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Formerly a normal human girl that lived with her family that formed good relations with the Okonogi family in Shrike. Asellus' old life ended abruptly when she was accidentally ran over by the carriage of the Mystic Charm Lord Orlouge, and to save her life, she's infused with the blood of Mystic, making her the world's only Half-Mystic. Feared by humans, despised by Mystics, Asellus has to find a place for her own in this world while being hunted by her kin.
- Alien Blood: Purple.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant:
- Orlouge really shouldn't have messed with Asellus, though it's understandable that he'd want to get White Rose back from her. In the Half-Mystic ending, he forces her into a fight because he thinks her life's worthless, completely missing the fact that he created the most powerful Mystic in the world. His death appropriately ensues.
- Ciato has no excuse, however. He tries to kill her pre-emptively because she might become so powerful that she could destroy him permanently. So, of course, that's what she does.
- Rastaban did this intentionally. He wanted a Mystic strong enough to defeat Lord Orlouge and bring change to Fascinaturu again. However, if she doesn't embrace her Mystical side, then he does this again by trying to steal her power, completely missing the fact that his entire plan revolved around her being more powerful than Orlouge.
- Big Sister Instinct: Before getting ran over with Orlouge's carriage, Asellus used to play with Red when he was a toddler, being his non-blood related Cool Big Sis since her family has good relations with the Okonogi. When she ends up joining Red temporarily during the Cygnus hijacking, Asellus uses this trope as a reason; she's worried about Red.
- Boyish Short Hair: Asellus' hair is kind of short, further reinforcing how Gina mistook her as 'Facinaturu's new prince' before meeting her and enforcing how much she ends up as Discount Lesbians.
- Discount Lesbians: She's gay (or at least bisexual) because of the Charm Lord Orlouge's blood in her veins. In the ending where she gives up her mystic powers, she marries a man.
- According to Essence, Mystics don't distinguish themselves by Gender (instead, noting wheter one is more masculine or feminine). This is interesting since the source in question brings this up in regards to Asellus denying her attraction to White Rose. As such, it may be that all Mystics might not be able to exclusively lust for one sex.
- Emergency Transformation: After being hit by Orlouge's carriage, she's infused with his blood, turning her into a Half-Mystic and saving her life.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Largely because of a Charm Person effect.
- Expy: Of Terra Branford. Both being Half Human Hybrids, and have a similar color scheme, and look, but Asellus is a bit more masculine. Both also have identity crises, albeit for different reasons. Both also have the ability to transform into a form that accentuates their nonhuman blood.
- Face–Heel Turn: In the Full Mystic ending.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves
- Gone Horribly Right: In the Full Mystic ending, Asellus has become exactly the heir Lord Orlouge wanted, and he couldn't be more proud of the fact that she's about to kill him and take his throne.
- Guest-Star Party Member: She, along with White Rose, can join Red's quest during the Cygnus hijacking scenario, but permanently left afterwards. Averted in Emelia's quest, where they (plus Zozma) join permanently.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: Hated by humans for being a Mystic, mocked by Mystics for being human.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half Human, Half Mystic.
- Heroic Neutral: Asellus just wants to live her life with White Rose. The problem is that, first, Orlouge considers White Rose his personal property, second, Ciato wants Asellus eliminated as a threat to his power, and third, Rastaban wants her made into a Mystic who can overthrow Orlouge. She has a lot of Mystical asses to kick if she wants to be able to do this. As a Full Mystic, she abandons this trait once she realizes she can't live as a human anymore; she has to live as a Mystic, which means taking her rightful throne.
- Hybrid Power: Quite possibly the most powerful being in the world. She can gain stats like a human and spark Sword, Fighting and Gun skills, but she can also absorb the souls of monsters and transform into a Mystic at will and get their stat bonii, she has the gift for Mystic magic, and she doesn't have any of her inventory slots locked by Mystic gear (particularly the painfully-weak MysticMail).
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: In the Full Human ending, Asellus kills Orlouge to free herself from her Mystical blood.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Asellus just wants to go back home and live an ordinary life. Neither Orlouge nor Ciato will allow that. In the Full Human ending, she gets what she wants; in the Half-Mystic and Full Mystic endings, she comes to accept that she will never be human, and either comes to terms with her dual heritage or decides to take her place as a Mystic Lord by force.
- Leitmotif: Has her own theme here. Surprisingly more whimsical, but it's not known when it plays.
- Lesbian Vampire: Played straight in the Full Mystic ending, ambiguous and Dark Is Not Evil in the Half-Mystic ending.
- Locked into Strangeness: Comments by other characters, unused artwork, and her full-human ending, with several photographs of Asellus' human family, apparently going back to her own childhood before the accident) reveal that, before she became a half-mystic, her hair was bright red, and would have faded to brownish orange-red if she had aged at all.
- Magikarp Power: Starts with no skills and horrible stats, but can develop in any direction she chooses, and by combining her human and Mystic abilities, can become the mightiest of all the starting characters.
- Mayfly–December Romance: In the Half-Mystic Ending, she and Gina share this; Gina's an old great-grandmother while Asellus is still eternally young and beautiful.
- Older Than They Look: Stopped aging at 17 after becoming a Half-Mystic, making her 29 when her story starts. She's at least 70 during her Half-Mystic ending.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Though she isn't so much actively rebellious as just wanting to go home and live a normal life with White Rose. After escaping from the Labyrinth, she comes back to confront Orlouge for one reason or another, depending on how Mystical she's become.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Her blood transfusion dyed her hair green. Also, when she uses her Mystic abilities, 'Mystical Change' activates and adds the stats of the absorbed monsters onto her own— this change is signified by some glowing, floating, and her hair turning from green to bright blue.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Since the accident happened 12 years before the game started, and not 'yesterday' as she previously believed, Asellus' aunt believed her to be dead.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In her Half-Mystic ending, she tells Orlouge this. Orlouge decides to kill her for it.
- Super Mode: Mystical Change. Borders on a Superpowered Evil Side, as too much use of this will lead to her getting Drunk on the Dark Side.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: A very subtle example. In her Full Mystic ending, Asellus realizes that she will never be able to live among humans or be accepted by them, so she decides to take her place as the new Charm Lord with all that entails, completely abandoning her humanity and morality in the process.
- They Would Cut You Up: Although it was removed from the game due to time constraints, Asellus was supposed to visit Dr. Nusakan and the Bio Research Lab.
- Walking the Earth: Asellus doesn't have a quest as such. She's just travelling the regions trying to get away from Orlouge's assassins, at least until White Rose is trapped in the Dark Labyrinth. In the Half-Mystic ending, she becomes a wandering adventurer, with no real place in the world except for her ties to the aging Gina.
- Who Wants to Live Forever? - A source of Angst in the Half-Mystic ending, where she finds it hard to return to Gina for her yearly reunion, who's living a mayfly human life.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In her Full-Mystic ending, she goes mad with power, becoming a worse tyrant than Orlouge was.
- Worthy Opponent: Orlouge considers her this in the Full Mystic ending, when she returns to take his throne as Charm Lord. He's much more contemptuous of her in the other two endings.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It actually changes to green, although Mystical Change tints it to where it looks blue.
One of the top magicians in the Magic Kingdom. Graduating from the Magic Academy was the beginning of his journey to become the master of all magic: Blue must learn all kinds of magic he could until the time comes to face his brother Rouge in a magic duel to death.
- Bishōnen: Fuse actually mistakes him for female in Essence.
- Cain and Abel: Told to be the Cain of the equation by the Magic Kingdom. Rouge was no doubt told the same thing. He also fits the Cain part: He's the insensitive jerk to the more social Rouge.
- Colorful Theme Twin Naming
- The Exile: Not allowed to return to the Magic Kingdom until he kills Rouge.
- Evil Twin: He is Rouge's Evil Twin.
- Famous Last Words: If he loses the fight with his brother, he says the first part of their shared last words."How...could...you...ever..beat...me?...This||...is...un...believe...able."
- Heel–Face Turn: If he wins against Rouge, Blue also inherits some of his good heart, and eventually he agrees to travel to Hell to seal Hell's Lord for eternity, saving mankind and developing from his Villain Protagonist status.
- Jerk Ass: He just sits in his suite on the Cygnus when it's attacked, refusing to help Red because of his name. On his own quest, if swallowed by Tanzer, he ignores the attack by Nomad's fighters against the other passengers, and abandons Fei-On in Tanzer's stomach. He also kills Kylin to take his gift of space magic, even if it meant doing so would cause the destruction of his paradise he made for children (some of his party members even call him out on this).
- Lack of Empathy: Blue couldn't care less of how other people feels as long as he can fulfill his mission of obtaining Magic Gifts and defeat Rouge. Jerk.
- Leitmotif: His theme here plays only at the beginning of his quest, and it sounds more ominous than the others, as a sign that Blue is more Villain Protagonist than either his brother or the other protagonists.
- Manipulative Bastard: His monologues when it comes to recruiting members are mostly about how much he can manipulate them in order to reach his goal.
- Master of All: Though heavily built toward being a mage, Blue can easily go with any combat style he wants; he's extremely talented at learning most of the good sword techniques (really only missing out on Life Sprinkler), a fair number of fighting moves, and since guns and magic share the same development chance, he picks up gun techniques every bit as quickly as spells.
- Polar Opposite Twins
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Gains all his brother's magic spells if he wins their duel.
- Villain Protagonist: Subverted. While Blue doesn't have villainous goals and eventually set himself to defeat Hell's Lord for the good of many, he's a self-serving jerk that could pass up as a villain.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His sprite has blond hair, though in all the artwork, it's white like Rouge's. Hair color aside, as for why he fits these, see Jerk Ass above.
Former super model that found love with an IRPO officer Ren. One day, Emelia found Ren murdered and because of it was convicted for murder and thrown to prison. She managed to escape and ended up joining the Gradius group in order to track down the one who killed Ren: An enigma known as 'Joker'.
- Bare Your Midriff: The bellydancer outfit and soldieress outfit.
- Battle Ballgown: Emelia wears a wedding dress during her final battle.
- Best Served Cold: Not on Joker... but Fuse in Essence. After her quest, Emelia, now a seasoned combatant, still remembered how he tossed her to jail. After learning the DSC from Liza, she proceeds to smack Fuse with that move for vengeance.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Emelia (blonde), Liza (brunette), and Annie (redhead).
- Broken Bird: Emelia was about to live a happy life with her fiancee, Ren, but that was brutally ripped away from her and was jailed soon after. In Essence, she was so traumatized that after saving Ren, Emelia proceeded to break up with him because the utter shock from that shook her to the core.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Being an ex-supermodel, Emelia can get stat boosts in her clothes. Two of her four outfits give a minor benefit in a different skill. More specifically, they swap her "Spark Talent List"—that is, the moves she's most likely to learn, with the other ladies of Gradius.
- Pink Tiger outfit boosts her barehanded attacks by swapping her list with Liza's
- Bunnygirl outfit was likely meant to boost her magic skills, but has no effect.
- Belly Dancer outfit boosts her sword techniques by swapping her list with Annie's
- Soldieress outfit was likely meant to boost her gunplay, (possibly by swapping her hidden gun/magic stat (0) with Roufas (6)) but does has no effect.
- Cry into Chest: At the bad ending, Emelia cries on the hug of both Annie and Liza, since she just ended her vengeance by killing Joker and indirectly Ren and is utterly confused on what to do after her vengeance was done and she felt no accomplishment at all.
- Dance Battler: Technically when she wears the belly dancer outfit. Used to great effect when using swords.
- Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. By all means, Emelia isn't dumb... but she tends to take on the wrong assumptions on things, such as thinking the Shingrow tournament is actually a dance party, not a battle tournament. Even Blue thinks by looking at her alone that Emelia 'looked a little stupid'.
- Everyone Has Standards: Emelia draws the line at 'selling herself to slavery because she's hot'. Even if Joker's on the line, she will refuse. Unfortunately, Roufas has other ideas to make her do it.
- Everyone Loves Blondes
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Emelia tries one on just before her Big Bad crashes in.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: On her wedding dress
- Go-Go Enslavement: Her "Sword Dancer" outfit, unlocked when she's captured by Trinity and forced to join a harem.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Emelia has this with Ren who is revealed to be bodyjacked by Joker the whole time in her good ending.
- I Was Never Here: In the bad end, Emelia takes on the final mission of forgetting that she ever joined Gradius on Roufas' request. This nicely explains why in other scenarios where she's recruitable, she's no longer involved with Gradius and doesn't even bat an eye on Annie or Liza, her best friends, if they're in the same party.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit
- Leitmotif: A surprisingly 'relaxed' one for someone with intents of vengeance like her. This plays when renaming her, or during her first trip at Trinity's Lambda Base.
- Leotard of Power: Emelia dons one in her Pink Tiger outfit.
- Ms. Fanservice: Thanks to loads and loads of Fanservice Pack she could wear and all of them are quite attractive, and her default look is also a pretty blonde, Emelia is one of this game's major fanservice providers.
- Pimped-Out Dress
- Playboy Bunny: While on her Baccarat mission.
- Power Trio: She's usually forming this dynamic with Annie and Liza, as 'Roufas' Angels' in Gradius on Emelia's story. She's usually more detached from them in other scenarios as she's recruited via the Arcane Quest.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: In one piece of her official art.
- Shout-Out: Emelia getting forced into a harem in a skimpy belly dancer outfit is like how Leia was forced into slavery by Jabba the Hut in Star Wars.
- My Nayme Is/Spell My Name with an "S": Due to translation error, her name is Emelia instead of the more common (and actually her Japanese name) Emilia.
- Win Your Freedom
- Wrongly Accused: Accused of murdering her fiance, Ren. Unfortunately for her, Ren was Fuse's best friend, so he had her thrown into Despair with no trial.
A wandering minstrel that used to be someone who constantly stayed at his mother's house in Yorkland and wanted to make a name for himself. He's usually seen helping others.
- The Alcoholic: Not as bad as Gen, but he has shades of this- He's always found in the Pub in Scrap, and during his story, if you do the quest for the Grail Card, finding the card becomes an afterthought to "Free sake!"
- All Your Powers Combined: Essence states that his quest was finished last, mainly because he was so busy helping out all the other characters. So they returned the favor and all joined him to finish his quest. All of them. The villain of his story is also revealed to be the Man Behind the Man behind most other villains in the game.
- Basement-Dweller: Actually starts off his quest because he's tired of being a burden to his mom (read: he gets kicked out.)
- Cool Big Bro: To Thunder
- Disappeared Dad
- Expy: He's not the only friendly traveling bard in a game in the SaGa series — the Minstrel in Romancing SaGa fits that description as well.
- Funny Afro
- Lazy Bum: Starts as of these, and he's forbidden from going back home until he gets a job. His intro outright calls him "shiftless." In the end he's running Trinity after killing off Mondo and usurping his position. He winds up in hiding back home away from everyone.
- Magikarp Power: He starts out with, essentially, no abilities to speak of, but can be developed to any level in any direction, and learns skills unusually quickly.
- Magnetic Hero: Always found in the pub in Scrap, gets the other hero to talk about their self, and winds up joining their team. In his own story, he's genuinely friendly to anyone and gets people to join his team easily. In-game, he's got a very high "Charm" stat.
- Punny Name: A wandering minstrel named Lute...
- Walking the Earth: He leaves home in search of adventure. Adventure and a decent job.
Son of Dr. Okonogi, Red lost his family after a sudden attack by the terrorist group BlackX and was nearly killed by them too. But he was saved by the mysterious hero Alkarl, who made him into another superhero Alkaiser in order to save his life. A year later, Red works for the cruise ship Cygnus under the supervision of Hawk, but he still desires vengeance against BlackX.
- Anime Hair: A few drug users comment on it, calling him "Cactus Head". Also, Doll finds it easy to find him due to his "hip-hop hairdo".
- Bare-Fisted Monk: While Red can be adept in sword-fighting, most of Alkaiser's exclusive skills are martial arts-based, so he's mostly dealing with martial arts moves.
- Crutch Character: Alkaiser form. While few non-bosses can stand up to his immense power, ending a battle as Alkaiser voids any stat bonuses that Red would get. Since Red's stats directly influence Alkaiser's, the result can be a very weak superhero.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Using Al-Phoenix on M Black III causes him to counter attack with Dark Phoenix, which triggers Alkaiser to learn and counter counterattack with RE-Al-Phoenix, the most powerful Alkaiser skill in the game. Of course, at this point, there's no one else left to use it on except the final boss.
- Emergency Transformation: After nearly being killed by Shuzer, he's turned into a superhero by Alkarl in order to save his life.
- Expy: His appearance appears to be based off that of a character named Red in a little-known Square Soft game called Treasure Hunter G. There's also a Blue in that game, although he looks nothing like this one's.
- Filk Song: The song Fight! Alkaiser Now sounds like an Anime/Toku Opening theme Doubles as Red's own Leitmotif.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: In line with keeping his superhero identity a secret, outside of scripted battles, you can't transform into Alkaiser unless all the humans and monsters in your party are either unconscious, blinded, or in some other state where their eyes just don't work. For some reason, this rule does not apply to Mecs.
- Henshin Hero: He's basically a Kamen Rider in an RPG.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: 19 years old and comes with the teen perversion tendencies, including getting super excited at the porn mag in Shrike and thinking on Annie's impressive set of racks when he accidentally bumped to it.
- Laser Blade: Alkaizer gets access to the Ray Sword after transforming.
- Light 'em Up: Many of his moves as Alkaiser use light, either directly offensively or just as added special effects.
- Not So Different: At first Red doubts that Asellus is the Asellus he knew, but he's the first to quickly dismiss that and bring her and White Rose to the party, considering that everyone's got their own secret, if Asellus has her immortality secret by being Half-Mystic that she can't disclose, he has a similar secret he can't disclose: Him being Alkaiser.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Word of God says his real name is 'Retsu'.
- Parental Abandonment: His family is killed by Black X about thirty seconds into his game. It's revealed that his mother and sister are actually still alive near the end
- Power Glows: Morphing into Alkaiser is accompanied by glowing and a flash of light.
- Secret Identity: One that, if revealed, will lead to him being Depowered in addition to having his memory erased.
- Shout-Out: To the sentai Henshin Hero genre. Alkaizer's signature move, Shining Kick, is a blatant one to Kamen Rider's Rider Kick.
- Super Heroes Wear Capes: Even when he's not dressed as Alkaiser.
A Lummox from the dying realm Margmel. Wishing to restore his dying home to its former beauty, Riki sought the power of the Nine Rings, known to grant any wish.
- The Chosen One
- Dub Name Change: In the Japanese version, he's known as "Coon." This was changed due to being a racial slur in America.
- Fish out of Water
- Horrible Judge of Character: Justified, he's a little kid who honestly doesn't know any better.
- Idle Animation: The only character with one. Leave him alone long enough, and he rocks back and forth.
- Kid Hero: Though his actual age is unknown, he definitely behaves as though he's a kid. Probably in part due to being a Fish out of Water.
- Kitsune: A Lummox actually, but the combination of his multiple tails and shape shifting certainly invokes it.
- Mega Manning: As a monster, it comes with the territory.
- Ring of Power: Has the "Guardian" ring. In-story, it's the reason Margmel managed to go so long without dying. In-game, it boosts the party's defenses.
- You Can't Go Home Again
A robot that was found by two kids in the town of Junk. It lost its original purpose and wanted to find out what that purpose was.
- Heart Drive: T260's "core" apparently functions as one of these, enabling it to swap body types at will. Presumably, it's the same for other Mecs, too.
- Living Ship: Its original original body, before crash-landing in Junk.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: T260 cannot remember its original mission.
- Samus Is a Girl: Sort of. As a mec, T260 is genderless, but it's original body was a ship, and ships are considered female, so...
- Robo Speak: "Affirmative"s, "negative"s, various calculations and repeated instances of Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness make up T260's dialogue.
- Robot Names: Of the "string of letters and numbers" variety. "T260" actually its model number.
- Wolverine Claws: On its default body.
AnnieOne of the members of Gradius. Annie is a practical swordswoman who's only in the organization to provide for her family. She became one of Emelia's best friends in her scenario, provides information about Shuzer of BlackX in Red's scenario, escorts Riki to obtain the Hermit Ring in his scenario or escorts anyone seeking the Freedom Rune to the prison Despair.
- Cool Big Sis: She has two little siblings, a troublemaking boy and a girl who got adopted into a rich family at Yorkland, Essence confirms that this is the same girl that was possessed by one of the Rings in Riki's scenario.
- Gag Boobs: When she escorts Red to Shuzer's base, he accidentally bumps on her up front when crossing a bridge in which Annie yells to stop touching her body like a pervert. Red's thoughts? 'Impressive...', implying that he accidentally touched Annie's boobs.
- I Like Swords: Her style focuses on swordplay.
- Lovely Angels: Annie is the two constant female Gradius underlings of Roufas in Gradius, the sword-fighting chick to compliment with Liza the martial artist chick.
- Knowledge Broker: She sells Red the location of Shuzer's base and knows her way around Despair, among other things.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Forms this pair with Liza: Annie is more impulsive and frequents Despair about 6 times due to taking brash actions against rude customers.
Captain HamiltonCaptain of the ship Victoria and a member of anti-Trinity group. She reveals to Lute that Mondo was actually a bad guy and killed his father to boot, and led the attack to Mondo's base.
- Amazon Brigade: Her entire crew is female, all orphans who've had their families killed by Trinity.
- Cool Ship/Cool Boat: She's Captain of the Victoria, an region ship that looks like a pirate ship, complete with large glowing sails.
- The Good Captain
- The Lancer: to Lute. Would be a straighter example if she didn't join just before the Point of No Return
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: She's exclusive to Lute's scenario, so if you want to get her, play his scenario.
"Doll"An IRPO agent disguising as an adventurer looking for her brother. That was just a cover to her true mission: Arrest one of BlackX's Emperors Berva.
- Code Name: "Icy Doll." Her real name is actually Taris.
- Fair Cop
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: She's exclusive to Red's scenario, so if you want to get her, play his scenario.
- Only Sane Employee: Of IRPO.
- Undercover Cop Reveal: Lies to Red at first about why she wants to go to the ruins in Shingrow, just before the fight with Berva, she reveals herself as an IRPO patrol officer.
Fei-OnA monk in training who used to date Mei-ling. His attention to his training caused Mei-ling to break up with him and during a journey to Kyo for training, his ship was swallowed by Tanzer. Ever since then, he's staying at the makeshift village there protecting the people from the sky pirate Nomad who was also swallowed there, in addition of escorting anyone who would like to seek something Tanzer also swallowed: The Vitality Rune.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He's considered one of the best when it comes to bare-handed fighting, barring Liza. Though depicted as a Chinese monk, Fei-On seems fine with wrestling moves.
- Bald of Awesome: Borderline— his head is shaved, but for a single braid.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for being so absorbed in training that he failed to notice that his girlfriend Mei-ling ended up under the thrall of the Black Ring.
- Warrior Monk: Even went so far as to shave his head to look the part. He was on his way to Kyo to train before his ship was swallowed by Tanzer.
