This is the page for characters of the anime Vandread. Be careful of spoilers.
The world of the men that's based on totalitarian and militaristic societies. Due to being on a desert planet, they have little resources and, Unlike the women, hate it when resources are wasted. They focus on mobility, practicality, and one's inner strength in order to survive.
- Boring, but Practical: Their main Vanguard units aren't much and have no ranged weapons due to the Taraks' low technology, but they have really useful features and various different melee weapons. Unlike the fighter-like Dreads, they can be operate in both planet AND space operations.
- Cloning Blues: They're reproduced through cloning using two different men at a time.
- Designer Babies: As part of the above trope.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Based on various militaristic, industrialized, totalitarian societies: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Samurai, Spartans, you name it.
- Food Pills: The Taraks' main food source, which are very awful in taste, but extremely beneficial to keep them going for almost months. In contrast to the Mejere, which is why Hibiki seriously gulps it down. It was stated by Pyoro that one pill provides the average human male enough energy to keep going for 300 hours.
- Four-Star Badass: The commanding officer who joins Hibiki in the final fight against the Harvesters. He shows it by destroying a Vandread Evil Knockoff and a mothership!
- He-Man Woman Hater: They despise women and see them as liver-eaters. And it makes sense a since their culture contrasts greatly with the men. This is also likely due to propaganda by Grand Pa and Grand Ma.
- Humongous Mecha: Their main Vanguard units, though the "Humongous" part is averted as they're tiny compared to the Mejere Dreads.
- Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: They use standard conventional weapons in contrast to women's lasers, but they're effective by their own right, especially against the Harvesters. They're also quite versatile, being able to operate in different terrains.
- No Sex Allowed: There really aren't many love-sex relationships in Tarak since everyone is a guy and there are little yaoi relationships with exceptions like Duero and possibly Bart. In fact, all Tarakans think babies were produced in factories.
- Planet of Hats: Everyone is a guy. Deconstructed that they're made to be worn by the Harvesters.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: A literal form of it. They consider this a necessity for all Taraks to keep their civilization alive.
- True Companions: Another requirement as a Tarak and one of their beneficial qualities.
The main male protagonist of the series. First seen as a Third-Class mechanic, the lowest of Tarak society. He made a bet to steal a marked Vanguard from the newly commissioned Ikazuchi and returning it Tarak unnoticed. Though his infiltration goes smoothly, his attempt at getting the mecha fails and angers the Tarak military. After being sent into the prison block, he becomes one of the only remaining males when Space Pirates attack and everyone inside is consumed by the resulting wormhole.
Often very stubborn, but gets things done when needed. Is easily annoyed when Dita calls him "Mr. Alien" and calls her "UFO Girl" in return (although he loves her cooking so much that she can usually get past his irritation). He develops leadership skills and is able to use his Parther Bangata and the following Vandreads effectively.
- Babies Ever After: In the epilogue lore, he and Dita have a kid together.
- Big Eater: For someone who only eats Food Pills that give him nutrients for weeks, it leaves him very hungry when eating normal food.
- Fell Into The Cockpit: Subverted that his plans was to steal a Humongous Mecha, then bring it back.
- Double subverted when he and the eventual Nirvana crew get catapulted to the other side of the galaxy. With his marked mecha being necessary for the titular Combining Mecha, he appears to be the best man (no pun intended) on the job.
- Harem-Powered: Hibiki gains access to a Mecha that can combine with the mecha of several of the female heroines. The girls fight over who gets to combine with him and each fusion grants a different and specific power to the resulting "offspring". In the final battle, the mecha of the hero and all of the women combine into the "Super Vandread", which has all of the powers of the various fusions.
- Instant Expert: Justified as the parts of the Vanguards are simple enough for one to operate easily in theory, and Paksis may have interfered.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be pretty abrasive prior to his Character Development.
- The Napoleon: Do not call him "Shorty".
- Official Couple: With Dita.
- Rags to Riches: Thanks to being the son of the leaders of both Tarak and Mejere. Whether he keeps this title is left for the viewers and readers of the epilogue.
- The Tarak Council discuss how much riches he really has, whether he be treated as a diplomat or prince of their world as well as that of Mejere.
- Right Man in the Wrong Place: His main goal was to bring a marked mecha from a powerful battleship back to Tarak. Then, he gets caught and winds up a prisoner with nearly all women. Once he's sent to another part of the galaxy with said women, it gets attacked by Harvesters and he become the only difference between survival and utter annihilation.
A newly graduated cadet of the Ikazuchi who becomes the Nirvana's chief medical officer. A competent doctor who researches the relationship between men and women in his spare time from books left behind on the Nirvana.
- Beta Couple: With Parfet, though it only gets to them admitting they do like being in the others presence and Parfet getting jealous when another woman accidentally hugs him.
- The Medic: He was a skilled medic before getting a chance to learn about female anatomy. He is still a quick study but had a tough time grasping things at the start, like calling Ezra's just developing fetus a "parasite" before he is told how women carry children.
- Slasher Smile: His only expression other than calm neutrality, despite being a doctor.
