Characters / Seiken Densetsu 3

    The Protagonists 

General Tropes

  • Badass Normal: Duran, Hawk and Lise's initial classses only use their weapons to weave their way through monsters and bosses. Angela starts off this way, too, until Wisp is obtained and she gains her first spell.
  • Big Sibling Instinct: Messing with Kevin's wolf, Karl, or Lise's brother is a very bad idea.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Kevin and Angela have bad parents, with neither of them having any qualms about physically attacking their child or choosing them as a sacrifice because they are useless, respectively. Both turn out to have been put under spells. They turn out to be good parents in the end.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: No matter which is your first protagonist, they will be the ones to meet the Fairy.
  • The Chosen One: Your first protagonist will be chosen by the Fairy to go to the Holyland.
    • The Unchosen One: Though it's less a case of being 'chosen' rathern than just 'being the first to find' the Fairy.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Nine times over the course of the game.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Each of the female protagonists is a princess. And Kevin is a prince.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Duran, Kevin, and Lise's Valkyrie class use their weapons like this.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief
    • Duran and Kevin are the Fighters, taking damage while dishing out equal amounts.
    • Hawk is the ninja with a specialty in speed. He also has a higher Luck parameter than anyone else by default, leaving him to be less likely to set off chest traps.
    • Carlie and Angela are the mages, filling the role of white and black mage, respectively. Though Carlie does gain her own set of offensive magic, depending on the class chosen.
    • Lise can be called a Jack-Of-All-Stats. Her Strength and Vitality are decent, meaning she can take on the role of a physical fighter, while also being the best buffer or debuffer, depending on the class path chosen.
  • Foil: They all are foils to each other, but especially noticeable in pairs. Angela and Lise are the princesses of their respective countries, but Angela is lazy and cares very little for her royal lineage's duties, while Lise is devoted to her position and being a leader. Duran and Hawk are fighters and mercenaries, but Duran is more of a brute and arrogant, while Hawk is more humble and charming. Kevin and Carlie are not entirely human, share simplified speech and have hidden depths.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Kevin is part beastman, with Carlie being part elf.
  • Idle Animation: They each have one to show off while waiting.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Duran and Angela are prone to mouth off, but obviously care for their loved ones.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
    • Having the Fairy remove the magical barrier blocking the entrance to the cave that leads to Wendel. It was meant to protect the city from invasions, but the removal left the city open. And the Beastmen gladly make use of that. The Priest of Light does manage to drive the Beastmen off and create another, stronger barrier, but the strain puts him into ill health.
    • Getting all of the Elementals together and opening the gate to the Holyland, which flies up high into the sky and making it difficult to approach. No problem, though, as each of the three factions has some form of airborne aid to get there first.
    • The party killing the eight God-Beasts and preventing them from destroying the world. Their excess of incredibly strong Mana flows back to the Mana Sword, where it should be. And that sword was something the party handed to the enemy faction earlier...
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: Averted. The three characters you don't pick will make some appearances, showing that their own storyline is going on in the background.
  • Ship Teasing
    • One short moment between Lise and Hawk when retaking Laurent from the Navarre army. If the former is in your party, but the latter isn't, Hawk will ask the party to please not kill Bigieu because of the cursed necklace on Jessica. Lise will agree and Hawk kisses her in graditude.
    • Angela is shown to consider her romantic prospects in her ending, but no preference is stated. Of course, if Duran is in the party, she'll hint she's found another interest other than magic, with him being clueless about it.

Duran

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Duran is a mercenary swordsman from the grassy plains of Valsena. His father is Loki, the Golden Knight, who famously aided King Richard in his amazing defeat of the Dragon Emperor. He hopes to make his deceased father proud by following his footsteps into knighthood.

