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!!! Age: 18; Height: 171 cm


->''"The Monado... I hope I can figure out the secret of its power one day."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/AdamHowden (English), Creator/ShintaroAsanuma (Japanese)

Shulk (シュルク) is the main protagonist of ''Xenoblade''. He likes to think things through and is very methodical in his approach to most situations. Early details show that he is able to wield the Monado due to the fact that he was one of the only known survivors on a previous expedition to retrieve the sacred weapon. He first acquires the sword when his home, Colony 9, is attacked. His first act upon acquiring the "destined weapon" is to fight for an end to the war with the Mechonis and avenge Fiora.
* AchillesHeel: Aggro, gameplay-wise. Because of his frailty and many of his attacks requiring him to attack enemies from the back or the sides, his effectiveness in battle is reduced drastically if the enemies aggro on him. As a result, he needs teammates like Dunban and Reyn to reach his full potential.
* {{Adorkable}}: He's a nerdy engineer who, up until the Mechon invasion, spent more than a fair bit of his time in the lab; his early-game social interactions tend to be more than a little awkward as a result. He builds up his resolve considerably over the course of his journey, but he still occasionally lapses back into geeking out in the Heart-to-Hearts. His victory and "battle going well" quotes are remarkably spirited (an aspect which was happily carried over to his ''Smash Bros.'' incarnation).
* AGodIAmNot: Late in the game, he starts displaying mysterious powers, such as continuing to see visions of the future without the need for Zanza's Monado, culminating in the True Monado appearing in his hand and enabling him to defeat Zanza. After defeating Zanza, Alvis informs him that he now has the power of creation, and what becomes of the universe is up to him. However, he is very uncomfortable with the idea of being a god. He does create a new world so that the inhabitants of the destroyed Mechonis and dying Bionis still have a place to live, but then, fulfilling Meyneth's wish for a world without gods, relinquishes his power, presumably living out the rest of his life as a mortal.
* AttractiveZombie: All in all, he looks pretty good for a walking corpse.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice, in fact. First, when he died in the Monado expedition when he was a child, and brought back to life by Zanza [[SoulJar to use him as a vessel]]. The second time, when Dickson shoots him and Zanza abandons his body. This second time, he comes back with Meyneth's intervention.
* BackStab: His aptly-named Back Slash art, which does massive damage from behind the target.
* BadassBoast: Several, but this one stands out:
-->'''Shulk:''' ''Dickson! If you're so determined to stop us... then we will kill you.''
* BadassBookworm: He starts the story as an engineer student, but turns out he can fight like a real pro.
* BerserkButton: Inverted. Shulk's case is a rare example of a Berserk Button getting ''un''stuck as a plot point. Not long after it's revealed that Fiora isn't dead after all, he goes back to being an AllLovingHero, to the point of offering mercy to Fiora's almost-killer while Dunban is about to finish him off. To be clear, he still wants revenge on Mumkhar for what he did to Fiora and the Emperor, but not so much as to be blinded by it.
* BoringButPractical: Monado arts notwithstanding, he never gains any arts other than his initial 8. They're arguably some of the best arts in the game.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Usually he's the nicest guy around, but he will fight tooth and nail to protect the people he cares about. UpToEleven if that person is Fiora.
* {{Bishonen}}: He's like [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] in this regard. A pretty blond boy from a Nintendo game who wields a sword that no one else can use. He probably shares the title of "Most attractive ''Xenoblade'' male" with Dunban, Alvis, and Zanza. Though Zanza is essentially an evil version of himself.
* BrokenAce: He dosen't take the news that everything he did was a lie too well.
* ChickMagnet: Both Fiora and Melia have feelings for him. He's also rather popular with the girls in Colony 9.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Fiora. VictoriousChildhoodFriend example; everybody who knows Shulk and Fiora can tell they love each other and have for a long time, and they are pretty much a canon couple by the end.
* TheChosenOne: Subverted. At first it seems as though Shulk can only use the Monado effectively, though it turns out it's only because he was the first one to get it, and had it been anyone else, they would have sufficed so long as they could swing a sword.
* CombatClairvoyance: The Monado gives him the ability to see the future, especially during combat.
* CombatPragmatist: Has special moves revolving around {{Back Stab}}bing enemies, blindsiding the enemy's flank, and kicking them while they're down. Most characters have moves like this, but Shulk's are especially prominent since he never gets more than 8 normal Arts and thus always has them available.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: His parents died when he was a kid. Although he still has [[ParentalSubstitute mentor figures]] in Dickson and Dunban.
* DeadAllAlong: He died as a young child, back on Valak Mountain where the Monado was found, when Dickson found him with the other dead Homs. For most of the game, the only thing keeping Shulk alive is that he's a SoulJar for Zanza.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: He does in the end (well, slashes him, actually).
* TheEngineer: It generally only comes up in the start of the game, where he's looking for metal to make weapons and machines as well as researching the Monado. It also comes up mostly in sidequests, a number of which involve various people asking him to fix or build things for them. He's also fascinated with [[BambooTechnology Nopon]] and [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas High Entia]] engineering, and will occasionally make small talk about it. In the main story, though, it sort of gets dropped in favor of him discovering the power of the Monado firsthand.
* {{Foil}}: To Egil. Both are engineers who are known to be talented and compassionate to their respective people. After the destruction of their hometown, they both swear bloody revenge on the opposite Titan. However, while Shulk retains his compassion, Egil outright kills any Machina who tries to stop him. Shulk allies with Zanza, not knowing that he himself is Zanza's vessel; Egil claims to be Meyneth's agent, not knowing that Meyneth opposes his quest for revenge. Shulk is betrayed and killed by Zanza's disciple; Egil believes that his own god and people have betrayed him. Finally, Egil makes peace with Meyneth shortly before both of their demises, while Shulk ends up destroying Zanza for good.
* GlassCannon: He can buff the party's damage output with ''Slit Edge'' (only for physical parties) and ''Monado Enchant'' (only against the Mechon), and many of his Arts deal obscene damage under the right circumstances. His Agility is above average (he is the median of the party in this regard), just enough to connects hits with physical attacks against higher level enemies. However, his health is rather lacking.
* HappilyAdopted: Although his parents died when he was 4, he fits so well in Colony 9 and his ParentalSubstitute figures did such a good job with him that he's completely moved on.
** The heart-to-heart 'Those Waiting for You' involes Riki asking Shulk if he wants to be the former's Littlepon. Shulk thanks Riki for suggesting that because no-one asked him to be part of anyone else's family.
* HealingHands: His recovery skill.
* HeartbrokenBadass: After losing Fiora, but gets better as her sanity is restored.
* TheHero: With shades of TheSmartGuy.
* HeroesPreferSwords: And [[{{BFS}} pretty huge ones]]. A plot justification in him using the Monado. Amusingly, it seems Shulk hasn't ruled out using other weapons just yet. Some of his after-battle dialogue consists of asking Sharla and Melia if they could teach him how to use a rifle/ether magic, respectively. In both cases, Dunban scolds him for being willing to give up the sword so easily.
* HeroicBSOD: After discovering that Dickson, one of his {{Parental Substitute}}s, was EvilAllAlong... and that he himself has been DeadAllAlong for 14 years! He's almost ready to give it all up right there and then, convinced that his own existence has, beyond being Zanza's puppet, been utterly pointless; Alvis talks him out of it.
* HeroicSpirit: Nothing stops Shulk in his quest. [[BackFromTheDead Not even death]]... [[DeadAllAlong TWICE]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Reyn, by virtue of being ChildhoodFriends.
* IdenticalStranger: Is one to Zanza. During the flashback Alvis shows Shulk, Klaus as a human looked exactly like an older Shulk. Given their similarities as researchers who both came to wield the Monado, it may be that Shulk was created specifically in the image of Klaus initially to serve as his new host, but later to become the new god.
* IllKillYou: Says this word-to-word to Metal Face after it kills Fiora.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Fiora's apparent death haunts him during the first part of the story.
* InstantExpert: The second he grabs the Monado ready for combat, he already wields it better than anyone before. [[TheReveal There's a reason he wields it so well...]]
* IntimateHealing: With Fiora, when trying to give her water via mouth-to-mouth.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: It turns out that he ''was'' chosen by Zanza... because he happened to be near to the Monado and he needed a vessel. Not to mention the fact that the being who chose him was a colossal jackass.
* LightEmUp: Most of the Monado attacks are energy or light-based.
* MagicFeather: The Monado turns out to be something like this. While its Mechon-killing powers are very real, Shulk's power to see the future turns out to be all his own, as he discovers in the late-game when he loses the Monado to Zanza.
* NiceGuy: A good studient, loyal friend, and treats everyone with respect.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Whenever Shulk swears revenge on someone, or demonstrates a willingness to ''kill'' his enemies, you know that something has gone horribly, ''horribly'' wrong.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: He died back when he discovered the Monado. He's basically a walking corpse powered by Zanza.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against the Mechon for attacking Colony 9 and killing Fiora. It's lampshaded by everyone to be an OutOfCharacter moment, as he's usually an AllLovingHero to a T. He eventually realises that they're right and he doesn't have the stomach for it.
* {{Robosexual}}: His attraction to Fiora doesn't diminish one bit when she's turned into a half-Mechon.
* SayMyName: He really goes crazy with this trope, and even does this more times in the Japanese dub! Especially when Fiora is with Shulk at the beginning of the Fallen Arm arc, he does this repeatedly, in succession.
* ScrewDestiny: [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Both in story and the gameplay]]. He always fight to change the future he sees in his visions.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: He's the sensitive guy to Dunban and Reyn's Manly Men.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: He's one of the shortest male characters in the party. He's also an engineering student back in Colony 9.
* SingleTargetSexuality: He doesn't show any sort of attraction towards any other character but Fiora, despite his ChickMagnet status.
* SkepticNoLonger: After it becomes clear to him that the battle between the Bionis and the Mechonis ''isn't'' just a myth and that the repercussions of that fight are what led to the current crisis, he realises that he can't ignore what he isn't aware of and becomes more of an AgentMulder.
* SoulJar: To Zanza, who brought him BackFromTheDead when he was a child to serve this purpose.
* SupportPartyMember: Surprisingly, Shulk is probably a better support character than ''Sharla''. While ''Light Heal'' is underwhelming at first, most of the time it is all the healing he needs. He can nerf the enemy's offense and defense with ''Air Slash'' and ''Slit Edge'' respectively. he can extend Topple time with ''Shaker Edge'' and ''Monado Cyclone''. His ''Monado Purge'' and ''Monado Enchant'' are very useful against Telethia and Mechon respectively. His ''Monado Armor'', if fully leveled up, reduces the damage inflicted on your party by a whopping ''75%''.
* SympathyForTheDevil: He feels sympathetic towards every major antagonist he meets, or at least wishes he could have found a peaceful solution. It doesn't matter if they're a WellIntentionedExtremist or not, he will deliberately and knowingly invoke this attitude towards them all.
* TakeUpMySword: Downplayed, in that the person who he's taking it from (Dunban) is still alive, but can't wield the Monado any more without risking his health.
* UnstoppableRage: When he meets Metal Face for the second time, Shulk basically does a complete 180 on his personality.
* ValuesDissonance: Something of a meta-example. Shulk's deliberate refusal to kill the Faced Mechon once he realises that they're Homs stems not only from his [[AllLovingHero messianic nature]], but also because every war in his world has been fought between Homs and Mechon. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Of course he's going to find the idea of killing a living, breathing thing horrifying.]] [[invoked]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: One of his Heart-to-Hearts with Reyn reveals that Shulk is afraid of caterpillars due to Reyn putting one in his drawer. This never interferes with the gameplay, though.
* WorthyOpponent: Is eventually regarded as one by [[TheBrute Xord]] and Egil. [[EvilMentor Dickson also comes to respect his strength, even if he doesn't show it.]]


!!! Age: 18; Height: 160 cm

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->''"I'm coming along as well. I'd feel better going with you boys than sitting at home worrying about you."''

-->Voiced by: Carina Reeves (English), Eri Nakao (Japanese)

