Aside from the VF-1 Valkyrie, the names of mecha seems … basic? Uninspiring? Descriptive, to be sure.
Since the VF-1 uses a Norse mythology name I think I will attempt to do the same with the other mecha and ships. I’m not sure if I’ll stick with Norse only or if I’ll expand into the Greek/Roman pantheon.
If we expand the concept of using mythology to name people, places, and things, once could consider the Zentraedi either Jotnar (Frost Giants from Norse) or Titans (giant primordials from Greek mythology). Keeping with the Norse theme, let’s examine the other mecha in the UNS arsenal.
Monster – Land based battleship / artillery
Phalanx – Missile platform
Tomahawk – Walking MBT (Main Battle Tank)
Defender – AA Platform
Spartan – General Purpose Platform
The name Odin is powerful – the question is whether it should be reserved for, say, the SDF-1 or a mecha.
Thor is also a powerful name, second only to Odin in the pantheon. I could see Thor being applied to either the Monster, Phalanx, or Tomahawk.
Heimdall, the gate keeper. This could perhaps be applied to the Phalanx, Defender, or Tomahawk.
Beowulf, while not technically part of the overall Norse mythos, is another name that may be applied. Loki, obviously, is another. Grendel, if we’re using Beowulf for references.
Hmm. Well, that’s five names and five mecha. Let’s get started:
Grendel Class – Monster II
Odin Class – Phalanx
Thor Class – Tomahawk
Heimdall Class – Spartan
Beowulf Class – Defender
Eh, perhaps I’m stretching here and should leave well enough alone. I dunno.