Characters / Super Robot Wars Judgment

Touya Shun (Voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki)

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Male protagonist of Judgment, Touya Shun is just your ordinary 17 year-old Japanese high school student and good friends with Kaname Chidori. Unfortunately, this normalcy isn't going to last when a Humongous Mecha crashes into his school one day carrying three mysterious girls in the cockpit, chased by unknowns. Requesting his assistance, despite not knowing how to use the machine, Touya leaps at the opportunity to fight back against the girls' pursuers.

As the events of Judgment unwinds, Touya discovers his father, El-Selda Shun, was a Knight to the Fury, a group of Human Aliens who reside on the moon and are trying to destroy the world. Touya is the result of El-Selda and his recently deceased Earthling mother (El-Selda having died years earlier). This explains why he's able to master the mecha the girls brought him so easily, due to his Half-Human Hybrid nature. Touya's also childhood friends with the Princess of the Fury, except he couldn't remember it.

His mecha depends on player's choice: he can either use the close-ranged Real Robot "Coustwell" (Mid-Season Upgrade "Coustwell Brachium"), long-ranged real robot "Bellzelute" ("Bellzelute Brigandy"), Super Robot "Granteed" ("Granteed Dracodeus") or the secret mecha "Vorlent" (replaced with the "Laftkranz"). The Granteed will be Touya's default mecha in Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers; it is unknown if he will be able to use the other units.

These tropes apply to Touya:

  • Ancestral Weapon: The mecha he uses turns out to be the very same machine his father used from his days as a Knight.
  • Anti-Hero: He starts out a antisocial jerkass who is more than ready to abadon the girls and his allies and cares little about others and is only concerned with his problems.
  • Badass: Played with - while he pilots competently from the start, Touya wants nothing to do with the robot and desires to abandon his allies as soon as possible while managing to whine about his predicament a la Kira Yamato, making this a subversion. By the end of Judgment, he's easily one of the best pilots in the group with the drive to protect the ones he cares about, alongside a Mid-Season Upgrade able to handle his combat prowess. In the epilogue, Touya becomes an Ambadassador, appointed to be the delegate between humans and the Fury as a result of his Fury heritage on his paternal side of the family.
  • Balanced Harem: If Touya fails to develop a Relationship Upgrade with one of the girls, not only will his unit not receive the final attack of its Mid-Season Upgrade, none of the girls can claim a sure victory for his heart. Evidently, Touya having a Balanced Harem actually saves Al-Van Lunks in the final scenario.
  • Cameo: During Super Robot Wars K, seen on a video arcade cabinet before Scenario 8.
  • Chick Magnet: He has three girls fighting for him however you can choose to give one of them a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Inverted - the robot nearly crashed into him! The girls then force him to pilot the machine due to his high compatibility rate.
  • Fiery Redhead: Played with - Touya lacks the personality at the start, but plays it straight post-Character Development.
  • Gainaxing: Played with; since he's a guy, he obviously has no boobs to bounce, but his hair, however...
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-Fury, but since humans are descended from the Fury in the first place...
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: For a while, but he eventually realizes that piloting in order to save the world gave him a reason to keep living that he never had before.
  • Leitmotif: "Fate", reflecting on the unknown circumstances thrust upon Touya; upon receiving his Mid-Season Upgrade, "Limit Over", to represent his coming to terms on his heritage and ability to fight to the fullest.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Self-explanatory
  • Parental Abandonment: Neither of his parents are alive - his mother died of illness soon after birth and his father was considered missing until it was discovered he died to protect the girls.
  • Powers as Programs: The "Cytron" in his mecha gradually feeds Touya his father's memories and piloting skills, but also the lore of a Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Touya" or "Toya"? The fan translation uses the latter as the default, but the former seems to be more in line with typical Japanese spelling. The playable fourth unit gets this as it's uncertain if it's spelled "Laftkranz" or "Raftclans".
  • Took a Level in Badass: In one of the penultimate levels, he talks down resident Psycho for Hire Jua-Mu Dalby, while speaking in mannerisms befitting a Knight, and backs them up with his actions.

Calvina Coulange (Voiced by Masumi Asano)

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Female protagonist of Judgment, complete with a separate story, Calvina Coulange was a genius Ace Pilot, but ends up retiring and being called to the Ash'ari-Kreutzer Facility on the moon to mentor and tutor up-and-coming pilots. As fate would have it, the installation is destroyed by an unknown entity and seizes all the data within, rendering her the Sole Survivor; not even her boyfriend survives. Heartbroken, Calvina changes from a usually enthusiastic lady into a sad woman, sometimes putting up a bout of Wangst. She's later drafted again to the battleship Nadesico, serving as an advisor to its squadron of Aestivalis. During the trek through space, an unregistred machine carrying three girls in the cockpit are on the run. Begging her to use it and defend the Nadesico, Calvina hops into the unit and uses it, despite not knowing where the mecha comes from.

When the Fury reveal themselves to the world, to her horror, Calvina discovers The Dragon is actually her Not Quite Dead boyfriend, who goes by his real monniker "Al-Van". Worse yet, one of her students at the Ash'ari-Kreutzer Facility is still alive, except he too is a Fury named Jua-Mu Dalby. Both were the conspirators behind the facility's destruction. Filled with doubts, anger and sadness, Calvina begins hating the Fury and swears vengeance, with an added dose of violence.

In Judgment, Calvina has access to all the mecha Touya can use; what she lacks in Touya's Half-Human Hybrid abilities to use Fury machines effectively, she makes it up with her sheer skill as a former Ace Pilot. In The Moon Dwellers, the Bellzelute will be her default machine.

Tropes about Calvina include:

  • Ace Pilot/Badass Normal: Despite a machine designated specifically for Fury pilots, Calvina uses it just fine and does so through experience.
  • Broken Bird
  • Chain of Command: Wears a red belt on her neck for no reason, except perhaps fashion.
  • Demoted to Extra: Compared to the three girls, Calvina tends to get shafted in supporting materials and fanworks, mainly due to the lack of a shipping fanbase compared to Touya.
  • Disabled Hottie/Handicapped Badass: Suffered nerve damage to her arms in the original Fury attack on the facility. Luckily, the Fury machine she uses are controlled via brainwaves.
  • Expy: The Sole Survivor of a group destroyed by the primary enemy faction of the game. Calvina's basically a modified Selena Recital.
  • Gainaxing: She bounces during certain attack graphics.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Since Bright Noa is absent in Judgment, Melissa Mao delivers the slap in place of the legendary Bright Slap.
  • Heroic BSOD: After The Reveal regarding the Fury, although it lasted a moment, before she booted into Unstoppable Rage.
  • Leitmotif: "Revenger" reflecting her rage upon learning how Al-Van has wronged her; upon receiving her Mid-Season Upgrade, it shifts to "Guardian Angel," reflecting her more-altruistic motivations and the peace she has begun to come to with it.
  • Must Have Caffeine: One of the few quirks in an otherwise-serious character is her deep love of coffee.
  • Red Baron: Before retiring, she was known as the White Lynx.
  • Retired Badass: Mostly due to nerve damage and trauma. The mental controls of the Fury mech make the former less of an issue, and the works through the latter during the story.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Lampshaded by her first Leitmotif
  • Sole Survivor
  • The Stoic: For the most part, Calvina plays the role of a quiet, taciturn millitary commander, always ready to take charge, but caring only about whether or not she's able accomplish her mission. That is, until...
    • Not So Stoic: Once Al-Van makes his appearance and she learns it was he who was behind the destruction of the Ash'ari-Kreutzer Facility, Calvina briefly abandons her stoic demeanor and goes positively apeshit in her attempt to shoot him down.
  • Together in Death: After she finds out how Al-Van really felt about the Ash'ari-Kreutzer incident, (he didn't want to do it, but had to as a soldier), and his appearance to help her and her allies fight against Gu-Landon Goetz, she doesn't want to live without him. When he goes to pull a Senseless Sacrifice, the only thing that keeps her from joining him are the three girls saving both of them using a juryrigged Laftkranz.