Fiora (フィオルン, Fiorung) is the childhood friend of Shulk and the younger sister of Dunban. Naturally she has a soft-spot for Shulk and often cooks for him, as he is grateful for the thought. She has a theory that Shulk has no taste buds and therefore no sense of taste.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Mostly while wearing the Speed-type Frames.
* ActionGirl: From the very beginning, she's a proficient knife user. And then there's her Mechon body, in which she's capable of giving [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} KOS-MOS]] a run for her money. A sidequest even mentions that Fiora was once considered for the Colony 9 Defense Force (much like Reyn and Dunban).
* AndIMustScream: She says that during the time she was Egil's minion, she was fully aware of everything that was happening.
* BackFromTheDead: Although turned into a Mechon. She is revived to serve as Meyneth's vessel.
* BareYourMidriff: Her outfit as a Homs. She (somewhat) does away with it during her term as a Mechon.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Her personality was rewritten to be loyal to Egil after this, though ThePowerOfLove allows her to remember who she is.
* BadassAdorable: Sweet, kind, cute, and capable of wiping the floor with her enemies' asses.
* BeamSpam: If you decide to use them consistently. They're all-around efficient, effective, and powerful.
* BecomeARealBoy: Thanks to High Entia technology in the form of the Regeneration Chamber, Fiora gets her human body back for the epilogue.
* BettyAndVeronica: Starts off as the Betty to Melia, as Shulk's childhood friend and GirlNextDoor. After she rejoins the party, her part-machine nature and fiery personality make her the Veronica.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: After seeing her taking care of her brother and preparing lunch for Shulk, you wouldn't expect to see her driving a freaking tank and shooting its main cannon in a Mechon's face at point-blank range!! And that's BEFORE [[ActionGirl her transformation.]]
* BoobsOfSteel: [[VisualPun Pun aside,]] Fiora is a strong melee fighter and has a large bust to boot [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/xenoblade/images/5/54/Fiora_faced_mechon_1.png in her half-Mechon form.]]
* BoyishShortHair: As a Mechon in contrast to her Homs form.
* CriticalHitClass: Her ''Critical Combo'' skill turns all of her double attacks into critical hits, and her ''Speed Shift'' aura increases her Double Attack rate and the speed of her auto-attack, turning her into a killing machine that deals DeathOfAThousandCuts. She can also link Dunban's ''Critical Drain'' skill, allowing her to constantly heal herself just by auto-attacking.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Shulk. VictoriousChildhoodFriend example; everybody who knows Shulk and Fiora could tell they love each other and have for a long time, and they are pretty much a canon couple by the end.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: An early heart-to-heart implies that she made one with Shulk after having an argument with Dunban. If you choose to bring it up, though, Fiora will get mad at Shulk, stating that she was too young to know what marriage meant at the time (but secretly finding it sweet that he remembered).
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Her standard Homs outfit.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: She's Shulk's VictoriousChildhoodFriend, she's technically playable since the beginning (granted, as a Homs, but still), she's the vessel for Meyneth (contrasting Shulk being Zanza's vessel), they both have {{Evil Counterpart}}s (Zanza for Shulk, Mumkhar for Fiora), she's the main (well, only) Mechon protagonist opposing Shulk being the main Homs protagonist, and nearly the entirety of the final cutscene is shown from her point of view (to hide the fact that her Homs body regenerated offscreen).
* DidYouGetANewHairCut: Shulk awkwardly tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this on her during the epilogue. It's pretty clear he ''does'' notice that she has her Homs body back, but he pretends not to in order to get out of showing a preference for either one.
* DisposableWoman: A subversion. She dies shortly after her introduction, and her death is both the cause of Shulk's initial quest and a source of angst for him. Then she's revealed to have survived her apparent death, and goes on to take a prominent role in the story.
* DubNameChange - She's called "Fiorung" in the original Japanese ("フィオルン" written in katakana).
* DualWielding: Both as a Homs, using a pair of knives, and as a Mechon, this time with a pair of swords.
* ElementalPowers: After becoming a Mechon, Fiora gains several elemental abilities:
** [[ShockAndAwe Mag Storm]]
** [[GravityMaster Zero Gravity]]
** [[PureEnergy Final Cross]]
* EleventhHourRanger: With traits of the SixthRanger in personality as, after becoming part-Mechon, she's noticeably a lot more serious and battle-ready. Despite this, she never loses her kind nature.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Her temporary death and "revival", to the point that she's constantly referred to as "Seven" or "7th" outside of spoilers.
* FirstGirlWins: Goes hand and hand with her being Shulk's ChildhoodFriendRomance. She was the first female party member by a long shot.
* GirlNextDoor: For Shulk, since they grew up together living very close to each other.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She ticks practically every personality trait on the list. Beautiful, good, young, innocent, sweet, wholesome, kind, feminine -- all of them apply. The only thing that doesn't is an aversion to violence, because she is both heavily armed and entirely willing to fight if it means protecting her friends.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: In one of their Heart to Hearts, it's implied that she and Melia have become this.
* HollywoodCyborg: Her Mechon body, which seems to have varying degrees of still-human parts depending on what armor is equipped. Compared to the other converted Face pilots shown on-screen, she doesn't appear as heavily mutilated.
* IntimateHealing: With Shulk, when he tries to give her water via mouth-to-mouth. She even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]].
* KnifeNut: Her WeaponOfChoice as a Homs are two daggers.
* FrickinLaserBeams: She gains the ability to use them as a [[LimitBreak Talent Art]] depending on which Drones you equip her with.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Her first appearance in a crossover game, ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2'' has her as her Mechon self, joining alongside her predecessor [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} KOS-MOS]].
* LightningBruiser: As Mechon Fiora. She rivals with Riki for the second highest Agility (her maximum Agility loses to Riki's by ''1'' point), her HP is above average and her Physical Defense is fantastic. As mentioned in CriticalHitClass, she can inflict massive damage and constantly heal herself at the same time.
* LimitBreak: Given that it requires her to be in ''very'' high Tension, Final Cross is about the closest the game has to a traditional version.
* LittlestCancerPatient: For exactly one storyline sidequest, you are required to help her find a part on the Fallen Hand that allows her to perform fully. She's also bedridden, says she's fine and doesn't want anyone else to worry, and [[TeamMom Sharla]] even leaves the party to watch over her. You may end up [[VideoGameCaringPotential finishing it almost immediately after it is given]].
* TheLoad: Fears that she'll end up like this. In certain heart-to-hearts, she implies she's actually scared of the situations she goes through, but tends to put on a brave face. She even admits in her heart-to-heart with Dunban, Recovery and Reflection, that she learnt from the Colony 9 attack, and won't end up as reckless as before.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Post-Mechonization, she comes equipped with two detachable AttackDrones that let her pull this.
* MagikarpPower: She's not bad when you first obtain her, however when she is able to get Speed Shift, Final Cross, and all of her skills from her extra skill branches, she can become the best character in the game bar Shulk and Melia.
* MsFanservice: Fiora's armors tend to show off a lot of skin, to the point where it seems the developers forgot she's supposed to be mostly machine.
* PluckyGirl: She never loses her cheerful spirit, despite the amount of crap she has to go through.
* ThePollyanna: Her reaction to having a machine body forced on her ''and'' realising that she's slowly dying after Lady Meyneth is killed? "It'll be fine....[[StepfordSmiler I think]]."
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Shulk, Blue to Reyn. ''Both'' to Melia, who swap sides around over the course of the second half of the game.
* RoboticSpouse: The possibility of Fiora becoming one is discussed by both her and Shulk in a few Heart-to-Heart's, but it's ultimately subverted due to the Machina growing her a new body.
* SacrificialLion: She is apparently killed when the Mechons invade Colony 9. It's subverted, as it turned out she was saved by being given a robot body, and then her human form restored at the end.
* SenselessSacrifice: She [[BigDamnHeroes tries to use the mobile artillery to protect Shulk from Metal Face]] when it looks like the Monado isn't working against him. Too bad [[RealityEnsues she doesn't fare any better]], and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice gets skewered for her trouble]]. Oh well, it was the thought that counted, right?
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Most of her equipment has this, usually in accord with AbsoluteCleavage.
* SingleTargetSexuality: She only has eyes for Shulk.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Shulk's kindness is what wins her over.
* SoulJar: The same way Shulk is Zanza's, Fiora becomes [[GodIsGood Lady Meyneth's.]]
* SpamAttack: Her Talent Art. Her Sword Drones in her Mechon form also allow her to do one.
* StepfordSmiler: The girl goes through a ''huge'' amount of crap, but she never openly angsts about it.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Fiora's Speed set is the most revealing of her armors and shows off quite a lot of her cleavage.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The exact nature of her death and how it was used in the storyline is a direct example of this trope.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: Though she takes it in stride later on, even discussing some of the advantages of being a mechon, like not needing food or sleep. And [[EmergencyTransformation considering death was the alternative]], it's not hard to imagine she would have picked this option ''willingly'' if she was in any condition to be asked. The biggest advantage Fiora sees in having the Mechon body is that it allows her to stand with and fight alongside Shulk against any enemy, and boy can she ever. Fiora still prefers her human body, though, and she gets it back in the epilogue, courtesy of the Regeneration Chamber.
* WalkingSpoiler: It's pretty much impossible to say ''anything'' about the plot without spoiling her (temporary) death two hours into the story.
* WeaponTwirling: She just ''loves'' to spin her weapons in "[[GunTwirling cowgirl with her revolver]]" style whenever she takes them out or puts them away. The latter takes around 5 seconds after ''every single'' battle... but you gotta admit [[RuleOfCool she looks pretty damn cool while she does it!]].
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Her Mechon body slowly begins to shut down after the loss of Meyneth. She's aware she's living on borrowed time, but doesn't give a damn.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A in her default Homs costume, visible in the picture above.


!!! Age: 18; Height: 190 cm


->''"OK, I got it. I'll make you a promise. Shulk won't even get a scratch."''
-->Voiced by: Jay Taylor (English), Eiji Miyashita (Japanese)

Reyn (ライン, Rein), one of Shulk's childhood friends, he is the second character introduced into the game. Although he is a member of Colony 9's Defense Force, he can often be seen at Shulk and Fiora's side. Reyn is the stereotypical fun-loving joker of the group. He uses an oversized shield-gunlance, which can switch from shield mode into gun or lance mode.
* BareYourMidriff: His default costume, as shown in the picture to the right.
%% * BashBrothers: with Shulk.
* {{BFG}}: The weapon is officially deemed a "gunlance", although the first part is rarely seen except in some of his Talent Arts. It's also noticeably bigger than the ones we see in the hands of Defense Force soldiers.
* {{BFS}}: Most of Reyn's attacks involve using the massive blade to stab or slash things.
* TheBigGuy: Class 4. The largest member of the team, with health and weaponry to match.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's very confident in his fighting abilities and very vocal about it. [[http://xenoblade.wikia.com/wiki/Reyn#Quotes Check out his battle quotes]].
* BookDumb: He's frequently shown to be the slowest member of the team -- outright saying he prefers to leave the thinking to Shulk.
* ButtMonkey: He's the constant victim of lampooning from ''all'' of his companions in post-battle dialouge.
-->'''Shulk''': Reyn, you're such an easy target!
* CatchPhrase: "NOW IT'S REYN TIME!"
* CharacterDevelopment: He goes from a rather boisterous and irresponsible young man into a strong and compassionate warrior who defends his friends to the best of his ability.
* {{Combos}}: Dive Sobat gains an additional effect if it's used after Bone Upper.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: While it's never brought up during the main story, Reyn's Heart to Hearts (primarily his final Heart to Heart with Riki) reveal his parent's are dead with no explanation for what the cause was. Despite this, Reyn rarely lets this drag him down and is only saddened for a short time when bringing it up.
%% * DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments.
* DrawAggro: His special ability is "Mad Taunt", which gets enemies to focus on him.
* DropTheHammer: His weapon has the weight to function as one, which is good as Reyn frequently uses it in such a manner in his Battle Arts.
* FieryRedhead: Hot-tempered, eager to fight, and red-haired to match.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Shulk. The two have been together since childhood and remain inseparable over the course of the story.
* HeroicBuild: He's huge and muscular, to contrast with Shulk's general weediness.
* HiddenDepths: Reyn may be rather slow academically, but he's also one of the most empathic and insightful people on the team.
* HotBlooded: The most extroverted and gung-ho member of the party.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: His dialogue during the battle with Jade Face pretty much ''reeks'' of this. Although the ending implies that they may end up together after all.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Reyn starts the game off as kind of rude and brash, when Sharla comes into his life he wants to be with her. By the WhamEpisode of the game, he's the biggest supporter of Sharla and Gadolt, is the party's main [[TheHeart motivator]], and he's extremely empathetic.
* TheLancer: Though his role on the team is closer to TheBigGuy, he does have some traits of TheLancer. Most notably, he's [[TheHero Shulk]]'s oldest and most loyal friend who can always be counted on to watch his back.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The weapon is frequently used as a shield due to its massive size.
* MightyGlacier: He is one of the two characters who easily possesses over 9900 HP without Gems. His Physical Defense is pretty beefy and he has ''Aura Burst'' and ''Dive Sobat'' to nerf enemy's offense. He has many strong AreaOfEffect attacks and his ''Sword Drive'' is the single most devastating physical attack in the game. However, his auto-attacks are on the slow side, and his stronger attacks take a while to charge. Finally, because his Agility leaves much to be desired, he will have trouble fighting faster enemies.
* NotSoDifferent: From Gadolt, which he often lampshades.
* NumberTwo: To Shulk.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: It forms part of his CharacterDevelopment. He used to protect the weedy Shulk when they were young, but later in the game he realises that Shulk has become strong enough to protect himself. He then decides that even if that's the case, he can still watch his friend's back.
* PracticalTaunt: "Mad Taunt" is his Talent Art, which greatly boosts Reyn's aggro for a limited amount of time, thereby diverting attention away from other party members, keeping them safe from harm. And since he has multiple Arts that increase aggro and refill his talent meter, he's usually able to reuse Mad Taunt just as its effect has begun to wear off.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's a Red Oni to Shulk's Blue through and through, although this is later reversed as he begins to mature and become more level-headed.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Mocked. When Sharla starts comparing him to her fiance, his response is "What am I, some kind of Gadolt substitute?"
* SecondLove: Initially, Sharla's drawn to him due to his similarities to Gadolt, but she gradually develops genuine feelings for Reyn for reasons all his own. The ending implies that they've either become an item, or that they're well [[MaybeEverAfter on their way to becoming one.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Shulk, Sensitive Guy to Dunban; although that's more on account of Dunban [[TeamDad being more mature]] than anything else.
* ShipTease: With Sharla, and his final Heart-to-Heart with Riki stops just short of him stating his feelings.
* ShipperOnDeck: During the battle with Jade Face, he reveals that he's become something akin to this for her and Gadolt.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: In the ending, after his IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy moment mentioned above, it's implied that he actually does score with Sharla.
* TheMcCoy: Reyn definitely fulfills this role as he tends to rely on emotion and instinct above all else in addition to recklessly rushing into situations regardless of the outcome.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Energy Aubergines (better known as eggplants in the 'states) are his favorite gift. You even get an achievement for giving him one!
* UndyingLoyalty: It doesn't matter how dangerous the going gets, Reyn will never ''ever'' leave his friends' sides. Especially not Shulk's.
* UnknownRival: He seems to consider Gadolt his rival for Sharla's affections on a subconscious level, despite having never met him. He eventually grows out of it, though.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Although it never gets in the way of gameplay, one of his Heart-to-Hearts with Shulk reveals that Reyn is afraid of spiders due to Shulk placing one in his shoe.
* WorthyOpponent: Somewhat. They're not quite hostile, but his strength and determination are eventually respected by Gadolt.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Dunban compares him to how he used to be, and he's spot-on. Watch how Dunban acts during the prologue cutscene and then watch any five minutes of Reyn in action. You could swap their character models around during this time and nobody'd be able to tell the difference.


!!! Age: 30; Height: 180 cm


->''"We may die if we take a stand here. But staying gives us the chance to change our destinies."''

-->Voiced by: Rufus Jones (English), Creator/RyoHorikawa (Japanese)

A high-ranking soldier of Colony 9, Dunban (ダンバン) was originally thought to be the only one capable of wielding the legendary Monado, and used the weapon to great effect against the invading Mechon at the Battle of Sword Valley, one year prior to the game's main story. During the battle, however, the Monado took a considerable toll on Dunban's health, so much so that his right arm is now almost completely paralyzed, and he is thus no longer able to wield the Monado, as any further exposure to the weapon could potentially kill him. However, he is still able to effectively wield a katana with his left arm to fight against enemies.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Especially strange since his sister is a pale-skinned [[GreenEyes green-eyed]] blonde.
* BadassNormal: Without the Monado he's still an incredibly skilled swordsman, even with only one working arm.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even though he loses both the Monado and the use of his right arm, Dunban is still an effective fighter.
* BadassBack: Thunder has him shoot out a blast of lightning that Dazes everything he has his back to.
* BadassBoast: "[[CrapsackWorld Born in a world of strife!]] [[MillionToOneChance Against the odds,]] [[ScrewDestiny we choose to fight!]] '''''[[CallingYourAttacks BLOSSOM DANCE!]]'''''"
%%* BadassBeard
* BadassCape: His standard outfit comes with one worn over his crippled arm.
* BadassFamily: Has this with Fiora. Dunban is a warrior famous for his role in the victory at Sword Valley, and Fiora's his equal when it comes to fighting.
%%* PersonOfMassDestruction: Take a guess with what.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: After learning the truth about Metal Face, Dunban attempts to ''kill'' him. It takes one ''hell'' of an IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim speech from Shulk to stop him from doing so.
%%* BigBrotherMentor: To Shulk, Reyn and Fiora.
* BloodFromTheMouth: When he tries to wield the Monado again during the Mechon raid, the strain on his body eventually causes him to vomit blood and collapse.
* BugCatching: He mentions in a few Heart-to-Hearts that he used to do this in his youth, and still has some interest in it. He even appreciates getting some insects as gifts from other party members.
* CherryBlossoms: His Talent Art creates cherry blossom petals with each successful action.
* {{Combos}}: Worldly Slash, Electric Gutbuster, and Tempest Kick gain additional effects if they're used after Gale Slash. Furthermore, Thunder affects enemies in an area of effect behind him; Gale Slash sends him straight through smaller enemies (if he's close enough) and Tempest Kick finishes with his back to the enemy, so Thunder is best used after one of these (essentially weaponizing the BadassBack).
* CrazyAwesome: A deconstruction of what happens when somebody ''actually'' tries running on the RuleOfCool. During the ActionPrologue, he's the only one who can wield the Monado and somehow manages to defeat the Mechon through the liberal application of LeeroyJenkins tactics. He's so wild and unpredictable that Dickson ends up referring to him as a "Beast". He doesn't have any strategy, tactics, or planning, just a crapload of balls and a total disregard for the danger that his own life is in... ''[[CrazyEnoughToWork and it works]]'', but he loses the use of his right arm due to being overloaded with the Monado's power. Despite this, he still thinks he'll be able to use the sword. This turns out to be horribly wrong, as when he ''tries'' to be CrazyAwesome again, he can't take the sword's power and nearly ends up getting himself killed. Cue Shulk picking the sword up...
* CriticalHitClass: ''Heat Haze'' is an aura that guarantees all critical hit. It makes Dunban hit like a truck and build the Party Gauge very quickly, which allows him to stack up his aura even further. His ''Critical Drain'' skill also heals him every time he scores a critical hit.
* {{Determinator}}: He wasn't chosen by the Monado the way Shulk was, but was able to wield it anyway through sheer HeroicWillpower, despite the fact that it electrocuted him every time he tried to use it. [[DeconstructedTrope Ultimately this nearly killed him, left him bedridden for a year, and permanently cost him the use of his right arm]]. Even this doesn't stop him, though, as he just trains himself to fight with his ''left'' arm, and sets out to do everything he can to help Shulk avenge Fiora, even if he can now only wield a mundane sword.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Hates Ether Plums with a passion. In fact, it's one of the few items that drops affinity the most when given to him. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential There's an achievement for giving him one anyway, however]].
* ElementalPowers:
** BlowYouAway
** LightEmUp [=/=] PureEnergy: When he had the Monado.
** PetalPower: ''[[LargeHam BLOSSOM DANCE]]''!
** ShockAndAwe
* EmotionalBruiser: According to Fiora, however, he's a ''massive'' softie underneath the badass persona he presents to everybody. This eventually shines through as he connects more and more with the party on an emotional level and reveals his ShipperOnDeck hopes for her and Shulk.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Jin Uzuki]], as the resident [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] long-haired CulturedBadass older brother of the main heroine.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: With the Monado, though he could only activate Monado Enchant and Buster.
* EyepatchOfPower: He can wear one as a head gear. And he doesn't seem to lose any depth perception for some reason.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: If you were able to correctly deduce what was happening in the opening scene and why he said those lines to Shulk, you may have spoiled the final act of the plot.
* FourStarBadass: Implied to be a Defense Force ''general'', going by his default set of clothes.
* GlassCannon: He's arguably the game's best damage-dealer, and he can dodge most anything if you spam agility gems on him, but when he does get hit, he gets hit hard. Epitomized by two of his Abilities. One of which massively improves Agility, and one of which increases the Aggro he draws, but both of which require him to be wearing absolutely ''no'' armor.
* HandicappedBadass: Lost the use of his right arm as a result of his using the Monado in the previous Mechon invasion of Bionis -- the arm's not detached or anything, but his attempts to use it are incredibly painful. He doesn't let this slow him down any, though, proving just as proficient at swordfighting and traversing the landscape as the rest of the party using his ''left'' arm instead.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Even if he doesn't show it, it's clear that Fiora's apparent death affects him.
* HeroicRROD: Over-use of the Monado resulted in the loss of his right arm. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Hmm...]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: His War-Buddies are [[ObviouslyEvil Mumkhar]] and [[EvilAllAlong Dickson]].
* InUniverseNickname: "Beast", from Dickson, and "Dundun" from Riki.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: His fighting style clearly revolves around the use of one, though quite a few of his weapons turn out to be [[AnAxeToGrind hand axes]], [[SinisterScythe scythes]], or {{BFS}}'.
* LargeHam: Mostly in battle. His [[CallingYourAttacks attack cries]] are undeniably, ridiculously over-the-top. Doubles up as NotSoAboveItAll given his status as the sensible TeamDad outside of combat. [[LimitBreak Blossom Dance]] in particular is evidence that Rufus Jones could become the English answer to the likes of Creator/JamiesonPrice.
* MasterSwordsman: He manages to get the upper hand against Mumkhar without much trouble when they duel at Valak Mountain. Note that Mumkhar is cybernetically enhanced and Dunban is fighting with his weaker arm.
* MemeticBadass: Considered to be one {{in-universe}} at first due to his use of the Monado and the fact that his doing so is entire reason why the Homs weren't wiped out a year ago. Later on, the group comes to understand that, for all Dunban's badassery, he's still a normal person and is not to be put on a pedestal.
* NotSoStoic: Despite normally being so as noted below, Dunban notably loses all control when he learns Mumkhar was behind the attack on Colony 9, to which his desire for revenge is on the same level as Shulk's.
* OneHandedZweihander: Due to his paralyzed right arm, Dunban wields katanas and {{BFS}}es in one hand.
* OneManArmy: His EstablishingCharacterMoment has him charging, alone and unsupported, into the midst of a Mechon army and carving a path straight through them without taking a scratch.
* PromotedToParent: Fiora was born twelve years after he was, and Dunban tells Shulk that he had to protect and raise her like a daughter, after their father was killed not long after.
* RealMenWearPink: His motifs are cherry blossoms, though ironically he doesn't like flowers as he dislikes their impermanence.
* RedHerring: His FamedInStory character and the fact that you can't customize his equipment during the first stint where he joins your party paints him as a classic SacrificialLion GuestStarPartyMember. In reality, not only does he survive and go on to become a regular part member, it's ''Fiora'' who dies at the end of said sequence.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Against Mumkhar, once the truth comes out. It's notable in that this is the first time Dunban displays any of his character flaws ''[[NotSoStoic openly]]'' and Shulk has to help him back down because ''Dunban's'' RoaringRampageOfRevenge has the potential to [[HeWhoFightsMonsters be even worse than his]].
* ScarsAreForever: Has a nasty-looking scar (which looks a lot like an electrical burn) running up the whole of his right arm from where the Monado rejected him.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Shulk and Reyn.
* ShipperOnDeck: He ships Shulk and Fiora.
* TheStoic: A kinder version. The man goes through things that would break most people, but he bottles it up to stay strong for everyone. He lacked Shulk's special affinity for the Monado and his gift of foresight, but he still wielded the blade through sheer HeroicWillpower, despite the fact that it electrocuted him every time he tried to use it.
* SubmissiveBadass: He might be the party's biggest badass, but he defers to Shulk when it comes to leading them.
* TeamDad: And this during the other half. Riki might be older and an actual father, but Dunban acts as the most mature and mentorly male member of the party.
* TheTeetotaler: If he is in the active party when talking to [[TheAlcoholic Nelo]] at the beginning of the quest "Losing the Taste for Alcohol", he will mention that he used to drink alcohol himself until Fiora advised him to stop due to the damage it could do to his health.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Of the three Sword Valley "heroes" that fought in the prologue, as Mumkhar and Dickson are both antagonists later on in the game. He is also the most attractive of them.
* TookALevelInBadass: Dunban takes his level in badass by taking one in ''common sense''. After he gives up the Monado, he becomes a lot calmer and much more responsible. This is most noticeable during his reunion with the party, where he tells Shulk to understand his limits after their second battle with Metal Face comes to an abrupt end. The Dunban of one year ago would have recklessly charged the Mechon without a second thought.
* TranquilFury: Every last one of his encounters with Metal Face... until he realises ''who'' he is.
* UnknownRival: To Mumkhar to an extent. Dunban appears to have at least been aware of Mumkhar's jealousy towards him, but thought of their relationship as VitriolicBestBuds instead of an outright hostile one. He had no idea just how much Mumkhar wanted the Monado and that Mumkhar had wanted Dunban dead for years.
* UnskilledButStrong: His Monado usage can best be summed up as this.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He has Inner Peace, a skill that greatly increases Agility when he's completely void of armour, creating a rare case of shirtlessness being a legitimate strategy.
* WarriorPoet: Recites a badass Haiku about war when using Blossom Dance.
* WorldsBestWarrior: Was considered this before losing the use of his right arm. He was widely regarded as a living legend, and him wielding the Monado is the only reason the Homs weren't wiped out in the Battle of Sword Valley.


!!! Age: 21; Height: 168 cm


->''"I swear I won't stop until I've scrapped each and every one of you!"''

-->Voiced by: Kellie Bright (English), Creator/AkenoWatanabe (Japanese)

Sharla (カルナ, Carna) is a medic of Colony 6's Defense Force. She uses an ether rifle to fight, and her specialty is healing.
* AbnormalAmmo: In this world, bullets can heal wounds better than they can inflict them, for some reason. It's explained in a cutscene though, the healing and buff bullets she fires are fired into the air before they disperse ether for whatever effect is needed.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Along with her kid brother (Juju), Otharon, and several of the survivors of Colony 6. {{Justified}} since, as Homs, they have no specified ethnicity.
* BareYourMidriff: Most of her clothes. The clothing she's wearing on the right is just one of several similar outfits.
* {{BFG}}: She wields a [[SmallGirlBigGun rather large rifle]] as a weapon.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Just ''try'' to hurt Juju in front of her. Even if it takes her a long and painful trek through an Ether Mine, she ''will'' find her brother and she ''will'' put a bullet between the eyes of whoever took him.
* BreakTheCutie: She almost loses her brother to Xord, and then loses her loved one after he becomes a Face.
%%* TheChick: A more mature and level-headed version, but she counts.
* ChainmailBikini: The number of outfits she has that ''aren't'' {{Stripperific}} in some way can be counted on one hand. They generally don't look like they were designed as practical armor.
* CombatMedic: She's the primary healer, although she'll spend a lot of time fighting as well due to the insane cooldown times on her healing Arts.
%%* CoolBigSis: Especially to Melia.
* DubNameChange: In Japan she's known as "Carna" (written "カルナ" in katakana).
* {{Facepalm}}: A frequent expression of hers.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Make her lead and start running.
* GogglesDoNothing: She wears a set of goggles around her neck, but at no point in the story do they go ever around her eyes.
* HealingHands: She's the main healer until Melia joins, but she uses her rifle rather than her hands to do so.
* HealingShiv: Many of her arts come from her gun, with the bullets having healing and buffing effects.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Gadolt sacrificing himself to save the party prompts Sharla to grow stronger as a character.
* HeroicBSOD: When escaping from Agniratha, her NotQuiteDead fiancee Gadolt bravely sacrifices himself to allow the group to escape. You can imagine how Sharla acted after that.
* LovingAShadow: Her friendship with Reyn seems to be based mostly off his similarities to Gadolt. Reyn eventually catches on to this, but realises that he can't compete with him, leading to a "IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy" moment.
* MaybeEverAfter: Two of her heart-to-hearts reveal she's fallen for Reyn, though it's uncertain whether they're actually together by the game's ending.
* OutOfFocus: A lot of Sharla's character development and interactions (Namely her budding romance with Reyn) are relegated to heart-to-hearts which can easily be missed. As a result, a player who doesn't catch them (or even know they're there) will mostly see her in background shots, until Jade Face appears, that is.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After the people of Colony 6 are revealed to have been eaten by Xord, she goes ''absolutely apeshit'' and swears to "scrap each and every one of (the Mechon)".
* SecondLove: In her final heart-to-heart with Reyn, Sharla secretly laments the fact that Reyn would be returning to Colony 9 with Shulk and Fiora, rather than move to Colony 6 with her. Which leaves her to wonder who would eventually be by her side in Reyn's absence. However, the ending shows both Colonies have been [[FreezeFrameBonus relocated to the head of the Bionis]], allowing Sharla and Juju to still spend time with Reyn.
* ShipperOnDeck: She supports Shulk x Melia, to the point where she forces Melia to come along with the party. At least, until Fiora joins the party.
* ShipTease: There's a lot of flirting between her and Reyn, and the ending implies that they've gotten together for real.
%%* SiblingYinYang: The yin to Juju's yang.
%%* StoneWall: Especially with her heavy armor.
* TeamMom: Especially in her Heart-To-Hearts with ''Dunban'', of all people. After one, he thinks: ''"Now I know how Juju feels..."'' Lampshaded in a post-battle quote if she's in the party with Riki and Melia. The joke is that they're both older than her.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: She loves fruit, as evidenced in the fact that the presents that give the most hearts are all fruits and the fact that there's an achievement for giving her 20 of them.


!!Melia Antiqua
!!! Age: 88; Height: 156 cm


->''"If you do not grasp the importance of loved ones until after they are gone... That is simply too late."''

-->Voiced by: [[Creator/JennaColeman Jenna-Louise Coleman]] (English), Shiori Katsuta (Japanese)

Princess Melia Antiqua (メリア) is a powerful mage who lives in the Royal City of Alcamoth prior to the game's events. Her arts focus on summoning elemental spirits and ether magic. She becomes the leader of the High Entia after Sorean dies.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: She clearly has feelings for Shulk. Unfortunately for her, he only has eyes for Fiora.
* ArtificialStupidity: Putting her on AI control is an exercise in frustration. Her AI has very little regard for tactics, preferring to mindlessly use Elementals while at point-blank range. Since she's a SquishyWizard, this very quickly ends in her demise.
* BareYourMidriff: If you give her the FurBikini-esque Makna/Panther tops, she does this. {{Fanservice}} ensues.
* BettyAndVeronica: Initially acts as the Veronica due to her High Entia heritage and initial standoffishness, but her femininity and unrequited crush on Shulk make her the Betty when the mechonized Fiora rejoins the party.
* BlackMagicianGirl: Specializes in attack ether magic.
%%* TheChick: She eventually becomes a more traditional version of this after Fiora returns and cements herself as another [[TheLancer Lancer]].
* CostumePorn: Her standard outfit is very fancy.
* CutenessProximity: Her quotes with Riki as the leader that give 4 hearts always has her commenting on the cuteness of Riki, as well as this quote:
-->'''Melia''': Riki, may I please stroke your soft fur?\\
'''Riki''': Melly always welcome!\\
'''Reyn''': Me too please!
* {{Determinator}}: Which somehow [[UpToEleven gets even more epic]] after most of the High Entia become Telethia and she is able to retain her sanity ''a few minutes later''.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Melia tries this on Shulk, but stops and berates herself for it.
* TheDutifulSon: Well, daughter, but she always tries to be dutiful to her father and her people.
* ElementalPowers:
** [[AnIcePerson Summon Ice]]
** [[BlowYouAway Summon Wind]]
** Many of her debuffing spells, such as Shadow Stitch, evoke CastingAShadow.
** [[DishingOutDirt Summon Earth]]
** [[LightEmUp Mind Blast]]
** [[MakingASplash Summon Aqua]]
** [[PlayingWithFire Summon Flare]]
** [[ShockAndAwe Summon Bolt]]
* {{Envy}}: Repeatedly states she is jealous of Fiora, but doesn't let it interfere with their relationship.
%%* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs:
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Her irises each have a dark ring that surround a thin pupil, which signify that she is half-Homs.
* GlassCannon: Her health growth is horrible, worse than what ''Fiora'' started at. However, her attacks are guaranteed to hit, and are usually extremely powerful when leveled adequately, along with being able to ''stack'' while on reserve.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's half Homs and half High Entia.
* HighClassGloves: Her royal outfits include very nice gloves.
* HopelessSuitor: When Fiora returns, it's over for her getting on with Shulk.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: She effectively gives up on Shulk so that he and Fiora can be happy, despite her being part-Mechon.
* {{Kuudere}}: She acts very formal around Shulk, even as she develops love for him.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: A mage with an array hard-hitting spells and a feminine, graceful princess.
* TheLancer: She provides a more practical counterpoint to Shulk's idealism in the beginning and eventually becomes one of his strongest supporters. Like many characters, she also has shades of being TheSmartGirl, with her particular field being more ancient knowledge.
* LeotardOfPower: Her default outfit if she isn't wearing any armor.
* LimitBreak: Her Battle Arts that can only be used during Elemental Burst, especially Mind Blast, could qualify.
* LoveHurts: Shulk never does return her affections, and remains oblivious to them the entire game due to only having eyes for Fiora.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Melia" comes from the Greek word "Μελίαι" (Meliai), which was the name given to a race of nymphs in Greek mythology. Being half-High Entia, she shares the youthful, angelic appearance characteristic of those nymphs.
** "Antiqua" comes from the Latin word "antiquus", meaning "old" and "time-honored", which reflects her race's older society and long-livedness.
* MiniDressOfPower: Her standard armor form is a short dress, even her royal outfits.
* NiceHat: It also helps hide her wings before she's revealed to be half High Entia.
%%* NiceShoes
* PimpedOutCape: Her cape is pretty fancy, with as the same decorations as her dress.
* PimpedOutDress: Her royal outfit has several subtle, but still fancy, details.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her default outfit has a lot of pink.
* ProperlyParanoid: She questions if it's a good idea to release Zanza from his shackles and that her ancestors must have a reason to imprison him in the first place. Her suspicions turn out to be spot on when Zanza is revealed to be the BigBad.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: 88 years old, specifically.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The future ruler of the High Entia is first seen dispatching a Telethia in one blow (not really destroying it and was actually her stepmother trying to get her killed, but still). After that, she joins the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that will eventually cease Mechonis' assault on Bionis and, later, [[UpToEleven kill an]] OmnicidalManiac JerkassGod.
* ShipperOnDeck: Ships Sharla/Reyn in her last Heart to Heart.
* SquishyWizard: With shades of TheRedMage. She is one of the least durable party members.
* SummonMagic: Her elemental spells are this in a fashion, as they call forth an elemental spirit that can be fired to inflict damage.
* TranquilFury:
** She doesn't lose her cool when Lorithia gives the TakeThatKiss to her brother, but it's clear to all that she's ''pissed''.
** Even earlier than that, she's the only party member to not be fazed when Mumkhar takes mechon-Fiora hostage in exchange for the Monado. Instead, her response is to Mind Blast him and Metal Face in rapid succession, freeing Fiora in the process.
--> '''Melia:''' [[ShutUpHannibal We will not bow to]] ''[[ShutUpHannibal you!]]''
* TraumaCongaLine: Oh boy.
** [[MissingMom Lost her mother]] while young, probably just by [[Really700YearsOld outliving]] her.
** Is a half-blood in a society that still holds a lot of racism towards all other species.
** Grows up expecting her big brother to become emperor, leaving her to have no real purpose in life.
** In the process of failing to kill a Telethia, watches four of her closest protectors get wiped out within moments of each other.
** Is unexpectedly named heir to the throne, a position she doesn't appear to want.
** Discovers that [[WickedStepmother her stepmother]] is the one who keeps sending all these highly-lethal Telethia after her, and finds out much later that she has a secret stepsister who was in on it.
** Watches her father get run through at close range, who subsequently dies in her arms mid-sentence.
** Has her crush on Shulk suffocated by [[FirstGirlWins Fiora's return]].
** Watches her people get turned into Telethia, destroying her entire society just for evil funsies.
** As a result of this event, is forced to kill [[TragicMonster her brother]] personally (and, in an optional sidequest, her stepmother).
** Unlike the rest of the party, gets no real compensation or happy ending at the end of the story.
** Will outlive her friends several times over.
** And through all that, she ''still'' keeps her chin up.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Her default outfit has some blue to go with the pink.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Literally. Melia has to act a certain way in public as the High Entia Princess, and even wears a mask to hide her [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Homs face.]] It doesn't stop her from walking around Alcamoth with her face exposed as a party member, but talking to some [=NPCs=] will demonstrate that because Melia never showed her real face to the public as princess, [[HiddenInPlainSight she can blend into the crowd without anyone recognizing her.]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Her Starlight Kick attack is basically Wrestling/TheGreatMuta's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbH6uBOksJE Shining Wizard]].


!!! Age: 40; Height: 60 cm


->''"New Hom Hom friends! Meet this year's legendary Heropon, Riki! Riki live to serve!"''

-->Voiced by: Wayne Forester (English), Creator/YukiKaida (Japanese)

Riki (リキ) is a member of the mercantile Nopon race. Although he looks like a child, he is actually 40 years old and has eleven children. A natural story-teller, he will go on at length about how he is actually the true legendary hero spoken of in the prophecies.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Despite his ego, Riki is a pretty strong party member.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The game gives you a tiny Nopon male for a hero after giving you three Homs.
* BackStab: Sneaky does triple damage if done from behind. Bitey-Bitey's Bleed duration is also extended if the attack connects from behind.
* BigEater: He brings eating in much of his dialogue, and can eat a lot despite his small stature.
--> "Riki's job is eating."
* BookDumb: Comments between him and other Nopon [=NPCs=] suggest him to be almost as educationally lacking as Reyn, such as him being illiterate and sleeping through some of his classes.
* ButtMonkey: His intro involves him doing the saddest excuse for an entrance and being pelted with food by the other Nopon. He's the appointed Legendary Heropon because he is ''deeply'' in debt to the village.
* BadassAdorable -- One of his battle quotes is:
--> "Riki can win by himself."
* BreathWeapon: This is how he performs many of his ether arts.
* CaptainObvious: Used by him and [[LampshadeHanging mocked by Reyn]] when Riki first joins up.
--> "Dinobeast is big and scary."
* CloudCuckoolander: Riki's response to Dunban saying "I can feel my power returning to me!" during battle? "Power sound like sour. Sweets are better."
* CuddleBug: Especially to Melia.
* DudeNotFunny: Even if it's in his nature to be optimistic, sometimes he is completely oblivious to people's feelings and, as a result, times things ''really'' badly, which often results in him being called out for it by the other party members; like declaring that he's bored and hungry in the aftermath of Melia's father's death.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Even though, if played right, Riki is one of the most useful characters, in the game combining elements of thief and tank with some very useful XP-boosting passive skills that can be shared with the others, the rest of the party treat him as a joke. Even if you have him as the lead character in the fight against the Makna Forest Telethia, Reyn will mock him when he tries to claim credit for the victory.
* ElementalPowers:
** [[AnIcePerson Freezinate.]]
** [[PlayingWithFire Burninate.]]
** Lurgy [[PoisonousPerson poisons enemies.]]
%%** ShockAndAwe
* {{Expy}}: Of Chu-Chu, as the SmallAnnoyingCreature of the team with a VerbalTic, although unlike [[MagikarpPower Chu-Chu]], Riki is a powerhouse from the get-go.
* FakeUltimateHero: He'd have you believe that he's a legendary heropon. Nobody is really fooled, but they humour him. Later subverted during the quest given to him by the Nopon Sage to make him become the True Heropon.
* FightingClown: Riki may be tiny and silly, but he's pretty powerful. He has high amounts of health (higher than Reyn, but the latter does eventually catch up), decent bulk, and several debuffs that can severely hinder the enemy.
* GradualGrinder: He has a rather pathetic damage output... but his health and Battle Arts that focus on debuffing and slowly sapping the health of enemies allow him to outlast almost anything.
* HiddenDepths:
** He's surprisingly empathetic and responsive to the feelings of others.
** He's also well aware of his status as comic relief, but jumps headfirst into it because he knows the others need it, even if this sometimes results in him [[DudeNotFunny getting told off instead]].
* ImpossibleThief: His Talent Art is basically standard VideogameStealing fare... except with the right upgrades, he can learn to steal EXP, AP, and even ''[[StatusBuff stats]]''!
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Uncannily reminiscent of "grabber" toys like [[http://www.annastoydepot.com/images/claw.jpg these]]. This apparently extends to the rest of the Nopon race; the soldiers they send to Alcamoth are all armed with them.
* ISeeDeadPeople: It's implied he can hear voices of those who have passed. The first instance when he hears the same final words Kallian gave to Melia after defeating Disciple Lorithia and a heart-to-heart in Ose Tower with Dunban also says he can hear the voices of ghosts, supposedly those who died in the Monado expedition including Shulk's parents.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Melia, who's about 48 years older than he is.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: An inversion. Although he's clearly a good guy at heart, his {{Pride}} still causes him to do some pretty dickish things. For example: After fighting the first Telethia, he pretty much takes all the credit... and most of the other Nopon seem to ''believe him''.
* LightningBruiser: Riki's health is massive; he is one of the two characters who can easily exceeds 9900 HP without the need of Gems. He rivals Fiora for the second highest Agility in the party. He has four DamageOverTime arts that can stack up very quickly to drain the enemies' health. Finally, he has an AreaOfEffect heal when things get dicey.
* LiteralMinded: Riki's response to the other characters' comments tend to involve him interpreting their comments literally. Case in point, have both Riki and Reyn on your team and Riki will respond to Reyn's "Now we're getting started!" with "But Riki already started...".
* MagicKnight: Hits hard with either his Biter or ether magic.
* ManChild: Despite being 40 years old, having eleven kids and being the oldest among the party by their respective species' lifespans, Riki rarely acts his age ([[HiddenDepths but he does have his moments]]), which leads to the rest of party's surprise when he reveals his marital status.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 40 and married with eleven children. The joke is lost a bit in translation. In the Japanese dub, Riki has a very high-pitched, childlike voice, which leads the party to be confused when his family shows up to bid him farewell. In English, Riki clearly has an adult voice, even if it's still high-pitched, so this comes as less of a surprise.
* OutOfFocus: Easily the worst example of this in ''Xenoblade'' - While Reyn and Dunban's arcs are tied to Shulk's and Fiora's, Sharla's leaves a hanging thread that gets resolved later (Jade Face), Riki has no such arc or connections. He does indeed have plenty of interactions with other characters in his Heart-to-Hearts, except it's ''highly'' possible to play the game without having ever seen them.
* PapaWolf: Being a father himself, his paternal instincts sometimes show up when he comments on sidequests that involve [[AdultFear a parent fearing for their children]].
* ThePollyanna: He's constantly cheerful, even when the going gets tough.
* RandomDropBooster: He has innate abilities that will increase enemies dropping better loot: one for medium quality loot, and one for high quality loot. These abilities can be shared among other party members if they have enough affinity points with him.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Well, Reyn thinks so. [[VitriolicBestBuds They get over it, eventually]].
* StandardStatusEffects: Half of his moveset is based around them. [[GradualGrinder Bitey Bitey causes bleed damage, while Burn- and Freezinate cause Blaze and Chill damage respectively]].
* StoneWall: Riki has the highest HP stat in the party, but has a very low damage output compared to the rest of it. However, as noted under GradualGrinder, he works around the low output via his various debuffs.
* TheChosenOne: Parodied. He is ''this year's'' Legendary Heropon. He was chosen by the village chief/seer, but it turns out he was "chosen" because he's in serious debt to the chief. When he ''does'' repay his debt (by defeating the big, scary dinobeast AKA the Telethia [[BlatantLies all on his own]]), the chief sends him adventuring with Shulk and co. because of an ancient prophecy. Riki doesn't buy it for a second. Played straight in a side quest brought about by the Nopon Sage that allows him to earn the title of True Heropon.
* TagalongKid: Everybody else in the party has quite a big reason for wanting to fight the Mechon, be it avenging loved ones or trying to rescue them. Riki is pretty much roped into assisting them, and a few Heart to Hearts actually lampshade this.
* TeamDad: He has his moments and is mentally perhaps the oldest of the party. (Chronologically he's second after Melia.)
* ThirdPersonPerson: "Riki is Heropon!"
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Apparently insects, as evident with the achievement you get when you give 30 insect presents to other part members as Riki, as well as the fact that all of the presents that gives the most hearts when given to him are insects.
** In various cutscenes, it is fish. He hunts a huge fish for Dunban at the Fallen Arm ("Grilled fish taste yum yum!"), he has an entire Heart to Heart with Reyn about it, the epilogue includes a fishing scene, and one of his most powerful weapons is [[http://xenoblade.wikia.com/wiki/Banquet_Biter literally a fish]].
* VerbalTic: Adding "pon" to every second word in his vocabulary. In the Japanese dub, he ends every single sentence with "mo".
* VideogameStealing: His Talent Art. It's a little more than just that, though -- see above.
* WhatTheHellHero: Riki gets called out on his InnocentlyInsensitive behavior several times. A few times it finally gets through to him completely, and he is deeply affected.
* XMarksTheHero: A variation, as it's on his stomach rather than his face.


[[folder:From Bionis]]

->''"I like the look in your eye there, lad. It's time. This is war."''

-->Voiced by: Anthony May (English) , Creator/TsuyoshiKoyama (Japanese)

Dickson Soss is a veteran of the battle of Sword Valley a year before the events of the game and a comrade of Dunban and Mumkhar. He is a resident of Colony 9 and looks over Shulk, Reyn, and the other residents. He claims to have found Shulk in the Valak Mountain with the Monado and his parents dead. Dickson raised Shulk as his own. It is later revealed that Dickson is a disciple of Zanza (Dickson of the Trinity) and only took Shulk because Zanza was using him as a host.
* TheAgeless: Hasn't aged since becoming Zanza's Disciple millenia ago.
* AgeWithoutYouth: It's ambiguous, but it's quite possible that his age is frozen at the moment in time when he became Zanza's Disciple, as he's never shown in a "younger" body.
* ArchnemesisDad: To Shulk after shooting him {{in the back}} and revealing his true motives.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: After Shulk fatally wounds him with the Replica Monado, Dickson calls the fight off and sends the heroes off to face Zanza, rather than stick around and let them see him die.
* {{BFG}}: That gun of his is easily longer than his arm, yet he effortlessly wields it in one hand. [[{{BFS}} It also doubles as a sword]], making it a SwissArmyWeapon.
* BloodKnight: It's revealed that this is why he follows Zanza's orders... [[AGodAmI Although his ''reason'' for doing so was to seize unlimited power.]]
* CastingAShadow: During the battles with him, a lot of his attacks are darkness-based.
* CoolOldGuy: At first...
* DarkIsEvil: Once he goes OneWingedAngel and reveals his true nature as a villain, most of his attacks become darkness-based.
%%* ShockAndAwe
* EvilAllAlong: Turns out that everything he did was to help Zanza [[OmnicidalManiac destroy and recreate the world]]. [[EvilMentor Suddenly, his early lines start to make a lot more sense as to why he said them]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: After his true allegiance his revealed, he continues to compliment the party, but in a way that's clearly intended to mock them.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The [[VisualPun morally grey]] cigar-smoking badass variety. It becomes ''much'' more noticeable as the story approaches its climax and things get more difficult for everyone. Once Zanza returns, he doesn't pick up another one until he dies.
* GuestStarPartyMember: He's part of the player's party for two battles: The Battle of Sword Valley in the prologue, and against the Mechon after the Ether Mines.
* InexplicablyAwesome: At first. How could a middle-aged Homs be so well-traveled across the Bionis, be familiar with supposedly mythical beings such as the Telethia and High Entia, reach all the way to the Fallen Arm and establish contact with the Machina, all while being one the strongest soldiers the Homs have to offer? Absolutely no explanation is given until TheReveal.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: At first, he's a gruff man with a soft spot for the party, people of Bionis, and the Machina, making him seem to fit the archetype of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold mentor. Once he's revealed to be Zanza's disciple, it's clear that the heart of gold part was a facade and that he's all jerk.
* KnightInSourArmour: Goes hand in hand with his ambiguous neutrality. He's always on hand to help the heroes, but at the same time, he's frequently dismissive and cynical. When he discovers that the Face Mechon are Homs, his reaction is basically, "So what? I gave up trying to figure them out yonks ago." Subverted once it turns out he's a villain.
* MeaningfulName: Probably why the localization team chose to write his name as [[ADickInName Dick]]son instead of the more common spelling of "Dixon."
* MightMakesRight: His stalwart belief in this is why he follows Zanza, whom he ([[PhysicalGod understandably]]) believes is the mightiest being in existence and thus follows without question. He freaks out when he sees hints that Shulk could be mightier.
* MrExposition: Especially earlier in the game, as he guides Shulk and co. through the lower half of Bionis.
* NoHeroDiscount: So, Dickson's rolled out some sweet new tech that can pierce Mechon armour. Hooray! Also, he expects you to pay for it.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Looks an awful lot like Hulk Hogan, or Willie Nelson.
* NotBrainwashed: Dunban and the others have a hard time accepting that Dickson really is working for Zanza of his own free will. Dickson has to spell it out for them.
* OneLastSmoke: Smokes one last cigar before expiring.
* OneWingedAngel: Transforms into his true Giant form before facing Shulk and co one last time.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: His true form, a Giant.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Shulk, having raised him after finding him on Valak Mountain.
* ParentalBetrayal: He literally shoots Shulk InTheBack.
* RageQuit: After Shulk fatally wounds him, he ends the fight there and walks off to deny him the satisfaction of victory.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Egil remembers him from Zanza's original rampage upon Mechonis, which was centuries ago.
* SmugSnake: After the reveal, Dickson really loves to hit the party where it hurts with truths and taunts, like when he goads Dunban over the "victory drinks" they used to share.
* TheSociopath: He did a very good job of pretending to be a very good friend to Shulk, Reyn, and Dunban for a good chunk of their lives before shamelessly betraying them later and admitting his allegiance to an omnicidal and equally sociopathic god.
* StaringDownCthulhu: Gets on the receiving end of this ''hard'' from Shulk near the endgame, noting that he hasn't felt fear like that in ages. In the climactic battle with him, it gets so bad that Dickson just ''gives up'' after Shulk deals a decisive blow, which is a far cry from his [[MightMakesRight usual]] [[BloodKnight self]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance: While Dickson and Shulk are not blood related, Dickson's Homs form could pass for a much older Shulk.
* SwissArmyWeapon: His sword, which, as mentioned above, doubles as a gun. In his true form, his weapon instead transforms between modes instead of being both at once.
* TheSvengali: Shulk himself will eventually become expendable, as he's just a SoulJar for Zanza.
* UndyingLoyalty: For Zanza. He'll fight anyone Zanza asks simply because that's what he wants. Until the end, anyways, when he quits because fighting Shulk and company was becoming too much of a hassle. [[note]]Being fatally wounded at the time and refusing to give the group the satisfaction of winning probably helped, too.[[/note]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: Dickson is actually a Giant, but is able to transform into a Homs as a disguise.
* WalkingSpoiler: Pretty much everything about him is a spoiler.
* WasItAllALie: Dickson makes it very clear that the friend of Dunban and Shulk's adoptive father that they knew him as never really existed.
--> '''Dunban:''' That's enough! Why, Dickson?! What made you like this?! Shulk looked up to you, respected you!
--> '''Sharla:''' Dickson! Don't let Zanza control you! Wake up!
--> '''Dickson:''' You can quit your bellyaching! I'm in total control. ''I've always been like this! Ever since long before any of you lot were born!''


!!Mumkhar [=/=] Metal Face
[[caption-width-right:254:Metal Face]]

->''"What're they trying to prove?! I'm not throwing my life away! No point dying in some godforsaken field."''

-->Voiced by: Tim Watson (English) Creator/NorioWakamoto (Japanese)

Mumkhar (ムムカ, Mumca) is first introduced in the opening scene at the Battle of Sword Valley, alongside Dunban and Dickson. We quickly find out that Mumkhar is an honorless fighter and is willing to flee battle and abandon his comrades to save his life. We also learn that he desires the Monado for himself.

