Ibis Douglas (アイビス・ダグラス) is a fictional character in the Super Robot Wars series. In the Alpha Timeline, she canonically pilots the Hyperion, along with Tsugumi Takakura and Sleigh Presty, and currently pilots the Astelion AX, alongside Tsugumi, in the Original Generation universe.
Ibis Douglas is somewhat introverted, often preferring the company of her long-time friend, Tsugumi Takakura, but makes a habit of speaking her mind. She has a tendency to drive people away from her, especially if they begin to inquire about her and her past. Ibis suffers from low self-confidence and an inferiority complex. As such, one could very well say that Ibis is her own worst enemy. However, this also means that Ibis' personal triumphs become more significant. Compared to the already legendary Sanger Zonvolt, the consistent Kusuha Mizuha, and the straight-forward Arado Balanga, Ibis undergoes the most dramatic emotional and psychological development over the course of the events of Super Robot Wars Alpha 2. Beneath her brooding exterior, Ibis is a kind person with a soft spot for children and a sweet tooth for cheesecake. She has learned to put a great deal of trust in those who join her in battle, and to support them in any way she can. Striving towards her dream, Ibis fights for a peaceful world where others are free to follow their own dreams. In combat, she often utters the phrase "Yatte miseru!" (やってみせる！), meaning "I'll show you I can do it!"
In relation to other mecha anime characters, Ibis can be considered analogous to Amuro Ray of Mobile Suit Gundam fame. The color of her machines are predominantly white, similar to the RX-78-2 Gundam, the machine that Amuro first uses. Her Calion unit and the Astelion also have a color scheme that closely resembles the Nu Gundam. Ibis' character has many similarities to that of Noriko Takaya from Gunbuster. Compared to other Banpresto Original characters, Ibis is notable for being one of the few females whose battle cut-in animation lacks a "bounce," standing in stark contrast to the other Alpha 2 heroines Kusuha and Seolla. Comical fan works often depict Ibis as being insecure about her chest size because of this. On the other hand, this more serious treatment of her character contributed to her popularity among fans, as seen when she was voted champion of the 2006 RPG Saimoe Tournament.
Ibis Douglas was born in America, growing up in Chelsea, Manhattan. Ever since she was a little girl, she had a dream of traveling to the stars. Luckily, her dreams came true when she was selected to be one of the test pilots for Project Terrestrial Dream (Project TD), a small wing of the Divine Crusaders run by Filio Presty. Filio selected her because he could see her great potential as a pilot. However, Project TD also involved the military application of the high-performance machines it was developing, making Ibis undergo combat training for the DC's standard-issue Armored Modules. She did not take this very well, and it was here that she earned her nickname, the "Shooting Star", in reference to the numerous times she was shot down. Later, she would combine this name with the tone of her units' custom coloration to create her formal alias, Silver Shooting Star. During training, she was often reprimanded by the group's resident ace, Sleigh Presty, but this was balanced by Filio and Tsugumi's support. Despite knowing that Tsugumi and Filio were a couple, Ibis developed something of an infatuation for her superior and mentor.
In the Alpha universe, with the chaos caused by the Aerogater invasion of Earth, Project TD needed time to regroup. Once development continued, the project's two main prototypes, the Altairion and Vegalion, were created. Ibis was selected as the pilot of the former; Sleigh, the latter. Tsugumi would act as Ibis' co-pilot and navigator, who would monitor the mech's systems and load the data required for the timing of the Altairion's attack patterns. For the final phase of testing, the Project moved to a facility on the Moon. During a test of performing the Altairion's most complex attack pattern, Maneuver GRaMXs, Ibis lost control of the machine. The out-of-control mech crashed into where Filio was observing, killing him and leaving Ibis and Tsugumi devastated. Sleigh disappeared with the Vegalion, and with its leader dead, Project TD ceased all activity. The shock of this event caused Ibis to repress her memories of it, with vivid nightmares keeping the truth just beyond her reach. Despite the loss of her lover, Tsugumi remained with Ibis to help her recover. Bringing the Altairion with them, the pair set up shop as a space transport service out of Von Braun City.
As various factions in space began to grow hostile, the pair's situation became tense and it became more difficult to move around. One day, while their shuttle was on route to deliver cargo to a customer that only provided their innitials, B.R., they were attacked by Cosmo Babylonia forces, forcing them to launch the Altairion in self-defense. As luck would have it, B.R. was none other than Bera Ronah, who arrived on-scene with the recently-formed Crossbone Vanguard. Ibis and Tsugumi assisted them in capturing the flagship Babylonia Vanguard, which would soon be renamed "Mother Vanguard." Choosing to stay with the space pirates, they eventually linked up with the Londo Bell Task Force from the Balmar War, forming the Alpha Numbers. During one particular mission, they rescue a mysterious young girl named Irui, becoming her impromptu foster family. Ibis and Irui become close, and Irui gives Ibis her pendant after seeing how Mikoto Utsugi gave a pendant to Guy Shishioh, Guy having been an aspiring astronaut as well.
Despite knowing that she was fighting for an honorable cause, Ibis' internal doubt and grief caused her many problems, which are brought to the forefront when Sleigh suddenly reappears, seeking to capture the Altairion for her own use and enact revenge on Ibis for the death of Filio. Ibis would fend off Sleigh multiple times, forcing her to confront her own demons and bringing out the best of her combat ability, unlocking and perfecting Maneuver GRaMXs. In a final duel, Ibis makes a wager with Sleigh: if she loses, she will give up the Altairion; if she wins, Sleigh will have to hear her out. Ibis wins, and the two rivals combine their machines into the Hyperion to combat interrupting Neo Zeon forces. With Filio's true legacy finally realized, Ibis uses her full skill to assist the Alpha Numbers' cause, and attempts to rescue Irui after she is used to activate the Nashim Ganeden. In the chaos of the machine god's destruction, Ibis is unable to find Irui and believes her to be dead. Although deeply saddened, she resolves to not let this event set her back like Filio's death, but rather to begin her journey with Tsugumi and Sleigh. She and the other Project TD members return to the Earth Sphere after war breaks out once again, rejoining the Alpha Numbers and forming a bond with newcomer Selena Recital. The renewed invasion of Balmarian forces and increasing influence of Keisar Ephes propmts Irui to reveal herself, and Ibis is relieved to find that she is alive and well.
During the events of the Original Generation Gaiden, Ibis and Tsugumi are testing an upgrade of the Astelion, called the Astelion AX, when they engaged members of the Aggressors, who were under the control of the ODE System. Alongside Brooklyn Luckfield and Kusuha Mizuha in their G-Bison and G-Raptor units, they are able to fend off the enemy long enough for Brooklyn and Kusuha to combine their machines into the Grungust Type-3. Although Ibis and company manage to break the ODE System's control over their comrades, they are captured again after the battle and made to pilot von Jurgen's Bartool mechs. While Bullet and Kusuha give chase, Ibis and Tsugumi meet up with Lune Zoldark and aid her in defending Tesla Leicht from Neo Divine Crusader units commanded by the mercenary Guarlion pilot Murata. After the timely arrival of Murata's former teacher, Rishu Togo piloting the Grungust Type-0, they are able to drive off the Neo DC. However, they are immediately attacked afterwards by a squadron of Mironga, the prototype of the Bartool. As things are looking bleak, they are saved by Masaki Andoh in his Cybuster. Following a second encounter with the Neo DC and Mironga troop, Ibis joins up with the Hagane once again in order to stop the ODE system from assimilating all of mankind.
After the end of all struggles cumulating from the event, Ibis would receive the Altairion, signifying that her Alpha storyline may take place in the near future.