A characters sheet for BattleTech. So far we've only scratched the surface. With a backstory covering a thousand years, plus 150 years with more intense storytelling. Loads and Loads of Characters only begins to describe it.
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Possibly the deadliest Mechwarrior in history of BattleTech. Introduced as a mercenary working for the Wolf's Dragoons, both of whom are rumored to have ties with the self-exiled Star League Defense Force, she is infamous as a captain of the Black Widow Company, an elite Dragoon unit comprised of most unsavory types of people you can find in Inner Sphere.When the Clan Invasion begun, it was revealed that the Wolf's Dragoons were the clan reconnaissance force who have gone rogue, and that Natasha was one of the few trueborn warriors who joined it since her impatience for politics prevented her further rise in Clan society.When the recall order from Clan Wolf arrived, she returned to help Ulric Kerensky to crush the Crusader Clan ambitions.She died in rear guard action during the Refusal War, her Dire Wolf Widowmaker standing as a monument to her skill.Out-of-Universe, she was the FIRST named character in the game, back in the first boxed set.
- Ace Pilot: Only a few could match her in skill, like the The Bounty Hunter (with whom Natasha has a rivalry) and Kai Allard-Liao (though they never personally met each other).
- Badass Grandma: at 84 years, defying both Inner Sphere (retire in 40s) and Clan standards (considered useless past 30).
- Blood Knight: As per Clan traditions, though she takes it a bit further.
- Death Seeker: After her lover Joshua Wolf died, she became a lot more reckless.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: During Anton Marik's revolt in 3015, Wolf's Dragoons had been fighting on Anton's side until the last days of the war. In the end The Dragoons single-handily ended the war by The Black Widows destroying Anton Marik's palace personally with Kerensky herself dropping the roof on his head. This was in revenge both for betraying the Dragoons by trying to force them to disperse and merge into the remnants of the rebels, and by using Joshua Wolf, Jamie Wolf's wife and daughters and a number of other Dragoon noncombatants and dependents as hostages to secure Wolf's good behavior, and slaughtering them all when Wolf refused to comply.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "The Black Widow".
The most famous ruler of Federated Suns. Almost single-handily responsible for pre-Clan state of the Inner Sphere.Died from a stress induced heart attack during the Clan Invasion.
- Designated Hero: Hanse was ruthless and manipulative when he needed to be, going so far as to engineer the cashiering of his best friend's war-hero son just so he could manipulate him into becoming a deep-cover agent to sabotage the Liao war effort. For all that, Hanse was never capricious or bloodthirsty, but he was far from wearing the white hat.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Hanse wears a prominent one on his face, a souvenir of a battle he was involved in.
- Large Ham: Started the Fourth Succession War during his own wedding. And with the words "Wife, in addition to this morsel, I give you an even greater gift. I present to you the Capellan Confederation!!"
- Magnificent Bastard: He is basically a fusion of Rommel and Montgomery. With a smidge of Churchill, Julius Caesar and Henry V thrown in for good measure.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: His marriage to Melissa Steiner was totally political in it's reasons, but they did make it work and they did love each other.
- Red Baron: He is well known among allies and enemies alike as "The Fox."
- Warrior Prince: He wouldn't be the First Prince of the Federated Suns if he weren't this.
The Khan of Clan Wolf. As a follower of the Warden philosophy, Ulric protested against the invasion of the Inner Sphere and declared the Trial of Refusal, but with odds stacked against him he lost, and as a punishment he and his clan were to take part in invasion.Not to be discouraged, he intentionally sabotaged the invasion by out-crusading the Crusader clans, by making fast progress towards Terra while the rest of the clans were falling behind, thus spurring them to act. But while the Wolves were prepared for the war, the other clans, expecting easy victory, were logistically unprepared and spread themselves thin trying to outperform the wolves. This eventually resulted in the battle of Tukayyid, where the clans suffered defeat.Years later Ulric was court marshaled for the failure of invasion, but he and his retinue led a successful defense by pointing out that while he and Clan Wolf performed excellently, it was the other clans that failed to achieve desirable results. The discussion shifted to the idea of restarting the invasion, and in order to thwart this he declared the Clan-wide Trial of Refusal against the leader of Crusader clans and long-time rival of Wolves, Clan Jade Falcon, starting what would be known as The Refusal War.Ulric died during the war, but still managing to cripple the Falcons.
