- Badass Cape/Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Except for Seven, all of them wear some sort of red mantle around their necks.
- Badass Crew: They single-handedly turn the tide of the war; Suzaku's military strategy is pretty much "send in Class Zero," and it works.
- Band of Brothers: They were all raised as brothers and sisters and are as close as blood relatives.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Consortium of Eight, Suzaku's government, view Class Zero as Arecia's "pets" and come to hate them over the course of the game. But they are Akademeia's best of the best, and are the only ones able to use magic in Crystal Jammer fields, so they're indispensable to the war effort.
- Child Soldiers: The latest foray into this theme since the SeeD. Justified, in that the Suzaku Crystal can only grant magic to the young, which diminish with age, though the Eight considers using them unethical.
- The Chosen One: Each student is a part of Operation Apostle where he/she is striving to become the Agito, who was prophesied to appear at "Finis".
- Code Name: All but Rem and Machina have no real names. They were originally going to, but the developers chose to only use the codenames. Since they were raised together by Arecia, they may well have forgotten their real names.
- Death Is Cheap: Thankfully, since Raise is an MP guzzler and Phoenix Downs are incredibly rare, entering a town will revive all fallen party members. Arecia is behind this, keeping them alive since she needs them as part of her plan to avert Tempus Finis.
- Flat Character: Excluding Machina and Rem, they only have a few personality traits. Turns out this is a deliberate arrangement by Arecia, who specifically conditioned such personalities since childhood as a way to prevent Tempus Finis and open Etro's Gate without the slaughter of billions at cost of their lives.
- Flat "What.": Deciding to talk to the Tonberry between will have this reaction from all characters.Machina: He-...hello.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Seven boys and seven girls.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The principal objective of Operation Apostle is exactly this. They succeed, though in the secret ending Arecia, impressed by their defiance of fate, pulls off a Cosmic Retcon to spare them their grim fate and allow them to live as a happy, if sometimes wacky, class.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: They can each summon and dismisses their weapons from nothingness.
- Numerical Theme Naming: With the exception of Machina and Rem.
- Only One Name: Again, all but Machina and Rem.
- Panty Shot: In a disturbing glimpse into the mindset of the developers, the texturers put detail into giving each female playable character a unique and distinct set of underwear under their skirts, when previously during development, there was just going to be shadows and shading. May be justified due to how noticable the shadows could seem at times
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As L'Cie.
- Red Mage: As students of a Wizarding School they all can use offensive, healing and support magic (in varying levels of proficiency). They are even called this by Qator.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Of course it is both a Wizarding School and a Military School.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Each one is slightly unique one way or another.
- Summon Magic: Any character can summon a War God at the expense of all his/her HP, rendering him/her unusable for the rest of the mission.
- Tragic Dream: In the tie-in novel all of them mention one, except Nine who can't think of anything. Ace wants to own a Chocobo ranch, Deuce to be a musician, Jack a comedian, Trey a scholar, Queen a teacher of traditional subjects rather then magic and weaponry, Cinque to travel the world, Cater to find love, Eight to become a competitive martial artist, Seven to make an orphanage for the children who lost their parents in the war, Sice to be a chef and King a police officer. Machina and Rem share a dream of rebuilding the county.
- True Companions: Unto the bitter end. They even hold hands as they die.
- Wacky Homeroom: In the secret ending.
- Weapon of Choice: Each one of them has a unique weapon and fighting style to go with it.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Most of the females score various ranks thanks to skirts and thigh-high socks or stockings.
Height: 175cm (5'9")
Weapon: Dual Rapiers
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese) and Bryce Papenbrook (English)
- Badass Cape: Special mention for being longer then the other students with a High Collar of Doom.
- Blade Spam: His Awakening ability greatly ramps up the speed of his attacks to result in this.
- Cast From Hitpoints: As per its standard in the series, the Dark Side attack drains Machina's health to fire an orb of darkness.
- Cool Sword: His dual rapiers.
- Dual Wielding: Wields twin swords.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Rem. They are said to have lived Happily Ever After after the credits.
- Declaration of Protection: Deconstructed. Of all his Class Zero classmates, he only trusts Rem, contributing to his desire to protect her. Along the way, he grows distant and accepts the power that grants him the strength for this purpose, but ironically loses his memories about her because of it. In the end, he's the one who kills her in his amnesia. Twisting the knife of irony further, the novel reveals that his desire to protect Rem stems from a subconscious need to atone for being forced to kill her after Gala possessed and transformed her into the Lulusanth Judge in a previous cycle, in the process having to absorb the Phantoma of the rest of Class Zero himself.
- Everything Is Better With Spinning: Wields drill-rapiers and has a special attack named Spin Drive.
- Go Out with a Smile: At the end of the normal ending's epilogue, 50 years after Class Zero died defeating Cid, and having completed recording their deeds and leading Orience to the Dawn of an Era, 67-year-old Machina was said to have passed on with a smile in his face, his wife Rem by his side.
- History Repeats: If the novelization can be considered canonical, this wasn't the first time he killed Rem — albeit one previous instance was a role reversal, in that it was Rem who was brainwashed.
- Keet: Shows some shades of this in the secret ending — with no dead Izana to drive a wedge between them, he and Ace are now best friends, and was was last seen dragging off the latter from the library for some fun time.
- Life Drain: His Siphon Sword attack drains HP to heal him..
- Man in White: As a Byakko l'Cie.
- Manly Tears/Tears of Remorse: He completely breaks down after he and Rem find the rest of Class Zero dead, their mission to defeat Cid/Gala a bittersweet success, bitterly apologizing to them for prejudging them for their inability to save Izana.
- Mask of Power: Qun'mi's helmet.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the phrase "Deus ex Machina" — "God out of the Machine". Makes a lot of sense once it is revealed that he and Rem are the key to breaking the near-endless cycle of destruction that has trapped Orience.
- Messianic Archetype: In the normal ending, with the crystals weakening, he and Rem fill the large shoes their classmates left behind and lead Orience to a brave new world.
- Mighty Glacier: His attacks are a bit slow but hits hard and the sheer number of hits his Blade Spam can do racks up damage. He moves up to
- The Mole: He reports directly the Consortium of Eight, keeping tabs on Class Zero and Arecia (who was one of their own). Later he also infiltrates Militesi forces as a Byakko l'Cie, but his deteriorating memories caused by the l'Cie power make him loyal to the Milites Crystal.
- New Transfer Student: The newest addition to Class Zero alongside Rem.
- Reluctant Warrior: Outright fears and despises fighting and war — the same violence that claimed his brother's life.
- She Is All Grown Up: It had been seven years since he and Rem last saw each other and back then Machina was even shorter then her.
- Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: Machina slashes an awful lot with his rapiers despite them not being edged weapons.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His Guardian Blades skill is this combined with Reverse Shrapnel, creating several floating swords to attack enemies.
- Super Mode: His Awakening skill, which boosts his attack and movement speed until the ability gauge depletes.
- Sword and Sorcerer: The Sword to Rem's Sorceror, being a physical fighter while Rem is a spellcaster.
- This Is a Drill: His swords also function as drills. Shown best in his Cyclone Drive attack, where he stabs them forward and drills into opponents.
- You Killed My Father: His distrust of Class Zero stems from their involvement in the mission where Izana died. This is the reason he volunteered to keep tabs on them and Arecia on behalf of the Rubrum council and later his brainwashing into becoming a Byakko l'Cie.
Height: 160cm (5'3")
Weapon: Twin Daggers
Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi (Japanese) and Peyton McCormick (English)
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Machina. They are said to have lived Happily Ever After at the end of the normal ending.
- Dance Battler: With a weapon named Dancing Dagger, it's no surprise really. Her attack patterns include a lot of flipping and spinning.
- Dual Wielding: She fights using identical pairs of daggers.
- Dude Magnet: She has a lot of admirers in the Academy for both her looks and her kind personality.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Depending on the lighting, her light brown hair can range from light purple or red, to almost black.
- Ill Girl: Suffers from an incurable disease that, according to Arecia, will eventually kill her. Fortunately, by the ending she gets better — in the normal ending she lives long enough to be by Machina's side when he dies 50 years later, his mission of recording Class Zero's deeds completed; and in the secret ending, her illness seems to have been eliminated altogether, and she was last seen waking up on a bench amidst cherry blossoms and smiling to the heavens.
- Knife Nut: Wields daggers in a Reverse Grip.
- Kill Sat: Has one in the skill Seraphim Strike.
- Light 'em Up: Siphon Sphere manifests as a glowing ball of light.
- Mana Drain: Her special attacks Siphon Sphere and Siphon Delta.
- Meaningful Name: Her kanji comes from "rei" and "mu", meaning "Not Zero".
- New Transfer Student: Along with Machina, she's new to Class Zero.
- Poor Communication Kills: When she volunteered to become a l'Cie, she has to fight a particularly dangerous Militesi l'Cie. The catch: that l'Cie is Machina, and they don't recognize each other due to the latter's brainwashing and the mask and full-body uniform disguising him. She's so close from winning but for Machina's mask slipping off and distracting her.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her Dagger Boomerang Dagger skill.
- She-Fu: Does a lot of acrobatic motions with her attacks.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She looks weak and delicate, but she's most certainly not.
- Squishy Wizard: She moves fast and has the best magic stats of all 14 characters, ranking highest in all four schools of magic as well as MP growth. However, her HP, Strength and Defense are terrible.
- Sword and Sorcerer: The Sorceror to Machina's Sword, focusing on spellcasting while he's a physical fighter.
Birthday: Earth (July) 10, 825
Height: 168cm (5'6")
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese) and Jonathon McClendon (English)
- Badass Bookworm: When controlling any other character inside Academia, he can be sometimes seen at the Library (other times at the cafeteria or the chocobo stables Izana used to frequent). In the secret ending, he was last seen studying for semestral exams before being dragged by Machina out of the Library to walk around.
- Chekhov's Gun: Ace's Rubicus entry reveals that on occasion he can be heard humming a song taught to him by Arecia. It turns out to be the first two lines of "Zero" (the game's theme song), which he sings to comfort his classmates distressed at the prospects of death in the normal ending.
- Decoy Protagonist: The game's poster boy and the leader of Class Zero. He's also the first character the player can control, but Machina and Rem play the co-role of the protagonist.
- Death Dealer: His weapons are playing cards.
- The Empath: Of all the members of Class Zero, only he has a longer sense of retention regarding the recently-deceased, which explains why was able to mourn Izana after he was forced to watch him die.
- Flash Step: His dodge move is to teleport in a flash of his cards.
- Flechette Storm: He attacks by shooting his cards out five or more at a time.
- Friend to All Living Things: Ace has a soft spot for chocobos. Besides serving as a tangible memory of Izana, the Rubicus reveals that as a child he used to raise a chocobo chick abandoned by its mother, which died of illness shortly after that.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: When using his Jackpot Shot skill, he fires a large laser blast. Jackpot Triad fires three at once.
- The Gambler: As shown by his Cut Cards ability, which draws four cards which each do a random effect. He gets other abilities that do the same with increased likelihood of certain effects, such as Attack Hand which is more likely to deal damage to enemies.
- Glass Cannon: He deals a lot of damage and is pretty fast, but has poor HP.
- Improbable Weapon User: Among all of Class Zero, he's notably the only one who doesn't use a real weapon.
- The Leader: A type IV.
- Innocent Prodigy: Said to be mature but at the same time childish.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Said to be prone to recklessness.
- Long-Range Fighter: His cards can strike from range, though he can learn melee attacks with them too.
- Manly Tears: Shed these for Izana after watching him die a miserable death.
- Music for Courage: In the normal ending, as they face their death, Ace comforts his classmates by singing the first two lines of "Zero".
- Smart People Wear Glasses: As evidenced in the secret ending.
- Survivor Guilt: Helplessly watching Izana die a miserable death left a traumatic mark upon the boy. There are times where he frequents the chocobo stables where Izana, a knowledgeable chocobo breeder, once worked.
- Theme Naming: His abilities are all named based on playing card terminology.
- You Are Too Late: Fails to rendezvous with Izana quick enough, leading to his untimely demise.
Birthday: Water (February) 8, 826
Height: 158cm (5'2")
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese) and Bryce Hitchcock (English)
- Badass Adorable: If using a flute and strutting while playing it is an indication.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Even Sice noted that she's kinda scary when pissed off.
- Magic Music: Uses her flute music to attack and buff the party.
- Musical Assassin: Fights using her flute music.
- Girl Posse: In the secret ending she is part of a clique with Cinque and Queen, discussing a possible romance between Ace and Mutsuki.
- Go Through Me: Bodily puts herself between Ace and Celestia as the latter summons her beast to attack the former. Fortunately, Celestia pulls her punch back.
- Plucky Girl
- Squishy Wizard: She has some of the worst physical stats in the game, but has the highest MP pool next to Rem and is good with fire and support magic.
- Support Party Member: Fighting alone she is fairly a pushover, but in a party she can wreak a lot of havoc.
- Status Buff: Her Concerto and Crescendo abilities that grant bonuses like Protect, Trance and Aura.
- Trap Master: Can set sound traps with certain musical scales.
- Warrior Poet
Birthday: Rock (March) 1, 825
Height: 184cm (6'0")
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese) and Matthew Mercer (English)
- Character Filibuster: He tends to be the most talkative of the cast, and talks at length too.
- Cross Hair Aware: When using his Hawkeye skill to attack from range.
- Long-Range Fighter: Attacks from range with his bow.
- Rain of Arrows: His Raining Arrows special attack.
- Shown Their Work: He wears a mitsugake, a three-fingered glove used to protect an archer's hand from the bowstring.
- Trick Arrow: He can change his arrows to change the style of his attacks.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: So he'd like to think. However, this only extends to book smarts. His long-winded Character Filibusters isn't always in-topic with what he was previously trying to explain and often off-railing quickly. The fact that his classmates are mostly annoyed by these makes it pretty clear that he actually pretty dense in these kind of things. The Rubicus reveals that Arecia encouraged his thirst for knowledge as a child.
Birthday: Ice (June) 9, 825
Height: 161cm (5'3")
Weapon: Magic Gun
Voiced by: Minori Chihara (Japanese) and Kristen Klabunde (English)
- Amnesia Loop: She is the only one who feels that the Class Zero has went through same events all over again as the result of Arecia's Cosmic Retcon. She confides her feelings of deja vu to Queen and Arecia, though the latter told her not to think too much about it.
- Bottomless Magazines: Justified that the gun uses Magic Bullets.
- Charged Attack: Can delay attacking to store up magic to fire a stronger blast.
- Cool Gun: Wields a magic gun that fires Magic Bullets.
- Don't Think. Feel: She has this philosophy.
- Expy: Of Shelke or Selphie
- Genki Girl: Very energetic and excitable.
- Long-Range Fighter: Fights from range with her gun.
- Poisoned Weapons: Her Viral Spray attack blasts a poisonous mist from her gun.
- Ship Tease: With Eight, which goes way back since childhood. The secret ending also shows them accidentally running and stumbling into each other.
Birthday: Fire (January) 12, 826
Height: 163cm (5'4")
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese) and Cristina Valenzuela (English)
- Already Met Everyone: Her third Rubicus entry reveals that as a child she had the feeling that she already met her classmates in some distant past.
- Badass Adorable: Watch her act around like a child one minute, then blow away her enemies with her heavy mace the next.
- Blow You Away: Her Whirling Mace skills fires a tornado at enemies.
- Carry a Big Stick: Fights with a massive mace.
- Charged Attack
- Cloudcuckoolander: Try imagining her running around the room in presence of Queen Andoria when her classmates are kneeling because she doesn't really know where she has to kneel. There you go.
- Cute Bruiser: She's adorable, and wields one of the heaviest weapons of the cast.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: It's even shown in her gameplay where she trips over her weapon.
- Death Is a Sad Thing: Breaks down crying in the ending as she and the rest of Class Zero await their deaths.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Her special skill is Earthquake.
- Expy: Her hairstyle and eye color is reminiscent of Aerith's
- Girlish Pigtails
- Implacable Man: She is immune to knockback when attacking.
- Kiai: Has one as a special ability.
- Man Child: For the second-youngest member of the Class, she's very childish (even moreso than Deuce, who's barely a month her junior). Giving Mog a nickname and her speaking tone comes to mind.
- Mighty Glacier: She deals a lot of damage and the second-best Strength, but is very slow to move and attack.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Being a wisp of a girl doesn't stop her from swinging a weapon that looks like it weighs just as much as she does.
- Ojou Ringlets
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: At times she surprises her classmates with her spot-on remarks, though most of the time she has no idea of what just came out of her mouth.
Birthday: Crag (November) 12, 825
Height: 166cm (5'5")
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese) and Corri English (English)
- Blow You Away: Death Maelstrom, which like the rest of Sice's attacks is combined dark magic.
- Blood Knight: She usually the first one who suggests the most brutal method in everything, dislike recon missions and rather going to the frontlines, and extremely revels the battle.Sice: Let's kill everyone!
- Brilliant but Lazy: She turns out to be this in a classroom event.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's just as heroic as the other members of Class Zero despite fighting with dark attacks.
- Casting a Shadow: All of her special attacks are dark magic that is powered by absorbing energy from her slain foes.
- Combat Stilettos: The only member of the class to wear heeled boots.
- Glacier Waif: Isn't the quickest fighter but has some attacks that help her stay mobile.
- Gravity Master: Her Black Hole special attack.
- Hot for Teacher: Has a big crush on Kurasame. In the secret ending, Love Letter Lunacy ensues and she accidentally presents the letter to Seven.
- Ineffectual Loner: As a child she was reluctant to join in on Class Zero's activities, but secretly comes to admire their abilities, inspiring her to try to fit in.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sice is noted to be the harshest and most stern of Class Zero, with a rather bleak outlook on life that would make Darwin proud, but deep down she cares for her classmates and fears losing them.
- Sinister Scythe: Fights with a massive scythe and uses dark-elemental attacks empowered by fallen foes.
- Tomboy: The most overt one of the group.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
Birthday: Heat (September) 23, 824
Height: 170cm (5'7")
Voiced by: Mayuko Aoki (Japanese) and Njarra Townsend (English)
- Ambiguously Gay: Her Rubicus profile mentions that she gets along well with female underclassmen, but the boys are put off by her. In the secret ending, when Sice accidentally presents her a love letter meant for Kurasame, she is flustered but not opposed to the idea of Sice being in love with her.
- Cool Big Sis: To her underclassmen and, to a lesser extent, her fellow Class Zero cadets.
- The Empath: Seven has the ability to sense a person's true feelings just by reading his/her body language
- Expy: Of Lightning.
- Instant Knots: Her Snakebite ability.
- Lady of War: Graceful and poised as she whirls her whip around.
- Mistaken Message: In the secret ending, Sice mistakenly presents her with a love letter meant for Kurasame. Seven doesn't seem terribly opposed to the idea.
- Modesty Shorts: A good thing considering all the She-Fu she relies on, or else the boys of Class Zero would have no mysteries left with her.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: According to her profile, which she doesn't mind seeing that she apparently is more into fellow girls.
- She-Fu: She does a lot of flipping and spinning to whirl her whip around, including a one-hand headstand.
