[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Go here for the full summary.]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings Also here.]]


[[folder:Kingdom of Dalmasca/Party Members]]

!! Vaan

->"One of these days I’ll fly an airship of my own. I’ll be a sky pirate, free to go where I will."

-->Voiced by Kouhei Takeda (Japanese) and Bobby Edner (English)

An energetic street urchin living in Rabanastre who talks big about rebelling against the occupying Empire and becoming a SkyPirate. He is an orphan, his parents having died from the plague when he was young, and lives with Penelo at Migelo's house.

When he sneaks into the royal palace and steals an incredibly rare ([[MacGuffin and significant]]) piece of magicite, he becomes entangled in the events of the game.

He acts as the AudienceSurrogate in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', but becomes the main protagonist in ''Revenant Wings''. He later makes appearances in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' as a HiddenCharacter and ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 Duodecim]]'' as one of the main cast.

* TheAce: Heavily implied in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', and made more explicit in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''. In the former, it's not readily apparent since he's only of nominal importance to the plot, but side quests and NPC conversations paint him as nothing if not hypercompetent, and he has [[StatisticallySpeaking the stats]] of a god.
* AllLovingHero: He goes out of his way to help a lot of people during the side quests, as well as letting the refugee [[WingedHumanoid Aegyl]] live on his airship.
* AudienceSurrogate: He's often criticized for being superfluous to the plot of ''FFXII'', but it can be argued that the more "mythic" personalities in the cast like the warrior-princess Ashe and noble knight Basch would have been harder to identify with, and his status as a commoner not privy to a lot of the intrigues going on and the ways of the larger world does give the opportunity for some much-needed exposition.
* BattleCouple: In ''Tactics A2'', with Penelo of course. Doubles as a SwordAndSorcerer pair for bonus points.
* {{Badass}}: This is all he has to distinguish himself in the original game, though his relative inexperience diminishes it. In ''Revenant Wings'', he's the only one able to hold his own against the PhysicalGod BigBad; the rest of his team can do the same when working together and they finish him off together. And in ''Tactics Advanced 2'', he's attracted the attention of whole cartels due to his exploits (and in some cases, scares them off through reputation alone).
* BigBrotherMentor: To the orphans in the Rabanastran Lowtown.
* {{Bishonen}}: Just look at him!
* ButtMonkey: More notorious in the manga where Balthier abuses him several times.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Even in the sequels where he is a SkyPirate, Vaan can never stop doing what's right. Though he still has StickyFingers.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: DependingOnTheArtist. Some incarnations look about like what you'd expect somebody from a desert nation to, others look suspiciously Nordic.
* DeadpanSnarker: In ''Tactics A2'' and ''Revenant Wings''.
* {{Expy}}: It's subtle, but especially in the simpler graphics of ''Tactics A2'' and ''Revenant Wings'', you can see that he bears a significant resemblance to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Ramza]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance Marche]]. (It's mostly in the hair.)
** He's also a more obvious one of Aladdin (the Disney version, at any rate). Street rat, tiny open vest, forbidden treasure, etc.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Then there's another teen protagonist who appeared in the last game in the main series for its console. He is a blonde thief who wears a small vest and fancy pants, and grew up in the streets of a major city, in the care of an older demi-human who looks after him and a couple of close friends. Early on, he sneaks into a castle to steal something that someone else also wants stolen, and is later tasked with protecting an undercover princess.]]
** He's also a "fake Expy" for somebody whose story ''starts'' the same way -- [[Film/StarWars a plucky desert-dwelling lad who lives in a backwater region and dreams of striking against the oppressive Empire.]] However, his destiny lies along a different path.
* TheFace: In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings Revenant Wings]]''. In the former, he does almost ''all'' the talking to the nigh hundreds of [=NPCs=] and in the dozens of side quests.
* {{Foil}}: To Ashe, paralleling her in backstory and CharacterDevelopment, but with very different goals and temperament.
* FriendToAllChildren
* GlowingEyes: Vaan's eyes will momentarily flash [[OccultBlueEyes blue]] when he uses Pyroclasm.
* HeCleansUpNicely: Put a shirt on him and he goes from scruffy to rather dashing.
* TheHero: In ''Revenant Wings''.
* HotBlooded: His blood isn't as hot [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII as]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII some]], but it's still there.
* {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}: Anastasia in ''Revenant Wings''.
* IdiotHero: Subverted in the original game; though he's impulsive and a bit naive, Vaan is clever, resourceful, and has a fair amount of scenes where he shows a more inquisitive and insightful side. The manga, however, [[{{Flanderization makes this his defining trait]], cranking up his {{Hot Blooded}}ness and making him rather arrogant and cocky, but lacking the skill and intelligence to back them up.
* ImpossibleThief: ''Revenant Wings'' shows where all the that LevelGrinding from ''XII'' went, as Vaan can casually ''steal concepts and attributes'' from an enemy, up to and including their ''sense of time'', and make use of it himself. He steps it up by ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', where he's essentially become the CarmenSandiego of Ivalice.
* JumpedAtTheCall: In ''Revenant Wings''.
* LimitBreak
** [[PillarOfLight Red Spiral]]
** [[BlowYouAway White]] [[ShockAndAwe Whorl]]
** [[{{Fireballs}} Pyro]][[PlayingWithFire clasm]]
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: He becomes one to Ashe during a scene in Jahara village. See TurnTheOtherCheek below.
* MagikarpPower: Begins at Level 1 with no LP, no magic, and barely anything else to his name. By Level 99, he's your party's MVP ''bar none''.
* MasterOfAll: He's got all around amazing stats in XII, having emphasis on strength (best score along with Basch), magick (second best score), vitality (best score), and speed (second best). Stats-wise, he's easily the best character of your party. The cherry on top of the cake is that ''even his attack animations'' are faster – Vaan can deliver combos in under half the time than the rest of the party (save Basch and Balthier) needs to execute the same amount of blows.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Vaan isn't really a ''bad'' character, he just happens to be in a game where, as far as Western audiences are concerned, he and Penelo are not as interesting or developed as the other cast members.
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: While he and Penelo are far from slackers in ''Tactics A2'', their default classes don't have very good stat growths. However, the trope is otherwise subverted in that the class abilities are more than decent. Vaan's Life of Crime ability has potential to deal 999 damage every time with 100% accuracy provided you have stolen enough. They're best moved to other jobs after learning their unique abilities and aren't bad as guests, either.
* PercussivePickpocket: He does this to an Imperial soldier that he sees harassing a helpless merchant.
* PersonaNonGrata: Comes close to being banned from Bhujerba due to the whole pretending-to-be-Basch-very-loudly ordeal. Thereafter, the city guides are eternally pissed at him and caution him to [[ShameIfSomethingHappened stay away from ledges and cliffs]].
* PrimalStance: Seems to favor these sorts of stances with his fighting style.
* TheRival: Is seen as such by Luso in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
* SkyPirate: In the sequels.
* StreetUrchin: At the start of ''XII''.
* SupportingProtagonist: He serves as a {{Foil}} to Ashe, both of them wanting to see Dalmasca restored and to claim vengeance for the death of their loved ones. However, Vaan's actions only drive the story up to when Ashe joins the party; after that the game follows her entirely, and Vaan just advises her like the other characters and acts as party leader in non-combat areas. He gets over this role in ''Revenant Wings'', though, whereas Ashe's is somewhat downplayed.
* TheSneakyGuy: He was able to infiltrate the Royal Palace of Rabanastre with a little prompting from Old Dalan and find its hidden TreasureRoom. Balthier, a legendary sky pirate, considers it a feat on his level and he and Fran had to wait for the chaos of {{La Resistance}}'s attack to achieve the same.
* SpannerInTheWorks: His [[TurnTheOtherCheek willingness to spare]] Gabranth is what prevents Ashe from completing her RoaringRampageOfRevenge and becoming an UnwittingPawn to the [[JerkAssGods Occuria]].
** It's also implied that he was going to be the Occuria's plan B since he saw Reks at first where Ashe saw Rasler. Him letting go of his hatred for the Empire foiled that and led him to spare Gabranth.
* TagalongKid: He is only two years younger than Ashe and is more of TheLancer towards her, but does not have a true connection to the main plot. This is averted in ''Revenant Wings'', though, in which he really is the main character.
* TeamDad: To the war orphans in Lowtown.
* ThereIsAnother: It is strongly implied that [[spoiler:the Occuria]] plan to use him in their plot to [[spoiler:forge a new Dynast-King should Ashe fail and try to manipulate him alongside her by using Reks' ghost]].
* TragicKeepsake: His pendant is all Vaan has left to remember Reks by.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Vaan's willingness to forsake revenge is what stops Ashe from giving into Gabranth's BreakingSpeech and JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
* TookALevelInBadass: Once in ''Revenant Wings'', and another, ''huge'' one in ''Tactics A2'', where he is regarded as the greatest Sky Pirate who ever lived. Even a Criminal Syndicate has a flee-on-sight order when confronting [[TheDreaded him]].
* UnderratedAndOverleveled: Despite being just "a petty thief", Vaan's stats are ''demolishing'' gameplay-wise, easily surpassing Ashe, Penelo, and Fran in physical attack, Basch in magic, and [[OverratedAndUnderleveled Balthier]] in ''both''. All of this summed up makes him the most versatile and overall best character in the game.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: The little vest he wears in ''XII'' doesn't leave much to the imagination of what his torso looks like. Averted in the sequel and ''Tactics A2''
* WeaponOfChoice: [[HeroesPreferSwords Swords]] are his starting weapon and preferred weapons in sequels and in artwork. They ([[AllSwordsAreTheSame along with sabers and blades anyway]]) are the only weapons available to the Sky Pirate class in ''Tactics A2''.

!! Penelo

->"I'll be going too, of course. Every good sky pirate needs a partner, right?"

-->Voiced by Yuna Mikuni (Japanese) and Cat Taber (English)

Vaan's childhood friend and LoveInterest. When Vaan's parents died, Penelo's family adopted him and his brother. However, after the war between Dalmasca and Archadia began, her parents and older brothers were killed in a raid and left her an orphan. She now lives at Migelo's house with Vaan, and works odd jobs in Lowtown to get by. Penelo remains a perky and responsible girl who keeps Vaan's immaturity in check.

She reappears as the main heroine of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings Revenant Wings]]'' and alongside Vaan in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''. She also makes a cameo appearance in the character tutorials of ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', where she interjects her own amusing opinions on the ''Dissidia'' cast.

* AbortedArc: Pre-release material mentioned Penelo's elder brothers as former soldiers and the ones who taught her how to defend herself; come the game's actual release, and they have no mention until ''Revenant Wings'', though the backstory is still represented in a cursory mention in the instructions booklet.
* BattleCouple: In ''Tactics A2'', with Vaan of course. Doubles as a SwordAndSorcerer pair for bonus points.
* TheChick
** TheLancer: Share the role with Llyud in ''Revenant Wings''.
* DanceBattler: Uses dances to activate her Quickenings and is a Dancer in ''Revenant Wings'' and ''Tactics A2''.
* TheDragAlong
* FlatCharacter: She had little characterization in the main game other than being Vaan's maybe LoveInterest and her OddFriendship with Larsa. This is fixed in subsequent games, where she serves as a {{Foil}} to Vaan.
** A lot of this is due to ExecutiveMeddling. One of the two writers of the game, Daisuke Watanabe, [[WordOfGod has said]] that Penelo is his favorite character mainly due to a lot of content he wrote around her [[WhatCouldHaveBeen that ended up on the cutting room floor in development.]]
* GirlNextDoor
* GirlishPigtails: And it grows even longer in the sequel.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Young, sweet, innocent, and genuinely nice.
* IHaveBrothers: According to the [[AllThereInTheManual instructions booklet]], Penelo's elder brothers were soldiers who tutored her in martial arts.
* LethalChef: Improves to TeamChef over the course of ''Revenant Wings''.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Vaan, until she is upgraded to VictoriousChildhoodFriend after their RelationshipUpgrade in ''Revenant Wings''.
* LittleMissBadass: As Vaan's partner in ''Revenant Wings'' and ''Tactics A2''.
* LittleMissSnarker: Gets a few good snarks on Vaan and Basch especially. This trait is particularly evident in her ''Dissidia'' cameo.
* LimitBreak
** [[LightEmUp Intercession]]
** [[MagicMissileStorm Evanescence]]
** [[AnIcePerson Resplen]][[LiterallyShatteredLives dence]]
* MagicDance: All her Quickenings and non-WhiteMagic skills in ''Revenant Wings'' and ''Tactics A2''.
* NightmareFetishist: In ''both'' ''Dissidia'' games, she says she thinks that the Cloud of Darkness' snake creatures are "cute."
* OddFriendship: With Larsa. They still communicate regularly through letters and remain close friends after the first game has ended.
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: Zigzagged in ''A2'', where her and Vaan's default classes don't have very good stat gains even though they are rather helpful as guest characters and can be good in other classes, too. Her Dancer class is good as a secondary skillset. 0-cost debuffs are quite good, and the Sword Dance[[note]]a double attack, used only if she has an edged weapon equipped[[/note]] attack is very useful if she is a Spellblade or Assassin[[note]]who wield broadswords and katanas, respectively[[/note]].
* PluckyGirl: Defies the tradition of a long line of Franchise/FinalFantasy GenkiGirls for a more subdued but still somewhat perky characterization.
* ReplacementGoldfish: When Penelo grew close with Velis in ''Revenant Wings'', she remarked how much he reminded her of her deceased elder brothers.
* SatelliteCharacter: In ''XII'', but improves in later games.
* SheFu: When equipped with certain weapons, such as Poles or Unarmed, Penelo will show how acrobatic she really is.
* SkyPirate: Along with Vaan by the end of the game and sequels.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Modest enough in the first game (especially compared to Ashe and Fran), but ''Revenant Wings'' and ''Tactics A2''... not so much (though she's still wearing more than Ashe or Fran).
* SquishyWizard: She and Ashe are equals for the most magically powerful characters, but has the lowest strength and HP scores.
* TagalongKid: Even more so than Vaan, who's the POV.
* {{Team Mom}}: To the war orphans in Lowtown.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[KnifeNut Knives]] to start, but all sequels and artwork give her a SimpleStaff more becoming of her SquishyWizard status.
* WhiteMage: In ''Revenant Wings''.
* WomenAreWiser: She plays this role for Vaan, being more level-headed and cautious to Vaan's sometimes reckless impulses.

!! Balthier ([[spoiler:Ffamran Mied Bunansa]])

->"Princess! No need to worry. I hope you haven't forgotten my role in this little story. I'm the leading man. You know what they say about the leading man? He never dies."

-->Voiced by HiroakiHirata (Japanese) and GideonEmery (English)

An infamous and aristocratic SkyPirate. Well-mannered, intelligent, and witty, Balthier proclaims himself to be "the leading man". His personal airship is the ''Strahl'', which he flies with his partner-in-crime Fran. They are drawn into the conflict when they break into the royal palace to steal a rare piece of magicite, only for Vaan to accidentally beat them to it.

[[spoiler:His real name is Ffamran mied Bunansa, a former Judge and the son of Archadian Imperial researcher Dr. Cid. He abandoned his post in disgust when his father became obsessed with nethicite, and warns Ashe against a similar obsession]].

* TheAce: He likes to think of himself as one. He does certainly live up to his claims, though.
* {{Badass}}: Has a history of sky piracy and the skills to back it up. [[spoiler:Being a former Judge certainly helps.]]
** BadassBoast: His Quickening phrases.
-->'''Fires of War:''' "I ''never'' miss." \\
'''Tides of Fate:''' "Let me show you how it's done". \\
'''Element of Treachery:''' "There's a proper way to do everything."
* BerserkButton: While he doesn't exactly go "berserk", discussing nethicite is a good way to get his attention and make him break his usually calm and laid-back attitude. [[{{Foreshadowing}} There's a very good reason for that]].
* BigBrotherMentor: To Vaan.
* CasualDangerDialogue: It's remarkably difficult to get Balthier to lose his cool, even when he's at a considerable disadvantage. Held at swordpoint, he comments dryly that "At least your sword is to the point," and one of his lines when defeated in combat is to snark calmly, "Is that your best?"
* CatchPhrase: "I play the leading man, who else?"
* {{Expy}}: Of [[StarWars Han Solo]], but more polite.
* [[spoiler:FightingYourFriend]]: [[spoiler:He and Fran are bosses]] in ''Revenant Wings''.
* {{Flynning}}: His attacks tend to be the least practical and have the most theatrical flourishes.[[spoiler:It makes sense when it's revealed he's actually from TheEmpire.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}} [=/=] [[MusicalSpoiler Vocal Spoiler]]: In the English version of the game, Balthier is the only character in the FiveManBand who speaks with an English accent courtesy of GideonEmery. Dalmascans speak with American accents, thus making it an instant giveaway that he's not one of Vaan's countrymen [[spoiler:but is actually from TheEmpire]].
* FragileSpeedster: While he's definitely agile both stat- and story-wise, Balthier has less physical and magickal prowess than Vaan.
* GentlemanThief: Looter and pilferer as he may be, Balthier never stops being educated and charming.
* GenreSavvy: Generally, he predicts what tropes will come into play exceptionally well...
** WrongGenreSavvy: ... except that he's not TheHero. Ashe is.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Fran goes ballistic, he comments on her dislike of being "[[DoubleEntendre tied up]]" in the same suave voice he uses whenever he breaks out the charm... and then he immediately turns to Ashe and asks, "How about you?" ''Hrm''...
* GuestFighter: In the UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''.
* HandsomeLech: Has shades in the original game, while his manga adaptation seems to be taking cues from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] -- flirting with Ashe before he even knows her name. He later tells Basch one should only show off for ladies and that, as such, using his bravado and strength to save Vaan is a waste.
* TheHero [=/=] TheLeader: Subverted. While he insists that he's "the leading man" every other cutscene, which isn't entirely unjustified as he knows he's more important than the {{Kid Hero}}es ([[spoiler:given his connections to TheEmpire]]), but this turns out to be one of the few areas in which he's WrongGenreSavvy. It's ''Ashe'' who is the true hero of the story and who decides where the party goes and what it does.
* HeroicSacrifice: He makes a point of mentioning that he may be required to invoke this trope eventually, as the sort of thing that a "leading man" might be expected to do. He goes through with it during the ending when he [[spoiler:stays behind on the collapsing Bahamut to fix its engines to fly it away from the city as it crashes (only to subvert the trope by surviving the experience)]].
* FiringOneHanded: His crossbow and rifle animations are this, which while cool slows him down a decent bit when using these weapons.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: At the helm of the ''Strahl'' during the [[spoiler:Battle of Rabanastre]]. 'Nuff said.
* ImprobableUseOfAWeapon: Balthier uses all hafted weapons one-handed, notably attacking with poles in an odd manner very reminiscent of a baton twirler. His wielding spears are likewise executed from the same bizarre grip.
* InformedAttribute: Promotional materials refer to him as a silver-tongued womanizer, but, as noted under HandsomeLech, he really doesn't show it at all during the game. There's a couple hints he has a relationship with his partner in-crime, a brief handkerchief scene with Penelo, and one [=NPC=] says she's smitten with him, if you find her.
* TheLadysFavor: Played with. Balthier hands Penelo his handkerchief to assure her that he will bring Vaan back safely when they are arrested for aiding LaResistance. This leads to Penelo being kidnapped by Ba'Gamnan.
* LampshadeHanging: As the page quote demonstrates, Balthier is perfectly content to perform a HeroicSacrifice because he believes that he's TheHero, and thus cannot die.
* LargeHam: Not as much as [[spoiler:his dad]], though.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: In ''Revenant Wings,'' he fights Vaan and company for personal reasons.
* LimitBreak
** [[PlayingWithFire Fires of War]]
** [[MakingASplash Tides of Fate]]
** [[DeathFromAbove Element]] [[ColonyDrop of]] [[InstantRunes Treachery]]
* MythologyGag: Named after [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Mid Previa]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Mustadio Bunansa.]]
* NervesofSteel: He is unflappable, rather secretive, and can be hilariously indifferent to nasty surprises, such as being thrown in a dungeon (where he implies he's [[SeenItAll seen it all before]]), finding out 'Amalia' is actually Princess Ashe ("Huh. Can't believe that was the princess."), or witnessing his partner flying into a [[UnstoppableRage Mist-induced frenzy]].
-->'''Ashe:''' "What's wrong with her?"
-->'''Balthier:''' "I always knew Fran didn't like being tied up. I just never knew how much."
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: In keeping with his Han Solo traits, he and Fran only stick around [[OnlyInItForTheMoney on the promise of payment from Ashe, being that she's a princess pursuing ancient relics of royal heritage]]. Balthier has no interest in the rebellion or Archadia, [[spoiler:though at the end of the game he gets invested in finding out what Dr. Cid was up to for all those years before he left]].
* OutlawCouple: Along with Fran.
* PoorCommunicationKills: In ''Revenant Wings'', where it leads to a [[FightingYourFriend boss battle]] with [[DualBoss him and Fran]] and eventually him getting slugged in the face.
* SkyPirate: Vaan's role model at that.
* TheCharmer: Of a more subtle flavor. It doesn't help that he has a beautifully smooth voice, but is noticeable when he and party rescue Penelo.
-->'''Penelo:''' "Here, Balthier...your handkerchief. I thought you might want it back."
-->'''Balthier:''' "I shall wear it close to my heart."
* WeaponOfChoice: [[TheGunslinger Guns]]. Ironically the special animation he has with guns makes his firing speed a fraction of a second slower then other characters.
** HeroesPreferSwords: Even TheWikiRule admits that he's the ''slowest'' character with guns, but he ''excels'' with swords in hand. In fact, his stats are perfect for a sword in hand, which is perfect for the "leading role".
** FridgeBrilliance: What was he before becoming a Sky Pirate? [[spoiler:A Judge, who use swords as their primary weapon.]]

!! Fran

->"I have discarded Wood and village. I won my freedom. Yet my past had been cut away forever. No longer can my ears hear the Green Word. This… solitude, you want, Mjrn?"

-->Voiced by RikaFukami (Japanese) and Nicole Fantl (English)

Balthier's steadfast companion and a master of weapons, magic and mechanics. Fran is one of the Viera, a OneGenderRace tribe of [[PettingZooPeople bunny-women]] who live in the Golmore Jungle and command powerful magical abilities, such as the ability to "hear" the god-like spirit of the Wood. Fran disagreed with the Viera's philosophy of isolation and left her home village, sacrificing many of her natural abilities to live a life of freedom.

* ActionGirl
* AdaptationalBadass: Fran's pretty badass in the original game, but she's on a far higher tier in the manga, having super-speed and a Blizzard-enchanted claw attack that deals a OneHitKill to Firemane and freezes Ghis's sword. In the game, she finds an exit from the Nalbina Dungeons but the magick bindings are too strong to break. The manga, she's perfectly able to break them, it's the Imperials outside that stops them from leaving.
* BadassDriver
* [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Class 2. She also shares this role with Basch.
* CombatStilettos
* CoolBigSis: To Penelo.
* CuteMonsterGirl
* DeadpanSnarker: Gets a few good lines here and there.
-->'''Vossler:''' "We've secured an Atomos, come!"
-->'''Balthier:''' "An Atomos? All skiff, no ship...hardly fit for a leading man."
-->'''Vaan:''' "So I can fly it?"
-->'''Fran:''' "Are you mad?"
* [[spoiler: FightingYourFriend]]: [[spoiler: She and Balthier are bosses]] in ''Revenant Wings''.
* InformedAbility: Despite the fact that the Viera are supposed to be very magically adept, Fran's magical stats are mediocre at best, lagging behind [[WhiteMage Penelo]], [[JackOfAllStats Vaan]] and [[MagicKnight Ashe]]. Also, despite the fact that she is supposed to be a skilled archer, her firing animation with the bow is actually slightly longer than normal, reducing her DPS and effectiveness with it compared to any other character.
** Fran's weak magic may serve as FridgeBrilliance due to the fact that she notes that her magical abilities and the ability to hear the spirits of the Wood have waned over time after she left her village.
** Averted in the manga as described under AdaptationalBadass.
* LeotardOfPower
* LetsYouAndHimFight: In ''Revenant Wings,'' fights Vaan and company for personal reasons.
* LimitBreak
** [[SupernaturalMartialArts Feral]] [[StuffBlowingUp Strike]]
** [[RazorWind Whip]] [[SheFu Kick]]
** [[AnIcePerson Shatterheart]]
* MasterOfNone: Like Vaan she is an all around styled character, but with all her stats being all around low. In fact, stats-wise, she probably is the worst character of your party, being overshadowed by everyone else.
* MsFanservice: Along with the rest of her race.
** {{Stripperiffic}}
* MultiMeleeMaster: Noted to be a master of weapons. Not that you can tell from [[InformedAbility her stats]].
* NoSenseOfHumor: Pleasantly averted. Despite being TheStoic, TheFairFolk and a Really700YearsOld all rolled into one, can be quite humorous, in a sly, blunt way.
-->'''Fran:''' "Then it's settled. We should leave before the Marquis notices she's missing, like proper kidnappers."
* OlderThanTheyLook: She appears to be a young woman, but she's old enough that she left home fifty years prior to the story. [[JustifiedTrope Vieras do age far slower than humans though]], so she's probably young by Viera standards anyway.
** It's unclear whether it's any indication, but she gets somewhat offended when Vaan [[NeverLiveItDown asks for her age]].
* OurElvesAreDifferent
* OutlawCouple
* PettingZooPeople
* PlayboyBunny
* ShesGotLegs
* SkyPirate
* StatuesqueStunner: Although not as tall as she appears at first glance because of her ears and stilettos. In reality, she's about the same height as Balthier.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: But more amiable than usual. She's just very quiet.
* TheReliableOne: For a fanservice character who's on the more minor side of the main cast, she's one of the most useful throughout the course of the game, [[JackOfAllStats average fighting stats notwithstanding]]. She saves members of the main cast not once, not twice, but three times, [[spoiler:rescues her sister]], indirectly rescues Basch, and is often the one the party turns to for advice, such as directing [[spoiler: the princess to those who can help her with the Sun Cryst]], translating texts, or just beating up a bunch of guards that have captured everyone.
* TheStoic: Generally quiet, dignified and level-headed. However, there are a few moments in the game where her cool cracks a little, leading to...
** NotSoStoic
* TokenNonhuman
* UnusualEars
* VerbalTic?: She has a slight but noticeable (and ''[[OohMeAccentsSlipping consistent]]'') lisp due to her overbite. SuperlativeDubbing turns this into a sexy voice--she ''feels'' inherently different from the Hume party members, yet always friendly and understanding.
* WeaponOfChoice: A bow and arrow, but unlike other characters her promotional artwork shows her wielding many [[MultiMeleeMaster different weapons]] such as swords and guns. She also has a unique bow-firing animation making her fire a bit slower than other characters, even though the bow is her iconic weapon of choice.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Averted. Balthier mentions it, but is clearly joking. This doesn't spare him from a well-placed comeback, however.
-->'''Balthier:''' ''(notices Vaan staring at Fran)'' "Not many Viera where you come from, thief?"
-->'''Vaan:''' "It's Vaan. ''(looks to Fran)'' Sorry."
-->'''Balthier:''' "Well, Fran is special, in that she'd deign to partner with a Hume."
-->'''Fran:''' "Oh? Like a sky pirate who chooses to steal through the sewers?"

!! Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg [[MemeticMutation (of Dalmasca)]]

->"If I could protect but one person from war's horror... then I would bear any shame. I would bear it proudly."

-->Voiced by Creator/RikiyaKoyama (Japanese) and Creator/KeithFerguson (English)

The former captain of the "Order of Knights of Dalmasca", Basch is framed for the assassination of Dalmasca's king and imprisoned as a traitor. Vaan and company find his cell during their escape from the Nalbina Dungeons, and reluctantly allow him to join to aid their escape.

Having failed the royal family of Dalmasca once, Basch is determined to protect and serve Ashe in her quest to reclaim the throne. His sense of honour and loyalty to Dalmasca is second to none.

* AFatherToHisMen: He was this as his scenes with Reks could attest too, which made it that much harder on the poor boy when he died.
* {{Badass}}
* BeardOfSorrow: When in prison, but he trims it to a reasonable length once he escapes.
* TheBigGuy: Class 5, he's also a secondary [[TheLancer Lancer]] to Ashe.
* BoringButPractical: His attack animations are all pretty basic stuff with little to no acrobatics, but comes out very quickly and would actually really hurt if done in real life.
* TheCaptain: Before the main events of the game. In the Japanese version though his rank was [[FourStarBadass General]].
* ClearMyName: [[spoiler:Subverted. At the end of the game the public at large still thinks he's dead and guilty, and the people who know he's alive also know he's innocent.]]
* [[HorseArcher Chocobo Archer]]: He's one in the opening movie.
* {{Determinator}}: Which is how he keeps sane despite being a...
** {{Failure Knight}}
* EasilyForgiven:[[spoiler: He was framed by his EvilTwin Gabranth and Vaan saw Gabranth interrogating him.]] And to the rest of the populace, [[spoiler:his name was never cleared and his supposed death still took place]].
* [[spoiler:ElCidPloy]]: [[spoiler:For his brother.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* KnightInShiningArmor
* LimitBreak
** [[{{Kamehamehadoken}} Fulminating]] [[CastingAShadow Darkness]]
** [[SupernaturalMartialArts Ruin]] [[RealityWarper Impendent]]
** [[FlamingSword Flame]] [[StormOfBlades Purge]]
* MightyGlacier: Strongest of the party (with Vaan) and with the most health but has low speed and, like Balthier, pitiful magick skills. In fact, despite his high health, he has ''by far'' the lowest Vitality score. Well, one could guess that [[FridgeBrilliance spending 2 years in prison malnutritioned isn't that good for your body]].
* MissingMom: She died sometimes after he left for the war.
* MrFanservice: That "manly keyhole" gives it away. Also, his imprisonment's "[[GoGoEnslavement attire]]".
* ThePaladin: In ''Revenant Wings''.
* PurpleProse: More so than any of the other party members.
* RummageSaleReject: Is that a ''potholder?''
** [[http://xii.venusgospel.net/ff12_basch.html BASCH, A STUDY IN FASHION DISASTER]]
* TheQuietOne: He goes a good dozen cutscenes in a row without a peep.
* ShellShockedVeteran
* SupportingLeader: In story, to Ashe; in gameplay and presentation, to Vaan.
* WarIsHell: "If I could protect but one person from war's horror, I would bear any shame. I would bear it proudly."
* WeaponOfChoice: [[{{BFS}} Great Swords]] in all sequels and [[HeroesPreferSwords normal swords]] in XII.

!! Ashe (Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca)

->"I am simply myself. No more and no less. And I want only to be free."

-->Voiced by MieSonozaki (Japanese) and KariWahlgren (English)

The crown princess of Dalmasca and the last true heir to the Dynast King. Ashe lost her father and husband only a week after her wedding when Archadia invaded Nabradia, and was soon announced to have committed suicide out of grief. In reality, she fled underground to lead the [[strike:insurgency]] [[LaResistance resistance]] against Archadia's occupation of Dalmasca.

She is determined to restore Dalmasca whatever the cost, driven by her hatred of Archadia and her own feelings of responsibility as the crown princess.

* ActionGirl
* AntiHero: Somewhat, during the story's early stages - while she cared for Dalmasca, she wasn't exactly the most level-headed member of the group before her CharacterDevelopment.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassInDistress
** BadassPrincess
* BareYourMidriff
* {{BFS}}: Two of them, the Sword of Kings and the Treaty Blade. Both also function as [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Swords of Plot Advancement]].
* BreakTheCutie: She's a widow while still in her teens. Unlike most political marriages, both Ashe and Rasler actually loved each other.
* CharacterDevelopment: Learns to do what is best for Dalmasca and its people as opposed to blindly chasing revenge against the Empire, which would probably get her kingdom destroyed and herself killed. Also becomes more heroic and sociable as time goes on, when you first meet her she's a bit of a bitch and doesn't really trust the other party members.
* {{Chickification}}: In the manga. Her introduction in the game establishes her as a {{Badass}} LadyOfWar, cutting down an imperial troop and proving a powerful fourth ally for the waterway. In the manga she's actively fleeing from her attackers, and is nearly helpless in subsequent battles.
* {{Determinator}}: [[{{Deconstruction}} To the point its a detriment actually]]--even when she gets a legitimate chance to regain her standing and rule Dalmasca, she refuses because she wants to see the Empire destroyed above all else. That, and just listen to her Quickening quotes:
-->"I must endure." / "I must believe." / "I must be strong."
* DangerouslyShortSkirt
* DeterminedWidow
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Her official render art, showing above. ''Is she picking her nose?!''
* DramaticWind: Especially when performing her Quickenings and casting magic. More noticeable when fighting outside, but even inside her clothing tends to flutter, just less so.
* FairytaleWeddingDress
* TheFettered
* GuestStarPartyMember: Introduces the mechanic when you first meet her and she calls herself Amalia.
* GrayEyes: In-game and in the spinoffs, but her official render seen to the right has her with blue eyes.
* TheHero /TheLeader: Despite what Balthier says, In practice it's Ashe's desires and motivations that guide the party in their quest, while the other party members tag along with her for various reasons and offer her support and advice.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LadyOfWar
* LimitBreak
** [[StarPower Northswain's]] [[LightEmUp Glow]]
** [[HolyHandGrenade Heaven's]] [[MagicMissileStorm Wrath]]
** [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Maelstrom's]] [[ShockAndAwe Bolt]]
* MagicKnight[=/=]GlassCannon: Has high magick and strength stats but her HP is low.
* MsFanservice: Blatantly in the game's manga adaptation. So far she's been the subject of a PantyShot, a [[ShowerScene bathing scene]], a [[MaleGaze shot of her half-naked rear]], and a full-frontal scene of her nude with BarbieDollAnatomy.
* PimpedOutDress: Her wedding dress and her funeral dress but surprisingly not any fancy Queen or Princess dresses are shown.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: With Rassler; they joke about how everyone thought it was a political marriage.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Zig-zagged. At first, she tries to take Rabanastre by force. Later, she attempts to reclaim her kingdom by bargaining with TheEmpire and other factions for most of the game. Although she's a BadassPrincess and would rather fight against the Archadians, she slowly understands that the easiest way to avoid bloodshed is to take the diplomatic route.
* RebelliousPrincess
* RevengeBeforeReason: She treads this path for a very long time until she takes Vaan's example to fight for what's right rather than for vengeance.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* {{Stripperiffic}}: You'd expect something [[ExposedToTheElements more practical]] on royalty, wouldn't you?
* SpareToTheThrone: If you pay attention to the NPC conversations you will find out that Ashe was the youngest of nine siblings with eight older brothers who have all died from war or sickness.
* UnscrupulousHero: Arguably. She spends most of the game focused on gaining nethicite with her ultimate goal being using it to destroy the Archadian Empire to avenge her husband and restore her kingdom.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[HeroesPreferSwords Swords]] of various different styles, even when she uses [[ThrowDownTheBomblet bombs]] in the sequel she still has a sword in her artwork. She also likes her shield. Even her unarmed animation has her putting up her left hand like she's got one on there.
* WhoWearsShortShorts[=/=]MagicSkirt: Ashe's wardrobe has lent itself to confusion and theorizing as to which one of these it is. Since camera and pose manipulation reveal material of the same color in what would ordinarily be a PantyShot, some fans have even gone as far as to try to [[http://www.scibbe.com/stash/13weeks/ashe_hotpants.jpg make sense of it with complicated, annotated design sketches]] (full version [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/39919/ashelia_b-nargin_dalmasca-final_fantasy-final_fant here]]).
* ZettaiRyouiki


[[folder: Allies of Dalmasca]]

!! Vossler York Azelas

->"Look on what my haste has wrought."

-->Voiced by MasakiTerasoma (Japanese) and NolanNorth (English)

A former captain of the Dalmasca militia. Vossler is one of the top soldiers in the Resistance, and takes on the duty of protecting Ashe after she is forced underground. He has a deep respect for Basch, and works tirelessly to restore Dalmasca.

[[spoiler:His constant struggles against the Empire eventually wear him down to the point where he betrays Ashe, selling her out to Archadia in exchange for some of Dalmasca's sovereignity, knowing full-well that Ashe would merely be a puppet ruler]].
* [[spoiler: BodyguardBetrayal]]
* TheCaptain
* [[spoiler: ClimaxBoss]]: You can really ''feel'' the emotional intensity when [[spoiler: you're forced to fight him aboard the ''Shiva''.]]
* [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Dalmasca Justifies The Means]]
* {{Foil}}: To Basch, given their friendship despite coming from different stations in life. [[spoiler: Taken further when, after Basch's absolute loyalty to Ashe is proven, Vossler himself becomes a traitor.]]
* [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn[=/=]HeelFaceDoorSlam]]
* GuestStarPartyMember
* [[spoiler: HeroAntagonist: Without a doubt, after his FaceHeelTurn. The stint didn't last long, though.]]
* KnightInSourArmor
* LaResistance
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He puts the wellbeing of Dalmasca first and foremost.
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]
* TheSixthRanger: The 1st met in the story.
* [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]]
* [[spoiler: TakeUpMySword: Tells Basch to protect Ashe in his stead after his defeat.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: A {{BFS}} called [[{{Foreshadowing}} Nightmare]].

!! Marquis Halim Ondore IV

->"I once knew a girl whose only wish was to be carried in her uncle’s arms. Her Majesty is a woman grown now."

-->Voiced by AkioNojima (Japanese) and Creator/TomKane (English)

The leader of Bhujerba, a city floating in the sky with rich magicite mines. Though Bhujerba claims to be neutral, it is an open secret that Ondore is aligned with Archadia to prevent them from simply conquering his city. However, he is also secretly funding resistance movements against Archadia and seeks to reclaim Bhujerba's independance. He is the narrator of the game.

* BigGood: The closest it gets. He's basically the leader of LaResistance by the end of the game.
* TheChessmaster
* CoolOldGuy
* LaResistance: Not a member, but a close ally.
** He leads it later on.
* MinorMajorCharacter: Only several actual appearances but, as both the {{Narrator}} and the ally of LaResistance, he's pretty important as far as characters go.
* {{Narrator}}: Major events are shown as part of the Marquis' [[FramingDevice historical accounts]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Of sorts, to Ashe.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* StaffOfAuthority

!! Al-Cid Margrace

->"I would lay down my life at a single word to be sure… but I harbor no maundering delusions of valiant grandeur".

-->Voiced by NorioWakamoto (Japanese) and David Rasner (English)

A member of the ruling family of Rozzaria, a nation rival to Archadia. He works alongside Larsa to avert the war brewing between the two empires, as the cost of such a war would devastate both sides.

* AscendedExtra: He had a smaller role in the game before NorioWakamoto was cast.
* CarpetOfVirility:
* TheCasanova: His special abilities in ''Tactics A2'' let him help and power up the girls on the team.
* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet: And, from the looks of it, none of the other girls mind.
* CoolShades
** GlassesPull
* TheGunslinger: In ''Tactics A2''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Pun not intended. He ''does'' get involved with the events and does what he can to try and prevent another outbreak of war. And he's not even the true/direct heir to Rozarrio, but implied to be one of many--that's got to count somehow.
* SharpDressedMan
* SexySecretary: No, he's not one himself! He's always ''accompanied'' by [[TheVoiceless one]] whose main job seems to be holding his sunglasses.
* TuxedoAndMartini: Tactics A2 reveals that he is this sort of Spy for Rozzaria with the unique Agent job.
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: In ''Tactics A2'', he cannot change classes. He is the ''only'' unit who cannot change classes. Even Vaan and Penelo, who also join with unique classes, are able to class change. This means he can't use any than other than guns, can't ever learn a secondary skillset other than Item, and can never learn any Support or Reaction abilities.
* TheSpymaster
* TheWisePrince: Yes! Because some of his... well, ''activities'' aside, he's a very clever man and a competent politician. When he first meets Ashe he bring up important matters for her to consider, and when the party's shown determined to seek out the Deifacted Nethicite, he makes important points such as actually needing to ''find'' what they're looking for. Plus see his above quote.

!! Reddas ([[spoiler:Judge Magister Foris Zecht]])


->"The illusions of the past. You think to have cast them off, only to find them years later, unwearying, unrelenting. The past can bind a man as surely as irons."

-->Voiced by Creator/TakayukiSugo (Japanese) and Creator/PhilLaMarr (English)

The head of the pirate city of Balfonheim, who turned it from a den of corruption into an outlaw but ultimately moral city. Reddas has the honor of being the final GuestStarPartyMember in the game.

[[spoiler:He was formerly known as Judge Zecht, and defected from the Empire after he was tricked by Cid into destroying Nabradia with the Midlight Shard]].

* TheAtoner
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler: "I, Judge Magister, condemn you to oblivion!"]]
* BadassBeard
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* BaldOfAwesome: Being prematurely grey and having no hair on his head does ''not'' stop him from kicking ass.
* GuestStarPartyMember
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: The destruction of Nabudis.]]
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler: To destroy the Sun Cryst.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: The destruction of Nalbina using the Midlight shard was the last straw for him and caused him to abandon the Empire.]]
* ThePaladin: In the [[NoExportForYou International]] version he also casts [[HolyHandGrenade Holy]] and Arise.
* {{Pirate}} and SkyPirate: He is called a pirate of both the sea and sky.
* RealMenWearPink
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: As part of a [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* ShellShockedVeteran
* TheSixthRanger: The 3rd and final one to be met in-story.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: You meet him with only a few hours left in the game, not counting time spent on sidequests. But once you find out his past, it turns out he's more influential than some of the people you've seen all game.
* WeaponOfChoice: DualWielding [[CoolSword Cool Swords]], the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Chirijiraden]] and the [[NonIndicativeName Ninja Knife]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Would you belive that he's only ''thirty-three''?

!! Reks

-> "No, sir. I want to fight. For my homeland and for my parents."

-->Voiced by Hideki Tasaka (Japanese) and YuriLowenthal (English)

Vaan's older brother. He was a member of the "Order of Knights of Dalmasca" under Basch. When he rushed to prevent the assassination of King Raminas, he found his comrades slaughtered and the king dead, supposedly at the hands of Basch. He was stabbed, and lived long enough to testify his version of events before dying.

* BigBrotherInstinct
* {{Bishonen}}: Just like Vaan.
* ChainmailBikini: Its no wonder he died, he's wearing a military issue sports bra and thigh highs with short shorts.
* DecoyProtagonist: A role he shares with [[TheIshmael his brother Vaan]], only in Rek's case it's more obvious.
* FlowerMotifs: The Galbana Lily was his favorite flower, Vaan even names his airship after this flower in the sequel.
* [[GuestStarPartyMember Guest Star]] DecoyProtagonist
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
* NiceGuy: Very much so, according to the people who knew him.
* PromotionToParent: After his and Vaan's parents died, five years before the main events of the game.
* SacrificialLamb
* ShoutOut: His role as the POV character for the game's prologue is a shout out to GeorgeRRMartin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' prologue POV characters, who, just like Reks, all die at the end of each book's prologue.
* TragicKeepsake: His pendant which Vaan is seen wearing for the entirety of the game.
* UnwittingPawn: He is fatally stabbed by Gabranth in order to frame his twin brother for regicide and tortured to give his testimony against Basch because he too was accused of taking part in the murder.
* WeaponOfChoice: A standard issue [[CoolSword sword]] and [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]].
* WhiteVoidRoom: Vaan remembers his brother dying in one as he sat unresponsive in a catatonic state.

!! Gerun

-->Voiced by Seiko Tomoe (Japanese) and Bernice Stegers (English)

The leader of the god-like Ocurria. She guides Ashe, and by extension the party on their quest to topple the Empire by appearing to the princess in the guise of [[spoiler:her deceased husband Rassler]].

* AmbiguousGender: Just like Venat, Gerun has no physical gender and will be referred to with feminine pronouns for the purposes of this entry.
* AngelUnaware
* BerserkButton: Flies into a screaming rage at the implication that [[spoiler:Venat's actions might actually have a point]].
* [[spoiler:BigBad]]: [[spoiler:From a historical standpoint, and from Venat's point-of-view. What's more, she spends 90% of the game slow-walking Ashe into becoming a genocidal tyrant under her thrall, the likes of which would have put Vayne to shame by miles]].
* BloodKnight / GeneralRipper: See below.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[spoiler:Annihilating every man, woman, and child in Archadia is completely justified to her if it rids her of Venat and scours manufactured nethicite from the world]].
* CosmicPlaything: [[spoiler:The Dynast King. She used Raithwal to establish Ocurrian rule over Ivalice and plans to use Ashe to preserve it]].
* EnergyBeings
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: It wouldn't be a Yasumi Matsuno game is this ''wasn't'' at play somewhere.
* [[spoiler:GracefulLoser]]: [[spoiler:She doesn't actually try to stop Ashe and the party, even when it's patently clear they mean to actually fulfil Venat's goal]].
* JerkassGods: She carries high the ''FinalFantasy'' standard of higher powers being absolute pricks before handing it off to Barthandelus for ''[[FinalFantasyXIII XIII]]''.
* ManipulativeBastard: She tries ''everything'' to get Ashe to [[spoiler:destroy Archadia and Venat]], progressing from subtle manipulation to to outright ordering her to do it.
* NoGender: Genderless due to not having a physical body, but has a female-ish voice.
* OneShotCharacter: Appears as herself for less than five minutes, despite having a continuous role throughout the plot of the game.
* PoisonousFriend: [[spoiler:Ashe doesn't realise who poisionous she is until they meet face to face in Giruvegan]].
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:Spends the whole game trying to make this happen for Ashe. Fails spectacularly at it because she just couldn't keep her big mouth shut]].
* PurpleProse: Gerun speaks in it.
* ShapeShifterGuiltTrip: [[spoiler:The ghostly image of Rassler that keeps appearing to Ashe over the course of the game is Gerun playing off her grief and rage towards Archadia to get her to acquiesce to genocide]].
** Tried to do this to Vaan, too before he let go of his hatred for the Empire.
* SheIsTheKing: She's referred to in the game's lore as the "King" of the Occuria.
** TopGod
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Eclipses even Reddas in terms of the screen time:plot importance ratio.
* SophisticatedAsHell / WickedCultured: Speaks in poetic meter, uses highfalutin language and poetic abbreviations such as pow'r, and carries herself with all the dignity of an Elizabethan monarch, [[spoiler:until you piss her off]].
* WalkingSpoiler


[[folder: Archadian Empire]]

!! Vayne Carudas Solidor

->"Ivalice will know a new Dynast King, and Man will keep his own history! The tyranny of the gods is ended!"

-->Voiced by Creator/NobuoTobita (Japanese) and Elijah Alexander (English)

The son of the current Emperor of the Archadian Empire, and recently appointed Consul to Dalmasca. His affable nature cloaks his intelligence and utter ruthlessness, and his schemes permeate every part of the plot.

Vayne is a complex character with a multitude of goals: [[spoiler:to break the control of the Occuria over Ivalice, to destroy the corrupt bureaucracy of Archadia, to become the next Dynast King and gain complete control over Ivalice, and to prepare the way for his younger brother Larsa to inherit his position]].

* AffablyEvil: Arguably the most affable villain in the series. When Migelo refuses to drop the "lord consul" title from his name, Vayne invites him to dinner at the palace and tells him he'll get the guy drunk until he gets it right.
* [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI A Dynast-King Am I]]: He intends to use his manufacted nethicite to overthrow the Occuria and rule the world as a benign overlord.]]
* AloofBigBrother: To Larsa.
* AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type III]]): While getting to rule the world is a nice plus, Vayne's goal is to [[spoiler:defy the reign of the Occuria by overthrowing those they favor, thus ending their control over the races of Ivalice and giving Mankind freedom from manipulative and controlling gods]]. He's also shown to be a pragmatic, intelligent and charismatic leader who wants to secure the future of House Solidor and truly cares for his brother Larsa.
** AdaptationalVillainy: In the manga he's much more cruel and manipulative, getting a few new KickTheDog moments and having his charismatic speech to Dalmasca omitted.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BareFistedMonk
* {{Big Bad}}
* BigBrotherInstinct: He does a lot to keep Larsa safe and innocent.
** Depending on how you view the cutscenes that show the power struggles going on in the Empire, Vayne is aware that his brother would ultimately make a better ruler for the people, but the times are troubled and for the moment Vayne is the better ruler on account that he can handle the war and politics that Larsa is too young to deal with yet.
--->'''Vayne:''' "Observe well, Larsa. Watch and mark you the suffering of one who must rule, yet lacks the power."
* CainAndAbel: Averted with him and Larsa regardless of how different they are they love each other dearly, However in the back story Vayne murdered both of his older brothers.
** Apparently, his father commanded him to, and it is implied that Vayne had to be forced to carry out those orders. This likely fostered ill will towards his father, [[spoiler: which in turn helped motivate Vayne's assassination of the Emperor and ascend to the throne.]]
* TheChessmaster: Though you don't see him on-screen as often as previous villains, it is made clear Vayne isn't just [[OrcusOnHisThrone sitting around doing nothing]] and is working on securing more power for himself.
** The manga takes it further by revealing the reason Archadia attacked Nabradia and later Dalmasca was due to an insurgent faction in Nabradia seeking an alliance with Rozarria over Dalmasca. The Archadians feared a civil war in Nabradia could lead to a power shift and invaded to ensure stability, and then they went to war with Dalmasca as well due to their alliance with Nabradia. It is implied Vayne had some hand in the insurgents' rise to power, effectively making him single-handedly responsible for causing a world war.
** XanatosSpeedChess: Plays a mean game of it. He can't control what Ashe and her allies will do, nor the resistance or Rozarria, but he still manages to get what he wants out of it.
* CulturedBadass
* TheEvilPrince: While he has no actual title Prince despite being the Emperor's son, it's implied he killed his two older brothers, on his father's orders.[[spoiler: He later seizes power by murdering his father and framing the Senate, allowing him absolute power over the Empire making him ...]]
** [[spoiler: TheEmperor]]
* EvilVirtues
* {{Expy}} Some traits of his match that of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Emperor Mateus]], including his being the reigning Emperor, his allying himself with a rogue being, and even down to his final defeat on a flying fortress. [[spoiler:Unlike Mateus, however, that defeat was permanent.]]
** An ambitious, handsome young man able to use his charisma and keen political mind to consolidate power while simultaneously winning the support of the people as well looking to bring about an era of peace: Vayne or [[EmperorAugustus Augustus, first emperor of the Roman Empire]]?
* FlyingWeapon: His Sephira swords.
* FinalBoss: And a SequentialBoss to boot.
** OneWingedAngel: It's Square-Enix, this is not a spoiler. [[spoiler:Though he does play with convention by doing it ''twice'', first by growing muscle-bound and superpowered by nethicite to become Vayne Novus, then by doing a FusionDance with Venat and grafting parts of his airship onto his body to become The Undying.]]
* GeniusBruiser: A tactical expert, cunning politician, and competent fighter in his own right.
* GenreSavvy: Vayne recognises that a populace that despises their conquerors can and ''will'' end up rebelling. So, what does he do? Why, give a great speech to win them over to his side. Obviously, it doesn't work with the FiveManBand (because there wouldn't be a game if it did), but the fact that he ''tried'' says it all.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Vayne's eyes will glow [[SupernaturalGoldEyes gold]] with mist whenever he activates a special attack.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Doesn't mean he doesn't regret it, though.
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Courtesy of Vaan]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Cid
* [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Ivalice Justifies The Means]]: His ultimate goal is a peaceful Ivalice united under Arcadia and him as the Dynast-King. However, "peace" only factors into things once he achieves the "united" part.
* {{Ki Attacks}}: His attacks Mach Wave and Pummel.
* KickTheDog: While actually referring to the subjects as dogs, no less. [[spoiler:While Drace questions his innocence in Gramis's death and threatens him, Vayne orders Gabranth, her confidante, to execute her right then and there. He also refers to Gabranth as a dog and reveals he knows Gabranth was spying on him under Gramis's orders, and thus the execution is a test of loyalty]].
** In the manga, during the attack by the resistance at the start of the game, Vaan spies on Vayne and Gabranth watching the carnage, and is discovered and hauled before Vayne. Vayne knows full well Vaan is enraged and mocks him, calling him a powerless dog too weak and cowardly to do anything but kneel at his feet. When Vaan brings up Reks's death, knowing Vayne was at Nalbina that night, Vayne says that since he comes from a family of dogs, he should be grateful he didn't have to pay for a funeral. Vaan pushes himself to his feet, and when Vayne just mocks him some more for not knowing his place, Vaan finally musters the courage to attack him, only to be blocked by Gabranth. Gabranth asks if they should show leniency since Vaan obviously isn't a rebel, but Vayne orders him executed anyway, and just to drive a knife into Gabranth's heart too, taunts him about his brother and his homeland a bit before he leaves.
* KungFuWizard
* LargeHam: [[spoiler: When he goes nuts at the end, he REALLY goes nuts.]]
* MagicPants: [[spoiler:As Vayne Novus and layer The Undying, his clothing dissolves leaving only the armored portions, which encompass gauntlets, boots, the tails of his outfit, and his belt with a convenient flap of armor hanging over the groin.]]
* NayTheist: His goal is to overthrow the Occuria.
* NecessarilyEvil: Even in his quest to become the new Dynast-King that will unite all of Ivalice, [[spoiler:and shake off the Occuria's yoke]], he is very much aware of the atrocities he commits, and the tragedies his and Cid's plotting have wrought. His remark "my hands are stained with blood, I see little reason to stay them now" alone shows he's aware of what he has done and will have to do in the future to see his goals to fruition.
** TheUnfettered: A more rule-abiding version, he nonetheless states (in a conversation with Emperor Gramis) that he's willing to do whatever he must, even if it means raising his sword and taking life ''en masse''. Especially if he can prevent Larsa from having to do so instead.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:As the Undying, he's a humanoid {{cyborg}} dragon empowered by [[AppliedPhlebotinum Nethicite]] that fights with a {{BFS}} BladeBelowTheShoulder on one arm and a {{BFG}} ArmCannon on the other]].
* NoPlaceForMeThere: It's never stated outright but there are implications that he's trying to unite the world under his banner so that he can hand it over to [[MessianicArchetype his brother, Larsa]], when the time is right. This would, quite obviously, leave [[ManipulativeBastard a man like him]] without much purpose but he doesn't seem fazed at all by this fact.
* PowerFloats: [[spoiler:In his second and third forms.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To the people of Rabanastre during his time there.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Vayne is effectively a reworking of the usual ''FinalFantasy'' antagonist schtick, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII which usually]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV entails seeking]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV the world's]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI destruction]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII for it's]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII own sake]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX or to rule it]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX as a dead rock]]. Vayne recognises that such destruction is ''pointless'' as, obviously, there would be ''nothing left to rule'' - as clearly shown from how he tries to preserve the lands he conquers and win their people over to his side. So, what does he do? Well, like most other ''FF'' baddies, he does end up pursuing power but only so that he can rule the world as a benevolent dictator rather than simply using said power to blow it up ForTheEvulz - providing a rare example of a JRPG villain who actually answers to question of [[AndThenWhat "And Then What?"]]
* SanitySlippage: Toward the end.
* StormOfBlades: His swords fly around and attack you without him even touching them except during special attacks.
* [[spoiler:TakingYouWithMe]]
* {{Ubermensch}}
* {{Unstoppable Rage}}
* [[spoiler: {{Upgrade Artifact}} combined with {{Hulking Out}}: Uses Manufactured Nethicite to transform into his second form the hugely muscled Vayne Novus]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Possibly due to WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, once he transforms into Vayne Novus and witnesses Gabranth's betrayal, his collected demeanor collapses into LargeHam outrage]].
* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler:Shortly after the Vayne Novus fight when he is defeated and his attack on Gabranth is stopped by Larsa, he seems to doubt his resolve.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Dr. Cid.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He manages to turn public opinion of him around 180° with ''one'' speech. To the kingdom he's just overthrown and put under military occupation. Amazing.
* VisionaryVillain
* WaveMotionSword: His Gigflare Sword attack.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His ultimate goal is [[spoiler:to create a world free from the Occuria's influence...albeit under his complete dictator-like rule.]]

!! Larsa Ferrinas Solidor

->"The men of my family, we are taught to place the needs of others before those of our own. I will see that you are kept from harm. It is my duty to House Solidor."

-->Voiced by Creator/YukaImai (Japanese) and Johnny [=McKeown=] (English)

Vayne's younger brother, and competition for the throne of Archadia. Unlike Vayne, Larsa ultimately desires peace and works with the protagonists to unravel the web of secrets that his brother has spun.

As a child of twelve, Larsa is too young to fully understand the harsh realities of the world. Several factions plot from the shadows to either take advantage of his naiveity or to protect his innocence and idealism.

* AChildShallLeadThem
* AdorablyPrecociousChild
* BadassAdorable
** As a guest party member he can be fairly high level--''at age twelve''--and seems to be fully trained in some style of [[DualWield Archadian fencing.]] It can be odd to see him engage a nine-foot-tall Werewolf with an expression of DissonantSerenity.
* BreakTheCutie: By the end of the game, everyone this kid loves and cares for is dead. You see him break multiple times as a result.
* CainAndAbel: Mostly averted, Larsa and Vayne clearly love each other dearly but ultimately Larsa challenges his brother's authority when he feels he can no longer stay idle to his plans.
* CombatMedic: You'll probably appreciate Larsa most for his healing skills, but he's a decent fighter too.
* CrutchCharacter: It isn't a bad idea to save the optional sidequests and bosses for Larsa's second time joining the party. Besides the fact that Guest Party members are always a good thing for the fourth swordarm, Larsa's infinite supply of Hi-Potions make a lot of the optional parts of the game much easier. His Gambits have him use a Hi-Potion any time someone dips below 50% HP, and at 10% he uses an X-Potion instead, likely a full heal or close to it either way. He's also got the Telekinesis Technick, allowing him to attack flying enemies physically, while your party members will be relying on ranged weapons and magick.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: People to this day still think he's a she. It's the pretty red shoes.
** It doesn't help that he's initially known as "Lamont," not the most gender-specific name, and he isn't explicitly referred to as a male by anyone until some time after he joins you.
** It ''does'' help, however, that he's very young. He's only twelve, for Pete's sake! And, of course, if Larsa takes after his big brother in the looks department, then he'll be just fine and manly-looking after a growth spurt or two.
* GuestStarPartyMember
* HeroicBSOD: Has a brief one when Al-Cid reveals that [[spoiler:his father passed away]].
* HyperspaceArsenal: The kid is famous for having an infinite supply of Hi-Potions and X-Potions, and he is not at all shy about using them. Subverted in the ''International Zodiac Job System'' re-release, where Guest party members use items from your inventory instea. This means that Larsa no longer has infinite items, but this is compensated by him getting very useful white magic--more powerful than you likely have at his parts of the game.
* [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Imperials Who Actually Do Something]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Al-Cid. His relationship with most of the main party could count as well.
* ItemCaddy: Larsa has potions up the wazoo and you will appreciate them.
* MagicKnight: In the ''International Zodiac Job System'', he has Cura, Bubble, Water and Balance, along with some status-healing spells, and knows the Shades of Black Technick that casts random Black Magic for free.
* OddFriendship: With Penelo. They still communicate regularly through letters and remain close friends after the first game has ended. He even revamps Penelo's entire airship kitchen when her cooking ''finally'' proves tasteful.
* PrincelyYoungMan
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: His goal is to be this.
* TheRedMage: In the ''International Zodiac Job System'', Larsa becomes one (though different from the Zodiac Job's version of the game). He loses his infinite supply of Hi-Potion, but is granted many powerful white spells before anyone else, and even some black spells (plus the ''Shades of Black'' technique), making him a jack of all trades. Combined with his quite high Magic power, high MP pool, his ability to wield a sword and his very high evasion, he is a force to be reckoned with, though he still lacks in the HP department.
* ShelteredAristocrat: While he is certainly skilled in politics, especially for a twelve-year-old boy, he is still incredibly naive.
* TheSixthRanger: The second introduced in the story (after Vossler and before Reddas).
* WeaponOfChoice: [[DualWielding Dual wields]] a RoyalRapier called [[PublicDomainArtifact Joyeuse]] and a [[KnifeNut Swordbreaker]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: He's only twelve, but is very intelligent, mature, and well-spoken, and manages to play a few rounds of XanatosSpeedChess against his older brother. He seems to be quite effective at sweet-talking the ladies as well.
* YoungestChildWins: Towards Vayne. And his other two older brothers, who Vayne himself assassinated several years before the first game took place.

!! Dr. Cid (Cidolfus Demen Bunansa)

->"The Reins of History, back in the hands of Man."

-->Voiced by Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka (Japanese) and John Rafter Lee (English)

The head researcher of Archadia's Draklor Laboratories, and notably the first Cid to be a major villain. He is the creator of manufacted nethicite, the substance that powers Archadia's war machines, and of various other technical marvels such as airships that can traverse Jagd. He is allied with Vayne and is completely obsessed with the potential of nethicite.

[[spoiler:He is the estranged father of Balthier, who left in disgust when Cid became consumed by his nethicite research. Cid received the knowledge of how to create nethicite from Venat, who he works with to destroy the Occuria's hold over Ivalice.]]

* AGodAmI: Shows shades of this at the top of the Pharos.
* [[spoiler: AntiVillain: Just like Vayne and Venat]].
* BadassBookworm: He's the head scientist of Archadia, but he still leaps into the fray with your party without hesitation, and can hold his own too.
* CatchPhrase: His quote above, which explains his entire character in ten words.
* ChainsawGripBFG: How he wields his gatling gun.
* DualBoss: With [[spoiler: Famfrit, who he summons partway through the party's second battle against him]].
* EvilGenius: [[spoiler: Not truly evil, but he counts in the traditional sense]].
* FirstNameBasis: Everyone refers to him by his nickname with title.
* ForScience: His entire motivation is to make discoveries for the sake of making them.
* GadgeteerGenius: He's a gunslinger, a researcher into {{Magitek}}, and builds robots.
* TheGunslinger: Wields assorted guns in battle, including...
** {{BFG}}: His gatling gun and rifle are huge.
** BlingBlingBang: Cid's guns are all gold-colored with glowing blue details.
** {{Guns Akimbo}}: His normal weapons are a pair of guns.
** GatlingGood: One of his special weapons wielded in his cinematic attacks.
** FrickinLaserBeams: His cinematic attacks.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Vayne.
* LargeHam: [[spoiler: It runs in the family apparently.]]
* MadScientist: Fills the criteria but actually a subversion, Cid is perfectly sane and knows exactly what he's doing. This is lampshaded by Balthier, who notes "he wasn't mad at all," and indeed Cid isn't -- he's just busy talking to someone other people can't see, likes being overly theatrical, and is obsessed with a particularly fascinating and important field of study.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate
* MotorMouth: ''"Youwillseenopityfromme!"''
* NayTheist: He manufactures nethicite in direct defiance of the Occuria (and at Venat's urging). He was the one who spurred Vayne to invade the small countries south of Archadia to get at their deifacted nethicite.
-->[[ArcWords "The reins of history back in the hands of man."]]
* NoIndoorVoice
* PragmaticVillainy: Come the late game he's come to realize that the huge amounts of power stored in deifacted Nethicite is too great to be worth the risk of trying to control, since they have a habit of detonating like nuclear warheads if used improperly.
-->"To Hell with [[spoiler:the Occuria and their stones]]! What good a power that cannot be harnessed?"
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:He looks just like an older Balthier with glasses and facial hair.]]
* SummonMagic: The Esper Famfrit.
* TalkativeLoon: Everywhere he goes, he's incessantly conversing with thin air about his work and plans. [[spoiler:This is because his partner, the rogue Occuria Venat, is InvisibleToNormals.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Vayne and Venat.
* [[spoiler: WellIntentionedExtremist]]: [[spoiler: He really wanted to free humanity from the yoke of the Occuria... but then went and tried to take on [[AGodAmI such power himself]]]].
* [[spoiler: WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: He didn't leap over this all the way, thankfully, but the power ''did'' have negative effects on his psyche.]]

!! Venat

->"They are fulfilled beyond your knowing. The Cryst is sundered, Age of Stones, complete. From the Undying ones the world is freed. You shall not tread this path alone. Together we go, come...

[[spoiler:A rebel Occuria who disagreed with the philosophy of its kin, and sought to break the control of the Occuria over Ivalice. To accomplish this it aligns with Cid and Vayne, revealing the secret to creating nethicite.]]

* AffablyEvil: Is very polite and well mannered towards others.
* AmbiguousGender: Is ''specifically'' voiced by a woman, yet the body is ... [[NoBiologicalSex confusing]], to say the least. The voice is also digitally modulated to mimic certain masculine vocal inflections too. Since the Occuria leader Gerun is in the same circumstance, it's tough to say whether the Occuria even ''have'' genders at all, or if 'female' is the standard definition for them (as opposed to male). Or they just all have female voices regardless of gender. Either way, it's never specified what gender Venat is, but for simplicity's sake, she's referred to as female in this section from here on out.
* AntiVillain: Type III.
* [[spoiler:BiggerBad]]: [[spoiler:Vayne and Cid are threats, but only because Venat enables them to be.]]
** [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan The Being Behind the Man]]]]
** Alternatively, [[spoiler:she could be considered the BigBad with Vayne and Cid as CoDragons and the rest of the Occuria as the [[BiggerBad Bigger Bads]].]] This game seems to love ambiguity.
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins: Its goal was to stop the Occuria's manipulation, something that heroes have no problems with, and in the end succeeds.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Like the rest of the Occuria, Venat's motivations are as unknowable as her actions. [[spoiler:In siding with Ivalice's mortal races and desiring to free them from her brethren, she's willing to engage in atrocities on the scale of genocide, but treats her allies in this quest with kindness and honor, and only does as much evil as is absolutely necessary to bring about the "greater good." By the end of the game she succeeds.]]
* [[spoiler:DefectorFromDecadence]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: That ink splot on the cover, alongside the Judge? It's her.
* EnergyBeings: Just like the rest of the Occuria.
* [[spoiler:FusionDance: [[OneWingedAngel With Vayne]] [[FinalBoss at the end]].]]
* AGodIAmNot: Its motivation is that it does not believe that the Occuria (including itself) have the right to manipulate mortal affairs.
-->"Indeed what claim does [[TopGod Gerun]] have on history's reins, seated on throne immortal, rent from time?"
** [[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil The Gods Are Evil]]: What it thinks of its fellow Occuria.]]
* TheHeretic
* InvisibleToNormals: Venat is invisible to anyone it doesn't want to interact with.
** RealAfterAll: They all thought Doctor Cid was talking to himself. Then Venat reveals itself first to the party, then to Vayne and finally to Gabranth, who Venat knocks across the room for trying to attack Cid.
* [[spoiler:NecessarilyEvil: See BlueAndOrangeMorality above.]]
* [[spoiler:PetTheDog]]: [[spoiler:The above quote, where after Vayne is mortally wounded, Venat offers up her immortality so that he doesn't have to die alone. Similarly, her final farewell to Dr. Cid.]]
* [[spoiler:PhysicalGod]]
* PurpleProse: Everything it says.
* [[spoiler:PyrrhicVictory]]: [[spoiler: Again, as the above quote explains, although every weapon in her arsenal lies broken, and she herself is about to commit SuicideByCop, she technically wins]].
* [[spoiler:SatanIsGood]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Cid and Vayne.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Has a distorted voice similar to the other Occuria.
* [[spoiler:WellIntentionedExtremist]]: [[spoiler:See the entry on BlueAndOrangeMorality.]]
* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler:The quote above is basically Venat saying that it forsakes its immortality then and there so that Vayne does not have to die alone.]]


[[folder: The Judges of Archadia]]

The highest-ranking officers in Archadia, essentially making them the most powerful military authority in Archadia. but also the chief magistrates of the Archadian nation, making them the Supreme Court as well. They are also unofficially obedient to House Solidor.

!! Applying to the Judges as a whole:

* AntiVillain: Aside from [[AxCrazy Bergan]], [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains they all rank]] as [[NobleDemon Type Is]], and individually they variably verge into the other three. All of the Judges (again, except for Bergan) show themselves to have some level of nobility and honor, and some do question the direction the rulers of Archadia are taking the country. In fitting with the GreyAndGrayMorality of the game, it's just that they're on the other side of the war from the playable party, not that any of them are really "evil".
* BadassCape: Standard attire for them.
* BonusBoss: In the NoExportForYou version you fight all of them as a team.
* DoubleWeapon: Each judge has one, which is actually a BifurcatedWeapon that splits apart for them to DualWield.
* FiveBadBand: Within themselves. They still work as this with Vayne factored into things, with him as the BigBad and Gabranth and Zargabaath as the CoDragons.
** TheBigBad: Gabranth, leader of the judges and the one of them with the strongest connection to the main plot.
** TheDragon: Zargabaath, the most rational and level-headed of the group and who pilots the fleet.
** TheEvilGenius: Ghis, who aspires to be TheStarscream and is the only one interested in what makes the deifacted nethicite so valuable.
** TheBrute: Bergan, AxCrazy and valuable power and brutality, which is why he champions Vayne as the perfect emperor.
** TheDarkChick: Drace, the only one of them not afraid to be open about her suspicions of Vayne, and as such not afraid to speak against him. Bonus point for actually being the only female of the group.
** SixthRangerTraitor: Zecht, who has gone missing by the events of the game after the destruction of Nabudis and is assumed dead or a deserter. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Reddas]].
* FourStarBadass: They're the commanders of Archadia's militia and they kick a lot of ass.
* [[EvilOldFolks Antagonistic Old Folks]]: With the exception of Gabranth, they all appear to be much older than the party or Gabranth.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Balthier sums them as "more executioners than judges."
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Their black cape with the Empire's symbol in red.
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad
* TinTyrant: All of them wear custom suits of full plate armor.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the game they mostly only use basic magic, if at all, and generally are not very impressive bosses, not counting the ''International'' rematch with all five of them. In the manga adaptation of the game, they're upgraded to OneManArmy. Bergan and Drace march across a battlefield knocking troops aside with ease, and Ghis kills a Firemane with one hit.

!! Judge Gabranth ([[spoiler:Noah fon Ronsenburg]])

->"Silence! All was stripped from me. Only hatred for the brother who fled our homeland remains mine!"

-->Voiced by AkioOhtsuka (Japanese) and Michael Rodgers (English)

An Archadian Judge and the Emperor's right-hand man. The Emperor tasks him with protecting Larsa from the ugly side of politics and war. However, he becomes ensnared in Vayne's machinations and finds his loyalties to the Empire and Larsa tested.

[[spoiler:He is Basch's twin brother Noah, who impersonated Basch to kill King Raminas and disgrace his brother. When his homeland was conquered by Archadia, he joined the Empire instead of joining his brother in Dalmasca]].

He appears in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' as a HiddenCharacter.

* AnimalMotifs: A stray dog.
* [[spoiler: AntiVillain]]: [[spoiler:He's a broken man who feels he has no honor or pride after discarding his loyalty to his homeland and his family to side with the Empire that destroyed them.]]
* BadassBoast: "Even a stray has pride!"
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Has short-cropped blond hair.
* BreakTheHaughty: Actually he's already broke; the events of the game simply serve to break what little is left.
* DarthVaderClone: His echoing voice, servitude to the Emperor, and armored appearance are the tip of the iceberg. [[spoiler:He's also Basch's brother who joined the Empire, is deep down a demoralized and broken man, and is convinced by Basch to reclaim his honor and help them defeat Vayne, only to be mortally wounded for his efforts.]] And on top of this, he's considered more iconic and popular than Vayne, the ''actual'' Big Bad.
* [[spoiler:TheDogBitesBack]]
-->'''Vayne:''' [[spoiler:"The hound strays...treason bears a price!"]]
-->'''Gabranth:''' [[spoiler:"One I gladly pay!"]]
* {{Determinator}}: Of the villainous kind, his hatred of [[spoiler:Basch]] is all that keeps him going when he's lost everything else.
* TheDragon: He's the right-hand man of the Emperor, both Gramis and Vayne.
** CoDragons: With Zargabaath, who commands the main branch of the airship fleet.
* [[spoiler: EleventhHourRanger]]: [[spoiler:Joins the party for the second-to-last fight of the game.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler: "You confound me, brother! You failed Landis, you failed Dalmasca, all you were to protect. Yet you still hold on to your honor. How!?"]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Basch. He was also is an antithesis for Vaan and Ashe who at the games emotional apex chose to TurnTheOtherCheek on the man who destroyed their entire lives while he spent his life mulling in his hatred for Basch.
* [[spoiler: EvilTwin]]: He's actually a Deconstruction of this trope, having initially had good reason to [[spoiler: hate his brother]]. By the events of the game however, [[spoiler: Noah]] was serving the country who originally assimilated his homeland of Landis. This may originally have been justified to him by [[spoiler: his and Basch's mother being Archadian]], but by the game's events he's gradually falling ever further, whereas [[spoiler: Basch was able to put his life back together and fight on even when all his honour seemed lost]]. That neither side is entirely right or wrong keeps this trope from being played straight, much like the treatment [[TheDeterminator so]] [[MadScientist many]] [[SatanIsGood others]] [[AGodAmI tropes]] [[AntiVillain in]] [[WeaponOfMassDestruction the game]] [[ShadesOfConflict are given]].
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: After Vayne transforms into Vayne Novus, Vayne tells Gabranth to defend his brother, Larsa, as he will have "much need in the Hell to follow." Gabranth obeys the command to defend Lord Larsa... by turning his sword against Vayne and aiding the heroes instead.]]
* FailureKnight: [[spoiler: for the Republic of Landis, his homeland]].
* [[spoiler: GuestStarPartyMember]]: [[spoiler:When fighting Vayne Novus.]]
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]]: [[spoiler:Basch convinces him that it isn't too late to invoke this, motivating him to do so and help the party stop Vayne.]]
* KickTheDog: The way he tries to goad Ashe into taking revenge by rubbing in the fact that he murdered her father in cold blood.
* KnightInSourArmour: Villainous version. He faithfully carries out the deeds of his masters but really doesn't care about any of it, and is deeply cynical and bitter.
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: [[spoiler:In helping the party defeat Vayne and protecting Larsa, he receives fatal wounds and perishes during the ending.]]
* [[spoiler: SixthColumn: To Arcadia.]]
* SwordBeam: His signature skill Innocence.
* UnknownRival: Is on both ends of the trope. He ''despises'' Basch and in every interaction with him mocks and goads him, while Basch remains calm and regards him with collected reassurance of himself. On the other end, Ashe and Vaan despise ''him'', but they don't even meet until near the end of the game and Gabranth doesn't think much of their hate except to try and use it to manipulate Ashe.
* [[spoiler: TakeUpMySword]]: [[spoiler: When he passes his charge on to his brother]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Suffers this after it becomes clear that Basch was able to transcend his past and hardship while Noah is still empty and bitter. [[spoiler: After Basch defeats him he finally lets go and performs a HeelFaceTurn]].
* YouKilledMyFather: Ashe is not happy when Gabranth (almost gleefully) admits to killing her father and essentially ruining her life (of course, this was his intention with the confession).

