Atlantic Federation: Squad E ( Tank Commanders | Scouts | Shocktroopers | Lancers | Engineers | Snipers | Grenadiers ) | Federation Navy
East Europan Imperial Alliance: X-0
Squad E is a unit in the Edinburgh Army composed primarily of foreigners from Gallia volunteering to fight the Empire. Lead by Claude Wallace, the unit had many notable accomplishments during Operation Northern Cross. After the events of Chapter 5, Squad E also consists of several officer-ranked members of Squad F.
For non-officer members of Squad E, consult the character lists of their respective classes:
Squad E in General
Part of the esteemed Ranger Battalion of the Edinburgh Army and the primary viewpoint characters of the game. Lead by Lieutenant Claude Wallace, the group gained early notoriety by enrolling and later passing the ranger course together as a unit. Since then they have gained a reputation for completing dangerous and even "impossible" missions. Their motto is "It will be done".
- Artistic License Military: Just like "Squad 7" of Valkyria Chronicles, Squad E is actually a platoon (the official Japanese term for the unit is "E shōtai", or "Platoon E" in English), its "squad" designation being erroneously given by the English translation.
- A squad is typically led by an NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge), like Raz or Kai, while Claude holds command over all squads due to his rank. Incidentally, both Claude and Welkin share the same rank of 2nd Lieutenant, which makes him qualified to be a Platoon Commander by American standards.
- Badass Crew: The Ranger Corp is famous for this in general and Squad E is well-known even among them.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Many of the members of Squad E are... unusual to say the least. Nevertheless, the always get the job done. They are objectively more powerful than most of the enemies they encounter.
- Child Soldiers: Much like the Militia form the first game, there's quite a few members of Squad E who are no older than sixteen. When one considers the timeline, this means that they completed the Ranger Course when they were no older than fourteen.
- Dysfunction Junction: Most of them have tragic and/or complicated backstories, which is lampshaded by Stanley in his Squad Story.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: The Squad are Ranger-trained soldiers with the EA.
- Expy: They are clearly based on the real life 101st Airborne Divisions Easy Company. Squad E is even nicknamed Easy Platoon and they belong to the Federations 101st Edinburgh Division.
- At one point the squad is ordered to Hold the Line against an enemy counteroffensive in the middle of winter in order to buy time for the rest of the army to regroup. They soon end up surrounded and behind enemy lines in a desperate Last Stand. This is similar to the role the 101st played during the Battle of the Bulge, when they were ordered to hold the town of Bastogne and stall the German advance for as long as possible.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The main characters fit this dynamic. Claude is melancholic, Riley is choleric, Raz is sanguine, and Kai is phlegmatic.
- It Has Been an Honor: Each of the squad members has a variation of this line when picked to be Raz's partner in his suicide mission, knowing they're going to die with him.
- Mildly Military: As with the first game's units, your soldiers tend to wear accessories with their uniform that complement their personalities and make them stand out a little (a "believable lie" as described by character designer Raita).
- Multinational Team: Squad E is comprised of soldiers from multiple different countries, including many Gallians.
- Only Sane Man: The groups of three friends in the Squad Stories often play out like this. One example is a trio with someone who pretends to be a Norse god, a girl who is convinced she is a harbinger of doom, and... a guy who's pretty friendly. Or a man from fantasy America ("Vinland") who cracks awful jokes more than half the time he opens his mouth, a girl who has worn an iron mask for almost her entire life, and... a woman who is caring and very strong.
- Secret Keeper: Everyone (except when Riley arrived) kept the secret that the Kai in their unit is a girl and not Kai the man. Only Claude and Raz knew that Kai left the Rangers for another reason.
- Sole Survivor: The only Ranger squad to avoid debilitating losses after Operation Northern Cross fell apart.
- Tragic Keepsake: All of the non-officer squaddies and Raz will leave behind an item of personal importance when they are killed in action. These items could be equipped like standard accessories and will bestow stat bonuses onto their wearers. If they are revived in the post-game, nothing's stopping you from equipping said items onto their owners.
- True Companions: For all the conflicting personalities and histories of its members, one of Squad E's greatest strengths is their ability to work together as a unit and achieve their goals.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Partially Zig-Zagged - Each class shares the same body model/shape, but have very unique heads, all except for the main characters.
Squad E Leaders
Voiced by: Ryosuke Kanemoto (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English)
The commanding officer of Squad E. He commands a battle tank, the Hafen, in combat.
- The Ace: Claude excels at virtually everything and graduated from the academy with top honors; Minerva, one of his biggest rivals, admits it herself when she calls him "the Ace of the Armored Ranger Battalion." His exploits as a commander have gained him even further recognition, eventually earning him a promotion as Captain of his division and placed in charge of leading Operation "Cygnus".
