Characters / Suikoden IV

Character sheet for Suikoden IV. All spoilers are unmarked.

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The Hero / Lazlo En Kuldes

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Voiced by: Takashi Ohara (Voice A) and Emi Ogawa (Voice B) (JP)

  • Almighty Janitor: By the time of Suikoden Tactics, he acts as a random agent for Lino, who doesn't even bother to personally order him to join the new heroes. Lazlo, by that point, can freely destroy entire fleets with his True Rune. What nobody (including Lazlo) realizes is that by birthright he should be the crown prince.
  • A Taste of Power: Inverted: He wears the outfit of the Razril Knights at the beginning of the game, including their single-sword style. When he ditches the uniform for plot reasons and takes up his second sword, his attack power effectively doubles.
  • Blessed with Suck: The Rune of Punishment. Not only does it have the normal baggage of one of the True Runes, it actively drains the life of its bearer whenever they use it. Unless it successfully transitions to the Forgiveness phase. Lazlo is apparently the first bearer in a very long time to survive to see that transition.
  • Blow You Away: In Tactics, his default elemental affinity is wind.
  • Cast from Lifespan: The Rune of Punishment has this effect on its bearer, Lazlo included. This is until he frees the soul of Glenn Cott from the True Rune. However, if he doesn't recruit all of the Stars of Destiny, it will catch up to him.
  • Chick Magnet: He winds up with a harem of ladies do to the fact he recruits an awful lot of women and gets ship tease all over the place, hell at least two cliques of three get together to gush and giggle over him. One of said cliques even declares themselves his personal bodyguards.
    • Best summed up in the confessions of almost every female which range from praising, Gushing, Tsundere, Worried, and lampshading his popularity.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His father is actually still alive. And by the end of the game they have a very close relationship...without either of them having any clue that they're father and son.
  • Dual Wielding: His Weapon of Choice is a pair of swords.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Good thing you're big on the whole 'hard work' ethic, Lazlo. Your life depends on it.
  • The Exile: He was cast out from Gaien when it was believed he killed Glen. It gets rescinded later.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Lazlo has a lot of Fangirls in-universe. Must have something to do with the short-shorts...
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted; Lazlo's hard work and dedication is what caused him to catch Glen's eye and be treated as a prodigy.
  • The Hero
    • Heroic Mime: Interestingly, though, the player can select one of two voice sets for him, or go completely without one. As is typical of the Suikoden series, the main character does have (text-only) dialogue, but it comes entirely in the form of menu options for the player. Suikoden heroes tend to only talk when there's something important to say, apparently.
    • Magnetic Hero: By necessity, with 107 potential recruits on offer.
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: He was washed up on Razril's shore as an orphaned toddler. He was then Happily Adopted by The Vingerhut family, who took him in as an adopted servant and playmate for their son, Snowe. The pair enrolled in the Gaien Marine Knights Academy together, where his dedication to hard work caught the eye of Commander Glen.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: He faints after each use of the Rune of Punishment, due to it draining its host's lifeforce with each use, until it finally kills them. This can be averted by successfully recruiting all 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • The Scapegoat: Gets framed for Glen's death.
  • Secret Legacy: He's actually the lost Prince of Obel, who was lost to sea at the same time the Queen of Obel sacrificed herself. Ironically, the King of Obel later considers naming Lazlo as his successor, despite not realizing his true identity.
  • The Stoic: Not very expressive, particularly when compared to other Tenkai Stars. Many of the confessions comment how he's very serious, even when playing the lottery or relaxing.
  • The Unchosen One: He was not selected by destiny or anything: He received the rune, like so many others, because he got too close to someone that was being consumed by it.
  • Walking the Earth: He apparently vanished some time after things settled down in the Island Nations. Since the Rune of Punishment hasn't surfaced in over 150 years, it's possible that he's still alive and kicking out there somewhere, but keeping a low profile because he doesn't want to risk the rune going back into it's "Punishment" phase again (either through his death or losing the rune).

Snowe Vingerhut

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Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (JP), Paul Stephen (EN)

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: His outfits over the course of the game can be found in the sea.
  • Butt Monkey
    • Born Unlucky: He has the lowest luck of all characters to boot.
  • Character Development: His character arc parallels Lazlo's, and since he's more expressive.
  • Chick Magnet: Ironically enough, he's a Chaste Hero.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted; while Lazlo can offer him a place in his army after defeating him, Snowe refuses. Until the last time you ask, when he has a Heel Realization.
  • Dirty Coward: "My arm!" Notably, his attempts to prove that he isn't a coward just makes things worse.
  • Expy: Like Jowy before him, Snowe is a fair-haired young noble who ends up pitted against his best friend.
  • Fatal Flaw: He simply doesn't understand why he's seen as such a bad leader, and why nobody else can comprehend where he's coming from when he makes decisions.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: On the receiving end of this. Deconstructed in that this treatment actually makes things worse in the long run, as he doesn't understand why he gets punched.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Grows to be real jealous of the hero.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about making a deal to protect Razril from Kooluk.
  • Making a Splash: Starts with the Water Rune. In Tactics, this is also his default elemental affinity.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: "Ow, my arm!"
  • Never Live It Down: "My arm!" Also serves as an in-universe example, as the other Knights of Gaien scorn and mock him for this incident.
  • Odd Friendship: Lazlo's master and best friend, though striking a balance between those roles proves difficult.
  • The Quisling: Snowe trades vital information, the dissolution of Razril's chapter of the Knights of Gaien, and the use of their island as a hub for the Kooluk's ongoing invasion in exchange for Razril's safety. In exchange, the Kooluk give him a false title and duties, distracting him from how Razril suffers under their control... leading to his immense surprise when the citizens turn on him.
  • Reality Ensues: Snowe has no experience as a leader, has poor control over his emotions, and doesn't handle himself well in conflict. He gets a lot of preferential treatment because he's Vincent's son. What happens to him is exactly what one would expect from such a poor leader.
  • The Resenter: At first, Snowe's confusion over Glen's death allows him to be manipulated by his controlling father. But later, he begins to be angry at Lazlo.
  • The Scapegoat: Kooluk sets him up as one after he strikes a deal with them to save Razril, by giving him a special position that conveniently takes him away from Razril so that he doesn't see its decline firsthand.
  • Upper-Class Twit
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Towards his own father and Commander Glen.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does want to serve and protect Razril, even if it means making a deal with the Kooluk Empire so they don't have to go to war. When these efforts aren't appreciated and he's driven out of harbor, he snaps and decides to take a cue from Lazlo, turning to piracy.

