Tropes Applying to All Shadow Users
- Animal Motifs: Just about every Shadow is based on an animal, though there are a few that aren't (such as the Devil and Robot Shadows in Awakened Shadow).note
- Badass: Thanks to their Shadows, every character comes across as this.
- The Chosen Many: Thanks to Shu and co discovering how to harness Shadow Magic without Nene's help in the first game, everyone in the world becomes capable of using them by the third.
- In the anime, it's the legend of the descendants of the Seven Soldiers of Light that plays the role during season one. Suddenly, you notice that the Shadow users in the Heroes section are only six of the descendants. The last one turns out to be Nene himself.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Everyone except Bouquet has tremendous destructive power.
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- (Anime) Voiced by: Keiko Nemoto (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (English)(Anime) Blue Dragon Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (Japanese), Lex Lang (English)
Tropes applying to both versions of Shu:
- Anime Hair: A spiky top-knot adorns his head.
- Childhood Friends: With Kluke and Jiro in the games. In the anime, it's only with Kluke and a few of the boys in his hometown.
- Conveniently an Orphan: In the games, Shu lives with his grandpa in Talta Village, as his parents died during one of the Land Shark attacks. Later, they move to Neo Jibral. His parents in the anime don't seem to exist.
- Determinator: His defining trait, and the main reason he's the first to regain his Shadow after losing it to Nene in the first game. Never giving up is so ingrained into Shu's character that he's actually unable to flee from battle for the majority of the game.
- The Hero: Main character for the first and second games and the protagonist of the anime.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His Shadow is the titular Blue Dragon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Jiro's blue.
- The Rival: A friendly one towards Jiro. In the games, for Kluke's affections. In the anime, for who's the strongest.
- Ship Tease: With Kluke, more often than Jiro does, surprisingly. In Blue Dragon Plus, he's basically the only one getting this trope with Kluke. In the anime, this includes Bouquet.
Tropes applying to Video Game Shu:
- Badass Normal: Although he's unable to perform any of the impressive feats Zola is capable of, he's still the only other character besides her (and King Jibral) to actively fight against the odds without Shadows (even if he doesn't succeed in his actions).
- Catch Phrase: "I won't give up!" Later in the first game, his encounter with Sahlia causes him to rethink simply saying this to other people, originally believing that that's all it takes to motivate them. He then resolves to actually make sure he owns up to his words and vows to regain his Shadow and save Sahlia's village.
- Just Friends: Says this when Jiro suspects him of harboring feelings for Kluke. He later tells Jiro that he just thinks that she's special (while Jiro "really likes" her). By the end of the first game this stops being true.
- Magic Knight: His base stats make him more inclined for this type of class setup.
- Oblivious to Love: Whether it's about himself or about others.
Tropes applying to Anime Shu:
- All Men Are Perverts: In the anime only, and mostly only towards Bouquet. Shows no interest in girls in the games, aside from Kluke.
- Childhood Friends: With Kluke and some of the boys that live in his town.
- (Anime) Minotaur Voiced by: Kouji Ochiai (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
Tropes related to both versions of Jiro:
- A Load of Bull: His Shadow, the Green Minotaur.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Shu's red.
- The Rival: Towards Shu. In the games, for Kluke's affections. In the anime, for who's the strongest.
- The Smart Guy: Far more tactical and intelligent compared to Shu, and is usually the first to figure out what the party needs to do in order to move on, as well as how machinery works (in the games) and enemy tactics (in both). This is probably why the anime saw fit to make him Zola's apprentice rather than Shu's Childhood Friend.
Tropes related to Video Game Jiro:
- Cannot Spit It Out: Played with. While he has trouble directly stating his feelings for Kluke to her face, he gets enough across that she understands how he feels about her.
- Childhood Friends: With Shu and Kluke.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Says to Shu that he'll back off on pursuing Kluke if Shu does have feelings for her, since he knows that Shu makes her happy.
- Mr. Fixit: One of the few other things he's seen doing is fixing broken Ancient tech.
