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Tropes associated with the EDF and the ConFed:
- Chummy Commies: Overlaps with Commie Land because according with Word of God, the ConFed is technically a communist government, in a deep contrast with the ILR's capitalist one. They are (technically) the protagonists during most of the story, especially during the first Story Arc. Curiously enough, the ConFed is ruled by a council rather than a supreme leader, a feature shared by the ILR. On the other hand. The ConFed avoids most of the stereotypes regarding this trope, as this is much applicable towards the economic backgrounds, rather than the government itself, not to mention the ConFed seems to be culture-wise more based on Europe and Japan (in Dornthant's case) than the former Communist bloc.
- Expy: Of both the Warsaw Pact, role-wise. and the NATO, government-wise. In fact, the EDF flag looks similar, design-wise, to the NATO flag◊.
- Destructive Savior: At least during the Battle of Derzon: They managed to kick the ILR our from the planet, but at a very high price, as they destroyed as much of the planet infrastructure just to be able to get the upper hand on them, not to mention the high number of civilian casualties...
- The Federation
- Final Solution: While not spelled as such, unlike the ILR, it's heavily implied the main purpose of the development of the EDF's Wave-Motion Gun is for the complete annihilation of the ILR with it.
- Government Conspiracy: Oh boy, there's lots of internal power struggles in the EDF, including being involved with Enchawah Corp. with the whole thing with the derelict human space ship and the human corpses.
- Springtime for Hitler: The EDF tries to do this on Erma twice after her heroic deeds in Derzon: The first one is sending her to the planet Ekosiak mostly to prevent her to become an example inside the EDF by sending her as a glorified military trainer. The second one is during the aftermath of the ILR attack on Dornthant, using Erma's meddling on Tavas' plans as a perfect excuse for trying to get rid of her for good by sending her in retaliatory pursuit against the ILR. In both cases, and judging by the Distant Finale, this ends backfiring against the EDF really hard, as Erma became a legendary figure in the entire setting.
Squadron Commander Toki Zha
Affiliation: Extraplanetary Defense Force
Ranks held: ?->Squadron Commander (Staff Officer)
Birthplace: Danet III
Date of Birth: SD 172-12-02
Species: Rodent (Mouse)
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: She really loves to hanging around with guys bigger than her, especially in bed.
- Cool Big Sis: Towards Rojigo.
- The Clan: Toki's family is very large and numerous. Erma makes fun of this calling her family "a convention of anarchists".
- Culture Blind: Toki is oblivious with the fact she is unable to bear childred if she dates with people outside her own species making her attitude with Erma incredibly egregious when Erma discovers she was pregnant, since Toki makes clear to Erma she came to Ish-tako just to have a baby for herself, and when she finds out what happened with her friend, she was really angry.
- Christmas Cake: She's still single at 29 years old, something that pisses her off.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: In the side-story when Toki meets Erma as cadets, Toki sings a lullaby when she's sleeping and Erma points that out to her the next day. Obviously, Toki was ashamed of this.
- Dude Magnet: To ridiculous, and sometimes disturbing, extremes.
- Expy: If Erma shares some points in common with Deunan, Toki shares similar ones with her friend Hitomi, complete with the lesbian undertones. Technically speaking, she is also an expy from another mouse character which appeared in an erotic pin-up starring Erma drawn in the early 80s before her official debut.
- Foil: She's basically the opposite of Erma on regard in almost every point of her personality. While Erma tends to be humble, Toki sports quite an ego and while Erma tends to be a reserved person even outside her job, Toki loves to be in the spotlight, especially when men are involved.
- Freestate Space Amsterdam: She came from basically the alien version of Amsterdam, according with some extra materials about her.
- Furry Female Mane: Not exactly a mane, but she have a notable forelock in her head, possibly to make her different from other mice characters.
- Furry Reminder: Mice are notorious breeders in Real Life, hence why Toki is so horny and also why her family is so big.
- Gag Boobs: She has a very big rack, compared with Erma. Unfortunely for her, having big boobs is not very convenient while using a pilot suit, as she finds out later.
- Genki Girl: Very, very genki.
- Interspecies Romance: She loves to engage in those kind of relationships often, despite being a mouse. Her two first boyfriends were felines, Oshiro and Alfon, before the latter decided to stay with Erma instead.
