trauma and he begins assisting his girlfriend Aki in training a new generation of good Tekkamen.
- Agitated Item Stomping After he kills his brother Shinya, the Radam that had been controlling Tekkaman Evil manages to escape the corpse - D-Boy promptly starts mashing it under his foot, violently grinding it into the floor in his rage.
- Aloof Ally: Although he never claims he and the Space Knights don't have the same shared goal, it still takes a while for him to warm up to the Space Knights, causing him to keep them at bay and not tell them things about him.
- Amnesia Danger: Later in the series, as his memory begins degrading, he repeatedly gets into trouble due to forgetting critical information, such as the fact he needs Pegas to transform or even that he can transform at all!
- Amnesiac Lover: Later in the series, after he gains the Blastor transformation and his memories begin degrading, one of the things he forgets is that he and Aki are a couple!
- Asleep for Days: After getting hit by Evil's Psy-Voltekka, D-Boy spends days in a coma as his body struggles to recover, until he finally wakes up and learns how long he's been asleep.
- Being Good Sucks: If he continues fighting for Earth, he's going to have to kill most of the other members of his family.
- Belated Backstory: Because he simply Cannot Spit It Out, both his allies in-universe and the audience don't learn anything about him until roughly a third of the way into the series.
- Break the Cutie : His current self is a pretty nice guy, despite his Jerkass tendencies, but seriously, look at the flashback of his past life and see how much he changed.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Aki as she has to comfort him whenever he can over his past and his present suffering.
- Byronic Hero: Although he has good intentions, his negative traits - mostly based on his personal failings, such as being aloof and quick-tempered, sometimes get in the way of being a hero.
- Chick Magnet: Lets see, Aki and Milly are close to him, with the former explicitly wanting to date him (and they even hook up), and the sequel adds Yumi. Not to mention Levin, who even in the dub is blatantly fetishizing over him.
- Classical Antihero: He's got many character flaws, including being aloof and quick-tempered, but his burning drive is to do good and to help people.
- Deadly Upgrade: It turns out that, because of his incomplete Tekkaman transformation, Blade is ravaging his own nervous system with every time he shifts between forms. It eventually reaches the point that he is told outright that if he doesn't stop transforming, he's going to die. Ironically, the Blastor/Tekkaman Plus upgrade he undergoes to fix this problem then turns out to have its own fault: it's erasing his memories each time he goes into it. The Radam Commander also mentions to Tekkaman Evil, who wants to undergo the process himself, that it would cause him to die within the span of a few months.
- Determinator: Always gets up to fight again, even if it means escaping the hospital wrapped in bandages.
- Deus Angst Machina: Hoo boy, his life really does suck. The whole series seems to delight in events taking just the wrong turn at the wrong time to cause Blade suffering. Before the series has even begun, his whole family have been infected by alien parasites and turned into living weapons to be used to conquer Earth and subject humanity to the same fate. Blade only escaped the mind-control because his father was incompatible with the process, resulting in him being spat out prematurely - his father then used his dying strength to free Blade and send him rocketing to earth in an escape pod. This leads to Blade having to systematically murder his family and his family friends for the sake of humanity. During this lengthy, scarring battle, Blade's sister escapes and is then brutally murdered by the other Tekkamen. For icing on the cake, after Blade kills his own twin brother, he learns the source of the Tekkamen's evil nature is a Radam parasite in their brains — so, theoretically, he could have saved his family by defeating them non-lethally and extracting the parasites. It ultimately comes off that the complete erasure of his memories is a mercy, as it lets him start his life over again with a clean slate.
- Determined Expression: Blade is constantly shown wearing an expression of determination, because, well, he's always put into situations where he needs to be determined in order to make it through.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: This is more or less Blade's justification for not telling the Space Knights where he came from or that he knew exactly who the Tekkamen were; he didn't want the pity that they would express upon learning he's butchering his own kin.
- Dramatic Space Drifting: Due to the fact Blade repeatedly battles opponents in space, and is often out-classed, many battles have a sequence where the wounded, semi-conscious Tekkaman is depicted dramatically floating away through the void. The first episode even has one such sequence end with Blade falling into Earth's gravity well and being sucked down to make a crash landing.
- Emotionally Tongue-Tied: Quite often, Blade cannot express his emotions on various matters, though he gets better.
- Establishing Character Moment: Begins the show viciously attacking the Radam, and barely slows down afterward.
- Everyone Can See It: That Aki is in love with him and wants to be his girlfriend is a secret to absolutely nobody in-universe except Blade himself.
- Famed in Story: Becomes famous for his role in saving humanity from the Radam during the time between the end of the first series and the start of the sequel.
- Faking Amnesia: At the start of the series, Blade claims he doesn't remember anything about who he is, where he comes from or why he can turn into a Tekkaman. He ultimately is forced to reveal he was lying the whole time, as he just didn't want to tell anybody.
- Fate Worse than Death: At the end of the series, according to the sequel series: thanks to everything he underwent in the final battle, he's lost all his memory, can't move or even talk, and he could still go berserk. Thankfully he improves in the sequel. Downplayed in the English dub, which instead claims he's merely an amnesiac and is swiftly recovering under Aki's dedicated care.
- Fights Like a Normal: Despite the super-powers that his Tekkaman form gives him, Blade's primary method for fighting is to fall back on the martial arts and swordplay skills he was taught as a normal human.
- Good Is Not Nice: Although he's fighting to save humanity from annihilation at the hands of alien invaders, he's a bit of an asshole. Particularly in the beginning. Subverted later on. He has always been an outgoing Nice Guy, as implied during the start of the series.
- Graceful Loser: As shown in flashbacks, he was always losing to his twin brother whenever they competed, but it never bothered him that he couldn't win. Instead, he would sincerely congratulate his brother each time.
- Happy Flashback: He sometimes remembers the happy times he shared with his family. Made more poignant by the fact that the memories usually contrast painfully with his current situation.
- Heartbroken Badass: He tears through the otherwise-invincible alien troopers like a super-charged mincing machine, but he's also an emotional wreck who has to kill his own family in order to save humanity.
- Heroic BSoD: Drastic revelations that leave Blade mentally locked up, overwhelmed by what he's seen or heard, occur at multiple points in the series.
- Heroic Fatigue: As the series progresses, Blade's status as the only being capable of battling the Radam invasion means he is increasingly overworked, suffering physical and emotional depletion. Not helped by the fact that, for most of the series, his transformation is actually killing him.
- Heroic Resolve: Despite everything that's stacked against him, physically and emotionally, Blade never quits.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Initially, Blade seems like a haughty, arrogant asshole, but he soon begins to warm up and show a nicer side of himself.
- Hope Bringer: For humanity, who had been losing badly until he entered the scene, Blade's ability to actually battle the Radam forces is a huge moral booster.
- Hour of Power: Blade can only stay in Tekkaman form for so long. If he goes over the time limit, his residual Radam programming will kick in and wipe his mind. One episode even revolves around this actually happening and the Space Knights struggling to find some way to restore Blade to his senses before he wipes them all out.
- How Much More Can He Take?: The amount of physical and emotional punishment that Blade undergoes through the series is a source of equal parts amazement and horror to his allies, and yet he never stops fighting.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Both a hunter of Tekkamen and tragically, of his own family and friends.
- Identity Amnesia: After undergoing the Blastor/Tekkaman Plus upgrade process, Blade's memories start being wiped out every time he transforms. As he can't stop transforming, he winds up losing every single memory of who he was and being left a complete blank slate. Mind you, at that point it's actually rather merciful.
- Instant Sedation: At one point in the series, Aki sticks him with a syringe full of tranquilizers and he immediately collapses unconscious.
- In the End, You Are on Your Own: Ultimately, although the Space Knights do offer him what support they can, the finale of the series is Blade charging for the moon on his own and defeating the Radam Commander in a one-on-one fight to the death.
- Irony: Begins the series Faking Amnesia, and ends the series suffering complete Identity Amnesia.
- It's All My Fault: Whenever something goes wrong, as part of his Guilt Complex, Blade often verbally assigns all the guilt to himself.
- I Will Fight Some More Forever: Whenever he gets beat down, you can bet he's coming right back for more. His ability to endure punishment is a thing that dumbfounds the Radam, whom he ultimately overcomes less through superior fighting ability and more the ability to take their attacks until their guard falls enough for him to strike a fatal blow in return.
- I Work Alone: At first, Blade insists that he wants nothing to do with the Space Knights, asserting that he doesn't need their help to fight the Radam. Eventually, though, he comes to realize the benefits of having allies to fall back on.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the start of the series, Blade is a real Jerkass, but he used to be a nicer guy and, given the fact he knows he has to kill off his family for the sake of saving humanity, one can understand him being kind of a dick. He also lightens up and becomes much more overtly pleasant to be around as the series progresses.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Winds up killing two brothers and a few close friends who became evil Tekkamen.
- Legendary in the Sequel: Following the events in the first anime, Blade is rightfully regarded as the savior of humanity.
- Libation for the Dead: After the Irish commando O'Toole is killed in battle, Blade honors his memory by pouring him a glass of liquor and leaving it by his gravesite.
- Light Is Good: Blade's very bright palette scheme of white offset by bright red shoulder-blades gives him a distinctly noble and heroic look, compared to the evil Tekkamen with their darker color schemes and sinister look.
- Lightning Bruiser: In Tekkaman mode, Blade can move with blinding speed and hits like a runaway train. After he gains his Blastor mode, his speed and offensive abilities go way up. However, he's very much not a Fragile Speedster Glass Cannon; he can take an enormous amount of punishment, and at one point in the series shrugs off a nuke to the face without blinking.
- Living Legend: In the sequel series, Blade's reputation is the stuff of stories and urban legends amongst humanity for his epic feats in the Radam War.
- The Magnificent: Called the White Tekkaman in the sequel, as a symbol of respect and awe.
- Men Don't Cry: Despite all the emotional abuse he undergoes in the series, Blade almost never sheds a tear. Why? Because he's a guy, of course.
- Messianic Archetype: Let's see, Humanity's savior? Check. Endured a sizable sacrifice? Check. Fate he does not deserve? TRIPLE CHECK! He IS this trope.
