A flight of test pilots assigned to the XFJ project, a joint US-Japan program to improve the performance of the Type-94 Shiranui. Ironically, only Yuuya has an actual test-pilot background; the other three pilots are combat veterans, and none of them are Japanese. The flight itself is commanded by First Lieutenant Ibrahim Dogulu of the UN Army, while XFJ plan's project manager is First Lieutenant Yui Takamura of the Japanese Imperial Royal Guard.
An excellent US Army Japanese-American test pilot sent to the Yukon Base in Alaska to become the chief development TSF pilot of the XFJ Plan. He holds anti-Japanese sentiments born from his childhood experiences.
Determinator: Seen when the BETA invade Kamchatka base, his Shiranui Second is heavily damaged by the BETA. Although every single thing that could go wrong goes wrong, Yuuya keeps on fighting. Its one of the characteristics that Yui admires about him.
Expy: Of Maverick and Isamu Dyson, down to being called Top Gun (he did a tour at the actual TOPGUN, which is now a joint forces school) and later test-piloting an Ace Custom prototype. His own Goose shows up too.
Freudian Excuse: See Parental Abandonment below. Learning that his mother never blamed his father for leaving, he swore to surpass him. And growing up being picked upon due to his half-Japanese parentage did not help.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a jerk who initially despises all things Japanese, and has a major chip on his shoulder. But Yuuya is also a decent guy who does try to do the right thing.
Lightning Bruiser: The Shiranui Second; the main TSF being developed by the XFJ Project. Fast & capable in all-range combat with guns and blades, with specialisation in CQB. Yuuya is it's main test pilot.
Long-Lost Relative: Yuuya Bridges, Yui Takamura is your younger half-sister. Not that he learns, though.
Multi-Melee Master: The Shiranui Second carries a Type-74 PB Blade, a sword like weapon, and a pair of combat knives. Yuuya has adequate skills to make use of both of these melee weapons.
The Nicknamer: Even on his first day as part of Project PROMINENCE. Vincent remarks that this seems to be a habit with him.
New Meat: Started out a bit clueless about how things go down in the real world, since he had no combat experience at all.
Oblivious to Love: Even if he isn't as dense as other characters with this label, he's a bit slow in picking up on how he affects the female Eishi around him.
Took a Level in Badass: He started the Kamchatka arc as a skilled but self-centred pilot who had zero combat time. By the time the arc is over, he's not only matured on the personal level, but he acquits himself well when fighting BETA for real in close quarters, earning a modicum of respect from the rightly resentful members of the battle-hardened Zhar Battalion.
Parental Abandonment: His father left their family and went back to Japan, and later his mother died of an illness. His father was revealed to be Masatada Takamura, a high-ranking Imperial Royal Guard and specialist in R&D, the designer of the Type-82 Zuikaku, who was forced to come back to Japan without knowing Mira Bridges, Yuuya's mother, was pregnant; that is, he's Yui's elder half-brother. It's eventually revealed that he was killed by the G-bomb detonation during the Yokohama Hive operation. The pregnant Mira, fearing she and their child will be used as political leverage against Masatada, chose to leave the latter and go into hiding on her own will.
Reassigned To Yukon: Comes with being an Expy. While Project PROMINENCE isn't a crap posting, it's also being done as punishment, because nobody else at Area 51 will ever fly with him again. Subverted; the Boening head engineer assigned to the XFJ Project, who worked with his mother in the past, specifically asked for him, with a promotion waiting for him at project completion.
Nepali Army Second Lieutenant participating in the XFJ Plan as a TSF pilot. Her ethnic background as a Ghurka is well known for its bravery and fighting spirit. This nature is also reflected in hwe TSF piloting by a preference for melee combat.
Ace Pilot: Although she is generally overshadowed by Yuuya and Yui.
Italian TSF pilot and a member of Argos Test Flight. Known as a pervert by his teammates. Usually seen as an easygoing man, Valerio has an immense hatred towards the BETA for destroying his country and killing his friends and family.
Dark and Troubled Past: VG's family and friends were killed by the BETA, and his last surviving relative is a TSF pilot who's often sent on dangerous missions.
Handsome Lech: VG really likes the ladies. This does him no favors in the VN, where the Defense Intelligence Agency officers investigating the Red Shift Incident suspect him of being an RLF sympathiser, since he was sleeping with Natalie, though they eventually clear him.
A Turkish First Lieutenant, formerly of the 94th Tactical Armor Battalion "Cobra", now commanding Project PROMINENCE's Argos Test Flight. Lost many subordinates on the European front, making his first priority the safety of his pilots. A well known pilot among Middle Eastern refugees and pilots alike for his achievements, and his defiance of orders to protect refugees.
Eishi of the Imperial Royal Guard. As the daughter of a legendary engineer involved in the development of the Tactical Surface Fighter she has a strict character. Dispatched to Yukon Base as the project manager of the XFJ Plan.
Lightning Bruiser: The Type-00F Takemikazuchi, an Ace Custom exclusively available to the Imperial Guard. Has guns for ranged combat, swords and daggers for melee, with enhanced thrusters, agility and maneuverability allowing her to dance around any opponent.
A flight of Russian test pilots assigned to test the Su-37UB Terminator piloted by the Scarlet Twins. The other three pilots of the flight operate Su-37M2 Terminators so that they can keep up with the twins' Su-37UB, however they usually refrain from engaging in combat so that data can be gathered on the twins and their machine. The flight is commanded by First Lieutenant Jerzy Sandek of the UN Army.
A pilot belonging to the Soviet Union's experimental Idar Test Flight. Along with Inia Sestina, known as the Scarlet Twins. Cryska possesses overwhelming combat ability. She typically has a cold attitude, but shows glimpses of love and affection concerning Inia.
Bad Ass: Yuuya & Yui aside, she & Inia can probably wipe the floor with Argos Flight, as seen in the Action Prologue in the Visual Novel & Manga version of Total Eclipse, implying that their Psychic Powers went out of control, going berserk & trying to kill their former friends/colleagues.
Proven to be the case as they manage to solo almost 1/4 of the BETA battalion attacking the Kamchatka base.
Killed Off for Real:Those tanks of blue fluid you see her in at times? As an Alternative-III esper she needs to spend time there every few days, else she dies. And she does, after getting rescued from an impending Soviet execution.
Lightning Bruiser: The two-seater Su-37UB Terminator. Capable of all-range combat but especially deadly in CQC thanks to being armed with BladeMotors on its arms, capable of ripping through BETA & TS Fs with ease.
One Woman Army: Technically, Two Woman Army with Inia. It is shown that Cryska can perform quite well on her own, she takes on a few RLF captured F-16s in an unarmed F-15E.
Along with Cryska Barchenowa, Inia is one of the feared "Scarlet Twins" of the Soviet force's Idar Test Flight. Piloting the twin seater type TSF with Cryska their ability overwhelms the pilots of other countries, but she remains immature in appearance and behavior.
Lightning Bruiser: The two-seater Su-37UB Terminator. Capable of all-range combat but especially deadly in CQC thanks to being armed with BladeMotors on its arms, capable of ripping through BETA & TSFs with ease.
Psychic Powers: Can listen to other people's thoughts, explaining why she seems to know other's intentions, moods, or questions before they are even voiced.
Token Mini-Moe: Although, if source materials are to be believed, she's actually 16.
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono
Commander of Idar Test Flight. A Polish officer in the Soviet Military, assigned to Project PROMINENCE.
Ace Pilot: He's actually a pretty good pilot, and was an instructor; among other people, the Su-47E Berkut's test pilot was one of his students.
Bad Ass: He gives a very good accounting of himself during the RLF's attack on foot and inside a damaged F-15E Strike Eagle.
Consummate Liar: In Episode 21, he manages to convince Yui that the US is behind the RLF attack. Later, in episode 24, he convinces Yuuya that Inia and Cryska have been brainwashed by the CIA, and that Yuuya can save them - when he fully expects Yuuya to die.
Hidden Depths: Implied in TSFIA #30, he has a cold reaction when the Su-47E test pilot (his former student) refers to the Scarlet Twins as "dolls."
Also, Sandek presents himself as your run-of-the-mill Soviet officer, but he's a master manipulator, and was one of the researchers involved in the Soviet Esper program (of which Cryska and Inia are but two examples).
Taiwan and the People's Republic of China in this universe have formed an unified front against BETA; the latter in particular is on the verge of being driven off the Mainland completely, with its central government having to be evacuated to Taiwan.
Those Three Girls: The three are minor characters who have limited appearances, however they always appear together.
A flight of American test pilots, operating and testing the F-22A Raptor EMD Phase 2. The flight is commanded by First Lieutenant Keith Blazer of the US Army. Aside from being sent to Yukon Base to show off America's advanced third generation TSF, the F-22, the flight is sent by the US forces to conduct a secret operation during the RLF attack (which was expected by the Americans). They attacked Soviet G-element research facilities in the midst of the chaos to prevent the Soviets from gaining the upper hand over America.
American TSF pilot for the Infinities squadron. Currently in a relationship with Leon, she was also Yuuya's previous girlfriend. In spite of Leon's hatred of Yuuya, she and Yuuya are on amicable terms, and she seems proud of his character development.
Ace Pilot: A test pilot for the F-22A Raptor EMD Phase 2.
The Big Guy: Memorably demonstrated during the Hot Springs Episode, when he is instructed by Sharon to guard the women's hot springs against uninvited guests. None of the dozens that tried to get past him succeeded, including VG and Vincent.
Lightning Bruiser: The F-22A Raptor, which excels at high speed hit and run attacks, accurate fire, and superior stealth.
The former Flight Leader of Ghost Flight, the previous assignment of Yuuya, Leon, and Sharon, for the Raptor EMD 2 tests. He died in a accident during flight tests before the series began. His accidental death is the final straw in driving the rift between Yuuya and Leon.
A French waitress, she is seen in episode 5 and is ostensibly in good relationship with Tarisa.
Conflicting Loyalty: Her friendship to Tarisa and her goals as a member of the RLF.
Dark and Troubled Past / Troubled Fetal Position: A flashback in episode 18 reveals a disturbing glimpse of a dirty and emaciated young Natalie huddled next to a decaying corpse. This all while she's talking about how being alive is the most important thing anyone has. This experience is probably the reason she joined the RLF.
General Failure: Lost a whole fleet of Tu-95 bombers and the Zhar Battalion in his plan, furthermore the Kamchatka base is damaged. He doesn't even obtain his objective, the EML-99X Electromagnetic Induction Launcher.
Yui's uncle. He is a Lt. Colonel in the Imperial Japanese Army and a former TSF pilot. He is also involved with the XFJ Project, and is the vice-director of the Imperial Japanese Army's Weapons Technology Development.
Ace Pilot: Test pilot for the Type-82 Zuikaku, has combat time (and the scars to prove it), and actually survived long enough to be promoted to a desk job.
Bad Ass: TSFIA #2 reveals that he and another subordinate defeated two American F-15C Eagles (which were claimed to be the greatest TSF in the world at the time) with inferior Type-82C Zuikakus during a Japan-US joint military exercise.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike most Imperial Japanese personnel, he's quite reasonable, isn't infused with YAMATO DAMASHII, and was pushing for XFJ to be a joint Japanese-American project because he knew Japan couldn't make it on her own.
Shipper on Deck: He was quite pleased to find out that Yui had fallen for a young man (Yuuya).
Weak, but Skilled: Using an outdated Type-82 Zuikakunote Update of the Type-77 Gekishin, which in turn is a local Japanese variant of the F-4 Phantom, he managed to defeat two F-15C Eagles in a training exercise.
Another of Yui's Imperial Royal Guard cadet friends, her boyfriend was killed in the earlier stages of the war. Due to this, she was somewhat mentally unstable in the fight for Kyoto. She was latter killed when the BETA invaded her cockpit.
Fan Nickname: "Revenge-Tan," due to her mental state after her boyfriend is killed in battle.
A terrorist group which fights for equality and liberation. The group advocates for better conditions for refugees fleeing from the BETA. On September 21st, 2001, the RLF attack and take over Yukon Base, killing hundreds of people and destroying dozens of TSFs. Moreover, the group is infiltrated by members of "Allegiance," a radical religious group that believes that the BETA are servants of God. The take over is eventually foiled by the combined forces of Project PROMINENCE test pilots, Soviet Spetsnaz and American Delta Force operators.
Unwitting Pawn: Mariem and the RLF are used as pawns by Allegiance to capture Yukon Base and release the BETA.
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura
A Turkish refuge and TSF pilot of the RLF. Sister to Mariem.
Killed Off for Real: Killed off when her squad is routed by the combined forces of Argos Test Flight, Bao-Feng Test Flight's Cui Yifei, and Idar Test Flight's Scarlet Twins.
Suicide Attack: She charges alongside her unmanned F-16s in an attempt to take out the TSFs of the Argos Test Flight and company via suicide attacks. After her F-16 is downed by Yifei's F-15E, she attempts to take out Yifei with a suicide attack when Yifei retrieves the F-16's assault cannon. However, Yifei survives the attack with minor injuries.
A mercenary TSF pilot working for the RLF. He pilots the Russian Su-47E Berkut after the RLF capture it. He's actually a mercenary for "Allegiance," a radical religious group who believes the BETA are God's servants.
Ace Pilot: He's able to push Yuuya back in close quarters combat.
Ascended Extra: In the light novel series he was a minor villain that piloted a MiG-29OVT Fulcrum and did not play any role in causing the Scarlet Twins to go berserk, and was finished off easily by Sandek on foot, after Yuuya defeated him. Here, he's essentially The Dragon.
Ax-Crazy: Attempts to activate the "Red Shift" by freeing the BETA that the Americans were researching on, the freed BETA go on a rampage and kill hundreds of people. Furthermore, if the Red Shift activates it would kill millions of people aside from making America, the world's number one supplier of food and weapons, a front line country in the war against the BETA. He does this all while trying to kill the members of the Argos Test Flight.
Blood Knight: TSFiIA #35 shows that his life revolves around battles due to his occupation as a mercenary. Frankly, he enjoys his job very much. Moreover, he appears to be very enthusiastic about facing off against the test pilots of Yukon Base.
A young red haired man who appears to be behind the RLF's attack on Yukon Base. It is heavily implied that he is part of "Allegiance," a radical religious group that believes the BETA are servants of God. In episode 24 of the anime, it is revealed that his true goal behind the attack on Yukon Base is to activate the "Red Shift", an anti-BETA defense system the Americans have secretly created in Alaska. The activation of the device would make America, humanity's number one supplier of food and weapons, into a frontline nation in the war against the BETA. This event would probably be a decisive blow for humanity in the war against the BETA.
The Unfought: He gets away with the RLF attack on Yukon Base without the UN forces finding out his identity or even finding out that he was behind the attack. Furthermore, he appears to have other plans that are heavily suggested to be based in Japan... specifically, Yokohama, home of Task Force A-01.