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As a remake of Ace Combat 2, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy has brought with it a slew of new faces in addition to returning ones. Here we cover the tropes they embody.

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USEA Allied Forces

37th Air Force 18th Fighter Wing, 9th Special Tactical Fighter Squadron
Callsign "Scarface One"

The Player Character, who has been chosen to lead 37th Air Force 18th Fighter Wing's 9th Special Tactical Fighter Squadron, "Scarface."

  • The Ace: Phoenix already had a reputation as an ace, but the Ending Theme's lyrics take the cake—
    "Why do you still challenge me? / You can't win, it's not your destiny ..."
  • Ace Pilot: Phoenix was already known as a talented pilot before the Usean Rebellion, according to Ulrich Olsen. Considering the events of the first game, where he took on the Skully Islands Insurrection, that's probably why.
  • The Dreaded: Toward the end of the campaign, Phoenix becomes this to the rebels.
  • Featureless Protagonist: All that's really known about Phoenix is that he's male, from the 3D model of him and his brief appearance in the Opening Narration Cutscene.
  • Heroic Mime: Unlike in Ace Combat 2 where he spoke a single line, Phoenix is completely mute here. Lampshaded by Slash at one point—
    Slash: You don't talk much, do you? Is that what the ladies are into these days?
  • Iconic Logo: The "firebird" logo used in Air Combat and Ace Combat 2 is now Phoenix's personal insignia, used on all of the aircraft he flies.
  • Image Song: The Ending Theme, "Gravity," doubles as both this due to its lyrics, and as an Award-Bait Song due to its style.
  • Leitmotif: "Fighter's Honor," which (like "ZERO" for Cipher and "Unsung War" for Razgriz Squadron), plays during the final level and incorporates the game's overall leitmotif. It also plays during the Attract Mode Cutscene.
  • Red Baron: The Rebels come to fear "The Firebird" and his Iconic Logo.
    Rebel Soldier: I know that insignia! It's the Allied Forces' Firebird!
    Rebel Officer: Ignore the rumors! Just take him down!
  • Weapon of Choice: This version of the game depicts his Plane of Choice as the F-22 Raptor. Interestingly enough, you can still fly his depicted aircraft from Ace Combat 2 (the Su-37) complete with its original paint scheme in this game.


    Ulrich "Pops" Olsen 
Ulrich "Pops" Olsen
37th Air Force 18th Fighter Wing
Callsign "Keynote"

Age: 53
Birthplace: Central USEA

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)

"I've heard what you can do, Phoenix. I'm eager to see it."

The Operational Commander of the 37th Air Force 18th Fighter Wing. He commands the AWACS that oversees Scarface Squadron's operations. His military career dates back to before the founding of the USEA Allied Forces, when he was still serving his home country's air force.

    John "Slash" Herbert 

John "Slash" Herbert
37th Air Force 18th Fighter Wing, 9th Special Tactical Fighter Squadron
Callsign "Scarface Two"

Age: 33
Birthplace: Central USEA

Voiced by: Shinshu Fuji (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

"You still got that bug up your butt, Pops? Hey, Phoenix! This is Slash. Always a pleasure!"

One of Phoenix's possible wingmen. He's flown with Ulrich when the two of them were rookies, and is an experienced combat pilot. After the mission at Anchorhead, Ulrich transferred both John and Kei Nagase to Scarface Squadron. As much as he loves the beach (and babes), he hates the sea breeze and never considered joining the Navy because of it.

    Kei "Edge" Nagase 

Lieutenant Kei "Edge" Nagase
37th Air Force 18th Fighter Wing, 9th Special Tactical Fighter Squadron
Callsign "Scarface Two"

Age: 20
Birthplace: Far Eastern USEA

Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi (Japanese), Alison Lees-Taylor (English)

"I'll admit, your combat skills were quite ... admirable. But I am reserving my final assessment."

The other possible wingman for Phoenix. She's from where the Usean Rebellion first began, and hopes to put an end to the suffering her country's endured from the coup d'etat. She dreams of being a commercial pilot one day.


Captain Liam
Captain of the carrier White Valley
Commander of USEA Allied Forces 4th Fleet

"Thanks, Scarface Squadron. We owe you our lives."

During Operation Alphaville, Scarface Squadron escorts an Allied Forces fleet through the Payton Channel. It turns out Ulrich knows the fleet commander, Captain Liam; an old flame of Liam's, Sophie, is married to Ulrich.

  • Love Triangle: He still hasn't given up on Sophie, as Olsen says.
    Liam: Tell her I'll come give her husband a pounding if he starts acting up.