- IKEA Erotica - Played for laughs in her side-story, much for Erma's dismay in her sleep.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She does this after on Erma after Rojigo was born and Toki points out how odd is his name. In-universe, he's named after Erma's maternal grandfather, but Toki snarks about the topic because Rojigo stands for another completely different thing while apparentely looking towards the reader:Toki: Well, I guess it could have been worse.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Despite being in the same ship with Erma during the Ish-tako sub-arc, she doesn't seem to know a thing about the derelict ship and the human corpse they found there. This is justified, as the The Net asked Erma to keep everything related to this as a secret. She finally finds out about this at the beginning of the second arc when the Net splits into many different copies of itself.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Possibly her most distinguished feature so far, a fact everyone in-universe lampshades.
- No Sense of Personal Space - This is the way how Toki befriends Erma in her side-story, much for her dismay.
- Nice Mice: She is a mouse and a very nice person at heart, and she will try her best to be nice with the people she consider her friends, like Erma... as long you don't piss her off.
- Odd Friendship: Her friendship with Erma can be considered as this, due to their conflicting personalities, and also their species, at least out-universe by the readers.
- Older Than They Look: She's only one year younger than Erma, but since she's a mouse, she looks like a teenager or a little girl. That doesn't stops her to be desirable to many males, also adding another disturbing reason why many males wants to hang with her.
- Only One Name: According with some supplementary materials, her last name is "Zha", but is only used in one single issue and never used again. In fact, later issues and supplementary materials address her as simply "Commander Toki", without any last name. According with Gallacci himself, this is a cultural trait from the people from Danet, her homeworld, as their prefer to go on First-Name Basis exclusively, unlike everyone else.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Rank Up: She was a cadet in her side-story, but she was promoted, off-screen, to Squadron Commander (NATO OF-4).
- Rat Men
- Really Gets Around: In-Universe she's famous for being this. The 2016 soft reboot turns this part Up to Eleven and also makes her borderline bisexual as well.
- Revision: Originally, Toki was stated to be a very horny, straight girl in canon, but the 2016 soft Retcon turns her almost bisexual, at least for Erma. While this was heavily implied in non-official works and in erotic pin-ups Word of God did in the past, it was not until recently he added that part into Toki's sexuality as well, since it doesn't not contradict with official canon as Toki never stated anywhere being heterosexual in any way.
- Yandere: Played for both drama and laughs between her and Erma, as when Erma ask Toki if she whether should abort the baby just to please her. Toki leaves the scene really pissed, worrying Erma about this. She later ask forgiveness to Erma for this, as it turns out she was jealous of her because she also wanted babies too.
Instructor A(l)fon VogaErma's second boyfriend, Toki's former "boyfriend", and Rojigo's father after Erma dumped Tavas for being too ambitious and mysoginistic, and also Toki's friend. Alfon is a military instructor from Danet who has been traveling across space teaching in many planet with no established home anywhere. He and Erma attended the same EDF academy back in Danet when Erma was there with Toki, and she was in love with him, until she meets Tavas instead. Erma reunites agains with him in Ish-tako via Toki during a deserved vacation break after the events from Derzon and Ekosiak, when he impregnates her with his baby, something that he doesn't seem to mind anyways and starts a new life with Erma. He dies during the ILR attack on Dornthant when the aerodyne he was piloting lost contact with The Net, losing control of all the systems and crashing in the ground.
- All There in the Manual: In a recent FAQ, Gallacci revealed some aspects of his personality and background not explained in the comic: He was one of Erma's closest friends, along with Toki, Dea and Itzak when they were young and he always cared about Erma from years ago, but he prefered to defer any romantic thoughs since Erma was dating Tavas in that time. He also dated Toki for a time, but it didn't last, but they're still good friends.
- Battle Couple: Averted. Since Erma outranks Alfon, they never work together on any scene, albeit it doesn't affect on their relation on the slightest.
- Cat Folk
- Chivalrous Pervert: Of sorts. Just like many other Danettis like Toki or Oshiro, Alfon only cared about Erma as a sex-buddy at first, until he impregnates her, causing him to change his mind later. Oddly enough, he takes the notice very well.
- Coitus Ensues: Played a bit. He did had sex with Erma at their first date with her, but he has no problems with being part of her life for good, despite only dating her for a night in Ish-tako.
- Culture Blind: Seriously Alfon, but did you forget Erma belongs to your same species, unlike Toki and there's always the risk of impregnate Erma with your child?
- Expy: If Erma is the Albedo version of Yang Wenli, then Alfon is a gender-switched version of Frederica Greenhill, except Alfon dies and Erma lives, when their Legend of Galactic Heroes's counterparts goes the other way around.
- Face Death with Dignity: Even after he already know he was going to die, he keeps his composture to the very end. He even say a very dark joke about the crew of the aerodyne already figured out he lost the control of the ship.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Sorry about that. After a few moments before his aerodyne crashes.