- Spellblade: Her Elementalash attack can hit enemies with elemental damage.
- Whip It Good: Fights with a chain whip sword.
- Whip Sword: Though it's more of a sword-like whip than a sword that becomes a whip.
Birthday: Storm (August) 30, 825
Height: 165cm (5'5)"
Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Japanese) and Jeff Fischer (English)
- Action Commands: His special attacks run on them.
- Adorkable: Outside battle he's quite a lovable, clumsy kid.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Has a lot of martial arts tropes to go with em.
- Elemental Punch
- Hurricane Kick
- Kung-Fu Wizard
- Lightning Bruiser: He moves and hits fast and does a lot of damage.
- Nice Guy: Eight is a calm-headed, mellow friend outside battle.
- Only Sane Man: Whenever he's paired with Carla, he often finds himself befuddled by her antics.
- Power Fist
- Power Palms
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Has a very fast attack speed.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Shoryuken: Can do one as a combo finisher.
- Supernatural Martial Arts
- Ship Tease: With Cater
- Technical Pacifist: He refuses to fight using conventional weapons, so instead Arecia gave him a pair of duster knuckles and metal-sole boots.
Birthday: Water (February) 13, 825
Height: 185cm (6'1")
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese) and Orion Acaba (English)
- All Love Is Unrequited: To Emina in the secret ending — he's last seen angrily hurling his spear and is clearly torn between fuming and crying.
- Black and White Morality: He is said to hold this viewpoint.
- Blade on a Stick: Fights with lances an spears.
- Death from Above: Based on a dragoon he naturally uses a lot of Jump attacks.
- Expy: Of Snow Villiers, down to sharing the same voice actor.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Of the cool, good variety.
- A Good Way to Die: As Class Zero awaits their death after defeating Cid, Nine tries in vain to comfort himself by noting that at the very least they are all dying victorious.
- Hot-Blooded: He's brash, rude, and is more than eager to rush to battle head-on.
- In a Single Bound: Being based on a Dragoon, he of course has access to Jump and High Jump.
- Idiot Hero: His Running Gag is trying to prove he's a (insert adjective) person by listing off the nations of Oriense, only to be told that doing that won't make him (insert adjective). And when he asked to do just that, he's doing it wrong.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much as he often finds himself at loggerheads with his classmates (and even Kurasame) for his rash, disrespectful attitude, Nine will not hesitate to rush to their defense in a heartbeat.
- Kiai: Has a skill called Roar that can stop enemies.
- Lightning Bruiser: Although his magical skills suffer greatly in compensation, he moves quickly enough, helped by Jump attacks to close distance, and has good HP and defense.
- Messy Hair
- Odd Friendship: With the quiet, cool-headed King.
- Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: With his Whirling Lance skill especially.
- Verbal Tic: Nine often ends his sentences with the word, "Korā!" (コラァ, lit. "Hey!")
Birthday: Storm (August) 17, 825
Height: 182cm (5'11")
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese) and Cameron Covell (English)
- Blade Spam: His Lightning Flash skill.
- Cast from Hit Points: His Transcience skill, which reduces his own HP to 1.
- Difficult but Awesome: His abilities aren't as straightforward as other characters, but used right he's very powerful.
- Expy: Of Demyx, down to sharing the same voice actor.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the normal ending, as Class Zero await their deaths after defeating Cid, Jack tries to cheer them up.
- I Surrender, Suckers: His special attack Reflex functions as a fakeout then strike.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is a two-handed katana.
- Keet: Among Class Zero he is the most cheerful, mood-making member.
- Mighty Glacier: Does a lot of damage but moves and attacks slowly.
- Nice Guy
- Stepford Smiler: As cheerful as he is, Seven noticed that he barely laughs to his own jokes.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Does this in the attack part of Reflex.
Birthday: Fire (January) 24, 825
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese) and Heather Hogan (English)
- Adjusting Your Glasses: From the corners.
- Cast from Hit Points: Her Gate of Destiny skill.
- Class Representative
- Cool Sword: Fights with a longsword.
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Empathic Healer: Her Magic Martyr ability which sacrifices her HP and MP to heal her allies.
- Expy: She looks like Yukiko Amagi (plus she has the same voice actor) and shares a smiliar role and weapon to Mitsuru Kirijo.
- Jack of All Stats: All of her stats err to the middle among the 14 characters, and she has decently balanced speed and abilities.
- Lady of War: She is very graceful and acrobatic in battle.
- Light 'em Up: Her special skills are based on light magic.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Goes into this when KO’d with Janus's glasses equipped.
- The Ojou
- The Paladin: Uses light-themed special abilities and fights with a sword.
- Tsundere/Sugar and Ice Personality:Known for being harsh to her allies, but cares for them deep down. In the ending, as she and the rest of Class Zero await their death after defeating Cid, she tries to comfort Cinque, who broke down crying over their fate.
Birthday: Sky (December) 17, 824
Height: 187cm (6'2")
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese) and Mike Vaughn (English)
- Badass Back: When posing with the other students, he's the only one with his back to the camera.
- Bottomless Magazines: Averted, his guns have limited ammo and the game keeps count, when they're out he needs to pause and reload them. Abilities increase the clip size and let him fire one gun at a time while he reloads the other rather than stopping entirely. Played straight with the fact King has an endless supply of spare ammo clips in his pockets, so him stopping to reload amounts to having to pause once in a while between attacks.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: His Point-Blank Shot special.
- Guns Akimbo: Fights with a pair of Handguns.
- More Dakka: His Endless Waltz skill rapidly unloads both guns at an enemy.
- '80s Hair: If that mullet is anything to go by.
- Face of a Thug: Beneath his gruff exterior lies one of Class Zero's kindest cadets.
- Gradual Grinder: His guns have low base damage, but it adds up when he unloads 24 bullets into your hide.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: For a certain value of pretty.
- Long-Range Fighter: Naturally, as a gun user.
- Odd Friendship: With the brash, hot-headed Nine.
- The Stoic: He's the most stone-faced member of Class Zero, in contrast to his good friend Nine...
- Not So Stoic: ...at other times, though, he will jump headfirst into a situation without a second thought.
- Team Mom: Having a mature facade doesn't really hinder him, the second-oldest student of Class Zero (as well as its oldest boy), from fretting over his comrades' wellbeing and is sometimes better at defusing internal tension than Queen. Not to mention he's very gentle and considerate, compared to Queen's standoffish, almost cold approach to team dynamics.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: With his Magazine Blast special attack.
Dominion of Rubrum
Height: 177cm (5'10")
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese) and Robbie Daymond (English)
- An Ice Person: He's said to specialize in ice magic.
- Badass: He's famous for being one of the most powerful recruits the Academy ever produced.
- Cool Mask: He conceals his scarred face with a mask.
- Cool Pet: It's a Tonberry.
- Cool Sword: Wields an ice-themed sword.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Of Emina and Kazusa.
- Guest Star Party Member: He can be called into battle as an assist in some cases.
- Red Baron/They Call Him Sword: "Icy Blade of Death."
- Retcon: In the secret ending, his death never took place and he remains the instructor of Class Zero. He was also last seen walking onto some Love Letter Lunacy involving Sice, Seven and a letter from the former meant for him.
- Sacrificial Lion: Died helping Caetuna summon Alexander.
- Scars Are Forever: Invoked by himself. He refused the treatment that will erase the scar because he doesn't want to forget about the traitor that killed his peers and gave him the scar. Said scar mostly hidden by his mask and people rarely know about it.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Heavy on the ice part. He acts cold and stoic, but truly does care about his students.
Height: 185cm (6'1")
Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi (Japanese) and William H. Bassett (English)
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In all his appearances Chancellor Chival is note for his calm disposition and fairness of judgment.
- Retired Badass: He was once a famous magic knight, and rumor has it that even at an advanced age he still has it.
- Secret Keeper: Of Suzaku's higher-ups, only he knows of Arecia's true identity and intentions.
Height: 175cm (5'9")
->Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese) and Jason Spisak (English)
- Cool Mask: A standard issue of Rubrum's foot soldiers.
- Cool Sword
- Death Is a Sad Thing: Dies crying for his fate and his younger brother.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A seemingly all-around good guy with a scar on his temple.
- Go Out with a Smile: Subverted — at first he tried to cheer himself with the thought of his brother, but is then overcome with fear and sadness.
- Horse of a Different Color: Has a beloved chocobo that Machina named Chichiri.
- I Don't Want to Die: Spends his final moments lamenting this.
- In the Hood: Also standard issue.
- Likes Older Women: He's dating Emina in the secret ending, who is four years older.
- Mounted Combat: Was his specialty it seems.
- Muggle: Years ago he and Machina applied for the Academy, but his lack of magic talent means he had to leave. He settled on raising chocobos, and it was during one such job that he met Ace.
- Otaku: For chocobos.
- Posthumous Character
- Sacrificial Lamb: He and his chocobo Chichiri perish, fueling some rage in his brother.
- Official Couple: With Emina
- Patriotic Fervor: He joined the Rubrum military after his hometown was razed, vowing to never again let something like that happen anywhere else.
- Retcon: In the secret ending, he never dies, and was last mentioned dating Emina.
- Skyward Scream: "AAAAACCCCCEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!"
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese) and Ariel Winter (English)
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Moglin", as decided upon by Cinque and later caught onto the rest of Class Zero.
- Fun with Acronyms: Moogle becomes an acronym for "Military Operation Organization Guidance/Logistics Expert".
- Mission Control
- Overly Long Name: Its real name is considered thus by Cinque, thus she insists on calling it "Moglin".
- Verbal Tic: The Moogle's standard "Kupo!"
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
Height: 165cm (5'5")
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese) and Eliza Jane Schneider (English)
- Abusive Parent: She is this to Class Zero whom she raises as Tykebombs. Justified in that they are living weapons to begin with.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her outfit leaves a lot of cleavage bared.
- Bare Your Midriff: Maybe she should buy a shirt that fits?
- Big Good: In a way, since she's the Mother of Class Zero. Moreso since she opposes Gala and is attempting to open Etro's Gate without using millions of deaths to do it.
- Casting Gag: Atsuko Tanaka has already played another Final Fantasy witch, VIII's Ultimecia for the Dissidia series.
- Coat Cape: Wears a long coat that provides this appearance.
- Hot Witch: She's one of the most gorgeous teachers Final Fantasy has ever produced.
- Parental Substitute: She was the one who raised the original twelve students in Class Zero.
- Pet the Dog: In the normal ending, she is convinced by Tiz and Joker to de-crystallize Machina and Rem, allowing them to record the deeds of their fallen classmates in order to know what motivated their decision to refuse becoming l'Cie and alter the course of history. This extends to the secret ending, where she allows the rest of Class Zero to live in an altered Orience where the crystals are no more, allowing them to reunite with Machina and Rem and live happily ever after.
- Physical God: She is really a fal'cie created by Pulse to try and open the Door of Souls.
- Seen It All: Has repeatedly seen various versions of Class Zero's failure against Cid and the destruction of Oriense. However, Rem and Machina's arrival spelled the ultimate subversion of this cycle, intriguing Arecia enough such that she eventually decides to pull off a Pet the Dog moment by triggering a Cosmic Retcon that causes the crystals to cease to exist and give Class Zero one more chance to live like a happy, if somehow ordinary, homeroom.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: Especially if it's in a long holder.
- Parental Substitute: She was the one who raised the original twelve students in Class Zero.
- Time Abyss: The world has been destroyed by Gala and recreated by Arecia 600,104,972 times.
- Vague Age: Her age is unknown. Since she's a fal'Cie that has overseen the cycle of Orience over six hundred million times, she's most likely trillions of years old.
- Walking Spoiler: She's actually a fal'Cie acting to manipulate Class Zero into becoming Agito to open Etro's Gate for her.
Joker is voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese) and Adam McArthur (English)
Height: 185cm (6'1")
Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (Japanese) and Marc Worden (English)
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon is a massive battle axe.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- Playing with Fire: His powers are fire-based.
- Still Wearing The Old Colors: He wears his old school uniform, partly as his way of retain what fleeting memory he has of his time at the Peristylium.
- Power at a Price: Due to being a l'Cie for so long he is slowly losing his memories and emotions.
- Really 700 Years Old: He is strongly implied to be at least a century old, having fought off both Nimbus and the Concordian army in the past.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As with all l'Cie, his eyes glow red.
Height: 178cm (5'10")
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese) and Daniel Robaire (English)
- Broken Ace: As a result of his time in the Crimson Mission, he has grown emotionally paralyzed, and hates himself as a result of the actions he's had to take during it.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: May seem like a self-obsessed idiot, but is actually a highly capable assassin as part of the Crimson Mission.
- Knife Nut: The Ultimania features a design for a switchblade owned by him.
- Knowledge Broker
- Nice Hat
- School Idol: So he claims to be.
- Stepford Smiler: Beneath his cheerful persona lies a man who has seen too much bloodshed throughout the war, more so as he is a Rubrum assassin.
- What the Hell, Hero??
- The Ace
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Her schtick is that she sells items and information at premium prices. If you do her side missions, she uses her faculty connections to join Class Zero and take over various duties for them at a "classmate discount".
- BFG: The official artbook, as well as the model mentioned below, reveal her weapon of choice to be a sort of magic railgun.
- Catch Phrase: She seems to be fond of an exaggerated "Harro~" and "Ciao!" in the Japanese version.
- Cool Big Sis: Has a little sister that doesn't appear in the game proper, but does get concept art in the Type 0 Artbook. She also follows the You Gotta Have Blue Hair trope, and is implied to be more stern and serious than Carla is.
- Dummied Out: The first demo for the game has a player character model for her in its files, implying she may have been playable or useable as a guest party member at some point in development.
- Genki Girl
- Gratuitous English
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: According to the Crimson Codex, her main reason for swindling people is to raise money to take care of her dying mother's medical bills.
- Knowledge Broker
- Money Fetish
- Red Baron: The Merchant of Flames.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Her high grades make her incredibly popular with the faculty, and she'll use this to her advantage frequently.
- Snake Oil Salesman
- Two-Faced Aside: Used when her plots to trick Class Zero fail.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- It Runs in the Family: Concept art of her little sister shows she has blue hair as well, although a darker shade.
Height: 145cm (4'9")
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese) and Paula Rhodes (English)
- Because You Were Nice to Me: One interpretation was that she had latched onto Qator because he saved her from prison. She even calls herself his minion and refused to return back to the dominion because of it, which ends up getting her killed.
- Kill the Cutie: Double subversion. She was shot by a Byakko sniper and was presumed dead by Class Zero. However she was taken to Ingram and was put in Qator's care. Then she was killed for real after the latter died because Milites soldiers forget that their leader actually took her refuge.
- Musical Theme Naming
- Nice Girl: Aria is actually a really kind person, despite her tone of speech.
- Nice Hat: It really is.
- Remembered Too Late: In her dying moments, she finally remembers that she never met her mother to begin with, and that both her father and brother died in battle, which may explain why she latched onto Qator as though he were her father.
- Shrinking Violet: It's only an act — she said that her mother insisted on her not saying anything at all.
Height: 174cm (5'9")
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese) and Erin Cotrell (English)
- Battle Ball Gown
- Heroic Sacrifice: She gives her life to summon the Grand Eidolon Alexander, and turn the tide of the war.
- Literally Shattered Lives: What immediately happens to her after crystallizing, most likely due to the strain of summoning Alexander.
- Older Than They Look: For a woman at least 500 years old, she appears as though she's only in her mid-twenties.
- Power at a Price
- Really 700 Years Old: She's mentioned in the history books going back centuries.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Might be a side effect of her long life.
- Also Antiquated Linguistics for the same reasons.
- Summon Magic: It was said that she can summon multiple War Gods by herself without dying. But for something like Alexander, not only she has to sacrifice people for a single summoning, she also goes to a Crystal Stasis and shatters after that.
Height: 188cm (6'2")
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese) and Chris Carmack (English)
- Bishōnen: He is rather attractive.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: It falls down his back near the end.
- Insufferable Genius: He's rather smug about his knowledge, but he is a genius. He managed to find out about Phantoma on his own, which is the highest-class of secrecy in the Dominion. This is why Queen gives him permission to join.
- Lamarck Was Right: His thirst for knowledge stems from yarns by his grandparents, who worked for the Magic Bureau.
- Becoming the Mask: Her experiences with Kurasame and Class Zero ultimately changed her mind, causing her to forefeit her mission to infiltrate Rubrum for Milites.
- Brainy Brunette
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: She eventually was outed as a former Milites spy and captured. Afterward, no one ever brings her up anymore, implying that she was executed.
- Hot for Teacher: The reaction she elicits from most male students. Poor Nine...
- Hot Teacher
- Jiggle Physics
- Ms. Fanservice: She even has events that depict her doing nothing but walking around her room with only her bikinis.
- The Mole: Was originally a Milites spy.
- Official Couple: With Izana in the secret ending.
- Token Wholesome: Despite how attractive she is, her uniform covers her whole body.
Height: 182cm (6'0")
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese) and Joel Johnstone (English)
- For Science!: When not making equipment for Rubrum, he researches a way to create an Artificial Human without regard for moral standards or Rubrum's desperation, much to Kurasame's consternation (especially considering he's using one of the latter's students as guinea pig).
- Hot Scientist
- Mad Scientist
- Running Gag: Every time you meet him (as different characters), expect him to knock the daylights out of whichever character you control and use him/her on some kind of experiment (much to Kurasame's irritation).
- Stoic Spectacles
Height: 220cm (7'3")
Voiced by: Masahiro Kobayashi (Japanese) and Travis Willingham (English)
- The Big Guy: It's in his half-Lorican blood, after all.
- Gentle Giant: Very soft spoken; and never gets mad at anyone that question his size, as Cinque can attests of.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: His grandfather is Enkidu.
- Still Got It: In Orience humans lose their ability to use magic once they hit past the twenties. Ryid defies such a convention.
- Crazy-Prepared: Mutsuki always thinks everyone is out to get her, explaining her arsenal of bombs.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Crimson Codex reveals that as a child she was kidnapped by a Militesi spy to extort her parents, who were technological researchers for Rubrum, into sharing the intel. The deal went badly, her parents were killed during the rescue, and their whole project was put in the barn, leaving Mutsuki emotionally stunted (even without the crystals' ability to erase the memory of the dead).
- Mad Bomber
- Messy Hair
- Ship Tease: With Ace, of all people.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Height: 160cm (5'3")
Voiced by: Masako Ikeda (Japanese) and Susan Silo (English)
- Blue Blood: The Crimson Codex reveals that Mitosuku was a noblewoman fast-tracked through the cadet training program, and thus was never able to see actual combat.
- Nepotism: Being a noble, Mitosuku was naturally rumored to have gotten her position solely by her blood ties, though she subverts it by actually performing her duty as cadetmaster.
Height: 168cm (5'6")
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (Japanese) and Barry Dennen (English)
Height: 175cm (5'9")
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese) and Michael Donovan (English)
- The Ace: In his younger years Zaidou proved himself one of Akademeia's brightest students, so much so his classmates joked that they are ready to drop out, and upon graduation he became responsible for many of Rubrum's many technological discoveries and innovations.
- Insufferable Genius: He is looked upon with some disdain by his peers at the Eight for his tendency to look down on them and flaunt his intelligence.
Height: 160cm (5'3")
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa (Japanese) and Jennifer Darling (English)
Height: 180cm (5'11")
Voiced by: Shuichiro Moriyama (Japanese) and Steve Blum (English)
- A God Am I: At the end of the game his body becomes the Rursan Arbiter, essentially a super-powered Eldritch Abomination l'Cie.
- Big Bad: He's the driving antagonist of the game by nature of leading Milites to war against the other nations.
- Commanding Coolness: His title is also translated as High-Commander
- Commissar Cap: Wears a very smart commander's cap.
- Cool Sword: Wields a katana as his personal weapon.
- Demonic Possession: He is possessed by Gala and transformed into the Rursan Arbiter near the end of the story.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After Gala tells Cid that Cid is going to be his vessel to become the Rursan Arbiter, and all Orience is just an experiment by the fal'Cie, Cid declares "People are not puppets of the gods!" and kills himself rather than submit willingly.
- Driven to Suicide: Cid beheads himself before Gala's presence as his last-ditch attempt to defy his fate as Gala's vessel.
- Eldritch Abomination: As the Rursan Arbiter, he's a gigantic humanoid torso with phantoma orbs emerging from the limbs, and in place of a head is a giant serpent body atop which is a sized-up version of Cid's human torso. Have a look◊.
- The Emperor: Milites has an actual Emperor, but Cid has imprisoned him and taken control in his place, making him this trope in practice. The Crimson Codex even says that Cid "[took] his place in duty if not name."
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a right-wing bastard, but even Cid is horrified when he finds out Gala has chosen him to be the Rursan Arbiter and usher in the end of the world.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Steve Blum, natch.
- Evil Stole My Faith: As a young man Cid witnessed the destruction of his homeland amidst the many wars that ravaged Orience, causing him to distrust the Crystals as something that can only lead humanity astray. He is ultimately proven right, when they turn out to be Gala's instruments for culling human souls and forcing open Etro's Gate.
- Expy: His motivations and methods are heavily inspired by Vayne. As Vayne wanted to conquer Ivalice to shake off the rule of the Occuria, Cid wants to conquer Orience to bring balance and equality without need for the favor of Crystals.
- Final Boss: Sort of. Cid kills himself rather than aid Gala willingly, but Gala just reanimates his body to use it anyway, and said body, in the form of the Arbiter of Rursan, is the final boss.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: In the first phase of the final battle, he manhandles your half-dead party with 9999-damage attacks. Then the second phase turns the tables in your favor: the crystallized Machina and Rem lend their power to their classmates one at a time (starting with the last to fall during the first phase), giving him/her Regen and functional immortality. All you need to do is strike at him at the right time, then perform a Phantoma extract which will destroy one of Cid's orbs but knock your character out, forcing Machina and Rem's spirits to take over another character and continue the fight — using up all twelve characters — until it's over.
- Necessarily Evil: Cid's campaign of conquest and destruction were the only methods he knows of uniting the world in defiance of the crystals. Unfortunately for him, he played right into Gala's hands.
- One-Winged Angel: He does so after absorbing the l'Cies' Phantoma.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Cid starts saying some odd things when the party arrives at the final dungeon. Because at that point he's killed himself and been possessed by Gala.
- Putting on the Reich: Not only does Milites remind one of Nazi Germany, but Cid is said to have taken control of the nature by manipulating the political scene. After taking command of Milites in the wake of the Emperor's disappearance, he shifted Milites' focus to increased industrialization and militarization in the name of global conquest, and dissenting authoritative bodies in Milites were either dissolved or absorbed into the Empire. Combine that with Cid's charismatic speeches to his troops and the eventual reveal the Byakko Crystal is losing power and the war is a way for Milites to avert its own collapse as a nation, and he's an obvious stand-in for Adolf Hitler.
- Rage Against the Heavens: After finding out that the world is really one big experiment created by the fal'cie servants of Lindzei and Pulse, he tells Gala to piss off and kills himself rather than be a willing pawn.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He kills himself to prevent Gala from using him as its pawn in destroying all of Orience. Alas, Gala apparently planned ahead and hijacked his body, anyways.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Whichever way Cid took the war's direction, the same result would have come about either way. Had Suzaku not defeated both Concordia and Milites to unite Orience, then those two would have destroyed Suzaku, and then Cid would have to turn on Concordia. One way or the other, the world would be united and Tempus Finis would arrive.
- Take Over the World: This is his goal, though ultimately for a noble reason.
- The Unfought: Cid himself is never fought but his already deceased body does become the monster that serves as the Final Boss.
- Unwitting Pawn: No matter how much he rages against the fal'Cie, it turns out that everything he did benefited no one but Gala himself.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ultimately Cid desires, above all else, an Orience free from the eternal repetition of cruel experiments of the fal'Cie and their crystals, even if it means making the whole world run red with blood.
- The Worf Effect: After he goes One-Winged Angel, he effortlessly kills Shinryu Celestia to show just how badass he's become.
Height: 190cm (6'3")
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese) and Mark C. Hanson (English)
- Ace Pilot: Of Magitek Armor
- Badass Longcoat
- Bling of War
- Death Equals Redemption: Dies preventing an Ultima Bomb secreted into his Gabriel from detonating over Ingram, all just to root out a Class Zero infiltration.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: According to the Rubicus, Qator used to have a sister four years his junior who was eventually forgotten after her death, save for a painting of her in their family mansion. This may subtly factor into his decision to adopt Aria, who bore a passing resemblance to the sister he vaguely remembers, after she was apparently killed during Class Zero's infiltration of Milites.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even a loyal general like Qator objects to nuking out the capital of their own nation through an Ultima Bomb secretly installed onto his Gabriel.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Famed In-Story: Many tales of his deeds circulate throughout Milites, some of which are exaggerated. What is undeniable about him, however, is his loyalty and his strength.
- Four-Star Badass: Despite being a general, he's usually found in the thick of things on the front lines.
- Light Is Not Good: Considering the name of his Magitek armor, "Gabriel", which has obvious angelic connotations.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Crimson Codex reveals that the Bashtar household actually descended from the first Emperor of Milites, and he was the eighth in line, but chose to give up his nobility and follow Cid instead.
- Sword and Gun
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Worthy Opponent: To Class Zero.