- Naked First Impression: A wounded Tekkaman Blade crashes on Earth and reverts to his human form after the impact. When Aki stumbles across him, he's stark naked, albeit passed out face-down on the ground.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: He, like all Tekkamen, is absurdly durable, and shrugs off ridiculous amounts of punishment. How ridiculous? In the first episode, he is impaled through the back by a Radam spider-crab, then stabbed completely through with a Tekka-lance by Tekkaman Dagger as part of a rocket-propelled charge that smashes him through a chunk of the Space Ring and into Earth's gravity well, where he falls from the uppermost layer of the atmosphere to the earth. And wakes up without a scratch.
- Not Wearing Tights: Despite being a super-hero in all the ways that matter, Blade doesn't ever get called one or wear a costume. And no, the Tekkaman "suit" doesn't count.
- Nuclear Family: Before the Radam, Blade had a father, a twin brother, an older brother, and a sister. By the end of the series, he's the only one left.
- Oblivious to Love: He's is oblivious to the fact that Aki loves him and the whole team cared for him. It takes Noal's lecturing for him to realize it.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Despite his transformation into a Tekkaman, Blade is still loyal to the human race and wants to stop the Radam's plans.
- Pull the I.V.: In the first episode, after crashing to Earth and reverting to human form, the Space Knights retrieve Blade and take him back to base for medical treatment. When he wakes up, Blade is, understandably, paranoid and promptly rips out his IV, jumps out of bed, and tries to escape.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The whole point of the series is Blade's seeking revenge against the aliens that destroyed his life.
- Screaming Warrior: So much that his voice actor broke the microphone ''twice'. The first time was when Blaster Mode debuted; the second one was the Blaster Voltekka at series' end.
- Shoulder Cannon: His iconic, but rarely used, VOLTEKKA!!! - a set of powerful energy blasters concealed in his shoulder-pads. After upgrading to Blastor Mode, he also gains cannons in his chest and forearms.
- Silicon-Based Life: It's ultimately revealed in the series that Blade's Tekkaman mode isn't merely an armored costume. Rather, Blade has transformed himself from a creature of organic carbon to one comprised of crystalline metals that produce & channel quantum energy.
- Socially Awkward Hero: He used to be an outgoing and popular kid, but ends up withdrawn, distrustful and awkward around other human beings after what he went through.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: Despite having originally come from Earth, the Radam-devastated world that Blade returns to is nothing like the world he remembers, and it only strengthens his feelings of alienation from humanity.
- Superheroes Stay Single: At the beginning of the series, Blade tries to rebuff Aki's affections, because he doesn't believe she deserves to get hurt by getting close to him.
- Survivor Guilt: Blade is heavily emotionally scarred from being the only member of his family to get away from the Radam's initial attack.
- Takes One to Kill One: For the longest part of the series, humanity's weapons just don't have the firepower needed to harm even a Spider-Crab, the basic trooper of the Radam. Only Blade's Tekkaman-granted powers are capable of slowing the invaders down. Even after the Sol Tekkaman ("Tekno-Suit") Powered Armor is created, it's only strong enough to handle the Spider-Crabs; the Radam's Tekkamen are so strong that only Blade himself can take them down.
- The Determinator: Nothing, absolutely nothing, will stop Blade from carrying out his goal. Even if it means killing his own brothers to save humanity.
- The Power of Hate: Despite the deadly ravaging of his transformations on his body, and his own frequent beat-downs, Blade never stops fighting for one simple reason: he hates the Radam more than he cares about living. If he has to die to destroy them all, then he'll do it.
- They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: His other justification for hiding his backstory is that he felt that his past was only of relevance to himself; so long as he was willing to fight the Radam, the Space Knights should be content with that.
- Touched by Vorlons: Gained the powers of a Tekkaman from the evil Radam aliens, who sought to use him as a Living Weapon to conquer Earth with. Turned that power against them to instead save his people.
- Tragic Monster: Invoked; Blade's Hour of Power limitations means he constantly fears losing control and succumbing to his Radam programming, going from the tragic hero of humanity to just another monster out for its destruction.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: The capture of his family's exploration space ship by the Radam and the transformation of his family into the first Tekkamen is depicted as a flashback. He also has other flashbacks throughout the series.
- Troubled, but Cute: Despite acting like a Jerkass, Blade's handsome looks and softer side make him very attractive to Aki and Rebin in-universe.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: For a long time, he was the only one who could make a difference in the war between humans and Radam, and he fought against the Radam even though it meant killing his family because he knew having the power meant he had the responsibility to save humanity.
- Victory-Guided Amnesia: Although Blade ultimately ends the Radam invasion by killing the Radam Commander, Tekkaman Omega, the stress of his prolonged use of the memory-erasing Blastor mode to do so results in him completely wiping out all of his memories. Blade's entire life is now gone, although given the sheer trauma he underwent to reach this point, it's arguably a blessing in disguise.
Miyuki Aiba/Tekkaman Rapier/Shara Carter
D-Boy's sister and the youngest member of his family, Miyuki was part of the Argos crew. She has a very close relationship to her brother.
- Break the Cutie: At the age of sixteen, she finds herself, her family and friends taken over by a parasitic alien species, is forced to undergo horrific pain as a result of the tekkaman transformation process, all the while seeing how other crew members are slowly being drained and killed by the Radam plants for reasons of incompatibility. Then she escapes to Earth, hounded by her brother, and manages to see D-Boy one last time, fully knowing that she is dying. And then it gets worse.
