The main character of the series. Once a loser at his school for being one of the least athletic and non-intelligent person in the school with terrible eyesight. His father went missing six years ago and is now being raised by his alcoholic mother. He has a passion for video games and fantasy though and recently, he had the same dream of the same world 102 times with him as the hero. His only friend is Koyuki who believes in his story. Then one faithful day, the Gatekeeper Clown allowed him to go to MAR Heaven. In MAR Heaven, that’s when his life changed for the better as he decided to become the world’s hero and find his missing father.
Accidental Kiss: With Snow when he saves her the first time. Both freak out because it was their first kiss. The second time it happens when they save Snow from the Chess Pieces in the anime, there isn’t much of a reaction and both admitted it wasn’t like that.
Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: Ginta sees Babbo as an annoying toy that didn’t listen to him at the beginning because he was not taken seriously. He leaves Babbo alone and realizes that he likes Babbo’s annoying personality near him and goes to save him. This trope comes back multiple times though despite making up.
Expy: Of Kaoru from Flame of Recca. This might actually play a huge role in the Epileptic Tree in terms of determining whether Nanashi is Joker from Flame of Recca. The major hint is that they got the same VA in the anime; they’re the same age and have the same hyperactive personality with the major difference is that Kaoru is on the suicidal side.
Another thing is the way is Nanashi treats Ginta as Joker treats Kaoru. He’s very playful around him but respects him as a fighter and is willing to do things that will make them stronger.
Genre Savvy: Very genre savvy at the beginning. He thinks hes the hero given cool powers to fight evil and demonstrates being able to get by in MAR Heaven on his own before he was appointed a mission to save Snow which leads to the War Games eventually.
Heroic BSOD: When Snow dies in the anime, he goes into a huge depression. He gets over after he realized that Alviss pulled a Heroic Sacrifice to open a path to the King in order to avenge her and his other friends.
Unwanted Harem: He’s got Snow and Dorothy chasing after him constantly. And if you believe that Alviss has feelings for him too then that’s three potential love interests. In the manga, he doesn’t choose any of them in the end. In the anime, it's not explicitly stated, but considering Snow/Koyuki is the only one left with him in the end, it definitely seems the most likely. It helps that Ginta, Snow and Koyuki all agree that Snow and Koyuki are the same person.
Ginta’s main weapon that he uses to fight. Babbo is a rare ÄRM because it has the ability to talk. Naturally, this actually makes him annoying. He tries to act like a gentleman but ends up acting like Ginta. He calls himself the hero and calls Ginta and Jack First and Second servant reprehensively. He was actually Phantom’s ÄRM in the War Games six years ago and killed many people. He had a different personality back then but he doesn’t remember now. It’s the reason why Alviss tries to destroy Babbo at the beginning but changes his mind because of Ginta. Babbo sticks with Ginta in the end when he shows signs of switching personalities. At the end of the anime, he lives with Alan, Chaton and Loco as they form a weird family.
Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: He generally announces that he hates Ginta because he’s annoying but very early on, he realizes that he can’t do anything without Ginta. They eventually make up at the end of the episode but the tropes comes back multiple times.
Game Breaker: In universe example. His powers allow Ginta to choose his form every time he gets a stone to insert into him. Naturally, Ginta could abuse this trope and make himself unstoppable but Ginta goes for balance.
A younger farmer boy who lost his father six years ago in the War Games. He lives with his mother on the outskirts of the main cities of MAR often tormented by the wolves that eat their crops and threaten to kill them daily. Until he met Ginta, Jack was very cowardly but after Ginta and Babbo teach him what it’s like to be man, he joins them on their journey. Eventually, he is thrown into the War Games and when he realizes that his dad died here, he swears to avenge his old man by killing the one who ended his life. He uses plant themed ÄRMs and a fire Guardian. He is based on Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.
Accidental Pervert: It depends. There are times where it was intentional but the first battle with Pano was unintentional. Then again, when you tied a woman up in your vines and proceeded to “have your way with her” (make her surrender), it’s no wonder the entire crowd turned against you.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: Subverted. He's the only member of Team MAR to be alive when Ginta faces the King. This is supposed to be a callback when Ginta first came to MAR and Jack was his only companion.
Magikarp Power: His shovel is considered one of the weakest and most normal ÄRM compared to everyone else’ but cue to Dorothy giving him stones, he’s able to increase it’s power to the point where he can use plant moves.
Overshadowed by Awesome: He is generally the weakness member of Team MAR (some would argue that Snow is weaker) and while he does win some matches, it is often forgotten for the other characters that pull off an amazing fight. Subverted in the anime where he gets more fights outside the War Games.
Ship Tease: With Pano. And has a few moments with Snow during the Ghost Chess arc. And ONLY in the Ghost Chess arc.
Took a Level in Badass: Starts out as the weakest member of Team MAR that was easy to cower when he was forced to fight. However by the end of the War Games, he has matured greatly, avenges his father, hooks up with Pano and generally becomes the calmest member of the group when the Ghost Chess arc hits.
Unlucky Everydude: Compared to Ginta, he was just a normal a kid that just wanted the wolves to go away and he ended up as one of the representatives of MAR.
The princess of MAR and the stepdaughter of Diana the Queen of the Chess Pieces. Her mother died at a young age and her father ended up marrying another woman who turns out to be a evil woman that was using him and eventually took over MAR Heaven. She was forced to run away from her kingdom and her last resort was to get her dog Edward to find help while she encased herself in ice. She was saved by Ginta and later joined him on his journey. She is actually the fantasy version of Ginta’s friend Koyuki and at the end of the anime, the two merge together to become one and stay with Ginta. Snow uses ice and water themed ÄRMs and relies on the usage of Guardians then her own strength. She then became a representative of MAR in order to take back her kingdom. She is based on Snow White from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".
