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Bioroid Commander

Also known as: Red Bioroid, Big Red, Zor's Bioroid

Customized Bioroid Commander

Mecha Class: Mentally-controlled Battloid mecha
Crew: 1 pilot
Weight: 12 tons

Depth: 2.05m
Height: 6.65m
Breadth: 2.8m
Max walking speed: 100 kph

1 x gun pod, usually using the "Disk" gun, a 26mm pulsed ion beam cannon

The “Red Bioroid” in combat against a Veritech hovertank

The "Red Bioroid" was a rare sight in the armies of the Robotech Masters. Superior in speed and armor to the other Type 1 and 2 Bioroids (Blue and Green, respectively), this mecha was usually reserved for senior commanders, for their supervisory capacity over other Bioroids in the field. The most noteworthy pilot of this mecha was Zor Prime, a clone of the original Robotech Master, who was allowed to be captured by Earth forces, and whose actions directly led to the end of the Second Robotech War.

The Bioroid is unarmed and incapable of flight, and makes up for these deficiencies with one of two types of gun pod and the Bioroid Hoversled. The Red Bioroid is usually equipped with the "Disk" gun pod, so named because it is shaped like an upright disk.

The Bioroid is controlled by a mechanism unique to all Robotech mecha. While Battloids and Battlepods use input from control sticks and pedals to translate pilot's intent to the mecha, and whereas Power Armors amplify limb movements to the mecha's own limbs, the Bioroid is completely mentally controlled. A series of biological "diodes" implanted into the pilot reroute brain signals from the pilot's motor nervous system to the Bioroid's, making the Bioroid an extention of the pilot's own body. Because of this, and because of the unique servo system, the Bioroid is extremely difficult to disable without killing or incapacitating the pilot. A side effect of the control system is that when the pilot is improperly removed from the mecha, his/her nervous system is damaged, and may become completely unresponsive.

It is also probable that controllers aboard Robotech Master Assault Corvettes were capable of controlling their Bioroid pilots directly, as evidenced by the fact that hits to the control center on the Corvettes often caused the Bioroids and Corvette to make a quick retreat.