After an alien invasion 40 years prior to the events of the game, the United Nations created, in secret, a planetary defense force to protect the earth from alien invasion. The CENTINELS utilize powerful technology and powerful combat agents to keep the planet safe.
The Wonderful 100
The main force of the CENTINELS, the Wonderful 100 (pronounced "One-double-oh") are a team of 100 special combat agents recruited from 100 cities across the globe. After going through intense training and being certified as physically and mentally able, an agent is given a Wonder Pendent and designated as a Wonderful One, able to don a powerful CENTINEL suit and make use of pseudo-digital particle manipulation in order to properly fight against alien invaders. Each member of the team hides their heroism, with their identities considered highly classified.Their faces are forever masked. Their tombs are forever unknown. They are the 100 most wonderful defenders of our world. They are... the Wonderful 100.
tropes common to all Wonderful Ones
Cast of Snowflakes: Every Wonderful One, including the ones not speaking in cutscenes, each come from a different city, have a different hero outfit, use a different signature weapon, and have a different stat block.
Clark Kenting: One function of the CENTINEL Suit, according to an in-game Wonder File, is to emit a vaguely-defined electronic signal that inhibits facial recognition in bystanders, and scrambles photographs, in order to protect the identities of Wonderful Ones, despite them only wearing fancy suits and domino masks.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Unlimited Form, an emergency operations mode in which each Wonderful One's CENTINEL Suit has the energy inhibitors on the Shirogane Drive released, greatly improving Unite Energy capacity. Use must be approved, as extended use of Unlimited Form can cause severe damage, or even overheat the drive, causing it to explode with teratons of force.
Domino Mask: A feature in every Wonderful One's costume, including temporarily recruited civilians.
Grievous Harm with a Body: Unite Morphs are formed from the heroes combining their bodies together, electronically, to create massive constructs.
Meaningful Rename: Despite the name of the game, the group are referred to as the Wonderful 100 in-series. The 101 is generally taken to include the player character. They however change their name to the Wonderful 101 after Luka joins their ranks.
Power Armor: The CENTINEL suit a Wonderful One wears amplifies their muscles and physical defenses, transforming ordinary people into superhuman soldiers.
Scarf of Asskicking: Whichever Wonderful One is currently the active leader of the group will sport a red scarf (more like a sash) on their suit.
Secret Identity: Each Wonderful One maintains a civilian identity. The Wonderful 100 is considered a secret service, and the identities of Wonderful Ones are considered highly classified information.
Theme Naming: Each Wonderful One uses a name starting with "Wonder". Wonder Red, Wonder Blue, Wonder Ribbon, Wonder Beer, Wonder Wonderland, etc.
Transformation Is a Free Action: Justified in that, despite the lengthy sequence shown to the player, the actual transformation takes place in far less than a single second.
Transformation Trinket: The Wonder Pendant a Wonderful One wears can be used to don a CENTINEL suit within 3 billionths of a second.
"I'm Wonder Red! And you've got only one choice, invader: Lay down your arms, or lay down your life to the Wonderful 100!"
Assignment: Blossom City
Real name: Will Wedgewood
Civilian occupation: School teacher
Voice Actor: Charlie Schlatter (English), Ryohei Kimura (Japanese)
Will Wedgewood, also known as Wonder Red, is the newest member of the Wonderful 100. Despite having joined the team only a month ago, Wonder Red has been placed into the role of the leader, due to the GEATHJERK attacking his assigned city. Wonder Red is serious and focused almost to a fault, and has a lot of respect (and trivia knowledge) for every Wonderful One he comes across.Wonder Red's weapon of choice is the pair of Vulcan Knuckles on his arms, which amplify his punches with machine speed and accuracy. He is the member of the team most proficient with the Unite Hand morph.
Badass Bookworm: On his tactical exams, he got a 100 on the written part & a 98 on the field exam.
Badass Teacher: He's an elementary school teacher in his civilian identity.
Clark Kent Outfit: Will Wedgewood appears to be anything but a hero. He panics, he stutters, and he's got really thick Nerd Glasses. However, as soon as the children are out of sight, The Glasses Come Off, and Mr. Wedgewood is suddenly acting far more heroic and confident, even before donning his CENTINEL suit.
Disappeared Dad: A flashback at the start of the game shows that a young Will Wedgewood's father was killed during the GEATHJERK invasion 20 years ago.
The Hero: The most straight-laced hero in the bunch. His utter dedication to acting like a straight-up hero confuses people on occasion.
The Leader: Brought in to lead the Wonder 100 to victory. Leveled type primary but seems to overlap all four a little.
Stutter Stop: in his Wonder-Red persona, but it comes back in few moments when he was flustered.
The Straight Man: The most serious and straight laced member of the crew. That being said, he has a few quirks of his own: his attempts to come up with attack names are rather...awkward, to say the least.
Wonder Red: "Final Ultimate Legendary Earth Power Super Max Justice Future Miracle Dream Beautiful Galaxy Big Bang Little Bang..."
Wonder Blue (Grabs Red and starts throttling him): "RED!"
Wonder Red (Pushes Blue off): "FIRE!"
You Killed My Father: Averted. Even during their confronation with Laambo, he chooses to let him escape to diffuse a weapon. In fact, Nelson states Red blamed himself for not being able to save his father rather than want vengeance.
A master of the sword, Wonder Blue is one of the Wonderful 100's most powerful combat agents. A bit of a show-off, albeit not very good at showing off. He takes issue with Red being appointed the leader of the current operation, despite his novice status.
Ineffectual Loner: Doesn't like working in groups, especially playing Number Two to a Rookie Red Ranger. In cutscenes when Red gives orders and the team gives a group "Roger!" with a gesture, Blue doesn't. He gets over these tendencies eventually, joining the group gesture once he does.
An extremely young member of the Wonderful 100, Wonder Green was recruited for his amazing skill with a gun, despite his youth. Wonder Green is the wielder of the Unite Gun power, which uses heroes as ammunition.Wonder Green comes from a rather strict family, and takes advantage of the anonymity of his hero identity to indulge in everything his parents normally forbid him. In addition to being able to insult his foes, he indulges in junk food. A lot.
Acrofatic: Despite being quite heavyset, Wonder Green is as quick as any other member of the Wonderful 100. Gameplay and Story Segregation however as he's noted to be pretty clumsy when not handling a gun.
Big Eater: He has some different food item in every conversation event he's in.
Another younger member of the Wonderful 100. Wonder Pink is a high school student who is the master of the Unite Whip power, which can tear away armor and throw enemies.Wonder Pink seems to value appearances above the actual mission, which has a tendency to interfere with the mission. Despite that, her actual abilities have led the team to countless victories.
Berserk Button: Anything Wonder Green says, honestly, especially when it happens to be him fawning over her, as tends to happen often.
Demon Head: When she gets really angry, her eyes turn red and she bares a mouth of fangs.
Expy: Of Bayonetta. Her hairstyle and even the poses she does when she transforms are reminiscent of the latter. Most likely intentional considering both this game and Bayonetta's are made by the same team.
Catch Phrase: Subverted. Blue asks him to say one when he wrecks a GEATHJERK ship, but he doesn't have one in mind, and stammers until the explosion happens without any cool catch phrase to go with it.
Drop the Hammer: His Peta-Peta Hammer, which forms the basis for the Unite Hammer power.
Mighty Glacier: The Unite Hammer is very slow, but extremely powerful.
Unobtanium: The Peta-Peta Hammer is made out of Peta Omorium, the heaviest metal in the galaxy.
Shout-Out: His Peta-Peta Hammer is a likely reference to Amy Rose's Piko-Piko Hammer. The difference being that "Peta" is a unit prefix denoting multiplication by one quadrillion, whereas "Piko" (or "Pico") refers to one trillionth.
A Wonderful One assigned to India, with a great amount of technological prowess. He is the user of the mysterious Unite Bomb ability.Wonder Black is very introverted, always seen with headphones and a game system. He says little, but can do much.
Black and Nerdy: Despite being stationed in India, his cornrows and breakdancing suggest he's more codified as black. All of his promotional material shows him preoccupied with his 3DS.
Brown Eyes: His eyes are always obscured normally (by his hat or his mask), but pressing ZR when he talks during a cutscene (which makes the Wonderfuls' eyes visible through their masks) shows he has these.
Child Prodigy: He's 11 years old (younger than Green, who's 14), yet he's in college.
Covert Pervert: When dealing with a Geathjerk armada, Black makes a bet with Green that whoever takes down the most ships gets a pair of Pink's underwear. Green agrees and Black high-fives him (one of the few times when he isn't using unite bomb that he takes his hands off his 3DS).
Gadgeteer Genius: According to his Wonderful File, he built the Time Bomb, the weapon that serves as the basis for the Unite Bomb, by himself. He also hotwires and pilots a GEATHJERK mech during part of Operation 005's boss battle.
Kid Hero: More so than Green, even: He's only 11 compared to Green's 14.
Purple Is The New Black: The Wonder Liner when drawing Unite Bomb, the QTE text splashes that call for it, Wonder Black's icon by the health bar, his "Leader" ring when he's in control, and the energy lines on the Unite Bomb itself are a deep purple color instead of black.
The Quiet One: Even when he does speak, it is scarcely above a whisper.
Time Stands Still: The area of Unite Bomb's explosion also happens to slow time to a crawl, allowing for puzzle solving. He apparently built the time-slow mechanism himself, according to his Wonderful File.
Other Wonderful Ones
The color heroes may be the main focus characters, but there are 100 unique heroes among the Wonderful 100, each with their own names, assignments, and weapons of choice.
ActionHousewife: Wonder Patissiere, when not being a hero, is actually just a housewife.
Badass Teacher: Wonder Professor and Wonder Toilet whose secret identity is actually a preschool teacher.
Badass Grandpa: Wonder Pirate, Wonder Professor, Wonder Santa, Wonder Sailor, Wonder Clockwork, and Wonder Bonsai. Wonder-Sailor's bio specifically (and incorrectly) notes that he's the oldest of the Wonderful 100 at 71.
Captain Ethnic: Many of the Wonderful Ones are based on either things their country of origin is known for (Wonder Clockwork from Germany, Wonder Matador from Spain, Wonder Kabuki from Japan) or things their stationed city is known for (Wonder Automobile from Detroit, Wonder Movie from Hollywood, Wonder Money from Wall Street)
Moveset Clone: The Other Wonderful Ones can be set to be played instead the color heroes via the Leader Select menu or when the color heroes are temporarily knocked out in battle. Regardless though, they still play the same way as the color heroes such as (for example) Wonder Ribbon playing the same as Wonder Pink.
Me's a Crowd: If you have both Wonder-Captain and Wonder-Red (Emeritus) unlocked for normal gameplay, they'll both be on your team at once despite being the same person (albeit from two separate decades). They also won't vanish from your team during cutscenes when Nelson talks to you from the Virgin Victory.
Retired Badass: 20 years ago, he fought on the front lines as a Wonderful One. In fact, he was the original Wonder Red, even. Today, he's retired from front line battle, but acts as the Wonderful 100's commander instead.
He's Back: Current-age Nelson can be brought back into the game as the unlockable Wonder-Captain, still swinging his Unite Drill.
Secret Character: As both Wonder-Red (Emeritus) AND Wonder-Captain, the latter of which is Nelson at his current age.
Spot of Tea: Said to always be with a cup, whatever the situation.
This Is a Drill: His Unite Morph specialty as the previous Wonder-Red, and Weapon of Choice. In fact, even his hair and chest hair are drill-like! He retains this weapon and Morph as Wonder-Captain.
Time Stands Still: Literally. Wonder-Gramps's Unite Bomb will actually STOP enemies and objects in time rather than just slow them down.
Professor Margarita/Mother Platinum/Platinum Robo
A former CENTINEL scientist who worked on the Hyper Plasma Shield protecting Earth. She was killed during an accident in the shield's production, prompting CENTINEL to code-name it after her in her honor. It is later revealed that she didn't actually die, instead she directly uploaded her consciousness into CENTINEL's neural network. She is also Luka's mother.
A mysterious alien race who has invaded the Earth twice in the past. They take advantage of a spacial event that happens every 20 years to mount invasions of increasing size. They have been repelled twice, but have now invaded Earth with the largest force they've ever sent, with the Wonderful 100 as their only major obstacle. They actually come from 1500 years in the future, where their civilization has been all but destroyed by an empire originating from Earth and seek to change the course of history in their favor.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: GEATHJERK's goal is to save the galaxy from the future threat of humanity and The Greater Galactic Coalition... though they do end up becoming a tyrannical empire of their own in the process.
Laambo, Officer Sixth Class
Voice Actor: Bob Joles (English), Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japanese)
A huge, gorilla-like member of GEATHJERK's invading force, and ranked sixth in its hierarchy of officers. He has tamed the three-headed dragon Ohrowchee, which he rides into battle with.
Badass Boast: "This time, the mighty Laambo will wipe their simpering smiles from the face of the planet!"
Heroic Sacrifice: He attempts one during the climax of his boss fight, attempting to plough his vehicle into the Strato Port Super Reactor in order to take it out for the Geathjerk Federation. It fails spectacularly.
Mad Scientist: He lost his own home planet through sheer extensive weapon testing and his urge for experimentation still remained unsated. It was his primary motivation for joining Geathjerk.
Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Subverted. He's multi-armed, but he doesn't like to get his hands dirty and isn't dangerous by himself, moreso the traps and robots he uses against his enemies.
Vijounne, Officer Fourth Class
Voice Actor: Paula Tiso (English), Marika Hayashi (Japanese)
Berserk Button: Don't call her a cougar. It riled her enough to resort to a bleeped swear word.
Domino Mask: Dons a gigantic Wonder Mask to become Wonder Jergingha in order to battle the Wonderful 100.
Even Evil Has Standards: Calls Earth a beautiful world, saying he wanted to avoid the planet's destruction if possible, but his hand had been forced into using the Chi-Q Marble Buster which can only end in the planets annihilation.
Hypocrite: Wants to bring justice to those responsible for destroying his homeworld, but is killing off innocent people, who probably aren't even ancestors of the those who became The Greater Galactic Coalition, to do it. Luka calls him out on it.
Mirror Boss: His second form wears a giant Wonder Mask, and he uses his own version of the Unite Morphs.
Taking You with Me: He has no problems with sacrificing himself as long as he takes down The Wonderful 100 and Earth with him to prevent the Bad Future.
That's No Moon: The planet sized fortress you see, that's actually his body.
Walking Spoiler: As the leader of GEATHJERK, he's a massive walking spoiler.
Body Horror: A Dough-Goo's suit is filled with something resembling an amniotic fluid. A soldier put into a Dough-Goo exoskeleton is melted into the fluid. This increases reaction time and reduces damage by removing vital organs to hit. It's unknown if a melted soldier can be restored.
The Goomba: The first, and easiest, enemy in the game. Often are summoned in swarms by other enemies.
Spikes Of Doom: The Gediedough-Goo model is covered in spiked armor that requires the use of Unite Whip to strip away.
Turns Red: When the exoskeleton has been mostly stripped away, a Diedough-Goo will often launch into a berserker-rage combo attack.
Degraded Boss: The first GAH-GOOJIN mech that appears is fled from several times, fought twice before it goes down, and is the boss of Operation 002. The second one they find is still a dangerous foe, but is only the first half of the boss stage. That, and just about every GAH-GOOJIN mech after the first is stolen by the Wonderful 100 for their use. The ones encountered in the final sections of the game can even be defeated in one hit!.
Grand Theft Prototype In Operation 005, a GAH-GOOJIN mech is stolen by the team, and later handed off to Immorta. In the final operation, the team steals GAH-GOOJIN mechs en masse; one per hero.
Evil Counterpart: To Wonder Red. He is the leader of the Guyzoch, leads his crew in the use of Unify Morph, and even has an answer to Unlimited Form, with the exact opposite activation gesture (a thumbs-up becoming a thumbs-down). However, he is a ruler rather than a team leader. "Tyrant" would actually be a more accurate term. As such, his entire crew deserts him once he loses his grip on them.
Mirror Boss: Uses much of the same techniques as you can, though uses some Unify Morphs that you cannot, as well, such as ones based on enemies.
Number of the Beast: The majority of his stats such as his Danger Quotient is filled with consecutive 6's.
Plot Irrelevant Villain: Vorkken's only real purpose in the game is to serve as a dark counterpart to the Wonderful 100. Sure, one Operation takes place inside his body, but it could've easily been replaced by something else.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has villainous red eyes. They turn blue after the Wonderful 100 rid him of the bioweapon implanted in him.
A stalwart soldier of Prince Vorkken’s Guyzoch Space Pirates. As commanding first officer, Chewgi is always beside Vorkken as his right hand. He is the most powerful member of the pirates in terms of brute force, but is of a quiet nature and rarely speaks. Chewgi firmly believes that even the battlefield is a place for proper manners, respecting the power of opponents and always fighting fairly. Chewgi is the master of a unique Unify Morph attack; the Unify Naginata.
Blade on a Stick: Chewgi's dual-bladed naginata, which can also be used as the basis for the Unify Naginata power.
A student at Blossom Elementary school. Luka is a problem child; a bully, among other things. Luka's parents were both killed in a previous alien attack. Since then, Luka has harbored a deep hatred for alien invaders, but also hates the Wonderful 100, who were unable to save his parents. He is the son of Professor Margarita, who he believes died in an accident that CENTINELS allowed to happen; as an act of revenge, he betrays the Wonderful Ones and temporarily allies himself with GEATHJERK, only to repent after learning the truth about his mother's death.
She appears in front of the Wonderful One-Double-Oh from time to time, only to taunt them when she does. She doesn’t seem to belong to the GEATHJERK army, but she can hardly be called an ally either. Despite possessing high combat capabilities, she never engages in combat of her own accord and she tends to disappear as soon as she arrives. Her objectives are as shrouded in mystery as her identity. She is actually a member of the Galactic Federation Police, and Vorkken's sister. However, she is the last surviving member, as well as being one of the few survivors of the destruction of Rhullo along with Vorkken. She currently chases both the GEATHJERK and the Guyzoch. She can use Unite Bowgun, which has the ability to charm enemies.
An officer in the GDA (Gaia Defense Army), and the father of Wonder-Red. He was killed in the Second Earth Defense War twenty years ago, performing a Heroic Sacrifice after being mortally wounded, managing to end the war.
Badass: And this guy wasn't even a member of the Wonderful 100. He ended up sacrificing himself so he could steer his jet, carrying a huge missile that couldn't be fired due to Geathjerk interference, into the Geathjerk mothership, ending the 2nd war with the aliens. He even evacuated his crew and son beforehand.
He also rushed and tossed Wonder Red (Emeritus) his Wonder Pendant when he was briefly seperated from it, despite getting hit fatally.