One of two halves of "Beater Services", a mechanic service, Rand Travis is the male protagonist of Super Robot Wars Z. A huge guy at 27 years-old (according to his official profile) with a good sense of humor, he is looking for his missing master Cielo Beater, and assisted by his master's daughter Mel Beater. He's known as "The Crusher" after his tendency to destroy more things than he fixes, an In-Series Nickname he doesn't take so well. Being in the late-twenties, Rand has a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of people, which is why he sort of tolerates Asakim Dowin, despite the atrocities he commits against Setsuko Ohara, and offers genuine, heartfelt support to her following those encounters with Asakim. He pilots the Gunleon, a GaoGaiGar-like mecha carrying a huge wrench and an assortment of spanners, nailguns and chainsaws with which he can trash his enemies just as efficiently as he can repair damaged allies. He and the Gunleon exemplify these tropes:
Badass Normal: Rand's not a Sphere holder like Setsuko or Mel, but he still kicks much ass. It's pretty much required of him, since Mel is too inexperienced to be piloting a machine.
The Berserker: The Gunleon's strongest attack could best be described as the machine ripping the enemy apart in a feral rage.
Beware the Nice Ones: Not him, but the Gunleon; it's pretty powerful for a humble repair mecha. Turns out the reason for this is the Sphere of the "Wounded Lion" manifested within it in an attempt to avoid being used as a weapon of war. This is why the Gunleon, and by extension Rand, tend to destroy more than they repair.
It gets even better: Cielo found an ancient Super Robot and repurposed it to be a repair-based mecha. It seems the Wounded Lion is terrible at choosing where it manifests itself.
Combat Medic: The Gunleon can repair allied units; in Z, it automatically heals units paired up in the same squad with it by a small amount per turn. This marks the first time a protagonist mecha in SRW is equipped with a innate-healing ability. Later, it gets the ability to resupply ammo and energy.
Cursed with Awesome: The Wounded Lion is easily the Sphere with the least drawbacks, since it only tortures Rand to give it power when needed for the "Pain Shouter" and "The Heat Crusher" attacks. The Sphere is willingly holding back the usual Blessed with Suck, otherwise Rand would be living in constant agony.
Made of Iron: Activating the Gunleon's "Magna Mode" is not a pleasant experience for Rand, because it's literally powered by physical pain. However, he'll just shake it off like nothing happened and keep fighting. Lampshaded by Rand with one of his battle quotes, "Gunleon! My pain won't lose to you!"
By the sequel, after using Pain Shout, Rand will sometimes say something along the lines of "Phew! Glad that's over".
Meaningful Name: His machine likely refers to the constellation and zodiac of Leo, to which the Wounded Lion is also a reference to it.
Mighty Glacier: Gunleon, with the added bonus of being able to repair itself.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Saisei-hen, he gets attacked by a berserking Crowe Broust, and counters with his usual methods, leaing to a completely trashed Brasta. Just to add to the event, Rand will say something along the line of "Oops".
Obfuscating Stupidity: Rand seems like the kind of person to use brute force for everything. Sara Kodama even comments in Z she can't tell if he's an idiot or a freaking genius. One of his many moments of this is how he gets himself out of trouble in the beginning of the Exodus. One of the best showcasing of this for Rand is when he catches onto L÷wen General's true colors pretty early and isn't surprised at all by his betrayal, noting L÷wen wasn't fooling anyone after appearing to be Rand's friend.
Red Baron: "The Crusher", but Rand doesn't like the nickname.
Running Gag: He prefers "The Heat" monniker, instead. He ends up subverting his usual reaction to "The Crusher", on the basis that that gag had already run its course. There's also his "Heat Smile", which absolutely everyone comments on as being "stuffy".
Disappeared Dad: Cielo vanished four years before the start of Z. According to Mel, he got caught in the same kind of dimensional warp that brought Garrod Ran to the Gallian Continent. He's only seen in flashbacks and when Xine Espio was disguising as him throughtout Z. Mel hopes she will be reunited with him one day. In the Second Super Robot Wars Z: Hakai-hen, he makes an unexpected cameo appearance, provided the player can find him, as the man who hands over the Auto-Repair Machine Parts to Crowe.
He Is Not My Boyfriend: Inverted; a good chunk of the cast tries to convince her Rand is her surrogate paternal figure and not her love interest. She won't have any of that.
She Is All Grown Up: Averted; the only difference in her appearance is that her hair grows, and between the end of Z and Super Robot Wars Z: Special Disk, she cuts it. Sure, they try to justify it in-story, but we all know the real reason.
You Can't Fight Fate: Not so much fate, but the Wounded Lion tried to avoid the Holy War by not choosing a battle-hungry holder and manifesting itself in a repair-based mecha instead of a combat-based machine. The plan would've worked, until Mel was killed in combat and Cielo passed it on to her to save her life.
Setsuko Ohara (Voiced by Yukiko Takaguchi)
"The Glory Star! Full Burst!"
Female protagonist of Z, Setsuko's an orphan thanks to her parents' death via the Colony Drops, and was drafted into the Titans and placed in the "Glory Star" squad under Denzel Hammer and Toby Watson. She has a rather timid, quiet and demure attitude, making her question her purpose as a Titan, and indirectly making herself and the rest of the team the Titan's go-to Butt Monkeys. While out on a training mission in the new Virgora mecha, Glory Star become embroiled in a skirmish with the AEUG's Quattro Bajeena and Kamille Bidan. In the confusion, Setsuko mysteriously transports herself, Toby and Denzel into another world.While finding out what's going on, Setsuko encounters the enigmatic Asakim, and everything starts going downhill, as her first experience with him was his unceremonious murder of Denzel. If that isn't enough, he later kills Toby in front of her, beats her up and possibly rapes her (we aren't sure due to a scene change). If that still isn't enough, Asakim arranges a meeting between Setsuko and the Alternate Universe versions of Toby and Denzel, only to see that Asakim has convinced them she's their enemy. It turns out Setsuko possesses the Sphere of the "Sorrowful Maiden", which grows more powerful the sadder she gets, and Asakim seeks to awaken its true potential by tormenting her. It's also the thing responsible for transporting her randomly throughout the dimensions. She resolves to thwart Asakim's ambitions (and later the Chimera Battalion), but discovers the more she uses the Sphere's power, the more she's losing herself: first her sense of taste, then her sight...poor girl.Setsuko pilots the Virgora, formerly one of three test units, each with specific weaponry and combat roles, but gathers up/unlocks all weapon outloads for one. Later, it's upgraded a second time to the Virgora Glory. She embodies these tropes:
Downer Ending: All three of them in Z. She dies in the bad ending and won't last long in the normal and good ending either, with the only difference being she finally joins those alternate universe versions of Denzel and Toby in the latter.
Blessed with Suck: A Sphere gives awesome power with the right emotions. Her emotional trigger? DESPAIR
Break the Cutie: Done lots of times by Asakim. It's pretty much his sole purpose in her version of the story.
Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of Z, she's united with another universe's Toby and Denzel, and the three recreate the Glory Star team.
Implied by Z3 in regards to her Sphere as well. Gadlight managed to use his sphere to the extent that he isn't effected by negative side effects, meaning ALL OF SETSUKO'S PROBLEMS have a good chance of going away with time.
Heroic RROD: The more she uses her Sphere, the more she loses herself.
It's Personal: After Asakim does...things to her, she's really pissed off.
Leitmotif: "The Right Stuff" for the Glory Star team; once the Virgora Glory is acquired, "The Wings Which Wipe Away Tears"
Meaningful Name: See Spell My Name with an S below. She holds the Sphere of the Sorrowful Maiden and is the pilot of the Virgora, both arguably fitting well with the constellation and zodiac of Virgo.
Mid-Season Upgrade: The Virgora Custom, which gets several attacks over the course of the game via a perverse version of Mega Manning, wherein what it acquires are the signature moves of the mecha of her dead teammates (the Custom itself being Denzel's unit with Setsuko's unit's left arm). The Virgora Glory plays with this by intially being a simple Mecha Expansion Pack (that broke the Virgora's primary weapon to boot!) before it's augmented by her Sphere.
Cannot Tell a Lie: More of a "Villains Never Lie"; during Z, he always reveals his intentions even to his victims. Turns out in Saisei-hen, he's the bearer of the Sphere of the Truth-Seeking Goat, which prevents him from lying.
Evil All Along: In the original Z, he did plenty of bad things even in Rand's route but was not without the occasional moment of sympathy, like saving the duplicates of Setsuko's teammates and allowing them to reunite with her. It didn't exactly exonerate his behavior, but it was still there and a case could be made his suffering had driven him to lengthy extremes to end it all. In Hakai- and Saisei-hen though, he's a fully-fledged antagonist whose seeming Pet the Dog moments are always to just further his own goals, along with the fact that his farewell to Xine at the end of Rand's route might not have been so honest after all.
Evil Laugh: He does a grand one on occasion during the Shurouga's attacks.
Pet the Dog: Abandons Xine, but leaves a message for her to live on her own will so she can be happy; in Rand's story, he can be convinced to help ZEUTH fight the Big Bad.
Unfortunately, this may have been a scheme by Asakim since in Saisei-hen, he has the Sphere of the Truth-Seeking Goat, powered and activated by curiosity. To get the Sphere, he had to consume the being of a "curious girl", the implication that Xine was its previous holder.
The Punishment: He calls himself an "accursed wanderer"; he's immortal due to some form of punishment, unwillingly tossed about between universes like a leaf in the wind. While he refers to his situation as a punishment (implying a punisher), Asakim may simply be melodramatic about it, especially since the cast of the Z series are also "accursed wanderers" according to him, and are now subject to the same rules he is (even immortality).
Wild Mass Guessing: Overloaded; even the Ley Buster attack alone invokes too much guessing. It features the likes of Shu's Neo Granzon firing the "Shukutaihou", the version of the Cybuster from the obscure Shin Masou Kishin: Panzer Warfare dueling the Shurouga, a silhouette of Crowe standing in the streets (you can recognize him if you closely examine the jacket's strap: apparently, Banpresto foreshadowed his appearance) and two women theorized to be a play on Masaki's familiar cats given human form.
Willfully Weak: Whenever he's playable, the Ley Buster cannot be used, presumably because mind-raping his enemies in front of ZEUTH would make him even more Obviously Evil. Unless you recruit him in Rand's final scenario, you'll finally be able to use it, since Asakim has nothing left to hide at that point.
A special operations unit of the New Earth Federation headed by Colonel, later, Brigadier General Edel Bernal, their mission is to unite the chaotic world after the dimensional collapse, but are also intent on ruling the world as a totalitarian dictatorship by controlling all information through the Universal Network (read: the Internet). Using the UN, they feed ZEUTH false information about each other in an attempt to trick them into destroying one another. Naturally, it becomes clear the Chimera are the primary antagonists of Z.Tropes common to multiple members of the Chimera are:
Leitmotif: "The Lion Bears Its Blades" for L÷wen, ""Set A Snake Upon Evil's Trail" for Schlan Opel, "The Demonic Goat's Allure" for Xine, "The Puppet's Eye-God" for Edel Bernal and "Chimera" for The Edel Bernal
Theme Naming: Each member's name is in German, while the name of their mecha are in Latin and contains the word "chaos".
A very dedicated soldier of the Chimera, L÷wen has issues against hitting women and fighting them on the battlefield, less out of misogyny and more out of chivalry. Calling himself "The Young Lion of the Chimera", he pilots the Chaos Leo, a mecha that looks like a man wearing lion hide with vicious melee attacks. As the Chimera reveal their true colours, so does L÷wen: he despises women, and believes the only woman who should be allowed to exist is his commander Edel Bernal, whom he worships like a goddess. The reason for this is the vague explanation of "I was betrayed by women before". L÷wen dies pathetically screaming out Edel Bernal's name as his Chaos Leo is destroyed. L÷wen embodies these tropes:
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Even his gameplay mechanics reflect this - 20% more damage to males, 20% less damage to girls. After The Reveal, he's MORE than willing to hit a girl, and gains a 20% damage boost when attacking women, making him a He-Man Woman Hater.
Schlan Opel (Voiced by Yoshiaki Matsumoto)
A member of the Chimera and L÷wen's closest friend, Schlan is a highly professional, skilled pilot, and a very cunning man specializing in data collection and intel. Unlike L÷wen, Schlan never joins ZEUTH officially, so the player never gets to use his machine Chaos Anguis (until Z: Special Disk), a humanoid mecha with a pulse rifle that can transform into a giant cobra. When the Chimera's true intentions are shown, so does Schlan, who admits he's a cold, sadistic killer that does not panic even when he loses, only remarking he has gathered valuable data. He still values his friendship with L÷wen though, and they truly do have a lot of affection for each other. Imagine his disappointment when he learns although L÷wen might hate most women, he does not have interest in the other sex, either. This is because Schlan has a gay crush on L÷wen, and really goes towards the deep end after L÷wen dies. He is killed soon afterwards by ZEUTH.Schlan is primarily responsible for feeding the false intel that almost caused ZEUTH to destroy itself, and he likes to gloat about it a lot. Schlan embodies these tropes:
Meaningful Name: Schlan is derived from "schlange'', German for "snake"; Anguis is the genus name for slow worms, legless lizards rather than snakes, thus the choice of name either reflects the similarity to the word "anguish" or is a silly mistake on Banpresto's part.
Transforming Mecha: The Chaos Anguis can separate its body parts and recombine them into a gigantic cobra form.
