Characters: Digital Devil Saga
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The silent protagonist
of the game, Serph is the leader of the Embryon. Even with his emotions awakened, he remains a calm and composed leader
for his Tribe. Over the course of the game, he forms a bond with Sera and soon becomes determined to protect her.
His Atma is the Water Crown
, and his demon form is Varna
.He is based on Sera's perception of who Serph Sheffield was but his lack of personality reflects how little she knew of the real thing. He grows as a character and becomes distinct from both the original Serph Sheffield and Sera's false perception of him
"C'mon, your ass is mine."
in the Embryon, and their strongest physical fighter
. Heat quickly grows to enjoy his newfound powers
and has no qualms with devouring others to survive. Despite his abrasive behaviour, he has a strong, maddening affinity towards Sera which he struggles to cope with.
His Atma is Fireball
, and his demon form is Agni
.He is based on Sera's perception of Heat O'Brien, a scientist who worked alongside Serph Sheffield on the God Project. Despite his hostile exterior, O'Brien genuinely cared for Sera and became horrified at how callously Sheffield treated her. When O'Brien attempted to stop him and save Sera's life, he was shot in the back by Argilla (under Sheffield's manipulations). O'Brien's data then became trapped in the E.G.G. and watched over Sera while his counterpart in the Junkyard developed to become his own person
"I'm sorry, I'll make this quick."
Argilla is the Embyron's main sniper
, and is often paired with Serph on the most high-priority missions. She shows the most reluctance and horror towards her demonic transformation, even refusing to eat for a time. Over time she grows to accept the reality of her situation, becoming the most compassionate of the Embryon yet also doing what it takes to reach Nirvana and be rid of her powers.
Her Atma is Seismic Wave
, which lets her transform into Prithivi
.Argilla was based upon a nurse who took care of Sera during her time in the God Project. Although caring and flirtatious, the real Argilla fell prey to Serph Sheffield's manipulations and killed Heat O'Brien when he threatened Serph with a gun
"We have the advantage, proceed."
Gale is the main tactical advisor for the Embryon
, whose analytical and intelligent mind has led the Embryon to multiple victories. Gale values logic and rationality above all else, and finds himself increasingly isolated from his comrades as they develop their emotions.
His Atma is Twister
, which transforms him into Vayu
.His past self was David Gale, a researcher in love with Jenna Angel. Unfortunately, he caught Curvier Syndrome and died when his isolation ward was attacked by terrorists. Although he spent his dying moments trying to put Jenna's mind at ease, his death acted as the catalyst for many of her machinations
"Okay you asked for it."
Cielo is a capable fighter in the Embryon, though he lacks any particular speciality. After he awakens his Atma, he gains a thick Jamaican accent and becomes the most playful and vibrant member of the group.
His Atma is Rainbow Arch
, and his demon form is Dyaus
.He was based on one of the other children involved in the preliminary stages of the God Project, where he struck up a lasting friendship with Sera. Unfortunately, he would end up dying in the experiments along with every other child except for Sera
A mysterious black-haired girl
who appears in the Junkyard along with the Atma. Unlike the other inhabitants of the Junkyard, she bears no identifying Tag Ring. Sera has no memory of her past, but claims to have come to the Junkyard to help everyone. Her song can pacify the demonic inhabitants of the world, preventing them from going berserk.Sera is actually the creator of the Junkyard, using a psychic power that allows her to manipulate data. In the real world, her power was used in a series of experiments designed to communicate with the superbeing known as "God". Because of the stress of these experiments, Sera created the Junkyard as a private paradise and haven for her own mind. When the existence of the Junkyard was discovered, the scientists forced her to re-purpose it into a military simulator for the development of combat A.Is.When Jenna Angel attempted to use the Junkyard as a testing ground for her plan to unleash the Demon Virus on a worldwide scale, Sera forcibly inserted her consciousness into the program at the cost of her memories. Her real body rests in the real world, hooked into an incubator that sustains her frail life.During the events of Digital Devil Saga 2 she inherits the Water Crown Atma from Serph, which lets her transform into Varuni
"I see now... There is one thing I finally understand... In this world, it's eat... or be EATEN!"
The leader of the Vanguards, the closest rivals to the Embryon. Harley is present at Ground Zero when the Atma is unleashed upon the Junkyard, and is driven insane with fear by the bloodbath that ensues.
His Atma is Burning Stake
, and his demon form is Hayagriva
.He finally snaps after being cornered by the Embryon, who just wanted to exchange information on what happened at Ground Zero. He attacks them in a desperate rage and is killed
"Many of us have died due to this unexplained power. If my reaction is "sad," then yes, I am sad."
The leader of the Maribel. After the tribes gain the power of Atma, Gale proposes an alliance with her in order to defeat the Solids, with Argilla becoming quite fond of her
Her Atma is Aurora
, and her demon form is Usas
.The party are eventually required to kill her after she succumbs to the madness of the Demon Virus, having refused to devour a single person
Originally The Dragon
to Jinana, Bat's emotions awaken after he is defeated by Serph and he gains a severe case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
, becoming a recurring antagonist
to the Embryon.
His Atma is Sonic Wave
, and his demon form is Camazotz
.After switching sides to the Solids and then the Brutes, Bat ultimately dies after a final rematch with Serph when the ship he is on explodes as part of a plan to weaken the Brutes
Mick The Slug
The leader of the Solids. After gaining the power of Atma, Mick becomes a cruel and sadistic leader who takes great pleasure in devouring others.
His Atma is Solar Eclipse
, and his demon form is Rahu
.He captures Sera from the Embryon as per the Karma Temple's orders. However, he is betrayed by Bat and cornered by the Embryon, who kill him
The honourable and powerful leader of the Wolves. His tribe takes heavy casualties against the Brutes, and he approaches the Embryon for support.
His Atma is Lava Flow
, and his demon form is Cerberus
.His belief in honour ultimately leads to his downfall when he refuses to eat the corpses of his fallen opponents. He succumbs to the madness of the Demon Virus and is put down by the Embryon
. He is the reincarnation of Greg, former leader of the Lokapola and the father of Fred. Who died after he tested the Atma Virus on himself.
- Canis Major: Cerberus, natch.
- Dark Skinned Red Head
- Eyeless Face: The three heads of Cerberus lack eyes.
- Facial Markings
- A Father to His Men: He'll gladly sacrifice himself to protect them.
- Foreshadowing: Him going berserk is hinted at in the Samsara Tunnels as the Embryon check the bodies of Brute tribesmen and talking to Wolves tribesmen. He starts off sparing as many people as he can and not eating them, but eventually he stops recognizing his own men and begins to butcher both Brutes and Wolves alike, while chewing on entrails.
- Fusion Dance: His data can do this in the sequel, where he'll pass on his strongest fire spell to Gale in the process.
- Honor Before Reason
- Magical Native American
- Meaningful Name: Lupus means "wolf".
- Past-Life Memories: He has them of his son and the fact that there are no children in the Junkyard helped him to understand that there is something up with the world.
- Playing with Fire: Knows the Agi spells and his unique Phlegethon and combo Pyriphlegethon fire skills.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted, he's a friendly guy if you're his ally.
- Shoot the Medic First: During his boss fight, the left head provides healing to the center head every turn, making hurting the center head pointless unless you can somehow outpace the healing.
- Tragic Monster: Due to not eating anyone he ends up going berserk.
- Tron Lines: Red ones cover his body after going berserk. They're gone when he's fought as a boss, though.
The ruthless leader of the Brutes. After gaining emotions, he refers to himself as "Colonel Beck" and seems to know more about the Junkyard than anyone else. He carries a powerful grudge against Serph.
His Atma is Turbulance
, and his demon form is Ravana
.His past self was Colonel Terence E Beck (William van Beck in the novels), the military commander who ultimately approved the project that led to the current state of events in the world
"Rend...Slaughter...Devour your enemies! There is no other way to survive. You cannot escape your hunger, Warriors of Purgatory!"
A mysterious being who grants the Junkyard the power of Atma, and commands them to bring Sera to Nirvana.
Her Atma is Maelstrom
, and her demon form is Harihara
.Her true identity is Jenna Angel, the creator of the Demon Virus and Sera's mother/father. Her goal is to retrieve Sera's consciousness from the Junkyard so she can be used in her grand plan to spread the Demon Virus worldwide, reducing the world to a primal state of being
A cat seen at various points throughout the two games.Its true identity is Seraph. As an ascended being, Seraph exists beyond time and space and can therefore appear in the past to help guide its past selves towards enlightenment
Hito-Shura / The Demi-FiendSee Nocturne's character page for more info.
