Characters / Sunrider

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    Kayto Shields 
The protagonist, he has been the captain of the Sunrider for less than a day when PACT invades, forcing him to become a figure of the resistance.
Tropes associated with Kayto Shields:
  • Ass Kicking Pose: "Fire the Vanguard Cannon!"
  • Bishōnen
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He's not completely oblivious to the various girls crushing on him, but to the very least, he seems to underestimate the effect his kind words can have.
  • A Father to His Men: Do not threaten the people under Kayto's command. It will not end well for you.
  • The Fettered: If the player keeps making this sort of decisions.
  • The Good Captain: Can be played as this.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Can dip into this. Depending on player choices, he can make a series of moral compromises, prioritizing military targets over civilian lives.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Liberation Day, he rams the Sunrider into an enemy superweapon to save his homeworld. He survives.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is usually this to his crew.
  • The Strategist: An understated example, but his tactical acumen ends up saving the day more than once in cutscenes; of course, whether his tactics are as brilliant during gameplay will depend on the player's skill.
    • He practically saves the Alliance during the battle of Far Port, realizing that Cullen is used to relying on overwhelming force and unprepared to deal with a decapitating strike. He then does it again at the battle of Cera, cluing in to the enemy fleet's plan to destroy the shield generators using a wave of ryders.

    Ava Crescentia childhood friend of the captain and one year his senior, Ava Crescentia served as an older sister figure to Kayto for much of his early life. Reunited after eight years of separation as her superior officer, Kayto’s new relationship with Ava can only be called awkward. Ava’s uncompromising professionalism is matched only by her cold willingness to do whatever is necessary to win the war.
Tropes associated with Ava Crescentia:
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The Sergeant Rough. She admits to being a poor leader who's never been able to make friends easily, something that clearly bugs her. The crew still looks up to her, however, even if they think she could loosen up a little.
  • Catch Phrase:
    Absolutely unbelievable...
  • Da Chief : She even firmly reprimands Kayto on several occasions, despite him outranking her. The others get even less consideration.
  • Dead Sparks: Ava and Kayto had a close relationship before she left for the navy, but they drifted apart from a lack of contact.
  • Eye Scream: Wears an eyepatch in Liberation Day, due to suffering one of these (and other kinds of severe trauma) at the end of Mask of Arcadius.
  • Facepalm: Whenever she utters her Catch Phrase.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Depending on her choices, you can inspire her to do this to allow the Sunrider to destroy the Legion.
  • Hime Cut
  • Mission Control
  • Number Two: As the Sunrider's XO, she's in charge of managing the crew's day-to-day operations and keeping discipline tight. In battle, she controls the Sunrider directly to leave the Captain free to direct the overall battle plan.
  • Only Sane Woman
    I swear, why do all the ryder pilots in the galaxy have to have such crippling personality defects! I honestly can't believe we're entrusting fusion powered weapons of mass destruction to these people!
  • Sugar and Ice Personality

    Asaga Oakrun Asaga di Ryuvia self declared hero of justice, Asaga wanders the galaxy doing oddjobs for the cause of freedom, justice, and a little money on the side. Despite her apparent lack of maturity, she is an ace pilot and can fly as easily as she walks. She possesses an eternally optimistic disposition and has a strong “can do” attitude.
Tropes associated with Asaga Oakrun:

    Chigara Ashada and bookish, Chigara prefers tinkering with gadgets over most forms of human interaction. She has a bashful but cute personality and prefers to avoid the spotlight if at all possible. However, Chigara’s savant level intelligence and her innate talent with technology places her at the center of attention. Notwithstanding her talents, Chigara’s dream in life is to open a bakery shop and assume a life of normalcy… far away from any galactic heroics.
Tropes associated with Chigara Ashada:
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • True Neutral: While the others will approve or disapprove of your moral stance, Chigara is always reluctant to state a firm opinion and will generally happily go along with whatever Kayto decides. [spoiler= Of course, her infatuation with him might be the reason for suppressing her distaste for certain ideas.]
  • Verbal Tic: Her constant nervous laughter when making small talk highlights her lack of social skills.
  • White Mage: Her combat skills focus mainly on repair abilities and ally Status Buffs.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

    Cosette Cosmos feared space pirate, Cosette’s name is reviled through most of civilized space. She entered the life of crime starting at birth and now assumes control of much of the galaxy’s marauding pirate gangs. Despite her infamy, she is a folk hero among the poor for her brazen attacks on the richest nations in the galaxy. However, her brutal methods of retaining power and her merciless attacks on civilian vessels make her an unquestionable villain to most of civilized society.
Tropes associated with Cosette Cosmos:
  • Ax-Crazy: As the story progresses and she keeps racking up defeats at the hands of Sunrider, she grows increasingly unhinged.
  • Berserk Button: She does not enjoy being called little.
  • Compensating for Something: Her ryder, Havoc, is bigger and more heavily armored than any of the player's.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She suffered Ongessite poisoning that stunted her growth, and was forcibly prostituted by her mother.
  • The Napoleon
  • Space Pirate: The leader of a group of them.
  • Yandere: When posed with a chance for revenge against the Alliance, Cosette is more than willing to let Grey detonate Ongess and kill millions.

    Icari Isidolde tough mercenary from the rough quarters of the galaxy, Icari has a no-nonsense attitude about life. Icari was thrust into the harsh world of piracy when her parents were murdered by a PACT captain in her childhood. She developed a proficiency for close quarters combat and became one of the most formidable assassins in the galaxy. Her services are now sought by crime lords and world leaders alike. Icari handles the dirty business of the galaxy’s nations with a hardened heart. Deep down, she regrets the life she now leads and lives only for one purpose: to find her parents’ murderers and avenge their deaths.
Tropes associated with Icari Isidolde:
  • Close Range Combatant: In battle, her strengths lie in quickly closing with an enemy ryder and delivering a devastating melee attack, then fading back into cover.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The developers designed the Phoenix to be this way; able to cut a wide swathe through enemy ryders but nigh-useless against heavily armored ships (since you can't melee ships and her assault guns only do Scratch Damage against any level of armor).
  • Fragile Speedster: The Phoenix takes a mere 10 energy to move one tile, and can do up to 600 base damage with its melee attack, but has the least health of any of the team's ryders.
  • Ho Yay: With Kryska. She starts out locking horns with the girl, then ends up getting in a play fight with her during the beach episode. In one chapter, she mocks her for being captured, but Claude reveals that when Icari first found out she had to be stopped from attempting a rescue mission on her own.
  • The Lancer : Serves as this to Asaga, being the cynical, pragmatic ice to her fire. Naturally they both quickly learn to respect each other for their skills, despite their contrasting personalities.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has a very soft one if you let the alliance diplomats and the children die. Though she rationalizes it pretty quickly, it's telling that calling off the mission once you learn about the children earns you an affection point with her.
  • The Nicknamer: She refers to Kryska as "soldier boy" and Claude as "Chest Rockets."
  • Token Evil Teammate: She's not evil by any means, but she's extremely bloodthirsty and openly out to kill her enemies. Out of battle she's normally the one championing the more pragmatic course of action.
  • Tsundere: Fairly extreme Type A.
    I'm not doing this because I like you!

    Claude Triello acting medical officer on board the Sunrider. Her medical credentials seem questionable, but seeing how the Sunrider had to leave port without a doctor, she’s the best the Sunrider has. Has a few screws loose in her head, and prone to forgetting things. It seems like the only reason she’s on board is to get into the captain's pants, err... medical examinations. She’s an ostensible ryder pilot, but has issues with motion sickness and reaction times. Generally unreliable, but has insanely good luck.
Tropes associated with Claude Triello:
  • Buxom Is Better: While it's not particularly obvious from her sprites, other characters occasionally comment on her having a large bust.
  • Hospital Hottie: Subverted; she's an unlicensed quack. (She later gets her license reinstated, but Kayto actually asks who she had to bribe to do it.)
  • Mildly Military: She has even less discipline than Asaga.
  • Mechanically Unusual Class: She's a sort of support/debuffer hybrid who basically does everything Chigara doesn't; she can't repair damage but she can remove debuffs, she debuffs enemy accuracy rather than defences, she also has a shield but it starts out smaller than Chigara's until upgraded and she has the unusual and unique Gravity Gun which allows her to forcibly move enemy ryders around the field. When part 1 of the game was released her Restore ability was effectively useless since enemy ewar ryders didn't appear until part 2. And finally, unlike Chigara who has a weak but moderately accurate long-ranged laser, Claude is packing an outrageously powerful but hilariously inaccurate ballistic cannon similar to a Short-Range Shotgun.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: She wears this when she's working in sickbay.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: She's in it to get into the captain's pants! She'll actually pretend to fall asleep if you try and talk to her about the fate of the galaxy.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Physical God: Of the Trickster God variant.
  • Wingding Eyes

    Kriska Stares young lieutenant in the Solar Alliance Fleet, Kriska is the Alliance’s liaison officer on board the Sunrider. As an Alliance citizen, Kriska’s presence is generally unwelcome on board the Sunrider. Groomed to be an Alliance officer from childhood, Kriska is fiercely proud of the Alliance and believes it to be the greatest nation on galaxy. Kriska is highly idealistic about the Alliance and is eager to share the Alliance’s democratic ideals and technical know-how with the “lesser” nations of the galaxy. The rest of the crew eye her with suspicion, but the Captain is generally appreciative of Kriska, and the Alliance’s, support.
Tropes associated with Kriska Stares:
  • Bifauxnen
  • Do-Anything Soldier: Kriska has shades of this, being both an elite gunnery pilot and a special operations soldier who excels in espionage, martial arts, and escape techniques.
  • Ho Yay: With Icari.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Paladin has the highest base health of the player ryders, and its kinetic weaponry matches that of the Sunrider, a capital ship, but it's also the slowest player unit in the game, requiring 40 energy just to move a single tile.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Has standing orders to execute Shields at the end of Liberation Day, but renounces her allegiance to the Alliance after Icari intervenes.

    Sola vi Ryuvia, yet deadly. When the going gets tough and the Sunrider gets trapped in moments of peril, the team can always count on the soft spoken Sola to turn the tide of battle with a few well placed sniper shots - probably from behind an asteroid over 100 000 kilometers away from the action. Her accomplishments include once sniping the wings off a Ryuvian sparrow from Ryuvia’s second moon. A girl of few words, Sola keeps her distance from everyone but the captain. In battle, her aim is unparalleled by anyone on the team.
Tropes associated with Sola vi Ryuvia:
  • Badass Princess
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Silent, yet exceedingly deadly.
  • Cold Sniper
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was born when a Ryuvian prince had an affair with a farm girl, then dumped her. Later, the royal family came back and took Sola away when they needed a princess to fight their civil war for them.
  • Glass Cannon: Very squishy if she attracts enemy fire (although her tendency to sit at the back of your formation picking enemies off at long range generally protects her from everything except missiles) but when using Awakening her rifle is THE most powerful weapon available to you outside of rockets and the Vanguard Cannon.
  • Good Feels Good: She states that she can't feel too bitter about being used as a disposable pawn by the Ryuvian Royal Family, as protecting the people of the Empire and hearing their cheers made her the happiest she's ever been.
  • Heroic Bastard: She was born from the affair of a Ryuvian prince with a farm girl.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills
  • Living Relic: The Empire she almost died to protect has crumbled, and nobody even remembers the war she fought in or whether it was remotely important in the long run.
  • Magical Eye: When tapping her Ryuvian Bloodline's innate abilities, Sola's right eye begins glowing unnaturally, the iris turning a vibrant light blue/blue-green and the pupil turning silver-white.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her snow-white hair hints at her origins as the princess of an ancient kingdom.
  • The Quiet One: She's a girl of few words.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Short white hair, golden eyes, supernatural origins and a stoic and quiet personality. Bonus points for being described as "The Ayanami" by the developers.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She's very disdainful if you try and give her a heroic speech about how evil your enemies are, as she's heard it all before.
  • The Stoic: Very stone-faced and reserved in both words and expressiveness.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She's stoic, reserved, distant and slow to trust, but loyal to a fault and a kind-natured person at heart.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She has amber-gold eyes and she's a descendant of the royal Ryuvian Bloodline.

    Admiral Grey 
The commander of the Alliance Fleets, Admiral Grey is your main contact within the Alliance and a sworn enemy of PACT.

  • Badass Boast: "Sit down son, and let me show you war!"
  • The Chessmaster
  • Frontline General: It’s explicitly mentioned that he commands his battles personally.
  • Generation Xerox: Comes from a long line of fleet officers.
  • Meaningful Name: He has more than a few shades of it in his character.
  • Southern Gentleman: His character design and manner of speaking resemble this archetype, appropriately enough given that the Alliance is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of America.
  • War Is Hell: Disapproves of idealistic choices, arguing that they have no place in war.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shades of this. He doesn’t seem like a bad man, but he’s aware war is a Dirty Business and will do anything to secure victory.
    • Even though he's willing to cover up the deaths of civilians in the rescue of Kayto Shields, if Kayto presses him about it, he admits that doing so is against everything he and his family stands for and will open a public investigation.
    • Whether it was a bluff or not, he took an entire planet hostage to save his fleet during Battle of Ongess. Ongess was a neutral, not a PACT affiliated planet, mind you, and currently occupied by Alliance forces.
    • He had odered the creation of a planet killer missile, as a contingency. His final order was to use it on Cera, after what he'd perceived to be PACT treachery.

    Veniczar B. Fontana 
A high ranking admiral within the PACT forces, he is considered to be Arcadius’ right hand man.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Noble Top Enforcer: He believes quite strongly in PACT's communist creed, and privately expresses concern at how brutal towards civilians/commoners it has been, as well as Arcadius' increasing megalomania.
    • During Battle of Ongess, he breaks the attack to spare the population of Ongess. Again, he threw away an opportunity to end the Alliance military to spare some random hellhole of a planet that he or his faction has no connection to whatsoever.
  • Not So Different : He is explicitly compared to Admiral Grey, and isn't too dissimilar from Kayto either.
  • Pet the Dog: He's introduced saving Asaga from the unwanted advances of the loathsome Veniczar Cullen (and insulting him for good measure), indicating right away his noble qualities.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He's this in story, proving to be a lot more cunning and effective than Veniczar Cullen was.

    Veniczar Arcadius 
The leader of PACT, a masked former revolutionary who aspires to conquer the galaxy.