! Nagumo Ichitaka

The main protagonist of L. He is classmates with [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Shinji]] (until he transfers to another school) as well as [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Kouichi and Yajima]]. After [[spoiler: [=GreAT=]]] kidnaps Professor Graife and leveling the professor's laboratory, he teams up with AL-3 Alice, a RobotMaid that helps out Professor Graife. After taking the Rushbird from the ruined lab, Ichitaka joins up with the JUDA Corporation and later the newly created special taskforce [=LOTUS=]. During his travels, he reunites with his brother Yuunagi, [[spoiler:only for Yuunagi to attack Ichitaka in anger]]. After several fights between them, [[spoiler:the brothers reconcile and join together to fight Lude Gloria and his army]].
Tropes associated with Ichitaka:
* AudienceSurrogate: Which is rather unusual among OG protagonists.
* [[spoiler:CombinationAttack]]: [[spoiler:"Mode: Archeonis" with Yuunagi and the Straybird, although the attack is mostly performed by the Rushbird.]]
* EleventhHourSuperPower: [[spoiler:The above-mentioned combination attack is unlocked on the second-to-last stage.]]
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Sort of. Rushbird was left buried under rubble, so Ichitaka jumped in with Alice to pursue Professor Graife's kidnappers.
* TheHero
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Walking Towards the Blue Sky"; also, "Beyond the New Door" [[spoiler:for Dimension Storm]] and "Wings of Time" [[spoiler:for Mode Archeonis.]]
* MightyGlacier: Comparing to Straybird, Rushbird has more strength but is nowhere near as fast.
* PowerFist: Rushbird's lightning fist

! AL-3 Alice

A RobotMaid designed by Professor Graife. After the professor is kidnapped, she joins Ichitaka in his pursuit as the co-pilot of the Rushbird. During their adventures, [[spoiler:Ichitaka's older brother Yuunagi and his partner HL-0 Haruno turn on them and while chasing [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Kenji and Balba]], Yuunagi's relentless assault unlocks Alice's secret: she was intended to work with the Rushbird as Alice is needed to access its more powerful attacks]]. This does not come without consequences, as [[spoiler:Alice overheats and is forced to shut down after the initial release]]. After a few more fights, [[spoiler:Yuunagi reconciles with his brother while Haruno reconciles with Alice, and all four strive to stop Lude Gloria]].
Tropes associated with Alice:
* {{Ahoge}}
* AliceAllusion
* BareYourMidriff
* [[spoiler:ExplosiveOverclocking]]: After [[spoiler:unlocking Rushbird's Dimension Storm attack, Alice overheats and has to power down to prevent further damage]]. [[spoiler:After some time, Alice gets control of her powers and is able to use the Dimension Storm attack without problems]].
* [[spoiler:ExpositoryHairstyleChange]]: When using [[spoiler:Rushbird's most powerful attacks, her hair turns pink]].
* {{Expy}}: Of Miku the [[spoiler:dimensional controling]] RobotGirl from Manga/HadesProjectZeorymer.
* RobotGirl
* RobotMaid
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

! Yuunagi Graife

Ichitaka's older brother. Both he and Ichitaka help out Professor Graife with his work on both the Rushbird and Straybird. After a surprise attack by [[spoiler:[=GreAT=]]] on the professor's lab, Yuunagi teams up with HL-0 Haruno and takes the Straybird in pursuit of the professor's kidnappers. During his pursuit, Yuunagi [[spoiler:helps foil the assassination attempt on [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Lacus Clyne]] by [=ZAFT=] commandos]]. However, [[spoiler:when he encounters a new prototype [=GreAT=] mech, Yuunagi is utterly defeated and turns against his younger brother in anger]]. After several fights, [[spoiler:Yuunagi and Ichitaka make amends and join together to save Professor Graife]].
Tropes associated with Yuunagi:
* AloofBigBrother: [[spoiler: Mostly out of being unsure how to deal with having a younger brother.]]
* BeamSpam/MoreDakka: The Straybird's preferred method of combat.
* {{BFG}}: Vulture Cannon, which is finishing blow of ''Flood Assault''
* CombinationAttack: With [[spoiler:Ichitaka and the Rushbird, although the attack is mostly performed by the Rushbird]].
* CurbStompBattle Inversion. [[spoiler:Yuunagi gets a nasty one from a prototype [=GreAT=] mech, which contributes to him becoming TheRival to Ichitaka]].
* EleventhHourSuperPower: [[spoiler:The above-mentioned combination attack is unlocked on the second-to-last stage]].
* {{Expy}}: Was initially thought to be one of [[Anime/EurekaSeven Holland Novak]], but this has since been confirmed false and the similarities are only cosmetic at best.
** Straybird, to [[Anime/DancougarNova R-Daigun]]. Interestingly, the latter is included in this game.
* FragileSpeedster: Comparing to Rushbird, Straybird is much faster and capable of teleport. But it has less armor than Rushbird.
* GunsAkimbo: First part of ''Flood Assault''.
* HeroicBSOD: Falls into one after [[spoiler:losing to a [=GreAT=] prototype]] and responds by [[spoiler:taking out his anger on his younger brother Ichitaka]].
** [[spoiler:His actual motivation for attacking Ichitaka is to try to scare him off the battlefield so he won't get himself killed.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Feathers Wandering Around in the Night Sky", as well as "Sure to Become Honest" for Straybird's Volture Cannon.
* TheRival

! HL-0 Haruno

A newly-created android by Professor Graife. She is designed to link up with the Straybird and assist its pilot. After a surprise attack by [[spoiler:[=GreAT=]]] on the professor's lab, she joins Yuunagi in his efforts to rescue the professor. During their pursuit, [[spoiler:Yuunagi suffers a serious defeat at the hands of a [=GreAT=] prototype, Haruno agrees to go along with Yuunagi's plan to take on Ichitaka, while taunting Alice at the same time]]. After a few fights, [[spoiler:the brothers make amends and Haruno reconciles with Alice, and they resolve to save Professor Graife as a team]].

Tropes associated with Haruno:

* PunnyName/BilingualBonus: The spelling of Haruno's name in Japanese matches up with her ID number perfectly.
* RobotGirl

! Lude Gloria

Tropes associated with Lude:
* BigBad
* {{Leitmotif}}: "The Throne of Greatness"
* PhenotypeStereotype Blond hair and Blue Eyes
* PresidentEvil: President of the world that the ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' cast, Linebarrels villains, and Voltes V crew come from.
* ShoutOut: During his final battle, [[spoiler: Lude says he wants his mech to achieve the same legendary status as [[Anime/{{Macross}} the SDF-1 Macross]]]]. Consider how his unit would easily crush the SDF-1 with its insane firepower and durability, it isn't just boast.
* TakeOverTheWorld