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Rico
Rico (manga)
Kanji リコ
Romanji Riko
Information
Race Cyborg
Gender Female
Age 14
Professional Status
Handler Jean Croce
Personal Status
Status Alive
Debuts
Anime Episode 1
Portrayal
Japanese Kanako Mitsuhashi (S1)

Anri Shiono (S2)

English Luci Christian

Name: Rico

Occupation: Cyborg Assassin

Rico (リコ riko) is a child cyborg assasin in the Social Welfare Agency, Section 2. Her handler is Jean Croce.

Background:

Confined to a hospital bed since she was born due to severe birth defects that left her unable to walk and in constant pain, Rico was signed over to the SWA by her parents on her eleventh birthday.

Her mother and father would rarely visit her, and when they did, they would often argue with each behind the hospital curtain, where, inadvertently, she could still hear them. They would yell at each other about how she cost too much money to look after and was a burden to them.

Appearance:

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Rico as she appears in the manga

Rico has a pale complexion and light blonde hair, which she wears in a hime-style cut that exposes her ears. Her eyes are a mid blue.

She tends to wear more masculine clothing, probably chosen by her Handler, similar to that of Triela.

Personality:

Rico is a rather quiet girl, especially at first when she was originally conditioned, however she does open up more as the series/manga progresses. Usually only speaking when spoken to, she does talk a little more freely when she's with the other cyborg girls, and eventually begins to relax around her Handler, even asking him the odd few questions.

She has a bright and happy disposition, and often feels joy over the little things in life. She also tries to help her friends as best as she can, and has a positive way of thinking in every situation.

Rico loves her new body and life at the SWA, viewing each day at the agency as a blessing rather than a curse. She has a strong devotion to her Handler, and only fears losing her body and not being useful to Jean anymore.

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Rico, walking on the sidewalk in season 2;episode 1

Rico appears to be the only cyborg with a clear memory of her life before coming to the agency, and can also remember her dreams, which many of the girls cannot.

Weapons:

Her preferred weapons are the "Pre-B" CZ-75 pistol and the Dragunov SVD. She has also been shown wielding a Beretta SCP-70/90 and is additionally shown training with a IMI Galil MAR and a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun. Her preferred support weapon is the MG3 general purpose machine gun. During the Nuclear Power Plant attack Rico uses a SCAR-H CQC (stock folded) equipped with a 553 EO-Tech sight, and a tac-light with a pressure pad attached to a vertical foregrip.

Notes:

In the final chapter of the manga, after an undetermined amount 

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Rico, after Angelica's death when Jean hugs her in a rare moment of emotion.

of time has passed, a subordinate goes into Jean's office to inform him of a plan to break Giacomo Dante out of prison. This situation was discovered by an agent; Code-name "Pandora", who may be Rico, although it is unconfirmed.

In the last chapter, in Jean's office, there is a photo of Rico on his desk.

Jean treats Rico coldly and tries to maintain his distance from her, as he lost both his fiancee and his younger sister in a car bombing attack planted by Dante, and does not wish to be hurt that way again. He may also have to send Rico to her death if a job requires it, so being detached makes it an easier way to cope.

Her name, like Henrietta's, may be derived from Jean's sister, Enrica:

< Enrica's masculine form is Enrico = Rico >

Images:
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Rico as she appears in Season 2

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Rico as she appears in Season 1

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Rico, protecting an accountant on a job.

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Rico, on the volume 2 cover of the manga.

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Rico, with Henrietta in the background.

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Rico being praised by Jean, a rare occurrence.

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Rico's nightmare

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Rico, after being hit by her Handler, Jean, for disobeying his orders.

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Rico

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Rico having a nightmare about losing her body

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