!! Judge Bergan

->"Too late, and to their sorrow, do those who misplace their trust in gods learn their fate."

-->Voiced by YosukeAkimoto (Japanese) and Gary Martin (English)

One of the Archadian Judges who believes that power and might are the key to ruling. As such he eagerly accepts Vayne as the new emperor when he takes power. Has a short but very memorable role, demonstrating he has no problem [[spoiler: slaughtering an entire mountain village of innocents for no real reason]].
* AxCrazy
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BloodKnight: It's largely implied, but still demonstrated in-game. The manga adaptation shows this is his normal state, with him leading the assault on the Dalmascan troop at Nabudis and clearly enjoying himself immensly.
* TheBrute: Of the Judge Magisters as a group, and of the Archadian military as a whole. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Presumably]].
* FacePalmOfDoom: To Drace... With a ''steel'' gauntlet. That had to be painful.
* {{General Ripper}}/{{Social Darwinist}}: He firmly believes that a leader must be forceful, ruling with an iron fist. This drives his loyalty to [[TheUnfettered Vayne]].
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: If several of these tropes are any indication, Bergan was, if not kind, at least a more ''sane'' man at some point before the events of the game. Even in his first appearance in-story, he's rather brusque but somewhat level-headed. In his subsequent scenes, his [[spoiler: taking manufacted nethicite into his body]] causes him to first [[spoiler: brutally throw Drace across the room]], followed by his [[spoiler: slaughtering people at Mt Bur-Omisace before the nethicite destroys his body, killing him]].
* MeatPuppet: By [[spoiler: Venat, to precipitate the slaughter of the Kiltias and galvanize Ashe's retaliation]].
* MightMakesRight: Believes Vayne to be best suited to rule Ivalice by virtue of being the most powerful and ambitious.
* NayTheist: See his quote above.
* PsychoSupporter: To Vayne.
* SerratedBladeOfPain
* SuperStrength: Justified, since he [[spoiler:merged manufacted nethecite into his own body!]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity

!! Judge Drace

->"Spare me your lies! I see the serpent coiled here before me!"

-->Voiced by YokoSoumi (Japanese) and Julia Fletcher (English)

Another Archadian Judge, and a more reasonable one. Knowing Vayne is a MagnificentBastard she doesn't trust him and prefers Larsa. [[spoiler: She's the second Judge to fall (after Ghis) when she tries to call him out on killing his father. Vayne has her executed for treason]].
* BreastPlate: Averted, her armor is subtly different from the male judges' in the chest and has a wider hip area, but still fits the same basic design.
* CarryABigStick
* TheDarkChick
* DeadpanSnarker: Several times.
--> "You wear the mummer's motley well, Bergan."
* [[spoiler: DisposableWoman: Unfortunately - largely due to being the only major female character outside the main playable cast.]]
* [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity]]
* [[spoiler: GoOutWithASmile: She does it, knowing that Gabranth will take care of Larsa in her stead.]]
* HonourBeforeReason: [[spoiler: She might have lived if she, like Zargabaath, had examined the situation with Vayne killing his father more rationally]].
* KnightInSourArmor
* LadyOfWar
* MamaBear: She's willing to commit treason if it means protecting Larsa.
* SmurfettePrinciple: She's the only female Judge Magister.
* SourSupporter: Towards Vayne.

!! Judge Ghis

->"Blood alone does not an emperor make, Vayne."

-->Voiced by Ryusuke Obayashi (Japanese) and Mark Wing Davey (English)

An Archadian Judge (probably the second-oldest after Zargabaath) who plays an important role in the early plot by capturing the party members multiple times. Unlike the other judges, he only seems to be out for himself; in short, he's a careerist and a schemer. When he gets his hands on some deifacted nethicite he [[spoiler: contemplates seizing power for himself, but dies when he finds out how powerful it ''really'' is]].
* BlingOfWar: While the other Judges wear imposing silver and black armor, Ghis is quite a bit more stylish with a uniform of red and gold with matching weapons.
* TheChessmaster: Tries, but ultimately isn't as good as the ''bigger'' and more well-informed Chessmasters.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Seems to have shades of this in his first appearances - especially compared to [[BloodKnight Bergan]] - but it's really more that he prefers to not dirty his own hands if he can help it. When the party confronts him, he has no further issue with attempting to kill them, though it must be acknowledged that he doesn't appear to hold a grudge afterward. Say what you will about his ethics - or lack thereof - but don't mistake him for a simple-minded mass-murderer.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's definitely cultured and polite, rarely if ever losing his composure even when [[spoiler: Ashe's group is fighting against him to escape the Dreadnought Leviathan]]. He's also got an enormous ego and an inflated opinion of himself which comes from being a cunning social climber.
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard]]
* IGaveMyWord: A villainous example, Vaan hands him the Dusk Shard but asks he promise not to execute anyone. Ghis doesn't voice agreement, but does order they be imprisoned rather than have them killed, even though three of the party members hold no political value.
* {{Jerkass}}: Polite he may be, but a creep he most definately is.
* MagicKnight: He has a an [[BlowYouAway Aero]] spell which is very powerful at the time you fight him and appears to cast [[NonElemental Flare]] during a cutscene but it is absorbed by Penelo's [[AntiMagic manufacted nethicite]].
* OhCrap: When he realizes [[spoiler: exactly what's about to happen to the Shiva]] after [[spoiler: the deifacted nethicite goes in the ship's drive, and the readings go red.]]
* SmugSnake
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: He makes a very revealing comment right before his death that implies he'll use the nethicite to put himself on the Archadian throne.]]
* StarterVillain: The primary Imperial representative to oppose the party. [[spoiler:Until he blows himself up.]]
* [[spoiler: TooDumbToLive: Really, Ghis - you just ''had'' to test the ''deifacted nethicite'' while on an airship, not stopping to consider just how powerful it must be if King Raithwall used it to conquer the lands all those years ago? With not even any safety precautions in place, you were kind of asking to get blown up.]]
* TheUnfettered:
--> "Methods do not interest me. Only results."
* UnwittingPawn: Of Vayne, to see just how powerful deifacted nethicite could be.

!! Judge Zargabaath

->"The Empire's debts grow legion."

-->Voiced by Creator/RyuzaburoOtomo (Japanese) and Simon Templeman (English)

The final of the five Archadian Judges seen in the game, he's more the quiet type and acts as a voice of reason among them. He's an honourable sort, loyal to Archadia as a nation and ideal rather than any person. [[spoiler:Is notably the only Judge to make it out of the game alive]].
* AntiVillain: Type IV.
* TheDragon: He's the eldest of the Judges, and he's also commander of the ''Alexander'', the 2nd-largest ship in Archadia aside from the ''Sky Fortress Bahamut''.
** CoDragons: With Gabranth.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler: Subverted at the last second and called a fool for his efforts]]; his speech beforehand is a subtle, but effective, CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
--->"[[spoiler: This is Judge Magister Zargabaath, captain of the ''[[AirborneAircraftCarrier Alexander]]'', flagship of the 12th Dalmascan Fleet of the Archadian army. I address all ships in Rabanastre’s airspace. The ''[[EvilTowerOfOminousness Bahamut]]'' [[ColonyDrop must not be allowed to fall on the city of Rabanastre]]! [[RammingAlwaysWorks We are preparing to ram her]]! Do not interfere!\\
"Should [[OminousFloatingCastle she]] fall, the [[DeflectorShields Paling]] will not hold, and all Rabanastre will be obliterated! All ships, [[HeroicSacrifice concentrate your fire on the]] ''[[HeroicSacrifice Alexander]]'''s [[DeathFromAbove remains]] once ''Bahamut'' is clear of the city.]]"
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[LegacyOfKain Kain's picked up some lessons from Raziel]], and is now an honourable general.
* KnightInSourArmor
* MinorMajorCharacter: He has the smallest role of the Judge Magisters, yet plays a relatively major role in [[spoiler: the final stages of the game]].
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* OnlySaneMan: He and Judge Drace are probably the most level-headed and reasonable of the Judges, but unlike Drace he tends to keep his thoughts to himself and refrains from antagonizing his lords. [[spoiler:This may be one of the reasons he's the only Judge still alive by the end.]]
* PetTheDog: He attempts to talk Vayne out of [[spoiler: killing Drace]].
** And again when he's willing to [[spoiler:sacrifice himself, his crew, and his Empire's flagship, to save ''someone else's'' city from the collapsing Sky Fortress.]]
* TheQuietOne
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Easily the sanest Judge Magister, and arguably more reasonable than both the Senate ''and'' the ruling family.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: For most of the game, Zargabaath decides on being lawful - either regretting what he's witnessing but not stepping in (like when Bergan went berserk at Mt Bur-Omisace), or appealing to Vayne, being rejected, and going along with it (when Vayne orders Drace's execution).
* TheUnfought: Along with Drace, until the UpdatedRerelease.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Despite surviving the game, Zargabaath has no mention in the ending or the sequel. His fate is a complete mystery, though it could be safely assumed he will help Basche and Larsa to stabilise the Empire, appoint new Judge Magisters and reinstate the senate.]]



!! Montblanc

->"How fares the hunt, kupo?"

Originally appearing in VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance, he reprises his role in running [[AdventureGuild Clan Centurio]], which will offer you monster hunting sidequests.
* BadassAdorable
* BreakoutCharacter: Probably the most iconic thing to the Ivalice Alliance after Judges.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Blanc_%28dessert%29 this]].
* ManipulativeBastard: See {{Revenge}} trope below. As adorable as he looks, as patient and kind as he is towards Clan members, his ulterior motives essentially boil down to this. Whether the player sympathizes with him afterwards is another story.
* MythologyGag: The names of the prominent members of Clan Centurio; Kjrn, Ma'kenroh, Emet and Monid where Clan Nutsy's founding clan members in VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance. Unfortunately in the English version of Tactics Advance these names are randomized so the reference is mostly LostInTranslation.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything His beloved master was slain by the great beast Yiazmat, and all the master's disciples were scattered to the winds]]. He created Clan Centurio in order to find (or train) the one warrior who would be able to match and slay Yiazmat and thus avenge his master by proxy]].
* VerbalTic Since he's a moogle, he automatically uses "kupo".

!! Ba'Gamnan

->"The whole affair has the smell of money. I may have to whet my beak a little."

-->Voiced by Koji Ishi (Japanese) and SteveBlum (English)

A Bangaa bounty hunter with his eye set on claiming Balthier's bounty (he's the green Bangaa in the bottom center - the others are his gang/siblings). He is incredibly cruel and his methods are wildly illegal. Such methods include kidnapping and attacking innocents to draw out his prey.
* BountyHunter
* CastFromHitPoints: Has the Souleater skill.
* ChainsawGood
* DemotedToExtra: Ba'Gamnan appears shortly into the beginning with an established desire to get Balthier, and soon after kidnaps Penelo to lure Balthier in. In the following battle, he's so tough it's actually recommended to ''run'' from him rather than fight (unless the player's been LevelGrinding). Sounds like he'll be a major recurring antagonist, right? Well... no, actually. He basically disappears from the main plot altogether, reappearing as part of a Hunt, and that's it for his appearances in VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII.
** Though he becomes a recurring villain in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings Revenant Wings]]. You even get the chance to play as him for a brief portion of the game.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better in Revenant Wings.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang: He and his siblings in ''Revenant Wings''.
* GuestStarPartyMember: In ''Revenant Wings''.
* HopelessBossFight: As mentioned above, he and his flunkies appear as enemies after Penelo is rescued, but unless the party is overleveled they're impossible, so it's generally better to run.
* LizardFolk
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: One of them is the only noteworthy female Bangaa of the entire story. Too bad she also suffers from being DemotedToExtra.

