Hot shot member of the Cry Wolves and male protagonist of Super Robot Wars MX
, Hugo's unit was thoroughly destroyed by the Devil Gundam
and suffered heavy wounds; the only way to save him was to perform a cybernetic operation on him
. If that wasn't enough, his friend Foglia Est gets turned into a Devil Gundam slave and tries attacking him, causing those wounds
. While Hugo manages to hide his pain, his mentor Albero Est doesn't take it well
and steals The Federation
prototype Medius Locus. Alongside new partner Aqua Centrum, Hugo sets out to stop Albero, only to find out that he's still somewhat of a Stealth Mentor
. In the end, Hugo decides to become an instructor to teach the next generation of soldiers.
Hugo makes a playable cameo in Super Robot Wars Original Generation Gaiden
, where his story starts during the prime days of the Cry Wolves. He's given a custom, mass-produced Gespenst MK II and is sent with the rest of team on various mercernary work, including the capture of a live Einst Regisseur
. Unfortunately, when [[spoilers:the human-engineered Jetzt
]] break free from the laboratories of Wong Heavy Industries and run amok, the Cry Wolves are sent to contain them. Unfortunately, Hugo is critically wounded when the team overestimates the strength of a Jetzt Regisseur
. By the end of Original Generation Gaiden
, Hugo's in prep for his cybernetic operation, opening up his MX
story for the Second Original Generation
Once again, in 2nd Original Generation
Hugo teamed up with Aqua to retrieve Medius Locus. He became involved with the Steel Dragon Battle Group as well as forming a good partnership with Joshua Radcliffe
. His story plays up pretty much the same, except for one small detail where he was absorbed into AI-1 and thought to be killed. He managed to return alive thanks to Aqua's effort... and got 'the most half-assed welcome back party' for that.
While in Original Generation Gaiden
he gets a customized Gespenst, his mecha in MX
is either the Real Robot
Cerberus (upgraded to Cerberus Ignite) or Super Robot
Garmraid (upgraded to Garmraid Blaze). Officially in the Second Original Generation
, Hugo pilots the Cerberus by default; however, he also has access to the Garmraid.
- Anime Hair
- Artificial Body
- Attack Drones: Cerberus' "Machinegun Pods" and Cerberus Ignite Form G's "Raygun Pods" are a wire-guided variant.
- Catch Phrase: "Discharge!" and "Ignition!"
- Chest Blaster: Garmraid Blaze Form G's "Terminus Blaster" and "Execution Raid"
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Hugo's color scheme is red, with his first Leitmotif being "Burning Red", just to drive the point home. While he doesn't quite like the color, the song name also fits as he's Hot-Blooded.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Original Generation Gaiden
- Fate Worse than Death: In the Second Original Generation, Hugo is assimilated by the AI-1. However, it turns out that by doing this, he's being kept alive. Fortunately, he gets better
- Flashback Nightmare
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Ryu has taken up piloting a Humongous Mecha!
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Cerberus Ignite Form G's "Ignite Pike"
- Leitmotif: "Burning Red"; after receiving the Mid-Season Upgrade, "The Watchdog of Hell" (Cerberus Ignite) or "Let's Ignition!" (Garmraid Blaze).
- Macross Missile Massacre: Cerberus Ignite Form G's "HO Missile Launcher"
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Cerberus Ignite or Garmraid Blaze. There's an exclusive mission in the PlayStation Portable port of MX where he rescues Aqua and the Metal Armor Dragonar team while showing off the upgrade's powers.
- The Ignite and Blaze each have two different forms: "Form G" specializes in close-ranged combat, suited more for Hugo.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Rocket Punch: Garmraid and Garmraid Blaze's "Fang Knuckle"; it literally BITES
- This Is a Drill: Garmraid Blaze Form G's "Rouga Crasher"
- Transforming Mecha: Part of the Mid-Season Upgrade package, allowing Aqua to become the main pilot when it switches to Form S
- Wave Motion Gun: Cerberus' "Terminus Cannon"
Female protagonist of MX
, Aqua is assign to co-pilot Hugo's machine, being forced to wear the Stripperiffic
costume "DFC" (Direct Feeling Control). She's promoted into the primary piloting seat after getting the Mid-Season Upgrade
. She's the apprentice of Doctor Eldy Mitte and admires her independence. Along with Hugo, Aqua is sent by the Federation to investigate the theft of the Medius Locus, but unfortunately for her, she finds out Eldy's also involved; in fact, she stages the whole thing, having gone Ax-Crazy. Aqua denounces her and fights on to Eldy's defeat, but later decides to take over her studies, at least promising that she won't fall from grace and go down her own Start of Darkness
Aqua makes a cameo in Original Generation Gaiden
, but isn't playable. In the beginning of the game, she's a fangirl
of Kai Kitamura
and actually mistakes Lamia Loveless
as his wife. Both give Aqua their autographs, while Aqua comments she'd rather drop dead than to wear something as stripperiffic
as Lamia's outfit. Oh, silly Aqua... note
In the Second Original Generation
, Aqua serves as the co-pilot to the Cerberus/Garmraid alongside Hugo. She ends up joining the Steel Dragon Battle Group, which is something of a wet-dream come true considering she's a fan of the majority of the members
. She also forms a friendship with a fellow newbie pilot, Cliana Rimskaya
. Her story also played pretty much the same, but Aqua is put through even worse emotional turmoil as she witnessed Hugo's assimilation to AI-1 and blamed herself for it. She resolved to fill in Hugo's shoes by becoming a solo pilot but she couldn't keep up with what Eldy sent to her, until by miracle, she managed to pull a very alive Hugo from AI-1. Once Eldy is taken care of, both Aqua and Hugo stick with the Aggressors to teach new generation of soldiers about battle.
- Christmas Cake: Subverted; while not exactly of the right age (she's 23), Aqua has brief stigmas of this when she meets the MUCH younger pilots of the other series in MX. In fact, Hugo's younger than her!
- One notable MX Yonkoma lampshades this much to Aqua's distress. Even Excellen Browning makes a cameo.
- Averted in the Second Original Generation, thanks to the majority of the cast being older than her or close enough to her age that it's hardly a concern.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Her color theme's blue, as is her Leitmotif "Dancing Blue".
- Ditzy Genius: Aqua may be a decent operator and combat analyst, but she tends to fall for the flimsiest jokes. For instance, she believed that Ratsel Feinschmecker isn't Elzam von Branstein, even when Hugo and the rest know both are obviously the same person.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Original Generation Gaiden
- Exposed to the Elements: She ends up shivering while visiting Antartica due to her DFC costume.
- Flanderization: Subverted, since it's the opposite. The two things that were basically her running gags in MX, her age and her wearing the DFS suit all the time, are downplayed in Original Generation (the former is never brought up and whenever she isn't piloting, she's wearing a regular military uniform).
- Heroic BSOD: Got hit with this from the shock at the revelation that Eldy is helping Albero with the Medius Locus and losing Hugo temporarily in the Second Original Generation.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Aqua is a huge fangirl of the majority of the Steel Dragon Battle Group. She'd usually ask for a sign to its member, she asked Kai's in OG Gaiden and got his and Lamia's. And then she attempted to get the same from Kyosuke and Excellen.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Just like Hugo, the Cerberus Ignite and Garmraid Blaze each have two different forms. "Form S" is tailored for long-ranged bombardments, which Aqua excels at.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit...and a bit of Gainaxing
- Rage Against the Mentor: What she does in MX
- Robot Buddies: "Hyoh" and "Rouga", a pair of "Machine Animaleeds" used to upgrade the Garmraid. In the Blaze Form S, Aqua can detach the Animaleeds and have it attack seperately.
- Shoulder Cannons: Cerberus Ignite Form S' "Terminus Smasher"
- Sphere of Destruction: Garmraid Blaze Form S' "Trinity Dead End" (Second Original Generation only)
- Wave Motion Gun: Cerberus Ignite Form S' "Cerberaid Buster" and Garmarid Blaze Form S' "Trinity Dead End" (MX only)
Foglia Est (Voiced by Anri Katsu)
A member of the mercenary Cry Wolves, Foglia is the only son of Albero and a close friend of Hugo. In MX
, he takes an attack from the Devil Gundam meant to finish off a wounded Hugo, and is mutated by Devil Gundam Cells into a member of the Devil Army. Albero's forced to kill his son in order to save Hugo
. Beyond that, little was known about Foglia in his MX
incarnation (his death occurs off-screen), although it arguably cements Albero's Start of Darkness
In Original Generation Gaiden
, Foglia wants to show his father he can be a talented pilot just like he is, but his cocky attitude makes Albero hold him back often. As a result, father and son don't always see eye-to-eye on missions, yet despite their differences, Foglia has nothing but respect for him. When Kai Kitamura approaches Albero with the new Gespenst MK II M Custom models, Foglia jumps at the offer, but is passed over for Hugo. Some time later, during a solo mission against the Jetzt, Albero attempts to launch a finishing blow on a Jetzt Regisseur, but fails. As the Regisseur attacks, Foglia takes the hit for his father and is tragically killed. In response, Hugo attempts to avenge his fallen friend, but winds up getting critically injured
- Ascended Extra: From a one-note character in MX, into...well, keep reading.
- Blessed with Suck: Gets constantly passed over because of his attitude. Then there's the fact he purposefully exists just to get Killed Off for Real in the two games he's ever appeared in.
- Character Development: Other than being Albero's son and the circumstances of his death, little was known about Foglia until Original Generation Gaiden. Even then, the development isn't a whole lot, but compared to what Foglia had before, it's substantial. Hell, his short appearance was enough to garner him a Leitmotif, "Going Ocher", and a personal color scheme of ocher/tan for his regular mass-produced Gespenst MK II.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Subversion, as he wasn't useable in MX
- Killed Off for Real
- Taking the Bullet: With the only difference between MX and Original Generation Gaiden being the intended target Foglia takes the bullet for.
- Tearjerker: Foglia's death in Original Generation Gaiden is quite pronounced compared to his off-screen death in MX.
The Medius Locus is one of three Super Prototypes
developed as part of the "Tsentr Project", a research started by the Earth Federation to create a mecha that doesn't need maintenance of any kind. The Medius Locus is meant to test the capabilities of Lasmunanium, a material capable of replicating itself, while the Cerberus and Garmraid are meant to test the Terminus Energy Engine and Terminus Energy Absorber, a system capable of generating near-infinite amounts of energy. However, Albero hijacks
the Medius Locus when it was going to be taken for a test run, and uses it to go hunt the Devil Gundam.
The AI-1 is a self-learning artificial intelligence developed by Eldy, originally meant to be used as part of the control system of the mecha developed by the Tsentr Project. However, at one point during its development, Eldy delved too deeply into the AI-1, going so far as to identify it as her child, deciding to focus on making it evolve into a self-aware organism. As part of her plan to do so, she installed the AI-1 into the Medius Locus. Little by little, Eldy makes the AI-1 integrate itself into the Medius Locus' Lasmunanium, making it go out of control and causing various gradual mutations in the mecha, while at the same time, granting the AI-1 self-awareness and intelligence. Ultimately, Eldy uses the power of the Star of La-Mu to empower the AI-1 further. This causes the Lasmunanium to go so out of control that the AI-1 assimilates Albero, then Eldy, then the Medius Locus itself. The AI-1 is destroyed in the final battle when Albero's conscience manages to regain control of the Medius Locus and self-destructs it
In the Second Original Generation
, the Medius Locus is once again taken by Albero, who aligns with the Gaia Sabers
together with the scientists behind the Tsentr Project. The story diverges at certain points. For starters, the Medius Locus is discarded before it can complete its mutations from MX, and when the AI-1 starts showing signs of developing a bond towards Albero, Eldy kills him, considering him an obstacle for its evolution. Using the data taken from the Medius Locus, the Cerberus Ignite and the Garmraid Blaze, the Gaia Sabers develop the Model-X "Garberus", the intended final prototype of the Tsentr Project, amalgamating all of the features the three mecha had into a single unit. Eldy forces project creator, General Mitall Zapad, to install the AI-1 in it, then assassinates him when she considers he has outlived his usefulness. Depending on the route taken by the player, the story can end up in two ways: in the normal route, Eldy, the Garberus and AI-1 are destroyed during their first sortie. In the harder, canonical route, Eldy takes the Garberus to Antarctica and uses the energy of the Crossgate hidden there to power up the AI-1. The AI-1 then assimilates Eldy and the Garberus and turns into the monstrosity fought at the end of MX, which is then assimilated by Euzeth Gozzo to become part of the Adamatron
Albero Est (Voiced by Katsuhisa Houki)
The leader of the mercenary Cry Wolves. Introduced in MX
as The Rival
to Hugo and Aqua, Albero is Hugo's former commander and has been deeply affected by the death and mutation (for a lack of better words) of his son Foglia at the hands of the Devil Gundam. Having allied with Aqua's mentor Eldy
, Albero steals the Medius Locus and decides to hunt down the Devil Gundam on his own. Over the course of game, Albero challenges Hugo and Aqua (having been sent by The Federation