     Stars of Destiny 

Jewel

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Voiced by: Wendee Lee (EN)

A kind and cheerful young woman who's main interest is cute, pretty, or good-looking boys and man. She is a native from Na-Nal Island and was originally a member of the Knights of Gaien. Jewel is the Tentai Star, also known as the Retreating Star, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.

Keneth

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Voiced by: Liam O'Brien (EN)

A stoic and serious young man who's been close friends with Lazlo since late childhood and was originally a member of the Knights of Gaien. He is the Tensyo Star, also known as the Wounded Star, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.

Paula

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Voiced by: Michelle Ruff (EN)

A studious and quiet young woman who's been close friends with Lazlo since late childhood and was originally a member of the Knights of Gaien. She's also a native from Na-Nal Island, but spent most of her life in exile with her mother. Paula is the Tenman Star, also known as the Star of Abundance, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • Action Girl: More magical than Jewel, but she doesn't shy away from combat.
  • Blow You Away: She start's with a wind rune attached.
  • Emotionless Girl: She speaks in a dispassionate manner. Even if she's seeing Lazlo off before his exile, she only takes his hand, and logically states "I believe in your innocence."
  • Generation Xerox: Resembles her mother so closely that the elves of Na-Nal were immediately able to recognize her as Romina's daughter, and bar her from their village because she now shared her mother's crimes. The exact nature of those crimes never being specified, but given the nature of the Na-Nal elves, probably amounting to nothing more than "not being a Jerk Ass to the humans."
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She wields the Elven Sword.
  • Magic Knight: Her magical skills rival that of the starting wizards, although what she lacks in magical affinity is made up for with her sword arm.
  • Pointy Ears: It's the only way anyone could tell she is an elf.
  • The Quiet One: She is quiet and unassuming, but a good friend to Lazlo and her other True Companions.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: She's the recipient, the elves of Na-Nal punish her for her mother's crimes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mangos.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lazlo. She was one of only three people to accompany him when he was exiled from Gaien by Katarina.

Tal

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Voiced by: Doug Erholtz (EN)

A friendly and outgoing young man who's been close friends with Lazlo since late childhood and was originally a member of the Knights of Gaien. He is the Tenyu Star, also known as the Star of Bravery, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.

Katarina Cott

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The Vice-Commander of the Gaien Knights and daughter of Commander of the Gaien Knights, Glen Cott. Katarina was a former pupil of now retired teacher, Konrad. She is the Tenjyu Star, also known as the Star of Longevity, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • Action Girl: She is a sorceress, not a fighter. But she does not shy away from battle, and when Ramada attacks Razril, she grabs her staff and charges into the fray.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When she finally finds out that the hero did not kill her father.
  • Flash Step: She can teleport to attack.
  • Frontline General: She's Vice-Commander, but she doesn't hesitate to fight on the cannons, or on the front lines. In Tactics, she's Commander, and she does the same thing.
  • Lady of War: Her long robes and Flash Step lend her poise to this trope.
  • Lawful Stupid: Though she had a good working relationship with Lazlo, she automatically believed that Lazlo killed Glen despite the evidence resting on an extremely suspicious testimony by Snowe, with whom she has a poor working relationship with. Even when confronted with Snowe's lack of leadership capabilities and being horribly tortured and later being saved by Lazlo's crew, she remains staunchly believing in his guilt. It's only after she sees the Rune of Punishment that she finally believes in Lazlo and joins him. But how this trope really sticks is her Confessional after joining the 108 Stars of Destiny. She reveals that she never believed Lazlo murdered Glen but that she was so adamant about blaming somebody that she was willing to delude herself into believing in his guilt when she knew he didn't do it.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Inverted; she's actually Glen's daughter, but didn't work up the courage to tell him before his death.
  • Magic Knight: Physically the strongest of all mages.
  • Magic Staff: She wields the Kal E Kaganara.
  • Number Two: She's Glen's Vice-Commander and a talented spellcaster.
  • Playing with Fire: She has maximum affinity for fire magic, tied with her teacher Konrad.

Chiepoo

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An entrepreneurial and often times unlucky Nay-Kobold from Nay Island. Chiepoo is the Tenfu Star, also known as the Star of Wealth, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • Funny Animal: Despite essentially being a giant cat, he's one of the clumsiest characters and frequently asks questions that seem to bemuse everyone around him.
  • Intrepid Merchant: He becomes quite famous in his home village of Nay, though it's not in a positive way.
  • Little Stowaway: When he hitches a ride on the wrong boat, he ends up part of Lazlo's entourage.
  • Non-Human Sidekick
  • Petting Zoo People: Nay-Kobold is a play on neko-bold; they're a feline-based version of the dog-like kobolds seen in other Suikodens.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Being based on a cat will probably do that. However, it's also mentioned that you're not supposed to treat them like this In-Universe — they are a sentient race, after all. When Axel confesses to mistaking Chiepoo's fur coat for a soft blanket, he claims to feel incredibly guilty about it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Eventually develops a fierce devotion to Lazlo. He was one of only three people to accompany him when he was exiled from Gaien by Katarina, although this was initially by mistake.
  • Young Entrepreneur: He wants to start his own merchant company.

Desmond

A resident of the Kingdom of Obel. He's one of Lino En Kuldes' aides and does just about anything the king commands. Desmond is the Chisu Star, also known as the Mathematic Star, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: His specialty. He is used to swap party members in and out of the hero's team. Since he can never be put into the party, this makes it so that there is always someone who can swap members.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He has a big crush on Louise, but is too shy to spit it out.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Downplayed. He serves under Flare, and she's certainly competent. But he handles all of the logistics and other affairs, leaving Flare free to do what she does best.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's incredibly shy.
  • Speech Impediment: He speaks with a pronounced stutter. When asked to man Rune Cannons, he stutters as he fires.

Louise

A resident of the Kingdom of Obel. She's the resident bartender for the Dauntless and often gives valuable advice to Lazlo and his companions. Louise is the Chiin Star, also known as the Shadowy Star, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.

Chadli

  • Cool Helmet: His helmet.
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: He wears his helmet purely as a fashion accessory.
  • No Hero Discount: He offers the same price as other shops do.
  • We Buy Anything: If it's part of a store's normal line, he will carry it after it's witnessed in-game. Notably, though, you can't sell anything to him.
  • We Sell Everything: He sells items that are available from any other store already visited, except for rare items. He's got his own set of rare stuff for that.

Tov

Ornan

  • The Dulcinea Effect: He travels the world, looking for a girl he met once at a dance.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He starts every fight asleep due to his permanent Waking Rune, and must be hit by an enemy before he'll wake up and be able to fight. The plus side is that once he is hit, it acts as a literal Berserk Button, and he instantly goes into a berserk state.
  • The Quiet One: He's friendly and polite, but still says very little.
  • Walking the Earth: Trying to find the woman he loved. He continues after the battle is over.

Perrault

Mitsuba

  • Badass Adorable: She's cute until she opens her mouth. But she'll kick some ass regardless.
  • BFS: She wields a huge blade called Platinum Breaker.
  • Cleavage Window: Barely noticeable, but present.
  • Cute Bruiser: Her bright smile and large eyes make her adorable, but she's got a big sword and a decent strength to back her up.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Lazlo after being defeated in duel.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: It's implied that this is how she managed to beat Jeremy.
  • Genki Girl: Has about as much energy as a coffee farm.
  • Little Miss Badass: Her age is unclear, but her cheerful attitude, voice, and short stature pin her as fairly young.
  • Loin Cloth: She's pretty scantily clad.
  • The Oldest Tricks in the Book: She runs a hustle with Reinhold, tricking innocent warriors into dueling her, by making them believe she has just beaten Reinhold up. She then challenges the unwitting warrior to a duel, with the hopes of beating them for a 10,000 potch reward.

Reinhold

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Corruption by a Minor: Courtesy of Mitsuba. She drags him into the life of a con artist.
  • I Know You Know I Know: He is paranoid that Mitsuba knows a dark secret about him and so he obeys her very whim, lest she reveals all.
  • Level Grinding: His specialty, once recruited. He open a dojo at HQ where the player can challenge other recruits of increasing difficulty to level characters up.
  • Sarashi: He wears a traditional samurai body wrap. It's unclear whether or not that's what he likes to wear, or if it's part of the ruse he pulls with Mistuba, as his garb resembles bandages.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: A twist on the trope, he's not trying for love, but he's using it as a con.

Rita

Voiced by: Aiko Ohno (JP), Rebecca Forstadt (EN)

Rakgi

  • Cheerful Child: He desperately wants to cheer up his mother.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father was a bearer of the infamous Rune of Punishment. Rakgi finds out that it sadly consumed him.
  • Dungeon Crawling: When first encountered, he acts as a guide to the cavernous Obel Ruins.

Rikie

  • Death Seeker: Downplayed, but she remarks that she's not afraid of the Rune of Punishment, and left the Ruins in order to be near it.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Good Parent: To her young son, Rakgi.
  • Love Hurts: Her husband was a bearer of the Rune of Punishment. It eventually consumed him.
  • Temple of Doom: She is the caretaker of the Obel Ruins.

The Mermaid Sisters (Lilin, Lilan, Lilen, Lilon and Liloon)

  • The Big Guy: Lilon. She's the big sister of the five and easily the most confident.
  • The Chick: Liloon.
  • Cute Monster Girl: No one would look at them and think monsters.
  • Family Theme Naming: Their names follows the pattern: Lil + a vowel + n. The last one was supposed to be Lilun, but this was likely lost in translation.
  • Fishing for Sole: Lilan actually is this. Shiramine catches her in his net and pulls her onboard.
  • The Ingenue: Lilin.
  • Item Crafting: Their speciality. Lilin and her sisters operate an accessory store and can synthesize new accessories from any materials the hero has gained.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Unlike traditional mermaids, Lilin and her sisters have humanoid legs, as opposed to fish-like tails. They also look like they're wearing a wetsuit.
  • Purity Personified: Lilin.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Lilin.
  • Shrinking Violet: Lilin and Lilan are very wary of humans and presumes the hero wants to skin her when she's first encountered.
  • The Smart Guy: Lilen. She doesn't have the peculiar speech pattern of her sisters and is the most adept at writing because she's the only one who bothers to learn.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Lilin has a peculiar manner of speech, as seen in the scene where Chieppo is attacked by a giant crab.
  • Tagalong Kid: Lilan. She is the youngest and smallest of the sisters.

Cedric

Oleg

  • Anachronism Stew: He invents a camera, which accidently records Iluya's destruction at the hands of the Cray Trading Company's Rune Cannon.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Not many people seem to get his camera idea, and it seems his invention is too far ahead of its time.
  • For Science!: Subverted. He loves his gadgets and loves showing them to people. But he also likes to sell gadgets for money.
  • The Smart Guy: Stays out of the fights and sticks with his camera.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses

Akaghi and Mizuki

Ramada

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  • Arms Dealer: He's a dealer in Rune Cannons and a supplier to Kooluk.
  • Attack Animal: His Nasal Bird.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He was originally in league with the Cray Trading Company but having found out that Cray was manipulating him to obtain the Rune of Punishment, he joins the hero.
  • The Men First: He willingly throws himself at Lazlo's mercy to save Akaghi and Mizuki. When he learns the truth of the Rune, he offers to work for Lazlo.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He is far more intelligent and wily than he would have people believe.
  • Parental Substitute: To Akaghi and Mizuki.
  • Taking the Bullet: In an act of redemption, he selflessly throws himself in front of a poison dart hurled at Elenor by Graham Cray, during the final battle. He lives to tell the tale.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses

Yu

  • Idiot Hair
  • Magic Feather: His main patient is the hypocondriac Trishtan, who is actually in perfect health. Yu gives him a placebo of flour to keep him happy. He feels immense guilt about this, but Cannot Spit It Out and tell Trishtan the truth until an optional battle conversation in Suikoden Tactics, which turns this into a Cassandra Truth.
  • The Medic: Once recruited, he becomes the HQ doctor.
  • Shock and Awe: He has especially good Lightning Rune firing capabilities in naval battles.

Adrienne

Haruto

  • Fantasy World Map: His specialty. Once recruited, it is possible to view the entire world map.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite his cartographical brilliance, he comes across as a little slow.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't even much like having to steer the ship, even though he is the navigator.
  • Odango

Lino En Kuldes

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The ruler of the Kingdom of Obel, and later becomes ruler of the Island Nations after the Island Liberation War. He and the Queen of Obel had two children, Flare and Lazlo, although he has no idea that Lazlo's actually his long lost son. Lino is the Tengou Star, also known as the Star of Conflagration, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • A Father to His Men: His people are his priority and he shows great compassion to their well-being.
  • The Big Guy: Towers over the lanky Lazlo.
  • Blade on a Stick: He wields a spear named (appropriately) Pharaoh.
  • For Great Justice:
  • Heartbroken Bad Ass: His wife, the Queen of Obel, was bearer of the Rune of Punishment, but it eventually consumed her when she tried to use the Rune to protect Obel from pirates. His son was also lost at sea. The son later turns out to be the hero himself! Neither of them ever realizes it, though. Ironically, in Suikoden Tactics, Lino expresses interest in adopting Lazlo and designating him as his heir.
  • Heroic Build
  • 100% Adoration Rating: He's well loved by the Obel people.
  • Modest Royalty: Most visitors don't even know he's a king at first glance.
    • King Incognito: He's very casual in appearance, and it's not immediately obvious he is Obel's king. That's just the way he likes it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Obel is known for having royalty with a hands-on approach. Lino is no exception.
  • Surfer Dude: His look.

Nico

  • Oblivious to Love: He seems to have no idea that Wendel has a big crush on him. Heck, he doesn't even know she's a girl!
  • Pirate: His look. He's the ship's lookout.
  • Super Senses: As his job demands, he is eagle-eyed and has acute sensory perception.

Pablo

Mao and Nao

  • Green Thumb: They are experienced mycologists and provides the HQ with a useful harvest of mushrooms and a useful crop of mint.
  • Loners Are Freaks: There's a genuine sense of creepiness when it is found out that someone (or something) has set up shop in the lower decks, conducting bizarre biological experiments.
  • Mad Botanist: Well, mad mycologist and botanist, if you want to be specific.
  • Mini-Game: Mao and his brother operate a bizarre mini-game battle, where the player controls an army of mushroom or mint warriors on a Suikoden 1 inspired miniature battle field.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: They have to work in low-light conditions.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They argue a lot, each insisting that the other cannot continue cultivating his plants.

Bang

  • Betting Mini-Game: He runs the HQ lottery, which can be played to increase potch and win prizes. Its top prize is one of the game's best helmet.
  • The Eeyore: His look. He's hardly the happiest looking guy around.
  • Plot Allergy: He had set up shop in Nay, at the Nay-Kobold settlement, but found out he was allergic to his feline customers.

Bartholomew

Viki

See Suikoden Recurring Characters.

Jeane

See Suikoden Recurring Characters.

Manu

Ugetsu and Shiramine

  • Bash Brothers: They unite attack.
  • An Axe to Grind: Ugetsu wields the Platinum Axe.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Shiramine.
  • Fishing Mini Game: Their specialty. Ugetsu runs the pole-fishing game, where the fish caught can be taken to the restaurant and made into HP restoratives, and Shiramine runs the net-fishing game, which is used to haul up treasure (and sometimes characters!) from the ocean.
  • Fishing for Sole: Shiramine actually is this. Ugetsu catches him in his net in the middle of the ocean.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Ugetsu's known as a legendary fisherman around the Island Nations.
  • Stout Strength: Ugetsu's on the portly side.

Izak

  • Badass Mustache
  • BFS: He wields the huge Sword Of Purging.
  • Big Guy
  • Depopulation Bomb: He is one of the only survivors of Cray's giant rune cannon attack on Iluya island.
  • Fetch Quest: He asks the hero to bring him a flower seed.
  • In Memoriam: The above is so he can plant a tribute in memory of a young girl he knew, who loved flowers.
  • Zen Survivor: He's definitely this, after surviving the island-flattening catastrophe.

Kate

Nataly

Taisuke

  • Furo Scene: His speciality. He has a passion for making baths, and once recruited, he builds a large onsen on the ship HQ, where party characters can be seen enjoying a nice soak. The onsen also serves as an area to display a mural of all islands visted and any treasures found.
    • Bathtub Bonding: Certain combinations of characters and antiques placed within the baths will activate a variety of mini scenes.
  • Naked on Arrival: He joins the allies after the hero retrieves his misplaced clothes whilst he is having a (naked) soak in a mountain spring on the Deserted Island.

Rene

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: She is an expert treasure hunter and loves the thrill of finding treasure more than the actual items themselves.
  • Meganekko
  • Mini-Game
    • Metal Detector Puzzle: The player can take control of Rene for a treasure hunting game, where she uses her dowsing rods to find buried items.
  • Plucky Girl: When it comes to treasure hunting.
  • Precocious Crush: It's apparent that Noah, Rita and herself have a crush on the hero.
  • Treasure Map: These are her speciality and can be used in a variety of locations to activate her treasure hunt game.

Phil

Dario

  • Boisterous Bruiser: To the point where Kika has to scold him about picking fights with people who haven't committed any sort of crime. Dario's hammer is a fitting weapon for him.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He's pretty foul-mouthed, even when around his young son.
  • Drunken Master: He likes his grog.
  • Fast Ball Special: Gets thrown into the enemies by Gau in his unite attack.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He initially menaces Gaien, and picks fights in naval combat until Kika approached him and told him to behave himself.
  • Hidden Depths: Dario initially attacked Lazlo and his companions because he thought they were responsible for capturing and killing dozens of mermaids.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so, and sometimes to the point where Kika and the other pirates wonder if he's either drunk or just plain has no self-control.
  • The Lancer: To Kika. He is her right hand man.
  • Lovable Rogue: He might be a loud-mouthed pirate, but Dario isn't really a bad guy and appears to be a loving father to Nalleo. He also despises people who capture and kill mermaids.
  • Parental Substitute: To Nalleo, who has no idea Dario isn't his birth father.
  • Pirate: Of the Type 2 variety.
  • Sticky Fingers: Nalleo admits that his father has an unfortunate habit of stealing broiled fish from the kitchens.
  • Stout Strength
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: If his unite attack fails.

Hervey

Kika

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Captain of the Grishend and a powerful pirate in the seas of the Island Nations. Though officially an outlaw, Kika is known not to pick fights and doesn't appreciate the Kooluk Empire invading her homeland. She is the Tenko Star, also known as the Lone Star, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.

Nalleo

Sigurd

Agnes

Elenor Silverberg

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A member of the reputable Silverberg family and former strategist of the Scarlet Moon Empire, with Graham Cray as her apprentice. After living in exile for many years, Elenor eventually agrees to assist Lazlo in leading the Island Liberation Navy to victory against Kooluk. She is the Tenki Star, also known as the Star of Wisdom, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Graham Cray is her ex-pupil.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Cool Old Lady
  • Cynical Mentor: At first she seems a bitter, broken woman but she does mellow into a more traditional Obi Wan type over time.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Fetch Quest: She's reluctant to join the hero, and to prove his worth, she instructs him to retrieve a green bottle and a seal from a cave behind her house. When he succeeds, she is compelled to join.
  • Guttural Growler: She has a decidedly husky voice.
  • Heroic Lineage: She is from the famous Silverberg family of the Scarlet Moon Empire, who are renowned for producing the Suikoden world's leading strategic minds.
  • Hermit Guru: When first encountered, she's living in isolation on Hermitage Island.
  • Lady Drunk: She enjoys a drink...
  • Never Found the Body: After the final confrontation with her ex-pupil, Graham Cray, it's believed Elenor lost her life in the crumbling Fort El-Eal, although it's also believed she could possibly be Missing in Action.
  • Slipping a Mickey: When the hero's party arrive at her hermitage, she is initially very suspicious and drugs them to found out their intentions.
  • The Strategist

Brec and Jango

Aldo

  • Ambiguously Gay
  • The Champion: To Ted. He becomes his confidant and is very protective of his well being.
  • Country Mouse: Having lived in isolation for years, he is nervous of the hustle and bustle of the ship HQ.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's said to have died following Ted around at the ending, probably because he became too close with Ted and got designated as Soul Eater's victim.
  • Robinsonade: He was stranded on Hermitage Island, until the hero showed up and recruited him.
  • Shrinking Violet

Gau

Lo Fong, Lo Hak and Lo Seng

  • The Charmer: Lo Hak is a bit of a ladies man, with Katarina, Helga and Maxine being his particular favorites.
  • The Con: They have unlawfully commandeered the Mordo Springs and were charging unwary travellers exorbitant fees to use them, claiming that Lazlo had also used them.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Lo Hak.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: They can be recruited after being beated.
  • Drunken Master: Lo Seng has a weakness for wine.
  • Genki Girl: Lo Fong.
  • Knife Nut: Lo Seng wields the Knives of Avarice.
  • Loveable Rogue: They are the Mordo Springs Bandits.
  • May–December Romance: Lo Fong clearly has a fondness for older men (and mustaches), as when she decides to rank the most attractive men on the boat, Gunter took bronze, Konrad took silver, and Izak took the gold.
  • Power Trio: Lo Fong, Lo Hak and Lo Seng forms one.
  • Team Dad: Lo Seng, to the other two.

Igor

Champo and Nalkul

Micky

  • Authors
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": He writes the novel "Rose Swordsman", focusing on Reinbach III's extremely embellished exploits, which later becomes a hit.
  • Old Retainer: To the Reinbach family. Although he is still young, he's been in service with the family for years.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: He looks very sad and mournful, but he's probably just concerned for his master.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his master, Reinbach III.

Schtolteheim Reinbach III

  • Arranged Marriage: To Millay, as arranged by his overbearing father, although he has no intention of going ahead with it. When he hears about it, he's horrified.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To his loyal retainer, Micky and also to his best friend, Charlemagne.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Nod: To Suikoden 1, where Viktor uses the fake name "Schtolteheim Reinbach III" while going through the Fortress of Kwaba. Tir also can adopt "Schtolteheim Reinbach IV".
    • Running Gag: He is actually the living embodiment of Suikoden's Running Gag. In 2, Riou suggests this name as Flik's fake name. In 3, Chris can adapt this fake name (despite being a woman). Here? The man himself appears in person.
  • Fetch Quest: The hero must bring him his beloved Rose Crest for him to join the allies.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He's a surprisingly competent fighter and magician.
  • Flower Motifs: Specifically roses.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Sports a musketeer style outfit, complete with a wide-brimmed hat that incorporates huge ostrich feathers.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit
  • Leitmotif: The narcissist's theme "Scarleticia Castle" plays whenever the hero interacts with him.
  • Petal Power: As seen in his Love Love Attack with Charlemagne.
  • Regal Ringlets: He could give Shirley Temple a run for her money in the curly hair department.
  • Upper-Class Twit

Gareth

  • Fetch Quest: He must be contacted to retrieve Reinbach III's Rose Crest.
  • Our Founder: After being recruited, Gareth sculpt a statue of Lazlo and put it on display in the saloon.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a pink shirt.

Etienne

Deborah and Oskar

Helga

Charlemagne

  • Ambiguously Gay
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He's a surprisingly competent fighter and magician.
  • Flower Motifs: Specifically roses.
  • Gag Nose: He has a very large Cyrano de Bergerac-esque nose.
  • I Dub Thee Sir Knight: Unlike the other Suikoden narcissists, he's initially not actual nobility but is enobled by his friend Reinbach III following his bravery in the war.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: Although he's less fancy than some other Suikoden Narcissists.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He is incredibly chivalrous and gentlemanly, even offering to pay Helga's bill after she trashes her room at the Middleport Inn.
  • Leitmotif: The narcissist's theme "Scarleticia Castle" plays whenever the hero interacts with him.
  • Petal Power: As seen in his Love Love Attack with Reinbach III.

Keen

  • Confess in Confidence: His specialty. He runs the ship HQ's confession booth, essentially a way of finding out trivia about the recruited characters.
  • Gonk
  • Kubrick Stare: He has decidedly creepy eyes.
  • Only in It for the Money: He'll only join the hero for a 10,000 potch fee. Declining drops the fee to 9,999 potch.
  • Professional Killer: He is an old assassin, hired to kill Sigurd. However, the two set aside their differences to concentrate on the war.

Ted

See Suikoden Recurring Characters.

Axel

  • BFS: He wields a huge broadsword named the Grand Sword.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Like most residents of Na-Nal, it would appear.
  • Fantastic Racism: He's really not keen on elves.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He initially rejects the hero's request to join him, stating that he is happy with the Kooluk's presence on Na-Nal, even branding the hero "rude". However, after Kooluk's betrayal, he is sent by his father to help the hero fight them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's pretty rude when first encountered, but mellows a lot when he joins the allies.

Eugene

Selma

  • Anime Hair: She sports a wild, bouffant mane of lime green hair.
  • BFS: She wields a vicious looking falchion named the Evil-Slicing Sword.
  • Black Sheep: She was banished from the Na-Nal elven village when she refused to follow her chief's underhanded orders.
  • Our Elves Are Better: She is far more amazonian and less typically fey than other Suikoden elves.
  • Pointy Ears: Hers are particularly huge.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl
  • The Stoic: Oh so very much.

