Characters: Suikoden IV

Suikoden IV has Loads and Loads of Characters...

Lazlo En Kuldes

  • The Hero
    • Magnetic Hero: By necessity, with 107 potential recruits on offer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Chosen One
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: He was washed up on Razril's shore as an orphaned toddler. The Vingerhut family took him in as an adopted servant and playmate for their son, Snowe.
    • Happily Adopted: 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.
  • 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


Voiced by: Wendee Lee (EN)


Voiced by: Liam O Brien (EN)


Voiced by: Michelle Ruff (EN)


Voiced by: Doug Erholtz (EN)

Glen Cott

  • 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!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Uses the Rune of Punishment to wipe out most of the forces attacking Razril, trading his life for that power.
  • 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
  • Stern Teacher: In his capacity as Commander of the Gaien Marine Knights,

Katarina Cott

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When she finally finds out that the hero did not kill her father.
  • Lady of War
  • 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 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
  • Magic Wand: She wields the Kal E Kaganara.
  • Number Two: She's Glen's Vice-Commander and a talented spellcaster.
  • Playing with Fire: She specializes in Fire rune magic.


Vincent Vingerhut









  • 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.
  • Sarashi: He wears a traditional samurai body wrap. It also lends him an "injured" look to help his and Mitsuba's hustle.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: His speciality, once recruited. He open a dojo at HQ where the player can challenge other recruits of increasing difficulty to level characters up.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: His role in the hustle.



  • Cheerful Child
  • 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.








  • Arms Dealer: He's a dealer in Rune Cannons and a supplier to Kooluk.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He is far more intelligent and wily than he would have people believe.
  • Parental Substitute: To Akaghi and Mizuki.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses


  • 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.
  • The Medic: Once recruited, he becomes the HQ doctor.
  • Shock and Awe: He has especially good Lightning Rune firing capabilities in naval battles.



  • 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


  • 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.



  • Green Thumb: He is an experienced mycologist and provides the HQ with a useful harvest of mushrooms.
  • Loners Are Freaks
  • Mad Botanist
  • Mini-Game: He and his brother operate a bizarre mini-game battle, where the player contols an army of mushroom or mint warriors on a Suikoden 1 inspired miniature battle field.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: He has to work in low-light conditions.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nao, who grows mint. They argue a lot, each insisting that the other cannot continue cultivating his plants.


  • Green Thumb: He is an experienced horticulturist and provides the HQ with a useful crop of mint.
  • Loners Are Freaks
  • Mad Botanist
  • Mini-Game: He and his brother operate a bizarre mini-game battle, where the player contols an army of mushroom or mint warriors on a Suikoden 1 inspired miniature battle field.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: He has to work in low-light conditions.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mao, who grows mushrooms. They argue a lot, each insisting that the other cannot continue cultivating his plants.


  • 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.






  • Bash Brothers: His unite attack with his friend and fellow fisherman, Shiramine.
  • An Axe to Grind: He wields the Platinum Axe.
  • Fishing Mini Game: His speciality, once recuited. He runs the pole-fishing game, where the fish caught can be taken to the restaurant and made into HP restoratives.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: He's known as a legendary fisherman around the Island Nations.
  • Stout Strength: He's on the portly side.




  • 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: This 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.




  • 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.


  • Cute Monster Girl
  • Item Crafting: Her speciality. She works with her sisters in the accessory store.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Unlike traditional mermaids, Lilen and her sisters have humanoid legs, as opposed to fish-like tails.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the mermaid Five-Man Band. 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.


  • 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.










Elenor Silverberg

  • 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, Cray, it is believed she lost her life in the crumbling Fort El-Eal, although it is belived she could 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




  • 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.
  • I Knew It: Aldo follows Ted too much, despite the latter's constant refusal. No need to guess how he will end up if you played the first game.
  • 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


Lo Fong

  • The Con: She and her brothers had unlawfully commandeered the Mordo Springs and were charging unwary travellers exorbitant fees to use them, claiming that Lazlo had also used them.
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Genki Girl
  • Loveable Rogue: She is one of the Mordo Springs Bandits.
  • May-December Romance: She 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 Hak, Lo Seng and herself.

Lo Hak

Lo Seng




  • Cats Are Mean: He's not as cute as the other Nay-Kobolds, and is much gruffer too.
  • 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.
  • Sticky Fingers: He and Champo are pickpockets, he's the brains behind the operation. He and Champo cross paths with the hero after they steal King Lino's Golden Seal.


  • 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


  • Fetch Quest: He must be contacted to retrieve Reinbach III's Rose Crest.






  • 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.


  • Confess in Confidence: His speciality. 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.


Voiced by: Kouki Akaishi (JP), Michael Lindsay (EN)


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • Happily Married: To Pam.
  • No One Should Survive That: He is one of the few other survivors of the Iluya explosion and was found face down in the sand on nearby Nay Island.
  • Team Chef: He sets up a food stall on board, selling food items that can be used to replenish health and sometimes cure status anomalies.



  • 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






  • Action Girl
  • Ambadassador: She is from the Scarlet Moon Empire and was sent to investigate the destruction of a small Scarlet Moon/Kooluk border village.
    • 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.
  • Fiery Red Head





  • 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.


  • Femme Fatale
  • Hot Witch
  • 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.


  • The Archmage: He is an incredibly powerful sorceror.
  • Badass Grandpa: See above.
  • Fantastic Science: He invented the rune cannons, in a process shrouded in mystery to all but a select few.
  • Hermit Guru: When first encountered, he's living in the basements beneath his house in Middleport.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an old curmudgeon, but he has a big heart and is keen to join the fight.
  • Magic Wand: He wields the Sacred Wood Cane.
  • Summon Magic: His greatest power. He summoned a number of creatures from the World of Emptiness, most notably the Giant Tree and the Eye Fish. The seeds from the Giant Tree became the ammunition for the rune cannons, and the eyes of the eye fish became a component of the muzzle.
    • Auction of Evil: He then sold this technology and the Giant Tree to the highest bidder.
    • My God, What Have I Done?: He eventually grew depressed, ashamed of the destructive power of his invention, which he hadn't dreamed of when making it.
    • The Atoner: He joins the hero to destroy his creations and make amends. Sometime before Tactics, he is summarily executed by a lynch mob.


  • 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.


Flare En Kuldes


  • 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.




  • Continuity Nod: He and Ema are suspiciously similar looking to Maximillian and Sancho from Suikoden 1.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: His look, although he's definitely one of the good guys.
  • For Great Justice: He 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 Ema.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: He looks more like a villain than a good guy.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: He 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.








  • 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

Leknaat the Seer

Suikoden IV's Antagonists


Graham Cray

  • 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.
    • Life-or-Limb Decision: Unable to control the rune, he eventually decided to cut off his own arm in desperation, freeing himself from the rune's curse.
    • Survivor Guilt: The Rune'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.
  • The Beast Master: He activates the Giant Tree, the game's final boss.
  • Big Bad: He is Suikoden IV's primary antagonist.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Uh-Oh Eyes: He has particularly piercing, ice-blue eyes.