In Greek Mythology, Prometheus and Epimetheus, the namesakes for the two versions of the V.E.S., were Titan brothers who acted as representatives of mankind.
Prometheus, whose name means “foresight” and was known for his intelligence, is remembered most prominently for having stolen fire from the gods to give to mankind, earning the eternal punishment of being bound to a rock and having his liver fed on by an eagle for all eternity. Epimetheus, whose name means “afterthought” and was known for his foolishness, was tasked with giving all species on Earth a positive trait, but due to his lack of foresight, by the time he made it to humans he found he had none left to give to mankind.
These mythological figures correlate well with the men who piloted the suits named after them. Jim Sacks, pilot of Prometheus, fought to hide the V.E.S. from those who wanted to use it for evil, and even after his death he continued fighting Memnan Saa, successfully preventing him from capturing the power of Vril. His sacrifice ensured that Gallaragas could continue her father’s research, in a way “giving fire to man,” and the punishment he suffered was death and departure from this plane of existence.
Patrick Redding, eventual pilot of “Epimetheus” (Sledgehammer), only barely understood the mission he was on in D’Ebene Chiot, jumped head-first into an impossible battle with his Nazi captors, and ended up getting himself killed, only regretting his rash actions in afterthought. And even now, he continues to act without any thought of the future, preferring instead to do what he can to help people in need and stubbornly ignoring the warnings given by the Vril consciousness he now seems connected to.