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207th Training UnitA pilot training formation backed by the United Nations whose purpose is to supply new pilots to the Special Task Force A-01, the main force and military arm of the Alternative IV project.
Fresh from the world of Extra, Takeru wakes up one day in a wasteland that used to be his home town. He goes up to where his school should be and finds a military base. Eventually, he catches the interest of an alternate version of Yuuko and ends up enrolled in the Eishi program, otherwise known as the pilots of the series' mecha.
After his experiences in Unlimited, Takeru actually starts out as physically fit and competent in Alternative as he was at the end of basic training, and being commissioned as an officer in the previous world. This leaves his new squadmates in awe rather than their dismissive attitude in Unlimited.
- The Ace: Better in hand to hand combat than Meiya, an expert in military doctrine despite spacing out in class, confident, an ace pilot and more. Unlimited really changed Takeru. The only ones able to really outdo him at anything are Tamase, in sniping skills, and Meiya, in heroic resolve.
- Ace Pilot: Finds that his experiences in the Extra world on video games and roller-coasters prepare him for TSF training, and gives him abilities beyond that of his compatriots. Thanks to this, he maintains credibility when people claim he is special. People are actually in outright awe of his skill when Alternative rolls around after he retains all his skills and training from Unlimited, where he was already easily the best pilot in the squad.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: While berating Takeru, Yuuko in the Extra Branch invokes this trope, telling him that, to that world's Takeru, to that world's Sumika, and to the five billion people who will die due to his being a causality conductor, he is the unfathomable harbinger of despair that the BETA are in the world of Alternative. Therefore, he must go back to the Alternative world in order to save both.
- Apocalypse Maiden: Existing in his home world runs the risk of killing billions due to being a causality conductor. He has to remain in the BETA timeline until sorting that out, and even that only slows the effects down.
- Ascended Fanboy: First reaction over waking up in Unlimited and seeing his childhood friend's house crushed by a Humongous Mecha? "WOW! A GIANT ROBOT! COOOOOOL!" A major motivation for him for joining the Pilot Training Program is the promise of piloting a giant honest-to-goodness robot.
- Break the Cutie: The PTSD Arc, yeesh. Guy cant catch a break, can he?
- Clueless Chick Magnet: He gets called out on it late in Unlimited, where he admits that he sort of noticed but since it was such a bizarre situation for him he assumes he must have been misunderstanding. The suicide mission at the end of Alternative really hammers this in, and in the saddest way. Its not as clear as it was in Unlimited as to whether hes entirely oblivious, though. What's certain is that he didnt catch on to Meiya's feelings at least.
- Cosmic Plaything: Poor Takeru can't catch a break following Marimo's death before his very eyes, among other things.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He turns out in Unlimited to be a very dangerous TSF pilot, thanks to his skills in video games. It begins as soon as everyone realizes that he doesnt get motion sickness from all the shaking that pilots normally have to deal with.
- Dead Person Conversation: In Takeru's dream shortly after the defense of Yokohama Base.
- Doom Magnet: As a causality conductor in the Extra branch, he causes memory loss in those whom he is close with, and in return will eventually cause the ill fate of those who have died in the world of Alternative to manifest. As only one billion people had been left in the world of Alternative as compared to Extra's six billion... Shirogane, you are the BETA!
- Driven to Suicide: After Sumika gets crushed by a falling basketball board in the Extra branch, he attempts to jump off the school roof, but is stopped by Yuuko, saying that she wont let him kill off her world's Takeru.
- The Heart: He helps his squadmates break out of their shells just by caring about them. Meiya admits the girls tend to be tense and listless whenever he's gone. This isn't always a good thing though, since he has the hardest time getting over the deaths of his friends to the point where the squad starts actively keeping bad news from him so he won't get distracted.
- The Hero: He's technically not the leader of the squad except for a very brief spell in the aftermath of the defense of Yokohama), though he does have a level of not quite official authority over the rest of them.
- Heroic BSoD: He really doesn't take it well when Marimo dies... twice.
- Hot-Blooded: He tends to get brash and loud when upset, as a follow-up of his personality in Unlimited. He cools down over time following several traumatic experiences, but it still flairs up.
- Idiot Hero: Unlimited starts to show that this just isnt enough in this kind of setting. It's then Downplayed in Alternative due to the increasing seriousness of the plot. Takeru actually resolves from the outset to avoid repeating the mistakes he made in Unlimited, and proactively seeks to save Alternative IV. And in the early chapters, he seems to be succeeding. However, he lacks the fortitude and emotional maturity to cope with things going pear-shaped, and this bites him far harder than anything ever did in Unlimited. In short, despite being less of an idiot than he ever was, Takeru suffers more brutally than ever for the times he does screw up. Such is the weight of his responsibility.
- If We Get Through This...: "We're doing our punishment rounds together!" They don't.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Looks like those hours spent on Valgern-On didn't go to waste, eh?
- Image Song: Tsubasa ("Wings"), which also plays at the end of Alternative's Chapter 7, when Takeru resolves to fix the mess he had created.
- Inelegant Blubbering: In Alternative when he sees Marimo in the Extra world after seeing her Unlmited/Alternative self being brutally killed in front of him, he absolutely breaks down weeping. After regaining control of himself, he sees her again after school and does it again.
- It's All My Fault: He suffered massive guilt in the aftermath of Marimo's death, and was nearly driven mad when he caused it to happen again in the Extra branch. It takes a long time, further breakage, two interrupted suicide attempts, and more than one instance of Get A Hold Of Yourself Man before he moves past it.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: He attempts to push Sumika away after realizing that as a causality conductor he will bring ill fate to all he held dear, and runs off to die of exposure to the cold. He couldn't bring himself to go through it however, when Sumika manages to find him and warm him.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Takeru blows up Meiya along with the BETA Superior with the Susano'o's particle cannon at the end of the Original Hive mission.
- Little Hero, Big War: In Unlimited he's primarily valuable for information. Otherwise, he's just a pilot, but a very good pilot. In Alternative, hes still primarily valuable for information. However, now hes an outright amazing pilot and knows far more, which gives him far more influence.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Sumika. The only reason she didn't go completely insane and simply die from stress while a brain was the desire to see Takeru.
- The Load: In Unlimited, before his skill with a TSF becomes known, his abysmal skills at soldiering pretty much relegates him to Team Pet status.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: His close relationship with Kasumi looks rather questionable to the rest of his squad. She's actually a psychic, and must stay in close proximity to Takeru in order to facilitate Yuuko's experiments with both the Causality Conductor Theory and Alternative IV.
- Near-Rape Experience: After breaking down due to Marimo's death, Takeru nearly rapes Meiya out of frustration with what he sees as her 'get over it' attitude. Because she does not resist and even says if it would helps she will put up with it, he runs out instead.
- New Transfer Student: Into the Pilot Training Program at the start of Unlimited. Ditto in Alternative, but with his skills from the previous time this time around they seem to think hes actually overqualified instead of just some rookie.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Not once, but twice. The first instance is when he attempts to change the timeline to stop Alternative V from occurring, which unknowingly caused the 12/5 Incident to happen, an event that claimed the lives of Sakaki's father and Ayamine's possible lover, among many others. The second is when Takeru flees back to the Extra timeline, unwittingly bringing the darkness of the Alternative timeline with him.
- No Ontological Inertia: Without Sumika's desperate longing for Takeru holding him together, he fades out of existence not long after the final mission.
- No Yay: In-Universe: After his memories of previous loops begin returning and he remembers the relationships he had, Yuuko teases him if the two of them ever had one. Takeru denies it, but the conversation reminds him that one of the ways the Drowning My Sorrows incident can end up in Unlimited is with him having sex with her in an attempt to lower her guard enough to get information about Alternative IV. He doesn't remember why it happened, but the idea he might have been in a relationship with Yuuko appalls him.