Height: 160cm (5'3")
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese) and Aimee Castle (English)
- Ace Pilot
- Catch Phrase: "Saiaku" ("the worst"; in this context, "you suck" or "this sucks")
- Cool Mask
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Under the armor, of course.
- Evil Genius: Qun'mi started her career as a scientist helping with the creation of the Crystal Jammers when Cid discovers her and offers her a better-paying position in the Militesi hierarchy.
- Humongous Mecha: Her Magitek armor the Dáinsleif.
- Kitsune: The Dáinsleif is themed after one.
- Power Nullifier: The Dáinsleif Armor has a Crystal Jammer.
- Badass Cape
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Under the armor, of course.
- Driven to Suicide: His Rubicus entry implies that, after bringing Cid into Pandaemonium, Nimbus simply disappeared and was implied to have taken his own life as an act of defiance to free himself from the endless cycle of Orience's creation and destruction.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- Light 'em Up
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a l'Cie with cyborg parts in his body.
- Really 700 Years Old: He is implied to be at least a century old.
- The Quiet One
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Only natural considering he was the ruler of the Lorican Alliance.
- BFS. It puts the Buster Sword and Masamune to shame, it does.
- Bonus Boss: In subsequent playthroughs, he can be fought in his eight-armed form. The cadets of Class Zero receive their ultimate weapons after defeating him in one-on-one combat.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Subverted, but according to the Rubicus he was once distrusted by Lorican nobility for his perceived lack of qualifications to inherit his father's throne as King, culminating in a coup in the year 832, which was partially inspired by that which saw Cid take the reins of Milites. Gilgamesh prevailed, but not without the sacrifice of his trusted servant Enkidu, and soon prove himself truly worthy of his father's throne.
- Intergeneration Friendship: With Enkidu.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He has forgotten his past as ruler of Lorica and his friend Enkidu, and has only started to regain them during the story.
- Large and In Charge: Before his nation was destroyed.
- My Greatest Failure: Being unable to save Lorica from an Ultima Bomb.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: In his Bonus Boss fights.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Samurai: His armor design gives off this motif.
- Start of Darkness: If he is the same Gilgamesh seen throughout the series, this is likely where his story begins. No other game has given him an origin story thus far, and the final battle with him takes place in the Rift, fitting in perfectly with his fate to Wander the Multiverse through the Rift that connects the worlds.
- Worthy Opponent: As he wanders without his focus. He decides to leave after Class Zero doesn't put up a good enough fight for him.
Height: 240cm (7'10")
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese) and Liam O Brien (English)
- Big Brother Mentor: Acts as one to Gilgamesh.
- The Good Chancellor: The Royal Advisor to his King Gilgamesh.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the failed Lorican coup he died protecting Gilgamesh.
- Intergeneration Friendship: With Gilgamesh, having helped raise him since childhood.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Ryid's grandfather.
- Posthumous Character
- Undying Loyalty: He swore fealty to Gilgamesh after the latter pardoned him for a scandal involving his daughter having an affair with a Rubrum nobleman (the result of which was Ryid).
Kingdom of Concordia
- Disposable Woman: Her death only served to further the game.
- The High Queen: She was the ruler of Concordia.
- Nice Hat: Her extremely elaborate headdress....
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her matching dress.
- Older Than They Look: She looks like a teenager!
- Overly Long Name: Read it for yourself.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She was willing to broker peace and gave advice to Class Zero.
- The Seer: She could foresee the future and knew that she would be killed if she went to Millites.
- The Atoner: As restitution for falsely blaming Class Zero for Andoria's death.
- Battle Ball Gown
- Dub Name Change: Her Japanese name is Hoshihime, literally 'star princess', that in trailers and promotional arts always changes to Celestia.
- The Beastmaster
- Killed Off for Real: Dies trying to fight the apotheosized Cid in her Shinryu form.
- Nice Hat
- Knight in Shining Armor
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Swears fealty to her Kingdom, whatever the cost. Unfortunately used in a villainous manner when she antagonizes Class Zero, blaming them for Andoria's death, unaware of Milites' hand in her queen's murder.
- Older Than They Look: Not as much as Andoria, but still, she's 32.
- Overly Long Name
- Patriotic Fervor
- Revenge Before Reason: Andoria's murder (while in Class Zero's refuge) automatically places the entire Class under Celestia's Roaring Rampage of Revenge — it's not until she learns of Milites' treachery that she rejoins the party for good.
- Scaled Up: Her dragon form. She fell and turned to a dragon irreversibly near the end.
- Turn the Other Cheek: After the truth about Andoria's death is revealed, she immediately helps the Class Zero taking down Cid. She also forgives them for the fact that her child was killed in the previous battle against them afterward.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A bit teal.
- Cool Mask
- Drunk with Power
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers
- High Collar of Doom
- Older Than They Look: Though given that he frequently wears a mask, his age is not obvious. Jun Fukuyama is known for voicing teenage boys though.
- The Quisling: After Andoria's death, he effectively takes over Concordia and signs a peace treaty with Milites, unaware of its role in Andoria's murder. But it turns out he has another motive of this...
- The Starscream: He actually wanted to kick Andoria from the throne since a long time ago, and change Concordia back to the time where men were in charge of the nation. At the first sight of Milites' offer for it, he quickly takes the bait.
OtherWarning - all spoilers in these profiles are unmarked.
- All-Powerful Bystander: She too is a fal'Cie, but takes no active role in the game's events.
- Narrator: Narrates things when appropriate.
- Nice Hat: Wears a magnificent headdress.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Wears a large gold and white gown.
- The Watcher: She observes everything that happens without interfering.
- Bigger Bad: It's far more dangerous and powerful than Cid, but doesn't do anything in the plot until the end of the game.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: At the end of each cycle he will possess one human and transform them into the Rursan Arbiter to begin Finis.
- Expy: Of Barthandelus, a fellow servant of Lindzei who set out to open Etro's Door by means of killing a bunch of people.
- Final Boss: He's the final boss, via possessing Cid's body to transform it into the Rursan Arbiter.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His method to open Etro's Gate? Kill everyone in Orience and create a rush of souls to force it open.
- Physical God: As a fal'Cie, naturally.
- Puny Humans: When speaking through Cid, he doesn't think too highly of mortals. Practically every other line of dialogue is him sneering at how pathetic and worthless you are.
- Tin Tyrant: Is clad head to toe in a suit of red armor.
- Villainous Breakdown: As you wear down the Rursan Arbiter, he goes from taunting you to shouting This Cannot Be! and similar cries of denial. By the time you're on the last character, he stops talking at all and just growls at you.