Luke is the son of a duke in Kimlasca-Lanvaldear, and has been kept locked up in his family's manor since the age of ten after an incident in which he was kidnapped by an opposing nation and developed complete retrograde amnesia. In that time, he's grown up into a spoiled and selfish person with little regard for anyone outside of his immediate circle of friends. After he is inadvertently teleported halfway across the world with Tear, his journey to return home leads to some startling discoveries about himself: not only is he a prophesied Chosen One, but he possesses the power of hyperresonance, a force that can reshape reality itself.After a certain incident, he vows to change himself for the better and gives himself an Important Haircut.As the main character, Luke is a pure swordsman. He is balanced in both attack and defense, and his combat style specializes in chaining artes to keep the enemy off-balance.
A Million Is a Statistic: Averted. While he never knew any of the people there, it's clear that Luke feels incredible guilt over his role in the destruction of Akzeriuth, to the extent that atoning for it becomes the defining point to his character.
Blank Slate: He thinks it's amnesia, but it's really this because he was born as a replica.
Blessed with Suck: In regards to the fact that he has the power to cause hyperresonances on his own but it is abused by the Big Bad, and it's also supposedly too unstable to use in battle..
Book Dumb: Justified. He's a seven year old that's trying to learn at the seventeen year old level.
Break the Haughty: At the start of the game Luke is a entitled, arrogant, spoiled brat. Then Akzeriuth happens, he learns he's a replica and The Team abandons them...
Butt Monkey: The world of Auldrant seems to exist solely to break Luke's mind into tiny little pieces as often and as brutally as possible, and almost all of his otherwise noble friends and family seem only too glad to help it out.
The Chosen One: Played with. A passage in Yulia's Seven-Part Score says that a savior shall be born in the country of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear; a noble with hair of red, who shall be called "the light of the sacred flame". "Luke" means just that in Ancient Ispanian, and he is the son of a duke with red hair, so it's clear that he's the prophesied youth. Indeed, Luke Fon Fabre is the chosen one. However, it's not this Luke, but rather Asch. Luke is a replica created solely for the purpose of overturning the prophecy by allowing Asch to survive an event that is fated to kill him. Then a later event seems to play it straight again by having Luke "destroy himself" (by performing an action that causes terminal fonon separation) "and his people" (Replicas) in the "miner's city" (the Tower of Rem used to be just that). However, so much of the Score has gone off track by that point that it's difficult to say.
Classical Anti-Hero: Starts off as a good hearted but extremely unpleasant Sheltered Aristocrat, and though he goes on fill the role of a hero, he's still plagued with crippling self-esteem issues even on his best of days.
Cloning Blues: Realizing that he's a replica causes him no end of angst.
Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged about Akzeriuth. While he 'pulled the trigger' so to speak, he was being manipulated by the Big Bad into destroying the place; he thought he was saving it. The others give him crap and abandon him because of it but ultimately they forgive him for it. However, he doesn't forgive himself until much later.
Evil Knockoff: A inversion of the trope in every aspect. He's Asch's knock off but he's also The Hero of the story.
Expy: He looks a heck of a lot like Zelos Wilder who is also a member of the nobility who acts like a jerk. He uses a number of the same artes, with the exception of not having magic.
Fiery Redhead: Long red hair and an antagonistic jerkass. He cuts it off at the same time as toning down his behavior.
God in Human Form: Has the power of the most mysterious and special of Auldrant's seven god-like beings, though Asch is more powerful.
Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His eyes are drawn wider after his haircut than before, most likely due to less apathy from him post-Heroic BSOD. They also give him a younger look which may be in keeping with the reveal that chronologically and mentally, he's really seven years old.
Guilt Complex: After the events of The Reveal tore Luke's sense of self-worth into little-itty-bitty pieces, he becomes susceptible to this kind of thinking, and the rest of the party have to keep a close eye on him to keep him from going over the edge. It begins spiraling out of control in the last third of the game.
Heroic BSOD: Unwittingly nuking Akzeriuth puts him into a deep funk.
Heroic Sacrifice / The Hero Dies: It began as a slow death from ion seperation and culminated in a quicker death in the crashing Elderant. He comes back at the ending, having merged survived via a merge with Asch.
Heroic Wannabe: Leading up to Akzeriuth he wants to be like his role model, Van, and be a hero. It's really a means to an end for him.
Idiot Hero: He admits it himself. Justified in that, even before the dramatic reveal, he only remembers the last seven years of his life and was basically under house arrest and deliberately Locked Out of the Loop that entire time.
It's All My Fault: Luke's mindset through about the middle of the game till just before the end.
Jerkass: Before Akzeriuth, he's abrasive, arrogant, and typically has selfish motives for his good deeds (he wants to save Akzeriuth so that he'll be a hero and be freed more than out of concern for the people)
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his mouth, he automatically helps people when he sees them in trouble and is one of the few RPG protagonists who are utterly averse to killing. This means that the plot forces him to destroy an entire city against his will, and then later consciously choose to disintegrate what are basically thousands of newborn clones in order to save the world from being covered in poison. Ion put it best when he said that Luke was always kind, he just wasn't very good at showing it. After his Important Haircut, he loses the "jerk" part.
Replacement Goldfish: He was created because Van didn't want to part with the original Luke. Guy comes to believe that Replica!Luke is the "real Luke", and his relationship with him is different than the one with Asch, the original Luke.
Say My Name: In the voice dramas, when Asch takes a blow from Van meant for Luke and bids Luke farewell as he dies, Luke screams his name in anguish: ASSSSSHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUU!
Secretly Dying: He's entirely composed of seventh fonons because he's a replica. This makes him vulnerable to fonon seperation from the Tower of Rem. It turns out by the end that everyone knew. Merging with Asch at the end of the game re-stabilized him.
Semi-Divine: The same package as Asch as his replica albeit a weaker version.
Sphere of Destruction: His "Radiant Howl" Mystic Arte has shades of this. Not to mention what happened at Akzeriuth.
The Southpaw: Luke is left-handed. Asch wields his sword with his right hand. Character design materials note that Asch was born left handed but was brought up to learn how to use his right for "proper etiquette" reasons. Perhaps the fact that this wasn't enforced on Luke is a sign of how spoiled his upbringing was compared to Asch's.
Thou Shall Not Kill: He doesn't like killing. Ultimately defied in that he realises that it is unfortunately necessary.
Tsundere: Like with Asch, when he's in jerkass mode, he gets like this to Ion and whenever he's complimented. Once he takes a level in kindness, he ceases to be a tsundere.
The Watson: Being an amnesiac Sheltered Aristocrat who hasn't left the family manor in seven years, Luke is perfect for the role of asking "what's going on?"
What Measure Is a Mook?: Uniquely among the party, Luke recognizes enemy soldiers as human beings and values their lives even pre-Character Development, with him experiencing a Heroic BSOD the first time he kills an enemy Mook. He'll defend himself against enemy attacks and kill if he has to, but its mentioned that killing all these Mooks haunts him, and he has unique end-of-battle dialogue against human enemies where he expresses regret.
Younger than They Look: He’s only seven years old, the kicker being that nobody trustworthy is aware of it. note Interesting side note: Luke's one of the oldest replicas encountered in game. The only one that's older than him is the Nebilim replica, who's more than twice his age. However, he is the oldest Seventh-Fonon-based replica.
"It's not easy to regain trust once you've lost it."
Born Mystearica Aura Fende, Tear is a Seventh Fonist from the Order of Lorelei who- at the beginning of the game- attempts to assassinate her brother Van Grants. She accidentally teleports herself and Luke halfway across the world, and stricken with guilt she vows to return him home. Though she carries herself as a soldier, Tear possesses a powerful mothering instinct and a weakness for girly or cute things. As a Songstress of Yulia, she can sing hymns that bestow powerful magical effects.Tear is the main healer of the party, and possesses several spells for creating Fields of Fonons. Though Tear's healing spells heal less damage than Natalia's, they have a large area-of-effect. Her offense is primarily magical.
Action Girl: She's a soldier. Half of her skills are direct fighting instead of magic and she throws knives in several cutscenes. She's the most action-focused White Magician Girlever.
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Tear is beautiful with long gray-brown hair, and as a soldier, she's also composed, cold and distant at first.
Artificial Stupidity: Not nearly as bad as Natalia (see below), but when her AI casts Resurrection, unless you immediately when she's done have her cast/do something else, she WILL try to use Resurrection again, even if nobody is KO'd any more after she cast Resurrection the first time. This also occurs with Anise if you have the doll head that allows her to cast Raise Dead/Resurrection.
The reason this occurs is the AI casts Resurrection -> recovers and is ready to cast another spell -> doesn't pay attention to the current Resurrection spell (which has a long animation time after casting before it hits) and tries to revive the party member who still hasn't been hit with Resurrection it sees as dead. On the other hand, revival is always top priority for healers, whereas Estelle in Vesperia will often dawdle or neglect to quickly resurrect the dead.
Blunt Yes: She says the replicas on Feres Island, who don't care whether the originals live or die, have "a will to live that borders on arrogance." When one of them asks if she's calling them arrogant, she says yes, and asks them whether they can say what they did when their words are turned against them.
Boobs of Steel: Out of all the female characters, she has the highest concentration of physical endowment and military experience.
Boom Stick: She uses her wand to fire beams of light at her enemy rather than using it for closed-quarters combat.
Buxom Is Better: People don't seem to pay much attention to her large tracts of land until it's lampshaded in some skits and Luke uses them to taunt Anise.
M-me-melons, what do you mean melons!? Are you stupid!? Can't you be a little more quiet!?
Improbable Age/Younger than They Look: A lieutenant of the Oracle Knights of Order of Lorelei... at the age of sixteen! However, considering this is a world where a pre-teen can be the personal bodyguard of the spiritual leader of the known world (who's also pre-teen) it's less of a stretch. Plus, the world of Auldrant has years that last twice as long... meaning in our earth years, she's 32.
Lady of War: A beautiful and composed soldier whose weapons include songs and expertly thrown knives.
Lawful Stupid: It's subtly implied that raising her as this was deliberately done by the Yulia City elders to help her adhere to the Because Destiny Says So attitude of the Oracle Knights. Ironically, she's actually more open to the idea of changing destiny than she is breaking the rules of her society.
Moral Dissonance: She chews out Luke for trusting his beloved father figure Van, who then proceeded to use Luke to blow up Akzeriuth. However, she saw no problem with defending the honor of her direct superior Grand Maestro Mohs, even after it is readily apparent that he masterminded the repeated kidnappings of her ultimate superior and, by that time, close friend Ion, and was trying to send the entire world into war. She never seems to bring this up, even when its revealed that he knew and was fully supporting Van's actions regarding the destruction of Akzeriuth.
Guy is Luke's personal servant and "best friend", going so far as to travel into the middle of enemy territory looking for Luke when he goes missing. Though Guy is extremely charming, he suffers from a crippling case of gynophobia and freaks out if he is touched by a woman. He also has a geeky obsession with Fon Machines.In battle, Guy is a swordsman who sacrifices attack power for pure speed in both his movement and rate of attack.
Adorkable: Around fon-tech he's an excited little kid.
Ambiguous Disorder: Averted. Guy's condition isn't explicitly pegged as gynophobia when it's introduced, but it's clear that the game isn't dancing around the issue of it. Strictly speaking, it's PTSD.
Ancestral Weapon / Cool Sword: the Jewel of Gardios which hangs in the entrance hall of Luke's house throughout the game and is acquired through a sidequest. Like the Key of Lorelei it doubles as an Infinity–1 Sword in subsequent playthroughs, since it unlocks Guy's second Mystic Arte
The Atoner: He feels that he was partially to blame for what happened at Akzeriuth, because A). he was in cahoots with Van and knew that he was up to no good and B). feels responsible for raising Luke into the spoiled brat that was easily manipulated by Van.
Black Comedy: His fear of women is funny until Guy remembers what happened to cause it. On successive playthroughs, the game's treatment of it before Guy gets his memory back can skirt close to Dude, Not Funny! territory.
Broken Ace: Charming, well-spoken, an accomplished swordsman, unfailingly kind and intelligent; it seems like Guy's only flaws are a few endearing quirks like his fear of women and obsession with fontech. Then you find out about his family's murder, and the plot to kill Luke in front of his father as a result. Add that he knew Van was up to no good, and did nothing to stop him despite not really wanting Luke dead anymore. Then he holds a sword to King Ingobert's throat at the peace conference, and it becomes clear that he's not over his past nearly as much as he seems to be.
Chick Magnet: To his great despair, many girls would like to hold his hand or otherwise be too close to him for comfort.
Does Not Like Women: A variant. He doesn't HATE women; he just can't stand being touched by one and with good reason; when his family was murdered he was buried in the corpses of dead women so being touched by women reminds him of that.
Double Agent: For Van, up until about the time of Akzeriuth. He's technically Van's Lord, and Van is more than willing to serve as his vassal, as long as Guy is willing to let him continue his plan to murder everyone else in the world. Suffice to say, he's not that interested in avenging his family since he's gotten to like Luke.
Easily Forgiven: Even though he didn't realize how far Van had gone, Guy did still cooperate with him to work from the inside to destroy House Fabre.
Fragile Speedster: Guy is the fastest playable character, but can't take many hits. By mid-game, he's the Jack of All Stats and by endgame he's a full-blown Lightning Bruiser due to his ever improving defenses and HP and an increasing TP pool to spam his self heal technique with and a reasonable (but not outstanding on higher difficulties) damage output.
Also known as Jade the Necromancer, Jade is the oldest character to join your party (in his thirties). Born as Jade Balfour and adopted into the noble House Curtiss. He is a prodigy in fonon use and research. He grew up with the Emperor of Malkuth as a neighbor, and serves Malkuth's military as commander of the Third Division Forces. Unofficially, he's the Emperor's right-hand-man.Jade is (usually) calm and collected, and is always ready with a witty or sarcastic remark. He also tends to enjoy playing the age card to get out of physical labor (like pushing boxes). His fonic ability is sealed early in the game, restricting access to all but his most basic spells. He unseals his existing abilities as he levels up.Jade is mainly an offensive spellcaster, though he can also summon a spear for close-range combat.
Ambiguous Disorder: It's very, very clear that Jade's mind simply does not work in the same way that other people's do, but what exactly his mental difference is and what caused it is never addressed, and since There Are No Therapists, it won't be.
Anti-Hero: Jade is not nice by any means and one gets the feeling that he's more "helping his friend/boss" than "fighting For Great Justice".
A Taste of Power: That Liger Queen was created so that Jade would brutally murder her with powerful spells. note It becomes necessary in Unknown given Luke and Tear do Scratch Damage if they're not properly leveled with bonus stats.
Badass Bookworm: Jade is a colonel in Malkuth's military and also one its brightest scientists.
Badass Cape: Gets one in his optional final costume, "Evil Fonist?".
Biseinen: As mentioned below, he's 35, but looks considerably younger.
Black Mage: All his spells focus on dealing offensive magical damage.
Broken Ace: Jade is so famous, so skilled, so renowned, so respected and so damn intelligent that more or less everybody who isn't a villain (and even then, some of those too) treat him with respect... None of which he's happy about. Why? Because he's not the god of a man people seem to think he is. He's a sociopathic, borderline Mad Scientist whose lack of emotional connection to the world and the people in it just makes their lives worse... and he's Genre Savvy enough to know it. As the story goes on, he seems to develop envy towards Luke; as he's able to overcome his flaws and develop true compassion for the lives of others whereas Jade struggles with very similar issues up to and beyond the game's end.
While he keeps an almost invariably cool facade, Jade is initially very emotionally detached and aloof to everything. As Luke grows and Jade sees the fruits of both his inventions and his apathetic treatment of others, he begins to increasingly loathe his work and curse his irresponsible detachment from his surroundings. Late in the game, during a skit contemplating both, he wishes he could go back in time and kill himself as a newborn and, for once, he doesn’t seem to be joking.
During a private chat with Luke, he confesses that he had guessed that Luke was a Replica long before The Reveal, but that he withheld the information because he felt explaining would be a hassle. He’s aware of the ramifications of keeping everyone in the dark about this, with no small amount of self-loathing.
Cool Old Guy: Parodied. Jade repeatedly pulls the "old man" card despite being only thirty-five and he's aware of how ridiculous this is when he states that he doesn't consider someone a true adult until they're in their forties. He just invokes it to get out of hard work.
CreepyChild Prodigy: He used his genius-level skill in fonic artes to torture monsters For the Evulz. His own sister called him a monster, but he got better after Professor Nebilim showed him the errors of his ways.
Colony Drop: A late-game sidequest grants him several "forbidden spells" and one of which is Meteor Storm.
Crutch Character: Sort of. The first time he joins your party, he's level 45, while Luke and Tear are probably closer to 5. This changes very fast.
Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He skirts around the edges of this trope, but his self-awareness of his Lack of Empathy and a desire to do something right despite that lead to him deliberately averting it.
The Gadfly: 90% of Jade's dialogue consists of making snarky jabs at the other characters to get a humorous reaction out of them, and he enjoys every second of it sporting a Perpetual Smile, and sounding utterly joyful, and humorous while doing so. This leads to many comedic moments with him throughout the game.
He delivers one to Natalia during their final mission in Eldrant for being so clingy to Asch, and almost getting herself and the others killed when Asch dies.
He does a verbal one to Luke when St. Binah falls into the Qlipoth. The elder McGovern tells Luke it's proof that Jade's warming up to him. If Jade didn't care, then the reprimand would have been too much of a hassle.
Glass Cannon: He's putting out better numbers than anyone else on Unknown difficulty, due to his huge Fonic Attack growth and very strong spells. However, he's got low physical defense growth and mediocre health and is the only character incapable of healing himself without special equipment and/or items.
Hot for Teacher: Subverted. While there's enough subtext to suggest that this was be the case, Jade confesses that he has difficulty in forming truly meaningful emotional bonds with others. As such, this is denied.
Improbable Age: He created the first replica when he was nine. This is Played for Drama when he and his sister reveals their awareness that such a thing was unnatural for a boy of his age. It's implied his use of torturing monsters For the Evulz with his fonic artes came soon after.
Intelligence Equals Isolation: Downplayed. While his significantly higher intelligence than other kids his age made it harder for him to relate to them, the true reason he had few friends was because he creeped the other kids out.
It Seemed Trivial: The reason why he kept the information concerning Luke being a replica to himself.
Mad Doctor: A small sidequest results in him testing out an experimental treatment on the character of your choice. He gets a doctor's outfit costume title as a result. If you equip it for a battle, he tells Anise in a skit that he originally planned on being an autopsist, not a soldier.
As Luke ponders sacrificing himself, Jade says that "as (Luke's) friend," he feels compelled to stop it, something Luke says he never heard Jade refer to him as before. Jade then follows with an apology.
He loses his temper when he hears that the villains are using fomicry.
After the collapse of St. Binah, Luke is quite upset and desperate to do something about the problem, and Jade scolds him for acting like a child. Elder McGovern tells Luke that this is a sign that Jade is warming up to him, seeing him as worth scolding.
Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Zigzagged. At one point, Jade has an idea that might answer a significant plot point, but since he's not a physicist, he insists they go to consult one to make sure his theory will work, which looks like an aversion of the trope. Then the physicist they consult confirms that he's absolutely right...and calls Jade brilliant for thinking of it in the first place. This happens with other disciplines, too, though not to the same degree, and with occasional lampshading - while Jade's field of expertise is fonic artes, he's apparently very well-read in a wide variety of other subjects. When it comes to biology he straight-up admits it's not his subject and can only make guesswork about the various creatures the group encounter but he entertains the idea of dissecting them to learn more.
Professor Guinea Pig: In his youth, he experimented on himself, which increased his Fonic ability by way of the Fonic Sight. However, during an experiment of harnessing the power of Seventh Fonons, it backfired horribly. Professor Nebilim's house was set ablaze and the backlash fatally wounded her. This course of events led up to his attempt at replicating Nebilim and her coming back as a bloodthirsty monster.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: He did it to himself, when he was eight, by using magic to mutilate his eyes. "Fonic Sight" increased his power, but it's been banned because the arte usually makes people go blind or insane or dead.
While Jade's not exactly evil, he's a lot less hesitant to Shoot the Dog than the other party members and is willing to cross lines that nobody else would even approach. While he never quite loses the sociopathic streak, he does gain enough understanding of people to be a better friend..
If you look at his early childhood, his personality and actions are often disturbingly similar to those of real-life serial killers. Had he not lost one of the few people in his life that he actually gave a damn about the way he did, he could easily have grown up to be a Villain.
Tsundere: A very mild version, but he tends to treat Peony (and late in the game, Luke and Anise) in a dismissive way that's completely unconvincing when they tease him. One of his titles in the Japanese version is "tsundere ojisan" (tsundere old man). It's translated as "soft meanie" in the English version.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Peony, who is the only person ever to get away with teasing Jade as mercilessly as Jade teases everyone else.
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Jade is the only main character in the game who is never shown taking an interest in anyone. This also extends to friendly compassion, to the point that Anise has to tell him flat-out that he's becoming concerned for their well-being when he starts questioning his feelings towards them.
Natalia is the princess of the game, being in line for the throne of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear. She is stubborn, haughty and an utter romantic. As Luke proposed to her before his amnesia, she constantly pesters and pressures him to remember the promise they made. When Luke leaves the capital on a diplomatic mission, Natalia stows along and blackmails her way into the party. Despite her overbearing attitude, she is a sincere ruler who only wishes to see her country and people prosper.Natalia is an archer who fights at a distance. She also possesses several healing spells. In comparison to Tear, Natalia's spells are more effective but only affect a single person at a time.
Badass Princess: She's an archer that has experienced war before the story began. In terms of cutscenes alone, if one pays attention, during cutscenes where fights take place, she's nearly always the first one to get a hit in and nearly always proves to in some way resolve the conflict. Seriously, Luke would have DIED had she not fired on Largo, and would have died even earlier if she hadn't, while TURNING, expertly SNIPED Sync out of a tree. She gives cover fire when the group is ambushed by Legretta, and certainly gets a LOT farther than the others in doing any real counterattack. Ironically, that girl who everyone but Jade and Luke have doubts letting into their group is also the one who most often saves their collective asses.
Cloudcuckoolander: Sometimes falls into this, such as believing Anise's stories about Van's beard and eyebrows.
Combat Medic: She can be played as either a healer or an offensive fighter.
Distressed Damsel: Captured twice but the only time she needs rescue is when Luke is there with her.
Dude, Not Funny! / My God, What Have I Done?: She gives herself this treatment in-universe. She's extremely fond of teasing Guy for his fear of women but once she learns why he suffers from it, she apologies instantly and stops ridiculing him for it.
Fragile Speedster: Averted. The Princess is the second MOST defensive character, and the second fastest. Her only real failing is her lack of a strong close range fighting style, which she can still solve with most of her strike artes.
Idiot Ball: Played purely for laughs. She's the first to swallow Anise's tall tales, and tends to make outright idiot decisions whenever the Rule of Funny calls for it. For example? She set a metal pot on fire by accident and tried to fix it by casting Heal.
Infinity–1 Sword: The Elven Bow. There are a couple bows that have better stat boosts than it, but you can only use her second level mystic arte (Noble Roar) when the Elven Bow is equipped, so most people stick with it.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yeah, she's a bona fide Royal Brat, but at the same time she has legitimately changed her people's conditions for the better. As she progresses through the game, she loses the "Jerk" part completely.
Kissing Cousins: Subverted. Natalia and Asch were thought to be cousins before her parentage was revealed and it turned out that she was of no relation to Asch.
Luke, I Am Your Father: Though her father didn't tell her this himself, Mohs and the wet-nurse did. Even then, they didn't specify his identity.
The Medic: Shares the role with Tear in an odd way. They seem to make up for each other's weaknesses: Tear can't heal as well as Natalia, but she can heal more people. Natalia can only heal one person, but she also gets spells that not only buff party members but also gives them cool other effects. Physically, Tear is a pain to fight as, but has actual, painful spells. Despite not having spells capable of hurting others, Natalia's strike artes and physical attacks are probably tied with Guy as the third strongest on the field.
Missing Mom: Her mother died when she was a child. Her real mother committed suicide out of grief over her baby daughter being taken away from her.
Overly Long Name: Princess Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear... Wow, try saying that five times fast.
Parental Abandonment: Her real mother died before the game, and her father is one of the God Generals. It's not their fault as she was taken away from her biological parents as a baby to replace the real Princess Natalia, who was stillborn. As an attendant, there wasn't anything her mother could do about it and keep her job. Her father was away at war at the time, and couldn't do anything about it either, though he gladly would have.
Plucky Girl: Traveling, monster fighting, saving the world; it doesn't get her down. Discovering that she's not the real princess, that does the trick.
Politically-Active Princess: Despite her initial brattiness, she is very much one of these. Luke even refers to her as a "wannabe queen" at one point. She uses her influence for the benefit of her people or engaging in international diplomacy, to the point where she's already almost universally considered a much better ruler than her father, the king. The people in fact, are so fond of her that they choose to protect her even after her lineage is revealed; she is not a real member of the royal family.
Royal Brat: When she first joins the party she is abrasive and acts stuck up, but mellows after a short period. She does occasionally slip into these habits later on, but then she's usually quick to check herself and apologise. At one time she said that she was trying not to boss Guy around so much but she was having trouble because she was so used to acting that way. After she ran away and forced her way into the group, Anise asked the question everybody else was thinking- "Anybody else think I should rip daddy's little girl a new hole?"
Royals Who Actually Do Something: The reason everyone in Baticul is willing to save her from the guards when it's revealed that Natalia's not the real princess. She takes good care of Kimlasca and listen to the needs of its people.
True Blue Femininity: The three outfits you're guaranteed to see her in without obtaining extra costumes (that is, her main outfit, the dress she wears when she's first introduced and her epilogue outfit) are all pale blue. it's curious, considering her strong patriotism to Kimlasca.
"Come on! If you don't try harder then it's just annoying!"
Voiced by: Haruko Momoi (JP), Jolie Jackson (EN)
Anise is a Fon Master Guardian, the personal bodyguard and aide of Fon Master Ion. Her sugary sweet appearance and demeanour hide a ruthless and money-hungry personality that dreams of marrying into money and violently curses out enemies. She also works as a subordinate to Jade.She is known as a "puppeteer", and can make her plushie Tokunaga grow to an incredible size. She uses this ability to ride Tokunaga into battle and beat her enemies into submission. Anise is also a powerful spellcaster in her own right.
Chef of Iron/Supreme Chef/Team Chef: The majority of the recipes you obtain she can upgrade them to make it better. She even has a title that can make her NOT ruin dishes. There's a skit where she can force Luke to call her "Anise-sama" by withholding her cooking.
Cute Bruiser: Tokunaga, her puppet, is cute and can crush monsters with its fists. SHE, on the other hand, is as physically weak as her young age and short stature would suggest.
Dark Is Not Evil: A hero who uses dark magic. (Negative Gate and Bloody Howling)
Easily Forgiven: Acts as a spy for Mohs for most of the game due to the latter keeping her parents hostage, eventually leading to Ion’s death. Contrary to Luke’s game-long redemption arc, Anise’s is glossed over with a bit of crying and no hard feelings from the rest of the party. This can be explained because Luke did what he did for his own selfish reasons, and Anise did what she did for her parents, and shows genuine horror and remorse before Ion dies, and tries to get their help. She also tests to see what the party does with traitors as far back as when they learn Guy was originally on Van's side. She's easily the hardest on traitors, and remarks how stupid they are for trusting Spinoza. Luke, on the other hand, remained tight-lipped, in denial, and a jerkass from the start right to when he fell unconscious.
