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{{Character
|name = Dominic Zubov
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| image = [[File:Dominic Zubov Profile.png]]
|image = [[File:DominicZubov-SchwarzeLeader.jpg|300px]]
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| rank = Major {{Ref|ACESWEB-Zubov|[http://acecombat.jp/ace-zero/ ACE COMBAT ZERO] -> World News -> World News 18 -> Page 01.}}
|gender = Male
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| aka = Escapee Killer<br>Vulture<br>The Bringer of Death
|hair = Bronde
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| birth = 1957 {{Ref|ACZ-AR069|[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War/Aces#069|''Ace Combat Zero'' Assault Records]], #069 - Dominic Zubov.}}{{Ref|ACZ-PerfectGuide-181|''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book]]'', page 181.}}
|skin = Caucasian
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| nationality = [[Yuktobania]]n {{Refcall|ACZ-AR069}}
|aka = Escapee Killer<br>Vulture
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| equipment = [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]
|birth = 1957
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| affiliations = <s>[[Yuktobanian Air Force]]<br>[[Romny]] (air force)<br>[[Valka]] (air force)</s><br>[[Belkan Air Force]]<br>[[Schwarze Team]]
|nationality = [[Union of Yuktobanian Republics]]
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| gender = Male
|equipment = [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]
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| hair = Blonde
|affiliations = [[Yuktobanian Air Force]] (Formerly)<br>[[Belkan Air Force]]
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| skin = Caucasian
|voiceactor = [[D.C. Douglas]] (English)<br>Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese)|appearances = [[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]}}
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| appearances = ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''
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'''Dominic Zubov''' is a former [[Yuktobania]]n mercenary who served in the [[Belkan Air Force]]. The flight leader of the [[Schwarze Squadron]], he was feared among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", gaining a reputation with his wingmen for killing their allies without hesitation.
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| voiceactor-jp = [[Ryuzaburo Otomo]]
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{{Quote|The real heroes always manage to die first.|Dominic Zubov{{Ref|AAW-2019|''[[Aces At War: A History 2019]]'', page 020.}}}}
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Major '''Dominic Zubov''' (ドミニク・ズボフ){{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}} was a [[Belkan Air Force]] pilot who had formerly served as a [[mercenary]] in various [[Verusa (continent)|Verusan]] countries. As the flight leader of the [[Schwarze Team]], he was feared among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", gaining a reputation with his wingmen for killing their allies without hesitation.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Early life===
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===Mercenary career===
Zubov began his career as a mercenary at conflicts in various areas of Yuktobania, his homeland. During this time, he served with the 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which sustained heavy damage in the suppresion of the Heum administration's coup d'etat in [[Romny]] and the [[Tyumen Dispute]] in 1986.<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
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Zubov was born in Yuktobania in 1957.{{Refcall|ACZ-AR069}}{{Refcall|ACZ-PerfectGuide-181}} He became a [[mercenary]] pilot by the 1980s, and the [[Yuktobanian Air Force]] hired him in 1985.{{Ref|AAW-134|''[[Aces At War: A History]]'', page 134.}}
   
He saw combat in the [[Battle of Zhytomyr|Battle of Dimitr]] (Tyumen's most brutal battle), where his unit destroyed the entire air force of the [[Republic of Kaluga]] at the cost of 80% of their aircraft. The disaster at Dimitr drove all survivors insane except for Dominic, who later left the [[Yuktobanian Air Force]] to work as a soldier for hire with Romny and the Kingdom of Valga. In 1990, he became a lone wolf once more and crossed the Ceres Ocean to Osea, where the [[Belkan Federation]] hired him for a great salary.<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
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In 1986, Zubov joined the Yuktobanian Air Force's 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron in the [[Tyumen Dispute]] with the [[Kaluga|Republic of Kaluga]] on Yuktobania's southern border. The most notable battle in this dispute was the [[Battle of Zhytomyr]], in which Zubov's unit lost over 80% of its forces. However, the Republic of Kaluga Air Force also suffered heavy losses in the battle. Many surviving members of the 112th Squadron were discharged from the Yuktobanian Air Force due to symptoms of {{Wp|posttraumatic stress disorder}}; Zubov was among those discharged, despite maintaining his mental health.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
   
===Service in Osea===
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In 1987, Zubov joined the [[Romny|Republic of Romny]]'s air force. That same year, the Huem administration within Romny launched a [[coup d'etat]]. Zubov, who was part of the loyalist government's air force, helped to quell the rebellion. By 1989, Zubov had left Romny and worked for the [[Valka|Kingdom of Valka]]'s Royal Air Force.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
Dominic joined the [[Belkan Air Force]] during its restructutration, and proved to be a major asset in its remodeling. He joined the Schwarze Squadron, which was their resident "foreign legion", later finding himself and his teammates carrying out "surveillance" operations behind the frontlines, killing any defecting personnel with authorization from Belkan High Command.<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
 
   
The classified nature of these missions made Zubov's curriculum a secret, preventing him from being wholly recognized as an ace. Flying a black and crimson [[MiG-31 Foxhound]] to exploit its acceleration, his actions as a "hitman" for the BAF led to other pilots disdainfully nicknaming him "the Vulture".<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
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===Service in Belka===
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{{Quote|Back then, I was a shadow assassin. An "escapee killer." Given the order, I'd even shoot down my own comrades.|Zubov on his Belkan Air Force service{{Ref|ACZ-Cut07M|"The Bringer of Death / 1", ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''.}}}}
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By 1989, top officials in the Belkan Air Force had taken notice of Zubov. In 1990, they offered him a large sum of money to join the air force, and Zubov accepted their offer. At the time, the Belkan Air Force was trying to maintain troop morale, and decided to punish deserters by shooting them down. The [[Schwarze Team]], comprised of mercenaries, was created for this task, and Zubov was chosen to lead it.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
   
===The Belkan War and later life===
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The classified nature of Zubov's missions made his service history a secret, preventing him from being wholly recognized as an ace. Flying a black and crimson [[MiG-31 Foxhound]] to exploit its acceleration, his actions as a "hitman" for the BAF led to other pilots disdainfully nicknaming him the "Vulture".{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
{{Template:Quote|It was a typical assignment. But... Something unexpected happened. My target was no new recruit, but a top ace of the Belkan Air Force. And he just had to go and run straight into the chaos at the Round Table. The man was sharp just like the rumours.|Zubov, on the incident at the Round Table.|Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War}}
 
   
When the [[Belkan War]] broke out in 1995, Dominic saw action in the opening stages of the war, the details of which remain unknown.
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In late May 1995, in the midst of the [[Belkan War]], Schwarze Team was ordered to kill Belkan Air Force veteran [[Wolfgang Buchner]], who refused to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city.{{Ref|AC5-Cut20|Cutscene 20, ''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]''.}} Buchner flew through [[Area B7R, Belka|Area B7R]] on May 28 during a [[Operation Battle-Axe|massive air battle]] between Belka and the [[Allied Forces]]; he flew past [[Cipher]] and [[Larry Foulke]] of [[Galm Team]] and Schwarze Team subsequently lost track of him. Zubov blamed Galm Team for making him lose his target, and ordered his squadron to shoot them down. The ensuing battle ended with Galm shooting down all Schwarze members, of which Zubov was one of the only two confirmed survivors.{{Ref|ACZ-M10M|[[Mayhem]] ([[Ace Style|Mercenary]]), ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''.}}
   
In May 28, the Schwarze team was ordered to kill BAF veteran [[Wolfgang Buchner]], who refused to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city. Chased by the "Escapee Killer", he escaped to southern Belka and flew to the border at [[Area B7R, Belka|Area B7R]], just as a [[Operation Battle-Axe|massive air battle]] between Allied and Belkan aircraft was taking place. Buchner dove into the chaos in an attempt to lose his pursuers, flying past [[Cipher]] and [[Larry Foulke]] of the [[66th Air Force Unit]] in the process.<ref name="Games">''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''</ref>
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===Post-service===
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After the incident at B7R, Zubov fled Belka to avoid prosecution as a war criminal.{{Refcall|ACZ-Cut07M}} He is suspected to be part of an [[Osea]]n smuggling ring.{{Refcall|ACZ-PerfectGuide-181}}
   
Dominic angrily blamed the Galm Team for making him lose Wolfgang, and ordered Schwarze to kill them. The ensuing battle ended with the destruction of the entire Schwarze Squadron, of which Dominic was one of the only known survivors. After the incident at B7R, he fled Belka to avoid prosecution as a war criminal, his whereabouts a mystery. Ten years later, he was found by [[Brett Thompson]] of the [[Osean Broadcasting Corporation]] for his documentary, "[[Warriors and the Belkan War]]", where he was interviewed somewhere in [[Oured]], [[Osean Federation|Osea]].<ref name="Games">''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''</ref>
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In 2005, [[Brett Thompson]] tracked down and interviewed Zubov for his [[Osean Broadcasting Corporation]] documentary, ''[[Warriors and the Belkan War]]''. The interview took place somewhere in [[Oured]].{{Refcall|ACZ-Cut07M}}
==Interview script==
 
''Sorry about the accommodations. It goes with the business. I'm not active during the day. Back then, I was a shadow assassin. An "escapee killer." Given the order, I'd even shoot down my own comrades. I received an order to take down deserting craft on that day. It was a typical assignment. But… something unexpected happened. My target was no new recruit, but a top ace of the Belkan Air Force.''
 
 
''And he just had to go and run straight into the chaos at the Round Table. The man was sharp just like the rumors. But that wasn't the problem. The problem was that the mercenary team of Solo Wing and him were there. Thanks to them, I lost my target. I figured the least I could do was take them down in return. Of course, that was where my luck ran out.''
 
 
==Trivia==
 
*Dominic was portrayed by [[D.C. Douglas]] in English and Ryuzaburo Otomo in Japanese.
 
*Both D.C. Douglas and Ryuzaburo Otomo also portrayed AWACS [[AWACS Ghost Eye|Ghost Eye]] in Ace Combat 6.
 
