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The protagonist of the first game, Caim is a soldier of the Union and was originally the next in line for becoming King of Caerleon before his parents were murdered by a dragon, now motivated primarily by his love for his sister Furiae and a need for revenge. After suffering a grievous wound in battle, he stumbled across a similarly wounded Angelus, and forged a pact in order to preserve both their lives. The superhuman abilities and new flying mount were a pleasant bonus. Together with Angelus and his other frien...er, travelling companions, they set out to the defeat The Empire
In Drakengard 2, he becomes one of the main antagonists and is devoted to freeing Angelus from being the seal she became in the first game.
Despite the eighteen year difference between games, he's still as strong, if not stronger
, and just as murderous.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Happens during ending A.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The King of the Union, and commander of the Union Army.
- Ax-Crazy: If you think he was bad in the first game, just wait until you see him in the second.
- Back from the Brink: Justified by the fact that he forged a pact with the red dragon Angelus.
- Badass: More or less single-handedly felled The Empire, destroyed entire armies, and depending on the ending killed at least two different Eldritch Abominations, the king of all dragons, and his own dragon.
- The sequel makes him out as the most feared man on the planet, and for good reason. He outclasses the new protagonist, and manages to kill the The Grim Reaper.
- Look at it this way: In the second game, Caim's pact with Angelus is still active, meaning if one dies, the other will too. It was easier to kill the dragon than it would be to kill Caim.
- Badass Cape: In the sequel
- Badass Normal: Prior meeting Angelus.
- BFS: He can acquire several, but Hymir's Finger in particular stands out. In the first game, his sword is nothing to write home about, in the second game, Caim's sword is actually bigger.
- Black Swords Are Better: His sword is black in the sequel.
- Blood Knight: He only smiles when he's about to, is in the process of, and the aftermath of killing.
- Brother-Sister Incest: A big part of the planned prequel manga would have been that Caim did indeed want to tap that, and was likely a reason for its cancellation. You can still see hints of it in artwork where he's blushing over Furiae. In the actual game, however, Caim seems disgusted by Furiae's affections for him, and in the Drakengard 3/Drakengard 1 interm manga, he seems completely oblivious to how Furiae actually felt.
- Can't Live Without You: As part of the pact his life is linked to Angelus and vice versa.
- Character Development: Goes from "I only care about my sister" to "I only care about my sister and the dragon", but still...
- Cry Cute: Yes, a male example of the trope. Watch Ending 1 if you don't believe me. The man who didn't cry even for his sister sheds tears for Angelus as she becomes the new Seal.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The loss of his parents and his kingdom is what eventually turned him into the murderous nutcase that he became.
- Dark Is Evil: In the second game anyways.
- Dead Partner: Dies automatically due to the pact that he made with Angelus.
- Determinator Come on. Just try stopping him.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Was able to kill Urick simply by slashing him until he killed the Reaper.
- Dropped a Bridge on Them: In the fifth ending to the game, a heavily weakened Caim and Angelus are taken out by a couple of missiles.
- Dynamic Entry: Just one slice.
- Evil Counterpart: Represents this for Nowe in Drakengard 2, and all it took was a single Perspective Flip.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Caim loves his sister, Furiae, and his dragon, Angelus.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Manah reveals Furiae's inner feelings towards him, Caim turns away and rejects her.
- Expy: According to Word of God, he is heavily inspired by Guts.
- Eye Scream: Manah stabbed an eye out while escaping from Caim. Thus, he's known as The One-Eyed Man for most of the second game.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Angelus. Averted with the rest of his merry men, who Caim doesn't seem to care about in the least.
- Go Out with a Smile: In Drakengard 2, Caim dies smiling peacefully.
- Harmful to Minors: Not even child conscripts are safe from his wrath.
- This trope actually happens to Caim himself. As a child, he witnessed an Imperial black dragon, AKA Legna, killing his parents. This may go some way towards explaining his behavior.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Caim doesn't really discriminate. If you stand in his way, he will gleefully kill you.
- Heroic Mime: He gave up his voice as part of the pact with Angelus. Though calling him "heroic" is kinda stretching it...
- Hidden Depths: It's possible that him not crying for his sister is justified, as her being the Goddess Seal is a huge source of the problems that have plagued them both. His tears for Angelus could be because he realizes she's taking up that same burden, even though Angelus says that she's "stronger than a human."
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Interspecies Romance: With Angelus.
- The Juggernaut: Caim slaughters his way through entire armies, and that's without Angelus. The only things that can stop him are the Eldritch Abominations in the different endings.
- In the second game, you're on the receiving end of his sword. Let's just say that getting in his way isn't a very good idea...
- Kick the Dog: He kicks Verdelet in the face once for practically no reason (although it is Verdelet). Oh, and that dying elf who tried to appeal to him for help. He kicked her in the face too. And then he kicked Leonard... And Seere... And then there were those child soldiers he mercilessly crushed... And all those other people he mercilessly crushed...
- Two instances in Drakengard 2: a) It is mentioned early that Caim killed General Oror, Nowe's surrogate human father and Gismor's balance on the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism; b) Later on, Caim kills Ensemble Darkhorse Urick in order to break the seal, although the latter case also means that Nowe doesn't have to do it, since both of them technically wanted the latter to happen but Nowe can't make himself do it.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: At the end of the third map, Caim catches up to an imperial trooper trying to kill his sister Furiae. After killing the man, he spends the remaining cutscene (while Furiae and Inuart angst — er, talk) stabbing the man's dead body over and over and over until the cutscene ends.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Tells Legna in Drakengard 2 to kill Angelus so that they can be together again.
- Legendary in the Sequel: Specifically by becoming The Dreaded.
- Love Confession: does this in ending A.
- Love Epiphany: According to Word of God, he can't pinpoint the exact moment when his feelings for Angelus changed.
- Magnetic Hero: For whatever reason, Caim seems to attract some "interesting" companions, despite the fact that he honestly could not care less about them.
- Manly Tears
- May-December Romance: The "May" character; he's 24.
- Meaningful Name:
- His name is based on that of a demon from the Ars Goetia.
- In Welsh, Caim means "protector".
- Mercy Kill: Asks Legna to kill Angelus in Drakengard 2 because she's gone insane.
- One-Man Army: The first game has him cutting through dozens of soldiers, and that's before he gets the pact; afterwards, he pretty much slaughters entire armies.
- The second game pushes this Up to Eleven, he by himself made the entire world his enemy, and he's doing it very smoothly! Not even the next protagonist, Nowe, can stop him. How bad is it? Killing his fire-breathing, flying dragon partner was seen as the easier alternative than engaging Caim himself.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "The one-eyed man," for roughly the first half of the second game.
- Perpetual Frowner: When he's not adorned with a Slasher Smile, Caim's base state is 'scowling'. Even in the prequel manga, before his parents died, the only expression he makes is a victorious smirk.
- Pet the Dog: Has some very poignant moments with his sister Furiae and with Angelus.
- Playing with Fire: His default powers are those of fire. And having a dragon as pact parthner, is not a surprise.
- The Power of Hate Is An Awesome Power
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: This is the key aspect of his character. His parents (including his mom, who was most likely the previous goddess seal) were killed by Legna when he was just a kid. Both he and his sister were denied their lives, and so he has a burning hatred of anybody who sides with the empire.
- And then in the sequel, he goes right back to rampagin', this time against the Union for torturing Angelus.
- Rogue Protagonist: He doesn't even bother to hide it. His first deed in the second game is annihilating a whole army with a large smile! Interestingly, there isn't actually much change in his personality. The only real difference is that now you're on the receiving end of his violence.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As revealed during the backstory of NieR, Caim's father was a king and he's technically a landless prince. This is the big part of why he hates the Empire so much, and it makes his sister a princess on top of everything else.
- Sociopathic Hero: In any 'standard' RPG, Caim would be that 'needlessly sadistic' Blood Knight or bandit mid-boss who, even though he's technically fighting your enemy too, the noble protagonist kills because he's a bloodthirsty maniac. Here, he is the protagonist. The above, incidentally, is exactly the role he fills in the sequel.
- Shoot the Dog: He's forced to do this in Ending 2 as Furiae becomes a horrible world-ending monster and Ending 3 when his pact is broken and he has to fight Angelus.
- Single Tear
- Slasher Smile
- The Speechless: The price of his pact. Angelus tends to speak for him when he's not using violence to get his point across.
- The Unfettered
- Together in Death: When he and Angelus are finally reunited and die together in Drakengard 2.
- Unstoppable Rage: Goes from making him interesting to making him a Flat Character, right back to interesting when things start getting really screwy. It's like his rage is all he's got.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And far more sane, untill his parents were killed in front of him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: A lot of characters do this to him. Does he care? Hell no, this is Caim after all, he is the hero you wouldn't want to mess with.
- Would Hurt a Child: With gusto. Especially Nowe.
A red dragon who holds a rather disdainful
opinion of humanity. Seeing the situation she was in at the beginning of the game and not to mention the sequel...
perhaps she can be forgiven her views. After agreeing to a pact with Caim, she becomes his mount, his (rather ineffectual) voice of reason, and over time, the closest of his companions, to the extent where Caim sheds tears when they part in the first game's canonical ending.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Not quite outright, but it says so in the Chapter 8 Verse 9 description.
