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Characters: Breath of Fire II

Ryu Bateson

  • Action Hero: The primary job his employer gives him after clearing Bow's name is "Go whup that giant demon way over there." His primary personal goal "whup that misguided religion and its evil patron" penultimately concludes with an explosive Roaring Rampage of Revenge straight out of the movies. Even a number of his animations in battle look like they were drawn in an action comic.
  • Bishōnen
    • Chick Magnet: Katt/Rinpoo, Nina, Bleu/Deis, the three harpies boss and Nimufu/Nympho all comment/fawn on him.
  • Blessed with Suck: Rand says he feels this way about Ryu and his clan, whose significant powers mean that fate will always weigh heavily upon them.
  • Can't Drop The Hero
  • The Chosen One: Barubary says as much in the Prologue.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Seeing hopelessly how Deathevan kills all his friends. Followed by a mandatory Unstoppable Rage.
  • Elemental Powers: Same arrangement as his predecessor.note 
  • Fate Worse than Death: Averted as it doesn't stick but this seems to be what Deathevan tried to do to Ryu at the beginning of their confrontation.
  • Gladiator Subquest: Early on when he enters the coliseum and battles Katt.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Father's human, mother's dragon. As a result, his dragon transformations only last long enough to fire one breath attack, as he cannot maintain that form except when he transforms irreversibly to seal the gate of Infinity in the bad ending.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic Mime: He does, however, speak in the flashback where you're playing as his mother.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The bad ending if you don't get TownShip flying.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords
  • Last of His Kind: Ryu - well, at first, anyway. Dologany, the city that falls halfway through the Infinity dungeon, is home to a lot of dragons.
  • Made of Iron: In battle, his defense and damage threshhold is generally only surpassed by his hulking armadillo pal. Furthermore, his guts rating and special command causes him to shrug off lethal attacks more often than any other character and allows him to regenerate health endlessly simply by striking a pose. His final conflict is immediately preceded by having him No Sell numerous attacks from a Physical God who not moments ago instantly and effortlessly slaughtered every one of his companions. Even his optional, unwinnable duel with Tiga practically requires the player to simply give up as Ryu's self-heal is rather easily able to nullify his adversary's damage output.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The prologue.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The Dragon Tear.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He replaces Baba in the tournament, only needing to show the axe he got from him as proof. Once he does this, everyone calls him Baba and talks about him as if he is Baba. Despite Baba being a recurrent participant, and a musclebound giant lumberjack.
  • Power at a Price: The test he must undergo to obtain the ultimate power Infini finds him forced to choose one of his allies to sacrifice in exchange. He selects to choose no one and wins.
  • The Power of Friendship: It's explicitly stated that Infini, the final dragon spell, draws its power from the bonds between Ryu and his friends.
  • Ret Gone: He is forgotten by everyone in his hometown of Gate. You find out late in the game that Aruhamel erased him from their minds, along with his sister and father. This facilitated Habaruku's infiltration under the guise of Father Hulk.
  • Secret Test of Character: How he acquires his ultimate spell, Infinity/Anfini.
  • Time Master: In a small scale. He naturally gains the ability to fast-forward the day/night cycle (though in the retranslation the skill is called "Rest" and they're simply waiting out until the next night/day).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Bow/Bosch Doggy

Katt/Rinpoo Chuan

  • Action Girl
  • A-Cup Angst: Although she's fairly busty in her concept art.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Katt adds three of the most powerful spells in the game to her spell list many levels before Nina does. However, without her shaman fusions which only become available at the very end of the game it takes a great amount of level grinding to even be able to cast the cheapest of the three a single time.
  • Badass Adorable: She's cute, she's funny and she can pulverize monsters several times bigger and heavier than her.
  • Badass Normal: In her default form, probably the closest example of this out of all the characters through the whole series.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Katt likes to joke and make fun of her enemies while she's beating the hell out of them. This also counts as one of her game skills, as Katt uses it to break Ryu's concentration during their initial battle and later can use it against normal enemies to make them ignore her party and attack her instead.
  • Cat Girl: Well, tiger girl.
  • Cute Bruiser: One of the party's heavy-hitters and the only character besides Ryu with the ability to counterattack.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Except for being covered in fur from the waist down, Katt, a female Woren, is a fairly standard cat girl. In contrast, Tiga, a male Woren, is a Beast Man with a tiger head.
  • Dance Battler: The game literally describes her as this.
  • The Ditz: Bow asks Ryu to take her along as he quickly realizes Katt isn't the sharpest knife in the box and if she's allowed to stay with him, she could destroy the house he was intending to fix. Rand even wonders if there's a way to get inside of Katt's head and rewire her brain to make her smarter.
    • It's gotten worse in the Fan Translation, even if this wasn't the translator's intention, interestingly.
    • This is played with when you consider her spell casting abilities. She learns some of the most powerful spells very early in the game, but her maximum AP is way to low to actually cast any of these spells even once until late into the game without serious level grinding.
  • Fiery Redhead Obvious in her red hair and characteristic quick temper. Incidentally, Fireball is the first spell she "learns" and the Fire Shaman is generally the best compliment to her Devil Shaman fusion for further capitalization on her strength.
  • Glass Cannon: While she's one of the fastest and hardest hitting characters in the game, her HP and defense stats tend to be low. Unlocking the Devil Shaman causes her to become even more powerful offensively, with Devil/Fire and her Infinity+1 Sword allowing her to reach the cap on the Attack stat. Said combination also replaces her taunt with a Charge Attack that deals up to triple normal damage.
    • Lightning Bruiser: By using cooking to raise her low Stamina. She still won't have good HP, but in her Shamanized form she ends up sporting drastically more physical defense than Ryu with the same stats, more than enough to make up for the difference in HP.
  • Genki Girl
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Katt romps around bottomless.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's never seen another of her kind. Until Tiga's entrance, who tells her that there are very few of them spread all over the world.
    • So few that when Ryu and her arrive at the monster hunters's place, they ask Ryu to sell her to them.
  • Love Interests: Tiga sets his eyes on her the moment she crosses the door. Later, Katt has to clear up the issues as she can't reciprocate the feeling, in quite a Heartwarming Moment.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Katt is short, thin and flat chested, yet she is the strongest character in the game and her shamanized form cranks it up to eleven.
  • Required Party Member: To enter CotLnd/Kott Fortress, and (rather troublesome) to proceed into the whale.
  • Running Gag: In the Japanese version, constant mention of her small cup size. If Salvador is recruited as a Township's resident, Katt will ask him to give her a bigger chest when it's her turn to get a statue. (He doesn't.)
  • Simple Staff
  • Stripperiffic: Katt's outfit is made of fingerless gloves, toeless boots, a bra... and nothing else. Her shamanized form ditches the bra, replacing it with a tattoo painted around her torso.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Rand and Katt show clear signs of being this. Rand will harp on Katt's dim witt and she will respond by saying he's too big and always in the way. However, when the going gets tough for either one of them, the other is always the one in the group to show the most concern.
  • Women Are Wiser: Inverted, as Katt is the dumbest member of the party and gets called on it a few times. It's implied that her low intelligence is simply the result of her poor education, as she was raised to do nothing but fight.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Katt tries to fix everything using brute force, death threats and old fashioned violence. The funny part? It works.

Rand Marks

  • The Big Guy: Artwork of the game always places Rand in the background because if he was in front, you wouldn't be able to see the rest of the cast.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mess with momma!
  • Combat Medic: Rand is well balanced between fighting strength and healing magic. Sometimes he uses both at once with his "Wake" skill where he punches a fallen ally with a chance to revive them.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The only character with access to 8.0, the game's "earth-based" spell.
  • Empty Levels: Inverted for Rand who uses near-worthless equipment and gains almost ALL of his combat strength through leveling. He will always be slow but early grinding at Monster Island can turn Rand into The Juggernaut. Played straight, however, for everyone but the secret character after about level 50.
  • Gameplay Story Segregation: In a certain scene late in the game, Rand displays physical strength miles above the combined efforts of the rest of his party. This despite his in-game strength stat being barely above the other fighters individually, if at all.
  • Gentle Giant: Very, very imposing but he climbs on board the hero's band wagon without hesitation when he learns of Augus's plan for the coliseum duel.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His attack animation consists of a few quick punches and an uppercut. His equipable weapons are all brass knuckles.
  • Healing Hands: Second only to Bow in this regard.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He stays behind to hold two closing walls and let the team proceed. His mother then comes and forcefully switches places with him.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Rand's search for work probably made him this in the "traditional" sense but he can also double as this in the combat sense. He is a good fighter with equal skill as a healer and even has a few attack spells on his list that when supplemented with spells from Barose make Rand the closest thing to The Red Mage the party can have.
  • Mighty Glacier / Stone Wall: Rand is all but incapable of throwing the first punch. However, his punch will hurt you more than yours will hurt him.
  • Momma's Boy: The one reason he left his home.
  • Punny Name: Land Marks. Because he rolls. Get it?
  • Power Fist
  • Rolling Attack: Only used a couple times and never in an actual fight but this is how Rand smashes through walls in the Grand Church.
  • Team Dad: He says he sees himself as one during the Anfini test. Also alluded to in stating that he felt as though he had married off his own daughter following Tiga's courting of Katt.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Rand and Katt show clear signs of being this. Rand will harp on Katt's dim witt and she will respond by saying he's too big and always in the way. However, when the going gets tough for either one of them, the other is always the one in the group to show the most concern.

Nina Windia

  • All of the Other Reindeer: She's exiled due to her black wings.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The people of Wyndia think she's this due to her black wings, which is why she was banished.
  • The Cameo: Appears as a card in the Heroes and Heralds mode of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Is definitely this in comparison to other incarnations of Nina in the series who in some cases rely on Ryu for saving so many times, other party members begin calling them a liability. This Nina on the other hand is the sort who even just out of training will barbecue a criminal organization and its demon-possessed boss almost to a crisp before Ryu lifts a finger.
  • Determinator: Looking at backstory she arguably has the hardest life out of anyone in the main cast, but never once angsts about it or gives in to despair. Even Nina the First tells her that her will is adamant. Also note that her special ability is called "Will" and in spite of her low defense scores, only Ryu gets back up after lethal attacks more often than she does.
  • Duel Boss: Against the Guardian of the Wings who ends up being the ghost of the first game's Nina, ancestor of the current.
  • Energy Ball: Her normal "physical" attack is a one-handed energy shot.
  • Feather Flechettes: Her attacks animation becomes this when transformed via shamans.
  • Freakiness Shame: Her black wings resulted in her being outcast. When this gets revealed, she immediately gets some comforting. From Katt.
  • Game Play Story Segregation: The ordeal with the obese Queen of Tunlan made Nina consider "relying on her wings less and walking more". However, outside of her end-game fusion form, Nina is actually never shown to fly instead of walk.
  • Glass Cannon: She can deal a lot of damage with her offensive magic (unlike her counterpart in the original game, she's an offensive mage, not a support one), but can't take much in return. Like Katt, this can be fixed with cooking to turn her into a Lightning Bruiser, though raising her poor base Agility is also required.
  • Global Airship: No, she's not the airship this time. She's the one calling it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted to by turning into the Great Bird.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: A perfect example of "Black Angel Wings" falling into the category Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Informed Ability: It is revealed in conversation during the Tunlan chapter that Nina plays piano. This is never used anywhere in the game. Flutes are much easier to carry around than pianos after all.
  • Irony: Windians think black wings are the sign of an Apocalypse Maiden. They're actually a relic of having a hero in her ancestry.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Graceful, elegant, composed and having the party's widest selection of damage-dealing spells? Check, check, check and check. She's not an Ice Queen by any stretch but her past has made her a bit slow to open up her otherwise big heart.
  • Modest Royalty: Although it fuzzy whether she has a claim to the throne, being next in line (especially after her sister's Heroic Sacrifice) but ignored by her parents for her own safety.
  • Ring of Power: Her weapon set consists of rings.
  • Royal Blood: Though her parents ignore her existence, due to her wings and one prediction stating that once a black-winged wyndian is born in the royal family, misfortune would strike the country.
    • Half-Human Hybrid: Part dragon way in the back, actually. The ghost of the first Nina explains that the black wings come from her decision to marry someone from outside the Windian race, implied to be the first Ryu. As a result, every now and then a royal is born with black wings, because of the small amount of dragon heritage in them.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Again, it's tough to say if Nina truly counts as royalty after her exile. Nonetheless, Nina is never one to hold back a helping hand.
  • She's Got Legs: Just look at her picture above.
  • Winged Humanoid
  • Wings Do Nothing: Flying enemies in Breath of Fire 2 are unaffected by Rand's earth-shaking magic attack. The same spell used against Nina by an enemy however, deals damage normally. Her shamanized form also gives her Stationary Wings during combat, though they flap very slightly while moving.

Sten Legacy

  • The Atoner: Mixed with a huge dose of survivor's guilt.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Well, maybe just Mc Cool name with "Legacy"
  • The Casanova: He attempts to play this trope with Nina and Katt. Nina gets disturbed, and Katt gives him a savage off-screen beating. Much later, we discover he fits perfectly the trope among his people, and his princess loves him dearly.
  • Con Man
  • Duel Boss: Against Trubo. Hope you have leveled him up well. Otherwise, you're going to spend some time in the castle's basement.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Extendable Arms: His field skill is to cross over chasms by extending his arms.
  • Faking the Dead: His in-battle option.
    • He apparently did this with his fellow Highlanders; they believed he had died in a previous battle before his return which can be considered a case of Gameplay and Story Integration.
  • Fireball: His fusion form turns his normal attack into a non=elemental one.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He appears to sacrifice his life after the defeat of Shupkay, but he turns out to be just fine, something that he didn't want.
  • Hidden Depths: In a way. The party, while generally being full of optimism, has several characters who've faced much hardship in their lives. These hardships are evident in the story very early on except for Sten (save for vague commentary from St. Eva priests) who shows a very different side of himself when his past finally comes up quite late in the game.
  • Jack of All Stats: He's reasonably strong, but not as much as Ryu, Katt or Rand. Ryu, Rand and Jean all surpass him in defence. And he has a small pool of offensive magic, but not as much as Nina or Bleu, and nowhere near as much AP or Wisdom.
    • Fragile Speedster: Leans slightly towards this - Katt is the only one who beats him in terms of Agility most of the time, and his Luck is good as well.
  • Knife Nut: Although his attack animation looks more like a couple of karate chops.
  • Petting Zoo People
  • Playing Possum: His special skill is feigning being K.O. so that enemies ignore him when attacking.
  • Playing with Fire: Most of his spells are fire-based.
  • The Rival: His old war buddy Turbo/Turvoe.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran
  • Stage Magician

Spar/Aspara Gus

Ekal/Ekaru Hoppe Do/De Pe Tapeta/Jean

  • Aborted Arc: His subplot with Nimufu/Nimpho the witch. She just disappears from the face of Earth after the impostor story is resolved.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Very little is more satisfying then seeing a score of 9's across the screen when you attack your enemies which Jean's late-game, transformed special ability "Chop" MIGHT do. In minor battles. After the enemies get two free turns of damaging your party while you wait for the very slow Jean to charge up and use it. (unless you fed him a heap of dinkers in which case, still one).
  • Bilingual Bonus: The "Ekal" part on his name is written "Ekaru" in Japanese, which is an anagram of "Kaeru", Japanese for Frog.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: His sister Petape.
  • The Cameo: In III.
  • Chef of Iron: Slightly subverted in that he's a good cook for his race only, considering most of their meals consists of roaches, flies and worms. Otherwise, he was such a well-known chef that a Cooking Duel was set up to demostrate he was the true prince.
  • Diagonal Cut: The ability of his Shaman form.
  • Everybody Knew Already: The castle's self-destruct switch. Only his sister and the impostor believed it existed.
  • Gratuitous French: Non, Non, Non!
  • Lethal Joke Character: Like Aspara, he has poor stats and weak weapons. Unlike Aspara he has Death and a truly awesome Shamanized form that allows him to use a Charge Attack like Katt's, except his does 999 damage to all enemies on the screen if it succeeds.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He plays dumb only because he's very optimistic and easy-going.
  • Petting Zoo People
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: A Royal Ring owned by Tapeta/Jean is used as proof of being the true prince. Too bad the impostor also has one...
  • Rousseau Was Right: He thinks there are no truly evil persons, only weak ones that can easily fall into evil's temptation.
  • Royal Blood: He's the prince of SimaFort.
  • Spot the Imposter: The focus of his whole arc.
  • Standard Status Effects: One of the party's two specialists, alongside Spar.

Baba/Babadel/Babaderu

Patty Smith

Nimufu/Nimpho Mani

Tiga/Tigger Lee

Father Ganer

Ray Bradoc

Valerie McCarran

Augus/Argus Cont, Joker Heart, Trout Barm, Kuwadora/Quadra X, Shupkay, Ringmaster John, Father Manson.

Deathevan's servants. Originally normal, relatively speaking, beings, Deathevan's influence turned them into demons.

Aruhamel/Alzheimer

Habaruku/Habalq V a.k.a. Father Hulk/Halq

Barubary/Barbaroi

Deathevan, a.k.a. Father Evans/St. Eva

  • Ax-Crazy: After Ryu hits him, it all goes downhill for him.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: Deathevan feeds off human darkness. Also, Ganer explicity states in the good ending that, if Ryu can eliminate hate and despair on the world, he'd never be able to return.
  • Big Bad
  • Breaking Speech: Will give everyone you bring to the last fight a very pointed lecture about their "sins". Except Deis, who he rants at for helping to kill his mother Myria in the first game.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus
  • Dark Is Evil
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up in a few instances prior to the climax of the game, represented as a gigantic eye.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His true TRUE form. Making mommy so proud!
  • Enemy to All Living Things: Deatheven's presence causes the forests surrounding Gate to wither and die.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: His Ice Breath attack, not to mention his whole freezing the party schtick.
  • Evil Old Folks: In his human form.
  • God of Evil: Breath of Fire II follows a polytheistic universe, and so he is one of many gods rather than a singular god.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Essentially says so in the first scene of the game. He doesn't actually need them, but they give him power and he'd be able to break out of his prison sooner.
  • Guide Dang It: What's that? You say you didn't get Anfini before you came to face him? ''HA-ha!''
  • Light Is Not Good: He's a horrifically evil demon, but invokes this trope when he masquerades as Evans/St.Eva.
    • Not to mention his Bone Laser attack is a huge beam of light.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's the spawn of Big Bad Myria from the first game.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: "I will bless the world... with desperation. All living things will look up to me and feel happiness as they accept death."
  • Not Quite Dead: As Ryu later discovers, Deathevan only lost his physical form after his final defeat. He decides to peform an Heroic Sacrifice to take his mother's place as the guardian of the mountain... or if you get the best ending, your father will take your place and crush the whole mountain with the TownShip!
  • One-Winged Angel
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A belief of some fans thanks to a mistranslation in the ending which "implies" he's a dragon. There's no such implication in the Japanese script.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He does not react well when Ryu cuts his hand off in a fit of Unstoppable Rage.
    • It's hard to tell because of the not-so-detailed sprite. Either his hand was cut off or Ryu cut across his face.
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