Rebel Forces

    Albert "Pride" Wahlberg 

Albert "Pride" Wahlberg
16th Air Force 4th Fighter Wing, 3rd Squadron
Callsign "Lancer One"

Age: 28
Birthplace: Western USEA

Voiced by: Yuki Fujiwara (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

"We knights are blessed by the heavens! You don't stand a chance against us!"

Commander of the 16th Air Force 4th Fighter Wing's 3rd Squadron, also known as "Lancer Squadron." He comes from a prestigious family, and his father is a Major General in the USEA Allied Forces. Despite that, he joined the rebellion out of a sense of justice and concern for the well-being of his home nation.

    Sergei "Eater" Brynner 
Sergei "Eater" Brynner
13th Air Force 8th Fighter Wing, 5th Squadron
Callsign "Beast One"

Age: 43
Birthplace: Unknown (Officially Gratobie, rumored to be Principality of Belka)

Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Matthew Mercer (English)

"You should have watched what you were doing. Now he's all mine!"

Commander of the USEA's infamous Beast Squadron; an apt name, considering they're widely known to be the most ferocious of the Allied Forces fighter squadrons. Although the squadron is fiercely loyal to Sergei, they've been criticized for their wild behavior many times, and have even been compared to savage pirates.

  • Ace Pilot: His squadron prefers the Bushwhacker style; he and his squadron attack from all sides relentlessly and viciously.
  • Blood Knight: Sergei likes fighting, but more than that, he loves winning fights and has no problem with playing dirty to do so.
  • Call-Back: Sergei refers to Phoenix as a demon during "Toy Box." Another line makes it clear that this is in reference to the Demon Lord of the Round Table
    Eater: It's been a while since I've seen a fight like this. Reminds me of Roundtable.
During that mission's debriefing, Ulrich mentions rumors that Sergei's a former Belkan Air Force pilot who fought in the Belkan War.

    Camilla "Catwalk" Almeida 

Camilla "Catwalk" Almeida
2nd Fleet Carrier Air Wing, 14th Squadron
Callsign "Cocoon One"

Age: 35
Birthplace: Northern USEA

Voiced by: Akiko Koike (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English

"Come on, little birdy. Care to dance?"

Commander of the 2nd Fleet's illustrious Cocoon Squadron. She's said to have the charisma of a queen, and commands respect from people both below and above her station. She defected from the USEA Allied Forces due to frustration over its mistreatment of its soldiers.

  • Ace Pilot: She and her squadron are Pluggers.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Camilla regrets losing her squadron members (and her fleet) in battle.
    Catwalk: You sunk our ship. You'll pay for that with your life!
  • The Dead Have Names: Her squadron is the only one in which (some of) her wingmen's names are mentioned; among them, Bruno, Rodrigo, and Kaio.
  • Dominatrix: She's got a streak of this in her. Just listen to how her all-male fighter squadron calls her "Lady" and "Queen" rather than using proper military protocol. Or listen to how she addresses Phoenix personally:
    Catwalk: I always liked taking the "dominant" role.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: While Phoenix is dealing with the 2nd Fleet, Camilla's squadron pops up to harass him, and retreats once one or two of her wingmen are shot down. After the 2nd Fleet is sunk, the battle begins with Cocoon Squadron proper, only for Z.O.E to interrupt once another wingman is shot down. Camilla may opt to take advantage of the distraction, but will retreat again if another wingman goes down. After Z.O.E is chased off, only then does Camilla stick around for a fight to the death.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Just as many Real Life naval aviators do, Catwalk considers Navy fighter pilots to be superior to those in the Air Force.
    Catwalk: We Navy pilots can't lose to measly land pilots.
  • Leitmotif: "Locked," which plays in full once Z.O.E is chased off. It incorporates the game's general leitmotif as wellnote .
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: Camilla calls Phoenix "little birdy."
  • Weapon of Choice: Her squadron flies Rafale M's. Possibly as a reference to Hangman, who flew the same aircraft in the original version of the mission you encounter her.

    Edgar "Bird's Eye" Grint 

Captain Edgar "Bird's Eye" Grint
28th Air Force 1st Fighter Wing, 1st Squadron
Callsign "Albireo One"

Age: 49
Birthplace: Western USEA (Erusian Republic)

Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (Japanese), T.J Storm (English)

"Take some risks. No one ever won anything without risking something."

Squadron Leader of Albireo Squadron, the best squadron of all the USEA Allied Forces hailing from none other than the Republic of Erusia. Phoenix fights Edgar and Albireo Squadron if he joins Operation Bellissima.

  • Ace Pilot: Said to be the epitome of one. Edgar and his squadron prefer Sniper and Bushwhacker tactics.
  • The Chessmaster: A charismatic anti-villain fighter pilot version.
  • Chess Motifs: Edgar's squadron has formations based on chess piece names.
    Bird's Eye: Now then, Phoenix. What should my first move be? How about ... The Knight.
  • Leitmotif: "On the Verge."
  • Officer and a Gentleman
  • Retirony: Edgar originally planned on retiring before deciding to defect to the Rebels. According to his bio, he died when Phoenix shot him down. He had promised his wife they'd move to a village away from airbases after the war, too.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Edgar plays a verbal game of chess with one of his wingmen on their way to intercept Phoenix as an establishing moment.
    Albireo Squadron Member: That's your third win in a row, sir. No one can match you.
  • Weapon of Choice: Edgar flies the PAK FA, his wingmen use the Su-47.
  • Worthy Opponent: It's an honor for him to fight Phoenix.




"A red aircraft? I've never seen a paint job like that before ..."
—Ulrich "Pops" Olsen

Just as enigmatic as its original appearance in Ace Combat 2, the Z.O.E is a group of aircraft, all painted blood red, that harass Phoenix throughout the campaign. Unlike in AC2, the individual Z.O.E planes are not given ranks, and are all referred to by the same name.

  • Attack Drone: All implications point to the Z.O.E fighters being unmanned. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown outright confirms it, with its Final Boss being a pair of drones resulting from the same project, and their immediate predecessor bearing a Z.O.E. emblem.
  • Badass Back: In its FALKEN incarnation, Z.O.E can fire its guns and missiles to the rear. You can just hear Pops calling BS on this from the tone in his voice when he sees it happening.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Z.O.E interrupts Cocoon Squadron's battle with Phoenix to duel him. While annoyed, Camilla may attempt sneak attacks while Phoenix is tangling with Z.O.E.
  • Duel Boss: You can avert this if you can take a wingman with you, but not all Z.O.E encounters give you the privilege.
  • Final Boss: At the beginning of the last mission, "Fighter's Honor," Z.O.E is fought one last time, now in the ADF-01 FALKEN, which has advanced ECM capabilities, can fire its guns and missiles backwards, and
  • Leitmotif: Z.O.E gets two: "Zone of Endless" and "Intruder," and an additional one as a Bonus Boss.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In the final battle with Z.O.E, Ulrich notes that there's nothing like its last incarnation (ADF-01 FALKEN) in the Allied Forces' databases, and the rebels couldn't possibly have developed this aircraft on their own. The true nature and origins of Z.O.E are left a mystery. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War hints, and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War all but outright states that it's a Belkan project without actually mentioning Z.O.E by making the origins of the ADF-01 FALKEN it flies crystal clear. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown reveals that they're early prototypes of a Belkan drone/Artificial Intelligence program that is used to convince Erusea that they can fight Osea and once again threaten the world in Ace Combat 7.
    • Even the flavor text for the Zone of Endless medal before it's earned doesn't give any hints:
      Awarded to pilots who venture into unknown territory.
  • Predecessor Villain: The twin final bosses of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Hugin and Munin and their ADF-11F RAVEN platforms are direct descendants of the Zone of Endless program and the ADF-01 FALKEN platform it used in its final fight during the Usean coup d'etat, and the Zone of Endless emblem can be very faintly seen on the immediate predecessor of the ADF-11 that forms the core of the ADF-11F RAVEN, the ADFX-10. Also, this makes them by extension, a predecessor of Nemo.
  • Recurring Boss: Zone of Endless is fought five times throughout the game, each time in more advanced aircraft, culminating in its final appearance in the ADF-01 FALKEN.
  • Stealth Pun:
    Edge: I don't see any nationality markings. Could it be rogue?
  • Try and Follow: Extra Mission 02. Oh, you thought trying to fly through Seals Bridge canyon on an Airstrike Impossible was hard enough? How about trying to chase Z.O.E's FALKEN through it at high speed?
  • Weapon of Choice: Each of the Z.O.E use different aircraft over the course of the game. In order: F-14D, F/A-18E, YF-23A (replacing the F-22 in the Original), F-15S/MTD (with electronic warfare capabilities) and the FALKEN, with the increasing sophistication of its airframe mirroring its improving AI.
  • Wolfpack Bonus Boss: Was Z.O.E's FALKEN too easy for you, even on Ace? Never fear! Extra Mission 04 will put you up against a whole squadron of them. After you've cleared a beefed-up version of "Fighter's Honor," during which, you still have to face the FALKEN at the beginning, and after you destroy the missile, instead of flying out the top of Fortress Intolerance, you have to turn around and fly out the way you came in. Oh, and they'll have full access to the Tactical Laser System. Have fun!
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Z.O.E's role in "Fighter's Honor." The opening cutscene for the mission shows the Z.O.E FALKEN descending into view in front of Fortress Intolerance, as if daring Phoenix to attack.


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