"If an adult has to hurt someone, even to save the world... I'll just be a kid!"
A young boy who wants to either save the world, become a grown-up or help Kohaku, depending on his mood. He has a very powerful sense of empathy which allows him to connect with just about anyone, both literally (via Soma Link) and metaphorically; one of his signature lines is, "We feel the same way, right?". Despite this, he does have bouts of cluelessness, like being oblivious towards Beryl's flirting.He uses the Soma Asteria, a sword and buckler combo, and his favoured elements are Light and Thunder. He mainly uses sword techniques, and is one of two party members to have no spells.Tropes associated with Shing:
Accidental Pervert: When he hears Peridot is in the hot springs with Kohaku and Richea, he rushes in to save the girls. Only they weren't really in danger and the girls didn't appreciate him busting in.
Catch Phrase: "Gandoko ikō", a shortened version of "ガンガンどこまでも", which roughly means "let's go all out". Chalcedony ends up saying it too.
Chivalrous Pervert: Though his feelings for Kohaku are genuine, he's not above overhearing the girls' conversations in the bath...among other things. It ususally ends badly for him.
Declaration of Protection: The first thing he promises Kohaku after her Spirune is shattered. It blossoms into romance over time, and is even one of his level up quotes.
Dub Name Change: His name is changed from Shing to Kor for the English release of Tales of Hearts R. It's fitting since Kor means heart in Italian and Shing's name in Japanese is meant to mean "Heart Weapon." This hasn't been done since Tales of Symphonia where Raine and Genis's names were changed to their respective dub names instead of their Japanese names, Refill and Genius. His new English name is Kor Meteor.
Heroic BSOD: Shing didn't take it well when he found out that Creed Graphite was sealed inside his body since birth and that succumbing to his desire for revenge caused Creed to materialize into the world.)
Like Father, Like Son: He takes after his mother, who was quite tomboyish and carefree like him. His Catch Phrase (Gandoko ikō was something she used to say, even though she had long stopped using it when Shing was born.
Meaningful Name: His name is composed of readings that mean weapon and heart. His Soma, Asteria, is the Greek word for "stars" (meaning all his evolved weapons are named after constellations and astronomers), but is also the name of a flower Creed, Richea and Flora planted on Quartz in the hopes that the planet will have become a peaceful place by the time it bloomed. This comes full circle when Shing brings Flora's Soma Link plan into fruition.
The Peeping Tom: "Watching the hot springs is a man's romance!" It doesn't quite work like that for him.
"I believe you. A bad person couldn't use a Soma anyway."
A girl on the run from a mysterious and powerful sorceress. Her Spirune-the core of her Spiria-is shattered early in the game, reducing her to an emotionless doll. The first act of the game revolves around the party's quest to restore her to normal by travelling the world and finding the missing pieces of her Spirtune. She is kind and energetic, but a little clumsy with people.Her Soma, Elrond, is composed of an anklet and a fire-spewing baton. Her element likewise is fire. She fights using martial arts, combining baton strikes with kickboxing. She also possesses several elemental and healing spells.Tropes associated with Kohaku:
Beware the Nice Ones: You seriously do not want to piss sweet little Kohaku off, or else you're going to get a lot of kicking.
Blow You Away: She has a very limited selection of wind spells, presumable learned from her brother.
Cherry Blossoms: She's named after a cherry tree, the Kohakuzakura. Her Final Fury features Cherry Blossoms, while her dual mystic arte with her brother is named after his bird-themed attacks and her sakura theme.
The Chick: A rare Badass version. Even emotionless, she manages to keep the party together.
Cooldown Hug: A master of this, even while emotionless. She administers this on three occasions: when Shing loses it, Marine breaks down crying and Chalcedony is too distressed to let his Soma evolve.
Combat Medic: The first Tales heroine that is a cross between a martial artist, spellcaster and a healer, though she's not as effective as her brother. Her example would later be followed by Sophie and Leia, though neither got offensive spells.
Dub Name Change: Both the translation patch and Tales of Graces f call her "Amber". Amber is the literal translation of "Kohaku" and keeps the Theme Naming of Hearts intact. However, she keeps her name for the English release of Tales of Hearts R.
Emotionless Girl: For about... 30 minutes. Then she starts gaining them one by one...
Hime Cut: Though not a princess, she is considered an important figure in her home because she houses the revered Richea. It also signifies her traditional Japanese-styled beauty, since her culture is considered foreign in the game world.
Kick Chick: A result of training for years in her room since she was a child. She wanted to become strong enough to protect Richea.
Light 'em Up: She has the same selection of light spells as Chalcedony.
Male Gaze: For some reason, especially in VS and R, the camera/cut-in loves showing off her back. And her ass.
Megaton Kick: In particular her Arte Kaishinkyaku. Looks like a normal push kick, but it has a gigantic knockback event. Hisui says the echo of her kicks while training was enough to cause avalanches near their village.
Sexy Backless Outfit: Innes correctly guesses it's due to her homeland being in the middle of snowy mountains. When she was at home, she had to wear impossibly thick clothes, so when she saw how warm the rest of the world was, she wanted to enjoy it as much as she could.
She's Got Legs: A fact constantly lampshaded by other characters. She admits she sometimes does it on purpose.
Took a Level in Badass: While at first she seems meek, once she got her Courage Spirune back, she starts kicking ass and officially joins the party. Courage Spirune really should be renamed to Badass Spirune...
When She Smiles: Shing remarks her smile was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen, even though he only saw it once. One of the reasons he promises to make her smile again.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a phobia of heights because she fell from a high window as a child. She tries to suppress it, but it becomes downright paralyzing when her Fear Spirune is one of the few emotions she has regained and she keeps finding herself well above ground.
"Yeah, I'm scared all right, but not of you. I'm scared that my sister and all these monkeys with me are gonna get hurt."
The Hot-Blooded older brother of Kohaku. He's fiercely protective of his sister because they lost their mother at a young age. Late in the game, he strikes up a relationship with Richea Spodune. His favored element is wind.He receives a double-bowgun Soma called Gale Arc from Innes. He is the primary healer of the party, combining healing techs with powerful projectile attacks.Tropes associated with Hisui:
Arbitrary Skepticism: He refuses to believe the existence of "fairy tale creatures" like the Zerom until he Soma Links for the first time and sees them with his own eyes. He also doesn't believe that his sister has a voice in her head telling her things.
Berserk Button: Don't suggest you've been looking at Kohaku's legs. Or remind him that Shing is probably going to end up calling him "big brother".
Combat Medic: Combines long-range arrow artes with wind spells and area-wide healing. His brash and often jerklike behaviour is the exact opposite of what you'd expect from a healer.
"My painting isn't about "adventures" or "heroes" any more. It's about "things you can't fight". Shing, you're perfect for it!"
A young girl whose ambition is to become the Imperial Painter. She's eighteen years old, but looks and acts a lot younger, frequently slurring long words and using her immaturity to get her own way.Her Soma, Thiers, is a giant hat and paintbrush set. She mainly casts earth and water-elemental spells, and also wields supportive magic.Tropes associated with Beryl:
Broken Pedestal: Her great admiration and enthusiasm for the world-renowned artist Sumisona is shattered when she learns he faked his own blindness to escape the stress fame brought him.
Butt Monkey: The game loves throwing random things at her. Oh, so you won a bunch of money by gambling on the most unlikely outcome and wanted to buy a paintbrush? Sorry, it just so happens we need a bed for Kohaku and the only available one is an incredibly expensive suite. And then there's the part where everyone is jumping down the city walls, only to land on her one by one...
I Just Want to Have Friends: Can't admit it until they return to her hometown. She always wanted people to approach her because of who she was, and not because her grandfather is the greatest painter in history. From that point, she and Kohaku become inseperable.
Squishy Wizard: She's a great spellcaster, but has the defenses of a paper bag.
Token Mini-Moe: Teased by Kunzite for this. When asked whether he is into "lolis", he makes a pun about being "lonely" and suggests loli is a far more apt characterisation for Beryl. Beryl protests she's way beyond that age.
"An adult is someone who does what's necessary, even if it hurts."
Innes is a woman who singlehandedly runs the traveling Soma shop "Every Day is a Peaceful Day". She has superhuman strength and several contacts as shifty as she is. She is (mostly) composed and graceful, and often ends her sentences with "I wonder?" ("~kashira?").Her Soma, Folseus, is a pair of greaves and a huge axe-like blade. Her element is water, but she has few techniques that utilize it, choosing to instead specialise in techs that enhance her abilities and deliver powerful blows to the enemy.Tropes associated with Innes:
"Now requesting... negative. Please, I ask of you... everyone, in order to protect Master Richea, please lend me your power!"
ID Code IS206-mark-11 Jack-type Mechanoid, and Guardian Knight to Richea Spodune. He insists that his only motivation is to serve his master, but many times he shows a hot-blooded or kind side of his personality, especially when dealing with Richea or Kohaku. As he gradually realizes his own nature, he gains titles to match, starting from "Cold-blooded Mechanoid" and ending with "Like Human".His Soma, Vex, incorporates katars on his arms and extra blade arms mounted on his back. He fights similarly to Judas from Tales of Destiny 2 and Leon from Tales of Destiny Remake. He also uses offensive dark and wind type magic and can cast debilitating spells.Tropes associated to Kunzite:
Do-Anything Robot: His functions include battle capabilities, a power scanner, navigation, a hair salon, the ability to measure a person from a distance, a massage session and the ability to hear Richea's conversations when she's within reach.
Not So Stoic: Kunzite has a few hotblooded scenes, which the other characters take note of. And when you encounter Rishia Cattleya, an ancient Zerom who wants to become Richea, the poor robot nearly explodes. "Never before have I felt such anger!"
"If you would bear the weight of the world on your shoulders, I will hold you up."
Captain of the Valeia Church Crystal Knights 13th Unit, also called the Chalcedny Squad. He begins as a Crystal Knight who wants to capture Kohaku's Spiria under the orders of his father, one of the people who fought Creed seventeen years before the game began.His Soma, Wahrheit, is a breastplate that produces large wings as well as a BFS. It was formerly used by Iola Hearts, the mother of Hisui and Kohaku.He is officially a playable party member in Tales of Hearts R.Tropes associated with Chalcedony (and his squad):
Anguished Declaration of Love: In front of Marine while she's turned into the Lonely Veronica Zerom. He finally gets the guts to admit it after seeing her repeatedly angst over his lack of any non-formal communication with her.
Badass: He takes on TWO Incaroses. Bonus points in R where it becomes a solo boss battle. Possibly the most badass party member in R.
Berserk Button: Or rage switch, as Peridot calls it. Imply he's not giving his full for his favourite lady, and...
Shing: If an "adult" would sacrifice someone's life to save the world, I'm okay with being a "child". A guy who can't even bring back the smile of the girl before him can never save the world! Chalcedony: The smile of the girl before him... huh... Peridot, Byrocks. Stay your hands. Peridot: Uh oh, looks like he got a bulls-eye on the Captain's anger switch.
Break the Haughty: He starts off calling Shing a powerless boy and completely ignoring his plea for Kohaku's Spirune. He then proceeds to play puppet in the power struggles between the church and the army, only to be branded a criminal and hurt Marine. It takes him down a notch.
Heroic Sacrifice:Chalcedony doesn't die, but his body is incapacitated. Averted in R where he joins the party.
Knight In Shining Armour: Despite his arrogance, he genuinely believes he's doing the best for the world. And he specifically became a Crystal Knight for his beloved Marine.
Last Name Basis: He specifically calls Shing by his last name because he doesn't consider him a friend, but once they actually connect, he finally lets loose.
Leeroy Jenkins: He is usually level-headed and tries to act more mature than the rest. Until you mention the possibility that Marine is locked in a castle full of rampaging Zerom, at which point he wants to fly in through the windows on his own, break the doors and rescue her.
Lethal Chef: You do not let Chalcedony cook. He can't even hold the plates properly.
The Paladin: A perfect example. He has the looks, the personality, works for The Order, has the power to purify people afflicted with the disease, his main elements are thunder and light, and he has healing artes. What else can a man ask for?