- Collateral Angst: For D-Boy, who was very close to her. His relief at getting a beloved member of his family back from the Radam turns to despair when he finds out that she doesn't have long to live.
- Deconstruction: What happens when an innocent girl is called a monster by the people that she saved?
- Flower Motifs: Her favorite flower is the amaryllis.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Compare and contrast with Tekkaman Sword.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Wounded beyond hope by the Radam Tekkamen, she self-destructs in a desperate attempt to annihilate them. It doesn't work.
- Ill Girl: As An incomplete Tekkaman whose assimilation process was interrupted.
- Plucky Girl: She clearly knows she's screwed and the story takes a huge physical/mental toll on her, but doesn't stop fighting.
- Shipper on Deck: For D-Boy and Aki.
Aki Kisaragi/Star Summers
Aki is a member of the Space Knights and the co-pilot of the spaceship Blue Earth.
- Action Girl: Is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, an excellent pilot and pretty handy with a gun.
- Badass Adorable: Overlaps with Badass Normal; she might be The Chick, but early on the series she is said to be the physically strongest of the Space Knights, with the exception of D-Boy, so much that she's confident enough to challenge D-Boy to spar with her after throwing a guy larger than her.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She punched D-Boy in the face after he snarked at her attempt to make him eat something and would have shot a wounded Shinya if D-Boy hadn't stopped her.
- Brainy Brunette: Certainly qualifies in both intelligence and common sense. Aside her physical skills (combat, piloting) she is also responsible for the collection and analysis of Radam data.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The gentle girl who has to comfort the emotional wreck that is D-Boy.
- Remember That You Trust Me: To D-Boy.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: When D-Boy is taken by the military.
- Tender Tears: She is a very compassionate person.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Levin/Maggie, who constantly tells her that she needs to be more feminine. When she wears perfume to catch Blade's eye, everybody is surprised.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Noal Vereuse/Ringo Richards
A member of the Space Knights, Noal is a laid-back, flirty young man who abandoned a career in the military in order to fulfill his dream of being a pilot. Initially antagonistic towards D-Boy, he ends up becoming one of his most loyal companions. He's a bit of a card shark and a gambler, and tends to be a bit overconfident and hot-tempered at times.
- Badass Driver: Ramps a crashed bus in one episode.
- The Charmer: Handsome, adventurous and very competent in what he does.
- Bus Crash: Killed off in one of the side OVAs in between I and II by a berserking D-Boy.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Has hints of it, especially towards Aki.
- Dad the Veteran: His father was a nobleman and a military officer, and really wanted Noal to follow in his footsteps.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the Missing Link OVA, he tried to stop a berserking Blade, but was overwhelmed by the latter's power and killed. In II, he is shown alive in a flashback, but gets taken into custody and then not seen again.
- Happy Flashback: When he returns to his childhood home, he remembers the times spent with his parents.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Noal is arrogant, flirtatious, hot-tempered and lazy, but he is shown to ultimately have a noble heart and a drive to do what's right.
- Military Brat: His father was in the military, and Noal grew up to join the military himself, although he quit the conventional military to join the Space Knights himself.
- Missing Mom: His mother died when he was a boy.
- Parental Abandonment: His father disinherited Noal when he abandoned his military career to join the Space Knights.
- Shipper on Deck: For D-Boy and Aki.
- Uncertain Doom: In II, he attempted to stop the Earth Defense Force from dropping a nuke on Prague from within, but only went as far as informing the Space Knights, and was arrested. He is not seen for the rest of the series, and it is never explicitly stated what happened to him, leaving his ultimate fate ambiguous.
- Word Schmord: Radam Schmadam, in the second episode.
Miletta 'Milly' Le Rouge/Tina Corman
Chief communications officer for the Space Knights, she is only 16 and can at times act rather childishly - yet at other times may see things more clearly than anybody else.
- Communications Officer: Chief of Communications, at sixteen!
- Like Brother and Sister: With D-Boy (she reminds him of his younger sister).
- Mood Whiplash: Having such a cheerful child in a middle of a Crapsack World that is filled by adults feels really inappropriate. Levin kinda lampshades it early on in the series.
- You Remind Me of X: Her similarity with D-Boys' sister is one of the reason that she's the first person that can talk casually with D-Boy
Heinrich von Freeman/Commander Jameson
Formerly the assistant of General Colbert, Freeman is now the commander and chief of the Space Knights. He uses his intellect, leadership skills and his ability to keep a cool head under pressure to help and protect his team and most importantly, to find a way to turn the tables in humanity's favor in the war against the Radam.
- Manipulative Bastard: He does care for his subordinates, but the way he manipulated D-Boy's existence, the military and Balzac all at the same time, is brilliant.
- The Plan: He is really good at these.
Honda is the man to call when you need something built good and fast. He is Pegas' co-constructor and the Blue Earths' main repair engineer is one of the persons whom the Space Knights rely on to get them off the ground.
- Brave Scot: In the dub, at least.
- Gentle Giant: His dream is to fly a kite after world peace is restored.
- Grease Monkey: Balzac calls him this in the dub.
