Characters of the VideoGame/GoldenSun games.

When looking at the characters, one can understand what class of Adept a character is by using these tropes as guidelines.
* DishingOutDirt[=/=]GreenThumb[=/=]{{Necromancy}}[[note]]Charon summon, some of the secret advanced Psynergies the protagonists normally don't have access to[[/note]]: Venus Psynergy.
* PlayingWithFire[=/=]MagmaMan: Mars Psynergy.
* BlowYouAway[=/=]ShockAndAwe[=/=]{{Telepathy}}[[note]]Mind Reading only[[/note]]: Jupiter Psynergy.
* AnIcePerson[=/=]MakingASplash: Mercury Psynergy.

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!The Heroes
'''Tropes that apply to everyone''':
* IdiotHair: Everyone for some reason, except Garet (too spiky) and Sheba (too rounded).
* OlderThanTheyLook: In ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'', the main cast from the first two games age slowly due to Alchemy exposure.
* TheTeam
** TheHero / TheLeader: Isaac
** TheLancer / TheBigGuy: Garet
** TheSmartGuy / TheQuietOne: Ivan
** WhiteMagicianGirl: Mia
* [[TheTeam The Other Team]]
** AntiHero / TheLeader: Felix
** TheLancer / TheChick: Jenna
** BlackMagicianGirl: Sheba
** TeamDad / NiceGuy: Piers
* [[TheTeam Both Teams]]
** TheObiWan: Kraden
** Also once the teams combine Garet and Jenna lose their Lancer roles. Isaac's becomes TheLancer and allows Felix [[TheLeader to lead]] the last few missions. However [[GoldenSunDarkDawn history tends to remember]] [[TheHero Isaac's heroism]] and makes him the main {{protagonist}} overall in retellings.
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[[folder:Isaac (Robin)]]
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Isaac is a Venus Adept, a playable character in ''Golden Sun'' and ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age'', and a main character in the overall ''Golden Sun'' series. He's the silent protagonist and party leader of the original ''Golden Sun'', and gains a speaking role in his appearance late in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age'' as a co-leader of the game's extended final party.

In ''Dark Dawn'', he keeps a cabin observatory which he uses to keep an eye on Mt. Aleph along with Garet, and also as a place to train his son, Matthew. He is greatly concerned over the unrest that has swept Weyard since the restoration of Alchemy, as well as eventual coming of the Mourning Moon, a devastating giant Psynergy Vortex that appears every decade.
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[[VideoGame/GoldenSun At the onset...]]
* AnAxeToGrind: Though as he gets some exclusive swords you will likely hand them over to Garet.
* {{BFS}}: Ragnarok summons one. Odyssey summons four, and then a fifth that goes {{Up to Eleven}}.
* CarryABigStick: If you give him a mace.
* CombatMedic:
* DubNameChange: Robin in the Japanese version, Vlad in the French version and Hans in the Spanish version.
** "Robin" was a FanNickname for Matthew, the main character from ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' before he was officially named. Probably because fans weren't initially sure Matthew WAS a new and separate character, since he is [[StrongFamilyResemblance extremely similar]] to Isaac.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His mother wakes him up and tells him to evacuate for the disaster, and he goes and rescues Garet on his way out, then runs for help when Felix gets in trouble ''twice''. Three years later, he's helping fix the roof of the house, and by his mother's commentary he's apparently still upset he didn't do enough to help in the prologue. ChronicHeroSyndrome much, Isaac?
* EstrogenBrigadeBait
* HealingHands
* TheHero
* HeroicMime: First game only.
* HeroAntagonist: In ''The Lost Age'', with lots of worrying over how his and Felix's parties will avoid coming to blows. They join up instead.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Felix can glean a rough estimate of Isaac's exploits across the Eastern Sea if you transferred data from the first game.
* LightningBruiser: For some reason, he dishes more damage then even [[TheBigGuy Garet]] by default.
* MagicKnight: Shows prowess in both combat and magic.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Isaac has gone through a lot. [[spoiler:Failing to accomplish his quest in the first game, didn't manage to rescue Kraden, Jenna and Sheba, his mission to save the world FROM alchemy is meaningless because unleashing alchemy is actually the solution]]. That's why after getting his vocal cords in ''The Lost Age'', he suddenly becomes more hotheaded in contrast to the nice quiet guy he was previously.
* RedOniBlueOni: Personality-wise, he's the Red to Felix. When he speaks in the second game, Isaac is a little more impulsive and abrasive.
* ScarfOfAssKicking: Passes it on to Matthew.
* TookALevelInBadass: Once he starts talking in the second game.
** Right after the Saturos boss fight, Alex comments on how quickly Isaac and Friends turned badass. After the Fusion Dragon fight, Felix says that Isaac's become so powerful it frightens him.
* TookALevelInCynic: See MiseryBuildsCharacter entry above.
* WeaponOfChoice: Gaia Blade during his adventures. He is commonly associated with the Judgment summon as well.

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[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn 30 years later...]]
* AssistCharacter[=/=]ATasteOfPower: He and Garet provide backup for his son and Karis in the game's first tutorial dungeon and even lend the two a few of their Djinn.
* BadassBeard
* BadassLongcoat
* BlueOni: To Garet's [[RedOni Red]].
* FountainOfYouth[=/=]OlderThanTheyLook
* FutureBadass: He is ''ripped''.
* GenerationXerox: He does not see off his son and his friends when they go off on their journey. [[spoiler: Just like Dora.]]
* GuestStarPartyMember: As noted above.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Garet.
* TheObiWan
** EccentricMentor: A younger version, even taking his apparent age vs. actual age, although he still satisfies a lot of the trope's criteria.
** SinkOrSwimMentor: Yeah, I know my best friend's son is in grave danger but hey! TUTORIAL DUNGEON, GO!
* TookALevelInBadass: Time has been kind to him.
* WeaponOfChoice: Isaac favours the {{BFS}} now.
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[[folder:Garet (Gerald)]]
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Garet is a Mars Adept and a playable character in ''Golden Sun'' and ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. He is the one who is tasked to personally accompany his closest friend, Isaac, on the latter's quest and endeavors all throughout the ''Golden Sun'' series, but is also a foil for the occasional comedy relief.

In ''Dark Dawn'' he joins Isaac in keeping watch over Mt. Aleph while trying to keep his son Tyrell in line. He's simmered down with age, but often gets irritated at Isaac's unflappable personality.
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[[VideoGame/GoldenSun At the onset...]]
* AnimeHair
* AnAxeToGrind: He or Isaac are the only ones in your party in the first game able to wield axes and Garet is the most likely of the two to be doing so.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Since only Isaac and Felix can wield the Gaia and Sol Blades, and all cursed weapons and armor can only be conventionally obtained in the first game[[note]]The Lost Age also have Cursed Items, but they need to be forged from Dark Matter which is rare except the one after winning against Agatio and Karst[[/note]] and mostly compatible with warrior classes, Garet is the primary target for these cursed arms(plus Cleric's Ring of course).
* TheBigGuy
* BoisterousBruiser
* BrownEyes
* CarryABigStick: If he has a mace.
* DubNameChange: Gerald in the Japanese version.
* DumbMuscle: To an extent. He's the most belligerent character of the party and tends to act thoughtlessly (his first scenes include him crushing his sister's flower garden without realizing it). In addition, he seems to lack basic logic skills (being legitimately surprised to learn that Mia, who had been using water and healing Psynergy the first time they met, is in fact another Adept after going through the entire Mercury Lighthouse with help from her Psynergy.)
** As [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn the sequel]] illustrates though, he's less deliberate about it and has more common sense than his son, Tyrell.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "It's at times like these that we men have to stick together!" from the prologue establishes his closeness with Isaac.
** His first scene after the prologue shows him mistakenly Moving a rock into his sister's flower garden and awkwardly trying to comfort Jenna about the loss of her entire family, which probably shows him more as a person: he's scatterbrained and inattentive and gets into trouble but he's trying his best to be helpful.
* FieryRedhead
* InformedFlaw: Gluttony, pretty much contained to Fanon as he denies it in game.
* {{Irony}}: Despite being a Fire Adept, out of the original group he was the most eager to see the ocean for the first time.
* TheLancer
* MagicKnight: He can become very magically powerful.
* MightyGlacier: By default he has an overall lower damage output than Isaac and has low PP but can take damage like nobody's business.
* NoNameGiven: With regards to his family, contrary to what [[FanWank fans wanked]]. The first game's debug room named his family members as "Mr. Jerra," etc., leading to several fans believing he was the only character in the series with a full name. This was found to be a poor translation ("Jerra" is a bad romanization of Gerald, and the Japanese version's debug room had named his family members as "Jera-papa," etc., to signify their relation to him).

[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn 30 years later...]]
* AssistCharacter[=/=]ATasteOfPower: He and Isaac provide backup for Matthew and Karis in the game's first tutorial dungeon and let the two kids borrow a few of their Djinn.
* [[BadassMustache Badass]] PornStache
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets a couple of gems interacting with Isaac.
* FountainOfYouth[=/=]OlderThanTheyLook
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Isaac, LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
* OlderAndWiser: He's really settled down over the years.
* OverprotectiveDad: Garet doesn't think the kids are mature enough yet to go off on their own and fights with Isaac when he suggests that they're far more independent than Garet gives them credit for.
* PapaWolf: He shows a lot of concern for his son during the prologue and even outwardly shows more concern for Matthew and Karis than [[TheObiWan Isaac]] seems to do. Goes to the point that he's the only one seeing them off on their journey, while Isaac is too busy [[WhatTheHellHero sending off a messenger pigeon to wish his own son luck]].
* RedOni: To Isaac's [[BlueOni Blue]], though it's notably less pronounced than it was 30 years ago.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Looks exactly like his father as an adult, especially the mustache.
* TookALevelInBadass: A-''yup''.
* WeaponOfChoice: He seems to have taken to AnAxeToGrind.
* WhatTheHellHero: Not too happy with Isaac's behavior in the tutorial dungeons, although he has enough trust in Isaac's judgment that he doesn't resist too much.
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[[folder:Ivan(Iwan)]]
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Ivan is a Jupiter Adept and a playable character in ''Golden Sun'' and ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. As a party member, he is a mage-style Jupiter Adept who has an extremely similar successor in Sheba in the second game.

In ''Dark Dawn'' he lives in Kalay, the merchant city of his old caretaker Hammet the merchant. He designed the soarwing glider that allows one to fly using Psynergy. His daughter Karis is a childhood friend of Matthew and Tyrell.[[hardline]]

* {{Adorkable}}
* AmbiguousInnocence: Since Psynergy is InvisibleToNormals and he was raised by non-Adepts, he hasn't really had anybody to teach him the ethics of mind-reading: he has absolutely no qualm about reading people's minds and in fact makes you corner people in their inn room so he can read theirs. He's actually kind of a sneaky little thing, but you don't realize it because he's just so cute.
** BrickJoke: As Nyunpa predicted, [[CursedWithAwesome he's grown to hate the ability]] in ''Dark Dawn''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: ... especially if you plan on [[RoaringRampageOfRescue holding his foster-father for ransom]].
* CreepyChild: Was seen as this by people unfamiliar with Psynergy (read: everyone except Hammet) before he met Isaac's gang.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: MindReading two total strangers, then being surprised when they object, because [[InvisibleToNormals nobody's ever known what he was doing before]], and [[MindOverManners he had no clue that was inappropriate]].
* FragileSpeedster
* [[HappilyAdopted Happily Fostered]]
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: [[spoiler: There was a prophecy that Ivan would leave his village, then after many years, return to light the Jupiter lighthouse. To fulfill this prophecy, the villagers of Contigo gave baby Ivan over to Master Hammet. Ivan was raised in a foreign land, never knowing his family or why he had his powers. When he finally returned home, he learned that his mother died out of grief due to being forced to give him away as a child. To top it all off, his one surviving family member told him that he couldn't stay in Contigo because he hadn't completed the prophecy yet.]]
* MindOverManners: Averted, though he initially [[AmbiguousInnocence doesn't realize this is wrong]] and [[MoralDissonance later rationalizes it]].
* MindReading: Pretty much his signature ability, going by how much of his plot is about it.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Despite looking like a CuteShotaroBoy, Ivan is fifteen at the time of the games (possibly sixteen or so by the end, since the games imply time passing during the journey).
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The Shaman Rod
* PurpleEyes
* RaisedByNatives: [[InvokedTrope Deliberately so]]. His birth family entrusted him to Hammet the merchant just so he'd grow up to be [[GambitRoulette in the right place at the right time]] to fulfill his destiny alongside Isaac and Co.
* SimpleStaff: What he starts with, though he can get magic staffs and light blades pretty quickly.
* TheSmartGuy: He's pretty good at reading people, even without reading their minds.
* SquishyWizard
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[[folder:Mia(Mary)]]
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Mia is a Mercury Adept and a playable character in ''Golden Sun'' and ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. She is the only mage-style Mercury Adept in either game, and is probably the only Adept that can be labeled the "designated healer" to the player's party.

She eventually gives birth to Rief, a party member in ''Dark Dawn'', as well as Nowell, an NPC from the same game.
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* CarryABigStick: With maces, which is her most likely weapon.
* TheChick
* CombatMedic
* DeadpanSnarker: A memorable quote for being quite unexpected from the sweet WhiteMagicianGirl:
---> '''Mia:''' "What, is there a pharmacy down there?"
* DemotedToExtra: After joining Isaac's party, she largely diminishes in significance for the rest of the first game, and as stated above she doesn't get much dialogue in the second. She still plays a role regarding her relationship with Alex, but it's not even brought up until near the end of the duology. Considering even Ivan, Sheba, Piers and Kraden had more focused-on character arcs, this is especially egregious. It may be partially justified in that [[TheQuietOne she doesn't talk much anyway]] - at least compared to [[BoisterousBruiser Garet]] and [[TheSmartGuy Ivan]].
* DubNameChange: Mary (Though Mia comes from it Mary->Maria->Mia) in the Japanese version and Sofia in the French version.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her first scene, healing a sickly old man with her powers, reassuring his wife, and asking our heroes if they need help before getting distracted by the intruders at Mercury Lighthouse. Grade A WhiteMagicianGirl, very devoted to her duties.
* HealingHands: "Her hands glow with a blue light... could she be an angel?"
* MagicStaff: Her only alternatives to maces.
* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]
* NotSoDifferent[=/=]BrickJoke: The ''4koma Gag Battle'' depicts her as wanting Babi's immortality potion... [[spoiler:turns out Alex wanted to live forever, too.]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Intellectually. Mia is a professional medic with ''apprentices of her own'' in the first game [[ImprobableAge as a teenager]], so she's clearly quite brilliant in her own right, it's just very subdued in comparison to [[TheEvilGenius Alex]] and [[SquishyWizard Ivan]].
* ProperLady: While Jenna is more of the FieryRedhead {{Tsundere}} and Sheba is more of a MysteriousWaif, Mia fills this role nicely.
* TheQuietOne: Especially in "The Lost Age."
* WeaksauceWeakness: Not her as such but her element, Water, is effective against every one of the game's major villains. The Boreas SummonMagic in particular is ''lethal'' against the final bosses of the first game. Unfortunately, like 90% of all water-based characters, she's shafted with the healing role by default; which means she probably won't be taking advantage of her innately high Mercury power to attack people with.
* WhiteMagicianGirl
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
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[[folder:Felix(Garcia)]]
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Felix is a Venus Adept, a playable character in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age'', and a main character in the overall ''Golden Sun'' series. He appears in ''Golden Sun'' as an NPC in league with the game's band of antagonists opposed to Isaac, but in ''The Lost Age'' the perspective of the narrative focuses on him as the main playable character. He is the elder brother of Jenna, and uncle to Matthew (though he's almost certainly never met his nephew).

After the party returned from their quest to light the lighthouses he left on his own, and by the time of ''Dark Dawn'', no one has seen him since.
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Just watch his CrowningMomentOfAwesome at Venus Lighthouse.
* AntiVillain: During the first game.
* BadAss: When you can stand up to a pair of pyromaniacs about thirty-times your level ''and not show any sign of retreating'', you qualify for the title.
** BadassCape
* {{BFS}}: Same as Isaac.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Though mostly contained within Fanon, Felix is often shown as this towards Jenna. The thing is, since this is Fanon we're talking about here, it sometimes gets taken a [[KnightTemplarBigBrother few steps]] [[BrotherSisterIncest further...]]
* BrownEyes
* CombatMedic
* DramaticUnmask
* DubNameChange: Garcia in the Japanese version and Pavel in the French version.
* [[spoiler: DudeWheresMyRespect: Pretty much cast as the villain in the ''Sun Saga'' stories you find in Dark Dawn.]]
** [[spoiler: Some normally impossible to read text has many of the citizens of Prox mentioning this trope. They realize that despite everything Felix has done, that is, going to great lengths to save the entire world from destruction, nobody in his hometown of Vale would recognize his efforts. Maybe because the last time the villagers actually saw or heard of him he sided with the "bad" guys.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Venus Lighthouse. Stands up to the villains for Sheba, but still leery ([[TookALevelInBadass for good reason]]) of Isaac, and then his CMOA -probably his best remembered scene:[[spoiler:''jumping off the lighthouse'' to try and save Sheba]]- shows the heroic side [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent that will come into play in the next game]].
* EstrogenBrigadeBait
* HealingHands
* TheHero: During the second game.
* HeroicMime: In the second game.
* HeroAntagonist: In the first game, though it isn't revealed until he becomes the player character in the second game.
* [[spoiler:HeroWithBadPublicity]]: In ''Dark Dawn''.
* LightningBruiser: Similar to Isaac in this regard.
* MagicKnight: All the same weapons,armor and class options as Isaac.
* MeaningfulName: An interesting case; Felix is Latin for "lucky." Now let's see: [[spoiler:He ''nearly'' drowned, was ''nearly'' crushed by a boulder, ''nearly'' came to blows with Saturos and Menardi, ''nearly'' came to blows with Isaac and company, ''nearly'' drowned ''again'' after ''jumping off a lighthouse into the ocean'', was ''nearly'' killed by a tidal wave, was ''nearly'' killed by Agatio and Karst, and then ''[[OverlyLongGag NEARLY]]'' killed his own parents.]] If all those [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "nearlys"]] didn't indicate, he has survived [[TraumaCongaLine every single one of these deadly situations]]. So, yes, he is very lucky! In an ironic subversion, stat-wise, his luck is the worst.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: After him turning out NotQuiteDead and sided with [[WellIntentionedExtremist Saturos and Menardi]], the people of Vale showed a little respect to him. This is the opposite in Prox, where he is well-received, even [[spoiler:before saving the world AND their hometown.]] A Proxian NPC even wanted him as a son-in-law.
* PutOnABus: It is said in VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn that Felix has been missing for the past 30 years.
* RedOniBlueOni: His personality fits the typical Blue Oni mould: when he speaks, he's shown to be more aloof and less impulsive than Isaac is.
* [[spoiler: SandIsWater: After acquiring sand psynergy.]]
* ScarfOfAssKicking
* TookALevelInBadass: At the end of the first game, Felix himself states that he's no match for Isaac (due to Isaac's [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]], natch!). Typically by the time the first party joins the group, Felix is almost as powerful as Isaac is, if not ''more so'' due to the longer and more annoying dungeons, the trickier and more frequent bosses, and the subsequent LevelGrinding.
* WeaponOfChoice: Sol Blade in the second game.
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[[folder:Jenna(Jasmine)]]
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Jenna is a Mars Adept and a playable guest character in ''Golden Sun'' that becomes a main playable character in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. A childhood friend of Isaac and Garet's and the younger sister of Felix, Jenna quickly becomes a conventional damsel-in-distress character early on, until ''The Lost Age'' when she joins Felix's quest in full.

In ''Dark Dawn'' she is said to live in Kalay along with other Vale survivors. She is the mother of Matthew, the game's protagonist.
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* ActionGirl
* BrownEyes
* CombatMedic: She'll eventually learn the Aura line of healing psynergy, but it isn't nearly as good as Mia's Wish spells.
* DistressedDamsel: In the first game. When Felix takes over in ''The Lost Age'', she becomes a full-fledged party member and is more than able to hold her own, and even has a solo role in the game's prologue.
* DubNameChange: Jasmine in the Japanese version, Lina in the French version, and Nadia in the Spanish version.
* FirstGirlWins
* FragileSpeedster
* GuestStarPartyMember: In the very beginning of the first game, but she becomes fully playable in the second.
* HealingHands: Her exclusive base class is the only one with access to Aura Psynergy, which can heal the whole party.
* LadyOfWar
* LuminescentBlush: When Sheba asks if she and Isaac are an item.. Hoo boy.
* MagicKnight: While Jenna will probably be equipped with a staff through most of the game, she can also equip short swords. Every so often there will be an artifact sword that is a downgrade for Piers and Felix, but an upgrade for Jenna. By the end game your will get a VERY powerful one for her.
* MissingMom: In ''Dark Dawn''. Apparently she lives in Kalay, but she isn't with Matthew and doesn't appear in-game.
* TheLancer: To Felix, before giving the position to Isaac after his team and theirs joined.
* PlayingWithFire: [[spoiler: Like all Fire adepts but Jenna in particular can manipulate fires that are already burning through her blaze psynergy.]]
* TheRedMage: Offensive spells, debuffing spells, and the ability to heal.
* TookALevelInBadass: From being a DistressedDamsel to a MagicKnight.
* {{Tsundere}}: "S-Stupid Sheba! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It's not like I'm blushing because I like Isaac or anything!]]"
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Isaac/Jenna has been confirmed as canon. Sorry, Flameshippers and Mudshippers ([[AndZoidberg and everything else]], [[LongList because if this keeps up we'll be here all night]]).
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[[folder:Sheba(Shiba)]]
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Sheba is a Jupiter Adept introduced as an NPC in ''Golden Sun'' and becomes a playable character in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. As a party member, she is a mage-style Jupiter Adept in an extremely similar vein to Ivan in the first game.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Only the image on the right shows this, must be the tan she gets from Lalivero. Though in the games her skin is pale white.
* BlackMagicianGirl: Notably the only female PC in any game of the series who does not naturally have a healing spell.
* DeadpanSnarker: She becomes pretty snarky in ''The Lost Age''.
* DistressedDamsel: Like Jenna, she ditches the mantle in ''The Lost Age''.
* DubNameChange: Sole in the Spanish version, Cylia in the French version, Sara in the Italian version and Cosma in the German version.
* CarryABigStick: The main thing that distinguishes her from Ivan is having maces instead of light blades.
* TheChick
* FragileSpeedster
* GreenEyes
* HappilyAdopted: She's only mildly disappointed not to learn where she came from. Her adopted folks are also very devoted to her, as shown in the first game.
* MagicStaff
* MysticalWaif: She has a story arc dedicated to this trait of hers in the final quarter of the first game.
* PutOnABus: Sheba is nowhere to be seen in VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn. Considering the SequelHook, perhaps we'll see her in a fourth installment.
* ShipperOnDeck: One particularly funny moment in the second game features her mentioning Valeshipping (Isaac/Jenna) with Jenna turning red in embarrassment.
** She then immediately jumps on Jenna's follow-up comment of wondering about how Garet is doing.
* TookALevelInBadass: Similar to Jenna, she goes from DistressedDamsel to a snarky BlackMagicianGirl.
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[[folder:Piers(Picard)]]
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Piers is a Mercury Adept and a playable character in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. He is the only warrior-style Mercury Adept in either game and the only playable character in ''The Lost Age'' that is completely new to the series, in contrast to the other playable characters Felix, Jenna, and Sheba who appeared in the first game in NPC and minor gameplay roles.

By the time of ''Dark Dawn'' he sails around Weyard in his ship and is considered a hero to the seafaring world for sailing the Sea of Time surrounding Lemuria, and is also friends with the Champan pirate Briggs, who ironically was unintentionally responsible for him being imprisoned in ''The Lost Age''. While he never appears to Matthew's party, he is instrumental in helping them obtain a sea-worthy ship.
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* TheBigGuy and TheSmartGuy: Which, of course, makes him a GeniusBruiser.
* CombatMedic
* TheChosenOne: Some of the books you can read in his home town and some inscriptions imply he is this among Mercury Adepts.
** ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: He gets branded a criminal and exiled from his homeland for this.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice Sailor]]: He's rather distrustful of the party at first, and it takes them helping him get his orb back for him to warm up.
* DependingOnTheArtist: His muscle mass varies in size in several official art.
* DubNameChange: Picard in the Japanese version and Aaron in the German version.
** A captain named Picard? [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Saaaay...]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The prison scene. He's innocent, but he'll wait for the mayor to prove that, instead of breaking out or trying to establish an alibi... because he thinks using his powers that way would be wrong, and because his alibi would only raise more questions. Secretive, but law-abiding.
* HealingHands
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Being Lemurian, he gets this with a lot of people, albeit technically. It's funny to consider how he's a lot older than Briggs, or even [[CoolOldGuy Kraden]]. [[spoiler: The sequel amps this up even more - like Kraden and the other Warriors, he's had his lifespan permanently affected. Lord knows at what rate he'd age if he ever moved back to Lemuria...]]
* {{Irony}}: The first half of ''The Lost Age'' is getting Briggs the pirate to prove that law-abiding Piers isn't his accomplice. In ''Dark Dawn'', it's mentioned that they've since become best friends.
* JackOfAllTrades: He can heal, cast magic and even has a decent physical attack skill. [[MightyGlacier His agility, on the other hand]]...
* MagicKnight: Piers is primarily a warrior-type Adept, going by stats and equipment options (mostly the same as Isaac's). This bites him in the butt when it comes to class options other than his default, since Mercury Adepts are mostly limited to mage-type classes.
* MakingASplash: Like all Mercury adepts, however [[spoiler: Piers has the power to dry up bodies of water as well through parch psynergy.]]
* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: According to Kraden in ''Dark Dawn'', Mia's daughter Nowell has a crush on Piers, and this is why she bailed on Kraden and Rief. No comment on whether her affections are reciprocated, though.]]
* NiceGuy: The prison scene shows him to be patient and considerate enough to sympathize with an abuser, and these traits remain evident throughout the game.
* PlayAlongPrisoner: His EstablishingCharacterMoment in Madra.
* {{Privateer}}: Although [[InNameOnly it's just his class title]].
* PunnyName: A pier is a dock for ships. Piers is a sailor.
** IronicName: A ''peer'' is someone in the same age and social category as oneself. Piers doesn't have any peers due to his [[VagueAge age]] [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld issues]].
* PutOnABus: Spends ''Dark Dawn'' sailing the seas on his own. NPC gossip says that you barely missed him while he was in Tonfon and Port Rago. [[spoiler: Dialogue and NPC gossip hints that Nowell and Takeru [[SequelHook have hitched a ride with him]].]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[SubvertedTrope Maybe.]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He refuses to admit his age.]]
* ShoutOut: By way of his name, in Japan he's [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]].
* SpockSpeak: Piers' dialogues are very wordy to reflect his ancient civilization background.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Apparently another Lemurian trait, as Hydros and Conservato also show them in their thumbnail pictures.
* VagueAge: Deliberately so: [[JustifiedTrope he's self-conscious about it]], [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld due to the longevity of his people]].
* WhatBeautifulEyes: One NPC in Madra is thinking this while Piers is imprisoned.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

!The Antagonists
'''Tropes that apply to the Proxians''':
* BadassCape: All of them! Even Alex.
* DrivenToVillainy: [[spoiler:The world is dying and Vale refused to let them restore it for fear of what Alchemy ''might'' bring. Understandably, they didn't take it well.]]
* DualBoss: While Saturos fights on his own at one point, they clearly prefer to work in pairs.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: They're all more than willing to do what needs to be done but just think about what they're fighting for.
* FiveBadBand: They slot perfectly into the dynamic... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg if you include Alex]].
** TheBigBad: Saturos
** TheDragon: Menardi
** TheEvilGenius / [[spoiler:BiggerBad]]: Alex
** TheBrute: Agatio
** TheDarkChick: Karst
* {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s: All of them fit the bill.

[[folder:Saturos]]
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Saturos is a Mars Adept who along with his partner Menardi is a main antagonist in ''Golden Sun'', and is typically considered the primary antagonist in the duo. He leads along with Menardi the original effort to break the seal on Alchemy and bring it back to the world of Weyard, and is opposed by Isaac's party all throughout the first game.
[[hardline]]

* AffablyEvil: With shades of LaughablyEvil. Cheerful and friendly towards the heroes in a much more casual, easygoing way than Alex is, and even gets a few [[DeadpanSnarker snarky quips]] in.
** [[spoiler: Subverted. [[PoorCommunicationKills He wasn't actually evil]]... at least compared to his successors...]]
* AnimeHair
* AntiVillain
* {{Badass}}: His holding off the party single-handedly at Mercury Lighthouse [[spoiler: while Menardi escapes with their 'hostages']], establishes him as {{Badass}}. It's pretty clear that if not for his [[ElementalRockPaperScissors being weakened by the light of Mercury Lighthouse]], and/or [[BondVillainStupidity if he'd had Menardi's help]], he likely would have won. Alex himself was moderately surprised that Isaac's party managed to pull a victory.
* BattleCouple[=/=]DualBoss: With Menardi.
* BigBad: He's explicitly referred to as the "leader of [his] raiding party" in the second game during Kraden's [[MrExposition summary]].
* ClimaxBoss: Is fought alone about a third of the way through the game.
* DisneyVillainDeath: He and Menardi fall [[spoiler:''inside the beacon'' after Isaac & Co. defeat them. More specifically, they ''[[DrivenToSuicide cast themselves in there]]'' after their failure to stop the heroes even ''after'' their dragon fusion.]]
* DubNameChange: Salamandar in the French version
* FacialMarkings
* FusionDance[=/=]OneWingedAngel
* [[DiscOneFinalBoss Game One Final Boss]]: Along with Menardi - after beating them, it's quite noticable that you still have quite a bit of the world left to explore (and the final two lighthouses not even being reached yet ''is'' rather conspicuous)..
* HopelessBossFight: In the first game's prologue.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Averted in the prologue of the first game.
* KilledOffForReal
* LoopholeAbuse: His deals consist of this to get exactly what he wants.
* ObviouslyEvil: Inverted - he's an antagonist, but as the sequel reveals, he's not actually ''evil''.
* PointyEars
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: He's trying to SAVE the world, not destroy it. His lack of communication gets him and his partner killed by Isaac and company. His choice of words and manipulative nature contributes to this trope too.]]
* RecurringBoss: Notably, if you count his FusionDance with Menardi and the HopelessBossFight in the prologue, Saturos is fought an epic ''four'' times - more than any ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' boss to date.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedOniBlueOni: Crafty trickster with a definite blue theme in his design. He's the blue oni to Menardi's red, but there's a case to be made for both of them as the red oni to Alex's blue.
* SleevesAreForWimps
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Menardi]]
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Menardi is a Mars Adept who along with her partner Saturos is a main antagonist in ''Golden Sun''. She along with Saturos leads the original effort to break the seal on Alchemy and bring it back to the world of Weyard, and is opposed by Isaac's party all throughout the first game. She is the elder sister of Karst, who becomes an antagonist in a similar vein in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''.
[[hardline]]

* AntiVillain
* BattleCouple[=/=]DualBoss: With Saturos.
* BlondesAreEvil: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Subverted]].
* CombatMedic: Casts from the Wish series of Psynergy... to be fair, fire-based healing didn't exist in the first game.
* CoolBigSis: She seemed to be this towards her little sister Karst.
* DisneyVillainDeath: She and Saturos fall [[spoiler:''inside the beacon'' after Isaac & Co. defeat them. More specifically, they ''[[DrivenToSuicide cast themselves in there]]'' after their failure to stop the heroes even ''after'' their dragon fusion.]]
* TheDragon: Less obvious in the first game, where it appears that she and Saturos form a BigBadDuumvirate. The sequel makes it clearer that she was his NumberTwo.
* DubNameChange: Phoenixia in the French version and Adexia in the Italian version.
* FacialMarkings
* FusionDance[=/=]OneWingedAngel
* [[DiscOneFinalBoss Game One Final Boss]]: Along with Saturos - after beating them, it's quite noticable that you still have quite a bit of the world left to explore (and the final two lighthouses not even being reached yet ''is'' rather conspicuous).
* HopelessBossFight: In the first game's prologue.
* HotBlooded: Unlike Saturos, she does ''not'' like dilly-dallying around when on their mission. She's clearly the more acerbic of the two.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Like Saturos, averted in the prologue.
* KilledOffForReal
* LadyOfWar: The long hair, dress, and sash make her look very elegant.
* ObviouslyEvil: Inverted - she's an antagonist, but - as the sequel reveals - she's not actually ''evil''.
* OneHitKill: The main reason that she is far more dangerous than Saturos.
* PointyEars
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: Noted by the others, Saturos and Menardi weren't very smart or at least terrible at communication. They were trying to SAVE the world, but they get killed by Isaac and company for it. Her sister on the other hand...]]
* RapunzelHair
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedOniBlueOni: HotBlooded, TheDragon, and the red color scheme just tops it off. Red oni.
* [[ScarfOfAsskicking Sash of Asskicking]]
* SinisterScythe
* SkirtOverSlacks: Leggings under a knee-length dress, if her character art is to be believed.
* SleevesAreForWimps
* WellIntentionedExtremist
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Agatio]]
[[quoteright:258:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GSAgatio_9152.jpg]]

Agatio is a Mars Adept who along with his partner Karst is a main antagonist in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. The pair nominally follows in the footsteps of the original game's Saturos and Menardi and shares their goal of lighting the four Elemental Lighthouses and restoring Alchemy to the world, but seek vengeance upon Isaac in response to the deaths of Saturos and Menardi at his hands at the end of ''Golden Sun''. Of the two, Agatio appears to have the higher authority because he is more powerful.
[[hardline]]

* AntiVillain
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler:To a flame dragon, with Karst.]]
* BareFistedMonk: He doesn't go into combat with a weapon, though he does have the largest psynergy attack pool out of the fire clan members you fight.
** ... which is roughly the definition of a KungFuWizard!
* BattleCouple[=/=]DualBoss: With Karst.
* TheBrute: Not as strong as [[BigBad Saturos]], but still powerful overall and the biggest of the Proxians. Also crosses over with GeniusBruiser.
* ClimaxBoss: Alongside Karst [[spoiler: at Jupiter Lighthouse. ''Twice'', if you wanna get technical.]]
* CombatPragmatist: He sets a trap using Jupiter Lighthouse's mechanics to split up Isaac and company. When called on this, he justifies himself by pointing out that four-on-two isn't exactly fighting fair, either, especially since [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Mia has a type advantage]].
* DeathEqualsRedemption
* TheDeterminator: Despite Karst being the one with a bigger beef against Isaac (and Felix, by association), he's the one who insists on [[spoiler: battling Felix to death at the top of Jupiter Lighthouse.]]
* DrivenToVillainy: Since the people of Prox are actually pretty nice people and speak highly of their warriors, there are implication that Agatio's brutality is simply a result of how desperate he's become trying to save his people.
* DubNameChange: Hagartio in the German version.
* ElementalPunch: In character art only. In the game, he doesn't need it because he can shoot {{Fireballs}} the size of a friggin' person from them.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=]JerkassFacade: He'll shove Felix around when he has to and isn't afraid to backstab people whom he deems [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness are no longer useful to him]] but the Proxians respect him and he clearly loves his people. The implications are that his bitterness and rage are a side-effect of everything they've had to suffer, what with the world ending and all.
* FacialMarkings
* GenreSavvy: He is completely aware Alex is using him. [[TakeThat He just doesn't care]].
** Also, he points out Mia's ElementalRockPaperScissors and CombatMedic advantages and sets a trap to remove her from Isaac's group before they fight so she can be handled separately. This in particular falls into DangerouslyGenreSavvy territory.
* GeniusBruiser: His GenreSavvy behavior shows that he's no dumb muscle, as well as having the largest Psynergy movepool of the Mars Clan antagonists.
* HotBlooded: More so than all the other Proxians, considering he's the least easy-going even from the start. To his credit, he knows to reign himself in when it's necessary.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The "huge guy" half.
* ImColdSoCold
* InformedFlaw: The Nintendo player's guide claims that Agatio is stupid, possibly based on Alex calling him DumbMuscle and admitting to [[UnwittingPawn using him as such]], and his refusal to abandon the fight with Felix. Clearly, NOA missed Agatio's [[TakeThat reply to Alex about being used]], his impressive variety of Psynergy powers, and his weapons-grade GenreSavvy.
* KilledOffForReal
* ObviouslyEvil: Same deal as Saturos and Menardi, above, with the exception that unlike them, he actually ''does'' seem to be evil.
* PointyEars
* PragmaticVillain: He's willing to work with Alex, who treats him like DumbMuscle, and to bully around Felix, if that's what it takes to get the job done.
** Considering how Saturos balked at Felix showing any initiative, Agatio is also far more willing to put up with Felix's detours, provided he remembers what's at stake.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* StoryAndGameplaySegregation: Agatio is mentioned to be second to Saturos in Prox's [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority strength-based heirarchy]]. Agatio has more robust stats, a wider variety of offensive Psynergy, and is all-around a tougher boss to fight than Saturos.
** DevelopmentGag[=/=]GameplayAndStoryIntegration: ... ''However'', StatisticallySpeaking, he ''does'' have an inferior Attack stat. So, Prox is ''literally'' led by the man with the most strength... [[IncrediblyLamePun Geddit?]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: This is apparently what he wants the Proxians to do.
* TheUnfettered: Saturos and Menardi were willing to cross a few nasty lines but Agatio takes it a step further. Pretty much ''nothing'' will get in the way of his goals.
* UnwittingPawn: Both averted and subverted. Agatio is well aware that Alex is using him to strong-arm Felix around, he ''just doesn't care'' as long as the Lighthouses get lit. This makes Agatio one of the very few people to canonically give ''Alex'' a TakeThat, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to his face]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: While significantly more brutal and cruel that Saturos, his end goal is the same.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have... Lavender White Hair?]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Karst]]
[[quoteright:223:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GSKarst_2238.jpg]]

Karst is a Mars Adept who along with her partner Agatio is a main antagonist in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. The pair nominally follows in the footsteps of the original game's Saturos and Menardi and shares their goal of lighting the four Elemental Lighthouses and restoring Alchemy to the world, but seek vengeance upon Isaac in response to the deaths of Saturos and Menardi at his hands at the end of ''Golden Sun''. Of the two, Karst is the more personal side, for Menardi was her sister.
[[hardline]]

* AntiVillain
* AvengingTheVillain
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: To a flame dragon, with Agatio]].
* BattleCouple[=/=]DualBoss: With Agatio.
* BareYourMidriff
* ClimaxBoss: Alongside Agatio [[spoiler: at Jupiter Lighthouse. ''Twice'', if you wanna get technical.]]
* CombatMedic: Can cast from the Aura series of Psynergy.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Easily the most human-like of the Fire Clan, and her {{fanservice}}y outfit doesn't hurt.
* DarkActionGirl[=/=]DarkChick
* DeathEqualsRedemption
* DubNameChange: Karstine in the French version and Dinariaa in the German version.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "Where has Menardi gone? Where are you, my sister?"
* EvilRedhead
* FacialMarkings
* GenreSavvy: She knows that letting her RoaringRampageOfRevenge get in the way of restoring Alchemy will be a Very Bad Thing, and so sets the issue aside. For now, at least.
---> "I am filled with rage... but [[AvertedTrope not so much as to be]] [[RevengeBeforeReason blinded by it]]."
* [[KissOfDeath Heat Kiss of Death]]
* HotBlooded: Like her older sister, and like Agatio - she's better able to compose herself than either of them, however.
* HellBentForLeather
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Only by proximity-- compared to Agatio, ''anybody'' would look tiny. Karst's battle sprite puts her about as tall as Felix, if not slightly taller.
* ImColdSoCold
* KilledOffForReal
* LittleMissBadass
* MeaningfulName: Karst means "hot" in Lithuanian.
* MsFanservice
* ObviouslyEvil: Same deal as Saturos and Menardi.
* OneHitKill: Runs in the family.
* OperaGloves
* PointyEars
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RevengeMyopia
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* ShipTease: With [[spoiler: Felix, near the end]].
** And before then, if you correctly anticipate her demands, one of her comments is, "I ''like'' smart boys."
* SinisterScythe: Just like her older sister before her.
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* StrongerSibling: She's got most Menardi's attacks, including the one-hit-kill attack, an elementally-correct multi-target healing spell, ''and'' the Djinn Fest attack, which can put a serious hitch in your Djinn-related strategies.
** Like with Agatio, this is only stat-wise and is a case of GameplayAndStorySegregation.
* VagueAge: Fandom estimates range from teenager to young adult.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Again, more cruel and hateful than her predecessor, same end goal.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Big Sister]]
* ZettaiRyouiki
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Alex]]
[[quoteright:356:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/356px-GSAlex_3546.jpg]]

Mia's cousin and fellow Mercury Clan disciple, [[spoiler:and the closest thing the games have to a BigBad]]. Very little is known about his motivations until the end, where it is revealed that [[spoiler: he is playing every side in an effort to obtain the [[TitleDrop Golden Sun,]] which will grant him godlike power.]]
[[hardline]]

