|First Appearance||Departure Ballad|
Tetsuro is the main protagonist of Galaxy Express 999. He is a young boy who lives a life of crippling poverty with his mother. The two of them of them dream of getting mechanical bodies, which they believe will improve their lot in life. When Tetsuro's mother is killed by the ruthless Count Mecha, Tetsuro vows to get a mechanical body himself. Tetsuro's hard life has given strong sense of loyalty, honor, and the willingness to protect those he loves by any means necessary.