Characters: Tales of Destiny 2
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The son of Stahn and Rutee, who dreams of being a hero like his father. One day, he goes off on a quest with his friend Loni, that took an unexpected turn when a girl named Reala was born from a giant lens right in front of him. Since her first words were that she needed a hero, Kyle immediately volunteers, only to get shot down and arrested. After breaking out he catches up to and follows her around on a giant quest involving time travel, evil religions, and an Axe Crazy Psycho for Hire
. It's going to be a long road to learning what it means to become a hero...
- Amnesiac Lover: His and Reala's potential fate. It's left ambiguous whether or not he remembers anything more than her name at the end.
- Anime Hair: Impossibly spiky and bright yellow, just like his father's.
- Chewing the Scenery: "REEEALLLLAAAAA!!!!"
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Lampshaded in a Viva Tales Of skit along with The Dulcinea Effect, when Kyle is asked whether he would have still helped Reala in her quest had she been an obese woman, or if he would have helped out Barbatos if he'd asked. Originally Kyle says yes, but he gets increasingly uncomfortable.
- Coming-of-Age Story: The game is this for him.
- Determinator: Kyle just won't take no for an answer, especially when it comes to doing the right thing.
- Gender Equals Breed: He really doesn't look much like Rutee.
- Genki Guy: Especially when heroism or Swordians are brought up. When given the opportunity to witness the Swordians' birth, no one can hold him back from racing through a ruined laboratory flooded with poison gas to see it.
- Heavy Sleeper: Like Father, Like Son. Kyle being woken up with a frying pan and a ladel is even in the game's anime-styled intro.
- The Hero: He wants to be one more than anything in the world. His whole story arc involves becoming someone who understands what true heroism is, even if it's not the popular or easy choice.
- Hero-Worshipper: He's obsessed with Stahn's "hero" status to the point where half the time people think the only words he knows are "HERO!" and "REALA!" However, the reason for this is because when he was a kid, his father was killed before his eyes. Apparently the Trauma-Induced Amnesia, because he didn't remember what happened the next day. Rutee thought it'd be better for his sanity to tell him Stahn was off on a long journey and tell him grand stories about his father's escapades, which leads to Kyle really wanting to be like his father.
- Hot-Blooded: Another trait he shares with Stahn- Yelling.
- I Am Your Opponent: Said near the end of the game, mostly to distract some mooks.
- Idiot Ball: Catches it as a small child, with tragic consequences. What kind of idiot do you have to be to throw rocks at Barbatos Goetia? Even Loni warns him about it being a terrible idea.
- Idiot Hero: A lot of things just fly right over his head, especially when it comes to sarcastic remarks.
- Jumped at the Call: Even when Reala insisted he wasn't the hero she was looking for, he didn't stop rescuing her or insisting she was wrong. Finally, she relents.
- Keet: Loud, small, and pretty fun to be around. He often lightens the party's mood by misunderstanding something or with sheer optimism.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He tends to rush into situations without planning them out, or with minimal plans discussed before he's in the middle of things.
- Like Father, Like Son: Anime Hair? Check. Heavy Sleeper? Check. Hot-Blooded? Check.
- Love You and Everybody: Kyle mutters how he loves Reala and never wants to leave her in his sleep... Followed by the same being said about Loni, and Judas, and ending with him blurting out that he wants them all to travel together forever.
- Magnetic Hero: Pulls in a resurrected Magic Knight with an important past, a legendary archer from 10 years in the future, and a Mad Scientist from 1000 years ago to join his quest to help an Artificial Human.
- Official Couple: With Reala.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Where to begin? Mismatched gloves? A shirt with armpit holes? White capris? Crocs?
- Say My Name: "REEEALLLLAAAAA!!!!"
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: When Atwight is kidnapped and Dymlos puts his responsibility to the war effort before her. Kyle promptly quits the army and goes off to rescue her himself, as he's no longer bound by a code of conduct. His actions and a loophole provided by Harold prompt Dymlos to follow him later.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: If he and Reala are successful on their quest, Reala will disappear from time itself. He doesn't quite realize this. Then when he does realize it, he nearly chooses being with her and keeping her alive over saving the world.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He goes after Reala without knowing anything about her quest other than she needed a hero, even after she turns him down, though this is more due to his hero worshipping and tendency to jump at the call than anything else. Lampshaded by Loni at a few points, and a Viva Tales Of skit makes fun of it, where several characters ask if Kyle would have gone after Reala had she not been an attractive young girl... Or if it had been Barbatos asking for a hero.
- The Unchosen One: Reala repeatedly stated he wasn't the hero she was looking for. He kept trying until she changed her mind.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Kyle thinks that Stahn is off on a long journey. He was actually killed by Barbatos.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Loni, with the latter teasing him about almost everything, from his sleeping habits to his tendency to rush in to situations. Kyle doesn't get in on it as frequently, but he manages some snark.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He starts off believing in Black and White Morality and trying to be recognized as a hero. Over the course of the story, he learns things aren't always so simple... Not that that stops him from doing the right thing.
The mysterious girl that appears out of the giant lens in the Laguna Ruins. She can cause miracles using the lens pendant she wears, and is known as a "Holy Woman," same as Elraine. Reala is searching for a hero and this drives the plot for much game, but eventually she decides that her hero is Kyle.
- Apologises a Lot: For not speaking loudly enough, for not using her powers, for getting lost in thought... She gets a bit better with Character Development.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Delivered to Kyle when he says he doesn't want to save the world if it will kill her.
- Artificial Human: She is, in essence, a little piece of a god.
- Big Damn Heroes: Has to save the rest of the party from a Lotus-Eater Machine of Elraine's design.
- Bonus Boss: Makes an appearance in Tales of Graces.
- Cain and Abel: Her rivalry with Elraine, They're Dueling Messiahs with the same origin.
