Characters: Tales of Symphonia

The characters from the game Tales of Symphonia.

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Playable Characters

     Lloyd Irving 

Lloyd Irving

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Scott Menville (EN, Symphonia), Brian Beacock (EN, all other appearances)

"Dwarven Vow #1: Let's all work together for a peaceful world"

A 17-year-old human who was raised by a dwarf, Lloyd leaves his home town of Iselia to follow his childhood friend Colette on her World Regeneration Travel after having been banished from the village, where he's held responsible for the attack they suffered from the Desians. At the beginning of the game, Lloyd is a typical overly idealistic Idiot Hero, but he grows upon discovering the world as it is, making his idealism into a goal to save both worlds and everyone living inside it.

Tropes associated with Lloyd:
  • Accidental Misnaming: After Zelos refers to Lloyd as "his bud", Sebastian starts referring to him as Sir Bud. By Dawn Of The New World, the king of Tethe'alla is calling him Bud as well.
  • Accidental Pervert: Lloyd received the title "Peeping Tom" when he caught Zelos (who ran when the girls heard noises) spying on the girls in the the hot spring scene. Evolves to a sort-of Running Gag in spin-off games: He gets pulled into these situations in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology as well as in Dawn of the New World.
    • Gets flanderized in some other games where he becomes an actual pervert.
  • Adorkable
  • All-Loving Hero
  • Always Save the Girl: Played with.
  • Asleep in Class / Good Morning, Crono: Lloyd does this once, notable in that he falls asleep, standing up, while also holding a bucket full of water in each hand. He's woken up when Raine (his teacher) throws an eraser into his face.
  • Badass: Becomes a big one as the story progresses.
  • Berserk Button: Don't badmouth Anna.
  • Blow You Away: The only element he can learn naturally in the original game.
  • Book Dumb: Lloyd is not as stupid as he's generally made out to be. He doesn't know much in terms of pure information, but he's got a lot of raw intelligence and can generally sous out an answer with logic and reason.
  • Chaste Hero: Until the sequel.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Colette.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Thanks to the OVA, we find out that Lloyd is actually quite buff underneath that turtleneck.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: After the sidequest in which the princess is saved, Colette asks if Lloyd "likes girls like the princess". Lloyd proceeds to dig himself in, briefly hop out, and then jump back in to dig again.
  • Disappeared Dad: Raised by the dwarf Dirk, whom he grew to call father, but his real father, Kratos, thought he died together with his mother, and never sought him after the incident.
  • The Ditz: Most of the time.
  • Does Not Like Tomatoes
  • Dual Wielding: Done out of a belief that having two swords makes him twice as powerful as if he has one. The fact that dual-wielding is an unusual combat style is lampshaded by Kratos at one point; Lloyd's (rather poorly thought-out) response is the trope's page quote.
  • Dumb Is Good: He's not quite as stupid as he acts, but he's Book Dumb and a lot friendlier than Genis, Raine or Kratos.
  • Everyone Has Standards: "Dwarven Vow #7: Goodness and Love will always win." He's a Wide-Eyed Idealist and even he thinks it's corny.
  • Genius Ditz: Is quite skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to using Dwarven technology. He can also do a surprisingly good job unlocking doors or stopping strange devices...
  • Hachimaki: Is that what that utterly ridiculous neck-tie-thing he's always sporting is?
  • Happily Adopted: By Dirk who he has no trouble calling 'dad'.
  • Heroic BSOD
    • Suffers one after Colette loses her soul.
    • He also has a brief one after discovering that Kratos is his father.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Genis.
  • Hostage For Macguffin: Lloyd, of all people, is at one point held hostage so Kratos will give Yuan the Eternal Sword.
  • Idiot Savant: Although it's clear he isn't able to grasp other studies, he is still quite a skilled artisan, crafting jewelry and, more importantly, key crests for Exspheres, often in less than a day, sometimes against adverse situations, like crafting one already embedded in Presea's body.
  • I Gave My Word: Why he's so dead-set on going back to the Iselia ranch is because he promised to save Chocolat, despite there being somewhat more important matters going on at the time.
  • Idiot Hero: At first. This changes once Character Development settles in and he becomes more of a Messianic Archetype and a great leader instead. That said, his problem was almost always an unwillingness to think and learn rather than an inability to, and the famous and largely-pre-development "Coffee Mind Screw" shows early on that he is capable of great cunning.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very quick and has good attack power.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Has this pulled on him, though his father himself wasn't responsible for The Reveal. Lloyd even does the "NO!!!" shout.
  • Likes Older Women: Becomes this in Dawn of the New World, unless you pair him up with Colette. He'll still comment on the attractiveness of older women if you do.
  • Nice Guy: Moreso in the game than in the OVA.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
  • No Infantile Amnesia: He reveals in one skit to Kratos that he remembers being held by his father and watching stars together. Since then he always made sure to count stars on the night sky. He was about 3 years old when he lost his parents. It does seem, though, that while he does remember this, he doesn't remember it that clearly — otherwise, he would have recognised his father when they first met.
  • Not So Different: To Mithos, as Kratos notes if you talk to him at Flanoir, as well as in the OVAs. The only difference is that while Mithos gave up and never tried to fix his mistakes, Lloyd never gave up and he keeps trying to fix what went wrong and succeeds.
    • Also to Sheena. Lloyd is the hero of the Sylvarant group, Sheena is the leader of the Tethe'alla group, both of them end up changing the world by their reluctance to make sacrifices.
  • Oblivious to Love: Especially where Sheena is concerned. Ultimately, subverting this trope is completely up to the player.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Can wield twin fans as his Joke Weapon.
  • Playing with Fire: Retconned as his primary element in the sequel.
  • Power Gives You Wings
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a pretty cutting one to Dorr, then later one to Yggdrasill.
  • Red Is Heroic
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Genis, Kratos, and Regal. Empathised with Kratos by obtaining (PS2 version only) extra costumes of legendary rivals Musashi and Kojiro.
  • Rogue Protagonist: One of the main plots in Dawn of the New World.
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Shock and Awe
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Lloyd is practically the poster boy of this trope, showing all sides of the conflict that there's always a better way to do things or another option they always had instead of just being apathetic to what's happening or choosing an morally bad option that would end up changing nothing.
  • Small Steps Hero: No matter how minor the injustice, in spite of more pressing concerns, if there's trouble nearby, Lloyd will step in try to make it right.
    "How can we go on a journey to regenerate the world if we can't even save the people standing right in front of us?"
  • Smart Ball: Lloyd will occasionally be handed the intelligence ball that will give him spontaneous moments of insight before he turns back into a moron again. These moments become more common later in the game, such as when after releasing all the seals, he gets the idea to blast the tree with Tethe'alla's summon spirits' energy, and when, shortly thereafter, he remembers that Chocolat was taken to Iselia.
  • Spam Attack: Lloyd has by far the most of these, though they're something of a mixed bag; spam attacks are one of the best ways to get an enemy spellcaster to "flinch" out of their incantation, but enemies that can go into Overlimit do so based on the number of hits they've taken. Lloyd tends to burn through his TP reserve quickly as a result.
  • Standing in the Hall: While not in the hall, he is shown holding buckets of water at the beginning of the game. In fact, the game starts with Lloyd getting an eraser thrown at his head because he fell asleep while doing this. Hilariously enough, he hadn't put the buckets down while he was asleep, either. They were still a good three inches off the ground while he was snoozing.
  • Sword Beam: Demon Fang, his first technique and the one he tends to use in scenes.
  • Tell Me About My Mother
  • The Blacksmith: The son of one. He's learnt well, as he can craft, do machinery and pick locks.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: The duel against Kratos.
  • Took a Level in Badass
  • The Unchosen One
  • Unskilled, but Strong: At the beginning of the game.
  • Two Belts, although it's justified in that he carries two swords.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He doesn't realize that he actually does this by trying to get recognized by Kratos, as Kratos is his father.
    "I'm sorry, Dad..."
  • You Can't Go Home Again
  • You Killed My Mother: Lloyd tries, dealing a serious wound to Kvar, but Kratos infamously one-ups him for the kill. It later turns out that Kratos had a higher rating on the Scale of Justified Revenge.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Wants to save both worlds instead of one. He gets this as a title.

     Colette Brunel 

Colette Brunel

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (JP), Heather Hogan-Watson (EN)

"Even if I lose my body, my heart will still be free".

Lloyd's childhood friend was raised with the knowledge that she was The Chosen One, and, when the time came, she'd go on "a journey to regenerate the world," where humans are often treated by cattle by the Desians, an organization comprising mostly of half-elves. She's a naive, sweet, cheerful girl with an incredibly large martyr complex: regenerating the world implies becoming an angel, and "becoming an angel" means "dying by inches."

She originally tries to dissuade Lloyd from following her, then hides the truth from him as long as she can, but he manages to change her mind when he prevents her from dying, and then reprimands her on her acceptance of her fate. From this moment on, Colette is Lloyd's most constant support.

Tropes associated with Colette:

     Genis Sage 

Genius/Genis Sage

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN, Symphonia), Tara Sands (EN, Dawn of the New World)

Lloyd's other childhood friend, Genis is a young elven boy who was raised by his sister. The ambient racism against half-elves forced them to hide their half-elf nature and pretend to be pure-blooded elves. Genis is the first to break the law in order to help a human from a Desian human ranch, which resulted in Iselia being attacked and Lloyd and he being exiled as a punishment. He's extremely clever, making him often quite sarcastic and arrogant toward Lloyd, and later Zelos, but he also starts out just as idealistic as his best friend.

Of the party, Genis is the one who struggles the most with racism. Rejected and reviled by both humans and elves, he sympathizes the most with the Big Bad's goal. However, he never crosses the line, and chooses to trust Lloyd with building a world where everyone will be treated equally.

Tropes associated with Genis:

    Kratos Aurion 

Kratos Aurion

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Cam Clarke (EN)

A stoic mercenary who just happens to be passing through the vicinity to save the Chosen's life and be offered the job of protecting her during her journey. Kratos speaks little, smiles less, and gets angry once every blue moon; this, combined with his superb swordsmanship, makes him the epitome of Badass according to Genis, but a perpetual thorn in Lloyd's side, who tries his best to earn the older man's respect.

When it looks like he finally has it, of course, Kratos betrays you and hands over Colette to the Big Bad. Turns out he was working for him all along and is really an angel, none of which explains why he spends the second part of the game cryptically helping the party out.

He's finally revealed to be Lloyd's father, who Lloyd has to duel in order to release Origin's Seal, after he admits to having been helping the heroes so he could atone for his sins; more precisely, going back to the Big Bad after being forced to kill his wife who had been turned into a monster.

Tropes associated with Kratos:

    Raine Sage 

Refill/Raine Sage

Voiced by: Yumi Touma (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN, Symphonia), Tara Platt (EN, all other appearances)

Genis' older sister who took care of him after they were abandoned by their mother. Raine is Iselia's schoolteacher, and she leaves to accompany Colette on her journey before Lloyd and Genis do. She starts off as very cynical, but over the course of the game, she trusts Lloyd more and more to achieve his idealistic world.

It's later revealed that Raine and Genis were born in Tethe'alla. Their parents abandoned them at the Otherworldly Gate, one of the two poles between the two worlds, when Genis was an infant. An optional event has them reunite with their mother, who has gone mad with grief. Through her diary, they leave the experience with the knowledge that their parents did love them, and were trying to save them from the persecution faced by half-elves in Tethe'alla.

Tropes associated with Raine:
  • Action Girl: When she starts learning offensive spells, she tends to use them most often and has been known to tear shit apart. She's also shown kicking some ass in the anime opening.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Averted; although she gets incredibly excited about ancient ruins, she usually insists on their preservation.
  • Agent Scully: A minor example, but she is very skeptical when Sheena first explains she is from Tethe'alla, even though Sheena possesses the lost summoning arts.
  • Angst Coma: In the anime. Kind of handwaved as being from illness, but the timing was very conveniently at a properly angsty moment.
  • Anime Hair: Like her little brother.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Berserk Button: People trying to do harm to ruins will regret it very soon...
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Loves technology and ancient artifacts a little too much at times...
  • Character Filibuster:
    • Casually belittling historical events is practically begging for lecture.
    • During one scene, she starts a long-winded lecture about an ancient site. After a few sentences, the game lets you wander around while she continues. Her lecture doesn't stop until you stumble upon some guys trying to blow the site up, even if you reach the end of it... because Colette asks her to repeat it.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: During the party's first night at Triet, Raine pulls out a pile of old ruin pieces, all of which either were mentioned earlier or get mentioned later:
    • A jeweled sword from the Martel Temple, where her ruin mania was first implied;
    • A holy vase from the Balacruf Masoleum, which Zelos knocks over just as the party is thinking that maybe she'll calm down;
    • A priest's crown from the Asgard ruins, sold to Koton to get the last Devil's Arm;
    • Yellow ore from the Hima mines, which Lloyd fashions that night to provide her with an Exsphere mount.
  • Combat Medic: To some extent. She's very poor in physical combat, but her Photon and Ray spells (especially Ray) have very good offensive capabilities.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not a physical fighter, but Raine certainly has the right mindset. To increase her Relationship Values, you must make pragmatic choices, such as saying that Sheena's an enemy, or the journey of regeneration takes precedence over freeing the prisoners at the Palmacosta ranch.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Deadpan Snarker: Easily one of the snarkiest.
    Raine: Men are so useless these days.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Detached Sleeves: In her "Maiden" outfit.
  • For Science!!: Played for Laughs a lot of the time, but she gets very excited over Ruins. In Tethe'alla, she's similarly enthusiastic about it's technology and Summon Spirits. She even jokingly mentions wanting to do tests on Corrine.
  • Freudian Excuse
    • Her fascination on old ruins and civilizations? One skit after the reunion scene in Exire theorizes that she was trying to find the Otherworldly Gate, and by extension, her parents.
    • Her fear of water is also connected to this, as once when escaping the Imperial Research Lab, she fell off the boat she was on with her parents and almost drowned.
  • Half-Human Hybrid
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Frequently does this for the other characters, as she is probably the most rational member of the group, outside of Kratos and Regal.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: She pulls this off in-universe. When the group has to approach the unicorn to acquire its horn, Raine is the only one of the three girls present who can't approach it. Why? "Because (she's) an adult". To be fair, this could also have to do with her hydrophobia, since the unicorn was in the middle of a lake.
    • Also, In Asgard, after the Fake Summon Spirit of Wind is defeated, she goes to Aisha and Linar's house to decode the map and the scene cuts to the next day. However, Linar claims she solved the map 'in seconds'...
  • Hello, Nurse!: Less than Sheena, but Raine gets this attention at times, and had a fanclub in Iselia. Overlaps with Sexy Mentor. She has a fanclub in Asgard, too.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has a minor one in Palmacosta after you defeat Kilia and Dorr dies. She can be heard asking herself, "My healing arts cannot save a single life?"
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • Light 'em Up: Her three attack spells: Photon, Ray, and Holy Lance.
  • Kick Chick: Not in battle, but in several cutscenes she kicks people who piss her off (Lloyd being the first person). In Asgard she kicks Harley in the stomach three times in the same scene!
  • Lethal Chef: Because she always experiments by adding bizarre ingredients; lampshaded in-game when she earns the "Passable Chef?" title for maxing out her cooking skill. Part of her problem is that she tries to invent new ways to cook or different dishes, such as chocolate-covered lemons.
  • The Medic: Kratos, Zelos, and Regal all also have healing abilities, but Raine is The Medic of the lot. Subverts the pacifism aspect of the trope, being one of the more cold and pragmatic members of the party. Notably, the teens have to do some arm-twisting before she is willing to heal an apparent enemy (Sheena).
  • Missing Mom
  • Nature Adores a Virgin: Potentially. In the quest where the heroes must choose a pure maiden to make contact with a submerged unicorn, she says she can't do it herself and either Sheena or Colette must do so. When pressed on the issue, she merely replies "I'm an adult," leading Lloyd and Genis to stare at each other in utter confusion with comically blank looks on their faces. Though it could just be because of her dislike of water, rather than the obvious implication.
    • However during the Devil's Arm sidequest, when obtaining the Heart of Chaos, she trades a priest's crown from the Asgard ruins citing it had to many memories and refuses to elaborate implying that she may indeed have had a lover.

  • Odd Friendship: With Sheena. At first, the two come off as Headbutting Heroes, but they eventually become a lot closer and supportive, such as Sheena rushing to help save Raine and Genis in Tethe'alla, and when Raine attempts to calm Sheena down in the temple of lightning.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father is dead and her mother lives, but has since forgotten that she's older than an infant after abandoning her to protect her from the Imperial Research Academy.
  • Personality Powers: As mentioned above, she's a notable aversion, as she is a healer and uses light-based magic, but is something of a Kuudere with a pragmatic, ocassionally severe approach to things, such as she and Regal agreeing that sacrifices must be made for Lloyd to defeat Yggdrasill, even though they know Lloyd himself would never agree to it. She also is happy to dish out a Dope Slap to Lloyd or Genis whenever they behave immaturely, which ironically makes her one of the most violent members of the group.
  • Promotion to Parent
  • Secret Keeper: She's the only one of the party (except Kratos) who knew that becoming an Angel meant that Colette would die. She kept quiet about it on Colette's request, but also because the world had to be regenerated.
  • The Smart Girl
  • Stern Teacher: She is noted for being cool, strict, and practical, and even smacking her students around when they're being particularly stupid. Which makes it a very sweet moment when, late in the game, she admits that she's so hard on the hero in particular because she knows he's strong enough to handle it, and wants to see him grow up strong.
  • Student Teacher Romance: Defied. Zelos certainly fantasises that this is the case but, while she has a fan-club of young students, Raine doesn't go for the younger man... unless you max out her relationship value with Lloyd.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Team Mom: not a leader in any sense, but she's the most likely to get on people's cases for messing around too much. She and Regal are also the ones who have the private conversation about how Lloyd must succeed, even if it requires some Heroic Sacrifices along the way...
    • One of her titles is "Sisterly Love", where Genis trips in the Triet Ruins and has Raine both scolding and fussing over him. Lloyd mentions he can't tell if she's angry or relieved, and the title description calls Raine both a mother and a sister to Genis.
  • White Mage
  • Why Did It Have To Be Water?: She... really doesn't do very well around water. Ironically, the sequel made this her elemental affinity.

    Sheena Fujibayashi 

Sheena Fujibayashi

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (JP), Jennifer Hale (EN, Symphonia), Megan Hollingshead (EN, Dawn of the New World)

Sheena starts as a sympathetic antagonist; her first attempt to kill Colette fails due to her own clumsiness, and subsequent meetings highlight her niceness and sincerity as a person. It comes as no surprise when she joins the party after discovering what's going on in Sylvarant human farms. Later, she reveals she comes from the ninja village of Mizuho, from the parallel world of Tethe'alla; in spite of her attachment to her world and her village, she consistently picks the 'right' choice over blindly following her orders, even when she knows she will be punished for it. Her powers as a Summoner are essential to the second half of the game.

She's easily one of the most idealistic characters of the game, and one of Lloyd's staunchest supporters. However, it's revealed that she has a particularly angsty backstory - feeling responsible for the death of about a quarter of her village when she couldn't make a pact with the Spirit of Lightning, at age nine. Most people in the village blame her for this, including one of her childhood friends who then tries to kill her. This resulted in almost crippling lack of confidence and guilt, but she eventually manages to overcome them, helped mostly by Lloyd, Colette, Zelos and the choice her village made to trust her.

She has feelings for Lloyd, but he doesn't get it. Her interactions with Zelos imply that there's also something going on between them and they've clearly known each other for quite some time, though whether they used to just be good friends when they were younger or even dated at one point is never actually stated in the game.

Tropes associated with Sheena:
  • Absolute Cleavage: Especially her beach outfit.
  • Action Girl: The standout case in this game. She starts as a Dark Action Girl, but she soon joins Lloyd's side.
  • Adorkable: She can be, especially when she's embarrassed or falling into a hole.
  • Badass: She fires the Mana Cannon. Need we say more?
    • She then proceeds to do her own variation without the magitechnology helping her out.
  • Berserk Button: When Volt kills Corrine, she SNAPS.
    • She gets angry at sexist remarks, as well.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Colette's Betty.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At Kvar's ranch.
    • She's also the one who busts the party out of the Imperial Research Academy.
  • Blow You Away: Only in the sequel, where it becomes her primary element.
  • Bokukko: In Japanese, her speech patterns are masculine. Basically, she talks like how a boy would.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To Lloyd, especially in her ending.
  • Cry Cute: When Corrine dies.
    • Also, if you pick Kratos in Flanoir, she breaks down in tears after you kill Zelos.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Not as much as Colette, or, rather, she's not so much clumsy as it is there's a running gag of trap doors opening under her.
  • Daddy's Girl: Well, adoptive Grandfather, but she's very close to the Chief of Mizuho and refers to him as 'Grandpa'.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Death Dealer
  • Dual Boss: Fights alongside a guardian when you face her as a boss.
    • Also justifies her Redemption Demotion: She ran out of guardian seals right before she joins the party!
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Fragile Speedster: However, she's not the fastest character in the game. That'd be Lloyd.
  • Foil: To Colette, in some ways. Both are idealistic women doing questionable things (to themselves or others) to save their world. They're both kind of clumsy. And, not coincidentally, they're the most popular love interests.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Taking the Hard Path and getting Sheena early on will result in extra scenes, dialogue, and more foreshadowing.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon
  • Glass Cannon
  • Good Thing You Can Summon: Her summoning skills get the party out of bad situations several times, most notably when they jump off the Grand Tethe'alla bridge.
  • Happily Adopted: By the chief of Mizuho.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Hello, Nurse!: Lampshaded mercilessly by Zelos. Sheena herself tends to get uncomfortable or defensive when people hit on her.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has one in the Temple of Lightning when Corrine dies. She does managed to snap out of it when Lloyd gives her a Get Ahold Of Yourself Man speech, but several Z-skits imply she's pretty emotionally shattered for a small while after.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to do this at the Otherwordly Gate, offering to let Kuchinawa kill her in exchange for letting everyone else go. Lloyd, Zelos and Colette are not exactly happy with this, but luckily, they manage to escape to Sylvarant before Sheena can go through with it.
    • Happens again in Welgaia, when she falls through a trap intended for Lloyd. Like everyone else, she catches up before the final battle.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja
  • Hitman with a Heart: She was sent to Sylvarant to kill Colette, after all, but she just can't go through with it.
  • Improbable Weapon User
  • Kamehamehadoken: Her "impression of the Mana Cannon", though it leaves her extremely drained.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: After Volt kills Corrine.
  • Light 'em Up: The only one she learns naturally which isn't a summon.
  • My Greatest Failure: Her failure to make a pact with Volt, who killed a quarter of Mizuho's population and put her surrogate father in a coma. Not to mention, Sheena was only seven years old when this happened.
  • Ninja
  • Odd Friendship: With Raine. They are rather antagonistic with each other at first, but by the time the Tethe'alla half of the plot begins they're actually good friends.
  • Parental Abandonment: She views the Chief of Mizuho as her father, but her real parents abandoned her in the Gonorrchia forest, aka: The Forest of Death.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Regal in Dawn of the New World. The two are rarely seen apart.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The reason she failed to make a pact with Volt, besides her inexperience, was that she couldn't understand Volt's language.
    • Averted when Lloyd asks her why she's so hell-bent on preventing the World Regeneration, Sheena replies, "''This'' world will be saved!" allowing Raine and Kratos to figure out Sheena's real identity.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Played with. She's not opposed to looking good - just looking like "one of Zelos' cheap floozies."
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: For Lloyd, in a similar manner to Colette.
  • Summon Magic
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Colette's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Well, a spiky bun, but still.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboyish personality, she actually likes cooking, although she makes some odd (but not completely wrong) decisions: like adding pineapple to curry. She also is mentioned to like flowers.
    • She's actually the third-best cook in the group (to Genis and Regal) and the best girl at it.
  • Tsundere: Type A towards Zelos, B with everyone else. Lloyd gets off easier but he has a habit of misinterpreting her advances. Plus she gets flustered when people compliment her.
  • Unknown Rival: She's oblivious to the fact that Kuchinawa is out to get her.
  • Vague Age: Word of God is that she's nineteen, although she could definitely pass for being a few years older.
  • Virgin Power: Like Colette, it's implied that this is how she could approach the unicorn. She's rather insulted when Kratos and Raine assume she isn't "qualified".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The description for Zelos' title "Idiot Chosen" says it all.
    "A title given by a friend during the journey. It's not a name given out of spite."
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Implied to be this for the Chief of Mizuho. It's why she agreed to go to Meltokio and Sybak to learn summoning arts and why she worked with the Renegades to get to Sylvarant.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Her Catch Phrase; she says it every time her guard breaks or her attacks fail during combat and every time she triggers a trap door.

    Presea Combatir 

Presea Combatir

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Tara Strong (EN, Symphonia), Janice Kawaye (EN, DotNW)

A 12-year-old Tethe'allan lumberjack, Presea seems entirely devoid of emotions when the party meets her. It's quickly discovered that her emotionlessness results from the Cruxis Crystal experiments that were conducted on her; the party makes it their goal to cure her, since anyway the process can't be much different from the one employed to cure Colette.

Once she regains her personality, she tells her story to the party: her mother had died when she was little, and her father, a lumberjack, had taken ill, so Presea had agreed to become an exsphere carrier in order to earn money for herself and her younger sister. Shortly after that, her sister Alicia had found employment as a maid and had left, but when the party tries to find Alicia, they discover she was killed by her master. Presea then swears to avenge her sister. Her plan is derailed when the party learns that Regal was Alicia's master — and lover — who had had no other choice but to kill her when she'd been turned into a monster as a result of the exsphere experiments.

This revelation seals Presea's decision to keep on helping the party get the world rid of the Desians and the Cruxis, once she accepts Regal is not responsible for what happened to her sister.

Tropes associated with Presea:

    Zelos Wilder 

Zelos Wilder

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Shiloh Strong (EN, Symphonia), Christopher Corey Smith (EN, Dawn of the New World)

"Whatever will be will be"

Tethe'alla's 22-year-old Chosen One, Zelos has all the appearance of Handsome Lech, provides much of the comic relief in the second part of the game, and is generally the party's Butt Monkey. Among the aristocracy of Tethe'alla, he's extremely popular and a regular The Casanova, and retains the common prejudice against Half Elves. However, he also proves his practical nature by discarding said prejudice, based upon his own experience with the party; in the moments when he is serious, he regularly shows himself to be the most cynical member of the party, and one of the most observant, especially towards Sheena, whom it's implied he may have feelings for. (Which is all but confirmed in the novel that comes with the special edition of Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles; he states he's "fine being friends with Sheena for now," but at some point wants to clear the air with Lloyd so he can actually make a move on her. And get over that pesky inferiority complex he seems to have towards Lloyd - which makes things difficult when the girl you're in love with loves the Main Hero that even you're fond of.)

Later, it's revealed that Zelos' behaviour is mostly an act to cover an extreme self-loathing that stems from a horrific backstory: He was abandoned by his father at a young age and his mother was killed in front of him while she got caught in an assassination attempt for him, and her last words to him was that he never should have been born. Zelos' hatred for his position as the Chosen leads him to betray the party, hoping to gain a better life for his sister (in fact his half-sister, daughter of the woman who'd killed his mother, strictly guarded by the Church) and being done with his life (either by losing the title of the Chosen or by dying, he's not picky); whether the party fights him and kill him or doesn't depends on story choices.

If you choose to fight him, he is slain in the battle and Kratos rejoins your party in his stead. If he doesn't die, he rejoins the party after saving each member from their Heroic Sacrifice and reveals his betrayal was part of his plan to obtain the aionis Lloyd needed to wield the Eternal Sword. From that moment on, he enjoys the party's full trust. He is alive and present for the sequel, revealing that this choice was canonical.

Tropes associated with Zelos:
  • Anti-Hero
  • Awesome McCoolname: Zelos Wilder.
  • Berserk Button: He really hates when a child has to bear the burden of their parent's actions. In particular, how Kratos acts towards Lloyd and how Lloyd has to fix the problems involving merging the worlds that Kratos is partially responsible for.
    • His easygoing attitude totally vanishes when Sheena offers to let Kuchinawa kill her in exchange for letting Lloyd and the others go. Zelos is notably pissed off and actually drags Sheena through the Otherwordly Gate before she goes through with it.
    • He hates when people act like they're a tragic figure entitled to a private pity party. He outright calls Mithos on trying to play the part after everything horrible he's done and to Richter in Dummied Out content.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He truly does care for Seles, even if he tries hiding it. Just watch the skit where he thinks she's following them and he insists she go home because she could get hurt.
    • It's hinted he has a bit of this toward Presea as well.
  • Bishōnen
  • Butt Monkey: Played for Laughs... until it isn't.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Clearly feels that Lloyd should do this, regarding his father Kratos. Not surprising, considering his own situation with his parents.
  • The Casanova
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • The Chosen One: Deconstructed.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • Church Militant: Subverted. For someone supposed to be on a Mission from God, he is notoriously bad at doing anything even remotely religious. As a matter of fact, he doesn't seem to like the Pope much. Then again, the Pope is kind of a Jerk Ass.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was born into a loveless marriage, witnessed his mother get murdered before his eyes by his father's mistress who then proceeded to tell him that she wished he had never been born, watched helplessly as his half-sister (the only person he seems to care about) was locked up in an Abbey with no hope of release.
  • Death Seeker: Whether or not this mindset of his changes depends on the player's choices.
  • Detached Sleeves: A rare male example.
  • Dirty Old Man: Not yet but he probably will be in a few decades, as a few lines of dialogue indicate that he intends to go on being a pervert for the rest of his life.
  • Double Agent: Goes Serial Escalation and becomes a triple agent for Cruxis, the Renegades, and Lloyd's party, eventually settling on either the first or last depending on the player's actions.
  • Elemental Powers: See Kratos' entry.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: At the final dungeon, complete with the hero's exclamations of disbelief.
  • Evil All Along: Somewhere during the course of the journey, however, he eventually has a Heel-Face Turn with his change of heart, so when he finally gets to betraying the group, it's actually an act to help them, rather than what it would have been if he never decided to take Lloyd's side over Mithos'. It's unknown at what specific time during the journey he made his decision to stay with Lloyd, but a good guess is [[spoiler:after the scene in Flanoir. If you talk to anyone except Kratos (which makes Zelos' Face-Heel Turn a fake one), Lloyd tells Zelos that he trusts him before they leave. If you talk to Kratos (which makes his Face-Heel Turn real), Lloyd instead asks Zelos if he can really trust him.
  • Fantastic Racism: He admits that, thanks to his upbringing, he is prejudiced against half-elves, but that doesn't stop him from hitting on Raine or joining Lloyd and the others to try and rescue her and Genis. He even pragmatically explains that he does realize that such attitudes are unfounded and that half-elves are no different from anyone else after traveling with the party for a long enough time. It even results in a major Pet the Dog moment from Zelos during a sidequest when he lets Kate stay at his mansion (in his bed, no less), despite her status as not only a half-elf but the Pope's daughter.
  • Foil/Shadow Archetype.
    • To Lloyd and/or Colette. If you stripped him of his womanizer aspects, he's actually a lot like Lloyd with a heavy dose of cynicism. He is also a contrasting take on the damage to self-worth that the Chosen system can cause compared to Colette's experience.
    • Less noted, but arguably Mithos is another one that he shares a lot of contrasting traits. He's also willing to do anything for his sister regardless of what she really wants, has cynicism for thinking a destroyed world would be better, holds prejudices spurned by traumatic pasts, will manipulate and use people to get his way, is much more cutthroat than most of the party when dealing with enemies and holds onto grudges for longer too. However he's more willing to grow and change than Mithos, causing their different endings at least if he lives.
  • Fake Defector: In the storyline that doesn't kill him.
  • Gay Option: or at least the closest to one.
  • The Glomp: Does this to Lloyd often.
  • Handsome Lech: It's all an act.
  • Have I Mentioned That I Am Heterosexual Today: The first thing he says to Lloyd and Genis when he meets them is, "I'm not interested in talking to guys". Which makes some people think that it's a case of Suspiciously Specific Denial.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Genis, referring to him mostly as "Brat".
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
  • Hidden Depths
  • Idiot Hair: It was there from the beginning, but Zelos's unique hair wasn't consistently drawn between official materials until the OVA's came out, after which it became much more obvious that there's a thick strand that stands out from the rest of his hair. It's especially noticeable during his childhood years when he didn't wear a headband.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Said almost word for word but ultimately subverted, which is lampshaded by himself.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Even moreso than Colette. While she gets a lot of physical trauma in her journey, Zelos by far gets the most emotional baggage.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Towards Sheena, considering his attempts at nudging her towards Lloyd; non-romantically towards his sister big time. Unfortunately, his method of expressing this is by way of deliberately acting in a manner that pushes them both away from him.
  • Jerkass Façade
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Somewhat in Symphonia, even more so in the sequel.
  • Killed Off for Real: If you choose to fight him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He even gets a special title for flirting with every female NPC in the game.
  • Lovable Traitor
  • Magic Knight
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's surprisingly devious.
  • Meaningful Name: in mythology, the individuals known as Zelos, Kratos, and Nike (the latter of whom Colette derives her name from), are siblings.
  • Memetic Sex God: invoked A canon example, judging by all the groupies that follow him around in Meltokio. Lampshaded by Regal at one point:
    Regal: "When I was in prison, I would hear about the Chosen's debauchery. Apparently your exploits made you quite the man about town."
  • Messianic Archetype: Subverted. As the Chosen of his land, this is what he's intended to be. He... doesn't particularly follow it through, however.
  • Mr. Vice Guy
  • Multiple Endings: When people say the game has several endings, they're not referring to the ships. Any route where Zelos survives is canon.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Has this attitude towards Lloyd and Genis in the beginning. Lloyd earns his respect and grows out of it. Genis... not quite so much.
  • The Nicknamer: According to him, Genis is "Brat", Raine is "My intellectual hunny", Colette is "Little Angel Beauty", Sheena is alternately "my voluptuous hunny" or "Violent Demonic Banshee", Presea is "Rosebud", Regal is "Old Man" or "Pops", and Lloyd is "Hey You" and later "Bud". Originally, he referred to Lloyd as "Hunny" in the Japanese version.
  • Not in the Face!: One of the lines he blurts out when hit in combat.
  • Not So Different: From Colette — They both hide their insecurities behind their smiles, all the while insisting that nothing is wrong, which tends to result in terrible consequences later. In Zelos' case, this leads him to think that the party doesn't trust him and he's just as worthless as he's grown up believing himself to be, and depending on who Lloyd chooses, Zelos will either accept the fact that he can't be trusted or allow himself to believe in his comrades and their goals.
  • Odd Couple: In the Tales meta-verse, Zelos co-hosts the officially created Tales character talk-show with Jade. They play off each other surprisingly well.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Zelos is highly intelligent, skilled at manipulation, and has severe self-loathing stemming from some severe Parental Abandonment, not to mention being a triple agent who's playing the party, Cruxis, and the Renegades against each other to ensure he's got a shot of joining whoever's the victors. He hides all of this under a facade of being a happy-go-lucky Handsome Lech who seems to have made it his life's mission to hit on every female in existence and antagonize Sheena.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Apparently, just wearing a mask prevents the girls from recognizing him.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Pet the Dog: Zelos may be prejudiced against half-elves due to his upbringing, but he sympathizes with them, even letting Kate stay at his manor. He also sympathizes with Genis and Raine for the crap they get for being half elves, since they didn't ask to be born.
    • He teases Sheena, but when he does it in one skit after Corrine's death, the party call him out on this and leave. Zelos then says Sheena will never snap out of her depression if everyone is walking on eggshells around her.
  • The Pornomancer: A PG version. No matter who he flirts with, where, or when, they will instantly love him enough to give him money. It can't even be explained by his excuse that women only like him because he's the Chosen, since this skill works in Sylvarant as well.
  • Power of Trust: Lloyd telling Zelos he trusts him makes the difference between Zelos being a Fake Defector who helps the party escape the Tower of Salvation's death traps and obtains the final item they need for the Eternal Ring, or truly defecting in the hopes of dying and escaping his destiny.
    • Leads to Undying Loyalty in the second game: Zelos has absolute faith in Lloyd's innocence when the latter is accused of leading the Blood Purge in Palmacosta. Compare that to the other party members who, at best, are searching for Lloyd to find out the truth (Colette); or, at worst, suspect Lloyd may have pulled a Face-Heel Turn and become a Well-Intentioned Extremist like Yggdrasil (Raine). Turns out Zelos was right all along, and will even unmask the doppelganger responsible if the player fails to do so.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His reaches his waist.
  • Real Men Wear Pink
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • Sad Clown
  • Separated by a Common Language: In the dub, he tends to use the odd American slang term here and there (such as referring to Ozette as "out in the boondocks"). While colloquialisms are most definitely in-character for him, Commonwealth English speakers did have to look the odd thing up.
  • Something About a Rose: If he is in his formal wear costume, there is a chance that in battle his weapon will be a bouquet of roses.
  • Stepford Smiler: Underneath that cheerful exposure, Zelos has some incredibly deep emotional scars.
  • Suicide by Cop: His betrayal (if he goes through with it) and subsequent death at the hands of the rest of the party can be seen as this.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: As far as his fighting style goes, he is this to Kratos.
  • Undying Loyalty: In the sequel, Zelos has this towards Lloyd, no matter what happens, he know Lloyd didn't do anything that he's been accused of. He's definitely come a long way.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sheena. See also the entry for this trope under her.
  • You Are What You Hate: He often denounces Kratos' traitorous actions, which implies he views his own actions as contemptible. In the manga this is outright confirmed, when after complaining about how much Kratos pisses him off for using a bunch of kids for his own gain, Zelos depressingly concedes that he himself is no better.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: The entire reason behind his actions is to compromise with it.

    Regal Bryant 

Regal Bryant

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN, Symphonia), Dave Wittenberg (EN, Dawn of the New World)

A mysterious convict who is first sent after the party but defects to join them once he catches sight of Presea, Regal is extremely discreet about his past and refuses to take off his shackles — they are the symbol of the sin he committed and which he has to atone for. He killed his lover, Presea's sister, when she was turned into a monster by the Exphere experiments that Cruxis performed on her, and cannot forgive himself.

Regal is able to focus his efforts towards the fight against the Desians and the Cruxis after his centric sidequest, in which Alicia, whose soul was retained in the exsphere Regal had been unable to discard, is finally able to tell him she doesn't hold him responsible for what happened to her. However, he retains his peculiar fighting style, refusing to kill anyone with the hands that have already done so much harm.

Tropes associated with Regal:
  • Adaptational Badass: In the OV As, he's one of the most competent combatants once he joins.
  • Armed Legs
  • The Atoner: Almost an Exaggerated Trope. Once you get to the flashbacks, you find out that Alicia, in her few lucid moments post-transformation, begged him to kill her. While the obvious emotional trauma of having to kill your girlfriend should not be discounted, boyfriend-assisted suicide is a slightly different case than murder. Possibly deconstructed, in that his personal flaw that he must come to terms with in Welgaia is being weighed down by his feelings of guilt.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Big Brother Mentor: Lampshaded when Lloyd and Regal state their bond is like that of siblings, with Regal in particular having come to view Lloyd as a younger brother.
  • Blow You Away
  • Blue Oni: To Lloyd's red.
  • Chained by Fashion
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: It is revealed that Regal's skill with hand- and arm-based martial arts is ridiculously high—when he used his hands actively, he was at least as powerful as everyone else in the party, without an Exsphere. Even now, after having kept his arms bound by shackles for a decade, an Exsphere gives him the physical strength to perform a Hadoken-esque attack, breaking through the bars that otherwise kept everyone else in the party well and truly trapped—magic users included.
  • Chef of Iron
  • The Comically Serious
  • Cooking Duel: In a side quest, to unlock a secret outfit.
  • Combat Medic: Is an inversion, being a primarily melee fighter with some healing capabilities.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Easily Forgiven: The party accept him into the group quite quickly- only Genis and Sheena seem to have reservations about allowing a convicted criminal into the group, and Sheena admits she also started off as the enemy.
    • Regal has this attitude towards His butler, George, who was the one who split himself and Alicia up in the first place, allowing her to fall into Vharley's hands.
      • Averted with Presea. She says she'll try not to hate Regal, but its made clear in Welgaia that she still bears a grudge for killing Alicia. Lloyd eventually talks her out of this mindset.
  • Extremity Extremist
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Heartbroken Badass
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy of his association with Presea.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed Or rather, I do not specialize in foot-based martial arts.
  • Kamehamehadoken: Used only in a cutscene (rightfully so! It looks like it would be a real Game Breaker). The in-universe explanation is that he used to specialize in fighting with his hands and they grew so powerful that, once augmented with an Exsphere, he could unleash their physical hitting-things power as a beam, but after that, his Freudian Excuse happened and he vowed never to use his hands for violence again. He makes an exception for the one scene where he uses it because he's not hurting anybody, unless it turns out those jail cells were sentient. Gotta hand it to the guy, at least he keeps his word.
  • Lolicon: Got labelled as this thanks to the game not being clear on how old he and Alicia actually were when they fell in love... and the fact that certain fans like to ship with with Presea. Not helped by the fact that she is technically in her twenties. One can even label Regal a Lolicon if you choose the right answer when asked about his tastes in women. He is not amused.
    • Zelos points this out in a OVA bonus, which earns Regal the group's disapproval until Lloyd defuses the situation. This one's Played for Laughs, however, as that very same OVA also cleared up the confusion. Not to mention that same OVA revealed that Alicia and he weren't as far apart in age as everyone thought.
  • May-December Romance: Subverted. The game was very, very vague on the age difference between himself and Alicia; leading most fans to conclude this, especially as Alicia is very young-looking with a chubby face. The animated adaptation cleared up the whole matter up. The page for this trope has the full details but the long and the short is that Regal was seventeen and Alicia somewhere in her mid-teens but having Alicia characterized with a faux-child voice and Regal played by the deep-voiced, ultra-manly Akio Ohtsuka lead back to this trope.
  • Out of Focus: Regal is the only party member (except for Zelos) the player can go the entire game without using and who has no Unison attacks until the PS2 version, makes nothing more then a few token lines after visiting the rooftop grave.
    • Interestingly, he is fully aware of this, and has himself stated that he sticks around just to support Lloyd.
    • Dawn Of The New World seems to try and make up for this by making him the Guest Star Party Member that sticks with Emil and Marta the longest.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In regards to hair colors, with Presea.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Power Limiter: Regal wears those handcuffs as "a symbol of his crime" and as "a constant reminder of his sins", but they also function as this (see Kamehamehadoken above). One fan theory is that he rescued himself from the endless waves of angels in the Tower of Salvation by removing his shackles off-screen and tearing up the their shit with his bare hands.
  • Rated M for Manly: Lampshaded and Played for Laughs with his "Testosterone" title.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Can tear enemies apart using nothing but his FEET and is the team's best chef. Oh, and he wears a belly shirt.
  • Shock and Awe
  • Supreme Chef / Team Chef: Along with Genis.
  • Team Dad: After Kratos leaves the group.
    • He's definitely this for Emil and Marta in the sequel, which Emil even comments on.
  • Technical Pacifist
  • Unequal Pairing: With Alicia, his servant, which may be why George had them separated.
  • Use Your Head: In the 5th OVA bonus, Regal decides not to fight with his legs anymore - instead using his head - because he blames himself for the death of Corrine. He promptly and randomly skull bashes Zelos.
  • Willfully Weak
  • With My Hands Tied: Regal's fighting style is based around using his feet only, since he killed his lover with his hands and therefore vowed never to kill with his hands again.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair
  • You Shall Not Pass: Said word for word.



Mithos Yggdrasill

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), James Arnold Taylor (EN)

True form voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN)

Yggdrasill is the leader of Cruxis and the Desians, a self-righteous antagonist who has the world under his spell. But he's also Mithos, the young half-elf the heroes "rescued" from a burning village - who becomes Genis' first half-elf friend, who worries for Raine when she looks tired, who makes jokes at Zelos' expense like everybody else... until he reveals himself to the party when one of his most trusted lieutenants, one of his companions from 4000 years sooner, proves himself to be a traitor.

4000 years before Lloyd swore he would save both worlds, a young half-elf named Mithos stopped the war and watched his sister Martel be killed by a human. He managed to keep her soul from disappearing, keeping it in the Seed of the Giant Tree, source of all mana, and swore to fulfill her dream: a world without discrimination. An admirable goal, but his plan to do such a thing involved forcing millions of people to suffer and die to create Exspheres, which he would then use to turn everybody into a lifeless being, with the justification that if everyone were the same, discrimination would stop. While he was doing this, he also tried to breed a vessel with the same Mana signature as Martel to resurrect her by creating the Chosen Ones and arranging marriages to selectively breed for the best possible match to Martel's mana signature. Until the age free of discrimination could come, he separated the world in two, allowing them to both survive without the Giant Kharlan Tree providing mana, and preventing Magitek technology from coming into being to preserve mana.

By the end of the game, he's been betrayed by all and rebuked by the soul of Martel herself. His final decision is to be destroyed rather than suffer the same fate as other exsphere victims; his final words are that, if given the choice, he would follow the same path as he did.

Tropes associated with him:

The Five Grand Cardinals

The five leaders of the Desians.

Tropes associated with the Grand Cardinals:



Voiced by: Yuki Makishima (JP), Masasa Moyo (EN)

The leader of the Five Grand Cardinals and Yggdrassil's right hand.

Tropes associated with Pronyma:



Voiced by: Takahiro Yoshimizu (JP), Andre Sogliuzzo (EN)

The Grand Cardinal in charge of the Iselia Ranch.

Tropes associated with Forcystus:



Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)

The leader of the Palmacosta Ranch.

Tropes associated with Magnius:



Voiced by: Shigeru Ushiyama (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)

The leader of the Asgard Ranch.

Tropes associated with Kvar:



Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP, game), Bin Shimada (JP, OVA), Daran Norris (EN)

The leader of the Remote Island Ranch and one of the main Desian researchers.



An Angel sent down from Cruxis to guide Colette on her Journey of Regeneration, Remiel is said to be Colette's true father and tells her of the locations of the seals in Sylvarant. Or so we think...

Tropes associated with Remiel:

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He asks for Kratos' help after the party defeat him, but Kratos refuses.
  • Armour Piercing Question: When Lloyd protests about Colette being taken away, Remiel answers, "The Chosen's soul will save the world. Are you saying you would choose one soul over the entire world?"
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • Catchphrase: "Colette, my daughter." Invoked in-universe to make Colette trust him more.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: What Remiel thinks he is- he only took the role of guide to Colette because he thought that Yggdrasill would then make him one of the Seraphim. But in the end, he was just another pawn to Yggdrasill.
  • Evil Laugh Once he shows his true colors.
  • Evil Is Hammy: His voice gets much deeper and more dramatic after he reveals he lied to everyone.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's not really an Angel, he's a half-elf that evolved using Cruxis Crystals.
  • Light Is Not Good
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: To Colette. He's not. He just went along with it because it made him seem more trustworthy. He even calls Colette and Lloyd out on it, although Colette admits she guessed he was lying.
  • Tomato Surprise: One of the first big ones of the game.
  • Tranquil Fury: He gets annoyed if Colette goes to the seals in the wrong order, but he dismisses it by saying it doesn't matter as long as she completes them all.



A ninja from Mizuho, Kuchinawa is a childhood friend of Sheena's and brother of Orochi. It is revealed that Kuchinawa bears a huge grudge against Sheena for failing to make a pact with Volt, and he is actually working with the Pope and Vharley to try and capture the party. Eventually, he challenges Sheena to a duel and leaves Mizuho in disgrace.

Tropes associated with Kuchinawa:

  • But Now I Must Go: He leaves Mizuho in disgrace after he loses to Sheena. It's implied by Orochi that he might change his ways.
  • The Dragon: To Vharley.
  • Evil Former Friend
  • Face-Heel Turn: Subverted, he was only pretending to be on Sheena's side at first to plant a charm on Sheena, allowing the Papal Knights to keep tracking the party.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He tries to finish himself off when Sheena beats him, but he's stopped by herself and Lloyd.
  • It's Personal: He blames Sheena for failing to control Volt, even though she was incredibly inexperienced at the time and couldn't understand Volt's language. He also bears anger towards her because she couldn't go through with killing Colette.
  • Noble Demon: He appears to agree when Sheena asks he spare the party in exchange for allowing him to kill her, although Zelos says the Papal Knights probably would have taken everyone else out, anyway.
    • He also returns the document containing important information of how to make a Rune Crest in exchange for Corrine's Bell, even if it directly helps the party. He agrees to fight Sheena alone in Mizuho, according to village customs.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Orochi's Blue. They even wear their respective Oni colours.
  • The Resenter: To Sheena. BIG TIME.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Orochi. Orochi never blamed Sheena for the Volt incident, and even congratulates her when she successfully makes a pact with him.
  • Villain Has a Point: Not about Volt- that was a case of Poor Communication Kills, but he is right in saying that Sheena's failure to kill Colette put Mizuho in danger.



An exsphere broker, he is working with both The Pope and Rodyle to distribute exspheres around Tethe'alla.

Tropes associated with Vharley:

  • Anime Hair: Sports a rather stupid-looking Mohawk.
  • Arch-Enemy: Both to Regal and Presea- it was Vharley who was responsible for turning Alicia into a monster, then he had Regal sent to prison because Regal's gave Alicia a Mercy Kill, and then tried the same project on Presea and introduced her to Rodyle.
  • The Dragon: To both Rodyle and the Pope.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Guttural Growler
  • Lack of Empathy: Arguably one of the worst cases in the same (after perhaps Rodyle and Kvar), he taunts Regal over Alicia's mutation, completely doesn't care when the party kills Rodyle, his employer, because he still has the Pope to work with. And he assists the Pope in obtaining some poison to assassinate the King of Tethe'alla. Luckily, Lloyd, Raine, Zelos and co put a stop to it.
  • The Unfought: The party run into him in the Meltokio sewers at first, it looks like a fight will happen, but Presea promptly cuts him down with her axe.

Other Characters



A dog-like companion of Lloyd.

Tropes associated with Noishe:
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Noishe acts like a ordinary dog, but he's not. Through a number of skits and one side-quest, you find out that Noishe is actually a creature known as a Protozoan, supposedly the first creature to have been born on the planet. It evolves during the course of its own life, starting off as a single-celled organism, then a fish, then a bird, then the dog-like form, then 'another' form, then finally a human that fights evil. It is also said that Noishe himself (possibly in his previous form) accompanied Mithos and Co. on their journey 4000 years ago.
  • Cowardly Lion: He runs away whenever he sees a monster. However, it's implied he got this fear after protecting an infant Lloyd from Anna in her monster form.
  • Expy: A monster wolf called Orion in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World greatly resembles Noishe.
  • Heroic Dog: Subverted in that he's not really a dog, despite acting like one, but Noishe fit this trope when he protected Lloyd when his mother-turned monster attacked him.
  • Stealth Pun: Noishe matches the physical description of a Scottish mythological Cu Sith, which is pronounced Cu Shee.
    • For those not familiar with the name, it' feline counterpart is Cait Sith, which was a puppet and party member in Final Fantasy VII.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Noishe is played up as a major character in the beginning, even appearing in several skits and being the one thing Lloyd has that came from his dead/estranged parents, but is dropped roughly the time that the team makes it into Tethe'alla. He still appears occasionally (in stables, when the whole team is split up). His one useful ability, using Long-Range Mode, was also overshadowed greatly by the Rheairds before the end of the first disk, though the game does actually go into a little more detail about him.

    Yuan Ka-Fei 

Yuan Ka-Fei

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN), Kim Strauss (EN, Dawn of the New World)

The leader of the Renegades, a group of half-elves who oppose the Desians. Both cynical and ruthless, he was one of Mithos' companions and is currently one of the Seraphim of Cruxis, although he is no longer loyal to Mithos.

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Martel Yggdrasill

Voiced by Misa Watanabe (JP), Kim Mai Guest (EN)

The Goddess worshipped by the church that bears her name. She is said to sleep at the center of the world out of grief for the sacrifice of her hero, Mithos. The Journey of Regeneration is a mission to awaken her so she will bless the world with mana once more. In reality, Martel is no Goddess, but the hero Mithos' older sister. Cast out of Heimdall for being half-elves, she and her brother, along with Mithos' teacher, Kratos, and Martel's eventual lover, Yuan, took it upon themselves to end the Kharlan War in hopes of creating a world where humans, elves, half-elves, and dwarves could all live as equals. They succeeded in ending the war, but were betrayed by humans seeking the power of mana for themselves, and Martel was killed protecting the Great Seed. Mithos bound the Cruxis Crystal containing her soul to the Great Seed, and created the regeneration ritual in order to find a vessel to transfer her consciousness into in hope of resurrecting her. In the end, she becomes the dominant consciousness in the new Summon Spirit of the same name that was created to guard the new tree.



Voiced by: Miki Machi (JP), Kim Mai Guest (EN)

A strange girl who lives with Altessa and assists him. She speaks in a robotic voice. She's a robot girl who was built to be Martel's new body rather than trying to breed a compatible Chosen One but Martel's soul seemed to be incompatible with her. In the end, it turns out that the 'incompatibility' was just Martel's refusal to return to life and Tabatha becomes the vessel for the spirit Martel who guards the revived Mana Tree.
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    Anna Irving 

Anna Irving

Lloyd's late mother, who died many years before the beginning of Tales of Symphonia. Lloyd soon learns that she was murdered by the Desians and this, along with their attack on Iselia village, inspires him to seek revenge against them. While she never appears in-game, the effect that she had on certain people resonates very strongly throughout the story.

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  • The Ghost: It's not until the anime adaptation that we finally get to see what she looked like.
  • Im Dying Please Take My Macguffin: When Dirk found her, she lived long enough only to pass on Lloyd, Noishe, and her Exsphere. As it happens, said Exsphere was actually a Cruxis Crystal; giving its user powers on the level of an angel.
  • Killed Off for Real / Tragic Monster: Long before the story began. As it happens, she was turned into a monster by Kvar and Kratos was force to kill her.
  • Mercy Kill: After she was turned into a monster by Kvar, she begged Kratos to kill her so that she wouldn't hurt him or their son.
  • Plucky Girl / The Pollyanna / Wide-Eyed Idealist: Implied. While we never get acquainted with her character, something about her managed to inspire the broody Kratos to pull a temporary Heel-Face Turn and try to overturn the Big Bad's plans. The fact that her limited appearances in the anime generally have her smiling optimistically seem to confirm this.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel‎: Subverted. She was made the host for a special type of Exsphere. She managed to escape and lived on the run long enough to have a child but, unfortunately, she never got to actually use her Exsphere's powers before she was turned into a monster.
  • Posthumous Character: She never physically appears in the story but she makes a surprisingly large impact on it nonetheless.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her Exsphere, which Lloyd inherited.