- One-Man Army: A rare case in the brutal world of Muv Luv, but thanks to his skills as a pilot hes capable of this. One example is with his killing twenty Fortress-class Gravis BETA solo.
- Placebo Effect: Isumi orders him to take a second round of hypnotherapy after he returns from the PTSD arc, but since he goes willingly she merely has it set up so he thinks he got the therapy. During his next battle, he still acts as though he had the therapy.
- Ret-Gone: After Sumika, who had been sustaining his existence, dies he soon ceases to exist. Due to his nature as a quantum causality phenomenon he is wiped from the memories of everyone. The epilogue has him back in an altered version of Extra where he gets tearful at the sight of his old squadmates who had previously died. Interestingly, Kasumi is in this world now and appears to be familiar with the events of Alternative.
- Robosexual: In Alternative, the plot requires Takeru to be in love with the 00 Unit, that is actually a robot version of Sumika with her brain uploaded into a quantum computer.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Marimo gets killed, Takeru decides he's had it with this reality and attempts to go back to his home reality. This proves to be a big, BIG mistake.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- Shoot the Hostage: A rare instance where the hostage begs for it. At the end of Alternative, Meiya's TSF has been captured by the BETA Superior and is being held in front of Takeru, leaving him unable to fire Susano'o's Wave-Motion Gun at the Superior. Meiya, who was under excruciating pain from the BETA infecting her, begs him to fire; forcing Takeru to pull the trigger on his closest friend to end her suffering and save the human race.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Takeru's moments of awesome are invariably-heralded by Storm Vanguard starting up.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The Takeru we see in Unlimited and Alternative is a quantum-causality phenomenon, an amalgamation of all the Takerus in Extra, and has gone through Unlimited many times in numerous alternate timelines. Unlike Rika, however, Takeru is wiped clean at the end of each Unlimited loop (save the one which preceeded Alternative), and can only remember brief flashes from Extra and Unlimited when certain triggers are present. He had also started subconsciously absorbing memories from Unlimited / Alternative's Takeru, who had been killed off long before the start of the story.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entirety of the aptly-nicknamed PTSD arc.
In the world of Unlimited, Meiya appears to be even more of a celebrity than in Extra. However, as Unlimited is more serious than Extra, it is generally not played for laughs. While she is related to the local royalty of sorts, she tries to downplay this and seems surprised when Takeru is genuinely unable to recognize her. Personality-wise, Meiya is even more serious and stoic.
Meiya remains largely the same in Alternative, but due to the differences in Takeru, the two are more prone to arguing than before. While Meiya believes that people's livelihoods and human dignity are just as important as survival, Takeru is somewhat desperate after witnessing the events of Unlimited and sees little point in doing anything other than what it takes to defeat the BETA. She becomes Takeru's closest friend despite this. Unlike Unlimited, her self sacrificing tendencies and attachment to duty are more closely examined and she does her best to value herself more.
- Alliterative Name: Meiya Mitsurugi.
- Backup Twin: She's the Shogun's younger twin sibling. This is exploited by the main cast to great effect during the events of the 12/5 Incident.
- Body Horror: At the climax of the final battle, Meiya is entrapped and infected by the BETA Superior, an excruciatingly painful process. At first it begins taking control of her TSF; then starts infecting her own body, causing massive veins to show all over her body while causing tortuous pain. Takeru is forced to accomplish the mission by ending her suffering.
- The Confidant: To Takeru. She's the one he feels the most comfortable explain his problems to for insight.
- Dying Declaration of Love: At the moment when Takeru must give her the Coup de Grâce.
- Friend Zone: The plot requires Takeru to be in love with the 00 Unit/Sumika, but he tells Meiya that she's his closest friend, his "precious one", and trusts her more than anyone. She's clearly unhappy but hides it well enough from Takeru.
- Hair Intakes: Her hairstyle includes a pair of intakes that look like cat ears.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: After being infected by the BETA Superior, Takeru is forced to pull the trigger on her and the Superior before the process was completed, after she begs him to do it.
- Image Song: -sion- ("The Sound of Purple"). Also serves as the OP of all-ages Unlimited.
- Keigo: She's very formal.
- Knight in Shining Armor: She believes that the law exists to protect the freedoms and livelihoods of citizens, and gets into several arguments with Takeru about the difference between saving a person's reasons for living (they may die but their freedom, dignity or faith is intact), versus saving their life, and nothing else (leaving them empty and wishing they were dead).
- The Lancer: She's both the second-in-command to Sakaki and Takeru.
- Leitmotif: The eponymous Meiya.
- Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In her ending in Unlimited. She and Takeru consummate their relationship in one of the simulation pods, and she's a little freaked out at the idea at first.
- Matchmaker Crush: She helps repair Takeru's relationship with the 00 Unit Sumika despite blatantly being in love with him herself.
- More Hero Than Thou: In her ending in Unlimited, she secretly arranged for Takeru to get an emigration pass to flee with the Migrant Fleet that will leave Earth before Alternative V is implemented. Unknown to her, Takeru gets that pass changed so that she can go in his place instead. The player decides if Meiya will relent, or if the pair will resolve to die together.
- Not Afraid to Die: Her proud purpose in life was to be the Shogun's body double, so she's lived her life prepare to sacrifice it. Takeru and Tsukuyomi start to worry she might be veering too close into Martyr Without a Cause territory.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is so long it goes down to her legs.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to 00 Unit Sumika's red. Alternatively in her pilot suits to Mana's red.
- The Reliable One: He unflappable attitude and commitment to duty are a constant relief to the squad.
- Retcon: Unlimited claimed she was part of the Imperial family. Alternative turns that into being related to the Shogun instead. The actual Emperor and his family go almost completely unmentioned.
- Romantic Runner-Up: While in Extra and Unlimited the player had the choice to romance her and thus avert this, in Alternative she's firmly (and somewhat infamously) friend-zoned in favor of Sumika (though Takeru himself is never aware of Meiya's feelings for him until she confesses to him during her last moments), but still becomes the second most important person to him.note
- Samurai Ponytail: Unlike in Extra the look fits her pretty much perfectly here with her elegant and noble manner finally matching the situation. Alternative makes this even more appropriate than before by making her related to the Shogun instead of the Emperor.
- Shoot the Hostage: Though the BETA Superordinate almost certainly doesn't understand the idea of taking hostages, it unintentionally does so when it pins Meiya inside of Takeru's firing radius. She begs him to take the shot to not only complete the mission but also to stop whatever it's doing to her. He does.
- The Virus: Is infected at the end of Operation Cherry Blossom, forcing Takeru to shoot her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue.
In the world of Unlimited, Miki is the daughter of the UN Under-Secretary-General. Unlike the world of Extra, she appears much more confident, though she still fares poorly when her friends begin to fight.
While her role is largely unchanged in Alternative, as the story progresses she eventually makes strides in getting rid of her non-confrontational demeanor and sticking to her opinions more frequently.
- Animal Motif: Shes still sort of catlike in Unlimited, but the harshness of the world really downplays this. Even moreso in Alternative, but now she laughs at how Takeru calls her Tama, which is a common name for cats in Japan.
- Anime Hair: Forget the BETA, the real mystery is how Tama keeps her hair up.
- Body Horror: She ends up missing her entire body from the waist down, with her spine in clear view.
- The Chick: Interestingly enough, she's not really emotionally strong enough to actually fulfill this role properly at the start.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The state of her mangled corpse when the BETA superior shows it to Takeru leaves pretty clear that she did NOT have a painless death.
- Extreme Doormat: She's too afraid of upset others to ever speak her mind. Captain Isumi finally helped her break this mindset.
- Friendly Sniper: A Rose-Haired Sweetie who never misses a shot, carrying her skills over from Extra
- Girlish Pigtails: She's probably the most girly member of the squad with the hairstyle to match
- Hair Intakes: She has a pair of intakes that resemble cat ears, along with her rare cat ears hairstyle.
