Characters: Tales of Rebirth
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The slightly antisocial Huma hero of Tales of Rebirth
. Veigue is a distant person of few words, but he softens up when around his childhood sweetheart Claire. Having grown up in Sulz, a village that treated Huma and Gajuma as equals, he is unaware of the racism that runs outside of his home. He possesses the Force of Ice.
- Awesome Yet Practical: A clear believer in this trope, due to the way he combines his Badass Longcoat with a breastplate.
- Blue Oni: His sullen and taciturn persona is presented as a contrast to both Mao and Tytree's sunny dispositions.
- BFS His sword is exceptionally large by Tales protagonist standards.
- Bonus Boss: He makes an appearance as a cameo boss in Tales of Graces.
- Cruel Mercy: Does this to Saleh. After Saleh's final defeat in battle, he wanted Veigue to finish the job, but Veigue — deciding that Saleh wasn't even worth killing — ignored him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Tytree. He repeatedly points out how talkative Tytree can get.
- Demoted to Extra: He's the frigging hero of Rebirth, yet he's mostly not included in spinoff games while his friends get in first. Case in points: Radiant Mythology 1 and Versus.
- Determinator: When it comes to rescuing Claire. Mao and Eugene often have to get angry at him just to make him rest or take a break from trying to rescue her.
- Flanderization: His original characterisation was The Stoic, but fandom tends to remember him as "that guy who yells "CLAIREEEEEEEEEEE!!!". This quickly reached Ascended Meme status, and in every Viva! Tales Of omake video, his original character is completely replaced by "yelling Claire's name a lot". See here.
- An Ice Person: Though his force of ice is actually counted as water elemental in the game. He gets a couple of wind and light Altered Artes when equipped with the appropriate spirit talisman.
- It Has Been an Honor: He tells Tytree as much during the final dungeon.
- Like Brother and Sister: When Tytree calls Claire his girlfriend, Veigue claims she is simply a childhood friend who later became his family. However, there are plenty of hints that their feelings may actually be romantic.
- Loners Are Freaks: His tendency to keep everything to himself leads to his Force going out of control and making Claire feel terrible. Tytree even notes that punches are the only way to get through to Veigue.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Deconstructed. The Body Swap between Claire and Agarte puts strain on his mind, causing him to find differentiating the two difficult. This leads to his Force going out of control and prompts his friends to beat some sense back into him. Once it's over, Claire runs off in order to avoid hurting him anymore.
- Memetic Mutation: His Say My Name tendencies almost rivals Suiseiseki. Well, almost... Also? If the PSP port's bonus DVD is anything to by, his friends treat it as an in-universe example.
- Mighty Glacier: His attack and defense are both high, but his attack speed and FG recovery are lower than the rest of the party. One of his refining skills that increases his speed can turn him into a Jack of All Stats.
- Punny Name: His name is a play of the word 'Vague'.
- Reused Character Design: Mao notes his resemblance to Woodrow/Garr (who was also designed by Mutsumi Inomata) in the "Dramatic Peach Pie" DVD.
- Say My Name: CLAIREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
- Shout-Out: His Hi-Ougi with Hilda, Celsius Calibur, makes his sword looks like BFS version of Soul Calibur. Add to the fact that Veigue is voiced by the guy who voiced Siegfried...
- The Stoic: His expression fails to change unless Claire is involved.
"The outside isn't important. What matters the most, is what's inside your heart."
Voiced by: Mio Yasuda
Veigue's childhood sweetheart, whose family adopted the boy as a young orphan. Claire is a beautiful, kind-hearted and optimistic Huma. She possesses no Force and does not participate in battle.
- Body Swap: Switches bodies with Agarte after the first act of the game.
- The Chick: No matter what happens, Claire always has the ability to lift the mood. Her side of the events shows her trying to lift the other girls' spirits, and they later thank her for it repeatedly.
- Disposable Woman: Zigzagged. In the beginning, her role is basically as a Plot Device to motivate Veigue into action, but she eventually comes to be the person who puts Agarte on the path to Character Development.
- Distressed Damsel: Saleh kidnaps her within ten minutes after the beginning of the game. The first act is spent trying to get her back.
- Harmless Freezing: Courtesy of Veigue's Force going out of control at the beginning of the game. She's perfectly fine when Mao melts the ice, however.
- The Load: When she travels with the party, she is treated as a guest character of sorts. She has titles and a description in the status screen, but never appears in combat.
- Name's the Same: As a certain regenerating cheerleader in Heroes.
- Non Action Girl: Justified. She has no Force and no military training. It's kind of impossible for her to fight anyone. That's not to say she doesn't stand up to anyone at all, though.
- Noodle People: But only in her official art. Outside of it, she's reasonably proportioned.
- Plucky Girl: During her kidnapping, she managed to keep her composure against Saleh. Oh, and then? She delivered a speech about the The Power of Love and The Power of Friendship to a crowd of angry villagers who intended to behead her... and then she decides to accompany the party into an Eldritch Location to take on the Final Boss despite the fact that she can't fight in order to support her friends. Non Action Chick she may be, but she's got ovaries of adamantium!
- Punny Name: Her name is a play of the word 'Clear'.
- Purity Personified: Nothing can shake her belief that people are the same and racial differences are essentially meaningless. Even Tytree and Eugene waver when presented with a trial, but Claire remains steadfast in her determination at the face of getting beheaded.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite all the things she goes through, her idealism is not actually shattered.
"The past isn't important. The future is!... Heh heh."
A young Huma boy with the Force of Fire. Mao has no memories of his past, and after being found wandering in Callegea Castle by Eugene, was taken into his care. Mao usually serves as the mood-maker of the group, and loves to sing. He is primarily a mage, specialising in Fire, Wind and Dark magic.
Tropes associated with Mao:
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Hilda and Tytree sometimes tease him about his lack of understanding when it comes to their interactions. The Sacred Beasts specifically made him like this in order to choose his own life.
- Artificial Human: Mao was created by the Sacred Beasts (specifically Fenia) as a being to observe people up close and determine whether they can carve their destiny.
- Badass Adorable: His cute act belies his ability to throw fireballs and dragons made of dark energy on the enemy's face.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't like being treated like a kid, and tends to throw a "siscon" insult on Tytree when the latter teases him.
- The Chick: He tends to be the mood maker and emotional center of the team.
- Elemental Powers: The Force of Fire, but he also has access to wind spells that tend to make the enemy change lines, and Darkness spells.
- Fiery Redhead
- Fun Personified: By far the perkiest person in the group, as evidenced by skits where he sings, tells scary stories and talks about food.
- Grand Theft Me: Mao is often subjected to this with the Sacred Beasts. Especially Shaorune.
- Little Mister Snarker: He gets some surprisingly smarmy lines in here and there.
- Magic Knight: One of his refining skills raises his attack value to the point it is equal to Veigue. Sadly, it doesn't last long.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Mao" means "nothing, void" in Ancient Callegean. Eugene gave him the name because no one knew anything about him, and because, as a blank slate, Mao is full of possibilities.
- "Orselg" means "Untainted Eye", signifying how Mao is innocent of any wordly knowledge and the Sacred Beasts' attempt to view society through the eyes of someone completely impartial.
- Sensor Character: Only narratively. He can detect Force reactions with his Force Cube. Veigue takes him along during an early dungeon for this reason.
- Shipper on Deck: Implies more than once that he's one for Tytree x Hilda.
- Tagalong Kid: Wherever Eugene goes, Mao follows.
- Zettai Ryouki
"I'm not impressed that you answered my question with a question."
A Panther Gajuma, Eugene is a powerful melee warrior with the Force of Steel. He was once a high-ranking general in the Callegia Kingdom Army, until the day that he was accused of the murder of a respected Kingdom doctor. Eugene admitted responsibility and the exile that followed, later working outside the system to discover the truth behind the suspicious actions of Agarte.
Tropes associated with Eugene:
- The Atoner: His whole motivation is to make up for killing Barrs and find out just what happened to him.
- Badass Adorable: While his actual "adorability" is doubtable, in Radiant Mythology, Tear describes him as "big, fluffy and cute" and desperately wants to hug him
- The Big Guy and The Smart Guy
- Blade on a Stick
- Cool Old Guy
- Death Seeker: He offers to let Annie kill him to avenge Doctor Barrs once his investigation is complete. The Power of Friendship ultimately wins, however.
- Elemental Powers:
- Fantastic Racism: He's a victim of it from Annie. He later develops a Superpowered Evil Side that is very racist and more or less wants to eradicate all Humas, although he does his best to keep it at bay until the power of Randgriz helps him to vanquish it completely.
- Genius Bruiser
- Lightning Bruiser: He's the token big guy but he attacks faster than Veigue.
- Panthera Awesome
- Promotion to Parent: He's pretty much Mao's father figure.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. He has black furs, his voice is rather gruff that makes him gives out this vibe (doesn't help that he is voiced by Unshō Ishizuka, voice behind another Scary Black Man: Jet Black. However, not only he is calm (if he's not berserked), he's one of the most sensible, amiable and forgiving party member).
- Static Character: Lampshaded in a skit. Everyone else goes through Character Development, Eugene is the one who's still the Cool Old Guy Team Dad at the end of the story. He's okay with that.
- Superpowered Evil and Racist Side: Thanks to Geyorkias... The Power of Friendship helps him to defeat it, however.
- Team Dad: Lampshaded by Mao.
- Tragic Hero
- Unstoppable Rage: As a result of Geyorkias' power going haywire, he ends up developing a Superpowered Evil Side that he keeps at bay by murdering the bajeezus out of Viruses.
- Walking the Earth: What he does after exile and the ending.
"I will avenge my father, no matter what it takes."
A Huma teenager with the Force of Rain. She is the daughter of Doctor Barrs, a respected Kingdom doctor who was supposedly murdered by Eugene. Because of this, Annie despises all Gajuma and is on a mission to avenge her father's death.
Tropes associated with Annie:
Huma labourer with the Force of Plant. When Tytree's beloved sister is kidnapped by the Four Stars, his Force goes berserk until brought under control by Veigue's party. Tytree joins up to help rescue his sister, and immediately becomes one of the most positive members of the party, believing in the power of justice and equality between races.
Tropes associated with Tytree:
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Complimenting his moveset are kicks and a crossbow.
- Crazy Awesome: Deliberately invoked. From a combat standpoint, this guy is just amazing. He's expert in hand-to-hand combat, can create geysers by uppercutting or small tremors by hitting the ground, and even has a bow-gauntlet that can shoot lasers. Not to mention he's one of the more lighthearted members of the party... Oh, yeah, and did we also mention that he's one of the single most awesomely cool, friendly and affable dudes around? Sadly, however, Rebirth is one of the Darker and Edgier Tales games (complete with Bittersweet Ending) and so, for all his awesomeness, Tytree can't solve quite as many problems as he wishes he could.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Out of all the heroes, he's the first one chosen to wield the power of a Sacred Beast: specifically the power of darkness.
- Duel Boss: He started the trend for Tales heroes to fight a rival to a remix of the opening theme.
- Elemental Powers:
- Fragile Speedster: He is the fastest party member and can pin enemies on the spot very well, but his durability is limited.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: His legendary "socking" scene with Veigue.
- Good Old Fisticuffs
- Idiot Hero: In a change from usual Tales games, Tytree is the Idiot Hero instead of the main character.
- Justice Will Prevail: Doesn't spout about justice much, but his actions and attitude clearly screams this.
- Lampshade Hanging: Several of his artes use the Kanji for "stupid". Huh...
- Large Ham: Gives Stahn a run for his money.
- Lethal Chef: Well, his food tastes good... But he tends to make it with rotten or poisonous ingredients, mistaking them for good ones.
- Likes Older Women: Possibly... Mao likes to tease him about having a thing for Hilda, but he denies it.
- Little Brother Instinct: "Siscon/Sister Complex" is one of his traits.
- Love Freak
- The Power of Friendship: One of his main weapons.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Actually delivers a heroic version to Saleh. Except that it doesn't really work...
- Red Oni
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Name a single problem he doesn't try to solve through some form of shouting heroic things. We'll wait.
- Wild Hair
"Neither Huma nor Gajuma will accept a Half like me. But I will definitely make Tohma pay!"
A mysterious wandering fortune teller. She first meets the party as an adversary working for the Four Stars under Tohma, only to be betrayed. Though mature and intelligent, Hilda holds a particularly bitter viewpoint of the world and a tormented past. She possesses the Force of Lightning.
Tropes associated with Hilda:
- All of the Other Reindeer: As a Half, she is discriminated against by both Huma and Gajuma. Suffered this during childhood, and remains one of her main problems throughout the game.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Divine Saber, which she gains through her Sacred Beast trial to obliterate her Enemy Without.
- Break the Cutie: Her entire backstory is just one long series of cutie-breaking moments.
- Broken Bird: Discrimination, abandonment, rejection...you name it. Hilda has gone through it all.
- Cool Big Sis: Subverted. Her emotional issues mean that she's not quite as "cool" as Annie seems to think she is. She eventually matures into the real deal.
- Defeat Means Friendship: How she's recruited into the party.
- Elemental Powers: Her main element is lightning, but she also uses earth and water spells. Her Arcane Artes include ice, a fusion of water and earth. She also inherits Gillione's power.
- Enemy Without: Her Sacred Beast trial involves her fighting the manifestation of all her darker emotions. She eventually nukes it with Divine Saber.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Offspring of a Huma and Gajuma, called a Half. She looks human, though she has an antelope's ears and horns.
- Interspecies Romance: Revealed in her backstory. She had a crush on a Huma, who refused to be with her because of the racial difference. It led to her cutting off her horns.
- Lady of Black Magic: Elegant and composed (most of the time), with the most powerful offensive spells in the game. Her great range is counterbalanced by her long casting times.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: And how. She's left for dead and told she'd worthless before defecting to the protagonists' side.
- Nice Hat: It's actually used to cover up her Half nature.
- Squishy Wizard: Along with Annie, she has the lowest defence in the game. Her Lightning Rod ability at least prevents enemy combos on her.
- The Stoic
- Tykebomb: Tohma trains her to be one.
- The Woobie: Ultimately defied in-universe by the end of the game, when she takes a confident and very heroic "Don't You Dare Pity Me!" attitude towards her status as a Half.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives a truly heartwarming one at the end of the game when she decides that she won't hide her status as a Half and will live proudly and openly from now on.
- You Killed My Father: She eventually learns that Tohma murdered her parents so he could use her as his Tykebomb. She is pissed when she discovers it.
Kingdom of Callegea
A cat Gajuma, and the current ruler of the Kingdom of Callegea. She inherited the throne after the death of her father, King Ladras Lindblum. On her orders, the Four Stars kidnap the most beautiful Huma girls across the kingdom and imprison them in her castle. She is in love with her general, Milhaust Selkirk, but dares not voice her affection.She possesses the Force of Moon, which can be used to swap bodies with someone. At the urging of Zilva, she sought to use her Force to obtain a Huma body, as she believed that it was impossible for a Gajuma and a Huma to become romantically involved and that becoming a Huma was the only way she could be together with Milhaust.
"A wavering heart begets a hesitant sword."
The general of the Callegea Kingdom Army. Milhaust is possibly the most powerful Huma soldier in the world; possessing unmatched prowess in battle despite having no Force. He is a good and honourable man who serves his kingdom faithfully and although his duty sometimes brings him into conflict with Veigue and his party, their encounters are rarely antagonistic.
- The Ace: Zigzagged. He starts out as one, then his wavering resolve puts him on the path to being a Broken Ace, then he starts to get on back on track by the game's ending.
- Badass Normal: And how. He's a Huma with no Force, he can easily own Veigue and has his own solo Hi-Ougi in a game where Hi-Ougis are done between two people.
- Bodyguard Crush: Implied to have on on Agarte as the ending draws closer.
- Duel Boss: Given away by the Spoiler Opening.
- Foil: To Veigue. Both are dedicated to a woman in their lives, first out of a sense of duty and later out of love. Also, on a more superficial level, they both wield greatswords.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. He never fights without his helmet on and his visor down.
- I Let You Win: Veigue realises after their final confrontation that Milhaust was holding back; his own conflicted heart preventing him from fighting at full strength.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- My Country, Right or Wrong
- The Rival: To Veigue.
- Shadow Archetype: Zigzagged. In the beginning of the game's second half, Veigue effectively becomes his due to his conflicting ideals about how to protect Claire whereas Milhaust always seems to know exactly what to do about everything. By the end, the roles are reversed as Veigue gets over his issues and Milhaust becomes clouded with doubts.
"Scum like you have no place in my world."
Voiced by: Mari Mashiba
The senior advisor and confidant to Agarte Lindblum. Prior to this, she served the previous king- Agarte's father-in the same role up until his death.
The Four Stars
The Four Stars are an elite division of the Callegea Kingdom Army who serve directly under Agarte Lindblum. Their actions frequently place them in an antagonistic role against Veigue and his party.
- Co-Dragons: Collectively serve as this to Agarte. But actually Zilva.
- Dual Boss: They love pulling Veigue's party into these. The final confrontation with them is against all four at once.
- Leitmotif: "Scutum", which comes in multiple flavours depending on the mood of the scene, including two battle mixes.
"Claire, Claire, Claire! ...You sound like an idiot!"
A cruel Huma who delights in causing suffering to others. He possesses the Force of Storm and is partnered with Tohma.
"I've no use for weaklings."
A brutish bull Gajuma who hides an evil, manipulative intellect. He possesses the Force of Magnet and is partnered with Saleh.
''"There is no place for a Half in this world."
A Half who serves in the Four Stars. Though a kind friend to Hilda, she is slavishly dedicated to the Four Stars as she believes (due to the brainwashing
of Tohma) that it is the only place a Half can be accepted. She possesses the Force of Rainbow and is partnered with Waltu.
"I have sworn an oath of loyalty to Callegea. Even if it is the Commander, I cannot overlook someone who has turned his back on his country."
A bat Gajuma who is good friends with Eugene. He is an honourable man who fights in the name of the Kingdom of Callegea. He possesses the Force of Sound and is partnered with Militsa.
"My duty is to deliver peace to this earth. To that end, I will eradicate all Humas."
The King of the Sacred Beasts. He believes that the Huma race is the source of all evil in the world, and wishes to wipe them out completely.
- Barrier Maiden: Turns out that he and the other Sacred Beasts have been working overtime to keep Yuris in check.
- Beam Spam: Uses variations of it to cover the whole stage. The simplest version covers only one line, but he can also shoot one that covers all lines at the edge.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to the influence of Yuris.
- Disc One Final Boss: His defeat comes at the climax of act 1. In true Tales fashion, there is a lot more to do after that.
- Dual Boss: His complete form serves alongside Zilva as a Bonus Boss in Cyglorg's Chambers.
- Light 'em Up: His special attack, Severity Overlord. It's unavoidable and hits for tons of damage, so expect a Total Party Kill without an invincibility recipe or guarding.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Not once, but twice. His actions were meant to prevent the world from falling into chaos, and he believes the issue would be solved if only one race remained. He tried the same thing during the ancient war. The reason he intends to wipe out Huma in particular is because they attempted to enslave the Gajuma and caused the ancient war to break out.
A being of darkness created from the negative thoughts of Huma and Gajuma. If left unchecked, its power could grow to consume the world entirely.
- As Long as There Is Evil: The Sacred Beasts warn that it might rise again if the feelings that gave birth to it should grow out of control.
- Beam Spam: Always starts the battle with one. It uses a less powerful version throughout the first half of the fight, but at lower HP, its beams hit a very large area.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Elemental Powers: Capable of using the Prism Stars, Shining Gate, Nova Explosion and Dimensional Material Maxwell extensions, though not consecutively. Its perpetual eye mooks also use high-level elemental spells.
- Flunky Boss: Yuris is one of the few enemies that is entirely static. To compensate for that, it summons eyeballs named "Yuris's Eyes" at set intervals. When its HP drops, the number of eyes increases, and they begin casting high level spells.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: His presence is only revealed in the last act of the game.
- Hate Plague
- The Heartless
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His influence is suppressed by the Force of Moon and the Sacred Beasts. A sidequest reveals it is sealed inside a royal jewel called "The Moon of Goldoba.".
- The Speechless: Yuris does not make any sound, not even during the final battle. The only time sound effects are present is during the time it is summoned, and it sounds more like unitelligible hissing.