He later returns as Metal Face (黒いフェイス, Black Face) and is the first primary antagonist and the first Faced Mechon introduced in ''Xenoblade''. He is the main reason Shulk begins the journey to the Bionis head.
* AlasPoorVillain: Mostly averted, as almost no one is sorry to see him die, except Dunban who privately admits that while he could never forgive Mumkhar, he still wishes him peace out of sentiment during their times as comrades during the war.
* AlwaysSecondBest: To Dunban, according to him.
* ArchEnemy: For Shulk, Reyn, and Dunban. ''Especially'' Dunban, once his true identity has been discovered. When you add in the deaths of the inhabitants of Colony 6 and the Emperor, both Sharla and Melia also have their reasons to hate him. So that's pretty much ''the entire party except for Riki''. (And maybe Fiora, but since she rejoins the party long after Mumkhar's death, it's hard to say.)
* AxCrazy: While Mumkhar became ambitious after Dunban took up the Monado, he only became openly sadistic after being turned into Metal Face, relishing in the bloodshed and suffering he causes. However, this psychopathy ended up being his downfall, and prompted Egil to brainwash the next batch of Face Mechon.
%%* BeardOfEvil
* BackFromTheDead: Dunban thought Mumkhar was killed fleeing from the Mechon assault. He was very wrong.
* BodyHorror: His Mechon body shows just how much of the Homs' organic body is removed during the Face conversion. To clarify: if you look closely, you'll see that the lower part of his body is hollow ''and can see that his entire spinal column has been replaced with something mechanical''.
* BuffySpeak:
** Some of his voice-clips from the ''very'' brief period in the intro where he's on your side display this.
-->'''Mumkhar:''' I'll draw 'em to me. Dunban! You do that... ''blue'' business ya do!
** Later as Metal Face, he refers to the swarm of Sky Rays as "ginormous things".
%%* CastingAShadow
* DirtyCoward: He deserts his war buddies to save his own skin barely ''five minutes'' after you first start playing the game.
* DisneyVillainDeath: One part of his death. It follows being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* DubNameChange: From Black Face to Metal Face.
* EvilCounterpart: Like Fiora, he's a dual-wielding Faced-Mechon with ties to Dunban and Shulk (Mumkhar being their enemy post-Metal Face, and Fiora being Dunban's sister and Shulk's LoveInterest). Makes it rather appropriate that him killing her is what leads to her becoming a Faced-Mechon.
* EvilIsPetty: His motives for going along with Egil's scheme calling for the mass extinction of the life on Bionis boils down to getting a one up over Dunban. Not to mention that he leaves himself plenty of free time to mock the loved ones of those he skewered.
* EvilWearsBlack: Both his Faced Mechon his Mechon-enhanced body are black, and is the most repulsive of the Faced Mechon.
* FaceHeelTurn: Although how much of a [[IncrediblyLamePun "Face"]] he once was is disputable.
* FallenHero: It appears that while his was never much of a "hero", as Dunban has described him to be "unreliable", he is mentioned in the same breath to also have once been an honorable man and was genuinely one of the strongest soldiers produced by the Homs. It is suspected that Mumkhar was seduced by the power of the Monado, and was driven by envy towards his rival Dunban, who was selected above him to wield the sword. Whatever stability his mind had left was shattered by his conversion into a Face Mechon, and lost all restraint in terms of his sanity.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Unlike Egil being a [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned]] AntiVillain and Zanza being an [[LackofEmpathy Ego]][[AGodAmI tist]][[ItsAllAboutMe ical]] JerkassGod. He has a personal enjoyment in enraging Shulk and later Dunban while being ruthless and sadistic, and he does so very well.
-->'''Metal Face:''' Hope I'm not interrupting!
* FingerWag: His favorite CharacterTic.
* {{Foil}}: To Xord, another Homs who was converted into a Faced Mechon after the First Battle of Sword Valley.
** Both are [[StarterVillain antagonists fought early on]] who each reveal something unique about the Mechon. Mumkhar introduces the Faced Mechon as a whole along with the advantages they have in battle, while Xord reveals that they are able to talk unlike the standard Mechon.
** Mumkhar and Xord each provide motivation for the protagonists to fight the Mechon threat by attacking Colony 9 and Colony 6, respectively, and in the process killing someone who is later resurrected as Face themselves (Mumkhar impaling Fiora and Xord apparently murdering Gadolt in addition to eating a number of Colony 6’s residents).
** In their own ways, they are both [[EvilIsHammy exceedingly malicious as well as bombastic]]. Mumkhar, however, places more emphasis on the “malicious” part, as his boisterousness is largely a side-effect of his sadistic eagerness to cause pain and misery to everyone around him and taunt them about it. By contrast, Xord’s “bombastic” side shines through more as, while he clearly has an unhealthily jovial attitude to the bloodshed he causes, he has enough humanity to exhibit sentimentality over what little recollection he has of his life as a Homs, and a Colony 9 sidequest strongly implies that [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Désirée is his daughter]].
** Both meet their ends by [[DisneyVillainDeath falling from a great height]], compounded with another lethal factor (Mumkhar being impaled before his fall, and Xord being enveloped in an explosion upon impact).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Metal Face's movements are very similar to Mumkhar's, which Dunban notices on Prison Island before the actual reveal.
* ForTheEvulz: ''Why'' did he attack Colony 9, killing all those innocent people? Do you really want to know, Dunban?
-->Because it's your home.
* FreudianExcuse: Dunban mentions to Melia that Mumkhar was once from another Homs colony that was destroyed by Mechon many years past. While it does little to excuse his rampant atrocities, it is pointed out that he lost everything to war.
* GloryHound: He wants the Monado just so he can be "the new hero" instead of Dunban.
* {{Gonk}}: ''Xenoblade'''s cast is not exactly made up of TheBeautifulElite, but they sure do look it when put next to this guy.
* GreenEyedMonster: He hates and envies Dunban for being the Monado's master during the war.
* GutturalGrowler: He always speaks in a low growl.
%%* {{Hellfire}}
* HateSink: Many of the game's villains have sympathetic points, if not outright tragic, or pushes the story into grey territory. As you could tell by now, Metal Face isn't one of them, and being the StarterVillain, players are driven to play the game just to make scrap metal out of him.
* HollywoodCyborg: Upon his conversion to a Mechon. His new body is both almost completely mechanical and comes with a set of built-in laser claws.
* HopelessBossFight: Until you obtain the Monado II.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He meets his end when he gets impaled by a spire he blasted loose from Galahad Fortress.
* HumongousMecha: Like all Faced Mechon.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By a giant falling spire [[HoistByHisOwnPetard which he knocked loose]] by trying to hit Shulk and Dunban with a parting shot.
* {{Jerkass}}: Among his first lines of dialogue as a Face Mechon? Gloating over his murder of Fiora in front of her friends. His behavior doesn't improve from there.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Throughout the first half of the game, he's able to cause many deaths without suffering retribution at the hands of those he's wronged, thanks to a combination of Mechon steel and a resistance to the Monado (and even when the Monado temporarily gets opportunities to damage him, [[VillainExitStageLeft he simply retreats]]). This warranty completely expires once the Monado gets upgraded to the Monado II, eliminating the previous immunity and he becomes the sword's first test dummy.
* KarmicDeath: When we first see him, he impales Fiora with his claws. When we last see him, he gets impaled while falling off Sword Valley. Even further, he dies as a result of rejecting Shulk and Dunban's choice to spare his life.
* KickTheDog: After murdering Fiora in cold blood (and the party learns much later that Face Mechon can talk), he doesn't hesitate to rub it in the party's face. He does the same later to Melia in regards to Emperor Sorean.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: His attempt to kill Zanza retroactively becomes this once the player learns of [[JerkassGod Zanza's true nature]], as while Mumkhar doesn't care about the reasons for the Bionis-Mechonis conflict and is only in it to kill people, Zanza turns out to be far worse than he is.
* KnightOfCerebus: The first real sign of why this game is rated T and starts the more serious plot in motion. He's also taken 100% seriously.
* TheLancer: The underhanded variety to Dunban during the first Homs-Mechon war.
* LargeHam: He's very over-the-top as Metal Face (although [[TheQuietOne you probably won't get that impression during his first appearance]]), especially with Tim Watson's English voice-acting when he's in the heat of battle or gloating at his enemies.
* MascotVillain: Metal Face is something of an unofficial mascot for ''Xenoblade Chronicles'', being the first and the most iconic villain in the game. He even guest stars as the Stage Boss in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''' rendition of Gaur Plains.
* MouthStitchedShut: During his first few appearances from Colony 9 through Colony 6, Metal Face's has the appearance of being partially stitched. He loses the "stitches" following the repair job afterward.
* NameFaceName: Black Face in the original, Metal Face in the dub.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If he hadn't needlessly antagonized the Monado wielders to the point of wanting revenge above anything else, his side would have found things a lot easier. His loose cannon status even contributes to Egil's decision to brainwash the next batch of Faced Mechon (including Gadolt) so they don't have the same problem.
* NighInvulnerable: Like all Faced Mechon until the Monado is powered up.
* ObviouslyEvil: Let's see here... Gravelly voice, hunched-over battle stance, bulging eyes, being a rude and self-serving little bastard from the moment of his appearance... The only reason Dunban was surprised was due to turning a blind eye to him until his betrayal.
-->'''Dunban:''' You fought beside me at Sword Valley! Why did you change sides?! Why the Mechon?!
-->'''Mumkhar:''' You're as blind as you were then! I've wanted you dead for ''years''!
* PlayingWithFire: His mechon body has superheated blades on his arms, resulting in this.
* PrimalStance: His battle stance has him hunched over.
* PsychoSupporter: He fully supports Egil's plan to exterminate all life on Bionis, but only for the joy of slaughtering innocent lives and not because of Egil's greater plans.
* RecurringBoss: You fight him four times as Metal Face and once on-foot.[[note]] You don't directly fight him during the party's second encounter with him, but he ''is'' part of the BossRush before fighting [[FinalBoss Zanza]] [[/note]]
* SacrificialLion: Same as Fiora, in that he's a fighter that dies early on and then [[SubvertedTrope he comes back.]]
* SelfDisposingVillain: Even though he clearly has no redeeming qualities and will continue to be a threat, Shulk insists on sparing his life, purely on principle. Shortly after, he accidentally causes a large pillar to fall on himself while continuing to attack the party, and dies.
* SkeleBot9000: The rib cage-like markings on his chest and the thin "spine" connecting Metal Face's upper and lower body are obviously meant to give this impression.
* SmugSnake: He's an absolute {{Troll}} that shows no respect for anyone or anything, and he doesn't take losing well. He also always thought he was better than Dunban, but when he fights Dunban hand-to-hand, Mumkhar still loses even though he has a Mechon body and Dunban is [[HandicappedBadass fighting with his off-hand, and with a normal weapon instead of the Monado, to boot.]]
* SoleSurvivor: The only survivor from his original colony.
* StartOfDarkness: Dunban mentions in one of the Heart to Hearts that while Mumkhar was cowardly and seemed unreliable that he didn't become the envious monster seen in the story until Dunban wielded the Monado.
* StarterVillain: A pretty nasty example given that he gets the better of the protagonists in the first two encounters with him. It isn't until a decent portion of the way into the game you even learn that he's working for somebody else.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: His level goes up each time you fight him. This leads to an odd case when you fight Mumkhar on foot and he's stronger than his mech was on Prison Island and that his Metal Face form in Colony 9 was weaker than he was in the Prologue.
* TokenEvilTeammate: While Egil's forces are ''all'' pretty evil, Mumkhar stands out, as he could care less about the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Bionis-Mechonis conflict]]; he just takes delight in murdering people and destroying lives, and then rubbing it in people's faces. His violent obsession with the party actually works against Egil's plans, leading him to ensure that all future face Mechon have all memory of their past lives erased.
* TookALevelInBadass: After he becomes Metal Face.
* TookALevelInJerkass: While it seems he was never a straight-laced hero, Mumkhar was called by Dunban a worthy comrade during the first Mechon war, even saving his life many times. By the time he became Metal Face, any scruples he had were gone with the wind, as he has the deaths of Dunban and his loved ones on the top of his wish list.
* TransformingMecha: He and the rest of the Faces can fold up into an aircraft.
* TranshumanTreachery: Justified. He was never a particularly loyal individual to begin with, which is why the Machina decided they didn't need to brainwash him, only offer him survival and power.
* {{Troll}}: He loves pissing off Shulk. And he does this very very well.
* VillainHasAPoint: During his fourth encounter with the party he taunts Shulk whether or not he's willing to kill his own kind to stop the forces of Mechonis. While this is coming from the guy who attacked Colony 9 to spite Dunban, after that attack Shulk was willing to kill all Mechon as he thought there was nothing morally wrong with killing what were seemingly a bunch of mindless robots. Learning about the truth about the Faced Mechon made Shulk begin to question what his goals regarding the Bionis-Mechonis conflict should be.
* TheVoiceless: In his first appearance as Metal Face. He gets fitted with a voice projector before his second appearance.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Metal Face's faceplate is stark white.
* WolverineClaws: His main weapon is a pair of triple-bladed clawlike weapons on each hand.


!!Xord [=/=] Mysterious Face [=/=] Bronze Face

-->Voiced by: Jonathan Keeble (English), Creator/TesshoGenda (Japanese)

Xord is the second Faced Mechon that Shulk meets and is the first Mechon to talk in the game. Xord features the ability to transform into a bulky jet, similar to Metal Face.

* BloodKnight: He comes back from falling into a bath of Ether, still hungry.
* BoisterousBruiser: Metal Face even lampshades it.
* TheBrute: Subverted. He looks the part but, as a Mass-Produced Face, he turns out to just be an EliteMook with backstory.
* DegradedBoss: Mass-Produced Faces that look and fight just like him show up as regular enemies ''much'' later in the game.
* DropTheHammer: His main weapon is a hammer.
* FatBastard: Noticeably bulkier than most other Mechon, and thoroughly unpleasant to say the least. Fitting, given his appetite and the size of his weapon.
* {{Foil}}: To Mumkhar, another Homs who was converted into a Faced Mechon after the First Battle of Sword Valley.
** Both are [[StarterVillain antagonists fought early on]] who each reveal something unique about the Mechon. Mumkhar introduces the Faced Mechon as a whole along with the advantages they have in battle, while Xord reveals that they are able to talk unlike the standard Mechon.
** Mumkhar and Xord each provide motivation for the protagonists to fight the Mechon threat by attacking Colony 9 and Colony 6, respectively, and in the process killing someone who is later resurrected as Face themselves (Mumkhar impaling Fiora and Xord apparently murdering Gadolt in addition to eating a number of Colony 6’s residents).
** In their own ways, they are both [[EvilIsHammy exceedingly malicious as well as bombastic]]. Mumkhar, however, places more emphasis on the “malicious” part, as his boisterousness is largely a side-effect of his sadistic eagerness to cause pain and misery to everyone around him and taunt them about it. By contrast, Xord’s “bombastic” side shines through more as, while he clearly has an unhealthily jovial attitude to the bloodshed he causes, he has enough humanity to exhibit sentimentality over what little recollection he has of his life as a Homs, and a Colony 9 sidequest strongly implies that [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Désirée is his daughter]].
** Both meet their ends by [[DisneyVillainDeath falling from a great height]], compounded with another lethal factor (Mumkhar being impaled before his fall, and Xord being enveloped in an explosion upon impact).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: He drops many hints that Faced Mechon are actually Homs.
* HumongousMecha: Complete with a [[TransformingMecha jet form.]]
* ItCanThink: The first Mechon who displays human-like behavior in front of our heroes, cluing them in to the fact that they're something more than mindless robots.
* ImAHumanitarian: Plays this up far more than any other Mechon, Faced or otherwise.
* LargeHam: Every line of his is bombastic.
* NighInvulnerable: Even moreso than Metal Face was in his first encounter, as Xord is immune to Break unless it's inflicted via Chain Attack.
* SanitySlippage: Being turned into a Mechon clearly did his sanity no favors. At one point it's implied that he doesn't even remember his own name, and only responds to it because others have called him by it.
* ToServeMan: He devours the rest of the prisoners of Colony 6 minus Juju before you reach him.
* TragicMonster: He was believed killed in the Battle of Sword Valley but was instead made into a Faced Mechon.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Confusingly, the Mass-Produced Face that shows up to save Juju from the Telethia at the end is implied to be him, despite him being ''considerably'' dead by that point.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: He is Level 25 in the first battle when you would typically be Level 18, in the second battle his level hasn't grown at all and is still Level 25, when you would have been doing sidequests for Colony 6 to reach the same level.
* WasOnceAMan: As a result of being a converted Homs. He was a blacksmith in Colony 9. You probably met his daughter, Desiree, while doing sidequests.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Has a white faceplate.



->''"Do you wish to change it? The future."''

-->Voiced by: Blake Ritson (English), Shizuma Hodoshima (Japanese)

Alvis (アルヴィース, Alviss) first meets Shulk when he is collecting some pure water crystals for Melia. They are attacked by a Telethia and Alvis teaches Shulk to use the Purge ability, while demonstrating he can use the Monado with great proficiency. Alvis is revealed to be the {{seer|s}} of the Emperor Sorean, and later one of Zanza's disciples.

More than that, at the end he reveals himself to be THE Monado, and the true creator of ''Xenoblade's'' world.

''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' heavily implies that he is Ontos, the missing third Aegis built by Klaus.
* BigGood: While he does have an OmniscientMoralityLicense, his ultimate goal is Zanza's ultimate downfall.
* {{Bishonen}}: Pretty, dresses rather fabulously, and has AmbiguouslyGay mannerisms towards Shulk.
* CoolSword: Wields one during the fight with the Telethia. Not to mention him temporarily wielding the Monado against them to demonstrate the Purge ability. Also, he constitutes the soul of the True Monado that Shulk wields at the end, like Zanza and Meyneth did for theirs.
* CrypticConversation: In classic ''Xeno'' style. It's clear he's more than just a seer, and most of his conversations with Shulk aren't clear until the very end of the game.
* CrystalDragonJesus: He is sort of a direct parallel to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monad_(Gnosticism) Monad]] from Gnosticism, which is even referenced in his true [[MeaningfulName name]], Monado.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DeusEstMachina: Interestingly played, as he's an AI who became an omniscient god.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: First he's working for the High Entia as the royal prophet, with him advising Shulk on the side. Then it turns out he was secretly working for Zanza all along. Then at the end, he winds up betraying Zanza because he was really always on Shulk's side the whole time.
* EnigmaticMinion: The twist is he's a lot simpler and more benevolent than you would expect him to be.
* {{Expy}}: Takahashi could have put [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} chaos' or Wilhelm's]] models in some scenes and probably a lot of people wouldn't have noticed the difference. Even their personalities, voices (specially in Japanese) and even roles in the story are almost the same. When Alvis reveals his true form to Shulk after the final battle and his true nature to help bring down Zanza is revealed, he actually takes a form similar to the [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Wave Existence.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** If you examine the script, you'll notice that Alvis never actually calls himself a Homs. That's just Shulk's assumption that everybody rolls with.
** His cold and unemotional demeanor foreshadows the fact that he is actually an AI.
* GodIsGood: He's the ''true'' god of the ''Xenoblade'' universe. Zanza and Meyneth have just been borrowing his power. Furthermore, his goal is to free the Homs and Machina from Zanza's tyrannical reign. He just has a very longwinded way of doing it.
* GodWasMyCopilot: Well, more like God Was My Acquaintance.
* MeaningfulName: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monad_(Gnosticism) The Monad]] in Gnosticism is the first God, who created those that followed, which makes Alvis' endgame revelation somewhat clearer. In computer programming, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monad_(programming) monad]] is a structure that combines various functions into a sequence that can alter the state of a program. The Monado has a set of unique functions (powers) and can alter the state of the universe. In addition, one of the characteristics of a monad is that when you call one of its functions, the function will almost always return another monad, often the one it was called from. In other words, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic a monad is there at the beginning, and it's there at the end.]] The computer science analogy is doubly appropriate given Alvis' origin as an AI.
* MrExposition: Extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Monado, and at the end of the game he reveals the origin of the world the game takes place in.
* OmniscientMoralityLicence: Being the true god of the ''Xenoblade'' universe, he is effectively omniscient. While he may seem like he has ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, especially towards the end of the game, it's actually all a long BatmanGambit to ensure that Zanza is overthrown.
* OutsourcingFate: Lets Shulk decide what happens to the world after Zanza has been killed.
* ProphetEyes: Sort of. They're a very light grey - but the trope still works as Alvis is a seer. As it turns out, that's only half-right. Alvis is not simply a Homs seer - he's a seer because he's a ''god'' and, thus, knows everything that's going to happen and how to change the future.
* RoboSpeak: Notably used only once, when he describes his original function as an administrative AI overseeing a research facility, and then admits that Shulk has no way of understanding what that is.
* StealthHiBye: Pulls this repeatedly in his first meeting with Shulk.
* TimeAbyss: He predates both the Bionis and the Mechonis.



->''"That sword... Could it be the...?"''

-->Voiced by: Peter Dickson (English), Creator/JojiNakata (Japanese)

Sorean (ソレアン) Antiqua is the Emperor of the High Entia and father to Kalian. He is eventually revealed to be Melia's parent as well.
* CoolOldGuy: Just because he's the emperor, and aged, doesn't mean he doesn't kick ass.
* TheEmperor: The benevolent version, being one who truly cares for his peoples' well being..
* FaceDeathWithDignity: However, even he realizes that he cannot escape his own death.
* ForegoneConclusion: Shulk has a vision of him dying very early in the game. Part of the High Entia episode is learning how to prevent it. [[YouCantFightFate It doesn't work.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Dies summoning Zanza to upgrade the Monado.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Justified because High Entia have long lifespans.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He is very quick to be on good terms with Shulk.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Takes it upon himself to travel to Prison Island to unseal Zanza.
* ScrewDestiny: His opinion of this factoid is basically, "I'm going to do what's best for my people whether or not Fate does end up coming for me."
* UnwittingPawn: It's shown that he's unaware of the fact that his First Consort is attempting to off his daughter, which leads to the attempts on her life. Later, he becomes one of the many disposable pawns in Zanza's resurrection plot.
* WellDoneSonGuy: For Melia. Turns out she didn't ''need'' to try and win his affection. He loved her all along.
* WingedHumanoid: He's got headwings like all High Entia.



->''"If that weapon is truly the Monado, we shall be forced to take action."''

-->Voiced by: Rufus Wright[[note]]Adam Howden was mistakenly credited on the Nintendo of Europe site.[[/note]] (English), Yukimasa Obi (Japanese)

Kallian (カリアン) is a member of the High Entia imperial family. Noted for being both a wise, responsible and understanding young man, many believe that he has the qualities required to be the next emperor of his people and the fact that he has chosen ''not'' to follow this path, instead supporting Melia in her own bid for the throne, has come as a shock to many of them.
* BalefulPolymorph: Transforms into a Telethia like the rest of the pure-blooded High Entia. However, he retains his mind long enough to attempt a suicide attack against Lorithia.
* BigBrotherMentor: Comes off as one to many members of the party, but especially to Melia.
* {{Bishounen}}: Dickson even makes fun of it, stating that he looks "like a sissy".
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Sigurd Harcourt]], as the benevolent silver-haired older half-brother whose lineage turns out to be plot-important.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He isn't ashamed about becoming a Telethia, and uses his power to fight Lorithia head-on.
* TheGoodCaptain: Develops into this as the Bionis-Mechonis War begins.
* HeroicSacrifice: Attempts it twice. The first time fails and he becomes a puppet of Lorithia. The second time he sacrifices himself as a Telethia to ensure Lorithia's death.
* KnewItAllAlong: Kallian was well aware of the true purpose of the ancient tradition of every emperor's second spouse being a Homs. He knew that it would inevitably be the fate of all pure-blooded High Entia to [[BalefulPolymorph revert to Telethia]], and that it would effectively mean the extinction of their race unless they could sire enough mixed-blood High Entia to give their civilization a fighting chance for survival. As a pure-blooded High Entia himself, he knew even he would have been doomed to become a Telethia when the genocide finally arrived, and this is one of the biggest reasons why he endorsed mixed-blood Melia to become the new High Entia empress. When the end came, he finally revealed these things to Melia, and his remaining intelligence could then FaceDeathWithDignity.
%%* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He leads the formation of the alliance among the races of Bionis, and formally apologizes for neglecting to help the Homs during the first Mechon invasion. Furthermore, when the alliance goes to war against the Mechon, he personally leads the attack.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: He will not accept saving either his sister or father when they are in danger if it goes against orders or the rules of their people. He realizes after his father's death that he should be good regardless of the rules.
* UniformityException: His Telethia form is the only one to keep his High Entia head, possibly out of sheer force of will. He has it even when fully transformed, comatose and under the direct control of Lorithia.
%%* WingedHumanoid



->''"Enjoy this battle, for it will be your last."''

-->Voiced by: Rachel Atkins (English), Creator/SayuriYamauchi (Japanese)

Lorithia is the leader of the Research department, and a member of the Trinity, the three disciples of Zanza.
* EvilIsHammy: '''AWAKEN MY DARLING PETS!'''
* EvilutionaryBiologist: As part of Zanza's Trinity, she is firmly committed to reverting the High Entia race to Telethia to further Zanza's aims.
* FanDisservice: Her fusion with Telethia Kallian has her appear partially naked (and most of her cleavage exposed) while leaning on top of what's left of Kallian's High Entia form. Considering that Kallian has very little free will left, that Lorithia kissed him earlier to spite Melia and she is partially embed into Kallian's mutated body, this can be somewhat unsettling.
* FlatCharacter: In comparison to Dickson and Alvis, who have more personality, Lorithia gets less screen time and does little beyond scheme and sing the praises of Zanza.
* HateSink: Her constant mocking of Melia and the party, turning all the High Entia into Telethia for no good reason other than worship to Zanza and being a complete {{Jerkass}} has made her one of the most disgusting characters in the game. Every other character except Mumkhar and Zanza are more morally-grey and Zanza is a case of EvilIsCool to boot.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Fusing with Telethia Kallian backfires on her spectacularly when Kallian uses what little free will he has left to commit suicide while she's still stuck to him.
* {{Hypocrite}}: She espouses that it is the destiny of all High Entia to be transformed into Telethia and serve Zanza. You have one guess as to who she conveniently excludes from the mass-transformation (unless you can count her fusion with Kallian's Telethia form).
* {{Immortality}}: When she's dying, she specifically states that Zanza promised her that she was immortal, as all of his disciples are. Unfortunately, as she finds out, she was [[TheAgeless only prevented from aging]] and not [[CompleteImmortality made invincible]] like she may have thought (as indicated by [[ThisCannotBe her low health voice-clips]]).
* KarmicDeath: Her life is ultimately ended at hands of one of the High Entia she not only turned into a Telethia, she dies while fused to said Telethia after claiming being turned into Telethia was the purpose of the High Entia (and for even more irony, she herself is a High Entia, so she technically became a Telethia herself by merging with one).
* ObviouslyEvil: Players will peg her as a baddie the moment they see her--if the red and black {{stripperiffic}} outfit wasn't enough, she spends maybe a minute on-screen before she's scheming to have Melia killed.
* OneWingedAngel: By performing a FusionDance with the Telethia that Kallian had become.
* OutGambitted: By a man she thought had lost all of his free will, no less.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Like all the High Entia.
* SummonMagic: In a similar vein to Melia.
* SycophanticServant: In contrast to Dickson, who's simply a BloodKnight, and Alvis, who isn't really working for Zanza, Lorithia is fanatically obsessed with "Lord Zanza".
* TakeThatKiss: After displaying Kallian in his Telethia form to Melia, she rubs it even more in her face by giving him a deep kiss.
* VillainousBreakdown: When she starts getting low on health during her boss fight, she starts to realize that [[ThisCannotBe not only is she about to die]], but Zanza's promise of her being made immortal was only half-true. The breakdown comes to a head once Kallian rebels and finishes her off.
%%* WingedHumanoid


-->Voiced by: Katie [=McGuinness=] (English), Creator/MichikoNeya (Japanese)

Tyrea is Yumea's daughter, and by extension Kallian's half-sister and an agent working for the Bionite order. She helps Yumea conspire to assassinate Sorean's daugther, Melia in the High Entia Tomb, but is interrupted and defeated by Shulk's group before she has a chance to kill her. She then escapes after her defeat and isn't seen again until after the Mechonis Core events where more of her origins are discovered. The party finds Tyrea in the front gates of Colony 6 and discover that Tyrea is Yumea's daugther by Melia. After recovering on Junks, she leaves the Colony only to find trace energy of Ether before being attacked. The party will then witness a Telethia attack the colony reconstruction HQ, and follow it to Makna Forest. When the party encounters the Telethia, initially thinking it to be a transformed Tyrea, they engage and defeat it. However, Tyrea soon appears unscathed and reveals the Telethia was actually her mother, Yumea, and thanks them for granting her peace before leaving herself. It is also revealed during this sidequest that she is also a half-Homs, despite her long wings.
* DualBoss: She is faced in the High Entia Tomb alongside a Telethia.
* FantasticRacism: She thinks all half-blooded High Entia are inferior.
%%* LadyInRed:
* MercyKill: She was ordered by Yumea to kill her when she turned into a Telethia
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Well, she is a High Entia.
%%* WingedHumanoid
* YouAreWhatYouHate: She depises half-blooded High Entia yet is one herself.


!!Colonel Vangarre

->''"[...]Then I want a million press-ups from both of you! And you better not stop until your biceps explode!"'''

-->Voiced by: Alec Newman (English), Nobuhiko Kazama (Japanese)

The colonel of the Colony 9 Defense Force. He's known for abusing his troops and assigning them impossible tasks. Reyn refers to him as "Square-tache".
* BadassMoustache: It curves up at a 90-degree angle, hence his nickname.
* TheDreaded: Among his own men, so much that he can even intimidate them into not dropping him to his death despite being in a position to do so by threatening to make them do sit-ups for the rest of their lives. Given Shulk, company and some Homs in the Machina Village survived a drop from that same height, his men have every reason to take his warning seriously.
* DrillSergeantNasty: In his very first scene, he screams and yells at two soldiers, punches one in the face, and assigns them a million press-ups. However, he's still very dedicated to the protection of Colony 9 and the people of Bionis even when things seem hopeless and survives a close encounter with Metal Face.
* DubNameChange: Spelled Vandham in Japan.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Among the Vandham characters across the series, he's the only one who A) is mostly a comedic character B) is a DrillSergeantNasty instead of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure C)is lean instead of bulky and D) has his name changed by the English localization.
* ImpossibleTask: These aren't meant to be a trick or test of character; he ''actually'' expects his men to be able to carry out superhuman or physics-defying commands.
* IncomingHam: His first voiced line is yelling out "You idiots!" from offscreen.
* InUniverseNickname: "Square-tache", by Reyn.
* MadeOfIron: It's initially implied he's killed in the invasion on Colony 9 at the beginning when he gets a transport thrown on him, but an NPC at reveals that he survived the attack and was in recovery for a while before showing up again just fine during the attack on Mechonis.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It's pink, which makes his moustache look all the more ridiculous.



->''"This battle is for my people. If you can't handle it, drop that weapon and head home."''

-->Voiced by: Lewis [=MacLeod=] (English), Creator/GoroNaya (Japanese)

Otharon is the leader of the Colony 6 defence force.
%%* BadassBeard
* BadassGrandpa: Otharon's pretty old, but he has no problem jumping into the fray against the Mechon and later Telethia.
* BadassNormal: Otharon can't use ether, from what we see, and he's not a crack-shot like Gadolt is. What he does have, however, are balls of steel and an incredible amount of HeroicWillpower.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* CoolOldGuy: Despite his age he's an effective leader of the Colony 6 resistance forces, and puts up a decent fight against the Faced Mechon in the Ether Mines.
* {{Determinator}}: Just try ''implying'' that he should give up on something. He simply will not rest until he's proven you wrong.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Narrowly subverted in-universe thanks to Shulk and his visions.
%%* FingerlessGloves
* GrumpyOldMan: At first, though he warms up to Shulk's party. He continues to gives lip to just about everyone though, even Dickson and Kallian.
* HeroicSacrifice: Shulk has a vision of him pulling one early-on and spends much of the Colony 6 story arc thinking about how to [[DefiedTrope stop his death]]. He succeeds.
%%* TeamDad



->''"They're all cowards. I'll show them all."''

