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- "A man should never let a woman wear too much makeup or too many clothes."
Voiced by Ken Narita (Japanese) and Nolan North (English).A man with self-professed "mad skills," Vashyron makes a living doing odd jobs with his gun. He acts as something of a big brother figure to Zephyr and Leanne.
- Anti-Hero: Really, he's a mercenary who kills people and monsters for a living, and sometimes just (armed) people who get in his way. While not as scary as Zephyr, he's not a white hat, either.Vashyron: I look at an enemy and all I see is a wad of cash. I can't help it.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may be a laid back pervert but he is the Cardinals' go-to guy for a reason. His cinematic fight with Zephyr is all proof you need.
- Big Brother Mentor: He shows flashes of this when he's not being a...
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's a pervert, make no mistake, but as shown in his interactions with Cardinal Theresa, he's perfectly capable of being a gentleman.
- Chosen One: Rebecca describes him as a Knight of Zenith. What this means in practical terms is that Zenith intervened when he was about to die and saved his life.
- Egocentric Team Naming: The trio's name in the Arena rankings is "Team Vashyron."
- Handsome Lech: Some women do find him attractive but he is still too pervy.
- Hitman with a Heart: He may be a killer for hire (or, in his words, a merchant of death), but he doesn't kill innocents and genuinely cares about the two kids under his care.
- Papa Wolf: Don't threaten Vashyron's employees when he's around. Just don't.
- Survivor Guilt: He was the sole survivor of a ruins excavation because of a literal Deus ex Machina. He doesn't like to talk or think about it.
- Team Dad: It shows especially when Lagerfeld comes to kill Zephyr, how Vashyron feels about his companions; acting lightly at first, when Lagerfeld invokes a friendship between them thinking that will give him the boy, Vashyron snaps and blocks Lagerfeld from coming in.
Vashyron: Daddy does NOT approve!
- And there is the wedding job:
- "Will He still judge me as a child of God?"
Voiced by Hiro Shimono (Japanese) and Scott Menville (English).A reserved young man with a dark outlook on life. Vashyron took him under his wing and he's been making a living with his machine gun every since.
- Ax-Crazy: Zephyr in the game's opening cutscene.
- Badass Boast: Throws a few of them but his line at the Big Bad deserves mention.Zephyr: You may be a Cardinal, but it won't save you! You'll die screaming!
- Big Damn Heroes: In the game's first scene, he catches Leanne as she jumps from a ledge in Chandelier.
- Bishōnen: Oh, so very much. In his type B costume he could probably audition as a Gackt look alike.
- Blood Knight: While all three fit to some degree, it's most evident with him.Zephyr (battle quote): Don't take them out in one hit! Where's the fun in that?
- Can't Hold His Liquor: In chapter 1, he takes a sip of wine... then spits it out and doubles over coughing.
- Chosen One: See Vashyron.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Considering what he did and what he wants, he not happy about this at all.
- Covert Pervert: While the Christmas example is the most obvious, there's also this gem if he examines Leanne's closet:Zephyr (paraphrase): What's this? My hand is moving on its own towards Leanne's closet! Oh the humanity...Damn, there's nothing here!
- Cynicism Catalyst: The Crank Seminary Incident is this for him. He later learns that his little sister was one of the victims.
- Deadpan Snarker: Some of his victory quotes certainly count:Zephyr: That wasn't a battle. That was assisted suicide!
- Death Seeker: The reason for his recklessness; he even explicitly says that he should be dead, and nearly lets Lagerfeld kill him during their fight.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: He fell in with Vashyron after the latter fought him and nearly killed him as part of a job.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is shocked at how casually Vashyron draws a gun on the Cardinals' men because they politely asked him to turn around. He even hesitated before doing the same.
- Gangsta Style: He seems to like holding guns this way.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: When he realized his life was miraculously saved despite killing 30 school children and his own sister. He feels a huge amount of Survivor Guilt.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his sociopathic tendencies, Zephyr leapt without thinking to save Leanne at the risk of his own life, offers her his jacket when she looks cold, and risks his life to retrieve her cold medicine when she gets sick.Zephyr: I want Leanne to be happy.
- Lame Rhyme Dodge: His quip about Leanne's Sexy Santa Dress during the Christmas Episode:Leanne: Agh, this skirt's too short!
Zephyr: Now all we need is a trampoline.
Leanne: What did you say?!
Zephyr: I said, "the hem looks really keen."
- Mood-Swinger: He can either be jovial or brooding, and frequently switches from one to the other.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: He was part of a second set of experiments by Sullivan, which gave him increased speed and strength, but also unhinged him to the point of causing mass murder.
- Naytheist: He has plenty of misgivings about faith and God and doesn't mind showing it.
- Pet the Dog: His concern for Leanne's well-being is the one consistent sign that he's still got some humanity left.
- Survivor Guilt: See Heroic B.S.O.D. above.
- Tragic Keepsake: Despite his misgivings about faith, he keeps a book of scriptures that his sister gave to him.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Zipperiffic: For some unexplained reason, the t-shirts of Zephyr's "B" costumes all have a small zipper over the left collarbone.
- "If I have to die, I'll die on my own terms."
Voiced by Aya Endo (Japanese) and Jessica DiCicco (English).An upbeat and delicate looking girl who seems a little out of place doing mercenary work. Zephyr saved her from a suicide attempt and she "followed him home."
- A-Cup Angst: Not really an issue for her unless Vashyron is teasing her about this.Vashyron: Too small for a good look, huh?
Leanne: What's too small?!
Vashyron: Your rack.
- Action Girl: Although she and the other two constantly mention how inexperienced she is, this girl kicks serious ass on the battle field.
- Anger Born of Worry: After she saves Zephyr from being killed by Lagerfeld, she slaps him upside the head and berates him for wanting to die... before breaking down in tears and pleading with him to at least "die with courage" while clinging to his back.
- Badass Adorable: Several NPCs will go on about how adorable she is and it's evident in her artwork.
- Badass Longcoat: Her default white coat.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: See the above quote and Driven to Suicide below.
- The Chick: Though definitely not the passive version.
- Combat Stilettos: She is never without a pair of high heels, in-combat or out. She should get a medal for being able to pull off Hero Actions with them without breaking her ankles.
- Driven to Suicide/Interrupted Suicide: The first time you see her in a cutscene, she's jumping to her doom, only to be saved by Zephyr. Later in the game, we discover that she did so because she believed she was about to die anyway and wanted to do so on her own terms.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Both Vashyron and Zephyr mention repeatedly that Leanne is the New Meat and highly inexperienced compared to them. When she gets in an actual fight, however, she's just as skilled and capable as they are.
- Girly Run
- Zettai Ryouiki: Golden Thigh Ratio.
- Hair Decorations: With Cat Girl and Meido variations available in addition to more normal hair bands.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Her default◊ outfit is a dress that looks a bit like a winter coat with knee-length boots complete with stilettos and a nice ribbon at her neck. And she kicks serious ass while wearing it.
- Magic Skirt: Averted and played straight. Leanne's outer dress (or possibly coat) does ride up with all the flips she does, but there's another skirt underneath that that doesn't seem to budge. Outfit B averts this trope but some of the outfits in B have a pair of black leggings on her. The most expensive skirts don't.
- Morality Pet: For Zephyr and, to a lesser extent, Vashyron.
- Mysterious Waif: Leanne fell out of her world and got caught by Zephyr, and she's a major component of the game's overall plot.
- New Meat: As noted above, she's considered the least experienced member of the team; and it's implied that she only recently (as in, a year after she moved in) started accompanying the other two on their missions.
- Older Than They Look: Would you believe she's 21 just by looking at her?
- Phlebotinum Rebel: She's the last of 20 children whose quartz stones were to be randomly broken one-by-one; one stone would be broken (and consequently one child would die) every year. By her 20th birthday, she decided to take matters into her own hands by jumping off a bridge... until Zephyr (and Zenith) intervened.
- The Protagonist: She arguably gets the most Character Development, and the protagonists' conflict mostly revolves around her; which is odd since the dynamic within the trio doesn't really suggest this.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Worn during the Christmas mission, and complained about endlessly.Leanne: Aah, this skirt's too short!
Zephyr: Now all we need is a trampoline.
Leanne: What did you say?
Zephyr: I said "the hem looks really keen."
- Significant Birth Date: Her birthday is on Christmas Day.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Depending on what you choose equip her with, she can wield one or two of the largest weapons in the game.
- Stepford Smiler: She seems very upbeat and happy, but the mask starts to crack at the end of Chapter 5.
- Tsundere: She's normally nice, but she's not above dealing out physical abuse to Vashyron for being a pervert. She also smacks Zephyr more than once when she feels he's being particularly wangsty.
- Woman in White: She wears a white dress in her flashbacks, and her default outfit features a mostly white coat. And then there's the wedding mission...
- You Are Number 6: Sullivan refers to her as "Number Twenty" at one point.
- Your Days Are Numbered: The reason for her attempted suicide at the game's beginning. Leanne was one of twenty newborns who Sullivan experimented on and programmed to die at a certain birthday; Leanne herself was supposed to die on her twentieth birthday, so she decided to kill herself, preferring to die on her own terms. However, Zephyr intervened, and when the clock struck midnight, she didn't die thanks to Zenith.
- Your Makeup Is Running: Exploited; she says she wears makeup as a reminder to stay strong, because if she cries, she'll ruin the makeup. Then right after explaining this, she cries anyway.
- "I'll set my doubts aside. I'll set them aside to build a world of order. For the sake of the people."
Voiced by Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese) and Jim Ward (English).The highest-ranked of the Cardinals, although he will not step forward to take up the mantle of Prelate. He is tormented by his past, especially the death of his beloved Freida.
- The Alcoholic: Drinks frequently, and loves blended scotch and malt whiskey.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: This guy is hard if you're underleveled or your guns aren't fully customized.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: It's quite stylish, his suit. And he's badass.
- Badass Preacher: He's the highest ranking Cardinal of the Zenith religion, and a damn good marksman. Final boss of the game, too.
- Crisis of Faith: Practically his personality. Guy worshiped Zenith as God, but then found he could control it, and thus, became God.
- Heartbroken Badass: Probably his most prominent character trait is his unending sorrow over the death of the Prelate Freida, his wife. All the power he has, including the control of Zenith, means very little to him compared to the stark reality that he'll never have her back.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His justification for dooming 20 newborn children to an early death (one every year for 20 years) is that he's doing it to fulfill Freida's dream of a free people.
- "Look what they've wrought! They would use machines to spread the plague of their clockwork world. But the wastes beyond are our Eden. Now you die along with Zenith!"
Voiced by Yukana (Japanese) and Cat Taber (English).Although Rebecca appears to be an adolescent girl, the horns on her head hint at a far more esoteric origin.
- A Glass of Chianti: She's constantly shown drinking what appears to be wine. It's not wine, it's blood.
- Bonus Boss: Only fought in Neverland.
- Creepy Child: She's not too bad until you realize the "wine" she's been drinking is actually blood. And that's just the beginning.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Of the Power Wing variety.
- Horned Humanoid: Ram horns.
- Mind Rape: Her current mute childlike self is a result of Zenith doing this to her.
- Morality Pet: Of Sullivan.
- One Woman Army: A few years prior to the game, she invaded Basel with the goal of wiping its people out. She killed the entire Lucia excavation team, including Victor, Theresa's husband, and was about to kill Vashyron when Zenith intervened and broke her mind.
- Petting Zoo People: She has curly little ram horns on her head.
- Power Gives You Wings
- The Voiceless: At least in the present-day scenes. Sullivan treats her silence as an opportunity to speak freely and contemplate his actions. Though in the past, she spoke to Vashyron before knocking him out, calling him "Zenith's knight" as she realizes she can't kill him. She finally speaks at the ending, calling out to Sullivan as they meet outside Basel.
- "Let me be perfectly clear this once: we're evil men who revel in our vainglory."
Voiced by Takehito Koyasu (Japanese) and Chris Edgerly (English).A researcher who appears to be helping Rowen. He is almost always accompanied by Rebecca. His past has ties to both Leanne and Zephyr's.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Big Bad: Nearly everything bad that happens to the main characters can be laid at his feet, including Zephyr's insanity.
- Bonus Boss: Along with Rebecca, only fought at Neverland.
- Immortality Immorality
- Evil Laugh
- Pet the Dog: It's pretty obvious from the ending sequence that he genuinely cares about Rebecca.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Arguably applies to him too as he is also following Freida's ideals albeit in a different way. While Rowen's goal is to control Zenith to prevent it from spontaneously killing people, Sullivan's goal is to free people from it entirely by making them like Rebecca. He eventually succeeds in making himself free but along the way Crank Seminary (among most of the plot) happens.
- "I'm alive! You all saw it, each and every one of you! I've been chosen by God!"
Voiced by Shigeru Chiba (Japanese) and Dwight Schultz (English).A man who is completely off-his-rocker nuts. He attacked Mine 24 to get at the Quartz vein, believing that if he found his star he'd be "chosen by God."
- Chewing the Scenery: In a cast of Large Hams, he shines above and beyond.
- Enemy Chatter: He has both interesting things hinting at the backstory to say to Vashyron and funny things to say to the other two.Gelsey: Love the threads!
Zephyr: Thanks. You're not too badly dressed yourself.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He seems to take his Grandma's advice to heart and recalls her words fondly. He thinks his Grandpa's crazy though, which is... interesting coming from him.
- Flunky Boss: Curiously, he's weaker than his flunkies — he has no protective parts whatsoever. If only for the amusing banter, it's better to take your time and kill the other enemies first.
- Laughing Mad
- The Mad Hatter: Seems to revel in his insanity.
- "You've nothing to fear! Though it cost me my life, I, Cardinal Pater, bearer of the Celestial Jewel, will save you!"
Voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese) and Jason Marsden (English).A cardinal with an almost child-like personality. He has a crush on Leanne, but can't work up the courage to talk coherently around her. He seems to have a friendly relationship with Zephyr. Friendly for Zephyr, anyway.
- Chekhov's Gun: In his first scene, he is given his quartz stone, which he fashions into a ring. Later, he punches out a monster threatening Leanne while wearing it, causing the ring to shatter. Pater dies.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He appears as a Bonus Boss in Neverland after his death, and no one remarks on this before or after the fight.
- Gonk: Ironically, he's the most lighthearted of all the cardinals, unlike most instances of this trope.
- Hollywood Nerd: Type 1, so very much.
- Odd Friendship: With Zephyr. Some of the NPCs note it too; apparently his demeanor changes completely when they're together. When Vashyron asks Zephyr he says he doesn't hate him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Seems like a real nerd at first, completely and totally awkward. But one soon learns that he deeply cares for the common people and is devoted to clearing out areas so they can have places to live.
- Smarter Than You Look: He spearheaded the reconstruction of Pateropolis and according to a kid people says he is a good Cardinal despite being a goofball, unlike Valet who is just an idiot.
- Stalker with a Crush: A harmless case; during several chapters, he's the first person you see hanging around outside the Base.
A close contact of Vashyron, Cardinal Theresa often gives missions to him and his team.
- Cool Old Lady: She appears quite dignified in comparison to the other somewhat eccentric Cardinals.
- Friend to All Children: Sets up a Christmas party with presents for orphans in the Square Garden.
- Pimped-Out Dress
- Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the few cardinals who isn't evil, completely insane, or both. She even donates food to the lower levels, and the soup made from the ingredients she sends is affectionately named after her.
- Something About a Rose: Her first mission involves going to a dangerous place and placing a (fake) rose on a gravesite.
- Widow Woman: Her husband has been dead for some time. It's implied that this is Victor, Vashyron's friend who died fighting Rebecca.
Voiced by Yoshinori Sonobe (Japanese) and Charles Martinet (English)A cardinal who was in charge of the Crank Seminary before Zephyr destroyed it and killed everyone there.
- Anti-Villain: He only wants Zephyr dead because of what happened at Crank Seminary.
- Blade on a Stick: His staff has a sharp point on the end.
- Duel Boss: Not counting Leanne's interference in the end, Zephyr has to fight against him one on one.
- Kick the Dog: He manages to gain the upper hand by revealing that one of the Crank Seminary victims was Zephyr's younger sister.
- Teleport Spam: During his boss fight.
- "I want to see that world. A world where people live life as they want to."'
Voiced by Yuki Sakura (Japanese) and Julie Nathanson (English).The former leader of the Church who died twenty years before the events of the game. She was extremely well-respected by the other Cardinals and was Rowen's wife.
- Big Good: She was the benevolent light of the Church, and no-one contests that the world lost someone great when she died.
- The Chessmaster: Implied to be in control of Zenith at the end, showing that even a dead woman can manipulate events.
- The Lost Lenore: For Rowen.
- Posthumous Character: Not even in flashbacks do we see even a single scene of her alive and kicking.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Everything Sullivan and Rowen has done throughout the game was motivated by her passing.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth