Male protagonist of Reversal, Raul Gureden is a test pilot of the Excellence machine installed with the Time Flow Engine. He is partnered with Wrench Wench Mizuho Saiki and good friends with the energy Otaku Raji Montoya. His story differs depending on Continuity.
In Reversal, Raul lives in a Crapsack World where events like Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack or Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince of Darkness is on the air. Trying to promote the Time Flow Engine, he enlists his team to the Ra Cailum or Nadesico, but at one point meets the enigmatic Duminuss, who wants the Engine for its own purposes. Attacking the Excellence crew, the Engine is damaged enough that it opens a wormhole, transporting them to the past, but before the events that occurred which turned their world into a crapsack. After doubting that any changes will preserve the future, Raul declares maybe a Temporal Paradox won't hurt, if it's to fix the Bad Future, thus works with the Round Knights to ensure events will not trigger to cause the worst outcome. Duminuss continues to target him and the Engine, but its death throws Raul and his company back to their time, now brighter and sunnier because of his efforts to fix the past.
In Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2, he hails from the same world as the Shadow-Mirror, with a younger Half Identical Twin sister named Fiona. In the prologue, the team's sought by the Shadow-Mirror, but continues to elude them, until Lemon Browning sends Axel Almer to retrieve the Time Flow Engine. He proceeds to disable Fiona's Excellence when Duminuss appears and sends an attack at Raul. Fiona takes the shot, but the shock of the attack causes the Engine in her unit to go haywire and open a dimensional gate, sucking the siblings in (fortunately for Axel, he eludes it). Raul, Raji and Mizuho wind up transported to the Original Generation universe and align with the Earth Federation Army (with some help from Gilliam Yeager) at the height of the war with the "Inspectors" and the "Einst". Following the conflict, Raul, Raji and Mizuho join the crew of the Kurogane battleship, with hopes they might find Fiona.
Six months later in Original Generation Gaiden, during a clash between Kouta Azuma and his Brainwashed and Crazy sister Shouko Azuma as "Dark Emi", the energies from their respective "Compatible Kaiser" and "G-Thundergate" trigger a wormhole with Fiona and her Excellence coming out from it. While Raul catches up Fiona with current events, Duminuss kidnaps Raji and Mizuho; in response, he and Fiona take their machines to battle the creature and rescue them both. Raul's story ends with him dismantling the Excellence and the Time Flow Engine, citing the latter too dangerous and something like Duminuss will come again with hopes to seize the Engine and misuse it. Opting to open a junkyard/mechanic shop called "L&E Corporation", Raul continues to become a test pilot for Mizuho's new rescue-oriented robotics. Despite not actively taking to the battlefield again, Raul continues to help the Earth Federation Army in the Second Original Generation.
Things change drastically in The Moon Dwellers when the Federation came face to face with the Fury, who were able to stop time. In order to give the Federation a chance, Raul takes the risk of rebuilding the Time Flow Engine and another set of Excellence unit for him and Fiona, even if it may one day bring forth something similar to Duminuss, or worse.
The modular-based Excellence in all appearances comes with a full set of frames changeable to adapt to any situation/terrain. In either Continuity, after Mizuho and Raji are captured by Duminuss, Raul acquires the super robot Excellence "Lightning" as a final upgrade. For the Second Original Generation, despite having dismantled the Excellence, Raul returns with the new Excellence "Rescue", a designated support unit.
Raul embodies these tropes:
- Attack Drones: "Excellence Cosmodiver" frame's "Fairy"
- Call-Back: In Scenario 27 for Original Generation Gaiden, Raul notes the environment is the same when they were attacked by Axel and Duminuss back in their world. Original Generation Gaiden reuses the same map from Original Generations.
- Chest Blaster: Excellence Lightning's "Black Sun"
- Composite Character: The "Excellence Gunstriker" frame in Original Generation Sequel The Moon Dwellers combines the melee-oriented nature of the "Excellence Striker" frame and the long-ranged "Excellence Gunner" frame from Reversal (the Gunner frame is absent in Original Generation Gaiden).
- Cool Sword: Excellence Lightning's "Dimension Slasher"
- Disc-One Nuke: In The Moon Dwellers, Level Grinding Raul when he appears until he reaches level 99 in the Excellence Rescue invaribly levels the rest of the Reversal characters when they appear later in the game.
- Godzilla Threshold: After the battle with Dark Brain was over, Raul dismantled all Excellence units due to their Time Flow Engine being considered dangerous and more likely would attract dangerous beings like Dark Brain again. However, when the time-stopping Fury comes to fray, Raul decided to rebuild the Time Flow Engine just so the Terra Federation can stand a chance, even if his previous fears may come to pass one day.
- Guns Akimbo: Cosmodiver frame is equipped with two guns
- Leitmotif: "Over The Time Flow"
- Multicolored Hair: Black-red hair
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: His standard reaction whenever people try to ship him with Mizuho In-Universe.
- Spanner in the Works: In The Moon Dwellers, the Excellence Gunstriker - the rebuilt Time Flow Engine in his and Fiona's Excellence are able to No-Sell the time manipulation abilities of the "Fury".
- Temporal Paradox, Time Travel: Reversal only; of note is Raul doesn't necessarily care he might alter the future to be more of a crapsack than before.
- Transforming Mecha: In Original Generation, the Excellence can change its Cosmodiver, "Flyer" and Striker frames on the fly as opposed to Reversal, where it can only be done during the intermission or docked with an allied battleship.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: The dismantling of the Time Flow Engine and Excellence frames is the belief it's attracting problems because of its unique nature. By the Second Original Generation, extraterrestrials still flock to Earth without it.
The heroine of Reversal, Fiona Guresen starts as Raul's Distaff Counterpart, meaning her story's the same as his in Reversal, yet they cannot co-exist together. Don't expect Fiona to be into Girls' Love for Reversal, since she has a steady relationship with Raji, where she believes her status as a test pilot hinders his research with the Time Flow Engine. Original Generation turns her into Raul's younger twin sister and unlike Raul who takes his business seriously, Fiona's much more laid back and a tease, with a penchant of reminding her brother she's his younger sister, despite him claiming it shouldn't make any difference, since they're...well, you know...twins.
Her story starts out the same as Raul in Original Generation 2, but after being thrown into the inter-dimensional gate, Fiona vanishes and isn't seen again. Come Original Generation Gaiden, when the clash between the Compatible Kaiser's "Overgate Engine" and the G-Thundergate opens up a wormhole, out pops Fiona, starving and still injured from taking the attack meant for Raul by Duminuss. Thanks to the interference of Axel and Einst Alfimi, Raul hauls her for medical attention aboard the Kurogane. After being caught up with the fact she's in an Alternate Dimension and learning Raji and Mizuho are kidnapped by Duminuss, Fiona takes to the battlefield to assault Duminuss and continue to be at her brother's side. With Duminuss defeated, Fiona dismantles her Excellence, agreeing the Time Flow Engine is still yet an unstable piece of technology, and opens the L&E Corporation with Raul as another test pilot for Mizuho, although Doctor Marion Radom states she wants to build something for Fiona that's better than the Excellence.
Fiona starts with the same Excellence machine like Raul, however her final upgrade is the much more feminime-looking "Excellence Eternal". Fiona embodies these tropes (some of them are shared with Raul, though):
- Attack Drones: Excellence Cosmodiver's Fairy
- Crucified Hero Shot: Played with - Fiona certainly doesn't pull this pose while doing her Heroic Sacrifice, but its an attack used by the Excellence Eternal called "Final Grand Cross". A case can be made that the attack is a Shout-Out to the "Grand Cross" attack from Detonator Orgun.
- Demoted to Extra: Rendered as a sub-pilot for the Excellence Rescue in the Second Original Generation, but averted in The Moon Dwellers when the Excellence Gunstriker frame is built and Time Flow Engine restored, allowing Fiona to become an active pilot again.
- Guns Akimbo: Cosmodiver frame
- Heroic Sacrifice: Original Generation only; subverted later due to Trailers Always Spoil.
- Improbable Weapon User: In Original Generation Gaiden, she gets praised by Marion for using the Eternal's energy emitters as Dual Wielding blades.
- Leitmotif: "Over The World Wall"
- Meaningful Name: In-Universe, Fiona comes up with the L&E monniker for their company after the Excellence Lightning and Eternal frames.
- The Tease: Not as much as Excellen Browning, but she mercilessly teases her "Onii-chan~".
- Transforming Mecha: Original Generation only
Raul's scientist friend who created the Time Flow Engine, Raji Montoya's an Otaku about energy sources and usually accompanies Raul in his endeavors, but in Fiona's scenario for Reversal, he's her Love Interest and a big source of Fiona's Wangst. In either Continuity, he's kidnapped with Mizuho to create a new Time Flow Engine for Duminuss, but sabotages it at the last second to give Raul/Fiona a chance. Exclusively for Original Generation, he becomes a sub-pilot for Raul's Excellence Lightning. At the end of Original Generation Gaiden, when Raul and Fiona decide to dismantle their Excellences, Raji doesn't entirely abandon his continuing research to the Time Flow Engine, but he does intend to one day discover the Engine's true properties.
Tropes associated with Raji:
- Ascended Extra: Promoted from a Non-Player Character in Reversal to a sub-pilot in Original Generation.
- Heroic Second Wind: When Duminuss appears for the penultimate time in Reversal, it's really joyous the Round Knights cannot stop it from getting what it wants. Suddenly, Raji makes his "malfunction" on the second Time Flow Engine work, Duminuss gets horribly wounded and the tables are turned in the Round Knights' favor.
- Stoic Spectacles: Applicable since Raji barely emotes; his character portrait in Original Generation rarely changes.
- Mr. Exposition: He spouts a lot of exposition whenever his favorite subject comes up, namely, the Applied Phlebotinum used to power the various robots he encounters.
- Otaku: He is so obsessed with power sources that he wanted to disassemble Combattler V and Voltes V just to see how their electromagnetic energy work. This is parodied in a intermission save dialogue for Original Generations, where he tries to ''disassemble the PlayStation 2 just to understand how its energy source works!
The other friend of Raul, more specifically his girlfriend (or not, as he insists), Mizuho Saiki's responsible for the creation of the Excellence machines and their various frames, built on the basis that her parents died after a disaster and she wanted to create a rescue-based unit. Irony ensues because of the military demands in their world, thus she winds up arming the Excellence instead. Unfortunately for players, if Fiona's the protagonist for Reversal, don't expect any Les Yay. Usually seen next with Raji as a pair developing the Excellence, and in either Continuity, she's kidnapped with him by Duminuss. Exclusively for Original Generation, she becomes a sub-pilot for Fiona's Excellence Eternal.
Tropes associated with Mizuho:
- Ascended Extra: Like Raji, Mizuho rises from side-character status in Reversal to Fiona's sub-pilot in Original Generation.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her reaction with Raul
- Wrench Wench: May double as The Blacksmith, having crafted the Mecha Expansion Packs for the Excellence.
DUMINUSS & FAMILY
The antagonists of Reversal, this group consists of a giant pink blob-thing and its three homunculi children. Tropes common among all of them are:
- Crossdressing Voices: Duminuss and Laliar
- Freudian Trio, Nice, Mean, and In-Between
- Tis is the "id", being the most bratty and impulsive
- Laliar is the "ego", who acts as the mediator between the siblings
- Despinis is the "superego", since she handles the task of supervising the construction of the second Time Flow Engine in Reversal.
- Leitmotif: "Original Sin"; exclusively in Original Generation Gaiden, the homunculi get their own exclusive theme "Be A Perfect".
- Little Miss Badass: Tis and Despinis; in fact, don't be fooled by the latter's demure self. She's just about as good as she gets in combat.
- Meaningful Name, Theme Naming: Duminuss and homunculi are all named after Greek words
- Duminuss (more accurately dunamis) means "power", while teis, despinis and ''raria" mean "matter", "miss" and "speech", respectively.
- The homunculi's mecha are Thugater and Pater (Tis), Eleos (Despinis) and Hypokrisis (Laliar), meaning "daughter" and "father", "mercy" and "hypocrisy", respectively.
- Our Homunculi Are Different: Although they look like human children, each have Super Strength
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Tis" or "Tiz"? Is it "Despinis" or "Despoiniz"? Is it "Laliar", "Ralia" or "Lalia"?
- Undying Loyalty: The three homunculi to Duminuss; subverted in Original Generation during Duminuss' Last Stand.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Played with in Reversal - Duminuss created the homunculi as children believing people will hesitate to fight a child. Averted when they sacrifice their "mind" to heal their badly injured master, forcing players to kill them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink for Tis, deep blue for Despinis
Duminuss is the mysterious entity in Reversal who claims it killed its creator (it could possibly be a she because of its voice actor in Original Generation, but due to the lack of a specific gender, this page will simply designate Duminuss "genderless") and wonders about its purpose and attempts to find the answer. When Duminuss stumbles upon the Time Flow Engine, it tries to seize that with hopes to return to a point in the past and ask its creator about its purpose. Throughout Reversal, Duminuss is assisted by three homunculi it created.
