Joshua Radcliffe (Voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura)
- I'm not fond of tough odds...
Tropes associated with Joshua:
- Art Evolution: Contrast Joshua's first appearance◊ in Destiny with his current counterpart in Original Generation. It's actually a subversion - the redesign is done by Sachiko Kouno, SRW's current character designer for its console titles. The original design from Destiny was by Sachie Suzuki, as Kouno doesn't work on stand-alone portable titles.
- The Atoner: Father commits the sin, the son atones for it.
- BFS: Aile Chevalier's "Zephyr Sword" is quite big, but still can't compare to the Geant Chevalier's "Neo Beam Blade".
- Big Brother Instinct: Played with; it's because of Cliana's Split Personality that he's against her going into combat, especially when her condition is something that's supposed to be a secret.
- Big Brother Mentor: In The Moon Dwellers with regards to Touya.
- But Now I Must Go: In Destiny, if Cliana recruits Ventus if she's the headlining protagonist, Joshua leaves the party and does not return for the rest of the game.
- Captain Ersatz: The Geant Chevalier to the Dendrobium Orchis
- Combining Mecha, Mecha Expansion Pack: NV Unit "Geant Aile" for the Aile Chevalier to become the Geant Chevalier
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: His method of snapping and recruiting Glacies.
- Leitmotif: By default, "Desire"; when using the strongest attack for any machine he pilots, "Drumfire".
- Title Drop: The final scenario for the Destiny story-line in the Second Original Generation is "Desire".
- Non-Indicative Name: Aile Chevalier means "air knight", yet it's the only protagonist mecha in Destiny that's incapable of flight.
- Not Blood Siblings: Joshua is his father's only blood-related son; Cliana's adopted.
- Not Quite Flight: Although the Aile Chevalier does hover, in game-play the machine, while able to move over water like a flying unit, is otherwise impeded by other forms of terrain like mountains.
- Parental Abandonment: Aside from his estranged father, there is no mention of his mother.
- Retired Badass: Somewhat for Destiny; he's been fighting the Zanscare Empire just prior to returning to Antarctica.
- Shoulder Cannons: Aile Chevalier's "Impulse Cannons"
- It's Personal: In The Moon Dwellers, Gu-Landon Gorz reveals he's the one who unsealed the door to the Fabula Fores, leading to the invasion of the Ruina and the death of Joshua's father.Joshua: "Gu-Landon! You're the only one I'll never forgive! There's no way I'll forgive you!"
- The Stoic: The Second Original Generation gives Joshua various facial expressions, but mostly serious, no-smiling portraits, similar to Kyosuke Nanbu. Naturally, this is Lampshaded in a save-quit dialogue between the two. Ironically, unlike Kyosuke, he's not too fond of tough odds.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Aile Chevalier's "Zephyr Sword" can be used as a Laser Blade or a rifle.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the last parts of Destiny, he recalls he was once like this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Inherited from Felio
Cliana Rimskaya (voiced by Houko Kuwashima)
- Chris...I won't waver anymore.
She embodies these tropes:
- Action Girl: Liana; case in point, she has Tsurime Eyes instead of Chris' Tareme Eyes when she's in control of their body.
- Art Evolution: Subversion due to her original design◊ in Destiny being done by Sachie Suzuki, while her new look for Original Generation is current franchise character designer Sachiko Kouno, who usually works with console releases than stand-alone portable titles.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: "Cliana" is a combination of both her personalities "Chris" and "Liana".
- BFG, Beam Spam, Macross Missile Massacre, More Dakka: Blanche Neige is practically loaded with these. They're separated, though, in the form of the backup fighter "Ars Nova". Dea Blanche Neige plays it straight.
- But Now I Must Go: If Joshua recruits Glacies when he's the headlining protagonist, Cliana will leave the party and not return for the rest of Destiny.
- Similarly, Chris says the same after defeating Perfectio in the Second Original Generation, regardless of how much Liana begs her not to.
- Combining Mecha, Mecha Expansion Pack: NV Unit "Excelsior Ars Nova" for the Blanche Neige to become the Dea Blanche Neige
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: She has a really weird sense of taste; for instance, Cliana likes to put chocolate or strawberry jam into rice balls. Unless one's an extreme Sweet Tooth (like Tytti Noorbuck, Ing Egret or Ibis Douglas), chances are no one else will like it.
- Gainaxing: The Second Original Generation gives her this, just like the rest of the girls.
- Guilt Complex: Liana carries this at the end of the Second Original Generation, feeling guilty on the belief she caused Chris to perish.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Upon finding out she is the artificial personality instead of the original, Liana goes into this.
- Japanese Pronouns: Chris uses "watashi", Liana uses "atashi".
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Chris refers to Josh as "onii-chan" (ie, "big brother), while Liana calls him "aniki" (ie, "bro"). Aqua Centrum points out the difference during Cliana's combat debut in Original Generation and is naturally puzzled.
- Leitmotif: By default, "Duologue"; when using the strongest attack for any machine she pilots, "Duet".
- Ms. Fanservice: Cliana's pretty buxomed, wears a sleeveless vest, and with the exception of her shoes, her legs are widely shown. She definitely is this for the Destiny cast.
- Non-Indicative Name: "Blanche Neige" means "snow white" in French, yet it has no Snow White references (unlike Neige Hausen), no ice-based attacks, and its primary color is yellow.
- Not Blood Siblings: The non-biological daughter to Felio and adopted sister to Joshua
- Parental Abandonment: Even worse than Joshua - her parents are dead.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: She wears a vest and a skirt in friggin' Antarctica! When Aqua arrives at the Antarctic, she complains about the cold, but Cliana doesn't even bother shivering. Possibly justified because Cliana has spent a large amount of her life on the continent in Destiny and Original Generation, making her get used to the sub-zero environment.
- Split Personality: What it works out to, although it plays out more akin to Sharing a Body for Original Generation.
- Deconstructed and rectified in the Second Original GenerationLiana is an incomplete Melior Esse, a "hybrid" that arose because Cliana spent longer times with the Sympathia System than anyone else. However, the time wasn't enough for Liana to comandeer and destroy Cliana's soul (which is what the system is used for by the Ruina), thus her personality sprouted alongside Cliana (the latter becoming Chris). Both are regarded as individual entities rather than separate personalities of the same person; Lampshaded when Joshua explicitly states Chris and Liana are his sisters.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is this with herself, essentially.
- Wave Motion Gun: Blanche Neige's "Line Lock Launcher"
An assistant to Professor Radcliffe, Clifford Gygax is the co-developer of the "Res Arcana" Engine, a power source that taps into an unknown energy, and the Sympathia System. In Destiny and the Second Original Generation, he serves as the Mr. Exposition for Joshua and Cliana and their mechanical engineer for the Humongous Mecha they use.
Joshua's biological father, the amoral, workaholic scientist Felio saw it fit to experiment on his adoptive daughter Cliana to further develop the Sympathia System, resulting in her Split Personality, leading to a rift between father and son. Stationed in the Antarctic as part of "Re-Technologist", a corporation designed to excavate ruins, during a trip to the "Fabula Fores" beneath their South Pole facility, Felio accidentally opened an inter-dimensional gateway, allowing the Ruina to enter the world.In contrast to his Destiny counterpart, Felio in the Second Original Generation is less of a Jerkass; for instance, he feels guilty of having put Cliana through the Sympathia System to test out its limitations. Although Cliana is more fond of him, Joshua believes his father neglects them more because of his research for Re-Technologist.
- Asshole Victim: Destiny only. With what little there is about him (alongside his Jerkassery and For Science! attitude), one would think that he had it coming after opening the gate leading to the Ruina and getting his body commandeered by Perfectio, with his soul obliterated by the latter.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the Second Original Generation
- Crazy-Prepared: Felio had Professor Eric Wong develop the "Weapon Box Hanger" housing the NV Units Geant Aile and Excelsior Ars Nova as a form of "insurance" should his research on the then-unknown Ruina backfire. He even leaves a message for Joshua knowing his son will retrieve the NV Units to fight against the Ruina, as the Units are what unlocks the full capabilities of the Res Arcana Engine.
