"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, Einst Alfimi
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 Dissonance while 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:
Lamia Loveless (Voiced by Kaori Shimizu)
"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 Excellen Browning
. 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:
- Action Girl
- 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.
- Artificial Human
- Awesome McCoolname: "Lamia Loveless" is simply a codename for W17. It's kinda awesome, and at the same time, invokes loads of danger.
- 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.
- Become A Real Girl: Despite her massive ass-kicking capabilities, THIS takes priority.
- Came Back Wrong: Combines Type 1 and 3 when she's resurrected by Duminuss and brainwashed. It takes the interference of Axel to make her "Come Back Right".
- Chain of Command: The collar around her neck
- Chekhov's Gun: Code: DTD (Dust to Dust), the "useless instrument that only mess her speech problems up" turns out to be the thing that's used to save her.
- Dark Chick: Her position in the Shadow-Mirror Five-Bad Band, until she defects and becomes the Sixth Ranger.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out the cold-hearted spy who cares nothing more than completing her mission even at cost of her life, but warms up and values life more highly in the end.
- Detached Sleeves
- 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 really attractive for the audience of the opposite sex.
- Distress Ball: Picked it up TWICE in Original Generation Gaiden, since all of those happen because she's not in her mecha.
- 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.
- Driven to Suicide: Fortunately averted
- In-house examples:
- Third-party examples:
- Fan Disservice: You do know she was butt naked, all while either Brainwashed and Crazy trying to kill you or is about to be turned into goo, had it not been due to her robotic nature?
- Five Temperament Ensemble: In the ATX Team, Lamia is the "Phlegmatic".
- Gainaxing: It's only a little thanks to Banpresto "mellowing it down", but it's still prevalent. Any wonders why Tasuku Shinguji calls her "Boin-chan"?
- Genki Girl, Split Personality: If her personality gets split; apparently, "sister" Aschen has this, too.
- The Gwen Stacy: Temporarily in Original Generation Gaiden, if only so we can see a wangsty Kyosuke and have Axel do his big damn Heel-Face Turn.
- 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.
- Hot Wings: Angelg's "Phantom Phoenix"
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: As this cosplay picture explains
- Kuudere: Possibly, if the events of Original Generation Gaiden turn her slightly to this for Axel. Naturally, Excellen can also make her go "deredere".
- Lady of War
- Leitmotif "Ash To Ash"
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Atypically, the scientist in question is a woman.
- 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.
- The Mole
- 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?
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: To elaborate
- Ninja: Vysaga
- Pirate: Can be considered her modus operandi as a former Shadow-Mirror operative, pirating enemy data and learning their weaknesses...well, "digital" piracy, anyways.
- Zombie: Killed and brought Back from the Dead, then restored
- Robot: She's a Robot Girl who pilots Humongous Mecha; 'nuff said.
- 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.
- However, in Axel's Advance Super Robot route, Shadow Mirror pilots are seen piloting mass-produced Angelg. MALE pilots/gynoids.
- Perpetual Molt: At least in The Inspectors, the Angelg displays this.
- Robot Girl, Ridiculously Human Robot
- Ship Tease/Fan-Preferred Couple: With Axel after he saves her life and a short, but meaningful conversation at the end of Original Generation Gaiden.
- 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 Stoic
- Tin Girl
- Turn the Other Cheek: "Duminuss messed up with me and almost kills me? At least it revived me. ODE System caught me unprepared and killed me? They're only misguided".
- Uke: Any fanwork pairing her up with Excellen 99.9% of the time has Lamia be the Uke, although what woman wouldn't be Excellen's Uke?
- W17 Is Dead
- Winged Humanoid: Angelg
- 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.
- You Are Number Six: Theme Naming for the W-Numbers in general
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:
- Big Bad
- Beam Spam: Zweizergain's "Jayurin", at least in Original Generations
- BFS: Zweizergain's "Shadow Slicer"
- Defector from Decadence
- Doppelgänger Attack: Some of the Zweizergain's attacks are this. Its version of Code: Kirin amounts to Vindel generating a metric crapton of Zweizergain copies that beat up on the opponent, then explode as the original flies through the enourmous crowd, pulling off a Shoryuken-like attack.
- 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.
- Leitmotif: "Chaos"
- Motion Capture Mecha: Zweizergain
- Orcus on His Throne: Averted
- War for Fun and Profit
- 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."
Lemon Browning (Voiced by Yuko Mizutani)
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.
- Artificial Human
- Anti-Villain: She's actually RIGHT about her notes on Axel
- Attack Drone: Ash Saver's Sword Breakers and the Weiss Saver's "Solid Sword Breakers"
- Cloning Blues: Somewhat in Original Generation, though it's plenty justified
- Evil Genius
- Evil Twin
- 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.
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:
W00, W03, W05, W06, W07
Please look at the Endless Frontier
page where they are featured. As protagonists.
Tropes associated with the rest of the Shadow-Mirrors: