"The tips of these scales...will turn you into a turkey!!"
The male protagonist of Super Robot Wars Advance, Axel Almer is The Dragon of the Shadow-Mirror's Big Bad Vindel Mauser and the lover of Mad Scientist Lemon Browning. When picked as The Hero, he suffers a bout of amnesia upon jumping into an Alternate Universe, where he begins to act like an all-around silly man with strange capabilities to pilot a Humongous Mecha. He also tries to be a Handsome Lech, but horribly and hilariously fail all the time. When faced with his true identity as a Shadow-Mirror operative, he ends up betraying them, eventually become instrumental in destroying the organization.In Super Robot Wars Original Generation, the plot picks his villainous counterpart and is given an extra quirk: he becomes The Rival of Kyosuke Nanbu. This gets expanded due to a rivalry in the form of Beowulf, Kyosuke's Evil Twin in the Shadow-Mirror universe. Like his Advance story if he's not picked as the protagonist, Axel winds up dead following the defeat of the Shadow-Mirror at the end of Original Generation 2....Or so we thought, until he shows up alive and well in Original Generation Gaiden. Turns out the Cry Wolves pulls him and the Soulgain out of the White Star before it is assimilated by the Einst. Although he comes close to death during the escape attempt, EinstAlfimi appears and merges with him moments before that can happen, ensuring his survival. Since the Shadow-Mirror are no more, Axel no longer bears any antagonism towards the Earth Federation Army or Kyosuke, and ends up aiding them several times throughout the game. Although under scrutiny, Axel proves his Heel-Face Turn after he saves a Brainwashed and Crazy Lamia Loveless from the clutches of Duminuss, earning the trust and gratitude of his new allies.Following Original Generation Gaiden, Axel continues to wander the universe, assisted by Alfimi. He wounds up in the Endless Frontier and receives a dose of Amnesiac Dissonancewhile trying to rescue her from a mysterious foe. With his memory gone, he reverts into his "Ahoseru" personality, and undergoes several misadventures. Sometime after dabbling in this dimension, Axel returns to the Original Generation universe. At the onset of the Second Original Generation, Earth is under seige by the Guests. Since his Soulgain is under maintenance on the Kurogane battleship, Axel opts to use the Vysaga until repairs are complete. In the meanwhile, he begins training Touma Kanou, pilot of the RaiOh and tangles with Duvan Org in an attempt to rescue Alfimi, when he consumes the latter to gain more power. At the end of the story, Axel takes residence aboard the Kurogane, continuing to train Touma.He, along with the Soulgain, embody these tropes:
Ace Custom: The Soulgain was an experimental Super Robot that the Shadow Mirror's somehow got their hands on. In the Advance game's, they were able to reverse engineer the mech and roll out mass-production models for their troopsnote Lamia's story only. They never got the opportunity to do the same in OG Universe, so the Mech remains one-of-a-kind.
Ace Pilot: Goes with saying; despite the Soulgain getting shafted for repairs following the dimensional jump, Axel proves he's still this in little more than a Laz Angriff. In The InspectorsAnimated Adaptation of Original Generation 2, he's able to trounce Kyosuke to the ICU in a mook-level Ash Saber and even hold off Super Robots like the Grungust Type-3 and Vysaga with a small Laser Blade.
Aloof Ally: Post-Continuity Reboot, Axel is just aloof, in general. When he was with the Shadow-Mirror, the only person who seemed to know what he was thinking was Lemon, and following his Heel-Face Turn, it's shown he prefers to keep to himself. While cordial, enough to like and respect his new allies, it takes a little prodding to get him to open up. Alfimi and, to a lesser extent, Lamia are the only people he seems comfortable around.
Cynicism Catalyst: It's implied his "Ahoseru" personality is the way he used to be before his experiences in the Earth Federation Army back home (and Beowulf) turned him into the Noble DemonAnti-Villain/Anti-Hero portrayed following Continuity Reboot. Confirmed in Endless Frontier EXCEED, where amnesia makes him revert to this personality.
Defeat Means Friendship: He starts moving in this direction in Original Generation Gaiden, though he's not quite to the "friendship" level yet. Though a steadfast ally in Second Original Generation, Axel admits he feels uncomfortable around the others because of the bad blood between them. Still, he and Kyosuke get along pretty well now that they're no longer trying to kill each other.
Defector from Decadence: Via reboot, Axel used to be a member of the Earth Federation Army back in the Shadow-Mirror dimension, which was supposedly so corrupt and decadent it made the Shadow-Mirror look like heroes.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: At the end of Original Generation Gaiden, he leaves Earth in order to find his "Heaven". While no longer at odds with the heroes or this dimension's government, Axel admits he doesn't really know what to do in a world without constant war. As of the Second Original Generation, he seems to have found a place among the crew of the Kurogane''.
Determinator: This guy is one of the most tenacious pilots in the franchise, which is really saying something. In addition his fighting skills, he's tough as nails and possesses a resolve so stubborn that Death seems to have given up trying to claim him.
Enemy Mine: Occurs in the last episode of The Inspectors. With the rest of his allies dead, Axel accepts the Shadow-Mirror have lost the war, and turns his attention to stopping the Einst and Beowulf. His attitude, and a brief conversation with Lamia, makes it clear that his actions are this trope, and not a Heel-Face Turn.
Axel: My battle with him (Beowulf) is my highest priority.
Flanderization: Ironically, it's a fan perception of him that's become flanderized. As an antagonist in Advance, he had roughly three or so appearances where he got to interact with Lamia, and most of them involved his hatred of androids. When this carried over to Original Generation 2, the international fandom went into a rage because they had never bothered to investigate his villainous personality, assuming it would be identical to him as a protagonist, which began accusations of this trope. Ultimately, Original Generations rectified his personality slightly to make him into a...
Hero Antagonist: While still villainous in a way, the Shadow-Mirror are portrayed more sympathetically, thanks to Beowulf, but Axel's moreso, since his main concern is to eliminate Beowulf before he wreaks havoc in another world, as Beowulf wrecked his. Axel's rivalry with Kyosuke is justified as a means to ensure Kyosuke does not become like Beowulf (at least, according to Axel)
Actually, Axel, at first, had a hard time believing that Kyosuke could be any different from Beowulf.
Graceful Loser: He geniunely was invested in the Shadow Mirror cause and would die for thw cause....but they lost...and he ended up living despite that. More than one new enemy faction offered to let him join up with them just to fight the Hagane and Hiryu forces for vengance purposes but he always refuses. He lost, and he can accept that.
I Owe You My Life: Aside from Alfimi, Axel is thankful at Hugo Medio, when they reunite in the Second Original Generation for picking him up near the White Star and getting him back to health. Hugo himself is also thankful for Axel's save, but still feels a bit troubled that Foglia is dead, though he doesn't blame Axel for arriving late.
Ironic Echo: In Endless Frontier Exceed: "This seems a highly risky gamble, and I don't really like that."
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He still remains callous for artificial beings following the reboot, but if they did good or do something impressive, he'll recognize and compliment them (or mourn, if something bad happens). Once the Shadow-Mirror is destroyed, he shows with a golden heart more to Alfimi, while maintaining the distant loner, and he's so determined to make sure that all of Lemon's treasures continue to exist in the world, leading him to saving Lamia in Original Generation Gaiden.
Ki Attacks: Axel suddenly develops this after inhaling the air in Endless Frontier EXCEED. With Alfimi's help, he can pull off some credible reproductions of the Soulgain and Vysaga's attacks...on foot.
Late-Arrival Spoiler: Endless Frontier EXCEED made no real point trying to hide the fact he survived Original Generation 2, reappeared in Original Generation Gaiden and pulled a Heel-Face Turn. This is in full effect as the Second Original Generation has shown him as a playable character. However, he associating with Alfimi is still considered a spoiler, despite her being on the cover of EXCEED with Axel.
Lightning Bruiser: Despite the Soulgain being underpowered in Original Generations Gaiden, the Second Original Generation changes it into this and is one of the best units in game (almost borderline Game Breaker), boasting three ranks of upgrades from the start, HP/EN regeneration, and high damage output (Code: Kirin has the second highest non-Combination Attack damage in the game). Further augumented with Axel being one of only two pilots that gets the "Attacker" pilot skill note At 130 Will, increase damage to all attacks by 20% by default.
Made of Iron: A heroic Advance Axel tries to pull apart Domon Kasshu and Kazuya Ryuuzaki when things get too hot, only to be hit by both combatants for his efforts, and manages to stay on his feet, clutching his stomach. It's later revealed both BARELY missed his vitals; Axel vaguely dodged it by reflex.
Power Fist: In The Inspectors, the Soulgain's right arm is destroyed in his initial scuffle with Beowulf. Problem? Nope, because the Shadow-Mirror replace it with a back-up golden arm for his machine even stronger than before.
Carries over into canon: Soulgain is badly damaged in his efforts to save Alfimi that prior to jumping into the Endless Frontier, he leaves it with Professor Kisaburou Azuma. The Second Original Generation reveals the destroyed arm is replaced with the golden one.
Purple Eyes: Hard to notice in the games, but it's much more pronounced in The Inspectors.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: His character rewrite displays traits of this, as he comes across as somewhat embittered and well-versed in the horrors of war. In Original Generation Gaiden, he admits to feeling at a lost in a world that is not in constant conflict.
Spanner in the Works: Serves as this in Original Generation Gaiden, in terms of Duminuss' early plans, since it never expected Axel to be alive, had a readjustment in personality and allegiance, and knowledge and activation for "Code: DTD" he uses to save Lamia. This is also in Endless Frontier EXCEED, when Axel remembers about Code DTD just in time to stop Aschen from blowing herself up under Pete Pain's manipulation.
Stern Teacher: As Touma's mentor. There will be no going to a party when he's training him.
The Rival: To Lamia in Advance and later to Kyosuke in Original Generation; as of Original Generation Gaiden, he no longer bears any animosity towards either. He's even become something of a big brother figure to Lamia; likewise, he and Kyosuke get along pretty well and are shown to have a great deal of respect for each other, though Axel is still weary of the possibility that Kyosuke will become another Beowulf.
Ship Tease/Fan-Preferred Couple: Lamia (due to a short, but meaningful conversation prior to the end of Original Generation Gaiden) and Alfimi, although he's still pretty loyal to Lemon even after she's dead. Endless Frontier EXCEED may have cemented him and Alfimi, what with the two of them being ascended to Battle Couple status.
As "Ahoseru" in Advance, he does this to his female allies with little to no success.
Spam Attack: Parts of Soulgain's "Byakko Kou" and Code: Kirin
Verbal Tic: Only when he's "Ahoseru". Oh, and his Original Generations rewrite sometimes slips it off too, korenara.
The Worf Effect: He and the Soulgain get hit by this at the end of The Inspectors. The mech had been pretty messed up in prologue fight with Beowulf, forcing Axel to use an Ash Saber while the Soulgain underwent repairs. By the time it reappears again, Kyosuke has rolled out his Mid-Season Upgrade Alt Eisen Riese that proves itself capable of overpowering the Super Robot.
Note Axel was able to trash Kyosuke by utilizing the long range capabilities of the Ash Saber to exploit the Alt's weaknesses. The Soulgain, while powerful, is made for melee combat, which happens to be Kyosuke's specialty. Makes you wonder why he decided to switch in the first place.
It is debatable how much this trope is in-effect. The Alt Eisen Riese is only able to briefly overpower the Soulgain when Axel briefly underestimates Kyosuke's claymores. While the Soulgain loses its left arm, Axel still continues to fight Kyosuke on an even level until Beowulf arrives and Axel pulls an Enemy Mine with everyone else.
"I can't become human, but I know what being human is like."
Female protagonist of Advance, Lamia is an android, the seventeenth model "W17" in the latest creation of Lemon Browning and her "W-Numbers" series, with a very very busty and shapely body, since Lemon's trying to play "creation of beings nearing perfect humans" (oh, and her outfit doesn't help). She has a no-nonsense personality, but deep down, since she hasn't spend a long time in the living world, she's a bit like a clueless child. When sent into the Alternate Universe, the interdimensional jump damages her speech box, causing her to develop very broken grammar (woolsey'd into stuttering speech in the localization). As she spends time in the group she infiltrates, she gains some of her own consciousness and this leads her to betray the Shadow-Mirror, becoming a crucial element in defeating the whole faction. After realizing she killed her superiors (Axel included), creator and ultimately fails her original mission, she's Driven to Suicide, only to be stopped at the nick of the time. This heroic scenario is the one carried over into Original Generation. In addition, Lamia finds a close friendship with ExcellenBrowning. Later, her speech box gets repaired by Lemon, but it only makes things worse as there are occasions where her voice turns into something like a little girl.Lamia gets hammered with lots and LOTS of unfortunate events in Original Generation Gaiden, including getting caught by the ODE System in an exhibition gone awry, before she has a chance to fight back, stripped butt naked and tied up in danger of having her personality drained. Later, she refuses such a thing and disrupts their battle data, indirectly saving her friends, and gets bailed out by Kyosuke, only to be shot down by the hive mind of the system, implying she's Killed Off for Real, and becomes a source of Cliff Hanger, since the trailer of Original Generation Gaiden ends there. In the game proper, Duminuss rebuilds and reprograms her to turn her against her allies. Shortly after, she's saved by Axel, who gets a genuine Heel-Face Turn.She returns in the Second Original Generation, and while she doesn't have any important events to note, Lamia's thankfully more active in the line of duty and not getting similar series of misfortunes as she did in Original Generation Gaiden. However, at the end of Second Original Generation, Lamia is sent back to the ATX Team to help newcomer Ariel Org solve her short lifespan problem due to her nature as a product of the "Idealant Project", by attempting to reverse-engineer Lemon's design on her.Officially, she pilots the very girly, angelic super robot Angelg. In Advance, she can pilot the ninja-samurai-robot Vysaga, though Axel can use it too. It becomes exclusively for her in Original Generation continuity, until the Second Original Generation, where Axel can also use it. They embody these tropes:
Adaptation Dye-Job: Lamia used to have light green hair in Advance, but Original Generations changes it to a brownish-green. Likewise, the Angelg was colored orange back in Original Generation 2; Continuity Reboot places in an appropriate pink.
And I Must Scream: Her whole time being captured and infused with the ODE System by Wilheim von Juergen and Duminuss. She's still conscious, but everything else, from speech, mind management and actions were all overridden by data, and Duminuss also adds up the removal of the majority of her self-identity. Plus, she's stuck there while she's made tearing down her allies AND demoralizing them to hell. These events are still fresh in Lamia's mind even at the end when she recovered, causing a slight Heroic BSOD.
Archer Archetype: Lamia is mostly calm and collected, calculating and analytical. The Angelg's strongest attacks are long-ranged, and only she can use the machine, plus her stats are geared more towards ranged.
Badass in Distress: The ODE Incident turns her into this. Thank God she's back in action ASAP once rescued, thereby avoiding Chickification. For the Second Original Generation, she still remains capable on the battlefield and nobody calls her out on this, so it averts this trope.
Distaff Counterpart: Lamia certainly gives off the feels of a gender-flipped Heero Yuy, considering they experience similar development (cold soldiers into a warm-hearted person), penchant into blowing themselves up and their mechas have angelic wings (compare the Zero Custom and Angelg). Add to the fact both of them are reallyattractive for the audience of the opposite sex.
Ditzy Genius: A real pro-pilot and has a no-nonsense personality when it comes to battle/war. However, it's really hard to expect her not to be a clueless girl in daily life when it's just six months after she realized her humanity.
Heroic BSOD: Mentally, Lamia doesn't fully recover from the ODE Incident. While she blends with her human allies perfectly afterwards, using Code: DTD makes Lamia question her humanity. However, the sight of Garnet Sandi and her newborn twins allows her to understand what Lemon was trying to achieve all along.
Angst? What Angst?: This is never brought in the Second Original Generation, likely due to putting duty first.
Made of Iron: It explains why she survived getting shot butt-naked. If that doesn't impress you, how about surviving being punched by both Domon and Kazuya? Mind you, unlike Axel, she got hit RIGHT ON THE VITALS and shrugged them off just fine. Justified because she's an Artificial Human.
Most Definitely Not A Spy: If Lamia goes five lines of dialogue during the first half of Original Generation 2 without reminding the audience of her nature and raising the more observant heroes' suspicions, it's probably because she wasn't present for the exchange. Luckily (or not so much) for the Shadow-Mirror, Lemon seems to view Lamia as more of a science project than a valuable pawn.
Hammered home when Kyosuke pegs her as The Mole literally within minutes of meeting her.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Subverts it by eventually becoming good, but then there's her "permanently evil" self from Axel's Advance scenario. Would you, on the firsthand, really trust someone named after a mythical female monster who Eats Babies?
No One Could Survive That: Aside from her hijinx with the ODE System and Duminuss, Lamia also attempted to self-destruct several times for various reasons; all end in failure.
Noblewoman's Laugh: Played with; she tends to break down into this, but that's not because of nobility, but because she has no idea on how to laugh normally.
Only I Can Make It Go: Like Axel with Soulgain, the Angelg is designed so only Lamia can pilot it, and likewise, it's kind of impossible to reverse-engineer it. Vysaga, on the other hand, isn't designed as such, so both Lamia and Axel can 'take turn' using it.
Speech Impediment: Broken grammar or stuttering. To be specific, the former comes in the form of Japanese wordplay, where she says a word written with the same kanji as the word she's trying to say, causing her sentence to come across as nonsensical. Lamia then corrects herself and says the intended word.
The Worf Effect: In the beginning of The Inspectors, Lamia and the Angelg gets this. The machine spends most of the time not shooting down mooks and its only shining moment is the Phantom Phoenix/Royal Heart Breaker Combination Attack, but aside from that, it also gets pushed so easily by a Shadow-Mirror Mecha-Mook (though she admittedly held back since she was still undercover) and then gets completely overpowered by Axel's Ash Saber. Once Lamia gets the Vysaga, she averts this, while Echidna Iisaki gets a black Angelg and it gets this trope again. In Original Generation Gaiden, Lamia gets another one by the ODE System, though to be fair, she was captured while outside of her machine.
The antagonists of Advance, the Shadow-Mirror is an organization that wants to engulf the world in an endless war, with the reasoning that with war comes improvement for humanity and technological advancement. They tend to send spies to the world they are trying to invade and launch a surprise attack based on the information given. Led by Vindel Mauser with Axel as The Dragon, it is also the home of their lead scientist Lemon Browning, who proceeds to carry out the W-Numbers project, creating Artificial Humans as close as possible to a real human for infiltration and sabotage.While they seem to be petty villains back in Original Generation 2, Continuity Reboot fundamentally changes them into a form of misaimed hero. Indeed, The Federation in their dimension are so corrupt, life seems like hell, and with people like Beowulf supporting the government, the Shadow-Mirror look like heroes. They're also responsible for the creation of some of the characters in the Endless Frontier (Haken Browning, Aschen Brodel and many other W-Numbers).
Vindel Mauser (Voiced by Hideyuki Umezu)
The leader of the Shadow-Mirror, this warmonger ex-colonel of his world's Earth Federation Army believes war is the only way for humans to evolve and move forward. He has this mindset due to witnessing his world dwindling into corruption, decadence and weakness from an achieved, but redundant peace. His plan comes to a halt when the government sends out Beowulf, prompting him to jump to another world (Advance or Original Generation) and lay low until the time comes to strike down the resident government, Take Over the World and fulfill his utopia.While he prefers to be operating behind the shadows, when push comes to shove, he takes to battle with the Zweizergain, a souped up Soulgain-like variant. Tropes associated with Vindel:
Karmic Death: Twice! In Advance, Vindel's top subordinate (Axel/Lamia), whom he sent to be the main part of taking over the world, ends up betraying him, forcing themselves into the Zweizergain and blow him up from the inside, along with them; in Original Generation, not only does the man Vindel's trying to find and force to hide in the current dimension (Gilliam Yeager) kill him, but one of his subordinates (Lamia, whom he sees as nothing more than a puppet) also helps.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Vindel does care enough for the welfare of humanity; Daitetsu Minase even points out that one of Vindel's claims (war helping to foster technological growth and development) is in fact an Awful Truth. It's just Vindel's methods are WAY too extreme, and would eventually render any benefits war could produce useless in the long run.
What he also fails to grasp (at least following Continuity Reboot) is that the world he wishes to create would become just the same as the world he came from; it's...rather ironic and sad, actually.
It almost seems like his primary motivation is the fear of becoming obsolete. After all, Vindel tends to refer to his philosophy in terms of "A world for people like us (me)" and "Our ideal society: a never-ending age of conflict."
Vindel's top scientific researcher, with implications of being Axel's lover, Lemon Browning is the head of the W-Numbers project, creating Artificial Humans to be as close as possible to the real deal. Thus far, she's made 18 products, though the prototype, W00, is instead a test-tube human]], and it would seem that she's most proud with Lamia, her latest creation, as she is the closest to a human being. Should the player take Axel's Advance route, Lemon admits that if it wasn't for the situation that ended up with her being his enemy, and that the two of them had met at an earlier point in time, they could've developed a closer relationship.In Original Generation, Lemon's backstory is heavily tweaked. She is the Shadow-Mirror counterpart of Excellen, but a unique take on "What if Excellen died during the shuttle crash?". The result is her parents recovering her body, resurrecting her through robotics and science, but because she wasn't a good enough Replacement Goldfish by her parents, she changes her name to Lemon. The W-Numbers are essentially her progeny: a way for her to understand and emulate her unique nature of something that isn't quite human.Lemon pilots an Ash Saver in Advance, but uses a customized version of the same machine called "Weiss Saver" in Original Generation. Tropes associated with Lemon:
Ace Custom: Original Generations and A Portable only, where Lemon customizes a Mook-level Ash Saver into the Weiss Saver. Aside from adding additional (and upgraded) "Sword Breakers", it includes the "Over Oxtongue Rifle" Ouka Nagisa uses for the Rapiecage, while removing the "Gun Rapier" and "Laser Blade" from the standard Ash Saver armament.
Mad Scientist: Not so much "mad", but brilliant, though her subject of research is really mad (almost bordering playing God). And look at how she created Lamia...
She's definitely a little crazy, or at the very least, detached. Despite some displays of sentimentality, she seems to view the W-Numbers akin to science experiments; she's even going along with Vindel's absolutely insane plan. Hell, the worst she has to say about Axel's "death" is along the lines of "I really liked him, y'know?"
Meaningful Name: "Lemon" is an automotive term referring to faulty used cars. Following The Reveal she's really an undead cyborg of an Alternate Universe Excellen and ultimately rejected for not being a good enough Replacement Goldfish of the original, you have to wonder whether this was intentional or not before Lemon got into Original Generation.
This gets played with in Original Generation 2: if Excellen defeats Lemon, not only will Lemon reveal her true identity, but the player is treated to a slightly tweaked ending dialogue. As Kyosuke and Excellen fly off to their new assignments in the epilogue, Excellen states she wants twin daughters named Lemon and Alfimi somewhere down the road (normally, she'd want one daughter named after Alfimi).
Echidna Iisaki (Voiced by Mariko Suzuki)
Also known as "W16", Echidna Iisaki doesn't appear in Advance, but was loosely mentioned having supposedly assassinated Admiral Leon of the Balms, which in turned got the Balm Alliance assassinating Isamu Ryuuzaki, and should she fail, Lamia would've been the one to do the job (this only occurs in Lamia's story; in Axel's route, he's the one who orchestrates it).In Original Generation, Echidna ascends to the position of the Advance "Rival Lamia" role, usually contacting Lamia and keeping her in check and in line with the infiltration. She seems dutifully robotic and doesn't portray much personality, until the Federation's assault on the Inspector-occupied White Star where, of her own will, takes a fatal attack for Axel, and ends up destroyed. Depending on the continuity, Axel either gets disgusted a doll he hated saved his life, or laments her death will bring despair and lower morale of the Shadow-Mirror.Echidna pilots a Laz Angriff, while in The Inspectors she uses a black Angelg after Lamia defects to the Earth Federation in battle. Tropes associated with Echidna:
Almost certainly intentional: the lack of a distinctive personality and "lives-for-the-mission" nature is honestly a little creepy when you think about it, and contrasts nicely with Lamia's Character Development.