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.

Emil provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Deadpan Snarker: Both Emil and Ratatosk Mode Emil have their moments, usually in victory quotes or skits.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: In very bizarre (and creepy) ways. He impersonates two entirely different dead people at the same time, but the second case is unintentional. His current appearance is that of a boy Ratatosk killed named Aster. Ratatosk then created a fake personality that was designed to quickly fill in the gaps of its memory; during the mass murder in Palmacosta six months prior, a woman named Lana, blinded by her injuries, mistook Ratatosk for her son, Emil, and so the false persona came to believe it was Emil.
  • The Ditz: Has shades of this.
    Sheena: She earned the nickname "HE Bomb".
    Emil: "HE Bomb"? Shouldn't it be "SHE Bomb?"
    Sheena: Emil could give Collete a run for her money.
  • Doomed Hometown: Palmacosta.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Emil idolizes Richter a little too much.
    • When Regal reveals the woman he loved died by his own hand, Emil starts to worry about what will happen if he has to face off against Richter, then gets flustered and states aloud to no one in particular that he isn't in LOVE with Richter or anything. Suspicious indeed.
    • He's also shipped with Ruca, thanks to a scene in the opening sequence of Radiant Mythology 3 where they HUG each other. Seen here at 1:15
  • Evil All Along: "Ratatosk Mode" is not a Super-Powered Evil Side, Ratatosk is Emil's true self. Emil is just a fake personality.
  • Evil Laugh: In "Ratatosk Mode", during his Mystic Arte's extension, Ain Soph Aur.
  • Expy: He definitely has traits that are similar to Almaz: they're both scarf-wearing,Adorkable Cowardly Lions that sport an Ahoge. They even have the same VA, in BOTH languages!
  • Eye Color Change: Emil's normally green eyes turn red whenever his "Ratatosk-mode" personality is in control (usually during battle only).
  • Face-Heel Turn: Ratatosk was actually a pretty nice guy until Mithos betrayed him and wrecked his World Tree, causing his Start of Darkness.
  • Fake Memories: Played with in that no-one has given him Fake Memories, but rather he has no memories to begin with and is filling in the blanks as he goes along.
  • Grand Theft Me
  • God in Human Form: He really is Ratatosk, who assumed the form of a boy named Aster, possibly because he was the last human he saw before Richter reduced him to core form.
  • Good Is Not Nice: His Ratatosk form.
  • Heel-Face Turn: His Ratatosk persona never liked humans, elves or half-elves to begin with, but compare his personality from chapter 1 to chapter 8 (and especially to his flashback) and you'll see that he has changed.
  • Helpless Good Side: 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.
  • Humanity on Trial
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll
  • Idiot Hair
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: "Courage is the magic that turns dreams into reality."
  • Jerkass: Ratatosk Mode Emil. He even rudely tells party members to be grateful when he revives them in combat. He becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold towards Marta over time.
  • Knight in Shining Armor
  • Large Ham: His Super-Powered Evil Side
  • Lethal Chef: Subverted. Both normal and Ratatosk Emil have great cooking skills, but while the former takes great care on presentation - doing things like cutting food into the shape of flowers - the latter's meals look rough, or at worst not remotely edible. Both taste just as good.
  • Light Is Not Good: Ain Soph Aur, Ratatosk's signature move.
  • Magic Feather: After he seals away Ratatosk's personality, he can still perform every arte Ratatosk ever learned minus Ain Soph Aur, showing that he can fight just as well as long as he has enough confidence.
  • Memory Gambit: Falls under this category, albeit in an 'unintentional-but-we'll-roll-with-it' sort of way. Really, Ratatosk created a fake version of his dormant state, merged it to the first person he came across, the proceeded to take on the identity of another random person who had just been killed, and the appearance of the best friend of the reason he was in this mess, who he killed himself, all for his own protection until his powers could recover.
  • Nephewism: He went to live with his Aunt Flora and Uncle Alba after his parents were killed.
  • Nice Guy: Emil. He's kind to pretty much everyone, even his enemies to a degree.
  • Non-Action Guy: Lets Ratatosk Mode do all the fighting for him until the second half of Chapter 8.
  • Red Black And Evil All Over: Ratatosk Emil has red eyes to go with the black parts of his outfit. He's also the currently-Face Ratatosk, who wishes to destroy all of humanity. Marta's influence causes a Heel-Face Turn though.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes turn red when he is in Ratatosk Mode.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He has this dynamic with himself. Emil's the Sensitive Guy to Ratatosk Mode's Manly Man.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Slasher Smile: His Ratatosk Mode cut-in portrait for his Mystic Arte sports one.
  • Split Personality: Normally, he's very timid, sweet, and cowardly. But when he goes into his humorously named, "Ratatosk Mode", he turns much more vicious and merciless. Though, he is actually Ratatosk, and "Emil" is actually a fabricated personality.
  • Split-Personality Merge: At the end of the game. Later subverted as Ratatosk basically makes him and Emil two separate people in the good ending.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side
  • Supreme Chef: While not quite on the level of Genis or Regal, Emil's cooking impresses any who've tried it. Worth noting: Emil tends to make artwork out of his food, while Ratatosk's can only be described as "rough" in appearance...though it's still just as good.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Eventually it comes to light that Emil has not been channeling Ratatosk's power; he himself is Ratatosk, and the moments when he gains power to fight are him using his true abilities. Contrary to everyone's belief, Ratatosk had been awake for months, but was incredibly weak. In order to hide his true identity as he recovered, he created a fake persona using the appearance of a boy he'd killed named Aster. The fake was designed to quickly fill in the gaps of its memory; during the mass murder in Palmacosta six months prior, a woman named Lana, blinded by her injuries, mistook Ratatosk for her son, Emil, and so the false persona came to believe it was Emil. No one in Palmacosta recognizes him because while there was once an Emil Castagnier there, this one looks completely different. The real Emil is implied to be dead, murdered at the same time as his parents. Furthermore, the core Marta has is a fake, designed to make her a target for those who seek to kill Ratatosk before he regains his full power.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Emil does this throughout the game, to the point that during Chapter 8, he seals away Ratatosk's personality and takes on the role of Ratatosk himself and even fights instead of letting Ratatosk Mode do all the work.
  • Tsundere: His Ratatosk form shows some shades of type A, especially toward Marta.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's actually Ratatosk, the Lord of Monsters who wanted to Kill All Humans. Ratatosk does become a good-aligned Antihero eventually however.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Healing the Tree is one thing. Eradicating humanity so that they can't hurt it again... is another.
  • You Killed My Parents: Thinks that Lloyd did it. Turns out Decus took Lloyd's form with a Centurion's core and framed him.

Marta Lualdi

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

A former member of the Vanguard. 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. Emil became her guardian knight, a Knight of Ratatosk, in order to protect her and Ratatosk's core.
  • 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.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Ratatosk's Core is attached to Marta's forehead. The only way to remove it is for her to die.
  • 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.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: When Emil turns out to be Ratatosk.
  • Doomed Hometown: Palmacosta.
  • Red Herring: 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.


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!
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him a dog, he hates it.
  • 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".

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.

Tropes associated with Brute:


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.

Tropes associated with Alice:


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

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

Tropes associated with Decus:

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.

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: