Video Game: Endless Frontier aka: Mugen No Frontier
In case you didn't notice, there are big melons in the Frontier.
Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier is an Eastern RPG for the Nintendo DS released in May 2008. Although this Spin-Off does not take place in the same universe as the Super Robot Wars Original Generation games, it is nonetheless tied toits story.
The Endless Frontier is a collection of multiple worlds connected by dimensional portals known as "Cross Gates". In one of these worlds, Bounty Hunter and amateur ladies man Haken Browning and his Artificial Humansidekick Aschen Brodel explore the ruins of a crashed spaceship, one they were both found in when Haken was just a baby. Inside they find, much to their surprise, a rather well-stacked young woman with a big-ass sword and a tiny dress sleeping in the crew's quarters. Turns out she's Kaguya Nanbu, The Ojou of one of the Frontier's worlds. Upon finding out there's a reward for her safe return, the pair decide to accompany her home. Since this is roughly the first ten minutes of the game, things naturally start to snowball from there: strange Mid-Keil crystals start sprouting up all over the Endless Frontier, and some very familiar-looking robots connected with a war that happened ten years ago have appeared again. Secrets, conspiracies, spankings, and lots and lots of boob jokes await.
Along the way, our heroes run into a number of travelers from outside the Endless Frontier: Reiji Arisu, a law enforcement agent of Shinra from Earth, his fox-spirit partner Xiaomu (you may remember them (or not) from Namco × Capcom), and KOS-MOS, a Robot Girl from the far future. Unfortunately, their problems have tagged along, too.
Endless Frontier uses a turn-based combat system to Namco X Capcom, where orders are issued via Action Commands, instead of the usual system interface typical to Eastern RPGs. Attacks can be chained into combos with one another to ensure an enemy cannot get a bead on the party when it's their turn to attack, allowing long attack combinations. The player can also issue a set of new commands during these attack strings, such as allowing the next party character to continue the combo, request assistance from characters placed in reserve or executing an "Overdrive" to maximize damage and achieve bonuses post-battle. Like its namesake, mecha do appear in the game, though they take a back role, appearing around a few meters tall compared to their counterparts, and are only available as an assist.
A sequel called Endless Frontier EXCEED was released in February 2010, with a somewhat wider focus: The Fairies (really, elves) from Elfetale fled the Endless Frontier during the war and ended up spending the next ten years co-existing with the Shura. When a Shura fortress (coincidentally the one the Fairies are mostly living in) ends up getting tossed into the Frontier, Elven Princess Neige Hausen sets out to find out what is going on. Accompanying her is young Shura warrior Aledy Naash, who has the additional job of tracking down a Shura artifact that decided to step off its pedestal and take a walk, particularly before their rivals find it first. Meanwhile, the Endless Frontier is abuzz regarding the reappearance of Mid-Keil crystals, alongside new entities with their own ambitions. To make matters worse, more remnants of a warmongering faction are on the move again, with their own schemes. However, a few individuals from beyond the Endless Frontier have made their way into the setting.
Understandably, EXCEED features a much-expanded cast. In addition to new faces, the entire cast of the previous game joins the party, including Reiji, Xiaomu, and KOS-MOS (who also brings MOMO along this time). EXCEED even pulls in Axel Almer from the main Original Generation instalments, including Mark Hunter, a character from an obscure Banpresto Super Famicom RPG called Gaia Saver. The combat system is also refined, doing away certain Scrappy Mechanics and easing gameplay to fit the much wider selection of characters.
While the first game was localized and released in April 2009, there's been no word of a localization for EXCEED. However, Haken and Kaguya reappear, this time in Project × Zone, a Spiritual Successor to Namco × Capcom, along with Reiji, Xiaomu, KOS-MOS and surprisingly, Sanger Zonvolt, from the Original Generation series.
Tropes regarding Endless Frontier and multiple characters include:
When summoned by any party member to perform a "Support Attack", there's a chance Mark Hunter may shout "Yatte yaruze!"
Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: In EXCEED, up to four merchants/shop owners join the party. Naturally, the player isn't given freebies.
A Date with Rosie Palms: A joke made at Dorothy Mistral's expense. Reiji comments on how there's literally no conversation that isn't laced drowning with innuendo.
A God Am I: Wahrschein Lichkeit; interestingly, the Wahrschein Lichkeit's a fragment of the corpse of the Neue Regisseur, the eternal guardian of the universe who existed since the beginning of time. In Original Generation 2, when questioned by the heroes, Neue Regisseur vehemently denied being God.
Granted, the Neue Regisseur hadn't created any universes at the time. Wahrschein Lichkeit was being quite literal.
All There in the Manual: A lot of details regarding the story are in Original Generation 2. If you've played that game, you'll know more about the story than the characters do. Similarly, most of the information regarding Reiji's pursuit of Saya and T-elos' hate for KOS-MOS is glossed over. You'll have to play Namco X Capcom and Xenosaga Episode III to learn the details.
A Mech by Any Other Name: Residents of Kagura Amahara call all robots karakuri. Princess Suzuka controls her Jyaki-GUN-Oh like a marionette through strings attached to her fans. In EXCEED, the Shura refer to their mecha as "Rasetsu-Ki".
An Axe to Grind: Ezel Granada uses one, and proves very effective with it. Also in the first game are decapitated skeletons carrying their skulls in one hand and an axe in the other.
Bilingual Bonus: The localization only translates the script; the voice-acting is left untouched, and there's no captions for them, so you either need a grasp of Japanese or dig into your Ascended Fanboyism to understand the victory quotes and start-of-battle banter.
Boss Rush: Because of scripted boss fights and a 100% flee rate from Mooks, the games can potentially feel like this. Played straight and more properly in the first game while exploring Wilkurkind, and once again near the end.
Chekhov M.I.A.: In the first game, notice the W-03 and W-05 pods in the Neverland are open and their occupants missing. Guess who shows up in EXCEED?
Chest Blaster: KOS-MOS' "D-Teneritas" (and to a greater extent, KOS-MOS's "X-BUSTER"), Gespenst Phantom's Neutron Blaster and T-elos' "U-Teneritas". The Jyaki-GUN-Oh has light artillery mounted on its torso that stuns Mooks with surprising reliability.
EXCEED continues on from the events of Original Generation Gaiden, namely Axel's investigation of Lemon's "Project EF". The pre-order EXCEED drama CD is actually a prequel leading up to EXCEED, about how Axel, Alfimi and Kouta wind up in the Endless Frontier from the Original Generation universe.
Subverted in regards to Reiji: despite having two katanas, he rarely uses both at the same time (mostly because he carries his weapon rack in one hand). Saya has three katanas, but will never use two at any given moment, due to her style focusing on iaijutsu (quick-draw).
Played straight in EXCEED for Reiji, where several of his attacks use both katanas in rapid succession, with one attack involves him rapidly dual-wielding them.
Fight In The Nude: Justified - only two or three characters actually get something different than what they're using for weapons; for the others, it's an ammo or targeting chip upgrade. Armors are worn under the character's signature outfits.
Foreshadowing: A background element in one cutscene for EXCEED reveals that "Code: DTD" (Dust To Dust) overrides both Code: PTP and "Code: ATA" (Ashes to Ashes) well before that information comes into play.
Flunky Boss: Nearly all of them, though subverted for the first ArkGain fight in the original game.
Gag Boobs: Kaguya invokes this the most, but then again, she's a playable character and has Stock Footage. Anne Sirena, on the other hand, may be going over the line:
Anne: "Heh heh... Just so you know, I haven't even reached my full potential yet!" [TROPER GENERAL'S NOTE: Anne's already pushing a North American DD-cup/Eurasian F-cup] Suzuka: "What!? I don't believe it!" Xiaomu: "OK, that's crossing the line from titillating to just plain creepy."
Put it simply, there are only two breast sizes in the games: large and flat. BOTH are played for more jokes than you can imagine and a boob joke will be stuck into any conversation possible by misinterpretation or snarking. Hell, the animated opening for EXCEED has one bit where Xiaomu's examining herself and leering at the chests of the other girls.
Gainax Ending: The Big Bad of the first game mumbles about motives and being responsible for the state of the world, then attacks the heroes when they ask for elaboration. After winning, the heroes inexplicably appear in their home dimensions, of which the Endless Frontier has now returned to being a singular world, with the crossover characters having disappeared and supposedly returned to their respective dimensions. Rather than trying to figure out what just happened, the cast (and seemingly the inhabitants) writes it off as a victory, but goes back to bickering with each other.
In combat for EXCEED, while awaiting commands, any female character who isn't flat will bounce.
Gatling Good, More Dakka: The Jyaki-GUN-Oh carries eight gatling guns, while the Alt Eisen Nacht gets a small mention with a right-arm mounted five-barreled gatling gun. Naturally, KOS-MOS and T-elos can call out gatling guns from their Hyperspace Arsenal.
Humongous Mecha: Subverted; the mecha present are actually 2-3 meters tall, around 1/10 of their actual size. The cast even remarks they'd be crushed by a 20-meter Super Robot, not that they're aware most of those regularly clear double that height.
Hyperspace Arsenal: KOS-MOS, T-elos and Dorothy; what's wierd about the latter is unlike the former two, since they have the technology to perform this trope, Dorothy hides literal bombs under her dress.
Improbably Female Cast: The team consists of 2 guys and 5 girls; no antagonist group is all-male oriented. EXCEED bucks the trend by adding more males to the party (Aledy, Katze, Ezel, Axel and Kouta). Still, by endgame, the girls outnumber the guys in the main group (if we can even count Katze as a guy, anyhow).
Inconsistent Dub: See Woolseyism. Justified with Kaguya's "Goshiki Zankantou", which would have been translated as "Type-5 Colossal Blade" if they hadn't chosen to leave everything about her in its original Japanese.
Supplement on the Goshiki Zankantou: the kanji translates to "Protection Type Crown Cleaving Sword", rather than the normal "#-Type Ship Cleaving Sword".
Atlus translated the family name of a missing royal family as "Howzen", when it's most likely "Hausen", after Shine Hausen of Original Generation. Made more apparent with Neige Hausen in EXCEED, a princess from Elfetale now returning to the Endless Frontier.
Kick the Dog: Pete basically amounts to a "successful Original GenerationDuminuss": he forces Cardia to blow herself up with Code: ATA; he actually succeeds.
Especially notable when watching EXCEED gameplay videos revealing some really crazy chains of support combos. This one, for instance, doesn't use any of the villains and leaves out several of the main heroes (old and new entrants), but it's still the "Energizer Bunny" combo: it just keeps going and going and...
By the end of EXCEED, the main party has 15 females, 6 males, Katze and 6 mecha. Done perfectly, it's possible to chain attacks lasting 12 Support Attacks (4 Assists plus another 4 from a specific Spirit Command and 4 Support Attacks), 20 attacks from the vanguards and an Overdrive to finish.
The Nicknamer: Pretty much everyone. In the official guide for the first game (Japanese-only), there's a list of nicknames for each character. Kaguya has at least twenty, all of them reference either her breasts, status as a princess, or both.
Spam Attack: Not only are some attacks just repeated hits with the same weapon, but the player can force this by editing the command roster for the 5 moves a character can use with 100% of their command bar.
Spank the Cutie: Reiji to Xiaomu, whenever she says or does something stupid. Note this was implied originally in Namco X Capcom, but Endless Frontier brings it out fully.
KOS-MOS also has this, though it's much more subtle: she goes from sharp monotone to a soft, normal voice that's triggered randomly during the final hits of her Overdrive. Some of her pre-/post-battle quotes uses this tone of voice, too.
Standard Hero Reward: The ending of the first game. All Haken had to do was travel through a few worlds, fight hordes of mercenaries, ogres, mutants and whatnot, face a ton of bosses a lot of times each and save the Endless Frontier from an Assimilation Plot. Lampshaded by Haken right before the final dungeon:
"...Of course I'm doing it to get the girl! The world can bite me."
Stripperiffic: Notably Kaguya, but Aschen and KOS-MOS, upon entering their Overdrive, shed their clothing. Neige in EXCEED also counts.
Played with: in EXCEED, there's a section of the world covered in ice due to the local leader being An Ice Person. Reality Ensues as the underdressed Kaguya and Neige start complaining about the cold.
Support Power: Party members in the back row can do this. Essentially, each character has a Support Attack that can only be triggered when they're currently not in the front row. Furthermore, each support-only character in EXCEED comes with a preset chance of activating a skill or Spirit Command for the party member they're junctioned to, which also stacks with each members' abilities and Spirit Commands.
Xiaomu: "And because you deserved a good old fashioned ass kicking!"
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Justified - the first game grants more experience if you finish an opponent off with a Support Attack or an Orverdrive. EXCEED awards bonus experience for an Overdrive finish depending on whether you destroyed one or more than one enemies at the end of battle, but a "Support Finish" (where a partner assigned to a front row fighter in the party achieves the final hit) nets additional gold, while an "Assist Finish" (a non-support only party member in the back row) fills the Frontier Gauge up. The latter's noteworthy as EXCEED allows the gauge to carry over for every fight.
This Is a Drill: The Thrudgelmir Expy Svaiser in EXCEED gets one. Funny enough, it doubles as another Mythology Gag, since the Thrudgelmir uses a BFS as its primary weapon, with a drill on its head; the Svaiser has a blade mounted to its head, with a drill the main weapon.
Underground Monkey: Copious backtracking, among other things, allows for many monster types to repeat themselves every four dungeons in progressively stronger forms.
Unexpected Character: Almost no one expected Axel Alfimi and Kouta from the main Original Generation continuity to make a pit stop for Endless Frontier, despite Axel's stated intentions at the end of Original Generation Gaiden. Mark Hunter, on the other hand, blew them out of the water for not having reappeared in another video game for nearly 20 years.
Verbal Tic: KOS-MOS adds a "nya" to the end of some of her sentences, a Mythology Gag from a Xenosaga fan sisc, and some of the other females get into it as well.
Virgin Sacrifice: Averted; Kaguya's willing to seal off all the Cross Gates, in exchange for her life, so the Einsts cannot interfere with the Endless Frontier anymore, until Haken decides to "kidnap" her back to the party, by Taking A Third Option.
World Tree: There are two of them - one is in Kagura Amahara, which has the power to close the Cross Gates, the other is seized by Agrado Heim and has the power to open them.
Yaoi Fangirl: Xiaomu often comments about how she enjoys writing slash fan fiction. In fact, if she is in the same party as Haken and Reiji, there's a chance in her post-battle banter she'll whisper "Reiji Cross Haken..." to herself, just loud enough that Haken overhears her and asks her not to ship them.
One of her post-battle quotes with Alfimi takes it to Serious Business levels where they debate on who's the top between Axel and Aledy.
Zettai Ryouiki: Most of the female cast, though the award likely goes to Kaguya.
Zonk: The "Gamble" Spirit Command and Kaguya's "Tsukimizake" skill. What's worse isn't when she poisons/stuns/paralyzes herself, but when either Gamble or Tsukimizake auto-casts "Mercy" note All hits cannot be greater than 10 points of damage on her. Since both games feature low-level Mooks with several thousand HP, having "Mercy" on, you might as well be doing zero damage.
On the other hand, allowing them to live long enough can be used to fill the Limit Break gauge.