- "That's right... It's fine if you tell me... to fight... I'll keep answering with the same answer... MAZIN GO..."
- —Tetsuya Tsurugi
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Tetsuya was an orphan kid was raised for Kenzo Kabuto to pilot the Great Mazinger, a giant robot he was developing to repel the Mykene invasion Kenzo and his father -Dr. Kabuto, creator of Mazinger Z- were frightened of.
Not unlike a certain redhead was created twenty-one years later, Tetsuya seemed proud -and irritatingly so- on surface, but deep down he was a person insecure and frightened of being alone. He had been a lonely kid until Kenzo took him in. He felt Professor Kabuto had given him a home and someone whom call "father", and he would do anything for him. Thus, if his adoptive father asked him piloting a machine war to fight and crush an ancient empire of giant beings, then, by God, he would do so!
Unfortunately, he completely devoted his life to pilot Great Mazinger and take down the Mykene Empire. He trained and honed his skills in because he wanted making his father proud, and he always refused quitting or fleeing because in his mind it would mean letting his father down. However his interpersonal skills were severely limited and not only he might be pretty rude sometimes but also he was oblivious to his partner's obvious advances the most part of time.
When Kouji Kabuto returned, Tetsuya got afraid and jealous, fearing everyone -including Kenzo- would forget about him, and he would lose his father and the only thing gave meaning to his existence: piloting Great Mazinger. So, he got aggressive, hostile and confrontational, and even he refused helping Kouji when he needed him.
He rued of that. His jealous and envy did cost him dearly, and he vowed himself he would never let they overwhelmed him again.
Although similar to Kouji in some aspects –such like being a hotblooded idiot- he was also pretty different. Where Kouji was carefree and enthusiastic, Tetsuya was serious, focused, gloomy and cranky. He was completely focused on his duty whereas Kouji had a life beyond of piloting Mazinger Z. Maybe due to him being older, Tetsuya was slightly more mature than his predecessor. He did not find funny mocking from his friends’ misfortunes and he did not actively try to piss Jun off. However, unlike Kouji, he didn’t outgrow his competitiveness.
Super Robot Wars Alpha seriesEdit
Tetsuya went from a normal and not really important enough character in the first game, into one of the more developed and important character to the plot and backstory of Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden, and became Touma's main mentor (since he gaves him his training schedule to fit his role as Drill Sergeant Nasty) in Alpha 3.
Tetsuya also stars in a story depicting the prequel of Alpha Gaiden, which serves as the moment before Egret Fehu does his job at the Earth Cradle. What does Tetsuya do ? Opening with the classic Thunder Break move to save the crippled base defense line of Gespenst and Valkyrie Squad, then, after making a boast that he doesn't care about anything, his job is to give a trashing to the enemy, he evenhandedly fights a whole Army of Mycenian Dragoon Squad resulting in a cracked and crippled Great. Then Ryuuma Shogun come only to get handled by a Thunder Break and a point blank all or nothing stab with mass produced Photonic Beam Saber with a little help from Venus A.
This feat is so awesome that even the valiant Sänger Zonvolt himself stares at his prowess in such an expression that signifies fear.
|I am Great Mazinger||Most Super Robot Wars games|
|Fire Wars||In the Super Robot Wars games featuring the Mazinkaiser OVA.|
|Tetsuya's Theme||In Super Robot Wars MX, Super Robot Wars D, and Super Robot Wars Alpha 3.|