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.
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.
- Action Girl: An experienced swordfighter, and grows from a petty thief into a fearless hero.
- An Ice Person: Atwight is the Swordian of Water, but many of her spells are Ice-based since Ice and Water are classified as the same element in the Destiny universe.
- Broken Bird: Implied in the manga, though it's mostly covered up with her Jerkass Fašade.
- City Mouse
- Classy Cat-Burglar
- Combat Medic
- First Girl Wins: She and Philia both have a crush on Stahn. Stahn met Rutee before he met Philia. Stahn marries Rutee.
- Gold Digger: To save the orphanage where she grew up.
- Hollywood Atheist: In the manga adaptation. In the games, she doesn't have much of an opinion on religion.
- Jerkass Fašade / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It runs in the family.
- Just Like Robin Hood: She steals so she can raise money to keep the orphanage she grew up in from being shut down.
- The Lancer: She tends to be a more cynical and pragmatic foil to Stahn's idealism.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Sort of. Leon tells her she's his sister.
- Making a Splash: Atwight is the Swordian of Water.
- Money Fetish: Not so much in the game proper, but in skits this is her number one trait, and she runs plenty of schemes to collect money.
- Only in It for the Money: At first. This is often Flanderized into her biggest trait outside the first Tales of Destiny game.
- The Medic
- The Red Mage
- 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.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Stahn.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Between Rutee and Philia, Rutee's the tomboy.
- 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
- 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.
- Badass Cape
- Badass Adorable: Not in the original, but his side in the remake gives him a boatload of adorable moments (mostly involving Marian) that arguably push him into this trope.
- Big Eater: He loves sweet stuff.
- Bishōnen: Of the old-school willowy, fair-faced teen variety.
- Bonus Boss: In the Bonus Dungeon in the Updated Re-release of the sequel. It's technically not him, but a shade taking on his appearance. Can also be a Mirror Boss if Judas is in the party.
- Break the Badass: His father does this, using Marian's safety and his insecurities against him. Sadly, it works.
- Came Back Wrong: He's resurrected as a zombie to fight the party again after he dies, begging for death throughout.
- The Chick: Surprisingly enough. He may be a Jerkass, but he does (indirectly) inspire Stahn to become a better swordsman, mediate arguments (in his own way) and he's also the first to bring the party back to reality whenever things are getting too idealistic or too dark for their own good. Plus, in both versions of the game, he also supports Johnny via The Power of Friendship. Not that he would ever admit it, though. Not to mention Real Men Wear Pink as well as him taking hits like a baby.
- Another piece of proof that he's The Chick is that he uses Pow Hammer. How? This is a spell that is only used by women in the whole Tales Series.
- Chick Magnet/Even the Guys Want Him/Memetic Sex God: Especially in skits. In one, Rutee tries to use this to her advantage by selling knockoff Swordians with his personality for 99 million Gald each... They sell out.
- Coming-of-Age Story: The first half of Leon's side in the remake is more or less this for him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the gag omakes.
- Despair Event Horizon: This is eventually what the second half of his story brings him to in the remake. Everything he's done to try to protect Marian has failed, he thinks she's killed herself to get him out of serving Hugo, and he gets beaten so badly by his father that he can't wake up for five days, having nightmares about Marian's death all the while. When he finally wakes up, he starts screaming about how weak he is and banging the floor in anguish.
- Dark Magical Boy: A male example of the trope.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Chaltier is the Earth-elemental Swordian. However, Leon's personality is a far cry from the typical earth-elemental characterization.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Only Marian is allowed to call him Emilio.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: So much that NPCs mistake him for a girl.
- Face-Heel Turn: Thanks to Miktran and Hugo holding his personal maid and mother-figure, Marian, hostage.
- Fatal Flaw: His Ineffectual Loner status is so bad, it gets him marked as a traitor and killed, all because he couldn't ask for help saving Marian.
- Forced Into Evil
- Freak Out: Near the very end of his story, he gets a big one after thinking Marian committed suicide for him.
- Future Me Scares Me/Other Me Annoys Me: In Radiant Mythology 3, he and Judas constantly argue and generally irritate each other.
- Fragile Speedster / Glass Cannon: He's great at dealing damage and darting around the battlefield, but his defense is low and his HP count isn't much higher than Rutee's or Philia's.
- Hair Flip: It's been there since the original version.
- Heroic Sacrifice: in the remake.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chaltier. This is especially prominent in the remake.
- I Want to Be a Real Man: Has shades of this in the remake. His goal is basically to be a man who does not need to rely on his father.
- Ineffectual Loner: To the point that he repeatedly rejects asking Stahn for help in saving Marian in the remake.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: This prompts Leon's Face-Heel Turn. Hugo threatens to hurt Marian if his son won't steal the Eye of Atamoni and even when he does, refuses to let her go until he betrays his friends. Even then, he doesn't let her go. Made worse by the fact that she tries to commit suicide to get him out of it in the remake.
- Jerkass: In the original. He was completely rewritten in the remake, to make him a more sympathetic character.
- Jerkass Woobie: Mostly in the remake.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the remake.
- Kuudere: He has elements of both this and Tsundere.
- Likes Older Women: His relationship with Marian has been interpreted this way on more than one occasion.
- Loners Are Freaks: Leon does not suffer fools gladly.
- Memetic Sex God: Considered one in-universe so far as the Viva Tales Of! segments are concerned. Rutee considered exploiting this in a manner reminiscent of Zelos' personal EX Skill...
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Mad Dictator's Handsome Son, anyways. Not that Hugo isn't a looker himself.
- Meaningful Rename: He named himself Leon Magnus, in an effort to distance himself from his abusive father.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: As much as he talks about it... sadly averted because of a hostage.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's certainly been successful in drawing in female fans...
- Name's the Same / Expy: He's suspiciously similar in many ways to another Leon.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: In the original game, whereas the remake turns him into a Defrosting Ice Kid.
- Noble Top Enforcer
- Not So Stoic: And getting pushed past the Despair Event Horizon in the remake shows it best.
- 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.
- Redemption Equals Death: Again, remake only. Though he firmly takes his chance at redemption in the sequel.
- Rutee, I Am Your Brother
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He was kept at home, away from people for most of his life, and molded into a fighter, so he has a very hard time working with or relying on others.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Leon" or "Lion"? Canonically, "Lion" is used in the Japanese versions, while Radiant Mythology cements the western one as "Leon". The change is probably due to the fact that "Lion" is pronounced differently in the west.
- Sweet Tooth: He tries for Real Men Hate Sugar, but he's not very good at concealing his love of deserts.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Not quite tall (Leon's height is stated to be 159cm/5'2.5", which is below average height for a male teenager even by Japanese standards), but definitely dark and snarky.
- Trapped In Villainy: Due to both his Fatal Flaw of refusing to ask for help out of his situation and due to Hugo having taken Marian hostage and threatening her life.
- 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 to keep her alive, 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...
- Too Happy to Live: In the second half of his story in the remake. Nothing like a Trauma Conga Line and Heroic Sacrifice to set the mood...
- Tsundere: With Kuudere elements, also.
- Tyke Bomb: Hugo certainly tried to make him into this, but the abuse he was put through made him rebellious instead of obedient, and his father finally resorts to kidnapping Marian to keep him in line.
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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is golden instead of white/platinum in Tales of Destiny 2, for whatever reason.
- 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.
- Casting a Shadow: As a secondary spell element.
- Cool Sword: A Talking Weapon that allows the user to cast very powerful spells is certainly cool.
- Demoted to Extra: In the sequel, even though he's with the party almost the entire time.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's the Swordian of Earth.
