This character sheet comprises of those who make their appearance in the Third Super Robot Wars Z duology.
Headlining protagonist of the Third Super Robot Wars Z, Hibiki Kamishiro is a second-year high school transfer student at 2nd New Tokyo's Research Academy City with strong survival instincts and has a father who retired from the military. Before his transfer, Hibiki and his father were "beast hunters", specializing in destroying creatures that appear from parallel worlds. When Hibiki comes across an unknown machine and boards it, he is commissioned by "AG", an agent for the "DEMnote Corporation", to become its test pilot. Now hired by his new contractors, Hibiki uses the Genion to accomplish his missions and will sacrifice anything to do it, preferring to close his heart off to everyone.
- Attack Drones: Genion can combine its swords and rifles into a pair of drones during its "Stormbringer" attack. Geminion Ray has shoulder-mounted "Hound Penetrator" drones.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Genion GAI for most of Jigoku-hen. It gives a major power boost, but has a high Will requirement and only lasts one turn. Averted when he gets the Sphere of the Quarreling Twins.
- BFG: Genion GAI's "Bifröst", and designed to double as a Battering Ram. It also functions as a BFS, though this appears to be Dummied Out in Jigoku-hen (sprite sheets indicate the weapon houses a switchblade configuration).
- Badass Fingersnap: Genion GAI creates explosions with this during "Nibelung Annihilation"
- Blade on a Stick: Genion's "Accel Glaive"
- Bifurcated Weapon: Genion can combine its Accel Glaives into a dual-bladed glaive or dual-bladed sword, or combine them with its rifles to create attack drones. Geminion Ray's wings each form half of the guard of its BFS, combined around a staff-like central portion that it summons from somewhere else.
- Butt-Monkey: Effectively a scapegoat for Sôsuke Sagara (Kaname Chidori chews Hibiki out) and Alto Saotome. In the "Sayonara, Idol" Downloadable Content for Jigoku-hen, Johnny Barnett plays from a clip from a movie starring Eida Rossa, in hopes of having Hibiki understand her charm as a Idol Singer. It winds up with him mentally broken with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness saying "Chu! Chu! Chu! Chu!"note again and again.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: In Jigoku-hen, the Sphere of the Quarreling Twins and Genion GAI's final attack.
- Flawed Prototype: The Genion is a machine designed to imitate the capabilities of the Geminia. For most of Jigoku-hen, the Genion is rendered an inferior weapon because it's a knockoff. Averted once Hibiki acquires the Sphere of the Quarreling Twins.
- Covert Pervert: Despite being a serious minded individual and a stoic, he joins Kurz Weber and Boss and his gang as they attempt to peep at the girls' during the Hot Springs Episode. Subverted by the fact he didn't know what they were planning, and only tagged along because they asked him to get through the booby traps.
- Determinator: Given as a protagonist, but even more so that he constantly endures the struggle of his inner conflict between hope and despair.
- Good Bad Bugs: One introduced in Tengoku-hen refreshes any consumable items Genion has equipped when it transforms into Genion GAI, and again when it transforms into Geminion Ray. Fortunately for the game devs they removed the Miracle Fragment, but that's still three full SP refills or three free castings of Love from a single part slot.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Across his nose
- Gratuitous English: Rather fond of it
- Minute Of Power: Until near the end of Jigoku-hen, Genion can only assume its more powerful Genion GAI form for one minute, translated as a single in-game turn. Fortunately, the Tension Raiser can make one minute last a very, very long time.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Genion GAI's Bifrost weapons platform and the staff-like weapon that forms the center part of Geminion Ray's sword.
- I Know Karate: Jeet Kune Do, to be exact. It doesn't come up much in battle outside of a stance when using the Genion's "Impact Dagger", until the Genion GAI's Nibelung Annihilation, effectively a string of martial art techniques powered by the Quarreling Twins.
- In-Series Nickname: "Knight", a nickname his dead older sister gave him; coincidentally, Suzune Saijou also calls him this, likening him to one after rescuing her. Additionally, Hibiki uses this as his Occult Forum username.
- Item Caddy: Thanks to a Good Bad Bug in Tengoku-hen, he's the best character to give the "Parts Supply" pilot skillnote and load him up with some recovery items or the "Insalaum's Secret Treasure" partnote .
- Knight in Shining Armor: Invoked via a glowing, blue light when Hibiki saves Suzune from falling off one of Count Brocken's Mechanical Beasts.
- Leitmotif: Hitomi no Naka no Ashita ("Tomorrow Within the Eyes") for Genion and Kinki to iu Na no Kibou ("The Taboo of the Name of Hope") for Genion GAI. Geminion Ray gets "Taikyoku Over Raiser".
- Meaningful Name: Hibiki means "echo." He and the Genion are "echoes" of Gadlight and the Geminia, at least until he receives the real Sphere of the Quarreling Twins.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Geminion Ray in Tengoku-hen
- Unlike most cases, the Ray isn't a separate mech, but rather a Super Mode for the Genion GAI that doesn't have a time limit.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Geminion Ray's "Balmung Elimination" and "The Over Riser Arc"
- Not So Stoic: The death of Advent causes a series of emotional reactions in him - sadness, followed by Unstoppable Rage.
- Running Gag: Whenever Hibiki gets all hopeful about not being sulky or dark anymore and somebody says that he's still not quite there, he gets depressed; causing promptly somebody say "How bothersome!" each time.
- Ship Tease: At the very least, Hibiki is slightly attracted to Suzune; he gets jealous that Ryouma Nagare gets along with her better than he does. Played with in the first Downloadable Content scenario of Jigoku-hen, as AG delivers a speech akin to a wedding sermon when Hibiki and Suzune formally become partners.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Genion" or "Gemion"? The former seems to be the case, as Gadlight's Geminia is really the one with the Sphere, following the Theme Naming of the Western Zodiac more closely.
- Spikes of Doom: Geminion Ray's "Nitro Harken"
- Super Mode: Genion GAI ("Glitter Armament Infinity"). And then there's Geminion Ray.
- Super Speed: Hibiki has the ability, accompanied by a blue glow around his body, before even getting the Genion. He only uses it in fights on foot until Tengoku-hen, where he learns to channel it through the Genion in his new "Grief Banisher" attack.
- Theme Naming: All of the Genion GAI's attacks are named after elements from Norse Mythology - "Helheim"note , "Midgardsormr"note , "Vánagandr"note , "Nibelung Annihilation"note
- Balmung is an alternate name of the "Gram", the sword Sigurd used to slay the dragon Fafnir.
- Thinking Up Portals: Makes up a good part of his moveset with the Geminion Ray.
- True Companions: Hibiki forms a close-knit friendship with Sousuke, Kouji Kabuto and Alto at school. Although Mikhail Blanc, Boss, Nuke and Mucha are included, it's primarily the four at the center.
- Note Sousuke initially distrusts him (since he's trying to be a secret bodyguard and Hibiki's a pilot for an unclassified Humongous Mecha), while Alto and Sousuke despised one another in their first mission together (the former's an arrogant civilian, the latter a consummate professional. Fire-Forged Friends is definitely shown between them throughout Jigoku-hen.
- The Unchosen One: Suzune was the intended pilot of the Genion. The black nucleus Hibiki touched at the beginning of Jigoku-hen was the Genion's manual and pilot registration system. The DEM Corporation sent it to scout Suzune as its pilot, but it wound up in Hibiki's hands instead.
- Unlike the other Z originals, Hibiki isn't a Sphere Reactor at the start of the game. Rather, he ends up stealing the Sphere of the Quarreling Twins from Gadlight.
- Zigzagged Tope: He is chosen by Advent for being his "experiment sample". A particularly good one, as it is. Still, Advent had thousands of other samples out there in the universe just like Hibiki and he happened to be the lucky one.
Female protagonist of the Third Z, 21 year-old Suzune Saijou is a high school student teacher appointed to Research Academy City. Her obliging, well-mannered personality has her popular among the students. Due to events in Jigoku-hen, she winds up boarding the Genion with Hibiki.
