Male protagonist and member of the "Moon Surface Special Strategy Research Institute Defense Party", Soji is one of two selectable pilots for the Vangrey.
- Ace Pilot: Out of the two protagonists in the game, Soji earns this treatment In-Universe, including his character entry stating this description.
- Ambiguously Brown: There's no indication he's of mixed descent, despite the inherently Japanese surname; Soji claims his complexion is due to extreme ultraviolet radiation he encountered while piloting.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yes the man who takes nothing seriously is the best pilot of the starting Yamato crew.
- Butt-Monkey: As far as other characters go, Soji tends to get the short end of the stick compared to Chitose Kisaragi. This is especially true with regards to his success (or lack thereof) with women.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Lost his family to the Gamilas bombardments. While this left a mark on his psyche, he's also quick to point out there are a lot of other people in the world with the same problem.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's a very sardonic individual.
- Experienced Protagonist: By the start of the game hes already a battle hardened ace, who has been fighting in the war.
- Sad Clown: Before the M Operation, he was said to have been very serious and stoic. After he returned as the Sole Survivor of his unit, he adopted a complete personality change, on the basis of wanting to fully enjoy his life while he still had it.
- Sole Survivor: Hes the sole survivor of both his family and his old unit.
- In-Series Nickname: "Cap", as dubbed by Nine.
- Leitmotif: "The Returner"; post-Mid-Season Upgrade, "Matte Black Bullet".
- Like an Old Married Couple: If Soji is picked as the protagonist, his dynamic with Nine comes off as this. Lampshaded during the scenario where he acquires the Mid-Season Upgrade.
- Nice Guy: In spite of his Cynicism Catalyst, Soji maintains a positive outlook that allows him to be friendly with just about anybody.
- Perma-Stubble: Has little hair buds on his chin.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He shows signs of this. He seems to hide behind his Sad Clown attitude, despite his traumatic past. Izumi and Might also note he seems to have a hard time adjusting to everyday life.
- Ship Tease: With Chitose, and on his route with Nine as well.
Female protagonist and member of the "Third Special Strategy Research Institute Defense Party", Chitose is one of two selectable pilots for the Vangrey.
- Breast Expansion: The final attack of her Mid-Season Upgrade has Chitose pulling the lever so hard it's as if her chest starts expanding. Hell, the button on her breast pocket even comes off!
- Cool Big Sis: For Nine, who Lampshades this by addressing her as "nee-san".
- Covert Pervert: Accused of this by Nine; while not quite as romance-obsessed as her, Chitose certainly blushes quite easily.
- Dude Magnet: Quite a few guys come onto her in both routes.
- Gainaxing: Averted; most of her Super Move Portrait Attacks for the Vangrey has a close-up shot of her face, panning from the bottom to the top quickly.
- Leitmotif: "Oath Starlight"; post-Mid-Season Upgrade, "She Walks Ever Onward".
- Ms. Fanservice: Her Stripperiffic outfit features Bare Your Midriff and Cleavage Window.
- Ship Tease: With Soji, whom despite his personality she seems to have a thing for.
- Tsundere: With Soji again. Usually when hes not taking things seriously.
A mysterious girl traveling with Soji and Chitose, "Nine" has some kind of connection with the Vangrey's "System 99" operating system.
- Badass Bookworm: A DLC mission shows that she's actually pretty handy with a mech.
- The Comically Serious: Will occasionally delve into this; for example, when asked to say the "Tokyo Patent Approval Office" tongue twister, she replies that such an agency no longer exists following the changes to administrative areas after the Earth Federation was foundednote .
- Constantly Curious: Justified; Nine is constantly "observing" human behaviour and collecting data in order to better understand them because she isn't human herself.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She picked a "steampunk-style" of clothing to better represent her identity in-between that of a human and machine.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Originally a data collection terminal of Nevanlinna simply designated "No. 2044", its AI became autonomous after its connection with Nevanlinna was accidentally severed. This terminal was eventually found by human scientists and became the basis for "ERS-100".
- Meaningful Name: She named herself "System 99" because she felt she was still incomplete and didn't deserve her original monniker of ERS-100.
- Me's a Crowd: In Super Robot Wars T, it's revealed that after the events of V, she made a copy of herself so she can support the Vangnex and the Granvang at the same time.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Overlapping with Wrench Wench, Nine is able to build a wide variety of parts using the TacP data she collects in the Factory; furthermore, Nine built her android body herself, but also constructed the Vangrey and the Vangnex/Granvang. Justified, since she was programmed to build and invent.
- Mascot: In-Universe, the sentient robots consider her this for them.
- The Reveal: Nine is System 99; more accurately, she built her Ridiculously Human Robot body to transfer her programming into, allowing her to interact with the outside world. Originally the ERS-100, this system was built to restore the Earth to its natural state. Due to her mechanical nature, Nine has incredible production and engineering skills, which allowed her to build the Vangrey and its successor.
- Shipping Goggles: Any time Nine sees co-ed interaction, she'll assume there's something going on between them. This turns into a Plot Point because although she understands the majority of human emotions by the end of the game, she still struggles to comprehend love.
- Ship Tease: With Soji in his route. She seems to realize shes in love with him while learning what love is, not that he seems to notice.
- Tsundere: With Soji. Similar to Chitose she can be pretty rough with Soji, when he tries hitting on other women. She even goes on to say how no one could be interested in him, while blushing. Nobody's convinced.
Veltab "Velt" Text
A test pilot for the "Nicola Wilhelm Research Labs" and its Huckebein Type R.
- The Cameo: In an event for Super Robot Wars X-Ω, he is seen instructing Shizuki Shizukawa as she is testing the Huckebein Type L.
- Germanic Efficiency: He is from the German branch of Nicola Wilhelm and his character profile describes him to pursue as much knowledge as he can when he takes an interest in something. His Huckebein's more practical design, compared to the showy Grungust from the American branch, also reflects this.
- Leitmotif: "Time to Come"
- Meaningful Punny Name: His name sounds similar to "Wall of Text"note and rightfully so since he has Inez Fressange-level of fondness for explanations.
- Oblivious to Love: He's grateful towards Lotte, as she is the only person who willingly sits through his long speeches about machines, but he doesn't seem to get that she's interested in him.
- Taken Up to Eleven in the special scenario "New Strength", where he specifically asks to go on patrol alone with Lotte, telling her that he's going to give her a present; Lotte believes he's going to confess or even propose to her. Said present turns out to be the completion of the Grungust and Huckebein's strongest weapons. Returning from patrol, the rest of the party chews out Velt for this, including Sagara Sousuke, who himself is a victim of this in his own series.
- He finally finds out about Lottie's feelings in the Expansion Pack for Super Robot Wars T. And he accepts them.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Velt can go on long-winded lectures about allied or enemy machines at the drop of a hat.
- The Smart Guy: Of the original characters, he definitely fits. To the point his long winded explanations annoy most people.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Wieltab," "Beltaab," or "Vertaav"? The English translation goes with "Velt".
Charlotte "Lotte" Hasting
A test pilot for the Nicola Wilhelm Research Labs' Grungust.
- The Fashionista: Mentioned in her Character Archives entry and she tries to give fashion advice to the player in one of the save-skits before being interrupted by Velt.
- Gainaxing: Unlike Chitose, Lotte does have this in her standard Super Move Portrait Attack, however, it's Downplayed to be subtle compared to other examples seen in the franchise.
- Leitmotif: "Time to Come"
- Opposites Attract: Lotte is a ditzy, yet fairly sociable girl with an implied crush on the analytical, but awkward Velt.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: In the Expansion Pack for Super Robot Wars T, she takes advantage of the groups' selective amnesia to call herself Velt's girlfriend. Her lie is exposed in the ending when the memories return...only for Velt to claim that it wasn't a lie.
- Ship Tease: With Velt; at one point in the game, she believes he might be pulling a Love Confession when he asks to be alone with her, even thinking he might be proposing to her.
- Spell My Name with an "S": While the original Japanese went with "Lotte", the English translation decides to spell her In-Series Nickname as "Lottie".
Manned Gardim units begin to appear about halfway through the game, and even then, one cannot help but feel that there is something... off about their pilots.
The true identity of this group is "Super Civilization Gardim", the remnants of a civilization that once inhabited the Large Magellanic Cloud, commonly believed to have been wiped out by a war with Iscandar.
Tropes common to members of Gardim:
- Emotion Suppression: Since every aspect of the society is micromanaged by the government, the people of Gardim had their emotions suppressed to the point where they literally have no concept of love. This proved to be their downfall, in more ways than one.
- Human Alien: Other than their pale skin, they are almost indistinguishable from humans.
- Master Race: They are extremely arrogant and self-righteous, believing themselves the rightful master of the Large Magellanic Cloud and every other species to be inferior. In fact, they refer to the invasion of other planets as "correction" and honestly believe that to live under their control is the greatest of happiness.
- Repressive, but Efficient: Deconstructed. Every aspect of the Gardim's civilization is based on maximized efficiency, and the government controls every aspect of everone's life, from birth to employment to marriage (Shinn even comments on its similarity to the Destiny Plan). Eventually, however, the people simply couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't the war with Iscandar that wiped them out, their civilization simply imploded on itself from internal strife.
- Send in the Clones: Gardim "Soldiers" and "Commanders" resemble and sound just like Ghuli and Jamie, respectively. The difference between Ghuli and a Soldier are the latter's pupils being obscured by fake contact lenses. Meanwhile, the Ahlforz seen before the final scenario is not the real one, but rather a machine.
- Theme Naming: All of their weapons are named after famous mathematicians. Fitting for a species that values cold efficiency above all else.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Neither Ghuli nor Jamie ever knew they are really Ridiculously Human Robots.
- According to the in-game codex, neither did Ahlforz, though he took this revelation so well that it gives the impression that he knew all along.
Ghuli Tarta Galbras
A Soldier of Gardim obsessed with speed, Ghuli pilots the Blarmag.
- Dying as Yourself: The last Soldier Soji or Chitose fights is a defective clone of Ghuli that retained a large amount of his personality, and brings both of them, Nine, and the VangNex/GranVang out of captivity. When defeated and killed, the protagonist visibly mourns Ghuli's Final Death.
- Fragile Speedster: Ghuli favors speed in battle and will usually talk crap about the more powerful but slow Super Robot styles.
- Fangs Are Evil: Ghuli is a straight-up villain with teeth filed to resemble a shark's.
- Worthy Opponent: Views the protagonist as one, and will at least acknowledge Real Robot-style speedy robots as one.
Jamie Reeta Slaushel
A Commander in Gardim obsessed with beauty, Jamie pilots the Madivia.
- Narcissist: She's obsessed with beauty and will often look upon on others who don't meet her standards.
- White Hair, Black Heart: As a high-ranking member of Gardim, Jamie acts as an antagonist towards the party. When she sees Ghuli has failed Gardim, she mocks his defeat.
Ahlforz Rohm Halharris
The head of Gardim's 8th Fleet. He captains the Slinvarsa.
- Fantastic Racism: The real Ahlforz hates robots; he's extremely livid with his robotic duplicate for daring to resemble him in looks and personality.
- Irony: Captain Okita Lampshades that Earth Fleet Tenku, who are desperate to save their respective Earth, is fighting the Gardim, a civilization who also wants to desperately rebuild their civilization, on a planet, which is about to experience a Colony Drop.
- Named After Someone Famous: Ahlforz is a surname alteration of Lars Ahlfors, a Finnish mathematician known for his work on Riemann surfaces and text regarding complex analysis.
- Not So Different: Despite his hatred of his android copy, he has the exact same quotes as him. The team even calls him out on it when he says the exact same thing as the android after his defeat.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The real one delivers this to his robotic duplicate in the final scenario, until the same is turned against by Nevanlinna.
- Back from the Dead: Is brought back to life in the Expansion Pack for T.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of V, Nevanlinna's behind the odd number of inter-dimensional hopping the party has experienced throughout the game.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Nevanlinna and Ende are the ones behind the events of the Super Robot Wars T Expansion Pack.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: In a surprising twist, one version of Nevanlinna becomes a Supporter for the members of T3 in the Expansion Pack.
- Evil Counterpart: Of the "Cosmo Reverse System" for the Yamato - both are meant to restore their respective planets back to normal. According to Earth Fleet Tenku, Nevanlinna desires to rebuild Gardim out of selfishness; on the other hard, Mamoru brought back Yuki Mori out of altruism. When Nevanlinna is defeated, Okita sacrifices his life to restore the Cosmo Reverse System and halt the space-time fusion once and for all.
- Final Boss: Depending on the which route players take, there are two versions of her.
- She also serves this role on the Normal route of the Expansion Pack for T, alongside Ende.
- Humans Are Special: Deems humans as such, but not enough to dissuade her from her primary objective of fusing the three Earths and rebuild the Gardim civilization.
- Leitmotif: "The Awakened Iron Goddess"
- Me's a Crowd: Depending on the route taken, Nevanlinna can either be a single Final Boss with a large Hit Point count and a bunch of Mecha-Mooks for support or have multiple copies of itself each with lower Hit Points. In the latter case, there's 25 copies in the "If Route", each with roughly 10% of the Hit Points the former version has.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Nine reveals the Gardim civilization had integrated themselves into Earth and its people, with many aboard the Yamato possessing Gardim blood and genes, this is her response.
- Named After Someone Famous: Her name is based on Rolf Nevanlinna, another Finnish mathematician who also made contributions to complex analysis.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She has no idea what love is.
- Villain Team-Up: Teams up with Ende in the T Expansion Pack.