Characters appearing throughout the Front Mission games. All characters will be listed in the games they are formally introduced in, regardless of earlier appearances.
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Front Mission 1st
Royd (Lloyd) Clive Royd is an OCU commander and the protagonist for the OCU scenario. His fiancee, Karen Meure, had become part of his unit in the early events of the story. During the investigation of the USN (a.k.a. UCS) munition plant, Karen rushed ahead in her spying, only to be met by an ambush and killed by the infamous Driscoll. Ever since then, Royd has been mentally unstable and moody, a cross between unforgiving (toward Karen's killer) and hard on himself for supposedly destroying the treaty between the great powers. (Really, Royd was just following orders from the superiors.) After being discharged from the military, he at first had no intent on returning. An OCU colonel named Olson, however, managed to recruit him using the promise of avenging Karen's death. Royd is now the commander of the unit Canyon Crows.
Ryuji Sakata Ryuji is an ally to Commander Royd, forming a brother-like bond since early on. After being discharged, he gets likewise found and recruited by Olson. Ryujiserves as some sort of information genius and mentor to the Canyon Crows. Ryuji is the younger son of Chairman Reniji Sakata and younger brother of President Koichi Sakata. As such, the moral uprightness level of the Sakata family is especially important to him.
Natalie Blakewood Natalie is Olson's chosen adjutant for the Canyon Crows. She serves as an information brain (similar to Ryuji) and the "moral voice" to keep the Crows in line. Natalie is obsessed with duty and with keeping the others following every order, to the point of self-righteous arrogance at times. Natalie is the daughter of the OCU Supreme Commanding General Willas Blakewood.
Keith Carabell and Joynas "J.J." Jeriaska A mercenary from America named Keith is partnered with J.J., a mercenary who regularly sends a lot of his earnings to his family in Africa for their survival. In stark contrast to the money-hungry and pragmatic Keith, J.J. is the conscientious and idealistic mercenary. While Keith dislikes doing unpaid work, J.J. has a sense of compassion that restrains him from killing everything in sight for money. Another contrast between them is the temperament difference: the serious, ordinary, to-the-point J.J. and the cocky wise-guy Keith.
Frederick Lancaster Frederick is a reporter and newspaper columnist, always willing to enter into risky scenarios for good column scoops. Sometimes Frederick gets a bit cocky and arrogant about his ability to fend for himself on the battlefield. But he is arguably the most amiable and agreeable of the bunch, right up there with J.J., Paul, and Hans. Frederick gives off an intuitive air about him in questioning, investigating, and relating to others. If anyone has a redeeming quality, usually Frederick is one of the first to notice a hint thereof. note It is he who learned first that Soul/Spirit of Huffman is not a truly evil group and saves them from being entirely wiped out. Without Frederick, the Crows would have won the so-believed war on terror and called it total victory, and Sakata Industries would never have been exposed for its true colors.
Yang Meihua Meihua is a temporary Coliseum gladiator and long-time friend of Karen, Royd's fiancee. Meihua is also seeking to reunite with her long-lost brother Yeehin. If she ever finds him which she does, she is determined to save his life and protect him from anyone who would do him any harm.
Alder Weiss Alder is a veteran whose son was also a soldier, but has been killed in the war. Alder refuses to cope with his son's death and, initially, trying to make himself forget by drinking in a bar in Menasa. Although he does not necessarily distrust the military as evil (cough: M|o|l|l|y), but he does tend to think that all young soldiers are foolish for choosing the military life at such a young age. A guy in Grey Rock named Herbert mentions that Alder is a great mercenary. After Royd goes to recruit him, Alder challenges him to a Coliseum fight. After Royd wins, Alder pledges to be a bodyguard and to prevent other young soldiers from getting themselves killed.
Paul C. Grieber Paul is an OCU soldier who dislikes accomplishing things by violence — essentially a pacifist. But he happened to be mixed up in the conflict when Driscoll led the charge against the Grey Rock hospital. After being the lone survivor of his unit, Paul sought the Crows, his rescuers, in order to join with them.
Peewee Richberg Peewee is a supply truck driver for the OCU. Dangerous quests tend to easily frighten him, with the worry that a surprise attack could claim his life at any random moment. After a desertion attempt, he was rescued by Olson from a court-martial run-in and recruited to the Canyon Crows as alternative. Truck driving means that he's not as well armored as the wanzer pilots; but it makes him feel safer in that it requires that he be kept out of the line of fire.
