Characters: Sword of Mana
The cast of Sword of Mana, which is expanded from the storyline of Final Fantasy Adventure. WIP. Contains unmarked spoilers.
HeroOriginally the child of a noble family, his parents were killed in Dark Lord's coup for the crime of sheltering the fugitive heroine. The hero himself was captured, but trained as a gladiator instead of being executed. At the beginning of the game, he attempts to escape from the arena; when caught by Dark Lord himself, he winds up knocked into the river, and washes up near the village of Topple in time to meet up with the heroine and join her on her journey. Both out of his desire for revenge and from his friendship with the heroine, he winds up dragged into the quest to protect the Mana Tree and save the world.His default weapon is the sword, and his default magical spirit is Salamander. If he is the protagonist, he has a broader array of weapons and magic to choose from.He has no default name: the Japanese strategy guide, manga anthology, novelization, and Circle of Mana card call him Duke; whereas the English strategy guide and promotional comic refer to him as Matt. His counterpart in Final Fantasy Adventure was simply referred to as "Hero" in mobile version media and a Rise of Mana collaboration, and Sumo in the English manual.
- Best Served Cold
- Cool Sword
- Hello, Insert Name Here
- Idiot Hero
- Jumped at the Call
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: All day, every day.
- The Resenter: Reveals at the end of the heroine's route that there was a time that he blamed his family's deaths on her.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Blames Devius for Amanda's death and charges off to fight him, which ends badly.
- Playing with Fire: In the heroine's route, he has his own Salamander to attack enemies with fire magic.
- Ship Tease: With both Amanda and the heroine in his route.
- Spanner in the Works: Unlike the heroine, he has no real connection to the previous Vandole war—he just happened to get dragged into things after meeting her. He nevertheless winds up one of the heroes of the new generation.
- You Killed My Father
HeroineA survivor of the Mana Tribe. At the time of Dark Lord's coup, she was about to leave her village on a journey with the knight Sir Bogard, but when Dark Lord and Julius attacked the two of them had to flee for their lives. She was sheltered for a short time at the hero's house, but the two of them wound up separated when Dark Lord's soldiers found out about her. Now living outside of Topple with Bogard, she is about to embark on a journey to search for other Mana survivors when she bumps into the hero, and the two of them join forces. Along the way, she begins to discover the secrets of her true heritage and the motivations of her enemies.Her default weapon is the staff, and her default spirit companion is Wisp, though as the protagonist she has a much greater arsenal at her disposal.Like the hero, she has no default name: the Japanese strategy guide, manga anthology, novelization, and Circle of Mana card call her Erena/Elena; whereas the English strategy guide and promotional comic refer to her as Rose. Her counterpart in Final Fantasy Adventure was simply referred to as "Heroine" in mobile version media and a Rise of Mana collaboration, and Fuji in the English manual.
- Action Girl
- Adaptation Expansion: While the hero's storyline is more or less lifted from Final Fantasy Adventure, the heroine's route was freshly written for this game. One of the consequences of this is that she is privy to a lot more of the other characters' backstories and the secrets of the world than he is. This arguably makes her the central protagonist of the game, whereas in Final Fantasy Adventure the heroine was a much more traditional Distressed Damsel.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- Black Magician Girl: Is much more proficient at magic than other characters, due to the staff's auto-targeted spells.
- The Chosen One
- Generation Xerox
- Healing Factor: With her own Wisp, she sometimes heal you in hero's route.
- Hello, Insert Name Here
- Heroic Lineage
- Light 'em Up: In hero's route, she uses light magic via Wisp.
- Only Sane Man: Would rather solve problems with words than with weapons. Unfortunately, this method doesn't seem to have occurred to the rest of the cast.
- Purple Eyes
- Quirky Curls
- Rapunzel Hair
- The Resenter: Reveals in the hero's route that when she was hiding at his house, she was jealous of his happy family.
- Save the Villain: She tries very hard, at least.
- Ship Tease: With Devius and the hero.
- Simple Staff
- There Is Another: Believes herself to be the Sole Survivor of the Mana village until she meets up with Willy.
- You Killed My Father: Initially holds a strong grudge against Dark Lord and Julius, but mellows out a bit as she learns more about their circumstances.
- White Magician Girl: Takes this role in the Hero's route.
Sir BogardThe heroine's guardian, also one of the Gemma Knights who defeated Vandole in the past. He seems to know a lot more about what's going on than he's willing to tell, and winds up dragged into the fight to save the world when the heroine is captured. He serves as an adviser to both of the protagonists, and is eventually revealed to be the heroine's true father.Only joins the party in the heroine's route. Wields a sword and uses earth magic.
- Badass Beard
- Cool Sword
- Distressed Dude: Winds up kidnapped by Devius at one point.
- My Greatest Failure: Being unable to save his wife Mana from sacrificing herself to save the Mana Tree.
- Not Blood Siblings: His wife Mana was originally raised as his little sister, leading to...
- Incest Subtext: And on top of that, in his grief over his wife's death, he initially perceived his daughter to be her reincarnation. Awkward.
- Parental Substitute: Ironic, seeing as...
- Luke, I Am Your Father: ...he was the heroine's dad all along.
- Team Dad
AmandaOne of the hero's fellow gladiators, originally an inhabitant of Menos Village. After the hero fails spectacularly in his attempt to save the heroine, she is revealed to have been freed, and takes care of him. When she winds up having to trade away the heroine's Orphan's Plot Trinket for medicine to save his life, she winds up involved in the lives of Devius and Medusa—and while investigating the disappearance of her brother Lester, she is poisoned by Medusa's bite and dies.Only joins the party in the hero's route. Wields a lance and uses wind magic.
- Blade on a Stick
- Hair Decorations
- Green Eyes
- Pink Means Feminine
- Shoot the Dog
- Swiss Army Tears: Her blood acts as the antidote to cure Lester and the other minstrels that Medusa turned into birds.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
- The Virus: Medusa's venom causes her to start attacking the protagonists.
LesterAmanda's younger brother, a minstrel who admires Granz. His skills attract the attention of Devius, who adopts him and brings him back to Jadd—where Medusa winds up turning him into a bird, like all the other minstrels her son has brought home. Once returned to his true form by his sister's sacrifice, he accompanies the protagonists on their quest to stop Dark Lord's party from getting their hands on the power of mana.Joins the party in both routes. He wields a bow and uses wood magic.
- Baleful Polymorph
- Magic Music
- My Beloved Smother: Found his sister's overprotectiveness irritating, which he regrets deeply after her death.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Sidekick: Is the hero's default partner in the later stages of the game.
WillyThe heroine's childhood friend, as well as one of the hero's fellow gladiators. Known amongst his friends for his wisecracking and endless wacky escape plans. When the protagonists storm Dark Lord's fortress, he is rescued, and winds up accompanying them on their quest to stop Julius.Joins the party in the heroine's route. He wields the knucks and uses water magic.
- Big Eater
- Dirty Coward: Still blames himself for running away in terror during the attack on the Mana Village.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Sidekick: Is the heroine's default partner in the later stages of the game.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Was the first character to die in Final Fantasy Adventure, whereas here he is one of the few survivors.
- There Is Another: Believes himself to be the Sole Survivor of the Mana village until the hero brings up the heroine in conversation.
Sage CibbaAn ancient sage who lives in Wendel. He aided the fight against the original Vandole, who was once his apprentice. Now, he gives the protagonists advice and helps to support them in their quest.Joins the party briefly in the hero's route, where he wields a staff and uses light magic.
WattsA dwarf and legendary craftsman, who helps the protagonists forge weapons, gives the heroine her sickle, and briefly accompanies the hero in a search for mithril. Very similar to every other Watts in the series.Joins the party once in the hero's route, where he uses an axe.
MarshallA very lonely Vandole-era robot who joins the party when the heroes trek through Dime Tower. Joins the party in both routes.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves the heroine when the tower begins to break down, and knowing that it can't function outside the tower anymore, doesn't even try to jump the gap itself.
- Hulk Speak: Albeit more pronounced in Japanese than in English.
