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Haken Browning (Voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama)
The protagonist of Endless Frontier, 23-year old Haken Browning is captain of the dimension-traveling vehicle Zeit Krokodil (German for "Time Crocodile") and a Bounty Hunter through the "Endless Frontier", a set of small, multiple worlds inter-dimensionally connected via "Cross Gates". He is faithfully followed by his Sidekick Aschen Brodel. Haken fancies himself as a ladies' man, complimenting everyone of the fairer sex, with a very easy-going personality. Despite having a color scheme akin to Sanger Zonvolt and the surname to Excellen Browning, Haken is an Expy of Kyosuke Nanbu, taking on the role of the calm, cool leader with a gambling habit, even naming most of his attacks after gambling stints ("Texas Hold'em", "High Low Draw", etc.).Following the events of Endless Frontier EXCEED, Haken has a run-in with Sanger, who winds up in the Endless Frontier from the Super Robot Wars Original Generation universe during the events of Project X Zone. Along with Kaguya Nanbu, they reunite with their old allies Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu since their adventures in the Endless Frontier, resolving to help the latter and their crisis.Sometime after Project X Zone, Haken and Aschen show Sanger the way home, using the same transporter he appeared from in the Endless Frontier, but a malfunction accidentally send him and Aschen into the Original Generation universe with Sanger. Without a functional Cross Gate around to return to the Endless Frontier, Haken relegates staying with the "Steel Dragon Battle Group" temporarily. Fortunately, he is put to good use as Doctor Marion Radom completes a custom Gespenst using salvaged blueprints from the "Shadow-Mirror", giving it to Haken for use.In his Endless Frontier and Project X Zone appearances, Haken carries two weapons with him at all times: the "Night Fowl" assault rifle and the "Longtomb Special" revolver. In The Moon Dwellers, he becomes the primary pilot of the "Gespenst Haken", complete with weapons similar to the Night Fowl. He embodies these tropes:
- The Atoner: Played with - while he doesn't act like the usual example, it's made clear Haken's primary motivation in Endless Frontier EXCEED is to find his lost friends and help avert the current attempt at world destruction, both of which he's indirectly responsible for.
- Ascended Fanboy: Vice Chief Lee Ly of the Zeit Krokodil often mocks his cowboy costume.
- BFG: The Longtomb Special can disassemble itself into this; in EXCEED, it doubles as a portable Wave Motion Gun.
- Berserk Button: Messing with his friends and his W-Numbers family; Irony ensues when the people who've really pushed the button are Pete Pain and Gagun Laos, who are also W-Numbers.Haken: "W03, Pete Pain...The price for messing with my family is very high. I'll make sure you pay until the last dime."
- Bodyguard Crush: For Kaguya Nanbu; it takes the end of Endless Frontier to make it official between them.
- Casanova Wannabe: Subverted at first, as he flirts with every girl and gets turned down, but eventually wins Kaguya's heart.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Justified; it's hard to blame him considering how ridiculous the boobage in the games are. In The Moon Dwellers, Haken points out that Aqua Centrum wouldn't be out of place in the Endless Frontier upon seeing what she wears when piloting, even nicknaming her "High Leg Celeb".
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Turns into a game-play mechanic in The Moon Dwellers - acquiring Haken's "Ace Bonus" and he deals 5% more damage per female member paired in a "Twin Unit" with him.
- Combination Attack: "Phantom Hold 'Em" with the Gespenst Phantom and "Rampage Specter", although the latter plays with this since it's simply Haken summoning the Alt Eisen Nacht and Weiss Ritter Abend to do it.
- Critical Hit: His character specialty - Haken carries a "Spirit Command" that increases critical hit rate for the whole team and his personal weapon increases his critical hit chance, while in EXCEED, pairing him with the Gespenst Phantom increases critical hit rate. In the first game, it's possible for Haken to achieve a 100% critical hit rate set up.
- Death Dealer: Uses explosive cards in some of his attacks in Endless Frontier and Project X Zone.
- Disc One Nuke: In EXCEED, Haken acquires the Gespenst Phantom at the end of his introductory chapter, learns the "Co-Op" note and "Morale" note Spirit Commands early and learns the attack "Seven Stud", an S+ ranked attack at a point in the game where an A+ ranked attack is still rare. Unlike most instances of this trope, Haken averts it by being much better statistically later in the game thanks to new attack "Quad Solitaire".
- Deuteragonist: Despite not being the protagonist of EXCEED, much of the plot still revolves around Haken's atonement and the W-Numbers, thereby making this an (un)intended case of Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
- Expy: Aside from Kyosuke, his background as the first of the W-Numbers is radically similar to Sephiroth. Coincidentally, Kyosuke and Sephiroth share the same voice actor.
- Considering who created him, this may be intentional.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: Oddly enough, this is how his hat is when his character portrait displays him as melancholic and sad.
- The Gambler: It's one of the reason he's gets along with Kyosuke Nanbu in The Moon Dwellers.
- Generation Xerox: Hilariously played with - although Haken isn't John Moses's biological son, John mistakes Kaguya for a call-in escort the first time they meet. No wonder Haken's such a Lovable Sex Maniac; a less notable one involves his nicknaming habit being derived from Aschen, who is his Parental Substitute.
- Gratuitous English: A lot, such as "OK!", "Jackpot" "Bingo!" and "Last showdown!". As of The Moon Dwellers, he could give Terry Bogard a run for his money.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Sort of - he does say "Adios!" often.
- The Gunslinger: Combines Types C and D
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Averted; Haken's upset when he learns he's W-00, but he knows screaming about it won't help.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: LampshadedHenne Valkyria: "Looks like her report was right on. 'Dumbass poser wearing a black trenchcoat, black hat, red bandana, and fingerless gloves'."
Haken: "What...!? What's wrong with my gloves!?"
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact he is W-00 is surprising for newcomers in EXCEED, to which it's revealed extremely late in the Sequel; the same can't be said for players who have gone through the first game. In The Moon Dwellers, Haken's true identity is never revealed, yet a few characters instantly connect the dots and determine his origins are linked to the Shadow-Mirror. Those who have never played Endless Frontier are unlikely to catch the reference.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Haken's second introduction in EXCEED"My name's Haken Browning. They call me..."CHAPTER 2: THE WANDERING BOUNTY HUNTER
- Leitmotif: "All Right!"
- Like Brother and Sister: Him and Aschen, which is funny considering the latter is practically a mother to him. At one point, he calls her "Sister 07" after he finds out he's W-00. Similarly, when he meets Lamia Loveless in The Moon Dwellers, he address her as "Sister 17".
- Nerf: Of the returning cast in EXCEED, Haken gets hit the most by lowering the effectiveness of the 100% critical setup and the attack "Jackpot". He also loses having the highest support count from the first game, his "Canfield" Special Skill note uses up the "Frontier Gauge" instead of Spirit Points and Rampage Specter is decreased in power. Averted as a whole, considering his Disc One Nuke status, since he averts that, too.
- The Nicknamer: Every single person he meets; he even nicknames plenty of the Vysaga's Japanese-named attacks into English for The Moon Dwellers (e.g: Fuujinsen -> "Wind Blade Slash"; Koujinsen -> "Light Blade Slash")
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Haken lives for these"Welcome to 'Lost Herencia'. Let me run the welcome wagon right over your ugly ass!"
- Red Baron: Inherited John's "Wandering Bounty Hunter" title. This become a small Plot Point in EXCEED when Neige Hausen suspects him to be a fake.
- Shout-Out: Haken means "hook" in German and he arrived in the Endless Frontier on a ship called the "Neverland" with a navigational computer called "Tinkerbell". The Zeit Krokodil refers to a certain crocodile that ate, amongst other things, a clock and a ship captain's hand. Do you get it?
- The Reveal: Haken is "W-00", the Super Prototype of the Artificial Human "W-Numbers" created by Lemon Browning. The majority of the W-Numbers are Androids and mostly-machine Cyborgs rather than the extremely enhanced human like Haken is because the Shadow-Mirror decided it took too long to wait for him to grow up. Furthermore, it's implied because Lemon used her blood to create Haken, he's her Opposite-Sex Clone.
- Swiss Army Gun: The Night Fowl's a custom assault rifle that fires normal, solid rounds with an underslung Pile Bunker below the rifle's barrel and a fold-out bayonet in the stock.
- Theme Naming: All his attacks are related in some way to poker - Texas Hold 'Em, High Low Draw, "Best Flush", "Five Card Stud", Jackpot, "Last Showdown"
- Trapped in Another World: Due to the climax of The Moon Dwellers regarding the destruction of the only Cross Gate available, Haken is effectively stranded in the Original Generation universe.
- Wave Motion Gun
- His Longtomb Special's most powerful mode is this, seen during Phantom Hold'em, Last Showdown and Quad Solitaire. Played straight in EXCEED when Haken can use it to hit multiple enemies as part of the "Phantom Hold'em Frontier MAX".
- In The Moon Dwellers the Gespenst Haken with its "Neutron Cannon" functions as this.
Kaguya Nanbu (Voiced by Yukana)
The young princess of the Nanbu Clan in the world of Kagura Amahara, Kaguya's the heiress of the sword-fighting style Jinraku Tengen. In her first meeting with Haken, she unknowingly hires him and Aschen to escort her on her pilgrimage. Throughout her travels in the Endless Frontier, her relationship with Haken grows more forward. Although she carries Kyosuke's surname, Kaguya is more of a loose Expy of Excellen, since her personality is similar to her: innocent, playful and the one to provide the most Fanservice (not that she tries to invoke it, unlike Excellen). She also has more Sanger references than Haken, starting from her sword Goushiki Zankantou ("Type-5 Colossal Blade") to her styling herself as "The Sword That Cleaves Evil", including Sanger's trademark CHEESTOOOOOO!!!.Kaguya reappears in Project X Zone as Haken's partner for the game.Some of the tropes that represent Kaguya are:
- Combat Medic: In the first game, Kaguya's attack stat is the lowest in the party and her attacks are weak, in general, but she carries the Special Skill Nanbu Reijutsu Tukimi Zake, a party-wide heal, and she has the "Love" Spirit Commandnote . However, another Special Skill Nanbu Ittoryuu Teppou hits all enemies and with the right equipment, can shred them to pieces. Of note is her "Miracle" Spirit Command note .
- Dance Battler: Her attacks look like a dance and it resembles Princess Suzuka's movements, which make sense since Suzuka is teaching her how to dance.
- Disc One Nuke: In EXCEED, Kaguya's the strongest character in the early parts of the game thanks to her attack Hinezumi no Koromo. By late-game, her damage output tapers off, unless players use her "Miracle" Spirit Commandnote .
- In-Series Nickname: A boatload of them; take "Dairy Cow Princess", for example - dresses in black and white, has large "milk-producing" body parts.
- Genki Girl: Her signature smiling pose makes it obvious.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Atlus decided to keep her entire movelist in Japanese for the localization.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: A BFS that doubles as a Whip Sword with detachable chakram rings on the back of the blade she can fling around like Precision Guided Boomerangs.
- Innocent Innuendo: From the first game after hiring Haken.Kaguya: "Yeah, take me now!"Haken: "Err...I'll escort you."
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: That skimpy, tight, semi-transparent mini-dress with a Zettai Ryouiki to boot? It's formal wear; to Kaguya, it's no more than wearing her Sunday best. Every so often she has a fit of modesty and turns away from the screen to cover her bosom with her arms, all while screeching in an outraged manner and glaring at the player over her shoulder. However, this gives players a great view of her very well-drawn backside.
- Leitmotif: "Flawless Full Moon"
- Ms. Fanservice
- Ooh, boy: not only is her outfit too revealing, but her cleavage is definitely bigger than Aschen's, who is the Lamia Loveless Expy, to which Lamia has the largest ones in the main installments. Kaguya probably beats her in that department, too.
- Lampshaded in Project X Zone: when Frank West snaps a photograph of her, the resulting score is a "Perfect: Erotica". To truly emphasize this, any time Frank meets a Fanservice-inducing character, he takes a photo of them; when Kaguya appears? He takes multiple shots of her in various gravure-like poses.
- Gainaxing: Often when a Super Move Portrait Attack is seen.
- Multicolored Hair: Black and red
- Nice Girl: One of the friendliest characters in the team.
- Running Gag: Almost every character, even villains, after their introduction mistake her as a "cow" or "werecow". Judging by how she dresses up and her huge "tracts of land", this is justified. There's also the thing where Saya's cow henchman Dokugozu proposes marriage to her everytime they meet, even in the middle of being Brainwashed. The kicker? Kaguya's flattered by the proposal.
- Rapunzel Hair: A ponytail as long as she is tall.
- Shout-Out: Lots of them, especially to Sanger. Her name, however, is a direct call to the same-named Princess Kaguya of the Japanese folklore tale "The Tale Of the Bamboo Cutter", which is referenced In-Universe.
- Stripperiffic: Her clothes are just way too tight and it reveals her ample bosom and shoulders.
- Whip Sword: Goushiki Zankantou can extend like one
Aschen Brodel (Voiced by Kaori Shimizu)
Haken's loyal and devoted Robot Girl Sidekick, Aschen Brodel's a green-haired combat Cyborg capable of emitting human-like emotions. At first, one would think she's a blatant Expy of Lamia Loveless, but it's justified: Aschen's, in fact, her predecessor (to a lesser extent, "older sister") codenamed "W-07". She and Lemon's other W-Numbers 01 through 10 were the first to be sent to the Original Generation universe during an attack by Beowulf, but they were put in the first batch of the teleportation device the Shadow-Mirror had built, namely the unstable ones. Aschen stumbled into the Endless Frontier and have been there for the past twenty-three years.Unlike Lamia who's mostly The Stoic by default, Aschen has a sharp tongue and at times flings insults, especially regarding Haken's womanizing attitude, and invents other derisive In Series Nicknames like "Dairy Cow Princess" or "Princess Flat" (for Suzuka). Aschen's also installed with "Code: DTD" (Dust-to-Dust), but instead of it being a Chekhov's Gun with regards to Lamia, she uses it for full advantage as a Super Mode, but with a side-effect of turning her personality into a total Genki Girl.Being a combat Cyborg, she doesn't need a weapon: she fights with bare hands and feet (although the rest of her body carries an assortment of weapons like disk cutters, missiles and shotguns mounted to her heels). Aschen doesn't appear anywhere else except her home series; however, she and Haken are pulled into Sanger's dimension following a transporter malfunction. Although she doesn't get her own Humongous Mecha like Haken does, Aschen provides combat support as the designated co-pilot of the Gespenst Haken.Tropes associated with Aschen are:
- Armed Legs: Shotgun boots and rocket batteries in her thighs.
- Bash Sisters, Sibling Team: Invoked for The Moon Dwellers - it's possible to have Lamia as the primary pilot of the Gespenst Haken; in fact, doing so and a trophy is unlocked for it.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In EXCEED by Pete Pain, then averted thanks to some quick thinking via his recovering memory from Axel Almer.
- Brutal Honesty: By default, Aschen is blunt, never hesitates to say whatever comes to her mind and sarcastic.
- Calling Your Attacks: "ASCHEN PUNCH!"
- Deadpan Snarker: "I will write something insulting on that billboard you call a chest."
- Foil: To Lamia - Aschen is made for direct melee-combat with an in-your-face, rambunctious style, whereas Lamia is tailored for piloting Humongous Mecha through careful calculations and graceful movements who prefers ranged-combat.
- The Four Gods: Her moveset incorporates attacks called "Tigress Bite", "Genbu Spike" and "Dragon Scale", while her "Overdrive" is aptly named "Phantasm Phoenix".
- Genki Girl: During Code: DTD
- Gratuitous English: Similar to Haken, there's a lot, like "Fire!", "Striking!" and "Yes, I do!"
- Leitmotif: "Ash to Ash (ver. EF)"
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Aschen is responsible for sending herself and Haken into the Original Generation universe because she entered Code: DTD to kick-start the inter-dimensional transporter to bring Sanger home, overloading it and sending all them into his world.
- The Nicknamer: In The Moon Dwellers, she has a nickname for everyone who pilots the Gespenst Haken - many of them insulting, many of them In-Universe references.
- Oneesama: How Lamia addresses her in The Moon Dwellers
- Parental Substitute: Aschen is the one who acts as the maternal figure to Haken.
- Perpetual Frowner: Her normal appearance; turns into the exact opposite via Code: DTD.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: In The Moon Dwellers, she'll leap out of the Gespenst Haken during its strongest attack to beat down enemy targets five times her size straight into the sky. Justified since she's a Cyborg.
- Rocket Punch: She uses a wired variant for Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs in many of her attacks.
- Servile Snarker: Aschen counts towards Haken - it helps she's been with him for the past 23 years; even one of her character portraits in-game has her bowing servilely.
- Aside from Lamia, try translating her name into German: as per the usual fairy tale Theme Naming of Endless Frontier, "Aschen" translates into "Cinderella"; likewise, if she attacks with her feet, she sometimes yells out "Glass Heel!", a signature item from the story.
- Phantasm Phoenix is an obvious reference to the "Phantom Phoenix" attack for the mecha "Angelg"; in EXCEED, her multi-target Overdrive "Gravity Howling" is a reference to "Bloody Howling", the ultimate attack of the "Simurgh Splendid", an Expy of the Angelg.
- One of Aschen's Special Skills in EXCEED is called "Code: Amphisbaena" based on a Greek mythological monster like the lamia. One of the meanings for "amphisbaena" is "both ways" and its appearance is that of a serpentine monster with a head at each end. The attack involves grabbing one enemy and a random object off-screen with her Rocket Punches and slamming them together.
- The first part of the animation for her Phantasm Phoenix is likely a reference to the Kim Kaphwan "Desperation Move" Hou'ou Kyaku: both attacks are named after The Phoenix, they start by sliding at the enemy knee-first while trailing with shadows, followed up with an extended kick combo, and finally ending in a somersault kick. Aschen, however, continues her attackwith a series of Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and finishes off with an upward heel shotgun blast.
- Split Personality: Whenever she activates Code: DTD or if she overheats.
- Stripperific: Her Overdrive "sheds" the green parts of her body, revealing an ample bosom like Kaguya's and thighs.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Lamia's girly-girl, given Aschen prefers close-combat and, due to Code: DTD, will act foul-mouthed and hyperactive.
- Trapped in Another World: Like Haken, at the end of The Moon Dwellers, Aschen is stuck in the Original Generation universe until they can find a way back to the Endless Frontier.
- Unknown Rival
- Seems to think of KOS-MOS as her rival, even challenging her to a fight during their first meeting, but KOS-MOS ignores this completely.
- In EXCEED, during her introduction, Aschen claims to be more beautiful, smarter, and funnier than KOS-MOS.
Princess Suzuka (Voiced by Mamiko Noto)
A "Shiki-Oni" princess from Kagura Amahara, Princess Suzuka is Kaguya's Childhood Friend and is betrothed to another Oni named Shuten, bumping into Haken and his party and joining them in their endeavors throughout the Endless Frontier. Suzuka uses an unusual style of dance for combat that lets her command a mecha (just about as tall as the other mecha found in the game) called the "Jyaki-GUN-Oh" (Devil Gun King). As far as beauty goes, Haken calls her a "Midriff Beauty", but Aschen dubs her "Princess Flat" (with good reason). Some of the tropes Suzuka adheres to include:
- A-Cup Angst: Subverted; while she does get teased by Aschen constantly, Suzuka doesn't seem to mind. The subversion comes when Kaguya reveals she drinks lots of milk, and Suzuka decides to buy some, suggesting she does want larger breasts.
- Beta Couple: With Shuten in the first game, then joined by Haken/Kaguya in EXCEED.
- Boring but Practical: In the first game, by repeatedly cancelling one of her attacks, players can exchange her turn doing damage for an 80% increase to the Frontier Gauge, which more than makes up for it. By timing it right, it's possible to deal enough damage and charge the gauge to activate Suzuka's Overdrive immediately.
- Deadpan Snarker: More often than not, Suzuka has Snark-to-Snark Combat with Aschen.
- Fragile Speedster: The fastest party member, allowing her to take her turn first, and has a high hit count alongside her attack list being able to fill the Frontier Gauge more easily, yet has the weakest defensive stat of the party.
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence: Her Overdrive and Special Skills, complete with disco ball.
- Hand Puppet: According to the localized website for Endless Frontier, the Jyaki-GUN-Oh's actually a puppet on strings, made to resemble a mecha.
- Healing Shiv: In EXCEED, one of Suzuka's Special Skills is healing the entire party with bullets, but subverted when closer inspection reveals they're really confetti and party poppers
- Leitmotif: "Dance It Out!" and "Dance It Out! (Hyper Remix)"
- Magikarp Power: Low damage output and relatively fragile, but she can fill the Frontier Gauge to maximum by herself through move-canceling in the first game. In EXCEED, once she learns "Ghost Dance", she becomes a juggernaut.
- Mundane Made Awesome: She can make the Jyaki-GUN-Oh wail on an enemy with DISCO complete with disco ball and multicolored lights.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the the rest of the party, Suzuka fits this trope nicely.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Dual Wields both, to which she can control the Jyaki-GUN-Oh via strings from the fans.
- The Ojou: Portrays this slightly better than Kaguya; exemplified by having a Noblewoman's Laugh, instead.
- The Tease: While she doesn't actively do this, she does act like this toward Shuten in the ending.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue oni (both literally and metaphorically) to Kaguya's red
- Shout-Out: When using the Jyaki-GUN-Oh, there's a chance she might yell out "Jyaki-GUN Finger!"
- Youkai: Obviously themed after the traditional, blue, one-horned oni, but she's a subversion of the typical oni character tropes - rather than a brute physical fighter, she's a dance puppeteer.
Aledy Naash (voiced by Tomokazu Seki)
Protagonist for the sequel Endless Frontier EXCEED, Aledy Naash's a warrior of the "Shura" sent by his mentor Cindy Bird to investigate the new emergence of "Mild Kiel" crystals in the newly reformed Endless Frontier, as well as the missing machine "Ark-On". He's assisted by the lost princess of Elfetale Neige Hausen.Despite being a Shura and a practioner of Kishin Ken, there is no establishing link between Aledy and the Shura who appear in Original Generation Gaiden. Coupled with the surname "Naash", neither is there any indication he's related to Alkaid Nassh. Tropes associated with Aledy are:
- Awesome, but Impractical: One of Aledy's Special Skills is a Haki sealing technique that is a One-Hit KO if successfully cast, except it has little to no chance of working against humanoid enemies.
- Butt Monkey: His tendency to miss the point in a lot of situations makes him a perfect target of ridicule.
- Combination Attack: Haou Maretsu Ken with the Ark-On
- Disc One Nuke: Most of Aledy's attacks early in the game can cause guard break and potentially stun enemies, rendering them immobile for one turn. He also learns the "Training" Spirit Commandnote , allowing him to level early in EXCEED.
- Expy: Of Folka Albark, the Expy of Kenshiro, the Expy of Bruce Lee. Noted In-Universe by Kouta Azuma.
- Fish out of Water: A bit worse than Folka from Original Generation Gaiden since Aledy's more clueless about the opposite sex. In fact, he doesn't even know what "handsome" means. Played for Laughs with Katze Kotolnos.
- Leitmotif: "Crimson Ashura" and "Roar, O One Who Breaks Supremacy"
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast, hits hard and pretty sturdy, Aledy later comes packing with the "Soul" Spirit Command.
- Male Gaze: Neige notices where Aledy's looking at upon meeting Kaguya and proceeds to berate him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Aledy" or "Alady"?
- Shout-Out: Of all things, his name is reference to "Aladdin".
- Take a Third Option: Shura ideaology states there are only two paths in life - win and crush the enemy or lose and die; Aledy chooses neither.
- The Prodigy: One of the most skilled Shura with an outrageous amount of Haki (according to Hamelin Silbato) at the age of 14. By the time EXCEED occurs, Aledy's more skilled, making Hamelin wonder whether Cindy is that good of a mentor or if Aledy's just that good himself.
- The Rival: Hamelin and Aledy consider one another this.
- The Stoic: Unless he's yelling his Kiai, Aledy's a pretty reserved guy.
- Worthy Opponent: For a lot of his opponents
Neige Hausen (voiced by Nana Mizuki)
Female protagonist of EXCEED, Neige Hausen's a 117-year old princess of the fairies in the Elfetale Kingdom, which was destroyed sometime before the first Endless Frontier, now accompanying Aledy in his quest. Tropes associated with Neige are:
- Attack Reflector: Parts of Neige's techniques involve conjuring mirrors which deflects the solid rounds fired from her weapon with exceptional accuracy. May double as Improbable Aiming Skills as none of the rounds manages to hit her.
- Combination Attack: "Royal Heart Blaster" with the "Fee-Kleid"
- Easily Forgiven: Neige is quick to forgive Agrado Heim's shortcomings, although the latter explains the situation first. To be fair, she is quite sceptic to the situations.
- Hammerspace: Aside from the mirrors, she pulls apple grenades via Victoria's Secret Compartment.
- Leitmotif: "Fairy ROM-Antic" and "Fairy ROM-Antic Go!"
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Complete with hand-next-to-mouth pose.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her Meido outfit gets a backless variant
- Her surname is an obvious reference to another princess named Hausen from the main Continuity.
- Neige means "snow" in French, and she's a princess who throws around exploding apples and encases enemies in glass coffins she blasts through and reflects lasers off mirrors in battle. Get the reference yet? To make it even more blatant, every single one of her moves except her Overdrive is named after elements of the original story, and her age can be taken as Snow White's age when she reawakens.
- Swiss Army Gun: Like Haken's Night Fowl, her Blade on a Stick doubles as a BFG that fires solid-based ammo and Frickin' Laser Beams and also functions as a guitar.
- Tsundere: Neige instantly gets pegged as one during her introduction to one of the other characters. It turns out to be spot on.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: As part of her Tsundere tendencies, she'll often criticize Aledy's shortcomings, even if it's like him lamenting that he lacks training, to which she responds that she'll be the first to laugh at him.
- Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to add "do-" before words (making it "do-(noun/verb)"); it approximately means "super" (noun/verb).
The elite unit of "Formido Heim", the world that invaded Elfetale and caused the "Ten Year War" which ended once they offered a ceasefire, members of the Orchestral Army include Token Mini-Moe/Tagalong Kid Black Magician Girl Kyon Feulion, black-winged valk yrie Henne Valkyria and skull-headed leader Ezel Granada . Utilizing various hi-tech equipment like Light Sabers and combat robots, they roam around Elfetale and cause the Cross Gates that connects between worlds to be unstable.In EXCEED, they aid the main party as support members. Aschen, having been given an offer to join by Henne at the end of the first game, is one of its members.
- A Father to His Men: Ezel; in EXCEED, when Girda Miroir's magic mirror creates a reflection of the most important person in his heart, it produces the remaining members of the Orchestral Army.
- Attack Drone: Kyon's Overdrive, complete with Shoot 'em Up style.
- Camp Gay
- Katze Kotolnos; to hammer the point home, he uses the feminine-only "atashi".
- He still keeps making passes at the guys in EXCEED, prompting Haken to tell him to "not fall for him" when he praises him excessively. Made funnier by the fact Haken uses the same phrase a lot during combat when he's busy beating down Mooks, although with a more mocking intent.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As camp as Katze is, he holds off the entire party by himself at one point in Endless Frontier.
- Dojikko: The first two encounters with Kyon in the first game has her trapped and "helped" by the party. Bonus points for the fact that she, as Henne points out, carries a teleporter.
- Emoticon: Kyon frequently uses this.Henne (reading from a report): "Bad-tempered robot (I hate this one the most >XD)."
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Henne and Katze
- Extremity Extremist: All of Katze's techniques are used only by his legs, including his Overdrive.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Ezel's been emotionally down since the end of the Ten Year War; it isn't until the end of the first game he finally lets go of his past.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: Kyon's prone to doing this
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact they are supporting characters in EXCEED spoils the fact they are not the main antagonists of the first game. Furthermore, EXCEED also spoils that Formido Heim was manipulated by the Einst who possessed their king, which triggered the Ten Year War, and the cause of the ceasefire.
- Leitmotif: "Orchestral Army"
- Let's Get Dangerous: When the party fights Katze
- Mask Power: Ezel always wears a horned skull helmet
- Nice Guy: In spite of his Big Guy credentials, Ezel is the nicest character in the first game.
- Noble Demon: Ezel, figuratively and literally; subverted because he might be the most outright heroic character in the series who personally put an end to the Ten Year War. He still thinks he deserves to be called a villain, though.
- Odd Name Out: While all of its members reference animals from The Bremen Town Musicians, Kyon's name is Greek while the others are German.
- Only Sane Man: Ezel (and to an extent, Katze) is the most normal character on the team.
- Rapunzel Hair: Kyon has ankle length
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever Ezel uses his Overdrive
- The Reveal: Formido Heim's been trying to prevent a full-blown Einst invasion, who created an imposter of their deceased king, which pushed Formido Heim into the Ten Year War. Katze, who held the rank of Vice-Captain, leaves the group to become The Atoner.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Crowned the king of Formido Heim at the end of the first game, Ezel is the only character of royalty (sans the princesses) who supports the party. Bonus points for being the Big Good of EXCEED. Played for Laughs when he's criticized by John Moses and Rubor Cucullus who envy the fact he can enjoy the fight.
- Running Gag: Henne and Kyon's report details the party's appearance. Both of them are finished with the description of Aschen, complete with "I hate this one the most >XD".
- Their former frontline fortress "Poker Castle" is under the command of "Hum Dum", and the location carries random Mook encounters of card soldiers, a chest in the castle holds the "Cheshire" armor and Reiji Arisu joins the party here.
- In another call to "The Bremen Town Musicians", Henne, Ezel and Katze are "hen", "donkey" and "cat" in German, respectively, while Kyon, or "Kuon", is "dog" in Greek.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Orchestral" or "Orchestre"?
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Being a former member of the Army, Katze and Ezel are radically different from the rest of the team, the latter plays up more of The Stoic.
- Unknown Rival: A minor version where Kyon feels her Token Mini-Moe status is threatened when M.O.M.O appears in EXCEED; M.O.M.O isn't aware of this.
The denizens of the world of "Elfetale" are largely comprised of talking animals, elves and fairies. They were the primary targets during the Ten Year War with Formido Heim and thus, were hit the hardest. A majority of the elves fled the onslaught, taking refuge with the Shura.
Dorothy Mistral (Voiced by Natsuko Kuwatani)
- Blow You Away: Although her main repetoire is explosives, one technique is randomly summoning a small tornado out from nowhere.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: How does she fit all those bombs under that dress of hers? May double as Victoria's Secret Compartment
- Meaningful Name: "Mistral" refers to a strong, cold and usually dry regional wind in France.
- Only Smart People May Pass: In Dorothy's fortress; justified since she's an Insufferable Genius.
- Our Elves Are Better: Following a certain point in the first game, Dorothy sells some of the best accessories available for purchase.
- Shout-Out: When fighting her for the first time, she comes along with minions named "Cerebrumless", "Heartless", and "Valorless". The road to her "Esmeralda Castle" is paved with yellow bricks, and in the sequel, she'll occasionally call out her attack as "Return To Home!" Another one of her attacks is called "Poppin Typhoon!"
Rubor Cucullus (Voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu)
- Bash Brothers: Used to be quite the team with Lee Ly before the Ten Year War.
- BFS: Doubles as a Swiss Army Weapon - the tip of his sword hides a gun barrel that fires solid rounds.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He takes a very hands-on approach to solve what he sees as problems.
- Shout-Out: His castle is named "Abuelita", the Spanish word for "grandmother".
- Unknown Rival: To Ezel in the first game, but Ezel doesn't care because of his Heroic B.S.O.D..
An Egyptian-themed lamia, Cleo operates a bakery called "Fatty Hansel" with a noticeable sweet tooth who bakes delicious sweets. Although she makes her debut in EXCEED, she was in the background of the first game: apparently, Cleo resides under the Cross Gate lying deep within the "Dulces Tomb".
- Bandage Babe: Wears bandage wrappings around her chest and arms as a fashion choice and to go with her Egyptian motif.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's really strong and makes wonderful items, but despite being the "guardian" of the Dulces Tomb, Cleo prefers not doing her job at all and lounges in a dungeon under the Cross Gate instead.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Cute Monster Girl: She's a lamia — no, not that Lamia — with a well-pronounced Egyptian motif.
- Nice Hat
- Sweet Tooth: Consistently seen chewing on a lollipop and her Overdrive involves bombarding the party with loads of sweets.
- Shout-Out: "Cleo" for "Cleopatra", while her surname, her obsession with sweets and her store named "Fatty Hansel" is from another familiar fairytale by "The Brothers Grimm".
Katze Kotolnos (Voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu)
- See: Orchestral Army
The Sirena Pirates
- Blood Knight: Pirate captain Anne Sirena's solution to a confusing situation? A fight or blow everything away.
- Cool Big Sis: Anne to the rest of the girls in the party in EXCEED; may double as the Team Mom.
- Dual Wielding: Anne uses a pair of cannons in combat and holds them like Dual Tonfas.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Dodged in the case of Anne who is part-Orca.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Anne's a half-Orca mermaid, while her Sidekick Bonny Maxmad is at best a fish-type kemono.
- Shout-Out: Their names are derived from "Anne Bonny", a Real Life 18th Century Irish Pirate Girl.
- Team Mom: Anne in EXCEED acts like this on occasion around the younger girls in the party such as M.O.M.O. and Einst Alfimi.
The people of the world of "Kagura Amahara" live primarily in three places: under the World Tree "Fujisakura", in the frontier town of "Ryugu Island" and in the Oni-occupied "Megi Castle". During the Ten Year War, they secluded themselves from Elfetale by closing the Cross Gates that allow access to their world.
- Big Good: In the first game; he is the king of Kagura Amahara, after all.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Has an exceptionally neat, full beard
- Multicolored Hair: Black and red
- Pervert Dad: Implied after an incident regarding a fake Kaguya running around and Brainwashing people.Sanuki : "Ah, but those curves...There's no mistaking them! You're my daughter!"
Kaguya: "Father, can't you think of a better way to recognize me?"
Koma (Voiced by Natsuko Kuwatani)
- Cat Girl: Variation; since her tail splits in two, she's more akin to a "nekomata".
- Cats Are Mean: Koma will fight against the party if the price is right only to turn face post-battle and sell the party items the next time they meet.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Starts off fighting the party to stop them from continuing into the dungeon, as she is being paid to do so (players cannot truly continue due to Mild Kiel crystals, something that is Lampshaded). After that, she sells items and apologizes, then turns around and fights the party again at another dungeon, having a new employer who is paying her a ridiculous amount of money. Following her second defeat, she gets spanked off-screen and goes back to selling items again.
- Leitmotif: "Everybody Do The Koma!"
- Proud Merchant Family: Played with - her "father" Shirou sees her as a disgrace to their line of work.
- Meaningful Name: Koma comes from nekomata, the Japanese twin-tailed cat demon.
- Money to Throw Away: Uses money as part of her Overdrive.
- Not So Different: In EXCEED, Mark Hunter plays the same role as Koma in the first game - hired by a third-party to stop the protagonists from proceeding with their objectives.
- Verbal Tic: "Nya!"
- Berserk Button: Any mention that Koma is his "daughter" and outright insulting his shop.
- Proud Merchant Family: He represents the "honorable" side.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to end his sentences with "Wan!" or "Woof!"
Shuten, King of the Shiki-Oni (Voiced by Tetsu Inada)
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the first game, which is easy thanks to his Pride as an Oni.
- Heel Realization: Defeating for a second time in the first game and Shuten realizes he can't overcome the Einst's Mind Control like he believes since he's already being played by them, thus there was never a need for them to control him.
- Meaningful Name: His name's derived from "Shutendouji", the giant ruler of Oni in Japanese folklore.
The Shura are a fight happy Proud Warrior Race who originated from a world they called "Hakoku", nicknamed "The Land of Waves". They were in the middle of a war with another race until their sudden transfer to the Endless Frontier. Shura politics are one of the three guiding forces moving the story in Endless Frontier EXCEED.
- Old Master: Fulfills this trope, yet subverted for not being old at all.
- Shout-Out: If Aledy's name is farfetched already, Cindy is, likewise, a pun on "Sinbad".
Hamelin Sibalto (Voiced by Tomokazu Sugita)
- Extremity Extremist: Aside from a musical pipe, Hamelin will perform a few kick-based techniques.
- Meaningful Name: "Silbato" is Spanish for "whistle"; most of Hamelin's attacks are done through a musical pipe.
- People Puppets: Is the main source of the Brainwashing in EXCEED.
- Shout-Out: To "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"; in fact, one of his attacks is summoning a stampede of mice people.
- The Alcatraz: Her base of operations
- Bling of War: Just look at her dress!
- Meaningful Name: "Miroir" is French for "mirror"; some of Gerda's attacks involve conjuring a duplicate image of herself.
- Nice Hat: Wears a unique Russian Ushanka
One of the driving forces behind the events of EXCEED and the main antagonists of the game, the world of "Agrado Heim" were at war with the Shura of Hakoku, with several of their members being familiar with Aledy or one of the other Shura generals. Though they share similarities with the denizens of Formido Heim, Agrado Heim itself looks like a giant Space Station.
Gagun Laos/Gymnos Basileus (Voiced by Kenichi Ono)
- Expy: Of W-15 Wodan Ymir, but only in appearance. He is nothing like Wodan as W-05 has no emotions and Gymnos simply stole the android's body for its use.
- Cloning Blues: W-05 is, accordingly, a spare body for Wodan.
- For the Evulz: The entire plot of EXCEED, as well as the motivation of Agrado Heim, revolves around trying to gather enough restless souls to power their own World Tree to cross to another dimension. This is the reason why they made war with the Shura, but also the reason why they seek the surviving Einst, bringing chaoas across the Endless Frontier and attempt to corrupt the Fujisakura. Were they to succeed, they plan to start the process all over again.
- Thanatos Gambit: Members of Agrado Heim include themselves among the restless souls to harvest in their plan should they fail to win.
- Meaningful Name: "Gymnos Basileus" means "naked king" in Greek; having no body of it own, Gymnos hijacks Gagun's body to use.
- Not Quite Dead His soul's currently possessing W-05's body.
- One-Winged Angel: When Gymnos gathers enough souls, he transforms into the "Svaiser".
- Summon Magic: When confronted by the party, he attempts to summon something across the dimensions. Out pops Xiaomu, instead.
Rig The Guard
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Almost killed Aledy and Neige in the past until Cindy arrived to help.
- The Rival: Another one for Cindy; after his fight with her, he began to incorporate many Shura techniques into his style.
The Gand SiblingsIts members include Vanar Gand, Hela Gand, Jolm Gand. How they classify as "siblings" despite being entirely different species is a mystery.
- The Rival: Vanar fought Aledy during the Agrado Heim-Shura war when the latter was still a child. Apparently, the young Aledy left quite an impression on him.
- Sacrificial Lion: All three sacrifice their souls to empower Gymnos, who transforms into the Svaiser.
One of the driving forces behind both games, they are the same-named faction from the main series. One of the Shadow-Mirror's Neverland-class battleships broke in two during a dimensional jump, with the front and rear parts landing in Formido Heim and Lost Herencia, respectively. Their commander androids, the W-Numbers, are key characters in all games.Of the eleven W-Numbers that are known in Endless Frontier, five are still unaccounted for.
- See: Haken Browning.
W-03 "Pete Pain" (Voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura)Pete Pain is a W-Number designed to eliminate other W-Numbers, tasked with "clean up" and ensure any sensitive information does not fall into enemy hands. He uses a unique command "Code: PTP" (Play The Puppet) that overrides the programming of other W-Numbers. Throughout EXCEED, Pete rebuilds various mecha destroyed from the first game to help him with his mission.
- The Atoner: Knowing he has failed to kill the party for the last time in EXCEED, Pete activates his Self Destuct Mechanism to allow them access into Agrado Heim.
- Casanova Wannabe: Invokes this trope unintentionally at one point when he has Aschen and Cardia Basirissa flanking him due to Code: PTP.
- Marionette Master: What the affects of Code: PTP does to fellow W-Numbers. At one point in EXCEED, Pete manages to gain control of Aschen and Cardia. He orders the latter to self-destruct at a specific point, and intends to kill Haken by ordering Aschen to do the same. A timely intervention and quick-thinking by Axel activates Aschen's Code: DTD, which overrides Code: PTP.
- Standard Status Effects: Appropriately, as he's not really a "fighting" android and more of a "command"-type.
- Shout-Out: Well, duh....
- See: Agrado Heim
W-06 "Cardia Basirissa" (Voiced by Mariko Suzuki)
- Evil Twin/The Rival: To Aschen; naturally, this is a Call Back to the similar rivalry between Lamia and Cardia's Expy Echidna "W-16" Iisaki.
- See: Aschen Brodel
- See: Endless Frontier Mecha
- Asskicking Equals Authority: After retiring, the people made him the mayor of Lost Herencia.
- Big Good: In the first game alongside Sanuki, and Ezel in EXCEED.
- Dirty Old Man
"Eh? Who's this? I don't think I asked for one today, but I won't say no..."
- To hit this home, this is John's initial greeting to Kaguya:
- In EXCEED, the first thing he does when the party meets him is to ask Kaguya and Neige to stand next to him. The girls oblige but aren't aware of the implications. Axel stands in awe at the sight of two girls flanking the old man, while Aledy's blushing for some reason he can't define.
"Daddy, can I have a new handbag?"
- Neige actually catches on to the implications: one of her lines after being called to stand by John's side is:
- Shout-Out: Named after "John Moses Browning", the Real Life firearms manufacturer who designed the "Browning Automatic Rifle" (the BAR), "Colt M1911" and "FN Hi-Power".
Crew of the Zeit Krokodil
Endless Frontier Mecha
The party's prescence throughout the Endless Frontier has attracted a number of beings similar to "Personal Troopers", only double a human's size. These turn out to be Gespensts of the Shadow-Mirror organization, modified in the Endless Frontier by the Orchestral Army to resemble the blueprints of the much larger Shadow-Mirror mecha.
Alt Eisen Nacht
- Combination Attack: "Rampage Specter" with the Weiss Ritter Abend, triggered only by Haken
- Expy: Of the "Alt Eisen Riese"
- Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Like its namesake, the Nacht uses no energy-based weapons and is armed with solid-based weaponry
- More Dakka: While the Nacht carries the exact loadout of the Riese, its Pile Bunker features an additional mini-claymore launcher that fires the same kind of titanium ball bearings as its normal variant on its Shoulders of Doom.
- Pile Bunker: This version of the Nacht's primary weapon is called the "Revolving Breaker"
- Turns Red: By default, the Nacht is blue, but once it enters into "rage mode", the blue coloring throughout its chassis turns to red.
- Combination Attack: Haou Maretsu Ken with Aledy
- Evil Twin: In the form of the ice-based Rasetsu-Ki and the stronger Arc-Ontes, both of which are mass-produced versions created by Gerda for her army.
- Expy: Of the "Ialdabaoth"; essentially, the Ark-On's a Palette Swap of Folka's Ialdabaoth, painted black in place of crimson.
One of the four robots created by Formido Heim, the Arkgain has been wandering throughout the Endless Frontier. Since its construction is more similar to an android than other mecha, Haken believes it is W-00.
- Back from the Dead: The Arkgain reappears in EXCEED, having been rebuilt and reprogrammed by Pete Pain.
- The Reveal: The Arkgain is W-10; the one the party encounters in the first game is a mere replica. Upon stealing the Soulgain from the "Tesla-Leicht Institute" in her home dimension, Lemon realized the Soulgain's artificial exoskeleton and musculature can be used and mass-produced for Androids. The W-10 was based on the Soulgain, but unlike the rest of the W-Numbers, it had neither a human-like appearance or personality, made purely for combat, without its ability to blend in with humanoids.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: Commonly known as a Yousei-Ki among its creators.
- Combination Attack: "Royal Heart Blaster" with Neige
Usually just called "Phantom", this is another of the four robots created by Formido Heim. Using data found in the "Tinkerbell" supercomputer of the Neverland battleship, Cardia restores the Phantom's original programming after encountering it, assigning it to work alongside her. After being defeated by Haken (whom the Phantom designates as its primary user), it forcibly shuts itself down, allowing the party to capture it. When the Nacht and Abend malfunction following an encounter with Haken's party in Varna Kanai, the Phantom automatically inserts its programming into them, converting both machines to serve Haken and his allies. The Phantom follows Haken faithfully and by start of EXCEED, is the only robot that still accompanies him (whereas the Nacht and Abend have mysteriously disappeared).
- Composite Character: Phantom uses the black-color scheme of the original Gespenst used by Gilliam Yeager, has larger versions of the Gespenst MK II Type-R's "Slash Ripper" called "Grand Slash Ripper", the same Chest Blaster as the Gespenst Type-S ("Neutron Blaster") and the "Gespenst Kick" from the Gespenst MK II Type-S.
- Foreshadowing: The fact the Phantom recognizes Haken as its "master" is the first indication of who Haken really is.
- Given Name Reveal: The machine is based on the "Gespenst Haken", the personal unit of W-00.
- Older than You Think: In-Universe, the Phantom was built by Formido Heim after the Ten Year War, created to hunt down the Nacht, Abend and Arkgain.
- Robot Buddy: Once the Phantom joins the group, it is totally loyal to Haken. While it cannot talk back to him, Haken repeatedly shows gratitude towards it.
A karakuri used by Suzuka as a weapon. Unlike the other robots listed here, it is more or less a puppet controlled by strings attached to Suzuka's Paper Fan of Doom, thus not a true robot, despite its Super Robot design. Notably, the Jyaki-GUN-Oh is designated as a Choukijin ("Super Mechanical God"), the same classification of machines as the "RyuKoOh"/"KoRyuOh".
- Gatling Good: A minimum of eight minigun cannons throughout its body.
- Healing Shiv: In EXCEED during one of Suzuka's Special Skills
- Expy: Of the "Thrudgelmir".
- Mythology Gag: Notice how its BFS and This Is a Drill are reversed for the Svaiser compared to the Thrudgelmir?
Weiss Ritter Abend
The Walking Spoilers
Due to the nature of the following character(s), spoilers are unmarked to avoid redundancy.
EinstThe true Big Bad of the first game, the Einst are the same entities from the main series, the source of all conflict that occurred in the Endless Frontier. When the overambitious king of Formido Heim attempted to explore a recently opened Cross Gate, he returned possessed by the Einst; this impostor started the Ten Year War of genocide with Elfetale. The Einst also possessed three machines that accompanied him: the Nacht, the Abend and the Arkgain.
- A God Am I: The "Wahrschein Lichkeit" compares itself to "a Creator" with its last words in sharp constrast to their "father" the "Neue Regisseur". Irony abounds when it did, in fact, create the Endless Frontier.
- Bonus Boss: Ezel was unable to vanquish the Einst who impersonated the Formido Heim king, but the best he could do was seal it. It is considered the strongest boss in the first game if players decide to fight it.
- Continuity Nod: Look carefully at the environment the party is walking on when entering the Einst's dimension in Endless Frontier. They're actually climbing on the corpse of the defeated "Stern Regisseur" from Original Generation 2.