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Lieutenant Welkin Gunther
The son of the legendary General Gunther, Welkin just wanted to live a quiet life as a teacher. This plan gets sidetracked when The Imperials invade his hometown of Bruhl. Welkin quickly adapts and joins the Gallian Militia, becoming the leader of Squad 7 of the 3rd Regiment. Using his scientific knowledge, he quickly becomes a strategist rivaling his father and organizes Squad 7 into the Imperials' greatest threat. In combat, Welkin generally doesn't fight directly, and instead gives orders to the squad from his father's tank, the Edelweiss.
- The Ace: Played with/subverted. While Welkin is a tactical genius and incredible battlefield leader, he's not the best at actual soldiering. When on missions outside the Edelweiss, he's average at best when compared to other Scouts.
- Ancestral Weapon: The Edelweiss. Although granted, said weapon was originally a prototype made during the First Europan War that simply didn't reach mass production by the time it ended.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: His knowledge of animals and nature in general has often been useful for creating impressive strategies.
- Babies Ever After: At the end of Valkyria Chronicles, he and Alicia have a daughter, who they named Isara in memory of the other Isara.
- Badass Bookworm: He doesn't look like one, but his tactical and operative planning wins every single victory for Squad 7.
- Beware the Nice Ones: His reaction when he found out that Faldio was the one who sniped Alicia? Oooh, boy...
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
- If he says you look like a beetle, don't worry, that's a compliment.
- The first time he rendezvous them, The Nameless from Valkyria Chronicles III gets the dubious honor of being compared to chameleons, since they are "not supposed to exist". Most of this compliment goes over poor Kurt's head. Nonetheless, he acknowledges Welkin's skill during their short time battling together.
- Catchphrase: Squad 7, move out!
- Calling Your Attacks:Welkin: THIS IS AN ORDER!
- Celibate Hero: More because he tries not to focus on sexual topics than by deliberate ignorance, and in fact seems quite shy about embracing his own sexuality. It gets so bad that at one point in the anime Faldio practically asks him if he has any sex drive at all.
- Character Development: He goes from a university student to a popular military leader in Valkyira Chronicles.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Often. One notable example, he compliments Alicia's body armour by comparing it to the carapace of an insect, and then trails off from there. In the anime, he's even more scatterbrained like this.
- Cooldown Hug: To Alicia at several points. He even gives her a Cooldown Proposal towards the end.
- Ensign Newbie: His early defining feature, leading to Rosie and Largo disliking the new guy. Unlike other examples, he's fully competent and prepared despite fitting the trope to a T otherwise — his university training make him legally qualified for his rank, with his father's legacy a recurring comment but unimportant to his own success.
- Establishing Character Moment: Talking to the fish before sketching them. Eventually turned into a Chekhov's Hobby.
- Expy: Of Yang Wen-li of Legend of Galactic Heroes, although Welkin's not lazy or a drunk. However, their similar approach to strategy and idealism are clear giveaways that Welkin's based on him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a normal unversity student to a powerful and popular commander.
- Happily Married: In the ending, he marries Alicia and has a daughter.
- The Hero: The main character of the story and the one to lead Gallia to victory.
- Heroic BSoD: The combination of Isara's death and Alicia being shot by a mysterious sniper and left in critical condition puts him into one for a while.
- I Choose to Stay: In Valkyria Chronicles II, even after most of Lanseal's population dwindled following the Rebel attack on August, he and Alicia decide to stay and help the remaining students.
- Insufferable Genius: On occasion in Valkyria Chronicles II, much to Alicia's exasperation
- In the Blood: He doesn't want to be, but he's adaptable.
- Military Maverick: Welkin usually comes up with incredibly unorthodox strategies to win his battles.
- Nature Hero: Odd variation. He's a nature otaku, and every military strategy he uses is related to or inspired by nature in some way. Also, he's shown to be happiest when he be in a completely natural environment, just studying the wildlife.
- Nice Guy: Many so-called heroes would have much to learn from Welkin.
- The Power of Love: One of Welkin's hidden Potentials is even called this: all his stats are raised when Alicia is in battle with him.
- Rousing Speech: Instead of delivering an order, Welkin does this instead when the "Awaken Potential" or "Awaken All" orders are used.Awaken Potential: "You can do this! Trust in yourself!"
Awaken All: "You all are so much more than this! I know it!"
- The Strategist: The most powerful weapon in the entire Gallian army is Lieutenant Gunther's brain.
- Tank Goodness: Commander of the Edelweiss.
Sergeant Alicia Melchiott
Born and bread as a baker, Alicia was reluctant to go to war, but joined the militia to protect her hometown of Bruhl. After being rescued by Welkin, she joins Squad 7 as his second-in-command and love interest.
- All-Loving Hero: Her kindness and compassion can resonate even to those who should be her enemies, such as her dealings with the Imperial soldier Fritz.
- Babies Ever After: She has a child with Welkin at the end of Valkyria Chronicles, appropriately named Isara.
- Badass Adorable: Well, would you expect a girly girl like her to be a Game-Breaker who curb-stomps Selvaria?
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: She wears a red baker's bandana even in battle.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Especially in the anime, although it's more due to that she tends to get worked up over Welkin's hijinks easily.
- Boobs of Steel: While not as endowed as Selvaria, she does have one of if not the largest bust in squad 7. The steel part comes in when she discovers she's a Valkyria.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Occasionally serves as this for Welkin.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Once she discovers her Valkyria powers later in the game.
- Dude Magnet: She has the likes of Noce and Faldio fall for her, as well as eventually Welkin.
- Even Girls Want Her: Dallas most certainly does. Shes devastated when Alicia marries Welkin.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She's more of a baker.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in twin tails.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: She gets over her injuries rather quickly. Suspiciously quickly...
- Heroic BSoD: She has a major one when she discovers her Valkyria powers.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. She planned on using the Valkyria's flame to sacrifice herself and destroy the Marmota, but Welkin talked her out of it.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: After discovering her Valkyria powers. Welkin fixes this by reminding her that even if she has these powers, she doesn't have to use them and she can still follow her dreams once the war ends.
- The Lancer: Welkin's Number Two in Squad 7.
- Lightning Bruiser: When fully levelled and given the best rifle in the game.
- Love Triangle: More like a Love Dodecahedron in her case. With Noce, Dallas, and Faldio having feelings for her, while she is in love with Welkin.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As a Valkyria, she is capable of destroying any soldier or tank with ease.
- Purposely Overpowered: Discover all of Alicia's potentials. Issue her an "Unlock Potential" order. Win the game.
- She Is All Grown Up: The epilogue shows that the few years after the war, getting married, and becoming a mother have treated her quite well.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She and Welkin hook up after the events of the main game.
- Sweet Baker: Alicia's goal after the war is to become a baker, whose kind side tends to come out through her baking. After mistaking Welkin for a spy and holding him at gunpoint, she shows her softer side by bringing him some bread she baked herself as an apology.
- Team Chef: She apparently cooks meals for the squad at various times.
- That Woman Is Dead: She renounces her status as a woman by the time she is about to do a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Marmota. It doesn't last thanks to Welkin's intervention.
- Took a Level in Badass: She was always competent from the start, but when her Valkyria powers awaken, she becomes a beast.
- Tranquil Fury: When she first awakens as a Valkyria. To add insult to injury, Alicia didn't appear to be in full control of her body, yet managed to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to Selvaria, while dodging all of the latter's attacks with minimal effort.
- Unwanted False Faith: Finds the reaction of many people in the army/militia to her Valkyrur heritage to be rather disturbing.
- Tsundere: In the anime and manga, but not in the original game.
Corporal Brigitte "Rosie" Stark
Corporal and Shocktrooper. Rosie was a singer, but the war forced her to join the front lines of the militia effort. Because of certain events in her past, she hates Darcsens, and this instantly causes friction between her and Isara.
- Amazonian Beauty: The Hot Springs Episode in the anime shows she has a muscular build, which doesn't detract from her attractive appearance.
- Badass Boast: "Oh, they'll be running. I'm a damn shocktrooper."
- Character Development: She gets over her hatred of Darcsen over the course of the game. One of her hidden potentials even boosts her stats when around Darcsen units.
- Cool Big Sis: She even has it listed as a potential — "she just can't abandon her fellow shocktroopers."
- Determinator: She refuses to give up no matter how hopeless the situation is.
- Dislikes the New Guy: Along with Largo, Rosie has a low opinion of Welkin at first.
- Fiery Redhead: Loves to be in the thick of it in combat, and is prone to flying off the handle.
- Flanderization: Although a good portion of her Valkyria Chronicles character arc is growing beyond her prejudice, Valkyria Chronicles 4 turns this into pretty much her only characteristic.
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Rosie used to be a barmaid before the war, but still sings occasionally. She remarks that it was hardly glamorous, though. She gets back into singing on a full-time basis after the war.
- Interface Spoiler: Shown to be distrustful towards Isara, but lacks the Darscen Hater potential. In fact, she gets the reverse of it sometime after the latter dies.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She starts off as a jerk who eventually gets over her hatred of Darcsens and warms up to the rest of the squad.
- Odango Hair: She wears her hair in twin buns.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Rosie's real name Brigitte Stark is All There in the Manual. As a civilian, she was a bartender and singer, and "Rosie" was apparently given to her by her regulars.
- Shipper on Deck: For both Welkin/Alicia AND Eleanor/Largo.
- "Take That!" Kiss: Fond of blowing a kiss to her enemies... just after she guns them down.
Sergeant Largo Potter
Largo is a sergeant, and a veteran of the First Europan War. He served with Captain Eleanor Varrot and her lover Frederick, and still harbors a crush for her during the events of the game. Largo was at first hesitant of Welkin's leadership, but he quickly becomes one of Welkin's most trusted and supportive soldiers. Largo is also a sort of father figure to the rest of the members of Squad 7.
- Anchored Ship: Harbours feelings for Eleanor Varrot, but hasn't said anything about it due to the touchy subject of Frederick.
- The Big Guy: Of the main group he's easily the largest and most physically imposing, just like most male Lancers.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten the vegetables, or he'll hunt you down.
- Beta Couple: He eventually hooks up with Eleanor.
- Call to Agriculture: Largo always had a dream to have a vegetable garden.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The Rough to Eleanor Varrot's Smooth.
- Cool Old Guy: Downplayed, but present; He's in his late thirties, compared to the rest of the cast, who are mostly teenagers.
- Dislikes the New Guy: He dislikes Welkin when the latter joins Squad 7 and initially doubts his leadership skills.
- Gentle Giant: He is quite a lot bigger than his peers (Lancer and all), but he is a very nice man who tries to stop Rosie from quarreling with Isara and make Eleanor think twice about murdering Geld.
- Happily Married: To Eleanor at the end.
- Heroic Second Wind: He has the Big Hearted potential, which keeps him alive past the point that he should have died."Ahh, a little spit'll hold me together!"
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Largo sports an impressive pair, and he lives up to them well.
- The Lancer: Both literally (being a Lancer class) and to Welkin.
- Old Soldier: He's even peeved at first at taking orders from the much younger Welkin.
- Serious Business: His view of vegetables, given that he was a farmer before fighting in the war.
- Trademark Favorite Food: "VEGE-TA-BLES!"
- Turn the Other Cheek: Although he was good friends with Frederick, unlike Eleanor, he did not go seeking revenge on Geld.
Corporal Isara Gunther
Daughter of the genius Darcsen engineer Theimer, and adopted daughter of General Gunther, hence making her Welkin's adopted sister. Isara is gentle and good-hearted, and very brave for such a small girl. She is also an absolute engineering genius, constantly coming up with innovations during the game that save Squad 7 countless times, including waterproofing the Edelweiss for immersion and creating smoke mortars (which border on Game-Breaker territory).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Not a kinder soul in Squad 7. Except when she's gunning down a fully armed enemy soldier in the beginning of the game, or piloting a giant-ass battle tank.Isara: I will thank you to watch your tongue in this house. You have to leave. Now.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: During the beach trip, she smacks the other players in a beach ball game no less than 3 times.