- I Was Quite The Looker: After Perfectio inhabits Felio's body and emerges from the Cross Gate in the Second Original Generation, Clifford mentions a younger Felio looks exactly like Joshua.
- Unwitting Pawn: Twice over in Original Generation Continuity
- In the Second Original Generation, Arteil Steinbeck funded Re-Technologist for their expedition into the Fabula Fores, simultaneously providing Felio the technology behind the Sympathia System, which becomes crucial in defeating the Ruina and Perfectio, all so Arteil can gain access to the Cross Gate lying in the Fores.
- For The Moon Dwellers, Gu-Landon was the one who directly opened the gate to the Fabula Fores, expecting the Ruina to wipe out humanity so the Fury can Take Over the World with little effort; Felio merely began his investigations beyond the gate after it was mysteriously unlocked, eventually leading to his doom.
Gishin EmpireBased on the same galactic empire from Godmars, the Gishin Empire in Destiny conquered the planets Helios and Fleed and plan on conquering the Earth next.
- Big Bad: Emperor Zuul
- Cloning Blues: Kroppen is a clone of Harin.
- Co-Dragons: Gandal, Kroppen and Wahl
- Composite Character: Of the evil alien empires from UFO Robo Grendizer, Mirai Robo Daltanious and God Mars
- Dragon with an Agenda: Wahl
- Redemption Equals Death: Kroppen donates his vital organs to Harin after the latter is attacked by a Gishin assassin and dies after saving Harin's life.
- Taking You with Me: Gandal will attempt to do this during the final fight against him.
- The Empire
- Robeast: A primary part of their mooks.
- Physical God: Emperor Zuul
- Unwitting Pawn: Kroppen
Neo Zeon (Destiny only)Based on the same-named faction from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, the Neo Zeon in Destiny nearly succeeded with dropping the Axis colony onto Earth, but due to the Zanscare Empire invading, the appearance of the Invaders and Protodeviln, the combined galactic Gishin Empire, and the sealing of the Earth by the Ruina, Neo Zeon negoitates with the captured Londo Bell for a ceasefire to combat the combined threat in the game.
- Big Good: Char Aznable, a rare occurrence in SRW for him as this.
- Enemy Mine: With the Londo Bell forces
- Near Villain Victory: Was about to Colony Drop Axis onto Earth (since they captured the Londo Bell), but the Ruina sealed it away, kicking off the Destiny plot.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Char is less obsessed with his former ambition of forcing everyone to become Newtypes and becomes a major leader of the Blue Swear. With good reason, too - the level of the threat makes it clear that there won't be anyone left over to become Newtypes if the Ruina win (let alone the Zanscare or Gishin forces).
- Spared by the Adaptation: Char and Haman Karn
RuinaThe primary antagonists of Destiny, this interdimensional race feeds on negative emotions: when they gather enough power, they can use it to annihilate a universe, and if they are around a Crapsack World...well, one can guess what happens. Led by Perfectio, they're brought to the universe by Felio, who accidentally opened the gate to their world and they end up possessing him and his co-workers in Destiny. In the Second Original Generation, with the exception of Felio (whom Perfectio possesses), the Ruina are born from Felio's knowledge and memories. The Ruina Generals, or "Melior Esse", are created by Perfectio from human hosts assisting him (the Melior Esse are instead Artificial Humans in the Second Original Generation).
Tropes associated with the Ruina in general:
- The Corruption: How the Melior Esse are created in Destiny - those who have touched the "Key" will have their own souls "eroded for knowledge", making it easier for the hosts to be taken by the Ruina. The Sympathia System is actually a warped, human-manufactured version of the "Key".
- Demonic Possession, Grand Theft Me: How the Ruina take control of human bodies in Destiny; averted with the majority of the Ruina in the Second Original Generation (sans Felio by Perfectio) as they are Artificial Humans instead.
- Emotion Eaters: They feed on negative emotions
- Energy Beings
- Epic Flail: "Belgrande" series Mooks
- The Heartless: The backbone of the Ruina
- Leitmotif: "Devastator" for the Melior Esse
- Meaningful Name
- Fabula Fores = "story door"
- "Angelus" Mooks = "angel"
- "Aquila" = "eagle", "Fortes Ala" = "strong wind"
- Fortes Ala's "Diruptio" = "disruption, "Sagitta Lumen" = "light arrow", Calidum Sagitta = "hot arrow"
- "Ignis" = "fire", "Impetus" = "attack"
- Impetus' "Graue Flamma" = "weighted flame", "Exhalatio" = vapor
- "Contagio" = "infection", "Violaceum" = "violet"
- "Ventus" = "wind", "Studium" = "study"
- "Glacies" = "ice", "Fabularis" = "mythology"
- Fabularis' "Stellar Pulvia" = "star dust", "Congelatio" = "freezing"
- "Umbra" = "shadow, "Priscus Nox" = "ancient night"
- "Perfection" = "perfection", "Fatum" = "fate"
- Fatum's "Tenebrae" = "darkness", "Ultimum" = "final/last"
- Plant Machines: The "Skullplume" Mooks have this vibe.
- Theme Naming: Pretty much all Ruina characters and mecha and named using Latin terms.
Aquila (Voiced by Masaya Takatsuka)
The Ruina General of Sky and pilot of the Fortes Ala.
- Bald of Evil: Mostly in the Second Original Generation; Aquila used to have a single ponytail in Destiny, but it's completely gone for this game.
- Eyepatch of Power: Over his right eye
- Macross Missile Massacre: The wings of the Fortes Ala have individual missiles that function like this. They upgrade to homing missiles in the Second Original Generation.
- Scary Black Man: For the Second Original Generation; he's red-skinned in Destiny.
Ignis (Voiced by Ryouta Takeuchi)
The Ruina General of Fire and pilots of the Impetus, Ignis is the first of the Melior Esse in Destiny to appear and revels in making people hate him, as anger is what empowers him, including killing someone close to one of the heroes. In the Second Original Generation, Ignis' personality stays the same: while he harbors little care and concern for his Ruina allies, he has a notable soft spot for Glacies as they were "born" on the same day, and is rather crushed to discover her pulling a Heel–Face Turn to join Joshua. When Ignis dies, he calls out her name in sorrow.
- Alas, Poor Villain: In the Second Original Generation, rather than curse the Steel Dragon Battle Group upon defeat, Ignis goes on a rant regarding why Glacies is leaving him behind, and curses the group for "ruining" Glacies until he realizes he's able to feel his own hate and sorrow just like Glacies and Ventus, his last words being a sorrowful "La...ki...".
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Purple skin with orange-red hair
- Ax-Crazy: Ignis couples this with Evil Laugh
- Expy: Looks like a Human Alien version of Kisame Hoshigaki; Irony ensues when Ignis uses fire-based attacks compared to Kisame with water-based jutsu.
- Hot-Blooded: Goes hand-in-hand with the fire-based Impetus
- Jerkass: For a reason
- The Power of Hate: While every Ruina is empowered by negative emotions, from his combat dialogue alone, Ignis is the one who keeps goading his attackers to hate him.
- You Killed My Father: In Destiny, Kouji Kabuto and Tetsuya Tsurugi quickly develop grudges on him when he blatantly reveals he killed Kenzo Kabuto.
Contagio (Voiced by Bin Shimada)
"Fight, tremble, scream, and despair! Fall into chaos until there's nothing left! Kuhahahaha!"The Ruina General of Disease and Plague and pilot of the Violaceum, Contagio is the most non-human in appearance of the Melior Esse. He appears midway through Destiny and the Second Original Generation and introduces the Skullplume Mooks.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Contagio looks like a lizard-like humanoid.
- Ambiguous Robots: One would be hard-pressed to believe the Violaceum has anything resembling a cockpit inside it; the same applies to the Skullplumes.
Ventus (Voiced by Kenji Nojima)
- This constructed life is the same, but even when it comes to death I still have no freedom.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: If he joins in Destiny, Ventus inherits Cliana's default theme. In the Second Original Generation, he gets a remix of "Duologue" called "Deliverer".
- Good Costume Switch: After changing sides he ditches the white coat he wears for a brown one.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the Second Original Generation, Ventus takes up the role of Treize Khushrenada from Destiny to seal Perfectio.
- I Owe You My Life: Why he pulls his Heel–Face Turn to join Cliana
- Pile Bunker: Studium's "Wyvern Bunker"
- Secret Character: Only in Destiny
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Ventus" or "Wentus"? In-game, it's written "ウエントス" (U-e-n-to-su; "Wentus") rather than "ヴェントス" (V-e-n-to-su; "Ventus")
- Transforming Mecha: The Studium can switch from a humanoid form to a wyvern form.
- The Unfavorite: Often called "the failure" by the other Melior Esse; justified in the Second Original Generation because his urge for destruction is considerably weaker than the rest due to his channeling duties for Perfectio.
Glacies (Voiced by Yuka Komatsu)
- All that possess a soul, all that inhabit a body of flesh, shall be guided down the path of destruction, unto the depths of anguish. All for the "King of Ruin".
- Art Evolution: Like Joshua and Cliana, this is a subversion as the artist for the Second Original Generation is different than the artist for Destiny.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Once she joins, Glacies inherits Joshua's default theme. She gets her own for the Second Original Generation called "Destine", a remix of "Desire".
- Does Not Like Shoes: Her updated artwork for the Second Original Generation has Glacies going barefoot.
- Fish out of Water: When recruited in Destiny; justified because after being possessed by the Ruina for so long, she has forgotten what it's like to be human.
- Good Costume Switch: Goes from wearing a kimono-like outfit to a white and pink outfit similar to Joshua's.
- I Owe You My Life: Since Joshua has shown her a new way to live life, Glacies relegates staying with him, regardless of how long of a life she has left.
- In-Series Nickname: Her name is usually shortened to "Lacie" when she joins, though due to Japanese phonetics, it's more referred as "Laki".
- Kimono Fanservice: When she's still evil, if one wants to count on a form of Evil Is Sexy. Either way, Glacies is always covered.
- Secret Character: Only in Destiny
- Your Days Are Numbered: Because Glacies lacks the same genes that influences aging in humans, Clifford surmises her body will eventually break down. Joshua suggests cryogenically freezing her, but Clifford states it merely delays the inevitable.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Less blue and more like aquamarine or teal
Umbra (Voiced by Hiroko Uchida)
- Thy tears of sorrow and crimson lifeblood are as the finest wine, and thy moans and sonorous cries shall be the most sublime melody.
- Dark Chick: Fitting, given her Meaningful Name
- Evil Sounds Deep: So incredibly deep it's hard to believe Umbra is female and voiced by a woman. Her voice sounds about as deep as Satan.
- The Faceless: Umbra's face is never seen and always shrouded in robes and scarfs.
- Melior Esse From Nowhere: Umbra is given little character introduction and is literally dropped into the game during the last scenarios of Destiny. Averted for the Second Original Generation as she's pretty active from the start after the Ruina appear.
- Wolverine Claws: The main weapon of the Priscus Nox
Pilot of the Big Duo, he is same-named character from The Big O. In Destiny, Schwarzwald joins the Ruina due to having gone mad from coming into contact with them.
- Char Clone: Schwarzwald is a masked character with his own agenda, The Rival to Roger Smith, and pilots the Big Duo, which is more maneuverable than before (three times faster).
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Schwarzwald was an Organization of Zodiac operative who went to the Antarctic on a group expedition after the Earth got sealed off. When he and his companions were attacked by the Ruina, Schwarzwald went crazy. In this next appearance, he's covered in bandages, trying to teach people the "meaning of destruction" with the Ruina, and generally acts like a Composite Character of The Joker, Scarecrow, and a mummy with a flying Megadeus.
- For the most part he acted a lot like The Joker in Big O, the bandages are a result of him undoing the lock on the prototype Megadeus underground, in one of the earlier episodes which resulted in his immolation. Originally he was a reporter who cut ties to Paradigm City. He joined Organization of Zodiac as a hired hand as part of his job as a reporter.
- The Quisling: Aligned with the Ruina because he believes that humanity was meant to be destroyed by them.
Perfectio (Voiced by Toshihiko Seki)
- I am Destruction. I am Chaos. All things shall be erased. I am that which drives this infinitely expanding universe back towards the perpetual darkness of its origin.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: An incomprehensible cosmic abomination that channels itself through the body of a dangerously inquisitive scientist who accidentally opened the door to a dimension where it slumbered after having consumed several other worlds. It's present on Earth now, creating untold madness in its wake, feeding on humankind's despair, hatred and misery, while it grows strong enough to annihilate existence itself. Oh, and no matter how hard anyone tries, this entity cannot die so long as the gate to its dimension remains open; not even with all forms of heroic resolve and technology can defeat it. Hmmm....so this is what Lovecraft would have devised if he was asked to create a villain for a Super Robot Anime. Furthermore, in all appearances, what the heroes fight is only considered a "small branch" of what Perfectio is able to manifest into the world.
- Beam Spam: One of the Fatum's "lesser" attacks
- Big Bad: Of Destiny
- Big Bad Ensemble: In the Second Original Generation; of the major enemy factions in the game (the Ruina, the Garden of Baral, the Gaia Sabers and the Guests), Perfectio is the biggest threat. The exception is Euzeth Gozzo, though he admits it's unlikely even for him to defeat Perfectio single-handedly. Naturally, he had the Steel Dragon Battle Group do it for him.
- Bishōnen: Creepy as it is, its human avatar/marionette is quite handsome. Not seen with clarity during Destiny due to hardware limitations, but the Second Original Generation shows him in full detail.
- Character Name Alias: Perfectio admits the name it has is only the result of the knowledge and memories of the body it is in control of.
- Evil Is Visceral: Its Second Original Generation counterpart has overtones of this.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: There were some rumors in Destiny the Sound Force can damage Perfectio as its pilot skills were somehow misinterpreted to be like the Protodevlin ability of halving all damage dealt to it. Unfortunately, this is later Jossed and neither Basara Nekki nor Mylene Jenius can attack Perfectio.
- Gray Goo: The large beam cannons in Destiny are replaced with a sea of black goo in the Second Original Generation, spewed from the lower section of the Fatum.
- Hope Crusher: Perfectio's power makes everyone affected jump across the Despair Event Horizon, whether they like it or not. Also Enforced as Perfectio feeds on negative emotions, with despair being one of the finest.
- Humanoid Abomination: It turned Felio into one of these
- Hungry Menace: It doesn't want anything as mundane as flesh or steel to satiate its hankering - it feeds on pure despair and rage.
- Leitmotif: "Despair", which most fans remember it by its Fan Nickname, "King of Ruin", due to the Destiny themes not getting named until the Second Original Generation.
- Malevolent Masked Abomination: The Fatum "wields" a pair of creepy masks on both of its "arms". It uses them to perform all of its attacks, and can even summon smaller replicas of them. Overlaps with:
- Shout-Out: Perfectio's human form bears an uncanny resemblance to Legato Bluesummers, coincidentally also voiced by Toshihiko Seki and holds a similar nihilistic attitude.
- This Is a Drill: The Fatum wields several that pop-out of its masks' mouths and eyes. The Second Original Generation turns it Up to Eleven by just having one large drill.