- Extreme Doormat: He has a tendency of being pushed around and cowed by his fellow Swordians, or even Leon.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Destiny 2, he manages to join the other Swordians just in time to help destroy the Eye of God, finally bidding farewell to Leon.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Leon. May border on Living Emotional Crutch at times in Leon's story.
- Playing Against Type: Hideo Ishikawa, hard (yup, that really is Itachi, folks).
- Shipper on Deck: Oddly enough, for Stahn and Rutee in Leon's story.
- Talking Weapon: Like all the Swordians.
- 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.
- Action Girl: Not overtly so, but she does enjoy throwing bombs at enemies in battle and is never a Damsel in Distress.
- All Love Is Unrequited: It's heavily implied that she has a crush on Stahn, who hooks up with Rutee. It's also hinted that she had a crush on Leon, who died (see Ship Tease, below).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Certain skits in the remake depict her as more of a Mad Scientist prone to Scary Shiny Glasses moments. There's also that creepy giggle as she's concocting a Philia Bomb, and her second Blast Calibur cut-in...
- BFS: Partial subversion. Clemente is the biggest of the Swordians, but he's completely useless as an actual sword. His best function is as a catalyst for magic. But, he's still a big effing sword.
- Black Magician Girl: She may be a priestess, but she's no healer.
- 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.
- Bonus Boss: She appears in the cameo battle in Tales of the Abyss.
- Hot Scientist
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She has a crush on Stahn, but backs down and lets Rutee have him.
- 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 Smart Girl
- Taken for Granite: Stahn mistakes Philia for piece of statuary the first time he sees her.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Between Rutee and Philia, Philia is the girly-girl.
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 Phandaria, 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 Phandaria and assists the party at various points.
- Ambiguously Brown: Like Mary. There doesn't seem to be a specific reason for it.
- Badass Beard: Sports one in Destiny 2
- Blow You Away: Ignetos is the Swordian of Wind.
- Bonus Boss: He's in the Tales of Symphonia cameo team.
- But Not Too Black: Similar to Mary, one piece of official art depicts him as very pale, for some odd reason.
- 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.
- Dual Wielding- Bow and Sword, in Accord
- Lampshade Hanging: There is an entire sidequest in the remake built around people all over the world confusing him for Veigue.
- Modest Royalty
- Rightful King Returns- His story revolves around this
- Royals Who Actually Do Something- He lives among the people of Phandalia specifically so he can get to know them as people, not just as subjects.
- Sixth Ranger
- Warrior Prince
- The Wise Prince
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.
- Action Girl: Whether it be with a sword or an ax, there's no questioning Mary's competence.
- Ambiguously Brown: Like Garr/Woodrow. There doesn't seem to be a specific reason for it.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: She's good, but her husband is evil.
- An Axe to Grind
- The Big Girl: Type 2.
- Brutal Honesty: One of her titles, "Breaker", notes that she has a knack for making the atmosphere awkward due to her blunt nature.
- But Not Too Black: Usually averted, but one of her pieces of official art is unusually pale, making her skin tone look the same as Rutee and Leon's.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: When she's amnesiac, at least.
- Companion Cube- Her sword isn't treated as a character (it might have been if there weren't already 6 sentient swords in the plot), but it comes close at times.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Memento MacGuffin: Her sword.
- 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.
- Playing with Fire: Her Hi-Ougis both use fire.
- Quest for Identity: The reason she travels with Rutee is so she can find out who she is.
- Supreme Chef: One of her titles. There are a number of skits where her cooking is praised. Stahn and Rutee frequently ask her to make their favourite foods.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia
A traveling bard who ran away from his wealthy family. He's lazy, and often over-the-top.
- Big Brother Mentor - A stealthier version, especially to Leon. Also has hints of The Smart Guy, due to his political knowledge.
- Brilliant but Lazy
- Childhood Friend Romance - A Love Triangle between him, Eleanor and his best friend Fate. It ended in tragedy.
