Characters: Seiken Densetsu 3
- Badass Normal: Duran, Angela (until you get the first spirit), Hawk, and Lise's first classes. They only have their prowess with weapons to survive through waves of monsters and enemies.
- Big Brother Instinct: Do not mess with Kevin's wolf friend.
- Or Lise's little brother.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Kevin's and Angela's specifically, and how. Although both are subverted.
- Thicker Than Water: Or Angela's mom.
- The Call Knows Where You Live
- The Chosen One: Whichever character the player chooses as their first party member is the one the Faerie picks to be her host.
- The Unchosen One: That said, it's less "Chose" and more "Found the nearest person where she crash landed."
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Nine times over the course of the game.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Angela is the princess of Altena, Lise is the princess of Laurent, and Carlie is the princess of Diorre by blood even if her situation potentially leaves her with no legitimate claim to her maternal grandfather's position.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Duran and Kevin's Whirlwind Sword and Kick, respectively.
- Lise's Valkyrie class tech sends out whirlwinds to damage every enemy on the screen, via twirling her halberd.
- Foil: All of them foil each other somewhat, but especially in pairs. Angela and Lise are both princesses and heiresses, but Angela is lazy and cares very little about her royal lineage while Lise is incredibly devoted to her position as a leader. Duran and Hawk are both fighters and mercenaries, but Duran is rude, smelly and arrogant while Hawk is more humble and charming. Carlie and Kevin are both not entirely human, use Hulk Speak, and have Hidden Depths.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Kevin, the half-beastman, and Carlie, a half-elf.
- Idle Animation: They've all got one. Carlie rocks back and forth, Angela plays with her hands, Kevin stretches, Hawk taps his foot while holding his head, Lise touches her hair ornament and Duran scratches his head.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Duran and Angela. Both are rough around the edges, mouthy but mean well and deeply cares for their loved ones.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: An example which isn't really relevant to the main plot line in the long run occurs early on in the game: the Faerie takes down a magical shield at the entrance of a cave so the party can reach Wendel and talk to the Priest of Light. The shield is intended to protect the city from invasion, and after the heroes get rid of it, the Beastmen get their chance to attack. The Priest of Light manages to cast another shield and keep Wendel safe, but he falls seriously ill as a result of the strain.
- Also, a pair of plot-important things go bad as a result of the party's poorly planned actions:
- Oh, you found all the Elementals, and now you can create a portal in order to enter the Mana Holyland! Oh yay! You made a portal... in the sky. And you don't have an airship. But it won't go to waste, because every evil faction in the game CAN fly.
- Oh, you killed the eight God-Beasts to stop them from destroying the world! And their excess, incredibly strong Mana is going to go back to the Holy Sword, where it belongs... Oh right! You let The Dragon get his hands on the Sword!
- Also, a pair of plot-important things go bad as a result of the party's poorly planned actions:
- Schrödinger's Player Character: Amazingly and beautifully Averted; the three possible player characters you didn't pick will still have their own storylines going in the background, which may intersect with the main plot from time to time.
- Ship Teasing: If you take Lise but not Hawk to re-take Laurent, he asks her to go easy on Bigieu (as Jessica is cursed to die with her) and plants a kiss on Lise when she agrees, causing her to blush.
- Angela is also shown to consider her romantic prospects in her ending, though her preference is not stated.
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
- Combat Medic: Duran's Light classes learn Heal Light.
- Cool Sword / Heroes Prefer Swords
- 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.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Duran's light classes can equip these. (Too bad the element-based shields don't work, due to a bug.)
- 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.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Duran's Duelist class is adorned with monster skulls.
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.
- Big NO: Angela gets this at the start of her scenario, right before unleashing her magic for the first time.
- Black Magician Girl: Angela. Unquestionably the best offensive spellcaster in the game. By sticking Angela in your roster, you are effectively shortening the game.
- Book Dumb: Angela keeps dodging her studies, to the point that her own mother believes she has no magic talent.
- Children Are a Waste: Angela's mom has no real use for her daughter. (Unless there's no other ritual sacrifices handy.)
- Distracted by the Sexy: Angela's Sorceress class tech. So sexy it hurts...the enemy.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Although the game averts this trope, Angela's Grand Divina class learns Double Spell which combines Lightning, Fire, and Ice (in that order).
