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->''"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.

* AGodIAmNot: After defeating Zanza, Alvis gives Shulk the ability to remake their world so that the inhabitants of the destroyed Mechonis and dying Bionis still have a place to live. He uses this power to fulfill Meyneth's last wish, creating a world without gods, and then relinquishes his power, presumably living out the rest of his life as a mortal.
* 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 Alvis' intervention.
* {{Badass}}: He can take on creatures twice his size almost from the very beginning. And it all goes up from there...
** 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.
** HeartbrokenBadass: After losing Fiora.
* BerserkButton: Try to harm Fiora in front of Shulk and you will discover [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the true meaning of pain]].
** Shulk's case is also 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Usually he's the nicest guy around, but will fight tooth and nail to protect the people he cares about. UpToEleven if that person is Fiora.
* ChickMagnet: Both Fiora and Melia have feelings for him. He's also rather popular with the girls in Colony 9.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Fiora. Victorious Childhood Friend 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: Zigzagged. At first it's not clear whether he was explicitly chosen by the Monado or whether there was something else at work for a long time.
** 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.
* CombatClairvoyance: The Monado gives him the ability to see the future, specially during combat. Or so he thinks at first...
* CombatPragmatist: Has special moves revolving around both {{Back Stab}}bing enemies 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 never needs to swap them out for others.
* 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 Did You Just Punch Out God??]]: He does in the end (well, slashes him actually).
* ElementalPowers: Mostly from the Monado.
** HealingHands: his recovery skill.
** LightEmUp [=/=] PureEnergy: Most of the Monado attacks.
* 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.
* {{Expy}}: They look almost nothing alike, but his tragic past and status as TheChosenOne, among other things, parallel [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Fei Fong Wong]].
* FragileSpeedster / JackOfAllStats: He can heal, debuff enemies, dish out lots of damage, and is one of the faster party members on the whole. 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.
* 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 ParentalSubstitute, was EvilAllAlong... and that he himself has been DeadAllAlong for 14 years!
* HeroicSpirit: Nothing stops Shulk in his quest. [[BackFromTheDead Not even death]]... [[DeadAllAlong TWICE]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Reyn, by virtue of being ChildhoodFriends.
* HollywoodAtheist: Subverted. He never openly [[RageAgainstTheHeavens rages against the heavens]] or acts like a douche. Instead, he very calmly and understandably tells Alvis that he doesn't believe in anything that he can't physically see.
** 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.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Fiora Die]]: Fiora's aparent death haunts him during the first part of the story. Although [[TropesAreNotBad thankfully]] his angst is kept to a minimum, when not outright substituted by UnstoppableRage.
* [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon Impossibly]] [[CoolSword Cool]] [[LaserBlade Laser Bladed]] {{BFS}} [[CombatClairvoyance Of Combat Clairvoyance]] [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement And Plot Advancement]]: The Monado itself. Later, its replicas qualify.
* 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 / SacredFirstKiss: With Fiora.
* 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.
* MoralDissonance [=/=] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is A Non-Homs?]]: His ultimate goal is effectively ''genocide'' against everything on Mechonis, because [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman they're just unthinking machines]]. Once he realises ''just how wrong'' this is, he admits he's made a horrible mistake and dedicates himself to ''stopping'' all future fighting between the peoples of the two titans.
* NiceGuy: A good studient, loyal friend and treats everyone with respect.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Subverted. He was supposed to kill Egil so Zanza could get away with his plan. However, Shulk refuses to kill him [[AllLovingHero so they have a chance to work things out with him]]. Cue Dickson revealing he's been EvilAllAlong to finish the job.
* ObliviousToLove: Subverted. Dunban notes that [[EveryoneCanSeeIt it's obvious that he and Fiora like each other]], but they suffer from the TwiceShy problem.
** Although when it comes to Melia, Shulk fits the trope to a T.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Whenever Shulk swears revenge on someone, or demonstrates a willingness to ''kill'' his enemies, you know that something has gone horribly, ''horribly'' wrong.
** UnstoppableRage: When he meets Metal Face for the second time, Shulk basically does a complete 180 on his personality... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and the rest has a very good reason for being on the Crowners page]].
* 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}} / IfItsYouItsOkay: His attraction to Fiora doesn't diminish one bit when she's turned into a half-Mechon. [[MsFanservice Can you blame him?]]
* 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 Sensitive Guy]]: To Dunban and Reyn's Manly Men.
* SoulJar: To Zanza, who brought him BackFromTheDead when he was child to serve this purpose.
* 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.
* 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 Why Did It Have to Be Caterpillars?]]: 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.]]



->''"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), EriNakao (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.

* ActionGirl: From the very beginning she's as proficient knife user. And then there's her Mechon body, in which she's capable of giving [[{{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, yet couldn't do a thing to stop it.
* BackFromTheDead: Although turned into a Mechon. She is revived to serve as Meineth's vessel.
* BareYourMidriff: As a Homs.
* 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.
* [[BecomeARealBoy Become a Real Girl Again]]: Thanks to High Entia technology in the form of the Regeneration Chamber, Fiora gets her human body back for the epilogue.
* [[BettyAndVeronica Betty]]: At first. She turns into a Veronica after becoming part-machine.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: After seeing her taking care of her brother and preparing lunch for Shulk, you wouldn't expect to see her [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 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: IncrediblyLamePun [[VisualPun aside,]] Fiora is a strong melee fighter and has the largest bust of all the female characters [[http://xenoblade.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fiora_concept.jpg in her half-Mechon form.]]
* BoobsAndButtPose: The artwork of her [[spoiler:Mechon form]] has her twisted around so that her chest and backside are both visible.
* CantHaveSexEver: A common fandom comment after her transformation.
* TheChick and TheLancer: Her personality leans more towards the former, but her fighting abilities, specially in her Mechon body, allows her to be the latter.
* 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.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Shulk. Victorious Childhood Friend 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.
* 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.
* DubNameChange - She's called "Fiorung" in the original Japanase ("フィオルン" written in katakana). Nintendo of Europe's localization team probably modified it because "-ung" is, in most European languages' phonetics, an exclusively ''male'' name ending.
* DualWielding: Both as a Homs, using a pait of kinives, and as a Mechon, this time with a pair of swords.
%% * ElementalPowers: Which she acquires after becoming a Mechon.
%% ** GravityMaster
%% ** PureEnergy
* {{Expy}}: In her Mechon body, she's basically a blonde, short-haired [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} KOS-MOS, complete with her own version of X-BUSTER to boot.]]
** Her initial Mechon frame also looks like [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Elly's Solaris outfit, and her Face Nemesis is practically a scaled-down Vierge.]]
* FanNickname: "7th," for players who don't want to spoil her return to the party as a Machina. Also doubles as a ShoutOut to another blonde cyborg in [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Seven of Nine.]] Which brings us to:
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Her temporary death and "revival". No wonder her trope list is so damn long while more than half of it was covered.
* FirstGirlWins: Goes hand and hand with her being Shulk's ChildhoodFriendRomance. She was the first female party member by a long shot.
* FragileSpeedster: Faster than Shulk and even more squishy.
** LightningBruiser MagicKnight: After taking a considerable [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass.]]
** She can still be made a FragileSpeedster[=/=]GlassCannon with the proper equipment. The Speed Frame parts lean towards Fragile Speedster.
* GirlNextDoor: For Shulk, since they grew up together living very close to each other.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She ticks practically every personality trait on the list.
* HollywoodCyborg: Her Mechon body, which seems to have varying degrees of still-human parts depending on what armor is equipped.
* InterfaceSpoiler: Come on, did you REALLY think a character who has an entire class of weapons for herself would be permanently killed off in the first couple hours?
** Ironically, she uses an entirely new class of weapons after her transformation. Even more funny is how said weapons are a ''subset'' of the former.
** Heck, the fact that she's counted as a protagonist on ThisVeryWiki arguably spoils that she gets back in the party.
* IntimateHealing [=/=] SacredFirstKiss: With Shulk, when he tries to give her water via mouth-to-mouth. She even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]].
** KissMeImVirtual: Quite literally.
* KnifeNut: Her WeaponOfChoice as a Homs.
** ReverseGrip: How she uses them.
* FrickinLaserBeams: She gains the ability to use them as a [[LimitBreak Talent Art depending on which Drones you equip her with.]]
* BeamSpam: If you decide to use them consistently. They're all-around efficient, effective, and powerful.
%% *** MacrossMissileMassacre: Or this.
* LightningBruiser: Less power per strike than Shulk, but attacks faster.
* 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]].
* MsFanservice: She's already attractive enough in her homs body, and still is in her Mechon body.
** AbsoluteCleavage: Mostly while wearing the Speed-type Frames.
** SexyBacklessOutfit: ... And just as many display this with pride.
** BareYourMidriff: Her standard human outfit. And she bares it good!
** She can also be equiped with a set of clawed digitigrade feet, if you're [[FurryFandom into that.]]
* PluckyGirl: She never looses 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]]."
* PowerIsSexy: A popular theory to why she acts... wilder in her new form.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted so long as you're on the side of good. When Fiora's eyes turn red, it usually means Meyneth is either giving helpful exposition, protecting them from an enemy attack, or doing some other action on the party's behalf. [[NotSoDifferent Not unlike Shulk's blue-glowing eyes whenever he has a vision. Which brings us to...]]
* 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: Averted. The Machina manage to prevent her from ending up like one of these to Shulk, although the possibility is discussed.
* 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.
* 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.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The exact nature of her death and how it was used in storyline is a direct example of this trope.
* TookALevelInBadass: After she gets the Mechon body. By far, the biggest example in the entire game.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B. She's kind and sweet most of the time, but she ''will'' bring out her hot temper if you get on her nerves.
* 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. Before it was decided to leave spoilers unmarked in this page, most of her tropes were covered in white!
* 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!]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: With her default Homs costume.


->''"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.
%% * BashBrothers: with Shulk.
%% * TheBigGuy and TheLancer
%% ** BoisterousBruiser
%% ** GentleGiant: [[HiddenHeartOfGold Not that it always shines through]].
%% * BookDumb: He's frequently shown to be the slowest member of the team...
%% ** DumbIsGood: ... And he's also one of its most loyal and dependable members... [[CharacterDevelopment eventually]].
* 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.
%% * DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments.
* {{Expy}}: While he himself doesn't really have a clear-cut counterpart in ''Gears'' or ''Saga'', his weapons bear some resemblance to Shion's MWS.
%% * FieryRedhead
%% * HeterosexualLifePartners: With Shulk.
%% * HeroicBuild
* HiddenDepths: Reyn may be rather slow academically, but he's also one of the most empathic and insightful people on the team.
%% * HotBlooded
%% * 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.
* [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily, My]] [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon Impossibly Cool]] MixAndMatchWeapon [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Will Protect Me]]: Reyn's WeaponOfChoice is just simultaneously ridiculous and awesome in terms of how much it combines.
** {{BFG}}: The weapon is officially deemed a "gunlance", although the first part is rarely seen.
** {{BFS}} BladeOnAStick: Most of Reyn's attacks involve using the massive blade to stab or slash things.
** DropTheHammer: It has the weight to function as one, which is good as Reyn frequently uses it in such a manner in his Battle Arts.
** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The weapon is frequently used as a shield due to its massive size.
%% * 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 Arte, 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 Artes that increase aggro and refills his talent meter, he's usually able to reuse Mad Taunt just as it's effect has begun to wear off.
%% * [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: 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?"
* 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. ''Lots'' with Sharla.
** ShipperOnDeck: Although, during the battle with Jade Face, he reveals that he's become something akin to this for her and Gadolt.
* StoneWall: Given that he's the game's primary tank...
** MightyGlacier: ... Although he also has the physical power required to be one of these.
* 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 Why Did It Have to Be Spiders?]]: 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 You Remind Me Of My Younger Days]]: 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.



->''"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 [[GreenEyes green-eyed]] blonde.
* {{Badass}}: Arguably the biggest one in the game. He competes with [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell]] for the amount of {{Badass}} tropes he embodies.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: With the Monado.
*** BadassNormal: Without it.
*** BroughtDownToBadass & PowerLossMakesYouStrong
** 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.
** FourStarBadass: Implied to be a Defense Force ''general'', going by his default set of clothes.
** HandicappedBadass
** HeartbrokenBadass: Even if he doesn't show it, it's clear that Fiora's apparent death affects him.
** 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. Subverted as the group comes to understand that, for all Dunban's {{Badass}}ery he's still a normal person and is not to be put on a pedestal.
** [[NoBadassToHisValet No Badass To His Sister]]
** OneManArmy
*** PersonOfMassDestruction: Take a guess with what.
** RetiredBadass: Due to his arm injury, he can't serve in the defence force anymore.
** SubmissiveBadass: He might be the party's biggest BadAss, but he defers to Shulk when it comes to leading them.
** TranquilFury: Every last one of his encounters with Metal Face... until he realises ''who'' he is.
*** BerserkButton [=/=] NotSoStoic [=/=] RoaringRampageOfRevenge [=/=] UnstoppableRage: After TheReveal.
*** 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.
* 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 fisishes with his back to the enemy, so Thunder is best used after one of these (essentially weaponizing the BadassBack).
* CrazyAwesome: An in-universe deconstruction that shows 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...
** 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.
* DecoyProtagonist
* ElementalPowers:
** BloodyMurder: Well, given that Gale Slash makes people Bleed...
** 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]], and by recursion, [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Citan Uzuki]].
** CaptainErsatz: He also bares a lot of superficial resemblance to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]], both being one armed sword users who helped save the world previously. However, their personalities and fighting styles are very different.
* EyepatchOfPower: He can wear one as a head gear. And he doesn't seem to loose 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.
* 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.
* HeroicRROD: Over-use of the Monado resulted in the loss of his right arm. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Hmm...]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Subverted in that while his fighting style clearly revolves around the use of one, 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 JamiesonPrice.
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Manly Man]]: To Shulk and Reyn.
* [[McNinja McSamurai]]: He's the one with the katana-themed fighting style, yet he isn't from the local {{Wutai}} equivalent (on account of the game not having one) and, in the dub, has a ''very'' English accent.
* MrExposition
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Averted. See "ShipperOnDeck".
* 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
* TheObiWan
* OneHandedZweihander: Due to his paralyzed right arm, Dunban wields katana and {{BFS}}es in one hand.
* RealMenWearPink: His motifs are cherry blossoms.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Against Mumkhar, once the truth comes out. It's notable in that this is the first time Dunban displays any of his characters flaws ''[[NotSoStoic openly]]'' and Shulk has to help him back down because ''Dunban's'' RoaringRampageOfRevenge has the potential to [[HeWhoFightsMonsters even worse than his]].
* ScarsAreForever: Has a nasty looking scar (which looks a lot like electrical burn) running up the whole of his right arm from where the Monado rejected him.
* ShipperOnDeck: He ships Shulk and Fiora.
* TheSmartGuy: On account of being MrExposition, he is this precisely half of the time. He was TheHero during the war one year ago, however.
** TeamDad: And this during the other half.
* TheSouthpaw: Subverted, as he's not actually left-handed. He's just forced to use it because his right arm has all but stopped working.
* TheStoic: A kinder version. The man goes through things that would break most people, but he bottles it up to stay strong for everyone.
* TheUnchosenOne: He lacked Shulk's special affinity for the Monado and his gift of foresight, but he still wielded the blade because nobody else could until he couldn't handle it anymore.
* 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.



->''"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.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Which is rather confusing as her younger brother is very clearly Caucasian.
* {{Badass}}: No, being a medic does not stop her from being an extreme arsekicker.
* BareYourMidriff: See MsFanservice below.
* {{BFG}}: She wields a [[SmallGirlBigGun rather large rifle]] as a weapon.
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]] [=/=] MamaBear: 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.
* BoobsOfSteel: If we're going by a ''defensive'' physical power rather than an aggressive one, then sure.
* TheChick: A more mature and level-headed version, but she counts.
* 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).
* ElementalPowers:
** HealingHands
** ShockAndAwe
* {{Expy}}: Her skill with a gun marks her as the successor to [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Billy Lee Black]] and [[Videogame/{{Xenosaga}} Junior]] (and she also shares the former's role as [[CombatMedic team healer]]). Personality-wise, though, she's not especially similar to either.
* {{Facepalm}}: A frequent expression of hers.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Make her lead and start running.
* GogglesDoNothing
* 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.
* JigglePhysics: [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Team Ninja would be proud...]]
* [[LovingAShadow Liking A Shadow]]: 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.
** The ending implies they may have gotten together for real after all, though.
* MaleGaze
* MsFanservice: Played ''very'' straight. The number of outfits she has that ''aren't'' {{Stripperific}} in some way can be counted on one hand.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge [=/=] UnstoppableRage: 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)".
* 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: With Reyn.
* SiblingYinYang: The yin to Juju's yang.
* SilentSnarker: Somewhat. Although she can speak, she very rarely vocalises her snark. Instead, she prefers to let her body language do the talking.
* StoneWall: Especially with her heavy armour.
* TeamMom: Especially in her Heart-To-Hearts with ''Dunban'', of all people. After one, he thinks: ''"Now I know how Juju feels..."''


!!Melia Antiqua

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

-->Voiced by: Creator/JennaLouiseColeman (English), ShioriKatsuta (Japanese)

Princess Melia Antiqua (メリア) is a powerful mage who lives in the Royal City of Alcamoth prior to the games 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.
* BareYourMidriff: If you give her the JungleGirl-esque Makna/Panther tops she does this. {{Fanservice}} ensues.
* BlackMagicianGirl
* BritishAccents: In the English dub. [[BreakingTheFourthWall Noted by Reyn]] that she has a bit of a Posh accent. Her dub accent is a stilted variation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation Received Pronunciation]], also known as "the Queen's English."
* 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 the High Entia become Telethia and she is able to retain her sanity ''a few minutes later''. [[{{Badass}} Wow]].
* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude He's Like in a Coma]]: Melia tries this on Shulk, but stops and berates herself for it. Awwwww...
* [[TheDutifulSon The Dutiful Daughter]]
* ElementalPowers:
** AnIcePerson
** BlowYouAway
** CastingAShadow: Many of her debuffing spells certainly evoke this.
** DishingOutDirt
** LightEmUp: Mind Blast.
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** ShockAndAwe
* {{Envy}}: Repeatedly says she is jealous of Fiora.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Her irises each have a dark ring that surround a thin pupil, which signify that she is half-Homs.
* {{Expy}}: Of Marguerite Fatima (though she also looks a bit like a GenderFlipped Billy).
* GlassCannon[=/=]MagikarpPower: Her health growth is horrible, worse than what ''Fiora'' started at. In the first few moments when you control her, she has abyssal attacks that would be more reserved for the other powerful characters, like Riki. 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.
* HopelessSuitor: When Fiora returns it's over for her.
* 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.
* 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.
** TheChick: She eventually becomes a more traditional version of this after Fiora returns and cements herself as another [[TheLancer Lancer]], but [[TropesAreNotBad this isn't a bad thing]].
* LimitBreak: Her Battle Arts that can only be used during Elemental Burst, especially Mind Blast, could qualify.
* LoveHurts
* MiniDressOfPower
* NiceHat
* NiceShoes
* OperaGloves
* PimpedOutCape
* PimpedOutDress
* PinkMeansFeminine
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: 88 years old, specifically.
* SquishyWizard: With shades of TheRedMage.
* 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 Lorithea 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: Let's recap: [[MissingMom Her mother died when she was young]] (possibly due to her simply [[Really700YearsOld outliving]] her); four of her brethren die within the first few moments of her appearance in order to protect her; [[EvilStepmother her stepmother and -sister are out for her blood]]; her father is murdered in front of her on Prison Island; most High Entia become Telethia that she and the rest of the party need to face in combat; [[TragicMonster she needs to kill her brother as a result of the previous event]]; and to put the cherry on top, [[FirstGirlWins she doesn't get Shulk's affections.]] And through all that, she ''still'' keeps her chin up.
* TrueBlueFemininity
* [[BettyAndVeronica Veronica]]: Although she eventually turns out to be a Betty.
* 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.]]
** Doesn't stop her from walking around Alcamoth with her face exposed as a party member. Then you run into some [=NPCs=] who unwittingly demonstrate that because Melia never showed her real face to the public as princess, 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]].



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

-->Voiced by: Wayne Forester (English), 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.

* AdultChild
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent
* BadassAdorable - One of his battle quotes is:
--> "Riki can win by himself."
** And win by himself he does.
* 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: "Power sound like sour. Sweets are better."
* CuddleBug: Especially to Melia
* DudeNotFunny: Mostly. 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; like declaring that he's bored and hungry in the aftermath of Melia's father's death. Counts as an in-universe example given that [[WhatTheHellHero he's often called out for it by the other party members]].
* 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
** PlayingWithFire
** PoisonousPerson
** ShockAndAwe
* {{Expy}}: Of, for some unfathomable reason, Chu-Chu. The entire Nopon race is an expy of the Chu-Chu race.
* FakeUltimateHero: He'd have you believe that he's a legendary heropon. Nobody is really fooled, but they humour him.
* GradualGrinder [=/=] StoneWall: 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 empathic and responsive to the feelings of others... which makes his DudeNotFunny moments all the more glaring.
* 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]]''!
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Melia.
* 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''.
* LethalJokeCharacter
* MagicKnight
* ThePollyanna: He's constantly cheerful, even when the going gets tough.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 40 Years Old]]: Happily married with eleven children!
** HenpeckedHusband: How much happy is open for interpretation.
** 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.
* SadClown: A very possible interpretation of his character.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Well, Reyn thinks so. [[VitriolicBestBuds They get over it, eventually]].
* StandardStatusEffects: Half of his moveset is based around them.
** GradualGrinder
* 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 [read: 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.
* [[TagalongKid Tagalong Critter]]: 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.
* TeamDad: He has his moments.
* ThirdPersonPerson
* 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.
* [[XMarksTheHero X Marks the Heropon]]: 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
* 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.
* [[AmbiguouslyEvil Ambiguously]] [[HeroicNeutral Neutral]]: Dickson never does anything ''bad'' per se and he ''is'' always on hand to help Shulk, but a lot of what he says and the way he retreats from answering most of the questions presented to him presents the image of a man who is either helping out of an EnemyMine situation or a knight in ''really'' sour armour.
** PetTheDog: Despite this, it seems that he does have a genuine soft spot for Shulk and Fiora.
*** Until TheReveal.
* {{Badass}}. He is stabbed through by Mechon, jumps into an impossible fight against things not even the Mechon-destroying sword can kill, flies around in a fighter on his own shooting down the hideously strong things, and pokes fun at the Hero.
* {{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.
* 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.
* CoolOldGuy: At first...
* DarkIsEvil: Once he goes OneWingedAngel and reveals his true nature as a villain, most of his attacks become darkness-based.
* ElementalPowers:
** CastingAShadow: During the battles with him.
** ShockAndAwe: Thunderbolt.
* EvilAllAlong
** EvilChancellor: In his role as representative and de facto leader of Colony 9.
** EvilMentor: Suddenly, his early lines start to make a lot more sense as to why he said them.
** OmnicidalManiac: Turns out that everything he did was to help Zanza destroy and recreate the world.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Kahn Wong, father of Fei Fong Wong]]. Dickson adopted Shulk from childhood and has raised him as his own. Dickson even has a similar mustache and nearly identical headband as Kahn. And just as Kahn's alter ego Wiseman did in ''Xenogears'', Dickson [[MrExposition sprinkles just enough information and aid to help Shulk fulfill his fate]]. But unlike Kahn, Dickson is EvilAllAlong, and a {{Svengali}} who raises and guides the expendable Shulk just to further the plans of Zanza who's using Shulk as a SoulJar. In this, Dickson also has shades of Miang Hawwa (also from ''Xenogears''), in being TheMole [[Really700YearsOld of ancient age]] masquerading as a benevolent Homs to gradually and carefully fulfill Zanza's plans, and also in being Shulk's evil guardian who is just using him.
* 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.
* {{Jerkass}}
* 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."
* MeaningfulName: Probably why the localization team chose to write his name as [[JerkAss Dick]]son instead of the more common spelling of "Dixon."
** Though the latter would also make sense, as "Dixons" is a hardware retailer in the UK.
* 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.
* OneLastSmoke
* OneWingedAngel
* ParentalSubstitute: To Shulk.
** ArchnemesisDad
** ParentalBetrayal
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He attempts it, but ultimately dies from his injuries before he can retreat.
** Though this was probably a cover-up; he knew he was going to die; he just didn't want anyone to catch on.
* 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.
* TheSmartGuy: A non-playable version. Despite not travelling with the heroes directly, he's still on hand to serve as a guide and provide tech support every now and then.
** It's also shown that he served as Dunban's [[TheLancer Lancer]] during the war.
** TheDragon and EvilGenius: For Zanza.
* TheSvengali: Shulk himself will eventually become expendable, as he's just a SoulJar for Zanza.
* WalkingSpoiler
* WasItAllALie: Dickson makes it very clear that the friend of Dunban and Shulk's adoptive father that they knew him of 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!''



->''"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) NorioWakamoto (Japanese)

Mumkhar (ムムカ, Mumca) is 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.

* AlwaysSecondBest: To Dunban.
* BeardOfEvil
* 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''.
* DirtyCoward: A possible contender for Most Triumphant Example. 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 the ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice example below. Somewhat subverted in that you eventually find Metal Face's twisted wreckage on the Fallen Arm--it even becomes a landmark that you can warp to!
* ElementalPowers:
** CastingAShadow
** PlayingWithFire
*** {{Hellfire}}: The inevitable combination of the two.
* {{Expy}}: Unpleasant former military man brought back to life as a main antagonist? Are we talking about this guy or Lt. Virgil?
* FaceHeelTurn: Although how much of a [[IncrediblyLamePun "Face"]] he once was is disputable.
* ForTheEvulz: ''Why'' did he attack Colony 9, killing all those innocent people? Do you really want to know, Dunban?
-->Because it's your home.
* {{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
* HollywoodCyborg
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By a giant falling spire.
** HoistByHisOwnPetard: Which he knocked loose by trying to hit Shulk and Dunban with a parting shot.
* TheLancer: The underhanded variety to Dunban during the first Homs-Mechon war.
* ManipulativeBastard: Although he clearly thinks he's a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent]] one.
* 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... Was Dunban ''seriously'' surprised by his betrayal?
* PrimalStance
* SacrificialLamb: Same as Fiora, in that [[SubvertedTrope he comes back.]] [[AssholeVictim Whether he counts as a lamb or not]] is another matter.
* SmugSnake
* TookALevelInBadass: After he becomes Metal Face.
* 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.
* WolverineClaws



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

-->Voiced by: Blake Ritson (English), ShizumaHodoshima (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 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 a computer AI that may have created Xenoblade's world.

* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. Well, for everyone who isn't Zanza.
* AmbiguouslyGay: [[UpToEleven To the point]] where [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Nagisa]] would be proud. Though as his true form is an AI, he very well may be genderless.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: He's one of the creators of the New Universe... and before that, he was a computer AI!
* {{Bishonen}}
* 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: Not as bad as the [[Videogame/{{Xenosaga}} character]] he's an {{Expy}} for, but he has quite a lot of moments.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DeusEstMachina: Interestingly played, as he's an AI who became an omniscient god.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent
* 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.
** And it's hard not to see [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Nagisa]] during the {{Cryptic Conversation}}s.
** There's also the fact that, as a silver-haired AmbiguouslyGay pretty boy who offers plenty of CrypticConversation, he's a dead ringer for [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua]], right down to both being "gods", in a sense.
** He also shares some similarities with [[Manga/MiraiNikki Akise]], sharing that they mysteriously come to help the protagonist and that it is revealed that they are of a much higher existance, Alvis being a sort of God and Akise being the Observer.
** His true form in the ending looks a lot like the Wave Existence from {{VideoGame/Xenogears}} and it's also revealed that he was the power source behind Zanza - just like the Wave Existence was used to power Deus.
** From a Gnostic standpoint, if Zanza is the Demiurge then Alvis is the "true" god who created the universe.
* ExactWords [=/=] {{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.
* 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
* 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 the monad 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' true form as an AI.
* MrExposition
* 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.
* PrettyInMink: His jacket has a gray fur collar.
* 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.
* TimeAbyss



->''"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.

* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Looks uncannily like a bearded Vladimir Putin.
* CoolOldGuy
* TheEmperor: The benevolent version.
* 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.]]
** 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."
*** FaceDeathWithDignity: However, even he realizes that he cannot escape his own death.
* HeroicSacrifice
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He is very quick to be on good terms with Shulk.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* 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 "Well Done, Daughter" Guy]]: For Melia. Turns out she didn't ''need'' to try and win his affection. He loved her all along.
* WingedHumanoid



->''"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), YukimasaObi (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.

* {{Badass}}
* BalefulPolymorph
* 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]].
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* TheGoodCaptain: Develops into this as the Bionis-Mechonis War begins.
* HeroicSacrifice: Attempts it twice. The first time fails and he becomes a puppet of Lorithea. The second time he sacrifices himself as a Telethia to ensure Loritheas 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
* 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 fathers death that he should be good regardless of the rules.
* WingedHumanoid



->''[[OhCrap "Enjoy this battle, for it will be]]'' [[ThatOneBoss 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.

* ChristmasCake: Clearly a lot older than the other female characters (and not just because she's a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld High Entia]]) but by no means less attractive because of it.
* EvilIsHammy
* EvilutionaryBiologist: As part of Zanza's Trinity, she is firmly committed to reverting the High Entia race to Telethia to further Zanza's aims.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Miang Hawwa]], to an extent. She's the most prominent female villain of the game, though Miang was a) never as hammy as Lorithia, and b) never gets blindsided by anyone as badly as Lorithia does by Kallian. She also has shades of [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Krelian]], especially as an EvilutionaryBiologist.
* {{Immortality}}: It's revealed that she assisted Zanza because she was promised this. Which is a little confusing because, as his Disciple, it stands to reason that a) She knew about him beforehand and b) Already had it to begin with, like Dickson. Whether this meant an upgrade from the standard Undying type that the Disciples have to a Class I is unknown.
* ObviouslyEvil: GenreSavvy 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 Telethia!Kallian.
* OutGambitted: By a dead man, no less.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Like all the High Entia.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: If that's the official clothing of female High Entia ministers, they officially have the best Parliament ever.
* SummonMagic: In a similar vein to Melia.
* TakeThatKiss: After displaying Kallian in his Telethia form to Melia, she rubs it even more in her face by giving him a deep kiss.
* TheVamp: Subverted. She looks the part, but she doesn't capitalise on it.
* WingedHumanoid


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

Tyrea is Yumea's daugther, 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.

* 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.



->''"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.

* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BadassGrandpa
** BadassBeard
** 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
* {{Determinator}}: Just try ''implying'' that he should give up on something. He simply will not rest until he's proven you wrong.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Narrowly averted in-universe thanks to Shulk and his visions.
* FingerlessGloves
* GrumpyOldMan: At first.
* 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) KenichiHatori, (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.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: DependingOnTheArtist. In-game, he looks tanned, similar to Sharla. In his character art, though, he appears to have more of a Caucasian-esque tone compared to her.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling & BrattyHalfPint: Before CharacterDevelopment.
* DistressedDude
* {{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), KosukeTakeuchi (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.

* {{Badass}}: Let's put it this way, Dunban, the resident in-universe MemeticBadass considers Gadolt to be a ''legendary'' sniper.
* BigDamnHeroes: See "DyingMomentOfAwesome".
* {{Brainwashed}}: Jade Face in his attacks on the party.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Subverted. Despite looking like a thug, Gadolt is one of the most well-meaning and downright heroic characters in the game.
* 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
* 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]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Only narrowly averted 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
* {{Expy}}: When he becomes Jade Face and his facial structure changes along with him, his entire character is ''TheTerminator''.
* FaceOfAThug: He looks like quite a brute, but he's actually a stand-up guy.
* FriendlySniper
* 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
* 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.