- A Death in the Limelight: In her focus chapter, she gets shot down.
- Disappeared Dad: The Design Archives states that her parents died in a car crash — this is why she's adopted by the Gunther family.
- Famed in Story: Squad 7 never forgets Isara after her untimely demise. Welkin and Alicia even name their daughter after her.
- Go Out with a Smile: She gets shot down by imperials just as she asks Rosie to sing for her. She dies smiling in Welkin's arms.
- Happily Adopted: She was taken in by the Gunthers, since her late father was a good friend of General Gunther, and loved and was loved by the family with all their hearts.
- The Heart: She's so much The Heart that her death is what motivates Squad 7 to really glue together as a family, and it is her memory that drives them to continue on. Rosie is devastated by her death. She also ends up as this for the R&D department, who continue work on her plane after her death, with Leon driving it to perform a Big Damn Heroes rescue of Welkin and Alicia at the end of the game, while Kreis goes on to become the foremost authority on aeronautic engineering.
- Kill the Cutie: Isara is gentle, good-hearted, very brave and a cute small girl... who gets shot just as she and Rosie were just starting to accept each other.
- Mission Control: Since she is in the tank with Gunther, she is the one with whom he most frequently speaks to on the condition of the battle.
- Oblivious to Love: She isnt aware of Ramals crush on her.
- Sacrificial Lion: Dies soon. The "death curse" placed upon Houko Kuwashima's characters.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Isara is one of the good-natured characters in the series, but she gets shot down.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Feared water in her childhood, according to Welkin, and it's implied that this may still be true.
- Wrench Wench: Isara is a really sweet, feminine and gentle version of this. The character archives mention that a wrench set that Welkins gives her is particularly dear to her.
Darcsen engineer who helps Squad 7 as an informant. Squad 7 first meets him inside one of the Empire's Darcsen concentration camps. He does a lot to change Rosie's perception of Darcsens and proves a resourceful, intelligent ally. Eventually, he joins Squad 7 as a tank driver, piloting the tiny-yet-powerful light tank, the Shamrock.
- Ace Custom: The Shamrock, a Gallian light tank that he has made his own customization to.
- Badass Baritone: Provided by both Kazuya Nakai in Japanese and Steve Blum in English.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: He wears a bandana on his head and is one of the heroes.
- The Engineer: He knows a thing or two about machinery given his time as a prisoner who worked in the factories and mines.
- Eyes Always Shut: Well one of them anyways. It opens during a few cutscenes. Apparently years of having to closely inspect frequently breaking mining and processing equipment has given him a habitual squint.
- Friend to All Children: Spends his time entertaining children while off-duty. In the ending, he opens Fouzen Toy Factory.
- Gatling Good: The Shamrock's turret can be equipped with a rotary-barrel cannot to bring More Dakka.
- Gentle Giant: Lampshaded when Ellet calls him a "grizzly bear", Zaka replies that he'd rather think himself as a "teddy bear".
- Kill It with Fire: The Shamrock can be equipped with a flame thrower in its turret to clear entrenched infantry.
- Lightning Bruiser: His Shamrock, by virtue of being a light tank. It is faster than the Edelweiss and less resistant to damage, but still much tougher than any infantry and quick enough to keep up with them. Coupled with its cannon, it can quickly bring vehicle-grade firepower to bare from vulnerable flanks.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He is proud of being a Darcsen, he even paint the Shamrock with Darcsen pattern.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Doesn't believe in revenge, even when most of his people are burnt to death inside a concentration camp, saying it won't bring them back to life.
- The Sixth Ranger: He joins up quite a bit later in the game, and traditionally fits the standard slot.
- The Cameo: From Skies of Arcadia, along with Vyse and the Medic.
- Fiery Redhead: Red-haired and Hot-Blooded.
- Girlish Pigtails: The same unusually-rigid Mega Twintails she had in Skies of Arcadia.
- If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Her phrase when calling the medic is basically this trope.
- Parts Unknown: Her and Vyse's bio imply that they're not even from the Europan continent.
- Ship Tease: With Vyse, just like their home series. Some of her voice lines involve calling him "baby" and at the end of the game they hop on a boat and leave together, never to be seen again.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of ghosts and cockroaches. This never comes into play gameplay-wise, but she does mention it if her Nocturnal skill activates.Aika: I ain't afraid of the dark! ...just ghosts.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Sports what appears to be a bit of a tan.
- Dumb Blonde: She's The Ditz, and she's blonde. Pretty self-explanatory.
- Struggling Single Mother: In her epilogue, she got married at age 17, had a daughter, and promptly got divorced. Now she devotes herself to raise her child.
- Valley Girl: Her accent is pure Val, and even if she's killed, she keeps it up:"Ugh... So lame... I'm like... Totally... Dying here..."
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wears a bandana with cam pattern matches his uniform.
- Blessed with Suck: His slim body makes it easy for him to get ladies, but the chronic fatigue that comes with it makes it hard for him to keep them.
- Career-Ending Injury: After the war, made progress on fulfilling his dream of becoming an action movie star, but he broke his leg during the filming of his first movie. Since then, he didn't receive any new role offers.
- Casanova Wannabe: Acts like a ladies man, but due to his chronic fatigue, he can't even stay out late on dates.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In The Anime of the Game.
- Belly Dancer: Her passion, before and after the war.
- The Drifter: Wanders from town to town as an entertainer.
- Let's Dance: While not saying the phrase itself, her quotes when selected is "watch me dance", and upon gettign a critical kill, she'll say "Next partner!"
- Ms. Fanservice: In-universe, she is known to flaunt her beauty and physical grace.
- Parental Abandonment: Orphaned at a young age, she learned to look out for herself and is unused to people relying on her.
- The Tease: Downplayed, she seems to be a casual and unashamed flirt, even under fire, and referring to enemies exchanging bullets as "dance partners".
- Token Minority: Freesia is pretty clearly Romani (or the local equivalent, anyway).
- Badass Beard: Quite a nice one. It's also blue, like his hair.
- Badass Teacher: Even opens a school for underprivileged children after the war.
- Berserk Button: "You will NOT harm my people!"
- Beware the Nice Ones: "Though a placid man, he fights ferociously to protect his loved ones."
- Cool Old Guy: OK, he's 37, but that's still much older than most of the squad members.
- Genius Bruiser: He may be a schoolteacher, but he's pretty tough even by soldier standards. Most notably, he's got the highest HP of all the Scouts.
- Happily Married: To an unnamed wife.
- Stone Wall: Oddly for his class. It's even one of his potentials!
- True Companions: With the squad's other Darcsens.
- Afraid of Needles: Due to a close encounter with a stag deer. Gameplay-wise, it manifests as a negative potential that can activate when in close proximity with a Lancer.
- Courier: He was sought after the war by the postal service and hired him as a mail man. Unfortunately, they underestimated his speed; not knowing what to do in his down time, Leonard started to wander off, causing him to be chronically late with his deliveries.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Has the Impatient potential.
- Pointless Band-Aid: Has one on his nose throughout the entirety of the game.
- Badass Boast: Plenty."I wrote the book on trench warfare!"
"Hold still and smile for the flash!"
"I can dodge bullets, no problem!"
- Cool Old Guy: He's middle-aged and a veteran of the First Europan War.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Played with. He's heavily scarred, but he's not really a bad guy.
- Red Baron: Known as "the mole" or "that damned mole," depending on which side you talk to.
- Secret Character: You get him by beating the game.
- Sergeant Rock: His ego is considerable, but Musaad is a seasoned warrior. Among EW1 veterans, he is considered a living legend.
- Walking the Earth: After the conflict, he left Galia forever, saying that "My place has only ever been on the field of war." No one knows what happened to him since.
- Wrote the Book: Claims to have written the book on trench warfare.
- Badass Bookworm: She was actually a classmate of Welkin's back at the university, and she's quite capable as a soldier.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Towards Welkin, mainly out of pride.
- Dude Magnet: She has alaways attracted the attention of many hopeful suitors.
- Dying Declaration of Love: If killed she attempts to give one to Welkin.
- Hopeless Suitor: She's harbored a crush on Welkin since their university days, but her reluctance to tell him means he hasn't noticed a thing.
- Hot Librarian: She could lose those glasses and let her hair down, but... she doesn't really need to.
- Hot Scientist: Goes on to continue her studies of microorganisms, eventually discovery a new, medically valuable bacteria that she chooses to name after "a certain EWII hero."
- Meganekko: Though a lot more assertive than the norm.
- The Paragon: It helps that she has the "Born Leader" potential.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Does NOT like Welkin being close to Alicia.
- Hypocritical Humor: Wonders how Alicia can like "a rube like him", except him and Welkin come from the same town and Welkin spent most of his young adult life studying in the capital.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Anyone who yells "Yay, happy grass!!" in the middle of a battle certainly qualifies.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She has the Klutz potential."Ooopsie! I dropped my bullets!"
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: When activating 'Full HP Recovery': "Wowee, I feel all tingly!" Okaaay...
- Genki Girl: The Cloudcuckoolander variety, cheerful in the face of extreme danger.
- Meganekko: She wears large glasses and seems sweet but klutzy.
- Nice Hat: Wears what would probably be non-regulation headgear, if the Gallian Militia had strictly enforced regulations.
- No Sense of Direction: Invoked in her death quote."I hope I can... make it to heaven... I have no sense of direction anyhow..."
- The Klutz: Often lose her grenade for some reason. Though this works both ways, she sometimes can step on mines without setting them off.
- Apologetic Attacker: Her biography basically defines her as a mellow person, and has the (not-exactly-useful) "Humanitarian" potential to back it up. That doesn't stop her from shouting words and doing things that contradict each other while in combat, since she is yelling things indignantly while carrying out Welkin's orders under obligation by law.. And FYI, also check out Jane for her apparent mirror-reverse.
- Ill Girl: She suffers from anemia, if her DLC skirmish mission is any indication. She frightens herself unconscious after worrying about what creepy Imperials may be crawling around in the dark. She passes out again if you beat the mission with an A-rank.Susie: Oh, dear... Th-the blood... rushed... to my head. [THUD] Mnngh. Ms. Medic. Ms. Mediiiiic!
- The Load: Kind of borders on this, thanks to her "Humanitarian" potential, which keeps her from getting the job done.
- Non-Action Guy: Which really doesn't help her case when there's a war going on.
- Ojou: She's a rich tycoon's daughter.
- Ojou Ringlets: Has a hairstyle to match her high birth.
- Reluctant Warrior: Does not like violence, but Universal Conscription demands she fight and gave her the training to do so. In the Edy Detachment, she's more willing to fight in order to save the lives of innocent villagers. No, this doesn't extend to getting rid of her Humanitarian potential stopping her from attacking.
- Technical Pacifist:Susie: [Before filling the enemy's skull with lead] Sorry if this hurts!
—> Susie: [Just before grenading the enemy to bits] I'm a pacifist!
- Keet: Friendly and upbeat, with more energy than he knows what to do with.
- The Nicknamer: He gives nicknames to all three of his friends. Alex is "Alex-man" and "Al-man", Nina is "Ninaruni" and "Nins", Ted is "Teddybear" and "T-Bone". Even Welkin gets "Welkster" and "Welk-man".
- Plucky Comic Relief: He is very much a clown like Ted.
- Ambiguously Bi: He's the only character with both the "Fancies Men" and "Fancies Women" Potentials. Also, when you heal him, regardless of whether it's a guy or a girl healing him, he says "I could just kiss you!"
- Bond One-Liner: Expected of someone constantly in "performance mode":Ted: I'll knock 'em dead!
Ted: Hi, I'm Ted.
Ted: I guarantee this one'll slay ya.
Ted: Thank you. Thank youuu''.
- Keet: As an energetic comedian, and part of why he gets along so well with Melville.
- Must Make Her Laugh: His profile mentions that he's tried time and again to make Marina laugh. He doesn't succeed if the Encyclopedia Exposita is any indication.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Played for Laughs. When he attacks an enemy, he'll greet them.Ted: Hi! I'm Ted!
- Nice Guy: Lends moral support to the rest of the group, according to his profile.
- Plucky Comic Relief: A born comedian, he assumes this role in the squad of his own accord.
- The Tease: A rare male example of this trope.Ted: [Being healed with Ragnaid] I could just kiss you!
- Awesome, but Impractical: She's the only member of the squad to have the Chameleon ability, which is essentially an advanced version of the more common Stealth potential. Yet as nice as that sounds on paper, like Stealth, the list of scenarios in which it would be useful (i.e taking fire from an enemy that doesn't realize they're shooting at you) is rather small.
- The Fashionista: Likes to dress to impress.Ramona: I'll make this look good!
- Not a Morning Person: Described this way in her file, due to being a heavy night owl. This contributes to her firing accuracy being just as sharp on night maps.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is black in the anime, and the lens of his goggle eyepatch is tinted grayish green as apposed to its usual pinkish red.
- Determinator:Vyse: (Being shot at by a number of Imperial soldiers) WHOOEE! OUR HERO'S IN TROUBLE NOW! HA HAAA!!
- The Cameo: From Skies of Arcadia, along with Aika and the Medic.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In The Anime of the Game.
- Eyepatch of Power: Granted, it has a clear part so he can see out of it, but it's no coincidence that he has an eyepatch and is one of the best Shocktroopers in the game.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He definitely has shades of this. Just listen to him laughing and cheering as he guns down Imperials."Dance, punk!"
- Hero of Another Story: By virtue of being a cameo from Skies of Arcadia, where he is the protagonist. His personal file hints at this.
- Hot-Blooded: Regards combat with eager excitement.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: One of the modelers said when designing him, they assumed he'd be at least 24 by the events of this game, yet he seems to be stuck "17 forever."
- Parts Unknown: Her and Vyse's bio imply that they're not even from the Europan continent.
- Ship Tease: With the scout Aika, just like their home series. At the end of the game they leave on a boat together never to be seen again.
- Thrill Seeker: His "Challenge Seeker" potential, which buffs his attack power when charging into enemy fire.
- Walking the Earth: He and Aika travel the globe in search of adventure, according to the Encyclopedia Exposita. In his ending, he and Aika leave on a boat one morning and both are never seen or heard from again.
- Facial Markings: Has black eye markings in her face.
- Loners Are Freaks: Even extends to one of her potentials.
- Mad Bomber: She has all the hallmarks of one, be it her introduction ("heheh Ka-boom! heheh") her background and motivations for joining the milita (accidentally blew up her house, and joined so she could test out some of her creations.) or her epilogue (becomes part of the Gallian military R&D division, where her pieces of work are described as 'potent' and 'very effective' but too unstable for use by any sane soldier.)
- Nice Hat: Everyone thinks she keeps a bomb under it.
- The Eeyore: He eventually self-published a gloomy memoir called "I Think I Can't," which ended up selling quite successfully.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His excessive tinkering with his guns causes them to jam often.
- The Perfectionist: May overlap with Super OCD, since his obsessions with minor details frequently leads to his downfall.
- Shrinking Violet: Rare male example.
- Hot-Blooded: He is very enthusiastic and carefree, which earned him the nickname of "Bird".
- Multi Coloured Hair: Brownish-blonde with a single streak of orange in the middle.
- Mythology Gag: "Alex" was the project name for Skies of Arcadia. Naturally, he's friends with Vyse.
- Jumped at the Call: Always enthusiastic and tends to jump in feet-first, regardless of danger. After the war, he decided go with his new friends and follow their adventures in the sky.
- Badass Adorable: She's only 12! lisp or no, she's packing a huge MG and she'll fill you full of holes.
- Child Prodigy: She has both strong physical abilities and a highly intelligent mind while being only 12 years old. She is basically a highly prodigious Child Soldier.
- Improbable Age: A 12-year-old soldier, which is even lower than the already-low age of conscription in Gallia. She was only permitted to enlist because of her incredibly strong will to fight and being able to succeed all of her military training.
- Little Miss Badass: The youngest enlisted trooper at age 12.
- Magikarp Power: Possibly. All her starting potentials are negative, but her unlockable one is very good, and at higher levels she has access to the Ultimate Damage potential.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Aw, isn't she just the cutest little shocktrooper ever?
- Battle Couple: With Karl, like all "friendly" relationships, she gets a boost in attack power when team attacking, promoting this trope.
- Deadpan Snarker: "You're colorful as ever, Homer."
- Demoted to Extra: Unlike the other members of the Edy Detachment, she only appears in the final episode of the anime.
- Lady of War: She's certainly graceful and noble, and is wonderfully effective in a fight.
- Only One Name: Like all the Darcsen characters.
- Secret Character: One of five unlockable characters if certain conditions are fulfilled. To acquire Lynn, Karl's HP must hit 0 during an operation - regardless of whether Karl is rescued by a medic or not afterwards. Lynn's bio states that she enlisted when she heard her lover was in danger.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: With Karl again. Eventually, they become Happily Married.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Enlists just to fight with Karl.
- Brown Note: Played for Laughs. Her singing kills her own teammates. It's THAT bad.
- A Day in the Limelight: She (and her titular brigade) star in the Edy Brigade DLC for a mission.
- Dreadful Musician: Wants to be an Idol Singer, but finds out she's tone deaf; so she opts to be an actress instead.
- Epic Fail: She treats her teammates to a song if you earn an A rank in her DLC mission. A large yellow FAIL appears on screen as a Unsound Effect when she starts. It acts as a Brown Note to her teammates.
- Girlish Pigtails: Used to emphasize her youth and immaturity, especially as an Unknown Rival to the older Rosie.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Owing to her one sided rivalry with Rosie after seeing her in action.
- Idiot Hero: Edy in her DLC, which surprises the people who thought she'd be more of the Alpha Bitch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tying a lot with being an Idiot Hero. She makes rude comments about her allies, but deep down she (very obviously, in the eyes of the Edy Detachment) cares about them — even Rosie.
- Leeroy Jenkins: The entire basis of the Edy Detachment DLC is due to Edy doing just this. However, since she has the Panicky potential, you're not encouraged to pull this with her in actual gameplay.
- Edy: What?! Since when was any of this MY fault?
Jann: Maybe the part where you charged after those imps, screaming like a banshee.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When activating her Melee Skills potential:"I hope you're ready for my close-up!"
- Ship Tease: With Homer again. And if this is anything to go by, then it also counts as Single Woman Seeks Good Man.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Edy's attitude towards Rosie. When she heard that Rosie got shot, she runs across the map to make sure she's alright.
- Tsundere: Type B, but even her deredere side can be pretty abrasive.
- Unknown Rival: Edy has a one-sided rivalry with fellow Glamorous Wartime Singer Rosie, and thinks Rosie's fame is impeding her own path to stardom. Rosie has no idea about any of this.
- Berserk Button: A part of the reason for his Lancer Killer potential is based on the fact that they "dare to attack a tank."
- The CasanovaSalinas: Well... Hello, my lovelies. [activating Fancies Women]
Salinas: Edy/Freesia/Audrey! Your knight is here!
- Tank Goodness: He gets a bit too enthusiastic about protecting the tanks.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. Most of his quotes indicate that he has a very simple and straightforward mind. After the war, he was hired as a butler, but he fails to even fix tea.
- Captain Ersatz: Of John Rambo.
- Power Trio: With Jane and Oscar.
- Turns Red: He has the Kamikaze potential, which boosts his accuracy and evasion when his HP drops to a single digit.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: An Informed Attribute.Unused to wearing hot, heavy gear, he prefers to walk around barefoot and shirtless.
- Ax-Crazy: She's rather violent and unhinged.
- Berserk Button: The mere sight of an Imperial gets her almost frothing at the mouth with bloodlust.
- Combat Sadomasochist: She really enjoys killing Imperials, which manifests as her Sadist potential.
- Dark Action Girl: One of those rare anti-heroic examples.
- Defiant to the End: Upon her death."Damn you... Imps... I'll haunt the filthy lot of ya..."
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Imperial invasion destroys her flower shop. Her reaction is to join the militia and kill every single Imperial soldier she can see.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Becomes one when the war is over.
- Mad Eye: In the animation when her "Sadist" potential triggers.
- Power Trio: With Hannes and Oscar.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She must've really liked that flower shop of hers....
- Sociopathic Hero: She likes killing Imperials a little too much.
- Sociopathic Soldier: "Mmmm, scream for me!"
- The Lad-ette: She is a very manly woman who hadn't missed a day of workout in nine years.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With her eventual husband in the epilogue.
- Identical Stranger: His Alicia Hater potential stems from her resemblance to the daughter he lost in EW1.
- Old Soldier: The oldest in the squad at 65, in fact. His Bad Back potential came from an injury in the first war.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Her single greatest passion lies in crafting jewelry and metal accessories.
- Pastimes Prove Personality: A decidedly non-glamorous example of a jewelry-crafter.
- Shrinking Violet: So extreme that she freezes up when being sighted by more than 5 enemies. This is considered one of the most detrimental potentials in the game.
- The Ditherer: Prevented him from his becoming his preferred class as either a Sniper or Engineer. It shows up as one of his potentials too, with his accuracy dropping when there are too many enemies in the vicinity (he's unable to pick which one to fire at).
- Badass Baritone: Voiced by Steve Blum.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Though it's more due to his lone-wolf nature.Nils: Girls just get in the way.
- Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters: Used to be a gangster before he was thrown in the militia.
- Rated M for Manly: A tough gangster turned anti-tank trooper.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Appears to be stuck permanently in lazy-weekend-afternoon mode.
- Genius Ditz: Her personality is very much a Cloudcuckoolander, but all four of her Battle Potentials (Tank Killer, Extra Shot, Double Tank Damage, Ultimate Anti-Armor) stack together into ridiculous amounts of tank damage, making her incredibly powerful at tank-killing once they activate.
- Heir to the Dojo: Her father, a fencing instructor to nobility recommended her enlistment. She eventually follows in his footsteps.
- Idiot Savant: She's described as being able to master nearly anything, once she's built up enough steam. She eventually gets over the idiot part and her successes in the war and combat prowess sees her become a member of Cordelia's royal guard.
- Magikarp Power: At lower levels with few battle potentials, she's neither weaker nor particularly more powerful than anyone else in her class. But after leveling up, she really shines once her Slow Starter potential kicks in.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: This could be said of a few of the female Lancers, but Elysse fits this the best.
- Camp Gay: The facts that he wears make-up and lipstick, fancies men AND has a potential called "Largo Lover" do not help. There's also the way he talks... especially in the Japanese track where he uses a feminine pronoun of "I". The Edy Detachment add on gives him a Paul Lynde voice to complete the look.
- Friend to All Children: He used to be a babysitter before enlisting in Squad 7, and he founds a kindergarten after the end of the war.
- Gentle Giant: Although he's a tank-killing machine, he's a Nice Guy and has a soft spot for kids.
- Hopeless Suitor: He has a huge crush on Largo, but it is unknown if Largo is aware of this.
- Macho Camp: As one of the largest, most solidly-built characters in the game, and a Lancer, he also qualifies as this. Going by the combination of his make-up and military crew-cut hairstyle, if he was actually a woman, he would be a shining example of the very stereotype of a Butch Lesbian.
- Cool Shades: The only one in the squad to have one.
- Department of Redundancy Department: [Activating 'Stand Ready'] "Getting hurt hurts!"
- Face of a Thug: Apparently prevents his restaurant from being as sucessful as he'd hoped.
- Finagle's Law: Seems to be a believer in this, seeing as he says "It'll probably miss" whenever he fires. Considering his class, he's usually right.
- Gentle Giant: Walter looks intimidating on the battlefield, but when he's off-duty, he enjoys simpler hobbies, such as cooking.
- Mood-Swinger: His confidence in battle wanes and waxes rapidly.
- Morton's Fork: When at full HP, his evasion suffers due to his Cocky potential. Conversely, his defense goes down when at half HP due to his Pessimist potential. Since units heal every turn, he has to be hit both frequently and in a very specific way to be at his best (which is to say, on the same level as everyone else).
- Sunglasses at Night: Has the Night Vision potential even with them on.
- Ascended Fangirl: In-game example. Audrey, who was so inspired after hearing of Welkin's exploits that she joins the militia hoping to be part of Squad 7.
- Bodyguard Crush: Inverted in her epilogue, see Rescue Romance below.
- Broken Pedestal: Like any sensible soldier, she doesn't take too kindly to Welkin giving her orders while horribly injured.Audrey: Aww...Lieutenant Gunther...
Audrey: You're killing me here!
- Glacier Waif: Invoked when she warns the opponents that she's stronger than she looks.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": "Ooh, orders from the boss!"
- Naïve Newcomer: Judging by her quote when calling for a medic, she clearly had no idea what she was getting into.
- Nice Gal: She's quite a friendly young girl.
- Secret Character: And, fittingly, one of the best lancers in the game. You get her by getting 10 medals. Her bio states that she joined out of admiration of Welkin's exploits.
- Rescue Romance: Gender inverted in her epilogue.
- The Scrounger: One of her potentials is "Mooch", where she "borrows" extra ammo.
- Super Strength: She is said be able to crush a watermelon with one hand. It even comes into gameplay - eventually, Audrey can punch through armor better than anyone else in her class.
- Heroic Spirit: "Heh, numbers? We've got guts on our side!"
- In his backstory, he also routed an unit of Imperials with only a handful of soldiers despite being outgunned and outnumbered.
- Mr. Fanservice: Appears to be considered one in-universe. He starts a successful shipping business after the war, but doesn't seem to realize exactly why it's so popular...
- One-Hit Kill: His strongest potential gives him a chance to inflict one on tanks.
- Action Mom: Yoko leaves the kids at home to join the militia and blow up some tanks.
- Identical Stranger: Largo reminds her a little too much of her ex-husband for her liking, and so she has the "Largo Hater" potential.
- Team Mom: One of the older females in the game.
- Ambiguously Brown: She is quite a bit darker than the rest of the squad, though she is still apparently a Gallian.
- Badass Boast: Boasts that her abs can stop bullets.
- Fantastic Racism: Apparently, she hates Darcsens because they're skinny.
- The Lad-ette: Well, she constantly boasts about working out...
- Berserk Button: "First one to call me a hick gets it!"
- Everyone Has Standards: When calling for a medic: "Even I'd rather not have a teammate die on me!"
- Fantastic Racism: Him being born in an isolated village apparently gave him very traditional views on Darcsens.
- Glory Hound: (When selected): "Save me some glory!"
- Improbable Hairstyle: A blonde quiff? In the 30s?
- Crack Pairing: In-universe crack, with Cezary in the manga, after she mistakenly thinks that he saved her from an Imperial sniper, when it was actually Marina who saved her.
- Hidden Depths: Writes a series of highly successful romance novels after the war... Which it makes more funnier once you read the manga and realize that her novels might actually be about her and Cezary!
- Meaningful Name: Her name is the French form of the Russian name Nadia, which itself is a diminutive of Nadezhda, which means "hope" in Russian.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Has a very lackluster attitude towards weapon maintenance.
- Emotionless Girl: Never seems to feel anything, even when the bullets are whizzing around her head or when she's calling for a medic.
- Bishōnen: Bordering on Adorably Precocious Child due to his cherubic features.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Homer uses these exact words to snap Edy out of a panic attack in the DLC.
- Love at First Punch: Implied towards Edy in her DLC. Justified in that he is a masochist, though one must wonder if he winds her up deliberately just to get her to punch him.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Edy.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Edy.
- Ship Tease: Again, with Edy, and the anime turned this Up to Eleven.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Homer really enjoys getting hurt; emphasized by one of his potentials which gives a stat boost when his health is depleted to half, complete with a face rubbing animation (and almost orgasmic voice) much like Jane's when her sadist potential is activated. Edy even remarks on it in her DLC. "So pretty, so broken" indeed.Homer: Oh, woe is me!
- Does Not Like Men: Developed this disposition due to being raised in an all-girls school. This is one of her potentials, and causes her to lose combat prowess in the proximity of males. Put her with women, on the other hand, and..."Oooh, Ms. Alicia!"
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: She quickly develops crushes on cute girls, most especially Alicia. The focus of her affection switches to Rosie after Alicia gets married to Welkin.
- Born Unlucky: One of her potentials is literally Unlucky, which occasionally makes her unable to inflict critical hits.
- Cosmic Plaything: Claudia suffers from a supernaturally bad streak of luck whenever she leaves the house. Since her home was demolished by a tank shell, this is probably now permanent.
- The Klutz: She apparently has a streak of tripping frequently.
- Made of Iron: Her last class potential makes her invincible. Sometimes.
- Battle Couple: With Lynn. Eventually, they end up Happily Married.
- Cowardly Lion: He clearly doesn't want to be on the battlefield, and his Head-Lit Deer potential occasionally causes him to freeze up during an enemy counterattack. However, he also has a few potentials that make him tougher, as clearly the only thing he likes less than being on the battlefield is dying on the battlefield.
- Determinator: Seemingly the cause of his Invincible Potential. He refuses to let it end here.
- Shrinking Violet: Rare male example.
- Greed: Completely motivated by money. You acquire him by having a million ducats on hand when you enter the Command Room.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Thinks Cezary is an alright kinda guy.
- Miser Advisor: He joined the squad because he thought that Welkin "smelled like a gold mine" and became an engineer so he can control the supply chain.
- Secret Character: One of five unlockable characters if certain conditions are fulfilled.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Seems honestly surprised if his Ultimate Defense potential activates.Herbert: Wow, when did I master this?
- Born Lucky: Became a millionaire overnight when he accidentally came across a huge deposit of ragnite, but couldn't be bothered spending the money, so he gave it all to his brother.
- Lazy Bum: To the point that he actually took up horse riding so he wouldn't have to use his legs as much, and became quite skilled at it as a result. In-game, his Moody potential makes it possible for him to just flat-out refuse to do anything when ordered.
- He's so lazy that he doesn't even particularly care if he dies.
- The Slacker: He's lazier than Shikamaru, and that's saying something.
- Ascended Extra: Was so popular in the West that she made it into Edy's DLC, which otherwise mostly consisted of characters popular in Japan.
- Cold Sniper: The only one bearing the potential "Ultimate Accuracy". Ultimately subverted if you purchase the add-on content: her potentials imply she is a sociopath, but the Edy's Brigade reveals that she has a soft side. Apparently she just doesn't like being around other people.
- Cuteness Proximity: In the downloadable side-mission "Edy's Detachment", Marina is revealed to have a thing for cute animals.
- Emotionless Girl: So much that even Ted, the squad's joker, never succeeds in inciting a laugh out of her. Downplayed overall, as seen in the Edy Detachment — she keeps to herself, but is just as resolute in fighting the good fight as the others, and pipes in her agreement with their plans.
- Idiot Hair: Yes, but it doesn't extend to her personality.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Of all people. She bears some responsibility for getting the detachment lost in Edy's DLC for running after a cute looking puppy.
- Not Good with People: Has the "My Way" personal skill, meaning her stats improve when she isn't around others.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Used mostly to highlight her solitary nature and cold, quiet, and concealed nature.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's Not Good with People, but she's got a soft spot for animals.
- Crazy-Prepared: Always carries more ammunition than necessary, due to a fear of running out of ammo. This stems from an incident in the First Europan War, where this actually happened and she lost a comrade as a result. This manifests in gameplay as the Ammo Refill potential.
- Fighting Irish: Given the surname and attempted accent, probably what the developers were going for.
- Friendly Sniper: She holds the bond of friendship with her comrades above all else.
- Nice Gal: She's very polite and mild-mannered.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Her accent keeps changing between Scottish, Irish and a sort-of vague "Celtic".
- Older Than They Look: She's a 35 year old veteran of the First Europan War! You couldn't tell from looking at her.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Despite her friendly demeanor, she still has deep mental scars from her experiences in the previous war.
- Big Brother Instinct: Enlisted in the militia to keep Emile safe, and decided to become a doctor after the war to find a way to cure Emile.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a tiny X shaped scar on the left side of his forehead.
- Power Trio: With Hannes and Jane.
- Sibling Team: With Emile.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Afraid of mice.
- Big Brother Instinct: Inverted. Enlists in the militia to keep Oscar safe.
- Determinator: Has the Never Say Die potential. Unlike Oscar that wimps out if he is near an enemy, Emile Turns Red if he is sufficiently injured, increasing his accuracy further.Emile: I've been through worse than this!
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: His in-game quotes suggest he thinks of himself as The Load, but his Critical Shot and Ammo Refill potentials make him one of the best Snipers next to Marina, and his base-stats range from excellent to decent. His Meadow Bred and Roof Hunter potentials stand in stark contrast to Marina's Pollen Allergy and Nest Master as well, allowing him to occasionally take on jobs she may not be the best suited for.
- Hidden Depths: He goes on the become one of the most respected painters in Gallia.
- Ill Boy: His sickness inspired his brother to enlist, but he decides to ignore his sickness and join the militia when he hears that Oscar is in danger.
- I Regret Nothing: If he falls in battle, he will say that he is glad to die in battle rather than in a sickbed.
- Secret Character: One of five unlockable characters if certain conditions are fulfilled. To acquire Emile, Oscar's HP must hit 0 during an operation - regardless of whether Oscar is rescued by a medic or not afterwards. Emile's bio states that he enlists when he hears his brother is a casualty despite his own failing health.
- Sibling Team: With Oscar.
- Weak, but Skilled: His potentials reflect this. He has the ability to boost his accuracy further, good at taking out enemies in high grounds, and an ability that makes every hit a Critical Hit.
- Cold Sniper: Played with. He's more of a Selfish Asshole Sniper, than a traditional Cold Sniper like Marina.
- Crack Pairing: In-universe crack, with Nadine in the manga.
- Dirty Coward: Became a sniper so that he could stay as far away from the fighting as possible, and is all too pleased whenever he is excluded from the squad roster.
- Fantastic Racism: Unlike other characters who has the Darcsen Hater potential, he has no real explanation about being a racist to Darcsens.Ugh...just so...oily.
- It's All About Me: His defining trait. He becomes a sniper to stay safely away and is more than happy to leave your service in the command room, in sharp contrast to everyone else who range from being sad at dismissal or prepared to rejoin at any time.
- Insufferable Genius: Specializes at counter-sniping and is a good contender for the title of the second-best sniper in Squad 7 (after, of course, fully-levelled Marina). He's also selfish, obnoxious and cruel.
- Jerkass: Gradually switches to Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the manga.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: If he gets taken out in combat, he passes out before he can blame Welkin for it.Welkin, this is your...
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In his epilogue. On the plus side, it meant he forgot he was such a Jerkass.
- Raise Him Right This Time: His epilogue will probably lead to this.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Amazingly, he's a Sniper with a fear of heights. His accuracy suffers if he's in a tower or on a building.
The Medic/Fina, Mina, and Gina Sellers
Squad 7's dedicated medical specialist. The Medic will valiantly run to the battlefield to evacuate any of your members who has been taken down.
- Canon Foreigner: Mina and Gina never existed in Skies of Arcadia.
- The Cameo: Looks very much like Fina from Skies of Arcadia, which was produced by the same team. Given that Vyse and Aika show up in the game as well, this is obviously intentional.
- Hospital Hottie: They're very attractive, and they're medics.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": The names of her sisters suggest that Fina is pronounced fee-na or fih-na. That said, her Skies of Arcadia self's name is pronounced like final.
- Twin Switch : The "Medic" is actually a trio of identical triplet sisters named Fina, Gina and Mina.
Sergeant Clavaro Rodriguez
The drill instructor responsible for the training of Squad 7.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Well duh.
- Eyepatch of Power: He wears an eyepatch due to him losing an eye in a battle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be harsh to the troops during training, but he's genuinely proud of them once a class become Elites, and once all classes reach lv 20.
- No Name Given: Subverted. But you'll have to get every class to lv 20 and then check his personnel profile to see it.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Congratulations [class name], as of today YOU! ARE! ELITES!"
- Red Baron: Was known as "Hot Rod" during EW 1.
- Rousing Speech: Gives one once every class reaches lv 20.
- The Reveal: His name (see above), and that he fought as a Lancer in EW1.
The Aged Gentleman/Roald Kankkunen
A retired EW1 veteran who frequents the War Cemetery. Teaches Welkin orders in exchange for experience points.
- All There in the Script: The official artbook gives his name as Roald Kankkunen, an EWI cavalry general who relinquished his command to Welkin's father after recognizing the latter's talent.
- Infinity +1 Sword: Judging by his speech before teaching it, he seems to consider "Recon Request" this. To most players though, it's probably Awaken All.
- No Name Given: Once it's revealed that he once worked with Welkin's father, his bio states that he bears a similarity to a famed officer, though it doesn't outright confirm that this is his true identity.
- Permanently Missable Content: Subverted; if you turn down one of his orders, he will offer it again but much later on, leading some players to think they've fallen victim to this trope.
- The Unreveal: You never find out exactly who he is in the game proper, only that he fought alongside Welkin's father in the first war.
Captain Eleanor Varrot
Commanding officer of Regiment 3, hence making her Squad 7's superior officer. Elle (as she's known to Largo) is a wise, concerned leader for her troops, and she specifically has a fondness for Squad 7, both for their bravery and service and for the fact that Largo is one of the members. She never unnecessarily puts Squad 7 in harm's way, and trusts them to perform any mission to success. She also tends to turn a blind eye to some of Welkin's most outrageous strategies, since, well, they work.
- Beta Couple: She eventually marries Largo after the war.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The Smooth to Largo's Rough.
- Cold Sniper: Served as one in the first war before earning the rank of Captain.
- Hot Librarian: Captain Varrot's totally rockin' the look. It helps that she also has an office full of books, and that a local bookshop actually owes its livelihood to her.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Takes this attitude towards Geld after encouragement from Largo. Well actually, it's more like If You Kill Him You Will Be Betraying Your Dead Lover's Ideals.
- It's Personal: She resents Geld for torturing her friend Frederick to death during the First European War.
- Not So Stoic: In the side chapter dealing with Giorgios Geld.
- Old Soldier: She has served in the Gallian militia for several years and took part in the First European War.
- Revenge: The reason she stayed in the army after the First European War. She almost lost it when she met Geld, and was about to Kick the Son of a Bitch until Largo talked her down.
- Running Gag: She talks a lot in the anime version when she speaks to other characters. Which irritates them to no end.
Lieutenant Faldio Landzaat
A longtime friend of Welkin's, and commander of Squad 7's sister unit, Squad 1. Faldio, like Welkin, was drafted as an officer, and is an avid historian. He is one of the lead researchers on Valkyrian lore and technology for the Gallian Army.
- Action Fashionista: He attempted this at one point, making clear his disdain for the Gallian uniform. His redesign proposal was rejected on the grounds of being "impossibly florid."
- All Love Is Unrequited: In the anime he develops feelings for Alicia, who has eyes for Welkin.
- Badass Bookworm: Shares this quality with Welkin, which is understandable given their shared military/college education.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the game, Faldio takes Maximilian with him to destroy the Marmota and repent for him wounding Alicia.
- Hero of Another Story: Essentially Faldio's initial role.
- Hopeless Suitor: His feelings for Alicia basically amounted to this. Apart from her being in love with Welkin, she wasnt fond of Faldio to begin with.
- Honor Before Reason: Maximilian would have made a valuable prisoner of war, see Redemption Equals Death.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Considered shooting Alicia necessary to save Gallia, though later comes to regret that decision.
- Love Triangle: In the anime he has feelings for Alicia, who has feelings for Welkin.
- Redemption Equals Death: Sacrifices himself while killing Maximilian in penance for wounding Alicia.
- Shipper on Deck: Oddly, despite the fact Faldio falls for Alicia in the anime, he also seems to be working his ass off to convince Welkin to hook up with her, though, as a flashback reveals, he was there when Welkin could have married one of the most sought after women in college and let her get away, so it's fair to say most of his attraction, while possibly genuine, is also possibly an attempt to get a rise out of Welkin (thus revealing Welkin has a sex drive) and get him to realize there's an attractive young lady and he would make a cute couple with her. In fact, he more or less practically screams that in Welkin's face in Episode 11.
- Taking You with Me: He pulls this on Maximilian at the end of Valkyria Chronicles to destroy the Marmota.
Intrepid Reporter extraordinaire. She starts off interviewing the members of the militia to bring the news to the public, but eventually settles on covering Squad 7 exclusively, not only for their news-worthiness but also because she thinks they're good people. She also, against government orders, publishes The Writing On The Wall, a clandestine paper to report the news of the war without censorship, letting the Gallian citizens know exactly what's going on. She is eventually revealed to be Irene Koller, the narrator for the game and author of the book that tells Squad 7's exploits.
- Narrator All Along: It takes us a while to learn that Ellet is her maiden name and that her full name is Irene Koller, and it explains how side-chapters are annexed into the book that serves as your main menu.
- Secret Keeper: A New Game+ sidestory reveals that she discovered Princess Cordelia's Darcsen heritage sometime between the Marberry Shore battle and the reclamation of Bruhl, but decides not to publish it, claiming she doesn't have any solid proof to show for it. She also decides not to write anything about Welkin and Alicia's relationship in her Writing On The Wall segments out of respect for the two of them.
- Tagalong Reporter: She decides to become Squad 7's embedded journalist after deciding that they're the most interesting of the Gallian military. She eventually writes a book about them.
Private/Corporal Kreis Czherny
One of the two members of R&D assigned to Squad 7. After Isara's death, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and replaces her role as Welkin's assistant tank pilot.
- The Bus Came Back: He had no real story role to speak of in the first half of the game, but after Isara dies, he respectfully replaces her as the assistant tank pilot.
- Sweet Tooth: His Personnel file notes his love of sugar, perhaps contributing to his skill in engineering.
- Take Up My Sword: He not only volunteers to become the Edelweiss' pilot in the wake of Isara's death, but goes on to become the foremost authority on aeronautic engineering after the war, continuing Isara's dream in her stead.
Private Leon Schmidt
One of the two members of R&D assigned to Squad 7.
- Big Damn Heroes: He rescued Welkin and Alicia from the burning Marmota by doing a flyby with Isara's completed biplane.
- Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are always closed, making him look kinda different to everyone else.
Sergeant Ramal Valt
An anime-original character and member of Squad 1.
- Canon Foreigner: He only appears in the anime adaptation of Valkyria Chronicles. He had a cameo in the second game, but do to licensing issues, this was cut from the western release.
- Character Death: He gets wiped out by Selvaria during the battle at Naggiar Plains.
- Fantastic Racism: He resents Darcsens.
- Heroic BSoD: Ramal goes through a brief one when Isara is killed.
- Number Two: To Faldio in the Gallian militia.
- Ship Tease: It becomes pretty clear he has feelings for Isara.
Private Third Class Hans
A male porcavian (a pig with wings) that Squad 7 picked up in Kloden wildwood. His rank is Private Third Class according to Alicia.
- Team Pet: He is a comedic relief that appears in a few cutscenes.
General Georg von Damon
A Gallian aristocrat and overall commander of the Gallian military. He was recommended to the post by the Gallian prime minister Borg, in spite of being completely unsuitable for the job.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He's a nobleman with evil ambitions.
- Armchair Military: He only ever participates in fights (in Selvaria's DLC) in a comfy tank that is an optional target. Otherwise, he's happy to insist We Have Reserves, encouraging soldiers to just fight better, and taking credit when they do.
- Asshole Victim: Was among those incinerated by Selvaria's Final Flame after an entire game of jerkassery.
- Bling of War: Despite not really earning any of it.
- Character Death: He dies when Selvaria uses her Final Flame on him.
- Everyone Has Standards: In spite of his condescending attitude towards the militia, he's quite shocked when he discovers the Federation's plot to kidnap Princess Cordelia
- Fat Bastard: The fattest character in the game, and a big Jerkass.
- General Failure: He often forced the Gallian army to perform actions that will obviously only end up in defeat. In Selvaria's episode, it is obvious that while he is willing to engage in war crimes by using chemical weapons, he is such a horrible strategist that Ghirlandaio fell to the Empire very easily.
- Glory Hound: Damon is more worried about his reputation and victory than the welfare of his troops, especially the militia. Most of the missions he issues to the militia are practically suicidal, and would invariably rack up huge body counts if not for the fact that they are far more capable than he gives them credit for.
- Jerkass: He gives zero respect to Varrot and the militia because he is born as an aristocrat.
- Kick the Dog:
- In the original game, one moment really stood out in the Behind Her Blue Flame DLC missions. In the second mission, after pulling out of Ghirlandaio, Damon planted gas traps (that were outlawed) outside and gassed Selvaria into a crippled state. The Imperials are quite shocked by this development. After losing completely, he decides to report that they were forced to retreat because the Imperials used the gas.
- He's also pretty abusive to Selvaria after you defeat her.
- In the anime version, he throws a tantrum after seeing Isara's Darcsen-print poncho draped over the Edelweiss. She died in the previous episode.
- The Neidermeyer: If it weren't for actual competent officers like Captain Varrot and Lieutenant Gunther, Gallia would be doomed.
- Nepotism: His rapid rise to the rank of General and overall command of the Gallian army stems from his being the grandson of a more competent General who fought in the First Europan War and his political connections to Prime Minister Borg.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He firmly believe the regular army kicks ass and he's a great commander when the only reason he's in command at all is thanks to having friends in high places.
- Stay in the Kitchen: His ideas about the proper place of women would get him repeatedly shot by any random feminist. He's even this way to Varrot, who is far more competent than him even on her worst day while sleep-deprived and drunk.
- We Have Reserves: His tactics apparently consist of nothing but human wave attacks, and the militia is always the ones spearheading his attacks.
Princess Cordelia gi Randgriz
The heiress of the Randgriz family and figurehead of Gallia.
- Distressed Damsel: Locked up behind bars for seventy days, when Randgriz was taken by the Rebels.
- Guilt Complex: Her guilt over the fact that her royal position exists because her ancestors sold out the rest of her kind haunted her to the point that she withdrew from any real responsibility and let others make decisions for her, until Welkin inspired her to become more proactive.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The premise of Valkyria Chronicles II revolves around the massive fallout revolving around Cordelia's confession of her (and consequently that of the entire House of Randgriz) Darcsen lineage, months after barely fending off the Empire.
- Puppet King: Like a lot of young rulers, she's mostly there to rubber-stamp policy set by her regent, Prime Minister Borg. Her encounter with Squad 7 leads her to become more active.
- Princesses Rule: The official reason for her remaining a princess despite the death of her parents is that she's too young to become queen. However, Borg's scheming for the throne may have something to do with it as well.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something:
- She turns up for the attack on the Marmota, and acts as an NPC medic after saying that she wants to help in any way she can. Every two or three turns she fully heals every squad member, including the tanks.
- She insists on personally reaching out to war victims, rather than hide in the safety of her palace in Valkyria Chronicles II.
- Took a Level in Badass: After surviving prison time in Valkyria Chronicles II, Cordelia personally leads the Gallian Navy's blockade against Baldren's forces to the point that she helps Class G pull Avan and Zeri from the sinking Dandarius.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cinnamon bread. She gave one to Class G after successfully escorting her APC, and one skit even shows her sneaking into a town to buy some.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Once more, a Darcsen trait. The only thing missing is a cream-brown piece of cloth with Darcsen patterns.
Prime Minister Maurits von Borg
The head of Borg family, Prime Minister of Gallia, and the regent to Princess Cordelia.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: While seemingly the leader of Gallia, his plans really aren't for Gallia's good. He has plans to sell Gallia out.
- Character Death: He is executed on Maximilian's orders.
- Dirty Coward: He is happy to sell out Gallia to the Federation, and later the Empire just so that he could rule without having a war.
- Evil Chancellor: Is secretly scheming to take control of Gallia for himself, and is happy to conspire with both the Federation and Empire to make it happen.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After helping Maximilian, he is 'rewarded' appropriately by execution.
Nanny of the Gunther household and surrogate parent to the Gunthers. She has a small role in the story and only appears in the first chapter.
- Parental Substitute: She becomes the Gunthers' parental figure after Belgen dies from a disease.
Prince Maximilian Gaius Von Reginrave*
Imperial prince and leader of the Imperial invasion of Gallia. Proud and arrogant, he goes into battle with absolute certainty of victory, relying on immense war-machines and the superior technology of the Empire. He and his closest generals make up the Triumvirate. He personally commands a super-heavy tank called the Batomys.
He rescued Selvaria from the Imperial Valkyria Research Facility, using her as one of his foremost assets in the war. Though she serves him out of love, he sees her as little more than a tool for his conquest, and is more than happy to take advantage of her affections for him to make her do his bidding.
Secretly hates the Empire after his mother died in an attempt on his life by the hand of his royal siblings. His invasion of Gallia is to acquire Valkyrian artifacts allowing him to claim power back home.
- 24-Hour Armor: In the game he's never seen without his gaudy suit of armor. In the anime, he more often foregoes it outside of special ocasion.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is progressively much more unhinged and maniacal in the anime adaptation as the war effort in Gallia sours, with his displays of standards largely adapted out to visibly emphasize his mounting megalomania in the face of pressure from the Empire for his failures. His Domestic Abuse and psychological manipulation of Selvaria is also even more blatant than it was in the game (and worse, was all but stated to be a case of Wife Husbandry).
- And Now You Must Marry Me: To Princess Cordelia.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Not only does he kick ass with the Batomys, but in the anime he is shown to be capable of wiping out the assassin squad sent to kill him that already made short work of his royal guards.
- Bad Samaritan: Rescued Selvaria from an Imperial research facility where she was being abused by the scientists running it and made her live in his estate with all the luxuries it entailed. However, he only did so because he saw her as a living weapon for his conquests. And even went so far as to pretend to love her to make use of her more effectively. To make matters worse, he was one of the biggest sponsors of said research facility - meaning she was not rescued, but bought, and he was directly responsible for her misery to begin with. The Anime of the Game combines this with Wife Husbandry by making Selvaria barely 13 when this took place.
- Berserk Button: Do not break war protocol in his presence. An Imperial officer states Geld's war crimes "roused a fire" in Maximillian, implying the perpetually stoic prince actually became furious.
- Big Bad: He serves as the main antagonist of the game even though he is only one of the Empire's Princes.
- The anime adaptation shows that his father, the Emperor, and his older brother, the actual heir to the throne, are the ones pulling most of the strings in the Empire.
- Bait the Dog: When Maximilian is first introduced, there is still room for doubt that he might have some degree of affection for Selvaria but doesn't show it overtly. However, their conversation before the Battle of Naggiar is littered with enough red flags to clue the players into his true intentions. His ordering Selvaria to use her Final Flame after her defeat is the point where the players truly realise, yes, he really is a Manipulative Bastard.
- Biseinen: Fine features and curly blond hair.
- Bling of War: Has a gaudy gold-and-white uniform/suit of armor that he's never seen without. In the final chapter we find it has an equally gaudy helmet, complete with a romanesque fringe and long trail of red hair.
- Domestic Abuse: His treatment towards Selvaria can be interpreted as this. He uses psychological and emotional manipulation of her love for him to get her to take part in his schemes and withholds affection if she fails any task given to her. It's also the one thing that keeps him from being an Anti-Villain and makes him hatable in spite of his honourable nature.
- The anime cranks his abuse Up to Eleven by adding more blatant instances. He destroys the Barious temple in front of her and gloats about it. He pretends to be unaware of an attempt on his life by his father and half-brother and orders her to stay alone. Then, when she disobeys his orders to save his life, he doesn't even acknowledge her presence. And he makes her stand guard behind him while having meals, while Gregor and Jaeger are allowed to eat alongside him. And to top it off, he took her under his wing when she was barely thirteen years old.
- Dull Surprise: All he mutters is a "Really...", complete with a straight face, in response to Cordelia revealing herself to be a Darcsen.
- Ephebophile: He is 29 but is willing to marry the 16 year old Princess Cordelia to conquer Gallia. In the anime, he took Selvaria under his wing when she was barely 13 years old and started grooming her to be a tool for his conquests since.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Maximilian is very strict on respecting the rules of warfare, and orders Geld to be court-martialed and executed for his atrocities. He also dislikes sellouts to their own country, and expects loyalty in his subordinates. In which, even when Borg contributes greatly in his invasion to Gallia and wished to join him, Maximilian instead asks him if he'll eventually stab him in the back for personal gain, then sends him to death.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Maximilian allows anyone to join his forces, whether they be women, former enemies of the Empire, or Darcsens. Which explains why he has no problem of marrying Princess Cordelia after the truth about her heritage is revealed. Except if they're sellouts to their own country, in which case he'll just execute them on the spot.
- Evil Brit: Maximilian has a British accent in the English dub.
- Evil Prince: Played with. He may be the Big Bad, however he is also one of the least evil of the Empire's nobles. He prefers to gain power through achievements and earning respect, instead of through backstabbing political maneuvers that other Empire nobles are well-known for.
- Expy: He's essentially what happens when one strips Lelouch vi Britannia or Reinhard von Lohengramm of most redeeming and sympathetic qualities.
- False Lover: He straight up reveals he was this to Selvaria all along when he orders her to use her Final Flame.
- Final Boss: He's the last boss that Squad 7 encounters at the end of Valkyria Chronicles.
- Freudian Excuse: Maximilian's ambition to conquer Europa was fueled by his low standing at the Imperial court due to his mother being of common birth, and him surviving an assassination attempt from within his family early in life.
- Intentional Heartbreaker: Makes Selvaria believe that she can earn his love by performing her role to her utmost ability and then coldly orders her to become a suicide bomber when he feels she's no longer of use to him.
- It's All About Me: Maximilian has a severe Lack of Empathy towards everyone.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He only saved Selvaria from being a lab rat because he could make use of her abilities.
- Knife Nut: Maximilian is said to be one in his background info; justified in that at the time it was for self-defense, but it eventually grows to him having a collection of hundreds, if not thousands, of knives.
- Last Villain Stand: His Final Boss battle. The Valkof, the whole reason he invaded Gallia to begin with, is destroyed, the Marmota, while still operational, is severely damaged, and Faldio is off setting it to self-destruct, and while Maxmillian still has his artificial Valkyria setup, it only works as long as he's on the Marmota. Him showing up to kill Squad 7 is really just a last desperate bid to regain control of the situation.
- Light Is Not Good: Blonde hair and a white Ermine Cape with gold embroidery do nothing to disguise his ruthlessness.
- Manipulative Bastard: In spades, given that his modus operandi with regards to his subordinates is observe them until he figures out their motives and greatest insecurities, then exploit said information for his own personal gain. Though Selvaria is the most egregious case of this, he also uses similar tactics with Jaeger - who only fights for him on the condition that his homeland will get independence after the war is won.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Does this to Selvaria regularly to motivate her to do his bidding. He withholds affection from her and patronizes her if she fails in her endeavors, and gives her affection only if she succeeds.
- Missing Mom: His Freudian Excuse.
- Not So Above It All: In the anime, it's shown he genuinely enjoys poker in his downtime with his fellow generals.
- Oh, Crap!: Gets this reaction when he realizes that Alicia is about to use her Valkyria powers to destroy the Marmota and when Faldio takes the Marmota down with him.
- One-Winged Angel: He gains Valkyria-like powers in the final battle, thanks to a mighty device created by his engineers.
- Overly Long Name: Maximilian Gaius von Reginrave.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother was murdered by jealous conspirators.
- Patriotic Fervor: He takes pride in his Europan heritage, dislikes anyone who doesn't have loyalty to their own country, especially anyone who dares backstab their own nation for personal benefits. This is also Played With, he uses the Royal "We", he thought that he's embodying the whole nation, giving shades of It's All About Me.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Isn't a bigot and believes Princess Cordelia's about the real history between the Darcsens and the Valkyrur, nor does he have any problem with her real heritage. He's still a villain, however.
- Politically Correct Villain: Mostly played straight aside from his Domestic Abuse towards Selvaria. For the time period the story is based on, Maximillian isn't a bigot or sexist unlike most in the Empire or even in Gallia. As he mostly values people based on their usefulness to his ambitions, he will gladly employ women and even Darscens into his fold if it benefits him. And as for Selvaria, while his behaviour towards her is akin to that of a chauvinistic abusive boyfriend, he only treats her that way because she is in love with him, not because she is a woman.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Very much so, despite being a cold, abusive Jerkass. Maximilian is simply obligated to win the war for his country and gracefully respects the moral standards of warfare. Averted in the anime, where he is a crazy megalomaniac.
- Royal "We": Fairly subdued for most of the game, but Maximilian talks like this almost nonstop during the final chapters of the story. We, Us, Ours; he uses them all. He does sometimes speak without it, however.
- Sanity Slippage: In the anime, he undergoes a severe case of this after Cordelia reveals her heritage in contrast to the game. Afterward, he gains a noticeable Hair-Trigger Temper and begins violently harming anybody who calls him out on his attitude. When Alicia does so, he slaps her hard enough to send her flying. When Johann and Radi do it, he shoots them both in cold blood.
- Troubled Abuser: His cold and manipulative treatment towards Selvaria stems from his severe Lack of Empathy from his horrible upbringing.
- Visual Pun: The armor he wears can be associated with the "Maximilian" style of armor.
- Warrior Prince: Let it not be said that Maximilian is not willing to lead his troops. He is an incredibly accomplished tactician and highly skilled fighter on his own.
- Wine Is Classy: Befitting a royal prince, he is always seen sipping fine wine when dining or lounging in the anime and in cutscenes from the third game.
- Wife Husbandry: Heavily implied to have done this to Selvaria in the anime. As there is a ten year age gap between them and she was in her very early teens when he took her under his wing. He also even named her himself.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Orders Selvaria to be a suicide bomber after she is defeated at Naggiar.
