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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:
Tropes associated with Kayto Shields:
- Arch-Enemy: He comes to see the Legion as this during Mask Of Arcadius, because it has taken so much from him over the course of the game: his home, his sister, the lives of his crew, his potential victories... By the end of the game he's determined to sink that ship, no matter the cost.
- Ass Kicking Pose: "Fire the Vanguard Cannon!"
- Bad Dreams: After getting captured by Cosette on Ongess and seeing Alliance soldiers gun down a little girl during his rescue, he starts having nightmares in which the child blames him for her death before morphing into his dead sister Maray.
- 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.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When Chigara is possessed by Alice and slaughters the people attending the Liberation Day ceremony, he tries his hardest to break through to her by reminding her of everything they shared. He succeeds, only for Fontana to gun her down.
- Official Couple: He enters a romantic relationship with Chigara in Liberation Day, regardless of the player's prior choices.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is usually this to his crew.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Can dip into this depending on player choices. When Ava tries to dissuade him from joining a rescue team by quoting regulations from a rulebook, he has the option to yank it out of her hands and rip it apart. There is no option to agree with her and sit the rescue out.
- 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.
- Survivor Guilt: Though Kayto does a good job of hiding it, he feels immense guilt for abandoning Cera to PACT at the start of the story (even though he knows there was nothing his one ship could do to stop the Legion) and is haunted by the ghost of his sister Maray, who was in Cera's capital when the Legion nuked it from orbit.
- Tragic Keepsake: The tea set he keeps in his quarters was a gift from his sister Maray. Finding it shattered after yet another attack from the Legion causes him to break down crying.
A 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, Kaytos 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:
Tropes associated with Ava Crescentia:
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- An Arm and a Leg: If she goes through with the below-mentioned Heroic Sacrifice, her right arm gets blown off when a console explodes next to her. The Sunrider's medical suite is able to regenerate her arm by Liberation Day, but she'll wear a glove until the new arm's skin tone matches the rest of her body.
- 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
- Inappropriately Close Comrades: She refuses to renew her past relationship with Kayto in part because of this, fearing that to do so would compromise his judgment. She's proven right if you refuse to let her go through with the above Heroic Sacrifice, sacrificing your one chance to finally destroy the Legion because Kayto can't bear to lose her.
- 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 WomanI 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!
- Pragmatic Hero: A downplayed example. While Ava is focused on reclaiming Cera from PACT and advocates missions that will further the war effort over general heroics like freeing slaves and busting pirates, she respects Kayto's decisions and will go along with whatever mission he chooses without complaint.
- Student Council President: She was this in high school. She wanted to bring about change for the student body, but her strict and uncompromising leadership only alienated the rest of the council (except for Kayto) and she failed to achieve anything during her tenure. The experience made her realize that she's not cut out for leadership.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
Asaga Oakrun Asaga di Ryuvia
A 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:
Tropes associated with Asaga Oakrun:
- Badass Princess: Being the princess (and later, Queen) of a Vestigial Empire does not stop her from running away and becomes a freelancer for justice and all.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: She unlocks the same Awaken skill as Sola during the final battle in Mask of Arcadius. Becomes a Second Hour Superpower in Liberation Day, where she gets the ability during the game's second mission.
- Genki Girl
- Green-Eyed Monster: She starts developing a resentment toward Chigara during Liberation Day, both because her heroics are starting to overshadow Asaga's own and because of how close Chigara and Kayto are becoming. When she catches the two of them having sex, she starts to snap.
- The Hero: What she thinks she is.
- An argument can be made for her being this, if not for the player character being The Captain. She's the one who tends to do flashy, heroic things in battle, and she serves as flight leader for your squadron.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: Like Sola, tapping into her latent Sharr abilities will boost her strength, reflexes and piloting skills to superhuman levels, while placing great strain on her body and mind. This is demonstrated in-game with how her Super Mode works.
- King Incognito: This freelance Ryder pilot and self-proclaimed hero of justice is really the crown princess of Ryuvia.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Tends to come across as an Idiot Hero off duty, but during actual combat remains remarkably professional bar her silly catchphrases.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Her sanity faces a major test in Liberation Day, thanks to her unrequited feelings for Shields. What makes it worse is that her paranoia is not entirely unfounded...
- Love Triangle: Ends up in a Type 4 during Liberation Day. She and Chigara both end up falling for Kayto, but Kayto only has eyes for Chigara. This puts strain on both the two girls' friendship and Asaga's sanity.
- Magical Eye: Just like Sola, Asaga's eyes begin to glow when she taps into her Sharr powers.
- Mildly Military: Which gets her in constant trouble with Ava. Who you support is up to you.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: She attempts to kill Chigara in a fit of jealousy and paranoia toward the end of Liberation Day, only for Claude to talk her out of it.
- Rebellious Princess: Runs away to avoid Arranged Marriage with the Big Bad.
- Super Mode: Her Awaken skill, which works a bit differently from Sola's version. Instead of increasing her stats by a flat amount for a set duration, Asaga's version of Awaken lasts indefinitely and the effect gets stronger with every turn that it's active, while also draining an increasing amount of her hit points every turn.
- You Are The Translated Foreign Word: She's the Sharr of Ryuvia.
Shy 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:
Tropes associated with Chigara Ashada:
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- Demonic Possession: She's taken over by Arcadius/Alice during the Liberation Day ceremony, causing her to massacre the assembled delegates.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Because of the above, Fontana shoots her and she dies in Kayto's arms.
- Dying as Yourself: Thanks to Kayto's efforts, she dies free of Alice's control.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She built the Black Jack and the Liberty herself, and quickly establishes herself as the Sunrider's Chief Engineer.
- Honey Trap: The Prototypes want Chigara and Shields to fall in love so that they can maneuver him into a position of power and manipulate him through her. Chigara herself knows nothing of this.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: A downplayed example. Chigara is both a skilled Ryder pilot and a brilliant scientist whose inventions could be worth a fortune if she sold them, but all she really wants is to open a bakery and raise a family.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She becomes this for Kayto toward the end of Mask of Arcadius, giving him the emotional support he needs to keep going after the Legion's latest attack brings him to the brink of despair.
- Love Triangle: Ends up in a Type 4 during Liberation Day. She and Asaga both end up falling for Kayto, but Kayto only has eyes for Chigara. This places strain on both the two girls' friendship and Asaga's sanity.
- The Mole: Ava and Asaga begin to suspect that Chigara is this during Liberation Day, given her striking resemblance to the Prototypes and the fact that PACT has been able to anticipate the Sunrider's every move for much of the story. Played straight in that she was planted by the Prototypes, but also subverted as she wasn't feeding them information on the Sunrider's movements: Claude was.
- Official Couple: Despite the above Love Triangle, she and Kayto have become this by Liberation Day.
- Sole Survivor: Chigara is the only person to survive the Diode Catastrophe, in which most of her home planet was swallowed up by a black hole. Except she's not.
- Third-Person Person: Chigara occasionally slips into this.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She's one of the Prototypes, a realization she does not take well.
- 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
A 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:
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: She has a massive complex about her height and apparent age, and is quite a violent individual.
- Older Than They Look: It's not clear how old she really is, but the Ongessite poisoning has stunted her growth to the point that she basically stopped aging when she was 11 years old.
- Space Pirate: The leader of a group of them.
- Revenge Before Reason: When posed with a chance for revenge against the Alliance, Cosette is more than willing to let Grey detonate Ongess and kill millions.
A 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:
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.
- Heel–Face Turn: She starts out as an enemy before getting shot down and captured by the Sunrider, and will turn against you if you decide to spare the Alliance diplomats, attempting to off them herself... only to rejoin you when she realizes that she was about to kill helpless children.
- Hitman with a Heart: She might be an amoral mercenary and assassin, but she draws the line at killing children.
- 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."
- Odd Friendship: With Kryska. Despite one being a disciplined, professional soldier and the other being an easily-flustered, emotional mercenary, the two of them get along very well both on and off the battlefield.
- 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!
The 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:
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.
- God Was My Copilot: The end of Liberation Day reveals that your bumbling, sex-crazed medic has been an omnipotent, time-traveling god all along.
- 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.
- The Mole: Claude has been working for the Prototypes since she first joined the Sunrider's crew, sending them regular updates on the ship's activities and falsifying medical records to make it seem like Chigara isn't a Prototype.
- 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.
- Time Travel: Claude is able to do this through unknown means, which effectively makes her omnipotent by this setting's rules.
- Wingding Eyes
A young lieutenant in the Solar Alliance Fleet, Kryska is the Alliance’s liaison officer on board the Sunrider. As an Alliance citizen, Kryska’s presence is generally unwelcome on board the Sunrider. Groomed to be an Alliance officer from childhood, Kryska is fiercely proud of the Alliance and believes it to be the greatest nation on galaxy. Kryska 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 Kryska, and the Alliance’s, support.
Tropes associated with Kryska Stares:
Tropes associated with Kryska Stares:
- Do-Anything Soldier: Kryska 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.
- The Mole: The crew quickly figures out that she's an Alliance spy, sent to keep tabs on the Sunrider as much as to help them fight the PACT.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She invites Kayto to tour Ongess with her, so that he can see how the Alliance's relief efforts are helping the people and to show him that the Alliance can be trusted. Not only does this get the two of them captured by Cosette, but the Alliance's heavy-handed response during the rescue—namely, to indiscriminately gun down civilians, including a little girl whose only crime was to pick up a knife—can convince Kayto that the Alliance is not to be trusted.
- Odd Friendship: With Icari. Despite one being a disciplined, professional soldier and the other being an easily-flustered, emotional mercenary, the two of them get along very well both on and off the battlefield.
- Patriotic Fervor: She takes every opportunity to extol the virtues of the Solar Alliance and its technology, and is also willing to overlook some of the more questionable things her country does in the name of defeating PACT.I'll show you the might of the Solar Alliance!
- Practical Taunt: The Paladin's Drawfire skill, which makes enemy units more likely to target the Paladin and also drastically increases its armour.
- 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
Silent, 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:
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.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: By tapping into her bloodline's innate abilities, Sola can increase her visual perception and reflexes to superhuman levels, but doing so places a great strain on her body as seen under Super Mode.
- 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.
- Miko: She's a shrine maiden in the Sunrider Academy spinoff game.
- 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.
- Super Mode: Her Awaken skill, which increases Sola's accuracy and damage output for three turns at the cost of a few hit points.
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!"
- Character Death: He gets fatally shot by Chigara at the end of Liberation Day.
- 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.
People's Alliance For Common Treatment
Veniczar B. Cullen
A corpulent admiral within the PACT forces, spearheading their invasion of the Neutral Rim alongside Veniczar Fontana.
- Berserk Button: Being called "Veniczar Porkchops" infuriates him.
- Character Death: He's killed halfway into Mask of Arcadius when Asaga vaporizes his flagship.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Cullen excels at fighting aggressively and overwhelming an enemy's defenses, but he has no idea how to fight a defensive battle himself. Kayto realizes this during the battle of Far Port and goes straight for Cullen, quickly overwhelming him.
- Decapitated Army: His death sends the forces under his command into disarray, leaving them easy pickings for the Alliance fleet.
- Dirty Old Man: He's not above trying to molest Asaga when he has her at his mercy, even though she's betrothed to his boss.
- Fat Bastard: He's obese, a hedonist, and is fond of nuking cities from orbit.
- Former Regime Personnel: He originally worked for the New Empire, but defected to PACT to save his own skin.
- General Failure: Cullen may be one of the PACT's highest-ranking admirals, but he's a terrible strategist and most of his victories come down to brute force and overwhelming numbers. When confronted with enemy commanders who are actually competent, he's quickly out of his depth.
- Starter Villain: He's the first real threat the Sunrider goes up against, but he's quickly replaced by the far more competent Fontana.
Veniczar B. Fontana
A high ranking admiral within the PACT forces, he is considered to be Arcadius’ right hand man.
- Always Someone Better: Finds himself superior to Kayto as commander.
- The Chessmaster
- Everyone Has Standards: He's not too blind over his obedience to Arcadius. Knowing the true Arcadius, he is disheartened over PACT's path of bloodshed and the current Arcadius's Sanity Slippage. When Arcadius goes too far, he exposes the one behind the mask and seizes control PACT.
- To Grey, high-ranking admirals with a decent reputation as commanders. Fontana uses Honor Before Reason and clear use of wits, whereas Grey is willing to use dirty, underhanded methods.
- to Kayto, young commanders who were caught in the middle of a warzone, growing up to be legendary commanders
- to Kryska, both suffered oppression from the New Empire and related Neutral Rim worlds until they were saved. Kryska believes in the Solar Alliance an it's ideals of freedom, whereas Fontana believes in the communist ideals of equality.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
- 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.
- You Fool!: Calls Kayto out on his naivety after he let Chigara end up killing everyone during the Liberation Day ceremony.
Veniczar Arcadius/Prototype Alice
The leader of PACT, a masked former revolutionary who aspires to conquer the galaxy.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Tries to force Asaga to marry him to gain control of the secrets of ancient Ryuvia.
- Artificial Human: the current Arcadius is one of the Prototypes.
- Attack Drones: The Nightmare Ascendant can deploy dozens of Funnel-like flier drones that provide shielding for her underlings and can tear apart a small fleet of Alliance ships in the blink of an eye.
- Big Bad: Of the first game.
- Body Surf: Thanks to the Prototypes' Hive Mind, killing her off for good is nearly impossible: even if her original body is destroyed, she can just take control of another Prototype.
- Dead All Along: The real Arcadius has been dead since the end of the PACT Revolution that had toppled the New Empire. The "Arcadius" that you fight is actually Alice Ashada and her proxies.
- Final Boss: In both games, piloting the Legion in Mask of Arcadius and the Nightmare Ascendant in Liberation Day.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She's the only character in the game to have facial scars, and she is unquestionably a villain.
- Hypocrite: He talks a lot about freeing the people, but shows all the signs of being an Evil Overlord, including being an unrepentant genocidal butcher.
- That is the current Arcadius. The actual Arcadius was a lot more divine, who wanted to reform the New Empire. Unfortunately, the people preferred Torches and Pitchforks.
- I Am Legion: she has an army of ExpendableClones of herself, all of whom share a single mind.
- Legacy Character: The original Arcadius died some time before the story begins, with Alice (and her proxies) having taken up his mantle.
- Love Makes You Evil: She loved the original Arcadius, but his death at the hands of the people he'd liberated convinced her that Humans Are Bastards and should be wiped out.
- Magical Eye: she has the same glowing eyes and Sharr powers as Asaga and Sola, due to "Sharr Myrren's ghost coursing through her veins".
- Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a creepy mask with pointed ears at all times. She ditches it in Liberation Day.
- Nigh Invulnerable: The Nightmare Ascendant can shrug off a direct hit from the Sunrider's Vanguard Cannon with no damage, and it takes the firepower of a combined Alliance-PACT fleet plus another shot from the Vanguard to finally destroy it. In gameplay terms, it actually has more health than the Legion.
- Samus Is a Girl: "He" is revealed to be a woman under that mask.
- Omnicidal Maniac: After Arcadius was been killed by the same people he'd just liberated, Alice decided to wipe out all humans.
- Villain Override: Assumes direct control of Chigara at the end of Liberation Day, leading to a massacre.
The speaker for the Prototypes, a One-Gender Race of genetically engineered females who surpass normal humans in all feats. When Alpha was created, of which generated a Hive Mind, it resulted in the race rebelling against their creators and causing the Diode Catastrophe. She now is the center of the Prototypes, watching the hidden factories that produce hundreds of the clones.
- Artificial Human: She was created in a laboratory like all Prototypes.
- Big Bad: Her machinations form the crux of the series' plot.
- Didn't See That Coming: She failed to realize how all-consuming her sister's hatred of humanity was, causing her plans to fall apart.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Claude even asks her to see Shields herself as "the Sunrider needs more lolitas."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She clearly cares for her "sister" Alice and is concerned for her well-being, though this blinds her to Alice's true goals.
- Hive Queen: She is the originator of the Prototypes' Hive Mind and directs their actions in accordance with her plans.
- Man Behind the Man/Shadow Dictator: Her endgame goal is to become this, by uniting all of humanity under Kayto's rule whom she will then control through the love of his life, Chigara.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: So you entrusted The Dragon to carry out your will of uniting humanity. Well she had other ideas and it has cost you your people's reputation and dreams completely.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Alpha never gets directly involved in the fighting, instead letting Alice and their Prototype proxies fight on her behalf.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her desire to control humanity is so the Prototypes can save them from a certain doom. Said doom is Alice's corruption of the Hive Mind and the incoming Ebony Fleet.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She doesn't seem to understand the emotion, and fears that the intense love felt by Alice and Chigara will corrupt the Prototypes' mind stream.
Veniczar A. Kuushana
An elite female Veniczar who was exiled by Aracdius when she was disgusted with PACT's bloodshed. Introduced in the end of Liberation Day, she leads the PACT fleets once again to strike back against the Solar Alliance.
- Everyone Has Standards: She really disliked how Alice did things, including the Sack of New Eden that devastated the Imperial elites and killed the first Arcadius. Upon her Rousing Speech, she declares to have the People's Alliance reformed back into La Résistance.
- Ms. Expostition: Explains the driving force of the previous Arcadius before Fontana took the seat.
- Remember the New Guy: Fontana and Kuushana are close acquaintances of one another and is only found in the end.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Villified: Declares to act on the savagery of PACT, reforming it into a highly disciplined army against the Solar Alliance.
Previously mentioned as Sola's uncle, who lead a civil war within the Holy Ryuvian Empire. He's also the commander of the Ebony Fleet and tried using a time device to send his forces before the battle that would result in their destruction. Now that they're sent forward in time and their time device destroyed, he decides rebuild the Holy Ryuvian Empire in the present day.
- Fantastic Racism: He previously waged his civil war to eliminate the "low bloods" from the Ryuvian bloodline, Sola included.
- Foreshadowing: He was mentioned several times as being the one to lead the Fallen, rebel forces who tried to seize the throne.
- Knight of Cerebus: His fleet being flung thousands of years into the future, appearing in an uncharted region of space- with the mighty arsenal of the Abusive Precursors to boot- really catches everyone off guard.
- Outside-Context Problem: While present day humans have encountered ancient Ryuvian weapons, they're all only old and defective due to lack of maintenance. No one expects an entire battle fleet to appear with fully operation equipment from 5,000 years ago.
- Time Travel: Used a time device to go back to the beginning of a battle and alter it into his favor. However, his device got sabotaged and his fleet flung thousands of years into the future. Unable to return to his own time, he decides to rebuild the Holy Ryuvian Empire by conquering the galaxy once more.