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Debuted in Zoids (Zoids: Chaotic Century):
Ban Freiheit (Van Flyheight)Helic Republic. Son of a respected Helic army officer who died in an incident some time before the series proper began. He begins the series wandering around the ruins near his home, and after awakening a sleeping Organoid which he names "Sieg" (After his father's prized Command Wolf Zoid) and a Mysterious Waif who identifies herself as "Fiine", heads off on a journey to find "Zoid Eve" and restore Fiine's lost memories. Eventually, they get wrapped up in the fighting between the republic and the Guylos Empire. After helping settle the Empire's internal strife by way of dispatching Evil Chancellor Gunther Prozen, Ban is offered a spot in the Republican army and parts ways with Fiine, spending a year in training and significantly increasing his piloting skill.Reuniting with Fiine some time later, they get inducted into the joint Republican/Imperial "Guardian Force" and are charged with putting down insurgencies of terrorists who disapprove of the peace between the two nations, not knowing that these people are being manipulated from the shadows by a mysterious man named Hilz, whose true motives appear to simply be to cause as much chaos and widespread destruction as possible. Joining up with old and new allies, Ban eventually becomes a key player in stopping Hilz's machinations and Saving the World from the Death Saurer, a Forgotten Superweapon of immense power.Ban initially pilots the Shield Liger, an all-around Zoid specializing in the use of Deflector Shields, but towards the end of the first series, it is heavily damaged in combat against Raven's Geno Saurer and subsequently repaired/evolved by Fiine and Sieg, transforming it into the Blade Liger, which he uses for the rest of the series.Associated Tropes:
- Abnormal Ammo: Ban and his Blade Liger become this in Guardian Force's finale. Being shot out of the Ultrasaurus' Wave Motion Gun to take out the true Death Saurer.
- Ace Custom: His Shield Liger is powered-up by Sieg. As result, its Deflector Shields can block physical attack and even used to ram an enemy. Battle Story Shield Liger's shield is effective against energy attack only.
- Barrier Warrior: Shield Liger.
- Beehive Barrier: Shield Liger's namesake E-Shielder.
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards prince Rudolf.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: So much it has come to bite him a few times. One episode he basically saved an escaped prisoner that's from The Empire, because a gang of people were ganging up on him and planning to beat him up. Van didn't care where the man was from, ganging up on someone like that is wrong in his eyes and basically wanted them to leave the man alone. End result while he did save the man, it caused his group to be suspected spies of The Empire. Not to add later on said man he saved basically stole a Zoid from a Republican base, and did an attack on the capital which caused some casualties to innocents.
- Cool Sword: The Blade Liger's Laser Blades.
- Facial Markings
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: A short one after Raven's Geno Saurer totals his Shield Liger. He goes through another short one when Fiona briefly disappears nearing the finale.
- In the Blood: Van's father was something of an exceptional pilot as well, according to testimony from the mentor.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: As far as Zoids go, the Shield Liger is a Jack extraordinaire.
- Kid Hero: In the original series.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Attack Boosters developed for the Blade Liger.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: From the Shield Liger to the Blade Liger in the first series.
- Mr. Fanservice: After the Timeskip, when he was training in the military. His military uniform has a rare male version of a Bare Your Midriff cutout, exposing his abs.
- Parental Abandonment: Ban's father serving in defense of the Wind Colony. His mother is never mentioned. Instead, his elder sister Maria was PromotedToParent.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ban/Bang/Van, Fleiheight/Freiheight/Flyhight
- Took a Level in Badass: In between the original series and Guardian Force
Sieg (Zeke)An Organoid (A type of smaller Zoid that can fuse with and repair and power-up the regular sort), Sieg was discovered by Ban sleeping in a stasis pod in some ruins. When Ban accidentally awakens him, the two immediately bond and Ban names him after the Command Wolf his father used. When they're attacked by the bandits who forced Ban to take refuge in the ruins in the first place, Sieg displays his abilities by taking Ban into his body, flying towards a derelict Shield Liger, entering it, and then resurrecting it. After dispatching the bandits, Sieg takes Ban back to the ruins, showing him that another stasis pod is there and prompting the awakening of the Mysterious Waif Fiine.Following this, Sieg serves a role as Ban and Fiine's Robot Buddy and trademark MacGuffin, sought after by numerous baddies and helping out Ban in battle by fusing with/repairing his Shield Liger, eventually working together with Fiine to evolve it into a Blade Liger following its destruction. Sieg remains by Ban's side throughout the entirety of the series.Although Sieg is initially the only reason Ban ever seems to defeat anybody, after the latter Took a Level in Badass, Sieg is usually held in reserve for whenever he's needed, acting as a walking Eleventh Hour Super Power.Associated Tropes:
- Amplifier Artifact: Is designed to immediately enhance the capabilities of any Zoid he fuses with, even causing them to undergo and "evolution" of sorts.
- Combining Mecha: Anything he combines with gets a significant boost in power and is generally repaired to near-perfect condition.
