Characters: Super Robot Wars Judgment
One of the protagonists of Super Robot Wars Judgment
, Touya Shun is just your ordinary 17 year-old Japanese high school student
and good friends with Kaname Chidori
. Obviously, this normalcy isn't going to last, and a Humongous Mecha
crashes into his school one day, with three mysterious girls in the cockpit, being 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 the following: 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")
.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.
- Balanced Harem: If Touya fails to develop a significant relationship with one of the girls, not only will his unit not receive the final attack of its Mid-Season Upgrade, but none of the girls can claim a sure victory for his heart. Touya having a Balanced Harem actually saves Al-Van Lunks in the final scenario.
- Cameo: In Super Robot Wars K, in a video arcade game before Scenario 8.
- Fiery Redhead: Subverted; Touya lacks the personality, especially early on. Played straight after 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
- Leitmotif: "Fate"; upon receiving his Mid-Season Upgrade, "Limit Over"
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Parental Abandonment: Neither of his parents are alive.
- 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.
- 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.
The other 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
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
. 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.
- 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.
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 persuing 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 rates, while Melua offers defensive bonuses and extra speed. 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 a surrogate daughter to Calvina. Tropes associated with the girls, as well as the mecha they bring:
- A-Cup Angst: Tenia is very sensitive about being apparently flatter than the other girls, though in-game they're about the same.
- Alliterative Name: Melua Melna Meia
- Badass Cape: Granteed generates one when pulling off its finisher.
- Bifurcated Weapon: In order for the Bellzelute to use the strongest attack with its Orgone Rifle, the Shot Launchers have to combine with it.
- Big Eater: Festenia, fitting her status as the energetic one.
- BFG: Bellzelute's Orgone Rifle, Bellzelute Brigandi's Orgone Launcher and the Laftkranz's Orgone Rifle Final
- BFS: Granteed Dracodeus materializes one out of Orgone Energy, if Katia or Festenia is the co-pilot, Bellzelute Brigandi if Festenia is the one and the Laftkranz's Orgone Sword Final
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Coustwell takes this to the extreme by having a shin-mounted kick blade.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Played straight to the letter, complete with the red-head being the hot-tempered one and the brunette the level-headed one.
- Chest Blaster: Granteed has this and a smaller beam that comes from a ring on its head, similar to Viral's Enkidu.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Think of The Powerpuff Girls' color, but switch Blossom with Buttercup, and you have these girls.
- Crash-Into Hello: In Touya's story, the girls crash the mecha into his high school, almost killing him
- Fan Nickname: "The Powerpuff Girls", for obvious reasons◊.
- Gainaxing: All three girls bounce a little during certain attack graphics.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Coustwell and Granteed
- Guns Akimbo: Bellzelute
- Hot-Blooded: Tenia is the passionate one, and learns to cool her temper and better control herself if picked.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Mid-Season Upgrade is essentially an add-on used as weapons.
- Power Fist: Coustwell (Brachium) solidifies Orgone Energy to add an extra punch to its melee attacks. Also, Laftkranz's Orgone Claw Final
- Power Trio: Fit many of the sub-tropes.
- Rocket Punch: Played with the Coustwell (Brachium); the mecha condenses a crystalline fist out of Orgone Energy and hurls it at the opponent.
- Shrinking Violet: Melua is initially very shy and demure, though she grows as a character if regularly picked.
- Shoulders of Doom: Coustwell Brachium gets a pair of these, which can detach and aid in attacking.
- Static Character: Because she's already level-headed and down-to-earth, Katia undergoes the least character development of the three if picked, mostly because the worst anyone can say about her is that she's just a little bit bossy.
- Sweet Tooth: Melua
- Swiss Army Weapon: Bellzelute's Orgone Rifle and Bellzelute Brigandi's Orgone Launcher
- Video Game Characters: Each girl caters to a different combat attribute for the protagonist - power (Festenia), range (Katia) or defense (Melua). They also have a different final attack for the Mid-Season Upgrade when they're used often enough to unlock it.
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, Fu-Lu-Mu-Lu and Jua-Mu Dalby. Tropes associated with the Fury:
- Abusive Precursors: Played with. They terraformed and seeded 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 of them awake to make decisions for the rest are split between those who want to try to coexist with humanity and those who want to scrub the world clean and start from scratch. The plentiful conflicts wracking the globe at the story's start aren't exactly doing the Fury in our corner any favors.
- Apologetic Attacker: Al-Van, unlike fellow Punch Clock Villain Fu-lu, does seem genuinely sorry when he tries to wreck your robots with a giant laser sword.
- Ax-Crazy: Psycho for Hire Jua-Mu, after he gets promoted to full Knight and survives some nasty brain-damage from the 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.
- Black Knight: Interestingly, the two most-sympathetic Fury warriors, Al-Van and Fu-Lu, are the ones with black-colored Raftclans mecha. Jua-Mu and the final boss's are painted red.
- BFS: Laftkranz's Orgone Sword, which reaches Zankantou levels of size.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Al-Van Lunks aligns with the protagonist partway through the last scenario, and beats plenty of ass doing it.
- Redemption Demotion: Averted; the Laftkranz still carries the 50,000 HP it had when the protagonist fought him previously, and its pilot deploys with 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: They apparently denote rank.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: As the picture can attest to, none of the three Knights wear symmetrical clothes.
- Friendly Sniper: Fu-lu, the ranged-focused knight, in a Friendly Enemy, Spirited Competitor kind of way. She dies refusing to activate the ship'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 to not go through with it, but can be played straight in Touya's story, unless the player opts 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 a starting mech. Later, Al-Van Lunks turns his coat for the final battle to keep Gu-Landon from rendering both humankind and the Fury extinct in a vicious temper tantrum.
- Human Aliens: For all the main villain's Fantastic Racism, they sure do look a lot like us.
- Interspecies Romance: Of the six named Fury characters in the game, a full third have at some point fallen in love with humans. And, as Touya's existance can attest, we're genetically close enough to breed.
- Leitmotif: "Moon Knights" for the High Knights, "Doomsday" for Gu-Landon
- Mukokuseki: Gu-Landon is an inversion, as he looks Asian, despite not being human. Then again, it could just be his perpetual scowl.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Gu-Landon turns into one at the end of the game, planning to destroy both 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
- Clipped Wing Angel: However, while offering some nasty upgrades and powerful regeneration to his health and energy, he loses his Orgone Cloud in the process.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: If Calvina's the protagonist, Jua-Mu and Gu-Landon will call her misogynist names.
- Punch Clock Villain: Fu-lu Mu-lu rather enjoys her bouts with the playable cast, and Al-Van outright regrets having to fight them. Even Jua-mu, for all his Fantastic Racism, isn't really all that terrible 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 doesn't fight. Fu-lu is the only female Fury officer.
- Sue Donym: When undercover on Earth, they mostly contract their Fury names into something half-recognizable as common human. 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 you 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 you attack her with him in one scenario.