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The Ace Combat (エースコンバット) series is a combat flight simulation video game series made by Namco. Although much of the games are set in fictional universes, they borrow elements from real-life wars, such as the Persian Gulf War, the Cold War, World War II, and many others.

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies[edit]

Side Story Narrator: I was just a child when the stars fell from the skies. But I remember how they built a cannon to destroy them. And in turn how that cannon brought war upon us. War was an abstract idea, nothing more than a show on TV. As a child, I only saw it as something that happened in some far away land... Until that final day of summer...

[hangar speech before the final mission]
Good morning, troops. I have an important announcement. In one hour, each one of you will take part in the most important mission in our history. A mission that will result in the defeat of the vile enemy who has brought chaos to our continent. Although we are from different nations and of different races, we have fought, suffered and died together. Fighting for what we believe in, fighting for freedom. Today, we shall gather for the final battle to liberate our beautiful continent and restore freedom to our people, our friends and our families. Our victory will herald the beginning of a new era of prosperity for the Usean continent. Victory will be ours! We shall return peace to our people. We will win back our freedom and our future. The skies belong to everyone. Now, let us take back our "shattered skies"!

[During Megalith mission]
AWACS SkyEye: Target destroyed! There he is! We've got Mobius 1 on radar!
Friend G: Bravo 1 here. That plane that flew in, is it all right?
AWACS SkyEye: Yes, he's fine. I've got visual on him right now.
Friend G So did we win the war?
AWACS SkyEye: I don't know. History determines the winner. But there's one thing I can say for certain. Heroes really do exist. We've just seen one, and now he's coming home.

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War[edit]

Albert Genette: Who do you think's covering up the battle?
Jack Bartlett: Listen... The only thing across that ocean is Murska Air Base. That's Yuktobanian territory.
Genette: But haven't we been allies with the Yukes since the war 15 years ago?
Bartlett: Yeah. That's why we got people working their asses off trying to confirm what the hell's going on over there. I bet they've got hotlines ringing off the hook somewhere upstairs. The government doesn't wanna get the public riled up with all this, you know? But, it doesn't matter, soldiers like us are too stupid to think for ourselves, so we just gotta keep our mouths shut when they tell us to. I feel kinda bad for you, actually.
Genette: It's all right. I get to be with you guys.
Peter N. Beagle: Captain's probably hating this more than anybody.
Genette: Hm?
Beagle: He used to have a lady friend over in Yuktobania.
Bartlett: Ahh, that's just an old war wound now.

[during the Port St. Hewlett mission]
AWACS Thunderhead: Thunderhead to Wardog. Edge, you lead the formation.
Kei Nagase: Negative. You take the lead, Blaze. I'll fly on your wing.
AWACS Thunderhead: Second Lieutenant Nagase, follow your orders.
Nagase; No. Blaze is leading. I'll protect his 6 o'clock. And I'm not gonna lose another flight lead.
Marcus Snow: Quit screwing around. This is war! The enemy's all over and they're gonna eat you alive!
Alvin H. Davenport: Aaah... I'd better stick to the trail position, thanks.

[during "A Call For Peace" broadcast]
President Vincent Harling: This is President Harling of the Osean Federation. Attention, all Osean and Yuktobanian officers and soldiers currently on the battlefield. Let us put down our guns and come out of the trenches. The Osean capital of Oured has been freed of the people who took advantage of my absence to usurp control of the country. Once robbed of my freedom and of my ability to do the right thing, I now stand again under the light of the golden sun, and I do so with the honorable Yuktobanian Prime Minister Nikanor by my side. We have resolved our terrible and unfortunate misunderstandings, and the war is now over. [ushers Nikanor to podium]
Prime Minister Seryozha Viktrovich Nikanor: This is Prime Minister Nikanor, head of government for the Union of Yuktobanian Republics. Attention, all officers and soldiers of Osea and Yuktobania currently on the battlefield. [invites Harling to step forward] Please watch as President Harling and I stand shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand. President Harling's words are true. The war is over, but there is one more battle that still needs to be fought.
Harling: We believe that those who have tried to stir hatred between us are now preparing a weapon that could wipe out half of all metropolitan areas in either one of our countries. Our comrades are in flight as I speak, determined to stop this plan dead in its tracks. Which country is under the threat of mass destruction? That, we do not know.
Nikanor: However, that is no longer important. No matter which country is hit, it would be a severe blow to all of us.
Harling: So now I ask you, members of the military. If you see it in your hearts, please utilize the resources available to you and help out our brave pilots. Right now they are now flying east [looks up] to meet the enemy.
Nikanor: To those who still dare to hide behind the power of their hateful weapons. Bring yourself before the light of peace and harmony. [cheers and applause from audience]

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War[edit]

Larry "Pixy" Foulke: Did you know... there are three kinds of aces? Those who seek strength. Those who live for pride. And those who can read the tide of battle. Those are the three. And him... He was a true ace.

Foulke: Every time I flew with him, his skill stood out. He was unstoppable.
(Mercenary Path) It didn't matter where the battlefield was, the man had complete trust in his own powers. He was born for battle, a Demon Lord who struck down all opposition. He paid no heed to the troubles of those who flew with him.
(Soldier Path) He would ascertain the situation in an instant and change the tide of battle. He was born for combat. It was no wonder they called him a Demon Lord. That said, it was hell trying to keep up with him.
(Knight Path) He was cool-headed and proud. A combat professional. "Demon Lord" fit him perfectly. Maybe the man was blessed by the goddess of war.
Foulke: ... Before long, everyone had taken notice of him. More and more would show up to watch him go off on sortie. Mercenaries or maintenance crew, it didn't matter. People wanted to burn his image to their memories. Hell, they weren't the only ones.

Brett Thompson: The Demon Lord of the Round Table. A warrior who soared through the Belkan War, inspiring both fear and admiration. His presence filled the skies for but a few short months before he disappeared. Apart from that, nothing is known about him. I was never able to find out what kind of a person he really was. But whenever they talked about him, they always had a slight smile on their faces. That, perhaps, may be my answer.

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception[edit]

Aurelian Liberation Corps Soldier: Onward, onward! We'll steal Leasath's weapons and use them to take back Griswall!
A.L.C. Soldier: We'll show Leasath just how pissed we really are!

Aurelia Fleet: 1st Fleet to 3rd Fleet. Any sign of the Gleipnir?
Aurelia Fleet: 3rd Fleet. No sign of it yet.
Aurelia Fleet: Understood. Continue your patrol of the area. [reacts at engine noise] What's that sound?
[Gleipnir appears above the fleet]
Aurelia Fleet: Look! It's the Gleipnir!
Aurelia Fleet: Don't just stand there! Attack! Target the Gleipnir!
Aurelia Fleet: Commence cannon fire! Hit it with everything we've got!
Aurelia Fleet: The SWBM can't reach us here, but watch out for conventional ordnance!
Aurelia Fleet: Look, the disk on the bottom has started to glow. What's it go-- [flash of blue/white light - Aurelia 2nd Fleet explodes]
Aurelia Fleet: The ships under the Gleipnir just disintegrated!
Aurelia Fleet: What the hell was that?!
Aurelia Fleet: 2nd Fleet, do you read me! This is the 1st Fleet! Come in! Come in!

Leasath Base Soldier: Fenrir's been destroyed!
Leasath Base Commander: Put out that fire! Protect the control system!
Leasath Base Soldier: It's no good. The fire extinguishing system is out!
Leasath Base Commander: Use whatever you can find! Put the fire out! Leasath's future depends on it!
Leasath Base Soldier: The hallways are engulfed in flames! There's nothing we can do!
Leasath Base Soldier: It's too big! The flames are spreading!
Leasath Base Soldier: Dammit! It's spread all the way in here!
Leasath Base Commander: The future of our country destroyed, all because of one single pilot, Nemesis!

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation[edit]

Lt. Col. Victor Voychek: Calling all Strigon planes. Gracemeria shall be ours for the taking.

