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
Original Generation Saga: Steel Dragon Battle Group | Earth Federation | Enemy Factions | Civilians and Walking Spoilers | Endless Frontier
Making his debut in the lowly Compact 2 trilogy, Kyosuke Nanbu proved popular enough his game gets updated into Impact and becomes another protagonist for the first Super Robot Wars Original Generation, though his route becomes non-canon (the second half of it, anyways). Kyosuke's grumpy with a bad life-or-death gambling habit, who takes war seriously. His partner's the extremely cheery Excellen Browning, who becomes a good Foil for his stoicism, for good reason: without her, he may as well become too grumpy like his Evil Twin Beowulf in the "Shadow-Mirror" universe. He also has an unnatural streak of luck: in the past, he was one of two shuttle crash survivors, coming out with just minor bruises and scratches. While usually calm, he has a Berserk Button: go ahead and endanger his woman and he becomes a Determinator with a dangerous Tranquil Fury.
In Original Generation, Kyosuke's the new recruit to the "ATX Team", selected by Sanger Zonvolt, but after Sanger's FaceHeel Turn, he's promoted to team leader and proves himself to be equally as good as Sanger in the role that the change is permanent. His biggest contribution in Original Generation 2 is during the war against the "Inspectors" and the Shadow-Mirror, wherein he becomes The Rival to Axel Almer. At the same time, he's also targeted by the "Einst", especially Einst Alfimi, but he and Excellen manage to persuade her to turn against her creator. The events in Original Generation Gaiden puts Kyosuke into Heroic BSoD for three times, due to his apparent failure to protect his a friend. Thankfully, Axel (who by this time gets a HeelFace Turn) manages to set him straight after a Dynamic Entry rescue on the latter.
Sometime after Original Generation Gaiden, Kyosuke disappears in a dimensional rift during a live-fire training exercise with Ryusei Date, ending up in the world of "Eria". After their misadventure, he disappears to who knows where, though it turns out he's transported into the subterranean world of "La Gias", meeting up with old comrade Lune Zoldark and the Herald Hwang Yang Long, alongside multiple members of the "Steel Dragon Battle Group" in the Second Original Generation. With the events in La Gias solved, Kyosuke and his allies return to the surface world, only now their newest enemies are the "Gaia Sabers", "Garden of Baral" and "Ruina". This time around, he takes a more sidelined role.
Kyosuke pilots the very bulky real robot "Alt Eisen◊" and its Mid-Season Upgrade "the Alt Eisen Riese◊", all that adheres to the Rule of Cool (so heavy it needs a "Tesla Drive" to stand up, and he's the only one who can use the Alt). They embody these tropes:
- Ace Pilot: With the heavy-hitting Alt, Kyosuke most definitely is a "Steamroller" and serves as the go-to-guy for heading shock assaults.
- Ace Custom: Played with
- The Alt Eisen was the prototype for a proposed "Gespenst MK III" line of next-generation "Personal Troopers" but due to several design flaws (it's weight chief among them) it was deemed too impractical for mass-production. It wound up in Kyosuke's hands almost by accident. The designer was desperate to prove the concept could work, but couldn't find anyone who could pilot the mech effectively. That is until Kyosuke entered the picture. Despite his misgivings about the machine, he was harangued into taking it out for some field tests- just as The "Divine Crusaders War" broke out. Without any options, he used the machine for the entire campaign.
- The Alt Eisen Riese is even more impractical: it's so heavy and unbalanced it needs a Tesla Drive, a part normally used to make mecha and ships fly, to stand up. That being said, its specifications are tailored for Kyosuke to use (he had a hand in developing it), ultimately playing this trope straight.
- Alpha Strike: Alt Eisen's "Trump Card" and Alt Eisen Riese's "Claymore Overlord". The exact sequence varies between games, but he typically stars it off with a barrage to stun the opponent, closes the distance with a dash attack, then unloads everything else at point blank range. Like so
- Animal Motifs: The Alt looks a bit like a Rhino Beetle; the Riese even more so, particularly when it's moving at full-throttle.
- Appropriated Appellation: The Alt was supposed to be designated the Gespenst MK III, but never received it due to aforementioned reasons. Its engineers took to calling it Alten Eisen (roughly "Old Iron" or "Pig Iron"; a low quality ore used for scrap metal) in reference to the German phrase "Zum alten eisen gehören" - "to be on the shelf/scrap heap". It was later shortened to Alt Eisen and the name stuck, despite its designer's protests.
