The latest member of the Delta Squad, Dan Sully's parents Jeff and Susan left him the Mexa-One mech for his own use. Nerdy, trusting and moviebuff. Dan likes to have fun when necessary but can be very serious when he needs to be.
- Big Brother Instinct: Has this with Summer after she recovers from her fight with Faith and gets punched by Gerald, resulting in Dan standing up to him.
- Dramatic Irony: He and Summer claim they are nothing like Psychic Reaper when (during the Mind Rape) it tells them they are half-Eldritchian. Yet they are in fact half-eldritchian/half-human and have psychic powers.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: When Samson suggested adding a Rei Ayanami's poster to his mech cockpit, he just laughed it off as a corny joke. Turns out, the poor guy was serious.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Created as Human/Eldritchian experiment by his parents Jeff and Susan to face the Eldrtichian threat and stop it. As such, Mexa-One was specifically designed for him. He can survive a mech's Ultimate Mode because of this.
- Intangibility: Can disrupt the normal bonds of atoms as one of his powers inherited from his Eldritichian biology.
- Like Brother and Sister: He considers his friendship with Summer to be this, being that they have knew each other almost for their entire lives. In turn, this clashes with Summer's own perception, because she would really like for him to become more than a friend.
- Meta Guy: Really enjoys piloting a mech as if he were in an an anime and even comments about watching EVA some time.
- Mind Rape: At the hands of Psychic Reaper. It wasn't pleasant to say the least.
- The Movie Buff
- Oblivious to Love: He's completely unaware of Summer's romantic feelings for him.
- Psychic Powers: As a result of being partially Eldritichian, he has the powers of ESP and Teleportation. He hasn't fully realized these abilities though.
- BFS: The Pixelized Sword, which uses holographic technology to generate a "pixelation"-effect around it.
- Shock and Awe: Shortly after its introduction, it was upgraded to generate a powerful electric field which greatly increases its power and versatility. (it can now temporally stun enemies hit by it!)
- Hand Blast: The Hand Beams.
- Jet Pack
- Super Mode: The Ultimate Mode which he survived by subconsciously using his ability to phase through objects.
- This Is a Drill: The Mega Drill.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The Pulse Beam which can be charged for very powerful attacks. The Hand Beams are similar.
The latest member of the Delta Squad, Summer Turing's parents Ben and Jennifer left her the Nexus-One mech for her own use. Nice, sweet and almost always happy. Summer tries to keep her optimistic edge on as the world around her gets progressively dark even when she finds out the truth about everything.
- Action Girl
- Big Sister Instinct: Feels this way towards Dan.
- Dramatic Irony: She and Dan claim they are nothing like Psychic Reaper when (during the Mind Rape) it tells them they are half-Eldritchian. Yet they are in fact half-eldritchian/half-human and have psychic powers.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Created as Human/Eldritchian experiment by her parents Ben and Jennifer to face the Eldrtichian threat and stop it. As such, Nexus-One was specifically designed for her. She can survive Nexus-One's Ultimate Mode because one of her abilities allows her to use emotions for regeneration among other things.
- Mind Rape: At the hands of Psychic Reaper. It wasn't pleasant to say the least.
- The Pollyanna: Almost, she tries to be happy go lucky most of the time but the death of her parents and Faith's attitude pushed over the edge resulting in her fight with Faith. Though after the therapy she got during the Time Skip, she's a lot more happier.
- Psychic Powers: Has the power to sense, manipulate, and consume emotions due to her Eldritichian biology.
- An Axe to Grind/Drop the Hammer: The Hammer-Axe.
- BFS: The Flaming Sword, which can set enemies on fire.
- Chest Blaster
- Deflector Shields
- Eye Beams: Which can burn people.
- Jet Pack
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: The Hammer-Axe. With a big handle, it's tip has one side of a hammer and one side of an axe.
- Playing with Fire/Kill It with Fire: The Flaming Sword, once again.
- Super Mode: The Ultimate Mode which she can survive thanks to his half-Eldritchian side.
- Wave-Motion Gun: Its Chest Beam which can be charged for a very powerful attack.
- Achilles in His Tent: She didn't do anything at all during the whole Psychic Reaper incident, and she was the only one that went unscathed after the mind-assault.
- Boring, but Practical/ Awesome, but Impractical: Solaris herself. Despite not being the prettiest or fanciest, it does possess boundless Pyrokinesis and one of the few most humanoid mecha... But it was designed for nothing else in mind besides minor shape-shifting and rotation of the left hand. Given they can only control fire they still have a hold on and there's no way to refuel mid-battle fuel is constantly expended until nothing is left.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: She seems to have her own personal code of honor and principles (for example, family is something she greatly values... Not just her own family, but ANY family! Even Eldritchian families!)... But her psyche is so warped-up that she might be the only one that could make sense out of it.
- Body Horror: Surviving a test mecha failure she was kept unconscious for two weeks so they could repair her body to an acceptable sight, had her face reconstructed, and may or may not had her eyes melted by the fire.
- Calling Your Attacks: Made several specific moves that she often uses, normally calling them by name. She does so partially in regards to the anime she watched and the other half because its more fun that way.
- Child Soldier: She was only 8 years old during first time she piloted a mecha, and she has been fighting the Eldritchian's menace (and other human pilots) ever since. So far, it still applies to a certain degree, because she's only 16 years old.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Her visit to Echo-City along with Alex reveals that her grasp of a lot of mundane concepts and situations is extremely off, and that she's also prone to strange trains of thought and unexpected jumps of logic.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She really likes dressing up with all kind of elaborate costumes based on fictional characters from before the war.
