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Characters: Breath of Fire I

Ryu

  • Accidental Pervert: In The Dragon Warrior manga, Ryu gets to see Nina first as she's bathing on a lake.
  • Badass: His first major action in the first game is to walk into a monster-infested castle by himself (this is before he gains any of his dragon forms, by the way), head straight to the throne room, and beat the crap out of the boss monster, thus freeing the town. Things only go up from there.
  • Badass Cape
  • The Cameo: Appears as a card in the Heroes and Heralds mode of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • The Chosen One: Not as prominent in the game, but a big deal in The Dragon Warrior.
  • Cute Little Fangs: in the artwork.
  • Doomed Hometown: As soon as you start!
  • Elemental Powers: Different for each dragon form. In order of cost and damage dealt:
  • Facial Markings: A dragon-shaped birthmark on his forehead.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Myria sends Ryu into one in The Dragon Warrior: the dimension of the Soul Eaters, who would slowly nack at his soul for all eternity, with him still conscious and unable to die.
  • Fusion Dance: Agni, the most powerful dragon transformation, has the entire party melding together into one being. It can singlehandedly take on Myria.
  • Guide Dang It: How to get most of Ryu's dragon transformation sets require having certain equipments with him, all of which are well-hidden all over the world map. There's no in-game mention of even what items one needs.
    • The elders living in the ruins where Ryu gets his training will tell him something like, "You need to complete the first level and find the DragonSD." But you still have to puzzle out where to find the equipment. The most powerful transformation is only mentioned once, on a tablet you can find in a well on the world map; it's quite possible to beat the game without ever finding it and get stuck with the "bad" ending.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic Mime: For most of the game, anyway. After saving the king of Winlan, he says "Well, there is one thing." in response to the king asking how he can help.
    • Averted completely in The Dragon Warrior and Princess Of The Wings mangas.
    • Also during a brief segment where the player controls Nina instead of Ryu, he can be heard talking in his sleep if the player walks up to him.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Slightly subverted as he's also able to use boomerangs.
  • Instant Armor: In The Dragon Warrior manga, Ryu's ultimate transformation is switched with this.
  • I Will Find You: His main motivation is to find his missing sister.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: Ryu (and the player) get forced into this as a plot point: the Queen of Tuneland has the Time Key and intends to give it to Emperor Zog. The heroes therefore need to steal it from the palace vault before that happens. The combination to the vault is tattooed on the Queen's back, and the Queen spends every night bathing in the pool in her throne room. Ryu and the party sneak in and peep to obtain the combination, but because of the water's reflection they get it backwards.
  • Official Couple: Probably the only couple who gets anything close to a hint of having succeeded in the backstory of the second (and third) game.
    • The manga adaptations also plays up their relationship, including the Spin-Off Litle Adventurer starring their own child.
  • Our Founder: Or more aptly, "Our Hero". Ryu gets a nice gold statue in Camlon for his efforts in helping eradicate the monsters infesting the main castle.
  • Power Limiter: The Light Dragons have their powers sealed off in fear of how dangerous they were for the world. So, once the Dark Dragons have the upper hand thanks to Myria, Ryu is forced to go through trials in order to unseal his powers.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Comes with being part of the Dragon Clan. This version of Ryu seems to be the most adept at it, as he can shift into a dragon form and stay that way as long as he wants without losing AP.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Nina

Bo/Gilliam

  • Arrows on Fire: In Princess of The Wings, he uses arrows set on fire with his magic.
  • Noble Wolf: A good wolf.
  • The Cameo: In II and III.
    • Back for the Dead: In the latter.note 
  • Canon Foreigner: In The Dragon Warrior manga, he gets 3: a wife, a child, and a brother-in-law.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He can use all three elemental spells.
    • Doesn't have enough in his Mana Meter to back it up, though.
    • Also, the spells start off very powerful, but they'll start becoming less useful later on, as he never learns any new spells. The later parts of the game will see him relying more on physical attacks, or fusions with Karn/Danc.
  • Petting Zoo People
  • The Hunter
  • The Quiet One: Outside of planning strategies, he's not fond of sharing his thoughts.

Karn/Danc

Gobi/Manillo

  • The Cameo: In II and III.
  • Cash Lure: In his cameo appearance, one can catch him in the Fishing Mini Game by using a gold coin as a lure. Once caught, he'll offer to sell some of his goods.
  • Fish People: The Merchant/Manillo race as a whole.
  • Get on the Boat: He becomes the boat.
  • Greed: A defining trait of his race throughout the series.
    • To the point where the resident thief of the party calls him out on this.
  • It's All My Fault: In Chapter 5 of The Dragon Warrior, he sells out an ancient and very dangerous weapon to Judas, believing it was just junk. He then gets shocked when Judas use it on the Dark Dragons' own town. This is what causes him to join the gang at the end.
  • Prongs of Poseidon
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Calling Fish, Anyway?: It only works underwater and doesn't even serve him while he's alone.
    • And once the sub-plot involving the attack on Prima is done, there's little left to even do underwater, making his powers useless for the remainder of the game.
  • You Owe Me: His excuse for joining the party is that the group owes him money for the Gills they needed to proceed.

