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The Fire LEO (Little.Eternal-Operation of Fire) series are the starfighters featured in the Thunder Force series.

They're built by the Galaxy Federation as a defense line against the ORN Empire under the codename "Project Thunder Force".


List of Fire LEO's from the Thunder Force seriesEdit

Fire LEOEdit

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Fire LEO attacking the Shield Bases of the Dyradeizer

This starfighter was built for one purpose: Locate and destroy the Shield generators of the ORN fortress Dyradeizer, the plan succeeded with the destruction of Dyradeizer.

It's pilot was Eidra Farn (エイドラ・ファーン Eidora Faan)

Fire LEO-02 "Exceliza" (A.K.A. "Excelizer")Edit

Main Article: Fire LEO-02 "Exceliza"

Exceliza

Fire LEO-02 "Exceliza"

The Galaxy Federation learns that ORN houses Plealos deep below Nebula's surface when not in use and takes the opportunity to plan an operation to take it down. They send the next iteration of their Fire LEO series of fighter craft, the Fire LEO-02 "Exceliza", to destroy ORN bases on Nepura and eventually find and destroy Plealos. The player controls the Exceliza and travels through a variety of stages to accomplish this goal.
Fire LEO-02 sprite

Sprite of Exceliza

The pilots of this unit are Ryde A. Jupiter (Called "Ryder Jupiter" in the US Genesis package) and Diana Rean.

Fire LEO-03 "Styx"Edit

Main Article: Fire LEO-03 "Styx"

Styx 01

The new defense line of the Galaxy Federation.

The Fire LEO-03 "Styx" was created as a craft small enough to avoid detection by Cerberus, but equipped with the firepower of a large starfighter. It was deployed on a mission to destroy the five cloaking devices installed by the ORN Empire in five different planets, infiltrate the Empire's headquarters, and destroy its emperor, the bio-computer "Khaos".
Styx Sprite

Sprite of Styx

The pilots of the Styx differs on the different versions of the game

  • Thunder Force III: Jean R. Farn and Shely M. Jupiter
  • Thunder Force AC: Jean and Sherry (Thunder Force AC)
  • Thunder Spirits: Gene and Sherry (Thunder Spirits)

Fire LEO-03MP "Styx Mass Product" Edit

This mass production variant of the Styx made a short appearance in Thunder Force IV. During the Volbados pursuit in stage 5, a squadron of Styx is sent to support the Fire LEO-04 "Rynex", two of which help circumnavigate the cruiser while another six assist in the battle against the ORN Faust. However, they're no match for ORN Faust, which destroys all of the Styx squadron, except for three ships which appear later to send the new Thunder Claw and install it on Rynex.

Styx Rev.2 Edit

Main Article: Styx Rev.2

Styx Rev.2

Garow's illustration of the Styx Rev.2

Styx Rev.2 is to be an identical copy of the original Fire LEO-03 "Styx", and the second "Mass Production" version of the Fire LEO-03 it was the second ship in the game to feature an RVR-like blue and white colorscheme with a green cockpit, which like the Fire LEO-05P "Syrinx" will makes us think again on an Earth Side-Galaxy Federation collaboration on its development. It's total crew is unknown, but it was highly probable that the ship was double seated like the original Styx.

Although the ship was cancelled along with the game, the concept of a mass produced variant was re-taken and used on the Fire LEO-04C "Rynex-R" in Thunder Force VI.

Fire LEO-04 "Rynex" / Vasteel OriginalEdit

Main Article: Fire LEO-04 "Rynex"

Rynex 04

It was named "Vastian's Steel" or "Vasteel"...

With an initial defeat, the Galaxy Federation develop this small and powerful craft to fight back the forces of Vios. Right after the accomplishment of the mission, the Vios fortress massive explosion heavily damaged the ship, but didn't destroyed it, leaving it drifting through space until it reached the Oort cloud, where it was discovered by the EASA Space Probe "Sekika 3", the humans know this discovery as the "Vastian's Steel" or "Vasteel", its discovery triggered an evolution in Earth's technology known as "Vasteel Technology", but also unleashed a war against the human race. Rynex was destroyed by the RVR-02 "Vambrace" during a battle against the Sword Fleet.
Rynex with CLAW

Sprite of Rynex

The Rynex pilots were Roy S. Mercury and Carol T. Mars, it is unknown who piloted it when it was rebuilt as Vasteel Original, it could be controlled by the Guardian, but there's no clues about that. When it was revived in Thunder Force VI, the Galaxy Federation researchers created a mass-production variant known as Rynex-R.

It is also the only Fire LEO which used an Extra Weapon Bay, an Earth-made, Guardian created variant of the RVR Brigandine equipment.

Rynex is also considered to be the series' mascot, as it tends to be the most recognizable craft in the series as well as appearing in a majority of the installments, this ship could be the "Flag" model of the Federation forces.

Fire LEO-04C "Rynex-R"Edit

Rynex-R

Rynex Enhanced.

Also known as "Rynex 改" (Rynex Kai), The Rynex-R is the result of Galaxy Federation researchers who managed to take advantage of the original Rynex's design and successfully mass-produced the craft in large quantities. The ship needs specific amount of skill to pilot it. The Thunder Sword add-on is now implemented from the start, though it is inferior to the destructive power employed by the original. However the ship makes up for this by strengthening diversion of each armaments.

Gene S. Mercury is one of the pilots of this fighter.

Fire LEO-05 Prototype "Syrinx"Edit

For the Syrinx seen in the PlayStation 2 game, see: Syrinx (Thunder Force VI PS2)

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Fire LEO-05P "Syrinx" illustration by Garow.

Due to the cancellation of Thunder Force VI on the Sega Dreamcast we can only speculate about this ship. Unlike the traditional red colors of the Fire LEO series, Syrinx featured an RVR like blue color scheme, which will make us think of a possible Earth-Galaxy Federation joint project. This ship can fold its wings for shift from Attack Mode to Speed Mode.

Due to the cancellation of the game, the identity of its pilot is a mystery.

Despite its cancellation, the ship design was retaken from its forgotten origins, redesigned and used on the PS2 game Thunder Force VI, where it saws the light as an RVR-ORN Faust hybrid.

Broken ThunderEdit

The Doujin game Broken Thunder also features the Fire LEO's like the good ol' Thunder Force. Also, BT's Fire LEO's are non-canonical in the Thunder Force story and timeline.

List of Fire LEO's from Broken ThunderEdit

Fire LEO-05VC "Syrex" (Variable Construction)Edit

Fire Leo-05VC Syrex 02

Very Vambrace-esque design.

This is the newest Fire LEO unit developed by the 13 Constellations ARKS Force to do battle against Mephist, and it has the same attack power than the RVR-03G1 "Bracer". Unlike the RVR, it can't fire an Over Weapon since overweapon wasn't installed on Syrex

The pilot of this unit is Wolf Brandish.

Syrex MP (Mass Production)Edit

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If one Syrex is a tough enemy, imagine a horde of this ships.

The 13 Constellations ARKS Force developed the Fire LEO-05VC in a Mass Production variant, not as powerful as the original Syrex but strong enough to do battle against the enemy.

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