The classic Idiot Hero. He's a country boy from the boondocks town of Linea, heading off to seek fame and adventure as a soldier of Seinegald. He stows away on a ship bound for the capital, which is promptly attacked by monsters, so he grabs the first weapon he can find... Which turns out to be a Swordian, an ancient and extremely powerful sentient sword, named Dymlos, who promptly accepts Stahn as his master. And so the Hot-Blooded hick goes on to discover a huge history of cover-ups and corruption in his quest to save the world...In the sequel, he marries Rutee, and they have a son, Kyle. After he was killed by Barbatos, Loni and Rutee made up a story of Stahn "being on a journey" because they were worried about the severly traumatized Kyle. However, due to Kyle's quest, his death was eventually annulled and he got to live his life as Kyle's father again.
Anime Hair: He actually manages to pull off a mullet.
The Power of Friendship: He tries pulling Tea Gardener-grade Friendship Speeches on Leon. A lot. Their effectively is usually subverted... until Marian reveals that Leon actually did consider Stahn the closest thing he had to a friend.
The Unchosen One: While Dymlos initially tells him that he was chosen by fate to be able to hear the voices of Swordians, he admits in the end that it's not such an uncommon or extraordinary thing.
The Swordian of Fire. In life, he was Lieutenant General Dymlos Timber, the Division Commander of the 1st Er'ther Army. A stubborn and prideful individual with a fiery temper, he comes into Stahn's possession by chance, and because Stahn can hear his voice, convinces him that he is The Chosen One in order to escape the disaster on-board the Draconis. Afterwards, he accompanies Stahn in his journey to save the world, constantly baffled by his chosen master's stupidity.
A mouthy thief from Cresta, Rutee travels with her amnesiac partner Mary, stealing and doing odd jobs for cash. She joins Stahn (or rather, Stahn joins her) when he saves her from an old trap in a dungeon. She also has a Swordian, Atwight, that was given to her when she was very young. Later, it turns out that she only went on her thieving journey to help monetarily support the orphanage she was raised in, and keep it open. She's also Hugo's daughter, and Leon's older sister. She's the team healer, but is also a good physical attacker.Between Tales of Destiny and Tales of Destiny 2, she marries Stahn, has a son with him, and takes over running the Dunamis Orphanage.
Shared Family Quirks: A pair of sidequests during the final part of the game allow you to read Rutee's childhood diary, and later that of her deceased mother. Rutee shares her mother's greedy streak, but only Leon got her sweet tooth.
Tsundere: A strong contender for Most Triumphant Example among the Tales characters. She acts like one all throughout the game, towards her son and his friend in the sequel and also to Stahn's spirit after he's killed by Barbatos.
The Swordian of Water. In life, she was Colonel Atwight Eks, of the Er'ther Medical Corps. She was entrusted to Rutee when she was young by her mother, Chris Katrea, and served as her constant companion and surrogate mother figure as she grew up. She is kind, and patient, but she is also not afraid to tell Rutee what she thinks of her actions.
Captain of the Seinegald Knights and the youngest master swordsman the country has ever seen, Leon was originally sent to arrest Rutee, Mary, and Stahn, and ends up accompanying (read: babysitting) them to investigate problems at Straylize Temple. He's a grouchy teen with a big attitude. In the original PSX version, he stays grouchy and hates the party. In the remake, however, he starts to loosen up, and thinks of the party as close friends (though he'd never admit to it). He is Hugo's son and Rutee's younger brother- Hugo was able to send Rutee to safety before succumbing to insanity, but it was too late for Leon. He keeps his son on a leash with Marian, Leon's personal maid, whom he thinks of as a surrogate mother. Unfortunately, Leon doesn't get to see the end of the story... He also has a Swordian, Chaltier, who has been his best friend since he was little.He makes an appearance in Tales of Destiny 2, but that's another (spoilerific) story.
Abusive Parents: Hugo is emotionally abusive and late in the remake shown to be physically abusive too (ie: he knocks Leon out for five days). In a slight subversion though, he is Brainwashed and Crazy (not that Leon knows that part).
Anti-Villain: Type IV, too. Though it looks more genuine in the remake where he actually befriended Stahn & company. In the original, however, he came off as a dark Type II
Awesome McCoolname: "Leon Magnus" is not the name his parents gave him; it's way too badass for that. But on the other hand, his real name, Emilio Gilchrist/Katrea, is very cool too.
Oedipus Complex: His feelings for Marian, his surrogate mother figure, are often implied to run much... deeper, and his primary antagonist is his own father.
Overused Copycat Character: A variation. Ever since Tales of Vesperia came out, he's been used as the basis for a cameo costume four times with two of those being his Judas outfit, but it still counts. Granted, none of those characters were anything like him in personality, but appearance is another story. Jude for one looks exactly like him in the getup.
Real Men Wear Pink: No matter how you look at it, that cape is, well, pink. And that lavender shirt has pretty frilly sleeves. He may be a Bishounen, but somehow this trope still works.
Trauma Conga Line: What the second half of the game basically is for him, in the director's cut. In short, after defeating Greybaum, he has everything he wants. He's respected by his fellow knights (and respects them too), and Marian finally sees him as an adult. Then she is taken hostage, Leon is forced to steal the Eye of Atamoni and the flying dragon, effectively ruining his knight career (plus he is made to fight against a knight he previously befriended), and Hugo makes it clear that this is a neverending nightmare for him. Then Marian attempts suicide to save him, which results in Leon attacking Hugo and getting knocked unconscious for five days, after which he loses his will to live until Hugo reveals that Marian is alive. Then he is forced to fight against Stahn...
The Swordian of Earth. In life, he was Major Pierre de Chaltier, leader of the 2nd Er'ther Army Squadron. He has been by Leon's side ever since he was a child, and is the only one he considers his "friend." Unlike his master, Chaltier possesses a very gentle and restrained personality, seeming almost meek. He is, however, fiercely loyal to his young master. In Destiny 2, he is still by his master's side, although Leon no longer uses him in battle.
All of the Other Reindeer: In his diary entry in Destiny 2, he says that he is looked down upon by his peers for being weak, and that he seeks to become stronger to prove himself.
Butt Monkey: He was always caught in-between Dymlos and Atwight's love affair, even on the battlefield, as they always paid attention to each other and never paid attention to him, which resulted in him always getting swarmed by the enemies.
Ted Baxter: During the Ae'ther Wars, he once brags that Miktran would be no match for him, only for his boast to be interrupted by a barrage of arrows that he narrowly manages to evade.
Undying Loyalty: When Leon apologizes to him for having him accompany him in his Heroic Sacrifice, Chaltier merely responds that Leon is his master, and that he would follow him no matter where he goes. He accompanies Leon even after his death and resurrection, in Destiny 2.
What the Hell, Hero?: After Marian is captured and Leon is left with no choice but to follow Hugo's orders ignoring Chal's repeated advice to contact his friends, the two of them go through a brief silent treatment until Chaltier finally calls him out for being a foolish kid. Possibly subverted though as while it does help Leon get a hold of himself, Chaltier agrees that the two of them can save Marian together instead of Leon finally agreeing to turn to his friends.
A priestess doing research at Straylize Temple, Philia is a soft-spoken, mild-mannered Meganekko who joins the party after they rescue her. She is very faithful and loyal, and always wants to believe the best about people. Even after witnessing her superior stealing a priceless sacred artifact, she still wholeheartedly believes that he is not evil. She decides to stay with the party upon learning that he was just a pawn in a much bigger scheme, threatening the entire world... When the party finds the Swordian Clemente, it picks her as her master, and she becomes the party's spellcasting powerhouse.She appears occasionally in Tales of Destiny 2 as her temple's high priestess and gives the party advice here and there.
Bolt of Divine Retribution: Indignation of course. Especially since the sequel and remake etablish that Lightning and Light are the same element in the Destiny universe. She takes this even further with her third Blast Calibur; Rebirth Crusader.
Ship Tease: No, not with Stahn. With Leon, of all people. Apparently she's the only character that met up with Leon between when he left at the end of the first arc and when he fought the party under Hugo's orders.
In Destiny 2, she's the only one of the other 4 Swordian masters to mention Leon by name.
Philia: Leon Magnus, he was as cold as ice, and kept himself away from the others, but the truth is, he was kind, and had a heart that was warmer than everyone else's.
It should be noted that she mentions that out of all her memories of fighting alongside Stahn and co., her most painful memory is fighting against Leon.
In response to this, Leon, as Judas, tries to help her by saying that Leon never regretted his decision, and he doesn't want her to be saddened by it. It's also worth noting that this is the only time he ever speaks to one of his former comrades in the entire game.
And if it wasn't enough, it's hinted that Philia can see through Judas's Paper-Thin Disguise, something even Rutee, his own sister, couldn't do.
Shock and Awe: While Philia wields spells of a variety of elements, Clemente's actual element is Lightning.
Holy Hand Grenade: Tales Of Destiny 2 and later the first game's remake establish Lightning and Light as the same element.
The Swordian of Lightning. In life, he was Laville Clemente, the Chief of Staffs for the Er'ther Army. He has the personality of a jovial but surprisingly insightful old man, preferences for pretty young ladies aside. After the Ae'ther Wars, Clemente was stranded deep beneath the sea, within the sunken base of Radisrol, where he has waited thousands of years for a new master, which he finds in Philia.
The prince of Phandalia, who travels around to practice his archery and become familiar with the people he will one day rule. He's often accompanied by his archery teacher's granddaughter, Chelsea, who has a crush on him. He and Chelsea help Stahn get to town after the ship he stowed away on crashes, and then joins Stahn again later when the quest for the stolen Artifact of Doom takes the group to his kingdom. He is chosen as the master of the Swordian Ignetos, and decides to help out Stahn again when the world is threatened.Woodrow/Garr appears in Tales of Destiny 2 as the king of Phandalia and assists the party at various points.
Chick Magnet - A sidequest in Darilsheid pits Kongman against Leen to see who is most popular with women. Woodrow acts as the spokesman asking the girls whom they like most. They all choose Woodrow. The title he gets suggests it's his aura of royalty doing it.
Crutch Character- He's overleveled the first time he joins your party, and in accord with the trope he is much weaker later on. In this case it's because he doesn't gain any levels between when he leaves and joins again, and is underleveled when he rejoins. This is fixed in the PS2 remake, where he joins at an acceptable level and his attacks hit most enemies' weaknesses in the area.
DC Douglas - Yes, believe it or not, before Wesker, he voiced Garr in Radiant Mythology
Demoted to Extra- He gets considerably less spotlight than the other four Swordian masters. This spreads even to his Swordian, Igtenos, who remains deactivated for a majority of the game, and thus not having a speaking role in any of the scenes or skits until near the last stretch.
The Swordian of Wind. In life, he was Igtenos Minarde, leader of the E'rther Army's Intelligence Unit. He has a very quiet and calm personality, and prides himself on logical decision-making. After the Aeth'er Wars, Igtenos became a symbol of the royal house of Phandaria, handed down from king to king, until he is stolen by Greybaum. Wielded against his will, Igtenos is severely damaged, and remains deactivated for a majority of the game.
An amnesiac woman traveling with Rutee. She carries around a sword that she knows is deeply connected to her past, she just can't remember how. In Phandalia, the party gets imprisoned by a man named Dahlis, who awakens Mary's memories, and she remembers that Dahlis is her husband. Her weapon of choice is an axe, though in the original she could wield swords as well.
Never Gets Drunk - Zigzagged. Not long after you meet her in the remake, there's a scene where she drinks through what must be half the bar's supply and is totally good to go the day after. It's not always the case, however.
Hidden Depths - He tries to pass himself as a good-for-nothing bard that is shirking from his responsibilities to the family and prefers the life of a performer. In truth, he cares deeply for Fate and infiltrates an enemy castle on his own to save him. One of the reasons he kills Tiberius is to free the citizens of Aquaveil from his tyrannic rule, even though he would never admit it out loud.
Lethal Joke Character - None of his stats are particularly high unless you mess with herbs, while his moveset is a mix of support skills and rather unorthodox sonic attacks. It doesn't help that he spends most of the game out of the party and only joins permanently after Hugo's defeat. However, sonic attacks are the most common weakness among endgame enemies, and the final move he learns makes it incredibly easy to juggle bosses and combo them infinitely (including Barbatos). The final boss's powered-up form is wise to the whole scheme and automatically counters the use of said move with Celestial Earth.
The Lost Lenore - Though he stepped aside and allowed Fate to be with Eleanor, it didn't matter in the end, since she died at Tiberius's hands. It's implied to be one of the reasons he's after Tiberius.
Up to Eleven- Taken literally in his second Blast Caliber in the remake. How many amps just appeared from nowhere?!
Weaksauce Weakness - Inverted. At least in the PS1 version, the Impulse enemies that appear later in the game are immune to most of the attacks Swordian users can use (including Stahn), but a good beating with a lute is somehow able to penetrate their armor. The Samba attack also works well against them.
A young archer, the granddaughter of the greatest archer in Phandalia, and Woodrow's number-one fangirl.
The reigning champion of the Neuestadt Arena, he often acts like a jerk and a showoff. However, he's a good person deep down, and has a crush on Philia. He suffers the same fate as Leon- in the original game, he was an irritating and unsympathetic bonus character, but in the remake he was rewritten into a very entertaining (mandatory) addition to the party.
Ass Kicks You- Both his skill Ikasu Hip/Hip Attack and his second Blast Caliber Tres Bien Hip.
Broken Pedestal - He used to admire the former arena champion and idolized him, until he learned that the matches were fixed. This motivated him to become a proper idol champion and put an end to fixed matches.
Rage Against the Heavens: A comedic version. He falls into a Corner of Woe when the high priest reveals Philia is married. It lasts for five whole seconds, since the priest clarifies that Philia is married to god, at which point Khongman decides that he will challenge god for her hand.
Shout-Out- The way you recruit her in the remake (beating her in the Neuestadt Arena) is the same as how Kongman was recruited in the original- it's even parodied. You think you're about to fight Kongman... Until Lilith comes in and beats him up.
It's also a shoutout to Street Fighter 2, as her eppearance in instantly defeating Kongman and being the true champion is a reference to Akuma killing M. Bison with the Shun Goku Satsu. She even obscures how she defeats Kongman like the SGS does.
Yamato Nadeshiko: A hilarious subversion. With her pink dress and apron, she looks the part. With her weapon and love of housework, she has the skills for the part. With her rather ''abrasive'' personality...she is most definitely not the part.
Leon's father ,and also Rutee's, and the president of the Oberon Corporation. Once, he was a kind man, but after the discovery of Swordian Berselius, he was driven mad. He used the last of his sanity to drive Rutee away from home and his madness, but in process killed her mother. He then took Leon and trained him rigorously and strictly, forming him as his own puppet, using the maid Marian, whom Leon treated as a surrogate mother, as his hostage to cow Leon to his biddings. He brought back the Dycroft to the surface and planned to use it against the Earth, but Stahn and co. defeats him, bringing him back to his senses before he dies.
The Swordian of Darkness. The personality etched onto Berselius belonged to Karell Berselius, a strategist for the Er'ther Army as well as the older brother of Harold Berselius, the scientist responsible for the development of the Swordians. During the final assault on Dycroft, it was Karell and his Swordian that dealt the killing blow the Miktran; however, in his death throes, Miktran struck through Swordian Berselius's core, fatally wounding Karell and "killing" Swordian Berselius. However, it is revealed later that, with his last blow, Miktran transferred his soul into the now defunct Swordian, taking it over. Thousands of years later, when Berselius comes into the possession of Hugo, Miktran takes over his mind, using him to do his bidding.
The leader of the Heavens/Ae'therians during the War of Heaven and Earth/Ae'ther Wars and would stop at nothing at fulfilling his goal to enslave the Earth/Er'ther Lands. He is defeated by the Swordian Masters in the past, especially by Karel Berselius. However, in his last breath, he possessed Karel's Swordian (Berselius) and was put in slumber for thousands of years, until it's discovered by Hugo Gilchrist. Right after that, he drove Hugo mad and manipulated him to further his goal, including the resurrection of Dycroft. However, Stahn eventually puts an end to his ambition.Tropes associated with Miktran:
Butt Monkey: Nobody really knows what his motive is, so he's ridiculed by Kyle and co. in one of the bonus disks.