Yuuko:And you want to do it with your own strength, right?
Takeru:I will… all on my own.
Takeru:She’s right. It’s not about whether we can’t or can’t. We simply have to do it.
After his experiences in Unlimited, Takeru actually starts out as physically fit and competent as he was at the end of basic training, and being commissioned as an officer in the previous world. This leaves his new squadmates in awe rather than their dismissive attitude in Unlimited.
The Ace: Better in hand to hand combat than Meiya, an expert in military doctrine despite spacing out in class, confident, an ace pilot and more. Unlimited really changed Takeru. The only ones able to really outdo him at anything are Tamase, in sniping skills, and Meiya, in heroic resolve.
Ace Pilot: People are actually in outright awe of his skill when Alternative rolls around after he retains all his skills and training from Unlimited, where he was already easily the best pilot in the squad.
Badass: He was nearly there in Unlimited. Now he kicks MAJOR ass whenever he fights.
Clueless Chick Magnet: The suicide mission at the end really hammers this in, and in the saddest way. It’s not as clear as it was in Unlimited as to whether he’s entirely oblivious, though. What's certain is that he didn’t catch on to Meiya's feelings at least.
Image Song: Tsubasa ("Wings"), which also plays at the end of Alternative's Chapter 7, when Takeru resolves to fix the mess he had created.
Inelegant Blubbering: In Alternativewhen he sees Marimo in the Extra world after seeing her Unlmited/Alternative self being brutally killed in front of him, he absolutely breaks down weeping. After regaining control of himself, he sees her again after school and does it again.
It's All My Fault: He suffered massive guilt in the aftermath of Marimo's death, and was nearly driven mad when he caused it to happen again in the Extra branch. It takes a long time, further breakage, an interrupted suicide attempt, and more than one instance of Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! before he moves past it.
Kill the Ones You Love: Takeru blows up Meiya along with the BETA Superior with the Susano'o's particle cannon at the end of the Original Hive mission.
Little Hero, Big War: He’s still primarily valuable for information. However, now he’s an outright amazing pilot and knows far more, which gives him far more influence.
Mistaken For Pedophile: His close relationship with Kasumi looks rather questionable to the rest of his squad.
Near-Rape Experience: After breaking down due to Marimo's death, Takeru nearly rapes Meiya out of frustration with what he sees as her 'get over it' attitude. Because she does not resist and even says if it would helps she will put up with it, he runs out instead.
New Transfer Student: Just like in Unlimited. However, with his skills this time around they seem to think he’s actually overqualified instead of just some rookie.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Not once, but twice. The first instance is when he attempts to change the timeline to stop Alternative V from occurring, which unknowingly caused the coup d'etat to happen, an event that claimed the lives of Sakaki's father and Ayamine's possible lover, among many others. And the second is when Takeru flees back to the Extra timeline, bringing the darkness of the Alternative timeline with him.
No Ontological Inertia: Without Sumika's desperate longing for Takeru holding him together, he fades out of existence not long after the final mission.
No Yay: In-Universe: After his memories of previous loops begin returning and he remembers the relationships he had, Yuuko teases him if the two of them ever had one. Takeru denies it, but the conversation reminds him that one of the ways the Drowning My Sorrows incident can end up in Unlimited is with him having sex with her in an attempt to lower her guard enough to get information about Alternative IV. He doesn't remember why it happened, but the idea he might have been in a relationship with Yuuko appalls him.
Placebo Effect: Isumi orders him to take a second round of hypnotherapy after he returns from the PTSD arc, but since he goes willingly she merely has it set up so he thinks he got the therapy. During his next battle, he still acts as though he had the therapy.
Ret Gone: After Sumika, who had been sustaining his existence, dies he soon ceases to exist. Due to his nature as a quantum causality phenomenon he is wiped from the memories of everyone. The epilogue has him back in an altered version of Extra where he gets tearful at the sight of his old squadmates who had previously died. Interestingly, Kasumi is in this world now and appears to be familiar with the events of Alternative.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After Marimo gets killed, Takeru decides he's had it with this reality and attempts to go back to his home reality. This proves to be a big, BIG mistake.
Tomato in the Mirror: The Takeru we see in Unlimited and Alternative is a quantum-causality phenomenon, an amalgamation of all the Takerus in Extra, and has gone through Unlimitedmany times in numerous alternate timelines. Unlike Rika, however, Takeru is wiped clean at the end of each Unlimited loop (save the one which preceeded Alternative), and can only remember brief flashes from Extra and Unlimited when certain triggers are present. He had also started subconsciously absorbing memories from Unlimited / Alternative's Takeru, who had been killed off long before the start of the story.
You Are The BETA: While berating Takeru, Yuuko in the Extra Branch invokes this trope, telling him that, to that world's Takeru, to that world's Sumika, and to the five billion people who will die due to his being a causality conductor, he is the incomprehensible harbinger of despair that the BETA are in the world of Alternative.
00 Unit / Sumika Kagami
Voiced by: Hiroko Taguchi
The end result of Alternative IV, Unit 00 is a construct created by Yuuko. She is actually a robot version of Sumika with her brain uploaded into a quantum computer.
And I Must Scream: The only reason she didn't go completely insane and simply die from stress while a brain was the desire to see Takeru and the mental stimulation received from Kasumi. Even then she's pretty screwed up for awhile after getting a new body.
Brain in a Jar: She wasn't the only one, merely the only one that was actually recaptured alive.
Clingy Jealous Girl: We learn near the end of Alternative just how clingy and jealous she can be in her subconsciousness, though there's little she could have done about it. After she's returned to mental stability, she does what she can to end Takeru's status as a causality conductor.
Damaged Soul: When brought Back from the Dead as the 00 Unit, this is what appears to be happening. It's not because of the process, though, but what happened before that. Also, she gets better.
Hair Decorations: Sumika's ribbon now contains tech to stop her from reading the minds of certain individuals. She can't read Yuuko due to not having the clearance level to know what Yuuko does and she eventually had Takeru sealed off because Takeru can remember things from previous loops that would really hurt Sumika. She appears to approve of this function.
Robot Girl: She's Sumika with her brain uploaded into a quantum computer and given an artificial body that mimics all aspects of the human body, putting her quite close to Artificial Human territory.
Satellite Love Interest: This is literally her entire gimmick; she really, REALLY likes Takeru. However, it was this love that helped use the resident sci-fi magic which allowed an amalgamation of Extra's Takerus to form in her Unlimited/Alternative world.
Sole Survivor: In Unlimited/Alternative, of a BETA attack. Well, if you call being reduced to a brain and a spinal cord surviving...
Meiya remains largely unchanged from Unlimited, but due to the differences in Takeru, the two are more prone to arguing than before. While Meiya values Japan's heritage and pride, Takeru is somewhat desperate after the events of Unlimited and sees little point in anything other than what it takes to defeat the BETA. She becomes Takeru's closest friend despite this. Unlike Unlimited, her self sacrificing tendencies and attachment to duty are more closely examined and she does her best to value herself more.
Badass Princess: Still related to the Shogun. She's actually the twin sister of the Shogun, who is dead in the world of Extra.
Body Horror: Meiya at the end of Alternative was infected by the BETA Superior, an excruciatingly painful process. Takeru is forced to pull the trigger on her and the Superior before the process was completed, upon her begging.
Friend Zone: The plot requires Takeru to be in love with Unit 00/Sumika, but he tells Meiya that she's his closest friend, his "precious one", and trusts her more than anyone. She's clearly unhappy but hides it well enough from Takeru.
Retcon: Unlimited claimed she was part of the Imperial family. Alternative turns that into being related to the Shogun instead. The actual emperor and his family go almost completely unmentioned.
Romantic Runner-Up: She's the secondary heroine. If you plot what is most likely the 'most' canon ending for each game, in Extra she helps him realize how he feels about Sumika, in Unlimited with Sumika gone she seems to be the main heroine based on the retrospection from Alternative, and in Alternative itself she gets friend zoned in favor of Sumika, but is still his closest confidant. See above.
Samurai Ponytail: Unlike in Extra the look fits her pretty much perfectly here with her elegant and noble manner finally matching the situation. Alternative makes this even more appropriate than before by making her related to the shogun instead of the emperor.
Shoot the Hostage: Though the Primary Objective almost certainly doesn't understand the idea of taking hostages, it unintentionally does so when it pins Meiya inside of Takeru's firing radius. She begs him to take the shot to not only complete the mission but also to stop whatever it is doing to her. He does.
The Virus: After defending the Susano'o from assault by the Primary Objective, she is eventually struck and pinned to it while it first begins taking control of her TSF and then her own body, causing massive veins to show all over body while causing tortuous pain.
While her role is largely unchanged from Unlimited, as the story progresses she eventually makes strides in getting rid of her non-confrontational demeanor and sticking to her opinions more frequently.
Animal Motif: Like in Unlimited, she’s less catlike than in Extra, but now she laughs at how Takeru calls her Tama, which is a common name for cats in Japan.
The Chick: Interestingly enough, she's not really emotionally strong enough to actually fulfill this role properly at the start.
You Shall Not Pass: After her TSF is damaged during Operation Cherry Blossom, she stalls for time so Mikoto can destroy the BETA brain in time.
Voiced by: Yuuko Nagashima
While she is the same as ever in Alternative, Ayamine features prominently in the coup d'etat arc due to her connection to a certain army captain named Sagiri. As the story goes on, she puts effort into being more open.
In Unlimited, Mikoto was the token member of the squad with a normal family. However, Alternative reveals that her father is the head of the Imperial intelligence agency. Like the other girls, after a certain event she begins to work on her flaws, which in this case would be her lack of attention to what's going on around her.
A-Cup Angst: Downplayed from Unlimited since Alternative does not focus as much on romance.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Boy or girl, you can't deny that Mikoto is very odd. Takes after her old man in that.
Family-Unfriendly Death: She’s electrocuted when she manages to destroy the BETA brain by stabbing it. Judging by her screams, it was extremely painful. Judging by her face being obscured when we see inside the cockpit, it was extremely gruesome.
While still a celebrity of sorts in Alternative as the daughter of the Prime Minister of Japan, this fact becomes mostly irrelevant after he is assassinated by Sagiri. The advancing storyline shows the harm her flaws of perfectionism, by the book behavior and emotional denial can inflict, so she does her best to resolve these issues.
Call Back: Remember the running theme about her and Ayamine never having their timing match up? Their very last scene together has them finally in synch when they set off their self destruct mechanisms.
Class Representative: Takeru starts teasing her by calling her other things after she’s gotten used to it, so she insists that he keep calling her that.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She has a lot of trouble accepting sympathy and support. In Alternative, her position in the squad makes her feel as if she can't publicly mourn her father when he is killed.
Heroic Sacrifice: She and Ayamine both set off their self destructs at the same time to stop a massive BETA wave.
You Killed My Father: Chizuru, to Sagiri. Subverted; she gets an arm sliced off her TSF and nearly gets killed for her troubles.
Voiced by: Emi Motoi
Yuuko's role is greatly expanded in Alternative as compared to Unlimited. Determined to prevent Alternative V from taking place, Takeru involves himself closely with her Alternative IV program in the hopes of making it succeed this time. In the process, he learns far more about this world's version of the crazy teacher he knew. Turns out, she's pragmatic to the extent that she horrifies Takeru on occasion.
Ascended Extra: She was largely in the background of Unlimited but in Alternative Takeru forces himself into Yuuko's plans.
I Did What I Had to Do: The patron saint of this trope in this series in Alternative. She does plenty of things such as sit on the knowledge of a BETA attack, use it to collect samples of BETA, releasing those samples inside the base to rattle up the troops (making her partially responsible for Marimo's death), and her manipulations of nearly everyone in the cast, that skirt ethical boundaries and disturb even her Extra counterpart. All to prevent human extinction by the BETA.
Jerkass Façade: Her Alternative self is not nearly as heartless as she tries to act, nor was she telling the truth when she said things like Marimo merely being one of her pawns.
Kick the Dog: While her actions such as unleashing BETA on her own base to test military readiness gets an in-story excuse, the main purpose is to show that she's rather morally ambiguous and willing to sacrifice almost anything for her goals.
Necessarily Evil: Take her extra self, drop a lot of the comedy and make her highly manipulative and this is what you get in Alternative, to the point that Takeru is somewhat horrified by her. Her Extra self also appears appalled at how manipulative and cruel she can be. The story and Takeru largely agree that her rather manipulative behavior and disregard for sacrifices is necessary, and she gives Takeru the opportunity to shoot her twice. The first time is if he feels her behavior is unforgivable and the second time is after everything is all over.
Pet the Dog: Opposite of Kick the Dog, later events in the story such as reassuring Isumi that her sister is okay before Isumi dies, the Dead Person Conversation moment above and comforting Takeru before he vanishes serve no purpose for her goals and took both effort and influence on her part.
Shipper on Deck: It’s shown that her Extra self really was trying Marimo in regards to Takeru. She also wants Takeru to sleep with Unit 00, but in that case she doesn’t even pretend it’s for Takeru’s sake: It will help keep Sumika stable.
Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred (leaning towards Suicide by Cop): Yuuko twice offers Takeru her gun, telling him that he's free to go ahead and gun her down if he thinks what she's doing is too much; she's set up the system to go on without her, anyway. Takeru refuses both times.
Voiced by: Miki Inoue
"When you get to the point where you can laugh at your mistakes, you'll find new things to replace what you lost."
In the world of Unlimited/Alternative she is the drill sergeant and instructor of Training Squadron 207, which Takeru joins early on.
Death Seeker: Sought to die in combat as atonement for being the sole survivor of her squadron on their very first mission. Ironically she kept on surviving battles, while losing comrades, again and again. She finally joins them in The Unforgiven.
Gut Punch: Her head is basically exploded by the BETA right as she's calming Takeru down. The story gets very unpleasant for him from here.
Image Song: Calling, which serves double duty as the ED of Muv-Luv Alternative Chronicles sidestories.
In-Series Nickname: "Mad Dog" in both worlds, though the reason differs: In Extra it's due to her insatiable "appetite" (especially when drunk). In Unlimited/Alternativeit's due to people seeing her taking out her angst on, and effortlessly beating up, Michiru when the latter attempted to beat her up in the aftermath of a training accident which two of Michiru's squadmates.
Teacher/Student Romance: In Alternative, it's more or less confirmed that Marimo almost certainly did like him in Extra if the final words of Yuuko on the matter are anything to go on, where she says maybe Marimo's taste was better than she thought.
After returning from the world of Unlimited, Takeru vows to himself to get to know Kasumi better so he has more success influencing Alternative IV. In the process, she reminds him even more of Sumika than she did the first time. This is a fairly direct hint towards the true nature of Sumika and perhaps the world of Unlimited/Alternative in general. An astute reader will already have known about her telepathy and it is in fact revealed directly fairly early on.
Psychic Powers: She was bred to have them, as one of the few survivors of Alternative Plan III.
Sole Survivor: She’s the only survivor of Operation Cherry Blossom. Sumika, Takeru and her were the only ones not killed in battle, Sumika dies soon after destroying the Primary Objective and Takeru eventually ceases to exist, though he technically lives through the mission as well.
Terrible Artist: She likes to draw and uses it as a focus to keep Takeru anchored but she's not very good at it.
Second eldest of the Isumi sisters and a heroine in age's debut game Kimi ga ita Kisetsu. Michiru is the commander of the 9th Squadron ("Valkyries") of Special Task Force VFA-01, becoming the de facto leader of the latter after the 9th remained the sole surviving unit.After failing to reactivate the downed Susano'o Mark II she resolves to self-destruct it, taking out the Sadogashima Hive as well as the entire island.
Always Someone Better: She sees her elder sister Yayoi as this. Despite having the option of getting into government service like Yayoi, she refuses to consider the idea and enlists in the military instead, due to not wanting to become like her elder sister.
Sibling Rivalry: The Isumi sisters' competition for Masaki's affections carry over from their original game to the world of Alternative.
Taking You with Me: VFA-01 commander Michiru Isumi wipes out the Sadogashima Hive, along with the entire island, by self-destructing the Susano'o Type-2.
Reappearing again after a small role in Extra, Kashiwagi is revealed to be one of the mid range fighters in Alternative of squad 207-A. She appears to nurse a clinical and detached attitude whenever possible in hopes of completing the mission as successfully as possible.While guarding the Susano'o Mark II as Michiru tries to reactivate it at Sadogashima, Haruko is overwhelmed by attacking BETA and impaled by a Fortress class tail stinger, killing her instantly.
Originally from Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien, Mitsuki is Haruka's best friend and rival for the affections of a certain guy, and constantly engages in playful rivalry with her. She is the second-in-command of the Valkyries, and as their best front-liner, occupies the elite Storm Vanguard 1 position.During the defense of Yokohama Base from an invading BETA horde, she attempts to disable them by destroying the BETA reactor at the base's lowest level. Due to her preparations for remote detonation of S-11 explosives getting sabotaged by BETA, she opts for manual detonation at the cost of her life.
The Rival: She keeps trying to match up to Takeru until the Sadogashima mission, at which point it becomes clear that he’s far better at piloting than her.
Haruka is the elder Suzumiya sister. Due to an accident during training, she lost her legs. However, thanks to the more advanced medical technology in the world of Alternative she managed to procure prosthetic legs of such high quality that Takeru did not even notice. Unfortunately, the legs do not mesh up perfectly with her and thus while she is completely inconvenienced in her normal life, she cannot pilot a TSF anymore and instead works as Mission Control.
Munakata is one of the senior members of Isumi's Valkyries. Though she tends to enjoy teasing others, especially Hayase and Takeru, she's actually an effective subcommander and fairly insightful. She, Akane and Kazama are the only three survivors of Isumi's Valkyries by the end.
Bi the Way: Invoked; she says she doesn't care "as long as it feels good". That was her just joking; she had a cousin and fiancee whom she had not met in a long time.
The Gadfly: Even more so than Ayamine. She picks on Mitsuki and Takeru endlessly. The fact that she can do so that easily means she ends up respecting them both.
Kazama is the most senior 2nd Lieutenant in A-01 and a friend of Munakata's. She's quieter than Takeru, but people say she can be pretty scary despite her laid back demeanor. She, Akane and Munakata are the only three survivors of Isumi's Valkyries by the end.
In the world of Alternative Akane is still quite talented, but her emotions frequently get the better of her on occasion, leading her to not getting the Storm Vanguard position she'd prefer. She's also a huge Hayase fangirl and is initially a little jealous of Takeru's instant recognition and sheer ability, though she warms up quickly enough. She, Munakata and Kazama are the only three survivors of Isumi's Valkyries by the end.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Lost her older sister, her idol in life, and all her comrades from her old training squadron.. and as of 2003 the reactivated Valkyries' B-Flight Leader, a.k.a. Storm Vanguard One.
Unknown Rival: She wants to compete with Takeru but she’s a little too unstable and not nearly good enough as a pilot.
After a small role in Unlimited Genjyousai returns for an even smaller role in Alternative. However, this time he is actually more important to the plot as he helps bring in foreign aid to deal with the coup, though Miki is depressed at the thought that her father may have been selfishly getting others in trouble.
The Gadfly: It’s noted that he’s largely messing with his daughter when he does the inspection in Alternative. He appears to know perfectly well that she’s not really the squad leader.
"If we do not open our eyes now, when will Japan be saved!?"
A captain, and commander of the Imperial Army's 1st TSF Wing, 1st Squadron, part of the elite Tokyo garrison. He was a follower of Ayamine's father, a general who was disgraced unjustly for prioritizing the evacuation of civilians from the frontlines, and later launches a coup d-etat, ostensibly to return power to the Shogun from a perceived corrupt government.
The Grand Shogun of the Empire of Japan in Unlimited/Alternative. She is Meiya's elder twin sister, who in Extra died with their parents due to an accident, forcing Meiya to become the heir to the Mitsurugi Group.
Chekhov's Gunman: In Extra, it was mentioned that Meiya had an older twin who was supposed to be the one inheriting everything. In the world of Unlimited, the accident she died in never occurred.
The High Queen: Or the Grand Shogun, in this setting. Notable in which the Emperor is still present, but has the same function that he has in the real world. Before the coup d'etat she in turn was only a figurehead, with all power effectively in the hands of the Prime Minister.
Keigo: Even more so than her twin sister Meiya, if it were even possible.
Walken is an American Major who comes to the aid of Takeru's squad during the Coup arc. His emphasis on completing the mission and disregard for the target they are supposed to be protecting initially irks Takeru, but Takeru comes to realize that he is being too soft and that Walken is in fact correct. Due to his TSF being sabotaged, he is swiftly killed by Sagiri when battle with the rebels begins.
Irma is a kind Finnish woman who makes friends with Miki. She reassures her that not everyone in America is completely selfish and that she is in fact a volunteer soldier. She invites Miki to visit her homeland when it is retaken. She does not survive the battle.
Fighting for a Homeland - She fights in the hope that one day she can help reclaim Finland (long destroyed by the BETA), and rebuild her family's home.
Manchurian Agent - She fired the shot which turned the coup negotiations into an outright battle.
Sakon is Mikoto's father. Unknown to her, he is a Section Chief in the Japanese Imperial Ministry of Information, jet-setting around the globe and navigating the mess that is the post-BETA political/intelligence world with ease. He seems a little distant from his daughter to Takeru. After the coup ends, he vanishes from the plot until the end of the story with his whereabouts unknown.
Obfuscating Stupidity: His Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies may very well be this, as he shows himself to be an individual that knows much more than he's letting on, constantly manipulating events of the story from behind the scenes. Several times, he delivers critical information on future events, and is relied on by the Shogun as one of her most effective agents. Made evident during the events of the 12/5 Coup Arc.
Talkative Loon: On first impression, he comes across as nonsensical, rapidly jumping from one topic to another with virtually no connectivity between the two, and incredibly eccentric with random souvenirs and odd mannerisms. This catches most people he talks to off guard, and makes it difficult for them to follow his conversations.
"You do not look dead to me. Can you still fight?"
The commander of the 16th Battalion of the Japanese Imperial Royal Guards, Ikaruga is the current head of his family, which is one of the five among which the Shogun is chosen (The Koubuin family, from whom the current Grand Shogun hails, is another). Tsukuyomi is a subordinate.He appears at the Sadogashima Hive battle, arriving with his battalion to stabilize the front line and saving an Imperial Army grunt. Said grunt turns out to be Akira Isumi, Michiru's youngest sister.
Ace Custom: His blue Takemikazuchi is the Type-00R variant, equal in performance to the Shogun's personal TSF.