- I Am Not a Gun
- I Just Want to Have Friends
- Robot Buddy
Dark LordOne of the sons of Lord Granz. His given name is "Stroud", but he generally prefers not to be called that. He took over his father's land in a coup d'etat, and has since oppressed the Mana tribe and believers in the goddess out of bitterness that none of them were willing to help his mother. He is trying to create a country that does not rely on magic or religion to get by, but at the same time seeks the power of the Mana Tree in hopes of saving Medusa and Julius.Wears a golden Domino Mask to conceal his resemblance to his brother Devius, apparently solely out of bitterness over his father's decision to split up their family. Is half-Mavole, but seems not to have inherited any specific Mavole powers. Wields a sword.
- Barehanded Blade Block
- Cool Sword
- Devil in Plain Sight: Just look at his name!
- Disc One Final Boss
- Dub Name Change: Goes by the slightly less sinister "Shadow Knight" in Japan.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
- Half-Human Hybrid
- He Who Fights Monsters: Hates the Mana Tribe and the Granz regime for what he believes to be their prejudice against Mavoles and half-bloods like himself, but his persecution of Mana believers sure looks a lot like prejudice too.
- Pet the Dog: Still very protective of Marley.
- Pure Is Not Good: Referred to as "pure-hearted" by Word of God, which makes his misguided actions all the more dangerous.
- Made of Iron: Resistant to all forms of attack. And if the animations are taken literally, the Barehanded Blade Block listed above was done by holding it up and letting the hero's sword ricochet off of it.
- Morality Chain: Literally the only person who can get Julius to behave.
- Genre Savvy: Fully aware that Julius is going to need stopping when he's no longer there to hold his friend's coat, and instructs the protagonists to go do it while he's dying.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Ship Tease: With Isabella and Julius.
- Standard Status Effects: Can cause blindness with one of his attacks.
- Sword and Sorcerer: With Julius.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist / Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Discussed by Lee if you visit him after Dark Lord's death.
JuliusDark Lord's eccentric and flamboyant sidekick, and the Sole Survivor of the Vandole regime. Julius helped him overthrow Granz; now, he aids Dark Lord in his search for the heroine. Whereas he plays a largely supportive role in Dark Lord's plans, he seems to know a lot more about mana and about the heroine than Dark Lord does. Once Dark Lord has died, Julius continues to seek the Mana Tree alone, now planning to follow in the first Vandole's footsteps.Is apparently a skilled swordsman, but primarily fights using magic. Like the original Vandole, he is no longer considered to be human.
- As Long as There Is Evil
- Blow You Away: During the second part of his battle, can conjure whirlwinds that turn the characters into snowmen (this game's equivalent of Harmless Freezing).
- Camp Gay
- Casting a Shadow: Seen using dark-elemental spells repeatedly in the story, but never uses them during his boss battle.
- Deadpan Snarker: Prior to Dark Lord's death.
- Doppelgänger Spin: During the second part of his battle, he'll zip around the battlefield and create illusionary copies of himself. They disappear while the game is paused.
- Dragon Their Feet: Like all of Dark Lord's other allies when it comes time for you to fight.
- Evil Redhead
- Evil Sorcerer
- Final Boss
- Flunky Boss: During the first part of his battle, he summons other enemies.
- Generation Xerox
- Hijacked by Ganon: After Dark Lord's death, he assumes Vandole's (drastically more serious) personality and goals. The Gemma Knights and their allies start referring to him as the real Vandole at this point. It's left ambiguous as to whether the original Vandole has literally hijacked his body or whether his "Julius" persona was a façade to start with.
- Japanese Pronouns: His speech patterns are very different depending on whether he's in Vandole mode or not; normally his dialect is gender-neutral and polite (Watashi, quite a bit of keigo), but he uses more masculine pronouns (e.g. Ore) during his Vandole moments.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mysterious Past: Might be Emperor Vandole's reincarnation; might be his son or even more disturbingly it might be that the "Vandole" killed by the Gemma Knights was actually a Shadow (Julius's Shadow speaks to Bogard and Cibba as if he was the one the Gemma Knights fought) and the real Vandole was hiding only to later show up as "Julius". Nobody really seems to know what Julius' deal is aside from Dark Lord, who never really explains.
- It's worth noting that in Final Fantasy Adventure, he's unambiguously just the last surviving member of the empire, and seeks to return it to glory as Neo-Vandole. He was found as a baby in a cave at the waterfalls near Granz by Dark Lord and was presumably raised by him, so it's unknown how he learned about his heritage.
- Mystical Waif
- One-Winged Angel: During the third and final part of his battle, he appears as a humanoid figure made of tree bark due to absorbing most of the Mana Tree's power.
- Playing with Fire: Uses different fire attacks in different parts of his battle.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Sequential Boss: The first two part of the final battle have him in human form with different ability sets.
- Shadow Archetype: To the heroine.
- Ship Tease: With Dark Lord.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Standard Status Effects: Petrification, freezing, sleep and poison.
- Sword and Sorcerer: With Dark Lord.
- The Trickster: Prior to Dark Lord's death.
- What Is This Feeling?: According to the canon bible, a good deal of Julius' obsession with the Mana Tree comes from the original Vandole's feelings of romantic love for the goddess. Julius himself doesn't understand the true nature of the compulsion, but cannot help acting on it.
- Yandere: His violent side peeks out during the sequence where he interrogates the heroine, as well as when he goads Devius into dying. Like his trolling and general sassy nature, any trace of dere goes straight out the window after Dark Lord dies.
Lord GranzOne of the three Gemma Knights, a minstrel who settled down to rule his country after the war. He was a beloved leader until Dark Lord's coup; at that point, he went missing and is now presumed dead.His sons don't think much of some of his parenting decisions.
- An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: Although he's mistaken for one until The Reveal.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the hero, in the hero's prologue.
- Interspecies Romance: With Medusa, which didn't end well at all.
- Magic Music
Count LeeA Mavole who lives in a mansion between Topple and Wendel. He is the subject of many ill rumors, but is actually quite polite, and was a friend of the Gemma Knights. He is apparently mourning some lost love, much to the frustration of his old friend Isabella (who flirts with him) and his butlers (who want to get him married off).
- Adaptational Heroism: In Adventure, he was pretty much just a vampire who collected a bunch of Girl in a Box for... no apparent reason, and was killed by the hero. However, this game changes him to a much more sympathetic character.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
- Like Brother and Sister: With Medusa, apparently.
- Not What It Looks Like: Very much so. That Girl in a Box-filled basement? Those are sleeping Mana women he's sheltering from Dark Lord at the behest of Granz. The butlers who remark about how the heroine and Isabella are "the perfect woman" and try to present them to Lee like a stereotypical vampire B-movie? They're a little overly enthusiastic about bride-shopping for their master, and are doing it against his will. Isabella is floating motionless in the air when the hero bursts in? She was harassing Lee, so he put her to sleep. It takes Granz's intervening to get things sorted out in the end.
- One-Winged Angel: A giant humanoid bat.
IsabellaAn old friend of Lee's who is visiting him at the time that the protagonists drop by his mansion. After discovering that Lee has more or less settled down in the human world, she seeks out Dark Lord on her journey to find adventure and romance. She is part of the Bigieu clan of Mavoles, and even though she's ostensibly a part of Dark Lord's party, she is never overtly malevolent towards the protagonists and is never actually fought.She has more appearances in the heroine's route, and is implied to have feelings for Dark Lord. Her Mavole form is that of an anthropomorphic white cat.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Cat Stereotype: Fits the general white cat archetype.
- Dragon Their Feet: Is actually present during the battle with Dark Lord, but doesn't do anything to help him.
- Fiery Redhead
- Knife Nut: Her battle-ready sprite shows her holding a pair of knives.
- Legacy Character: Shares more than a passing resemblance to the Bigieu of Seiken Densetsu 3, but their personalities are quite different.
- Nice Hat
- Odd Friendship: With the heroine.
- One-Winged Angel: As she gears up to fight Goremand, she turns into a vaguely feline creature before the hero and the heroine fall off the tower.
- Ship Tease: With Lee and Dark Lord.
DeviusDark Lord's elder twin brother, caretaker of their ill mother and ruler of the desert town Jadd. May also be the prince of Mavolia. Devius is generally more calm and well-mannered than his brother, but shares his dislike for being addressed by his given name (Gurnda). After his mother's death at the hero's hands, he winds up in a confrontation with the protagonists.His demeanor is very different based on route, which may have to do with the fact that like Dark Lord, his character was heavily rewritten for this game. His Mavole form is that of a Mindflayer.
- All There in the Manual: Devius got shipped back to Mavolia along with his mother because his magical energy was too uncontrolled and caused him to be born prematurely and continued to threaten his life afterwards, which couldn't be treated in the human world.
- Benevolent Boss
- Berserk Button: Very kind and reasonable unless his mother is harmed, in which case watch out.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- The Caretaker: To Medusa.
- Cthulhumanoid: His One-Winged Angel form is based on the Mindflayer, but his head looks more like a nautilus. Li'l Cactus lampshades it by calling him "ol' squidface."
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Invoked by Julius, possibly out of jealousy, which results in Devius' death.
- Friend to All Living Things: Gives off this impression with his birds; though it's later discovered that some of them weren't always birds.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- 100% Adoration Rating: The people of Jadd love him, and so do the Luna spirits, with which he's affiliated.
- Chekhov's Gun: Early on, the heroine explains that spirits don't appear before inherently evil beings, and so this goes to reinforce Devius' character.
- One-Winged Angel: A humanoid nautilus.
- Revenge Before Reason: He doesn't take that fact that you killed Medusa very well.
- Ship Tease: With the heroine.
- Standard Status Effects: Blind and confusion, which reverses your controls.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: After Medusa's death.
MarleyDark Lord's attendant, who has taken care of him for most of his life. She and the heroine meet during the heroine's stay on Dark Lord's airship. Marley is privy to the Granz family's history. While she has a number of appearances in the heroine's route, in the hero's she only appears in the short arc that explains her origins.
- I Was Quite a Looker
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the heroine.
- Morality Pet: To Dark Lord.
- Parental Substitute: To Dark Lord.
- That Man Is Dead: Her real name is Pamela, an identity which she abandoned after Lorimar Castle was frozen.
- Secret Keeper
- Sole Survivor: The only person who wasn't frozen with the rest of Lorimar aside from the king.
MedusaDark Lord and Devius' mother, a Mavole noblewoman. Due to the powerful geas meant to prevent Mavoles from intermarrying with humans, she has been steadily losing her memories of her husband and children, and will eventually die. Granz chose to separate from her in hopes of slowing her illness down, which also forced their sons apart. She now lives with Devius in Jadd, where he continually brings minstrels to perform for her because they help her remember her husband. If only she would stop turning them into birds.Her Mavole form is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Justified as Mavoles and humans don't age at the same rate.
- Adult Fear: Her illness and its effects are very much reminiscent of Alzheimer's.
- Flunky Boss: Summons snakes as allies.
- Morality Pet: To Devius in particular, although both her sons care for her very much.
- One-Winged Angel: A giant head with snakes for hair that looks disturbingly alot like the third head of Zable Fahr(if that was one of Zable Fahr's heads which is hard to decipher considering the 3rd head looks nothing like the other 2).
- The Ophelia
- Rapunzel Hair
- Standard Status Effects: Petrification.
- The Virus: Her venom has a corrupting influence on humans.
GoremandA Mavole who follows Dark Lord and Julius around for kicks. Has a sadistic personality, prioritizes himself, and eats souls. Due to his flippant disregard for who will eventually triumph, he actually winds up helping the protagonists now and again.
- Chaotic Evil: Discussed In-Universe.
- Dragon Their Feet: As with Julius and Isabella. Unlike them, in Goremand's case it's explicitly out of opportunism.
- Evil Laugh: After every line.
- For the Evulz
- It's All About Me
- Karma Houdini: Isabella beats him in battle offscreen, but he survives.
- Legacy Character: Takes after Deathjester, and may or may not be the same character.
- Monster Clown
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Gives the Hero and the Heroine information because he wants to eat Julius's soul.
- Punny Name
- Sinister Scythe
- The Unfought
- Your Soul Is Mine: Does this to Devius and Dark Lord.