-->Voiced by: Jordan Clarke (English) Kenichi Hatori, (Japanese)

Juju is Sharla's younger brother. He initially lives with his sister in the Refugee Camp, but he eventually tries to head for Colony 6, only to be captured by the Mechons and led to ether mines. After Shulk, Reyn and Sharla rescue him, he and Otharon go back to Colony 6 to try repair the town.
* AChildShallLeadThem: Oversees the rebuilding of Colony 6 while Otharon is out commanding the Allied Force against the Mechon.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Before his CharacterDevelopment, his habit of going into danger annoyed and distressed Sharla.
* BrattyHalfPint: Gets increasingly bratty as Sharla, Shulk, and Reyn refuse to rescue the colonists, and then tries it by himself. It doesn't work out for him, and he's forced to grow out of it.
* DistressedDude: Kidnapped by Xord to use as his main course.
%%* {{Expy}}: Of Dan from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', though he turns out to be a lot friendlier to Shulk than Dan was to Fei.
* HeroWorshipper: Towards Gadolt and, eventually, Shulk and Reyn.
%%* HotBlooded
%%* IJustWantToBeBadass
%%* SiblingYinYang: The yang to Sharla's yin.
* WhatAnIdiot: He makes a lot of ''really'' stupid decisions early on, which the party is quick to lampshade in-universe. Justified in that he's a child and doesn't understand the full consequences of them. He eventually matures beyond this.


!!Gadolt [=/=] Jade Face

->''"I'll be fine. I'll be able to keep my mind on the battle knowing you're safe."''

-->Voiced by: Nicholas Boulton (English), Kosuke Takeuchi (Japanese)

Gadolt is Sharla's fiance and a colonel in the Colony 6 Defence Force. A bold, fearless man whom Juju looked up to as a father-figure, he went missing during a battle with the Mechon; leaving behind only his ether rifle.
* BigDamnHeroes: Showing up at the last moment to shield Shulk and friends from the energy unleashed by the Mechonis' awakening.
* BodyHorror: Similar to Mumkhar, his insides appear hollowed out, giving a visual idea of what was done to turn him into Face Unit. Unlike Mumkhar, however, he still has his original right arm (albeit badly burned and a few pieces of metal grafted in) and some of the skin from his chest (right next to his visibly hollowed-out mid-section).
* {{Brainwashed}}: Jade Face in his attacks on the party.
* BrokenAce: He's the best shot Colony 6 has, a hero to its people, fiance to a lovely lady and an all-round good guy. He's also wrecked with grief and guilt over not being able to protect more people, to the extent that Sharla only narrowly saves him from crossing the DespairEventHorizon.
* BruiserWithASoftCentre: Gadolt loves Sharla, but loses that love thanks to memory wipes.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's mentioned fairly early in the game but doesn't make an appearance until it nears its conclusion. [[BigDamnHeroes It's totally worth the wait]].
* ColdSniper: The first battle with Jade Face involves the party trying to close in on him from across a long pathway, [[CorridorCubbyholeRun all the while trying to take cover from his long-range laser attack]]. Appropriate considering that Gadolt himself was a sniper as a Homs.
* DespairEventHorizon: Only narrowly avoided thanks to Sharla. His frustration at not being able to destroy the Mechon and having to watch his friends die on a regular basis caused him a considerable amount of rage and frustration.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Becoming a human shield (with his giant mechon) to shield the party from the collapse of Agniratha. [[HeroicSacrifice He dies deflecting the blast]].
%%* {{Expy}}: When he becomes Jade Face and his facial structure changes along with him, his entire character is the Franchise/{{Terminator}}.
* FaceOfAThug: He looks like quite a brute, but he's actually a stand-up guy.
* FriendlySniper: Back when he was a Homs, and it was from him that Sharla learned her marksmanship.
* HollywoodCyborg: He suffers the same fate as Fiora.
* HumongousMecha: Jade Face.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: His last boss fight basically amounts to this.
* NotSoDifferent: From Reyn.
* ParentalSubstitute: For Juju.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: After his transformation.
* ShroudedInMyth: His marksmanship is so famed that even ''Dunban'' sings his praises. He doesn't ''quite'' have the same following, though.
* SixthRanger: For Egil's Face Mechon.
* TeamDad: Among the people of Colony 6.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: To a greater extent than other Faces, in that he had his memories stripped out too.
* WorthyOpponent: Similar to Reyn's case. Whereas Gadolt comes to admire Reyn's good heart and strong resolve, Reyn eventually comes to see the sniper as a good man who deserves Sharla.

[[folder:From Mechonis]]

-->Voiced by: Peter Bramhill (English), Daisuke Kirii (Japanese)

Egil is one of the main antagonists of ''Xenoblade'', being in charge of the Mechon forces. A member of the Machina people, beings born from the Mechonis, he and his friend Arglas, the giant from Bionis, worked together to ensure a peaceful future between both the peoples of both titans. However, when Arglas was possessed by Zanza and laid waste to Mechonis, Egil swore revenge and, when both titans were put to sleep, began attacking Bionis with an army of Mechon: hoping to wipe out as much life as possible on the titan so that when Zanza returned he would have less ether energy to absorb and thus be more vulnerable to attack. Due to his thirst for vengeance, he has been abandoned by his people but continues to fight against the Bionis nonetheless. He has his own personalized HumongousMecha, Yaldabaoth, of which he is seen in for the majority of his Appearances.
* AlasPoorVillain: Once you get to the Mechonis Capital and learn what Zanza did to his people, it is hard not to feel sympathetic for him.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: His skin is white-greyish, like all the Machina.
* AntagonisticOffspring: To his father Miqol, who does not approve of Egil's war on Bionis and even asks Shulk's party to kill Egil when they first meet him on Fallen Arm.
* AntiMagic: His Apocrypha Generator, which negates the Monado's power by releasing counteracting ether-waves.
* AntiVillain: He makes it clear that he doesn't actually hate the people of Bionis (even if he does think of them as lower life). He's simply trying to destroy the Bionis itself, and as Zanza's appearance shortly afterward reveals, he has a good reason for doing so.
* BareFistedMonk: With or without Yaldabaoth, he always fights with his bare hands.
* BigBad: As the one behind the Mechon invasion, he appears to be this. [[DiscOneFinalBoss However, he's ultimately upstaged by Zanza]] after TheReveal.
* CainAndAbel: He's the Cain to Vanea's Abel.
* CoolSword: Until he replaces Meyneth as the Mechonis' soul and wields a replica of its sword to control its movements.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: For all of five minutes (one of the ''longest cutscenes'' back-to-back by even more cutscenes) before Zanza goes and screws it up, but present.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He appears in the [[https://youtu.be/FriHMoEcLQU?t=8 Monado's first vision]] long before he appears in the main game.
* EvilGenius: He's the primary antagonist until Zanza reveals himself and by far the most intelligent, being the creator of the Faced Mechon and the instigator of all the Homs-Mechon wars.
* FallenHero: He once sought to create a peaceful unity between the peoples of Bionis and Mechonis, but Zanza crushed that dream when he possessed Arglas.
* {{Foil}}: To Shulk. Both are engineers who are known to be talented and compassionate to their respective people. After the destruction of their hometowns, they both swear bloody revenge on the opposite Titan. However, while Egil has no problem killing even other Machina who try to stop him, Shulk retains his compassion. Egil claims to be Meyneth's agent, not knowing that she opposes his quest for revenge, while Shulk allies with Zanza unaware that he himself is Zanza's vessel. Egil believes that his own god and people have betrayed him, while Shulk is betrayed and killed by Zanza's disciple. Finally, Shulk ends up destroying Zanza for good, while Egil makes peace with Meyneth shortly before both of their demises.
* HeroicSacrifice: His final act of redemption is to save his newly minted friends (and his sister) from Zanza by using the Mechonis itself against him and actually makes his eventual defeat possible.
* HumongousMecha: He has one that's bigger than all the other ones in the game put together. And it's ''[[BlingOfWar golden]]''. It's also [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a dragon]]. And to top it all off, he uplinks it with the entire Mechonis.
* IronicEcho: ''"This world no longer has a need for gods"''. His face when it's repeated by Meyneth before she dies says it all.
* LargeAndInCharge: As a result of Yaldabaoth, though as a Machina he towers over Shulk and company anyway.
* MadeOfIron: Aside from being a Machina, he gets stabbed through the shoulder by the Monado II and doesn't even flinch.
* TheManBehindTheMonsters: The controlling intelligence behind the Mechon and their two invasions of the Bionis, killing untold numbers of Homs.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: He is the only Machina who believes all life on Bionis should be killed to protect the people of Mechonis from Zanza.
* NotSoDifferent: The hero swears vengeance against the man who slaughtered his people and shattered the peace between Mechonis and Bionis. Shulk or Egil? In this case, it's a heroic inversion in that it's Shulk who points this out, not Egil.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Right before he summons Yaldaboath and defeats Shulk and his entire party:
-->"Your blade... it did not cut deep enough."
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: He seeks to eliminate Zanza, the soul of the Bionis. When Lady Meyneth tries to make him stop, he declares her a traitor to her own people and declares that the world no longer has a need for gods like her.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He was around when Zanza possessed Arglas and ravaged the Mechonis.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His ultimate goal is to avenge his fallen people by destroying Zanza.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Spelled as Aegir in Japan.
* SummonMagic: He's capable of creating Mechon during the fight with him, presumably by pulling their components out of {{Hammerspace}} and piecing them together with what looks a heck of a lot like telekinesis. Or magnetism.
* TheExtremistWasRight: Zanza proved to be ''exactly'' as [[GodIsEvil irreconcilably evil]] as Egil painted him to be. And while his methods were horrific and resulted in the deaths of himself, Meyneth, and the Mechonis (not to mention the death and/or [[ReforgedIntoAMinion forced conversion]] of countless innocent Homs), Egil did manage to weaken the Bionis just enough for Shulk and company to reach Zanza and finish him off.
* UnwittingPawn: In his pursuit of vengeance against Zanza, he ironically allows Zanza to break out of the imprisonment by High-Entia and return to his full power.
* VillainousBreakdown: It's subtle, but the you can definitely hear the sense of heartbreak in his voice after Meyneth makes it clear she's not on his side anymore. Him telling her that the world doesn't need gods comes off as being directed more to himself than to her. He regains his equilibrium for the final battle with him, though.
* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: He realizes all too late that he could have could have avoided all this senseless death and pain if he'd trusted in the people of Bionis, who turned out to share his (and Meyneth's) desire of a "world without gods".
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Genocide for the betterment of all (including the relatives of the people who were killed).
* WhamEpisode: His EstablishingCharacterMoment, which reveals a) that the Mechon are led by an intelligent being, b) that they are in fact {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s and c) ''that the Bionis is not the force of good that the Homs have believed up until now''.
--> "[[HumongousMecha This]] is the strongest [[KillerRobot Mechon]] ever built. I am Egil, [[EvilOverlord leader of Mechonis]]! ... We fight to [[WellIntentionedExtremist free this world from the tyranny of]] the [[GodIsEvil Bionis!]]"
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: His HumongousMecha has a very disturbing one that kinda looks like [[NightmareFace a melted skull]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: It's hard not to feel sympathetic for him, considering Zanza took over his friend's body and committed mass genocide on the Machina just so he could continue his vicious cycle of causing apocalypse to keep himself alive. Too bad that Egil's plan to kill Zanza would have resulted in the destruction of the Bionis, where Homs and other races live in.



-->Voiced by: Harriet Carmichael (English), Creator/YukiKaida (Japanese)

Vanea is Egil's sister and the daughter of the Machina chief. She does not like what Egil is doing and has asked him many times to stop killing life on Bionis. She tells her brother that she only wants a world where everyone lives in peace including him. All atempts have failed however. She is also the person who implanted Meyneth into Fiora's body.
* AbsoluteCleavage: And absolutely humongous. She has the largest breasts of any female in the game.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Same deal as Egil.
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Egil's Cain.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: She assists Egil, but only because she needs to revive Lady Meyneth to try and save Mechonis from his madness.
* FemmeFatalons: Her fingernails are long, sharp, and black, just like her brother's.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Any time she stops walking, or whenever if she faces in a different direction, you can expect to see her boobs sway and jiggle.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Although how much of a "Heel" she ever was is disputable.
* NippleAndDimed: Vanea's breasts are almost fully exposed, minus the metallic coverings which curve inward to cover her nipples.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Old enough to remember the last time Bionis attacked.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Spelled as Vanir in Japan.
* StatuesqueStunner: At just shy of 7ft. tall, she towers above Shulk and the others, when they meet her.
* {{Stripperific}}: Vanea's attire leaves little to the imagination, given it's skin-tight, [[AbsoluteCleavage practically leaves her breasts on full display]], and has a cut-out in back that openly exposes her buttocks and shows she's wearing a thong. Best seen when Shulk and the others [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw8GMlupVEc first meet her.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Meyneth, whom she serves with the utmost devotion. Even going so far as to defy her brother in order to fulfill Meyneth's wishes.



-->Voiced by: Richard Ridings (English), Tadashi Miyazawa (Japanese)
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Just like his children.
* BigFun: He's surprisingly jovial for a guy from Mechonis. Which just goes to prove that they're not all Mechon.
* LargeAndInCharge: The chief of the humanoid Machina and possibly the largest NPC in the game.
* OffingTheOffspring: Rare heroic example. Miqol wants to put a stop to what his son is doing even if it means killing him.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He's about 6,000 years old, with only the Nopon Sage, Zanza, and Meyneth being older than he is.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To the Machina and Shulk's group, never giving them any trouble.


[[folder: The Two Gods]]
'''WARNING: There are sensitive spoilers for ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' in this folder which will also be unmarked'''

!! The Bionis and Mechonis
[[caption-width-right:350:Mechonis is on the left, Bionis is on the right.]]

Two towering and enormous titans that are, at the very least, the size of small continents. Before the beginning of the game, they waged a long and difficult battle that ended in the two falling into a several thousand year slumber, as life sprung up on the enormous bodies of the two giants. However, their souls live on.
* AlienBlood: Being organic, the Bionis' blood is colored green as it actually turns out to be Ether. You can even see the Bionis bleed from its wounds during its battle against Mechonis.
* {{BFS}}: Both wield gigantic swords that are almost as big as themselves, if not bigger. In contrast, the Mechonis wields a physical serrated sword while the Bionis wields a LaserBlade.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Mechonis is the benevolent one. You wouldn't guess so at first however, because the Mechonis does not look very friendly with her humongous black body and glaring red eyes.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Both of them were scientists aboard the Space Station Rhadamanthus before Klaus's fateful experiment sent them to be reborn as gods.
* DivineConflict: At the beginning of the universe, the two titans fought each other.
* GeniusLoci: The combined bodies of both make up the game's [[WordOfGod Japan-sized]] world.
* HumongousMecha: The Mechonis. While their official size has never been stated, it (and the Bionis) have been theorized to be relatively the size of continents.
* LaserBlade: The Bionis' sword. It later turns out to be the Monado itself.
* LifeDrain: Egil modified the Mechonis' sword so that it drains ether from the Bionis while it's embedded in the latter's side. That's why there are the ether processing facilities all over Sword Valley.
* LightIsNotGood: The Bionis is the evil one. You wouldn't guess so at first however, because of the Bionis' bright white colour and his shining LaserBlade reminiscent of a Jedi.
* PhysicalGod: Two giant ''continent sized'' titans.
* WaveMotionGun: As demonstrated by [[WellIntentionedExtremist Egil]], the Mechonis has an ability to fire a massive laser beam from its head upon its awakening. It ends up hitting the Bionis' right shoulder while its still sleeping.


