Classic Timeline: 1 | 2, 3, 4/F/Final
Classic Subseries: Masou Kishin | Compati Hero Series
Alpha Saga: Alpha/Shin/Super Hero Sakusen | Alpha Gaiden | 2nd Alpha | 3rd Alpha
Compact Series: Compact 2/Impact | Compact 3 | MX
Z Saga: Z | 2nd Z | 3rd Z | Walking Spoilers
Nintendo Handheld Series: A | R | D | J | W | K | L | UX | BX
VTX Trilogy: V | X | T
Other Standalones: 64 | GC | NEO | OE | X-Ω | DD | 30
Original Generation Saga: Steel Dragon Battle Group | Earth Federation | Enemy Factions | Civilians and Walking Spoilers | Endless Frontier
- Animal Motifs: Ravens. Both Edge and Az are drawn to money and treasures (aka shiny objects) and the name Huckebein itself named after Hans Huckebein, a German children's story which features a troublesome raven. Also, the names of both their second themes reference ravens as well. It's more apparent with Edge due to his vagabond appearance and behavior, whereas Az's character also draws inspiration from butterflies.
- Arrested for Heroism: Narrowly averted at the end of the first mission. Mitsuba (and Koji in the Earth route) are more than willing to let them off the hook for commandeering the Huckebein 30 since they used it helped save everyone, but Fikes states that since the Huckebein 30 was top-secret Federation property, a full on pardon is out of the question. Luckily for them, Mitsuba is able to circumvent this by officially placing the protagonist under her custody, which effectively makes them an official member of the team.
- BFG: The Twin Graviton Rifles which fires off powerful blasts of energy and can be combined into a single gun for a more powerful and concentrated blast. They later gain a second one in the Black Hole Cannon after the player unlocks the Huckebein 30th.
- BFS: The Expansion Pack adds a set of missions that lead to Edge/Az figuring out how to use their Gift to control the Black Hole Engine with an even greater level of precision, allowing them to use it to supercharge their Roche Saber to greatly extend its reach and power for a single attack, much like Kamille.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As it turns out, the reason for Edge and Az's natural fighting skills is because both were subject to human experimentation in the past by the Earth Federation to create heroes who would defend the Earth from any and all threats. However, neither Edge or Az wanted any part of it and escaped when they could, but they eventually separated as being together only brought up troubled memories of their days as experiments.
- Demoted to Extra: It's possible recruit the other protagonist just like in past games. However, they will not make any other appearance in the main story outside of their recruit stage event, ace pilot and bridge chat eventnote unlike other optional or secret characters. This is averted with the Expansion Set DLC where the sibling gets to have additional dialogue during missions involving the protagonist specifically and basically co-stars with them in the "Their Bygone Days" mission line.
- Dual Wielding: The first upgrade the Huckebein 30 gets is the ability to dual wield two Graviton Rifles, and fires it like Wing Zero's Twin Buster Rifle by combining the two after firing one after another, then unleashes the Leap Slasher to attack the enemy, and then finally fire the combined rifle.
- Falling into the Cockpit: They find the Huckebein 30 while trying to get to safety.
- Family of Choice: It turns out that Edge and Az aren't actual siblings, but came to consider each other as such growing up after they escaped Organization A together.
- The Gift: Both are naturally capable pilots. Literally as they have "Gift" as one of their innate skills in-game which they unlock after receiving the Huckebein 30th where it's revealed that the ability itself is an inherent result of the experiments they went through as children and Aos genes in their DNA.
- I Hate Past Me: In regards to their pasts test subjects by Organization A. Both hate what they were turned into and because of this they refuse to utilize their full potential. It's not until Fikes convinces them otherwise that they start fighting more seriously.
- Long-Lost Relative: Both were separated from one another before the story begins for reasons unknown. It later turns out this was voluntary for Edge and Az as being together only reminded them of their painful past as lab experiments. They eventually reunite later on during the game itself and it turns out the other sibling was taken into custody by Fikes. They were later given a second Huckebein 30 unit in order to help out the protagonist during the final "Relic of Gold" mission.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Huckebein 30th, effectively the original Huckebein in all its classic glory. It removes the visor and patchwork repair parts of the Huckebein 30, unlocks the Black Hole Engine giving it a much needed power boost, and it also gives the mech a backpack that enables atmospheric flight that allows the storage of the Twin Graviton Rifles and the Black Hole Cannon when not in use.
- More than Mind Control: How they feel about their loyalty towards Mitsuba after it's revealed that it was partially influenced by Orchidacea's brainwashing. As far as they're concerned, so long they choose to do so regardless, protecting Mitsuba is of their own will and not anyone else's.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Both siblings have a very strong interest in money. Az admits that she took after Edge in this regard as he's actually worse.
- Real Robot: Their starting mecha is the Huckebein 30, a mech that is essentially a Mobile Suit in everything but name: lacking in armor but excelling at dodging.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Edge is the red, Az is the blue.
- Secret Character: The other sibling not chosen as the protagonist can be recruited later on provided the player has completed the "Relic of Gold" side quest line.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Edge looks and acts like a delinquent to some extent whereas Az is shy and noted to be quite a cute girl. It's even lampshaded by other characters once the two finally reunite.
- Super Mode: Their in-game ability "Gift" is revealed to be one in-universe. Similar to Suzaku's "Curse of Geass" where his fighting strength increases through his desire to live, the same thing happens to Edge and Az wherein their own strength increases the stronger their survival instincts are.
- Super Soldier: Edge and Az are both later revealed to be one. Their abilities were given to them through expriments by Organization A, a group headed by Commodore Fikes, in order to create soldiers capable of defending humanity from any threats. This explains why both are so good at fighting.
- Supporting Protagonist: They act as the primary viewpoint character, but the real focus of 30 is on Mitsuba, with Edge/Az acting as her support..
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Mitsuba. By the time the group either heads into space/descends to Earth for the first time, Edge/Az will admit that the only reason they're even on-board with the Dreikreuz is because of Mitsuba specifically. So long as she needs help then they'll be there to provide it.
- Wandering the Earth: What both were doing prior to being recruited by Dreikreuz.
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
The male protagonist and Az's older brother. His background is unknown and refuses to talk about his past, but he appears to have received training for piloting mobile weapons.
- Anti-Hero: Averted, he has a look of an edgy protagonist but he is anything but that.
- Annoying Older Sibling: Unintentionally towards Az. Growing up, Edge was incredibly doting and overprotective towards her which annoyed Az to no end the older she got. When they reunite in the present, she makes a point to avoid hanging out with him much to Edge's disappointment.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- Thanks to his experience as an older brother towards Az, Edge shows this trait with younger kids like Yuta and Uso. He's quite friendly with both and looks out for their wellbeing.
- When reuniting with Az herself later on, Edge makes a point on wanting to spend time with her again and is comically disappointed whenever Az refuses as she wants to be independent from her big brother. If Az is the protagonist, then during his recruitment Edge states that he originally intended on taking Az away from the Dreikreuz if she was being forced to fight against her will. He changes his mind after seeing that she's doing well.
- Butt-Monkey: Compared to Az, Edge is often subject to being poked fun at by the members of Dreikreuz.
- Casanova Wannabe: He admits that one of his favorite things to do is to flirt with cute girls (though some really young girls like the Magic Knights are basically off-limits for him). Unfortunately for Edge, the ladies in Dreikreuz save for Mitsuba aren't really interested. This causes him to often voice his jealousy over other characters having more luck with the ladies than him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He often likes to make sarcastic quips about any situation he's in.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Having Edge fight against Fasalina has him admit that her cleavage alone might be able to KO him.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may be something of a Casanova Wannabe, but he definitely won't hit on those much younger than him, such as the Magic Knights. Not only that, but he's incredibly suspicious of a Lady Land like Theart Star gaining extraterritorial rights from the megalomaniacal Posaydal.
- Face of a Thug: Although friendly at heart and noted to be quite handsome by Tamaki herself, Edge dresses like a vagabond and tends to act like a stereotypical delinquent. Both Mitsuba and Reynold are more belligerent with him at the start because of this compared to Az whom they treat more gently.
- Hot-Blooded: As per standard of a Super Robot Wars protagonist.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his looks and rough behavior, he's actually a real Nice Guy at heart and generally willing to help out anyone in trouble.
- Leitmotif: "Sasurai no Yaiba ~Sleeping beast~," performed by Masaaki Endoh of JAM Project. His second theme is "The Bird of Ill Omen Descends!" after upgrading to the Huckebein 30th.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits: Once Az is recruited, a conversation with her has Edge make it clear that if any of the guys were being creeps towards her that he'd throw them out of the Dreisstrager's airlock. Az, predictably, is unamused and gets him to calm down.
- Promotion to Parent: As neither had parents growing up, it was Edge who did all of the heavy lifting when it came to taking care of Az. When they reunite and the group sees how doting he is towards her, they lampshade how Edge acts like more of an overprotective father than a brother with her.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a red scarf that he sometimes uses to cover his mouth with during battles to show how serious he is.
- Ship Tease: With Mitsuba if he's the protagonist. Edge shows an interest in her early on which other characters are quick to catch onto. By the time he receives the Huckebein 30th, Mitsuba begins to reciprocate as well.
- Voiced by: Mai Aizawa
The female protagonist and Edge's younger sister. She is demure and rarely approaches others, thought she doesn't stop others from approaching her.
- Aloof Little Sister: Towards Edge. Although she loves her big brother dearly, Az easily gets annoyed by how overprotective Edge is towards her and thus, after they reunite, she acts in a aloof fashion in order to be independent from him. This is partially a front however as when they're alone together and away from their comrades she's actually a lot more open with him.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her tanktop shows off her belly.
- Big Brother Worship: Downplayed but it's there. As much as she rags on Edge and tries to be distant, Az deeply cares for and looks up to him for taking care of her when they were growing up. She even got her fashion sense from Edge and declines changing her look because of it. In the present, Az wants to show him how much she's grown after they reunite.
- Big Eater: She likes to eat a lot.
- Endearingly Dorky: Her socially awkward yet still personable nature is quick to endear her to the members of Dreikreuz.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: Compared to Edge, the older members of Dreikreuz act in a more doting fashion towards Az thanks to her age and shy behavior.
- Girlish Pigtails: Dons her hair in two large pigtails, as a way of signifying her relative youth.
- Just a Kid: Treated as such early on as several characters express surprise at Az's skill in battle despite her apparent age. Az herself dislikes being treated this way and often reminds people that she's 16 years old and thus almost an adult. The Shrike Team jokes that only kids get mad at being treated like kids.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She loves cats.
- Leitmotif: "Divine Beast," performed by M.A.R.Y 4 TUNES. Her second theme is "My Wings Are Schwarz" after upgrading to the Huckebein 30th.
- Never Gets Fat: It's noted by Jiequan that despite how much Az eats, she still manages to maintain her slim figure.
- Older Than They Look: Az is 15 years old turning 16 during the story. Not unlike Hikaru however, several characters, such as Hyoma and the Shrike Team, claim that she looks closer to Usso's age.
- Shipper on Deck: If Edge is chosen as the protagonist, then Az will be this for Edge/Mitsuba as she's quick to catch onto their close bond with each other. If she's chosen as protagonist, there are still a few moments of this. Notably, she almost immediately picks up on the fact that Michael and Fasalina are together.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Her hair is on the blue-ish side, and she's noticeably reserved.
- The Stoic: Compared to Edge who's a quintessential Hot-Blooded hero, Az is noticeably far more reserved and well-mannered than her brother which gets lampshaded when they reunite.
- Sweet Tooth: At one point, Lian catches her having piled up a large amount of dessert on her food tray. It gets to the point that she's one of the few characters who thinks Kei's cake is good.
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami
A former student at Military Academy 30 who gets assigned as the captain of the Dreisstrager. She is the official leader of the Earth Federation sponsored autonomous unit Dreikreuz, a group that seeks to bring an end to the conflicts surrounding the Earth and unite it once more.
- Big Good: For Dreikreuz as a whole as the official leader of the group.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mitsuba's a kindhearted girl at heart, but she's also more than willing to use force when necessary and against anyone whom she deems a threat to peace including even existing authorities if it ever came down to it. She's also capable of making Caruleum apologize for his troublesome behavior through sheer force of personality.
- The Captain: Of the Dreisstrager.
- Catchphrase: "Do what you can, the best you can", despite originally being empty motivational words she made up on the spot during a speech, is repeated enough times that it becomes the crew's motto. Although, the situations is used for shifts it into almost being a Survival Mantra.
- The Chains of Commanding: She's generally stressed out by her position as the leader of Dreikreuz and wants nothing more than to pass the position off to someone else she thinks is more worthy. Learning to push through and accept her duties is part of her overall character development.
- Cool Big Sis: To Yuta. If Az is the protagonist, Mitsuba will also act as one towards her.
- Cool Ship: She's the captain of the Dreisstrager, a 2021 meter long battleship capable of devastating firepower and fielding various mecha whether they be the moderately sized Real Robots or titanic Super Robots.
- Cuteness Proximity: The first thing she does upon meeting Yuta Tomonaga is asking if he want to come stay in her room. When Reynold questions her decision to let a grade-schooler join the crew, she says that Yuta is cute under her breath.
- Deuteragonist: Alongside Edge and Az, Mitsuba is one of the main characters of the game as it also focuses on her struggles as leader of the Dreikreuz and coming to terms with being given such a position despite her inexperience. The main focus of 30 is, in fact, on her, with the chosen Sainklauz sibling mostly acting as her support.
- Ensign Newbie: Like most of the crew of the Dreisstrager, Mitsuba is a surviving student of Military Academy 30 who hadn't even graduated from the academy when circumstances forced everyone to board the ship and drive off enemy forces. Luckily for her, she's well liked and respected by the crew thanks to being the Student Council President and thus they have no issues following her commands.
- Expy: There's a lot of similarities between Mitsuba and Lefina Enfield, being a young, kind Ensign Newbie assigned to a battleship commander position and initially stressed out and believing herself unworthy for the position. Though, Mitsuba has the perks of being a Deuteragonist and the main focus of the story.
- Fangirl: Appropriately enough as a fellow ship captain, Mitsuba's later revealed to be one for Bright Noa.
- Heroic BSoD: After discovering how Orchidacea's been influencing her actions, Mitsuba starts to have a crisis of self-identity as she wonders to herself if she's even the person she thinks she is or if everything she's known and believed in was just the result of Orchidacea's manipulations. It takes the protagonist talking to her to snap Mitsuba out of it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted but ultimately defied. During the True Final Boss, she deliberately provokes Cyclaminos into a rage so that she'll target the Dreisstrager and trigger the trap she and Mayvy had devised, even as the Dreisstrager is heavily damaged and disabled. She is fully willing to let herself die if it means saving Earth, even ordering the rest of the crew to abandon ship. Luckily, both the crew and the rest of Dreikreuz make it clear that they are not about to let her die right before the end.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Mitsuba believes herself ill-suited for the role of leader of Dreikreuz and goes on a rant about it to Edge/Az in private. She even tries to pass the role off to Bright as she believes someone of his experience would be more suitable for the job. The others disagree however, with both the protagonist and Bright himself telling Mitsuba that she does deserve to be in the role and that she should have more faith in herself.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: It's heavily implied at the true ending that Mitsuba is one of the descendants of Cyclaminos' lover who betrayed her.
- A Mother to Her Men: She cares deeply for the people under her command and works to ensure everyone gets to live to see another day. It's for this reason that everyone in the Dreikreuz, the Dreisstrager crew especially, respect her as well. Char even notes she has a maternal aura about her.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Mitsuba is kind, calm, responsible, and also completely bloodthirsty when it comes to the Quaestors. Her going practically berserk whenever she faces them is one of the bigger early hints that there is something afoot within the Dreisstrager.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's this as both captain of the Dreisstrager and leader of the Dreikreuz, often trying to find diplomatic solutions to problems and willing to hear out others when they have something to say to her.
- Ship Tease: With Edge if he's the protagonist. By the time he receives the Huckebein 30th, her own feelings have become somewhat obvious to the others as well.
- Student Council President: Prior to her captaining the Dreisstrager, this was Mitsuba's position as a student at Military Academy 30. It's part of the reason why the Dreisstrager crew are willing to follow her.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian:
- To an extent when it comes to the Earth Unification plan. Mitsuba believes that it doesn't really matter whom she and her crew needs to fight. If individuals or organizations prove themselves threats to the peace then the Dreikreuz will respond accordingly. She will also make the hard decisions to sacrifice the few for the sake of the many if need be. Zigzagged in that she is still a compassionate person, willing to recognize the rights and individuality of others, even non-organic beings like Super AI. And while she recognizes The Needs of the Many, she only sees such sacrifices as a last resort if all other options have been exhausted.
- When questioned by Caruleum, it's choosing responses that adhere to her philosophy that results in the player gaining access to the IF Ending by the finale.
- Voiced by: Kenji Akabane
The executive officer aboard the Dreisstrager. Reynold previously served as an instructor at Military Academy 30, and although he's the eldest and most experienced among the crew, he was passed over the position of captain in favor of Mitsuba. Despite this, Reynold finds himself content with supporting his former students from the sidelines.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Reynold's implied to have feelings for Mitsuba who fails to notice and, if Edge is the protagonist, already has feelings for the latter instead. If Az is the protagonist, he's implied to have a thing for her as well but she isn't really interested either.
- Comically Missing the Point: If Az is the protagonist, then Reynold will get annoyed at Caruleum for directing his attention at both her and Mitsuba. The latter tells him that's not really the issue.
- Covert Pervert:
- When Hinoki introduces herself as a reserve pilot for GaoGaiGo, Reynold is notably flustered as he realizes Hinoki will be wearing a similar pilot suit to Mamoru and Kaidoh. Mitsuba, Koji, and Hinoki herself all call him out on this and tell him to stop leering.
- If Az is the protagonist then Reynold is accused of chasing after both her and Mitsuba. Amuro advices him against this much to Reynold's embarrassment.
- Dislikes the New Guy: Towards Edge and Az. He's distrustful of both due to their mysterious origins and keeps an eye on them just in case. He especially doesn't like Edge due to his obvious interest in Mitsuba whereas with Az he's somewhat more lenient. Reynold eventually does lighten up on both and comes to consider them valued crewmembers of the Dreisstrager.
- Hot Teacher: Prior to life aboard the Dreisstrager, he was an instructor at Military Academy 30. He's also noted to be quite handsome that even Tamaki takes interest in him.
- The Mole: Later revealed to be one for Commodore Fikes as Reynold, out of everyone among the Military Academy 30 students and staff, was the least receptive to the obedience gene that Aos implemented within humanity and thus could act freely without worry of being caught. He admits though he didn't know about this and was only told to support everyone from behind the scenes.
- Not So Stoic: Though Reynold generally acts in a calm and professional manner, he's actually quite easy to fluster as it's noted he's not used to unexpected situations and is rather quick to confront people he doesn't like or suspicious of as seen with Edge and Az. This is also part of the reason why he was relegated to a supporting role aboard the Dreisstrager rather than be its captain despite being the eldest and most experienced member of its crew.
- Number Two: As the executive officer, he serves as Mitsuba's right-hand man and handles affairs in her place when she can't do it herself.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Edge if he's the protagonist. The two often butt heads, especially when it comes to Mitsuba, but eventually come to consider each other trusted comrades-in-arms.
- Voiced by: Karin Takahashi
The chief operator aboard the Dreisstrager. A cheerful and bright young woman, she acts as a mood-maker of the crew and is noted to be an excellent operator by the people around her despite her usual demeanor.
- Bridge Bunnies: Serves as one for the Dreisstrager. In-game, she acts as a sub-pilot for the ship itself alongside Reynold.
- Cool Big Sis: If Az is the protagonist, Lian will act as one towards her.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Mayvy calls her "Li" in the English script and "An-An" in Japanese. In either case, Lian tells her to quit calling her that.
- Genki Girl: Noted and shown to be friendly and energetic.
- The Heart: Her noted role aboard the Dreisstrager as it's through her optimistic and cheerful behavior that helps some of the other crewmembers come to terms with their new roles.
The chief mechanic aboard the Dreisstrager. He's a dedicated engineer well-liked by his team who solves problems with willpower and guts.
- Fan Boy: Towards Tetsuya. Jiequan admits that he's always been a big fan of since he was a kid and is practically giddy with excitement when he finally meets Tetsuya in person.
- Nice Guy: He's quite friendly at his core. When the protagonist gets detained for illegally boarding the Huckebein, him and Lian are both quick to step up in their defense as it's only through their help that the Dreisstrager was able to properly launch in the first place.
- Regenerating Health: Justified as he is head mechanic and his passive Support ability restores 500 HP to the Dreisstrager at the start of the ally phase.
The chief of the technical and R&D teams aboard the Dreisstrager. A genius scientist talented in many fields, her main area of expertise is software research and development which she uses to help upgrade the Dreisstrager over the course of the game.
