Characters / Elsword


    General Character Tropes 
  • Airplane Arms: Aisha, Rena, Raven, Eve and Lu run like this.
  • Alternate Self: Touched upon in the fourth Eltype Season 1 comic where there exists the characters' alternate job selves (for example, Lord Knight and Rune Slayer) alongside each other; some other official comics run with it as well.
    • The only time it is played straight in the game's story, though, is in Diabolic Esper's story. Specifically, Add perfected the ability to go back in time to prevent his family from being killed, but he miscalculated and wound up in another timeline in which he found that his family had never been killed and his young self was living happily with his family.
  • Amplifier Artifact/Upgrade Artifact: All jobs have purchasable special items that lets them turn into their chosen next job without taking the quests (when they meet the required level, that is).
  • Anti-Air: In general, skills that can be used in midair are this, with few exceptions (such as Wind Sneaker's Sharp Fall or Rune Slayer's Sword Fire - both target what's below them instead). As are skills with wide area coverage that can hit anywhere near the user (Trapping Ranger's Humming Wind or Over Taker's Charged Bolt) and Homing Projectile skills.
  • Asskicking Pose: In their intro poses, as well as when they activate Awakening Mode.
  • Badass Crew: Elsword's El Search Party is pretty much this, eventually.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Chung, Raven and Elsword respectively.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Except for Ara. Though in Japanese version, she's shouting the skill names in Japanese.
  • Character Development: Most of the backgrounds of the character's class changes, describe the trials and decisions they chose to deal with them, with each path representing a different decision and trial. Most apparent with Raven and Eve.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Elsword is red, Aisha is purple, Rena is green, Raven is black/dark grey, Eve is pink, Chung is light blue, Ara is orange, Elesis is crimson, Add is pale purple and Lu/Ciel are dark blue.
  • Combo Breaker: The Mana Break mechanic, which involves you holding the Z or X button while being combo'd to force yourself to be knocked down, allowing you to escape (or counter with a Recovery Attack), with the cost of 100 MP minimum.
    • A few combos and skills either cancels mana break, or can't be mana broken, such as Rune Slayer's Storm Blade.
    • One of Elesis' stances allows her to not waste MP while combo breaking and instead will knock down and damage the enemy (along with making her Immune to Flinching for a few seconds afterward) with the same command as above. Her special gauge will be used a bit if she does so, however.
    • Crimson Avenger's Assault Strike skill lets her deny their enemies their Mana Break with a debuff.
    • After an update, any skills that equipped with a Ruthless Trait, will also cancels mana break.
  • Do Not Run with a Gun: Played with. The projectile-shooting characters can fire them while running, but they'll stop running after they do it. Only averted with one of Blazing Heart's combos where she can fire fireballs forward while keeping her running pace, while one of Add's combos is similar but with a dash jump (after firing projectiles in midair he can continue running).
  • Dub Name Change: Many of the skills' names are changed in overseas versions. The European server even uses different names for the characters' job names.
  • Eagle Squadron/Knight Errant: As part of the El Search Party, what they mainly do is searching for the El Stones and making sure they're safe. Yet they will volunteer for power against malicious invasions, as in the Feita and Velder sagas.
  • Everyone Has A Special Move: All the playable characters have systems unique to them that modifies their gameplay experiences to varying extents. Somewhat downplayed with Elesis and Elsword - both have the similar system and some similar skills as well, although they work by different means; it's also justified as one learns from the other.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • The Cynic: Addnote  and Aishanote .
    • The Optimist: Chungnote  and, to a lesser extent, Elswordnote .
    • The Realist: Ravennote , Elesisnote  and, to a lesser extent, Renanote .
    • The Apathetic: Evenote .
    • The Conflicted: Aranote .
  • Gender Flip: In the April Fools' Day event every year, players are given special "gender flipped" costumes and the Super Move Portrait Attack of the characters change into a special artwork of the respective gender flipped characters.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Played straight at first, with Aisha, Rena and Eve being able to shoot projectiles as a normal attack and has their magical powers more emphasized than their physical ones, whereas the reverse is true for the males; even Chung, who wields a BFG, is known more for his physical strength. Zigzagged later on where the girls have a class selection that smashes more than shoots, while the guys can have the reverse.
    • Starting from Ara's introduction - being the first girl who smashes by default - this trope is averted.
    • Completely inverted by Lu/Ciel. Lu is the one who uses brute force, while Ciel relies on his gunblade.
  • Hero of Another Story: Elesis and Add; the former being strictly a knight from Velder who only meets the team in Velder (and her quest is implied to start right after she parted ways with her brother), while the latter followed the team in secret (though he does meet them in Hamel).
    • Meanwhile Luciel are strictly concerned on doing their own thing; getting stronger and trying to restore Lu's former glory and they hardly cross paths with the El Search Party.
  • Hitchhiker Heroes: The heroes start out as three - Elsword, Aisha and Rena - and from there the team gathers new members with similar goals to help with the job.
  • Iconic Outfit: Their promotional outfits (i.e the ones in their official artworks) are very close to the characters themselves.
  • I Got Bigger: Elsword and Chung (but mostly the latter) are short in their first appearance, but upon advancing to 2nd job, they (or rather their in-game model) grow up.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Especially as their third jobs, where they incorporate lots of spikes on their clothes. To some extent, Reckless Fist and Void Princess, too.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Raven is the oldest human playable character at age 24, while Rena and Eve are Really 700 Years Old. The other five are in their early/mid teens.
    • Also for Lu and Ciel who's an immortal and 24 years old respectively.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire:
    • Elsword being the squire, being youthful and spirited with lots of potential and choices in life.
    • Raven being the knave, being a world-weary mercenary with a strained (but still optimistic) outlook in life.
    • Chung being a mix of squire and knight, being as young as Elsword but also a kind and protective person.
    • Elesis being a knight, having grown up to be a wiser and laid-back but still spirited young woman.
  • Lag Cancel: Some combos can be cancelled into either a dash or a skill.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Elsword, Raven, Chung, Ara and Elesis, by default, excel in physical power and they have little magical power and defense as a result. In particular, it is mentioned that Elsword's weakest point is indeed at magic (whereas the other four can have some decent, but still not impressive, magical attacks). They can advance either to a purely physical class that plays with this even straighter, or a class that develops their magic power instead, subverting this trope.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Whenever they advance to a higher class.
  • Nice, Mean and In-Between: Chung, Ara and Rena are nice, Elsword and Add are mean, and the rest are in-between (notably Aisha can switch between the two).
  • Ninja Run / Sword Drag: Elsword, Chung and Elesis run like this. Ara normally doesn't, but she does when she runs in midair.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: The whole point of branching classes, par of the MMORPG course; you can expect each branch to be played differently than the other.
  • The Paralyzer: Almost all of the classes have at least one attack that stuns the enemy. Aisha's Binding Circle, High Mage's Blizzard Shower and Grand Archer's Freezing Arrow are better, literally stopping the enemy dead for a few seconds.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Everyone, but most apparent with Elsword, Raven and Add. Less so, but still apparent with Aisha, Chung, Ara and Elesis. It's hard to tell with Rena and Eve due to them being an immortal elf and a Nasod respectively.
    • In particular, there are always 2 years gap before the base and the first job, and one year gap between the first and the second. Yet the change can be seen as drastic at times.
    • She's All Grown Up: All characters get really handsome/beautiful as their second jobs.
  • Recovery Attack: All characters have one or two after getting knocked down.
  • Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy: All of the characters can choose to be either one of those, even the girls as well.
  • Smart Bomb: Most of the Hyper Actives act as this, delivering massive damage on a wide radius. Except for Code Empress' own, which instead summons a personal assistant which will follow her and guard her against enemies, as well as Mastermind's.
  • Solo Class: While all characters can be played solo with enough skill, some characters have it easier than others. Grand Archer and Battle Seraph, to name a few.
  • Status Buff: Every class has a few. Aisha's and Eve's (and after an update, Rena's and Chung's) in particular can also buff nearby teammates.
  • Super Mode: Aside from character-specific ones (and Add, see his folder), there's the Awakening Mode which buffs their attack as well as changing the property of certain skills. Raven, Eve, Chung and Ara will also have additional bonuses when they use Awakening Mode at its max power.
    • Battle Aura: The Awakening Mode will give the characters this. When Raven activates it at its max power, it can even hurt enemies. Ara during En Mode lacks it, however.
  • Support Party Member: Aisha, Eve and Luciel have specialized party buffs available for them. Elemental Master and Code Nemesis can delve in this further, with their passives allowing their buffs to be more efficient.
  • The Team: Elsword leads his own sect of El Search Party that is separate from Lowe's group, consisting of all of the playable characters sans Elesis and Add.
    • The Leader: Elsword, of the headstrong and charismatic type in that he's a hothead who practically moves the team whenever he moves himself. Lord Knight gives him a bit of levelheaded personality, though.
    • The Lancer: Raven, being the team's voice of reason, tends to question Elsword on his choices, and backs Elsword up with his years of experience. Also sometimes a Team Dad. Sometimes Aisha also fills this role.
    • The Big Guy: Eve and Chung, both having the most immediate destructive power, but Chung also is the best in defending his teammates from harm.
    • The Smart Guy: Aisha, having lots of knowledge about mystical things and takes it to her advantage. Sometimes Eve fills this role with her knowledge of past times.
    • The Chick: Ara - the physically weakest melee fighter of the group, although she makes up for it with her speed and skill. She's also meek and clumsy when not fighting. She's usually the one commenting on the team's antics and tries to pull them together, but oftentimes she can't do much about it and leaves it to...
    • Team Mom: Rena, being a hundred-years old elf and having a compassionate, caring nature to act as this for her team. She's also the one to stop Aisha and Elsword from bickering with each other.
    • Sixth Ranger: Elesis and Add, who are not part of the team but helped them on separate occasions.
  • Theme Naming: The characters' first jobs always have a same word spread between them. Eve's goes further to her second jobs as well.
  • Three Strike Combo: Many of the combos are actually four strike, but a few of them are three.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Aisha is often portrayed this way. Played straight with Lu, and also Eve to some extent, though she's not a straight example (she's not the smallest of the girls). Chung is a male example, although this portrayal died out in his second jobs.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As characters grow into their class advancements.
  • True Companions: While each members of the gang (excluding the Hero of Another Story above) may have their own goals from the start, over time they've grown attached to each other and they consider protecting each other as their priority (made clearer in the supplementary comics).
  • Victory Pose
  • Weapon Twirling: Some of their intro or victory poses (and a few of their attacks) have them twirl their weapons.
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