to capture him) because nothing will get in the way of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge
. Eventually, Albero assists Magneito Ten (the protagonist group of MX
) in defeating the Devil Gundam. However, Eldy isn't quite pleased, believing Albero to be a hinderance to the AI-1. Unknowingly, through the course of his actions, Albero wins the appeal of the AI-1 and tells Eldy off. Sadly, once the Medius Locus reaches its third transformation, the AI-1 has grown so large it consumes the cockpit of the Medius Locus. Albero appears during the final battle and reveals to Hugo and Aqua he has no regrets over his actions and repeats the Cry Wolves' motto "Always come back alive". Albero is killed along with Eldy and the AI-1 when he activates the Medius Locus' self-destruct program
In Original Generation Gaiden
, as an extension to his back-story, Albero is still leader of the Cry Wolves, but has a friendship with Kai. In addition, Albero has a rocky relationship with his son, as he recognizes Foglia wants to be like him, but Albero wants Foglia to earn the respect like he did, rather than ride his father's coattails. The Cry Wolves are assigned to initially guard over the ruined Earth Cradle by General Mitall and extract any useful data on the Einsts that arrived during the Kurogane's solo assault mission on the facility. The mercenaries succeed in capturing an Einst Regisseur and deliver it to Eric Wong, a former EOTI scientist who worked on the Granzon. Mitall and Wong give the Cry Wolves a second mission: infiltrate the White Star to capture Vindel Mauser and the Zweizergain in order to obtain Agieus, the System XN installed in the machine. Instead, they find the wreckage of the Soulgain and succeed in removing most of the scrap before the White Star is pulled into the Einst dimension
Following the mission, Albero has a chance meeting with Kai, who hands him two of three Gespenst MK II M Custom models (one for him, the other for someone else in his squad). Albero gives the mech to Hugo, despite objections from Foglia. During a mission against the Jetzt, Albero gets damaged in an attack by a Jetzt Regisseur and is about to be finished off when Foglia jumps in and takes the killing blow for his father. Hugo's also seriously injured in this attack, although Axel Almer and Einst Alfimi show up and save what remains of the Cry Wolves. The last of Albero is seen when he's notified that Hugo's body requires cybernetics in order to stay alive
Due to continuity rearrangements, Albero's storyline runs a little differently in Original Generation
. For the Second Original Generation
, he returns to pilot the Medius Locus. Instead of seeking revenge, he is fooled by Mitall that Foglia is still alive, thus forced to "steal" the Medius Locus and keep on fighting to collect combat data for the Tsentr Project. Unlike MX, Eldy manage to shoots and feed him to the AI-1 before the Medius Locus can achieve its last evolution
Tropes associated with Albero are:
- Anti-Villain: He only goes along with Eldy's plans just so he can get his revenge on the Devil Gundam or being tricked that Foglia is still alive.
- Badass Beard
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Albero's color scheme is black, hence his nickname the "Black Wolf", and both his Leitmotifs contain the word "black".
- Early-Bird Cameo: Original Generation Gaiden
- Face-Heel Turn
- Grand Theft Prototype
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Hard to believe, but he's Gecko Moria; talk about vocal range. Also, he's one of the many who'd yell "AAAAAAAADDDDDIIIOOOOSSS!!!! AAAAAMMIIIIIGOOOOOO!!!!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Leitmotif: "Crying Black" and "Medius Locus"; Original Generation Gaiden gave him the new "Shouting Black", a less-"sinister" version of "Crying Black".
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In a rare antagonist example for SRW, the Medius Locus continues to evolve in subsequent encounters with the help of the AI-1.
- Red Baron: Known as the "Black Wolf" amongst Earth Federation Army commanders
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Albero's primary motivation in MX
- Start of Darkness: The death of his son by the Devil Gundam was enough for Albero to desperately turn to Eldy and the Medius Locus as a way to prevent the Devil Gundam incident from happening again.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In MX, he gives this to Eldy, after she deems him a hinderance to AI-1's evolution with an Armor-Piercing Slap, while held at gunpoint, no less.
A scientist tasked with creating the perfect aritificial intelligence. Eldy was Aqua's mentor, and was known for being strict; however, she will go to great lengths to see her research come to fruition. In MX
, Eldy assists Albero with the hijacking of the Medius Locus on the condition he allows her install her creation, the AI-1. Since Albero doesn't really care, Eldy decides to help him in his quest to destroy the Devil Gundam. She encounters Hugo and Aqua several times (as they are sent to capture the Medius Locus), yet Eldy keeps her identity a secret in order to manipulate Aqua's emotions. When the Medius Locus transforms into its second form, Albero's quite disturbed by its resemblance to the Devil Gundam and questions Eldy's intentions, though she chooses to Hand Wave the notion of similarities
.Over time, Eldy comes to the conclusion the AI-1 isn't evolving fast enough and tries to eliminate all obstacles. With the Devil Gundam destroyed, Eldy decides to remove what she thinks is the last obstacle: Albero. However, the AI-1 has grown attached to Albero and begs Eldy not to kill him. Stunned the AI-1 has become so sentient, Eldy nearly shoots and kills Albero at gunpoint, but is slapped and rebuked by him. Once the AI-1 transforms a third time, it crushes the cockpit of the Medius Locus, along with Eldy and Albero. Eldy finally loses it and decides to merge with the AI-1, hoping to complete its evolution. Before it can transform a final time, Albero self-destructs the Medius Locus, killing himself, Eldy and the AI-1
In Original Generation Gaiden
, Eldy appears as a researcher within the Earth Federation Army, with Aqua as her assistant/student. After events involving the failed Wendigo Project, Eldy's placed on the Tsentr Project. In the Second Original Generation
, similar events from MX play out; however, Eldy uses the Crossgate found beneath Antarctica to power the AI-1. Duvan Org attempts to do it too, but the Alles Geist can't handle it, especially when Eldy was simply using Duvan to buy her time to fend off Federation forces. The AI-1 consumes Duvan once Eldy doesn't need him anymore. Of note is the Gaia Sabers don't seem to really care about Eldy's actions (except it turns out that Arteil Steinbeck was counting on her to complete it all along), and Mitall is openly trying to stop her from working on it (she gets tired of it and kills him eventually)
Tropes associated with Eldy (and for convenience, the AI-1) are:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted, if you consider the You Have Outlived Your Usefulness entry below.
- All Your Powers Combined: The Garberus is mostly based on the Garmraid Blaze, but can transform into a Cerberus Ignite-like form using similar mechanics to the latter. It's also built with Lasmunanium and houses the AI-1, just like the Medius Locus.
- Ax-Crazy: Made more evident after she merges with AI-1. She cranks it Up to Eleven in MX in a peculiar way: damaging the AI-1 enough that it's left with exactly 1 HP, Eldy has a special dialogue just for that moment, mainly where she laughs at how having only 1 hit point left means nothing to the AI-1.
- Big Bad: Of MX
- Body Horror: This video essentially demonstrates how AI-1's evolution transforms the Medius Locus from a normal mecha into an Eldritch Abomination.
- Composite Humongous Mecha: Exclusively in the Second Original Generation, Eldy installs the AI-1 in the "Garberus" (yes, that IS its name), the final product of the Tsentr project, a machine born from both the MX original mecha Garmraid and Cerberus.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Original Generation Gaiden
- Genre Savvy: See Ax-Crazy
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: For the majority of MX and Original Generation, Eldy keeps her hair all nice and neat, even when being the villain. When she merges with the AI-1, she lets it hang loose, adding to her shift in Ax-Crazy.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Ever wonder if Washu went completely off the deep end into total madness?
- Kick the Dog: Any scene after the reveals when she and Aqua is in the same scene, she'll spend the majority of it rubbing the salt on the wounds she caused to Aqua by her betrayal, calling Aqua stupid and naive to trust her so much (and in OG, add mentioning how it's Aqua's fault Hugo died), with a glee.
- Kiss of Death: Seen in the final attack of the AI-1
- Leitmotif: "All In 1"
- Mad Scientist
- Manipulative Bitch: Eldy keeps her identity hidden from Aqua just to screw with her because she knows Aqua's heavily emotional. Eldy's reveal manages to do it in such a way that it breaks Aqua's heart.
- Master Computer: AI-1 slowly becomes self-aware
- Sentient AI Warning Signs: Numbers 2, 10, 15, 17.1, 17.3, 20, 35 (4th form only), and 53 (although this occurs because Eldy went crazily obsessed with making the AI-1 more powerful, so it counts as a variation)
- Spell My Name with an S: Is it "Eldy" or "Erde"?
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one in the Second Original Generation after her defeat in the Al-1.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Eldy gives this to Albero after concluding the AI-1 isn't evolving because of him and threatens to shoot him. She gets a dose of shock when the AI-1 asks her to spare Albero; he drives the point home by slapping her in the face.