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Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya (JP), Bob Buchholz (EN)
Tropes associated with Gene:
- Awesome McCoolname
- Badass Longcoat: More like yellowish cape, but it fits the spirit.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Gene tries a version of this with a modified light shield against Ron MacDougal and it works... briefly.
- Big Eater: Not as much as Aisha, but still high enough to be below the Shonen line.
- Bodyguard Crush: Gene seems to be prone to these, considering it happened with Hilda and Melfina.
- Combat Pragmatist: Gene's tactic for winning a duel to the death? Straight up cheating, of course!
- Covered with Scars: It's implied that many of his scars are the result of his escape pod crash-landing on Sentinel III when he was fifteen.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Tannish.
- Estrogen Brigade Bait: Lessee, tragic history, red hair, shirtless every other scene, athletic, good heart (underneath a selfish juvenile exterior)... Yeah, that'll do.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Straddles the line a bit, considering only about half of them are covered by his shirt.
- The Gunslinger: His fighting that doesn't involve a lot of cheating.
- Handsome Lech: Goes after every hot lady he meets except Hamushi, one of the Anten Seven, at which point he only loves Melfina.
- He Cleans Up Nicely In episode 13 Gene wears an absolutely pimpin' suit for a date.
- The Hero: A realistic one.
- Incompatible Orientation: Oddly enough, Fred doesn't seem to mind.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He'll stick to a promise with a girl to find her past, but is rude to everyone except a lady isn't out to get him.
- Loveable Rogue: Gene is a lecherous loud mouth with a knack for trouble, and he can be a right asshole on his bad days, but he helps those he has a bargain or promise to.
- Luke Nounverber
- Magitek: His caster gun is a pistol that fires magic spells contained within a shell casing.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: His sex drive is one of the things that reflects Gene's immaturity at the start of the series.
- Promotion to Parent: Gene is Jim's guardian in name, but in reality, Jim is the parent Gene needs to remember his adult responsibilities.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: One of his guns is a revolver.
- Why Did It Have To Be Space?: Gene is very much afraid of space at the start of the series; it reminds him of his father's death.
- The Worf Effect: Those oh-so-rare caster shells he prefers are incredibly powerful--except against enemies that factor into the plot.
- You Gotta Have Crimson Hair: Red Crimson.
- You Killed My Father: To Ron MacDougal who had killed so many people for money that he refers to it as another day at work.
Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN, credited as "Ian Hawk")
Tropes associated with Jim:
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Fatal Attraction: With Hanmyo of the Anten Seven.
- The Lancer: The calm, fiscally thoughtful genius to Gene's reckless, frivolous self.
- Parental Abandonment: His genius dad didn't have time for him.
- Rica Matsumoto: His seiyuu.
- Shorter Means Smarter:
- Teen Genius: And the resident smart guy.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Way more practical than Gene is.
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Emilie Brown (EN)
Tropes associated with Melfina:
- Artificial Human: A "bio-android."
- Ayako Kawasumi: Her debut role.
- Badass Damsel: Got at least one moment to be this in the episode with the cactus monster.
- The Chick: The only female that doesn't kick ass on a daily basis.
- Cloning Blues
- Damsel in Distress: Justified, as she's pretty important to the one thing everyone's after in the series, and furthermore she is the one female member of the Outlaw Star crew who isn't a semi-immortal alien or an assassin.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose In Life: Her past and why she was created.
- Digital Bikini: Given one when the show aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami line-up.
- Do Androids Dream?: Really wants to, and sleeps in a position so she can dream.
- Feminine Women Can Cook
- Innocent Fanservice Girl
- Living MacGuffin: She's required to pilot the Outlaw Star, and to unlock the Leyline's power.
- Mysterious Waif
- Naked on Arrival: Her first appearance.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: If she's onboard the Outlaw Star itself, she's naked (unless you're watching the Cartoon Network edited version).
