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!!Virginia Maxwell

A rookie Drifter who is searching for her [[DisappearedDad missing father]]. A NaiveNewcomer whose inexperience with the reality of the Drifter lifestyle is only matched by [[TheDeterminator her fiery willpower]]. Her special ability is ''Mystic'', which lets her extend the effect of an item to the entire party, or use a special ability with a non-consumable item. She [[DualWielding dual-wields]] [[GunsAkimbo pistol ARMs]] in a unique style taught to her by her father.

Like all four party members, she is an interesting mix of tropes and party combat roles. As a character, she is both the New Guy, the Determinator, the Knight in Shining Armor, and the Leader, a mix that may be entirely unique. She also uses her idealism as a shield to cover her own insecurities, and applies it badly, leading to others to point out her flaws. Virginia has the best CharacterDevelopment of the four party members, and it [[spoiler: does ''not'' involve her losing her idealism, but rather, maturing it. She becomes much better at using her idealism correctly, living up to her principles and getting a handle on her insecurities- to the point that she becomes an MessianicArchetype at the end of the story and saves the world.]]

In combat, she is a FragileSpeedster and, amusingly for the party leader, the WhiteMage in the sense that she is an ItemCaddy. She also makes a decent magician, being behind only Gallows in terms of magic power.

* ActionGirl: She demonstrates this aspect of herself from the get-go, right at the beginning of her prologue. However, she did go a little over her head, and she has a tendency to put herself in danger. Maya helps her to realize and overcome this flaw.
* CombatMedic: She can deal decent damage, and is by far the most efficient healer of the party thanks to her ''Mystic'' ability. If you always keep Potion and Mega berries for her to use during boss fights, she will ensure the survival of your party.
* TheDeterminator
* DisappearedDad: Finding him is ''not'', however, her main goal - it's just a side goal to her main quest, which is stopping the villains.
* DiscOneNuke: 10 Shot Gatling + Valiant = Bosses for a good portion of the game die once Virginia hits 100FP and deals five digits worth of damage.
* DualWielding / GunsAkimbo: Her fighting style, taught by her father.
* FragileSpeedster: She has god-like evasion and is the quickest member of the party (Jet using Accelerator nonwithstanding), but she also has a bad defense and the lowest HP, making her the most fragile character.
* IdiotHero: Virginia's idealism and naivety lead her to get mocked by Janus rather frequently. Even her ''friends'' note she has more heart than common sense. Subverted as she [[spoiler: grows up considerably and matures into a true hero.]]
* ItemCaddy: Virginia by necessity. Need more berries!
* ItemAmplifier: Her ability ''Mystic'' lets her use items more effectively, usually by making them hit multiple targets.
* NaiveNewcomer: And, as a result, she ends up in trouble several times before maturing.
* PimpedOutDress: A pretty fancy dress for someone like her.
* PinkMeansFeminine / GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Her dress is fuchsia, which counts as both tropes.
* PurpleIsPowerful
* RevolversAreJustBetter - Partially averted; Virginia's guns are the weakest in terms of damage, though they do have [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene powers]]. They are extremely accurate, however, which is useful when combined with her high speed allowing her to almost always act first in a round, and they hold more shots, meaning that when Virginia uses Gatling, her attack power skyrockets.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Virginia's the only girl, though at least she's the Leader, and having only four characters total anyway eases the sexism of this trope a bit.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Maya, eventually.

!!Jet Enduro

An experienced Drifter. Pretty. An IneffectualLoner who is in it for the money and tries to radiate undiluted {{Badass}} at everyone else. This noticeably fails to impress his allies [[spoiler: and later, friends]], though non-party members see him as the Badass he wants to be seen as. He wields [[MoreDakka a machine gun ARM]] ([[OrphansPlotTrinket which only he can use]]). His special ability is ''Accelerator'', which lets him take the first action in battle.

Characterwise, he's a deconstruction of the IneffectualLoner archetype, and of {{Badass}} people in general. Jet, for all that he's the most {{Badass}}-looking dude in the game, with the coolest gun and some of the best lines, is the party member who needs the rest of the party the ''most''. As Virginia consistently points out to him, he has accomplished nothing by being alone, and it's turned Jet into a bitter, angry, vengeful person who quite obviously does not enjoy being alive. [[spoiler: He's also a Deconstruction of the NatureHero archetype. He is a living representation of Filgaia as it should be, a lifeform in tune with the planet at its healthiest and a symbol of life. He's also a JerkAss, he was created in a ''laboratory'' instead of by nature, was never told of what he was and has to figure it out himself from old records, and when he sees the Filgaia he was created to reflect, he doesn't get a sense of peace and calm- he ''completely freaks out.'']]

In battle, he is the secondary guy for everyone, [[JackOfAllStats having decent all-around stats]] (except in one category). If the party needs more healing, than he helps Virginia heal; if the party needs more firepower, he helps Clive hurt people.

* [[spoiler: ArtificialHuman: Enduro is a clone designed with Filgaia's leyline system in mind- he's more like an elemental than a human being. This is why he can't use [=ARMs=] other than his machine gun- his powers interfere with their workings]].
* HeroicBSOD: An interesting {{Aversion}}. He finds out [[spoiler:the truth behind his existence]] from Leehalt and ''doesn't'' suffer one, instead shrugging it off. It helped that he'd had several brushes with the truth beforehand, and while the first one left him ''physically ill'', the constant exposure and his own CharacterDevelopment let him take the final revelation in stride.
* IneffectualLoner: He's mocked ''relentlessly'' for this by Virginia, resulting in several [[CrowningMomentofFunny hysterical]] moments.
* JackOfAllStats: Has all-around good stats, though his magic abilities are by far the worst of the party.
* [[spoiler: NatureHero]]
* OrphansPlotTrinket: His ARM.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: And it really is precision-guided- you can control where it hits.
* [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror]]

!!Gallows Carradine

A MagicalNativeAmerican ''subversion''. Yes, he's magical, yes, he's Native American. He's also a lecher, a womanizer, and [[IdiotHero consistently the dumbest person in the party.]] He ran away from his village and its responsibilities. He wields a SawedOffShotgun ARM which deals average damage (but massive damage on a CriticalHit). His special ability is ''Extension'', which extends the effects of a magical spell to every party member or enemy.

Gallows as a character is a subversion of the MagicalNativeAmerican trope, and a Determinator as well. Gallows' obsession with what he was required to do by his people- his responsibilities- led to him slacking off, trying to avoid them by being bad at them (despite his tremendous natural potential at magic). When this didn't work, he bailed, and throughout the game wrestles with the issue of whether he should go back or not. His CharacterDevelopment resolves this dilemma [[spoiler: by choosing to do his duties, not because they are his duties, but because they are the right thing to do, double-subverting the choice at the same time; he does them to save his little brother, not because he is supposed to. At the end of the game he gives them up again, as they were no longer needed, and sticks with Virginia.]]

Gallows, despite looking like TheBigGuy, is in fact a BlackMagicianGirl (guy) whose powers focus on magic. He also, amusingly, has the highest health in the game, but spectacularly low defense, resulting in enemies doing hundreds of points more damage to him than to the others- and him ''still'' surviving. Often the last character standing if Virginia has been dropped already.

* BlackMagicianGirl: The ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' series seems to like male examples of these.
* BoisterousBruiser
* IdiotHero
* MagicKnight: Gallows has the best magic damage in the party, but he's also got the best health in the game. He can even pack a punch with his [[SawedOffShotgun shotgun]] - if he crits, as his crits are better than the other characters. Otherwise, he's got the worst melee damage in the game.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: As noted, he's a subversion, but the Baskars (his people) also turn out to subvert it - [[spoiler:they're more like a Native-imagery-appropriating hippie commune dedicated to the guardians, created after humans came to Filgaia and displaced the real natives, the Elw]].
* SawedOffShotgun
* ScrewDestiny: Gallows has no desire to become a Medium, and actually shouts the exact trope name at one point.
* SkunkStripe

!!Clive Winslett

A BountyHunter who is quite the BadassBookworm. For one thing, he wields a sniper rifle ARM that gives him [[MightyGlacier the highest attack power in the party]]. Far from being a ColdSniper, he's a very nice, sociable guy. Defying all RPG conventions, he's also happily married with a wife and daughter ([[StuffedInTheFridge and they don't die]]!) His special ability is ''Lock-On'', which guarantees that his next attack will hit (and boosts the power of said attack).

Character-wise, Clive is a family man through and through, as well as TheSmartGuy. In addition, he is [[spoiler: wracked with guilt over the death of his wife's father, which he feels responsible for, and throughout the game he eventually absolves himself of this guilt by finishing his father-in-law's quest.]] In a further unexpected subversion, [[spoiler: He's the party member who leaves the party, not Jet, as he's worried about getting killed and not being able to support his family, a decision the rest of the party accepts and wishes him well on. He eventually comes back.]]

Battle-wise, Clive is the only one to fit into a set mold, i.e. the MightyGlacier. Clive has the highest Attack and Defense in the team, the second-most HP after Gallows, but he's also the slowest by far.

* BadassBookworm
* BadassLongcoat
* BountyHunter
* [[spoiler: HeroicBSOD]]: In the last chapter of the game. [[spoiler: He's worried that he'll be killed and he'll never see his family again, prompting this freakout.]]
* FriendlySniper
* MightyGlacier: Clive is this trope personified. He's guaranteed to get the last turn. He does more damage than the rest of the party combined.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: He is revealed to have spent the entire game wracked with guilt over his mentor's death. This guilt eventually drives him to despair, prompting his TenMinuteRetirement.]]
* TheSmartGuy
* SniperRifle: His weapon of choice.
* [[spoiler: StepfordSmiler]]: Arguably.
* [[spoiler:TenMinuteRetirement: After being afraid he'd never see his family again]].

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[[folder: The Prophets]]

Three scientists who are obsessed with restoring Filgaea at any cost. Each also has their own agenda, none of which are good.

* AttackAttackAttack: When Yggdrasil's generator is destroyed and their plans have been foiled [[spoiler: or so it seems]], the Prophets decide to try to [[TakingYouWithMe take the heroes with them]] before their bodies deteriorate for good. They put away the tricks they used before and cast the same attack spell over and over again to try to kill you.
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead]]: Technically, because [[spoiler: all of them were blown to pieces when Yggdrasil exploded ten years before the start of the story. They were only saved by Hyades.]]
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: [[spoiler: Worked with Virginia's father]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Janus.
* SocialDarwinist - Part of the reason they're evolving the planet to take on [[spoiler: a demonic form]] is because they themselves cannot exist naturally on Filgaia. As far as they're concerned, everything that can't adapt to the planet once they're done with it can die.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - Played With. They talk a good game, but their reasons are ultimately selfish. Filgaia is deteriorating, and they plan to [[spoiler: turn Filgaia into a demon to rejuvenate it]], but Filgaia itself is a toxic environment to them. If they ''don't'' turn [[spoiler: the planet into a demon]], whether Filgaia is restored or not, they'd still die. They settled on ''this'' plan to save their own skin more than anyone else's.

!!Leehalt Alcaste

The leader of the Prophets, although his control over the others is probably not as strong as he'd like. He is obsessed with power, and wishes to rule Filgaea.

* DisappearsIntoLight: After [[spoiler: Jet purges him]].
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler: Jealous of Werner, especially because his wife was Leehalt's love interest.]]
* [[spoiler: SuperpoweredEvilSide]]

!!Melody Vilenete

The only female member of the Prophets. [[spoiler: Before they Prophets began their experiments, she was a rather plain young woman. She has reshaped herself to have great beauty, and]] she is obsessed with both her beauty and youth.

* BerserkButton: Since [[spoiler: she was very average-looking before she got the chance to remake her body]], she is very sensitive to being called ugly. Clive tells her that she's "ugly" on the inside, no matter how beautiful her outer form is, and it makes her go ''crazy''. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration This is actually reflected in battle]]; she attacks Clive over all other targets.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* [[spoiler: SuperpoweredEvilSide]]
* TheVamp: Melody tries to do this, and it succeeds pretty well on Gallows - and falls flat on Clive, who's HappilyMarried and sees right through it.
* VainSorceress: [[spoiler: In a deconstruction, she was very plain until she got a chance to rearrange her features, which is why she's so vain and weird about it.]]

!!Malik Bendict

The youngest member of the Prophets. Malik wants to resurrect his deceased mother using the knowledge that he's gained.

* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Malick ''loves'' his mother... [[spoiler:A little too much, to the point he tries to "revive" her after her death. He succeeded (kinda), but she isn't really happy about it]].
* FreudianExcuse: Horrifically done. ''Squick.'' Notable in that it's never treated as a "good" reason for what he does and instead weirds out everyone who finds out about it.
* StepfordSmiler
* [[spoiler: SuperpoweredEvilSide]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: He pretty much loses it after a clone of his mother condemns his actions. Considering he may have been growing them for... shall we say, ''purposes'', it's not like he shouldn't have seen this coming!]]

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[[folder:Other Antagonists]]
!!Janus Cascade

The leader of a rival group of Drifters, he and Virginia find themselves in opposition on several occasions. He and his gang are actually working for the Prophets, and he is eventually [[spoiler: changed into a demon by them and then sacrificed to facilitate Seigfried's coming.]]

* BadBoss: Janus treats his lackeys like crap. The Prophets, in turn, treat ''him'' like crap.
* {{Expy}}: With a dash of EvilCounterpart. He bears tons of similarities to the lead of ''[[VideoGame/WildArms2 Wild ARMs 2]]'', Ashley Winchester. He bears the same weapon, [[spoiler: turns into a demon]] and every one of Janus's gun specials is one that Ashley could learn. This makes for some amusing cognitive dissonance for the player who remembers the heroic Ashley from ''Wild ARMS 2.''
* GoldfishPoopGang: With his two lackeys.
* MeaningfulName
* RecurringBoss
* TheRival
* SmugSnake: He starts out as this [[spoiler: and even temporarily levels up into a MagnificentBastard right before Siegfried guts him.]]
* SuperpoweredEvilSide
* WouldHitAGirl: He does (and how!).
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness - Aversion. Janus was always supposed to die, rather he was still useful or not- his death being necessary to reviving Siegfried.]]

!!Seigfried

A legendary demon from the old wars.

* BaddieFlattery: Seigfried respects and envy Maya's power, which, he says, surpasses Demon's. However, that doesn't stop him from using her powers against her, and he obliterates her later on when she tries to [[DuelBoss solo him]]. But in the end, Maya got the last laugh.
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead]]: If you believe he's the BigBad from the first game. This interpretation is left open, so it's a fair guess.
* {{Expy}}: {{Inverted}}. He has more than a passing resemblance to [[SoulCalibur Nightmare]], which fits, as Nightmare's original body was named Siegfried. However, Seigfried's character dates back to his first apparition in 1997, in the first WildARMS, whereas Nightmare didn't appear in the Soul series until Soul Calibur, in 2002.
* SocialDarwinist
* TheManBehindTheMan: To the Prophets.

!!Asgard

A golem created by the Prophets. He is a learning machine, and over time develops feelings and a personality.

* ICannotSelfTerminate: Leading to [[spoiler: a heartrending battle against him after he saves all the party's lives.]]
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Robot]]: Oh so very much. His actual title is "Fortress of Invulnerability", and it ''shows''.
* MythologyGag: He is a reference to the Earth Golem Asgard in the original ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]''.
* [[spoiler: TheSlowPath: After being sent back thousands of years in time.]]
* [[spoiler: SuicideByCop: See ICannotSelfTerminate]]
* [[spoiler: TimeAbyss: That [[ChekhovsGunman statue in one of the early dungeons]]? It's [[AlasPoorVillain Asgard]] after waiting patiently in one place for ''centuries'' so that he can [[LawfulNeutral protect The Prophets, who he doesn't even like anymore]].]]

!!Beatrice

[[spoiler: The real BigBad of the game, who has been manipulating everything from the start.]]

* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: You met her in the first 10 minutes of playtime, and numerous other times during the game.]]
* [[spoiler: ContagiousAI: The game never comes out and says this, but she's basically this trope with supernatural trappings.]]
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: Really bad when she starts talking about how she wants to be ''pregnant and give birth'' to the "new Filgaia".]].
* [[spoiler: DemonicPossession: Through dreams.]]
* [[spoiler: FinalExamBoss]]
* GigglingVillain
* IronicNurseryTune: The first time you hear her theme, you instantly ''know'' something is wrong with her...
* [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan]]: To ''everyone''.
* [[spoiler: OneWingedAngel: Ten, count 'em, ''ten'' different forms.]]
* [[spoiler: SequentialBoss: Again, ''ten'' forms!]]
* WalkingSpoiler

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[[folder:The Schrödingers]]

A band of Drifters who is seeking profit in the wastelands. They are sometimes antagonists and sometimes allies to the party.

* GoldfishPoopGang: At times.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous
* ThePsychoRangers: They are this at first, though they get better as time goes on.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad

!!Maya Schrödinger

The leader of the Schrödinger family, Maya is a Drifter searching for treasure. She sees Virginia as a rival, and will often hinder the party, but she also provides them with assistance at times. She has the ability to absorb skills from books, which is [[spoiler: where her Calamity Jane {{Expy}} persona comes from.]]

* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler: Just ask Siegfried.]]
* BadassBookworm
* {{BFG}}: Her [[GatlingGood gatling gun ARM]]- which ''falls out of her dress when she shakes it.''
* BraggartBoss: Maya and company are snobby as hell to the party when they first meet- and are justified in doing it, too, since Virginia and Co. are not particularly experienced and Virginia's leadership leaves something to be desired. Later in the game, they even compliment the party on how much stronger they've become, [[spoiler: And even help you get to the final boss fight.]]
* BlackMagicianGirl: In her mage form.
* {{Expy}}: She transforms into different expies of older ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' characters by imitating books she's read. Her mage form uses crest magic (Cecilia or Lilka), her martial artist form uses Kanon's moves from ''[[VideoGame/WildArms2 Wild ARMs 2]]'', and [[spoiler: the form everyone assumes is "her" is actually her channeling Calamity Jane from ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]''. In reality, she's a geeky {{Meganekko}}.]]
* GatlingGood: Her special ARM, which comes out of [[TrouserSpace the most interesting holster ever created in a Wild West game]].
* MegaManning - Maya's unique power is to do this by copying the powers of ''anything she reads''. Imagine if she got wind of TV Tropes!
* TheRival
* SuperPowerLottery: She has the power to use ''any power from any fictional character in any book that she reads.'' Never becomes a party member, though.
* TrouserSpace - Maya has a ''[[GatlingGood gatling gun]]'' fall out of her ''skirt''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Virginia, eventually.

!!Alfred Schrödinger

Maya's little brother, and an explosive expert.

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: He's clearly the most mature one in the group, although no one really listens to him. He's also ''adorable''.
* HiddenDepths: A lot smarter than he first appears.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet

!!Todd

Maya's afro'd and loyal bodyguard. He uses a sword in combat.

* BattleButler
* FunnyAfro: Casting a fire spell will light the fro on fire and leave it smoldering for the rest of the fight, doing damage to him repeatedly- which is great, since Todd is often ThatOneBoss.
* KatanasAreJustBetter
* MythologyGag: He uses Quick Draw techniques that were unique to Jack from ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]''. He says he was taught by Maya's father, which has led to some EpilepticTrees about her ancestry.

!!Shady

A winged cat-like animal who can speak, breathe fire, and is apparently immortal. He was locked in a box by a previous generation of Schrödingers. His long period of confinement has made him extremely claustrophobic.

* AnIcePerson
* {{Claustrophobia}}
* IntellectualAnimal
* PlayingWithFire
* StealthPun: He belongs to the Schrödingers. He's a cat (sort of). He was in a box. He has a 50-50 chance of using fire attacks on any given turn. He's claustrophobic. During the scene you discover his claustrophobia, he screams "NO MORE POISON GAS!"

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[[folder:Other Characters]]

!!Florina

A shy young girl who is not good with people. She lives alone in one of the few fertile places left in Filgaea, silently tending her garden.

* {{Expy}}: Of Mariel from ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]''. WordOfGod says they're the same person.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Also your only source of healing items. Amusingly she likes the Badass Loner Jet, who just wishes she'd leave him alone. [[spoiler: She likes him because she can sense that he's a nature elemental]], which makes this a huge bit of clever foreshadowing.

!!Lombardia

A dragon, which in the world of ''Wild [=ARMs=] 3'' means she is a living mechanical being. The party requests her help, and after beating her in combat, she agrees to become their transportation.

* CoolAirship / GlobalAirship: A dragon that transforms into an airship? Can't get too much cooler than that.
* DragonRider: A variation, she transforms into a CoolAirship that the party rides inside. She even has seats!
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* HighAltitudeBattle
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They're giant TransformingMecha. Officially {{Badass}}.
* TransformingMecha: For a certain value of "mecha."

!!Werner Maxwell

Virginia's father, who has been missing since she was a little girl. [[spoiler: Also a father figure to Jet, in that he aided him after the accident that killed his creators.]]

* BarrierWarrior
* [[spoiler: DeadAllAlong: The Werner Maxwell we see throughout the game turns out to be a ghost. More precisely, he's a hologram made from Werner's stored memories and personality data.]]
* DualWielding / GunsAkimbo: As expected, since he's the one who taught Virginia.

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