[[caption-width-right:350:Zanza when you meet him on Prison Island. [[spoiler: Or rather, Arglas.]] ]]
-->Voiced by: Stephen Greif and Creator/AdamHowden (English), TakashiTaniguchi and ShintaroAsanuma (Japanese)

Zanza (ザンザ, Xanthe) 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.

* 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.
* {{Badass}}:
** 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.]]
* 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.]]
* 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.
* CoolSword: Well, the Monado was his after all... It eventually gets upgraded into an even bigger one when he emerges from Shulk's body.
* FallenHero [=/=] WellIntentionedExtremist: 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.]]
* GeniusBruiser
* 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.
* 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.
* MeaningfulName: His Japanese name, Xanthe, means blonde.
* MrExposition: He reveals the truth or, rather, some of it, about the Monado to Shulk and co.
* TheObiWan: To Shulk... [[OneSceneWonder for all of one cutscene]], until TheReveal shows he was [[EvilMentor something very]], ''[[EvilMentor very]]'' [[EvilMentor different]].
* 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.]]
* OneShotCharacter: For all his plot relevance, the giant only appears for one (''awesome'') scene. [[ExactWords The giant, that is.]]
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Although it turns out that Zanza was only possessing the giant Arglas. Also, the Japanese name for the Bionis is "huge god".
* OurTitansAreDifferent
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted. As he's the only giant we see throughout the game, there's nothing to suggest that they aren't all like this. Played straight when you realise what his true deal is.
* SealedBadassInACan
** SealedEvilInACan [=/=] SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: In this case, Shulk.
* 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.
* TakeUpMySword: Kind of. He once fought against Mechonis and encourages Shulk to take up his fight.
* {{Troperiffic}}: You are ''seeing'' how many tropes he covers, right?
* WalkingSpoiler: We really cannot stress this enough. '''''Don't''''' read the tropes below unless you've already finished the game.

'''(MASSIVE) Spoiler Tropes:'''
[[caption-width-right:340:Zanza's true form.]]
* '''ItsAllAboutMe''': He is ''utterly incapable'' of acknowledging the value of ''anything'' that isn't himself.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: The ending reveals that Zanza is not half the god he thinks himself to be. He's actually an {{Expy}} of the Demiurge in this Gnostic story - as Alvis makes very clear after the final battle.
* BigBad: Thought Egil was the true enemy, did you? [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Not so fast, bucko!]]
* {{Bishounen}}: His form upon awakening. Not surprising, considering he's basically Shulk with longer hair.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: It's implied that he isn't capable of understanding that the beings of Bionis are living beings with their own individual lives. To him, they're just food... which still doesn't even ''begin'' to justify what he does, as the other god (Meyneth) understands that they are people and not food or bacteria.
* BodySurf
* 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.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: You need to pass a reaction test to get your Visions during the fight, otherwise he'll shave off [[FakeDifficulty colossal amounts of health with each attack without any warning... He'll still cause ridiculous amounts of damage, but at least this way you're prepared for it.]]
* DeityOfHumanOrigin
* DemonicPossession: How he operates.
* DualWielding: ''Both'' Monado's.
* EvilIsPetty
* {{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.
* FinalBoss
* FinalBossNewDimension: You are transported to outer space for the showdown against him.
* 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 MoralEventHorizon 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.
* 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.
** JerkassGod: Good magnificent ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]''! This trope does not even ''begin'' to describe him! He's basically the living embodiment of every trope associated with evil and petty gods imaginable and then some!
* HumansAreBastards: One of only two true Humans left, and he kills the other one as soon as he awakens.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Subverted. He ''tries'' to pull this on Shulk, but the reaction is a gigantic "ShutUpHannibal". Alvis also tries to explain this as the reason behind his actions but certain [[GenericDoomsdayVillain factors prevent it from taking]].
* {{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.
* JerkassGods: He has the mindset and immense power of one.
* LackOfEmpathy: He's incapable of seeing the Homs as anything more than "bacteria, clinging to (his) body."
* LightIsNotGood
* MadScientist: Used to be one.
* ManipulativeBastard -> SmugSnake: He clearly fancies himself as a MagnificentBastard, and to his credit actually ''does'' start out quite manipulative. Once he gets both Monado's, however, he just throws all planning out of the window and starts wallowing in his own pride.
* MightMakesRight: His justification for pretty much everything he does.
* 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 when he decides to kill ''everything'' that isn't himself before recreating the world.
* OneWingedAngel: He has a total of three different forms during the final battle.
* PhysicalGod
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* TechnicolorDeath
* 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?!''
* 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.


[[folder:From Mechonis]]


-->Voiced by: Peter Bramhill (English), DaisukeKirii (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, Yaldaboath, of which he is seen in for the majority of his Appearances.