- Shrinking Violet: Notably shy for a girl who spends most of her time doing her job naked.
- Unusual User Interface: She isn't a navigator, but rather the navigation system for the Outlaw Star. This requires her to jump into some backlit chamber and remove all of her clothing for some reason. Notably, she always enters and exits the navigation chamber fully clothed, the stripping appears to be involuntary and automatic.
- Wetware CPU: As the Outlaw Star's navigation system
- Yamato Nadeshiko
Aisha Clan Clan
Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (JP), Lenore Zann (EN)
Tropes associated with Aisha:
- Action Girl: Gene or Jim wouldn't have a chance against her unless they cheat.
- Adult Child: She has zero maturity and impulse control, often making Gene appear to be extremely mature in comparison.
- Badass: Albeit much, much more so when fully transformed. Her default look is the Catgirl look.
- Big Eater: Eats as much as a Shonen hero.
- The Big Lancer: If you want brute force, Aisha's your girl.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Loud and kicks ass.
- Boobs of Steel: Has a nice rack, and kicks butt.
- Can't Argue with Elves: Played straight, subverted, double subverted, and parodied. Aisha won't hesitate for one second in reminding you of her race's superiority, get into trouble due to her childishness, bail out the crew when brute strength is needed, and she's frequently in as much debt as everyone else due to destroying wherever she works in a pointless fight.
- Catgirl: The ears, the "nya," and the feisty attitude Even turns into a Tiger.
- Clothing Damage: Aside from when she gets blown up, she shreds her outfit when she turns into her tiger form.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's a childish buffoon, but she's still an immortal Ctarl Ctarl with skin like iron and crazy amounts of brute strength.
- Cool Big Sis: To Jim. It's lampshaded later in the series.
- Cute Bruiser: Acts like she's twelve. Kicks a lot of ass.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Iron Butt Monkey: If it's bad, it's probably going happen to her. Such as being shot in the face point-blank by Gene.
- Large Ham: Even more so than Gene.
- The Nicknamer: Aisha calls Suzuka "Suzu," which noticeably irritates the latter.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: The Ctarl Ctarl are Were Cat-space-people.
- Pride Before a Fall
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: So proud.
- Unusual Ears: Apart from the obvious Catgirl thing, Aisha's ears do have a bit of a jigokumimi look to them.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: She can go full Were Cat at will, provided the planet she's on has a moon.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: She has a habit of wrecking every place she works at by getting in a fight, promptly leading to "new employment opportunities."
- Worf Barrage: Pulls one off against Shimi.
- Yuko Miyamura: Her Seiyu.
Voiced by: Sayuri Yamauchi (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
Tropes associated with Suzuka:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her bokken can cut through anything.
- Action Girl / Badass: When Suzuka picks up her bokken, somebody's ass is about to be kicked.
- Defeat by Modesty: So modest that Gene exposing her Sarashi is enough to make her give up.
- Defeat Means Friendship: She joins the crew after Gene (barely) defeats her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She doesn't do a personality 180, but she grows kinder and more willing to care about other people.
- Hitman with a Heart: She has no obligation to help the crew, but does so out of boredom.
- Hot Chick with a Sword: A wooden sword.
- I Have the High Ground: In her introduction, stops this after losing to Gene.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Only reason she's in this Sci-Fi universe is because Samurai are cool.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Normally a bokken is used for training; Suzuka's is used to cleave, among other things, a bus. Lengthwise.
- Lady of War: Elegant, graceful, lethal.
- Nerf Arm: Of course, given how she uses it, it might as well be a lightsaber.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Gene, after losing to him.
- Professional Killer: Gene ended her notable reputation, but she still kills people despite this. Probably the only reason she's not dirt broke like the others.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Razor Wind: One of her many, many sword techs.
- Red Baron: "Twilight" Suzuka, so called because she always completes her jobs at twilight.