- Performance Anxiety: Similar to her Extra self, she's prone to panic when people are watching her, but it's downplayed because of the more grim tone of the Betaverse.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's a pink haired girl who wants everyone to be happy to the point of being an Extreme Doormat.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.
- You Shall Not Pass!: After her TSF is damaged during Operation Cherry Blossom, she gives her life to stall advancing BETA so Mikoto could destroy the BETA brain at the Main Hall gate in time.
While she is the same as ever in Alternative, Ayamine features prominently in the coup d'etat arc due to her connection to a certain army captain named Sagiri. As the story goes on, she puts effort into being more open.
- The Big Girl: Ayamine is quite the brawler and the tallest girl of the original squad.
- Boobs of Steel: Still.
- Call-Back: Remember the running theme about her and Sakaki never having their timing match up? Their very last scene together has them finally in sync when they set off their self destruct mechanisms.
- Determinator: Claws her TSF's way out from under a mass of Grapplers and tanks during the Original Hive assault through sheer force of will, the only pilot in the franchise who has ever managed to do so. Also counts as Normally, I Would Be Dead Now.
- The Gadfly: While it's downplayed compared to Extra and Unlimited, Kei really enjoys messing with Takeru's head.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She and Sakaki both set off their self destructs at the same time to stop a massive BETA wave.
- Image Song: Astraea, which is also used in her ending in all-ages Extra.
- Last-Name Basis: She points out that she's the only one Takeru addresses in a normal way by using her family name.
- Not So Stoic: Her screams of rage while slowly being overwhelmed by BETA during Operation Cherry Blossom are heartbreaking.
- Rebellious Spirit: If orders go against her judgment, she's likely to not follow them. Feels this way out of resentment of military authority, because of her father's imprisonment and execution, and the subsequent humiliation her family had to endure as a result.
In Unlimited, Mikoto was the token member of the squad with a normal family. However, Alternative reveals that her father is the head of the Imperial intelligence agency. Like the other girls, after a certain event she begins to work on her flaws, which in this case would be her lack of attention to what's going on around her.
- A-Cup Angst: She seems pretty gloomy about her lack of a chest. Downplayed in Alternative as it does not focus as much on romance.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Similar to her Extra self, she tends to forget what people are saying, or talking about unrelated subjects.
- Bokukko: She still keeps her boku pronoun.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Boy or girl, you can't deny that Mikoto is very odd. Takes after her old man in that.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Shes electrocuted when she manages to destroy the BETA brain by stabbing it. Judging by her screams, it was extremely painful. Judging by her face being obscured when we see inside the cockpit, it was extremely gruesome.
- Gender Bender: To Mikoto's dismay, Takerus really uncomfortable around Mikoto at first due to being used to her as being a guy.
- Gender-Blender Name: Mikoto is a unisex name, though she spells it more femininely than her Extra counterpart.
- Intimate Healing: Body warming type when Takeru gets bitten by a snake they believe to be poisonous. It turns out to be just a cold.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Learning that her father was a spy who may have caused the 12/5 coup haunts Mikoto for the rest of the story, and it's part of the reason she was willing to sacrifice herself in the Original Hive.
- So Last Season: Her amazing survivalist skills were great for cadet training, but basically useless as an actual pilot. She feels pretty bad she can no longer contribute anything special to the team.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue.
In this world, Chizuru is of course no longer a Class Rep. However, she holds a similar position as the leader of the main character's team; Squadron 207, Squad B. She's as much of a stickler for protocol as ever which causes tension with Ayamine.
While still a celebrity of sorts in Alternative as the daughter of the Prime Minister of Japan, this fact becomes mostly irrelevant. The advancing storyline shows the harm her flaws of perfectionism, by the book behavior and emotional denial can inflict, so she does her best to resolve these issues.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're darker and bushier than anyone else's.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: It was only after her father's death that she realized she joined the UN for basically no reason other than to rebel against him. She becomes listless for a while after this before deciding to follow in his footsteps into politics after the war.
- Call-Back: Remember the running theme about her and Ayamine never having their timing match up? Their very last scene together has them finally in synch when they set off their self destruct mechanisms.
- Class Representative: Takeru is too used to calling her this to switch to squad leader or her name, so he uses this as her nickname in the Unlimited. The others agree that she really does act like one, much to her chagrin. In Alternative, he starts teasing her by calling her other things after shes gotten used to it, so she insists that he keep calling her that.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She has a lot of trouble accepting sympathy and support. In Alternative, her position in the squad makes her feel as if she can't publicly mourn her father when he is killed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She and Ayamine both set off their self destructs at the same time to stop a massive BETA wave, giving the rest of their team time to reach the Big Bad.
- Image Song: Kizu wa Kaseki ni Narenai Keredo ("Won't Let My Wounds Scar"), which plays in her all-ages Extra end.
- Meganekko: She's a cute girl with glasses, albeit it's downplayed because of the Betaverse's serious tone.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her braids reach below her thighs.
- The Resenter: She admits to resenting Takeru for both being The Ace and for doing his best to make Sakaki seem amazing despite being obviously better than her. In a rare positive example, she channels this into a rivalry to improve rather than growing bitter at him.
- The Smart Girl: She's also The Leader but in practice she functions more like this due to how much of the actual leadership Takeru handles.
- Tsundere: She's strict normally, but she has a gentle side when she lets her guard down.
- You Killed My Father: To Sagiri. Subverted; she gets an arm sliced off her TSF and nearly gets killed for her troubles.
Yokohama BaseThe main base of operations for the cast of Unlimited and Alternative and one of the most important in the United Nations' 11th Force (Far East). It is also the headquarters of the Alternative IV Project, who also hosts its chief researcher, Professor Yuuko Kouzuki.
The Unlimited version of Yuuko is the reason Takeru isn't kept in prison throughout the story. She is a renowned physicist and is second-in-command of Yokohama Base, which occupies the same location of his school in Extra. She takes an odd interest in Takeru and grants him a security clearance level far above what he would normally have for his rank, and welcomes him to train with the other TSF cadets of Training Squadron 207. She is the head scientist of the top-secret project, Alternative IV, a United Nations sponsored plan to help humanity push back the BETA invasion.
Yuuko's role is greatly expanded in Alternative as compared to Unlimited. Determined to prevent Alternative V from taking place, Takeru involves himself closely with her Alternative IV program in the hopes of making it succeed this time. In the process, he learns far more about this world's version of the crazy teacher he knew. Turns out, she's pragmatic to the extent that she horrifies Takeru on occasion.
- Ascended Extra: She was largely in the background of Unlimited, dropping plenty of Chekhovs Guns everywhere. But in Alternative, Takeru forces himself into Yuuko's plans.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Shes still weird in Unlimited. Here, her oddity is expressed in how little regard she has for her position despite her extremely high rank and clearance level. In Alternative, she's still way too informal to her subordinates, but she's incredibly intelligent, cunning, and chillingly determined, willing to pay any cost to see Alternative IV through.
- Dead Person Conversation: With Marimo near the end, showing that she was lying when she said she was just another pawn.
- Ditzy Genius: Much like her Extra counterpart. She's incredibly eccentric, but she's still humanity's best hope of survival.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After failing to complete Alternative IV at the end of Unlimited, humanity has no choice but to fall back on Alternative V.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Her Alternative self is not nearly as heartless as she tries to act, nor was she telling the truth when she said things like Marimo merely being one of her pawns. This was hinted at earlier, when she abruptly (and without her usual cool) cuts off a drugged Takeru as he was recounting Marimo's last moments in graphic detail.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The patron saint of this trope in this series. She does plenty of things such as sit on the knowledge of a BETA attack, use it to collect samples of BETA, releasing those samples inside the base to rattle up the troops (making her partially responsible for Marimo's death), and her manipulations of nearly everyone in the cast, that skirt ethical boundaries and disturb even her Extra counterpart. All to prevent human extinction by the BETA.