- Friends with Benefits: He was basically Toki's personal sex-buddy when they attented the EDF academy in Danet and it's heavily implied he planned to do the same with Erma, not that Erma cared or minded of that anyways, a fact that it went against him later on when he impregnates Erma Luckily for both, Alfon takes the situation with relative calm.
- Killed Off for Real: During the ILR attack against Dornthant, Tavas disabled the use of The Net for everyone else in the planet. Since The Net controls all the computers of every single electronic device of the setting, it caused Alfon to lose control over his aerodyne, plunging his ship to his doom.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Tavas is responsible of his death, despise it wasn't his intention on killing him because he didn't even know about his existence.
- Nice Guy: The only thing we know about him is he's really kind with everyone else, compared with Tavas. This is even lampshaded by Word of God in a FAQ.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: He's the poor suitor over Erma's rich one, albeit they don't seem to care about this, nor Erma's family anyways.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His death marked the first Moral Event Horizon for Tavas, not to mention he's the first story-relevant character closer to Erma's life to die.
- Senpai Kohai: According with Gallacci in a recent revision of all the profiles of all the characters due of the 2016 soft Retcon, Alfon was Erma's senior in the school when both were young, as he was about one or two years older than her.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Possibly the most egregious example from the whole story: Gallacci cannot decide if his name should be written as "Alfon" or "Afon". Even worse the main protagonist from the sequel Birthright is named Alfon.
- Shotgun Wedding: Subverted: While not being technically married per se, he quickly accepted to take responsability on Erma's baby, despite Erma herself not being interested in having other relationship with men and she gave Alfon a hard time at first by forcing him to sleep in the ground on cultural grounds. On the other, Erma's parents are very happy with their new grandson instead.
- Walking The Space: Alfon has being traveling across all the known space due to his job as a military instructor for the EDF, and as such, he doesn't had a established home until he meets Erma again in Ish-tako.
Colonel Onni Hitzok
Affiliation: Extraplanetary Defense Force
Ranks held: Colonel
Birthplace: Unincorporated Territory, Planet Ekosiak
Date of Birth: SD 161-02-08
Species: Canine (Wolf)
- Aloof Ally: He doesn't like when Erma was sent to Ekosiak (his Homerworld) after the ILR invasion over Derzon to help him out, but he mellows out later after she show to him what she's able to do.
- Furry Reminder: While his reminder could be seem pretty obvious taking into account how other characters also share this feature, in his case this is more justified both in-story and also if you know about how wolves behave in Real Life: He's also a Chick Magnet, but unlike others magnets of the opposite sex like Erma, Toki, Itzak and Tankannahai, he is one because he is an alpha male, a zoology term for describing a dominant wolf in a pack, who can mate with whatever female wolf he wants, except in Albedo replace pack with clan and unlike with his non-sentient ancestors, he doesn't like to be one, not to mention alpha male is basically more a honorific title like "leader" or "boss" rather than a indicative term.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, he mellows out later of this.
- Nepotism: A very odd twist on this: It turns out his family clan put him in the EDF just to being able for them and just them (without Onni) to rise in the the power and rule Ekosiak. Not only he stops their plans, he even threat them with eliminate them if they tried to pull their plans.
- Wolf Man
- Your Cheating Heart: Subverted like hell, as his wife Kamara doesn't mind sharing Onni with Dea on the slightest. Oddly enough, Onni is the one who minds this kind of situation instead.
Commander Tavas IkalikErma's former lover at the beginning of the series, and a very shrewd one for that matter. He's partly responsable on sending Erma to Ekosiak as a way to get rid of her after she dumped him when he tried to prevent Erma to go into combat to Derzon. After seeing that plan didn't work as he planned, he conveniently joined into a conspiration for overthrow the government of Dornthant, and after nullifying anyone who could stand in his way, like Joseph Arrat, he also dragged Tasak Felna, Erma's younger brother, into his plans as a way get any information useful to get rid of Tasak's sister for good. After having the control of Dornthant's government, he ordered to shut-down The Net in the planet as a way to prevent anyone to stop him and also to let the ILR to attack the planet, causing the Second Lepine War to begin at full force. Erma managed to override his plans at the last second, preventing the ILR from destroying Dornthant, but not before Tavas managed to inflict to Erma some of the most painful blows ever received in her life, including being indirectly responsible of the death of Alfon Voga, Erma's new boyfriend and Rojigo's father. He's also responsable of dispersing Erma's family, leaving their whereabouts as unknown to this date.
