The Materials (マテリアル Materiaru) are programs of the "Eternal Ring" of System Unbreakable Dark (U-D) in the Portable continuity. They, along U-D, were written long time ago in the Ancient Belka, originally used to take possession of the powers of the Book of Darkness, but were sealed by the Book (probably the Defense Program) in return.The nature of the Materials is similar to that of the Wolkenritter, and their existence can slightly be felt by Reinforce in the past. However, they were not materialized until the Defense Program is destroyed. Each of their materialized forms is a copy of one of the mages who defeated the Defense Program. In The Battle of Aces, they are misidentified as three special "Dark Pieces" created by the Defense Program's regeneration. In The Gears of Destiny, it is revealed they are actually materialized due to the regeneration of the system Unbreakable Dark.
Material-S has Nanoha's long range attack power with Vita's melee and Zafira's defense skills.
Material-L has Fate's speed in melee with Signum's weapons finesse and long-range defenses and Chrono's extensive Full Drive-enhancement skills.
Material-D has Hayate and Reinforce's enormous mana output with Shamal's healing and restoration skills.
Dearche gets eventually the power of Stern and Levi when they are dying in G.o.D.
Alternate Character Reading: The Materials in Battle of Aces were originally saddled with kanji that seemed to describe what they are rather than serve as proper names. When they were announced to return in Gears of Destiny, these kanji were given katakana to show that, yes, those are their actual names: Stern the Destructor (星光の殲滅者), Levi the Slasher (雷刃の襲撃者), and Lord Dearche (闇統べる王).
Submissive Badass: While Stern and Levi are actually this to Dearche, all three of them are Submissive Badasses to Yuri, their sovereign.
Breakout Character: In The Battle of Aces, even if Stern and Dearche were Final Bosses, all of them were minor enemies and palette swapped copies of the protagonists with their abilities and magic color. In The Gears of Destiny, they are major characters with their own fighting style, own magic color, own moves and developded personalities. The Materials appear as major characters in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT, and as main characters in The Gears of Destiny Drama CDs and in the gag manga Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable - The Gears of Destiny - Material Musume.
It actually started since their defeat in B.o.A., as Stern and Levi are much friendlier to the other characters since the beginning of G.o.D. and only fight them because of fun (mostly), but with no evil intentions. Dearche on the other hand took much more time to join the side of the heroes.
Hellish Pupils: Consistent in the PSP games. In the INNOCENT manga they have normal eyes, while in artwork for their cards they have hellish pupils when transformed and no pupils at all when in civilian form.
Humanoid Abomination: They are remnants of the Book of Darkness' berserk protection program that have taken human forms. In a way, they are similar to Hayate's guardian knights.
It's later revealed that they are actually part of the Eternal Ring system, which exists long before the Tome of Night Sky was added to it.
Mook Maker: They are the core of the born Dark Pieces in B.o.A.. Beating one of them greatly reduces the number of new born Dark Pieces.
Mythology Gag: In Material Musume, they wear the same clothes as their originals. Dearche wears Hayate's pullover, but in yellow, Stern wears Nanoha's outfit from The Movie 1st, but with different colors, and Levi wears Fate's dress from the same movie, but with long sleeves. Before that, she wears a Sacred Heart costume.
Older Than They Look: In INNOCENT, they are middle schoolers, but they look like the same age as Nanoha and co.
Omnicidal Maniac: In B.o.A., they exist only to bring forth the tranquil darkness and the chaos of destruction. They get better in the sequel.
Rule of Three: In B.o.A, each Material has the magic abilities of three mages. Three characters to unlock one Material.
Secret Character: In B.o.A. The three Materials must be unlocked by clearing the story modes of their three "component" characters with all the Warning battles and can only be used in player vs. computer game modes.
To unlock Material-S as a playable character, complete Nanoha, Vita, and Zafira's story routes.
To unlock Material-L, complete Fate, Signum, and Chrono's routes.
To unlock Material-D, complete Hayate, Shamal, and Reinforce's routes.
The Unfought: In B.o.A., Signum and Chrono never encountered one of them in their respective routes.
However, Signum killed Material-D in Hayate's route, and both routes were "compatible" with each other since Signum's last battle in the incident was at the evening, and Hayate's battle was at night. Material-D's death by the hands of Signum is revealed to be canon in the sequel.
Vocal Evolution: Back in B.o.A, the voices of the Materials were much higher and stoic than today, particularly Material-S and Material-L sounded very similar to their originals, while Material-D's voice was actually deep. Since G.o.A, Stern got her deep Machine Monotone voice, Levi her happy Large Ham, and Dearche her more evil sounding hammierNo Indoor Voice.
However, in battles, Material-S and Material-L sounded like how they sound in G.o.D.
Material-S / Stern the Destructor
Material-S / Stern the Destructor — Exterminator of Starlight
Material-S aka Stern the Destructor is the copy of Nanoha Takamachi with the melee skills of Vita and the defense skills of Zafira. "Lord" Dearche refers her as her right-hand. She's stoic, rational, quiet and polite, but still extremely dangerous. Stern is the Material of Wisdom and is called as the "Exterminator of Starlight".In B.o.A., Material-S appeared in Nanoha, Fate, Reinforce and Zafira's routes, appearing only in extra stages in the latter two. In G.o.D.'s Story Mode, Stern is the boss Sequence 02, appears in Sequence 01, 04, 06, and in the Final Sequence, and is playable in Sequence 10. In Sequence X, she's the first opponent.In the first game, Material-S had Nanoha's moveset and possessed Nanoha, Vita and Zafira's passive skills: Nanoha's Longe Range Power and MP Guard, Vita's Shield Breaker and Cross Range Power, and Zafira's Auto Guard and Cross Range Defense. In the second game, Stern has better and stronger close range moves, but her strength lies more in mid-range than in long range. Her uncharged long range beam, Blast Fire, is fast like Nanoha's uncharged Divine Buster, but weaker. Her charged long range beam, Disaster Heat fires three consecutive shots and deals more damage than Nanoha's charged Divine Buster, but has much less reach. Her new Full Drive Burst, Shin Luciferion Breaker deals like Nanoha's Starlight Breaker 47.50% basic damage, and like her original, she has average defense, having the highest defense among the Materials. Unlike Nanoha, Stern does not have exclusive Full Drive moves, like Nanoha's Hyperion Smasher or A.C.S. Drive. Stern's personal passive skill is Accel Cut Level 3, giving her 15% less mana consumption when moving with Accel.In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT, her name is Stern Starks.
Beam Spam: Well she is Nanoha's clone after all. She diverges from being a mere copy of Nanoha in G.o.D, where her attacks are faster and have more shots. Her charged Disaster Heat (her version of Nanoha's Divine Buster) fires three consecutive shots instead of one long beam and has less reach than Divine Buster, but they deal more damage if all three shots don't miss.
Blood Knight: When she is beaten in Nanoha's route in The Battle of Aces, she would state that it was a good fight while smiling and if given another chance, would challenge Nanoha again. She also made a promise with Nanoha that they'll have a rematch even if they reunited after Nanoha becomes an adult. It's this promise that makes her try to stop U-D (and Dearche) from destroying everything. She wouldn't be able to fight Nanoha if she were dead! And in the drama CD she did get to fight The Movie 2nd A's Nanoha andViVid Nanoha (although sadly not at the same time).
Blue Oni to Levi's Red: Despite their color themes, Stern is calm, stoic and rational while Levi is energetic, full of emotions and acts dumb.
First Name Basis: She calls people directly related to her by their first names - Nanoha for being her original,note However, when speaking Nanoha's name, it is written in Katakana instead of Hiragana. Levi and Dearche for being her allies. She refers to everyone else by a title: refers to Hayate as "Mistress of the Night Sky" and as noted below calls Yuuno "master" for being Nanoha's magic teacher.
Friendly Enemy: When she and Nanoha meet again in Gears of Destiny, the first thing they do is exchange pleasantries.
Heroic Sacrifice: Gives Dearche her remaining powers after succeeding in wounding U-D at the cost of her life.
Honest Advisor: She wouldn't accept any of Dearche's orders if they are unlogical.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Confirmed as Dearche's right-hand. She found out the information regarding U-D's nature and origins, negotiated with the heroes for their cooperation, and even provided everyone with a method of defeating U-D herself. As competent as she is, she is content on playing second fiddle to Dearche, in fact, all of her plans were made with Dearche's benefit in mind. In the end, she is shown to be the one managing the restoration of Eltria, with the help of U-D/Yuri.
In-Series Nickname: Levi calls Stern "Stern"... It's weird, but for some reason, the "N" in Stern's name is silent. Levi does pronounce the "N", being the the closest character to pronounce her name right, regarding if her name is literally ment to be the German word "Stern" ("star"). This is more obvious if you read Levi's dialogues, when she calls Stern's name, but without any kanji and two changes in Stern's katakana.
Japanese Honorifics: Calls Yuuno "shishou" (master) after he manages to win against her, proving that she acknowledges him as her original's magic teacher.
Morality Chain: To Dearche. Sees no logical reason to kill people off/cover the land with darkness, and with Levi convinces Dearche not to be an Omnicidal Maniac.
The Plan: She enlisted the help of the heroes to develop countermeasures against U-D, while formulating a plan of her own. She restrains her fellow materials, telling them her plan to act as the first wave against U-D to weaken her defenses, entrusting Levi to act as Dearche's protector. If she succeeds, then her fellow materials would be able to succeed in capturing U-D, if she failed then Nanoha and the others would be able to finish off her job. Whatever the outcome would be, she informs Dearche that only her device would be able to completely control U-D's powers, allowing her to gain the limitless powers she had sought for.
Playing with Fire: She says she acquired the "powers of the Destructor" in the time between the games, leading to her powers being fire based, but has no idea why fire, of all elements.
Rei Ayanami Expy: She's an ancient, alien, Magi Tech program that copied Nanoha's appearance, with a few changes such as her hair being cropped short and her eyes being an unnaturally light color of blue. As the Material of Wisdom, she has little to no emotions and is completely logical. However, she starts gaining some emotions after she met and lost to Nanoha, even gaining her own personal desire to improve herself in the hopes of one day beating Nanoha in a Lighthearted Rematch.
The Smart Girl / The Spock / The Evil Genius: She is the Material of Wisdom, and true to her designation, she will always take the most logical course of action when dealing with various situations. Of course, this sometimes puts her at odds with Dearche, but the latter is willing to listen to her reasoning, despite expressing displeasure over the former's lack of respect. Stern will be quick to point out that she respects Dearche, but does not confuse it with logic that would help further their plans. These traits also made her the first to undergo a Heel-Face Turn, since to her, it would be highly illogical for Dearche to destroy everything, coupled with the fact that she and Nanoha have a rematch to do.
Undying Loyalty: To Dearche, to the extent that she is willing to take on U-D alone knowing she has no chance but simply to weaken her defenses, just so Dearche can defeat her and take her powers. She gives Dearche her remaining powers after suffering heavy injuries so she will have a higher chance of succeeding when she battles U-D.
Stern: "I am the flame that opens the path of my king... Even if I am extinguished, I will have no regrets."
Material-L aka Levi the Slasher is Fate Testarossa's copy with Signum's weapons finesse and long-range defenses and Chrono's extensive Full Drive-enhancement skills. Claims to be Dearche's "left-hand". She's extremely energetic, loud and a Blood Knight, but she's also very childish and not particularly smart. Levi is the Material of Power and she's called the "Thunderblade Assailant".In B.o.A., Material-L appears in Nanoha, Hayate, Shamal and Zafira's routes, appearing only in an extra stage in the latter. In the former three, she's the first of two Materials, in Shamal's case the only Material but first villain, to be encountered. In G.o.D.'s Story Mode, Levi is the boss in Sequence 03, is the first target in Sequence 06, appears in Sequence 01, 04, 07-R, 08 and in the Final Sequence, and is playable in Sequence 10. In Sequence X, she's the second opponent.In the first game, Material-L has Fate's moveset and the passive skills of Fate, Signum and Chrono: Fate's Accel Stock Plus and Accel Loader, Signum's Combo Power and Long Range Defense, and Chrono's Drive EX-Critical and Drive EX-Long. In the second game, Levi has stronger moves and spells than Fate and has like her a special form, Sprite Form. Unlike Fate's Sonic Form, the Sprite Form relies more on raw strength than raw speed in close-combat, but is not slower per se. One of Levi's weaknesses is her high mana consumption, especially in her Sprite Form. And like her original, she has below average defense in her Slash Suit and the worst defense in her Sprite Form (tied with Fate's Sonic Form), and her new Full Drive Burst deals 45% basic damage. Her personal passive skill is Long Range Defense Level 3, giving her 15% less damage when being hit by long range moves.Her full name in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT is Levi Russell.
Tropes Levi finds entertaining:
Advertised Extra: In B.o.A., despite being the Evil Twin to Fate Testarossa, Material-L had the least significant appearances in this game. She's neither a Final Boss nor appeared she in any CGIs nor did she ever met her counterpart (though, Fate saw her in Nanoha's route). She is usually the first Material being defeated if more than one Material appeared in a character's story; in Shamal's route she's the first villain being defeated (the first battle in her route was a friendly mock battle); Zafira would defeat her as the last Material, if he entered into the second extra stage in his story, but only Material-D was required for his story. However, all Materials appeared in four different routes, respectively, including the extra stages.
And Then What?: Fate asks her what would they do after they acquired the powers of the Unbreakable Dark. Levi's answer was "I don't know, haven't thought about it." She justifies this reason by stating that she only obeys what Stern and Dearche command her to do, since the two of them do all of the complicated thinking.
Brilliant, but Lazy: As a Material, Levi can come up with technical knowledge just like the other Materials and she understands it. For the most part, she chooses not to. Lampshaded in a conversation with Fate.
The Brute: She's the Material of Power and main role is being the frontline fighter. She has also the most simple program, so she can be revived before the other Materials. In terms of power, Levi's spells and combos are stronger than Fate's, but her spells take a lot of mana.
Buffy Speak: She calls blue lollipops "blue swirly round things".
Dumb Muscle: She can break a bind spell using brute force allowing her to escape Stern's bind spell and catch up to her, which she lampshades. She also stated that she leaves all the thinking to Stern and Dearche, simply following whatever they order her.
Evil Laugh: Her first appearance in G.o.D. And later before she fights Fate.
Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: In G.o.D., her actual defense rating in the game is exactly the same as Fate's meaning below average in Slash Suit and worst defense when in Sprite Form. It's mentioned in a Sound Stage that Levi actually has less armor than Fate.
Friendly Enemy: She greets Fate happily and shows off her new and improved self in their meeting in G.o.D. She says that their behavior in The Battle of Aces was similar to sleepwalking. She even gets along with Reinforce.
Heroic Sacrifice: Assists Material-S in her plan to weaken U-D's defenses. They succeed, but end up heavily injured, so she decides to give her remaining powers to Material-D like Material-S.
Hidden Depths: She thinks and acts like a child, and Material-S stated her program parameters are simple (thus she was the first one to be revived after U-D destroyed their bodies upon her revival). However, she's able to explain the nature and origins of Materials like herself, which surprised Fate a lot.
I may act like this but I'm a Material y'know! I'm smart, y'know!
Hot-Blooded: She has the tendency not to think before she does something, like attacking the good Dark Piece Linith.
The Hunter: In Eltria, she hunts monsters and goes into dungeons just for fun. But she also helps the people with her hunt, but her motivation is the former part.
Inelegant Blubbering: She starts crying when Arf defeats her in the G.o.D storyline. Arf was totally perplexed.
Who cares about you!? WAAAAAH!!! I HATE YOU, I HATE YOU!!!
Ms. Exposition: Surprisingly, she's the one who explains what the Materials are and their connection to the Unbreakable Dark, Fate was even surprised that she knows a lot of technical terms. She even explains this to Linith offscreen, and Linith seems to understand her explanation perfectly.
The Nicknamer: She is apparently bad with names, unlike Stern, who prefers referring to people other than those related to her with a title, or Dearche, who doesn't even bother knowing the names of people other than her retainers and Yuri. The only exceptions to this are Stern, Dearche (who she addresses as "King" because that's what she wants) and again, Yuri. Some of the people she gave nicknames to are...
Plucky Comic Relief: She's the least serious of the three, most of her scenes are funny, and even back in B.o.A. where she was stoic, she was the only Material with funny scenes. Levi is also the Butt Monkey on several occassions, and due to her status as a Unskilled, but StrongDumb Muscle, she's also the least threatening Material.
Undying Loyalty: To Dearche as she's perfectly willing to sacrifice herself like Stern, so that Dearche can gain U-D's powers.
The Unfought: Unlike the other Aces, Fate never met her Material counterpart in her story route in B.o.A.
Unskilled, but Strong: When beating her in their respective storylines, Chrono and Fate both note that although she's as strong as she claims to be, her attacks are fairly simple to dodge because she swings too wildly and she has a tendency to use flashy moves. She says because she's the Material of Power, she feels her attacks need to be big and flashy.
Material-D aka "Lord" Dearche is the king of the Materials, the king of the Purple Sky, and the copy of Hayate Yagami with Reinforce Eins' enormous mana output with Shamal's healing and restoration skills. She's very proud, has a very big ego, she's loud and looks down on other people, but she's actually nicer than she acts. Dearche is the Material of Lordship and she's called the "Lord Ruler of Darkness".In B.o.A., Material-D appears in Hayate, Reinforce, Vita and Zafira's routes, but unlike the other two Materials, all of her appearances are in the main stages and plot relevant. In G.o.D.'s Story Mode, Dearche is the boss in Sequence 01 and sub-boss in Sequence 04, appears in Sequence 06, and is playable in Sequence 10 and in the Final Sequence. In Sequence X, she's the fourth opponent.In the first game, Material-D has Hayate's moveset and the passive skills of Hayate, Reinforce and Shamal: Hayate's MP Loader and Use MP Cut, Reinforce's MP Gain and Drive Stock Plus, and Shamal's Heal and Drive Loader. In the second game, she is even weaker than Hayate in close range combat, and her Arondight, which is her version of Hayate's Claíomh Solais, is weaker than the said move, but has a high shield break rate, and she has two exclusive moves, Inferno and Ō no Ikō, the former being Awesome, but Impractical, and the latter being a counter spell. Like her original, she has below average defense and her new Full Drive Burst deals 50% basic damage. Her personal passive skill is MP Guard Level 3, having 15% less mana drain while shielding.She is known as Dearche K. Claudia in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT.
Anti-Hero: She's the one who finally defeats Yuri. No matter which character you play who fights Yuri in the second round of the final battle, Dearche will always finish her off.
Artifact of Doom: Her Tome of the Purple Sky is the only thing that can control U-D.
Awesome, but Impractical: Her spell Inferno are dark spheres which deal a lot of damage and need only little mana. However, they have a low hit rate and can miss even an unmoving target. Also, it's impossible that all spheres can hit the opponent, only a few of them can hit. However, one sphere makes already decent damage, but two of them make much more damage than most other non-Limit Break spells of the entire game.
Badass Bookworm: Like Hayate, her Tome of Purple Sky is the reason she's the strongest of the trio.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Lord Dearche always wished for power. When she finally got it due to her loyal retainers sacrificing their physical forms and transferring their entire being into her so she will have a fighting chance against Unbreakable Dark, she responds by screaming in anguish.
Break the Haughty: Her loyal retainers sacrificing themselves didn't really sit well with her. This is also what leads her to fully cooperate with the heroines, intent on finishing the task of saving U-D.
Casting a Shadow: She's the Lord Ruler of Darkness and Hayate's counterpart who also has this kind of magic, though, Hayate is less orientated in darkness magic than Dearche.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Her first appearance in Gears of Destiny has her handling the heroes all by herself. She would have won, if her two subordinates hadn't showed up and taken some of the mana that she was utilizing, causing her magic levels to drop.
This seems to be canon in this continuity. When Hayate defeated her, the Wolkenritter appear and Signum killed her with Sturmfalken. Dearche remembers this event in G.o.A. when she fights the Dark Piece of Signum. Also, Dearche shows no anger towards Reinforce in G.o.D when she faces her, implying the Reinforce route is not canon.
Material-D was also the second-to-last enemy in Vita's route, and she's the last villain Vita encountered.
Evil Gloating: Some of her win quotes has her bragging about how awesome she is. She also does this in several points in the G.o.D storyline.
Hey, You!: She never even bothers calling anyone other than her two subordinates and Yuri by their name.
Hidden Depths: She's haughty, self centered, and seems hell bent on gaining power so that she could destroy the world. Her actual motivation for seeking the power of the Unbreakable Dark is to provide a place for Stern and Levi to do whatever they please and go wherever they want. This is why she initially refused Hayate's offer of help, saying that she did not want to be indebted to others for something she can obtain by herself.
Hypocrite: In B.o.A., she calls Hayate an imposter, despite being her clone. Lampshaded by Hayate.
Shortly after the final battle in G.o.D., when Nanoha, Fate and Hayate want to call Shamal to heal her and Yuri, Dearche yells at them to be quiet, because Yuri is sleeping. Hayate decides not to Tsukkomi this.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In B.o.A., Signums killed her with Sturmfalken, which pierced through her chest, in Hayate's route. This seems to be canon, because she remembers in G.o.D. how Signum killed her when she faces a Dark Piece version of Signum.
Japanese Pronouns: She uses "ware" for herself, calls everyone "kisama", and when she's very angry at someone, she uses "onore". She later uses "omae" to Yuri.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her attitude towards her retainers, she genuinely cares for both of them. When the two of them end up heavily damaged after succeeding in injuring U-D, she goes to their side and tries to transfer some of her magic power to them. She even refused and desperately ordered them to stop when they transferred their powers to her.
A King To Her Retainers: She deeply cares for Stern and Levi. She would even give them her mana when they are dying.
Juggernaut in G.o.D., which deals 50% basic damage, that is above average.
Mid-Season Upgrade: In the end of Sequence 10, Stern and Levi sacrifice themselves and give Dearche their powers. "Lord" Dearche becomes "Lord" Dearche TRINITY. She gets 50% more power and defense in both ranges, and she gets a additional Full Drive.
Number Two: It is revealed that the King of Purple Sky is the Number Two to the Sovereign of the Purple Sky, Yuri Eberwein.
Omnicidal Maniac: During The Battle of Aces. The other Materials keep her from this path in The Gears of Destiny.
Otaku: A minor one. When Kyrie suggested that her final form when she acquires U-D's powers would look like a giant cartoonish robot, she thinks it's cool. Reinforce and Hayate don't know what to think about this.
Sphere of Destruction: Her Full Drive Burst, Juggernaut fires five magical beams which stop in mid-air and then explode, so enemy is trapped within five explosion spheres. It's basically a dark version of Hayate's Hræsvelgr.
Spell My Name with an "S": "Lord" is misspelled as "'Load'" in the game, but INNOCENT spells it correctly. And those quotation marks are part of the name, but they are often left out.
Squishy Wizard: Unfortunatly, Dearche doesn't have the close combat skills of either Reinforce nor of the Wolkenritter, making her the weakest of the three in that category. It doesn't help that her defense is below average.
Super Mode: The INNOCENT card game finally named her Super Mode"Lord" Dearche TRINITY. In the game, she doesn't look like this◊, but the form is actually the same.
Supreme Chef: Inherited from Hayate along with her magic and her recipes.
Tsundere: To "Kogarasu" (Hayate), to Stern and Levi, and to Yuri in Sequence X.
"With Our Swords" Scene: Stern and Levi give her the remainder of their powers after suffering heavy damage from weakening U-D.
Professor Granz Florian
The father of Amitie and Kyrie, and a professor who works on reviving his home planet Eltria. He invented the Gears and designed them to help stopping the planetary deterioration. Unfortunately, he doesn't have time enough to see any positive results of his work, this fact deeply hurts Kyrie, that's why she decides to use the Time Machine which the professor found and repaired, despite he sealed it away because it's something humanity shouldn't use.
Tropes related to Granz Florian:
Expy: He's more like a good guy version of Jail Scaglietti. He created the Eltrian Gears and treats them like daughters. Well, only those two who have real personalities.
The Faceless: The only CGI that he appears in had Kyrie's doll covering up his face. His face is not seen until INNOCENT.
Determinator: His daughters have become Determinators like him.
Fatherly Scientist: INNOCENT has fun with this by having him insist on the Florian Sisters calling him "Professor" instead of "Dad". And they're biologically human in that continuity.
The Ghost: He actually never made an appearance in the game. He finally appears in INNOCENT.
Ill Boy: He eventually has died in the end of the game.
Mad Scientist: In INNOCENT, he's described as an eccentric person with some crazy inventions.
When You Coming Home, Dad?: He is often absent from home due to his work. Kyrie seemed to suffer from this, but Amita told her his work is for mankind, so she should not being sad about his absence.
The Eltrian Gears
The Gears are people whose duty is to help stopping the planetary deterioration. In fact, they are actually machines created by Granz Florian, and Amitie and Kyrie are special Gears with overdevelopded personality systems. The Florian sisters are also Guardians of Time, who will protect the Destined Fate (not her), as their task is protecting the Time Machine which the professor found, repaired and sealed away.
Guns vs. Swords: An odd subversion because both of them uses guns and swords. They have a very similar fighting style, almost identical spells, the same weapons and both are Lightning Bruisers. However, Amitie is the stronger sister in long range, while Kyrie is the stronger sister in close range. Even if you equips Amitie with Cross Range Power Level 3, she's still inferior to Kyrie. Likewise, if you equips Kyrie with Long Range Power Level 2, she's still inferior to Amitie.
Expy: To the protagonists of the Wild ARMs series, many of their moves, like "Accelerator" and "Lock On" are straight from the games. Also, their world, Eltria is Filgaia in all but name.
Flash Step: If they use Accelerator in-game, they move so fast it looks like teleportations.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Interestingly, Amitie wears blue, but she's the red oni and her magic color is pink, while Kyrie wears reddish pink, but she's the blue oni and her magic color is blue.
Robot Girl: There are not only female Gears, but also male Gears. Amitie considers them as their sisters and brothers.
Ridiculously Human Robot: Amitie and Kyrie are special examples among all Gears. Granz accidently overdeveloped their personality programs, so they became very human, and he decided to raise them like humans. They can grow up, eat, sleep etc.
Super Prototype: They are the first Gears that Granz created, and he overloaded their personality programs, resulting that they think and feel like humans. He never repeated his little mistake again with the later Gears.
Wave Motion Gun: The Variant Zappers have a function called "Overblast". It's more powerful than the Triple Breaker from A's. Amitie is the only one of them who have used it. Though, Kyrie was confident that her Overblast might be stronger than her sister's.
"Even if it's difficult, even if it hurts! Moving onwards and looking forward to life! The human heart is made for that! Though my body is made out of steel, I was raised with a kind heart! Living and protecting my family's lives and spirit is the duty of the eldest sister!"
Amitie, also known as Amita, is the older Florian sister. She has a strong sense of duty, is very energetic, speaks very politely, but is also an Idiot Hero. Additionally, she is a lovely older sister and is loyal to her father's teachings, but fails to convince her younger sister to give up using the time machine. As Kyrie travels to the past, Amitie follows her to take her back before she could make any or more problems. She meets the TSAB very soon, but fights them because of misunderstandings and refuse to cooperate with them to prevent more trouble in their timeline, until she's badly injured by U-D and taken care by the TSAB. After Kyrie gets arrested and cooperates with the TSAB, too, both sisters make peace after their final fight.In G.o.D.'s Story Mode, Amitie is playable in Sequence 01 and in the Final Sequence, appears in Sequence 05, 06, 08 and 10, is a target in Sequence 02 and 03 (optional in the latter), and is the boss in Sequence 09. In Sequence X, she is the fifth and final opponent.Her personal passive skill is Cross Range Power Level 3.
Tropes related to Amitie:
An Arm and a Leg: When U-D attacks Kyrie, Amitie goes between them and U-D pierces through her left arm and her stomach, and the arm is torn apart. She gets better.
Bonus Boss: In the Playable Epilogue, Sequence X, where you fight her as the last opponent, which makes her not only the first character you have play in the story, but also the last character you have to defeat.
Amita: "Even if you hate me, I love you very much. I know you're a good girl. More importantly, you're the world's number one cutie and my beloved little sister. I love Kyrie very much." Amita: "Helping my little sister who looks like she's about to fall apart is Onee-chan's job. It's only natural." Amita (using E.O.D.): "ONEE-CHAN BEAM!"
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By U-D in Sequence 05, the former pierces through Amitie's left arm and stomach; the arm is torn apart then. It doesn't stop her from using her most powerful attack, Overblast. And she gets better.
Kiai: Invoked. "KIAI TO KONJOU DE, GANBATTEMIMASHITA!" ("With fighting spirit and guts, I did my best!")
Keigo: Kyrie isn't actually inpolite, but Amita is far more polite than her and other characters. Amitie's politeness is lampshaded by Kyrie when she compares Yuri with her.
Knight Templar Big Sister: In Sequence 05, Amitie offers U-D to protect her from Kyrie. Then Kyrie shoots her sister, fights U-D and when the latter attacks her with her Soul Wings, Amitie flies between them, is impaled (and loses her left arm), and she shoots the Overblast on U-D.
Lightning Bruiser: With her Accelerator, she can move extremely fast, as she moves with ridiculous speed when she uses her Full Drive Burst. Though not as strong as Kyrie in close range, she's stronger in long range, and her personal skill "Cross Range Power Level 3" compensate for her close range attacks. She also proves to be Made of Iron during the story, literally, anyway, and can still fight even when she's infected by a virus or still recovering from her injuries after fighting U-D. Her defense is average, though.
Mid-Season Upgrade: If you play Kyrie in the first round of the final battle and chooses Amitie in the second, the former hands the latter her recharged Variant Zapper, loaded with Kyrie's remaining power. In-game, she gets 50% more power and defense in close range, and her Limit Break gets stronger which she can use twice.
"Once I decide on something, I won't give up and carry it through the end! The professor... And you, Onee-chan, that's what you thought me!"
Kyrie is the younger Florian sister. She talks like a sweet girl, but often mocks others and is very pragmatic and rarely fights fair. However, despite being rebellous, she really loves her family, and she cannot endure the fact that her father will die without any silver of hope to revive Eltria. She researched many timelines with the simulator of the Time Machine to find a way to save the planet. Before she could give up, she found the last hope, the Infinite Linking System, Examia, which only exists in one particular timeline. Therefore, Kyrie uses the time machine to obtain it, causing several incidents in that timeline. She helps the Materials to revive Unbreakable Dark, so "Lord" Dearche could control her, but Kyrie's plan fails. She is later arrested by the Liese Twins and cooperates with the TSAB and has to give up U-D's Examia. Fortunately for her, Yuri and the Materials decide to help reviving Eltria and follow her and Amitie.Kyrie is playable Sequence 09 and in the Final Sequence, a sub-playable character in Sequence 01 and 05note Amitie is the main character in Sequence 01, and the Wolkenritter are the main characters in Sequence 05, is a target in Sequence 01, 03, 05 and 06 (is an optional target in 03 and 05), and she appears in Sequence 04, 08 and 10. In Sequence X, she's the third opponent.Her personal passive skill is Long Range Defense Level 3.
Tropes related to Kyrie:
Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Kyrie wants to save Eltria and her father, but her stubborness causes the time travel incidents, she even helps Dearche reviving U-D, and Kyrie fights the heroes more often than her sister does, who just fights because of misunderstandings.
The Atoner: After her failed attempt to gain U-D's Examia, and learning that the time machine is the reason why Vivio, Einhard and Tohma landed in this time line, she tries to atone her sins by going into a Suicide Mission and defeating U-D alone. Amita can stopped her before it could happen.
Blatant Lies: Subverted. She tricks Fate by telling her that she wants to save her father, then she shoots her and flies away. Though, Fate has the feeling that Kyrie was telling the truth.
