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Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere has a diverse cast of characters, each with their own motivations and loyalties.

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UPEO

    UPEO 


  • Evil Running Good: Gilbert Park is a Mole in Charge whose true loyalty is to Ouroboros, a terrorist faction.
  • Fictional United Nations: UPEO is a part of the New United Nations.
  • Paper Tiger: Lampshaded by Keith in the eponymous early-game mission. The UPEO may have a pretty awesome name and duty, as it represents peacekeeping for the entire world, but it is so woefully under-equipped that it has to receive "gifts" of military hardware from both sides just to stay competent, helpfully illustrated by the suffix "U" after the jets' names (eg, F-16XFU is basically General Resource's own F-16XF with a UPEO green paintjob, ditto R-101U from Neucom). The kicker? The donated equipment are as bog-standard bottom-shelf jets as they come. A hacked video feed even lampshades this ruthlessly.
    Person A: Are these R-Numbers? They've got UPEO markings on it.
    Person B: Well, there goes their so-called "neutrality".
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    Nemo 

"Nemo"

The Player Character, who begins as a new pilot of SARF and quickly become known as an ace. Actually an AI created by Simon Orestes Cohen, with the goal of erasing Abyssal Dision.


  • Ace Pilot: Already called "SARF's ace" by the fourth mission.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. You're an AI created with the purpose of killing a digital being, but nothing is stopping you from causing as much death and destruction in your path as long as you kill your target.
  • Cerebus Retcon: While The Reveal can be quite a shock, future games, especially Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, puts Nemo's true nature in a even darker light. Explanation: an AI which is designed to kill someone out of revenge is derived from previous two AIs which nearly caused an apocalyptic Robot War, which themselves are derived from the Zone of Endless project and were started by the vengeful remnants of Belka.
  • Defector from Decadence: If Nemo saves Clarkson's plane from General Resource's and Park's attempts to assassinate Clarkson, Nemo, Fiona, and Clarkson will defect to Neucom to seek asylum from the corrupted UPEO and General Resource.
  • Featureless Protagonist: To an extreme. It's even lampshaded in-game:
    Rena: Where did you come from?
    • Of course, it's justified because its just an AI program running in a simulation.
  • Foil: To the ace pilots from other games. All aces (Cypher, Phoenix, Mobius, Blaze, Trigger, etc.) are regular human soldiers who are instrumental in ending their respective wars and bring peace to the world. Nemo on the other hand is a combat AI that, while clearly has the potential to form positive interactions between humans, is ultimately designed as a literal instrument of war. In short, Nemo is an antithesis to the rest of the aces.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: He/She is never actually referred to by name in dialogue because he/she can be renamed; his/her official name is the default option.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Notably what sets it apart from its predecessors. Nemo can hack and take direct control of COFFIN equipped aircraft and can also hack into humans, such as Rena. Certain cutscenes also suggest it can hijack security cameras.
  • It Can Think: Definitely, considering it's the Player Character and an AI. The fact that it's more than likely a descendent of ZOE means it's not a coincidence.
    • If having the skills of an ace pilot doesn't show its intelligence, its hacking skills do.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Nemo is unwittingly trapped in a simulation as proven by the Omega Ending.
  • Meaningful Name: "Nemo" literally means "No One". Considering that you're a Featureless Protagonist joining whatever faction he pleases, that makes a LOT of sense. And then there's the Tomato in the Mirror reveal...
  • Mind Wipe: In the Omega Ending, Simon erases Nemo's memory of the simulation. This makes it no more of a AI than its predecessors.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Nemo starts becoming this as it's true nature as an AI is slowly revealed. The music that comes with it doesn't help matters.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Nemo will destroy UPEO, General Resource, and Neucom as part of Ouroboros in the UPEO -> General Resource -> Ouroboros route.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: Nemo and Erich Jager lead a revolution against an Ouroboros-controlled UPEO in the UPEO route.
  • Silent Protagonist: An odd case. People seem to act as if Nemo is in correspondence with them, though Nemo never says a word. Justified, as it's a simulation, so its just simulating the response.
  • Spanner in the Works: Specifically, Dision's plan to groom Rena to pilot the massively overpowered X-49 Night Raven. After repeated contacts with Nemo, Rena becomes more determined to find her real memories. This proves crucial later on as she betrays Dision.
    • In the UPEO -> General Resource -> Ouroboros route, Nemo turns on Dision at the last mission. Even more so when it pursued Dision into the electrosphere.
  • Superior Successor: It's all but stated that Nemo is the latest iteration of the Z.O.E. and a direct descendent of Hugin and Munin. Besides being capable of flying advanced aircraft, certain missions indicate that Nemo has far more advanced abilities including (but not limited to) directly hacking other aircraft and having direct access to the electrosphere.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The Omega Ending. You're an AI. The various branching story paths are all a simulation run repeatedly by Simon to see if it's possible for you to kill Dision - and since all five endings include him dying at your hands, Simon releases a fresh copy of you that has not been put through the simulations into the real world to make one of the routes reality.
  • True Companions: Erich and Rena in the UPEO route which partially contributes to Rena's Heel–Face Turn against Dision, Keith in the GR route (especially after you get him out of a bad situation), Fiona in the Neucom route, and Cynthia in one of the Ouroborus routes it's willing to follow Cynthia on its own accord especially after she defects from Neucom.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Two examples:
    • Nemo, the Player Character, is in fact an AI. When you see the Omega Ending, you discover that you were just in multiple simulations being tested on what choices you would take, and that you would wind up killing Dision in every possible route in the simulations. Simon, your creator, then tells you that he will erase your memories and release you into the real world to kill Dision. After that, he deletes your simulated deadcopy as he doesn't need it anymore.
    • Nemo becomes an Unwitting Pawn of Ouroboros in the UPEO route when it (yes, see the spoiler above because AIs are genderless) or Rena Hirose is tricked into assassinating Clarkson. It later breaks out of this trope when Clarkson dissolves SARF, causing Nemo, Erich Jager, and Rena Hirose to rebel in order to destroy Ouroboros and overthrow Park.
  • Villain Protagonist: This trope could happen depending on which routes you choose. The UPEO->General Resource->Ouroboros route is the best example of Nemo becoming a Villain Protagonist: It develops a Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and, after killing its former allies from UPEO and General Resource, it wastes no time in turning against his current faction (which is a terrorist faction, by-the-way) to kill everyone in it. The way Nemo terminates certain people on that route is rather unsettling too. Hell, Rena gets literally brainwashed to death. The same route also reveals Nemo's destructive potential and the most about its unsettling nature as an AI.
    • Considering that Strangereal has a bad history with AIs, Nemo more or less can be a legitimate threat towards anyone, even its own allies.
  • Weapon of Choice: Nemo starts out with an EF-2000 Typhoon II, but cover art depicts it with the Su-37 Super Flanker.
  • Wild Card: Joining whatever faction it pleases, and leading whichever one it does join to victory. Assuming it doesn't goes rogue...

    Erich Jager 

Erich Jager

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Age: 24
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi

"If we are able to protect this world through the peaceful solutions Clarkson always talks about, UPEO would have no need of General."

A pilot for UPEO, hoping to keep peace for all.


  • Like Father, Like Son: Word of God comfirmed that he's the son of Jaeger, and would be 3 years old during the Lighthouse War.
  • True Companions: With Nemo in the UPEO route.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: Nemo and Erich Jager lead a revolution against an Ouroboros-controlled UPEO in the UPEO route.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Erich becomes an Unwitting Pawn of Ouroboros in the UPEO route when Nemo or Rena Hirose is tricked into assassinating Clarkson. Erich, Nemo, and Rena later break out of this trope when Clarkson dissolves SARF, causing them to rebel in order to destroy Ouroboros and overthrow Park.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Assuming you do not take the UPEO route, he sort of "disappears" during the late stages of the game. If you are following the General Resource route though, you have the option of shooting him down, which does explain his absence. Otherwise...not so much.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Erich calls Rena out for shooting down one of their own allies for suspicions of treason.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Erich firmly believes in him protecting peace with UPEO. He's quite attuned to everything though, and when he has been used as a pawn too far, he flies with you and initiates a two-plane rebellion.

    Fiona Chris Fitzgerald 

Fiona Chris Fitzgerald

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Age: 24
Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe

"Well, simply put, things are looking pretty dicey in the clouds. Later!"

A UPEO and later Neucom, if not killed pilot.


