Characters: Alter A.I.L.A.
A list of characters in Alter A.I.L.A. Warning: Here be SPOILERS
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The Player Character
, who normally functions as The Lancer
for the player group. One of the prisoners in the arena, and the player with the highest win percentage. Has a crush on Green. In the Innovator route, Blue's role is completely different. He assumes the role of the team leader, has fully as many lines as the rest of the group, and is revealed as a key pawn for AILA's destructive ambitions. His Unresolved Sexual Tension with Green is also resolved. His real name is Leon.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Innovator route reveals that he is one of those humans susceptible to Aila's mind control, and his actions in the other routes were a result of that. In this route, he does a brief Face-Heel Turn, but is soon debrainwashed.
- Dating Catwoman: He and Green love each other, though they don't actually admit it except in the Innovator route. Unfortunately, whichever side Blue chooses, Green joins up with the enemy.
- Enemy Scan: His Analyze ability.
- Extreme Doormat: Mostly just goes along with his group, rather than making any plot-related decisions himself. Even if he switches teams, he still just goes along with the agenda of the new group.
- Guns Akimbo: Justified; he's the only one with the dexterity required to use two guns at once, making them his Weapon of Choice.
- The Hero: In the Innovator route only.
- Jack of All Stats: He's slightly above average in most areas, with his main claim to fame being his Enemy Scan ability and his use of Dual Guns (a relatively powerful weapon).
- The Lancer: In most routes, he plays backup while the team leader makes the decisions.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't talk much, except to Green.
- Red-Headed Hero
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: When Gray asks him if Green's his girlfriend, he denies it. The denial lasts for approximately five seconds, after which they become the Official Couple.
- Supporting Protagonist: What he becomes in the first three routes.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Comes very close to a Heroic BSOD after killing Limit Green, inspiring him to ask his teammates if there was no other way.
- Also his personality changes when he regains his memories at the beginning of the Innovator route.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: He and Green never get the chance to resolve it in the arena, and afterwards they're on opposite sides. If they ever get a chance to talk without trying to kill each other, it's quickly resolved.
The longest-surviving prisoner in the arena. Feared by the other players as a virtually-unstoppable enemy, and almost all of her losses happened because she saved other teams when they were in a jam
. She is an expert in both first aid and shooting rifles.
After the escape, she ends up on an opposing side to Blue, and he eventually kills her
. In the Innovator route, Blue flatly refuses to fight her at the abandoned city lab, and they flee together. It's later revealed that Green was committed to the prison because she was involved in the Jackal Project that destroyed the West City, where she was a scientist named Sylvia. She is not under Aila's control, and is the one to bring Blue back from the brink.
- The Atoner
- Canon Name: Sylvia. Changed to "Erin" in the remake.
- Combat Medic: Insane damage output, surpassed only by Black's PK, plus healing abilities, make her one of the most formidable members of the team.
- Deuteragonist: In the Innovator route, her importance is nearly equal to Blue's, she leads the party when he's out of commission, and she's the one to bring him back from Aila's brainwashing.
- Fan Nickname: Limit Green, when she stops holding back and fights Blue for real.
- Hero Antagonist: One of the nicest of the Colors, but she's always working against Blue. More precisely, Blue is being manipulated into working against her.
- I Let You Win: In her first encounter with Blue, she's holding back because she doesn't want to hurt him. By the second time around, she's put this behind her.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: She gets one with Limit Blue. Subverted in that it isn't firepower or The Power of Love that breaks Aila's control, but one of Tinder's gadgets.
- Team Mom
- Worthy Opponent: How she sees Blue when she finds herself on the opposite side. "You have your path to follow, and I have mine."
A musclebound brute that has to wear a skull-themed mask due to burns received in a Noodle Incident
. Foul-mouthed, foul-tempered, and batshit insane, he cares about nothing other then personal power and strength, and is more than willing to do anything it takes to get more power and kill anyone who gets in his way. He joins the Imperials because they're the strongest of the factions, and also so he can stab Kugar and Liam in the back and take over himself.
Easily the most evil character in the game. His name is Dread in Genesis
.In the Innovator route, he is killed at the beginning of part 2.
An elderly member of the Rebellion that was captured and imprisoned by Kugar. He is noble and compassionate, but his drive to defeat Kugar borders on fanaticism from time to time. His name is Hawk in Genesis
.In the Innovator route, he makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save Blue and Orange during the beginning of part 2.
Yellow is the leader of the Independents. He is brash and hotheaded, but he has a good heart, especially where his friends are concerned.In the Innovator route, he is mortally wounded by the Agent Trio before Blue and co stop them. Just before dying, he begs them to save Violet.
Wearing only a black cloak and a strange, glowing facemask, Black is shrouded in mystery. Despite seemingly never speaking, Black has become a close friend and confidant to White. In part 2, Black is revealed to be female, and betrays the Rebellion in favor of the Independents. Her reasoning is that, should White succeed in his mission, he will cause countless innocents to suffer. However, when asked why she believes this, she is unable to answer...The Innovator route reveals that she was "the Key" to ending a war on a distant planet. She was being escorted to said planet by Blue (then called Leon) and Grey when their ship was ambushed by one of the war's sides, and were forced to crash land on the world the game takes place on.
A timid young man who is very good with machinery. He is a nice enough guy, but he is somewhat cowardly and prefers to join the side that promises the least bloodshed. As such, he joins the Imperials. However, in part 2 he has a change of heart and joins the Rebellion.In the Innovator route, he and White are overpowered by Mad Scientist Cannabis, but are saved by Blue. However, Cannabis' Vader robot attempts to self destruct, forcing White to sacrifice himself to save everyone. Orange is devastated by White's death, but Green manages to convince him to continue on and help them.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In the last boss fights against him, he analyze your fighting style and becomes unhittable by normal attacks.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Never piss off a hacker. He'll lock you in a room and vacuum the air out.
- Extreme Doormat: One of the reasons he joined the Imperials. Subverted at the end of part 2, where he makes a Heel-Face Turn.
- Graceful Loser: In the Independent route, he holds no grudge against you for killing him and White, and gives you the information you'll need to finish off the Empire before he expires.
- Nice Guy: Orange is one of the more sympathetic characters in the game.
- Heel-Face Turn: He joins the Rebellion in part two.
- Heroic BSOD: After White's death in the Innovator route
- The Smart Guy
- Technical Pacifist: Prefers to take the path of least resistance when possible. He joins Kugar's regime because it's "the path of least resistance" when he has no other allies.
A spunky, Hot-Blooded
girl who is close friends with Yellow.In part 2, she is captured and hypnotized by the Imperials. In the Rebel and Independent routes, the party is forced to kill her in the final battle against Red. However, in the Innovator route, Green manages to undo the hypnotism.
The youngest of the main cast. Oddly, she is only present in the prologue, vanishing during the routes. The Innovator route explains that this is because she met Grey and decided to help him with his ship, but...she's not very good with mechanical stuff.
A character only appearing in the Innovator route.Grey is a soldier of the Federation, and a close friend of Blue. Years ago, he and Blue, then known as Leon, were tasked with escorting Black to their homeworld, as she was "The Key" to ending a war between the Federation and an unknown enemy. However, their ship is ambushed by said enemies and they are forced to make a crash landing on the world the game takes place on. While Blue and Black end up captured, Grey manages to remain with the downed ship. He now struggles to both find Black and repair the ship so he and Blue can go home, but this is easier said then done, as not only has the ship been heavily damaged, but his crew all died in the crash and his new partner, Indigo, is not good with machinery.
A traveling salesman that the party encounters throughout the game, always willing to sell them weapons and items. He is the one who builds each character their Infinity+1 Sword. Also, the Innovator route reveals he had a major role in the game's backstory.
- Bonus Boss
- Determinator: For years he was hiding not only from The Empire, but also from Aila finding a way to defeat her.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Recurring Traveller: He is pretty much everywhere where you are to sell his stuff. And if not, there is his Tinderbot. Justified, since he is trained special agent who is able to freely infiltrate every area.
The leader of the rebellion.
A member of the Rebellion and Gold's wife. She is believed to have been killed in the attack that allowed the main cast to escape. This turns out to be false as she, like Violet, has been hypnotized into becoming a servant of the Imperials.
A scientist working for the Empire. After Kugar's death, he takes control of the Empire and begins working to crush the Rebellion, as well as reviving the Jackal Project.
The ruler of the Empire. He is a tyrant, but he is also oddly polite, even to his enemies. In part 2, he attempts to destroy the Rebels and Independents with his Battle Armor, Ultima Weapon, but is killed by Black. His empire is inherited by Liam.In the Innovator route, he returns as a Virtual Ghost and plans to use the sky fortress Avalon to destroy and recreate the world.
- Affably Evil: See Verbal Tic.
- A God I Am: Variation; he created virtual Heaven because he realized that true Heaven doesn't exist.
- Big Bad: Subverted since he dies at the end of first part of the game without even a boss battle.
- Emperor Scientist
- Large and in Charge
- Heel-Face Turn: At the end of Innovator Route.
- Trust Password: "Bear is coming" is what makes him believe that Tinder is still alive.
- Verbal Tic: My friends, this trope is quite accurate, my friends.
- Virtual Ghost: He really died during the incident that destroyed the Abandoned City, and has existed since then as computer data in Avalon, though he pretended to die when his Humongous Mecha was taken out.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: Variation; in the bad Innovator ending, Kugar promises to grant Blue one wish if Blue defeats him. Blue wants him to free his friends from Kugar's Lotus-Eater Machine and stop destruction of the world. After Kugar is defeated, he frees Blue's friends, but reminds him that he promised to grant only one wish. And even he couldn't stop destruction of the world, anyway.
- And I Must Scream: Being created just to be burned out as a living power plant.
- Anti-Villain: Type II
- Artificial Human
- Big Bad
- The Chessmaster: Operating behind the scenes with a limited number of pawns, she's still usually in a position to use them to trigger constant, cataclysmic war that'll winnow humanity down, and has a more direct backup plan in case all of her pieces are taken off the board at once.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Freudian Excuse: Again, given how humans treated her, Killing All Humans was entirely reasonable the first time, and at least understandable this time.
- She Who Fights Monsters
- Humanoid Abomination: She is literally powerful beyond human comprehension; the Analyze ability does not work on her for this reason.
- Kill All Humans: Her objective is to erase humanity for the second time; she uses several methods to achieve this.
- Man Behind the Man: She is behind not only Kugar, but also White and Blue.
- Mind Control: Only over certain receptive individuals; the ones we know she can control are Kugar, White, Blue and Indigo.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Has planet-destroying Psychic Powers.
- Power Floats
- Psychic Powers
- Sins of Our Fathers: She tries to repeat the cycle of destruction because of what humans did to her in the past.
- True Final Boss
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: She was treated as nothing more than a resource to exploit.
- Woman in White
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: See And I Must Scream. She and her fellow Ailas got rather sick of being born into pain and death and nuked the world, and now she wants to do it again to wipe out what's left of humanity.
- You Gotta Have Neon Turquoise Hair
Characters in the remake, Alter A.I.L.A. Genesis:note
Leon"A soft-spoken amnesiac with an impeccable sense of honour."
As before, he is the main character, but is even more of a Supporting Protagonist
than in the original. He is very quiet and stoic
, and also had his memory wiped before being brought to the prison of Stynx. While there, he is befriended by Scott and Violet, and opts to travel with them throughout the game, generally going along with whatever they tell him to do. He also seems to be very concerned about Erin, and tries to help her on many occasions, even against reason
. However, neither are explicitly in love with one another like they were in the original.
He is very moral, an oddity in the Crapsack World
that is Ceres.After phase 5, Scott reveals that he didn't have his memory wiped; he was like that to begin with, and appeared to have fallen from the sky itself. Later in the game, he is brainwashed by Aila, and is snapped out of it by Celia's powers rather than one of Tinder's gadgets. When Aila controlled him, however, she unintentionally gives him his memories back. (Leading to him becoming slightly more talkative) He originally came from another planet, along with Celia and Gray, but were shot down and crash-landed in Ceres.
Scott"A vigilante determined to live life at his own pace."
A criminal who was apprehended and brought to Stynx. He seems like a fairly decent person, however, and quickly befriends Leon when he arrives in Stynx. After phase 1, he escapes Stynx and tries to journey to Pallas in order to find freedom. He cares deeply about Violet, but does not seem to have any romantic feelings towards her, much to Violet's annoyance.He, along with Violet and Lavitz, were orphans who were doomed to die as nobodies. However, Kugar took them in under his wing, and taught them to survive. In return, Scott and Violet joined Kugar's special operations team, while Lavitz became his personal bodyguard. Scott and Violet were actually assigned to monitor Leon, who, like Celia, was an enigma Kugar wished to study.
Violet Alias"An orphan who seems to have no luck when it comes to love."
A cheerful, talkative Action Girl
who is close friends with Scott, and befriends Leon along with him. She makes no secret of her feelings for Scott, but he never seems to display any romantic feelings towards her, much to her annoyance.Like Scott, she was an orphan who was taken in by Kugar. She joined the special ops team along with Scott. She convinces herself that she always perceived Lavitz as nothing but an obstacle in the way of her love for Scott, but even so, she breaks down in tears after her death.
Erin/Sylvia"A sniper whose dark history corrupts her motherly nature."
A woman who has lived in Stynx Prison for an impossibly long amount of time. She cares for the weak in Stynx who cannot take care of themselves, especially Indy. However, to anyone else, she is cold, merciless, and even murderous. She is shocked by Leon's bravery and morality, and tries to help him when she can.She is actually Kugar's daughter, and her real name is Sylvia. As such, she knew Kugar before he became Brainwashed and Crazy, and went to Stynx of her own accord to try and convince her father to return to his old ways. She is also in Kugar's special ops unit.During the game's backstory, she was shot by Tinder while defending Kugar — on her deathbed, he gave up his life so she could live. It isn't explained precisely how.
- Action Girl
- Broken Bird
- Cold Sniper: Subverted. She is cold and merciless, but does not pleased with the fact that her job is to be a heartless killer. She is actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Crazy-Prepared: Even more than Scott.
- Darker and Edgier: She has dropped her All-Loving Hero personality entirely, and is even a cold-blooded murderer. She's also the daughter of the main villain. This leads to a lot of internal conflict.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not nearly as much as Gray, but she's still a frequent lampshader.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She doesn't "defrost" that much, but the basic principle does still apply.
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted. During the ending, after learning that she is only alive because of her father's Heroic Sacrifice, she suffers a short Heroic BSOD, saying she can't live with herself and wants to give it back. However, Angel!Kugar appears and saves her, saying that if she gave his life back to him, he would give it up again so that she could live.
- The Hero: It's hard to label any one character as this, as the game is an ensemble piece, but Erin quite possibly qualifies. She tends to be the character the plot revolves around the most, and the one who relates to many of the plot elements the most. She certainly has the personality, as well.
- Hitman with a Heart
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ...Sort of. See Personality Powers, below.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Mama Bear
- The Medic
- Only Sane Man: Despite having a Dark and Troubled Past like everyone else, she remains the most steadfast and level-headed of the heroes, by far.
- Parental Substitute: For Indy.
- Personality Powers: Subverted. She's kind and motherly at heart, but due to her past and having to survive in a Crapsack World, she's developed a cold, hateful exterior and is able to kill others without batting an eye. It can be said that this is played straight and inverted at the same time.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Today, this six-year struggle will finally come to an end." Said before the final battle.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
- Technicolor Eyes: She has green eyes.
- Took a Level in Badass: Sadly inverted; her rifle now does pitiful damage, and it's her only form of offense.
- Weapon of Choice: A Sniper Rifle.
Indy"A child whose gift is both a blessing and a curse."
A naive young girl who is only thirteen, yet was thrown into Stynx like everyone else. Erin, her mother, cares for her even more than the other children in the prison. Her psychokinetic abilities are very strange and unusual, as they allow her to drain metaphysical entities, like vitality and stamina, from others. Due to being such a dangerous power, Erin wants to give her a proper upbringing so she does not abuse them.Erin is not actually her mother; she's an orphan. She does not have any memories of what her life was prior to Stynx.
Dread"A brawler with a burning desire for vengeance upon those who have betrayed him."
Dread is a brutal and dangerous man who is also a Stynx prisoner. He wears a skull mask to cover horrific burns he received in a prior accident. After winning the bi-yearly tournament, he is enlisted into Kugar's special operations team.He was originally a member of one of the largest and strongest gangs in Ceres, the Blood Hounds. He was a co-leader with Hawk. His burns were received during a raid in Pallas to attain the dangerous "Red Juice" chemical. Hawk gassed the facility, killing everyone except Dread.
Hawk"A rebel with a steel magnum and a heart of silver."
The leader of the Rebellion. He and his troops discover Celia in phase 1, and he opts to help her however he can after that. After phase 4, he falls under Aila's control, and isn't snapped out of it until the very end of the game.He was originally the leader of the Blood Hounds gang along with Dread. However, during a crucial raid, he messed up an important job. Instead of becoming the laughingstock of the entire world, he decided to massacre everyone in the building and claim he had intended it all along, "for the greater good". To perfect his lie, or perhaps because he started believing it, he formed the Rebellion.
Jake"A boy whose vast intelligence conflicts with a youthful appearance."
A soft-spoken member of Kugar's special ops unit who, despite being a supergenius, is only 16. He is exceptionally good at research, and tends to know everything that's going on.After Kugar's death, he resolves to join the main characters.
Celia"A girl who holds the fate of the entire world in her hands."
A mysterious girl who is both mute and in possession of a glowing, turquoise horn that emits psychokinetic energy. Has the unique ability to suppress psychokinetic energy.She is a Human Alien along with Gray and Leon, who came on the same ship as them. She was apparently the key to ending the war on the planet where they came from. If their enemies knew about her, all their plans would be ruined, so she had to be put under a "mindlock", preventing her from communicating in any way and reducing her personality to that of a mindless doll. This is removed at the end of phase 3, and, in fact, she is revealed to be extremely extroverted, fashion-sensitive, and arrogant.
Gray"A wanderer who wishes to be free from the shackles of civilization."A Human Alien from the same world as Leon and Celia. Instead of being captured like they were, he escaped and joined forces with Tinder when his ship was shot down. Despite being a high-ranking officer, he is very aloof, and does not care much for rules or regulations.
Wears an old, tattered gray cape. He claims it has sentimental value that money cannot replace.
One of the Rebellion generals. Is a friend of Hawk, and, like Galde, goes along with Hawk's Mind Control-induced directions, but increasingly doubts their moral validity, and eventually launches a failed Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Kugar, believing him to be The Man Behind the Man. In general, she seems more concerned about Hawk than Galde, and therefore gets slightly more characterization in the long run.After the end of the game, becomes a joint ruler of Ceres along with Galde.
One of the Rebellion generals. Is a friend of Hawk, and, like Silvra, goes along with Hawk's Mind Control-induced directions, but increasingly doubts their moral validity, and eventually launches a failed Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Kugar, believing him to be The Man Behind the Man.After the end of the game, becomes a joint ruler of Ceres along with Silvra.
Lavitz"A blademaster who has detatched herself from the world, consumed by her duty."
personal bodyguard with a Dark and Troubled Past
. Oddly, she wields a sword, despite everyone else using guns.Was actually the childhood friend of Scott and Violet., but grew detached from them over time, since they were assigned to Special Ops, while she became Kugar's personal bodyguard. Also the object of a problematic Love Triangle; Violet loves Scott, Scott loves her, and she cannot love anyone. In the end, she fails to follow Kugar's orders to kill Scott and Violet, and commits suicide as penace.
Kugar"A martyr whose sacrifices are known only to an enlightened few."
The ruthless tyrant who oppresses the citizens of Ceres and rules with an iron fist. Erin
is his daughter.He is actually nothing but a puppet Mind Controlled by Aila in order to control the populace without exposing herself. Oddly, he seems to be aware of this, if not from the start then definitely by the end of the game. However, due to being under Aila's control for years, he's simply too far gone. Before he rose to power, he actually seemed to be a Lawful Good character and even committed a Heroic Sacrifice to save Erin's life (he actually manifests in the game as an angel).
Tinder"A wearied gunsmith whose casual nature conceals years of toil."
A mysterious, scarred gunsmith who is oddly charitable towards Leon and his friends. He and his assistants (Jeebes and Reeves) sell them valuable equipment when they need it most, but he himself is an enigma who refuses to talk about his past.In truth, he is a childhood friend of Kugar who somehow learned of Aila's Mind Control plot. He tried to kill Kugar pre-emptively, but Erin pulled a Go Through Me and he had to shoot her instead. He later joined up with Gray and tried to form a resistance against Aila, eventually joining up with the rest of the gang as well.
Reeves"A precarious youth with an affinity for the mechanical arts."
One of Tinder's assistants and Jeebes' twin brother. He's the quieter
of the two.
Jeebes"A vivacious youth with an affinity for the destruction arts."
One of Tinder's assistants and Reeves' twin brother. Is rather dumb
compared to his brother.
Aila"An ancient entity who has seen the worst of human nature."The Man Behind the Man
who orchestrated the entire game's plot from behind the scenes
. She is a variant, an entity made up entirely of psychokinesis
. This gives her godlike power compared to humans, but relegates her to areas thick with psychokinesis, similarly to how humans need air (this is why she needs to execute her plans indirectly through Mind Control
). Celia's ability to suppress psychokinetic energy is her Archilles Heel
, for obvious reasons.
Her master plan is to cause a war between the Rebellion and Kugar's empire, which has the dual purpose of slowing down exploration, therefore keeping herself hidden, and cause the energy and willpower of humans to blossom due to the pressures of strife. She then plans to harvest this energy over many years in order to create a portable, compressed spaceship of psychokinetic energy that she can use to travel across the stars. What she plans to do after that is never explained.