Characters: Digital Devil Saga

The cast of the Digital Devil Saga games. Beware of UNMARKED SPOILERS.

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    The Embryon 

Serph

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

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.


  • Alliterative Name: His full name is Serph Sheffield, seeing as it is the full name of the person he was based on.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: In the second game, Serph realizes that the person whom he is based on was the one directly responsible for angering God.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His main form of attack when in demon form.
  • Everyone Has Pistols: His weapon in human form is a pistol.
  • The Gunslinger: It takes second place to his demon powers, but it's shown in cut-scenes that Serph has a deadly aim (to borderline Trick Shot levels), and in game he rarely misses a shot.
  • Fusion Dance: With Sera, in the second game.
  • An Ice Person: His primary element is ice.
  • Heroic Mime: Justified in-game as Serph's lack of personality reflects Sera's lack of understanding of who the real Serph Sheffield really was.
  • The Quiet One: Interestingly, Serph's lack of expression is actually commented on by the rest of his team.
  • Meaningful Name: Serph -> Serf, given the original purpose of the Junkyard and Sera's Dream Serph.
  • Punny Name: Serph -> surf -> water -> ice
  • Silent Protagonist: Serph never speaks in the first game. Lampshaded by Heat after the fight with Beck, who says he should speak up a bit more.
  • Together in Death: With Sera in the second game.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: 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.


Heat

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN)
"C'mon, your ass is mine."

Serph's second-in-command 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.


  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: In the last dungeon of the second game, he can be recruited in the final dungeon if you made certain dialogue choices throughout the two games.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In the second game.
  • The Lancer: In the first game.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: He becomes increasingly dissatisfied by the attraction between Sera and Serph, which leads to his Face-Heel Turn in the second game. It's not entirely unjustified, considering what the real Serph did to Sera.
  • Social Darwinist: He's the first to embrace the idea of strength and eating the weak.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: 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.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Heat in particular struggles with this since he doesn't quite understand his feelings for Sera and can only express himself through force and anger. This reflects Sera's inability to get past the real Heat O'Brien's scary exterior and see the side of him that truly cared for her.


Argilla

Voiced by: Yumi Touma (JP), Amanda Winn Lee (EN)
"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.


  • The Chick: Easily one of the nicest characters in the game, complete with Cry Cute moments.
  • Cold Sniper: Before the events of the game, since everyone in the Junkyard is emotionless.
  • Combat Medic: Starts of with support spells.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the second game she sacrifices herself to stop that big demon monster thing.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Says these exact words after receiving her powers.
  • Intimate Marks: On her left breast.
  • Leotard of Power: If one looks really closely at the slit of her skirt when she moves.
  • Light 'em Up: Inherits Seraph Lore from Jinana in the Sun should save data from the first game be imported.
  • Nice Girl: Out of the entire cast, she's easily the friendliest and most compassionate.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Pink.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: 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.


Gale

Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (JP), Steve Blum (EN)
"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.

  • Armed Legs: In his human form, his boots have daggers built in them. In his demon form, he can extend blades from his feet.
  • Hurricane Kick: Uses an upside down variation when using a multi-hitting physical attack
  • The Smart Guy: He's the main technical advisor and strategist of Embryon.
  • The Stoic: Even after awakening to his emotions he's the least likely to act on them of all of Embryon.
  • Playing with Fire: Inherits Pyrithegethon from Lupa in the Sun should save data from the first game be imported.
  • The Strategist: Serve this role for the Embryon.


Cielo

Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)
"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.


  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be the comic relief character, but when provoked he will kick your ass as one of the Tribhvana found out.
  • The Load: Fixed in the sequel.
  • Punny Name: It's Spanish for "sky".
  • Shock and Awe: His primary element.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Again, in the sequel.

Sera

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

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 Varnani.


  • An Ice Person: After obtaining an Atma and being able to turn into a demon her primary element is ice.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Her inheriting the Water Crown is spoiled on the second game's box art.
  • Magic Music: Her singing can calm berserk demons.


    Rival Tribes 

Harley

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Lex Lang (EN)
"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.

  • Hellish Horse: His demon form Hayagriva.
  • Playing with Fire: He uses fire magic.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He exists to show just how devastating the Atma can be upon the Junkyard and how much it can change things. The Vanguards collapse in a day, and Harley goes from a competent leader to a frightened child.


Jinana

Voiced by: Kazue Ikura (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)
"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.

  • Spared by the Adaptation: She survives the attack on the Solids base in the novels.
  • Standard Status Effects: Uses Marin Karin to charm her foes.
  • Stripperific: Her outfit basically amounts to a bikini, an open jacket, and boots. Not like the rest of her tribe is much better.
  • Tragic Monster: Due to not eating others she eventually goes berserk and has to be put down by the Embryon.
  • Tron Lines: Her body is covered in green lines after going berserk due to the Virus, but they're gone when she's fought.


Bat

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

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]

  • Baleful Polymorph: He can transform your party into bats.
  • Bat out of Hell: His demon form is a giant bat.
  • Blow You Away: Eventually learns wind spells by the third encounter and gets his own skill Winds of Hell.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays every one he works with save for Varin, but only because he gets killed before he could possibly try.
  • The Dragon: First to Jinana, then to Mick, and tries to be another one to Varin.
  • Flunky Boss: During his second boss fight where he'll summon Baphomets.
  • Irony: His "Guard" skill, which reduces the damage of all attacks that would damage him while unguarded, but not only does it remove his immunity to Earth attacks, it also makes him weak to them.
  • Jerkass


Mick The Slug

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Joe Romersa (EN)

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.

  • Bad Boss: Enjoyed eating his men who went berserk because they didn't eat other humans.

Lupa

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Varin Omega

Voiced by: Banj˘ Ginga (JP), Bob Papenbrook (EN)

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.

  • Berserk Button: Do not call him Varin! He is a colonel! Colonel Beck!
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His Atma Avatar has serrated daggers concealed in its hands.
  • Climax Boss: The last of the Tribe leaders to be fought, and the last proper boss until the final one.
  • Horror Hunger: Has the ability to invoke this in others.
  • Instant Armor: His tail can split in two and encase his whole body in a suit of armor.
  • Invisibility: The unique ability of his Atma Avatar. He can also use while in human form.
  • Multi armed and dangerous: Four arms
  • Mighty Glacier: Once he shifts to his second form, his movements slow down considerably, but he still remains powerful. His basic attack is little more than slowly extending his arm blade to the opponent, and yet it still does heavy damage.
  • One-Man Army: He defeated most of the Wolves, the second largest tribe in the Junk Yard, on his own.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Super Strength: Throws people around like ragdolls and effortlessly catches one of Heat's stonewall shattering punches.

    Other Characters 

Angel

"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.

  • The Atoner: Towards the end of the second game, she offers support to the Embryon and can even give Seraph a special attack after she dies. Like the rest of the Embryon, she is reincarnated.


Schrodinger

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

A cat seen at various points throughout the two games.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: Originally just some cat that popped up in random places in the Junkyard.
  • Game Over Man: Shows up and look disappointed or sad during the game over screen in the second game.
  • Physical God: 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.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: He's actually Seraph, who is using Time Travel to insure that his past self reaches the point where he can become Seraph, then go back in time to insure that his past self reaches the point where etcetera etcetera etcetera.


    Introduced in DDS 2 

Roland

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

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.


  • The Alcoholic: At the start. He sobers up to help out the team.
  • Bad Ass: He willingly gave himself the Atma Virus (and immediately gave up drinking) just so he could fight alongside the team. Bad. Ass.
  • Badass Beard: That is one nice goatee.


Fred

Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (JP)

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.


Adil

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 Tribhvana

The Karma Society's elite guard. They consist of three Tuners, known only by their codenames. Earth 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 kill and 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.
  • 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.


Margot Cuvier

Voiced by: Hiroko Emori (JP)

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.

  • The Atoner: After dying and going to the Sun she regrets her actions after she lost her way. Her wish is for Seraph and comrades to stop God from destroying mankind.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After her death. She even joins Seraph and friends as they go to the Sun.


Meganada / Indrajit

"In...dra"

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.

  • Belly Mouth: Five of them.
  • Hero Killer: Responsible for the death's of a huge chunk of the Lokapala as well as Adil, Argilla and Roland.
  • Stance System: In the boss-fight against it, it switches back and forth between a magic focused stance and a physical based stance.
  • Too Many Mouths: Sports a total of 11 mouths.


Serph Sheffield

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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.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Portrayed himself as a caring figure to Sera, but only saw her as a tool to further his ambitions.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He appears for at most ten minutes yet his actions is what puts the whole story in motion, and is the closest this series get's to a true Big Bad.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the E.G.G., when confronted with the reality that he has died.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Inverted. Sheffield's hair was just as black as his heart. His white-haired digital counterpart was a much better person.


Heat O'Brien

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN)
Click here to see O'Brien 

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.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was temperamental, but much of his anger stemmed from the other scientists' treatment of Sera.


Seraph

Voiced by: Wendee Lee (EN)
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.

  • Punny Name: A seraph is a type of angel in Christian mythology. Seraph is also a combination of Serph and Sera's names.