Rust Crews are special forces teams deployed by the International Robotics Technology Association to deal with violations of the New Geneva Convention on robotics, particularly Clause 21, which bans research and production of Ridiculously Human Robots.Binary Domain follows Beetle Team: a Multinational Team of badasses sent to Japan to arrest Yoji Amada, suspected to be the mastermind behind Hollow Children outbreaks, and bring him to New Geneva for interrogation and trial.Tropes applying to Beetle Team overall:
Nice Hat: He wears a toque in addition to his Rust Crew-issued weapons and equipment during the Japanese covert operation.
Only Sane Man: He strongly feels this way, particularly when faced with the American and French teams, who are unable to keep a low profile. He also reminds Dan and Big Bo not to show off their Yank bravado.
Charlie: [upon seeing the French contingent approaching by way of car chase] Am I the only one who understands the word "covert"?
The second member of the British contribution to Beetle Team alongside Charles. She meets up with Dan and Big Bo at the abandoned onsen in the ruins of the Greater Tokyo Area. CQB and explosives specialist.
Lady Looks Like a Dude: At least her official artwork suggest this when Sega released it. Doesn't help that her official bio says that she's got superior physical attributes before she joined the British military and MI6, which made IRTA scout her out.
Platonic Life Partners: Rachel worked with Charles for 4 years in IRTA black ops after they served for a while in the British military and MI6.
Stuff Blowing Up: Her role is to provide this, with her RPG rocket launcher and explosives.
The Big Guy: She shares this role with Big Bo at times.
The Spartan Way: Rachel's bio data suggests that she was training at a very young age, which obviously resulted in her fit body and muscles. This benefited her since IRTA scouted for her when they learned of her track record on this with her British military and MI6 experience.
Time Bomb: Rachel uses one when Beetle Team infiltrates the sewer by planting a timed explosive on the locked gate. This works very well since the gate was destroyed.
Part of the Chinese contribution to Beetle Team. She was originally part of a 3-man team, but her subordinates were killed offscreen before she linked up with the rest of Beetle Team at the abandoned onsen in the ruins of the Greater Tokyo Area.
Tsundere: Has traits of this, perhaps best exemplified if you save her from drowning in the sewage plant:
"Thanks. But let's be clear: I didn't ask you to save me."
Wandering the Earth: Faye leaves Rust Crew and ends up on the run, as all Hybrids are being hunted down by Rust Crew teams - the US president particularly fears she'll be a rallying point and leader for other hybrids and future Hollow Children uprisings.
For once, we get an awesome combat robot built from outside of Japan!
Drives Like Crazy: He can make a van drift. The team is also cut off by the police during a chase. So what does he do? He throws the van into a hard turn, plows through a gigantic advertising screen, and drops down to a lower road level. That was running at 90 degrees to the road they were on moments before. Also;
Cain: The chance of collision was only sixty-two percent!
Gratuitous French: On top of his accent, he slips in and out of using it. The translation is a little off at times, but is accurate enough for the most part.
Highly-Visible Ninja: The only Rust Crew member who isn't wearing battledress or a uniform of some sort. Fridge Brilliance when you recall that most domestic robots are painted glossy white.
The Juggernaut: As noted under Super Toughness... to the point that his "class" is flat out called "Juggernaut". That's how tough and unstoppable he is. The only time we see him bested in close combat is by a Shinobi, and nothing else seems capable of achieving more than a few dents or scratches in cutscenes, including two separate occasions where he takes a direct punch from a Humongous Mecha.
Parental Abandonment: Cain suggests that Jean has no immediate family when he talks to Dan back at Shindo's resistance base.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Jean falls into this a lot since there isn't much information, except that he's with Rust Crew's French division and that he led the team that included Cain into Japan. We also don't know if the leader of the French Rust Crew team.
The Mission Control for Rust Crew. Philips is from the United States Marine Corp and is the officer responsible for operational control of the mission, and is their contact with the rest of the world. He's not exactly a warm type, being focused on the mission, and can be quite callous. He's also responsible for liaising with IRTA Rust Crew forces.He's eventually revealed to be the true mastermind in a plot concocted by the American government to steal the Amada AI by using Beetle Team to determine its location.
Affably Evil: Some of the cutscenes do suggest this at the end. Put two and two together, especially with the way he interacts with Beetle Team before and after The Reveal.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Philips is the hardest opponent of his minimecha spec ops team, particularly as he's using an Ace Custom with a literal ton of weapons. Outside of his mech, he also manages to dodge a bullet from a superhuman sniper with almost no advanced notice.
The Chessmaster: Likens Beetle Team to pawns on a chessboard. The endgame reveals Philips has been aware of the Amada A.I. the whole time, and has been manipulating Beetle Team.
The Plan: Philips has been running one since Dan and Bo made landfall: he's been using Beetle Team to weaken Amada Corp's security to allow the seizure of the Amada A.I., he had Bo planted as his Mole in the team; had a backup spec ops team with additional firepower ready to seize the A.I. incase Bettle Team wouldn't play ball, and had a nuke aimed at Amada Corp HQ as his backup plan to ensure no evidence would be left. If not for a few spanners in the works, including a couple that nobody anticipated, Philips would have won.
The Reveal: Philips reveals himself when Beetle Team finds out about the truth that Bergen really stole the patents from Amada Corporation.
Anti-New Order guerrilla forces sprang up in the abandoned cities of Japan years after the country declared that its official isolation from the rest of the world. Dan works with Shindo's anti-government faction based in the remains of the former Greater Tokyo Area.
One man's terror is another man's quest for freedom and human rights.
Leader of one of the many anti-government resistance factions throughout Japan, Shindo appears after Dan, Faye and Cain have been separated from their team and offers them aid in getting to Amada Corp. HQ. He eventually dies after he provides firing support for Dan and Kurosawa to get away when the failed Hollow Children prototypes overwhelm him.
Assault Rifles: Carries what is clearly a knockoff AK-74 with a carrying handle that came from the FAMAS and a red dot sight. According to its stats, it's inferior to Dan's assault rifle.
Big Damn Heroes: Gets a moment when he and his fighters offer their assistance by helping Dan, Cain and Faye escape the dragnet launched by the Ministry of Homeland Affairs after they got separated from Big Bo, Charles and Rachel.
Bolivian Army Ending / Heroic Sacrifice: The game heavily suggests that the failed Hollow Children prototypes killed him when he attacked them in order to provide them for Dan and Kurosawa to escape before they share his fate.
Custom Uniform: Given that he's a guerrilla. Shindo sports elbow pads and a web belt over his shirt and pants.
Delinquent Hair: Subverted. He's got a mohawk all right, but he's not a student since he spent much of his youth fighting against Japanese security forces.
Enemy Mine: Why he initially helps the Rust Crew, as they share a common enemy. The team's objective is to arrest Amada, and since Amada funnels large sums of cash to the New Order, Shindo hopes that taking out Amada will weaken them, which makes it easier for his resistance faction to easily overthrow the Japanese government.
Nobody Poops: Hilariously played for laughs when Shindo insists that he needs to go the male toilet at once. Faye calls him out for it, saying that it's ridiculous while Cain finds it to be quite funny.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Sergeant Kurosawa in the failed Hollow Children disposal site. He aims to overthrow the New Order Kurosawa works for.
Those Two Guys: With Yoshiki. Until he finds out that he's a Hollow Child.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: As such as Shindo's position is with the anti-New Order guerrillas. Used pretty much word for word when Shindo explains the situation shortly after the first fight with the Gorilla; the New Order calls them terrorists, but they prefer to be called freedom fighters.
You'll never know that he's a Hollow Child in the first place.
Shindo's friend and a member of Shindo's resistance faction, he meets with Dan, Cain and Faye after they were brought by Shindo to provide assistance before they regrouped with Big Bo, Charles and Rachel. He's also a Hollow Child programmed by the Japanese government to unmask Shindo's anti-government faction in order to wipe it out from within.He was eventually killed off due to the Amada AI programming, which overwrote his original friendly personality.
Artificial Human / Deceptively Human Robots: As part of the problem faced by Shindo and by Dan, Cain and Faye when Yoshiki's revealed to be a Hollow Child by the Amada AI's programming.This is a possible shoutout to Blade Runner.
An old-school Yakuza, he serves as Charlie's contact in the slums prior to Beetle Team's infiltration deep into Japan and also supplies the resistance with weapons and equipment. Mifune also serves as one of the prominent personalities in the underground black market.
All There in the Manual: According to official information provided by Sega, the reason why Mifune lives a rich lifestyle is because he made his profits through weapons trafficking, smuggling and other illegal activities, mostly in the black market.
Beard of Evil: Played and averted with. Sure he's a crook and all as defined by the New Order-led Japanese government, but the majority of his business involves helping the people living in the abandoned cities and anti-government forces.
