Here is a character guide to the main cast of Aruze/Nautilus' dark fantasy RPG series, Shadow Hearts. This is a work in progress, so any contributions are appreciated.
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Yuri Volte Hyuga
The protagonist of both Shadow Hearts and its first sequel, Shadow Hearts Covenant, Yuri is a half-Japanese, half-Russian (or rather, half-German) Harmonixer, with the power to take on the form of demons he has slain and use their powers in battle. He follows the orders of a voice he can only hear in his mind, which often instructs him to 'go to that town' and 'go save that person'. This voice is the one that tells him to board the train where he meets and ends up saving Alice Elliot. Despite initially regretting saving the girl, and believing her to be somewhat of a pain, Yuri rapidly warms to her, and vows to protect her no matter what. When the Four Masks come for Yuri's soul, Alice offers hers instead. She later dies in Yuri's arms, leaving him devastated. He buries her wrapped in his Badass Longcoat as a sign of respect, and leaves his mother's cross on her grave. Yuri then ends up cursed by the Holy Mistletoe, and while he searches for a cure, he also searches for a way to bring Alice back to life. The good ending of Covenant sees him sent back in time to where he first met Alice, and it's implied that he now knows how to save her life.Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Eric Stuart (EN, Shadow Hearts), Joe Cappelletti (EN, Covenant, credited as Joey Capps)
Anti-Hero: Yuri's cocky, sarcastic, and a rash acting youth that's forced into the heroic role to start with.
All Men Are Perverts: Yuri is pretty keen on getting a look up Alice's skirt, even if she is unconscious. He only backs down when she comes to.
Arch-Enemy: To Nicolai, whose loathing he earned after defeating Albert.
Yuri himself actually subverts this with almost every antagonist; Yuri treats even Albert and final boss Kato as simply men holding an honest difference of opinion to him, and has kept up a fairly cordial friendship with both by the end of Covenant.
Big Damn Heroes: Yuri pulls this on Atman in the first game if you're poised to have the (non-canon) good ending. If not, then Alice is forced to fight an impossible battle against Atman alone, and loses her soul to him to save Yuri's.
Birds of a Feather: For all their differences, the first time Yuri and Alice bond is over their status as a pair of "psychos" whom weird things are endlessly happening to.
Bittersweet Ending: Yuri's ultimate fate could be construed as this. Though he had to die to make it happen, he finally poised himself to save Alice and earn his happy ending.
Bodyguard Crush: On Alice, whom he chooses to protect as per Koudelka's "encouragement."
Brainwashed and Crazy: In the first game at a certain point it is revealed that Yuri has absorbed too much Malice and it consequently consumes him. The rest of the team have to fight him to snap him out of it.
Break the Cutie: Yuri's back story. His mother died protecting him from monsters that were sent to kill them under Dehuai's orders, and his resulting rage forced him to transform for the first time. He then came to some time later, naked, covered in blood, and surrounded by the creatures that he had killed. After spending the night crying and clinging to his mother's dead body, he then ran off into the night, never to return. This happened when he was still a young child.
We get a bit of Break the Haughty between the first and second game, what with Yuri coming to terms with Alice's death.
Empty Shell: After failing to fuse with the Seraphic Radiance. Also, this is his fate in Covenant's bad ending.
Enemy Within: Frequent victim of this. The vengeful monsters he had slain, the masks, the (granted, stored) Seraphic Radiance, the malice creatures, the shadowy forms he has to defeat to gain new fusions...
Yuri: I save that girl and don't get so much as a SMILE. C'mon, aren't they supposed to get all dewy-eyed. "Ohh, Mr. Yuri, thank you so much! SMOOCH!" ... Ain't that how it's s'posed to go? (beat) ... Oh man, now I'm all depressed.
My Greatest Second Chance: Hoo boy. At the end of the second game, he's given the chance to go back and set right the wrongs that cost Alice her life.
My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He can tell that there's something familiar about the Golden Bat when he meets him in the second game, but he can't quite put his finger on it. It's probably to a nod to the fact that meeting him through his brother, Keith the Silver Bat, was only a side quest in the first game.
Then again, he feels the same about Yoshiko Kawashima in Covenant, though this more forgivable given she's supposed to be dead.
No Place for Me There: In the "good" ending of Covenant, he dies knowing that the world has nothing left for him as the Empty Shell he'll become if he succumbs to the mistletoe's curse, and willingly accepts death to escape this fate.
Not Himself: After failing to fuse with the Seraphic Radiance. Also the bad ending of Covenant.
Odd Friendship: With every one of the party members. Also, Kato, considering neither are ever (technically) on the same side.
Pyrrhic Victory: His failed fusion with the Seraphic Radiance, which, while a failed endeavor in the short-term, opened up this ridiculously powerful form later on (in both games, at that) by essentially "storing" it in his soul.
Voluntary Shapeshifting - His demon fusion is the only individual skill he gets, but the number of them is what gives him variety.
Morphic Resonance - In Covenant, his level one fusions all retain his basic shape, build, and even fighting style.