Xine Espio (Voiced by Rie Saitou)
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.An ex-leader of a Windam squad that supposedly gets itself wiped out due to a freak explosion thanks to the "Break The World" event (In Name Only from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny; Z uses it from Super Dimension Century Orguss), Xine is the Sole Survivor and is found by the Chimera; without much to do, she aligns with them, is given a mecha and for the first part of Z acts as a bitch towards ZEUTH. However, it's revealed she's simply lonely (as the members of her old unit are indeed dead, but are entombed within the Scab Coral that's spreading across the planet) and has nowhere to go. If the player is lucky, they can convince her to desert the Chimera. She falls in love with Asakim and madly blushes (Squicky or not: you decide) whenever he's around. Asakim later abandons her, but tells her to live free.She pilots the Chimera-made mecha Chaos Capra (which she nicknames "Eliphas") that resembles...well, what happens when Lamia Loveless' Angelg gets a Horny Devils redesign. She embodies these tropes:
Meaningful Name: The Chaos Capra fits with the Latin Theme Naming of the Chimera, with Capra being the genus name for wild goats, such as Ibex. Xine may be derived from ziege, the German word for "goat" (but given a more feminine-sounding phoneme at the end), though there's no confirmation for the latter.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Of all the major originals who survived Z, she's the only one to not make the cut into Hakai-hen and Saisei-hen; even Mel's father shows up for a cameo. On the other hand, Marguerite Pistail serves as a loose Expy of her in Hakai-hen and Saisei-hen.
Unfortunately, thanks to some Fridge Brilliance/Fridge Horror in Saisei-hen, we find out Asakim has the Sphere of the Truth-Seeking Goat stolen from a "curious girl", the implication that Xine was originally a Sphere holder and he may have killed her to acquire it.
A beautiful woman with a demeanor that would make the Virgin Mary seem smutty, Edel Bernal's the young leader of Chimera, with the rank of Colonel at first, later promoted to Brigadier General. She had a lover who died a while ago during some unspecified war, likes wild and macho men, drinks a rose/chamomile blend tea, and wears a negligee at night (information courtesy of That Other Wiki). Her personality and position made her a natural maternal figure for the chaotic world after the dimensional collapse, and Edel's determined to bring about an era of peace and stability following the bloodshed of the wars......At least, she would like for you to think that: Edel's actually an ultra-bitch who considers herself God's gift to humanity and superior to everybody else. She would have loved nothing more than to take her "rightful" place as absolute ruler of the world. Obviously, ZEUTH wouldn't have any of this, and proceeds to overthrow her, even while the entire world's fed propaganda painting them as terrorists. Edel's eventually pushed back and attempts to kill Eureka in order to take ZEUTH down with her. Imagine to everyone's surprise when "The Black Charisma" appears in a Lemures and unceremoniously kills her.Edel Bernal pilots the Lemures, the pinnacle of Chimera technology (at least, what she assumed was the peak). She embodies these tropes:
The Brigadier: Figuratively, literally, and subverted at the same time!
Colonel Badass: Again, figuratively and literally; she's a pretty decent pilot, and it takes some balls to take over the world.
Tomato in the Mirror: All of her desires, memories and personality traits were pre-programmed in by The Edel Bernal. She's also forced to follow any command given by The Edel after he says "I LOVE YOU!"
Villainous Breakdown: It's pretty satisfying to see her slowly but surely lose her smug air as you whittle down the Hit Points of the her Lemures until she's screaming and desperately pleading for an explanation as to why she's losing.
This is the best, non-spoiler image of this nutcase that we can come by; we apologize.
The Edel Bernal is an amalgamation of three different identities taken on by the same being: Jie Babel, a hideous looking Mad Scientist working for the Chimera who gets off from being beaten by Edel Bernal, "The Black Charisma", a mysterious masked man who goes from place to place to manipulate events to an indefinite goal and "The Edel Bernal", a blue-haired Bishōnen. The Edel Bernal caused the dimensional collapse and various wars resulting from that for one and only one purpose: he thought itwould be really fun. To that end, he's defeated and dies happy with no regrets, laughing all the way after having the time of his life....at least until he reappears again after ZEUTH believes he's defeated for good, and the confrontation between him and the protagonist at this point incites a reaction between their mecha's respective power sources that ultimately destroys his soul.Being a holder of an artificially-created Sphere, derived from analysis of a real one in the chosen protagonist's mecha, The Edel Bernal has the ability to play with the "Origin Law", thus incorporate versions of himself from alternate realities, as well as summon them. He pilots the Chaos Lemures, the pinnacle of the Chaos machines the Chimera use and, depending on who the main character is, will either be fought as one enemy with large HP and an endless supply of mooks or three enemies with slightly less HP that must be defeated in the same turn. The Edel Bernal embodies these tropes:
Contrasting Sequel Main Character: to Euzeth Gozzo from the first Alpha game. Both went mad at learning terrible truths but from there they spiral into polar opposites. Euzeth carefully manipulates all the important events in the whole game either directly or using Ingram as a proxy all for a grand goal. The Edel instead just wants to watch and experience a big, messy clusterfuck trainwreck for entertainment.
Karma Houdini: Causes suffering and misery on a global scale due to the wars his machinations result in. What does he get in return? The opportunity to die while having the time of his life with no regrets, whatsoever. What a bastard...
Averted in the normal and good endings, when he tries to pull the "greatest climax" by killing Kei and Orson, until the chosen protagonist intercepts him, and their Sphere's response within proximity of The Edel's duplicate is to absorb it, along with The Edel's soul. The Edel Bernal screams as his soul is extinguished, knowing his ideal world of chaos will soon end. Take that!
Large Ham: When compared to other SRW original villains, The Edel most certainly is.
To Create A Playground For Evil: The Edel Bernal doesn't really have a plan other than to turn the UCW into the most chaotic, war-riddled place he can to be his personal playground. The Second Z sheds a little light on this - he went insane after he foresaw the coming of Ba'al, and decided there was no way to possibly win, opted to turn the UCW into total chaos for his amusement and last until the day Ba'al shows up to evitably destroy everything.
Too Kinky to Torture: He REALLY enjoys being hit, and finds the final battle to be the pinnacle of his existence. To drive the point home, after having his machine trashed, he quite literally says "Please, more pain, more pleasure..."
A former member of the black-ops "Firebug Squad" from the BritannianUnion, Crowe is the headlining protagonist of the Second Super Robot Wars Z. Saddled with a million dollars in debt, he agreed to be the test pilot for the anti-Dimensional Beast mecha Brasta as a way to work the sum off.The main goal of Firebug was to start minor rebellions in various nations for Britannia that would be crushed by its primary military. However, during one mission in Esther Elhaas's hometown, a Dimension Energy Crystal experiment went haywire, causing its destruction. Firebug was sent in to "clean up the mess" and kill any survivors of a town half-destroyed, but Crowe took pity and rescued Esther, deserting Firebug. It isn't until he encounters his former commander Marilyn Catto in Saisei-hen that Crowe finally opens up and confirms the story to Esther.
