The characters of Half-Minute Hero and its XBLA port Super Mega Neo Climax. Thankfully, we have far more than 30 seconds to describe everyone in the game; otherwise, we'd probably ruin the economy paying the Time Goddess every so often.
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Half Minute Hero 1
The Time Goddess
A goddess who had fought a great battle with the Ultimate Evil Lord for eons, eventually sealing her away. She helps the Hero on his journey to stop the evil lords from casting the 30-second spell of destruction by rewinding time (for a fee, of course). She also assists the Evil Lord and the Princess, as well as the Knight in the form of the Sage.
A young traveler living in Goddess Era 100, tasked with saving the world from being obliterated in 30 seconds by the spell of destruction. Thanks to the Time Goddess, he doesn't need to break a sweat.
The (Beautiful!) Evil Lord
Unlike the other Evil Lords from Hero 30, this Evil Lord only learned and cast the spell of destruction out of grief of losing his lover Millenia. However, thanks to the Hero's kindness, he regains his sanity and stops the spell. Now (in GE 200) he sets out to break the curse placed upon her, fighting and punishing the humans that dare stand in his way.
The princess of the World Nation, which was established prior to the current era of GE 300. Armed with her crossbow, her loyal troupe of knights, and her determination, she sets out to try and find cures for her father, the ailing King.
The last surviving knight after the awakening of the Ultimate Evil Lord and the ensuing monsters' rampage, revived by a benevolent Sage. In the desolate year of GE 500, he accompanies the Sage through the ruined World Nation, defending him from the now-dominant monsters.
A mysterious wizard who revives a Knight and has him serve as his bodyguard. With his help, he goes around the ruined world, purifying it of monsters as he seeks the three brave souls of times past. He is actually the reincarnation of the Time Goddess.
NoireThe overarching antagonist of the game, he seeks to revive the Ultimate Evil Lord so that he can use her power for his own. He has taught the spell of destruction to various evil overlords in Hero 30, antagonized the Beautiful Evil Lord by kidnapping and cursing his lover prior to Evil Lord 30, cursed the King of the World Nation in Princess 30, and finally killed the Time Goddess to awaken the Ultimate Evil Lord, allowing the events before Knight 30 and Hero 300 to pass.
Black Knight Lord Zain
Reaper Lord Lamde
GrilladeOne of Roseir's servants, Grillade pesters the Knight and Sage as they travel the ruined world.
Ultimate Evil Lord
The Evil LordsA collective of evil lords who have learned the spell of destruction and will use it for their own ends. This excludes the Beautiful Evil Lord, Black Knight Lord Zain, The Goddess of Judgement, Lord Larrie, Reaper Lord Lamde, Overlord Hol, and Noire, who all have their own sections.
The Bandit TrioA trio of misfits who cause mischief across the lands the Hero travels.
Tropes shared by all three characters:
LarrieThe young brat of the trio.
CullyThe stout one of the trio.
MoThe sneaky one of the trio.
SashaA girl Hero meets in a quest and rescues from some monsters.
MilleniaA young human woman who the Evil Lord fell in love with. They shared a happy life together until Noire kidnapped her and turned her into a bat. After the Hero rescued her, The Evil Lord set about finding Noire to make him remove the curse.
The Goddess of JudgementThe Big Bad from Valhalla Knights 2 (another game developed by XSEED), she reprises her role in the Bonus Dungeon Another Goddess, while acting as a Walking Spoiler. Only appears in the PSP version.
The KingThe king of the World Nation, who united it under his rule and proceeded to live a happy life with his queen and daughter, the Princess. Unfortunately, at the beginning of Princess 30, he falls ill and becomes bedridden, causing the Princess to go out and find a means to cure him of his sickness.
Johnny and MaxThe Princess's two most loyal guards. They (along with up to 28 others) carry her across the land while she rains arrow-shaped death at whatever monsters stand in her way.
YushaThe protagonist of the Overture and Judgement chapters. The commander of Brave Kingdom's commando force in Goddess Era 600. Tasked initially with clearing out the last remnants of the Evil Lords, he's eventually given a top-secret mission from the queen herself. A mysterious man with no knowledge of his past. Furthering his mystery, he has a single white wing that appears when he gets serious in battle.
YushiaThe protagonist of the Revolution chapter. A princess, and descendant of heroes, living in the Time Goddess Academy in Goddess Era 800. When the Evil Empire breaks its peace treaties and attacks, she considers it her duty as a hero to take up arms and fight them.
YujaThe protagonist of the Ragnarok chapter. A descendant of heroes. In Goddess Era 999, Yuja travels the land, beating up gods who are trying to disrupt the peace between humans and demons. His amazing strength has earned him the title "God Hunter".
Party Members and Major Allies
YashuA sub-commander in the Brave Kingdom's Commando Force, alongside Yusha and Guy. A longtime sparring partner and friendly rival of Yusha, and fiercely loyal to Queen Maria.
GuyA sub-commander in the Brave Kingdom's Commando Force, alongside Yusha and Yashu. Not nearly as stoic or serious as his comrades, and a bit of a womanizer.
RamizA Brave Kingdom soldier who has a top-secret mission for Yusha on behalf of the queen. A dutiful soldier, but not much about him is known.
RurufiA sorcerer's apprentice who helps Yusha see through the Mist Dragon's deception, joining him on his quest.
KnightThe same Knight who saved the world alongside the Hero and others from the first game. He has continued to live as the Time Goddess's servant to help protect the world.See his entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Protagonists above for more details.
RokenA veteran traveling swordsman who comes back to battle to help fight off the Rock Dragon, joining Yusha on his adventure afterwards.
ColeA prisoner of Brave Kingdom. He helps Yusha escape jail after his wrongful imprisonment between Overture and Judgement.
RinaA young girl from a village on the outskirst of Brave Kingdom, she is able to play melodies that can lull animals to sleep. She joins Yusha to help him defeat the Evil Lords.
Dai and ZochiA pair of carpenters who maintain the giant mobile fortress "Hero Castle."
FranciscaAn Evil Lord who loves to collect weapons. She loves them so much, that she doesn't want the world to be destroyed, as it would mean the destruction of her weapon collection as well.
Evil LordThe same Beautiful Evil Lord who saved the world alongside the Hero and others from the first game. Not to be confused with the other Evil Lords out to destroy the world.See his entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Protagonists above for more details.
GrilladeSee his entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Antagonists above for more details.
UltrosA demon dog that Rina has befriended.
NanakoOne of Yushia's friends at Goddess Academy. A technological expert who made Yushia's bowgun.
LevanA handsome, though somewhat narcissistic friend of Yushia at Goddess Academy.
ShamalA Beastwoman defending her home from the Empire's invasion. Initially hostile to Yushia, she joins after Yushia helps protect her home.
Brave General SilveriaOne of the Empire's Three Imperial Generals. Although technically in opposition to Yushia's quest, she helps her out in order to mitigate casualties caused by the reckless actions of the other generals. Defects from the Empire and joins Yushia for good in order to help her destroy the monstrous Grimoire beasts that the Empire had created.
TetsuA robot abandoned at the Imperial Laboratory. With a little help from Nanako, he is repaired and gladly aids Yushia on her quest.
GeezerA mysterious, silent swordsman in a hood who has come to the heroes' aid. His true identity is none other than the Hero from the first game, and Yusha's father.
AthenaThe princess of the empire. Somewhat haughty and conceited, but holds much love for her father and country. Opposes Yushia on multiple occasions, but eventually joins up with her to save her father, who has fallen into madness. For tropes, see her entry under Half Minute Hero 2 —> Main Antagonists
CooA blind girl who is the last of the Singer tribe, after the God Nine silenced the rest of them with their light. Is roped into helping Yuja stop the God Nine when he discovers that her song is the only thing that can counter the God Nine's magic.
KarinA nun who joins Yuja to protect her village from the one of the raging God Nine. After helping slay the God, she decides to devote herself to the Time Goddess instead.
No. 30An Android developed by the Empire from Revolution with the purpose of allowing them to manipulate the Timestream like the Time Goddess can. Serves as Yuja and company's Time Goddess while the actual Time Goddess has gone off the deep end.
OronA young boy who lives near the Tower of Contracts, whose village is wiped out while he is out. With Yuja's help, he is able to make a contract with either an angel or a demon to gain immense power, and accompanies Yuja to help save the world afterwards.
Sach, the Third Daughter of SlaughterOne of the Venus Seven. A speed-demon through and through, she challenges Yuja to a motorcycle race, eschewing combat and sanctuaries and betting it all on the track. Impressed by Yuja's performance and strength, she decides to join his team after the battle.
AsurakoThe combat expert of the Venus Seven. A powerful fighter who built an arena to satisfy her desire for a good fight. After refusing to stay dead after defeating by Yuja several times, he convinces her to join as a comrade-in-arms.
CozainSon of Zain, the Black Knight Evil Lord. After Zain's defeat in Judgement, he appears periodically throughout the game to take revenge for his father's death, fighting each of the heroes at least once. After giving his all in one final fight against Yuja, he joins Yuja to help fulfill the ideal of a world where everyone, human, demon, angel, or otherwise can live together in peace.
SashaA former zombie who passed on and became an angel, who since reunited with Hero from the first game. Is Yusha's mother, and has been waiting nearly 900 years to reunite with her family after Yusha was taken away from them before the start of the game.See her entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Other above for more details.
The Eight ElementsA host of powerful beasts that wield great magical powers. They plan to destroy the world, according to Ramiz and the Queen. They are able to annihilate all life on the continent with their powerful Breath of Destruction.
Reaper Lord LamdeAn Evil Lord with power over death. One of Overlord Hol's right-hand men in the previous game, he now works for Evil Lord Mestvolos in a similar capacity.
The Four Ultimate KingsA host of powerful Evil Lords that serve as Mestvolos' top commanders. Like all Evil Lords, they are able to destroy the world with their Spell of Destruction.
Ultimate Evil Lord MestvolosRuler of the Dark World and strongest of the Evil Lords. Seeks to conquer the world above, destroying all humans with the Spell of Destruction.
Fierce General GustafOne of the Empire's Three Imperial Generals. A bloodthirsty fighter who is indiscriminate in the use of force to accomplish his goals.
Wise General RichterOne of the Empire's Three Imperial Generals. A scientist who is equal parts brilliant and full of himself. The main scientist behind the development of the Evil Lord Weapons, each equipped with their own continent-leveling Destruction Device.
AthenaThe princess of the empire. Somewhat haughty and conceited, but holds much love for her father and country. Opposes Yushia on multiple occasions.
The GrimoiresA group of seven artificially-grown Evil Lords made to tap into the power of the Timestream, and siphon it to the Empire. However, the power proves to be too much for the technology to control, causing them to run mad across the land, threatening it with their built-in Destruction Devices.
Emperor GolvadisLeader of the Empire. He has ordered the collection and research into naturally-grown Chrono Crystals and the Timestream for unknown, yet likely sinister reasons.
The God NineA group of divine beings out to destroy the world, disgusted at the peaceful integration of humans and demons between the Revolution and Ragnarok chapters. They take to the field of battle themselves after Yuja kills all their minions at the start of Ragnarok. Able to destroy continents with their Songs of Destruction, and can erect magical barriers known as Sanctuaries to protect themselves, making them very fearsome opponents.
The Dark Time GoddessAlthough the God Nine were defeated, their manipulation of the Timestream's flow caused the Time Goddess to go mad. She is just as greedy and whimsical as always, but now completely evil and aiming to destroy the world. See her entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Protagonists above for more details.
The Venus SevenA group of Goddesses freshly made by the Dark Time Goddess to fill in the void left behind by the God Nine. As gods, they can also use Songs of Destruction and Sanctuaries to stop Yuja.