- Kick the Dog: While her actions such as unleashing BETA on her own base to test military readiness gets an in-story excuse, the main purpose is to show that she's rather morally ambiguous and willing to sacrifice almost anything for her goals.
- Manipulative Bitch: She resorts to some truly underhanded tactics in order to bring Alternative IV to fruition and to ensure victory against the BETA. It all comes to a head in the PTSD arc, where she actually allows a mentally fraught Takeru to escape back to the '"Extra'' verse, knowing full well the horrors that await him, because it just so happened to fit into her long-term plans anyway. Takeru eventually realizes this, but refuses to blame her for his mistakes because he doesn't want to play the victim.
- Metaphorically True: Is very fond of using these, even when she gives vital information.
- Ms. Exposition: Being one of the UN's top scientists, with access to a massive amount of classified information and influence as the de-facto head of Alternative IV, she is very much in the know and fills Takeru in on the details, when she feels she needs to...
- Necessarily Evil: Take her Extra self, drop a lot of the comedy and make her highly manipulative and this is what you get in Alternative, to the point that Takeru is somewhat horrified by her. Her Extra self also appears appalled at how manipulative and cruel she can be. The story and Takeru largely agree that her rather manipulative behavior and disregard for sacrifices is necessary, and she gives Takeru the opportunity to shoot her twice. The first time is if he feels her behavior is unforgivable and the second time is after everything is all over. There is a reason why Takeru, while remembering the Arc Words of the coup d'etat arc, immediately thinks of her.
- Pet the Dog: Opposite of Kick the Dog, later events in the story such as reassuring Isumi that her sister is okay before Isumi dies, the Dead Person Conversation moment above and comforting Takeru before he vanishes serve no purpose for her goals and took both effort and influence on her part.
- Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Yuuko twice offers Takeru her gun, telling him that he's free to go ahead and gun her down if he thinks what she's doing is too much; she's set up the system to go on without her, anyway. Takeru refuses both times.
- Plot Device All Along: Yuuko is sometimes seen working on a mysterious glowing apparatus with a brain inside it. Said apparatus is located in the deepest part of Yokohama Base, accessible only by personnel with the highest clearance level. It is a key part of the Alternative IV plan, and is vital to the later half of Alternative.
- Pragmatic Hero: Determined to not let Alternative V happen, Yuuko goes to extreme lengths to ensure Alternative IV will succeed and give humanity a fighting chance. In pursuit of this goal, she repeatedly manipulates members of the cast, displays a chilling willingness to Kick the Dog if necessary, deliberately causes a BETA attack to test a potentially game-changing TSF control system (inadvertently causing the death of her best friend), and even transplants the contents of a BETA attack survivor's brain into a cybernetic body, leaving the survivor driven half insane by the process (and technically killing her). Aware of everything she has done, she even offers Takeru the chance to shoot her for these things. He refuses.
- Shipper on Deck: Its shown that her Extra self really was trying to hook up Marimo with Takeru. She also wants Takeru to sleep with Unit 00, but in that case she doesnt even pretend its for Takerus sake: It will help keep Sumika stable.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
In the world of Unlimited/Alternative Marimo Jinguuji is the drill sergeant and instructor of Training Squadron 207, which Takeru joins early on.
- Broken Bird: While it doesn't show, her constant failures to protect her friends left her broken and insecure.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Marimo was well-known in the Japanese fandom (as well as the then-nascent Western fandom) as the most infamous example of HEADCHOMP before Mami (incidentally voiced by Akane's VA) came on the scene.
- Death Seeker: Sought to die in combat as atonement for being the sole survivor of squadron she commanded on their very first mission, but kept surviving battles, while losing comrades and subordinates, again and again. She finally joins them in The Unforgiven, heralding the start of the PTSD arc.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: As Michiru remembered her in the story she told Takeru in the aftermath of Marimo's death in Alternative. The full extent of her nastiness is revealed in the sidestory Confession where, among other things, she kicks Michiru's fallen fellow cadet during training until the latter stands up, and later forces Michiru to drink from a puddle after making her run long and hard, while delivering a verbal beatdown that would have made Sergeant Hartmann proud. She's mellowed out by the actual game, however, and while still very strict, is a bit more open with her kind and helpful nature.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Twice actually. First, we have CHOMP. When Takeru tries to flee back to the Extra universe, Marimo's Extra counterpart gets shoved headfirst into a meat grinder..
- Gorn: See above and below.
- Gut Punch: Her head is basically exploded by the BETA right as she's calming Takeru down. The story gets very unpleasant for him from here.
- Hair Intakes: The two "cat ears" in her hair.
- Image Song: Calling, which serves double duty as the ED of Muv-Luv Alternative Chronicles sidestories.
- In-Series Nickname: "Mad Dog" in both worlds, though the reason differs: In Extra it's due to her insatiable "appetite" (especially when drunk). In Unlimited/Alternative it's due to people seeing her taking out her angst on, and effortlessly beating up, Michiru when the latter attempted to beat her up in the aftermath of a training accident which two of Michiru's squadmates.
- Majorly Awesome: She is an Imperial Army major [[spoilertemporarily on loan to Alternative IV]] as a drill sergeant.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Probably one of the messiest on-screen examples of this trope in action, twice.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Before gaining her "Mad Dog" epithet she was known as the "Shinigami" in Unlimited/Alternative, the infamous pilot whose squadmates in every battle always meet death. She wanted to die with them the whole time, too. Ouch.
- Sacrificial Lion: Her death is where Cerebus Syndrome hits the story hard. Once she could die, so could anyone else.
- Sensei-chan: Takeru keeps calling her "Marimo-chan" in Unlimited, though now its outright insubordination and gets a harsher reaction. By Alternative, he's really trying hard not to call her Marimo-chan. After he graduates, she gives him permission to call her that. And one sign that Takeru had moved on from the PTSD arc is that he refers to her exclusively by her correct military designation from that point on.
- Sergeant Rock: In Alternative she constantly reminds Takeru and his squadmates of many important things, things she herself learned the hard way in her past.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Indelibly traumatized by her first mission in Operation 9-6, when fighting as an Imperial TSF pilot she tended to Attack! Attack! Attack! like a mad dog to earn the death she had sought. Ironically she kept on breathing while her comrades and subordinates kept dying... and her exploits in battle became well-known, getting her a promotion to Major.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: She was having an uplifting conversation during a quiet moment with Takeru when he turned to see her being Eaten Alive.
- Survivor Guilt: See Death Seeker and Shell-Shocked Veteran above.
- Teacher/Student Romance: In Alternative, it's more or less confirmed that Marimo almost certainly did like Takeru back in Extra if the final words of Yuuko on the matter are anything to go on. Specifically she says that maybe Marimo's taste was better than she thought.
Kasumi Yashiro /Trista estina
After returning from the world of Unlimited, Takeru vows to himself to get to know Kasumi better so he has more success influencing Alternative IV. In the process, she reminds him even more of Sumika than she did the first time.
- All There in the Manual: The manga adaptation of Alternative has her first meeting with Yuuko, where she tells her the name she was given as a Designer Baby from Alternative III.
- Animal-Eared Headband: One of the great mysteries of Muv-Luv goes unrevealed - Why does Kasumi wear bunny ears?
- Ascended Extra: Kasumi is much more important than she was in Unlimited and in the ending has been 'promoted' to the world of Extra thanks to Sumika.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She opens up more and more in the course of the story.
- Distant Finale: 48 years after the events of Alternative, the manga adaptation reveals that she is now the first Superintendent of the Union of Mankind. Yes, the once-taciturn laboratory assistant of Yuuko is now the first supreme leader of humanity itself.
- Emotionless Girl: Early on, she has next to no emotions at all.
- Expressive Accessory: Her rabbit ear headband thing tends to poke up when she's startled.
- Girlish Pigtails: They look like floppy rabbit's ears.
- Leitmotif: The eponymous Mistnote .
- Mystical White Hair: She's a silver-haired girl with psychic powers.
- Precocious Crush: She develops one for Takeru. She's not sure if Sumika's memories cause it, but she doesn't really care.
- Psychic Powers: She was bred to have them, as one of the few survivors of Alternative Plan III.
- The Quiet One: She heardly ever talks, though she opens up over time.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her twintails go past her hips.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Silver hair, pale skin, appears mysterious, emotionless and strange, opens up over the course of the story and has psychic powers.
- Significant Anagram: "Kasumi" -> "Sumika." Constantly viewing Sumika's memories has cause Kasumi to internalize them.
- Sole Survivor: Shes the only survivor of Operation Cherry Blossom; Takeru and her were the only ones not killed in battle. Sumika uses up the last of her "lifeforce" to power up the Susano'o's Particle Cannon and destroy Target A, and Takeru eventually ceases to exist, though he technically lives through the mission as well.
- Something Only They Would Say: She tends to unsettle Takeru by saying or doing things exactly like Sumika did, though he eventually realizes she's just recreating events from his memory. While that's true, she's also been reading Sumika's brain in the jar.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's a nice girl, but also very stoic and quiet.
- Terrible Artist: She likes to draw and uses it as a focus to keep Takeru anchored but she's not very good at it.
- You Are Number 6: Her true name, Trista estina, designates her as the 300th individual of the sixth generation of Alternative III psykers - the last one made, in fact.
- Wham Line: "Takeru-chan, you do not understand!"
One of the new characters in Unlimited, Provisional Sergeant Major Kyozuka serves the role of a cafeteria lady in Yokohama Base's Post Exchange (military store/cafeteria). She is a kind, burly woman, supporting Takeru and the rest of Training Squadron 207 from the sidelines.
Her role remains largely the same in Alternative, and she brings a motherly touch and an aura of lightness that is the source of several rare happier moments in Alternative.
- Team Mom: To Takeru and the rest of his squad.
One of the new characters in Unlimited, U.N. Brigadier General Radhabinod is the commander of Yokohama Base, officially outranking even Professor Yuuko. He is only mentioned until he appears late in the story to deliver some very grave news; the failure of the Alternative IV plan. As a result, his command of Yokohama Base is confiscated, and all base personnel will be reassigned to different bases across the world in preparation for Alternative V.
- The Brigadier: He is a U.N. Brigadier General, always rational, never losing his cool and always tries to do the best with the forces he has. This is especially evident during the Defence of Yokohama Base in Chapter 9, where he barely manages to save Alternative IV from an overwhelming BETA assault, at the expense of virtually the entire base garrison of 14,000 soldiers.
- Mr. Exposition: In Unlimited, the main purpose of his appearance is to herald the dire events of the ending.
- Rousing Speech / It Has Been an Honor: In the wake of the costly Defence of Yokohama Base, he gives a speech prior to the launching of the largest offensive in human history, Operation Ouka. In this speech, he gives the Valkyries a final sendoff as they depart to fulfill their role in the operation, to implement Alternative IV, or die trying.Listen to the voices of those sleeping in the Earth.Listen to the voices of those who met their end in the sea.Listen to the voices of those lost to the sky.....the time has come for their dying wishes to be fulfilled.
Originally the all-female 9th squadron of the wing-sized (12 squadrons of 9 TSFs each) Special Task Force VF-A01 of the United Nations, Isumi's Valkyries became synonymous with the task force after the latter suffered extreme attrition due to being routinely-deployed on high-risk, high-mortality missions. After graduation, Takeru and the rest of the 207th Training Squadron join the Valkyries.
The squadron took part in the momentous battles at Sadogashima, Yokohama and Kashgar, cumulatively sustaining 100% casualties, with all members killed or severely-wounded in action.
Second eldest of the Isumi sisters and a heroine in age's debut game Kimi ga ita Kisetsu. Michiru is the commander of the 9th Squadron ("Valkyries") of Special Task Force A-01, becoming the de facto leader of the latter after the 9th remained the sole surviving unit.
- Always Someone Better: She sees her elder sister Yayoi as this. Despite having the option of getting into government service like Yayoi, she refuses to consider the idea and enlists in the military instead, due to not wanting to become like her elder sister.
- The Captain: Of the Valkyries.
- Death Notification: The official explanation given for Michiru's death was an explosion of her TSF's jump units during a training accident on the day of the Sadogashima hive assault.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Confessions goes further into her final moments, one major thing is her declaring her love for Masaki and his happiness being enough for her.
- It's All My Fault: Like Takeru, she feels like she could have prevented Marimo's death if she had just been more careful and aware. And because she knows the BETA that killed her were the BETA Isumi had captured.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Takeru's new mentor after the death of Marimo. She meets her end shortly after.
- Parting Words Regret: Inverted; she wanted to see the cherry trees blossom one more time.
- See You in Hell: She gives a good-natured one to Yuuko before her death due to the horrible things they've had to do.
- Sibling Rivalry: The Isumi sisters' competition for Masaki's affections carry over from their original game to the world of Alternative.
- Taking You with Me: She wipes out the Sadogashima Hive, along with the entire island, by self-destructing the Susano'o Mark II.
Reappearing again after a small role in Extra, in Alternative, Kashiwagi is revealed to be one of the mid-range combat specialists of U.N. Special Task Force A-01. She appears to nurse a clinical and detached attitude whenever possible in hopes of completing the mission as successfully as possible.
- Ascended Extra: She goes from a secondary character in Extra to one of the members of the Valkyries in Alternative, getting new characterization.
- Hypocrite: For all her talk of abandoning a wounded comrade she ultimately died trying to rescue Isumi even though she was ordered to take Isumi's TSF and flee.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: While guarding the Susano'o Mark II as Michiru tries to reactivate it at Sadogashima, Haruko is overwhelmed by attacking BETA and impaled by a Fortress class tail stinger, killing her instantly.
Originally from Rumbling Hearts, Mitsuki is Haruka's best friend and rival for the affections of a certain guy, and constantly engages in playful rivalry with her. She is the second-in-command of the Valkyries, and as their best front-liner, occuping the elite Storm Vanguard 1 position.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the defense of Yokohama Base from an invading BETA horde, she attempts to disable them by destroying the BETA reactor at the base's lowest level. Due to her preparations for remote detonation of S-11 explosives getting sabotaged by BETA, she opts for manual detonation at the cost of her life.
- The Rival: She keeps trying to match up to Takeru until the Sadogashima mission, at which point it becomes clear that hes far better at piloting than her.
Haruka is the elder Suzumiya sister. Due to an accident during training, she lost her legs. However, thanks to the more advanced medical technology in the world of Alternative she managed to procure prosthetic legs of such high quality that Takeru did not even notice. Unfortunately, the legs do not mesh up perfectly with her and thus while she is completely inconvenienced in her normal life, she cannot pilot a TSF anymore and instead works as Mission Control.
- Mission Control: For the Valkyries; her call sign is "Valkyrie Mum".
- Off with Her Head!: Takeru sees a smear in the glass wall of the control room and a Warrior-class BETA where her head should have been. The manga is more explicit, showing the warrior class BETA smash her head against the wall while she trying to shut down the Yokohama Hive reactor. .
- Where It All Began: The rusted military vehicle which Takeru and Mikoto encountered during the combat evaluation was the one which crushed Haruka's legs during their own evaluation. The accident (also involving a trainee's death due to being run over) was the reason for the discontinuation of using that vehicle.
Munakata is one of the senior members of Isumi's Valkyries. Though she tends to enjoy teasing others, especially Hayase and Takeru, she's actually an effective subcommander and fairly insightful.
- The Gadfly: Even more so than Ayamine. She picks on Mitsuki and Takeru endlessly. The fact that she can do so that easily means she ends up respecting them both.
- Put on a Bus: She gets critically injured during the defence of Yokohama Base, and was fighting for her life in hospital at the end of Alternative, missing out on Operation Cherry Blossom.
