The characters from the game ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.



!Playable Characters

[[folder: Lloyd Irving]]
!!'''Lloyd Irving'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (JP), Creator/ScottMenville (EN, ''Symphonia''), Creator/BrianBeacock (EN, all other appearances)

''"Dwarven Vow #1: Let's all work together for a peaceful world"''

A 17-year-old human who was raised by a dwarf, Lloyd leaves his home town of Iselia to follow his childhood friend Colette on her World Regeneration journey after having been [[YouCantGoHomeAgain banished from the village]], where he's held responsible for [[DoomedHometown the attack]] they suffered from the Desians. At the beginning of the game, Lloyd is a typical [[WideEyedIdealist overly idealistic]] IdiotHero, but he grows upon [[ThisIsReality discovering the world as it is]], making his idealism into a goal to save both worlds and everyone living inside it.

Tropes associated with Lloyd:
* AbandonedCatchphrase: For the Sylvarant portion of the game, Lloyd has, "Give me your name and I'll give you mine," when confronted. He drops it when the group ends up in Tethe'alla; when Raine [[BorrowedCatchphrase borrows]] it when they first meet Zelos, he decides that "it sounds kinda arrogant."
* AccidentalMisnaming: After Zelos refers to Lloyd as "his bud", Sebastian starts referring to him as Sir Bud. By [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Dawn Of The New World]], the king of Tethe'alla is calling him Bud as well.
* AccidentalPervert: Lloyd received the title "[[ThePeepingTom Peeping Tom]]" when he caught Zelos (who ran when the girls heard noises) spying on the girls in the the hot spring scene. Evolves to a sort-of RunningGag in spin-off games: He gets pulled into these situations in ''Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology'' as well as in ''Dawn of the New World''. Gets {{Flanderized}} in some other games where he becomes an actual pervert.
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially in the skits, where his clueless optimism is fully unbridled.
* AllLovingHero: Not at first, but after CharacterDevelopment, he tries to save everyone, in both worlds, and even feels sympathy for the villains they're forced to fight. [[spoiler:Just after defeating Mithos and shattering his Exsphere, Lloyd laments that "you could have lived with us in our world."]]
* AmbiguouslyHuman: It's referenced a couple of times, since his father is a dwarf, though Lloyd is quick to point out that he's adopted. His birth father [[spoiler: Kratos is an angel, and his Exsphere is a Cruxis Crystal. Consider that he gets angel wings at the end of the game]].
* AnimalMotifs: Falcons, and birds in general. Rising Falcon is his only arcane arte that isn't a fusion or derivative of his earlier artes, and his Mystic Arte is titled Falcon's Crest. Also, [[spoiler:the angel wings he gets in the end are reminiscent of actual bird's wings, unlike those of Colette, Zelos, and the Four Seraphim]].
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Played with, especially depending on his "soul mate" choice. He does this with random civilians too, such as Chocolat and Kate.
* AsleepInClass: Lloyd does this once, notable in that he falls asleep, standing up, while also holding a bucket full of water in each hand. He's woken up when Raine (his teacher) throws an eraser into his face.
-->'''Raine:''' How do you manage to sleep standing?
* BerserkButton: He has a couple, due to his HotBlooded nature. First and foremost, don't badmouth his mother. He also ''really'' hates the Desians, due in no small part to their role in his mother's death. He also can't stand cowardice and hypocrisy. What may be his biggest one, however, is people who spew the word "justice".
* BladeSpam: Sword Rain, and all its derivatives.
* BlowYouAway: The only element he can learn naturally in the original game is wind, and for all of one arte: Hurricane Thrust.
* BookDumb: Lloyd is not as stupid as [[{{Flanderization}} he's generally made out to be]]. He doesn't know much in terms of pure information, but he's got a lot of raw intelligence and can generally sous out an answer with logic and reason. Lloyd can also be surprisingly clever, such as in the game of Shiritori at the House of Salvation where Lloyd (as the default party member displayed) wins by ending all his words in "L." Two other, more plot relevant examples would be [[spoiler: when he tricked Colette into revealing her condition via coffee and when he sussed out from Remiel's speech in the Tower of Salvation that the Church of Martel was a front.]]
* BoringButPractical: Tempest is an [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning airborne vertical spin attack]]. Okay, [[DownplayedTrope maybe not boring]], but it's definitely one of his less flashy artes - nonetheless, the leap is enough to get him over the heads of most of his opponents, which means that in any fight with [[spoiler:Kratos]], who generally depends on magic rising from beneath, spamming Tempest is a good way to win what would otherwise be a HopelessBossFight.
* CharacterTics: Has a tendency to rest his left hand on the pommel of one sword. Only really applies to his original game.
* ChasteHero: Until the sequel, where he can be in a relationship with any female party member.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Colette, if you choose to go that route. Notably she's the only one Lloyd explicitly tells he loves, if you select her scene in Dawn of the New World.
* ClarkKentOutfit: Thanks to the OVA, we find out that Lloyd is actually quite buff underneath that turtleneck.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: After the sidequest in which the princess is saved, Colette asks if Lloyd [[SchmuckBait "likes girls like the princess"]]. Lloyd proceeds to dig himself in, [[SubvertedTrope briefly hop out]], and then [[DoubleSubverted jump back in to dig again]].
* DisappearedDad: Raised by the dwarf Dirk, whom he grew to call father, [[spoiler:but his real father, Kratos, thought he died together with his mother, and never sought him after the incident]].
* DoesNotLikeSpam: He hates tomatoes. Just like [[spoiler: his father]].
* DualWielding: Done out of a belief that having two swords makes him twice as powerful as if he has one. The fact that dual-wielding is an unusual combat style is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Kratos at one point; Lloyd's (rather poorly thought-out) response is the trope's page quote. Considering the kind of [[SuperReflexes reflexes]] one needs to use two swords at once, this probably wouldn't even be possible without his exsphere [[spoiler:though the fact exspheres are said to build on what's already there and Lloyd's AmbiguouslyHuman nature due to his mother being an exsphere experiment and his father an angel means he possibly could dual wield without it.]] By the time the sequel comes around, he's shown to be ''brutally'' effective with them.
* DumbIsGood: He's not quite as stupid as he acts, but he's BookDumb and a lot friendlier than Genis, Raine or Kratos.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Without his Exsphere, he's still the strongest in his village. With the Exsphere, he's close to superhuman.
* EveryoneHasStandards: "Dwarven Vow #7: Goodness and love will always win." Lloyd's a WideEyedIdealist, and even he thinks that's corny and gets irritated with Colette's ditziness on occasion, especially early in the game.
* GeniusDitz: Is quite skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to using Dwarven technology. He can also do a surprisingly good job unlocking doors or stopping strange devices. However, he's quite simple when it comes to just about everything else.
* {{Hachimaki}}: Is that what that utterly ridiculous neck-tie-thing he's always sporting is?
* HappilyAdopted: By Dirk, who he has no trouble calling 'dad'.
* HeroicBastard: Though never made explicit, it's highly doubtful that his parents [[spoiler:Anna (being an Exsphere host body) and Kratos (being a Cruxis angel)]] were married.
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers one after [[spoiler:Colette loses her soul]]. He also has a brief one after discovering that [[spoiler:Kratos is his father]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He spends much of the first act under the stigma of being "that brat who destroyed Iselia". Happens again in the second act, when [[spoiler: the Pope declares him a traitor out to destroy Teth'ella in order to prevent Lloyd from interfering with his own sinister schemes.]] Then ''Dawn of the New World'' reveals that ''everyone'' blames him for all the problems that have arisen since [[spoiler:the worlds merged.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Genis.
* HotBlooded: Very much so, he's itching to go on an adventure and leave Iselia. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor He does after he's exiled, having nowhere else to go]].
* HotForTeacher: Lloyd admits that Raine was his first crush, and he was even a part of her fan club. They can be paired up in both games if the player chooses.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] (perhaps unintentionally) in the ending of the first game; [[spoiler:his [[PowerGivesYouWings Angelus wings]] are longer than the rest of the playable characters side by side, so when he flies after the Great Seed and Colette flies up after him, her Martel wings look ''tiny''.]]
* HostageForMacguffin: Lloyd, of all people, is at one point held hostage so [[spoiler:Kratos will give Yuan the Eternal Sword.]]
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: [[spoiler: His mother Anna was a normal human equipped with a special exsphere, while his father is Kratos, a member of the Four Seraphim.]]
* IdiotSavant: Although it's clear he isn't able to grasp other studies, he is still quite a skilled artisan, crafting jewelry and, more importantly, key crests for Exspheres, often in less than a day, sometimes against adverse situations, [[spoiler:like crafting one already embedded in Presea's body]]. He even defuses a bomb at one point.
* IGaveMyWord: Why he's so dead-set on going back to the Iselia ranch is [[spoiler:because he promised to save Chocolat]], despite there being more important matters going on at the time.
* IdiotHero: At first. This changes once CharacterDevelopment settles in and he becomes more of a MessianicArchetype and a great leader instead. That said, his problem was an unwillingness to think and plan rather than an inability to learn, and the famous and largely pre-development "Coffee MindScrew" shows early on that he is capable of great cunning.
* TheLeader: As he undergoes CharacterDevelopment, he slowly but indisputably becomes the leader of the team.
* LightningBruiser: Very quick and has good attack power. In an extended battle though, he'll burn through his Tech Points absurdly fast.
* LoveYouAndEverybody: He really is dense when it comes to the romantic feelings of others. An example would be when Colette asks him if he's interested in princesses and not realizing what she was fishing for, he compliments her, then Raine, then Sheena and Presea, leading her to think he's just a playboy like Zelos. Alternately, when he gets a voucher for a night's stay at a fancy hotel and Sheena says she and he should come back again some time, he agrees, saying that it would be great for everyone in the group, much to her frustration.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Has this pulled on him, though his father himself wasn't responsible for TheReveal. Lloyd even does the "NO!!" shout.]]
* LikesOlderWomen: Becomes this in ''Dawn of the New World'', unless you pair him up with Colette because all of the other options including, technically, [[spoiler: Presea]] are older than him. He'll still comment on the attractiveness of older women if you do. [[MommyIssues Considering that he was raised without a mother...]]
* MeaningfulName: Lloyd can mean "holy" [[spoiler: an appropriate name for TheHero who is the son of an angel and even gains ''very'' special wings of his own in the climax.]]
* MomentKiller: Due to his ObliviousToLove status, just about every scene that he can have with Sheena that could be considered romantic, he kills the vibe of at the end, not realizing how she feels. She is never happy about it. Even Colette drops a few hints about princesses as a way of flirting with Lloyd, and he doesn't notice.
* NiceGuy: Moreso in the game than in the OVA.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Is easily manipulated by both [[spoiler:Zelos and Mithos.]]
* NoInfantileAmnesia: He reveals in one skit that he remembers being held by his father and watching stars together. Since then he always made sure to count stars on the night sky. He was about three years old when he lost his parents. It does seem, though, that while he does remember this, he doesn't remember it that clearly -- otherwise, he would have recognized his father when they first met.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: To Mithos, as Kratos notes if you talk to him at Flanoir, as well as in the [=OVAs=]. The only difference is that while Mithos gave up and never tried to fix his mistakes, Lloyd never gave up and he keeps trying to fix what went wrong and succeeds.]] Also to Sheena. [[spoiler: Lloyd is the hero of the Sylvarant group, Sheena is the leader of the Tethe'alla group, both of them end up changing the world by their reluctance to make sacrifices.]]
* ObliviousToLove: ''Especially'' where Sheena is concerned, though any girl who tries to drop romantic hints to Lloyd may as well be talking to a brick wall. Lloyd has a tendency to not recognize the romantic aspects of nearly any situation where it's just him and another girl together, being either completely ignorant or so focused on something else that the hints the girl gives sail right over his head. Ultimately, how this trope gets used is [[RelationshipValues completely up to the player.]]
* PaperFanOfDoom: Can wield [[ImprobableWeaponUser twin fans]] as his [[JokeItem Joke Weapon]].
* PlayingWithFire: Has a couple altered artes of the element, and gets listed as a Fire-elemental character in the sequel.
* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler:During [[EleventhHourSuperpower the ending cutscene of the first game]], he gets rainbow wings that put those of everyone in Cruxis to ''shame''.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a pretty cutting one to Dorr, then later one to Yggdrasill.
-->'''Lloyd''': Where do you get off? Don't even start spewing the word justice! I hate that word! If you wanted to save your wife, you should have resigned your position as Governor-General and search for a cure, or help, or whatever! You're a worthless jerk who couldn't give up his social status, even for his own wife.
* RedIsHeroic: Main character, wearing red. Yup.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Genis, Kratos, and Regal. Empathised with Kratos by obtaining ([=PS2=] version only) [[ extra]] [[ costumes]] of legendary rivals [[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]] and [[TheRival Kojiro]].
* RogueProtagonist: One of the main plots in Dawn of the New World. [[spoiler:Subverted in that his evil actions are actually a disguised Decus, and Lloyd himself is merely more secretive than he used to be, out of necessity.]]
* SayMyName: After [[spoiler: Kratos betrays the party]], Lloyd develops a habit of dramatically shouting his name whenever he sees him, almost to the point of it being a RunningGag.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: If those twin white ribbons that seemed to be fused to his tunic can be called a scarf.
* ShockAndAwe: Not on his own, but many of his Unison Techs are lightning-element.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Lloyd is practically the poster boy of this trope, showing all sides of the conflict that there's always a better way to do things or another option they always had instead of just being apathetic to what's happening or choosing an morally bad option that would end up changing nothing.
* SmallStepsHero: No matter how minor the injustice, in spite of more pressing concerns, if there's trouble nearby, Lloyd will step in try to make it right.
-->"How can we go on a journey to regenerate the world if we can't even save the people standing right in front of us?"
* SmartBall: Lloyd will occasionally be handed the ''intelligence'' ball that will give him spontaneous moments of insight before he turns back into a moron again. These moments become more common later in the game, such as when [[spoiler:after releasing all the seals, he gets the idea to blast the tree with Tethe'alla's summon spirits' energy]], and when, shortly thereafter, he remembers that Chocolat was taken to Iselia. Partially justified by the fact that he's an IdiotSavant, and the fact that he's a little more emotionally smart.
* SpamAttack: Lloyd has by far the most of these, though they're something of a mixed bag; spam attacks are one of the best ways to get an enemy spellcaster to "flinch" out of their incantation, but enemies that can go into [[TurnsRed Overlimit]] do so based on the number of hits they've taken. Lloyd tends to burn through his TP reserve quickly as a result.
* StandingInTheHall: While not in the hall, he is shown holding buckets of water at the beginning of the game. In fact, the game starts with Lloyd getting an eraser thrown at his head because [[GoodMorningCrono he fell asleep while doing this]]. Hilariously enough, he hadn't put the buckets down while he was asleep, either. They were still a good three inches off the ground while he was snoozing.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: It could just be the art style, but compare Lloyd's "sad" expression to [[spoiler: [[ Kratos'.]]]] Yuan and Pronyma also note they can see the resemblance between the two.
* SwordBeam: Demon Fang, his first technique and the one he tends to use in scenes.
* [[TellMeAboutMyFather Tell Me About My Mother]]: Late in the game, he shares one of these moments with a character who knew his mother in life: [[spoiler: his father, Kratos.]]
* TheBlacksmith: The son of one. He's learnt well, as he can craft, do machinery and pick locks.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: [[spoiler:The duel against Kratos.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Compare the dope who fell asleep in class in the game's opening to the AllLovingHero who rescues everyone in Welgaia.
* TheUnchosenOne: Not only is he not the Chosen One, he wasn't permitted to travel with the real Chosen One. Didn't slow him down long.
* UnskilledButStrong: At the beginning of the game. He's the strongest in the village, but his sword-style is self-taught and amateurish, and relies on the fact that he has an [[AmplifierArtifact Exsphere]].. He improves markedly over the course of the adventure.
* TooManyBelts: Two Belts, although it's justified in that he carries two swords.
* WeaponOfChoice: SwordsAkimbo. For cutscenes, he starts the game with wooden swords, then iron swords later on, then [[spoiler: he gets [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement the Material Blades]].]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: He doesn't realize that he actually does this by [[spoiler:trying to get recognized by Kratos, as Kratos is his father.]]
--> "I'm sorry, Dad..."
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: He gets banished from Iselia after inadvertently causing it to be damaged. It's subverted when they're let back in later by the townspeople, despite the mayor's protests.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Lloyd ''tries'', dealing a serious wound to Kvar for the death of his mother, but Kratos infamously one-ups him for the kill. It later turns out that [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Kratos had a higher rating on the Scale of Justified Revenge]].]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Wants to save both worlds instead of one. He gets this as a title.

[[folder: Colette Brunel]]
!!'''Colette Brunel'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/NanaMizuki (JP), Heather Hogan-Watson (EN)

''"Even if I lose my body, my heart will still be free".''

Lloyd's childhood friend was raised with the knowledge that she was TheChosenOne, and, when the time came, she'd go on "a journey to regenerate the world," where humans are often treated by cattle by the Desians, an organization comprising mostly of half-elves. She's a naive, sweet, cheerful girl [[spoiler:with an incredibly large martyr complex: regenerating the world implies becoming an angel, and "becoming an angel" means "dying by inches."]]

She originally tries to dissuade Lloyd from following her, then [[spoiler:hides the truth from him as long as she can, but he manages to change her mind when he prevents her from dying, and then reprimands her on her acceptance of her fate]]. From this moment on, Colette is Lloyd's most constant support.

Tropes associated with Colette:
* ActionGirl: Despite getting kidnapped a couple of times, Colette [[strike:fights by tripping]] is a pretty good fighter.
* ACupAngst: She's not too happy if she gets called an Ironing Board by the coliseum announcer.
* {{Adorkable}}: The Chosen of Mana does things like crash through walls and has a puppy-naming sidequest.
* AesopAmnesia: Colette never seems to learn her lesson about admitting her problems to the party, even after her tenure of losing her humanity to be an angel. It's only when everyone else scolds her and [[spoiler:she nearly turns into an Exsphere herself]] that she finally seems to get it.
* AllLovingHero: She's the Chosen One. It's practically a requirement. She's a big animal lover, and she's unfailingly polite to everyone she meets. Deconstructed in that she feels like she has to act this way as the Chosen One, never allowing herself to appear as anything else. She's still a nice girl, she's just not so unfailingly perfect as the position might require.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Happens to her as a result of losing her heart and soul to the Cruxis Crystal. Also a very literal example, as she loses her ability to speak as well. She gets better.]]
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler: From the Tethe'allan perspective. Finding this out is what inspires the party to [[TakeAThirdOption buck the system]] in order to save ''both'' worlds]].
* ApologisesALot: She even says she's sorry for saying she's sorry. If we're going by sheer amount, Lloyd and Regal take the cake, though Colette apologizes mostly when she doesn't have to.
* BadassAdorable: Though she doesn't really become badass until after the first seal, when she unlocks her angel powers.
* BarrierMaiden: Her role as the Chosen of Mana is to protect the world from being overrun by Desians. [[spoiler:In fact, it's much more complicated then that.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Sheena's Veronica.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Her negative reaction to her Cruxis Crystal causes her entire body to crystallize into a grotesque green plating.]]
* BornLucky: Zigzagged. On the one hand, her clumsiness almost always causes good things to happen. On the other hand, she is doomed to a very unfortunate fate as the Chosen.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Subverted. The Desians and angels failed to break Colette, even after she lost her soul and nearly lost her body. They came awfully close, though.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Lloyd, if the player chooses to go that route. Regardless, her feelings for him are very clear.
* TheChosenOne: Deconstructed. The constant mounting pressure from all of Sylvarant, [[spoiler:combined with the none-too-small amounts of BodyHorror and [[BreakTheCutie cutie-breaking]] she goes through]], show just what would happen to someone that has the whole world's future riding on their success. She's a StepfordSmiler of the first order, impossibly polite because she feels like she has to be, and keeps quiet about her own problems because she doesn't think they're worth discussing.
* ChurchMilitant: She's essentially a battle priestess, raised to be the Church of Martel's secret weapon. She doesn't really have the attitude though, since she tends to focus on the church's teachings about love and mercy.
* CloudCuckoolander: She's a bit too LiteralMinded when it comes to using metaphors.
* CryCute: One of her standard expressions in skits.
* CuteBruiser: She can put up quite a fight, especially once she gains her angel wings.
* CuteClumsyGirl
** It's called a "divine clumsiness" at one point because of her tendency to trip over the ''exact thing'' the party was searching for. She even trips after she gets wings! She also has a tendency to leave [[ImpactSilhouette Colette-shaped holes]] in whatever she crashes into/through.
** "Item Thief! Ugh!" to be followed by "Yay, I got something!"
* DamselInDistress: Colette is kidnapped twice during the course of the game. [[spoiler:Well, three times if she's the VictoriousChildhoodFriend.]] Played straight 24/7 in the anime, in which the other characters don't let her fight. Much of the plot is also driven trying to cure Colette's various sicknesses, ones she usually refuses to tell the party about.
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Her dangerous journey to save the world starts the day after her 16th birthday.
* DefinitelyJustACold: For a large part of the game. It... [[BodyHorror isn't.]]
* TheDitz: She's quite LiteralMinded, misses metaphors, and is generally not too quick on the draw. Take a look at this dialogue, which occurs if Lloyd ends a battle poisoned:
---> '''Lloyd''' - Colette, need cure for poison...
---> '''Colette''' - I'm FINE. I'm not poisoned.
---> '''Lloyd''' - No, I mean, ME...
* DoesNotLikeSpam: In fact, it becomes a plot point when she starts eating bell peppers despite disliking them. [[spoiler: It's a sign that she's beginning to lose her humanity.]]
* DropTheHammer: Her Pow Hammer techniques involve her tossing plastic-looking hammers at her target.
* DualWielding: Wields a pair of chakrams.
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: Picks up ''[[TheBigGuy Regal]]'', of all people, and comments that he's lighter than she thought. It's said to be part of her transformation into an angel that she gets SuperStrength.
---> '''Raine:''' "Men are so useless these days."
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Her "Ring Whirlwind" attack has her spin in place. She also throws spinning chakrams and discs for her weapons.
* EyeColorChange: Colette's blue eyes turn red when she [[spoiler:loses her soul]]; they return to blue later down the road.
* ExtremeDoormat: Despite it being her Journey of Regeneration, she hands a lot of the decisions over to Lloyd during it, such as him picking the teams in Kvar's ranch.
* FatalFlaw: Pride, or a rather warped form of it. She intentionally hides things from her allies that would have been really useful for them to know as soon as they happened, but she keeps putting things off for the sake of not wanting them to worry. This always blows up in her face, typically at the worst possible time when the heroes really need to focus on something else. [[spoiler:At one point this costs Colette her soul, and very nearly costs her use of her whole body at another.]] It's only after the party scold Colette until they're all blue in the face that she finally gets it.
* ForgotICouldFly: A ''chronic'' offender of this trope - a lot of the puzzles in the game (especially [[ThatOneLevel the Ymir Forest]]) could have been solved in about five minutes if Colette had just used her wings.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Especially dogs. In fact, there's a CollectionSidequest for her meeting every dog in the game.
* GenkiGirl: She's high-energy, that's for sure, to the point where even Lloyd can't keep up. [[spoiler:Turns out, she's a StepfordSmiler.]]
* GirlyRun: If you make her your overworld avatar.
* GlassCannon: Out of all the playable characters, she can deal and receive some of the highest damage values in the game, but she has low HP and defences.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:She smiles and thanks Lloyd for being there for her as she's about to lose her soul.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Sweet, young, innocent and kind with beautiful flowing golden hair.
* HalfHumanHybrid: As the Chosen, she's supposed to be half-angel. Remiel reveals himself as her father after she receives the Oracle. [[spoiler:He's lying. Colette's human father was really her real father and she's mostly human, although her bloodline has been carefully selected for by Cruxis.]]
* HeroicSafeMode: Has a minor one after she [[spoiler:regains her soul.]]
* HolyHandGrenade: Learns "Angel" class Light spells as she unlocks seals.
* AnIcePerson: Through an altered arte.
* IDidntTellYouBecauseYoudBeUnhappy: Her justification for not telling Lloyd or any other party member several of the terrible things she's going through as part of her Journey of Regeneration. It's deconstructed, however, since the more she delays telling anyone her problems, the worse they get.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Good luck getting her to turn to the dark side. She'll even be upset if Lloyd argues against Sheena joining the party, when Sheena had been trying to kill Colette literally every other time they'd met.
* TheIngenue: So sweet and sheltered.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Among her most striking features are her clear blue eyes.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: It's not as apparent at some examples, but there are times when she comes out with this, such as seeing the Tethe'alla bridge being covered in exsphere and remarks that it's "kind of gross-looking". ''Zelos'', of all people, calls her out on this, remarking that it's hardly an appropriate comment considering where exspheres come from.
** When the party run into him talking to Presea, she also calls Rodyle "creepy", before she knows he's a Desian.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: The reason given why she initially tries to stop Lloyd from coming along on her journey. It doesn't work.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: She nearly dies several times, and the constant pressure to succeed weighs heavy on her mind.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:When Remiel adds insult to injury at the Tower of Salvation. She also performs a ''literal'' dog-kicking moment after losing her soul.]]
* TheKlutz: It's even one of her titles!
* LiteralMinded: Very much so.
-->'''Tenebrae''': "Am I really that much of a stick in the mud?"
-->'''Colette''': "I honestly don't see any mud on you. But, what's wrong with mud anyway? Everyone gets a little dirty now and again."
-->'''Marta''': "I don't think he meant that sort of mud."
-->'''Colette''': "Well then, what sort of mud did he mean?"
-->'''Emil''': "No, listen. There was never any mud to begin with."
-->'''Colette''': "Oh, so it was more of a muck? Or maybe a slime?"
* LoveFreak: Especially showcased in the skit when she states that she'll have to ask ''an assassin trying to kill her'' about why she's doing it 'when they become friends'. [[spoiler:Which they eventually do.]]
* LuckBasedMission: [[HolyHandGrenade Judgement]] is a vertical BeamSpam of light beams. With sufficient fortune, Colette can wipe out four enemies consecutively and steal the rest of the party's kills. Otherwise, you'll be lucky to land one hit.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out Remiel was lying.]]
* MagikarpPower: Starts off as a low-level JackOfAllStats, becomes very powerful once she starts gaining her [[HolyHandGrenade Angel powers.]]
* {{Meido}}: One of her alternate outfits.
* MessianicArchetype: At first [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by others on her behalf, as she is meant to be this as the Chosen One, but eventually played straight under her own free will.
* NiceGirl: Consistently kind-hearted and sympathetic to everyone. ''Everyone.''
* NotSoDifferent: From Zelos, when you think about it. [[spoiler:They both hide their insecurities behind their smile and insist that nothing is wrong. This tends to result in terrible consequences later. In Colette's case, she hides her insecurities by insisting that she's okay; the group has to save her life multiple times as a result, whether it's from sacrificing herself or from a 4000-year-old sickness.]]
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: The Key Crest returns Colette's sleep, hunger, sense of touch, and voice, but she still keeps her magic, enhanced senses, and strength.
* ObliviousToLove: None of Zelos' flirting fazes her at all, and she's not just ignoring it like Raine and Sheena do.
* OneNoteChef: Almost every recipe, when made by her, will involve fruit in some form. This is actually lampshaded in one particular skit in ''Dawn of the New World''.
* PluckyGirl: Never, ever gives up, no matter the setbacks.
* ThePollyanna: She always tries to look on the positive side and help people, even people who arguably don't deserve it, such as Governor-General Dorr.
* PoorCommunicationKills: A lot of problems stem from Colette's refusal to admit something is wrong, such as [[spoiler: her illness which is spreading through her body via a corrupted key crest.]]
* PuritySue: A very deliberate in-universe deconstruction designed to show just what happens when you ''try'' to be a PuritySue but don't live up to the requirements. Colette is just about the sweetest and most selfless human being imaginable, not to mention she is a MessianicArchetype in every sense of the word... and ''she knows it''. So, what does she do? [[StepfordSmiler She deliberately plays up her cheery personality and tries to]] ''[[BeneathTheMask look]]'' [[BeneathTheMask like a]] PuritySue [[BeneathTheMask at every turn because nobody will suspect a thing if she does]]. [[GoneHorriblyRight It works...]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight far too well]]''. When Lloyd figures out what she's been hiding from him, he goes into the biggest HeroicBSOD of his life (made ''even worse'' in the animated adaptation). Oh and, one last thing... [[spoiler:she owes her existence to Mithos ''selectively breeding her'' and using the Church of Martel to condition her into being the perfect SoulJar for his sister.]]
* RaisedAsAHost: [[spoiler:Her true purpose as a Chosen is to be Martel's new body, and her family has been specifically bred to allow her to be this.]]
* RapunzelHair: It reaches nearly to her waist.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:After losing her soul.]]
* RingsOfDeath: Wields chakrams as her WeaponOfChoice.
* ShockAndAwe: Her Para Ball, Torrential Para Ball, and Grand Chariot are all lightning-based, making it her second most-used element.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: Often, her confusion will promptly confuse either Lloyd (in [=ToS=]) or Emil (in [=DotNW=]) as well, who don't suffer from it quite as much in skits without her.
* SilkHidingSteel: A girl so sweet and eager to please, yet capable of redirecting her very specific quest into detours by making them ''sound'' like they're part of the quest. She's also physically the strongest of the group until Presea and Regal join.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Obviously the exact reason she adores Lloyd so much.
* SpamAttack: Not as many as Lloyd, but still more than any other party member. In fact, the two of them have a Compound Unison Attack, Stardust Rain, which can deal in the neighborhood of sixty hits on larger enemies.
* StepfordSmiler: Her absolute refusal to address any of her problems causes them to keep getting worse.
* SuperSenses: [[spoiler:Gradually(?) gains these as she evolves into an angel.]]
* SuperStrength: [[spoiler:Gains this, too.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: GirlyGirl to [[{{Bokukko}} Sheena's]] {{tomboy}}.
* UselessUsefulSpell: Her Sacrifice arte. It heals the whole party and deals a good chunk of light-element damage to all enemies. However, it costs 150 TP, making it the most expensive arte in the game, and costs Colette her life. Good luck finding a situation where that's useful.
* VideoGameStealing: Her "Item Thief" ability, which allows her to steal items from her enemies [[TheKlutz by falling on them]]!
* VirginPower: It's how she could approach the unicorn.
* WaifFu: Manages to throw Zelos when meeting him the first time, and can pick up Regal, a tall, muscular convict, ''with one arm''. This is because she mutates into an angel.
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: To Remiel. [[spoiler: Exploited by him. He's not her father but playing along would provide extra encouragement.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: After the party stop the[[spoiler: Mana Tree]], much of Sylvarant has been damaged by its rampage. If you go to some of the cities, such as Asgard, people will get angry with Colette for allowing this to happen. In the Aifreed/Lyla sidequest, he calmly points out that Colette chose to abandon Sylvarant in its time of need and ran away to Tethe'alla. Colette herself has no rebuttal for them.
* YouCanAlwaysTellALiar: "Stop lying to me! You always do that [[MirthlessLaughter fake giggle]] when you lie."


[[folder: Genis Sage]]
!!'''Genius/Genis Sage'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/AiOrikasa (JP), Creator/ColleenOShaughnessey (EN, ''Symphonia''), Tara Sands (EN, ''Dawn of the New World'')

Lloyd's other childhood friend, Genis is a young elven boy who was raised by his sister. [[spoiler:The [[FantasticRacism ambient racism]] against [[HalfHumanHybrid half-elves]] forced them to hide their half-elf nature and pretend to be pure-blooded elves]]. Genis is the first to break the law in order to help a human from a Desian human ranch, which resulted in Iselia being attacked and Lloyd and he being exiled as a punishment. He's [[TeenGenius extremely clever]], making him often quite [[BrattyHalfPint sarcastic and arrogant]] toward Lloyd, and later Zelos, but he also starts out just as idealistic as his best friend.

[[spoiler:Of the party, Genis is the one who struggles the most with racism. Rejected and reviled by both humans and elves, he sympathizes the most with the BigBad's goal. However, he never crosses the line, and chooses to trust Lloyd with building a world where everyone will be treated equally.]]

Tropes associated with Genis:
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Twelve years old, and studies advanced mathematics and crushes the entrance exam to a prestigious university.
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially whenever he's around Presea.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Genis is horrified to learn that Zelos is actually very intelligent and better at academics than him. Except it turns out Zelos is only a genius at math, otherwise he got through his classes with top marks though getting all the girls he hit on to take notes for him, give him answers during tests, answer for him at role call, etc. But he is still better at math than Genis.
* AnimeHair: Like his big sister.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: He gets this treatment a lot, particularly early in the game, with Lloyd treating him much like a little brother. His attempts to seem more mature around Presea tend to fail hilariously.
* BadassAdorable: He can conjure up huge storms of fire and lightning, and he's not even a teenager yet!
* BigNo / SayMyName: Has a positively heartbreaking one early on. [[spoiler: "Marble...MARBLE! NOOOO!"]] (If you don't consider it Narm, that is.)
* BlackMage: He doesn't learn a single healing spell. It puts him at odds with Raine, who is a WhiteMage.
* BlowYouAway: From weak spells like Wind Blade to the powerful Cyclone.
* BrattyHalfPint: Raine usually stops him from getting ''too'' bratty.
* CaptainObvious: Does this a little ''too'' often, for being such an intelligent character...
* ContrivedClumsiness: An especially obvious example, but when Lloyd and Genis stop by the Iselia human ranch and attack some Desians when they're hurting Marble, Genis uses fireball from a distance, then Lloyd runs across the top of the fence so they'll chase him. Genis, who is supposed to quietly sneak out the other way, suddenly trips ''over nothing'', causing the Desians to almost notice him, forcing Lloyd to go back and fight them, which means his face is seen on the security cameras and gives Forcystus an excuse to attack Iselia the next day. [[ForWantOfANail All that because Genis suddenly turned into]] [[TheKlutz Colette]] for a second.
* DeadpanSnarker: He can only put up with Lloyd's stupidity for so long.
* DishingOutDirt: Learns several earth-elemental spells.
* DoesNotLikeSpam[=/=]StockYuck: He's not a big fan of carrots. According to one of his titles, he's not a big fan of gels either.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Presea.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: He's easy to mistake for a prepubescent girl at first, especially since you can't tell he's a boy by his voice.
* FantasticRacism: [[spoiler:Develops this after a while. By then, the only human he seems to like is Lloyd.]]
* {{Fauxshadow}}: [[spoiler:His growing cynicism, his FantasticRacism towards humans, and the revelation that Mithos is a BigBadFriend to him all hint Genis will betray you. He stays loyal to the end.]]
* GibberishOfLove: Genis is not capable of saying a proper line to Presea.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:He's a half-elf. This causes no end of trouble as he tries to keep it a secret.]]
* HeadbuttingHeroes: First with Zelos, calling Zelos an ass after Zelos' EstablishingCharacterMoment. He's also guilty of this with Regal, mostly due to Regal's mysterious connection with Presea. He mellow out towards them both over time, although he doesn't develop the same OddFriendship that Raine and Sheena do.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Lloyd.
* AnIcePerson: Ice is one of the many elements he wields. In the sequel, he's given an Ice attribute.
* ItsAllMyFault: He leaves Iselia when Lloyd is exiled, since he brought Lloyd to the ranch and introduced him to Marble, which kickstarted the entire attack on Iselia.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He uses a kendama, a Japanese toy that resembles a hammer with a ball on a string on it. He can whack people with the little ball, but he mostly uses it to focus when casting magic.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: For a while, Lloyd was his only friend, because most kids his age are intimidated by his intelligence.
* TheLancer: To Lloyd. Genis is usually the one who has to figure out how to make Lloyd's insane schemes work.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's a bit of a wise-ass, and he has a pretty open contempt for humans. He's still a good kid underneath it all.
* LightEmUp: Prism Sword, the ultimate spell on the Strike path.
* [[LittleMissSnarker Little Mr. Snarker]]: The youngest party member has the most acid tongue.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Falls for Presea the minute the party first encounters her.
* LovingAShadow: He gets a crush on Presea from the moment he sees her because she's "cute", but he's unaware that she's really [[spoiler: twenty-eight years old]] and is pretty much an EmptyShell until her key crest is fixed.
* MakingASplash: Yep, gets water too.
* MeaningfulName: In the original Japanese,''Genius''.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:It's kind of obvious at times that Genis is basically just like Mithos used to be before Martel was killed.]]
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Subverted. [[spoiler: Genis tries to subtley guilt Mithos out of betraying the group by constantly re-stating how happy he is that he found another half-elf to be his friend. Mithos even lampshades it, "You shouldn't have trusted me? Good guess, Genis! Because I didn't trust you, either!"]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Though unlike Raine, he doesn't remember them at all.
* PlayingWithFire: His default spell is Fireball, and it's the one he's using all the time in cutscences.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: His outfit is primarily blue while Presea is pink-haired.
* PuppyLove: He has a crush on Presea, but [[spoiler:Presea's 28, she only looks about the same age as him]].
* ShockAndAwe: His Mystic Arte is Indignation Judgment, a massive thunderbolt.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: The shortest member of the party, and roughly on par with Raine for intelligence.
* TheSmartGuy: Though not as booksmart as Raine, he's certainly got his wits about him.
* SomethingAboutARose / BishieSparkle: In the 3rd {{OVA}} bonus.
* SquishyWizard: A purely offensive mage and only a prepubescent boy, he can't take many hits.
* SupremeChef[=/=]TeamChef: For the first half of the game; he later shares both titles with Regal. He'd have to be good at cooking; he'd never survive eating Raine's meals!
* TeenGenius: [[MeaningfulName In Japan, he is even named Genius.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: He's the youngest playable character in the game.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Averted, though he's tempted to play it straight as he struggles with Mithos.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: As his house burns, he laments that he thought Iselia was a place where he and Raine could settle down. [[spoiler:He's not actually from Sylvarant to begin with, but was forced to flee through the Otherworldly Gate]].


[[folder:Kratos Aurion]]
!!'''Kratos Aurion'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/FumihikoTachiki (JP), Creator/CamClarke (EN)

A [[TheStoic stoic]] mercenary who just happens to be passing through the vicinity to save the Chosen's life and be offered the job of protecting her during her journey. Kratos speaks [[TheQuietOne little]], smiles [[PerpetualFrowner less]], and gets angry once every blue moon; this, combined with his superb swordsmanship, makes him the epitome of badass according to Genis, but a perpetual thorn in Lloyd's side, who tries his best to earn the older man's respect.

[[spoiler:When it looks like he finally has it, of course, Kratos betrays you and hands over Colette to the BigBad. Turns out he was working for him all along and is really [[OurAngelsAreDifferent an angel]], none of which explains why he spends the second part of the game [[EnigmaticMinion cryptically]] [[StealthMentor helping the party out]]]].

[[spoiler:He's finally revealed to be Lloyd's father, who Lloyd has to duel in order to release [[SealedGoodInACan Origin's Seal]], after he admits to having been helping the heroes so he could atone for his sins; more precisely, going back to the BigBad after being forced to [[MercyKill kill his wife]] who had been turned into a monster.]]

Tropes associated with Kratos:
* AloofBigBrother: Plays this role against Lloyd during the Journey of Regeneration, despite not being his brother. Lloyd himself seems to Lampshade this during one of their training sessions. Though, Lloyd says Kratos is a little old to be his brother. Little did he know....
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Between {{Mercy Kill}}ing his wife, causing Mithos to go completely insane over his grief about Martel, and keeping the whole scheme going, he has a lot to atone for.]]
* BadassArmfold: Does this in cutscenes quite often.
* BadassBaritone: Courtesy of [[Creator/CamClarke Cam Clarke]] Concensus was that Clarke's voice is even better than his Japanese seiyuu.
* {{Biseinen}}: The smooth voice, suave demeanor, and edgy design all point to it.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Lloyd's Red Oni.
* BerserkButton: The Desians' tendency to refer to humans as "inferior beings" really pisses him off. [[spoiler: As it turns out, this is because his wife was an escapee from a Desian Human Ranch, and was killed when they tried to get her back.]] He's also oddly protective of Lloyd, and doesn't take kindly to him being hurt. [[spoiler: He ''is'' [[PapaWolf his son]] so in retrospect not that surprising.]]
* BlowYouAway: Learns Wind Blade.
* BodyguardCrush: The ''Tales of Fandom 2'' DVD reveals that he has feelings for [[spoiler:a princess]] whom he protected before he met Lloyd. [[spoiler:Four-thousand years before.]]
* BonusBoss: In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', as the "Traitor to Heaven."
* ButNowIMustGo / PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Much to Lloyd's chagrin, he leaves with the rest of the angels at the end of the game.]]
* CombatMedic: He has basic healing spells, [[HealerSignsOnEarly which are quite useful before]] [[WhiteMagicianGirl Raine]] joins your party.
* TheComicallySerious: Mostly seen in skits and optional scenes.
* CoolOldGuy: Despite being 28. [[spoiler:Give or take 4000 years.]]
* CrutchCharacter: Kratos has the highest starting stats and base stat growth in the game and is a MagicKnight JackOfAllTrades capable of just about everything. However, he lacks deep specialization and, when they get titles that boost their stat growth, the rest of the party will bypass him in their own specialties. [[spoiler:He also isn't usable past the Journey of Regeneration unless you reject seeing everyone else at Flanoir.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: More heavy on the deadpan than the snark, but he has his moments.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:"Looks like I've failed to die once more."]]
* DishingOutDirt: Learns a couple of earth spells.
* [[DoesNotLikeSpam Does Not Like Tomatoes]]: Just like Lloyd. It's one of the few things they have in common.
* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:For Yggdrasil]].
* DoubleMeaning: He does this a ''lot'', which makes sense given how much he actually does know. For example, in Triet, Lloyd catches Kratos outside with Noishe. Despite Kratos [[BlatantLies claiming not to like animals]], Lloyd remarks Noishe seems very comfortable with him. Kratos replies, "I once had a pet, long ago." [[spoiler: That's because Noishe ''was'' his pet.]]
* DuelBoss: [[spoiler:Against Lloyd, the two of them battle in the elves' forest.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: [[spoiler:He's simply sick of everything Mithos is doing to revive Martel, and plans to have Mithos stopped for good.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:After TheReveal. You can have him put it back on with the proper title.]]
* {{Expy}}: If you compare this game to ''Final Fantasy X'', he's an obvious one of Auron being the aloof mercenary with a DarkAndTroubledPast. [[spoiler: He could also be one of [[FallenHero Jecht]] given that he works for the BigBad but as a SpannerInTheWorks, is somewhat abusive to his son, and is TheAce that Lloyd wants to be like and surpass. He's arguably nicer than Jecht was, at any rate, and that all his seemingly abusive moments with his son were just to toughen him up like Jecht.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Just like everyone else in Mithos's group, although Kratos is the most aware of it.]]
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:And quite sneaky about it too, playing both sides as part of his plan to end Mithos'.]]
* TheFatalist: Initially. Lloyd's idealism shakes him out of it.
* GrumpyBear: During the Journey of Regeneration. In between Lloyd, Genis and Colette, Kratos' perpetually downcast mood sticks out like a sour thumb during a quest to save the world.
* GuestStarPartyMember: [[spoiler:Returns briefly a while after his HeelFaceTurn. Notably, it's the only time he and Zelos can be in the party together.]]
* GuileHero: [[spoiler:His plan to let a human wield the Eternal Sword relies on him repeatedly betraying the party and playing both sides so that he can finally [[DeathSeeker die]]. It's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor never really clear what side he's on]] until the end, and although it is his sword skills that are commented on the most, his plotting does a lot more to drive the story forward.]]
* GuiltComplex: [[spoiler:Parodied in [[§ion=&q=kratos+fault#/d2aggrj this fan comic.]]]]
* HairColorDissonance: His hair is often brown instead of red in fanart.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Kratos' second fight. You're not required to win; and good luck trying to do that on your first playthrough.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Starts as a face, turns heel, turns semi-face, then back to heel, then full face again.]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Though it's not immediately obvious [[spoiler: he knows well he's a FallenHero, is wracked with guilt over having to MercyKill his lover, and feels he is undeserving of being [[IdealHero Lloyd]]'s father. It's to the point he's a DeathSeeker due to how poorly he thinks of himself.]]
* HolyHandGrenade: Judgement.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler:Your first fight with him is intended as this, as he is a huge jump in power above any boss you fought before. He can still be beaten if you're over-leveled but it has no effect on the plot. Alternatively, you can use one of your [[TooAwesomeToUse precious All-Divides]] to halve the damage everybody takes, preventing Kratos from stomping all over your party but dragging the fight out for longer.]]
* ILetYouWin: [[spoiler:Is supposedly holding back in the first two fights with him. Of course, you might not actually win the fairly difficult battles. That said, the fact the party isn't dead despite everything does suggest Lloyd is right that he holds back.]]
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: [[spoiler:Twenty-eight, but close enough.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He wants the world to be saved as much as anyone in Colette's close-knit group of friends. Doesn't mean he has to be nice about it.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: He gets a good attack on Magnius in Palmacosta, which is enough to force him to retreat. Also when he kills Kvar, until it's revealed that he's [[spoiler:[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge avenging his wife.]]]] Has another one of these with [[spoiler: Remiel. After the party defeats him, he implores Kratos for aid, who very calmly lets Remiel die.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Remiel''': Lord Kratos, have pity on me. Please...lend me your aid!]]
-->'''Kratos''':[[spoiler: Have you forgotten, Remiel? I used to be of the inferior race, a human. Does the ultimate being seek help from that which he despises most?]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Is actually Yuan that reveals this, Kratos did figure it out in Iselia, but never told Lloyd because he knew wouldn't be too pleased finding his biological father was alive and was never with him most of his life, though in all fairness Kratos didn't know Lloyd was alive till he found him in Iselia.]]
* MagicKnight: He's practically the patron saint of this character class in Radiant Mythology spin-offs.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:With his wife, Anna.]]
* MementoMacGuffin: Has a locket which contains a picture of [[spoiler:him with his wife and child. [[RelationshipValues If the player views a certain scene]], he gives it to Lloyd and the locket just happens to protect him from an arrow.]]
* MercyKill / StakingTheLovedOne: [[spoiler:Was forced to do this to his wife.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:For Cruxis. The party learns way too late to stop him from turning.]]
* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler:He's Lloyd's dad, and his true motives are an enigma.]]
* {{Narrator}}: But just at the beginning of the game. After the opening cutscene, there's no more.
* NobleTopEnforcer: [[spoiler:To Mithos.]]
* NotSoStoic: Becomes uncharacteristically angry upon meeting Kvar. [[spoiler:And for a very [[ItsPersonal good reason.]]]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The reason he's joins you for the Journey of Regeneration. Raine has a skit with him where she suspects ulterior motives, and Kratos only restates this point over and over. [[spoiler: She's actually right]].
* OptionalPartyMember: He'll rejoin the party permanently only if Lloyd chooses to reject everyone else in Flanoir.
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: He's consistently treated as much much stronger than the rest of the party when in cutscenes, but in gameplay-terms he only starts out 2-3 levels higher than Lloyd, Genis and Colette. [[spoiler:His boss form, meanwhile, represents how it is when he's not holding back.]]
* PapaWolf: [[spoiler:Subverted at the beginning of the game where, despite himself knowing the fact that Lloyd is his son, he acts like a total jerkass towards him and only warms up over time, yet he still doesn't help when Lloyd looks like he's going to be killed by Yggdrassil. Fortunately, later in the game, he throws himself in front of Lloyd to shield him from a deadly attack, does a full HeelFaceTurn for his sake, and is revealed he'd done a lot of backstage planning to help the heroes achieve their goal.]] [[spoiler:He actually may have cared the whole time, as, when used by AI and put on free command, he is the one who spams Lloyd with First Aid more than anyone else.]]
** [[spoiler:In a {{OVA}}, he delivers quite a smack down to Sheena after she threatened to kill a defeated Lloyd.]]
** It's implied that [[spoiler: as Yggdrassil was his student, he's also still something of a PapaWolf to him as well. He's basically choosing between two "sons" and in the end he picks Lloyd at the cost of Mithos dying.]]
* PeekABangs: Usually you'll be lucky to see a single eye of his. [[spoiler: They obscure his face so much, the party never realizes the resemblance he has to his son, Lloyd.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: And when he does smile, it's usually a bitter thing.
* PetTheDog: In spite of his gruff personality, he still mentors Lloyd when he tags along on the Journey of Regeneration. Also, he was hired to protect Colette, but he agrees to healing Sheena when the party encounters her in a devastated Luin, despite the fact she's a hired assassin and [[spoiler: from Tethe'alla, which the party isn't supposed to know exists.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Knows Fireball from the moment he joins, and can also learn Eruption and Hell Pyre.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis / [[PunctuatedPounding Punctuated Slashing]]: "Feel the pain! Of those 'inferior beings!' As you burn in Hell!"
* TheQuietOne: Only says as much as he needs to.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Just like Mithos and the rest.]]
* RecurringBoss: [[spoiler: Though most encounters with him are {{Hopeless Boss Fight}}s.]]
* RunningGag: Kratos is often late to important events, parodied a bit in OVA's bonuses. In fact, his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment very first scene is him arriving just in time to stop the game's first boss attacking Lloyd.]]
* SharpDressedMan: His "Tales Series" bonus costume is [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 Ludger Will Kresnik]]'s suit and tie, to compensate for the fact that it's impossible for him to participate in the Meltokio party. Given his lack of storyline titles, he'll probably be wearing this for most Sylvarant if you've got Tales data.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Exhibits tendencies of this trope from the very beginning. As you get further out in the game, the party learns that he has a very, very long and rocky history to explain it.
* ShockAndAwe: Learns Lightning and Thunder Blade, and has a few sword techniques and Compound Unisons of this element.
* SomethingAboutARose / BishieSparkle: In the {{OVA}} bonuses, sometimes, when he appears, these are in the background.
* SourSupporter: He spends most of the Journey of Regeneration in a perpetually annoyed state, not helped by half the party being essentially random schoolchildren. During the Journey he also has a skit with Lloyd where he calls the whole Journey of Regeneration a colossal waste of time, which if Lloyd calls him out on it leads him to explain that even if Colette ''does'' succeed the world will inevitably decay again and another Chosen has to go on another Journey, so what sort of rotten system is Cruxis running in the first place? [[spoiler:It's the first of many hints that he's not entirely happy with the path Mithos took.]]
* StealthMentor: To Lloyd. He constantly berates Lloyd's lack of actual skill, but his advice does genuinely stick all the same.
* TheStoic: Most of the time. He starts to lose the facade later in the game.
* StoicSpectacles: Unusual example in that he does not regularly wear glasses, nor is there any hint of him having vision problems, but he fits this trope to a tee the few times he's shown with them.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: [[spoiler:He stopped aging about 4000 years ago when he was 28, but his youthful appearance is still discussed in one conversation.]]
* TeamDad: Mostly to Lloyd, but does it towards Genis, Colette and Sheena too.
* TooManyBelts: Especially in his judgment costume. So much so it became a fandom in-joke that he has a belt fetish.
* TryNotToDie: "Don't die, Lloyd." Then, in the ending, "[[spoiler:Don't die before I do, Lloyd, my son.]]"
* WalkingSpoiler: As we're sure you can tell, there's a lot about him that gets revealed throughout the story.


[[folder:Raine Sage]]
!!'''Refill/Raine Sage'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/YumiTouma (JP), Creator/KariWahlgren (EN, ''Symphonia''), Creator/TaraPlatt (EN, all other appearances)

Genis' [[CoolBigSis older sister]] who [[PromotionToParent took care of him]] after [[spoiler:they were [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] by [[MissingMom their mother]]]]. Raine is Iselia's [[SternTeacher schoolteacher]], and she leaves to accompany Colette on her journey before Lloyd and Genis do. She starts off as very cynical, but [[DefrostingIceQueen over the course of the game]], she trusts Lloyd more and more to achieve his idealistic world.

It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Raine and Genis were born in Tethe'alla. Their parents abandoned them at the Otherworldly Gate, one of the two poles between the two worlds, when Genis was an infant.]] An optional event [[spoiler:has them reunite with their mother, who has gone mad with grief. Through her diary, they leave the experience with the knowledge that their parents did love them, and were trying to save them from the persecution faced by half-elves in Tethe'alla.]]

Tropes associated with Raine:
* AbusiveParents: A downplayed version and perhaps a case of ValuesDissonance, but Raine has a habit of slapping Genis and Lloyd upside the head when they annoy her, not to mention the infamous spanking she gives Genis in the Martel Temple (she also kicks Lloyd hard enough to send him flying into a wall). [[FridgeBrilliance Given that she had to raise Genis when she was only a teenager, this might explain why she's sometimes more of a disciplinarian than she needs to be.]] Not to mention, Dirk punches Lloyd when they argue about Lloyd going near the Human Ranch, so it may be that corporal punishment is simply more common in Sylvarant, though it's interesting to note that Raine never does anything like that to [[TheDitz Colette]].
* ActionGirl: When she starts learning offensive spells, she tends to use them most often and has been known to ''tear shit apart''. She's also shown kicking some ass in the anime opening.
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Averted; although she gets incredibly excited about ancient ruins, she usually insists on their preservation.
* AgentScully: A minor example, but she is very skeptical when Sheena first explains she is from Tethe'alla, even though Sheena possesses the lost summoning arts. Admittedly, it is possible to see that scene before the pact with Undine (and the only other summon she has at that time, Corrine, isn't exactly a Mystic Arte).
* AngstComa: In the anime. Kind of handwaved as being from illness, but the timing was very convenient at a properly angsty moment.
* ArtificialStupidity: She has a very poor idea of who deserves priority for her single-target buffs, often casting Sharpness/Keenness (which boost physical attack power) on herself and Genis (who are almost exclusively casters) before someone useful like Lloyd or Presea (who are exclusively physical fighters).
* BadassBookworm: In a WhiteMage sort of way.
* BerserkButton: People trying to do harm to ruins will regret it very soon... She is also not pleased when she catches Lloyd and Genis skipping school at the Martel Temple.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Loves technology and ancient artifacts a little ''too'' much at times...and is still by far the greatest scholar in Sylvarant.
* CharacterFilibuster: Casually belittling historical events is practically ''begging'' for lecture. During one scene, she starts a long-winded lecture about an ancient site. After a few sentences, the game lets you wander around while she continues. Her lecture doesn't stop until you stumble upon some guys trying to blow the site up, even if you reach the end of it... because Colette asks her to repeat it.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: During the party's first night at Triet, Raine pulls out a pile of old ruin pieces, all of which either were mentioned earlier or get mentioned later:
** A jeweled sword from the Martel Temple, where her ruin mania was first implied;
** A holy vase from the Balacruf Masoleum, which [[PricelessMingVase Zelos knocks over]] just as the party is thinking that [[StatusQuoIsGod maybe she'll calm down]];
** A priest's crown from the Asgard ruins, sold to Koton to get the last Devil's Arm;
** [[FiveSecondForeshadowing Yellow ore from the Hima mines]], which Lloyd fashions that night to provide her with an Exsphere mount.
* CombatMedic: She's very poor in physical combat, but her [[LightEmUp Photon and Ray]] spells (''especially'' Ray) have very good offensive capabilities.
* CombatPragmatist: Not a physical fighter, but Raine certainly has the right mindset. To increase her RelationshipValues, you must make pragmatic choices, such as saying that Sheena's an enemy, or the journey of regeneration takes precedence over freeing the prisoners at the Palmacosta ranch.
* CoolBigSis: To Genis and, as a TeamMom, kinda to the rest of the party too.
* DeadpanSnarker: Easily one of the snarkiest.
-->'''Raine''': Men are so useless these days.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She starts as one of the most cynical party members, but Lloyd's idealism rubs off on her.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: A downplayed example, but Lloyd and Colette still call her "Professor" long after she stops being their teacher.
* ForScience!: PlayedForLaughs a lot of the time, but she gets ''very'' excited over Ruins. In Tethe'alla, she's similarly enthusiastic about it's technology and Summon Spirits. She even jokingly mentions wanting to do tests on Corrine.
* FreudianExcuse
** Her fascination on old ruins and civilizations? [[spoiler:One skit after the reunion scene in Exire theorizes that she was trying to find the Otherworldly Gate, and by extension, her parents.]]
** [[spoiler:Her fear of water is also connected to this, as once when escaping the Imperial Research Lab, she fell off the boat she was on with her parents and almost drowned.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's a half-elf. She claims to be an elf to avoid the racist implications.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Frequently does this for the other characters, as she is probably the most rational member of the group, outside of Kratos and Regal.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: She pulls this off ''in-universe''. When the group has to approach the unicorn to acquire its horn, Raine is the only one of the three girls present who can't approach it. Why? "[[BlatantLies Because (she's)]] [[GoodBadGirl an adult]]". A non-dirty reason could also have to do with her hydrophobia, since the unicorn was in the middle of a lake. Also, [[spoiler: In Asgard, after the Fake Summon Spirit of Wind is defeated, she goes to Aisha and Linar's house to decode the map and the scene cuts to the next day. However, Linar claims she solved the map 'in seconds'... Another non-dirty reason could be finally finding someone she could talk ''to'' (rather than talk ''at'') about ruins.]]
* HelloNurse: Less than Sheena, but Raine gets this attention at times, and had a fanclub in Iselia. Overlaps with SexyMentor. She has a fanclub in Asgard, too, which might have something to do with the outfit she was wearing when she released the Wind Spirit.
* HeroicBSOD: Has a minor one in Palmacosta after [[spoiler:you defeat Kilia and Dorr dies. She can be heard asking herself, "My healing arts cannot save a single life?"]]
* IcyBlueEyes: Reflecting her clear-headed, pragmatic personality.
* {{Irony}}: TheMedic of the group is also the most violent.
* TheLeader: Directs the team initially. She eventually hands the reins over to Lloyd once he steps up.
* LethalChef: [[CordonBleughChef Because she always experiments by adding bizarre ingredients]]; [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in-game when she earns the "Passable Chef?" title for maxing out her cooking skill. Part of her problem is that she tries to invent new ways to cook or different dishes, but she also has some odd obsession with adding lemons to dishes where they don't belong.
* LightEmUp: Her three attack spells: Photon, Ray, and Holy Lance.
* KickChick: Not in battle, but in several cutscenes she kicks people who piss her off (Lloyd being the first person). In Asgard she kicks Harley in the stomach [[RunningGag three times]] in the same scene!
* TheMedic: Kratos, Zelos, and Regal all also have healing abilities, but Raine is The Medic of the lot. Subverts the pacifism aspect of the trope, being one of the more cold and pragmatic members of the party. Notably, the teens have to do some arm-twisting before she is willing to heal an apparent enemy ([[spoiler:Sheena]]).
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:You can find her in a sidequest. Raine does not take it well.]]
* NatureAdoresAVirgin: [[spoiler:Potentially. In the quest where the heroes must choose a pure maiden to make contact with a submerged unicorn, she says she can't do it herself and either Sheena or Colette must do so. When pressed on the issue, she merely replies "I'm an adult," leading Lloyd and Genis to [[ChasteHero stare at each other in utter confusion with comically blank looks on their faces]]. Though it could just be because of her dislike of water, rather than the obvious implication.]] However during the Devil's Arm sidequest, when obtaining the Heart of Chaos, [[spoiler: she trades [[ChekhovsGun a priest's crown from the Asgard ruins]] citing it had too many memories and refuses to elaborate]] implying that she may indeed have had a lover.
* NotSoAboveItAll: She is mostly calm and collected, but the group sees her less mature side when she comes across the Triet ruins for the first time. She [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes reacts poorly]] when it turns out to get to the Water Seal, you have to get there by riding a washtub.
* OddFriendship: With Sheena. At first, the two come off as HeadbuttingHeroes, but they eventually become a lot closer and supportive, such as Sheena rushing to help save Raine and Genis in Tethe'alla, and when Raine attempts to calm Sheena down in the temple of lightning.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Her father is dead and her mother lives, but has since forgotten that she's older than an infant after abandoning her to protect her from the Imperial Research Academy]].
* PersonalityPowers: As mentioned above, she's a notable aversion, as she is a healer and uses light-based magic, but is something of a {{Kuudere}} with a pragmatic, ocassionally severe approach to things, [[spoiler:such as she and Regal agreeing that sacrifices must be made for Lloyd to defeat Yggdrasill, even though they know Lloyd himself would never agree to it.]] She also is happy to dish out a DopeSlap to Lloyd or Genis whenever they behave immaturely, which ironically makes her one of the most violent members of the group.
* PromotionToParent: After she and Genis lost their parents, she took it upon herself to raise him. Note she must have been a teenager at the time and Genis was only a newborn.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to [[spoiler: Her mother, Virginia, for abandoning her and Genis, if you encounter her in the completely-optional floating city of Exire. It doesn't take, owing to Virginia being mentally ill, and Raine runs out in tears.]]
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: She's the only one of the party (except Kratos) who knew that becoming an Angel meant that Colette would die. She kept quiet about it on Colette's request, but also because the world had to be regenerated.]]
* TheSmartGirl: Extremely well-read and a quick, logical thinker.
* SternTeacher: She is noted for being cool, strict, and practical, and even smacking her students around when they're being particularly stupid. Which makes it a very sweet moment when, late in the game, she admits that she's so hard on the hero in particular because she knows he's strong enough to handle it, and wants to see him grow up strong.
* StudentTeacherRomance: Defied. [[LoveableSexManiac Zelos]] certainly ''fantasises'' that this is the case but, while she has a fan-club of young students, Raine doesn't go for the younger man... [[RelationshipValues unless you max out her relationship value with Lloyd]].
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Mostly cold and detached, you can sometimes see her earnest love poking through. Especially if Lloyd romances her.
* TeamMom: She's the most likely to get on people's cases for messing around too much. She and Regal are also the ones who have the private conversation about how Lloyd ''must'' succeed, even if it requires some {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s along the way... One of her titles is "Sisterly Love", where Genis trips in the Triet Ruins and has Raine both scolding and fussing over him. Lloyd mentions he can't tell if she's angry or relieved, and the title description calls Raine both a mother and a sister to Genis.
* WhiteMage: She's the best healer in the game, bar none. No one else even comes close, to the point that she's practically required to be in the party late-game to keep you alive.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Water?]]: She... really doesn't do very well around water. Ironically, the sequel made this her elemental affinity.


[[folder:Sheena Fujibayashi]]
!!'''Sheena Fujibayashi'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/AkemiOkamura (JP), Creator/JenniferHale (EN, ''Symphonia''), Creator/MeganHollingshead (EN, ''Dawn of the New World'')

Sheena starts as a sympathetic [[DarkActionGirl antagonist]]; her first attempt to kill Colette fails due [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain to her own clumsiness]], and subsequent meetings highlight her niceness and sincerity as a person. It comes as no surprise when she joins the party after discovering [[HumanResources what's going on in Sylvarant human farms]]. Later, she reveals she comes from the ninja village of [[{{Wutai}} Mizuho]], from the parallel world of Tethe'alla; in spite of her attachment to her world and her village, she consistently picks the 'right' choice over blindly following her orders, even when she knows she will be punished for it. Her powers as a Summoner are essential to the second half of the game.

She's easily one of the most idealistic characters of the game, and one of Lloyd's staunchest supporters. However, it's revealed that she has a particularly angsty backstory [[spoiler:- feeling responsible for the death of about a quarter of her village when she couldn't make a pact with the Spirit of Lightning, at age nine. Most people in the village blame her for this, including one of her childhood friends who then tries to kill her. This resulted in almost crippling lack of confidence and guilt, but she eventually manages to overcome them, helped mostly by Lloyd, Colette, Zelos and the choice her village made to trust her.]]

She has feelings for Lloyd, but he [[ChasteHero doesn't get it]]. Her interactions with Zelos imply that there's also ''something'' going on between them and they've clearly known each other for quite some time, though whether they used to just be good friends when they were younger or even dated at one point is never actually stated in the game.

Tropes associated with Sheena:
* AbsoluteCleavage: Especially her beach outfit.
* ActionGirl: The standout case in this game. She starts as a DarkActionGirl, but she soon joins Lloyd's side.
* {{Adorkable}}: She can be, especially when she's embarrassed or falling into a hole.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Since she is not a Mizuho native by birth, but the adopted daughter of the Chief, she never quite felt like she belonged in the village. [[spoiler: The incident with Volt made this so much worse.]]
* BadassBoast: At the Temple of Lightning:
--->'''Sheena''': For the sake of everyone who risked their lives to protect me, Volt - ''I demand your power!"''
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: When Volt kills Corrine, she ''SNAPS''.]] She gets angry at sexist remarks, as well.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Colette's Betty. The issue doesn't get brought up much between them much, though.
* BigDamnHeroes: At Kvar's ranch when she saves everyone from being captured. She's also the one who busts the party out of the Imperial Research Academy.
* BlowYouAway: Only in the sequel, where it becomes her primary element.
* {{Bokukko}}: In Japanese, her speech patterns are masculine. Basically, she talks like how a boy would.
* CannotSpitItOut: To Lloyd, especially in her ending.
* CharacterDevelopment: Compare her first pact with Undine to later and she has much more confidence in her abilities and herself.
* CryCute: When [[spoiler:Corrine dies]]. Also, [[spoiler:if you pick Kratos in Flanoir, she breaks down in tears after you kill Zelos.]]
* CuteClumsyGirl: Not as much as [[TheKlutz Colette]], or, rather, she's not so much clumsy as it is there's a running gag of trap doors opening under her.
* DaddysGirl: Well, adoptive Grandfather, but she's very close to the Chief of Mizuho and refers to him as 'Grandpa'.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly towards Zelos, though you can usually count on Sheena to have some sassy remark up her sleeves.
* DeathDealer: She uses cards as her weapons. She also uses them to curse her opponents with debuffs.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Apparently, Mizuho tradition dictates that a proven liar must swallow a thousand needles. Pick Sheena's ending, and she threatens to invoke it on Lloyd if he doesn't let her come along on his Exsphere hunt. Subverted as she was just kidding.
* DualBoss: Fights alongside a guardian when you face her as a boss. Also justifies her RedemptionDemotion: She ran out of guardian seals right before she joins the party!
* FingerlessGloves: As part of her outfit.
* FragileSpeedster: However, she's not the fastest character in the game. That'd be [[LightningBruiser Lloyd]].
* {{Foil}}:
** To Colette, in some ways. Both are idealistic women doing questionable things (to themselves or others) to save their world. They're both kind of clumsy. And, not coincidentally, they're the most popular love interests.
** She's also this to Lloyd, being someone who refuses to make sacrifices for the "good of the world".
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Taking the Hard Path and getting Sheena early on will result in extra scenes, dialogue, and more foreshadowing.
* GiantWaistRibbon: She claims it's a tradition of Mizuho, though she's the only one who ever follows it.
* GlassCannon: Hits hard, but her defence is lacking.
* [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing You Can Summon]]: Her summoning skills get the party out of bad situations several times, most notably when they jump off the Grand Tethe'alla bridge.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Downplayed; she is not a full-on half-elf (among other things she lacks pointy ears and will almost certainly have a normal human lifespan) but she personally suspects she has elven blood somewhere in her ancestry due to the fact that she can use summon magic.
* HappilyAdopted: By the chief of Mizuho, who loves her as his own.
* HeelFaceTurn: She starts off trying to kill Colette the first few times they meet. She comes around after learning what the Journey of World Regeneration is really like, and that there might be a way to SaveBothWorlds.
* HelloNurse: Lampshaded mercilessly by Zelos. Sheena herself tends to get uncomfortable or defensive when people hit on her, which makes sense since she was treated like an outsider growing up, much like Lloyd was in Iselia.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one in the Temple of Lightning when [[spoiler: Corrine dies]]. She does managed to snap out of it when Lloyd gives her a GetAholdOfYourselfMan speech, but several Z-skits imply she's pretty emotionally shattered for a small while after.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Tries to do this at the Otherwordly Gate, offering to let Kuchinawa kill her in exchange for letting everyone else go. [[AllLovingHero Lloyd]], [[JerkWithAHeartofGold Zelos]] and [[MessianicArchetype Colette]] are not exactly happy with this, but luckily, they manage to escape to Sylvarant before Sheena can go through with it.]] Happens again in [[spoiler: Welgaia, when she falls through a trap intended for Lloyd. Like everyone else, she catches up before the final battle.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Granted, she never self-identifies as one, but her clan has a few much more practical, traditional ninja within it, so she really stands out. Even if that wasn't the case, she still wears a glaring purple outfit with a giant pink ribbon.
* HitmanWithAHeart: She was sent to Sylvarant to kill Colette, after all, but she just can't go through with it.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: This ninja fights with cards.
* {{Kamehamehadoken}}: Her "impression of the Mana Cannon", though it leaves her extremely drained.
* LetsGetDangerous: After Volt [[spoiler:kills Corrine]].
* LightEmUp: The only one she learns naturally which ''isn't'' a summon.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: During the Journey of Regeneration. Although she's trying to kill Colette, her villain cred is severely dented by her taking time off from Chosen-killing schenanigans to go on a SideQuest to heal an injured man and play hide-and-seek with the children of Luin. For double irony points you can choose to make Lloyd help her with the former, though it does prove to be plot-related as Pietro knows how to sneak into Kvar's ranch. You can also find her in one of the Houses of Martel, where she is praying for the protection of Tethe'alla.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Her failure to make a pact with Volt, who killed a quarter of Mizuho's population and put her surrogate father in a coma. Not to mention, Sheena was only ''seven years old'' when this happened.]]
* {{Ninja}}: And from the game's local {{Wutai}} to boot.
* OddFriendship: With Raine. They are rather antagonistic with each other at first, but by the time the Tethe'alla half of the plot begins they're actually good friends.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sheena is actually a pseudonym that was given to her by the village, as revealed in a skit. They have a law stating that only the village chief, as well as one's parents and[=\=]or spouse, are to know a Mizuho ninja's true birth name.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: She views the Chief of Mizuho as her father, but her real parents abandoned her in the Gonorrchia forest, aka: The Forest of ''Death''.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Regal in [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Dawn of the New World]]. The two are rarely seen apart.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: The reason she failed to make a pact with Volt, besides her inexperience, was that she couldn't understand Volt's language.]] Averted when [[spoiler: Lloyd asks her why she's so hell-bent on preventing the World Regeneration, Sheena replies, ''[[WhamLine "This]]'' [[WhamLine world will be saved!"]] allowing Raine and Kratos to figure out Sheena's real identity.]]
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Played with. She's not opposed to looking good - just looking like "one of Zelos' cheap floozies."
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: For Lloyd, in a similar manner to Colette. It's entirely possible to hook her up with Lloyd.
* ShadowArchetype: To Lloyd. Sheena ([[HeelFaceTurn at least initially]]) represents a much darker side of Lloyd's idealism, unable to make any meaningful choice between saving her world and letting Sylvarant suffer and attempting to save her world through assassination and the sacrifice of another. Her relationship with Zelos is also a mirror of Lloyd's and Colette's.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Exactly once, during her pact with Gnome, after the Summon Spirit gets fed up with her 'stuffy language'.
-->"For the sake of creating a place in which the two worlds must no longer sacrifice one another... gimme your power."
* StupidSexyFlanders: [[ACupAngst Colette]] and [[VitriolicBestBuds Raine]] comment on Sheena's figure in the hotsprings, much to her embarrassment.
* SummonMagic: When she's in Overlimit mode, she can summon any entity she's made a pact with in-story for a powerful attack in place of a Mystic Arte.
* SurvivorGuilt: Massive amounts of it, thanks to the Volt Incident, especially as the attack [[spoiler: killed Orochi and Kuchinawa's parents, and her adopted father is in a coma because he threw himself in front of Sheena to protect her]].
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: In her (optional) fight with [[spoiler: Kuchinawa.]]
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Sheena is faced with this trope when she arrives in Sylvarant - protecting Tethe'alla means she has to kill Chosen, but when she sees the state Sylvarant is in and the heroic antics of the group, she ultimately begins working with her former enemies.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Colette's Girly Girl.
* TomboyishPonytail: Well, a spiky bun, but still.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Despite her tomboyish personality, she actually likes cooking, although she makes some odd (but not completely wrong) decisions: like adding pineapple to curry. She also is mentioned to like flowers, as seen in Zelos' mansion. She's actually the third-best cook in the group (to Genis and Regal) and the best girl at it.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A towards Zelos, B with everyone else. Lloyd gets off easier but [[ChasteHero he has a habit of misinterpreting her advances]]. Plus she gets flustered when people compliment her.
* TragicKeepsake: Corrine's Bell, which she gives to Kuchinawa as insurance that she will show up to their agreed fight in Mizuho.
* UnknownRival: She's initially oblivious to the fact that [[spoiler:Kuchinawa is out to get her]].
* VagueAge: WordOfGod is that she's nineteen, although she could definitely pass for being a few years older.
* VirginPower: Like Colette, it's implied that this is how she could approach the unicorn. She's rather insulted when Kratos and Raine assume she isn't "qualified".
* VitriolicBestBuds: The description for Zelos' title "Idiot Chosen" says it all.
-->"A title given by a friend during the journey. It's not a name given out of spite."
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: Implied to be this for the Chief of Mizuho. [[spoiler: It's why she agreed to go to Meltokio and Sybak to learn summoning arts and why she worked with the Renegades to get to Sylvarant.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"''THIS'' world will be saved!" This serves as the first clue that there's more to the World Regeneration than Remiel says there is.]]
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Her CatchPhrase; she says it every time her guard breaks or [[NoSell her attacks fail]] during combat and every time [[RunningGag she triggers a trap door.]]


[[folder:Presea Combatir]]
!!'''Presea Combatir'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (JP), Creator/TaraStrong (EN, ''Symphonia''), Janice Kawaye (EN, ''[=DotNW=]'')

A 12-year-old Tethe'allan [[AnAxeToGrind lumberjack]], Presea seems entirely [[EmotionlessGirl devoid of emotions]] when the party meets her. It's quickly discovered that her emotionlessness results from the Cruxis Crystal experiments that were conducted on her; the party makes it their goal to cure her, since anyway the process can't be much different from the one employed to cure Colette.

Once she regains her personality, she tells her story to the party: [[spoiler:her mother had died when she was little, and her father, a lumberjack, had taken ill, so Presea had agreed to become an exsphere carrier in order to earn money for herself and her younger sister. Shortly after that, her sister Alicia had found employment as a [[Main/{{Meido}} maid]] and had left, but when the party tries to find Alicia, they discover she was killed by her master. Presea then swears to avenge her sister. Her plan is derailed when the party learns that Regal was Alicia's master -- and lover -- who had had no other choice but to kill her when she'd been turned into a monster as a result of the exsphere experiments]].

This revelation seals Presea's decision to keep on helping the party get the world rid of the Desians and the Cruxis, once she accepts [[spoiler:Regal is not responsible for what happened to her sister]].

Tropes associated with Presea:
* ActionGirl: Easily rivals Sheena in this department, and that's saying something.
* AnimeHair: Giant pink pigtails, to be precise.
* AdaptationalBadass: In the game, Presea is a MightyGlacier who generally walks right through attacks to get to her enemies. In the OVA, she's upgraded to a LightningBruiser who dodges BeamSpam in midair like a friggin' Gundam.
* AndIMustScream: Borderline, since she wasn't consciously aware of everything that went on. When you finally bring her out of her zombie state, she finally does... very loudly.
* AnAxeToGrind: She wields axes, some of which as are as large as she is.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Presea ''Combatir''[[note]]Pronounced "combateer"[[/note]]. Come on.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Her two [[LimitBreak Mystic Artes]] are notoriously difficult to execute, but her Crimson Devastation takes the cake. The move's power is unrivaled by anything else in the game; it's able to take off more than half of the health of some of the {{Bonus Boss}}es all by itself. The requirements to activate its are as follows:
-->Presea must have received her Key Crest in the storyline
-->Beast used 200+ times
-->Over Limit mode must be active
-->All party members except Presea must be knocked out
-->HP must be in red (below 16% of Max)
-->Perform the "Might Charge" EX-Skill, which activates at random
-->Use Beast when not in a combo
* BadassAdorable: The most diminutive party member is one of the toughest. Canonically, she's physically stronger than both Lloyd and Genis combined.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: When she confronts [[spoiler:Rodyle]], her mood can basically be summed up as "UnstoppableRage". Similarly, she threatens ''the Pope'' by holding her axe over his face.
* TheBigGuy: Physically, she's roughly the same size as Genis, and yet her physical strength more than dwarfs Lloyd's. [[spoiler:Regal is the only member of the team that's physically stronger.]]
* ComicallySerious: ''Especially'' in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Dawn of the New World.]]''
* CreepyChild: She has her moments, especially when threatening the Pope, killing Vharley and at one point she almost gets into a fight with Regal during Mithos' attempts to corrupt the party in Welgaia. (Lloyd snaps her out of it.)
* CuteBruiser: She's a twelve-year-old girl--um, sort of--with pink hair who wields a lumberjack axe.
* DishingOutDirt: About half of the attacks she learns are earth-elemental. It's also the only element she naturally learns.
* DropTheHammer: Can wield several of them, one being the [[LethalJokeWeapon Pow Hammer DX]].
* EmotionlessGirl: Has a monotone voice and complete lack of emotions when you first meet her. Which makes her entrance in the sequel even funnier. [[spoiler:She gets better after her Cruxis Crystal is removed]].
* EmptyShell: What she's pretty much being turned into due to the experiments. Once her Cruxis Crystal is fixed, this starts to fade. It's even a title Presea can acquire during the Nebilim sidequest.
* GirlishPigtails: They actually become important in a sidequest where she has to dress up as Videogame/{{Klonoa}}. They serve as her "ears."
* GlacierWaif: Has the highest Strength and Attack in the game, but only a two-hit basic combo and slow feet, effectively cementing her status as the party's MightyGlacier.
* HiddenDisdainReveal: In Welgaia, [[spoiler: Presea is by far the most susceptible to the illusions designed to break the party, revealing quite a lot of resentment at Regal for the MercyKill of Alicia. This is even foreshadowed at Alicia's grave when Presea says she will "try not to think of Regal as her enemy", but it's clear she hasn't forgiven him at that point.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The tiny girl of her association with Regal.
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: In the dungeon after Zelos' betrayal, the party fall victim to several traps that leaves Lloyd the last one left. Presea's trap involves her getting snared by vines when she opens the door to the exit. However, Presea still has an arm free and could have used the knife she always has on her belt to free herself. This is never brought up during that cutscene, nor any other time.]]
* InformedAttribute: Her resemblance with Alicia- they really don't have that much in common besides pink hair.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: It gets a bit better over the course of the game, but one scene in the Temple of Lightning has Lloyd asking [[spoiler:how to deactivate the traps. Sheena says some of the others from Mizuho did it for her since she was only a kid. When Lloyd asks if they can go ask them, Presea responds, [[BrutallyHonest "They are dead."]] Ouch.]]
* LethalChef: Never pointed out in any skit or cutscene, but her stats for cooking are on par with Raine's, who is a LethalChef in-universe. [[FridgeBrilliance Given she probably didn't require food while she was being used as an experiment for the Angelus Project, this makes sense.]]
* LittleMissBadass: Though the "little miss" part is not by choice.
* MightyGlacier: Physically the strongest character in the game, and is also the slowest, but is still built like a 12-year-old girl.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Until Lloyd and co came along, anyway. Presea reflects on this during a sidequest where she bumps into a little boy she used to babysit, who is all grown up and does not recognise Presea.
* OddFriendship: Develops one [[spoiler: with Corrine. She even gets a title out of it in a Z-skit.]] You can imagine how well that turned out [[spoiler:after Volt zaps Corrine to death]].
* ObliviousToLove: [[DoggedNiceGuy Poor Genis.]]
* OlderThanSheLooks: [[spoiler:Actually 28-years old but looks 12 due to the experiments performed on her. Once she's cured, her mind seems to swap between 12 years old and 28 years old, depending on the scene.]]
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: She's the pink girl to Genis and Regal's blue boys.
* TheResenter: To Regal, as revealed in her Welgaia scene. She eventually gets over it.
* RoboSpeak: She says phrases like "No damage detected" when you first meet her.
* SiblingYinYang: To Alicia.
* SpockSpeak: Her after-battle quotes are things like "we won" and "don't bother us."
* TheStoic: Prior to her Cruxis Crystal being removed, she barely says anything or shows any emotions at all. Even her in-battle portrait never changes. Even after the Cruxis Crystal is gone, she's still incredibly flat emotionally.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She grows quite sugary to the rest of the party, though she's still icy towards strangers.
* SuperStrength: As a result of [[spoiler:Cruxis Crystal Experimentaion.]]
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Happens after she starts relearning her emotions. She even says, "This unsettling this anger?"
* UnwittingPawn: To Vharley and Rodyle. She gets her revenge on them both.
* WaifFu: Naturally boasts this as a GlacierWaif.
* WhenSheSmiles: A particular point is made out of this after Colette is rescued from Rodyle.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler:After Ozette is destroyed, although ironically, Presea's house is the only building still intact.]]


[[folder:Zelos Wilder]]
!!'''Zelos Wilder'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/MasayaOnosaka (JP), Shiloh Strong (EN, ''Symphonia''), Creator/ChristopherCoreySmith (EN, ''Dawn of the New World'')

''"Whatever will be will be."''

Tethe'alla's 22-year-old [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]], Zelos has all the appearance of HandsomeLech, provides much of the comic relief in the second part of the game, and is generally the party's ButtMonkey. Among the aristocracy of Tethe'alla, he's extremely popular and a regular TheCasanova, and retains the [[FantasticRacism common prejudice]] against [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Elves]]. However, he also proves his practical nature by discarding said prejudice, based upon his own experience with the party; in the moments when he is serious, he regularly shows himself to be the most cynical member of the party, and one of the most observant, especially towards Sheena, whom it's implied he may have feelings for. [[spoiler:(Which is all but confirmed in the novel that comes with the special edition of Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles; he states he's "fine being friends with Sheena for now," but at some point wants to clear the air with Lloyd so he can actually make a move on her. And get over that pesky inferiority complex he seems to have towards Lloyd - which makes things difficult when the girl you're in love with loves the Main Hero that even you're fond of.)]]

[[spoiler:Later, it's revealed that Zelos' behaviour is mostly [[StepfordSmiler an act]] to cover an extreme self-loathing that stems from a horrific backstory: He was abandoned by his father at a young age and his mother was killed in front of him while she got caught in an assassination attempt for him, and her last words to him was that he never should have been born. Zelos' hatred for his position as the Chosen leads him to betray the party, hoping to gain a better life for his sister (in fact his half-sister, daughter of the woman who'd killed his mother, strictly guarded by the Church) and being done with his life (either by losing the title of the Chosen or by dying, he's not picky); whether the party fights him and kill him or doesn't depends on story choices.]]

[[spoiler:If you choose to fight him, he is slain in the battle and Kratos rejoins your party in his stead. If he doesn't die, he rejoins the party after saving each member from their HeroicSacrifice and reveals his betrayal was [[FakeDefector part of his plan]] to obtain the [[{{Phlebotinum}} aionis]] Lloyd needed to wield the Eternal Sword. From that moment on, he enjoys the party's full trust. He is alive and present for the sequel, revealing that this choice was canonical.]]

Tropes associated with Zelos:
* AntiHero: The most cynical of the party, even considering that he's supposed to be the Chosen One.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Zelos Wilder''.
* BerserkButton:
** He really hates when a child has to bear the burden of their parent's actions. In particular, how [[spoiler: Kratos acts towards Lloyd and how Lloyd has to fix the problems involving merging the worlds that Kratos is partially responsible for.]]
** His easygoing attitude totally vanishes when [[spoiler: Sheena offers to let Kuchinawa kill her in exchange for letting Lloyd and the others go]]. Zelos is notably pissed off and actually [[spoiler: drags Sheena through the Otherwordly Gate before she goes through with it]].
** He hates when people act like they're a tragic figure entitled to a private pity party. He outright calls Mithos on trying to play the part after everything horrible he's done and to Richter in DummiedOut content.
** In the sequel, bad mouthing Lloyd is a one-way ticket to his bad side.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Sheena. It's almost completely one-sided on his part, though: while Sheena does like him more than she lets on, she has absolutely no romantic interest in him.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He truly does care for Seles, even if he tries hiding it. Just watch the skit where he thinks she's following them and he insists she go home because she could get hurt. It's hinted he has a bit of this toward Presea as well, calling her "My cute little Presea."
* BigDamnHeroes: He's the one who saves the party from the various traps in [[spoiler: Welgaia. If he lives, that is.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Which he's all too happy to exploit in-universe.
* ButtMonkey: PlayedForLaughs... [[DarkAndTroubledPast until]] [[WhamEpisode it isn't]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: Clearly feels that [[spoiler:Lloyd should do this, regarding his father Kratos.]] Not surprising, considering his own situation with his parents.
* TheCasanova: His Personal ability allows him to flirt with female [=NPCs=] for free items. He even gets this as a title for flirting with all of the [=NPCs=] in the game.
* ChickMagnet: Even Princess Hilda of Tethe'alla seems to have a big crush on Zelos.
* ChivalrousPervert: He might endlessly mock and toy with Sheena, but he does have her best interests at heart. This is best seen after [[spoiler:Corrine dies saving Sheena from Volt]] in an optional skit. He's his usual joking self, which the rest of the party calls him a jerk for. Zelos says to himself that everyone walking on eggshells around Sheena is just going to make her feel worse.
* TheChosenOne: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], just like with Colette, from only a slightly different direction.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Plays Lloyd's group, Yggdrasill, and the Renegades against each other for his own benefit. He eventually side with Lloyd. [[spoiler:Unless you pick Kratos in Flanoir.]]
* ChurchMilitant: Subverted. For someone supposed to be on a MissionFromGod, he is ''notoriously'' bad at doing anything even remotely religious. As a matter of fact, he doesn't seem to like the Pope much. [[spoiler:Then again, [[SinisterMinister the Pope]] [[CorruptChurch is kind of a]] JerkAss.]]
* CulturalPosturing: As Sylvarant has fallen behind Tethe'alla on a technological and cultural level due to its loss of mana, Zelos regularly talks about how barbaric it is, often to the annoyance of Lloyd. Of course, beneath the teasing, he really, really hates the fact that Tethe'alla's prosperity comes from Sylvarant's decline.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He was born into a loveless marriage, witnessed his mother get murdered before his eyes by his father's mistress ''who then proceeded to tell him that she wished he had never been born'', watched helplessly as his half-sister (the only person he seems to care about) was locked up in an Abbey with no hope of release. And that was just the ''start'' of a spiral of events that lead to Zelos having a serious amount of self-loathing underneath his [[StepfordSmiler smiling exterior]].]]
* DeathSeeker: He ultimately thinks of himself as worthless. [[spoiler:Whether or not this mindset of his changes depends on the player's choices.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Not yet but he probably will be in a few decades, as a few lines of dialogue indicate that he intends to go on being a pervert for the rest of his life.
* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Goes SerialEscalation and becomes a ''triple'' agent for Cruxis, the Renegades, and Lloyd's party, eventually settling on either the first or last depending on the player's actions.]]
* ElementalPowers: See Kratos' entry.
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:At the final dungeon, complete with the hero's exclamations of disbelief.]]
* EvilAllAlong: Somewhere during the course of the journey, however, he eventually has a [[HeelFaceTurn change of heart]], so when he finally gets to [[spoiler:betraying the group, it's actually an act to ''help'' them, rather than what it would have been if he never decided to take Lloyd's side over Mithos']]. It's unknown at what specific time during the journey he made his decision to stay with Lloyd, but a good guess is after the scene in Flanoir. [[spoiler:If you talk to anyone except Kratos (which makes Zelos' FaceHeelTurn a fake one), Lloyd tells Zelos that he trusts him before they leave. If you talk to Kratos (which makes his FaceHeelTurn real), Lloyd instead asks Zelos if he can really trust him.]]
* FantasticRacism: Deconstructed. Zelos is fully aware that he's at least passively racist against half-elves thanks to his upbringing, but that doesn't stop him from hitting on Raine or joining Lloyd and the others to try and rescue her and Genis. He even pragmatically explains that he does realize that such attitudes are unfounded, and that half-elves are no different from anyone else after traveling with the party for a long enough time. It even results in a major PetTheDog moment from Zelos during a sidequest when he lets Kate stay at his mansion (in his bed, no less), despite her status as not only a half-elf but [[spoiler: the Pope's]] daughter.
* {{Foil}}
** To Lloyd and/or Colette. If you stripped him of his womanizer aspects, he's actually a lot like Lloyd with a ''heavy'' dose of cynicism. He is also a contrasting take on the damage to self-worth that the Chosen system can cause compared to Colette's experience.
** Less noted, but arguably [[spoiler:Mithos]] is another one that he shares a lot of contrasting traits. He's also willing to do ''anything'' for his sister [[spoiler:regardless of what she really wants]], has cynicism for thinking a destroyed world would be better, holds prejudices spurned by traumatic pasts, will manipulate and use people to get his way, is much more cutthroat than most of the party when dealing with enemies and holds onto grudges for longer too. However he's more willing to grow and change than [[spoiler:Mithos]], causing their different endings [[spoiler:at least if he lives.]]
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:In the storyline that doesn't kill him. He still betrays the party, but it's just a ruse to swipe a means for Lloyd to wield the Eternal Sword.]]
* TheGlomp: Does this to Lloyd often, much to his chagrin.
* GreenEyes: Reflecting his cynical, devious nature.
* HandsomeLech: Gorgeous, and also a pervy philanderer. [[spoiler:It's all an act, though. Well, mostly]].
* HeadbuttingHeroes: With Genis, referring to him mostly as "Brat".
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Done oddly; he constantly shifts allegiances but does so subtly enough that a first-time player probably won't notice. By the time his deception comes to light, he's settled on a side.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Lloyd, assuming you raise his affection levels to max. [[spoiler: More evident in the sequel.]]
* HiddenDepths: There's quite a bit BeneathTheMask. He outwardly shows a perverted flirty side, but he's actually extremely intelligent, especially with regards to people and their personalities. He also has a remarkable insight into Tethe'alla's social structure and the accompanying problems, and knows far more about the nature of the Church of Martel than he lets on. And that's not even getting into his seriously DarkAndTroubledPast.
* IdiotHair: It was there from the beginning, but Zelos's unique hair wasn't consistently drawn between official materials until the OVA's came out, after which it became much more obvious that there's a thick strand that stands out from the rest of his hair. It's especially noticeable during his childhood years when he didn't wear a headband.
* IFightForTheStrongestSide: When asked which side he wants to fight for, his answer is "the one that's likely to win." Though he also admits immediately after that, if push came to shove, he'd want to help both worlds.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Lloyd is the main target of Zelos' teasing, but Zelos also greatly envies Lloyd's idealism and willpower.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Even moreso than Colette. While she gets a lot of physical trauma in her journey, Zelos by far gets the most emotional baggage.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: He seems to act this way towards Sheena in a conflicted manner, as he is clearly irritated by her crush on Lloyd but at the same time repeatedly attempts to nudge her towards him. He is also this way familially towards his sister, big-time, because a good portion of motivation for his actions stem from his desire to give her a better life. Unfortunately, in both cases he does so without showing any of his intentions and deliberately behaves abhorrently, which only serves to push them both away from him.
* JerkassFacade: His brutal honesty comes off as just being a jerk at first, but he's actually giving people hard truths that they have to face regardless. He really needs to work on his delivery, though.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He might let people hate him, but his PetTheDog moments shows he's actually thought about the consequences of his actions.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:If you choose to fight him, his FaceHeelTurn is real, and he dies after a boss battle with him.]]
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Oh, most definitely.
* LovableSexManiac: He even gets a special title for flirting with every female NPC in the game.
* LovableTraitor: [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted; he betrays the party with a smile on his face, but abruptly stops being loveable. However, in the canonical path, he turns out to be a FakeDefector, and the party welcomes him back with open arms.]]
* MagicKnight: Just like Kratos, though he can be a bit more magical than knightly with the right build.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:He's ''surprisingly'' devious.]]
* MeaningfulName: in mythology, the individuals known as Zelos, Kratos, and Nike (the latter of whom Colette derives her name from), are siblings.
* MeaningfulEcho: Happens in the Tower of Salvation, Zelos repeats his "I side with the strongest" phrase in a way that supposed to make you think he's serious. However, it's actually a DoubleSubversion. [[spoiler: In context, it seems like he's telling the party he sold them out to Cruxis a long time ago. However, right before he said it, he tells Lloyd "remember what I said in Flanoir?" What he said in Flanoir was not "I side with the strongest" but "put your faith in me," which was a subtle hint that he's really a FakeDefector. That line is very conspicuously omitted in the paths when he defects for real.]]
* MessianicArchetype: Subverted. As the Chosen of his land, this is what he's ''intended'' to be. He... [[MrViceGuy doesn't particularly follow it through, however]].
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: In the path where he dies, it's implied that he decides to betray the party for real because he felt that he could never completely earn their trust. The skit that plays afterwards shows that the party is ''extremely'' guilty about this.]]
* MrViceGuy: You get one guess as to his vice. ''One.'' (It's {{Lust}}.)
* MultipleEndings: [[spoiler: When people say the game has several endings, they're not referring to the ships. Any route where Zelos survives is canon]].
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Has this attitude towards Lloyd and Genis in the beginning. Lloyd earns his respect and grows out of it. Genis... not quite so much.
* TheNicknamer: According to him, Genis is "Brat", Raine is "My intellectual hunny", Colette is "Little Angel Beauty", Sheena is alternately "my voluptuous hunny" or "Violent Demonic Banshee", Presea is "Rosebud", Regal is "Old Man" or "Pops", and Lloyd is "Hey You" and later "Bud". Originally, he referred to Lloyd as "[[HoYay Hunny]]" in the Japanese version.
* NotInTheFace: One of the lines he blurts out when hit in combat.
* NotSoDifferent: From Colette -- [[spoiler:They both hide their insecurities behind their smiles, all the while insisting that nothing is wrong, which tends to result in terrible consequences later. In Zelos' case, this leads him to think that the party doesn't trust him and he's just as worthless as he's grown up believing himself to be, and depending on who Lloyd chooses, Zelos will either accept the fact that he can't be trusted or allow himself to believe in his comrades and their goals.]]
* OddCouple: In the Tales meta-verse, Zelos co-hosts the officially created Tales character talk-show with [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Jade]]. They play off each other surprisingly well.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Zelos is highly intelligent, skilled at manipulation, [[spoiler:and has severe self-loathing stemming from some ''severe'' ParentalAbandonment, not to mention being [[XanatosSpeedChess a triple agent who's playing the party, Cruxis, and the Renegades against each other to ensure he's got a shot of joining whoever's the victors]]]]. He hides all of this under a facade of being a happy-go-lucky HandsomeLech who seems to have made it his life's mission to hit on every female in existence and antagonize [[{{Tsundere}} Sheena]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Zelos drops his HandsomeLech attitude and gets genuinely pissed, you ''know'' the situation is serious. A great example is Sheena's attempted HeroicSacrifice at the Otherwordly Gate.
--->'''Zelos''': You've gotta be kidding me! Enough of this, Sheena!
** If any member of the party younger than him falls in battle, Zelos will sometimes respond with an outraged, "How could you do that?!"
* PaperThinDisguise: Apparently, just wearing a mask prevents the girls from recognizing him.
* ParentalAbandonment: Holy ''crap''. Even in a game that loves to kill off mothers like it's going out of style, Zelos is the worst of the lot. [[spoiler:His mother's final words to him being "you should have never been born" really don't help.]]
* PetTheDog: Zelos may be prejudiced against half-elves due to his upbringing, but he sympathizes with them, even letting Kate stay at his manor. He also sympathizes with Genis and Raine for the crap they get for being half elves, since they didn't ask to be born.
** He teases Sheena, but when he does it in one skit after [[spoiler: Corrine's death]], [[WhatTheHellHero the party call him out]] on this and leave. Zelos then says Sheena will never snap out of her depression if everyone is walking on eggshells around her.
** One sidequest for Zelos has the group stumble on a street kid in Sybak who has lost his mother. Every building you try to enter refuses to let him in because he's dirty. When the mother shows up and apologises to the party, Zelos gives her a job as a maid in his manor. [[ThinkNothingOfIt He brushes this off]] when Lloyd points out it was a nice thing to do, saying it was just because she was pretty, but he was under no obligation to help and did it anyway.
* ThePornomancer: A PG version. No matter who he flirts with, where, or when, they will instantly love him enough to ''give him money.'' It can't even be explained by his excuse that women only like him because he's the Chosen, since this skill works in Sylvarant as well.
* PowerOfTrust: Lloyd telling Zelos he trusts him makes the difference between [[spoiler:Zelos being a FakeDefector who helps the party escape the Tower of Salvation's death traps and obtains the final item they need for the Eternal Ring, or truly defecting in the hopes of dying and escaping his destiny.]] Leads to UndyingLoyalty in the second game; Zelos has absolute faith in Lloyd's innocence when the latter is accused of leading the Blood Purge in Palmacosta. Compare that to the other party members who, at best, are searching for Lloyd to find out the truth (Colette); or, at worst, suspect Lloyd may have pulled a FaceHeelTurn and become a WellIntentionedExtremist like Yggdrasil (Raine). [[spoiler: Turns out Zelos was right all along, and will even unmask the doppelganger responsible [[ButThouMust if the player fails to do so.]]]]
* RaisedAsAHost: [[spoiler:Same deal as Colette, with the added stress that his parents only got together because Cruxis told them to and didn't even like each other.]]
* RapunzelHair: His reaches his waist.
* RealMenWearPink: His default outfit is white and pink.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: He plays up the ditzy playboy angle because he knows that being the the Chosen paints a huge target on his back for nobles who want to kill or manipulate him. The only one who isn't fooled is the Pope, because Zelos intentionally gets in his way.
* SadClown: He doesn't take anything seriously and is constantly cracking jokes. As it turns it, it's because he thinks that he's worthless and his life has no meaning.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He's not above using his status as the Chosen to get what he wants, though it's usually in the party's best interest, such as managing to get a Key Crest from a stingy vendor in Sybak.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: In the dub, he tends to use the odd American slang term here and there (such as referring to Ozette as "out in the boondocks"). While colloquialisms are most definitely in-character for him, Commonwealth English speakers did have to look the odd thing up.
* ShadowArchetype: To Colette. The title of Chosen means that neither of the two value their lives as much as they should, and they both become {{Stepford Smiler}}s as a result. While Collette has a huge martyr complex that makes her accept unnecessary suffering for the sake of others, Zelos tries his best to avoid his responsibilities as the Chosen and squeeze as much superficial pleasure from life as possible. His relationship with Sheena is also the polar opposite of Colette's with Lloyd.
* SirSwearsALot: He's definitely got the coarsest language in the group, even in his battle quotes. Not quite as intense as most examples; the most vulgar he gets is calling Kratos an S.O.B.
* SomethingAboutARose: If he is in his formal wear costume, there is a chance that in battle his weapon will be a bouquet of roses.
* StepfordSmiler: Underneath that cheerful exposure, Zelos has some incredibly deep emotional scars.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:His betrayal (if he goes through with it) and subsequent death at the hands of the rest of the party can be seen as this. He even asks the party to destroy his Cruxis Crystal before he dies.]]
* SuperhumanTransfusion: Zelos was given transfusions of Elven blood by the laboratories of Sybak so he could use magic. [[spoiler: Subverted. He actually was made to ingest aonis powder.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: His equipment and combat techniques all match those of Kratos, though Zelos favors showier swordsmanship with lots of poses and pirouettes.
* TroubledSympatheticBigot: His dislike of half-elves stems from a very traumatic event in his childhood. Even so, he directly opposes the laws that discriminate against half-elves, and is far kinder to Genis and Raine that his prejudice would suggest.
* UndyingLoyalty: In the sequel, Zelos has this towards Lloyd; no matter what happens, he know Lloyd didn't do anything that he's been accused of. He's definitely come a long way.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Sheena. See also the entry for this trope under her.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes It's not explicitly mentioned and he handles himself well in Flanoir, but it's mentioned that whenever it snows in Meltokio, Zelos will suddenly decide to go "on a pilgrimage". [[spoiler: This is because [[SnowMeansDeath it was snowing the night his mother was murdered in front of him]], so he likely can't stand being around it, at least in Meltokio.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: He often denounces Kratos' traitorous actions, which implies he views his own actions as contemptible. In the manga this is outright confirmed, when after complaining about how much Kratos pisses him off for using a bunch of kids for his own gain, Zelos depressingly concedes that he himself is no better.]]
* YouCantFightFate: The entire reason behind his actions is to compromise with it.


[[folder:Regal Bryant]]
!!'''Regal Bryant'''
!!!Voiced by: Creator/AkioOhtsuka (JP), Creator/CrispinFreeman (EN, ''Symphonia''), Creator/DaveWittenberg (EN, ''Dawn of the New World'')

A mysterious convict who is first sent after the party but defects to join them once he catches sight of Presea, Regal is extremely discreet about his past and [[WithMyHandsTied refuses to take off his shackles]] -- they are the symbol of the sin he committed and [[TheAtoner which he has to atone for]]. [[spoiler:He killed his [[Main/{{Meido}} lover]], Presea's sister, when she was turned into a monster by the Exphere experiments that Cruxis performed on her, and cannot forgive himself.]]

Regal is able to focus his efforts towards the fight against the Desians and the Cruxis after his centric sidequest, in which [[spoiler:Alicia, whose soul was retained in the exsphere Regal had been unable to discard, is finally able to tell him she doesn't hold him responsible for what happened to her.]] However, he retains his peculiar fighting style, [[TechnicalPacifist refusing to kill anyone]] with the hands that have already done so much harm.

Tropes associated with Regal:
* AdaptationalBadass: In the [=OVAs=], he's one of the most competent combatants once he joins.
* ArmedLegs: His weapon of choice are bracers for his legs. He's more than capable of fighting with his hands, but refuses to.
* TheAtoner: Almost an ExaggeratedTrope. [[spoiler:Once you get to the flashbacks, you find out that Alicia, in her few lucid moments post-transformation, ''begged'' him to kill her. While the obvious emotional trauma of having to kill your girlfriend should not be discounted, boyfriend-assisted suicide is a slightly different case than murder.]] Possibly deconstructed, in that [[spoiler:his personal flaw that he must come to terms with in Welgaia is being weighed down by his feelings of guilt]].
* BareFistedMonk: Well, bare-footed, but same idea.
* BareYourMidriff: A rare male example that comes from the prisoner's outfit he's placed in.
* BigBrotherMentor: Lampshaded when Lloyd and Regal state their bond is like that of siblings, with Regal in particular having come to view Lloyd as a younger brother. Regal is also one to Emil and Marta in the sequel, though it's a mix of big brother and father figure for Emil. With Emil, Regal believes in and encourages him to see his good qualities and gives him support and with Marta he gives advice when she asks for it.
* BlowYouAway: Learns a few wind-based techs.
* BlueOni: To Lloyd's red.
* ChainedByFashion: He's always wearing handcuffs as a symbol of what he's done. Even in the sequel, where his hands aren't chained together anymore, he still keeps the cuffs themselves on his wrists.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: [[spoiler: It is revealed that Regal's skill with hand- and arm-based martial arts is ridiculously high--when he used his hands actively, he was at least as powerful as everyone else in the party, ''without an Exsphere.'' Even now, after having kept his arms bound by shackles for a decade, an Exsphere gives him the physical strength to perform a Hadoken-esque attack, breaking through the bars that otherwise kept everyone else in the party well and truly trapped--magic users included.]]
* ChefOfIron: He's the best natural cook in the game, and the easiest to master all the recipes with.
* TheComicallySerious: Much humor is made at his stoic expense in the skits.
* CookingDuel: In a side quest, to unlock a secret outfit.
* CombatMedic: A primarily melee fighter with some healing capabilities.
* CoolOldGuy: The oldest party member who isn't ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
* DifficultButAwesome: He's considered by many to be the second best character in the game. He's also one of the more unwieldy (having controls reminiscent of a fighting game in this non-fighting game).
* EasilyForgiven:
** The party accept him into the group quite quickly. Only Genis and Sheena seem to have reservations about allowing a convicted criminal into the group, and Sheena admits she also started off as the enemy.
** Regal has this attitude towards [[spoiler:his butler, George, who was the one who split himself and Alicia up in the first place, allowing her to fall into Vharley's hands.]]
** [[spoiler:Averted with Presea. She says she'll try not to hate Regal, but it's made clear in Welgaia that she still bears a grudge for killing Alicia. Lloyd eventually talks her out of this mindset.]]
* ExactWords: He will never fight with his hands again. [[spoiler:Hadoken-ing prison cells and giant boulders doesn't count as fighting.]]
* ExtremityExtremist: He only fights with his feet [[spoiler:because TheseHandsHaveKilled]].
* GeniusBruiser: He's the CEO of his own company. You don't get to be the boss by being stupid. He's also rather well-versed in Tethe'alla's history, which pairs him up quite nicely with Raine.
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler:His role in Alicia's death hit him really hard.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The huge guy of his association with Presea.
* IAmNotLeftHanded [[spoiler:Or rather, I do not specialize in foot-based martial arts.]]
* {{Kamehamehadoken}}: Used only in a cutscene (rightfully so! It looks like it would be a real GameBreaker). The in-universe explanation is that he used to specialize in fighting with his hands and they grew so powerful that, once augmented with an Exsphere, he could unleash their physical hitting-things power as a beam, but after that, his FreudianExcuse happened and he vowed never to use his hands for violence again. He makes an exception for the one scene where he uses it because he's not hurting anybody, unless it turns out those jail cells were sentient. Gotta hand it to the guy, at least he keeps his word.
* MayDecemberRomance: Subverted. The game was very, ''very'' vague on the age difference between himself and Alicia; leading most fans to conclude this, especially as Alicia is very young-looking with a chubby face. The animated adaptation cleared up the whole matter up. The page for this trope has the full details but the long and the short is that Regal was seventeen and Alicia somewhere in her mid-teens but having Alicia characterized with a faux-child voice and Regal played by the deep-voiced, ultra-manly Creator/AkioOhtsuka lead back to this trope.
* NiceGuy: Even when the party regards him with outright suspicion and hostility initially, he's nothing but polite and friendly and is a good person overall. [[AndZoidberg Except to Zelos, that is.]]
* OutOfFocus: Regal is the only party member (except for Zelos) the player can go the entire game without using and who has no Unison attacks until [[UpdatedRerelease the PS2 version]], makes nothing more then a few token lines after [[spoiler:visiting the rooftop grave]]. Interestingly, he is fully aware of this, and has himself stated that he sticks around just to support Lloyd. ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Dawn Of The New World]]'' seems to try and make up for this by making him the GuestStarPartyMember that sticks with Emil and Marta the longest.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: In regards to hair colors, with Presea.
* PowerLimiter: Regal wears those handcuffs as [[StakingTheLovedOne "a symbol of his crime"]] and as [[TheAtoner "a constant reminder of his sins"]], but they also function as this (see {{Kamehamehadoken}} above). One fan theory is that he rescued ''himself'' from the endless waves of angels in the Tower of Salvation by removing his shackles off-screen and tearing up the their shit with his bare hands.
* RatedMForManly: Lampshaded and PlayedForLaughs with his "[[TestosteronePoisoning Testosterone]]" title, obtained by having four men fight in the party.
* RealMenWearPink: Can tear enemies apart using nothing but his FEET and is the team's best chef. Oh, and he wears a [[BareYourMidriff belly shirt]].
* ShipTease: With Raine in the sequel. It's PlayedForLaughs, since the "love letter" she gives him is actually just [[spoiler: her theory about Emil's true identity.]] It doesn't stop Marta from shipping them anyway.
* SupremeChef / TeamChef: Along with Genis. Unlike Genis, who learned to cook out of necessity, Regal just does it as a hobby.
* TeamDad: [[spoiler:After Kratos leaves the group.]] He's definitely this for Emil and Marta in [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld the sequel]], which Emil even comments on.
* TechnicalPacifist: Downplayed: he refuses to kill using his hands, so he uses his feet instead. He still doesn't like killing, even when his opponents are just monsters, and always prays for the souls of any creature he kills.
* UnequalPairing: [[spoiler:With Alicia, his servant, which may be why George had them separated]].
* UseYourHead: In the 5th {{OVA}} bonus, Regal decides not to fight with his legs anymore - instead using his ''head'' - because he blames himself for [[spoiler:the death of Corrine.]] He promptly and randomly skull bashes Zelos.
* WillfullyWeak: He's much weaker with his feet than he is with his hands. Keep in mind that "much weaker" still means that he's able to fight on even footing with Lloyd and the others; if he were to actually fight with his hands, he would be literally unstoppable. He refuses to fight with his hands, though.
* WithMyHandsTied: Regal's fighting style is based around using his feet only, since [[spoiler:he killed his lover with his hands]] and therefore vowed never to kill with his hands again.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: And of course he fell in love with a woman with pink hair.
* YouShallNotPass: Said word for word to block a group of angels from descending on the party.



!! [[spoiler:Mithos]] '''Yggdrasill'''
!!! Voiced by: Creator/HideyukiTanaka (JP), Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor (EN)
!!! [[spoiler:Mithos voiced by: Creator/MinamiTakayama (JP), Creator/BrianneSiddall (EN)]]

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Yggdrasill is the leader of Cruxis and the Desians, a self-righteous antagonist who has the world under his spell. [[spoiler:But he's also Mithos, the young half-elf the heroes "rescued" from a burning village - who becomes Genis' first half-elf friend, who worries for Raine when she looks tired, who makes jokes at Zelos' expense like everybody else... until he [[TheReveal reveals himself to the party]] when one of his most trusted lieutenants, one of [[TrueCompanions his companions from 4000 years sooner]], proves himself to be a traitor.]]

[[spoiler:4000 years before Lloyd swore he would save both worlds, a young half-elf named Mithos stopped the war and watched his sister Martel be killed by a human. He managed to keep her soul from disappearing, keeping it in the Seed of the Giant Tree, source of all mana, and swore to fulfill her dream: a world without discrimination. An admirable goal, but his plan to do such a thing involved forcing millions of people to suffer and die to create Exspheres, which he would then use to turn everybody into a lifeless being, with the justification that if everyone were the same, discrimination would stop. While he was doing this, he also tried to breed a vessel with the same Mana signature as Martel to resurrect her by creating the Chosen Ones and arranging marriages to selectively breed for the best possible match to Martel's mana signature. Until the age free of discrimination could come, he separated the world in two, allowing them to both survive without the Giant Kharlan Tree providing mana, and preventing Magitek technology from coming into being to preserve mana.]]

[[spoiler:By the end of the game, he's been betrayed by all and rebuked by the soul of Martel herself. His final decision is to be destroyed rather than suffer [[AndIMustScream the same fate as other Exsphere victims]]; his final words are that, given the chance, he would make the same choices over again.]]

Tropes associated with him:
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: He ''looks'' the part. Sure doesn't ''act'' the part.
* AGodAmI: Subverted, as he has godlike power but never develops the full-on complex. In the end, he still views himself as a half-elf who's just trying to make the world a better place... [[WellIntentionedExtremist through some extremely questionable means]].
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's THE strongest enemy in the game barring a couple [[BonusBoss BonusBosses]].
* BadassAdorable: [[spoiler:Both stages of the FinalBoss are him alone versus the party.]]
* BeamSpam: The [=PS2=] version of the game onward gave his Yggdrassill form the "Yggdrassill Laser" move, which he likes to spam in the third battle, a lot. Coupled with his Outburst arte and he really starts to seem like a [[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Dhaos]] clone, gameplay-wise.
* BigBad: Of the first game.
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Especially from Genis' point of view.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: His adult form is rather pretty.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:What turned him into a villain was his sister Martel dying.]]
* ClippedWingAngel: [[spoiler:In a meta-sense. Despite being much more physically imposing, his second form is universally considered easier than the first.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He and his sister were the victims of a lot of overt racism due to being half-elves.]]
* DarkMessiah: He sets himself up as this, believing that everything he has done is necessary in order to save the world from its inevitable destruction. Judging from what happens in the sequel and VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia, he's not entirely wrong.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:During a skit, he actively questions his goals and says that if he is wrong, then he has no reason to continue living.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Martel being murdered. Doubles as his StartOfDarkness. He becomes disillusioned with the idea of voluntary coexistence after this, and believes that the only way humans, elves, and half-elves will ever get along is if the differences between them are artificially removed and they all become emotionless, lifeless beings.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed. In fact, it's treated as his FatalFlaw. He never, ever gives up, and will do anything to save his sister. Unfortunately for the rest of the two worlds, we do mean ''anything''. [[spoiler:Including splitting the world asunder, getting countless people killed and trying to force everyone to become lifeless beings to end the discrimination that killed Martel.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: The fact that his [[spoiler:younger self]] is voiced by a female actress doesn't help matters.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:After the final boss battle, his Cruxis Crystal is destroyed before his consciousness fades.]]
* EvilLaugh: Has a rather unnerving one when [[spoiler:his child Mithos form is revealed as the BigBad and starts kicking Yuan around for betraying him.]]
* EvilLuddite:[[spoiler: His World Prolongation Plan involves keeping the world in a MedievalStasis, because he believes that the development of technology inevitably leads to wars that waste resources. Unlike most Evil Luddites, he has no qualms about using technology himself.]]
* TheExtremistWasRight: [[spoiler:One part of his plan, the splitting of the world in two and putting a limiter on mana flow, genuinely worked as far as it prevented new {{magitek}} wars. As ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' reveals, a renewed free flow of mana led to the proliferation of {{magitek}} weapons, another Mana Cannon, and another war that destroyed civilization a few centuries after the game ends. Incidentally ''TalesOfPhantasia'''s storyline involves the creation of yet ''another'' Mana Cannon [[HistoryRepeats that ends up damaging the new Tree of Mana]]...]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Was once idealistic and, like Lloyd, believed the factions of the ancient war could live in peace. Everything changed when Martel died]].
* FantasticRacism: First a victim, then a perpetrator. The party comment on how he might have been a victim, but, as Zelos says, "it doesn't even come close to justifying all the things [he's] done."
* FinalBoss: Though he's fought several times before then, this is the only time it's not a HopelessBossFight.
* GetItOverWith: [[spoiler:Asks Lloyd to destroy his Cruxis Crystal so he won't be taken over by it. He admits defeat but refuses to accept Lloyd's ideas to the end.]]
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Yggdrassil's primary goal is to use a suitable Chosen as a host body for his sister's mind.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: And the discrimination he received because of it changed the entire world.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[spoiler:He was famed as a hero during the Kharlan War, before becoming a FallenHero]].
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler:The first two times you meet him. The first ends after he virtually one-shots your party, the second ends after a certain amount of time.]]
* HumansAreBastards: His primary belief.
* IgnoredEpiphany: [[spoiler:When Martel briefly possesses Colette and gives Mithos as massive WhatTheHellHero speech, he chooses to interpret it ''entirely'' differently from how Martel actually meant it.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Killing Pronyma, while she begged him to save her after being defeated by Lloyd and Co.]]
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: ''Hoo boy''. He does everything for the sake of Martel. She's not impressed.
* LightIsNotGood: He's an angel and uses some light-based techniques like Judgment, Holy Lance, and Prism Sword, but he's the main villain.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Sibling love, though, to be exact. Unless you [[BrotherSisterIncest read too much into it]].]]
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:He's the leader of both Cruxis and the Desians.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:In his "Mithos" guise.]]
* NecessaryEvil: [[spoiler:Him dividing the world into two with the Eternal Sword was definitely this, since as bad as the situation with the two worlds was, they would die without the Kharlan Tree if they were one. He argues keeping them this way prevents another Kharlan War.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:From Lloyd and Genis. He's a Determinator like Lloyd, and hates humans like Genis. But the difference is that they're both fundamentally good people down inside. Mithos is anything but.]]
* OlderAlterEgo: [[spoiler:He used the Cruxis Crystal to give him an adult form so he would have "an appearance befitting the leader of Cruxis."]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:An amalgamation of three mecha-like mini-bosses from Welgaia; reflecting his inability to accept others, come to terms with the past, or forgive people.]]
* PlayingTheVictimCard: He tries this on the party right before the FinalBoss fight. Mithos calls himself the victim for all the racism that he and his sister suffered, and that his solution would still work. The party doesn't buy it for a minute, with Zelos in particular saying "it doesn't even come close to justifying all the things you've done."
* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler:Martel's death drove him so completely over the edge that, for all of his power and intelligence, he never really grew up mentally.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Like the rest of his companions.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:When Martel shoots down his AssimilationPlot, he decides to just take her and Derris-Kharlan and fuck off to space. Unfortunately, taking the giant mana source that is Derris-Kharlan with him would doom both worlds, so the heroes still have to stop him.]]
* ShutUpKirk: "Do you think I'm going to beg for forgiveness? Ridiculous!"
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:To Lloyd. He even says as much.]]
-->[[spoiler: "Farewell, my shadow, you who stand at the end of the path I chose not to follow." ]]
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Pushes Tabatha out of the way of a landslide (as Mithos), and takes a shot of dark energy Pronyma aims at Genis (as Yggdrasill). It's implied he resents Tabatha for being a "failed vessel" that couldn't accept Martel's soul (which he in fact outright says when Raine calls him out for hurting her) but her uncanny resemblence to Martel could be why he saved her. As for Genis, the game basically states that Genis was exactly like Mithos once was, and since Genis and Mithos became friends after the group "found" him in Ozette, it's possible Yggdrasill felt genuine kinship towards Genis, or was trying to persuade Genis to pull a FaceHeelTurn.]]
* TeleportSpam: This is why his first form is considered harder than his second. He does it in both of his {{Hopeless Boss Fight}}s, too.
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:Only his former comrades are allowed to call him "Mithos". Interestingly enough, this may extend to Lloyd and Co., since he wasn't seen to have any specific problem with any of them calling him by his old name.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: [[spoiler:Subverted. It's implied that Kratos ''did'' want to help him but it either didn't work, or Mithos didn't let him.]]
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:What he thinks of himself and Martel once this happens. For Martel, this works. For himself... not so much.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler:Was revealed to be a lot like Lloyd and Genis (if a bit of a brat towards Yuan) as a kid in the anime and the manga. [[DespairEventHorizon And then Martel was murdered...]]]]
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: How he justifies the things he's done. No one buys it. [[spoiler:Not even Martel after she briefly resurrects.]]
* VillainDecay: A deliberately invoked and justified by-product of this. [[spoiler:After Martel rejects his plan, he basically decides to abandon the world and build a new life for himself and his sister on Derris-Kharlan.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: After [[spoiler:Martel rejects his plan]]. Complete with LaughingMad.
* VocalDissonance: It is ''very jarring'' hearing [[spoiler: Mithos' voice]] coming out of his mouth.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Shifts between the tall, intimidating angel Yggdrasill and [[spoiler:the young, innocent-seeming Mithos.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Learning more about him turns the entire second half of the game on its ear.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Everything he did was for the sake of creating a world where he and his sister could leave free of discrimination. Until he undergoes his VillainousBreakdown and goes '''batshit insane'''.]]
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises[=/=]UhOhEyes: [[spoiler:During his VillainousBreakdown in the anime. [[ Take a look]].]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: It's hard not to feel sorry for him after all that's happened to him, but he loses any sympathy he might have gained after all of his horrific actions. The party even says as much before their final battle.
* WorthyOpponent: Eventually comes to regard Lloyd as one. The respect is mutual.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:For Martel, though in a more familial love kind of way. Again, unless you [[BrotherSisterIncest read too much into it]].]]

[[folder:The Five Grand Cardinals]]

The five leaders of the Desians.

Tropes associated with the Grand Cardinals:

* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: Zigzagged. They are the strongest of the Desians, except for Rodyle, who is a DirtyCoward. However, it is implied that Forcystus is actually stronger than Pronyma, but she is the leader due to some off-screen plotting.
* FantasticRacism: They all hate humans, and some of them even hate elves. See FreudianExcuse.
* FlunkyBoss: Tend to have a few minions fighting alongside them, except for the first battle with Pronyma, Magnius, and Rodyle.
* FreudianExcuse: Half-elves are abused by humans to a horrifying degree, leading them to hate humans. Then Cruxis promotes them to positions of power over captive humans. As expected, they did not grow up to be nice and understanding about the trauma.
* MoralMyopia: None of them express or seem to notice any {{Irony}} over their [[MoralEventHorizon treatment]] of humans and how it seems similar to their own past treatment ''by'' humans.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: A much darker example than most, considering that each of them (except Pronyma) is in charge of their own concentration camp.

!!! Voiced by: Yuki Makishima (JP), Masasa Moyo (EN)

The leader of the Five Grand Cardinals and Yggdrassil's right hand.

Tropes associated with Pronyma:

* CastingAShadow: Most of her attacks are dark-based.
* DarkActionGirl: She's the only female of the Desian Grand Cardinals.
* DarkIsEvil: To contrast with the rest of Cruxis' LightIsNotGood.
* TheDragon: To Yggdrassil. Downplayed in that she is both much weaker than him and a ''distant'' second in his esteem compared to the Four Seraphim.
* EarlyBirdCameo: We first see her in Kvar's ranch as a hologram.
* ElementalPowers: Includes CastingAShadow, MakingASplash, and AnIcePerson.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: According to Kratos's spin-off novel. Despite her UndyingLoyalty to Yggdrasill, even she is disturbed by his increasing insanity, especially when he states that he doesn't care about the out-of-control world tree.
* IgnoredEnamouredUnderling: It's strongly implied Pronyma's UndyingLoyalty is because she's in love with Yggdrasill- she even threatens [[spoiler:[[HalfHumanHybrid Genis]]]] when the latter attacks Yggdrasill saying, "You may be one of us, but you will pay for your treachery!" Of course, Yggdrasill couldn't care less and only keeps her around because she's the strongest of the Cardinals.
* PeekABangs: Probably going for the "sultry and seductive" version.
* RecurringBoss: She's the only one of the Grand Cardinals you fight more than once. [[RuleOfThree Three times, actually.]]
* RescueRomance: Her one-sided love for Yggdrasill started when he saved her from being used as a living weapon.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Subverted; her thigh-length boots, leotard and ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow isn't what you'd call subtle, but she is constantly surrounded by a set of artificial bronze wings on a ring, which means most of the time you only ever see her face and possibly her feet.
* SheIsTheKing: [[TheCasanova Zelos]] is the only one that refers to her as "Lady Pronyma"; the others all call her "Lord Pronyma".
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: She detests Kratos for his human origins and because she blames his earlier betrayal for Yggdrasil's SanitySlippage.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: All of the other Desians resent her because she apparently usurped the leadership of the Five Grand Cardinals. Notably, Magnius' first instinct when he suspects that there's a traitor in their midst is to contact Forcystus rather than her.
* TheStarscream: It's implied that she was one to the previous leader, though she's completely loyal to Yggdrassil.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Yggdrasill. [[spoiler: Killia, her subordinate, has this to Pronyma, screaming her name when she gets defeated.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: She's trying to protect her people from discrimination by humans.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Turquoise Hair]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Mithos no longer cares about her after she's defeated by the heroes and Martel is about to be revived. In fact, he actually kills her himself when she calls him [[ThatManIsDead Mithos]] while begging for his help after being defeated by the party.]].


!!! Voiced by: Takahiro Yoshimizu (JP), Andre Sogliuzzo (EN)

The Grand Cardinal in charge of the Iselia Ranch.

Tropes associated with Forcystus:

* ArmCannon: It shoots out gusts of wind. He also uses it as sort of a giant metal club.
* ArtificialLimbs: His left arm has been replaced by a cannon. It is either this or a gauntlet-like accessory. Given that he's also lost his eye, it's probably the former.
* BlowYouAway: His attacks are wind-based and he's adept at wind magic.
* DiedStandingUp: Fades away while still standing.
* TheDragon: He appears to have the most authority among the Cardinals in charge of the ranches, making him this to Pronyma. It makes sense, considering he's in charge of the most important of the Human Ranches, and is the strongest of them all by far.
* EyepatchOfPower: It probably alludes to his past as a half-elven hero.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He put an end to a human-led genocide against half-elves in his past. He [[MoralMyopia doesn't seem to see any irony with his current situation]].
* KilledMidSentence: Not killed, just incapacitated by a [[spoiler:self destructing Marble]] when Lloyd says he won't give up his exsphere to the Desians that killed his mother, Forcystus actually seems surprised and says "What are you talking about, your mother was killed by..." before he's cut off.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By Lloyd.
* InformedAttribute: We learn nothing of, nor get a hint to the fact that Forcystus was a hero to half-elves everywhere until ''one'' skit shortly after he dies.
* KickTheDog: Transforming Marble into a monster just to spite Lloyd. When he learns of Kratos' betrayal, he yells that humans cannot be trusted and aims his arm cannon at [[DamselInDistress Chocolat]], making Colette push her out of the way.
* KnightTemplar: He started out just trying to protect his fellow half-elves. Now he does so many horrible things to defend them that he could qualify for Monsterdom if he had more screen time.
* MagicKnight: He splits the difference between Magnius and Kvar. While Magnius prefers physical strikes and Kvar exclusively uses magic, Forcystus fights with both with equal competence.
* MrExposition: Averted. When Forcystus is first introduced, he nearly drops two ''very'' big reveals in the game's first act. [[spoiler: Namely, the existence of the Renegades and that Lloyd's father is the one who killed his mother.]] However, he's interrupted both times, so we don't find them out later.
* NobleDemon: He's the only Grand Cardinal who ''doesn't'' go out of his way to provoke the village he's overlooking and honours the non-aggression treaty until he has reason to believe that Iselia has violated it. It's also discovered posthumously that he was a defender and champion of his people. That said, it's implied that the [[PragmaticVillainy real reason]] he didn't antagonize Iselia [[spoiler: was so that Colette could grow up unharmed to continue the ViciousCycle Yggdrasill has in motion.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Attempted, after being revealed to be NotQuiteDead.]]
* VillainHasAPoint: Despite how cruel and unnecessary his attack against Iselia was, he was completely correct that Lloyd violated the non-aggression treaty first, so he was simply retaliating. This is tempered by the fact that 1) Lloyd only killed about 3 Desians, while Forcystus led a massacre and 2) Lloyd [[spoiler: mistakenly, as it turns out]] believed that Forcystus violated the treaty first by attacking Colette.
* TooManyBelts: His undershirt is just a mass of belts (or belt-like straps, anyway).
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He is a hero to his people and comes off as a soldier fighting a racially-motivated war.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Praised by the Desians but reviled by the humans. Lloyd wonders whether he could have gotten along with him in a world where humans and half-elves could coexist.


!!! Voiced by: Creator/ShinjiKawada (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)

The leader of the Palmacosta Ranch.

Tropes associated with Magnius:

* AnAxeToGrind: His weapon of choice, and a damn big one.
* BloodKnight: He's the most violent of the Grand Cardinals. In stark contrast to Forcystus, who leaves his area alone unless provoked, he's more than willing to kill the citizens of Palmacosta with his bare hands.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's got the other Grand Cardinals beat in the volume department, that's for sure.
* TheBrute: When your EstablishingCharacterMoment is executing a teenage girl's mother and snapping a bystander's neck with your bare hands, you're probably this.
* DisproportionateRetribution: He snaps a guy's neck for not calling him "Lord Magnius".
* DumbMuscle: He's plenty strong, but he's not very smart. Rodyle manipulates him with a minimal amount of effort.
* DumbassHasAPoint: He calls out Lloyd in the Palmacosta Human Ranch when Lloyd declares the party will kill him and free the captives by pointing out how he failed to do just that in Iselia, and that several people died as a result.
* FieryRedhead: Literally and figuratively.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar over his eye.
* GroinAttack: When Magnius attacks Palmacosta, Lloyd's response is to deliver a swift [[SwordBeam Demon Fang]] to his crotch.
* HairTriggerTemper: In his very first scene, he's trying to kill at least 3 people, just because they mildly annoyed him. And the people of Palmacosta live in fear that one day he'll be in a bad mood and just destroy the city.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Seems to have shades of this towards Chocolat.
* LargeHam: His voice actor was obviously having a great deal of fun, especially with the word 'vermin'.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he realizes that Rodyle used him, he doesn't take it very well.
* NeckLift and NeckSnap: Does this to a random human who doesn't use his title.
* PlayingWithFire: His main element.
* SlouchOfVillainy: He's got a pretty impressive one going on when the party catches up with him in his ranch.
* SirSwearsALot: More prone to screaming and cursing than the other Cardinals. He actually doesn't swear quite as often as, say, Lloyd, but he seems to use the word "VERMIN!" in copious amounts to replace the swear words he would use otherwise.
* TheStarscream: He seeks to replace Pronyma as the leader of the Grand Cardinals.
* StupidEvil: It's ultimately PlayedForDrama. It's ''because'' he's so StupidEvil that Rodyle was able to manipulate him.
* UnwittingPawn: To Rodyle.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He seeks to protect his people from discrimination by humans by [[StupidEvil murderalising the crap out any of them who get in his way]]. Needless to say, he probably wasn't hired for his brains.


!!! Voiced by: Shigeru Ushiyama (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)

The leader of the Asgard Ranch.

Tropes associated with Kvar:

* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Comes off as ''very'' similar to Josef Mengele.
* ArchEnemy: For Lloyd and Kratos. For Lloyd, it's because he's responsible for his MissingMom. For Kratos, it's ''even more'' personal because [[spoiler:said MissingMom was his lover]].
* BodyHorror: Not him, personally, but [[spoiler:as the brains behind the Angelus project, he ''induced this'' in Lloyd's mother.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: His own underlings pull this on him. He's even considered the cruelest of the Five Grand Cardinals, which is ''really'' saying something.
* TheEvilGenius: One of two, Rodyle being the second. Rodyle appears to be the superior of the two.
* EyesAlwaysShut: His sprite has a perpetual squint. In the OVA, this is changed to having very narrow eyes with black sclera.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: He knows who Kratos is and the two seem to have a very, ''very'' bad history. ''Hrm''...
* ForTheEvulz & ForScience: Unlike the other Desians, Kvar doesn't seem to need much motivation to be a complete bastard.
* GoodHairEvilHair: He has slicked-back hair, which is a common hairstyle for bad guys.
* HilariousOuttakes: His voice actor [[ somehow managed to have this little gem slipped into the game's files]]...
* LackOfEmpathy: He casually [[spoiler: tells Lloyd about his father killing Anna with no change in tone or facial expression. He even seems amused when Lloyd gets angry.]]
* MadScientist: He seems to be responsible for the Desian's scientific research in Sylvarant. Which naturally means he kills humans by the dozen for the sake of science.
* PosthumousCharacter: Somewhat. [[spoiler: He's alive at the game's beginning but you don't find out ''quite'' how far the depths of his depravity go until after you've killed him.]]
* ShockAndAwe: He uses lightning magic as his weapon of choice.
* SmugSnake: You'll find yourself wanting to punch him in the face in every scene he's in.
* SquishyWizard: He relies on magic to a much greater extent than the other Grand Cardinals. His only physical attacks involve him ineptly bashing his opponent with his staff. That said, he's still a difficult boss.
* TheStarscream: Like Magnius, he seeks to replace Pronyma as the leader of the Grand Cardinals. May also be one to Yggdrasill, since he was involved with [[spoiler:Rodyle's plan to rebuild the Mana Cannon and use it against Cruxis. It's never stated exactly how much he knew about the plan, though but the game implies that Kvar and Rodyle were working rather closely together. Rodyle even refers to him as "Lord Kvar".]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: It sounds like a mix of Indian and an upper-class British accent.


!!! Voiced by: Creator/TakeshiAono (JP, game), Creator/BinShimada (JP, OVA), Creator/DaranNorris (EN)

The leader of the Remote Island Ranch and one of the main Desian researchers.

* ArcVillain: For the first half of the Tethe'alla portion of the game, he's the main antagonist.
* ArchEnemy: For Presea. And Regal to a somewhat lesser extent.
* BigBadWannabe: Plans to overthrow Yggdrassil. As far the player can tell, Yggdrassil doesn't take him for a threat [[spoiler: Mithos decided to go and let Lloyd and his friends deal with him as opposed to killing him himself.]]
* DirtyCoward: For the most part he runs rather than fights.
* DishingOutDirt: Most of his attacks are non-elemental, but the once that do have an element are Earth-based.
* DragonRider: Not in battle, but uses one as his main mode of transportation.
* EvilGenius: The second one after Kvar. Rodyle is apparently the superior of the two.
* GigglingVillain: Madly giggling is almost a second language for him.
* MadScientist: He's the one responsible for the Desians' Exsphere technology. Then, of course, is his hobby of human experimentation, which really messes with Presea's life.
* ManipulativeBastard: He's playing ''everybody'', from Lloyd's group to the other Desians to the Pope of the Church of Martel. [[spoiler: Ironically, he himself was manipulated by the Renegades into building the Mana Cannon, and Pronyma tricks him into killing himself by giving him a defective Cruxis Crystal.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:He mutates himself into an Exbelua when you fight him... [[UnwittingPawn albeit not willingly]].]]
* SmugSnake: Believes himself to be the cleverest of the Desian Grand Cardinals but ends up [[spoiler:being manipulated by the Renegades into building the Mana Cannon for them, as well as tricked by Pronyma, who gives him a Cruxis Crystal that [[BodyHorror turns him into an Exbelua when he equips it]].]]
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:He seeks to take over Cruxis.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:He fails, but manages to force Botta into a HeroicSacrifice]].


An Angel sent down from Cruxis to guide Colette on her Journey of Regeneration, Remiel is said to be Colette's true father and tells her of the locations of the seals in Sylvarant. [[spoiler: Or so we think...]]

Tropes associated with Remiel:

* AintTooProudToBeg: [[spoiler: He asks for Kratos' help after the party defeat him, but Kratos refuses.]]
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: When Lloyd protests about Colette being taken away, Remiel answers, "The Chosen's soul will save the world. Are you saying you would choose one soul over the entire world?"]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Colette, my daughter." [[spoiler: Invoked in-universe to make Colette trust him more.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: He's very feminine-looking and wears long, flowing robes.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler: What Remiel ''thinks'' he is- he only took the role of guide to Colette because he thought that Yggdrasill would then make him one of the Seraphim. But in the end, he was just another pawn to Yggdrasill.]]
* EvilLaugh: [[spoiler: Once he shows his true colors.]]
* EvilIsHammy: [[spoiler: His voice gets ''much'' deeper and more dramatic after he reveals he lied to everyone.]]
* GuardianAngel: Acts as this towards the group. Downplayed in that he only gives hints about where they need to go next, and gifts Colette with her angel powers. [[spoiler: And ultimately subverted, in that he's actually been lying to the party and facilitating Colette's death.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: He's not really an Angel, he's a half-elf that evolved using Cruxis Crystals.]]
* LightIsNotGood [[spoiler: He's the first taste of this trope that the party gets.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: To Colette.[[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope He's not.]] He just went along with it because it made him seem more trustworthy. He even calls Colette and Lloyd out on it, although Colette admits she guessed he was lying.]]
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler: Surprise! He's not really an Angel. One of the first big ones of the game.]]
* TranquilFury: At the second seal, he's ''really'' annoyed with Colette for some reason, but plays it off extremely well. It's not until TheReveal that we find out why: [[spoiler: He's angry because Colette's group destroyed the Palmacosta Ranch.]]
* WhamLine: Delivers one of the biggest in the entire game: "My daughter? [[spoiler: Don't make me laugh! When I came down here to play the role of guardian angel, you '''inferior beings''' started calling me that on your own.]]"



A ninja from Mizuho, Kuchinawa is a childhood friend of Sheena's and brother of Orochi. [[spoiler: It is revealed that Kuchinawa bears a huge grudge against Sheena for failing to make a pact with Volt, and he is actually working with the Pope and Vharley to try and capture the party. Eventually, he challenges Sheena to a duel and leaves Mizuho in disgrace.]]

Tropes associated with Kuchinawa:

* BadassBoast: When he finds the party at the Otherwordly Gate:
--->'''Raine''': [[spoiler: I'm positive Genis and I were left here when Genis was just a newborn...and we ended up in Sylvarant.]]
--->'''Kuchinawa''': Then this time, let me send you to hell instead!
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: He leaves Mizuho in disgrace after he loses to Sheena. It's implied by Orochi that he might change his ways.]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: To Vharley. And later to the Pope when Vharley is killed.]]
* EvilFormerFriend [[spoiler: Exactly when he became evil is unclear, but he starts working for the Pope right around the time Sheena makes her pact with Volt.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Subverted, he was only pretending to be on Sheena's side at first to plant a charm on Sheena, allowing the Papal Knights to keep tracking the party.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:He tries to finish himself off when Sheena beats him, but he's stopped by herself and Lloyd.]]
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: He blames Sheena for failing to control Volt, even though she was incredibly inexperienced at the time and couldn't understand Volt's language. He also bears anger towards her because she couldn't go through with killing Colette.]]
* NobleDemon: [[spoiler: He appears to agree when Sheena asks he spare the party in exchange for allowing him to kill her, although Zelos says the Papal Knights probably would have taken everyone else out, anyway.]] [[spoiler: He also returns the document containing important information of how to make a Rune Crest in exchange for Corrine's Bell, [[RevengeBeforeReason even if it directly helps the party]]. He agrees to fight Sheena alone in Mizuho, according to village customs.]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Like all of the other ninja in Mizuho.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Orochi's Blue. They even wear their respective Oni colours.
* TheResenter: [[spoiler: To Sheena. BIG TIME.]]
* SiblingYinYang: With Orochi. [[spoiler: Orochi never blamed Sheena for the Volt incident, and even congratulates her when she successfully makes a pact with him.]]
* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler: Not about Volt- that was a case of PoorCommunicationKills, but he is right in saying that Sheena's failure to kill Colette put Mizuho in danger.]]


!! '''Vharley'''

An exsphere broker, he is working with both The Pope and Rodyle to distribute exspheres around Tethe'alla.

Tropes associated with Vharley:

* AnimeHair: Sports a rather ridiculous-looking Mohawk.
* ArchEnemy: Both to Regal and Presea- it was Vharley who [[spoiler: was responsible for turning Alicia into a monster, then he had Regal sent to prison because Regal's gave Alicia a MercyKill, and then tried the same project on Presea and introduced her to Rodyle.]]
* TheCartel: A one-man version, considering that he's got the illegal exsphere market cornered. Doesn't sound like much, until you consider that Tethe'alla quite literally runs on exspheres.
* TheDragon: To both Rodyle and the Pope.
* FatBastard: The most rotund character in the game, and by far one of the worst.
* GutturalGrowler: It almost sounds like a very gruff whisper.
* LackOfEmpathy: Arguably one of the worst cases in the same (after perhaps Rodyle and Kvar), he taunts Regal over [[spoiler: Alicia's mutation]], completely doesn't care when the party kills Rodyle, his employer, because he still has the Pope to work with. [[spoiler: And he assists the Pope in obtaining some poison to assassinate the King of Tethe'alla. Luckily, Lloyd, Raine, Zelos and co put a stop to it.]]
* TheUnfought: The party run into him in the Meltokio sewers [[spoiler: at first, it looks like a fight will happen, but Presea promptly cuts him down with her axe.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's the middleman between Rodyle and The Pope, which allows the former to control Tethe'alla from behind the scenes and brings the latter ''dangerously'' close to ruling Tethe'alla in name.
* WouldHurtAChild: Has no problem [[spoiler: using a sixteen-year-old girl in horrific experiments, then tossing her aside when it fails and using her younger sister instead.]]


!Other Characters

A dog-like companion of Lloyd.

Tropes associated with Noishe:
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Noishe acts like a ordinary dog, but he's not. Through a number of skits and one side-quest, you find out that Noishe is actually a creature known as a Protozoan, supposedly the first creature to have been born on the planet. It evolves during the course of its own life, starting off as a single-celled organism, then a fish, then a bird, then the dog-like form, then 'another' form, then finally a human that fights evil. It is also said that Noishe himself (possibly in his previous form) accompanied Mithos and Co. on their journey 4000 years ago. Even after being told this, Lloyd insists that Noishe is just a dog.
* CowardlyLion: He runs away whenever he sees a monster. [[spoiler:However, it's implied he got this fear after protecting an infant Lloyd from Anna in her monster form.]]
* {{Expy}}: A monster wolf called Orion in 'VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' greatly resembles Noishe.
* EvilDetectingDog: He's first to react when there is a monster nearby and he blocks Sheena from following the group into one of the Seals. Interestingly, once she joins the party he has no problems with her after that. He's comfortable with Kratos despite being a CowardlyLion. [[spoiler: Though this is probably because Kratos is his original owner.]]
* HeroicDog: Subverted in that he's not really a dog, despite acting like one, but Noishe fit this trope when he protected Lloyd when [[spoiler:his mother-turned monster attacked him.]]
* StealthPun: Noishe matches the physical description of a Scottish mythological Cu Sith, which is pronounced Cu Shee. For those not familiar with the name, it' feline counterpart is Cait Sith, which was a puppet and party member in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Noishe is played up as a major character in the beginning, even appearing in several skits and being the one thing Lloyd has that came from his [[ParentalAbandonment dead/estranged parents]], but is dropped roughly the time that the team makes it into Tethe'alla. He still appears occasionally (in stables, when the whole team is split up). His one useful ability, using Long-Range Mode, was also overshadowed greatly by the [[GlobalAirship Rheairds]] before the end of the first disk, though the game does actually go into a little more detail about him.


[[folder:Yuan Ka-Fai]]
!!'''Yuan Ka-Fai'''
!!! Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN), Creator/KimStrauss (EN, ''Dawn of the New World'')

The leader of the Renegades, a group of half-elves who oppose the Desians. Both cynical and ruthless, he [[spoiler:was one of Mithos' companions and is currently one of the Seraphim of Cruxis, although he is no longer loyal to Mithos.]]

Tropes associated with Yuan:

* AboveGoodAndEvil: Implied. He doesn't seem to have any kind of moral compass. So long as he gets what he wants, that's all that matters.
* AdaptationExpansion: He got a much bigger role and a great deal more screen time in the OVA, to the extent that his [[spoiler:mana transfer]] - one of the things accused of being an AssPull in the original game - is here turned into an actual plan.
* AntiHero: He opposes the Desians, but his methods are so harsh that he's an antagonist for most of the game. In fact, some of his acts come close to outright villainy.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: He says he had this relationship with[[spoiler: Martel.]]
* TheChessmaster: He's been in complete control since the very beginning, effortlessly manipulating the Desians, Lloyd's group, and even the BigBad himself. Things do occasionally go awry, but he's quickly able to adjust his plans as he goes.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He is only truly loyal to himself and his cause. He will ally with Lloyd's group if he needs to, but will turn on them as soon as he sees fit. Not to mention that he's a DoubleAgent for [[spoiler: Cruxis]].
* DeadpanSnarker: He's even got Raine beat in this department.
* DespairEventHorizon: Part of his backstory. He crossed over it when [[spoiler: his lover Martel was killed.]]
* DoubleWeapon: A double-bladed {{BFS}}. The OVA indicates that he started off with a normal sword.
* DualBoss: With Botta. You never get to fight him alone.
* FallenHero [[spoiler: He was a hero of the ancient war alongside Kratos and Mithos. Now he's a vicious AntiHero trying desperately to stop Mithos' plans.]]
* FigureItOutYourself: Because he's too impatient to explain... and because he's kind of a dick.
* FriendlyEnemy [=/=] TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou [=/=] VitriolicBestBuds [=/=] WorthyOpponent: Cycles through all four of them with [[spoiler:Kratos]] in the OVA, which gives a ''lot'' more development to his character.
* GoodAllAlong: For a certain value of "[[AntiHero good]]".
* GoodIsNotNice: While his goals match those of the party, he still is a jerk to them even when he's not [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor fighting them]] and his methods are more [[WellIntentionedExtremist morally ambiguous]]. He tends to be at least more reasonable and less outright-insulting when speaking to Raine, Genis or Sheena. Lloyd...not so much.
* GreenEyes: Notably a trait he shared with [[spoiler: Martel.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass [[spoiler: He's still not over the death of his fiancee. A good 4000 years after the fact, even.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: A strange example. He's always on the same side, it's just that he changes his degree of antagonism towards the party based on the circumstances. He's an enemy just as often as he's an ally, but he always has the same goal.
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Flits between the two, depending on who's in the room with him.
* LaResistance: [[spoiler:The Renegades are an anti-Desian force.]]
* [[LostWeddingRing Lost Engagement Ring]]: He travels all over the world to find it, not knowing that Lloyd picked it up when he dropped it in Hima.
* NoPronunciationGuide: His last name. Looks like it should be "Ka-Feye", but ''Dawn of the New World'' reveals it's "Ka-Fay".
* MrExposition: Pretty much all of the information about the nature of the two worlds and the true identity of the Desians and Cruxis come from him. The only thing he doesn't tell you is [[spoiler: what happened during the Ancient War.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After [[spoiler:his plan to germinate the great seed causes to Kharlan Tree to go out of control]].
* NecessaryEvil: [[spoiler: How he viewed killing Collette, which would stop the BigBad's plan cold. He gives up on it immediately as soon as another option presented the form of kidnapping Lloyd and using him as blackmail.]]
* PetTheDog: A short sidequest reveals [[spoiler:the ring you picked up in Hima is his engagement ring to Martel. You've just followed him as he looked for it all over both worlds. He's been wearing it for 4000 years, and when it turns out you have it, he's willing to swallow his pride and [[AintTooProudToBeg literally beg for its return]].]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld [[spoiler: He's one of the companions of the ancient hero Mithos, making him well over 4000 years old.]]
* RebelLeader: [[spoiler: The leader of the anti-Cruxis force, the Renegades.]]
* TheRival: For [[spoiler:Kratos]].
* ShockAndAwe: Lightning magic is his weapon of choice. It's his only attack in cutscenes, where it takes the form of a ball of lightning shot from his hand.
* StoicSpectacles: In the "United World" OVA extra.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: He wants to end the cycle Mithos created an re-unite both worlds and regrow the Kharlan Tree, but he'll go to nearly any lengths to accomplish this.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler: With Kratos and Mithos, who were his compaions 4000 years ago.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair


!! '''Martel''' '''[[spoiler: Yggdrasill]]'''
!!! [[spoiler:Voiced by Misa Watanabe (JP), Kim Mai Guest (EN)]]

The Goddess worshipped by the church that bears her name. She is said to sleep at the center of the world out of grief for the sacrifice of her hero, Mithos. The Journey of Regeneration is a mission to awaken her so she will bless the world with mana once more. [[spoiler:In reality, Martel is no Goddess, but the hero Mithos' older sister. Cast out of Heimdall for being half-elves, she and her brother, along with Mithos' teacher, Kratos, and Martel's eventual lover, Yuan, took it upon themselves to end the Kharlan War in hopes of creating a world where humans, elves, half-elves, and dwarves could all live as equals. They succeeded in ending the war, but were betrayed by humans seeking the power of mana for themselves, and Martel was killed protecting the Great Seed. Mithos bound the Cruxis Crystal containing her soul to the Great Seed, and created the regeneration ritual in order to find a vessel to transfer her consciousness into in hope of resurrecting her. In the end, she becomes the dominant consciousness in the new Summon Spirit of the same name that was created to guard the new tree.]]

* AllLovingHero: [[spoiler:No matter how she was hurt and betrayed, she never gave up her love for the world. Colette even says that it wouldn't have been odd at all for Martel to hate the world like Mithos did.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: For four-thousand years, she watched helplessly from within her Cruxis Crystal as her brother corrupted the world.]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:She becomes the dominant personality in the Summon Spirit Martel.]]
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: [[spoiler:Yuan says she was the gentle girl to his brooding boy.]]
* CleavageWindow
* CrystalDragonJesus: Serves as one for the Church of Martel. [[spoiler: This is entirely by design, as the Church is a front organization to fuel her resurrection.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Green hair to match green eyes.
* {{Foil}}: [[spoiler:To Raine. Both are half-elven healers that had to raise their younger brothers in place of their parents, but Martel maintained what Yuan describes as "relentless optimism" despite the many hardships and betrayals she experience before falling further and further into despair as the people closest to her lost their way after she died. This is sharply contrasted by the cynicism Raine developed as a survival mechanism against her own hardships, which gave way to growing idealism as Raine found a support system that refused to accept her race as a factor in her worth as a person.]]
* FourIsDeath: [[spoiler:She is the fourth Seraph of Cruxis, and also dead.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: She's a half-elf, just like her brother and fiance.]]
* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler:For Yuan.]]
* MagicStaff: [[spoiler: Carried one in life.]]
* MoralityChain: [[spoiler:To Mithos. When she died, everything went to hell.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: If she had accepted Tabatha as her vessel, Mithos would never have set up the Church of Martel to selectively-breed Chosen for her...of course, Mithos doesn't listen when Martel tells him what he did was wrong when he ''does'' successfully revive her.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Oh, man is she. Her death is without a doubt the single most important event in the game's backstory.]]
* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler: Like Mithos, Kratos, and Yuan, she became an angel via a Cruxis Crystal.]]
* PromotionToParent: [[spoiler: She raised Mithos in place of their parents.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: It is almost impossible to talk about her in substance without spoiling much of the second half of the game.
* RapunzelHair
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: Gives a blistering one to Mithos when she is briefly transferred into Colette's body.]]
* WhiteMagicianGirl: [[spoiler: She appears to have been one in life.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]


!!! Voiced by: Miki Machi (JP), Kim Mai Guest (EN)

A strange girl who lives with Altessa and assists him. She speaks in a robotic voice. [[spoiler:She's a robot girl who was built to be Martel's new body rather than trying to breed a compatible Chosen One but Martel's soul seemed to be incompatible with her. In the end, it turns out that the 'incompatibility' was just Martel's refusal to return to life and Tabatha becomes the vessel for the spirit Martel who guards the revived Mana Tree]].
Tropes associated with Tabatha:

* CommonalityConnection: With Presea. [[spoiler: Since Tabatha is a doll made to be a vessel for Martel and the goal of using Presea in the Angelus Project was to turn her into an EmptyShell to make a Cruxis Crystal, this makes sense.]]
* ElectronicSpeechImpediment: [[spoiler:"MITHOS SA~~VED ME..."]]
* EmotionlessGirl [[spoiler: Only because she is a mechanical doll. Even then, she's not completely without emotion.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: And nonliving, as shown by her scene with Presea about the loneliness of exspheres.
* HiddenDepths: She shows a lot of concern for Presea, and claims in one cutscene she can 'hear' the voices of exspheres.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Of a sort. [[spoiler: The whole reason she exists was to be an artificial vessel for Martel.]]
* RoboSpeak: Her voice is stilted and mechanical. [[spoiler: Because she's a robot, naturally.]]
* SoullessShell: [[spoiler: She was designed to be a vessel for Martel's soul, but Martel refused the body.]]
* SupremeChef: She does the cooking for Altessa and the group needs her curry recipe to get through the Earth Temple.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: [[spoiler: Justified, since she's a robot.]]

[[folder:Anna Irving]]
!!'''Anna Irving'''

Lloyd's late mother, who died many years before the beginning of ''Tales of Symphonia''. Lloyd soon learns that she was murdered by the Desians and this, along with their attack on Iselia village, inspires him to seek revenge against them. While she never appears in-game, the effect that she had on certain people resonates very strongly throughout the story.

Tropes associated with Anna:

* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Implied to have been the Gentle Girl to [[spoiler: Kratos's]] Brooding Boy.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: No one who knew her personally, even Dirk who knew her for all of a few minutes, has anything but good things to say about her. The only exception is Kvar, who insults her mercilessly to get under Lloyd's skin.
* TheGhost: It's not until the anime adaptation that we finally get to see what she looked like.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin: When Dirk found her, she lived long enough only to pass on Lloyd, Noishe, and her Exsphere. As it happens, said Exsphere was [[spoiler:actually a Cruxis Crystal; giving its user powers on the level of an angel.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Long before the story began.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: After she was turned into a monster by Kvar, she begged Kratos to kill her so that she wouldn't hurt him or their son.]]
* PluckyGirl [=/=] ThePollyanna [=/=] WideEyedIdealist: Implied. While we never get acquainted with her character, something about her managed to inspire the broody [[spoiler:Kratos]] to pull a temporary HeelFaceTurn and try to overturn the BigBad's plans. The fact that her limited appearances in the anime generally have her smiling optimistically seem to confirm this. A bonus chapter in the manga also confirms this, with [[spoiler: Kratos]] thinking to himself that Anna and her son are both optimistic and "can laugh or get angry at small things all the time."
* PhlebotinumRebel‎: Subverted. She was made the host for a special type of Exsphere. She managed to escape and lived on the run long enough to have a child but, unfortunately, she never got to actually use her Exsphere's powers before [[spoiler:she was turned into a monster]].
* PosthumousCharacter: She never physically appears in the story but she makes a surprisingly large impact on it nonetheless.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: [[spoiler: If she hadn't met Kratos, [[TheHero Lloyd]] wouldn't have been born and would not gain her Cruxis Crystal which ultimately leads to the end of the BigBad and his plans.]]
* TragicKeepsake: Her Exsphere, which Lloyd inherited.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:As it happens, she was turned into a monster by Kvar and Kratos was force to kill her.]]


!!! Voiced by: Masaharu Satou (JP), Creator/KyleHebert (EN, ''Dawn of the New World'')

Lloyd's adoptive dwarven father. He is one of the few dwarves to have left the underground or and not work for Cruxis.


Tropes associated with Dirk

* AdaptationalBadass: Uses his hammer to smash around some Desians when Iselia is attacked in the [=OVA=] series. Becomes part of [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld the next game]] when he hammers demons attacking his house.
* AngerBornOfWorry: Hits Lloyd in the beginning of the game for going to the Iselia Human Ranch, and possibly revealing himself to the Desians. He later apologises.
* TheBlacksmith: He's the only other person aside from Altessa that can make Key Crests and such.
* GoodParents: Treats Lloyd like his own son despite the differences in race.
* SoProudOfYou: Entrusts Lloyd with the finest blade he's ever forged, the Vorpal Blade, as proof.



An old woman at the Iselia Ranch that Genis befriends and the mother to Cacao and grandmother to Chocolat.

Tropes associated with Marble:

* BodyHorror: She's transformed into an Exbelua (the first one you see in the game, in fact) and it is a ''painful'' process.
* CoolOldLady: Why Genis presumably befriended her in the first place. She tells the boys to run when the Desians catch her "slacking off", urging them not to get caught by the Ranch.
* ChehkovsGunman: Her fate has more significance than it initially seems, both because she's Chocolat's grandmother and because [[spoiler: it's exactly the same as Lloyd's mother.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: After Lloyd and Genis defeat her, Forcystus is about to attack the boys when she throws herself on him and her body explodes. She doesn't kill him, unfortunately, but she injures him badly enough to force the Desians to retreat.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin: Genis ends up with Marble's exsphere after she dies.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Genis and later on with Lloyd.
* LikeASonToMe: She outright admits she'd come to think of Genis as a grandson when she dies.
* MercyKill: Unfortunately Lloyd and Genis are forced into doing this when Forcystus makes them fight her as "punishment" for going near the Ranch. [[YouKilledMyFather Chocolat does not take it well when she finds out.]]
* OddNameOut: Her daughter Cacao and granddaughter Chocolat are both named after desserts, while Marble is not. [[SubvertedTrope Unless]] it refers to marble cake...
* SacrificialLamb: She's killed off rather tragically in the beginning, both to give Lloyd and Genis something to fight for, and to illustrate what terrible people the Desians are.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: She's the reason Lloyd is caught by the Ranch, which in turn results in the Desians attacking Iselia and Lloyd and Genis being exiled. She also provides Genis his exsphere and her death is a large part of the reason Genis has a personal hatred for the Desians and later Cruxis.
* TakingYouWithMe: ''Tries'' to do this to Forcystus, but unfortunately it doesn't quite work.
* TraumaCongaLine: The poor woman has it rough, first she's kidnapped by Desians and taken away from her family, then whipped at the Iselia ranch [[KickTheDog for no reason]] and then transformed into an Exelua by Forcystus to battle Lloyd and Genis, the two kids she befriended.


[[folder: Kate]]

A half-elf who works (and lives) in the basement of the Imperial Research Academy in Sybak and conducted experiments on Presea [[spoiler: specifically, the Angelus Project]]. Though she's cynical and a little [[BrokenBird broken]], once she sees the genuine friendships Lloyd and the other have with Genis and Raine, she promises to free Presea from the experiment. Later she's arrested for assisting Lloyd's group, who are wanted criminals, and sentenced to death. Once rescued by the party, she returns to her birthtown of Ozette and reveals her origins [[spoiler: she is actually the Pope's daughter, which is why she was involved in a Desian project]]. You see her one more time in an optional sidequest when Princess Hilda is kidnapped and the Pope demands Zelos in exchange, but it turns out to be a drugged-up Kate in disguise. [[PetTheDog Zelos then allows her to stay at his mansion while she recovers.]]


Tropes associated with Kate:

* BrokenBird: The poor girl has it rough, even when you do rescue her.
* DamselInDistress: The party has to save her from Meltokio's Coliseum after she's arrested.
* FantasticRacism: She's the first taster we get of the horrific treatment of half-elves in Tethe'alla - despite being [[spoiler: The Pope's daughter, and thus technically a member of the royal family]], she is forbidden from leaving the laboratory in Sybak, ever, and is sentenced to death for letting Lloyd, Zelos and the others go.
* HotScientist: In a NerdsAreSexy kind of way.
* IGaveMyWord: Though she's no doubt aware of the punishment for freeing the prisoners, she still frees Presea from her experiment.
* MoralityPet: To Zelos, who lets her stay in his mansion (in his ''bed'', no less) and acknowledges that she's a victim in the whole situation and he must use his influence as the Chosen to abolish the discriminatory laws against half-elves.
* NotSoDifferent: From Colette, as she was willing to do highly questionable things in order to please her father.
* ReallyRoyaltyReveal: [[spoiler:Kate's father was the [[BastardBastard illegitimate son]] of Tethe'alla's previous king, making Kate the niece of the current king.]]
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Whoever her mother was, Kate clearly took after her in the looks department.
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler: She desperately wants to be loved and acknowledged by her father, the Pope, but he's disturbed by his half-elf daughter and only talks to her when he needs something.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Turquoise, though AnimeHair seems to be par the course for half elves.



Zelos's younger half-sister, who lives locked up in the South-East Abbey due to her mother's crimes, though she is finally able to leave after the main events of the game.

Tropes associated with Seles:

* AnIcePerson: Casts mid- and high-level ice magic.
* BigBrotherWorship: She tries to hide it, but Seles adores Zelos.
* BonusBoss: You can encounter her one-on-one in the Meltokio Coliseum after obtaining the Derris Emblem and completing the Advanced single course twice. [[GlassCannon She has relatively low HP, but high defense and a lot of wallop]] - her Mini-Meteor attack will even smash through a guard stance.
* HeroicBastard: Seles's mother was the mistress of her and Zelos's father. She proves to be very nice once she and Zelos work out their issues with each other.
* IllGirl: Seles was sickly as a child and was given an Exsphere to assist her health, and the "official" reason she's shut up in the Abbey is because of her health. [[spoiler: She's actually under house arrest because her mother was the mistress of Zelos's father and tried to murder Zelos so Seles could be the Chosen, but Zelos's mother got in the way instead.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Switches between swinging a huge sword and a cute handbag.
* SinsOfOurFathers: Seles is imprisoned in the South-East Abby because [[spoiler:her mother murdered Zelos's mother in order to make Seles the next Chosen. Seles herself is completely innocent of the whole mess.]]
* StarPower: She has a minor stellar theme; her handbag bears a star motif, and her Mini Meteor move explodes into stars.
* {{Tsundere}}: Towards her brother, Zelos, in a non-romantic way. She makes some barbed remarks when Zelos shows up to take his Cruxis Crystal from her, but after he leaves she says, "Please take care."
* TurnsRed: As a secret boss, knocking her NiceHat off makes her much more aggressive and unlocks her most dangerous melee techniques.
* UnevenHybrid: Seles is a Quarter-Elf; her mother was a half-elf while her and Zelos's father was a pure-blooded human. For all intents and purposes, Seles is a human that can use magic.