The Shadow-Mirror are a special unit of the Earth Federation forces. The kanji for their official name translates into "Special Task Maneuver Squad." They are an elite group similar to the Titans in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. They exist in a parallel dimension, wherein several events happened differently in their continuum compared to the one they are invading. They serve as the primary antagonists in Super Robot Wars Advance, and also appear in Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2.
In Advance, for example, Vindel Mauser refers to Amuro Ray as a master sergeant, when in the game he is a lieutenant. The Vanishing Trooper Incident, wherein SRX Team pilot, Raidiese F. Branstein lost his hand, also happened in the Shadow-Mirror "homeworld," scaring the Personal Trooper developers there from designing anything resembling a Huckebein.
In both games that they have appeared in, the goal of the Shadow-Mirror is to plunge the world in eternal war. Vindel, their leader, believes that war brings about change and the best in humanity, so there is no reason to desire for peace. He defines peace as the stagnation in between one war and the next, causing man to become corrupt and weak, and is thus undesirable.
The Shadow-Mirror modus operandi is chilling in its simplicity: scout out any war-ready organizations in the dimension they wish to invade next, infiltrate the organization with sleeper agents, strike an alliance with said group, and steal their technology. If stealing their technology proves impractical or impossible, the Shadow-Mirror will attempt to use them as pawns to achieve their own goals. Ultimately, when they have gotten all they could from their victims, they turn against their former "allies."
The Shadow-Mirror are masters at copying technology, often building exact replicas of the units from blueprints, and at other times are able to craft original creations based on combat data gathered from their opponents. In the final level of Advance, Londo Bell is met with an army composed of mecha from the various enemy factions that the Shadow-Mirror have allied with and/or stolen designs from (nearly all enemy series in the game are represented in the last stage). In Original Generation 2, combat data on the Alt Eisen, Weiss Ritter, Wild Wurger, and Wild Falken were used to create the Rapiecage, an Assault Dragoon with weapon systems and capabilities common to all of them.
Technology And UnitsEdit
In Advance, in the dimension the Shadow-Mirror are invading, the Federation's mech of choice was the Metal Armor Dragoon, which was outperformed by, but less expensive than the Gespenst MK II. This was the opposite of the situation in the Shadow-Mirror's original dimension. In the dimension the game takes place in, the original Metal Armors D-1 through D-3 were saved from destruction by Ken Wakaba and his friends, whereas in the Shadow-Mirror dimension, they were destroyed; the data gained through the D-Team's piloting of D-1 through D-3 in the main dimension allowed for a vastly superior Dragoon to be built than in the Shadow-Mirror dimension, making them more cost-effectiveness than the Gespensts. They were still, however, highly inferior to the Shadow-Mirror's Gespensts, but the Shadow-Mirror universe seemingly had Gespensts in mass production for quite some time, considering the number the Shadow-Mirror had access to and also the existence of the Gespenst MK III, while the main dimension's Dragoons only began producing midway through the Shadow-Mirror's invasion.
In Original Generation 2, the mass-production Gespenst MK II M of Earth is an obsolete unit currently being replaced with mass-produced Huckebein MK II Ms. The Shadow-Mirror's mass-produced versions of these Gespensts, however, come equipped with Tesla Drives, a powerful, cheap propulsion system that grants increased speed and flight, and are generally superior in all areas.
It would seem the Shadow-Mirror has access to more efficient production, allowing them to mass-produce expensive, high-performance units. Thus far, the Shadow-Mirror has been seen to field the following units:
- Gespenst MK-II M
Notable Shadow-Mirror CharactersEdit
Note: This refers to the Original Generation universe only
- Vindel Mauser (Killed in action)
- Lemon Browning (Killed in action)
- Axel Almer (Thought to be killed in action, but in truth missing. Resurfaced to help the Earth Federation Army before wandering)
- Haken Browning (Missing)
- Pete Pain (Missing)
- Gymnos Basileus (Missing)
- Cardia Basirissa (Missing)
- Aschen Brodel (Missing)
- W-10 (Missing)
- Wodan Ymir (Killed in action)
- Echidna Iisaki (Killed in action)
- Lamia Loveless (Officially defected to the Earth Federation Army)
- Gilliam Yeager (Officially defected to the Earth Federation Army)
- Archibald Grims (Killed in action)
- Agilla Setme (Killed in action)
- Cuervo Sero (Killed in action)
- Egret Feff (Killed in action)
- Ouka Nagisa (Killed in action)
Rank And FileEdit
The Shadow Mirror army is comprised of two kinds of soldiers: human grunt pilots, skilled and battle-hardened after fighting in countless wars, and the W-Series bioroids. These bioroids boast piloting skills that normal humans would not be able to accomplish. Upon defeat, bioroids will activate their unit's Code ATA (Ash-To-Ash) sequence and destroy it, to make sure that the enemy does not capture Shadow-Mirror technology, and that includes themselves.
As the Shadow-Mirror exists in different dimensions, the situation in their world are vastly different than the world they're invading. The conditions of the Shadow-Mirror world in Advance and Original Generation 2 differs, due to the cast of characters.
Differences In Super Robot Wars AdvanceEdit
- Earth was originally dominated by aliens, but the Earth Federation managed to join forces with the Principality Of Zeon and drive them back (somewhat similar to the plot of Super Robot Wars 64).
- Kouji Kabuto became a technician capable of building his own machine. After defeating Dr. Hell, he didn't return during the timeline of Great Mazinger.
- Amuro Ray was killed at the Battle Of A-Baoa-Qu; his rank was cemented forever as Master Sergeant (similar to the events of the Mobile Suit Gundam novelization).
- Char Aznable didn't vanish after Operation Stardust, but became the young commander that led the Earth Federation-Zeon alliance during the war against the aliens.
- Ken Wakaba, Tapp Oceano and Light Newman were never the pilots of the Dragonar units ; they were civilians. Furthermore, the prototype D-Units didn't produce good results during testing; thus, the project was scrapped.
Differences In Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2Edit
- Excellen Browning was killed the shuttle crash during her cadet training. Her parents remade her into Lemon Browning.
- Kyosuke Nanbu's Alt Eisen is called the Gespenst MK III, which is very similar to the former, only painted in blue. He also goes under the codename Beowulf (though his callsign remains "Assault-1" as in the OG universe), and unlike his Original Generation universe counterpart, Beowulf is said to possess a form of strength and skill that makes him demonic in nature. In Original Generations, it is heavily implied that his appearance and nature are a result of Einst influence.
- The Elpis Incident killed the entire Branstein family, save its youngest son.
- The Aerogaters never came to Earth; the Inspectors arrived, first.
- Meteor-3 never crashed on Earth, but was sent by someone, thus effectively bringing the Tronium material to create the SRX.
- Sanger Zonvolt was killed in combat, and Lemon Browning used his information to create Wodan Ymir, the 15th unit of the W-Numbers.
- The Vanishing Trooper Incident provoked a heavy fear into Earth Federation mech designers by not creating any machine that resembles the Huckebein. In addition, the accident took the life of the remaining Branstein member, who survived the Elpis Incident.
There are noticeable similarities between the machines the Shadow-Mirror use and the Banpresto original machines in Super Robot Wars 64. Fan speculation has it the Shadow-Mirror actually originated from that universe, considering the close resemblance to the machines the Banpresto original heroes use.