- Character Development: Early Reala is pretty much a very unsure girl if she could even finish her mission and find her hero, she could even pass up as a Shrinking Violet. Thanks to her interactions with the party and eventually convinced that Kyle IS the hero she's looking for, she starts to get more outgoing and eventually tries to Face Death with Dignity, slapping some sense to Kyle and telling him she knows what she's doing and she believes that it's for the greater good.
- The Chick: The Shrinking Violet pink-wearing healer whose quest to find a hero kickstarts the whole plot.
- The Chooser of The One: Or a hero, at least, to help her with her divine purpose.
- Damsel in Distress: When she goes off by herself in order to try to keep her friends from getting hurt. She's not prepared to fight off Elraine, and the party has to save her.
- Deceptive Disciple: Though seeing as Fortuna is insane and Elraine is evil, this isn't such a bad thing.
- Distress Ball: Goes off after Elraine at one point, a foe she is clearly not prepared to defeat alone, prompting the party to go save her. This ends up kicking off the main Time Travel plot.
- Dueling Messiahs: With Elraine. She's the good one, looking out for what humanity really wants, while Elraine just wants to bring Fortuna back, regardless of who or what gets hurt or destroyed in the process.
- Elemental Powers: Her magic covers the four classical elements and she can summon the appropriate elemental spirits.
- Face Death with Dignity: Of the messianic variant. She'll cease to exist along with Fortuna, but accepts this for the sake of humanity's well-being.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: What with your mission being close to impossible, your goddess being crazy, the closest thing you have to a sister wanting you dead, and having to die in order to stop the goddess ending all sentient life.
- Lame Pun Reaction: She seems to dislike visual puns, if the Peach Gumi skits are any indication.
- Mysterious Waif: She comes out of a lens and immediately goes off looking for a hero. We don't get her full story until near the end of the game.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her pink dress and ribbons.
- Official Couple: With Kyle.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's supposed to be this trope, said to be pretty in-universe, but unfortunately the art style works against her. See Uncanny Valley for an in-depth explanation.
- Shrinking Violet: Pre-character development. She doesn't talk much and apologizes a lot when she does. Over the course of the story and after finding her hero, she gets bolder.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Or spotlight stealing relationship. Her relationship with Kyle is the main focus of a fair chunk of the game, which isn't so bad at first, but after the Lotus-Eater Machine mini-arc and Harold's introduction the game starts focusing on the relationship more and more to the detriment of other characters, like Loni, Nanaly, and possibly Harold, and possible plot threads.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: If she and Kyle are successful on their mission, Reala will disappear from time itself. She comes back to life in the ending despite explicitly stating that she will vanish forever if they defeat Fortuna.
- Stepford Smiler: Puts on a happy face when she's miserable a lot.
- Summon Magic: In her hi-ougis she summons Efreet, Undine, Gnome, and Sylph.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: On account of how she can't exist unless Fortuna exists. Eventually subverted when she comes back and reunites with Kyle. No telling whether on not Kyle remembers anything besides her name, so things might end up a little tragic. Or potentially hilarious.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being a Shrinking Violet very afraid of Elraine to teleporting into one of her temples and demanding to know where she is as the other of Fortuna's saints.
- White Magician Girl: The pure mage and healer of the party.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Made so deliberately as a Foil to Elraine.
An orphan who lives at the Dunamis Orphanage, and Kyle's best friend. He idolized Stahn and Rutee, and joined the Atamoni Group hoping that one day he could be someone the kids at the orphanage look up to. He and Kyle eventually set out together on a huge adventure to become heroes, and they get much more than they bargained for.
- The Atoner: He was taken hostage by Barbatos, and as a result Stahn, his adoptive father, got killed. He protects and advises Kyle as a result.
- Bare Your Midriff: His shirt's a bit short.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Nanaly. They're always fighting, but it's obvious there's mutual attraction between them.
- Big Brother Instinct: Don't hurt Kyle. Just... Don't.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kyle. They're even adopted siblings.
- The Big Guy/The Lancer: Acts as a bit of both. The Big Guy in temperament and the Lancer in terms of closeness to The Hero.
- Blade on a Stick: His preferred weapon is a halberd.
- Butt Monkey: Judas snarks at him, Nanaly cracks his spine, and Harold proclaimed him to be an awesome test subject.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's always flirting, but never takes it too far (and starts to tone it down after meeting Nanaly).
- Combat Medic: He's the designated healer when Reala and Harold aren't available.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He has white hair, but still.
- Demoted to Extra: He's the least likely playable Destiny 2 character to make cameos or get shout outs in other games, and he was the only one who didn't appear in any escort or spin-off titles between Narikiri Dungeon 3 and Radiant Mythology 3.
- Gratuitous English: Some of his Hi-Ougi names.
- Handsome Lech: He likes to think he's one, at least. His attitudes surrounding "ideal" women and blatant flirting with unavailable women make him less than successful.
- Hero-Worshipper: Like Kyle, he has an obsession with Stahn's hero status though it's as a result of thinking he's the reason the man is dead.
- Hot-Blooded: He's always yelling about something, especially in battle.
- Limit Break: Parodied with the Shintenresshuuzankousenpuumessaishinbatsukassatsugeki, a Hi-Ougi with fifteen kanji.
- May-December Romance: Thanks to time travel, it would be very awkward for him to continue his relationship with Nanaly after the end of the game (if he still remembers who she is, at least) because Nanaly, who was 19 years old while traveling with the party, is from 10 years into the future. Loni is 23.
- Mighty Glacier: He hits hard and has the most HP out of all the party members, but he's also the slowest.
- Noble Bigot: A mild variety, but he does make remarks about "ideal" women that irritate Nanaly at best and Harold finds sadly outdated (and she's from 1000 years in the past!). This is why he's the Handsome Lech.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: What he originally thought about Nanaly.
- Out of Focus: After the Lotus-Eater Machine sequence, his character arc is complete and he's in the party just to tag along and help Kyle. And be nearly everyone else's Butt Monkey in skits.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Judas's blue, as mentors for Kyle.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He resorts to this tactic using Kyle's parentage when Reala needs an audience with the king. It ends up almost making Judas leave the party.
- Shipper on Deck: Played for Laughs. Not only does he attempt to tease Judas about any man or woman he shows any concern for (leading to an accidental incestuous implication), but he frequently tries to get Kyle to just admit his feelings for Reala.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Nanaly. See Belligerent Sexual Tension.
- Stealth Insult: Subverted. While he does deliver some to Kyle, usually they're not all that stealthy- Kyle just doesn't get them.
- Stepford Smiler: One of the reasons he's so protective and supportive towards Kyle is because he feels responsible for Stahn's death. He hides it by joking around.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: In a skit, he asks Harold to make him more desirable to women. She suggests turning him into a cyborg, and he immediately backs off.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kyle and Nanaly. He snarks and insults Kyle much like any big brother would, and he makes comments towards Nanaly that cause her to give him bone crushers.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ghosts in his case. He tries to pretend he's not scared, but even suggesting there might be a ghost in the area makes him freak out.
- Wife Husbandry: He mentions this, figuring when he returns to his time he might be able to coach a 9 year old Nanaly into a "perfect" young lady for him. The current Nanaly physically objects to this with a bone crushing hold.
A masked swordsman with no past who broke Kyle and Loni out of jail, and then decided to join them. He's nihilistic, sarcastic, and the token serious guy of the group, which lands him with the title of "token old guy," even though he looks and sounds like a teenager. His true identity is never meant to be a secret from the player
- Aloof Ally: He pretends to be for a very short while, but it's not all that difficult to convince him to join the party.
- The Atoner: For betraying his friends in the first game.
- Back from the Dead: Courtesy of Elraine.
- Badass: Like his first game self, Judas is no slouch in the Badass department.
- Badass Cape: Especially in the manga, where it borders on Impossibly Cool Clothes with how long and billowing it is.
- Badass Creed: Majin Rengokusatsu's full monologue. And it's AWESOME.
Judas/ Leon:Instant miracles are not brought to mix with life now. Time passes... Unite here and rise to the future! Righteous Holy Sword! I cut off the past... Scatter! Majin Rengokusatsu!
- It also has its own subtitles, yeah the move was too awesome so they decided to give it TWO Badass Creed to match its awesomeness!
Blood rejects blood, Heart breaks heart, Miracles aren't coming, Dreams and so forth... Therefore they don't exist there. You resist?!
- The second creed got subverted, because while it ends after Judas succeeds executing Majin Rengokusatsu; should he fail, it continues with "It's useless... You can't fight fate that has been decided..."
- Berserk Button: A mild version, but he does get annoyed whenever someone comments on his mask or tries to take it off.
- Big Damn Heroes: Well what else can you call a person that just save your ass from The Dragon?
- Bishounen: The dark willowy teen variety.
- Break the Badass: Elraine certainly tries. Fortunately, it doesn't work on him a second time.
- Brought Down to Badass: He's no longer a Swordian Master (by his own choice), but he doesn't need to be to kick ass.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Played For Comedy and Averted in a skit. See No Yay for more details.
- Can Not Spit It Out: He never manages to just tell Kyle he's his uncle, despite being very close to twice. At least the first time he had a Moment Killer excuse.
- He also has important information about Elraine's plot, but for some reason (possibly involving his identity complications) decides not to bother telling the party, letting them figure it out themselves.
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: For the traitor Leon Magnus. If you've played the first game, his identity will be pretty obvious. He doesn't actually clear his former name, but he does manage to atone for his past failures and become a better person.
- Cool Mask: Made out of a dragon's skull.
- Cool Uncle: Though Kyle is unaware of their familial link, he immediately takes a liking to Judas and trusts him, asking him to join him on his quest after they've known each other for at most an hour.
- Cynical Mentor: Kyle's. His Nephew's idealism gradually helps him lose a bit of the cynicism though.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's decked out in almost all black and a dragon skull mask, and uses mainly dark spells, but is nicer than he used to be while wearing pink, and doesn't betray the party.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at everyone except maybe Nanaly, usually because of idealistic comments.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently getting pulled into a snowball fight means you should pull out your swords and attack your friends.
- Dramatic Unmask: Revealing Leon Magnus. Of course, it was kind of ruined by Elraine spelling it out before he did it.
- Dual Wielding: Two swords. This later carries over to Leon in the remake of the first game.
- Easter Egg: Majin Rengokusatsu is one. It only extends from Gishouken, the only hi-ougi with such an extension barring Crazy Comet, which wasn't really a Hi-Ougi in this game, after two playthroughs and must be purchased from the Grade Shop, and even then 80% of the time it will fail to activate. But when it does activate...
- Faustian Rebellion: Brought back by Elraine to serve her. He refused, instead taking it as a second chance.
- Fragile Speedster: Not only does he hit hard, he's fast, but he can't take hits.
- Gentleman Snarker: He's very polite when not snarking. He also used to be nobility.
- Glass Cannon: Being dead hasn't helped his constitution any.
- Great Escape: Kyle and Loni meet him when he jumps from the roof of their cell and offers them an escape through secret passages the guards don't know about. His knowledge of these passages is the first clue to his identity.
- I Hate Past Me/Other Me Annoys Me: In Radiant Mythology 3, he and Leon constantly argue and generally irritate each other.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Gives this excuse after his Big Damn Heroes moment, though with how difficult it was to get to where the moment in question took place it was obviously an excuse. Kyle even calls him out on it.
- Jerkass Fašade: He's always a Deadpan Snarker, but he acts like much more of a jerk at times, using Brutal Honesty to explain things to Kyle and teach him more about being a hero or taking certain comments much more seriously than they need to be taken to get out of meeting people who knew him before his death.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: He's made of this. It's probably impossible to talk about him without several plot points from Destiny being spoiled.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: Not even a watery grave and tons of rock can keep Leon Magnus down. Elraine really should have put some kind of clause on returning him to life...
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Revealed to be Kyle's uncle.
- Magic Knight: While all characters in the game have access to magic and melee attacks, Judas has the easiest time combining both melee and spells.
- Mask Power: It even breaks during a successful execution of Majin Rengokusatsu, just to up the Bad Ass factor.
- Meaningful Rename: Being given the name Judas is quite fitting to who he used to be, but he accepts the name anyways and redeems himself under it.
- Mind Rape: He's on the receiving end of it from Elraine.
- My Greatest Failure: Subverted. Leon specifically says he doesn't regret his decision to betray his friends, and seems to see it as more of a Necessary Fail.
- My Greatest Second Chance: He's happy to get a chance to help his former friends out of an ambush.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Just look at his Badass Creed. Being awesome doesn't mean it isn't extremely grim.
- Nightmare Sequence: While the rest of the party minus Reala enter a Lotus-Eater Machine designed to give them eternal happiness free from all pain, he's put into one of these as part of a Mind Rape sequence designed to break him and make him receptive to Fortuna's will by making him relive his betrayal of his friends and death over and over again. He's rescued, but not before declaring he'd prefer to go through it a thousand times rather than serve Fortuna. It is also implied he'd been having nightmares about his betrayal during the journey.
- No Yay: An In-Universe example. After his identity is revealed, not knowing that Judas is Rutee's brother, Loni teases him about possibly having been Stahn's romantic rival for her. He immediately breaks his usual stoic attitude and reacts with disgust and horror, much to the party's confusion.
- In an earlier scene, Loni attempts to tease him by suggesting he's in love with Barbatos. Everyone pointedly ignores the comment.
- Older and Wiser: While he has matured significantly, he still is undeniably still Leon.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Justified, as none of the party members had seen Leon before and wouldn't have recognized him even if he wasn't wearing his mask (and they don't- when he finally does take it off, he has to introduce himself). Apparently he didn't choose the mask because it was a good disguise, but because dragon bone has good magical and defensive properties (not that this stops him from being a Glass Cannon).
- Played straight, however, with the Destiny characters who make an appearance, although it's implied that Philia might have recognized him (see Ship Tease for details.)
- Taken to an extreme in Radiant Mythology 3, where even Leon can't recognize him until he sees Chaltier, and even then Judas had to point the sword out.
- Lampshaded in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World by Presea in a skit. "The Judas Mask, it only covers a quarter of your face, and yet can completely mask your identity..."
- Picky Eater: He's never obnoxious about it, but mentions being glad that Nanaly didn't put peppers or carrots in his food, both traditional stock yucks in Japanese culture.
- Razor Wind: Some of his attacks rely on this.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Frilly lavender sleeves. Hey, if it applied to him 18 years ago despite being a Bishounen...
- Redemption Equals Death: His ultimate fate is to be erased from existence. Possibly.
- Redemption Equals Life: Inverted and Zigzagged into something closer to Betrayal Equals Life. It seems Elraine brought him back specifically because he'd betrayed his friends before death (She did the same with Barbatos). Seems she didn't understand he hadn't wanted to in the first place, and her offer of giving him glory as a hero is very soundly rejected, though the life part wasn't. Later, he seems to have been Retconned out of existence, but The Power of Friendship might have saved him. It's left ambiguous.
- Redemption Quest: He's on one.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Loni's red, as mentors for Kyle.
- Ret Gone: His intention was to erase himself from time, though Stahn has his mask at the end, claiming he got it from a strange man a little while ago, so whether Judas ended up as an Unperson or not is left up to the player to decide.
- Rousing Speech: Oddly, he gives one to Reala near the beginning of the game, encouraging her to use her power to save a ship.
- Sadistic Choice: Offered either surrendering to Fortuna's will and betraying his new friends (and in exchange, getting to be known as a hero) or being forced to relive his first betrayal and death for all eternity in a Lotus-Eater Machine. He chooses the second one, but fortunately the rest of the party come to his aid.
- Ship Tease: Possibly with Philia. She's the only one of the other four Swordian masters to mention Leon by name in the game (Rutee, his sister, doesn't).
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.
- There may also be a case with Harold, as he apologizes to her for not telling her her brother was going to die, which even she comments is out of character for him, and explicitly offers her a shoulder to cry on after the fact. He's less harsh in any insults towards her as well, limiting it to "a true eccentric" rather than "idiot" or "fool" like he usually calls others. Harold, for her part, often calls him "interesting" or "captivating", once even going so far as to call him on her level. Since she's a genius and refers to many other party members as her either her lab rats or stupid, that's saying something.
- Nanaly seems to see this one, as she calls Judas out on missing Harold when he makes a comment about getting better sleep without her around.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: So much for Elraine's Deal with the Devil.
- Skeletons In The Closet: His mask.
- The Smart Guy/The Lancer: Like Loni, acts as a mix of two archetypes. Notable as both are different than his archetype in the first game.
- Snap Back: Not in the game itself, but Judas is subject to a lot of character development, and is both kinder and quieter than he used to be as Leon. In skits, he acts exactly like Leon, and is much more Tsundere than he acts in the game.
- Sour Supporter: He's one for the first third of the game, but he gets better and eventually grows out of it.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Often complains about this, though he's saying it with a smile by the end.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: More on the icy side, though he has his sugary moments.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Though he's not quite tall, the dark and snarky parts are still as applicable to him as they were the first game.
- That Man Is Dead: To Elraine, after she exposes his real identity to the rest of the party and attempts to Mind Rape him, and his friends decide they don't care about his past.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Not a huge one, but he's not electrocuting people for annoying him anymore (then again, he doesn't have the devices anymore), and he can joke around when he feels like it.
- Tsundere: Most prominently in skits. Otherwise, he's more Kuudere.
- Vague Age: How old is he again? 16? 34? Any number in between? Due to time manipulation, it's not easy to tell, and he never elaborates on the issue, actually threatening to leave the party when Loni asks and only saying he's "older than he looks".
- Walking Spoiler: As should be apparent from this page.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: His name is Judas. He's Leon, the traitor, brought back to life. Even so, it's assigned to him in-universe by Kyle after what could only be a pause for name entry.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When the party has to meet King Woodrow, Kyle (well, technically Loni does it for him) uses his father's influence to cut the line and see him faster. Judas isn't pleased with this tactic, and it drives a wedge between him and Loni.
Now you're the son of Stahn to them. When they look at you, they don't see your accomplishments, they see your father
. You'll never be a hero that way. Is that what you want?
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Technically forms two: in terms of his magic, he has Earth since he still has Chaltier and Wind, but his primary focus is on Light and Dark.
- You All Meet in a Cell: Kyle and Loni meet him after he jumps from the roof of their cell offering them a way out. Why he was in there in the first place is never explained, but it's hinted that he was curious about Kyle and followed him there.
An archer from Calvalese who runs an orphanage in Hope Town 10 years in the future
. She has a lot of resentment for the Corrupt Church
because they refused to help her sick little brother unless he entered a life of servitude under them in return, and decides to join Kyle's group in the hope that if Elraine is destroyed, maybe the thousands of people who blindly follow her will have a better life. Nanaly functions as the team babysitter. Oh, and you really
don't want to make her mad.
- Action Girl: You know it, bitch!
- Annoying Arrows: Unfortunately for her, this trope is present in the combat system, and thus her main form of attack is rendered just shy of useless.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Loni is frequently the victim of bone crushers from her.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Loni. Whenever he upsets her particularly badly, usually by calling her a tomboy or referring to her as a less than ideal woman, expect a bone crusher.
- Berserk Button: Never call her a tomboy.
- The Big Guy: In temperament, at least, with her boisterous attitude and tendency to crack Loni's spine when he upsets her.
- Bonus Boss: She's part of the Tales of the Abyss cameo team.
- Breast Plate: Wears one.
- Cool Big Sis: Especially to Reala, who looks up to her and talks to her about things she only mentions to the party in whole much later.
- Cry Cute: After the end of her Dream Illusion world, she broke into this on Loni's shoulder. It's god damn effective to set the mood.
- Dub Name Change: Zig-zagged. When she makes an appearance in Tales of the Abyss, she's exactly as she's used to be known as: Nanaly Fletch. Then when she gets a name-dropped cameo in Tales of Graces her name becomes Nanaly Fletcher.
- Exposed to the Elements: While her outfit's perfectly acceptable for Calvalese, Phandaria during an ice age is probably not the best place to be wearing a midriff-baring breast plate and short shorts.
- Fiery Redhead: A tsundere archer with red hair who plays with fire.
- Girlish Pigtails: To keep her Rapunzel Hair in check.
- Informed Ability: Supposedly, her archery skills could put 1,000 men to shame. Unfortunately, some think the battle system works against her, so she'll be a bench warmer more often than not. There are others who like to use her, though, because if they don't feel like using Reala or Harold, she still has access on two high tier spells (and by being an archer, she has to stand back and avoid damage), and in her game, you know what spells works like. That, and her Mystic Arte is activated with any spells, even the lowest tiers (as opposed to Reala and Harold who require a very high tier spell) meaning that she can be quick to unleash her Mystic Arte with low casting time, and if it's not ready, also interrupt the enemy quicker without spending a lot of time casting. All in all, NOT exactly using her arrows much.
- However, the battle system works a little more in her favour in her cameo in Tales of the Abyss.
- Works pretty well in Tales of VS. and Tales of the World as well.
- Knuckle Cracking: She frequently cracks Loni's spine, and sometimes cracks her knuckles first.
- Mage Marksman: Of the Arcane Archer type. Nanaly would depend a lot more on her spells due to how the battle system works, and if that's not available, she could help out pelt the enemy and give extra stunning time to the front liners.
- May-December Romance: Thanks to time travel, it would be very awkward for her and Loni to continue their relationship after the end of the game (if he still remembers who she is, at least) because Nanaly, who was 19 years old while traveling with the party, is from 10 years into the future. Loni is 23.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is Fletch(er) and she's an archer.
- Ms. Fanservice: What with her stripperiffic outfit and badass attitude...
- The Other Darrin: In Tales Of Versus and onward, she's voiced by Yumi Kakazu due to her original actress Tomoko Kawakami's battle with ovarian cancer.
- Out of Focus: After the Lotus-Eater Machine sequence, Nanaly's character arc is complete and she doesn't hold much importance to the ongoing plots in spite of sticking to the party.
- Playing with Fire: All her highest level spells are fire-based.
- Stripperiffic: Not as bad as most examples, but a Breast Plate is a Breast Plate...
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Loni, in the form of insults on both sides (or bone crushers from Nanaly) followed by Aww Look They Really Do Love Each Other moments or Tsundere comments.
- Summon Magic: A glitch in the PS2 version allows her to summon Efreet.
- Supreme Chef/Team Chef: She's the one who cooks for everyone in skits, and everyone loves her food.
- Team Mom: Cooks for the party in skits, mends clothing, defends Harold from Loni's crueler comments (and makes him healing tea when she poisons him) and tries to make sure Reala at least is alright when she seems upset.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Harold and Reala's girly girls.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: See all those in Team Mom entry? She does that while being interested in hunting, is an excellent archer and being more rough and tumble. Just don't let her hear anyone calling her the first word, a mistake Loni repeatedly made.
- Tsundere: She's a buff tough warrior chick who argues with Loni a lot. But to practically everyone else, she's a huge softie. And her Illusion World dream is one of the biggest Tear Jerkers in the franchise.
(Dr.) Harold Berselius
The creator of the Swordians, whom the party meets when they go several hundred years into the past. To everyone's surprise, not only is the genius scientist Harold Berselius a girl, she's also a bit crazy. She joins the party, and often threatens to use everyone else as test subjects for her experiments.
- Batman Gambit: Usually played for laughs, but Harold is strangely perceptive and manipulative of others' emotions. She convinces Dymlos to save Atwight from Barbatos by tricking him into thinking it's a test for the new Swordians, and uses Judas's regret over her brother's death to witness one of his rare apologetic moments.
- Black Magician Girl: The second mage in the party, with a much sexier outfit and a much less idealistic outlook on life than Reala.
- Big Damn Heroes: She with Dymlos's help saves the rest of the party from one of Barbatos's traps.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: The original user of the Divine Saber spell. For bonus points, it's also the key to summoning Rem.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Experimenting on people without consent is the least of her quirks. Still, she creates technology and spells that can't be replicated or reverse-engineered a thousand years after her death.
- Cleavage Window: Her jacket sports a small one.
- Cloudcuckoolander: On purpose, so she can think of unusual solutions to problems. Apparently she'd be useless without thinking this way.
- Coordinated Clothes: It's subtle, but both Harold and Karell seem to like jackets with laces down the sides and fur sleeves.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef/Lethal Chef: Intentionally so. She can cook just fine for herself (albeit with beakers and flasks, breaking lab safety protocol), but can't resist spicing the party's food with some new invention of hers in order to test its effects on the human body.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: The only time the perfectly composed Harold is seen breaking down is as her brother lies dying. She begins shouting "nii-san", even though she stopped addressing him like that when they grew up and usually calls him "aniki" which is more casual. It's even more poignant because Harold already knew it was written in history and couldn't be avoided, but she still can't suppress the flurry of emotions.
- Depending on the Artist: Is her jacket a green-turquoise, or light blue? Does her corset have one line of black lace, or two rows of purple? Do her sleeves have fur or feathers on them? Is her skirt light purple or more pink? The artbook and in-game depictions are oddly different, for whatever reason.
- Ditzy Genius: She's unparalleled in scientific and magical pursuits, but cooks with a beaker and flask, poisons people For Science! and doesn't understand why that would upset someone, won't do anything that won't lead her to further amusement, and sings ridiculous songs.
- Don't Call Me Sir: Doctor's not a very pretty title, apparently.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: One of her skit expressions gives her a very moe expression, complete with sparkles for emphasis.
- Femme Fatale: Played for Laughs, but she does ask Kyle out on a date specifically as a pretext to experiment on him...
- For Science!: When her goal isn't her own amusement, it's this.
- The Gadfly: She enjoys teasing people and threatening painful medical procedures For Science!, but never goes through with anything particularly nasty on any party members.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Builds a fully functional rocket out of a box of scraps salvaged from a ruined laboratory flooded with poisonous gas in one night.
- Gainaxing: In one of her victory animations.
- Gender-Blender Name: She picked her name on purpose, because she wanted to surprise people when they found out that the genius scientist was actually a woman. If her journal is to believed, her real name is Jennifer Berselius, though other possessions of hers have name labels saying Camille or Catherine Berselius on them, complicating the issue.
- Genki Girl: Especially apparent whenever fighting Fortuna or Elraine gets brought up.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Stuffed animals are pretty prominent in her room.
- Girly Bruiser: She'll kick your ass in a corset and puffy skirt
- Gratuitous English: She slips into this sometimes. Let's go~!
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: It's implied before she joined the party, no one liked her much besides her brother because of her disregard for consent and basic safety when she's experimenting and for just being plain weird.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: A rare female version. Loni is most often her target, being a Butt Monkey.
- Holy Hand Grenade/Shock and Awe: Divine Saber, Prism Flasher, and Delta Ray, her light based spells.
- Hot Scientist: Loni suggests she's a cyborg because she's "too perfect", what with her singing voice, high intelligence, and perfect face, and that's not going into her clothes. There's even a title related to her beauty.
- It Amused Me: Her reason for joining the party, before she finds out they're fighting a goddess. Then she just wants to fight her.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: A corset, slit skirt, thigh-high boots, and two ribbons trailing to the ground shouldn't really be all that practical in the snow or to fight in, but they never so much as slow her down.
- Mad Scientist: Especially apparent in the Radiant Mythology crossover games. She never really bothers to explain her actions with anything more than "For Science!"! In Destiny 2, she even asks for the party's data and permission to study their corpses should they die in the final battle. When she's told no one will die, she asks to vivisect them instead.
- Making a Splash/An Ice Person: Splash and Final Embrace. Water and ice are counted as the same element in this game,
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She's not an evil doctor, per se, but does have a tendency to poison even close friends For Science!.
- Ms. Fanservice: A hot scientist wearing a corset, a slit skirt, and thigh-high boots? Check. This is commented on in-universe, where even though she doesn't fit to his standard expectations of women (and poisons him) Loni still finds her beautiful.
- Nominal Hero: Usually, a Mad Scientist willing to experiment on her friends without their consent and wanting to dissect them if they die (or vivisect them otherwise!) would not be considered a hero. She makes it clear from the start she's joined the party because the chance to fight a goddess is too good to resist rather than for any moral reasons. On the other hand, she's on the Er'ther's side from the beginning, despite the Aethers having a much better chance at winning the war, made them their best weapons, and doesn't cut people open without prior consent.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Wears a blue one with lace at all times, even though this should be impractical at best.
- Orbital Bombardment / Magic Missile Storm: Crazy Comet, her secret hi-ougi. It's the only hi-ougi that has three extensions, including one that shoots galaxies, and the last stage, Mermaid Princess, which both heals the party and deals astronomical amounts of damage.
- Pimped-Out Dress: With the purple slit skirt, black lace, blue bustier over the teal top, and cuffs of either black fur or black feathers.
- Playing with Fire: Her Ancient Nova spell, the key to summoning Efreet.
- Playing with Syringes: She mentions this a lot, and threatens it, though fortunately we never actually see the results besides the Swordians.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Joins the party for the sake of this. Not because she has any real complaints, but purely because she wants to match her intelligence against a goddess. All things considered, she's Not So Different from Elraine.
- The Red Mage: She sacrifices most low-tier and mid-tier spells for high-tier healing and offensive magic that's devastating due to her high intelligence stat. This is balanced by her low TP recovery rate, the high cost of her spells, and the fact that she can't cast Resurrection.
- Token Evil Teammate: Or Token Amoral Teammate, at any rate.
- Rummage Sale Reject: While her clothes are really cool, it's hard to say a teal jacket with fluffy fur sleeves, a blue corset, a purple slit skirt, and red leather boots belong together on one person.
- Say It with Hearts: She does say some things with hearts, though she uses stars and tildes more frequently for the same purpose.
- Ship Tease: Possibly with Judas. He apologizes to her for not telling her her brother was going to die, which even she comments is out of character for him, and explicitly offers her a shoulder to cry on after the fact. He's less harsh in any insults towards her odd behaviour as well, limiting it to "a true eccentric" rather than "idiot" or "fool" like he usually calls others. Harold, for her part, often calls him "interesting" or "captivating", once even going so far as to call him on her level. Since she's a genius and refers to many other party members as her either her lab rats or stupid, that's saying something.
- The Smart Guy/Sixth Ranger: Doesn't join the party until quite late into the game, and is more than a little strange.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: She has a little with Judas.
- The Spark of Genius: A lot of her logic and creations are incomprehensible to others and very far beyond what should have been possible, to the point where the technology 1000 years later just barely compares to what she created in her lifetime. Lampshaded in several skits.
- Spirited Young Lady: A very girly young woman from 1000 years in the past into all sorts of scientific fields.
- Summon Magic: Her hi-ougis. She shares Efreet and Undine with Reala, but replaces Gnome and Sylph with Rem and Shadow.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers one to Elraine, which makes the holy woman snap. She also tried it on Barbatos, but he replied with a Hannibal Lecture that made her shut up for a minute.
- Thigh-High Boots: Wears these.
- Think Twins: With Karell. He's the Er'ther army's best strategist and she's their most brilliant scientist.
- Tomboyish Name: Invoked, as Harold picked it out herself for "twenty-one reasons you won't understand".
- Who Wears Short Shorts?/Modesty Shorts: Under her skirt, but they're still there.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Along with Fire and Water, she focuses on Light and Darkness and has the ability to summon the appropriate elemental spirits.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Of the thigh-high boot variety.
One of the three Big Bads
of Tales of Destiny 2
and arguably the most popular of the three, Barbatos is an Ax-Crazy
man who was erased from history for losing a fight with Dymlos
(and many other acts of villainy
). And he is BITTER about it. He partnered with Elraine because she promised to restore his place in history. He rampages around time, attacking people, and hating gels and magic. He's easily the series' most popular villain
, and has appeared as a Bonus Boss
in both Tales of Vesperia
and the PS2
remake of Tales of Destiny
. He also gets a homage title in Tales of Hearts
, which you get by completing an entire playthrough with, well, no items ever
- Anti-Magic: He swiftly and brutally retaliates against the use of spells and items.
- Ax-Crazy: Despite looking like a standard Brute, Barbatos does show a surprising degree of cunning and intellect, much more so than any craziness. However, when he fights...
- An Axe to Grind: Wields a huge axe.
- Berserk Button: If you use an item in battle with him, Barbatos will go berserk, and use a special Hi-Ougi meant to punish you hard for it. "NO! ITEMS! EVEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRR!!!". In his debut game, he doesn't have that Hi-Ougi, but he will remark that you're a foolish coward to use items, goes invincible and casts an accurate spell to you. Bottom line, don't use items in front of Barbatos.
- In the original game, this also applies to using healing spells. Don't cast healing spells in front of Barbatos.
- The Berserker: Don't use items around him, or be prepared to see this side of him.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Rather than accept that he was defeated by Kyle and his party, he throws himself into the Eye of Atamoni, claiming that he lost only to his own strength.
- Blood Knight: He really, really enjoys fighting.
- Bonus Boss: Outside of Tales of Destiny 2.
- The Comically Serious: In skits, when he's often made into a Butt Monkey.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He attacks most brutally when you try to use either healing spells, items, or tone down the difficulty setting to fight him. He also goes after the spellcasters first.
- Deal with the Devil: He made one with Elraine. Of course, being who he is, he doesn't mind so much.
- Dirty Coward: He betrayed Earth for the Aetherians in the past because they were more likely to win the Aether War (but don't), and took a kid hostage to disarm Stahn before butchering him in the present.
- The Dragon: He looks like the Big Bad, but he's really this.
- Driven to Suicide: By his constant failure to defeat the party.
- Easy-Mode Mockery: So, did you set your difficulty to 'Easiest' to face him in Tales of Destiny remake? Congratulations. He kills you and your part in one hit.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: All he wants is to be a hero... While participating in all sorts of dog kicking and Obviously Evil behaviour.
- Evil Is Hammy: Barbatos goes all the way to add a dramatic adjective in every spells he cast. "Shakunetsu no BURN STRIKE!!!", "Zetsubou no CEILING FALL!!!", etc.
- Evil Is Petty: He'll Kick the Dog and off annoyances whenever he wants.
- Evil Laugh: He indulges in this in every appearance for one reason or another.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: You use your item, and he tramples through your allies, and then... "NO. ITEMS. EVEEEERRRRRR!!!!!"
- Hero Killer: He's called Killer of Heroes when he's a Bonus Boss in Tales of Vesperia
- Kiai: BRRRRRUUUUUAAAAAAA!!!!!
- Large Ham: Especially in skits, where this trait is turned Up to Eleven.
- Lightning Bruiser: A fast, hard-hitting, magic-wielding Scary Black Man with no real weaknesses and good defense. His boss battles are often considered the hardest in the game.
- Love Makes You Evil: He was rejected by Atwight (she chose Dymlos instead), which along with his resentment was implied to make him join the Aetherians instead of the Er'thers.
- Meaningful Name: He was summoned to do Elraine's bidding, and his name references the Ars Goetia.
- No Fair Cheating: Did you use a jump code to avoid his attack? Congratulations, he switches to an attack that covers the whole screen.
- Obviously Evil: Of the personality variety. He'd hurt a child for very petty reasons (and then murder the child's parents in front of them), taunt people about their relatives dying horrible deaths they can't prevent without even worse things happening, and use every opportunity to Kick the Dog... While wanting nothing more than to be recognized as a hero.
- Offing The Annoyance: He tries this on a four-year old Kyle for throwing a rock at him.
- Psycho for Hire: All for the low price of bringing him back to life and rewriting history to show him in a positive light.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: NO. ITEMS. EVEEEERRRRRR!!!!!
- The Resenter: It's implied the reason why he betrayed the Erthers for the Aetherians was because he was jealous of Dymlos for his heroism and for having the affections of Atwight.
- Scary Black Man: Considering his feats, you have every right to be scared of this guy. Invoked even further in the TOD remake where he is considerably more dark-skinned than in the sequel. Depending on the Artist, perhaps?
- Smug Snake: Becomes one when he starts taunting Harold about her brother's imminent death and being completely unbeatable.
- The Starscream: Becomes this for the other antagonist Elraine during his last moments in the Drama CD.
- Unperson: He'd been deliberately removed from history as a result of his crimes in the past. He's not happy about that.
- Worthy Opponent: He believes both Kyle and Dymlos to be this.
- Would Hurt a Child: He considers killing a four year old Kyle simply for throwing a rock at him, and only reconsiders because Loni gets in the way. Then he holds Loni hostage to get Stahn and Rutee to drop their weapons, letting him kill the former without resistance.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Even when you're a super scary villain and kinda black skinned.
The second Big Bad
of the game. She is a holy priestess known to create various miracles and accept Lens donations, rising to prominence later after the events of Tales of Destiny
. Unfortunately, she has an ulterior motive: to summon Fortuna as it was ordealed by her, and eventually replace her. For that, she'll need the previous heroes to be killed off.
The final boss of the game. After Elraine's final defeat she appears and talks with Reala, who declares that gods like them are not needed to help humans anymore. This causes Fortuna to snap and declare that if the humans don't need her, she would eradicate them and their history and build a new world. On Fortuna's defeat, time was fixed and events of her interference never happened.
Tropes associated with Fortuna:
- Bigger Bad: Elraine's been defeated, the Goddess has just been reborn and asks for her saint, Reala calmly goes up to Fortuna and declares humanity won't need her guidance... Only for her to flip out and decide that answer is unacceptable.
- Big Good: Wants to be seen as this, though the truth is much different.
- Blue and Orange Morality: On one occasion she helps the party against Elraine, and later wants to destroy the world. Whether it was intentional, or a result of her having close to zero screen-time, we'll never know.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Like Elraine she replaces the classic Indignation with Indignation Judgement.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: So much for being an all-powerful goddess...
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: No one's really sure how she exists or where she came from, just that she exists and wants worshippers. And judging by her previous appearance where she willingly helps the party, you probably weren't expecting her to be the final boss...
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: What she thinks.
- In Their Own Image: What she says she wants to do after destroying the world so the new humanity will worship her, but seeing as she's gone completely insane at that point it's hard to tell whether she would have followed through on this.
- Man Behind the Man: Goddess Behind Elraine Behind Barbatos.
- Marathon Boss: She can take a very long time to defeat. Skilled players usually take 15-20 minutes.
- Put Them All Out of My Misery: But only after being told humanity doesn't need her. Before that, she would have been content to bring happiness.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sort of. She's somehow sealed off from the world (how and why are never really answered), and Elraine's goal is to revive her.
- Squishy Wizard: Well, kind of (she's got a lot of HP). She's the only Tales Final Boss so far to rely entirely on casting spells to damage you.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: When it seems she's failed completely, and even her own saint won't support her continued existence (one of them, anyways), she resorts to this.
The strongest of fighters in the arena, and Lilith's daughter, or Kyle's cousin.
- Action Girl: She's the top fighter in the arena, having replaced Kongman after he retired. After the remake of Tales of Destiny, this doubles as a Call Back to Lilith taking Kongman's place as the final fight of the arena.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: As the strongest fighter, she's the reigning arena champion.
- Blow You Away: Some of her attacks use this.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Divine Saber, a spell that summons multiple bolts of divine retribution.
- Chainmail Bikini: Like Nanaly, not as bad of an example as most, as she actually wears clothes underneath, but the actual armoured part of her outfit is a bit... Lacking.
- Cute Bruiser: She's a fairly small teenage girl who's a powerful enough fighter to be the final arena boss.
- Damage Sponge: Mostly because she is very good at perfect-timing blocking.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: She has a reputation for easy Curb Stomp Battles against any and all challengers. Shame you can't recruit her...
- Fail O'Suckyname: What kind of name is Lymle?
- Get Back Here Boss: Though not because she's running away, more because she pushes you back a lot, usually combined with stunning you.
- Holy Hand Grenade/Shock and Awe: Like her mother, uses lightning-based attacks, and her Limit Break summons Rem.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: Before Lilith was retconned into using a frying pan, anyways. Lymle's attacks are a mix of She-Fu tactics and some swordplay, and her attacks are all lightning/light based. Lilith's hi-ougi is Thunder Sword.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Kyle, I Am Your Cousin.
- Punched Across the Room: A few of her attacks involve this.
- She-Fu: Despite carrying a sword, Lymle seems to prefer acrobatic kicks and punches.
- Standard Status Effects: Likes to stun you.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Lymle wears short shorts.