- Beneath the Mask: Her other personality is bossy, energetic, flirtatious and wild, the opposite of her regular, homely persona. Her Downloadable Content scenario reveals this isn't so much an alternate personality, rather an odd compulsion for her to talk and act differently. It's always "her" and Suzune's aware she does this, but unsure why at all.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Kind of; While there is no Background Music Override while she pilots Geminia, if she uses its Map Attack, Genion GAI's theme, "Kinki to iu Na no Kibou", starts playing.
- Casting Gag: One of Ryoka Yuzuki's well-known roles is Cattleya; the fact Suzune's piloting suit looks like a less skimpy version of Cattleya's outfit should tell players something, including how she wears eyeglasses in her non-combative personality.
- FaceHeel Turn: When Ambriel takes over and teams up with Sidereal in Tengoku-hen. Once they have their Split-Personality Merge, though, she quickly pulls a HeelFace Turn.
- Meganekko: Suzune acts as per this trope, but loses the glasses when she starts co-piloting the Genion. And once Ambriel gives her full control, wears the glasses even when copiloting.
- Meaningful Name: Suzune's real name, "Ambriel", is based on the angel of the month of May, with ties to the sun sign of the astrological Gemini, which traditionally begins in the same month.
- Missed the Call: See Hibiki's entry - she was the intended pilot of the Genion. This takes a darker turn in Tengoku-hen when Ambriel reveals she is another incarnation of The Edel.
- Ms. Fanservice: According to AG, Suzune's piloting suit is based on her inner desires. In a sense, her Split Personality is to blame for the outfit, showcasing an Absolute Cleavage Window.
- Ship Tease: With Hibiki, particularly since he rescues and swears to protect her, how she addresses him by his nickname and they become partners. Once she gets some of Ambriel's confidence and desire to act on what she wants, she starts being more direct about her crush on him.
- Split-Personality Merge: Her two aspects fuse in the midst of Tengoku-hen, with the "original" Suzune personality becoming the primary, but having Ambriel's assertiveness and flirtatiousness.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: See this cute looking robot? He is in fact The Edel Bernal, specifically their representative, and thus was responsible for the majority of the events leading up to Z3.
- Gonk: When he is revealed as The Edel Bernal, he takes the form of the hideously disfigured Jie Babel.
- Meaningful Name: His name stands for "All Gathered" as in he has the memories and consciousness of the infinite versions of The Edel Bernal across the multiverse and acts as their representative.
- Medium Awareness: Crowe isn't very enthusiastic about making ace pilot since it's just an empty accolade. But AG disagrees, saying that his fortunes will improve. And in fact, it's awakened a latent ability in Crowe that will make him acquire more money (a reference to his Ace Bonus) which has Crowe over the moon. AG smirks, thinking to himself that the money doesn't go into his wallet but rather Z-BLUE's coffers. So fight on, Crowe, for the sake of Z-BLUE's revenue.
- I Knew It!: His name (and Seiyuu) already attracts WMG that he's actually The Edel Bernal. Well......
- Oh, Crap!: Has a hilarious one when after revealing he is The Edel Bernal and thus responsible for many of the miseries leading up to Z3, sees that the entirety of Z-BLUE is pissed and receives a collective beat-down from them.
- Playboy Bunny: Also, when you Ace Loran, AG gives him a bunny girl costume, saying that it's perfect attire for a member of the Moonrace, referencing the moon rabbit folklore. Loran insists that he's a bloke but AG goes "oh yeah? but I heard about the Laura thing"
- Running Gag: His monitor-face got cracked for a few times in Z3.
- Troll: Messes with Z-BLUE during some of their Ace Bonus Events
- Zero claims that he doesn't ever need to take the mask off, since mastering eating food with it on. AG tests him by seeing if he can eat steaming hot oden through the eye slit, and Zero confidently attempts to do so and suffers several scalding burns in the attempt.
- AG provides a bunch of erotic photos in an attempt to trigger Amata's sky boner, but Amata confidently states that he saw it coming so he put on more weight as to not float away. AG shows him the pictures which he finds quite appealing, and AG bluffs by going "Oh hey there Mikono". Amata is caught off guard because he shouldn't be seen like that and he floats to the ceiling, to which AG states that falling for a bluff like that he's still far off and confiscates the pictures as result.
A mysterious young man who pilots the mobile weapon Asclepius. Always has a warm smile on his face and bears a gentle and graceful demeanor.
See the Walking Spoiler to see his true identity.
- Beam Spam: Asclepius' "Folding Smasher"
- BFG: Asclepius' "G Dimension Liberator" is usually stored in a pocket space until the machine summons it. When the weapon fires, the attack is called "Astral Shoot".
- Guest-Star Party Member: Advent doesn't officially join Z-BLUE, but will occasionally assist Hibiki and his allies.
- HeelFace Turn: Advent was aligned with Chrono, but he believes Hibiki is more worthy of holding the Sphere of the Quarreling Twins than Gadlight Meonsam.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pulls this in order to upset the balance of the Quarreling Twins, giving Hibiki the chance to steal the Sphere and unlock the Genion's Super Mode.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Advent appears whenever Hibiki is in trouble. In fact, the Asclepius looks like a white-armored knight.
- Leitmotif: "Son of Sun"
- Let's Get Dangerous!: He's fights intensely against his enemies, to a point where Advent may seem arrogant.
- Despair Event Horizon: He lost all hope because his son is dead.
- Generation Xerox: He resembles Carlos Axion Jr. because he is Carlos Axion Sr.
- Legacy Character: His family has traditionally always been Chrono's King, and Jr. was supposed to be the next one.
- Mysterious Watcher: Comments on events in Jigoku-hen with Queen. He holds a meeting with Cygus when he joins Chrono.
- Back for the Finale: See Xine's entry above with the rest of the Z1 villains for further info.
- Berserk Button: At one point in Tengoku-hen, she laments the tranquility of the days long past. She despises the pluralized world, and as he's the proximate cause of it, she reserves a special contempt for Kei. But she would prefer not to see him in the hands of Sidereal, so she gives Z-BLUE another piece of intel: the location of his partner, Orson. Given who she's revealed as, this particular button serves as Foreshadowing.
- Chaotic Neutral: Invoked - Sumeragi wonders what her angle is by helping Z-BLUE, and Queen replies that as she intimated already, she doesn't give a damn about Chrono's creed. In fact, ideally she'd like to see both Chrono factions wipe each other out because the both sides would like to see the status quo maintained. Again, it makes sense, given her true identity.
- Face Framed in Shadow: In the stinger for Tengoku-hen, when she's talking to Asakim.
- Mysterious Watcher: Comments on events in Jigoku-hen with King
- A Day in the Limelight: A Downloadable Content scenario in Jigoku-hen focuses on a flashback of the destruction of her home planet.
- Ace Pilot: Along with her composure and skill while commanding the battlefield, Annalotta is a top-class mobile weapon pilot.
- The Dragon: Vice-Director of Geminis
- Gendercide: She's the last surviving woman of Gadlight's people and carrying his child. Their males cannot produce heirs of the same race (the child takes on the species of the mother), thus without her, they will become extinct.
- Pregnant Badass: Despite carrying Gadlight's child, her supreme dedication to his cause means that she's willing to pilot a giant robot and destroy anyone that opposes Geminis.
- Psychic Powers: Directly applies her telekinetic abilities to influence the flow of battle
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Gadlight due to her composure and skill in combat
- The Unfettered: Ruthlessly violent when it comes to fulfilling her mission, and won't refrain from pulling inhumanly cruel maneuvers on her opponent.
The leader of Geminis.
- Ace Custom: The Geminia is developed specifically for Gadlight and outfitted with the best technology available in the world.
- Ace Pilot/Drunken Master: His character portait always looks like he's plastered, yet he's the strongest pilot from the planet Gemini.
- A Day in the Limelight: A Downloadable Content scenario in Jigoku-hen focuses on a flashback of the destruction of his home planet.