* AffablyEvil: Certainly a whole lot more courteous and polite than Saturos and Menardi were. [[spoiler: It may be all [[FauxAffablyEvil fabricated in order to further his own ambitions]], [[ManipulativeBastard of course]].]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Appears to be his goal, and he came very close to achieving it in Golden Sun 2. The ending implied he in fact obtained a good chunk of the Golden Sun's power, which says a lot about what he should be capable of now...]]
* BigBad: Kinda? Maybe? He is '''''the''''' consistent antagonistic force between all three games but he appears subservient to Saturos in the first game; has every reason to wish the protagonists success in the second game, even if he is [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and his motives considerably less altruistic than theirs; and the third game does little to clear up his [[HiddenAgendaVillain Hidden Agenda]]. Still, when it comes to examining the series as a whole, he's the closest we've got.
* BigBadFriend: Mia's friend/cousin/fellow apprentice; the game was never really clear about just how they are related beyond belonging to the Mercury clan. The Sun Saga books in ''Dark Dawn'', however, out him as Mia's cousin. [[spoiler:If you didn't pick up the Sun Saga books, careful analysis of a mistake Tret makes in ''Dark Dawn'' about Amiti's parentage cements the aspect.]]
* TheChessmaster
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He betrayed the Mercury Clan before the game began, then he betrayed Felix's group by running off without them, then he hired Karst and Agatio just to rub salt in the wound before betraying ''them'' by [[SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity healing Felix's group]] but ultimately betrayed the heroes a second time by [[spoiler:running off to Mt. Aleph to gain the Golden Sun's power]]. Considering that Karst and Agatio were just replacements for Saturos and Menardi in his eyes, it's extremely likely that he would have betrayed them too [[spoiler:had they not been killed]].
** [[spoiler:And in the sequel, he betrays Amiti's mother before the story begins by leaving the nation. Later on, he openly backstabs Blados and Chalis, who were in turn planning on betraying Tuaparang and its High Empyror (something which Alex was implied to have already done) and then he [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation betrays]] ''[[StoryAndGameplaySegregation you]]'' by saying he'll handle Blados and Chalis while you fire up the Apollo Lens ''which he very clearly never does''.]]
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Defied. [[spoiler:In the ending of the second game, after obtaining the Golden Sun's power, he decides that the best way to test it out is to annihilate Vale with a storm]]. However, a certain ''somebody'' steps in to prevent this.
* EnigmaticMinion
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He seems to actually care about Mia at least a little bit.
* TheEvilGenius: Definitely so in the first game. The sequel hints that he's being elevated to the status of BigBad, or perhaps was all along.
* FaceHeelTurn: It's not known whether Alex was ever a "Face" to begin with, but it's established before the Mercury clan is even introduced that he's a bad guy.
* HiddenAgendaVillain
* {{Immortality}}: This was revealed to be his goal at [[spoiler:the Apollo Sanctum in ''Dark Dawn''.]] It's possible that it was just [[MagnificentBastard one of many]], however. [[spoiler:Similarly, whether he's still aiming for the same thing or has an entirely new plan is also unknown.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Which is pointed out by Jenna and Sheba several times.
* MagnificentBastard: This is one of those rare in-universe examples, because it's actually acknowledged in the second game. [[spoiler:The Wise One]] tells the heroes at Mars Lighthouse that, should Alchemy be restored to the world, [[spoiler:someone will try to obtain its power and rule the world]]. When they retort that they'll be able to stop it and ensure that Alchemy can be used for good, [[spoiler:the Wise One]] informs them that the aforementioned scenario ''[[YouAreTooLate is already taking place]]''. So, where's the acknowledgement? [[spoiler:Because the heroes admit amongst themselves that they've been completely used and that Alex has forced them into a situation in which they really ''don't'' have a choice than to do exactly what he wants]].
* ManipulativeBastard: A very good one, as it turns out. [[spoiler:In the sequel and ''Dark Dawn'', it becomes clear that he's a MagnificentBastard as well.]]
* MeaninglessVillainVictory: Instead of getting the [[spoiler:full force of the Golden Sun infused into his body, the Wise One tricks him into getting sealed at the bottom of the earth for a great while. He gets an unexplained recovery in time for ''Dark Dawn'', though]]
* SmugSnake: ''Very'' smug in the first game, when he mostly hangs back and lets everybody else do the work for him. Even after learning Alex is a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]], no one else with super powers respects Alex for anything other than his plans.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler: Three. Bloody. Times. If the last third of whatever the final game in the series isn't just a rolling boss battle with him, there's likely to be a [[FandomBerserkButton fandom outrcry.]]]]
** [[spoiler: There are also fans who think he never ''should'' be fought, just because at this point our expectations may be too high for ''any'' boss battle to live up to.]]
* WildCard
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]


!Summons
Summons are a well known mechanic in the ''Golden Sun'' series. Depending on their respective requirements, specific amount and type of Djinn are required on standby to call them. There are 16 summons in the first game, 4 assigned for each element. All of them are inspired by various myths to a certain extent [[SadlyMythtaken regardless of accuracy.]]

''The Lost Age'' added 13 more summons in addition to the first 16, but with a twist of they require two types of Djinn instead of one and their summon tablets are also needed before they can be summoned. Each of the tablets are scattered all around Weyard, and it's up to the player to collect them all. They all have secondary effects.

''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' introduced only one new summon, [[CallBack inspired from the Nintendo commercial of the first game]]. Other summons return with enhanced and/or new designs, to more accurately representing the ancient belief or mythology they're based from.

Listed below are summons that are not Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury (since those summons are basically using a Djinni to attack, that's it).

[[folder:Atalanta]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ata_2950.png]]

'' "The heavenly huntress." ''

* BareYourMidriff
* BlowYouAway
* CompositeCharacter: Camelot blends some aspects of Artemis with Atalanta, since they're both huntresses, and their connections in the ClassicalMythology taken into consideration.
* MagicMissileStorm
* RainOfArrows
* SilkHidingSteel: So graceful yet so dangerous.
* WindIsGreen: The ONLY one in the games that play this straight until Karis' appearance in ''Dark Dawn''.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nereid]]
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'' "Princess of the sea spirits." ''

* CoolHorse: A hippocampus.
* DubNameChange: To Calypso in the French versions.
* DummiedOut: She was supposed to be [[{{Gainaxing}} jiggling]], but was later scrapped in the final product.
* MakingASplash
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Can be used to conjure a tsunami.
* TurtlePower: In the GBA games.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kirin]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kir_6161.png]]

'' "A mystical beast cloaked in flame." ''

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Kirin]]
* HorseOfADifferentColor
* PlayingWithFire
* WreathedInFlames: Before rushing towards the enemies, the mythical animal does this. Strangely its rider is implied to be unharmed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ramses]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ram_5723.png]]

'' "Guardian of an immortal pharaoh." ''

* [[RocketPunch Ancient Egyptian Rocket Punch]]
* BuildLikeAnEgyptian: A sentient pharaoh guardian statue build inside a pyramid.
* DishingOutDirt
* {{Golem}}: Either this or LivingStatue.
* GroundPound: Does this to rain boulders from the sky.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Procne]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pro_8366.png]]

'' "A goddess in bird form." ''

* BigBadassBirdOfPrey
* BlowYouAway
* GiantFlyer
* ShownTheirWork: The cute "swallow and nightingale" sequence in ''Dark Dawn'' seemed random at first, but they are actually Procne herself and her sister Philomela respectively. [[BalefulPolymorph In bird form.]]
* TornadoMove: Creates one to bring enemies to the sky before firing energy beams towards them.
* WindFromBeneathMyWings
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Neptune]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/npt_3938.png]]

'' "An incarnation of the sea king." ''

* DecompositeCharacter: Neptune was the Roman name for Poseidon. They're separate entities in this game.
* FatherNeptune: It's in the name.
* MakingASplash
* WaveMotionGun: ''Fired from its blowhole''.
* SeaMonster: Appeared as a whale in this game.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tiamat]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tmt_3835.png]]

'' "The queen of all dragons." ''

* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Inspired by a dragon in ''FinalFantasy'' and ''DungeonsAndDragons'' of the same name.
* {{Irony}}[=/=]LostInTranslation: Tiamat is traditionally associated with ''water'' instead of...well, fire. That's because her Japanese name is Vesta, a deity symbolized by sacred fire.
** TranslationCorrection: If her dragon-like appearance is of any indication.
* PlayingWithFire
* TechnicolorFire: Tiamat breathes blue flames.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cybele]]
[[quoteright:257:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cyb_8953.png]]

'' "The great [[MotherEarth mother of the earth]]." ''

* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: In the GBA games the Cybele summon is a seed-spitting frog. In Dark Dawn Cybele appears to be a woman creating lush fields, the aforementioned frog being her pet or underling.
* DubNameChange: Ostara in German version; derived from Eostre who is the Germanic goddess of spring.
* FertileFeet: So fertile that she creates a WorldHealingWave in the middle of a barren wasteland upon her ascent.
* GreenThumb
* HornedHumanoid: Has tree branches that is shaped like antlers.
* MotherEarth
* {{Planimal}}: Her frog underling.
[[/folder]]


[[folder:Meteor]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/met_7321.png]]

'' "A meteorite from deep space." ''

* ColonyDrop
* PlayingWithFire
* ShownTheirWork: In ''Dark Dawn'' Meteor is revealed to be summoned/dropped by a constellation that resembles a godlike figure to tie-in this summon to ancient belief or mythology themes all the other summons have.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Judgment]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jdg_5876.png]]

'' "The might of the apocalypse." ''

* {{Badass}}: One of the most well-known and the strongest summon in the first game.
* EvilCounterpart: Has one starting from ''The Lost Age''. See Catastrophe's entry below.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Being good and all doesn't stop him from nuking the enemy with catastrophic energy beams.
* HeavenlyBlue: His suit of armor is of this tint.
* KillSat: Fires a bolt of destructive energy beam from his lion arm.
* LightEmUp: The HolyHandGrenade version.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: This is probably the reason the embodiment of the end of the world is represented as a nuclear weapon-wielding angelic knight.
* ThePaladin
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thor]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/thr_3321.png]]


'' "The mighty god of thunder." ''

* AdaptationDyeJob: Undergoes a transition from blonde to a redhead from the GBA games to ''Dark Dawn''.
* BadassArmfold: Doing this while standing on his flying hammer.
* BadassBeard
* DropTheHammer: Which turns into a rocket-propelled spark plug.
* NorseMythology
* ShockAndAwe: Well, he ''is'' the god of thunder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Boreas]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bor_9807.png]]

'' "The god of the north wind." ''

* CoolHorse[=/=]CoolTrain: [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot A fusion of both even!]]
* HumongousMecha: It is either a unicorn-train or a gigantic ice-shaver mecha. You decide which one is [[IncrediblyLamePun cooler]].
* AnIcePerson
* KillItWithIce[=/=]ForMassiveDamage: [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Boreas is a primary choice against the Proxians due to their elemental weakness if you did not get Azul's summon tablet yet.]]
* ShockwaveStomp: Which initiates an avalanche.
* {{Unicorn}}: Some depictions of Boreas in ClassicalMythology is as one of Helios' steeds.
[[/folder]]


[[folder:Zagan]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zgn_2831.png]]

'' "Earth's might enflamed." ''

* ArmorPiercingAttack: His giant cleaver reduces the enemy's defenses by a certain amount.
* AnAxeToGrind: His WeaponOfChoice. He is even found in the Lumberjack's Camp in ''Dark Dawn''.
* HellHound
* MixAndMatchCritters: Has some traits of wolves, minotaurs and satyrs.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Shown sitting on his throne in Hell before decided to attack the enemy.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
[[/folder]]


[[folder:Moloch]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mol_5378.png]]

'' "The sacred ice monster." ''

* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: Wears a spiky collar on its neck.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: A quadruped version of the latter.
* BreathWeapon: Moloch has a blizzard breath that halves enemies' speed.
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Monster]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Megaera]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mgr_9308.png]]

'' "The goddess of vengeance." ''

* BoobsOfSteel: Subverted. While she is very stacked and decent in combat there are other stronger female summons around (Cybele and Iris comes to mind).
* FieryRedhead: Being one of the Furies she can be considered this. Bonus points for her name in French being Mégère, which among other things mean "a temperamental woman".
* HotBlade: Her WeaponOfChoice.
* LadyOfWar
* OddlyShapedSword: Two of the blades have a blunt edge.
* PlayingWithFire
* ProperTightsWithASkirt
* StatusBuff: Increases the entire party's physical attack upon summoning.
* StuffBlowingUp: She can use her swords this way by creating a magic circle around the enemies which erupts with a violent explosion..
* TornadoMove:...or simply throwing them to the ground to create a fire tornado for a few seconds before emerging out of it.
* WingedHumanoid
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Flora]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flo_2880.png]]

'' "The wind rider, goddess of flowers." ''

* FairySexy: In her GBA appearance, she looks like a fairy and wears a very revealing top with a cleavage window complemented by tighter pants/short skirt.
* GirlishPigtails: An initiative of the design department to make her look cuter in ''Dark Dawn''.
* GuideDangIt: Is well-hidden in the [[ThatOneLevel convoluted maze of Air's Rock]] in ''The Lost Age''. Some players may end up forgetting her for their entire run.
* MagicalGirl: In ''Dark Dawn''.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: In the GBA games.
* PetalPower: The petals even put enemies to [[StandardStatusEffects sleep]].
* RuleOfCute: Her redesign takes this UpToEleven, with cute sound effects to complement her attack sequence.
* SuperCuteSuperPowers: Floral meteor shower, go!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Haures]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hau_819.png]]

'' "A beast that sunders darkness." ''

* BadassCape
* TheDragon: To the BonusBoss [[GoldenSunDarkDawn Ancient Devil.]]
* GuideDangIt: In ''Dark Dawn'', his summon tablet can only be obtained via Dream Leaf. Where to use it is alluded very vaguely in the games. [[spoiler: Better find it fast, or it will be LostForever.]]
* PoisonousPerson: His claws are poisonous and may inflict Venom status on enemies.
* TranslationCorrection: [[DubNameChange Renamed Flauros in the Spanish versions]], which is the actual translation of his name.
* WolverineClaws
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ulysses]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/uly_6850.png]]

'' "A[n] legendary wandering mage." ''

* AmbiguousGender: In the GBA games. More obviously a man in ''Dark Dawn''.
* DubNameChange: The German version uses the Greek spelling of his name.
* ElementalPowers: A strange case. While Ulysses deals [[PlayingWithFire fire]] damage, the attack animations may pass as something very [[MakingASplash aquatic-ish]].
* ElementalPunch: Throws one to the enemies that splits into a swarm of snapping jaws.
* GuideDangIt: Not as bad as Haures or Flora, but most ''Dark Dawn'' players on their first run did not notice his summon tablet hiding under the mine wall and there is a bomb that looks like one of those generic background items (which it isn't). You can use Fireball Psynergy on the bomb and seize your prize. [[spoiler:But like the Haures example above, better find it fast, or it will be LostForever.]]
* HeroicBuild
* InNameOnly: Doesn't have all that much in common with [[Literature/TheOdyssey his namesake]].
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* ShoutOut: Equal parts of [[ShamanKing Amidamaru]] and [[JoJosBizarreAdventure Star Platinum.]]
* ShrineMaiden: In the GBA games.
* SinisterScythe: GBA!Ulysses throws mystical ofuda that transforms into this.
* TechnicolorFire: His summoned jaws burn with blue flames.
* UselessUsefulSpell: His secondary effect of causing enemies to lose a turn has a low chance of occurring.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eclipse]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ecl_2411.png]]

'' "A dragon whose wings span the skies." ''