- Friendless Background: In her backstory, besides her father and brother, (and maybe Leo to a certain degree) she doesn't have anyone resembling to a friend. Which leads to...
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Despite not being completely straightforward about it, (she might not even be conscious about her desire) it's heavily implied that she suffers from this, as demonstrated by her ill-fated attempts to strike a friendship with Alphonse and Alex.
- Insufferable Genius: Yes, she's fearsome pilot who commands a powerful mech and has an excellent record of victories against the Eldritchian (and other human pilots). But the size of her ego is astronomical, which causes her a lot of conflicts with her fellow pilots and other S.E.R.V.E.'s officers and personnel.
- Lonely Rich Kid: It seems she had everything she ever wished as she grew up... Everything except freedom, (she never got the chance to go to the outside world for anything that didn't involve fighting things with her mech) and human interactions beyond her father and brother.
- No Social Skills: Justified. Her ability to deal with people is almost nil due to her sheltered existence up to this point. The only real human interactions she had before the story's beginning have been with her father and brother... And we know those two aren't too good with people either. The fact she has been forced to pilot since such a young age doesn't help either.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Even before the story's start, Faith has always been scary for other people working at SERVE, but she never attacked anyone of them. So, herself turning feral and assaulting and biting Summer came out as an extremely jarring and terrifying moment for those who know her better. (like Samson and Gerald)
- Playing with Fire: Not Faith herself, but her mecha Solaris Collapse. Though it needs fuel to generate flames, and can't control fire she loses focus of nor other sources.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Invoked. Her father exposed her to plenty of giant-robot anime/manga and all kinds of science-fiction and fantasy media, both to provide her with entertainment, AND to prepare her for the real battles. If that doesn't sound like a good plan, it's because it isn't.
- Psychic Block Defense:The mind-assault of the Psychic Reaper had no effect on her.
- Pyromaniac: She pilots a Mecha specifically designed to control fire, and had always been intrigued by fire. It really grew when her test mecha malfunctioned and was transfixed by the flames even as it began consuming her flesh. Though Solaris could easily wield other weapons she prefers entirely to use fire.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: A red one, given to her by Celeste, as a token of her sincere appreciation and trust.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: She uses her ability to harness fire to create different kinds of structures and intricate combat maneuvers. For example, during the fight against Erdedrache she used it cook it from the inside out.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Easily goes feral, loves killing/fighting things, yet enjoys cosplay and likes cute things with some degree of maternal instinct for them.
- Tyke-Bomb: The details regarding her birth and upbringing aren't entirely clear, but genetic engineering has played a big role it.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Doesn't mind the mass murder of Eldritichians, but is shocked the others wanted to and did kill a newborn Eldritichian.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: The only things she'll use in Mecha combat is fire, and has almost no interest in proper weapons.
- Break the Badass: The Psychic Reaper shattered him.
- Creepy Child: Kind of.
- Darkand Troubled Past: His family and friends were killed by an Eldritchian.
- Mysterious Past: It's also different from his official file.
- Deadpan Snarker: Before the Mind Rape after...Not so much.
- Double Consciousness
- The Dreaded: To Celeste. Confirmed via Word of God, because we never saw them develop this aspect in the story proper.
- Five-Finger Fillet: Plays this after the timeskip
- Gratuitous German: Hans is from the Poland base.
- Gone Mad From The Revelation: What the Psychic Reaper did to him,
- Hearing Voices: Gustav
- Heroic BSoD: The Psychic Reaper.
- In Harm's Way: Does dangerous or stupid things, more often then not to stay awake.
- Blood Knight: Often Smirks in battle.
- The Insomniac: Possibly a Type C,
- Killed Off for Real
- Looks Like Cesare: A side-effect of his insomnia
- Limpand Livid: Both Reise and Hans are often hunched over
- Mind Rape
- Manchild: Somewhat.
- Messy Hair
- Otaku: Makes references to Evangelion
- Red Oni,Blue Oni: The Red To Emil's Blue.
- Sociopathic Hero
- Split Personality: Hurdling towards this with Gustav
- Where I Was Born and Razed
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Its AI tried, and did a good job of almost killing his team mates.
- Artifact of Doom: Of Eldritchian origin, nonetheless!
- Implacable Man: Heavily armored, and capable of absorbing lots of blows.
- Barefisted Monk: It doesn't have many weapons.
- Mighty Glacier / Lightning Bruiser: Straddles the line between the two. Usually pretty sluggish and unwieldy, but it's capable of sudden bursts of speed to catch its opponents off-guard.
- Soul-Powered Engine: Apparently, this is the reason why it absorbed/messed-up with Hans' and Gustav's souls, as it appears to use souls as batteries and/or transistors.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Leads to this situation.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Outside of battle she's cheerful, genuine and empathetic. While combating the invaders, she fights with an unbounded ferocity and fervor.
- Character Tics: She tends to trace her facial scars with her index and middle finger whenever she is nervous, feeling awkward or bored.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She has more than her fair share of eccentricities and unusual quirks... And yet, she's a remarkably well-adjusted individual.
- Cute and Psycho: A Reconstruction. She's seems to be quite mentally and emotionally stable, allowing her to become a surprisingly pleasant person to deal with. She channels her psycho tendencies on her hobbies and artistic activities, and she also uses that facet of her in order to fight against the Eldritchians.
- Dance Battler: She's a big fan of dance. Turns out, the nimbleness and grace she acquired thanks to it has helped her a lot to become a better pilot.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Of the cheerful and carefree kind of variety. Unlike some examples, the perpetual layer dirt covering her soles is actually acknowledged.
