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Characters: Suikoden V
True to the series in general, Suikoden V boasts Loads and Loads of Characters:
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    The Royal Family 

Prince Freyjadour Falenas

The protagonist of Suikoden V. The Prince starts as a member of the royal family who is perceived as a nobody by those who don't know him, only to become the leader of a rebellion against the tyrannical Godwin regime.

  • The Hero
    • Magnetic Hero: By necessity, with 107 potential recruits available.
  • Almighty Janitor: In a sense. Because he's not in line for the throne he has very little official duties, so he's free to explore and leave the capital to visit other towns in the Queendom. The Royal family uses this to their advantage at the beginning of the game.
  • Badass: Let us the count the ways, shall we:
  • Battle Couple: The Prince and Lyon are inseparable at least until halfway through the game.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The player can choose to avoid this but most of his dialogues choices run in this direction. For instance, if the player chooses to voice support for Belcoot as Lymsleia's husband Sialeeds will tease him by saying, "So..he even has big brother's approval?"
  • Bishounen
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to Ardil in the manga after the Godwin's Coup. Poor kid.
  • Canon Name: Three, depending on the source. The novelization call him "Freyjadour" ("Frey" for short). The manga refers to him as "Ardil". The pre-made save-games released as part of the game's promotion refers to him as "Faroush".
  • Chick Magnet: Lampshaded so often to the point of becoming a Running Gag.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Some of the dialog choices let the player portray him as one, though this usually results in Lyon getting annoyed with him
  • The Chosen One
  • Combat Medic: With his Dawn Rune, similar to The Hero of Suikoden II.
  • Continuity Nod: His first alternate costume when he's on disguise is also McDohl's clothes.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He hits this at the end of the game if you have recruited less than 60 Stars of Destiny. Unable to cope with Lyon's death, he wanders off into the frozen Ashtwal Mountains alone, utterly broken by his experiences.
  • Fighting with Chucks: He wields a sansetsukon, a three-section staff. It's one of the weapons you can learn in many schools of kung fu. A lot of its moves are used for trapping the opponent's weapon.
    • Improbable Weapon User: What pushes his weapon into this territory is that the three sections can link together to form a bo staff, making it even more complex to wield. The fact that the Prince can wield this weapon with ease shows just how skilled he is.
  • Heroic BSOD: He goes through a large amount of trauma throught the story, but he finaly cracks after the events of The New Queen's Campaign: Sialeeds seemingly betrays him and Lyon nearly dies from a stab wound. In a scene after the above spoiler, Luserina offers some words of comfort in an effort to reach out to him. After a moment, He simply turns around and walks off; the player is not even given the option to respond (which would normaly happen). Pretty powerful response for a silent protagonist.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Which Lucretia even advises him on, so he can look more badass.
    • Before this, he was Modest Royalty (at least, compared to his parents, and the rest of the nobility).
  • Infinity Plus One Skill: Royal Paradise is pretty expensive. He's the only one who can equip it and getting it requires you to have at least an A rank on all of his basic skills.
  • Lady Land: As his gender rendered him ineligible to take the throne, he was dismissed as unimportant by certain nobles.
    • Spoiled Sweet: But not by his family, who lavished him with just as much attention as his younger sister.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Scarf of Asskicking: He gains one in his third outfit, the outfit you see in the cover and for the most of the game.
  • Silent Bob: The only thing saving him from being the Heroic Mime is his expressive face.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He really, really takes after his mother, appearance-wise.
  • Warrior Prince: He's pretty badass with his 3 section staff.
  • The Wise Prince

Crown Princess Lymsleia Falenas

The heir to the Falenan throne and the Prince's younger sister. Lym is extremely attached to her brother, but she also shows surprising wisdom for a girl her age.

  • Big Brother Worship: She's very clingy towards her older brother, the Prince. The manga adaptation turns that around and makes her more of a Tsundere.
  • Brown Eyes: Paired with Curtains Match the Window.
  • Cheerful Child: Or was, 'til Gizel tries to break her, following his takeover of the Sun Palace.
  • The Chew Toy: Her bodyguard, Miakis, takes no small amount of pleasure in toying with her.
    • Cool Big Sis: But she knows Miakis will always be there to protect her. The epilogue even states that: "they remained as close as loving sisters".
  • Everything's Better with Princesses:
  • Plucky Girl: In spite of everything the Godwins put her through, she absolutely refused to let them break her and even devised "The New Queen's Campaign" as a smokescreen in order to defect to her brother's armynote . Too bad Sialeeds didn't allow it to happen.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Once in power.
  • Save the Princess: She becomes a key figure in the plots of those who want to turn the country towards their own ends and one of the prince's primary motivations for fighting.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Just as her brother resembles her mother, Lymsleia has inherited her hair and eye colors from her father.
  • Tsundere: In the manga.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: If you're nice enough to her, she'll ask to sleep in the Hero's bed for one final sleepover after the purification rite.
    • Relationship Values: The game actually keeps track of how nice you are to her. If you're not nice enough, you're locked out of the best ending.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lym doesn't mince words, after being betrayed by her aunt, Sialeeds. She calls her out on it and tells her exactly where she can go (seen at 2:38-2:57).

Queen Arshtat Falenas

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP)

The Queen of Falena and the Prince's mother. Although Arshtat is normally a kind and caring woman, two years ago she had to take up the Sun Rune to prevent it from being stolen. Tragically, the Rune is slowly driving her mad.

Ferid Egan

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP)

The Commander of the Queen's Knights, the Prince's father and Arshtat's husband. Ferid is famous for being one of the few men to gain his position while not being a member of the Falenan nobility.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: To get engaged to Arshat (and thus, to become the Commander of the Queen's Knights) he had to win the Sacred Games.
  • Badass Family
  • Character Death: He is literally incinerated by his Sun Rune-crazed wife, Arshtat.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dark Horse Victory: His victory in the Sacred Games came as a severe shock to the local aristocracy, who expected one of the gladiators hired to represent one of their own to win; needless to say, while he has become popular with the public since then, many of the nobility still resent him.
  • Defusing The Tykebomb: Helped a Nether Gate castoff named Mismar become a normal girl.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: His last words, mouthed as Arshtat incinerates him, are "I love you".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Arshtat. He's the only one who's able to snap her out of her Rune-induced crazy fits, but it's becoming more and more difficult as of late.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Happily Married
  • Mysterious Past: A citizen of the Island Nations Federation, he keeps his family background a secret to avoid political complications, going simply by "Ferid".
    • Secret Other Family: He was the eldest son of Admiral Skald Egan of the Island Nations, thereby making Bernadette his younger sister.
  • One-Man Army: In his youth, during the invasion of Falena by bordering Armes, he saved the nation singlehandedly by fighting on the front lines of the war as Commander of the Queen's Knights.
  • The Promise: He made an arrangement with Georg that he was to kill Arshtat should she lose her sanity while in control of the Sun Rune, in case he was otherwise incapacitated. Georg reluctantly agreed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Accepts the criticisms levied at him and his wife and encourages his knights to speak honestly.

Lady Sialeeds Falenas

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP)

The Prince's aunt and Arshtat's sister. To avoid a civil war, Sialeeds gave up her claim to the Falenan throne, although she gladly helps her family with solving the various problems in Falena.

  • Action Fashionista
  • Auntie Bear: This is definitely in evidence during the early part of the game, and a significant reason for her dramatic Face-Heel Turn is because of her desire to protect her young niece and nephew.
  • Badass Family: She's Queen Arshtat's younger sister and the Prince & Lymsleia's aunt.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: She accomplishes all of her objectives, breaks the power of the nobility and allows Lymsleia to reform the Queendom's government.
  • Blow You Away: She specialises in Wind Rune magic.
  • Christmas Cake: Mentioned by a few characters, who refer to her as the Prince's "old auntie", much to her annoyance.
  • Cool Aunt
  • Crutch Character: Starts out as a fairly powerful long-range fighter, as well as a decent spellcaster, but is saddled with an irremovable Wind Rune. And she ditches your party halfway through the game.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Enigmatic Minion: During her stint supporting the Godwins. She keeps her true objectives from both her erstwhile 'allies' and the party both, although Gizel and Lucretia both guess what it is.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change
  • Face-Heel Turn, albeit for Necessarily Evil reasons
  • The Fashionista: Even Josephine is mightily impressed that she designs and creates her own gowns.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her kimono-esque outfit.
  • Hello, Nurse!
  • It's Personal: She utterly despises Lucretia Merces, mostly because it was she who convinced her sister Arshtat to take up the Sun Rune in the first place.
  • Maiden Aunt: Following the violent Falenan War of Succession, she vowed to never marry or have children.
  • Ms Exposition: Her main role outside of court is to accompany her young nephew and act as his advisor, usually indicating how the team should progress.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Not a Morning Person: Generally, she's very upbeat but has a habit of punching those who wake her early. People thank you for not making them wake her up, and Lyon has to wear bandages one time after doing so.
  • Oba San: Although she probably wouldn't appreciate the implications of this title.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: She wears her tousled, honey blonde hair in a high ponytail that falls (sexily) over one side of her face.
  • Promotion to Parent
  • Rings of Death: She wields a pair of chakram in combat.
  • Secret Relationship: Is implied to be in one with Kyle.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She confesses to Lucretia that she didn't think the Prince could properly clean up the Senate without problems down the road, so took matters into her own hands for the sake of the Queendom.

Lady Haswar Falenas, the Oracle

Voiced by: Yoko Sasaki (JP)

The Oracle of Lunas and Arshtat's cousin. Like Sialeeds, Haswar has given up her claim to the Falenan throne to avoid a civil war.

  • Badass Family
    • Badass Pacifist: She is NOT a fighter, but does everything in her power to peacefully resist the Godwins.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Really into the beavers.
  • Good Shepherdess: She's shown to be extremely kind and compassionate to those under her care.
  • Maiden Aunt: Like her cousin Sialeeds, she has pledged to never marry or have children for the sake of stability in the Queendom. Despite this, Haswar holds no grudges against her surviving family.
    • Promptly defied after the game ends, as she does marry.
  • Miko: Of a sort, due to the religious role she plays in her society.
  • Saintly Church: Her enclave at Lunas.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She has a lovely, friendly nature.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her cousin, Queen Arshtat.
  • Succession Crisis: As the daughter of Crown Princess Shahrewar, Haswar should have eventually become Queen. Thanks to the machinations of Shahrewar's younger sister Falzrahm and the violent succession struggle that erupted after her grandmother's passing, this never came to be. But the tragedy of the Succession War was too much for Haswar, and she allowed Arshtat to take the throne because she had absolutely no desire to have it.

    The Queen's Knights 

Lyon/Mismar

Voiced by: Eri Sendai (JP)

A Queen's Knight-in-training and the Prince's bodyguard. She has a fairly dark past, although all most people know about it is that Ferid took her in when she was young.

Georg Prime

Voiced by: Hisanori Koyatsu (JP)

The newest member of the Queen's Knights and an old friend of Ferid's. Georg is one of the best swordsmen in the world. Years later, he would join in the fight against Highland.

Miakis

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP)

Lym's eccentric bodyguard and best friend.

  • Action Girl: She's a Queen's Knight and Lymsleia's personal bodyguard for a reason.
  • Apologetic Attacker/Just Following Orders: If you lose the duel against Miaskis, she reluctantly walks behind the Prince and slits his throat; resulting in a Non-Standard Game Over.
    Miakis: (softly) "I'm sorry...."
  • Badass Adorable: A rare instance where the trope applies to an adult, see Older than They Look.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being the most cheerful out of the Queen's Knights, she got that job (as well as being the personal bodyguard to the heiress to the Queendom) for a very good reason. Best seen when she cheerfully threatens (with one of her knives) to toss Euram into a river after he gets a little too close when trying to court the ten year old Lymsleia. She would have been chosen as a Dragon Knight too if she wasn't female.
  • Bodyguard Babe: She is Princess Lymsleia's personal bodyguard.
  • Break the Cutie: Has a heartwrenching breakdown when forced to face the prince in a duel.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: It's hard to believe someone so seemingly carefree somehow ended up becoming a Queen's Knight, or that she might've been a member of the Dragon Calvary, were it not for their strict policies of not allowing women in their ranks.
  • Cool Big Sis: She isn't just Lymsleia's bodyguard, but her confidant and closest friend, apart from her brother. The epilogue during the end credits even says they remained as close as loving sisters.
  • Duel Boss/ Fighting Your Friend: As a result of Gizel's manipulation.
  • Famed in Story: While they're in Stormfist for the Sacred Games, Lyon tells the Prince that Miakis and Kyle are both proficient in magic, but are famous throughout Falena as Queen's Knights, rather than magic users.
  • The Gadfly: She loves to mess with her friends' heads. For example, she tricks Lym into thinking that the ceremonial battle the Prince competed in for the Sacred Games was part of the official tournament and thus the Prince seeks his sister's hand in marriage.
  • Genki Girl: She's probably the only woman you'll meet that can threaten to slit someone's throat and dispose of their body in the river and do it with a smile and perfectly chipper tone, without being Axe Crazy, or a Stepford Smiler.... and MEAN IT!!
  • Implied Love Interest: Implied twice, toward the Prince:
    • When they're about to begin the purification ritual at Lunas, Lym tells the Prince not to peek. If the player answers they don't intend to, Miakis will tempt the Prince by reminding him that she'll be taking part in the ritual as well.
    • The bath scene between the Prince, Lyon, Miakis, and Roy, further suggests Miakis has a crush on him. When Roy shows up in the women's bath pretending to be the Prince, not only is Miakis not upset to see him, she invites him to join them... until Lyon points out that it's Roy in disguise. That changes everything. After Miakis chases him offnote , Lyon notes:
    Lyon: (chuckling to herself) "She's never gonna live this down, heh, heh! Her face was so red!"
  • It's Personal/This Is Unforgivable: Seen at the climax of "The Queen's Campaign". Dolph attempts to attack the Prince, but Lyon shields him with her own body and is mortally wounded, causing Miakis to draw her blades and attack Dolph without hesitation or restraint.
  • Knife Nut: She wields two Ghurka-type, curved daggers.
  • Magic Knight: The one of the best magic users out of the Knights, and has a decent attack.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's Older Than She Looks, but the trope still applies compared to the other Queen's Knights.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Sialeeds can personally attest to that, since even she isn't exempt from Miakis' zingers:
    Lymsleia: (at Sialeeds) "Well, isn't it your own fault for not getting out of bed? I think you're just getting old."
    Sialeeds: (at Lym) "I'm sorry, Lym, your Aunty isn't hearing too good. What was that again?"
    Lymsleia: (runs and hides behind the Prince) "Eep!"
    Prince: (if player chooses) "You started it, Lym."
    Lymsleia: (upset) "Who's side are you on?"
    Miakis: (innocently) "He's right y'know... just 'cuz it's true doesn't mean you should say it!"
  • Older Than She Looks: Believe it, or not, she's 22, but looks, sounds, and acts closer to Lyon's age.
  • Plucky Girl: For most of the game, she's pretty upbeat and supportive. Which makes the part where Gizel breaks her so difficult to watch.
  • She Will Not Cry, So I Cry For Her: Miakis invokes this when Lymsleia refuses to cry over her parents' deaths to deny the Godwins the satisfaction of breaking her. So Miakis holds her and cries in her stead.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Ever cheerful and outgoing, she always does her job with polite words and a nice, big smile, even when she's got a dagger to your throat.
  • Sole Survivor: Variation She's the only full-fledged Knight who retains her title after the War's end. (Galleon retires, Kyle leaves for unspecified reasons, Georg is forced to leave the country, Alenia and Zahhak fell when the Prince's forces took back the Palace.
  • Unwitting Pawn: It's heavily implied that Gizel engineered her presence at Doraat and allowed her defection so that she would spread the truth of what she'd seen during the coup. Including how she witnessed Georg stabbing the Queen.

Kyle

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (JP)

A member of the Queen's Knights known for being something of a pervert.

Galleon

Voiced by: Seizō Katō (JP)

An elderly member of the Queen's Knights. Galleon's loyalty to the Falenan royal family is absolute, even though Arshtat destroyed his hometown of Lordlake.

Alenia

Voiced by: Fuyuka Oura (JP)

A member of the Queen's Knights who is outspoken about her loyalty to Lord Godwin. She defects to the Godwin faction early in the story.

Zahhak

Voiced by: Ryo Wakabayashi (JP)

A stoic member of the Queen's Knights. He defects to the Godwin faction early in the story.

    The Godwin Faction 

Marscal Godwin

Voiced by: Mugihito (JP)

The Lord of the House of Godwin. Lord Godwin seeks to turn Falena into a fascist state to stand up against Armes.

  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Strong central government, kill the 'sub-humans' (in this case demi-humans, like the Dwarves and the Beavers) and strong military, yep.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Big Bad: He's the ruthless head of the House of Godwin.
  • Bling of War: His outfit is particularly fancy.
  • Blue Blood
  • Evil Plan: Bump off the royal family (except for the young heir) and take over the country so they can take over other countries. The point being strengthen Falena.
  • Fantastic Racism: Xenophobic and disrespectful of the 'lesser demi-human races', who aren't even allowed to enter his city, Stormfist. This eventually leads to attempted genocide.
  • The Mourning After: His wife was assassinated by Nether Gate.
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A very dark example. With the help of his scheming son Gizel, he orchestrates a coup in Sol-Falena to take control of the throne, believing that the only way to have successful country is to have unrivaled military strength, rigid order, and centralized government. One of the ways he intends to accomplish this is by committing genocide against the Beavers and the Dwarves because they are not Falenans.

Gizel Godwin

Voiced by: Daisuke Kita (JP)

The son and heir of Lord Godwin and Sialeeds' former fiance. Gizel loves to hatch ridiculously complicated plans which make him a deadly enemy to the Prince.

  • Affably Evil
  • Arranged Marriage: Had one to Sialeeds when he was a kid.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has some with Sialeeds, though it comes off more as mutual bemused Foe Yay.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Arguably with his father Marscal.
  • Bishounen
  • Blue Blood
  • The Charmer
  • Duel Boss
  • Enigmatic Minion: He doesn't share his father's extremist views, but still supports him for his own reasons, helping him to organise a coup in Sol-Falena on the night of his engagement banquet to Princess Lymsleia.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In one of the Bad Endings to the game, the Prince decides to take the throne for himself with Barows. Barows then arranges the Prince's death and aligns himself with the enemy country Armes. Gizel reacts with genuine shock over the turn of events, and curses the Prince for his foolishness before readying the Royal Army for Armes's invasion.
  • Gambit Roulette: His favorite type of plan. Lampshaded by Marscal and Sialeeds, who point out that his Stormfist plan only succeeded through blind luck. The plan being to connive and cheat his way to victory in the Sacred Games, and thereby winning Princess Lymsleia's hand in marriage and ultimately securing power for the Godwin Faction. This type of planning has repercussions for him in the long run. The above spoiler is of particular note, as his machinations tipped off the Royal Family, which ultimately enabled the Prince to escape during the Coup due to the precautions they (the Royals) had set up.
  • The Heavy: He's the main villain for most of the game.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Love Makes You Evil: It's implied in the manga that part of his motivation for plotting against the queendom is because the princesses' vow to never marry destroyed his engagement to Sialeeds.
    • There's also the fact that despite all of Gizel's bitterness and plotting - plotting that included killing Sialeeds - it's heavily implied that he never stopped loving her. When the report comes to him that she died it's one of the few times in the game he shows real emotion. And he chastises Alenia afterwards for reporting her death prematurely. Even his final words to the Prince are about her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: What he's become, according to Sialeeds, his ex-fiancé.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He gleefully supports Gladiator Games.
  • Suicide By Prince
  • Villainous Valor: Only at the end of the Game. When the Loyalist army storms the palace, he waits with Lymsleia in the throne room. At first it seems like he's holding her hostage, but Lym calls his bluff. He then revels that he simply wanted to talk with the Prince. After a conversation about the well meaning intentions that lead to the war in the first place, then challenges the Prince to a one-on-one duel. The Prince is by that point a seasoned warrior; Gizel knew that, and was quite aware that he would (most likely) not survive.

Dolph

Voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima (JP)

An emotionless Nether Gate assassin and Lyon's Forgotten Childhood Friend.

Childerich

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP)

The gladiator used by Gizel Godwin during the Sacred Games. Chiderich is later revealed to be a particularly psychotic member of Nether Gate.

  • Axe Crazy
  • Blood Knight
  • Confusion Fu: He fights in an odd, unpredictable manner, using fluid movements to fox his opponent in a very similar manner to Voldo of Soul Calibur fame.
  • Duel Boss
  • Expy: Remember Luca Blight? Childerich's personality will certainly remind you.
  • Facial Markings
  • Hidden Weapons: He fights using two hidden wrist blades.
  • Humiliation Conga: After taking your castle, he was caught in Lucretia's Xanatos Gambit and lost almost all his troops, then faces your army in one of the easiest campaigns in the game since your army is at its full strength and greatly outnumber his. Next time you see him, you kill him in a duel.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Invokes this multiple times first by slaughtering innocent civilians in a town they'd liberated from the Prince because they let the Prince get away and thus were "traitors", and when Bahram finally stands up to him over his brutality he accuses Bahram of betraying the crown, thus putting Bahram on the spot of proving himself.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: By the time you reach the final faceoff with him, he's pissed off enough people to earn himself a few willing to declare "Leave Him to Me!" Take them along to that conflict, and they'll actually argue over this. If you let them fight and they lose against him, they're Killed Off for Real.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports a contemptuous smirk.
  • Stupid Evil: He kills Godwin supporters just because their town was conquered by the prince's army. The survivors of his rampage quickly re-evaluate their loyalty to the Godwins.
  • Taking You with Me: After his ambush is destroyed and he finds himself outnumbered, he ingests Raging Nostrum.

