A top-secret military program that involves advanced mecha prototypes, piloted by a small group of hand-picked personnel.
- Ace Custom: Every gen:LOCK candidate begins with a "stock" Holon, seen when Cammie, Kazu and Val/entina are starting out. After getting accustomed to using their Holons however, they are outfitted with color-differentiated armor sets, then are further customized to accommodate the candidates' fighting styles.
- Chase is a former airforce pilot and functions better in the air, so his Holon is outfitted with wings courtesy of Migas. His wings are later upgraded by the RTASA, his armor is replaced with a more streamlined variant for aerial combat, and he's equipped with a custom machine rifle, wrist-mounted rocket launchers, and missile pods on the wings.
- Yasamin functions better in close quarters combat, with a propensity for dual-wielding firearms, so her Holon is given wrist mounted lasers. Cammie's redesign for her later outfits her with wings befitting her background as a pilot, streamlined armor for aerial combat, a pair of energy rifles, and eye beams.
- Cammie has little experience with firearms and has a lower center of gravity compared to the others, so her Holon is given remote controlled drones with automatic aim assist, her legs are exchanged for more lagomorphic ones, enhanced auditory sensors shaped like Rabbit Ears, and additional self-detonating drones as well as two machine pistols, grenades, and remote-controlled detonators.
- Kazu functions best in melee combat, with a propensity for using whatever he can find as a weapon, so his Holon is given a pair of katana-esque short swords. Cammie later upgrades this, giving him heavier armor for close combat, a larger collapsible BFS sword designed after their shared interest in the manga RoboShogun, and a shotgun.
- Val/entina functions best with reconnaissance and sniping, so her Holon is given increased optical sensors for long-distance scouting and sniping. Cammie later redesigns it to give Val/entina lighter armor for increased speed and maneuverability, as well as a cowl that functions as a cloaking device, an enhanced energy rifle, wrist mounted grappling hooks, and a long dagger.
- Brain Uploading: The basis of gen:LOCK. By uploading the pilots' minds into "cyberbrains" on the humanoid Holons, they have incredible combat capabilities & reaction times that can't be achieved by conventional mechs and piloting. It's also comparatively safer for the pilots as they don't have to risk being exposed to the Union's nanobot swarms.
- Color-Coded Characters: Much like Red vs. Blue and RWBY, each character in the main group of heroes prefers to wear a color - in the case of the pilots, this extends to the robots they pilot, along with the suits of armor they wear when piloting the things. Julian's color is cyan, Yaz's is gold, Cammie's is teal, Kazu's is red-orange, Val/entina's is purple, and Sinclair's was intended to be blue. Dr. Weller chiefly wears brown, while Col. Marin's uniform is dark grey.
- Dysfunction Junction: Averted. In spite of their Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits status, they bond as a team and become a cohesive fighting force capable of effectively working alongside Vanguard forces very quickly. Justified, as Dr. Weller explains that in order to be LOCK compatible in the early stages, one requires an exceptionally high degree of psychological resilience and adaptability.
- Flawed Prototype: The Holon technology is revolutionary, but it has been pressed into service long before it was ready to be used. As a result, there are several issues that the program has to contend with:
- Due to how new the technology is, gen:LOCK requires very strict criteria to be used safely, which severely restricts who is even able to use it. Compounding this issue is that candidates who may be compatible can age out of the program. Using the technology while being incompatible results in serious injury at best and is fatal at worst.
- Only a single model exists of the Holon, designed to idealized, but generic, ratios. If a person's physical body varies too much from these ratios (such as with Cammie) it can throw off their piloting to the point of being a liability. Cammie ends up having to redesign the entire structure of her Holon to be able to maximize her effectiveness.
- Since the Holons provide sensory feedback to the pilots, even if they don't take physical damage, they can still suffer psychological harm. When Cammie is attacked by Nemesis, she can feel it decapitate her Holon and claw open its chest as if her own head and chest are being ripped apart. This causes her to suffer from a bout of PTSD which, combined with her attempt to mod herself to cope, creates a near-psychotic feedback loop that causes her to go out of control.
- The Holons have a limited amount of time in which the users can safely operate them. This limits the length of time they can spend in the field, as well as necessitating the pilots to be on-site before uploading for a mission. Exceeding that uptime will cause the pilot's minds to become incompatible with their bodies, trapping them inside their Holons. Nemesis is an example of a pilot who has been forced to keep running for years beyond his uptime. He is unstable, erratic and malevolent, obsessed with finding a way out of the existence he's trapped in.
- While the pilots are uploaded to their Holons, their human bodies are left vulnerable. While there is typically someone monitoring their bodies and maintaining the gen:LOCK systems, if their bodies are threatened it can force the pilots to retreat & download back or risk being trapped in their Holons forever. This comes up during the Union attack on the Anvil. When Union troops breach the base, the gen:LOCK team save Chase is forced to fall back in order to defend themselves.
- Ghost Memory: A side effect of using mindshare, the gen:LOCK crew pick up hazy memories and traits of those they mindshare with. While fighting the Nemesis and mindsharing with Val/entina, Cammie momentarily spoke Russian. Those that mindshare with Kazu tend to start speaking in Japanese. After performing one with Kazu during their fight with the Union at the Anvil, Val/entina obtained some of Kazu's childhood memories of learning how to play the guitar in Shinjuku. While Cammie and Val/entina don't have much issues with the idea, Kazu is a bit apprehensive of the others knowing everything about him.
- Hive Mind: As the pilots become more familiar with gen:LOCK, they are able to create links between their Holons that let them share memories and sensory data. Yaz first uses it to let Cammie see after her Holon is decapitated, and then Cammie does it to give Val/entina a line of sight to fire on Nemesis.
- Hour of Power: The pilots can only maintain gen:LOCK for a certain amount of time before it becomes too dangerous for them and they have to be downloaded back into their bodies. Overclocking the Holons or extreme emotional stress can eat into their time even faster. Once this limit is reached, the Holons will forcibly download the pilots back into their bodies, leaving the mechs useless.
- Meaningful Name: Holon, the mechs they pilot, means "something that is simultaneously a whole and a part". Fitting, since the minds of the gen:LOCK pilots are separated from their human body and placed into the mech.
- Mind Manipulation: Dr. Weller and the pilots are able to alter their memories and personalities while uploaded to their Holons since their minds are effectively software. Cammie contemplates erasing the memory of her encounter with Nemesis and instead opts to make herself more aggressive. When she goes out of control, Weller is forced to 'reset' her.
- Multinational Team: Two Americans (One African-American from New York, the other a Caucasian from Kentucky), an Iranian, a Ukrainian, a Japanese and a Scot - under the command of a Puerto Rican and Englishman.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Since the technology is still being developed, gen:LOCK pilots have to meet very strict physical and mental criteria in order to successfully use it, and even then pilots can become incompatible due to factors such as age. Dr. Weller quips that a person who isn't gen:LOCK compatible trying to use the technology would be comparable to sticking their head in a microwave.
- Power Armor: Besides the obvious mecha, they're given a more subdued version in state of the art Vanguard bodysuits for the Holon pilots that also strengthens them and gives them a boost of energy. Sinclair (The Spy) uses it to ignore bullets and fling people around with ease. The main characters also use these for close combat when they aren't piloting their Holons.
- Power Limiter: The Holons typically restrict how much power they use in order to protect the pilots and maximize their upload time. The restrictions can be overridden in a pinch to give the Holons a power boost, but at the cost of burning through their time even faster.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Justified. Due to the military rushing the project, gen:LOCK is still in the developmental stages. As a result, gen:LOCK compatibility requires a very particular kind of nervous system, so the project has to take what they can get before the tech advances to include more people. Even so, Weller had a hard time convincing Marin to take most of the candidates in, and effectively held himself hostage to get her to agree.
- Rollerblade Good: The Holons have holes in their feet that balls pop out of. These give the Holons the ability to move at great speed as if rollerblading.
NAME: CHASE, JULIAN
RANK: O-2 1LT
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT: DUTY VB110 AEIRE VAP
CALL SIGN: CHASER
1st Lieutenant Julian Chase is the main character of gen:LOCK. A rising star in the Polity's aerial combat "Silver Falcon's" division, he was presumed dead for four years after a Heroic Sacrifice during the Battle of New York. He was however found and rescued by the Experimental Science Unit and revealed to be gen:LOCK compatible, and was recruited by Dr. Weller as the very first gen:LOCK candidate.
- Ace Pilot: A highly skilled pilot, Chase was second to none as shown by being the very last pilot shot down in the New York battle. Migas takes notice of how Chase is uncomfortable on the ground and upgrades his Holon with wings to rectify this.
- An Arm and a Leg: During the Battle for New York 2068, Julian crashes and is declared dead. However, he is actually rescued by the ESU, who find him being eaten alive by Union nanotech. Although they stabilized him and can keep him alive, he is missing his entire lower body and right arm. The Polity doesn't currently have the technology to regenerate his body due to the nanotech, so he is forced to interact with the world through either hologram technology or his Holon. As a result, it's not only the top-secret nature of his work that restricts his ability to interact with his former friends, it's his physical condition as well.
- Big Applesauce: He's born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
- Body Horror: What happened to him after he crashed in the Battle for New York in 2068. Basically, he's missing every limb save his left arm, and he's forced to stay inside the Holon tank to survive. As it turns out, it wasn't the crash that caused this damage, but the Union's nanotech eating away at him before he was recovered.
- Boring, but Practical: Dr. Weller has apparently described his performance as "simple, yet effective". Case in point, Chase's approach to a problem is usually the most straightforward. His Holon's kit reflects this; Jet Pack aside, its only notable weapon is an assault rifle, but his skill and aerial maneuverability more than make up for a lack of versatility. His upgraded mech, however, gains missile pods.
- Cloning Blues: The Chase we know is actually a backup copy of his mind, taken as he uploaded and secretly downloaded into his body after an early gen:LOCK mission went bad. The original Chase and his Holon were captured by the Union and used to create Nemesis. Chase is less than happy when he learns this.
- Disappeared Dad: In the pilot episode, Chase and Miranda meet with Chase's mother and sister via hologram, but his father isn't present. A display on one wall reveals a US flag folded into a triangle and family photographs that indicate both of Chase's parents were police officers; it's arranged to look like a memorial. Chase's mother is playing Let the Good Times Roll which Chase explains to Miranda "was" his father's favourite song. Holcroft confirms in Episode 7 that Chase's father was a New York cop who died in the line of duty.
- Eye Color Change: His natural eye color is brown, but when he's a hologram his eyes are blue.
- Faking the Dead: He was publicly declared KIA after his Heroic Sacrifice at the Battle of New York. But, what was left of his body was saved by Dr. Weller and the ESU so he could be the first gen:LOCK test subject. His survival wasn't revealed to his friends and loved ones for almost 4 years due to the top-secret nature of the project. His condition also limits how he can interact with them now, as he usually has to be mixing, in his Holon or in the Ether to do it.
- Handicapped Badass: Due to having lost half his body to Union nanotech, he is forced to live in a Holo tank that sustains his life. He's conscious, so he can communicate with anyone who visits his tank, or by mixing in to other rooms. As a result, he can use the Holon technology by uploading his brain to the Cyberbrain. Because his brain is completely healthy, he is therefore fighting to protect the Polity with the power of his mind alone.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: After the Battle for New York, Union nanotech consumed the lower half of his body and his right arm. He is now forced to survive inside a Holon tank and the status of Polity science means it's uncertain whether or not he'll ever be made whole again.
- Heroic Resolve: When Miranda questions why he rejected to Colonel Marin transferring him back to the Vanguard, Chase replies that piloting a Holon is all he can do. Nobody would listen to him in a leadership role since he's confined to his Holon tank, and he can't go back to being a regular pilot anymore. Civilian life is out of the question, too, since repairing his body is years off if it's even possible, and that's if the Union doesn't wipe them all out before that. The gen:LOCK Program gave him back a life he was supposed to have lost, so he's willing to stick with it to have a future.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His plane is shot down not because he was out-maneuvered, but because he used his fighter jet to block enemy fire on the EMP bomb that would take out the Union's most deadly weapon.
- Makes a second one in the Season 1 finale. In order to buy his teammates time to reset, Chase exceeds his uptime to hold off Nemesis. While the plan is successful and Nemesis is defeated, Chase is now permanently stuck uploaded in his Holon.
- Jet Pack: Migas upgrades Chase's Holon with a flight system, complete with boosters, wings, and VTOL fans. Bonus points: Since the Holons are four stories tall, said pack is roughly the size of an actual jet. The flight system pack is further upgraded once the gen:LOCK team reaches the RTASA base, giving his flight system pack a more improved and sleeker design for aerodynamic movement.
- The Leader: Julian's the first to be recruited into gen:LOCK, and is the lone commissioned officer out of the six heroes. He is therefore in charge of the gen:LOCK team that Weller puts together for him.
- Loss of Identity: Chase refuses to mindshare with Yas and the others on more than one occasion because he fears what may become of him if he merges with other personalities. As he puts it, his mind is the only thing he has left, and if he starts allowing it to merge with other minds he might even lose that too. Learning that he's actually a copy of the original Chase's mind certainly doesn't help matters
- Macross Missile Massacre: Along with the more streamlined armor, Chase's upgraded Holon has a pair of launchers on its wrists that can fire a barrage of missiles, as well as two larger payloads attached to its wings.
- One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: Once he's trapped in his Holon, Chase realizes that since he doesn't have to worry about uptime anymore, and is able to push himself in ways that the other pilots can't, such as modding everything to the maximum capacity.
- People Jars: His biological body is alive inside a life support pod. His interactions with the real world are done via Holon or a holographic projection of himself. Even Dr. Weller doesn't know if he'll ever be able to leave the pod for real.
- Projected Man: Due to his condition after the Battle for New York in 2068, he mostly presents himself as a holographic projection while his real body is in the Holon tank.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: For four years Chase continued to mix in wearing his "Silver Falcons" uniform rather than the standard gen:LOCK pilot suit. After the group heads to the RTASA however, Chase decides its time for a change and begins mixing in wearing the gen:LOCK pilot suit, his being cyan.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Discussed. After having spent four years thinking he's dead, the Vanguard pilots are shocked when first introduced to his holographic image in the conference room. Even though he, Colonel Marin and Dr. Weller all insist he's the real deal, some of his former colleagues still wonder if he's really just an AI designed to behave like the original Chase. What Chase doesn't initially know is that he was captured during an early Holon mission and Weller, who was in the habit of making back-ups of Chase's mind whenever he uploaded to the Cyberbrain, downloaded the copy into Chase's body. The gen:LOCK project continued without Chase being any the wiser until Nemesis shows up, speaking and thinking just like Chase. Nemesis is piloted by Chase's original mind, and considers the Polity Chase to be just a copy that needs to be killed. Miranda first voices the obvious question: which one is the real Chase?
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Just as he and Miranda are starting to rekindle their bond, the Nemesis reveals it has Chase's voice and is a Holon. So not only does Chase begin to have an identity crisis, Miranda pushes him away thinking he's not even the real Chase.
NAME: MADRANI, YASAMIN
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
CALL SIGN: HUMA
Yasamin "Yaz" Madrani is a former pilot for the Union. After an incident forced her to seek asylum from the Union in the Polity, she was found to be gen:LOCK compatible and released to the custody of Dr. Weller per his request. She would train with Chase during the Time Skip as his partner and the second gen:LOCK candidate.
- The Ace: She was top of her class in infantry training, and served as a combat pilot prior to her incarceration.
- Affectionate Nickname: Weller has an incredibly subtle one for her, which is a play on her name. While it seems like he just has an unusual way of pronouncing "Yasamin", he is actually calling her "Yaz-e man", which is Farsi for "my Yaz".
- Animal Motifs: Birds; her Holon's final form has large wings, and her call-sign is "Huma", after a legendary bird from her homeland of Iran.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: When Yasamin gets in close range to her opponents, she uses military martial arts to fight. She uses her military martial arts when fighting soldiers on foot and when she's piloting her Holon.
- Brick Joke: When Dr. Weller upgrades her Holon with wrist blasters, Cammie quips that it would have been cooler if she had been given heat vision instead. Cammie rectifies this during her upgrades, as Yaz unveils new Eye Beams in Chicago.
- Broken Pedestal: She used to be with the Union but now fights against them, as whatever they are now, they are no longer the organization that she was once loyal to. Bringing up her past is a sore spot for her, and she still occasionally refers to the Union as "us."IT WAS NOT MY UNION!
- Dark and Troubled Past: She doesn't look back fondly on her time with the Union. While she was a citizen in Union territory, she ultimately sought asylum at the Polity after learning she was responsible for outing her parents as intellectuals, after which the Union arrested them.
- Eye Beams: One of her upgrades is this.
- Freudian Slip: When the team is deployed to stop the Union attack on an Ether hub, Yaz starts to say that this kind of attack is "not usually our style" before quickly catching & correcting herself to say "the Union's style".
- Hand Blast: Yasamin's Holon in its final form uses energy blasts from the hand for long range combat.
- HeelFace Turn: She used to be a Union operative, before realizing that their ideals and practices didn't match.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yaz may be brutally honest and a bit caustic, but she willingly defected from the Union, and befriended Julian once she joined him at gen:LOCK. She is kind with Miranda when they first meet even though Miranda doesn't know about Julian, and she has her team's best interests at heart — even if she doesn't have any patience with their misbehavior.
- In-Series Nickname: Dr. Weller and Chase frequently call her "Yaz" for short.
- "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: When the pilots are discussing the dreams they've been having, Yaz drops that in hers she was as tall as a Holon and naked. She only seems embarrassed when none of the others own up to also being naked in their dreams, though.
- Recruiting the Criminal: How she got into the gen:LOCK program, being interrogated by military police at the Mesa Detainment Center when Dr. Weller asks Colonel Marin to transfer her.
NAME: MACCLOUD, CAMERON
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
FORMER ASSIGNMENT: SYSTEMS SECURITY ANALYST
CALL SIGN: TRIXX
Cameron "Cammie" MacCloud is a mischievous Scottish hacktivist in the employ of the Polity as a "White Hat" hacker. She was transferred to the gen:LOCK program per the request of Dr. Weller, making her the third recruited candidate.
- Ace Custom: She's the first of the team to discover that she might be able to modify her Holon. Migas gives her access to the Holon specs even though he's not supposed to, and she begins designing lagomorphic legs to replace her current set and readjust her center of gravity. After relocating to the RTASA base, it's revealed that Cammie had been working on custom designs for all the Holons, not just her own, and is responsible for all their upgraded designs.
- Affectionate Nickname: The first time the team trains in their Holons, Cammie tags Val/entina and runs off; Val/entina pursues her calling her "Little Bunny". When trying to get Cammie to wake up in the morning, Val/entina calls her Moya Zaika, which means "my bunny" in Russian. Kazu calls her Usagi-chan, essentially the same thing in Japanese.
- Animal-Eared Headband: She wears antennae on her head that resemble rabbit ears.
- Animal Motifs: Rabbits; her little robot companion, Nugget, has a pair of rabbit ears, she wears antennae on her head that resemble them, which are also seen on her Holon, and her Ether avatar is a rabbit. Her Holon's final form also has rabbit-themed digitigrade legs. Her call sign, Trixx, is likely a reference to the Trix Rabbit.
- Attack Drone: Cammie's Holon is eventually outfitted with small scouting drones that also assist her with aiming, helping to make up for her lack of combat experience. After her upgrades, the drones are also equipped with small weapons as well as improved sensory equipment.
- The Baby of the Bunch: She's the lone teenager in a team of elite soldiers, and has no ostensible combat experience. Everyone also treats her like a little sister, including rushing to her aid when she's being attacked by Nemesis.
- Bilingual Bonus: She slips into Gaelic when piloting a Holon for the first time, singing the first two lines of happy birthday and later letting out a son of a bitch when startled. She slips into Russian when confronted by Nemesis for the second time in "The Best Defense" with "mu'dak bl'yaad" after her mindshare with Val, which of course means "fucking asshole."
