A family of "Trailers", a catch-all term in Super Robot Wars W referring to people who are hired to perform any duty in space other than salvage and combat (but that won't stop them from doing either if the job calls for it), the Ardyguns operate aboard their spaceship Valstork. They are close associates and friends of Lowe Gear and the "Junk Guild".
Ancestral Weapon: The Valstork and Valhawk were handed down generation after generation in the Ardygun family, with no one knowing where it really comes from. It was Blessfield who built them, with some help from extraterrestrials after being sent back in time 15 billion years ago into the previous universe.
Armed Legs: The Valhawk has a pair of "Heat Edge" spikes on top of its feet that form the tip of its nose when it transforms into its "Air Force" mode. It uses them in its "Beam Shot Launcher" and "Ray Blade" attacks, and in the latter, the Heat Edge is ignited.
BFS: Valzacard's "Dimension Breaker", where it wields the Arm Arcus in its "Sword Mode" as a sword hilt to generate a blade of crystal energy. The power of the attack is amplified by Regulate, which allows it to break apart the walls of dimensions.
Chef of Iron: Post-Time Skip, the first thing he's asked to do after his return to the Valstork is to cook for the crew, because he was the most experienced chef of the crew.
Chick Magnet: Ironically, despite not being in a relationship throughout W, he's really good at talking with the girls of Neue Wärter, especially post-Time Skip.
Combination Attack: "Proton Cannon Focus", where the Valhawk uses the "Dual Proton Cannons" of the Valstork to unleash a Wave Motion Gun. In essence, three of the four attacks of the Valzacard are also this, since they use the Arm Arcus and Arm Stoma.
Eleventh Hour Superpower, Story Breaker Power: The Valzacard is only usable near the end of part two of W. Even if the player doesn't bother to upgrade the Valhawk, whose upgrades carryover to the Valzacard, it's still one of the strongest units towards the end of the game.
Humongous Mecha: The Valhawk is roughly a 30-meter tall, medium-sized machine, but the Valzacard towers at over 212 meters, making it one of the largest original mecha in SRW history. By contrast, the Geant Chevalier is 110 meters long, and more than half of its length is its lance-like BFS.
Jack of All Stats: The Valhawk is fairly mobile, but not extraordinarily powerful (though on par with other Real Robots), but strong enough to be effective at all ranges, has all three basic defensive abilities and has the transformable Air Force mode for added movement. While not great in any aspect, unlike most units in W, it has no real weaknesses.
Leitmotif: "Bullet Striker" (pre-Time Skip), "Sail On Future" (post-Time Skip) and "Just One Chance" (during Valzacard's EXA Nova Shoot Over)
Alone Among the Couples, Unlucky Everydude: Kazuma has the dubious honor of being the first original to have the "Love" Spirit Command, yet not be in a relationship. He spends a good portion of W bemoaning this.
Weak, but Skilled: Kazuma's stats are slightly above average for a real robot pilot; unfortunately, he has no stat-increasing abilities nor does the Valhawk have an unique ability to cover them. However, he makes up for it by having the best native skill set of any series protagonist in the game ("Sword Cut" note Unit can negate melee attacks; activates based on skill stat, "Gun Down" note Unit can shoot down missile-based attacks; activates based on skill stat, "Shield" note Unit automatically reduces damage without selecting the "defend" option if counterattacking; activates based on skill stat, "Support Attack" note Pilot can provide offensive support to an adjacent ally, "Support Defend" note Pilot can provided defensive support to an adjacent ally and "Combo Attack" note Pilot can attack multiple enemy units placed adjacent to one another).
Magikarp Power: The Valhawk quickly gets outclassed by numerous Game Breakers, with its saving grace its upgrades being able to carryover to the Valguard, which receives a boost in power and is matched up with many units, until the later parts of the Time Skip. Once the Valzacard is available, it's one of the best units in the game.
A former Space Pirate, who had many run-ins with law enforcement agents such as Heinrich Freeman and Kotaro Taiga, 45 year-old Blessfield at one point clashed with Taiga over the same woman named Yumi, who would become Blessfield's wife. After some unspecified time, he gave up the life of a pirate, and they became Trailers. Since then, Blessfield has fathered four children: Shihomi, Akane, Kazuma and Mihiro. Known as "the legendary Trailer", his reputation has garnered him the nickname "Hawkeye".Blessfield is from Mars, and like all Martians, he has the ability to initiate "Boson Jump", which allows instantaneously travel through space and time with the help of "Chulip Crystals". In many cases, the "Jumper" may even wind up going backwards through time. During a major battle with Inference and the Database, Blessfield instinctively protects Kazuma from an explosion by using a Boson Jump, but accidentally sends himself back 15 billion years into the past (shortly before the Big Crunch that proceeded the Big Bang that created the W universe). Stranded, Blessfield nearly loses all hope until a chance meeting with an ancient civilization called the "E's", teaching him the importance of memories. Working alongside them, Blessfield creates the "Knowledge Records" and the "Record Plant", inevitably bringing the Database to life. The Valstork would be his final legacy, intended to be handed down to his ancestors in the future, 15 billion years later.