Sheltered Aristocrat: Surprisingly, he's extremely naive about affairs that do not concern the church or the empress. He is also incapable of unbuttoning his pyjamas or ironing his own clothes.
Single-Target Sexuality: He has eyes for only his Paraiba-sama which is a mix of Likes Older Women as well since she's at least 6-8 years older than him. Turns out that Marine likes him too. She has known him since he was a baby and even changed his diapers
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Marine, he was the kindest boy she had ever met and felt comfortable with. His younger self also protected Byrocks from bullying. Adult Chalcedony hasn't gone over to the dark side, but he's considerably distant and troubled by his own failure.
Weaksauce Weakness: Never even mention bugs. Mythical monsters and mutated soldiers are a-ok, but the mere thought of insects makes him tremble.
"The strength to fight for someone even if you're aware you can't win: that is the strength which forges Spiria."
A new character introduced in Tales of Hearts R. Galando is a veteran Soma Master who lost both his wife and daughter to Despir Disease. Believing that Kohaku's unique strain of Despir Disease may hold the key to eradicating the sickness once and for all, he joins Shing and Hisui on their journey to cure her.His Soma, Astore, is a set of shoulder pauldrons from which he can draw and dual-wield an axe and sword. He can also control the axe like a boomerang for medium-range attacks.Tropes associated with Galando:
"Believe in yourself. These feelings are yours, and yours alone."
A mysterious girl residing within Kohaku's Spiria. She matches the description of the girl in the nursery rhyme, "The Sleeping Princess of the Forest of Thorns".
The Ageless: Her Spiria lives on in the body of her hosts, so her appearance remains the same. Her body is preserved inside the Forest of Thorns, but while it doesn't start aging when she reclaims it, it can't survive for long.
The Atoner: She's partly responsible for the destruction of her home planet, since she served as Gardenia's core. As atonement, she fights desperately so the monster won't be revived.
Barrier Maiden: Along with her sister. Richea holds the seal to Cinderellion, while Flora sealed Gardenia into emergency sleep mode to stop its rampage.
Big Eater: A huge fan of food, to the point where she has Kunzite procure it for her if there are....complications.
Grand Theft Me: Has the power to take over her host and does it when confronting Creed to speak directly to Creed. However, she never forcibly takes control and has always had a friendly relationship with her hosts.
I Did What I Had to Do: A dangerous amount of this. She admits responsibility for shattering Kohaku's Spirune to protect herself from Creed, and claims she would easily kill Kohaku or anyone else if it meant foiling Creed's plans. Fortunately, she mellows out after a while.
Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has adored cats since her early days, but her allergy prevents her from touching them.
Last of Her Kind: One of the three surviving Quartzians, residents of the planer Quartz that was destroyed 2,000 years before the game's story. By the end, she's the only one left.
Mind Rape: Chlinoseraph traps her in his Spir Maze and has her relive the moments of Quartz's destruction over a thousand times in order to break her Spiria. She survives because she knows her sin better than anyone and cannot go down before stopping Creed.
Must Make Amends: The only reason she still keeps herself alive, even though she doesn't believe she deserves it.
My God, What Have I Done?: Her sister believed Creed's plan to use Gardenia and absorb the feelings that brought war to Quartz was far too reckless. Richea saw no other way, however, and joined Creed by serving as Gardenia's core. When the monster began rampaging and absorbing everything indiscriminately, she felt all 6 billion victims' anguish and resolved to forever keep it sealed.
Power Strain Blackout: Uisng her artes takes a serious toll on her Spiria. Develops into a Heroic RROD later, to the point she almost crystallizes if not for her Shing's succesful Spir Link which gave her a little more time.
Really 700 Years Old: Her real body is kept in stasis while her Spiria is preserved within her hosts.
Secretly Dying: Shortly after regaining her body, she can no longer sustain the burden her artes place on her Spiria and slowly begins crystallizing. She has Kunzite and Hisui keep quiet about it.
Shrouded in Myth: Her visage is worshipped as the sleeping goddess on the Flying Whale. In truth, she is a 2,000-year old alien.
Silk Hiding Steel: She looks like a dignified fairy tale princess, but is acknowledged to have an indomitable will even by Creed, who despises her. Her Spiria does not break even after repeatedly reliving the worst moments of her life.
Song Of Courage: Her lullaby. She used to sing it to Kunzite and even taught it to Iola when Hisui was still a child. When Kunzite first complimented her on the beauty of her voice, she took it as a sign that her knight is developing genuine feelings within his Spiria. She uses it to encourage him and make him believe his feelings can defeat Chlorseraph.
Walk, Don't Swim: Despite others thinking swimming is her specialty, she bashfully reveals her race's weight prevents her from swimming. She saves Hisui from drowning by walking at the bottom of the sea.
Weight Woe: She is evidently very heavy despite her skinny figure, as was common for her race. Reminding her of it gives her a Luminescent Blush, especially in front of Hisui.
One of the last survivors of the Quartz race, Creed is at the centre of events in Tales of Hearts. Two thousand years ago, Creed created Gardenia: a device that would end the wars raging across the world by calcifying any Spiria that held a desire to fight. Unfortunately, it worked too well and calcified everyone on the planet save for his lover Flora, and her sister Richea. Flora pulled a Heroic Sacrifice and became a Barrier Maiden to stop Gardenia, but Creed, distraught by her loss, attempted to force her back out at the cost of reviving Gardenia. Richea moved to stop him, and the ensuing battle separated their minds from their bodies. Since then, Creed and Richea have battled throughout the generations by jumping from body to body.At the beginning of the game, Creed is sealed within Shing's Spiria. The seal is broken by Incarose tapping into Shing's anger, and Creed fully possesses Shing until he returns to his real body. He then attempts once more to unseal Gardenia and save Flora.
Evil Counterpart: Shing thinks he would have ended up like Creed, if his parents and friends hadn't supported him all the way through.
Evil Is Not a Toy: He attempts to use Gardenia to revive the civilisation he accidentally destroyed. The party tries to tell him that it doesn't work like that. He tries anyway. Gardenia devours Flora. Cue complete mental breakdown.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Gardenia's Spiria is a copy of his own. The reason it absorbs all it finds is because it's seeking affection in the same way someone as lonely as Creed did. His inability to admit his weakness even at the face of Flora brings about his downfall.
A mysterious sorceress who is chasing after Kohaku Hearts. She murders Zex Meteoryte, shatters Kohaku's Spirtune and does everything in her power to piss off Shing and stop the party from reuniting the Spirtune pieces. She is a mechanical being similar to Kunzite, and was created to serve Creed. She is classified as a "Queen-Type" mechanoid, and is an experimental model with seven bodies linked to a single Spiria.
Two robotic brothers that serve Creed's faction. They are classed as "Ace-Type" mechanoids, the strongest fighting type. They can also resonate their artificial Spiria in order to boost their abilities, in a manner similar to the party. Chlorseraph is the one at the front with the twin blades; Clinoseraph is the one at the back with the stronger armour.
Axe Crazy: Both, but Clinoseraph is this in a more quiet way.
Undying Loyalty: Chlinoseraph's devotion to Flora runs even deeper than Kunzite's loyalty to Richea. To the point he sacrificed his Spiria for a chance to save her favourite bird and stabs his own brother because he considers him a danger to Flora.
A Robot Girl who serves as the Villainous Harlequin of Creed's faction. As a Joker-Type mechanoid, she's designed more for practical use and data-gathering rather than battle. She's obsessed with gathering information, and is driven more by curiosity than anything else.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Creed installed a program that had her follow his orders, but she was in fact very scared of him. She latches onto Richea as soon as the latter rescues her from him because of her kindness.
Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: With Beryl, of all people. Corrundum is the boke, Beryl is the very reluctant tsukkomi. The rest of the cast are left laughing.
Mega Twintails: And she hands you a Drill Ribbon if you're nice to her!
Second Supreme Empress of the Max Empire and Chalcedony's childhood friend.
Chained by Fashion: Her oversized imperial cape and chains are designed to invoked the aura of a caged bird, mirroring how trapped she feels.
Childhood Friend Romance: She even used to change Chalcedony's diapers! Too bad he became so distant as they grew up and pushed her weak mental state further. When she hears he reciprocates her feelings, she finally gets a grip.
Extreme Doormat: A result of being raised as a doll with no purpose other than to serve as a puppet empress. She tries to do something about it, but the warring factions simply threaten to send her away from the castle if she really gets in their way.
Green-Eyed Monster: Kohaku's Sorrow Spirune magnified her bottled-up feelings and made her madly jealous of her maid, who had found a new lover instead of wallowing in sadness like Marin does.
Interrupted Suicide: She tries to drown herself twice within the span of a few minutes, only for Shing to save her the first time and Gallando to stop her the second one.
Keigo: An early hint about her identity is the use of polite speech and the archaic pronoun "watakushi", usually reserved for high society.
Loners Are Freaks: She is described as the loneliest person in the world, which is the prime source of her angst.
Puppet Queen: And she knows. She lacks the spine to actually control the power struggle between the army and the church going on beneath her nose.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: But after Chalcedony reveals his true feelings, she finally breaks out of her meekness and orders the protection of the citizens. She then makes a public speech transmitted to the entire world where she acknowledges just how horrible a ruler she has been and that the support Chalcedony and her friends give her is enough to help her move. This motivates everyone and the entire populace manages to create a very powerful Soma Link via their connected emotions.
Stepford Smiler: Sports a very unsettling smile where she keeps her eyes constantly closed under the effects of the Sorrow Spirune. Thankfully, it goes away after she reveals she's positively miserable even without it.
True Blue Femininity: Blue dominates both her casual and empress outfits and she even has blue hair. She is perhaps the most traditionally feminine woman in the cast, and is actually royalty.
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Shing and Kohaku's attempts to get closer to her make her feel slightly better about herself, but they only act as a temporary band-aid to her larger problem.
Chalcedony's subordinates and official Crystal Knights of Squad 13. They start off antagonistic, but are slowly revealed to have a familial relationship with their captain.Tropes associated with the squad:
Kick Chick: Peridot's moveset uses fire spells and fiery kicks, mirroring Kohaku's style.
Number Two: Byrocks had a long history of being bullied until Chalcedony stuck up for him. He also basically acts as the captain's butler, considering he irons his clothes, cooks for him, cuts his hair and even helps change his clothing.
Supreme Chef: Byrocks is an astounding cook. He has failed to pass any knowledge of it to Chalcedony, however.
So Proud of You: Accompanied by comedic Tears of Joy shed by Byrocks in a skit when Chalcedony shows off his newly acquired cooking skills. Also present in their final goodbye to their captain, who has become a man they admire.
Voiced by: Rieko Takahashi
Richea's elder sister and the original inventor of Soma and the Cinderellion. She grew up with Creed and Richea in Wonderidel, but was opposed to their plans.
Absolute Cleavage: Rather ridiculous in her official art, where her breasts are seemingly suspended on their own. Her in-game model at least has the straps act as a sarashi of sorts.
Barrier Maiden: She sealed Gardenia from the inside by trading places with Richea as the monster's core. Richea acts as the seal to the "Forest of Thorns".
Friend to All Living Things: She adopted a small bird she found injured beneath its nest and is shown to be fond of the Fruelle spirits dwelling in Latwick Forest. She also opposed the forced conversion of the Quartzians and considered her mechanoid knights people instead of simple machines.
My Greatest Failure: She feels she never actually managed to teach Creed and Richea about the importance of emotions and forming bonds, leading to the Quartzian tragedy. Her final recording left inside the Forest of Thorns shows just what she thinks of herself:
"My name is Flora Spodune. A sad, foolish woman who could not even save her own family."
Ignored Expert: Despite her expertise on the subject of Spiria, neither Creed nor Richea took heed to her repeated warnings that Gardenia cannot be controlled. If it weren't for her emergency plan that sealed the beast...
The Lost Lenore: Creed's goal is to resurrect Quartz...and Flora. Chasing after her has been his prime objective for 2,000 years.
Posthumous Character: She's not exactly dead, but we only see her in flashbacks and a video recording. When we do finally see her in person, she's so drained from serving as Gardenia's seal that she barely manages to beg Creed to stop.