Characters / Breath of Fire IV

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Ryu

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi

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Nina

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  • Blow You Away: Outside of healing, Nina's specialty is using Wind magic, starting with Sever. With customizable skills, you can give her other elemental magic though.
  • Cooldown Hug: Actually bringing Ryu down from KAISER RAGE by this, in fact!
  • The Heart: Of the team, she is the most affected by the suffering she sees, and it is she who actually recruits the other members (except for Ershin).
  • I Will Find You: The game starts out with Nina and Cray searching for her lost sister Elina.
  • The Medic: She gets all of the best healing spells by levelling up.
  • Morality Pet: Serves as one for Cray, in the beginning. One suspects that the only reason the party got to six members at all is because Nina kept telling Cray to give them a chance. Cray outgrows the need for one eventually.
  • Narrator: Each chapter ends with a short narration from her.
  • The Pollyanna
  • Royal Blood: She's a Princess of Wyndia.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She only wants to do right, but she is very naive about the world.
  • Team Mom
  • White Magician Girl: She's the healer of the party, compared to Breath of Fire 3's Nina being the Black Mage.
  • Winged Humanoid: She's a Wyndian, which is a race of birdhumans.

Chief Cray

Voiced by: Isshin Chiba

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  • The Big Guy: In that he's the biggest party member. Personality-wise, he's closer to The Lancer.
  • Carry a Big Stick
  • Da Chief
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
  • Dishing Out Dirt
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is human, his father (the previous chieftain) is Woren.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: In the game, after he mercy-kills Elina. He does not speak again until the final dungeon.
  • Hot-Blooded: Something of a problem for him and his tribe. To his credit, he does try to control his temper, with varying success.
  • I Will Find You: Searching for Elina along with Nina. It doesn't end well and Elina has to be given a Mercy Kill.
  • Idiot Ball: He's no Dumb Muscle, but he still grabs firm hold of this at times, mostly in the beginning in his desperation to find Elina.
  • It's Personal: With Yuna, after he finds out what he did to Elina.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the beginning, he's really something of a bully. He all but forcibly conscripts Ryu into the party because of his prophetic dreams leading to Elina, and when they don't pan out, considers ditching him. He also beats up Marlok's bodyguard, forces his way into his house, and demands that he give information about Elina while offering nothing in return. His behavior toward the other members of the party, especially Ursula, isn't that great either, and he often ignores their needs entirely unless Nina speaks up for them. And that's not going into his illegal entry into The Empire, which caused a lot of people a lot of problems which he never apologized for. Despite all this, he really does care for Nina and is protective of both her and the party in his own way. And, through the wonders of Character Development ( and a few rounds of Break the Cutie) he pretty much drops the "jerk" part completely by the end.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Ludian court isn't exactly on his side when he's on trial. To be fair, they aren't entirely wrong, either.
  • Love Hurts: And how.
  • Love Redeems: Cray has his own experience with this when he must ultimately euthanise Elina with the Dragonslayer.
  • Morality Pet: Nina, in the beginning. One suspects that the only reason the party got to six members at all is because Nina kept telling Cray to give them a chance. He outgrows the need for one eventually.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Finding Cray and Co. illegally across borders, assaulting Imperial soldiers nearly broke the ceasefire The Empire had with the Western Alliance, and by manufacturing a copy of the weapon that Cray also stole (and gave away to Nina, who gave it to Ryu, who broke it,), The Empire was able to modify the treaty between the countries so that they could seize more land on the border, so that they could more easily search for Ryu. A great deal of trouble the True Companions face in the later Acts could have been avoided entirely if Cray had been capable of any degree of subtlety — though he IS right in that Elina couldn't be found through proper channels, given what the Empire had done to her.
  • Only Sane Man: Feels like this most times, mostly in regards to recruiting Scias and Ursula since they were former enemies briefly.
  • Papa Wolf: In regards to Nina. Considerably more explicit in the manga.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Chieftain of the entire Woren nation, at that.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His attitude concerning his search for Elena. He learns to grow out of it, though.
  • Shout-Out: His ultimate combination magic is named "Weretiger" in reference to Rei's feral form.
  • Team Dad
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He faced a LOT of chewing out from the Ludian court for his illegal entry into The Empire and his loss of a priceless heirloom and symbol of the kingdom. His response was to throw it right back.
    • Ursula and Ershin also bluntly call him on bad leadership decisions.

Ershin/Master

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Scias

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  • Alcohol Hic: Unfortunately, Bowdlerised in the English version to a stuttering issue.
  • An Ice Person/Healing Hands: He's the secondary healer and he has ice magic, but he can learn other elemental magic from the customizable skills.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It is implied in the game (and even more in the manga) that the reason Scias left the employ of Ludia was because he was touched by Nina's optimism and faith in him.
  • Blinding Bangs: Doesn't stop him from being damn good with a katana, though.
  • Captain Obvious: Scias' reaction to the discovery that "Fairy Drops" are the Solid Gold Poop of actual fairies.
  • Drunken Master: Scias' original characterization in the Japanese version had him constantly falling-down plastered, and still pulling off all the fanciest of moves he does in battle. Imagine what he could accomplish sober.
  • Dummied Out: Scias naturally-gained "Analyse" spell was removed from the English version. It can still be assigned to any character with a Game Shark, though in a buggy state.
  • Flash Step: His attack animation.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He entered the party in the employ of Ludia to spy on the party, but he reneges and returns the money.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He tries to project the image of a Badass mercenary, but his campfire conversation and certain other events reveal that he's not nearly as devoid of conscience as he pretends.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Much better if they give him an extra attack.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran
  • Speech Impediment: His stuttering.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Occurs as part of his Heel–Face Turn.

Captain Ursula

Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe

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Fou-Lu

Voiced by: Isshin Chiba

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  • The Blue Oni to Ryu's Red Oni
  • The Cameo: Appears as a card in the Heroes and Heralds mode of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Crutch Character: You only control him during his segments of the story, and he's all you'll need. Fou-Lu starts off with a very powerful dragon form, and is at such a high level that despite soloing battles he isn't likely to gain any levels, nor does he even need to.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Losing Mami pushes him so far past it that he enters full-on Laughing Mad territory.
  • Deuteragonist: His role in the story and viewpoint are as important to the plot as Ryu's journey.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: The Empire doesn't want him around and makes repeated attempts to kill him, which in the end drives his mad and causes him to burn the empire's capital to the ground, in addition to of course, killing nearly everyone sent after him.
  • Driven to Villainy: At first he's a fairly decent warrior god, but then The Empire that he built keeps trying to kill him after he awakens and puts him through so many traumatic experiences until he snaps and decides to kill everyone.
  • Dual Wielding: During the final fight.
  • Elemental Powers: He gets ice over Ryu's fire, but otherwise he gets similar forms note 
  • Energy Weapon: He conjures a sword of Pure Energy for his standard attacks.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ryu. Turns out he's not really evil at all, though.
  • God-Emperor: One of the few cases where the God-Emperor started out as a god first.
  • God is Good: While not soft and sometimes not that nice, it's clear that Fou-Lu does genuinely care about humanity and that he first intended to rule them only as a benevolent emperor. However, because Humans Are Bastards, they dick him over enough times that he crosses the Despair Event Horizon and decides to Kill 'em All.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the manga ending and arguably in the Good End of the game. He was well on his way there anyway, but then someone thought it'd be a good idea to kill his Morality Pet.
    • Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga ending, Fou-Lu is shown to be alive in the manga adaptation and lives with Ryu travelling the world. The manga ends with the two heading towards Wyndia, Fou-Lu wishing to learn what Ryu sees in humanity.
    • Split-Personality Merge: After the final battle in the game's Good End, he admits that whilst Humans Are the Real Monsters they are also "magnificent" and is absorbed into Ryu.
  • Hellish Pupils: In the manga version. Justified as the manga in general uses cat-like eyes to denote someone is a dragon.
  • King in the Mountain: Technically, Fou-Lu is this to the Fou Empire (what with being summoned as their literal God-Emperor and prophesying his own "resurrection" before going into torpor for 600 years). Unfortunately, The Empire that he happens to be the King in the Mountain of wants him quite dead — thus becoming a subversion of the trope.
  • I Know Your True Name: Fou-Lu ends up a victim of this... Twice over. Once during the botched summoning that called him to the world (and split him in half), the other via Yohm having a bit too much knowledge re name magic.
  • Laughing Mad: After he finds out poor Mami was used as a Fantastic Nuclear Warhead. The manga's depiction of this is especially disturbing, in part because Ryu also feels Fou-Lu losing his mind via Twin Telepathy after having had his own Kaiser Dragon Incident.
  • Love Hurts: Learns this the hard way when Mami gets used in The Carronade.
  • Love Redeems: Once he meets up with Mami, he starts down this path. Then Yuna brutally tortures her and uses her as a sacrifice for the Carronade. Ouch.
  • Nice Hat: He gets one after he kills Soniel and becomes emperor again.
  • Speak of the Devil: A self inflicted version (in order to avoid Yohm's I Know Your True Name where he refuses to tell Mami his real name.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: The player controls him at several points throughout the game, allowing them to witness various Pet the Dog moments and humanizing scenes.
  • Technically a Smile: Fou-Lu's character status sprite when he beheads Soniel.
    • In the Comic Blade Avarus manga the last page of Chapter 19 has another example (which, of note, occurs right after the manga's depiction of the above scene). Fou-Lu is holding Mami's bells, begging Ryu to hurry up and come, whilst giving a positively feral smile. And this is after being run through with the Dragonslayer.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Fou-Lu gives one that is more of a "The Reason Humans Suck Speech"; this is actually how you start the decision path on which of the Multiple Endings to go with.
    • The manga (in its Take a Third Option Ending) starts with Fou-Lu going into his "The Reason Humans Suck Speech", and Ryu agreeing and choosing to go with what appears to be the Bad End. He gets better, though.
  • Trauma Conga Line: All the way down to frank Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds by the time all is said and done with.
  • Twin Telepathy: With Ryu. Again, closer to Twin Empathy and considerably more explicit in the manga version.
  • Unwanted Revival: The Fou Empire's leadership in general sees him as this. This even goes to the point of official propaganda declaring him the "Dragon of Doom", and Yohm explicitly states his reawakening is an Unwanted Revival.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: And combined with the Royal "We", at that.
    • Likely Capcom USA's attempt to deal with the original Keigo, though rather more exaggerated in English.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Young with long, white hair; at first, it seems adverted but after getting nuked, he lives up to this trope.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Once The Empire literally Dropped a Mami on Him.