- Mr. Fixit: It doesn't matter what the Space Knights need, Honda can make it. He does everything from maintain and upgrade their space shuttle "The Blue Earth" to constructing Pegas, Blade's loyal Robot Buddy who also grants him the ability to transform.
- Team Dad: He's essentially one to D-Boy, and to a lesser extent to most of the team.
A 19 year old computer whiz and technophile with a crush on D-Boy. Because of his implied homosexuality/transexuality, his gender was changed to female in the English dub.
- Alliterative Name: In the dub.
- Agent Peacock: In spite of his romanticism and emotional personality, Rebin is more than capable to grab a machine gun and start kicking ass when surrounded by murderous alien monsters. On top of that, his incredible technical skills have contributed to the creation and upgrade of Pegas and to the maintenance of Blue Earth, the only spaceship left capable of going outside the stratosphere.
- Camp Gay: Japanese version.
- She's a Man in Japan: Leading to an unfortunate case of Get Back in the Closet.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Star's Girly Girl in the English dub.
- Wrench Wench: Only in the dub.
Pegas is a robot designed and created by the Space Knights' engineers for the purpose of enabling D-Boy/Blade to transform into a Tekkaman after his crystal shattered. He also serves as a bodyguard, transportation method and battle aid for Blade and the two eventually become friends in spite of Pegas being a robot.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the final battle with Tekkaman Omega, Pegas protects Blade from what would have been a killing blow and is destroyed in the process. His last words are a farewell to Blade.
- Robot Buddy: He and Blade become friends.
- Single Tear: An unusual example in that Pegas is a robot who displays no emotion over the course of the series... except at the end, when a single oil tear falls from his eye when he says goodbye to Blade.
- Transforming Mecha: Played with. Pegas himself can transform from a hulking robotic bodyguard to a kind of flying platform that serves Blade as a space chariot. He contains the shards of Blade's broken crystal and amplifies them, allowing Blade to transform back and forth by entering Pegas' interior chamber.
Balzac Asimov / Balzac St. Jacques
Initially a laid-back, easy-going war correspondent out to write a story about Tekkaman Blade, Balzac is soon to be revealed as working for General Colbert as a spy. His mission was to gather as much information about the Tekkaman armor as possible, which he achieves by breaking into Commander Freeman's secret laboratory. Afterwards, he was chosen to pilot the first prototype Sol Tekkaman and while he did well against the regular Radam monsters, he was no match for Tekkaman Evil. After a near death experience following that encounter, Balzac reforms and joins the Space Knights.
- Break the Haughty: After his closest (and only) friend gets killed and he himself nearly dies at the hands of the enemy, Balzac gets thrown off his high horse.
- Call to Agriculture: In the second season; both results in and is the result of Character Development.
- Childhood Friends: With Marlo, his best friend.
- Destined Bystander: For a while.
- Glory Hound: He got better.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the end, he did one to defeat Tekkaman Sword, thanks to the latter's Taking You with Me
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Jerkass: Especially after he becomes the pilot for the man-made Tekka-armor. He is absolutely horrible to Blade.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It just takes a near-death incident and being saved and nursed back to health to bring it out.
- Muggle Power
- My Girl Back Home: Rachel, the woman who found him and nursed him back to health.
- Someone to Remember Him By: He dies but his girlfriend is clearly pregnant with his child.
- Street Urchin: Used to be one until he got recruited by the army for his skills.
General Colbert/Xerxes Galt
A haughty and extremely ruthless man, Colbert is one of the top generals of the Earth Defense Force and a former colleague of Freeman's. From the start, he is very interested in Tekkaman Blade and tries to have him transferred under his control. He later sent a spy to gather information about Tekkaman and used the data to create a Sol Tekkaman suit which proved very efficient against regular Radam, but failed when confronted with a real Tekkaman. During the war he gained access to the Thunderhawk missile, which he planned on using to destroy the Space Ring, regardless of the disastrous results it would bring for the human race, as large chunks of the Space Ring would fall on Earth and level anything in their path. Tekkaman Blade destroys the missile in mid-flight, which wipes out Colbert together with his entire base.
- Armchair Military
- Bald of Evil: He's a complete asshole, even though he's one of Earth's defenders.
- Fantastic Racism: To extremes at time, even treating the hero like a traitor of his own race simply for being a Tekkaman even though he obviously is on the side of humanity.
- General Ripper
- Meaningful Name: Named after the famous king of Persia.
- It Must Be Mine!: About Blade.
- The Unfettered: Has shades of this right from the beginning. He will actively work against the Space Knights even though they are on the same (losing) side, and pursues his mad scheme of destroying the Space Ring despite the complete annihilation it would cause. He wants to see the Radam destroyed, but he doesn't care if humanity survives.
- War Hawk: In spades.
- With Us or Against Us: Says this almost verbatim in the English dub.
Bernard O'Toole/Miles O'Roarke
The leader of a commando squad that had been fighting the Radam's Spider-crabs, he first has an antagonistic relationship with Blade, before eventually warming up to him.
Kozou Aiba/Ulysses Carter
Patriarch of the Aiba family and head of the Argos exploration expedition. He rescues his second-eldest son from the Radam, launching him in an escape pod to earth, before dying from the after-effects of a failed transformation.