- Butt-Monkey: Cammie's short stature and youth make her a target for slapstick. The others are pretty quick to pick her up against her will, she's prone to falling over in her Holon, she gets hit the most during training, and in general the others treat her like a little sister— they're not above using her as a human shield or harshly shoving her out of bed in the morning. Generally, if anyone's going to get hurt at any moment for comedic effect, it tends to be Cammie. This ultimately emphasizes the traumatic nature of the attack from Nemesis, which doesn't play her fumbling for laughs. As the vulnerable team-member, Nemesis takes her out very quickly, leaving her burning through her Uptime from panic. Without any military background, she's not psychologically equipped to handle the experience, and struggles afterwards to come to terms with it. The rest of the team rally around her in the aftermath to help her understand that she's not alone in what she's going through.
- Chicken Walker: To an extent; her customized Holon design includes digitigrate legs, fitting Cammie's rabbit motif. The rabbit-themed legs also allow Cammie's Holon to jump pretty high in the air.
- Expressive Accessory: The antennae in her hair tie resemble rabbit ears and tend to flit about based on her mood.
- Flipping the Bird:
- She routinely did this during her first training exercise in her Holon, flipping off the Vanguard every time they eliminated her. In one case it left her distracted enough for Kazu to use her as a Holon Shield.
- In the United Kingdom, sticking up the first two fingers with the back of the hand facing a person is a similar (but distinct) gesture. Cammie, being Scottish, does this first to Leon and the others during their first Holon training session and later to Kazu when he wakes her up with his electric guitar.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She was recruited by Weller because he recognised her hacking skills as highly valuable. She was ultimately responsible for designing the final form armour and upgrades that the Holons are equipped with in Episode 8, with a little help from Migus who gave her a copy of the required CAD software.
- Gender-Blender Name: Her first name is Cameron, one typically reserved for boys, but she shortens it down to Cammie when around others.
- Genki Girl: Put Cammie near new and/or advanced technology, and she will take off like a firework.
- Guns Akimbo: Cammie's Holon wields a machine pistol in each hand.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Minor example: Cammie has some trouble walking as a Holon initially because its legs are much longer proportionately than hers. This continues long enough for Cammie to propose modifying the legs of her Holon to match her proportions, with Migas's help.
- The Klutz: Between being the only gen:LOCK member without a combat background and the Holons being proportionally taller than her, Cammie has the hardest time piloting at first. This prompts her to start looking into customizing her Holon.
- Little Miss Snarker: She tends to get very snippy when stressed, and she's the youngest member of the team at seventeen years old.Cammie: (after recapping the gory details of the previous episode) Do I have any of that wrong, Longshanks?
Weller: You've got the gist of it, but I'd employ a less sarcastic tone.
Cammie: I think sarcasm helps us see things more clearly.
- Not a Morning Person: She tends to have to be physically pushed/shoved out of her bunk in the mornings, and at one point apparently faceplants into her breakfast out of sheer tiredness. In "The Best Defense," her team-mates accuse her of being so tired because she's gaming into the night; in actuality, she's customising her Holon with help from Migas' Holon specs, and after almost being killed by Nemesis, she's been having recurring nightmares.
- Occidental Otaku: She offers Kazu her manga collection in case the gen:LOCK technology kills her - and isn't pleased to learn that he stopped reading them as a kid. She also helped upgrade Kazu's Holon to look like his favorite manga RoboShogun and jokes about him needing to catch up in the manga.
- Off with His Head!: A non-fatal example. Cammie ends up getting the head of her Holon ripped off by Nemesis in her first mission. The Holon's cyberbrain is in the chest so it isn't lethal, but since the pilots effectively are the Holons while uploaded, Cammie still understandably freaks out - not least because she actually felt it.
- Playful Hacker: Cammie's an intelligent programmer, and her playful side comes out when she sees new technology - such as her reaction to the Holon mechs. Later weaponized when her Holon is upgraded, allowing her to quickly hack electronics that she has a line of sight to.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Before joining the Polity, she was a teenage "hacktivist", and had to join as a white-hat hacker to escape jailtime after one of her exploits went a bit too far. This is also what put her on the radar for recruitment in gen:LOCK, as the required health-screenings as part of joining the Polity are what flagged her as gen:LOCK compatible.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Cammie's the most foul-mouthed of the team. Given that she's Scottish, it's somewhat unsurprising. She makes it all of four words into her first spoken line before swearing. Dr. Weller in particular is not found of her swearing, and wants her to work on holding back.Cammie: Now that's a big fucking cairn.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: If physical comedy is going to be employed, Cammie is typically one of the victims.
- The Smart Girl: Cammie's a prodigiously-gifted programmer, and she's familiar enough with engineering to keep up with Migas. She even learns enough about gen:LOCK tech in the team's short time together to lead repairs & upgrading of the Holons after they escape to the RTASA base.
- Teen Genius: Despite her youth, Dr. Weller's heard nothing but praise about her coding skills.
- Teens Are Short: 17 years old but a full foot shorter than her adult colleagues. Gets discussed in regards to how she controls her Holon; since the frame for her mech is based on a statistically average human build, her legs feel grossly out of proportion to the rest of her body when she's uploaded since she's used to having much shorter legs in her normal body. This often leads to her falling flat on her ass when she gets too wild with her Holon's movements, and as the intro shows is probably the impetus for the rabbit-like legs her Holon will eventually get.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Cammie's Holon throws grenades as a secondary weapon and also has remote-controlled detonators.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Adopts this when she is frightened or stressed out, first when she's caught in the middle of the gunfight between the Union spy and the Anvil military police, and again later on when she's inside the virtual reality within her Holon and dealing with the aftermath of being decapitated by Nemesis.
- Unstoppable Rage: Following the first fight against Nemesis, Cammie tries modifying her personality to be tougher. She ends up going on a rampage during training that requires all four of the other Holons to restrain her. Weller tells her that the modding, along with her state of mind, created a near-psychotic feed-back loop, and warns her that it's not a healthy way to deal with her experiences.
NAME: IIDA, KAZU
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
CALL SIGN: SHOGUN
Sergeant Kazu Iida was a soldier in the Japanese SDF as a tank driver, but was demoted to KP duty due to insubordination. He was transferred to the gen:LOCK program per the request of Dr. Weller, making him the fourth recruited candidate.
- Accidental Misnaming: Unfortunately for Kazu, Cammie pronounces his name as "Kazoo" instead of "Ka-zuh."
- The Big Guy: Kazu is the tallest and most muscular gen:LOCK pilot, with an intimidating appearance to match. He also shows a preference for melee combat whenever he's in his Holon and its final form is more bulkier thanks to its large armor.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Kazu only speaks in Japanese, but has no difficulty taking part in conversations which are otherwise held in English, as everyone in this universe has an augmented reality HUD that includes a universal transmitter.
- Blood Knight: Kazu really enjoys a good scrap. His training is physically violent, resulting in him and Chase throwing each other all over the training field and him elbow-dropping firing range dummies. In the field, he will use cars and light posts as weapons, and will grapple with Union walkers as opposed to shooting them. The first time she trains after almost being killed by Nemesis, Cammie goes berserk and viciously pummels him. When asked if he's alright, he is thrilled by what just happened.Kazu: (That was great!... What?)
- Butt-Monkey: Outside of Cammie, Kazu tends to have the most comedy focused mishaps out of the gen:LOCK group, starting with him accidentally crashing into a wall trying to chase down "Sinclair".
- Chef of Iron: Prior to his transfer, he was an ex-tank-driver-turned-cook, having been demoted due to insubordination. He's shown to be pretty good at cooking as well, to the point that he starts cooking for everyone during breakfast.
- Close-Range Combatant: Kazu frequently foregoes guns in favor of getting up close with Union mechs. Best summarized in the Training Montage in episode 4, where he elbow drops one of the shooting targets. His Roboshogun upgrades include a heavy curved sword with a Holon-scale shotgun built into the sheath, like Jetstream Sam or Adam Taurus.
- Dual Wielding: Kazu's Holon first started out with using two short katana-esque swords for his first upgrade. This becomes especially efficient when he Mindshares with Val when the Union is attacking the Vanguard's base. Val becomes an extension of Kazu, by helping him turn, twist, somersault, and fight in multiple directions at once. It makes the pair look like they're dancing.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Kazu's Holon in its final form is designed to look like a Samurai, complete with Samurai designed armor, Kabuto helmet with horns attached, and wielding essentially a large, thick bladed Katana. It also helps that it was Cammie who helped redesign Kazu's holon into its final form and to make it look like his favorite manga RoboShogun.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Scaled-up mechanical version: Kazu's favored battlefield tactic is to simply grab the nearest car, enemy drone or enemy Spider Tank and use it to bludgeon and/or hurl at the rest of his opponents.
- Hand Cannon: After receiving his upgraded Holon, Kazu's ranged weapons are traded out for a powerful but short-ranged pistol/shotgun.
- Hot-Blooded: Kazu got demoted from tank pilot to kitchen prep duty because he can't hold his tongue and was considered too insubordinate.
- In-Series Nickname: Cammie initially interpreted his name as "Kazoo". He doesn't bother correcting her anymore, so that's what she keeps calling him.
- Improvised Weapon: In their first mission, Kazu uses several cars, light posts, a building's drain pipe, and even Union mechs to fight instead of his actual weapon. Before this during training, he even used Cammie as a shield.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He has a rather unfortunate habit of charging in and tossing caution to the wind. Miranda notes this tendency in her assessment as one of the reasons why the recruits don't work as a team and it's implied to be one of the reasons why his previous unit were so eager to let him go when Weller recruited him.Leon: Ohhhh Kazu, we have got to talk about collateral damage...
- Loss of Identity: Gets nervous about this when he learns Val/entina's picked up enough memories to play his guitar after a lengthy mind-share.
- Military Maverick: One of the reasons for his demotion was because he was selective about what orders he would follow. He is demoted and implied to be disliked within his own former unit for this.Kazu: (Like I told my superiors when I was busted down... I'm not going to fight for someone just because they tell me to.)
- Not So Above It All: When Cammie offers him her manga collection in the event her first attempt at gen:LOCK fails, he dismisses her saying he hasn't read manga since he was a kid. Once Cammie redesigns his Holon's armor in the vein of his favorite manga RoboShogun however, he starts geeking out and can barely contain his excitement.
- Power Fist: In Episode 6, Dr. Weller equips Kazu with a gauntlet that integrates with his pilot suit. It's durable enough to withstand rifle fire and significantly increases his left arm's striking power.
- Punk Rock: A major influence of his design, and part of what gives him such an intimidating appearance. He even has an electric guitar decked out with a dragon paint job among his personal effects. His Ether avatar has a full punk hairstyle, black leathers and studs and spikes all over his clothing. Even his fingerless gloves have knuckle spikes.Cammie: Ugh. Kazoo, do you really need to look tougher?
- Reverse Grip: Kazu's Holon briefly holds its sword in this way during the opening and in the final battle against Nemesis after getting the new upgrades.
- Switch to English: Averted; after he says his first line, we see from Val/entina's perspective as her eye implants translate his words from Japanese to English. From then on, however, rather than Translation Convention kicking in, his dialogue remains audibly in Japanese, just with English subtitles which, in a sense, everyone in-universe can also see. He speaks English for the first time when mindsharing with his four fellow pilots, in unison with them.
- Sword and Fist: Kazu's fighting style switches between using his swords and his fists to fight. He also uses Sword and Gun when Mindsharing with his teammates in defeating Nemesis in the final battle of the first season, wielding his large sword and shotgun in both hands.
- Tank Goodness: This was his role within the Vanguard, prior to his demotion and subsequent recruitment to gen:LOCK. His Holon in its final form is also heavily armored, just like a tank.
- Team Chef: Kazu becomes this as the unit continues to work together, cooking everyone breakfast.
- The Watson:
- Is apparently rather unfamiliar with LGBTQ+ terminology, which allows Val/entina's gender fluidity to be explained to him and the audience at the same time. Considering both his culture and the fact that his translator might have had some trouble conveying things properly, it makes sense.
- Kazu also only bothers to listen when he wants to, forcing his teammates and Weller to occasionally repeat important information to him. This allows for the explanation of concepts like uploading en-route to minimize uptime, while averting As You Know.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Performs an elbow drop on a training dummy that he was supposed to be shooting in episode 4, and suplexes a Union Soldier during the invasion of the Anvil in Episode 6.
NAME: ROMANYSZYN, VALENTINA P.
RANK: SR SGT (RET)
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
CALL SIGN: WRAITH
Senior Sergeant Val/entina Romanyszyn is a former Russian Advanced Recon and Stealth Ops agent before defecting to the Ukrainian Resistance Movement. Soon after, Val/entina attempted to retire from fighting the Union, only to be transferred to the gen:LOCK program per the request of Dr. Weller, making them the fifth recruited candidate.
- Ambiguous Gender: Played with. While very clearly female-presenting at the start of the series, Val/entina is genderfluid, has transitioned several times in the past, and mentions that the idea of becoming Val again is being contemplated. When a confused Kazu asks Val/entina's birth sex, Val's response, while playful, makes it clear that it's none of his business. The mindshares with Cammie and Kazu depict them as the male Val, supporting evidence of the 'urge' Val feels to shift soon.
- Army Scout: Was this prior to recruitment for gen:LOCK.
- Bare Your Midriff: The outfit Val/entina's introduced in does this.
- Bi the Way: Frequently flirts with Kazu, and after warming up to her Val/entina also flirts with Yaz on occasion. Val was also shown to have been heavily distracted by a passing couple while gaming.
- Combat Stilettos: On Val/entina's mech. Really.
- Cross Player: Does this within the Ether, and for good reason.
- The Cynic: Fighting as a resistance operative, then experiencing the horrors of war as a spy for the Polity has soured Val/entina's view of the world.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied. While in a shouting match with Yasamin, she mentions that she's seen first hand what the Union does to "people like me". After arriving at RTASA its further elaborated. Val/entina used to be a part of the Russian Advanced Recon, but joined the Ukrainian Resistance after societal stigma against Val/entina's gender fluidity, before eventually retiring from the resistance.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Corrects everyone who calls her "Val". This turns out to be because Val/entina is gender-fluid, going by "Val" when male and "Valentina" when female.
- Friendly Sniper: So far, Val/entina is sociable (if rather cynical), and is an experienced sniper after working undercover within the Union for years. Accordingly, Val/entina uses a giant sniper rifle when piloting her Holon.
- Gender Bender: Apparently at the time the show is set in, gender reassignment procedures have advanced enough that Val/entina has switched between male and female several times already, and hints that another switch is being seriously considered.
- G.I.R.L.: Inverted version. Val/entina currently identifies as female in real life, but uses a male avatar in the Ether.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Val/entina has a love for clubbing and drinking. Prior to getting picked for gen:LOCK Val/entina intended to live and die as this, having given up hope of winning against the Union and retiring from the Vanguard's recon division as a result.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Val/entina bears a strong passing resemblance to Asia Kate Dillon, her VA, albeit with crazy purple hair and hazel eyes. She's also gender-fluid, while Dillon is non-binary.
- Invisibility Cloak: Used one when working as a covert agent within the Union. Val/entina's Holon also wears a hooded cloak to turn invisible in its final form.
- Knife Nut: Fittingly for a former secret agent, Val/entina has been seen with knives since Rooster Teeth revealed the character on Twitter. Val/entina's ability to throw knives with great precision comes in handy when fighting the fake Sinclair. Val/entina's Holon in its final form also wields a long dagger for close combat, fitting for their fighting style.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Val/entina has had enough of fighting the Union, but decides to stick with gen:LOCK in the hopes of being able to protect civilians.
- La Résistance: Before the fall of New York, Val/entina was undercover as part of a resistance movement against the Union.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Gets picked for gen:LOCK shortly after retiring from the Vanguard's recon division. Val/entina is not happy about it, erroneously thinking it was just research instead of a blend of research and fighting, and would rather go back to retirement. However, after some convincing from Chase and Weller, Val/entina easily slides back into the role of stealth specialist and sniper.
- Transgender: Played with: Val/entina is genderfluid. At the start of the series, Val/entina identifies as female but is contemplating changing, comments that it's been done several times before, and refuses to answer questions regarding birth sex. Rooster Teeth's press releases only refer to Valentina with gender-neutral pronouns to reflect this; Valentina doesn't object to the rest of the cast using female pronouns, but does object to being called 'Val'. When the team enters the Ether, Valentina takes on a male appearance and comments that it might be time to starting using the name 'Val' again, indicating that the name Val/entina goes by changes depending on self-identification. When Val/entina performs mindshares with other teammates, those teammates appear identical to their bodies, while Val/entina presents as the male persona used in the Ether.
- The Unpronounceable: Played for Laughs. When they first meet in episode 2, Dr. Weller cannot pronounce Val/entina's last name, eventually giving up and simply saying Valentina. He continues having trouble in later episodes, too. For reference, Val/entina's surname is pronounced "romanishin".
NAME: SINCLAIR, ROBERT
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
Specialist Robert Sinclair was a Ranger in the Vanguards Recon Corp, before Dr. Weller requested he be transferred to the gen:LOCK program as its sixth recruited candidate. Before this could occur however, he was attacked by two agents of the Union and replaced with a Union spy, with only an unidentified corpse found in his place of residence afterwards.
- Advertised Extra: He appears prominently in the opening, but he (or rather the spy impersonating him) is dead by the end of his debut episode. The real Sinclair however appears in The Stinger as a Sequel Hook.
- Dead All Along: According to the report Marin receives, the real Rob Sinclair went missing (and is heavily implied to have been killed). The man with his name who arrives at the Anvil is a Union spy sent to steal a Holon. A post-credits scene in episode 8 shows that he's actually alive, disguising himself as a Union soldier, and in a hell of a lot of trouble.
- Decoy Protagonist: Despite being advertised as one of the main characters, he is either captured or killed before his debut, and replaced by an impostor. It's not until the climax of Season 1 that he's revealed to be alive.
- Deep South: Hails from Kentucky, apparently.
- Last-Name Basis: Everyone refers to him as "Sinclair". Including himself.
- Ranger: This was allegedly his role within the Vanguard's reconnaissance division, prior to getting picked for gen:LOCK.
- Uncertain Doom: Sinclair's replacement leaves it ambiguous if the real Sinclair is dead or captured by The Union. The real Sinclair is alive and currently in hiding disguised as a Union soldier.
- Walking Spoiler: He's replaced by a spy before he can join gen:LOCK and thought to be dead, but managed to survive his assault and is disguised as a Union soldier.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: UNK
gen:LOCK unit "Caliban" is Dr. Weller's robotic assistant. Tasked with manual labor and maintaining connections between the pilots and their Holons, Caliban has a few more tricks hidden in his chassis.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Despite its considerable height, Caliban is mostly a quiet, unassuming assistant to Weller. It is, however, entirely capable of pummeling a Union battle drone into scrap, bare-fisted.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Caliban normally functions in complete silence, no matter what orders he is given. However, it turns out that Dr. Weller muted him because he couldn't cope with Caliban's terrible sense of of humour. He is Weller's first successful cyberbrain experiment, and contains a sliver of Weller's uploaded brain. While it ensures Caliban knows everything Weller knows about the gen:LOCK project, it also gives the robot Weller's instinct for jokes. It isn't enough, however, to make Caliban any good at wit and humor.
- Robot Maid: A robot who performs a range of tasks for Weller, from carrying luggage to performing computer tasks on Weller's behalf. It's not his true purpose, however, which is to act as a repository for everything that Weller knows or has ever created for the gen:LOCK research. Weller's advice to the GL team is to keep this fact secret.
- Robot Me: Weller created Caliban to serve as his assistant. Caliban can act as a maid to carry luggage, or as a protector that can fight threats. However, he usually helps Weller monitor the gen:LOCK program. Caliban was one of Weller's first successful gen:LOCK experiments and functions as the repository for everything Weller ever learned, knew or planned for the project. Weller also uploaded a sliver of his mind to Caliban's cyberbrain. As a result, it possesses Weller's intellect, memories and voice. It also possesses his instinct for jokes but a recorded message from Weller makes it clear that he muted Caliban because the robot's inability to use wit and humour properly annoyed him. Weller also makes it clear that the GL team to should keep Caliban's true status as the gen:LOCK repository secret.
- Soul Fragment: Caliban's cyberbrain is an early Gen:LOCK experiment and as such contains a sliver of Weller's mind. Along with a complete archive of the Gen:LOCK project this also grants it a personality of sorts that attempts to emulate Weller's wit and sense of humour. It also speaks with Weller's voice
- Suddenly Voiced: Caliban is introduced as Weller's silent robotic assistant. It never speaks until the seventh episode, where it's revealed that Dr. Weller put it on an extended mute because he couldn't deal with the robot's sense of humour. As an early gen:LOCK cyberbrain, Caliban contains a sliver of Weller's mind and therefore speaks in Weller's voice.
- Used Future: Weller used Caliban as a testbed for designing the holon endoskeleton and as such looks like he was cobbled together from spare parts, because that's almost certainly exactly what he was cobbled together from. His body also shows signs of extreme wear and tear, with several plates missing, damaged or worn. Turns out its because he was one of the first successful gen:LOCK cyberbrain experiments, and the wear is from how old he is.
- The Voiceless: Caliban usually remains silent when assisting Dr. Weller, specifically due to the doctors orders, however it is capable of speaking when certain protocols are activated. As his cyberbrain contains a copy of a portion of Dr. Weller's mind, his voice is identical to the doctors, however he lacks the doctors wit and sense of humor, leading the doctor to keep him on mute rather than listen to his failed attempts at humor. After the Omega Protocol enables him to speak again, Chase has him muted again once they reach the RTASA as a security measure.
NAME: GARZA, MIGUEL
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
Miguel "Migas" Garza is an engineer and head of Strider upkeep at the Anvil. An old friend of Julian Chase's, he is tasked with Holon maintenance soon after the gen:LOCK team transfers to the Anvil, before later being promoted to a position at RTASA as full-time head of Holon maintenance and engineering liaison to the Vanguard.
- Bilingual Bonus: He mixes a good amount of Spanish into his speech.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Zig-zagged. Miguel doesn't consider his nickname (which means "Crumbs") embarrassing per se, but he is embarrassed enough by how he got the nickname that he doesn't want Chase revealing the story to girls he's only just met.
- The Engineer: Miguel worked on Strider mechs for most of the war, and gets tasked with maintaining the Holon mechs within gen:LOCK. He's given almost no time to come up to speed on hundreds of technical pages about the Holons, but it's quickly made clear he's more than capable of doing so.
- Non-Action Guy: While he is a member of the gen:LOCK program, its only as a technician, and is incompatible with the technology itself. As such, he remains on the sidelines keeping track of systems while the pilots fight.
- Noodle Incident: How he got his nickname isn't elaborated on, but he considers it embarrassing, telling Chase off for trying to tell it Yaz when they first meet.
- Rank Up: He's promoted to full-time Holon technician when he decides to transfer to RTASA with the gen:LOCK group.
NAME: HOLCROFT, MARC
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
Marc Holcroft is an American industrialist who is the chief investor in both the gen:LOCK project and RTASA. He considers Dr. Weller a close friend.
- Brutal Honesty: Has no qualms about bringing up the gen:LOCK pilots' personal history, even things that they hadn't yet shared with each other. In his own words, he likes to do his research on his 'investments'.
- Early-Bird Cameo: During a montage in Episode 6 of how the gen:LOCK programme got up and running, there is a brief scene of Dr. Weller reporting Chase's first successful gen:LOCK to three people: Colonel Marin, and a man and a woman who are only seen from behind. The man seen from behind is introduced in Episode 7 as Marc Holcroft. Holcroft's name is mentioned in passing during Episode 3 when Marin contemplates removing Weller from the base after he is attacked by a Union infiltrator; she tells Weller to prepare to transfer to wherever Holcroft intends to send him next.
- Minor Major Character: He is the key investor behind the funding of both the ESU and RTASA, as well as present for gen:LOCK's conception alongside Dr's Weller and Jha. Despite this, he only appears in the ante-penultimate episode of the first season, and for a single scene.
- Mr. Exposition: His introduction has him give some key details about the backgrounds of the gen:LOCK team members, along with some introspection onto how the Union operates by simply stealing technology rather than be innovative.
- Mysterious Backer: He personally funded nearly all of the gen:LOCK Program, as well as a good portion of the RTASA at large, though what he wants out of it isn't as clear.
NAME: JHA, FATIMA
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
Dr. Fatima Jha is an Indian engineer who currently works for RTASA. In the past, she was involved in the developmental stages of gen:LOCK technology. She is also Dr. Weller's ex-wife.
- Early-Bird Cameo: During a montage in Episode 6 of how the gen:LOCK programme got up and running, there is a brief scene of Dr. Weller reporting Chase's first successful gen:LOCK to three people: Colonel Marin, and a man and a woman who are only seen from behind. The woman seen from behind is introduced in Episode 7 as Dr. Jha.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: Right before the gen:LOCK team lands at RTASA, Caliban quips that he's received warmer welcomes, specifically mentioning Dr. Weller's ex-wife. Once Henry leads them inside the RTASA facility, the team suddenly meet her.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Episode 5, the raid on a Union facility turns into an unexpected rescue when the Vanguard realise there are captured Polity scientists. One scientist is zoomed on and the Anvil's facial recognition database throws up the scientist's name as Heng Li "Henry" Wu. However, that is all that's visible before the scene moves on to Weller and Marin's alarmed recognition. Freezing the frame allows further information to be gleaned about Henry: He works as a Lead Engineer for somewhere that begins with an 'R' and his supervisor is a woman called Dr. Fatima Jha. This is the show's first reference to Dr. Jha, two episodes before she's introduced.
NAME: WU, HENG LI
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
Heng Li "Henry" Wu is the Lead Engineer at the RTASA facility. He was presumed dead after the loss of the Polity's base in Cape Canaveral, but had instead been captured and held prisoner alongside other Polity scientists by the Union. He was rescued by the Vanguard Strider Team and the gen:LOCK team, and returned to RTASA.
- Adorkable: He turns into a complete dork when he first sees the gen:LOCK team in their Holons, proclaiming to be in love with their mechs. He also quickly strikes a friendship with Cammie after she saved him, even agreeing to watch Nugget for her, only to quickly have it leap on his face.
- Butt-Monkey: His attempts at jokes are often looked down upon by his fellow RTASA members and when he's given the task of looking after Nugget by Cammie, Nugget ends up jumping and latching onto his face.
- Commonality Connection: He and Cammie quickly form a friendship due to their shared love of tech and social awkwardness.
- The Engineer: He's the Lead Engineer for RTASA, something that made him valuable to the Union and led to his initial capture. After being rescued he aids Cammie and Dr. Jha in upgrading the Holon's for their rematch with the Nemesis.
- In-Series Nickname: Everyone refers to him as "Henry" rather than his given name.
NAME: WELLER, RUFUS
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
Dr. Rufus Weller is the English scientist who spearheads the gen:LOCK project, and recruits the six heroes to the fledgling force.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He's able to reason out that "Sinclair" couldn't have faked his gen:LOCK compatibility test results, and that his captor was either turned by the Union or replaced. He does this while Sinclair is holding a gun to his temple. Sinclair isn't communicative, but it gives Weller an idea on how to deal with him.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's an eccentric scientist who likes messing around with the recruits, Marin, and ABLE. He doesn't turn a hair when Sinclair kidnaps him and holds a gun to his temple, choosing instead to spend that time interrogating Sinclair about his gen:LOCK compatibility. It allows him to set up Sinclair's death by encouraging him to get into the Holon Sinclair is trying to steal, and convincing everyone else to let it happen. While everyone else, including Colonel Marin are unsettled by the way Sinclair dies, Weller watches it unfold without any expression — something Marin does notice. He then uses the moment as a lesson to everyone on what happens should anyone who isn't gen:LOCK compatible try to use the technology. In his own words, attempting to pilot a Holon while incompatible is like "putting your brain in a microwave".
- Cruel to Be Kind: After Cammie begins suffering PTSD from her confrontation with the Nemesis, she attempts to modify her personality to make herself more aggressive, something he takes notice of when she first does it. While he's capable of overriding it and restoring her to her default personality, he allows her to proceed until the others need to restrain her, to serve as a lesson on what happens when the candidates modify their personalities, and how doing so is not an acceptable way for Cammie to deal with her trauma.
- Dissonant Serenity: He's quite calm when "Sinclair" takes him hostage, affably commenting on the excitement of the situation and quizzing the spy on the fate of the real Sinclair, then goes into it again when "Sinclair" dies violently from a lack of compatibility with the gen:LOCK tech he tried to plug into, calmly using it as an example of what happens when one isn't gen:LOCK compatible.
- Fatherly Scientist: He has shown to care deeply for the gen:LOCK pilots, starting with being a father-figure to Chase for four years of warfare, as well as to Yaz. The first time the last three recruits gen:LOCK, he lets them have some fun in their Holons instead of putting them to training right away. After Cammie's Holon gets torn apart in the fourth episode he makes it clear she needs to return to her body, showing he cares more for her then his own creation. He also refers to the team as 'his kids'.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When the Union come for him, Weller evacuates the Cyberbrain room and gets Caliban and the pilots out of the way before the soldiers corner him. Once the pilots escape, he blows himself up and takes the soldiers and room with him.
- Papa Wolf: Weller is very protective of his gen:LOCK team. He defends them when Colonel Marin doubts their abilities, and he's concerned about sending them into the field too soon after their traumatic first encounter with Nemesis. When the Union attacks the Anvil, he buys the team time to escape by distracting the Union soldiers from going after them, telling them "you can't have my kids".
- Parental Substitute: He serves as one to the whole GL team, but especially to Chase and especially to Yaz.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He's called a Mad Scientist by Cammie but he intended gen:LOCK to be used for purely scientific reasons to help humanity unlock its potential. He wanted it to be a new way of communicating and understanding other human beings, so he's not happy that its first use is to militarize it before it's even ready for use. As a result, the technological inventions he's creating for the Polity military, including the technology he's using to keep Julian alive despite Julian's extensive injuries, and his encouragement of Sinclair's use of the Holon despite knowing what would happen to an incompatible subject isn't entirely by choice.Cammie: Okay, everyone who kinda cannae keep up with the mad scientist here, say aye.
- Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: The Romanticism to Marin's Enlightenment. In one of the character trailers, he notes with audible disappointment that the designs for Chase's and Yasmin's Holons are quite "Utilitarian". He later comments to the recruits that they've been forced to use a single model design because he hasn't had time to develop customised ones.
- Rule of Empathy: In "Second Birthday", Weller observes to the recruits that the endless discouraging new reports of the war having a very dehumanizing effect, making the Union seem insurmountable and numbing people to their situation. However, the recruits are watching beleaguered refugees coming off an evacuation plane right in front of their eyes. Marin later observes that he did this deliberately, having heard the medivacs would be coming into Hanger 2 and accordingly sending the recruits there to train so that they'd see first hand what the Union is doing.
- Skewed Priorities:
- He's not fond of the Vanguard's armor for his mechs, calling them utilitarian.
- Refuses to evacuate to the Anvil until Cammie, Kasu, Rob and Val get transferred to the program, which Marin begrudgingly agrees to. This happens while his comms network is getting hacked, forcing Marin to observe that he's holding himself hostage just to make his point.
- The Smart Guy: As the creator of the gen:LOCK technology, along with designing the mech suits, he's one of the most brilliant scientists the Polity has access to. It also makes him valuable to the Union, which has been making a concerted effort to get hold of him. Marin believes it's extremely risky putting such a wanted scientist, the gen:LOCK project and the Anvil all in the same location, but the Polity is desperate and has no choice.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Posthumously admits in a recorded message that he's not good with 'the personal touch' and how it's cost him over the years, including robbing him of a chance to tell the gL team how much they mean to him.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: When his location is being revealed to the Union by their hacking into the Ether comms network, Dr. Weller does this to force an exasperated Col. Marin into transferring Cammie, Rob, Val and Kasu into gen:LOCK.
- Thanatos Gambit: Since he was such a massive target for the Union, Dr. Weller used Caliban, who is actually an early Holon equipped with a prototype cyberbrain, to make a simple copy of his mind & memories should he ever be captured or killed.
The front-line, mainstream military force stationed at the Anvil that defends the Polity's American front against the Union.
- Uncertain Doom: After the Union's attack on the Anvil, its unknown what became of any of them once the Union flooded the base with nanotech. Chase's attempts to contact Miranda and Colonel Marin ultimately bore no results. They managed to survive thanks to Dr. Weller reverse engineering the Union's identification signals.
NAME: MARIN, RAQUEL
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
Colonel Raquel Marin is a grizzled Puerto Rican officer who commands the Anvil base and collaborates with Dr. Weller on the gen:LOCK project. She provides engineering teams to the project, and has the pull Dr. Weller needs to recruit the candidates as they crop up.
- Iron Lady: As a high-ranking military officer, she's straight-laced, forthright and uptight; this contrasts quite starkly with the more kooky and creative Dr. Weller.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's no-nonsense and stern, impatient with Weller's antics and scathing of the recruits he's chosen for the project. However, she also cares about the lives under her command and does soften towards the people she's communicating with when they need it. It's also implied that she's turning a blind eye to Chase's and Miranda's relationship prior to the Battle Of New York.
- Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: The Enlightenment to Weller's Romanticism. When he calls her designs for the Holons piloted by Chase and Yasmin "utilitarian" with audible contempt, she replies that they were designed by the same team of engineers that designed the Vanguard's Strider mechs.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The default dynamic between herself and Dr. Weller during the recruitment process consists of her criticizing his decision-making and him dismissing her concerns with a mischievous sense of humor. Once they're working side-by-side in the Anvil, their interactions range from him airily deflecting her impatience to her bringing runaway creativity back to earth with a dose of practicality. When they're not arguing or winding each other up, it's shown that they agree on almost everything; it's their different approaches to handling situations that bring them into each other's crosshairs.
- Underestimating Badassery: Initially she wasn't impressed by any of the recruits, as a result of their individual circumstances and records. She's also not convinced they have what it takes to adapt as fast as the Polity needs them to. Weller points out that the very nature of being gen:LOCK compatible means such people are going to be the most resilient people she'll ever meet — she just needs to give them a chance.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: UNK
A robotic adjutant to Colonel Marin.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Dr. Weller reprograms him to only speak in Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics after he mixes into Dr. Weller's lab without permission one too many times.
- Red Alert: He serves as the base's alert system and flight dispatcher.
- Robot Soldier: He's a robot who serves Colonel Marin, and is capable of mixing into various parts of the base to announce messages.
NAME: WORTH, MIRANDA
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: UNK
CALL SIGN: TEMPEST
Lieutenant Miranda Worth, age 21 at the start of the war, currently 25, is a member of the Vanguard ground team and pilots a Strider. She and Julian are lovers at the start of the series.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: After the Battle of New York, Julian is declared dead. It takes her years to get over his death, but she eventually moves forward with Jodie. Four years after the battle, she learns that Julian is still alive. Although they do mention the possibility of rekindling their relationship in the future, their interactions remain relatively tense, since Julian walking back into her life after supposedly being dead for four years is difficult for her to process.
- Action Girl: She has some good combat skills, enough to disarm a man in a strength augmenting super suit. Since his suit is invulnerable, she's shown deliberately targeting his unprotected head in an effort to disorient him.
- Cynicism Catalyst: She is introduced as a strong and capable woman who is the girlfriend of Julian Chase; while she's firm and no-nonsense with Julian's friends, she's also shown to be friendly, outgoing and has a teasing sense-of-humour. After the Battle of New York, there is a four-year Time Skip. She's reintroduced as a scarred, battle-hardened warrior, who has become much more grim and terse than she was prior to Julian's apparent death. She appears to have lost her sense of humor and has become impatient with her friends and co-workers.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After the Time Skip, in addition to the scars, her hair is more disheveled, complete with a lock that hangs down between her eyes.
- In-Series Nickname: Kazu calls her Sensei-chan which puzzles both her and Julian.
- Love Interest: The show introduces her at the house of Julian's mother, meeting his family for the first time. His sister's questioning of her makes it clear that she is interested enough in Julian to consider the possibility of there being marriage in their future. Instead, the Union attacks New York and Julian is presumed killed in action. The bulk of the story takes place four years after the battle.
- Rugged Scar: The four years of war after Julian's disappearance gave her a scar running from on her neck up to her right cheek, and a smaller one on the same side coming upward from her chin.
- Walking Tank: Pilots one of these (referred to in-show as a Strider) for the Vanguard's ground forces, as do Leon and Jodie.
NAME: BRENNAN, JODIE
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: UNK
Another pilot of the Vanguard.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kinda fits the bill in episode 6 when he used his Strider to headbutt Nemesis, AND surviving said rogue Holon tossing his 'mech across the field, which also, by the way, happened because he fired point-blank into its face. Comic relief or not, the guy's got guts.
- Gender-Blender Name: Jodie is a unisex name, so it's not always easy to tell the gender of someone with this name. Typically, the 'Jody' spelling is female and the 'Jodie' spelling is male, but that's not always guaranteed to be the case.
- Meaningful Name: There is an old saying in the military that "Your girl is back home with Jodie" which refers to someone hitting on your Love Interest while you're not around, fitting for a guy who hits on every woman he meets. Becomes more meaningful in "Second Birthday", when it's implied that he started a relationship with Miranda during the four years Chase was thought dead.
- Second Love: After Julian's presumed death, it took Miranda a long time to move on. However, she did so and is now in an ambiguous relationship with Jodie.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Feels this way when he sees Miranda and Leon exchanging a look during the Union Base raid in Georgia, commenting that whenever they get like this, they all end up doing something stupid.
NAME: AUGUST, LEON
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: UNK
CALL SIGN: DRIFTER
A Vanguard Strider pilot, who leads the team that features Miranda and Jodie and doubles as head Drill Instructor for the gen:LOCK recruits.
- Feeling Their Age: Dr. Weller drops the bombshell on Leon that he's actually gen:LOCK compatible. However, the human ageing process means that candidates only have a finite window in which they can safely upload to the Cyberbrain. Leon is older than the safety threshold, so Weller never recruited him. Leon is shocked when he learns about this. This doesn't stop him from uploading into a Holon in the finale, though he doesn't come out of the experience unscathed.
- Heroic RRoD: While uploading into the sixth Holon was difficult, uploading back to his body was even worse. The process ultimately forced him into a comatose state due to his mind not possessing the necessary neurons to partake in the gen:LOCK program, and its unknown if he'll ever wake up. To this end, Dr. Jha arranges with Colonel Marin to have him transferred to the RTASA facility in the hopes they can find a way to wake him up.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Leon uploads into the spare Holon meant for Sinclair in the Season 1 finale in order to buy the gen:LOCK team time to reset while fighting Nemesis, but the strain it puts on his brain leaves him comatose after he downloads back. His comatose body is transferred to the RTASA facility in hopes their technology can help him awaken.
- The Leader: The Strider pilots function in teams. Leon is in charge of the alpha team, which comprises himself, Miranda and Jodie. He is also in charge of training the gen:LOCK candidates as their head drill instructor. Furthermore, Leon serves as an overall field commander during both the Dallas mission, and the raid on the Georgia Union base, commanding infantry and giving orders to the gen:LOCK team as well as his Strider unit.
NAME: RASMUSSEN, SIMONE
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: DUTY VB110 AEIRE VAP
CALL SIGN: RAZZLE
Simone "Razzle" Rasmussen was the captain of the Vanguard's "Silver Falcons" ready alert squadron, and Julian Chase's commanding officer. She was killed in action during the Battle of New York.
- Advertised Extra: Razzle was advertised alongside Sinclair and Migas as being voiced by RT regulars Lindsay, Blaine, and Miles respectively. Of the three however, Razzle is killed in the pilot episode. Made more egregious by the fact that she's actually featured in the group shot with the rest of the cast at the end of the intro sequence.
- All There in the Script: She's only referred to by her code name, Razzle. In a Freeze-Frame Bonus, her real name and rank is detailed on the Anvil's Memorial wall just above Julian's plaque.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She's introduced as an ace pilot who is partnered with the main character, Julian Chase. However, her role in the story is to confirm that the Polity isn't able to handle the Union's attack by dying in the attempt to detonate the only weapon the Polity has against Union tech, as the Union can now sense an EDS while it's still powering up.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Her plane explodes in the battle for New York in 2068, killing her instantly.
NAME: CHASE, ROBERTA
Chase's mother, a resident of New York City.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Tells Miranda a story about how four-year-old Julian rubbing a cookie on his skinned knee due to misinterpreting her statement that the cookie would make him feel better.
- Supreme Chef: In the first scene of the series, she cooks some delicious-looking dishes that make Julian and Miranda wish they were there in person.
- Uncertain Doom: She is presumed dead after the attack on New York in 2068.
- Unflinching Walk: Her reaction to the Union attack on New York.
NAME: CHASE, DRIANA
Chase's little sister.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Julian, and manages to be such to Miranda despite she and Chase not even being engaged yet.
- In-Series Nickname: Dri.
- Uncertain Doom: Julian assumes she is dead. Shortly afterward, however, she can be seen in the Ether, spotting and recognizing Julian just before the Vanguard's connection goes out.
- Attack Drone: The Union favors combat drones, both in the form of their spider tanks and airborne combat drones. They are also adept at hacking purely robotic systems, forcing the Polity to use human-operated vehicles and remotely controlling their own robots with hardline cables.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Yaz comments that the Union has a tendency to do this to prisoners, particularly in the case of Nemesis.Yaz: Knowing them, they probably brainwashed you, damaged or wiped portions of you, and then aimed what was left back at us.
- Creative Sterility: According to Holcroft, the Union is very bad at innovating new technology on their own, hence their preference to subvert the technology of their enemies and force enemy scientists to work on technology for them.
- The Empire: The Union is an autocracy with the goal of world domination.
- Failsafe Failure: The Union troops and sympathisers use a signal to tell the nanomachines not to attack them. Weller managed to duplicate this during the Anvil attack before his Heroic Sacrifice, but the red nanotech used by Nemesis is patched to resist it.
- Hollywood Hacking: The Union uses remote hacking technology to great effect. One weapon type they make use of is a "hacking gun" which subverts remotely-controlled robots, though this proves ineffective against Holons, since they are directly controlled by their pilot's digitized brain.
- Nanomachines: The Union rely on nanotechnology to quickly destroy organic matter in their path - neither humans, animals or plants are exempt from this. Their nanotech can also be disguised as common items, such as a coin. The nanotech tends to come in two types: purple clouds that spread and move like smoke and consume organic matter and hack electronics, and a red variant that can be shaped into weapons and solid machinery, used exclusively by Nemesis.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: With a name like The Great Union of the Fourth Turning Republics, youd think they were the good guys. They arent. And they destroy the Statue of Liberty to prove it.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Dr. Weller describes the Union's modus operandi as a preference for minimizing collateral damage when they seize cities, especially the infrastructure. While they do shoot down people who attempt to escape, the Union doesn't shoot down civilians who surrender. However, all bets are off if they unleash nanotech clouds on a population center, as according to Migas, the only people left after a nanotech swarm is released are Union troops and their sympathizers.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Union generally favors a red and black color scheme, and are exceptionally ruthless and brutal in combat. There's also a little bit of yellow and gold in their color scheme, most notably on their lighter troops and spider tanks.
- Revealing Cover-Up: Their attempt to mask a facility from the Polity's satellites not only draws the Polity's attention to the site, but makes them determined to find out what's going on there.
- Silent Antagonist: Their foot-soldiers never speak, even when spoken to.
- Sink The Life Boats: A favored tactic is to kill everyone not aligned with them. During the attack on New York several transports with civilians are destroyed as they take off, and they would have destroyed more if the Vanguard had not shown up. The Vanguard also has to regularly lead sorties to rescue civilians trying to cross the no-man's land between Polity and Union territory, with the evacuation ships and refugees coming under constant fire.
- Spider Tank: The heavy infantry of the Union. Six-legged machines mounted with two machine guns and a powerful positional cannon.
- Thoughtcrime: Yaz unintentionally outing her parents as 'intellectuals' had them taken away.
NAME: UNKNOWN/SINCLAIR, ROBERT
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: TOP SECRET//GL
A Union spy who assumed Sinclair's identity.
- Affably Evil: He's quite chatty on the transport over to the Anvil whilst discussing cairns and the like with Cammie and the others, and he seems pleasant enough until the truth is revealed.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: After his attempt to steal a Holon fails, "Sinclair" begins bleeding from his nose and ears as the corners of his eyes and the upper half of his head redden. Everyone is unsettled as he dies screaming in agony, except for Weller, who watches expressionlessly and later likens the whole thing to "putting your brain in a microwave".
- Didn't Think This Through: Weller lets "Sinclair" try to upload to a Holon because, even in the one-in-a-million chance he was gen:LOCK compatible and didn't instantly fry his brain, he still would have had to get past Chase, safely retrieve his body, and somehow get the Holon into Union hands before his uptime ran out & he was forcibly ejected him. Needless to say, his plan really didn't stand a chance in hell.
- Foreshadowing: Lots of this for several reveals:
- Several hints were dropped about the impostor reveal:
- Character Teaser #4 is framed as a conversation between Col. Marin and Dr. Weller. During the conversation, Sinclair's picture is darker than the other recruits and the camera zooms in on him. At the end, one of the Union's spider tanks appear instead of the Holons that are associated with the other recruits. The teaser ends with a slow zoom on Sinclair's profile before the message "CALL INTERCEPTED" flashes over it, implying that's how the Union finds him.
- The official poster for season 1 shows all the Holons the gen:LOCK recruits will have. However, despite there being six recruits, there are only five Holons depicted.
- The opening only has one brief shot of Sinclair, in isolation from the other recruits, indicating he's not being treated the way the marketing implies. His coin is also shown before he is, foreshadowing the fact it's a weapon rather than a real coin. The song lyrics also reach the line "just a lesser evil, born unequal" when he is shown in the opening credits.
- During the show itself, "Sinclair" appears to be the most excited to pilot a Holon and the one who has the least trouble understanding Weller. When Cammie demands to know if the other recruits are having as much trouble as her in keeping up with Weller, he only raises his hand when he spots everyone else has raised theirs.
- Several hints were dropped about events that lead up to the season's climax:
- "Sinclair" telling Chase's tank that he knows someone who'd very much like to say hello, is also foreshadowing. The scene initially looks like he's mocking Chase with the implication that Chase's family has been captured by the Union. A few episodes later, Chase's sister Dri is seen in the Ether, calling out Chase's name. However, the season later makes it clear that "Sinclair" wasn't talking to Chase, but to Chase's body. He knows the truth about Nemesis, and that Nemesis wants his body back.
- None of the new recruits know what they're signing on for, and the existence and appearance of the mechs are a revelation for them. Despite this, "Sinclair" knows that the correct name for these things are Holons. This implies the Union has detailed knowledge of the project, which is how they can send a spy in. The obvious culprit is the real Sinclair. The true culprit is Chase. Nemesis is a prototype Holon that was captured by the Union before the show begins, containing Chase's mind and everything Chase knew about the project up to the moment of his capture.
- During The Stinger, it's revealed the Union has engaged in other activities that have been foreshadowed: When captured by the imposter, Weller speculates the real Sinclair must be dead by now. In the early episodes, the reports that tip off the Vanguard to the imposter's presence state that an unidentified body has been found in Sinclair's residence. The Stinger reveals that Sinclair is still alive and is trying to escape from Union controlled New York.
- Several hints were dropped about the impostor reveal:
- Gory Discretion Shot: He starts screaming his head off and bleeding from those nose & ears after his attempt to steal a Holon fries his brain. The camera cuts away from "Sinclair" until it shows his convulsing legs gradually coming to a halt.
- Kill and Replace: "Sinclair" never answers Weller's question about the fate of the real Sinclair. The report Colonel Marin gets reveals that the real Rob Sinclair went missing 72 hours prior to the fake's arrival at the Anvil, and that the military police sent to apprehend him for going AWOL found signs of a struggle and an unidentifiable corpse in his quarters. A post credits scene in the season finale reveals that whoever the corpse was, it wasn't the real Sinclair, as he's alive and currently on the run disguised as a Union trooper.
- The Mole: Is one for the Union, having killed or captured the real Sinclair and impersonated him somehow.
- No Name Given: We never find out his real identity.
- Sacrificial Lion: Inverted for the spy posing as Sinclair, since he is a villainous character that got offed by one of the protagonists as both a show that said protagonist isn't messing around and to demonstrate just how deadly gen:LOCK technology can be.
- Starter Villain: The fake Sinclair is the first antagonist introduced in the show, introducing the lengths the Union are willing to go to in order to get their hands on Dr. Weller's research.
NAME: CHASE, JULIAN
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: UNK
CALL SIGN: NEMESIS
A dangerous mech used by the Union that is capable of controlling nanotech and going toe-to-toe with the Holons.
- And I Must Scream: The Nemesis pilot has been trapped in its Holon, in Union control, for years. Despite that, the Union has somehow convinced it to join their cause. Nemesis is such a heavily-modified Holon that it's barely recognizable as one, and its pilot is Chase, who was captured during one of his early Holon missions. His brain is used to pilot Nemesis and seems to be suffering from feedback from the other Holon pilots when uploaded, which seems to be highly disorienting and unpleasant. Significant parts of his memories seem to be missing, and in the end, he doesn't resist when the nanite control is overwritten by Cammie, and asks for Chase to kill the other copies of the copies of his copies.
- Animal Motif: Could have a association with spiders, with it's black colour scheme and multiple spindly arms. It's upgraded form is even more spider-like with it's limbs becoming thinner, it's legs becoming like stilts and gaining a bunch of Combat Tentacles for both combat and movement.
- Ax-Crazy: The pilot controlling Nemesis is a ruthless, bloodthirsty fighter that seems to delight in the damage it causes. It appears to enjoy ripping Cammie's Holon apart, staring with her head. Furthermore, its dialogue in the next episode does not paint a picture of rational thought.
- Barrier Warrior: It tends to use nanotech to form walls and domes to cut off sightlines and prevent others from interjecting in its fights. This is more for concealment rather than actual cover, but it graduates to full-barriers when it gets an upgrade for the final fight of season 1, using nanotech to form barriers and intercept ranged attacks.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Weller warns his Holon pilots that if they are uploaded for too long, their neurology will change too much to ever be able to return to their bodies. The Union is willing to keep using their Holon pilot long after its Uptime has been exceeded, resulting in a pilot that's lost its sanity. Said pilot is revealed to be Chase (or at the very least, an instance of his real mind), who was captured by the Union during one of his early Holon missions. Unable to return to his body, Chase was put to work by the Union; as a result, he has been stuck in his Holon for so long and subjected to the Union's experiments, that he's turned into the psychotic berserker known as Nemesis, wanting to destroy gen:LOCK for revenge and take his body back.
- Chromatic Superiority: The Nanotech it uses in the season 1 finale is much more powerful and versatile than standard Union Nanotech, and appropriately appears a red tinted black rather than the standard purple.
- Cloning Blues: He's the original mind of Chase that's been trapped in the Holon for years, and is irate that a mental copy has been living his life in his body. The finale casts doubt on this, as his final words in the mindscape reveal that he is actually a Union made copy of that original mind, and not the only one at that.
- Close-Range Combatant: Its nanotech is only used for forming obstructions when fighting the Holons and it's not equipped with any long ranged weapons, so it relies on fighting in melee where its four arms give it an advantage. This stops being strictly the case in the season 1 finale where its nanotech Morph Weapon capabilities allow it to form laser cannons, but even then it prefers to fight in close quarters combat.
- Combat Stilettos: Its feet are rather small and almost like high heels in comparison to the rest of its body.
- Combat Tentacles: One of the many new features it comes equipped with in the finale are a set of tentacles sprouting from its back.
- Cyber Cyclops: It has a single eye-like visual sensor with a rather unique design, as it has three smaller sensors set into the orb.
- Disc-One Final Boss: After hounding the the gen:LOCK team all season and putting them through the wringer several times, Nemesis is finally brought down for good through a combination of their upgraded Holons and a full team Mindshare.
- Dropping the Bombshell: Its Last Words, in combination with the image it shows Julian in the mindscape, reveal not only that it's really a copy of a copy of a copy of Julian's original mind, but that there are other copies still out there.
- Electronic Speech Impediment: Most likely due to how much torture the Union put Chase's mind through, Nemesis is prone to electronically stuttering whenever it speaks. Given the state of the original Chase's avatar in the mindshare scene during the finale, it isn't entirely surprising. This stuttering is one thing that is rather reflective of how broken his mind is.
- Expendable Clone: In its final moments, the copy of Chase on Nemesis reveals to Chase that it is only one of dozens of copies of his mind that the Union has created.
- Failure Is the Only Option: The Nemesis pilot wants to use the Holon technology to escape its mech even though the download will probably kill it. Chase's original mind, captured by the Union, desperately wants his body back. Having long exceeded his Uptime, Weller warns him that there's no way to put him back in his body even if the copy of his mind currently occupying that body wasn't around.
- Fallen Hero: The Union has kept the pilot trapped in their Holon-technology for years, which hasn't done anything good for its humanity or its sanity. The pilot is Chase; when first learning to use his Holon, Chase was captured during a mission. The Union used the captured brain to pilot Nemesis. Weller, who kept a back-up of Chase's brain, downloaded the copy to Chase's body and hid the truth from Chase for years. Nemesis wants out of his body and regards the Polity Chase as a copy that needs to be killed.
- In its first appearance, it only flees after it notices Miranda arrive. In its second appearance, it calls out to her in Chase's voice, calls Chase a copy and seems to have intimate knowledge of the entire gen:LOCK team. This hints to the eventual reveal that Nemesis is Chase, specifically his original mind, stuck in his old prototype Holon after being captured by the Union several years ago.
- In Episode 2, the Spy takes notice of Chase's body and mentions someone interested in seeing him. Turns out he was referring to the Nemesis, the original Chase and original owner of said body looking to reclaim it.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: When the prototype holon was captured, it received a bad "wound" across it's left eye, running vertically across its face. Nemesis' human form has a blazing red scar matching the damage.
- Humanoid Abomination: It looks like a demon-possessed Holon with abnormal proportions and a savage fighting style. Gets taken Up TO Eleven in the Season 1 finale, as it's been upgraded with tentacles, more armor, extra legs, and blood-red nanite smoke that can shapeshift into weapons.
- It Can Think: This thing immediately sets itself apart from the mindless Spider Tanks the Union typically uses by the way it fights. It targets Cammie, the weakest of the gen:LOCK pilots, isolating her with a swarm of nanobots, disabling her Holon by ripping off its head, and then going straight for the cyberbrain in its chest. When they next encounter it, it starts talking to them: it recognizes Miranda, complains that Cammie hasn't shut up since her 'birthday' and refers to Chase as a copy. He also comments of more voices in his head, indicating that he is connected through the same network as the other Holon pilots.
- Jet Pack: It takes a page out of Chase's book and shows up for the battle in Chicago with a powerful set of boosters on its back.
- The Juggernaut: Nemesis is even bigger than the four story-tall Holons and is powerful enough to throw one around like a ragdoll with one hand. It shrugs off all of their weapons save for a headshot from Valentina's sniper rifle, and even that just momentarily dazes it with no visible damage. It takes the entire gen:LOCK team working together just to drive it off. In their second round, the holons have several upgrades which allow them to at least hold Nemesis off and cause it to retreat when they almost take an arm off. When in a one on one fight with Chaser, it's clearly more powerful but Chaser's flight mobility allows him to hold his own. Unfortunately it's almost immune to injury and simply comes back for more.
- Know When To Fold Them: It will leave a battle when it decides the outlook doesn't look too good for its continued participation. It abandons its first fight as soon as Valentina lands a hit on it from afar, and abandons its second fight after Chase and Kazu manage to tear off its secondary arms.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The possibility of the process itself was first implied when Cammie began meddling with her own mind, but episode 8 confirms that the Union outright deleted some of its memories to make it easier to control.
- Madness Mantra: Nemesis can communicate, but not very well. It's also prone to repeating the same phrase over and over, which emphasizes how unstable it is. It is prone to repeating the phrase 'Kill the copy', especially when dealing with Chase. It enables Weller to confirm Nemesis's identity because he knows that Chase's mind was once captured by the Union and the Polity's Chase is using a back-up copy of his mind. Nemesis wants to kill the copy of Chase so that he can get back inside his body. Weller tries to tell him the technology doesn't work that way, but Nemesis doesn't pay attention.
- He has a new one in episode 6: "WANT OUT!"
- Meaningful Name: It's called Nemesis, and it doesn't seem to like the Holon pilots very much, particularly Chase. It's Chase's arch-enemy because it's piloted by the original Chase, who was captured on a mission while in his Holon. The Polity's Chase is a back-up copy of the original Chase's mind. The original Chase is extremely angry with his situation.
- Mercy Kill: What Chase does to him.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Gains flight capabilities and a nanotech-based Spontaneous Weapon Creation power in time for the final fight in season 1.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: It has four arms, and it makes good use of them to battle multiple Holons at once. In the season 1 finale, it also gets several additional spider-like limbs protruding from its back.
- Morph Weapon: It can use nanomachines to form a series of barriers to isolate opponents. When it upgrades, it can shape the nanomachines into cannons, swords, spikes, and bladed tentacles in addition to physical barriers, as well as create copies of his armour and limbs in order substitute for any damage taken.
- Not So Different: He constantly taunts Chase with the fact that he's 'just a copy' and that he is the original, however his dying words in the season 1 finale imply that he himself is just one of many copies that the Union has made of the original Chase's mind.
- Pre-Mortem Catchphrase: Combined with Subverted Catchphrase.Nemesis: [as it shows Julian a mental image of dozens of itself] Kill these copies.
- Primal Stance: It has a tendency to get down and run on all of its limbs like an animal. Taken Up to Eleven in the season 1 finale, where its additional spidery limbs and nanotech tentacles let it scuttle about in an utterly inhuman way.
- Obviously Evil: It has a demonic and skeletal appearance and is cloaked in nanotech.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Nemesis is armored in red and black, and looks positively demonic.
- Shadow Archetype: To Chase, naturally, with some Evil Counterpart mixed in. The copy of Chase used to create Nemesis represents everything Chase fears could happen to himself: Getting stuck inside his Holon, losing himself & becoming a monster. Unlike Nemesis, though, Chase has his friends to rely on, choosing to remain on his Holon willingly as a part of his own growth & to protect them, while Nemesis was forced to become a monster after years of solitude and torture.
- Shoulders of Doom: It has very large angular pauldrons. It's a justified version, as its two arms on each side are attached to the same shoulder.
- Spikes of Villainy: It has several spike-like protrusions running down its back.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Gains the ability to create weapons out of nanotech in time for the season finale.
- Super Prototype: Despite its appearance, the Nemesis is in fact a Holon like the ones the gen:LOCK team possesses, but is capable of battling three of them simultaneously without losing the advantage. It's a heavily modified version of Chase's original, prototype Holon, modded to such an extent that it doesn't look like a Holon at first glance
- Taking You with Me. Subverted. As he lays dying, he warns Chase that there are other Nemeses out there, and tells him to kill them all.