I shall gather up my might again...and show you the Power of God.
~ Dark Force

Dark Force (ダークフォース Daku Fosu?) is the main antagonist in Otomedius Excellent.

She is voiced by Kanemoto Hisako.


Dark Force is a Bacterian super weapon created by the Gofer Sisters –presumably after the events of Gradius Galaxies by collecting and using the remnants of that incarnation of Bacterian– as part of their campaign against the G Organization. Her design is intended to crush Earth's defenses and obliterate the organization itself. Even though she is just a weapon, the Sisters treat her with great respect and equality, as they recognize she might turn against the Bacterians if she feels unhappy.

After chanting and talking during Stage 5, Dark Force first appears in the beginning of Stage 6, where she destroys the Gradian fleet and Dr. Venom along with them. Realizing that the Angel Squadron is no match for Dark Force's immense and even godly power, Operetta sends the Angels back in time to destroy Dark Force at her larval stage (this action is a clear parallel to the journey of David Burton in Nemesis 3).

Dark Force pilots the Black Viper in her first battle inside the Bacterian mothership. Her ship is armed with Laser, Ripple, Flying Torpedo, and Vulcan, but has no Options. After she's defeated, she escapes and transforms into the Death Bringer, the true final boss.

When playing Story Mode on Expert, she also appears as the boss of Stage 8, the hidden final stage. Encountering her in Earth's atmosphere, all she does is send out Fans and fire three bullets every few seconds until the player finishes her.



  • This is the first Otomedius game to have a character named after a Gradius boss music theme, in this case "Dark Force".
  • Dark Force is also known as the founder of Bacterian's super weapon in a Gradius era.
  • Dark Force is the first younger antagonist in the Otomedius series.
  • After Dark Force in her Death Bringer form is defeated, she says: "It was human desire that spawned me... As long as you exist, so shall I", which is clearly echoing the final words of Bacterian in Gradius III: "I was born... Out of the greediness of mankind. While men exist, so will I." This implies that Dark Force is a regenerated version of Bacterian and that their words were true.
  • This is the first Otomedius boss character that has her own Riding Viper.
  • At the beginning of Dark Force's introduction, she should be the first Otomedius character to have a full nudity.
  • Dark Force somehow has similarities with Dracula's begin phase until the final form during the boss battles in the Castlevania series, according to Koji Igarashi. Fittingly, if the player plays as Kokoro and enters the castle-like part of Dark Force's lair, she says that her family has a history with places like this. Additionally, when the player reaches Dark Force before the fight in the castle, she is sitting on a throne, similarly to Dracula; the color schemes are also pretty much in the same vein.
  • After Dark Force is defeated in her first phase and escapes, portraits of the final bosses of Gradius, Gradius II, Gradius III and Salamander 1 and 2 can be seen in the background.
  • Either she's the current leader of the Bacterians, or the Gofer Sisters created her as a weapon of mass destruction. No matter which one it is, even when she's in her larval stage, she's very powerful.
Main Characters Aoba AnoaErul TronEmon • 5MadokaDiol TweeTita NiumEsmeraldaPoini CoonArnvalStrarfGesshi HanafuumaKokoro Belmont
Supporting Characters OperettaPrincess IreneKonami LadyEmon • 8Pastel
Antagonists ElizaTiti XIVYoshikoGofer SistersMeta LiumNeko SenchoT.B. RikaRyukotsukiShiori FujisakiRuby and CobaltDark Force
Otomedius / Gorgeous stages San Salvador IslandTokyoCanadian RockiesEaster IslandAlexandriaAntarcticaValhalla
Otomedius Excellent stages The Big WaveMidnight TetranSpelunker of HellThe Ancient BacterianThe Return of Cosmic WarDark Force's Ambition Part 1Dark Force's Ambition Part 2Dark Force's Ambition Part 3Skills to the TestMessage from Emon-5The Reunion
Otomedius / Gorgeous bosses Eliza's Pet SealEyegolBig Core DX-01Scrab CoreCrystal Core D-X02Big CoreAbaddon WarshipMayhem WarshipTetranViva CoreManbowBig Core MK IIRolling CoreCovered Core MK IIDeathZelos Force FortuneOdin Core
Otomedius Excellent bosses Mirrored CoreTri-Pod CoreSerpent-CoreBig Core DXOld Big CoreHeaven's GatePerla MeraldaNeo Big CoreMisfit WarshipDellinger CoreMetal SlaveGunner WallBlack ViperDeath BringerScramble ShipBisumaru ExcellentWinBee
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