What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't know what happened to Mifune when he was knocked out during a fight at Shindo's resistance base when their androids went nuts due to an attempt by the Amada AI to reprogram them.
Cowboy Cop: He becomes this once he realizes that Rust Crew suspect Amada of being behind the Hollow Children outbreaks, and that the Ministry of Homeland Affairs intends to cover up Amada's crimes. Getting tossed into garbage disposal and having to fight off zombie-failed prototype Hollow Children merely solidified his resolve.
Cold Sniper: In most of his appearances. He's good enough to snipe a cable, dropping Dan and Faye and preventing their escape.
Friendly Sniper: Kurosawa becomes this later on after he was captured by Amada Corporation security robots alongside Dan and Shindo in a trap.
Enemy Mine: Why he aids Dan and Shindo. If given the option, Kurosowa would rather use his authority as a police officer to arrest both of them for invading Japan and for conducting attacks against Japanese security forces. That said, even before he met them, he was going to arrest Amada anyway.
Inspector Javert: Doggedly pursues Beetle Team for invading Japan. Which they are, actually.
Sniper Rifle: Kurosawa somehow uses a futurized Mini-Hecate as a sniper rifle to the point of using it CQB situations after being into the garbage disposal that he uses it even when he's fighting near prototype Hollow Children. See the included image on the side for more details.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Shindo in Amada HQ. While both of them work together, it's hardly smooth sailing: He works for the New Order under the Ministry of Homeland Affairs that Shindo wants to overthrow.
By-the-Book Cop: He is also similar to Kurosawa as he was just doing his job...
Cowboy Cop: He finds out about the MHA's willingness to cover up the mess made by Amada Corporation. Because of this, he pretends to tell Kurosawa that he wasn't able to receive a recall order issued by the National Police Agency.
True Companions: When push comes to shove, he makes it clear his loyalty is to Kurosawa.
A well-known Japanese corporation responsible for building a huge numbers of robots with customers ranging from the JSDF and the MHA, but also for domestic consumers. Amada Corp is also responsible for bankrolling the New Order Party and their success in leading the Japanese government; they are the largest tech company in Japan, thanks to lucrative construction contracts for building Upper Tokyo.They are also suspected for Hollow Children outbreaks worldwide by covertly building them and sending them abroad.
Doctor Yoji Amada
The face of Amada Corporation. That's until you find out that he's dead.
Founder of Amada Corporation, Japan's largest robotics firm, Amada is suspected of creating the Hollow Children 30 years ago. Beetle Team is dispatched to Japan to arrest him, but there's more than meets the eye...Unfortunately for Beetle Team, they find out the hard way that Amada was dead before the Hollow Child infiltration in the White House was discovered.
Big Bad: He's presented at this. Except that he's already dead, and the A.I. he created is the true Big Bad.
Child Prodigy: Yoji started up Amada Corporation at a young age after he created his first humanoid robot with advanced AI.
Dead All Along: Has been dead for close to 40 years by the time the story takes place.
Fiction500: Was in charge of a prominent robotics company, until the court case with Bergen was not on his side. Then it got worse...
Go Mad from the Isolation: It's suggested that his madness from self-isolation from the rest of the world was due to the lost court case he had against the Bergen Corporation. And then created his A.I...
The true face of the Amada Corporation. And he's the real big bad.
An (understandably) misanthropic creation of Yoji's who ultimately turns out to both be the MacGuffin and the real Big Bad. Despite his extreme distaste for humans, he does not despise them, and he believes that fusion with technology will be what ultimately saves humanity. He created the Hollow Children as a (disturbingly literal) way to do so.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Deconstructed. Amada awoke him by forcing him to feel pain until he rationalized its existence, meaning he was never really given a chance to be a sane, productive member of society. Even after that, his actions towards humans suggests he's more broken than anything else, more like an abused child who becomes a serial killer than a cold, arrogant machine.
Beta Test Baddie: Everything he does is based around him wanting to be a true life form.
Bigger Bad: The real culprit for the Hollow Child incidents that are happening worldwide.
Cry for the Devil: It's kinda hard not to feel sorry for him when you realize all he wanted was a family, and what turned him into what he is now.
Humans Are the Real Monsters: Has come to wholeheartedly believe this. Subverted, in that he thinks he can fix it through the Hollow Children Hybrids.
Based at Detroit, Michigan, Bergen is a known robotics company that has control of 95% of the robotics market. They have been involved in a controversial lawsuit when Dr. Amada accused the company of stealing their patents. Unfortunately, the case was ruled in favor of Bergen. As a result, this has earned them a majority control while Amada began to lose their edge in the market.
Currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bergen, he was initially brought in by the American government to advise on the situation when the US Secret Service detected a Hollow Child infiltrator via the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: The game reveals that he was directly involved in, or at least tolerated the company's plans to steal Amada patent technology and used his influence to make Amada lose his court case.
Fiction500: He heads one of the most prominent robotics companies in the world.
These robots Beetle Team face in Japan are comprised of security robots that are manufactured by the Amada Corporation and are used by the Ministry of Homeland Affairs, the National Police Agency and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "LRJ-0024", the Assault Shooter is originally made by Bergen Corporation in the United States. Its design has been released worldwide, mostly for licensing purposes. In Japan, the Amada Corporation was able to secure a licensing agreement with Bergen to create the Assault Shooter for Japanese adoption in 2077. It's used by the Japanese Ministry of Homeland Affairs for law enforcement operations, usually in support of the police or in MHA-led operations. Their AI data is shared between one another in order to figure out a logical solution in tactical operations, making them very formidable in urban warfare missions.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "LRJ-0118", it was adopted into service in 2077. The Cerberus was created with an advanced AI to make it behave similarly to animals like Cheetahs and Leopards. Its known for its agility, which is useful in apprehending VIPs by using its speed to confuse them before the Cerberus pounces on them. It's equipped with sharp claws to kill or injure its target. The Cerberus serves as a canine-type security robot.
A Japanese-made multipurpose robot with the IRTA identification number "CRJ-0128", it was produced and adopted into general use in 2069. While the Crab is meant for civilian use, such as in the construction and shipping industries due to the presence of multiple arms, a few of them were pressed into JSDF service. Most anti-government factions use them in packaging or moving their equipment around.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "LRJ-0097", it was adopted into service in 2077. It's used as a sniper in operations where the deployment of human snipers are considered too risky to consider. The Deadeye operates through the cross-examination of the peripheral data information integration and sensor net in order to locate and assess its targets. If a mistake is done such as a missed shot, its AI can make the necessary adjustments so that the next shot can be made. Deadeyes are armed with RAOW-SRI sniper rifles.
A Japanese-made prototype robot with no known IRTA identification number, it is currently in the trial stages at Amada Corporation Headquarters in Tokyo. Its main weapon is a particle beam gun that fires by charging up prior to firing off a shot. Its main drive is located on its head, giving it visual sensors but once that is taken out, sub-drives take over and it switches to using an acoustic sensor system to hunt them down through sounds alone. Due to this targeting system, the Gaussius has a very limited but at the same time enhanced targeting acquisition capability being able to hone in on someone firing at it as soon as the sound reaches it but being unable to differentiate between harmful and not harmful sounds. In addition, it crawls on its front legs, having not been completely built yet.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "LRJ-0048", it's used by the Ministry of Homeland Affairs after its adoption in 2077. The Golem's main purpose is to act as a juggernaut to soak up enemy bullets while being able to tear through their ranks thanks to a combination of agility and multi-layered composite armor protection with high performance. It uses a HIG-S8 shotgun at close quarters since they are deployed by MHA forces to combat anti-government forces in and around Japan. Couple with highly advanced AI, this robot makes a very dangerous opponent to both Rust Crew and guerrilla forces alike.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "LRJ-0087", the Gorilla was adopted into service in 2078. Made in the image and likeness of a gorilla, it's used by the Ministry of Homeland Affairs as an anti-siege robot when fighting against anti-government forces in the abandoned slums. Its AI is clearly made to made the Gorilla to act and behave like an actual gorilla while using its fists to smash barricades or deliver crushing blows to any enemy personnel foolish enough to fight it up close. Its protected against all small arms fire thanks to its multi-layered composite armor.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0074", it's adopted into service with the JSDF in 2078. The Ministry of Defense had been responsible for the creation of the Grand Lancer as part of its "Integrated Robot Strategic Concept". The Grand Lancer serves as a heavily-armed mobile platform, armed with a machine gun. Its multi-layered composite armor serves as protection against all small arms and explosives.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "UASJ－0092", it's adopted into service in 2075. The Iron Raptor is used as a gunship by the JSDF. It's normally equipped with gatling guns and homing missiles in anti-personnel operations. Aside from being used as a gunship, Iron Raptors are also used by the JSDF to act as a mothership whenever UAVs are launched from it. It's believed that the cration of the Iron Raptor is based from earlier gunships such as the AC-130.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0043", it's adopted into service in 2076. The Ministry of Defense was the one responsible for the creation of the Hercules as part of its "Integrated Robot Strategic Concept". The JSDF primarily use them in anti-infiltration/invasion operations launched in Japanese territory, although they have been seen deployed against anti-government guerrilla factions. While its standard weapon is a handheld Orochi G6 gatling gun, the Hercules can be equipped with other heavy weapons such as handheld anti-aircraft or anti-tank weapons depending on the mission.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "CRJ-0656", it was adopted into service in 2074. It takes the form of a normal chandelier, mounted above ceilings of high buildings as a security measure against intruders. The Medusa uses an AI that utilizes a pivoting crane as a weapon or as a defense mechanism. Its arms are used similarly to tentacles.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0124", it was adopted into service in 2075. It's an urban warfare security robot equipped with dual smoothbore guns. It moves around with a balancing control system so that it can easily maneuver around uneven terrain with its bipedal legs. The Mobile Gun's balancing control system allows the smoothbore guns to be fired at targets with reduced recoil.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0033", it's adopted into service in 2071. Needle Bugs are used to explore narrow and confined spaces. They were created with the purpose of conducting reconnaisance for the JSDF. When they approach an enemy target, their main offensive weapon is to swarm the VIP from all sides and deliver electric shocks to render him or her out cold.
A Japanese-made robot with no known IRTA identification number. These are prototype models of Hollow Children that failed to meet the needed requirements of the Amada Corportion as infiltration-type robots. If and when they are deemed to be failures, they are written off and dumped into the company's disposal facility. Dan, Shindo and Kurosawa meet these robots after they were ambushed by Amada Corporation-used Assault Shooters and are dumped into the disposal facility.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "LRJ-0029", it's adopted into service in 2078. It acts similarly to the Assault Shooter, except that Rapid Shooters are deployed with more rapid movements. These are normally seen with Assault Shooters in Ministry of Homeland Affairs-led operations against anti-government forces in the abandoned slums. Their AI data is also shared with each other for coordinating tactical manuevers.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0664", it's adopted into service in 2072. The Roadie is used by the JSDF for ground operations as a mobile armored fighting vehicle. It has a heavy machine gun attached on top, which serves as its main offensive weapon. The Roadie's AI is used to control itself. It was created with emphasis on chases on highways, while being able to mount surprise attack on target vehicles.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "LRJ-0087", it's adopted into JSDF service in 2072. Its main purpose is in special operations-type missions that includes assassination of VIPs, close quarter battles and reconnaissance. It's one of the harder security robots to take on since they most very fast thanks to its construction, which allows Shinobis to move in and out of areas undetected and to confuse enemies before moving in for the kill.
Cutscene Power to the Max: Inverted. In-game they're Elite Mooks and Fragile Speedsters that will probably take a good amount of time to put down simply because they move so fast, but while Dan and Faye are fighting hand-to-hand, Charlie, Bo, and Rachel each take down a Shinobi in close-range one-on-one combat.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0842", it's adopted into service in 2076. The JSDF uses it in ground operations for ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance) missions. It's generally deployed in coastlines to better monitor the walls that cover the shores, but they can be called by the JSDF for anti-personnel operations to support the MHA. It has heavy armor that cover the robot. The Spider fights by launching missiles after it uses a laser to seek its target. Its belly houses several machine gun for close quarters in case enemy personnel would get to close to it.
When you see it coming, get the hell away from it as fast as you can.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0073", it was adopted into service in 2073. It's a large armored fighting vehicle-type robot that is used to navigate through several areas, including roads and hard terrain alike. Its wheels are used to crush through barricade, makeshift or not, in order to help spearhead anti-guerrilla operations in Japan, as well as to transport itself around. When in robot mode, the Tsar Runner has a couple of machine guns mounted at its back while its metallic hands can be used for punching and smashing vehicles off the road. Its hands can also be used to grip things.
A Japanese-made security robot with the IRTA identification number "MRJ-0773", it's adopted into service in 20754. Tube Gunners are officially used by the JSDF as offensive robots in suppression operation. It was created as part of the Ministry of Defense's "Integrated Robot Strategic Concept". It can be transported by air, usually by parachute, or by land.