I'm not fond of tough odds...
Male protagonist of Destiny
. Usually called "Josh" for short, Joshua Radcliffe's an ex-soldier, having fought against the Zanscare Empire
in the past, but currently goes onto testing Humongous Mecha
with adoptive sister Cliana Rimskaya. He has mixed feelings about his father Felio Radcliff: at one point, he dislikes him for being too much of a Workaholic
; on the other hand, he respects him. Eventually, at a testing facility in the Antarctic, he gets attacked by the Invaders
and is caught in the Ruina's plan to seal the Earth and destroy it. After learning the Ruina's appearance is indirectly caused by his father, Josh swears to amend Felio's wrongs. Depending on the player's choice, he may recruit the Ruina General of Ice, Glacies.
His story stays the same for the Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation
, although he is in good leagues with Hugo Medio
, and no matter what, he recruits Glacies. In the end, after finding out Glacies only has three years left to live, he resolves to find a way so she can extend her longevity. With help from Gilliam Yeager, Joshua investigates the newly excavated Cross Gate to solve the issue
He pilots either the Real Robot
"Aile Chevalier" (Mid-Season Upgrade
"Geant Chevalier") or the Super Robot
"Ganador" (combines with
the Strega into the "Forte Gigas"). He can pilot the other mecha, but these two are generally accepted as his defaultnote
. Joshua appears in the Second Original Generation
with his default mecha as the Aile Chevalier.
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...
- 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
- Hey, It's That Voice!: "HUCKEBEIN, I LOVE YOU!!!!"note
- 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.
- 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
Chris...I won't waver anymore.
Female protagonist of Destiny
. Called "Rim" for short, Cliana's a sweet girl who happens to possess two personalities: a gentle, friendly, though slightly timid girl called "Chris", the other a stoic, battle-ready girl named "Liana". She gets her dual personality problem as a result of looking through the horrors of war, but is actually the result of being mercilessly experimented by her adoptive father Felio
. When Destiny
begins, however, Cliana has already come to terms with her predicament. Like Joshua, she gets caught in the Ruina's plot and rather than just sitting back idly (as her adoptive brother tells her to), she takes to the battlefield, mostly using her stoic self while in the cockpit. She could meet up with the disgraced Ruina General of Wind, Ventus, and recruit him.
Her story is pretty similar in the Second Original Generation
, except she meets Ventus no matter what. In a twist, there aren't any implications of experiments by Felio. However, Cliana's split personality is a result of early testing with the Sympathia System, which resulted in Liana, an incomplete Melior Esse, Sharing a Body with Chris. Chris's consciousness eventually disappears, and the encounter with Perfectio reveals that Chris was the original personality of Cliana. Despite her pleas, Ventus will volunteer to sacrifice himself to seal Perfectio away. Although saddened, Liana holds the belief that she'll meet Ventus and Chris again one day, and joins her brother and Gilliam to investigate the Cross Gate
She usually pilots the Real Robot
"Blanche Neige" (upgrades into the "Dea Blanche Neige") or the Super Robot
"Strega", which combines with the Ganador to form the Forte Gigasnote
. Cliana appears in the Second Original Generation
with the Blanche Neige as her default mecha.
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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Let's just say Houko Kuwashima has done several roles to draw out both sides of Cliana. For Chris, there's Tomoyo (making Joshua's voice casting even more hilarious) and Yurika Misumaru; for Liana, there's Sango and Natarle Badgiruel.
- 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! However, in the Second Original Generation, Cliana ends up shivering in the cold for 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
An 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.
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
. 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.
- 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
Based on the same galactic empire from Godmars
, the Gishin Empire in Destiny
conquered the planets Helios
and plan on conquering the Earth next.
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 galatic 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.
The 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
. 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 used the Sympathia system, their very souls are eroded in exchange for knowledge from the "key" (All Sympathia units are copies of the original and are linked).
- Plant Machines: The Skullplume mooks have this vibe.
Aquila (Voiced by Masaya Takatsuka)
The Ruina General of Sky, pilots the Fortes Ala.
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, Ignis goes on a rant on why Glacies is leaving him behind, his last words being a sorrowful "Ra... ki...". 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
- 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.
"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
This constructed life is the same, but even when it comes to death I still have no freedom
The Ruina General of Wind, pilots the Studium. He's considered a defect amongst the Ruina and mostly abandoned. He only appears in Cliana's scenario and is nonexistent in Joshua's. While Ventus is potentially recruitable using the same Sympatia System as Glacies, by doing so, the player permanently loses Joshua and his machine for the rest of Destiny
. In the Second Original Generation
, Ventus is a more active Melior Esse: he is a control device used for Perfectio to harness negative waves and channel them to awaken him, and battles against Cliana and Joshua. Unlike Destiny
, Ventus defects by default, and aligns with them. Ultimately, Ventus volunteers to seal Perfectio forever so he cannot be a threat to Earth again. Despite this, Joshua, Cliana and Glacies resolve to find a way at the end of the Second Original Generation to bring him back into their dimension, without damaging the seal
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"
The Ruina General of Ice, piloting the Fabularis. While decidedly a cool and mysterious Melior Esse, Joshua is able to get in touch with her with through the Sympatia System, causing her to develop her own humanity and make her pull a Heel-Face Turn
, although it comes with a price: she only has 3 years remaining in her life
. In addition, if the player successfully recruits her, Cliana will permanently leave the part in Destiny
. She remains villainous to the end in Cliana's scenario. In the Second Original Generation
, Glacies plays a similar role, but joins Joshua by default. By the end of the game, Glacies stays with Joshua and Cliana to find a way to bring Ventus back without damaging the seal on Perfectio, while the other two also try to discover how to make Glacies able to live longer than just three years
Umbra (Voiced by Hiroko Uchida)
Negative Waves, that which we desire.
The Ruina General of Darkness, and pilots the Priscus Nox. The last of the Melior Esse to appear in Destiny
, she is also the only other female Ruina General besides Glacies.
- 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
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.
The leader of the Ruina, a being that feeds on hate and ruins many dimensions in order to be satiated. He is released into the world by Felio and proceeds to possess his body
, and kickstarted the eventual Ruina invasion by sealing the Earth. As a being made of hate, Perfectio is immortal and cannot be killed
, but he is defeated when Treize Khushrenada sacrificed his life by pushing Perfectio back to his realm and sealed both of them together there. In the Second Original Generation, Ventus does this in place of Treize
- 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.
- Beam Spam: One of the Fatum's "lesser" attacks.
- Big Bad: Of Destiny
- 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.
- 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.
- 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