Brigadier General Selvaria Bles
A member of the Triumvirate and a general of the Empire's Central Forces. The blood of the Valkyrur runs in Selvaria's veins. Their blood gives her incredible powers, making her the deadliest soldier in the Empire's employ. Rather than being devoted to the Empire or its cause, she fights exclusively out of love for Maximilian. Even so, she is not without honor, and is genuinely concerned with the welfare of her soldiers.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. Selvaria only fell in love with Maximilian because she believed him to be an honourable and benevolent prince, and was under the impression that he saved her from being a lab rat. And considering that he is very adept at playing the part of a Prince Charming when the need arises, it's most likely she never figured out his true nature until he ordered her to use her Final Flame. The anime also states that she was taken under Maximilian's wing when she was only thirteen, and thus, was blind to his villainy because of her age.
- A Mother to Her Men: She does show quite a lot of care to her subordinates. Her one request to General Damon after being captured at Ghirlandaio was to spare the lives of her soldiers captured there, and you get to see a lot of interaction between her and her subordinates in Behind Her Blue Flame.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Does this twice. Maxmillian manipulates her into giving one of these just before the battle of Naggiar to motivate her to fight for him. The second time, she does this after losing, begging him to give her another chance.
- Anti-Villain: Selvaria fights in the war for a megalomaniac because she is in love with him, not because she necessarily agrees with all of his views.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: For Johann's Accidental Pervert moment in her DLC.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Unlike other boss characters who fight you using their Ace Custom tanks, she fights you on foot each time.
- BFG: Her custom gun, the Ruhm, which is basically a heavy machine gun with range far better than most rifles. Only a Valkyria like Selvaria could hope to use it.
- Badass in Distress: During her DLC mission she gets caught in a gas trap set by General Damon. It's up to Johann to get to her and cure her poison before the Gallian army takes her prisoner or kills her.
- Blade on a Stick: In her Valkyria form, her primary weapon is a lance. One that shoots lasers.
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Maximilian, albeit one-sided. According to the anime, it seems that Maximilian hardly needs a bodyguard at all: (killing all by himself, with a sword, the entire group of assassins sent to take him out who managed to break into his estate and kill all the guards with ease...), leading to the question of what she's even doing there.
- Well, at one point, he's seen walking casually through some ruins currently situated within a warzone, and treats a group of Gallian officers threatening to shoot him with barely a pretense of interest. Fortunately, this intimidates them enough that he doesn't even need to ask Selvaria to turn them all into paste to prove his point.
- Boobs of Steel: She's best known for two things: her bust size, and being a very thorough badass (more so when she goes into Valkyria mode).
- Breakout Character: She's essentially the face of the franchise, appearing in some capacity in every entry and canonically in most of them.
- Climax Boss: The final boss fight with her marks the beginning of the endgame.
- Co-Dragons: Forms the Drei Stern alongside Gregor and Jaeger.
- Dark Action Girl: Selvaria's the strongest force of nature in the entire game until Alicia awakens to her power, that is, and she's on the side of the bad guys.
- Dark Magical Girl: Her abilities are often equated by magic, which leads to her own allies calling her a "Valkyria Witch".
- A Day in the Limelight: Behind Her Blue Flame
- Despair Event Horizon: Crosses this after Maxmillian orders her to use the Final Flame.
- Disk-One Final Boss: It initially seems like she's the Final Boss of the game, what with the mission you fight her in being the final push to completely oust the Imperial forces from Gallia. Then she wipes out nearly the entire Regular Army with her Final Flame and things go From Bad to Worse.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: She sacrifices herself with the Final Flame as a final farewell to Maximilian.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Even without her Valkyria power, she is already a One-Man Army. With Valkyria power, she can wipe out the whole army easily.
- Expy: The similarities, both visual and otherwise, to Reinforce I are so many that it leaves one wondering if Selvaria is this or an outright Captain Ersatz.
- Fatal Flaw: Her single-minded devotion and dedication towards a manipulative, abusive Jerkass ultimately becomes her undoing.
- Four-Star Badass: Holds the rank of Brigadier General and is a powerful fighter in her own right.
- For Want of a Nail: In "The Two Valkyria" in VC 4, if you pick Selvaria to pick Crymaria, she says that it could very well have been Crymaria who was picked by Prince Maximilian instead of her.
- Freakiness Shame: Everyone is terrified of her because of her Valkyria powers, even the men under her own command.
- Frontline General: She actively takes part in battles alongside her troops.
- Hidden Depths: She apparently enjoys cooking in her spare time. It is implied that she's not very good at it.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Thought Maximilian was a Prince Charming... unfortunately he was anything but. The anime explains this by stating she was a child when he rescued her from the facility.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: A very straight and very tragic example. Maxmillian's continued emotional manipulation made her feel that she had to perform her role as his general to her utmost ability in order to earn his love and said devotion is rewarded with being ordered to die.
- I Owe You My Life: Her attitude towards Maximilian. However it is revealed that his father, the emperor, was sponsoring the research facility responsible for experimenting on Valkyria, and that Maximilian did not rescue, but buy her from the facility. Meaning that he invoked this trope in order to make her loyal. Which, considering her age when this happened, did not require much convincing.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Rather than fight until the death, Selvaria surrenders after being beaten at Ghirlandaio and requests Squad 7 to escort her surviving men away as prisoners of war. Once she's reasonably certain that her men are far enough away and nearly the entire Gallian army is inside or around the fortress, she uses her Final Flame to kill nearly the entire Gallian army.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Maximilian named her after a flower growing in the research facility garden.
- Love Martyr: Played with. While she holds no illusion of redeeming Maximilian, she does believe that she can win his love if she performs her role as his general to her utmost ability... an idea that he put in her head through repeated emotional manipulation.
- Ms. Fanservice: Beyond her large bust, she has a very pronounced body and legs. Up to Eleven in the anime, where she gets to wear many more outfits, such as fancy dresses and swimwear and even gets a Shower Scene with Godiva Hair and Sideboob.
- More Dakka: The Ruhm, her personal machinegun. It can shred infantry to pieces in seconds from all the way across the map, and can even deal Scratch Damage to the Edelweiss and Shamrock if it hits their radiators.
- Not So Stoic: Is reduced to a simpering emotional wreck around Maximilian, being prone to Tender Tears in response to even the smallest gestures of affection or criticism. So naturally when he orders her to become a suicide bomber, she reacts to this by straight up bawling.
- One-Man Army: Even when not in her Valkyria form, she is still a very tough opponent.
- Open Secret: Though she tries to put on a facade of being a cold, ruthless military commander who is solely committed to the Empire's cause, Genre Savvy players can pick up on Selvaria's true motives as early as her introduction. As for in-universe, while those in Selvaria's service are unaware of her weakness for Maximilian or of his true nature, Gregor and Jaeger are. And in the anime, the latter repeatedly alludes at this with backhanded remarks.
- Overranked Soldier: She holds the rank of Brigadier General despite being just 22 years old.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In her Valkyria form, she is easily capable of destroying entire armies. And that is not even taking her Final Flame into account...
- Pet the Dog: Her strict but caring attitude towards her soldiers.
- Precocious Crush: In the anime, her feelings for Maximilian become this, as she was in her very early teens when she was taken from the facility.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and is a villain.
- Sleeps in the Nude: She is seen waking up nude in her bed in the "Selvaria's Wonderful Day Off!" OVA. Censor Shadow is used to preserve her modesty as she sits up.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: She's not exactly small, per se, but come on, the Ruhm makes anyone look tiny by comparison.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: In the anime, she is very visibly blushing after Maximilian names her - making this the moment when she developed feelings for him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her Japanese spelling was actually more like 'Selveria'.
- Statuesque Stunner: She stands at 175 cm (5'8") and towers over Alicia.
- Taking You with Me: Her Final Flame allows her to detonate in an explosion reminiscent of a nuclear bomb (complete with a mushroom cloud). She uses this once captured to take out Damon and the entire Gallian army.
- Tyke-Bomb: When she was young, she was forcibly separated from her parents, experimented upon, and turned into a Person of Mass Destruction.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Selvaria "begs" Damon to have the Squad 7 Militia escort her personal troops as POWs out of Ghirlandaio. This saves them (and her men) from her Final Flame.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Her and Jaeger in the anime, since the latter got a case of Adaptational Jerkass. While they do work together professionally, Jaeger often makes stealth remarks at Selvaria whenever her feelings for Maximilian manifest themselves. This causes her to develop an abrasive attitude towards him in turn. However, it's clear Jaeger is doing this in order to make her realise that Maximilian is an abuser and doesn't truly love her.
- Willfully Weak: After being defeated in a Valkyria duel and ordered to use her Final Flame, she first challenges Squad 7 to take her down without her Valkyria powers. It turns out that without her powers she merely goes from "completely invincible grim reaper to be avoided at all cost" to "extremely hard to take down and shreds any non-tank unit within her line of sight in seconds."
- Worthy Opponent: She views Alicia as this after dueling with her.
- You Are Number 6: In the anime, the name given to her by the scientists in the research facility was A1.
Major General Radi Jaeger
General of the Empires Southern Forces. A former general of the kingdom of Fhirald, which was annexed by the Empire during EWI. He fights for Maximilian in order to secure his homeland's independence, serving as a member the Triumviri. Commands a tank-destroyer called the Lupus.
- Ace Custom: His special Lupus tank in both encounters is a unique Imperial model, and it looks pretty awesome to boot.
- Accomplice by Inaction: In the game, he is a sympathetic and tragic case. Even though he knew that Maximilian was abusing and manipulating Selvaria for his own ends, he couldn't warn her or intervene on her behalf because Maximilian is his boss. He finally decides to speak up when he finds out she has been ordered to use her Final Flame, but by that point, it is too little too late. His anime incarnation however is much less sympathetic as makes repeated snide comments towards Selvaria while positing himself as wanting to help her.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the game, he is a mute spectator to Selvaria's situation and wants to help her though he is powerless to do so. In the anime, while his disdain for Maximilian's abuse and desire to help Selvaria is still present, he also repeatedly mocks the latter's love for the former with Stealth Insults and snarky remarks.
- Adaptational Heroism: In a zigzagging case, he is much more openly disapproving of Maximillian's escalating sociopathy in the anime. On the other hand, he remains in the Gallian invasion quite longer than in the game, up until where the final battle would have taken place in the game. At the end, after witnessing one too many of Maximillian's Moral Event Horizon firsthand, he openly confronts his boss with almost fatal consequences before pulling a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
- A Father to His Men: He is shown to be willing to put his tank between his men and Squad 7 as his men is retreating.
- Anti-Villain: More or less. Turns out, he was just helping Maximilian conquer Gallia so that his homeland gets freedom afterwards.
- Bystander Syndrome: In the games, he was a silent spectator to Selvaria's situation since the beginning, but can do nothing about it as much as he wants to because Maxmillian is his boss. Averted in the anime, where while he is much less silent about it.
- Chivalrous Pervert: The man practically channels Shunshui Kyoraku at times during the anime. Fitting, considering his seiyuu voiced him as well.
- Co-Dragons: With Selvaria and Gregor as members of the Triumvirate.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Does not take kindly to Maxmillian's manipulation and Domestic Abuse of Selvaria. Sadly, because the former is his boss and his homeland's independence depends on being in his service, he can do nothing about it and keeps his distaste to himself. Maxmillian ordering Selvaria to use her Final Flame, is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Once he comes to know about it, he is visibly disgusted and horrified.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Both Jaeger and Gregor are former enemies, but now that they are working together they are quite willing to confide in each other, and despite being total opposites personality-wise get along surprisingly well.
- He is also this with Selvaria, who, in the games, tried to be nice to when Maximilian was a prick to make up for his inability to intervene on her behalf.
- Heel Realization: Begins rethinking his alignment after Selvaria is ordered to use her Final Flame and realising that he was an Accomplice by Inaction towards her situation, and becomes certain in his decision after being defeated by Squad 7.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Don't let his affable ladies man attitude fool you. He's very sharp, and in the anime he figures out someone was trying to kill Maximilian in Episode 9 on his own.
- Nice Guy: Despite being on the villain team.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Especially in the anime version, where he's basically like the aformentioned Kyoraku, except on the villain team.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to bail from the Empire after he realizes that Maximilian is a cold-blooded villain and he's one by proxy for doing nothing about his behaviour.
- Tough Love: His approach towards Selvaria in the anime. Rather than simply being kind to her as was the case in the game, he makes tongue-in-cheek jabs about her feelings for Maximilian on a regular basis, hoping they will make her realise how unhealthy their relationship is.
- Tranquil Fury: Is absolutely seething with rage when he comes to know about Selvaria's fate, but masks this well in his boss' presence.
- Turns Red: Has a tendency to issue ALL his orders at once when heavily damaged.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate at the end of the game is unknown. He's Spared By Adaptation in the anime where he can be seen in the background in the train station while the ending songs plays. It's a blink-or-miss moment.
- Worthy Opponent: Recognizes Welkins as one immediately, rather than a merely lucky commander.
- You Monster!:
- In the original game Maximilian ordering Selvaria to use her Final Flame finally prompts him to break his silence regarding his treatment towards her, and is the first step to him realising how much of a monster he truly is.
- In the anime, his misgivings towards Maximilian hit their peak when he finds out Selvaria's aide Karl, the anime version of Johann, beat him to the punch regarding calling him out for abusing and callously discarding Selvaria and was shot in cold blood for it.
Major General Berthold Gregor
General of the Empire's Northern Forces. A veteran of EWI and brilliant tactician, Gregor serves as a member of the Triumviri. A nobleman with utter loyalty to the Empire and its values, he looks down on the Gallian Milita and has a distaste for the Darcsen people.
- Adaptational Villainy: Gregor's villainous characteristics are played up in the anime adaptation.
- Badass Bookworm: Gregor is a very intelligent officer and is well-versed in calculating battle plans.
- Badass Cape: Gregor's standard uniform has a red and black cape.
- Blue Blood: He insults the entire Gallian militia as a bunch of commoners. His treatment of Darcsens is also abhorrent.
- Background Boss: His armored train, the Equus.
- Classy Cane: Berthold has a black cane due to his severe leg injury.
- Co-Dragons: With Selvaria and Jaeger as members of Drei Stern.
- Cool Train: When you face him, he commands the Equus, a powerful armed train reflecting his horse riding background.
- Disney Villain Death: The Equus falls to the waters below after the bridge is destroyed in Fouzen, taking Gregor with it.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In the anime, he is vocally disgusted by a cowardly Gallian commander's attempts at deserting his post and has him summarily executed.
- Despite some jerkish behavior towards his fellow Imperials, he states he always considers potential casualties before going into battle.
- Evil Wears Black: He wears a black military uniform and is a villain.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: A variation. He think Selvaria's Valkyria power is a joke, and that victory can only be achieved by the Empire's military power and good strategy instead of relying on some Magical Girl power.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wearing glasses and one of the most unsympathetic Imperial generals, being a wholeheartedly racist guy who supports concentration camps and is not at all a pleasant person even to his own men.
- Handicapped Badass: He may have an injured leg, but he still has some fight left in him.
- Hate Sink: Of the four main Imperial commanders, he has no sympathetic and few likable traits.
- Hypocrite: In his dying moments, he accuses Gallians of being cowards for taking down the Equus by bombing the rails. This after he spent the whole battle hiding up inside his superarmored train.
- Insufferable Genius: He is an excellent military strategist, and he is happy to hammer that on everyone's face.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Despite being a core part of Maximillian's team, Gregor is totally kept in the dark of Maximillian's true ambitions to overthrow the corrupt Empire he fervently serves. Exactly how Maximillian would have dealt with him is unclear, as Gregor died long before the prince's plans were set in full motion.
- Mechanical Horse: In a manner of speaking. He is an avid equestrian, and he goes to battle aboard a custom armored train car he has named "Equus".
- Nazi Nobleman: He clearly has all the markings of one, even down to his speech mannerisms.
- Obviously Evil: Black uniform, withered face as well as an outlook that makes him look like a nazi even more than others? It's surprising that he's not only competent, but also has some fleshing-out as a character beyond elitism and evil.
- Oh, Crap!: At the end of the liberation of Fouzen, Gregor is shocked when the bridge is collapsing from under him.
- Perpetual Frowner: Gregor is almost always seen with a frown on his face.
- Shoot the Hostage: In the anime, when cornered in Fouzen, Gregor threatens to fire upon the present Darcsen civilians with the Equus if Squad 7 does not withdraw. Faldio has no intent to withdraw. ]]
- Sergeant Rock: While Gregor does have a personality fit for The Neidermeyer, he actually has read a book or two on military tactics and actually proves a legitimate threat to the Gallian forces, because, despite the fact he's a Jerkass to his troops (especially in the anime), he's a competent, effective Jerkass.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Has an obsession with destroying the Edelweiss in the anime.
- The Strategist: Gregor studied military history and tactics when he was at the naval academy. By the time of Valkyria Chronicles, he is a skilled military strategist for the Empire.
- This Cannot Be!: He utters something along these lines when the bridge is dropped from under his invincible armored train.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Empire, which would have put him at odds with Maximillian had he lived.
Captain Giorgios Geld
- 0% Approval Rating: It's said his fellow Imperials all despise him for his sadistic nature, but his ingenuity as a commander means he isn't quite expendable, though barely tolerated. Unfortunately for him, his luck runs out when his evil draws the ire of Maximillian.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: After Largo convinces Eleanor If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him, he manages to weasel his way back to Imperial headquarters via prisoner exchange, but upon arriving discovers that his torture of non-Darcsen civilians really pissed off Maximilian, who orders him executed.
- Character Death: He gets sentenced to death when his Cold-Blooded Torture on civilians is discovered by Maximilian.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: His favorite hobby and Fatal Flaw. In the past, it already had him serve time for war crimes but he was eventually let go. His good fortune runs out when Maximillian is in charge of his fate.
- Dirty Coward: When he is on the receiving end, though, he's quick to beg for his life.
- Fatal Flaw: His fetish for Cold-Blooded Torture results in his court-martial and death on Maximilian's orders.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Was clearly TRYING to pull this, but no-one was fooled.
- Karmic Death: Let's just say his Dirty Coward tendencies backfire HARD.
- Oh, Crap!: He realizes his fate the moment he returns to the Imperial headquarters.
- Smug Snake: After being returned to Imperial headquarters via prisoner exchange, he makes derisive comments towards that Gallian's "weakness" and is elated of how he will take revenge. It makes his reaction to his impending fate all the more satisfying.
- Shoot the Hostage: Is all too willing to do this if you let your troops be seen during his side mission, causing an immediate Game Over.
Johann Oswald Eisen/Karl Oswald
A lowly Imperial engineer who replaced the original assistant engineer to Selvaria. Co-star of the Behind Her Blue Flame DLC Missions.
In the anime adaptation, he appears with his original name, Karl Oswald, and his role in the story is changed to a low-ranking Imperial officer assisting the Empire's generals.
- Accidental Pervert: Johann passed out after mission 1. Selvaria went to look at him before the start of mission 2, and accidentally rested her (ahem) "assets" on Johann's arm.
- Accomplice by Inaction: Much like General Jaeger, he was aware of Maximilian's abuse and manipulation, but could do nothing about it due to his status. in the anime he Grows A Spine and calls Maximilian out for rewarding Selvaria's love and devotion by ordering her to be a suicide bomber. Unfortunately, he gets killed for it.
- Bodyguard Crush: Seems to develop one on Selvaria in a manner that ironically, mirrors her feelings for Maximilian. In his eyes, she believed in him and gave him the courage to fight on the front lines as an Imperial soldier. He does so because he wants to stay by her side forever, either in victory or death. When he finally stands up for Selvaria and calls out Maximilian for abusing her and throwing her out like trash, the latter occurs.
- Bystander Syndrome: Is aware of Maximilian being an abusive jerkass, but holds his tongue to keep his job.
- Call-Forward: When you take out Musaad in the second DLC mission (he appears as an enemy ace Musaad The Mole), Johann has a quick conversation with his buddy Otto about aces, and Otto says that cannon fodders like them will never get to the level of veteran aces... guess what happened to Johann later.
- Death by Adaptation: While he survived his plot arc in the games (the death of Oswald the Iron is dependent on the player), in the anime Maximilian kills him when he confronts him about abusing and manipulating Selvaria before ultimately ordering her to die.
- Declaration of Protection: In the epilogue of his chapter he declares to always stay by Selvaria's side, for better or for worse. What's notable is that this declaration is to himself, he never actually tells Selvaria how he feels or why he requests a reassignment from engineer to scout.
- Dub Name Change: His original name in Japanese was something along the lines of Karl Oswald. Presumably so that he won't be confused with the Gallian engineer Karl Landzaat.
- Hero of Another Story: He's the protagonist of the "Behind Her Blue Flame" DLC, a side story which deals with the early days of the war when the empire was first invading Gallia.
- Lovable Coward: At the beginning of the DLC he's shown to be skittish, cowardly, and overwall weak. One of his potentials even reflect this where he has a chance to get a decrease in his stats when facing the enemy. By the end, he's grown a backbone and becomes an ace Imperial scout.
- Meaningful Name: "Eisen" means iron in German. Put Oswald and Eisen together and you get Oswald the Iron, his first Ace nickname.
- The Medic: His primary role as Selvaria's aide is to heal her with ragnaid should she get injured. He's also the only one who can save her when she becomes addled by poisonous gas since he carries a cure.
- Non-Action Guy: During the first few missions of the DLC he's no fighter, his potentials reflecting this with having a penalty when attacking enemies and being very very fragile. Johann is better off playing his intended support role, allowing Selvaria to steamroll anything and anyone in her way while he backs her up by destroying barricades and healing her. Though this changes later on. See Took a Level in Badass below.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Is killed for calling out Maximilian for his treatment of Selvaria and for rewarding her love and devotion by ordering her to die.
- Punch-Clock Villain: A heroic and nice guy that just happened to be working for the Imperial invasion. Quite frankly, he can be considered a hero since he rescued Selvaria from the gas traps General Damon set.
- Took a Level in Badass: After taking Ghirlandaio with Selvaria, he requests to be reassigned as a scout to fight on the front lines instead of an engineer. He also gains the nickname "Oswald the Iron" after his Big Damn Heroes moment when saving Selvaria. If you play the Covert Ops "Azure Witch" secret mission, you get to see Oswald the Iron in action as a very powerful scout with all of Johann's strengths and none of his weaknesses.
Ambassador Jean Townshend
The Ambassador of the Atlantic Federation to Gallia.
- "Ass" in Ambassador: He was the leader of the Federation's kidnapping plot on Princess Cordelia.
- Blackmail: After killing Gilbert, Baldren threatens Jean to work for him on threat of kicking him out of the household.
- The Bus Came Back: After the failed kidnapping attempt, he returns in Valkyria Chronicles II.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Valkyria Chronicles II, Jean suggested to Gilbert to stop the Darcsen purges due to their unpopularity among the Federation public.
- Poisonous Friend: How Baldren sees him in relation to his father.
- Uncertain Doom: In Valkyria Chronicles II, we don't know if he survived the sinking of the Dandarius after the final battle.