Duran encounters the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus. Trying to stop his infiltration of the castle, Duran battles him, but faces a humiliating defeat. He heads out to the Holy City of Wendel, to ask the Priest of Light how he can become the strongest warrior, so that he can defeat Koren.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts off as one because his reason for starting the journey is just to get stronger because he's angry over having gotten beat up by a spellcaster. He does mature and end up finding more and better reasons to fight for.
  • Barbarian Longhair: It reaches all the way down his back.
  • BFS: The Deathbringer from his Duelist artwork.
  • Combat Medic: His Light Classes learn the healing spell. The Lord class learns to multi-target it.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After losing to Koren, he spends most of his time drinking in a bar.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: His Swordmaster class is said to be very similar to these warriors of a foreign land. The ultimate weapon of this class, the Ragnarok, is katana-shaped and is meant to be wielded by those that lead rebellions and succession of new order, said to be powered purely by the Swordmaster's fighting spirit.
  • Failure Knight: After his defeat by Koren, he leaves the knights until he redeems himself.
  • Fiery Redhead: It's less a bad temper and more that he just really loves to fight.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The only one of the protagonists who uses swords.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's quick to get emotional about things and never does anything half-heartedly.
  • Idiot Hero: If Angela is in the party, she'll display feelings for him and he'll never pick up on them. And if Duran is in the party, but not the main protagonist, his opposing faction will have the Darkshine Knight almost reveals his identity as Duran's father, who doesn't even pay any attention to it.
  • It's Personal: His revenge on Koren. His pride was wounded when he lost to him, but he's also angry at him for injuring the other knights.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: The plot point that starts his journey, as he wants the Sword of Mana because it will make him strong enough to defeat Koren, to whom he lost because of the different fighting-styles of physical and magical. Averted in-game, though, since both of Duran's class paths learn magic of some kind.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His Light classes can equip them.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Darkshine Knight is his father, the Golden Knight Loki, resurrected to be evil.
  • Magic Knight: In the tradition of Magic Knights giving elemental attributes to weapons. More apparent in his Dark classes, which can learn all elemental Saber spells except for Saint Saber. The Paladin class learns that spell.
  • Nephewism: Duran and his little sister were raised by their maternal aunt.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: The Duelist class' attire is adorned with monster skulls.
  • Spell Blade: His Dark classes has spells that focus solely on enhancing his sword with various elements. The Light class only learns the spell to enhance weapons with the Light element.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His Lord class is the only one that changes his hair to an unnatural color, making it purple.

Angela

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Angela is the daughter of the Queen of Reason and the princess of the magic queendom of Altena. Unfortunately, Angela has never shown any sign of magical prowess and the matter frustrates her, though she tries to act like it doesn't bother her.

When her mother chooses to sacrifice Angela to break the seal on the Mana Stone of Ice in Altena because she is a failure as a spellcaster, Angela manages to escape. She heads off to the Priest of Light to find out why her mother has been acting strangely.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Ancient spell, exclusive to her Magus class. It can easily clear the screen, but it costs a whooping 18 MP per cast, which is quite a lot when the maximum is capped at 99 MP.
  • Big "NO!": Pulls one off before unleashing magic for the first time, which allowed her to escape from being chosen as the sacrifice in her introduction.
  • Black Magician Girl: The best offensive spellcaster in the game.
  • Book Dumb: She keeps dodging her studies, to the point that not even her mother thinks she has any magic talent in her blood.
  • Children Are a Waste: Her mother has no use for her magicless daughter, unless she requires a sacrifice for a ritual.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Her Sorceress class technique. So sexy that it hurts the enemy.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Subverted. The queen's magic keeps the castle very warm, so Angela is wearing little else than her leotard and is fine. When she ends up wandering the Sub-Zero Snowfield, she quickly gets cold and almost dies of hypothermia.
  • Fire/Ice/Lightning: Her Grand Divina class learns the Double Spell, which combines Lightning, Fire and Ice in that order.
  • Glass Cannon: Her magical damage output is amazing, but it can be difficult to keep her alive.
  • Heroic Seductress: If she's the prisoner in the other cell in Jadd, she'll distract the guard by asking him for help in removing her clothes and maybe some more, before locking them inside the cell in her stead.
  • Hot Witch: A sorceress in a variety of skimpy outfits.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: It's implied that the king of Valsena might be her father. The prequel confirms it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has the most revealing outfit in the game, rivaled only by Lise, and will occasionally moon other people. Her mooning is even her Sorceress class technique.
  • Pointy Ears: She's the only one in Altena to have these.
  • Rebellious Princess: After being told that she's supposed to be a human sacrifice, Angela runs for her life and vows to take down her mother if she has to.
  • Sideboob: Her sleeping animation shows one.
  • Spoiled Brat: Played with. She acts like one, but actually feels neglected by her mother and rejected over her lack of magical abilities.
  • Squishy Wizard: With an extra dose of squishy.
  • Stripperiffic: Her attire is not the smartest choice to wear when living on an icy continent, even if magic is used to keep the capital warm. This actually causes her quite some trouble in her introduction, when she's walking around the Sub-Zero Snowfield. Not that this bothers her on future visits.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She feels neglected by her mother and one of her main motivations for going on the quest to go to the Holyland is that she will gain the power to cast spells from the elemental spirits, so that her mother will acknowledge her as something other than a failure.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair by default. The Archmage and Runemaster classes change it to blue and green, respectively.

Kevin

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Kevin is the son of the Beast King and prince of the Beast Kingdom. His mother was a regular human and disappeared around the time he was born. As his nature is more aligned with his gentle mother's, he associated less and less with his fellow beastmen and spend time with a wolf cub he names Karl.

Karl attacks Kevin out of nowhere and Kevin's beastman blood boils, turning him into a fully-fledged beastman and senselessly beat Karl to death. Horrified at what he did and learning that the cub's death was caused by a plan of his father's, Kevin heads to the Priest of Light to ask for a way to revive Karl and take revenge on his father.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He fights with his hands and feet, though gloves and claws are listed as his equippable weapons. He also has a Monk class.
  • Combat Medic: Like Duran, his Light classes learn Heal Light.
  • Emotion Suppression: The Dervish class has this in the form of the Pressure Point technique. It ensures 100% mental efficiency to achieve the class' optimal fighting capabilities. Spoken in in-game terms, it allows Kevin to hit as hard as he does in his wolf form, while still in his regular beastman form.
  • Fighting a Shadow: A non-villainous example. The Karl he fought and killed was nothing but an illusion of him caused by Deathjester.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He and the beastmen's style of fighting.
  • Howl of Sorrow: Lets one off in his introduction after killing Karl.
  • Hulk Speak: Speaks in this way, which is strange as all the other beastmen speak rather eloquently. This might be a result of being a half-beastman, as Carlie also has a bit of an odd manner of speech.
  • Ki Attacks: A power gained only by the Godhand class.
  • Life Drain: Learns the Moon Saber spell as a Dervish, which allows his attacks to sap the HP of enemies to replenish his own.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Especially with his attack bonus that he gets at night. Kevin already has high Attack power and the best Defense and HP in the game. His basic attacks are also two in a quick row, allowing him to raise his Power Attack gauge very quickly.
  • Mana Drain: Kevin learns the Leaf Saber spell as a Warrior Monk, which allows his attacks to replenish his own MP, though it doesn't actually affect the enemy's MP itself.
  • Missing Mom: His mother left when he was a baby.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction upon reverting from his werewolf form and seeing the fatal injuries he gave Karl.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Turns into his full-fledged werewolf form at night, which gives him an attack power boost.
  • Pacifist Dojo: The way of the Monk and, ultimately, that of the Godhand. They teach the understanding of mercy and equal force, but are still capable of defeating enemies. The weapons for these classes are gloves or knuckles with little to no gimmicks, to uphold the vow of not shedding blood.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tries to pull one off when he learns that the Beast King is at fault for causing Karl to attack Kevin, which led to the latter killing the cub. Unfortunately, the Beast King gives him one swift kick and it's over.
  • So Proud of You: His ending has the Beast King say this to him.
  • Teach Him Anger: The Beast King hired Deathjester to figure out a way to get Kevin's beastman blood to truly awaken inside of him. With Deathjester's spell causing Karl to attack him, Kevin's anger released his werewolf form. In a possible inversion, his Dark classes hint that they take their power from anger, too. Either representing his resentment of his beast side that caused such harm or the impossible mentality of escaping who he is, along with the lack of the Pressure Point ability allowing him to tap into his werewolf form at all times.
  • The Southpaw: Implied by his leitmotif 'Left-Handed Wolf', though his fighting style uses both hands.
  • Thug Dojo: The ways of the Berserker and, ultimately, that of the Death Hand. Learning to bulk up and dominate, so one knows how to cripple the oppposition. Self-Improvement and virtue are mere optional courses. The weapons for these classes include odd claws and knuckles with haphazard and dangerous ends.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Being attacked by his pet wolf cub and best friend Karl allowed Kevin to unlock his werewolf powers. Unfortunately, with the result that he kills his best friend.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Just like the other story paths, his introduction ends with travelling to Jadd while the opening credits roll. Unlike the others, he doesn't take a boat because Mintos has no harbor and simply swims his way there.
  • Warrior Monk: His Light-Dark class is called this.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: All of his class paths learn some kind of throw technique.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Turns pink for Monk and blue for Berserker. The Dervish class turns it green and is lavender as a Warrior Monk.

Carlie/Charlotte

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Carlie is the half-elven granddaughter of the Priest of Light and was raised by him in the Holy City of Wendel. She idolizes Heath, a fellow cleric, and is obsessively protective of him.

When she learns that he's sent onto a dangerous mission, she runs away from home and tries to follow Heath to keep him safe. Before she can achieve this, she sees Heath being kidnapped by the Deathjester. Carlie returns home and asks the Priest of Light how she can manage to save Heath.
  • Badass Adorable: A young, half-human girl that is your best white mage.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Her mental growth has been stunted, leaving her to act like this.
  • Casting a Shadow: Her Necromancer class is one of two classes that can learn the Dark Saber spell, enhancing weapons with the Dark element. And her Evil Shaman class learns Demon's Breath, which causes Dark elemental damage to every enemy on the field, while also weakening their magic attack and defense.
  • Child Mage: By elven standards, she learned magic at an early age. Then again, she's merely half-elven.
  • Dub Name Change: The fan-translation change Charlotte into Carlie due to space constraints.
  • Epic Flail: Her weapon of choice.
  • Heroic Bastard: Turns out her parents weren't married. Causes her quite some giref when she finds out.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Her Bishop class learns the Turn Undead spell, which deals the maximum cap of damage, just like Angela's Death Spell. It even works on bosses, if Carlie's level is higher than theirs. And her Sage class learns to multi-target Holy Ball and gains Saint Beam as her strongest single-target Light spell.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her level three techniques have her use a variety.
  • Just a Kid: If she isn't a chosen party member, she will beg to come along with the party, who refuse because of her young age and tell her to go home.
  • Necromancer: Her Dark-Light class.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a floppy hat similar to Deathjester's.
  • Older Than They Look: Carlie is actually 15 years old, but her half-elven blood leads to slowed down aging. However, her mental state is that of a young child, fitting with her outward appearance.
  • Precocious Crush: On Heath. It's unclear if Heath knows about her actual age.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Raised by her paternal grandfather.
  • Summon Magic: Her Dark classes, with her Necromancer class gaining the strongest of them.
  • Third-Person Person: Carlie speaks of Carlie in this form.
  • Turn Undead: Her Bishop class learns it. The spell deals 999 damage to any undead enemy for just 1 MP! It even works on the final boss of her and Kevin's route... as long as she's at a higher level than her target.
  • Verbal Tic: Carlie's very childlike in her shpeech 'n shtuff. This was a localization change in the fan-translation because of her exclusive useage of katakana in the Japanese version.
  • White Magician Girl: Her specialty are healing and Light magic.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair becomes magenta as an Enchantress.

Hawk/Hawkeye

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Hawk is a member of the Nevarl Thieves Guild, stealing from the rich and giving some of it to the poor, and he's quite happy at his job. Shortly after taking in a young woman named Isabella, the guildmaster Flamekhan decrees that the guild will stop its petty thievery and turn to raiding and invading, starting with Laurent.

When Hawk sees that Isabella has brainwashed the guildmaster, he tries to confront and stop her. Isabella — whose real name is Bigieu — uses magic to force Eagle to attack Hawk, then kills Eagle and frames Hawk for it. While imprisoned, Bigieu tells Hawk to better not talk, as doing so will cause Flamekhan's daughter, Jessica, to die from a curse that she has placed on her. Hawk gets saved by his cat friend Nikita and rushes off to the Priest of Light to find out a way to lift the curse off of Jessica, and to get his revenge.
  • Bishōnen: Out of the three male protagonists, he's the prettiest. And even his final classes, the Wanderer and Nightblade, are parodies of this trope. If he and Angela are in the party, she'll flirt with him and calls him cute when confronting him as a non-party member in Laurent.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He'll charm the ladies at any opportunity he can get, asks Angela or Lise out in Jadd and even strikes a pose while telling the Altena soldiers 'to not get too excited'. The worst transgression he ever commits is giving Lise a peck on the cheek if she confronts him in Laurent.
  • Clear My Name: Part of his revenge, thanks to Bigieu's frame-up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Fond of throwing sarcastic commentary around.
  • Dub Name Change: Similar to Carlie, his original name of Hawkeye was shortend due to space.
  • Everythings Better With Ninjas: His Ninja and Ninja Master classes.
  • Flash Step: His Ninja Master technique Shadow Dive.
  • Flechette Storm: His Ranger technique is Flying Swallow Toss, which consists of spinning around and tossing knives at every enemy on the screen. His Ninja class learns the Shuriken skill that has the same effect for one enemy, with the Ninja Master class learning to multi-target it.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Rogue's Silver Dart skill.
  • Incest Is Relative: Hawk's shiptease with Jessica, who is revealed in the prequel to be his mother's half-sister. He is getting shipteased with his aunt.
  • Knife Nut: He wields dual daggers. And the abovementioned Flying Swallow Toss as a Ranger.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: The Nevarl Thieves Guild only ever rob from the rich, before Bigieu's manipulation takes their goals beyond thievery. Hawk's Wanderer class exemplifies this best, with its ultimate armor describing itself as a magical cuirass that can blend in effortlessly in any environment, but is said to have also belonged to a chivalrous thief that became the bane of a greedy and tyrannical empire.
  • Living Shadow: The Ninja Master attack Shadow Dive. He merges with his shadow, moves around in it and leaps out again.
  • Loveable Rogue: More than the rest of the group he hangs out with. He has a personal code of honor that he refuses to break, making him ditch the gang when they go too far.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: He can become one as a Nightblade. The Blood Mask that class can exclusively wear is meant to psychologically scare enemies and protect his identity, but also stimulates its wearer's killing instinct.
  • Ninja: His Dark classes. He starts throwing shuriken and turning invisible.
  • Not What I Signed On For: Stealing from the rich and giving some to the poor, while keeping the rest as payment for his work is absolutely okay. Leaving that behind and waging war to take over other countries is not what he's okay with.
  • Only Sane Man: He and Eagle were the only ones to find a problem with the idea of invading other countries.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Downplayed. Flamekhan is Hawk's maternal grandfather, but he has no love for him. He agreed to raise Hawk on his daughter's request, but never told him about their relation and pretends that he doesn't even have a grandson.
  • Something About a Rose: The Wanderer class profile wears white and green and holds a rose stem in his mouth. That class' level three technique also involves offering his enemy a rose before slicing them apart in a blizzard of petals.
  • Spam Attack: His Rogue level three technique 'Thousand Slice'.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Ninjas in the Mana universe are said to undertake spiritual training in their Ninjutsu, allowing them to create items from nothing but personal, spiritual energy.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Hawk is rather balanced in his parameters and hits twice, just as Kevin, but lacks Kevin's strength. As such, his basic attacks will generally lead to little more than scratch damage to end-game enemies and bosses, unless buffs have been applied.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His art depicts him with purple hair, though his in-game sprite seems more white-haired. It turns magenta as a Ninja, with the Ninja Master gaining dark purple hair. As a Rogue, his hair is green.

Lise

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Lise is the princess of the Wind Kingdom of Laurent and leader of the Amazons. After her mother's death, she took on the responsibility as a fighter and leader to the kingdom's army and the role of a parent to her young brother, Elliot.

She goes searching for her little brother, only to find him in the castle's basement. Being tricked by Bill and Ben, Elliot turns the wind power off that protects the castle from enemies, allowing the Nevarl Thieves Guild to invade. Trying to find help, Lise watches her father die and her kingdom taken over, with her little brother kidnapped, too. She heads to the Priest of Light to ask for help in reclaiming her kingdom and finding her brother.
  • Action Girl: Out of the female protagonists, she's the most physically-oriented one, and most of the spells her class paths learn are to enhance her allies or sabotage her enemies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a sweet girl overall, but when it comes to going after her loved ones or her kingdom, she will not hesitate to attack. Though she tries to avoid harming the innocent.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her choice of weapon is a spear.
  • Breakout Character: Despite the game not getting a release in the West, Lise is extremely popular with Mana fans worldwide.
  • Beyond the Impossible: She fights the Mana series' allergory of Satan when he attempts to use Elliot as a sacrifice to come back into the world. And she wins!
  • Cool Big Sis: To her little brother.
  • Fur Bikini: Her Fenrir Knight class profile.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Though the color of her hair changes with her class paths. The Star Lancer is the only class to return Lise's originally darkblonde hair into a natural shade again.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Her parameters aren't quite as balanced as Hawk's, but she averages better across the board. She also has high Intelligence and Spirit, meaning that she'll quickly learn any spell her class paths acquire.
  • Light Is Good: Blonde girl in light armor that has angel-like tuffs on them.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her Strength and Vitality are second to Duran's, with her Agility being lower than Kevin's. If she and Duran are in the party and aimed for physical fighting, the two are very similar, except that Lise will evade attacks more often.
  • Magic Knight: With her classes focusing on buffing allies or debuffing enemies.
  • Minidress of Power: Her official art suggests her armor is actually just a padded tunic.
  • Not So Above It All: She mostly plays the serious, only sane woman part, but has moments where she's close to snapping. Often drawing her weapon against people that annoy her or suggesting violence to achieve her means.
  • Promotion to Parent: After her mother died giving birth to Elliot.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her legs, but is generally tied back. If she's chosen as the main protagonist, she has two moments where she lets it loose for dramatic wind.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tried to pull one when the Nevarl guild was invading her kingdom, but she wasn't able to do much on her own. She chooses to promise to pull a successful one off against them for taking her kingdom, kidnapping her little brother and killing her father.
  • Summon Magic: Her final classes each gain one summoning spell.
  • Stripperiffic: Her general attire is pretty skimpy for a woman in armor, with the profile art often showing simple tunics or skirts. Her Fenrir Knight is nothing but a bikini with a wolfhide draped around her.
  • Team Mom: She's been taking care of her little brother long enough that she naturally falls into this role.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has a rainbow of color to choose from in her class paths. Valkyrie and Vanadis turn it pale green and purple, respectively. The Rune Maiden has pale pink hair, with the Dragon Knight giving her an unnaturally bright, orange shade. And the Fenrir Knight turns her hair into a deep turquoise.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Offical art of her classes depict varying degrees of them.

    The Villains 

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The Dragon Emperor

Very little is known about the Dragon Emperor. He waged war across the land, but a young King Richard and the Golden Knight Loki fought him and were believed to be victorious. During this confrontation, the Dragon Emperor and Loki fell down a deep hole, believed to have died upon impact. It turns out that he managed to survive. He plans to obtain the Mana Sword and the power of the God-Beasts, becoming a god to the world and creating one of suffering and chaos.
  • A God Am I: It's unclear if he is an actual deity or simply a megalomaniac dragon, but his boasts of being a god start after obtaining the sword and power of the God-Beasts. And he had just killed the Mana Tree, as close to a benevolent deity in the Mana universe as possible, so he isn't exaggerating.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His dragon form is the largest enemy in the game. He's so large that his body doesn't even fit entirely onto the screen.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers one just before he is fought.
    ''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: For Angela's and Duran's route.
  • Breath Weapon: His strongest weapon.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Unlike the Masked Mage and the Dark Prince, he has no apparent motivation for wanting to conquer the world. He might be doing it for the fun of it, but his reasons are never really explored.
  • Deal with the Devil: Koren and the Darkshine Knight made one with him, though the latter was less willing.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Duran and Angela want him dead because he's the one that is behind the Darkshine Knight and Koren, who messed up their lives and led them onto their journey. Beyond that, there's very little known about him.
  • Disney Villain Death: The Dragon Emperor fell down a deep hole with Loki, both being assumed to have died at the time. However, the Dragon Emperor merely ended up severely injured.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only ever referred to as his title of the Dragon Emperor. Legend of Mana reveals his name to be Drakonis in the English and Tiamat in the Japanese version.
  • Flat Character: Has no given, clear goal beyond conquest for his own sake.
  • Informed Ability: Talking to the townsfolk has them claim that the Dragon Emperor is stronger and smarter than any human. While the plot implies that he is extremely powerful, even before he takes on the power of the God-Beasts and the Mana Sword, he isn't around long enough to live up to this hype.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: If Angela or Duran are not the main protagonists, it's revealed that the Dragon Emperor's power is what has kept the Darkshine Knight alive.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He can assume a small, humanoid form, has the power to resurrect the dead and can give immense power to those that have none.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Once he assumes his final boss form.
  • Satan: As shown by Legend of Mana, he is the current ruler of Mavolia.
  • Scaled Up: His true form, which is so huge that it won't fit on the screen.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Using the Just The Soul type.

Koren/Wizard of the Crimson Lotus

Koren becomes the right-hand man to Queen Valda of Altena and was the one to infiltrate Valsena castle and attack its guards, almost killing Duran while toying with him. He eventually leads the invasion of Altena into Valsena. Koren turns out to be working for the Dragon Emperor.
  • Arch-Enemy: Serves as one to Angela, as Koren's manipulation and brainwashing of Queen Valda is what caused her cold demeanor and trying to have her daughter sacrificed. She has quite personal reasons to want to fight him.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a crimson one, fitting with his title.
  • The Dragon: The right-hand man to the Dragon Emperor.
  • Dub Name Change: The fan-translation uses the Koren from his title Kōren no Madōshi as his name for simplicity.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He actually has no name and is merely known by his title as the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus.
  • Foil: To Angela. They both started as poor magicians and incapable of learning any spells. However, Angela had talent and merely needed the right incentive to buckle down and work to develop her powers. Koren never had any natural ability for magic and when hard work didn't pay off, he went the easy route and traded part of his soul for immense power from the Dragon Emperor.
  • Freudian Excuse: His inability to perform magic himself had Koren play into the Dragon Emperor's hands. The Dragon Emperor offered to give Koren incredible magical powers, in exchange for a piece of his soul. After being defeated, he decides that life isn't worth living anymore without that piece of his soul and kills himself.
    "Just a piece! How could I refuse?"
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Some talentless no-magic mage became the strongest wizard in the world, ready to deliver the world into the hands of an evil dragon.
  • Inept Mage: Used to be one, with his teacher beating him for being a failure.
  • Kubrick Stare: Appears to give one to Duran and Angela at points.
  • Squishy Wizard: Averted, as he takes quite some damage before being defeated.

The Darkshine Knight

The Darkshine Knight is a powerful swordsman, clad in dark armor. He works for the Dragon Emperor alongside Koren. Turns out to be Duran's father, who died during his battle with the Dragon Emperor. He saw potential in Loki and resurrected him as a servant.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Put under mind-control by the Dragon Emperor.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: His fight with the Dragon Emperor. Both fell from down a large hole and he died, but the Dragon Emperor survived. As punishment for daring to injure and try to stop him, the Dragon Emperor resurrects Loki as a brainwashed servant to achieve his goal.
  • The Brute: Can't deal any long-range attacks, but he causes a lot of damage and takes as much.
  • Came Back Wrong: Unwillingly revived as a twisted warrior because of the Dragon Emperor.
  • Darth Vader Clone: His real identity is that of the Golden Knight Loki, who was a veteran of the Dragon War and was prophesized to slay the Dragon Emperor. He was slain, but was revived as the Dragon Emperor's tool and is made to fight his son, who believes him to be dead.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Darkshine Knight is Duran's father.
  • Master Swordsman: Even more skilled at swordsmanship than a final class Duran.
  • Reforged into a Minion: How he obtained his position as the Darkshine Knight.
  • Walking Spoiler: Talking about him without revealing too much is difficult.

The Masked Mage

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The Masked Mage plans to become a god to the world upon gaining the Mana Sword and the power of the God-Beasts. He used to be a cleric himself and healed people when possible, but dabbled into the dark arts and forbidden magic and even planned to perform necromantic rituals. This caused him to be banished from the Holy City of Wendel. The dark magic he used began to corrupt him and want him to take revenge upon the world that threw him aside.
  • Big Bad: For Kevin's and Carlie's route.
  • Black Magic: Was exiled for wanting to perform black magic and resurrect the dead.
  • Expy: His true form is a deadringer for Thanatos and is even called Dark Lich himself.
  • Fed to the Beast: Approaching the Archdemon's empty throne triggers a trapdoor to deposite the party into a pit in front of the Full Metal Hugger.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Unlike the Dragon Emperor and Dark Prince, the Masked Mage is barely mentioned and only shows up very late into the game.
  • Immortality Immorality: His healing powers failed when he tried to treat a girl with a terminal disease and he began to study the dark arts for help. Even when the girl had died from her illness, he pressed on with his research. When he proposed to perform necromancy and resurrect the girl, the townspeople exiled him. Changing his title to that of the Priest of Dark or the Masked Mage, he developed a persecution complex and fueled his descent into evil.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: When his powers failed to save an innocent life, he began to study black magic to find a way. Upon wanting to revive the dead girl, the Priest of Light banished him from Wendel for going down such a dark path.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's the father of Heath, of all people!
  • Master of Illusion: He makes his home in the Jungle of Illusions and uses quite some hefty magic to cloak his manor from view.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Averted, with his original title of Oracle of Shadows. Contrary to what the name sounds like, he was a righteous man and a benevolent healer.
  • Restraining Bolt: He waits until the very end to remove his mask, unleashing all the hatred he has built up over the last few decades.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Studying the dark arts for too long has left him wanting little more than destroying the world.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He went from being a wise healer, who felt the limitations of his powers and tried to help someone beyond his help, to finally succumbing to the dark arts he focused on more and more. They tainted his soul and the Priest of Light exiled him from Wendel.

Deathjester

Deathjester is a terrifying clown that serves the Masked Mage. He was the one to kidnap Heath during Carlie's introduction and made Karl attack Kevin, resulting in the cub being killed by the latter.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Nothing is known about it. He works for the Masked Mage and that's it.
  • The Dragon: To the Masked Mage.
  • Dub Name Change: His Japanese name's literal translation is Death-Eating Man.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Much like his boss, he loves to perform black magic.
  • Monster Clown: His appearance heavily leans towards it.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If Kevin or Carlie are not the main protagonists, Deathjester is left behind to tell the party about their final adversary waiting for them. He wisely guesses that he'll be next, so he hands over that message and disappears. It's unknown if he successfully manages to slip away.
  • Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Lapses into this during Kevin's route.
  • We Will Meet Again: Says this to the party when Kevin or Carlie are not the main protagonist, then runs off.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Using the Drained After Death variation.

Fallen Cleric

The Fallen Cleric becomes the third antagonist to get in the way for Kevin and Carlie. As the name implies, the Fallen Cleric used to be a healer and did good, but similarly to the Masked Mage, he has become corrupted through the dark arts.

The Fallen Cleric turns out to be Heath, much to the shock of Carlie.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Became corrupted through Deathjester's dark powers.
  • Distressed Dude: He was kidnapped by Deathjester early on for unknown reasons. When Carlie sees this, she becomes determined to save him and breaks out of Wendel.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Dons a very monochrome version of his default attire.
  • Light Is Not Good: Not the way he's using it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was a rather common cleric and no match for Deathjester early on. After being corrupted, he becomes a stronger enemy than Deathjester himself.
  • Tragic Monster: He wanted to save his father from the darkness corrupting him, but all this resulted in him being kidnapped himself and subjected to corruption and brainwashing.

The Dark Prince

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The Dark Prince used to be the ruler of the Castle of Light, but was feared and hated by his subjects. He formed a pact with the demons of Mavolia and became their ruler. His original body was destroyed when he opened the gate to the Holyland and his new plan is to have a new body created for him. After that, he wants to use the power of the Mana Sword and the God-Beasts to merge the world with that of Mavolia, so he can rule both as their one and only god, ending the worshipping of the Mana Goddess.
  • Big Bad: For Lise's and Hawk's route.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's called the Dark Prince.
  • Deader Than Dead: The Dark Prince exhausted his body when he opened the gate to the Holyland ages ago and died. Bigieu and Jagan worked out a plan to obtain the Mana Sword and revive the Dark Prince into a new body. If the main protagonists are not Hawk or Lise, their plan goes awry when an unexpected adversary takes the sword first and dispose of the Dark Prince's remains and seal his soul away, ensuring he can never be revived.
  • Evil Is Visceral: His Archdemon form resembles a heart.
  • Hell Has New Management: If Dawn of Mana is to be believed, he invaded and conquered Mavolia.
  • Hell on Earth: His ultimate goal by merging the world with Mavolia.
  • Klingon Promotion: Upon defeating the previous Archdemon, the Dark Prince became the new Archdemon.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Wants the party to do this on offer of working for him. They refuse.
  • One-Winged Angel: The only final boss to have one.
  • Our Demons Are Different: His true form looks like it's made of metal.
  • Satan: Got the position after killing his predecessor. As shown by the prequel, the Dark Prince was killed by his little brother and then replaced by the Dragon Emperor. For Hawk's and Lise's route, he manages to reclaim his position.
  • Take Over the World: Has this as his very clear goal, compared to the Masked Mage and the Dragon Emperor, who seem more interested in revenge or simple destruction than what to do after obtaining their power.
  • We Have Reserves: Doesn't really care when he's told of Bigieu's death.

Bigieu/Isabella

Bigieu initially presents herself under the name of Isabella when she's taken in by the Nevarl Thieves Guild. She quickly shows her true colors, though, when she brainwashes the guildmaster into turning from thievery into invasions and was behind the plan to take over Laurent. Bigieu is also the one to kill Eagle and frame Hawk for his death, as well as putting a cursed necklace onto Jessica that will kill her if she learns the truth or Bigieu dies. Her ultimate goal is to revive the Dark Prince into a new body because of loyalty and being in love with him.
  • Bad Boss: She doesn't care for Bill and Ben, her henchmen. When she realizes that she can't use Jessica as a human sacrifice to unseal the Mana Stone of Fire, she uses their souls to do so upon their defeat.
  • The Baroness: She throws some shades of the vamp into it as well and got herself a powerful position in the Thieves Guild by seducing their leader. She favors traditional Arabian dress and a corset.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Her exact origins are never cleared up, whether she's simply a strong demon or was originally human.
  • Despair Event Horizon: If Hawk or Lise are not the main protagonists, she will fall into one when the Dark Prince's remains have been destroyed and his soul sealed away, meaning her goal of resurrecting him will never come to fruition. Not wanting to face a world without her beloved, she kills Jagan and commits suicide.
  • The Dragon: To the Dark Prince, in rebellion to the current ruler of Mavolia, the Dragon Emperor.
  • Femme Fatale: The only female second-in-command of the game and just as deadly as her male counterparts.
  • Love Makes You Evil: She'll gladly let the world be taken over by Mavolia if that is what her beloved wants.
  • Noble Demon: Some of her actions imply that she's actually a good person, but her love and desire to please the second Archdemon of Mavolia lead her down this dark path.
  • Pet the Dog: If Hawk or Lise are not the main protagonists, Bigieu admits before her death that she sent Elliot back to Laurent.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Her boss battle involves her transforming into an anthromorphic cat demon.

Jagan/Earl Of The Evil Eye

Barely anything is known about Jagan. He seems to be a vampire-like demon and is working for the Dark Lord, being in charge of the kidnapped Elliot and having orchestrated it for unspecified reasons.
  • Casting a Shadow: Unleashes a number of shadow spells during his boss fight.
  • Dub Name Change: Shortened to Jagan to serve as a name.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No proper name, just known as the Earl of the Evil Eye.
  • Flat Character: Nothing is really revealed about him. The closest to giving depth to him is Bigieu's monologue if Hawk or Lise are not the main protagonists. Bigieu didn't want to go through with the plan of merging the world with Mavolia if her beloved Dark Prince wasn't around, but Jagan seemed willing to go through with it and is implied to have planned to rule himself. So his loyalty for the Dark Prince is likely not as deep as Bigieu's.
  • High Collar of Doom: Got the vampire look down pat.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His name title transates to Earl of the Evil Eye.

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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