Characters: Tales of Symphonia
The characters from the game Tales of Symphonia.
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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.
- Always Save the Girl: Played with, especially depending on his "soul mate" choice.
- 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: He can take on angels and gods that are thousands on years old and come out on top.
- Berserk Button: Don't badmouth his mother.
- Blow You Away: The only element he can learn naturally in the original game is wind.
- 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, if you choose to go that route.
- 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 Bastard: Though never made explicit, it's highly doubtful that Anna (being an Exsphere host body) and Kratos (being a Cruxis angel) were married.
- 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.
- 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: During the ending cutscene of the first game, he gets the magical angelic wings that Cruxis has.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a pretty cutting one to Dorr, then later one to Yggdrasill.
- 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: If those twin white ribbons that seemed to be fused to his tunic can be called a scarf.
- 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.
- The Unchosen One: Not only is he not the Chosen One, he wasn't permitted to travel with the real Chosen One. Didn't slow him down long.
- 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: He gets banished from Iselia after inadvertently causing it to be damaged. It's subverted when they're let back in later by the townspeople, despite the mayor's protests.
- 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.
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:
- Action Girl: Despite getting kidnapped a couple of times, Colette
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- A-Cup Angst: She's not too happy if she gets called an Ironing Board by the coliseum announcer.
- All-Loving Hero: She's the Chosen One. It's practically a requirement. She's a big animal lover, and she's unfailingly polite to everyone she meets.
- And I Must Scream: Happens to her as a result of losing her heart and soul to the Cruxis Crystal. Also a very literal example, as she loses her ability to speak as well. She gets better.
- Apocalypse Maiden: From the Tethe'allan perspective. Finding this out is what inspires the party to buck the system in order to save both worlds.
- Apologises a Lot: She even says she's sorry for saying she's sorry. If we're going by sheer amount, Lloyd and Regal take the cake, though Colette, unlike Lloyd and Regal, apologizes mostly when she doesn't have to.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Sheena's Veronica.
- Break the Cutie: Subverted, they failed. They came awfully close, though.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Lloyd, if the player chooses to go that route.
- The Chosen One: Deconstructed. The constant mounting pressure from all of Sylvarant, combined with the none-too-small amounts of Body Horror and cutie-breaking she goes through, show just what would happen to someone that has the whole world's future riding on their success.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She's a bit too Literal-Minded when it comes to using metaphors.
- Cute Bruiser: She can put up quite a fight, especially once she gains her angel wings.
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- It's called a "divine clumsiness" at one point because of her tendency to trip over the exact thing the party was searching for. She even trips after she gets wings! She also has a tendency to leave Colette-shaped holes in whatever she crashes into/through.
- "Item Thief! Ugh!" to be followed by "Yay, I got something!"
- Damsel in Distress: Colette is kidnapped twice during the course of the game. Well, three times if she's the Victorious Childhood Friend. Played straight 24/7 in the anime, in which the other characters don't let her fight.
- Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday: Her dangerous journey to save the world starts the day after her 16th birthday.
- Definitely Just a Cold: For a large part of the game.
- The Ditz: To put it simply, THIS line.
- Lloyd - Colette, need cure for poison...Colette - I'm FINE. I'm not poisoned.Lloyd - No, I mean, ME...
- Does Not Like Bell Peppers / Stock Yuck: In fact, it becomes a plot point when she starts eating them.
- Drop the Hammer: Her Pow Hammer techniques involve her tossing plastic-looking hammers at her target.
- Dual Wielding: Wields a pair of chakrams.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: Picks up Regal, of all people, and comments that he's lighter than she thought.
- Raine: "Men are so useless these days."
- Everything's Better with Spinning
- Eye Color Change: Colette's blue eyes turn red when she loses her soul; they return to blue when she gets it back again.
- Friend to All Living Things: especially dogs. In fact, there's a Collection Sidequest for her meeting every dog in the game.
- Glass Cannon: Out of all the playable characters, she can deal and receive some of the highest damage values in the game.
- Go Out with a Smile: She smiles and thanks Lloyd for being there for her as she's about to lose her soul.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sweet, young, innocent and kind with beautiful flowing golden hair.
- Heroic Safe Mode: Has a minor one after she regains her soul.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Learns "Angel" class Light spells as she unlocks seals.
- I Didn't Tell You Because You'd Be Unhappy: Her justification for not telling Lloyd or any other party member several of the terrible things she's going through as part of her Journey of Regeneration. It's deconstructed, however, since the more she delays telling anyone her problems, the worse they get.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Good luck getting her to turn to the dark side.
- Innocently Insensitive: It's not as apparent at some examples, but there are times when she comes out with this, such as seeing the Tethe'alla bridge being covered in exsphere and remarks that it's "kind of gross-looking".
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: She nearly dies several times, and the constant pressure to succeed weighs heavy on her mind.
- Kick the Dog: When Remiel adds insult to injury at the Tower of Salvation. She also performs a literal dog-kicking moment after losing her soul.
- The Klutz: It's even one of her titles!
- An Ice Person: Through an altered arte.
- Literal-Minded: Very much so.Tenebrae: "Am I really that much of a stick in the mud?"Colette: "I honestly don't see any mud on you. But, what's wrong with mud anyway? Everyone gets a little dirty now and again."Marta: "I don't think he meant that sort of mud."Colette: "Well then, what sort of mud did he mean?"Emil: "No, listen. There was never any mud to begin with."Colette: "Oh, so it was more of a muck? Or maybe a slime?"
- Love Freak: Especially showcased in the skit when she states that she'll have to ask an assassin trying to kill her about why she's doing it 'when they become friends'. Which they eventually do.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted when it turns out Remiel was lying.
- Magikarp Power: Starts off as a low-level Jack of All Stats, becomes very powerful once she starts gaining her Angel powers.
- Meido: One of her alternate outfits.
- Not So Different: From Zelos, when you think about it. They both hide their insecurities behind their smile and insist that nothing is wrong. This tends to result in terrible consequences later. In Colette's case, she hides her insecurities by insisting that she's okay; the group has to save her life multiple times as a result, whether it's from sacrificing herself or from a 4000-year-old sickness.
- Not Quite Back to Normal: The Key Crest returns Colette's sleep, hunger, sense of touch, and voice, but she still keeps her magic, enhanced senses, and strength.
- One Note Chef: Almost every recipe, when made by her, will involve fruit in some form. This is actually lampshaded in one particular skit in Dawn of the New World.
- Panty Shot: In a couple of her alternate costumes, especially the beach outfit.
- Purity Sue: A very deliberate in-universe deconstruction designed to show just what happens when you try to be a Purity Sue but don't live up to the requirements. Colette is just about the sweetest and most selfless human being imaginable, not to mention she is a Messianic Archetype in every sense of the word... and she knows it. So, what does she do? She deliberately plays up her cheery personality and tries to look like a Purity Sue at every turn because nobody will suspect a thing if she does. It works... far too well. When Lloyd figures out what she's been hiding from him, he goes into the biggest Heroic BSOD of his life (made even worse in the animated adaptation). Oh and, one last thing... she owes her existence to Mithos selectively breeding her and using the Church of Martel to condition her into being the perfect Soul Jar for his sister.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After losing her soul.
- Rings of Death: Wields chakrams as her Weapon of Choice.
- Shock and Awe: Her Para Ball, Torrential Para Ball, and Grand Chariot are all lightning-based, making it her second most-used element.
- Sidetracked by the Analogy: Probably the champion within the game. Often, her confusion will promptly confuse either Lloyd (in ToS) or Emil (in DotNW) as well, who don't suffer from it quite as much in skits without her.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A girl so sweet and eager to please, yet capable of redirecting her very specific quest into detours by making them sound like they're part of the quest. She's also physically the strongest of the group.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Obviously the exact reason she adores Lloyd so much.
- Spam Attack: Not as many as Lloyd, but still more than any other party member. In fact, the two of them have a Compound Unison Attack, Stardust Rain, which can deal in the neighborhood of sixty hits on larger enemies.
- Stepford Smiler: Her absolute refusal to address any of her problems causes them to keep getting worse.
- Super Senses: Gradually(?) gains these as she evolves into an angel.
- Super Strength: Gains this, too.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Sheena's tomboy.
- Video Game Stealing: Her "Item Thief" ability, which allows her to steal items from her enemies by falling on them!
- Virgin Power: It's how she could approach the unicorn.
- Waif-Fu: Manages to throw Zelos when meeting him the first time, and can pick up Regal, a tall, muscular convict, with one arm.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: To Remiel. Exploited by him. He's not her father but playing along would provide extra encouragement.
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:
- Adorkable: Especially whenever he's around Presea.
- Anime Hair: Like his big sister.
- Badass Adorable: He can conjure up huge storms of fire and lightning, and he's not even a teenager yet!
- Big "NO!" / Say My Name: Has a positively heartbreaking one early on. "Marble...MARBLE! NOOOO!"
- Black Mage: He doesn't learn a single healing spell. It puts him at odds with Raine, who is a White Mage.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Raine usually stops him from getting too bratty.
- Captain Obvious: Does this a little too often, for being such an intelligent character...
- Deadpan Snarker: He can only put up with Lloyd's stupidity for so long.
- Does Not Like Carrots / Stock Yuck
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Presea.
- Fantastic Racism: Develops this after a while. By then, the only human he seems to like is Lloyd.
- Gibberish of Love: Genis is not capable of saying a proper line to Presea.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's a half-elf. This causes no end of trouble as he tries to keep it a secret.
- Headbutting Heroes: First with Zelos, calling Zelos an ass after Zelos' Establishing Character Moment. He's also guilty of this with Regal, mostly due to Regal's mysterious connection with Presea. He mellow out towards them both over time, although he doesn't develop the same Odd Friendship that Raine and Sheena do.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lloyd.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses a kendama toy, a Japanese toy that resembles a hammer with a ball on a string on it. He can whack people with the little ball, but he mostly uses it to focus when casting magic.
- The Lancer: To Lloyd. Genis is usually the one who has to figure out how to make Lloyd's insane schemes work.
- Love at First Sight: Falls for Presea the minute the party first encounters her.
- Meaningful Name: In the original Japanese,Genius.
- Not So Different: It's kind of obvious at times that Genis is basically just like Mithos used to be before Martel was killed.
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Subverted. Genis tries to subtley guilt Mithos out of betraying the group by constantly re-stating how happy he is that he found another half-elf to be his friend. Mithos even lampshades it, "You shouldn't have trusted me? Good guess, Genis! Because I didn't trust you, either!"
- Playing with Fire: His default spell is Fireball, and it's the one he's using all the time in cutscences.
- Puppy Love: He has a crush on Presea, but Presea's 28, she only looks about the same age as him.
- Shock and Awe: His Hi-Ougi is Indignation Judgment, a massive thunderbolt.
- Shorter Means Smarter: The shortest member of the party, and roughly on par with Raine for intelligence.
- The Smart Guy: Though not as booksmart as Raine, he's certainly got his wits about him.
- Something About a Rose / Bishie Sparkle: In the 3rd OVA bonus.
- Squishy Wizard: A purely offensive mage, he can't take many hits.
- Supreme Chef / Team Chef: For the first half of the game; he later shares both titles with Regal. He'd have to be good at cooking; he'd never survive eating Raine's meals!
- Teen Genius: In Japan, he is even named Genius.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Averted, though he's tempted to play it straight as he struggles with Mithos.
- You Can't Go Home Again: As his house burns, he laments that he thought Iselia was a place where he and Raine could settle down. He's not actually from Sylvarant to begin with, but was forced to flee through the Otherworldly Gate.
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:
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Justified by the fact that he stopped aging about 4000 years ago when he was 28, but still lampshaded in one conversation.
- Aloof Big Brother: Plays this role against Lloyd during the Journey of Regeneration, despite not being his brother.
- The Atoner: Between Mercy Killing his wife, causing Mithos to go completely insane over his grief about Martel, and keeping the whole scheme going, he has a lot to atone for.
- Badass Armfold: Does this in cutscenes quite often.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Cam Clarke Concensus was that Clarke's voice is even better than his Japanese seiyuu.
- Blue Oni: To Lloyd's Red Oni.
- Berserk Button: Do not hurt Lloyd in front of Kratos, and do not insult Anna.
- Bodyguard Crush: The Tales of Fandom 2 DVD reveals that he has feelings for a princess whom he protected before he met Lloyd. Four-thousand years before.
- Bonus Boss: In Tales of Vesperia, as the "Traitor to Heaven."
- But Now I Must Go / Put on a Bus: Much to Lloyd's chagrin, he leaves with the rest of the angels at the end of the game.
- Combat Medic: Serves as the healer before Raine joins your party.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite being 28. Give or take 4000 years.
- Crutch Character: Kratos has the highest starting stats and base stat growth in the game and is a Magic Knight Jack-of-All-Trades capable of just about everything. However, he lacks deep specialisation and, when they get titles that boost their stat growth, the rest of the party will bypass him in their own specialities. He also isn't usable past the Journey of Regeneration unless you reject seeing everyone else at Flanoir.
- Deadpan Snarker: More heavy on the deadpan than the snark, but he has his moments.
- Does Not Like Tomatoes: Just like Lloyd.
- Double Agent: For Yggdrasil.
- Duel Boss: Against Lloyd, the two of them battle in the elves' forest.
- Enigmatic Minion: He's simply sick of everything Mithos is doing to revive Martel, and plans to have Mithos stopped for good.
- Evil Costume Switch: After The Reveal. You can have him put it back on with the proper title.
- Fake Defector: And quite sneaky about it too, playing both sides as part of his plan to end Mithos' plans.
- Guest Star Party Member: Returns briefly a while after his Heel-Face Turn. Notably, it's the only time he and Zelos can be in the party together.
- Guile Hero: His plan to let a human wield the Eternal Sword relies on him repeatedly betraying the party and playing both sides so that he can finally die. It's never really clear what side he's on until the end, and although it is his sword skills that are commented on the most, his plotting does a lot more to drive the story forward.
- Guilt Complex: Parodied in this fan comic.
- Hair Color Dissonance: His hair is often brown instead of red in fanart.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Kratos' second fight. You're not required to win; and good luck trying to do that on your first playthrough.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Starts as a face, turns heel, turns semi-face, then back to heel, then full face again.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Judgement.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Your first fight with him is intended as this, as he is a huge jump in power above any boss you fought before. He can still be beaten if you're over-leveled but it has no effect on the plot.
- Alternatively, you can use one of your precious All-Divides to halve the damage everybody takes, preventing Kratos from stomping all over your party but dragging the fight out for longer.
- :I Let You Win: Is supposedly holding back in the first two fights with him. Of course, you might not actually win the fairly difficult battles.
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Twenty-eight, but close enough.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He wants the world to be saved as much as anyone in Colette's close-knit group of friends. Doesn't mean he has to be nice about it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When he kills Kvar, until it's revealed that he's avenging his wife.
Remiel: Lord Kratos, have pity on me. Please...lend me your aid!Kratos: Have you forgotten, Remiel? I used to be of the inferior race, a human. Does the ultimate being seek help from that which he despises most?