- Back from the Dead: Gadlight reappears in Tengoku-hen, with the reveal that Annalotta gave birth to twins before she died.
- Back for the Dead: He is truly killed when engaging Wildark head-on.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Gadlight is capable of taking the sleeping desire for conflict inside the hearts of humanity and reversing them, which he takes advantage of to throw the combined Earth into chaos. At the same time, he loves to laze around and drink sake, and regularly stays at a bar watching the chaos he unleashed.
- Cuteness Overload: During the final battle, Gadlight looks at Bonta-kun and he experiences this.Bonta-kun: Fumoffu!
Gadlight: Go away! Don't come any closer, mousebear!
Gadlight: Pigcat, when you get near me, the balance inside me collapses!
Gadlight: Could it be that you're also a Sphere Reactor, and causing my will to fight to slip away!?
Gadlight: Damn it! Damn it all! I give up, I admit it! You're a cute little bastard!
- Final Boss Preview: Regularly shows up during intermissions or watching battles through television broadcasts until scenario 35, when he appears with the Geminia for a turn. It's possible to defeat Gadlight in this scenario, provided the player invests in upgrades and carefully strategize for a turn. Doing so ensures a surefire method of unlocking the "Defy Destiny" route.
- Foreshadowing: Hibiki's mother died before he went to live with his father and sister, but the circumstances of her death are suspicious, considering how one of Gadlight's last words are "Your mother's beckoning in Hell!" (it's even a voiced map event).
- Green-Eyed Monster: Geminis' duty is to ensure the Earth is protected against Ba'al by initiating the "Time Prison". However, Gadlight wants to spread chaos and destroy the planet because he's upset his own world was obliterated while the Earth gets special treatment.
- The Heavy/Disc-One Final Boss: Serves as the de facto Big Bad of Jigoku-hen but is himself only a servant of Ba'al.
- HeelFace Turn: After losing his position in Sidereal, his wife, and everything else but his children, he pulls this and fights alongside Hibiki in Tengoku-hen.
- Hypocrite: To activate the sphere Gadlight invokes on contrasting emotions one equally have, his sphere activated when he shown anger towards the destruction of his world but resignation at the hopelessness of resisting him weakens his sphere's powers as one emotion overpowered the other, He can invoke the same effect on others such as War vs Peace, Submission vs Resistance and Fear vs Courage. His habits and apperances is also an intended side effect of the sphere, being all dirty and gruff while wearing a prestigious military uniform
- Weaksauce Weakness: The moment Z-Blue shows that they can resist Sidereal Gadlight loses control of his sphere as he no longer feels resigned to his fate. When Gadlight kills Advent causes Hibiki Anger and Despair at Advent's death to overpower Gadlight's control of the sphere as Gadlight only feels anger toward the fate of his homeworld. And ultimately Hibiki did what Gadlight couldn't, master control of his sphere by not giving in to despair but not blindly believing in hope without action.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: During his Villainous Breakdown in Scenario 58, Gadlight destroys Cygus (the corrupt general within the Earth Federation) and a large portion of the Earth Federation fleet with a gigantic beam attack.
- Leitmotif: "Lost Soldiers"
- Mercy Kill: Invoked - in Jigoku-hen, Amuro questions Gadlight on the meaning of a world frozen in time. Gadlight simply calls it "maintaining the status quo", a world where they are eternally prisoners trapped in a "Time Prison", and denied a future. Kouji wonders if it's an effect of the Genesis Space-Time Quake that merged the worlds together in Jigoku-hen; Gadlight confirms this and states that while it's an awful predicament humanity is in, he might as well attempt to annihilate the Earthlings, anyways.
- Made of Iron: Literally, his species possesses ultra-durable metallic skin.
- Psycho Prototype: The Geminia looks almost identical to the Genion GAI. Subverted as the Genion IS the actual prototype to the Geminia.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Annalotta because of his impulsive, slovenly attitude. While he gets frequently reprimanded by her, Gadlight doesn't intend to retaliate.