Badass: Just to make the point, of her four matches she loses two of them, but really only because of having big disadvantages placed upon her. An elemental weakness the first time and a psychological block the second. It's easy to see her winning both of those fights if all things were equal. And the fights she does win, she wins almost effortlessly.
Badass Adorable: Her Guardian ÄRM Yuki-chan which is basically a big snowman.
Big Screwed-Up Family: Her stepmother is trying to kill her and her aunt is Dorothy who is competing with her for Ginta’s affections.
Break the Cutie: Snow had been locked up and all alone as a child, and constantly had visions of Ginta and Koyuki in the other world and wished nothing more than be friends with Ginta. She wanted Ginta to rely on her the same way he relied on Koyuki back on Earth but Snow just kept failing. By the time she realizes this, she experiences a Heroic BSOD so bad she's willing to simply fade away and disappear forever. She's just a fragment of Koyuki's soul that was used and treated like an object instead of a person, destined to die to bring pain to others when all she wanted to do was help people. Ginta manages to pull her out of this despair with a Cooldown Hug and some kind words. Things get even more sad when she dies in his arms two episodes later after confesses her love to him.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows signs of this when Dorothy is hitting on Ginta. We later find out Snow is actually jealous of Koyuki for being able to grow up with Ginta. Technically this means she is jealous of HERSELF.
Cloning Blues: She has a major case of this in the anime when she discovered she's a magically conceived clone of Koyuki. She had seen visions of Ginta and Koyuki since she was little. All she ever wanted was for Ginta to rely on her the same way he relied on Koyuki but her shit luck makes this impossible for her. Ginta pulls her out of the depression with a Cooldown Hug and some kind words.
Cruel and Unusual Death: What causes her death? The King burns her alive. Alviss has to run in the fire to get her out before she completely burns, but by the time he gets her to Ginta, you see the damage that is done to her. In fact, her body is much darker and she really seems to suffer due to her elemental weakness.
Damsel in Distress: She only needs help twice but in the anime but they make it seem like she’s been held captive longer due to fillers.
Damsel out of Distress: Both times she has been captured have her put to sleep. However when she wakes up, she’s able to do some damage. The Ghost Chess arc has her using her ice magic as a sniper to destroy the clock on Alviss' chest.
Deuteragonist: She's probably the most plot-important character after Ginta himself, being the target of the Chess and the one to form the Team in the first place. But the series seems to find any excuse it can to take her away from the action. Having the fewest fights of the principal cast and being absent due to capture for over 20 episodes.
Disappeared Dad: Subverted in the anime when it turns out her father was alive the entire time.
Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: She's a magically conceived clone of Koyuki, Ginta's childhood friend and love interest from the real world. She becomes jealous and depressed since she thinks she will never be as close to Ginta as Koyuki is. However, Ginta ends up falling for Snow for being Snow. In the end, he decides to return to the real world and, in the anime, it's implied he starts dating Koyuki, who Snow's spirit has joined with.
Dying Declaration of Love: She admits she's in love with Ginta as she burns to death in his arms. In the end, she doesn't stay dead though, her soul merges with Koyuki. Essentially, the two halves become one person and get to be with Ginta at the very end.
Earn Your Happy Ending: In the anime ending, Snow is able to merge herself back with Koyuki to form the one single being they were always meant to be, in the process giving Ginta the means to defeat the Orb and resurrect everyone. At the end, Snow, now living as one being with Koyuki gets to be with the guy she loves.
Identical Stranger: She's identical to Ginta's childhood friend, Koyuki, meaning they are identical in every way except memory (and even that is questionable later on). She's actually Koyuki's magically created clone.
Kill the Cutie: In the anime where she snaps at the King for killing Nanashi and tries to kill him but he ends up burning her body instead. She gets better.
Tomato in the Mirror: The truth of Snow's existence is absolutely tragic and puts a lot of her words and actions up until that point in a much sadder context. Essentially, Snow was never supposed to exist in MÄR Heaven. She is a magically created clone of Koyuki, made by Diana to serve her plans. Diana was going to sacrifice Snow and Koyuki and use the connection between their soul fragments to rip open a portal to Earth so she could conquer it.
Took a Level in Badass: Upon acquiring a Water Guardian but sadly this same Guardian is what leads to her capture. Played straight in the Ghost Chess arc where she snipes Alviss' clock from a distant and is able to handle herself against the Ghost Chess minions.
A witch from the land of Caldea who searches for rare ÄRMs. Her past and motive is unknown because she keeps it to herself (until she meets Ginta). She fell head over heels with Ginta shortly after he saved her and as a result, will listen to him whenever he tells her to do something. Her mission is to kill her older sister Diana who had fled Caldea with rare ÄRMs. She is based on Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and uses a combination of Darkness, Wind and Guardian ÄRMs based on those characters.
Armor-Piercing Slap: She gives one to Ginta after they fail to save Alviss from Phantom and are forced to leave Nanashi and Alan behind.
Badass: She was the only member of Team MAR that didn’t need the training gate at the beginning and never loses a single match. Of course, the losing a single match does become subverted in the Ghost Chess arc.
Clothing Damage: There are at least five battles where her dress does not survive. In the manga in only happens once though but after Phantom is defeated and it gets into the Ghost Chess arc, she loses her clothes more often and not and more of it the more it happens. Ginta lampshades this in the manga.