Katia Grineal, Festenia Muse and Melua Melna Meia (Voiced by Yoko Hikasa, Nao Touyama and Ai Kayano, respectively)

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From left to right: Katia, Festenia and Melua
A trio of mysterious girls who assist Touya or Calvina in their stories, they were experimented upon by the Fury, but managed to escape thanks to Touya's father, El-Selda, taking along a Fury-produced Humongous Mecha to flee from the pursuing Fury. Katia is calm and composed, Festenia is feisty and foul-mouthed, while Melua is shy and timid, often prone to tears. The three assist the protagonist navigate their mecha in Judgment, serving as co-pilots.

Each girl grants a specific bonus to the protagonist and mecha, depending on whether she is the co-pilot: Katia increases weapon range and accuracy/evasion rates, Festenia boosts weapon damage and Critical Hit rates, while Melua offers defensive and movement bonuses. If one girl gets picked to accompany the pilot more often than the others, she becomes closer to the protagonist, eventually entering into a romantic relationship with Touya or becoming like a surrogate daughter to Calvina.

In The Moon Dwellers, Katia and Melua serve as Touya's dual co-pilots in the Granteed, while Festenia is working alongside Calvina at Ash'ari-Kreutzer and is her co-pilot for the Bellzelute. Tropes associated with the girls, as well as the mecha they bring:


FURY

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From left to right: Al-Van, Fu-Lu and Jua-Mu
The main antagonists of Judgment, the Fury claim they were the ones who seeded life on Earth, but retreated from the world and resided on the moon, watching over their creations. The Fury also claim they were previously, eons ago, defeated by another space-faring force, fleeing from them to the far ends of the universe. They are led by "Representative Knight" Gu-Landon Goetz and his "High Knights" Al-Van Lunks (Hideo Ishikawa), Fu-Lu Mu-Lu (Takako Honda) and Jua-Mu Dalby (Masaya Matsukaze). Tropes associated with the Fury:

  • Abusive Precursors: Played with - the Fury terraformed and planted life on Earth before going into mass stasis to await a world to settle on, but humanity evolving was outside their calculations, and the few who are awake to make decisions for the rest are split between those who want to try to co-exist with mankind and those who want to scrub the world clean and start from scratch. The plentiful conflicts wracking the globe at the start of Judgment aren't doing the Fury in support of humanity any favors.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Al-Van, unlike fellow Punch Clock Villain Fu-Lu, does seem genuinely sorry when he tries to destroy his opponents with a giant BFS.
  • Ax-Crazy: Psycho for Hire Jua-Mu, after he gets promoted to full Knight and survives some nasty brain-damage from an explosion.
    • There is another reason listed in the supplemental material for Jua-Mu's behavior: Larselium can have adverse effects on the body, particularly on the glands that produce adrenaline and endorphins. While Al-Van, Fu-Lu and Gu-Landon have had proper training, Jua-Mu is promoted so fast he doesn't have enough time to adequately adjust his body to higher levels of Larselium found in the Laftkranz. In short, Jua-Mu is on a severe adrenaline high and an extreme pleasure high while using the Laftkranz that's slowly destroying his brain from the inside.
    • Considering the crazy amounts of Larselium Gu-Landon's huffing in the final battle, his Villainous Breakdown becomes much more understandable.
  • BFS: Laftkranz's "Orgone Sword", which reaches "Colossal Blade"-like levels of size.
  • Black Knight: Interestingly, the two most-sympathetic villains, Al-Van and Fu-Lu, are the ones with black-colored Laftkranz. Jua-Mu and Gu-Landon's units are painted red.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Al-Van aligns with the protagonist partway through the last scenario.
    • Redemption Demotion: Averted; the character's Laftkranz still carries the 50,000 HP it had when the protagonist fought them previously, with its pilot deploying at full Will, allowing the same destructive moves used in its boss battle from the get-go.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Gu-Landon, even for an SRW Big Bad. The Larselium overload during his Zui Gaiden going One-Winged Angel makes him even more so.
  • Expy: Al-Van's often considered by players to be a lunarian Sanger Zonvolt. Since Sanger's a Samurai, Al-Van's naturally a Knight in Shining Armor. In fact, Al-Van's version of the Laftkranz's final attack is a combination of (in order of the animation) Sanger's "Inazuma Juryoku Otoshi", "Shippu Dotou", and "Unyo no Tachi" techniques.
  • Facial Markings: These denote rank
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Averted; judging by the picture, none of the three High Knights wear symmetrical clothing.
  • Friendly Sniper: Fu-Lu, the ranged-focused High Knight, in a Friendly Enemy, Spirited Competitor kind of way. She dies refusing to activate the mothership's key and thanking her enemies for giving her a good final battle.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Redemption Equals Death: The Fury who helped the girls escape didn't last long. Al-Van will pull this off to stop the reactor on the Fury Mothership "Gau-Ra Furia" from exploding. Averted in Calvina's story as he's convinced not to go through with it, but can be played straight in Touya's story, unless players opt for a Balanced Harem solution with the three girls, in which case he will avert it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the start of the story, the Princess and El-Selda help the kidnapped girls escape in the starting mecha. Al-Van Lunks turns his coat for the final battle to keep Gu-Landon from rendering humankind and the Fury extinct.
  • Human Aliens: For all the antagonists' Fantastic Racism, they sure do look a lot like Earthlings.
  • Interspecies Romance: Of the six named Fury characters in the game, a full third have at some point fallen in love with humans. As Touya's existance can attest, they're genetically close enough to breed.
  • Leitmotif: "Moon Knights" for the High Knights, "Doomsday" for Gu-Landon
  • Mukokuseki: Inverted with Gu-Landon - he looks Asian, despite not being human, though one can argue this is due to his character art perpetually scowling.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Gu-Landon turns into one at the end of the game, planning to destroy humanity and the Fury for going against him.
  • One-Winged Angel: Gu-Landon's Zui Gaiden once it merges with the Orgone Reactor and supercharges itself.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: If Calvina's the protagonist, Jua-Mu and Gu-Landon will call her misogynist names.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Fu-Lu enjoys her bouts with the playable cast, whereas Al-Van outright regrets having to fight them. Even Jua-Mu, for all his Fantastic Racism, isn't really that terrible of a person before he goes off the deep end.
  • The Smurfette Principle: While there is technically a second female Fury character, the Princess is barely in the game and a Non-Player Character, making Fu-Lu the only female Fury officer.
  • Sue Donym: When undercover on Earth, they mostly constrict their Fury names into something half-recognizable as a common name. Al-Van, for instance, became "Alvin Lunks" and Jua-Mu posed as "James Darby" while they worked with Calvina.
  • That's No Moon!: The moon's actually the Gua-Ra Furia covered with space debris since Earth was merely an uninhabitable planet when the Fury first arrived. This becomes a plot point because Gu-Landon wants to reactivate the ship, which would cause it to shed its debris shell and bits of that would rain down on Earth. The disruption of the tidal interaction between the Earth and the moon would fundamentally change the environment. Gu-Landon's reasoning for the attempt is that while it would pretty much destroy the world, the Fury can simply reseed it again and start anew.
  • Worthy Opponent: Fu-Lu and Al-Van's statements generally give this feel and it's blatantly obvious the both of them don't hold harsh feelings for the protagonist and most of their allies. Fu-Lu actually looks forward to engaging Domon Kasshu should player attack her with him in one scenario.

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