- Glass Cannon: She can be difficult to keep alive, but she has an almost unrivaled damage output. Like Carlie, she is best kept out of melee range. In fact, it's a waste of money to arm them with weapons.
- Going Commando: Angela, as it so appears. She wears a tiny leotard instead and even uses it in-game for Male Gaze material to break out of prison.
- Hot Witch
- Ms. Fanservice: Has the most revealing outfit in the game, rivalled only by Lise, and will occasionally moon other characters (including enemies in one of her special attack animations).
- Pointy Ears: Angela has them, but the rest of the citizens of Altena don't (or if they do, they're hidden underneath Halloween witch hats)
- Rebellious Princess
- Sideboob: In her sleeping animation.
- Spoiled Brat: Played with; she acts like one, but feels neglected and rejected by her mother because of her difficulty learning magic.
- Squishy Wizard: With an extra helping of Squishy.
- Stripperiffic: Not the smartest choice when living in an icy kingdom, even if they do use magic to keep the capital warm.
"My, what are young girls thinking these days, running around dressed like that?"
- Somewhat obliquely Lampshaded during her opening sequence: While she's making her way across the aptly named Sub-Zero Snowfield, hypothermia eventually sets in and she passes out. She doesn't seem to have any problems on future visits though.
- Also Lampshaded by an old woman in Astoria.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: As mentioned above, she feels neglected by her mother. Her main motivation for going along on The Quest is to gain the power of magic from the spirits, and to get the Sword of Mana, in order to force her mother to at least acknowledge her as something other than a failure.
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.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: "Monk" is even one of his classes.
- Combat Medic: Like Duran, Kevin's Light classes learn Heal Light.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Fighting a Shadow: A non-villainous example. Kevin didn't really kill Karl at all, merely an illusion of him. He apparently buried him without even verifying that his dog was dead, and his father dug him back up later, alive and well.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Kevin and the Beastmen style of fighting style.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Human Mother, Beastman Father.
- Healing Hands: Can pick this up on one of his Light-Side class routes.
- Hulk Speak: Oddly, the full-blooded Beastmen don't talk like this.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially with his attack bonus at night, almost to Game Breaker status. He has high attack power, probably the most defense and HP, his attacks come out quick and his Power Attack rips through early game enemies, and finally, he has a double strike for his normal attack, letting him build his Power Attack gauge extremely quickly. Upon class change into the Light side, he can learn Pressure Point, which raises his, and only his, attack. He falls juuuuuust short of being a Game Breaker.
- Missing Mom
- Older Than They Look
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Cut short by the Beast King.
- So Proud of You: Kevin's ending with the Beast King.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Becomes a werewolf when fighting at night-time, giving him a boost to his attack power.
- Teach Him Anger: The Beast King hired the Deathjester to kill his son's canine friend, thereby driving him to anger and releasing his werewolf form.
- The Southpaw: Implied by his Leitmotif, "Left-handed Wolf," but his fighting style in game uses both his hands equally.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Being attacked by his pet wolf pup allows Kevin to unlock his werewolf powers for the first time.
- Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Like in the other story paths, the opening credits scroll as Kevin make his way to Jad. He doesn't take a boat (as Mintos has none), and emerges on the tip of Jad's pier. Apparently, he swam all the way across the ocean!
- Wrestler in All of Us: With the sole exception of his starting class, all of his classes learn some kind of throw technique in addition to their normal tech.
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.
- Badass Adorable
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Child Mage: By elven standards.
- Dub Name Change: Her name in the original Japanese script is "Charlotte". The change to Carlie for the Fan Translation was due to space constraints.
- Epic Flail: Her weapon of choice.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Human Father, Elven Mother.
- Healing Hands: Basically the default medic, and is the only hero to start with recovery magic. Her later classes make her the best healer in the game.
- Heroic Bastard
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her Bishop class gains the Turn Undead spell, which deals more to them than anything else in the game (making it a good class for her and Kevin's end games since the players faces a lot of undead in them). It even works on bosses if she's a higher level then them.
- Improbable Weapon User: Many of her level 3 techs.
- Immortality Begins at 20: Gloriously averted. At the age of fifteen, she has both the body and mind of a five year old.
- Nice Hat: She wears a cap similar to a jester's
- Older Than They Look: Her half-elven blood slows down her aging. She's actually 15, but she looks and acts ten years younger.
- Precocious Crush: On Heath.
- Revive Kills Zombie: Turn Undead (For 1 MP!) will deal 999 damage to any undead enemy, such as the Ghouls and Zombies in the Masked Mage's home, and even — hilariously — Dark Lich, the final Boss. Unfortunately it requires that Carlie be on a higher level than her targets.
- Summon Magic: Her dark classes. Necromancer is by far the strongest and works very well with Lise's Light classes.
- Third-Person Person
- Verbal Tic: Carlie is very childlike, 'n shtuff, in her shpeech, m'kay? (This is a localization change in the fan translation for her Katakana use in the Japanese version.)
- White Mage: Carlie's specialty is in healing spells and other light-aligned magic. While other characters can dabble in healing abilities, none have the capability to do it as well (or as early) as Carlie.
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: Particularly his final classes, two of which (Wanderer and Darkblade) are parodies of the trope. 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.
- Clear My Name: Bigieu's Frame-Up of Hawk.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hawk is very fond of this, throwing sarcastic commentaries all around.
- 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: Hawk's main Ship Tease is with Jessica, who is revealed in Heroes of Mana to be his mother's half-sister.
- Knife Nut: Hawk in wields dual daggers, and his Ranger class tech hurls a bunch of knives at every enemy on the screen.
- 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. His double-strike ability splits his damage-per-attack in half, and unlike Kevin (who hits fast and hard), Hawk doesn't have the strength to overcome most late-enemy defenses for more than Scratch Damage. 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: He and the band of thieves he is a member of rob only from the rich.
- Living Shadow: The Ninja Master attack 'Shadow Dive'. The character merges with their shadow, moves around as it, then pops out to surprise the enemies.
- 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: The dapper Wanderer wears all-white and holds a rose stem in his mouth like James from Team Rocket(!).
- For the Lv. 3 tech, Hawk offers a rose to his enemy...before dicing him to pieces in a blizzard of petals.
- 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.
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.
- Action Girl: The only female character to use physical attacks as her main damage output - and arguably the strongest physical attacker after her class changes.
- Adorkable/Beware the Nice Ones: She comes off as Adorkable at several moments in the game, but otherwise intimidates others.
- Badass Princess: She is the leader of the Amazon kingdom and also their most talented warrior.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon of choice.
- Cool Big Sis: To her little brother, Elliot.
- Fur Bikini: Lise/Riesz's Fenrir Knight class.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: As an Amazon, but not after her class changes.
- Jack of All Stats: She isn't quite as balanced as Hawk, but her stats are better than average across the board. Especially if you upgrade her into a Light class, which skyrockets most of her underdeveloped stats.
- This is especially noticeable if you have Duran in the party. Unless you plan to build him as a Combat Medic, the two end up virtually the same, but with Lise doing slightly less damage but evading more attacks.
- Light Is Good: Blonde girl with bright armor that has angel like fluffs on them. Yep. Qualifies.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her Strength and Vitality only stray a few points under Duran's - she also has very high Intelligence, meaning that she learns her spells faster than him and also has considerable resistance against Magic.
- Magic Knight: With a focus on status buffs or debuffs, depending on which class upgrade you choose for her.
- Minidress of Power: Not especially, but official art suggests that her armor is actually just a padded tunic.
- Not So Above It All: Normally the calm and collected Only Sane Man of most possible parties, but she sometimes has moments when she comes close to snapping, often drawing her weapon against people who annoy her or outright suggesting violence.
- Promotion to Parent: Following her mother's Death by Childbirth with Elliot.
- Rapunzel Hair: Most of the time, it's tied in a braid, but in two scenes in the game (if chosen as the main character, anyway), she lets it loose for a Dramatic Wind moment.
- It's also repeatedly shown in official artwork.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Spell My Name with an "S": Riesz/Rizu/Reese/Lise—"Lise" is used for this page because it's spelled as such in the Corlett fan translation.
- Summon Magic: Each of her final classes gets a unique summon spell.
- Stripperiffic: In the Fenrir Knight class only, but in it she beats out even Angela. It's costume is simply a bikini and a wolfskin cape.◊
- Most of Lise's class outfits qualify, to some extent or another. Although in-game they appear to be something resembling armour, artwork reveals them to be various tunics and skirts that show off a generous amount of skin.
- Team Mom/Mama Bear
- Zettai Ryouiki: Not very high in-game, due to the difference in skirt-lengths through the classes (for example, Valkyrie has a long skirt, and we see that she's wearing calf-length boots) but official art varies even more.
The Dragon EmperorAn 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: Of Duran and Angela's stories.
- 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.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Dragon Emperor is.
- Satan: As shown by Legend of Mana.
- Scaled Up: The Dragon Emperor's "true" form. He's so huge that he doesn't entirely fit on the screen.
- 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(which he ''is'' if you don't have any magic users but instead have an all melee team of either Duran, Hawkeye, Lise or Kevin).
- Your Soul Is Mine: Of the Just the Soul kind.
Koren(fan shortning of Japanese title)/Wizard of the Crimson LotusAn 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 KnightA 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.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: His fight with Dragon Emperor. He died, didn't stop him for good, and got brought back as his brainwashed servant.
- The Brute
- Came Back Wrong
- Dark Is Evil
- Darth Vader Clone: The Darkshine Knight. His real identity is Loki, the veteran of the Dragon War who was prophesied to bring order to the Force—err, slew the Dragon Emperor, but was slain at Mustafar/Dragon's Hole and reanimated to serve as the Emperor's tool of conquest in the next life. The last we hear of them, Loki and his personal Ben Kenobi, Prince Richard, are arming themselves for their fateful battle at Dragon Hole. This plotline is as camp as you can get; he even turns into a Force Ghost at the end!
- Duran, I am your father. Is pretty much an UnTwist by the time reveals it, but Duran is too thickheaded to pick up on it. If the Dragon Emperor isn't the Big Bad, he tries telling Duran but dies mid-sentence, and Duran still fails to pick up.
- Master Swordsman
- Reforged into a Minion: How he got the position.
The Masked MageOriginally 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.
- Big Bad: Of Kevin and Carlie's stories.
- Black Magic: Supposedly, the Masked Mage was exiled for practicing it. The skulls floating atop a moat of blood around his house don't dissuade this interpretation.
- Expy: His true form is one of Thanatos the Dark Lich, Big Bad of Secret of Mana
- Fed to the Beast: Approaching the Archdemon's empty throne triggers a trapdoor depositing you in a pit with Full Metal Hugger.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Where as the other two Big Bads are mentioned by their minions throughout the game, he pretty much shows up out of nowhere late in the game.
- Immortality Immorality: Belgar's holy powers failed him when attempting to treat a girl with a terminal illness, and his studies took him down a blind alley to dark magic. (He is basically Thanatos, but with a conscience.) Even when the girl passed away, he pressed on in his research. When he proposed zombifying the girl's remains, the townspeople finally had enough and exiled him rather than risk a curse falling upon Wendel. Belgar, re-christened the "Priest of Dark" or "Masked Mage", developed a fiery persecution complex which is fueling his ever-spiraling descent into evil.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The Masked Mage née Belgar was one of Wendel's most famous clerics. All that came to an end when a young girl fell ill, with no one able to cure her. Desperate to save her life, Belgar began to study forbidden Dark Magic, to no avail. The Priest of Light banished him from the city, leaving him to lick his wounds in the jungle while growing steadily more embittered and crazy.
- Heath, I am your father
- Master of Illusion: The Masked Mage. Fittingly, he makes his home in the Jungle of Visions (Jungle of Illusions in the fan translation) and exploits a fancy glamour to cloak his mansion from view. And that's just the start.
- Restraining Bolt: The Priest of Dark waits until the very end to remove his mask, unleashing every ounce of hatred he's built up over the decades.
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Our Liches Are Different
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Is generally considered the weakest of the three Big Bads since his attacks mostly focus on straight up damage, compared to the trickier attacks the other two pull off.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was Belgar, the Oracle of Shadows. Contrary to what his title might imply, Belgar was a wise and righteous man who watched over the Holy City of Wendel in tandem with the Bishop of Light. The tragedy began when a sick girl showed up seeking his healing prowess. Feeling helpless upon realizing that it was an incurable disease, he turned to The Dark Arts in search of a way; however, the girl passed on before he could find one. Belgar continued his research and subsequently started dabbling in necromancy. The dark arts gradually began tainting his soul and the Priest of Light had to exile him from Wendel. By the time Seiken Densetsu 3 begins, he had become the vengeful Masked Mage, one of the potential big bads.
DeathjesterMonster Clown that serves the Masked Mage, and not much else is revealed about him.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Who or what is this guy, and how did he meet the Masked Mage, you might be wondering? Well keep that up because it's never explained.