BFS - His higher level fire fusions in Covenant get a pretty big sword to work with. His max-level Fire fusion, when using the Inferno attack, throws his sword away and conjures up an even bigger sword from a ring of flames.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Yuri has high sanity, he fights demons and Eldritch Abominations on a near daily basis, he transforms into untold horrors himself, and even killed a god. And yet for some odd reason, he has an unexplained fear of ghosts.
On a smaller note, boats. They tend to make him very seasick.
Johnny is a teenage boy who runs his own detective agency. He lost his father and older sister in an accident three years ago, along with a portion of his memories. He was supposed to take over his father's business, but opted to become a detective to find out what really happened in the accident. When the story begins, he's asked by a strange man named Gilbert to find a missing man named Marlow. When Johnny witnesses Marlow being eaten by an otherworldly monster, he realizes that this case just might be more than he bargained for.Voiced by: Kunihiro Kawamoto (JP) Jamie Mc Gonnigal (EN)
Private Detective: Runs a detective agency, and implies most of the cases he's hired for are tracking down lost pets, and jumps at the call when Gilbert hires him to track someone simply becuase it's different than the normal stuff that private detectives do. (Sadly, in Real Life, they're almost never hired to investigate actual crimes.)
Supporting Protagonist: Played straight for the first two-thirds, then subverted once you reach the Garland Mansion. When your sister is the Big Bad, you aren't "supporting" any more.
Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Johnny believes the cause is the car accident where he lost his family. What he remembers is partially true, but the accident was just the catalyst. His memory loss stems from dying and later being resurrected, almost becoming a Soulless Shell if not for his sister Grace giving him all her Will.
A gypsy girl who possesses mysterious healing powers, which causes people to fear her as a witch. She grew up alone, developing her abilities, until one day she was beckoned to Nemeton Monastery by the gathered souls of the dead there.Years later, Koudelka would find herself guiding a young harmonixer named Yuri, via telepathic—if cryptic and only semi-legible—communication. She eventually guided him to Alice Elliot.Koudelka herself is met during the game, and reunited with her son, Halley.Voiced by: Hiroko Kasahara (JP, games), Yui Horie (Koudelka Drama CD), Vivianna Bateman (English)
Chekhov's Gun: The pendant she drops early on can be found and used against the Elaine monster.
In one early and memorable scene, she calmly tells Edward that she would have partaken of the food they both were offered earlier if it hadn't been poisoned. Note that she did absolutely nothing to stop Edward from eating it.
Alice is a practitioner of White Magic. She worked with her father as an exorcist, traveling throughout Europe banishing demons. She was actually born with a rare and hidden power, something highly desirable to the villains. Her father dies protecting her from Bacon during an incident in Rouen. She is saved by Yuri when she is nearly abducted by Bacon a second time at the very beginning of the game, and from there Yuri promises (because of the voice in Yuri's head) to protect her in their travels. When the Four Masks come to claim Yuri's soul, Alice offers her own to them in order to spare him, essentially transferring Yuri's Curse to herself. She succumbs to the Curse during a train ride with Yuri, dying in his arms. In Covenant the last remnants of her spiritual essence took up residence in Yuri's Graveyard, watching over him from afar. The Curse of the Holy Mistletoe is no match for her love for Yuri. It is implied that the Timey-Wimey Ball at the end of Covenant makes it possible for Yuri to save her.Voiced by: Chie Sawaguchi (JP), Veronica Taylor (EN)
Action Girl: While she's not as physically adept as, say, Margarete, Alice is still an active participant in battles.
Back from the Dead: Subverted. Roger decides to bring her back for Yuri, and the two NEARLY succeed in doing so, but the ritual fails at the last second. She was alive long enough to exchange I love yous with Yuri, though.
Magikarp Power: Alice starts off with only one healing spell, and has weak physical power (to say nothing of her Sanity Points, which are the lowest of the main party). However, as the game goes on, her healing spells get stronger and she gains an attack spell that hits like a TANK.
A Taoist sage, initially met while investigating a town of monsters that Yuri and Alice have stumbled into. He rejoins them when Alice is attacked by Li Li, and on hearing about their encounters with "Roger Bacon" and Dehuai, attaches himself to the group.Ten years before the game, Zhuzhen assisted Ben Hyuga, Yuri's father, in battling Dehuai. Ben attempted to absorb the demon Dehuai had summoned, and when he failed to properly control it, Zhuzhen had no choice but to kill him.Following the post-Shanghai Time Skip, Zhuzhen and Alice work as exorcists, and are called to the small town of Bistritz...
Keith: My goodness, it's hard to know whether these two are bosom buddies or sworn enemies... Which is it?
Alice: Oh, I guess you could say both.
Margarete Gertrude Zelle
Margarete, code name "Malkovich", is a female spy who is under orders to set a bomb at the train station in Fengtian. She also sets a small bomb outside as a distraction, claiming that it means there will be less causalties as everyone will come rushing out to see what the noise was, sparing them from the larger bomb that will go off a few minutes later. However her plan is compromised when Yuri and Alice inadvertently end up caught in the smaller explosion, and she drops out of hiding to check that they're unharmed. She then tries to make her escape via the sewer system, but finds herself overwhelmed by the monsters lurking down there.Fortunately, Yuri and Alice had no choice but to follow her given that the authorities were hot on their trail, and Margarete ends up joining them. While she initially stays to find out more about their mysterious powers, believing it to be valuable information that she can use for her own personal gain, Margarete finds herself becoming close to the pair, and even envies the bond that they share. She then becomes a loyal ally, and remains with the team no matter what.Margarete is based on the real life Mata Hari.She makes a cameo in Covenant if you make the right choices in the Chain of Deals sidequest.Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (JP), Maddie Blaustein (EN)
Ace Pilot: She manages to pilot a plane that was halfway falling apart some distance.
Badass Normal: The only character to NOT have some supernatural power or ability backing her up. Instead she uses a variety of guns and gadgets.
Becoming the Mask: States in a confession scene that she was actually sent by the "Powers" (presumably, the Triple Entente pre-WWI) to keep an eye on the situation in Asia, and fully intended to use Yuri for her nation's betterment. But as she traveled with him, she became attracted to his way of life and abandoned that goal.
Boobs of Steel: The strongest fighter in the first half of the game next to Yuri, and even at the end, she and Keith are the strongest. And of course, she's far more buxom than Alice.
Nice Hat: In her cameo in Covenant, she sports a dashing purple one.
Panty Shot: You can see them whenever she gets all three attacks in her Judgment Ring. They're purple.
Secret Keeper: In the canonical bad ending, Margarete is the only person Alice tells of her impending death. She doesn't tell anyone else.
A vampire, one of the Valentine vampire clan (a running gag in the series). He lives in a castle near the small town of Bistritz, Germany. Despite being a vampire, he's a very cultured man, and has befriended a fatherless girl who lives in the village.Alice and Zhuzhen are called to Bistritz to investigate rumors of supernatural activity, and are directed to the castle, where Keith meets them. As it turns out, the real source of the activity is the vicious occulist mayor of Bistritz, but once it's settled, Keith asks them to investigate a monster in his castle's tower... which turns out to be Yuri, his powers out of control due to the Seraphic Radiance attacking his soul. Once the matter's settled, Keith opts to join the party, concerned for the people of "his" town.With the defeat of Albert Simon and Meta-God, Keith goes back to sleep in his coffin. He's awake in Covenant, and not entirely pleased about Joachim's new choice of business...Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP), Ted Lewis (EN)
The Cameo: In Covenant and From the New World, being one of the few characters to appear in all three games.
A Father to His Subjects: While he may only be an antiquated lord, he will react violently if his subjects are in danger.
Summon Magic: Most of his skills involve him summoning something via a ritual.
Vampire Vords: In his one voiced scene in the game, he talks with these. The rest of the game, he doesn't.
An adolescent boy running around the streets of London, protector of a group of orphans. When some of them are abducted by Jack, a psychopath running an Orphanage of Fear, he turns to Yuri (who came to him to get his wallet back after one of the orphans swiped it) to assist him in saving them. After Jack's defeat, he discovers where his kidnapped mother was taken and, as that's where Yuri's party is going, joins up.As it happens, his mother and the voice in Yuri's head are the same woman - Koudelka. (His father is never named, but probably Edward.) After taking out Albert Simon and Meta-God, Halley and his mother travel to America to meet up with his father.Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP), Vinnie Penna (EN)
Karin is a Lieutenant of the German Imperial Army, and apparently comes from a long line of Bavarian nobility. She first meets Yuri while under orders to capture the village of Domremy, and intrigued by the demon that saved her life, later returns to the village while escourting Cardinal Nicolai. However after the Holy Mistletoe is used to place Yuri under a terrible curse, Karin switches sides, and ends up travelling with Yuri and company to find a cure. While Karin falls in love with Yuri, she's aware of his feelings for Alice, and supports him in any way that she can. Karin is actually Yuri's mother, Anne. Come the end of Covenant, Karin wishes to go back in time so that she could be with Yuri. However she's sent back before Yuri is even born, and instead meets his father, Ben Hyuga. Karin loses her memory due to travelling through time, but still has the Anne's Cross and photograph that Yuri gave to her, which is why she goes by the name of Anne. Given she was carrying papers as a German Officer that would identify her as Russian, Anne also believes herself to be a Russian envoy. She then marries Ben, and ends up giving birth to Yuri.Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)
Get a hold on yourself, Lady !: Yuri needs to slap her in order to get her back to her senses when she began to act irrationally after hearing her grand-mother's voice while the party is looking for the Emigree Manuscript in Wales.
Lust Object: The bestiary mentions that Nicolai fell for her at some point, though given they barely get any screentime together before she betrays him, it's probably safe to say it was more rooted in lust than love.
Male Gaze: In-Universe. Yuri, Roger, and Gepetto (on one occasion, all at once!) frequently size her up.
Her figure is given quite a bit of emphasis out-of-verse too, especially in promotional art.
Ms. Fanservice: Her ultimate armour, which gives her a new costume, has about enough material to fill an average sock, and her art tends to draw focus to the almost laughable tightness of her skirt (often framed from behind) and her chest. That she's literally wearing a hand-me-down outfit meant for a doll makes it worse.
