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A list of characters in Trigun.


Heroes

Vash the Stampede (aka "The Humanoid Typhoon")

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 "I meditate diligently every morning. The subject is Life and Love. I quit after three seconds."

 Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

A tall, blond-haired man who seems to have disaster follow him wherever he goes. He is feared by the people of Gunsmoke as a ruthless, destructive killer. Supposedly responsible for the annihilation of July City, Vash has quite the bounty placed on his head--60 billion double-dollars, dead or alive! Constantly hounded by often entire towns of people wanting to claim the reward for his capture, Vash is always wandering, never staying in one place for too long (and leaving behind a lot of property damage). In reality, Vash is not a homicidal maniac, but a complete and utter goofball who actually refuses to kill anyone, despite the huge pistol he keeps with him at all times, a prosthetic arm that can switch into a machine gun, and a switchblade in his boot. He has an extreme fondness for donuts (and sometimes alcohol). He claims to be a "hunter of LOVE AND PEACE, searching for the mayfly known as Love". Still, it just may be that he only puts on a facade of being a harmless moron...


Tropes that Vash atoned for:

Meryl Strife

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 "Does this man look like the legendary gunman Vash the Stampede? That droopy-eyed, weak-looking, bristle-headed, promiscuous-looking donut freak of a man?"

 Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (JP), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (EN, series), Luci Christian (EN, Badlands Rumble)

An insurance agent for the Bernadelli Insurance Company, she and her associate Millie were given the task to search for Vash and apply "damage control" to the so-called disasters he leaves behind. She is often seen typing records of her and Millie's exploits on a typewriter, to send back to the company. She is nicknamed "Derringer" because of the array of derringer pistols she carries under her poncho. It takes her a while to realize that the goofy, donut-scarfing man that she and Milly always seem to run into is THE Vash the Stampede.


Milly Thompson

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 "It's like my big, big sister always says, "Never hold back in matters of the heart".

 Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Lia Sargent (EN, series), Trina Nishimura (EN, Badlands Rumble)

Meryl's assistant and fellow Bernadelli agent, Milly is plucky and cheerful, constantly trying to convince Meryl that above mentioned man is the real Vash. She's also incredibly tall, and nicknamed "Stungun" because like Meryl, she conceals a weapon underneath her clothes -- a huge stungun that can pin enemies to walls without killing them. She likes pudding.


  • Action Survivor
  • Berserk Button: Like Vash, she hates seeing people mistreating and/or killing each other (when facing a man who had earlier pointed a gun at his own parents, she took several swings at him, any of which would likely have knocked him clean out of his boots if they had connected. Also:

 "You should never get between people and their pudding!"

"Wastage of pudding is punishable by heaven!"

Nicholas D. Wolfwood

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 "I picked up my first gun at the age of seven. And I shot. I remember how strangely easy it was to pull the trigger. Ha. I actually laughed. Because that one shot was all that was needed to silence that sickening piece of garbage who had the nerve to call himself my guardian. Ha. It was that simple. And so I was free."

 Voiced by: Show Hayami (JP), Jeff Nimoy (EN, series), Brad Hawkins (EN, Badlands Rumble)

A wandering priest that carries a portable confessional box and The Punisher, which is pretty much a mobile weapons platform (it's a rocket launcher, machine gun, and a pistol rack all-in-one). He tends to call Vash "Needlenoggin".


  • Anti-Hero: Type IV.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Badass Normal: In the anime, which was made years before his backstory was released (but was overseen by the manga's creator).
  • Badass Preacher
  • Becoming the Mask: Apparently part of his severe moral dilemmas regarding his friendship with Vash; also why he can so easily isolate Vash's Stepford Smiler tendencies.
  • BFG: The Cross Punisher.
  • Car Fu: More like Bike Fu.
  • Child Soldier: He was recruited by Chapel to become an assassin for the Eye of Michael at a very young age. The accelerated aging causes by his chemical enhancements to makes him appear to be in his thirties while he is only in his late teens in the manga.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Because he's a Knight Templar caught between extreme factions with the goal of protecting the maximum number of people it is feasibly possible to protect and a seriously Dark and Troubled Past, he betrays just about everyone at least once. Very rarely to any real effect, and they were usually expecting it. He's actually got a very loyal nature, so he kind of telegraphs before he does it. Related to Double Reverse Quadruple Agent below.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: the giant cross he carries is actually a disguised arsenal.
  • Cool Bike: He uses one to kill the robot gang.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Dresses and acts somewhat like a Protestant minister, but does things more in line of a Catholic one (such as hearing confessions). In the manga, he's a member of the Eye of Michael, which claims to worship Plants. In the anime, he's intended to be the successor to the current Chapel the Evergreen, of the Gung-ho Guns, which would basically make him a priest of Knives.
  • Death by Sex: Sleeps with his friend/love interest of sorts, Milly. Dies in the same episode.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: The anime doesn't go much beyond a morally-conflicted Double Agent, but between the Eye, Chapel, the Guns, Vash, and the children manga Wolfwood is playing a lot of sides at once. Although he's not in control at all.
  • Dying Alone: But only in the anime; he's with Vash in the manga.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Manga only: the last moments of his life, from the moment he defeats the robot gang to his complete owneage of Chapel and Lazlo.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Expy: Of El Mariachi from Desperado.
  • Guns Akimbo
  • Healing Factor: In the manga, it makes him age faster, and he can boost it with drugs.
  • Heroic BSOD: Shortly after shooting Zazie, he breaks down in tears in Milly's arms.
  • Ho Yay: With Vash.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Oh sure, we've covered the Punisher, but it reaches a new level in his fight against Razlo when he ejects his pistol's magazine into his opponent.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Knight Templar:

  Wolfwood: Sometimes, we're even driven to become the devil himself.

  • The Lancer
  • More Dakka: The Punisher he carries has a rocket launcher at one end, a machine gun at the other, and racks for about half a dozen semi-automatic pistols.
  • Murder, Inc.: His Dark and Troubled Past, at least in the manga. Provided him with Training From Hell and low-level superpowers. Anime is more ambiguous; he may have just had a Career Killer for an Evil Mentor before getting mixed up with the Guns.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Word of God's response to the question of what the D stands for is utterly random, ranging from "Daily Cigarette Intake" to "Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora."
    • "What the hell family do you think you're from!? I'm gonna tie you up in a reed mat and dunk ya!"
  • Nun-Too-Holy: He claims to be a priest, but he not only hears confessions for money (admittedly, there were times in history where priests would sell "forgiveness" for money and land), he's also a chain-smoking hard-drinking killer who, in the anime at least, actually paid for the orphans he took care of by being a gunman for hire.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: In the manga, he shares one last quiet drink with Vash in the rubble of the orphanage he just saved by killing Chapel and defeating Livio/Razlo. The last thing he sees before his body finally gives out is confetti thrown by the children in gratitude as a ship carries them off to safety. The contrast between this scene and the brutal fight before it is incredible.
  • Perma Stubble: Though he is mostly clean-shaven in Trigun Maximum.
  • Poisonous Friend: Killed one of the Gung-ho Guns because he thought Vash's idealism didn't cut it. In the manga Knives sent Wolfwood to follow Vash for this very purpose.
    • Since the anime replaced his epic execution of Rai-Dei with the Zazie incident, after making Zazie no longer The Worm That Walks, and put Rai-Dei in August, there's an oddly chilling little scene amid the rubble when Rai-Dei, who had somehow survived being at ground zero probably due to Vash's Heroic Willpower alone, sees Wolfwood, expresses recognition, and starts talking about how they have to get together and kill that monster, Vash, while they can. Wolfwood nonchalantly shoots him dead and drives away. This is implied to be done on command from their mutual employer, but he clearly thinks it's an okay idea.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In the manga he dies after stopping the Eye of Michael from destroying the Orphanage where he grew up, and redeems his childhood friend of Livio.
    • In the anime, after a heated argument with Vash regarding killing Zazie the previous day, Wolfwood opts to adapt Vash's lifestyle. When he fights his mentor later that day, Wolfwood manages to get away with getting a few non-lethal shots at him and letting him live. As soon as Wolfwood turns, Legato manipulates Chapel via mind control into shooting Wolfwood. Presumably, Wolfwood didn't shoot back even after seeing Chapel raise his gun again.
  • Sexy Priest
  • Shirtless Scene: After sleeping with Milly, he stands up next to a window shirtless and deep in thought.
  • Shoot the Dog: His killing of Zazie in the anime, according to him.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Tragic Hero
  • Younger Than They Look: In the manga he's seventeen-ish, but looks like he's in his mid-30s. This is because of the special treatments Chapel put him through during his Training From Hell, to give him enhanced strength, reflexes, and Healing Factor.


