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"I guess it's easiest to start at the beginning."The son of the wealthiest man in the town of Palm Brinks. Max is a kind 13-year-old kid, who's also handy with a camera and has a very strong knowledge of machinery. He has been chosen by the Red Atlamillia. His weapons of choice are Wrenches, Hammers, and Guns, and he can control Steve the Ridepod after he helps Cedric fix it up.
- Adventurer Outfit: His Explorer's Outfit.
- Badass Normal: Aside from having the Atlamillia, Max has no magic or special powers. On the other hand, Elena theorizes that his prowess comes from being descended from two different eras.
- Captain Obvious
- Child of Two Worlds: His father is from the present, while his mother came from the future.
- Drop the Hammer: Some of his wrenches build up to such.
- Dual Wielding: A wrench/hammer and gun.
- Firing One-Handed: Since he holds the wrench in his other hand...
- Gadgeteer Genius: Can create a slew of unique items and weapons, all while taking ideas from random doodads and even attacks he sees.
- The Gunslinger: The type he is depends on what kind of gun you have and how you wanna play.
- Golf Clubbing: Some of his weapons are golf clubs. They're meant to be used for the "Spheda" minigame, but there's nothing stopping you from using them to fight monsters too.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Max has blonde hair and is generally a pretty Nice Guy.
- Improbable Weapon User: A wrench as a melee weapon.
- Also, one of his hammers is a turtle shell on a stick, which can be upgraded to a frozen tuna.
- He can wield golf clubs too. And even a ordinary stick he quite literally found laying on the ground.
- Instant Expert: The moment he fights in combat, he shows no trouble in doing so. Elena theorizes that this is because he's descended from two different eras.
- In the Blood: Supposedly, where his skill comes from. Being a child of the past and the future is where his mother theorizes his skill came from. Considering she's a Rebel Leader, this wouldn't be surprising.
- Jumped at the Call: He was already quite eager to see the outside world when The Call knocked on his front door.
- Kid Hero: He's thirteen years old.
- Missing Mom: His motivation for starting his journey.
- Mr. Fixit
- Nice Hat: He has several.
- Non-Idle Rich: He's the son of a rich nobleman, and rather than lounge around his mansion all day, he likes to spend his days working under a local mechanic at an ordinary repair shop, and, as stated above, when The Call came a-knocking, he leaped into action without any hesitation.
- Noodle Implements: All of his inventions, created from monster parts, household objects, and possibly even food. His very first invention is an energy tank made out of milk cans, and it only gets weirder from there.
- Parental Neglect: His mother disappeared when he was young for unknown reasons. As it turns out, she was a leader in the rebellion against Griffon and couldn't stay in the time period. This causes some contention when Max finally finds her and she won't come back.
- Spoiled Sweet
- Tell Me About My Mother: Tries this with his father. It doesn't work.
- Wrench and Gun: His weapons of choice.
- Wrench Whack: If not using a hammer.
- Action Girl: Jumping through time and leaping onto the Death Ark, where she fought evenly with Gaspard, to name a few moments.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: As stated above, she's 15-years-old. Yet, her default outfit (pictured to the right) puts some emphasis on her bust and bottom (moreso her bust), and her alternate outfits are also varying degrees of sexy. One of them is even a leopard-print bikini that leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's a princess and an excellent swordfighter.
- Bare Your Midriff: When she's wearing her Princess Outfit or the Panther Ensemble.
- Bedlah Babe: Her "princess" outfit seems to be this.
- Boobs of Steel: Is quite busty, especially for her age, and quite good with a sword too.
- Braid Of Action: She secures her Rapunzel Hair into a single long braid for adventuring.
- Cat Girl: One of her alternate costumes lets her dress as one.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Distress Ball: In the incident with Gaspard atop Heim Rada.
- Dual Wielding: Sort of. She wields a sword in one hand, and casts magic with the other.
- Fur Bikini: One of her alternate costumes.
- It's Personal: Gaspard killed her father. She doesn't take it well. But not unwell enough that she doesn't sympathize with him.
- Kid Hero
- Magic Knight: Wields a broadsword and magic with equal aplomb.
- Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed. As stated above, she's quite busty and gets some revealing alternate costumes to wear. However, outside of that, nothing in the game ever draws any attention to her attractiveness.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother is never shown and her father is killed at the beginning of the story.
- Precision F-Strike: Though mild, she utters some of the only swear words heard in the game when cursing Griffon.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Monica Raybrandt is introduced to the player slicing up enemies in her princess clothes. She's an expert of the sword and magic, and doesn't hesitate to travel and fight through time to avenge her father and save the future.
- Rapunzel Hair: It reaches near her ankles.
- Rebellious Princess: It's not said whether she originally left her kingdom acting as this, but breaking the law and jumping through time after it's been banned, thereby abandoning her home for good just to hang out with Max definitely counts.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Secret Test of Character: How she first meets Max.
- Ship Tease: Well, how else can you interpret the Playable Epilogue where she uses the Starglass, which takes people back to the time most important to them, straight to Max?
- Skirt over Slacks: Her Striped Dress.
- Stripperific: Some of her alternate outfits are this
- Sympathy for the Devil: Easily forgives Gaspard, who murdered her father in cold blood.
- Technicolor Eyes
- Tomboy Princess: Swordcraft and combat magic are implied to be hobbies before she needed them to fight a villain. Her adventure clothes are also pretty simple and practical. Well, her voice is a bit more feminine in the Japanese version than in the English version.
- Voiced by Paul Eiding (English).
- Gadgeteer Genius
- He Knows about Timed Hits: While explaining the process of inventing items to Max, he casually talks about opening menus and pressing buttons like it's the most normal thing in the world.
- I Call It "Vera": He built the Ridepod and named it "Steve".*
- The Mentor: To Max.
- Mr. Fixit
Borneo and Erik
- Borneo voiced by Gregg Berger (English).
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Erik.
- Demolitions Expert: Erik can provide the player with "Improved Bombs", which are quite potent when used against enemies.
- In addition, whenever the Blackstone One hits a roadblock, such as a pile of boulders on the tracks, these two are in charge of clearing the way while Max and Monica tend to their business in the current region.
- Fat and Skinny: Not so much fat and skinny as they are muscular and lean, but the trope still works.
- Those Two Guys
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Erik is a guy, but he doesn't exactly have the most masculine appearance or voice, leading some players to be unsure of his gender at first.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Borneo.
- Voiced by Armin Shimmerman (English).
- Big Damn Heroes: Pops in with the Carpenterion after Griffon triggers an Ominous Floating Castle with Max and Monica still onboard.
- Character Tics: Possibly one of the most expressive characters on the show. Not only does he gesture like mad, his eyebrows make up for his obscuring facial hair and Opaque Lenses.
- Cool Old Guy
- Eccentric Mentor: Well, guide.
- Improbable Weapon User: The Carpenterion. He uses it to throw rocks at Griffon's Palace.
- Opaque Lenses
- Pointy Ears: Like the rest of his kind. Of the Elf/Fairy variety.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Max and Monica first arrive, the rest of the Firbits are rather less than hospitable, save for him.
- Staff of Authority
Lin/Great Sage Crest
"I was saved just by having you with me."A young, student mage from Balance Valley.
Voiced by Kim Mai Guest
- Angst Coma: Until Max and Monica acquire and give her the Miracle Dumplings.
- The Apprentice: Was one to Crest.
- Cool Old Lady: As the great sage Crest.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Ill Girl: She gets better.
- Legacy Character: She takes up Crest's name after Max and Monica beat Gaspard and witness Crest's death.
- The Slow Path
- Talking to the Dead: At the Light House, at the end of Balance Valley.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Thanks to the Memo-Eater.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
"I know what you're thinking. 'What's a kid doing in a place like this?' Right?"'The head researcher in the Lunatic Wisdom Laboratories.
Voiced by Ryan O'Donohue (English).
- Blinding Bangs
- Child Prodigy
- Insufferable Genius: While not a Jerkass about it, he isn't shy about his level of intellect.
- Shorter Means Smarter
"Get ready. To ten-thousand years in the past!"One of the top researchers in the Lunatic Wisdom Laboratories.
Voiced by Michael Bell (English).
- Blue Orange Contrast: The theme of his appearance.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- The Cameo: He—or at least, a character with the same name and a nearly identical appearance—appears in White Knight Chronicles.
- The Faceless: Like many of his kind. Unlike many of his kind, he hides it behind goggles and and a cloth.
- Goggles Do Nothing: As far as we're aware.
- Legacy Character
- Literal-Minded: When offering "a hand" to Max and Monica.
- Petting Zoo People
- Too Many Belts
- Voiced by Kath Soucie (English).
- Big Good: She's one of the leaders of the resistance against Griffon.
- Bodyguard Crush: She fell in love with Gerald, who she was supposed to be protecting, and thus Max happened.
- Cool Crown: She wears a little tiara. You can see it on her forehead.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple
- I Choose to Stay: Averted. When she went to the past, fell in love, and had a son, she wanted to stay, but she ultimately decided to return to the future. Max is not amused when she tells him this.
- Informed Ability: The fact that she was sent to protect Gerald from Griffon implies that she has some sort of way to combat Griffon's troops, but it's never shown in the game.
- Iron Lady
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Ojou Ringlets
- Requisite Royal Regalia
- Staff of Authority
- Voiced by Phil Proctor (English).
- Came Back Strong: He is transformed into a cyborg by the Dark Genie, in exchange for being the Genie's personal guardian.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: To the Mayor.
- Large Ham
- Monster Clown
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Through chapter 1, he seems rather goofy, with his minions and robot Halloween doing the real dirty work. But near the end, you manage to finally throw him over the edge when he gets on the train. He has dynamite strapped to himself and threatens to kill himself, and take Max with him.
- And then there's his return in the Zelmite Mines.
- Repulsive Ringmaster: A circus ringmaster with sinister intentions.
- Robot Clown: Aside from his clown-themed Spider Tank, he himself becomes one of these when he returns as a cyborg.
- Voiced by Cam Clarke (English).
- Amazing Technicolor Population
- Freudian Excuse
- Heel–Face Turn
- Identical Grandson: Has a good one in Monica's time.
- Licked by the Dog: After mind-controlling the Shiguras, they readily forgive him with some nuzzling and he's inspired to join the good side.
- Meaningful Name: Jaming was the pioneer in Aeroharmonics Technology, which would allow objects to float on waves of sound.
"All there is to see in the future is darkness and despair."A recurring servant of Emperor Griffon's and the final boss of Heim Rada.
Voiced by Rino Romano (English).
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After he decides to turn neutral, Griffon turns him into a monster and forces him to fight Max and Monica again.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His backstory in Chapter 5. He was born to a human mother and a changeling father and because of his mixed heritage the other people in the village called him "demon child". They were still living happily because the others were afraid of Gaspard's father, but when he falls ill and dies, the villagers chase Gaspard and his mother out of their home, forcing to live in poverty and move from town to town to find shelter. And when it finally seems they have found a place to settle in... Gaspard's mother falls ill from the stress and dies.
- The Dragon: To Emperor Griffon.
- Dying as Yourself: After defeating Monster Gaspard, he turns back to his human form before he passes.
- Easily Forgiven: Max and Monica forgive him quite easily after hearing his backstory.
- Eldritch Abomination: As Monster Gaspard.
- Facial Markings
- Freudian Excuse: His Dark and Troubled Past is what drives him to become The Dark Assassin.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He has both human and demon blood running through his veins.
- Heel–Face Turn: Partially. He decides to turn neutral after he's defeated in Heim Rada. Griffon is not having any of it.
- High Collar of Doom
- Human Mom Non Human Dad: His father was changeling, while her mother was a normal human.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: When confronted by Monica, who accuses him of tearing her kingdom to bits and murdering her father.Gaspard: Murdered? Now, that hurts. Your father and I fought fairly.
- Monster Sob Story: Max and Monica immediately forgive him when he gives them his backstory.
- Noble Demon
- Not So Different: The reason why Max and Monica forgive him so easily. They both were motivated to leave on the journey because of their parents, (Max to find his mother and Monica to avenge his father) and when they hear how deeply Gaspard loved his parents and that he starts to regret his actions when he remembers his mother's final words, they're ready to forgive him.
We're the same... You and I. Exactly the same...
- Gaspard even delivers this line when hearing Max's motivation for not giving up:
- Ominous Opera Cape
- Parental Abandonment: Both of his parents fell ill and passed away when he was little.
- Pointy Ears: Probably another trait from his demon father.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Redemption Equals Death: After his partial Heel–Face Turn, Griffon can't accept his betrayal and turns him into a flame monster. Max and Monica are forced to fight him and when he's defeated, he returns to normal and holds out long enough for Max and Monica to hear his final words.
- Sinister Scythe: A demon chewing on a red blade, with spikes coming out of its head. Gee, I wonder what kind of guy he is?
- Too Many Belts
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The vision of him seeing his mother in the afterlife shows just how innocent he once was.
- White Hair, Black Heart: At least until he decides to turn neutral.
"The one you would call Emperor Griffon, the ruler of darkness! That is me."A mysterious figure that's threatening all human life, past and future.
- Big Bad: He's the one trying to destroy humanity.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dark Element impales him with his cane, which is much more brutal than any other death in the game. He's still alive after that, but he succumbs to the wound after he stops the second moon from falling.
- Dual Wielding: As shown in the opening and the first time you face him after he takes the Atlamillia.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Mark Hamill gives a very deep voice for his One-Winged Angel form.
- Freudian Excuse: The death of Queen Alexandra. She dies protecting her kingdom from power-hungry humans after the Atlamillia and Sirus begins to think that everything would be better if humans were dead, so he decides to do just that.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He goes from Queen Alexandra's gardener to a figure trying to destroy humanity with power of his Atlamillia.
- Humans Are Bastards: His motivation to kill them all.
- Killer Rabbit:The man who's been wiping civilization off the map throughout all time is a little bunny.
- Love Makes You Evil: His motivation for killing humanity is the death of Queen Alexandra, the woman he supposedly had feelings for.