Oblivious to Love: She seems ignorant of Nicolai's romantic interest in her. On the other hand, Yuri seems ignorant of Karin's interest in him.
Only Sane Man / Team Normal: At least, compared to the rest of the party. She's the most level-headed member of the team, lacks any oddball quirks, and had no contact with magic/monsters/occult before the events of the game.
Stable Time Loop: She travels with Yuri, talked with him about his mother, gets Anne's Cross and the family photo, then was sent back in time to meet Ben, who she then marries, and then gives birth to Yuri...
Blanca is a wolf who lived in a forest near the village of Domremy, and was the pet of a little girl named Jeanne. When Jeanne is killed during Sapientes Gladio's raid of Domremy, Blanca ends up following along with Yuri and Gepetto merely out of association and having nothing else to do.Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (JP), Richard Cansino (EN)
Magic Knight - Blanca's got both decent physical and magic damage, but leans a bit more to magic. He's also the fastest character, but not weak enough to be considered a Fragile Speedster. Though this all means that you've better physical and magical fighters that can specialise. With enough Judgement Ring customisation, your mages can becomes just as strong.
Team Pet: Make no mistake, he's a wolf smarter than the hero (he can use crests) and even if he didn't he could mess anyone who crossed him with ease.
A puppeter and Alice Elliot's great-uncle, he's taken care of Yuri for the months between the first and second games. He tags along with Yuri and company mostly because he can't think of a reason not to. His weapon is his puppet, Cordelia, which he treats like a real person.Voiced by: Hiroshi Ito (JP), Amos Nandy (EN)
Raised by the legendary dancer Carla, Lucia herself is a beautiful, talented dancer and fortuneteller, but also is a little dim. Decides to journey with the party after they defeat her giant pet cat and prove that they aren't allied with Sapientes Gladio.Voiced by: Yuka Koyama (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
Eye of Newt - All of Lucia's Aromatherapy skills require the mixture of two oils to use.
Fan Of Doom: Which are usually named after Greek gods/celestial bodies.
Flat Character - Has absolutely no character development, and largely exists to give players the option of having another magic user to play with. Averted in the Director's Cut edition, which she gains a little character development and backstory, mostly dealing with her relationship with Veronica Vera, but it's still not much.
Fortune Teller - Which she does through a combination of intricate dancing and Tarot-reading.
Stripperiffic - Not only is her way of reading fortunes rather unorthodox in a flirtatious kind of way, but both her default and alternate outfits do well to accentuate certain... aspects of her form.
Tarot Motifs - Throughout the game, you find Tarot cards that she can use as attacks in-battle. Unfortunately, you can only draw one per fight and it's based on luck if you get the positive or negative effects for your party.
Yes, that Anastasia - Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. Alone of the Czar's family, she's distrustful of Rasputin, a distrust proven to be well-founded when he tries to take over with the power of Asmodeus. After Yuri and friends crush his attempt, she joins them in order to keep Russia (and the rest of the world) safe. She fights using Faberge eggs, as befits a Grand Duchess.Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)
Badass Adorable: Who'd have thought that sheltered little Anastasia Romanov could keep up with vampires and Harmonizers in a fight?
Badass Princess: A grand duchess of the Russian imperial family, and she will wallop some monsters.
A quiet swordsman who is Yuri's cousin, and like Yuri, has the ability to use Fusion. However, the number of forms Kurando can embody is limited to two.Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Richard Cansino (EN)
Voluntary Shapeshifter - Similar to his cousin, Yuri, but gets much less variety out of the deal, since he only has two forms, one being a reward from a side quest. Like Yuri, he cannot use Crest Magic.
One of the Valentine vampire family. He initially appears protecting a small seaside village in the guise of the Grand Papillion, but isn't quite strong enough to stop Veronica on his own. Once Yuri's party assists him, he repays them by joining up. His weapons are whatever he can pick up and hit people with, as per his pro-wrestling training under the Great Gama.Voiced by: Paul St Peter (EN)
Improbable Weapon User: Joachim is the incarnation of this trope. He starts with a piece of lumber; his Infinity+1 Sword is a tiny submarine, with tiny, miniature people manning the cannons.
His penultimate weapon is the Aruze company building. Also with miniature people inside it.
Involuntary Shapeshifting - His Joachythms can make him change form at specific intervals, but since one usually doesn't keep track of that particular statistic, the transformations seem to come out of nowhere.
She is a Garvoy tribe priestess and warrior woman. With her bodyguard Natan always at her side, Shania wanders the country slaying the demons that emerge from the "Window"—the very thing that ended Marlow's life. She is blessed with the power of Fusion, the ability to borrow the power of Nature Spirits for use in her hunt. She saves Johnny's life and in turn Johnny asks to accompany her in the hopes that they will find Gilbert.Voiced by: Ryoko Nagata (JP) Kelly Ray (EN)
Wham Shot: The bad ending only differs in one detail from the good ending - Shania isn't there when Johnny leaves the agency. Then the camera leads us to her, on top of a skyscraper as a storm brews, and she opens her Malice-red eyes.
Shania's quiet and extremely protective bodyguard. He uses Guns Akimbo and often calls Shania "Princess". He doesn't speak much, but is actually a warm-hearted person and in the few times he does speak, he usually explains things to Johnny.Voiced by: Nobuaki Kawamitsu (JP) Matt Hoverman (EN)
A hyperactive and quite hammy ninja hailing from... Brazil? He was the only survivor of a plane crash and landed in the jungles of Brazil. After wandering for a week he stumbled upon the "Ninja Hideaway", a secret ninja village that has existed there for 300 years. He is a subordinate of Mao, tends to talk in the third person, and often calls Johnny "Boy", much to Johnny's chagrin. He is dedicated to protecting the safety of the States and is on a mission to find out Gilbert's true intentions. He makes his swords out of anything he can find and mount to a hilt.Voiced by: Banjō Ginga (JP) Marc Thompson (EN)
Highly-Visible Ninja: Even extends to a cloth he uses to hide. They aren't supposed to have the American flag on it.
A giant female talking cat who also happens to be a drunken master. She's currently serving as bodyguard and second-in-command to the infamous gangster, Al Capone. Frank refers to her as "Master". Mao is an aspiring actress, and is working on a kung-fu flick in her spare time at Purramount Pictures.Voiced by: Kujira (JP) Marc Thompson (EN)
Cats Are Mean: Mao can be rough and harsh. She has little tolerancy for the people she dislike (She bullies Elliot Ness until he gives up his precious magazine and then she admits liking doing that because she can't take law enforcers) or the ones she perceives as imcompetent or useless (Frank is shown to be really afraid of her). Oddly enough, Mao doesn't seem to (really) mind to be called "Master Meow" by Johnny.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She's a hard-drinking talking martial artist cat who aspires to be a movie actress, and she acts as Al Capone's bodyguard and second-in-command. She's also training Frank.
Noodle Incident: Mao is very adamant when it comes to talk about how she met Frank in the Brazilian jungle or what happened in the Sushie Bar at Rio de Janeiro. She just makes passing remarks about her being "young and stupid".
Squishy Wizard: Mao is geared towards magical might and her defenses are (somewhat) lacking.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one is ever surprised at the giant talking cat walking around...except Johnny. In either ending Johnny even comments on how while Mao is now a popular actress who's won several awards, no one seems to notice she's a cat. But then again, this is Shadow Hearts.
She is yet another sibling of the Valentines, a family of vampires. She's the little sister of Joachim and Keith. She and Roger were captured by Roswell scientists when they were mistaken for aliens. Rescued by Johnny's party, she journeys with them at Roger's suggestion. Her bizarre metabolism causes her to fluctuate between Slim Hilda (which is better at magic attacks), Curvy Hilda (which is better at physical attacks), and the Pink Bat (doubled physical attack power at the cost of halving her health and limiting her attack options). She's convinced (or maybe just delusional) that she is some kind of Magical Girl of Truth and Justice.Voiced by: Rie Kanda (JP) Bella Hudson (EN)
Shoutout : Her Infinity+1 Sword? A Keyblade in all but the name. The description even points out that it coudl be used "to unlock the keyhole on people's souls".
Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, she ends her sentences with "~nya" (except in her Curvy form).
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Unlike Joachim, Hilda can controls her tranformations at will by consuming calories stolen from enemies. Positive calories turn her from Slim form to Pink Bat form to Curvy form, while negative calories have the opposite effect.
Mask Power - By consuming a high amount of either positive or negative calories, Hilda can transform into Slim Mask (her special/magical attack power doubles) or Curvy Mask (physical attack power doubles).
A wandering mariachi who charms all and the stages of Chicago with his songs. He is the secret lover of Al Capone's sister, Edna. He has a soft spot (and weakness) for women, and his guitar actually doubles as a potent weapon—he keeps several guns inside it. He is forced to participate in the battle against Edna, once she was consumed by the Malice that brought her back to life. He decides to travel with the party in order to avenge his lover's death. His sidequest late in the game allows him to reunite with Edna one last time before she returns to the afterlife.Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)
Albert Simon is a British warlock who once studied underneath the infamous alchemist Roger Bacon, and was considered his most talented pupil. Unfortunately Albert's strong beliefs that all people are born equal under the eyes of God, and should be treated as such, caused him to clash with the Vatican. He was inprisoned and tortured for several years, and on seeing how cruel and wicked the world was, decided that the only way to save it was to destroy it. For this he needs Alice Elliot, by using her power he can summon the Seraphic Radiance to bring the world to an end.Albert Simon spends the majority of the game going by his former master's name, Roger Bacon. Albert is defeated at the end of Shadow Hearts, but uses the very last of his power to transport Yuri and the party away, admitting that if more people were like them, then perhaps the world does stand a chance. In Covenant it turns out that Albert was actually trying to save the world from Rasputin. They were both part of a group known as Sapientes Gladio, but Rasputin rapidly became consumed with power, and wanted to take over the entire world. Albert's attempts to destroy the world was actually a misguided attempt to try and save it. Albert takes up residence in Yuri's soul in Covenant.Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (JP)
Affably Evil: Albert is pretty well mannered and polite, despite trying to destroy the world. He even comes across as being more pleasant than Yuri, the actual hero.
Albert: I will create a new world, perfected to God's will. A pure world, without deceit or defilement. I really wanted to show it to all of you.
