Familiar: With the exception of Ricardo Silvera, each Herald has at least one talking animal familiar that accompanies them wherever they go. The familiar(s) are also an extension of the Herald's personality and quirks.
Super Mode: "Full Possession" mode; each Elemental Lord is built with a "Laplace Computer" that allows the Herald to temporarily call upon the spirit of the Elemental Lord for increased power and abilities. This lasts for a brief moment, as the mode not only drain's the Herald's prana, but can potentially kill them.
In Revelation of Evil God, Masaki makes contact with Cyfis and masters Full Possession, allowing the Cybuster to transform into "Cyfis Cybuster" for a few minutes. Likewise, Yang Long ends up mastering his own Full Possession in Pride of Justice; depending on the route taken in the game, either Tytti, Mio or Elan Zenosakis will learn their own Full Possession.
The first "Banpresto Original" to appear in Super Robot Wars (although the actual first BP Original is the Big Bad from SD Hero Soukesen, an obscure Famicom game that set the formula for The Great Battle series note We later call him Dark Brain), Masaki's a loud-mouthed, Hot-Blooded young man with No Sense of Direction who's the Herald of the Elemental Lord of Wind Cybuster. He's actually an Earthling from Japan, but gets summoned to La Gias by force, which wasn't much of a problem for him since he'd been alone for a long time. There, he is chosen to the next Herald of the Cybuster, gets the familiar cats Kuro◊ and Shiro◊, and gains allies in the Kingdom of Langran, who created the Elemental Lords. His arch-rival is Shu Shirakawa, who kills Masaki's foster father Zeoroot Zan Zenosakis.In his appearances in the "Classic", Super Robot Wars Alpha and Super Robot Wars Original Generation timelines, Masaki tails Shu, who flees to the surface world after doing what he does. When The Federation in any given setting falls under attack by the Divine Crusaders, extraterrestrials or what have you, Masaki assists his new comrades with their troubles. Although much of his story is sidelined until later, he becomes a great help to the teams. Ultimately, Masaki manages to kill Shu for good, after Shu taps into the power of the dark god Shiva Volkruss. With his nemesis gone, he returns to La Gias. Unfortunately, going back to the subterranean world only sets the beginning of the next arc of his story, alternately chronicled in EX, the second half of Lord of the Elemental, and Second Original Generation & its Dark Prison DLC expansion, where a mass summoning of surface dwellers brings a huge number of Masaki's old allies to La Gias, in the midst of the "Langran Civil War" between the Kingdom of Langran and the Shutendonias Alliance. Masaki, the other Heralds, his Langran allies and his former surface comrades stranded in La Gias work to quell the conflict and get everyone else home.Just as the Guests arrive in Super Robot Wars 4and the Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation, Masaki and his Langran allies return to the surface world to assist their friends, but head back to La Gias and its prophetic troubles regarding the Cult of Vulkruss, detailed in Revelation of Evil God.Masaki's always seen with his trademark Humongous Mecha Cybuster; his previous machine, before being chosen to be a Herald, was the Elemental Machine (Masouki) Jaohm. He and his Elemental Lord embodies these tropes:
Akashic Records: Cybuster's "Akashic Buster", but In Name Only (although recent games have him comment about accessing the Akashic Records as part of his attacks).
Awesome, but Impractical: Cybuster's "Cosmo Nova"; not only does it require a high Will rating, but it's a one-round weapon per scenario. Rectified in Revelation of Evil God by making it an energy-based attack, making it more than a one-note weapon. Unfortunately, the EN requirement is a tad high.
Super Robot Wars 2: Players must attack a Divine Crusaders base protected by several turrets. After a few turns, the Cybuster appears and uses the Cyflash to destroy most of them. The scene is recreated in Original Generation.
Evil Counterpart: In his home series, Elan Zenosakis and the Zelvoid; in the Z series, Asakim and the Shurouga.
Fragile Speedster, Super Speed: Cybuster's supposedly the fastest there is; unfortunately, this doesn't make up for its lack of strength...well, Original Generation-wise, anyway. Subverts Fragile Speedster once it enters Full Possession.
Hero of Another Story: Although he pops up from time to time to help the heroes of whatever game he's in, his main purpose is always trying to figure out and stop whatever Shu's up to. Naturally, the Masou Kishin series is where he's the real star of the game. Lampshaded in the Second Original Generation.
Excellen Browning: Hey, hey, come on now Masa. You're just a lost little kitten above ground, but down here you're kinda famous aren't ya?
Justin Time: See Big Damn Hero. Infamous for often showing up at the last second, wiping out half the enemy forces with a Cyflash. He does it so often that it almost seems he's only showing up out of coincidence, but considering his sense of direction, that's not unlikely.
Like Brother and Sister: With adoptive younger sister, Presia Zenosakis. Lune Zoldark and some fans think there's more than that between them...
Flanderized in Original Generation: he gets lost...during a guided tour.
Back in Alpha, he flies the Cybuster around the world a few times just to reach Japan, a "few" meaning at least TEN times.
Hilariously invoked in Another Century's Episode R: traveling 4 kilometers with the Cybuster nets the player a trophy called "Isolated Lost Child".
In the same game, while Kyosuke Nanbu and Ryusei appear on Eria due to the a dimensional rift taking them in, Masaki is already there on Eria, and hopelessly lost. Yes, you read that right: Masaki's sense of direction is so unbelievably bad, he can cross dimensions and not even notice it.
Power Copying: In Super Robot Wars F Final, Masaki is one of few pilots with the Dream Spirit Command, which allows him to use any Spirit Command of an allied pilot, but at double the Spirit Point cost.
Series Mascot: One of the major contenders for the title of "most iconic original" created by Banpresto, largely by dint of his meta-series age (he's literally been there since SRW bothered to include pilots, folks) and the sheer number of appearances. Masaki has appeared in eighteen separate titles - a good number more than the runner-ups (Shu and Lune) and quite a few more than many other characters whose franchises have sold millions of copies.note And if Wild Mass Guessing regarding Asakim's origins prove to be true, this number could go even higher. What prevents him from definitively taking the title is the majority of his appearances are cameos - while originals like Kusuha Mizuha and Sanger Zonvolt have fewer games under their belt, both are central to their respective titles, thus have more presence in the zeitgeist.
Herald of the Elemental Lord of Fire Granveil, Yang Long is a Chinese physical education teacher with a knowledge in kung fu and has a penchant of spouting Chinese proverbs. Compared to Masaki, Yang Long's calm, cool-headed, yet more distant towards the rest of the other Heralds, either preferring to do his own line of duty or training. His familiar is the black panther Ranshao. Assigned as the bodyguard to Langran Princess Monica Grania Bilseia, Yang Long is dedicated to his position, despite Monica frequently spending her time chasing Shu around out of love. He often clashes with Saphine "Zeora Volkruss" Grace, one of Shu's followers, though this stems from him being in love with Saphine's sister Elshine "Zeora Volkruss" Grace.Tropes associated with Yang Long and the Granveil are:
Bystander Syndrome: Subverted; overall, Yang Long is too occupied with his duty as a Herald that he'd rather not deal with the surface world's problems, usually opting to come back to La Gias after doing whatever he's assigned to on the surface. However, if the threat really presents itself and Masaki convinces him, Yang Long will fight for the surface.
Glass Cannon: Story-wise, the Granveil has the most powerful weapons among the Elemental Lords, sans Cosmo Nova, but its pretty fragile.
Hot-Blooded: After all, his nickname is the "Hot-Blooded Gym Teacher". He's still less loud and abrasive than Masaki, though.
Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Granveil's "Caloric Smash" is normally a steady stream of flames. Upon its upgrade to "Denkou Eiri", the flames take on the shape of a dragon. In Pride of Justice, it becomes "Denkou Eiri Shunpuu Zan", where the Granveil summons a fire dragon.
Stern Teacher: Well, he is a gym teacher, and Masaki often refers that if he makes a blunder or something, Yang Long would make him sit straight for hours listening to his lectures. Of course, he means well.
Herald of the Elemental Lord of Water Gaddeath (or, in some translations, Goddess...and no, it's not a literal goddess), Tytti is the first person Masaki meets when he arrives in La Gias in The Lord of Elemental Part 1. Her previous job on the surface world in Finland isn't clear, but rumors say she used to be a police officer or a race car driver. For the most part, Tytti acts like a big sister, sometimes nagging on Masaki, and is the most involved of the Heralds about the politics surrounding La Gias. Her familiars are Freki and Geri, a pair of wolves. Much of her backstory on the surface is the result of a tragedy, where her family was murdered by Psycho for Hire Lubikka Hakinnen. Tytti's fear in starting a new love life stems from the death of former Herald Ricardo, who was also killed by Lubikka.In Coffin of the Final, Tytti survived the onslaught against the Lord of Elementals but lost contact of her friends, and ended up having to join Shu Shirakawa, now riding a more common mecha, Regelior-AR, while looking for her friends and Goddess.Tropes associated with Tytti and the Gaddeath are:
Hidden Buxom: Her clothes are very tight and she doesn't show a visible bounce, but she still have big ones, as Mio so proves when she gropes her. Also in The Lord of Elemental remake, during a Beach Episode, she wears a swimsuit revealing, yes, she's got it big.
Jack of All Stats: Of the Elemental Lords, the Gaddeath is the most balanced. Gameplay-wise, this is rather averted in the Masou Kishin games, as Gaddeath has rather weak melee stats and best used as a support-sniper. But in Original Generations games, it's played straight that her melee attacks is also decently powered.
Lady of War: While she's not backflipping here and there, the Gaddeath is tailored slightly for long-ranged combat and reserving strength rather than dealing full-frontal attacks (such as the Valsione or Zamzeed). Note that the Gaddeath is designed to look like a Valkyrie.
Lethal Chef, One-Note Cook: Tytti has a weird sense of taste. Anything she makes is so sweet it can make your stomach swollen. She also attempted to pour milk on food.
Onee-sama: Dotes on Masaki a lot to the point where she flips between scolding and crying on a basis of worry. Masaki doesn't adore her totally, but he does appreciate her presence.
Rule of Cool: In-universe, the Gaddeath's head engineer treated it as an art project, and spent much effort in molding its armor into its curvy, gorgeous shape, which doesn't effect the Gaddeath's performance in anyway.
Sole Survivor: Though we have no idea where the other three heralds are at, Tytti will join with Shu in Coffin of the End. However, instead of using Gaddeath, she'll be using a Regelior-AR while her machine's whereabouts are unknown.
Spell My Name with an S: Fan versions include "Tytti", "Tootie" or "Tutti", while her official romanization is "Thutiy"...not to mention, is it "Gaddeath" or "Goddess"?
Sweet Tooth: To the point it turns her into a Lethal Chef/One-Note Cook, and that's not just for desserts. She usually puts at least six cubes of sugar into any tea she serves, and for her, eight cubes are just modest.
Tytti also likes the strawberry jam-flavored rice balls made by Cliana Rimskaya, and says she doesn't mind even more strawberry jam.
Theme Naming: Tytti is overloaded with Norse Mythology. First, the Gaddeath wields the Gungnir and its attack names are based on several terms ("Jotunheim", "Fenrir Crush", "Jormungandr Ouroboros", "Bifrost Fall"), alongside the Gaddeath resembling a Valkyrie. Freki and Geri are named after Odin's two hounds. Pride of Justice via Full Possession upgrades the Gungnir into Mistilteinn and grants the Gaddeath a new attack called "Ragnarok Saga". She can also upgrade the Hi-Familiar attack into "Gleipnir".
Token Wholesome: She's mostly dressed fully despite her usually big breasts for her age. To fully demonstrate this, in the DS re-release, Tytti's the only female (aside from Mio and Presia) who has no Gainaxing. This is carried over to the Second Original Generation.
Tsundere: Type B. She usually deals with other people kindly but she either gives the cold shoulder or angry treatment to Ricardo... at least until his last moments.
Successor to Ricardo as the Herald to the Elemental Lord of Earth Zamzeed, Mio is just an Ordinary High-School Student from Japan, who gets transported to La Gias while she's sleeping and found by Masaki in the wilderness during the events of EX. After Masaki and Tytti recover the Zamzeed from the Shutendonias Alliance, the Zamzeed chooses Mio to be its next Herald and she continues to tag along with her new allies. When the Langran Civil War is over, Mio decides to stay in La Gias to continue her training as a Herald. In Revelation of Evil God, she becomes a student to Ricardo, who returns as a spirit and assists her to use the Zamzeed to its full potential.Mio's an anime otaku, but more on the shounen series (compared to Ryusei and his otaku-ness on Humongous Mecha). She likes to tease a lot and keeps the team lively, being the most energetic and playful of the Heralds. Like Masaki, she's also an orphan who lost her parents due to a airplane crash. Supposedly, Mio has a black belt in Aikido. Her familiars are a triplet of duck-billed platypi. Tropes associated to Mio:
Epic Fail: In Alpha Gaiden and the Second Original Generation, if the Zamzeed fails in successfully using its Gouryuundou Masamune, the rock/mountain embedded to the weapon will pop off and trample the machine with it.
I Know Mortal Kombat: When she arrives in La Gias, she wants to pilot the Elemental Machine Diablo and help out, claiming there shouldn't be any problems since she's played Burning PT. However, Masaki attempts to lampshade on the absurdity of this.
Masaki: "What the heck are you saying? It's not the kind of thing that you can just hop in and immediately know how to pilot it!" note Hilarity Ensues and Irony abounds, because that's exactly what Masaki did with the Jaohm when he arrived in La Gias.
Meta Girl: Some of Mio's combat quotes include telling her enemies they will become her Experience Points to level up. She's also one of the few characters who can understand or join in Ryusei's Shout Outs.
Mighty Glacier: Of the four Elemental Lords, Zamzeed has the thickest armor and even armed with a shield.
Daughter of Bian Zoldark, founder of the Divine Crusaders, the Norwegian Lune's an outspoken tomboy who wears a tank top and tattered, torn jeans, but has an exceptional high aptitude for piloting mecha. A former member of the Divine Crusaders, she spent most of the time physically training around a space station orbiting Jupiter. Lune was supposedly to be given a customized Valsion, but she didn't like how it looked, so her father modified its look to resemble a giant, walking Robot Girl version of herself called the Valsione, complete with hair and a face that changes according to Lune's current expression. After receiving the Valsione, news about the death of her father reaches her, thus she returns to Earth to exact revenge on the perpetrators. Although Lune briefly fights with The Federation, she winds up aligning with them, as the Divine Crusaders suffers Motive Decay and her revenge was simply out of familial duty. (In Alpha, her motivation is slightly different thanks to Bian not being a villain; she's trying to save her dad from suspected Jupeterian captivity, but never does find him, to her dismay. She joins the heroes since they're allies of the DC and are perfectly willing to help her look for her dad.)By the time the events of EX/Second OG roll around, Lune has found herself thrown in the Langran Civil War when she and many surface dwellers are mass summoned to La Gias. With the help of the Herald Yang Long, Lune hurries to resolve the conflict alongside her surface friends summoned and new Langran allies, but is caught among a conspiracy involving Langran General Kirkus Zan Valfarbia. When the civil war is over, Lune relegates to staying in La Gias.Note that she, technically, isn't a citizen of Langran; as stated, she's a Norwegian Earthborn, just like her dad. She's included among the Langran characters because she sides with them whenever she travels to La Gias.Lune and her Ridiculously Human Robot Valsione embody these tropes:
Ascended Extra: From a supporting character in 3 to a protagonist of her own route in EX
Badass Normal: When compared to the other Heralds, Lune's just armed with an Earth-made machine that has no spirit protection or an evil god for support. However, she's that good of a pilot, backed with Charles Atlas Superpower to keep up with all those spiritual mumbo-jumbo.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Master Rishu Togo states she can dodge bullets...while eating breakfast. This is also why the Valsione can do "Mirror Image" naturally without the technology to activate it being installed: she's just got THAT CRAZY REFLEXES. Justified as a result of the time spent training on Jupiter around greater gravitational forces.
Glass Cannon: In the Original Generation games, specifically Original Generation 2, her Ace Bonus increases attack and the Valsione has the just-as-useful, non-friendly fire MAP weapon Psycho Blaster. However, the Valsione has barely any armor and Lune's defense stat is rather low.
Lightning Bruiser: Remedied by her high evasion stat, which is the best in the games (for good reason), the Valsione's "Mirror Image" ability note Gain a 50% chance of evading any attack, and a full upgrade bonus that increases the rate of activating Mirror Image.
Mythology Gag: Variation; despite the fact that almost everyone who has played an SRW knows the Valsione is really a custom Valsion, the Original Generation side-story manga Record of ATX decides to give a blunt reminder◊ to fans by equipping the Valsione with outer armor (something it never had in the games) resembling the Valsion.
The only daughter of Zeoroot Zan Zenosakis, Presia is the adoptive younger sister to Masaki, who considers him a brother even before Zeoroot took him into his family. One of the first Moe Moe characters created by Banpresto, Presia is good at housework and is usually seen alongside her brother wherever he goes. During the Langran Civil War, Presia pilots the Diablo after Mio ascends to become the pilot of the Zamzeed.The Zenosakis family had been cursed to become vessels for the dark god Shiva Volkruss. This explains why Shu had to assassinate Zeoroot. During Revelation of Evil God, Presia stumbles onto this fact and realizes a side-effect of the curse: she stopped aging after a certain age. She is eventually kidnapped by the Cult of Volkruss and its worshippers to become their god's new vessel, but the Heralds prevent and stop the ceremony. After a fragment of Volkruss that Presia was to embody is destroyed, the curse is lifted, allowing her to age normally again.Tropes associated with Presia and the Diablo are:
Like Brother and Sister: Her relation with Masaki is that of siblings, but Lune and some fans believe there's more...
One cutscene in Revelation of Evil God has her teasing Masaki that just because she's 13, there's nothing wrong with her taking a bath with him. Lune and Wendy, who are also present, don't see it as a joke.
Older than They Look: Three years have passed between The Lord of Elemental Part 2 and Revelation of Evil God. Presia is still the same as she was because of the curse placed on her family. In the (canon) "Presia Ending" of Revelation of Evil God, the curse is removed and she is able to age normally.
Parental Abandonment: There is no mention of her mother and Zeoroot bites the dust, no thanks to Shu.
Vocal Evolution: Due to the fact the last time she appeared was about a decade ago, Satomi Koorogi as Presia sounds more deeper and less like a child, despite having the same mannerisms as before. May be justified as a result of Older than They Look.
The original Herald of the Elemental Lord of Earth Zamzeed, the fun and jolly Ricardo is an ex-air force pilot from Brazil who gets along with people well. He enjoys being around Masaki, teaches Yang Hong how to use an Elemental Lord properly and is head over heels for Tytti, frequently flirting with her. As fate would have it, since he was created before the ACTUAL Herald of the Zamzeed (Mio), he's shot and mortally wounded by Lubikka while protecting Tytti after her Brainwashed and Crazy stint. He succumbs to his injuries, but not after hearing Tytti returning her affections, until it was too late.However, Ricardo returns in Revelation of Evil God as a spirit residing in the Zamzeed. In the role of a mentor, he advises Mio and helps her master the Zamzeed's power. Tropes associated with Ricardo are:
Master Swordsman: Considered the greatest swordsman in La Gias; in fact, his skill is so great that despite a near-hopeless battle against Shu and his Granzon, Zeoroot managed to damage and disable its barrier with just an Elemental Machine before dying.
The Obi-Wan: Zeoroot looked after Masaki after his arrival in La Gias, treating him like family to the point of officially adopting him and teaching everything he knew about the sword. Like other Obi-Wans, Zeoroot dies by Shu's hand while attempting to stop him after his attack on Langran.
One of the twin princesses of the Kingdom of Langran, Xenia Grania Bilseia is nothing as expected of royalty. Indeed, she has no interest in politics and mostly spends time doing mechanical work on various Elemental Machines or being around the Heralds. Xenia is the mechanical designer behind the Super Elemental Machine (Cho Masouki) Duraxyl by improving on La Gias Magitech with data incorporated from the surface world's Humongous Mecha, notably the Gundams, her personal favorite (in the Second Original Generation, it would be the Huckebein). Xenia pilots the Elemental Machine "Nols" and its Mid-Season Upgrade "Nols Ray", one of two available in Langran. Tropes associated with Xenia and her machines are:
Ace Custom: In Coffin of the End, she will pilot the Duraxyl.
Combat Medic: Subverted; while Xenia CAN fight, the Nols (Ray) is a machine more designed for ceremonial events, thus while her healing skills are stellar, her combat ability and damage output suffers a lot, thereby making her deal more on recovery skills rather than offensive purposes.
Demoted to Extra: In the Second Original Generation, she is only usable in the EX portions of the game, and only if you picked Masaki's route. Monica takes her place in the later scenarios.
Leitmotif: "Princess of Passion", an exclusive Leitmotif for her, beginning in Revelation of Evil God, after decades of having to use generic 'battle themes. This is carried over into the Second Original Generation; however, it is unavailable if the player picks Lune's route, since you cannot assign this Leitmotif to anyone else.
Ascended Extra: When you think of a pilot for the Nols (Ray), you'd think of Xenia. However, exclusively in the Second Original Generation, Monica is the one to accompany the Steel Dragon Battle Group into the final battles, with Xenia staying in La Gias.
Bound and Gagged: With a ball-gag, no less, in Part 1 of The Lord of Elemental, courtesy of Saphine.
My Nayme Is: "Duraxyl" can either be spelled with one "l" or two.
Teased with Awesome: Feilord's Twin Command in the Second Original Generation is "Soul"note Deal 2.5 times the damage for the next successful attack, which would be a benefit provided the player could have placed him in a Twin Unit.
Your Days Are Numbered: Feilord secretly hid that he barely passed the prana test. Worst yet, he had only months to live; since the Shutendonias Alliance was vulnerable, he decided to retaliate for their initial attacks, with hopes to unite all of La Gias before his time was up.
The 18-year old son of General Kirkus Valfarbia, Zashford comes off as timid and unreliable, but with an actively strong sense of justice. Zashford appears in EX in Lune's route and was completely awestruck with her appearance, trying his hardest to get close to her. Throughout EX, Zashford questions if his father's objectives, with his obsession for power and military unification of Langran, are correct. In the Second Original Generation, along with the rest of the Heralds, he heads to the surface world to assist the Steel Dragon Battle Group against their enemies.Zashford later acquires the Galguard, an exceptionally strong lightning-based Elemental Machine and one of the few machines closest in design and power to an Elemental Lord. Blessed by the thunder spirit "Gulnansa", the Galguard's pilot wouldn't be able to use its four arms unless they have a high prana count.
Ascended Extra: Out of the all Masou Kishin characters playable in the EX scenarios of the Second Original Generation (excluding the Heralds, Lune and Presia), Zashford joins them on the surface world for the Sealing War, beating out the likes of Xenia (who was part of the group back in Alpha Gaiden). If special requirements are met, the Galguard will get to use its "Black Thunder" attack, which shouldn't be possible until Part 2 of The Lord of Elemental. This is likely because he joins very late in the EX portions and you would otherwise have him for three scenarios.
Spared by the Adaptation/Saved by Canon: Back in EX, it's possible for Zashford to be Killed Off for Real when fighting his father, but this is averted for the Second Original Generation, as he must canonically survive and participate in Part 2 of the re-released The Lord of Elemental.
Flawed Prototype: The Jaohm is one of the first Elemental Machines developed in the "Masouki Project", but the engineers hit a roadblack regarding how to effectively mold Orichalconium alloy back then. As result, the Jaohm's armor is mixed with ceramic, making it heavier and not as tough as they had wanted.
Husky Russkie: Gennacy is Russian and one of the largest Elemental Machine pilots and unmatched in arm-wrestling, unless his opponent is someone who has a Charles Atlas Superpower like Lune.
Leitmotif: Averted; just like Russel Bagman, Gennacy is the only playable character in Masou Kishin to not have a dedicated one.
Master of None: In-universe, the Jaohm was designed as a Fragile Speedster like most of the other wind-based Elemental Machine, but the problem lies with its armor, making it slower than expected.
A native La Gias and an Elemental Machine pilot, a rarity amongst La Gias, Fang Zan Bisias is a devoted student of Zeoroot, who felt a sense of hostility against the surface world newcomer Masaki. When Zeoroot was killed, Fang blamed Masaki for his master's death and defected to the Republic of Bagonia. However, a heartful conversation from Masaki and how disturbed Fang was to the resident Mad Scientist Zet led Fang to rejoin the Kingdom of Langran and bury the hatchet of hate, becoming Masaki's staunch ally.
Eyepatch of Power: He's usually wearing a eyepatch-style visor. However, he ditches it when Pride of Justice occurs.
Green-Eyed Monster: Of sorts - Fang became jealous that Zeoroot gave Masaki more attention upon being chosen as a Herald and couldn't acknowledge his prescence, moreso when Zeoroot died. He gets over this.
Wild Card: While on good terms with Masaki and would occasionally help him, if it fits his purpose or the perceived greater good, he'll switch sides and fight him (only to go back to being his occasional ally). In fact, he's one of the characters that helps Shu in EX and you fight him in the EX portions of the Second Original Generation (Masaki's route), including Dark Prison.
Leeroy Jenkins: Jog Kanwort, a Shutendonias soldier who dreams of become the most famed warrior in La Gias. He wants to achieve it by always getting in Masaki's way...and always got beaten. At least he gets promoted to Lasett's Dragon.
A terrorist from the surface world who kills people for fun, Lubikka Hakinnen is responsible for the death of Tytti's entire family (right in front of her, no less). In a twist, he was summoned into La Gias and was originally chosen to be the Herald of the Gaddeath, until Tytti interfered and revealed his crimes on the surface. Langran authorities immediately placed him under arrest, but Lubikka manages to escape, killing his prison guards and flees to Shutendonias, becoming a mercenary-for-hire. Sometime later, he returns from hiding, swearing revenge against Tytti by hypontizing her, but she breaks free thanks to Ricardo. In retaliation, he attempts to shoot her dead, but Ricardo takes the shot for her, and dies from further gunshot wounds. Lubikka makes his quick escape again.He resurfaces down the line, now serving as The Dragon to General Lasett Novaste, but is killed in combat.
Arch-Enemy: Of Tytti. In a subversion, instead of haunting Tytti forever, she gets over it; additionally, his screentime was overtaken by Lasett's madness, including the Tuddy-Wendy sub-plot, and winds up dying as an Elite Mook rather than a major antagonist.
It's Personal: Goes both ways; not only can Tytti not forgive him for her family's slaughter, he hates her for humiliating him in front of the Kingdom of Langran by revealing his transgressions against her on the surface, when he was nearly about to become a Herald.
The main antagonists of the Masou Kishin saga, the Cult of Volkruss is led by the mad priest Luozorl Zoran Roiel. Their goal is to revive the dark god Shiva Volkruss, whom the Elemental Lords are prophesized to destroy. With the help of Shu, whom they brainwashed to harvest the souls necessary for Volkruss' resurrection, the Cult also received the backing of the Shutendonias Alliance, run by the equally ruthless General Lasett. After Shu is killed, Luozorl resurrects him, but unknowingly severs Shu's link with Volkruss, allowing him to rebel against the dark god and the Cult. Tropes regarding the Cult of Volkruss are:
The arch-rival of Masaki, Shu is a Half-Earthling, half-La Gias professor who resides in the subterranean world. In The Lord of Elemental, Shu single-handedly built the Granzon, an incredibly powerful machine that uses void energy. Ever since they first meet, Shu has irritated Masaki often, though he crosses the line when he kills Masaki's foster father Zeoroot in an act where he declares he's defecting to the forces of the dark god Shiva Volkruss. Enraged, Masaki allows himself to be possessed by Cyfis, the La Gias spirit residing in the Cybuster, to give him an edge against the Granzon. Shu is forced to retreat, having taken too much damage from the super-powered Elemental Lord. He leaves for the surface world to recuperate, with Masaki following in tow.In the Classic Timeline and Original Generation, Shu assists Bian with the creation of the Divine Cruaders, but vanishes when Bian is killed by Federation forces and their allies. He sporadically appears throughout the Earth's occupation by the Inspectors, assisting Masaki and his allies here and there, yet doesn't reveal his intentions on helping. In Alpha 1 he's a bit more openly helpful (much to Masaki's surprise and suspicion), helping the heroes defuse several high-risk situations and eventually even becoming a fully playable unit; he does this largely because Euzeth Gozzo is after the Granzon directly, and even Shu isn't too fond of his odds in that kind of one-on-one, and doesn't want to see the heroes fall to the Balmar before Euzeth is taken down. In all these settings, once the otherworldly forces have been defeated, deciding to test out how strong his opponents are, Shu taps into Volkruss' power and turns the Granzon into the Neo Granzon, and attacks Federation forces - I.E., our heroes. In all continuities, Shu is defeated (by turns in SRW 3, Alpha Gaiden and Original Generation Gaiden), but at the brink of death, states he is pleased his enemies have the potency to destroy the Neo Granzon, leaving Masaki to ponder on his dying words, while lamenting for his fallen foe.Some time following his death, Shu is resurrected by the forces of Volkruss, but his revival offsets him without any memories in EX and Dark Prison. However, it's all goingaccording to Shu's plan: knowing he cannot kill himself in order to break free from Volkruss' influence, he used Masaki and the Federation to goad them into killing him, and since his resurrection annuls his physical and spiritual link to Volkruss, he is free to do what he wants, including destroying the dark god. He succeeds and by The Lord of Elemental Part 2, occasionally joins forces with Masaki, whom he is on good terms by this time.In Revelation of Evil God, when Volkruss cultists have kidnapped Presia, Shu at last reveals the reason he had to assassinate Zeoroot: the Zenosakis clan is cursed forever to be vessels of Volkruss and Shu took the approach of killing Zeoroot to prevent another person from being in his situation. Unfortunately, Presia is also carrying the curse, forcing Shu to commit the same deed on the young girl. However, the canon ending of Revelation of Evil God leads to the Heralds of the Elemental Lords successfully purge Persia of the curse, removing the need for Shu to kill her - to his relief.Like Masaki, Shu manages to get himself the affections of Saphine and Princess Monica, though he does not return their feelings. Despite not being a Herald of an Elemental Lord, Shu has a canary familiar called Chika. Unlike her master, Chika is greedy, crude, and not exactly bright. Shu and the Granzon embody these tropes:
Big Good: Coffin of the Final actually promotes Shu as such since he's now the captain of his own ship in absence of Neo Granzon, and spearheading the investigation about this new foe.
The Blacksmith: Built the Granzon by himself. In Original Generation, repairing the machine after it was damaged in La Gias cost the Divine Crusaders about two-thirds of their budget. That doesn't stop Bian from mounting his insurrection successfully with the remaining third. Shu goes on to design the power source of the Granzon, the "Anti-Matter Annihilation Engine", based off of the designs of the Black Hole Engine.
Dissonant Serenity: Nowhere is this more apparent than when Shu fires the Shukutaihou in Dark Prison, where he's calm, methodical, polite even. And then he unleashes a Sphere of Destruction that is powerful enough to destroy the entire universe.
The Dreaded: Not just in-universe, but on a meta level as well. Veterans to the franchise will instantly recognize that whenever Shu shows up, something REALLY bad is going to happen.
Eleventh Hour Ranger: In any games where he's playable, he's usually this; In his EX scenario and Dark Prison, he's the last to arrive and unlocks the Neo Granzon.
Mighty Glacier: In contrast to the Cybuster's Fragile Speedster status, the Granzon has a low movement rate, but its weapons' base attack is higher and it can tank through nearly everything enemies can throw at it. What really helps is the unit ability "Warp Field"note Half all damage taken, generally given to boss units.
Lightning Bruiser: On the other hand, if he is paired with a pilot who has the "Accel"note +3 to movement spirit command, then he's able to get to the front lines easily. Bonus points if players give him the "Continuous Action"note At 120 Will, this skill grants a pilot one additional action if he/she successfully makes a kill. This can only be done once per turn per phase. pilot skill.
In his Gran Worm Sword animation, he shows that he doesn't need to walk or fly to his opponents, he can simply teleport through wormholes, making his Mighty Glacier status probably an intentional handicap. Hell, in the Dark Prison animation, the (Neo) Granzon back flips.
Nerves of Steel: In just about every situation he's in, Shu always keeps his calm, even if he's angry. Do note that he is very often beset by a lot of powerful opponents who want to kill him (or whom he recently betrayed), and he has the (Neo) Granzon.
One-Man Army: Although he was defeated ( which is exactly what he wanted), he did face the entirety of the Steel Dragons by himself in Original Generation Gaiden, which according to Selena Recital and Albharda, was phenomenal. Similarly, he faces down the combined might of the unified Londo Bell squadron, twice, in Alpha Gaiden, and the rematch even has the LB using backup from the goddamned future.
Small Annoying Creature: Chika is this to him, and considering how familiars in Masou Kishin are an extension of their master's personality and quirks...
Smug Super: Shu's a genius and he knows it. Perfectly done in The Inspectors, when the Granzon's Black Hole Engine is used:
Vigagi: Impossible... It should not be so powerful!
Shu: I improved it myself. Of course it is.
In the Second Original Generation, Shu humiliates Teniquette Zezenan by using black hole technology (through generating a naked singularity plane shift: a black hole without an event horizon) the latter thought would be impossible for humans to decipher and use.
Sphere of Destruction: (Neo) Granzon's "Black Hole Cluster" and "Graviton Cannon" and Neo Granzon's "Shukutaihou" ("Degeneracy Cannon")
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Shu throws the Granworm Sword at Monica, activates the Granzon's warp abilities, and sends it instead towards Luozorl, killing him.
Troll: The fact he never makes it clear about his affiliations/intentions, can do anything he wants, and spends most of his screentime putting on his "Trollface" while pulling this trope on Masaki makes Shu this. There's a good reason some players has dubbed him the "Troll Overlord".
He trolls Masaki for fun, but those that try using him get trolled even worse as part of his revenge plan, with one example being the case with the Guests and Gaia Sabers, trolling them both.
Weirdness Magnet: In the Second Original Generation, the Guests built one into the Granzon, as it's been attracting extraterrestrial/interdimensional invaders, as a way to soften the Earth up for their impending invasion.
Shu then goes Papa Wolf as he then fights it out against the remnants of the Divine Crusaders.
Willfully Weak: Although the Granzon is a powerful machine, by the time he goes back to Earth from La Gias, he already can transform the Granzon into the Neo Granzon anytime he wanted to. He doesn't because he treats it as his trump card which he uses again during the Final Boss of Dark Prison. Plus, he can't initiate Maximum Break in 2nd OG while he can in Dark Prison.
The Worf Effect: While the details are currently unknown as to how it happened, but in Masou Kishin Coffin of the End, his Neo Granzon is trashed. Considering it's the Neo Granzon, something really must be as tough as the Steel Dragons out there.
Mook Maker: In Pride of Justice, Gaen gains the ability to summon demons.
Artificial Stupidity: These mooks are weak, and the AI has a tendency to surround the weakest unit you control. Masou Kishin takes the direction a unit is facing and terrain elevation into combat calculations, making gaen's demon summoning quite useful for manipulating enemy positioning to your advantage.
A descendant of the Zenosakis bloodline, he is a distant relative of Zeoroot and Presia. His mission to destroy Rasfitoto, one of the Three Pillar Gods of La Gias and claims the title of "Godslayer" for himself.
Evil Counterpart: To Masaki and the Cybuster; Revelation of Evil God reveals the machine is an ancient, mass-produced Elemental Machine used to defeat Volkruss for the first time. The Cybuster was based on its designs, but it's unknown to what extent, because its mechanical designer Wendy isn't entirely sure how she created the Cybuster, since her Evil Twin Tuddy was possessing her during its construction.
Heel-Face Turn: He's the heading character in one route in Pride of Justice, fighting on Masaki's side and gaining his own cadre of Meido pilots fighting for his sake. He even unlocks the Possession for Zelvoid this way.