- Nice Guy: Is generally the most well-mannered of the group and is always thinking of others before himself.
- Ship Tease: With Kluke, although it mostly exists in the first and third games.
- White Mage: His initial class and stats lean him towards this role.
Tropes related to Anime Jiro:
- The Apprentice: To Zola.
- Berserk Button: Questioning his strength is one the few ways to quickly piss him off and is the primary reason he and Shu have such a rocky relationship.
- Conveniently an Orphan: In the anime, his whole family was killed by General Szabo.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In the anime, before he grew up into a very brooding boy in search of power.
- Walking the Earth: In the anime, he used to travel along Zola until Shu and Kluke joined their team.
- (Anime) Voiced by: Erino Hazuki (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)Phoenix Voiced by: Konomi Tsuboi (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)
Tropes related to both versions of Kluke:
- The Chick: In the games, being the only girl in the party for a long while makes her this, and she's definitely more girly than Zola. In the anime, she's simply a more sensible Chick than Bouquet.
- Childhood Friends: With Shu and Jiro in the games. In the anime it's just Shu.
- Distressed Damsel: Briefly in the games. Frequently in the anime.
- Noble Bird Of Prey: Her Shadow, the Red Phoenix. In the anime, Kluke's Phoenix has barrier powers. It's played up like a Guardian Entity and powerful enough to defend against the Big Bad.
- Ship Tease: With both Shu and Jiro in the games, though she won't admit which she likes more. Awakended Shadow seems to imply that she likes Shu the most. In the anime it's limited to just Shu.
Tropes related to Video Game Kluke:
- Black Magician Girl: Her stats and first class mark her as a better black mage than healer.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Her parents died before the start of the first game to Land Shark attacks.
- The Medic: Her desire to work in medicine as a doctor paints her as this. She's the one responsible for helping to figure out (and prepare) the cure needed for the Devee Tribe's illness.
Tropes related to Anime Kluke:
- Barrier Warrior: Kluke's role in the anime.
- Improbable Weapon User: Before getting her Shadow, she uses a gun capable of shooting pink fists.
- Lethal Chef: According to a flashback.
- The Load: In the anime, she feels she's this when everyone (and Bouquet) have Shadows to fight. Once she does awaken her Shadow, she stops feeling useless.
- Pink Means Feminine: The anime adaptation changes Kluke's black dress for a pink one.
- Talking to Herself: Michelle Ruff voices both anime Kluke and her Shadow.
- (Anime) Voiced by: Sakiko Uran (Japanese), R. Martin Klein (English)Saber Tiger Voiced by: Jin Horikawa (Japanese), Neil Kaplan (English)
Tropes related to both versions of Marumaro:
- All Men Are Perverts: At least in the anime, to a large extent (he's usually always willing to suggest that Bouquet dress down so she can use her invisibility power and his antics piss off both her and Kluke). This is averted in the games; it's only offhandedly implied that he's partial to females, but beyond his love for Zola (which was never based on her appearance), it's never a defining trait of his.
- The Big Guy: In terms of his shadow, which starts off in the powerful Monk class.
- Panthera Awesome: His Shadow, the Yellow Saber-Tooth (called Saber Tiger in the anime).
- Token Nonhuman: In the first game and in the anime. By the next games, more non-humans have joined the heroes side.
Tropes related to Video Game Marumaro:
- The Apprentice: At the end of the first game, Zola has taken Maro under her wing as a student of hers. A position he thoroughly enjoys.
- Catch Phrase: "Gotcha!" in the first game. Downplayed compared to Shu's Catch Phrase.
- Love at First Sight: He falls in love with Zola in her initial appearance after watching her effortlessly take out some powerful monsters. Jiro even tries to explain it as him liking her because her Killer Bat Shadow looks similar to their Devee God, but Kluke makes it clear that he likes her because she's a badass.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Subverted. When Zola betrays the party at the end of the first game, you have to fight her. If you attack her, Maro will heal her as a counter every time. The subversion comes from the fact that she doesn't really betray the party in the end, so Maro had the right idea all along.
- Mighty Glacier: His base stats put him into this role. It's a lot easier for him to become a highly defensive but slow powerhouse by late game.
- No Indoor Voice: He never lowers his voice and this fact is lampshaded several times in the first game.
- Third-Person Person: Says "Maro" instead of "I" or "me".
Tropes related to Anime Marumaro:
- The Rival: Considers himself one to Noi in the second anime.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Verbal Tic: Tends to end his sentences with "-maro".
- (Anime) Killer Bat Voiced by: Houchu Ohtsuka (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)
Tropes related to both versions of Zola:
- Badass Normal: An Action Girl with exceptional prowess with a sword, and doesn't seem to rely on her Shadow nearly as much compared to the others.
- Bare Your Midriff: Wears a blue tube top and shorts with a long sash at the waist.
- Bat out of Hell: Her Shadow, the White Killer Bat.
- Ms. Fanservice: In the first game, at least in her design. She's the bustiest character, wears relatively little, and is basically the only character subject to bouncing. All while still being presented as a badass. The anime mostly leaves Zola alone in favor of Bouquet.
- Pirate Girl: She dresses like one. Nothing is made of this. The first game includes books that could be read for their stories. One such story is of one "Killer Bandit", a notorius female pirate. The story is regarded as fiction, but Epileptic Trees leads some to assume that Zola is the real Killer Bandit.
- Walking Spoiler: Both versions of Zola feature a lot of mystery to her character, so this is to be expected.
Tropes related to Video Game Zola:
- Heel–Face Turn: Was working with Nene, but betrayed him in the end.
- The Mole: For a while, she plays Double Agent, since she wants to help Shu, and has to help Nene because she owes him. Nene's Evil Plan means she can do both. Nene treats her like a party member and it's unknown if she knew about his gambit, or was Just Following Orders when the light spheres where given to Shu, Jiro, and Kluke. She betrays Nene because Shu shows her she has power inside, and she didn't need Nene's power. Locking her up and ordering a bunch of Mecha Robos to kill her probably has something to do with it too...
Tropes related to Anime Zola:
- Adaptational Villainy: In the anime, for both her and especially her Shadow, which is revealed to be the reason Zola even becomes a villain in the first place. In the games, Killer Bat was just Zola's Shadow, presumably another part of Nene's Chimera, but otherwise had no inherent evil to it.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has a darker skin complexion (given off the appearance of a light tan) in the anime adaptation compared to her look in the games.
- Bigger Bad: In the anime, season one.
- The Chessmaster: In the anime.
- Cool Big Sis: Towards all of her companions in the anime, especially Kluke. You could just imagine how they all took her Face–Heel Turn at the last moment...
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Her nearly tan-like skin tone combined with her white locks in the anime adaptation give her this appearance.
- Demonic Possession: In the anime, it's implied that the evil within her came from Killer Bat itself, which justifies why she's so evil.
- Face–Heel Turn: Only in the anime. Works with the heroes but turns on them near the end.
- The Leader: In the anime, towards the youngins'. In the games she's the captain of the Jibral Blademasters.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: At least in the anime.
- Walking the Earth: In the anime, she traveled the world to find the other six descendants of the Soldiers of Light.
- Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English)Hippopotamus Voiced by: Yūichi Nagashima (Japanese), Michael Sorich (English)
- Bare Your Midriff: Her second series outfit gives her this.
- Buxom Is Better: It says something when there are people in the anime that claim that this girl is the most beautiful woman in the world, and that's mostly because she's busty. This fact is very Bowdlerised in the US dub.
- Canon Foreigner: Never shows up in the games, even in Blue Dragon Plus, which had a lot of characters from the anime make appearances.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: She buffeted Shu with a series a questions, which culminated with asking him to marry her while he wasn't paying attention to what she was saying. She, of course, uses the fact that he said yes to call him her fiance, much to his chagrin.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Well, her Shadow is completely useless until he gains the ability to copy attacks he's hit with, but then The Worf Effect kicks in and makes said ability seem even more useless. So what did the writers do to alleviate this? By giving Bouquet and Hippopotamus the ability to power-up the other Shadows so that they can take on the new threat that entered into the picture in the second anime season.
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- The Ditz
- Fanservice with a Smile: She's a barmaid when we first meet her. She still keeps her waitressing outfit on for the majority of the anime.
- Gag Boobs: A lot of the humor revolving around her center on this trope.
- Gainaxing: Toned down in the US dub.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her first outfit is a blue maid uniform with a top cropped off particularly low in the chest. With as much bouncing as Bouquet does, it's a wonder that she can stay in it.
- Last of Her Kind: She's a member of the Ra Clan, a group of people who can turn invisible.
- Ms. Fanservice: Usurped Zola's position as this in the anime adaptation. In-Universe, this translates to scenes like the enemy army admiring her looks over the resident female general (who is of course, just as Stripperific in appearance). This is toned down in the dub and in the anime sequel.
- Naked People Are Funny: Her invisibility only occurs when she's nude.
- Nice Guy: Her Hippopotamus Shadow. Part of the reason he doesn't like to fight is because he doesn't want to see her get hurt.
- Power Copying: Hippo's secondary ability lets him copy the attacks he's hit with.
- Ship Tease: With Shu in the anime, which makes Kluke her competition.
- Support Party Member: Essentially what her role boils down to. Bouquet and her Shadow have their uses, it's just that combat usually isn't one of them.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once Hippopotamus gains his second ability. Unfortunately, because the next enemy is usually stronger and Hippopotamus is not Made of Iron, this often doesn't make him any more useful in combat. This is played straighter in the second anime, where Bouquet can use Hippopotamus to fuse with the other heroes' Shadows to power them up.
- Voluntary Shape Shifting: Hippopotamus's main ability. He mostly uses it to disguise Bouquet.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: For the most part, the anime (especially the first season) adamantly advocates this, as the majority of her early appearances warranted more than a few characters remarking on Bouquet's attractiveness. This gets toned down as the series goes on.
The Player CharacterThe main character of Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow. After waking up from a sort of stasis-induced sleep, the character finds a world where Shadows can come to life, but the people have had their Shadows stolen by a mysterious light. The player character, who managed to keep their Shadow, befriends Shu and company in order to figure out the source of the strange light and the mystery of who the protagonist is.Unlike in the previous game (Blue Dragon Plus), which gave everyone their own unique Shadow, the PC doesn't have one specific Shadow to call their own. Instead, they start with the Dragon, Minotaur, and Phoenix Shadows that belonged to Shu, Jiro, and Kluke respectively. Additionally, the PC also gains the Robot (based on the War Mecha Robo from the first game), the Hercules (based on a Hercules Beetle), and the Devil Shadows later in the game, all of which are new to the series and could effectively be considered the PC's original Shadows.
- Amnesiac Hero: Has no memory of who they are, or even of the world they've woken up to.
- Character Customization: Although the options are limited to a few faces, eyes, mouth shapes, voices, and hair styles. Hair styles and colors can be changes after character creation, but everything else is set once you begin the game.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: Gender doesn't affect anything story-wise and everyone in the game uses gender-neutral pronouns when talking about the player character.
- Super Empowering: Since everyone but you have lost their Shadows, they have to fight with standard weaponry. Once you enter the first dungeon, you learn that you can "share" your Shadow with the other party members, granting them the stats and magic the Shadow they have possesses.
- Voice Grunting: Your choice of voice affects how your character will sound while attacking and such, obviously. Though it's not unusual to go about the first portion of the game wondering why your character doesn't speak during some cutscenes like all the other major characters do, despite having to choose a voice at the beginning. It isn't until you defeat Mecha Robo Nene that your character actually speaks in a cutscene in the voice you choose. It can be jarring to hear when you've gotten used to never hearing your character say anything beforehand.
- (Anime) Voiced by: Shiro Saito (Japanese), David Lodge (English)Chimera Voiced by: Susumu Akagi
Tropes related to both versions of Nene:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is a bright purple color (more pinkish in the anime). A trait shared with all Ancients.
- Big Bad: Of the first game and the first anime.
- Bald of Evil: Though it appears to be another trait shared by his kind.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Specifically stats that he enjoys causing suffering onto others.
- Evil Old Folks: At least until he regains his full power.
- Hybrid Monster: His Shadow, the Chimera. In the games, the Chimera resembles a mash-up four of the five heroes' Shadows, being made up of them.
- Obviously Evil
Tropes related to Video Game Nene:
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Despite being a Card-Carrying Villain. He ends up tricking the main characters into spending the first two discs of the first game basically Level Grinding his shadow for him. In other words directly abusing the mechanics of the RPG system and plot of the game itself to make himself stronger. Pretty impressive, even by less generic Big Bad standards.
Tropes related to Anime Nene:
- Palette Swap: Chimera in the anime looks like a red version of Blue Dragon.
- (Anime) Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase (Japanese), Kim Strauss (English), Peter Spellos (English, from episode 31 on)
- Fusion Dance: Fuses with the Demon King Robots to form Ultimate Szabo.
- Heel–Face Turn: Turns on Nene at the end of the first game, preventing him from maintaining his Nigh Invulnerability during Shu and co final battle with him. It's never really established when Szabo decided to betray Nene, but the game gives some small clues about it, mostly with how he interacts with Zola. At the end of the game, he's rebuilt by the lab workers in Jibral, although they seemed to have purposely left him without his memories of his time with Nene.
Other and Anime Exclusive Characters (Ordered Alphabetically)
Listed with the Heroes above.
- Voiced by: Philip Proctor
- A Day in the Limelight: His recruitment quest in Awakened Shadow. He complains that Shu always leaves him behind when he goes on an adventure and claims that he can handle anything Shu can.
- Parental Substitute: To Shu, having raised him since the death of his parents.
- Voiced by: Tadashi Mutoh (Japanese), Kim Strauss (English)
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When the party returns to tell Guru-Guru that his name has been cleared, they surprised to find that he's been corrupted by the roaming Poison Mists and is on the verge of dying. The party has to kill the Mists surrounding him before he succumbs to the poison, but during the fight the Mists will direct him to attack the party.
- Clear Their Name: Although he's unaware that he was falsely exiled, this is what the party does for him.
- The Exile: Banished from his town for crimes against it and its relations with Jibral. Turns out that he took the blame for Jeelala "breaking" the Jibral Gem, believing that he had failed the town as chief and deserving of exile.
- Last Request: When he hears Shu's party approaching his cave in Exile Forest, he asks them to go to Alumaru Village to tell Sura-Sura to "Forget". This ends up starting the chain of events that gets him freed and saved from certain death.
- Nice Guy: According to both Jeelala and Sura-Sura, the latter seeing this as the main reason she doesn't believe that Guru-Guru stole the gem. Meanwhile, the former had used his friendship with Guru-Guru to set him up so he could become the chief.
Hinetto (Number 35)
- Voiced by: Joey D'Auria
- Sycophantic Servant: To their Master once he's around him in person. He manages to warn their Master of Yasato's questionable behavior. Then he gets destroyed for his trouble.
- Undying Loyalty: To their Master, to a fault really.
- You Are Number Thirty Five: Hates that Shu tries to name him and prefers his number. He also hates that Yasato so readily accepted his name from Shu.
- Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)
- Evil Former Friend: Took advantage of Guru-Guru's kindness for his own gain.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Subverted. He quite clearly wants to invoke this trope on Sura-Sura, but she won't have it, so he fails each time.
- Manipulative Bastard: Let's see, he faked breaking the Gem of Jibral so that his "friend", Guru-Guru would selflessly take the fall for him, allowing Jeelala to become chief of Alumaru in his stead. He also coveted Sura-Sura, and it's heavily implied that she's the main reason Jeelala did what he did. It's implied that he even burned down Guru-Guru and Sura-Sura's old home just so she'd be forced to stay at his mansion.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: His lust for Sura-Sura led him to betray his friendship with Guru-Guru to have her. Jeelala was quite content with leaving Guru-Guru to die in the Exile Forest in the meantime.
- Obviously Evil: He's the only Gorgo in the game that looks like a devil, which is odd even among their tribe.
- (Video Game) Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)(Anime) Voiced by: Mitsuo Senda (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)
- Badass Normal: Way before he gets a Shadow, King Jibral performs amazing feats as a leader to his people, earning the respect of the city. This is also why Zola is fond of him, to the point that when he enters his Despair Event Horizon in Awakened Shadow, his behavior sickens her and she threatens to leave the castle (and thus, his side).
- Cannot Spit It Out: In the first and third game, he has a hard time telling Zola how he feels about her. It's implied that she knows and reciprocates his feelings. By the third game, he's trying to figure out how to propose to her.
- Despair Event Horizon: He doesn't take losing his Shadow well in Awakened Shadow and essentially wallows in despair for a bit. This contrasts his pre-Shadow behavior so drastically that Zola becomes disgusted at him for a while.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prefers actually going out and helping people rather than sit at his throne issuing orders, but he'll do the latter if need be. When he encountered Shu's party for the first time in the first game, it was right as he was returning home after visiting various towns that were afflicted by Nene's evils.
- Voiced by: Ryoko Ono (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
- Despair Event Horizon: The sorrow and despair she harbored eventually drove her to try to kill herself. Good thing Shu and the party ended up in her town...
- Happily Failed Suicide: It takes a bit of doing, but Shu saving Sahlia's life turned out to be beneficial to both of them. This also causes Sahlia to begin developing feelings for Shu, which continues into the other games.
- Interrupted Suicide: She tries to kill herself while Shu happened to be nearby looking at a rare aligning of the moons. He saves her, but she becomes pissed off at him, claiming that everyone's always told her to "never give up" and that never changed anything, that those were just words. This causes Shu to rethink his own stance and resolve to own up to those words, so that they mean something when he says it. This ends up helping Shu regain his Dragon Shadow, and with it, save Devour Village.
- Survivor's Guilt: Part of the reason she tried to commit suicide. Having to live with the tree that took her parents away only made it worse.
The Sheep TribeA nomadic tribe of humanoid sheep. They travel all over the world and have set up camps near the most dangerous locations.
- Voiced by: Melissa Fahn
- I Will Wait for You: As long as Guru-Guru remains in exile, Sura-Sura will never stop ringing the town bell for him. Even if he tells her to forget.
ToripoA traveler scholar looking into the mystery of the Aurora Ruins in the first game. In Awakened Shadow, he's in the Mechanical Cube looking for a rare treasure that he had heard was hidden deep within the Cube. His Shadow is the Tarantula.In the first game he sells stat and class enhancers for Medals, uncommon items that can be found throughout the game.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: His Shadow is the Tarantula.
- Creator Cameo: Awakened Shadow reveals that he's basically Akira Toriyama's robot, and is ultimately designed to write awesome manga like his creator.
- Intrepid Merchant: Though he's a scholar first and foremost, he'll sell you some enhancers if you've got the Medals.
Yasato (Number 61)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Goto (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: An inversion. He stops being loyal to his original Master because Shu and friends proved to be nicer alternatives. Many of the other Servant Robos agree.
- Benevolent A.I.: To Shu and the others at least.
- First Name Basis: With Shu's party since Shu doesn't want to be called "Master," though he still adds "-sama" to their names in Japanese.
- Pegasus: His Shadow.
- Rogue Drone: Essentially this to his original Master.
- Undying Loyalty: To his Master. Eventually he decides that he didn't like his Master and chose Shu's party as his new Masters.