- The Stoic: Rarely does he show his anger or frustration. Even after some women locked him and the other guys back up, he maintains a cool attitude.
Like Duero, he's a freshly graduated cadet who got caught up in the battle between the Ikazuchi and Magno. He becomes the Nirvana's helmsman after some negotiating. He is a first-class citizen who's somewhat cowardly but does his job well. After some events, he grew into a more reliable officer and friend, losing much of his cowardly attitude.
- Bald of Awesome: After some character development, he changes his hairstyle to this.
- Declaration of Protection: He befriends a young dying girl named Shirley and when the Harvesters come to claim them, he outright says he won't let them touch her. This activates the ship's weapons for the first time. Sadly, Shirley dies from her illness.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: He did not just go bald on a whim.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Since the Nirvana's controls are vastly different than the Ikazuchi, he has to learn how to pilot it through trial-and-error. He didn't even know the Nirvana had weapons until early into the second season.
- Large Ham: Thanks to his upbringing, he tends to speak grandiosely.
- Lovable Coward: States himself to be the best at running away.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: The ship will have him and only him pilot it.
- Took a Level in Badass: After losing a small girl he fought to protect, he cut his hair and loses his Lovable Coward attitude.
- Tragic Keepsake: Shirley's unfinished doll of him. It lacks hair, so he makes himself look like it.
Lord Grandpa/Zen Tokai
The Emperor of Tarak.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Hibiki's biological father.
The world of women, coming from a lush world full of Crystal Spires and Togas. They have a very advanced world with a culture polar opposite of the men. Their reproduction methods are the same as normal humans except having to merge two eggs cells together artificially. However, due to their utter waste of resources and conflict among themselves, it became the growing hub for Space Pirates that attack both sides.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Mejere weapons are cool and shiny, but they're very useless on certain occasions. For example, the Dreads are unable to do planetary operations the way their Vanguard counterparts can and were basically fighter units.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Played with. Beauty is everything to the Mejere and they're willing to fight over one another for it.
- Civil War: Downplayed. Unlike Tarak, the women are more prone to fighting each other to be the best. There are also the Space Pirates.
- Cloning Blues: Like the Taraks despite keeping the same reproduction methods.
- Combat Pragmatist: To cover for their Awesome, but Impractical features, they use underhanded tactics.
- Designer Babies: Like the Taraks, see above example.
- Does Not Like Men: Women from this world really don't get along with their opposite gender.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: They integrate libertarian cultures like those of America, the West, and modern Japanese society.
- Planet of Hats: Everyone on Mejere is a woman. Deconstructed that they're made to be worn by the Harvesters.
- Shiny-Looking Spaceships: Their ships are all nice, sleek, elegant, and shiny compared to Tarak's more bulky creations.
- Space Pirates: Due to failures thanks to their out-of-control waste of resources, many Mejerians resort to this and attack both sides.
- The main crew of the Nirvana are also this.
- Straw Feminist: In the eyes of Tarak.
The main female protagonist of the series. A clumsy Genki Girl who's treated weird because of her "fascination" with men (whom she refers to as "aliens") unlike all the other women. A fantastic chef and likes to get closer to Hibiki since the first time she met him on the Ikazucki.
Her Dread combines to create the Vandread Dita or Blue Giant, armed with a Wave Motion Gun on both shoulders. This becomes the most commonly used Vandread thanks her wanting Hibiki to always combine with him.
- Babies Ever After: In the epilogue lore, she and Hibiki have a kid.
- Can't Spit It Out: Like Hibiki, she finds it hard to confess her love for him.
- Chef of Iron: Being Hibiki's personal chef and a major Dread pilot.
- The Ditz: She's often considered a little eccentric by the other pirates due to her fascination with men and other aliens.
- Official Couple: By the end of the series, With Hibiki. It becomes even more obvious as Hibiki calls for her to come with him to Tarak.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her knees, and if straightened, it can nearly touch the floor.
- Stepford Smiler: During a low point at the end of First Stage, Dita starts trying to rally the dispirited crew of the Nirvana, eventually breaking down in tears as she admits that much of her seemingly-endless cheer was due to her trying to keep people's spirits up, as she disliked seeing everyone being miserable.
- Three Faces of Eve: The Child, she's the bubbly and cheerful one of the main girls.
The 19 year-old Dread Leader, Meia is normally a calm and stoic person, if not overly serious at times. Over the course of the series, she evolves into a much brighter person as she is forced to confront her painful past.
Her main Dread is a fast white one that makes the White Wing Vandread when combining with Hibiki, resembling an eagle or dragon. A Fragile Speedster, but can ram enemies head on for a penetrating attack and the fastest of all the Nirvana's ships.
- After-Action Healing Drama: When she gets a Paksis fragment lodged in her head after an off-screen battle. We learn a great deal about Meia from this.
- Broken Bird: Her unfeeling, cold person was caused by her bitter past, and has caused her to avoid being close to someone in fear of being hurt.
- Character Development: Has the most of any character in the series other than Hibiki himself.
- Death Seeker: Thanks to her massive Survivor Guilt, she wants to go out in style. Magno calls her out on this when they first met in the past.
- Fatal Flaw: Wanting recognition from the crew and therefore, putting all of the Dread's command power onto herself. This becomes very troublesome when she's injured near to death during one battle.
- Fire-Forged Friends: What she and the crew of the Nirvana eventually become, but most of all with Hibiki.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her Vandread combines Flash Step with Ramming Always Works. It also specializes in High Speed Missile Dodges. While it is considered the weakest of the 3 Vandreads, it is still more durable than the regular Dreads.
- Not So Different: Her and Hibiki's personalities clash hard early on in the series as they are both highly competitive and hate to lose - especially to each other.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: A variation. She refuses to let Jura gain experience in commanding Dreads due to her vanity. This becomes a near-fatal mistake during one battle.
- Only Sane Woman: When Barnette goes on an 'anti-men' campaign, going so far as to lock the three men up, Meia is vocally against it.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: A stoic, silent woman with short blue hair and pale skin who slowly warms up thanks to her relationship to the main character.
- Riches to Rags: In a way, it's actually a short prologue to the story. Meia was the daughter of two prominent scientists, she was highly regarded as a beautiful girl growing up. An accident caused by the work of her parents eventually ends up with her living alone on the streets, hated and scorned by many who knew her from before.
- The Stoic: Her facial expression rarely changes.
- Straw Feminist: A strange case. This is due to her Pride and Dark and Troubled Past; she wants recognition with in the crew. Fortunately, she gets better and abandons this trope entirely.
- Survivor Guilt: Her mothers died after making sure that Meia was on one of the last escape transports from a compromised living area.
- Three Faces of Eve: The wife, an extremely capable pilot who becomes best friends with Hibiki.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her cool-looking headpiece. It was her mother's.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Has an entire episode dedicated to it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair.
Jura Basil Eden
A vain, busty Dread pilot. She's the second-in-command for piloting the Dread squadrons, but not as experienced due to Meia's obstruction and her own lust for aesthetics. Currently in a relationship with Barnette, she become extremely open to men, notably Hibiki, during their journey home.
- All Lesbians Want Children: The reason she came on to Hibiki and, in the ending, Duero, is because she wanted a biological child of her own.
- Attack Drone: Her Vandread uses a variety of disks that either shoot lasers or create shields. They can combine together to shield an entire planet!
- Barrier Warrior: Again, part of her Vandread. So strong it can shield planets!
- Comically Missing the Point: Doesn't understand the literal "having a child with a man".
- If It's You, It's Okay: A lesbian in a relationship with Barnette, but outspokenly attracted to Hibiki
- Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: Wields a Rapier, but her skill is unknown.
- Three Faces of Eve: The Seductress, she always wants to get closer to Hibiki.
- Vanity Is Feminine: The most vain of the known female characters.
Another Dread pilot in a relationship with Jura. She's the only of the four named pilots whose Dread was not modified.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: When Jura chases after Hibiki, let say...she does not approve.
- Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Like Tarak weapons, her personal weapons are key to fighting Harvesters.
- Straw Feminist: The definite example that Tarak would use to vilify women due her "anti-male campaign".
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She was never shown as being particularly hostile to men prior to the "anti-male campaign" incident and the whole thing seemed to appear out of nowhere.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Gascogne's apparent Heroic Sacrifice, she gives up her Straw Feminist stance.
- Wall of Weapons: Has one in her room.
- Weapon of Choice: Unlike the laser weapons the women use, she uses antique conventional weapons.
Lady Grandma/Anri Tokai
The Empress of Mejere.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She is also Hibiki's biological mother.
A girl received from a drop pod from Pluto in The Second Stage. Aside from Dita, she appreciates men due to how both genders used to be together. She accompanies the Nirvana crew and, due to being a good cook and getting close to Hibiki, becomes Dita's love rival.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: She's been in stasis for decades since the Harvesters hit.
- Girl in a Box: How she's found.
- The Load: She doesn't really contribute much onto the Nirvana. After the Harvesters' defeat, she becomes a caretaker for Ezra's new baby.
- Red String of Fate: She gives a story about this, which makes Dita jealous.
The main antagonists of the series, first found after the Nirvana is sucked into another part of the galaxy. They're made up of cube-like beings that combine to create their ships and other weapons.
- Evil Knockoff: They make copies of the Nirvana and Vandreads.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: That use human blood and tissue.
- Organic Technology: They need to in order to collect human organs.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted, unlike most mecha series. They learn from their battles and come up with new challenges for our heroes.
The commander of the Harvester fleet in the last episode of the Second Stage. He's found on the "Big-Boy" world-destroying warship that leads the assault on the Tarak and Mejere. There is more than his command over the Harvesters at his disposal thanks to the second Peksis core stationed in his ship.
- Evil Counterpart: Seen as this to Hibki himself for his stubborn nature. The difference is he's not willing to open up like Hibiki is.
- Fantastic Racism: Looks down on colonist worlds and sees them as mere resources for his dying world. He also accuses the colonists for abandoning their original homeworld, making that a justification of the Harvesters' onslaught.
- Lonely at the Top: Hibiki accuses him of being this, which really sets him off.