AWACS Ghost Eye: Air Defense Command has ordered an evacuation. You've been ordered to give up Gracemeria. Break away from this airspace and head west.
Windhover: Are you out of your mind? We can't comply with that order.
AWACS Ghost Eye: We are militarily at a huge disadvantage here. Comply with the order and head west.
Avalanche: This is Avalanche. We're not going anywhere.
AWACS Ghost Eye: Listen! It's only temporary. The plan is to withdraw, meet up with all remaining forces from each area, then regroup for a counter attack. We can't afford to lose you. Follow the order.
Marcus Lampert: This is Garuda 2 to Garuda 1. We really should get out of here.

LCDR Ilya Pasternak: Garuda, are you getting this? It's not over yet.
Lampert: [UAVs and Pasternak's aircraft appear] Who is this?!
Pasternak: The real war has just begun.
Lampert: Who the hell is this?! What are you talking about?!
Pasternak: Corrupt governments and marred lands are no longer worth fighting to protect. There's only one thing worth protecting now.
AWACS Ghost Eye: Unknown aircraft approaching fast! This may be an attack!
Pasternak: And that's the future.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon[edit]

Col William Bishop: The shark. You're real.
Col Andrei "Akula" Markov: Colonel Bishop.
Cpt José "Guts" Gutierrez: Get off our frequency, asshole.
Markov: Ah, Captain Gutierrez, your eloquence is legendary. A pleasure to speak directly to you, Colonel Bishop. Even if it's only to say, farewell.

AWACS Magic: Magic to all planes. I have an incoming message from the Commander in Chief.
President Hamilton: This is President David Hamilton. As I speak, our nation is under attack by a group renegade Russian pilots. They are determined to kill our innocent civilians with a powerful air-launched weapon. I have personally directed the Air Force and other military branches to intercept these criminals. They have orders to shoot them all down before they harm our country. This is a dark and difficult day. But at the end, we will persevere. To the brave men and women defending us. Godspeed.

Bishop: Markov.
Magic: Warwolf, single bandit low, along the river.
Bishop:: It's him. Akula.
Magic: Warwolf, Colonel, there are no SAM defenses between you and the Capitol.
Bishop: Understood. Moving to intercept.

Ace Combat Infinity[edit]

[after Slash ejects]
Edge This is Edge. I have one pilot bailing out. Parachute deployed. Requesting immediate evac... [sees a UAV kill Slash] Oh no!
Unknown Ha ha!
Viper: What is it?!
Omega: [stunned] ...I saw it happen.
Viper: What?! What did you see?!
Omega: Slash...in midair... ...They're shooting at bailed-out pilots?!
Viper: Tch! Omega, keep it together!
Edge: You call yourself a pilot? I swear I'll kill them all!
Viper: You too, lady!

AWACS Sky-Eye: Begin your attack on the cruiser now!
Viper: Viper, ready to hunt that whale!
Omega: Roger that, Captain Ahab.
Viper: Hey, didn't he go down with Moby Dick in the end?
Omega: Wow, you actually read it?

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown[edit]

[Avril Mead remembers something her grandfather said]
Mead's grandfather Y'know, Avie... I wish you could see what it's like up there. Cruising above the clouds. The dark blue of the stratosphere. Nothing beats being at the controls and seeing it from the cockpit. Look here...
Mead: [recalling] Gramps tossed a magazine over to me with an article. "Unmanned fighters are no longer a dream," it read. "Pilots taking to the skies will soon be a distant memory."
Mead's grandfather: [narrating] I don't see anything good comin' from that.

AWACS Sky Keeper: The skies are clear. Nice work, everyone. Mission complete. RTB.
Golem 1 Knocker: No casualties. We couldn't have done any better. Returning to base.
Golem 2 Brownie: I don't know. Maybe the bandits we took down caused civilian casualties.
Mage 1 Clown: No point arguin'. That's how war is these days.
Golem 1 Knocker: You shoot, someone gets killed. The guys in charge take care of the rest.

Mihaly A. Shilage: This weapon is not enough to take down Three Strikes. This aircraft is my body. If they are not enough, then I must put my soul into it. [focuses to Trigger] There are pilots like you in every generation. And I felled every last one of them.

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