- Awesome, but Impractical
- Trump Card involves the Alt unloading its entire arsenal, making for one extremely powerful attack. Unfortunately, it's a one-round attack, but like other units with similar one-round weaponry, proper use of parts and allied "Spirit Commands" can remedy this. Savvy players tend to rely more on Rampage Ghost for heavy-hitting purposes.
- Meanwhile, the Riese's Claymore Overlord lets players to use it twice in scenarios (excluding "resupply" via battleship or a teammate).
- In-Universe, the Alt Eisen and especially the Alt Eisen Riese are this (see Ace Custom).
- Badass Normal: Played with - while most of his True Companions are pilots with powerful Psychic Powers or not even human at all, he manages to win solely by skill and loads of combat experience behind the cockpit (being the only person who can pilot the Alt Eisen/Alt Eisen Riese). What's "abnormal" about him is his insane luck giving him the capability to survive injuries that should ordinarily kill anyone else.
- Bandage Babe: In The Inspectors, the Animated Adaptation of Original Generation 2, after he gets trashed by Axel.
- Battle Couple: With Excellen; their chemistry and coordination is so good they can bounce enemy mecha like beach balls with each other's attacks.
- Big Brother Mentor: His friendship with Ariel Org in the Second Original Generation has shades of this, to wit they even get a Combination Attack in the game.
- Born Lucky: He got it after the shuttle crash. Since then, he's dead meat without it, which goes along with...
- Calling Your Attacks
- Chekhov's Gun: In the prologue of The Inspectors, Axel defeats Beowulf using his Soulgain's "Genbu Godan", seen impacted on Beowulf's Einst-ified Gespenst MK III. In the final battle, Axel and Kyosuke's combined attacks breaks open the once again transformed MK III's outer armor, revealing the Soulgain's arm still lodged in its chest. Guess how Kyosuke, with no ammo left, takes down Beowulf?
- Combination Attack: "Rampage Ghost" with the (Rein) Weiss Ritter, "Code E.D.N." with the Flickerei Geist
- Counter-Attack: Is built around this trait throughout Original Generation - not only does he naturally learn the "Counter" pilot skillnote , his "Ace Bonus" in various installments increases the activation rate of Counter, Critical Hit rate and/or damage dealt as a result of Counter activating.
- Deflector Shield: In Impact, both versions of the Alt come with a built-in "Beam Coat"note . The Original Generation games do not give the Alt this (though the Riese in The Inspectors is equipped with it) until the Second Original Generation.
- Determinator: Sanger once described him as "a man who will charge headfirst into danger and always find a way to win, no matter how bad the odds"; an apt description, since he's also notoriously difficult to kill. Lampshaded in the games by Kyosuke."It doesn't matter how thick your armor is: I'll pierce it."
- Determined Expression: His default expression for his character portrait
- Due to the Dead: In The Inspectors, Kyosuke regains consciousness in intensive care midway through the funeral for Daitetsu Minase and practically drags himself all the way to the main deck to pay his last respects.
- Reiji Arisu of Namco × Capcom and Haken Browning of Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier. When Kyosuke meets Haken in Original Generation Sequel The Moon Dwellers, the latter nicknames him "Gambling Wolf".
- Note despite Haken having a color-scheme making him more of a Sanger Expy, including his storyline of being a "W-Numbers" human clone of Lemon Browning, Haken carries similar character traits to Kyosuke (stoicism, gambling habits/references), a main weapon with a Pile Bunker and leadership qualities. Also, the director for Endless Frontier was the one in charge of Impact and Namco X Capcom.
- Resident Little Miss Badass Vita from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has many references to the Alt Eisen: her "Barrier Jacket" is predominantly red and black (with some white highlights), her "Armed Device" is called "Graf Eisen" which, while a hammer, functions as a barrier-piercing attack with a pike by spending cartridges and also has the power to attack her enemies with tons of iron balls. Also, she gets trounced by new characters quite frequently.
- In-Universe, as of the Second Original Generation, the Flickerei Geist used by Ariel: its right arm is the same one Axel tore off the Alt during "Operation Plantagenet" in Original Generation 2.
- Reiji Arisu of Namco × Capcom and Haken Browning of Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier. When Kyosuke meets Haken in Original Generation Sequel The Moon Dwellers, the latter nicknames him "Gambling Wolf".
- Field Promotion: Is given full command of the ATX Team following Sanger's departure. After Ingram Prisken pulls his FaceHeel Turn, he's promoted to First Lieutenant and practically overall battle commander of the Hagane and Hiryu Custom forces. Whoo! Talk about Breakout Character.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: In the ATX Team, Kyosuke would be the "Choleric"; he was "Phlegmatic" when Sanger was around.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Displayed in Episode 23 of The Inspector - Kyosuke finally returns to the front lines with the new and improved Alt Eisen Riese to rescue a Brainwashed Excellen from the Einst. He No-Sell a beam shot that would have taken out the Hagane and proceeds to tear his way through every Einst thrown in his path. At one point, loads of Einst Gemuet literally dog pile the Riese; Kyosuke responds by using the Alt's Claymore Launchers to blow half of the mess away note , then makes quick work of the rest.
- The Gambler: No matter how stacked the odds are, he "doesn't mind betting on them".
- Gatling Good: Alt Eisen Riese's "Chaingun"; the "Claymore Launchers" also count due to its firing speed.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Did this to Sanger in Original Generation after he hesistates rejoining his ATX Team allies when he betrayed them."We don't need a moping fool. We need Sanger Zonvolt, The Sword That Cleaves Evil!"
- Gut Feeling
- Going along with his gambling motif, Kyosuke's very good at weighing the playing field: sharp instincts coupled together with a fair amount of savviness makes for a man who's rarely blind-sighted.
- Back in the first Original Generation game, he was only person besides Gilliam Yeager who suspected Ingram was a traitor; his initial assumption the traitor had an agenda separate from the "Aerogaters" also turned out to be correct. In Original Generation 2, he pegged Lamia Loveless as The Mole within minutes of meeting her and correctly assumed that she was working for a shadowy third-party.
- Got Me Doing It: In the OG games his habit of using gambling metaphors proves to be extremely catchy; lampshaded by Excellen who calls it the "Kyosuke disease". Even Axel picked up the habit, much to his annoyance.
- Heroic Safe Mode: After the apparent death of Lamia, Kyosuke somehow changed his attitude to encouraging his allies to not make any mistake, and the sight of Bartoll would make him enter a Tranquil Fury very similar to Ingram's capture of Excellen in his scenario. The sight was very jarring that even Excellen knows that this means bad news if continued, but that's the only way Kyosuke would go instead of lamenting forever. The safe mode lasted until Axel fixed things for him.
- While he usually comes off as apathetic, cold and reserved towards just about anything, there are times on the battlefield where his emotions break through and he shows this trope.
- Hiliariously used for a certain attack in the Gespenst MK II Type-S.
- Hover Mecha: Alt Eisen Riese; because it's so heavy and can barely move, the Tesla Drive installed doesn't allow the Riese to fly. Instead, it hovers off the ground.
- I Can Still Fight!: In Original Generation 2, he insists on getting back into the fight despite Axel sending him to the ICU a few scenarios earlier. He does and sorties out with the rebuilt Riese later; changed a bit in The Inspectors where he's forced to play a side-lined role using a custom Gespenst until the Alt's repairs can be completed.
- Ignore the Fanservice: Subverted; not that he doesn't appreciate Excellen's antics, but he tends to look the other way regarding her Ms. Fanservice hijinks.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- Improbable Weapon User: The Alt uses a Pile Bunker and carries Shoulders of Doom as weaponsnote . When it's upgraded to the Riese, it can't even move with the extra armor and weaponry; who in the right mind would want to use this machine? Fortunately, Kyosuke's the only one who can ever use it and factor in his ungodly luck, here's a true example of a weapon not fit for anyone but him.
- Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Even in a setting where super robots generally outclass real robots, the Alt Eisen manages to rival most supers in power with a chaingun, an electrified cutting horn, a gigantic Pile Bunker and a pair of shoulder launchers that fire titanium ball bearings.
- Leitmotif: Kotetsu no Beowulf ("Steel Beowulf")
- Lightning Bruiser
- Tanking and dealing high damage while still being able to dodge are all wrapped up in one Alt Eisen-shaped package. The Riese, if set up correctly, can be a top-tier unit.
- Justified In-Universe: the Alt was specifically designed to charge into enemy lines via blitz strategies, hence its heavy armor and high acceleration. Incidentally, this is also why it's so difficult to pilot: it's set up for high-risk high-reward combat (which, come to think of it, fits Kyosuke's personalty like a glove).
- Meaningful Name
- His surname "Nanbu" is named after the Real Life "Nambu" pistol.
- Kyosuke and Excellen's Combination Attack is named "Rampage Ghost" as both their signature machines are customized Gespensts (German for "specter").
- The Claymore Launchers are named after the samed-named "M18 Claymore anti-personnel mines" housing hundreds of steel balls to maximize lethality when triggered.
- More Dakka: The general idea behind the Alt's design. Interestingly, most of the Alt's weapons are classified as melee-based, including its Claymore Launchers.
- Multicolored Hair: Brown and gold
- Official Couple: To the point where their Portmanteau Couple Name is "Kyocellen".
- Only I Can Make It Go: In-Universe, it's generally agreed he's the only one who can effectively use the Alt; game-play does not prevent anyone from putting a different pilot in its cockpit, but there's not much incentive to since it disables Rampage Ghost and Code E.D.N.
- Patrick Stewart Speech: Him giving one to the Neue Regisseur ultimately convinces Alfimi to pull her HeelFace Turn.
- Pietà Plagiarism: In The Inspectors when Excellen is rescued by Kyosuke, their mecha are in this pose.
- Pile Bunker: Alt Eisen's Revolver Stake and Alt Eisen Riese's Revolving Bunker
- Rated M for Manly: One of the manliest characters in the entire franchise.
- Rule of Cool: Played with - the whole premise of the Alt Eisen is this trope, yet it's pointed out the things that make it awesome also make it an impractical piece of scrap, but since Kyosuke makes it work to his favor, it adds to his appeal.
- Shoulders of Doom: An entirely functional one - the giant boxes that are the Alt Eisen's shoulders contain both the delivery mechanisms and the uncountable number of titanium ball bearings involved in the Claymore Launchers.
- The Stoic: Zigzagged
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Kyosuke knows better than to let his opponents get under his skin, so his usual response to any sort of taunt is to either ignore it or shut up 'em up with snark.
- Team Normal: Of the ATX Team - Excellen's a Half-Human Hybrid, Kusuha Mizuha and Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield are "Psychodrivers", Lamia's a Ridiculously Human Robot and Ariel is an Artificial Human.
- Tranquil Fury: A master of this trope
Katina Tarask: "That's cold."Excellen: "Not really. Kyosuke's bad about holding a grudge."Kyosuke: "We'll settle this later, Hans. My way."Excellen: "See."
- Kyosuke never loses his composure when his buttons are pressed and always stays focused on the task at hand; hell, he becomes more determined to beat the crap out of anyone who pushed it in the first place. A good example comes from Original Generation after Hans Weber turns traitor and abducts Princess Shine Hausen, then flees while a large enemy force attacks the Far Eastern Izu Base. Kyosuke orders his allies to focus on dealing with the more immediate threat rather than chase the kidnappers, prompting this exchange:
- Excellen later remarks she feels sorry for the traitor because "He made Kyosuke mad."
Katina: "Wow! Kyosuke's pretty calm, given the situation."Ryusei: "Not really..."Katina: "Huh?"Ryusei: "He's furious. I've never seen him get this angry before."Irmgard Kazahara: (Well, he may have be trying to... but Ingram just pissed off the one guy he shouldn't have.)
- The best example is during the Scenario 35 event when Ingram purposely goes out of his way to taunt him. Kyosuke, when confronted with Excellen, Brainwashed and Crazy by Ingram, goads Kyosuke to attack him. He responds by saying "I see", then calmly gives orders to immobilize her mech; he even exchanges a few jokes with Sanger. What follows is this:
- The ODE Incident shook him quite well that when Bartolls reappear, he gave the command with the 'stoic angry' face... but without raising his voice. Everyone instantly knew that Kyosuke was pissed off.
- Wolverine Publicity: With the exception of the Masou Kishin-based game(s), him, his Expy or any variant of the Alt Eisen will always be on Original Generation-related game covers.
- The Worf Effect
- At least until he gets the Riese, every new villain in Original Generation 2 seems to show their superiority by beating the Alt Eisen to within an inch of destruction. Justified as the villains in question (Axel and Wodan Ymir) had tussled with Beowulf in the Shadow-Mirror universe, so they knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Alt and how to fight it.
- Enforced Trope: the Alt was also due for a serious tune-up: since the end of Original Generation the ATX Team had been active non-stop as part of mop-up operations and their machines were starting to wear down, particularly the Alt. Kyosuke knew it was only a matter of time before this caught up with him and had wanted to avert this earlier with a major overhaul to the Alt (in fact, the sequel opens with him arguing with a superior about this). Unfortunately, he was consistently sortied into battle, which didn't give the Alt any time to rest. It wasn't until Axel tore the machine apart the Riese was green-lit for approval.
The extremely cheery Ms. Fanservice partner and complement to Kyosuke, and his girlfriend to boot, Excellen is majorly flirty, loves to tease everyone, usually the one who brings the party together and totally devoted to her boyfriend. She's not an Otaku, but has a hint of geekiness intact, making plenty of Shout Outs here and there. She also loves acting like a Cool Big Sis towards anyone younger than her. Excellen's origins are not pleasant: she was in the same shuttle accident that claimed the lives of all its passengers except her and Kyosuke. Years later, after being part of the army (Sanger's ATX Team in Original Generation), it turns into coincidence Kyosuke is selected to be part of the same unit as her.
In Original Generation 2, Excellen befriends ATX Team newcomer Lamia Loveless, who showcases her traits as a Cool Big Sis towards her, making Lamia call her Ex-neesama ("Ms. Excel" in the localization) since Lamia's so clueless about human personality given her Robot Girl nature. Throughout Impact and Original Generation 2, Excellen is hounded by Einst Alfimi, a human-Einst clone of her who wants to bring her to the Einst, leading to a situation where she does get kidnapped by the Eldritch Abominations and Brainwashed as their servant. Fortunately, Kyosuke and his allies break her free from their control. At the same time in Original Generation 2, thanks to the Shadow-Mirror having a hand in the events of the game, Lemon Browning, who shares Excellen's surname, also antagonizes Excellen, claiming she knows everything about her.
After Original Generation 2, Excellen continues to accompany Kyosuke, doing her best to be his moral support, When the events of the Second Original Generation unfold, Excellen is transported into La Gias, temporarily being a "gang leader" for the bandit Gold Bagold until Masaki Andoh raids the bandit hideout, forcing Excellen out of hiding, reuniting and helping him and his allies during the "Langran Civil War", before returning to the surface, only to contend with new terrestrial and aliens threats. Over time, Excellen forms a bond with Ariel Org and at the end of the "Sealing War" in the Second Original Generation, welcomes Ariel as the newest member of the ATX Team.
- Anything That Moves: She'll usually flirt with anyone, regardless if its an alien, homicidal maniac, old enough to be her grandfather, young enough to be her daughter, male, female, etc. However, she'll never go the full distance with them because of her devotion to Kyosuke. Fanon, on the other hand, likes to say otherwise.
- Badass in Distress: Twice - first by Ingram (now discontinued), then the Einst for their own nefarious schemes.
- Beam Spam: The specialty of the Weiss and Rein Weiss with its Swiss Army Gun
- Beware the Silly Ones: Do not underestimate this woman. Excellen may act like a carefree Cool Big Sis, but she's also a hardened combat veteran, extremely intelligent, and absolutely lethal at long-ranged combat. She can also be intimidating whenever she feels the need to; case in point, when Axel makes himself known to Kyosuke for the first time in Original Generation 2:Excellen: "You seem to really hate Kyosuke... But how do you know him?"Axel: "What's it to you?"Excellen: "Well, depending on your answer, you might not leave this place alive."
- Boisterous Bruiser: A rare female protagonist example, though she mixes this with Hard-Drinking Party Girl.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In her Distressed Damsel role; doubles as Fighting Your Friend.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Note while Excellen's a bonafide Manic Pixie Dream Girl, she has all the elements of the "gentle girl" - genuine affection, patience and emotional support for the "brooding boy".
- Covert Pervert: One has to wonder what exactly goes on in Excellen's head when she starts flirting with girls...
- Dead Guy Junior: Variation; the end of Impact and Original Generation 2 has Excellen tell Kyosuke if she ever has a baby, she'd want a daughter and will name her Alfimi. If players trigger a specific event in Original Generation 2, where Excellen is the one to deal the death blow to Lemon, she instead wants twin girls. Kyosuke correctly guesses they'd be named Alfimi and Lemon.
- Expy: Xiaomu in Namco × Capcom and Kaguya Nanbu (to an extent) in Endless Frontier.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: In the ATX Team, Excellen would be the "Sanguine".
- Friendly Sniper: She does exhibit a variation of the Cold Sniper briefly: when several characters are tending to Aya Kobayashi after Ingram betrays them, almost all are ready to lie to her face about his FaceHeel Turn. When Aya wakes up, Excellen jumps in before the others get to speak and bluntly tells her Ingram hasn't only betrayed them, but he was the one who shot down Aya in the R-3 Powered. Everyone's shocked the primarily jovial and light-hearted Excellen would be so outright cold and break Aya's heart.
- Gainaxing: A mild degree of it in Original Generations, gratuituously in The Inspectors.
- Gun Twirling: Justified; the "Oxtongue Launcher"/"Howling Launcher" must perform this in order to switch firing modes.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Roughly a 20%-80% human-Einst hybrid
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Played with - Excellen doesn't need to have alcoholic to be this; it's part of her nature. Likewise, her sunny disposition is what really cheers the cast up during the downer moments.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She's able to keep a bead on her target at ridiculous distances, even when her mech allows her to move at speeds exceeding the beams she's firing.
- Leitmotif: Hakugin no Datenshi (literally "(Pure) Silver Fallen Angel", though the title has also been translated as "Platinum Lucifer" and "White Fallen Knight").
- Mala Proper: She tends to mess up or misspronaunce Japanese and Chinese Proverbs.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Impact and Gameboy Advance Original Generation 2 Rein reverts back to the original; Original Generations Retcons this with the Rein staying as it is. If players plan on getting this in Impact, the Shin Getter Robo is lost. However, getting the latter disables Rampage Ghost as the Rein cannot intitate it with the Alt Eisen Riese in this game.
- Ms. Fanservice: Teasing, innuendo, stockings, wearing a bunny suit simply for the guys' viewing pleasure, swimwear, loads of hinted Les Yay, wearing only a bath towel while walking around the battleship, etc. She's even been on Japanese pillows endorsed by Banpresto◊ (maybe NSFW).
- No One Could Survive That!: Subverted - she didn't survive the shuttle accident at all; the Einst brought her back as part of their Evil Plan.
- No-Sell: For some reason, she's the only person who isn't affected by Aerogater Mind Control. In this case, it's because the Einst got to her first.
- Over and Under the Top: Despite Excellen over-exaggerating her affections solely for Kyosuke (coupled with how fans portray her), the two have some of the most tender moments on-screen.
- Phenotype Stereotype: She's from North America; Probably counts as a Gorgeous Gaijin too.
- Shipper on Deck: If she wasn't a pilot, she might as well have taken a career as a matchmaker.
- Shout-Out: TONS.
- Her surname is one to the Real Life semi-automatic handgun Browning Hi-Power.
- Many of her battle quotes are derived from elements in Getter Robo, Great Mazinger, Mazinkaiser, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Machine Robo, Gunbuster, Dancougar, Kamen Rider and Back to the Future (localization-only); hell, she even calls out Sanger's Catchphrase. Some of the references are justified because she originally came from a series/remake which featured them.
- Stocking Filler: Sports a pair of subtle garters in official art.
- Super Speed: Particularly the Rein; its attack animations depict it as if it were in multiple places at once. Trope fully demonstrated in its debut for The Inspectors.
- Swiss Army Gun: Weiss Riter's Oxtongue Launcher and Rein Weiss Ritter's Howling Launcher
- The Power of Love: Excellen is assigned with the Love Spirit Command, has a rank 3 love relationship bonus with Kyosuke note and she coins Rampage Ghost as the "Love Love Attack".
- The Tease
- Wave-Motion Gun: Rein Weiss Ritter's "Howling Launcher X"
- Witty Banter, You Fight Like a Cow
- Her random combat messages tend to be very unusual.
- Depending on which unit she's in and the attack that's used (re: Alt Eisen's Revolver Stake), she'll resort to Double Entendre.
The main antagonists of Compact 2/Impact, the Einst claim to have been around since the beginning of time, acting as the guardians of the universe and eliminate those they consider a threat to the natural order, recreating life from the ashes, if necessary. It just so happens they pick the universe where the heroes live in. To initiate their Adam and Eve Plot, the Einst create Einst Alfimi, a clone of Excellen, to have her sire a new mankind with Kyosuke, but their plans are undone when Alfimi turns on her creators and joins her human allies to destroy them instead.
Tropes regarding the Einst include:
- A God I Am Not: In the final battle, when the Neue Regisseur explains the Einst's role, the heroes demand if it claims to be God, which the Neue denies vehemently.
- Animated Armor: Einst Gemuet look the least alien of all Einst units, resembling a suit of armor.
- The Assimilator: Highlighted in The Inspectors where civilians are slowly mutated into Einst hybrids.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Because humans are slowly causing what the Einst consider "the entropy of existence", mankind has to go. However, for reasons unspecified, Kill All Humans isn't enough for the Einst. They must replace it with a new human race via an Adam and Eve Plot, except these new humans will lack emotions and souls - one which will not pose a threat to the universe. Too bad one of their creations didn't think that can work.
- Came Back Wrong: In Original Generation Gaiden, the Einst return as the "Jetzt", human-engineered Einst created from "Wong Heavy Industries" as part of the "Tsentr Project", used as biological weapons by capturing live Einst units via mercenery groups, such as the Cry Wolves. When they break out of containment and run amok, Axel and Alfimi are tasked with hunting them down. Furthermore, the Jetzt are responsible for the "Flatfish" encountered by the Hiryu Custom. By the Second Original Generation, most of the Jetzt have been destroyed, although two cores from "Jetzt Regisseur"-class units are housed inside the Flickerei Geist and Alles Geist of the Gaia Sabers.
- Cloning Blues
- Colony Drop: In Original Generation 2, the Stern Regisseur attempts to ram the Earth with its 40 kilometer body, having fused itself with the "White Star".
- Combat Tentacles: Featured on "Einst Glied" and "Einst Regisseur"-types
- Final Boss: "Neue Regisseur" for Compact 2/Impact
- True Final Boss: Achieving a certain amount of Battle Masteries in Original Generation 2 nets a final fight with the Stern Regisseur. Subverted in Impact where Char Aznable hijacks the role if enough Skill Points are earned. Furthermore, the Stern is fought regardless in Original Generations due to Retcon.
- Giant Space Fish From Nowhere: The Flatfish encountered by the Hiryu Custom in Original Generation Gaiden.
- Gratuitous German, Theme Naming: All names and attack names of Einst units and characters
- Hijacked by Ganon: The Einst in the Endless Frontier are the true Big Bad, not the "Orchestral Army".
- Legacy Character: While the Einst are no more post-Original Generation 2, lingering elements of them continue to exist - some with benevolent purposes (Rein Weiss Ritter, Alfimi, Flickerei Geist), some for more sinister reasons (Jetzt, Flatfish, Alles Geist and its succeeding "Endlich Geist").
- Organic Technology: They can mimic mecha perfectly, the best example being the Einst Eisen. When Excellen is taken by the Einst along with her Weiss Ritter, the machine is upgraded into the Rein Weiss Ritter using this trope in Impact. With the Einst's defeat, the organic components of the Rein crumble away.
- Palette Swap: The colors of the Jetzt are largely white and grey to contrast from the predominantly purple Einst.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: One of the "Einst Knocken"-type's attacks
- That's No Moon!: The Stern Regisseur's corpse from Original Generation 2 turns into the Einst's dimension in Endless Frontier.
- The Reveal: The shuttle accident Kyosuke and Excellen were a part of? It was the Einst's doing; this event is how the Einst marked the two of them for their Evil Plan.
Created exclusively for Impact, when the Einst declare humanity needs a reboot via their own "Adam and Eve" to make the planet grow again after they destroy it, the Einst create a clone out of Excellen, but instead of being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl Hard-Drinking Party Girl, Einst Alfimi is an Emotionless Girl. For much of Impact and Original Generation 2, Alfimi attempts to persuade Kyosuke (the Einst's chosen "Adam") to join her and the Einst, but his consistent refusal forces her to capture Excellen instead, hoping this will be the way to goad him to agree with her. After Kyosuke and his allies free Excellen from the Einst's Brainwashing, they pull their own persuasion for Alfimi to break out on her own from her Einst creators. Not only does it work, but she helps them defeat the Einst. Unfortunately, as Alfimi's existence is tied down to the Einst, destroying the Eldritch Abominations inevitably destroys her as well. Alfimi fades away, dying she is thankful she has made friends.
