Characters / Star Ocean: The Second Story

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Claude C. Kenny

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His appearance in Second Evolution

The hero of the game. Son of Ronyx Kenny and Illia Silvestri, his desire to prove himself on his own merits leads him to get too close to an alien device that teleports him to an uncharted planet. There, he saves one of the local girls with his phaser, and is mistaken for a legendary hero.

  • All Men Are Perverts: During a PA with Welch in Fun City, Claude can wind up buying what is obviously an adult magazine, admiring the cover girl and her assets, out loud. Welch was not surprised about it.
  • Badass Normal: He's pretty ordinary, but proves to be deadly with a sword on skill alone.
  • Bishōnen
  • Butt Monkey: Not as bad as Ashton, but several PAs in Rena's storyline serves nothing more than to make jokes at Claude's expense.
  • Chick Magnet: Every female party member can end up displaying some sort of attraction to him. Even at the same time (for example, a PA with Rena and Precis has the two arguing about him).
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Gets rather irrational whenever he finds out Rena's hanging out with Dias.
  • Deuteragonist: If Rena is chosen as the lead.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Claude's repeated attempts to reach the Calnus with his communicator. By the time they finally got to him, it was the point that Claude didn't want to leave his new friends behind.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Primarily a swordsman, but he also has a couple fist techniques (some of which were also used by Illia).
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like his mother, Claude is generally friendly and well-meaning, save some early moments of dickishness when Dias is involved.
  • I Choose to Stay: Halfway through Ell, the Calnus has finally picked up Claude's communicator signal and they forcibly teleport him out of Expel. When Claude finds out from his father about the planet's approaching destruction, he asks to be sent back, but Ronyx uses his authority as admiral to put Claude in his place, believing it to be for Claude's own safety. Claude insists, using an excuse that he wants to say goodbye to his friends. Ronyx relents, but when Claude is sent back to Ell, he intentionally leaves behind his communicator so that they won't be able to track him again.
  • Imagine Spot: the ladies once tried wondering where Claude got his fashion sense from, and then imagine him first in a knight's bulky armor, and after that, for some reason, in drag.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Flashbacks show multiple incidents where officers and other higher ranking people would discuss, while Claude was very obviously in earshot, how surely the only reason he's at the top of his class is because his professors are padding his grades to keep Ronyx happy, or how the only reason Claude is getting the opportunities he does because Ronyx is trying to prop up his service record.
  • The Matchmaker: A PA sees Claude becoming one for Leon, who has expressed an interest in all the female party members.
  • Nice Guy: One of his defining characteristics is being willing to help out people he barely knows.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Shares traits with both his father, Ronyx, and his implied mother, Illia.
  • Stepford Smiler: A flashback shows how Claude made himself sound more enthusiastic to be cruising on a starship for the first time than he actually was, even while the other officers tried to use him to put a good word toward his father. Since no one on Expel or Nede knows his father, he can be himself.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: The Sword.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Claude struggles to prove himself to get out of his father's shadow.

Rena Lanford

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Her appearance in Second Evolution

The heroine of the game. A cheerful young woman from the village of Arlia on the underdeveloped planet, Expel. She possesses healing powers previously unknown to her world. One day, while visiting the nearby forest, she is attacked by a monster and rescued by a man wearing strange clothes and wielding a weapon that shoots a ray of light.

Celine Jules

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Her appearance in Second Evolution

A treasure hunting symbologist from the town of Marze. Claude and Rena run into her in the city of Krosse, arguing with another symbologist over a treasure map. She talks them into joining her on an expedition to a nearby cavern.

Ashton Anchors

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His appearance in the mobile version of Blue Sphere

A mercenary swordsman. He takes a job to hunt the two-headed dragon in the Salva mine, but is interrupted by Claude and Rena.