- People Jars: His introduction.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted; Zeke's eyes are normally this color, and he is the friendliest and most tame of the Organoids. It's when his eyes turn green (due to being driven temporarily feral by the Rare Hertz scrambling his circuits) that you need to watch out.
- Robot Buddy
- Facial Markings
- Mysterious Past: Even she doesn't know who she really is. She's actually an Ancient Zoidian and a survivor of an apocalypse in the distant past.
- Mysterious Waif
- Oracular Orphan
- People Jars: Was found in one.
- Plucky Girl:
- The Ditz: Well, in the beginning anyways.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Salt. Lots and lots of salt.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair in the manga.
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards Van.
- Eyepatch of Power: His eye is perfectly fine; the patch gives him scanning tech, and contains some miniature tools.
- The Lancer
- Action Girl: She gets in on fights despite piloting a weaponless transport Zoid.
- Cool Big Sis
- Dreadful Musician: She's found of singing while transporting. However, most of the other characters can't stand it.
- Genki Girl: She's incredibly energetic.
Voiced by: Mitsuki SaigaA prodigious young man serving as the Empire's trump card. Raven is a deeply troubled boy who hates Zoids despite being one of the best pilots around. He initially acts as a freelancer, destroying Zoids and their pilots at will, until it is revealed that he is working for Gunther Prozen, the tyrannical regent of the Empire. He serves as a rival and foil for Van, being roughly the same age and possessing an organoid of his own. Raven starts off as Van's superior in skill several times over. As time goes on, and with much help from Sieg, Van eventually manages to hold his own against the young prodigy, defeating him twice. The two are initially drawn into conflict due to being on opposite sides of the Republican/Imperial war, but Raven eventually becomes obsessed with defeating Van after suffering a near-death experience at his hands.In Guardian Force, Raven re-appears to antagonize the Guardian Force and finally settle his vendetta with Van. With the war between the Republic and the Empire ended and Prozen out of the picture, Raven now fights only for himself and his own satisfaction. In the meantime, he forms a friendship with the mysterious Blue Devil Reese and is manipulated by the maniacal Hiltz into causing as much destruction as possible.Raven initially pilots a Saber Tiger enhanced by his organoid, Shadow. When Van eventually destroys it, Raven upgrades to the vastly superior and experimental Geno Saurer, which is then evolved by Shadow into the incredible Geno Breaker.
- Defrosting Ice King: This happens late in the Time Skip Guardian Force when Shadow is killed, as in spite of his hate for Zoids he sincerely moured over Shadow's death shown further of this when it seems that Hiltz killed him and Reese, which they survived, what happened offscreen is Reese apparently caught a fever and he went out of his way to take care of her and in general when shown that scene he was being generally rather gentle and compassionate with her when watching over her which is new as before it was shown he didnt like Reese one bit. All of this and getting a revived Shadow back after he tamed him again when he was feral again, which instead of aggressively fighting back, he petted him instead. eventually lead to his Heel–Face Turn
- Facial Markings
- Jerkass Woobie: Went through some terrible trauma in his childhood, but that doesn't excuse his nasty behavior later.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents were obsessed with studying Zoids, much to Raven's resentment, and this proves to be their undoing when they are ripped apart by an Organoid (Ambient).
- The Rival
ShadowAn organoid owned by Raven. A solid jet black in contrast to Sieg's white, he serves as a rival of sorts for Sieg as well as a foil. Where Sieg is willful and disobedient, Shadow is unswervingly loyal to Raven; where Sieg is free spirited and whimsical, Shadow is almost robotically efficient. Despite being an excellent partner, Shadow suffers from Raven's abuse due to the boy's pathological hatred of Zoids. Regardless, Shadow stays by his side no matter what, and is fiercely protective of his young master.
- Undying Loyalty: To Raven.
Karl Lichen Schwarz (Karl L. Schubaltz)
Rudolf Gerhardt Zepplin IIINominally the Emperor of Guylos, Rudolf is merely a child who ascended the throne prematurely due to the death of both of his parents and his grandfather.
- Big Brother Worship: Towards Van, despite them not being related.
- Distressed Dude: Frequently getting kidnapped, but its justified in that he's royalty that everybody wants to get a hold of for their own agendas, and he's only a child with very little combat skills.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is always this, both before and after his coronation.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Spoiled Sweet: Is obviously very rich due to being in line for the throne. But he's very kind, compassionate, and eager to help his friends and citizens.
- Tooka Level In Badass: Becomes a fairly competent Zoid pilot under Van's tutelage.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: It should be noted that this kid is only eight for part one, and ten after the Time Skip. Outside of occasional rare flashes of naiveté due to his age, it doesn't stop him from being a frequent voice of reason, and eventually becoming Emperor of Guylos.
Desert Alcavaledo Gang
Rosso / Red Mask (Baron Arabalone)
Viola / Violet Mask (Storm Sworder)
Gunter Prozen (Gunther Proitzen)
Debuted in Zoids: Guardian Force
Thomas Richard Schwarz (Thomas R. Schubaltz)
- Ax-Crazy: Once he gets his hands on the Death Stinger, he immediately embarks on a reign of terror across Zi. It culminates with him using the Ultimate Death Saurer to destroy several cities at once.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2
- Evil Redhead
- Faux Affably Evil: The few times he interacts with the cast directly, he puts on an air of detached civility.
- Kill All Humans: His apparent goal.
- The Starscream: To Prozen.
- Dark Chick: Initially the Big Bad's right hand woman, with some mind control powers, but later starts a romantic relationship with an (anti) hero, and switches sides.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Spell My Name with an "S": Hoo boy, that's just the beginning. There's been Reese, Rize, Rease, Rhyss, Liese to name a few.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Debuted in Zoids: New Century
Rinon Toros (Leena Toros)
Ballad Hunter (Brad Hunter)
Jimmi Hemeros (Jamie Hemeros) / Wild Eagle
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Bill Switzer (English)
- Ship Tease: With Brad.
Tigers Team (Zaber Fangs Team)
- All Love Is Unrequited: His crush on Leena.
- Catch-Phrase: He's a man destined to be king.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Upper-Class Twit
Benjamin & Sebastian
- Bounty Hunter
- Pet the Dog: He loses a battle when he's working for Harry Champ, he expects no payment and promises to help him out again for free.
Voiced by: Kelly Sheridan (English)
Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)
Voiced by: Lisa Ann Beley (English)
Judgeman (The Judge)
Voiced by: Scott McNeil (English)
Voiced by: Don Brown (English)
Dr. Leion (Dr. Laon)
Voiced by: Michael Dobson (English)
Voiced by: Alaina Burnett (English)
Voiced by: Ellen Kennedy (English)
Voiced by: Motoko Kumai (Japanese), Alex Doduk (English)
- Expy: of Raven.
Debuted in Zoids: Fuzors
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima
Voiced by: Chie Nakamura
Maskman (Helmut Titan)
Voiced by: Joji Nakata
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu
Voiced by: Koichi Tochika
Voiced by: Ryuzou Ishino
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki
Voiced by: Kae Araki
Debuted in Zoids: Genesis
Voiced by: Hiromi Hirata
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama
Voiced by: Kimiko Koyama
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda
The Invincible Gang
Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (A Kan)
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto
- Worthy Opponent: Zairin is an interesting case to this he certainly views Ruuji as a worthy opponent but his views of a worthy opponent are a little different. He does view one a worthy opponent if they're a great & strong Zoid Pilot, however there has to be something else about them to get his interest. A part that describes is his battle with Seijuurou who in-universe is known as the 'World's greatest Zoid Pilot' sounds like a exciting worthy opponent and all. Turns out while he admits he's a great Zoid Pilot, Seijuurou can't get Zairin to feel excited with their battle like Ruuji can because Seijuurou is already at his full potential, his piloting skills stopped evolving and is thus a bore to fight while Ruuji's skills are still evolving.
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii
Souta / Gin
Debuted in Zoids: Silver Beast-Machine God Liger Zero
Allstar (Alster in Legacy)Allstar encounters the game's eponymous Liger Zero as it's fighting for its life against some Empire soldiers. He attempts to pilot it, as the Zoid has taken a liking to him. and ends up falling into a lost underground world with one of the soldiers. Shortly afterward, he meets Party, the village elder's granddaughter. Party identifies his Zero as the silver beast machine god, the only mecha that can defeat the resident Berserk Fury (a mecha dinosaur that...acts as its name suggests). They go on various quests through various ruins to find the Zero's three armors and do just that. Despite getting dubbed the underground world's savior along with his Liger buddy, Allstar stays surprisingly humble for a Zoids protagonist — he just did what he thought was right because he didn't want to let his newfound friends down.
Party (Palty in Legacy)Very energetic, Party has a habit of speaking in the third person, ending sentences with hearts, and calling things she likes "cool" and "awesome". These things are usually Allstar, the Zero, and large explosions. Initially following Allstar because she thinks his Liger is cool, Party very quickly becomes his friend, enjoying all their adventures and wanting to follow him back to the surface (and, yanno, she likes him - in fact, she says so. Twice, after kinda glomp-kissing him several times earlier). Surprisingly, she's often the more sensible of the two, though that's not saying very much.
SolidSolid and his Super Geno Saurer (basically a regular Geno Saurer with lots of [[BFG Buster Cannons]] on) serves as Allstar's rival-slash-reluctant-ally for a lot of the game, as Solid wants to take the Liger Zero back to the Empire but can't get to the surface alone. Of course, they end up having to team up proper to find the Liger's armors and defeat the Fury. While Solid and Allstar never stop bickering (mostly because Solid's a bit of an overserious jerk and Allstar likes winding him up, but occasionally because he's stuck playing the straightman to Party and Allstar's weirder moments), they seem to be more friendly about it by game's end, and Solid returns to the Empire promising they'll be enemies "next time" they meet. Sure.
Debuted in Zoids Saga
Fran Vogel (Flam Vogel)
debuted in Zoids VS.
debuted in Zoids Saga 2 (Zoids Legacy)
Yuno Hera (Juno Hera)
Debuted in Zoids VS. 2 (Zoids: Battle Legends)