- Abusive Parents: An odd, out of character example, depending on whether one chooses to regard the Burning Clock special as canon. After the Aiba house burns down with Kozou's wife inside, the entire family returns to the charred ruins, where they find her burned-up corpse. For some inexplicable reason, Kozou allows his children to look at it. Shinya is understandably deeply traumatized by the macabre sight, even more so as one of his mother's hands falls off on its own.
- Badass Normal: He is a scholar who managed to become the head of an important space exploration mission, and his marksmanship skills are nothing to scoff at. Add to that the fact that on top of all of this, he managed to raise four children on his own after his wife died and you get a pretty impressive picture.
- Bold Explorer: Embarks together with his entire family on an ambitious voyage to explore space.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He received it as a birthday present from his three sons, and declared it to be his most valuable possession.
- Meaningful Name: In the dub, he is named after the legendary king of Ithaca, who underwent a decade long journey at sea.
- Standard '50s Father: What we see of him, anyway.
- The Patriarch
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His space expedition attracted the Radam, which led to the deaths of all except one of his crew members and almost caused the extinction of the human race.
Kozou's wife and the mother of the Aiba/Carter children. Already dead by the start of the series, she appears infrequently in Blade's flashbacks.
- The Faceless: In the series. We finally get to see her face in the Burning Clock special.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She dies protecting her young son Shinya from a house fire.
- Missing Mom: She died before the start of the series. The Burning Clock special shows that she died shortly after her daughter was born.
- No Name Given: We never find out her name.
- Proper Lady: What we see of her, anyway.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With her daughter Miyuki/Shara, even wearing a similar dress.
- Alien Invasion
- Alien Kudzu: The Radam trees/tekkaplants, which engulf the Earth and slowly terraform it. Their true purpose is to capture people for conversion into Tekkamen.
- The Assimilator: their method of conquest.
- Body Snatcher: The Radam are actually worm-like parasites that can control larger hosts like human Tekkamen; they presumably enter fairly late in the process since Blade and Rapier were freed with nearly full power before getting implanted.
- Bug War: The Radam are giant arthropod-like creatures that turn into alien trees after burrowing into the ground, for a slight variation on the usual queen and hive structure.
- Combat Tentacles: Radam beasts use these in combination with claws and acid spit.
- The Corrupter
- Insectoid Aliens: The Radam cannon-fodder.
- Living Ship: The Radam travel in these.
- Touched by Vorlons
- Puppeteer Parasite
Shinya Aiba/Cain Carter/Tekkaman Evil/Teknoman Saber
Originally one of the crew of the Argos expedition, Shinya is Blade's twin brother and arch-nemesis, following his corruption by the Radam. Skilled and merciless, he poses a real threat to Blade due to the previous bond their shared and his knowledge of his brother's weak points. Although Blade remembers his relationship with Shinya as a positive one, Shinya reveals that (on his side at least) it was filled with resentment and plagued by an inferiority complex combined with a dose of survivor's guilt following their mother's death in a fire he accidentally started as a young boy. Unlike the other Radam Tekkamen, Shinya has a a lifetime worth of bottled up personal frustrations and anger to fuel his desire to destroy Tekkaman Blade, and he does not care whether he himself survives in the process.
- Always Second Best: Or so he thinks; he and Takaya seemed about equal, from the scenes shown in flashbacks. In fact, Takaya mentions how he could never beat Shinya because his brother practiced every day and always kept himself in perfect shape. Shinya's inferiority complex stems from his fear that if his brother worked as hard as he did, he would win against him.
- Blood Knight: Utterly obsessed with killing his older twin brother, to the point where it worries the other Radam-controlled Tekkamen.
- Dark Is Evil: His Tekkaman armor is mostly black.
- Determinator: Since he was young, he was always completely focused on winning every competition against his brother. After his corruption by the Radam, he channels his determination into killing Blade.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: With Blade / Takaya
- Drunk on the Dark Side: The Radam parasite affecting his brain might have emphasized the negative aspects of his life (his relationship with his family in particular and his feelings of guilt and inferiority) in an attempt to keep him loyal, but he certainly relished the chance to vent all his pent-up frustration and anger, to the point where it went beyond duty to the Radam and into It's Personal territory.
- Driven by Envy: He was envious of the affection and recognition received by his brother.
- Environmental Symbolism: When Takaya visits his family home, he enters the rooms of his younger siblings. Miyuki's room is intact while Shinya's room is completely overtaken by Radam plants, mirroring his corruption by the aliens.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Shinya is much paler than his twin brother, and combined with his creepy, menacing gaze, it gives him an unnerving look.
- Evil Twin: He's Takaya twin brother.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He expresses jealousy over Blade's relationship with Aki, and in their younger days he is shown to have been unhappy with the attention his more outgoing, popular brother received, as seen in the school race scene.
- Hair Color Dissonance: His hair is black, but in the last episode it inexplicably turns light green. This is also the color of his hair in the Twin Blood special.
- Kingpin in His Gym: One episode shows him doing one-handed push-ups while listening to classical music.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the plot is already dark, essentially his appearance is where the show gets real.
- Leave Him to Me: About Blade, because he is The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.
- Menacing Stroll
- Name of Cain: His name in the English dub.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Self explanatory.
- Not Afraid to Die: He wants to eliminate Blade so much that he seems to have no room for his self-preservation instinct anymore.
- Not Brainwashed: In the dub, his Dying Speech when the Venomoid Mind Control Parasite is revealed:"I wish I could blame it all on that little thing, but the truth is, I made myself what I became. Frankly, I enjoyed being the Teknoman called Saber."
- Obviously Evil: He's Tekkaman Evil
- One-Man Army: Can wipe the floor with anything the humans throw at him. The only one who can face him for longer than five seconds is Tekkaman Blade.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His Tekkaman armor.
- Rival Turned Evil: Since he was a young boy, Shinya was very competitive because he felt like the unfavorite child. He believed that every single member of his family liked his twin brother better because of his cheerful and upbeat personality, and even though he always beat Takaya in every competition, he always feared that if Takaya would really set his mind to it, he would win.
- Sadist: He enjoys torturing and killing his opponents.
- Sibling Rivalry: Like you wouldn't believe.
- The Dragon: To Darkon/Tekkaman Omega.
- The Perfectionist: Takaya describes him as such, remembering that Shinya trained every day and kept himself in top condition and went all out in every competition.
- Tragic Monster: Every Radam Tekkaman counts, but he's the worst of this part.
- Twin Switch: Shinya impersonates his brother in order to infiltrate the Space Knights HQ. It works.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A staple of all Radam controlled Tekkamen.
- The Unfavorite: He sees himself as this because his mistake led to his mother's death. Later, he feels that everybody else prefers his more cheerful twin over him, despite his hard work.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As shown in the flashbacks.
- Weapon Stomp: When fighting Miyuki.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- You Remind Me of X: He creepily mentions how Aki looks like his dead mother on several occasions.
- You Should Have Died Instead: Thinks his father believes this.
Fritz von Braun/Tekkaman Dagger
The first evil Tekkaman we meet, Fritz is a former friend of Takaya's and the one who gave him his iconic scar.
- Archer Archetype/Knife Nut: His trademark weapon also doubles as a bow, strangely enough.
- Blood Knight: Doesn't care about anything other than destroying Tekkaman Blade.
- Evil Former Friend: Used to be friends with Takaya.
- It's Personal: The battle where Blade manages to wound his face marks the turning point for this. He lets the scar he received intentionally unhealed because he wishes to remember the humiliation he suffered and use it to motivate him in his quest to destroy Blade. When Tekkaman Omega/Darkon tells him he decided to give the task of finishing Blade off to someone else, Dagger begs him to leave it to him instead.
- Scars Are Forever: By his own choice - he has the possibility to heal his Tekkaman form completely, but instead opts to leave the scar there as a memento of his failure.
- Starter Villain: The very first evil Tekkaman we meet, who proves to be a foe to be reckoned with. Not only does he nearly kill Blade during their first encounter, but he sets two traps in which Blade falls - the first costs him his crystal, effectively nullifying him as a threat to the Radam, and the second nearly gets him killed.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He sent a distressed signal to Earth pretending to be a survivor hiding in the Orbital Ring in order to lure Blade to him. It worked.
Once a close friend of Blade's family and his former martial arts mentor, Tekkaman Axe becomes a very dangerous opponent thanks to his skill, experience and knowledge of Blade's character and past.
- An Axe to Grind: He is named after his huge battle axe.
- Cool Teacher: An expert in electronics with a passion for martial arts, he trained both twins and acted as a mentor for Shinya. At one point, Shinya mentions that he used to spend more time around him than with his own family.
- Genius Bruiser: The first Radam Tekkaman who tries to convert Blade to his side through emotional manipulation.
- Hypocrite: Calls Blade a coward while seemingly forgetting the numerous times he ran away from his fights with him.
- Stout Strength: Not fat, but stocky and very muscular.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Shinya. He is perfectly willing to sacrifice himself in order to kill Blade just so Shinya wouldn't have to risk fighting him again.
- Villain Respect: As Blade's former martial arts teacher, he comments how impressed he is by his student's progress and strength - after Blade stabbed him using his hand.
- We Can Rule Together: Attempts to emotionally manipulate Blade into joining the Radam forces.
Nothing is known about Molotov's past outside the fact that he was a member of the Argos expedition. Cold and arrogant, he sees himself as a superior Tekkaman and is unshaken in his belief... until his last moments, that is.
- Badass Baritone
- Blade on a Stick
- Butt-Monkey: For all his talk about being superior and such, he gets utterly OWNED by Blade's Blastor Form.
- Dub Name Change: Is called Rapier in the US dub.
- Evil Genius
- Glory Hound: His desire to be recognized as the best Tekkaman by his overlord drives him to be this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His motivation to destroy Blade stems from his desire to replace Tekkaman Evil as Tekkaman Omega's favorite.
- Mysterious Past: It comes with being one of the least explored villains in the series. His distinctive clothing style and inhuman strength are intriguing, but fans can only speculate about his background. We don't even find out his last name.
- Super Strength: He is shown to be unusually strong while in human form.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Compared to the rest of the cast.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The only character in the whole series to have this color.
Feng Li/Katherine/Tekkaman Sword/Teknoman Rapier
Feng Li is the fiancée of Blade's older brother and remains deeply devoted to him even after being forced to join the Radam side. She is also the only evil Tekkaman who displays a brief moment of regret for how things turned out - if the Argos had never encountered the Radam mothership, Feng Li would have married Kengo during the voyage.
