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Characters: Seiken Densetsu 3

Our Heroes:

General:

Duran

A mercenary swordsman hailing from the mountainous land of Forcena and son of the Golden Knight Loki, who famously aided King Richard in felling the power-hungry Dragon Emperor. Duran sets out to become the strongest warrior in the world after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Altena's Crimson Wizard.

  • Anti-Hero: Starts off as one since his goal for starting his adventure is to get even with the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus because he's mad about getting beat up. Ends up finding a lot more reason to fight along the way, however
  • Cool Sword
  • Failure Knight: His defeat at the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus's hands prompts him to leave the service of the knights until he redeems himself.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Healing Hands: Possible only if he takes a Light-Side class.
  • Idiot Hero: If Angela is in the party with him, she'll display feelings for him and he'll never pick on them. If the Dragon Emperor is killed by the other villains, the Darkshine Knight will try and tell Duran that he is his father, and Duran doesn't even pay attention.
  • It's Personal: He's desire for revenge on the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus. His pride was wounded, but he's also mad about how the other knights the wizard hurt.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's far from nice or polite, but cares deeply for his sister and auntie.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: A plot point at the start of Duran's quest. He wants the Sword of Mana so he can defeat the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus, who Duran was not able to stop when the latter attacked Forcena. Averted in the actual gameplay, however, since all of Duran's possible classes end up learning magic of some kind.
  • Magic Knight: In the Final Fantasy tradition of Magic Knights, Duran's spell specialty is giving elemental attributes to weapons. More apparent in his dark path, which eventually can have him learn every "Saber" spell except Saint Saber, which he can still pick up on his light path.
  • Mighty Glacier: Duran gets this label sometimes, although a little unfairly as his swing reset timer is the same as the other characters. The main reason is probably because he doesn't strike twice per attack like the other two males, who use daggers and bare hands respectively. It's also due to his recovery stance is much more obvious than the other two males, though this is actually useful as it's a sign when to back away from an enemy. His starting agility stat is lower than the rest of the cast, but due to bugs it doesn't do anything for any character other than Hawk anyway.
  • The Paladin: His light path.

Angela

The daughter of the Queen of Reason and princess of the magic kingdom of Altena, Angela failed to show any sign of magical prowess during her childhood. When her mother decides to make up for this by choosing her as the sacrifice for a powerful spell, she makes a break for it.

Kevin

Kevin is the son of the Beast King, and thereby the prince of the Beast Kingdom. His mother disappeared around the time he was born, and as he grew up he associated with his fellow Beastmen less and less, preferring the company of a wolf cub he names Karl. However, he discovers his own Beastman strength when Karl attacks him and he kills the cub in of self-defense. Overhearing that the Beast King had orchestrated his wolf's attack on him, he attacks his father in a rage only to be swatted aside with ease. Denied his revenge, he sets out to find a way to bring his only friend back to life.

Carlie

Carlie is half-elf, half-human, and was raised in the Holy City Wendel by the Priest of Light. She idolizes Heath, a fellow cleric, and is somewhat obsessively protective of him, enough that she sneaks away after him after he's called off on a mission. When she witnesses him being captured by Deathjester, her journey begins.

Hawk

Hawk comes from a much more humble lineage than his fellow protagonists. As a member of the Navarre Thieves Guild, he steals from the rich and gives (some) to the poor, and is very happy with his job at that. Soon after the Guild takes in a young lady named Isabella, however, the guildmaster Flamekhan decrees that the guild will turn from petty thievery to all-out raiding and invasion, starting with Rolante. In trying to get to the bottom of this personality change, Hawk is framed for the murder of his best friend, Eagle, and locked away, threatened with the death-by-curse of Flamekhan's daughter should he tell anyone what he knows. Saved from his cell by his cat friend Nikita, Hawk begins his own quest for vengeance.

  • Bishounen: Put him and Angela in the same party and she will flirt with him. She'll also remark that he's 'cute' (complete with a heart) if she confronts him in Rolante.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He'll try to charm the ladies at every chance he gets, asking Lise or Angela out in Jad and striking a pose while telling the Altenian soldiers "not to get so excited". But the worst transgression he ever commits is giving a Lise a (not entirely unwelcome) peck on the cheek if she confronts him in Rolante.
  • Dub Name Change: Originally named "Hawkeye". Like Carlie/Charlotte above, this ended up being shortened to fit the namespace.
  • Flash Step: His Ninja Master Tech, Shadow Dive.
  • Flechette Storm: The Level 2 Tech for his Ranger class is "Flying Swallow Toss", which consists of him spinning around and tossing knives at all enemies on the screen. Alternatively, his Ninja class can use the Shuriken skill, and if he takes the Ninja Master class, learns how to target all enemies at once with it.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: His Rogue class' Silver Dart skill, best thrown at zombies & demons.
  • Incest Is Relative: Hawke's main Ship Tease is with Jessica, who is revealed in Heroes of Mana to be his mother's half-sister.
  • Knife Nut
  • Jack of All Stats: Without a doubt the most balanced character in the game.
    • Master of None: Until a class change, if he's not the main character, then his damage is pretty lacking. His only saving grace would be the double-strike letting him build his power attack faster, but the attack itself does damage on par with a normal attack unless his attack is raised a couple of times, making him fall into this trope for early game.
  • Just Like Robin Hood
  • Lovable Rogue
  • Ninja: His dark path
  • Not What I Signed On For: Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, he's perfectly fine with. Waging wars of conquest against other countries? Not so much.
  • Only Sane Man: Only he and Eagle found a problem with the idea of invading other countries.
  • Something about a Rose: Level 3 tech for his Wanderer Class, "Dance of Roses".
  • Spam Attack: His Level 3 Tech for his Rogue class is called "Thousand Slice". Essentially it's the More Dakka principle applied to melee knife strikes.

Lise

The princess of the Wind Kingdom of Rolante, and a fierce wielder of the lance. The Navarre raiders took her castle, killed her father, and kidnapped her brother. Now she, too, is out for justice.

The Villains

The Dragon Emperor

An evil dragon with no specified origin in this game (Legend of Mana reveals he's the current ruler of Mavolia and that his name to be Drakonis in the English version and Tiamat in the Japanese version) baring that he waged a war and was believed to have been killed by Duran's father Loki. He in fact survived and turned Loki into his servant the Darkshine Knight. Wants to become a god and make life a living hell for everyone in the world.

  • A God Am I: This is about as far as his characterization goes. Is he a real Physical God or just an egomaniac dragon? Never explained.
    • Granted he makes those boasts after taking the power of the Sword of Mana and the 8-God Beasts, and he just destroyed the Tree of Mana, offing the world's equivalent of God, so he's not really exaggerating, he is a god by that point.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His true form is by far the largest enemy in the game. He's so big you don't even see his whole body.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers one before the fight with him.
    Fools... Go ahead and run to your deaths... not unlike the last two who challenged me. Prince Richard and the Knight of Gold. I believe they had a faerie with them as well. That knight dealt me painful, crippling injuries... but I have recovered, and grown stronger.
  • Big Bad
  • Breath Weapon: His strongest attack.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Unlike the Masked Mage and the Dark Prince, he has no motivation for wanting to conquer the world beyond the fact that he's evil.
  • Deal with the Devil: he made one with the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus, taking a piece of his soul in exchange for making him the most powerful wizard in the world. Unarguably he fulfilled his end of the deal, but it's speculated that him having a part of the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus's soul caused his evil to corrupt him.
  • Diabolus Ex Nihilo
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He wants to do evil because, he's evil.
  • Informed Ability: Talk to some of the townsfolk and the they claim the Dragon Emperor is stronger and smarter than any human. While the plot implies he's extremely powerful even without the Sword of Mana and the power of the God Beasts, he doesn't get enough screen to time live up to the latter.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Paths where he isn't the Big Bad reveal that since his power was keeping the Darkshine Knight alive, if he dies, the knight dies with him.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He can assume a small humanoid form, can revive the dead, turn a no talent mage into a death machine, and that's about all we know about his initial powers.
  • Satan: As shown by Legend of Mana.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Generally considered the middle-strongest of the three Big Bads despite having the highest total health (though not by a large margin). Of course the assertion of him being the middle-strongest is contested by those who believe he is the strongest.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Of the Just the Soul kind.

Koren(fan shortning of Japanese title)/Wizard of the Crimson Lotus

An Evil Sorcerer that serves the Dragon Emperor, who attacked Forcena at the start of the game and nearly killed Duran. He boasts to be the strongest wizard in the world. turns out that he was originally a no talent attempt at a mage and he was abused by his teacher

  • The Dragon: A particularly ironic case given that he is The Dragon to an actual dragon, whereas the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus himself is human.
  • Dub Name Change: In the untranslated script, Koren is not his name, but rather, he's known as "Kouren no Madoushi," or "Wizard of the Red Lotus".
  • Freudian Excuse: Like Angela, he had no inborn ability to use magic whatsoever. The Dragon Emperor offered to make him into a powerful wizard in exchange for a piece of his soul. The Wizard of the Crimson Lotus got all the power he wanted, but after his defeat decides life isn't worth living without that part of his soul and kills himself.
    Just a piece! How could I refuse?
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A no talent mage who goes nearly deliver the world into the hands of an evil dragon.
  • Kubrick Stare
  • Squishy Wizard: BIG subversion since he's a boss, he takes a ton of damage before dying.
  • No Name Given: In the original version, see above.

The Darkshine Knight

A powerful warrior serving the Dragon Emperor. Is in fact Duran's father Loki, who was injured fatally by the Dragon Emperor, but seeing value in him as a minion, he revived him as his servant. His mind-control breaks after his death.

The Masked Mage

Originally a human mage that was a healer, but ended up resorting to forbidden magic to save a patient, leading to his banishment. The dark magic he used eventually corrupted him and caused him to desire revenge on the world.

Deathjester

Monster Clown that serves the Masked Mage, and not much else is revealed about him.

Fallen Cleric Heath

  • Brainwashed and Crazy
  • Light Is Not Good: Not when he's the one using it, anyways.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Deathjester easily overpowers him at the start of the game. Post corruption, when fought as a boss, he's stronger than Deathjester.
  • Tragic Monster: he left to try and save his father from the darkness corrupted him, but that simply resulted in him being kidnapped by Deathjester and brainwashed.

The Dark Prince(fan translation)/Dark Lord(literal translation of Japanese name)

Formerly the human successor to the Kingdom of Light(Dawn of Mana reveals he had already become The Emperor despite the fan translation interpreting the word successor to mean that he hadn't inherited the throne thus the translation to Dark Prince), but for unstated reasons he was hated and feared by his subjects(though his attempt to drown his little brother Keldric in Dawn of Mana's backstory may have had something to do with it). This led to him making a deal with the demons of Mavolia(called the underworld in the fan translation), gaining power in exchange for destroying his old kingdom(namely by opening the door to Mavolia). After the deal he went on to kill(or so he thought not that it mattered since his little brother Keldric killed her himself soon after as the Final Boss of Dawn of Mana) the previous Archdemon(Anise/Medusa according to Dawn of Mana). He aims to join the human world with Mavolia so he can rule over both and force humans into worshiping him and the demons. His demons were sealed away by the Mana Goddess prior to the game's events(by closing the Mana Gate again right at the end of Dawn of Mana). He dies trying to complete the opening of the Mana Gate(at the hands of his little brother Keldric right after supposedly "killing" the previous Archdemon in Dawn of Mana) and The Earl of the Evil Eye and Bigeu hold his remains and plan to find a host for his resurrection and attempt to open the Mana Gate (which now opens not just to Mavolia but as of Children Of Mana it also opens to the Mana Holyland as well).

Bigieu

The Dragon to the Dark Lord, responsible for change in actions of the Navarre Thieves Guild and the death of Eagle. Plans to bring the Dark Lord into the world, but beyond loyalty, she's also in love with him, though it's sadly one-sided as he sees her as little more than disposable minion.

  • Diablos Ex Nihilo: Exactly what she is is never cleared up, if she's a demon, or was originally a human.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Goes into this if you don't take the Hawk/Lise route, in which case the Big Bad of your route destroys the Dark Lord's remains, ensuring he can never be resurrected. Not wanting to face a world without her beloved, she murders The Earl of the Evil Eye when he tells her he plans to try stealing the Sword to merge the two worlds anyway, and then after delivering the exposition to you, kills herself.
  • The Dragon: To the Dark Lord(in rebellion against the current ruler of Mavolia).
  • Femme Fatale
  • Kubrick Stare
  • Noble Demon: See Pet the Dog and Yandere below hinting that she might be a better person if she weren't working for the second Archdemon of Mavolia.
  • Yandere To the Dark Lord. If he's the Big Bad, she states that he lost his soul while among the demons and hopes to retrieve it, though exactly what that means is unclear.

Jagan(fan shortning of Japanese title)/Earl of the Evil Eye

A vampire like entity working for the Dark Lord, he kidnapped Eliott to use for unspecified reasons(despite assumptions by some of the players Eliott does not get possessed by the Dark Lord and is seen face down next to the Dark Lord upon the Dark Lord's ressurection).

  • Flat Character: We get pretty much no information about his background or his motivations, aside from him being a servant of the Dark Lord. Of course considering his willingness to merge Mavolia even after the Dark Lord's remains are destroyed outside of the Hawk/Lise rout he's probably not loyal to the Dark Lord.
  • High Collar of Doom: He's got the typical vampire look down pat.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Japanese name translates as "the Earl of the Evil Eye".
  • Our Vampires Are Different

The God Beasts

Powerful elemental monsters that were sealed away by the Goddess at the creation of the world, and they threaten it once again when they break free after the villains release the energy from the Mana Stones.

Elemental Spirits


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