These are the characters from The Big O.
The top negotiator in Paradigm City and The Hero of the story. A Batman analogue, he's committed to the well-being of the citizens of Paradigm, especially children and the elderly. He controls the Megadeus he calls Big O, though he's not sure why he has this power. In fact, he never seems to dwell much at all on his own youth, or how he came to possess so many amazing capabilities...
- Angst Coma: In the first episode of the second season, Roger goes introspectively catatonic as he struggles to figure out just who — and what — he is. Mind Screw ensues.
- Badass Bookworm: Considering he's always dressed to the nines, has the distinction of being Paradigm City's top negotiator, and that he and his Megadeus are their first line of defense against Alex Rosewater and the Union? Yeah, we'd say so.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Roger's typical attire. Not only the typical black formal wear with a tie Men in Black typically wear but a few other varieties too.
- Badass Longcoat: Roger sometimes dons a black overcoat or topcoat.
- Berserk Button: Don't mess with Dorothy on his watch. Even his patience has limits.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's remarkably fit for a negotiator - enough that he's able to leap impressive heights and was able to lift R. Dorothy, despite struggling with her weight. Whereas Dastun struggled just drag her a few feet.
- Composite Character: He's equal parts Bruce Wayne combined with 007.
- Like Bruce, his cover identity is that of a wealthy socialite, but they're secretly crime fighters. Both also have close ties with a member of the Gotham/Paradigm City police departments, yet they have tentative love interests on the opposite side of the law.
- His similarities to James are more noticeable. Such as Roger being more of an undercover agent, than a negotiator, complete with high-tech gadets, an armored car that's been outfitted with hidden weapons, and he routinely faces off against foreign agents (i.e. The Union). He'd be right at home working for MI6.
- Cool Car: The Griffon (Roger's answer to the Batmobile.)
- Cultured Badass: From swank suits, to owning a lavish condominium that comes complete with a Battle Butler and a robo maid.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As a contrast to Rosewater's Light Is Not Good.
- Dating Catwoman: Played with during season 1, which implied a growing attraction between him and Angel, but it's ultimately subverted in the following season when he fails to respond when she comes onto him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's based off of the Film Noir traditions of heroes like Sam Spade.
- Doesn't Like Guns: He feels they're unbecoming of a gentleman. Not that he'll ignore their occasional necessity, since there are a pair of them in the headlights of his Cool Car.
- Everyone Can See It: Norman is the first who becomes aware of it and actively supports the idea; believing Dorothy would be good for Roger. Angel eventually comes to realize it herself during season 2, when Roger doesn't respond to her love confession. So does Allen Gabriel, who throws it in her face several episodes later, when she holds him at gunpoint in an attempt to save Dorothy.Gabriel: (snickering at Angel) "Don't you think it'd be better if I got rid of this robot he loves more than anyone?"Angel: "More than... anyone."(Angel's resolve crumbles and lowers her gun)
- Expy: Of Bruce Wayne and James Bond.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Seriously played with by way of Fridge Logic. The flashback/hallucination etc. showed it.
- Full-Name Basis: Everyone addresses him by his full name, except Norman who addresses him as, "Master Roger". What Dorothy calls him depends on her mood, but she'll often refer to him by his full name as well.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: In his wristwatch. In the final episode he even uses it as a garrote. He's also got one shaped like a small briefcase that makes instant wire bridges.
- Honor Before Reason: The 'no guns' thing, in keeping with him being a Batman Expy. However, when he's piloting his Megadeus, then he has no problems with guns as he's been shown to be using its ranged weapons.
- Informed Ability: In the early episodes you have to wonder at this skill as a negotiator when he has to pull out his ace in the hole so damned often. Not so glaring as to be obtrusive, but DAMN. Paradigm must have some dumbass criminals. One website called him the worst negotiator since Kevin Spacey.
- Invocation: A justified trope, given the Megadeuses' response to their masters' voice commands. The following could be anything Roger wanted (presumably; the backstory is complicated).
- "Big O! It's SHOWTIME!"
- "Big O! ACTION!"
- The Man Behind the Man: If Gordon Rosewater's picture means anything, then he is the reason that everyone lost their memories.
- Man in Black: It's one of the rules he establishes early on: everyone at his condominium wears black. No exceptions. The parts about conspiracies and Roger possibly being an agent, are covered in Multiple-Choice Past.
- Multiple-Choice Past: He can't be more than his late 20s or so, right? So he couldn't possibly have memories of before 40 years ago. No wait, before the Event he was a cop who decided to leave his job and become a vagrant possibly because a megadeus was unearthed, and he cannot be more than 40 years old. And then he became Big O's pilot, holding the rank of major, and they've known each other since before the Event. No, wait, he was a mass-produced megadeus pilot robot. Or none of this actually happened because there were no memories! This has caused him to have a Heroic BSoD or two, but overcoming this may be what allows him to successfully negotiate with Angel in the Grand Finale. Maybe.
- Not a Morning Person:
- Shown to wake up at 1 PM in one episode.
- Also played with as several episodes have shown (and Roger outright stated) that he has no problem with getting up early if he's working. If he's not then he should be able to sleep in as much as he damn well likes.
- Private Eye Monologue: In the early episodes he would mull things over to himself.
- Older Than He Looks: Maybe. He could be a "tomato", or one of the people behind the Event. It's hinted late in the series that he helped Gordon Rosewater start the Paradigm project but willfully erased his memories of doing so. If so, he'd be well over 60. However, this doesn't line up with memories from his childhood or the timeline of the series.
- Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Seemingly, but actually averted. Negotiating doesn't seem like a high-profile job, but his brand of "negotiation" often involves stopping groups from breaking out into inner city wars and at least once was implicated to pay quite well, with the briefcase of cash and all. Also, going off some of the overall lore in both the anime and manga, it can be inferred that certain jobs, such as negotiating and selling jewelry, pay better in Paradigm City than they do in real life, largely because of the change in supply and demand. There aren't a lot of mining operations, so gemstones become more precious; and with all the gang violence and the rich elite afraid of gang violence, not to mention other members of the rich elite getting into trouble with each other, having someone who can talk people down suddenly becomes vital.
- One other thing to note; Roger is a large fish in a small pond on an inlet surrounded by a huge ocean of large and bigger fish. He actually doesn't live in a dome; he has a really nice apartment complex renovated to functionally be a mansion in what are effectively slums, hence the gates. Roger is rich, but only by the standards of someone who lives among the poor.
Roger: "Earlier, you said you wanted to ask me something, but said it would be difficult to answer. I'm curious. What was it?"R. Dorothy: (cryptic smile) "You really want to know?"(Roger nods)R. Dorothy: "Alright then: If you and I had met under different circumstances and I were human, would we have fallen in love?"Roger: (stunned) "I... well that's..."R. Dorothy: "I told you it would be difficult."
- First lampshaded and discussed between him and R. Dorothy at the end of episode 9:
Roger: "You once asked: "Had you and I met under different circumstances, and you were human, would we have fallen in love?" At the time, I wasn't sure how to respond. The thought had never occurred to me. Now that I've had time to think about it, I'd like to answer that. Yes. I believe we would have. I'll understand if that's unsatisfactory, but it's the best that I can do."
- It's eventually revisited near the end of season 2, when he finally gives his answer after she's been deactivated by Beck stealing her memory component.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears black because it looks so damned good on him. He's a negotiator.
- Ship Sinking: Despite the implied UST between him and Angel, she's stunned by the realization that Roger had feelings for Dorothy instead. Angel doesn't take it well.
- Ship Tease: The series heavily implies the attraction between him and R. Dorothy, from her questioning him about it at the end of episode 3, to the lyrics of "And Forever". Near the climax of the final episode, Roger complains that Dorothy used her oxygen tank to resuscitate him instead of giving him mouth-to-mouth.
- Talking the Monster to Death: How he deals with Angel's rampage in the final episode. Negotiator indeed.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: All three points in a film noir gentleman style.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Zigzagged. At the end of the series, it's still not clear if he's one of the Tomatos, the tomato grower, or both.
- Tsundere: His interactions with Dorothy is sometimes laced with Belligerent Sexual Tension or aloofness.
- Unusual Eyebrows: They're like...windshield wipers, or something.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: He PAYS for them, using hired labour.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Inverted and Enforced version. Word of God stated that they didn't want a Kid Hero so they made Roger into a young man. The point was for the target demographic to look up to him instead of identify with him.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As a general rule. That said, he'll make an exception if he has to in order to defend himself.
R. Dorothy Wayneright
This young lady happens to be an android, who ends up as Roger's live-in maid after negotiations to rescue her from kidnappers results in the death of her creators. Built from a pre-Event design, her sophistication rivals that of the other androids seen around the city, and she carries the distinction of being the only one capable of passing for a human under casual inspection. That is, until the final episodes reveal at least one other character was an android all along as well.
- Action Girl: She has to be combat capable if she's going along with Roger.
- Animation Bump: She's often given especially fluid animation, but this just serves to highlight her robotically precise movements. It also doesn't help much that audible whirring sounds can be heard during these sequences...
- Badass in Distress: Kidnapped multiple times, but suffers no Badass Decay from it.
- Battle Couple: Though she and Roger never officially hook up, she's joined him in the cockpit on more than one occasion; including during the final confrontation with Big Venus at the end of the series' finale.
- Casual Danger Dialog: She and Norman rarely seem fazed by anything, even when they're under attack. One episode has them being pursued down the expressway by a gatling gun wielding mech and their only response was:Norman: "Well, it certainly seems to be taken with you, Ms. Dorothy."R. Dorothy: "It's after my memories, Norman."
- Catchphrase: "You're a louse, Roger Smith." Eventually becomes "You're such a louse, Roger Smith."
- Cute Bruiser: She needs no key and opens walls when doors will not suffice. She has a mean punch, too.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dorothy rarely speaks above monotone, so her wit is always delivered in the form of dry humor. Such as when Roger figured it was okay to use her to draw fire from Beck's henchmen, because she was a robot. After being shot at and nearly engulfed by an explosion, she shows up covered in singe marks and her hair frazzled, and tells Roger he's a louse.:R. Dorothy: You're a louse, Roger Smith.(After Roger tells her one of his house rules is to wear black. :R. Dorothy: Your sense of fashion Roger, really reeks.
- Deceptively Human Robot:
- Her movements are too precise, she whirrs occasionally, and she has next to no intonation when she talks. All little things that remind you there's metal under the cute.
- It's evident that she can invoke or avert this trope intentionally, i.e. either appear and behave very human, or very inhuman. And she often does the latter to simply tick off Roger.
- There are a couple of androids in the population of Paradigm City - not many, but enough that people know what they are - and characters do remark that Dorothy is vastly more human-like in her appearance than any of them. The rest look blocky and mechanical: in dark lighting, at first glance, Dorothy might be mistaken for human.
- Dorothy's "evil twin sister" Red Destiny is drastically more emotive, both in her facial expressions and vocal intonations.
- Do Androids Dream?: Roger muses about this in regards to Dorothy for a while due to his early and quickly debunked assumption that she was emotionless, or that her "simulated" emotions wouldn't be convincing. Being that she's a digital copy of the original Dorothy's mind, she doesn't appreciate it and gets back at him by playing the piano loudly while Roger's trying to sleep.
- Dreadful Musician: Played with. She's very technically skilled at copying the music of other composers...like a wind-up box. She'd probably be pretty good were it not for her stubborn insistence on playing every last note perfectly, which prevents her from playing with feeling. She also tends to play loudly. She weaponizes this when Roger slights her in some way.
- Emotionless Girl: She has the flat voice and expressionless face down pat but the words she says...
- The Gadfly: She has a tendency to do this from time to time.
- Implied Love Interest:
- First alluded to when Dorothy directly asks Roger if he would've fallen in love with her had she been human. But he doesn't answer the question 'til just before the finale of season 2. Roger admits he likely would have.
- Further lampshaded by the lyrics of "And Forever", which plays during the end credits of each episode.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: The focus of an early episode revolves around her attachment to a kitten she rescues.
- Loophole Abuse: Roger tells her she'll have to "wear black" if she's going to live with him. She feels he has bad tastes, so she gets out of it by wearing very very dark red instead.
- MacGuffin Girl: The reason Beck is after her is because her memory component has data about the event that erased everyone's memories 40 years ago. Though later, he admits to Alex Rosewater that he doesn't know how he knows it. He just does.
- Made of Iron: She's a gynoid. So she's built to last and resilient enough to withstand the force of a missile explosion from only a few yards away. When the smoke cleared, she walked away with only faint singe marks and frazzled hair. Also quite literally, her mechanical parts make her disproportionately heavy (she wasn't made out of lightweight plastics, etc.). On occasions when she loses consciousness, Roger and Dastun, both strong adults, have to struggle to drag her inert body just a few feet.
- Meido: Justified - Roger's house rules demand she dress in black. She thinks it's tacky at the best of times. She's worn a full meido outfit in some episodes, complete with brooms and other cleaning utensils.
- Noisy Robots: To emphasize her being an android, she makes whirring noises whenever she moves.
- Pick Your Human Half: She plays with this. One one hand, she's clearly the most human-looking out of the androids but everything else of her is pretty much robotic. At the same time, however, choice of words, penchant for playing the piano, and tendency to mess with Roger at times show that there is much to to her than just her general emotionlessness. Plus, it's suggested that her robotic nature isn't a shortcoming of her programming or construction, but the effect the death of her "Father" had on her, which would be a very human reaction.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Late teens-early 20's, short hair, mysterious past, an android intended as a Replacement Goldfish for her creator's deceased granddaughter, pale skin, and emotionless; all she's missing is the blue hair.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Lampshaded by Roger several times. Every other robot in this show doesn't look nearly as human as she does.
- Robot Girl: Made obvious from the start, since her introductory episode is all about how she's the robotic recreation of Dr. Wayneright's deceased granddaughter.
- Running Gag: Has a tendency to get picked up by giant industrial magnets. The first time it happens, the situation was serious. The second time, Roger forgot about her. The final time was during Beck's funniest episode...
- Sarcastic Devotee: She'll happily help Roger when working on a case. Just don't expect her to give him an easy time with it.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Sports one throughout the series. Partially justified that as a robot, it doesn't grow, and it fits the Sid Mead-style Zeerust aesthetic of the show.
- Ship Tease: She and Roger have Belligerent Sexual Tension and UST in equal amounts.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: A natural extension her robotic nature, dry personality and ship tease with Roger is contrasting coldness and subdued affection.
- The Stoic: Her body was not made for a wide expression of emotion.
- Nice Girl: As nice as an android can be. She is very likable and can get along with nearly everyone, even people she doesn't trust.
- Not So Stoic: Usually comes off as nearly monotone and matter-of-fact, but her choice of words can be quite biting. She'll also rarely have a much more normal mode of speech with angered enough, bringing to question how much is an act.
- Three Laws-Compliant: Being that she's a Shout-Out to Isaac Asimov, this is to be expected, although she follows this to varying levels. She's clearly First Law compliant, such as during a fight with Alan Gabriel, whose status as robot or human is unclear, when she initially fights back very little and appears to be losing. She asks him whether he's a human or a robot like her, and he answers jokingly, "I'm the boogeyman!" Apparently taking this as a literal statement that he's not human (and therefore violence against him would not violate the First Law), she finally starts fighting him (for reference, Alan is later revealed to be a cyborg). She also is presumably Third Law compliant as well, and she's generally quite loyal and helpful (if sarcastic). But when she gets it in her head to do something like play loud piano to wake up her oversleeping employer, no amount of Second Law cajoling will stop her.
- Tin Man: She's not particularly expressive, but there's definitely something going on underneath the non-emotive surface. She goes out of her way to claim she wasn't programmed with emotions, which makes you wonder what she's hiding.
- When She Smiles: Though she claims she can't properly emote due to her robotic body and face, she has a very sweet smile that has on occasion defused Roger.
- Younger than She Looks: She's a freshly manufactured robot, barely a couple of years old. She looks at least eighteen. Everyone even seems to count her age starting from when the original Dorothy was born.
Norman is Roger's butler. Though he's a faithful domestic servant in his daily routine, he's also a skilled and fearless fighter, and has been maintaining the Big O since the Event forty years ago. Apparently when the Big O accepted Roger as a worthy master, Norman did the same.
- Badass Biker: When he goes to pick up his master, he does so in a bike that has a rocket launcher attached.
- Bald of Awesome: Balding at least and all it means is that he's been badass for a long time.
- Battle Butler: Fixes up your robot, neutralizes physical threats, and prepares your breakfast, lunch, and dinner ready on time and grilled to perfection.
- Cool Old Guy: As said in Expy, he's basically Alfred Pennyworth with additional badass injected. On the rare occasion he finds himself in the line of fire, he's deadly with a Tommy gun and has used a rocket launcher against a Deus.
- Expy: Just as Roger Smith is Batman, Norman is Alfred Pennyworth with additional badass injected. Amusingly, his voice actor in Season 2, Alan Oppenheimer, went on to voice the actual Alfred in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.
- Eyepatch of Power: One has to wonder; did he get it before Roger's service or during?
- Gadgeteer Genius: He maintains the Big O on a regular basis with some occasional help.
- Gentleman Snarker: He gets his jabs in but is always polite about it.
- Inksuit Actor: Unintentionally, but he bears a strong resemblance to his English VA, who wore a similar mustache for a time as well.
- Shipper on Deck: He strongly encourages ways for Dorothy and Roger to get together.
Major (and later Colonel) Dan Dastun
The Head of Paradigm City's Military Police, and formerly Roger's commanding officer. Technically his allegiance lies with the Paradigm Corporation, but his true loyalties are to the genuine welfare of the city and its people. Unlike Roger, he's (mostly) willing to put up with Paradigm's corporate string-pulling in order to keep serving the public trust.
- Badass Normal: Somehow manages to survive all encounters with Megadei despite his lack of them himself or anything more advanced than a tank.
- Commissioner Gordon: Mixes elements of this with Vitriolic Best Buds in his relationship with Batman Expy Roger Smith. He's a poilice chief that doesn't like working with "the pilot of Big O" but recognizes that the man is better equipped to handle giant robots than himself.
- Da Chief: The Head of Paradigm City's Military Police and has the temper to match the trope.
- A Father to His Men: His pride in the Military Police causes him to be extremely loyal to his men.
- Friend on the Force: Something of this combined with a little bit of Bullock in that he's a policeman helping the local superhero.
- Generation Xerox: Eerily played with. Those kids were so cute, too.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Good Is Not Nice scars given his police service.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Just look at them.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Despite being hampered by an uncaring bureaucracy and threats that are too powerful for him to even scratch, Dastun charges into the fight time and time again.
- Redshirt Army: What he basically commands since police officers and even tanks can't match up against the Megadeus. Act 10 shows us how much this would start to really affect a guy.
- Turn in Your Badge: Serves as a springboard for a Moment of Awesome. As soon as he's no longer working for Alexander, he turns against the guy and a good chunk of his men follow him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Roger. They're old friends and former partners but their relationship can be rocky.
This lovely blonde has at least one hidden agenda, with very vague loyalties on top of that. She has a nose for trouble, which usually means she's always one step ahead of Roger. Oddly appropriate to her name, she has a pair of scars on her back — at about the place an angel's wings are usually shown sprouting from (seen in Act 7).
- Action Girl: Whether or not her agenda is sinister is ambigious but she can take care of herself either way (most prominently in season 2).
- Apocalypse Maiden: One possible interpretation of her in the finale given that she was the key to activating Big Venus and erasing everything.
- Artificial Human: We seem to think that this may be the case given how Gordon Rosewater calls her a Memory, as well as her Wing Pull in the finale.
- Blatant Lies: In episode 11 (season 2), she stops by Roger's flat in hopes of seeing him before she left to confront Agent 12, but meets Dorothy instead. Despite her conflicted feelings towards her, Angel tells Dorothy she doesn't hate her then leaves. When Norman asks who had stopped by, Dorothy says no one, despite Angel's wet footprints being in plain view.R. Dorothy: "I can lie too, Norman."