Big Good: Shares this with Taiga; this traits is carried on well after his apparent death in the form of Applicant.
Brick Joke: According to Kazuma, his mother Yumi was a famous masked Trailer woman. In addition, Blessfield's description of his wife practically screams Char Clone. When he created Applicant and Regulate, he inverted the position with Applicant wearing a mask, thereby making a Char Clone based on himself, while the mask-less Regulate is based entirely on Yumi.
Crazy-Prepared: Blessfield knew that sooner or later the Database will become a threat to other civilizations and cultures in the new universe, thus created two failsafes - the first was to copy his personality and a part of his mind into Applicant, making him the "overseer" of the Database in secret, while the second was to create the Valstork with the ability to combine with the Arm units, provided that two Database personalities "break down" from the rest of them.
Crutch Character: Blessfield helms the Valstork with three other characters, meaning an exceptionally large list of Spirit Commands to use, a MAP weapon for the Valstork, good stats and Blessfield's own superb set of Spirit Commands surprisingly filled with a lot of them that are usually earned late-game. He's likely one of the best battleship commanders in SRW and for good reason: he's only playable in the first part of W; by the second part, the Valstork by itself is useless when it can combine with the Valhawk to form the more powerful Valguard, and he's replaced by Kazuma, who gets the best list of Spirit Commands to use with six pilots when the Valzacard is available.
The youngest daughter of the Ardygun family, 10 year-old Mihiro is the co-pilot of the Valhawk, who assists with aiming and evasive programs. After the death of their mother Yumi, Kazuma was the one to take care of her, as the rest of the family was too busy with their Trailer duties. She's very attached to her older brother.
The second oldest daughter of the Ardygun family, 20 year-old Akane is a rather cheerful, but stern woman. Aboard the Valstork, she is the weapons operator. According to Akane, she prefers a tough man, and her gullible personality makes her an easy target for Horis' teasing. She's also troubled about her lack of a sizeable chest, something Horis constantly jokes about.
24 year-old Horis is currently employed by the Ardygun family as a freelancer. Knowledgeable about many things, he is the navigational operator of the Valstork and has excellent controls with the battleship. Horis is actually an intelligence operative from the Organization of Zodiac, who infiltrated the Valstork to investigate its capabilities and technology, but decided to stay behind rather than report to his superiors after growing too attached and fond of the Ardygun family and how well they treated him.
Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Horian", "Horion" or "Horaian"? While the latter is closest to the katakana spelling of his name, it sounds phonetically odd. Most players stick with either "Horian" or "Horion".
A general-purpose robot on the Valstork, Carret acts as the communications and signal analysis officer.
Black Box: Carret contains data on the origins of the Valstork
The "Scribes of Knowledge", more commonly referred to as the Database, they are the main antagonists of Super Robot Wars W. Originally created to seek out and preserve all knowledge in the universe by a civilization called the E's of the previous universe, who were at that point waiting for the Big Crunch to occur, the Database were inspired to do so by Blessfield Ardygun, teaching them the importance of memories, after he was thrown back in time 15 billion years into the past during a battle with the Database, the very same group he helped create. Led by "Inference", with "Critic", Applicant and Regulate as his advisers, and Aria Advance as their field commander, the Database seek to go from civilization to civilization, assimilating all the knowledge each possess, then eliminate them to make that knowledge rarer and more valuable.Tropes associated with multiple characters of the Database:
Critic is moreso than other members of the Database: it was he who suggested they destroy the recorded civilizations. Secondly, Critic is the only Database individual created without emotions or a personality.
The Dreaded: Despite the Evil vs. Evil nature of enemy factions in W, all are deathly fearful of the Database, with good reason.
With a physical appearance 16 year-old, Aria is one of the frontline commanders of the Database, piloting a custom Arm Arcus. She sees Applicant as a paternal figure, even addressing him as "papa". Due to the mechanical nature of the Database, Aria is socially inept at establishing relationships, though during her encounters with Mihiro, she grows oddly attached and fond of her, yet cold and callous towards Kazuma.
Cloning Blues: Unlike the other Database characters, Aria is an Opposite-Sex Clone of Kazuma, more specifically a "personality clone" of him. This explains why she feels more affectionate for Mihiro and depises Kazuma, because she wishes to be rid of him so she can replace him in the Ardygun family.
Foreshadowing: It's hard to notice, but during one scenario where Aria is forced to fight alongside Neue Wärter, notice how Aria's stats and Spirit Commands are idential to Kazuma. This is long before The Reveal she is his opposite sex personality clone.
Me's a Crowd: The Arm Arcus can split itself into five solid copies for short durations during its attacks. Presumably, this ability is integral to how it transforms into the Valzacard's sword and bow, considering the tremendous difference in size between the two.
An advisor for Inference, Critic endorses his actions and the Database's. However, his personality often clashes for playing second fiddle to Inference, thus is often suspected by other members of the Database to have ulterior motives.