The new appointed leader of the Luberian Thieves. He first appears and attacks Team MAR after they invade his territory. He then later joins the group in hopes of getting the Chess Piece that killed his men. While huge ladies men with a very perverted personality, he is very honorable and would not harm a girl if he can’t help it. He fights mainly with electric themed ÄRMs. He is hinted to be Joker from Flame of Recca especially after Galian found him.
Badass: His battle record does not seem impressive when compared to others, but in his fights, he makes it very clear that he could easily win if he were actually motivated enough. If someone earns his ire, he more than demonstrates exactly why he's the leader of the Thieves Guild.
Ethical Slut: Encourages the other members to get a girl like he does or they're uncool. Part of his argument with Alviss is how he needed to chill out.
Expy: Many people think that Nanashi is Joker from Flame of Recca. They have the same personality, the habit of hiding their eyes, and same poses. Babbo comments that Nanashi smells exactly like Ginta which hint that he’s from Tokyo. This is also backed up by the fact that when the Luberian Thieves found him, he had a wound in his chest. In Flame of Recca, Joker is stabbed by an enemy and uses his powers to create a black hole to make sure that said enemy wouldn’t follow Kaoru.
The Glomp: In the anime, he’s not afraid of touching Dorothy. Cue, she punches him the face.
He also tries the same thing to Alviss. Cue, he gets pushed off.
Jerkass Façade: Of sorts. He is the one who reminds Ginta that casualties are a part of war whenever Alan or Dorothy kills one of the Chess Pieces. Despite this, he is one of the most honorable fighters in the war and the only person he kills is the man he was originally after.
Weak-Willed: He gets possessed often in the filler arcs…
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Which is why he loses or ties with many of the female Chess Pieces. Subverted concerning Dorothy in the anime filler where he actually electrocuted her and in the Ghost Chess arc where he punches Chaton in the face and tries to attack Snow. To be fair, he wasn’t himself during the Ghost Chess arc.
A young man that watched the War Games six years ago. He admired the leader Danna and was often scolded by the other adults who believed that a kid shouldn’t hang out with them. He was unlucky enough to be cursed by Phantom’s Zombie Tattoo. For six years, he lived in doubt that he wouldn’t be able to get rid of the tattoo until he brought Ginta to MAR Heaven. Slowly he began to open his heart up to the group, as he believed that they would save the world he loves. Alviss has a fairy companion named Bell that he loves deeply. He focuses on Darkness ÄRMs whether they are curses or guardians. He is based on Peter Pan from the Peter Pan series.
Ambiguously Gay: He only seems to lose his stoic personality when concerning the guys of the groups. Additionally, the episode where Dorothy was in a swimsuit, Alviss was the only one that wasn’t drooling/blushing at her appearance. (He looked more shocked than anything.)
Break the Cutie: Anime fillers love this to him specifically the last arc where he finds out that his idol Danna is actually the King that killed all of his friends. He can’t bring himself to fight back and that’s all King needs in order to stab him which said wounds would later kill him.
And of course there's the Ghost Chess arc. In fact, Phantom was intentionally trying to break him so he would submit to the Zombie Tattoo and be forever immortal with Phantom.
Broken Bird: After his failed suicide, Alviss hardened his heart and trained so he could bring someone to MAR Heaven in order to defeat Phantom. Bell originally kept his spirits up but once Team MAR was formed, he opened his heart up to everyone, and this plays a vital role in the Ghost Chess arc as The Power of Friendship is what ultimately saves him from A Fate Worse than Death.
Clothing Damage: Similar to Dorothy who always has dress ripped, Alviss keeps getting tears in his clothes and technically got it ripped in the Ghost Chess arc.
Cry Cute: In the manga, he starts crying when Ginta has to go back but he hides what he really feels when he tells him that he “Won the bet” (referring to how he saved the world by bringing Ginta in MAR Heaven). In the anime, he starts crying when he thinks he’s getting taken in by Phantom’s words and can’t break out of the hypnosis.
Cursed with Awesome: The Zombie Tattoo grants the person immortality when it covers the body entirely. Alviss sees it as a curse while Rolan sees it as a blessing.
Defrosting Ice King: He had a hard time trusting people, especially Ginta at the beginning. He opens up though in the end.
Despair Event Horizon: Has crossed it multiple times in his life. The first time resulted in Alviss trying to kill himself but failed because Alan told him to get stronger. However, when Ginta fails to remove the Zombie Tattoo with the healing ARM that is supposed to heal all Darkness ARMS, Alviss gives up on trying to find a way to remove it. Ginta has to encourage him AFTER the War Games by giving him a key and reassuring him that this key will help him remove the Zombie Tattoo. Alviss crosses it two more times when he was being controlled by Phantom and one last time when he sees that the Zombie Tattoo is close to covering him completely, the one ARM that could grant any wish was given to his younger self in order to cause the Stable Time Loop and Candice and Rolan take Phantom and flee their location makes Alviss give up again. He can't pull himself out of this one no matter what his friends do and Rolan makes it worse by killing himself in front of Alviss making Alviss realize that it was his fault that Rolan killed himself.
Evil Costume Switch: Besides the dog collar he was forced to wear, he changed into a darker outfit when being controlled.
Face-Heel Turn: Subverted and played straight. Alviss pretended to get captured claiming he wanted to be with Phantom. No one falls for it; not even Phantom who hypnotizes him as a result. Then he temporary switches sides until Team MAR saves him.
Fragile Speedster: Alviss is ridiculously fast in combat and usually hits the opponent multiple times after the fourth battle in order to win. However, as demonstrated in the battle with Rolan, he can’t take that many hits.
Heroic Sacrifice: He is the only character that survived an encounter with the King. He uses the last of his powers to open the gates to the castle where the Queen and King are. The minute Ginta and Dorothy teleport away, Jack and Bell could only watch in horror as Alviss starts to disappear.
Hidden Depths: He comes off as rude and emotionless at the beginning but that's to hide his insecurities as well as his low self esteem issues that would make him do suicidal things.
Hypnotize the Princess: When Phantom realized that kidnapping him wasn’t enough, he does this to him in order to swear absolute obedience. Cue, the fangirls are screaming.
Hypno Trinket: The watch that is attached to Alviss during the Ghost Chest arc acts as this. Slowly Alviss begins to lose his will to fight over Phantom and alters his personality before he falls complete control over him.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The King takes advantage of Alviss' weakness and stabs him. However, this wound is not enough to kill him so while Alviss is able to do damage to the King and later open a portal that can get Ginta and Dorothy to fight him, the wound is too much and he too dies shortly after.
Interrupted Suicide: Absent in the manga but in the anime, Alviss tried to kill himself after he got the Zombie Tattoo from Phantom. Alan had to slap him in order to get him to snap out of it and fight fate.
It's All My Fault: When the King attacks him, Nanashi, Snow, Jack and Pano, Alviss can’t help but feel it was his fault that Nanashi and Snow were killed. It doesn’t help that Nanashi told Alviss to take Snow and get Ginta and he couldn’t even save Snow who jumped out of his arms, attacked the King and got burned to a crisp. Hence he pulls of a Heroic Sacrifice to make it up to them.
Before that, he thinks he's at fault when Rolan decides to kill himself because he can't be with Phantom.
Jerkass Façade: In the beginning, he DID curse Jack and threatened to kill Babbo but eventually reveals that it was all an act as he's a much nicer person when he opens up.
Jumped at the Call: You wouldn’t think that by looking at him, but when the Chess Pieces appeared after six years, the first thing he did was ask Alan for help. When he didn’t help him, Alviss went to the village himself to deal with the Chess Pieces.
Not Distracted by the Sexy: He doesn’t seem affected when Dorothy was wearing a bathing suit. And when he accidentally grabbed her breast when he tried to stand up, he didn’t notice until she screamed.
So Beautiful, It's a Curse: He's constantly called a pretty boy in the series to the point that he might as well get use to it. However, this has earned him unwanted attraction from Phantom who he hates with a passion.
Which leads to a funny moment when Rapunzel calls him ugly and he's insulted as he's used to be called beautiful, not ugly.
Stable Time Loop: In the anime, when he goes into Misty Castle to retrieve the ÄRM that could save him from his cursed fate, he sees his younger self in the castle. He let’s his younger self get the wish. However, his younger self does not understand why he was given a dagger and promptly throws it away and leaves the castle. Alviss takes the dagger, chases after his younger self and then gives him back the dagger telling him that when he was older, he would understand the dagger. This dagger was used to use the Gate Keeper Clown and summon Ginta to MAR Heaven thus saving the world.
The Stoic: When he first appears, he seems to be this. However…
Not So Stoic: He is prone to anger easily compared to the other characters and the minute he sees Phantom tends to have him either snap or freeze in fear. Additionally, he begins to break out his true personality as he hangs out with his friend.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Okay, the enemy you hate the most puts a clock on you to speed up the Zombie Tattoo that makes you lose your sanity and mind the longer it is on. What do you do? You let yourself get captured by the Ghost Chess, infiltrate their base and claim to want to join Phantom so you can kill him? Sounds like a great plan only it’s NOT FOOLING ANYONE!
Possibly justified in that he was desperate, in pain, and running out of time. When one gets desperate, they'll do really weird and/or stupid things cause it seemed like a good idea at the time. For Alviss, he probably wasn't thinking straight at the time and wanted to settle it himself due to pride. Another reason is that he might have fallen under the call of evil coming from the Zombie Tattoo temporarily, and when he came back to his senses, he went along with it out of desperation. Still, it was a pretty stupid thing to do, coming from the resident Smart Guy.
Wimpification: Suffers from this A LOT in fanfiction and it became in universe and literally almost canon when he was captured by Phantom.
You Can't Fight Fate <-> Screw Destiny: Concerning the Zombie Tattoo, Alviss switches between trying to get rid of it and giving up on the idea. When Ginta tried to cure the Zombie Tattoo with Alice, Alviss seemed to have given up the idea of ever getting rid of the tattoo. Cue to Ginta giving him the key, Alviss’ confidence goes back up. While in the manga, he succeeds in putting the key into Phantom, in the anime, he misses him and results in the mind control. When finally freed from Phantom’s grasp though, the zombie tattoo is almost completely filling his body and almost gives up again…and he would have if Phantom didn’t accept death.
The oldest member of Team MAR and the second strongest man in all of MAR Heaven who fought in the War Games six years ago with Danna and Gaira. He was a rather confident man in his youth back then and that was what cost him in his battle with Halloween in which he was forced to share a body with Edward. He mellowed down over the years but he still is able to maintain his strength that he couldn’t flex often. He took care of Alviss during the War Games prior to this incident. While the biggest badass of the series, he has a huge fear of cats and freaks out at the sight of them. However, that does not stop his growing relationship with the Chess Piece Chaton. He fights with fire themed ÄRMs and his fists.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Whenever he’s on screen, it becomes this. Subverted with Chaton who beats him easily.
Dating Catwoman: Literally with Chaton whether he likes it or not. Eventually, he does start falling for her and the two main barriers of her being a Chess Piece and his fear of cats vanishes at the end of the anime.
The Lady's Favour: Gender flipped. He gives Chaton a ÄRM that allows the two to communicate with each other when they go their separate ways. Chaton cries when she receives it. Doesn’t do any good in the end though because Alan dies at the end of said episode and the ÄRM disappears as well.
Mighty Glacier: He's very powerful but he's rather slow moving around the battlefield. This might be justified as he doesn't want to waste his energy chasing after fast opponents.
My Greatest Failure: In his mind, his greatest failure was not being able to save Alviss from Phantom when Phantom forced the Zombie Tattoo on him. While he stops Alviss from killing himself, he and Gaira ended up leaving him to train on his own for six years to grow stronger and mature. However, when he sees Alviss again six years later, he frowns at how far the tattoo has spread on Alviss’ body.
Refusal of the Call: He didn’t respond when the Chess Pieces started attacking. This pisses Alviss off greatly. It wasn't that he didn't want to help, he couldn't even if he wanted to because at that time he is training Ginta and Jack.
Who Would Be Stupid Enough: Loco states this outright when Chaton starts crying, telling Alan she’s a Chess Piece and shouldn’t be with him anymore. Alan falls for this trick HARD as he gives her a communication ÄRM that would allow them to stay in touch and tells her that it no longer mattered if she was Chess Piece or not because she is a member of Team MAR now and would always protect her.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a HUGE fear of cats that Chaton uses to beat him. Alas, his guardian cat doesn’t unleash his fear at all. In the anime, he gets over this fear the longer he stays with Chaton. And he ends up with said cat girl in the end.
You Are Worth Hell: He tells Chaton this as he gives her one of his ÄRMs that allows them to stay in touch saying that even if she’s a Chess Piece, he wouldnt leave her side and would fight for her.
The Chess Pieces
The main antagonists of the series, ruled by King and Diana and their main forces lead by Phantom. As their name indicates, their set up like pieces from a chess game. The weakest being Pawns who are made up of nameless mooks and their strongest forces being the Knights.
Villain Ball: Both the lower tier and higher tier are guilty of this, either believing they either think they can take on enemies that soon prove superior to them or spare them so that they eventually get beaten easily as well, without a thought of killing them while they're still helpless.
King and Queen
Big Bad: Just look at what he's done to Phantom's life and the entire world.
The Dog Was the Mastermind: It's true form was that of an orb that was locked away on Caldea which was said to contain the evils of both MAR and the real world. Somehow Diana came across it and later Phantom and it warped them into the sadistic beings at the start of the story. Presumably to make itself stronger with all the chaos and despair the Chess Pieces generated.
Cain and Abel: Subverted. She loves her younger sister dearly but by Caldea rules, Dorothy must kill her. To prepare for the day, she gave Dorothy everything she needed before she committed the treason.
The Chessmaster: Not only is she the one behind the Chess Pieces, she’s also the reason the Cross Guards existed.
Uncanny Family Resemblance: She and Dorothy look so similar that nobody was actually that suprised with the revelation that they're sisters.
Villain with Good Publicity: Very much so. As the Queen of Lestava, she was popular with the people and loved by her stepdaughter Snow. When the 1st war came, she gave the good guys powerful weapons to fight the Chess Pieces. The war is over, and all is well, until her close retainers notice that she's suddenly getting more villanously greedy day by day, and appears to harbor ill intentions for her stepdaughter.
The puppet leader of the Chess Pieces and the strongest Knight of them all and serves as the main villain of the series for the most part. He is also from the land of wizard Caldia, like Dorothy. He is an immortal being that come back to life after getting killed hence he continues to reign terror on MAR Heaven for many years. The first War Games, he fought against Ginta’s father Danna and they both kill each other in the end. However, it proved futile as six years later, he is revived and continues the same hell that he did six years ago only to fight his enemies’ son Ginta. Phantom loves staying on the sidelines to watch the fights and loves to see how Ginta will grow. Phantom has a huge obsession with Alviss and constantly tries to get him join his side by force. What happens to him depends on the anime and manga. In the manga, he is defeated by Ginta and accepts death by Alviss’ hand. In the anime though, he flees with Candice and Rolan to a deserted island and forces a Ghost ÄRM on Alviss which would speed up the processed of the Zombie Tattoo. Phantom then waits for Alviss to give him because in his mind, he wins the final game against Ginta if Alviss accepts defeat and turns into one of his possessions for all of eternity.
Alas, Poor Villain: In universe example. His death in the anime is rather depressing. Despite all the things he did, he was saddened when he found out that Rolan killed himself in order to be with him. He even apologies to Candice before asking Alviss to kill him. Alviss can’t do it so Phantom takes his hand and puts the key to his heart. See also Despair Event Horizon below.
Beyond the Impossible: This guy is the no.1 Knight for a reason. The reason becomes apparent during the fight with Ginta. He is shown to be capable of summoning up to five Guardians at the same time, a feat unaccomplished by any powerful fighters before. Dorthoy said outright that this is impossible. Most people can only summon one Guardian due to the incredible stress on stamina, mental strength and magic power. And he isn't restrained to using techniques of this level only once during the battle.
Chekhov's Gun: Remember the rule of Caldean wizards that family members of criminals must hand out the punishment themselves? Another case happened twenty years before Dorothy's. Think it's bad for Dorothy to kill her own beloved big sister by rules? Turns out it's no better when the family refuse to deliver the penalty.