- Bare Your Midriff: The bottom half of her shirt is unbuttoned, exposing her stomach.
- Big Damn Heroes: After Orchidacea forcefully brainwashes the Dreisstrager crew into becoming her soldiers, Mayvy appears and reveals she was expecting this and prepared a countermeasure just in case. This allows the crew to snap out of her control and help take her down.
- Experience Booster: Her passive Supporter ability is to grant +5 MxP per enemy defeated.
- Humans Are Special: Has this mindset, calling them "The ultimate software driving the hardware of the world" and has led her to be an expert in the fields of medicine and genetics. This is how she was able to discover the "obedience gene" implanted by the Aos, as her curiosity over the Dreisstrager crew's unique situation led to her researching the crew and the protagonist in secret. This allows her to prepare a countermeasure for it later on together with Reynold.
- Mad Scientist: Had a reputation of being one at Military Academy 30.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: While Mayvy is normally a software and R&D wiz, she's actually experienced in various other scientific fields. Because of this, many institutions approached her to work for them, but Mayvy declined and stayed a student as she preferred doing research on her own terms.
- Shipper on Deck: For Edge/Mitsuba if Edge is the protagonist. At one point Mayvy even tells Mitsuba to avoid "staining the bed" in the infirmary as she leaves to give the couple some privacy much to Mitsuba's embarrassment.
Miyu Incomes & Irene Beclair
A pair of operators aboard the Dreisstrager.
- Bridge Bunnies: Like Lian, the two work alongside the former as operators for the Dreisstrager.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Miyu is free-spirited and carefree who avoids overthinking things, while Irene is calm and rational who does tend to overthink things.
- Instant Fan Club: Irene has such a beautifully melodic voice that she actually has garnered a fanclub that awaits any announcements she might make, even just the ones for preparation to take off.
Rockin Netate & Kanna Clanchet
A pair of mechanics aboard the Dreisstrager.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Rockin is a slightly weak-willed realist, while Kanna is a bubbly optimist that helps keep the mood for the mechanics. They cover each other weaknesses.
- Charm Point: Kanna's Youthful Freckles are considered this by many people but she herself finds them embarrassing and is learning to hide them using cosmetics from Miyu.
Asis T. Honjo
A research student of Military Academy 30 who gets assigned to Mayvy's research team, much to his pleasure.
Earth Federation Forces
A Commodore in the Earth Federation Forces in charge of the Dreisstrager construction project. He acts as the Dreikreuz's main liaison with the Earth Federation and regularly gives them missions to handle however they see fit.
- Big Good: Mitsuba aside, he was the one responsible for the Dreisstrager's construction and serves as the main backer of Mitsuba's operations with the Dreikreuz.
- Good Is Not Nice: Fikes is firmly on the side of humanity and only wishes for peace. However, he's also completely willing to manipulate others for the sake of his goals and admits he feels no regret about it. However, he does apologize by the end as he sacrifices himself for everyone's sakes.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the finale he sacrifices himself in order to help Dreikreuz get to the Quaestor's base unharmed by using his ship to divert enemy fire from the Dreisstrager.
- Heroic Willpower: How he was able to resist Orchidacea's brainwashing, though he also admits he had to hurt himself a few times as well.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about the human experimentation that him and Organization A conducted that resulted in Edge and Az. He saw it as a necessary sacrifice if it meant it could create heroes who could help save the Earth from its own constant warfare and against any other threats that come their way. He also feels this way about manipulating the Dreisstrager crew in general, as he couldn't see any other way to remove Orchidacea's influence otherwise.
- Old Soldier: He's 58 years old and still serving as member of the Earth Federation.
- Scars are Forever: He's a noticeable scar on his face.
Others (Unmarked Spoilers)
- Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura
A member of the mysterious aliens known as the Quaestors who proclaims himself the future king of Earth to the members of Dreikreuz. He takes an interest in the Protagonist and Mitsuba throughout their encounters. Caruleum initially pilots an Orcusula Zang, but later upgrades to the Gravalin.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has darker skin than the other characters.
- Cloning Blues: It's revealed that he's a clone of Magister, alongside every other member of the Quaestors. He doesn't take it well when he learns.
- Combat Pragmatist: Isn't particularly interested in showing off or showing mercy. Best shown in the IF ending, where he kills the Big Bad by unceremoniously shooting out his cockpit.
- Endearingly Dorky: In the expansion pack, he's seen getting along with the members of Dreikreuz rather easily due to his friendly nature and natural curiosity about Earth's culture and people. Caruleum's shown to be fascinated by every little thing he learns, including a simple meal aboard the Dreisstrager.
- HeelFace Turn: After learning more about humanity and various interactions with Mitsuba and the protagonist, he eventually decides to side with them and grows beyond his upbringing as a Quaestor.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His death in the True Ending if he's allowed to join the Dreikreuz. He sacrifices himself to destroy Magister's artificial Earth and cut off the Ultim Fini's regeneration.
- Human Alien: He and his machine are of extra-terrestrial origin.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Being exposed to humanity eventually makes him abandon his own people.
- Killed Off for Real: In both endings. In the normal ending, Magister kills him for turning traitor, while in the IF ending his fate varies depending on whether or not he's allowed to join the Dreikreuz. If allowed, then Caruleum sacrifices himself during the final battle against Magister. If he's not allowed, then he'll become the True Final Boss of the game instead after he kills Magister and takes Dreikreuz on by himself in one final battle. Subverted in the Expansion Pack, where he reveals he survived and makes (an attempt at) a dramatic reveal of this fact.
- Nice Guy: Despite his role as an antagonist and general arrogance, Caruleum by himself is actually quite friendly and never holds anything against his enemies. Once recruited, he has a desire to get along with his new found comrades in Dreikreuz, Edge and Az especially.
- The Rival: Towards the Protagonist.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Magister created him to serve as the King of his artificial Earth. In one version of the IF ending, he declares his intent to become Earth's King as he turns on Dreikreuz. Though this is subverted as it was a ruse as part of his Thanatos Gambit.
- Stalker Without A Crush: Towards Mitsuba. He takes an interest in her early on but it's based on genuine intellectual curiosity about her and humanity. Edge and Reynold aren't amused either way.
- Suicide by Cop: In the IF ending, he hijacks the Ultim Fini and pretends to go mad with power, declaring that he'll take over the universe. His true intention is twofold: force Dreikreuz to become strong enough to forge a new future, and make them kill him to erase all traces of the Quaestors from existence.
- True Final Boss: In the IF ending if he's not allowed to join Dreikreuz.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Towards the protagonist and Mitsuba. He sees the former as an entertaining foe whereas the latter Caruleum constantly tests with various questions filled with one Sadistic Choice after another to see how Mitsuba would respond.
- The Worf Effect: Not him but the Ultim Fini in the Expansion Pack story. During the battle against Cyclaminos, Caruleum brings out the fully repaired Ultim Fini that he had been keeping in secret in case of an emergency. It's very quickly taken out in one attack by the Flosdeus.
- Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu
The leader of the Quaestors whom Caruleum answers directly to. He seeks to achieve perfect order throughout the universe and has currently set his sights on Earth. He claims to be the rightful ruler of the universe due to having learned the ultimate "truth irrefutable" of reality. Magister is later revealed to look exactly like Caruleum as it turns out the latter and all other Quaestors the Magister's clones.
In the final battle, he pilots the Ultim Fini, a Magine whose power is said to be an "Unassailable Truth".
- Ambiguously Brown: Just like Caruleum.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Through Caruleum he delivers over five questions to the Dreikreuz throughout the game. Unusually for the trope, they aren't initially all that impactful, just sounding like basic philosophy 101 talking points. It isn't until just before the final battle that he brings them all back, explains their relevance to the real world, and leaves the heroes questioning if they're in the right.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: He originally set out to free the universe from Aos, only to become just as bad a tyrant as Cyclaminos was.
- Berserk Button: As someone who believes he learned the "truth irrefutable", he becomes enraged when Edge/Az accuses him of being ignorant when they fight in the Normal ending and one version of the IF ending.
- Big Bad: Serve as one for the main story of 30, being the primary antagonistic force whose forces confront Dreikreuz at multiple instances throughout the game. It later turns out Magister was the one responsible for instigating most if not all the current conflicts during the story starting with the Laplace's Box incident.
- Break Them by Talking: Spends most of his screentime asking Dreikreuz questions about moral philosophy and critiquing the overall trajectory of the humanity. By the final battle, everyone's so shaken their morale plummets in his presence.
- Catchphrase: "Foolishness."
- Cloning Blues: The Quaestors are all clones of him, with no individual identities allowed.
- Evil vs. Evil: Late in the game, he comes into direct conflict with Oldna Poseidal when the latter attempts to take the Quaestors' power for himself. Magister, for his part, simply scoffs at Poseidal's defiance and sees it as yet another example of humanity's failures.
- Expy: Has a lot in common with Horde Prime, being an alien narcissist who leads an army made up entirely of clones of himself, who's convinced that he's a perfect being and seeks to destroy all other life for the crime of not being extensions of him.
- Moreover, he seems to be the OG series' take on Lordgenome. A fallen hero who previously led his own Super Robot War against an even more insidious enemy faction, only to betray and murder his comrades and create an army of genetically engineered soldiers to enforce his selfish, nihilistic will. Both have beautiful but awkward and naive children who join forces with the heroes and both pilot black Mechs with an oddly organic, muscular-looking build.
- Fallen Hero: He was originally a slave to Aos, before rising up and leading his people in rebellion, ultimately toppling the empire. However, his belief that he alone had uncovered the "ultimate truth" of the universe by doing so led to him developing an obsession with control, ultimately causing him to become just as bad, if not worse, than Aos themselves.
- Flat "What": Gives one in the IF ending when he realizes Caruleum is about to skewer his cockpit.
- Genocide from the Inside: Wiped out all the other Quaestors, deeming them as inferior as everyone else.
- Graceful Loser: Not at first, but after a final talk with Edge/Az after being defeated in the Normal ending and one version of the IF ending, he seems to finally realize how flawed his beliefs were, using the last of his strength to send Dreikreuz back to Earth so they can prove humanity's worth.
- Humans Are Bastards: Extensively argues this point with Dreikreuz.
- Ineffectual Loner: As Edge/Az points out after his defeat, he was only able to topple Aos due to the help of his fellow Quaestors and the bonds they shared with him. Once he decided he alone was worthy of the "truth irrefutable" and had the original Quaestors disposed of, he quickly lost sight of his former heroism and became just as bad as Cyclaminos. The expansion pack backs this up by showing Cylaminos effortlessly destroy the rebuilt Ultim Fini, showing that Magister needed the help of his former comrades to beat her the first time around.
- Insane Troll Logic: "If one side forces another to submit, that's a purely self-serving act. Therefore, if I want to be a perfect executor of justice... I need to take over the universe by myself! Nothing self-serving about that!
- It's All About Me: Looks down on every living thing that isn't himself.
- Join or Die: When he broadcasts the Quaestors' judgement of humanity to all of Earth, he declares that only those humans who submit to the Quaestors for "rehabilitation" will be spared Earth's destruction.
- Kill and Replace: The IF ending reveals that this is his ultimate plan: Wipe out humanity and Earth, then create a new, artificial Earth populated by his clones.
- Leitmotif: "Inquirer", a dark, oppressive orchestra full of Ominous Latin Chanting that showcases the authority and power of his presence.
- Meaningful Rename: After spending most of the game as "Magister", he's redubbed "Quaestor" shortly before the final boss due to the reveal that he is, for all useful definitions, the only Quaestor.
- Might Makes Right: Expresses these beliefs after his mask comes off, claiming that his beliefs and desires will become capital-T Truths after he destroys everyone who disagrees.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: In the IF ending, being in close proximity to his artificial Earth allows him to instantly heal any damage the Ultim Fini suffers. Caruleum gets around this by either sacrificing himself to destroy the artificial Earth or sniping Magister in his cockpit.
- "Not So Different" Remark: During the final battle of the Normal ending and one version of the IF ending, if he fights Char, he'll note that the two of them are similar in how they both attempted to force their beliefs onto humanity. Char agrees...and then says that is exactly why he can't allow Magister/Quaestor to live.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Initially makes a big show of being a guardian of the universe, claiming that he extensively debated with the Masters before deciding to wipe out humanity. After it's revealed that the Masters are just brainwashed clones of him, his excuses quickly fall apart.
- Turns Red: In the IF ending, if he remains the Final Boss (done by agreeing to let Caruleum join Dreikruz in the penultimate mission), then he gains a significant power boost for the second round against him.
- Unflinching Walk: The Ultim Fini's main attack involves it slowing walking up to your unit while its after images pummel your unit, then finishing it off with a massive blast of energy.
- Villain Has a Point: The heroes have a very hard time actually overturning any of his anti-humanity arguments. All of them are thoroughly shaken and can't bring themselves to full-heartedly oppose him until he's revealed to be an even worse option.
- Villain's Dying Grace: As he dies in the normal ending and one version of the IF ending, he opens a portal to allow Dreikruz to return to Earth while also warning them of the coming threat of Aos' "old weapons".
- Villainous Breakdown: Upon defeat in the normal ending and one version of the IF ending, he is enraged that he was struck down by what he considers an inferior species. Though he manages to somewhat calm down and accept his defeat after a final talk with Edge/Az.I reject this! I am he who discovered the truth! I am the one who knows all things!!
- Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima
A member of the long extinct race known as the Aos. Her consciousness is revealed to be stored within the main computer of the Dreisstrager itself and acts as its main AI. She's revealed to have been the one who brought the Dreisstrager to Earth in the first place and worked with Fikes to restore it to working condition.
- A God Am I: Similarly to the Quaestors, she and the Aos views other races beneath them and seeks to rule over everything once more after her revenge is complete.
- Cleavage Window: Her outfit predominantly features one.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She could have stuck with her sister Cyclaminos in her quest for revenge, but even she thought Cyclaminos' revenge-driven plan was nuts, so she tried to form her own style of Aos and avoided the heck out of her sister, when said sister came back, she ended up having to stick with the Dreikreuz that she fought beforehand.
- Gag Boobs: Even in a series known for the bountifulness of its original female characters, Orchidacea's are so ridiculously big, they realistically droop off of her body rather than being perked up.
- Greater-Scope Villain: By perverting spacetime to begin with, she enables Magister/Quaestor to break into Aos's reserves and retrieve their mothballed forces, which in turn were stolen from Sidereal, Chrono, and the Angels countless millennia ago. The ending reveals that this sets in motion a series of events, culminating in the Idom Artificial Intelligence program inhabiting these units successfully crossing the Karmic Horizons to invade 30's universe.
- HeelFace Turn: Implied near the end of the DLC Pack 1 scenario where Mayvy reveals that it was through Orchidacea's help that she was able to seal away the Gate of Love in Phnom Penh. Both the former and Mitsuba believes that with the Quaestors finally defeated, Orchidacea was finally able to find closure and move on from the pain of losing the Aos, which is confirmed in the final missions of the Expansion Pack, though her sense of superiority and aloofness never went away.
- Light Is Not Good: She's dressed in gold and white, but later quickly turns on Dreikreuz after her true intentions are revealed.
- Mask of Sanity: At first, she comes off as a calm and helpful, if slightly condescending ally. But the moment the Quaestors reveal themselves, she flies into a rage and demands Dreikreuz attack them immediately, becoming even more enraged and turning on them when they refuse.
- Mind Control: Revealed to be capable of this through an "obedience gene" that she and the Aos embedded within humans ages prior. She's able to take control of Mitsuba and the Dreisstrager crew as a result and nearly would have take control of the others in Dreikreuz if not for Edge/Az snapping everyone out of it. It's also revealed that she's been subtly nudging Mitsuba's actions throughout the game as well.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her chest is huge, and her outfit leaves very little to the imagination.
- It's Personal: With the Quaestors. After they wiped out her race, Orchidacea has been driven by vengeance and seeks to wipe them out in retaliation.
- Skippable Boss: Certain routes ends up having Orchidacea not being fought and being sealed off in a cutscene, but for the most part, you'll end up fighting her and then sealing her.
- Together in Death: At the end of the Expansion Pack, she chooses to die alongside her sister Cyclaminos so that the legacy of Aos can finally end.
- Tragic Villain: To an extent when it comes to her vengeance. While trying to brainwash Dreikreuz into her servants is abhorrent, it's driven out wanting to avenge her race for their extinction at the hands of the Quaestors. Mitsuba reveals that while possessed, she felt all of Orchidacea's pain and anguish and believes that with Quaestors finally defeated, Orchidacea was able to find closure and let go of her hate.
- When She Smiles: There are a few of times Orchidacea smiles and it's actually quite pretty: When she uses her Supporter skill, or when she's about to die together with Cyclaminos, now content that Earthlings have surpassed her expectations and can steward the world without the guidance of Aos.
- Voiced by: Masako Nozawa
- Actually, I Am Him: Throughout the Expansion Pack, Mayvy will speak about a famous book telling the story of Kagaribi, a woman who destroyed an entire nation in grief and rage after her husband betrayed her. Not only is it revealed that Cyclaminos and Kagaribi are the same person, but said betrayal all but destroyed her sanity and her willingness to live alongside humanity.
- Big Bad: Of the Expansion Pack.
- Foreshadowing: Her existence has been alluded to ever since the base game, as Masaki (who was initially available as a pre-order bonus before being added to the base game for free) says that he heard a female voice beckoning him before he was transported to the game's Earth.
- "The Door Opens", the mission that introduces most of the Expansion Pack units, is available from the start of the game, and in that mission's intro, Mayvy tells Edge/Az about the legend of Kagaribi. It won't be until the Expansion Pack campaign, well into the postgame, that the legend's connection to Cyclaminos is revealed.
- In Taiga and Gemini's recruitment mission, Ogami muses that he suspects that the Demons that followed the Flower Division from the Sakura Wars world are being driven and guided by a dark will. One that possesses a deep hatred for Earth and a desire to see it destroyed.
- Going Native: Defied. After Magister overthrew her, she tried to make a new life for herself on Earth as Kagaribi. Her husband's betrayal brought a swift, brutal end to that, however.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Not only was she reigning Empress of Aos (making her indirectly responsible for Magister/Quaestor's rise to power and fall to villainy), but she's also revealed to be the one responsible for the various distortions that have brought characters from parallel worlds to this one.
- King Mook: The Flosdeus is essentially a giant, golden Stamen Bitol.
- Mask of Sanity: Much like her sister Orchidacea, her stoic, detached demeanor masks the burning hatred and rage towards humanity and Earth that has consumed her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her chest is just as huge as her sister's, if not more so, and her outfit is skin-tight around her curves.
- The Power of Hate: Her sheer hatred for humanity and any who would dare defy her empowers her.
- Robot Maid: In addition to the Etrangers, her forces are also made up of robotic combat maids called Attendants.
- True Final Boss: She is the absolute last challenge of any playthrough of 30, with her defeat bringing a definitive end to the game in contrast to Magister/Quaestor, where you could still continue Front Missions and Relic Hunts after defeating him.
- Villainous Breakdown: She spends most of the Expansion Pack as a calm, but smug conqueror, but once Mitsuba reminds her of her past as Kagaribi, she flies into a rage and declares she will destroy Dreikreuz utterly.
Saint Advent of Happiness & Hypsistos ZThe Final Boss of the Super Robot Wars Z saga, who apparently escaped into The Multiverse containing the other Super Robot Wars games after his defeat in Tengoku-Hen. After the Dreikreuz crew crashes into a dimensional rift given sufficient upgrades to their overall strength, Advent shows up with Z in tow for the sake of a good fight. Unfortunately for him, if he wants one, he's going to get it - ten times over for repeated spoils.
For more information on the duo, see Advent and the Supreme God's folders in Super Robot Wars Z Walking Spoilers.
For more information on their actual creators, see the folders in Characters.Super Robot Wars Z Walking Spoilers.
- Adaptational Nonsapience: The Idom Artificial Intelligence probably wasn't all that smart to begin with, but it could at least form coherent sentences. Here, it can't even do that, which is strange as a single Idom is technically the Soul Jar of one of The Chosen Many of the Heralds.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The fact that these things are loitering around in countless numbers after the destruction of the Z universe makes them a victory for Advent's original agenda, who wanted to erase the universe of the Z saga and remake it in his own image, the Angels' creations and Chrono being an extension of that. Now, though, a comment by him near the end of the Expansion Pack shows he's not very happy about this.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: Even by Aos's standards, the Etrangers are really old. A serious case of Modern Stasis due to the cyclical nature of the Super Robot Wars multiverse means they still pack an equally serious punch, though.
- Magitek: Although the strongest Etrangers remain entirely Mechanical Abominations, they spare no effort in flaunting the decidedly supernatural Origin Law giving them strength by specifically harassing Kusuha with psychic torture.
- Post Endgame Content: After clearing the main campaign, they replace the Quaestor forces in Front missions.