Dilber Novum

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP)

The general of the Godwin army and Lord Godwin's best friend.

Bahram Luger

Voiced by: Isao Yamagishi (JP)

The admiral of the Godwin navy and Raja's former student.

    House of Barows 

Salum Barows

Voiced by: Eisuke Yoda (JP)

The Lord of the House of Barows. Lord Barows supports peace with other countries, albeit mostly to fill his pockets with money earned from trade.

Euram Barows

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP)

Lord Barows' foppish son and heir. Euram is obsessed with Princess Lymsleia.

Luserina Barows

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)

The daughter of Lord Barows. Unlike the rest of her family, Luserina is actually a decent person.

  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: She is used to swap party members in and out of the Prince's team. She's also nothing like the rest of her family.
  • Arranged Marriage: Salum continuously tries to get her into one with the Prince, much to her chagrin.
  • The Atoner: Feels she has to be one for her family's actions, even though she's not asked to.
  • Blue Blood: The Noble House of Barrows.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It's implied in a few scenes that she has a crush on the Prince.
  • Hair Decorations: She sports an alice band.
  • Proper Lady / Silk Hiding Steel: She's sweet and graceful and apparently stays home while her dad and brother politic in the capital. However, if you talk around Rainwall, you'll find out that she is the one running the place. She also takes part in the coming battles as 'morale', in other words, encrouaging them to victory.
  • Purity Personified: Looks the part and mostly acts the part, but she abandoned her family rather easily.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Whereas she is demure, polite and kind, her brother Euram is foppish, spoilt and cowardly. At least until his optional Heel-Face Turn.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Compared to her Smug Snake dad and Upper-Class Twit brother, its amazing she turns out so helpful and kind.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Some characters can't believe they're related, and this is only one of the reasons.

Lady Barows

The wife of Lord Barows. After her older son's death during a civil war, she has refused to leave her room.

  • The Ghost: She's holed up in her room when the Hero and his party arrive, and (rather creepily) never makes an appearance.
    • Despair Event Horizon: The reason for the above was a result of the murder of her beloved older son, Hiram.

Chuck

A large man who is entrusted with the protection of Lord Barows' vault.

  • Bag of Sharing: His speciality. He looks after the HQ warehouse, where all items and equipment can be dropped off, stored and retrieved when necessary.
  • Duel Boss
  • Dumb Muscle
  • The Giant: He's huge.
  • Gentle Giant: The only time he fights is when he's been misled into believing that the prince is trying to steal Luserina's wedding present. Afterwards, he swears he never wants to get into a fight again.
  • I Owe You My Life: Luserina fed him when he was starving to death. As a result, he is incredibly loyal to her, and leaves with her when she walks out on her father.
  • Man Child
  • Undying Loyalty: To Luserina.
  • Wolverine Claws: His weapon of choice, a vicious, spiked glove.

Boz Wilde

The Lord of Estrise. Boz is a boisterous man who becomes of the Prince's generals.

    Lucretia and her allies 

Lucretia Merces

Voiced by: Akane Sakai (JP)

An enigmatic strategist who was imprisoned following the Lordlake Rebellion.

  • Bi the Way: It's implied that she seduced both Lelei and Cius, and had a husband in the past. However, she's far closer to Lelei.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She has a nigh-incomprehensible sense of humor, which includes giving an over the top Awesome Mc Cool Name that's a sentence on its own to your castle when you first get it.
  • But Now I Must Go
  • The Chessmaster
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She has the same look as the Karaya from Suikoden 3. Turns out this is because she is Karayan by blood, and went to Harmonia after her home was scorched by the True Fire Rune during the first Fire Bringer War.
  • Heel-Face Turn: It's revealed shortly after she's recruited that she used to be a Strategist for the Godwins, and betrayed them the moment she felt that serving them wasn't the right thing to do. In fact, the reason Arshtat sent her to the prison in the first place was to prevent the Godwins from executing her.
  • The Mole: Implied to have been one for Harmonia. Whether the reason why she hasn't reported in to her superiors since being released is because she's Become The Mask or because she's been distracted by the war is unknown.
  • Odd Name Out: She's one of the few Suikoden strategists who are not of the Silverberg lineage, the other being Shu in 2. And even with that, it should be noted that Shu was nevertheless the student of a Silverberg. Lucretia has no (known) connection at all.
  • Rescue Arc: The Prince must bust her out of prison before she can be recruited.
  • Shoot the Dog: She convinced Arshtat to take up the Sun Rune to prevent it from being stolen.
  • Shout-Out: Her feather fan and overall look seems to be a fond nod to legendary strategist, Zhuge Liang. Not to mention her tactics.
  • Strange Syntax Speaker
  • The Strategist: The games makes it firmly clear that she's one of the absolute best in the whole series, and shows it in the actual battles she orchestrates, with planning bordering on precognition, just like the person she's based on.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Her portrait expression exhibits this when she is dishing out her strategic advice.

Lelei

Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (JP)

One of the guards assigned to watch Lucretia's cell. In reality, she and her partner, Cius, have befriended Lucretia and are protecting her from assassins. Lucretia later trains her as a strategist.

Cius

One of the guards assigned to watch Lucretia's cell. In reality, he and his partner, Lelei, have befriended Lucretia and are protecting her from assassins.

Cathari

A sniper who has come to Falena to find Lucretia.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: She outrights admits that the biggest advantage of her gun is the shock/flash factor rather than its power and rattles off other flaws with it. Then she admitted she knew how to compensate for them.
  • Badass
  • The Gunslinger
  • In the Hood
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit she is in during a War Battle is defeated, there is a chance she will die.
  • Murder, Inc.: Like Clive of Suikoden 1 & 2 fame, she is a member of the Howling Voice Assassins Guild and trained there from birth. She is trying to find out why Lucretia hasn't reported in to her Harmonian superiors since she was freed from prison.
  • Mysterious Past
  • Professional Killer: She's an assassin.
  • Rule of Cool: The outfit, the gun, the mysteriousness, etc.
  • Sniper Rifle: Her weapon. Incidently, one of the few gun users in the Suikoden universe.
  • Super Speed: Like Stallion and Cedric before her, she's the one who gives you the ability to run like the wind across the world map.

    The Oboro Detective Agency 

Oboro

The eccentric leader of the Oboro detective agency.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Much to Raven's fury, as he can't tell whether or not he's being serious.
  • Atonement Detective: Used to be the head of Nether Gate's Intelligence Division, where he was known as Shinatsu. Following its disbandment, he took Sagiri and Shigure and has tried to give them a normal life.
  • Cool Boat: Oboro's office is actually a ship that sails up and down the Feitas river.
  • Covert Pervert: Some of his observations are... questionable.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He trains mice to help him tail people. He has several mice working for him, but he never explains just how he trains them.
  • Defusing The Tykebomb: Has been working on this for Shigure and Sagiri.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: See below.
    • Guide Dang It: Recruiting him can be tricky; you have to make the 'correct' choices while helping him investigate Norden. Do the sequence correctly, and he'll join the first time you ask. For each point you miss/mess up on, however, you have to ask him an extra time, and you can only ask at certain points in gameplay. Wait too long, and they leave the area for good before you can convince him.
  • Information Desk: His speciality. Like Richmond before him, 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.
  • Mind Screw: His entry in the official strategy guide:
    "This is the type of thing you want to be doing. When and if you have the time and the inclination for such things. This is a great idea. Sometimes a pony gets depressed. Get a load of this view and it's the best in the west. All the young dudes carry the news. This is the type of thing you want to be doing. When and if you have the time and inclination."
  • Monochromatic Eyes
  • My Card: One of his trademarks is handing these out, hoping that the practice will catch on as well as drive up more business.
  • Private Detective
  • Team Dad: For the detective agency.
  • The Rival: With Raven, who he refers to as "Crow".

Fuyo

A member of the Oboro detective agency. Unlike her co-workers, Fuyo is a relatively ordinary person.

Shigure

Voiced by: Takeo Irie (JP)

A lazy (but very skilled) member of the Oboro Detective Agency.

Sagiri

Voiced by: Akiko Muta (JP)

A member of the Oboro Detective Agency. Sagiri has a creepy smile which never seems to fade.

    Rune Masters 

Zerase

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP)

An enigmatic woman who is concerned with Falena's three runes.

  • The Archmage: She's one of, if not the best magic users in the game and wields the powerful Star Rune.
  • Badass Long Robe
  • Flechette Storm: She hurls needle-like darts in combat.
  • Game Breaker: Invoked. To quote a rather amusing comment from a walkthrough; "If you equip her with a Magic Absorb Rune on her right hand and a Flowing Rune on her left, the game will basically just give up and let you win."
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • In the Hood
  • Jerkass: She get better around the last moments of the game, though only to the prince.
  • Mysterious Past: She is acquainted with Jeane and Leknaat, which is intriguing and throws up even more questions about who or what she is.
    • Not to mention her connection to the Night Rune, better known to fans of the previous games as the Star Dragon Sword. Her Star Rune is the unique "offspring" of the Night Rune.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She's mysterious, possibly non-human, and her skin doesn't lose its paleness when she's taking a bath.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Possibly, given her connection to the above mentioned characters.
  • Sour Supporter
  • The Snark Knight
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: She has a bad habit of showing up, insulting everyone who so much as breathes in her general direction, and disappearing just as quickly.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Witch Species: Possibly.
  • Woman in Black

Eresh

Voiced by: Fuyuka Outa (JP)

An enigmatic girl who has an unknown connection to the Ancient Armes Kingdom.

  • Child Mage: In appearance, but this could be deceptive if she is (as is implied) of the same group as Jeane.
  • Death Is Cheap: If she's killed in a war battle, Jeane hints that she will eventually come back, although she never does during the game.
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit she is in is killed during a War Battle, there is a chance she will die.
  • Magic Wand: She wields the Ner-Gal staff.
  • Miko: She wears the robes of the Nagarean clergy. Robes implying a rank that would be impossible to obtain at her apparent age.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: She shares a Star of Destiny with Euram. Recruiting one prevents you from recruiting the others. Some consider her more useful than Euram, though she is definitely harder to recruit.
  • Mysterious Past: Like Zerase, she is also acquainted with Jeane, who refers to Eresh as her "comrade".
  • Mysterious Waif: Canon-wise, she is potentially even more powerful than the legendary Jeane, as only she can penetrate the very lower levels of the ancient Armes ruins in the Big Hole.
  • No Mouth: The lower half of her face is obscured by her veil.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat
  • Strange Syntax Speaker: She has a peculiar manner of speech.

Jeane

A skilled rune mistress who wears very revealing clothing. She (or maybe she and her relatives) has appeared in every game in the main series.

Viki

A ditzy young woman who has the ability to teleport herself and others. Thanks to her ability to travel through space and time, she has appeared in every game in the main series.

  • The Ditz
  • Dojikko: Poor clumsy Viki!
  • Magical Girl Warrior: From Suikoden 2 onwards, she can be added to the active party. She has excellent magic stats, combined with the Blinking Rune's unique magic attacks.
  • Mysterious Past: No one really knows where she came from.
  • Purity Personified
  • Recurring Character
  • Running Gag: She never gets to finish the banquet meals after the games.
  • Temporal Paradox: Especially evident in 5. Her odd teleportation patterns cause confusion for those she comes across. For example, Lorelai, having first met Viki in the Twilight Forest in Falena, is surprised when Viki does not recognize her later when fighting together in the Sun Rune War, failing to understand that her first meeting with Viki was the result of Viki teleporting from several years in the future. As a result, at that time, she had never seen Lorelai before in her life.
  • Warp Whistle: Her speciality. As bearer of the Blinking Rune, she can (most of the time, see below) transport the hero and his party to any destination previously visited.
    • Teleporter Accident: Her abilities can be hit and miss, occasionally landing the characters in completely random locations.
    • Malfunction Malady: The above teleport mistakes are accompanied with a little sneeze!
  • White Magician Girl: Long hair, pretty dress, gentle personality; the only glitch is her Blinking Rune is transporation instead of healing, but still a supporting power.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite her clutziness, she's very keen to help out.
  • Woman in White

Levi

Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP)

A skilled mage who is studying a mysterious hole in the ground.

  • The Archmage: He is not as powerful as some of the other mages (Zerase, for example) but he's still nothing to scoff at.
    • The Professor: He's an expert on rune magic, but dislikes the term "wizard" and refers to himself as a "magic rune scholar".
  • Badass Grandpa
  • The Beastmaster: He wields the Blue Gate Rune, a rune used to summon monsters from another world to attack enemies.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: He claims to have created the 'Big Hole' in order to have his apprentice Bergen mine there for materials that may be of use for his research.
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes across as very gruff and irritable, but does (albeit to further his research) agree to help Norma find a cure for Ernst's lycanthropy.
  • Kid Sidekick: Bergen, who he treats fairly shabbily, but keeps him interested with the promise furthering his training.
  • Magic Wand: He wields the The Viper Staff.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Which makes him a good candidate to help recruit Genoh, along with his high level when he's recruited.
  • Talking Weapon: The snake motif on his staff is actually a real snake.
    • Speaks Fluent Animal: With whom he holds regular conversations (in snake!). Also comes in handy to possibly help recruit Byakuren.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: His speciality. Has the Tutor skill that allows magic training anywhwere.
  • Up to Eleven: His magicial abilities.
  • Witch Species: Possibly.

    Sindar Treasure Hunters 

Lorelai

A young archaeologist studying the Sindar. She would later join the fights against the Scarlet Moon Empire and Highland.

  • Action Girl
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: A native of Falena, she is obsessed with searching for Sindar Ruins and jumps at the chance to study the Ceras Lake ruins, when discovered.
  • Ascended Extra: A minor character in I and II, she is recruited during the story this time.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: She prefers her companions be stronger than her, and this time it's no different, challenging the Prince to a duel to test whether he is a worthy leader for her to follow.
  • Not So Different: A particularly humorous example. When she and Viki got mad at Zweig for intruding on their conversation in the bath, she agrees when Zweig points out that she would have done the same thing had she heard him talking about Sindar stuff. Poor Viki.
  • Recurring Character: Suikoden 5 marks her 3rd appearance in the series so far, but it's chronologically her first.
  • Superior Species: She claims to be a descendant of the lost Sindar race.
  • The Rival: With Killey & Zweig when it comes to Sindar ruin hunting.
    • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Moreso with Zweig in this game, as he keeps her on a very short leash when it comes to imparting information. She tolerates this behavior as she is desperate to gain access to his secret research laboratory.
    • So Long, Suckers!: Her ending in 5 reveals she finally managed to steal his notes, heading North to the Scarlet Moon Empire, which leads into her story in Suikoden 1.
  • Whip It Good: Another change of weapon for her, since V takes place before I and II. This time she wields a bullwhip.

Killey

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara

A quiet archaeologist studying the Sindar. He and Lorelai are old rivals. He would later join the fight against Highland.

Zweig

An archaeologist studying the Sindar.

    The Dragon Cavalry and their allies 

Craig Laden

The leader of the Dragon Cavalry.

  • Badass
  • The Beast Master
    • Dragon Rider: His speciality, as the head of the Dragon Cavalry.
  • Cavalry Officer
  • Honorary Uncle: To Miakis. He was good friends with her father.
  • Team Switzerland: As head of the Dragon Cavalry, he only swears allegiance to the rivers of Falena, and such, does not involve himself in any of the internal conflicts, only going into battle against foreign invasions. This causes friction initially between Rahal, Roog and he when Armes invades and they try to rally him to the Prince's cause.
  • Stern Teacher: He is the last of the traditional commanders, strictly keeping with the traditions of barring female riders, though by the end of the game he starts to seriously question that stricture.
  • The Stoic
  • Team Dad

Rahal

A calm member of the Dragon Calvary.

Roog

A hotblooded member of the Dragon Calvary.

Nick

A young man training to be a member of the Dragon Calvary.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: He's plucky, brave and resourceful.
  • The Beast Master
    • Dragon Rider: His speciality, as a trainee of the Dragon Cavalry. His dragon is named Ax.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's top of his class when it comes to fighting, but slacks off with his flute practise and is a pretty terrible player. Gets played with hilariously in the dragon Rescue Arc, as his playing is so terrible that the hostaged dragons went berserk.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: When he plays his flute.
  • Dreadful Musician: His flute playing is awful.
    • Contrived Coincidence: His heroism in the dragon egg Rescue Arc stemmed from his horrible flute playing. The dragons began bleating loudly to get him to stop, and as their squawking cries were so loud and horrible, Dolph couldn't keep focused, allowing Georg to get between Dolph and the eggs, saving them.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He wields a katana called Komodo's Claw, keeping with the reptilian theme.
  • Kid Hero
  • To Be a Master: Wants to be the best dragon rider.

Flail

Rahak's dragon.

Lance

Roog's dragon.

Ax

Nick's dragon.

Yoran

A young man who helps take care of the Dragon Cavalry's dragons.

  • Anime Hair: His hair is parted into two bunches like a hopi indian, with an actual star of hair at his forehead.
  • Bond Creatures: Whilst not a dragon knight himself, he is the dragons' caretaker and stable hand.
  • Betting Mini-Game: His speciality, once recruited. He runs the Dragon Horse Race game, which can be played to earn potch.
  • Closer to Earth: He's far calmer than his boisterous best friend, Nick.
  • Stable Boy: His job with the dragon knights.
  • Nice Guy
  • No Woman's Land: He was raised his whole life in male-only Gordius village, and finds it hard, once recruited, to interact with females at the Prince's HQ.
  • Rescue Arc: He helps Nick out with the rescue of the dragon eggs from the Godwins.

Rania

Rahal's sister and an eccentric musician.

  • Antiquated Linguistics
  • Battle Theme Music: Having her in the active party alters the battle music to a more woodwind themed variation.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She's fairly eccentric, often talking about the beautiful and strange sounds she hears around her. Apparently, she's got perfect pitch.
  • Magical Flutist: She creates the magic flutes that the dragon knights use to control their mounts, which are inaudible to humans, except herself.
  • Meganekko: The main way to tell the difference between Rania and Rahal disguised as Rania.
  • Music And Sound Effects: Her speciality, once recruited she can change the in-game sound effects.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She bears an uncanny resemblance to her brother, Rahal, and the pair often swap clothes to play tricks on people.
  • Super Senses: She is exceptional in that she can actually hear the calls of the dragon horses, and the commands from the flutes she makes.

    The Maximillian Knights 

Isabel

Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (JP)

A member of the Maximillian Knights. Isabel is obsessed with spreading justice to the world.

  • Action Girl
  • Badass: Note that her Combination Attack with Mathias - a REALLY, really heavy downward strike - is the strongest single target physical attack in the game.
  • Breast Plate
  • Cool Sword : Sort of, it's more of a big retractable... lance?
  • The Cape: She's incredibly just and will do whatever possible to do what is right.
    • For Great Justice: Her maxim. She is intent on being worthy of calling herself "The heir to the Maximillian Knights' aspirations." It's deeper than it sounds, however.
  • Continuity Nod: She and Mathias are Suikoden 5's take on the classic Maximillian and Sancho pairing from Suikoden 1.
  • Death Glare: As seen in her "conceit" unite attack with Zerase and Cathari, where they stare down the enemy and walk right into them for 1.3x damage.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Heroic Spirit: as with the below trope, par for the course for anyone associated with the Maximillian Knights
  • Hot-Blooded: Her driving force in life is to vanquish evil and she's very passionate about it.
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit she is in during a War Battle is defeated, there's a chance she will die.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: She believes in the ideals of chivalry.
  • Leotard of Power: Funnily enough, this is actually addressed, with her claiming that it aids her movement.
  • Principles Zealot: Her absolute obsession with stamping out all evil is Played for Laughs.

Mathias

A member of the Maximillian Knights and Isabel's bodyguard.

  • Badass
  • The Cape: Like Isabel, he is incredibly just and will do whatever possible to do what is right.
    • For Great Justice: Like the woman he serves, another requirement for being a Maximillian Knight.
  • Catch Phrase: He is notable for repeating one line (with minor changes) throughout the game, constantly talking about "finding evil, and then enacting swift and final retribution and depositing their loathsome corpses into (a body of water)."
  • Chaste Hero: See below trope.
  • Devoted to You: He is utterly devoted to Isabel.
  • I Call It Vera: As expected, he calls his pike "Isabel" in honor of his mistress. Additionally, as he comes from the Warrior's Village, the significance of naming it "Isabel" may very well not just be a mark of loyalty to his mistress, but a convention that is reserved almost always for women they love. Isabel herself also gives hints at this, if only just barely.
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit he is in during a War Battle is defeated, there is a chance he will die.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He wears a full suit of armor and has the classic look of a medieval chivalrous knight.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Number Two: He is Isabel's loyal adjutant (or some would say, slave).
  • Platonic Life Partners: Despite his devotion to Isabel, he is not romantically interested in her (or at least, not that he'll admit). His devotion has to do with Isabel as a person, not a woman, and would serve her just as he does currently if she were a man. He and Isato (who takes a similar view to his service to Haswar) clarify this for Dinn in an optional bath scene.
  • Principles Zealot: Like Isabel, his absolute obsession with stamping out all evil is Played for Laughs.
  • Running Gag: All the times he claims he would enact swift and final retribution on those who would harm or even insult his lady Isabel, then deposit their loathsome corpses into the nearest body of water.
  • The Stoic
  • Undying Loyalty: He serves Lady Isabel faithfully and devotedly, claiming he would exact swift and final retribution on anyone who dare raise a sword or even insult Lady Isabel. And deposit their loathsome corpses into the nearest body of water, naturally.

    The Lindwurm Mercenary Brigade 

Wilhelm

The leader of the Lindwurm Mercenary Brigade. Also a pervert.

Mueller

Wilhelm's right hand man. Mueller is considerably less personal than his boss.

  • Badass: Like Wilhelm, he's got 5-star war abilty.
  • Cavalry Officer: Once recruited.
  • The Giant: He's unbelievably tall, with a towering columnular frame.
  • Number Two: He's Wilhelm's adjutant.
  • Private Military Contractors: He is 2nd in command of a unit within the Lindwurm Mercenary Brigade.
  • Punch Clock Hero: Even more so then Wilhelm. He'll tell you to your face they'll back out if they're not paid.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the blue to Wilhelm's red.
  • Sergeant Rock: He stands for no nonsense within the ranks, and uses an iron rod to discipline his troops. He's still well respected though.
  • The Stoic: His image is always stoic and he never responds to emotions.

Richard

Mueller's airheaded pupil / adopted son. He is also one of the best swordsmen in the world.

    Babbage's Crew 

Babbage

An eccentric inventor living in Estrise.

Sorensen

Voiced by: Chiaki Morita (JP)

Babbage's beleaguered assistant.

Lu

Voiced by: Akiko Muta (JP)

Babbage's other, much more eccentric, assistant.

    Raftfleet 

Raja

Voiced by: Hisako Kyouda (JP)

The mayor of Raftfleet and a retired Admiral of the Falenan Navy. She comes out of retirement to help the Prince.

Lun

Logg's slightly more level headed daughter.

Logg

Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP)

A simple minded fisherman. Logg uses his boat to transport the Prince around the Feitas river.

Kisara

Voiced by: Yoko Sasaki (JP)

Logg's wife and Raja's right hand. She keeps her husband and daughter in line.

  • Action Mom
  • Almighty Mom: Both Logg and Lun do NOT want to cross her.
  • Badass Family: Mother in one.
  • Black Magician Girl
  • Closer to Earth: Compared to her far wackier husband and daughter.
  • Epic Flail: She wields a large length of heavy docking rope in combat.
  • Gag Boobs: She sports a seriously exaggerated bust.
  • Hello, Nurse!: When she was young, she was the desire of all the men in Raftfleet and beyond.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Possibly, depending on how you read her Furo Scene conversation with Lun and Subala. She may be fully aware of what it sounds like and teasing both of them.
  • Number Two: She's is the Vice-admiral of Raftfleet and serves as Admiral Raja's aide and second-in-command.
  • What Does She See in Him?: She keeps this very much a secret and indeed, the announcement of her engagement to Logg lead to him receiving death threats. The fact that he rammed a flaming, explosive boat personally against a dam without breaking a sweat might have something to do with it.

Subala

Voiced by: Yoko Sasaki (JP)

Lun's best friend / rival and a talented fisherwoman.

  • A-Cup Angst: Has gone from being Lun's friend to her rival based in part on this.
  • Ambiguous Gender: At first glance, she looks far more like an adolescent boy than a girl.
  • Anime Hair: She sports Dragon Ball Z style spikes.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Prince must best her in a fishing contest if she is to join.
  • FanGirl: She's instantly smitten with the Prince.
  • Fishing Minigame: Her speciality, which is staged as a four-way contest between Subala, the Prince, Lun and Logg, complete with lots of Trash Talking and boat ramming.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: She wields a trident in combat.
  • The Rival: With Lun, on a variety of matters. Boyfriends, fishing ability, and even boob size.
  • Sarashi
  • Second-Hand Storytelling: Lun allegedly stole her boyfriend, which kicked off their rivalry, although Lun has no memory of this.
  • Tomboy: Definitely.

Sairoh

A skilled merchant living out his retirement in Raftfleet.

  • Chinese People: Complete with conical straw hat and sake gourd.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Intrepid Merchant: In his youth he was a legendary trader, and once recruited, sets up a trading post at the HQ.
  • Chain of Deals: For him to join, it is necessary to buy out the salt in other trading posts so the price sky-rockets. He will then ask how the Prince will rectify this. Sell at least 6 salts immediatly to rebalance the market.
    • So Proud of You: He then joins immediately, impressed with the young Prince's business acumen.
  • Guide Dang It: Like a few other characters in 5, his recruitment process is particularly specific.
    • At least he's not Lost Forever unlike other characters.
    • Stockpiling salt before undertaking his recruitment will help immensely.
  • Promotion to Parent: He has taken care of Shinro, his grandson, since the death of his son and daughter-in-law.
  • 10-Minute Retirement

Shinro

Sairoh's grandson. Shinro seeks to follow in his grandfather's footsteps.

Retso

A skilled chef who has devoted his life to looking after his daughter, Shun Min.

  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: He was trained by the Black Dragon Clan of chefs, and is one of the 4 masters.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The legendary recipe he covets, explained below.
  • Fetch Quest
    • Memento Macguffin: He seeks to unlock the mysteries of the legendary mythical fish sashimi, and will only join the Prince if he brings him the strange fish, which can be caught when playing Subala's Fishing Mini Game.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Players familiar with Suikoden 2's epic Cooking Duel (which occurs after the events of 5) will be familiar with what the future holds for Retso (and Shun Min). Retso makes progress with the Sashimi, and after the war, he perfects the recipe, and locks it away. Years later, he meets the chef Jinkai, who convinces him to use the recipe. Shun Min disagreed with this and stole the recipe, giving it to her lover, Suikoden 2's Hai Yo, to keep safe. But she was killed afterwards. Retso blamed Hai Yo for her death and sent members of the Black Dragon Group after him to get the recipe back. But Hai Yo, who had joined Riou's castle in the Dunan Army, fought off chef after chef. Retso decides to handle things himself, and, using his artlike knife work and presentation skills, hypnotizes the judges to make them think he had made the perfect food. Retso takes the recipe and is about to leave, but Hai Yo tells him the "Moon Bird" recipe is just something to satisfy Jinkai's lust for power. Retso gives Hai Yo another chance, and says he'll return later. After Hai Yo learns Retso's trick, he comes back and Retso fights fair, but loses. Retso realizes Shun Min was right, and returns the recipe to Hai Yo for safekeeping. *Phew*
  • Recurring Character
  • Team Chef: His speciality, once recruited.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: A family trait, shaped like quotation marks.
  • Yellow Peril: His look, the mustache, the beautiful daughter etc, but not his personality although maybe in his Suikoden 2 appearance.

Shun Min

Voiced by: Takeo Irie (JP)

Retso's beloved daughter and assistant.

    Stormfist 

Belcoot

A swordsman competing in the Sacred Games in the hopes of outlawing slavery in Falena.

  • Badass
  • Bishounen
  • Can't Hold His Liquor
  • Chick Magnet: Especially where Marina is concerned.
  • Continuity Nod: His Falcon Rune is, to long-time fans, an indicator of his skill, especially as the rune only ever shows up on one genuinely accomplished swordsman/swordswoman in each game.
  • Gladiator Games: He was born and raised to be a gladiator in Suikoden's very own Thunderdome, Stormfist.
    • Defector from Decadence: However, he soon became jaded with the brutal way his fellow fighters were treated and ran away to Kanakan.
    • He's Back: Upon his return to Sol-Falena around the time of the Sacred Games, he began to wipe the floor with the competition.
    • For Great Justice: His aim is to win the Sacred Games, and thus marry Princess Lymsleia, to ensure the safety of his fellow gladiators in the future.
  • Heroic Spirit
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit he's in during a War Battle is defeated, there is a chance he will die.
  • Master Swordsman: A candidate for "most skilled in the game," along with Georg and Richard.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Amongst the hottest guys in the series.
  • Nice Guy
  • Oblivious to Love: He's very dense when it comes to love and cannot suspect Marina's true feelings for him.
  • Rescue Arc: Stormfist thugs, unhappy with a "foreigner" like Belcoot potentially marrying the Princess, kidnapped him, requiring the Prince and his party to race to the rescue.
    • Declaration of Protection: Their plan foiled, these same thugs then kidnapped Marina, a local girl friendly with Belcoot to lure him into a trap. He rushed to the rescue with the Prince's help and saved Marina.
  • Slipping a Mickey: With Marina safe, he prepared himself for the final against Childerich (The Godwin's champion) but he was drugged by Marina herself (explained in her entry, below) and was unable to fight, allowing the Godwin faction victory in the contest.
    • Earn Your Happy Ending: He forgives her, and later on (after the coup) points out that this was probably for the best, as the Godwin's would have used some other method, most likely lethal, to get him out of the picture.

Marina

An employee of the Stormfist inn who is in love with Belcoot.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She certainly doesn't appreciate Hazuki's interest in sparring with Belcoot.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: She's clearly in love with Belcoot, although he is fairly oblivious.
    • Unwitting Pawn: Because of this infatuation, she was seen as a target to eliminate Belcoot by the Godwins.
  • Meido: She works as a maid at the Stormfist Inn.
  • Oktoberfest: Her look, especially in her official art, is that of the typical beer-hall serving girl. She's even drawn with a huge platter of wurstl in one hand, and 4 tankards of beer in the other.
  • Trauma Inn: Her speciality once recruited. She runs the HQ inn.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She was visited by Dolph, who gave her the drug Dark Arcanum. She was desperate for Belcoot not to marry the Princess and so used the drug to knock Belcoot out harmlessly, so that he could lose the final and wouldn't be wed.
    • My God, What Have I Done?: She was devastated when she finds out that Belcoot was injured because of what she did, to the point of letting out a Big "NO!".
    • Earn Your Happy Ending: However, this later turns out to be a good thing, as Belcoot notes that the Godwins would have used some other method to get rid of him, and he is lucky to be alive.

Zegai

A gladiator-slave who fights on behalf of Euram during the Sacred Games.

Shoon

A gladiator-slave who wants the Prince's help.

Gavaya

A perverted warrior from Armes who seeks to enter the Sacred Games, only to be forbidden from doing so due to his nationality.

Nikea

An empty headed warrior who was denied entry into the Sacred Games because of her gender.

  • Action Girl
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She specializes in unarmed combat.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Big Eater: As is required for someone of her musculature. Mentioned by both Oboro and Retso (the Team Chef, no less).
  • Body Guard Babe: After first meeting in Stormfist, the Prince then encounters her in Lelcar, where she is working as Orok's bodyguard.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Combination Attack: With Shoon.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite her cheerful and oblivious nature, she is one of the game's best fighters. She hits hard and can combo up to 5 times if you raise her technique.
  • Duel Boss
  • Fun Personified: She's consistantly upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic.
  • Gladiator Games: She's a professional fighter, making a good living from competing.
  • Heroic Build
  • Hot-Blooded: She can be pretty feisty.
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit she is in during a War Battle is defeated, there is a chance she will die.
  • Large Ham: It's hilariously easy to tell when she's going to use a 'Special' attack during her one-on-one battle against the Prince.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her combination attack with Shoon, which is only available when they're both in berserk status, basically consists of the two of them going to town on one enemy.
  • Oh Crap: A pretty funny one comes after the fight in Lelcar when she realizes she just attacked the Prince of Falena (Not stupidity on her part, she had only seen him once before and the prince was in disguise at the time).
    Nikea: Uh oh...! That means... I conked the Prince in the head! They'll throw me in the Feitas (river) for sure!
  • Straw Feminist: She didn't realize women were forbidden to compete in the Sacred Games, and launches into a confused rant, since she says, in Falena, women have the power.
    • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Despite the spirited protestations, she didn't even know that the prize, aside from fame and glory, was that the winner would marry the Princess.
    • She Is the King: Sialeeds almost wishes Nikea was a man, because, if she was married to Lym, she figures there would always be something interesting going on.

Murad

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Kim Strauss (EN)

A doctor who travels throughout the Queendom.

Egbert Aethelbald

Voiced by: Atsushi Satou (JP)

A mad man who claims to be a member of the family who ruled Stormfist before THOSE! FILTHY! GODWINS!

  • Betting Mini-Game: His speciality. Once recruited, he can be challenged to a game of draughts (checkers) for potch.
  • Bling of War: His military uniform and hat reference the British Army's Rifles Regiment circa early 1800's.
  • Blue Blood: The ancient Aethelbald family can trace their line of descent even earlier than the Falenan Royal Family. His valuable family tree document acts as a Plot Coupon when recruiting Raven.
  • Cavalry Officer: His position in battle, once recruited.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He's definitely eccentric, if not borderline insane and lives a troglodyte existence in the sewers beneath Stormfist.
    • Berserk Button: His mad, ranting neuroses are triggered by any mention on the Godwins.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: As seen when he launches into a venom-spewed diatribe on the Godwin family.
  • Conspiracy Theorist
  • Funny Schizophrenia: He seems to flit instantly between being calm and polite, to a foaming lunatic if the Godwins enter his head.
  • Hot-Blooded: In war battles, and whenever on a Godwin hating rant.
  • Impoverished Patrician: He is a member of the once proud Aethelbald family, which collapsed over one hundred years ago due to the machinations of the Godwin family.
  • Long Speech Tea Time: In order for him to join, the player must politely listen to his (long) rant about the Godwins, without out pressing ANY button to speed up the dialogue. Fortunately, he's not Lost Forever if you screw up.
  • Meaningful Name: Aethelbald is the anglo-saxon name of two English kings and an archbishop.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: His personality when he's calm.
  • Rant Inducing Slight: We can't mention this enough: All it takes is the word "Godwin" to trigger an epic rant.
  • Talkative Loon: He apparently says FILTHY DEVILS! over 100 times just walking around one corner of the sewer.

    Haud Village 

Josephine

Voiced by: Sawa Ishige (JP)

A beautiful (but haughty) fashionista living in Haud. Really Shuya Valya's younger sister, who left Armes to get out of her brother's shadow.

  • Action Fashionista
  • Blue Blood
  • The Cast Showoff: Her personal Red Rose Rune attack sees the screen darken and a spotlight land on her whilst she pirouettes into battle for a combo attack. The trade-off is that the other party members are unimpressed with her show-boating and enter a "grumpy" status.
  • The Fashionista: So she thinks. In fact, she will only join the Prince if he is accompanied by others she considers fellow "fashion divas", namely Sialeeds or Sharmista.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: She's the first lady narcissist available for the active party.
  • Flower Motifs: Specifically roses.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Her outfit and hair-style (or perhaps wig) reference the opulently decadent Georgian era, including:
  • It's All About Me: Whereas her fellow narcissist Esmeralda was obsessed with her own beauty, Josephine is wrapped up in her own sense of style.
  • Leitmotif: The narcissist's theme "Scarleticia Castle" plays whenever the Prince interacts with her.
  • Parasol of Pain: She wields a spike-tipped parasol named Melusine like a fencing foil in combat.
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Royal Brat: She is particularly caustic if the Prince attempts to recruit her without Sialeeds present, and is appalled at his apparent lack of fashion sense. She does mellow a little once recruited.
  • The Runaway: It turns out that she has run away from Armes as she felt unappreciated and in her brother Shula's shadow.
  • Shout-Out: She's possibly named after Napolean Bonaparte's wife, the first Empress of France.

Bastan

An art appraiser working in Haud. He is depressed because Lord Barows is forcing him to claim the things created by the people of Haud are art.

  • The Eeyore: He's not the happiest guy around.
  • Fetch Quest: Like all other appraisers in the series, he must be brought a certain mystery item in order for him join.
    • Memento MacGuffin: The item in question is a painting by the legendary artist, Ivanov, of Suikoden 1 fame.
  • Grail in the Garbage: The painting in question is often found out in the wilderness after it's dropped by random monsters.
  • Hustler: He views himself as something of a conman, especially amongst the wealthy, gullible citizens of Haud, as he has no real interest in appraising. Given the quality of 'art' by the 'artists' of Haud, it's not hard to see why.

Cornelio

A composer who has tamed Do Re Mi elves to act as an orchestra.

  • Ambiguously Human: He bears a rather creepy resemblance to the Do Re Mi elves he covets.
  • Battle Theme Music: Having him in your party changes the battle music to a more orchestral piece.
  • Cartoon Conductor
  • Monster Roommate: He had assembled a bizarre orchestra of (normally dangerous) Do Re Mi elves in his Haud Village home, which were defeated and dispersed by the Prince when he entered his house.
  • Music And Sound Effects: His speciality - talking to him lets the player hear the various tunes used throughout the game.
    • Battle Theme Music: Having him in the active party remix's the battle music to a more classical variation.
  • Not Good with People: Type 2!
  • Summon Magic: He wields the unique Do Re Mi Rune, which allows him to summon Do Re Mi elves to attack or put enemies to sleep.
  • Sour Supporter: He has a habit of refering to nearly all other members of the Prince's army as "mediocrities". He's not a bad person, however, just really, really, really proud of his musical talent to the point of narcissism.
  • Those Two Guys: Has this dynamic with Josephine.

    Lordlake 

Talgeyl

The mayor of Lordlake. He has managed to keep the town together despite the hardships faced since the Rebellion.

Goesch

A farmer from Lordlake and an outspoken critic of Arshtat.

Toma

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP)

A child living in Lordlake who hates Arshtat.

Silva

Voiced by: Kazuto Okada (JP)

A doctor who works in Lordlake despite a royal decree making it a crime for her to do so.

    Lelcar 

Wasil

Voiced by: Isao Yamagishi (JP)

One of the three leaders of Lelcar. He supports the Prince.

  • Character Filibuster: When he first encounters the Prince, who is incognito at the time, he blurts out his identity (several times) and has to be hushed by Kyle.
  • The Good Chancellor: He's the leader of the Central islet, which traditionally supports the Royal Family.
  • Mediator: His thankless job is to mediate between the factions on Lelcar and their disagreeing leaders, Orok and Volga.
  • Nice Guy
  • Rescue Arc: He calls for the Prince's aid after Godwin, via Orok of the western islet, starts to forcibly recruit young Lelcar men to support their cause.

Volga

One of the three leaders of Lelcar. He's the most hotblooded of the three.

Orok

One of the three leaders of Lelcar. He has sided with the Godwin faction.

  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: Initially. He is the leader of the Western Islet, which solidly follows the Godwins.
  • Dirty Business
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Necessarily Evil
    • I Did What I Had to Do: He knows that his position would make him seem an enemy to the others of Lelcar, but he knows there is no other choice. If Zahhak was allowed to do things directly, things would be a lot worse. He's eventually proven right.
  • Rescue Arc: The Prince finds Orok and the conscripted boys. After the Prince defeats his hired bodyguard, Nikea, Orok relents and allows the Prince to take the boys.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears mysteriously just before the successful completion of Lelcar's rebuilding, and was not seen again.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Zahak, angry at Orok's betrayal, sets fire to Lelcar despite promising to leave the town alone.
    • Heel-Face Turn: Having witnessed the above, Orok respectfully joins the Prince.

Mohsen

An armorer who supports the Godwin faction, at least until he realizes how ruthless they are.

  • Elemental Crafting: He's an armorer and once recruited, opens a store at castle HQ.
  • Fat Guy
  • Heel-Face Turn: He genuinely supported the Godwin ideals and not just because they spent a fortune at his store. Their monstrous actions in Lelcar soon change his mind, though you can convince him a lot sooner by spending a lot of money at his store.
  • No Hero Discount
  • Shout-Out: It could be unintentional, but he's a dead-ringer for Dr Phil.
  • We Buy Anything
  • We Sell Everything: He sells armor that is available from any other armor store already visited.

    Sable 

Dinn

A warrior in service to the Lord of Sable.

Solis Raulbel

The Lord of Sable and an early supporter of the Prince.

Roy

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP)

A bandit with an uncanny resemblance to the Prince.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Quickly develops a crush on Lyon, while completely failing to notice that Faylen has a crush on him.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When challenging the Prince, he proclaims that he'll take his place if he wins. If he does win the duel, it leads to a Bad End where he knocked him into a coma and is forced to take his place, masquerading as the Prince until his untimely death. Even if he loses, this still becomes his job, such as in the New Queen's Campaign where he's given command of the Army.
  • Bishōnen
  • Boxed Crook: When he is brought back to Sable after he is defeated, he agrees to join the Prince and pose as a body double in exchange for his two comrades being pardoned.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: When first encountered, he's masquerading as the Prince because Euram hired him to smear his name. He agreed to do it because he hated the Prince.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Lyon's speech about blaming others due to his hard childhood. It gets him all fired up.
  • Duel Boss
  • Evil Twin: The only one who can instantly recognizes him as a fake is Lyon.
  • Eyes of Gold: He has these when you first meet him probably for the PLAYER to tell the difference between him and the Prince. Any other time that he is in costume, or out of it, his eyes are a bluish-gray same as the Prince.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In one path (see Killed Off for Real), he knowingly walks into a rigged duel in the Prince's place, wins the duel, then gets shot full of arrows. And he still gets the last laugh, as the Dragon Cavalry arrive when he breathes his last.
  • It Amused Me: Claims this as his motivation for impersonating the Prince. Lyon calls him on it.
  • Killed Off for Real: If you choose to defend your base rather than abandon it. You receive several warnings about taking this course of action beforehand, because Roy's death locks you out of the reward you get for recruiting all 108 stars.
  • Large Ham: Twice when acting as the prince's doppelganger after joining your army. The first is when he acts as a decoy, which Raja actually approves of since it helps him stand out and draw attention away from the real prince. The second is during a campaign battle, where he throws in some hilarious Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness and Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe into the mix. The best part? Alenia bought it hook, line, and sinker.
  • Magikarp Power: He's the only one, aside from the prince, who can equip and use the skill "Royal Paradise."
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • The Rival: Considers the prince this, especially about Lyon.

Faylen

Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (JP)

A member of Roy's gang and Faylon's sister. She has a crush on Roy.

Faylon

Voiced by: Takeo Irie (JP)

A member of Roy's gang and Faylen's brother. He's the most even-tempered of the three.

    The Island Nations Federation 

Skald Egan

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP)

An admiral of the Island Nations who represents his country in negotiations with Falena.

  • Badass
    • Ambadassador: He is the official representative of the Island Nations, an area thoroughly realized in Suikoden 4.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • The Captain: He is is the Captain of the flagship of the Obel Maritime Fleet.
  • Continuity Nod: The Island Nations story arc references Suikoden 4 a good deal. His ship is the "Lino En Kuldes", named after the King of Obel appearing in that game.
  • Disappeared Dad: He is Ferid's father, but like his son, kept their familial relationship a secret so as not to arouse fears that the Island Nations Federation held an undue influence over the Falena Queendom.
  • Flaw Exploitation: He takes advantage of his daughter Bernadette's steely adherence to procedure, cajoling her into going along with his schemes by presenting a much wilder option so she will compromise and go for a subtler approach, but still go ahead with it. He wins either way.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Usually, he remains Heroic Neutral on international matters, but after the Prince helps to stop a group of pirates from burning down the Nirva Lighthouse in his territory, he joins the Prince's cause.
  • I Shall Taunt You: He is constantly bantering with his daughter Bernadette, and arguably goes a little far sometimes but he is well meaning, and his teasing is likely done as a secret test of her character.
  • Military Maverick: He is often at odds with the Obel Maritime Council, and does things without their approval, much to Bernadette's disapproval.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His son Ferid, daughter Bernadette, grand-daughter Lymsleia and he all share similar features, hair and eye colouring.
  • Those Two Guys: He and daughter Bernadette exhibit this. He's constantly bantering with her, whereas she is steely and serious.

Bernadette Egan

Voiced by: Kotomi Yamakawa (JP)

Skald's daughter, who is sent to assist the Prince as an unofficial show of support.

Yahr

Voiced by: Hideki Tanaka (JP)

A soldier of the Island Nations who seeks to find and destroy Rune Cannons along with his partner, Nellis.

  • Anime Hair: He sports a crown of spikes, with a shoulder-length mullet. In silver.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He loves Chisato's puppet shows.
  • Continuity Nod: His whole story arc is a reference to the dangers of rune cannons, which is fully explored in Suikoden Tactics.
  • Dual Wielding: He wields twin swords in combat.
  • Fetch Quest
    • Dismantled MacGuffin: He was sent on a special mission to find and gather the few remaining Rune Cannon shells for the Island Nations.
    • Destroy the Evidence: He comes to realise the danger that rune cannons present, and views them as a bad influence. He even went so far as to not report and even destroy rune cannons he finds.

Nelis

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)

A soldier of the Island Nations who seeks to find and destroy Rune Cannons along with her partner, Yahr.

  • Continuity Nod: Her whole story arc is a reference to the dangers of rune cannons, which is fully explored in Suikoden Tactics
  • Famous Ancestor: She is descended from Pablo of Suikoden 4 fame, the mage responsable for aiding the creation of rune cannons over 150 years prior.
    • The Atoner: She joins Yahr's missions to make up for the misdeeds of her ancestor.
  • Fetch Quest
  • The Hard Hat: She wears a peculiar (and not especially flattering) bullet-shaped helmet incorporating a cape.
  • Number Two: She is Yahr's adjutant.

Chisato

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP)

A shy ventriloquist with the ability to mimic any voice.

  • Actual Pacifist
  • Friend to All Children
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: In-universe example. She's normally shy and quiet, but whenever she gets "into character" (for her puppet shows or anything else), she can be quite excitable and energetic.
  • Girl Next Door
  • Puppet Shows
    • Hand Puppet: Her speciality. She loves to entertain children.
    • Continuity Nod: Her puppet shows reference the Island Nation's historical events played out in Suikoden 4, with one starring the pirate Brandeau and Princess Flare of Obel.
  • The Red Baron: She's known as "the woman of 1000 voices", which is itself a Shout-Out to Mel Blanc, the legendary cartoon voice actor with a seemingly endless repertoire.
  • Shrinking Violet: Despite her performing talents, she's painfully shy.
  • Voice Changeling: She is integral to the Island Nation Rescue Arc, when pirates hold a child hostage in exchange for the release of their captain. Bernadette disguises her as the captain using a hood, and with her amazing talent for mimicry, she fools the pirates and the boy is rescued.

    The New Armes Kingdom 

Shula Valya

An enigmatic commander in the Armes army.

  • Aloof Big Brother: Josephine is his runaway little sister.
  • Ambiguously Gay
  • Beauty Mark: Just below his left eye.
  • Bishounen
  • Bodyguard Babes: Sharmista and Nifsara are his personal protectors.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Especially if you're Cius, who refers to him as an "androgynous freak".
  • Enigmatic Minion: Starts off as one.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: He is extremely polite, even in his capacity as Armes Marine corp commander, and refuses to deploy his troops against the Prince.
  • Sim Sim Salabim: His look (and that of most Armes characters) seems to owe its origns to the Indian subcontinent. Also, his family clan is called "Madras", which is a city in the south of India.
  • Technical Pacifist: Despite his comrades from Armes joining the Godwins in the fight against the Prince, it is revealed that he actually wanted the Prince's Army to triumph in order to foster peaceful relations with Armes.

Sharmista

One of Shula's bodyguards, known for her sense of fashion.

Nifsara

One of Shula's bodyguards, known for her love of Bishounen.

  • Beauty Mark: Below her left eye.
  • Blade on a Stick: She wields a long spear.
  • Bodyguard Babe: She is Shula's other protector.
  • Femme Fatale: Her vibe.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She is well known to chase after pretty young boys, which is the reason she joined the incredibly Bishounen Shula's brigade in the first place, and is in hog heaven at the castle HQ.
  • Really Gets Around: Lelei brands her a "harlot" in minutes of meeting her.
  • Red Oni: To Sharmista's blue.
  • Shotacon: She likes her boys young and cute, even lamenting to the Prince that he will eventually grow older and more masculine.
  • Sim Sim Salabim
    • Meaningful Name: In reference to the above, her weapon upgrades as: Shataghanta, Shakti, Pinaka. Each of these refers to aspects of Hindu mythology.
  • Sisterhood Of Funny Hats: Once recruited, she forms a (slightly ridiculous) secret society with Linfa called the Secret Alliance for the Protection of Pretty Hunks In Real Endangerment (SAPPHIRE) whose motto is Observe! Protect! Observe Some More!!
  • The Tease

Maha Sparna

Voiced by: Kazuko Okada (JP)

An Armes General who allies with the Godwin faction.

  • The Baroness
  • Dirty Coward: Following defeat by the Prince's army after her misjudged alliance with the Godwins, she destroyed the Sable-Armes border gate in order to ensure that she would not be pursued. Her cowardly actions trapped the Southern Mountain Corp and made their retreat impossible, leading directly to Jidan's death and her own disgrace and eventual execution back home.
  • Evil Matriarch: Of the Armes Darja Clan.
  • Evil Plan: She rides into battle when Godwin makes a deal with Armes. If Armes will help subjugate the Prince's forces, then Armes will gain all former Barows territory after the war ends. She attacks the Castle HQ, but finds the castle empty. The Prince then counter-attacks with the aid of the Dragon Cavalry and by activating the sluice gate on Ceras Lake to flood the castle. Most of the Armes troops are useless, abandoning their weapons to escape the flooding castle.
  • Ice Queen
  • Sim Sim Salabim: Her look (and that of most Armes characters) seems to owe its origins to the Indian subcontinent.

Jidan Guisu

Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP)

Maha Sparna's right hand.

Nakula

An Armes soldier who seeks to avenge his father, who was killed by a Nether Gate assassin.

  • Badass
  • Big Guy
  • Blade on a Stick: He wields the God Spear.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a X shaped scar on his forehead.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: There's only a relatively short time window to recruit him and his out-of-the-way placement doesn't help. You have to recruit him to properly recruit Sagiri, however.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He is persuaded to join the Prince as he too is out to destroy Nether Gate (see below).
  • Heroic Build
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit he is in during a War Battle is defeated, there is a chance he will die.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Nakula has an estranged twin brother. They had a falling out over Nakula's bloody quest for vengeance.
  • The Promise: A dark take. At the end of the game, he promises he will return to Falena to kill Sagiri after dealing with the Nether Gate forces left in Nagarea. She accepts.
  • Revenge
    • You Killed My Father: After his father was murdered by Sagiri whilst she was still a child assassin of Nether Gate, he swore vengeance and vowed to bring down the entire organization.
    • Revenge Before Reason
  • Sociopathic Hero: While on the Prince's side, he's still a bloodthirsty asshole. Justified by both his backstory and the fact that its pretty clear his vengeance is all he has left.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: He follows Sagiri around, and is often found waiting outside whatever room she is in. This becomes particularly poignant at moments such as before massive battles, where most of the characters are spending time with their friends and loved ones. Nakula has nothing left but his hatred, and Sagiri is a living symbol of that hate.
  • Undeathly Pallor: His skin is an odd, sickly colour, which lends him a slightly unsettling look.
  • Villainous Valour: While fighting for Armes he holds off the entire Falenan army, seemingly to buy his lord a chance to escape. Lord Solis rewards Nakula's bravery by sparing his life and having him treated for his wounds.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Of a sort. He was wounded in the initial battle with Armes, however his reason for fighting so recklessly was not out of loyalty to Jidan Guisu, but in order to become injured/captured so he'd have to stay in Falena and could therefore pursue his father's killer.

    Elves, Dwarves, Monsters and Beavers 

Isato

Voiced by: Daisuke Kita (JP)

Haswar's elven bodyguard.

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Big Damn Heroes: After the Godwin coup, he bravely helps the Prince's party escape by bringing them through an elven path that crossed the North Lunas Woods.
  • Black Sheep: How he is viewed by fellow elf, Urda, who thinks he should return to Alseid away from the "barbarous humans".
  • The Champion: To Lady Haswar. He is incredibly protective of her wellbeing.
  • Hidden Elf Village: He hails from the secret village of Alseid, accessible only to elves.
  • Forest Ranger: When he catches Logg and Lun panning for gold in the sacred Lunas river, he advocates strict punishment to be taken against the Raftfleet father and daughter so as to set an example to others.
  • In Harmony with Nature
  • Nature Hero: He originally became a cleric in order to preserve the North Woods of Lunas from gold mining which would have had dire consequences for the ecosystem as well as the elven village of Alseid, from which he hails.
  • Number Two: He is Lady Haswar's second in command.
  • The Paladin: He is the head cleric of the Lunas enclave.
  • Pointy Ears
  • Platonic Life Partners: In a bath scene with Mathias and Dinn, he notes that his loyalty to Haswar had nothing to do with gender or romance.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lady Haswar. He will only join the Prince's cause when she does.

Urda

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP)

An elven woman who wants Isato to return to their people.

Gunde

Voiced by: Eisuke Yoda (JP), Kim Strauss (EN)

Logg's former partner-in-crime.

Dongo

An apprentice blacksmith.

Wabon

Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP)

A master blacksmith and the apparent leader of the Dwarf Camp.

Zunda

A dwarf with a fondness for windows.

Bergen

A dwarf who is being taught magic by Levi.

Byakuren

A serpent living in Ceras Lake.

  • Bond Creatures: Once recruited.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Being a female creature, she considers Miroon and Flail as her rivals in love.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name translates to "white lotus" from Japanese.
  • Monster Allies
  • Sea Monster
    • Stock Ness Monster: She's a giant, white serpent and has lived in the depths of Ceras Lake for over 100 years.
  • Snakes Are Sexy
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: She was understandably furious about her Ceras Lake home being drained, and attacks the Prince on the HQ jetty.
    • Defeat Means Friendship: Once defeated, it is revealed she does not want to leave her home and so joins the Prince's cause, if you have Genoh or Levi recruited.
      • This doesn't stop her from occasionally disrupting Subala's fishing minigame, and no, you can't catch the giant snake with your fishing rod.

Genoh

An elderly, sentient, giant tortoise.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: His advanced age means he has trouble recalling anything in particular.
  • Bond Creatures: Once recruited.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He insists on his potential companions having respect for the elderly and this shows up in his recruitment process, where the Prince must be accompanied by an "old" character (Levi, Alhazred etc) who is leveled up to at least 95% of the Prince's current level.
    • Continuity Nod: If the player brings ambiguously old character like Jeane or Zerase instead, he will sense an old person but will feel mistaken because they look young!
  • Mighty Glacier: Has very high base HP, Def, and Mdef, and his skills enhance them.
  • Mistaken For A God: He is deeply respected by all beavers, who refer to him as "Boss".
  • Monster Allies: He's a giant tortoise.
  • Really 700 Years Old: As seen when he requests a decade or so in order to converse with older members of the Prince's army.
  • Shrouded in Myth: He is regarded as something of a myth, with only Fuwalafuwalu's father claiming to have met him in living memory.
  • Squashed Flat: His "Oops!" unite attack with Viki sees her teleport him (accidently) upside down a few feet above the enemy. He crashes down, crushing them shell-first.
  • Translator Buddy: He acts as this for Byakuren, impressing on her the heroic nature of the Prince's cause, which helps to convince her to join.
  • Turtle Power: He has more HP, strength, luck, and magic defense than most characters.

Fuwalafuwalu

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (JP)

The leader of Beaver Lodge.

Maroon

Voiced by: Chiaki Morita (JP)

The leader of the five beavers who can be used in combat.

Meroon

Voiced by: Sawa Ishige (JP)

A young and hyper beaver.

Miroon

Voiced by: Akane Sakai (JP)

A beaver who likes making baths.

Moroon

Voiced by: Isao Yamagishi (JP)

A beaver who seems to think he's a rockstar.

Muroon

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)

A beaver who is a skilled inventor.

    Other Characters 

Linfa

A conwoman who cheats the Prince out of some money.

  • Betting Mini-Game: Her speciality. The Prince can play her at the card game "Blind Man's Bluff" for potch.
  • Bi the Way: Is not above seducing women, especially to worm her way out of a debt.
  • Chinese Girl
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The player must best her at cards in order for her to join.
  • Dragon Lady: In training.
  • Femme Fatale
  • The Gambler
    • The Barnum: She tricks people into playing cards, with money often involved, and cheats, thereby getting herself some money to pay off her debt.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She's hot and knows it, often employing her seductress skills to get out of trouble when the cards don't go her way.
  • Lovable Rogue
  • Ms. Fanservice: With her sulky smile, sultry eyes and seductive attitude, she's easily amongst the hottest characters in the game.
  • Qipao: She wears a sexy, clingy Chinese dress in purple that incorporates a dragon motif.
  • Sisterhood Of Funny Hats: Once recruited, she forms a (slightly ridiculous) secret society with Nifsara, called the Secret Alliance for the Protection of Pretty Hunks In Real Endangerment (SAPPHIRE)

Taylor

A nosy reporter.

Norma

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP)

A young woman who does a show with her best friend, Ernst.

  • Ballet: Her look, complete with a tutu-esque skirt and ballet shoes.
  • Devoted to You: She is passionate about finding a wizard to help Ernst with his curse (see below).
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Kawaiiko
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit she is in during a War Battle is defeated, there is a chance she will die.
  • Mini Dress Of Power
  • Simple Staff: She wields the Lovely Baton in combat.
  • Street Performer: She travels with her leopard companion, Ernst, showing off how intelligent an animal he is by having him solve arithmetic problems.
    • Hustler: However, this is merely a ruse. Ernst is actually an intelligent lycanthrope.
  • Waif-Fu

Ernst

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP)

Norma's best friend. He has been cursed with a rune that has turned him into a leopard.

Takamu

A mapmaker who was imprisoned by the Godwins early in the civil war.

  • Curious as a Monkey: He dreams of mapping Falena's entire underground water vein.
  • Fantasy World Map: His speciality. Once recruited, it is possible to view the entire world map.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: He was imprisoned at Agate by the Godwins on the grounds that maps are war secrets.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker
  • Super Senses: He has an uncanny sense of direction, even managing to negotiate hidden elf pathways through Lunas, which is supposed to be impossible for humans. He can get you into Lunas early this way, and his Escape Route ability allows you to always run away from battles.

Norden

An alcoholic who knows some disturbing secrets about Lord Barows.

  • The Alcoholic
  • Despair Event Horizon: He's a broken man, explained below.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He spends most of his time in Rainwall's tavern getting plastered.
  • Just Following Orders
  • Killed Off for Real: If the unit he is in during a War Battle is defeated, there is a chance he will die.
  • Mr. Exposition: His main purpose is to reveal the details of the Lordlake uprising. When Norden shares his entire story, it is revealed the initial reason for the mob gathering was to protest against Lord Barows. Lord Barows had a dam built, but it failed and construction was abandoned. However, the debris washed to Lordlake and damaged their water. The people were angry, and Lord Rovere was trying to calm them down. In a panic, Euram orders the Barows garrison to attack. Although Norden did not agree with this, he could not go against his commander's wishes. But the mob was too fierce, and in the end, the Barows garrison was routed. In retailiation, Lord Barows ordered that some of the garrison disguise themselves and incite the rioters to attack the East Palace. Norden did not go with those rioters, but with the Dawn Rune found in Salum's basement, it is clear what his intentions were.
  • Odd Friendship: He forms an unlikely bond with Bastan once recruited, over their shared bad experiences with the Barows.

Hazuki

A swordswoman who has come to Falena to test her skills against Belcoot.

  • Action Girl
  • Always Someone Better: Belcoot, much to her annoyance.
  • Ice Queen: She's frosty and serious, and show's a special contempt for Nikea who she feels beneath her and Gavaya, who was so persistent in his marriage proposals that she actually drew her sword to him.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: She wields a katana named Ishima.
  • The Rival
  • Samurai: Her look, albeit a female variation.
  • To Be a Master: Improving her fighting skills is her life's goal.
  • Triang Relations: Marina is highly suspicious of her seemingly professional interest in Belcoot, thinking it may well be more than that. She may well have a point.

Raven

A thief who fancies himself Oboro's archenemy.

Alhazred

Voiced by: Eisuke Yoda (JP)

A scholar who is trying to find the Book of Condemnation before it can create a disaster.

  • Anime Hair: He sports zig-zagging, lightning bolt shaped beard, eyebrow and head hair.
  • Encyclopedia Exposita: His speciality. He manages Suikoden 5's version of this, the Old Books volume 1-13.
  • Fetch Quest
    • Tome of Eldritch Lore: He requests the Prince's help in questing for the Book of Condemnation, an incredibly dangerous book he wants to keep secure. It even attacks him and the Prince when it is finally found.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All
    • Guide Dang It: His recruitment process is a veritable Side Quest in itself, and again, like with many other Suikoden 5 characters, it requires a great deal of foresight (and luck) to complete the long chain of triggered events without a guidebook.
  • The Illegible: His writing script is so ornate that it is impossible to decipher.
  • Shout-Out: His name (and storyline) is one big shoutout to Abdul Alhazred, a fictional character in H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. In the books, Alhazred was the author of the Necronomicon, an evil book whose possessors fell victim to an unpleasant end, including Alhazred himself.
  • Secretly Wealthy: He comes across as a book peddler, but he's actually incredibly rich.
  • Smart Guy
  • Stout Strength: He's not bad in combat, despite his rotund build.
  • Throw the Book at Them: He wields a large book in combat, again all named for Lovecraft references.

Haleth

A corrupt port administrator.

  • Betting Mini-Game: His speciality. He runs a betting stall for Yoran's Dragon Horse racing game.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: A former administrator at Hershville, he is known for looking the other way regarding smuggling, as long as he can take a cut.
  • TheGambler
  • The Nondescript: Arguably. In a series that (on the whole) has excellent character design, he's pretty bland and unmemorable, which actually makes sense given that he has to be as bland as possible to be able to do his smuggling business well.
  • Wild Card: He actually made several bets with other administrators, placing his money on a victory for the Prince's forces, and so joins to keep an eye on proceedings.

Leknaat the Seer

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP)

A seer who has great knowledge of the True Runes. She has appeared in every game in the main series.

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