- Redemption Equals Death: In a sense. While he returns in Tengoku-hen to help Hibiki, he still doesn't want to join Z-BLUE and instead fight on for himself. That said, it doesn't last long as he is quickly killed by Australis when fighting him.
- Sore Loser: This is basically his entire motivation. His planet was wiped out, so he wants Earth to be wiped as well because if his race is doomed, then no race gets to prosper. When humanity manages to stop the Time Prison and ruin his plans, as well as defeat the initial wave of the Ba'al he totally loses it, attacking his own human allies in a rage and screaming how its not fair that everything worked out for Hibiki and humanity but not for him. Even when you kill him he spends his last breath cursing Hibiki and Z Blue for winning and saying he's hoping the Ba'al wipe Earth out after all, and then literally makes a crack about Hibiki's mother before dying.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Shinn Asuka in Jigoku-hen overpowers the effect of the Laser-Guided Amnesia he has on himself by entering "SEED Mode" with sheer anger, and Gadlight worries his influence might cause a snowball effect on the rest of Z-BLUE when Kira Yamato similarly activates SEED.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After he returns in Tengoku-hen, he admits Hibiki has grown up as a fighter and speaks in a less-threatening tone. He still doesn't want to fight alongside Z-Blue though.
- Villain Team-Up: Since he's a part of Ba'al, the Invaders, Mugann and STMC act as his troops, including Full Frontal, as they plan on Colony Dropping Axis.
- You Killed My Father: Hibiki believes Gadlight is responsible for the deaths of his father and sister, since Hibiki's eyes change colors whenever they meet, which occurs because Hibiki survived a dimensional quake. Subverted when Gadlight denies he had anything to do with it, since it was Advent who killed them.
Tropes shared between members of Sidereal:
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Sphere Reactors of Sidereal come off as incompetent, but are pretty dangerous and effective.
- Dead Person Conversation: After beating the Final Boss, Hibiki, Rand, Setsuko, and Crowe get to chat withthe ghosts of the Sidereal Sphere Reactors.
- Evil Counterpart: Shikuu, Straus, and Barbiel to Crowe, Mail, and Setsuko, respectively. The former three are also Sphere Reactors like the respective Z protagonists.
- Forced into Evil: Sidereal is basically The Four Angels' cronies composed of survivors of people they've slaughtered.
- Western Zodiac: Australis, Barbiel, Shikuu, and Straus have Zodiac motifs. Australis has a bracelet with a bow and arrow logo representing Saggitarius. Barbiel has a scorpion-themed buckle. Straus has a bull skull on his belt buckle.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He fights the Genion on foot and wins.
- Determinator: The Sphere of the Standing Archer is powered by one's determination to keep rising again even after getting beaten down.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The inverse is if that his opponent gives up easily, the Sphere loses power.
- Fallen Hero: Like Gaiou, he was a Dimensional General.
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is Wildark, alongside The Reveal he is another Dimensional General.
- God-Emperor: Ruler of the Gaia Empire Sidereal, who commands three Sphere Reactors.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Australis plots to defeat The Four Angels. Elunaluna and Shikuu, having had their people destroyed by Sidereal, are in on his plan, and willingly die to give him their Spheres.
- Last Stand: After Z-BLUE reaches shinka he angsts over how he killed so many people to make his dimensional monsters and decides he has to keep fighting or everything he's done so far will be for nothing.
- Leitmotif: "Delusional God of War"
- Meaningful Name: Named after "Kaus Australis", the traditional name of "Epsilon Sagittarii", a binary star system that's part of the Sagittarius constellation.
- The Virus: Like Gaiou, Australis has the same ability to turn Humongous Mecha and its pilots into Dimensional Beasts by infecting them with Dimensional Crystals.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Australis wears an outfit revealing his abs and pecs. He's in good shape.
Barbiel the Needle
- Despair Event Horizon: Apparently Barbiel crossed it at some point, as An Ares' strongest attack hints at it.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He gets really angry when Setsuko gets freed out of captivity by Asakim. She tells him that she felt his sorrow and says that he is a sad person. In fact, sympathy towards the bearer of the Resentful Scorpion sphere causes its powers to weaken.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He has purple hair and he wears makeup, making him look quite feminine.
