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Voiced by: Adam Wilson
A boy from the peaceful town of Motorville. Oliver led a simple life until he mischievously snuck out at night to test his car with his friend, which in turn resulted in him falling into the river due to the White Witch's intervention. His mother luckily rescued him, but she suffered a heart attack right after.
Days later, Oliver meets Mr. Drippy after a Swiss Army Tears
unseals him. He then tells Oliver about the truth regarding his mother, showing him an opportunity to save her by going to another world. Hesitant at first, Oliver takes on the adventure.
- A Darker Me: Shadar
- A Child Shall Lead Them
- Adorably Precocious Child: Acts pretty mature for someone who is 13.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Cape
- Big Damn Heroes: When he snaps out of his Heroic BSOD, Oliver saves Esther and Swaine from being nearly killed by Vileheart with Mornstar.
- The Beastmaster: Needs "familiars" to fight together in battle.
- Break the Cutie: When Shadar reveals the truth about his mother, he goes into Heroic BSOD mode and spends several days in bed without waking up (though he's put in an Angst Coma for grabbing the sphere holding her "soul"). He reveals to Pea that he feels that his journey was all for nothing since his mother is well and truly dead. It takes a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming montage to get him back on his feet.
- Catchphrase: Neato! and Jeepers!
- Child Mage
- The Chosen One: The "Pure-Hearted One."
- Elemental Powers: Over the course of the game, he gains:
- Farm Boy: At least in nature until Drippy came into the picture.
- Flying Broom Stick: In the ending, he's seen flying around Motorville with one while looking down at all his friends doing their daily routines.
- The Heart: Turns out to be his biggest strength for the obstacles he face. It also unlocks the full potential of Mornstar and the spell itself.
- The Hero
- Idiot Hero: Even Drippy gets annoyed with just how simple-minded Oliver can be. Although this seems to be more from him being naive rather than an full-blown idiot.
- Kid Hero: A polite and mild-mannered one.
- Heroic BSOD: After finding out that his mom and Alicia were one and the same.
- Heroic RROD: As a result, he spends the next several days in a coma. Esther and Swaine beat themselves up over it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Upon confronting Shadar, he learns that they are Soul-Mates, which means killing Shadar will kill him too. Oliver decides to go through it anyway... until it's Subverted by Shadar himself, who severs the connection between their souls so Oliver can go on living.
- Instant Expert: No wonder his talent in magic is incredibly innate...
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Adam Wilson's attempts at a Middle American accent are rather inconsistent to say the least. This does make a bit of sense, though, considering Oliver is the son of an apparently British woman but lived his whole life in America.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse
- Playing with Fire: One of his first spells, as well as his Miracle Move Burning Heart.
- Reincarnation: As Shadar's Soul-Mate, it's implied he has been reincarnated repeatedly due to the latter's Immortality. He doesn't remember anything of it, though.
- Refusal of the Call: He said no after everything was explained to him... until he showed Drippy who his mother was.
- Squishy Wizard: Starts out as this but eventually becomes a Jack of All Stats.
- Summon Magic: After bringing back the Mornstar to its full power, he can Unleash this.
- Swiss Army Tears: What leads him to unseal Drippy from his doll form.
- The Watson: Drippy has to tell him everything many times, it drives the doll crazy. Justified that Oliver is new to the other world.
- Too Dumb to Live: It did work, but who in their right mind proposes to go up a volcano to stop it from erupting without informing any of the nearby townspeople?
Drippy (シズク Shizuku)
Voiced by: Steffan Rhodri
A fairy from another world who was turned into a doll, which ended up in Oliver's hands by his mother. He's happy to guide Oliver around in order for him to defeat Shadar and bring peace.
- British Accents: He's voiced with a feisty Welsh accent.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: His only use for battles is to support you by casting Tidy Tears (a healing spell that also gives you a defense boost). In cutscenes? Aside from the Pintsized Powerhouse entry, he can also catch up to a boat while running at full speed on top of water and carries heavy stuff for you.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Department of Redundancy Department: He introduces himself as the "Lord high lord" of the fairies
- Demoted to Extra: Drippy used to be a party member that would fight alongside you in Jet-black Mage. In White Witch, he's your guide and offers advice on boss fights for a "Chance!" moment, and can randomly use his Tidy Tears skill during battle.
- Dynamic Entry: They could have just gone through the backdoor from the Fairy Mother's entrance, but instead he opts to get shot out of a cannon straight into her mouth.
- Exposition Fairy: He's your source of info, no matter how much Oliver annoys him for his lack of knowledge.
- Funetik Aksent : It's strong enough the subtitles transcribe "Your" as "Youer" and "Our" as "Ouer", as well as other words.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He says "flipping" a lot.
- The Lancer
- Motor Mouth: Probably a weird case in the English version of the game, but he talks a little bit too fast. No wonder why Oliver is confused many times.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Though he doesn't fight alongside you, he did throw a boss' shield bigger than he is ten times over.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: If his title is more than a comedic affectation.
- Sealed Good in a Can
- Verbal Tic: Tidy! He also speaks with an incredibly Welsh accent and mannerisms.
Esther (マル Maru)
Voiced by: Lauren Mote
Daughter of the sage Rashaad of the other world and Myrtle's soul mate, she was robbed of a piece of her heart until Oliver mended Myrtle's family struggle. As thanks, she accompanies Oliver in his journey to defeat Shadar. Though she wishes to have some kind of good personal reason other than helping Oliver out...
Swaine/Gascon (ジャイロ Jairo)
Voiced by: Louis Tamone
A traveling thief who causes a few problems for Oliver until he joins his side. For some reason, he's concerned about reaching Hamelin and having a talk with the sage... He's in a personal turmoil about his younger brother not being himself. After a few hurdles, the two finally make peace once more.
- Anti-Hero: Type II with some qualities of Type III. He starts off as a bit of a jerk, but once Esther and Oliver really get to know him, Swaine becomes very friendly, if a bit snarky.
- Badass Normal: He has little to no magic to speak of, aside from using familiars, with all of his MP moves using his "Trickshots" and has the lowest MP amount of the group.
- The Beastmaster
- Big Brother Instinct: To Marcassin, his younger brother.
- Big "NO!": When he sees his father dying fifteen years in the past, only in person this time. Ouch...
- Butt Monkey
- Cat Smile: Can be noticed at certain camera angles.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Grappling-Hook Lockpick Pistol, actually.
- Impossible Thief: Taken Up to Eleven with his Miracle Move that allows him to steal from any enemy 100% of the time.
- The Gunslinger
- Hypocrite: Gets called out as one by Esther for chastizing Pea about abandoning her kingdom. She points out that he's not exactly one to comment. "Ouch..."
- King Incognito
- Loveable Rogue
- Meaningful Name: Swaine seems similar enough to "Swine" to count as foreshadowing his connection to the Pig-based Hamelin. Eespecially since the other members of royalty you've met have pun based names, though since it isn't his birth name it might be more of a Meaningful Rename instead. His real name, Gascon, on the other hand can refer to being a boastful person or braggart, fitting his personality when he was younger.
- Muggle Born of Mages: This is the main reason Gascon became Swaine, since the emperor of Hamelin also has to be a great sage Marcassin would end up getting the throne regardless of what he did and also caused him to believe that he was his father's unfavorite so he left home to find his own path.
- The Nth Doctor: This is the present-day Gascon. It's incredible what a life of poverty away from your castle can do to you.
- Riches to Rags
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- The Smart Guy
- Video Game Stealing
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Esther.
- Warrior Prince: Well, he's already renounced it but it still counts.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: "I just wanted to make you proud..."
- You Killed My Father: Shadar kills the Emperor while they were off getting Mornstar.
- Younger Than They Look: No older than thirty, but a life of thieving and poverty on the streets means he looks haggard and older.
Marcassin (ラース Lars)
The prince and therefore a Great Sage
of Hamelin. Marcassin is at a complete loss due to his heart being deprived of its belief. Oliver and company aid him to recover his lost belief, and from there, he aids them in their adventure. He only joins them for real during the White Witch portion of the game.
Voiced by: Lily Burgering
A mysterious girl whom only Oliver can see and speak too. She appears occasionally to warn him and give him assistance on his journey. She is actually a part of the White Witch.
White Witch/Cassiopeia (白き聖灰の女王 Shiroki seihai no jōu)
Voiced by: Jennifer Bryden
The titular villain who harbors great hatred towards Oliver due to him being the world's "Savior", and will do everything in her power to kill him. Was in fact daughter of the Wizard King, and after his death became the queen of Nazcaa at a very young age and spent most of it sheltered while the corrupt Zodiarch council run the kingdom. When she got older and saw the state of her kingdom, she created the spell of manna to try and save Nazcaa, but it ended up turning everyone but her into monsters that murdered each other, destroying Nazcaa and leaving her all alone. She now seeks to destroy the world and make it anew.
- The Atoner: At the end of the game, she is horrified by all the evil acts she's done to the other world, and promises to make amends to everyone.
- Bigger Bad: Gives orders to Shadar, and is responsible for the plot being set in motion to begin with via the death of Allie.
- Casting a Shadow: Her Falling Star spell, as well as Nightshade.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A very dark, unfunny variant. She spends most of the game talking to what turn out to figments of her imagination made real by her magic. Turns out to be a subversion, she's actually aware the things she's talking, outside of Shadar, aren't real, but spending hundreds of years alone took such a toll on her that she'll settle for having nearly anybody around as long she isn't alone.
- Guest Star Party Member: She will join you for the final boss battle.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
- Light Is Good: Her true form as Cassiopeia.
- Light Is Not Good
- Dark Is Evil: A lot of her abilities seem to be dark-based, in a bit of contrast.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She uses those same dark-based attacks to help you fight the final boss.
- Heel-Face Turn: After Pea joins back with her she realize the error of her ways.
- Older Than They Look: When she reverts back to her true self, she's still as young as she was ten thousand years ago.
- One-Winged Angel: During the final battle, she turns into a leopard-type creature.
- Orcus on His Throne
- Physical God: She's easily the strongest thing in the setting. Considering she's immortal, can snap her fingers and affect things from across dimensions, cause worldwide zombie apocalypses singlehandedly in mere seconds and give figments of her imagination life and godlike power of their own without even intending it, it may not be too much of a stretch to call her this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Her clothes change color depending on her emotion: Red for anger and Blue for calmness.
- Reality Warper: Apus, the Zodiarch council, even Pea, are all figments of her imagination made real.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: With terrible results on her part.
- Sequential Boss: Technically, two forms out of three are her.
- Sympathy for the Devil: All of the misery in the game can be traced back to her, and she was personally responsible for the death of Allie. But after the Manna catastrophe that she personally unleashed left her all alone, it's hard not to feel bad for her. It gets even harder when she breaks down crying after her One-Winged Angel form is defeated, and the face under her mask wears a broken, utterly helpless expression. It's easily one of the most pathetic, heartwrenching sights in the game, considering what she was like during 90 percent of the story.
- The Man Behind the Man: Everyone doesn't realize she exists until about 90% a way through the main plot, as she sends Shadar to do all of her dirty work, and he never mentions her.
- Unmoving Plaid: Her cloak has the entire galaxy!
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Believes that the world should be destroyed because its flawed.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the party reveals that she can't just remake the world just because she doesn't like it, she goes berserk. After she is defeated in her One-Winged Angel form, she loses all composure and collapses into a sobbing wreck.
- Voice of the Legion
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: All the many, many tragedies in her life have driven her into believing that the world isn't fixable and should be remade into something that wouldn't have the cataclysm of Nazcaa happen again.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Wields both dark and light magic.
Shadar/Lucien (ジャボー Jabō/Natius)
Voiced by: Brian Protheroe and Oliver Mason (as Lucien)
The Dark Djinn, who was dubbed "Executor", and charged with bringing destruction towards the other world by the White Witch.
- Anti-Villain: In his final moments, its revealed that Shadar wanted to bring peace to the world, knows that many of his actions are wrong but feels he must do commit, and it's possible that he was doing it while he was the Dark Djinn. Alicia says that the other world was a much better place while Shadar was in power than how it was when she was a child.
- Badass Baritone
- Climax Boss
- Sequential Boss: In a game with relatively few of them. He has three phases!
- Cynicism Catalyst: One you get to see in flashback after his defeat. Put simply, he used to be a Wide-Eyed Idealist, until he was forced to take part in a horrifying war. He refused to kill innocent civilians and helped a young girl (who turned out to be Alicia) escape, and his superiors had his entire hometown burned as punishment. Needless to say he crossed the Despair Event Horizon after that.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: To make sure no one stands up against him, such as the standard JRPG La Résistance, he steals pieces of the hearts before they can even form a resistance.
- Disc One Final Boss: In the DS version, he was the actual final boss. However, the game continues in the PS3 version to reveal himself as The Dragon towards the White Witch.
- The Dragon: Of the White Witch.
- The Dreaded: By everyone in the other world.
- Despair Event Horizon -> Jumping Off the Slippery Slope -> Start of Darkness
- Doomed Hometown: Unlike examples of this trope, his own superiors did this to him as a punishment! All for letting an innocent child live.
- Elemental Powers:
- Evil Counterpart: To Oliver. Literally.
- His Evenstar spell to Oliver's Mornstar. Which Oliver himself can use after defeating him.
- Evil Cripple: Downplayed: he leans very heavily on a cane, his posture is stooped, and he gives off an air of being physically decrepit.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: He looked like a normal teenager in the past, but when you finally see him unhooded in the present his face is aged and withered. Once he reunites with Alicia's spirit, who convinces him there's still some good in him, he returns to his younger look.
- Evil Redhead: Though he wasn't always evil...
- Evil Sorcerer
- Evil Sounds Deep
- The Faceless: His face is completely blacked out and cannot be seen. At least until his last moments.
- Fallen Hero
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Immortality: On the plus side, this means his Soul Mate in the Otherworld is constantly reincarnated, which Alicia uses as the basis of her plan.
- Intergenerational Friendship: A very, VERY weird case with Alicia. When they first met she was a child, but as an adult she ends up traveling forward in time and becoming the mother of his Alternate Self. She reunites with him in child form after his defeat.
- My Revenge Is Mercy: When Oliver defeats him, he decides to sever the connection that exists between the two of them so Oliver will not die with him.
- Oliver, I Am Your Soul-Mate
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Executor/The Dark Djinn.
- One-Winged Angel
- Teleport Spam: He has a habit of teleporting out of the way whenever you get close to him when you fight him.
- Trap Master: His "Circles of Hell" attack works like this. Unfortunately, your allies have an annoying habit of stepping on them.
- Together in Death: Platonic example, with Alicia.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Wanted to rid the world of war. Ironically through becoming The Dreaded, he pretty much succeeded. An interesting case of a villain invoking this trope without really meaning to.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Alicia suggests he may have been one all along without even realizing it.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: VERY much so. The guy is a faceless, Dangerously Genre Savvy Evil Sorceror with unimaginable power, with Mind Rape as his go-to weapon of choice.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: A kinda sorta drudic-ish one.
A council of twelve who serve the White Witch.
Voiced by: Christopher Godwin
Tenth member of the Council of Twelve, he faithfully serves the White Which... or does he? In the DS version he was just a Bonus Boss
, but the PS3
version expanded his role considerably... He turns out to be both the spirit of Cassiopeia's father, and hence the Wizard King himself, as well as the spirit of the Infinity Plus One Wand Astra. He's also the reason Oliver met Pea, making him the catalyst of most events in the game.
Voiced by: Jo Wyatt
Oliver's mother. A kind woman who cares deeply for her child. She loses her life in a tragic accident and sets Oliver to go on a quest to save her. In actuality, she is the Great Sage Alicia. As a small girl native to the Other World, she was saved by Shadar before he became evil. When he did, she spent years to become a sage, traveled back (forward?) in time, crossed dimensions to Earth and absorbed Shadar's other self's soul that he had cast off (Oliver) and gave birth to him as part of a plan to save Shadar.
King Tom XIV
Voiced by: Lewis Macleod
The Cat King of Ding Dong Dell. He assists Oliver in his journey after restoring a piece of heart he was missing. He, along with everyone else in his kingdom, is later turned into a monster by the manna, but is saved with the help of Pea.
Great Sage Rashaad
A former Great Sage and father to Esther. He works as a Babana merchant in Al Mamoon and initially refuses to help Oliver stand up against Shadar, but warms up to him after he heals his brokenhearted daughter.
Voiced by: Rachel Atkins
The queen of Al Mamoon.
Supreme Sage Solomon
A sage who lives within the Temple of Trials. He assists apprentice wizards and runs a competition called the Solosseum.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Little guy to his servant, Umbopa.
- Jerkass: He doesn't have many nice things to say towards Oliver and Esther, or anyone in general.
- Meaningful Name: According to some legends King Solomon was said to be able to tame and control Daemons, in the game Sage Solomon gives Ester an item that lets her do the same thing to get more familiars.
- Older Than They Look: He looks about as tall as Oliver, and almost looks around his age. However, he's old enough that he's trained Rashaad, Khulan, Marcassin and Alicia.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Well, we never see him in action. Regardless, if what everyone says is true, he should be pretty powerful.
Great Sage Khulan
Voiced by: Abigail Thaw
The Great Sage Khulan was once the queen of the Kingdom of Xanadu. After the Kingdom fell to Shadar, she became brokenhearted and proceeded to do the same to the people of Perdida.
Voiced by: Mark Lewis Jones
The King of the Sky Pirates and master of Tengri, a winged Dragon. He was once a Fleet Commander in Xanadu.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a former commander of Xanadu's airborne division. Who knew?
- Badass Beard
- Badass Boast: He's one of the few (or possibly, the only) people you encounter who isn't afraid of the very mention of Shadar, proclaiming that he'll show him what it means to face a "true adversary."
- Cool Airship: The Iron Wyvern.
- Emotional Bruiser: Oliver takes two parts of his heart over the course of the story.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Name's the Same: He's named after Kublai Khan, the founder of the Yuan Dynasty in China. His soulmate in the other world, Genghis, is named after the founder of Mongol Empire.
- Red Baron: "King of the Sky Pirates."
- Sky Pirate
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Khulan at first, of the 'commoner loving royalty' type. That is, until she points out that, since her city was destroyed, she's technically not queen anymore...
A mysterious, ghostly boy who speaks to Oliver in riddles, and rewards him whenever he can figure them out. The player encounters him in various villages throughout the game. A sidequest reveals that he was a part of the Nazcaan Council of Twelve, dubbed Gallus. He left the Council when he realized their true intentions.
Old Father Oak
Voiced by: Alexander Morton
A very old tree that lives in the Deep Dark Wood. He is one of the first people Oliver encounters in the other world. He assists Oliver by giving him his first spells and the Telling Stone, a compendium of knowledge.
Smiley n' Surly
Voiced by: Owain Rhys Davies (Smiley) and Matthew Gravelle (Surly)
Two faeries who are friends with Drippy. They put on a comedy routine in the Fairygrounds. They are also Drippy's informants, providing important news to him while he was dormant as a doll.
Voiced by: Max Cazier
Oliver's best friend. He has a hobby of making cars in his spare time. He is a hard working person, but tends to be stubborn and defensive.
- Cool Car: The Philmobile. You can even obtain it for yourself in post-game!
- Fire-Forged Friends: Implied with him and Oliver. One of the flashbacks implies that they originally weren't on equal terms, as Phil would occasionally pick on Oliver.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for the death of Oliver's mother and spends most of the time after the event depressed. He even loses his ambition, which causes a Nightmare to spawn in him.
- Jerk Ass With A Heart Of Gold: shows a bit of a mean side from teasing Oliver and "Starey Mary", but he genuinely means well.
- The Mechanic