Characters: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Note: Any tropes refering to the returning cast goes there.

Emil Castagnier

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

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:

Marta Lualdi

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

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.


Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (JP), Christopher Corey Smith (EN)

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.

Richter Abend

Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)

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.

Lord Brute

Voiced by: Rintauro Nishi (JP), JB Blanc (EN)

The leader of the Vanguard and Marta's father.

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Voiced by: Mami Kingetsu (JP), Janice Kawaye (EN)

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.

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Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)

A commander in the Vanguard. He's obsessed with Alice.

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Aster Laker

Voced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

A scholar who conducted research on the Great Kharlan Tree and Richter's deceased best friend.


Voiced by: Yuji Kishi (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)

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.

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A soldier in the Vanguard. The first time you meet him, he will claim to be following orders from the Church of Martel.

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