Characters: Tales of Symphonia
The characters from the game Tales of Symphonia
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Lloyd Irving"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.
- All-Loving Hero
- Always Save the Girl: Played with.
- Asleep in Class / Good Morning, Crono: Lloyd does this once, notable in that he falls asleep, standing up, while also holding a bucket full of water in each hand. He's woken up when Raine (his teacher) throws an eraser into his face.
- Badass: Becomes a big one as the story progresses.
- Berserk Button: Don't badmouth Anna.
- Blow You Away: The only element he can learn naturally in the original game.
- Book Dumb: Lloyd is not as stupid as he's generally made out to be. He doesn't know much in terms of pure information, but he's got a lot of raw intelligence and can generally sous out an answer with logic and reason.
- Chaste Hero: Until the sequel.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Colette.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Thanks to the OVA, we find out that Lloyd is actually quite buff underneath that turtleneck.
- 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: Justice and Love will always win." He's a Wide-Eyed Idealist and even he thinks it's corny.
- Genius Ditz: Is quite skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to using Dwarven technology. He can also do a surprisingly good job unlocking doors or stopping strange devices...
- Hachimaki: Is that what that utterly ridiculous neck-tie-thing he's always sporting is?
- Happily Adopted: By Dirk who he has no trouble calling 'dad'.
- Heroic BSOD
- Suffers one after Colette loses her soul.
- He also has a brief one after discovering that Kratos is his father.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Genis.
- Hostage For Macguffin: Lloyd, of all people, is at one point held hostage so Kratos will give Yuan the Eternal Sword.
- Idiot Savant: Although it's clear he isn't able to grasp other studies, he is still quite a skilled artisan, crafting jewelry and, more importantly, key crests for Exspheres, often in less than a day, sometimes against adverse situations, like crafting one already embedded in Presea's body.
- I Gave My Word: Why he's so dead-set on going back to the Iselia ranch is because he promised to save Chocolat, despite there being somewhat more important matters going on at the time.
- Idiot Hero: At first. This changes once Character Development settles in and he becomes more of a Messianic Archetype and a great leader instead. That said, his problem was almost always an unwillingness to think and learn rather than an inability to, and the famous and largely-pre-development "Coffee Mind Screw" shows early on that he is capable of great cunning.
- Lightning Bruiser: Very quick and has good attack power.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Has this pulled on him, though his father himself wasn't responsible for The Reveal. Lloyd even does the "NO!!!" shout.
- Likes Older Women: Becomes this in Dawn of the New World, unless you pair him up with Colette. He'll still comment on the attractiveness of older women if you do.
- Nice Guy: Moreso in the game than in the OVA.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
- No Infantile Amnesia: He reveals in one skit to Kratos that he remembers being held by his father and watching stars together. Since then he always made sure to count stars on the night sky. He was about 3 years old when he lost his parents. It does seem, though, that while he does remember this, he doesn't remember it that clearly — otherwise, he would have recognised his father when they first met.
- Not So Different: To Mithos, as Kratos notes if you talk to him at Flanoir, as well as in the OVAs. The only difference is that while Mithos gave up and never tried to fix his mistakes, Lloyd never gave up and he keeps trying to fix what went wrong and succeeds.
- Also to Sheena. Lloyd is the hero of the Sylvarant group, Sheena is the leader of the Tethe'alla group, both of them end up changing the world by their reluctance to make sacrifices.
- Oblivious to Love: Especially where Sheena is concerned. Ultimately, subverting this trope is completely up to the player.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Can wield twin fans as his Joke Weapon.
- Playing with Fire: Retconned as his primary element in the sequel.
- Power Gives You Wings
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a pretty cutting one to Dorr, then later one to Yggdrasill.
- Red Is Heroic
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Genis, Kratos, and Regal. Empathised with Kratos by obtaining (PS2 version only) extra◊ costumes◊ of legendary rivals Musashi and Kojiro.
- Rogue Protagonist: One of the main plots in Dawn of the New World.
- Scarf of Asskicking
- Shock and Awe
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Lloyd is practically the poster boy of this trope, showing all sides of the conflict that there's always a better way to do things or another option they always had instead of just being apathetic to what's happening or choosing an morally bad option that would end up changing nothing.
- Smart Ball: Lloyd will occasionally be handed the intelligence ball that will give him spontaneous moments of insight before he turns back into a moron again. These moments become more common later in the game, such as when after releasing all the seals, he gets the idea to blast the tree with Tethe'alla's summon spirits' energy, and when, shortly thereafter, he remembers that Chocolat was taken to Iselia.
- Spam Attack: Lloyd has by far the most of these, though they're something of a mixed bag; spam attacks are one of the best ways to get an enemy spellcaster to "flinch" out of their incantation, but enemies that can go into Overlimit do so based on the number of hits they've taken. Lloyd tends to burn through his TP reserve quickly as a result.
- Standing in the Hall: While not in the hall, he is shown holding buckets of water at the beginning of the game. In fact, the game starts with Lloyd getting an eraser thrown at his head because he fell asleep while doing this. Hilariously enough, he hadn't put the buckets down while he was asleep, either. They were still a good three inches off the ground while he was snoozing.
- Sword Beam: Demon Fang, his first technique and the one he tends to use in scenes.
- Tell Me About My Mother
- The Blacksmith: The son of one. He's learnt well, as he can craft, do machinery and pick locks.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: The duel against Kratos.
- Took a Level in Badass
- The Unchosen One
- Unskilled, but Strong: At the beginning of the game.
- Two Belts, although it's justified in that he carries two swords.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He doesn't realize that he actually does this by trying to get recognized by Kratos, as Kratos is his father.
'I'm sorry, Dad...'
- You Can't Go Home Again
- You Killed My Mother: Lloyd tries, dealing a serious wound to Kvar, but Kratos infamously one-ups him for the kill. It later turns out that Kratos had a higher rating on the Scale of Justified Revenge.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Wants to save both worlds instead of one. He gets this as a title.
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
fights by tripping is a pretty good fighter.
- A-Cup Angst: She's not too happy if she gets called an Ironing Board by the coliseum announcer.
- All-Loving Hero
- 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.
- Badass Adorable: See the page image.
- Barrier Maiden
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Sheena's Veronica.
- Break the Cutie: Subverted, they failed.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Lloyd.
- 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
- 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.
- Genki Girl
- Girly Run
- Glass Cannon
- 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.
- The Ingenue: So sweet and sheltered.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- 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's Not You, It's My Enemies
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One
- 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.
- Messianic Archetype
- Nice Girl
- 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.
- Plucky Girl
- The Pollyanna
- Proper Tights with a Skirt
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair
- 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
- 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:
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Adorkable: Especially whenever he's around Presea.
- Anime Hair: Like his big sister.
- Badass Adorable
- Big "NO!" / Say My Name: Has a positively heartbreaking one early on. "Marble...MARBLE! NOOOO!"
- Black Mage
- Blow You Away
- 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
- Dishing Out Dirt
- 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
- 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
- An Ice Person
- 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
- Light 'em Up: with in his Strike path!
- Little Mr. Badass
- Little Mr. Snarker
- Love at First Sight: Falls for Presea the minute the party first encounters her.
- Making a Splash
- 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!"
- Parental Abandonment
- Playing with Fire
- Puppy Love: He has a crush on Presea, but Presea's 28, she only looks about the same age as him.
- Shock and Awe
- Shorter Means Smarter: The shortest member of the party, and roughly on par with Raine for intelligence.
- The Smart Guy
- Something About a Rose / Bishie Sparkle: In the 3rd OVA bonus.
- Squishy Wizard
- Supreme Chef / Team Chef: For the first half of the game; he later shares both titles with Regal.
- Teen Genius: In Japan, he is even named Genius.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Averted.
- 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.
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
- Badass Armfold: Does this in cutscenes quite often.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Cam Clarke.
- Blue Oni: To Lloyd's Red Oni.
- Berserk Button: Do not hurt Lloyd in front of Kratos, and do not insult Anna.
- Blow You Away
- 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.
- But Now I Must Go / Put on a Bus: Much to Lloyd's chagrin.
- Combat Medic: Serves as the healer before Raine joins your party.
- The Comically Serious
- 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.
- Death Seeker
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Does Not Like Tomatoes
- Double Agent: For Yggdrasil.
- Duel Boss
- Enigmatic Minion
- Evil Costume Switch: after The Reveal.
- Fallen Hero
- Fake Defector: and quite sneaky about it too, playing both sides as part of his plan to end Mithos' plans.
- The Fatalist
- 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.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When he kills Kvar, until it's revealed that he's avenging his wife.
- Has one of these with Remiel. After the party defeats him, he implores Kratos for aid, who very calmly lets Remiel die.
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?
- 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
- Mysterious Parent
- Coincidentally, this Kratos can obtain the title "War God".
- Though while the spelling is the same, they are pronounced quite differently. (Krah-tos vs Kray-tos)
- 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.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Playing with Fire
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis! / Punctuated Slashing: "Feel The Pain. Of Those Inferior Beings. As You Burn In Hell!"
- The Quiet One
- Really Four Thousand+ Years Old
- Recurring Boss
- Running Gag: Kratos is often late to important events, parodied a bit in OVA's bonuses.
- 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.
- Shock and Awe
- Something About a Rose / Bishie Sparkle: In the OVA bonuses, sometimes, when he appears, these are in the background.
- Stealth Mentor
- The Stoic
- 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.
- 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.
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:
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:
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
- Badass Adorable
- 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.
- Blow You Away
- Comically Serious: Especially in Dawn of the New World.
- Cute Bruiser
- Dishing Out Dirt: Her only natural one. The others are obtained as Altered Artes.
- 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.
- Girlish Pigtails
- 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.
- Little Miss Badass
- 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...
- 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.
- Shock and Awe
- Sibling Yin-Yang: To Alicia.
- Spock Speak
- The Stoic
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Super Strength
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Happens after she starts relearning her emotions. She even says, "This unsettling irritation...is this anger?"
- When She Smiles: A particular point is made out of this after Colette is rescued from Rodyle.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After Ozette is destroyed, although ironically, Presea's house is the only building still intact.
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:
A mysterious convict who is first sent after the party but defects to join them once he catches sight of Presea, Regal is extremely discreet about his past and refuses to take off his shackles
— they are the symbol of the sin he committed and which he has to atone for
. He killed his lover, Presea's sister, when she was turned into a monster by the Exphere experiments that Cruxis performed on her, and cannot forgive himself.
Regal is able to focus his efforts towards the fight against the Desians and the Cruxis after his centric sidequest, in which Alicia, whose soul was retained in the exsphere Regal had been unable to discard, is finally able to tell him she doesn't hold him responsible for what happened to her.
However, he retains his peculiar fighting style, refusing to kill anyone
with the hands that have already done so much harm.
Tropes associated with Regal:
- Adaptational Badass: In the OV As, he's one of the most competent combatants once he joins.
- Armed Legs
- The Atoner: Almost an Exaggerated Trope. Once you get to the flashbacks, you find out that Alicia, in her few lucid moments post-transformation, begged him to kill her. While the obvious emotional trauma of having to kill your girlfriend should not be discounted, boyfriend-assisted suicide is a slightly different case than murder. Possibly deconstructed, in that his personal flaw that he must come to terms with in Welgaia is being weighed down by his feelings of guilt.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Bare Your Midriff
- Big Brother Mentor: Lampshaded when Lloyd and Regal state their bond is like that of siblings, with Regal in particular having come to view Lloyd as a younger brother.
- Blow You Away
- Blue Oni: To Lloyd's red.
- Chained by Fashion
- Charles Atlas Superpower: It is revealed that Regal's skill with hand- and arm-based martial arts is ridiculously high—when he used his hands actively, he was at least as powerful as everyone else in the party, without an Exsphere. Even now, after having kept his arms bound by shackles for a decade, an Exsphere gives him the physical strength to perform a Hadoken-esque attack, breaking through the bars that otherwise kept everyone else in the party well and truly trapped—magic users included.
- Chef of Iron
- The Comically Serious
- Cooking Duel: In a side quest, to unlock a secret outfit.
- Combat Medic: Is an inversion, being a primarily melee fighter with some healing capabilities.
- Cool Old Guy
- Easily Forgiven: The party accept him into the group quite quickly- only Genis and Sheena seem to have reservations about allowing a convicted criminal into the group, and Sheena admits she also started off as the enemy.
- Regal has this attitude towards His butler, George, who was the one who split himself and Alicia up in the first place, allowing her to fall into Vharley's hands.
- Averted with Presea. She says she'll try not to hate Regal, but its made clear in Welgaia that she still bears a grudge for killing Alicia. Lloyd eventually talks her out of this mindset.
- Extremity Extremist
- Genius Bruiser
- Heartbroken Badass
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy of his association with Presea.
- I Am Not Left-Handed Or rather, I do not specialize in foot-based martial arts.
- Kamehamehadoken: Used only in a cutscene (rightfully so! It looks like it would be a real Game Breaker). The in-universe explanation is that he used to specialize in fighting with his hands and they grew so powerful that, once augmented with an Exsphere, he could unleash their physical hitting-things power as a beam, but after that, his Freudian Excuse happened and he vowed never to use his hands for violence again. He makes an exception for the one scene where he uses it because he's not hurting anybody, unless it turns out those jail cells were sentient. Gotta hand it to the guy, at least he keeps his word.
- Lolicon: Got labelled as this thanks to the game not being clear on how old he and Alicia actually were when they fell in love... and the fact that certain fans like to ship with with Presea. Not helped by the fact that she is technically in her twenties. One can even label Regal a Lolicon if you choose the right answer when asked about his tastes in women. He is not amused.
- Zelos points this out in a OVA bonus, which earns Regal the group's disapproval until Lloyd defuses the situation. This one's Played for Laughs, however, as that very same OVA also cleared up the confusion. Not to mention that same OVA revealed that Alicia and he weren't as far apart in age as everyone thought.
- May-December Romance: Subverted. The game was very, very vague on the age difference between himself and Alicia; leading most fans to conclude this, especially as Alicia is very young-looking with a chubby face. The animated adaptation cleared up the whole matter up. The page for this trope has the full details but the long and the short is that Regal was seventeen and Alicia somewhere in her mid-teens but having Alicia characterized with a faux-child voice and Regal played by the deep-voiced, ultra-manly Akio Ohtsuka lead back to this trope.
- Out of Focus: Regal is the only party member (except for Zelos) the player can go the entire game without using and who has no Unison attacks until the PS2 version, makes nothing more then a few token lines after visiting the rooftop grave.
- Interestingly, he is fully aware of this, and has himself stated that he sticks around just to support Lloyd.
- Dawn Of The New World seems to try and make up for this by making him the Guest Star Party Member that sticks with Emil and Marta the longest.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In regards to hair colors, with Presea.
- Playing with Fire
- Power Limiter: Regal wears those handcuffs as "a symbol of his crime" and as "a constant reminder of his sins", but they also function as this (see Kamehamehadoken above). One fan theory is that he rescued himself from the endless waves of angels in the Tower of Salvation by removing his shackles off-screen and tearing up the their shit with his bare hands.
- Rated M for Manly: Lampshaded and Played for Laughs with his "Testosterone" title.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Can tear enemies apart using nothing but his FEET and is the team's best chef. Oh, and he wears a belly shirt.
- Shock and Awe
- Supreme Chef / Team Chef: Along with Genis.
- Team Dad: After Kratos leaves the group.
- He's definitely this for Emil and Marta in the sequel, which Emil even comments on.
- Technical Pacifist
- Unequal Pairing: With Alicia, his servant, which may be why George had them separated.
- Use Your Head: In the 5th OVA bonus, Regal decides not to fight with his legs anymore - instead using his head - because he blames himself for the death of Corrine. He promptly and randomly skull bashes Zelos.
- Willfully Weak
- With My Hands Tied: Regal's fighting style is based around using his feet only, since he killed his lover with his hands and therefore vowed never to kill with his hands again.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- You Shall Not Pass: Said word for word.
Yggdrasill is the leader of Cruxis and the Desians, a self-righteous antagonist who has the world under his spell. But he's also Mithos, the young half-elf the heroes "rescued" from a burning village - who becomes Genis' first half-elf friend, who worries for Raine when she looks tired, who makes jokes at Zelos' expense like everybody else... until he reveals himself to the party when one of his most trusted lieutenants, one of his companions from 4000 years sooner, proves himself to be a traitor.4000 years before Lloyd swore he would save both worlds, a young half-elf named Mithos stopped the war and watched his sister Martel be killed by a human. He managed to keep her soul from disappearing, keeping it in the Seed of the Giant Tree, source of all mana, and swore to fulfill her dream: a world without discrimination. An admirable goal, but his plan to do such a thing involved forcing millions of people to suffer and die to create Exspheres, which he would then use to turn everybody into a lifeless being, with the justification that if everyone were the same, discrimination would stop. While he was doing this, he also tried to breed a vessel with the same Mana signature as Martel to resurrect her by creating the Chosen Ones and arranging marriages to selectively breed for the best possible match to Martel's mana signature. Until the age free of discrimination could come, he separated the world in two, allowing them to both survive without the Giant Kharlan Tree providing mana, and preventing Magitek technology from coming into being to preserve mana.By the end of the game, he's been betrayed by all and rebuked by the soul of Martel herself. His final decision is to be destroyed rather than suffer the same fate as other exsphere victims; his final words are that, if given the choice, he would follow the same path as he did.
Tropes associated with him:
The Five Grand Cardinals
The five leaders of the Desians.
Tropes associated with the Grand Cardinals:
Voiced by: Yuki Makishima (JP), Masasa Moyo (EN)
The leader of the Five Grand Cardinals and Yggdrassil's right hand.
Tropes associated with Pronyma:
- 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: With the thigh-length boots, leotard and Excessive Evil Eyeshadow, Pronyma is not very subtle with her wardrobe.
- 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:
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)
The leader of the Palmacosta Ranch.
Tropes associated with Magnius:
Voiced by: Shigeru Ushiyama (JP), Chris Edgerly (EN)
The leader of the Asgard Ranch.
Tropes associated with Kvar:
- 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.
The leader of the Remote Island Ranch and one of the main Desian researchers.
An Angel sent down from Cruxis to guide Colette on her Journey of Regeneration, Remiel is said to be Colette's true father and tells her of the locations of the seals in Sylvarant. Or so we think...
Tropes associated with Remiel:
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He asks for Kratos' help after the party defeat him, but Kratos refuses.
- Armour Piercing Question: When Lloyd protests about Colette being taken away, Remiel answers, "The Chosen's soul will save the world. Are you saying you would choose one soul over the entire world?"
- Blondes Are Evil
- Catchphrase: "Colette, my daughter." Invoked in-universe to make Colette trust him more.
- Dragon with an Agenda: What Remiel thinks he is- he only took the role of guide to Colette because he thought that Yggdrasill would then make him one of the Seraphim. But in the end, he was just another pawn to Yggdrasill.
- Evil Laugh Once he shows his true colors.
- Evil Is Hammy: His voice gets much deeper and more dramatic after he reveals he lied to everyone.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's not really an Angel, he's a half-elf that evolved using Cruxis Crystals.
- Light Is Not Good
- Luke, I Am Your Father: To Colette. He's not. He just went along with it because it made him seem more trustworthy. He even calls Colette and Lloyd out on it, although Colette admits she guessed he was lying.
- Tomato Surprise: One of the first big ones of the game.
- Tranquil Fury: He gets annoyed if Colette goes to the seals in the wrong order, but he dismisses it by saying it doesn't matter as long as she completes them all.
A ninja from Mizuho, Kuchinawa is a childhood friend of Sheena's and brother of Orochi. It is revealed that Kuchinawa bears a huge grudge against Sheena for failing to make a pact with Volt, and he is actually working with the Pope and Vharley to try and capture the party. Eventually, he challenges Sheena to a duel and leaves Mizuho in disgrace.
Tropes associated with Kuchinawa:
- But Now I Must Go: He leaves Mizuho in disgrace after he loses to Sheena. It's implied by Orochi that he might change his ways.
- The Dragon: To Vharley.
- Evil Former Friend
- Face-Heel Turn: Subverted, he was only pretending to be on Sheena's side at first to plant a charm on Sheena, allowing the Papal Knights to keep tracking the party.
- Interrupted Suicide: He tries to finish himself off when Sheena beats him, but he's stopped by herself and Lloyd.
- It's Personal: He blames Sheena for failing to control Volt, even though she was incredibly inexperienced at the time and couldn't understand Volt's language. He also bears anger towards her because she couldn't go through with killing Colette.
- Noble Demon: He appears to agree when Sheena asks he spare the party in exchange for allowing him to kill her, although Zelos says the Papal Knights probably would have taken everyone else out, anyway.
- He also returns the document containing important information of how to make a Rune Crest in exchange for Corrine's Bell, even if it directly helps the party. He agrees to fight Sheena alone in Mizuho, according to village customs.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Orochi's Blue. They even wear their respective Oni colours.
- The Resenter: To Sheena. BIG TIME.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Orochi. Orochi never blamed Sheena for the Volt incident, and even congratulates her when she successfully makes a pact with him.
- Villain Has a Point: Not about Volt- that was a case of Poor Communication Kills, but he is right in saying that Sheena's failure to kill Colette put Mizuho in danger.
An exsphere broker, he is working with both The Pope and Rodyle to distribute exspheres around Tethe'alla.
Tropes associated with Vharley:
- Anime Hair: Sports a rather stupid-looking Mohawk.
- Arch-Enemy: Both to Regal and Presea- it was Vharley who was responsible for turning Alicia into a monster, then he had Regal sent to prison because Regal's gave Alicia a Mercy Kill, and then tried the same project on Presea and introduced her to Rodyle.
- The Dragon: To both Rodyle and the Pope.
- Fat Bastard
- Guttural Growler
- Lack of Empathy: Arguably one of the worst cases in the same (after perhaps Rodyle and Kvar), he taunts Regal over Alicia's mutation, completely doesn't care when the party kills Rodyle, his employer, because he still has the Pope to work with. And he assists the Pope in obtaining some poison to assassinate the King of Tethe'alla. Luckily, Lloyd, Raine, Zelos and co put a stop to it.
- The Unfought: The party run into him in the Meltokio sewers at first, it looks like a fight will happen, but Presea promptly cuts him down with her axe.
A dog-like companion of Lloyd.
Tropes associated with Noishe:
- All Animals Are Dogs: Noishe acts like a ordinary dog, but he's not. Through a number of skits and one side-quest, you find out that Noishe is actually a creature known as a Protozoan, supposedly the first creature to have been born on the planet. It evolves during the course of its own life, starting off as a single-celled organism, then a fish, then a bird, then the dog-like form, then 'another' form, then finally a human that fights evil. It is also said that Noishe himself (possibly in his previous form) accompanied Mithos and Co. on their journey 4000 years ago.
- Cowardly Lion: He runs away whenever he sees a monster. However, it's implied he got this fear after protecting an infant Lloyd from Anna in her monster form.
- Expy: A monster wolf called Orion in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World greatly resembles Noishe.
- Heroic Dog: Subverted in that he's not really a dog, despite acting like one, but Noishe fit this trope when he protected Lloyd when his mother-turned monster attacked him.
- Stealth Pun: Noishe matches the physical description of a Scottish mythological Cu Sith, which is pronounced Cu Shee.
- For those not familiar with the name, it' feline counterpart is Cait Sith, which was a puppet and party member in Final Fantasy VII.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Noishe is played up as a major character in the beginning, even appearing in several skits and being the one thing Lloyd has that came from his dead/estranged parents, but is dropped roughly the time that the team makes it into Tethe'alla. He still appears occasionally (in stables, when the whole team is split up). His one useful ability, using Long-Range Mode, was also overshadowed greatly by the Rheairds before the end of the first disk, though the game does actually go into a little more detail about him.
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:
Lloyd's late mother, who died many years before the beginning of Tales of Symphonia
. Lloyd soon learns that she was murdered by the Desians and this, along with their attack on Iselia village, inspires him to seek revenge against them. While she never appears in-game, the effect that she had on certain people resonates very strongly throughout the story.
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.