The Lars Empire is the main antagonist of Gradius NEO from many years after the events of the Gradius and Nemesis series. They, along with the Gradius Union, acquired ancient Gradian and Bacterion technology and used it in a campaign to destroy the Gradius Union.
- James Burton, main character of the MSX Nemesis and pilot of the Vic Viper and later the Metalion is crowned Emperor Lars the 18th. Whether this implies a connection is yet to be determined.
|Gradius NEO Series|
|Characters/Ships||Force Viper • Big Core Custom • Lars Empire|
|Gradius NEO Bosses||Satellite Core • Crystal Moai • Gigantic • Ogre Shield • Big Core X 3 • Central Server|
|Gradius NEO Imperial Bosses||Big Core • Satellite Core MK II • Deadalus • Crystal Moai • Genocide Core|
|End Bosses & Major Enemies|
|Major Recurring Foes||Gofer • Bacterion • Dr Venom • Zelos Force (Zeros) • Lars Empire • Gofer Sisters|
|Minor Enemies||Brain • O.V.U.M. • Eleos Brain • Mother Computer Z • Guardian Core • Central Server • Genocide Core • Outer Limits / Metal Slave • Zelos Barrier • Doom • Dark Force|