- The Tease: Though it's just an act.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Touko's girly girl.
Kazama is the most senior 2nd Lieutenant in A-01 and a friend of Munakata's. She's quieter than Takeru, but people say she can be pretty scary despite her laid back demeanor.
- Ojou: She's the most refined and cultured member of the Valkyries.
- Put on a Bus: She gets critically injured during the defence of Yokohama Base, and was fighting for her life at the end of Alternative, missing out on Operation Cherry Blossom.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Munakata's tomboy.
In the world of Alternative Akane is still quite talented, but her emotions frequently get the better of her on occasion, leading her to not getting the Storm Vanguard position she'd prefer. She's also a huge Hayase fangirl and is initially a little jealous of Takeru's instant recognition and sheer ability, though she warms up quickly enough.
- Always Someone Better: Shes a little annoyed that Takeru is so much better of a pilot than she is.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Although she lost her older sister, her idol in life, her best friend, and all her comrades from her old training squadron... as of 2003, at the beginning of humanity's counterattack, she's been appointed as the reactivated Valkyrie Squadron's B-Flight Leader, a.k.a. the coveted role of Storm Vanguard 1.
- Unknown Rival: She wants to compete with Takeru but shes a little too unstable and not nearly good enough as a pilot.
The 00 Unit / Sumika Kagami
The 00 Unit is an artificial construct created by Yuuko. Being humanity's last, best hope for victory against the BETA, it's construction was the ultimate end goal of Alternative IV. She turns out to be a advanced cyborg created from humanity's best technology at the time, able to perfectly imitate humans thanks to a Brain Uploading, gifted with Super Strength, enhanced intelligence and telepathic powers. The very first 00 Unit was created with the remains of the Sole Survivor of the Yokohama Hive: Sumika Kagami, reduced to a brain with a spine.
- And I Must Scream: The only reason she didn't go completely insane and simply die from stress while a brain was the desire to see Takeru and the mental stimulation received from Kasumi. Even then she's pretty screwed up for awhile after getting a new body. In fact, they went through all the trouble to build her a body to prevent any more mental trauma from occuring.
- Bad Liar: She obviously contradicts herself a lot while lying and will only make blatant deflections when confronted on them.
- Brain in a Jar: She wasn't the only one, merely the only one that was rescued alive.
- Brain Uploading: She is actually a robot version of Sumika with her brain uploaded into a quantum computer.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: We learn near the end of Alternative just how clingy and jealous she can be in her subconsciousness, though there's little she could have done about it. After she's returned to mental stability, she does what she can to end Takeru's status as a causality conductor.
- Damaged Soul: When brought Back from the Dead as the 00 Unit, this is what appears to be happening. It's not because of the process, though, but what happened before that. Also, she gets better.
- Death Seeker: Due to feeling guilt for events that were COMPLETELY out of her control. Namely, the realization that she was transfering vital information to the BETA during her "cleansing" periods, and that she essentially fucked up the Extraverse by pulling the essence of every version of Takeru that rejected her (along with the memories of the one that didn't) to create the Takeru we see in Unlimited while making him a Causality Conductor in the process, and THEN erasing the memories of every romance that Takeru had during every loop of Unlimited so she could have him all for herself during Alternative. She did this all subconsciously and without even being aware that she actually did it, and so when it finally dawns on her she sees death as the only means to make up for her "sins".
- Defiled Forever: She doesn't even see herself as human after the BETA's sexual experiments. Even beyond the physical acts she's disgusted and ashamed at how they made her like it and actively participate. Takeru makes it clear he doesn't think any less of her for it.
- Forced to Watch: She had to watch the Soldier BETA eat her Takeru alive after he fought to protect her.
- Hair Intakes: She has a rather impressive pair of intakes that look like cat ears.
- Heroic Second Wind: Sumika was moved by Meiya's words and actions defending Takeru from the Superordinate, and poured the last of her strength in reactivating the drained Susano'o for one final particle cannon blast. Also qualifies as Cast from Lifespan, as she was the sole remaining source of Element G within the Susano'o at the time after the Superior drained all energy from it.
- Idiot Hair: Supercomputer or not, she's still Sumika.
- Image Song: Divergence. Also Muv-Luv, the OP and ED of the entire series, by Word of God.
- The Last Dance: From her realization as the (inadvertent) Manchurian Agent for the BETA every time she linked up with the hive reactor for ODL fluid purification during the defense of Yokohama Base to the Kashgar assault, she had 72 hours before the ODL in her completely breaks down, causing her death. As said above, she didn't intend to return from the final battle, and wanted to go in alone to confront the BETA Superordinate, hoping to blow it up and herself along with it.
- Must Make Amends: She tries to make up for both being an accidental BETA spy and turning Takeru into a causality conductor by first having the Yokohama reactor destroyed, then pushing herself to destroy the Original Hive.
- One-Way Trip: She never intended to survive the Original Hive mission, and originally wanted to be sent in alone.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: So patient that it caused her to become the source of the Causality Conductor effect, the cross-dimensional power that brought Takeru to the BETA-infested world in the first place.
- Power Limiter: Her ribbon contains tech to stop her from reading the minds of certain individuals. She appears to approve of this function.
- Psychic Powers: She can read minds. She can't read Yuuko due to not having the clearance level to know what Yuuko does and she eventually had Takeru sealed off because Takeru can remember things from previous loops that would really hurt Sumika.
- Rape as Backstory: Apparently, the BETA were experimenting with how to subdue humans via sexual pleasure for some reason. Cue numerous strange fetishes played completely for Fan Disservice.
- Rapunzel Hair: Like the original, her hair goes down to her legs.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Meiya's blue.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Her robot body mimics all aspects of a human's, putting her quite close to Artificial Human territory.
- Robot Girl: She's a robot with the appearance of a young girl with the exact same looks she had as a human. Her creation was the ultimate goal of Alternative IV, the creation of a silicon-based lifeform with human intelligence, that can negotiate with the BETA, who seem to recognize silicon based life-forms as the only possible type of life. Alternatively, she can be used to glean intelligence from the BETA by using her psychic powers to scan a Hive Reactor.
- Robot Names: 00 Unit.
- Satellite Love Interest: This is literally her entire gimmick; she really, REALLY likes Takeru. However, it was this love that helped manifest the resident sci-fi magic which allowed an amalgamation of Extra's Takerus to form in her Unlimited/Alternative world.
- Sixth Ranger: Joining up with the main cast about three quarters of the way through the story, the 00 Unit plays a critical role in the finale.
- Sole Survivor: In Unlimited/Alternative, of a BETA attack. Well, if you call being reduced to a brain and a spinal cord surviving...
- Survival Mantra: "I want to see Takeru-chan again." It was the only thing that let her keep her sanity, though it also made him a causality conductor.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her strong desire to see Takeru again caused him to become a causality conductor, meaning her world could never move forward and his world was doomed to share its fate until he was set free.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about her, being a Late-Arrival Spoiler whose existence is merely mentioned at first.
Empire of JapanOne of the still existing eastern powers in the Betaverse, led by both the Shogunate and the Imperial family unlike the Extraverse Japan. Being an island, the nation was safe from BETA attacks for more than 20 years until 1998, which saw the very first attacks on the Empire following the invasion of the Korean peninsula and caused half of the country to fall.
By 2001, the Empire was cleared of its invaders thanks to a very controversial event: The Operation Lucifer, backed by the United Nations, was one of the few successful offensive operations against the BETA, which saw the use of the first two G-Bombs, made from extraterrestial resources, neutralizing the Yokohama Hive and destroying most of its monument with a few layers underground. While a victory for humanity, the event left many of the soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army and the government resentful, following the forceful establishment of a new UN Base in Japan due to its weakened state after the invasion of 1998 and the widespread destruction caused by the two G-Bombs.
The Shogun of the Empire of Japan in Unlimited/Alternative.