  • Defector from Decadence: If Nemo saves Clarkson's plane from General Resource's and Park's attempts to assassinate Clarkson, Nemo, Fiona, and Clarkson will defect to Neucom to seek asylum from the corrupted UPEO and General Resource.
  • The Chew Toy / Cosmic Plaything: She is pretty much the most ill-fated non-villain character in the game, as she gets killed in all but one ending, and unlike Rena's, it's a Downer Ending that leaves her broken and crying.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Fiona seeks revenge against the insane AIs that corrupted her sister.

    Rena Hirose 

Rena Hirose

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Age: 19
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori

"[T]he body doesn’t have wings, but the wings of my mind give me the sky. And as it is, I want every mind to turn into wings."

The great ace of UPEO. She has Silverstone Disease, a disease that prevents her from being exposed to sunlight for fear of death.


  • Ace Custom: Her plane has a customized paintjob. Justified, as she is an Ill Girl and requires special equipment just to fly.
  • Ace Pilot: Through and through.
  • Badass Normal: Kinda. Of the three superfighter pilots in the game, she is the only one with a body of flesh and bone.
    • This is ultimately zig zagged. Rena is indeed the only flesh and bone pilot between you and AI!Dision; On the other hand, Rena later pilots the X49 Night Raven, a Super Prototype "aircraft" with a laser cannon than can mow down aircraft with one or two shots and even sinks Megafloat.
  • Child Soldier: She was the test pilot for the Night Raven at the age of just nine. Her interview lead to a massive scandal that caused General Resource to cover up the Night Raven’s existence.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She seems to go off on her own whenever she is flying with you and sends you various video messages. Apparently Dision has been messing with her mind.
  • Expy: She looks like a younger Motoko Kusanagi. Justified, as the animation sequences of the game were produced by Production I.G, the ones who worked on the animated adaptations of the manga.
  • Final Boss: In some routes.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Borderline example due to sun allergies.
  • Ill Girl: She became a General Resource pilot to be able to go outside.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Specifically to pilot the incredibly overpowered X-49 Night Raven. While Real!Dision did not intend to make her into one, AI!Dision does
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: An interview with her at a young age accidentally revealed General Resource's Night Raven project to the world, which multiple people immediately protested due to involving such a young girl. This lead to them shutting down the project by killing everyone involved other than Rena - including Yoko, setting off both the AI Dision and Simon on their own paths to revenge, ultimately leading to the current situation.
  • Unwitting Pawn Rena becomes an Unwitting Pawn of Ouroboros in the UPEO route when she or Nemo is tricked into assassinating Clarkson. Jager, Nemo, and Rena later break out of this trope when Clarkson dissolves SARF, causing them to rebel in order to destroy Ouroboros and overthrow Park.

    Gabriel Clarkson 

Chairman Gabriel Clarkson

Age: 56
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ito

Commentator: "Yes... you could say that leaders like UPEO Representative Clarkson are politician types from an age long gone. Since the USEA's unification by General Resource, in this age where the power of economics has exterminated government and law, his actions, to me are... well, I can only describe them as anachronistic."

The main peacekeeper, spokesman and chairman of UPEO.


  • Defector from Decadence: If Nemo saves Clarkson's plane from General Resource's and Park's attempts to assassinate Clarkson, Nemo, Fiona, and Clarkson will defect to Neucom to seek asylum from the corrupted UPEO and General Resource.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: See the above quote.

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    Gilbert Park 

Commander Gilbert Park

Age: 48
Voiced by: Mugihito

Erich: "I don’t know what you intend to do, but if you wanna keep an interest in flying with UPEO, don’t go against Commander Park."

The commander of forces in UPEO.


  • The Chessmaster: This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, though, considering how fishy he acts in general and the fact that he's playing chess of all things in the Japanese intro video, but other than the dead giveaways, it's supposed to be revealed slowly.
    • It's actually a subversion. Dision turns on him, or you kill him yourself, or he simply disappears.
  • The Coup: He tells UPEO pilots that Gabriel Clarkson is committing espionage and orders them to shoot it down. Going down multiple routes after this point has story elements that imply that these charges of espionage are bogus. Whether Nemo saves Clarkson or not, Park takes over UPEO. Since UPEO is still associated with the governments of Usea, this becomes a coup.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He is a villain with glasses.
  • Klingon Promotion: He tricks Nemo or Rena Hirose into killing Gabriel Clarkson in the UPEO route, allowing him to completely take over UPEO and finish turning it into a puppet of Ouroboros.
  • Mole in Charge: This person becomes the leader of UPEO after Clarkson leaves the job either from Clarkson defecting to Neucom or from being assassinated, and is one of the leaders of Ouroboros.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He becomes the head of UPEO and finishes turning it into a puppet of Ouroboros after Clarkson leaves the job of UPEO leader either due to Clarkson's defection to Neucom or due to Clarkson's assassination.

General Resource

    General Resource 


  • Evil, Inc.: They’re not above doing illegal activities to stay in business. Best demonstrated when they decided to cut their losses to cover up the existence of the Night Raven.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: General Resource bombed its own labs to cover up the existence of the Night Raven after Rena unwittingly revealed its existence. This lead to the death of human!Abyssal Dision and his lover, Yoko Martha Inoue, causing AI!Dision and Simon Orestes Cohen to desire revenge. It also engages in media censorship. That bombing was the ultimate spark for the plot of this game. They're also responsible for the Mimic Squadron.
  • He Knows Too Much: Due to Rena unwittingly revealing the existence of the Night Raven during an interview at the age of 9, General Resource decided to dispose of anyone other than Rena who knew about the project.
  • Mega-Corp: This is one of two rival Mega-Corps that have de facto control over Usea. There are de jure governments, but they have become ineffective.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: General Resource sent Mad Bombers to bomb one of its own labs to cover up the existence of the Night Raven after Rena unwittingly revealed its existence. Yoko Martha Inoue, one of the scientists who was part of the Night Raven project, was the target of the bombing. Human!Abyssal Dision was considered acceptable collateral damage by the Mad Bombers. That bombing was the ultimate spark for the plot of this game.

    Abyssal Dision 

Abyssal Dision

Age: 43
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara

"Some day, everyone will probably feel the limits of their body. That’s not a bad thing. But those who have the mental strength to exceed that limit simply need not speak of it."

The great ace of General Resource.


  • Ace Pilot: The best, next to the player. The player is, after all, a superior AI.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Second mission he's featured, and he's trying to get you to join his Company faction. No one knows if he's aligned fully with GR, aiding UPEO's chessmaster Park, or is all about himself. In the end, it's neither; he only wants revenge for his then girlfriend Yoko.
  • Big Bad: He’s the true leader of Ouroboros, and had instigated the war to avenge Yoko.
  • Brain Uploading: What he really is. The real Dision has been Dead All Along.
  • The Chessmaster: Not only did he try engineering you to join GR, he's also the head of Ouroboros, assists Park with his scheme to usurp control of UPEO, offs his own company's CEO, and basically grooms Rena to be the perfect Tyke Bomb.
  • Dead All Along: Shortly before her death, Yoko Inoue copied Human!Dision's consciousness into the Electrosphere, creating the self-aware AI!Dision, the first ever human to be Sublimed. Before she realized it, however, she and Human!Dision were killed by a bomb planted by General Resource and their laboratory destroyed along with their research.
  • Foregone Conclusion: No matter what happens, Dision will always die in all routes. That's because you created for that specific purpose.
  • Genre Blindness: Apparently he forgot the fact that if someone is willing to betray their own allies multiple times, odds are they're not afraid to stab you in the back either. Not running a background check on Nemo also cost him big time, especially when news outlets often mention Nemo isn't well known among UPEO.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Dision is leading a revolution that destroys UPEO, General Resource, and Neucom in the UPEO -> General Resource -> Oroborus route.
  • Übermensch: The Dision you meet is actually an electronic AI copy of a flesh-and-blood Dision; this AI wants humanity to progress to an electronic form as he has, all while the Corporate War is heating up and he (it?) plays a part. Ultimately subverted, in that his ultimate goal is not to "advance the human race", but rather of Revenge against the companies who killed his flesh-and-blood counterpart's girlfriend, Yoko.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After human!Dision and his girlfriend are killed by a bomb that General Resource planted, AI!Dision desires revenge. And to make things worse, he's being hunted down by an AI that was created by a man who blames him for said girlfriend's death.

    Keith Bryan 

Keith Bryan

Age: 35
Voiced by: Daiki Nakamura

"Yo buddy. Not there again? Ah, whatever. Great job this time. No seriously, we were a good duo."

Dision's wingmate.


  • Punch-Clock Villain: He is working for the most villainous Mega-Corp in this game and for Dision until he betrayed Keith, but is not that evil himself.
  • Token Minority: He's notably the only black guy in the game.
  • True Companions: He starts to salute you at the end of his video messages if you save him from troubles.
    • In fact, he is the original "Yo, buddy!" guy in the Ace Combat franchise.
  • Taking You with Me: If the player sides with Ouroboros in the UPEO -> General Resource -> Ouroboros route, Keith joins you after you betray Ouroboros in your attacks against Dision and Rena. After he takes enough damage, he gets his plane stuck between the wings of Rena's Night Raven; when you shoot him down, Rena goes down too. In the General Resource route he goes after Dision even when his aircraft sustains heavy damage. He succeeds in killing Dision shortly before he himself blows up.

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    Yoko Martha Inoue 

Yoko Martha Inoue

Age: 30 (deceased)
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa

A General Resource scientist who invented sublimation.


Neucom

    Neucom 


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Its nano-bites that are used for automated construction go crazy, forcing UEPO to send SARF out to wipe them out with Anti-Nano-Bite bombs.
  • For Science!: Neucom pursues science for itself. It has managed to turn out several good technological products like the electrosphere. Sometimes, products are released before they go through an adequate amount of testing and therefore go horribly wrong as seen in A.I. Is a Crapshoot. General Resource claims that Neucom was founded by scientists that it fired for violating ethical norms like human experimentations.
  • Mad Scientist: Neucom is full of these in employ according to General Resource.
  • Mega-Corp: Is one of two rival Mega-Corps that have de facto control over Usea. There are de jure governments, but they have become ineffective.

    Cynthia Bridgitte Fitzgerald 

Cynthia Bridgitte Fitzgerald

Age: 29
Voiced by: Maria Kawamura

(after pushing Fiona out of the way) "I'm impatient."

Neucom's ace pilot. Later joins Ouroboros to see the electrosphere.


    Simon Orestes Cohen 

Simon Orestes Cohen

Age: 40
Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao-

"In regards to your work so far, I’m honestly impressed—about which, is the general idea."

A great scientist of Neucom. Created Nemo.


  • The Bad Guy Wins: Dision isn't much better, but the Omega Ending makes it clear that Simon will inevitably start a real corporate war just to erase Dision.
  • Complexity Addiction: You’d think, that he would just go for a simple plan of just siccing Nemo on Dision after the simulation was completed, but instead, he decides to instigate a war just to kill one man.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He created Nemo, an Artificial Intelligence, and the simulation, just to kill Dision. He didn’t bother to think that he could have presented the technology to his superiors at Neucom, or even sell it to General Resources, or the UPEO for that matter.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He wants to kill Abyssal Dision and is willing to start a corporate war to do so.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Like his predecessor, Dr. Schroeder, he discarded his soul when Yoko was killed, to create Nemo in order to kill the man who he blamed for her death. Unlike Schroeder, however, once he gets what he wanted, he completely rejects his soul, and goes on to carry out his plan.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As he created Nemo, and the simulation, this makes him for all intents and purposes, the true Big Bad of Electrosphere, as the Omega Ending implies that he will be the one to instigate the Corpoate War.
  • He Knows Too Much: One possible reason why he purged the Nemo in the simulation, and created a fresh copy of the AI. He didn’t want to risk Nemo warning the UPEO, General Resource, Neucom, or even Dision of Simon’s treachery.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Nemo.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: He is willing to start a war that will result in the deaths of thousands of people just to kill one man.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He blames Dision for the death of Yoko. However, the only involvement that Dision had in her death, was being there when she was killed. General Resource were the real masterminds behind Yoko’s death, and they didn’t care that Dision was in the blast area.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses
  • The Unfettered: He created Nemo and will instigate the war just to kill Dision, even if another war is the last thing Strangereal needs. Being an assistant to Dr. Schroeder he knew exactly what the risks of letting a combat AI loose in a war even when it's clear that Nemo can become very destructive, unstoppable, and unpredictable.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: He has a widow's peak, and is quite a villain.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Another possible reason for why he purged the Nemo in the simulation. As the simulation had fulfilled its purpose, he no longer needed it, and decided to dispose of it.

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