- Batman Gambit: Most of his gambits involved exploiting the proud warrior mentality of the clans, especially the "proud" part.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He was far more level-headed and shrewd in politics than the average Clanner and it shows. See next trope below.
- Magnificent Bastard: And how!
- So for starters, as Khan of the Wolves, he decides that if he's stuck participating in an invasion he doesn't want to be part of, he'll give the Crusader clans ''exactly'' what they want. You want to be known as a great hero? Well then try to keep up or have as many victories as he does. You want honor? Then try fighting with this few forces, and the handicaps he applied to his own forces. It led several times to the Crusaders, hell, the Crusader philosophy following ilKhan of the invasion throwing fits, and claiming "sabotage" on part of the Wolves for... performing extremely well. Yes, Mr. Warden Philosophy managed to make his political rivals act like petulant cry babies because he did what they wanted to do, wage war, better than they ever could! And he and his allies used that to their advantage to shame the Crusaders whenever needed.
- Additionally, his treatment of captured Inner Sphere Worlds, and personnel. While the Crusader clans were busy making complacent asses of themselves, spouting "Warrior superiority" by oppressing civilian populaces (something which came to a head and he called the Crusading clans out on with the Smoke Jaguars' infamous massacres and city leveling Orbital Bombardments during the Battle of Turtle Bay) eventually leading to uprisings and unrest on their planets, the Wolves largely treated the citizenry with respect, understanding that suddenly having a new force out of nowhere to take over your planet could make transitions hard, trying their best to not interfere with the citizens' regular life during the transitions of power. Additionally, he made Phelan Kell, a member of Morgan Kell's, his father, Kell Hounds mercenary force, who was captured early in the clan's invasion, his personal bondsman, and adviser on Inner Sphere Military matters and culture, grooming him in the ways of the Clans, eventually training Kell to become a full-fledged member (and eventually saKhan) of Clan Wolf. He also willingly accepted Com-Star's offer of working with the Clans in helping with transitional phases.
- He managed to accidentally put an end and eventually discovers that the reason ComStar is so eager to work with the Clans is because they're trying to use the Clans to bring the various Houses under their control, when he ultimately revealed to his ComStar advisers that their goals were not so much the capitals of the various Houses, but rather, Terra itself to reform the old Star League. This eventually led to the Battle of Tukayyid, which was a win-win for Ulric. If the Clans won, they would be granted Terra, and thus achieve a major objective of Operation Revival. If the Clans lost, they would be honor bound to withdraw their forces back a bit, and not attack for 15 years. And the Clans were all too happy to accept these terms, figuring this would be an easy win, and then all decided to make large sacrifices of troops they'd be allowed to deploy, just so that what few forces that would be allowed to fight, would have the "honor" of dropping before Clan Wolf could. ComStar ultimately won, stopping the invasion.
- Then, when he was challenged back in Clan space, by both Crusaders of his own clan, and those of other clans, he decided to have these accusations against him voted upon by the Grand Council. Despite the absolute crazy Conspiracy Theory being soundly defeated by the facts, the Grand Council voted for him to be stripped of ilKhan status, and once demoted, he plays one last truly Magnificent Bastard Move, and declares a Trial of Refusal, bid the entirety of Clan Wolf, Warden and Crusader members alike, against all challengers, and literally was laughing his ass off as he left the Council Chambers. The only thing missing was him giving a double one finger salute on his way out, starting the Refusal War against the Jade Falcons. While he did die, it did also serve to be a Taking You with Me against the Jade Falcons' leaders, helped separate and get a good portion of the Warden Wolves safely to the Inner Sphere, and even earn the respect of the Crusader Wolves.
- Reassignment Backfire: Being forced to take part in the invasion actually gives him the chance to stop it, even more so when he is field-promoted to IlKhan after Leo Showers got kamikazed.
The firstborn of Hanse Davion and Melissa Steiner and the symbol of FedSun/Lyran union, Victor is a main hero of the Clan Invasion and Civil War eras.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He has been the leader of the Star League forces against the Clan Invasion, the Archon-Prince of the Federated Commonwealth, and the Precentor Martial of ComStar.
