|First Appearance||FLCL |
Haruko Haruhara (ハルハラ・ハル子) also known by the name Haruha Raharu (ハルハ・ラハル) is the mysterious pink-haired alien who is the central character in the FLCL series who serves as the catalyst for the series abnormal events.
She is an energetic and unpredictably reckless sociopath who is nick-named "Vespa Woman" for riding a sunglow Piaggio Vespa SS 180, claiming to be 19 despite Mamimi observing her to look a year older. Haruko is usually seen carrying a midnight blue, left-handed Rickenbacker bass guitar model 4001, displaying knowledge and administration of guitar types the stylings of American classic rock musicians, which is modified to fire bullets with axe and rocket launcher modes. Haruko can also use it to fly and open N.O. Channels.
Haruko also has the ability to hypnotize weak-minded people into believing anything she wants, such as have someone believe a bad drawing to be a photograph of a fabricated experience.
Between the events of the first season and FLCL Progressive, as depicted in the latter's credits, Haruko manages to briefly absorb Atomsk. But the experience causes a part of Haruko's being to split off from her while she loses Atomsk in the process. Returning to Earth under the guise of a homeroom teacher in Hidomi's school, Haruko uses the heroine's classmate Ko Ide to weed out Hidomi as her target while being opposed by her discarded fragment in the form of Julia Jinyu.
- FLCL: Progressive
- FLCL: Alternative