Dark and Troubled Past: He was just an innocent, 10-year-old kid who was attracted to the Caldean Orb due to his own unusually strong magic power, and was charmed into committing a taboo by that same evil presence. He was promptly chucked into prison, all the while quite clueless to the magnitude of his transgression. After a while his parents came to bring him back home, and all seemed well, his mom even cooked him a good meal. Next morning, he woke up to find his parents both dead, having taking their own lives because they couldn't find the resolution to kill him. He ended up in prison for ten years and would likely have rotten there until he died, had Diana not gotten him out, and then he fell under the influence of the same dark force that caused his parent's deaths and his imprisonment. Then he managed to find a girlfriend, but she left him the moment she knew he consented to being a zombie, a curse bestowed on him by the bad guy above, again. Oh, and this bad guy is also responsible for her death, and barred her and her friends from entering heaven by sealing their souls inside a cave (note that they won't be released until 6 years later, when Ginta arrives in MAR-Heaven). He spent the next ten years fighting and dying, then resurrecting only to fight for that bad guy. After he loses, said bad guy releases his hold on him, allowing him for the first time to reflect on his life: everyone he ever loved are dead thanks to said bad guy, his opponent's ideals completely trumph his, and all he's left with is the immortality he no longer finds cool. No wonder he becomes such a depressed wreck of angst after the War Games.
Disc One Final Boss: Even when he’s defeated, Snow still needed to be saved and the Queen and King needed to be taken out. In the anime, Team MAR has to also go through the Ghost Chess resulting in another Rescue arc to save Alviss this time.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Them being his parents, his girlfriend Alma and his best friend Peta. Cue him angst when he realizes he has lost all of them.
Even Evil Has Standards: He values courage as Alviss found out with great cost on his part, and does not support random abuse of power against subordinate at all, as Rapunzel finds out the hard way.
The anime adds more to this as he barred a subgroup of Chess Pieces called the Zonenn from becoming Knights due to their overly brutal nature.
Face Death with Dignity: In the manga, he just sits calmly in his throne as Alviss moves in for the kill, and his last word was a farewell to MAR-Heaven. Taken further in the anime, where he literally forces Alviss' hand to do so, when the later hesitates after witnessing his pet the dog moment with Candice. In both version, he goes out with a smile.
A Father to His Men: Played with. This only seems to concern most of the Knights but mainly Peta, Rolan and Candice. Everyone else is considered trash.
Faux Affably Evil: In his minion's eyes he's charming, but the main cast views him as evil.
Forceful Kiss: He attempted this on Alviss at least twice. The first time was during Ginta’s nightmare and the second was when Alviss got captured and he had him in his grasp. Fortunately, Alviss was smart enough to pull away fast enough the second option. The first one, Nanashi saved him. Then again, this was Ginta's dream...
The Four Loves: His parents who killed themselves rather than harm him (the Storge), Alma who rejected him but still loved him despite what he became and created the key to end immortality (the Eros), Peta who is his dedicated best friend (the Phileo), finally Rolan and Candice who love him and will stay with him until the end of time (the Agape). Not that he's always aware of them. Once he does, he finds the courage to die.
Freudian Excuse: He has one that explains why he wants to destroy all of MAR Heaven. Being sentenced to death by the elders of Caldea but your parents taking the fall for you that forces you to be sentenced for life and then your girlfriend turning on you after you gain immortality is enough to drive anyone over the edge.
Genre Blind: He has multiple opportunities to kill Ginta but he decides to let Team MAR grow stronger so he can have a good fight.
I Just Want to Have Friends: This comes out as part of the reason he finds immortality so awesome; what could be better then eternal life hanging out with your friends? Especially if one had such a crappy childhood. He tries everything he could to make Alviss into a zombie like him, so that he won't be alone.
Interplay of Sex and Violence: While not as apparent as it is with Candice, he constantly talks about Ginta becoming more ripe so he'll be more satisfied with the battle.
Kick the Dog: To name a few examples, he kills Alviss' friends right before his eyes, then proceeds to curse him with the Zombie tattoo, revealing that once the curse is complete, the boy will be just like him. He disguises as a nice boy and befriends Ginta for a short while, then pretends to be killed by Peta right before Ginta's eyes, just to raise his fighting spirit. Oh, and when Candice tries to comfort him after Peta's death, he responses with his usual sweet talks to her..until he gets really close, and whispers into her ears that she will never replace Peta.
Living Forever Is Awesome: The reason he abandoned his humanity is because he didn't want to be limited in his potential strength. The true reason is he didn't want to be parted from those he cares about. After the traumatic way he lost his parents, it's hard to blame him for wanting to make his favorite people unkillable.
Pet the Dog: He is very kind to Peta who he sees as a best friend and Rolan who he took under his wing when Rolan had no one to turn to. He's polite, but mostly indifferent to Candice's obvious crush on him; but when she, under circumstances, becomes the final one by his side at the end of the Ghost Chess arc, he treats her almost lovingly and with gratitude, and even saves her from getting thrown into the ocean after she loses a battle with Ginta at the expense of his remaining magic powers.
Redemption Equals Death: Seeing how much Candice and Rolan cares for him and being forgiven by Alma's ghost makes him acknowledge his evil deeds and embrace death.
Shotacon: Again with Alviss. He started having affections for him at the age of ten and gives him a Zombie Tattoo for standing up to him. In the manga where he barely pays Alviss any attentions during the course of the War Games, but taken Up to Eleven in the anime.
Single Tear: When Peta died. In both versions, it's what alerts Ginta to the possibility that Phantom is not heartlessly evil through and through.
Villainous Breakdown: It's hisownfault for letting Ginta live after their first real fight, He goes semi-apeshit after being hit once in their rematch to the point Ginta was much stronger than he was. Which leads him to a massive..
Villainous BSOD: He becomes disillusioned with everything. He accepts death as soon as Team MAR come knocking on his door in manga version, and after a longer struggle in the anime, arrives at the same conclusion.
Ranked the 4th most powerful Knight of the Chess Pieces, Chimera is a deadly opponent that was able to knock out Gaira in the preliminaries. Chimera looks like a monster created by the Chess Pieces that never talks. As a result, many people think that Chimera is a male. However, when Dorothy blows away the mask it turns out that Chimera is in fact a dangerous woman. Her original human name was Irene who was destined to marry a Chess Piece named Marco who she loved dear. Despite Marco reforming himself despite being a Chess Piece, an angry mob barged into their wedding ceremony and demanded that Marco pay for the crimes the Chess Pieces committed. Marco told her he would be fine since he is a reformed man. She waited for him for days in the church until the men came back with only Marco’s ring finger. She freaks out when she realizes that they killed her husband and then they kidnap her and do unimaginable things to her that range from messing up her body to implied rape. She finally manages to escape them and tries to kill herself but Peta gives her hope and allows her to get her revenge on the people that took her Marco away. Chimera fights with Ghost ARMs.
Died Happily Ever After: After seeing Ian and Gido reunite, she dies from the wounds that Ian inflicted her with but regains her humanity in the process as well as happy she can be with her lover again.
Freudian Excuse: Her lover, a former Chess Piece, was killed by a group of vengeful villagers. That and being tortured and raped drove her insane.
Gender-Blender Name: Chimera is more of a name used for an animal but many people thought that Chimera was a man because of it.
Green-Eyed Monster: Out of all people, Chimera jealous of Gido who continues to love her boyfriend despite the horror she has been put through. She changes Gido back at the end when Ian proves his love is true and wishes for them to be happy.
Interrupted Suicide: In her backstory, she tried to kill herself after she escaped but Peta saved her.
Lightning Bruiser: Catches Dorothy the fastest of Team Mar completely off guard initially.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Oh God, Chimera has went through the most shit out of all the Knights. Her soon to be husband is killed despite reforming himself. The men who took him gave the ring finger back to her literally and then they kidnapped and raped her multiple times before she escaped. It’s no wonder she went crazy.
Epic Fail: His introduction…he shows up late for the match and then he trips upon landing. Alviss questions why he was stuck fighting the idiot.
Evil Is Dumb: Played with. He’s very intelligent; he doesn't like using it though unless Phantom is concerned.
Expy: Of Raijin from Flame of Recca. Both are really nice people and seem to be on the wrong side. They stick by their Master’s side always because he has done something that has earned their eternal respect and both hide the fact that they are competent fighters. They both have the same Epic Fail entry as well.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Gido is turned into a monster by Chimera, he basically goes through hell to get stronger to get revenge on the people who did that to her. He takes his anger out on Ginta who tells him he's got the wrong person before focusing on Chimera.
Took a Level in Badass: After he sees what happened to Gido. Several levels in fact, as he jumps from a mere Rook to a Knight.
Punch Clock Villain: He doesn’t want to fight kids at all, which is why in battle, he would go after adults.
The Unreveal: Subverted. A lot of people joked about not being able to see him without his mask. He takes it off when Ginta defeats him and again when he goes see Ian and Gido in the ending. Naturally, Ian’s expression is priceless.
She is also very similar to Neon from Flame of Recca. Both are madly in love with their leader and are extremely sadistic in battle. Also, both softened up after their battle with the main characters. It takes Candice longer though in the anime, and she’s still crazier than Neon though.
Hopeless Suitor: To Phantom as he still loves his dead girlfriend. Subverted in the anime, where he appears to reciprocate her feelings to some extents, after seeing just how far she would go for his sake.
The strongest Bishop of the Chess Pieces. She doesn’t seem to fit with the group due to her happy go lucky and playful personality. She battles Alan in the semi-finals and beats him due to his fear of cats. However, after the match, she begins to idolize him (and in the anime, she falls in love with him). As a result, she doesn’t hesitate to cheer for Team MAR and goes as far as to switch sides after the War Games to be with Alan. It weighs down on her that she will not be accepted into society because of being a former Chess Piece and she does not want what happened to Chimera to happen to her. In the end though, Alan and Chaton settle this problem and hook up. She fights with animal themed ÄRMs.
Cats Are Mean: Subverted. She is however cunning but that’s what Loco thinks.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She seems to be this at the beginning and especially during the Ghost Chess arc where’s she’s wondering the desert with Loco. Of course, this actually helps because she uses it to get captured by the Ghost Chess and save everyone.
Forceful Kiss: She gives at least two of them to Alan. One was during their battle and the other was when she thought he died because of the Ghost ÄRM and gave him CPR which was more of a kiss. Alan freaks out on the first kiss but the second one, he doesn’t react to her kissing him.
Heroic BSOD: In the anime when Alan dies, she breaks down crying and then disappears until the last episode. She went to find Alan’s killer but isn’t successful.
Hidden Depths: In the anime. While happy go lucky, she does care for what people think of her with someone on Team MAR because she is a Chess Piece hence she has a Heroic BSOD when Team MAR see Snow’s father is alive and hides in the forest to cry because she doesn’t want to get judged. Loco tells the audience it’s only a trick to see what Alan would do but everyone begs to differ.
It Was a Gift: The ÄRM that Alan gives her is important because it’s from him and it symbolizes there soon to be marriage. Alan has no idea what she’s talking about on the marriage part though but judging from the ending, Alan doesn’t seem to mind that idea at all.
Mood Killer: When Loco sacrifices herself for her, she starts crying. However, Alan tries to give her comforting words and she instantly stops to hug Alan and tricks him into saying yes about taking care of Loco as a couple. Naturally, Loco is pissed off that Chaton didn’t cry for that long.
Morality Pet: To Loco. This causes Loco to sacrifice her age to the point where she would never communicate with her again to save Chaton during the Ghost Chess arc.
The Trickster: During the Ghost Chess arc. To specify, she forces Loco to switch places with General using the Mirror ÄRM. She then gets them both captured and taken to where Alan and Nanashi are being held. She then pulls her Kamehame Hadoken on Sara and knocks all the Ghost Chess out and then gets Loco to switch bodies again.
Honor Before Reason: When Snow covers her head in a water bubble and gives her a chance to surrender. She chooses drowning over giving up. It lucky for her that Snow's ARM was merciful enough to cancel the attack after she passed out.
The strongest of all the Rooks. A young girl that uses Darkness ÄRMs and is first had seen infiltrating the ice palace where Snow is kept with Ian. She later battles Nanashi in the second round and while she won the round, she lost the battle because Nanashi chose not to kill her. Loco is actually a thirty two year old woman that was given the box with cursed ÄRMs (a flashback in the anime details this showing her as a simple Chess Piece wandering the aftermath of a battleground before she came upon the previous owner of the ARMs who had aged himself into nothing). At first, she uses it to kill people but eventually, she befriends Chaton and starts to see people in a different light. This causes her to sacrifice her life in order to protect Chaton during the Ghost Chess arc. She is forever a baby now being taken care of by Chaton and later Alan near the end of the series.
Groin Attack: Done in the first battle against Jack (she actually managed to win it due to this, albeit accidentally). The anime turns it into a Running Gag in their second fight when she comes out of hypnosis from her Bishōnen vision of him and kicks him in the junk once again (least he won the fight by that point but still, ouch.)
Heel-Face Turn: Comes out of nowhere in the manga as she cheers for Jack during the final match. The anime builds this up a bit more.
Underestimating Badassery: With Jack in the second battle that she nearly refuses to fight him again till Ganta informs her that he's been training and not the same as before. Keep in mind, she only won the first battle due to luck and Jack had her dead to rights in that fight.
Too Dumb to Live: Took on Alan, the man who fought Halloween, the 2nd (3rd if you count Peta's smarts makes him superior) to a draw to the point both were exhausted. He intended to end it with one Guardian Arm, without even giving it time to power up.
Samus Is a Girl: During Ian and Ginta's second battle. She tries to join in on the fight but it knocked down by Jack's new shovel powers. Ian takes off her mask to heal her, revealing her gender to the group.
An anime only group within the Chess Pieces. Were said to be so violent and uncontrollable, that Phantom forbade them from becoming knights which prevented them from joining the War Games. Eventually they set out on their own, attacking Team MAR as they're training within the gate. They're all named after planets.
Dirty Coward: He attacks Alan as he has his Training Gate activated which means he can't move during so.
Sadist: Loves causing misery to people and even prologs suffering just to drag out his target's death. This winds up backfiring however since as he tortures Alan it keeps the Training Gate open allowing the heroes to win their battles against his subordinates, combine their powers and escape.
Slave Collar: The secondary effect of Pluto's ARM produces this.
Spot the Imposter: Pluto has an ARM that transforms her into any person when she uses it. However she's not quite good at getting mannerisms down. Luckily for her it comes with a secondary ability that transfers pain to the person she's imitating.
Trap Master: Neptune's only attack is an ARM that traps her opponents in a cage.
Ghost Chess Pieces
Another anime only sub group. As their name suggest, they're members who exclusively use Chest ARMs which, next to Darkness ARMs, are the most dangerous ones to use since it causes side effects to the user (as shown with Chimara).
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She comes across as blunt mainly because she doesn't realize how... eccentric she is. Not finding anything weird about putting seafood in an Ocean-themed cake or how getting kidnapped by a biker gang and given free snacks is weird.
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese), Steve Kramer (English)
A warrior of the Cross Guard who fought alongside Alan and Dana in the First War Game. He answers the call when the second one is declared but has the misfortune to be paired up with Chimera in the preliminaries and knocked out of the running. So he helps train the Team MAR so they can becomes stronger against their future opponents.
Retired Badass: His loss to Chimera notwithstanding, he can still kick butt at his age. The man did survive the first War Games after all.
Sink or Swim Mentor: Justified as the further Team MAR fights the Chess, the stronger their opponents will be so they need to increase their power fast. Case in point, he personally trains Jack and promptly beats the stuffing out of him till he's able to track his punches. He likewise trained Alviss.
The Obi-Wan: Due to his combat experience, he proves quite useful to the heroes.
A talking dog and one of Snow's retainers who helped her escape from her castle when it became clear Diana was evil. He was also forcibly fused with Alan at the end of the First War Games by Halloween. Putting the two on an odd time share (Edward has to fall asleep three time to summon Alan. Alan has to sleep only once to switch back) until Ginta is able to separate them with Baboo's Alice form.
Butt Monkey: In some cases, especially in anime filler centered on him.