* EgyptianMythology: Is probably based on Apep, a serpent that is known for devouring Ra (symbolized as the sun itself), causing an eclipse.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: See EgyptianMythology above. Probably the reason why it is a dragon of all things.
* KillSat: Eclipse flies to space and shoots laser beam from its mouth to demonstrate this trope.
* {{Lunacy}}
* StatusBuff: Inverted. Eclipse's secondary effect is to lower the enemies' attack stat.
* TooDumbToLive: Not the summon itself, but the city of Lemuria gives out Eclipse as a prize ''for a coin-tossing game.'' The king must be very bored of the vegetative state of his subjects.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Coatlicue]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/coa_6105.png]]

'' "A goddess bearing the water of life." ''

* AztecMythology
* DubNameChange: To Quetzalcoatl in German version.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* GradualRegeneration: Heals the party at the end of each turn after she is summoned for five turns. This gives your healers an opportunity to strike the enemy while the effect lingers.
* HealingSpring: She is either inside one (''The Lost Age'') or bearing it inside a vase (''Dark Dawn'') to heal the player characters.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Is actually the hideous devouring Aztec goddess with snakes for head and clothing, but the games makes her look downright attractive, just look at her picture.
* MakingASplash: Though not used for offense.
* TheMedic: To establish Mercury element's superior healing capabilities.
* OhCrap: This factor kicks in whenever the resident {{Bonus Boss}}es (two, to be exact) summon her, making your attacks beforehand pointless since they recovered ''all of their hitpoints in one turn''.
* OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: The only summon that only functions as TheMedic.
* RapunzelHair: Both versions.
* ShoutOut:
** ''The Lost Age'': The heavy [[StealthPun bells]] on her dress and overall appearance [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20061201204531/goldensun/images/7/71/SummonCoatlicue.jpg here]] might bring [[AhMyGoddess Belldandy]] to mind.
** ''Dark Dawn'': Aquarius as stated below and the Harvest Goddess in ''[[HarvestMoon Animal Parade/Tree of Tranquility]]''.
* ShrineMaiden: In the GBA games, where her robes resemble a kimono jacket suspending heavy chimes.
* WesternZodiac: Her redesign in ''Dark Dawn'' alludes to Aquarius instead, specifically the ''FairyTail'' and ''YuGiOh'' variant.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Daedalus]]
[[quoteright:257:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ddl_9235.png]]

'' "Master craftsman of ancient times." ''

* AnachronismStew: What is a missile-firing titan doing in medieval Weyard?
* TheBrute: Not him, but Daedalus' guardians are Valukar and Ogre Titans; whom relied on brute strength as their primary offense among the other guardians.
* ChargedAttack: Daedalus's larger and stronger missile takes a turn to reach the enemy, though the lesser ones do deal damage for the time period.
* GadgeteerGenius: Based on the above statement, the mecha is probably an allusion to one of Daedalus' creations.
* HumongousMecha
* LethalJokeCharacter: For a summon of his tier he deals a pitifully low damage. But Daedalus' main gimmick is that a second larger and more powerful missile will hit on the next turn after it is summoned.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Showers the enemies with multiple weak missiles at first while the stronger huge missile flew off somewhere [[BaitAndSwitch until it landed right on their faces]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Azul]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/azu_7981.png]]

'' "An awakened dragon from the deep." ''

* EnergyBall: Creates one that can [[StandardStatusEffects stun]] its opponents.
** Its guardian Star Magician can use one, and has magic based on summoning magical spheres.
* GratuitousSpanish: Named Azul because of its blue color instead of the mythological creature it is based from, because WaterIsBlue.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: [[WordOfGod Is confirmed to be based on the Leviathan.]]
* MakingASplash
* SeaMonster
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Catastrophe]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cat_2017.png]]

'' "The embodiment of destruction." ''

* {{Badass}}: It is basically [[{{Badass}} Judgment]] taken UpToEleven.
* {{BFS}}
* CastingAShadow: To contrast Judgment's [[LightEmUp light-based]] powers.
* DecompositeCharacter: Within the same series even. Catastrophe's "demonic-knight" traits are equally distributed to his guardians; the knight-based Sentinel and the demonic Ancient Devil.
* DubNameChange: Desaster in the German version.
* EvilCounterpart: To Judgment. In ''Dark Dawn'' Catastrophe even transforms from the aforementioned summon.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Draconic wings.
* ManaBurn: Can cause enemies to lose 10% out of their maximum PP, though the effects are negligible for ''Golden Sun'' combat standards that favors physical attackers.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor
* ShockAndAwe: The launched dark dragon is also infused with electricity.
* UnholyNuke
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Charon]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cha_452.png]]

'' "The boatsman of the river Styx." ''

* AwesomeButImpractical: Requires ''eight'' Venus and two Jupiter Djinn to be summoned, but since the majority of enemies and bosses in the games highly resist Venus-based offenses he could not utilize his great attack power well unlike the likes of Catastrophe. The dreaded [[OneHitKO secondary effect]] [[UselessUsefulSpell rarely functions too]], unless it is used by [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Dullahan]].
* CastingAShadow: Generates a shadow ball that engulfs the opponent in pure darkness.
* DarknessEqualsDeath
* DemBones: Charon is a skeletal being.
* TheDragon: To [[BonusBoss Dullahan]]. Expect this guy to be summoned when fighting said bonus boss.
* TheFerryman: He even carries an oar with him in ''Dark Dawn''.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Shadow wings only in the GBA games.
* OneHitKO: May inflict this effect to non-boss enemies.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Iris]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/iri_2964.png]]

'' "Goddess of rainbows, guide of souls." ''

* AwesomeYetImpractical: The strongest summon in the game that can toss enemies into the sun for massive damage, revives AND heals your teammates but requires 9 Mars and 4 Mercury Djinn to set up, which is a lot. This means enemies that can use Djinn Storm and alike will ''severely cripple the player'', and might cost the player the match.
* BraggingRightsReward: Can only be obtained after defeating the BonusBoss. After that, there's literally nothing that is worth defeating using her regardless of elemental resistance.
* BigGood: Among all the summons she is considered as this, considering she's the ultimate summon and all.
* CompositeCharacter: Shares some attributes with [[EgyptianMythology Isis]], since said goddess revived her husband Osiris from death; which is included as one of Iris' abilities.
** Possibly to [[JapaneseMythology Amaterasu]] as well, considering where the game is developed in, and more emphasis on the solar aspect than the rainbow trait of Iris'.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Her offense strategy. Cue StuffBlowingUp.
* LightEmUp
* LightIsGood
* PimpedOutDress: To establish her space princess motif.
* PlayingWithFire: Deals fire damage.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Despite being a rainbow goddess, Iris in ''Golden Sun'' is more inclined towards the Sun (and outer space).
* PurpleIsPowerful: Has a lot of purple accents on her dress, and is the strongest summon.
* RaysFromHeaven
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Crystallux]]
[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cry_9983.png]]

'' "A dragon with a heart of brilliant crystal." ''

* CallBack: To the commercial video for the first game, [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain which had practically nothing to do with its plot]].
* GentleGiant: Disguised as a chandelier in the Belinsk Opera House due to a love for music and shows no harmful intentions against humans, especially to the girl who leave out food at night for him.
* LightEmUp: Unlike other Venus summon tablets (which are based from demons and underworld creatures with dark powers) Crystallux's powers are light-based, probably to convince the players that Venus is not fully retooled into darkness elemental force.
* PapaWolf: [[spoiler:Crystallux is willing to assist Matthew's group because the Grave Eclipse monsters killed the girl who cares for him the whole time.]]
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Not based on any ancient belief or mythology.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: ''Chandelier-dragons''.
[[/folder]]

!Other Characters

[[folder:The Wise One]]

The Guardian of the Sol Sanctum and the one who tasks Isaac and Garet with retrieving the Elemental Stars.

* AllPowerfulBystander
* AIIsACrapshoot: Who it's a crapshoot ''for'' is a twist on its own.
* BigGood
* TheChessmaster
* DeusEstMachina
* ExactWords: The Wise One never actually claimed to [[spoiler:be a god]]. That was just [[spoiler:Piers']] assumption. [[spoiler:This foreshadows the fact that it isn't and was actually created by the Ancients.]]
* FacelessEye
* TheGhost: Not seen in ''Dark Dawn'', but left a few statues of himself to help the protagonists.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Wise One truly wants the best for the world. However, [[spoiler:it is not above testing people's resolve with trials designed to break lesser beings]]. This is completely justified, however, since it's implied to have already seen what kind of CrapsackWorld Alchemy can create and wants to make ''damn sure'' that people use it for good.
* GodsHandsAreTied: [[spoiler:The Wise One claims this at Mars Lighthouse, stating that he is forbidden from interfering with the actions of mankind and thus cannot stop Alex from taking the power of Alchemy for his own. Of course, [[SecretTest even assuming he was telling the truth]], [[LoopholeAbuse there are apparently loopholes]].]]
* KickTheDog [=/=] YankTheDogsChain: The "miracle" [[spoiler:it tries to stop you with? [[TearJerker Yeah, that.]]]]
* MachineWorship: [[spoiler:By Vale.]]
* {{Oculothorax}}
* OmniscientMoralityLicense
* PhysicalGod
* PhilosophersStone: [[spoiler:It is somewhat... different than the traditional example, however.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kraden]]
[[quoteright:223:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/KradenDD_6841.png]]

Though not an Adept of any kind, Kraden is a wise old sage who lives in Vale to study Alchemy and tutor Isaac and his friends. He is not a playable character, but he accompanies Felix throughout the entirety of ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age'' and is vastly important to the plot. In ''Dark Dawn'' he continues his Alchemy studies, and is the teacher of Mia's children, Rief and Nowell. (As with the heroes of the first two games, the Golden Sun slowed down his aging as well, which is why he lived as long as he did without anything else to slow it down. He just ended up with this effect after he was already of old age.)
[[hardline]]

* AgeWithoutYouth: In ''Dark Dawn''.
* BlessedWithSuck: Having been exposed to the Golden Sun like the rest of the party his aging has slowed down immensely, meaning he's not likely to die any time soon. But it didn't do anything about all aches, pains, and other issues that arise with being an old man. He is ''not'' very thrilled about this.
* CoolOldGuy: Sadly not playable. Of course, considering that he's a {{Muggle}}, this does make sense.
* {{Determinator}}: He's willing and able to travel across monster-infested lands, trap-filled dungeons, and ''active war zones'' to help the player characters, despite being a feeble old man with no powers or combat skills whatsoever.
* EccentricMentor: He sometimes shows signs of this, mainly a certain lack of danger awareness (''Dark Dawn'') and fixation with food (''The Lost Age'').
* ExpositionFairy
* GentlemanAndAScholar
* HostageForMcGuffin: In the first game; he is more of a free entity in ''The Lost Age''.
* {{Immortality}}: In ''Dark Dawn'', the unaging variant.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With every hero in every game so far, and with quite a few [=NPCs=]. Probably justified since he's so old that there just ''aren't'' many people his age (Obaba, Ikan, and [[VagueAge possibly]] [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Piers]]).
* {{Irony}}: His entire scholarly life was started by trying to find the secret to [[spoiler:immortality for Babi. By Dark Dawn, Babi is dead of old age while Kraden has stopped aging due to his travels trying to find the secret for Babi. Whoops.]]
* MotorMouth: Though not necessarily quick-speaking, he certainly talks a ''lot'' and likely has the most lines in ''The Lost Age''. And, of course, he's the one with the EasterEgg line that results from answering "no" to [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything every question in the game]].
* MrExposition
* MysteriousPast: Implied in the first game and discovered in the second as you uncover clues and details about his life. [[spoiler:He was a scholar for Lord Babi ever since he was four, and was sent to Vale on his behalf to study Alchemy.]]
* NightmareFetishist: "All right, so I lied! I'm glad we found werewolves! Are you happy?"
* TheObiWan
* OlderSidekick
* PartyInMyPocket: He seems to be able to avoid combat, leap across hazardous terrain, and traverse dangerous dungeons simply by walking into Isaac (during the Sol Sanctum section of the first game), Felix (in all of ''The Lost Age''), and Matthew (in ''Dark Dawn'') beforehand.
* ThePhilosopher
* RunningGag: In ''Dark Dawn'', everybody who was in ''The Lost Age'' comments on the fact that Kraden hasn't aged a day since then. Kraden gradually starts getting annoyed by this.
---> It's not polite to stare at the elderly, you know.
* ShipperOnDeck: Comments favorably on Feizhi's interest in Isaac. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Feizhi is appropriately mortified]].
** Possibly recurring in ''Dark Dawn'', where he claims that [[spoiler:Nowell is in love with Piers]]. No definite information to confirm, however; at least not until the 4th game is released.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Until ''Dark Dawn'', Kraden lacked any promotional art releases despite being a fairly major character.
[[/folder]]

!Dark Dawn's Heroes
'''Tropes that apply to everyone''':
* TheTeam
** Briefly a FiveManBand
*** Matthew: TheLeader
*** Karis: TheChick
*** Tyrell: TheBigGuy
*** Rief: TheSmartGuy
*** Amiti: TheLancer / NaiveNewcomer
** Later added..
*** Sveta: SixthRanger / [[MysteriousWaif Mysterious]] GlacierWaif / TokenNonHuman
*** Eoleo: {{Pirate}} / TokenAdult
*** Himi: EleventhHourRanger / ShrineMaiden

[[folder:Matthew(Mut)]]
[[quoteright:188:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/188px-GSDDMatthew_6834.jpg]]

A young Venus Adept, the son of Isaac [[http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/8367/1287819854328.jpg and]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Jenna]], and the main playable character and party leader of ''Dark Dawn''. He lives with his father in a cottage in the Goma Highlands west of Bilibin, which overlooks the ruins of Mt. Aleph, training for the day he's expected to step up and take on his father's mantle. That day comes when his friend Tyrell breaks Ivan's soarwing, and he's sent on a journey that begins with the goal of obtaining the Mountain Roc feather and ends up involving the fate of Angara and Weyard.
[[hardline]]

* AnAxeToGrind: Though they will usually not be the most favorable choice for him.
* {{BFS}}: Aside from boasting the Ragnarok and Odyssey spells, improved graphics allow for different weapons to actually be shown; long/broad swords are big enough to be comparable to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] and are apparently so heavy he holds it down by his leg.
* CarryABigStick: Can wield maces.
* DubNameChange: His Japanese name is ''Muuto'' (Likely intended to be the German name "Mut").
* TheHero
* HeroicMime: Just like his father and uncle before him, though this time there are a few "emotional responses" (emoticons) that the player can pick for him to provide some variety.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and played with much more than with Isaac or Felix
** And then there's the encounter with Arcanus at the Apollo Sanctum - where Matthew [[SymbolSwearing swears]]. Though this is only applicable to the US version; the Japanese and European versions have him reacting with the same old "?!" he normally responds with.
*** There's also an instance where if the angry emote is used as a response to Karis' comments about [[spoiler:Ryu Kou stealing the Magma Orb]], Karis will respond, "Wow, graphic!", implying that Matthew had some very choice words for the situation.
* IdenticalGrandson: Son, rather, but he looks ''so'' similar that many early previews confused him for a redesigned Isaac at first. This led to his being [[FanNickname dubbed]] "Robin", Isaac's [[DubNameChange Japanese name]], for a while.
* TheLeader: Type IV and maybe Type II also according to fan's inpretation.
* MadeOfIron: He's just knocked unconcious without any injuries after falling over and over three times, attempting to [[spoiler:switch on the Apollo Lens. Then after awakened he's so fast that he ran and caught Sveta before anyone else could.]]
* MagicKnight
* NiceGuy: The general {{Fanon}} interpretation and, optional reactions aside, there seems to be an element of truth to it, too.
* PassingTheTorch: His father makes a big deal about how it's now Matthew's turn.
* PunnyName: His Japanese name is Mut[[strike:e]], and he is stated to be not very talkative.
* ScarfOfAssKicking: It looks to be the same one as his father's, for that matter.
* ShipTease: He was paired with Karis within days of their official names being revealed. And thanks to several scenes near the end of the game shippers also tend to pair him with Sveta.
* ShipSinking: He's the torpedo that sank Mudshipping (Isaac x Mia) and Flameshipping (Garet x Jenna).
* SilentBob - Several lines of reactionary script. No words - except for one scene at Apollo Sanctum where he [[SymbolSwearing swears]] (and even then it was dubbed in) - but still... for people who played Golden Sun and The Lost Age, Matthew seems damn talkative compared to his father and uncle.
** Lampshaded in the conversation with Tret, where Tret asks for Matthew's name, only for Matthew to reply with his classic "...", followed by Tret asking him to speak up, and Amiti pointing out that he doesn't talk much.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Played with when Briggs identifies him on sight... because of how strongly he resembles ''Jenna''. To be fair, Briggs never met Isaac.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Karis]]
[[quoteright:234:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/234px-GSDDKaris_4582.jpg]]

A young Jupiter Adept who is Ivan's daughter and a childhood friend of Matthew's and Tyrell's. She decides to accompany the two on their quest to obtain a Mountain Roc feather. She is strong-willed, reliable, and clever.
[[hardline]]

* ActionGirl: She can hold her own in a physical fight.
* TheChick
* CryCute: A few times in the beginning, [[InvokedTrope to get her way in an argument]]. The SuperDeformed sprites makes her crying scenes ''adorable.''
* DamningWithFaintPraise: Probably unintentional; the manual declares that [[{{Tsundere}} Karis]] is the most levelheaded of the initial trio. I mean depending on how you make Matthew react to things it can even be quite true, but still...
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "Get OFF the roof, Tyrell!"
* {{Expy}}: She has more in common with Jenna despite not being her mother, being a HotBlooded ChildhoodFriend with ThoseTwoGuys Matthew and Tyrell. The ponytail, purple cape and her Red Mage status might be inspired from Jenna as well.
* FragileSpeedster: Barring class changes, Karis is easily the fastest character in the party.
* HotBlooded: Isaac [[LampshadeHanging comments]] that Karis is pretty fiery for a Jupiter Adept.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: First party member in Golden Sun that is able to use bows. That said, she cannot pull of improbable shots reliably and has to use each bow awhile before she can do them at all.
** {{Multishot}}: But its good when she does pull it off.
** RainOfArrows
* LadyOfWar: Can use light blades.
* TheLancer
* MagicStaff: If you so choose.
* TheMedic: She has access to the first Jupiter-based healing spells, the Fresh Breeze series, which are the weakest of all healing spells, but [[BoringButPractical affect everybody and don't require set Djinn to use]].
* MissingMom: The game never mentions who Ivan hooked up with though Karis does mention her parent'''s''' in the plural sense, so it's at least implied that her mother is part of her life.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt
* PurpleEyes
* TheRedMage: Offensive, debuff and healing spells in one package.
* SilkHidingSteel: She seems to act as the face of the party for most of the game, but isn't above punching out Tyrell to get his attention.
* TheSmartGuy: Manages to to claim this role despite the apprentice of ''the'' [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] being in the party (primarly because the script chose to use her to do any exposition due to Matthew's [[HeroicMime disability]]). Usually she's the first one to figure out puzzles, while Rief is reliable for providing information.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Despite the green hair she has Ivan's facial features and purple eyes.
** Though in the first promo art she looks like ''Mia'' instead and her hair was more of a bluish tone instead of green. [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Since Rief was not appearing on the same poster]], early on fans thought that "Golden Sun DS" will be the first game's remake, considering how Matthew and Tyrell looked alot like their fathers as well...
* {{Tsundere}}: Particularly toward Tyrell.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: With Tyrell and Matthew.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tyrell(Terry)]]
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A young Mars Adept who is the son of Garet. Like father, like son; he is a mischievous character, but is loyal and a close friend of Matthew's and Karis's. His making off and subsequently breaking the soarwing glider that Ivan had made becomes the trigger for their quest.
[[hardline]]

* AnimeHair
* AnAxeToGrind: Seen wielding one in promotional art. Of course [[HeroesPreferSwords He can use swords, too]].
* BadAss: He qualified for the title the moment he tried to beat down Arcanus. [[CurbStompBattle He got his ass kicked]], but the fact that he even ''tried'' is impressive.
** BadassBoast: And if that wasn't enough, he outright ''threatens him'' during the final dungeon.
* TheBigGuy: He's the only party member other than Matthew who's able to wield long swords.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* TheDeterminator: For better or worse, Tyrell just will not back down from something when he's got his mind set on it.
* DistressedDude: Like with practically every other male PC in the game, first thing you have to do is rescue him before he's on your team.
* DubNameChange: Not as drastic as it was with the party members of the first two games, but his name is "Terry" in Japanese and Italian.
** MeaningfulName: Terry was a shorthand for Tertius (third, Romans were not very creative with names). He is your third member. Tyrell is a derivative of the old French tirer, meaning to draw, and tirand, meaning one who pulls the reigns, traditionally a nickname for stubborn people.
* DumbMuscle: Played with. Tyrell's [[HotBlooded lack of impulse control]] makes him look like an idiot, but he actually has a pretty good grasp of academia and Psynergy, and tends to make [[FailedASpotCheck spot checks that everyone else fails]], like [[spoiler: the TrapDoor being pulled in Kaocho]], or [[spoiler: Sveta reading minds in Apollo Sanctum]]. It's basically unintentional ObfuscatingStupidity on his part.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Stealing the soarwing. Unlike Garet, Tyrell actively goes looking for trouble, and [[DistressedDude boy does he find it]].
* FieryRedhead
* FingerlessGloves
* {{Flanderization}}: Tyrell's personality is largely an exaggeration of Garet's as he appeared the first game. He's even ''more'' HotBlooded, even more [[FieryRedhead fiery]], and has a touch of PowerIncontinence to match his HairTriggerTemper.
* GreenEyes: On his in-game model, his eyes have a greenish tint.
* HairTriggerTemper: Especially apparent in the first half of the game.
* HiddenDepths: Most definitely when you examine some of his character traits.
* HotBlooded: Even more so than his old man.
* TheLancer
* LetsGetDangerous: To [[spoiler: ''Arcanus'' in Luna Tower]]. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Surprise!]]
* MagicKnight
* MightyGlacier: Barring class changes and equipment Tyrell is one of the slowest playable characters in ''Dark Dawn.''
* MissingMom: Like Karis, Tyrell's mom/Garet's wife is never mentioned. Some [[WildMassGuessing fan speculation]] suggests that this plays into his attitude issues and constant acting out.
* PowerIncontinence: Has been banned from Patcher's Place for nearly burning it down. He almost does it again in a fit.
* RedHeadedHero
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Not ''quite'' as strong as it is between Isaac and Matthew, but his face does look like a younger Garet and his hair and body structure are extremely similar.
** Although his hair is much redder than Garet's - besides his sprite in the original duology, Garet's hair was actually brown. Tyrell's at least gained the ability to mimic daddy's gravity-defying hair-style ... sort of.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rief(Crown)]]
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The fourth party member is a Mercury adept and the younger of Mia's two chidren. Along with his sister, Nowell, he is an apprentice of Kraden, now a traveling Alchemy scholar. He joins the party after being captured by Tuaparang in order to bait Matthew's party south to the Ei-Jei region of Angara.
[[hardline]]

* {{Adorkable}}
* BadassBookworm: Rief is following in Kraden's footsteps as a scholar and Tyrell dubs Rief as a nerd, but in combat, Rief can hold his own and has access to lots of powerful water and healing Psynergy as he levels up.
* BoundAndGagged: It's ''said'' that he is in the offical strategy guide, when you find him inside the crate. However, his in-game sprite doesn't appear to be gagged, simply bound.
* CarryABigStick: Like his mother, Rief gets no bladed weaponry beyond some maces with sharp points in them.
* CripplingOverspecialization: A SquishyWizard [[WhiteMage pure]] [[TheMedic medic]] in a team where almost everybody else is a CombatMedic by default or a MagicKnight who can class-shift into a CombatMedic.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DeadpanSnarker: Just like his mother, few lines but lots of sass. Especially towards Tyrell.
--> "Yes, Tyrell. This is the part where she just volunteers that she's a spy."
* DisappearedDad: Unlike Karis and Tyrell, it's his father that is never identified.
* DistressedDude: Briefly before he joins the party.
** [[GirlInABox Boy In A Crate]]: The party finds him upon seeing a hopping crate.
* DubNameChange: Crown in the Japanese version, Ricky in Italian and, amusingly, [[MythologyGag Robin]] in French.
** {{Woolseyism}}: Crowns are a Tarot suit, the theme used for the villains' dub names in the English-language games. The translators were thinking ahead to avoid confusion.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Or at least, a young girl. Dude looks like a loli?
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Most people would be scared to death of a Psynergy Vortex. Rief gets excited, then entranced, and nearly jumps into the damn thing. [[DontTouchItYouIdiot And his sister yells at him.]]
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Kraden compliments him for it.
* HairColorSpoiler: Rief's game sprite has the exact same shade of blue as [[spoiler: Alex/Arcanus, giving away their relationship]]. It's also very close to [[spoiler: Amiti's hair color, foreshadowing the latter's connection to the Mercury Clan.]]
* MagicStaff: Besides the those the others can use he also gets, ankhs, which have somehow been differentiated from staffs.
* MagikarpPower: A variation. For most of the game, Karis' [[BoringButPractical Fresh Breeze]] psynergy makes Rief seem rather useless. However, late in the game, bosses start hitting for more damage than Karis can heal, and very often. Suddenly, Rief's enhanced Wish Psynergy looks a lot more appealing.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Intellectually, since Karis gets more exposition talk and by extension looks smarter. In the healing department, since Karis can also cast multi-target healing spells, cheaper, and without needing half a dozen Djinn set to her. And as a Water Adept, he's overshadowed by Amiti, who by default has more offensive powers, near-equal healing capacity, and [[BoringButPractical knows how a sword works]].
* ProperTightsWithASkirt: Male example.
* TheQuietOne
* ShipSinking: Like Matthew, he and his sister also serve as a Mudshipping torpedo, and unless Tyrell turns out to be their brother, they sank Steamshipping too.
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not Appearing In This Promo Art]]: His absence in the first promo art makes Matthew, Tyrell and Karis on the [[GoldenSunDarkDawn main page]] look like Isaac, Garet and Mia redesigns. ''Dark Dawn'' was initially assumed to be the remake of the first game due to this.
* TheSmartGuy
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses [[SpecsOfAwesome Of Awesome]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Not as drastic as Matthew or Tyrell, but his similarities to Mia had some peg their relationship immediately after his reveal. [[spoiler: He also looks a lot like Amiti.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It runs in the family -- his mother, [[HiddenAgendaVillain mother's cousin]], and sister have blue hair as well.[[spoiler: So does his second cousin, Amiti.]]
* YoungestChildWins: His older sister Nowell is basically PutOnABus after she is introduced, while Rief becomes a member of your party.
** It's been [[WildMassGuessing suggested]] that [[SequelHook Nowell]] could be a future player character in the [[SequelHook implied sequel]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Amiti(Harumani)]]
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A Mercury Adept who joins Matthew's party. He is the young prince of the Ayuthay kingdom who is said to have been an immaculate birth on account of his mother's strong Mercury powers. However, his uncle King Paithos reveals that this is not the case, that his father was actually an unknown Mercury Adept of considerable power. [[spoiler:It is confirmed that his father is Alex.]]
[[hardline]]

* {{Bishonen}}: And boy is he ever.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: He initially approves of Eoleo getting the CruelAndUnusualDeath sentence just because he's criminal scum. Karis immediately tells him that [[GrayAndGrayMorality it just doesn't work that way]]. Part of Amiti's CharacterDevelopment is realizing that his hasty judgement of the Champa pirates was a mistake and they're good people despite doing bad things.
* BrickJoke: His traveling clothes get bricked twice, once in Te Rya (he's ''still'' not dressed for snowy mountains), and once after rescuing Eoleo (who's shocked [[NotHelpingYourCase he's actually wearing some]]).
* ChickMagnet: An NPC notes that he has plenty of women fawning all over him; implying that our little {{Bishonen}} here is quite the ladies man. May also double up as ChivalrousPervert as there's nothing to say it's an UnwantedHarem.
** Though there's also [[CluelessChickMagnet nothing to say he himself even notices the attention]].
* ChocolateBaby: Played with. Amiti's skin is clearly light but he apparently only had one parent. From Ayuthay. Where everybody has a darker complexion. Nobody thinks that this is somewhat suspicious. Justified, however, in that the story about Amiti being a virgin birth turns out to have been a lie told by his uncle. His father was a Mercury Adept [[spoiler:specifically, Alex]].
* CombatMedic
* DeadpanSnarker[=/=]MetaGuy : Probably the most rampant distributor of [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] in the entire game. And yet he's very mild-mannered and sweet about it.
* DisappearedDad: His father apparently left Ayuthay as quickly as he arrived, so quickly that only his mother knew his father's exact identity, and she took the secret with her to the grave (which wasn't long after Amiti was born). [[spoiler: It's confirmed that [[LukeIAmYourFather Alex is the daddy]].]]
* DubNameChange: It was Harumani in Japanese, which led to Haru in French. The Italian version has him named "Jao"
** PunnyName: From ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS harmony]]'' to ''amity.'' We see what you did there, Camelot.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: It took a ShirtlessScene getting leaked to clear up the issue. [[spoiler: It runs in the family.]]
* GenreSavvy: Joins your party specifically because he wants to stop being a ShelteredAristocrat and become TheWisePrince. [[CharacterDevelopment It works!]]
* GreenEyes
* HairColorSpoiler: Much of his storyline is given away by the simple fact that he's a blue-haired Mercury Adept in an area otherwise exclusive to dark-haired non-Adepts.
** [[spoiler: Amiti's game sprite has the same shade of blue hair as Nowell, though this is difficult to tell since they never share screentime. It's also very close to the color shared by Rief and Alex. This foreshadows that he's related to the Mercury Clan.]]
* HeroicBastard: Considering the circumstances, it is safe to assume that Amiti's parents never married.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Same deal as Karis.
* TheIngenue: Begins his plotline quite naïve, but undergoes CharacterDevelopment and becomes more understanding of others.
* {{Keigo}}: Trickier to spot in the translated versions, but Amiti ''does'' speak more politely and formally than most other characters, to reflect his upbringing as nobility. This also makes his [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] MetaGuy moments more amusing.
---> '''Amiti:''' So you don't even know what this so-called treasure does, and yet you're thanking us with it. Delightful.
* [[MacGuffinGirl MacGuffin Guy]][=/=]TheChosenOne: Is chosen as the bearer of the Insight Glass, which has the power to see solutions to most problems. This power is needed to enter and navigate the Ouroboros labyrinth, which results in Amiti joining the party officially. Also, he is somehow able to communicate telepathically with the sentient Sand Prince gem.
* MagicKnight: A variation. He uses mage equipment, but has a wider variety of weapons than usual for them, and has access to the Diamond Dust and Diamond Berg spells.
* MessianicArchetype: Amiti was raised to believe he was one. His mother was [[VirginPower a magical virgin]] who revitalized a civilization and gave birth to a magically gifted son by her own power alone. [[spoiler:Turns out it's all a lie. His mother had no psynergy at all, and Alex did everything she was credited with, including fathering Amiti.]]
* MrFanservice
* {{Mukokuseki}}: He doesn't look Asian at all, unlike the other ethnically Ei-Jei characters... [[JustifiedTrope because of his mysterious heritage]].
** Subverted outright when you realize that [[spoiler:he's actually [[StrongFamilyResemblance Rief's second cousin]].]]
* MysteriousPast: Alleged.
* NiceGuy
* OlderThanTheyLook: Despite looking around the same age as Matthew he looks approximately in his early twenties.
* PingPongNaivete: His mistaken beliefs about his conception, along with his BlackAndWhiteMorality, tend to give this impression.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Once he joins the party.
* ShelteredAristocrat: Though to his credit he [[GenreSavvy realizes this]], and joins your quest specifically so he can learn more about the world beyond the castle walls, [[TheWisePrince the better to help his people]].
* SilkHidingSteel: Rare male example.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The katakana for his Japanese name, derived from the Hindu deity Hanuman, is very similar to "Harmony", so this was used as a name until his dub name was released. This didn't help the ViewerGenderConfusion any.
* SpoiledSweet: Aside from his [[BlackAndWhiteMorality opinions on criminal justice]], he's very sweet and gentle.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Enough so that one NPC in Tonfon outright mistakes him for [[spoiler:Arcanus and asks where his mask is.]]
** [[spoiler: A much earlier cutscene has Tret notice Amiti's resemblance to the Mercury Clan and ask if he's another of Mia's children. Amiti and Rief are both somewhat alarmed by this observation.]]
* [[WalkingShirtlessScene Walking]] ShirtlessScene: Since his kingdom is essentially in a oasis region in constant sunny weather, [[JustifiedTrope a lot of people are shirtless]], including him and his uncle. Once Amiti announces his intention to join the player party, they ask him to PleasePutSomeClothesOn, which he does. The whole thing is lampshaded by Eoleo later, when he comments that this is the first time he's ever seen someone from Ayuthay "wearing real clothes". [[NotHelpingYourCase Amiti is not amused.]]
** Interestingly enough, it wasn't until the first screenshot showing him shirtless was released [[ViewerGenderConfusion that his gender was confirmed.]]
* WarriorPrince
* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut
* [[WhatsUpKingDude What's Up, Prince Dude?]]: In the middle of a siege by Kaocho, he's informed that some Adepts sent by Kaocho's army have broken into the sanctuary. He goes to meet them personally and offer them SacredHospitality.
** Considering his uncle and his late mother were also happy to talk to strangers, this probably runs in the family.
* TheWisePrince: After some CharacterDevelopment.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: As is required of Mercury Adepts. [[spoiler: Particularly the Mercury Clan.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sveta(Stella)]]
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A member of a new race of man-beasts who have evolved since the restoration of Alchemy, Sveta is a Jupiter Adept who joins Matthew's party, her natural animal senses being boosted by the precognitive abilities of the wind element. [[spoiler:Her older brother, Volechek, is the king of Morgal.]]
[[hardline]]

* ActionGirl: As opposed to using blades to attack like Jenna and Karis, she fights with physical punches and kicks. Confirmed to be the series's first warrior-type Wind Adept and the first female warrior of any element.
* AnimalMotifs: She's a werewolf, but she's mentioned to be nicknamed "The White Deer".
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler: She becomes queen of Belinsk after Volechek's death, albeit offscreen. Tyrell notes how quickly the proceedings were done, probably because they are only beginning to recover from a continent-wide disaster.]]
* BadassAdorable
* BadassPrincess
* BareFistedMonk: Sort of. She uses a unique weapon set containing knuckles and claws.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal[=/=]DoesNotLikeShoes: As her character art makes plain. She can ''equip'' boots, but is never shown actually ''wearing'' them. How this works is anyone's guess.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Feels this way regarding her Spirit Sense ability.
* BraidsOfAction
* CastingAShadow: The Umbra Gear was [[spoiler:worn by ancestral beastmen to protect them while they built the Apollo Sanctum. You need a set to get in, and given the measurements, she's the only one who can wear the full suit.]]
* CombatMedic: Has access to an all new line of single-target, wind-based healings spells, which are between [[DishingOutDirt the Cure series]] and [[MakingASplash the Ply series]] in strength.
* CuteMonsterGirl: She's easily the most human-looking of the beastmen of Morgal.
* DubNameChange: from Stella to Sveta. The French version kept Stella, while the Italian one went with Aryuna.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Being encountered as a fleeing figure in Te Rya sets her up as a shy person. Her kindness and responsibility are apparent when she starts discreetly guiding you through the Teppe Ruins, and ''then'' she makes a speaking appearance, [[{{Moe}} confirming all of those]] while introducing her [[KungFuWizard Kung Fu Adept]] angle.
* ExpressiveEars: They twitch while she's idle and during some cutscenes.
* GreenEyes: Under normal circumstances.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Her exclusive skills and weapon unleashes basically have her beat up and throw enemies around.
* GuileHeroine: She does her share of manipulating the party, though her goals were probably always benign. [[spoiler: slipping a message and the Slap Gloves to Ryu Kou into a trinket she's asking Matthew to return, and opening a secret passage for the 7 of them to make it inside Morgal Palace without a fight. It's possible that she played up her objections to their quest for the mountain Roc merely as an excuse to split off again and set up the rest of her plans.]] She's soon OutGambited by the Tupparang.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted; she tries to do this at the very end, but [[spoiler:Volechek takes the blow for her.]]
* KamehameHadouken: The Umbra Knuckles' [[CastingAShadow Shadow Cannon]] unleash.
* KungFuWizard: Fights with a martial-arts style, when not [[ShockAndAwe shocking-and-aweing]] or [[BlowYouAway blowing people away]].
* LiteralMinded: Maybe, if this line at the Watchtower says anything.
--> '''Sveta:''' How does a treasure sleep?
** She also has to read Tyrell's mind in her first appearance to notice he's dissing her, despite insisting otherwise immediately afterward.
* LightningBruiser: Even more so in her Beast form.
* LittleBitBeastly: The first nonhuman player character in the series.
* MoreHeroThanThou: One-ups Matthew and is successively one-upped by [[spoiler:Volechek]].
* NiceGirl
* TheNoseKnows: Track Psyenergy.
* OnlyOneName: Averted; her surname is a plot point. [[spoiler: It's Czamaral, the royal family of Morgal.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent
* PettingZooPeople
* PointyEars
* TheQuietOne: She's really quite gentle and soft-spoken despite her appearance.
** Might be part of the reason the ShipTease with [[HeroicMime Matthew]] is so effective.
* RapunzelHair: Her braids are pretty long.
* [[spoiler: RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething]]
* SixthRanger: She joins Matthew halfway through one dungeon, only for her to leave at the end of the dungeon. She permanently joins later on, though.
* ShipTease: With Matthew, during the finale.
* SpoiledSweet
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Briefly, while [[spoiler:she and Matthew are SharingABody]].
* {{Telepathy}}: Her Spirit Sense lets her read the minds of anyone, living or dead.
* TokenNonhuman
* WalkingSpoiler: Sveta carries a lot of ''Dark Dawn'' spoilers with her.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:(L)Eoleo]]
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First appearing as the infant son of the pirate Briggs in ''The Lost Age'', Eoleo is now the prince of the pirate nation Champa and a Mars Adept. He first appears imprisoned by the Belinsk beastmen and sentenced to death, but is freed by Matthew's party. He joins their party after [[spoiler:his father's death in the Grave Eclipse, whereupon he swears revenge on those responsible for it.]]
[[hardline]]