- Broken Bird: Complete with scars on her back like a fallen angel.Angel: (holding Vera at gunpoint) "If there is such a place as Heaven, I don't deserve to be there. And neither do you, Agent 12."1
- Cool Car: Briefly uses a Chevrolet Bel-Air in "Electric City" to try and escape the serpent, but it gets fried during the attempt.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Right off the bat Roger expects her to be a Double Agent for someone but he doesn't expect how many people and how many directions.
- Of Fujiko Mine, from her look, to her manipulative nature and ever changing loyalties.
- As a Batman parallel. She's one for Catwoman for the same reasons; even having her own catsuit.
- Fake Memories: The childhood she remembers happened on a studio set.
- Faux Action Girl: In Season One where she is liable to panic despite being a secret agent. She's much more competent in Season Two.
- Femme Fatale: Downplayed and eventually subverted. Angel looks and acts the part, complete with a Dark and Troubled Past, but is neither said to have any sorrdid history with anyone and her lone romantic prospect falls flat.
- Greater-Scope Villain: One possible interpretation of her in the finale is that she is the "memories" everyone is searching for and that she has the power to reset everything again like what happened forty years ago.
- Manipulative Bitch: Hinted, as she is shown to possibly be the person who controls the fate of Paradigm City and the memories within it, and given the powers Big Venus has.
- Ms. Fanservice: Often wears very revealing outfits that flatter her lovely figure
- Mystical Waif: Almost nothing is known about her for most of the series except that she has a pair of scars on her back that she jokes are from her wings being taken. She's actually the human form of Big Venus, sort of.
- Pink Means Feminine: Almost all her outfits heavily use pink. Even her mission suit is bright pink.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Is added to the opening lineup in season 2. She's given the character title of "?"
- Sanity Slippage: Angel slowly begins to lose her grip on reality as her past memories start to resurface during season 2. Because Roger was an emotional anchor for her, she tries confessing her feelings for him. His failure to reciprocate, along with the realization that he had feelings for a robot instead of her, causes her mental and emotional state to deteriorate from that point onwards.
- She's Got Legs: She has quite a long and shapely set.
- Ship Tease: With Roger. One scene has them running on the beach barefoot together and laughing. Dorothy calmy disapproves.
- Spy Catsuit: She wears a pink one whenever she's undercover, first seen in episode 4 when she was trying to reach the underwater city in hopes of finding the memories hidden there.
- Statuesque Stunner: Just as tall as Roger.
- Symbolic Wings: The scars on her back influence her name.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She finally meets Gordon Rosewater near the end of season 2, who tells her she isn't human. When she asks what he means, he says she's nothing more than a memory and that the scars on her back are proof.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the finale when she transforms into Big Venus and rewrites reality because she was broken mentally.
The man in charge of Paradigm City and the corporation that owns it, controlling them both with ruthless efficiency. He's willing to preserve the state at the cost of its people when necessary, has no qualms about dealing with people he knows can't be trusted, and genuinely believes that anything would be better if he was in control of it.
- Affably Evil: He starts off this way, but as he grows more unstable he becomes more Faux Affably Evil.
- Big Bad: Downplayed. While Rosewater fills in his role as Roger's main "opponent" and the central antagonistic force on the show. Often times he slips into a Big Bad Wannabe as it's the mysteries that drive the show and form the conflict rather than his own actions as befitting a Big Bad. At times there are moments where he's just after answers like Roger is.
- Bling of War: The Big Fau is the most elaborately decorated of the three Bigs by some margin. This plus Alex's comments about it suggest that Faus were the elites of the Big army that appears in flashbacks.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He owns most of the major companies in Paradigm and uses the amnesia from 40 years ago to maintain control.
- Cultured Badass: Sharp-dressed, owns the best of everything (or tries to), and cool enough to stand at ground zero of a giant robot fight without flinching.
- Foreshadowing: When he started up Big Fau, the scrolling text stops at "Ye Not" before the monitor shuts down. He thought it was just a malfunction. It wasn't.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with. Alex's time with his father Gordon is the most tender we see him, hugging his senile father and crying as he orders his father's execution. His monologues suggest that he's trying to be a worthy successor to his father. Pretty much subverted once he gets his own Giant Robot and starts ranting. Seems he's got a lot of Daddy Issues.
- Although most of Roger's Rogues Gallery is comprised of various Shout outs and Expies for Batman rogues, Rosewater is very much Lex Luthor.
- He also bears some similarities to Roland Daggett, a corrupt industrialist from the Batman comics who saw significant use in Batman: The Animated Series (and the show's primary inspiration).
- A God Am I: The last few episodes have him go absolutely whacko.This world has a NEW order now! It has a new GOD!
- Hypocrite: Puts down Roger as a fake Dominus, even though he had to go to great lengths to force Big Fau to accept him as a pilot when it refused to do so normally.
- Light Is Not Good: As a contrast to Roger's Dark Is Not Evil clothing, he wears white suits.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Alex looks down upon people living outside the domes as a lower class and does nothing to divert or inform of a star falling upon them. In casual conversation with Roger he also makes it apparent that he views women as beneath men.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Has a tendency to throw tantrums and yell when things don't go his way. He also plays with toys while talking about business and feels like the world owes him more than he already has.
- Smug Snake: Zigzagged. Playing with a toy Big Fau while boasting to Roger about how he can pull the strings controlling the entire city is kind of a dick move. To elaborate: Alex Rosewater invites his archenemy Roger Smith over for dinner, which is being cooked by Psycho for Hire Alan Gabriel, whom Roger despises. Alex plays with his toys while boasting about how he's going to rule the world. He and Alan share a laugh over Roger's distress when Roger's incapacitated by one of his flashbacks. Alex rubs dirt in the wound by mocking Roger's ignorance of his past, and hints that he knows the truth. And to top it off, Alex was already rejected by Big Fau for being unworthy one episode before! It takes a special kind of arrogance and petulance to insult the one man in the city who can literally squash him flat, but Alex Rosewater has it in spades.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He is outraged to learn that he is one of the tomatos as well.
- Übermensch: See his plan for recreating the world using Big Fau. "I will reset this world with my own will and my own strength!"
- Tyrannical Town Tycoon: Head of the Paradigm Corporation, and through it the city that shares its name.
- Villain in a White Suit: A Corrupt Corporate Executive who always wears white suits, in contrast to Roger.
- Villainous Breakdown: The first one was after Big Fau rejects him as a Dominus. The second was when he learns that he was one of the tomato's he has utter disdain for.
Formerly Michael Seabach, reporter. His search for the truth of Paradigm City led him into its darkest secrets, where he witnessed... something... and became unhinged, to say the least. Upon his return, he begins a one-man crusade against the lies and complacency of Paradigm, and cares little for what he destroys along the way.
- Anti-Villain: Hes of the well intentioned variety. Hed arguably be a Hero Antagonist if not for the whole violently insane thing that came with learning what he learned.
- Ballroom Blitz: He infiltrates a masquerade ball for very wealthy people and rigs their masks so that they catch on fire all at once. Roger is the only one present who refuses to wear the mask as he's savvy enough to figure something is amiss.
- Bandaged Face: His whole head is covered in bandages due to his injuries and is pointy to boot. It makes him mysterious and sinister.
- Char Clone: Has the ideology and terrorist tendencies down to the letter. Has bandages instead of a mask, though.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He's also right!
- Defector from Decadence: Not literally, as he was a reporter for the Paradigm Corporation - but after his transformation he REALLY hates the blind, hedonistic tendencies of the Paradigm City's elite. He will do everything in his power to fight back against this apathy, including handing out flammable masks at a cocktail party, blanketing the city with tracts of his philosophy, and trashing the city itself with his own Humongous Mecha.
- Evil Laugh: He does enjoy a good cackle now and then.
- The bandages are evocative of Hush, but he wouldn't debut for another three years after this series' airing. Schwartzwald's really the Joker meets Char Aznable. His background as a formerly happily married, moral man, asymmetrical facial scarring, and subsequent mental breakdown also parallels Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
- His use of a motif that is traditionally a horror staple as well as his belief that fear plays a big part in the "Truth" makes him one for Scarecrow as well. Though he has an obsession with truth instead of fear he evidently believes that fear has a big part in it.
- Foil: To Roger Smith.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Happened before he was introduced.
- Haunted Technology: One possible explanation of Big Duo's behaviour in season 2. A major contributor is his "ghost" that appears as he verbally breaks Alan for being (seen as) unworthy as the pilot of a Megadeus, whereupon his finishing statement Big Duo flashed the words "YE GUILTY," as if to agree with his assessment.
- Large Ham: None of The Big O's villains were particularly subtle, but his speech in episode 17 is deliciously bombastic.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: What he does to Alan during his Breaking Speech towards him.
- Meaningful Name plus Gratuitous German: His name literally translates to "Black Forest", although the figurative meaning refers to an area shrouded in darkness.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: His "ghost" gives Alan one the moment Big Duo stops listening to him.Schwartzwald: You, you possess the foolishness of both man and machine. It (Big Duo) chooses one who controls the power of God created by man, one who is able to arrive at one truth. THAT'S NOT THE CASE WITH YOU!!Big Duo: YE GUILTY.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: It takes some pretty strong principles to turn down THAT level of severance pay. We only see the zeros; 12 of them and they don't end there. Shit, Roger was surprised...
- Slasher Smile: The only parts of his face we get to see are his eyes and a rictus grin.
- Straw Nihilist: He's not so bleak as to declare all life meaningless, but the speech at the beginning of Act 17 ("Leviathan") has him accusing those without curiosity towards their past of living meaningless lives (See the link in Large Ham).
- Thanatos Gambit: After his death midway through the second season, he manages to aid Roger with his letters.
- That Man Is Dead: Michael Seabach is gone from the world. Even Paradigm Corp. executives start thinking this way.