- Eternal Engine/Robotic Torture Device: One of the An Ares's attacks involves summoning a gigantic machine with plenty of gears and whipping his hapless foe into it. They suffer countless offscreen agonies and spit out, causing plenty of damage.
- Exact Words: Simon reveals that Sidereal managed to steal the Chouginga Daigurren which obviously couldn't land on Earth and had to wait around in space while Simon and the others fought down below. Barbiel used his venom to take a great number of hostages, and used them to blackmail Simon into handing over the ship. Nia's the one who convinced them to give it up, stating that "We can always take back our hope, but life cannot be recovered once lost". And Barbiel honored his end of the agreement by releasing the hostages... who, contaminated by his venom, were berserking lunatics.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Hit the pause button during the An Ares' strongest attack; images of Barbiel in despair and the Supreme God Z can be seen.
- Hate Plague: The Sphere of the "Resentful Scorpion" awakens the latent hatred and resentment in other people, depriving them of their higher reasonings. When it is unleashed upon the people of New Japan during Sidereal's conquest, Zero had use his Geass to stop them in their tracks.
- Human Shield: To capture Noriko and the Gunbuster, Barbiel used human shields to force a surrender from Noriko. As a result, Noriko (like the rest of Z-BLUE) has a grudge against Barbiel.
- Jerkass: In case his mouth and his action doesn't obvious enough.
- I Call It "Vera": He gave the An Ares its current name because Gun (like in Gunbuster and Gundam) was a thing used everywhere in his world and it makes him saaad.
- Leitmotif: Sabbath of Resentment
- Meaningful Name
- An Ares is an obvious reference to the star Antares, the brightest star in the Scorpio constellation.
- Barbiel is the angel representing the month of October; traditionally, the astrological Scorpio occurs in October.
- Narcissist: Hates everything but himself
- Nanomachines: When the An Ares poisons the Genion, Tieria Erde immediately identifies the poison infecting the Genion as this trope. Fortunately, these nanomachines can be shorted out with a simple "TRANS-AM Burst" or a Moonlight Butterfly. However, there's another variant, but it cannot distinguish between friend and foe.
- Perverse Puppet: The machine with a spike jutting out one of its eyes is not the real An Ares. The real An Ares, during its strongest attack, reveals that it controls the fake through its stinger and that it is a scorpion.
- Sole Survivor: Barbiel is from a parallel Earth and the sole survivor. Everyone but him dying awakened the sphere in his robot, the Gun Ares (the An Ares' original name).
- Too Many Belts: His abs are covered by the belts in his outfit.
- Villainous Breakdown: Did this just before begin absorbed by Australis, Even begging Setsuko to help him. Also notice to be the only one out of the members to do this.
- Villainous Crush: If Crowe attacks Barbiel in scenario 22 of the Rescue Sousuke route, Crowe delivers a fantastic taunt by pointing out that he's well aware of Barbiel's crush on Setsuko. This taunt works a treat.
- Whip It Good: The An Ares uses an energy whip.
The mysterious pilot of the Shiseiten, he is the Reactor of the Sphere of the "Taciturn Giant Crab".
- Cool Shades: Shikuu wears them in combat; his grunts in Sidereal wear the same ones.
- Dark Is Evil: The Shiseiten radiates darkness in its Area of Effect attack and exhales it during its regular attack.
- Dem Bones: The Shiseiten doesn't look mechanical for a machine, but rather a mash-up of animal skeletons.
- Easter Egg: Shikuu's Leitmotif has hidden lyricsSpoiler
- Eldritch Abomination: The Shiseiten is a six-mouthed monstrosity that rivals even the Dimensional Beasts in appearance.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Although Shikuu is sent to assassinate Annalotta, he spares her newborn twins.
- Hidden Agenda Villain/You Have Failed Me: Shikuu comes to Earth under orders from Ba'al to execute Annalotta, mysteriously appears to Z-BLUE, then leaves afterwards in the epilogue scenario of Jigoku-hen.
