This team's responsible for the titular combiningsuper robot SRX ("Super Robot Type-X"). They made their debut in the ill-fated Shin Super Robot Wars and various games, but is brought together for the Super Robot Wars Alpha series and gets their stories refined here. In Shin and Alpha, they're labeled as characters from Choki Taisen SRX instead of original, which suggests they were treated as a seperate series (similar to The Lord of Elemental). Tropes common to multiple members of the team and their Humongous Mecha are:
R-2 Powered, along with Rai's earlier Schultzwald, to the Guncannon.
R-3 bears a strong resemblance to the GP-03 Dendrobium Stamen, especially when you compare the R-3 Powered to the Dendrobium Orchis. In addition, both the GP-03 and R-3 share the same mechanical designer Hajime Katoki.
Combination Attack: "Formation R" with the R-1, R-2 Powered and R-3 Powered, "HTB (Hyper Tronium Buster) Cannon" with the SRX and R-Gun Powered and "Double T-Link Knuckle" with the R-1 and ART-1
Ryusei - Everywhere You Go by default, Hagane no Tamashi ("Soul of Steel") for the SRX and Hagane no Senjin ("War God of Steel") for the Banpreios. Also, several members from JAM Project sing his Leitmotifs. Additionally, Variable Formation, a remix of Everywhere You Go, triggers during Formation R or in-game events when the R Units combine into the SRX.
Rai - Ice Man, actually sung by legendary female singer MIO/MIQ, which is surprising since Ryotaro Okiayu is an excellent singer and has sung many image songs, making it strange why he didn't sing this one.
Aya - Psychic Energy; in a rare case for SRW, it is sung by her respective voice actor.
Mai - Marionette Messiah, sung by Masako Iwanaga, rather than Ai Orikasa, another exceptional singer with many image songs to back her talent, but doesn't get a chance with this character.
Ingram - Time Diver; following a certain event, Emissary from the Void/Herald of Oblivion. Well-known singer Akira Kushida sings his Leitmotif.
Magikarp Power: In-universe, Ryusei progressively becomes more skilled as a pilot in subsequent sequels for the Alpha and Original Generation games. By the time he appears in Another Century's Episode: R, he's caught up with Kyosuke Nanbu in skill, while in Alpha 3 he's performing insane feats in little more than a custom R-Blade. In fact, he's likely the most skilled pilot Original Generation has to offer, but it takes him an entire series to showcase his full potential.
In-game, the "Telekinesis" pilot skill can make him this. At the start and the middle of the game, Ryusei is a fairly mediocre pilot; by the end, when his Telekinesis level is high enough, his evasion goes through the roof, to the point where the SRX is rendered a Lightning Bruiser, a rarity among super robots.
Although not as much as Ibis Douglas, Mai's got decent initial stats and doesn't get better than Viletta until she's leveled up a bit. In fact, players might relegate the R-Gun Powered to Viletta rather than her, as the former can use HTB Cannon in scenarios much earlier through Viletta's lower Will requirement. However, Mai's base attack power for the combination is significantly higher than Viletta's, which makes her FAR more useful, especially when playing the game on EX-Hard Mode.
Psychic Powers: With the exception of Rai, all members of the team are Psychodrivers in Alpha. Averted with Ingram and Viletta in Original Generation post Continuity Reboot, which serves as a plot point when Katina Tarask temporarily pilots the R-Gun in the first game. She's only able to because Ingram had it designed to be able to fire its Wave Motion Gun without a T-Link System...so he could use it against his teammates later.
One of the recurring heroes in Alpha (actually debuting in Shin and improved in the Alpha series with some side stops in Super Hero Sakusen ("Super Hero Operations") and Super Robot Spirits along the way), Ryusei's the prime example of the Ascended Fanboy, especially on games and super robots in general, and is apparently uninterested in human girls, but swoons over girly-looking giant robots; he also has a sickly mother. His story, especially told in Original Generation, revolves around getting drafted into a super robot team, just because he's the champion (runner-up in the Animated AdaptationDivine Wars) of a video game competition, as the robots used by the military have similar controls. There, he learns real-life wars are completely different matters compared to video games. He's joined by fellow pilots Raidese F. Branstein and Aya Kobayashi and becomes the core member of the SRX Team.Despite the Face-Heel Turn of his commander, Ingram Prisken, he continues the project and successfully forms the SRX. He remains in The Federation, defending the Earth from various aliens and dissidents among The Federation, while not letting go of his otaku traits. Although Ryusei is absent in Alpha 2, he returns in Alpha 3, except he gets hit with Heroic BSOD after losing Aya against the invading Balmarians, and getting the SRX trashed. Despite this, he continues to fight and eventually gets to control the upgraded SRX "Altered" Banpreios and heads for the offensive against the Ze Balmary Empire.Worth noting is in Original Generation, he proves to be quite a stud, such as getting the attention of LatooniSubota and MaiKobayashi. Oddly enough, he actually responds to their attention, although probably not to the extent that they like.Aside from SRW, Ryusei has also appeared in Another Century's Episode: R, alongside Kyosuke and Masaki Andoh. He returns in the Second Original Generation.Ryusei's default mecha is the R-1, the core of the SRX. He, the R-1 and any Humongous Mecha he has previously used embody these tropes:
BFS: SRX's Z.O. Sword and Banpreios's S.Z.O. Sword
Big Brother Mentor: To Arado Balanga in Original Generation 2. Ryusei encourages Arado to make his own decisions to join them or go back to the Neo Divine Crusaders, rather than forcing him. After his Heel-Face Turn, Ryusei becomes this trope; Arado respects and admires him like a hero. This seems to be one of the only things Ryusei's in the sequel to do, other than the Mai sub-plot, making the player crack up and finishing off bosses with the SRX.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: During his introduction in scenario 5 of Shin, Ryusei quickly establishes himself as some kind of crazed super robot otaku, and Prof. Hamaguchi confides to Akira Hibiki that as a pilot, Ryusei is first-rate.
Chick Magnet: Poor Latooni and Mai - they never know he's only interested in giant robot girls. In the scene where the Londo Bell meets Ryusei during the Space Route in Shin, he manages to make Kouji Kabuto jealous of Sayaka Yumi for once instead of the reverse.
In an Alpha 2Yonkoma, Ryusei's knowledge of super robots and how they work makes his Zondar form a very seriously dangerous opponent. Zondar!Ryusei has the Mazinkaiser's Fire Blaster, and its version is so powerful that GaoGaiGar's Protect Shade is not strong enough and needs support from Yuu's and Hime's Brains' Chakra Shields just to survive one blast. Also, despite having no (canon) knowledge of the Dygenguard until Alpha 3, Zondar!Ryusei not only remembers but is able to fully use the original weapons loadout, particularly the General Blaster. He even uses it on Sanger Zonvolt in the Yonkoma.
Guns Akimbo, Swords Akimbo, Chainsaw Good: Of all the units Ryusei has ever used, the R-1 and ART-1 has dual pistols, the R-Blade (and its Alpha 3Ace Custom) carries twin blade tonfas and the ART-1 uses chainsaw tonfas. The R-1 Kai (Custom) from Alpha Gaiden takes the first two tropes to the extreme with a pair of Giant Tonfa Revolvers.
The Hero's Journey: His character arc conforms especially well to the Campbellian archetype.
"I honed my reflexes through years of video games!"
Jumped at the Call: In Ryusei's first appearance in Shin, Professor Hamaguchi orders him to sortie in the R-1, telling him not to press his luck since reinforcements will arrive soon. Ryusei has been waiting for this chance and isn't planning on not pushing his luck. His highly confident battle cry does little to inspire the staffers, but they have little choice but to leave it up to him. He beats up the aliens with backup from the Raideen, but Hamaguchi gives Ryusei a verbal chewing for pushing the experimental R-1 so hard, threatening to ground him if he pulls any more reckless stunts.
Momma's Boy: Ryusei adores his mother Yukiko Date; it's the one thing that ranks higher than True Companionship and giant robots on his priorities. He was even going to enter the military to pay for her medical bills rather than go to college (even though he got "drafted", anyways). Subverted by the fact he's a Chick Magnet and his mother isn't in control over him, though he does still live with her. However, never mention you've experimented on Yukiko in her younger years at a Psychodriver lab or utter a death threat against her: Ryusei will kick your ass.
Ship Tease: As much as Ryusei's the Ascended Fanboy, there's still a good amount of shipping from fans for him and Latooni or Mai.
What's interesting is neither side can claim a win yet: sure, Mai gets the Double T-Link Knuckle with Ryusei in Original Generation Gaiden, but Latooni gets a hug from him in The Inspectors (Animated Adaptation of Original Generation 2). Of course, there's always another option...
Him and Viletta Vadim spent a long time alone together in Alpha Gaiden. Who knows what went on other than training in that period...
In Alpha 3, his fellow pilots are shocked when Ryusei gives them a rare copy of Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Legend of Lynn Minmei romance movie to Mylene Jenius as a birthday present. Turns out he's only interested in the film's Valkyrie battle scene.
Super Prototype: Aside from the Wildrauptier and R-Blade, the R-1, ART-1 and R-Blade Custom are essentially this and his Ace Customs.
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: R-1's strongest attack, "T-Link Sword," generates an ornate blade out of pure energy...which he promptly throws at the enemy like a javelin. Driving home this point is that, despite being classified as a melee attack, it can't be used on directly adjacent enemies, despite being, you know, a sword.
We Need a Distraction: Before Scenario 29 of the Space Route in Shin, Londo Bell concocts a plan: create a diversion to let their forces sneak inside. The diversionary squad includes Ryusei, for whom making a big scene is a specialty.
The Lancer to Ryusei's "beatdown first, question later" attitude. A crack marksman, Rai's the designated pilot of the R-2. A heavy bombardment unit, in Rai's hands it becomes a menacing foe at any range, though of course Rai prefers to stay back to get the most use of its twin shoulder-mounted cannons, leaving the melee for Ryusei.Rai's the younger brother of Elzam von Branstein (or whatever he's calling himself these days), whom he had a rocky relationship with. Rai adored Elzam's wife, Cattleya Fujiwara, but when Elzam chose to save innocents at the cost of her life, Rai disowned himself from the Branstein clan, took up Cattleya's maiden name, and swore to get back at the family. He informed cousin Leona Garstein should she cross his path in defense of Elzam and what he stands for, he will not hesitate and fight.Rai initially comes across as the cold, calculating, stick-to-the-book soldier, but his interactions with the various characters causes his personality to change and loosen, though still comes across as cool and collected. This cracks when he meets Archibald Grims, the true culprit behind Cattleya's death, causing him to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but gets shot down, almost killed. Learning from his lessons, Rai starts to trust his brother more and together they kill Archibald. This marks the event where Rai finally makes peace with Elzam and himself.If you kidnap PrincessShine Hausen, expect Rai to deploy to her rescue even before orders are given. He pilots the R-2 Powered and takes care of the Tronium Engine in the SRX. He embodies these tropes:
Artificial Limbs: Lost his left hand during the Vanishing Trooper Incident. At least he fares better than his Alternate Universe counterpart in the Shadow-Mirror world where he's dead.
Badass Normal: Almost every member of the SRX Team isn't by any means normal. Viletta's...well...an Opposite-Sex Clone of Ingram, and the rest are Psychodrivers, but Rai just happens to be so good, it guarantees him a spot on the team.
It helps he's part of resident Badass Family for Original Generation.
Following Ingram's Face-Heel Turn, Rai nearly gets the boot out of the R-2 by The Federation, but he states so long as he's on the SRX Team, the R-2's his to use. Whoo! Talk about badass...
Mistaken for Gay: It turns out what Lu Cain was after was in the university database, which Ryusei plays off as just minor trespassing. Rai lambasts Ryusei's foolishness, and when Sanshiro Tsuwabuki weakly agrees, the dialogue awkwardly comes out that Ryusei has implied that Rai prefers men.
Not so Above It All: Although Rai's the team's Only Sane Man, he occasionally winds up falling for Ryusei's blunders. In Original Generation 2, when Ryusei suggests Rai make up a new name for the HTB Cannon, he realizes he can't think of anything better.
Shout-Out: Taken further in Original Generation Gaiden. Having been fed up with Rai complaining about his tendency to make up names, Ryusei demands he name the attack. Rai's answer? Galaxy Phantom Explosion.
In Scenario 11 in the Earth Route of Shin, Rai introduces himself formally after the battle, saying that the aliens have been up to abducting people. Sanshirou has been eyeing Rai, wondering if he's another weirdo like Ryuusei. Rai stiffly asks him not to liken him to Ryusei, the shame of the SRX Team. Sanshirou tells Rai about Ryusei's "self-proclaimed genius pilot" line, which Rai allows after a moment is pretty much true. The others realize that Rai, too, is somewhat off his rocker.
The 21-year old leader and captain of the SRX Team. Aya's the daughter of Dr. Kenzo Kobayashi, head of Psychodriver research. Her Psychodriver powers are very strong and is the telekinetic key when they form the SRX. One of her hobbies is walking around art museums. She admires Ingram greatly and he was always nice to her, but was hurt the most by his Face-Heel Turn. During the final fight with Ingram, he tells her not to be bound by the past and start a new life for herself. Later, while fighting Levi Tolar, she realizes Levi is her younger sister Mai, whom she believed had perished years earlier during a lab explosion at their father's lab. While Levi is convinced in Alpha and joins the SRX Team, she is instead destroyed with her Humongous Mecha Judecca at the L5 Campaign in Original Generation.Aya gets into one nasty misfortune during Alpha 3, where a fatal attack from Balmar general Hazal Gozzo strikes the SRX hard, seemingly destroying the R-3 Powered and is considered killed in action. In truth, she's captured by Balmar and later used to demoralize the rest of the team, especially Mai, whose memories have fully returned, after one "voice demoralization" had her power go haywire. Thankfully, it doesn't last long as Aya is rescued by defecting Balmar generals Baran Doban and Luria Kayitz and she rejoins the SRX Team with their new SRX Altered Banpreios.In Original Generation 2, after the L5 Campaign, Aya stays at the Far Eastern Izu Base and cooperates in her father's research.Aya pilots the R-3 Powered, a flying, ranged support unit. Its specialty is to blanket an area with missiles with 0% chance of hitting friendlies, as they are guided by her Psychodriver abilities. The R-3 can also aim its Strike Shields with precision, again guided by her powers. Tropes associated with Aya:
Animal Motifs: In Shin, Aya Kobayashi is a natural enemy of Ryusei Date's - a cat to Ryusei's mouse. Aya figures that if she's a cat, she should at least be a Persian.
Triang Relations: Type 7 in Shin between Amuro Ray (A), Aya (B) and Chen Agi (C). In a Space Route scenario, Amuro and Aya compliment each other on how swift they are in combat, and she's clearly interested in him, while Chen simply glares at the two of them from hiding. In another Space Route scenario, Chen is pleasantly surprised when Amuro invites her to accompany him to the city.
Weak, but Skilled: Out of the more notable Alpha Psychodrivers (Ryusei, Mai, Kusuha and Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield), Aya has relatively weaker Psychic Powers in-universe and isn't as pronounced. However, given Aya's been raised since childhood to harness it, she's much more skilled with the power she has, as shown with the Strike Shield weaponry, which require precise control.
After smacking around numerous villains in a Space Route scenario in Shin, the party is impressed at the SRX's abilities, but Amuro notes that Aya is looking a bit green in the gills from all the power she has to expell to keep the SRX together. Hayato Jin agrees to give them a day off; Aya later confesses to Amuro she is in fact an "Esper", apologizing for having mislead him earlier. She's not entirely thrilled with her powers, which Amuro can relate.
Aya's younger sister presumed dead after an lab explosion years before at her father Kenzo Kobayashi's lab. With no memories of her past, Mai remains a very quiet, gentle girl. In Original Generation, she appears six months after the L5 Campaign and was given medical treatment under Kenzo's care. Due to her exceptionally strong Psychodriver powers, Mai gets assigned to the SRX Team for learning purposes, and selected to be the pilot of the R-Gun Powered.In Alpha and Original Generation, the cause of the lab accident was due to the Aerogaters in secret. Mai was kidnapped, brainwashed, and turned into one of the Aerogaters, taking the name "Levi Tolar", the self-proclaimed "Priestess of Judecca", piloting a white-colored version of Euzeth Gozzo's own black-colored Judecca. In either continuity, she and Ingram challenged the SRX Team on multiple occasions. In Alpha, prior to the final battle, Levi is convinced by the SRX Team of her true origins, aligning with them and defeating the Aerogaters. Although "Levi" is under scrutiny by the government and kept under surveillance, her memories as Mai fully return by the time Alpha 3 occurs. In contrast, Levi's memories as Mai reappears at the height of the L5 Campaign in Original Generation. Unfortunately, she is presumably destroyed with the machine. Upon recovering the wreckage of the Judecca, inside its undamaged core lay Levi, unharmed but without her memories, reverting back to Mai prior to the lab explosion. Although Kenzo considers it a risk that Levi's personality could hijack Mai's fragile mind, he alters her memories to better sync with Aya to use the "T-Link Twin Contact" of the SRX's T-Link System to its full advantage in order to execute the HTB Cannon. Despite Levi attemping on multiple occasions convincing her to continue her mission as the Priestess of Judecca, Mai remains strong and adamant her place is in the SRX Team.Tropes associated with Mai/Levi are:
Duality Motif: Levi has has one red and one golden eye to match the Judecca. Her eye color changes depending on continuity, but also whether her Levi personality or herself as Mai is dominant, to which if it's the latter, it reverts back to a natural blue.
Enemy Within: In Original Generation 2, festering elements of Levi goads Mai in her subconciousness to turn on her allies.
Meaningful Name: Keeping in line with Balmar's Theme Naming, "Tolar" is a loose romanization of the word "Torah", meaning "the law" in Hebrew. "Levi" is one of the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and are designated as the priests, who were charge of the law, hence Levi being the Priestess of Judecca.
Ship Tease: Really, when you get an exclusive Combination Attack with the Ascended Fanboy whom you have a deep-seated crush on, where said attack is created by your rival for the fanboy's affection, major teasing occurs.
Talking To Herself: Mai also voices Shiro, one of Masaki's familiar cats. Taken to its logical conclusion in a save-quit intermission of Original Generations. Shiro talks with Mai as Levi, who says the latter should start adding a "Nyan~" Verbal Tic. She does, but performs miserably.
Theme Naming: Subversion; while "Judecca" refers to Judas Iscariot, the disciple of Jesus Christ who betrayed him, each of the Judecca's attacks ("Caina", "Antenora", "Ptolomea" and "Judecca") corresponds to a section of the ninth and lowest circle of hell in The Divine Comedy.
Unskilled, but Strong: Unlike Aya, Mai's psychic output outclasses her; unfortunately, she has little to no control over the exact amount she generates. This serves as a counterbalance to Aya being Weak, but Skilled.
Youngest Child Wins: Variation; her Psychodriver powers are often stated to be stronger than Aya's. The fact Mai's part of the SRX Team in order to trigger the HTB Cannon makes it more obvious.
This theory gets a boost when the Banpreios first appears and shatters a pocket dimension Hazal Gozzo trapped the Alpha Numbers inside in Alpha 3. For the record, the only people piloting the Banpreios at that point are Rai (who isn't a Psychodriver) and Mai. Sure, the Cross Gate may have played a role in that moment, but the fact Mai can generate enough Psychic Powers to move a mecha that requires four Psychodrivers to normally pilot AND break apart a pocket dimension says something about her abilities.
Commander of the SRX Team and his ranking is a Major. After recruiting Ryusei and Rai, he had all the people he needed for the SRX Team. Ingram rarely talks about himself and is dedicated to the task of completing the SRX Project. Like Rai, he too maintains a sense of composure and collectedness, but hides a slight calculating side. Ingram's the first clone in the mass-produced Balshem series created by Euzeth Gozzo and known as the "Originator", with the codename "Aleph Balshem". He pulls a Face-Heel Turn on the SRX Team, revealing himself to be a spy sent by the Aerogaters to assess the strength of The Federation. He and Ryusei fight many times on the battlefield. Many couldn't understand his actions, and how he's able to stay calm the whole time, but really, he was being manipulated by Euzeth, though Ingram's will was strong enough to want to break free from his control.In Alpha, his body is lost and only his influence over the Astranagant allows his spirit to survive. By chance, when one Balshem clone "Ayin" scouts an area near an asteroid, the Astranagant emerges and takes over his machine. Ingram's consciousness then takes over Ayin, but somehow fuses both their souls into one, forming Cobray Gordon. From time to time, Ingram attempts to retakes control, but Cobray breaks free and chooses to fight on his own.Ingram is a Time Diver, someone who takes on the role of keeping the balance of good and bad in dimensions. In Original Generation, his initial mecha is the Wildschwein and later uses the R-Gun until his Face-Heel Turn, where he mutates the machine into the R-Gun Rivale, rather than use the Astranagant from Alpha (since it doesn't exist in this continuity). Ingram has the following tropes:
Attack Drone: Astranagant's Gun Familiar and R-Gun Rivale's Gun Slaves
Catchphrase: "Dead End Shot"; all of his clones would later inherit this.
Viletta Vadim/Bet Balshem/Viletta Prisken (Voiced by Atsuko Tanaka)
The new SRX Team Commander replacing Ingram and is a Captain rank. She has very good PT piloting skills, and is always able to judge cooly on the battlefield. Viletta is the the fourth clone in the mass-produced Balshem series, based off of Ingram, the Originator, with the codename "Bet Balshem". She's a spy for the Aerogaters sent by Ingram to go to the Earth Federation in order to gather data. However, during the final battle with Septuagint, Gilliam Yeager asks her who she really is. She tells him her real name is "Viletta Prisken", and she was created from Ingram to act on his behalf once he becomes unable to do so of his own free will. Ingram created her before he's fully taken over by the Judecca, then sends her away to complete his will. She goes on to explain to Gilliam about the Balmar Empire.After the L5 Campaign against the Aerogators, Viletta permanently joins the Earth Federation Army. Later, alongside Gilliam and Lune Zoldark, she is sent to investigate the abandoned Aerogater fortress White Star, but is forced to retreat with the Hiryu Custom when the Inspectors launch a surprise attack on their location. In Alpha, she uses the R-Gun Powered, but can use it as well in Original Generation (otherwise, she comes with an Ace Custom Gespenst). She's back to the R-Gun in Original Generation Gaiden, as Mai is in ART-1. Viletta has these tropes:
Ace Pilot: In a series where just about everybody's this trope, Viletta's noted to be one of the best female pilots.
Birds of a Feather: It's subtle, but in Original Generation, Viletta and Gilliam are this. Both are sauve (in their own unique way), skilled pilots and have an air of mystery to them. If helps that Viletta confessed to Gilliam on her and Ingram's motives.
Ship Tease: Has some with Ryusei. And a lot of it during her "personal time" with Gilliam.
Shout-Out: The producers of Code Geass must've liked Super Robot Wars enough to name one of its characters after her. To further the joke, they cast someone who lends her voice to another SRW character.
Her name is likely a loose romanization of the Real Life Italian firearms manufacturer "Beretta".
Stern Teacher: Oh boy, is she strict on Ryusei. It's taken to a point where he compares her being nice to him as "the calm before the storm".
Mentor Ship: A surprising number of people ship her with Ryusei. Much of this stems from the time they spent in Alpha Gaiden.
The "heroine" of the Alpha series, Kusuha is the only girl who appeared in all three games (excluding Alpha Gaiden). She's a nurse-in-training turned mecha pilot. Her boyfriend's the easily flustered disciple of the Jigen school of swordsmanship, Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield. Kusuha's usually a sweet, everyday girl who dislikes fighting, but is infamous for one thing: her health drink knocking out the manliest of men (and even androids). Only a few are unaffected, but it's usually a major source of terror from her otherwise Moe Moe appearance.In Original Generation, she starts out as Ryusei's very Unlucky Childhood Friend (yes, very, considering he's more interested in giant robots than normal girls), but eventually falls for Bullet. At that time, she gets kidnapped by Ingram, Brainwashed and Crazy, but gets snapped out of it by Bullet. In Original Generation 2, Kusuha eventually gets picked as the pilot of the The Four Gods machine, RyuKoOh (based on Seiryuu), while Bullet gets to pilot the KoRyuOh (based on Byakko), and the sentient beings tell them to fight the Einst, their current enemy. In Original Generation Gaiden, Kusuha's one of the victims of the ODE Incident and caught by the Bartolls, but luckily she's rescued with the Aggressor kids. Then in Second Original Generations, she first got thrown to La Gias and fought alongside Lune & Yang Long in eventually toppling General Kirkus, returned to the surface and entangles herself with the followers of Baral Garden, with the draconic mecha RyuJinKi at hand until she could re-form the RyuKoOh and generally kicks much ass without getting kidnapped for a change.In Alpha, Kusuha gets a bit dose of badass, and sometimes makes Bullet look like James Bondage, although he usually comes back to the routine of ass-kicking after they reunite. She acts like a mother figure to Irui in Alpha 2, and gets a nasty rival named Son Ganlong in Alpha 3, who pilots a literally draconic mecha called Shin RyuKoKi. She's the pilot of the RyuKoOh, but since it's too dangerous by normal standards, in casual times, she prefers using a variation of Grungust machines. Tropes associated with Kusuha:
Ace Custom: Shin RyuKoOh is modeled to suit her combat style, being more focused on ranged attacks and omitting the BFS.
Badass AdorableIn Distress: Fortunately, her Alpha incarnation averts the "In Distress" part, and she's working on subverting it in the Second Original Generation.
BFS: RyuKoOh's Hazanken/Dragoon Blade. She drops this in favor of a Simple Staff for the RyuJinKi in Alpha 2/Second Original Generation and magic in Alpha 3for the Shin RyuKoOh.
Chickification: Averted in Alpha, as Kusuha is usually the one who wears the pants in the relationship with Bullet, being the one bailing him out when he's in trouble. This situation is played straight in Original Generation with Bullet rescuing her often. However, the Second Original Generation subverts it a la Alpha, with the Alpha 2 storyline taking stage.
Cutscene Incompetence: In Original Generation, when Ingram kidnaps her. God damn it, Kusuha, just put on the "Guard" Spirit Command, then swat those grunts already.
Doomed Upgrade: Subverted: in Alpha, as she and Bullet are suppose receive the Grungust Type-3 to upgrade from their Type-2, but the villains find the Type-3 first and destroy it. The parts used to repair the RyuOhKi and KoOhKi that become the real upgrade are far more impressive than the Type-3. In Original Generation 2, they receive the Type-3 first, but it's immediately crippled by the Einst, until it's absorbed by the Choukijins to form the RyuKoOh/KoRyuOh.
Subverted with Lethal Chef: apparently, she's able to cook normal things, namely a birthday cake in Alpha 3. She just tends to add her dreaded health drink ingredients. The reason why the cake wasn't lethal was because Bullet "accidentally ruined" the various ingredients.
Her "Health Drinks" actually work, believe it or not. Despite being bad enough to knock a grown man out with one sip, once they recover, they feel absolutely amazing. That being said, the cast of Alpha and Original Generation will usually find excuses to duck out of the room whenever she brings out her drink tray. Even the normally poker-faced Kyosuke mildly panicked when she started offering them out.
Kiai: Kusuha's version of the Gespenst Kick. An interesting point about her yell is she's able to hold the last part of "Chesto!" for people to hear clearly. By comparison, both Sanger and Bullet have been slipping a little lately, so their kiai sounds more like "CHESTAAAAGH!"
This becomes funnier when you consider that chest of hers...
Overly-Long Name: Not herself, but a running thing with the Choukijin pilots (except Bullet) is that they love Calling Your Attacks in long strings of kanji that quickly become this if one attempts to translate them.
Shout-Out: The Shin RyuKoOh is basically a Humongous Mecha version of Sun Wukong. Its extending staff is Wukong's Ruyi Jingu Bang while the Shin RyuKoOh's strongest attack is based on the Celestial cauldron Wukong was put in after his failed rebellion against Heaven.
Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Unless she's fighting any extraterrestrial threat or any evildoers out there, where she unleashes her Hot-Blooded yells until they're beaten badly.
Super Prototype: The RyuKoOh's data was used to develop the GouRyuu in the RyuKoOh Denki manga, which is used as a base model for her Ace Custom GouRyuu Kai at the start of Alpha 3.
True Companions: There's a strong bond between her and the Choukijin. In Original Generation Gaiden, Kusuha makes it clear she isn't good at using a sword, yet she can use RyuKoOh's Hazanken effectively as a result of the Power of Friendship.
Kusuha's default boyfriend dating back to the Alpha series. Bullet is a promising Psychodriver hired to the Earth Federation Army. Being a student of the Jigen sword style, he's Sanger's junior-in-training under Master Rishu Togoh. He's also one of the earliest members of Sanger's ATX Team, and unfortunately, thanks to being put with the extremely cheery Excellen, he ends up as the butt joke of most of her antics, and it doesn't help he's shy around women and has a tendency to Nosebleed; not even the entrance of "newcomer" Kyosuke lets him avoid that fate. But, he does his job well enough to the point he's given a Huckebein MK II. Later, he meets Kusuha and falls in love at first sight. When she gets kidnapped, he's deeply crushed he starts a fight with Ryusei, her childhood friend, about protecting her. She gets better and Bullet continues to contribute to the team.In the sequel, he's eventually chosen as the pilot of KoRyuOh and uses it to battle the sentient Einsts, as well as other threats. In Original Generation Gaiden, he rescues Kusuha from the Bartolls, slightly snaps Kyosuke out of a subsequent Heroic BSOD, goes back to Tesla Leicht to research more about the Choukijin, which results in another creature called the Youkijin to attack the lab. After taking care of it, he rejoins the team...and along the way gains immunity to the side effects of Kusuha's Gargle Blaster, but he still hates the taste of it.He's thrown into La Gias in Second Original Generations and along with Kusuha, fought alongside Lune and Yang Long against General Kirkus before returning to the surface. On returning, however, he found out that the KoOhKi part of RyuKoOh/KoRyuOh was taken away by the Baral Garden residents and brainwashed to its servitude. Bullet took support role as Kusuha takes on the main battlefield with RyuJinKi, until the KoOhKi is restored and RyuKoOh/KoRyuOh reformed.In the Alpha storyline, however, Bullet is a bit of a James Bondage, or maybe because they give Kusuha too much badass dosage. He hides the Choukijin in Alpha 2, due to The Federation declaring them dangerous, but then gets Brainwashed and Crazy into serving "the will of the Earth" (the Gan Eden). Kusuha snaps him out of it and he goes to rejoin her in the battle against Son Ganlong and Keisar Ephes...but not without vanishing here and there and thought to be dead time to time.His personal mech is the KoRyuOh. Bullet embodies these tropes:
Ace Custom: In Alpha 3 - according to the dialogue, the RaiKou Kai was originally an artillery mech similar to the GouRyuu Kai, but the BFG was replaced by the Shishiou Blade per Bullet's request. The same goes for the Shin KoRyuuuh, as it drops its previous melee weapons in favor of a sword.
Badass in Distress: The Alpha version. His Original Generation counterpart manages to avert this...so far.
Blade on a Stick: KoRyuOh's Sonic Javelin; however, the weapon's a misleading name, as it resembles a Chinese guan dao than an actual javelin.
True Companions: Just like Kusuha, he has a strong friendship with Choukijin.
Leona Garstein (Voiced by Yui Sakakibara)
18 years-old, she ranks as a Second Lieutenant. She's from the Branstein clan's Garstein family and is Rai's cousin. She graduates with top scores in her piloting classes. Calm, prideful, and her nature is strong. Her skill as a pilot is first class, too. She belongs to the colonies "Troye Unit", an elite, all-woman aerospace Armored Module squadron and is persuaded to join the Hiryu Custom during one of the later parts of the Divine Crusaders War.She currently belongs to Katina's squad and her call sign is Octo-4. She appears to have a cold attitude, but she's always worrying about Tasuku. Not a very good cook, but this doesn't stop Tasuku from eating her food, which results in him fainting. After the war with the Aerogaters, she goes back to the Icarus Base in the asteroid belt. Six months later, she rejoins the Hiryu Custom and returns to the Earth.She is of the "cool and nihilistic" archetype from Alpha, which means her romantic interest will be the one who is "logical but has an affinity for the opposite gender". As with all of the starting characters from Alpha, she's a Psychodriver, but this only becomes important in a few instances; Original Generation makes this more blatant. These are Leona's tropes:
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Mecha variation. Leona's Guarlion Custom and eventual Siegerlion is about a quarter the size of Tasuku's Giganscudo. This image◊ from Divine Wars illustrates the difference perfectly.
Kuudere: Few bits of it here and there; she being of Blue Blood might have something to do with it.
Lethal Chef: Not quite on Kusuha's level, but, unlike her Branstein cousin Elzam, perhaps cooking is not a Garstein forte.
That's due to her weird sense of taste: when she cooks something she thinks tastes awful, everyone else will like it and vice versa. Excellen, being Genre Savvy, tells her to cook what she thinks tastes completely awful, then give it to Tasuku. His opinion is that it's the best food he's ever tasted, to her shock and embarassment.
Leitmotif: "Treue", which is German for "loyalty".
The Stoic: Leona certainly keeps her "cool"; even the happy-go-lucky Tasuku can do little to faze her.
Actually, Tasuku's the ONLY one who can break that stoic exterior, but only if they're alone and he's not being retarded.
He's a pilot with the Hiryu Custom. Tasuku starts out as a mechanic, unable to pass the PT pilot physical for a variety of reasons (wet noodle). He's an optimistic person and loves to play games and gamble. He always tries to test his fate out on the battlefield. He has quick reflexes, is tone deaf, and is skillful at juggling enemies around.He's the pilot of the Giganscudo. Once he finds out about the truth behind it, and all of the death it caused before he becomes the pilot, he said he doesn't care, and he'll use it so it can atone for its sin. He and Leona are also quite close. About 6 months after the war, he returns to the Earth with the Hiryu Custom. He pilots the newly upgraded Giganscudo Duro, and his call sign is Octo-3.He fits the "logical but has an affinity for the opposite sex" archetype, given his love interest Leona is of the "cool and nihilistic" mold. He likes to flirt with women, whether they are fighting alongside him or against him. His logical side comes into play later when he designs and implements an upgrade to Leona's Guarlion Custom, which makes use of her Psychodriver abilities to power its finishing attack.Tasuku's a Psychodriver himself, and is also absurdly lucky. In Original Generation, if Tasuku deals the deathblow to Leona's Guarlion in a certain scenario, he's able to render it immobile without crushing it, despite the large difference in size and speed between his Giganscudo and her Guarlion.
Alternate Self/Evil Twin/Evil Counterpart: The Giganspada of the Shadow-Mirror. To be more accurate, the Giganspada was the Giganscudo's original form, who fought the Inspectors in the Shadow-Mirror universe instead of Balmar. Since there was no need to remodel it into a humanoid form as it was never damaged in the first place, the government decided to mass-produce it. Effectively, the Giganspada is a more offensive-based Super Robot, while the Giganscudo is defensive.
The Blacksmith: Tasuku personally redesigns Leona's custom Guarlion into the Siegerlion, with only a little help from Marion on the T-Link System. In reality, Marion's help was mainly getting through the red tape to get the T-Link System, not to actually install it, because she feels Leona doesn't need it.
Born Lucky: Like Arado, he too has the innate "Lucky" skill, although it's not required to advance his story.
Given the Giganscudo's low speed, "Lucky" does come in handy for him.
Broad Strokes: In Divine Wars, Tasuku's already a pilot in the Octo Squad during the Antarctic attack. He also upgrades to the Giganscudo much later than he does in the games, acquiring the mech during the final showdown with the United Colony Corps. Unfortunately, like the games, his first sortie in the Gigan results in a close encounter with the business end of Sanger's BFS that sidelines him for a while. In an interesting twist of fate, Tasuku's the one who deals the death blow to Tempest Hawker's Valsion Custom during the DC's final stand in Geneva, Switzerland.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Mecha-wise, Tasuku's Giganscudo is a whopping 70.3 meters tall and weighs a little over 450 metric tons (487, once it's upgraded to the Giganscudo Duro). By contrast, Leona's Guarlion Custom's only 19 meters tall and her Siegerlion's about 21 meters tall, with both weighing in at around 30-31 metric tons.
Idiot Hero: Somewhat; he carries a few undertones, but doesn't reach the moronic levels Arado's better known for.
Lightning Bruiser: Normally, most players wouldn't think of switching out Ryoto Hikawa for Tasuku in the Huckebein MK III Boxer, but players who love swapping characters into other mecha will realize Tasuku's a beast in that machine and practically outperforms Ryoto with it.
Meaningful Name: Giganscudo, Giganspada and Giganscudo Duro are Italian for "giant shield", "giant sword" and "hard giant shield", respectively.
Interestingly done during gameplay in Original Generations: when the Hiryu Custom's ambushed by a Neo DC squad led by Murata, Tasuku takes the brunt of a Shishiou Blade from Murata's Guarlion Custom. The Gigan's Seize Shields are busted up, so he tells the Hiryu to launch the Seize Anchor module, purges the shields and attaches the anchors to form the new Duro.
Shout-Out: There's a chance that Tasuku will yell out "Choukusetsu Shuda Ryusei Kyaku" when he uses the Gespenst Kick. It's the same-named technique used by Ranma Saotome. Incidentally, Kappei Yamaguchi voices Ranma.
Stone Wall: Giganscudo's the slowest playable unit (excluding battleships) with a base movement speed of 5 and some fairly strong attacks. However, the machine's true capabilities lie in its high armor rating and Tasuku's natural "Support Defend" pilot skill, which allows him to interrupt an enemy attack and take hits for adjacent allies.
The Power of Love: Out of the eight Alpha personalities, Tasuku's the only male who gets the "Love" Spirit Command in Original Generation.
Ryoto is scouted by the Divine Crusaders as a potential Armored Module ace pilot, but lacked the willingness to kill and the mindset the position demands. Not willing to chalk him up as a complete loss, they sortie him against the Hagane and its defenders, when in the middle of combat his engines fail (much to his surprise as he has an affinity with machines and personally maintains his Armored Module). He's captured and taken on board the Hagane - his mech was to follow when it suddenly detonates; fortunately, it wasn't hauled into the hangar.It turns out his superiors planted a bomb on his Armored Module and deliberately rigged the engine to fail. They knew that their opposite numbers would kill to capture a complete Armored Module, and decided to get rid of a liability at the same time. Once this was pointed out to Ryoto, he saw the DC weren't so "divine" after all. Understandably shaken, he firms his resolve and decides to fight against them, if the Hagane crew will take him; they do. He's not the most aggressive pilot but his natural skill coupled with Psychodriver abilities serve well in combat. Even with the DC defeated, he stays on the Hagane to battle against the Aerogaters.After the Aerogater threat is put down, he asks to be transferred to Mao Industries to work as an engineer and eventually pilots the Huckebein MK III. Ryoto re-joins the Hagane as part of its maintenance crew/reserve pilot after the Inspector War, but returns to full piloting duties in Original Generation Gaiden. His family owns a karate dojo and is quite skilled in the art, as Rio discovers it firsthand.
Beware the Nice Ones: Ryoto might not carry a Berserk Button the likes of which Rai has, but push him too far and he'll ensure you get the short end of a cruel beating; that, and he's a black belt in karate.
BFS: A variation with the Boxer frame, which can transform into one, but rather than wield it, the MK III uses it like a surfboard.
Mythology Gag: The Boxer frame was originally going to be the "R-Sword", a seperate unit like the R-Gun to be used for the SRX since Alpha, but the idea was scrapped because development was nearly complete. The Boxer ended up relegated as a frame for the MK III.
The Blacksmith: In Original Generations, the Armorlion's built by Ryoto using his Lion F given by the DC and strengthening it with Gespenst MK II and Alt Eisen spare parts. Additionally, he's one of the head mechanical designers behind the Huckebein MK III.
Otaku: Averted; he doesn't openly flaunt this side of himself as much as Ryusei does.
Super Prototype: Due to the Huckebein MK III getting Exiled from Continuity in The Inspectors, Ryoto gets the exclusive "EXbein", the in-story prototype of the intended MK III that was scrapped by The Federation. Like the MK III, it can also use the Boxer and Gunner frames.
Debuted as one of the possible protagonists in the first Alpha game, and later appeared in Original Generation, as an operator on the Hagane. After pleading with Ingram, she is welcomed as a fresh pilot to help the Hagane on its mission to assault the DC headquarters, which is already short-handed on pilots. On her first mission, Rio meets Ryoto Hikawa, then a DC pilot. At first, she doesn't trust him and sees him as a rival, but as the war progresses, Rio begins to understand Ryoto little by little. After the L5 campaign, she joins Mao Industries as a test pilot for the Huckebein MK III project (but mainly so she can be closer to Ryoto). After the Inspectors seize Mao Industries, Rio returns to formal piloting in the AM Gunner. After the Inspector War, she re-joins the Hagane as an operator/back-up pilot during the Bartoll incident. However, once the Shura arrive, Rio becomes a full-time pilot again. Like Ryoto, Rio is also a Psychodriver. Her father Yuan works for Mao Industries as its Director.
The Rival: Of the "one-sided" kind. Rio sees Ryoto as this, which makes him see her as weird. A bit of a Mythology Gag surrounding the Alpha originals, where the protagonist's love interest begins as the friendly rival, and as the game progresses, the chosen character wins him/her over.
Debuted as one of the possible protagonists in the first Alpha game, and later appears in Original Generation 2 as a member of Neo Divine Crusaders. However, Divine Wars reveals him joining the DC very early on, possibly amongst its first recruits. Parts of his backstory involves him participating in the DC's attempt at defending San Diego from the Aerogaters, where he unknowingly rescues Ricarla "Carla" Borgnine. During Original Generation 2, Yuuki and Carla are assigned to Archibald Grims' Neo DC unit and briefly acts as Arado Balanga and Seolla Schweizer's superiors. Yuuki constantly tries to convince Carla to leave the Neo DC, but she stubbornly refuses. He develops a short-lived rivalry with Bullet throughout the game, but following their integration with the heroes, they're on good terms. Currently serving aboard the Kurogane alongside Ratsel Feinschmecker and Sanger.
Early-Bird Cameo: In Divine Wars during the Aerogater attack on San Diego, Yuuki's shown leading a small DC regiment.
Even Evil Has Standards: His attitude at first almost seems Jerkassery, until you discover he's got a set a rules that blatantly subverts him being an antagonist; naturally, this is what pulls his Heel-Face Turn. In fact, over the course of Original Generation 2, he becomes more likeable.
More Dakka: A standard Laz Angriff sports a folding bazooka, small knife, one handheld (two in Advance) missile launcher, two remote missile pods and a fixed missile battery. Yuuki's Laz Angriff Raven, by comparision:
Keeps the knife, missile pods and missile battery
Drops the handheld missile launcher and single folding bazooka
Bings back the shield the Laz Angriff had in Advance.
Adds the following: a Tesla Drive, two large missiles on the back, two folding shoulder cannons, several smaller missiles on the wings and an underarm laser cannon.
Psychic Powers: Like the rest of the Alpha originals, Yuuki's also a Psychodriver. With the exception of the Choukijins' revival, this side of him isn't really touched upon in Original Generation.
Spell My Name with an S: A particularly weird example: when translating OG 2, Atlus rendered his mech's name as "Rathgrith", which is the Super Robot Wars 64 original the Laz Angriff is based on. No one really knows how that happened.
The Spock: Variation; despite being a Psychodriver, Yuuki has a hard time believing in aliens, monsters, and all of the weird stuff that shows up in Original Generation 2, so much so that when directly confronted, he opts to drop a Logic Bomb rather than accept it wholesale. Archibald Grims, of all people, calls him out on this.
Debuted as one of the possible protagonists in the first Alpha game, and later appeared in Original Generation 2 as a member of the Neo DC, alongside Yuuki. In the Divine Wars TV series, she's seen fleeing the Aerogators during their attack on San Diego, where she loses her family. Presumably rescued by Yuuki, although he vehemently denies he ever did such a thing. Still, it's incentive enough that she follows him around and joins the Neo DC soon afterwards. Unlike Yuuki, Carla's more jovial and kind, often addressing him affectionately as "Yuu". Makes more sense when she doesn't want to leave the Neo DC and stay with Yuuki, despite his attempts. Currently part of the Kurogane's crew, Carla's dream is to become a professional dancer.
More Dakka: Not as much as Yuuki's Laz Angriff Raven, but the Randgrith Raven adds two folding shoulder cannons and a large railgun to its standard armament, alongside a Tesla Drive for flight.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Virtually no one uses Carla's full name in Original Generation. The only one who ever does is Van Vat Tran (but only in the Japanese version), right before his Heroic Sacrifice when he orders Yuuki and Carla to join up with the Hagane and Hiryu Custom.
The Power of Love: Out of the eight Alpha personalities, Carla is one of two females who have the "Love" Spirit Command in Original Generation.
Psychic Powers: Like the rest of the Alpha originals, Carla's also a Pyschodriver. The Choukijin's revival aside, her powers are not really brought up that much in Original Generation.
Token Good Teammate: Sort of. While none of the regular Kurogane crew are "evil" per se (though they are all former enemies-turned-allies of some form or another), she's pretty much the only person who isn't a stoic loner. As a result, she's usually the one to deal with talking to prisoners or sent on social errands.
Characters debuting in Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden
Probably the most Badass character Banpresto ever created, Sanger's an elite ace who acts like a Samurai and goes everywhere with a katana in hand. His master is Rishu Togo and he's an extremely good friend of Elzam von Branstein. He likes melee-based robots, especially those equipped with a big honkin' sword, one he calls a Zankantou (literally "ship cleaving sword"; localized as "Colossal Blade"). He usually calls himself "The Sword That Smites/Cleaves Evil" and has a tendency to make dramatic, otherwise silly speeches and phrases and turn them into totally badass ones. He starts out as a founding member of the Aggressors in the past and then creates the ATX Team. Unfortunately, to avoid fighting his buddy Elzam, Sanger defects to the Divine Crusaders. He fights the team until the Crusaders' fall and goes solo, smiting those whom he considers evil, until he finally rejoins the Earth Federation. Even then, his samurai code causes him to be filled with grief that he doesn't feel worthy to rejoin the team he betrayed, until Kyosuke gives him a slap and utters the legendary line "We don't need a moping fool. We need Sanger Zonvolt, The Sword That Smites/Cleaves Evil!".In Original Generation 2, Sanger has a new rival: Wodan Ymir. This escalates quickly, and later Sanger receives his Mid-Season Upgrade, the Dygenguard. He also finds out about the presence of Sophia Nate and fights his way to rescue her, concluding his rivalry with Wodan Ymir in a huge package of awesomeness. He then helps end the war, but comes back again during the battle against the Shura, finding a slight rivalry to the fat Gonk of a Shura general Magnaz Ald.In the Alpha series, his origin differs in that he first appears in the bleak future of Alpha Gaiden as The Dragon to Magus/ Sophia Nate, The Big Bad of the game ( but is recruitable under special circumstances), appearing in a mutated Grungust Type-3 called Thrudgelmir (which Wodan later inherits in Original Generation). In Alpha 2, he becomes the male Super Robot route protagonist where his new story begins with the Earth Cradle being destroyed by Kukuru. Sanger believes the staff has been killed ( Sophia Nate does live, while Egret Feff's presumed to be killed) and he temporarily falls into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge state, but quickly recovers (in part because the Alpha Numbers want to prevent the bleak future of Alpha Gaiden from occuring again and know what Sanger could become if he's allowed to go about unchecked) and becomes a great fighting force for the Alpha Numbers. He also adopts the young girl Irui, which some parts of the fandom distorts into something inappropriate.Sanger also appears in the Namco Bandai/Sega/Capcom crossover Project × Zone. Instead of using his Humongous Mecha, Sanger fights on foot with a human-sized Type-3 Colossal Blade (in its signature BFS mode), alongside Haken Browning and Kaguya Nanbu.Sanger's most definitive mecha is the Dygenguard, but he's known to have used the Grungust Type-0 and Type-3. He embodies these tropes:
In Project X Zone, Kaguya releases the spiritual power of his personal sword, transforming it from a katana into a human-sized version of the Type-3 Colossal Blade.
Katanas Are Just Better: Subverted as the Colossal Blade's main form (the one he uses for finishers) is a straight, double-edged broadsword. The Guardian Sword (Dygenguard's original blade), however, plays this straight (no pun intended). Also directly subverted as noted above.
Bittersweet Ending: In Alpha Gaiden, Sanger returns to the future, and essentially becomes a recluse living near the ruins of the Earth Cradle, cutting off all contact with the rest of the world. His Alpha 2 ending isn't so happy either, as he fails to save the younger Irui from the destruction of the Nashim Gan Eden.
The Dygenguard mounting Ratsel's Aussenseiter during their Combination Attack gives off vibes of the Odin summon from Final Fantasy. Think about it: BFS, mounting a steed, animation starts atop of a cliff during a massive rainstorm in Original Generations...
Give Me a Sword: In Alpha 2, Sanger flat-out requests for the Type-3 Colossal Blade when the Dygenguard's original weapons malfunction. In Original Generation 2, Wodan makes this decision and throws the weapon to Sanger to help him defeat Vigagi.
Guide Dang It: The process for unlocking Sanger in Alpha Gaiden is a little difficult, if you don't know how to do it. You have to be on Hard difficulty (meaning you have to get a lot of Skill Points early on when you have unupgraded mecha and little room for error) by a certain stage, then you must defeat him the second time he appears in the game (this step is very easy to miss, since he retreats if HP drops below a certain amount), and then finally defeat him right before storming the Earth Cradle.
Back in Original Generation, unlocking the the Shishioh Blade requires a similar, yet obscure requirement: Hard mode, the chosen protagonist must have at least 50 kills, and Sanger must be defeated before he retreats before a certain HP threshold.
Heroic BSOD: Shortly after rejoining the Earth Federation Army in Original Generation.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Only in the Alpha series with Irui, and the original one in the franchise.
I Am Not Left-Handed: You're so damn wrong if you think knocking away his Colossal Blade will destroy him.
To elaborate, in Original Generation Gaiden, Sanger activates the Dygenguard's default operating system, giving him access to its previously disabled weapons. Despite the Guardian Sword being a toothpick compared to the Colossal Blade, it gets the job done.
In a Single Bound: Technically the Unyo-no-Tachi attack utilizes this trope (particularly when using the Dygenguar); however, he can also pull this off while carrying a BFSon foot.
Large Ham: Just shut up and listen to that hamminess.