Even the Girls Want Her: Invoked. When Fate confronts her, Kyrie keeps shooting down Fate's attempts for her to cooperate as invitations for a date.
Fun with Acronyms: K.B.V. (Kyrie Beautiful Victory) and her Full Drive Burst, S.R.I. (Slash Rave Impact).
K.K.C. (Kirarin~! Kyrie, Chance!)
She says, K.K.G (Kiai to Konjou de, gambarimashita) ("With fighting spirit and guts, I did my best!") wouldn't fit her when she borrows Amitie's win quote.
"Lyrical Magical, Gambaccha! L.M.G."
Gratuitous English: Even more so than Amita. Aside from calling her attacks, which are in English, one of her victory lines is "Kyrie Beautiful Victory".
The Jail Bait Wait: She tells Chrono he could date her in three years. She seems to mean this seriously, after Chrono correctly tells Kyrie how she really feels about her actions.
However, considering that Chrono is Older Than He Looks and is 14 to 15, he's actually around her age and could date her immediately.
Jerkass: Kyrie has the tendency to mock other character. When she fights Fate she reduces her into a little girl. She is also not very nice to her sister in the story.
Jerkass Has a Point: The power of Examia, U-D's core, can really save Eltria. Kyrie fails to obtain it, but Yuri joins them and her help accels Eltria's revival.
Lightning Bruiser: Like Amitie, she can move extremely fast with Accelerator. However, she's still slower than Fate, and it looks like that she's slower than Amitie, judging from their Limit Breaks. Kyrie has stronger close range attacks, but weaker long range moves. Her defense is above average, and her personal skill is Long Range Defense Power Level 3.
Limit Break: S.R.I. (Slash Rave Impact), which deals 45% basic damage, that is average.
Kyrie: "Let go..." Amita: "Don't wanna. I'm not letting go." Kyrie: "That's a part of you I hate. I hate it!" Amita: "Even if you hate me, I love you very much. I know you're a good girl. More importantly, you're the world's number one cutie and my beloved little sister. I love Kyrie very much." Kyrie (holding her tears back): "Even if you say that... Do you think I'd cry and hug you back? I'm not like that..."
Tsurime Eyes: Reflecting her mischievous and anti-heroic character.
"With Our Swords" Scene: If you choose Kyrie for the first stage of the final battle against the Unbreakable Dark then choose Amita for the second round, you'll get a scene where Kyrie hands Amita her Variant Zapper, which she had recharged using her own remaining energy.
Youngest Child Wins: Invoked. She believes the younger ones are superior and that she surpasses Amitie.
Played with in Sequence 09, where Amitie is the boss character. Kyrie does not have to win the fight; if she loses, there won't be a continue and the story will still advance, but if she win, Kyrie notices that Amitie isn't fighting with full strength because Kyrie has already lost her fighting will.
Unbreakable Dark / System U-D / Kudakeenu Yami / Yuri Eberwein — Sovereign of the Purple Sky
"I'm the eternally burning black sun, the shadow that blots out the moon. And therefore, the darkness that can never be destroyed. Only destruction follows my awakening."
Kudakeenu Yami, System U-D, Unbreakable Dark, these are the names of the program that can grant "Lord" Dearche infinited power. While the Boss version is referred as "U-D", the playable version is referred as "Yuri".In the G.o.D.'s Story Mode, she is the boss in Sequence 04, 05, 10 and in the Final Sequence, becoming stronger in each Sequence. Beating her in all those battles with all characters who can fight her will unlock Sequence X. Yuri is playable in Sequence X, where she fights Stern, Levi, Kyrie, Dearche and Amitie.As a playable character, she doesn't have the same moves like her Final Boss version. Her strength relies more in close range, as she has slow but powerful attacks, which makes it unfortunately easy to be countered. She has some strong long range attacks, but they are not that strong and also rather slow, and one of her spells have poor range. But her Full Drive Burst has the longest range after Yuuno and Precia, is very fast and it deals 50% basic damage. Even the playable version is a lot tougher than any other character, having 150% basic defense. Her personal skill is Burst Power Level 3, giving her Full Drive Burst more power.
Tropes related to U-D:
Affably Evil: She's actually a kind girl, but she cannot control her power.
Bad Boss: After exchanging pleasantries, she promptly kills the loyal Materials after they successfully revived her. Not that it's really her fault. As an Eldritch Abomination, she can't control the death and destruction she causes. Though, it first looks like she is just a powerful program Dearche wants to obtain, it is later revealed that Yuri is in fact the Materials' souvereign, leader and master.
Handicapped Badass: As the heroes damage her Examia, Yuri has lost a lots of power and she still has to recover. Considering that Examia is her vital core, she's practically disabled.
Little Miss Badass: She's the smallestnote Though, it's not clear if she's taller or smaller than Vita, but strongest character of the game.
Submissive Badass: Subverted. Nanoha and the others believe she is this to Dearche after she tamed Yuri. However, Yuri is the Sovereign of the Purple Sky. That means she is the leader of Dearche, Levi, and Stern.
Brought Down to Normal: After the heroes manage to damage her Examia, and Dearche succeeds to control her, The Juggernaut U-D is heavily disabled and became much weaker and she still has to recover. Yuri, the playable version, has less moves, less power and less range than the boss enemy U-D.
Death Seeker: Since she can only destroy, she's sick of it and wants to end her misery.
Expy: To Reinforce Eins. Both have similar personalities, a similar backstory, a similar role, both are Anti Villains and extremely powerful Juggernauts, their programs were overwritten by identical looking girls, and both joined the good side.
Final Boss: In the main story of the Story Mode. The playable version is also the final boss in the Arcade Mode, Time Attack Mode and Survival Mode.
In the Survival Mode, you face her after defeating the 22 other characters in every row. After the third time and defeating the next seven opponents, you will fight her as the 100th and last opponent with her Combat Mode costume.
Genki Girl: She slowly becomes one. She's influenced by Amitie, and possibly Levi.
Glass Cannon: After you get rid of her first life bar in the second round of the final boss battle, she's extremely vulnerable, even her Super Armor is much less stable than before and it's possible to knock her by using close range combos even if they don't deal any damage. You can completely destroy her second life bar with a Full Drive Burst (depending which character you usenote only Amitie, Unison Hayate and Thoma can do this), but you should still avoid her attacks.
Hopeless Boss Fight: The heroes fight her in Sequence 04, Sequence 05 and Sequence 10 before the final battle. Losing to her still advance the plot, but you can beat her, since she's not that difficult, though in Sequence 10 she has her Super Armor, which makes it very difficult to win. Even if you win, the story reveals that the heroes haven't really done something to her. And you have to win all of these battles to unlock Sequence X.
The Juggernaut: She's nearly unstoppable. Only with the Heroic Sacrifices of Stern and Levi that lower her defense and with the force of most playable characters, including some Mid Season Upgrades, can stop her. Also, Dearche's Tome of Purple Sky is the only thing that can control her, and Chrono says that the chance of controlling her is higher than destroying her. In Sequence X, she wins all mock battles by herself. Her opponents are Stern, Levi, Kyrie, Dearche and Amitie, in that order. And you play her.
MacGuffin: Her vital core, the Examia, does only exist in this alternate timeline, that's why Kyrie uses to Time Machine to travel there. The Examia has the power to restore Eltria and is the last hope of that planet. To obtain it, Kyrie has to cooperate with Dearche to control U-D. But when U-D becomes too strong to be controlled, the heroes have to fight her until her Examia stops working, giving Dearche the chance to hack into U-D's system and to overwrite her program and making her controllable.
Mighty Glacier: Her boss version attacks are a bit slow, but strong. She has also the highest defense in this game (not to mention her Super Armor in the boss battles). The regular version doesn't do a lot of damage outside her Full Drive Burst.
Mook Maker: Probably unintentional, but she is the reason why the Dark Pieces were born in The Gears of Destiny.
Nice Girl: After her Heel-Face Turn. While some of the playable characters ask if their defeated opponents are okay, Yuri actually flies to them and checks if their fine.
Not So Different: Thoma tells her that he and U-D are actually similar, and he went berserk like her in his Black Knight Mode before.
Really 700 Years Old: Takes the appearance of a small child, but is actually older than Reinforce Eins.
Redemption Demotion: The playable version of her is much weaker than the Boss version and has a worse moveset. Justified, it's the post-Heel-Face Turn version of her, who is crippled due to her damaged Examia and she has lost a lot of her power.
Samus Is a Girl: The characters didn't know that U-D was a human-looking girl until they saw her. Kyrie and Dearche imagined U-D would be a mecha with black feathered wings.
SNK Boss: In the first round of her Final Boss battle, her attacks have ridiculous priority and do serious damage, her melee has more reach than most of your characters, her ranged attacks cover a wide area, and both her melee and ranged counters hit fast and hard. Combine this with a Super Armor that gives her a Mana Shield that also grants her immunity to knock back while it's up, and you have a sudden and overwhelming urge to introduce your PSP to the floor the hard way. To help you here, three of the seven characters could be given Mid Season Upgrades that grants them their default skills from Battle of Aces.
Spell My Name with an "S": Yuri Evelvine or Yuri Eberwein? The second variant seems to be more popular in the merchandise. But the pronunciation in the game does not help, and you would pick the first variant after hearing the characters saying her name.
Stone Wall: She's invulnerable with her Super Armor. The only way to destroy it is decreasing her Mana to zero. However, grab moves and Limit Breaks still work on her, even with her Super Armor, but they don't deal that much damage, as U-D's defense is still incredibly high.
Tragic Villain: She never wanted to become what she's now, and she believes that everyone who meets her will be killed by her, so she gave hopes up. She gets better.
Turns Red: In Round 2 of the Final Sequence, blasting through U-D's first life bar will have her bring back her Super Armor while in Full Drive mode, rendering her invulnerable for several seconds in addition to the headaches the Super Armor brings. Bonus points for her outfit actually turning blood red during this and other parts of the story.
On the other hand, the Super Armor is much less stable than before and she is not completely immune to close range combos even if she doesn't take any damage.
When You Coming Home, Yuri?: An inversion of the original trope, considering that Yuri is more like a daughter to Dearche. Yuri is rarely home because she helps Amitie with her work, and both of them have to travel around Eltria. Stern tells the others that Dearche often says "Yuri isn't coming home a lot," and gets depressed sometimes.
Woman in White: She wears a white coat and white top with a pink pattern, though, her hakama is purple. Her Combat Mode, however, has a red coat with a black hakama and a black top.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She despises herself because all she can do is destroy, and is actually powerful enough to destroy worlds.
You Remind Me of X: Vivio and Einhard remind her of Sankt Kaiser Olivie Sägebrecht and Hegemon Claus G.S. Ingvalt, respectively.