A young man in the SDF, chosen to serve aboard the Calnus alongside his childhood friend, Reimi. He has a long-standing rivalry and friendship with the Captain of the Aquila, Crowe. He is made the acting Captain of the Calnus and sent out to scout this section of the Universe.
Accidental Pervert: A Running Gag in this game, courtesy of Reimi. Interestingly enough, he calls her out for getting pissed in one case.note Reimi found Meracle in bed with him, and she gave him an affectionate-yet-innocent "good morning" lick on the cheek. However, she took it the wrong way, even though Edge was just as shocked as she was.. In the other incidents, her reaction is a bit more understandable, even if it was still a misunderstanding.
Combat Medic: He's mostly a combat specialist but he can learn a few healing abilities.
Cursed with Awesome: Averted. He was surprised to learn that he was a Seed of Hope, but wasn't really all that upset about it. Instead he thinks that it's awesome, and says as much late in the game. Of course, it helps that he doesn't have any traumatic memories associated with his abilities.
Custom Uniform: It's a heavy armor prototype that he volunteered to test. It explains why he's one of the toughest characters in the party.
The Hero: He's the one that insists on helping the people they find even if it conflicts with the SRF official mission, which, by the way, he undertook for the same reason; saving the people of Earth.
Heroes Prefer Swords - Edge plays this straight, despite the majority of the SRF using energy rifles. This is explained in the encyclopaedia: Edge's reaction time is so good- being a Seed of Hope- that if he were to use a ranged weapon he would instinctively aim at the spot where the enemy was going to be (instead of where the enemy is) and miss. A sword doesn't have this problem. This is also part of his backstory: Edge's father was killed by a bioweapon, and he was unable to prevent it in spite of having a gun due to poor aim. However, when he used a knife to defend himself from the creature, he was able to fight it off. Additionally, the first creatures encountered in the game possess natural defenses against the weapons used by most of the SRF, as they are able to detect the electromagnetic fields (and possibly generate such fields as well) generated by the rail guns used by the SRF, and thus are able to evade and/or deflect the projectiles. However, since swords and other "low-tech" weapons don't rely on such things, they are much more effective.
Heroic BSOD: When he realizes that his actions caused the destruction of an alternate Earth. Pretty major case of BSOD at that, too; Reimi is forced to take over as captain because Edge has become unfit for duty. Edge says very little in cutscenes and says nothing at all after a victory in battle or leveling up. It isn't until Reimi is afflicted with the stone sickness that he finally starts to snap out of it.
Hot-Blooded: Edge has a tendency to jump strait into things, to the point he comes across as reckless to anyone who doesn't know him. This is somewhat balanced out by his ability to think fast on his feet and rapidly adapt to changing situations. There's a reason for this. As a Seed of Hope, one of Edge's abilities is "Instantaneous analytical perception", meaning his brain doesn't need to spend time processing or sorting information; it's also why his reflexes are so fast. This probably explains his massive Heroic BSOD as well; while the rest of his team were still trying to process what just happened, Edge got hit with it all at once.
The Leader: Initially it was because he was the designated leader but as the ship fills up with people unafflilated with the SRF or Earth in anyway, he leads based on charisma.
Large Ham: Due to his inconsistent voice acting he sounds like this.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: He goes into space tp help others and is disdainful of politics. Part of his character development is dropping the wide-eyed aspect, becoming simply The Idealist and making them work in reality.
Badass in Distress: Reimi is captured by the US Army shortly after you land on Earth after traveling through a wormhole in a black hole.
Badass Normal: No superhuman abilities, no symbology, no cool powers. She's just a normal human with a bow and her own physical prowess, and she can still hold her own. This is ultimately downplayed as she's a Seed of Hope, so she has some genetic augmentations to give her a boost but the boost is primarily resistance to disease so the archery and acrobatics are all skill.
Cursed with Awesome: As a Seed of Hope she as automatic immunity to any and all diseases. She initially considered this Blessed with Suck because of childhood trauma but a heart-to-heart with Edge convinced her otherwise.
Custom Uniform of Sexy: Her distinct SRF suit is the light armor version of the SRF standard. Hence her glass cannon status.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Her hatred of her Seed of Hope powers stems from a childhood incident where radiation poisoning killed off every one of her friends except her, as her genetically-enhanced immune system was able to adapt and fight it off. She confides in Edge that she wants to live a peaceful married family life like everyone else.
Ms. Fanservice: Her uniform shows off her legs and the camera sometimes shows her backside when she wins a battle because she stores her bow behind her waist.
Glass Cannon: She deals very high damage, but she has low HP and only two melee techniques.
Kick Chick: Flip-kick's the enemy into the air for her close range attack, and delivers Rapid Fire Kicks for her Chaotic Blossoms special.
Lady of War: Archery is considered a feminine form of combat in Japan and her special techniques sometimes invoke flower motifts, such as Chaotic Blossoms.
The Lancer: She is the offiical First Mate on the ship and she is also more levelheaded and rational than Captain Maverick.
Love Interest: To Edge. Many of their PA involve their past and/or relationship.
Face-Heel Turn: When attempting to save his own people from being slaughtered, Faize accepts ultimate power from the Unknown Procedure and becomes the final boss, Apostle of Creation/Sataniel.)
Heroic BSOD: He has a big one when his people are being slaughtered and his homeworld is destroyed. This causes him to accept the power of the Unknown Procedure and become a bad guy.
Magic Knight: Although his melee damage is decent, he doesn't learn any combat skills, so he's more of a symbologist.
Meaningful Name: Beleth is the name of a fallen angel, who becomes a demon after trying to save the earth from destruction from the droves of humanity overrunning it.
Nice Guy: He's polite, friendly and looks up to Edge as a hero. In the end, his fall from grace is what convinces Edge against technology sharing; if someone as nice as him can be corrupted by such actions than it's too dangerous for anyone else.
Only Mostly Dead: Depending on how you interpret his ending, he survived the destruction of Nox Obscurusis.
Optional Party Member: An odd version, where after one playthrough you can choose to keep Faize in the party when he leaves during the story instead of getting Arumat, even though he turns out to be the final boss. Arumat remains there in the cutscenes, though.
Royal Rapier: He uses one and his manner is more genteel than the other sword user, Edge, who is more brash.
Scarf of Asskicking: Faize is given a scarf from a Roak shepherd girl he is smitten with and believes it makes him look cool but Lymle thinks it makes him look horrible (due to jealousy). It becomes the catalyst for his Face-Heel Turn and later allows Lymle to realize that Faize and the Apostle of Creation are the same person.
The Smart Guy: An alchemist, and as an eldarian, he is more acquianted with the ship's technology than the rest of the crew.
A child prodigy symbology user from the agrarian planet of Lymeris. She is seeking the cure to the illness that is slowly killing her grandfather. Lymle can summon Cerberus, both in and out of battle, and treats him like a pet.
Black Magician Girl: She learns primarly attack magic or negative status aliments. Also, she can summon a fiend.
Character Development: As she travels with the party, Lymle gradually begins opening up, becomes less spacy, and generally more mentally functional and healthy. In her epilogue, she's become a symbology teacher and is finally able to show emotion, treating the audience to a genuine smile
Chekhov's Gun: At various parts in the game she can be seen drawing on the floor of the ship, for which she is scolded by Reimi. These are symbols of power and prove essential during the final battle.
Cloudcuckoolander/The Stoic: A major part of her character. When first introduced, Lymle lives in her own little world and never shows any sort of emotion. She's like this because when she was 6 she accidentally opened a portal to the demon realm (read Hell) and shut off all emotional outlets to protect herself from several decades' worth of hatred and fear in there. This was so severe that it froze her mental, emotional, and even physical growth. The villagers will tell you that she's a "Good Girl", and that's easy to see as she's thoughtful, very considerate of others, fearless and strong willed. However, she also craves attention and is emotionally dependent on others to a large degree.
Magic Wand: She uses one for casting spells and throwing energy balls. At the climax she proves that all she really needs is a nearby symbol.
Older than They Look: Lymle is 15, but physically and mentally stuck at the age of six due to the "little trip" mentioned above. In her epilogue she's finally started to age again and is noticeably taller
Playing with Fire: Her primary element in Symbology is fire: Fire bolts, Explosion etc. Cerberus is also covered in flames, making her special skills summoning him fire-based, as well.
The Stoic: She rarely shows emotion on her face but her voice has inflections for despair or anger.
Summon Magic: She can summon Cerberus from the underworld to attack her enemies.
Tsundere: Despite showing very little emotion, Lymle is this to Faize. Although she outwardly hates him and they argue often, they definitely share a connection. She cares very much about his well being, especially late in the game when Faize disappears.
A member of the Morphus, a race dedicated to justice and peace in the galaxy. A brilliant scientist, he has cybernetically modified his own body in order to be more effective in combat.
Arm Cannon: His primary weapon is a canon on his right arm.
Awesomeness by Analysis: His vast intelligence, amplifed by his cyborg body, enables him to quick calculations either for the ship or monsters.
The Big Guy: Out of the Calnus' crew he is the biggest, the broadest, he wears akin to armor, and he has a great deal of physical power.
Chainsaw Good: The Godslayer support mech is a giant chainsaw that attaches itself to Bacchus's arm Ash Williams-style.
Covert Pervert: His jaw drops when seeing Welch posing with cardboard drawings of a French maid outfit and a PE outfit (i.e. T-shirt and bloomers), and acting like the maid and little sister stereotypes.
Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He fears that he has become cold and logical as a result of his implants but Edge insists that he's still a great guy. After all, a soulless machine wouldn't gush about their wife or feel gulity for leaving her to fight the Grigori.
Genius Bruiser: He was a scientist pre-series and the transformation into a combat cyborg body was his idea.
Happily Married: His wife is waiting for him back on EN-II and he feels like a horrible husband for leaving her side in order to save the universe. His ending includes a scene where she tells him how silly he was for thinking that and implies that they are going to celebrate his return to a flesh and blood body with lovemaking.
Mighty Glacier: His cyborg body is powerful and durable but is not nimble. He needs a jetpack for blindsiding.
More Dakka: When things get ugly and rockets, kill sats, laser cannons, chainsaws and elektro shocks are just not enough to get the job done, Bacchus whips out his two friends Justice and Saviour and goes wild.
Genki Girl: She cartwheels around the battlfield, performs superspeed zigzags during blindside, and is always active on the ship.
Is It Something You Eat?: Her first reaction when seeing a "bunny" in Roak is presuming it to be tasty. She does the same thing when she first meets the Featherfolk Sarah, whom she mistakes as a chicken.
My Own Grampa: Meracle adores a series of children's story-books called Lady Elena and the Feline Gourmand. Her ending hints that, via time-traveling shenanigans, the books are based on Meracle's own adventures with Elena.
Nice Gal: Other than her culinary interest in Sarah, she's a friendly girl and quick to trust.
The Nose Knows: Her keen sense of smell aids the party on a number of occasions such as the weakness in a barrier in the Final Battle.
Jiggle Physics: Her breasts wobble all around the place even when she's standing still (as evidenced by the cutscene in which she's first fully revealed). This provides an answer to why Reimi keeps her assets so securely bound in place...
Happily Married: In a flashback, there's a scene of them being randomly affectionate before the fatal attack.
Lady of Black Magic: Magic-wise, she's like an older, more mature and better developed form of Lmyle.
Magic Staff: She fires both her spells and energy bolts from it.
Ms. Fanservice: The most flirtatious of the crew and the most developed to boot.
Red Mage: Her offensive magic is slightly weaker than Lymle's, and Sarah has quite a few more nice healing and buffing spells Myuria doesn't have. However, Myuria's spell repertoire has a good mix of offensive and support spells and thus she is often the caster of choice for most players.
Stripperiffic: The least covered up of the Calnus crew females. This makes for a greater contrast in her flashback where she is much more modest.
The Tease: She does this to Edge often. When he teases back in retribution, she twists his ear.
Anti-Hero: Type III-the Good Is Not Nice type. While working with the other heroes he is a grumpy and hostile guy to them. In the eplilogue he's transitioned to Type II-the Disney Antihero. He's still snarky and grumpy but now he goes to dangerous places to rescue people for its own sake.
Badass At the start of the story, Faize mentions he's part of a special unit that is infamous for its actions. He backs up this reputation when he joins the party.
Badass Boast: "Death himself has nothing to fear." This is said whenever he levels up.
Big Damn Heroes: Twice; one for the heroes in a starship and once in the epilogue for a random guy.
Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his dark and fearsome appearance, he's a heroic guy at heart.
Deadly Upgrade: Arumat's undergone extensive amounts of Gene modifications, effectively making him a Super Soldier. However, this has also caused a breakdown in the structure of his muscle cells.
Death Seeker: He refuses to get treatment for his condition, instead living out what time he has left as a fighter. It's his way for atoning for the men he's lost along the way.
Doom Magnet: He's lost a lot of men over the years and he was the only survivor each time. This is why he calls himself "Death Himself".
Good Is Not Nice: He comes across as scary, stoic, and slightly patronizing, but despite his efforts to hide his nature, he's deep down a decent guy. In one example, a highly appreciative Meracle is thanking him for saving her after she suffers an accident while playing. He coldly insists he was Just Passing Through.
One-Man Army: Arumat is a MONSTER in battle. He has the highest attack power in the game, high HP, and that scythe of his allows him to mow through multiple enemies at once. However, his defense stats are a little lower than Edge's.
Sinister Scythe: Arumat, who sees himself as an aspect of Death, uses a gigantic scythe in battle. In fact, one of the first special attacks he comes with increases the size of his scythe.
Sixth Ranger: A clear cut case. He's a strong, aloof Anti-Hero that the crosses paths with Edge and Co. a few times before (reluctantly) teaming up with them. When he does join, he starts with his BEAT system nearly maxed out, a number of combat skills already learned, and enough SP to max most of those skills. Finally, his starting equipment is likely better than what everyone else has equipped.
Sole Survivor: His entire squadron was wiped out years earlier after being attacked by an unknown enemy (later revealed to be the Phantoms). This happens again during the phantom's attack on Eldar. Yeesh!
Survivor Guilt: Because of the above spoiler, he feels great angst and a drive to make up for it.
I Believe I Can Fly: Inverted with Sarah. She's the only one of her species who can't fly. She learns in the end.
Idiot Hair: A very curly and feminine one. It definitely fits her personality.
Lamarck Was Right: It was a widely held belief that she is an ancestor of Ioshua Jerand of the first Star Ocean. Her dictionary entry and Word of God confirmed this: she's his paternal aunt. A downplayed example, as Featherfolk as a whole are a Witch Species and Sarah's spellset is fairly different from her niece and nephew's.
Wings Do Nothing: She has huge wings but is described both by the game and in her own words as being incapable of flight. Bacchus examined her wings and found nothing wrong with them so there's nothing preventing her from flying, she just doesn't know how to get airborne. She can hop and glide, but can't get enough momentum to actually take off. In her ending, she learns to fly while being chased by two cat girls, and neither of them is Meracle, surprisingly.
Apostle of Creation Sataniel
The control unit for the force bent on destroying the Galaxy. It feeds energy to that force, and that force in return spawns more Grigori and Phantoms.
Good Hurts Evil: He has a resistance to Dark element attacks, and a weakness to Light attacks.
Omnicidal Maniac: Destroying all life that exists in the process of creating a new world.
One-Winged Angel: It was born from a transformation in the Apostle of Creation for the final boss battle.
Satan: Or rather, Sataniel. In either case, the idea of a person with a god complex that wants to recreate the world in their own fashion fits the description.
That Man Is Dead: He says this to Edge and the party after Edge tries to reason with him by calling him by his real name, Faize.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is attempting to create a universe where no one will have to suffer and die like Faize's Eldarian brothers and sisters did. The only problem is that recreating the entire universe would kill everyone in it.
The Captain of the SRF Aquila, which goes missing early in the game. He is the childhood friend of both Edge and Reimi.
Always Someone Better: Ever since they were kids, he's been a little higher than Edge in skill and then in the SRF.
Badass Considering his little screen time it doesn't show up often but it's implied he defeated Arumat in single combat (since Arumat demands a duel when joining Edge's crew) and he has rescued many people.
Continuity Nod: It's heavily implied that his laser swords are the same ones given to the player late in the first Star Ocean.
Cool Big Bro: To Edge and Reimi as the eldest of their trio when growing up. Edge would never admit it but he looks up to him and is inspired to improve himself to surpass him.
Disney Death: Despite the explosion and the destruction of his ship, he doesn't die. Somehow he wakes up on Roak, where Eleyna Farrance finds him and marries him.
A Father to His Men: In stark contrast to Shimada, he is affable, reasonable, and understands their ambitions.
Exact Words: To prevent a diplomatic incident with the Eldarians, Shimada orders him to remove all traces of the SRF and bluntly tells him the SRF no longer exists. Later, when Kenny meets up with the Calnus, he refuses to carry out his orders on the technicality that he cannot destroy something which doesn't exist.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He's perfectly willing hear Edge out and let the Calnus go once he understands it's for the greater good. He presumably retains this feature as the first president of the Pangalactic Federation.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Elena is crass, rude, blunt, and enjoys being The Gadfly. She's also knocks Edge out of his Heroic BSOD (in her own blunt way), is a good friend to Sarah, adopts Meracle, and is dedicated to preserving Roak's future.
Seer: She gets visions of the future and can perform auguries.