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Characters: Suikoden II
Cast of Characters Suikoden II

Suikoden 2

Riou (The Hero)

  • The Hero
    • Magnetic Hero: By necessity, with 107 potential recruits on offer.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Bright Shield Rune.
  • Badass
  • Bash Brothers: His unite attack with Jowy.
  • Big Good
  • Blood Brothers: With childhood best friend, Jowy.
  • Chick Magnet: Richmond will lampshade this trope if you investigate Eilie.
  • Child Soldier: When the game begins, he is a soldier of the Highland Army's Unicorn Youth Brigade.
  • The Chosen One
  • Combat Medic: With the Bright Shield Rune
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He and Nanami had been left orphaned by previous wars and were adopted by a local hero named Genkaku.
  • Dramatic Wind: Later on when you win against Boss Battles and Duel Battles with Riou, instead of spinning his Tonfa, he'll just feel the wind on his face. Even inside a castle!
  • Dual Tonfas
  • Fighting Your Friend: He is forced to fight against Jowy, following his defection to the Highland Kingdom.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: You can call the hero any name you wish.
  • Heroic Mime: As is typical of RPG heroes.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Bright Shield Rune's level 2 and level 4 spells. The latter, called Forgiver Sign, which is unlockable by getting all 108 recruits, deals the most damage to a single target when your whole party has full HP.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: He has to face Jowy in one final battle to get the games ultimate 'good' ending.
  • Light 'em Up: Thanks to the Bright Shield Rune. Also, Riou has a strong affinity with the Resurrection Rune, which he can use effectively against undead foes.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast, very strong. He has one of the highest dodge, counter attack, and critical hit rates in the game.
  • Ryu and Ken / Brains and Brawn: He and Jowy roughly have the same stats, but Riou has slightly better physical stats than Jowy, making him The Brawn.
  • Shout-Out: His costume design is very similar to the archetypal portrayal of Monkey from Journey to the West.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: At one point, Nanami tries to convince him to run away from his responsibilities. Accepting leads to a 10-Minute Retirement, after which the other characters catch up and try to convince him to be their leader again. Refusing here turns the temporary retirement into a permanent one.
    • Running away will also lead the storyline to one of the Stars of Destiny, Ridley Wizen, being killed off-screen and later being replaced by his son. However, if you refuse to run away, Ridley will live.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: A classic example - Jowy, Nanami and himself.
  • We Used to Be Friends: - Jowy's betrayal.
  • William Telling: He participates in a traveling circus' show by having various pieces of fruit placed on his head while knife-thrower Eilie impales them with expert precision. You can throw off her aim and get hit with a knife yourself by choosing to wimp out and move to either side before she throws.

Nanami

Jowy Atreides later Blight

  • Arranged Marriage: He marries Jillia Blight, the Big Bad's sister, to further his power in the Highland Kingdom.
  • Artefact of Doom: The Black Sword Rune - it soon starts to consume him...
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: His Unite attack with Riou.
  • Bash Brothers: His unite attack with the hero.
  • Bishounen
  • Blood Brothers: The hero is his childhood best friend.
  • Child Soldier: When the game begins, he is a soldier of the Highland Army's Unicorn Youth Brigade.
  • The Chosen One
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His betrayal of the hero and Nanami - however it is revealed to be a False Flag Operation and he decided to destroy Highland from within after witnessing the power of Luca Blight. The hero and Nanami are completely oblivious to this plan.
    • Not so much that they're oblivious. They catch on eventually and even conspire with Jowy to kill Luca Blight. What makes this trope really stick though is that Jowy decides that peace will never come between Highland and Jowston because the two countries hate each other so much, and he invites Riou and Nanami to a fake peace treaty signing with the purpose of taking them hostage and forcing the City-State to surrender. The only thing that saved Riou and Nanami then was that Shu planned ahead and used Pilika as a meat-shield to get them out of there. Because of this, the war continues regardless and both countries end up being absorbed into each other as the Dunan Republic.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Fighting Your Friend: He is forced to fight against the hero, following his defection to the Highland Kingdom.
  • Grey and Gray Morality
  • Hero Antagonist: Contains the Beast Rune as the King of Highland
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: He has to face the hero in one final battle to get the games ultimate 'good' ending.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about all of the above - he feels it was for the greater good, even murdering Anabelle. Although he admits at the end of the game he does feel bad about doing it all.
  • The Lancer: To the hero.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While he doesn't hit as hard as The Hero physically, he makes up for it by being a better mage than him.
  • Lonely Rich Kid
  • Magic Knight: Proficient in both physical combat and magic.
  • The Mole: Jowy joins Luca Blight, believing he can work from within to bring about a better future. Jowy eventually becomes a general in Highland, marries Jillia Blight, and secretly plots against Luca with Leon Silverberg.
  • Parental Abandonment: His step-father throws him out of the Atreides house and his mother will not intervene.
  • Power of the Void - Jowy's Black Sword Rune spells.
  • Ryu and Ken / Brains and Brawn: He and Riou have roughly the same stats, but Jowy has slightly better magical stats and much better elemental affinities than Riou, making him The Brains.
  • Simple Staff
  • Storm of Blades: The Black Sword Rune's level 4 spell, Hungry Friend.
  • Spell My Name with an S: 'JoEy'?
  • Two Guys and a Girl: A classic example - The hero, Nanami and himself.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Ostracized because of his family's wealth and abused by his stepfather and stepbrother, he has few friends aside from the hero and Nanami.
  • We Used to Be Friends: - Following his own betrayal.

Pilika

  • Break the Cutie: Following the tragic events at Toto, where her parents killed by Luca Blight. Then, after being rescued, she gets to watch as Luca Blight kills a completely helpless soldier for her viewing pleasure, and is only prevented from killing her by timely heroic intervention.
    • Dumb Struck: In reaction to the above events, she is no longer able to speak.
  • Cheerful Child: When first encountered.....
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Parental Substitute: The Hero, Nanami and Jowy, then later on in the game, Jillia Blight, following her marriage to Jowy.
  • Third-Person Person: Justified as she is very young.

Luca Blight

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bad Ass
    • Badass Normal: Even moreso when you consider that while magic is commonplace, Luca has only a sword, heavy armor and a mere Fire Rune which he uses in conjunction with his attacks. And he's still one of the most terrifying beings in the entire series.
    • Actually, there's no rune symbol when he uses this attack, implying it's not magical. How he does it is anyone's guess, but it's been suggested before that Luca is just lighting his sword on fire, using oil or some other flammable substance.
    • Determinator: His unwillingness to die after absurd amounts of pain is insane.
      • Pain, nothing! His unwillingness to die after absurd amounts of mortal injury is insane.
  • Battle Theme Music: He gets one of the famous Suikoden II one-shot (well, technically three-shot) battle themes for himself, entitled "The Chase": [1]
  • Bishounen
  • The Caligula: When the most murderous, psychopathic member of an army is the royal prince in charge of it, you know you're in trouble.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: It's hard to imagine a guy more gleefully embracing of his title as a villain than Luca.
  • Difficulty Spike: To actually have a chance of taking him on requires an unforeseeable amount of levelling up and equipping of 18 individual characters, and even when that's done, he still provides a steep jump in terms of difficulty.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His sister Jillia is the only person he will hold an equal discourse with. Although it is actually revealed in the Gaiden game that the only reason Luca tolerates Jillia is because of her strong resemblance to their late mother.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Evil Prince:
  • Kill It with Fire
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Large Ham: He steals almost every scene he's in.
  • Made of Iron: He takes an absolute beating from three groups of 6 members of the Liberation Army and is shot by a volley of arrows before finally keeling over at the hands of the hero.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He hates everyone and everything and wants them all to die; one of his ongoing plans at the time of his death is to release the Beast Rune.
  • Parental Issues: He has harbored a deep hatred for his father Agares, after he had to witness his own mother, Sara, being raped whilst his cowardly father simply ran away.
  • Pitiful Worms: He shows utter contempt for his subjects.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"
  • Rasputinian Death: See That One Boss for details.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He successfully conspires with Jowy Atreides to assassinate Agares.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Where he is mad, cruel and evil, his sister Jillia is refined, calm and compassionate.
  • Slasher Smile: Judge for yourself. [2]
  • The Sociopath: To a disturbing degree.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • That One Boss: In gameplay as well as in-universe. Gameplay wise, you have to buff up the Main Character's party and equip yourself with fire-reducing equipment. In-universe, it takes how many hundreds of arrows, three groups of six of the strongest members per group, even more arrows and finally a duel against the hero himself to kill him.
    Luca Blight: It took hundreds to kill me, but I killed humans by the thousands!!!! Look at me!!!! I am sublime!!! I am the true face of evil!!!
  • You Have Failed Me: Luca beheads one of his generals (whose previous record was sterling) because the general had the audacity to lose a battle; it was lost not for strategic or tactical reasons, but because of a wickedly effective public relations move. In hindsight though it was a bad move, because Solon Jhee was respected by the other generals, and Luca killing him unnecessarily began a turning point for several of them to conspire his assassination.

Jillia Blight

Flik

Viktor

Gen-Gen

Rikimaru

Millie

Kinnison

  • The Archer: Lives in the woods, wears a scarf and tunic, has a faithful dog companion, and uses a bow and arrows. A typical ranger type.
  • A Boy and His Dog: Shiro is actually a wolf, but the trope applies regardless.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: If you successfully recruit all 5 squirrels, Feather, and Sigfried, along with Ayda, you get a special surprise during the end credits: a bonus cutscene, where Ayda visits Kinnison. However, this is only seen during the game's best ending, meaning, you also have to recruit all 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • Country Mouse: it takes him a little time to adjust to castle life, due to having grown up in the isolation of the forest.
  • Forest Ranger: He is recruited after he sees that the hero has put a fallen bird's nest back in a tree.
  • In Harmony with Nature: He only hunts what he needs to survive on.
  • Nature Hero: When you first enter the forest surrounding Ryubei Village, you find a fledgeling that's fallen from its nest. Put it back, then return a short time later to find Kinnison and Shiro, who'll ask if you were the one who saved it. Answer "yes" and he and Shiro will join Riou's army.
    • Nature Lover: If you have Richmond investigate him, he tells you Kinnison lives in the forest where you found him and that he's found peace with nature by only hunting what he needs to live on.
  • Nice Guy: Kinnison is humble and polite, which makes him a natural fit for the Friendship Runenote 
  • Purity Personified: A relatively rare male example.
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Ship Tease: With Ayda. Due to both of them having animal companions and a mutual love for nature and animals, they seem to get along very well. It's even mentioned that they keep correspondence with each other after the war.

Shiro

Zamza

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He is highly narcissistic and thinks himself to be incredibly powerful and beautiful.
  • Black Sheep: He was banned from his magic academy due to his arrogant rule-breaking.
  • It's All About Me: Whe Shu makes him head magic instructor, he thinks this a logical and obvious choice given his own greatness.
  • Jerkass:
  • Kung-Fu Wizard
  • The Munchausen
  • Only Sane Man: Despite all those insufferable tropes he possessed, Shu noted that he's still more stable than Luc or Viki, thus in his ending he ends up as the official magic instructor of Dunan.
  • Playing with Fire: One of the best Fire mages in the game.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Middle East: His look.
  • Useless Useful Spell: His Fire Dragon shoryuken style move is powerful, but damages him too. Subverted if you equip him with the Fire Sealing Rune, which reduces all Fire damage to zero.

Apple

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She realises that she alone cannot act as the army strategist and so begs a fellow student of Mathiu's, Shu, to join the hero's cause.
  • Ascended Extra: Hoo boy. Back in I, Apple was just another recruit that contributes to nearly nothing. Here, she is a plot character in epic proportion (even if she's rather ineffectual).
  • Brainy Brunette: Her plain brown hair in a simple bob cut adds to her overall bookworm look.
  • Character Development: In I, she was a sixteen year old brat who fangirled over Mathiu and blamed Tir for his returning to war. In II, she's much more mature.
  • Meganekko: most fans would agree her glasses make her look adorable.
  • Pose of Supplication: When Shu tells her to beg she has no problem going down on her knees.
  • Recurring Character
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Pretty straight-forward, she looks quite smart with her large glasses, and she is quite smart to be an effective strategist at such a young age.
  • The Strategist: She's Shu's vice-strategist and assistant.
  • Teen Genius: Being a vice-strategist for a major army at her age is pretty incredible, but she was trained by the best.

Hanna

Tsai

Tuta

Anita

Templeton

Gilbert

Bolgan

Eilie

Rina

  • Action Girl: Has no problem joining the army and fighting in combat. She can do reasonable damage with her throwing weapons, but she can really tear it up with her use of magic. Off all the best mages she is probably the most physically able.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Despite Eilie feeling in her shadow, Rina does look out for her a lot.
  • Circus Brat: She grew up in the circus with her younger sister, Eilie.
  • Crystal Ball: Uses a crystal ball in her fortune telling act.
  • Femme Fatale: Frequently uses seduction to her advantage.
  • Fortune Teller: Her speciality in circus performances.
  • Good Bad Girl: As part of her Femme Fatale traits. This, however, made her ineligible for recruiting Sigfried, despite being only 18.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She is said to be able to drink even Viktor under the table.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She's unmatched in the art of seduction and helps to "convince" a checkpoint guard to allow the party to proceed onto Tenzan Pass.
  • Parental Substitute: To Eilie, after their parents were killed by bandits, and also to Bolgan.
  • Romani: Her look.
  • Tarot Motifs: She hurls tarot cards in combat.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Eilie and herself. Rina often tells Eilie to act more feminine while Eilie is disgusted whenever Rina acts like a blatant flirt.
  • Walking the Earth: Her and her family make up a traveling circus.
  • Younger Than She Looks: She acts really mature... and then you realize she's 18.

Freed Yamamoto

Shu

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: If you choose the path where you run with Nanami during the Tinto events, Flik, Apple and Shu will eventually catch up to you. If you refuse to come back, you will discover that Ridley made an Heroic Sacrifice, fighting off Neclord zombies, while looking for you. Shu then slaps the Hero, and proceeds to deliver to him a What the Hell, Hero? speech.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He is a world renown strategist and is directly responsible for winning many of the battles of the game.
  • Black Sheep: Like Apple, he also trained under Mathiu and was his most promising student until he was cast out when his greed got the better of him.
  • Broken Ace
  • Character Development: He goes from blunt cynic to courageous mentor as the game progresses.
  • Cynical Mentor: He starts out as this, but becomes more of a traditional Obi Wan as he comes to realise that it is sometimes necessary to put himself on the line in order to truly win.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The famous line between he and Leon:
    Leon: "Never put your own life in danger; that's the first rule in the book."
    Shu: "I had to throw the book away; you read from it too many times."
  • Defrosting Ice Lord: He starts cynical but gradually warms up and starts to really care, mostly due to Apple and Nanami's influence.
  • Impossible Task: He (rather cruelly) tells Apple that if she can find a coin that he hurls into a river, he'll join the hero's cause.
  • Intrepid Merchant: Having been cast out by Mathiu, his uncanny grasp of the movements in the world quickly lead him to became rich through trading.
  • Jerkass: When first encountered he is cynical and does not want to get involved in the war. He is cruel to Apple making her get on her knees and beg and telling her id she can find a single coin tossed in the river then he will do as she asks.
  • The Strategist: He orchestrates all of the Allied Army battle plans.
  • The Stoic: He can be distant, reacting to major turns in the war with some degree of aloofness.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Very much so, he is distant and just a touch broody in addition to being, well, tall dark-haired, and handsome.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: See Armor-Piercing Slap.
  • We Have Reserves: His initial, rather blunt attitude to combat.

Barbara

  • Apron Matron: To the Allied forces.
  • Bag of Sharing: Her speciality - she looks after the HQ warehouse, where all items and equipment can be dropped off, stored and retrieved when necessary.
  • Big Eater: Like Bolgan, she likes most of the dishes served when she judges the Cook Off.
  • Brawn Hilda: Her look - she's pretty well-built from dragging boxes around all day in the warehouse.

Huan

Leona

Luc

Amada

Tai Ho

Yam Koo

Oulan

Richmond

  • Information Desk: His speciality - he can be recruited (for a small fee) to find out the whereabouts of as yet recruited characters, although a certain amount of Figure It Out Yourself is also required.
  • Knowledge Broker: Aswell as letting the hero know the location of potential recruits, he can also investigate current team-mates, offering fun trivia but also useful game information about pairings for unite attacks, for example.
  • Hardboiled Detective
  • Film Noir: His look - the classic 1940's/50's, trench-coat wearing, coin-flipping, chain-smoking private eye.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has a pet cat called Bianca who he keeps in his jacket pocket.
  • Leitmotif: A bluesy, filmic theme tune starts to play whenever the hero speaks to him.
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • The Barnum: When first encountered, but he joins the Allied Forces after the hero beats him in a coin flipping bet (where Richmond used a weighted coin). He apologizes for tricking the hero and agrees to join, impressed that the hero saw through his trick.

Yoshino Yamamoto

Alex

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: He is obsessed with finding the lost treasure of the Sindar Race. When first encountered, the hero teams up with him to help his quest.
  • All That Glitters: The "treasure" turns out to be a powerful healing herb, that he orginally disregards in frustration, but whose power he comes to appreciate when Hilda falls ill and it heals her.
  • Happily Married: To Hilda.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Only in appearance, see below.
  • We Buy Anything: He opens an item store at HQ, once recruited.
  • We Sell Everything: His store carries any item that has been found available in any other item store already visited by the hero.

Hilda

Adlai

Clive

Taki

Hans

Tetsu

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's very passionate and appreciates people who are as "toasty" (flushed) as he is, mostly because it shows they appreciate the benefits of hot baths.

Chaco

Fitcher

Ridley Wizen

  • Anyone Can Die: He can be Killed Off for Real during the attack on Tinto.
  • Badass: More or less dared Luca Blight to kill his ass when he was captured once, knowing full well Luca might actually do it.
    • Four-Star Badass: So much so that his reputation will make every Kobold in the Jowston City States head for the battlefield without question. Bonus points for being more than happy to join his troops on the front lines.
  • Batman Gambit: He and Shu cook one up to fool the Highland Army into thinking the Kobolds are still vulnerable to Fantastic Racism post-Two River so they can outflank the Highland Army later when they least expect it.
  • Blue Blood: He is Kobold nobility and is the General of the Two River Army as well as the leader of the Kobold section of Two River.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He does NOT suffer idiocy or incompetence amongst his troops, and he was prepared at one point to horsewhip Fitcher for what he perceived to be cowardice/treason.
  • Fantastic Racism: The three races who live in Two River - Humans, Wingers and Kobolds - do not get along and live in three distinct quarters of the town.
  • Heroic Dog
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Can perform one if you run away during the Tinto events: Ridley will die fighting off zombies, while looking for you. Shu subsequent slap and What the Hell, Hero? speech to the hero are well deserved.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Large and in Charge: Most of the Kobolds are based on fairly small breeds of dog (terriers, for example) - whereas Ridley, as the leader, is taller and has a doberman or alsatian look about him.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: He's a Kobold, but Suikoden Kobolds are more like cute dogs than the more usual lizardine versions.
  • Petting Zoo People
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy

Boris Wizen

Stallion

Hai Yo

Shilo

Sid

Gabocha

Gadget

Meg

Wakaba

Tony

Hix

  • Bishounen
  • I Call It Tengaar: He (wisely) names his weapon "Tengaar".
  • Non-Action Guy: He'd like to be, but Tengaar will NOT hear of it and he knows it.
  • Recurring Character
  • Reluctant Warrior: Oh so very much.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Side Quest: To prove himself to Tengaar, he agrees to undertake "The Test of the Unicorn" to cure an illness she mysteriously contracts.... which turns out to be an obvious Fetch Quest sham set up by champion tsundere Tengaar to test if he cares enough about her to bother. Coincidently, the pair do encounter Seigfried, a unicorn, and Hix bravely protects Tengaar from it.
    • Genre Blindness: Hix, of course, has no idea the quest is fake and takes it all in.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Predominantly Type 1 with Tengaar in this game.
  • To Be a Master: He's still on a "Trial of Manhood" to prove himself to Tengaar.

Tengaar

Emilia

Teresa Wisemail

  • Action Girl: In war.
  • The Archer: Again, in war; she's one of the generals of an archery unit.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On her guardian Shin, but these feelings are never communicated.
  • Driven to Suicide: She attempted to take her own life for failing to repel the attack on Greenhill, before agreeing to join the Allied Forces cause.
  • Hair of Gold
  • Heroic Spirit
  • 100% Adoration Rating: She cares for her citizens above all else and is well-loved by the people of Greenhill.
  • The Ojou: Type 1 - she comes from a powerful, political family.
  • Purity Personified
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to her father, most definitely.
  • Rescue Arc: The hero's team travel to Greenhill to help reinstate her as mayor from her exile.
  • Self-Deprecation: Felt she was not fit to take over her father's duties. In response, the citizens of Greenhill declared her the "acting mayor" instead.
  • Survivor Guilt: When Muse soldiers threatened to sell her for ransom to Highland, she was rescuded by Shin and hides out in a forest cottage. However, in her solitude (and safety) she blames herself for Greenhill's fall.
  • You Are in Command Now: She had taken over as mayor of Greenhill from her ailing father, Alec, before the Highland Invasion.

Nina

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Her rather amusing Unite attack with Flik.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's young and petite but stat-wise, she is surprisingly one of the better characters in the entire game - her unite attack with Flik is especially potent.
  • Genki Girl
  • Joshikousei: She's a student at Newleaf Academy in Greenhill.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Newleaf Academy's answer to this trope - she's quite mean to Nanami, very self-assured and does tease the hero's party with her ghost stories, but she's a nice girl at heart.
  • Mouthy Kid
  • Playing with Fire: She's one of the best Fire mages in the game.
  • Plucky Girl: She rallies the student body to help repel Highland's forces, and was acting as a mule to keep supplies running to Teresa whilst she was in exile.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl
    • Stalker with a Crush: She has a huge (unrequited) crush on Flik and follows him around wherever he goes.
  • Unknown Rival: Nanami is puzzled when Nina sizes her up as competition for Flik's affections.

Shin

Jeane

Yuzu

Viki

Futch

Humphrey Mintz

Camus

Miklotov

Kiba Windamier

  • Badass
    • Badass Beard
    • Determinator: His defense in war battles is so high that in the battle before he can be recruited, it's almost impossible to destroy his unit. In fact, you actually can throw everything at him, and you still have to wait for the plot to take care of things because he just refuses to be defeated.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Defeat Means Friendship
    • Heel-Face Turn: He is taken prisoner after battle map 7 and joins the Allied Forces.
    • This Is Unforgivable: His main motivation to join is because Luca Blight murdered his own father, Agares, who was his master.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Richmond's investigations let you know he had a high rank, but his pay was pretty crappy despite his fine service record.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Acts as a decoy toward the end of the game, giving the main army a fighting chance, but dies in the process. He did this knowing fully well that he wasn't going to come back.
  • Made of Iron: His defense in War Battles turns his unit into this.
  • Master Swordsman: He's a veteran of many previous wars.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Whereas he is powerful, built and typically masculine, his son Klaus is mild-mannered, bookish and comparitively effeminate.
  • Take Up My Sword: Asks Shu to take care of his son before the battle in which he dies.
  • The Stoic
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: He get's very angry with Viktor for his lack of respect when he's captured.

Klaus Windamier

Badeaux

Connell

  • Bishounen
  • The Empath: As a phonologist, he has the ability to listen to the music of the mind, a way is deducing the mood of others.
  • In the Blood: His father is also a gifted phonologist.
  • Music And Sound Effects: His speciality - he can change the menu sound effect options once recruited.
  • Nice Hat: A black beret with a music note motif.

Ayda

  • Action Girl: She doesn't carry that bow and arrow for decoration. Just sayin'.
  • The Archer: She wields the Great Hawk Rune, which allows her to attack all enemy targets when used. The trade-off is that damage is halved.
  • Birds of a Feather: See the Nature Hero entry.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Her look is a cross between a forest ranger's and stereotypical Native American garb.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Seen during the end credits of the best ending, if you've successfully recruited all 5 squirrelsnote , Feather, and Sigfried. If you do, you'll get a bonus scene where she visits Kinnison, causing him to blush.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She's basically a female Kinnison.
  • Flechette Storm: Her unite attack with Kinnison (or Stallion) has them shower all enemies with a rapid fire barrage of arrows.
  • Friend to All Living Things: When your party finds her in the Forest Village, she's defending Feather from the townspeople, to keep them from killing him. They get scared off when a flock of griffons swoop in to attack. Ayda tries communicating with them and gets wounded for her trouble, propmting your party to save her and Feather.
  • Hachimaki: She wears a headband with a pair of feathers adoring each side.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Hilariously subverted. When Nash stumbled across her in the nude, he had to run for his life.
  • Nature Hero: Like Kinnison, she's also a defender of the woodlands and the animals therein.
    • Nature Lover: Although you find her in the Forest Village, if you talk to the townspeople, you'll learn she actually lives in the forest surrounding the village instead.
  • Nubile Savage: She's hot-blooded....and just plain hot. In fact, Nash from the Suikogaiden games even stumbles across her when she's naked.....and yes, this trope more than applies.
  • Ship Tease: With Kinnison.

Feather

Sigfried

  • Cool Horse: He's a unicorn.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He will only show up for attractive young maidens.
  • Bond Creatures: The hero is able to befriend him, partly by using the magic Listening Crystals Badeaux gives him.
  • Hilarity Ensues: When recruiting him, bringing Miku=Miku or Sierra to him as a maiden has interesting results.
    • "No. Just... No" Reaction: For an even funnier scene, bring Lo Wen. When Sigfried lays eyes on her, he doesn't say a word. Instead, a sweatdrop icon appears in his speech bubble, then he turns around and goes back into the forest, leaving Lo Wen feeling downright insulted!
  • Monster Allies
  • Mythology Upgrade: Unlike traditional unicorns, who's magic is mostly limited to teleportation, he possesses the unique Blessed White Lady Rune, which has 3 powerful magic attacks.
  • Side Quest: He first appears in Hix and Tengaar's sidequest, where Hix agrees to undertake "The Test of the Unicorn" .... which turns out to be an obvious Fetch Quest sham but coincidently, the pair do encounter Sigfried, who backs off when Hix bravely protects Tengaar from him.
  • Virgin Power: The other requirement to recruiting him is to bring a young female character with the hero to meet him.

Lebrante

Simone Verdricci

Vincent De Boule

Kasumi

Valeria

Sheena

  • Badass Family: As he is the son of Toran President, Lepant, he is able to set up a meeting between the hero and his father with a view to them forming an alliance.
    • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When NOT hitting on women, he makes a pretty decent Earth Rune mage and ha some of the best growth potential (and by far the most room for customization) of any party member.
  • The Charmer: And sometimes is a Handsome Lech.
  • Cool Sword: In Suikoden 2, he wields his father's heirloom sword, Kirinji.
  • The Hedonist
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Magic Knight: He is skilled in both swordsmanship and magic, abilities which he inherited from his parents, Eileen and Lepant. Since his three open rune slots and balanced stats make him the most customizable character in the game, the player can decide which to specialize him in, or make him a jack-of-all-trades.
  • Momma's Boy: According to Richmond.
  • Recurring Character
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Which is why Lepant comands him (yet again) to make himself useful and join the Allied Forces.

Lorelai

Gordon

  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: True, all the merchants who join your team don't give you any sort of discount, but this guy makes a point of letting you know he wouldn't even try.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: His is possibly the most arduous recruitment process in the game...
  • Intrepid Merchant:....but now he wants YOU to do it.
  • Chain of Deals
    • That One Side Quest: For him to join, it is necessary to make 50,000 potch profit, purely from buy-low/sell-high trading at the various trade-posts throughout Dunan.

Mondo

Sasuke

Tomo

Bob

Karen

Maximilian

Killey

Annallee

Hoi

  • Criminal Doppelgänger: He pretends to be the hero, mostly in order to afford himself an easy life, with free food, drink and compliments.
    • Bluff the Impostor: He is revealed to be a fake when vilagers ask him to see the Bright Shield rune, and it turns out he has simply drawn it on.
  • Easy Impersonation: He bares little resemblance to the hero, being short, fat and with only a vaguely similar outfit.
    • Idiot Ball:...however the people of Radat seem to be taken in by him to start with.
  • Gonk
  • I Owe You My Life: He pledges to join the hero, afer he helps him out when the mobs turns on him in Radat when they learn the truth.
  • Loony Fan: Of the hero - he spends most of his time trying to be just like him.

Long Chan Chan

Tenkou

Raura

Gijimu

Hauser

Kahn Marley

Koyu

Lo Wen

Marlowe

  • Hot for Student: He has a crush on his young pupil, Lilly Pendragon.
    • Lolicon: Rather disturbingly, Lilly is just 6 years old during the events of the game, according to the timeline....
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He loves to read books about high adventure and longs to have the chance to take part.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: He is so inspired by the hero's bravery, that he begins to chronicle his adventures. Also wrote the stage-play "Neclord's End", which tells a rather inaccurate version of the Army's battle against Neclord.
  • Nice Guy
  • Odd Friendship: He couldn't be more different than his best friend, the hyper-active motor mouth Koyu.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses

Sierra Mikain

  • Animal Motifs: Bats, clearly.
  • Artifact of Doom: She was possessed by the power of the Moon Rune, a magic artifact symbolising cruelty and compassion, that transforms the bearer into a vampire. She gained mastery over her desire to kill however, drawing on the compassionate aspect of the rune's powers and retreated into isolation.
  • Badass: She can scare Neclord shitless, and even Kahn is not keen on pissing her off.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She's a vampire totally immune to the weaknesses of most of her kind.
  • Hot Witch
  • Monster Town: She was soon approached by others who desired immortality and so created the Blue Moon Village, a safe haven for other vampires who had cast away their blood-sucking past. The power of the rune allowed the vampires to live without the need to drink the blood of the living.
  • Not a Morning Person: Due to her vampiric nature. Sunlight doesn't actually hurt her, but she still prefers to sleep in.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: She does not need to feed on the living to sustain herself, as above. Nor does sunlight actually harm her, though she doesn't find it pleasant.
  • It's Personal: However Neclord, one of the villagers, overtaken by the lust for power, stole the Moon Rune and fled, robbing immortality from the villagers other than Sierra.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At about a thousand years old, she's the single oldest character yet introduced in the Suikoden series. Even the seemingly-eternal Leknaat and the unseen but ancient Emperor Hikusaak of Harmonia are younger.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Although, she is one of the good guys.
  • Shawl Of Asskicking
  • Sole Survivor of her village.
  • Undeathly Pallor
  • Vampire Hunter: Some of the villagers, now lacking the power of the rune to stay alive, went rogue and began to feast on the living again. She was determined to stop the renegade vampires from causing suffering to others and thus she became a vampire hunter.

Jess

Georg Prime

Gantetsu

Abizboah

Pico

Alberto

Jude

  • Cool Teacher: He teaches at the Newleaf Academy.
  • Fetch Quest: He's a sculptor and will join the hero if he brings him some clay.
  • Nice Guy: Lampshaded by one of his students even.

Tessai

Genshu

Pesmerga

Mazus

  • The Archmage: His magical abilities far surpass anyone else in the known world, save perhaps his master, Crowley. He's the best magic user in the game.
  • Badass
  • The Beastmaster: He wields the Blue Gate Rune, a rune used to summon monsters from another world to attack enemies.
  • Hermit Guru
  • Magic Wand: The Nova Rod
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Reincarnation: Implied. He and Crowley have listed years of birth after the time of their epic duel. Word of God confirms this wasn't an error, but doesn't elaborate. Since each sought to produce power equivalent to a True Rune without actually possessing a True Rune, this presumably was their method of matching the immortality that the things grant. It's generally assumed by fans that both of them died in their duel, were reborn, and resumed their rivalry after reaching adulthood again.
  • The Rival: With Crowley from Suikoden 1. He is Crowley's ex-pupil but the two are now bitter rivals.
    • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: During a duel that took place over a hundred years ago, the force of their duel leveled three mountains and evaporated a lake.
  • Up to Eleven: His magicial abilities.
  • Witch Species: Possibly.
  • Wizard Duel: With Crowley.

Muku-Muku

Maku-Maku

Miku-Miku

Meku-Meku

Moku-Moku

Rulodia

Chuchara

Star Dragon Sword

Elza

  • Anyone Can Die
  • Badass
  • Death by Irony: Averted. Elza deliberately chose this end for herself which also mirrored the same duel between her and Kelley.
  • Death Seeker:It's revealed in the Gaiden game that Elza is waiting for the day when Clive will kill her. This is in part due to the past when their friend Kelley allowed Elza to kill him during a duel they were forced into by deliberately picking a gun filled with blanks
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars
  • The Gunslinger
  • Murder, Inc.: Like Clive she was trained Howling Voice Assassins Guild since the age of five.
  • Mysterious Woman: Of the alluring, sexy variety (even despite of her scar).
  • Parental Abandonment: Having come from a poor family Elza's parents sold her to the Howling Voice Assassins Guild when she was five.
  • Side Quest: A time based mission, with Clive hot on her heels. After a cat and mouse game throughout various locations in Dunan, this culminates in a showdown with Clive in her hometown of Sajah....

King Agares Blight

  • Anyone Can Die
  • Ermine Cape Effect
  • Dirty Coward: When his wife Sara was attacked and raped by Muse ruffians (which lead to Jillia's birth), he simply ran away, rather than help her. Luca forever holds this against him.
  • Minor Major Character: Is the king of the nation you spend the game fighting, but only appears in a single scene where he is promptly killed off.
  • The Mourning After: He is a troubled soul; having lost his wife Sara shortly after Jillia's birth, he was definitely not a good father to Luca....
  • Parental Neglect
  • Patricide: Luca conspired with Jowy to poison his own father as a result of certain events in the past.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia

Solon Jhee

Seed

Culgan

Rowd

  • Blond Guys Are Jerks: Rowd isn't necessarily evil but for much of the game he acts like a jerk although the below trope belies this fact a little.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Although many of Rowd's actions in the game could be considered cowardly and underhanded he is ultimately trying to earn money to take his blind sister to see a doctor.
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: He is never brought to justice for his behavior, and runs away South after the Highland army is defeated.

Yuber

Leon Silverberg

Lucia

Han Cunningham

  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Duel to the Death
  • Badass
  • Duel Boss
  • History Repeats: His backstory mirrors and foreshadows Riou and Jowy's own storyline — 20 years before the events of the game, he lead Highland Army and was the hero of the Highland-Jowston. However, after Riou's master, Genkaku, rose as the leader of the Jowston forces, he was forced into a stalemate. Due to King Agares Blight's suggestion, he had to fight a duel with Genkaku. However, Genkaku did not lift his sword at all, and Han won the duel, making Jowston lose Kyaro to Highland. At some point after the Highland-Jowston War, he and Genkaku sealed their respective runes, the Black Sword Rune and Bright Shield Rune, in a cave in Toto.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Nerves of Steel

Neclord

Anabelle

  • Look Behind You: When faced with Jowy's murderous intentions, she feigns acceptance, but requests to finish her wine as a distraction, then leaps towards Jowy as he briefly turns away....
    • Anyone Can Die: .....but too late to prevent him from mortally wounding her.
    • Final Speech / Forgiveness: She apologizes to the Hero and Nanami for the state's treatment of their adoptive father, Genkaku, but once they confirm their happy childhood with him, she dies peacefully.
  • Mediator: During the Dunan Unification War, she tried to assemble the different states within Jowston to help with the opposing of the Highland Army. However, it was not a success because of the conflicts between the leaders of the states who did not wanted to cooperate.
  • Pirate Girl: Her look, complete with bandanna.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As mayor of Muse and the chair of the Jowston Alliance.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: She and Viktor clearly have history — during their conversation over wine, on the night she is murdered by Jowy, she even laments that if circumstances were different, and she were "a little shorter", she'd have made a good girlfriend for him...
  • Women Are Wiser: She's far calmer with her negotiations than many of the (male) mayors/leaders of the other regions.

Granmeyer

Makai

Gustav Pendragon

Lilly Pendragon

Lepant

Gorudo

  • Beard of Evil
  • The Captain: He is the Captain of the Matilda White Knights and the leader of the Matilida Knights.
  • Corrupt Politician: His self-interest was enough of a cause to sacrifice his knight's code, and as Matilda became rich, he refused to offer support to surrounding regions when Highland attacked.
  • Evil Gloating
  • Jerk Ass
  • Large and in Charge
  • Poison Is Evil: Along with Teresa's father Alec he poisoned the Karayan chief's leader Kianu who was Lucia's father.
  • Stout Strength: He's rotund, very tall and his sprite is quite a bit larger than some of the other characters.

Pohl

Tir McDohl

  • A Taste of Power: He comes equipped with excellent stats.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Soul Eater rune.
  • Badass
  • Cool Hat: His bandana.
  • Guest Star Party Member: A Suikoden 1 save file with all 108 characters alive is necessary to recruit him.
    • Only if you want both him and Gremio. Otherwise, a Suikoden 1 save file from the final save point in that game will do the trick, regardless of how many are alive.
    • Side Quest: Once recruited, he takes part in an epic Rescue Arc to save a young boy from Banner village who has been kidnapped by mountain bandits.
    • If you remove him from your active party, you have to trek back to Banner to pick him up again.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: Averted - he is always called Mc Dohl in Suikoden 2 as he is not the main player character.
  • The Hero: Of the original Suikoden game.
    • Folk Hero: To the people of Toran and Dunan, following his actions in Suikoden 1.
  • Recurring Character
  • Simple Staff

Gremio

Ellie

  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Sidequest Sidestory: Ellie can be involved in the quest to recruit McDohl. It can be relatively minor or she can play more of a role in it depending on the Old Save Bonus (see Gremio's entry for more information).
  • Trauma Inn: She runs the inn at Banner. It's also revealed that she helped Marie run the inn at the Liberation Army Headquarters during the first game as well.

Fu Tan Chen

  • The Host: He's the MC of the cooking contest. He does the introductions of the judges, often slipping in hints about their tastes as well some rather daring commentary about a few of them in a personal sense.
    • Hilarity Ensues: Some of his comments about a few of the judges provokes some rather amusing outraged reactions.
  • Slogan Yelling Megaphone Guy

Leknaat The Seer

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