!Playable Characters

-->''"A man should never let a woman wear too much makeup or too many clothes."''
!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/KenNarita (Japanese) and Creator/NolanNorth (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.
* AntiHero: 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.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: 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.
* BigBrotherMentor: He shows flashes of this when he's not being a...
* ChivalrousPervert: He's a pervert, make no mistake, but as shown in his interactions with Cardinal Theresa, he's perfectly capable of being a gentleman.
* ChosenOne: Rebecca describes him as [[spoiler: a Knight of Zenith]]. What this means in practical terms is that [[spoiler:Zenith intervened when he was about to die and saved his life]].
* EgocentricTeamNaming: The trio's name in the Arena rankings is "Team Vashyron."
* HandsomeLech: Some women do find him attractive but he is still too pervy.
* HitmanWithAHeart: 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.
* PapaWolf: Don't threaten Vashyron's employees when he's around. Just don't.
* SurvivorGuilt: He was the sole survivor of a ruins excavation [[spoiler:because of a literal DeusExMachina]]. He doesn't like to talk or think about it.
* TeamDad: 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.
** And there is the wedding job:
-->'''Vashyron''': Daddy does NOT approve!

-->''"Will He still judge me as a child of God?"''
!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/HiroShimono (Japanese) and Creator/ScottMenville (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.
* AxCrazy: Zephyr in the game's opening cutscene.
* BadassBoast: Throws a few of them but his line at the BigBad deserves mention.
-->'''Zephyr:''' You may be a [[TheLeader Cardinal]], but it won't save you! You'll die screaming!
* BigDamnHeroes: In the game's first scene, he catches Leanne as she jumps from a ledge in Chandelier.
* {{Bishonen}}: Oh, so very much. In his type B costume he could probably audition as a Gackt look alike.
* BloodKnight: 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?
* CantHoldHisLiquor: In chapter 1, he takes a sip of wine... then spits it out and doubles over coughing.
* ChosenOne: See Vashyron.
** ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Considering what he did and what he wants, he not happy about this at all.
* CovertPervert: 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!
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:The Crank Seminary Incident is this for him. He later learns that his little sister was one of the victims.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Some of his victory quotes certainly count:
-->'''Zephyr''': That wasn't a battle. That was assisted suicide!
* DeathSeeker: The reason for his recklessness; he even explicitly says that he ''should'' be dead, and nearly lets Lagerfeld kill him during their fight.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: He fell in with Vashyron after the latter fought him and nearly killed him as part of a job.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: 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.
* GangstaStyle: He seems to like holding guns this way.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:When he realized his life was [[DeusExMachina miraculously saved]] despite killing 30 school children and his own sister. He feels a huge amount of SurvivorGuilt]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* LameRhymeDodge: His quip about Leanne's SexySantaDress during the ChristmasEpisode:
-->'''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."
* MoodSwinger: He can either be jovial or brooding, and frequently switches from one to the other.
* PhlebotinumRebel: He was part of a second set of experiments by Sullivan, which gave him increased speed and strength, but also [[spoiler: 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.
* PetTheDog: His concern for Leanne's well-being is the one consistent sign that he's still got some humanity left.
* SurvivorGuilt: See HeroicBSOD above.
* TragicKeepsake: Despite his misgivings about faith, he keeps a book of scriptures [[spoiler:that his sister gave to him]].
* TroubledButCute
* {{Zipperiffic}}: For some unexplained reason, the t-shirts of Zephyr's "B" costumes all have a small zipper over the left collarbone.

[[folder:Leanne (Reanbell)]]
-->''"If I have to die, I'll die on my own terms."''
!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/AyaEndo (Japanese) and Creator/JessicaDiCicco (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."
* ACupAngst: 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.\\
''[[ArmorPiercingSlap (SLAP)]]''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owAoZzYgKec All we have are raisins.]]"
* ActionGirl: Although [[GameplayAndStorySegregation she and the other two constantly mention how inexperienced she is]], this girl kicks serious ass on the battle field.
* AngerBornOfWorry: After she saves Zephyr from being killed by [[spoiler: Lagerfeld]], she slaps him upside the head and berates him for [[DeathSeeker wanting to die]]... before breaking down in tears and pleading with him to at least "[[FaceDeathWithDignity die with courage]]" while clinging to his back.
* BadassAdorable: Several [=NPC=]s will go on about how adorable she is and it's evident in her artwork.
* BadassLongcoat: Her default white coat.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: See the above quote and DrivenToSuicide below.
* TheChick: Though definitely not the passive version.
* CombatStilettos: 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.
* DrivenToSuicide[=/=]InterruptedSuicide: 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 [[spoiler: she did so because she believed she was about to die anyway and wanted to do so on her own terms]].
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Both Vashyron and Zephyr mention repeatedly that Leanne is the NewMeat and highly inexperienced compared to them. When she gets in an actual fight, however, she's just as skilled and capable as they are.
* GirlyRun
* ZettaiRyouiki: Golden Thigh Ratio.
* HairDecorations: With CatGirl and {{Meido}} variations available in addition to more normal hair bands.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Her [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m31xnuDhpj1r6c2k5o4_1280.jpg 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.
* MagicSkirt: 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. [[PantyShot The most expensive skirts don't.]]
* MoralityPet: For Zephyr and, to a lesser extent, Vashyron.
* MysteriousWaif: Leanne fell out of her world and got caught by Zephyr, and she's a major component of the game's overall plot.
* NewMeat: 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.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Would you believe she's 21 just by looking at her?
* PhlebotinumRebel: [[spoiler: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]].
* TheProtagonist: She arguably gets the most CharacterDevelopment, and the protagonists' conflict mostly revolves around her; which is odd since the dynamic within the trio doesn't really suggest this.
* SexySantaDress: 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 "[[LameRhymeDodge the hem looks really keen]]."
* SignificantBirthDate: Her birthday is on Christmas Day.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Depending on what you choose equip her with, she can wield one [[GunsAkimbo or two]] of the largest weapons in the game.
* StepfordSmiler: 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.
* WomanInWhite: She wears a white dress in her flashbacks, and her default outfit features a mostly white coat. [[spoiler: And then there's the wedding mission...]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Sullivan refers to her as "Number Twenty" at one point.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: The reason for her attempted suicide at the game's beginning. [[spoiler: 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]].
* YourMakeupIsRunning: 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.

!Non-Playable Characters
-->''"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 Creator/KeijiFujiwara (Japanese) and Creator/JimWard (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.
* TheAlcoholic: Drinks frequently, and loves blended scotch and malt whiskey.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:This guy is ''hard'' if you're underleveled or your guns aren't fully customized]].
* BadassInANiceSuit: It's quite stylish, his suit. And he's badass.
* BadassPreacher: He's the highest ranking Cardinal of the Zenith religion, and a damn good marksman. [[spoiler: Final boss of the game, too]].
* CrisisOfFaith: Practically his personality. [[spoiler: Guy worshiped Zenith as God, but then found he could control it, and thus, became God]].
* HeartbrokenBadass: 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.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His justification for [[spoiler: 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 Creator/{{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.
* AGlassOfChianti: She's constantly shown drinking what appears to be wine. [[spoiler: It's not wine, it's ''blood'']].
* BonusBoss: Only fought in Neverland.
* CreepyChild: She's not too bad until you realize the [[spoiler:"wine" she's been drinking is actually blood]]. And that's just the beginning.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Of the Power Wing variety.
* HornedHumanoid: Ram horns.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Her current mute childlike self is a result of Zenith doing this to her]].
* MoralityPet: Of Sullivan.
* OneWomanArmy: [[spoiler: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]].
* PettingZooPeople: She has curly little ram horns on her head.
* PowerGivesYouWings
* TheVoiceless: 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, [[spoiler: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 Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (Japanese) and Creator/ChrisEdgerly (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.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BigBad: Nearly everything bad that happens to the main characters can be laid at his feet, including [[spoiler:[[AllThereInTheManual Zephyr's insanity]]]].
* BonusBoss: Along with Rebecca, only fought at Neverland.
* ImmortalityImmorality
* EvilLaugh
* PetTheDog: It's pretty obvious from the ending sequence that he genuinely cares about Rebecca.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Arguably applies to him too as he is also following Freida's ideals albeit in a different way. [[spoiler: 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 Creator/ShigeruChiba (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."
* ChewingTheScenery: In a cast of {{Large Ham}}s, he shines above and beyond.
* EnemyChatter: 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.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: 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.
* FlunkyBoss: 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.
* LaughingMad
* TheMadHatter: 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 Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (Japanese) and Creator/JasonMarsden (English).

A cardinal with an almost child-like personality. He has a crush on Leanne, but [[CannotSpitItOut can't work up the courage to talk coherently around her]]. He seems to have a friendly relationship with Zephyr. Friendly for Zephyr, anyway.
* ChekhovsGun: In his first scene, he is given his quartz stone, which he fashions into a ring. [[spoiler: Later, he punches out a monster threatening Leanne while wearing it, causing the ring to shatter. Pater dies]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: He appears as a BonusBoss in [[BonusDungeon Neverland]] [[spoiler: 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.
* HollywoodNerd: Type 1, so very much.
* OddFriendship: With Zephyr. Some of the [=NPC=]s note it too; apparently his demeanor changes completely when they're together. When Vashyron asks Zephyr he says he doesn't hate him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: 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.
* SmarterThanYouLook: 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.
* StalkerWithACrush: A harmless case; during several chapters, he's the first person you see hanging around outside the Base.

[[folder:Cardinal Theresa]]

A close contact of Vashyron, Cardinal Theresa often gives missions to him and his team.
* CoolOldLady: She appears quite dignified in comparison to the other somewhat eccentric Cardinals.
* FriendToAllChildren: Sets up a Christmas party with presents for orphans in the Square Garden.
* PimpedOutDress
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: 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.
* SomethingAboutARose: Her first mission involves going to a dangerous place and placing a (fake) rose on a gravesite.
* WidowWoman: Her husband has been dead for some time. [[spoiler: It's implied that this is Victor, Vashyron's friend who died fighting Rebecca]].

!!!!!!Voiced by Yoshinori Sonobe (Japanese) and Creator/CharlesMartinet (English)

A cardinal who was in charge of the Crank Seminary before Zephyr destroyed it and killed everyone there.
* AntiVillain: He only wants Zephyr dead because of what happened at Crank Seminary.
* BladeOnAStick: His staff has a sharp point on the end.
* DuelBoss: [[spoiler:Not counting Leanne's interference in the end,]] Zephyr has to fight against him one on one.
* KickTheDog: He manages to gain the upper hand by revealing that one of the Crank Seminary victims was Zephyr's younger sister.
* TeleportSpam: During his boss fight.

[[folder:Prelate Freida]]
-->''"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.
* BigGood: She was the benevolent light of the Church, and no-one contests that the world lost someone great when she died.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Implied to be in control of Zenith at the end, showing that even a dead woman can manipulate events]].
* TheLostLenore: For Rowen.
* PosthumousCharacter: Not even in flashbacks do we see even a single scene of her alive and kicking.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Everything Sullivan and Rowen has done throughout the game was motivated by her passing.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth