This page includes only those characters who made their debut in Endless Frontier. See the Xenosaga character sheet for KOS-MOS, T-elos and M.O.M.O. See Namco × Capcom for tropes regarding Reiji Arisu, Xiaomu, Saya and Katana. See the main Super Robot Wars page for those from the main games.
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, faithfully followed by his Sidekick Aschen Brodel. He's also a ladies' man, complimenting everyone of the fairer sex. He has Sanger Zonvolt's colour scheme and Excellen Browning's surname, but is defined as Kyosuke Nanbu'sExpy, taking on the role of the calm, cool leader and has a gambling habit, even naming most of his attacks after gambling stints (Texas Hold'em, High Low Draw, etc.)Haken also seems to attract a number of beings similar to PersonalTroopers, 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. As it turns out, he's W-00, the Super Prototype of Lemon Browning'sW-Numbers. The rest were robots and mostly-machine cyborgs rather than extremely enhanced humans like Haken because they decided it took too long to wait for him to grow up.Haken carries two weapons with him at all times: the Night Fowl rifle and the Longtomb Special revolver. He embodies these tropes:
The Atoner: While he didn't act like your usual atoner, its made clear that Haken's primary motive in Endless Frontier EXCEED is to find his lost friends and help avert the current world destruction attempt, both of which he's indirectly responsible for.
Ascended Fanboy: Vice Chief Lee Ly of the Zeit Krokodil often mocks his cowboy costume.
Casanova Wannabe: Subversion; at first, as he flirts with every girl and gets turned down, but eventually wins Kaguya's heart...and maybe a little more...
Chivalrous Pervert: Justified, since it's hard to blame him considering how ridiculous the boobage in the games are.
Combination Attack: "Phantom Hold 'Em" with the Gespenst Phantom and "Rampage Specter", although 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.
Disc One Nuke: In EXCEED, Haken acquires the Gespenst Phantom at the end of his introductory chapter, learns the "Co-Op" note Personal support can be activated twice and Support Attack is granted an additional use and "Morale" note Gain an additional 15% chance of achieving critical hits for the party 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 in the later game, thanks to new attack "Quad Solitaire".
Deuteragonist: Despite not being the protagonist of EXCEED, much of the plot still revolves around the W-Series and Haken's atonement, 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 simiiar to Sephiroth. Coincidentally, Kyosuke and Sephiroth share the same voice actor.
Eye-Obscuring Hat: Oddly enough, this is how his hat is when his character portrait displays him as sad and melancholic.
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.
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 Gain the effects of "Alert" (all enemy attacks will miss for one turn) for the whole party 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.
"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 suspected 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 navigation 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?
Wave Motion Gun: Phantom Hold'em, Last Showdown and Quad Solitaire, to an extent. Played more straight in EXCEED, when Haken can use it to hit multiple enemies as part of the Phantom Hold'em Frontier MAX.
The young, innocent princess of the Nanbu Clan in Kagura Amahara, Kaguya's the heiress of the sword-fighting style Jinraku Tengen. On her first meeting with Haken, she unknowingly hires him and Aschen to escort her on her pilgrimage. Throughout her travels, her relationship with Haken grows more forward than that... and she's hot... yeah...Although she carries Kyosuke's surname, she seems to be more of a loose Expy of Excellen, since her personality is almost like 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", and Sanger's trademark "CHEESTOOOOOO!!!!". Some of the tropes that represent Kaguya are:
Combat Medic: In the first game, Kaguya's Special Skill "Nanbu Reijutsu Tukimi Zake'' is a party-wide heal and she carries the "Love" Spirit Command note Restore the party's HP to full. Her attack stat is the lowest in the party and her attacks are weak in general. 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 Gain the effects of "Accelerate" (increase speed stat by 15% for 3 turns), "Strike" (for one turn, all attacks will hit without triggering guard or miss), "Alert" (all enemy attacks will miss for one turn), "Soul" (deal twice the amount of damage for one turn; critical hits do not activate) and "Luck" (earn 50% more credits after battle).
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 thanks to her attack "Hinezumi no Koromo". By late game, her damage output tapers off, unless you use her "Miracle" Spirit Command note In EXCEED, casting "Miracle" grants "Abandon" (gain the effects of "Strike" and "Alert"), "Soul", "Luck", "Effort" (earn 20% more experience after battle), "Accelerate", "Drive" (recover 50% of COM) and "Guts" (recover HP to full).
Innocent Fanservice Girl: That skimpy, tight, semi-transparent mini-dress? It's formal wear. To her, 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.
Running Gag: Almost every character or villain after their introduction mistake her as a "cow" or "werecow". Judging by how she dresses up and her huge "tracts of land", this is completely 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 actually flattered by the proposal.
Haken's loyal and devoted Sidekick, Aschen Brodel's a green-haired combat cyborg capable of emitting human-like emotions... sometimes. At first, you'd think she's a blatant Expy of Lamia Loveless, but it's justified: Aschen's, in fact, her predecessor (or, to a lesser extent, "sister") codenamed W-07. She, along with Haken and W-01 to W-10 were the first to be sent to the Original Generation universe during Beowulf's attack, but they were put in the first batch of the teleportation device, namely the unstable ones. Haken and Aschen stumbled into the Endless Frontier and have been there for the past twenty-three years.Unlike Lamia, who's mostly The Stoic unless the situation requires, Aschen's more than just stoic. She has a sharp tongue and at times flings insults, especially regarding Haken's womanizing attitude, and invents other derisive nicknames like "Dairy Cow Princess" or "Princess Flat" (for Suzuka). She's also installed with "Code: DTD" (Dust-to-Dust), but instead of it being a Chekhov's Gun, she uses it for full advantage as a Super Mode, 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 missiles, disk cutters and shotguns mounted to her heels). Tropes associated with Aschen are:
The Four Gods: Her moveset incorporates attacks called "Tigress Bite", "Genbu Spike" and "Dragon Scale", while her Overdrive is aptly named "Phantasm Phoenix", a Shout-Out to Lamia's "Phantom Phoenix" for her mecha Angelg.
Servile Snarker: Aschen would count 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.
Shout-Out: Aside from Lamia, try translating her name into German. As per the usual fairy tale Theme Naming of the games, her name translates into "Cinderella". Likewise, if she attacks with her feet, she sometimes yells out "Glass Heel!", a signature item from the story.
In EXCEED, she gives a Shout-Out to Super Robot Wars 64, namely her multi-target Overdrive "Gravity Howling", a call to "Bloody Howling", the ultimate attack of the Simurgh Splendid, to which the Lamia's Angelg is an Expy of.
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 of the enemies and a random object offscreen with her Rocket Punches and slamming them together.
The first part of the animation for her Phantasm Phoenix is most likely a reference to Kim Kaphwan's Desperation Move "Hou'ou Kyaku" in Fatal Fury and King of Fighters: not only are both attacks named after The Phoenix, they also start by sliding at the enemy knee-first while trailing shadows, follow up with an extended kick combo and end in a somersault kick, although Aschen continues her version with a series of Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and finishes off with an upward heel shotgun blast.
A Shiki-Oni princess from Kagura Amahara, Princess Suzuka is Kaguya's childhood friend and is currently betrothed to another Oni, Shuten (who's not necessarily evil...), bumping into our heroes and joining them in their endeavor.Suzuka uses an unusual style of dance 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); Suzuka doesn't take kindly to the latter. 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, you 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.
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.
Protagonist for the sequel Endless Frontier EXCEED, Aledy Naash's a Shura warrior sent by his mentor Cindy Bird to investigate the new emergence of Einst-like crystals in the newly formed Endless Frontier, as well as the missing machine Ark-On. He's assisted by the lost princess of Elfetale Neige Hausen.The only link between him with the main series is that he's a Shura and a practicioner of Kishin Ken. Coupled with the surname Naash, Epileptic Trees occur on whether he's related to the previous Shura King Alkaid Naash or not. 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.
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 Command note Gain the effects of "Luck" and "Effort", allowing him to level early in EXCEED.
Take a Third Option: Shura ideaology states there are only two paths in life - win and crush the enemy, or lose and die. He chose neither.
Spanner in the Works: The Big Bad would've succeeded had Aledy followed the rule to a T, and he did not have the ability to seal Haki access from a Rasetsu-Ki.
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.
The Rival: Hamelin and Aledy consider one another this.
The Stoic: Unless he's yelling his Kiai, Aledy's a pretty reserved guy.
Female protagonist of EXCEED, Neige Hausen's a princess of the fairies in the Elfetale Kingdom, which was destroyed by the Einsts following the first game, now accompanying Aledy in his quest. She later acquires the Fee-Kleid unit. 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.
Shout-Out: 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. What other person out there could possibly fit with snow, princess, mirrors, apples and glass coffins? Just 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.
Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: As part of her Tsundere tendencies, she'll often criticize on Aledy's shortcomings, even if it's like him lamenting that he lacks training, in 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. Their members are Token Mini-MoeBlack Magician Girl Kyon Feulion, black-winged valkyrie Henne Valkyria and skull-headed leader Ezel Granada. Utilizing various hi-tech equipment like Light Sabers and combat robots, they now roam around Elfetale and cause the Cross Gates that connects between worlds to be unstable. The bad guys, right? Wrong: turns out Formido Heim's actually trying to prevent an Einst invasion, who created an imposter of their deceased king, pushing Formido Heim into the Ten Year War. The group's vice-captain, Katze Kotolnos, leaves them and becomes The Atoner.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 currently a member.
A Father to His Men: Ezel, in fact in EXCEED, when the Magic Mirror created a reflection of the most important person in his heart, it produced the remaining member of the Orchestral Army.
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.
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 Elfetale, made up of talking animals, fairies and elves. 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 in the Shura world.
An Egyptian-themed lamia with a sweet tooth, who bakes delicious sweets. Apparently the reason why she wasn't in the first game was because she was living under the Crossgate deep within the Dulces Tomb. Operates a bakery called "Fatty Hansel".
Brilliant, but Lazy: She's really strong and makes wonderful items, but despite being the "guardian" of Dulces Tomb, Cleo prefers not doing her job at all and lounges in a dungeon under the Crossgate instead.
Shout-Out: Their names are derived from Anne Bonny, a historical female pirate.
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 Kagura Amahara live primarily in three places: under the World Tree "Fujisakura", in the frontier town of Ryugu Island and in the Oni Megi Castle. During the Ten Year War, they secluded themselves from Elftale by closing their Crossgates.
Big Good: In the first game; he is the king of Kagura Amahara, after all.
Heel Realization: When you defeat him for the second time, Shuten realizes he can't overcome the Einst's mind control like he thought. This is because he was playing by their plan already, thus there's no actual need to control him.
Meaningful Name: His name's derived from "Shutendouji", the giant ruler of Oni in Japanese folklore.
The Shura are a fight happyProud 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 that move the story in Endless Frontier EXCEED.
The Rival: To Cindy, which is understandable, as the two women are among the highest ranking warriors among the Shura.
One of the driving forces behind the events of EXCEED and the main antagonists of the game. They were at war with the Shura of Hakoku, with several of their members being familiar with Aledy or one of the other Shura generals. They share many similarities with the denizens of Formido Heim. Agrado Heim itself looks like a Space Station.
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 was the entire reason why they made war with the Shura, but also the reason why they sought the surviving Einst, brought chaos across the Endless Frontier and attempted to corrupt the Fujisakura. Were they to succeed, they plan to start the process all over again.
Thanatos Gambit: They included themselves among the restless souls to harvest in their plan should they fail to win.
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.
Pete Pain is a W-Number designed to eliminate other W-Numbers, tasked with "clean up" and ensure that sensitive information does not fall into enemy hands. He uses a unique command "Code: PTP" (Play The Piper) that overrides the programming of other W-Numbers. At one point in EXCEED, Pete manages to gain control of Aschen and Cardia Basirissa. He orders the latter to self-destruct at a specific point, and intended 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. Throughout EXCEED, Pete rebuilds various mecha, such as the Arkgain and the Gespensts, and attempts to assassinate W-05 but fails. He eventually self-destructs to allow the party into Agrado Heim (after failing to assassinate them for the last time).
Big Good: In the first game alongside Sanuki, and Ezel in EXCEED.
Dirty Old Man: To hit this home, this is John's initial greeting to Kaguya:
"Eh? Who's this? I don't think I asked for one today, but I won't say no..."
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 the two girls flanking the old man, while Aledy's blushing for some reason he can't define...
I Am A Humanitarian: It's hard to tell if Vice Chief Lee Ly's comments about how "scumptious" people he just met are should be taken seriously.
Shout-Out: Marion's surname "Sumii" and the man-tiger Lee Ly. John, however, is named after "John Moses Browning", a Real Life firearms designer, who among other things designed the Browning Automatic Rifle (aka the BAR), the Colt M1911, FN Hi-Power, and M2 heavy machinegun.
The true Big Bad of the first game, the Einst are the source of all conflict that occurred in the Endless Frontier. When the overambitious king of Formido Heim attempted to explore a recently opened Crossgate, he returned possessed by the Einst. The impostor started a 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: In sharp constrast to their "father", Neue Regisseur.
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.
One of the four robots created by Formido Heim which wandered the Endless Frontier. Since its construction is more similar to an android than other mecha, Haken believed it was W-00. In reality, the Arkgain they encounter in the first game is a mere replica: the original Arkgain was W-10. 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.
Usually just called Phantom, this is another of the four robots created by Formido Heim which wandered the Endless Frontier. Unlike the Nacht, Abend and Arkgain, the Phantom was built by Formido Heim after the Ten Year War to hunt down the other three. The Phantom was based on "Gespenst Haken" (W-00's personal unit) 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 recognized as its true master), it forcibly shuts itself down allowing the group to capture it. When the Nacht and Abend malfunction following an encounter with Haken's party in Varna Kanai, the Phantom automatically inserts is programming into them, converting both machines to serve Haken and his allies. The Phantom serves 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", the same Chest Blaster as the Gespenst Type-S and the "Gespenst Kick" from the Gespenst MK II Type-S.
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, the same classification of machines as the RyuKoOh/KoRyuOh.