Yuri: ... I see. In that case, fine. Let's promise then. No matter who wins, no hard feelings, eh?
Albert: Leave the surviving world to the mercy of fate? Fine, I promise you. There need only be one fight that determines the course of the planet.
Heel Realization: He admits that humanity may yet have a chance to prosper after he's defeated, and passes the torch to Yuri and the party, offering his blessing.
Hidden Agenda Villain: It turns out his true enemy in the first game was Raspuntin and Sapientes Gladio all along, whose destruction went hand-in-hand with what he had planned for the world. We don't learn of this until the second game, though somewhat justified given Albert's Heel-Face Turn in-between.
Unfinished Business: Except not really. He's bound to Yuri's soul after his death, but doesn't have any particular goal now that he can't directly fight Rasputin. He instead gives Yuri help and advice (as well as unlocking Neo Amon).
Villain Has a Point: The party feels this way about him in the first game, but still fights him. Of course, the second game reveals that he was actually trying to stop Rasputin the whole time.
Albert Simon: Only an illusion of peace exists in the superficial calm of our lives. In fact, the blood and tears of the poor are sacrificed daily by a handful of elite power-mongers. No matter how far science and technology advance, repression will never cease. We’re only human. Whenever the calls for revolution turn into concrete action, instigators are met by the full resistance of the elite, who stop at nothing to keep their power.
Arcane is a powerful sorceress who works under Albert Simon as a henchman, and often acts as his bodyguard. She's incredibly loyal to him, calling him 'Lord Bacon', and follows Yuri and the team across the world to try and stop them from interfering in her master's plans. She uses her magic to manipulate and frighten people, and will not hesitate to kill anyone who happens to be in the way.
Dehuai is a mystic who once studied under Master Xifa, along with Zhuzhen, and while he was renowned for his skill, he always had a darker side to him. When his home country of China was in danger of being taken over by the Japanese, Dehuai attempted to summon a God using the Demon Gate’s Invocation, so that he could wipe out Japan. However using such power was risky, one wrong move could destroy the entire world. Dehuai also planned to take rule over Asia once China had been purged from the Japanese, but was stopped by a Japanese soldier by the name of Ben Hyuga, Yuri's father.Dehuai escaped the battle with major injuries, losing his arm and leg. Vowing revenge on Ben, he sent minions to kill his wife and son. He was then contacted by Albert Simon, some years later, who explained his plan to summon the Seraphic Radiance. Dehuai agreed, believing he could use the power to destroy Japan, and joined Albert in his quest to kidnap Alice Elliot.
An Arm and a Leg: Literally, after his fight with Yuri's dad left him severely injured.
Dirty Old Man: Upon taking notice of his obssesion with Alice, Margarete wonders if Dehuai is just a perverted old man with a lolita complex. After beating Wugui, Yuri orders him to tell Dehuai that he should stick to his girlie magazine and fittingly enough, we do find the "Shangai Angels" erotic book in his tower.
Wugui is a servant who works for Dehuai, and also appears to help him with more political matters. He supported Dehuai's attempt to destroy Japan, and even attempted to kill Zhuzhen, who was adamantly opposed to such an idea. However Wugui was defeated by Ben Hyuga before he could. Several years later and he is still loyal to Dehuai, and runs a bar in Shanghai where his master can perform his experiments. Wugui ends up dying, but is bought back as a mindless puppet by Albert Simon.
Jack is a doctor who also runs an orphanage in London, out of the house that used to be Albert Simon's home. After the horrific death of his beloved mother, Jack took an interest in the dark arts, and believed that she had been cursed. Roger Bacon gave him the Emigre Manuscript, a book that explains how to bring people back from the dead, and Jack became obsessed with bringing his mother back to life. As the ritual required the use of several bodies, Jack opened the orphanage to collect children from the street for that purpose.Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP)
Fox Face and the Four Masks are dark entities belonging to the spirit world. They're usually encountered inside the graveyard within Yuri's mind, though thanks to his continued fusions with (and killings of) monsters, Yuri's malice had come to a point where the former could seemingly enter the material world.Fox Face claims to be Ben Hyuga, Yuri's deceased father. He's lying: he's actually a part of Yuri himself, one which is unafraid of turning onto a monster and welcomes the chance.The masks desire vengeance for the monsters Yuri's slain, and intend to take his soul in retribution. Alice gives them hers in his place, leading to her death.
The Dreaded: Yuri fears Fox Face more than anything else.
Hopeless Boss Fight: Fox Face is impossible to defeat in his first encounter. It is possible to defeat him with some effort later on in the game, but he brushes it off and keeps coming at you until your malice is depleted.
The masks send Alice to face Atman late rin the game, which is unwinnable for her alone. Canonically, she loses the battle, and her soul in the process, but in the good ending (which, if you look at it with Covenant's good ending in mind, can have a place in canon) Yuri pulls himself together in time to show up and defeat him, saving them both.
Jerkass: All of them.
Karma Houdini: Canonically, the Four Masks are not confronted, and for all intents and purposes get away with using Atman to kill Alice. They are never seen again after the first game.
Optional Boss: You don't have to fight the masks themselves; and as far as the plot's concerned, you didn't.
At least, until the time loop from the second game kicks in and Yuri does fix his mistakes.
A Lieutenant Colonel in the Japanese army, Kawashima was the one who sent Alice to Japan via train at the start of the game. She investigates the ordeal after the train's crew is butchered by Albert Simon, which leads her to encounter Yuri, Alice, and the party.After journeying with the party for some time, she reconsiders her position and abandons her pursuit of Alice. However, her lack of contact with the military led to an investigation into her activities, and she's shot and killed by a firing squad under the pretext of summons to the capital. She was the romantic interest of her assistant, Masaji Kato, in whose arms she died.Voiced by: Sara Nakayama (JP, Shadow Hearts), Kozue Shimizu (JP, Covenant)
Back from the Dead: She was resurrected by Kato using the Émigré Manuscript, which didn't work perfectly (she's clearly not the same as she was before, and even thinks of Kawashima as an entirely different entity), but did give her physical body life again. She became known as Ouka.
Dead Person Impersonation: Subverted. In the second game, her father adopted a girl and gave her the name "Yoshiko Kawashima," which confuses Yuri, though it was more to honor her memory than to impersonate her.
The Mole: She and Kato integrate themselves into the party early on in the game, though what they see compels them to renege a bit on their motives. Kawashima eventually abandons her pursuit of the party, and decides she wants to live freely like Yuri.
Parental Abandonment: Kind of. A lot of her authority came from her father, and she surmises that him "abandoning" her is what resulted in her execution. He's encountered in the second game, clearly remorseful.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She was the one who secured Alice and put her on the train to Japan, to keep her out of Dehuai's hands. Albert killed all of her men and kidnapped her anyway.
(Shadow Hearts: Covenant)
Grigori Rasputin (yeah) is the head of Sapientes Gladio, a secret society striving to remake the world under a new order. To this end, he's integrated himself into the Russian royal family, earning their trust and patronage by miraculously curing their youngest child of a fatal disease. He's also adopted the Tsar's bastard child, Nicolai, to use against him at a later date.He's heavily distrusted by the royal family's elder daughter, Anastasia, who sets out to uncover his true nature. She gets more than she bargained for when it becomes apparent he has murderous intentions towards the tsar, and has undergone a Deal with the Devil besides.Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (JP), Bob Papenbrook (EN)
Death Equals Redemption: Subverted. As he lays dying, he sells out Nicolai's plot and sets our heroes on the road to confront him, not for any moral concern, but because he doesn't want to see his treacherous underling succeed in his place.
Motive Decay: His backstory and rise to power suggests fairly intricate motives, with the end goal being the conquest of Europe. This seems to fly out the window when Asmodeus eventually turns him into an omnicidal puppet.
A representative from the Vatican, he asks for Karin's help in obtaining the Holy Mistletoe to get rid of the "Demon of Domremy", temporarily becoming a playable character at the beginning of the game. After he uses it on Yuri, he reveals his true nature as scheming and relentless.Turns out he's the bastard son of the actual Russian tsar, Nicolas II, and that he plans to take the throne for himself, disposing of Rasputin in the process.Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP)
Light Is Not Good: Light is his element, but don't be fooled. Even his in-game description says that he can't be trusted, said description can be read as soon as the game become playable, while Nicolai is still in your party !
Lightning Bruiser: All his stats go up by one point each time he levels up, which isn't the case of the others characters, which means that he will always have better stats than his allies when he is playable.
And Now for Someone Completely Different: When Yuri goes to the dungeon in Cannes, the Director's Cut transitions us, without explanation, to Nicolai, Lenny, and Veronica in a dungeon all of their own.
The Brute for Sapientes Gladio, he serves as a soldier commander and an early antagonist. He's not particularly villainous despite his disposition (he even tutored some clawed soldiers in how to read and write), and is frequently outsmarted by Yuri and the party.He underwent a Deal with the Devil with Godhand, whose power he invokes during the final battle with him. He survives the fight, and through a string of side quests, Yuri discovers that Lenny reformed after his defeat and has been doing good deeds in the hope of redemption. Yuri eventually catches up to him, and the two make peace.He becomes Johnny Garland's Battle Butler years later, having retained his powers.Voiced by: Daiki Nakamura (JP)
Battle Butler: Played with as he doesn't fight directly anymore as of the timeline of From The New World. But whenever Johnny calls for his assistance via his mobile phone, Lenny sends an energy bomb from his fist. Sometimes halfway around the world.
A high ranking assassin of Sapientes Gladio and the personal aide (and lover) of Rasputin. She hounds the party early in the game before retreating back to Russia.Like her boss, Lenny, and Nicolai, she's undergone a Deal with the Devil in the form of the Night Queen.Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (JP)
Trailers Always Spoil: After you kill her, her corpse falls to the floor between Yuri and Rasputin in a cutscene as the two face off. This is seen in the trailer and opening cinematics where, while not showing her face, you can easily make out her distinct collar and hairstyle.
A relatively minor character in the first game (he was Kawashima's smitten assistant, if you recall), Kato redefines himself as a savvy, sharp, and formidable individual in Covenant, culminating with him becoming the game's final boss. Though initially in service of one of the main villains, Kato remains on respectful and friendly terms with Yuri, assisting him on occasion and even saving his life.Kato goes off the deep end after losing Ouka, his replacement goldfish for the deceased Kawashima (whom he cloned in order to recreate her physically), and attempts to take the world back in time a hundred years — long before those who had ruined it had been born, and aims to lead humanity into prosperity himself. Kato remains an affable individual despite his downtrodden luck and rather drastic change of heart, and continues to view Yuri as a great friend until the end.Voiced by: Nobuaki Kawamitsu (JP)
Affably Evil: Though there's never a point where Kato is on the protagonists' side, he comes off as a genuinely okay guy who keeps up a good, lingering friendship with Yuri from start to finish. Keeps this up even when trying to destroy the world as we know it.
Deal with the Devil: Interesting case; Kato makes it clear that he, unlike Rasputin and Nicolai, will bring about his new world through his own power, with his own hands. Despite that, he ends up taking on the form and power of "Susano-o," which he summons with the Emigre Manuscript.
Pet the Dog: Gets quite a few of these. In particular, saving Yuri from Nicolai stands out.
Redemption Equals Death: Kato saves Yuri from Nicolai, and is poised to take the killer blow for him again when Ouka intervenes. Played straight at the end, when a repentant Kato urges Yuri and the party to escape, and pray for the world they most desire. This leads directly to a good ending for the party, and Yuri's own canonically good ending.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After having his love die in his arms for the second time, he decides to destroy the present world by erasing the last hundred years and changing history to a better course.
The Mutant Apes
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Raiden, Hien, and Ouka comprise the elite Mutant Apes, deceased soldiers who were reanimated by Masaji Kato to compose his elite guard. They receive their own playable segment, in which the player controls Ouka.Though all of them were once living people, Ouka was brought back with the Émigré Manuscript, which explains her lack of modifications compared to the other two. That, and she's Kato's deceased lover Back from the Dead, with whom he was hoping to rekindle their romance and eventually have a child with.Raiden voiced by: Yuu Shimaka (JP), Michael J. Sorich (EN) Hien voiced by: Kunihiro Kawamoto (JP), Bo Williams (EN) Ouka voiced by: Sara Nakayama (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
Lady is a mysterious woman fueled by malice, the dark power released en masse by Nicolai in Covenant. Seemingly chaotic, capricious, and aimless, she wanders the world infecting people with malice.Her true identity is Grace Garland, Johnny's sister, who was killed along with her brother in a fire. Their father acquired the Émigré Manuscript to bring them back, though the ritual was only partly successful; to bring back Johnny, Grace transferred her will to him and absorbed the malice herself, giving her brother life but leaving her a malicious Empty Shell in the process.She has an uncanny resemblance to Alice Elliot of the first game.Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (JP)
All Girls Want Bad Boys: The only person she displays any affection for is her serial killer bodyguard. The two are hopelessly devoted to one another.
Half-Identical Twins: Given by the in-game pictures, they looked identical as young children save for their hair color.
Heroic Sacrifice: When their father and Marlow resurrected them, only Grace's case was successful while Johnny had no Will left to re-create his soul. She gave him all of hers, and so the Malice consumed her, transforming her into Lady.
A serial killer on the lam. When he was near death, his life was saved by a mysterious, nameless woman, to whom Killer rededicated the life she had saved to protecting. He named her "Lady." Though he knows little of Lady's motives, he is devoted to discovering them and making them come true, no matter what they are.He has a striking physical resemblance to Yuri of the first two games.Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (JP)
The once renowned alchemist during the Middle Ages, Roger Bacon was tasked by the Vatican to translate the Emigre Manuscript, a tome with the power to bring back the dead. After he did what he was told, the Vatican attempted to kill him in order to keep the secrets of the Manuscript safe. Bacon escaped, but not before using the manuscript to grant him immortality. For centuries he has lived near the Nemeton Monastery in Wales, there he has helped those who seek to combat the dark and otherworldly powers that thrive in the world. Roger is the only character to appear in every game in the series, including Koudelka.Voiced by: Tatsuya Gashoin (JP, games), Ryūsei Nakao (Koudelka Drama CD)
Big Good: You know the world is in trouble when he's the closest thing we have to this.
An American traveller who visited the monastery for... less than honorable reasons. He is found early on by Koudelka, being attacked by a demon. After she heals him, he accompanies her on her mission.Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Koudelka Drama CD and Japanese), Mickaël Bradberry
Abusive Parents: When he explains his backstory we find out his father was a "very strict man"
Accidental Misnaming: He initially thinks Koudelka is an angel sent to guide him to heaven and repeatedly refers to her as such. She's not amused.
An Irish vicar who was sent by the Vatican to track down three documents which were stolen from their vaults. He managed to follow the trail of one, the Emigre Manuscript, to Nemeton Monastery. He openly distrusts both Koudelka (for her powers and atheism) and Edward (mostly for his treasure seeking and philandering), but he strikes a truce with them for the greater good.Voiced by: Rokurō Naya (Koudelka Drama CD and Japanese), Scott Larson (English)