"The dragon offers to become the seal in place of the dead goddess. For the first time, a name is spoken. For the first time, tears are shed. For the first and final time, love is confessed."
- Badass: When she becomes one with Caim, she's a force to reckon with. She even destroyed the most powerful dragon and An Eldritch Abomination
- Back from the Brink: She was dying, just like Caim, when they met. Only a pact with him saved her life.
- Barrier Maiden: In the first ending, wherein she takes Furiae's place as the Goddess of the Seal.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: In her case, it's crazy, because being the seal, which entails constant, horrific agony, for eighteen years broke her mind.
- Break His Heart to Save Him
- Character Development
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dead Partner: Nowe kills her in Drakengard 2.
- Declaration of Protection: Reversed, because, as it's revealed in the second game, Angelus became the seal not to protect all of mankind, but just to protect Caim.
- Driven to Madness: The constant pain caused by being the seal for eighteen years takes quite a toll on her.
- Dropped a Bridge on Them: In the fifth ending to the game, a heavily weakened Caim and Angelus are taken out by a couple of missiles.
- Dying as Yourself: After being driven mad by being the Seal for 18 years, she finally regains total clarity before dying.
- Fire-Forged Friends
- Heroic Sacrifice: She becomes the new seal in the first ending of the first game. In Drakengard 2, we see that being the seal entails horrific, constant agony for her.
- Humans Are Bastards: And how!
- Interspecies Romance: With Caim, in the most beautiful way.
- May-December Romance: The "December" part; she's around 10,000.
- Meaningful Name: "Angelus" means "the angel" in Latin.
- Moody Mount
- Morality Pet: Becomes one for Caim as their relationship deepens. In the sequel, freeing Angelus was his whole motivation.
- The Obi-Wan: To Mikhail, once upon a time.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Pet the Dog: She softens up towards Caim, despite starting out as allies of convenience.
- Red Is Heroic
- Shoo the Dog: Does this to herself to protect Caim in ending 1.
- Tsundere: Starts out as being cold and hateful to humans, and often insults them. By the end of the game, she has warmed up significantly to Caim, and truly cares for him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Despite disliking humans, Angelus asks Caim if he really has to kill that many.
A bard who was initially Furiae's betrothed until her ascension to becoming the Goddess robbed them of their chances at wedding each other. Nevertheless, he remained close to Furiae and Caim... although a strong undercurrent of jealousy remained towards Caim's exploits, as well as Furiae's deep (perhaps too deep
) affection for her brother — one that the villains wasted no time in exploiting.
A young maiden chosen to be the 'Goddess', a title for a person bearing a Seal that supposedly prevents The End of the World as We Know It
from occurring. A rather colourless individual, the strongest facet of her personality is also a rather unpleasant one... She's in love with her brother.
One of the few survivors of the Empire's attack on the Forest Seal and elven purge. After enduring such horrific circumstances, her mind... broke
. In exchange for her womb, she entered into a pact with the spirits of ice and fire, Undine and Salamander.
As the Union Hierarch
, Verdelet is responsible for maintaining the goddess seal, down to replacing her if necessary.
- Bald of Awesome: Despite his whining about doom, and being the one who maintain the goddess seal, he's not a bad guy by any stretch.
- Cursed with Awesome/Blessed with Suck: The only thing Verdelet sacrificed is his hair, which is rather light compared to others. However, his dragon pact partner has since become petrified, leaving him with just his not-quite-telepathy.
- Killed Off for Real: Caim killed him sometime before Drakengard 2 for strengthening the seal on Angelus and thus intensifying her suffering.
- The Load: Aside from his constant whining, he really doesn't do much in the overall story and the one time he tries doing something, it only made things worse.
- Mr. Exposition: His only purpose in the game is to remind Caim how doomed the world is.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Ending A, his attempt at purifying Manah just makes her go One-Winged Angel.
- Non-Action Guy: The only member of Caim's group that cannot fight.
- Sinister Minister: In looks only.
Leonard's pact partner, introduced after his failed suicide attempt. She tried to have him take another go at it, before deciding that forging a pact with him would be more amusing. This sets the tone for their relationship.
- Dirty Coward
- The Fair Folk
- Humans Are Bastards: Yeah, right... because you're so good and noble, huh?
- Jerk Ass: The little rat!
- Moral Myopia: Accuses Leonard of being a coward who can't even kill himself right (and may very well be correct... at least at that point in the story). Then, when Leonard does his Heroic Sacrifice against the Grotesqueries, the faerie turns out to be an even greater coward who would be cool with the world ending if only she was allowed to survive.
- Small Annoying Creature: She pretty much only exists to tell Leonard how much he sucks.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Drakengard 2, wherein he calls in an army of Golems to take on the dragons.
- Blessed with Suck: Since his pact with Golem took his "time," Seere will never physically age. He's six.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He remains convinced that his sister is not too far gone and that he can still redeem her... up until she slaps him in the face. Once. At which point he orders Golem to squash her like a grape.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower:He turns out to be able to freeze the Queen Beast in Ending 4. Yeah, it's a bit of an Ass Pull.
- Gentle Giant: His pact partner Golem, who is also a Mighty Glacier.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Definitely, which parallels Manah.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He has a somewhat distorted view of his relationship to Manah. Oh, and his best friends in the first game are a pedophile, a mass murderer, and an elf (the elf Eats Babies).
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for Manah's Freudian Excuse.
- The Kid with the Remote Control
- The Load: Without his magic attack, he's about as useful in combat as you'd expect from a six-year old with a knife.
High Priestess of the Cult of Watchers and apparent leader of the Empire via mind control, Manah started her life as a simple, unassuming child. Unfortunately, her mother hated her for some reason, to the extent that Manah viewed death as a preferable alternative. When the Watchers approached the unhappy and insecure six-year old with promises of eternal love and happiness if she accepted them, they found a willing vessel.In the first ending, she asks to be killed, but is refused — her punishment as decreed by Angelus and enforced by Caim is to wander the world and to witness the consequences of her rash decision with her own eyes. Likely a very large reason that she becomes The Atoner in Drakengard 2.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: In the second game
- The Atoner: Deconstructed.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Her One-Winged Angel form in the first ending.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Big Bad
- Black Magician Girl
- Blondes Are Evil
- Cloud Cuckoolander: A very, very creepy one at that!
- Creepy Child
- Demonic Possession: She's actually possessed by the Gods... and they won't take kindly to her death, as Ending 4 demonstrates!
- Enfante Terrible
- Fate Worse Than Death: In her mind, at the very least. The first ending has Caim kidnap her and drag her around the world to witness what she has done.
- Freak Out: Manah sees Caim once, once, and she flips the fuck out, leading to...
- Freudian Excuse
- The Un Favourite: For reasons never fully explained, Manah's mother hated her. There are some hints in the weapon history of the short sword 'Hero's Knife' in Drakengard 2, though.
- Heroic BSOD: Regaining her memories of what she did in the first game, which leaves her vulnerable to the aforementioned Demonic Possession.
- La Résistance: Leader of it.
- Mysterious Waif
- Official Couple: With Nowe.
- The Power of Love: Granted, it's the love of warped and twisted horrors from beyond who seek to devour all life, but Manah seems happy with it — or maybe she just enjoys controlling the minds of her thousands of minions. In one of the first game's memorably creepy scenes, she shares this little tidbit:
Silence! You cannot kill me. I am loved! Loved by them. More than anyone else. See? Humans still don't know what they really need. Stupid! They're all stupid! Salvation lies before them, but stupid people won't be loved. Lalalalala, lalalalala... Those who aren't loved, die!
Now is the time to feel the love of the gods! A deep love. A great love. A love powerful and formidable. A love that crushes like a mace. Lalala-la-la!
- Redemption Equals Death: In Ending 2 of Drakengard 2.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- She Is All Grown Up: Again, in the second game.
- Took a Level in Badass
- Voice of the Legion: "La la la la la!"
A black dragon that appears throughout the series. He is both the dragon responsible for Caim and Furiae's parents' deaths, as well as the dragon Inuart rode in the first game. By the second game, he becomes a mentor and caretaker to Nowe.Fatal Crimson
reveals that he also has some past with Male One.
- All There in the Manual: It's directly stated in the Memory of Blood supplement that Legna is both the dragon that killed Caim and Furiae's parents, and the dragon Inuart rode in the first game.
- Dark Is Evil
- Evil Mentor: Well, not per se given the setting of Drakengard, but definitely not one of the good guys.
- Grumpy Old Man: Probably helped along by his voice actor.
- Humans Are Bastards: Legna's attitude to all humans except Nowe. Which kicks into high gear in the endgame.
- Karma Houdini: in Ending B.
- Offing the Offspring: Well, okay, technically Nowe's not his offspring, but it still counts when Legna tries to kill Nowe in outrage at his defiance in endings A and C.
- One-Winged Angel
- Sdrawkcab Name: To Angel. This bit is lost in translation when they decided to call her Angelus.
The mysterious entities worshiped by the Cult of the Watchers.