- Leitmotif: "Assembly of Corpse Spirits"
- Meaningful Name: Shikuu mentions his role as the Kishuku or "day of the ghost" for the Sidereal. The latter is part of a set of Chinese constellations that shares some of its stars with the constellation of Cancer.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Shiseiten is a six-mouthed beast with tons of sharp fangs.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Breaking down the name of the Shiseiten results in "shi" ("corpse), "sei" ("passes/pass away") and "ten" ("heaven").
- Not So Different: Finally admit one to Crowe before his dead
- Pet the Dog: If not for trolling the Angels, he spared Gadlight and Annalotta's twin daughters, leaving "seeds" for the Geminis.
- Post-Final Boss: Shikuu only appears during the epilogue of Jigoku-hen and stays for a few turns before retreating, primarily to test the capabilities of the Shiseiten.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Ranges from being a Post-Final Boss to a mid-tier boss in Tengoku-hen, such that Rand, Setsuko and Crowe can easily best.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Shikuu's outfit is red and black, and his actions indicate he's up to no good.
- Sinister Shades: Bright orange ones
- The Comically Serious: Falls into this sometimes, such as when Rand offers him his Heat Smile and Shikuu doesn't comment on it at all.
- The Stoic: Anytime Shikuu engages Z-BLUE, he hardly raises his voice. When Shikoku is injured and forced to retreat in one of the scenarios in Tengoku-hen, Shikuu doesn't bat an eyelid. Lyle Dylandy calls him out for expressing zero emotions at the fact that his woman was hurt, but Shikuu corrects him - Shikoku is his sister, not lover. Justified because the power of the Taciturn Giant Grab will break if Shikuu shows any emotion.
- Theme Naming: Shikuu, Shiseiten and its only attack Shigokumon ("corpse prison door") all begin with the word "shi".
- Tranquil Fury: Due to the effects of his Sphere, Shikuu cannot show any emotion. After being thwarted by Crowe too many times in Tengoku-hen, Shikuu lets off a whisper of "I don't like you" to Crowe.
- Weaponized Offspring: The crab-things his cronies use are the Shiseiten's offspring with armor on.
- An Axe to Grind: Straus carries an axe around for the intimidation factor.
- Black Knight: Straus wears a black bull-themed armor and he works for Sidereal, the antagonists in Tengoku-hen. She explains the armour was Australis' idea, a symbol of majesty for his soldiers to rally behind. Since Sidereal has conquered the world, she doesn't need to wear the armor as frequent.
- Blood Knight: The Sphere of the Covetous Golden Ox reacts in response to "intense desire"; in Straus's case, it's her passion for fighting.
- Leitmotif: "Soaring Golden Ox"
- Power Parasite: The Covetous Golden Ox allows its user to steal strength from others; this explains why the Sphere of the Wounded Lion is a good countermeasure against it, as Straus winds up absorbing its pain. However, Elunaluna cannot use the Covetous Golden Ox if she loses her desire.
- Ramming Always Works: The strongest attack of Straus' battleship involves ramming into its foe after traveling through a portal.
- Tragic Keepsake: Elunaluna received her ship as a present from her father, the previous leader of Hyades. Like the Virgora, the battleship uses a dormant Sphere as its power source; it was awakened when Sidereal defeated Hyades and killed her father. Hyades' survivors aligned with Sidereal, but Elunaluna still wants revenge against the Angels.
- Samus Is a Girl: Straus is actually a cowgirl.
- Significant Anagram: "Straus" is a rearrangement of the word "Taurus", the same-named constellation and Zodiac sign.
- Significant Name: Straus' battleship is named the Pleiades Taura. Besides containing part of Taurus' name, the Pleiades is a star cluster located in the Taurus constellation.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Elunaluna", "Elunaruna" or "Erunaruna"?
- Visual Pun: Without her armor, Elunaluna is a cowgirl.
- The Voiceless: Does not speak while masked.
- Worthy Opponent: At least in Rand's eyes, Straus is this to him, claiming if they weren't enemies, he'd invite him out for drinks.