Attack Drones: Brasta's "SPIGOT". Depending on the final attack, the drones can either be of a melee or ranged-based type.
Bayonet Ya: Brasta and Li-Brasta B's "Bayonet Spiker"
Black Box: Brasta's "VX System"; turns out it houses the Sphere of the "Swaying Scales".
Chest Blaster: Seen in the last parts of the SPIGOT with the Attack Drones ranged-type for the Brasta. The Li-Brasta R's "VX Blazer" does the same.
Cursed with Awesome: Compared to Setsuko, the Swaying Scales isn't that bad. Its trigger is drive or the will to do something; in Crowe's case, the will to repay his enormous debt. This is seen as a positive trait, which means not only does it not make him miserable, but Asakim doesn't need to do awful things to him to force an awakening, like say...murder Esther. The Sphere's side-effect, being able to only focus on one thought or action, is easily countered by making him hear the sound of a coin dropping, as his desire for money to pay off his debt is so strong it can override the Sphere. As a result, Crowe gets the awesome power of a Sphere, with only minimal trouble from it.
Blessed with Suck: Turns out to be this at same time - Crowe instinctively knows if it's just recorded sound or some other metallic object. Therefore, the "Coin Drop System" in the Li-Brasta drops actual coins, and those coins are added to his debt.
Disaster Dominoes: The reason behind his latest debt in Saisei-hen - a highway accident that would've resulted in just a few hundred thousand kind of snowballed into another million dollar debt.
Early-Bird Cameo: Crowe appears much earlier in Z during the Shurouga's Ley Buster animation as the silhouette standing in the streets. That's right, folks - he was foreshadowed before Hakai-hen was announced.
Friendly Sniper: Can be seen as this, especially if you choose to have the Brasta (then upgrade into the Li-Brasta B) as a ranged-oriented machine. He also hangs out a lot with Lockon Stratos.
Gratuitous English: When pulling off his attacks, though not really gratuitous from a national standpoint; he's a Britannian, and a native of Chicago.
He-Man Woman Hater: Crowe mentions during battles against women sometimes about how scary they are. After being busted by the Dimensional Beast "Moby Dick", he wakes up with Traiya Scott and Esther by his side leading him to say "I really did die...I'm in hell. I can see a Witch and a Little Demon...".
The root cause of this? Despite her outwardly cheerful and silly appearance, Marilyn was a complete psychopath. This caused Crowe to believe all women are two-faced and their outward appearance can't be trusted until proven otherwise. The only women he doesn't think are this is Traiya, who's brutally honest, Esther, who wears her emotions on her sleeve such that Crowe can read her easily, and Marguerite, whose knightly nature rules out deceit as well as a mutual respect of each others' abilities.
In the later part of Saisei-hen, Setsuko asks him if all the good women of ZEXIS haven't caused him to change his mind. Depending on player response, he can say that yes, perhaps his view on women is wrong. However, in spite of his stated dislike of women, he does get along remarkably well with the various ZEXIS ladies.
Honor Before Reason: His million dollar debt is entirely due to the expenses his father rang up before dying. It's stated the debt would be no issue at all if he were to renounce his inheritance, but he refuses the idea because he sees it as his way to repay his father for raising him.
Leitmotif: "Close Game Life"; upon receiving the Li-Brasta, "The Unbreakable"
More Dakka: Brasta's "Assault Combat Pattern (ACP) Faiz"; ammo conservation is not one of Crowe's strengths.
Overly Long Fighting Animation: A lot of attacks in Hakai-hen count, but Brasta stands out with every one of its animations being unnecessarily long and drawn out, with Clutch Sniper being the most guilty. Crowe misses the first two shots and only hits with the third and final round. Rectified in Saisei-hen, where a lot of the Brasta's animations are significantly shortened or sped up.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Played for laughs in the end of Saisei-hen. When all is said and done, in spite of saving the world numerous times, Crowe ends up no closer to paying off his debt than he was at the start of Hakai-hen.
Spell My Name with an S: Like Setsuko and Rand before him, his mecha's name refers to the constellation and zodiac sign of Libra. Prior to the release of Hakai-hen, many fans romanized it as "Blaster".
Swiss Army Gun: Brasta's AX-55 EAGLE (Electromagnetic Accelerator Gun Launcher), which can switch between normal, grenade and sniper rounds, as well as mount a beam spiker and shoot spider nets. Li-Brasta B's AX-99 RAPTOR loses the grenade and net features for a quartet of miniaturized SPIGOT that lets it perform enhanced versions of the Brasta's finishers as its standard attacks, as well as bend, teleport, and multiply its beams, or charge up for a Wave Motion Gun.
Take a Third Option: In Hakai-hen, the player had a choice to base the Brasta as a melee or ranged machine. Rather than carry player choice over into Saisei-hen, Brasta comes equipped with both versions of the SPIGOT in its arsenal. Likewise, ACP Faiz features both its melee/ranged final animations in the Dynamic Kill.
Take Up My Sword: A mild example. If you choose to upgrade into the Li-Brasta B, he'll occasionally use Lockon's (Neil Dylandy's) CatchPhrase, "Targeted and Firing".
Continues into Saisei-hen: Traiya just pretends to be a part of it to mess with him, though it turns out she doesn't want to feel left out, since the other two have certainly fallen for Crowe. Setsuko gets added into the mix later, and makes an attempt to get Crowe to change his views on women, which can succeed depending on player choice of dialogue.
Work Off the Debt: The reason Crowe agreed to be the Brasta's test pilot; being one million in the hole is gonna take a little while to pay off.
After he returned that million later in the game, upgrading his Brasta (right after he cleared his previous debt) cost him two million. He's still in debt by the end of Saisei-hen.
Younger than They Look: He's only around 20 despite looking and acting in his mid-twenties. However, his time in Firebug might have had a role in this.
Head of the Axion Foundation's Scott Labs, Traiya is the chief mechanical designer for the Brasta, and after Crowe agrees to work as a test pilot, his immediate superior. Throughout the course of Hakai-hen, she sends Crowe out on various missions across the globe, with his payments being deducted from his debt as he succeeds (or with expenses incurred if he fails).
The Voiceless: Despite being a major character, Traiya does not have a voice actor.
Esther Elhaas (Voiced by Chihiro Tagaino)
A young woman who initially accosts Crowe, Esther demands he eliminate the Dimensional Beasts (in particular, a white one dubbed "Moby Dick"). She reveals her family was killed several years back by Moby. ZEXIS manages to destroy the beast, allowing her to move on with her life, thus she chooses to become a test pilot in the Scott Labs at the end of Hakai-hen.In Saisei-hen, Esther is working as a Dimensional Monster Buster for Traiya, piloting the Brasta Es, an improved model of the Brasta. She helps reintroduce the ZEXIS cast to the player as she travels around much like Crowe did and helps them. During one mission, she and Crowe encounter his former Firebug Squad and commander Marilyn. In a twist, Marylin reveals that what destroyed her hometown was a Dimension Energy Crystal experiment gone haywire. Firebug was sent in to "clean up"; however, Crowe had a change of heart and rescued Esther, deserting Firebug. Regardless, Esther doesn't hold it against him. Unfortunately, things quickly turn to tragedy when she's transformed into a Dimensional Beast, after taking a blast for Crowe that infects her with a similar virus Gaiou, the King of Destruction, uses. To avoid a mercy killing by ZEXIS, Zero places a Geass command to order her to cease attacking; she is then taken by the Arksabers from the Holy Kingdom of Insaraum.From time to time, Dimensional Beast Esther encounters ZEXIS and they repeatedly drive her off without killing her. Thanks to some assistance from Uther and Esther's own will, she regains her human form. Though horrified by the experience and concerned she may no longer be human, but simply a Dimensional Beast in human form, Crowe reminds her that "no matter what, she IS Esther". For the remainder of Saisei-hen, Esther serves as a dual-protagonist to Crowe.
Action Girl: Though more of one still in-training. Esther's tough, but she still has a long way to go, and while she desperately wants to be one, to the point of trying to take pointers from the other ZEXIS women, notably Kallen Kozuki, Esther is told by Kallen to do her own thing and believe in herself.
A-Cup Angst: She got pissed off after they would not let her wear a bunny suit along with Kallen because of it, but usually doesn't care that much.
Badass Normal: Esther's not a Sphere holder; in fact, the Brasta Es' as normal as you can get for a real robot.
Empowered Badass Normal: However, after being restored into a human, she gains a significant stat boost, suggesting her abilities are still being augmented by the DM Virus, though she has yet to display any active Dimensional Beast abilties.
Combat Medic: Brasta Es has a repair function and Esther comes with a pilot skill that doubles its effectiveness, even though her machine's primarily a combat unit.
Decoy Protagonist: She's effectively the main character for the first 15 scenarios. Once Crowe returns, she gets turned into a Dimensional Beast, giving him back the spotlight.
Deuteragonist: After she's restored to human form, they share the role of the main character for the rest of the game.
Fighting from the Inside: Esther's able to regain control of herself long enough to stop attacking for a few seconds. It's not much, but it's enough for her to show Crowe she's still in there, right around the time he was starting to believe she was gone for good.
Foreshadowing: Hakai-hen openly sets up Esther to play a much larger role in Saisei-hen.
Gratuitous English: Just like Crowe, and for the same reason - she's Britannian by birth, although no longer much of a patriot after they failed to protect her home.
Meaningful Echo: The first time Crowe and Esther really start to become close in Hakai-hen, Esther mutters her doubts and despair that Moby Dick and the Neo Empire Imperium can ever be defeated. Crowe tells her whenever a situation looks impossible, and giving up seems to be the only sane option, the best response to that is to say "So what?" and follow the course. As soon as she's restored to human form in Saisei-hen, Crowe suggests because the situation is growing too dangerous, she should back out of the war. Guess what her response is?
Captain Ersatz: Has the looks and personality similar to Akuma, except Gaiou's more cruel. Fist of the North Star fans might recognize aspects of Jugai from "The Legend of Kenshiro" movie. Incidentally, Gaiou and Jugai share the same voice actor.
Fallen Hero: One of the four Dimensional Generals armed with Revive Cells and Dimensional Beasts, Gaiou was once their home dimension's last hope against whatever the Black Knowledge predicted. They lost, with Gaiou being the Sole Survivor, and he eventually came to live only for combat.
Figure It Out Yourself: Before he dies in Saisei-hen, Gaiou refuses to tell ZEXIS any helpful details about his old foes from the Black Knowledge aside from confirming they will soon return. He states ZEXIS is strong enough to have the potential to destroy them and dies, taking the specific knowledge of who and what they are to his grave. ZEXIS is rather annoyed at this.
Final Boss Preview: Appears barely halfway through Hakai-Hen at level 60, with full armor, high accuracy and an enormous HP pool.
Honor Before Reason: Despite how horrible he is as the story goes, he did spare the leaders of the United Nations so that they can call their forces (namely ZEXIS and ZEUTH) to give him a good fight, even though he could've destroyed them all from the outset.
He even refuses to allow others to restore his memories, believing it should be his choice.
Leitmotif: "Broken World's King" and "The Eternal God of Battle" during the final battle in Saisei-hen
Physical God: AND HOW; his first appearance involves him briefly beating the crap out of ZEXIS on foot.
Power-Up Letdown: Dimensional General form. Yes it's super amazing and powerful and Gaiou will have a 100% hitrate so long as his morale's above 130 at the start of the turn. BUT! Thanks to his vulnerability to Basara's music, you can use it to strip him of his morale in short order, and then dogpile him in one or two turns with ease.
Quest for Identity: In Hakai-hen, he journeys to find his lost memories; he regains them at the end of the game.
Trademark Favorite Food: Hot dogs, so much that when he's finally defeated by ZEXIS and ZEUTH, Gaiou's last wish was to eat another one.
The Unfettered: He doesn't remember much about his past, so he just goes around the world, doing what he feels like and leaving the scheming up to Aim, Shiony Regis and Carlos Axion Jr. When you're as powerful as he is, who's going to stop you?
Villains Out Shopping: There are a few scenes in Saisei-hen of him simply hanging out with Carlos. He also likes fast food, particularly hot dogs.
The Virus: Gaiou can grow and manipulate Dimension Energy Crystals through the Gertilan's Revive Cells, allowing him to infect his opponents with crystalline growths that forcibly transform them into Dimensional Beasts. Judging by the number of them you fight, he's fought a hell of a lot of people.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: His ultimate goal's to become strong enough to fight against the calamity that will destroy the multiverse as dictated in the Black Knowledge.
Zero Approval Gambit: It's hinted in the final battle of Saisei-hen he was acting like a complete jerk beforehand so ZEXIS would be motivated to fight him. The purpose of that was to see if they could defeat the disaster that defeated him.
The ruler of the nation of Rimonasia, Shiony hatched a plan to use the Dimension Energy Crystals abundant in her country to make it a leading world power.
The Cameo: In Saisei-hen scenario 15, she appears in a brief event where she gives Esther some Nyan Nyan buns and runs off before her identity is revealed. Turns out while she did survive the events of Hakai-hen, she's become a bum. She reappears in scenario 46 alongside a bunch of unnamed NPCs.
Les Collaborateurs: With Carlos, in cahoots with Aim. In all fairness, once Gaiou shows up she realizes she's way out of her league, but that doesn't stop her from trying to curry favor until the very end.
Carlos Axion Jr.
The young head of the Axion Foundation and one of the richest men in the world, Carlos winds up backing the Imperium set up by Shiony, although there are hints he has his own agenda. When he's captured by ZEXIS and interrogated for Gaiou's location after revealing he's been working against them, he doesn't say a word. Unfortunately for Carlos, he doesn't realize he was earlier marked with a Geass command by Zero to always answer his questions.
The Atoner: In Saisei-hen, he's given his entire fortune to the reconstruction effort as penance for his deeds and now works as a manager for the Scott Lab's DM Busters.
Riches to Rags: By the start of Saisei-hen, he hasn't got two credits to rub together, jokingly calling himself "Zero". Subverted later, as he eventually makes a ton of money again by playing the stock market. Double subverted in the ZEXIS route ending, where Carlos not only survived his Heroic Sacrifice, but has given up his fortune to work as a simple waiter.
The recurring enemies of Hakai-hen and Saisei-hen, Dimensional Beasts are part and parcel of a world that constantly suffers from dimensional quakes, with them appearing seemingly at random, and disappearing just as quickly after the initial rampage.
Ambiguous Robots: Higher level beasts blur the line, such as the Rhino-class sprouting cannons to fire at you and the Dino-class having clawed arms that spin like drills. Makes all the more sense once you realize how Dimensional Beasts are made.
Colony Drop: Dino-class Beasts spit these out of their mouths in several bite-sized portions that fuse together into a gigantic meteor mid-flight.
Detachment Combat, Action Bomb: The ranged attack of the Bull-class has them hurl their own tails at you. Uniquely, these severed tails mutate midflight into a monster of its own. Should these hit, they wrap around the target and explode.
Fire, Ice, Lightning: Bizzarely, Rhino-class Beasts mush them all together in their ranged attack, shooting electrified fireballs that flash-freeze whatever they hit!
The Catfish: The white-skinned Rhino-class coined "Moby Dick" ("MD" for short) by Esther. Of course, this color change makes it superior to other Rhino-types, and it uses blue fire in its charging attack instead of orange.
Leitmotif: "DAMON" for MD, Dino-class, Giga-class and Shin Dino-class; "Worlds Encroaching Alert" for Levia-class, Rook-class and Shin Levia-class
Living Ship: Levia-class; if you were wondering where those flat-headed flying Beasts that were fought in the opening cinematic were at, they're this.
Nerf: The artificial Beasts in Saisei-hen. No barrier and cannot inflict status effects! Yaaay! Of course, they later bring back the real deal...
Hailing from another world, the Kingdom of Insaraum make their appearance in Hakai-hen as a group of knights serving Gaiou. However, their service is not willing; in fact, Insaraum's experiments in Dimensional Energy brought Gaiou and his army of Dimensional Beasts to their world. Unable to defeat him, the surviving Arksabers, the peacekeepers and royal guard of Insaraum, are forced to serve him in exchange for their lives.In Saisei-hen, the survivors of Insaraum are now trying to rebuild their kingdom. Unfortunately, they're trying to rebuild it on Earth. Tropes regarding multiple members of Insaraum are:
Honor Before Reason: Serves Gaiou loyally, despite hating his guts, because as a knight, he cannot break his word.
Large Ham: Overflowing; it's hard to say how serious he's being with it, really. It's almost comical in his intensity when we see him shouting Marguerite's name at the top of his lungs, with her seemingly standing right next to him.
Post Humous Character: In Saisei-hen, it's revealed Cheval is quite a high-ranking, respected Knight of Insaraum, as well as the former mentor of Wayne.
Heel-Face Turn: In both games; for Hakai-hen, she becomes a Non-Player Character, unless the player fulfills certain conditions by having Crowe defeat her in every scenario she appears, then convinced by him in another, turning her into a Secret Character. Subverted in Saisei-hen, since she is obtained by default.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Is saddened by the death of a certain Dimensional Beast, later revealed to be her brother. This serves as a Foreshadowing that all Dimensional Beasts you've been killing were once people. Chances are, though, they were never in control of their actions as a Dimensional Beast.
Wayne Ribtail (Voiced by Katsuya Miyamoto)
Ambiguously Brown: He has a tannish brown, but since he is with the Arksabers, he's probably the same race as them.
Would Hit a Girl: Although he claims to be a feminist, Wayne states he won't hold back against women.
Geraud Garce Bantail, the Knight of Knights (Voiced by Kouji Ishii)
The Ace: Geraud is one of the only bosses in the game whose statline assumes you've heavily upgraded your units, meaning he's phenomenally accurate and hits like a truck, even on Special Mode. While he's not especially difficult because of Spirit Commands, he's one of the few bosses for whom their heavy use is mandatory, as going without protection will result in fully upgraded units potentially being taken out in a single attack routine.
Eldritch Abomination: In her Dimensional Beast form; while each class of the monsters qualify, her form takes the cake by how disturbing it looks.
Evil Old Folks/Necessarily Evil: Everything she does is for the sake of Insaraum and Uther, even if her methods are depraved. She doesn't mind if history writes her down as a villain, so long as Insaraum is revived.
I Was Quite a Looker: During her ultimate attack, she momentarily turns young again, though she still has that creepy witch-like cackle.
Leitmotif: "Forbidden Beast" for her Dimensional Beast form
Mad Scientist: She lives to experiment with dimensional energy, leading to Esther's transformation.
Pet the Dog: A very polite, gracious host to Kei, Athena, Orson, and Eureka while they're her prisoners. She even returns them to their Orguss units once she's gathered the data she needs, although she can't guarantee the Arksabers will let them go without a fight.
Poisonous Friend: Manipulates her lord Uther because she truly believes the current course of action is what's best for him and for Insaraum.
Smug Snake: She's overconfident and gets lucky, despite her many setbacks.
Uther Insaraum, the King of Restoration (Voiced by Yasuhiro Mamiya)
The leader of the Holy Kingdom of Insaraum, Uther's the Prince of Insaraum, but after his father died in battle against Gaiou he reluctantly became the new king and survived alongside the remaining members of the Kingdom to have his revenge. He pilots the Seiohki ("Holy King Machine") "Insarius Arclinus", the personal weapon of the Seioh ("Holy King"), which contains the Sphere of the "Inexhaustible Gourd", allowing him to revive fallen allies.
Altum Videtur: He recites a Latin chant for his strongest attack.
BFS: Insarius Arclinus' "Collbrande"; notably, the sword remained sheathed for the last 2000 years, until Uther awakened the Inexhaustible Gourd and gained access to it. According to Aim, this Sphere is among the most difficult to awaken, as the key to it requires love through self-sacrifice.
Dying Alone: In the normal route, he's abandoned by the Arksabers and dies with no one by his side, no thanks to his closest comrades having betrayed him or having died fighting for him.
Enemy Mine: In the final scenario of the ZEXIS route, he appears to align himself with Gaiou; however, this turns out to be a ruse so he can take out Gaiou. Unfortunately, Gaiou reveals he had anticipated Uther would try something like that, and goes One-Winged Angel, mortally wounding Uther.