Also, because of her adamant dedication to walking without footwear, her feet have grown stronger and more nimble than those of an average person. If a situation renders it absolutely necessary, (like on formal events, or in potentially hazardous ground) she'll reluctantly wear a pair of easily removable shoes, but that's it.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Sorta. Because of her mech's unorthodox control system, she must strip herself naked in order to pilot it.
- Glasgow Grin: She has a pair of scars on each side of her mouth which create this effect.
- Scars Are Forever: Even though they're quite faded nowadays, they haven't been able to make them disappear completely, for one reason or another.
- Genki Girl: She's quite energetic, optimistic and straight-forward. However, her unbounded enthusiasm can be a bit overwhelming for some people.
- Guttural Growler: Only when she sings, since she likes emulating the vocalization style of her favorite Grindcore singers.
- Military Brat: When she was still pretty young, her windowed mom joined to work for SERVE. Since then, she grew surrounded by soldiers and mechs, growing quite fond of them and aspiring to become a pilot of her own.
- The Nick Namer: She likes referring to people with Hawaiian's words that describe a characteristic of them.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Indeed! A lot of themes and instances that other people would find grotesque or nauseating, are actually rather amusing to her. Overlaps with...
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: More often than not, she's gleefully oblivious the creepiness of a certain situations/sights, unless there's another person along her to point-them out.
- Olympic Swimmer: She's quite adept at swimming. The exercise has made her whole body stronger, and has turned her into a better pilot for her personal mech, which is an amphibious machine.
- Straight Gay: Word of God states she's in love with Celeste
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute AND Foil: She's the former, because her mech's role and her fighting style are extremely similar to those of the man she was meant to replace, Hans Liddmin. But she's the later because she's far more well-adjusted and cheerful than the aforementioned pilot.
- Word of Gay
- The Berserker: Loke herself describes it like this.
- Kill It with Water
- Knife Nut: It has a pair of vibro-blades which it stores inside its thighs.
- People Jars: Sorta. Its cockpit is a tank filled with breathable liquid, and it allows for full body and mind synchronization. Also, it doesn't work if the pilot is wearing any kind of garments.
- Synchronization: So far, it has the most advanced system ever created for a SERVE's mech.
- Threatening Shark: It looks like a giant bipedal shark. Definitely bad news... For the invaders, that's it!
- Ace Pilot: Originally, he strove to become an air-force pilot, but the invasion forced him to abandon his dream... Until he was recruited by S.E.R.V.E., that's it! Except, that instead of a jet-fighter, he now pilots his prized Epine Noir. And he's really good at it!
- Ace Custom: The Epine Noir is heavily implied to be one.
- Badass Normal: He has no genetic augmentations, he lacks any cybernetic upgrades, he doesn't have fourth-wall breaking powers, he's definitely not an Half Eldritchian Half-Human Hybrid. He's just a good pilot... Who can kick as much arse as (if not more than) his super-powered comrades.
- BFG: His Martell Laser Bazooka, the most powerful weapon in Epine Noir's arsenal.
- French Jerk: Subverted. While he might have a condescend and slightly arrogant streak from time to time, he's a genuinely good person who's willing to help those in need.
- Glass Cannon: Epine Noir's firepower is roughly on par with some of the unorthodox weapons the other mechas wield, but its defenses are far lower than the average. Good thing Emil can rely on his reflexes to compensate this weakness.
- Odd Friendship: With Hans Liddmin.
- Intergenerational Friendship: It also appears he'll start one with Leo Mulier.
- Only Sane Man: So far, he's this for the whole Delta squad... Oh, man...
- The Stoic / Chuck Yeager: He's always extremely composed and cool-headed, always doing his best to keep his emotions in check, even as he fights a mind raping creature!
- Not So Stoic: However, he was genuinely distressed when he heard the news of an Eldritchian's attack on Paris, his home city.
- Zen Survivor: It's heavily hinted that he has seen experienced his fair share of tragedy and pain in the war against the Eldritchians. But instead of breaking him, this suffering has tempered his resolution, making him stronger and more collected in the process.
- Artificial Limbs: Both of his arms are replaced with these.
- Bald of Awesome
- BioAugmentation: Genetically altered from his some of his earliest years to be a better marine.
- Covered with Scars: Only the ones on his face are exposed, but he has far more hidden beneath his uniform.
- Friend to All Children: Loves children, even if his appearance would make you suspect otherwise.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Only one, but it's pretty obvious.
- Semper Fi: Word of God confirms he is a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps.
- Badass Bookworm: Always carries at least one book in his pocket.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a pretty impressive one.
- BioAugmentation: Genetically altered to be a better marine at a young age.
- Blood Knight: Shows shades of this.
- Gatling Good: Many of Bjorn's weapons attachments.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Has these when he's looking for a fight.
- Semper Fi: Word of God confirms he is a Sergeant in the Marine Corps.
- Bio-Augmentation: Was genetically altered, but is still considered a 'runt' for being shorter than many marines.
- Cold Sniper: hasn't shown it in combat yet, but his mech is designated as for long range combat, and he's not the most friendly person.
- Semper Fi: is currently a sergeant in the Corps.
- Shout-Out: To Watchmen, pretty obvious if you know anything about it who he's based off of.
- 24-Hour Armor: Sort of. It's this sort of Holo-Armor mecha pilot suit... thingy.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: MAGNUS. V. O'MALLEY. Just say it in the hammiest voice possible.
- Meta Mecha: Averted. The original design I had for the Cosmic Wyrm featured this sort of system.
- Multi Form Mecha: What I change it to.
- Ace Custom: "'F*** YEAH!"
- That sound is the Fourth Wall Screaming In Pain. O'Malley, shut it.
- Wild Mass Guessing: Although this is outside the story, currently. Is he a...
- Medium Awareness: He's demonstrated it, in any case.
A female pilot hailing from Spain, she works for the GeneSys organization as a "test pilot", fighting against the Eldritchian's threat along with Bastion-Sigma, a close-combat mech with an powerful defensive system. She was recently re-assigned to work with S.E.R.V.E. as part of their Delta Squad. However, besides assisting them on their effort to fight the invaders, she has the secret mission of observing them and learning more about its pilots and S.E.R.V.E.'s secret agenda.
- Action Girl: Zig Zagged. Inside of her mech, she's a powerful counter against the Eldritchian threat. Outside of it, her ordinary body and lack of psychical combat training render her rather defenseless... Unless she's using her powered-armor, in which case she's becomes a dangerous foe again.
- Adorkable: George and Jack certainly think she is; and her first encounter with Loke confirms their suspicion.
- Ascended Fangirl: Old Super Robot anime from before the war was one of the inspirations behind her desire to become a pilot... The other one being her beloved grandpa.
- Asexuality: Word of God says: "Absolutely!". Lust is an impulse that's completely alien to her, mostly due to her strange innocence. Despite this, she can feel extreme love for other people, but not romantic infatuation. ALSO, there's a meta-reason behind this characteristic. See below.
- Author Tract: Why is Celeste so introspective and sensitive, all while trying to be as kind possible? It's because her writer is really tired of asexual characters being portrayed as deranged loonies, traumatized emotional-wrecks or/and cold-hearted bastards; so he wanted to write her as a character that reflects how he really feels. After all, he's also really passionate, overflowing with intense emotions, sincere about his feelings, and capable of genuinely loving other people. (only, not in a sexual nor romantic kind of way)
- Badass Adorable: She' a kind, caring and an overall sweet person... Who doesn't ever flinch nor backs down when it comes to fighting against the Eldritchian, and she's really good at it!
- Badass Normal: Most of GeneSys' pilots have undergone genetic and/cybernetic enhancement to increase their faculties. She hasn't, and she's just as effective as (if not more than!) most of them.
- Braids of Action: She has one, it prevents her hair from getting tangled (or even stuck) inside of her powered-armor helmet.
- Companion Cube: She refers to her mech, which lacks any kind of artificial intelligence and consciousness, as a colleague; not a weapon, nor a tool nor a thing, but as a partner and friend.
- Cowardly Lion: She's terrified of a lot of things, including things that wouldn't be an issue for normal people, like social interactions. And yet, she's possibly one of GeneSys' bravest pilots, and a person who doesn't ever hesitate to make a stand in order to defend what's important to her.
- The Cutie: Celeste's (Half) Day Off reveals that this is yet another facet of her; however, because of the rigors and responsibilities of her job, she cannot indulge into this side of her very often.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Her original call-sign, "Princess 7", assigned to her by Regulus Kiske because, from his perspective she was ... "no more than a pretty face who managed to get to the top through sheer luck and the favor of those in power." Needless to say, it was a moniker that caused her a fair share of emotional pain]].
- Eyes Never Lie: Her eyes change drastically whenever she shows intense determination, both in and outside battle; and overall, it's pretty easy to discern her feelings by just looking at her eyes, which is why her writer makes so much emphasis on them.
- The Fettered: Her grandpa taught her that "knowledge and power must be used to help people, not to slave them nor tyrannize them". She took his words to heart.
- The Four Loves: The love she feels for other people, and her sincere desire to protect mankind, is extremely close to Agape (Unconditional Love).
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She has a seriously bad case if it. She considers herself to be cowardly, incompetent, weak and an overall bad person. She's NONE of those things!
- Hot-Blooded: While in battle, she almost looks like a completely different person because how intense, passionate and brave she can be.
- Calling Your Attacks: Every GeneSys' mech has voice-command activated attacks, but she goes one step further by customizing the code names of the techniques to make them sound more heroic. Also, she cannot help but to shout them at the top of her lungs.BASTION! BEAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!
- Calling Your Attacks: Every GeneSys' mech has voice-command activated attacks, but she goes one step further by customizing the code names of the techniques to make them sound more heroic. Also, she cannot help but to shout them at the top of her lungs.
- Ideal Heroine: The excellence's standard she strives to for, though she's not sure if she'll ever reach it.
- The Idealist: She firmly believes that there's hope in the future, and that mankind has the strength to overcome any adversity if it works together to achieve it.
- Jabba Table Manners: The way she eats copious amounts of ice-cream is rather messy... Which is kinda funny for someone like her, who's otherwise always concerned about manners.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Despite having proven her worth a pilot during her own battles, she reacts to other (more experienced) pilots with admiration... And a bit of nervousness.
- Meaningful Name: Caballero is a rather common Spaniard surname, and Celeste is also a relatively ordinary French name. However, when put together they create the phrase Caballero Celeste, which is Spanish for Heavenly Knight.
- The Mole: Played with. She's there to observe and collect first-hand data, not to (directly) sabotage S.E.R.V.E.'s operation.
- Motor Mouth: She's not an ultra fast talker, but the density of her speech is quite notable, as seen and lampshaded when she met Loke. Also, Deconstructed; she affirms that some people find that aspect of her extremely annoying.
- Mundane Utility: Her holographic-wrist-computer, (which she affectionately refers as Pip-Boy) has a plethora of useful functions, including nigh unlimited access to GeneSys extensive database, a secure remote link to almost all of her equipment, (including her own mecha) an universal communicator function, and even an automatic hacking tool. So, what does she uses it for during its first use "on-screen" appearance? To find her way to the local cafeteria, of course!
- Nice Girl: She tries her best to be this.
- Plucky Girl: Both inside and outside the battlefield, as her journey to become a pilot was an uphill battle against several people's prejudices, her physical limitations and her own insecurities. And now that she's a full-fledged pilot, she's even more determined than before; as long as there's strength in her, she will NEVER back-down!
- Powered Armor: Standard gear for GeneSys' pilots. Increases connectivity with their mechas, exponentially augments their hand-to-hand combat effectiveness, protects them from psychic assaults. It also looks kinda bulky, which leads to...
- Prone to Tears: Played with. She's definitely overtly sensible and emotionally frail, but she has learned how to control that facet of her in order to become an effective fighter and a person capable of standing against any adversity. She would never let her insecurity nor tenderness to get in the way of doing what she believes is right.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Defied.note She loves wearing dresses, though she can only do it during her leisure time.
- Samus Is a Girl: ...Some confusion regarding her gender among folks that don't know better. She kinda enjoys watching their reactions.
- Shrinking Violet: She has some shades of it. She gets kinda nervous when she has to interact with other pilots and important people face to face.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She always tries to be as proper, polite and helpful... But don't ever forget her job-description is: "Fighting giant monsters, beating them to a pulp and disintegrating them to make sure they never come back".
- Sweet Tooth: She does like her candies and other sweet snacks.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Specially ice-cream! Which she devours with immense enthusiasm. She's also really fond of yellow apples, because they remind her of her beloved grandpa.
- Tender Tears: Extremely prone to breaking into them, because of how overtly sensible she is.
A veteran Russian mech pilot on loan from Russia.
- Berserk Button: She REALLY doesn't like interacting with Westerners.
- Establishing Character Moment: Screaming "Natalya Vasilyeva is here, bitches! Remember my name, maggots!" upon landing in the hangar.
- You No Take Candle: Cannot speak English very well, having spent all her life in Russia.
Tropes applying to SERVE themselves:
- Fun with Acronyms: S.E.V.E.R (Seeking Eternal Valkyries Enjoying Renounce). The name of the council of SERVE's leaders.
- Government Agency of Fiction
- Mildly Military: SERVE is a direct creation of the UN and they send out multiple planes, tanks and mechs for battle. Justified in that they were created sorely to tackle the Eldritchian threat head on.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: SEVER (the leaders) have this feel.
- State Sec
- United Nations Is a Superpower: The UN were responsible for SERVE's formation and as such hold a lot of power over it and its various branches.
Commander Nolan Briggs
The main commander over SERVE and the Delta Squad. Nolan keeps his secrets close but is very trusting and reasonable to others. He however dislikes Gerald, a lot with their feud constantly getting in the way.
- A Father to His Men: Definitely! He has earned the respect of almost every pilot in the Delta Squad, and then more! And rightfully so considering that he always tries to support them in whatever way he can.
- Big Good: For S.E.R.V.E. and the Delta Squad, though we're still not sure if he's this for the story as a whole.
- Mission Control: Orders the squad around in this role.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He always has a regal and proper vibe to him.
- The Paragon: Celeste describes him as this kind of person; this indicates that even GeneSys' pilots look up to him, despite the rivalry/animosity between their organization and S.E.R.V.E.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Treats the squad members a lot better than most SERVE members and listens to Hans about his problems willingly.
- Retired Badass: He was in the front-lines during the first contact, and he fought his fair share of battles before leaving his active combat duties to become S.E.R.V.E.'s right hand.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Indeed! He's not above bending and outright crushing the rules if they get in the way of his personal sense of justice.
- Secret Keeper: For Dan and Summer's parents' plans.
- The Strategist
- Undying Loyalty: To Dan's and Summer's parents.
- Veteran Instructor: Downplayed. He's one of the living people with more real combat experience against the Eldritchian's invaders... However, he doesn't deal too many combat lessons, in great part due to of the Delta Squad's members have their fair share of experience fighting against the aliens... And to the monsters getting more sophisticated as the war goes on, so his advise would be mostly outdated, anyway...
- Warrior Therapist: He has shown this facet of him in numerous occasions when dealing with Hans, but he has assumed this role from time to time with other pilots, too.
Been with SERVE for twenty years, Gerald is the head mecha engineer and Nolan's superior. He doesn't like people much, and mostly stays away from others unless there's something he wants.
- Anti-Heroic BSoD: He became serious pissed-off and altered when the Delta Squad destroyed the Psychic Reaper's body.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: With a dark twist to it. He has his fair share of eccentricities, and he's also genuinely crazy and deranged, but his expertise in the genetic engineering and mecha-development fields make him an invaluable asset for S.E.R.V.E.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Played for Drama. He has nothing but deep hatred for the nickname some of his S.E.R.V.E. "colleagues" have given him. See below.
- Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Genetic research and development is his greatest forte and focus. He applies it even when it comes to mecha design, construction and upgrading.
- Hates Everyone Equally
- It Runs in the Family:
- It seems Faith picked up her interest in cosplay directly from him. In-story, we have seen him dressed up as a Victorian gentleman.
- Also... There's the whole madness issue, but you must have already inferred that.
- Just Think of the Potential: He believes we could learn so much, and achieve so many wondrous feats if we could harness the power of Eldritchian's biology. Needless to say, he was not happy at all when the Delta Squad denied him the chance to capture and study the Psychic Reaper.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: ...OK, kindhearted might be a bit of a stretch, but Gerald fondness for cats (even mutant ones) goes to show he's not the cold-hearted bastard some members of S.E.R.V.E. think he is.
- Knight Templar or Unscrupulous Hero: We're not entirely sure which applies to him, or if he's something else altogether, but evidence points out to either of this options.
- Mad Scientist: He created a Flawed Psycho Prototype that feeds on its pilots' life force and supported the idea of Human/Eldritchian experiments. Plus whatever he must of done when known as Corpse Digger.
- Misanthrope Supreme
- Mysterious Past: Not much is known about him, though given stealing dead bodies and supporting super-soldier projects it can't be great.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Is/was known by the title "Corpse Digger" for stealing dead bodies.
- Omni Disciplinary Scientist: We are not sure to what extend, but he has shown proficiency in both genetic-engineering and cybernetic-engineering.
- Organic Technology: Which is why all the mechas he has personally designed are an amalgam of biological and electronic components.
- Pet the Dog:
- Despite his nebulous agenda and ruthless practices and methods, (it appears) he to genuinely loves his daughter, and won't stay impassive whenever someone dares to hurt her in any way.
- Also, he seems to have a soft-spot for animals, (even mutated/genetically-altered ones) because "they don't complain", and their affection and intentions are always genuine, unlike humans, who are often two-faced and treacherous creatures.
- Would Hit a Girl: Clocked Summer in the face for ultimately starting a fight with his daughter.
Samson Long (Mech: Victory Blazer)
The son of Gerald and brother of Faith Long his main work is a mix of everything when it comes to mecha. Outside of his family and few individuals he has a poorer concept of humanity than normal, though is generally calm and indifferent none the less.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't take treason lightly, specially from those he considers friends. Also, see Hypocritical Heartwarming below.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A minor case. He appears to be nice and polite, but there's a far more unpleasant facet to him. Nonetheless, he doesn't hold grudges/hatred for anyone who helps him, and always tries to put reason before his feelings.
- Broken Pedestal: His opinion about Nolan has started to rapidly degenerate as the story progresses.
- The Caretaker: To Leo. The poor kid seems to be utterly dependent on him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Might not be as smart or skilled as his father, he constructed an entire mecha out of scrap parts nonetheless.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: He gets really ignited when someone speaks cruel things about his sister. If his concern is genuine, or if he has a dark ulterior motive to be so defensive about her, that remains to be seen.
- My Greatest Failure: We aren't sure about the details behind it, but it led to him being banned from ever piloting a mech again.
- Only Sane Man: Of the Long family anyways. Also overlaps with...
- Reluctant Psycho: He's well aware of the madness that runs in his family, and he doesn't enjoy it a single bit.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Word of God, and a certain memorable scene, indicates that he may have a crush for Rei Ayanami.
- The Stoic: For the most part, unless he's trying to interact with people that might be helpful to him, or if something seriously pisses him off.
- The Un-Favourite: Saying that Gerald doesn't hold him in great esteem would be a gross understatement.
Vaughn Miller is SERVE's head computer technician and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and works in the mission control room non-stop. He is a big nerd/geek but has to deal with his co-workers' weird actions. Seeing himself a lot more saner.
- Adorkable: He showed some shades of it early on, but his first encounter with Katharina definitely cements his status as one.
- Bridge Bunny: Is SERVE's head computer technician.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's blond, and an overall nice (and strangely sweet) guy to deal with.
- Hollywood Nerd: Oh, yeah! He's more on the cute side of things, but he's rather good looking considering his career choice.
- Only Sane Man: At least of SERVE's computer technicians.
- The Short Guy with Glasses
Simon Jarrett works as the second Computer Technician for SERVE. He is rather snarky towards others including Sarah and spends his spare time working on mechs and upgrades.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sarah.
- Bridge Bunny: Vaughn's second in command technician.
- Brutal Honesty: As seen by his argument with Samson during the Trinity battle, he has no qualms about speaking honestly about his ideas and feelings.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Gadgeteer Genius: Occasionally works on mecha upgrades in his spare time.
- Sad Clown: He is quite prone to cracking jokes at inappropriate moments, but according to Vaughn, he's a really sensible person who uses humor to mask that facet of him.
- Technobabble: Can go overboard into talking like this.
The latest member of SERVE as another Computer Technician. He is very knowledgeable in SERVE's history and wants to protect the EARTH no matter what.
- Bridge Bunny: SERVE's newest technician.
- Hates Small Talk: One of the main reasons why Faith gets on his nerves, as he can't stand her non-sequitur questions and seinfeldian trains-of-thought.
- Naïve Newcomer: Is very excited to be part of SERVE and helping to protect the Earth. But has no idea of how dark it will get.
- Not What I Signed on For: He signed up for SERVE to work as a Computer Technician. Yet most of his first day was spent babysitting Faith in Echo City. He wasn't pleased.
- Only in It for the Money: Sorta. He says his main reason for joining SERVE was to help with the planet's defense... But the fact that he mentioned the money as his secondary reason indicates that there's some of this trope in him, too.
- The Smart Guy: Very smart about SERVE's history and the mechas.
Sarah Frye is one of SERVE's leading mech engineers and mechanics. Outside her affinity for the mechas she creates and fixes, she spends her time hanging with Vaughn and Simon.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Simon.
- Brainy Brunette: Pretty well versed in how the mechs work and run.
- The Heart
- Wrench Wench: Works as one of SERVE's main mech engineers and mechanics and is cute too.
Leo was brought in by his father, and mainly runs virtual tests to ensure equipment, design or modification of/for a mecha will work as intended. Besides this, Leo shows a stark interest in electronics.
- Cute Mute
- Disappeared Dad: Leo's father hasn't been seen once, and from comments by Leo and Bio-Lab Beta employees he seems to be there.
- Hates Being Touched: Began completely freaking out on being hugged by Celeste and eventually bit into her to make her let go.
- Missing Mom: Hasn't mentioned a single thing about her, and doesn't seem to be involved in Leo's life since he lives at SERVE.
- Satellite Character: To Samson, in a certain way, and Played for Drama. Faith even refers to the poor fellow as "my brother's pet".
SERVE's head of PR, responsible for various publications promoting SERVE such as anime and comic books, though neither have gotten good reception.
- Bleached Underpants: She used to write and draw erotic manga before she was assigned to work on the fictional adaptation of SERVE's odyssey. She still uses plenty of tropes from her raunchier days on her current projects! Much to everyone else's horror.
- The Face: She's in charge of dealing with all the issues related to S.E.R.V.E.'s public image, after all.
- Fictional Counterpart: Besides her work at public affairs, she's also part of an organization analog to the SCP Foundation.
- Propaganda Machine
- Skewed Priorities: Tends to focus more on adapting the events and misfortunes of the pilots than worrying about, you know, mass destruction or psychological breakdowns of said pilots.
A reluctant pilot who ended up working at Echo-City due to mix of necessity and bad-luck.
- Cardboard Box Home: The poor guy lived in one of these during a brief time period.
- Genius Ditz (or maybe Brilliant, but Lazy): He was the one who conducted (or maybe even performed!) the modifications on his mech, but his lack of motivation and multiple neuroses severely hamper his potential.
- Nervous Wreck: He's an acknowledged neurotic, and an overall twitchy mess.
- Nice Guy: Despite his short comings, he tries his best to be this, but...
- The Pig-Pen: He has some shades of it, as his wardrobe is usually quite scruffy, and he still has problems with personal hygiene since the days he tried to live as a hobo.
- Reluctant Warrior: He seriously wishes he wasn't a pilot right now, but he has to do it because...
- Only in It for the Money: ...He needs the money, in order to keep a roof over his head.
- The Slacker: A characteristic which brought him a fair share of misfortune in his back-story. It's also coupled with...
- Dismotivation: His ideal job would be working as a boring desk-jockey, far away from the front lines, all while making some decent money by just sitting on his arse and doing paperwork.
- Walking the Earth / Hobo: He tried it, but soon realized how much it sucked, so he decided to move on.
Volgamagnum (AKA. "The Rusty Sh*tbox")
- Chainsaw BFS: The Magnum "BITCHIN'" Chainsword! Graham added several gigantic exhaust pipes as the sword's guard, which...
- Flaming Sword: ...on-command spit forth jets of flame, setting the sword ablaze!
- Improvised Weapon: The Magnum Rail was originally just a mech-sized power-tool, until Graham modified it into a curiously effective weapon. Similarly, the Magnum "BITCHIN'" Chainsword was originally a designed as a cutting tool optimized to work on hazardous terrains.
- Nail 'Em: The Magnum Rail shoots super-heated rivets at ridiculous speeds!
- Razor-Sharp Hand & Hot Blade: It can super-heat its limbs in order to cut through the invaders' flesh like a hot knife through butter.
- Unfortunate Names: The Rusty Sh*tbox?... Yep, definitely.
- What a Piece of Junk: It's nowhere as fancy looking nor as combat "optimized" as its fellow mechs, but it's surprisingly fast and mobile, and it has some really neat tricks under its mechanical sleeve!
- The Dreaded: Her assistant, Mimi, seems to be deadly afraid of her.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Not only she hates the actual creatures, but she has expressed deep disdain for those individuals who resemble them in her eyes. Nonetheless, she considers them useful elements due to their predictability and reliability.
Eric Ventus (Mech: Bloody Eagle)
- Berserk Button: Don't dare to touch his mecha if you value your life.
- Hunter of Monsters: His Job is to contain, subdue or kill living Eldritichian specimens; this makes him a key agent for Bio-Lab Beta's operations.
Fuji Ventus (Mech: Death Condor)
Tropes applying to Eldritchians as a whole
- Aliens Speaking English: For the most part Eldritichians don't understand human language, either using telepathy to understand them or spending time studying them. Even then most Eldritichians would naturally be incapable of verbally communicating.
- Eldritch Abomination: Very much.
- It Can Think: The Psychic Reaper's incident confirms it.
- Superpower Russian Roulette: Its a genetic factor, as some Eldritichians get immense psychic powers, absolute immortality, or a hideous tentacle-freak with no real abilities during gestation and birth.
The first Eldritchian to be faced by the newly formed Delta Squad and was as a result the easiest to be beaten, being defeated with a lot of firepower.
- Atrocious Alias: When you're called Tentacle-Man, you'll get no respect.
- Warmup Boss: First Eldritichian monster after facing mostly human pilots in the characters' pasts...
A giant dragon-esque Eldritch that attacked SERVE after it "intervened" in a shipment of cloning material that was meant for Solaris Collapse and Wild Falken.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: A combination of Dan and Summer's charged up and combined beams and Faith's fire attacks defeat it, causing it to violently explode with the force of a blockbuster bomb.
- The Brute: Incredibly strong and feral, but his mental ability was extremely limited.
- Expy: He's basically King Gidorah, (implacable, multi-headed, ray spitting dragon-monster which required the combined might of every single allied fighter to be taken down) with a bit of Space Godzilla (both are unholy crystal wielding alien monstrosities) thrown in for style.
- Implacable Crystal Dragon thingy
- Crystal Dragon Alien
- Our Dragons Are Different: An alien eldritch abomination that is ship-sized and has five heads. It's made of an amalgam of organic material and minerals (I.E ores and crystals) and flies using a combination of organic rockets for legs and rainbow-colored wings made of an iridescent glass-like metal that's incredibly lightweight yet sharper than obsidian and tougher than a titanium wing of similar dimensions. It's heads lack eyes, "seeing" instead with gigantic heat-detecting "pits" arrayed in front of it's faces like a viper's and has a mouthful of disturbingly human-like teeth.
An eldritchian fetus with psychic powers, Psychic Reaper is trapped in its dead mother's body and controls it, allowing it to move around. It invaded SERVE's base covertly and proceeded to Mind Rape almost all of the Delta Squad.
- Body Horror: It's an alien fetus trapped in its dead mother's body while its gestation is slowed and was unhindered even as the body was destroyed. The odd method of its birth counts for its mother's corpse.
- Knight of Cerebus: A HELL of a lot darker.
- Oedipus Complex: The reason why it was trying so hard to break/kill Summer? Because it felt something inside of her that reminded it too much of its mother... And it seems it didn't like its mother. Not. A. Single. Bit.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Separated its psychic being moments before its physical body was destroyed, and is currently unnoticeable to anyone.
- Mind Rape: Its main specialty, and it is EXTREMELY good at it.
- Psychic Powers: So far capable of telepathy to some degree, creating psychic ghosts made of memories, self-automated psychic puppets, altering one's mental plane and telekinesis.
The Trinity (Eins, Zwei and Drei)
Comprised of three mech-sized humanoids clad in sleek techno-organic armor, the Trinity all share the same mind and as such are psychically linked together; allowing them to coordinate their attacks with lethal efficiency and are practically impossible to outsmart when they're fought as a team. They were specifically designed to fight the mechs.
- Animalistic Abomination: They seem to be based off of Earth creatures.
- BFG/Backpack Cannon & Shoulder Cannon: Zwei Possesses a fire-linked pair of these on it's back and has a smaller, faster-firing and tracking one mounted on it's left shoulder for anything that gets too close for the back cannons to destroy.
- Cold Sniper: Zwei acts as one.
- Determinator: Eins and Zwei, not even getting blown up, shot to pieces and losing an arm (Eins) or Getting blasted by several Heavy beam attacks (Zwei) deterred them from trying to fight on until the bitter end. But then again, their master would not tolerate their failure...
- Feather Flechettes: Drei can break down her wings and launch them at high-speeds, usually as small projectiles.
- Giant Flyer: Drei.
- Gratuitous German
- Healing Factor: At least Drei has one, though only her wings seem to regenerate quickly.
- Hero Killer: Murdered Hans
- Light 'em Up: Drei's capable of manipulating light through her wings, enabling among other things illusions, the color of light, blinding blasts of light and focused lasers.
- Psychic Link: They seemed to share this since Zwei ended up crying in sorrow and agony at Eins' death and that Drei received a powerful psychic backlash at Zwei's own destruction.
- Rule of Three
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Drei's wings are capable of some degree of shape-shifting, having been employed at least to protect herself.
- Sole Survivor: Drei is the only one to survive, and aside from Psychic Reaper is the only Eldritichian to have survived against the Delta Squad.
- Super Speed: Drei's capable of moving/flying fast enough to break the sound barrier, which she used quite a bit in the fight. She's also able to fling her "feathers" incredibly fast but are much slower than her.
- Villainous Sacrifice: Eins was killed when it bit down on Tyberos' turbo laser destructor and caused it to violently explode. Too bad that Tyberos didn't stay down.
- Wolverine Claws & Blade Below the Shoulder: Trinity Eins' primary weapons and can tear through mech armor like it was warm butter.
The overseer of the Eldritchian invasion of Earth and the one responsible for the continued presence of the Aliens on Earth. Rather than doing the easy, simple thing by dropping an asteroid on Earth to wipe humanity out, Arrr'Lok chose to drag the war out by as long as possible and at great cost in lives and materiel in order to make himself look like a hero in order to climb up the ranks of his society.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He got to such a lofty position despite his rampant sociopathy by betraying and using everyone unlucky enough to know him personally.
- Creepy Long Fingers: Which he likes to play with in the most intimidating and Machiavellian manner possible.
- Expy: More like a complete transplant of Kamal R'ex.
- Glory Hound: Will gladly sacrifice and ruin as many lives as he can for glory and greatness.
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: His name is pronounced as Arr-L-ohk Zeph-Yihr-is.
- Noodle Aliens: Has very long and possibly heavily atrophied limbs.
- Psychic Powers: Enhanced greatly by the Carnifex device that he has permanently interred himself into, giving him enough power to literally flatten a continent with his mind.
- Social Darwinist: Believes that only the strong succeed, does not tolerate weakness of any kind and believes that to be weak is a Fate Worse than Death.
- The Greys: Without the Carnifex, he looks like a 50-foot tall version of this alien.
- The Sociopath: Cares for nobody but himself and sees everyone as mere stepping stones to greatness or as obstacles to be removed.
- You Have Failed Me: He does not believe in second chances at all unless one has a really good excuse.