- Accidental Murder: During his False Flag Operation plan of letting the ILR attack Dornthant and disabling The Net, he accidentaly let Alfon die when his aerodyne plunged to the ground after losing contact with it. Oddly enough, neither Tavas nor Alfon has even met each other at anytime nor neither any of them known the existence of the other either, so Alfon's death was a pretty lucky shot for Tavas anyways.
- Arc Villain: He's basically this during most of the first Story Arc behind the scenes.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Sort of. See below for details.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Of the Unconflicted style, and very proud of it. Let's say Tavas cannot forgive Erma for dumping him.
- Cat Folk
- The Corrupter: He does this on Tasak, Erma's younger brother and it's heavily implied he has some hand in the events that caused Erma to be sent to Ekosiak and the posterior coup on Dornthant's government, not to mention Erma's exile.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: This guy could give characters like both the Trope Namer and others like Griffith, for a better analogy, a run for their money: In the course of the story between the last time Tavas saw Erma at SD 195 to the last time they meet in Dornthant at SD 200 for a period of five years, Tavas was promoted off-screen as a Commander of the Dornthant's Home Guard and de could just simply let Erma go with her life or at least, he could at least settle for ruining her life from far away by using his adquired privileges to sent her to Ekosiak so she could die, or at least to rot there, while Tavas could mind his own business, honestly or otherwise without Erma being able to figure out. Instead, he used all those years to plan a very nasty way to destroy not only Erma's life, but also to destroy her family.
- Dirty Coward: He manages to avoid got sent to combat with Erma to Derzon at the beginning of the series and tries to convice her on not going, while trying to get her. Not only Erma dumps him for this, but also because she figured out his real intentions.
- Dude Scorned: A male example: He will not rest until he sees Erma's life ruined. And he succeeds.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Even after destroying Erma's life for good, letting the ILR to bomb Dornthant, letting millions of innocent civilians to die in the process and becoming the planetary governor, the only punishment he received (according with the epilogue of the first Story Arc) was being forgotten by his peers due to his fears of being killed by the ones he replaced after the attack.
- Divide and Conquer: He manipulates Tasak just to be able to divide the Felna family for good, just to get his revenge against Erma. And he suceeds.
- Expy: In terms of personality, he shares some points in common with Captain Hades, including trying to ruin the main heroine's life really hard, and not having enough with this, their road of revenge also includes their respective families as well. He also shares some points in common with Makoto Isshiki, both being bastard boyfriends, both being smug snakes and both managed to becoming the leaders in their respective settings, except Isshiki was more effective on this than Tavas.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From being an ambitious but run-of-the-mill pilot to being the governor of Dornthant and destroying everything dear for Erma, and not to mention being partly responsable of the Second Lepine War, causing millions of people to die, including an extra million from Erma's Dornthant, just to get his revenge on a former girlfriend.
- Gaslighting: He tries to do this with Erma, while trying to convince her not to go Derzon to fight the ILR personally, but unfortunately it didn't work for him.
- Love Makes You Evil: He is maybe one of poster boys of this trope. He LITERALLY makes Erma's life a living hell, including letting the ILR to raze Dornthant to hell, sabotaging Alfon's (Erma's boyfriend and Rojigo's father) aerodyne and killing him in the process and also destroying (without killing them) Erma's WHOLE family. He's also responsable of sending Erma to Ekosiak, so she could gotten killed there just in case, and being one of the responsables of a full intergalactic war.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not only manages to politically neutralize Joseph Arrat (Itzak's father) so he couldn't be able to do something to stop him, he also manipulates Tasak, Erma's younger brother, using his resentment against his family on Tavas' favor, not to mention being the main resposable of sending Erma to Ekosiak.
- Not Worth Killing: Refuses on execute the Felna slibings (Erma and Tasak) after he revel his plans to them, even when he has the chance of doing it without guilt, partly because it could ruined his plans on doing so.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: He managed to ruin Erma's life and becoming Dornthant's governor, but he barely managed to do something with his new job, because everyone in the planet hate his guts for what he did.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Erma after he and his followers arrest her for disrupting the ILR bombing towards Dornthant
- Retcon: Originally his full name was Tavas Aphon, but because he shared the same name with Alfon Voga, his surname was changed with Ikalik instead.
- Smug Snake
- The Sociopath: According with Word of God, albeit not as exaggerated as other examples of this trope, since he wants to screw Erma's life and nothing else, and he succedes, somewhat.
Cadet OshiroToki's first (as far we know) boyfriend and the only one who appears physically in the story. He appears in Erma and Toki's side-story First Impressions when both girls attended the EDF's military academy in Danet, Toki's homeworld. Due to his and Toki's antics, he leaves Erma with a bad impression of him.