Expy: Of the Prince from Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince, who sacrificed all that he has for the sake of his people.
In fact, it's so silly it's almost a subversion: he appears in scenario 16 and does nothing except defend every turn, and if he's hit just once he freaks out and runs back to his mothership. Wow. Once you face him again on the field later, however...
Jerkass Fašade: Acts like an arrogant Jerkass after he "hardens his heart" so that ZEXIS wouldn't hesitate to fight against him.
Leitmotif: Ou no Ai wa Tami no Tame ni ("The King's Love is His People")
Large and in Charge: At over 100 meters tall, the Insarius Arclinus dwarfs every other Insaraum mecha in the game.
Meaningful Name: Named after Uther Pendragon, the father to King Arthur in Arthurian legends; the Insarius Arclinus even resembles a medieval king. The Collbrande is the alternate word for the Excalibur, Arthur's famous sword. Finally, compare the phonetic pronounciation of "Arclinus" to Aquarius, especially if you use both words with a Japanese accent. Makes sense when you realize Uther is the bearer of the Inexhaustible Gourd.
Pet the Dog: After awakening his Sphere and taking his place as the Holy King, he allows one final act of kindness by restoring Esther into her human form.
Power Walk: Part of Insarius Arclinus' strongest attack
Took a Level in Badass: About fifty of them, after Geraud dies. He goes from a wimpy prince who flees after taking the slightest bit of damage to having the balls to put himself between Gaiou and ZEXIS, then proceeding to take him out in one attack.
World-Healing Wave: Part of Insarius Arclinus' strongest attack. Considering he's the King of Restoration and all, it fits.
Zero Approval Gambit: Acts like a ruthless, corrupt tyrant in order to get his Arksabers to abandon him, so that ZEXIS will fight him without mercy. His goal was to have Crowe kill him to acquire his Sphere, and for Marguerite to take control of the remaining population of Insaraum.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Elgan was the one who came up with the idea for the creation of ZEXIS. Prior to that, he aided both Celestial Being and the Dragon's Hive under the alias "Portman", supplying both organizations with useful information. After he reveals himself and aids in the creation of ZEXIS, he becomes highly invested in their continued success, at one point stating to Shiony that ZEXIS was "the only hope for the world". At the end of Hakai-hen, Ribbons Almark has successfully drugged and controlled Elgan into serving him.Sadly, near the end of Saisei-hen, Ribbons shoots Elgan in a fit of rage at all his plans having been ruined, but Elgan survives long enough to pass information of what he knows onto ZEXIS before succumbing to his wounds.
The Chessmaster: Elgan is the ZEXIS world's version of The Edel Bernal. Unlike his Evil Counterpart, Elgan refused to Go Mad from the Revelation after learning of the Black Knowledge, but did his best to ensure humanity would be prepared to fight the oncoming calamity. To this end, he cooperated with Aeolia Schenbergfrom 200 years ago to help spur the evolution of the Innovators, and formed ZEXIS as a group of all the planet's greatest warriors, doing his best to help them get stronger with each trial they face.
Aim is the bearer of the Sphere of the "False Black Sheep" and infrequnetly appears throughout Hakai-hen to antagonize Crowe. Near the end of the game, Asakim kills him and claims his Sphere for his own. However, Aim survives thanks to using the unique abilities of the Lying Black Sheep, leaving Asakim with nothing but a fake copy of the Lying Black Sheep. Aim returns to harass Crowe once more in Saisei-hen, pretending to be servile to Uther while scheming to take his Sphere of the Inexhaustible Gourd, before confronting ZEXIS one last time.Because the world is wrapped up in so much lies and deceit, Aim becomes seemingly invincible, until Asakim faces him once again. Using something he previously acquired, Asakim forces Aim to disclose his past: he was originally a researcher named Hamal Argo who built his entire career on lies. Forced to face this truth, the Lying Black Sheep is weakened to the point of deactivation, and Aim is swiftly dispatched by Uther for his manipulation of Insaraum.
The Chessmaster: Aim essentially orchestrated the entirety of the Second Super Robot Wars Z through deceit and impersonations, providing Anbrorn with dimensional technology and bringing Gaiou into the world of ZEXIS, all in order to awaken both the Swaying Scales and the Inexhaustible Gourd so that he may harvest them.
Consummate Liar: Justified: the Lying Black Sheep makes him physically unable to tell the truth, thus everything coming out from his mouth is a lie of some form.
Cursed with Awesome: The Lying Black Sheep is one of the best Spheres if you don't mind lying all the time, as it lets the user otherwise gain full control of themselves, doesn't drain their senses like the Sorrowful Maiden or suck out their life force like the Inexhaustible Gourd, and can turn the user into a full-fledged Reality Warper (truth turns into falsities; this means even death can be overridden), provided there's enough deceit and confusion going on in the world. It turns into Blessed with Suck if the Truthful Goat is around, which can completely cancel all of its powers, a relationship so far unique among Spheres.
Keigo: Uses a really, really polite form of speech even when he's getting hammered by ZEXIS.
Meaningful Name: On multiple levels. "Aim Liard" becomes a partial anagram of "I'm a liar". Pretty suitable, since he's the holder of the Lying Black Sheep. His mecha name, Arietis, refers to the constellation and zodiac sign of Aries. Lastly, Hamul means "star" in Aramaic and Argo means "the head of the ram" in Greek, making him the bearer of the Sphere representing "the star at the head of the ram".
Based on his demeanor in the final battle with him in Saisei-hen, it seems Aim starts speaking tongues when his power boils over, and starts lying more frantically (as in the "2+2=fish" sense) as you deplete the Arietis' HP, in an effort to keep his power up.
Expy: Compares herself to the swallow in the tale of The Happy Prince. Just like the swallow died for the prince, she dies for Uther.
The Fake Cutie: Her character encyclopedia entry mentions she's taken cosmetic surgery to maintain her looks and she makes the men in her squad treat her like a princess. May double as a case of Older than They Look.
Male protagonist of Jigoku-hen, Hibiki Kamishiro is a second-year high school transfer student at 2nd New Tokyo's Research Academy City with strong survival instincts and has a father who retired from the military. Before his transfer, Hibiki and his father were "beast hunters", specializing in destroying creatures that appear from parallel worlds. When Hibiki comes across an unknown machine and boards it, he is commissioned by "AG", an agent for the "DEMnote Dimension Energy Machinery Corporation", to become its test pilot. Now hired by his new contractors, Hibiki uses the Genion to accomplish his missions and will sacrifice anything to do it, preferring to close his heart off to everyone.
Flawed Prototype: The Genion is a machine designed to imitate the capabilities of the Geminia. For most of Jigoku-hen, the Genion is rendered an inferior weapon because it's a knockoff. Averted once Hibiki acquires the Sphere of the "Quarreling Twins".