Hans Goldwin Hans is a genius hacker who knows how to break in to military networks and obtain classified miliary information. He didn't find much on the whereabouts of Yeehin. He did find something on Karen being taken to the Nirvana Institute, but could not finish his search due to his connection being traced. Desperate to save his life, he begged to be instated by the Canyon Crows. Hans functions, from then on, as the unit's signal finder and radio communicator.
Molly O'Donnell Molly is a former nurse in Lark Valley before it burned from a raging battle. Mothers lost their children and perished in the flames as well. As a result, Molly is extremely distrustful toward the military in general and is [[Don'tYouDarePityMe ungrateful any soldiers' concern for her]]. Royd's confession to allegedly starting the whole war drove her to wish evil on him. She tried to backstab the entire Canyon Crows unit by enticing Keith and J.J. into mounting an attack and then giving away their presence. Molly soon lets go of her underhanded vengeful tactics and does the best to help bring an end to the war.
Gregorio Meyers Gregorio is a big muscular beast and a Coliseum gladiator in Freedom City who has won several victories using only melee attacks. After a Canyon Crow deals him his first defeat, he joins the Crows in order to become stronger.
Yang Yeehin Yeehin is Meihua's younger brother, who was recruited by the USN while the Nirvana unit was with them. The Black Hounds unit sent other USN soldiers to capture Yeehin after he had deserted. Yeehin was ever grateful to the Canyon Crows for saving the day, both against his pursuers and against Olson's enforcement of orders to send him to his punishment or his death. Yeehin has a little bit of inside information about the Nirvana Institute and the newest wanzer models of Sakata Industries.
Ralph Dian Ralph is a gladiator in the Coliseum in Fort Monus. After showing promise in a Coliseum fight, the Canyon Crows decide to hire him. Very little convincing is required before he accepts.
Bobby Hopkins and Porunga An English gentleman named Bobby and his Austronesian partner Porunga are a polar-opposite duo who used to fight for the OCU regular army. While Porunga was in search of ways to end the war and prevent the island from becoming barren by the constant fighting, Bobby was losing interest in fighting for the military or for protecting the island's fertility. It is unknown whether Bobby intended on retiring early, but a fight broke out in the city of Peseta. When a Canyon Crow breaks up the fight, a less-than-enthusiastic Bobby is encouraged by Porunga to join, thus two new members of the unit.
Gentz Weizer Leader of the terrorist group "Soul/Spirit of Huffman." Gentz once spied on a factory of Sakata Industries, and the information he gathered drove him to attempt to bring down the company once and for all. He tried to assassinate Chairman Reniji Sakata once, as well as targeting Koichi the President by association. Gentz is being constantly thwarted by Driscoll and the Black Hounds until Frederick attempts to stop the Canyon Crows' last battle against the Spirit of Huffman. While the Crows later investigate an abandoned factory, Driscoll and the Hounds waiting for them to show, Gentz was waiting for the Hounds to appear. Gentz s a Crows member from then onward.
Colonel Guri Olson Olson is the Colonel who reinstated Royd and Ryuji and commissions the Canyon Crows to help give the OCU a chance in the war against the USN. Olson is possibly the one with whom the USN are most frustrated. Like Driscoll, Olson is really no friend to any great powers outside of the Black Hounds and Sakata Industries. Olson was really working with Driscoll for the sake of the B-Device the entire time. The only reason Olson cannot be called the Big Bad because he dies early.
President Koichi Sakata The president of Sakata Industries and Chairman Reniji's elder son. Koichi is actually the other Big Bad besides Driscoll, having commissioned Driscoll and Olson to divide shares in manipulating the Second Huffman War. Koichi is the one who, in fact, planned the Larcus Incident that first set the war in motion.
Front Mission 2
Front Mission 3
Kazuki TakemuraThe protagonist of Front Mission 3. Kazuki is a 19-year old university student who also works as a wanzer test pilot for Kirishima Industries in Okinawa Ocean City. His life takes a sharp turn when he and his buddy Ryogo become involved in the Yokosuka base explosion incident while delivering new wanzer models. He is known for his short temper and hot-headedness, as well as being overprotective of his adopted sister Alisa. He is not on good terms with his father Isao, who he perceives to prioritize his position as a Japan Defense Force (JDF) colonel more than his family.He starts out piloting a Zenith Rev (mistranslated as "Zenislev" in the US version), a close-combat version of the series-famous wanzer, with a shotgun-fist weapon setup fitting for his personality.
Armor-Piercing Slap: He delivers a very crunchy one to Yun after the group gets into an unnecessary fight because of that person's manipulation.
A Taste of Power: He uses an upgraded Shunyo Mk.111 for the first two missions of the game - which is unusually fitted with his shotgun and fist setup despite being a sniper-type wanzer - before switching to a Zenith Rev.
Badass Normal: Has only test piloting experience, yet is able to go toe-to-toe with national armies and genetically superior Real and Imaginary Numbers.
Berserk Button: He's already a hot-head to begin with, but he goes ballistic over anything negative related with his sister or the mere mention of his father's name.
Big Brother Instinct: He truly cares about Alisa, despite not being related with her by blood. Finding out that Alisa is an Imaginary Number does not shake his protective instinct even by a bit.
For Want of a Nail: Early on, Ryogo asks him to accompany him in his delivery job. If Kazuki goes with him, Emma's storyline will be played; otherwise, it's Alisa's storyline.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kazuki can be very difficult to work with as he's belligerent, thin-skinned, and hot-headed to a fault. But he's also very loyal to his fiends, cares deeply for his sister, and is willing to fight tooth and nail for what he believes is right.
The Cameo: He and Ryogo can be fought as opponents in the Arena of Front Mission 5. Strangely enough, here he rides a Strife and dual-wields a gatling gun and a flamethrower, instead of his original Zenith and close-combat setup.
The Hero: He holds the good old heroic motive of fighting to protect those he cares for. Rudolf of the mercenary group Wulong finds this quite amusing.
The Scapegoat: Together with Ryogo; the JDF publicly accused them as the terrorists behind the Yokosuka explosion.
Tranquil Fury: You wouldn't expect a hot-head to be capable of this kind of thing, but he pulls it off at the end of Emma's story line when Lukav kills his father.
Unstoppable Rage: As Ryogo would put it, it's best to let Kazuki do whatever he wants to do when he's furious.
Would Hit a Girl: Even girls who would dare piss him off aren't safe from (audible) physical harm.
Ryogo KusamaKazuki's buddy and sidekick. In contrast to Kazuki, he is light-hearted and loves to fool around, much to his friend's annoyance. He is quick to notice chicks they come across, and tries to charm them with a success rate of zero percent. Like Kazuki, his life becomes an unexpected adventure when he becomes a witness to the Yokosuka Base explosion. Despite his aloof attitude, he is a reliable friend and is the only person to stick around with him as a party member for both storylines.He pilots a Kyojun Mk.107, and the skills it teaches complements his machinegun specialization perfectly.
A Taste of Power: He joins Kazuki in the second mission in an upgraded Shunyo Mk.111, before switching to a "pile of junk" Kyojun Mk.107.
Badass Normal: He may seem silly and all, but that won't stop him from putting holes on experienced army soldiers, special forces, and man-made humans.
Big Damn Heroes: In Alisa's storyline, he arrives just in time to save Kazuki from being killed by Lukav's Imaginary Numbers after his "betrayal" of Bal by smashing the doors of the conference room with a wanzer.
Combo: Two of the game's best combo skills - ROFUPI and Zoom I - are acquired in his default Kyojun Mk.107 wanzer. Load him up with these skills and there's a good chance his opponents will either be a) missing some arms and legs by the time they get to shoot back, or b) dead.
For Want of a Nail: Early on, he asks Kazuki to accompany him in his delivery job. If Kazuki goes with him, Emma's storyline will be played; otherwise, it's Alisa's storyline.
More Dakka: It won't take long into the game to associate him with machinegun combos.
Plucky Comic Relief: The entire party loves to make fun out of his silliness, and he is pretty much the main source of it throughout the game.
Sidekick: He sticks with Kazuki for the entire game in both scenarios.
The Cameo: He and Kazuki can be fought as opponents in the Arena of Front Mission 5. Here he rolls with a four-legged Strife and dual-wields a shotgun and baton, which is strange since that weapon setup is what Kazuki begins with in 3.
The Scapegoat: He and Kazuki are famous, alright - famous for bombing Yokosuka Base. At least he is a little more enthusiastic than Kazuki over it.
Emir "Emma" KlamskyEmma is a beautiful and mysterious USN scientist, and a playable character of the USN storyline (hence its nickname "Emma route"). She entered Japan to investigate the Yokosuka Base incident. Spotting Kazuki and Ryogo in a bar, and sensing that the two know something about what happened, she enlists their help to infiltrate the facility and witness first-hand the devastation caused by MIDAS, the bomb behind the explosion. Kazuki and Ryogo team up with her and the USN in pursuit of the truths behind MIDAS. An Imaginary Number along with her "real sister" Alisa, and the creator of MIDAS' technology. She intended to use MIDAS for peaceful purposes like power generation, but the military seized control over her work and proceeded to use it for sinister means. In both storylines, she wants only to stop MIDAS and save her sister from its involvement.She is a Launcher-class character, and provides missile support with her Drake M2C.
Artificial Human: Emma is an Imaginary Number, which are essentially genetically superior man-made human beings. Being this may have something to do with her superior intelligence. Despite this, she feels emotions like a normal human, unlike the generic Imaginary Numbers encountered late in the game.
Badass Bookworm: Emma is extremely intelligent, and is often the person who draws the plans for the team in her storyline. She is no slouch in actual combat either; early on in Alisa's storyline, she joins the Purple Haze in a rifle-wielding Recson M4F.
Big Sister Instinct: She is also quite fond of Alisa, just like Kazuki. They are of the same artificial origin after all.
Alisa TakemuraThe adoptive sister of Kazuki and adoptive daughter of Isao. She is a playable character in the DHZ storyline (also often referred to as "Alisa route"). She is of the same age as Kazuki and is a university student, but at such a young age is also a brilliant scientist and researcher at Yokosuka Base. Because of this, she has some knowledge behind the base explosion that begins the story.Like Emma, she provides support in combat with her launcher-type Meledyne M1.
Artificial Human: She is also a product of the Imaginary Number project, just like her "sister" Emma.
Apologetic Attacker: Her victory pose gestures "I'm so sorry, I had no choice," followed by a courteous bow.
Cloning Blues: She gets very depressed upon knowing that she and Emma are Imaginary Numbers. She gets better.
Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the USN storyline, she stays behind to arm MIDAS and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands ever again, and sends a sad farewell letter to Kazuki and Emma. The group realizes this too late.
Improbable Age: She's a researcher and lab scientist at the age of 19.
Stalker with a Crush: No, she isn't one, but she can have one if she wins the Miss Teihoku popularity contest in the DHZ route. A certain "Dr. K" will send her a creepy mail declaring his love, to which you can reply either positively (which declares Alisa's upcoming debut as a pop idol; actually written by a naughty Miho) or negatively. Choosing the former will cause Dr. K to reveal his true name, and is actually a wanted person by the Japanese Police.
The following characters are playable in the USN/Emma storyline:Dennis VicarthYun Lai Fa ("Moneymaker")Jose AstradaMarcus ArmstrongLi Xiang MeiLinny BarilarThe following characters are playable in the DHZ/Alisa storyline:Hei Fong LiuAn intelligence agent working for the Da Han Zhong (China), Liu rescues Kazuki, Ryogo, and Alisa out of goodwill from the USN early in the game. He is also in Japan to investigate the Yokosuka Base incident. A serious but dependable person, he becomes the group's primary source of direction.He is the first Real Number - a series of man-made humans similar to but inferior to the Imaginary Numbers. He exists only to serve his creator Bal Gorbovsky, and all of his actions are schemes to fulfill his master's sinister objectives concerning the retrieval of MIDAS.He provides accurate support fire with his rifle-wielding, fragile Shangdi 1.
Artificial Human: He is the first of the Real Number models, who are inferior compared to Imaginary Numbers because of their ability to feel emotions.
Badass Arm-Fold: His victory pose, which he does even if his wanzer's other arm has been blown off.
Big Damn Heroes: How he is introduced in the DHZ scenario. He performs a wanzer rifle drive-by in an open truck to rescue Kazuki and company from the JDF special forces and the USN Purple Haze.