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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<gallery>
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Oured ACZ.jpg|[[Oured]] as seen from the window of Dominic Zubov hideout during the interview who took place in 2005.
2yoph1s.jpg|[[Oured]] as seen from the window of Dominic Zubov hideout during the interview who took place in 2005.
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DominicZubov-SchwarzeLeader.jpg|Dominic Zubov as a fugitive in Oured, Osea during his interview in 2005
DominicZubov-SchwarzeLeader.jpg|Dominic Zubov as a fugitive in [[Oured]], [[Osea]], during his interview in 2005.
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Dominic's MiG-31.jpg|Dominic Zubov [[MiG-31 Foxhound|MiG-31]] special paint.
Dominic's MiG-31.jpg|Dominic Zubov [[MiG-31]] special paint.
 
 
Dominic Zubov.png|Intro of Dominic Zubov interview in 2005.
 
Dominic Zubov.png|Intro of Dominic Zubov interview in 2005.
Schwarze 1's Room Wallpaper.jpg|Dominic Zubov interview location in [[Oured]], [[Osean Federation]], in 2005.
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Schwarze 1's Room Wallpaper.jpg|Dominic Zubov interview location in Oured, Osea in 2005
 
Schwarze-1.jpg
 
Schwarze-1.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
==References==
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==Trivia==
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*The official ''Ace Combat Zero'' website stated that "Dominic Zubov" may not even be his real name.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
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Revision as of 19:52, November 25, 2019

"The real heroes always manage to die first."
― Dominic Zubov[4]

Major Dominic Zubov (ドミニク・ズボフ)[1] was a Belkan Air Force pilot who had formerly served as a mercenary in various Verusan countries. As the flight leader of the Schwarze Team, he was feared among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", gaining a reputation with his wingmen for killing their allies without hesitation.

Biography

Mercenary career

Zubov was born in Yuktobania in 1957.[2][3] He became a mercenary pilot by the 1980s, and the Yuktobanian Air Force hired him in 1985.[5]

In 1986, Zubov joined the Yuktobanian Air Force's 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron in the Tyumen Dispute with the Republic of Kaluga on Yuktobania's southern border. The most notable battle in this dispute was the Battle of Zhytomyr, in which Zubov's unit lost over 80% of its forces. However, the Republic of Kaluga Air Force also suffered heavy losses in the battle. Many surviving members of the 112th Squadron were discharged from the Yuktobanian Air Force due to symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder; Zubov was among those discharged, despite maintaining his mental health.[1]

In 1987, Zubov joined the Republic of Romny's air force. That same year, the Huem administration within Romny launched a coup d'etat. Zubov, who was part of the loyalist government's air force, helped to quell the rebellion. By 1989, Zubov had left Romny and worked for the Kingdom of Valka's Royal Air Force.[1]

Service in Belka

"Back then, I was a shadow assassin. An "escapee killer." Given the order, I'd even shoot down my own comrades."
― Zubov on his Belkan Air Force service[6]

By 1989, top officials in the Belkan Air Force had taken notice of Zubov. In 1990, they offered him a large sum of money to join the air force, and Zubov accepted their offer. At the time, the Belkan Air Force was trying to maintain troop morale, and decided to punish deserters by shooting them down. The Schwarze Team, comprised of mercenaries, was created for this task, and Zubov was chosen to lead it.[1]

The classified nature of Zubov's missions made his service history a secret, preventing him from being wholly recognized as an ace. Flying a black and crimson MiG-31 Foxhound to exploit its acceleration, his actions as a "hitman" for the BAF led to other pilots disdainfully nicknaming him the "Vulture".[1]

In late May 1995, in the midst of the Belkan War, Schwarze Team was ordered to kill Belkan Air Force veteran Wolfgang Buchner, who refused to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city.[7] Buchner flew through Area B7R on May 28 during a massive air battle between Belka and the Allied Forces; he flew past Cipher and Larry Foulke of Galm Team and Schwarze Team subsequently lost track of him. Zubov blamed Galm Team for making him lose his target, and ordered his squadron to shoot them down. The ensuing battle ended with Galm shooting down all Schwarze members, of which Zubov was one of the only two confirmed survivors.[8]

Post-service

After the incident at B7R, Zubov fled Belka to avoid prosecution as a war criminal.[6] He is suspected to be part of an Osean smuggling ring.[3]

In 2005, Brett Thompson tracked down and interviewed Zubov for his Osean Broadcasting Corporation documentary, Warriors and the Belkan War. The interview took place somewhere in Oured.[6]

Gallery

Trivia

  • The official Ace Combat Zero website stated that "Dominic Zubov" may not even be his real name.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 ACE COMBAT ZERO -> World News -> World News 18 -> Page 01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ace Combat Zero Assault Records, #069 - Dominic Zubov.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book, page 181.
  4. Aces At War: A History 2019, page 020.
  5. Aces At War: A History, page 134.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "The Bringer of Death / 1", Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  7. Cutscene 20, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  8. Mayhem (Mercenary), Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
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