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
This character sheet comprises of those who make their appearance in the Second Super Robot Wars Z duology.
A former member of the black-ops "Firebug Squad" from the Britannian Union, Crowe is the headlining protagonist of the Second Super Robot Wars Z. Saddled with a million dollars in debt, he agreed to be the test pilot for the anti-Dimensional Beast mecha Brasta as a way to work the sum off, and later ends up joining ZEXIS.
The main goal of Firebug was to start minor rebellions in various nations for Britannia that would be crushed by its primary military. However, during one mission in Esther Elhaas's hometown, a Dimension Energy Crystal experiment went haywire, causing its destruction. Firebug was sent in to "clean up the mess" and kill any survivors of a town half-destroyed, but Crowe took pity and rescued Esther, deserting Firebug. It isn't until he encounters his former commander Marilyn Catto in Saisei-hen that Crowe finally opens up and confirms the story to Esther.
In addition to the Brasta and its upgrades, he also pilots an Axio, the standard robot developed by the Axion Foundation; Rengoku-hen even gives one that customized by the Scott Lab.
- Attack Drone: Brasta's "SPIGOT". Depending on the final attack, the drones can either be of a melee or ranged-based type.
- Bayonet Ya: Brasta, Li-Brasta B, and Li-Brasta T's "Bayonet Spiker."
- Black Box: Brasta's "VX System"; turns out it houses the Sphere of the "Swaying Scales".
- Blessed with Suck: Turns out to be this at same time - Crowe instinctively knows if it's just recorded sound or some other metallic object. Therefore, the "Coin Drop System" in the Li-Brasta drops actual coins, and those coins are added to his debt.
- Butt-Monkey: His ever-escalating debt is played for laughs, leaving him at the mercy of Traiya and AG's trolling.
- Celibate Hero: He is really not interested in the girls chasing after him, and while he did briefly consider reciprocating Setsuko’s affections at the end of "Saisei-hen," this bit was dropped and never referenced during Z3.
- Chest Blaster: Seen in the last parts of the SPIGOT with the Attack Drones ranged-type for the Brasta. The Li-Brasta R's "VX Blazer" does the same.
- Chick Magnet: Despite being a self-professed women-hater, he has a ridiculous amount of women who are interested in him. Esther, Marguerite and Cravia all have obvious crushes on him, Traia appears to be invested in keeping him around, if only for trolling value, Marilyn has a pet nickname for him, and Suzune even swoons briefly at how 'cool' he is when he first appears in Tengoku-hen. Even previous protagonist Setsuko seemingly expresses affection for him at the end of Saisei-hen.
- Cursed with Awesome: Compared to Setsuko, the Swaying Scales isn't that bad. Its trigger is drive or the will to do something; in Crowe's case, the will to repay his enormous debt. This is seen as a positive trait, which means not only does it not make him miserable, but Asakim doesn't need to do awful things to him to force an awakening, like say...murder Esther. The Sphere's side-effect, being able to only focus on one thought or action, is easily countered by making him hear the sound of a coin dropping, as his desire for money to pay off his debt is so strong it can override the Sphere. As a result, Crowe gets the awesome power of a Sphere, with only minimal trouble from it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a very active and dry sense of humor. He fits in well with the more easygoing members of ZEXIS.
- Determinator: Nearly every enemy comments on his "strong will." It's no coincidence that his second theme is titled "The Unbreakable."
- Disaster Dominoes: The reason behind his latest debt in Saisei-hen - a highway accident that would've resulted in just a few hundred thousand kind of snowballed into another million dollar debt.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Crowe appears much earlier in Z during the Shurouga's Ley Buster animation as the silhouette standing in the streets. That's right, folks - he was foreshadowed before Hakai-hen was announced.
- Friendly Sniper: Can be seen as this, especially if you choose to have the Brasta (then upgrade into the Li-Brasta B) as a ranged-oriented machine. He also hangs out a lot with Lockon Stratos.
- The fact the Li-Brasta T in Tengoku-hen is a predominantly ranged-unit suggests this is Crowe's preferred style.
- Gratuitous English: When pulling off his attacks, though not really gratuitous from a national standpoint; he's a Britannian, and a native of Chicago.
- He-Man Woman Hater:
- Crowe mentions during battles against women sometimes about how scary they are. After being busted by the Dimensional Beast "Moby Dick", he wakes up with Traiya Scott and Esther by his side leading him to say "I really did die...I'm in hell. I can see a Witch and a Little Demon...". The root cause of this? Despite her outwardly cheerful and silly appearance, Marilyn was a complete psychopath. This caused Crowe to believe all women are two-faced and their outward appearance can't be trusted until proven otherwise. The only women he doesn't think are this is Traiya, who's brutally honest, Esther, who wears her emotions on her sleeve such that Crowe can read her easily, and Marguerite, whose knightly nature rules out deceit as well as a mutual respect of each others' abilities.
- In the later part of Saisei-hen, Setsuko asks him if all the good women of ZEXIS haven't caused him to change his mind. Depending on player response, he can say that yes, perhaps his view on women is wrong. However, in spite of his stated dislike of women, he does get along remarkably well with the various ZEXIS ladies.
- Honor Before Reason: His million dollar debt is entirely due to the expenses his father rang up before dying. It's stated the debt would be no issue at all if he were to renounce his inheritance, but he refuses the idea because he sees it as his way to repay his father for raising him.
- Hot-Blooded: Usually his personality is a little more smooth, but he's not above shouting with the best of them during his biggest attacks.
- Leitmotif: "Close Game Life"; upon receiving the Li-Brasta, "The Unbreakable"
- Macross Missile Massacre: Li-Brasta B's "ERM Launcher" during the "VX Clutch Sniper" attack
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Played with when the Brasta is upgraded with the SPIGOT in Hakai-hen without any comestic changes. Played straight in Saisei-hen with the Li-Brasta; however, it can have two forms depending on the player's decision - Li-Brasta R(ed) is a Lightning Bruiser Super Robot while Li-Brasta B(lue) is a more ranged-based Real Robot with Frickin' Laser Beams. By Tengoku-hen, both upgrades are combined into the Li-Brasta T(rial). Crowe lampshades the latter during the "Unbreakable Fulcrum" attack, stating the T has "inherited the soul of the R and B".
- More Dakka: Brasta's "Assault Combat Pattern (ACP) Faiz"; ammo conservation is not one of Crowe's strengths.
- Overly Long Fighting Animation: A lot of attacks in Hakai-hen count, but Brasta stands out with every one of its animations being unnecessarily long and drawn out, with Clutch Sniper being the most guilty. Crowe misses the first two shots and only hits with the third and final round. Rectified in Saisei-hen, where a lot of the Brasta's animations are significantly shortened or sped up.
- Poke the Poodle: Either to mess with Esther or simply because he really did forget, everything he described about ZEXIS is completely false. For example, Deathscythe and Sandrock being Shenlong and Heavyarms.
- Red Baron: Just before the team sees Geraud retreat from battle, he calls Crowe "The Unbreakable".
- Sacrifai calls him "Uriel the Unbreakable". Uriel is the angel that represents Libra.
- Retired Badass: Starts Hakai-hen as this
- Rocket Punch: Li-Brasta R's "Mag Knuckle"
- Shoulder Cannon: Li-Brasta R
- Shout-Out: Li-Brasta R's Unbreakable Fulcrum to Shin Shine Spark
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Played for laughs in the end of Saisei-hen. When all is said and done, in spite of saving the world numerous times, Crowe ends up no closer to paying off his debt than he was at the start of Hakai-hen.
- Spectacular Spinning: If the SPIGOT (melee version) doesn't end with a Dynamic Kill, the Brasta comes out spinning from the explosion.
- Spell My Name With An S: Like Setsuko and Rand before him, his mecha's name refers to the constellation and zodiac sign of Libra. Prior to the release of Hakai-hen, many fans romanized it as "Blaster".
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: When his sphere goes berserk.
- Swiss-Army Gun: Brasta's AX-55 EAGLE (Electromagnetic Accelerator Gun Launcher), which can switch between normal, grenade and sniper rounds, as well as mount a beam spiker and shoot spider nets. Li-Brasta B's AX-99 RAPTOR loses the grenade and net features for a quartet of miniaturized SPIGOT that lets it perform enhanced versions of the Brasta's finishers as its standard attacks, as well as bend, teleport, and multiply its beams, or charge up for a Wave-Motion Gun.
- Take a Third Option: In Hakai-hen, the player had a choice to base the Brasta as a melee or ranged machine. Rather than carry player choice over into Saisei-hen, Brasta comes equipped with both versions of the SPIGOT in its arsenal. Likewise, ACP Faiz features both its melee/ranged final animations in the Dynamic Kill.
- In Tengoku-hen, the Li-Brasta T does the same for the B and R variants that were available in Saisei-hen.
- Take Up My Sword: A mild example. If you choose to upgrade into the Li-Brasta B, he'll occasionally use Lockon's (Neil Dylandy's) catchphrase, "Targeted and Firing".
- Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Brasta's "Bunker Breaker" is a wire-guided shield with built-in thrusters.
- Unwanted Harem:
- Despite the distrust he has of ladies, he's surrounded by 3 women - Traiya, Esther and Marguerite, after her Heel–Face Turn, but that happens so late it doesn't show off.
- Continues into Saisei-hen: Traiya just pretends to be a part of it to mess with him, though it turns out she doesn't want to feel left out, since the other two have certainly fallen for Crowe. Setsuko gets added into the mix later, and makes an attempt to get Crowe to change his views on women, which can succeed depending on player choice of dialogue.
- Since the ZEXIS Route of Saisei-hen is non-canon, Crowe in Rengoku-hen causes Cravia Argo to fall for him by using the same "What about it?" line he charmed Esther with.
- Work Off the Debt: The reason Crowe agreed to be the Brasta's test pilot; being one million in the hole is gonna take a little while to pay off.
- After he returned that million later in the game, upgrading his Brasta (right after he cleared his previous debt) cost him two million. He's still in debt by the end of Saisei-hen.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Every time he finally manages to pay off his current debt, expect him to be saddled with another equally ludicrous amount of debt almost immediately. Always.
- Younger Than They Look: He's only around 20 despite looking and acting in his mid-twenties. However, his time in Firebug might have had a role in this.
Head of the Axion Foundation's Scott Labs, Traiya is the chief mechanical designer for the Brasta, and after Crowe agrees to work as a test pilot, his immediate superior. Throughout the course of Hakai-hen, she sends Crowe out on various missions across the globe, with his payments being deducted from his debt as he succeeds (or with expenses incurred if he fails).
- Ascended Extra: From a major character with no voiced lines whatsoever into a battleship captain in Tengoku-hen.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: "Formation Solar", comprised of the Solarian firing artillery shots, backed by Xine, Marguerite, Toby and Denzel in their respective machines.
- Bifauxnen: Yes, folks, Traiya IS A WOMAN, making this a case of Viewer Gender Confusion.
- Cool Mask: Has a kitsune mask for no readily apparent reason; she claims its her "persona".
- Cool Ship: The Solarian in Tengoku-hen, which is powered by Z-Crystals.
- Energy Weapon: "DEC Impulse Cannon" for the Solarian
- Macross Missile Massacre: "MDQ Missiles" for the Solarian
- Sphere of Destruction: "Super Dimension Transfer Buster" for the Solarian
- The Voiceless: Despite being a major character, Traiya originally did not have a voice actress; finally rectified in Tengoku-hen.
A young woman who initially accosts Crowe, Esther demands he eliminate the Dimensional Beasts (in particular, a white one dubbed "Moby Dick"). She reveals her family was killed several years back by Moby. ZEXIS manages to destroy the beast, allowing her to move on with her life, thus she chooses to become a test pilot in the Scott Labs at the end of Hakai-hen.
In Saisei-hen, Esther is working as a Dimensional Monster Buster for Traiya, piloting the Brasta Es, an improved model of the Brasta. She helps reintroduce the ZEXIS cast to the player as she travels around much like Crowe did and helps them. During one mission, she and Crowe encounter his former Firebug Squad and commander Marilyn. In a twist, Marylin reveals that what destroyed her hometown was a Dimension Energy Crystal experiment gone haywire. Firebug was sent in to "clean up"; however, Crowe had a change of heart and rescued Esther, deserting Firebug. Regardless, Esther doesn't hold it against him. Unfortunately, things quickly turn to tragedy when she's transformed into a Dimensional Beast, after taking a blast for Crowe that infects her with a similar virus Gaiou, the King of Destruction, uses. To avoid a mercy killing by ZEXIS, Zero places a Geass command to order her to cease attacking; she is then taken by the Arksabers from the Holy Kingdom of Insaraum.
From time to time, Dimensional Beast Esther encounters ZEXIS and they repeatedly drive her off without killing her. Thanks to some assistance from Uther and Esther's own will, she regains her human form. Though horrified by the experience and concerned she may no longer be human, but simply a Dimensional Beast in human form, Crowe reminds her that "no matter what, she IS Esther". For the remainder of Saisei-hen, Esther serves as a dual-protagonist to Crowe.
- Action Girl: Though more of one still in-training. Esther's tough, but she still has a long way to go, and while she desperately wants to be one, to the point of trying to take pointers from the other ZEXIS women, notably Kallen Kozuki, Esther is told by Kallen to do her own thing and believe in herself.
- A-Cup Angst: She got pissed off after they would not let her wear a bunny suit along with Kallen because of it, but usually doesn't care that much.
- Alliterative Name
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Averted as the story continues
- Badass Normal: Esther's not a Sphere Reactor; in fact, the Brasta Es' as normal as you can get for a real robot.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After being restored into human form, she gains a significant stat boost, suggesting her abilities are still being augmented by the DM Virus. This comes to a head in Tengoku-hen where the virus is the perfect component to power the Solarian battleship, effectively turning her into its power supply.
- Body Horror: Gets turned into a Dimensional Beast. Unlike others before her, she manages to regain human form.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Whenever Marguerite's involved, Esther turns double-clingy. The heart hat event is a particular example.
- Combat Medic: Brasta Es has a repair function and Esther comes with a pilot skill that doubles its effectiveness, even though her machine's primarily a combat unit.
- Decoy Protagonist: She's effectively the main character for the first 15 scenarios. Once Crowe returns, she gets turned into a Dimensional Beast, giving him back the spotlight.
- Deuteragonist: After she's restored to human form, they share the role of the main character for the rest of the game.
- Demoted to Extra: In Tengoku-hen; justified as she serves as the power generator for the Solarian.
- Fighting from the Inside: Esther's able to regain control of herself long enough to stop attacking for a few seconds. It's not much, but it's enough for her to show Crowe she's still in there, right around the time he was starting to believe she was gone for good.
- Foreshadowing: Hakai-hen openly sets up Esther to play a much larger role in Saisei-hen.
- Gratuitous English: Just like Crowe, and for the same reason - she's Britannian by birth, although no longer much of a patriot after they failed to protect her home.
- Iconic Item: She really likes that triangle
- Leitmotif: "Hard Work And Love"
- Meaningful Echo: The first time Crowe and Esther really start to become close in Hakai-hen, Esther mutters her doubts and despair that Moby Dick and the Neo Empire Imperium can ever be defeated. Crowe tells her whenever a situation looks impossible, and giving up seems to be the only sane option, the best response to that is to say "So what?" and follow the course. As soon as she's restored to human form in Saisei-hen, Crowe suggests because the situation is growing too dangerous, she should back out of the war. Guess what her response is?
- Mythology Gag: Compare her conversation about a human-Dimensional Beast to Excellen Browning making a quip about whether or not she's still human, even when she's part-Einst.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: She's the power supply of the Solarian.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Unfortunately, she lacked the skills to carry this out in Hakai-hen, so she demands Crowe do this in her stead.
- More Dakka: Brasta Es' "ACP Iota"
- Swiss-Army Gun: Brasta Es' AX-66 FALCON
- Tsundere: This is something Crowe actually likes, as her mood swings and blunt nature mean he can read her like a book, making her one of the few women he trusts not to be deceitful.
The recurring enemies of Hakai-hen and Saisei-hen, Dimensional Beasts are part and parcel of a world that constantly suffers from dimensional quakes, with them appearing seemingly at random, and disappearing just as quickly after the initial rampage.
- Ambiguous Robots: Higher level beasts blur the line, such as the Rhino-class sprouting cannons to fire at you and the Dino-class having clawed arms that spin like drills. Makes all the more sense once you realize how Dimensional Beasts are made.
- Colony Drop: Dino-class Beasts spit these out of their mouths in several bite-sized portions that fuse together into a gigantic meteor mid-flight.
- Detachment Combat, Action Bomb: The ranged attack of the Bull-class has them hurl their own tails at you. Uniquely, these severed tails mutate midflight into a monster of its own. Should these hit, they wrap around the target and explode.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Rainbow crystals are implanted in their bodies that also glow blue/white when they begin their attacks.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Bizzarely, Rhino-class Beasts mush them all together in their ranged attack, shooting electrified fireballs that flash-freeze whatever they hit!
- The Catfish: The white-skinned Rhino-class coined "Moby Dick" ("MD" for short) by Esther. Of course, this color change makes it superior to other Rhino-types, and it uses blue fire in its charging attack instead of orange.
- Leitmotif: "DAMON" for MD, Dino-class, Giga-class and Shin Dino-class; "Worlds Encroaching Alert" for Levia-class, Rook-class and Shin Levia-class
- Living Ship: Levia-class; if you were wondering where those flat-headed flying Beasts that were fought in the opening cinematic were at, they're this.
- Nerf: The artificial Beasts in Saisei-hen. No barrier and cannot inflict status effects! Yaaay! Of course, they later bring back the real deal...
- Power Up Full Color Change: In the final scenario of Saisei-Hen, Gaiou displays his true power by generating Shin-class Dimensional Beasts, which are all golden yellow and use light and lightning-themed attacks.
- Ramming Always Works: Bull- and Rhino-class will charge at you like runaway freight trains, mixing it up with Impaled with Extreme Prejudice from the Bull-class and Incendiary Exponent/Not Quite Flight from the Rhino-class.
- This Is a Drill: Dino-class combine this with a chained Rocket Punch that inflicts worse wounds on the target coming back than it does going out.
- Was Once a Man: Dimensional Beasts are the remains of those who have fought and lost to Gaiou previously, with the pilots being fused with their mecha, then mutated into their current forms.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Like the Protodevlin, Dimensional Beasts are affected by Basara and his songs.
The Neo Empire Imperium
A godlike being from another dimension, Gaiou lives only for battle. He would also like to recover his lost memories.
- Big Bad: Of Hakai-hen. However, he's still present in Saisei-hen, though it can be said he just wanted a good fight more than anything else.
- Captain Ersatz: Has the looks and personality similar to Akuma, except Gaiou's more cruel. Fist of the North Star fans might recognize aspects of Jugai from "The Legend of Kenshiro" movie. Incidentally, Gaiou and Jugai share the same voice actor.
- Back in Japan, people are calling him Yuujirou.
- Fallen Hero: One of the four Dimensional Generals armed with Revive Cells and Dimensional Beasts, Gaiou was once their home dimension's last hope against whatever the Black Knowledge predicted. They lost, with Gaiou being the Sole Survivor, and he eventually came to live only for combat.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Before he dies in Saisei-hen, Gaiou refuses to tell ZEXIS any helpful details about his old foes from the Black Knowledge aside from confirming they will soon return. He states ZEXIS is strong enough to have the potential to destroy them and dies, taking the specific knowledge of who and what they are to his grave. ZEXIS is rather annoyed at this.
- Final Boss Preview: Appears barely halfway through Hakai-Hen at level 60, with full armor, high accuracy and an enormous HP pool.
- Given Name Reveal: If taking the route split with Crowe post-scenario 43 in Tengoku-hen, Gaiou's real name is Vaishurava.
- Honor Before Reason: Despite how horrible he is as the story goes, he did spare the leaders of the United Nations so that they can call their forces (namely ZEXIS and ZEUTH) to give him a good fight, even though he could've destroyed them all from the outset.
- He even refuses to allow others to restore his memories, believing it should be his choice.
- Leitmotif: "Broken World's King" and "The Eternal God of Battle" during the final battle in Saisei-hen
- Make Way for the New Villains: Curb-stomped by Uther in Saisei-hen. Averted in the last scenarios in both routes.
- No Indoor Voice: His voice is so powerful it has its own echo.
- One-Winged Angel: Dimensional General Gaiou
- Physical God: AND HOW; his first appearance involves him briefly beating the crap out of ZEXIS on foot.
- Power-Up Letdown: Dimensional General form; yes, Gaiou becomes incredibly strong with consistent perfect accuracy, so long as he maintains Will above 130. Unfortunately, he's vulnerable to songs sung by Basara Nekki, allowing players to strip Gaiou of Will in short order.
- Quest for Identity: In Hakai-hen, he journeys to find his lost memories; he regains them at the end of the game.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hot dogs, so much that when he's finally defeated by ZEXIS and ZEUTH, Gaiou's last wish was to eat another one.
- The Unfettered: He doesn't remember much about his past, so he just goes around the world, doing what he feels like and leaving the scheming up to Aim, Shiony Regis and Carlos Axion Jr. When you're as powerful as he is, who's going to stop you?
- Villainous Rescue: Gets this down to a science in Saisei-hen. A ZONE running amuck? Gaiou shows up and destroys it with a punch.
- Villains Out Shopping: There are a few scenes in Saisei-hen of him simply hanging out with Carlos. He also likes fast food, particularly hot dogs.
- The Virus: Gaiou can grow and manipulate Dimension Energy Crystals through the Gertilan's Revive Cells, allowing him to infect his opponents with crystalline growths that forcibly transform them into Dimensional Beasts. Judging by the number of them you fight, he's fought a hell of a lot of people.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His ultimate goal's to become strong enough to fight against the calamity that will destroy the multiverse as dictated in the Black Knowledge.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: It's hinted in the final battle of Saisei-hen he was acting like a complete jerk beforehand so ZEXIS would be motivated to fight him. The purpose of that was to see if they could defeat the disaster that defeated him.
The ruler of the nation of Rimonasia, Shiony hatched a plan to use the Dimension Energy Crystals abundant in her country to make it a leading world power.
- The Cameo: In Saisei-hen scenario 15, she appears in a brief event where she gives Esther some Nyan Nyan buns and runs off before her identity is revealed. Turns out while she did survive the events of Hakai-hen, she's become a bum. She reappears in scenario 46 alongside a bunch of unnamed NPCs.
- Les Collaborateurs: With Carlos, in cahoots with Aim. In all fairness, once Gaiou shows up she realizes she's way out of her league, but that doesn't stop her from trying to curry favor until the very end.
- Leitmotif: "Phantom Utopia"
The young head of the Axion Foundation and one of the richest men in the world, Carlos winds up backing the Imperium set up by Shiony, although there are hints he has his own agenda. When he's captured by ZEXIS and interrogated for Gaiou's location after revealing he's been working against them, he doesn't say a word. Unfortunately for Carlos, he doesn't realize he was earlier marked with a Geass command by Zero to always answer his questions.
- The Atoner: In Saisei-hen, he's given his entire fortune to the reconstruction effort as penance for his deeds and now works as a manager for the Scott Lab's DM Busters.
- Character Catchphrase: "C'mon, c'mon!"
- Les Collaborateurs: Working with Shiony for Aim, for no good reason.
- Rebel Prince: Traia stands with King under the moonlight. For the longest time, she tried to think of why his son wanted to change the world. It was because he wanted to destroy Chrono's grip on the world. King sighs. He told Carlos about the nature of Chrono and the fate of the Axion men to bear the title of King, just after Carlos graduated from university. And until the day that they he would take the title for himself, King told his son to do whatever he pleased. And he ended up making the world's largest corporation. In order to fight Chrono, and his old man. And it was because Carlos was like that, that Elgan Laudic gave him the Swaying Scales to pass on.
- Riches to Rags: By the start of Saisei-hen, he hasn't got two credits to rub together, jokingly calling himself "Zero". Subverted later, as he eventually makes a ton of money again by playing the stock market. Double subverted in the ZEXIS route ending, where Carlos not only survived his Heroic Sacrifice, but has given up his fortune to work as a simple waiter.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Once he realizes the Imperium is done for, he promptly abandons it and leaves Shiony to her fate.
The Holy Kingdom of Insaraum
Hailing from another world, the Kingdom of Insaraum make their appearance in Hakai-hen as a group of knights serving Gaiou. However, their service is not willing; in fact, Insaraum's experiments in Dimensional Energy brought Gaiou and his army of Dimensional Beasts to their world. Unable to defeat him, the surviving Arksabers, the peacekeepers and royal guard of Insaraum, are forced to serve him in exchange for their lives.
In Saisei-hen, the survivors of Insaraum are now trying to rebuild their kingdom. Unfortunately, they're trying to rebuild it on Earth. Tropes regarding multiple members of Insaraum are:
- Theme Naming: The mecha and Leitmotif of Insaraum's knights are all named after precious gemstones.
- Anti-Villain: He's only fighting for Gaiou because he's bound by the oath to serve him; however he's really doing this in exchange for Marguerite's safety.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: Turned into a Dimensional Beast by Gaiou the moment he turns on him.
- Honor Before Reason: Serves Gaiou loyally, despite hating his guts, because as a knight, he cannot break his word.
- Large Ham: Overflowing; it's hard to say how serious he's being with it, really. It's almost comical in his intensity when we see him shouting Marguerite's name at the top of his lungs, with her seemingly standing right next to him.
- Post Humous Character: In Saisei-hen, it's revealed Cheval is quite a high-ranking, respected Knight of Insaraum, as well as the former mentor of Wayne.
- Expy: Like Xine, she's a busty female Anti-Villain who's lost someone close to her and becomes an 11th-Hour Ranger.
- Heel–Face Turn: In both games; for Hakai-hen, she becomes a Non-Player Character, unless the player fulfills certain conditions by having Crowe defeat her in specific scenarios, then convinced OR defeated by him in another, turning her into a Secret Character. Subverted in Saisei-hen, since she is obtained by default.
- Meaningful Name: Marguerite is from margarites, which is Greek for pearl.
- Spectacular Spinning: Whenever you hit her, her Pearl Nail takes a spin.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Is saddened by the death of a certain Dimensional Beast, later revealed to be her brother. This serves as a Foreshadowing that all Dimensional Beasts you've been killing were once people. Chances are, though, they were never in control of their actions as a Dimensional Beast.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has a tannish brown, but since he is with the Arksabers, he's probably the same race as them.
- Avenging the Villain: Seeks vengeance for the death of his former mentor Cheval and Geraud.
- The Brute: While far from an actual brute, Wayne's more of a headstrong character along with hammers being his primary weapon, making him something of the team's heavy-hitter.
- Character Development: When Geraud dies and gives him the Diamud, Wayne learns that leading the Arcsaber Knights is a tough task and mans up.
- Face Death with Dignity: When Wayne gets beaten in the Diamud, he stays behind and dies in the resulting dimensional distortion.
- Honor Before Reason: Chooses to fight Crowe in attempts to avenge Cheval in unreasonable situations for the Arcsabers.
- I Call It "Vera": Refers to the twin hammers of his Sapphiada as "Romulus" and "Remus".
- Midseason Upgrade: He inherits the Diamud after Geraud dies to replace his destroyed Sapphiada, in addition to inheriting Geraud's theme.
- Would Hit a Girl: He claims that, as a feminist, he won't hold back even against women.
- The Ace: From a gameplay standpoint, Geraud is one of the few bosses in Saisei-hen having phenomenally high stats, due to the game assuming players have heavily upgraded their units (even in "Special Mode"). While not especially difficult because of Spirit Commands, its use becomes mandatory against Geraud, since it's possible for a fully-upgraded allied unit to be destroyed by him.
- Ace Custom/Super Prototype: The Diamud is a far superior variant of the standard Arksaber mecha.
- Evil Genius: At least when Anbrorn Jeus is The Dragon, since he's the most experienced warrior out of all the Knights.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Hits Wayne a few times when he doesn't show proper respect to Uther or Anbrorn.
- Graceful Loser: Should you destroy the Diamud without achieving a Dynamic Kill animation, the machine makes a salute just before it explodes.
- He Will Not Cry, so I Cry for Him: On the receiving end of this with Uther. Uther wept for Geraud's lost wife and child and with that Geraud's absolute loyalty to the new King was sealed.
- Midseason Upgrade: Geraud starts off in an Elite Mook mech before moving into his Diamud.
- Obi-Wan Moment: After being defeated by Crowe and the Li-Brasta, he manages to make it back to his own forces and passes on his title and mecha to Wayne before dying from his injuries.
- Red Baron: Holds the title of the "Knight of Knights" which he passes onto Wayne before succumbing to a mortal wound.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Crowe mutually respect each other like this.
- The Dragon: Serves Uther as his right-hand woman.
- Eldritch Abomination: In her Dimensional Beast form; while each class of the monsters qualify, her form takes the cake by how disturbing it looks.
- Evil Old Folks/Necessarily Evil: Everything she does is for the sake of Insaraum and Uther, even if her methods are depraved. She doesn't mind if history writes her down as a villain, so long as Insaraum is revived.
- I Was Quite a Looker: During her ultimate attack, she momentarily turns young again, though she still has that creepy witch-like cackle.
- Leitmotif: "Forbidden Beast" for her Dimensional Beast form
- Mad Scientist: She lives to experiment with dimensional energy, leading to Esther's transformation.
- Pet the Dog: A very polite, gracious host to Kei, Athena, Orson, and Eureka while they're her prisoners. She even returns them to their Orguss units once she's gathered the data she needs, although she can't guarantee the Arksabers will let them go without a fight.
- Smug Snake: She's overconfident and gets lucky, despite her many setbacks.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Manipulates her lord Uther because she truly believes the current course of action is what's best for him and for Insaraum.
- Undying Loyalty: To Uther, despite manipulating his actions for most of the game, so much that even Jeremiah Gottwald is staggered by her devotion.
- Was Once a Man: She turns herself into a Dimensional Beast.
The leader of the Holy Kingdom of Insaraum, Uther's the Prince of Insaraum, but after his father died in battle against Gaiou he reluctantly became the new king and survived alongside the remaining members of the Kingdom to have his revenge. He pilots the Seiohki ("Holy King Machine") "Insarius Arclinus", the personal weapon of the Seioh ("Holy King"), which contains the Sphere of the "Inexhaustible Gourd", allowing him to revive fallen allies.
- Big Bad: Subverted, because Gaiou turns out to be the Big Bad for Saisei-hen.
- BFS: Insarius Arclinus' "Collbrande"; notably, the sword remained sheathed for the last 2000 years, until Uther awakened the Inexhaustible Gourd and gained access to it. According to Aim, this Sphere is among the most difficult to awaken, as the key to it requires love through self-sacrifice.
- Blessed with Suck: Every bit as much as Setsuko and maybe more. The Sphere of the Inexhaustible Gourd sucks out his life force to power itself, rapidly enough to kill him within at most weeks of him using it.
- Bling of War: Insarius Arclinus is easily one of the most pimped-out machines in SRW history.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Uther crushes Gaiou without much effort. Unfortunately, this Gaiou was a fake created by Aim.
- Dying Alone: In the normal route, he's abandoned by the Arksabers and dies with no one by his side, no thanks to his closest comrades having betrayed him or having died fighting for him.
- Enemy Mine: In the final scenario of the ZEXIS route, he appears to align himself with Gaiou; however, this turns out to be a ruse so he can take out Gaiou. Unfortunately, Gaiou reveals he had anticipated Uther would try something like that, and goes One-Winged Angel, mortally wounding Uther.
- Expy: Of the titular character from The Happy Prince, who sacrificed all that he has for the sake of his people.
- Final Boss Preview: You actually see him in action quite early in Saisei-hen, though his reluctance to fight makes him seem like a Harmless Villain.
- In fact, it's so silly it's almost a subversion: he appears in scenario 16 and does nothing except defend every turn, and if he's hit just once he freaks out and runs back to his mothership. Wow. Once you face him again on the field later, however...
- Gratuitous Latin: He recites a Latin chant for his strongest attack.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Acts like an arrogant Jerkass after he "hardens his heart" so that ZEXIS wouldn't hesitate to fight against him. Uses the sphere he stole from Aim to make his act more believable.
- Leitmotif: Ou no Ai wa Tami no Tame ni ("The King's Love is His People")
- Large and in Charge: At over 100 meters tall, the Insarius Arclinus dwarfs every other Insaraum mecha in the game.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Uther Pendragon, the father to King Arthur in Arthurian Legend; the Insarius Arclinus even resembles a medieval king. The Collbrande is the alternate word for the Excalibur, Arthur's famous sword. Finally, compare the phonetic pronounciation of "Arclinus" to Aquarius, especially if you use both words with a Japanese accent. Makes sense when you realize Uther is the bearer of the Inexhaustible Gourd.
- Pet the Dog: After awakening his Sphere and taking his place as the Holy King, he allows one final act of kindness by restoring Esther into her human form.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Ultimately, Uther was just too kind for his own good.
- Took a Level in Badass: About fifty of them, after Geraud dies. He goes from a wimpy prince who flees after taking the slightest bit of damage to having the balls to put himself between Gaiou and ZEXIS, then proceeding to take him out in one attack.
- World-Healing Wave: Part of Insarius Arclinus' strongest attack. Considering he's the King of Restoration and all, it fits.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: The Gaiou he destroyed was a fake created by Aim.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Acts like a ruthless, corrupt tyrant in order to get his Arksabers to abandon him, so that ZEXIS will fight him without mercy. His goal was to have Crowe kill him to acquire his Sphere, and for Marguerite to take control of the remaining population of Insaraum.
Sadly, near the end of Saisei-hen, Ribbons shoots Elgan in a fit of rage at all his plans having been ruined, but Elgan survives long enough to pass information of what he knows onto ZEXIS before succumbing to his wounds.
