Outside of laws and juridictions in Zemuria, lies many mercenaries groups, who take morally grey contracts and participate in many wars and terrorist operations for a living. These groups are known as Jaeger Corps, and one should be extremely careful upon meeting them in public. Many groups exists thorough the continent, but a few of them stands out with a great military might and many resources.
General Jaeger tropes
See The Bladelord.
The second in command of The Red Constellation, under his brother Baldur. A hulking man known as Ogre Rosso, he and his twin axes tower over the battlefield. He is hired for a job in Crossbell in Ao but has reasons of his own for accepting...
- An Axe to Grind: Sigmund fights with two enormous axes.
- Battle Aura: Emits a crimson one when he get serious.
- Blood Knight: You can see where Shirley gets it from.
- The Brute: He would much rather be this or The Dragon instead of The Leader but his brother's death forced him into the latter role. He took the Crossbell job in part so he could have the opportunity to persuade Randy to take over the leadership of Red Constellation. He ultimately occupies this role in the hierarcy of antagonists in Ao.
- Death from Above: His S-Craft is called Crimson Fall, you get one guess what it involves.
- Establishing Character Moment: He is introduced watching an incoming train and after it passes, reveals that he was able to count exactly how many people were sitting in the passenger cars as it sped past. Then he leaves and after a short walk down the path your party sees the freshly slaughtered monsters that you were sent out to eliminate.
- Everyone Has Standards: As revealed in Cold Steel IV, he has no problems letting Shirley be a jaeger but smoking and drinking? Now that's something he'll put a stop on and he'll actually scold her daughter if he finds out. Even if she happens to pay respects to the recently deceased (again) Jaeger King as Randy, Sara, and Garreth tell her to not do it.
- Good Parents: To Shirley.
- Handicapped Badass: The loss of his eye don't seem to hinder him much, especially since he is able to throw his axes with good precision.
- Large and in Charge: A Sub-Commander of The Red Constellation, he's huge and all of it is muscle. And the 'Sub-' bit was only true until Baldur died, now he's the Commander.
- Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Crimson Fall."
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules: He has a craft called Ogre Cry which is a superpowered version of Randy's Warcry II. It buffs his STR and grants him 200 CP with no HP penalty like player characters have to deal with. To say this move is cheap would be an understatement. The fact that he always follows it up with a now-buffed Crimson Fall just makes it worse. Justified, as Sigmund has been on battlefield for way longer than Randy.
- Private Military Contractors: The Orlando family are the leaders of The Red Constellation, the most powerful and feared Jaegers in western Zemuria.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: He can throw his axes like boomerangs.
- Red Baron: "Ogre Rosso."
- Simple, yet Awesome: While others Jaegers like to use sophisticated weapons allowing both close and ranged combat, Sigmund simply use a pair of axes.
- So Proud of You: Say this to Randy on behalf on his father after his defeat in the Azure Tree.
- Time-Limit Boss: What makes the first fight against him in Ao really frustrating: if you want all the bonus DP, you have to defeat him in under five minutes when you are severely underlevelled relative to him. On New Game Plus, this is easy because you'll have those levels but on a first playthrough, you won't. Good tactics will get you the bonus for taking him down to 50% health but to get all the way, you need a very specific strategy and a lot of advance preparation.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Suggest this to Dieter about Elie and her grandfather as they could compromise his political standing. Dieter refused.
- World's Strongest Man: By virtue of the two undisputed strongest Jaegers ahead of him dying (at least until one of them came Back from the Dead and then died again), Sigmund is certainly the strongest Jaeger in western Zemuria, if not the entire continent.
Randy's younger cousin and a brigade leader of the Red Constellation. Her combat prowess is exceptional and she is feared throughout Western Zemuria as Bloody Shirley.
- A-Cup Angst: Angst probably isn't the best word to describe it, given that devil-ish smile, but Shirley's justification for grabbing Elie is jealousy of her large breasts.
- Ax-Crazy: How crazy is she? Her first thought at seeing the newly unveiled Orchis Tower is "Can we blow it up?". Also, her nickname is Bloody Shirley and her Crafts include such charming names as Bloody Cross, Blood Storm and Death Parade.
- Badass Gay: One of the strongest jaegers of Zemuria and firmly in love with women.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her regular outfits in the series have her exposing her stomach. Averted in her Thors I outfit.
- Bifurcated Weapon: Her weapon consists of a flame thrower, a machine gun, and a chainsaw all in one package. It's made by the Black Workshop as revealed in Cold Steel IV.
- Blood Knight: The youngest of a family of Blood Knights.
- The Bus Came Back: Reappears in Cold Steel III. Notably, she's become an Enforcer for Ouroboros whilst still being part of the Red Constellation, meaning that the society also has Garreth and a squad of the corps to use for their plans.
- Dark Action Girl: All action and all villain, though when she's not being Ax-Crazy she can be flirty, in a creepy, molester-y sort of way.
- Depraved Bisexual: Has a habit of playfully molesting whoever she finds attractive - or when she just feels like it - which includes females. Both Elie and Duvalie find themselves on the receiving end at some point.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the span of one short scene, Shirley flirts with Lloyd, gropes Elie, shows off how fast she can move and shows off a distinctly childish side. And hints that Red Constellation is on Osborne's payroll.
- Even Evil Has Standards: No, seriously. You know that some of the other villains have crossed the line when even she thinks that blowing up the Courageous was a dick move.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Ends up encouraging Cedric after he ends up having a breakdown after finally realizing what he had just done.
- Graceful Loser: She takes her defeats surprisingly well.
- I Call It "Vera": She names her weapon "Testa-Rossa" after the calamity that struck in Erebonia. She ends up working alongside the one who pilots said machine.
- Jumped at the Call: Campanella notices that she has potential and offers her a position as a Enforcer candidate. She takes it.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Subverted. She likes cats but she has unusual methods for finding lost ones. This is retained in Cold Steel III.
- Knife Nut: For when a chainsaw rifle just isn't enough...
- Limit Break: Her S-Craft in "Death Parade" in Ao and "Disaster of Maha" in Cold Steel III and IV.
- Pet the Dog: She pays her respects to Loewe at Hamel, even though he died before she even joined Ouroboros.
- Professional Killer: She's a Jaeger, killing people for money is somewhere in the job description.
- Red Baron: There's her "Bloody Shirley" in her Red Constellation self. She ends up getting another one when she joins Ouroboros as Enforcer XVII, "Sanguine Ogre."
- The Reveal: Her weapon, Testa-Rossa, was built by the Black Workshop.
- She's All Grown Up: Her appearance in◊ Cold Steel III.
- Ship Tease: With Cedric of all people in Cold Steel IV.
- Ship Sinking: She, however, denies this notion, claiming to be more into girls and seeing Cedric as something of a little brother.
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit consists of extremely short form-fitting shorts, a bra and thigh-high boots.
- Skinship Grope: Aside from groping Elie, she also gropes Duvalie in Cold Steel III. In Cold Steel IV, she wishes she could also grope Estelle.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Her Testarossa, a 'Blade Rifle' combining an assault rifle, a flamethrower and a chainsaw.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Well, as much as she can but by the time of Cold Steel IV, she no longer seems to be in the Violence Is the Only Option mindset.
- Traintop Battle: Engages in one with Fie on top of the Derfflinger in Cold Steel III.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She does!
- Voiced by: Yusei Oda (Japanese, Evolution games)
A sub-commander of the Red Constellation known as the Blitz.
- Voiced by: Kohei Matsumoto (Japanese), Evan Smith (English)
A sub-commander of the Jaeger group Zephyr. In the first two games he, along with Leonidas, served as bodyguards and enforcers of Duke Cayenne. In the third game, he and Leonidas return and are back to serving under their revived Jaeger commander, Rutger Claussell.
- BFG: Half of his Blade Rifle
- BFS: The other half.
- Cold Sniper: Only when he's in combat. In most other times, his behavior is akin to that of a Friendly Sniper.
- Cool Shades: Always wears shades even indoors.
- Death from Above: His S-Craft Genocide Rain, in which he will drop explosives on you from above, shoot you repeatedly from above and finally drop down on you with his blade extended, from above
- Evil Former Friend: Like all the members of Zephyr, Fie used to think of Xeno as family. Her subsequent abandonment and the events from the end of Cold Steel onward are causing her to rethink her feelings, although she understands that as jaegers, they're dictated by whoever pays them.
- I Owe You My Life: He was saved by Rutger when a hit man nearly killed him.
- Kansai Regional Accent: His accent in the Japanese script.
- Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Genocide Rain."
- Manly Tears: He cries as Rutger finally passes on.
- Only in It for the Money: His motivation for working for the Noble Alliance though he implies Ouroboros was offering an extra incentive...
- Overprotective Dad: Towards Fie. To the point that he and Leonidas question Rean on whether he's made moves on her or not, regardless if Fie's the chosen character for the final bonding scene in the first game. He's more laid back between the two.
- Private Military Contractors: Used to belong to Zephyr, one of the strongest Jaeger groups.
- Promoted to Playable: He's playable in Cold Steel IV.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's working for a paycheck and shows genuine affection for Fie.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Uses a Blade Rifle customized for sniping.
- Trap Master: He's known as Xeno the Trapmaster and has several tricks up his sleeves that he'll pull on the party in and out of combat.
- You Are in Command Now: Rutger tells both Xeno and Leo to lead Zephyr in his place before he disappears.
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Isobe (Japanese), Gerald C. Rivers (English)
Another sub-commander of the Jaeger group Zephyr. In the first two games, he and Xeno served as bodyguards and enforcers of Duke Cayenne. In the third game, the two return and are back to serving under their revived Jaeger commander, Rutger Claussell.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Badass Baritone: The English Dub gives him a deep voice befitting his status as a mercenary for hire.
- The Big Guy: He's big and he's all muscle.
- Cool Shades: Always wears sunglasses even indoors.
- I Owe You My Life: The reason why he's loyal to Rutger is because he saved his family and his village from arms dealers who targeted his home because it was rich with septium resources.
- Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Calamitous Arm"note .
- Overprotective Dad: Really wants to know if Rean made any moves on Fie, hoping it's just him being paranoid. If Fie is the chosen character for the final bonding, he becomes Properly Paranoid, as Rean surmises.
- Not So Stoic: Despite his cool exterior, he genuinely cares about Rutger and fights against Class VII to prevent his death in Cold Steel IV.
- Pile Bunker: His Machine Gauntlet incorporates one as its primary method of causing damage.
- Power Fist: He uses a two-meter long weapon called a Machine Gauntlet in battle, containing a pilebanker and large claws.
- Private Military Contractors: Part of Zephyr, one of the greatest jaeger groups of the continent.
- Promoted to Playable: He's playable in Cold Steel IV.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Like Xeno, he's in it for the paycheck and shows genuine affection for Fie.
- You Are in Command Now: Tells both Xeno and Leo that they're going to lead Zephyr in his place after he dies.
See Revache and Co.
- Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese)
Fie's adoptive father and leader of Zephyr, one of the most powerful Jaeger corps in Western Zemuria alongside the Red Constellation. Presumed dead after a 3-day battle with Baldur Orlando, leader of said rivaling group before Cold Steel I begins, he appears alongside Xeno and Leonidas in Cold Steel III having been mysteriously revived.
- A Father to His Men: Was Fie's adoptive father who cherished him. Also this to his other troops who as a result became so greatly loyal to him they tried to bring him back.
- Already Done for You: Rean and his new Class VII is tasked to defeat an archaism in Chapter 1. After defeating one, the party encounter Rutger in his civilian clothing. After a few talk and Rutger leaves, the party then realizes that there are 15 other archaisms already defeated by him. This is similar to how Sigmund was introduced.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of one of the strongest Jaeger Corps on the continent, with all the stregth and skill to back up sich a title.
- Back from the Dead: His existence in the game alongside Scarlet Roselia and Azure Siegfried is "something that shouldn't be" according to Kondo. Seeing that he should've been dead, high chance this trope is in play. Confirmed that he was resurrected as an 'undead' in order to become the Palatinate Knight's Awakener.
- Badass Grandpa: Pushing 50, and still a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.
- Badass Longcoat
- Bifurcated Weapon: His buster glaive is a sword that can also fire bullets just like Randy's Berserga and Shirley's Testa-Rossa. It's revealed that the Black Workshop sold both the Red Constellation and Zephyr the weapons that they use.
- BFS: His weapon looks like this, and it even looks bigger than Victor's.
- Cigar Chomper: Smokes one at the start of Chapter 3.
- Cool Old Guy: He's about 50 years old, and is a pretty chill dude. Sara, naturally, finds him attractive in a different way than Victor.
- Disappears into Light: How he goes out, after his Divine Knight is absorbed into Valimar and his life can no longer be sustained by its power.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Whether he can even be called evil is debatable (mainly because as a jaeger, he's mostly dictated by who pays him the best and will get the job done for them), but he genuinely cares for his adopted daughter Fie, as well as his subordinates.
- Everyone Has Standards: Like most of the people on the antagonists' side, he didn't like the whole "blow up the Courageous" scene; he derogatively refers to it as "terrorist bombing."
- Face Death with Dignity: He rejects Rean's offer to save his life with Valimar's power, and dies satisfied after making peace with his daughter.
- Give Her A Normal Life: Didn't want Fie to fight as part of the corps, and ordered Zephyr to disband and arranged for Sara to take care of her after his death in hopes she'd find a different path in life.
- Go Out with a Smile: Goes out with a smile on his face, finally making peace with his daughter. He also smiles when he disappears from Rean alongside Arianrhod and Osborne.
- Humongous Mecha: He is revealed to be the Awakener of Zector, the Palatinate Divine Knight.
- I Let You Win: He purposely holds back against Rean in Vantage Masters with Rean musing that Rutger could have defeated him at any point.
- I Thought You Were Dead: Fie, Randy and Shirley are shocked to see him in the third game since they saw him die fighting Baldur Orlando.
- Limit Break: His S-Craft in Cold Steel III and IV, as well as his finishing move when piloting Zector, is "Gilgamesh Breaker."
- Mutual Kill: Originally died this way while fighting Baldur Orlando prior to the series. The fight apparently lasted 3 whole days.
- Noble Demon: Contracted by the villains, yet still a pretty chill guy who isn't interested in civilian casualties. Especially noticable compared to other antagonistic Jaegers like Shirley and Sigmund.It turns out that it's the fact that he was easier to deal with that led to Alberich reviving him instead of Baldur.
- Not So Stoic: In his last moments before fading away, he has a moment of appearing genuinely touched when Fie calls him 'Dad' for the first time.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: His death alongside Baldur is only mentioned as passing, but still a badass moment nonetheless. The fight lasted for three whole days, after all. Turns out, even Rutger comments at the fact that it is abnormal for him and Baldur to even fight for that long.
- One-Handed Zweihänder:He is capable of holding his weapon with one hand.
- Private Military Contractors: Formerly the leader of Zephyr, one of the strongest Jaeger Corps on the continent.
- Punch-Clock Villain: As is fitting for a Jaeger, he's just doing what's in the job description, and is actually pretty friendly otherwise.
- Posthumous Character: He died before Cold Steel I takes place, although his appearance in Cold Steel III indicates something is amiss. He was brought back to life by Alberich in order to serve as an Awakener.
- Reality Ensues: As awesome as his and Baldur's duel was that lasted for three days and three nights before mutually killing off one another, it's revealed that even Rutger doubts that he and Baldur could even duel for that long as human beings.
- Red Baron: He's known as "Jaeger King" back when he was still alive. And when he's technically an undead.
- Refuge in Audacity: He explains that if people want information from jaegers, they have to beat said jaeger. Of course Rutger doesn't want to settle things violently in a casino with civilians around. So how does he settle it for Rean and the party? By playing Vantage Masters, a children's card game, inside a casino. Hilarity Ensues.
- Unwitting Pawn: He and Baldur end up fighting because of Alberich. He then ends up becoming Zektor's Awakener and isn't happy that Alberich set him and Baldur up.
- World's Strongest Man: He and Baldur Orlando were considered the two strongest jaegers to have ever lived. In battle, he shows that he isn't known as the 'Jaeger King' for nothing.