!! The Occuria

Mysterious beings known as ''The Undying'' who act as Gods over Ivalice and dwell within the Great Crystal high above Giruvegan where not even airships can reach.
* [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad Biggest Bads]]]]: [[spoiler:Their control over history]] is what spurred [[spoiler:Venat to turn, making them responsible for the whole plot.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[spoiler: Essentially, they view their actions as promoting peace among mortals. Sometimes their actions can lead things look beneficial, but if they seem something as an obstacle to their vision of how the world should be, they will take any means to remove it, regardless of what it is.]]
* EnergyBeings
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity
* [[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil The Gods Are Evil]]]]: What [[spoiler:Venat]] thinks, anyways. [[spoiler:Not to say she isn't probably right, though.]]
* InvisibleToNormals: Well, to anyone they don't want to talk to anyway.
* JerkassGods: [[spoiler: Beyond their manipulations, if they see something as an obstacle to how they think the world should be, they don't care if its an entire country, they will use any means to remove it.]]
* ManipulativeBastard
* [[spoiler:MasterOfIllusion: Rasler's ghost turns out to be an illusion created by them.]]
* NoGender
* [[spoiler: OurGhostsAreDifferent: It is they who conjure the ghosts of Rasler and Reks to manipulate Ashe and Vaan.]]
** [[spoiler:MasterOfIllusion]]
* ScrewYouElves: [[spoiler: Venat's]] opinion of them, feeling they have no right to manipulate mortals. [[spoiler: Ashe has it by the end of the game.]]
* TopGod: Gerun is their leader.
* VoiceOfTheLegion

!! The Espers

The [[SummonMagic summons]] of the game. The rebelled against the gods that created them (presumably the Occuria) for various reasons and were imprisoned in various parts of Ivalice.
* BadassBeard: Hashmal has one.
* TheBeastmaster: The bestiary says that Adrammelech led an army of monsters against his creators.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Cu Chulainn has one that sprouts out of his back during his LimitBreak.
* BonusBoss: You only fight five of them in the main storyline.
* BossRoom: Most of them use fairly standard ones.
* {{Cap}}: In ''Tactics A2'', summoning Zodiark has a 50% chance of dealing 999 damage to each unit on both sides.
* CheckpointStarvation: There's no save crystal before facing Zodiark.
** Likewise, Chaos is in an area with no save crystals.
* ColonyDrop: Exodus's attacks invoke this, as does his pre-battle cutscene.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: See FieldPowerEffect below.
** Some of the Espers can even become temporarily ''invincible'' for a time by using Perfect Defense.
* DemBones: Zalera. Several skeletons also appear during his boss fight.
* DoubleUnlock: You have to defeat them and activate them on the license board.
* ElementalPowers:
** AnIcePerson: Mateus.
** BlowYouAway: Chaos.
** CastingAShadow: Zodiark. Zalera in ''Tactics A2''.
** DishingOutDirt: Hashmal.
** LightEmUp: Ultima. Zalera also knows Holy.
** MakingASplash: Famfrit.
** NonElemental: [[PoisonousPerson Cu Chulainn]], [[SoulPower Shemhazai]], [[GravityMaster Zeromus]], [[ColonyDrop Exodus]] and [[OneHitKill Zalera]]. Zodiark is non-elemental instead of Zalera in ''Tactics A2''.
*** Zodiark's LimitBreak in ''XII'' is also NonElemental.
** PlayingWithFire: Belias.
** ShockAndAwe: Adrammelech.
** ElementalTiers: They're spread across three tiers. Fire, ice and lightning are in tier one. Earth is in tier two. Water, wind, light and darkness are all in tier three. All but one of the NonElemental Espers are in tier two and the other is in tier one.
* {{Expy}}: Of the final bosses of earlier games in multiple cases. Cu Chulainn, Belias, Zalera, Adrammelech, Hashmal, Zodiark, and Ultima hail from FinalFantasyTactics (which is set in the same continuity as ''XII''), while most of the others are based on the final bosses of Final Fantasy I (Chaos), II (Mateus), IV (Zeromus), and V (Exodus). Only Famfrit and Shemhazai have no counterpart in the previous games.
** Actually, Famfrit is meant to represent VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII's Cloud of Darkness, and is even [[DubNameChange clearly identified as such in the Japanese version]](Famfrit, the Cloud of Darkness). Although it's full English name is also a clue on who is it based(Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud). Shamhazai may be based on VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII's Ultimecia, with them sharing similar design, color scheme, and both having a bizarre half-animal, half-woman look [[spoiler:, although Ultimecia only in her {{OneWingedAngel}} form.]] Final Fantasy XII's incarnations of Zalera, and Zodiark, are also argubly based on previous games [[FinalBoss final bosses]]. Zalera, with his design, especialy the overgrown right wing, seemingly pays tribute to the various forms of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]], with the shamaness, being a nod to Jenova. And his host from VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics, Elmdore, was also very much an {{expy}} of Sephiroth. Although one can see him also inspired by VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI's Kefka, with Zalera having a similar, creepy laugh, having [[GoodWingsEvilWings angel, and devil wings]] like Kefka's [[spoiler: God-form]], and him using the shamaness, parallels Kefka controlling Terra. Zodiark's design, meantime, recalls much that of VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Sin.
* FallenAngel: All of them thematically. Ultima is a literal one.
* FlunkyBoss: Mateus, Cu Chulainn, Zalera and Chaos. Chaos's flunkies are elementals with [[FridgeBrilliance the same elements as his counterpart's flunkies]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''.
** Subverted with Adrammelech and Zeromus. The enemies in their areas spawn whether the Espers are there or not, and do so continuously.
* FieldPowerEffect: Several of them have these when you fight them. They include disabling magic, disabling basic attacks, disabling items, draining health and draining magic. Ultima cycles through them as well as two others used by other bosses.
* FixedDamageAttack: Zodiark's LimitBreak does exactly 50,000 damage.
** Summoning Zodiark in ''Tactics A2'' has a 50% chance of hitting each unit on both sides for 999 damage.
* GenderFlip: A minor example. Famfrit is based on the female [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Cloud of Darkness]], but is described as being male.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Adrammelech has them.
* TheGrimReaper: Zalera was supposed to be this before he rebelled.
* HornedHumanoid: Chaos, Exodus's humanoid section and Belias all have horns. Hashmal has antlers.
* KillSat: Ultima's LimitBreak animation shows her doing this [[GuideDangIt if you can get her to use it]].
* LifeDrain: Cu Chulainn uses this when summoned.
* LimitBreak: The conditions that cause them to use these aren't always obvious.
* LivingBattery: That blue woman isn't actually Mateus. She's an ice goddess he's using as a power source. Zalera's shamaness has a similar function.
* [[EvilCounterpart Loyal Counterpart]]: All of the Espers except for Ultima and Zodiark have a counterpart who remained loyal to their creators.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Belias has a larger pair of arms for attacking and a smaller pair that he seems to use to cast magic.
* OmnicidalManiac: There WAS a good reason for imprisoning some of them, namely Exodus. Not surprising considering who he's based on.
* OneHitKill: Zalera does this both when summoned and during his boss fight.
** Zodiark's Darkja ability inflicts this in addition to blind to the entire party. It's less likely to take effect than the blind effect, but there's nothing that grants you immunity to it.
* OneWayVisor: The shamaness attached to Zalera's arm has one.
* OrderVsChaos: Hashmal's motivation for rebelling was that he saw himself as a bringer of order.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Shemhazzai is a partly-mechanical centaur.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Adrammelech.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Mateus. See that blue woman? That's not him. He's the fish thing she's attached to.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Mateus and Zeromus particularly. Belias might also count for looking like two humanoids fused together, giving him two heads.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Zodiark is the smallest of the Espers, but easily one of the hardest bosses in the game and the most powerful Esper. In fact, his power was the exact reason his creators sealed him away.
* {{Retcon}}: ''Tactics A2'' gives Zalera power over darkness instead of Zodiark.
* {{Revenge}}: Belias rebelled out to get revenge on his creators for considering him defective and useless.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Chaos had this as a form of immortality.
* ShootTheHostage: Mateus and Zalera were both banished with their living power sources.
* SignificantAnagram: Zalera -> Azrael.
* SummonMagic: Instant-ally variety, though you can't directly control them.
** In ''Tactics A2'', the trinkets used to summon them are use the single-attack variety.
* StandardStatusEffects: Most of them can inflict at least one during their battles.
* TimedMission: Zalera's boss fight. You are ejected from the battle and have to start over when the timer runs out.
* TotalPartyKill: Zodiark's Darkja ability can do this.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Hashmal.
* WesternZodiac
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The Bestiary has this as Chaos's motive for rebelling.
* WindIsGreen: Chaos.


[[folder:Revenant Wings Only]]



-> "You must give your anima to the heavens! Only then will you fly on wings undying!"

[[AGodAmI The self proclaimed God of the aegyl]]. [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, he has been alive for a long time, thanks to the [[ImmortalityImmorality Auracite]]. With the [[ContainmentField barrier]] around Lemurés gone, he has started a plot to get revenge on the world. This vengeance is prompted by the Occuria, who tried to dominate the aegyl, thus causing Feolthanos to take them to Lemurés.]]


* AGodAmI
* [[spoiler:BigBad]]
* [[spoiler:EmotionEater: He eats the Anima of his people and all who use the Auracite to become more powerful.]]
* [[spoiler:GodIsEvil]]: [[spoiler:For a certain value of "god."]]
* [[spoiler:ImmortalityImmorality]]
* [[spoiler:InterspeciesRomance]]: [[spoiler:He and an unnamed viera woman are the ancestors of the Feol Viera.]]
* [[spoiler:OneWingedAngel]]
* WingedHumanoid

!!The Judge of Wings ([[spoiler:Mydia]])

-> "Illusion is the only true reality."

A mysterious armored figure who aims to invade Ivalice from the floating continent of Lemurés and start a war between the aegyl and humes. Sky Pirates call her the Judge of Wings due to her resemblance to the Archadian Judges.

* [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy]]: [[spoiler:Thanks to Feolthanos]].
* [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie]]: [[spoiler:The results of Velis' death were... not good for her sanity.]]
* [[spoiler:BrokenBird]]: [[spoiler:After Velis' death]].
* [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption]]
* [[spoiler:TheDragon]]: [[spoiler:To Feolthanos.]]
* [[spoiler:EasilyForgiven]]: [[spoiler: After killing off her race (who were entirely innocent), playing mind games and whatever, the party (save maybe Fran and Balther) is all sympathy. [[FlatWhat What?!]]]]
* [[spoiler:InterspeciesRomance]]: [[spoiler:With Velis]].
* [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]]]]
* [[spoiler:LoveMakesYouEvil]]
* [[spoiler:SamusIsAGirl]]
* [[spoiler:TragicDream]]: [[spoiler:The only thing she wanted was to revive Velis, and look what the results were]].
* TinTyrant
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn]]: [[spoiler:To Feolthanos]].
* WalkingSpoiler
* [[spoiler:WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]: [[spoiler:Sure she committed horrible atrocities, but you have to feel at least ''a little'' sympathy for her]].


->"I'm gonna learn to fly all by myself! I wanna fly higher than anyone's ever flown before!"

Another orphan from lowtown, Filo follows faithfully in Vaan's footsteps. She still bears the emotional scars of the war, but she doesn't let them interfere with her dream of becoming a sky pirate. She [[AscendedExtra actually appears]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', but doesn't ''do'' anything until the sequel, where she's part of the main party.

* AscendedExtra
* BrattyHalfPint
* CheerfulChild
* DistressedDamsel: She gets kidnapped by Ba'Gamnan.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: She fights using a Skybandit, a ''hovering surfboard''.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* KidSidekick
* LittleMissBadass: She's only eleven years old in ''Revenant Wings'', yet is more than able to hold her own in battle.
* PrecociousCrush: On Llyud.
* SkySurfing
* TrapMaster



-> "I got my hands full watching the shop... and Old Dalan had something for me to do, but I can't get away."

An orphan living in Rabanastre's Lowtown, Kytes is one of Vaan's closest friends. Hoping to become a sky pirate himself, Kytes practices magick with single-minded determination. Like Filo, he appears as an orphan in Lowtown in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' proper, but doesn't have any real characterization until the sequel.

* AscendedExtra
* BlackMage
* CheerfulChild
* ChildMage
* ElementalPowers
** FireIceLightning
** DishingOutDirt
* HeartwarmingOrphan
* JumpedAtTheCall
* KidSidekick
* YouDontLookLikeYou: He looks far different in ''Revenant Wings'' than he does in ''XII''.



A warrior from the sky continent of Lemurés. He exhibits a curiosity not commonly found among the Aegyl, for which he is regarded as something as a curiosity himself

* AirJousting
* BladeOnAStick
* DeathFromAbove
* EmpathicHealer
* LifeDrain: One of his abilites.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Unlike the rest of his species, he actually is curious about human emotions.
* RedHeadedHero
* TheStoic: Along with the rest of his race, for [[EmptyShell unpleasant reasons.]]
* WingedHumanoid: Like all Aegyl.



* [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Is a typical KnightInShiningArmour fighting for the girl and his country.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Going off the Japanese text, his name is pronounced "Willis".
* ReplacementGoldfish: Of Penelo's older brothers.