!!Lady Meyneth

-->Voiced by: Jo Wyatt (English), Mio Umeda (Japanese)

The soul of the Mechonis, she created and is worshipped by all the Machina. She wishes for all living beings on both Bionis and Mechonis to live in harmony without a need for gods.
* AbsoluteCleavage: It goes down past her groin.
* BodySurf: Similar to Zanza she needs to inhabit a body.
* DarkIsNotEvil: She ''looks'' the part, being a cyborg with predominantly dark colors, but she ultimately turns out to be a kindhearted and sagely scientist/goddess.
* DefectorFromDecadence: The reason why she turns on Egil is because she feels he's gone too far.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Was originally Klaus's assistant named Galea before becoming a god with the destruction of the old universe.
* DualWielding: Her Monado turns out to take the form of a pair of swords.
* GeniusLoci: She's the soul of the Mechonis.
* GodIsGood: She's the god of Mechonis as well as its soul, but she's willing to let her creations live their own lives and not interfere in the running of them.
* HumongousMecha: Face Nemesis and the Mechonis itself.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Unlike Zanza, whose grip seems permanently affixed to his Monado once he reclaims it, Meyneth seems to prefer to only pull it out in extreme circumstances; the first time is what alerts Egil to her presence in Face Nemesis, and the second time is against Zanza himself. Without it, she's no more powerful than Fiora herself.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Meyneth is rather startled to realize that she bears strong feelings toward a Homs boy she only just encountered.
* MsExposition: To the party during their journey through the Mechonis.
* OurTitansAreDifferent: She's the soul of the Mechonis.
* TheParagon: Though she cannot defeat Zanza, the KirkSummation she directs at him before she sacrifices herself to protect the party inspires them to keep fighting against his tyranny.
* PhysicalGod: Like Zanza.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Much like Zanza.
* SealedGoodInACan: To be more exact...
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: That'd be Fiora.
* SenselessSacrifice: Subverted. Her sacrifice against Zanza results in him taking her Monado and becoming even ''more'' powerful as a result. However, she did use that opportunity to give Shulk's body life again (who up until that point, was only being kept alive due to being a SoulJar for Zanza), which gave the people of both Bionis and Mechonis a fighting chance to stop the cycle of destruction and recreation.
* {{Synchronization}}: With Fiora. After she is killed by Zanza, the former starts to slowly die.
* SymbioticPossession: As opposed to Zanza's DemonicPossession, Meyneth ultimately turns out to be a force of good, and is fine with giving equal time to Fiora after inhabiting her mechanized body.
* TookALevelInBadass: Inverted. She was once as powerful as Zanza, but unlike him, she is unwilling to consume her own creations in order to replenish her power. Because of this, she's much weaker than him by the time they confront each other again late in the game.

!!Zanza (formerly Klaus)
[[caption-width-right:350:Zanza when you meet him on Prison Island. Or rather, Arglas.]]
[[caption-width-right:340:Zanza's true form.]]
-->Voiced by: Stephen Greif and Creator/AdamHowden (English), Takashi Taniguchi and Creator/ShintaroAsanuma (Japanese)

Zanza (ザンザ, Zanza) is a giant that Shulk beholds in a vision and [[MrExposition learns the secrets of the Monado from]]. Although he is shrouded in mystery, his knowledge and eventual empowerment of the Monado prove extremely beneficial to the party.

... Until they realise that he's actually the ''real BigBad''. The giant is actually named Arglas and was Egil's closest friend before discovering the Bionis Monado and being possessed by the evil god within: Zanza. Considered to be the soul of the Bionis, Zanza is the being responsible for all life on it and its attack on the Mechonis. Since Zanza requires a physical body to maintain his existence, being unable to remain in his spirit form forever, he has locked all life on Bionis in an endless cycle of death and rebirth: wiping out everything and creating life anew once life on Bionis reaches a certain point. This is because, if his creations evolve too much and leave the world he has created behind, then he will be without a living host and ultimately die.

It is eventually revealed that he was once a human scientist named Klaus who destroyed the previous universe in an experiment to create a new world and, together with Meyneth, became a god of the new one.
* AGodAmI: And he will ''constantly'' remind the team of that. Subverted in the fact that his power is not his own, but rather that of Monado (a.k.a. Alvis).
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: He's some kind of purple shade... or, rather, Arglas' skin is.
* ArchEnemy: Subverted. One is lead to believe that the High Entia are his, because they sealed him away. The honest truth is that he doesn't care about that - chalking it up to the nature of mortals - and instead wants to see Shulk kick Mechonis' ass.
* BadassBeard: While possessing Arglas.
* BadassBoast: He tells Shulk that, should he master the Monado's power, "Nothing but a god can stand in (his) way." [[{{Foreshadowing}} That's not an understatement.]]
* BaitTheDog: During the first encounter with him at Prison Island he seemed a little shady, with the reasoning why he's there left as a mystery, but it's clear that he has the best intentions for the people of Bionis in their fight against the forces of Mechonis... if only for the short term as [[OmnicidalManiac he definitely does not have any good will for the life of Mechonis or Bionis in the long term]].
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: The ending reveals that Zanza is not half the god he thinks himself to be.
* BigBad: Thought Egil was the true enemy, did you? [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Not so fast, bucko!]]
* BigGood: Subverted. He's set up as this but doesn't actually get enough screentime to play the part. Besides, [[BigBad his real role is the complete opposite of this trope.]]
* {{Bishounen}}: His form upon awakening. Not surprising, considering he's basically Shulk with longer hair.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: He seems like a helpful guy when he first meets Shulk and politely explains how to power up the Monado, but his dialogue with Face Nemesis shows that he doesn't care how many he has to sacrifice for his goals.
* BloodKnight: [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome We never get to see the giant fight]] but it's implied. He gets very... ''animated'' about the prospect slaughtering the Mechon with the Monado.
* BodySurf: Once Arglas picked up the Monado, Zanza entered his body. Then, it was picked up by Dunban and Shulk, the former of which resisted his control.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's introduced as a OneShotCharacter who's relevant for one plot point and is never heard from again... until ''much'' later in the game when it turns out that Zanza was one of the most influential people in the world.
* TheChessmaster: He controlled all of the actions on Bionis, and created the High Entia to assist in the termination of life on Bionis.
* ClippedWingAngel: His third form has only half the HP of his second form, and with Shulk acquiring the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Monado III]] chances are the fight won't last very long.
* CoolSword: Well, the Monado was his after all... It eventually gets upgraded into an even bigger one when he emerges from Shulk's body.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Seems to be based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demiurge#Gnosticism demiurge]] from Gnosticism, a delusionally prideful godlike entity that created the physical universe, but is not aware that its power comes from an even higher source.
* DeathIsCheap: In his Giant form, he gets impaled by Metal Face. It may have been planned by Zanza all along, since from that point on, all of his soul goes into Shulk's body.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Was once a human scientist by the name of Klaus.
* DemonicPossession: How he operates. First by possessing Arglas, and after Arglas is killed by Metal Face, Shulk (although part of his soul was already in Shulk due to making contact with the Monado).
* DualWielding: ''Both'' Monados.
* EvilCounterpart: He is this to both Meyneth and Shulk.
** Like Meyneth, both are scientist ascending to godhood and controling titan bodies. While Meyneth was a kind goddess who wanted her own creations to evolve and carve their own futures, Zanza was a ControlFreak who saw his progeny as food to be consumed.
** Like Shulk, he's a scientist connected with the Monado, and had the ability to become a PhysicalGod at the end of his story. They even look alike and share voice actors. What sets them apart is that Shulk decided not to be a God, and Zanza became a malevolent god bent on tyrannical rule.
* EvilIsPetty: His reason for trying to exterminate all sentient life on the Bionis? He just doesn't want a convenient food source to leave him. The reason he attacked the Mechonis? He considered the Machina "insolent" for wanting to change the world themselves.
* ExactWords: In a side quest, Lesunia has a dream in which the soul of Bionis tells her that the pure blood High Entia are his chosen race. Zanza never said that they would ''like'' [[TragicMonster what he has chosen them for]]...
* {{Expy}}: He's basically [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Deus with a speaking role]]. Out of all the previous Xenocharacters to get a counterpart in '''Blade'', this guy is probably the most similar to the original. Furthermore, he has the High Entia revert to Telethia - something that almost exactly parallels humans mutating into Wels for Deus.
* FallenHero: Implied in his conversation with Face Nemesis, who apparently accuses him of sacrificing the party in his quest to defeat Mechonis. [[ShutUpHannibal He tells her to stuff it]]. The whole thing takes on a [[ShutUpKirk much darker note when you realise what Zanza's ''actual'' nature is.]] ''Xenoblade Chronicles 2'' reveals that Zanza was originally Klaus and his goal was to try and save the world from war caused by humanity, but the Conduit separated his soul into two, with him being the evil half of Klaus.
* FinalBossNewDimension: You are transported to outer space (or a convincing replica) for the showdown against him.
* {{Flanderization}}: An InUniverse example. As ''Xenoblade Chronicles 2'' reveals, Klaus was a scientist driven to save his world from the destruction and war that plagued it. Once he became a God however, he was split into two beings with his evil half becoming Zanza. Without Klaus' redeeming traits or noble intentions, Zanza became the worst of Klaus; an ambitious being, driven to cruelty for no reason other than that he can.
* ForScience: Which ended up turning him into a God.
* ForTheEvulz: Even though he wishes to maintain his existence, Zanza doesn't really have much of a reason to be ''such'' a colossal jackass about it, especially when Meyneth has been maintaining her existence just fine without resorting to such tactics. Zanza's not a WellIntentionedExtremist, he has no FreudianExcuse... He just crosses the line with each appearance like it's going out of fashion purely because ''he can''. He even ''admits'' this to be his ''modus operandi'' when he explains that he gave the Telethia intelligence, creating the High Entia, on a random whim.
* GeniusBruiser: Zanza's a hulking giant with extensive knowledge of the Monado.
* GeniusLoci: He's the soul of the Bionis.
* AGodAmI: Well, he was ''already'' a god... but getting Meyneth's Monado amped his pride UpToEleven.
* GodIsEvil: Or, rather, ''one'' of the gods is evil.
* GoodIsNotNice: While he helps Shulk, he's kind of a dick towards Face Nemesis/Meyneth - who tries to speak with him and has no malicious intentions whatsoever. The morality of the scene is completely inverted when you realise that she's actually the goodie in this scenario.
* GodOfEvil: ''Xenoblade Chronicles 2'' reveals that he is the evil half of Klaus, with the Architect being the good side of Klaus.
* GrandpaGod: His long, wild hair and muscled body makes him look like something from a Michelangelo painting, and he has the voice to match. [[SubvertedTrope However, it's not actually his true form]]; it is merely a body he stole from a Giant named Arglas after he picked up the Monado.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The final battle ends when Shulk bisects him vertically with the Monado III.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted. He dies trying to give the Monado an upgrade to hurt Faces, though he turns out to be not so heroic (or so dead) after all.
* HumanoidAbomination: Being the soul of the Bionis, he feeds off the creatures living on him and the Telethia are his antibodies. This nature of his makes him sound like something more in common with an [[Creator/HPLovecraft H.P. Lovecraft]] god despite his human-origins and the bodies of the inhabitants he's used to achieve his ends. His final form in his boss fight is also somewhat grotesque, looking like a cross between a Telethia and a Mechon.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Zanza remarks that he had hoped to have a friendship with his creations, but Shulk rebutts him, pointing out that it wasn't friendship he wanted, just worthless slaves. After Zanza's death, Alvis remarks that Zanza probably really did desire friendship, even if he was too selfish and destructive to make any friends.
* {{Immortality}}: A Parasitic-type, as it's stated that he cannot survive permanently in his spirit form and needs a physical body to inhabit every thousand years.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He is ''utterly incapable'' of acknowledging the value of ''anything'' that isn't himself. He believes that things like destruction, creation and the future should only belong to the Gods, and goes out of his way to destroy ''other'' Gods to ensure he's the only being with those privileges.
* {{Jerkass God|s}}: He has the mindset and immense power of one.
* KickTheDog: He does this often but special notion to when Egil is about to get Meyneth's Monado after Zanza killed Meyneth but Zanza takes it at the very last second all while evil gloating about it.
* LackOfEmpathy: He's incapable of seeing the Homs as anything more than "bacteria, clinging to (his) body". As seen under {{Flanderization}}, this is because he was once a scientist whose evil half became a God, meaning he simply doesn't have the ability to care about what others think.
* LightEmUp: He wielded the Monado against the Mechonis in the past, specifically in its "sword of light" form that was used to strike the blow against the other titan.
* LightIsNotGood: Upon exiting Shulk's body, he appears bathed in golden light and dressed in elaborate white-and-gold clothing. Not to mention the floating golden halos that accompany him everywhere.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: He is actually the evil half of Klaus. His good half became The Architect as seen in ''Xenoblade Chronicles 2''.
* MadScientist: Used to be one, being obsessed with bringing himself to divinity by creating a universe. Though, as revealed in ''Xenoblade Chronicles 2'', he was doing this to save humanity after the Earth was ruined by war. Klaus's experiment split him in half, resulting in Zanza inheriting his god complex.
* MightMakesRight: His justification for pretty much everything he does. "Only a god can ____" might as well be his catchphrase.
* MrExposition: He reveals the truth or, rather, some of it, about the Monado to Shulk and co.
* {{Narcissist}}: His gargantuan ego and LackOfEmpathy takes this to its logical extreme.
* NatureIsNotNice: He's the God representing nature, and he's the real villain of the story.
* ObviouslyEvil: Subverted. Melia deduces minutes after meeting him that, despite how helpful his exposition and offer of powering-up the Monado without a catch are, the High Entia ancestors must have had a reason to seal him away. Despite this, Shulk agrees and he becomes one of the most important allies to the party [[DoubleSubverted until he revives and reveals that she was ''right'' to be skeptical about him.]]
* OneHandedZweihander: He dual-wields both Monados during the FinalBoss fight.
* OmnicidalManiac: He's created a cycle of destruction and rebirth where, the moment life on Bionis looks like it's going to escape from it and abandon the old world, he possesses one of them to use as a vessel, devours everything else and creates life anew so he can live forever. It gets ramped UpToEleven with the reveal that he created the world in which the game takes place by killing '''''everything''''' aside from himself and Mayneth, and the latter was probably an accident.
* OneShotCharacter: For all his plot relevance, the giant only appears for one scene. [[ExactWords The giant, that is.]]
* OneWingedAngel: After gaining Meyneth's Monado and going to confront Shulk, he grants himself Bionis-themed armor. Partway through the fight he steps it up, becoming a half-Bionis-half-Mechonis monstrosity with Zanza's upper half sticking out of the center.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Although it turns out that Zanza was only possessing the giant Arglas. Also, the Japanese name for the Bionis is "huge god".
* OurTitansAreDifferent: He's the soul of the Bionis.
* PhysicalGod: Played with. He's a literal god with a physical form, but at first he needs to hijack somebody's body to provide the form.
* PsychopathicManchild: After he's resurrected, he can come off as incredibly petulant towards the idea of mortals defying the passage of fate without his say so or having free will. Unlike Meyneth, he doesn't realize that friendship is not synonymous with servitude. ''Xenoblade Chronicles 2'' reveals this is because he is the evil half of Klaus, meaning he simply is unable to understand mortals at all.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Much like Meyneth.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Double Subverted; though his glowing red eyes lend him an intimidating aura, he's benevolent enough. Except that he only seems benevolent because you're working toward his goals at the moment. And the red eyes belonged to Arglas, the giant he was possessing.
* SealedBadassInACan: He took control of the entire Bionis and used it to attack Mechonis.
* SealedEvilInACan: He inhabits the Monado and must inhabit the body of one of his progeny within a thousand-year period or else he dies.
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: In this case, Shulk.
* SmugSnake: He clearly fancies himself as a ManipulativeBastard, and to his credit actually ''does'' start out quite manipulative. Once he gets both Monados, however, he just throws all planning out of the window and starts wallowing in his own pride.
* TheSociopath: Not only is he incredibly manipulative, he views all life with contempt and believes that [[ItsAllAboutMe it exists only to keep him alive]].
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Monado itself turns out to have been created by him. He also powers it up so that it can damage beings from Bionis as well.
* SuperEmpowering: He can upgrade the Monado.
* {{Synchronization}}: ''Xenoblade 2'' reveals that he and his good half are linked together, meaning if one dies, the other dies as well.
* TakeUpMySword: Kind of. He once fought against Mechonis with a giant version of the Monado and encourages Shulk to take up his fight.
* VillainousBreakdown: Starts to have one midway through the final battle, centered around the fact that he can no longer see the party's future, but Shulk can still see ''his''. By the time Shulk breaks out the [[InfinityPlusOneSword True Monado]], Zanza's breakdown goes into full-swing.
--> No! ''How can you still have visions?!''
* WalkingSpoiler: Nearly everything about him is spoilerific.
* WeCanRuleTogether: He tries asking Shulk to be his new Disciple... It goes down about as well as you'd expect.
* YouCantFightFate: In ''stark'' contrast to the rest of the game up to then, which was full of ScrewDestiny, both in story and in battle. His first few lines during TheReveal are him telling you that all things up to that exact moment were predestined, and he goes on to say that they cannot fight the fate he has decided for them.
* YouMonster: Absolutely every single character who knows of his existence regards him as completely and utterly evil and without a single redeeming quality. Not even his subjects try to defend him: they sidestep the issue altogether.