- Badass: He has been fighting wars from the Clan Invasion, Civil War, and the Jihad.
- Broken Pedestal: This probably started during the Civil War, but during the Jihad people stopped blindly idolizing him.
The main antagonist of the FedCom Civil War. Not content to live her life as a second fiddle to Victor, she manipulated the Federated Commonwealth to remove her brother from the throne and take it for herself, sparking the Civil War that she would lose.Was last seen as a "guest" of the Crusader Faction Clan Wolf.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Karma Houdini: For all the trouble she caused her only punishment is pretty much being exiled to a Gilded Cage, at first. Then when Vlad Ward Comes around threatening invasion with his Crusader Clan Wolf if she's not given to him, his demands are complied and she basically gets to start a new life as a member of the Crusader Clan Wolf, outlives her Brother Victor and even has a Son..although said Son is actually a artificially conceived person with her and her brother Victor's genes that she intended to groom for her revenge on the Inner Sphere.
- Karma eventually catches up to her: The very same recombinant-genome "son" eventually sees her for the dangerous monster she is, and kills her himself.
- Spare to the Throne: And she didn't like it.
- The Starscream
- It's All About Me: *Very* self-serving in her actions. She even fancies herself equal to her illustrious maternal grandmother, as evidenced by evoking her name in being nicknamed "Katrina".
- Warrior Prince: Her NOT being this was used by Victor as a legal reason to go against her.
- Too Dumb to Live: Non-lethal example. Several of her actions could have easily caused more harm to her nation than good if not for other things going on at the time that made them work to her favor. For example, sending an assassin after her brother Victor's girlfriend Omiko Kurita. Said girlfriend is a princess of sorts for long-time Lyran enemy/rival the Draconis Combine. If it weren't for troubles going on that required more attention elsewhere, the death of such a figure would had been a major event; chances are she wouldn't had just had Victor coming down on her. She followed this up by withdrawing Lyran units from planets whose leaders opposed her, leaving them vulnerable to invasion by Jade Falcon forces. Had it not been for some units defying her orders and joining with the Wolves in Exile to form the Arc-Royal Defense Cordon, the Lyran people would have been left unprotected after being abandoned by their own Archon.
The main hero of the Jihad. Nothing is really known about him besides wild rumors.
- Young Conqueror: From a minor rebel leader to Sphere-wide Coalition leader to the ruler of the defacto reborn Terran Hegemony.
- Wild Mass Guessing: in-universe there are all kinds of rumors on his actual origins, ranging from the mundane guesses of being a former member of one of the more moderate (read: not nuke em all happy) Wo B factions to outlandish of actually being Arthur Steiner-Davion, who was supposedly killed a few years before the Jihad.
The Master/The Real Thomas Marik
The Man Behind the Man for the horrible events during the Jihad was once the real heir to the throne to the Free Worlds League. A bomb from a relative seeking the throne (something common in the family) killed his father and one of his brothers as well as almost killing him too. However, he was resuscitated by Comstar but he was horribly scared and required cybernetic implants to save him. The League has a heavy anti-cybernetic stance so a body double was put in his place by Comstar. Said double would go on to be the best leader the Free Worlds League ever had while the real Thomas would become the fanatical mastermind and bank-roller of the Word of Blake and the planner behind the Jihad.Killed at the end of the Jihad when the planet he was on is scoured by nukes to ensure no Word Of Blake Members escape.
- The Man Behind the Man: The real leader of Word Of Blake being both the person who masterminded the Jihad and who was giving them their funding in the early years of the Word Of Blake existence after their split from Comstar.
- Evil Is Hammy: How could this be anything other than high-grade Prosciutto?◊
- Eye Scream: The bomb described above apparently destroyed the real Thomas marik's right eye in it's place is a cybernetic replacement.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: the bomb also heavily scarred his face and body and well he's one of the biggest villains the inner sphere had faced since Stefan Amaris.
- Karmic Death: He and the Word of Blake have nuked dozens of worlds into submission, in the end he was nuked on the planet he was hiding.
- Knight Templar: His doppelganger that he sent to pose as him to lead the Free Worlds League said that he made Myndo Waterley (who probably would have found the Word of Blake appealing had she lived) look like a "bleeding heart liberal" in comparison.
The man responsible for ending the Star League Golden Era and setting up the Inner Sphere's state of collapse during the Succession Wars Era. Hailing from the periphery Nation of the Rim Worlds Republic he set himself up has the best friend of the the young, naive First Lord Richard Cameron and manipulated him into giving him and his followers power. Once all was set, he killed Richard and the rest of the Cameron family and took over the Terran Hegemony resulting in a brutal 13 year long struggle by Aleksandr Kerensky and the Star League Defense Force to oust the Usurper. During the war, he and his forces commit many atrocities against both Aleksandr Kerensky's forces and civilians.At the end of the conflict he was captured and executed, and his home nation and family were wiped out but the damage he caused to the Inner Sphere by his actions forever changes the inner sphere.
- Bad Boss: He ordered the death of some engineers who designed a super huge mech for him, when it broke down on its first step, he charged them for "treasonal incompetence".
- The Caligula: To the point he made Hitler look like a school boy.
- Due to the Dead: Once General Kerensky finally had Amaris dead, questions arose as to what to do with the body. Do they dispose of it into space to never be seen again? That would engender doubts that he was dead. Do they bury it? The grave site would become a martyr shrine to his followers and elicit defacement by his far more numerous enemies. So what does Kerensky do? He donates it to science. There, Amaris's remains can suffer the indignity of being a curio of the medically inquisitive, and the evidence that Amaris is well and truly dead is locked away in a freezer to be brought out if anyone doubts.
- Evil Chancellor / Treacherous Advisor / Big Bad Friend : He was all of these Tropes to Richard Cameron, all to help get him into the right position for his takeover of the Terran Hegemony.
- Godwin's Law: As a consequence for his utter depravity, his name alone amounts the same level as Hitler himself.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair / Obviously Evil : Has a Fu Manchu mustache in all depictions of him and isn't really good looking in general.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Heavily implied by a formerly sealed SLDF internal intelligence report that was later revealed by Clan Ghost Bear that he had a hand in the death of Richard Cameron's father Simon Cameron to make him take the duty of leading the Terran Hegemony before he was ready to lead it to make it more easy to manipulate Richard because of that.
- Moral Event Horizon: not only kills off the Cameron family down to the children but also holds hostage and later kills off (and lies about the person being alive and still a hostage) a member of the Kurita family to keep the Draconis Combine from helping Aleksandr Kerensky and his forces which forced the SLDF to take longer to remove the Usurper, and all of this is nothing more than a big game of "King of the Hill" to him.
- Nuke 'em: Had various places nuked because of their resistance to him and his rule.
Cousin of Katrina Steiner-Davion and Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth twice. He is best remembered in the animated series of Battle Tech.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Unlike most of the LyranSocial Generals, Adam is highly competent stratigic leader and a real Badass mechwarrior.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally from the short lived BattleTech Animated Series. While the series itself isn't canon outside of existing as a propaganda-holovid in canon, Adam and a few other characters from the show became canon after the show finished airing. Adam is probably the most visible of them, not because of his jump to becoming the Archon of the Lyran Alliance, but because he survived to die of old age after the Jihad.
- Doomed Home Planet: The planet he was born and raised on (Somerset) was taken over by the Jade Falcons although he did win the planet from them in a trial of possession. However, the fifth wave of the Clan invasion was underway, leaving Somerset deep enough in the occupation zone that the Federated Commonwealth couldn't get a garrison there to protect it. Adam was forced to abandon the planet, which was promptly re-conquered by the Jade Falcon. The cartoon adds the insult of the Falcons making off with the entire planetary population as a result of the villain's Loophole Abuse. (Actual canon, however, notes that the Falcons ignored the population.)
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
The most well known figure through out the Inner Sphere and beyond. Aleksandr Kerensky was the greatest General of the Star League Defense Forces, he is best remembered for liberating Terra from Stefan Amaris. But when the Star League begins to crumble from infighting among the great houses, Kerensky chooses not to get involve in the middle of it all, and took all those who are loyal to him and led the Exodus to escape the Succession Wars. The forces who followed him soon became the Clans under Nicholas Keresnsky.
- Named For Someone Famous / Does This Remind You of Anything?: Aleksandr Kerensky the SLDF General was most likely named after Aleksandr Kerensky, the leader of the February Revolution in Russia that toppled the Czar. In fluff, after his death, the Clans took his body and placed it in a crystal coffin on a battleship in geosynchronous orbit over Strana Mechty's largest city, with floodlights illuminating it and a rotating patrol of guards from all the Clans standing watch over it. The historical Kerensky's main rival was Vladimir Lenin who...
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Kerensky left the Inner Sphere as he doesn't wan't to get involved in the power struggle between the great houses.
- Shaggy Dog Story: After leading his loyal SLDF troops out of the madness that would seize the Inner Sphere to prevent the devastation their skill and equipment would bring, his people too would soon fracture along cultural lines and start an internecine war. Then Kerensky died before he could reunite his mutinous troops. Furthermore his son Nicholas would start his father's last loyal followers down a path that would result in their descendants returning to the Inner Sphere as conquerors rather than protectors and saviours.
Precentor-Martial Anastasius Focht was the commander in chief of the once-secret Comstar army known as the Com Guard. He is the architect of the Battle of Tukayyid, an arranged proxy battle over the ownership of Terra between Comstar and the Clans, where the Clan invasion in the early 3050s was temporarily halted for 15 years if the Com Guard won. Since achieving victory on Tukayyid he became increasingly prominent in the affairs of the Inner Sphere as a whole. Also responsible for thwarting a power grab by Primus Myndo Waterly. Being more secular and moderate, his actions within Comstar politics would result in the schism that created the Word of Blake splinter faction.
The leader of the Capellan Confederationfrom the last years of the Third Succession War until
- Body Double / Grand Theft Me: Tried this gambit to remove Hanse Davion from power. It didn't work.
- Villainous Breakdown: Twice — after Hanse declared war on the Confederation during his marriage to Melissa Steiner, Max went berserk and started to gather up the wedding china service and hurl it in all directions. Later, once he realized he had not only been the victim of a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle in the form of the Fourth Sucession War, but had also been the victim of an intricate plot by Hanse Davion to hobble his war effort, he went irrevocably insane.
- Daddy's Little Villain: As evil and insane as Max was, she was in many ways a fitting successor to her dad.
The son of the infamous Justin Xiang Allard and Candace Liao (the only sane one between herself, her father, and her sister), Kai is arguably one of the most skilled and deadly MechWarriors ever. Despite his name, he was a loyal officer in the Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth, and of Prince Victor in particular.
- The Ace: He doesn't fully realize it until Star Captain Taman Malthus, a Jade Falcon elemental infantry garrison commander, half-jokingly talks about the extreme means he would have enacted if he knew who Kai really was at the time (and if they weren't both ensnared by Comstar treachery).
- Tsundere: Not him specifically, but the woman who eventually became his wife and mother of his children, Dierdre Lear. She was the daughter of a Solaris VII combatant who was killed by Kai's father, and held a long grudge against him, but eventually warmed up to him.
- Why Won't You Die?: He just refuses to die during his hiding on the plant Alyina.
- You Shall Not Pass: The epic battle of Twycross. A plan to trap an entire cluster of Jade Falcon forces in a narrow pass and bury them under explosion-induced rockslides goes awry. With a Hatchetman mech with a busted laser and an empty autocannon, he goads the cluster into the pass, dances a bit with the cluster's commander (the predecessor in the subsequently stigmatized bloodname seat of the aforementioned Taman Malthus)... and then blows his mech up, escaping in a full-head ejection system with Lear, and detonating the explosives and burying the Jade Falcon cluster, leaving few survivors.
- Worthy Opponent: Taman Malthus considered him one, detailing that if he truly knew who Kai was (instead of by the pseudonym he was using before that point), he would have bid an entire star of Elementals to go after him. That's twenty five musclebound Super Soldiers clad in Powered Armor. After Kai expresses incredulity at that claim, Taman amends it to two stars. Since they were both beset by Comstar's "Operation Scorpion", this made Taman amenable to a temporary alliance with Kai to oust the Comstar usurpers.