- Brainless Beauty: Averted. He looks the part, it turns out he's much smarter than he looks.
- Cat Folk: Not that stops him to bang Toki.
- Innocently Insensitive: He apologizes to Erma after he and Toki ruined Erma's sleep by having sex in a very noisy fashion.
- Lovable Jock
- Only One Name
- Senpai Kohai: Technically, Oshiro is Erma's senior officer, as she address him as such.
Lieutenant Dael VardezhaA EDF officer in Ekosiak who is a big fan of Erma and he gets the chance of dancing with her in a party. He only appears in a two issues.
- Beast Man: Otter.
- Convenient Slow Dance: They way how he and Erma dance.
- Fanboy: of Erma. He goes basically bonkers when he gets the chance to dance with her.
- Keet: Much for Erma's physical chagrin, as she ends almost dead after dancing with him.
- Nepotism: According with him, he got in the EDF thanks to his family.
- Tuckerization: Named after the late Dale Whitley, Gallacci's personal friend, whose Author Avatar was an otter.
- Walls of Text/Motor Mouth: Due to basically having the chance of dancing with the most famous soldier the EDF ever had, he starts to speaks like crazy by spewing lots of ridiculous and pointless stuff.
Secretary Dea-Htuhok KhoThe personal assistant of Shatoo, the secretary of Ekosiak's Home Guard, Erma's first personal friend she meets in that planet and Onni Hitzok's concubine. She's one of the first named females that appears in the story outside Erma's family and Toki and she plays an important role during the Ekosiak's uprising that happens after Erma leaves the planet.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Able to take care of herself by carring a gun at all times and she's not afraid on using it.
- Fox Folk: Not that stops her to date with Onni Hitzok.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: By Word of God, her name is deliberately spelled in a way that could sound alien for the readers and as such, it doesn't have a pronunciation guide.
- Patriotic Fervor: Despite she lives in Ekosiak, she hails from Dornthant, just like Erma, and she makes that fact clear many times.
- Retcon: Originally in the Females of Albedo fanbook, she was a model in her younger years before joining to the ConFed service, but in a recent statement, Gallacci retconned out the "former model" part, so Eda (Erma's mother) could had it instead and the modelling photos were photos taken by Onni Hitzok by playing voyeur with her.
- Your Cheating Heart: Subverted, as she doesn't mind sharing Onni with his own wife, much for his own chagrin.
Joseph ArratItzak's father and very personal friend of both Kanoc Felna and his family. He fought in the very First Lepine War against the ILR alongside Kanoc, and he's actually retired from service.
- Happily Married
- Honorary Uncle: Despite not being related with the Felnas by blood for very obvious reasons, the Felna slibings Erma and Tasak address him as "uncle" anyways.
Executive Officer NagaiErma's previous XO from the very first ship she commands after being forced by the EDF and Tavas to pursue the ILR when they attacked Dornthant as a punishment. At first he doesn't like Erma at all, since she replaced the previous captain of his ship, as it was a civilian spaceship retrofitted as a military one, but he hadn't no choice but work with her.
- We ARE Struggling Together: He doesn't like Erma at first, partly because she replaced his previous captain and also because her reckless approach on trying to attack the ILR as she accidentally tried to endager the ship with too many jumps in many places. He later warms up with her after the Net conviced him to work with her.
Matter Conversion Cannon
Despite not being technically a character per se, the sole presence of this element is felt not only throughout Erma's lifetime but also in the sequel Birthright as well. This powerful super weapon was created by the EDF after reverse-engineering the antimatter technology from the derelict human ship. According with The Net, the Matter Conversion Cannon is basically a Wave-Motion Gun powered by "eating" matter (or in the 2016 soft Retcon, from a very specific combination of field forces and energy densities) from any close source. Used near a star or a planet, it can produce a powerful supernova able to destroy an entire galaxy with it. The EDF test this weapon on a near ILR fleet, causing The Net to suffer a serious Logic Bomb and splitting its personality.
This same element appears in Birthright as the crew of the Winkles tries to find and destroy this weapon for good.
- Retcon: Due to the 2016 soft retcon the power of the MCC is downplayed to more in-universe levels of destruction, rather than being a galaxy-destroying Artifact of Doom, even if this change blatantly contradicts everything previously stated about this weapon.
- Walking Spoiler: The sole presence of this element is one of the greatest plot points, not only in Albedo, but also in the sequel, Birthright.
- Weaponized Exhaust: The MCC is basically the a weaponized version of the derelict human spaceship's engines, except focused specifically as a Wave-Motion Gun.