Characters / Shadow Hearts

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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Protagonists

    Yuri Volte Hyuga 
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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), Ted Lewis (EN, Shadow Hearts), Joe Cappelletti (EN, Covenant, credited as Joey Capps)‎
  • Action Hero
  • And I Must Scream: If you get the bad ending in the second game, he becomes an Empty Shell with his memories wiped clean.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Destroyed childhood home, numerous people he loved murdered in front of him and a curse on his very soul, good luck trying to get him to stop cracking wise or laughing it all off.
    • Beneath the Mask: It's actually all a front, it IS in-fact all quite devastating to him.
  • 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.
  • Badass: There's no denying it.
    • Badass Armfold: In the second game's Dark Seraphim form, this is Yuri's default pose.
    • Badass Longcoat: In the first game. He wraps Alice's body in it when he buries her.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: In the second game, his first tier fusions are only minor upgrades to his regular self, with small physical changes.
    • Heartbroken Badass: In Covenant, due to Alice sacrificing her life to save his.
  • Bad Dreams
  • 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."
  • Boisterous Bruiser: More so in the first game.
  • Born Unlucky: He seems to think so.
  • Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: He's a terrifically powerful melee fighter, while most of the Big Bads (with the notable exception of Kato; and even then... kind of Kato) are magic-inclined The Chessmaster types.
  • 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.
  • But Not Too Foreign: In the first game, his heritage is name-dropped purely for Rule of Cool purposes. It is actually worked into the plot of Covenant.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It takes him a while to admit his feelings for Alice.
  • Catch Phrase: Bite me!
  • Character Development: Undergoes quite a lot in both of his games.
  • Cursed with Awesome
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Once he regains Amon's soul in Covenant, he utterly destroy Rasputin's friggin' airship all by himself!
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Alice's death took a toll on his haughty attitude.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Dark Is Not Evil: A smartass to be sure, but he leaves no doubt that he's a hero.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • De-Power: Before he becomes playable in Covenant, Nicholi stabs him with an artifact called the "Holy Mistletoe", robbing him of the fusions he unlocked in the last game, plus doing a real number on his overall physical condition.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Yuri literally punches out Demon Gods and other monstrosities on a regular basis, thus earning the tittle of Godslayer. It's really all in a day's work for our Harmonixer hero.
  • Disappeared Dad: And he holds onto the hope that he's alive, which gives Fox Face a good method by which to psychologically torture him.
  • The Dreaded: In Covenant.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Japanese versions, he goes by the fairly gibberish name of Urmnaf "Uru" Bort Hyuga (ウルムナフ・ボルテ・ヒューガ).
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Yuri goes out quite spectacularly.
  • Dying as Yourself: The good (canon) ending of Covenant. Rather than let the Mistletoe Curse wipe his metaphorical slate clean, Yuri opts to die and preserve his memories.
  • Elemental Powers: His innate element is Darkness, but his Fusion ability allows him to take on any other element, even Non-Class.
  • 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...
  • Evil Knockoff: He gets one in the mirror world, though Yuri always wins in a one-on-one with it.
  • Genre Savvy: Nice change from the usual RPG protagonist.
  • Good Is Not Soft: With a mild sprinkling of Good Is Not Nice, particularly in the first game.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His weapons are different varieties of knuckles.
  • Henshin Hero: His Harmonizer power enables him to be this.
  • Idiot Hero: Badassery aside, he has his moments.
    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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Roger. Also Gepetto and Zhuzhen.
  • In the Blood: His power of Fusion comes from his father.
  • In The End You Are Alone
  • In-Series Nickname: Godslayer.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His various Fusion forms allow him to take on any role, compensating for his inability to use Crest Magic.
  • Jerkass Façade
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Yuri quite brutally beats the terminally ill Minister Ishimura, the mastermind behind quite a few of Japan's more radical wrongdoings.
    • Kick the Dog: Overlaps with this, since Yuri callously tosses the man's grandson aside when the boy begs him to stop.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Like Father, Like Son: Especially prevalent in the first game, in which he shows up to save Zhuzhen from Wugui and his thugs in the exact same manner as his father years before.
  • Love Hurts: Alice dies in the 1st game for him. This does carry over into the second game and his characterization there.
  • Magnetic Hero: Subverted to hell and back. Most of the party members have to force themselves into the group, and Yuri is curt even with the ones he gets along with.
  • Manly Tears
  • Morality Pet: Alice. Later, Jeanne.
  • 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 Guy Wants an Amazon: He's completely oblivious to outgoing Action Girl Karin's feelings for him and doesn't reciprocate in the slightest. On the other hand, he's head over heels for Squishy Witch White Magician Girl Alice.
  • No-One Could Survive That: Frequently takes shattering blows to his person (look at the first game's intro), but his harmonixer power allows him to regenerate. Downplayed in the second game.
  • Nothing Personal: Maintains this disposition with Albert (in the end) and Kato.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: He and Alice.
  • Only Sane Man: Comes off as this compared to most of the other party members.
  • Opposites Attract: With Alice.
  • 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.
  • Red Baron: He's known as the Godslayer, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. To a lesser extent, he's also called the Demon of Domremy.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Alice's blue.
  • Running Gag: In both the 1st game and Covenant, Yuri shown to get sea sick whenever boats are involved.
    • He also has an aversion to flying, though this may be due to Margarete's piloting.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Yuri's standard approach to villainous banter. He has slightly more patience for the Well-Intentioned Extremist type, but he'll still kick their ass.
  • Spanner in the Works: Things would have worked out far better for Simon if he had counted on Yuri getting involved.
  • Soul Jar: He carries not only the various Fusion Souls within his mind/body, but also finds out that the spiritual essences of Jeanne, Albert, his father Ben, and Alice exist inside him as well.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is he a Harmonixer or a Harmonizer?
  • Ship Sinking: Karin/Yuri fans had quite a shock.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: This is especially the case during his Brainwashed and Crazy stint
  • Sympathy for the Devil: To Albert.
  • Tears of Blood: During his attack of Rasputin, while attempting to break his shield, we can see Yuri cry some.
  • Temporal Paradox: His EXISTENCE is one!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Strangely for an RPG, inverted. Yuri begins the game (in story-terms, at least) as an already-powerful harmonixer.
  • Too Many Belts
  • Tragic Hero
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Unknown Rival: Yuri was this to Nicolai after the end of the first game.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Karin, though after the epilogue, it's probably for the best.
  • 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.
  • Walking the Earth: Before meeting Alice, he simply went around the world doing what the voice in his head (it Makes Sense In Context) told him to do.
  • 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.
  • Wolverine Claws: Most of his weapons are variant of these.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Gameplay aside, he knocked out Karin cold in Covenant's opening.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He absent-mindedly backhands Hally across the street for crying about his mother. He still helps, but the crying apparently bugs him. Very likely due to his own memories of his last moments with his mother.
    • Kosuke Ishimura certainly catches Yuri off-guard, as Yuri is coming in to give Minister Ishimura what he has coming, the guy's 6-year old grand-kid comes in to say he can't hit his grandpa. After an initial shock at realizing that Even Evil Has Loved Ones he proceeds to knock the little guy out-cold and then beat the ever-loving-shinola out of grandpa.
  • Worthy Opponent: Albert apparently feels this way about him. He warns Viscount Rausan not to underestimate him and stresses to Olga that anyone who can survive/remain possession-free after an encounter with the Seraphic Radiance is well and truly a foe to be admired.
    • Yuri also gets this from Nicolai oddly enough. Smug Snake though Nicolai may be, he is first made wary of Yuri as an opponent when he finds that Yuri managed to kill Albert and later confirms it once he sees Yuri's willpower can actually overcome Amon.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: The Mistletoe's curse that he was hit with at the beginning of Covenant is eventually going to rob him of his soul and memories; leaving him an Empty Shell. Yuri's strong willpower allows him to endure the curse for over 6 months, but it finally catches up to him at the end of the story

    Johnny Garland 
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The protagonist of the third game: Shadow Hearts: From the New World. 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 McGonnigal (EN)

  • Bad Powers, Good People: He can manipulate Malice, which is formed from hatred and anger, but Johnny is a good guy.
  • Double Weapon: While in his Awaker form. Eat your heart out Darth Maul.
  • Enemy Scan: With a camera. There is a side-quest built around collecting the snap-shots of the game's monsters.
  • I Am Who?: Johnny is the first successful human revival attempt who hasn't become a mindless monster in the process.
  • Green Eyes
  • Idiot Hair: While he's not stupid, just naive. But look at him, that's a very noticeable ahoge!
  • Knife Nut: Initially starts off fighting with a knife.
  • Laser Blade: Can form one from his knife with Malice. There's a good reason for that.
  • Stock Drain: Fear the stock-draining prowess of Johnny's vacuum cleaner!
  • Mr. Fanservice: As Awaker, he becomes a well-built young man who is even lesser clothed than Lady.
  • Non-Elemental: All of his attack skills have no element.
  • Older Than They Look: He's actually 21 years old, but he lost 5 years between his death and resurrection. Awaker reflects his true age.
  • Only Sane Man: Since he hasn't any conscious encounters with the supernatural before witnessing Marlow's death by the monster, he's rather weirded out by the strange creatures and some of his teammates.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • 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.)
  • Superpowered Evil Side
  • 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.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Whenever he transforms into Awaker.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Awaker

    Koudelka Iasant 
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The protagonist of Koudelka and it's manga sequel; she is a gypsy girl who possesses mysterious healing powers, which causes people to fear her as a witch. Koudelka 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)

  • Action Mom: Proceeds to blow apart her abductor's ritual the second she realizes he is going to destroy the world her son lives in.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The pendant she drops early on can be found and used against the Elaine monster.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the first Shadow Hearts
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Lets just say she did not have a happy childhood...
  • Dark Magical Girl: While a certainly a Deadpan Snarker in the first game, by Shadow Hearts she is far more cynical and jaded. Less invested in saving the world than just saving her son. Hard to tell if it is from being stuck in a torture chamber for years or her run with The Author.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    • 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.
  • De-Power: By the end of her manga, Koudelka doesn't just have her own powers, she has the powers of a Druidic God within her. She is one of the heaviest hitters in the world; But when she unleashes them on Albert he promptly counters with a Demon God of his own, Amon, who drains all the powers right out of her. She doesn't even have her original magics anymore.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Thanks to her Hypno Trinket she managed to shift The Author into her subconscious while her conscious mind has the show by hypnotizing herself once she became possessed.
  • Hot Witch
  • Hypno Trinket: An odd subversion. She has placed herself under a standing hypnotic command, triggered by the sight of her pendant. The second she lays eyes on it her mind is made the dominant one of whatever is trying to possess her. Appropriate insurance for a Willing Channeler.
  • I See Dead People: Eventually her companions do, too, but Koudelka's talents for it are much stronger.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: We see numerous shades of this in her game and in the manga, but it in Shadow Hearts it appears to be in full swing, like Roger, she isn't exactly panicking that the apocalypse is about to happen. The only part she does definitively want saved is her son.
  • Meaningful Name: Her gypsy name Zslato means "treasure".
  • Missing Mom: To Halley.
  • The Kirk
  • The Heretic: Aside being quite openly pagan, she also uses atheist poetry to be contrary to her two ultra-faithful co-travelers. Edward doesn't seem to mind, James on the other-hand is mortified.
  • Oh Crap!: In Shadow Hearts. She isn't afraid to die but upon realizing what is about to be summoned with her sacrifice, she becomes very much motivated to try to stop Albert at all costs.
  • Psychic Power
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Once she takes on the powers of The Author.
  • Power Incontinence: Her psychic powers were too strong for her to handle as a kid.
  • Roma
  • Willing Channeler: For ghosts, to allow them to speak with the living. Eventually becomes this to The Author as-well.
  • The Voice: She guides Yuri as the voice in his head during the first game, until the party meets her in person.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

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    Alice Elliot 
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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, Shadow Hearts), Michelle Ruff (EN, Covenant, credited as Georgette Rose)

  • 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 you"s with Yuri, though.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: VERY short.
  • Eye Beams: "Advent", one of the two attack spells she learns does this.
  • Deal with the Devil: One of the very rare examples in this series that doesn't amount to a deal for power.
  • Feather Motif: Alice's light powers manifest in battle as white feathers flying upwards.
  • Foreshadowing: The small grave that appears in Yuri's graveyard after Alice's Deal with the Devil, whose name is clouded until very late in the game.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Many, many, MANY characters comment on Alice's beauty throughout the game.
  • The Ingenue: Alice really starts out as quite innocent.
  • Light 'em Up: Alice uses light magic for healing, protection and the odd offensive attack.
  • Mystical White Hair: She's a girl with mysterious power, not to mention a White Magician Girl, so the white hair is pretty appropriate.
  • Panty Shot: Again, the Advent spell. She's wearing pink panties...and they change if you equip her with the Underpants accessories (black or white, respectively).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Alice sacrifices her soul in place of Yuri's.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Yuri.
  • Secretly Dying: After taking on Yuri's curse from the vengeful masks.
  • Shrinking Violet: She starts off very shy and timid.
  • Purple Eyes: Although it is hard to see their color most of the time, Alice's eyes do indeed have a light shade of purple to them.
  • Rescue Introduction
  • Squishy Witch
  • Throw the Book at Them: While Alice is mainly a magic user, she can also bash enemies with a book.
  • White Mage
  • White Magic
  • White Magician Girl: She's the party's healer and status buffer.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.

    Li Zhuzhen 
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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. He also happens to be Dehuai's half brother.

Following the post-Shanghai Time Skip, Zhuzhen and Alice work as exorcists, and are called to the small town of Bistritz...

Voiced by: Kenichiro Sanada (JP), Maddie Blaustein (EN)

  • Asian Rune Chant: Used to cast his magic.
  • Bi the Way: Swooned for Ben Hyuga when he was rescued by him.
  • Cool Old Guy: No arguing with it when he's a Taoist master sage.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dehuai's Cain
  • Good Counterpart: His is to Dehuai, who is his brother.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His reason for kiling Yuri's father - Ben Hyuga was taken over by the demon he'd absorbed.
  • Put on a Bus: Is not mentioned after the first game, nor did he receive cameos like Margarete and Keith.
  • Simple Staff
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yuri. Alice and Keith even discuss it near the beginning of Act 2.
    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 
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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), Veronica Taylor (EN)

  • Ace Pilot: She manages to pilot a plane that was halfway falling apart some distance.
  • Action Girl
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: We meet Margarete's father, who is a lottery member. He wears a fake nose and embarrasses Margarete, but not before wishing her luck and giving her her ultimate weapon.
  • Anachronism Stew: She has a cell phone and what appears to be a microcomputer pre-WWI.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sports quite a stylish one.
  • 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.
  • Boom, Headshot: Her "Snipe" special skill.
  • The Cameo: In Covenant
  • Historical-Domain Character: She is supposed to be Mata Hari, although with the "spy" elements played up instead of the "stripper" elements.
  • 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.

    Keith Valentine 
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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), Scott Rayow (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.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: It's a bit dated, but it's still quite fancy.
  • Berserk Button: Though cool-headed and mellow through-out the rest of the game, even in the face of potential death, the notion of someone stealing his family's blood rites and using them to harm/kill the very people of his land is enough to make Keith out for blood.
  • Bishounen
  • Blood Magic: All his special abilities are thanks to his family's ceremonial blood rites. Apparently it's not a vampire thing, it is specifically his family's in particular.
  • Broken Aesop: May overlap with Our Vampires Are Different - Keith claims vampires do not drink blood and that is a myth, even though he and his family very clearly do have a life-drink ability. It may be that this is a trait of his family's Blood Magic and not intrinsically tied to vampirsim in the Shadow Hearts' universe.
  • Flash Step: How he moves during battle; while the others are seen moving, he just teleports towards the enemy.
  • Friend to All Children: He gets along marvelously with Nina; he sings and dances with her.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The most normal of the Valentine family. Relatively speaking of course. The vampires themselves are rather different, he's not bothered by daylight, garlic, or crosses.
    • Overlaps with a
  • Royal Rapier: His Weapon of Choice.
  • 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.

    Halley Brancket 
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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)

(Shadow Hearts: Covenant)

    Karin Koenig 
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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)

  • Absolute Cleavage: Especially in her bonus costume.
  • Action Girl: And justified by her status in the military.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Badass Normal: She's by far the most conventional fighter of the cast.
    • Four-Star Badass: Initially, but her ties to the military are downplayed as the plot goes on.
  • Bittersweet Ending: She does not get the guy. In fact, it turns out that through a Stable Time Loop, Yuri is her son. She does manage to find a second love with Ben Hyuga, but she is also inevitably doomed to a violent death at the hands of Dehuai's monsters.
  • Boobs of Steel: Well endowed and the physically strongest female party member in Covenant.
  • Custom Uniform: She inherits one of Cornelia's old outfits, and her ultimate armour is one of Margarete's costumes.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Deuteragonist
  • Fiery Redhead: It's even her element.
  • Flaming Sword: One of her special abilities gives her one.
  • 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 Émigré Manuscript in Wales.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Learns new sword techniques by reading pages of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: She has strong magic skills, but excels just a bit more in the physical category.
  • Lady of War: Karin's weapon of choice is the rapier, she learns new battle techniques by collecting Wagnerian manuscripts and genuinely fights in a graceful manner.
  • The Lancer
  • Love Father, Love Son: Inverted!. Karin falls in love with Yuri, who happens to be her own son, but instead ends up with his father Ben.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Karin is Yuri's mother.
  • 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: 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.
  • Panty Shot: Considering her Dangerously Short Skirt, it's amazing how sparse they are, but they're present. Notably on certain camera angles with her Sword Art, Bullenfogel, the animation does occasionally show them off. They're blue. Then again, it may just be a texture failure, so who knows?
  • 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...
  • The Reveal: Karin being Yuri's mother.
  • Royal Rapier
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Tsundere
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A in her default outfit.

    Blanca 
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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)

  • All Your Powers Combined - Every time Blanca defeats another wolf, one more "soul" is added to his Soul Comet attack.
  • Blow You Away
  • Day In The Lime Light: Rescues the party when they get imprisoned.
  • Intellectual Animal: He only speaks when fighting other wolves, but he's surprisingly erudite.
  • Magic Knight - Blanca's got both decent physical and magic damage, but leans a bit more to magic. He's also the fastest character. Though this all means that you've better physical and magical fighters that can specialize. With enough Judgement Ring customization, your mages can becomes just as strong.
  • Stalker with a Crush - A pink wolf Blanca faces in Japan had apparently been secretly following him throughout his travels, collecting fur and things that he had left behind. She decides to beat the crap out of him for rejecting her love.
  • 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.

    Geppeto 
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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)

    Lucia 
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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)

  • Big Eater
  • The Chick
  • The Ditz: "Remember, you're slow. Be careful out there." - Her caretaker's last words to her before she leaves
  • Dark Is Not Evil - Her position on the Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors is "Dark" and she's probably the nicest character in the party.
  • 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.
  • Historical-Domain Character - Not her, but her boyfriend - Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • 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.

    Anastasia 
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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)

    Kurando Inugami 
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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)

  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The influence of the Otherworld causes him to go mad, and attacks the party as Tsukiyomi. Post-battle he manages to regain his senses and also unlocks his fusion form.
  • BFS: Case in point, his final Demon Morph, Jutendouji, which leads to...
  • Bishounen
  • Chained by Fashion: Jutendouji.
  • Gender Bender - Kurando's main transformation is of a moon goddess... which is strange, considering that the Tsukiyomi is actually a MALE deity.
  • Hand Blast: "Ascetic's Fire"
  • Lightning Bruiser - He's very gifted in his physical stats, but the tradeoff is very mediocre magic ability.
  • Light 'em Up: His innate element.
  • The Quiet One
  • Samurai
  • Sixth Ranger
  • 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. It is later revealed that Harmonmixer are only usually only able to use one forms with Yuri being the exception because of Alice's influence. Like Yuri, he cannot use Crest Magic.

    Joachim Valentine 
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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)

(Shadow Hearts: From the New World)

    Shania 
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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)

  • An Axe to Grind: Tomahawks, actually.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's well endowed and the strongest physical fighter.
  • Cute Monster Girl: All of her fusion forms.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As the game's Fusion-user, it's her innate element. She's also the second main character.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Her tanned skin contrasts with her almost bleach-blond hair.
  • Dual Wielding: Tomahawks.
  • Male Gaze: The camera from Johnny's view pans to her breasts when he wakes up after falling unconscious at Marlow's apartment.
  • Ms. Fanservice: When she does a Battle Strip for every fusion, what do you expect?
  • Revenge: Lady killed her whole tribe and since then she has been hunting her to kill her.
  • Stripperific: Heck, she strips before fusing!
  • The Power of the Sun: Her final fusion. Maxing its statues is necessary to get the good ending.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Fuses with nature spirits to take on their forms and abilities.
  • 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.

    Natan 
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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)

    Frank Goldfinger 
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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: Banjo 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.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He puts a cactus on a hilt. He puts a firework on a hilt. He puts a larger sword on another hilt. His Infinity+1 Sword? A shishkebob with food on it.
  • Large Ham: A given for Shadow Hearts, but he stands out even in this cast.
  • McNinja: A Polish-American ninja trained by Brazilians.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Before he joins the party, he wanders around in a nice blue suit with a pocket square.

    Mao 
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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 tolerance 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 stand 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.
  • The Dragon: To Al Capone, no less.
  • Drunken Master: Her weapons are different vintages of alcohol.
  • Eyes Always Shut: The few times she opens them they're revealed to be yellow.
  • Kill It with Water: Her element.
  • Mega Neko: She is as tall as 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".
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, how she seems to feel about her time with the Brazilian ninjas.
  • Squishy Wizard: Mao is geared towards magical might and her defenses are (somewhat) lacking.
  • Talking Animal: And only Johnny thinks it's weird.
  • 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.

    Hildegarde Valentine 
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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)

    Ricardo Gomez 
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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)

Villains

(Shadow Hearts 1)

     Big Bad *Spoilers 

Albert Simon

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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 Gori (JP), Scott Rayow (EN, Shadow Hearts), Paul St Peter (EN, Covenant, credited as George C. Cole)

  • 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.
    Yuri: Now there's my Albert.
  • Badass
  • Barrier Warrior: He uses scythe-wielding monsters to float around his person and deflect bullets, though this seems to be in cutscenes only.
  • Big Bad
  • Chess Master: So he gets the god-like power of the three books and what is the first thing he does with them? Starts testing them out of course. He had been setting up test runs of the powers he planned to unleash ever since the events of Koudelka and he seems to have no end to back-up plans and decoy plays.
  • Criminal Mind Games: He operated under the name of his old mentor Roger Bacon for a long time.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Made apparent in Covenant.
  • Defector from Decadence: Albert became so appalled by the decadence and corruption of The Vatican, and later his own counter-cultural organization, Sapientes Gladio, that he took a hard-left turn in the opposite direction and decided to embrace heresy as a path to salvation instead of religion.
  • Evil Brit: Albert is as British and as evil as they come. Somewhat subverted when we find out that he was trying to save the world.
  • Evil Counterpart: Has the same powers, mindset and training as the real Roger Bacon.
  • Evil Former Friend: To both Roger and Jovis. Dislikes Roger for trying to defend The Church, Jovis on the other-hand simply refused to help him so he seems less upset about that one.
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • Graceful Loser: At the end of the first game, he takes his defeat quite well, holds nothing against Yuri and company for it, and even wishes them all luck against the Final Boss.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Like Roger. In Albert's case it seems to have come full circle into a Tranquil Fury.
  • Healing Factor: He can reform destroyed parts of his body. Yuri literally smashes his face into bloody pieces in the opening, but a curse and a little Healing Hands later, he's back to normal.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Covenant, he offers support for Yuri as a spirit.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: He has his moments.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: It wasn't the power of the Émigré Manuscript or Amon that sent him over the edge. It was the worst of humanity that did it.
  • Manipulative Bastard The entire game Koudelka and the first half of Shadow Hearts were all part of Albert's machinations.
  • Nice Hat
  • Nothing Personal: He invokes this at the end of the first game. The apocalypse is just a logical conclusion for him.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Yuri develop one in the second game.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Albert has everything other than the monocle and over the top British phrases.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Albert is just over 700 years old, but looks to be in his early fifties.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Albert's always seen in a suit and top hat.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His Establishing Character Moment is gloriously encapsulated as he steps aside and tips his head to a little old Chinese woman on the transcontinental express, on his way to just seconds later slaughter the guards to the private cabin with the young woman he intends to kidnap.
  • Spanner in the Works: Koudelka, Edward and Roger never seemed to find the Émigré Manuscript after Patrick's mad experiments and just assumed it went up in flames with the rest of his home... apparently someone should have checked...
    • This goes a step further in the Koudelka manga - The Royal Medical Society was sponsoring Patrick Heyworth's experiments to get their hands on the Émigré Manuscript when he was done; Lord Lesley was using the ambition of the Society as an excuse to resurrect his daughter; Dogol was just giving Lesley false hope so he could get his hands on the Émigré Manuscript to become an Eldrich God. This massive set of conspiracies behind conspiracies behind tragedy... And no one counted on the guy who actually stole the Émigré Manuscript for Patrick in the first place, coming back and swiping it before anyone could get their payoff.
  • The Heretic: He was branded a heretic by the Church for speaking-up for civil-rights. After that he figured he might as well become a true heretic and took up black-magic.
  • The Starscream: Dehuai thought of Bacon as this. As it turned out though this was completely inverted since Dehuai was the one working for Albert without knowing it
  • Touched by Vorlons: The main source of his powers. Comprehending God/Meta-God gave Albert a revelation. His best spell is even called "Revelation" and he is more than happy to share his Revelation into the true nature of God and the reality with you!
  • 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.
  • Villain's Dying Grace
  • Villainous Friendship: Olga is still ultimately a minion to him but she is the only one he openly discusses plans with, plans they apparently discuss over tea while they are waiting for the heroes to break in. This is a notable position since he just manipulates everyone else without them even knowing it.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is impossible to even reference his real name without giving away the first 3/4 of Shadow Hearts.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His intentions are noble, but his methods are ruthless.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Yuri, who even mocks Disc One Final Boss Raspuntin in the second game for being that much weaker than Albert.
    • For good measure even Nicolai considers Albert a worthy opponent and transfers much of his concerns to Yuri at first based on the fact that someone actually managed to take down the great traitor, Albert Simon.
  • Xanatos Gambit: So what if Patrick died, Albert still managed to use the events of Koudleka as a worthy test run.
    • Dehuai summons a god: If it succeeds Albert can kick-start that apocalypses he was planning, if he fails it wipes out a mouthy pawn and he gets a smaller preview of what is to come. Worst case scenario he gets other people to die trying what might have claimed him.
  • You Have Failed Me: Averted entirely: He takes even failures of his pawns as worthy lessons to learn from for next time. He is however not above...
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: First Patrick, then Wugui, then Dehuai, then Jack, then Olga.

    Arcane Olga 
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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.

  • Badass Grandma
  • Giggling Villain: Lets out a hardy cackle whenever she attacks or teleports away.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: How the insane asylum was run under her direction. Her torturous mind games also qualify.
  • The Dragon: To Albert. She's his last and most powerful underling.
  • Demonic Possession: Appears to have this power as demonstrated when Alice first fights her in Prague.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is all for torture but torture in the name of God? That is where she draws the line.
  • Kill It with Ice
  • Meaningful Name: Olga means "holy," which is stark contrast to her personality and appearance.
  • Mirror Monster: Takes the place of Alice's reflection then reverses it to look like Alice and make Alice look like her.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Not just a ghost but a ghost witch.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Red Right Hand: You see a hunched, red eyed, woman with sharp jagged teeth and grey skin standing by The Big Bad's side and you will be hard-pressed not to figure out she is bad news.
  • Teleport Spam
  • Undying Loyalty: Unlike Albert's other pawns Olga is following him entirely out of loyalty to him.
    • Even throws her life away to give him time to get away.
  • Villainous Friendship: Olga is the only one of her master's minions that he treats more like a friend than a pawn. They drink tea together over mission reports and engage in friendly banter while discussing what to do next.
  • Wicked Witch: Stereotypically so and proud of it.

    Dehuai 
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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.
  • Berserk Button: Dehuai always loses his temper when the heroes start making fun of him, most notably when he was possessing the body of a small puppy.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: It's almost adorable the way he thinks Albert is just some charlatan magician. It never occurred to him the man who gave him his Artifact of Doom like it was nothing might be a few leagues above him.
  • Butt Monkey: The heroes REALLY like making fun of him.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Zuzhen's Abel
  • Demonic Possession / The Beastmaster: Sort of straddles the line since he not only controls animals but actually possesses them. Poor Master Xiofang...
  • Deceptive Disciple
  • Disc One Final Boss: He may ultimately be played for a chump but the build up for him is palpable, if you missed the one or two foreshadowing signs for "Bacon" you could be forgiven for thinking Dehuai was the end.
  • 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.
  • Elemental Powers: He may be classified as being of the Fire Element but he has access to water, earth and wind spells as well.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: His Yamaraja forms.
  • Fantastic Racism: He refers to the Japanese, or even half-Japanese as dogs. He seems to have light disdain for Caucasians as well.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Dehuai left his master's tutelage and took up arms against the Japanese, as the Japanese Foreign Minister was a Fantastic Racist and filled with Patriotic Fervor. Sure enough Dehuai himself picked up the same traits, just focused on the Japanese.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Has MASSIVE dislike of the Japanese that are occupying China. Though whether this is a legitimate gripe or just an excuse to give him a target is anyone's guess.
  • Sinister Minister: Of the Taoisim variety as opposed to the more common Christian version.
  • The Heavy Certainly not the biggest threat but he is the center of both Yuri and Zhuzhen's personal angst, regardless of how much they want to admit it.
  • The Xenophile: As far as Dehuai is concerned if you are not Chinese, you are the enemy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Albert plays him like a violin.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He apparently thinks nothing of possessing animals then letting them die once he is done.

    Wugui 
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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 
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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 Émigré 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)

  • Alchemy Is Magic: It's hard to tell where the line is between science and Necromancy with Jack.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The Émigré Manuscript had it's standard reaction. Though Jack may have been circling the sanity drain even before that.
  • Kill It with Water: Water-elemental.
  • Knife Nut
  • Mad Scientist: In essence.
  • Momma's Boy: Psychotically so.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Tries to pull this off on Haley's friend, Chris.
  • Same Story, Different Names: He has virtually an identical story to to Patrick Heyworth from Koudelka only without the guilt.
  • Sanity Slippage
  • Split Personality: His journals and the journals of one of the children in his orphanage are starkly contrasted. In front of the kids his inner-child takes over and in the lab his standard mad scientist personality has the show. However both are raving psychopaths. He starts with a monolog of evil but his final words are that of a scared child apologizing to his mommy.

    Fox Face and the Four Masks 
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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 into 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.
  • Evil Laugh: the masks are constantly giggling.
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Fox Face smacks Alice to the floor when she confronts him.

    Yoshiko Kawashima 
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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)

  • Affably Evil
  • BadassDecay: In-Universe, and she's well aware of it.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: She is more wounded by her father washing his hands of her than the bullet through her back.
  • 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.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight
  • Family Honor: She is being the best soldier she can be in order to win glory for her father.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: She's killed shortly after turning over a new leaf.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: In a cruel irony all the work she was doing to earn her father glory made him a target for political rivals and she is killed for it. But it gets worse still, her father needs to wash his hands of her in order to be allowed to slink away, thus the reward for all her tireless work is that she dies as a disenfranchised traitor.
  • Lack of Empathy: At first. She gets better.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: As much of capital-B-Bitch she tries to be (and succeeds at, to be fair) it turns out deep down her family pride is no match for her conscience and she is willing to openly defy her chain-o-command to do what is right.
  • 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.
  • Promoted to Playable: You play as Ouka during parts of the second game.
  • That Woman Is Dead: When she's resurrected as Ouka, she considers Yoshiko Kawashima to be a completely different person.
  • Tragic Villain: Of the classic Heel–Face Door-Slam variety.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her father. She is willing to do just about anything to do him proud. Even as she lays dying with a hole in her chest she accepts that her father needed to sacrifice her in order to be spared by Minister Ishimura. As revealed in Covenant He feels awful about it.
  • 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. "Bacon" killed all of her men and kidnapped her anyway.

(Shadow Hearts: Covenant)

    Grigori Rasputin 
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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: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP), Bob Papenbrook (EN)

    Nicolai Conrad 
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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)

  • Bastard Bastard
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He becomes more pitiful the more you learn about him.
  • Deal with the Devil: With Astaroth.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Though it's kind of obvious if you've played the first game.
    • He was actually slated to be the real protagonist of Covenant in early stages of the game's development, but the sheer outrage over Yuri being replacement compelled them to rethink.
  • Demonic Possession: Astaroth eventually takes him over.
  • Dragon Their Feet
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He wants to take over Russia.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: Kato kills him by crushing his face with his hand.
  • Foil: He's the exact opposite of Yuri in every way possible, right down to his clothes, element, and history.
  • Guest Star Party Member: During the first hour of the game, and once again in a small dungeon of the Director's cut. He makes his Soul Pact with Astaroth there.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He's the victim of one, thanks to Dr. Hojou.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: When Yuri goes to the dungeon in Cannes, the Director's Cut transitions, without explanation, to Nicolai, Lenny, and Veronica in a dungeon all of their own.
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear: Do not equip Nicolai with accessories or, worse, Attack Boost, or else these items will be Lost Forever.
  • Stalker with a Crush: His implied interest in Karin gives off this vibe.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts to do it to Yuri and then Kato, but Ouka takes the shot.
  • Villain Decay: Invoked in story (not so much in gameplay).
  • Villainous Friendship: Type 1 with Lenny, although downplayed. The two of them have no problem drinking together.
  • Villains Out Shopping: An early cutscene has him talking with Lenny in a bar.

    Lenny Curtis 
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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)

  • The Atoner: How he views looking after Johnny.
  • Bald of Awesome / Bald of Evil
  • 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.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He finds life works a lot better for him after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Brute: Towers over everyone, and relies on physical attacks.
  • Dumb Muscle: Initially.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Players can venture through a side dungeon controlling Nicolai, Veronica and Lenny.
  • Good Feels Good
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the third Shadow Hearts, after being saved by Johnny's father.
  • Hidden Depths: Oh yes. He has a not inconsiderable amount of noble deeds under his belt, and in SH 3 is apparently very popular with the local housewives.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Not to begin with, but it's hard not to feel for the guy after his string of defeats.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: He's the source of one of the best armour items in the game, though you get it through his breadcrumb side quest rather than a battle.
  • Minion with an F in Evil
  • Odd Friendship: He and Yuri eventually bury the hatchet and make peace with one another.
  • Pet the Dog: An entire sidequest is devoted to tracking him down by following the trail of good deeds he performed across Europe.
  • Power of the God Hand: Lenny makes a pact with a demon and becomes "Godhand."
  • Token Good Teammate: He's dense and not afraid to follow orders, but it's clear he lacks the Kill 'em All aspects of Rasputin, the Machiavellian scheming of Nicolai, or the pleasure from pain Veronica has.
  • Villainous Valour: He knows a fight will be tough, but he'll do it anyway.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In his very first cutscene apperance in covenant, he's holding a small girl from Domremy hostage, with a weapon to her throat, fully intending to use it. Yuri tryin to rescue her is how Nicolai is able to stab him with the Holy Mistletoe.

    Veronica Vera 
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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)

    Spoiler character 

Masaji Kato

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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.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Kawashima in the first game. She dies shortly after hearing it.
  • Anti-Villain: In spades.
  • Badass Cape: In Covenant.
  • Benevolent Boss: He genuinely cares for the well-being of his Mutant Apes, and he and Ouka even planned to have a child together. Squick. He does expect absolute obedience, though.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Who'd have thought Kawashima's friendly, bumbling assistant would go so far?
  • Big Bad: The final one.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Yuri briefly bond over their deceased loved ones in Covenant.
  • 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 Émigré Manuscript.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Losing Ouka a "second" time.
  • Enemy Mine: He, his Mutant Apes and Yuri's gang team up against Hojo's failed experiment. Later, against Nicolai.
  • Friendly Enemy: In both games, right to the end and beyond.
  • Ice King: In the second game.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Culminates with him trying to take the world back a hundred years.
  • Kick the Dog: Slaps Ouka after the Mutant Ape disobeys his commands.
  • Love Makes You Evil
  • Morality Pet: Ouka.
  • Odd Friendship: With Yuri, given their constantly conflicting loyalties. They also bond over the loss of the women in their lives.
  • One-Winged Angel: Susano-o.
  • 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.
  • Robot Master: Three of them, at least.
  • Squishy Wizard: Averted. Though his magic is his primary weapon, he is physically imposing and well built, and demonstrates this soundly when he crushes Nicolai's face with one hand. Ouch.
  • The Dragon: To Ishimura.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From Kawashima's quiet, smitten right-hand-man, to the second game's final boss and one of the most formidable people encountered in the series.
  • Villain Teleportation: Grows fond of this in Covenant.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • 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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Click here to see Hein. 
Click here to see Raiden. 

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)

  • Anti Villains
  • Artificial Human: They all have shades of this, particular the former two, though subverted by them having been human beings.
  • Back from the Dead: All of them, though we only know of Ouka from before.
  • BFG: Raiden has a large hand-mounted cannon.
    • BFS: Hien wields a considerable blade attached to his arm.
    • Ouka, on the other hand, is more of a Bare-Fisted Monk who mixes in a bit of pistol gunplay.
  • Big Damn Heroes: They save the party in Japan. They also pull a Villainous Rescue later on.
  • Doppelgänger: Ouka is the spitting image of Kawashima from the first game. They're the same person.
  • Co-Dragons: All of them share the role of The Dragon to Kato.
  • Elite Mooks: They're Kato's elite guard and personal aides.
  • Failure Knight: Raiden. He sees his reanimation as a second chance to make things right.
  • Friendly Enemy: None of them have any personal beef with the party, thhough Genre Savvy Yuri figures that they won't just let him pass to Kato.
  • Lady of War: Ouka.
  • Lean and Mean: Hien.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Raiden, and Hien to a somewhat lesser extent.
  • One-Winged Angel: Raiden and Hien become Raijin and Fujin in the penultimate boss battle.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Ouka for Kawashima, despite being the same person. The Émigré Manuscript isn't a flawless resurrection tool.
  • Taking the Bullet: Ouka takes a knifing attempt meant for Kato, which kills her.
  • Tragic Monster: Ouka is killed by Nicolai.
  • Undying Loyalty: Each of them feel this towards Kato, especially Raiden.
  • Walking Spoiler: Yuri recognizes Ouka, but can't quite put his finger on it for a while. Turns out she's Lt. Col. Kawashima, Kato's deceased boss and object of affection from the first game.
  • You Shall Not Pass

    Minister Kantaro Ishimura 
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The shadow-ruler of Japan, ruling from the benign position of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister Ishimura is the one pulling Kato's strings for most of the game and by extension Nicolai's.

Voiced by Michael Mc-Connohie (EN)

  • Big Bad Wannabe: He comes very close but due to Kato's last minute betrayal he gets demoted to Arc Villain, though to his credit that arc is around 90% of the game once you switch from Europe to Japan.
  • Corrupt Politician: To the core.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His grandson Kosuke.
  • Fantastic Racism: Does not trust anyone not of Japanese nationality. Assumes all other nations are conspiring to seize Japan.
  • Fat Bastard: Not comically so but he is clearly overweight. Not even debatable how much of a bastard he is though.
  • Heel Realization: He seems to get one at the very end when Yuri delivers him his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Ishimura is prepared to die as long as Yuri doesn't hurt his grandson, Yuri makes him realize that his enforcers never even considered, let along exercised, such a code.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: He is stated to be of failing health. We never find out what is wrong other than he coughs a lot and can't walk under his own power easily.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: When Yuri kicks down his door to make him pay for all he has done he seems unfazed and even proud of what he has done, as being for the good of Japan. Until his grandson looks to get in the middle of it; At which point Ishimura shows he will lower himself to any level to save his grandson.
  • Junior Counterpart: To Jinpachiro "Ben" Hyuga apparently.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Old man in failing health is on the ground begging for his grandson to be spared, Yuri does Not let that stop him.
  • Man Behind the Man: To Kato and thus to Nicolai as well.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He doesn't actually do anything himself due to failing health but he sure sets-up a lot of crap
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He gets what's coming to him.
  • Patriotic Fervor
  • Take Me Instead: When his grandson walks in on his grandpa's imminent and well deserved beat-down and Ishimura believes he is danger for it, he offers himself freely if Yuri will just spare his grandson.
  • The Heavy: For Kato considering what happened to Kawashima in Shadow Hearts and for Yuri once it is revealed this is the son of a bitch his father was actually working for.
  • The Unapologetic: Played straight at first but ultimately averted.
  • The Xenophile: Takes the prize for it. Not only doesn't he trust Westerners, he also believes that Japan has the divine right to rule China, Russia and indeed all of Asia.
  • Same Story, Different Names: Very much the same as Dehuai motivation-wise, just from the opposite side of the fence, as he is the head of Japan that was trying to take over China, the sort of flag-waving Fantastic Racist Dehuai became a flag-waving Fantastic Racist in response to.
  • You Monster!: Yuri does not give two craps about his supposed noble intentions.
  • You Remind Me Of Your Father: Ishimura doesn't need a birth certificate to be able to tell whose kid Yuri is.

(Shadow Hearts: From the New World)

    Lady 
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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 car accident. 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.
  • Big Bad: Of Shadow Hearts: From the New World.
  • Came Back Wrong: She actually came back right, but gave up her Will to save Johnny. That turned her into the wrong.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Killer dies.
  • 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.
  • Lady of War: She moves gracefully and attacks from a distance when she fights.
  • Male Gaze: Her breasts are emphasized in the shots and in her outfits.
  • Morality Pet: Killer's drive to keep her safe is his most prominent virtue. Given she breaks down and frantically attempts to bring him back to life upon his eventual death, it's reciprocated.
  • No Social Skills: She doesn't even know how to eat properly. Killer tries to teach her though.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Lady" is a nickanme given to her by Killer. Later subverted, as she is Grace Garland.
  • Soulless Shell: The only thing that motivates her at all is Malice. That is until Killer dies and she can't resurrect him a second time.
  • Stripperific
  • The Voiceless: Except for two moments.

    Killer 
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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)

    Professor Gilbert 
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Other allies

    Strange Creature Roger Bacon 
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The once renowned alchemist during the Middle Ages, Roger Bacon was tasked by the Vatican to translate Émigré 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), Ryusei Nakao (Koudelka Drama CD), Jimmy Zoppi (EN, Shadow Hearts), Amos Nandy (EN, Covenant)

  • Age Without Youth: Sure, he has immortality but he can still age just like a normal human (so much that he was mistaken for an alien)
  • All-Powerful Bystander: He has the same powers as Albert, possibly more, but refuses to use any them. Seems afraid of angering God and generally apathetic to humanity, so this may be entirely justified.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Roger claims he is a scientist who just knows his way around the occult but more often than not this looks like outright magic.
  • Big Good: You know the world is in trouble when he's the closest thing we have to this.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He not only speaks to the audience he actually interrupts the naming window process when he is first met, saying it is rude to name people you have just met. He is even literally Leaning on the Fourth Wall during his speech.
  • Cool Old Guy: Over a thousand, and a genius kooky inventor.
  • Cool Plane: Cool Airship in Covenant!
  • Dirty Old Man: All of his sub-plots involve finding him porn.
  • For Science!!: It's practically his raison d'etre.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: He can wink to the audience since he gained insight into the nature of the universe and knows he is in a video-game, but to everyone else he appears to have suffered a case of...
  • Gibbering Genius: Especially in Koudelka but he drifts into this quite easily in the following games as well. The difference seems to be while Koudelka, Edward and James are too polite/curious/bewildered to interrupt him, Yuri is very much willing to bonk him on the head or back hand him to keep him focused.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After he read the Manuscript of the Exiles and rewrote it as the Émigré Manuscript he appears to have gone boarder-line insane.
  • Gonk: He doesn't really look human anymore and many characters even comment on his strange appearance.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Parodied.
  • Hermit Guru: Lives alone on a cliffside in Wales, where the Neameton Monastery was in Koudelka.
  • Historical-Domain Character: The real Roger Bacon was a Middle Ages alchemist living around the time the Magna Carta was signed, who discovered many scientific formulas.
  • Insufferable Genius: To both the heroes and society in general.
  • Large Ham: Especially in Koudelka.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: It's why he became a hermit and cares more about Yuri and friends than the fate of the world.
    Roger Bacon: I've seen all I can take of mankind's cruelty.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He is maybe 4 feet tall if that, but too be fair he is pushing 500.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Though he was once a renowned philosopher with many students, he was dismissed as a heretic, looks like a ghoul and now lives alone with healthy misanthropy for humanity as a whole, yet with the exception of Alice he is probably one of the closest things to completely selfless in the entire series.
  • My Greatest Failure: He considers Albert his greatest student and his mentorship of said student as his greatest failure in life.
  • No Fourth Wall: As part of his revelation into the nature of the universe he is aware he is a video-game character, or at-least that there is an audience.
  • Oh Crap!: He makes an appearance in every game (as well as the manga) and in every one, the Émigré Manuscript is in play, when he finds out he drops his jaded-Wonka-routine and promptly freaks the hell out.
    • Terrified of God, not in the religious sense though, he firmly grasps the true nature of God and likens the planet to an ant in comparison. In Shadow Hearts the notion that Albert was actually going to summon God is horrifying to him. In Shadow Hearts: Covenant he seems more afraid of what God would do to him for raising the dead than of the intended recipient coming back wrong. Considering what God is... this fear is not without merit.
  • Out Of Character Is Serious Business: As an immortal, misanthropic, mad genius there are few to no things that will get him to take something seriously, if you so much as mention Albert, Émigré Manuscript or God he becomes deathly so though.
  • Renaissance Man: An expert in Law, Philosophy, Science, Astronomy, Alchemy, Anthropology, and Magic. He does everything from making potions to translating dead languages to building airships.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Subverted, he's over 500 years old, but he sure looks like it.
  • Schizo Tech: One of the main sources of it in the series.
  • The Heretic: Roger was branded a heretic by the Church and sentenced to be executed as such to prevent him from sharing what he found out from the Émigré Manuscript, though since he had already made himself immortal the latter half of that plan did not work.
  • The Wonka: Gonk factor aside, you will be hard-pressed not to notice Roger the second he walks into a room. Overblown, insufferable and employing an odd mixture of lunacy and misanthropy.
  • Too Clever by Half
  • Touched by Vorlons: And was compelled to record his findings as the Émigré Manuscript. Naturally aside from granting power such insights tend to leave readers quite mad... That includes Roger himself!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Roger and Yuri, to the core.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Much to his lament regarding Albert.

    Edward J. Plunkett 
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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: Ryotaro Okiayu (Koudelka Drama CD and Japanese), Mickaël Bradberry

    Father James O'Flaherty 
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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 Émigré 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: Rokuro Naya (Koudelka Drama CD and Japanese), Scott Larson (English)

     Al Capone 
The notorious Chicago-based crime boss, Capone is Mao's employer and runs the criminal underworld.

     Elliot Ness 
An American detective who put Al Capone behind bars, and helps out Johnny and company on the trail for Killer.


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