- Has one of these with Remiel. After the party defeats him, he implores Kratos for aid, who very calmly lets Remiel die.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Is actually Yuan that reveals this, Kratos did figure it out in Iselia, but never told Lloyd because he knew wouldn't be too pleased finding his biological father was alive and was never with him most of his life, though in all fairness Kratos didn't know Lloyd was alive till he found him in Iselia.
- Magic Knight: He's practically the patron saint of this character class in Radiant Mythology spin-offs.
- Mayfly-December Romance: With his wife, Anna.
- Memento MacGuffin: Has a locket which contains a picture of him with his wife and child. If the player views a certain scene, he gives it to Lloyd and the locket just happens to protect him from an arrow.
- Mercy Kill / Staking the Loved One: Was forced to do this to his wife.
- The Mole: For Cruxis. The party learns way too late to stop him from turning.
- Narrator: But just at the beginning of the game. After the opening cutscene, there's no more.
- Noble Top Enforcer: To Mithos.
- Not So Stoic: Becomes uncharacteristically angry upon meeting Kvar. And for a very good reason.
- Only in It for the Money: Appears to be traveling with the party for this reason at first.
- Papa Wolf: Subverted at the beginning of the game where, despite himself knowing the fact that Lloyd is his son, he acts like a total jerkass towards him and only warms up by time, yet he still doesn't help when Lloyd looks like he's going to be killed by Yggdrassil. Fortunately, later in the game, he throws himself in front of Lloyd to shield him from a deadly attack, does a full Heel-Face Turn for his sake, and is revealed he'd done a lot of backstage planning to help the heroes achieve their goal.
- He actually may have cared the whole time, as, when used by AI and put on free command, he is the one who spams Lloyd with First Aid more than anyone else.
- In a OVA, he delivers quite a smack down to Sheena after she threatened to kill a defeated Lloyd.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis! / Punctuated Slashing: "Feel the pain! Of those 'inferior beings!' As you burn in Hell!"
- Running Gag: Kratos is often late to important events, parodied a bit in OVA's bonuses.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His "Tales Series" bonus costume is Ludger Will Kresnik's suit and tie, to compensate for the fact that it's impossible for him to participate in the Meltokio party. Given his lack of storyline titles, he'll probably be wearing this for most Sylvarant if you've got Tales data.
- Shell-Shocked Senior: Exhibits tendencies of this trope from the very beginning. As you get further out in the game, the party learns that he has a very, very long and rocky history to explain it.
- Something About a Rose / Bishie Sparkle: In the OVA bonuses, sometimes, when he appears, these are in the background.
- Stealth Mentor: To Lloyd. He constantly berates Lloyd's lack of actual skill, but his advice does genuinely stick all the same.
- The Stoic: Most of the time. He starts to lose the facade later in the game.
- Stoic Spectacles: Unusual example in that he does not regularly wear glasses, nor is there any hint of him having vision problems, but he fits this trope to a tee the few times he's shown with them.
- Team Dad: Mostly to Lloyd, but does it towards Genis, Colette and Sheena too.
- Too Many Belts: Especially in his judgment costume. So much so it became a fandom in-joke that he has a belt fetish.
- Try Not to Die: "Don't die, Lloyd." Then, in the ending, "Don't die before I do, Lloyd, my son."
- Walking Spoiler: As we're sure you can tell, there's a lot about him that gets revealed throughout the story.
- Weaksauce Weakness: As a gameplay mechanic, every character has an ingredient they don't like. Kratos' is tomatoes. Fanon has elevated this dislike to outright phobia.
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.
- 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: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Easily one of the snarkiest.Raine: Men are so useless these days.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts as one of the most cynical party members, but Lloyd's idealism rubs off on her.
- 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: She's a half-elf. She claims to be an elf to avoid the racist implications.
- 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?"
- 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).
- 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: After she and Genis lost their parents, she took it upon herself to raise him.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: She's the best healer in the game, bar none. No one else even comes close, to the point that she's practically required to be in the party late-game to keep you alive.
- Why Did It Have To Be Water?: She... really doesn't do very well around water. Ironically, the sequel made this her elemental affinity.
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. The issue doesn't get brought up much between them much, though.
- 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'.
- Death Dealer: She uses cards as her weapons. She also uses them to curse her opponents with debuffs.
- 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!
- 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: She claims it's a tradition of Mizuho, though she's the only one who ever follows it.
- Glass Cannon: Her attack is her only decent stat, as she's statistically the worst party member in the game.
- 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: She starts off trying to kill Colette the first few times they meet. She comes around after learning what the Journey of World Regeneration is really like, and that there might be a way to Save Both Worlds.
- 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: Granted, she never self-identifies as one, but her clan has a few much more practical, traditional ninja within it, so she really stands out. Even if that wasn't the case, she still wears a glaring purple outfit with a giant pink ribbon.
- Hitman with a Heart: She was sent to Sylvarant to kill Colette, after all, but she just can't go through with it.
- 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.
- 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. It's even possible to hook her up with Lloyd.
- Summon Magic: When she's in Overlimit mode, she can summon any entity she's made a pact with in-story for a powerful attack as her Hi-Ougi.
- 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.
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:
- Action Girl: Easily rivals Sheena in this department, and that's saying something.
- And I Must Scream: Borderline, since she wasn't consciously aware of everything that went on. When you finally bring her out of her zombie state, she finally does... very loudly.
- An Axe to Grind: She wields axes, some of which as are as large as she is.
- Awesome McCoolname: Presea Combatirnote . Come on.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: When she confronts Rodyle, her mood can basically be summed up as "Unstoppable Rage".
- Similarly, she threatens the Pope by holding her axe over his face.
- Dishing Out Dirt: About half of the attacks she learns are earth-elemental. It's also the only element she naturally learns.
- Drop the Hammer: Can wield several of them, one being the Pow Hammer DX.
- Emotionless Girl: Has a monotone voice and complete lack of emotions when you first meet her. Which makes her entrance in the sequel even funnier.
- She gets better after her Cruxis Crystal is removed.
- Glacier Waif: Has the highest Strength, Attack, and the second highest amount of hit points in the game; effectively cementing her status as the party's Mighty Glacier.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny girl of her association with Regal.
- Informed Attribute: Her resemblance with Alicia- they really don't have that much in common besides pink hair.
- Innocently Insensitive: It gets a bit better over the course of the game, but one scene in the Temple of Lightning has Lloyd asking how to deactivate the traps. Sheena says some of the others from Mizuho did it for her since she was only a kid. When Lloyd asks if they can go ask them, Presea responds, "They are dead." Ouch.
- Lethal Chef: Never pointed out in any skit or cutscene, but her stats for cooking are on par with Raine's, who is a Lethal Chef in-universe.
- Little Miss Badass: Though the "little miss" part is not by choice.
- Mighty Glacier: Physically the strongest character in the game, but also the slowest.
- Odd Friendship: Develops one with Corrine. She even gets a title out of it in a Z-skit. You can imagine how well that turned out after Volt zaps Corrine to death.
- Oblivious to Love: Poor Genis.
- Older Than She Looks: Actually 28-years old but looks 12 due to the experiments performed on her. Once she's cured, her mind seems to swap between 12 years old and 28 years old, depending on the scene.
- The Resenter: To Regal, as revealed in her Welgaia scene. She eventually gets over it.
- Robo Speak: She says phrases like "No damage detected" when you first meet her.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: To Alicia.
- Spock Speak: Her after-battle quotes are things like "we won" and "don't bother us."
- The Stoic: Prior to her Cruxis Crystal being removed, she barely says anything or shows any emotions at all. Even her in-battle portrait never changes. Even after the Cruxis Crystal is gone, she's still incredibly flat emotionally.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She grows quite sugary to the rest of the party, though she's still icy towards strangers.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Happens after she starts relearning her emotions. She even says, "This unsettling irritation...is this anger?"
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:
- 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.
- 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: 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Adorably Precocious Child
- A God Am I: Subverted, as he has godlike power but never develops the full-on complex. In the end, he still views himself as a half-elf who's just trying to make the world a better place... through some extremely questionable means.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's THE strongest enemy in the game barring a couple BonusBosses.
- Badass Adorable
- Big Bad
- Big Bad Friend: Especially from Genis' point of view.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Break the Cutie: What turned him into a villain.
- Clipped Wing Angel: His second form is easier than the first.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Death Seeker: During a skit, he actively questions his goals and says that if he is wrong, then he has no reason to continue living.
- Despair Event Horizon: Martel being murdered. Doubles as his Start of Darkness. He becomes disillusioned with the idea of voluntary coexistence after this, and believes that the only way humans, elves, and half-elves will ever get along is if the differences between them are artificially removed and they all become emotionless, lifeless beings.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady:
- Dying as Yourself
- Evil Laugh: Has a rather unnerving one when his child Mithos form is revealed as the Big Bad and starts kicking Yuan around for betraying him.
- Fallen Hero: Was once idealistic and, like Lloyd, believed the factions of the ancient war could live in peace. Everything changed when Martel died.
- Fantastic Racism: First a victim, then a perpetrator.
- Final Boss
- Get It Over With: Asks Lloyd to destroy his Cruxis Crystal so he won't be taken over by it. He admits defeat but refuses to accept Lloyd's ideas to the end.
- Grand Theft Me: Yggdrassil's primary goal is to use a suitable Chosen as a host body for his sister's mind.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Hero of Another Story: He was famed as a hero during the Kharlan War, before becoming a Fallen Hero.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first two times you meet him. The first ends after he virtually one-shots your party, the second ends after a certain amount of time.
- Humans Are Bastards: His primary belief.
- Ignored Epiphany: When Martel briefly possesses Colette and gives Mithos as massive What the Hell, Hero? speech, he chooses to interpret it entirely differently from how Martel actually meant it.
- Kick the Dog: Killing Pronyma, while she begged him to save her after being defeated by Lloyd and Co.
- Knight Templar
- Light Is Not Good: He's an angel and uses some light-based techniques like Judgment, Holy Lance, and Prism Sword, but he's the main villain.
- Love Makes You Evil: Sibling love, though, to be exact. Unless you read too much into it.
- Man Behind the Man
- The Mole: In his "Mithos" guise.
- Necessary Evil: Him dividing the world into two with the Eternal Sword was definitely this, since as bad as the situation with the two worlds was, they would die without the Kharlan Tree if they were one. He argues keeping them this way prevents another Kharlan War.
- Not So Different: From Lloyd and Genis.
- Older Alter Ego: He used the Cruxis Crystal to give him an adult form so he would have "an appearance befitting the leader of Cruxis."
- One-Winged Angel: An amalgamation of three mecha-like mini-bosses from Welgaia; reflecting his inability to accept others, come to terms with the past, or forgive people.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Martel's death drove him so completely over the edge that, for all of his power and intelligence, he never really grew up mentally.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Martel shoots down his Assimilation Plot, he decides to just take her and Derris-Kharlan and fuck off to space. Unfortunately, taking the giant mana source that is Derris-Kharlan with him would doom both worlds, so the heroes still have to stop him.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: "Do you think I'm going to beg for forgiveness? Ridiculous!"
- Shadow Archetype: To Lloyd. He even says as much."Farewell, my shadow, you who stand at the end of the path I chose not to follow."
- Taking the Bullet: Pushes Tabatha out of the way of a landslide (as Mithos), and takes a shot of dark energy Pronyma aims at Genis (as Yggdrasill). It's implied he resents Tabatha for being a "failed vessel" that couldn't accept Martel's soul (which he in fact outright says when Raine calls him out for hurting her) but her uncanny resemblence to Martel could be why he saved her. As for Genis, the game basically states that Genis was exactly like Mithos once was, and since Genis and Mithos became friends after the group "found" him in Ozette, it's possible Yggdrasill felt genuine kinship towards Genis, or was trying to persuade Genis to pull a Face-Heel Turn.
- Teleport Spam
- That Man Is Dead: Only his former comrades are allowed to call him "Mithos". Interestingly enough, this may extend to Lloyd and Co., since he wasn't seen to have any specific problem with any of them calling him by his old name.
- There Are No Therapists: Subverted. It's implied that Kratos did want to help him but it either didn't work or Mithos didn't let him in.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: What he thinks of himself and Martel once this happens. For Martel, this works. For himself... not so much.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Was revealed to be a lot like Lloyd and Genis (if a bit of a brat towards Yuan) as a kid in the anime and the manga. And then Martel was murdered...
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- Villain Decay: A deliberately invoked and justified by-product of this. After Martel rejects his plan, he basically decides to abandon the world and build a new life for himself and his sister on Derris-Kharlan.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Martel rejects his plan. Complete with Laughing Mad.
- Vocal Dissonance: It is very jarring hearing Mithos' voice coming out of his mouth.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Walking Spoiler
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Until he undergoes his Villainous Breakdown and goes batshit insane.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises/Uh-Oh Eyes: During his Villainous Breakdown in the anime, HOLY SHIT◊
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- Worthy Opponent: Eventually comes to regard Lloyd as one. The respect is mutual.
- Yandere: For Martel, though in a more familial love kind of way. Again, unless you read too much into it.
The Five Grand CardinalsThe five leaders of the Desians.Tropes associated with the Grand Cardinals:
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: With the Exception of Rodyle, who is a Dirty Coward.
- Fantastic Racism: See Freudian Excuse.
- Five-Bad Band: Including Yggdrasil among their ranks as the Big Bad leads to this set-up:
- Flunky Boss: Tend to have a few minions fighting alongside them, except for the first battle with Pronyma and Rodyle.
- Freudian Excuse: Half-elves are abused by humans to a horrifying degree, leading them to hate humans. Then Cruxis promotes them to positions of power over captive humans. As expected, they did not grow up to be nice and understanding about the trauma.
- Moral Myopia: None of them express or seem to notice any Irony over their treatment of humans and how it seems similar to their own past treatment by humans.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
Voiced by: Yuki Makishima (JP), Masasa Moyo (EN)The leader of the Five Grand Cardinals and Yggdrassil's right hand.Tropes associated with Pronyma:
- Casting a Shadow: Most of her attacks are dark-based.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dark Is Evil: To contrast with the rest of Cruxis' Light Is Not Good.
- The Dragon: To Yggdrassil.
- Elemental Powers: Includes Casting a Shadow, Making a Splash, and An Ice Person.
- Ignored Enamoured Underling: It's strongly implied Pronyma's Undying Loyalty is because she's in love with Yggdrasill- she even threatens Genis when the latter attacks Yggdrasill saying, "You may be one of us, but you will pay for your treachery!" Of course, Yggdrasill couldn't care less and only keeps her around because she's the strongest of the Cardinals.
- Recurring Boss
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Subverted; her thigh-length boots, leotard and Excessive Evil Eyeshadow isn't what you'd call subtle, but she is constantly surrounded by a set of artificial bronze wings on a ring, which means most of the time you only ever see her face and possibly her feet.
- The Starscream: It's implied that she was one to the previous leader, though she's completely loyal to Yggdrassil.
- Undying Loyalty: To Yggdrasill.
- Killia, her subordinate, has this to Pronyma, screaming her name when she gets defeated.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She's trying to protect her people from discrimination by humans.
- You Gotta Have Turquoise Hair
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Mithos no longer cares about her after she's defeated by the heroes and Martel is about to be revived. In fact, he actually kills her himself when she calls him Mithos while begging for his help after being defeated by the party..
Voiced by: Takahiro Yoshimizu (JP), Andre Sogliuzzo (EN)The Grand Cardinal in charge of the Iselia Ranch.Tropes associated with Forcystus:
- Arm Cannon
- Artificial Limbs
- Blow You Away
- The Brute and The Dark Chick: His combat prowess is implied to be superior to that of Magnius, and not just due to Story And Gameplay Segregation. However, he's also the most noble of the Grand Cardinals (or so we're told...)
- Died Standing Up: Fades away while still standing.
- Eyepatch of Power
- He Who Fights Monsters: He put an end to a human-led genocide against half-elves in his past. He doesn't seem to see any irony with his current situation.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Not killed, just incapacitated by a self destructing Marble when Lloyd says he won't give up his exsphere to the Desians that killed his mother, Forcystus actually seems surprised and says "What are you talking about, your mother was killed by..." before he's cut off.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Lloyd.
- Informed Attribute: We learn nothing of, nor get a hint to the fact that Forcystus was a hero to half-elves everywhere until one skit shortly after he dies.
- Knight Templar: He started out just trying to protect his fellow half-elves. Now he does so many horrible things to defend them that he could qualify for Monsterdom if he had more screen time.
- Noble Demon: He's the only Grand Cardinal who doesn't go out of his way to provoke the village he's overlooking and honours the non-aggression treaty until he has reason to believe that Iselia has violated it. It's also discovered posthumously that he was a defender and champion of his people.
- Taking You with Me: Attempted, after being revealed to be Not Quite Dead.
- Too Many Belts: His undershirt is just a mass of belts (or belt-like straps, anyway).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is a hero to his people and comes off as a soldier fighting a racially-motivated war.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Praised by the Desians but reviled by the humans. Lloyd wonders whether he could have gotten along with him in a world where humans and half-elves could coexist.
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)The leader of the Palmacosta Ranch.Tropes associated with Magnius:
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice, and a damn big one.
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Brute
- Dumb Muscle
- Dumbass Has a Point: He calls out Lloyd in the Palmacosta Human Ranch when Lloyd declares the party will kill him and free the captives by pointing out how he failed to do just that in Iselia, and that several people died as a result.
- Fiery Redhead: Literally and figuratively.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar over his eye.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: See Stupid Evil below.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Seems to have shades of this towards Chocolatee.
- Large Ham: His voice actor was obviously having a great deal of fun, especially with the word 'vermin'.VEEEEERRRMIIIIIIIIIN
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes that Rodyle used him, he doesn't take it very well
- Neck Lift and Neck Snap: Does this to a random human who doesn't use his title.
- Playing with Fire
- Slouch of Villainy
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: More prone to screaming and cursing than the other Cardinals.
- The Starscream: He seeks to replace Pronyma as the leader of the Grand Cardinals.
- Stupid Evil: It's ultimately Played for Drama. It's because he's so Stupid Evil that Rodyle was able to manipulate him.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Rodyle.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He seeks to protect his people from discrimination by humans by murderalising the crap out any of them who get in his way. Needless to say, he probably wasn't hired for his brains.
Voiced by: Shigeru Ushiyama (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)The leader of the Asgard Ranch.Tropes associated with Kvar:
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Comes off as very similar to Josef Mengele.
- Arch-Enemy: For Lloyd and Kratos. For Lloyd, it's because he's responsible for his Missing Mom. For Kratos, it's even more personal because said Missing Mom was his lover.
- Body Horror: Not him, personally, but as the brains behind the Angelus project, he induced this in Lloyd's mother.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil
- Even Evil Has Standards: His own underlings pull this on him.
- The Evil Genius: One of two.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Foreshadowing: He knows who Kratos is and the two seem to have a very, very bad history. Hrm...
- For the Evulz & For Science!: Unlike the other Desians, Kvar doesn't seem to need much motivation to be a complete bastard.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: He has slicked-back hair, which is a common hairstyle for bad guys.
- Hilarious Outtakes: His voice actor somehow managed to have this little gem slipped into the game's files...
- Lack of Empathy: He casually tells Lloyd about his father killing Anna with no change in tone or facial expression. He even seems amused when Lloyd gets angry.
- Mad Scientist
- Posthumous Character: Somewhat. He's alive at the game's beginning but you don't find out quite how far the depths of his depravity go until after you've killed him.
- Shock and Awe
- Smug Snake
- Squishy Wizard
- The Starscream:
- Like Magnius, he seeks to replace Pronyma as the leader of the Grand Cardinals.
- May also be one to Yggdrasill, since he was involved with Rodyle's plan to rebuild the Mana Cannon and use it against Cruxis. It's never stated exactly how much he knew about the plan, though but the game implies that Kvar and Rodyle were working rather closely together. Rodyle even refers to him as "Lord Kvar".
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: It sounds like a mix of Indian and an upper-class British accent.
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.
- Arch-Enemy: For Presea.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Plans to overthrow Yggdrassil. As far the player can tell, Yggdrassil doesn't take him for a threat Mithos decided to go and let Lloyd and his friends deal with him as opposed to killing him himself.
- Dirty Coward: For the most part he runs rather than fights.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Dragon Rider: Not in battle, but uses one as his main mode of transportation.
- Evil Genius
- Giggling Villain
- Mad Scientist
- Manipulative Bastard
- One-Winged Angel: He mutates himself into an Exbelua when you fight him... albeit not willingly.
- Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the cleverest of the Desian Grand Cardinals but ends up being manipulated by the Renegades into building the Mana Cannon for them, as well as tricked by Pronyma, who gives him a Cruxis Crystal that turns him into an Exbelua when he equips it.
- The Starscream: He seeks to take over Cruxis.
- Taking You with Me: He fails, but manages to force Botta into a Heroic Sacrifice.
RemielAn 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.
KuchinawaA 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.
VharleyAn 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.
NoisheA 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.
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.Tropes associated with Yuan:
- Above Good and Evil: Implied. He doesn't seem to have any kind of moral compass. So long as he gets what he wants, that's all that matters.
- Adaptation Expansion: He got a much bigger role and a great deal more screen time in the OVA, to the extent that his mana transfer - one of the things accused of being an Ass Pull in the original game - is here turned into an actual plan.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: He says he had this relationship to Martel.
- The Chessmaster
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Deadpan Snarker
- Despair Event Horizon: Part of his backstory.
- Double Weapon: A double-bladed BFS. The OVA indicates that he started off with a normal sword.
- The Dragon: Botta is his.
- Dual Boss: With Botta.
- Fallen Hero
- Figure It Out Yourself: Because he's too impatient to explain... and because he's kind of a dick.
- Friendly Enemy / The Only One Allowed to Defeat You / Vitriolic Best Buds / Worthy Opponent: Cycles through all four of them with Kratos in the OVA, which gives a lot more development to his character.
- Good All Along: For a certain value of "good".
- Good Is Not Nice: While his goals match those of the party, he still is a jerk to them even when he's not fighting them and his methods are more morally ambiguous.
- He tends to be at least more reasonable and less outright-insulting when speaking to Raine, Genis or Sheena. Lloyd...not so much.
- Green Eyes
- Heartbroken Badass
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Flits between the two, depending on who's in the room with him.
- La Résistance: The Renegades
- Lost Engagement Ring
- Mr. Exposition
- My God, What Have I Done?: After his plan to germinate the great seed causes to Kharlan Tree to go out of control.
- Necessary Evil
- Pet the Dog: A short sidequest reveals the ring you picked up in Hima is his engagement ring to Martel. You've just followed him as he looked for it all over both worlds. He's been wearing it for 4000 years, and when it turns out you have it, he's willing to swallow his pride and literally beg for its return.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Rebel Leader
- The Rival: For Kratos.
- Shock and Awe
- Stoic Spectacles: In the "United World" OVA extra.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to end the cycle Mithos created an re-unite both worlds and regrow the Kharlan Tree, but he'll go to nearly any lengths to accomplish this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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.
- All-Loving Hero: No matter how she was hurt and betrayed, she never gave up her love for the world. Colette even says that it wouldn't have been odd at all for Martel to hate the world like Mithos did.
- And I Must Scream: For four-thousand years, she watched helplessly from within her Cruxis Crystal as her brother corrupted the world.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She becomes the dominant personality in the Summon Spirit Martel.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Yuan says she was the gentle girl to his brooding boy.
- Cleavage Window
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Curtains Match the Window
- Four Is Death: She is the fourth Seraphim of Cruxis, and also dead.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- The Lost Lenore: For Yuan.
- Magic Staff: Carried one in life.
- Morality Chain: To Mithos. When she died, everything went to hell.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If she had accepted Tabatha as her vessel, Mithos would never have set up the Church of Martel to selectively-breed Chosen for her...of course, Mithos doesn't listen when Martel tells him what he did was wrong when he does successfully revive her.
- Posthumous Character
- Power Gives You Wings: Like Mithos, Kratos, and Yuan, she became an angel via a Cruxis Crystal.
- Promotion to Parent: She raised Mithos in place of their parents.
- Walking Spoiler
- Rapunzel Hair
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a blistering one to Mithos when she is briefly transferred into Colette's body.
- White Magician Girl
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
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.
Tropes associated with Tabatha:
- Electronic Speech Impediment: "MITHOS SA~~VED ME..."
- Emotionless Girl
- Friend to All Living Things: And nonliving, as shown by her scene with Presea about the loneliness of exspheres.
- Hidden Depths: She shows a lot of concern for Presea, and claims in one cutscene she can 'hear' the voices of exspheres.
- Replacement Goldfish: Of a sort. The whole reason she exists was to be an artificial vessel for Martel.
- Robo Speak
- Soulless Shell
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
Anna IrvingLloyd'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.
Tropes associated with Anna:
- 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.