     Non-Playable Characters 

Lord Yuna

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  • Big Bad: The true main villain of the game, manipulating the Empire to suit his ends, and opposed by Ryu and friends, and, less directly, Fou-lu.
  • Body Horror: His specialty.
  • Break the Cutie: His other specialty.
  • Dirty Coward
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Acts as one to Emperor Soniel. Exactly what he really wants is never made clear in the game, but the manga implies that he has his eyes on the throne.
  • Evil Is Not Pacifist: Subverted. He claims to be a "pacifist" and a "man of the arts", but this is just an excuse to save his own ass.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Extra emphasis on the evil.
  • Fan Nickname: "FUCKING YUNA!" seems to be turning into one on this very wiki.
  • Karma Houdini: Probably one of the most notable examples of this in video games, especially since he pulls it off twice. He's directly responsible for nearly every bad thing that happens in the game, and to get the best ending, you have to let him get away with it.
    • To make it even worse, the epilogue makes it very clear that he's already planning to rebuild his operation and do it all again.
  • Love Hurts: It will if he has anything to say about it. Suffice it to say, Yuna is the last person you want to introduce your significant other to.
  • Mad Scientist: He has actually been described as Breath of Fire's answer to Hojo, which pretty much hits the nail on the head. To some, Yuna is even more detestable due to being a Karma Houdini.
  • Meaningful Name: Yuna translates to "night", which is a nice reflection on the type of person he is.
  • Nice Hat
  • Sissy Villain: Mostly in the manga.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: While he doesn't exactly look bad in the original game, the manga plays up his appearance and makes him more handsome. Justified since young women are a target audience of the publisher.
  • Treacherous Advisor
  • The Unfought
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The guy's attempts to kill Fou-Lu nearly cause the end of the world.
  • Verbal Tic: Yaa.
  • Villain Teleportation: If not for this little trick...

General Yohm

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Captain Rasso

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  • Fan Nickname: "Rasshole", for obvious reasons.
  • Made of Iron: He breaks a sword by it striking his face. And it only leaves a scar.
    • Minor Injury Overreaction: It convinced Rasso to hunt Ryu down before figuring out the latter was the one he was looking for.
  • Marionette Master: He never fights, letting his summoned Animated Armors to do the chore.
  • Sissy Villain (bordering Camp Gay): Rasso speaks in a very effeminate way in Japanese (to the point it can be described as the Japanese equivalent of Camp Gay) and also has rather effeminate mannerisms. In the 4-komas included in the manga Ryu even refers to him as "okama" — which was translated to "THE GIRLY MAN" in the Fan Translation.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Rasso's three robots are named "Joh", "Ymechaf" and "Ight". Put together, they form "Joy Mech Fight", a NES fighting game.
  • The Unfought: Even though you fight his summons, you never get to battle him directly. The closest one gets is burnination by Kaiser Dragon, and that's not exactly controllable. Still very satisfying to see him annihilated by Kaiser though.

General Rhun


Bunyan/Babadel


Emperor Soniel


Mami


Kahn


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