Characters: Shin Megami Tensei II
The main character in the game, who starts out as an amnesic gladiator. As soon as he becomes a citizen of the Center, he discovers that his true identity is Aleph, the prophesied Messiah of Tokyo Millennium.He is actually an Artificial Human, conceived in Hiroko's womb and then raised in a test tube as part of a plan by the impatient Messians to "force" the return of their saviour. As a result, he also aged rapidly, growing 10 years every 24 hours for a short time.In the "Neutral" alignment ending, prior to the Final Boss battle he is forewarned that by defying the will of YHVH, he will suffer a never-ending cycle of torture, death and reincarnation without hope of release as punishment for the "Ultimate Sin" (deicide). He is not told this on the Law and Chaos endings, however.
- And I Must Scream: His punishment for deicide is to be subjected by a cycle of torture, death, and reincarnation for all eternity.
- Badass: Not only was he designed to be one, but by the end of the game, he kills God himself!
- The Beast Master
- Dancing Is Serious Business: Not only does it feature into the plot (you have to win a disco competition at one point, whereupon it's revealed Aleph is damn good at dancing), it is also one of Aleph's most successful demon recruitment options, to the point demons are so impressed how much style he puts into his dancing that that alone will convince them to join on the spot.
- Designer Babies: Not really a spoiler... but the exact details of this are a severe Mind Screw.
- Dreadful Musician: Aleph trying to sing will instantly drive demons into incoherent rage, many believing it being an attempt to kill them.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Averted. Being the Messiah tends to make many demons outright terrified to piss you off by the end of the game, and merely namedropping who you are can get them to join you, especially if they are Law aligned.
- Expy: Jesus
- Fate Worse Than Death: Promised one in the Neutral Ending.
- Hello, Insert Name Here: Averted at first; he's named Hawk and you can't change that. However, once you get his corresponding birth flashback, you can name him whatever you want, with "Aleph" being the default name.
- Katanas Are Just Better: All his concept art depict him with a katana and 2 guns.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Those enormous almost visor like shades he wears.
- Rapid Aging: He was aged at a rate of 10 years every 24 hours while he was being grown.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: It's pretty thick between himself and Hiroko, and lots of characters comment on it.
The main heroine of the game. A loyal Temple Knight of the Center who frequently crosses paths with Aleph, eventually becoming his main companion in all alignment routes.She is (technically) Aleph's mother, with her womb being used to conceive him as part of the Messiah Project and Fake Memories of being a Temple Knight implanted into her to hide the truth. Her father is Mekata, the head scientist of the Messiah Project who was forced to use her as part of the experiment, which led to his defection from the Center.
- Combat Stilettos: remake takes the height Up to Eleven.
- Expy: Of the Virgin Mary. Satan explicitly lampshades this very fact in the Law ending.
- Hilarity Ensues: Virtually everything she does to Daleth during the Infidelity Sap arc.
- Megaton Punch: Gets a rather amusing version of this in one Demon Negotiation where a demon gives you the choice of having her sing, dance, or Nudge Nudge them for their cooperation, and if you pick option number three, she gets pissed, punches the demon while using a rather amusingly named punch named after herself, and the battle will immediately end with the demon running off.
- Ms. Fanservice: In universe, demons find her pretty damn hot (and by human standards she is pretty good looking as well), and this is so pronounced demons of all types want to either kiss or... you get the idea... with her in occasional Demon Negotiations. Even if the demon(s) in question doesn't/don't have the body parts to perform such acts.
- Parental Incest: Of a kind, considering that in the Neutral Ending she tells Aleph that they must rebuild the Earth as they walk into the sunset, a parallel of the ending scene in Shin Megami Tensei I (where it was very clear they meant to repopulate it). Ultimately, it depends on whether you view Hiroko as Aleph's genetic mother, or just the surrogate.
- Stripperiffic: Wears what can be best described as a female Templar outfit meets a dominatrix outfit.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: TONS of this with Aleph, commented on by many characters.
- Whip It Good: She has a whip wrapped around her, and is equipped with a "Scorpion Whip" when she joins you.
A Temple Knight who is assigned by the Center to aid Aleph in laying the groundwork for the Thousand Year Kingdom, acting as his first companion. She is loyal to both the Center and Aleph, to the point of swearing eternal allegiance to him.Like Aleph, she is an Artificial Human created as part of the Messiah Project to act as the partner to the Messiah. She makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save him from a mortal blow from Daleth, and later appears as a wandering soul to offer him the last of her power.
- Action Girl
- Body Guard Crush: On Aleph. It doesn't end the way she hoped.
- Combat Stilettos
- Expy: Of Yuriko from the first game. Except she's good.
- Famous Last Words: We will never meet again...
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Nice Hat: Wears a rather fitting cross patterned head wrap.
- Satellite Love Interest: Intended as such in universe. Subverted by the fact she does a genuine Heroic Sacrifice and gives you her soul in death as a powerup.
- Zettai Ryouiki
A devoted Temple Knight of the Center, who acts as support to Aleph. As time goes by, he begins to question the methods used by the Center to bring about the Thousand Year Kingdom, and eventually rebels.Like Aleph, he is an Artificial Human created by the Center as part of the Messiah Project. However, he has another identity: he is also one-half of Satan, a direct subordinate of YHVH. He fuses with Set to regain his true form and memories, and follows the orders of YHVH to use a powerful Kill Sat called the Megiddo Arc to destroy all life on the planet as divine judgement. He succeeds in the Law path, but the destruction convinces him that YHVH has gone too far and he defects to Aleph's side. However, he crumbles to dust after helping to defeat his creator.
- Badass: In his real form.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: As a human.
- Defector from Decadence
- The Dragon: Starts out as this to the Center, but ultimately, he becomes this to YHVH, except at the end of the Law path
- Dragon-in-Chief: While YHVH Himself shows up here, Satan is Lucifer's counterpart in this game, not YHVH.
- Eldritch Abomination: Just... look at his One-Winged Angel form.
- Even Evil Has Standards/Enemy Mine/Satan Is Good: If you pick the Law path
- Heel Realization: Twice if you take the Law Route, once on the other two. The first is when he realizes how corrupt the Center is; the second (Law Route exclusive) is when he realizes what he did as Satan. Both times, he goes to strike back at the current villains.
- Hypocrite: He betrays the Center for their plotting to eliminate the undesirables in the construction of the Thousand Year Kingdom, but does (or attempts to do) the same thing with the Meggido Ark.
- Justified in a rerelease of the game. A voice tells Zayin that whatever he does is the work of God and that he is not one who should be judged and punished, but rather the one who judges others and punishes others as the one closest to God.
- Knight Templar
- Multiarmed And Dangerous: His One-Winged Angel form.
- Rule of Symbolism: His Satan form has 6 limbs, 6 wings, and 6 breasts.
- Trick Boss: The Trick to YHVH, along with Lucifer.
An powerful warrior who proclaims himself to be the true Messiah, and Aleph to be a fake. Arrogant and proud, he challenges Aleph to a number of fights throughout the game.Like Aleph, he is an Artificial Human created by the Messiah Project specifically to act as a Designated Villain to Aleph and catalyse support for the Messiah. After discovering the truth, he drops his aggression towards Aleph and becomes an ally of sorts, though he does not participate in the endgame events.
- The Anti Messiah: To Aleph, though he claims it's the other way around. He was tricked by the Center.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- Jerk Ass -> Nice Guy (after Love Redeems)
- Love Redeems
- Never My Fault He blames you for Beth's death, claiming you used her as a shield.
- Recurring Boss: He's the last boss of the game's intro before fighting you a few more times a little after that.
- Starter Villain: His first fight marks the game's first major plot twist. While he persists after the fight, he's ultimately not as much of a threat and drops out of the story in the early midgame.
- The Rival
A mysterious young man ruling over the idyllic forest of Arcadia.He is a servant of the Center. Arcadia is a virtual construct created as a prototype of the Thousand Year Kingdom, with the intention of plugging everyone into the system if successful. Furthermore, Gimmel is more than willing to kill anyone who finds out the truth. His true self in the real world is a skinny bald man plugged into one of the Arcadia life-support pods.
- The Bad Guy Wins: If you choose to leave after killing him, without either destroying Arcadia (killing everyone plugged in) or installing Aleph as Arcadia's Messiah, then Gimmel gets his way anyway.
- This is rather ambiguous if you leave the residents live and the mind control is gone, those who still have enough free will might save themselves over time... if you talk with them some are already plotting to challenge him.
- Bishōnen: Except in the real world, he's a skinny bald man.
- Beware the Nice Ones.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Whoa.
- Bonus Boss: One of the weaker ones, but he still counts.
- Crystal Spires and Togas: Where he lives in Arcadia and what the general clothing choice is in his assigned area. It's all an illusion.
- The Dragon: To the Archangels.
- Gag Penis: His real body has a penis made of metal. Or is it covered in armour? It's actually appropriate considering the historical Greek preoccupation with the male genitalia.
- Harp of Femininity: Always carries around one.
- Killed Off for Real: If you discover the truth about Arcadia.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Subverted in reality.
- Murder Is the Best Solution.
- The Reveal: Gimmel is really the murderous head of a virtual reality.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Justified in that pretty much everyone in Arcadia is brainwashed into liking him.
- Walking Spoiler: If you couldn't tell, there's a Reveal about him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: You only need to see him once in the game. His boss fight isn't even required.
Center EldersThe leaders of Millenium. With the Bishop and Zayin as their representatives, they find Aleph and proceed to make him the Messiah.They're really the four Archangels: Michael, Raphael, Uriel, and Gabriel. The first three stand out as the central antagonists of the early and mid game. After YHVH refuses to send a Messiah, they decide to create one of their own in Aleph, while also creating four others that were supposed to help him in some way to become the Messiah. After Mekata sends word out to Aleph that he'll reveal the truth behind everything, the three trick Abaddon into swallowing Valhalla in order to silence him. When he's finished, they banish him to Makai. After Zayin goes rogue, they deliver an ultimatum: Either Zayin surrenders or everyone in Holytown suffocates. Aleph follows Zayin, where Gabriel helps Aleph defeat her comrades and the fake YHVH their insanity created.Gabriel thanks Aleph for stopping the other Archangels and reveals her identity to Aleph while freeing Zayin. She then goes to help Zayin, who later awakens as Satan, fire the Megiddo Ark, believing in YHVH's plans. While she realizes Aleph doesn't belong on Eden on Neutral and Chaos, she nonetheless lets him continue without a fight. On Law, after YHVH's defeat, Gabriel laments that she no longer has a purpose, but because she didn't participate in the battle, she does not die like Satan.
- Back from the Dead: As this game follows the first game's Neutral path, they were killed off way before the events of the game before reviving in totally different forms.
- Big Bad Triumvirate: Michael, Raphael, and Uriel are responsible for everything wrong with the world until their deaths.
- Climax Boss: The fight with the trio and the fake YHVH is probably the second or third most important battle in the game.
- Disc One Final Boss: Along with the fake YHVH and excluding Gabriel.
- The Dragon: Zayin and Gimmel act as Co Dragons until Zayin defects. The males are seemingly this to the fake YHVH, but in truth, their insanity created him. Gabriel acts as one of the Dragons to YHVH, albeit the only sane one.
- Gender Bender: From here on out, Gabriel is female.
- Karmic Death: The males end up killed by the man they created to be their Messiah and his surrogate mother.
- Knight Templar: No surprise, considering their true identities.
- The Man Behind the Man: Daleth? Gimmel? Abaddon? Belphegor? The Messiah Project? Michael, Raphael, and Uriel are responsible for all of that.
- Only Sane Man: Gabriel is the only one who realizes how far the others have gone.
- Out-Gambitted: Played with. Zayin, who has been subconsciously influenced by YHVH, tries to stop them, but fails miserably.
- Walking Spoiler: Them existing is the only thing about them that isn't a spoiler, and even that's pushing it a little.
A former subordinate to YHVH who rebelled against his creator and was cast down to Earth. Like in Shin Megami Tensei I, he takes the form of a handsome young human named Louis Cypher. He rules over the demonic realm of Makai.He was ordered by YHVH to cause The Great Destruction with Kuzuryu (the nine-headed dragon that makes up the mountains of Makai) but plotted to use its power against YHVH instead. In the Law and Neutral paths he must be defeated, though is more affable to Aleph in the latter and warns him that Kuzuryu will go berserk without his control. In the Chaos path he joins forces with Aleph to stop YHVH and Satan.
- Benevolent Boss: As opposed to YHVH, who made Astaroth his personal Butt Monkey, Lucifer gave him a job as one of the leading generals of Makai. Further, Lucifer is pretty laid back, letting his subordinates run their little sections of Makai without much interference, and even Crowley, who is rather mad about not being able to host a Sabbath (due to Lucifer's orders), refuses to speaks ill of him.
- Big Bad: Of the Law path. Until you beat him, at which point YHVH takes that position.
- Big Good: Of the Chaos path.
- Blondes Are Evil: Or at least have a contested alignment, unless you are in the Law alignment, which plays this straight.
- This trope even lets you tell who is the real Louis Cypher when Astaroth impersonates him.
- Considering Satan, Aleph, Hiroko, and God commit genocide on everyone other than the humans who gave up their freewill and knowledge in the Law path Lucifer kinda had a good reason for being miffed.
- Famous Last Words: Neutral path. "Aleph...you were strong enough to defeat me. Destroy the Kuzuryu, and destroy Eden, just as you destroyed me. Do not let my people or yours be destroyed... It is your destiny to protect them... But do not forget... As long as people continue to flourish on their own...God will keep trying to destroy them... The cycle... Will never... End..."
- Graceful Loser
- Nice Guy: It surprised everyone who played this game after SMT1 and Nocturne. In 1, he's just Chaotic Evil to God's Lawful Evil, while in Nocturne, he's honest with the Demi-fiend and saves him from being powerless in the vortex world but is more distant to him. Here? He is nice to you so long as you're not Law-aligned.
- Six Winged Angel: Two forms of this, no less.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: No one is fooled by his Louis Cypher persona but plays along anyways.
- Lucifer is Good: True, he hates YHVH, but he honestly does want what's left of humanity to survive.
- The Charmer: Very polite, honest, accepts his defeat with grace and simply asks Aleph to save his people.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In SMT1 he was the same as YHVH. In this one he is very much interested in seeing humanity survive as he is demonkind. His ending is one of the only times in the series that Chaos actually FEELS like a happy ending, rather than just a world of vice and freedom.
- Trick Boss: On the Law route, in which he's built up as the final battle before you and Satan turn on YHVH.
- Villains Out Shopping: When not actively planning to screw over God, he can usually be found in the bars across the game, knocking back a drink.
YHVHThe god worshipped by the Messians, who believe Him to be a magnanimous and all-loving being.In reality, He is a vain, megalomaniacal and vengeful god who has decided to wipe out humanity, partially in retaliation to the Center creating an artificial Messiah and virtual Thousand Year Kingdom, and partially because He is an incredible Jerkass who is fed up with people not worshipping Him enough. He is the Big Bad in every route, even in Law (where His actions disgust even His most loyal subordinate).Word of God states that YHVH is not supposed to be an accurate depiction of the Judeo-Christian god with a similar name, but rather that His erratic actions are symptomatic of something going terribly wrong with the universe.
- As Long as There Is Evil
- Big Bad: The fact that He managed to be the single Big Bad of a main series Shin Megami Tensei game REALLY says something.
- Big Good: Of the Law path. Until you and Zayin realize exactly what type of deity He is.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: He's Level 108. In contrast, Satan and Lucifer are both Level 99.
- Famous Last Words: On the Neutral path: "But remember this... humanity is not strong enough to live without one to cling to or rely on. As long as people continue to seek my salvation, the will of the universe will recreate me, again, and again, and again...
- Final Boss: On ALL paths. This is one of the very few games in the series where you still fight him if your alignment is Law.
- God Is Evil: So evil, even the angels detest him and you fight him as the Final Boss regardless of your alignment.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly
- Hope Spot: After defeating the Senators you are informed that he does not want to enslave the Earth. Unfortunately, this is because he wants to destroy it.
- Huge Holographic Head: How Aleph meets YHVH the first time. This is not the true YHVH, but a facsimile created from the faith and expectations of the Messians.
- Kill 'em All
- No Deities Were Harmed
- 108: His level.
- Trick Boss: You beat Lucifer and/or Satan? Good! Now you have to beat God.
- Walking Spoiler: As the Big Bad of all routes, even Law, of course he is.