- The Chains of Commanding: Especially evident during the 12/5 Incident. Reminding us that she's still only a teenager, she harbours immense guilt for all the people hurt or killed by the rebel forces in her name, all the soldiers that died protecting/rescuing her (including foreign troops AND the rebels), and the assassination of many of her most loyal servants at the opening stages of the coup. She feels directly responsible for all of their deaths because the fact that the coup even happened tells her that she has failed her people in leading them.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In Extra, it was mentioned that Meiya had an older twin who was supposed to be the one inheriting everything. In the world of Unlimited and Final Extra, the accident she died in never occurred.
- The High Queen: Or the Shogun, in this setting. Notable in which the Emperor is still present, but has the same function that he has in the real world. Before the coup d'etat she in turn was nominally a figurehead, with all power effectively in the hands of the Prime Minister.
- Honor Before Reason: In the latter stages of the Coup Arc, with a clean escape from the rebel forces now impossible, she states her intention to speak with the rebel ringleader, Captain Sagiri, in person. Not to surrender to him or legitimize his coup, but to slay him with her own hand to avenge the lives lost, and give Captain Sagiri an honorable death for his pure, but misguided attempts to fix Japan.
- Keigo: Even more so than her twin sister Meiya, if it were even possible.
- Leitmotif: Noble Blood.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's the single most powerful individual of Japan, who happens to help the heroes during the 12/5 Incident.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As the Shogun, she is the head of the Japanese military, and is trained accordingly in the arts of TSF combat. She also deeply cares about the common people, and in turn, virtually all the Japanese characters treat her with both awe and immense reverence. During the 12/5 Incident, the rebel faction's main objective is to capture the Shogun and implore her to legitimize their overthrow of the Japanese government and their takeover of Tokyo. Fearing for the safety of her subjects, she secretly evacuates from the capital with only a handful of her most loyal retainers and deliberately leaks news of her escape, causing rebel forces to scatter away from the capital in search for her. Essentially, she uses herself as bait to spare her people additional hardship that would ensue from costly collateral damage if fighting continued in the capital.
- Sibling Triangle: She's competing with Meiya for Takeru's affection in the Final Extra epilogue.
- The Stoic: Throughout all the trying events of the 12/5 Incident, she never falters under the pressure, and even manages to bolster the flagging morale of her protectors, even when they were surrounded by rebel forces.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: She is not much older than Takeru (who is around 17-18 years old), but offers him thought-provoking counsel that shapes his motivations throughout the later half of the story. As shown above, she also utters the Arc Words of the 12/5 Incident Arc.
Unlike in Extra, this Tsukuyomi is far more harsh and serious than the one Takeru knows. She is extremely suspicious of him, revealing that she cares every bit as much about Meiya in this world as she did in Extra. She is constantly accompanied by her three subordinates: Kaimyo, Tomoe and Ebisu.
She goes by Lieutenant Tsukuyomi, the commanding officer of the 19th Independent Guards Flight, a unit within the elite Japanese Imperial Royal Guards. She remains Meiya's loyal confidant and protector, as she was in Extra/Unlimited. While Tsukuyomi starts every bit as suspicious of Takeru as she did in Unlimited, he manages to make a good impression on her unintentionally and she comes to greatly respect him.
- Ace Pilot: A member of the elite of the Imperial Royal Guards, she is probably the deadliest pilot out of the entire cast. It helps that she pilots a red variant of the high performing Type-00F Takemikazuchi, reserved only for bodyguards of the Shogun and those of her close relatives.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair with matching jade green eyes.
- Darker and Edgier: As compared with her Extra counterpart, Tsukuyomi is a stone-cold, terrifyingly disciplined badass with virtually none of the former's antics to take the edge off. Just like in Unlimited.
- Old Retainer: While not old by any means, she has looked after Meiya for many years, and is a mother figure to her in many ways. While she is on a First-Name Basis with her charge, she refuses to address her with anything less than the highest Japanese honorifics (e.g. Meiya-sama).
- Praetorian Guard: She serves as a member of the elite Japanese Imperial Royal Guard, specifically the 19th Independent Guards Flight, along with her subordinates Kamiyo, Tomoe and Ebisu. They were directed by the Shogun (Meiya's twin sister), to protect Meiya while she assists with Alternative IV.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In their pilot suits, Red to Meiya's blue.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Yes, she does one of these in her TSF versus Sagiri.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has aquamarine hair.
A captain and commander of the Imperial Army's 1st Tactical Armored Regiment, part of the elite Tokyo garrison.
- All There in the Manual: Additional motivations for his coup. Hinted throughout the game, but explored more by supplementary material, humanity launched Operation Lucifer to retake the Japanese mainland after the loss of Kyoto to the BETA. Backed by the United Nations, the U.S. and other South-East Asian nations, the Japanese-led offensive went well until they needed to assault the BETA's only Hive on Japanese soil: the Yokohama Hive, over which Yokohama Base would be built for the purpose of Alternative IV. The United States, acting consistently with their in-universe diplomatic reputation convinces UN Command to destroy the Hive with experimental G-Bombs. While the G-Bombs do the job and win humanity's first victory after almost 20 years of defeats, the suddenness of the G-Bomb strike order forced allied forces in the blast radius to start a chaotic retreat; during which many avoidable casualties were sustained by the Japanese. The Japanese Government is furious with the Americans for both the casualties and using their country as a test subject for an untested weapon of mass destruction. Sagiri himself is horrified, as he saw the effects of the weapon first-hand. He holds the Japanese Government responsible for not fighting hard enough to stop the G-Bomb strike, thus playing a key motivator for his coup.
- Death Seeker: By the end of the coup, it is implied that Sagiri realizes that the crimes he and his men have committed were wrong and unforgivable, but their adherence to their honour and ideals forbade them from taking a less bloody course. Stuck at this irrresolvable impasse with the Shogun unlikely to grant them clemency for their crimes, it is heavily implied that Sagiri now only desires an honourable death by the hand of the Shogun herself rather than being tried in a court by the government he despises and sentenced to a dishonourable execution. This explains his willingness to have an audience with her, in spite being the ringleader of the coup.
- Honor Before Reason: Demonstrated by his timing of and actions during the coup, at a time where Japan is extremely vulnerable to BETA attack. Meiya (disguised as the Shogun) nearly even manages to bring a peaceful end to the coup by appealing to his honor.
- Japanese Spirit: Embodies the Chie of YAMATO DAMASHII, showing how absolute devotion to an ideal can sometimes backfire horribly and cause much more harm than good.
- No Place for Me There: He understands that, regardless of the outcome, he and his men will be executed in a post-coup Japan. As he puts it, his faction is the metaphorical snow that melts and washes away the filth on the eve of springtide.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Yes, he does one of these in his TSF versus Tsukuyomi. He loses, gaining the death he sought.
- Tragic Villain: A gifted soldier, both blessed and cursed with unshakable ideals and convictions, he witnessed his mentor disgraced and put to death unjustly by the government he was sworn to serve, now irreparably corrupted in his eyes by self-interest and the ill intent of opportunistic foreign powers. He attempted to cleanse it the only way he knew how, but at the worst possible time, and was outgambitted by both the protagonists trying to escape him, and said foreign powers who were implied to force his mostly non-violent coup into an all out shooting gallery. With the moral high ground of his coup lost, he fights to the death, taking down Major Walken before being struck down himself. While his methods were unjust, his ideals were pure, inspiring the Shogun he fought for to lead a more compassionate, protective Japan. He and others also inspired the protagonist himself; who gains new understanding and heroic resolve from their dedication.
- Villain Has a Point: Sagiri's methods, while unjustifiable, were born out of protest against the direction he thought the Japanese government was heading. Though the government should do it's best to save as many people's lives as possible, he hates that was done so in ways that robbed the people of everything else that mattered to them. Many were drugged and kidnapped from their homes, forcing them against their will to live lives barely worth living in squalid, overcrowded and underfunded refugee camps. In short, the government may have saved their lives, but sacrificed their human dignity and reasons for living without a second thought. Witnessing his homeland being used to test G-Bombs at the behest of foreign powers did not help matters.
- The Captain: In Alternative, he's the captain of the Destroyer-class Hyper Surface Shuttle Transporter Yuunagi.
- Captain Ersatz: He's a living tribute to Initial D and its protagonist.
- Call-Back: His last words are almost identical to his "last words" in Meiya's Extra route.
- Taking the Bullet: When the XG-70d carrying Takeru, Sumika and Yashiro is getting fired on during the orbital drop, he's captaining the first shuttle that throws itself in the way of the lasers. Others follow in his example, enabling the XG-70d to survive reentry and deploy into the Original Hive.
The commander of the 16th Battalion of the Japanese Imperial Royal Guard, Ikaruga is the current head of his family, which is one of the five among which the Shogun is chosen (The Koubuin family, from whom the current Shogun hails, is another). Tsukuyomi is a subordinate.
He appears at the Sadogashima Hive battle, arriving with his battalion to stabilize the front line and saving an Imperial Army grunt.
Also appears in Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After.
- Ace Custom: His blue Takemikazuchi is the Type-00R variant, equal in performance to the Shogun's personal TSF.
- All There in the Manual: Yui Takamura's prequel sidestory reveals that he was the moving spirit and head of development for the Type-00 Takemikazuchi.
- Ascended Extra: Much more prominent in Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After and subsequent works.
- Big Damn Heroes: Appears in a very short scene during the battle of Sadogashima, in which he saves Akira Isumi just as her TSF was surrounded by BETA and about to be destroyed by a Grappler.
- Keigo: Very high and archaic-sounding, like Meiya.
- No Name Given: Ingame, he is known only as the Commander of the 16th Battalion of the Imperial Royal Guard. "Takatsugu Ikaruga", his name, is only given in side materials and later, The Day After.
- Praetorian Guard: Part and parcel for the Royal Guard.
While still Miki's father, this Genjyousai is the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; possibly the highest ranking individual to appear in person in-story. He makes his appearance when he conducts a ceremonial inspection of Yokohama Base, which is one of the largest UN bases in the setting. He also drops by to visit his daughter, over whom he is just as doting as his Extra counterpart.
After a small role there, Genjyousai returns for an even smaller role in Alternative. However, this time he is actually more important to the plot as he helps bring in American aid to deal with Sagiri's coup, though Miki is depressed at the thought that her father may have selfishly dragged other nations into the conflict.
- Badass Mustache: Toned way down from Extra. While they're no longer shaped like boomerangs, the 'stache is still respectable, befitting his position.
- The Gadfly: Its noted that hes largely messing with his daughter when he does the inspection in Alternative. He appears to know perfectly well that shes not really the squad leader, so he has as much fun as possible trolling both his daughter and her friends, especially Takeru.
- I Want Grandkids: After heaping praise and approval on Takeru, he invokes this trope, telling him to look after Miki for him, in front of the rest of their squadmates. Based on this, it's fairly obvious what Miki's been telling her dad.
- Large Ham: On full display when doting on his beloved daughter, much to the chagrin of all who are watching. Downplayed in Alternative, being overshadowed by frankness and serious concern over the progress of Alternative IV and with the threat that Sagiri's coup could pose to the former.
Irma is a kind Finnish woman who makes friends with Miki. She reassures her that not everyone in America is completely selfish and that she is in fact a volunteer soldier. She invites Miki to visit her homeland when it is retaken. She does not survive the battle.
- Fighting for a Homeland: She fights in the hope that one day she can help reclaim Finland (long destroyed by the BETA), and rebuild her family's home.
- Manchurian Agent: Without permission from Major Walken, she fired the shot which turned the tense coup negotiations (which were on the verge of success) into an outright battle. It is implied that she fired the shot under combat hypnosis, triggered at the critical moment by groups that wanted the coup to end with the violent death of all it's ringleaders.
Walken is an American Army Major who comes to the rescue of Takeru's squad. His emphasis on completing the mission and disregard for the target they are supposed to be protecting is in agreement with Takeru's beliefs, but the way Walken says it irks him in a deep way, causing Takeru to question his own motivations and resolve. Due to his TSF being sabotaged before the battle, he is swiftly killed by Sagiri when hostilities with the rebels begin.
- All There in the Manual: Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After reveals that Walken is Happily Married, with a son named Bryan. He, his wife and son are shown in one of âge's official birthday artworks◊.
- Lightning Bruiser: He and others in the US 66th TSF Wing pilot the high tech F-22A Raptor, (a TSF instead of the Cool Plane it is in real life) in it's first publicly known deployment. Featuring frightening speed, superior maneuverability and radar stealth, it boasts a 100:1 kill ratio in combat trials and earns a respectable 7:1 kill ratio against rebel Japanese TSFs during the 12/5 Incident, making it one of the deadliest in the setting. Put another way, it's only matched in deadliness by the Japanese Type-00 Takemikazuchi; an Ace Custom only used by the Imperial Royal Guards, the Imperial nobility, and by the Shogun herself.
- Majorly Awesome: He is Major of the US 66th TSF Wing.
- Mauve Shirt: Despite the relative brevity of his appearance in story, and being killed by Sagiri in one hit Major Walken has quite the following among Alternative's western fanbase, due to his memorable lines and strong convictions giving him a lot of character development in a short time.
- Patriotic Fervor: His manliness is backed by the power of BURNING AMERICAN FREEDOM!!!!
- Worf Had the Flu: The manga of Alternative reveals that he was killed so easily by Sagiri because his TSF was sabotaged prior to the battle, and then locked down by one of his squad mates, who had earlier hypnotized Irma into attacking the coup forces, just as Sagiri charged in for the kill.
Sakon is Mikoto's father, an incredibly strange man who is prone to ignoring things that others have just said to him, just like his daughter. Unknown to her, he is the Head of the Japanese Imperial Ministry of Information (the Japanese intelligence agency), jet-setting around the globe and navigating the mess that is the post-BETA political/intelligence world with ease. He seems a little distant from his daughter to Takeru.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: His Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies may very well be this, as he shows himself to be an individual that always knows much more than he's letting on, constantly manipulating events of the story from behind the scenes. Several times, he delivers critical information on future events, and is relied on by the Shogun as one of her most effective intelligence agents. Made evident during the events of the 12/5 Coup Arc, where he personally escorts the Shogun out of the capital city without drawing the attention of the rebel forces that locked it down in order to find her.Yoroi: It's my motto to confuse information with the utmost precision.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Sports a tan fedora, with matching suit and overcoat, reminiscent of a 1920s gangster.
- Talkative Loon: On first impression, he comes across as nonsensical, rapidly jumping from one topic to another with virtually no connectivity between the two, and incredibly eccentric with random souvenirs and odd mannerisms. This catches most people he talks to off guard, and makes it difficult for them to follow his conversations. Knowing his actual job description, this may be intentional.Takeru: (internally) This is Mikoto's legendary father!? No wonder he's not listening! No wonder this conversation isn't making any sense!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After the coup ends, he vanishes from the plot until the end of the story with his whereabouts unknown.
Member of UN Special Task Force VF-A01, 7th Squadron "Dellingr", Takayuki is close friends with Mitsuki Hayase and Haruka Suzumiya, and is the man the latter two are competing for the affection of.
- Hero of Another Story: Of Operation Zero and Rumbling Hearts.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and his friend and comrade Shinji Taira were only deployed to act as UN observers during Operation Lucifer. The two contravened orders and entered combat to prevent an ambushed TSF contingent from getting encircled by BETA, and to buy time for them to escape the impending G-Bomb strike.
- Love Triangle: with Haruka and Mitsuki, in a mirror of their relationship in the world of Extra.
- Posthumous Character: Killed when America dropped two G-Bombs on the Yokohama Hive during Operation Lucifer.