Cool Shades: He frequently sports a pair of these in the USN storyline, but are nowhere to be seen in the DHZ storyline.
Friendship Denial: He refuses to verbally admit that he has come to view Kazuki's group as his friends when Mayer comes to bring him back, believing that he doesn't need friends as a Real Number.
Glass Cannon: His Shangdi 1 has the accuracy to provide damaging rifle fire, but down it goes should it take around two to three body fist or missile hits.
Manipulative Bastard: Everything he did - from his rescue in the beginning to the trip to DHZ - was all to fulfill Bal's plan, which is to bring MIDAS technology to the DHZ by supposedly bringing it to the DHZ, then switched to bringing Alisa after the MIDAS copy exploded in the Philippines. He used Kazuki because of his position as a JDF officer's son, and has no concern for the welfare of Kazuki's group whatsoever...or so he says.
The Mole: All his deeds are for his master, who is then killed by Lukav. With no one else to follow and order him around, he decides that his next objective is to avenge Bal, so he "uses" Kazuki's group to aid him find Lukav.
Not So Stoic: Liu tries to act like a Cold Sniper most of the time, but he ends up showing a wide range of emotions over the course of the story These emotions are the reason he and the rest of the Real Numbers were deemed flawed. Liu's bitterly aware of this, and it's the reason he's always in denial about his own feelings. Least till Mayer finally gets him to open up a bit.
Miho ShinjoMiho is a cute but naive police officer who Kazuki, Ryogo, Alisa, and Liu run into in a checkpoint while trying to escape Japan. She requests to join the group after they are all attacked by pursuing JDF choppers, having nowhere else to go because of her knowledge of the incident. She can be quite airheaded and clumsy, but her knowledge and piloting skills as a police officer are dependable. In truth, she is a JDF Intelligence spy sent to watch over Kazuki's group, under Yuji Kuroi's orders. Nothing bad really happens from this fact though, since by the time her true identity is revealed, she has had a change of heart and wants only to stop the use of MIDAS.She initially pilots a Kyokei Mk.108, a wanzer model deployed by police officers, with a baton-shotgun setup for its arsenal. Despite this, she is actually a Gunner and a rifle specialist like Liu, as further training will reveal.
Casual Danger Dialog: What does she say when Kazuki and Liu narrowly rescue her from a plummet to a ravine?
Turncoat: Initially a JDF spy sent to track Kazuki's group's actions, but has a change of heart when she witnesses firsthand the power of MIDAS.
What Have I Become?: A light-hearted one. She's disturbed in a cute way when Pham tells her that she's becoming more and more like Ryogo.
Pham LuisThe only daughter of OCU Philippines' richest family and conglomerate. Despite her family's wealth and reputation, Pham is a snobbish and rude 17-year old girl who is also a member of the Bamarm rebels, much to her family's displeasure. In the DHZ storyline, Kazuki and company meet her in a wanzer shop in Davao where they group get a firsthand experience of her Rich Bitchy-ness. She is almost always accompanied by her butler Pierre Wells (even in combat), who's always ready to do her bidding. Skilled, but very prideful and arrogant, she initially dislikes Kazuki's group's involvement in their rebel operations, but eventually trusts and joins them after their successful operation.She pilots a bright pink, knight-helmet faced Zeros armed with a baton, matching her aggressive attitude just like Kazuki.
La Résistance: She is part of the Philippine rebel forces, much to her family's disapproval.
Mukokuseki: Filipinos aren't known for being fair skinned. A look at the Luis Corporation website in the Network will reveal that her parents met in Oxford University, which may suggest that she is of mixed European-Filipino blood.
Rebellious Spirit: She dislikes being bound to her family's desires, as demonstrated by her allegiance with the Bamarm rebels. She joins Kazuki's group out of desire for challenge.
Rich Bitch: She's not hesitant to rub how rich she is to others' faces. She may be rich, but she's downright impossible to please.
Shield Bash: Her Zeros' signature skill. Slap a shield on her wanzer, load her up with these skills, send her up front, and may God bless the soul of the unfortunate pilot who will get bashed to death.
Spoiled Brat: She can get anything she wants with a simple order to Pierre. Need to call for a jumbo jet wanzer transport? No problem!
Tomboy: She's been influenced by her male peers to take up male-associated hobbies like wanzer piloting.