- Samurai: Suzuka has no real place in the series which is a semi-futuristic world with magical Space Pirates and ships with arms, likely only there to add a sense of Japan and Fetish Fuel.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Most of her fights, down in one blow by Leilong.
- Sixth Ranger: She comes and goes as she pleases but is so significant of an ally the crew would never survive their encounters with pirates without her.
- Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: She's the apparent eldest and most beautiful of the girls.
- Worf Barrage: Pulls one off against Shimi Leilong.
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Peter Spellos (EN)
Tropes associated with Gilliam II (as well as the Outlaw Star)
- Catch Phrase: Gilliam would like to remind you that the Outlaw Star is the most advanced ship in the galaxy.
- Cool Ship: One of several in the series.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes valid complaints, not that the crew listens.
- Do Androids Dream?: Parodied. Gilliam is programmed with a mental block that prevents him from questioning or meditating on his existence or purpose -- so instead of contemplating his navel, he contemplates his inability to contemplate his navel. Meta.
- Only Sane Man: Constantly points out the recklessness of the crew.
- Robot Buddy: In his pink mini-robot form.
- The Smart Guy: When Jim isn't acting reckless like the rest of team.
- Super Prototype: And damn proud of it.
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Ezra Weisz (EN)
Tropes associated with Fred:
- All Love Is Unrequited: Not that Fred seems to mind. He has far more fun flirting with Gene from afar.
- Arms Dealer
- Arranged Marriage: To Hot Amazon Reiko Ando, an engagement complicated by the fact that Fred is...
- Camp Gay: And is he ever.
- Gayngst: Completely averted. Fred's too busy making Gene blush and stutter to even care that he's straight.
- Manipulative Bastard: His affection for Gene is genuine, but he has no problem using his boytoy for any number of dirty schemes.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections
- True Neutral
"Hot Ice" Hilda
Voiced by: Toshiko Fujita (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)
Tropes associated with Hilde:
- Action Girl
- Badass: Pretty much everything she does.
- Did They or Didn't They?: Left unanswered for much of the series, until the flashback in episode 24. They did.
- Eyepatch of Power: She's missing her right eye.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Well, hello again, Major Kusanagi.
- Hollywood Cyborg: She has a cybernetic left arm.
- Hot Amazon: Kicked four guys asses in seconds flat.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of the fourth episode, appropriately titled "When the Hot Ice Melts"
- Mysterious Past: Mentioned in series, by Suwanzo, when Gene asks about Hilda after her death.
- Red Baron: "Hot Ice" Hilda.
- Taking You with Me: Pulls this on the unnamed Kei Pirate girl.
- Vasquez Always Dies: As usual, the Badass the female, the more likely she is to die.
The MacDougal Brothers
Ron is voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP), John Snyder (EN)
Harry is voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura (JP), Steve Staley (EN)
- Artificial Human: Harry.
- Artificial Limbs: Harry gains a prosthetic arm, which seems to give him super-hacking abilities. Later on, most of his body is replaced.
- Ax Crazy: Harry.
- But for Me It Was Tuesday: When Gene confronts Ronald about the death of his father, he casually mentions that he doesn't recall, as he can't be bothered to remember every single person he's killed.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Inverted. If anything, Harry becomes more stable the more cybernetics his body takes on.
- Evil Counterpart: Both of them could qualify for different aspects of Gene. Ron is a cool, calculating fighter who plans ahead, whereas Gene is hotheaded and prone to making stuff up as he goes along. Harry, his romantic rival, is disturbingly open with his feelings for Melfina and pursues her aggressively, while Gene keeps his feelings for her hidden to the point of seeming uncaring.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Ronald has a scar across the left side of his lip. Makes it look like he's always smirking. Probably is.
- Pet the Dog: The two brothers do genuinely love each other and Ron is particularly upset when it looks like Harry's been killed. We also find out that while his obsession with her was pretty far from healthy, Harry's feelings for Melfina were purer than they first seemed.
- Psycho for Hire: Ronald is the calmer, more businesslike of the two, but Harry definitely counts.
- Sanity Strengthening. Harry starts off as an Ax Crazy Stalker with a Crush to Melfina but as the series goes on he becomes more loving and gentle towards her and even makes peace with Gene before his death.
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Villainous Crush: Harry toward Melfina.
- Wetware CPU: Much like Melfina, Harry can connect to the MacDougal's ship. It's part of the reason for his obsession with her.
- Wild Card: They're willing to take jobs from any of the three factions, as long as it pays well. The Wild Card aspect REALLY comes into play when they finish a job for the Kei Pirates...only to start on a job they got from the Space Forces that involves killing said pirates.
- Yandere: Again, Harry towards Melfina.
The Kei Pirates
- Badass: Although they appear less often then most villains, the group is undeniably powerful and up to the job.
- Badass Normal: Shimi appears to be the only member of the pirates lacking either sorcery or supernatural powers, but is arguably the one who comes closest to killing Gene and the rest of the crew.
- Bigger Bad: We know practically nothing about Hazanko's superiors, the Tendo King and the Tempa Emperor. However, considering that Hazanko, who is no slouch himself, felt he needed something like the Galactic Leyline to take on either of them it seems reasonable to assume that they are bugnuts terrifying.
- Improbable Weapon User: Hanmyo being a master of "Space combat with cats" certainly invokes this trope. Ultimately, it means she pilots a grappler ship with two detachable arms, each piloted by a super-intelligent cat.
- Informed Ability: Tobigera's a member of the Anten Seven, Hazanko's elite group of assassins, but his first attempt on the heroes was pure comic relief during the Hot Springs Episode, and after that he never gets a chance to prove himself.
- He's also supposed to be a master of disguise, but never gets a chance to prove it. You'd think wearing an evil-looking mask all the time wouldn't do much to disguise you, though.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Anten Seven fit the bill for the Kei Pirates as a whole.
- Space Pirates: Well, yeah.
- Token Mini-Moe: Hanmyo.
- Villainous Crush: Hanmyo and Jim. Neither of them knows who the other is.
- Walking Armory: Shimi a.k.a. Leilong has a lot of weapons.
Voiced by: Seizo Kato (JP), Tom Wyner (EN)
Tropes associated with Hazanko
- Badass Grandpa: He's an older fellow...
- Authority Equals Asskicking: ...who leads a group of space pirates.
- Big Bad: He is, but those damn MacDougals keep on taking so much screen time that you'd think they're the main villains.
- Cool Mask
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: When the Outlaw Star crew proves to be a threat, the first Hazanko sends to get rid of them is Shimi. Word of God states that Shimi was the most skilled of the Kei Pirates, second to Hazanko. Before he fights Gene Starwind it's implied he's going through a Heel Face Turn. When Shimi takes on the entire Outlaw Star crew he administers a Curb Stomp Battle. Victory in his favor, Shimi decides to botch his duel with Gene and use it as an opportunity to fake his own death and leave the Kei Pirates. Hazanko doesn't know of this plot but is very displeased that Shimi "failed" anyway. Needless to say, Gene Starwind and friends would have been toast if Shimi was serious about his mission.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To The Unseen Tendo King and Tempa Emperor.
- Devour the Dragon: Hazanko eventually merges with the Geomancer--including Tobigera and the rest of the crew.
- Evil Sorcerer (In space)
- Large Ham: Just see the quote.
- One-Winged Angel: Hazanko merging with the Geomancer.
- The Starscream: It was hinted that he was more powerful than the other leaders, but his real goal is use the Galactic Leyline in order to overthrow the Tendo King and the Tempa Emperor.
- The Stoic: His mask does a good job of hiding what a psycho he truly is under that royal facade.
- Not So Stoic: Gets a bit more expressive when he merges with his ship.