* {{Adorkable}}: As a tot in ''The Lost Age''. The BlindingBangs and [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100930223905/goldensun/images/c/cc/EoleoToddler.jpg perpetually-confused expression]] hide a sneaky, resourceful, ''dangerous'' little boy.
* AnAxeToGrind: Part of his WeaponOfChoice.
* AscendedExtra: Went from an adorable baby NPC in ''The Lost Age'' to a full-fledged party member in ''Dark Dawn''.
* BadassFamily: Shown very clearly in ''The Lost Age''. ''Dark Dawn'' establishes that it hasn't changed much.
* BlindingBangs: As a tyke.
* BreakTheHaughty: His initial attitude towards the party is dismissive, even after they've rescued him. [[spoiler: Then Briggs dies trying to rescue them all. ''Ouch.'']]
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: He is a sailor. Eoleo fits the personality, and his character art is definitely tanned, but his in-game model doesn't really reflect this. His skin is just slightly... yellower compared to the other characters.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DistressedDude: You have to break him out of prison after he's arrested for piracy and sentenced to a CruelAndUnusualDeath. Because of his powers, he's being kept in a suspended cage.
** Later, he gets confronted by a group of [[DemonicSpiders powerful monsters]] while unarmed and you have to rescue him again.
* DubNameChange: Leoleo in Japanese; notable as the star sign Leo is [[MagmaMan associated with fire]] (which the game itself nodded at), while his English name brings to mind Eolus, Latin god of the ''[[CriticalResearchFailure wind]]''.
** It ''is'' possible that his US name is a combination of both, as both his tool of trade (you can't sail a pirate ship without wind) and some of his Psynergy (notably Thermal) seem to incorporate just as much wind as they would fire (or more).
* EnfantTerrible[=/=]GooGooGodlike: In ''The Lost Age'', where he uses his developing powers to ''cause a prison break''.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In ''The Lost Age'', checking out the Alhafra Prison while Briggs is in it results in a cutscene where Eoleo first displays his Psy powers in an attempt to steal the key. This sets up his lawlessness, his resourcefulness ([[GreenRocks he wasn't born an Adept]]), and his loyalty to his father, all of which he retains in ''Dark Dawn''.
* {{Expy}}: He's the equivalent of Piers for ''Dark Dawn'' as he's the party's ship expert and older than most of the cast. His weapon preferences and stats are also mostly similar. The main difference is element type, and Eoleo can't use long swords.
** Arguably justified by FridgeBrilliance. Since Obaba is a non-combatant and the rest of his family are non-Adepts, Eoleo was probably trained by the only combat-capable Adept around... his dad's friend, Piers.
* FieryRedHead
* GreenRocks: A blink-and-you-miss-it encounter with his mother in Alhafra in ''The Lost Age'' reveals that his powers started showing shortly after he was hit by randomly-falling "strange rocks" (probably Psynergy Stones launched by the eruption of Mt. Aleph in the first game, going by comparisons to what happened in Xian).
** RealityEnsues: She also mentions that it gave him a nasty concussion before it gave him superpowers.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: The other ''Dark Dawn'' party characters are in their teens. Eoleo is a little over thirty.
** Also arguably present in ''The Lost Age'', where as a tyke he helps out Felix & Friends, who are late teens/adults.
* ItsPersonal: He is determined to help Matthew out after [[spoiler:the dark creatures of the Grave Eclipse kill his father Briggs]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Eoleo successfully released his father from a prison in ''The Lost Age''. Turns out he was the one imprisoned 30 years later. At least the heroes were conveniently derailed and decided to rescue him. [[spoiler:His father was supposed to return the favor but died in the hands of the Eclipse monsters before he could do so.]]
* LittleProfessorDialog: In ''The Lost Age'', though you have to Mind Read it out of him since he ''can't speak yet''. Lampshaded by an NPC kid, who complains that his "grown-up attitude" is making her "really cheesed off at him".
* MagicKnight: Heavier on the "knight" end of things, at least armor-wise.
* MightyGlacier: In his default class, he's substantially more powerful than Tyrell, but he's ''so slow''.
* MissingMom: His mother Chaucha is never seen in ''Dark Dawn'', even though Briggs mentioned her. [[spoiler:Cue FridgeHorror after seeing what happened to their hometown.]]
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Apparently the last time he encountered Kraden was during the events of ''The Lost Age'', and he ''still'' [[RunningGag comments on Kraden's agelessness]]. Kraden lampshades the likelihood of him actually remembering enough detail to do so.
* NotHelpingYourCase: One of his first actions upon being rescued is to make a rude remark to Amiti, who'd already had enough moral dilemmas about rescuing a pirate.
* NotQuiteFlight: Thermal Psynergy, which converts areas of warm air into updrafts capable of carrying the entire party.
* OlderSidekick
* OlderThanTheyLook: Thirty-plus, ostensibly.
* PermaStubble
* {{Pirate}}: Type 2.
** Though Amiti definitely seems to think he's a Type 1. In-universe AlternateCharacterInterpretation?
* RapunzelHair: His ponytail as an adult.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: A little odd, since everyone else in his family has dark brown eyes.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Even before he joins your party, everyone who played ''The Lost Age'' knows why the Champa are pirates-- they have no resources of their own, and the people are starving. Indications in TLA suggest that royalty in Champa is a recent development, and that Briggs's family are the country's leaders ''because'' they actually did something for their people, even if it was robbery. So it's definitely justified here.
* SkywardScream: [[spoiler:After his father dies in his arms.]]
* SleevesAreForWimps
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Not visual or physical, but between the [[DeadpanSnarker snark]], {{badass}}ery, {{Intergenerational Friendship}}s with heroes, [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike strange mental tangents]], and [[PlayingWithFire elemental affinity]], he's got rather a lot in common with Obaba.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Nobody seems to care that the "Scourge of the Eastern Sea" is cruising around with an old guy and a bunch of teenagers. In some areas, it's justified by bigger concerns, but places like Tonfon and Yamatai [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation don't quite have that excuse]].
* WithThisHerring: He joins the party with a Cotton Shirt and the cheapest possible axe. Given that he is from a dirt-poor nation and was in prison for the last several days (weeks?), this is justified, albeit a little [[IncrediblyLamePun disarming]] under the circumstances.
* YouKilledMyFather: As noted above, [[spoiler:he swears vengeance upon those who were responsible for Briggs's death.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Himi]]
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A Venus Adept and the final party member. She is the princess of Yamata, a city on Nihan founded by refugees from the city of Izumo, which was destroyed following the return on Alchemy, and has the power to see into the future. Her parents are Susa and Kushinada, both of whom met Felix's party in ''The Lost Age'', and she also has an unseen older brother named Takeru.
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* AscendedExtra: Well, sort of - her ''parents'' turned up for the Gaia Rock bit of ''The Lost Age''
* BadassPrincess: She gets up from being effectively bedridden for several days, and ''immediately'' takes off with a bunch of random strangers to go save the world... and she's just so calm and matter-of-fact about it.
* BlackMagicianGirl: The first mage-style Venus Adept! Also the first playable female Venus Adept.
* EleventhHourRanger: She's basically around for collecting the Umbra Gear and the final dungeon. Half-lampshaded during the final dungeon where, upon seeing [[spoiler:Arcanus]], everyone in the party expresses shock and anger - except her. She just asks, "Who?"
* {{Expy}}: for '''Himi'''ko of '''Yamata'''ikoku
** PublicDomainCharacter
* FacialMarkings: Become more elaborate when she recieves the Third Eye.
* FaintingSeer
* FlatCharacter: Not her fault, since she joined the group too late for any meaningful interaction. VideoGame/GoldenSun games have never been known for character development. Himi just happened to get the shortest of a bunch of short straws.
* GirlishPigtails
* GoodIsNotNice: Her exclusive {{Curse}} Mage classes seem to indicate this.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: One of her best class options for combat, and one she alone inexplicably accesses in lieu of {{Samurai}} classes, giving her multiple methods of using it.
* LadyOfWar: Has light swords among her available weapons and can rock the "Magic" aspect of her part-Mercury and part-Jupiter MagicKnight classes.
* MagicStaff: starts with a good one but can quickly get a better sword. She is also the only other person beside Rief who can use ankhs.
* MacGuffinGirl[=/=]TheChosenOne: Chosen as the bearer of the Third Eye, which grants her the power to Search for things unseen, leading her to join the party.
* MysteriousWaif
* {{Necromancy}}: Her exclusive Curse Mage classes use a lot of necromancy-influenced powers, and at one point she seeks guidance from the spirit of her dead aunt Uzume.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: She is more likely to warn you of danger than be one to you though.
** ThirdEye
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* {{Samurai}}: While attempting to access the Samurai class will put her into the Ninja class, she wields light blades with a very Samurai-esqe stance.
* ShrineMaiden
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Not to her parents, but to her late aunt Uzume who, if you examine the character portraits in TLA, had the red eyes and black hair. It's mentioned in NPC gossip that Lady Uzume also had precognitive powers.
* SummonMagic: Both of her exclusive classes have psynergy lines that resemble this.
** DragonsUpTheYinYang: One of her strongest moves summons this.
* TokenMiniMoe: The {{Moe}} variant.
* YoungestChildWins: Back in ''The Lost Age'', Kushinada said (via Mind Read) that her son Takeru will rush to help the children of Felix's party (which includes Jenna) should they ever be in danger. It is her younger daughter Himi that [[TheUnchosenOne actually helps out Matthew and company]].
** [[SequelHook Takeru]] actually left because Himi had visions of Isaac being in danger causing him to seek out the first game's hero. Because of this, fans [[WildMassGuessing presume]] that he will appear in the next game.
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!Dark Dawn's Antagonists

[[folder:Blados(Spade)]]
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A swordsman from the military nation of Tuaparang who Matthew's party encounters several times over the course of the story. He is always eager for a fight, and along with his partner Chalis manipulates Matthew's party into fulfilling their desires.

[[spoiler:He is an Adept who can wield a new type of darkness Psynergy, and attempts to gain control of the Apollo Lens.]]
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* AnimeHair: Sticks straight up above his head.
* BattleCouple: With Chalis.
* {{BFS}}: The sword he carries around is indeed quite big.
* BloodKnight
* [[TheBrute The Brutal]] [[TheDragon Dragon]]: Works more closely with the actual BigBad on more occasions than Chalis does, and he's the superior fighter.
* CardCarryingVillain: It's actually kind of surprising how...''gleeful'' he is in taking an antagonistic position towards Matthew's party. He's clearly having a lot of fun.
* CastingAShadow: He's actually a [[spoiler:Dark Adept from the hidden Umbra Clan.]]
* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: In Belinsk Ruins, right before the Alchemy Dynamo is activated.]]
* DualBoss: With Chalis and in the game's finale, with the Chaos Hound as well.
* DubNameChange: From Spade to Blados.
* {{Expy}}: Appearance-wise, he seems to be based somewhat off [[AntiVillain Saturos]] from the first game - likely invoking said character's [[EnsembleDarkhorse popularity with the fanbase]]. His personality, on the other hand ...
* FacialMarkings: Looks kinda like Himi's Third Eye... [[EpilepticTrees Make of that what you will]].
* ForTheEvulz: This is pretty much the only reason he does anything ''ever''.
* FusionDance: The involuntary version, [[spoiler:with Chalis and Volechek, to form the final boss.]]
* HairTriggerTemper
* KatanasAreBetter: His {{BFS}} is one.
** [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana More like a nodachi.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Let's see: [[GoodHairEvilHair The fauxhawk]], blue skin, [[GoodColorsEvilColors black clothes]] with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]]. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, this is a guy you can trust]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* TheStarscream: Turns out he was planning to [[spoiler:use the Apollo Lens against the Tuaparang.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Turns out he's not a big fan of Arcanus, or his [[SmugSuper self-absorbed, know-it-all attitude]].
* ThemeNaming: After card suits in Japanese. In English they use a tarot card theme.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The game doesn't show what happens to him and Chalis after you [[spoiler: destroy the Grave Eclipse.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Dark green.
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[[folder:Chalis{Heart}]]
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A commander of Tuaparang who also confronts Matthew's party several times over the course of the story. She gets close to leaders of foreign nations in order to obtain secret information and is in league with Blados in some fashion.

[[spoiler:Like Blados, she is also a darkness Adept, and works with him in order to gain control of the Apollo Lens.]]
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* AboveGoodAndEvil: She claims that they don't exist, and mocks Matthew openly for thinking that he's "on the side of angels".
* AffablyEvil: Unlike Blados, she's rather polite and "enticing" around others. Even when [[spoiler:Alex]] is, predictably, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betraying her]], she never loses her cool.
* BattleCouple: With Blados.
* CastingAShadow: Same deal as Blados.
* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: In Belinsk Ruins, right before the Alchemy Dynamo is activated.]]
* DualBoss: With Blados and in the finale, the Chaos Hound as well.
* DubNameChange: From Heart to Chalis.
* TheEvilGenius [[TheDarkChick Chick]]: Manipulates nations into doing her bidding [[TheVamp with her "assets"]]. [[spoiler: Not to mention the fact that she's a bigger [[TheStarscream Starscream]] than Blados.]]
* FemmeFatale with FemmeFatalons
* FusionDance: The involuntary version, [[spoiler:with Blados and Volechek, to form the final boss.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "[[MaleGaze Ah, so have I enticed you?]]" [[ButThouMust She doesn't take "no" for an answer.]]
** In an example likely to be missed by many; even her name is an example. Chalices are associated with a certain bit of female anatomy. Chalis is a FemmeFatale.
* HeelFaceTurn: Appeared to have one of these during the ending, telling Sveta to give her the Umbra Gear to activate the Apollo Lens so [[spoiler:Sveta wouldn't have to die.]] However, if you use Spirit Sense on her, she reveals that she still intends on using the Apollo Lens for their own designs to the bitter end.
* HellishPupils
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Messing with nations to get them to play into her hands is her modus operandi.
* MsFanservice: The [[TooManyBelts belts]], the [[PrettyInMink mink scarf]], the [[ZettaiRyouiki thigh-boots]], the [[TheissTitillationTheory lift-to-access]] [[MagicSkirt skirt]], the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair pink]] RapunzelHair, the "[[HornyDevils handlebars]]", not to mention her weapon of choice is [[FemmeFatalons razor sharp claws]]... Yeah, we're good to go.
* ObviouslyEvil: The demon look pretty much gives it away.
* RedRightHand: She has goat-like horns. [[GeniusBonus Incidentally]], "horned" is an archaic reference to [[TheVamp an adulterer]].
* TheStarscream: Same as Blados. If you speak with her during the finale, she offers to take the Umbra Gear, but reading her mind reveals that she was going to satisfy her own ambitions.
* ThemeNaming: After playing cards in Japanese, after the Tarot deck in English.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys
* TooManyBelts: Used in lieu of sleeves.
* TheVamp: She uses her looks to her advantage during her espionage work.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The game doesn't show what happens to her and Blados after you [[spoiler: destroy the Grave Eclipse.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pinkish-purple.
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[[folder:Arcanus(Ace)[[spoiler:/'''Alex''']]]]
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A third member of Tuaparang who is seen working with Blados. Seems to be connected with the original Warriors of Vale. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Is absolutely not a certain Mercury Adept from the previous games.]]

[[spoiler: Of course he is. Now working under Tuaparang's High Empyror, Alex works with Blados and Chalis in order to bring about the Grave Eclipse, and in the end reveals that he plans to use the Apollo Lens to disperse it, and turns against the other two when they try to seize the weapon for themselves. As always, his motives and allegiance remain ambiguous, but [[ItsAllAboutMe suggestive]].]]
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* AffablyEvil
** More so in this game than anyone in the series. He remains downright polite even when the heroes are antagonizing him.
* BigBad: Takes this role between himself, Blados and Chalis, especially considering how his "Ace"/"Arcanus" moniker implies that he might be their superior (though where exactly the three of them fit into the hierarchy of Tuaparang isn't really clear). [[spoiler: And since he's really [[MagnificentBastard Alex]], he's manipulating everyone for whatever purpose he's plotting. Of course, seeing as this is ''[[WildCard Alex]]'' we're talking about, we still don't know whether there's any benevolence to his goals or if he's nothing more than a self-serving asshole]].
* DubNameChange: From Ace to Arcanus.
* [[spoiler:HiddenAgendaVillain: Well, ''duh''!]]
* ManipulativeBastard: It's due to his machinations that Blados and Chalis manage to play Matthew's party like a fiddle.
** [[spoiler: MagnificentBastard: Officially elevated to this in the finale. He backstabbed ''everyone'' and [[KarmaHoudini got away without so much as a scratch]].]]
* MaskPower: It only covers part of his face and one eye, though.
** Compare with the Luna Mask. [[LukeIAmYourFather Any questions?]] ]]
* MeaningfulName: [[WildCard Ace]], the highest card in the deck. In English, "Arcanus" references the group of Tarot cards called the Arcana, with the exact explanation depending on the translation: the US uses the same "high card" analogy[[note]]Kraden refers to the "Most important card'''s'''", so perhaps the ''Major'' Arcana?[[/note]], while the UK version takes it to imply him "holding all the cards" since it refers to the name of ''the entire deck''.
* ObviouslyEvil: Painfully so. Even ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards Blados and Chalis]]'' don't trust him.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He doesn't seem to have [[spoiler: changed a bit since his last appearance in ''TLA''. This makes sense, considering that the Golden Sun affected the original eight party member's life spans, drastically slowing their rate of aging. Alex absorbed ''quite'' a bit of the Golden Sun's power.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Anyone who's played the GBA games (or hell, looked further up this very page) will instantly recognize who he is. [[spoiler: And at the Apollo Sanctum, if you still haven't figured it out, Kraden blows the lid wide open.]] Somewhat subverted when you consider how he isn't exactly ''trying'' to conceal his identity.
** Kraden even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this at one point early in the game wondering who would fall for that.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: He shares more than a few features with a certain Ayuthan prince/[[MakingASplash Mercury Adept]], making this trope one of the strongest pieces of evidence that [[spoiler:Amiti is actually his bastard son.]]
* TheUnfought: '''''Again!'''''
* ThemeNaming: Again, from the cards. Lampshaded obliquely when his alias is mentioned to Kraden, who comments he must have chosen that name to match his Tuaparang allies (albeit upstaging them with the most impressive item in the theme - see MeaningfulName above).
* UnexplainedRecovery: When Karis expresses disbelief at him [[spoiler: surviving the destruction of Mt. Aleph, Alex's only response is the "overjoyed" emoticon.]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: [[spoiler: The most he ever does is floor Tyrell, who immediately kips up and is ready for another round.]] If any other adept gets serious about fighting him, he always seems to get away without a real fight.
* WildCard: [[IncrediblyLamePun *Groan*...]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Hmm...
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