Introduced in DDS 2
The leader of the Lokapala resistance group
that opposes the Karma Society. The stress of his position has driven him to drink, and he distrusts all demons. However, after meeting Serph he decides to sober up and join his cause, using the Demon Virus on himself so he can be an asset to the team. Depending on the player's choices he will rejoin the team for the final dungeon instead of Heat.
His Atma is Lightning Bolt
, and his demon form is Indra
A young boy who Argilla saves not long after leaving the Junkyard. He is revealed to be a member of Lokapala, the son of the previous leader. He acts as an enthusiastic support to the Embryon and their cause.
Roland's right hand man. Because of fellow Lokapala and leader Roland's alcoholism, Adil is the de facto leader of the Lokapala until Roland sobers up. Is very distrustful towards tuners but remains trustful towards Roland even after he get's his Atma.
The Karma Society's elite guard. They consist of three Tuners, known only by their codenames
is the apparent leader of the trio, and can transform into Ubelluris. Heaven
is the one female member, and can transform into Ganga. Air
has the appearance of a mime, but is ironically the chattiest of the three, as becoming a Tuner seems to have taken a toll on his sanity. He can transform into Cu Sith.
They are fought twice in the Karma Society. By the time the party reaches the E.G.G., Earth has devoured Air and Heaven, out of frustration and to gain even more strength. As a result, his Yaksa form becomes Abaddon. This angers Cielo, who is disgusted that Earth would forsake his comrades so easily.When defeated, Earth is spared by Cielo so that he can live to bear his karma.
- Axe Crazy: All of them to some degree. Air only seems to be more open about it than his comrades.
- Barrier Change Boss: Abaddon's resistances and skills change around to match those of Ubelluris, Ganga, and Cu Sith, in that order.
- Barrier Warrior: Air can throw up shields to cover his and his comrades' weaknesses.
- Glass Cannon: Heaven has the lowest HP of the trio, but throws around Ma-Dyne spells like candy while transformed.
- I'm a Humanitarian: While every character with the demon virus has shades of this, Earth is the only one to eat another named character.
- Item Caddy: Air and Heaven can use items on you in their first fight while untransformed.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Earth carries the same shield that all Karma Society soldiers do. He doesn't use it while tuning, of course.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Sanity Slippage: Air is implied to have gone through this after taking the demon virus. It's reflected in his voice somewhat.
- Shock and Awe: In their second encounter, they have a powerful electric fusion spell.
- Super Strength: Earth/Ubelluris. Even more evident after eating his comrades, as he crushes a stone with his bare hands.
The woman in charge of the Karma Society. She hopes to preserve the last remnants of humanity by transforming the people of the Karma Society into demons and then keeping them fed with the ground-up remains of those who oppose her.
Meganada / Indrajit
One of the first to have been turned into a demon during the Black Sun incident. Angel was able to extract enzymes from it and in turn create the demon virus. It was kept sealed in the research center until Angel ordered it to be released.
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Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)
"Since when did people start expecting science to be humane? To study the body, you cut it open. To study the mind, you isolate it by crushing the heart. Historically, that's how science has advanced."
A charismatic scientist working on a series of experiments called "The God Project". He has a strong bond with Sera.His true self is a manipulative, power-hungry megalomaniac who seeks to use Sera's powers to become a god. He sees Sera and the people around him as mere tools to be used in his pursuit of this goal, and pushes the young girl to painful extremes while pretending to care about her.His downfall comes after he indirectly murders Heat O'Brien for trying to stop him, and Sera witnesses his true nature. He is transformed into a demon, but instead of being reincarnated in the Junkyard his soul is trapped in the E.G.G.
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A somewhat hot tempered scientist working on "The God Project". His temper often intimidates Sera. In contrast to Serph he genuinely cared about Sera and was furious of his treatment of her. Finally after Serph takes one step to far, Heat snaps, threatening to kill him if the experiments weren't stopped but is shot dead by a nurse Serph had manipulated.His soul, like Serph's, end up trapped in the E.G.G. and helps Asura Serph to discard his past self.
Click here to see Seraph The entity created when Serph and Sera's data merges on their path to the Sun. Seraph is a powerful, unisex being who has the potential to communicate directly with God and reach enlightenment.His/her Atma is Clarion, and his/her demon form is Ardha.