I Know Karate: Jeet Kune Do, to be exact. It doesn't come up much in battle outside of a stance when using the Genion's "Impact Dagger", until the Genion GAI's Nibelung Annihilation, effectively a string of martial art techniques powered by the Quarreling Twins.
In-Series Nickname: "Knight", a nickname his dead older sister gave him; coincidentally, Suzune Saijou also calls him this, likening him to one after rescuing her. Additionally, Hibiki uses this as his Occult Forum username.
Leitmotif: Hitomi no Naka no Ashita "Tomorrow Within the Eyes" and Kinki to iu Na no Kibou "The Taboo of the Name of Hope".
Meaningful Name: Hibiki means "echo." He and the Genion are both a mere echo of the real deal, Gadlight Meonsam and the Geminia... at least, until he receives the real Quarreling Twins Sphere and defeats Gadlight.
Ship Tease: At the very least, Hibiki is slightly attracted to Suzune; he gets jealous that Ryouma Nagare gets along with her better than he does. Played with in the first Downloadable Content scenario of Jigoku-hen, as AG delivers a speech akin to a wedding sermon when Hibiki and Suzune formally become partners.
Note Sousuke initially distrusts him (since he's trying to be a secret bodyguard and Hibiki's a pilot for an unclassified Humongous Mecha), while Alto and Sousuke despised one another in their first mission together (the former's an arrogant civilian, the latter a consummate professional. Fire-Forged Friends is definitely shown between them throughout Jigoku-hen.
Female protagonist of Jigoku-hen, 21 year-old Suzune Saijou is a high school student teacher appointed to Research Academy City. Her obliging, well-mannered personality has her popular among the students. Due to events in Jigoku-hen, she winds up boarding the Genion with Hibiki.
Beneath the Mask: Her other personality is bossy, energetic, flirtatious and wild, the opposite of her regular, homely persona. Her Downloadable Content scenario reveals this isn't so much an alternate personality, rather an odd compulsion for her to talk and act differently. It's always "her" and Suzune's aware she does this, but unsure why at all.
Casting Gag: One of Ryoka Yuzuki's well-known roles is Cattleya; the fact Suzune's piloting suit looks like a less skimpy version of Cattleya's outfit should tell the player something, including how she wears eyeglasses in her non-combative personality.
Meganekko: Suzune acts as per this trope, but loses the glasses when she starts co-piloting the Genion.
Gendercide: She's the last surviving woman of Gadlight's people and carrying his child. Their males cannot produce heirs of the same race (the child takes on the species of the mother), thus without her, they will become extinct.
Pregnant Badass: Despite carrying Gadlight's child, her supreme dedication to his cause means that she's willing to pilot a giant robot and destroy anyone that opposes Geminis.
Psychic Powers: Directly applies her telekinetic abilities to influence the flow of battle
Bonta-kun: Fumoffu! Gadlight: Go away! Don't come any closer, mousebear! Bonta-kun: Fumoffu! Gadlight: Pigcat, when you get near me, the balance inside me collapses! Bonta-kun: Fumoffu! Gadlight: Could it be that you're also a Sphere Reactor, and causing my will to fight to slip away!? Bonta-kun: Fumoffu! Gadlight: Damn it! Damn it all! I give up, I admit it! You're a cute little bastard!
Final Boss Preview: Regularly shows up during intermissions or watching battles through television broadcasts until scenario 35, when he appears with the Geminia for a turn. It's possible to defeat Gadlight in this scenario, provided the player invests in upgrades and carefully strategize for a turn. Doing so ensures a surefire method of unlocking the "Defy Destiny" route.
Foreshadowing: Hibiki's mother died before he went to live with his father and sister, but the circumstances of her death are suspicious, considering how one of Gadlight's last words are "Your mother's beckoning in Hell!" (it's even a voiced map event).
Green-Eyed Monster: Geminis' duty is to ensure the Earth is protected against Ba'al by initiating the "Time Prison". However, Gadlight wants to spread chaos and destroy the planet because he's upset his own world was obliterated while the Earth gets special treatment.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: During his Villainous Breakdown in Scenario 58, Gadlight destroys Cygus (the corrupt general within the Earth Federation) and a large portion of the Earth Federation fleet with a gigantic beam attack.
Mercy Kill: Invoked - in Jigoku-hen, Amuro questions Gadlight on the meaning of a world frozen in time. Gadlight simply calls it "maintaining the status quo", a world where they are eternally prisoners trapped in a "Time Prison", and denied a future. Kouji wonders if it's an effect of the Genesis Space-Time Quake that merged the worlds together in Jigoku-hen; Gadlight confirms this and states that while it's an awful predicament humanity is in, he might as well attempt to annihilate the Earthlings, anyways.
Psycho Prototype: The Geminia looks almost identical to the Genion GAI. Subverted as the Genion is the actual prototype to the Geminia.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Annarotta because of his impulsive, slovenly attitude. While he gets frequently reprimanded by her, Gadlight doesn't intend to retaliate.
Sore Loser: This is basically his entire motivation. His planet was wiped out, so he wants Earth to be wiped as well because if his race is doomed, then no race gets to prosper. When humanity manages to stop the Time Prison and ruin his plans, as well as defeat the initial wave of the Bal he totally loses it, attacking his own human allies in a rage and screaming how its not fair that everything worked out for Hibiki and humanity but not for him. Even when you kill him he spends his last breath cursing Hibiki and Z Blue for winning and saying he's hoping the Bal wipe Earth out after all, and then literally makes a crack about Hibiki's mother before dying.
You Killed My Father: Hibiki believes Gadlight is responsible for the deaths of this father and sister, since Hibiki's eyes change colors whenever they meet, which occurs because Hibiki survived a dimensional quake. Subverted when Gadlight denies he had anything to do with it.
Shikuu (Voiced by Koichi Sakaguchi)
The mysterious pilot of the Shiseiten, he is the holder of the Sphere of the "Taciturn Giant Crab".
Dem Bones: The Shiseiten doesn't look mechanical for a machine, but rather a mash-up of animal skeletons.
Easter Egg: Shikuu's Leitmotif has hidden lyricsSpoiler He who bares the Spheres He who will become the King Praise to him, Praise to him He will return the ends of times are near He who bares the Spheres The twelve chosen their cruel fates will meet They will meet again, all the Spheres He who bares the Spheres He who will become the King He will free the universe
Eldritch Abomination: The Shiseiten is a six-mouthed monstrosity that rivals even the Dimensional Beasts in appearance.
Hidden Agenda Villain/You Have Failed Me: Shikuu comes to Earth under orders from Ba'al to assassinate Annalotta, mysteriously appears to Z-BLUE, then leaves afterwards in the epilogue scenario of Jigoku-hen.
Meaningful Name: Shikuu mentions his role as the Kishuku or "day of the ghost" for the Sidereal. The latter is part of a set of Chinese constellations that shares some of its stars with the constellation of Cancer.