- The Chessmaster: Elgan is the ACW's version of The Edel Bernal. Unlike his Evil Counterpart, Elgan refused to Go Mad from the Revelation after learning of the Black Knowledge, but did his best to ensure humanity would be prepared to fight the oncoming calamity. To this end, he cooperated with Aeolia Schenberg from 200 years ago to help spur the evolution of the Innovators, and formed ZEXIS as a group of all the planet's greatest warriors, doing his best to help them get stronger with each trial they face.
Aim is the bearer of the Sphere of the "False Black Sheep" and infrequently appears throughout Hakai-hen to antagonize Crowe. Near the end of the game, Asakim kills him and claims his Sphere for his own. However, Aim survives thanks to using the unique abilities of the Sphere, leaving Asakim with nothing but a fake copy of the one he took. Aim returns to harass Crowe once more in Saisei-hen, pretending to be servile to Uther while scheming to take his Sphere of the Inexhaustible Gourd, before confronting ZEXIS one last time.
Because the world is wrapped up in so much lies and deceit, Aim becomes seemingly invincible, until Asakim faces him once again. Using something he previously acquired, Asakim forces Aim to disclose his past: he was originally a researcher named Hamal Argo who built his entire career on lies. Forced to face this truth, the False Black Sheep is weakened to the point of deactivation, and Aim is swiftly dispatched by Uther for his manipulation of Insaraum.
- Back from the Dead: Via rewriting his death as a lie through the False Black Sheep
- Blood Knight: Said to "live for battle".
- The Chessmaster: Aim essentially orchestrated the entirety of the Second Super Robot Wars Z through deceit and impersonations, providing Anbrorn with dimensional technology and bringing Gaiou into the world of ZEXIS, all in order to awaken both the Swaying Scales and the Inexhaustible Gourd so that he may harvest them.
- Consummate Liar: Justified - the False Black Sheep makes him physically unable to tell the truth, thus everything coming out from his mouth is a lie of some form.
- Cursed with Awesome: The False Black Sheep is one of the best Spheres if you don't mind lying all the time, as it lets the user otherwise gain full control of themselves, doesn't drain their senses like the Sorrowful Maiden or suck out their life force like the Inexhaustible Gourd, and can turn the user into a full-fledged Reality Warper (truth turns into falsities; this means even death can be overridden), provided there's enough deceit and confusion going on in the world. It turns into Blessed with Suck if the Truthful Goat is around, which can completely cancel all of its powers, a relationship so far unique among Spheres.
- Meaningful Name: On multiple levels. "Aim Liard" becomes a partial anagram of "I'm a liar". Pretty suitable, since he's the Reactor of the False Black Sheep. His mecha "Arietis" refers to the constellation and zodiac sign of Aries. Lastly, Hamul means "star" in Aramaic and Argo means "the head of the ram" in Greek, making him the bearer of the Sphere representing "the star at the head of the ram".
- Spell My Name With An S: Known as "Aihm Fahviel" to some people for no good reason.
- Leitmotif: "Untrue Crystal"
- Villainous Breakdown: When he's cornered by ZEUTH and ZEXIS, he starts stuttering and spouting nonsense like crazy. Recall since he cannot tell the truth, he's unable to express how terrified he is, so he couldn't say a word when Asakim appeared and was attacked by him only to die screaming.
- Based on his demeanor in the final battle with him in Saisei-hen, it seems Aim starts speaking tongues when his power boils over, and starts lying more frantically (as in the "2+2=fish" sense) as the Arietis takes damage, in an effort to keep his power up.
- He has a real breakdown when Asakim uses the Truthful Goat, forcing Aim to reveal his past and face the truth, weakening him enough to be Killed Off for Real.
The leader of the Firebug Squad and Crowe's former commanding officer. Eventually allies with Insaraum.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The selfish, completely self-absorbed crazy mega-bitch eventually gives her life for the sake of Uther, touched by his all-encompassing kindness.
- Colonel Badass: More of Colonel Ax-Crazy
- Dirty Old Woman: If her quotes against the younger male pilots of ZEUTH and ZEXIS is looked at in a certain way"I love pure young men!"
- Evil Twin: Marilyn's Pearl Fang looks exactly like Marguerite's Pearl Nail, except black.
- Expy: Compares herself to the swallow in the tale of The Happy Prince. Just like the swallow died for the prince, she dies for Uther.
- The Fake Cutie: Her character encyclopedia entry mentions she's taken cosmetic surgery to maintain her looks and she makes the men in her squad treat her like a princess. May double as a case of Older Than They Look.
- Gratuitous English: "Present for you!" and "Burn in Hell!"
- Leitmotif: "The Song of the Homicidal Doll"
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Starts in a generic Axio (although a black one with a knife, named the Burglar) before upgrading to the Pearl Fang.
- The Nicknamer: She calls Crowe "Furafura-chan" and Esther "Little Kitten".