Characters: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
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This stout-hearted village youth doesn't know much about etiquette but he knows right from wrong. He likes to take the lead with robust cheer; some people enjoy his enthusiasm, but others think he's just pushy.
A citizen of Horne who serves as the game's main protagonist of sorts.
This village youth has been spending quite a lot of time in the castle lately. He is pragmatic and as sharp as a tack. But he can also be childish and, for some people, a pain in the neck.
A young, distant man from Horne. He sent to investigate the North Caves after Aire's abduction and meets Brandt there.
- Anti-Hero: Type II, Disney Anti-Hero. He's not bad or immoral, just kind of a pill. At first.
- Deadpan Snarker: He frequently makes sarcastic remarks about the other members of the party, but he eases up on it later.
- It's All My Fault: He feels absolutely terrible about Aire getting turned into a cat right after he ditched her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Distant, uncaring... and yet he tries to help the cat he believes to be Aire even after it is stolen by the sorcerer in Urbeth.
- Jack of All Stats, Master of None: While Jusqua's three stats all max out at 65, which means that while he's the most well-rounded character, he also doesn't stand out in any way: Brandt beats him in Strength, Aire in Intellect, and Yunita in Spirit.
- The Lancer: He's more intelligent and level-headed than Brandt. To Aire, he's both less obnoxious and less inclined to help strangers in need.
- Shaggy Dog Story: So that cat he took all the way to Urbeth and raised 10,000 gold to de-curse...? Yeah, it was a regular cat. Fortunately, things turn out all right with both Aire's curse and Jusqua's money.
- The Smart Guy: According to his in-game profile.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Although he's not the smartest character stat-wise; Aire, of all people, outstrips him (and everyone else!) in Intellect.
- The Spock: Thinks he's this in the beginning by taking the more practical route of accepting Liberte's offer of refuge, since it's not like he has the power to lift the petrification curse. Later, he admits that he just didn't like trying if he thought something was too hard.
This dutiful lady warrior of the castle can always be relied upon to carry out orders. Her sharp eyes rarely miss a trick, but sometimes she stresses too much over the small stuff.
A loyal knight from Horne whose goal is to save and protect Aire.
- Action Girl: She gets from Guera to Urbeth on her own, and then up the Sky Tower and through Spelvia Dungeons (although the first one happens offscreen).
- Brainy Brunette: As noted by her character description, she's pretty bright when she's not having a bad self-esteem day and occasionally points out in-universe bits of Fridge Logic.
- Butt Monkey: In the first half of the game, she's abandoned twice by the other party members and winds up wandering the square in Urbeth half-dressed because she's been conned out of the very clothes on her back. (Fortunately for the player, her inventory is still intact.)
- The Champion: For Aire. She always puts Aire's safety first even when Aire is rude to her. (Ironically, Aire later says that Yunita is the one who needs to be looked after.)
- Failure Knight: She dedicates herself to guarding Aire and restoring Horne. She immediately has to send Aire away for her own protection, gets ditched by her partner, and ends up in a town full of cutthroat businessmen who reduce her to a ragged street bum. Things don't start to improve until after she's ditched a second time.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Her trip from Guera to Urbeth takes place offscreen, so she ends up slightly underleveled.
- Heroic BSOD: Initially refuses to team up with Jusqua in Urbeth because she's busy feeling miserable and pathetic.
- Informed Flaw: Her flaws are variously described as being The Load, pride, and being an Ineffectual Loner. There are a few subtle indications, but the others' flaws are so glaring it's hard to pin down exactly when she's doing this. (And when she does go it alone, it's certainly not by choice.)
- The Load: Brandt describes her as such, and Jusqua isn't impressed with her moping in Urbeth.
- New Meat: She's the youngest soldier in Horne's guard.
- Self-Deprecation: Thanks to the above sequence of events, she has a very low opinion of herself. She gets over it after being dumped a second time and climbing Urbeth's tower on her own.
- Skirt over Slacks: Her Freelancer outfit has a red miniskirt over her knight's armor.
- Sole Survivor: Of the original mission to rescue Aire. Everyone else was a Red Shirt.
- White Mage: Despite starting off as a knight, Yunita is unparalleled in the role of a healer, having the highest Spirit growth out of the four.
This castle princess is bright, cheerful, and loves to talk. She can raise spirits and bring parties to life in the direst of situations. On the other hand, everyone agress that she is completely self-centered. But then, she would be, being a princess and all...
The princess of Horne whose kidnapping starts the plot.
- Action Girl: After being rescued, she proves to be quite dangerous for a sheltered Royal Brat.
- Badass Princess: Especially by the endgame.
- Baleful Polymorph: Into a cat by a piece of cursed treasure.
- Black Mage: Her specialty.
- Break the Haughty: After ordering Jusqua around like a servant and going on a dangerous treasure hunt out of pure greed (ignoring giant flashing hints that "the treasure is cursed") she is turned into a cat, nobody can understand her, and she has to undertake a long difficult journey to turn back. During which Lilibelle the fairy is killed protecting her.
- The Chick: She's definitely the girliest character in the party. She can also be quite empathetic when she's not in one of her selfish moods.
- Distressed Damsel: At first.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: It takes a bit for that heart of gold to show, but it's there.
- It's All About Me: She has this view at first, but begins to care more about others after her greed and selfishness cause the death of her companion, Lilibelle.
- Missing Mom: Her mother died giving birth to her. Averted in the ending, where it's shown that the Queen is alive and well after the heroes changed the past.
- Money Fetish: She's obsessed with treasure. Even after she wises up, she still sees it as a fringe benefit to helping people.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Lilibelle performs a Heroic Sacrifice for her.
- Royal Brat: Oh, yes. She berates Yunita for not rescuing her fast enough and drives Jusqua over the edge in Liberte. She grows out of it, though.
- Simple Staff: Most of the official artworks depict her with this.
- Spoiled Sweet: Even while she's still being a Royal Brat, she instantly agrees to rescue Apollo's parents from pirates.
The ruler of Horne. He sends Brandt to rescue his younger daughter from the Withc of the North.
- Baleful Polymorph: He's actually Ankei. The king you meet is Satan.
- Chekhov's Gunman: If you were wondering why Brandt and his mom have a parrot or why it's named, well, it just happens to be the real King.
- The Good King: Everyone in Horne seems pretty content with his rule, although Louhi's complaint about him casts some doubt on this.
- Good Parents: To a degree. Aire did turn out to be a Royal Brat, but she does say he was careful never to show favoritism with either of his daughters. Pretty conscientious considering that "King Horne" was really Satan.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Crown included, he just about comes up to Aire's shoulder. She's a fifteen-year-old girl.
Carino and Aire's mother as well as King Horne's wife. She died after giving birth to Aire.
Louhi, The Witch of the North
- Blue and Orange Morality: She holds the terms of her contract more important than anything else and turns Horne to stone when Aire is rescued, not to mention making the deal to swap the ultimate black magic for Aire in the first place. However, she seems to respect Rolan and immediately does as he asks when he intervenes in the past, so she's not just a Card-Carrying Villain.
- Lady of Black Magic: Her mansion is quite elegant (if badly lit) and she dresses to match, although the townsfolk consider her to be a more standard Wicked Witch.
- The Red Baron: She's only called the Witch of the North in the game.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Turns into griffin-like Greaps when Brandt, Jusqua, and Yunita rescue Aire.
The king of Guera. He sends Brandt, Yunita, and Krinjh to kill the Sand Devil in the Quicksand Castle when they ask for his help.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: Guera is known for its powerful magic, and research on it is done in the palace.
- Manipulative Bastard: He tried to assassinate Krinjh and then convinced Ariadne that Krinjh had abandoned her. Although Krinjh managed to survive, the damage was done.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Has no problem offering to help Brandt and Yunita fix Horne so long as they do him the favor of freeing his kingdom from the Sand Devil. Subverted. Not only does he disappear after they do so, he's also the one who's responsible for the whole mess.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Once you defeat the Sand Devil, he locks up his palace without making good on his deal. We never find out for sure what happened to the real king. In all likelihood, he was possessed and killed.
- Walking Spoiler: You don't find out the full story about his history with the Sand Devil until the second half.
A young-looking man from the Guera desert. He helps Brandt and Yunita reach Guera and joins them briefly on their quest to save Horne.
- Broken Ace: He's stronger and more skilled than Brandt and Yunita (earning the former's envy and the latter's admiration) but his tragic past makes him a Death Seeker.
- Cool Sword: He wields a shamshir.
- Last of His Kind: All the other moon folk are gone in the first battle against Asomedeus.
- Magic Knight: He uses the Spell Fencer crown, allowing him to give elemental power to his attacks.
- Mystical White Hair: Him being one of the moon folk and all.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ariadne, the fairy from Liberte.
- Together in Death: After defeating Ariadne in her Sand Devil form, he disappears into the moonlight with her. At least in the original timeline.
- Unexpected Successor: In the new timeline, he and Ariadne become the rulers of Guera.
Ariadne is an elf from Arbor. You don't find this out until you defeat the Sand Devil, because she is
the Sand Devil.
- Dying as Yourself: She turns back into her real self upon defeat and dies shortly afterward.
- Meaningful Name: Ariadne was a character in Greek Mythology who helped a hero and was then abandoned by him.
- Mystical White Hair: She has silvery hair down to her feet.
- One-Winged Angel: She transformed into the Sand Devil, a fearsome monster that kept Guerans trapped in the desert.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Krinjh. Later rectified by the party.
- Unexpected Successor: After the party undoes Asmodeus' interference, Ariadne becomes the ruler of Guera alongside Krinjh.
- Yandere: Her main aim as the Sand Devil was to keep Krinjh trapped in the desert, having been convinced by King Guera that he'd abandoned her.
- You Can't Go Home Again: She was exiled for bringing a Great Tree Seed to her love, Krinjh, so that Guera could prosper, and eventually became the Sand Devil after Guera convinced her that Krinjh had used her.
A fairy who befriends Aire after Horne is cursed. She winds up being swept along in Aire's quest for treasure.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gives her wings to Aire upon death so that Aire can follow the Fairy Path.
- The Fair Folk: She hails from Arbor, although she's significantly friendlier than some of her people.
- Fairy Companion: To Aire, and only Aire. She tries to advise Aire on caution and not stealing flagrantly cursed treasure, to no avail.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She dies to drive off the Ogre Bear and restore Aire to life. Aire and the others are able to prevent this from happening after the Time Crash.
- I Owe You My Life: Towards Aire after Aire frees her from the vase. It happens again in the past when the party frees her from a spider web and rescues her from Leviathan.
- Invisible to Normals: Fairies only allow their rescuers to see them. This makes Jusqua thinks that Aire is talking to herself.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: A trait of fairies. Very helpful after Aire is cursed into being a cat.
The leader of the local pirates. He's generally known as an okay guy, but lately he's been harassing the town far more than usual.
- The Atoner: Vows to help make Liberte a peaceful place in the original timeline.
- Badass Beard: Of course, being a pirate.
- Dressed to Plunder: Drake's pirates have stripey shirts and bandannas; Drake himself has the bicorn and Badass Beard but is otherwise dressed the same.
- Hostage Situation: Lately he's been kidnapping the locals. It's actually a monster in disguise. The real cap'n is held prisoner in his own hideout.
- I Have Your Wife: Leviathan's minion threatens to kill his crew if he doesn't plunder Liberte's artworks. He's caught in a bind when ordered to squish Lilibelle, which he just can't do. Fortunately, the Heroes of Light show up right then.
- Loveable Rogue: He's really a nice guy when he's not plundering things.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Usually. He and his pirates go on about "freedom" much more than plunder. The fact that they're actually attacking and robbing people is viewed as a serious aberration.
A famous artist.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's first mentioned as the creator of the Liberte Vase early on, but isn't met in-person until the second half.
- Distress Ball: Gets kidnapped by Drake at Leviathan's orders.
The fairy ruler of the town. She has a pronounced distaste for humans.
- The Fair Folk: She is their leader. The Queen has absolutely no time for humans—granted, with some past experience not doing them any favors—and has no moral compunctions about turning them into topiaries.
- Fantastic Racism: She feels that Humans Are the Real Monsters and won't let them into her kingdom, although she will suffer their presence in animal form.
- The High Queen: Of Arbor.
A mysterious mouse sage who lives in Arbor. He appears to be close friends with Arbaroc and joins Aire as a party member when she comes to the town as a cat.
- Adorkable: He has his moments.
- An Ice Person: He starts out with Blizzard and Blizzara.
- Baleful Polymorph: He was human before he accidentally freed Belphegor. Queen Arbor turned him into a mouse as punishment—though he says he didn't mind so much when she turns him back.
- Court Mage: To Queen Arbor, seen sitting beside her throne. She gives him the position again after the party saves Arboroc.
- Interface Spoiler: Like the other temporary party members, you can steal his clothes. The mouse cape turns into a normal human outfit when equipped.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction after killing Arboroc in the original timeline.
- My Greatest Failure: In regards to the demon of fire being freed from his prison.
- Odd Friendship: Torte the mouse and Aire the cat.
- Squishy Wizard: He has the Sage class, which has high magic stats but low strength.
- Talking Animal: Subverted. He can only be talked to when you have the Transform/Animal Staff active.
- Was Once a Man: A young lad from Invidia who wanted to study magic.
The leader of the four Merchant Lords. Thauzand owns the weapon shop in the northwest corner of town. Although the town has a well-earned reputation for ruthlessness, he's willing to help Jusqua if Jusqua's willing to work.
- Adult Fear: Having to watch your child die because you can't afford the medicine.
- The Blacksmith: Runs the weapons shop in town.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The plague that killed his daughter turned him from a priest into a businessman obsessed with profit.
- Horny Vikings: Well, he's got the helmet anyway.
- Large and In Charge: He's considered the leader of the Four Merchant Lords. He's also the most physically large. Before that, he was the head priest.
- Man in White: In the past, when he was a priest.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's happy to help Jusqua earn some money by letting him borrow counter space and then lends him a boat in gratitude for fighting the sorcerers' monsters.
A puppet maker and curate who promises Jusqua to heal his cat, if he can provide the money. The children of Urbeth love his puppets, even if he is a price gouger.
- Evil Is Petty: He didn't need to take Jusqua's cat with him; he simply felt like keeping it as a pet.
- Enemy Summoner: The fight against him is a joke, really. However, after a few rounds, he will summon Behugemoth to fight for him.
- Demonic Dummy: His puppets turn into Fiends to raze the town in order to provide cover for his escape.
- Greed: Like all Urbethians.
Rolan's sister, and daughter of Invidia's chief. She joins Brandt and Jusqua when they search for the Dragon Harp.
- Blade on a Stick: She joins the party with a spear.
- Hair Decorations: The big bow in her hair, which remains even in animal form. Notably, it's missing when you go back into Invidia's past.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The only Dragonier whose heart wasn't frozen by Mammon's curse.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She has a plush cat in her room, a cat-shaped carpet, and immediately adopts the cat that Jusqua mistook for Aire. She'll also turn into a cat if you use the Transformation Staff on her.
- Older Than They Look: Dragoniers have a much longer lifespan than normal humans. This is why she still looks like a young girl when the party goes back in time.
- Scarf of Asskicking: It has pom-poms on the end of it.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Going back in time shows that her father was very harsh and compared her unfavorably to her brother.
- White Mage: Rather than being of the White Mage class, however, she's a Dancer, whose AP recovery allows her to be an efficient spellcaster.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Maybe it's just frozen.
The ruler of Invidia. He's waiting for his son to conquer the world from Spelvia so that Invidia can rule it.
- Abusive Parents: He sent Rolan to Spelvia alone to build an empire and once exiled his daughter from the house.note This is a result of Mammon's influence.
- No Name Given: It's just Chief, Chief.
- Older Than They Look: Like the rest of the Dragoniers, he's very long-lived. Since he's Rolan's dad, he has to be at least three centuries old.
- The Resenter: He resents the outside world mostly for being a nicer place to live.
The supposed legendary hero, and Rekoteh's brother. He resents the continual pleas for help he gets, as Aire and Yunita discover when they ask about Horne, but the problem is deeper than mere resentment.
- The Aloner: If he hadn't been the only Hero and forced to live with just golems and goats, his life would have been a whole lot easier.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: The heroes go into his soul to free him from the darkness. It just makes it worse.
- The Chosen One: The original Hero of Light. Unfortunately, being the only Hero of Light make him lonely and hateful.
- Climax Boss: He is faced halfway through the game. The aftermath of the fight completely changes the setting.
- Elemental Powers: Comes equipped with Thunder. In the boss fight, his physical atacks are dark-elemental but casts Banish spells, which are light.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Inverted. While he has the power to help many people, he despises them and sees himself as a coward. After his heart is cleansed of Lucifer by the heroes, he works to help them on their quest, even convincing Louhi to break her contract with King Horne, freeing Horne from its curse.
- He Who Fights Monsters: According to the Crystal, his heart drank in the darkness of the world as he battled.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He's still sorrowful over the death of the Mother Dragon during his battle with Chaos.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Although he doesn't actively go out and slaughter people, he thinks all humans are selfish assholes and hates them for always asking his help. This has affected the Golems, who will attack the party unless the leader is an an animal (or Rolan himself).
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is silver and his heart is literally filled with darkness. Fortunately you fix him.
Witch of the Sky
An enigmatic witch who is investigating Spelvia.
- Mental World: She creates a portal in a fountain that lets Aire and Yunita enter Rolan's soul.
- MsExposition: She explains what has happened to the world after Rolan is defeated, with just a glance.
Servants of Chaos
The demons only appear in the second half of the game and are Walking Spoilers
. Hence, spoilers in here are not marked—if you're not there yet, close the folder.
This demon has been masquerading as the king of Guera, and he's responsible for the whole Sand Devil mess.
The demon of envy. A servant of Chaos. Leviathan strong-arms Drake and his crew, forcing them to steal several key objects from Liberte, including the Rusty Compass. This sends the Cetus into an eternal slumber.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: In keeping with the original, Biblical concept of Leviathan, he's a squid-like creature rather than the sea serpent seen elsewhere in the series.
- Evil Minions: He has the Sea Devil (a palette swap of Brainshark) strong-arm Drake into plundering Liberte.
- Kick the Dog: Seriously, there was no reason he needed Lilibelle dead. Hell, he probably didn't need to have Drake keep stealing art once the Rusty Compass was out of the way.
- Seven Deadly Sins: The demon of envy.
The demon of fire. Originally sealed with the white magic spell Lux, he was accidentally freed by a human mage and immediately tried to bury Arbor in a volcanic eruption—when stopped by Arbaroc, he possessed him in revenge.
The demon of gluttony. Years ago, he set out to destroy Urbeth's faith by causing a terrible plague, then charging exorbitant prices for medicine. It works, turning the city from a spiritual place to a City Noir
. In the present timeframe, he had returned to cause more trouble in the form of the dollmaking Sorcerer.
The demon of ice. She has trapped Invidia in a perpetual winter by holing up in the Sun Temple, causing their hearts to grow cold and for them to become bitter because of this.
The demon of pride. Another servant of Chaos. He takes advantage of Rolan's sadness to corrupt his soul, turning Rolan into an isolationist misanthrope.
- The Corrupter: As fitting to his namesake.
- Demonic Possession: Does this to Rolan, first directly and then by proxy with Geri and Freki.
- Light Is Not Good: Lucifer, the Lord of Light. Fittingly, he uses light-elemental attacks.
- Pride: It's emphasized further in the Japanese version, where the town is the Latin word for pride: Superbia.
- Shock and Awe: Uses Judgment Bolt.
He's been posing as the King of Horne for over a decade. He turned the real king into the parrot, Ankei, and sold Aire to Louhi in exchange for the ultimate black magic—then reneges on the deal and tries to get Aire back, which kicks off the whole thing.
- Climax Boss: You don't get to fight him until you take care of all the other demons and once you beat him, the Very Definitely Final Dungeon appears.
- Elemental Powers: Casting a Shadow. His normal attack, as well as several powerful magic spells.
- Expy: His role in the story is very similar to Cagnazzo. Satan design on the other hand, recalls Garland, Chaos,, and the Emperor of Hell. The similarity to the Emperor of Hell is especialy significant, as he might have been Satan.
- The Heavy: Basicaly set's the whole plot in motion, selling Aire to Louhi, and sending the heroes out on their quest. While Chaos might be the Big Bad of the game, he is only met at the very end.
- Satan: Obviously.
- Wrath: The desire to harm. He tries making a deal with Louhi to get the ultimate destructive magic.
Final Fantasy, and a Retraux
Light Warrior game, so it's not entirely unexpected to see this guy.
- As Long as There Is Evil: He wouldn't have been able to do anything, says he, if humans hadn't wanted to do evil. This is also how he revives into his second boss form.
- Bigger Bad: Although he is behind everything, he isn't met until the final battle.
- Expy: Of Chaos himself of course. His first form is significantly more human than the original beast-man, but subsequent transformations have a closer resemblence. He also has abilities of Cloud of Darkness, and Zeromus, and the final fight with Chaos same plot line with alies reviewing the heroes, when everything seems lost, as with those two. The speech Chaos makes before dying is an allusion to the final words Zeromus speaks before dying. The design of his third, final form, is also very similar to Necron.
- Final Boss
- Final Boss, New Dimension: The final battle with him takes place in a giant white void.
- One-Winged Angel: Turns from a rather dapper humanoid to a huge-armed monster, and then to a vast entity with a cape of stars.
- Sequential Boss: He has three forms to his final battle.