An IRPO agent and a would-be 8th Protagonist of the game, which was cut from the game. While not exactly the nicest person, Fuse remain steadfast in his pursuit of justice. He was friends with Emelia's boyfriend Ren and in his anger of the death of his friend, he threw Emelia into Despair. He's also investigating Cindy Campbell of Manhattan, suspecting connection with BlackX, and ran into Red, assisting him.
- Casanova Wannabe: It doesn't come up in the game, but in Essence, he's quite the... ineffective ladies man.
- Code Name: "Short Fuse", which sometimes reflect his more impulsive nature.
- Cowboy Cop
- Dead Partner: Ren, Emelia's fiance, was his partner and best friend from way back in their academy days.
- Demoted to Extra: Was originally going to be one of the main protagonists, but his quest had to be cut due to disk space.
- Jerk Ass: Knocks Red unconscious for talking out of turn, gets Emelia thrown in Despair with little evidence because he doesn't like her, insults Lute a bit... he's not a particularly pleasant individual.
- Pet the Dog: If he's recruited by Red before initiating the Shield Card quest, then he will not ask Red to get the flower at Mosperiburg and gives the Shield Card for free. Of course, the drawback on this is that Red can't get the treasures guarded by the dragons and recruit Suzaku.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Throws Emelia into Despair without a trial, because he's the boss at IRPO and can do whatever he wants and he was pissed off that his buddy Ren died.
A swordsman from Wakatu, until the town is reduced to ashes by Trinity. In grief, Gen turned towards alcohol and kept drinking in either the town Junk or Scrap, at least befriending Rose and Thyme and becoming a mentor figure to T260G, assisting it in its quest for identity. Seekers of the Saber Card would seek him in order to travel to Wakatu. If he's recruited by Lute, he'll get excited in assaulting Mondo, as he held him responsible for Wakatu's massacre and wants revenge.
- The Alcoholic: A full-blown drunk. Just sits around getting wasted in Scrap and Junk, and both his status screen and victory pose involve him drinking.
- Cool Old Guy: Has the personality, and at age 35, he's definitely this to Rose(14) and Thyme(12). To everyone else in-game, he's borderline- none of the protagonists are older than 25 (Lute), and short of Roufas(40) and Capt. Hamilton (48), he's still got 6 years on the next closest character who can join the group.
- Drowning My Sorrows
- Drunken Master: A drunken samurai, and possibly the best sword user in-game.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: He cuts through a rope by using an iron pipe as a sword, although he later claims he didn't use the pipe to cut it. Lampshaded by T260, who Divides By Zero trying to figure it out.
- The Lancer: To T260G
- Last of His Kind: He's the last survivor from Wakatu, a region whose inhabitants were slaughtered by Trinity.
- Master Swordsman: He starts off with a lot of sword techniques and can learn most of them.
LizaA member of the Gradius, a female martial artist who was known to have an affair with Roufas, but broke up because of his dedication to the job, but she still stuck with him because she has a family to feed. She's also Emelia's best friend in her scenario, suggests that Gradius support Red in his crusade against BlackX, and she can also be asked by Blue to escort him to the location of Hide Rune.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: She's considered one of the best unarmed combatant in the game, aside of Fei-On.
- Hair Flip: Her victory pose include coolly flipping her hair, reflecting her cool-headed personality.
- Lovely Angels: Along with Annie, Liza is the more constant female of Roufas' Gradius members, contrasting with Annie with her martial arts skills.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Annie, Liza is a more level-headed, calmer girl that keeps her cool, so she doesn't join that many characters (compared to Annie who'd join anyone who would seek the Despair Rune).
- Working with the Ex: Liza used to be Roufas' lover, but they broke up due to Roufas being more focused at his job. But since working with Gradius pays better for providing her family, Liza continues to work with her ex.
Mei-LingA Chinese lady who used to date Fei-On, but broke up due to some incident (but mostly because Fei-On was too focused on training). She became some sort of caretaker of Riki and helps him in his quest to gather the Nine Rings with her knowledge. Unfortunately for Riki, Mei-ling is actually using him to her own ends to rule the world, as she was possessed by the curse of an evil ring, the Black Ring.
- Big Bad Friend: Riki's story
- Chinese Girl
- Demonic Possession: Her quest to find the rings is in large part driven by the Black Ring's influence. It takes full control of her at the very end of Riki's quest.
- Easily Forgiven: For manipulating Riki and the others and nearly causing a non-existence to a region, she only got the crap beaten out of her and all is forgiven. Granted, Nusakan's diagnosis decreed that she was being cursed by the Black Ring, but still.
- Foreshadowing: On beating the Owmi Lord to take his ring, he warns Riki and Mei-ling that anyone looking for the ring has to be up to no good. Mei-ling DOES have an extensive knowledge about the rings... Turns out, she is up to no good, being the Big Bad of the story.
- Mage Marksman: She starts off with a few light spells and gun techniques
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Never actually heard, but her victory animation has her doing the gesture.
- The Lancer: To Riki.
RoufasThe leader of the Gradius society. Roufas used to be friends with Fuse, training for Mind Magic together until they went separate ways with Roufas founding an organization to handle dirty jobs the IRPO couldn't handle. In his spare time, he's hanging out at Mu's Tomb seeking brave men who'd want to claim the Victory Rune. He's the one who hired Emelia in her scenario in order to track down the Cube.
- Cool Shades: Never takes 'em off. Not even while cooking. Not even at a wedding.
- Rated M for Manly: When you run into him at Mu's Tomb looking for the Victory Rune. He'll only join human, male characters who answer with a Testosterone Poisoned "YEAH!!" when asked if Victory is the mark of a real man. Notably, he's unable to be recruited by those who aren't human men except Emelia (since she's employed by him).
- My Nayme Is/Spell My Name with an "S": "Roufas" rather than "Rufus". Possibly (probably) a translation error.
Blue's twin brother and actually a more friendly guy who will join anyone (except his brother) in their quest, as long as they themselves can gather Magic Gifts (so he can't join T260G or Riki). According to Essence, he's the canonical winner in the fated duel.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Blue's Cain, as Rouge is the more social and friendly brother.
- Colorful Theme Twin Naming
- The Exile: Not allowed to return to the Magic Kingdom until he kills Blue. Due to a lack of Gameplay and Story Segregation, he'll actually leave the group if you try to bring him.
- Famous Last Words: If defeated by Blue, he gives the last bit of their shared last words-How...could...you...ever..beat...me?...This||...is...un...believe...able."
- Hero Antagonist: He's not the most pleasant fellow, but he's far more humane whereas Blue is selfish and petty. This is emphasized in gameplay: you can obtain Rouge as a party member on all of the quests bar T 260 G and Riki, while Blue cannot be recruited on any others. In fact, he dismisses Red on his quest solely because his name is similar to Rouge's.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rudeness runs in the family as in Essence, Rouge got kicked out of Kylin's Paradise because he's rude (despite getting the Gift in a non-lethal way). However, he's a lot friendlier than Blue and makes efforts to befriend and help others. He just tones down the rudeness better than his bro.
- Red Is Heroic: His name is 'red' in French, and yes, he's a much more heroic person from get go than his asshole brother.
- Polar Opposite Twins
- The Power of Friendship: In Essence, he's able to muster the strength to get out of Hell, because he knew there were people who cared about him outside.
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Downplayed: if he wins against Blue, he gains all of Blue's magic... but not any non-Magic skills Blue might have learned along the way. So if Blue has somehow learned Life Sprinkler... tough luck, Rouge has to learn again from scratch about it.
- Back-Alley Doctor: Runs a small clinic in the backstreets of Koorong.
- Creepy Good: His clinic will scare the bejeebus of anyone that comes to him, which is why he can't be recruited by many. But, he will put his life on the line on a patient in need as seen in Riki's scenario, and also suspects Mei-Ling being possessed by the Black Ring. He's also gracious enough to offer himself as an escort to the Hide Rune for Blue. Essentially, if you get past his creepy outlook, Nusakan is a good doctor.
- Deadly Doctor
- Disc-One Nuke: Has access to Greater Arcana before completing the Arcane Quest. Including the Death tarot.
- Expy: Looks somewhat similar to Final Fantasy VII's Dr. Hojo.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Essence states that he's as powerful as a Mystic Lord, but doesn't give a damn about the Mystic hierarchy. He'd rather continue his morbid research.
- In game, he has the Death spell, despite it being a high-level Arcane spell and him not having the Gift for it.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Nightmare Fetishist
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark green
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although his heart of gold doesn't show up until near the end of Asellus' game when he rejoins your party following The loss of White Rose.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Only accessible in Asellus' scenario as he's an important mentor/friend figure.
- Oranyan: To Rastaban. He's well aware that Rastaban's completely off his rocker, and doesn't mind snarking bitterly at him whenever they get a scene together, but he does love him.
- Word of Gay: All There in the Manual, he and Rastaban are together.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light green
- Apologizes a Lot: For perceived disrespect to upper class Mystics.
- Cast from Hit Points: Her [LifeRain] ability sacrifices her LP to heal the party's HP.
- Extreme Doormat
- Happiness in Slavery: She's quite eager to be Asellus' slave when Asellus comes back to her. Averted with the Lord of the Manor; she's not happy at all when he confines her to his house.
- I Owe You My Life: If Asellus goes back to Owmi for her after the Dark Labyrinth, Mesarthim invokes this trope, insisting that she be Asellus' slave. Incidentally, she also feels this way about the Lord of the Manor, but can't stand the constant smell of humans or her confinement in his shower.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: They're water mystics.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: She threw herself into the fires of Kurenai, so she wouldn't have to live as one of Orlouge's mistresses.
- Boomerang Bigot: In Asellus' game, the first thing she says is "I smell the foul stench of a Mystic," referring to White Rose, despite she herself being one.
- Miko: Acts as one at the shrine in Devin.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Only accessible in Asellus' scenario since the requirement to recruit her exist in the earlier part of Asellus' scenario.
- My Hero Zero: "Rei" means "Zero" in Japanese, and she's the only character able to use Mirage magic.
- Permanently Missable Content: If you don't visit her room with White Rose at the beginning of Asellus' scenario, she won't even join you.
- Pride: Essence says that her portrait during the battle with Orlouge symbolizes "Pride that bows to none."
- Reincarnation: Committed suicide to be reborn into human flesh, by using the "cycle of birth".
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite knowing about Time and Space magic, having mastered Mirage magic and her reaction to Asellus and White Rose, she's only 12. Justified, since she's been re-incarnated.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple.
- Appropriated Appellation
- Code Name: As an IRPO agent, it makes sense.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He tried to invoke this by attempting to absorb the dimensional beast Tanzer, but failed miserably.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: As part of his Impractically Fancy Outfit, moth wings appear out of his back when he casts magic.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Somewhat justified since most mystics dress rather fancily. Fuse hates his dress style and even gave him a nickname because of that (see trope below).
- In-Series Nickname: Fuse calls him "Narcissistic Cosplay Jerk."
- The Silent Bob: In The Essence of SaGa Frontier.
- The Voiceless: It's rumored that he lost his voice when trying to absorb Tanzer, although Word of God says he's a natural mute. Under the right circumstances, he'll speak in Red's game near the end, but it's in a scene where the second and third members of the group ask Red-as-Alkaiser about where Red is, so it's likely just an oversight or glitch.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. He's actually a low class Mystic, but the ability to control time makes him very powerful and dangerous regardless.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one knows what his true name is- "Time Lord" is just a title he's taken for himself.
- Power Perversion Potential: Invoked in Essence when he uses Time Leap to allow Fuse to feel up Doll. Unfortunately, since the person is outside of time, they can't be affected by anything, and feel as hard as stone. Unfortunately for Fuse, Time Leap's effect doesn't last very long.
- Time Master: You get the gift for Time Magic from him.
- Bi the Way: She's attracted to the Charm Lord, whether they're male or female. She was previously Orlouge's princess, and is still somewhat loyal to him.
- Conflicting Loyalties: She doesn't realize following Asellus was a betrayal of Orlouge until Caito's shadow spells it out for her, and it weighs on her mind from then on.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the Dark Labyrinth, in order to for anyone to leave, someone has to stay behind. White Rose decides that she deserves it as punishment for disobeying Orlouge, and stays so that Asellus and co. may leave.
- Love Martyr: In Asellus' Full Mystic ending, she and the rest of Orlouge's harem are left to "sleep" in their coffins forever so Asellus can start a new one.
- Nice Hat
- The Medic: For Humans.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Only accessible in Red's scenario since he's in Cygnus, and no one but Red could access it.
- Secret Keeper: He recognizes Red as Alkaiser pretty early on, but keeps it secret on pain of being disassembled.
- Combat Medic: For being a largely support-role Mec, whoever created him also had a mind to arm him with a Vulcan gun and sharpshooting programs, the former being integrated so you can't unequip it. Yes, it ends up being comically outclassed compared to the other Mecs' firepower, but still.
- The Medic: For Mecs.
- Brain Uploading: Predicts his own death and backs up his memory for just such an occasion.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Only accessible in T260G's scenario.
- The Smart Guy
- Unexpected Successor: Eventually ends up becoming President of the new government after Trinity is exposed and driven out of power.
- Arms Dealer: Found in the backstreets of Koorong, selling guns smuggled from Trinity.
- Gratuitous German: His name is an abbreviation for Panzerkampfwagon V.note
- More Dakka: Has the most integrated equipment of any Mec body, and three of them are heavy weapons.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The Accelerator item/skill can only buff his own Quickness. Since he starts off with the highest Quickness stat in the game before equipment, and not many monsters will be able to match it, Accelerator becomes useless right out of the gate, but unfortunately, you can't unequip it.
- Fragile Speedster: Starts off with the highest Quickness stat at 70. It doesn't take much to max it out to 99, but ultimately lacks any of the durability the other Mec bodies possess.
- Genki Mec
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Only accessible in T260G's scenario.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Found in the Bio Research Lab, trapped in some sort of chamber being experimented on.
- The Unintelligible: He speaks in "kyu"s and "myu"s, although Doll and Fuse seem to understand him. More so because Cotton is an IRPO agent.
- Friend to All Children: So much that he created a magical paradise just for them.
- Papa Wolf: He seems quite jolly until Blue announces he's going to kill him and take his gift of Space Magic.
- Reality Warper: Due to having the Gift for Space Magic, he was able to create a magical region.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Only accessible in Asellus' scenario since he's found in Orlouge's Labyrinth and only Asellus can access it.
- Replacement Scrappy: Discussed when he joins Asellus' party.
- Defeat Means Friendship: If you defeat him after robbing his grave, he offers to join the party.
- Dem Bones
- Pet the Dog: If you're playing Riki and wake him up, Riki will explain his story and Sei'll be moved enough to join without a fight.
- Grave Robbing: He does not take kindly to being awoken by people raiding his tomb.
- Taken for Granite: Frozen solid in the mountains of Mosperiburg.
And All The Rest
- Blue Blood
- The Dragon: To Orlouge.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He is driven to near-panic by the possibility that Asellus will become powerful enough to kill him, and does his best to murder her before that happens. He doesn't quite get that not only is Asellus immensely powerful, but Heroic Neutral, and while she never seeks him out to kill him, she will most certainly "make him disappear" when he attacks her.
- Unexplained Recovery: His ghost appears to attack Asellus in the final dungeon, despite it being a plot point that she had extinguished him completely the first time.
- Eyepatch of Power
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Orders Metal Black III to kill Alkaiser before the latter has a chance to rest.
- Man Behind the Man
- Rival Turned Evil: To Dr. Okonogi. They went to college together, but Klein "became obsessed with strange and dangerous experiments for a secret organization [...] and was eventually expelled." Okonogi still considers him a friend, wishing only to stop Klein before he commits any more crimes.
- Bi the Way: She does have children if she's not turned into a Mystic, but Asellus is always her dearest love.
- Morality Pet: To Full Mystic Asellus.
- Nostalgic Narrator: Narrates Asellus' game in this fashion.
- Super Empowering: In the Full Mystic ending, she becomes Asellus' first princess.
- Action Girl: Even before being turned into a mystic. Her portrait during the Orlouge fight symbolizes "Fear that dominates everyone"
- Blood Knight
- The Brute: To Orlouge
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- Defeat Means Friendship: Implied. In the Human and Half-Mystic endings, she's seen on a scrapbook card with Asellus, which would in turn imply that Asellus spared her life after defeating her. She's not part of the group who visits Gina, however. Obviously averted in the Full Mystic ending, where Asellus kills all of Orlouge's princesses to start her own harem.
- Red Baron: She's also known as "The Golden Mane"
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unclear what happened to her after her second defeat by Asellus. In the Human and Half-mystic endings,she shows up on a scrapbook card with no context, although it's implied by the Full-Mystic ending that she and Orlouge's other princesses are killed.
- Badass Beard
- Big Damn Hero: As Alkarl, appears just before Shuzer deals the final blow at the beginning of Red's game.
- Henshin Hero: He's Alkarl
- The Mentor: To Red
- Parental Substitute: After Red's family is killed, he takes over as father and employer.
- Evil Knockoff: Metal Black III is modeled after Alkaiser, and has his own version of Alkaiser's Al-Phoenix, called Dark Phoenix. In fact, MBlackIII's Japanese name is Metal Alkaiser.
- Pick Your Human Half: Obviously a Mec, but is quite the philosopher.
- Recurring Boss
- Worthy Opponent: Enough that he allows Alkaiser to rest up and outright refuses to attack while he's still weak from fighting the Black X emperors.