Alfimi pilots the very scary-looking Einst mecha "Persoenlichkeit" (shortened into "Lichkeit" for the localization due to space restrictions). Tropes associated with Alfimi:
- Bittersweet Ending: Destroying the Einst inevitably destroys her as her essence is tied down with the Einst's existence; averted in Original Generation Gaiden - her body is destroyed, but her soul continues to exist. When she comes across a near death Axel in his damaged Soulgain (just before the "Cry Wolves" pick him up), she merges herself within him. Six months later, when the human-engineered Jetzt break out from containment, Alfimi reawakens with a new body and Persoenlichkeit, assisting Axel with hunting down and destroyed the Jetzt.
- Distressed Damsel: Alfimi returns in the Second Original Generation, but moments after she returns to the Original Generation universe from the Endless Frontier, she ends up separated with Axel and forcefully absorbed by Duvan Org and his monstrous "Alles Geist", who hopes to extend his remaining life. Depending on the route taken, she either is left hanging as Duvan doesn't cross paths with the heroes again or is ejected from the Alles to accompany Axel again. The latter is considered canon.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: In all her playable appearances in pre-The Moon Dwellers, Alfimi joins the party with one of the best sets of Spirit Commands available (such as granting any ally the "Strike" Spirit Command note for extremely low cost). Alfimi herself gains a natural "SP Regeneration" pilot skill note , with her Lichkeit having HP/EN regeneration, "Full Block" note and "Mirror Image" note .
- Expy: The Final Boss of Endless Frontier, the Wahrschein Lichkeit, is basically the Persoenlichkeit through and through.
- Facial Markings: Two red dots below the eyes of each cheek, akin to Beauty Mark.
- Gorn: Notable, given the genre - the Persoenlichkeit's strongest attack Mabuiguri has her send a pair of Familiars to hold the target in place. As she makes her way, she draws her katana and repeatedly gouges and impales, making a bloody mess of her target.
- Gratuitous German: All the Persoenlichkeit's attacks are in German.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Persoenlichkeit's Weapon of Choice; incidentally becomes Alfimi's weapon in Endless Frontier EXCEED.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: These days, everyone knows Alfimi is Excellen's clone, but Alfimi winding up resurrecting herself in Original Generation Gaiden, all the way towards appearing in Endless Frontier EXCEED and beyond is STILL considered a spoiler, DESPITE being on the cover of EXCEED.
- Leitmotif: "Alchemist With a Wavering Heart" (localized as "Alchemist's Query")
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Briefly seen under the Persoenlichkeit's faceplate in the animation for the Raigoue attack. It's not pretty.
- Perky Female Minion: For the Einst, then she becomes Axel's.
- Permanently Missable Content: The only way to gain Alfimi in the Second Original Generation is to achieve enough "SR Points" to access the hard route for the final split in the game. If not, she the apparent plot resolves without her, and Axel departs to look for her..
- Platonic Life-Partners: How she and Axel behave to one another post-Original Generation Gaiden. Although the games are vague regarding the true nature of their relationship, Alfimi hints Axel cares about her more than he would like to admit
- Ship Tease: Given whom she's a clone of, her affections for Kyosuke are blatant in Impact and Original Generation 2. Averted by Original Generation Gaiden since Alfimi's hanging around Axel for so long she decides to leave with him at the end of the game. Lampshaded by Alfimi stating she's the "only one who understands Axel". Cemented by Endless Frontier EXCEED when the game ascends them into Battle Couple.
- Speech Impediment: Not really, but she talks really slow. Made more jarring considering who she's a clone of.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Alfimi" or "Alchemie"? While technically both count, given the Einst's Gratuitous German Theme Naming, it's more accurately the latter.
- Token Mini-Moe: Amongst the Impact originals.
- Yaoi Fangirl: In EXCEED, one of her victory quotes with Xiaomu is that she insists that it's Aledy x Axel instead of the other way around.