- The Dragon
- Dub Name Change: The literal translation of his name from the script is "Death-Eating Man".
- Evil Sorcerer
- Faux Affably Evil
- Horror Hunger
- Monster Clown: With a name like that, what do you expect?
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Duran/Hawk's scenarios, the Masked Mage is executed and his jungle fortress demolished by a higher authority. In the bloodbath that follows, only Deathjester is left standing over the piles of bodies at the Holyland, rooted to one spot under penalty of death. He wisely guesses that the Big Bad will be coming after him next, and cooperates by delivering his new master's message to your team — then takes this opportunity to run away! (It's unknown if he manages to give them the slip.)
- Sinister Scythe
- Villainous Harlequin: Sometimes lapses into this at certain parts of Kevin's story.
- We Will Meet Again
- Your Soul Is Mine: Of the Drained After Death variation.
Fallen Cleric Heath
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Distressed Dude: For reasons unbeknownst to Carlie, Heath is carted off by Deathjester in her prologue. She defies curfew and breaks out of Wendel to find him.
- 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).
- Big Bad: Of Hawk and Lise's stories.
- Dark Is Evil: The DARK Lord
- Deader Than Dead: Dark Prince/Lord exhausts his body opening the gate to the Holyland and dies. The scheme was for Bigieu and the Earl to retrieve the Mana Sword and revive him. In Duran/Riesz 's quests, the plan goes awry when "an unexpected adversary" swipes the sword first and initiates a two-pronged attack on his rival's headquarters and the Holyland. He also disposes of the Dark Lord's remains and seals his soul away, ensuring that he can never be reborn. Bigieu kills herself and her flunky as penance.
- Evil Is Visceral: The Dark Lord's powered-up form resembles a giant heart.
- Kneel Before Zod: Tells the heroes to do this on the offer of working for him. They of course refuse.
- Hell on Earth
- Klingon Promotion: Upon defeating the Archdemon, the Dark Lord became the bona fide King of Darkness.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: If Dawn of Mana is to be believed, the Dark Lord invaded and conquered the underworld.
- Like a Badass out of Hell
- One-Winged Angel: The only Big Bad with one, in fact.
- Our Demons Are Different: His true from looks like it's made of metal.
- Satan Got the position after killing his predecessor. After being killed by his little brother he was replaced by the Dragon Emperor as shown by Legend of Mana who the Dark Lord ends up reclaiming the position from in the Hawk/Lise route.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Generally considered to be the strongest of the three Big Bads despite having the second highest health(most likely because of his One-Winged Angel form and resistance towards attacks from magic users aside from Hawkeye and Lise's stat lowering attacks).
- Take Over the World: Has that as a clear goal, as opposed to the Masked Mage and the Dragon Emperor that seem more interested in destruction than anything else.
- We Have Reserves: The Dark Lord reacts to Bigieu's demise as though he just bounced a check or something. But to be fair, she is a card-carrying member of the I Am Legion union if the usual tropes applying to Demons are observed in this world.
BigieuThe 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.
- The Baroness: Bigieu, with some shades of The Vamp as well. Some time ago, she insinuated herself into the Thieves Guild by seducing its leader. She favors traditional Arabian dress and a corset.
- Diabolus 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
- Love Makes You Evil: See Yandere below.
- 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: Bigieu/Bijou/Bijuu the demoness is only evil because she is madly in love with the demon king of Mavolia. However, he does not care for her in return, claiming that her death is acceptable should she be killed.
Jagan(fan shortning of Japanese title)/Earl of the Evil EyeA 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 BeastsPowerful 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.
- Dark Is Evil/Light Is Not Good
- Eldritch Abomination: All of them.
- Elemental Powers:
- Evil Counterpart: To the eight elementals that are helping the heroes.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The player will discover that killing a God Beast directly sends all its Mana energy into the Mana Sword...which you gave to the villain to keep them from killing your Fairy Companion.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: It is explained that, when they first awaken, they are relatively weak, but as you defeat them, the remaining ones grow stronger (and so do the monsters in their respective dungeons). So in a way it is justifying why Zable Fahr, always the final God Beast you fight since the other seven must be killed before you can reach it, is That One Boss.
- Elemental Powers
- Light Is Good/Dark Is Not Evil: Shade gets special mention for a spell called Evil Gate and still being undeniably good.
- Sealed Good in a Can