- Accidental Pervert: When Riley comments on the commotion between Raz and Kai, Claude comes out from underneath the Hafen to witness it... and accidentally looks up Riley's skirt. Though he didn't mean to, she nevertheless stomps him on the face in retaliation.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Starts the game as a Lieutenant but gets promoted to Captain after leading his squad over the mountains and meeting with the Cygnus fleet.
- Born Winner: From Minerva's perspective, which infuriates her to no end because he's consistently scored higher marks and has earned greater distinction, despite all her efforts to even try competing with him.
- Can't Drop the Hero: Unless specified at the start of a mission, if Claude is available, then he is always locked as a mandatory squad member. This means he cannot be unselected when deploying units, nor can he exchange places with another member. This holds true even in skirmishes.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The "Price of a Picnic" DLC chapter concludes with a mock combat mission against Claude and the lieutenants of Squad E. While under the AI's control, Claude can use the Rapid Deployment order to resurrect any and all of them at once for only 3 CP. Yet when he's under your control, Rapid Deployment only allows you to summon 1 reserve member at a time at a cost of 1 CP apiece. It doesn't revive fallen teammates.
- Double Standard: Twice during separate squad stories, Claude disciplines various teammates for insubordinate action, usually by putting them through mock combat against overwhelming odds. Yet, he gives Raz a free pass twice for the exact same offense (during the "Other Kai" interlude and again at the end of "Breaking the Line 3") and grants Kai the same favor, despite betraying them. It would seem insubordination is only permissible so long as you're one of his friends or if the situation is already so bad that punishing you in the standard manner is no longer an option.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Claude manages to actually save Riley at the conclusion of the game if the final level is beaten on Hard. Otherwise, it is implied that Riley dies as a result of her injuries while trying to save Angie.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Because he is occasionally viewed as a coward by his friends and allies alike, he is as such nicknamed "Scaredy-Claude". All this despite the fact that even by the time the game starts, he's certainly no coward. He's never as brave/foolish as many others in his squad though, most notably Raz.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: He certainly does, having been in love with Riley since childhood and still carrying a torch for her even as an adult.
- Face Death with Dignity: With no hope of escaping a sinking Centurion, Claude was prepared to accept his fate and go down with Centurion, alongside Riley, Miles, Angie, and Hafen. One of Centurion's gun deck plates, however, conveniently breaks off and stations itself on land at the last minute, which Miles immediately drives down to and gets his comrades out of harm's way, escaping their demise.
- Happily Married: Unlocking the game's true ending reveals the final part of his and Riley's personnel files, which says he proposed after the war during the Starchild Festival. Riley accepted with a light nod.
- The Leader: He's the commanding officer of Squad E.
- Living Emotional Crutch: It's very clear if not for his friends, Claude would've crossed the Despair Event Horizon thanks to the war. Even more so when it comes to Riley. In the game, after pulling off a particularly difficult mission, Claude admits that he could keep on fighting because he knows Riley is there for him.
- My Greatest Failure: Stopping Riley from entering the burning Miller Company factory to save her family in their youth. This left him an Empty Shell until a fight with Raz snapped him out of it a few years before the game, and it drives him to prove to his childhood friends, especially Riley, that he has changed for the better.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He has a habit of commenting on the wind any time he senses incoming danger.
- Reluctant Hero: Thanks to his tactical genius, Claude eventually become a military hero to the crew of Centurion and the army as a whole. He is very unhappy with this, as being hero meant that the military will gives him the most difficult mission, many that are often at odds with his own sense of morality. Like detonating a nuke in one of the largest cities in the world. Ouch.
- Required Party Member: Claude is in almost every mission. If the Hafen is unavailable, Claude will fight as a scout.
- Revenge Before Reason: He briefly throws a fit when he is informed that the Empire has announced a ceasefire, frustrated that he has lost his chance to take them down once and for all. He quickly gets out of it, however, after Riley consoles him.
- Skewed Priorities: For all his alleged brilliance, the reasoning behind some of Claude's decisions seems skewed. Such as when he "rehabilitates" Emmy, Viola, and Simon for insubordinate behavior by putting them through mock combat against other members of the Ranger Corps., which nearly got all three of them killed or fired. Yet, he saw no problem with Kai betraying them and let it slide without any disciplinary action and no questions asked.
- Sophisticated as Hell
- The Leader: The Face of Squad E, as it was Squad E's faith in him that kept the Squad E throughout their brutal retreat through the Achtzehn Mountains to the Crystal Sea, even as they were running out of food, ammunition, and fuel.
- Unique Protagonist Asset: His "Wind Talk" ability. With it he is able to predict changes in the weather with almost perfect accuracy. This gives him the edge in many military maneuvers and is part of Squad E's success.
Voiced by: Nao Touyama (Japanese), Kayli Mills (English)
An inventor who specialises in ragnite technology, and a childhood friend of Claude's.
- The Atoner: Why she is so hellbent on saving Angie during the final parts of the story, since she is fully aware of how completing her father's research and handed it over to Vinland indirectly contributed to her suffering as Valkyria test subject.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Riley has a real talent for explosives. She just likes them too much.
- Part of her military uniform comes with a short, hemmed skirt. The reason she gets away with it? Since her role in the army as an on-duty scientist is pretty much unique to her, she got to design her own uniform herself. The girl really likes her skirts.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Upon realizing Claude is leading Squad E, she is not happy with this at first to the point of attempting to request a transfer to a different squad. Along with that, she considered abandoning him when the enemy has overwhelmed the base. Fortunately, she never made her retreat and stayed until he completed his mission without running away, albeit unseen. Along with that, she cancelled her request for a transfer.
- Conveniently an Orphan: She lost her entire immediate family to a fire, which was started up by the Empire, that ignited the Miller Company.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: The ice part only really lasts for one mission, but Riley is initially not happy to see Claude again due to holding him partly responsible for the deaths of her family in the Miller Company fire.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: It is implied that Riley does not survive her injuries at the end of Chapter 18. In order to save her, you have to beat the game once, then buy and view the A Steamy Ceasefire Interlude, then watch the cutscene that unlocks after that, and then replay the final level on Hard to unlock the game's true ending in which she survives and ties the knot with Claude.
- Genius Ditz: Riley is very intelligent, but also occasionally ditzy. For example, when she met the REAL Kai inside the Centurion, she thought Kai was The Mole working on behalf of the Federation. Even Kai was amused. There's also the "onsen incident". Maybe being blonde has something to do with it?
- Hair Decorations: She's never seen without a black headband with small wings on it, perked up like little horns.
- Happily Married: It's said that Claude proposed to her after the war, during the Starchild Festival. Riley smiles and nods her consent.
- I Choose to Stay: When Claude has proven to have changed by staying behind to detonate her explosives, Riley cancelled her request for a transfer to continue on supporting him and Squad E.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Sure she knows that Kai is actually Leena, but she isn't informed that the REAL Kai left the Rangers for another reason.
- Luminescent Blush: Exaggerated. A stark naked Riley confronts a number of Imperial soldiers who talked smack about females who are involved in war, not realising that she's wearing absolutely nothing at first. When she does see she's wearing nothing, her entire body blushes red, and she screams in embarrassment.
- Parental Substitute: Riley assumes this role after finding Angie inside the Centurion, with a little bit of Cool Big Sis mixed in. In fact it was the kind treatment by Riley and to a lesser extent, all the crew of the Centurion that gives Angie the motivation and courage to re-assume her role as the ship's living battery.
- Percussive Maintenance: Gives one when the Centurion's backup engine refuses to start up even after it is fixed, although it takes several tries and a final hard whack before it works. Apparently, she got this from her father since he used to do the same.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: Even though Claude didn't mean to look up her skirt when he stopped working on Hafen for a bit to witness the commotion between Raz and Kai, Riley nevertheless stomps on his face.
- Twirl of Love: Claude does this to her during the true ending.
- Uncertain Doom: The game's default ending implies that she dies from a combination of blood loss (from being shot by Nikola) and smoke inhalation due the fire in the Centurion's engine room. It remains only an implication, since she's not listed as a casualty in the Cenotaph and remains fully playable in the Squad E roster at all times.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If she hadn't finished her father's research on ragnite implosion and handed it over to Vinland, the whole Vinland Valkyria project might not have happened and Kai wouldn't have defected. However it might have meant that the Federation would have lost the war, given that in the end the only thing that drove the Empire to negotiation table is the threat of Valkyria Bombs.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Given to her by André of all people when she tries to whack the Centurion's machinery with a wrench. Subverted since what she does finally works anyway.André: "What kinda engineer hits their own machine?"
- What You Are in the Dark: Due to the enemy overwhelming them, as well as seeing him partly responsible for the loss of her family, she considered leaving Claude behind for dead. It's a good thing she didn't.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
- She developed pyrophobia ever since an incident which took her immediate family's lives.
- In a more Played for Laughs case, she is apparently afraid of ghosts after mistaking Raz for one during a mess hall event.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her thigh highs go above her knees and beyond, to the point that there's no bare skin exposed between them and her skirt.
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese), Greg Chun (English)
A hot-headed, foul-mouthed Darcsen who claims to be invincible due to his superior physical ability. He is one of Claude's childhood friends.
- Anguished Declaration of Love He's always had a crush on Leena and he ends up confessing this way after she tells him she's been leaking the Centurion's coordinates to the Empire.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He has this in droves with Kai. Raz clearly has a crush on Kai, and she herself has hints of reciprocating his feelings, but because of his crudeness and her own Tsundere tendencies, he typically becomes her punching bag instead. Becomes Unresolved Sexual Tension when he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice near the end of the story.
- Big Damn Heroes: Played completely straight, and he even gets a potential called Big Damn Hero during the mission where he saves the day. Not only does he volunteer for the suicide mission (being the most skilled shocktrooper canonically), but he basically orders Claude into ordering him to do it.
- Buxom Is Better: Openly admitted when he, Claude, and Riley catch Minerva in the act of trying on a string bikini. The moment Raz sees the sheer size of her boobs, he does a fist pump and shouts:Raz: (grins and fist pumps) "YES! So HUUUUUGEE!!"
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Averted, if the way he teases Kai is anything to go by.
- Casanova Wannabe: He's always going on about T&A during R&R. Obviously, people think he's a pervert for it.
- Double Tap: Raz is the first of only threenote Shocktroops who gains the "Double Attack" battle Potential, a unique skill that allows him to automatically attack the same target twice in the same turn. It not only assures the target's death, it makes Raz one of the most fearsome attack units in an already OP character class.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Is in possession of a fairly vulgar mouth, especially when compared to other members of Squad E.
- Establishing Character Moment: The infamous scene were he grabs Kai's butt, it cements just how much of a boisterous ass he can really be.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Doing this to Claude and igniting a fistfight between the two snapped the latter out of his childhood's guilt-ridden misery.
- Go Out with a Smile: He spends his final moments after disabling the ragnite-powered generator with nothing but positive expressions on his face. Claude, Riley, and Kai don't receive the news of his death well at all.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Goofy print swimming trunks, to be exact, during the Beach Episode. And it's an inverted case, as while everybody thinks his trunks look gaudy and tacky ("douchey" as Kai puts it), Raz himself finds the pattern to be awesome.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Unless you want to get into a fistfight (especially over petty issues), setting him off is a very bad idea. Oddly he is not usually shown winning or losing, despite being easily one of the strongest members of Squad E.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He (along with one other squadmate of the player's choosing) volunteers to disable the generator powering the barriers blocking Centurion from progressing to Schwartzgrad with ragnite; he succeeds, but at the cost of his own (and his partner's) life.
- Informed Ability: During the "Other Kai" interlude, Raz is said to excell at CQC and is the best in their division. Yet, the player never gets to see it for themselves. The closest Raz comes to being involved in a fist fight is when Kai lays him out with one punch. It is best explained that fist-fighting or any form of martial arts would make programming the game mechanics a complete nightmare. This trope is partially subverted by his potential "melee skill", which effectively makes it harder for his targets to dodge when he's shooting up close.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Foul-mouthed and ill-tempered as he may be, he legitimately cares for the wellbeing of his friends and comrades alike.
- Knife Nut: Has a combat knife strapped on his web gear that has a knuckle guard built into the grip. Said knife is not usable in-game.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He has no problem charging ahead by his lonesome to take out a large number of enemies at once. This habit of his proves paramount in the operation where he, along with one other squadmate of the player's choosing, volunteers to disable the generator powering the barriers blocking Centurion from progressing to Schwartzgrad with ragnite, which he succeeds at, but not without costing him his own life. Notably, his claim of being "Invincible" has a lot to back it up - he has a trait named Invincible which makes him much tougher. He also never gets seriously hurt until he loses that trait and has it replaced with the more powerful "Big Damn Hero" potential.
- One Last Smoke: A bloodied Raz struggles to stick one final unlit cigarette into his mouth as Imperial troops confront him and gun him down.
- Only One Name: Because he's of the persecuted Darcsen people, he has no surname.
- Pre Asskicking Oneliner: When his Undodgeable Shot potential activates.
- You ain't goin' nowhere!
- Real Men Eat Meat: Upon learning Squad F had previously hoarded the supplies in the town they stopped by (which leads to the mock battle against them), Raz is especially not amused because they also hoarded the meat in the town.Raz: *cracks knuckles* Hell yeah! I'll show 'em how far a man will go for meat!
- Refuge in Audacity: Played with. Raz grabbing Kai's ass and then getting slugged for it is one of the more notable examples of his audaciousness. This tendency to act before thinking is exactly what gets him in trouble.
- Sergeant Rock: He's the closest thing Squad E has to Rambo.
- Shipper on Deck: To Kai's surprise, he decides to lead away Kai and Miles so that Riley and Claude can have some alone time together in Einhemt, Chapter 5.
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)
A skilled sniper who operates as Squad E's sergeant major.
- Big Eater: Implied. She has negative potential that will drain her HP upon experiencing hunger (or in gameplay terms, when her AP falls below half), and one of the driving forces behind the mock battle against Squad F after they bought all of the supplies in a town is because they also hoarded the bread.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Raz. Raz is shamelessly infatuated with her, and she has hints of liking him back, but he's so crude and insensitive that Kai typically ends up socking him for saying and doing things he really shouldn't instead. Not helped by her Tsundere tendencies whenever the two have a tender moment going on. Becomes Unresolved Sexual Tension when Raz sacrifices himself near the end of the story.
- Boobs of Steel: Kai, a master sniper who also has no problem handling male soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. She's also no slouch in the bust department (though she's definitely not the biggest).
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In the English version, Kai invokes this with one of her late-game potentials in memory of Raz.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She took it upon herself to look after Raz and his more... Reckless approach to combat. She's usually also the first to call him out on his dumber statements and his perverted streak.
- Cold Sniper: Being a loner is one of her potentials, and shunning her comrades actually raises her stats.
- Conflicting Loyalty: After encountering Cygnus Fleet, she is more and more torn between helping her friends and the Federation winning the war and helping her brother sabotage the Cygnus Fleet to rescue the Valkyrias powering the Snow Cruisers, which is made worse when she encountered Angie. She eventually decides to side with her friends after Raz confronts her about her issue and confess to her. She doesn't have enough willpower to kill her brother, however, until the finale when she's forced to kill him to prevent him from getting Angie.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments, especially when Raz is involved.Kai: (upon watching Raz having another scuffle with a bunch of sailors in Centurion's mess hall) Could always throw them out onto the Crystal Sea and let them have a snowball fight.
- Easily Forgiven: You'd think her friends might have some questions for her after learning she's been spying on them for her brother. Not only does Raz let it slide (no questions asked), he tells Kai that he'll take the blame for it if the others find out. Except when Claude and Riley finally do find out about it, they say they don't care either and simply let it drop.
- Friendly Sniper: Helps the team out as the squad's main sniper.
- Her Heart Will Go On: In the final entry of her character profile, it is stated that her love for Raz is what keeps her going on living.
- Jiggle Physics: Kai's breasts do bounce a bit in a few cutscenes, though it's only noticeable when she's not wearing her cloak.
- Male Gaze: At several points in the game, the camera seems to have been set up to cover as much of her shapely rear as possible. Not that anyone complains, especially Raz.
- Meaningful Rename: Her original name is Leena Schulen. She assumed her brother's name to hide the fact that he had gone AWOL from the brass. After the war, she goes into hiding with Angie and assumes a different, unspecified name.
- The Mole: Kai is not actually Kai, but the real Kai's younger Sister, Leena Schulen. She impersonates him under his order while he assumes the identity of Forsetti, a high ranking officer in the Imperial Army. She eventually becomes disillusioned with this role and betrays him.
- Ms. Fanservice: The game gives a lot of attention to her butt, despite that she dresses very conservatively. She's also got an above-average bust size compared to other females in the series (though she's nothing compared to Selvaria, Juliana, Riela, etc), which makes her a frequent object of Raz's Male Gaze.
- This almost verges into a Brick Joke as, by the end of the campaingn, even Imperial Commander Klaus is not above remarking on her shapely derrière, much to Crymaria's annoyiance.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After gunning down Forseti, aka her own older brother, she drops to her knees, unable to do anything but scream helplessly.
- Nice Hat: Her field cap has ear-flaps that resemble cute wolf ears. The ear-flaps are never shown unfolded during the winter campaign, even though the local atmosphere is freezing cold.
- Not So Above It All: Usually, she's the one running herd on Raz, unless it comes to bread. Then's she more than willing to reinforce him in his crazy, which is effectively what triggers Squad E and F's mock battle. Encapsulated by this gem that she drops:Kai: I don't know who bought out the entire bakery. But I will find them. And I wil kill them.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: After Raz gropes her buttocks, she punches him in the face as retaliation. This is followed up by an all-out fight between the two, which happens offscreen.
- Red Baron: She's known in the Federation and Imperial military forces as "Deadeye" for her accurate shots in the battlefield ("One Shot Killer" in Japanese).
- Sibling Murder: Albeit reluctantly, she guns down her own brother to prevent him from retrieving Angie from the secret chamber housing her.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She's obsessed with bread, which helps her get along pretty well with Alicia. She loves Alicia's bread enough to vow to find Alicia's bakery after the war and be her first customer. Sadly enough, being hungry for bread actually reduces her health via the "hungry" potential.
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
Commander of Squad F with the rank of Lieutenant. She was one of Claude's classmates during his time at the academy and it was there she developed a fierce rivalry towards him.
- Alpha Bitch: She has authority over all other leaders in the division, including Squad E. The members of her own squad hold her in high regard because she expects the same standards from them that she's set for herself.
- Always Second Best: To Claude, which infuriates her. He's always beaten her at everything since their days in the academy: he consistently scored higher marks, his tactics are always superior, and he's gained far greater recognition than she has. Made moreso since all of Claude's success seems to come easily for him, whereas she has to push herself just to try to keep up.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Christel share quite a bit in common: they're both redheads who wear glasses, both take pride in Squad F, and both have personal peevs with Claude. They even have potentials that lower their accuracy and anti-personnel attack power if they're positioned anywhere near him on the field.
- Boobs of Steel: Minerva's easily got one of the largest bust sizes among the Federation forces and she's also incredibly deadly on the battlefield. She's unkillable as a boss in Chapter 5 and while that status get slightly nerfed by the time she becomes playable, she'll still easily outclass your other scouts and be a contender for best unit in your army.
- FaceHeel Turn: Subverted. When Claude decides against setting off the bomb, Minerva shows up and holds him at gunpoint, deciding that she'll do it herself if he's too afraid to bear the burden. Claude is able to talk her down, but considering the resentment and animosity Minerva has spent the game exhibiting towards him, it could have gone the other way.
- Fiery Redhead: Has red hair and is fiercely competitive, especially in regards to her rivalry with Claude.
- Foil: Series wise, she's one to Faldio Landzaat in the original game. Both are Squad leaders who were Classmates to Claude and Welkin respectively and end up having their squads wiped out with them being the sole survivors. While Faldio and Welkin have a solid friendship that lasts throughout most of the original game, Minerva makes her resentment of Claude clear, butting heads with him constantly. At the Climax of the both games, their relationships with the protagonists become flipped. Welkin's friendship with Faldio becomes strained due to the latter's act of shooting Alicia. Minerva, on the otherhand sets aside her rivalry with Claude and acknowledges him as the better commander. Unlike Faldio, Minerva survives the war.
- Gag Boobs: It's obvious from the start that they're big, since even her uniform can't hide them. But the only way you'll get to see just how big they truly are is with the "Squad E, to the Beach!" DLC. Even Raz, who usually only has eyes for Kai, couldn't help staring or shouting his appreciation for Minerva's massive mammaries.
- Gainaxing: Her ample chest is rather jiggly in a lot of cutscenes. Funnily enough, her swimsuit skin removes this from some scenes.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She gives one to Claude before the Sea Fortress assault when he failed to raise the morale of the troop through his words, saying that his actions have always been the one to do the talking to pull his troop from the brink.
- I Call It "Vera": After the war, she continues service in Federation military along with Ronald, and she names her new tank "Christel".
- Lady Macbeth: Unlike Riley, Minerva does not accept Claude's decision to stand down and not set off the bomb, believing that bombing the capital is clearly right thing to do here. And when it's clear she can't change his mind, she takes out her gun and decides to do it herself...
- Mission Control: She acts as Squad E's mission coordinator until the Navy officially enters the scene, after which she's replaced by Marie Bennett.
- Morality Chain: Claude ends up being this for her, despite her enmity towards him. He's the one to talk her down from destroying Schwarzgrad after the ceasefire was declared.
- My Greatest Failure: The loss of her squad weighs heavily on her, enough that she even passed up promotion over Claude because of it.
- Not So Above It All: After finding out what the Imperial forces were hoarding in Squad E, To the Beach!, Minerva becomes flustered and disapproving, and claims to want to dispose of the loot in private. And then she puts that on when she thinks nobody's looking. And then Claude saw it. Then Riley saw it. Then Raz and Kai saw it. Everybody else is implied to have seen it. Hilarity ensues.
- Oblivious to Love: With someone like Christel practically showing the entire world her crush on Minerva, it's a miracle that Minerva didn't wise up sooner!
- Insolent curs! I'll have you know Lieutenant Victor just doesn't have a hard ass, it is soft in all the right places! (Christel)
- And here's Minerva's reply...What?
- Pragmatic Hero: Though resentful of Claude's success and holding him indirectly responsible for Christel's death, she turned down the Federation's offer to promote her to Captain, because she felt Claude was better qualified to lead Operation "Cygnus".
- Pre Asskicking Oneliner: When her Undodgeable Shot potential activates.
- No dodging this shot!
- The Resenter: Towards Claude for always outperforming her, no matter how hard she tries to compete with him. If you haven't played her squad story to upgrade her potentials yet, just being near Claude will degrade her performance.
- Revenge Before Reason: When Claude refuses to set off the bomb after the ceasefire is declared, Minerva threatens to trigger it. She then breaks down in tears when Claude reminds her of their duty and promise, which is ending the war as opposed to committing downright genocide.
- Sixth Ranger: As a squad member at least; she only joins you as a playable unit after her own squad is destroyed a ways into the game. From that point on, she's treated as a core squad member.
- Unknown Rival: She is fiercely competitive with Claude because he always performed better at the academy. Claude, for his part, is mostly exasperated at her attitude; in fact, only after defeating Klauz does Claude muse that this must be what it's like to have a rival.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She delivers a scathing one to Claude at the end of Chapter 7 for failing to show at he rendezvous point when they were supposed to. Claude decided to ambush an Imperial supply depot, unaware that Squad F and the rest of the Federation Army were being wiped out because Squad E wasn't there to support them.
Voiced by: Atsuki Tani (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)
Tank commander and primary engineer of Squad F. He has a very cold professional demeanor, and is quite loyal to Minerva. He drives the Glory, a customizable Gallian light tank that was purchased for Squad F.
- Fantastic Racism: Has the Darcsen Discriminator potential, sometimes expressing discomfort about being allied with Darcsens if there are Darcsen units nearby during gameplay. As with Viola, he doesn't get over it.
- Fire-Forged Friends: During his squad story, he quarrels with Ryan and Keigel under the assumption that they are being disrespectful towards the deceased members of Squad F. Minerva talks some sense into Ronald later, as she had asked those two soldiers to look out for him. During one hopeless-looking operation, Ronald finds out that Ryan is addicted to candy. To get Ryan to stop moping on the battlefield, Ronald shares some left-over chocolate. This gives Ryan the morale boost needed to shoot his way out of the incoming mob of Imperial soldiers.
- Sempai/Kohai: Much like Miles to Claude, he was formerly Minerva's underclassman.
- Undying Loyalty: To Minerva, so much that it also becomes one of his potentials.
- Unknown Rival: Due to his pride, Ronald holds a very serious one-sided rivalry with Squad E, such that he would always try to one-up them when on a mission, resulting in him being less careful and accurate with his shots. Squad E members don't even acknowledge him for the most part.
- Younger Than They Look: Despite his stern demeanor and weathered face, his character info shows him to be only twenty years old.
Voiced by: Yuka Saitou (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Her personnel file also mentions she will not allow any man to woo Minerva with a specific mention of Claude being a potential suitor despite neither him nor Minerva showing attraction to one another.
- Crush Blush: Seen almost anytime she interacts directly with her beloved, usually done with a starry-eyed gaze.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She passes away in Minerva's arms after the assembled soldiers (minus Squad E) were ambushed at their rendezvous point by Klaus' squadron.
- Everyone Can See It: Her feelings for Minerva are so blatantly obvious that her personnel file explicitly states that everyone knows. Though it isn't said whether that includes Minerva herself, or if she reciprocates.
- Fangirl: She all but worships the ground Minerva walks on and serves her zealously.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: When recruited as a Secret Character, Christel will start out already at Corporal rank. In order to unlock her squad story, though, one would still need to "feed" her the amount of CP she would need (20 in Story mode, 40 in Skirmish, 14 on Hard/EX) to go from Private to Corporal normally.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: During a mock battle with Squad E in the "A Chivalrous Heart" Fragment, she gets so exasperated by Minerva's obsession with beating Claude that she actually drops her usual sycophancy and chews out her commander on letting her rivalry blind her to everything around her.
- Go Out with a Smile: She dedicated her life to serving Minerva and gladly gave it defending her. Hearing Minerva's words of appreciation and her assurance that they'd held out long enough for reinforcements to arrive allowed Christel to die peacefully.
- High-Class Glass: Wears a monocle on her right eye.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Her personnel file confirms she's in love with Minerva and often fantasizes about being together with her. She's overtly feminine, in terms of her style of dress and mannerism.
- Number Two: Second to command Squad F.
- Secret Character: A bizarre example. You unlock her in the post-game by bringing her back from death, using the same mechanic to resurrect other dead characters.
- Undying Loyalty: Christel is hopelessly loyal to Minerva, bordering Cloudcuckoolander levels. Even after Minerva suffered a setback or made an obvious mistake, Christel somehow manages to perceive them as positive traits.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Spends a majority of the "A Chivalrous Heart" fragment reassuring Minerva that Squad F believes in her abilities, when her commander is seriously angsting over her perceived inferiority to Claude. It doesn't stick until the Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! moment above, after which Minerva finally gets over it... temporarily.
Other Squad E members
Voiced by: Hiroshi Okamoto (Japanese), Chris Hackney (English)
One of the Squad's mechanics and tank driver for the Hafen, he knows Claude and company from their military training days (except Riley).
- Camera Fiend: Never misses the chance to take photos of the squad whenever possible, never mind that film rolls are hard to procure on the front line.
- Cowardly Lion: Of the core Squad members, Miles is the most jittery and the one most likely to complain about the craziness of Claude's more daring plans, but he always comes through when it matters.
- Dramatic Irony: Anyone who's played the first game will cringe a bit at his obvious crush on Isara in the DLC, because that character is Doomed by Canon.
- Keet: Tends to be very enthusiastic when building new equipment in the R&D room, although this is more notable in his Japanese voice.
- Sempai Kouhai: He addresses Claude as "sempai" in Japanese, and his personnel file says that Claude was his senior in the military academy.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His surname is either Abegg or Arbeck.
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)Another mechanic and driver of the Cactus. Very serious about his work ethic in maintaining the squad's vehicles.
- Awesome Personnel Carrier: The Cactus can carry a few soldiers onto the battlefield or evacuate them.
- Hikkikomori: Has "Shut-in" potential, and he'd rather spend his time (including sleeping) inside Cactus when possible.
- Married to the Job: He once had a significant other, but eventually they grew apart due to his passion towards armored vehicles. However, Dan still keeps her photo in his vehicle.
- Reluctant Warrior: Despite being a prodigy at operating tanks and being a tank enthusiast, he dislikes killing and opts to drive an armored personnel carrier, Cactus, instead. Though Cactus is equipped with a machine gun turret, gunning down enemy soldiers is not Dan's primary role on the battlefield.
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)
An amnesiac, yet cheerful and kind-hearted civilian girl who is found by Squad E in the Centurion's Forbidden Zone.
- Cheerful Child: She's chipper, kind-hearted, and doesn't hesitate to help others with menial tasks.
- Child Soldier: Officially she's a civilian contractor, but there's not much of a distinction between a contractor and a soldier when one is serving on a warship on the front lines. The Navy claims that her service is entirely legal because she signed enlistment papers, but that glosses over the fact that she wasn't old enough to understand what she was signing, and it's doubtful that the contract mentioned that they planned on having her blow herself up at a time and place of their choosing. Also, Forseti flat out stated that if she hadn't signed the enlistment papers, the government would have just kidnapped her.
- The Cutie: Sweet, kind, and helpful, her presence gives a boon to the soldiers and sailors aboard Centurion. When it's finally revealed that she's the ship's main power source, everyone in Squad E is devastated.
- Cyborg: As said by Brian, she's been modified to power the ship. She's had a plug implanted into her back that allows her to connect with the reactor and utilize her ability to purify ragnite.
- Hidden Depths: As it turns out, she's a Valkyria who is responsible for powering the Centurion from within its Forbidden Zone, with only a very minuscule number of its senior crew members knowing of her real identity.
- In-Series Nickname: She's often referred to as "Angie" by the others.
- Living Battery: She's a Valkyria responsible for powering the Centurion from within its Forbidden Zone. What's worse, is that approximately 100 other adolescent girls are suffering a similar fate.
- Meaningful Name: Her name's Angie, short for Angelica, and she has the candor and demeanor to match. It also sounds an awful lot like "Engine", which will first clue in the player to her identity.
- Parental Abandonment: Mother is dead, father is an unemployed drunk. She agreed to be the Centurion's power source/self destruct mechanism in exchange for financial support for her family.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to say much about Angelica's role in the game without giving away major plot developments.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Her on-screen moments with the main cast are overall short-lived, and spends the remainder of the game powering the Centurion from within its Forbidden Zone after she regains her memories. Come the true ending, however, she's completely fine.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Implied by the final entry of her character profile that states that she hopes that wherever her father and siblings are, they will remain happy. Considering that she is basically a military asset and part of the top-secret mission to blow herself up along with the Empire capital, it is likely the reason.
Voiced by: Yuka Saitou (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English)
- Jumped at the Call: Karen enlisted with the Edinburgh Army when the Federation announced a recruitment drive.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Her profile indicates she's the eldest of a large family.
- The Medic: The squad's lone dedicated medic until boarding the Centurion, when Sergio takes on some of the medical workload.
- Shoot the Medic First: The victim of such in Chapter 13 if she's called out to evacuate a wounded teammate. An enemy sniper has been specifically ordered to target Federation medics and she will get shot in the arm the moment she runs out. Karen is unusable for this mission until the sniper is found and killed.
- Skip the Anesthetic: She'll treat battlefield wounds without any anesthetic if necessary, as noted early on when a Federation soldier asks for some and she irritably tells him there isn't any and he'll just have to "tough it out."
- Textile Work Is Feminine: Her personnel file indicates she enjoys doing needlework in her spare time. Incidentally, this also ties into her medical specialty being suturing wounds.
Known as Rags, the dog becomes the Squad's mascot and team pet over time. He was a former stray dog.
- A Girl and Her X: Invoked by Rags himself towards Angie. Since she is smaller than the rest of everyone else in the Centurion, Rags decided that she needs protection and sticks with her. After the war, he apparently sticks with her (and Kai), who are now living in hiding.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Named for the end of the world, but carries medical supplies and wears a jaunty cap. Squad members get a morale boost if they see him in action.
- Nice Hat: Wears one.
- Saint-Bernard Rescue: While Rags itself is clearly supposed to be a Husky dog, he has a chance to show up alongside Karen when rescuing downed units, and is seen carring a can on Ragnite around his neck, invoking the imagery.
- Sole Survivor: The final entry noted that Ragnarok used to come from a group of sled dogs who were abandoned, with him being the only one that survived.
- Team Pet: He's the medical dog and mascot to Platoon E.