Kevin and Pam

Millay

  • Action Girl
  • Anime Hair: She sports very full, lavender coloured hair.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Reinbach III, as organised by his overbearing father.
    • Runaway Bride: She's less than happy with this arrangement and runs away to Na-Nal. Luckily, Reinbach has no intention of going through with it and straightens things out when they finally meet, just as she is about to be dragged back to Middleport by his father's goons.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Body Guard Babes: She becomes one of the hero's self-appointed bodyguards, alongside Gretchen and Helga.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Genki Girl

Jeremy

Helmut

Ameria

Basil

Frederica

  • Action Girl
  • Always Gets Her Man: She knows Graham Cray is at the centre of the mystery, and so joins the allies to bring him to justice.
  • Ambadassador: She is from the Scarlet Moon Empire and was sent to investigate the destruction of a small Scarlet Moon/Kooluk border village.
  • Fiery Red Head

Funghi

Gretchen

Karl

Konrad

  • Badass Grandpa: One of the most powerful sorcerers in the game.
  • Court Mage: He is a powerful sorceror and is an old ally of Glen Cott.
  • Honorary Uncle: He is very close to his student, Katarina, especially after her father Glen is killed.
  • Magic Wand: He wields the Force Rod.
  • Playing with Fire: He comes equipped with the most powerful fire magic rune, the Rage Rune.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: The war with Kooluk pulled him out of retirement.

Maxine

  • Femme Fatale
  • Hot Witch
  • Lady of Black Magic: A sultry and quiet mercenary adept at offensive magic.
  • Lady in Red: She's all in red - from her boots, body-suit, earrings, and makeup, and has the sexy, sultry personality to match.
  • Magic Wand: She wields the Red Orb Rod.
  • The Snark Knight: She's nonchalant at best and often downright prickly.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: She is hired by Ramada to duel the hero in various places in an effort to defeat him. She always opens these duels with a confident "En garde!"
    • Defeat Means Friendship: She gets beaten every time, and eventually, after Ramada joins the hero, she concedes defeat and joins, too.

Warlock

Pecola

  • An Interior Designer Is You: Her speciality. She is a famous interior designer and once recruited, a special room onboard the ship HQ can be decorated with various pieces the hero acquires.
  • Authors: She has published her own book on interiors.
  • Gossipy Hen: Her look and demeanor.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She wears her very long hair up in an elaborate bun that projects a clear couple of feet from the back of her head.
  • You Are the New Trend: She's a real inspiration to the fashionable people of Middleport.

Tanya

Flare En Kuldes

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The princess and heir to the Kingdom of Obel. Headstrong and kind-hearted, Flare patrols the Kuknasi Sea alongside her own men and refuses to abandon Obel during the Kooluk invasion. She is the Tenkou Star, also known as the Clever Star, of the 108 Stars of Destiny.

Setsu

  • Control Freak: He's panicky, pessimistic, and is obsessed with manners and decorum. Naturally, he's frustrated by his ultra-casual king.
  • Jerkass: When first encountered.
  • Non-Action Guy: Well, except for the one time he distracted the Kooluk army by basically going "neener neener" complete with butt-slapping.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Initially, he is very cold when the hero first shows up in Obel, but it's mostly due to the fact that he is wary of the hero's Rune of Punishment.
  • Old Retainer: To the En Kuldes royal family of Obel.
  • Over Protective Dad: His manner towards Lino and Flare.
  • Undying Loyalty: His saving grace.

Carrie

Gary and Ema

  • Closer to Earth: Ema is far more laid back than her boisterous husband.
  • Continuity Nod: They are suspiciously similar looking to Maximillian and Sancho from Suikoden 1, making her a bit of an odd Distaff Counterpart to Sancho.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Gary's look, although he's definitely one of the good guys.
  • For Great Justice: Gary is a firm believer in justice and freedom.
    • Many years down the road, there would be a group of knights of which one (and a partner) would always join the Hero in each game, all of whom share this exact trait, word for word. The amulet he wears is also suspiciously similar to their insignia. See Continuity Nod above.
  • Happily Married: To each other.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Gary looks more like a villain than a good guy.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: Gary and Ema were just passing through Obel in search of the perfect place to settle down, when it was attacked by the Kooluk. They bravely supported the Obel people and joined hero's team once Obel was liberated.

Gunter

Nabokov

Noah

  • Betting Mini-Game: She runs a card game, once recruited, that can be played for potch.
  • Cat Girl: She likes to impersonate the Nay-Kobolds, and wears cat ears and cat mittens. Desmond even thinks she is a Nay-Kobold.
  • The Gambler
  • Kawaiiko
  • Naughty Is Good: She's highly mischievous, and is all the more appealing for it.
  • Perpetual Poverty: When first encountered, she is hiding in Lino's throne room, looking for food and claims she hasn't eaten for 3 days.
  • Precocious Crush: It's apparent that Rene, Rita, and herself have a crush on the hero.
  • Sticky Fingers: She's a petty thief.

Trishtan

Wendel

Rachel

Travis

  • Bishounen
  • The Eeyore: He's a pretty miserable, angsty kind of guy and is prone to long periods of depression.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Recruiting him is an arduous process. The player must travel right through the Obel Ruins to find him. When finally encountered, he asks the hero if he has an Escape Talisman and asks him to prove it by using it. This (irritatingly) warps the hero right to the start of the Obel Ruins, which must be navigated again to finally recruit him.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He constantly strives to be away from others.
  • Mysterious Past: He is first encountered standing over the spot where the grave of a former Rune of Punishment bearer stood.
  • Not Good with People

     The Kooluk Empire 

Troy

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  • Anti-Villain: Of the My Country, Right or Wrong type.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Towards the end of the game, he meets his match and is defeated. Troy stayed on board his ship as it sank, as he proclaimed his return to the sea.
  • Bishounen
  • The Captain: He is a legendary officer in the Kooluk Navy and leads the first fleet.
  • The Dragon: Follows direct orders from the Governor of Fort El-Eal. After the governor got "sick", Troy starts receiving order from Cray instead.
  • Post Final Boss: He is the last enemy of the game, fought in a duel battle.
  • Red Baron: He is known as the "Child of the Sea God".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue Oni to Colton's red. Troy is serious, collected and rational.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He often found himself at odds with Cray's overly violent methods of conquering the southern islands.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: After the collapse of El-Eal, he rams the hero's ship and challenges him to a final duel.

Colton

  • Anti-Villain: Like Troy, he is just acting accord to his country interests.
  • Fat Bastard: Appears to be overweight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Troy's blue. Colton is headstrong, sttuborn and has a very short temper.
  • The Reveal: He is Helmut's father.

Governor of El-Eal

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A Governor working for the Kooluk Empire, tasked with the expansion of it's empire territory by conquering the Island Nations. Gives direct orders to Troy and Colton.

  • Big Bad: Works for the Kooluk Empire, who seeks to expansionist its territory by conquering the Island Nations. Subverted, as he is betrayed by Cray and locked in a dungeon.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Is betrayed by Cray and left to die in prison.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His real name is unknown.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He spends the whole game in his fort, giving orders to Troy and Colton.
  • Slouch of Villainy: As seen in his character art.
  • The Unfought: By the time the heroes invades Fort Al-Real, he's already dead.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: Gives Ramada a map of Fort El-Eal (which the heroes use to attack the fort), and dies shortly thereafter.


Graham Cray

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  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: He is a former strategy student under Elenor's tuition.
  • Artifact of Doom: Years previously, under unknown circumstances, he had come in contact with the Rune of Punishment, becoming its bearer.
  • The Beast Master: He activates the Giant Tree, the game's final boss.
  • Big Bad: Becames Suikoden IV's primary antagonist after dealing with the governor.
  • The Chess Master: He manipulated the policies of the Kooluk Empire to try to achieve his ultimate goal: recover the Rune of Punishment.
  • Evil, Inc.: He established Cray Trading Company and its front Orark Maritime Trade in order to gather resources and establish an information network in order to ascertain the rune's location.
  • Evil Laugh: A loud one, after the hero tells him about seeing his son withing the Rune of Punishment memories.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Unable to control the Rune of Punishment, he eventually decided to cut off his own arm in desperation, freeing himself from the rune's curse.
  • Never Found the Body: Following the defeat of the Giant Tree, he is presumed to have died in the subsequent collapse of El-Eal fortress, although his body was not found.
  • Steam Punk: He has a steel Artificial Limb in place of the arm he severed.
  • Survivor Guilt: The Rune of Punishment's power transferred to his son, who used the Rune to stop Scarlet Moon nobles attacking the village where the Cray family lived, killing not only the nobles but a large number of villagers, as well as himself. Cray endlessly seeks the Rune, as it was the only thing left in his life which contained some essence of his son.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: He has particularly piercing, ice-blue eyes.

The Giant Tree

    Other antagonists 

Brandeau

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Peck

  • Mauve Shirt: He is just a minor villain without a name in the game. Suikoden Tactics gives him a name and a background.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Brandeau.
  • Pirate: A subordinate of Brandeau.
  • Run or Die: When Brandeau activates the Rune of Punishment, Peck tells the Razril knights to run for they lives. Unfortunately they have no idea of what's happening about and just stand still until the rune kills them all.
  • Was Once a Man: The sequel reveals that Peko was a human pirate, who was transformed into a monster when the pirate Steele exploded a Rune Cannon with his True Rune of Punishment.

The Fog Ship Guide

  • Casting a Shadow: Attacks with the Soul Eater Rune, which he has taken from Ted.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Looks like a floating mass of merged reptile monsters and a glowing hand.
  • Escapism: The Guide offers Lazlo a chance to escape his dark fate as the wearer of the Rune of Punishment and live on his ship.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He is referred, simply, as "Fog Ship Guide".
  • Filler Villain: He only appears during the (optional) Ted's recruitment arc and have no relevance in the story.
  • Ghost Ship: Inhabits the Fog Ship.
  • Power Parasite: Has the power to take True Runes from it's bearers.
  • We Will Meet Again: In his last words, before Leknaat send him back to the Eternal City, the Guide make a vow to return after acquiring more power.

    Others 

Glen Cott

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  • Blackmail: After Gaien scaled back their naval funding and left Razril to fend for itself, Vincent Vingerhut took advantage of this to start blackmailing the knights — either do as he asked, or he'd withdraw his financal support. Glen resents this arrangement, but can't bring himself to act against Vincent's wishes.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While he had no choice but to comply with Vincent Vingerhut's string-pulling to appoint his inexperienced son in positions above what he was ready for, Glen could have treated Snowe better for his failures; whenever Snowe screws up, Glen punches him and yells at him without properly disciplining him while Lazlo receives considerable praise, contributing to Snowe's confusion and resentment of Lazlo.
  • Plotline Death: Glen makes a Heroic Sacrifice by using the Rune of Punishment to wipe out most of the forces attacking Razril, trading his life for that power.
  • Stern Teacher: In his capacity as Commander of the Gaien Marine Knights.

Vincent Vingerhut

Schtolteheim Reinbach II

Leknaat the Seer

See Suikoden Recurring Characters.

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