Cast of Characters
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Stars of Destiny
Tir McDohl (The Hero)
- An Axe to Grind
- Back from the Dead: He can be miraculously brought back to life by the powers of Leknaat's Gate Rune and the 108 Stars of Destiny if all other 107 Stars are recruited and are still alive prior to the final battle in Gregminster.
- Battle Butler: Always refers to the hero as "young master".
- But Thou Must: You can order him to stay behind exactly once during the game, but he refuses to. Unfortunately for him, it's just before he dies.
- The Champion: To the hero.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He is killed by the flesh-eating Spores of Agony.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies protecting the hero from the Spores.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Gremio's obsession with the "Young master" straddles an uncomfortable line between Parental Substitute and this.
- Old Retainer: Although he is still young.
- Parental Substitute: To the hero, especially as he lost mother at an early age.
- Reluctant Warrior: He is this, but it's mostly because he is worried about the hero's safety.
- Required Party Member: For the early part of the game. He's pretty insistant about accompanying the hero.
- So Proud of You
- Undying Loyalty: Utterly devoted to the young master. It can become literal near the end of the game, as Leknaat can use the Gate Rune to bring him back to life if you have gathered all of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
- X Marks the Hero
Voiced by: Chinomi Takema (Drama CD)
- Anyone Can Die: He can die if he doesn't beat Teo in a one on one duel. If he does, you're locked out of reviving Gremio and of the best ending.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Big Eater: He often complains he's hungry in the early part of the game.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: He informs the Imperials that Ted possess the Soul Eater rune, starting a chain of events that leads the hero to join the Liberation Army. However, he will get himself redeemed later on in the game.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He was defeated by Teo McDohl in hand-to-hand combat and since then has served under him, almost as a live-in servant/bodyguard.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: He's pretty tough to recruit, as he must be of a sufficiently high experience level to best Teo and therefore become available.
- Grumpy Bear
- Spirited Competitor: He lives for fighting.
Voiced by: Masahide Fuse (Drama CD)
- Action Girl
- '80s Hair: She sports awesome big hair.
- Heel-Face Turn: She was Kwanda's right hand woman, but defected to the Liberation Army following her discovery of Kwanda's plans to torch the Elf Village.
- Shout-Out: Possibly to the feisty love interest of the same name in the movie Conan the Barbarian.
- The Ditz
- Dojikko: Poor clumsy Viki!
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Like Jeane, she turns up in every single Suikoden game, regardless of space/time differences. Unlike Jeane, however, this is explained by her powers of teleportation.
- Mysterious Past: No one really knows where she came from. It's unclear whether even she knows.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Purity Personified
- Warp Whistle: Her speciality. As bearer of the Blinking Rune, she can (most of the time, see below) transport the hero and his party to any destination previously visited.
- Teleporter Accident: Her abilities can be hit or miss, occasionally landing the characters in completely random locations. Consider yourself lucky that's all that happens; the other games of the series demonstrate that she can also end up teleporting to completely random times.
- Malfunction Malady: The above teleport mistakes are accompanied with a little sneeze!
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite her clutziness, she's very keen to help out.
- Woman in White
Vincent De Boule
- Ambiguously Gay
- Blue Blood
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He has the tendency of thinking that he is instantly great friends with someone and he has these friends everywhere.
- Collared by Fashion
- The Fighting Narcissist: Along with fellow Narcissists Milich and Esmeralda. Contrary to the trope however, Vincent isn't available as a party member, but when he reappears in II, he can fight.
- Flower Motifs: Specifically roses. He has them on the back of his cape.
- I Owe You My Life: He was freed during the Liberation Army's rescue attempt on Moravia Castle (except you have to go back to actually recruit him), and proclaims eternal gratitude, vowing to aid the hero by joining the Liberation Army.
- Impoverished Patrician: When first encountered, he's involved in a dispute with a local proprietor, trying to dodge paying a bill, stating that "it was the man's honor to have Vincent De Boule dine at your establishment".
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: His dress sense is certainly eccentric.
- Leitmotif: The narcissist's theme "Scarleticia Castle" plays whenever the hero interacts with him.
- Upper-Class Twit
- Curious as a Monkey: He dreams of visiting and mapping the whole world.
- Danshigakusei: His look.
- Fantasy World Map: His speciality. Once recruited, it is possible to view the entire world map.
- Free Range Child: He's an extreme example, as his parents are conspicuously absent.
- Innocent Prodigy: He is a genius surveyor and mapmaker and set out mapping the world from the age of just eleven, but can still get a little crabby if he needs to update his maps following wars.
Fu Su Lu
Voiced by: Michael Shitanda (Drama CD)
- Action Girl
- The Beastmaster: She summoned the Zombie Dragon to protect Toran Lake castle, which must be defeated to house the Liberation Army HQ.
- Blade on a Stick: She wields a halberd.
- The Chick: Of the 6 great generals
- Defeat Means Friendship: "Friendship" is perhaps too strong a word.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempts to take her own life for failing to defeat the Liberation Army, before agreeing to join them.
- An Ice Person: Uses the only offensive Water magic in the game, which takes the form of a blast of ice, and only during her boss fight.
- Lady of War
- Magical Girl Warrior: Her other speciality.
- Redemption Demotion: Once you recruit her, you won't have access to her offensive Water Magic... except during wars, where she pretty much changes the Cleo-Camille unit from Archer to Magic, implying that she still uses that.
- Revenge: Wanted to avenge Teo's death at the hero's hands.
- Sour Supporter: She agrees to join the Liberation Army so she can see the hero die in combat.
- Wicked Stepmother: To the hero. She and Teo were lovers before the war and she is extremely hostile toward the hero for killing him. She eventually forgives him, however, upon realizing how futile her efforts for revenge are and noticing how much Tir has grown to resemble Teo
- Anime Hair
- Circus Brat: Formerly.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Only Varkas knows about this.
- Flash Step: His special skill, he can teleport in combat.
- Loveable Rogue
- Redemption Demotion: Once he's recruited, he only uses throwing darts for normal attacks, not like the Flash Step close combat attacks displayed when he fought you. He'll still use it when he goes Unite Attack with Varkas, though.
- Rescue Arc: Early on, the hero must rescue him and Varkas from Rockland's military commander, Grady.
- The Runaway: Taken in by Varkas after he ran away from his cruel tormentors at the circus when still a child.
- Hostage Situation: He was abducted by Milich Oppenheimer to draw his portraits for him.
- And Your Reward Is Paint: The random pots of paint discovered throughout the world map are all required for him to complete his mural.
- Loveable Rogue
- Miscarriage of Justice: He was wrongfully blamed for stealing tax funds from the town of Rockland and strung up in the town square.
- Parental Substitute: To Sydonia, who he took in after he ran away from the circus.
- Rescue Arc: Early on, the hero must rescue him and Sydonia from Rockland's military commander, Grady.
- Ambiguous Gender: He looks very feminine.
- Music And Sound Effects: His speciality. He plays the various tunes used throughout the game upon request.
- Nice Hat: Tall, conical and similar to a nightcap.
- Shout-Out: Named after Casio, noted makers of electronic keyboards.
- Stockholm Syndrome: It's unclear, but he appears to be imprisoned at Scarleticia (in a similar manner to Ivanov) purely to play music for Milich. However, he appears to care for him very much and is perfectly happy.
- Undying Loyalty: To his master, Milich.
- Wandering Minstrel: His look.
- Apron Matron: She's very protective of the hero and his friends, risking her life to hide them in her Gregminster inn when the Imperials are searching for them.
- Honorary Auntie: She's a close family friend of the Mc Dohls, and helps shelter the hero before his escape from Gregminster.
- Supreme Chef: She's well known for her great cooking and Lester is desperate to match her skill at making delicious stew.
- Team Mom: To pretty much the whole Liberation Army.
- Trauma Inn: Her speciality. She opens an inn at the hero's HQ. Unfortunately, you still have to pay to use it.
- Beware the Silly Ones
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the loosest sense. He's press-ganged into joining the hero after his scheme is uncovered. See Villain Ball below.
- Evil Plan
- Villain Ball: After cajoling the hero into stealing Kirinji from Lepant, under the pretense that it will help to gain an audience with him, he tries to dose them all with Robber's Tea and steal the sword himself. The attempt backfires (as the heroes had fallen for it once before and knew what he was doing when he mentioned tea) and Krin is forced to drink his own drugged tea.
- Giggling Villain: Punctuates most of his speech with "hee hee!"
- Smug Snake
- Flower Motifs: He is highly skilled in growing flowers, and wishes to fill the world with more flowers.
- Green Thumb: Whereas Blackman's speciality is vegetable crops, Zen's speciality is the aesthetics of floral gardening.
- In Harmony with Nature
- Meaningful Name: His name implies enlightenment and inner peace.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Furo Scene: His speciality. He has a passion for making baths, and once recruited, he builds a large onsen at castle HQ where party characters can be seen enjoying a nice soak. The onsen also serves as an area to display any antique treasures discovered.
- Bathtub Bonding: Certain combinations of characters and antiques placed within the baths will activate a variety of mini scenes.
- Nice Guy: He's very jolly and friendly.
- Shounen Hair
Other Playable Characters
- Artefact of Doom: He is the bearer of the Soul Eater prior to the hero, and the one who passes it on to him.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One
- The Lancer: He is the hero's best friend.
- Last of His Kind: Ted was born in the Village of the Hidden Rune and was the sole survivor of an attack on the village by Windy, Neclord and Yuber.
- Nice Guy
- Pursued Protagonist: Windy has been chasing him for hundreds of years to regain the Soul Eater.
- The Reveal: She gets her opportunity when he is forced to use his power to blast the Queen Ant to save his friends.
- Plot Coupon: He is wounded by Windy, but has a brief opportunity to pass the Soul Eater to the Hero, before he is hauled away
- Made a Slave: His fate is sealed, and Windy uses her Conquerer Rune, the rune of control, to force him to appear before the hero and ask for the Soul Eater back.
- Heroic Spirit: In defiance and to protect his friend, Ted commands the Soul Eater to take his own soul and it is believed that he ended his life at that moment.
- Really 700 Years Old: Due to the power of the Soul Eater.
Voiced by: Satomi Hanamura (Drama CD)
- Adaptational Badass: She already had a good stat growth in-game, and is a good archer though she unfortunately died way too quick. However, there was tie-in material which revolves around Odessa and her first lover before Flik came along: Achilles. It was this man's death and his final speech of "Defeat the Empire!" which spurred Odessa to kickstart the Liberation Army... and kill a lot of Imperial soldiers with just a sword, whilst still wearing her wedding gown. And it's canon. She might've bitten the dust too early because of maternal instinct kicking in at the wrong time, but dang, she's Badass.
- Anyone Can Die
- Beauty Equals Goodness
- Blow You Away: She has a permanent Wind Rune.
- Brainy Brunette
- Chekhov's Gun: She made up plans for the Fire Spears and just asks for them to be stored in the Secret Factory so they'll come in handy. It does, when it ends up beating Teo's invincible Armored Cavalry.
- Hope Springs Eternal: She is always insistent on keeping up the tiny ray of hope of defeating the Empire despite her tiny army, which spurred her long term plans. This is also why she requested that nobody tells anyone about her death, because it would kill the Liberation Army's hope and morale.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: She gives the hero her earrings to take to Mathiu, evidencing her death.
- La Résistance: She bravely leads the fledgling Liberation Army.
- Take Up My Sword: And she actually inherits that spirit from her ex-fiance Achilles. She ends up passing the torch to Tir, so it works both ways.
- Lady of War
- The Paragon: She uses her folk hero status to inspire the people around her to rally to the Liberation Army's cause.
- Plucky Girl
- Quickly Demoted Woman: She joins the party early in the game, and has great stats - unfortunately, She is killed very soon after joining as a Plot Device to allow the Hero to take over the leadership of the Liberation Army
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Mathiu is a strategist who was formerly a pacifistic teacher, whereas Odessa is a rebellious girl and early on in the game, leads the Liberation Army.
- Spirited Young Lady
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Shares this role with Mathiu, mainly when you want to switch party members without advancing the plot (which is almost always triggered by talking to Mathiu) or if Mathiu is somehow unavailable.
- The Atoner: Following his betrayal, he is pardoned by Lepant and cloistered within Qlon Temple.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It's pretty shocking when it is discovered that mild-mannered and seemingly loyal Sanchez is an Imperial spy who facilitated the deaths of Mathiu and Odessa...
- Bob from Accounting: He acts as the Liberation Army's financial advisor.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- The Mole: He secretly infiltrates the Liberation Army as an Imperial spy and cruelly betrays Odessa, and then the Hero..
- Becoming the Mask: He nearly becomes one, having grown to care for everyone in the Liberation Army. Unfortunately, as an old man, he's unable to let go of the past ways. He still felt horrible for betraying the team though, and was even willing to let Flik kill him for punishment, until Mathiu said otherwise.
- Interface Spoiler/Foreshadowing: Sanchez's name does not appear on the Tablet of the Stars, which players browsing it may notice.
Voiced by: Atsuya Yamakawa (Drama CD)
- Colonel Badass: He is one of Emperor Barbarossa Rugner's Six Great Generals.
- Battle Couple: When fellow Great General Sonya Schulen took over as head of the naval forces, he would assist her with whatever she needed, and they soon became lovers.
- Dad the Veteran: The Hero's father.
- Old Soldier
- One-Man Army: He is also known as the General of One-Hundred Victories and is highly respected by Barbarossa and the citizens of the Empire
- The Patriarch
- Principles Zealot: After Tir joins (and subsequently leads) the Alliance Forces, Teo's mighty principles mean that he refuses to betray the Empire, and engages his son in combat.
- Promotion to Parent: He has raised Ted as his own, after he found him wandering alone on a battlefield.
- So Proud of You: Having been bested by his own son, in his dying breath, he states how proud he is of Tir and that it is a great joy to be surpassed by his own son.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Emperor.
Leknaat the Seer
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: She is the keeper of the Gate Rune, a True Rune that has the power to open portals to other worlds and dimensions. It was split in two following an attack on her village of the Gate Rune Clan by Harmonia. She kept the back half, Windy kept the front half. It is assumed that she reclaimed the front half after Windy's death.
- Back from the Dead: If all 108 Stars of Destiny are recruited and kept alive, she resurrects Gremio.
- Blind Seer: Her role is to provide astrological projections.
- Cool Teacher: To her young apprentice, Luc.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Hermit Guru: She lives in splendid isolation on the Magician's Isle, away from the prying eyes of Windy.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Like Jeane and Viki, she is a constant presence is the Suikoden world and turns up in every single game.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Really 700 Years Old: The power of the Gate Rune has granted her unnaturally long life.
- Spirit Advisor
- The Watcher: She acts as an inspirational guide to all the heroes.
- Woman in White
Voiced by: Yuuko Sumitomo (Drama CD)
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: She is the keeper of the Gate Rune, a True Rune that has the power to open portals to other worlds and dimensions. It was split in two following an attack on her village of the Gate Rune Clan by Harmonia. She kept the front half, Leknaat kept the back half. It is assumed Leknaat reclaimed the front half after Windy's death.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: She and the Emperor dramatically leap from the palace battlements when they are finally defeated, though it isn't her choice to do so.
- Big Bad: Of Suikoden 1.
- Determinator: She is relentless is her pursuit of the Hero to recover the Soul Eater.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Hot Witch: Of The Evil Is Sexy variety.
- Manipulative Bitch: She used her magic to charm the Emperor and keep him compliant. Or so she thought. At the end of the game, he reveals his Sovereign True Rune acts as an anti-magic barrier and he does genuinely loves her.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Really 700 Years Old: Due to the Gate Rune's power.
- The Unfought: Despite her being the Big Bad, you never directly battle her.
- Up to Eleven: Her ability to wield multiple True Runes. This ability increased her already considerable magical powers and is unique to her.
- Vain Sorceress: She is the Court Magician for Emperor Barbarossa.
- You Remind Me of X: She resembles Emperor Barbarossa's late wife, Claudia.
Emperor Barbarossa Rugner
- Anti-Magic: His Sovereign Rune acts as a barrier to all forms of magic deployed against him, including Windy's charm spells.
- Anti-Villain: He's actually a pretty decent guy, even letting Futch leave his gardens without a fight, and he basically comes across as a guy who let everything in his life go to pot because he couldn't handle the death of his wife.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: He and Windy dramatically leap from the palace battlements when they are finally defeated.
- The Emperor: Ironically, he winds up both literally and figuratively The Dragon for Windy.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Subverted, in that he knew what he was doing, but still played straight in that he failed logic and pissed off his own people anyway.
- One-Winged Angel: For the final showdown, her transforms himself into the gigantic Golden Hydra, the Sovereign Rune incarnate.
- Redemption Equals Death
- What Does He See In Her: He reveals to Windy that she has no control over his feelings. He genuinely loves her despite the terrible things she has done.
- The Captain: He is capatin of the Imperial Guards and gives the Hero his first commission.
- Dastardly Whiplash: His look and personality type.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He kidnaps Lepant's wife Eileen for his own "amusement", leading to a Rescue Arc storyline.
- Finish Him!: Once confronted and defeated, the player may decide whether to let him live or die.
- And unlike the recruitable Generals, the game does not penalize you for killing him.
- Jerkass: Ostensibly so.
- Pitiful Worms: He tends to act pompous towards Tir and his entourage and believes them to be slackers from the first day of their service to the empire.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Which is the only reason he holds his position in the first place.
- Smug Snake
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: He embodies the corruption within the Empire as the game commences.
- Dirty Coward
- Fat Bastard
- He Knows Too Much: He was one who told Windy that Ted has the Soul Eater, which led to the Hero becoming a fugitive.
- Karma Houdini: You can't get any kind of revenge on him for his above reveal, either.
- Though the next game reveal that after the war, he was reduced to banditry, and then finally caught and imprisoned.
- The Load: He insists on accompanying the party early on in the game, providing no help whatsoever.
- Number Two: To Kraze.