Operators are support personnel who are "partners" so to speak of Ravens and Lynx who pilot Armored Cores. While they do not control the AC itself, their jobs usually consist of remotely monitoring the unit's vital stats (namely, their AP), updating the Raven/Lynx of changes in combat (such as the arrival of reinforcements) or directing them towards designated targets; this allows the AC pilot to focus their attention entirely on combat. Operators are staple of the series and are present in almost every single game.
Operators in the Armored Core SeriesEdit
While not technically an Operator, R was an AI from the Ravens' Nest that managed the Ravens day to day missions.
Lana Nielsen - An operator working for the Raven's Nest. Seemingly sympathetic she seeks out The Raven after he becomes a Raven and serves as his manager, promising to eventually lead the player into a confrontation with Nine Ball. However, as the game goes on her motivations come into question and like many things in the AC universe, she's not exactly what she seems. In the final fight where The Raven fights against Nine-Ball in his final form, she appears to be the first Hustler One that you fight and in the end appears to be, like all other pilots of the Hustler One, part of the master AI.
Nell Aulter - An operator from Nerves Concord, she works with the Raven in AC2. She is 25 years old. She is the first Operator to be shown to develop true compassion and possible romantic feelings for the Raven. Only Fiona Jarnefeldt has the same affection for her Raven.
Unlike in other games, the Operator is never given a name, but is known to be female.
Laine Meyers - The liaison representative from Global Cortex, Laine manages the Ravens affairs, include missions and pay. Although she generally does take the Raven's side, she is at the same time being conflicted by the necessity of the Controller.
Emma Sears - The Raven's operator assigned by Global Cortex.
As ACs are unmanned and used for recreational purposes, Operators are nonexistent.
Sheila Caldwell - a mission operation specialist responsible for providing information and support to her Raven clientele. She used to be a director for Mirage's Information Department, but left after the Attack of the Unmanned Suicide Weapons.
Ed Weisz- a military researcher who gathers and analyzes information relating to various conflicts and battles. He used to make a living performing these duties for the corporations, but now works for the Ravens.
Emil Gustav - In the hard mode of Marche Au Supplice, Emil takes over as operator for the mission. Fiona is distressed as the raven must take on Berlioz's entire squad in a 4 on 1 fight, which is tantamount to suicide, and insistently pulls back to safety. Emil however is confident in his ability. At the end of the mission, he tells the raven " she's waiting for you here", meaning Fiona.
Fiona Jarnefeldt - Now works as the Operator for Line Ark's White Glint.
The Operator is now a playable position in Armored Core V. Beyond just mission briefing, the Operator is also responsible for relaying real time information to AC pilots, marking targets, and setting rally points on the battlefield.
During Story Mode, the player has several operators:
Rosary - The pilot of a F21C Stork Helicopter and former member of the Men of Honor Compose Corps
Fran - the new leader of the Resistance
R.D. - Rosary's assistant who has a knack for detecting danger
Leon - a general in the Resistance.
During Mission 00, Carol, a member of the Corporation, acts as your operator.
Just like in Armored Core V, Operator is a playable position. This position is primarily in charge of relaying real-time info to AC pilots, marking targets or setting rally points on the battlefield. This role is often featured in Multiplayer Sorties, be it Normal or Special Sorties.
Throughout the course of the story, there are 2 operators prominently featured. They are:
Fatman - a long-time veteran of the Verdict War, reported to be at least 62 years old at the time of the game. Fatman's real name is never implied nor mentioned throughout the story, although at several points in the game, many other mercenaries/AC pilots have referenced him or mentioned him directly, indicating that he is well-known among mercs and has a history of partnerships with a handful of them. Nonetheless, he shows great respect for the player due to his ability in surviving difficult situations.
Maggy/Blue Magnolia - a former mercenary, reported to be at least 25 years old at the time of the game. While she's young enough to be considered Fatman's daughter, she is every bit his equal. In contrast with Fatman's laid back and more level-headed nature, Maggy is be hot-headed and anxious, often making brash decisions on the move. Around late in the game, Maggy is provoked by the Reaper Squad to "recover lost pride", which ends up in her abandoning the player and piloting her (presumably) old AC in combat.