Characters / Aero Fighters

Alex & Pictus

Species: Human & Cat
Planes: Westland Whirlwind (Aero Fighters 3)

Angela / Steve

Species: Human
Planes: Dassault Rafale (Aero Fighters 2, Sonic Wings Limited, & Sonic Wings Special), Dowoitine D520 (Sonic Wings Special)

A flamboyant effeminate Frenchman.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To several of the other characters.
  • Ambiguous Gender: For starters, the character's called Steve in Aero Fighters 2. Everywhere else (Sonic Wings 2 included), they're called Angela. All you have to do is figure out why the translators felt justified in that. Making matters more difficult is that different ending pictures depict them as male or female. And, in Sonic Wings, Angela uses male pronouns. The best example of the situation is to compare their endings with Hien and Ellen. Pay close attention to how their hair is falling in each one...
    • In Keaton's ending with Angela, the latter was shown wearing a corset undergarment with a clearly feminine figure.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Several endings have him (?) stripping down and attempting to Glomp people.

Blazers

Species: Human
Planes: P61 Black Widow (Aero Fighters 3), F-14 Tomcat (Aero Fighters Assault), A-10 Thunderbolt II (Aero Fighters Assault)

Bobby

Species: Human
Planes: Sea Harrier FRS2 (Aero Fighters 2)

Chaika & Pooshka

Species: Human
Planes: IL-2 Sturmovik (Aero Fighters 3 & Sonic Wings Special), IL-102 (Sonic Wings Limited & Sonic Wings Special)

Ellen & Cindy / Cincia

Species: Human
Planes: F-14 Tomcat (Aero Fighters 2 & Sonic Wings Special), Fairey Swordfish (Aero Fighters 3, Sonic Wings Limited, & Sonic Wings Special)

Hien

Species: Ninja
Planes: Mitsubishi F-2 (Aero Fighters, Aero Fighters 2, Sonic Wings Limited, Sonic Wings Special, & Aero Fighters Assault), Mitsubishi A6M Zero (Aero Fighters 3), Nakajima J1N Gekkou (Sonic Wings Special)

The main hero of the game series. He shoots out giant shuriken and kunai from his planes.

  • Bad Boss: His boss forces him to keep on performing missions all the time.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a Ninja Fighter Pilot.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk all that much, and when he does speak he is very direct and to the point.
  • The Stoic: In contrast to Mao, and most of the other characters he interacts with, he tends to behave in a serious and professional manner, rarely showing any emotion.

Keaton

Species: Human (Aero Fighters), Cyborg (all subsequent games)
Planes: F-18 (Aero Fighters), F-117 (Aero Fighters 2, Sonic Wings Limited, & Sonic Wings Special), F 4 U Corsair (Aero Fighters 3 & Sonic Wings Special)

An American pilot who was turned into a cyborg.

  • Hollywood Cyborg: In the sequels, most of his body has been replaced with cybernetics.
  • Make My Monster Grow: His bomb makes himself grow really large.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the sequels, he's revealed to have survived his apparent death at the end of the first game with the help of extensive cybernetics.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: His story mode in the first game has him plummet to his apparent death after the final boss fight.

Keith Bishop

Species: Human
Planes: F-14 Tomcat (Aero Fighters)

Kowful

Species: Viking
Planes: Saab 37 Viggen (Aero Fighters 1, Sonic Wings Limited, & Sonic Wings Special), Ju-87 Stuka (Aero Fighters 3 with River, Sonic Wings Special)

  • Blood Knight: Is only concerned with finding a Worthy Opponent to fight.
  • Horny Vikings: Wears a horned viking helmet in place of any sort of pilot's helmet.
  • Laughing Mad: Pretty much 99%, if not all he ever says, is laughter, which grows longer and longer as you progress through the game. Lampshaded in Special:
    Hee! He! He! He! He! He! He! He! He! He! (repeat)

Malcolm

Species: Human
Planes: Do 335 Pfeil (Aero Fighters 3)

Mao-Mao

Species: Human
Planes: F-15 Eagle (Aero Fighters 1, Aero Fighters 2, Sonic Wings Limited, Sonic Wings Special, & Aero Fighters Assault), Aichi M 6 A 1 Seiran (Aero Fighters 3 & Sonic Wings Special)

A policewoman and idol singer.

  • All Just a Dream: Her ending in the first game has her awake in her bed and realize that her whole adventure was a dream. She proceeds to fall back to sleep and continue the dream.
  • Nice Hat: Tends to wear her police hat even when not in uniform.
  • Secret Identity: Nobody knows that she flies in a plane and fights evil.
  • Time Stands Still: She has a special move that freezes enemies in time, allowing her to wail on them while they are incapacitated.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Her special weapon in Assault.

River

Species: Human
Planes: Panavia Tornado (Aero Fighters), Ju-87 Stuka (Aero Fighters 3 with Kowful), AV-8 Harrier II (Sonic Wings Limited & Sonic Wings Special), Boulton Paul Defiant (Sonic Wings Special)

  • Badass Beard: Has a thick white beard in all of his appearances.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's 68 in the first game, and although he admits age has slowed him down, he still manages to keep up with the younger pilots.
  • Bowties Are Cool: When he's not wearing his pilot's jacket, he sports a white suit with a red bow-tie.
  • Expy: of Kitashirakawa Taro from Rabio Lepus.
  • High-Class Glass: Usually wears a monocle, though it's inconsistent which eye it's over.
  • Spot of Tea: It's listed under "Likes" on his profile.

Silver

Species: Human
Planes: A-10 Thunderbolt II (Aero Fighters 2, Sonic Wings Limited, & Sonic Wings Special), P-61 Black Widow (Sonic Wings Special)

Spanky the Dolphin / Whity

Species: Dolphin
Planes: Northrop YF-23 Gray Ghost (Aero Fighters 2, Sonic Wings Limited, & Sonic Wings Special), Polikarpov I-16 (Aero Fighters 3), Henschel Hs 129 (Sonic Wings Special), Grumman X-29 (Aero Fighters Assault)

The first dolphin pilot to have ever lived. He usually shoots out water-themed shots. Since he is a dolphin, he hates dry and hot places.

T.B. A-10

Species: Robot
Planes: Saab JAS-39 Gripen (Aero Fighters), F-104 Starfighter (Sonic Wings Limited & Sonic Wings Special), Brewster F 2 A Buffalo (Sonic Wings Special)

An advanced robot created to be "the world's greatest fighting machine."

  • Blood Knight: He exists only to fight. His profile even lists "Fight" under "likes."
  • Pick Your Human Half: Averted. Tee-Bee looks and acts very much like a machine.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: His single-player ending in the first game has him successfully repel the Alien Invasion, only to be unceremoniously shot down by his intended replacement Tee-Bee A-10 Mk II.

Villiam

Species: Human
Planes: AV-8 Harrier II (Aero Fighters)

Volk the "No Dead"

Species: Undead
Planes: Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark (Sonic Wings Limited & Sonic Wings Special), MiG-3 (Sonic Wings Special), Sukhoi Su-35 (Aero Fighters Assault)

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