  • Adorkable: He's a bit of a loser, though we love him for it.
  • Amazon Chaser: In the anime at least, Ashton's dragons like a woman who can fight (ie. Opera with a rocket launcher). Averted with him, though, since he has more of a thing for Precis in both the game and anime.
  • Bishōnen
  • Butt Monkey: If anything's going wrong in a PA that isn't by the player's choice, it's gonna happen to Ashton.
  • The Chew Toy: Ashton is so unlucky that he is forced to share bodies with a twin-headed dragon, and in a rare instance of averting Story And Gameplay Segregation, he has the worst LUK stat in the game.
    • One of the animations for his sprite makes it look like he was literally being nibbled on by Creepy and Weepy.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Ashton has a pair of dragons grafted to his back. You can undertake a sidequest to remove them but in the end, he doesn't go through with it because the exorcism would kill the dragons.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's dorky-looking, a bit cowardly and has a weird fascination with barrels. He's also one of the most skilled physical fighters in the game.
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: If he's in the party during the Lacour Tournament of Arms, he'll lament that he can't participate due to being fused with Creepy and Weepy.
  • Dual Wielding: With both swords and dragons.
  • The Eeyore: He's a pretty morose guy, considering his crappy luck.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Ashton is a badass even before he gets two dragons grafted to his back.
  • Fusion Dance: With the two-headed dragon. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: As noted above, Ashton's Luck stat is the worst in the game.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: His PA's with Claude push this more than the other male party members, though it's entirely up to the player whether to enforce this or not.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: His moveset includes a Flash Step and Doppelgänger Attack, so he's the closest thing the party has to a ninja. However, he also has a dragon grafted to his back and bells on his cape.
  • Human Aliens
  • Intergenerational Friendship: his special ending, with Ill Girl Eleanor.
  • Magic Knight: He's directly referred to as a Heraldic swordsman.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In Armlock, this will happen if the player chooses the "Hearthrob" in the menu; he and Claude have to share the drink (one glass, two straws). A nearby patron seems amused.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Him or Opera (and Ernest).
  • No Respect Guy: Nobody takes the poor guy seriously in the anime. And nobody ever notices when he does something competent.
  • Optional Party Member
  • Otaku: Ashton is an avid follower of barrels.
  • People Puppets: Creepy and Weepy will occasionally possess Ashton and speak through him directly.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Rena and Chisato find a piece of jewelry among the latter's belongings, and voice their adoration for it, thinking that it might belong to a refined woman. Then they find the name inscribed on it...
  • Resigned to the Call: He comes to accept being bonded with Creepy and Weepy. While he still wants to be separated from them, he'll only do it in a way that doesn't hurt them.
  • Ship Tease: While he can end up with anyone, he has the distinction of getting a private action with Precis. By Blue Sphere they've become the Beta Couple.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Despite his dismal Luck stat, Ashton can equip several items that can give him a huge Luck boost. He can potentially end up with the highest Luck in the game, depending on what you give him.
  • The Unintelligible: Creepy and Weepy can only growl and snarl, although Ashton understands what they're saying and can translate for others. Subverted on those rare occasions when they speak through Ashton directly.

Precis F. Newman

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Her appearance in the mobile version of Blue Sphere

A mechanically minded girl from the town of Linga. She literally runs into Claude and Rena when they arrive seeking to translate the writings found in the Krosse Cave.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: She and her father are outcasts in Linga due to their affinity for machines. She wants to join because Claude was one of the first people not to reject her because of it.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why she wants to join Claude.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: So hyperactive that Celine describes her as more of a tornado than a teenager. She's also a mechanical genius.
  • Cute Little Fangs: In Second Evolution, Precis's new "excited" artwork has these.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She has developed robotic technology alongside her father on a planet with technology roughly that of 17th century Earth, and needed less than two years of education on Earth to learn how to build her own space ship. In the encyclopedia in the third game, it's heavily implied that technology she developed modernized Expel and along with an abundance of Energy Stone, made Expel a dominant player in galactic politics.
  • Genki Girl
  • Human Aliens
  • Joke Character: Precis has several issues. Specifically:
    • Her normal attack, a punch with a robotic arm, takes a fair amount of time to execute and leaves her vulnerable.
    • Many of her killer moves are ineffective or have hitboxes that are difficult to line up properly.
    • Her powerful killer moves require unlocking them via the Machinery skill, with obscenely low chances of success.
  • Leap Day: Her birthday is February 29.
  • Little Miss Badass: Precis combines this with Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Her or Bowman.
  • Older Than They Look: She doesn't really look like a 15 year old. Fixed in the remakes.
  • Optional Party Member: Can be recruited during Private Actions before meeting Bowman.
  • Power Fist
  • Rocket Punch: One of her Killer Moves.
  • Ship Tease: While she can end up with anyone, she has the distinction of having a PA with Ashton.
  • Teens Are Short: She's tiny according to her official artwork, standing only to the shoulder of resident Child Prodigy Leon. The remake seems to have made her taller, though she's still petite.
    • This is actually a case of the official artwork shot of the gang being way off scale; Precis has an official height of 5'1", which puts her over half a foot taller than Leon (who's 4'5"). She's still the second-shortest member of the party, but not by much (Rena and Opera both check in at 5'3", and Chisato at 5'4").
  • Teen Genius
  • Token Mini-Moe: Despite being only 2 years younger than Rena. Lessened considerably in the remake.
  • Wrench Wench: Precis can even create new weapons and killer moves for herself using the machinery talent.

Bowman Jeane

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His appearance in Second Evolution

A pharmacist and close friend of the linguist, Keith. He helps Claude and Rena get the Krosse writings translated and asks to join so that he can investigate the Sorcery globe himself.

Opera Vectra

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Her appearance in Second Evolution

A noblewoman from one of the artificial moons orbiting the dead planet Tetragenesis. She is searching for her lover, Ernest Raviede, who had travelled to Expel on one of his expeditions, and ends up crashing.

Ernest Raviede

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His appearance in Second Evolution

An archeologist from a moon of Tetragenesis. He travelled to Expel on one of his expeditions.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: One of his Private Actions in the remake is an obvious shout out to Indiana Jones.
  • Badass Teacher: Teaches at a university when not on an expedition.
  • Celibate Hero: To a certain extent. Despite having women fall over him left and right (including more than one of the female party members), Ernest is far less interested in romance than he is in adventure and research. When Rena asks him why he doesn't return Opera's affections, Ernest replies that he isn't even certain about his own feelings.
  • Chick Magnet: In addition to gaining the affections of both Vectra sisters, Celine's starting romance rating for him is almost as high as Opera's. In a new Private Action added to the PSP version, he and Dias get ogled by a bunch of female passerby in North City. You can also have Rena gush over them, too.
  • Expy: He seems to be the Star Ocean universe's response to Indiana Jones. One of his Private Actions in Second Evolution has him discuss getting into chases in mine carts, among other Indy references. Claude has to explain that those are fiction and that ruins on Earth are largely the same as everywhere else, to Ernest's disappointment.
  • Joke Character: Ernest has a long animation time on his normal attacks, and he lacks both the raw offence of Claude or Ashton and the powerful multi-hit killer moves of Opera or Chisato. However, some will get him anyway because you can steal a Disc One Nuke from his at two points.note  He does have a few good Killer Moves, notably Broken Heart, that can help him avoid the bottom tiers.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Impossible to recruit if Ashton joined the party.
  • May–December Romance: At least by Japanese video game standards. Assuming he eventually hooks up with one of the female party members, he'll be at least 12 years older than her.
  • Optional Party Member: Can only join if Opera is recruited and an optional scene is viewed.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Rubber-Forehead Alien
  • Third Eye: A Tetrageniot.
  • Whip It Good

Dias Flac

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His appearance in the mobile version of Blue Sphere

Rena's childhood friend. He left Arlia after the death of his family to wander as a mercenary.

  • Always Someone Better: Towards Claude.
  • Ascended Extra: Of sorts. In the original PSX version, he only ever sleeps during Private Actions. However, in Second Evolution he actually interacts with Rena and other characters in several Private Actions.
  • Badass Normal: He's pretty ordinary, but proves to be deadly with a sword on skill alone.
  • Bishōnen: Though he's more mature looking than Claude and Ashton.
  • Chick Magnet: Ernest noticed this and decided to have some fun in North City.
  • Crutch Character: In Rena's scenario. Mega powerful when he's just with Rena, but Claude will surpass him once he joins for good.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Seeing his parents and younger sister murdered by bandits.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He doesn't care for any of the other characters except for Rena (who he grew up with) and Claude (who earns his respect after the Tournament of Arms). However, he can warm up to them, especially in Second Evolution when he can interact with them in Private Actions.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Most of the time in Private Actions, you see Dias sleeping. And that's his hobby, too.
  • Human Aliens
  • Ineffectual Loner
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Rena.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Him or Leon.
  • Optional Party Member: Can only join if Rena was chosen as the main protagonist.
  • The Rival: To Claude.
  • Shipper on Deck: You wouldn't believe it from someone like him, but yes he is one. Outside of Private Actions, he assures Claude that he doesn't see Rena as nothing more than a little sister, and in an actual PA, he tells Rena that she is the support that someone like Claude needs.
  • The Stoic
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Worthy Opponent: His viewing Claude as this is shown by his having Gamgee give Claude a specially sharpened blade.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Leon D. Geeste

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His appearance in Second Evolution

A prodigy working with his parents in the Kingdom of Lacuer's weapon research division. Claude and Rena are enlisted to help him find the final component of the weapon that will beat back the monsters spawned by the Sorcery Globe.

  • Badass Bookworm: Leon is a pretty powerful mage, plus his weapon is a book.
  • Badass Labcoat: Leon, being a scientist, is also this.
  • Cat Boy: A fellpool for no readily apparent reason. The third game's dictionary explains this as being a result of both of Leon's parents carrying a certain recessive gene on the twelfth chromosome. A new private action in Second Evolution also addresses the issue.
  • Child Mage
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Leon favors dark magic, but he's pretty nice once you get past the Insufferable Genius facade.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Books.
  • Insufferable Genius: At first.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Dias or him.
  • Not So Above It All: Actually enjoys a Fun City skit that parodies the Sentai genre that was meant for kids his age.
  • Optional Party Member: Only joins permanently if Claude was chosen as the main protagonist.
  • Power Tattoo: Unless he keeps the symbols in his books, he has unseen tattoos that allow him to use symbology.
  • Precocious Crush: He develops one on every one of the female party members. One Private Action centres around him confessing to Claude. Claude then has to decide which girl to reveal this to, and whether he or Leon gives her the news.
  • Teen Genius: Though Leon is actually a preteen example, being just 12 years old. He becomes one proper in Blue Sphere. In Blue Sphere and Till the End of Time, it's revealed that Leon was instrumental in expanding the Federation's knowledge of symbology.
  • Token Mini-Moe: At 12, he's the youngest of the cast. His sprite stands at half the size of everyone else.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Noel Chandler

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His appearance in Second Evolution

A zoologist overseeing a nature reserve on Energy Nede. He helps Claude and Rena seek out the last wild psynard.

  • Badass Bookworm/Badass Teacher: Is a university professor.
  • Crutch Character: In Blue Sphere. He's the only healer available until Opera and Rena join much later.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Friend to All Living Things: He and Rena potentially bond over this.
  • Joke Character: Noel could be a joke character, considering he comes with spells that do less damage than those of Celine and Leon by that point, and heal less HP than Rena. The game actually lampshades his uselessness if you can get a character to randomly paint his portrait, whose flavor text describes him as having "puny muscles... hope that's okay". Add to that the fact he considers "I don't like fighting, you know!" to be a taunt. With that said, use of Bloody Armor can allow him to heal with no chance of getting damaged.
  • Master of None: Noel can heal, but can't even come close to matching Rena. He can use attack magic, but Celine and Leon have him beat there. He equips knuckles as his Weapon of Choice, but all of the fighters beat him in physical combat, as does Rena.
  • The Medic: Noel serves as a combination of this and a Black Mage.
  • Oblivious to Love: He has no idea that his assistant has a massive crush on him.
  • Optional Party Member
  • Pointy Ears
  • The Red Mage
  • Space Elves
  • Witch Species

Chisato Madison

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Her appearance in Second Evolution

A reporter for the Nede Chronicle, the biggest newspaper in Energy Nede. She follows Claude and Rena around because she thinks they're the biggest story to happen in her lifetime.

Welch Vineyard (Second Evolution only)

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A young girl with a peculiar sense of style who always carries around a big pointer. A self-designated creator, she claims that she builds various useful items, but the details are unknown. She semi-forcefully decides to join Claude and the others on their venture.

  • Crash-Into Hello: In Second Evolution. Notable in that she falls from the sky and on top of Claude/Rena...
  • Crutch Character: Depending on your party makeup, Lv.30 Welch can be recruited while your main team is only half that level. Sure, they catch up to her, but...
  • Genki Girl: If you thought Precis was hyper, then you haven't met Welch yet.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Sticks with a pointing hand at the end.
  • Little Miss Badass: Welch certainly qualifies.
  • Optional Party Member
  • Otaku: In the PSP version, you can go to a "fanfic" (doujinshi) sale in Fun City. In one Private Action, Welch will drag Claude there forcibly. And she is very...ahem...familiar with the various genres.

    Supporting Cast 

Ronyx J. Kenny

Claude's father.

Philia

The beloved daughter of Dr. Lantis, creator of the Ten Wise Men. It was her death that prompted him to alter the programming of the Wise Men to seek the destruction of everything.

Chris

The prince of Krosse.

Nall

The mayor of Nede's Centropolis.

  • Unreliable Expositor: The history of Nede he shares with the party is rather grossly inaccurate. He's no more aware of the truth than the party is though.

    Villains 

The Ten Wise Men (in general)

The main enemies of Star Ocean 2 who appear at the end of the first disc, they are a group of skilled Nedians from four billion years ago who wish to rule the universe. In reality, they are a group of biological weapons created by Dr. Lantis in order to destroy the universe.

Gabriel/Indalecio (Dr. Lantis)

The Leader of the Ten Wise Men.

Lucifer/Cyril

The second most powerful of the Ten Wise Men.

Haniel/Vesper

One of the two Ten Wise Men fighting the party midway of the tower of Phynal. A physical-based fighter with spells and petrification beams.

Michael/Decus

One of the two Ten Wise Men fighting the party midway of the tower of Phynal. An Ax-Crazy pyromaniac who wants you to BURN.

Zadkiel/Ruprecht

One of the three Wise Men who guard the entrance to Fineal. A young child of the Wise Men with honorable manners to his enemies.

Camael/Nicolus

One of the three Wise Men who guard the entrance to Fineal. An elderly man with a third eye (maybe one eye, he has a visor that make it hard to tell) who seems to know much if you ask him about anything.

Raphael/Jibril

One of the three Wise Men who guard the entrance to Fineal. A mysterious hooded being who doesn't talk much.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Even in PSP adaptation, no one knows if Jibril is male or female. All we see are his/her eyes.
  • Evil Genius: Uses speed and quick attacks on the enemy. S/he was one of the characters under Haniel and was designed as an information analyst during the Ten Wise Men Project.
  • Teleport Spam: Uses this for moving.
  • The Faceless

Metatron/Berle

One of the Wise Men first encounter and the first to fight in battle. He has the behavior of a knight and is a master at defense.

  • Affably Evil: See Let's Fight Like Gentlemen. He compliments their fighting ability, but calls them out for not looking at other people's perspectives.
  • The Brute: Fights with sheer fighting strength. Also serves under Michael and was made the base defense unit for the Ten Wise Men Project.
  • Barrier Warrior: His best ability is a shield that renders him indestructible for a short amount of time.
  • Captain Ersatz: His portrait in Second Evolution makes him look like if the Ten Wise Men reprogrammed RoboCop.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Offers a fight against the party before Expel collides with Nede.
  • Stone Wall: His defense is the best about him.

Jophiel/Shigeo

One of the Wise Men during the assault of Fun City. A cyborg-like being that looks down on sapient species.

  • Captain Ersatz: From his look, it's like the Ten Wise Men hired and cyborgified Psycho Mantis (without the mind screw)
  • Sadist:
    Jophiel: MORE. MORE. I WANT TO SEE MORE PAIN, MORE SUFFERING!

Zaphkiel/Marsilio

One of the Wise Men during the assault of Fun City, also the one who fights the party during the first, failed assault at Phynal. A big sword-wielding swordsman.

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