Leitmotif: Aku wo Tatsu Tsurugi ("The Sword That Cleaves Evil"; localized as "A Sword to Smite Evil"). Upon receiving the Dygenguard, it becomes Ken Kon Itteki ("A Single Strike With Sword And Soul"; localized as "Samurai Sword")
Mythology Gag: In Project X Zone, after meeting Haken and Kaguya, Sanger is addressed as "boss" and "oyabun" (Japanese for "boss"), respectively by the two. In Original Generation, since he was the previous ATX Team leader, Excellen playfully nicknames him "boss".
Painting the Fourth Wall: All of Dygenguard's introductions, where said intro has steadily increased in dramatic effect over the years.
Spell My Name with an S: Is it "Sanger" or "Zengar"? "Dygenguard" or "Daizengar"? In fact, even beyond that, there's his catchphrase: is it "The Sword That Cleaves" or "Smites Evil"?
"Sanger" is an actual German name and "Dygenguard" is just an abbreviation of "Dynamic General Guardian" (in The Inspectors, the last "d" however was omitted). Meanwhile, "Daizengar" is a pun on the name's pronunciation (essentially meaning "Great" or "Big Sanger").
According to Alpha 2, his default surname isn't "Zonvolt", but Somvold. Even the Aeon Genesis translation of Alpha Gaiden uses this version.
One of the heroines of Alpha 2, Ibis is introduced as a delivery girl pilot with really clumsy skills in piloting, assisted with friend Tsugumi Takakura. When one of her deliveries gets astray into a battlefield, she ends up helping the good guys. At first, she doesn't seem to have an important past to speak of, but encounters with a woman named Sleigh Presty out for her blood gives her shades of a past that Ibis has wanted to forget: she used to be a training pilot under "Project TD" (Terrestrial Dream), a space-venture project turned to military due to budget problems, but an accident ends it when she kills her mentor Filio Presty, Tsugumi's fiancee and Sleigh's older brother. Ibis eventually makes amends with her past and starts showing her potential: she's actually a great pilot, and later convinces Sleigh to join her. She befriends the loli Irui, and is deeply crushed when she departs. She reappears in Alpha 3 exclusively in Selena Recital's route.Original Generation covers Ibis' past before the accident in greater detail. She's a member of Project TD and a complete klutz in piloting, to the point she's called "The Shooting Star" as an insult, since she constantly gets shot down. Despite that, she's chosen as the pilot of the Astelion, which enrages Sleigh and has her defect. Ibis pushes forward and contributes greatly to defeat the Inspectors and Einst. Before the Bartoll incident, the Astelion is upgraded to the Astelion AX, which she uses to survive the ambush from Kyle Bean, and later takes it to defeat the Bartolls, and eventually Dark Brain.Ibis inherits the Altairlion months before the Second Original Generation, but before there can be a test flight, Filio succumbed to sickness and passes away. Ibis, however, does not develop a Heroic BSOD like her Alpha counterpart, but is soon caught up with other events, such as getting sucked into La Gias, and eventually fighting the Gaia Sabers. To her horror, Sleigh has taken the Vegalion and joined the Gaia Sabers. Ibis resolved to snap some sense of her, and she succeeded. She's also the one that Irui gave the pendant to in this timeline (as opposed to Sanger, Kusuha or Arado, even though they get her share of attention as well.)She embodies these tropes:
Her Alpha incarnation is more specifically a parallel to the protagonist of Super Mobile Legend Dinagiga. Her plot mirrors it almost exactly, down to the oddly romantic relationship she has with an amnesiac co-pilot (who is mentally young instead of physically young due to Amnesiac Dissonance), and the same white-dimensional-space scene where the love interest sacrifices herself to keep the protagonist from killing herself to rescue her. About the only difference is the kiss they share.
Her character growth in Original Generations is nothing to sneeze at either. She manages to top it all off in the Second Original Generationby not only outflying the Vegalion, but catching it and bringing it to a dead stop with the Altairlion...in it's slower and less maneuverable Doll Form, no less.
Flanderization: Ibis is not flat-breasted (she's a B-cup, at best); it's just that her bounce animation was the least noticable of the Alpha 2 females and fans just ran wild with it. When she appears in Original Generation 2, it's official.
Heroic BSOD: She's basically stuck in one of these after accidentally killing Filio, though she's rather good at hiding it. It takes a lot of motivation to get her out of it.
Leitmotif: Ryusei, Yoru wo Kirisaite ("Shooting Star, Cut Through the Night"; localized as "Shooting Stars"); gets upgraded to Ver. H upon obtaining the Hyperion.
Lolicon: Depending on how you interpret her last scenes with Irui in Alpha 2 and their relationship in general. Either way, the Les Yay is exceptionally heavy.
Magikarp Power: Starts out really slow, but when properly "raised", she's excellent.
To reiterate, Ibis' stat gains are horrible throughout the first half of Original Generation 2, but should the player reach level 50 with her, the gains become so significant, she can become one of the top tier characters. This is alluded to in-game, with multiple references to her "piloting potential".
It's "Ibis": "Ivis" came from people who never played the game she debuted in (where the very first thing you see is her name in English as "Ibis") and assumed that all "b's" in Japanese must be "v's", even though Ibis follows the Theme Naming of her and her partner (avians) and is, in fact, a real word.
Sweet Tooth: An honest one. She loves cheesecake and looks very moe when eating it.
Taken to its extreme in the Second Original Generation: in a save-quit dialogue with Tytti, Ibis is offered tea. Tytti, who also has a Sweet Tooth, added in 6 sugar cubes to it...yet Ibis doesn't mind. Tsugumi lampshades on the absurdity of Ibis' taste buds... and the fact that those two never get fat because of it.
Sleigh Presty (Voiced by Miki Nagasawa)
Ibis' much more competent friend, Filio's little sister, and hellishly haughty. Sleigh's a talented pilot and isn't afraid to show off her skills and chew Ibis out along the way, though she means well: she hopes her scolding will make Ibis improve. She's so good she was first scouted for the Troye Unit, but declined in order to assist her brother. Oh, and she likes red color, and to counter with Ibis' "Shooting Star" moniker, she's called the "Scarlet Comet". Yes, Scarlet, not Red, because it might get us into trouble...In Alpha 2, after Ibis commits an accident with sister machine Altairlion, at the cost of Filio's life, Sleigh elevates her irritation into a personal agenda; from time to time, she appears to antagonize Ibis. Ibis, however, continues to grow skillfully and outfly her, which eventually leads Sleigh to get some understanding on Ibis' plight and combine their mecha into the Hyperion. After assisting Ibis to fight the Gan Eden, for some reason, Sleigh's separated with her and encounters Selena, whom she befriends and eventually she reunites with Ibis and fights off Keisar Ephes.In Original Generation, her story begins during her days as a test pilot for Project TD. She retreats when the Inspectors attack Tesla Leicht, and to her shock, she finds out she's not The Chosen One for the Astelion, but it's Ibis (as she can tell, it's not colored red). Enraged and jealous, as Ratsel lampshades it, Sleigh defects to the Neo Divine Crusaders, who were also planning to take TLI in hopes to rescue her brother. She encounters Ibis and quickly decimates her despite Ibis using the Astelion, but her memories as friends prevents her to completely kill her, causing her to somewhat fall from grace among the NDC. She later indirectly helps the team and Ibis, but ultimately, after helping them defeat Vigagi of the Inspectors, Sleigh leaves, feeling unworthy to fight alongside Ibis. She makes a cameo in Original Generation Gaiden, still as an Neo DC, getting chased by both Bartolls and Duminuss' Space Flounders, while being saved by the Hiryu Team (fortunately, no Ibis there).However, upon hearing news of her brother's death, Sleigh is overcome with jealousy that Ibis is bequeathed the Altairlion. Taking the Vegalion away and at first sticks with the Neo DC, also getting sucked into La Gias, but when her machine was spotted, she didn't reveal her identity right away. It was only after she got out of La Gias that she revealed herself, she was now under the Gaia Sabers, and planned to defeat Ibis and take away her Altairlion. However, Ibis' continuous increase in skills and the fact that the Gaia Sabers reveal themselves to be a less favorable faction, Sleigh was disillusioned and defected from them, trying to settle the score with Ibis instead. This time, she was successfully convinced to join Ibis and they form up the Hyperion together, and thus Sleigh officially joined the team for good.In the Alpha series, she uses the Vegalion, and later as one of two co-pilots for the Hyperion; in Original Generation, Sleigh begins with the Calion before using the Vegalion. Tropes associated with Sleigh:
The Ace: Was the top pilot with Project TD. And she will make sure you remember that.
Char Clone: Between the nickname, the red mech, and the uniform, all she's missing is a mask.
The hero of the Real Robot route of Alpha 2. Arado's an Ace Pilot, who mostly acts like a complete moron, which pisses off Tsundere partner/girlfriend Seolla, but push the right buttons and he's a complete Badass. Oh, and the God of Luck smiles upon him like no other (except maybe Kyosuke and Tasuku). His story in Alpha starts out with him being a member of the Titans along with Seolla, but due to some circumstances, he ends up in the Alpha Numbers, realize the Titans are wrong, and fight on their side, eventually winning Seolla back to his side. Along the way, he befriends Irui and gets entangled with the Gan Eden plot. Afterwards in Alpha 3, he tags along with the enigmatic Cobray Gordon and alongside Seolla, helps him recover his memories and lines up to kick some Balmar ass.In Original Generation, Arado's amongst The School's alumni, along with Seolla, Latooni Subota and Ouka Nagisa, called the "Boosted Children", designated as "Bronzo-27". He was drafted to the Neo Divine Crusaders, but a crazy stunt to protect Seolla gets his mech shot down...he lives, gets taken care of by our heroes and proves his worth to become a dependable ally. Like Alpha 2, he brings Seolla back, but fails to save sister Ouka. Also, for this continuity, the Machinery Children are his clones, though his head is too dense to ingest that. He's later drafted to the Aggressors, somehow befriends Kouta Azuma (the future Fighter Roar), but is captured during the ODE Incident. Though saved, he witnesses new friend Lamia Loveless getting killed ( Or does she?). This lets him stop Kouta from going on a lone, suicidal mission to save little sister Shouko. Arado resolves to fight harder to honor Lamia, but through a string of miracles, she returns alive and well.He continued to serve the Aggressors in the Second Original Generation, but then, old faces from The School appear amongst the Gaia Sabers, only this time they're decidedly LESS pleasant than Ouka, Seolla or Latooni and antagonized Arado and his friends.At first, NOBODY knows what kind of mech fits him; all he does is employ blitz tactics, hoping for a successful Death of a Thousand Cuts. Fortunately, he settles with the Wild Wurger. Tropes associated with Arado and his machine are:
Armor Is Useless: Wild Wurger's excess "Jacket Armor" can be purged for a sudden burst increase in mobility and speed.
Big Eater: Can eat three helpings in one sitting. He's also one of the few people to say Kusuha's health drink is...* shudder* ...delicious.
Berserk Button: The well-being of Seolla. Insult and/or harm Seolla in some form, and you might as well kiss your ass goodbye because Arado WILL make you regret harming the partner he's been trained since birth to work alongside.
Unless the "insult" part is about her breasts, to which he'll happily join in and get a whack to the face for his troubles.
Archibald trips a smaller one briefly in Original Generation 2 when he calls Arado by his School number.
Born Lucky: He carries the innate "Lucky" pilot skill in Original Generation; it's also part of some of his plot-driven events.
Cloning Blues: The Original Generation Machinery Children are based on him.
Epic Flail: During the escape from Mao Industries on the moon, he's given a Boost Hammer to hold off the Inspectors. It's the best weapon to come by when all Arado ever does is Death of a Thousand Cuts.
Glass Cannon: Arado has the stats of a Super Robot pilot rather than a Real Robot pilot, which means he can't dodge well, but does exceptional damage and carries a good defense stat. Unfortunately, the Wild Wurger has poor armor compared to other reals (even WITH the Wurger's unique Full Upgrade Bonus and armor-enhancing parts). Most players will compensate by putting evasion-increasing parts on the Wurger, instead.
Leitmotif: "Ace Attacker Ver. W"; upon receiving the Wild Wurger, it's "Wild Flug"
Meaningful Name: Subverted - "Wurger" means "shrike" in German, a bird of prey that feeds on insects by impaling them on thorns. In Original Generation, Marion decides that a Pile Bunker like the Alt Eisen's Revolving Stake on the Wurger would be ineffective for Arado to use, so replaces it with the scissors-like "Stag Beetle Crusher".
Mid-Season Upgrade: In Alpha 2, Arado begins with a Zaku II, then moves on to a powered-down Huckebein MK III, then upgrades to the Wild Wurger; in Original Generation, Arado starts with Ryusei's R-Blade before moving onto the Wurger.
No One Could Survive That: Some of the things that happen to this kid are just plain crazy, like surviving an exploding Lion simply because his ejector seat malfunctioned.
Super Soldier: Implied throughout Original Generation. Due to his conditioning and enhancements from The School, Arado's so outrageously strong he could've overpowered anyone on the Hagane when he was captured. It's more of an Informed Ability, however, as either exceptional or dumb luck's usually the reason why he survived multiple shot downs.
Theme Naming: Each of the Boosted Children's "classes" are named after metals. Arado's part of the Bronzo-class, to which "bronzo" means "bronze" in Italian.
Training from Hell: Before they can settle on what proper mech to give him, he had to go through with this. At the same time...
Ace Pilot: His usual antics of rushing head-on places him in the "Steamroller" type.
Another Ace Pilot and rival for Arado. Has exceptionally huge melons for her age, thus very sensitive about it, but Arado ALWAYS finds a way to make fun of it, which leads to one form of pummeling. In Alpha 2, she's a member of the Titans and when Arado defects, she treats him as an enemy and goes out of her way to kill him. Unfortunately, she gets left behind, and with morals catching up to her, enters into Heroic BSOD before Arado picks her up. Alongside Arado in Alpha 3, she befriends Cobray Gordon and help him in his story.But things get rowdier in Original Generation. At least the Titans didn't bother with her memory, but here? Known also as "Bronzo-28" of the Boosted Children, Agilla Setme, in an attempt to boost her fighting skill after Arado's stunt which leaves Seolla thinking he's dead, subjects her with lots of memory tampering, thinking Arado is her complete enemy. But of all things to wake up from, it's the joke about her rack that snaps her out of it. She joins the team and ends up drafted into the Aggressors. She mostly follows Arado, including getting captured by and rescued from the ODE Incident. In the Second Original Generation, she also gets to face off some of the nastier results of The School amongst the Gaia Sabers.To counterbalance Arado's crazed, melee tendencies, Seolla uses long-range mecha. Eventually, the Wild Wurger's counterpart Wild Falken isgiven to her, which lets them unleash the deadly combo attack "Twin Bird Strike". Tropes associated with Seolla and the Falken are:
Irui/Irui Gan Eden (Voiced by Nao Yamauchi / MAYA)
Okay, where to start? At first, Irui comes off as a stray little girl whom the chosen protagonist of Alpha 2 encounters and takes under his/her care. However, her appearance triggers a lot of strange creatures to appear near the Alpha Numbers, whether it's attacking or assisting them. Day by day, Irui, while still kind-hearted and adorable, starts having a certain sickness which culminates in her disappearance. When she reappears, she's no longer a loli, but a butt-naked adult woman claiming herself as "Irui Gan Eden", the one who preserves the Earth. Turns out there are two entities of her: one is Irui herself, the other the Earth's guardian goddess "Nashim Gan Eden". Using the "Garden of Baral", Irui attempts to seal the Earth from extraterrestrials to prevent the Earth from being put in danger anymore. This doesn't sit well with the protagonists and they proceeded to kick her ass. Depending on the chosen protagonist, the younger Irui may be rescued (Arado or Kusuha's endings) or destroyed (Ibis or Sanger's endings) along with the Gan Eden. Fortunately, Banpresto opts to give players Irui back, where she's Not Quite Dead, appearing in the last scenario of Alpha 3 with the Nashim Gan Eden to help defeat Keisar Ephes. Irui also appears in Second Original Generation, and the same events from Alpha 2 occur, except all of the Alpha 2 protagonists get to interact with her. While she is the Final Boss in the Normal Route of the game, triggering the Hard Route reveals she was played for chumps by Euzeth Gozzo, who takes over her place as the Final Boss.Tropes associated with Irui:
One-Winged Angel: Don't quite think the Nashim Gan Eden looks menacing? Then look no further when Irui Gan Eden merges from it and transforms into a literal dragon raining fire from the heavens on your ass.
Psychic Powers: The most powerful Psychodriver on Earth. At one point in Alpha 3, she teleports the Alpha Numbers from a crumbling dimension after Ryusei fails to do it, and she does it in a weak condition, still suffering from her Break the Cutie process.
Redemption Demotion: Gloriously averted. When she rejoins you in the final fight against Kaiser Ephes, she comes in the Nashim Gan Eden, which still has her old boss statistics from Alpha 2, meaning six digits of HP.
Spanner in the Works: The only thing Euzeth didn't count on was her being close to the Steel Dragon Battle Group in the Second Original Generation, when she frees Ing from the Adamatron with a Heroic Sacrifice.
At the very least, it's not "Gan Eden"; "Gan Eden" is Hebrew for "Garden of Eden", while "Nashim" means "women" (plural). The phrase "Nashim gan Eden" makes no sense in Hebrew, but presumably Banpresto meant to say something akin to the "woman of/from the Garden of Eden".
The male Super Robot hero of Alpha 3, Touma is just your normal delivery boy, with a minor Karate background, but when delivering supplies to the Tomine Labs, the city comes under attack by the returning Balmarians. Current lab head Minaki Tomine urges him to save the lab using the RaiOh, the third Dynamic General Guardian. Touma luckily manages to somehow pilot it thanks to his karate skills and the fact he's riding a Motion Capture Mecha. He finds himself entangled with the final stages of the Balmar War and gains a rivalry with Baran Doban, but along the way, lots and lots of combat pros, martial artists and even cyborgs, and Sanger Zonvolt himself, teaches and hones his skills.Touma cameoes in Original Generation Gaiden, but had yet to meet his machine, though he gets himself in trouble when Shura General Magnaz Ald (who ironically happens to have the same voice actor as Baran) harasses him for being too defiant on his beliefs. He's saved by Kouta Azuma and never seen again in the game. He reappears in the Second Original Generation, still doing delivery jobs, but after reuniting with Kouta and seeing the JinRai rampaging through Asakusa City, he tags along with the Steel Dragon Battle Group as a civilian volunteer. He eventually meets up with Minaki who was distressed that her father built the JinRai to hurt innocents, then Touma asked her to come along with him. After much convincing, Touma gets Minaki to devise a plan to capture the JinRai, then modify it into the RaiOh for him to use and he officially joins the team as a pilot. Upon meeting her father Kaoru Tomine, he calls him out for his sociopathic actions and even overcomes the LIOH System. Throughout the game, he's trained by Axel Almerand continues his training with him aboard the Kurogane at the end of the game.
Badass: Goes without saying as a Super Robot pilot, but Touma isn't just badass: he's badass enough to get BaranDoban to call him a Worthy Opponent. To frame this in the proper context, consider Baran only ever extends that honor to Sanger in the other Alpha 3 routes.
Berserk Button: The Big Bad of Alpha 3 had the gall to shoot Minaki, until a super furious Touma kicks him in the face STRAIGHT TO HELL. Nobody messes with Minaki.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Too much hot-blood actually got him brainwashed by the machine and he goes on a rampage.
Charles Atlas Superpower: In a universe where it's possible to manipulate time and space to erase your enemies from existence, his Super Robot's favorite method for delivering asskicking is to...well, use kicks really, really hard. Hard enough to destroy the Big Bad.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: In Original Generation, since Minaki is too distraught on what her father did, Touma is the one telling Kaoru to shut up about surpassing Bian and tells him righteously that the latter's the villain who deserves to be wronged.
The male Real Robot hero of Alpha 3, Cobray Gordon's a mysterious pilot encountered by the Alpha Numbers with no memories of his past. However, it wouldn't take players long before they found out why Cobray's story is perhaps one of the more insightful and nostalgic of the Alpha 3 plots.Cobray was originally a Balmar soldier named "Ayin", and part of the Balshem line of clones. During a recon mission to Earth, he finds a wrecked Astranagant and the machine goes sentient, attacks and absorbs his mech, but somehow the machines fuse into one new unit called the Werkbau and Ayin loses his memories, assuming the name Cobray Gordon. Throughout his story, the soul of Ingram Prisken resides in his body and occasionally possesses him. Turns out Ingram tried to possess his body completely to resume his duties as the Time Diver, but Cobray develops enough willpower to refuse submission. In fact, Cobray's existence was erasing Ingram, thus he acknowledges Cobray's will and works in tandem with him, evolving the Werkbau into the god-like Dis Astranagant. After defeating Keisar Ephes, Cobray takes Ingram's mantle as the Time Diver and vanishes, performing his duty as the one who perserves balance between multiple universes.Cobray makes a few appearances in Original Generation. He first appears in Divine Wars, where he is shown fighting against another Ingram in the Astranagant. The two are separated by the combined forces of their strongest attacks directed at each other, but Cobray reappears again during Operation SRW against Septuagint, where he frees the damaged SRX and temporarily merges the Dis Astranagant with it, forming the "DiSRX". He also appears once in Original Generations, telling that version of Ingram it's not yet time for him to make his appearance, but knowing Banpresto, expect Cobray to make one Dynamic Entry in the sequels.Tropes associated with Cobray and his machines are:
A Match Made in Stockholm: Princess Almana, the Balmarian priestess gains a small crush on him after Cobray used her as a hostage to escape from a Balmarian battleship. When it turns out the Golar Golem weren't going to hestitate to shoot them down, even with the princess on-board Cobray's mecha, he does his best to protect her. Subverted since Cobray's Oblivious to Love.
Deader than Dead: The properties of the Infinity Cylinder (used in Ein Soph Aur) in the Dis Astranagant functions like a time machine - the attack basically rewinds its target to its place of origin in time, effectively erasing it from existence.
Dark Is Not Evil: The Dis Astranagant syphons energy from the dead, but Cobray claims it's merely borrowing unused energy from their souls.
Female Real Robot heroine of Alpha 3, Selena Recital is an extremely playful, flirty woman with very... uh..."mobile" pairs of breasts. She's usually assisted with "Elmo", a little communicative support robot assisting her piloting, serving as her co-pilot. Selena tends to speak with Gratuitous Spanish. She's a member of the "Team Jelba", which gets wiped out by a Balmarian squad led by Spectra McCready. Being the Sole Survivor, Selena swears revenge and jumps from faction to faction to find her. Due to Spectra's resemblance to Viletta Vadim, Selena stalks her in order to get revenge, but after meeting with Ibis Douglas and the rest of the Project Terrestrial Dream, she slowly lets go of her revenge tendencies.She's often seen as a Flat Character, and her ending is so vague it leads to many Epileptic Trees, because she just vanishes. The most popular theory is she's a member of the Shadow-Mirror, but nothing has been proven.Selena appears in Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Dark Prison, the story pertaining to Shu Shirakawa in Super Robot Wars EX. She, alongside her comrade Albharda of the Team Jelba, are tasked by the Earth Federation to find the destroyed remains of Shu's Neo Granzon following the events of Original Generation Gaiden. In the midst of their search in space, the team is summoned to La Gias; coincidentally, they find Shu, recently resurrected by the Cult of Volkruss. With little direction and most of their missing teammates still unaccounted for, Selena and Albharda uneasily align with him for the duration of their stay in La Gias.In Alpha 3, Selena pilots the slightly ninja-like robot Soleares, later upgraded to the AS Alegrias. In Dark Prison, she uses a mass-produced Gespenst MK II "Gesterben" Custom, first seen in the photo novel Record of Fallin' Deceased X. She and her machines embodies these tropes:
Badass Normal: Out of all the Alpha 3 protagonists, the Soleares/AS Alegrias is the only unit that really qualifies as a Real Robot.
Gainaxing: Her BOING-YOING-YOING is just...too stellar. It's so extreme it actually turns into Fetish Retardant for a lot of people.
Gratuitous Spanish: Aside from her battle quotes, some of the Soleares and Alegrias attack names are also in Spanish.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: In the beginning of Alpha 3, she tends to switch sides, one of the redeeming uniqueness of her route.
Heroic BSOD: Has one in Alpha 3 when Amuro points out that while her previous action (save herself by shooting down Sleigh's Vegalion, feigning another Face-Heel Turn, although she ensures Sleigh would eject unharmed) is understandable, it's hard for the rest of Alpha Numbers to trust her.
Leitmotif: "Crying Survivor"; upon receiving the AS Alegrias, "Invisible AS"
Mysterious Past: Selena remains tight lipped about herself, let alone her past, though certain aspects of her mecha and methods hint she may be affiliated with the Shadow-Mirror. For now, it remains a matter of speculation.
Technicolor Ninjas: Soleares/AS Alegrias in a nutshell. Interestingly, Selena herself operates like a Real Life ninja (save for the flashy uniform) via infiltrating enemy ranks and adapting their knowledge (and tech) for her own purposes.
Whip It Good: The energy knives for the Soleares/AS Alegrias can double as whips. Selena also carries a human-sized one, usually used when she's sneaking.
Robert H. Ohmiya (Voiced by Takuya Kirimoto)
The lead mechanical designer behind the SRX Development Project in Alpha and Original Generation, Robert H. Ohmiya created the blueprints behind all the R-Units. A close friend of Filio and Kirk Hamill, Robert's the developer of the "Burning PT" game in Original Generation, the same game that got Ryusei drafted into the miltiary. Like Ryusei, he also shares a love for Humongous Mecha.
Director of the development department of Mao Industries, Kirk Hamill is Robert's close friend. In his backstory for Alpha and Original Generation, during testing of the first Huckebein, an error in the machine's Black Hole Engine leveled the facility. Kirk is one of three survivors of this "Vanishing Trooper Incident", the others being Rai and Irmgard Kazahara. Despite the event, Kirk continues building the Huckebein line and is later requested by Robert during the final phases of the SRX Development Project for help.In Original Generation, alongside his ex-wife Marion Radom, Kirk is part of the team behind the first Personal Trooper, the Gespenst. Despite no longer working with Marion following their divorce, he still assists her with other projects, such as developing the Wild Wurger and Wild Falken.
Genre Savvy: Kirk installs the special "Uranus System", a back-up to the T-Link System in the Huckebein MK III that can output immense amounts of telekinetic power when desperately needed. In Original Generation 2, when Mekibos nearly gets the upper hand against the MK III, Ryoto unknowingly activates the system and goes on to link the MK III with the AM Gunner and fire the Ballistic Cannon, which had never been tried before, and was suspected to have a low chance of succeeding.
Toilet Seat Divorce: Kirk sees benefits in Extra-Over Technology, but Marion doesn't. In fact, it doesn't help Kirk's case since he nearly got killed because of Extra-Over Technology installed in the Black Hole Engine.
Father to Aya and Mai Kobayashi, Kenzo Kobayashi is the head of the Earth Federation's department on telekinetic research. In Alpha and Original Generation, Kenzo created and designed the T-Link System. Yukiko Date, the first recorded human Psychodriver, was the first test subject for the system, but in hopes to advance his research, he opted to use his daughters. Unfortunately, a mysterious lab explosion would end up with a missing Mai, presumed to be dead, forcing Kenzo to focus on his research with Aya only. He continued to improve on the T-Link System, in order to roll-out the eventual SRX against the Aerogaters. When Ingram Prisken was revealed as an Aerogater mole, Kenzo is placed into Federation custody, after suspicion arose that he was conspiring with Ingram. The charges are dropped eventually in either continuity, and Kenzo returns to his duties and research.
An archeologist working with the Tesla Leicht Institute, Professor Eri Anzai's research has taken her to the mysteries surrounding the Choukijin. Like the SRX Team, Eri made her debut in Shin Super Robot Wars.
A former scientist of the Divine Crusaders, Sophia Nate is the head researcher at the Earth Cradle. Using data gathered from Zyflud crystals retrieved from destroyed Aerogater units, Sophia was able to create Machine Cells, self-regenerating, self-replicating nanomachines that can rebuild destroyed parts from a mecha.
Sleigh's older brother and fiance to Tsugumi, Filio Presty is a talented researcher at the Tesla Leicht Institute. Credited as the innovator behind the flight-capable Tesla Drive, Filio was also head of "Project Terrestrial Dream", a personal venture of his intended for deep-space exploration, but due to budget concerns, the project was rendered as part of the military. Filio's work with Project Terrestrial Dream would result in the creation of the Altairlion and Vegalion. Unfortunately, he would not live to see the fruition of his dreams, as he is tragically killed in an accident when testing the Altairlion.In Original Generation, urged by his closed friend Elzam, Filio aligned with Bian Zoldark's Divine Crusaders, developing the Lion series and its multiple variants. Following the L5 Campaign against the Aerogaters, Filio moved Project Terrestrial Dream to Isurugi Industries, the only company willing to take them in because of his ties with the Divine Crusaders, but was forced to relocate back to Tesla Leicht when the Neo Divine Crusaders posed a threat to his work. In an expansion of his back-story, Filio develops the Calion and Astelion prototypes as the first units of Project Terrestrial Dream. Additionally, he develops the pair of Fairlions. At the end of Original Generation Gaiden, Filio unveils the completed Altairlion, ready for its first phase of testing. Sadly, Filio passes away a short time prior to the Second Original Generation, succumbing to illness, before testing could even begin.
Beyond the Impossible: In Original Generation 2 and The Inspectors, during the Dygenguard's debut, the machine fails to use the default TC-OS. Filio reboots and reprograms the actual JINKI-1 operating system...in a matter of seconds, just before Vigagi can get a bead on Sanger. Jonathan Kazahara lampshades on how it shouldn't be possible to do what Filio just did.
Otaku: Supposedly, Filio got the inspiration for the Fairlions because he is an idol otaku. In fact, the "Royal Heart Breaker" is based on a special dance he came up with Jonathan.
Theme Naming: Each Project Terrestrial Dream mecha is named after a heavenly body. "Asterion", "Altair" and "Vega" are stars, while "Hyperion" is one of Saturn's moons.
Tsugumi Takakura (Voiced by Tomoko Hasegawa)
Chief systems developer for Project Terrestrial Dream, Tsugumi is Filio's fiance and his emotional support. Tsugumi loves to dress people up, despite their objections. In Alpha and Original Generation, she serves as Ibis' co-pilot in the Altairlion.
Creator and developer of the RaiOh, Doctor Kaoru Tomine wanted to create a world where the perfect soldier could exist to fight. He would use the "Lead Innovation Organic Harmony" (LIOH) System built into the RaiOh to do it.In an effort to take revenge on Bian Zoldark for neglecting the LIOH System, Dr. Tomine creates the third Dynamic General Guardian using Bian's third DGG plans given to him by Shu and programming it to destroy the Dygenguard and Aussenseiter. In Alpha 3, upon seeing the Dygenguard, its test pilot Touma goes on a rampage. In the Second Original Generation, Dr. Tomine builds the third DGG called the "JinRai" instead, programmed with an artificial intelligence called the "S-ZLAI". In addition, Kaoru also took elements of the GEIM System and the ODE System, implementing it with the LIOH System. Eventually, the JinRai is confiscated by the Steel Dragon Battle Group and extensively modified into the RaiOh.
The Ghost: Only referenced in Alpha 3; averted following his first on-screen appearance in the Second Original Generation.
Adaptational Villainy: Alpha 3 never made it clear what his intentions were. We are told he despises Bian and wished to surpass him with the RaiOh, regardless of the costs. The Second Original Generation reveals a sociopathic obssession to achieve his goals, without considering the suffering of innocents. Naturally, this didn't sit well with his daughter.
Meaningful Name: "Luria" is the surname of a long-standing rabbinical family in western Europe, while "Kayitz" is the Hebrew word for "summer". Luria comes from an arid region of Balmar, which explains her dark-skinned complexion.
Worthy Opponent: To Touma, but if the player does not choose him as the protagonist in Alpha 3, it's Sanger.
Albharda (Voiced by Susumu Akagi)
A black-skinned soldier, Albharda is a friend of Selena and a member of Team Jelba. While he does not appear in Alpha 3 proper, he is mentioned by name from Selena when she reminsces about her team being destroyed by Spectra McCready, noting Albharda as one of the casaulties.He makes his playable debut in Original Generation alongside Selena in Dark Prison.
Ascended Extra: From a mere mention into a playable character for Dark Prison.
The main antagonists of the Alpha series, the Ze Balmary Empire is an intergalatic hegemony that invades other worlds for their modus operandi of capturing enemies and brainwashing them into servitude and military expansion. However, those of the elite class would rather clone themselves to ensure the survival of their lineage. Some, in fact, work for their own agenda. With the empire situated on their homeworld of Balmar, the people are ruled by a literal "god", who takes on the form of the "Spirit Emperor". In Alpha, the fleet led by Admiral Laodicea Judecca Gozzo, codenamed the "Aerogaters", is but one of seven Balmarian fleets, each headed by a Gozzo admiral. On the homeworld, the "Golar Golem" protect the Spirit Emperor, but are also part of the military's elite forces.Tropes regarding the Ze Balmary Empire and their members:
Bug War: It's said that Balmar always begin their invasions with hordes of bug-like Megillot drones.
Despair Event Horizon: Keisar Ephes has the ability to invoke this. It's also a Shout-Out to Perfectio, since battle dialogue used by Heero Yuy between the two are really recycled lines during the encounter with Heero and Perfectio.
Emotionless Guy: Ace Gozzo considers himself a machine and never shows emotion. His dying words?
"I fail my purpose and my life function are going to cease soon: nothing is wrong with that."
Treacherous Advisor: Shiva kills Ruach and commandeers the Gebel Gan Eden for his own use, but then subverted when it turns out he did so out of care for Balmar and its citizens more than Ruach, leading to a Heroic Sacrifice.
The primary antagonist of Super Hero Sakusen and Alpha, Euzeth Gozzo is the creator and genetic basis for Ingram, though in Super Hero Sakusen he is also Viletta's creator, asIngram or Viletta cannot co-exist in that game. In the former , Euzeth was a human scientist who was willing to go to any lengths to save the Earth from humanity's environmentally destructive tendencies. As the Big Bad, Euzeth uses data collected on the various technologies present in the game (Kamen Rider, Ultraman and Mobile Fighter G Gundam, among others) to produce the Chojin Zest, an Ultraman-like mecha which serves as the game's Final Boss. He along with the Chojin Zest are defeated by the SRX's first use of the Hyper Tronium Buster Cannon.In Alpha, Euzeth is the Balmarian second-in-command of Laodicea's Aerogater fleet. Like his Super Hero Sakusen counterpart, Euzeth is a brilliant scientist and created the Cross Gate Paradigm System and multiple mobile weapons, such as the Antenora and Judecca. In the final battle of Alpha, Euzeth reveals the original Laodicea was killed in combat against the Zentraedi long ago, and the Laodicea defeated by the Londo Bell was one of many clones under Euzeth's control. Euzeth enters battle with a black-colored Judecca equipped with the Cross Gate Paradigm System, alongside an entourage of several Zfyluds, each piloted by a Laodicea clone, and Ingram in the Astranagant. Euzeth reveals his ultimate plan was not, as expected, the invasion and subjugation of Earth, but to bring about the destruction of the Balmar homeworld itself, a plan that would come to fruition in Alpha 3.Euzeth also makes an appearance in Divine Wars, commandeering Ingram's body and using the Septuagint to continue his work and the prologue to Ryusei's route in Original Generations. Euzeth reappears in the Second Original Generation, this time as Arteil Steinbeck, in a role mirroring his position as the Big Bad of Super Hero Sakusen.
A God I Am: Euzeth aims to become one by surpassing the original creators of the Cross Gate Paradigm System.
Ace Custom: Chojin Zest from Super Hero Sakusen, Black Judecca from Alpha and the Adamatron from the Second Original Generation (also called the Akasha Variance Factor by Euzeth)
Fallen Hero: Possibly; in Alpha, Euzeth helped Ingram investigate the source of disturbance in the universe. When it turn out to be Keisar Ephes, whom the Balmarians worshipped, he doesn't take it well.
Me's a Crowd: A unique take on the trope - when Euzeth dies, most of his experiences and memories stay intact from the previous Maha-Kalpas to the next life cycle of the multiverse. He can resurrect himself by possessing his counterparts from different universes and his clones. This explains the lingering Adaptation Induced Plot Hole regarding why he appeared in Divine Wars. Note that Euzeth failed to possess the Original Generation Ingram, Cobray (since the Alpha Ingram had already did it) and Ing Egret.
Humans Are Warriors: Discussed between Laodecia and Lu Cain in Shin. Laodecia says Lu Cain's father Gresco was proved right - humanity's fighting ability is beyond reckoning. What's more, the tougher the challenge, the more they stand up to it. In short, the aliens are just making the humans stronger.
Orcus on His Throne: Laodecia does little to drive the plot in Shin. Lu Cain drives the plot in the Earth Route, with Master Asia and the Devil Gundam interfering here and there. Char Aznable drives the Space Route plot until he is defeated. When Laodecia steps up to fight the Londo Bell in the Space Route, it turns out the Zyflud has the most HP of any of the bosses on that route and can put a hurting on the SRX.
Pet the Dog: In Shin, Laodecia finds a capsule with a weakened Earthling floating inside. She manages to say that her name is Fuala before losing consciousness, and Laodecia orders her tended to. This act causes Fuala to become loyal to the Balmarians' cause.
Sealed Evil in a Can: In the SegaDreamcast version of Alpha, Shiva sealed Laodecia into the Zyflud crystal in Euzeth's fleet as a failsafe in case Euzeth betrayed Balmar. When he did, Laodecia awoke, killed Euzeth, and became the True Final Boss instead.
Villainous Breakdown: During the final Space Route scenario in Shin, Laodecia starts disbelieving this is happening to him, thinking this is a nightmare he'll wake up from as soon as he returns to the Hermodr battleship...except the ship fires its main gun and reduces him to particles.
The true ruler of the Ze Balmary Empire, and the real Spirit Emperor who was once the spirit of the Gebel Gan Eden. He's known as the existence that created the world of Balmar, its god of creation, Zyflud. Meeting with him was forbidden, so only the current Spirit Emperors were allowed to know of his existence. Keisar Ephes was once the Psychodriver Augustus, a member of the First People who sired Earthlings and Balmarians in the Alpha universe. Augustus was the biological core of the immense Gebel Gan Eden, a mobile weapon meant to defend his people from the STMC (Space Terrible Monster Crowd). He, along with Irui, took the two Gan Edens and left the Earth for the planet Balmar in the ancient past to escape the STMC, along with a vast majority of the First People; the remnants stayed on Earth and became humans. Nashim and its pilot would later return to Earth to become its guardians, while Augustus stayed and ruled the fledgeling Balmarians, deified as Zfylud and the Spirit Emperor. During his reign, however, Augustus' personality began to change dramatically. He felt left out of the circle of death and rebirth by the Ide and wishing to surpass the supernatural power, Augustus left the throne and the Gebel Gan Eden, putting Ruach on the throne. In his abscence, Augustus began devouring souls of those sacrificed in his name. By the time the Alpha Numbers encounter him in Alpha 3, he had become a God of Evil, with a near infinite legion of corrupt spirits called the "Neshama" at his beck and shim. Calling himself "Keisar Ephes", he intends to destroy and recreate the universe in his image as a hellish dimension of infinite suffering. After the destruction of Balmar, Keisar Ephes pursues the Alpha Numbers in hopes to add their souls to his Neshama, since theirs are the most powerful in the universe. Despite his seemingly invincible powers, the Alpha Numbers are able to weaken his hold on the Neshama from Fire Bomber vocalist Basara Nekki, who turns the tide by playing a new song entitled "Gong". With the help of a returning Nashim Gan Eden, who was not destroyed at the end of Alpha 2, Keisar Ephes is defeated and the primary conflict of the Alpha series is concluded.
Foreshadowing: Hints pertaining to Keisar Ephes' existence dated all the way back in Alpha, where the protagonist was able to sense a malevolent prescence watching him/her at the end of the game. In Alpha 3, at the end of the opening FMV, a pulsating egg-like object containing a figure is briefly shown. This would be Keisar Ephes' same-named mobile weapon, which arrived in the final scenario of the game where the Alpha Numbers must destroy the outer shell first before damaging the Keisar itself.
Leitmotif: "The End of the Galaxy"; note this also serves as the Title Drop to Alpha 3 and the final attack of the Keisar Ephes.
Meaningful Name: "Keisar" is a localization of the Roman word "Caesar", generally reserved for the role of an emperor, yet it can also be a derivative of the German word or an anagram of "kaiser", also meaning "emperor", while "Ephes" is "zero" in Hebrew. Mythologically speaking, "zero" denotes a concept of infinity, limitless light and energy and the origin of all.
"Neshama" means "soul" or "spirit" in Hebrew. In Jewish lore, Neshama is meant to represent the inner-most level of the human spirit, but is not necessarily designated as evil.
The primary antagonists in Alpha Gaiden, but merely demoted into a sub-force within the Neo Divine Crusaders for Original Generation (but still proves to be just as dangerous).In Alpha Gaiden, they're led by a twisted Sophia Nate, calling herself Magus and believes herself as the next evolution of humankind, using the Machine Cells. She's assisted with a fanatically Brainwashed and Crazy Sanger Zonvolt (later imported as the Shadow-Mirror's Wodan Ymir) as well as three kid clones of her assistant Egret Feff: Ansuz, Thurisuz and Uruz Egret, known as the "Machinery Children". With the current state of the Earth, they are working at least to preserve the planet, but seeing it being ravaged by war and humans, they declare old humans a failure and they, as the new breed, will Kill 'em All.In Original Generation, they differ in that they're not led by Magus (actually, it's really Sophia sealed inside the supercomputer "Magus Gebo"), and Egret takes charge in leading them. Instead of being his clones, they're clones of Arado Balanga and naturally, the kids are pissed they're created from an idiot, with Thurisuz voicing the most anger towards their origin. All around, however, the kids are highly condescending and annoying. Ultimately, they're wiped out with the combined efforts of Sanger and Wodan.The Machinery Children pilot Machine Cell-infected Huckebeins called Bergelmirs, while Magus pilots the Aurgelmir, a feminine but monstrous machine which somehow stores the Astranagant inside its body (Alpha Gaiden only). They embody these traits:
Laser-Guided Karma: In Original Generation 2, Thurisuz goes ballistic on Arado just after the Langley mission fails because, as revealed over the course of the game, he really hates the fact the DNA of a total moron like Arado was used to create him. Thurisuz goes so far he almost succeeds in killing Arado. However, Seolla regains her memories of Arado at the last minute and ends up Taking the Bullet, but without the lethality. Thurisuz is stunned, while Anthuz calmly explains Thurisuz's pummeling was basically a form of shock therapy. In short, his attempts at trying to erase his origin actually wounds up helping Arado rescue Seolla from Agilla Setme's control. To add insult to injury, the next action Arado and Seolla take is to..."demonstrate" their mecha's Combination Attack...on Thurisuz.
Retcon: In Alpha Gaiden, Uruz pilots a silver Bergelmir while Anthuz pilots a blue one; in Original Generation, it's reversed.
The Inspector, on the other hand, manages to retcon Egret and Uruz's deaths in the Earth Cradle, as they are seen leaving just as the crews of the Kurogane and Hiryu Custom arrive. This is carried over in the Second Original Generation, with the two of them now working for the Gaia Sabers.
Sole Survivor: Egret mentions another Machinery Child called Ing, who appears as the protagonist of Lost Children, a side-story manga following Alpha 2, having survived the destruction of the Moon Cradle, though his whereabouts are left unknown as the manga was Cut Short. Ing, however, appears in the Second Original Generation.
Theme Naming: The Aurgelmir, Bergelmir and Thrudgelmir are based on Norse Mythology. What's more, they're all related: Thrudgelmir is the offspring of Aurgelmir and Bergelmir is the son of Thrudgelmir. Also, Fehu (of which "Feff" is a mistranslation), Uruz, Thurisuz, and Ansuz are the first four letters of the Runic Alphabet.
The eldest and first creation of the Machinery Children, in Original Generation, Egret creates him using knowledge and know-how obtained from the Boosted Children of Adler Koch and Aguila Setme, and the W-Series of the Shadow-Mirror. In contrast to the hot-headed Thurisuz and quick-to-judge Ansuz, Uruz is far more level-headed and calm than his brothers. Despite having seemingly been destroyed in the Earth Cradle, Uruz returns with Egret in the Second Original Generation, this time aligning with the Gaia Sabers. Appearing under the alias "Egretta", Uruz hides his scarred face with a white mask and with his new identity, pursues to either capture or kill Ing.Uruz pilots a blue-colored Bergelmir in Original Generation 2, switching to a customized Canis Altarf in the Second Original Generation.
Sanger's combat rival in Alpha 2, Kukuru is a servant of the Jamatai Kingdom and appears exclusively in his route. She attacks the Earth Cradle and destroyed nearly everyone there, except Sanger and Sophia, only to capture the latter, but made it look like she was Killed Off for Real, sending Sanger into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. After fighting him several times, Sanger began to see her plight, but Kukuru refuses to be pitied, culminating in a final battle where Sanger spares her, but the Custos from the Garden of Baral kills her for endangering Sanger, as he is a close friend to their master, Irui. In her dying breath, she reveals Sophia is alive and well.Kukuru reappears in the Second Original Generation, only this time, she is a servant of the Garden of Baral. In an extension to her story, Kukuru was a princess of an ancient Japanese empire that was attacked and destroyed by Baral centuries ago. With her kingdom in ruins, Kukuru was forced into servitude and promised by Son Ganlong of her parents' resurrection if she fulfills their new duties. She retains most of her rivalry with Sanger in the Second Original Generation, but her consistent failings forces Ganlong to send the TouTetsuOu after her. To add insult to injury, he states her parents have been Dead All Along after being eaten alive by the TouTetsuOu (which does not simply consume human bodies, but also their souls), meaning if Baral fulfills their objectives, there's no possible way of bringing them back. Sanger manages to drive the TouTetsuOu away and no longer bound to the chains of Baral, Kukuru aligns with the Steel Dragon Battle Group. However, the destruction of the Nashim Gan Eden also results in her death, as her life was being held together by Baral's power.Kukuru pilots the Magalga, a mecha once worshipped as the God in her anicent era and uses dance-like moves to attack.
Anti-Villain: Crosses Type I and IV. She's confident and merciless as a villainess, but beneath that is a tortured individual (see Forced Into Evil), as well as feeling disgusted at some of her masters' questionable acts. However, she completely refuses to be pitied in any form by her enemies.
Battle Strip: Magalga takes off all of it's "clothes" when it uses it's ultimate attacks.
Cool Sword: The Magalaga wields the Yatsuka-no-tsurugi during its final attack in the Second Original Generation.
Forced Into Evil: Every incarnation of her. She's fighting because her old kingdom was destroyed by her current masters (Jamatai Kingdom or Baral) and was promised something dear to her would return (her honor or her parents, respectively) if she continued to serve her new masters, not to mention her life was threatened when they demanded her to serve them (in Original Generation, Kukuru recalls she was on the verge of being consumed by the TouTetsuOu when she made the choice). Of course, she refuses any form of pity no matter how much she's forced to do this.
An active servant of Baral, Son Ganlong more of less works behind the scenes. Hailing from the RyuKoOh Denki manga, V.B. is an acquaintance of his, and he views her as a very important person, even more important than the RyuKoOh. His true name is Akrav, though only Irui and V.B. are allowed to call him by that. He ends up killing V.B. after she attempted to kill him.He's told Devora several times not to call him Akrav, though she doesn't listen. She was eventually killed after she called him Akrav once more right after V.B. had died.Many years later, he reappers with his Shin RyuOhKi once more. He fights with the current pilots of the Choukijin, Kusuha and Bullet, many times. He oftenly says that he's still a protector of the Earth, even though he's fighting against them. He was in disbelief at first when he found out that they were the ones that defeated Nashim Gan Eden, but later realized that they were strong. He also encounters Ratsel on battlefield, and quickly recognizes him as a Branstein, since he's similar in looks to his ancestor. Ratsel has also heard about him, but denies being a Branstein.Son Ganlong talks down to Bullet and Kusuha constantly, which annoys them greatly. He was rather surprised when the souls of Buouki and Jakuouki merged with Ryukoou once more, since it's only happened once in the past.He betrays the Nashim Gan Eden and sides with Balmar instead, since he wasn't happy about the current pilots of the Choukijin being chosen to be her current swords, rather than him.
Attack Drone: Shinrei RyuOhKi's scales can be launched and become RyuRinKi
The Dragon: To Keiser Ephes, in perhaps the most literal case of this for SRW.
Dragon Ascendant/The Starscream: Turns into this in the RyuuOu Gyakushu manga. Ganlong faked his death and absorbed both his "Master" and the Alpha Number's collective energies, evolving the Shinrei RyuOhKi into the Dragon Emperor OuRyuOh. It takes the combined forces of all the Alpha Numbers from all the Alpha games (including the alternate Alpha Gaiden future) to finally destroy him.
Weak Spot/Berserk Button: In Alpha 3, the Shin RyuKoOh tells Kusuha the Shinrei RyuOhKi has a damaged scale on its back (presumably from the battle against Ryuuma Togo in RyuKoOh Denki), and this allow Kusuha to defeat it with a single strike, except it recovers moments later. Son Ganlong congratulates Kusuha for making the Shinrei RyuOhKi enraged, as even he can't hold it back - not that he wanted to.
Originally a pair of planetary defense systems powered by the Psychodrivers Nashim and Gebel, they were created by The First People to protect their planet against Apocalypses. However, they only barely saved The First from a massive meteor shower and the STMC. Thus, The First tasked the Gan Edens with a new mission: seed life on another habitable planet, Balmar.After settling on Balmar was completed, Gebel remained to protect Balmar while Nashim returned to their homeworld, better known as Earth. She found that most of the The First left the planet as well, but the bloodline of her creators mixed with the younger race of humanity. Nevertheless, Nashim stayed to protect her homeworld and its current inhabitants, who consider her a supreme deity. Both Gan Edens were devoted to their duties as protectors: with Gebel, he created twelve artifical moons Neviim, while Nashim created twelve mechanical gods and blessed four of man-made mechanical gods to help her protect Earth.Unfortunately, Nashim suffered badly while repeling an invasion of the Hundred Evils, forcing her to hibernate for thousands of years, while losing most of the original mechanical gods. Gebel was still active until he sensed how The First People perished, becoming part of the Ide. Realizing just how hopeless he is against the calamity of fate, Gebel tries to seize power equal to it. Choosing a Balmarian boy and having him take his place, Gebel departed from Balmar, eventually becoming the being known as Keiser Ephes.