* 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: Somewhere between a Type II and III. He makes it clear that he doesn't actually hate the people of Bionis. He's simply trying to destroy the Bionis itself.
* BareFistedMonk: With or without Yaldabaoth, he always fights with his bare hands.
** CoolSword: Until he replaces Meyneth as the Mechonis' soul and wields a replica of its sword to control its movements.
* BigBad: As the one behind the Mechon invasion, he appears to be this.
** DiscOneFinalBoss: However, he's ultimately upstaged by Zanza after TheReveal.
* [[CainAndAbel Cain]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: For all of five minutes (one of the ''longest cutscenes'' back-to-back by even more cutscenes) before [[BiggerBad Zanza goes and screws it up, but present.]]
* TheEvilGenius: 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.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Krelian]], in the sense that both are the biggest [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intenioned Extremists]] of their respective games. Both take it upon themselves to reshape the world, even if it means destroying the universe and dooming its inhabitants as a result.
** Krelian's Omnigear, Amphysvena, even shares the same 'tailed robot' motif as that of Yaldabaoth. Hell, to some extent, they're even composed of ''two'' robots in one!
** He also has a good amount in common with [[VideoGame/{{ChronoTrigger}} Magus]], in that they are both initially portrayed as the BigBad before revealing that all their efforts were meant to destroy [[BiggerBad an even bigger evil than themselves,]] with the party only being antagonized because they happened to be in the way.
* 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.
* HeroicSacrifice: His final act of redemption is the 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 a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a dragon]].
** LargeAndInCharge: As a result.
* IronicEcho: ''"This world no longer has a need for Gods"''. His face when it's repeated by Meyneth before she dies says it all.
* [[TheManBehindTheMonsters The Man Behind The Machines]]
* NotSoDifferent: The hero swears vengeance against the man who slaughtered his people and shattered the peace between Mechonis and Bionis. Now who am I talking about? Shulk and Egil, or Egil and Zanza? In this case, it's a heroic inversion in that it's Shulk who points this out, not Egil.
* 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: At least. He could be one of the oldest characters in the game outside of Zanza, Meyneth, Alvis, and Miqol.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His ultimate goal is to avenge his fallen people by destroying Zanza.
* 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.
* 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 him cursing her for betraying him while holding back tears. 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).
** 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.
* 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]] [[KillerRobot is the strongest Mechon ever built]]. I am Egil, [[EvilOverlord leader of Mechonis]]! ... We fight to [[WellIntentionedExtremist free this world from the tyranny of]] [[GodIsEvil the 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.


!!Metal Face

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

Metal Face (黒いフェイス, Black Face) 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. Is eventually revealed to be Mumkhar.

* ArchNemesis: 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.
* TheDragon: Subverted. He look to be this, but he's actually TheBrute.
* DubNameChange:
* FingerWag
* {{Foreshadowing}}: His movements are very similar to Mumkhar's.
* HopelessBossFight: Until you obtain the Monado II.
* HumongousMecha
* TheVoiceless: Initially. He gets fitted with a voice projector before his second appearance, after which he never shuts up.
** TransformingMecha: He and the rest of the Faces can fold up into an aircraft.
* NameFaceName
* 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 heckuva 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.
* RecurringBoss: You fight him four times, five if you count Mumkhar on-foot.
* 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 [[IAmNotLeftHanded fighting with his off-hand, and with a normal weapon instead of the Monado, to boot.]]
* 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 Mumkar on foot, since he's at a higher level than Metal Face was back on Prison Island.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Okay, he's technically a member of the FiveBadBand, but all the others simply want to stop Zanza from destroying everything. Metal Face is simply driven by jealousy and spite.
* {{Troll}}: He loves pissing off Shulk. And he does this very very well.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom



-->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
* 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 Elite Mook with backstory.
* DegradedBoss: In a sense. Mass-Produced Faces that look and fight just like him show up as regular enemies ''much'' later in the game.
* DropTheHammer
* {{Foreshadowing}}: He drops many hints that Faced Mechon are actually Homs.
* HumongousMecha
** TransformingMecha
* 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
* NighInvulnerable
* TheObiWan: In a very strange manner. His big mouth basically drops all of the hints that Shulk needs to seek the truth about Faced Mechon, even if he didn't mean to.
* 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.
* ShoutOut: Probably unintentional on the Japanese side, but his big bruiser physique and bucket jaw call to mind the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orkz]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fame, which his English VA intentionally plays up. His main weapon is even a warhammer!
** [[PowerRangers Also, note the pronunciation of his name.]]
* WasOnceAMan: As a result of being a converted Homs. Though he only vaguely recalls his name.
** Not only that, he was a blacksmith in Colony 9. You probably met his daughter, Desiree, while doing sidequests.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom



-->Voiced by: Harriet Carmichael (English), 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.

* [[CainAndAbel Abel]]
* AbsoluteCleavage
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Same deal as Egil.
* AntiVillain: With the subversion that she wasn't really a villain to begin with.
* DragonWithAnAgenda & TheDarkChick: She assists Egil, but only because she needs to revive Lady Meyneth to try and save Mechonis from his madness.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Although how much of a "Heel" she ever was is disputable.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld



-->Voiced by: Richard Ridings (English), TadashiMiyazawa (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
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure


!!Lady Meyneth

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

* BigGood
* BodySurf: Similar to Zanza.
** 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.
* CoolBigSis [=/=] TheObiWan: To Fiora.
* DarkChick: A lot more emotional and mediating than any of the other Faced Mechon pilots.
** Turns out that's because she's really the BigGood.
* 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
* DualWielding: Her Monado turns out to take the form of a pair of swords.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Subverted. It's not her being placed inside Face Nemesis, but Fiora.
* 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.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted, as her sacrifice just results in Zanza taking her Monado and becoming even ''more'' powerful as a result.
* HumongousMecha: Face Nemesis and the Mechonis itself.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]
* OurTitansAreDifferent
* PhysicalGod
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers one to Zanza:
--> "They (the Homs) are living beings! If you cannot understand this, you have no right to call yourself a god!"
* SealedGoodInACan
** SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: That'd be Fiora.
* {{Synchronization}}: With Fiora. After she is killed by Zanza, the former starts to slowly die.
* TeamMom: To the Mechonis characters.