In Original Generation 2, Duminuss makes its appearance in the Shadow-Mirror universe and heads an attack on the Gureden siblings, unknowingly damaging Fiona's Excellence and its Time Flow Engine. The next time it appears is in Original Generation Gaiden, where-in Duminuss destroys Wilhelm von Juergen and commandeers the "ODE System" for its use. In this setting, Duminuss has acquired the "Emi Armor" and G-Thundergate, forming an uneasy alliance with the "Shura". As help for revealing the inner workings of the "Swordian Fortress", Duminuss demands they kidnap Shouko Azuma, Brainwashing her to become Dark Emi via the Emi Armor and use the G-Thundergate to antagonize "Fighter Roar", Kouta's Henshin Hero alter ego. All this is so Duminuss can gather parts of the "Twelve Keys" to summon its master Dark Brain into this dimension.
Unfortunately, due to multiple circumstances, the Emi Armor and G-Thundergate are seized by Kouta and his allies from the Earth Federation Army, forcing Duminuss to call its master. However, Dark Brain deems Duminuss a failure for having lost the Emi Armor and G-Thundergate to his Arch-Nemesis and destroys Duminuss after successfully summoning it.
For the duration of Reversal, Duminuss can take on three forms: "Proton", "Deutron" and "Triton". Original Generation Gaiden tosses out the Deutron form and has Duminuss transform into its Triton form. Tropes associated with Duminuss:
- Anti-Villain Big Bad: Reversal only; many players REALLY got too touched with the homunculi's heart-wrenching Heroic Sacrifice to the point where one has to wonder "THIS is the 'Big Bad' of the game?". Some players went to the extremes and were unable to finish Reversal because they just couldn't bear to see the event go in vain. However, Original Generation Gaiden threw all of this out the window when it forcibly absorbs Tis and Laliar against their will to stay alive.
- Back from the Dead, Came Back Wrong: It'd use these as a means to antagonize the heroes by reviving two supposedly dead characters - in Reversal, it's Master Asia; in Original Generation Gaiden, it's Lamia Loveless (though more of a case of salvaging a Not Quite Dead person).
- Beta Test Baddie: Implied in Original Generation Gaiden by Dark Brain, who calls Duminuss correctly as "Dynamis 3", the notion that Duminuss is but one of many other examples of this in The Multiverse created and sent out to seek the Twelve Keys.
- Evil Matriarch: Apparently this is what it is, if one believes it's a "she". It doesn't help that Duminuss has a Cross-Dressing Voice.
- One-Winged Angel: Two moments of this in Reversal
- More Than Mind Control: In Original Generation Gaiden, Duminuss resorts to this to control Lamia since normal reprogramming isn't enough, yet it misses one tiny black box which ends up enabling her to recover.
- Smug Snake: In Original Generation Gaiden, Duminuss works with fellow Smug Snake Mizal Touval.
- Villain Override: Touchingly subverted in Reversal; as Duminuss is fatally wounded by the Round Knights, the homunculi sacrifice their souls to heal it, but their bodies keep going, determined to carry out their creator's last wish. Made more touchingly when Dumniuss asks each of them what they desire, promising to fulfill it when it resurrects them.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Duminuss' only wish is to know its purpose; because its creator shunned Duminuss, it destroyed the creator. It's implied Dark Brain implanted that memory into the Reversal version of Duminuss and abandoned it. Duminuss shifts into different dimensions, discovers the Time Flow Engine and wants to use it to return to the past to ask its creator for its purpose. Three homunculi are constructed by Duminuss to assist it, with such loyalty to it they willingly sacrifice themselves to regenerate their master. The Round Knights destroy Duminuss and it dies in agony never knowing what its true purpose is. Note this only applies to the Reversal countepart as Original Generation Gaiden subverts this and makes Duminuss an unrepentant Jerkass since its Original Generation counterpart is an entirely different entity created by Dark Brain (see Beta Test Baddie).
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Attempts to do so in Original Generation Gaiden - after making it look like Lamia is Killed Off for Real, Duminuss brings her back in order to demoralize her allies, making sure Lamia cannot refuse any order such as a Self-Destruct Mechanism. This ends in failure because Axel happens to be around, has a change of heart and knows something that overrides Duminuss' Brainwashing.
The pink-haired homunculus of Duminuss, Tis is the leader of the three. Impulsive and hot-headed, Tis is super sensitive about the size of her breasts (in fact, her wish if she ever gets revived is to get a body with larger ones). In Reversal, Tis makes contact with the "Gaizock Empire" for an alliance; in Original Generation, she sends the "Space Flounders" against the Hiryu Custom battleship, as well ensuring the G-Thundergate is still in their possession.
Her mecha is called the "Durgatel", which is always accompanied by the "Pater". Tis embodies these tropes:
- Cute Bruiser: Moreso than the other homunculi - in Reversal, she and her homunculi siblings fight the "Shuffle Alliance" to a standstill...in unarmed combat.
- Enfant Terrible: Unlike the other homunculi, Tiz is the meanest.
- Fastball Special: One of the Durgatel's attacks is having its towering golem-like machine Pater throwing it at the enemy.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Durgatel's partnered with the much larger Pater, used in most of its attacks.
The blue-haired homunculus of Duminuss, the chronically and painfully shy Despinis is charged with keeping control of those brought Back from the Dead by Duminuss. When that character is freed, she handles the job of observing the construction of the second Time Flow Engine by Raji and Mizuho in Reversal.
Despinis is seen with her mecha "Ereos" in combat. Tropes associated with her include:
- Adaptational Heroism: In Reversal, Despinis is an enemy, yet her worst is leveled at Anti-Villain because of her personality traits. Her Original Generation counterpart remains the same, but due to Spared by the Adaptation, she slowly swings towards heroism and turns into a Face for the Sequels.
- Ascended Extra: In Original Generation, Despinis Apologises a Lot to match her Shrinking Violet characterization; furthermore, she is the only homunculi spared when Dumniuss forcibly consumes them against their will as the Gureden siblings interfere. The twins adopt her into their family, turning her into a sub-pilot for the Excellence Rescue in the Second Original Generation.
- Apologetic Attacker: Frequently in whichever machine she uses.
- Character Development: During her debut, Despinis is pretty much an Anti-Villain who Apologises a Lot. She still carries the trait in the OG-verse, but after she's spared from death and then adopted by the Guredens, they really put effort to treat her like a family, causing Despinis to be more confident on herself and while she's still a little shy, she's much less so than in the beginning and apologizes less. By the time The Moon Dwellers roll in and she got to be the main pilot of Excellence Rescue, you can feel that she's more confident in her lines. The wonders of Spared By Adaptation can do that.
- Combat Medic: Becomes the primary pilot of the Excellence Rescue in The Moon Dwellers.
- Happily Adopted: Becomes part of the Gureden family post-Original Generation Gaiden.
- Ojou Ringlets, Regal Ringlets: To coincide with her Rapunzel Hair
- Redemption Earns Life: Original Generation only, primarily because she apologizes for having Lamia Brainwashed and Crazy after resurrecting her, is convinced by Raji and Mizuho to abandon Duminuss' quest, pulls a HeelFace Turn and granted Raul and Fiona's protection during Duminuss' Last Stand and a place among their allies.
- Shrinking Violet, Shy Blue-Haired Girl: An archetypal example
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Reversal, she combines with the rest of the homunculi to create Duminuss Triton, then destroyed by the Round Knights; in Original Generation Gaiden, she is absent when Duminuss absorbs her sibilings and is about to be Killed Off for Real by Dark Brain before when the Gureden siblings defend her, allowing her to live.
- Support Party Member
- Players are unlikely to use Despinis for combat against Dark Brain or True Final Boss Shu Shirakawa in Original Generation Gaiden. Like Alfimi, Despinis has a set of support-based "Spirit Commands" available post-HeelFace Turn without leveling her; as a sub-pilot in the Excellence Rescue for the sequels, Despinis is largely an extra set of Spirit Commands available for Raul to use. Justified because she tends to stay out of direct combat during her time serving Duminuss, with Laliar and Tis doing the heavy hitting; the Ereos is also designed to look like a White Mage with a magical staff, further putting her into this trope.
- Continued in The Moon Dwellers once she inherits the Excellence Rescue entirely, turning her into a full-blown Combat Medic.
- Walking Spoiler: Some of the spoilered tropes are the result of vast differences between her Reversal and Original Generation counterparts.
The only male homunculus, Laliar serves as the middle ground between Tis and Despinis. He contacts "Neo Zeon" in Reversal and takes a more active stance in combat. In Original Generation Gaiden, Laliar rarely heads to the battlefield and largely shafted to the sidelines.
In the instances he does fight, he uses the machine "Hypocrisis". Tropes associated with Laliar:
- Demoted to Extra: Laliar was very active in Reversal, but is akin to a glorified Mission Control for his siblings in Original Generation Gaiden. While he does get into battle, it'd be for around just one or two scenarios.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Always acts like this toward his homunculi siblings. It isn't unusual for him to hold off the heroes so Tis and Despinis can escape.
- The One Guy, Unsettling Gender Reveal: Yes, Laliar is a boy, folks.
- Swords Akimbo, Blade on a Stick: Hypocrisis sports four arms, all of them holding a sword each during one attack. Hypocrisis also wields several spears as its armament.