- Übermensch: His speech in Leviathan sets him up as this and the elite of Paradigm City as the Last Man (see above Defector from Decadence).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He seeks to overthrow the corrupt status quo of the city and free the masses from the lies of Paradigm. But to do so, he engages in a lot of violent acts. Because of the "well intentioned" part, he's the only other legitimate Big pilot besides Roger. Big Duo accepted him and must have passed a "ye not guilty" judgement on him, since it judges all its pilots like Big O does.
All we know about Alan is that he works for Rosewater (among possibly others), he's some kind of cyborg (which were previously unknown in Paradigm City) — and that he's very dangerous.
- Ambiguous Robots: Dorothy has to ask him straight out whether he's an android or a human. He claims to be the boogeyman.
- Ax-Crazy: Works as a hitman out of delight for killing, particularly enjoying slowly shooting Dorothy to hurt her before throwing his gun aside to try to torture her to death.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He seemed to enjoy Roger beating on him far too much to be healthy.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Alan implies he used to be wholly human before he became what he is now. Roger also questions his relationship with Big Duo Inferno, claiming it's using Alan, which gets proven right when it devours him.
- Double Agent: Despite working for Alex Rosewater he's spying on him for the Union
- The Dragon: Presents as Alex's right-hand man, carrying out his assassination missions and ends up being the penultimate Megadeus battle for Roger before he can face Alex. That said, his loyalty is extremely flexible.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Alan makes it no secret he'll backstab both Vera and Alex befitting of his own ends and admits to Roger he'll work for anyone as long as they let him cause mayham.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: "Ye Guilty". Cue being eaten by wires.
- Evil Laugh: Frequently throws into hysterical pitches while maiming and killing his victims.
- Giggling Villain:Dorothy (Upon seeing his cyborg parts): What are you? man or machine?Alan Gabriel: "I'm the BOOOOGIEMAN!" (titters hysterically)
- Karmic Death: Trying to force Big Duo to kill Roger leads to Big Duo eating him instead.
- Oh, Crap!: Several leading up to his death. First when Big Duo stops responding, second when Schwartzwald's ghost appears, third at "Ye Guilty" and finally when Big Duo eats him.
- Practically Joker: The giggling, the sadism, the strange behavior; it's all out of the Joker's playbook.
- Psycho for Hire: Lacks any grand ambitions of his own beyond getting to hurt and destroy and will side with anyone as long as they give him the backing to spread suffering.
- This Is a Drill: Thanks to the cybernetic upgrades to his body, Alan is capable of transforming his hand into a drill, which he nearly uses to assassinate Alex until he offers him the chance to pilot a Megadeus.
- Wild Card: Is this to the 'Union' with even Angel knowing he's far too dangerous to run around, unfortunately Vera disagrees (this led to him betraying them all). Alex was more genre-savvy however and offer him a chance to pilot Big Duo Inferno.
This criminal has the distinction of being Roger Smith's first foe introduced in the series. Like any good criminal, he just wants to get rich at the expense of others... but unlike good criminals, he's equally concerned with looking as good as possible while doing it. Might be more than he seems, if the pre-Event memories he gets after being hit by lightning are any indication.
- Beard of Evil: Originally clean shaven, he grew it after he got locked up the first time as pictured above. He likes it as he shaves it down to a goatee after he gets out.
- Enemy Mine: He winds up siding with Alex Rosewater to weasel out of his execution. Later, he even gives technical advice to Dorothy explaining how she can interface with the Big O to activate the Humongous Mecha's Final Stage.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While mostly glossed over in the show, in the manga it's shown that his two recurring henchmen (plus an added henchwoman) mean a lot to him, and the feeling is completely mutual. Half of a chapter is spent focusing on the three minions as they continue to put their faith in Beck and end up all the richer for it, though this being Beck, hi-jinks ensue when his crazier plans start putting them in the red. The female minion in particular is outright in love with him.
- Expy: His status of being a genius with electronics and yet still constantly being beaten by Smith due to his general incompetence could draw comparisons with The Riddler. His wacky and pompous behaviour just takes it further.
- Flanderization: While his first appearance shows a competent mob boss, he just keeps getting sillier and more incompetent the more the series progresses, until the penultimate during 'The Big Flop' which name drops his failure. Ironically, he seems to return to some resemblance of his former self toward the end after being stuck in prison.
- Genius Ditz: He's a total incompetent as a villain, but his skills at electronics and android neuroscience are second to none.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's such a screw-up, you'd almost feel sorry for him when he gets his ass handed to him. Almost.
- It's Personal: Beck was humiliated by Roger defeating him at the start of the series, and spends the remainder of both seasons trying to get even with him. He should've found a different line of work.
- Large Ham: Just having Hōchū Ōtsuka as his voice actor already counts as this, but he only gets more over-the-top as the series progresses.
- Laughably Evil: It's hard to take Beck seriously as a villain with that ridiculous pompadour and his wacky behavior. Roger and Dorothy regard him as a nuisance at best, with Dorothy referring to him as 'a buffoon in a strange suit'note .
- Madness Mantra: In the manga: "Paradigm, paradise, paralyze..."
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Tries to be one, anyway. He's better at the being-fashionable part than the villainous part.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: His final chapter in the manga has him unearthing a "Gigadeus" that knocks Big O around like it was a toy. Roger only wins because Beck goes totally mad from greed after seeing the old world replayed for him in the underground.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's originally a serious opponent and could more than qualify as the Big Bad, but the other major characters in the series (such as Roger, Schwartzwald, Rosewater and Alan Gabriel) have him completely outclassed.
- Past-Life Memories: During season 2, it's revealed that Beck has somehow retained a fragment of his memories from the time prior to the event 40 years ago. He tells Alex Rosewater that he isn't sure how he knows it, and says he just does. Which is how he knew Dorothy's memory component contained data about it.
- Starter Villain: He's the first major criminal Roger has to deal with, and even has his own Megadeus. But as the series progressed, it became clear that Beck was a small time hood with big aspirations.
- Unknown Rival: Word of God suggests this is why Beck becomes increasingly unhinged through the show. With each encounter, Beck sees himself more and more as the only fitting adversary for Roger Smith and the Big O, while Roger regards Beck as just another criminal, albeit with a habit of getting farther in over his head every time. Considering he's up against the likes of Schwartzwald and Rosewater, it's no wonder Beck ultimately can't compete.
- Villain Decay: An example done hilariously right: Roger and Dorothy find him a nuisance at best, but he never ceases to be entertaining for the audience. Earlier episodes shows him succeeding to a degree with his plans, but he just gets more and more incompetent and hilarious as the show goes on. He didn't even get a real fight scene in his final appearance battling Big O!
- Eventually subverted in the manga, where he unearths a Gigadeus and suddenly becomes a dangerous opponent again, nearly defeating Roger. He only loses because he fails to capitalize on crippling the Big O's legs due to his loss of sanity, giving Roger enough time to get in a sneak attack.
- Ambiguously Evil: CloudCuckoolander? The Man Behind the Man? A Greater-Scope Villain? If he is behind some of the strange ongoings of the series it's left ambiguous as to whether he did so intentionally or accidentally. In one of his more lucid moment he told Roger that he hired him to negotiate with the 'director' of this world.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Some of his conversations have such a sinister overtone due to the fact that he is such a pleasant and kind old man who just happens to lackadaisically allude to big scary conspiracies which he might have accidentally set in motion.
- Call to Agriculture: He sure loves his tomatoes!
A foreign woman who appears in the second season as a commander of the forces of the Union. Her French accent and claim to be from a country across the sea suggests there's civilizations in the world other than Paradigm City, but there's no memories to be had out there.
- Abusive Parents: Provided she was telling the truth about being the one who raised Angel. The brief snippets we're allowed to see of her childhood implies that she is. And the scars on her back her scorn towards Vera imply she wasn't always a kind 'mother'.
- Beta Test Baddie: It's implied all of the Union are Tomatos to some extent.
- Double Agent: ALL of the Union are these. She leads them. Do the math.
- Iron Lady: She's the Union's leader, which makes her Angel's and Allen Gabriel's direct superior and she doesn't tolerate failure or insubordination. When Angel stops reporting her progress on recovering the memories in Paradigm City, Vera takes it upon herself to find out why.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Poor Angel.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In series, she's only referred to as "Agent 12". Her name is brought up twice, however - both the first time Angel meets up with her, and the last time Angel meets up with her. She says 'Vera' so quickly, however, that a first-time viewer might not catch it.
- Whip It Good: She wields a whip to frightening and sadistic effect in the finale.
- Ax-Crazy: Unlike The Stoic Dorothy, Red Destiny has a psychotic personality, very uncharacteristic for androids.
- Hero Killer: Averted, but she very nearly kills Roger when chasing him in the abandoned subways, but is destroyed when Big O appears and crushes her into the ceiling.
- Evil Twin: Of Dorothy, being the same make and model, while Dorothy is a domestic maid and assistant Android to Roger Smith, Red Destiny is a ruthless assassin.
The titular mecha. A black Megadeus piloted by Roger Smith, which is possibly sentient.
- Catchphrase: The words that appear on the monitor: "Cast In The Name of God: Ye Not Guilty".
- Enhanced Punch: Has this in the form of it's Pile-driver weaponry.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Are its odd actions across the series proof of sentience or just the machine doing as programmed? We never get a clear answer.
Megadeus is the name given to the robots in the series The Big O. Not much is known about how they are created, why they are created, or even what their original purpose is. The name Megadeus is primarily used when referencing the three main megadai a.k.a. "bigs" (Big O, Big Duo, Big Fau). Those who are able to successfully pilot the megadai are typically considered to be a dominus.
- Super Prototype: Justified. While there are people capable of creating new type of Megadeus, due to the fact a majority of the population having amnesia, most lack the knowledge on how the original ones were created, let alone all the function. Hence why some newer model (Cough Beck the Great RX3 Cough) are usually weaker than the models that existed 40 years ago.
Seen in Roger the Negotiator and Dorothy Dorothy.
Seen in Bring Back My Ghost.
Seen in A Legacy of Amadeus.
Seen in The Call from the Past.
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Seen n Beck Comes Back.
Seen in "Winter Night Phantoms