Gung-Ho-Guns

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Tropes applying to the Gung-Ho-Guns as a whole:

Monev the Gale

 Voiced by: Masuo Amada (JP), Peter Spellos (EN)

The first Gung-Ho-Gun. The only thing known about him was that he was locked away and trained solely for purpose of killing Vash.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs for his life after slaughtering an entire town and subsequently getting beaten by Vash.
  • BFG: Wields two types, a chain gun he wears around his wrist and back and a rocket launcher after he loses that
  • Expy: Of Venom, his design strongly resembles him. Heck even his name is Venom spell backwards. Most likely this was a homage as Nightow was stated to be a fan of American comic books.
  • More Dakka
  • Oh Crap: His expression after seeing Vash's Glowing Eyes of Doom.
  • You Have Failed Me: Winds up killed for his failure. Mostly likely from Legoto.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: He looks like one. Disproportionately huge muscles, bright colors, massively impractical guns, grimacing like a loon all the time....Rob Liefield would have a hard time coming up with anything crazier.

Dominique the Cyclops

 Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Carol Stanzione (EN)

The second Gung-Ho-Gun. Tries her luck against Vash but he finds out her powers and easily beats her. Her fate is different depending on the media. In the anime, she found and killed by Legoto off-screen. In the manga, she commits suicide by falling off a cliff


E.G. Mine

 Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (JP)

The third Gung-Ho-Gun. A villain with two shells on either side of him that shoots out spikes.


  • Anticlimax Boss: Vash beats him seconds after his introduction.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His method of murder includes shooting spikes at his opponents. Ironiclly hes stabbed by Rai-Dai after he loses to Vash.
  • Meaningful Name: the only one with an awesome nickname and is thus defeated in the shortest amount of time at least in the manga.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the manga, after Vash bonks him on the head, the focus immediately switches to Vash and Legato, E.G. completely forgotten and never again mentioned. Though at least his name is given whenever someone tallies the dead Gung-ho Guns, so it wasn't like he was forgotten.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

Zazie the Beast (anime)

 Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)

The fourth Gung-Ho-Gun. A child with the power to control sandworms with a device on his head


Zazie the Beast (manga)


  • Creepy Child: Originally this in in his first host
    • Gender Bender: becomes a girl in the next host
      • then becomes an afroed man for the final host
  • Darkskinned Blonde
  • Heel Face Turn: After realizing Knives is becoming too powerful and might end up wiping them out as well as the humans. They're killed, however.
  • Hive Mind: Zazie is actually a group of insects that resided on Gunsmoke before the humans populated it. They're actually controlling people they take over to act on their behalf.
  • Not Quite Human
  • The Worm That Walks: Bizarre variant; Zazie is the collective mind of many literal worms in a hijacked human body.
  • Pretty Butterflies: First respawn, appears in a cloud of pseudo-butterflies; possibly some kind of connection technique for the newly appropriated hub.


Leonof the Puppetmaster

 Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki (JP), Milton James (EN)

The fifth Gung-Ho-Gun. As his name suggests, he can control puppets many at a time in fact. He can also make them looks surprisingly lifelike right down to the personality to fool his opponents. This gives Vash a hard time as he has to distinguish friend and foe.


Hoppered the Gauntlet

 Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (JP), Jonathan Charles (EN)

The sixth Gung-Ho-Gun. A crippled being encased in a bullet like shell that he can use to spin toward his targets as well as a shield behind him which also has a gun.


Gray the Ninelives

The seventh Gung-Ho-Gun. A huge hulking robot-like being with many a weapon imbedded inside him.


Caine the Longshot

The eighth Gung-Ho-Gun. Only appears in the anime.


Rai-Dei the Blade

 Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

The ninth Gung-Ho-Gun. A warrior who's adapted the way of the samurai..with a few adjustments.


Chapel the Evergreen (anime)

 Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (JP), Dan Woren (EN)

The tenth Gung-Ho-Gun.


Chapel/Master C (manga)


Midvalley the Hornfreak

 Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (JP), Steve Bulen (EN)

The eleventh Gung-Ho-Gun.


Elendira the Crimsonnail

The thirteenth Gung-Ho-Gun. Only appears in the manga.


Livio the DoubleFang

In the manga, one of two members of the Eye of Michael called in to be the last of the Gung-ho Guns. One of Wolfwood's friends from the orphanage where he grew up.


Razlo the Tri-Punisher of Death

In the manga, the latter of the two members of the Eye of Michael mentioned above. Actually Livio's psychotic Split Personality.


Major Villains

Legato Bluesummers

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 "Your reaction was better then I hoped. You're fun. And to think I could kill every man, woman, and child here in the blink of an eye if I wanted to. The power of death is intoxicating."

 Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Richard Cansino (EN)

A sadistic blue-haired man with psychic powers who works under Knives and has the orders to make Vash's life a living hell.


Millions Knives

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 "The humans treat you well? Did you have fun, dear brother?"

 Voiced by: Tohru Furusawa (JP), Bo Williams (EN)

Vash's twin brother. Has a pathological hatred of humans and wants to exterminate them all, as he views himself and Vash as superior beings.


SEED Crew (SPOILER WARNING)

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Rem Saverem

 "No person ever has the right to take the life of another."

 Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN)

One of the maintenance staff on the SEED ship. She takes Vash and Knives in as her own children when the crew finds them, and acts as their surrogate mother. She is extremely kind and idealistic, and Vash treats her lessons and worldviews as sacred. She is also, however, highly competent and has great resolve.


  • The Atoner: In the manga. She didn't fight hard enough to save Tessla, the first independent plant born on the voyage, who died Strapped to An Operating Table less than a year old, and all the devotion and secrecy in which she raised the boys was initially motivated by her determination to do better, given this second chance.
  • Death By Origin Story
  • The Gwen Stacy: To Vash.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: On a greater scope than most; her sacrifice single-handedly saves the entire population of the SEED ships.
  • Hero's Muse: She inspired and guided Vash. She's the reason he never kills anyone, no matter how much they deserve it. She took Vash and Knives in as her own children when the crew found them, and acted as their surrogate mother. She is extremely kind and idealistic, and Vash treats her lessons and worldviews as sacred.
  • Hot Mom: Uh, sort of.
  • The Messiah
  • Parental Substitute: To Vash and Knives.
  • Posthumous Character
  • Tall, Dark and Bishoujo
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: More or less; despite her statements, she has a noticeably bad habit of putting off actual planning on how to confront problems, because that might conflict with the conviction that a perfect solution is possible. This trait was passed on to Vash and was a major factor in his doing nothing to resolve the plot for over a century.
  • Woman in White: Her shirt. She also wears blue jeans.

William Conrad/Count Revnant Vasquez

 "Knives...please forgive us humans..."

Manga-exclusive character. One of the scientists on the SEED ship who discovers Knives and Vash when accidentally woken up from cold sleep. He agrees to keep their existence a secret after talking with Rem. After the Great Fall he used his knowledge of Plants to become wealthy and live a comfortable life in July. Vash goes looking for him. Knives finds him first, and makes plenty of use of Conrad's knowledge.


  • Actor Allusion: Named after William Conrad of the radio show Gunsmoke. Bares a striking resemblance to Patrick Stewart.
  • The Atoner: Agrees to serve Knives out of his own guilt for the cruel experiments he performed on Tesla.
  • Humans Are Bastards: He might even be more aware of that fact than Knives. He tries to lead Knives away before the latter can witness the Last Run, when an aging plant is drained of all remaining power to cause a horrific death.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When Knives learns of the limited powers of Plants and the black hair that signals eventual death, and how Vash is even further gone than he is.

Joey

In the anime he's the captain, Rem's confidante, and something of a father surrogate.


  • Armour Piercing Question: Cuts right to the heart of the matter in the manga when little Vash and Knives are shyly meeting their second human ever--"Do you love Rem?" [Knives nods shyly. Joey smiles.] "Then it's fine."
  • Boom! Headshot!: Anime Knives takes him out right between the eyes.
  • Only Sane Man: Is one of the few crew members who isn't unhinged.
  • Shoot the Dog: Kills Rowan to save Rem, and feels horrible about it afterwards.

Steve



Rowan


Mary


Chronica

A manga-only character, Chronica is an independent plant, just like Vash and Knives. She serves aboard an Earth-based fleet that is finally responding to Planet Gunsmoke's transmissions.


  • Big Damn Heroes: She and the rest of the fleet only show up at the bitter end, when Knives is about to finish the rest of humanity.
  • The Stoic: Even in the face of Domina's fusing, she never loses her calm demeanor.
    • Not So Stoic: ...until her ship crashes. As Vash runs off with Knives at the end of their battle, she attempts a desperation attack on them, but is stopped by Livio.
  • Superweapon Surprise: Despite their desire to swoop in and save humanity, Chronica immediately employs their most powerful weapon, the "Tall Hammer", against Knives. Of course, it doesn't work.

Domina

A manga-only character, Domina is Chronica's subordinate, and also a plant.



Kuroneko-sama

Kuroneko-sama

The small black cat with huge green eyes that appears randomly in the manga and at least once in every episode of the anime. Included because the author found the kitty easy to draw. Her name means "Lady Black Cat".


  • Cute Kitten
  • Mascot: In one episode they drink out of a bottle of Kuroneko-sama brand beer, and she also appears on a calendar.
  • Recurring Extra: Such a recurring extra that Kuroneko-sama appears in a flashback that happened a century ago.
  • Rummage Fail: In one episode Wolfwood is searching for a book in his bag and instead finds the kitty.
  • Word of God: Nightow explained Kuroneko-sama is female and has absolutely no metaphysical significance.

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