A boy from the peaceful town of Motorville. Oliver led a simple life until he mischievously sneaked 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 after a time has passed.
Little Brother Instict: Despite being just a child, he was still protective of his older brother Gascon, to the point of wanting to hide his magical power so that his brother would inherit the throne instead of him.
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.
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.
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: Although she doesn't have a twin as the trope suggests, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanner in the Works: Shadar destroyed Mornstar in the present, but Gallus was able to send the heroes back in time to retrieve it in the past. Also, he set up Pea's meeting with Oliver. Without that, he would never have been able to go to the Otherworld in the first place!
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.
British Accents: Seems a bit incongruous given the setting, but not all that unlikely given the historical context of the 1950s. Oliver's about the right age to have been conceived at the end of World War II, when many American G Is got married and brought their wives home with them from overseas. Of course, she's actually from a medieval fairytale world rather than Britain, but being an English war bride does make a good cover story.
Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Oliver from drowning in the river, but suffers a heart attack afterwards and dies in the hospital.
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.
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.
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.
Brainwashed and Crazy: While brokenhearted, she was being manipulated by Shadar, acting as his "representative."
It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the fall of Xanadu. Oliver and Kublai mention that this is not the case.
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.
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.