Characters: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Note: Any tropes refering to the returning cast goes there.
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:
- Abusive Parents: Well, aunt and uncle, both of whom verbally abused him on a daily basis. Early in the game, Emil even mentions that he hopes his uncle won't hit him again.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Was ostracized by the villagers of Luin.
- Amnesiac God: Played with in that neither he nor the player knows he has amnesia until The Reveal.
- Animal Motifs: Is usually compared to a dog early in the game.
- Apologises a Lot
- Apologetic Attacker: After he seals his Superpowered Evil Side.
- The Atoner: When he finds out that he killed Aster. He doesn't let anything on to the party, though.
- Bad Ass: Ratatosk Mode Emil is this.
- Berserk Button: Lloyd Irving for both Emils until later in the story. Regular Emil is one for Ratatosk Mode Emil, who thinks very poorly of him.
- Blood Knight: While in his "Ratatosk Mode".
- Cloning Blues "Created from Aster's body"
- Character Development Both Emil and Ratatosk Mode Emil get heaps of it.
- Emil becomes braver and more confident over the course of the journey. He also becomes the dominant personality out of him and Ratatosk and takes his place and stops Richter's plan.
- Ratatosk Mode Emil starts out as a huge Jerkass that loathes regular Emil and ends up pissing off everyone in his determination to protect Marta, but softens up a little bit in regards to Marta. After The Reveal that he's really Ratatosk and was close to committing genocide, Ratatosk comes to respect Emil and through the journey, realizes how wrong he was and finds another way to fix the problem of no mana = world dying.
- The Conscience: Emil is this to Ratatosk
- Cover Identity Anomaly: Being the summon spirit Ratatosk in human form, Emil lacks a lot of information that would be expected from a resident of Palmacosta - fishing, the Desian Human Ranch nearby, etc, leading to a lot of exposition for veteran players of the original.
- Cowardly Lion: Regular Emil is like this for most of the game, he becomes more confident and brave.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: His Ratatosk persona is like this toward Marta. Especially evident after random battles.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Deadpan Snarker: Both Emil and Ratatosk Mode Emil have their moments, usually in victory quotes or skits.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Twice. In very bizarre (and creepy) ways.
- Detached Sleeves
- 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
- 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, with Split Personality Identity Amnesia just for extra crazy!
- 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.
- 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
- Memory Gambit
- 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 Eyes, Take Warning
- 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.
- He also sports one just before delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Magnar.
- 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: To be truthful, it's more of an Helpless Good 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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.
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:
- Anti-Villain: If he had a different opinion of what Ratatosk is, he'd be a party member.
- Bad Ass
- Big Bad: A very unwilling one.
- Broken Pedestal
- The Comically Serious: He laughs at one of Emil's jokes. And then wonders why everyone is so shocked. And every time he tries to make a joke it falls flat, because no-one can work out if he's actually joking.
- Cool Sword and Sinister Scythe (or) An Axe to Grind
- Evil Genius: Vanguard.
- Sort-Of-Bad-But-Not-Really Mentor
- Genius Bruiser: As his spectacles suggest, he's actually a scientist.
- Good All Along
- Guest Star Party Member
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Heroic Sacrifice: His Gambit Roulette was supposed to end this way so that Aster could be revived without letting the demons of Niflheim into the world.
- Ho Yay: With Emil and Aster, which is probably the reason for the former.
- Infernal Retaliation / Playing with Fire: His final boss/Lord of Flames form. It's also a Shout-Out to Abyssion, Symphonia's Bonus Boss and the last person who tried to tap into the power of Niflheim.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Aster.
- Hot Scientist
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very bad at it though.
- Lethal Chef: Mainly because he's never cooked before.
- Making a Splash
- The Man Behind the Man
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If it wasn't for him killing Ratatosk, Ratatosk would have committed genocide.
- Noble Demon: Much of his criticism of the people around him is followed by an apology for his rudeness. Also, despite helping to set up The Vanguard's combat unit, he's not as bad a guy as its current members.
- ‹bermensch: He even references Nietzsche in the name of his trademark Mystic Arte Eternal Recurrence. Turns out he wasn't like this at all...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
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.
- Anti-Villain: She's actually quite nice and sociable to Emil. She's just devoted to Richter. And she has good reason for abandoning Ratatosk.
- Bodyguard Crush
- The Dragon: To Richter.
- Love Makes You Evil
- Making a Splash
- Meaningful Name: Like Tenebrae, her name is in Latin. Hers means "water".
- Summon Magic
- Wendee Lee
- With Friends Like These...: Her relationship with Tenebrae. He loves winding her up, and she lets her buttons get pushed far too easily.
Voiced by: Rintauro Nishi (JP), JB Blanc (EN)The leader of the Vanguard and Marta's father.Tropes associated with Brute:
- The Atoner
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Solum's core
- Catch Phrase: "Means and methods are insignificant in the eyes of justice!"
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Large Ham
- Luke, I Am Your Father
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
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:
- 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.
- Hypocrite: "No one likes a strong-willed little girl. Come on, Decus."
- 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:
- Cloudcuckoolander: Definitely has a few screws loose. Aside from the obsession with Alice (enough that his Mystic Arte has him stopping in the middle of a fight to stare at a picture of her,) he's also regularly making weird flamboyant motions with his hands and proudly wears cologne that can only be described as chemical warfare which becomes a key factor in finding out that he's posing as Lloyd.
- The Dragon
- Dying Declaration of Love
- Even the Guys Want Him: He thinks that his cologne has this effect.
- Friendly Enemy: On the few occasions in which the party speaks to him when he isn't around Alice or under the effects of Solum's core.
- Gratuitous German: "Ausbruch!" "Strahl!" "Stein Hagel!" "Trombe!" "Lawine!" "Sturmwind!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: He loves Alice so much, he jumps in the way and takes Emil's sword for her, which causes her to go through the Despair Event Horizon.
- Large Ham: While under the influence of Solum's core.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He used Solum's core to transform into Lloyd and committed all of the crimes that Lloyd supposedly committed.
- Playing with Fire
- The Power of Love: Used in his Mystic Arte.
- Rescue Romance: He fell in love with Alice after she saved him from a lynch mob.
- Sanity Slippage: Thanks to prolonged exposure to Solum's core.
- Say My Name: ALICE!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Stalker with a Crush: His obsession with Alice, although they're both villains.
- Taking the Bullet
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Until Brute takes Solum's core away from him.
- What Does He See in Her?: Alice doesn't return his affections and outright trashes him in front of his face. What does he see in her? Actually....she truly does love him...
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
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.
- Berserk Button: Insulting his friends, or any half-elves, for that matter.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In the Successors of Hope novel, he loses it when he hears another researcher refer to Richter as a "stupid half-elf".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Implied by Richter, who mentions that he had "a few screws loose in his head".
- Cute Scientist
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Richter
- Identical Stranger: With Emil. Subverted in that it's actually EMIL that looks like him.
- Nice Guy: How else could he have befriended someone like Richter?
- Only Friend: to Richter
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: In the Sucessors of Hope novel, he has a pendant with his infamous catchphrase etched onto it. After he loses it in the Balacruf ruins, it finds itself passing through the hands of every party member of the original game (sans Lloyd) as they try to return it, until it finally makes its way back to Richter, by then becoming a Tragic Keepsake.
- Plot-Triggering Death
- Posthumous Character
- Teen Genius
- The Lost Lenore: Non-romantic example to Richter. In fact, everything Richter does in the game all leads up to his plan to revive Aster.
- Thigh-High Boots
- Walking Spoiler
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 Father to His Men: The few times he's shown in command of his troops, as opposed to being commanded by Alice, he's shown to care for them a lot.
- Butt Monkey
- Lean and Mean
- Looks Like Cesare
- Not So Harmless: Just because he's treated as a complete Butt Monkey doesn't mean you should take him lightly when you have to fight him.
- The Brute
- False Flag Operation
- Funny Afro: Use enough lightning artes on him during the second fight, and he'll sprout one of these.
- I Lied: After Marta gives herself up in order to save the village of Luin, he orders it to be burned down anyway.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ratatosk Emil beats seven shades of piss out of him after their fight.