- Brainy Brunette: She was part of the Argos crew, so it stands to reason that she is a very intelligent and capable woman.
- Dark Action Girl
- The Dark Chick
- Dark Mistress: Although the relationship she had with Kengo/Conrad has been irrevocably altered by the interference of the Radam, she still loves him fiercely, only answers to his direct orders and would do anything to protect him.
- Dub Name Change: She is called Rapier in the international dub, whereas in the original Rapier was Blade's sister.
- In the US dub, she's given Lance's name and is made into a man. Which they got away with since that dub never went past episode 26.
- Lady of War: Cool and collected, and possessing none of the blood lust of the other evil Tekkamen.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only evil female Tekkaman.
- Taking You with Me: To Balzac.
- Undying Loyalty: Even with the Radam corruption, she is still in love with Tekkaman Omega and obeys only his direct orders.
Kengo Aiba/Conrad Carter/Tekkaman Omega/Darkon
The oldest of the Aiba/Carter siblings and the one selected by the Radam to be in charge of the Earth's invasion.
- An Axe to Grind/Blade on a Stick: A huge, wicked looking battleaxe.
- Big Bad: Subverted, while he's the commander of the Radam, the real Big Bad is the Radam itself, especially after The Reveal.
- Body Horror: His body has been almost completely assimilated by the Radam - only his head remains.
- Combat Tentacles
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Compare Omega with Sword, his former fiancée.
- Large Ham: Comes with being voiced by Norio Wakamoto.
- Last Villain Stand
- Non-Action Big Bad/Orcus on His Throne: Tied into the ship that crashed on the Moon.
- Pet the Dog: He has a heart-to-heart chat with Shinya/Tekkaman Evil, in which he finds out about Shinya's feelings of inferiority in relation to his twin brother. When Shinya accuses him and the rest of his family of loving Takaya/Blade more than him, Kengo denies it and tells him that it's only in his head. Made sadder by the fact that it was most likely true - Shinya was loved very much by his family. He also seems to harbor some remnants of affection for his former fiancée Feng Li/Tekkaman Sword.
Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver
A young girl that was infected with the Radam beasts and almost turned into Tekkaman during the First Radam War, but was recovered in time. She became a mechanic in the new Space Knights and also learned the ropes to become a new Tekkaman that defends the Earth instead of invading it. She also has a huge crush on Tekkaman Blade.
- Ascended Fanboy: She wished she could be a battle-ready Tekkaman, witnessing the Space Knights and the other Tekkamen; and when alone, she liked to 'pretend' to be Tekkaman Blade, imitating his transformation name call. And in the first episode, she promoted from Wrench Wench to a bonafide battle Tekkaman (though she needs training).
- The Cutie: She's brimming with cuteness that a lot seems to treat her like a little sister, giving headpats.
- The Ditz: First debut scene: Getting lost in her base. Early days in training, she just can't stand straight mid-flight, almost losing her balance all the time. And her nickname, by Honda himself, is "Silly Yumi". Yeah.
- Giving the Sword to a Noob: Gains the powerful Reactor-Voltekka, which was meant for Natasha, but an unprecedented accident screwed the process and Yumi gained that by accident.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: REACTOR VOLTEKKA!!. Of course, at first, it came with a baggage of Power Incontinence that it caused Friendly Fire... but she fixed that soon.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Doesn't know how to use her Tek-lancer or the Reactor at first.
- Short Hair with Tail
- Wrench Wench: She was one before becoming a Tekkaman.
David Krugel/Tekkaman Sommer
Natasha Pablociva/Tekkaman Vesna
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: With time she becomes this, but at first she treats Yumi like shit.
- Ms. Fanservice: Likes swimming topless and her very first scene has her wearing very little.
- Non-Idle Rich: She is loaded, but she fights for the Earth rather than sitting on her ass.
- Sins Of Our Father: Natasha is aware that her father ordered to launch the nuke that caused the Black September of Prague and took away the families of Dead. She is not pleased about it and her father in general for that. She still would invoke the trope in order to incite Dead's anger and make him try to strike her and forced David to transform and fight.
For more information, see Aki in the Space Knights folder.
This is the same Aki Kisaragi that fought alongside D-Boy, now promoted into the leader of Space Knights. She also has access to a technology that allows her to become a Tekkaman herself, lacking a Voltekka, but she has enough acrobatic skills with her Tek-Lancer to make up for that.
- Badass Abnormal: She doesn't have the Voltekka. But that moniker of being the strongest in hand to hand combat amongst Space Knights is finally put in use... now with Tekkaman inherent enhanced strength and agility AND Tek-Lancer!
- Battle Couple with Blade, finally.
- Took a Level in Badass: As the commander of the Space Knights, not to mention being a Tekkaman herself.
Dead End/Tekkaman Dead
- Crossdressing Voice: He's voiced by a female actress in the English version, but the Japanese version has a male voice (albeit a very high pitched one)
- Death Seeker: Challenged the Space Knights out of a desire to join his dead comrades from Prague.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: So much that a Super Robot Wars manga mercilessly lampshade it.