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Councillor Flide

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Voiced by: Ryusuke Oobayashi (JP); R. Bruce Elliott (EN)

One of the earliest antagonists in the series, and the first from the Legitimacy Kingdom, Flide is a government official with deep connections to Legitimacy Kingdom defense contractors, including Object builders. His role as a villain is expanded in the anime series.

  • Adaptational Villainy: His novel counterpart wasn't anything special, but the anime shows him at his worst, most notably in the anime-only final arc where he tries to start a war by using a brainwashed Milinda to wipe out the 37th Mechanized Maintenance Battalion along with Klondike.
  • Beard of Evil: After escaping prison, he gains one in his last appearance in the anime, which had shown him at his worst.
  • Blackmail: He uses "the list" to get funds, equipment, etc. for the mad scheme he hatches in episode 23.
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  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Not only are his actions towards the protagonists highly unethical, he views the Elites, teen soldiers, like merchandise and corporate products, not as human beings.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the Light Novel, his fate was never disclosed. In the anime he had a brainwashed Milinda destroy his hideout with him in it to ensure the protagonists never get the means to disable the program he used for the brainwashing.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When cornered in episode 23, he tries to claim that the protagonists, Qwenthur and Havia are "poison to the world" because they dared survive encounters with Objects, and emerge victorious, repeatedly. Encounters he, and others like him orchestrated. Because if Objects lose their air of "invincibility" nothing will stop the world from devolving into chaos, and to prove it, he tries to send the world into chaos, by..... having Objects shoot at each other!
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  • Never My Fault: Tells Qwenthur and Havia, point blank, that everything he did in episode 23 was their fault.
  • No Name Given: We only know his (probably) surname.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claimed what he did during the Oceania Arc was for the safety of the Legitimacy Kingdom, but in actuality, he wanted to protect his position and preserve the power balance decided by objects with no regards to the innocent lives lost.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Tries fleeing when Frolaytia and her squad comes to arrest him for his actions in Oceania.
  • Smug Snake: He practically oozes smugness as he explains to Qwenthur and Havia why he's going to get them killed. Even being confronted by Frolaytia can't shake him until he learns just how far he put his foot in it.
  • Thanatos Gambit: The first thing he has "Mirror Mirror" cause Milinda to do is blow up the Tower, transmission equipment he's using, and shack he's inside so that nobody will be able to stop Milinda's rampage, that he orchestrated, without killing her in the process, all so he can provoke a full four super-country world war, "to show the world just how good they had it with his 'clean' wars."
  • This Cannot Be!: He's absolutely dumbstruck when Frolaytia's squad shows up on his doorstep, defeats his latest Object, punches his teeth in, and arrests him for treason.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Tries to have his Object "accidentally" fire on and destroy the Baby Magnum. Unfortunately for him, Milinda had superior combat experience and defeated the technologically superior object fielded by Flide.
  • Uriah Gambit: Of a truly epic scale. Not only does he engineer a situation where Qwenthur and Havia would face certain death against a 0.5 generation Object, he gives orders that all but guarantee the alliance of all four super-countries, including his own troops would all go right into a trap, following false Object sightings to wipe them all out.
  • Villain Ball: Frolaytia notes, in universe, that Flide's plan was idiotic and ill-advised. If the operation had been composed only of Legitimacy Kingdom soldiers, he might have gotten away with it, but because he deliberately gave false orders and misinformation to a multi-super-country alliance, there's no way he can recover, or anywhere he can run and hide.
  • War for Fun and Profit: He's an arms dealer, and it is very much in his interests, and the interests of other Object manufacturers, that Objects retain their air of "invincibility" to promote the myth of "Clean wars" and keep people from trying to fight them. Qwenthur and Havia provided proof to overturn that thinking in Alaska when The Faith Organization ignored the "White Flag" signal and violated international law regarding treatment of P.O.W.s, forcing them to fight back... and win.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Frolaytia wonders out loud why they bothered to arrest him instead of just putting a bullet in his head after his actions on Oceania, and he sent a second generation object against them.

Flag Eggnog

One of the many royals in the Legitimacy Kingdom, specifically the first prince of its Warta District.

  • 0% Approval Rating: He's a loudmouthed miscreant widely despised by his people due to his rampant gaffes, which usually prompts him to start a war to cover each gaffe he makes. Also, his claim about the drug wars being fake made protesters scream for his resignation.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He thinks that just because he's of royal blood, he's completely untouchable.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: After all the buildup to the reveal of the mastermind behind the volume's conflict, Flag turns out to be an utter incompetent who was (incompetently) trying to cover his ass. He couldn't even do that alone and had to rely on the Information Alliance to arrange the plan and the Winchel family to actually execute it. His death is less climax than cleanup.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Concerning anything and everything he does, and when it comes back to bite him, he goes and triggers a war to distract his pursuers and allow him to escape. And he doesn't think that through either, as he relies on an enemy nation to devise the plan and then gets on a cruise ship with a girl he knows is the target of an Object attack.
  • Dirty Coward: He attempted to shoot Havia in the middle of their sword fight, but missed horribly.
  • Fat Bastard: Overweight and utterly convinced that all of his problems can be solved by killing enough people.
  • Fat Idiot: He's portly and a complete moron who gets played like a fiddle.
  • Hate Sink: In-universe, he's despised by the other characters due to his gaffes and deluded elitist viewpoint.
  • I'll Kill You!: After the Information Alliance leaves him out in the cold, Flag snaps and starts screaming how he plans to kill everyone who betrayed, failed, or even talked badly about him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he ultimately meets his end, at Havia's hands.
  • Implausible Deniability: Despite being on the Rose And Lily, and being in constant contact with his staff, he tried to claim he had no knowledge of their wrongdoing in trying to assassinate Lady Vanderbilt, or tampering with her room's router.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Tried to convince Havia (and himself) that all his uncontrollable gaffe making, and war coverups, was actually beneficial to the Legitimacy Kingdom. Lady Vanderbilt "translated" it for Havia's maids into a complete mockery of his utter idiocy.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: On the receiving end of it as he was furious that one of his gaffes was uploaded for the public to see and desired to hunt down and kill anyone who saw the video.
  • It's All About Me: Combined with This Cannot Be!. Even if he did not engineer the civil war between the Winchel and Vanderbilt families, he certainly tried to exploit it to provide a distraction from his latest gaffe. He would be utterly shocked to find himself caught in the crossfire.
    "It's not supposed to be like this! I was promised absolute safety!"
  • Kill Them All: What he ultimately decides to do when his self-proclaimed "brilliant plan" of provoking the Vanderbilt and Winchester families into civil war falls apart.
    "I'll kill you! I'll kill every last person who mocks me!! Grab your guns and follow me. First is the Vanderbilt girl with her evidence! Once that's over and my position is stable, I can start a war with the Information Alliance... I'll kill them aaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllll!"
  • Little Useless Gun: Tries to shoot Havia with a small concealed handgun. Unfortunately for Flag, it's a one-shot holdout gun with an effective range of maybe five feet and that's when you're not shooting from the hip.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Thanks to Flag bungling his attack on Havia with the above gun, he's promptly stabbed in the heart.
  • No Indoor Voice: Even when his bodyguards whisper sensitive matters to him, he responds loudly, and in front of many witnesses.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claimed his gaffes and wars were beneficial to the country, but Havia didn't buy it as he killed him.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When he's not saying something that can be misconstrued, Flag is babbling things he really shouldn't be saying at all.
  • The Quisling: For the purposes of aggravating the hostility between the Winchel and Vanderbilt families, he partners with the Information Alliance. He is then dumbstruck when they explicitly leave him out to dry after Azureyfear's Object gets shut down.
  • Red Baron: Combined with Embarrassing Nickname. He's known as "The Gaffe Machine."
  • Royally Screwed Up: He's the first born prince of the Eggnog family, and he's a horrible person who uses wars to distract the press from his many, many gaffes.
  • Stunned Silence: The Information Alliance finally gets him to shut up, even if it's only for a few moments, when they remind him that they're an enemy nation, and not only have absolutely zero obligation to help him in his hour of need, but will pop open the champagne at his death because that just means he's one less enemy they'll have to face later.
  • That Came Out Wrong: He is notorious for making gaffes. The man just can not keep his mouth shut, period.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After seeing his entire team of bodyguards taken out single-handed by Havia, (one of whom accidentally fell into a helicopter's rotor and became Ludicrous Gibs), and being thrown away from Lady Vanderbilt so he could no longer threaten her, he grabs a decorative rapier, and threatens Havia with it, which allows Havia to attack him, because he just issued a formal duel challenge.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Truly epic in scale, combined with Kill Them All. When his "strategy" of inciting a civil war fell apart, he grabbed a gun and promised to kill Lady Vanderbilt, his Information Alliance contact, the Legitimacy Kingdom army, and press, and pretty much anyone who was "making fun of him."

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