- Affably Evil: At first, he seems like a genuinely nice guy- In Emelia's quest, he gives her the Angel Broach, and in Lute's game, he gives him a ride out of Yorkland... he's also the head of Trinity, killed Lute's father, and plans to rule the world with a Humongous Mecha.
- Galactic Conqueror: Plans to use his Spriggan to conquer the Regions.
- Humongous Mecha: The Spriggan
- Rival Turned Evil: He was Lute's Dad's best friend...then he killed him.
- The Man Behind the Man: Between events in game and happenings in ''Essence'', he's in some way involved in at least five out of the seven stories.
- Wave Motion Gun: The Spriggan's "Buster Launcher", which does about 1,000 damage to the first person it hits, and 10-100 to everyone else.
- Bad Boss/Villainous Demotivator: After Asellus' escape, Ciato questions the wisdom of not punishing Ildon... and gets hurled around the room for his trouble. Cut material includes him giving explicit permission to the Bio Research Lab to abduct and experiment on lower class mystics.Orlouge: Don't ever question me again.Ciato: Yes, lord...
- Bait the Dog: His first (or second) action ingame is reviving Asellus after accidentally killing her in what amounts to a traffic accident. In cut content he was reportedly horrified, but he probably only cared because she was female. He soon proves to be a detestable being.
- Blue Blood
- Charm Person: He has a power over women which few can resist, and only his heir is immune to.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Orlouge understands power and lust just fine. He doesn't understand that someone as powerful as Asellus might not want to be like him, conquering the universe and taking as many women as she can get her hands on.
- I Have Many Titles: Charm Lord, Merciless King, Protector of Rose, Ruler of Darkness, Pursuer of Beauty, Supreme Judge, Ruler of Facinaturu, Lord of the Castle, Mystic Lord Orlouge. Phew.
- Stalker With a Crush: For lack of a better trope, this is how he acts toward White Rose. As she puts it, he never lets go of things he has acquired, ever. He doesn't really act this way toward Asellus, who he barely cares about except as she's taken White Rose.
- Affably Evil: Though he's not a very nice person, he's one of the few mystics in Chateau Aguille who treats Asellus with any kind of respect.
- The Chessmaster: Turns out, he's behind a plot to help Asellus overthrow Orlouge. Depending on how Mystical she is, he either gives her some Pluto Armor or fights to absorb her mystical power and be strong enough to fight Orlouge himself.
- Dark Chick
- The Starscream: One of the few mystics of Chateau Aguille not loyal to Orlouge, plotting his downfall either by way of Asellus or overthrowing him on his own.
- Wild Card: He's not firmly aligned with anyone or vice versa.
- Word of Gay: With Ildon.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, blue in game.
Rosemary & Thyme
- In-Series Nickname: "Rose", rather than Rosemary.
- Kid With The Remote Control: To T260, Thyme more than Rosemary.
- Theme Naming: They're both named after herbs.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Fuse considered Ren the good cop to his own bad cop. Unfortunately, we never see this in action.
- Sacrificial Lamb
- The Reveal: Ren is the Joker
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Although he may just be trying to mess with Red's head, during the battle at his base in Koorong, just before Alkaiser deals the final blow, he claims to have Dr. Okonogi's brain and asks Red/Alkaiser if he could kill his own father.
- Essence reveals that he just put Okonogi's brain next to his and purposely does that so Okonogi feels every pain he feels and lets Red know that as he beat him up. Shuzer is just that much of a Sadist. Of course, he said that when his HP is low, so that's asking Red to kill him with righteous revenge in the very next blow.
- Rocket Punch: He shoots his hands off when he uses the move "Claw Bit". Once every turn they fly back around and attack a character.
- Swiss Army Appendage: While his hands are detached, the rest of his arms can function as a rail gun, machine gun, or flamethrower.
- Wolverine Claws
- A Glass of Chianti
- Cool Chair: A golden bat and angel winged throne set atop a massive dragon!
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Fighting Virgil isn't a fight as much as it is simply entertaining himnote Trying to deplete his HP is pointless because he has infinite HP, and taking too long to entertain him makes him bored and he decides to start killing everyone. Oh yeah, and you can't run away from battles.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: In Essence, he's also referred to as "Fireworks Lord". The artist based his face on her favorite Visual Kei band vocalist- Atsushi Sakurai. Sakurai's band is named "Buck Tick," which is pronounced "bakuchiku," which translates to "Firecracker."
Bio Research Lab
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Body Horror
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Quite a few of the scientists remark on having a "disease-free, immortal body", either by offering you one or having one themselves. They don't even seem particularly bothered by the Body Horror that comes with it.
- Playing with Syringes
- Professor Guinea Pig: The majority of the test subjects? The researchers themselves- those that aren't are kept in a basement dungeon.
- Expy: For Shocker, considering Red/Alkaiser is based on Kamen Rider.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Of the "all one color" variety. They're color coded by which "Black X Emperor" they serve.
- Nebulous Evil Organization
- Slave Mooks: Berva's mooks in Shingrow are would-be tomb robbers who've been captured and forced to join.
The Caballero Family
- Starter Villain: The first antagonists in T260 and Riki's plotlines.
- The Mafia: Runs a protection racket in Junk, a factory in Scrap.
- Oddly Small Organization: Roufus, Annie, Liza, Amelia, and a few npcs are the only ones confirmed to be members. They do recruit when they see an opportunity.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: They live on the wrong side of the law, and Roufus in particular is rather amoral. But they're fighting various organizations which are much worse. They are never an enemy to the protagonists.
- Noble Top Enforcer: They're a subset of Trinity, but they do seem to care about their role as enforcers of justice.
- Oddly Small Organization: The only patrol officers are Fuse, Ren, Doll, Silence, Cotton and Rabbit. In Essence Suzaku, Engineer Car, and ZEKE are deputized as well. Fuse also deputizes Red in one instance.
- Space Police: Although whether the regions are planets or just places is... kind of ill-defined.
- One Nation Under Copyright: The closest thing to a legitimate government that exists in the setting, though they are corrupt and evil on the whole.