- 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.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy - Because he loved both his childhood friends, he let Eleanor and Fate get together despite his feelings for her.
- Improbable Weapon User- He fights with lutes.
- Instrument of Murder
- Large Ham
- 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.
- Make Me Wanna Shout - His scream ("WHOA!!!") can materialize into object and crush his enemy.
- Musical Assassin
- Rebellious Prince - He's a son of wealthy family, but he's much more comfortable on his own as a...
- Spoony Bard
- 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.
Mighty Kongman/Bruiser Khang
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.
Stahn's little sister. She isn't playable in the original game (except by hacking), and is an optional character in the remake. She's an assertive girl who will kick your ass with cooking utensils.
- Action Girl: Especially in the PS2 remake, where she can formally join the party without using a glitch or a hack.
- Ascended Extra: She wasn't intended to be playable in the original (though she could be hacked in), and was made playable in the remake.
- Ascended Glitch: She was only playable through a glitch in the original game, but she was so popular in battle she was added as an optional playable character in the remake, and even has her own Side (as part of Stahn's Side, but still).
- Call Forward: Fighting her in the remake in the arena isn't just a Shout-Out, it's a Call Forward to her daughter, Lymle, who will replace Kongman as the arena champion.
- Dummied Out: Only obtainable through a glitch in the original Japanese game and cheat codes in the U.S. release.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Can only be recruited in the arena in the remake, and even then not after a considerable amount of time has passed.
- Improbable Weapon User: She fights with frying pans, ladles, and giant fish pulled from Hammerspace.
- Little Miss Snarker
- Kamehamehadoken: THUNDER SWORD!!!!
- She-Fu: Before her fighting style was retconned, she used mostly kicks and punches.
- 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 Dycroft to the surface and planned to use its superweapon, Belcrant, against the Earth, but Stahn and co. defeats him, bringing him back to his senses before he dies.
- Abusive Parents: Thanks to being Brainwashed and Crazy, he is a real dick to Leon. Mostly emotionally abusive but occasionally physically too.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Considering Rutee, his daughter, is 18 and he really doesn't look any older than maybe late 30s... Yeah.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV
- Badass Beard / Beard of Evil
- Biseinen: It's pretty clear the Gilchrist family isn't short on beauty.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By Miktran.
- Casting a Shadow: Posseses and uses the Swordian of Darkness.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: What he did to Rutee. He would've tried that on Leon too, but it was too late.
- Demonic Possession: He's being manipulated to a point where Miktran can actually possess him.
- Despair Gambit: Pulls this on Leon in the remake using Marian's safety and finally the news that she attempted suicide to make him do plenty of things for him, including fighting his only friends. Sadly, it works, though Leon pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to make sure his friends don't get trapped in the flooding mine.
- Hope Crusher: In the remake, it's pretty easy to see he's enjoying breaking his son down. Or at least, Miktran is.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Who would trust Miktran? To be fair, he is being Mind Raped and possessed.
- I Have Your Surrogate Mother-Maid: His method of getting Leon to obey him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Subverted in that he's also being manipulated
- Not Himself: Sometime around Leon's death, Miktran manages to possess him. Stahn notices immediately.
- Mind Rape: He's being subjected to this by Miktran.
- Stoic Spectacles: Subverted. He appears this way at first but he's very mentally unstable.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: Goes crazier and crazier the more Miktran speaks to him. It's clear he doesn't understand what's happening until it's too late.
- Unwitting Pawn: Miktran's unwitting pawn.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Due to Miktran's whispers and corrupting influence.
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. At least, that's what's commonly believed, but the sequel reveals the personality was Harold's all along.
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.
- Artifact of Doom: Because of who's in it.
- Artifact of Death: In a sense, due to Miktran manipulating Hugo until his mind was sufficiently unhinged to possess, killing him. His body stays alive, but his mind is gone forever.
- Badass Longcoat: He used to wear one.
- Badass Bookworm: Okay, so he's The Strategist, he'll probably be staying behind a lot... Nope. He not only goes on a very complex rescue mission, but when he gets his Swordian he casually creates black holes like it's nothing.
- BFS: Looking at size charts comparing all the Swordians together, his sword is bigger than Clemente's.
- Big Brother Instinct: Talking to him, it's pretty clear he cares very dearly for Harold. Especially when he dies- He uses his last words to reassure her he'll always be there to protect her.
- Bully Hunter: Implied in the sequel's manga.
- Bishounen: Both his original self and Miktran/Kronos.
- Casting a Shadow: As befitting the Swordian of Darkness.
- Coordinated Clothes: It's subtle, but both Karell and Harold seem to like laces and fur down their jacket sleeves.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Zigzagged. He was originally extremely kind, but by the first game Miktran has taken over and he's very evil.
- Demonic Possession: His Swordian, at least, is being possessed by Miktran/Kronos.
- Demoted to Extra: Zigzagged. He's the only Swordian user we don't really get to meet in the first game, but he has a role in the sequel... As a Satellite Character and dead big brother to Harold.
- Doomed by Canon: His death in the sequel. It's coming from a mile away and if anyone tried to save him, they'd end up changing the timeline.
- Evil Weapon: Though not because it's a darkness sword, but because of Miktran.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mentioned in the sequel. Had Karell not gotten in dangerously close to Miktran to deliver him the final blow, the Swordian Team might not have won the fight.
- Holy Hand Grenade / Light Is Not Good
- Killed Off for Real: Unlike the other Swordians, his death also killed his sword.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: At Miktran's hand. It's how he died.
- Nice Guy: Incredibly kind-hearted, he'd do anything besides disobey direct orders to help the party in the sequel (since his sister has joined them, after all). Too bad he's long dead in the first game...
- Razor Wind
- Satellite Character: Subverted. While he does outwardly seem this way in the second game, not discussing anything besides Harold with the party and falling victim to a lot of Show, Don't Tell when it comes to his prowess as a strategist, he does have some personality, mostly shown right before his death.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Unfortunately. Killing Miktran just results in his sword getting possessed and Dycroft getting resurrected 1000 years later.
- Soul Jar: Miktran's.
- Soulless Shell: His sword ends up being turned into Miktran's Soul Jar at the expense of the original personality.
- The Strategist: Though a lot of it is done through Character Shilling and Show, Don't Tell.
- Think Twins: With Harold, while he was alive. He was the Er'ther army's best strategist and she was their best scientist.
- Unholy Holy Sword: Hugo thought it was perfectly innocuous, having the personality of a great strategist and having been used to win the War Between Heaven and Earth... Not exactly. Again, Miktran's fault. By itself, it would be a very nice sword.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious:
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 Karell Berselius. However, in his last breath, he possessed Karell'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:
Voiced by Eriko Fujimaki (JP)
A maid employed by Hugo Gilchrist. She's the one responsible for raising Leon, and as such he regards her very highly.
- Damsel in Distress: Abducted and held hostage to keep Leon under control.
- Driven to Suicide: In the remake in Leon's story, to try to allow Leon to escape his father's control. She survives, and the ploy fails.
- Hime Cut: Sports one.
- Meido: The quiet and gentle maid in the Gilchrist household.
- Oblivious to Love / All Love Is Unrequited: She seems to be completely unaware of Leon's feelings for her... Unless the act is deliberate.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Again, according to Leon, she's very pretty.
- Satellite Love Interest: Justified, as Marian is a normal maid with no fighting prowess. It wouldn't make sense for the main plot to revolve around her or her daily activities... But the second half of Leon's story does.
- Supreme Chef: At least, Leon thinks so.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her approval is highly sought out by Leon.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Though she's likely from a common background, being employed as a maid and all, she fits the trope otherwise.