Ace Pilot: With the heavy-hitting Alt, Kyosuke most definitely is a "Steamroller".
Ace Custom: Played with; the Alt Eisen's a Flawed Prototype, intended to be the next-generation Gespenst MK III but it's bulk, speed, and unorthodox weapons rendered it too clumsy and impractical to be put into mass-production. The only model produced had been gathering dust in a hanger, and seemed to be destined for the srcap heap, until Kyosuke's piloting abilities were noticed. Since he proved to be such a good match for it, the higher-ups decided to let him keep it, turning it into this trope.
Note the Alt Eisen Riese is more impractical: it's so heavy it needs a Tesla Drive (a part normally used to make mecha and ships fly) to even stand up. That being said, it's specifically tailored for Kyosuke to use (he even had a hand in developing it), ultimately playing this trope straight.
Alpha Strike: Alt Eisen's "Trump Card" and Alt Eisen Riese's "Claymore Overlord"
Appropriated Appellation: The Alt was supposed to be designated the Gespenst MK III, but never received it due to aformentioned reasons. Its engineers took to calling it Alten Eisen (roughly "Old Iron") in reference to the German phrase "Zum alten eisen gehören" - "to be on the shelf/scrap heap". It was later shortened to Alt Eisen and the name stuck, despite its designer's protests.
BTW, "Riese" is German for "Giant". Alt Eisen Riese ~ Old Iron Giant.
Awesome, but Impractical: Trump Card involves the Alt unloading its entire arsenal, making for one extremely powerful attack. Unfortunately, it's a one-round attack, but like other units with similar one-round weaponry, proper use of parts and allied Spirit Commands can remedy this.
Note the Riese's Claymore Overlord lets you use it twice in a scenario (excluding resupply via a teammate or battleship).
In-universe, the Alt Eisen and esecially the Alt Eisen Riese are considered this: see Ace Custom.
Badass Normal: While most of his True Companions are pilots with powerful Psychic Powers or not even human at all, he manages to win solely by skill and loads of battle experience behind the cockpit (being the only person who can pilot the Alt Eisen/Alt Eisen Riese). The only thing that's abnormal about him is his insane luck giving him the capability to survive injuries that should ordinarily kill anyone else.
They did it again in The Inspector, though this is entirely justified due to the words "Shout Now".
Chekhov's Gun: In the prologue of The Inspectors, Axel defeats Beowulf using his Soulgain's "Genbu Godan", which is seen impacted on Beowulf's Einst-ified Gespenst MK III. In the final battle, Axel and Kyosuke's combined attacks breaks open the once again transformed MK III's outer armor, revealing the Soulgain's arm still lodged in its chest. Guess how Kyosuke, with no ammo left, takes down Beowulf?
Deflector Shield: In Impact, both versions of the Alt come with a built-in "Beam Coat"note For protection against beam weaponry. Although the Original Generation games do not give the Alt this, the Riese in The Inspector is equipped with this.
Determinator: Kyosuke practically runs on this. Sanger once described him as "a man who will charge headfirst into danger and always find a way to win, no matter how bad the odds."
Due to the Dead: In The Inspector, Kyosuke regains consciousness in the ICU midway through the funeral for Daitetsu Minase and practically drags himself all the way to the main deck to pay his last respects.
Note despite the latter having a color-scheme that makes him more of a Sanger expy, including his storyline of being a W-Numbers human clone of Lemon Browning, Haken carries similar character traits to Kyosuke (stoicism, gambling habits/references), a main weapon with a Pile Bunker and leadership qualities. Also, the director for Endless Frontier was the one in charge of Impact and Namco X Capcom.
In-universe, as of the Second Original Generation, the Flickerei Geist used by Ariel: its right arm is the same one that Axel ripped off the Alt during "Operation Plantagenet" in Original Generation 2.
Foe-Tossing Charge: Episode 23 of The Inspector. Kyouske finally makes his return to the front lines, with a the new and improved Alt Eisen Riese and one goal in mind: rescuing a Brainwashed Excellen from the Einst. He first No Sell's a Beam shot that would have taken out a battle ship, and then proceeds to tear his way through every Einst unit that gets thrown in his path. At one point, loads of Einst Gemuet literally dog pile the Riese; Kyosuke responds by using the Alt's Claymore launchers to blow half of the mess away note as in, a point-blank barrage that rips them to shreds, then makes quick work of the rest.
Gut Feeling: Going along with his gambling theme, Kyosuke's very good at weighing the playing field; sharp instincts coupled together with a fair amount of savviness makes for a guy who's rarely blind-sighted.
Back in the first Original Generation game, he was only guy besides Gilliam who suspected that Ingram was a traitor; his initial assumption that the traitor had an agenda separate from the Aerogaters also turned out to be right.
In Original Generation 2, he pegged Lamia as The Mole within minutes of meeting her, and correctly guessed she was working for a shadowy third-party.
I Can Still Fight: In Original Generation 2, he insists on getting back into the fight despite Axel sending him to the ICU a few scenarios earlier. He does and sorties out with the rebuilt Riese later; changed a bit in The Inspectors where he's forced to play a sidelined role using a custom Gespenst until the Alt's repairs can be completed.
Humorously, after performing the Revolving Bunker, the Riese will reload in a manner that makes it look like it's Flipping the Bird.
Improbable Weapon User: The Alt uses a Pile Bunker and carries Shoulders of Doom as weapons note The Claymore Launchers fire Humongous Mecha-sized titanium ball bearings. When it's upgraded to the Riese, it can't even move with the extra armor and weaponry; who in the right mind would want to use this machine? Fortunately, Kyosuke's the only one who can ever use it and factor in his ungodly luck, here's a true example of a weapon not fit for anyone but him.
Lightning Bruiser: Tanking and dealing high damage while still being able to dodge are all wrapped up in one Alt Eisen-shaped package. The Riese, if set up correctly, can be a potential Game Breaker.
Justified in-universe: the Alt was specifically designed to charge into enemy lines via blitz strategies, hence its heavy armor and high acceleration. Incidentally, this is also why it's so difficult to pilot: it's set up for high-risk high-reward combat (which, come to think of it, fits Kyosuke's personalty like a glove).
As a side note, while the Alt isn't exactly an agile machine, it's got incredible acceleration.
More Dakka: The general idea behind the Alt's design. Interestingly, most of the Alt's weapons are classified as melee-based, including its "Claymore" attack.
In the Second Original Generation, Kyosuke's one of the few characters who can initiate a "Maximum Break".
Rule of Cool: The whole premise of the Alt Eisen, though this is played around with, as it's pointed out the things that make the Alt awesome also make it an impractical piece of scrap. Kyosuke makes it work anyways, which adds to his appeal.
Shoulders of Doom: An entirely functional one. The giant boxes that are the Alt Eisen's shoulders contain both the delivery mechanisms and the uncountable number of metal balls involved in the Claymore attack.
Kyosuke's a master of this trope. He never looses his composure when his buttons are pressed and always stays focused on the task at hand; hell, he just becomes more determined to beat the crap out of the stupid bastard who pushed it in the first place. A good example comes from Original Generation, after Hans Weberturns traitor and abducts Princess Shine Hausen, then flees while a large enemy force attacks the Far Eastern Base. Kyosuke orders his allies to focus on dealing with the more immediate threat rather than chase the kidnappers, prompting this exchange:
Excellen: "Not really. Kyosuke's bad about holding a grudge."
Kyosuke: "We'll settle this later Hans. My way."
Excellen later remarks she feels sorry for the traitor because "He made Kyosuke mad."
Of course, the best example would have to be during the famous Scenario 35 event, when Ingrampurposely goes out of his way to taunt him. Kyosuke, when confronted with Excellen, Brainwashed and Crazy by Ingram, goads Kyosuke to attack him. He responds by saying "I see", then calmly gives orders to immobilize her mech; he even exchanges a few jokes with Sanger. What follows is this:
Katina: "Wow! Kyosuke's pretty calm, given the situation."
When He Smiles: At the finale of every series he's in. And it's comfortable for a change.
Wolverine Publicity: With the exception of the Masou Kishin-based game(s), you will either see him, his Expy or any variant of the Alt Eisen on anyOriginal Generation-related game covers.
The Worf Effect: At least until he gets the Riese, every new villain in Original Generation 2 seems to show their superiority by beating the Alt Eisen to within an inch of destruction. Justified as the villains in question (Axel and Wodan Ymir) had tussled with Beowulf in the Shadow-Mirror universe, so they knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Alt and how to fight it.
Enforced Trope: Kyosuke knew he would be fighting stronger opponents, thus wanted to avert this earlier with a major overhaul to the Alt. Unfortunately, he was consistently sortied into battle, which didn't give the Alt any time to rest. It wasn't until Axel tore the machine apart the Riese was green-lit for approval.
"Cheer up, nobody says you suck...even though you do."
Excellen Browning is… err…the extremely cheery Ms. Fanservice partner and complement to Kyosuke, and his girlfriend to boot. Majorly flirty, she loves to tease, can handle her alcohol good but still loyal to her boyfriend. She's not an otaku but has a hint of geekiness intact, making plenty of shout outs by herself. She also pretty much loves acting like a Cool Big Sis towards anyone younger than her. Excellen is roughly 80% Einst because she was involved in a shuttle accident with Kyosuke, but didn't survive, until the Einst interfered and saved her life. She also plays the Distressed Damsel role several times: first by Ingram (now discontinued), then the Einsts for their own nefarious schemes. She befriends Robot Girl Lamia Loveless and showcases her traits as a Cool Big Sis towards her, making Lamia call her Ex-oneesama or Miss Excell (since Lamia's so clueless about human personality at the time, she accepts that kind of nickname). Thus far, she has two clones: Einst-girl Alfimi and Lamia's mistress Lemon Browning (although Lemon's more along the lines of Excellen's Alternate Universe self).After Original Generation 2, Excellen continues to accompany Kyosuke, doing her best to be his moral support, especially after Lamia's temporary loss, considering she was also emotionally crushed, although Lamia is restored later thanks to Axel. When the events of the Second Original Generation unfold, Excellen is transported into La Gias, temporarily being a "gang leader" for the bandit Gold, until Masaki Andoh raids the bandit hideout, forcing Excellen out of hiding, reuniting and helping him during the Langran Civil War, before returning to the surface, only to contend with new terrestrial and aliens threats. Over time, Excellen forms a bond with Ariel Org, despite the latter being the one getting a Combination Attack with Kyosuke (she's totally cool with it) and at the end of the Sealing War, considers treating Ariel like her "daughter", after being drafted into the ATX Team.Excellen uses the sniping-based real robot Weiss Ritter◊ and it gets upgraded/mutated into the Rein Weiss Ritter◊. They embody these tropes:
Anything That Moves: She'll usually flirt with anyone, regardless if you're an alien, homicidal maniac, old enough to be her grandfather, young enough to be her daughter, male, female, etc. However, she'll never go the full distance with them because of her devotion to Kyosuke. Fanon, on the other hand, likes to say otherwise.
Beware the Silly Ones: Do not underestimate this woman. Underneath her antics, Excellen's one sharp cookie and one of the best long-range combatants in the EFA. She can also be pretty damn intimidating whenever she feels the need to. Case in point:
Excellen: You seem to really hate Kyosuke... But how do you know him?
Axel: What's it to you?
Excellen': Well, depending on your answer, you might not leave this place alive.
Dead Guy Junior: Variation; the end of Impact and Original Generation 2 has Excellen tell Kyosuke if she ever has a baby, she'd want a daughter and will name her Alfimi. If the player triggers a specific event in Original Generation 2, where Excellen is the one to deal the death blow to Lemon, she instead wants twin girls. Kyosuke correctly guesses they'd be named Alfimi and Lemon.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl, The Pollyanna: Doesn't need to be drunk for her to be this; it's part of her nature. Likewise, her sunny disposition is what really cheers the cast up during the downer moments.
Leitmotif: Hakugin no Datenshi (literally "(Pure) Silver Fallen Angel", though the title has also been translated as "Platinum Lucifer" and "White Fallen Knight").
Mid-Season Upgrade: The Impact and Gameboy Advance Original Generation 2 Rein reverts back to the original; Original Generations retcons this, with the Rein staying as it is. If you plan on getting this in Impact, then you can't get Shin Getter Robo.
Most will go for the latter instead for two reasons: it's the freaking Shin Getter and getting the Rein disables Rampage Ghost.
She does exhibit a variation of the Cold Sniper briefly: when several characters are tending to Aya Kobayashi after Ingram shot her down, almost all of them are ready to lie to her face about his Face-Heel Turn. When Aya wakes up, Excellen jumps in before the others get to speak, and bluntly tells her Ingram hasn't only betrayed them, but he was the one who shot down the R-3. Everyone's shocked the primarily jovial and light-hearted Excellen would be so outright cold and break Aya's heart.
Let's say sometime during her earlier days, Excellen had an accident in a shuttle plane that would've otherwise killed her, were it not for Kyosuke. And let's just say for a brief time, before she was Deader than Dead, Excellen was hauled off by the Einsts, who proceeded to rebuild her. But why stop there? Why not create a clone out of her, name it Alfimi, but instead of being a Manic Pixie Dream GirlHard-Drinking Party Girl, she's an Emotionless Girl?Anyway, years later, the meddling Einst declare humanity needs a reboot, and they need their own Adam and Eve to make the planet grow again. Thus Alfimi's sent out to capture Excellen and persuade the "Adam" to agree to the Einst's plans. Instead, they pull out their own persuasion for Alfimi to break out on her own; ...it works and the bad Einsts are destroyed. Unfortunately, since she's tied down to the Einsts, destroying them means destroying yourself, but at least she was thankful she made friends......that is, until she suddenly doesn't want to die. In short, moments before vanishing for good, she comes across Axel, near death in his damaged Soulgain. Alfimi merges her essence with him until her body regenerates, then reawakens when the new breed of Einsts, the Jetzt, starts doing a little havoc of their own. Alfimi, now alive and well with her old machine to boot, is tasked with hunting down the Jetzt and putting them back down. When the deed's done, she follows Axel, politely refusing to rejoin her old friends, only to wind up getting kidnapped, landing in the Endless Frontier...As with Axel, Alfimi returns in the Second Original Generation, but moments after she returns to the surface world, she ends up separated with Axel and forcefully absorbed by Duvan Org and his monstrous Alles Geist to empower the machine. Depending on the route taken, she either perishes inside the Alles Geist or rescued to accompany Axel again. The latter is considered canon.Alfimi pilots the very scary-looking Einst mecha Persoenlichkeit (shortened into "Lichkeit" for the localization due to space restrictions). Tropes associated with Alfimi:
Bittersweet Ending: Killing the Einst kills her...but then, in Original Generation Gaiden...
No One Could Survive That: She floats around space as a soul, then fuses with Axel temporarily and gets her body and mech back in full later.
Eleventh Hour Ranger: In all her playable appearances in Original Generation, Alfimi joins the party with one of the best sets of Spirit Commands available (such as granting any ally the "Strike" Spirit Command note Ally gains 100% accuracy for one turn for extremely low cost). Alfimi herself gains a natural "SP Regeneration" pilot skill note Regenerate 10 SP per turn, with her Lichkeit having HP/EN regeneration, "Full Block" note Unit and pilot are immune to negative status effects and "Mirror Image" note Gain a 50% chance of evading any attack.
Expy: The Final Boss of Endless Frontier, the Wahrschein Lichkeit, is basically the Persoenlichkeit through and through.
Late-Arrival Spoiler: Alfimi is Excellen's clone. Do note she winding up resurrecting herself and Axel, all the way towards appearing in Endless Frontier EXCEED is STILL considered a spoiler, DESPITE being on the cover of EXCEED.
Leitmotif: "Alchemist With a Wavering Heart"; localized as "Alchemist's Query".
Lost Forever: The only way to gain Alfimi in the Second Original Generation is to achieve enough SR Points to access the hard route for the final split in the game. If not, she will be Killed Off for Real in the easy route of the final split.
Ship Tease: Arguably, Kyosuke, but by Original Generation Gaiden, Alfimi's been hanging around Axel the entire time and decides to go away with him. She even lampshades it by stating she's the "only one who understands Axel". Make of that what you will.
Made more obvious thanks to Endless Frontier EXCEED ascending them both to Battle Couple status.
Speech Impediment: Not really, but she talks really slow. Made more jarring considering who she's a clone of.
The antagonists of Compact 2/Impact, the Einst claim to have been around since the beginning of time, acting as the guardians of the universe and eliminate those they consider a threat to the natural order, recreating life from the ashes if necessary. It just so happens they pick the universe where our heroes live in: bad idea. They speak telepathically and only Kyosuke and Excellen can hear them. A source of Epileptic Trees arise due to the Einst being responsible for Beowulf in the Shadow-Mirror dimension. It also makes an appearance in Endless Frontier.In Original Generation Gaiden, the Einst return as the "Jetzt", human-engineered by Wong Heavy Industries as a biological weapon using captured Einst units from mercenery groups (such as the Cry Wolves), only for them to break out of containment and run amok. The Jetzt are also responsible for the Flatfish encountered by the Hiryu Custom. By the Second Original Generation, most of the Jetzt have been destroyed, although two Jetzt cores are now housed inside two particular mobile weapons of the Gaia Sabers: the Flickerei Geist and the Alles Geist.Tropes regarding the Einst include:
A God I Am Not: In the final battle when Neue Regisseur explains the Einst's role, the heroes demand if it claims to be God, which Neue denies vehemently. Wahrschein Lichkeit of Endless Frontier didn't get the memo, and compares itself to "a Creator" with its last words (ironically, it did create the Endless Frontier).
Animated Armor: Einst Gemuet look the least alien of all Einst units, resembling like a suit of armor
The Assimilator: Highlighted in The Inspector, where civilians are slowly mutated into Einst hybrids.
True Final Boss: Achieving a certain amount of Battle Masteries in Original Generation 2 nets you a final fight with a space-station-sized Stern Regisseur, after inhabiting the White Star. Subverted in Impact (where Char Aznablehijacks the role if enough Skill Points are earned) and Original Generations via retcon