Ox/Builder

Mogu

Bleu/Deis

Wyndian Soldiers/Sieg, Rai & Enon

  • Badass Beard: Enon.
  • Blade on a Stick
  • The Captain: Enon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sieg and Rai/Raifel, both in-game and in Princess of The Wings.
  • Mentors: Both Sieg and Raifel serve as Nina's instructors at the start of Princess of The Wings.
  • No Name Given: In the original SNES version and the English GBA re-release.
    • The Dragon Warrior manga averts it by giving the fist two the names Kalu and Ilu. Years later, the GBA port gives the three official names.
  • Odd Couple: Their characterization in Princess of The Wings: Sieg is the serious guard, following the King's orders and not too happy about letting Nina go on a dangerous quest; while Raifel is more easy-going, understands Nina's feelings to go help Ryu, and disregards orders to help her in her goal.
  • Palette Swap: Sieg/Rai use the same sprite, while Enon is just a red colored swap.
  • Red Shirt: As a funny detail, Enon does use a red uniform, and he survives.
  • Shout-Out: They were given names in the GBA re-release, with Sieg and Rai being a reference to two characters of the Princess of The Wings manga adaptation.
  • Tragic Monster: In The Dragon Warrior, the two servants of the Karma wizard are revealed to be Kalu and Ilu, resurrected as zombies and brainwashed to serve him.
  • Winged Humanoids

Sara/Sayla

  • Barrier Maiden: During her brainwashed state, she creates one to forbid Ryu and group's advance.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Cool Mask: The Dragon Warrior.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight in the intro against Jade/Judas.
  • Facial Markings: Same one as Ryu.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In The Dragon Warrior, she tries to restore Judas from Myria's brainwashing this way.
    • In the main game, her boss fight qualifies.
  • Indy Ploy: Sara creates the plot in the beginning to turn her brother and fellow villagers into stone and make Jade think she was the only person left. She comes up with this plan in about six seconds.
  • I Will Find You: Ryu's goal in the beginning of the game isn't to fight Zog, it is to find Sara. Only after he joins up with Nina and Bo does he think about going after Zog.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's a master of fire and lightning spells as seen in the intro.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Once Ryu finally finds her, Sara acts all kind and asks Ryu to hand over the Goddess Keys as the battle is over... and just then, it's revealed she was working for Jade. Ouch.
  • Reverse Mole: In The Dragon Warrior, she's faking siding with Judas in order to defeat him. Subverted seconds later, when she reveals it was just a ploy to get the Goddess Key on Ryu's possession.
  • So Proud of You: To Ryu in the "good" ending (where you reveal Tyr/Myria's true form by using Agni.
  • Spirit Advisor: After her death.
  • Split Personality: She seems to suffer from this due to Jade's brainwashing. It's especially notable right before her Boss Fight, as she at first creates a barrier to stop Ryu while gloating evily, then suddenly throws herself at it to destroy it and urges Ryu to continue... right before going evil again and attacking the group.
  • Stripperific: Near the end of The Warrior Dragon manga, courtesy of Bleu/Deis.
  • Taken for Granite: She does it to her own townsfolk in the intro, to protect them.
  • Together in Death: How she and Judas end up in The Dragon Warrior.
  • Tragic Monster
  • Woman in White
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Cort/Kyura

Mote/Sigmund

  • Alien Sea: The strange wavy energy surrounding his dream/nightmare worlds.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: He traps the whole party in his head/dream.
  • Bizarrchitecture: His Nightmare Tower is a strange assortment of stairs, most of which go back to the first floor... even if they pointed upwards.
  • Dream Land: His powers trap people in either their own Dream World (as with Mogu) or his personal Nightmare World (as he did with a bunch of people, the Guardian of the Sky Key, and the party).
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: At first.
  • Enemy Within: A rare case, as his own conscience sides with the good guys to stop him.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His Japanese name, from Sigmund Freud.
  • Psychic Power

Cerl/Carla

Goda

Zog/Zorgon

Jade/Judas

Tyr/Myria

  • Big Bad: Becomes this after Zog is removed from the equation.
    • Bigger Bad: Is this for most of the game, with the plot being about trying to prevent her release.
  • Creepy Child: The form she initially appears in.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Her true TRUE form.
  • Emotion Eater: In The Dragon Warrior, she feeds off the feelings of anger and hatred against her. This turns into the key Ryu needed to defeat her.
  • For the Evulz: All the wars waged to get her wish-granting powers were staged for her own amusement.
  • Glamour
  • Make a Wish: Her power; she can grant wishes to anyone that asks her. Wars were fought over this power. She can grant wishes to the hero's party, too, although the only wish that will be made will be one to fully heal the party.
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • Plot Coupon: The six Goddess Keys. Some are simply coupons, others have in-game applications as well as plot importance.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Sealed Evil in a Can
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After beating her first form (which doesn't attack), she cries and asks why you're hurting her. She then asks to be friends. Sara's ghost shows up to warn you about her, and to use Agni to force her into her true form.