Characters: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Any tropes refering to the returning cast
An introverted, timid young boy from Palmacosta. During the Blood Purge, he came across the bodies of his parents and was severely traumatized. Afterwards, he was forced to move in with his abusive uncle in Luin, where he is universally despised for his weak personality and for accusing town hero Lloyd of being the instigator of the Blood Purge and the murderer of his parents. He wants to avenge his parents, but due to his timid personality finds himself paralyzed with doubt and fear.
At the beginning of the game, Emil signs a magical contract with Tenebrae to become a Knight of Ratatosk and protect Marta. From that moment on, whenever he enters battle he taps into a second, badass
, superpowered Anti-Hero personality
. With this newfound power, he joins Marta on her quest to retrieve the Centurion Cores and awaken Ratatosk so that he can finally track down Lloyd.Later, it is revealed that his Superpowered Evil Side is the dormant Ratatosk, and that "Emil" is a Blank Slate personality created when Ratatosk was forced to awaken before he could fully recover from fatal injuries suffered at the hands of Richter. After Emil discovers that he- as Ratatosk- killed Richter's best friend in cold blood (thus triggering the events of the plot and all the disasters that followed), he becomes The Atoner while struggling to reconcile his new and old selves
Emil provides examples of the following tropes:
A former member of the Vanguard, and daughter of its leader, Brute.
She believes that Emil saved her life during the Blood Purge, and from that point idolised him as a Knight in Shining Armor
. When she meets up with her hero six months later- and he becomes a Knight of Ratatosk- she drags him into a quest to retrieve the Centurion Cores before Lloyd does. She absolutely idolises Emil and can't seem to get it through her head that he's not the person she believes him to be.
Marta lived in Palmacosta during the events of the first game until it was destroyed during the disastrous revival of the World Tree at the end of disc one
. She blames the Chosen One
, Colette for the destruction of her home and the resulting death of her mother.
Marta provides examples of the following tropes.
- Action Girl
- Badass Adorable
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Ratatosk Mode Emil is exactly the kind of man that Marta imagined Emil to be. Later she finds out the hard way just what an absolute Jerkass he is.
- Berserk Button: Do not threaten Emil when she is around. Notably played for dramatic effect near the end of the game when she kills Alice, briefly dropping her Action Girl and Badass Adorable persona in favour of a quiet, Dead Serious monologue.
- Bodyguard Crush: of the "guarded has a crush on the bodyguard" variety.
- Character Development: Marta starts out as a Clingy Jealous Girl who ignores Emil's real personality for the one of the manly badass Knight in Shining Armor she pictured him to be until he calls her out on it. She matures and comes to see Emil for the person he really is and falls in love with him for who he really is.
- Marta also matures in the way she handles the situation with the Vanguard and the fact her father is the leader. At first she just kept running away and trying to avoid confronting him, but she comes to accept that she has to stop him to save him from himself. This pays off big time.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Her defining personality trait. Deconstructed to a degree, since it doesn't win Emil over, it just annoys him throughout the journey until he calls her out on it because he's getting sick of it. She tones down on this via Character Development.
- Combat Medic
- Covert Pervert: She says Regal looks kinda sexy in his prison uniform in one of her journal entries. She then embarrassingly retorts this statement.
- Cute Little Fangs One fang, actually.
- Defector from Decadence: Marta was a member of the Vanguard, whose top leader was her own father Commander Brute. She left the organization after learning her father was planning to use the Centurions' Cores to gain power by obliterating Tethe'alla.
- Detached Sleeves
- Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: When Emil turns out to be Ratatosk.
- Doomed Hometown: Palmacosta.
- Flower in Her Hair
- Girlish Pigtails
- Glass Cannon
- Improbable Weapon User: Attacks by spinning in circles, with disks attached to her right wrist.
- Lethal Chef: Mainly because she never bothered to taste her cooking, and her father said that it was delicious. In a subversion from the norm, once she realizes how bad she is she vows to get better and eventually becomes a decent cook.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
- Light 'em Up: Her primary offensive magic.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Played with if not outright deconstructed.
- The Medic
- Rebellious Princess
- Red Herring/The Unchosen One: The core on Marta's forehead isn't real. It's a fake put there by the real Ratatosk to draw attention away from him.
- You Killed My Mother: Toward Colette. She acknowledges that she was just blaming Colette for what happened and apologises later in the game though.
- Zettai Ryouiki
The Centurion of Darkness, and Emil and Marta's guide. As a Centurion, he is the servant of Ratatosk and helps both Emil and Marta so that his master can be reawakened. He can control Darkness-elemental monsters, and sends them to fight in his place.
Tenebrae is extremely
snarky and has a dark (no pun intended) sense of humour. He takes delight in teasing fellow Centurion Aqua and injecting conversations with mischievous comments that serve only to make bad situations worse. Despite this, he is often forced to act as the Straight Man
to the insanity of the other party members, and has a minor complex over being regarded as "too old
Tenebrae provides examples of the following tropes:
- Accidental Misnaming: My Name Is Not Doggie, Tenebie, Mr. Doggy, Tenby, Tenny, Brae-Brae, Trae, Mr. Fairy or Paw Pad!
- Butt Monkey: Especially if Colette is around, which prompts him to say that his reputation is done for.
- Casting a Shadow
- Dark Is Not Evil: Although he does take delight in playing harmless pranks.
- Deadpan Snarker: There's a reason he's called "Spiteful Tenebrae".
- Embarrassing Nickname: Colette starts by calling him "Doggie." When he objects, she goes for the slightly more respectful "Mr. Doggie", before eventually settling on "Tennebie", which sticks. Presea also adds "Paw Pad" and "Fairy" later in the game.
- The Gadfly: Dips into this on occasion. Probably the funniest example being him deliberately misinterpreting Sheena and Regal's comments on how close Zelos is to his half-sister Seles as them saying that Zelos has a crush on her. Right in front of him. Zelos is not amused.
- Grumpy Old Man: Dog, actually.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves the party from a bomb in Meltokio. It doesn't actually kill him, though; it just returns him to a dormant state, and the party has to make a detour to the Temple of Darkness to revive him.
- Invisible to Normals: Actually invisible to everyone, if he so chooses- comes with the territory of being in charge of Dark mana. Lampshaded in an early skit.
- Meaningful Name: Tenebrae is Latin for "darkness", and he's the Centurion of Darkness, in charge of the resource distribution system for Dark mana.
- Moment Killer: And darn proud of it, too.
- Pungeon Master: Sheena even lampshades this in one skit.
- Trickster Mentor
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Emil, once The Reveal occurs.
A mysterious traveller, Richter is a member of the Vanguard whose goal is to kill Marta and claim the Core of Ratatosk on her forehead. His partner on this quest is the Centurion of Water, Aqua. He first meets Emil in Luin and inspires the young boy to be more courageous; eventually, he becomes a mentor and friend to Emil despite technically being his enemy.
Richter is an incredibly strong-willed individual, to the extent that he is unaffected by the power of the un-hatched Centurion Cores and can even unconsciously influence the Centurions themselves (as shown by Aqua falling in love with him). He is quiet and keeps to himself, believing that one should say no more than is necessary and that once an emotion is explicitly expressed it loses its meaning. He loathes Ratatosk, calling him a "Demon King".It turns out that Richter is gambling everything on a crazy plan to resurrect his deceased best friend, Aster. To this end, he manipulates the Vanguard using the Centurion Cores and makes a Deal with the Devil to unleash the demons of Niflheim on the world in exchange for Aster's life... a deal that he also plans on double-crossing
Richter provides examples of the following tropes:
Voiced by: Youko Honda (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
The Centurion of Water, she is Richter's constant partner and ally. She is utterly infatuated with Richter and has actually renounced her loyalty to Ratatosk in favour of following Richter everywhere he goes. As the Centurion of Water, she can make pacts with Water-elemental monsters, using them to fight in her place. She tends to be highly emotional, and shares a love-hate relationship with Tenebrae.
Voiced by: Rintauro Nishi (JP), JB Blanc (EN)
The leader of the Vanguard and Marta's father.
Tropes associated with Brute:
A commander in the Vanguard, one of the primary antagonists of the game. Despite looking like a little girl, she is sadistic and obsessed with gaining power.
Tropes associated with Alice:
- Alice Allusion
- An Ice Person: Her mystic arte, Fimbulvetr.
- Cute and Psycho
- Dark Chick
- Despair Event Horizon: When Decus takes Emil's sword for her, she finally can't take it anymore and admits she loves him back, and then goes into a rage to avenge him.
- Dying Declaration of Love
- Establishing Character Moment: Directly after she says she's tired, a Vanguard member immediately uses himself as a bench for her, without hesitation or grumbling. Then when Hawk tries to explain himself, she promptly and viciously whips him for talking back.
- The Fake Cutie
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's a half-elf.
- Love Is a Weakness: She refuses to fall in love because she feels that caring about another will make her weaker. She gets proven right when her love for Decus gets her killed.
- More Than Mind Control: From her "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Marta says she's willing to forgive Alice since she thinks she was Brainwashed and Crazy. Alice hammers in just how much of a Jerk Ass she really is when she says she wasn't, since she desired everything.
- No Cure for Evil: Inverted; she'll regularly spam First Aid when you fight her, meaning you should Shoot the Medic First.
- Older Than They Look: She's at least 18.
- Pet the Dog: In her sidequest. She also saves an old woman that's trying to get a doctor to help her grandson that's being attacked and abused by a Jerkass clergyman during the events of the game and gives the old women a recommendation to get her grandson treated for free.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives one to Marta.
- Unstoppable Rage: She goes apeshit after Decus died in her arms confessing his love to her and realized she loved him too, and picks Decus' BFS to trying exacting revenge. It doesn't last long as she's quickly killed off.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Decus dies.
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)
A commander in the Vanguard. He's obsessed with Alice.
Tropes associated with Decus:
A scholar who conducted research on the Great Kharlan Tree and Richter's deceased best friend.
A soldier in the Vanguard. He works for Alice, and is often treated as her personal whipping boy. He has a particularly unfriendly rivalry with Magnar.
Tropes associated with Hawk:
A soldier in the Vanguard. The first time you meet him, he will claim to be following orders from the Church of Martel.
Tropes associated with Magnar: