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Characters: Grandia II
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Ryudo

"These guys were no real challenge!"
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese) and Cam Clarke (English)

The main character and a Geohound, a vagrant willing to do any job for gold, along with his partner Skye. Originally hired to escort Elena to Garmia Tower (a job outside of his normal duties), Ryudo stays on as her bodyguard during her pilgrimage to see the Pope.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: A pariah in his native Garlan, where he was scapegoated for massacred apparently caused by a Horns of Valmar-possessed Melfice and basically ran out of town.
    • The whole world (particularly followers of Granas) is openly prejudiced against Geohounds. It's never really explained why, save for the implication that Geohounds have the reputation of accepting all kinds of dirty work.
  • All a Part of the Job: Uses this to explain some of his actions a lot in the beginning. It frustrates Elena quite a bit.
  • Adventure Duo: With Skye.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: His first client all but spits in his face during the prologue, so you can see why Ryudo acts all-business.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Elena, right off the bat.
  • Berserk Button: Unapologetically acts like a total Jerkass to everyone, especially Elena. However, when the life of a little girl possessed by the Eyes of Valmar is threatened, he gets pissed. Especially when said girl's own mother begs him to "put her out of her misery".
    • To a lesser extent, there's religion and women. At the very least, they annoy the living crap out of him, and he tends to be extremely impatient regarding either one. He gets over this during the course of the game, though.
  • Book Dumb:
    St. Heim holy Text:"Does not the light of the sun shine even now? Does not the land await the return of its True God, May the light come quickly.''"
  • Broken Pedestal: Witnessed a double-whammy when Melfice stole a sacred sword from Grail Mountain and used it to murder his girlfriend Reena, thinking lust for power corrupted his soul, unaware of the Horns of Valmar possessing him.
  • Captain Crash: Hardly his own fault, though. The Skyway is torn apart by an evil wind from Valmar's Moon, and the Granasaber lacks the fuel to make a soft landing.
  • Chest Insignia: A butterfly. The significance of it isn't explained, it's just there.
  • Child Hater: A vocal one, though he warms up to Roan. A turning point for him occurs when Selene arrives to burn Aira at the stake; Ryudo sides with the girl against the entire town, including some of his teammates.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Ryudo acts more or less assexual throughout the game, unlike the horny adolescent Justin. It takes some prodding, but he eventually does succumb to Millenia's advances.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not only did Ryudo relinquish his ancestral duty to watch over Garland, he traveled to the opposite side of the globe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Par excellance, Always count on Ryudo to put the damper on tender moments between his teammates.
  • Determinator: In the hellacious aftermath of Mareg's death.
  • Don't Call Me Sir: Does not respond well to being called "son" or "sir", and insists on being referred to by first name only. Only Roan gets away with calling him "Mister Ryudo", but then the kid attaches a suffix to everybody.
  • Everyone Can See It: Skye immediately picks up on his unspoken feelings for Elena, and Roan soon ribs him about this, particularly when she briefly leaves the party in St. Heim. When she rejoins, Ryudo pretends he doesn't care one way or the other, but his Freudian Slips say otherwise.
  • Evil Hand: The Horns of Valmar. He very nearly cleaves Elena in two.
  • Facepalm: One of his more frequent expression portraits.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ryudo has had to develop a hard shell to survive.
  • The Hero: And a rather anti-heroic one.
  • I Gave My Word: Always sees his job through, no matter what. This later becomes Ryudo's pretext for behaving like a do-gooder all of a sudden.
  • I Have No Brother: Ryudo explicitly says that as far as he's concerned, Melfice is no brother of his.
  • I Work Alone: "I work best alone." So much for that.
  • Jerkass/Jerkass Façade/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially starts off as a devil-may-care, foul-mouthed jerk who seems to be Only in It for the Money. It is later revealed, however, that his attitude is but a coping mechanism to deal with low public opinion of his job, as well as his Dark and Troubled Past. By the end of the game, he's mellowed out a bit, and became more friendly as time passed.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Seemingly everybody on the planet annoys him for some reason or another.
  • Leaving You to Find Myself: In the game's ending, he leaves both of his admirers hanging.
  • Marry Them All: The ending implies that Ryudo is together with both Elena and Millenia.
  • Nay-Theist: One explanation for the anathema toward Geohounds is that they're considered a blasphemous profession. For his part, Ryudo has little patience for faith of any kind.
  • Nice Earflaps
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: With regards to Millenia.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Until Elena's influence rubs off on him. Though he starts out by divorcing himself from the world, Ryudo gradually develops into a noble character who is sick of seeing people suffer.
  • Odd Couple: With Elena.
  • Oh My Gods!: Ryudo actually exclaims "Oh for the love of Granas" at one point, though it's done ironically.
    • He later yells "By the blood!" during his argument with Selene, this time with sincerity.
  • Parental Substitute: Ryudo and Melfice were orphaned as children and raised by the village elder. Subverted when Melfice razed the town, causing the chief and his wife to disown Ryudo.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Ryudo gets one when Cyrum is overrun by demons. Having endured a trip to the moon, the deaths of two of his buddies, and a rough landing, he's not in a great mood at the moment.
    Ryudo: (to Roan) You might want to start a bonfire, though. Going to be a lot of bodies when I'm done.
  • A Protagonist Is Ryu: (do)
  • Resigned to the Call: He keep getting roped into bigger and bigger jobs. He was first contacted by Father Carius to oversee a ritual at Garlam Tower — that's all. This escalates to accompanying Elena to see the Pope, who then railroads him into finding Granas' sword.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Elena is frequently mistaken for his ladyfriend, causing no end of embarrassment for both.
  • Shonen Hair
  • The Snark Knight / Stepford Snarker: There is quite a reservoir of righteous anger buried inside Ryudo, but it takes him an eternity to show it.
  • Sword Plant: His Victory Pose, and also his Sky Dragon Slash move.
  • Too Many Belts: He almost squeaks by, seeing as two of them are attached to his knapsack. But the boots put him over the top.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Tsundere: A male example, especially towards Elena.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ryudo was sent to find the Granasaber not for the sword itself, but to unseal the Body of Valmar.
  • UST: With Elena and Millenia.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Skye.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: With Elena at first; they eventually get past this.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Ryudo tracking his hated brother back to Garland Island. The villagers don't exactly throw a ticker tape parade for him, let's just leave it at that. He returns home in the epilogue to lay his brother to rest, implying that he's finally been welcomed back.

Skye

Voiced by: Yukitoshi Hori (Japanese) and Paul Eiding (English)

A talking falcon who took it upon himself to accompany Ryudo three years ago. At 58 years old, Skye is ironically something of a paternal figure to the hotheaded Geohound. He knows more about Ryudo than anyone else in the group.

Elena

"I pray that we shall be safe ahead."
Voiced by: Hiroko Konishi (Japanese) and Jennifer Hale (English)

A songstress of Granas, Elena is the sole survivor of a ceremony to reinforce the seal on the evil god Valmar in Garmia Tower. When the ceremony fails, Elena is infected by a Fragment of Valmar. Her only hope lies in journeying to St. Heim and meeting with Pope Zera. Her temperament and manners are the polar opposite of Ryudo's, and the duo form a uneasy alliance.

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Millenia's Veronica
  • Big Eater: Only Mareg rivals her in appetite. Once Ryudo points this out, she's careful no to overeat again in public; but that doesn't stop Ryudo from ribbing her about it constantly.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Ryudo may act like a boor, but it's clear by the end that he would rather keep traveling with Elena.
  • The Chick
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Much of the game's missions could be sidetracks if Elena would only keep her gob shut.
    Tio: Songstress? What is a songstress?
    Ryudo: Someone who meddles in the affairs of others without considering the consequences.
  • Distressed Damsel: Upon the party's return to St. Heim, the Pope abducts her to Valmar's Moon. Zera isn't interested in Elena, however, but rather the piece of Valmar hiding inside of her.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Elena becomes aware of her split-personality after the team gets separated in the Skyway crash. Though they start off hating each other, the duo eventually form a grudging alliance.
  • Good Shepherd: Elena may be just a middling Songstress, but she's the hardest-working evangelist in the entire Church.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Alongside Millenia in the game's ending.
  • The Heart
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Subverted a bit in the last act, when Ryudo discovers she's been working as a double agent for Zera since they left St. Heim.
  • The Ingenue
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for being duped into lying to Ryudo and cooperating in Valmar's revival, causing an attack of the evil god's minions on the site of the "sealing" ceremony.
  • Love Freak
  • The Medic: Starts with the Holy Egg, and learns a special healing move late in the game.
  • Morality Chain: To Ryudo, whether he wants to admit it or not.
  • The Power of Rock: Elena's singing helps Ryudo recover from the corruption of the Horn of Valmar inside him.
    • At the game's conclusion, she leads the survivor of Cyrum in singing a hymn to Granas, in defiance of Valmar's advancing troops.
  • Proper Lady
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Millenia's red.
  • Squishy Wizard: Has most of the stats of one; one notable subversion is that she has the second lowest magical power in the game (Mareg has the lowest), opposing Millenia having the highest. Because of this, she's restricted to being a White Magician Girl most of the time.
  • Screaming Woman
  • Suicide Mission: Or so she thinks.
  • Token Good Teammate
  • Was It All a Lie?: Elena to Pope Zera, as the latter prepares to revive Valmar using the parts that Elena has absorbed. As Zera points out, he did promise to remove Millenia from her body, so he technically kept his promise.
  • White Magician Girl
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist
  • You Didn't Ask: Starting from her meeting with Pope Zera, Elena's unspoken mission has been to absorb all of Valmar's parts and then allow herself to be killed. The reason she didn't tell Ryudo is because he holds the Horns of Valmar, and she cannot bring herself to kill him, too.

Millenia

Voiced by: Mai Hoshikawa (Japanese) and Jodi Benson (English)

A physical manifestation of the Wings of Valmar, which were mistakingly sealed inside Elena. Millenia also functions as the alternate personality of Elena — wild, fun-loving and violent. She takes an instant liking to Ryudo and decides to help him, though her ultimate goal is to reassemble Valmar. In the beginning, Millenia secretly takes control over Elena's body whenever she is asleep or unconscious. Over time, Elena becomes aware of her alter-ego and a psychological tug-of-war ensues.

Roan

"Ah, that was a breeze."
Voiced by: Tomoko Ishimura (Japanese) and B. J. Ward (English)

A bright and well-mannered young boy who is journeying with a circus troupe. He chooses to join Ryudo's party after the latter helps him retrieve a treasured medal.

Mareg

Voiced by: Daisuke Gouri (Japanese) and Peter Lurie (English)

The biggest, fiercest, and most respected warrior of his clan. After his home was attacked by Melfice, Mareg set out from his island village to hunt him down. Though merciless toward his opponents, Mareg is soft-hearted and genial toward strangers.

Tio

Voiced by: Junko Iwao (Japanese) and Kim Mai Guest (English)

An automaton from the time of the war between Granas and Valmar. Tio is programmed to serve the Army of Darkness, but with her master long dead, she finds that she cannot act without orders. Mareg, who is mistakingly designated as her new "Master", encourages Tio to serve her own ends and discover her feelings.

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Melfice

Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (Japanese) and John Cygan (English)

The initial antagonist of the game. Once a promising swordsman, Melfice unexpectedly went mad and became a bloodthirsty killer. His only family is Ryudo, who believes him to be dead.

Selene

Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese) and Kim Mai Guest (English)

A High Priestess of Granas and the church's lead inquisitor. She is uncompromising in her efforts to stamp out heretics, and is notorious for burning down entire villages suspected of harboring evil. Selene is constantly accompanied by her Cathedral Knights, a ruthless brigade of soldiers who work for the church.

  • The Baroness: Selene sits on the right hand of Pope Zera, and frequently embarrasses him with her antics.
  • Beat Still, My Heart
  • Black and White Insanity: Selene travels through the world, accompanied by a battalion of knights, to purify the world of ambiguously-termed "darkness." (Essentially a Witch Hunt.) Selene is also bloodthirsty, expressing disappointment at not having been able to carry out the burning of Mirumu or participate in the St. Heim bloodbath.
  • Blood Magic: Selene slits her wrist as an offering to Valmar, releasing the Granas Seal on his body. Despite seemingly losing a few pints, she walks it off. She also boots one of her Knights into the pit to hurry Valmar along.
  • Bloody Murder: Valmar's Heart has a special attack (Black Fog Spew) in which it twirls around while gushing blood from its open 'arteries'.
  • Burn the Witch!: Her job is to root out darkness, even if it means cordoning off an entire village and breaking out the torches.
  • Church Militant: Among the church parishioners, she is nicknamed "The Hammer of Granas".
  • Combat Stilettos: What is the lead inquisitor dong wearing high heeled boots, anyway?
    • A satirical churchgoer can be found in St. Heim: one of Selene's groupies, turning red at the thought of her 'chastising' him.
  • Dark Chick: Just as Elena represents the good of the church, Selene is an embodiment of the bad.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Selene carries out her duties with steely determination and a creepy, fixed smile.
  • The Dragon: To Pope Zera.
  • Final Solution: During the St. Heim massacre she reveals it was not by her order, "unfortunately", that her Knights turned their swords on the citizenry. She laments the people praying in the Cathedral like rats on a sinking ship, and explains death as the way to end suffering.
  • The Fundamentalist: Selene is a devoted individual, ready to do anything to appease the Church. She is even prepared to sacrifice her own life, calling it nothing more than a "sad test."
  • Fusion Dance: Leaps from a high perch onto the upturned swords of the Cathedral Knights. Cut to a Gory Discretion Shot of blood seeping down from the staircase, followed by the guardsmen becoming a repugnant, writhing mass that turns into Valmar's Heart.
  • Hanging Judge: Known for her tough stance on heresy.
  • Hime Cut
  • Hitler Cam: Selene delivers her last sermon on a podium overlooking St. Heim, watching as her troops hack the citizens to pieces.
  • Holier Than Thou
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Of her voltion.
  • Iron Lady
  • Lady of War: As leader of the Cathedral Knights, she traverses the globe in order to purify it for Granas' arrival. Subverted - she's actually preparing the world for Valmar's arrival, as he is the only existing god.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Her boss form resembles a giant piranha fish, with fang-covered ventricles for a mouth and broadswords for fins.
  • Motive Rant: Selene gives one before transforming into Valmar's Heart.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning
  • Nun Too Holy
  • Obstructive Zealot: Selene only spares Mirumu because the people begin to wake from their sleep. She reports back to Zera and is publicly denounced, though it's doubtful Zera actually gave a toss about the village and was merely keeping up appearances.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Note than unlike the game's other, more animated characters, Selene's change of expression is barely perceptible. This is not an accident: Her idea of showing anger is, literally, slightly narrowing her eyes and smiling a centimer wider.
  • Psycho Strings: Her theme music, which can be heard at the end of "The Broken Seal". (OST)
  • Sound-Only Death
  • We Will Meet Again: Selene promises she "shall not forget" Ryudo after he puts a damper on her mother-and-daughter barbecue. However, she only makes three more appearances in total.
  • Woman in White

Pope Zera Innocentius

Voiced by: Osamu Saka (Japanese) and Richard Doyle (English)

  • After Action, Villain Analysis: Subverted by Millenia, cutting off Elena's soliloquy to announce Zera is "just a FOOL!"
  • Beneath the Mask: He's very convincing in the role of a kind-hearted philanthropist. When he chides Selene for her overzealousness, you almost believe he's the sane one.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Big Bad: Hiding under the veneer of a Big Good.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Dark Messiah: Foreshadowed by his popular nickname, "The Priest Who Will Save the World".
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: He goes absolutely bananas after spilling his plan to Elena. It really is something to watch.
  • Faith Heel Turn: To hear him tell it, Zera spent years staring up at Valmar's Moon from his cell at Granas Cathedral, alone in his knowledge that the church is a sham and there's no deity coming to save them all.
  • Fat Bastard: His final boss form has animated jowls.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • A God Am I: This is Pope Zera's goal, to reunite Valmar and be reborn as Valmar's Will.
  • High Collar of Doom
  • Immortality Immorality: With the Day of Darkness fast approaching, Zera panicked and cashed in his chips with Valmar, in a bid to merge with 'God' himself. The rest of the world will just be destroyed.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Admits to originally hiring Melfice to find the Granasaber first.
  • Meet the New Boss: To General Baal from the first game. Both are introduced as benevolent (if somewhat shady) father-figures to their two favorite subordinates, and promptly transform into hammy villains the moment their jig is up. Their ultimate goals are also pretty similar: Baal wants to merge with Gaia, essentially ascending to godhood; Zera wants to merge with Valmar, becoming the closest thing to "God" that exists in the world. The main difference is that were Baal seemed to be a puppet with delusions of grandeur, Zera took on Valmar and actually came out on top. This is reflected in Baal bullying the party right before the true final boss, whereas Zera is the final boss.
    • There is another, subtler comparison. After plowing through Zera's various boss forms, the final bout is... a big moth wearing Zera's face. He continues to trash-talk you throughout the fight (GOD IS OMNIPOTENT!), despite obviously being at a disadvantage. When Baal completely loses his human form, he confronts you as a big monster; he shrivels up into a small worm once defeated, squealing about his 'superiority' before scurrying off.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: By this point, he's become so cynical that he scorns mankind for buying into his giant scam religion.
  • Mole in Charge
  • Omnicidal Maniac
  • Shut Up, Kirk!:
    "Insolence...power of the human heart, indeed! I spit upon your feeble strength."
  • Sinister Minister: Taking mass, and kicking ass.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Zera goes even further (if that's possible) off the deep end when you defeat Valmar's Core a second time. He decides that if the age of gods is over, then there's no need for man — and without any need for man, there is no need for the world.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Elicits this from Elena following his defeat. (Millenia is less understanding.)
  • This Cannot Be!: See "Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum."
  • Villainous BSOD: When Zera finds he cannot reconcile his supposed "godhood" with his ultimate defeat by the heroes, he spends his last moments quietly lamenting his flawed humanity.
    "Was it Valmar's Moon that led me to this cold, dead place? Or was it always...only...me?"
  • We Can Rule Together: Of all the people opposing Valmar's revival, Zera wasn't expecting any complaints from Millenia, of all people. He reminds Millenia that this is "unbecoming" behavior for a demon, especially since they're about to rule the world together. Her rejoinder is one for the ages.
    Millenia: I don't wanna!

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