Joshua Radcliff (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, though: 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 Geant Chevalier's Neo Beam Blade.
- Big Brother Instinct: Some people say he's taking it a bit too far with Cliana; then again, they're...
- Not Blood Siblings: Joshua is his father's only blood-related son; Cliana's adopted.
- But Now I Must Go: If Cliana recruits Ventus if she's the headlining protagonist, Joshua leaves the group and does not return for the rest of the game in Destiny.
- Captain Ersatz: The Geant Chevalier to the Dendrobium Orchis
- Combining Mecha, Mecha Expansion Pack
- "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, it becomes "Drumfire".
- Mad Scientist's Handsome Son
- Non-Indicative Name: Aile Chevalier means "air knight", yet it's the only protagonist mecha in Destiny that's incapable of flight.
- Not Quite Flight: It can still hover though. In gameplay terms it means that the Aile can move over water like a flying unit but otherwises is impeded by other types of terrain like mountains.
- Parental Abandonment: Aside from his estranged father, there is no mention of his mother.
- Retired Badass: Somewhat; he's been fighting the Zanscare Empire just prior to returning to Antarctica.
- Shoulder Cannons: Aile Chevalier's Impulse Cannons
- The Stoic: The Second Original Generation gave him various 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
- 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 will not return for the rest of Destiny.
- In a way, Chris says the same near the end of the Second Original Generation, regardless of how much Liana begs her not to.
- Combining Mecha, Mecha Expansion Pack
- 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 BSOD: When finding out that she is the artificial personality and an incomplete Melior Esse instead of the original, and that her existence caused Chris, the original personality, to disappear, Liana was in utter shock.
- 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" or "boss"). Aqua Centrum points out the difference during Cliana's combat debut and is naturally puzzled.
- Leitmotif: By default, "Duologue"; when using the strongest attack for any machine she pilots, it becomes "Duet".
- Ms. Fanservice: Cliana's pretty stacked, 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: Somehow, being adopted makes it a prerequisite to be experimented on.
- Parental Abandonment: Even worse than Joshua - her parents are dead.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: She wears a vest and a skirt in friggin' Antarctica! And not even shivering at that. Probably justified that her time being a experiment by Felio for quite some time (in Antartica) made her get used to it
- Split Personality: What it works out to, although it plays out as a Sharing a Body situation. If anyone asks, it's residual trauma from the Zanscare invasion. In reality, it's the result of Professor Radcliff experimenting on her, though he feels guilty about it, and she really doesn't hold a grudge. Neither Chris and Liana no longer remember who's the original personality.
- Rectified in the Second Original Generation, with Liana being the constructed one and Chris inferred as Cliana's original personality. This is also deconstructed as both had accepted each other as another family member instead of a nuisance; with Chris gone, Liana doesn't feel exactly right or complete. Furthermore, since Chris is the original, Liana feels extremely guilty that she is the one to remain in the world and replace the original.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is this with herself, essentially.
- Wave Motion Gun: Blanche Neige's Line Lock Launcher
Clifford GygaxAn assistant to Professor Radcliffe, Clifford is the co-developer of the Res Arcana system. In Destiny and the Second Original Generation, he serves as the Mr. Exposition for Joshua and Cliana.
Felio RadcliffeJoshua'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. This led to a rift between father and son. Stationed in the Antarctic, during a trip to the Fabula Forest, Felio accidentally opened an interdimensional gateway, allowing the Ruina to enter the world. With Felio's soul obliterated, his body becomes the host to Perfectio.In contrast to his Destiny counterpart, Felio in the Second Original Generation is less of a jerk; for instance, he feels guilty of having put Cliana through the Sympathia System to test out its limitations. His children are more fond of him and he leaves video messages in several places to assist them in acquiring their Mid Season Upgrades.
- Asshole Victim: Destiny only. With what little you have about him (alongside his Jerkassery and For Science! attitude), you'd probably think that he had it coming after opening the gate leading to the Ruina.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the Second Original Generation
- Crazy-Prepared: He made the Weapon Box Hanger which held Giant Chevalier and Dear Blanche Neige/Forte Gigas as insurance should his research backfire. He even left a message when the Weapon Box Hanger was utilized and the Sympathia system synchronizes with the new unit(s).
- Eyes of Gold
- Mad Scientist
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, you can guess what happens. Led by Perfectio, they're brought to the universe by Felio, who opened the gate to their world and they end up possessing him and his co-workers in the original GBA Game, in Second Original Generation they were born from Felio's memories and knowledge. The Ruina Generals, or "Melior Esse", are created by Perfectio from human hosts assisting him, but there are some not under Perfectio's complete control and may just be able to break free...
Tropes associated with the Ruina in general:
- Demonic Possession
- Emotion Eaters
- Energy Beings
- Epic Flail: Belgrande series mooks
- Grand Theft Me
- Gratuitous Latin, Theme Naming: Pretty much all Ruina characters and mecha
- The Heartless: The backbone of the Ruina
- Leitmotif: "Devastator" for the Melior Esse
- Meaningful Name
- "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" = "last/final"
- The Corruption: The Recruitment method for the Melior Esse. All of them are beings who touched the "key" which eroded their own souls for knowledge. The Sympathia units are warped versions of it.
- Plant Machines: The Skullplume mooks have this vibe.
Aquila (Voiced by Masaya Takatsuka)The Ruina General of Sky, pilots 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.
- The Brute
- Eyepatch of Power
- 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, pilots the Impetus. He's the first of the Melior Esse in Destiny to appear and reveled 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, who harbors little care for his own allies, though he has a notable soft spot for Glacies, 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 for beating him, Ignis goes on a rant on why Glacies is leaving him behind, and curses the group for 'ruining' Glacies, his mate, until he realizes that he's able to feel his own hate and sorrow just like Glacies and Ventus, his last words being a sorrowful "Ra... ki...". Meaning that he was that close to be a redeemable Melior Esse before he bit the dust. The event is played with Sad Battle Music, as opposed to "Devastator" when other Melior Esse are destroyed. Made more plausible that in this continuity, he didn't (or has yet to) kill anyone close to the heroes.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Purple skin with orange-red hair
- Ax-Crazy: Ignis couples this with Evil Laugh
- The Dragon
- Evil Redhead
- Expy: He looks like an alien version of Kisame Hoshigaki. Extra hilarity not only because Ignis use fire-based attacks, compared with Kisame's water-based ones, but also because his voice actor voiced Darui from the same series, who use lightning-based attacks as well.
- Hot-Blooded: Goes with the entire fire-based Impetus
- Jerkass: For a reason
- Playing with Fire, Kill It with Fire
- The Power of Hate: While every Ruina is empowered by negative emotions, from his combat dialogue, 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 that 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 pilots the Violaceum. The most non-human in appearance of the Melior Esse, he appears midway through the game and introduces the Skullplume mooks.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Contagio looks like a lizard-like humanoid.
- Ambiguous Robots: You'd be hard-pressed to believe that the Violaceum has anything resembling a cockpit inside it. Same goes for the Skullplumes.
- Combat Tentacles
- Evil Genius
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
Ventus (Voiced by Kenji Nojima)
- This constructed life is the same, but even when it comes to death I still have no freedom
- Anime Hair
- 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.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the Second Original Generation, Ventus takes up the role of Treize Khushrenada and is the one to seal Perfectio.
- 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 Ruina Generals.
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"
- An Ice Person
- 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".
- Cool Sword
- Does Not Like Shoes: Her updated artwork for the Second Original Generation has Glacies going barefoot.
- Eyes of Gold
- Fish out of Water: When recruited; justified that after being possessed by the Ruina for so long, she has forgotten what it's like to be human.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Good Costume Switch: Goes from wearing a kimono-like outfit to a white and pink outfit similar to Joshua's.
- In-Series Nickname: Her name is usually shortened to "Lacie" when she joins, though due to Japanese spelling, it's more referred as "Raki".
- Kimono Fanservice: When she's still evil, if you want to count on a form of Evil Is Sexy. But either way, Glacies is always covered.
- Secret Character: Only in Destiny
- Your Days Are Numbered
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Less blue and more like teal or aquamarine
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.
- Evil Sounds Deep: So deep that it's hard to believe Umbra is female and voiced by a woman. Her voice sounds about as deep as Satan.
- Dark Chick: Which is fitting, given her Meaningful Name.
- 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
SchwarzwaldPilot 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 the 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 in our world now, creating untold madness in its wake, feeding on humankind's despair, misery and hatred, while it grows strong enough to annihilate existence itself. Oh, and no matter how hard you try, you'll never be able to kill it, not even with all your technology and heroic resolve. Hmmm....so this is what Lovecraft himself would have devised if he was asked to create a villain for a Super Robot anime. And what the heroes fought was only just a small branch that was 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 Savers 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 a handsome guy. Not seen with clarity during Destiny due to the limits of the hardware, but the Second Original Generation shows him in full detail.
- Character Name Alias: Perfectio even admitted that the name he has is only the result of the memories and knowledge of the body he is in control of.
- Eldritch Abomination: So long as the gate to its dimension remains open, Perfectio's unkillable.
- Evil Is Visceral: Its Second Original Generation counterpart has overtones of this.
- 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, like it or not. Also enforced that Perfectio feeds on negative emotions, despair is one of the finest.
- Humanoid Abomination: It turned Felio into one of these. Not seen in Destiny, because of system limitations, but the Second Original Generation shows it all.
- Hungry Menace: However, 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 it can even summon smaller replicas of them. Overlaps with:
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Evidence points to him having Complete Immortality.
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Psychic Powers
- 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.
- Wave Motion Gun