! Nagumo Ichitaka

The main protagonist of L. He is classmates with [[RebuildOfEvangelion Shinji]] (until he transfers to another school) as well as [[LinebarrelsOfIron Kouichi and Yajima]]. After [[spoiler: [=GreAT=]]] kidnaps Professor Graife and leveling the professor's laboratory, he teams up with AL-3 Alice, a RobotMaid that helps out Professor Graife. After taking the Rushbird from the ruined lab, Ichitaka joins up with [[LinebarrelsOfIron the JUDA Corporation]] and later the newly created special taskforce [=LOTUS=]. During his travels, he reunites with his brother Yuunagi, [[spoiler:only for Yuunagi to attack Ichitaka in anger]]. After several fights between them, [[spoiler:the brothers reconcile and join together to fight Lude Gloria and his army]].
Tropes associated with Ichitaka:
* AudienceSurrogate: Which is rather unusual among OG protagonists.
* [[spoiler:CombinationAttack]] ([[spoiler:"Mode: Archeonis" with Yuunagi and the Straybird, although the attack is mostly performed by the Rushbird]])
* EleventhHourSuperPower ([[spoiler:The above-mentioned combination attack is unlocked on the second-to-last stage]])
* {{Expy}} (Was initially thought to be one of [[Anime/EurekaSeven Renton Thurston]], but this has since been confirmed false and the similarities are only cosmetic at best)
** Rushbird is an obvious Expy of [[HadesProjectZeorymer Zeorymer]]. Even comes with a [[spoiler:dimensional manipulating RobotGirl co-pilot.]] Though Ichitaka isn't a jackass like Masato.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit (Sort of. Rushbird was left buried under rubble, so Ichitaka jumped in with Alice to pursue Professor Graife's kidnappers)
* TheHero
* {{Leitmotif}} ("Walking Towards the Blue Sky"; also, "Beyond the New Door" [[spoiler:for Dimension Storm]] and "Wings of Time" [[spoiler:for Mode Archeonis]]
* MightyGlacier: Comparing to Straybird, Rushbird has more armor and strenght but nowhere as fast. It also has Laplace Wall ability, which capable of absorb energy attack.
** Ultimately that ability is an AchillesHeel, because it consumes rushbird's own energy in the process, and rushbird's attacks are energy-dependant. While it can regenerate slightly more than it consumes, this is only if it completely nullifies the attack.
* PowerFist: Rushbird's lightning fist

! AL-3 Alice

A RobotMaid designed by Professor Graife. After the professor is kidnapped, she joins Ichitaka in his pursuit as the co-pilot of the Rushbird. During their adventures, [[spoiler:Ichitaka's older brother Yuunagi and his partner HL-0 Haruno turn on them and while chasing [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Kenji and Balba]], Yuunagi's relentless assault unlocks Alice's secret: she was intended to work with the Rushbird as Alice is needed to access its more powerful attacks]]. This does not come without consequences, as [[spoiler:Alice overheats and is forced to shut down after the initial release]]. After a few more fights, [[spoiler:Yuunagi reconciles with his brother while Haruno reconciles with Alice, and all four strive to stop Lude Gloria]].
Tropes associated with Alice:
* {{Ahoge}}
* AliceAllusion
* BareYourMidriff
* [[spoiler:ExplosiveOverclocking]] (After [[spoiler:unlocking Rushbird's Dimension Storm attack, Alice overheats and has to power down to prevent further damage]]. [[spoiler:After some time, Alice gets control of her powers and is able to use the Dimension Storm attack without problems]].)
* [[spoiler:ExpositoryHairstyleChange]] (When using [[spoiler:Rushbird's most powerful attacks, her hair turns pink]])
* {{Expy}} (Of Miku the [[spoiler:dimensional controling]] RobotGirl from HadesProjectZeorymer)
* RobotGirl
* RobotMaid
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

! Yuunagi Graife
Ichitaka's older brother. Both he and Ichitaka help out Professor Graife with his work on both the Rushbird and Straybird. After a surprise attack by [[spoiler:[=GreAT=]]] on the professor's lab, Yuunagi teams up with HL-0 Haruno and takes the Straybird in pursuit of the professor's kidnappers. During his pursuit, Yuunagi [[spoiler:helps foil the assassination attempt on [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Lacus Clyne]] by [=ZAFT=] commandos]]. However, [[spoiler:when he encounters a new prototype [=GreAT=] mech, Yuunagi is utterly defeated and turns against his younger brother in anger]]. After several fights, [[spoiler:Yuunagi and Ichitaka make amends and join together to save Professor Graife]].
Tropes associated with Yuunagi:
* AloofBigBrother [[spoiler: Mostly out of being unsure how to deal with having a younger brother.]]
* BeamSpam / MoreDakka (The Straybird's preferred method of combat.)
* {{BFG}}: Vulture Cannon, which is finishing blow of ''Flood Assault''
* CombinationAttack (With [[spoiler:Ichitaka and the Rushbird, although the attack is mostly performed by the Rushbird]])
* CurbStompBattle (Inversion. [[spoiler:Yuunagi gets a nasty one from a prototype [=GreAT=] mech, which contributes to him becoming TheRival to Ichitaka]])
* EleventhHourSuperPower ([[spoiler:The above-mentioned combination attack is unlocked on the second-to-last stage]])
* {{Expy}} (Was initially thought to be one of [[Anime/EurekaSeven Holland Novak]], but this has since been confirmed false and the similarities are only cosmetic at best)
** Straybird, to [[Anime/DancougarNova R-Daigun]]. Interestingly, the latter is included in this game.
* FragileSpeedster: Comparing to Rushbird, Straybird is much faster and capable of teleport. But it has less armor than Rushbird.
* GunsAkimbo: First part of ''Flood Assault''.
* HeroicBSOD (Falls into one after [[spoiler:losing to a [=GreAT=] prototype]] and responds by [[spoiler:taking out his anger on his younger brother Ichitaka]])
** ([[spoiler:His actual motivation for attacking Ichitaka is to try to scare him off the battlefield so he won't get himself killed.]])
* {{Leitmotif}} ("Feathers Wandering Around in the Night Sky", as well as "Sure to Become Honest" for Straybird's Volture Cannon)
* TheRival

! HL-0 Haruno
A newly-created android by Professor Graife. She is designed to link up with the Straybird and assist its pilot. After a surprise attack by [[spoiler:[=GreAT=]]] on the professor's lab, she joins Yuunagi in his efforts to rescue the professor. During their pursuit, [[spoiler:Yuunagi suffers a serious defeat at the hands of a [=GreAT=] prototype, Haruno agrees to go along with Yuunagi's plan to take on Ichitaka, while taunting Alice at the same time]]. After a few fights, [[spoiler:the brothers make amends and Haruno reconciles with Alice, and they resolve to save Professor Graife as a team]].

Tropes associated with Haruno:
* PunnyName / BilingualBonus (The spelling of Haruno's name in Japanese matches up with her ID number perfectly)
* [[RedHeadedHero Red Headed Heroine]] (Albeit without the usual fiery personality)
* RobotGirl

! Lude Gloria

Tropes associated with Lude:
* BigBad
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* {{Leitmotif}} ("Great Thone")
* PhenotypeStereotype Blond hair and Blue Eyes
* PresidentEvil (President of the world that the ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' cast, Linebarrels villains, and Voltes V crew come from)
* ShoutOut (During his final battle, [[spoiler: Lude says he wants his mech to achieve the same legendary status as [[Anime/{{Macross}} the SDF-1 Macross]]]]. Consider how his unit would easily crush the SDF-1 with its insane firepower and durability, it isn't just boast.
* TakeOverTheWorld