- The Man Behind the Man: Dark Element. Though technically he's not a man, he was born from Sirus's darkness.
- Morality Chain: Alexandra. Her death is what caused his drive to kill all humans ever.
- One-Winged Angel: It's how he's depicted before you meet him and he turns into this after he takes the Atlamillia.
- Petting Zoo People
- Redemption Equals Death: Once he remembers his role as the Guardian of the Stars, he turns good. Too bad he succumbs to a mortal wound after stopping the Star of Oblivion.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He naturally has red eyes, but if they're glowing when he's using the power of the Atlamillia, this goes for double.
- Something About a Rose: The first time you face him, he uses roses as projectiles.
- Start of Darkness: The flashback scenes to his time with Alexandra throughout Chapter 7 show his fall from grace.
- Taking You with Me: His plan to wipe out humanity is essentially this; the Star of Oblivion will kill him, but he will take every human along with him.
- Together in Death: He reunites with Alexandra in the afterlife.
- The Tragic Rose: ...And then you find out why he has a thing for flowers.
- Tragic Villain: He only wanted to be with Alexandra, but the humans after the stones killed her while Alexandra told Sirus to escape. It would be more surprising if he wasn't bitter about that.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Dark Element. Though Sirus probably created him in the first place.
- Walking Spoiler: All you can really say about him is that is he's the Big Bad of the game.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Just look at the the tropes above. This guy goes through a lot.
Optional Party Members
In alphabetical order:
AdelMax's maid. She sells fruit and gradually restores weapon durability to unequipped weapons.
- Eyes Always Shut: Of a mild, "depressed" variety.
- Kindly Housekeeper
- Meido: Carries elements of it, despite the setting being more western.
- Textile Work Is Feminine
BlinkhornThe Sheriff of Palm Brinks.
- That One Sidequest: To recruit him, you must run all the way across Palm Brinks and back, under a VERY strict time limit. You have to do the run practically PERFECTLY, not wasting a single second.
Priest BrunoThe man that maintains the church in Palm Brinks.
ClaireMax's next door neighbor.
CorrineA girl residing in Palm Brinks that has you play hide-and-seek with her.
- Voiced by Michael Bell (English).
- Voiced by Debi Derryberry (English).
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Donny's in charge of a photography sidequest. Among the items he offers as rewards are the pieces to Max's explorer outfit. Though there are some rewards that are less cosmetic and more actually useful.
- Blinding Bangs
- He Knows about Timed Hits
- Slumming It: His father is shown running a modest, stable shop, and yet he spends all all his on-screen time (pre-recruitment) in the sewers and streets.
- Street Urchin
FabioFirbit boy that loves to fish.
- Blinding Bangs
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even after saving all of time and space, he'll barely even look at you without a big enough fish.
FerdinandThe chef at Max's house. He can cook chicken and sell recovery items.
- Gun Nut: If the collection in his room is anything to go by. And then there's the fact that you need to level one up to get him to join you.
GordonThe gardener that maintains Max's house. He sells Georama parts and allows Max and Monica's weapons to deal extra damage to plant monsters.
JuliaParn's girlfriend/wife. She can charm enemies and sell armbands.
MenaA girl from Palm Brinks. She complains of an illness that's beyond even Dr. Dell.
MilaneThe owner of the Palm Brinks weapon shop.
- Voiced by Alan Oppenheimer (English).
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: The rewards he offers for all those hard-to-get medals? Clothes. Max can get a clown outfit, while Monica can get her princess outfit from the beginning of the game or...a very revealing leopard-print bikini with matching gloves, boots, and ears. One wonders why Mayor Need even has such things...
- Extreme Doormat: Minus the stoicism.
- Grew a Spine: After the game, he's much more confident and ready to lead Palm Brinks.
- Guide Dang It!: To recruit him, you have to help him figure out the combination to his safe. The clues he gives are incredibly obtuse and unhelpful.
- Nervous Wreck
ParnAn artist living in Palm Brinks. He sells paint, and can help Max and Monica escape from un-cleared dungeon floors.
- Art Initiates Life: But only with the help of magic paint.
PauLittle rabbit with a Shigura orphan for a pet.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Carrots.
Aunt PollyThe owner of the Palm Brinks bakery. She makes bread.
Granny RosaAn elderly lady with an unknown relationship to Max.
- Cool Old Lady: Despite her age and obviously deteriorating health, she can assist you in your Dungeon Crawling.
RufioA strange little figure that feels connected to the moon and is wary of humans.
- The Faceless: His hood hides all but his glowing eyes.
StewartMax's butler. He sells shoes and heals Max and Monica if they've been in a dungeon floor longer than three minutes.
- Bookworm: Joins the party after Max gives him money for a book and he'll refuse to go anywhere his collection could get damaged.