Expy: Like Luke and Asch, she is a third one of Zelos, but unlike Luke and Asch, it's her character, not her appearance, that makes her an expy.
Feminine Women Can Cook: She's the best cook in the party, plays up her cuteness, and looks forward to being married (to a rich guy of course)
Genki Girl: Compared to the rest of the cast, anyway, she has a lot more energy.
Glass Cannon: Not so noticeable on your first run through the game but she dies quick on higher difficulty levels.
Gold Digger: She hits on a number of characters like Luke and Peony for their wealth. When Jade mentions that Guy, as a Malkuth nobleman has a good deal of it, she starts hitting on him too. She gets over this later, and it's also explained that she was so focused on money because her parents are extremely gullible, and are constantly in ridiculous amounts of debt because they keep donating money they don't have to the Corrupt Church and they constantly fall for mail-order time share and vacation scams, and she wants to help them pay off their debts.
I Have Your Wife: Forced to work for Mohs to pay off her parents' debt, and this escalates to outright kidnapping when Mohs wants to use Ion to read the Score.
Ion is the Fon Master of the Order of Lorelei, meaning that he is technically the ruler of the world. He arranges for Malkuth to kidnap him so he can escape from Mohs and investigate the conspiracy that seems to have sprung up. He is one of the few people trained to read the Score. Though he can use powerful techniques known as Daathic Artes, he suffers from a weak constitution and often collapses after using them.
Badass Adorable: Ion is patient, endlessly forgiving, and physically frail. He's also a very proactive leader who isn't afraid to pull rank on those who underestimate him.
Cloning Blues: Played with. Being a clone of the original Ion it doesn't seem to bother him, and he states at one point that he wants to help other replicas with their problems. However, he comments while dying that "there are plenty of replacements for him", hinting that it got to him more than he let on.
Heroic RROD: Using Daathic fonic artes puts a strain on his body.
Heroic Sacrifice: His reading the Score provides Luke a valuable clue, and he also absorbs Tear's Fonons as he is dying, which cures her miasma poisoning, but also would have caused his death if he were not dying already.
Ill Boy: He has a weak consitution and needs the support of his oracle guards.
Infant Immortality: Averted. While he is a replica created at the time of the original Ion's death and thus two years old mentally, that doesn't stop him from being killed at the hands of Mohs.
Nice Guy: He's one of the few who's unfailingly patient with Luke even at the height of his arrogance and abrasiveness.
Non-Action Guy: He can use Daathic fonic artes, including one to extend Luke's Limit Break, but this is greatly taxing on him and he has no other means of self-defense.
The Pope: As The Leader of the autonmous city of Daath and the religion headquarter there, he fits the trope.
A baby cheagle that accompanies the party. He is banished from his village for one year after accidentally burning down the Liger Woods, and bound to serve Luke for that time. Despite Luke's obvious dislike and abuse towards him, Mieu really doesn't mind and idolises his master.He uses the Sorcerer's Ring around his belly to communicate with people and help clear obstacles in dungeons.
The Atoner: He was banished for accidentally burning down the Liger woods, causing the Ligers to invade the Cheagle Woods and kill cheagles for food.
Breath Weapon: Downplayed. He's too young to use it naturally, but the Sorcerer's Ring gives him enough of a boost to solve puzzles.
The current emperor of Malkuth. To keep him safe from the political strife of Grand Chokmah, he was sent to live in Keterburg, where he met and befriended Jade and Dist. He keeps several rappigs as pets, collects weapons, and enjoys flirting.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's The Wise Prince when his country needs him to be, but he's also a Sheltered Aristocrat, and when people don't need decisions out of him, he has far too much free time on his hands, which he's perfectly happy to spend goofing off and avoiding paperwork.
Chivalrous Pervert: During a certain sidequest, the heroes ask to burrow an item from his room. He agrees to give it, free of charge, but only if the girls beg him for it. If he weren't such a friendly guy and didn't ask for more than flattery, Natalie would right when she said, "a fine case for sexual harasement".
100% Adoration Rating: Talk to the NPCs in Grand Chokmah. They all adore him. Even when the world is literally falling apart around them, they trust that Peony has things in hand and will do what's best for everyone.
Reasonable Authority Figure: The main party frequently turns to him for support and since they have 'save the world' business he's willing to help. By contrast, his counterpart in Kimlasca was an obstructive antagonist.
Walking Spoiler: Due to being yet another replica of Ion, and showing up to read the Score after the Ion replica in your party is dead.
The Six God Generals
The Six God-Generals are the highest-ranking members of the Oracle Knights, the military arm of the Order of Lorelai, and answer directly to Van Grants. Despite their supposed allegiance to the Order of Lorelei, they follow their own agendas and act as the main antagonistic force to the party.The Six God Generals as a group provide examples of the following tropes:
Asch is a mysterious character that works as one of the Six God-Generals under Van. His appearance is strikingly similar to that of Luke - whom he has a venomous hatred of - but personality-wise they are completely different: where Luke is ignorant and naive, Asch is intelligent and hardened. Asch is also stubborn to a fault and easily angered (especially by Luke). Though he appears to be a loyal follower of Van at first, he soon becomes a Wild Card who starts working against more or less every major character in the game.Having also studied under Van, he uses the same combat style as Luke. His moveset also includes several offensive spells. He is a Guest Star Party Member on three occasions (being recruitable up to a maximum of three times during one of those three occasions).
Blessed with Suck: Same as Luke, only he doesn't abuse it. This is because he knew about it his entire life and has full control over it.
Cain and Abel: It's speculated that Asch might be an evil brother of Luke's due to their resemblance. The theory is quickly Jossed in universe but the sibling dynamic is still played up once it's revealed that Luke is his fonic clone.
Can't Catch Up: When he joins the party as a Guest Star Party Member during the second half of the game, his level is adjusted accordingly but his equipment is still locked at the power level he was at during his first stint, severely handicapping him. It becomes very disadvantagous if you're playing in Unknown. He's going to get crushed whenever you're controlling him... and, for the record, trying to give him bonus stats with C.Cores is futile and waste of time since they will be wiped out when you're taking on the extra sidequest. Players who want to exploit a certain glitch in order to keep him in the party permanently usually keep Luke dead at level 2 (who Asch levels up to whenever he joins the party) so Asch can benefit from C.Core bonuses accordingly upon massive level-up. Having the same base attack stats as Luke, his ability to cast and cancel magic to string infinite combos becomes extremely useful to the point where it's broken, especially when you find ways to unlock his equipment.
The Chosen One: The real one because he's the original Luke. The prophecy was talking about him and Van created Luke to throw the Score off track.
Could Have Avoided This Plot: Massive chunks of the game could have been skipped had Asch been more cooperative with The Team instead of taking turns leading them on with little explanation or antagonising Luke. This is lampshaded several times later on, as Luke is as baffled as the player by his stubborn uncooperativeness.
Despair Event Horizon: More like a Rage Event Horizon, but it counts. Asch had his entire life stolen from him and his response was nothing less than pure hatred.
The Dragon: Defied. He isn't one but, rather, Van wanted him to be his.
Duel Boss: He has a one-on-one with Luke on two occasions.
The Eeyore: He is never happy; ever. The closest he gets is 'only slightly annoyed', which is during his heart-to-heart talks with Natalia.
Fiery Redhead: Also like Luke he has a temper but unlike Luke, he has better control of it.
General Ripper: Has the personality for it, if not necessarily the rank. He will find a way to blame everything on Luke, Van or both; even if he has to use Insane Troll Logic to do so.
Good Is Not Nice: Very rude, snide and generally a jerkass, but he's also trying to save the world. But he does show signs of kindness here and there, and extra Tales material portrays him as not that bad of a guy.
Guest Star Party Member: You can even level him up to the point where you can use his Mystic Arte manually. It's averted in the Drama Discs, where Asch decides to open up a little and joins as a permanent member until he is killed by Van.
In the game and anime, he is killed by Oracle Soldiers after a You Shall Not Pass moment that allowed Luke to get to Van. Then he merges with Luke, but whether or not he's still in there somewhere is unexplained.
In the Voice Dramas, he is killed by Van after taking a blow meant for Luke.
Insane Troll Logic: He constantly assumes that everything that goes wrong is Van's fault and will happy break any laws of logic required in order to justify his irrational hatred of the man. This turns out to be a case of Cassandra Truth crossed with The Extremist Was Right. Asch isn't always right in what he specifically blames Van for but he is always on the right lines, which usually leads to the heroes filling in the blanks. Furthermore, if he had just been allowed to murder Van when he had the chance, the entire plot could have been averted. Unfortunately for him, his atrocious social skills prevent him from being taken seriously until it's too late.
Interface Spoiler: If one checks the Records menu at the beginning of the game, they'll be aware that a character named Asch joins the party at some point.
I Was Just Passing Through: No matter what, Asch did not help you because he wanted to help you. It's only because his plans required it.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his uncooperative behavior and anti-social personality, his interactions with his parents and Natalia are touching, as is his devotion to his ideals. While in the party, the non-player-characters and Anise note that behind his cold exterior, he may be a Nice Guy, in which he replies "S-shut up!". This is more obvious in the Japanese version, where Chihiro Suzuki makes Asch sound audibly embarrassed when Anise brings up him possibly leaving Ion behind in the Tartarus to be for Ion's protection rather than just him "getting in the way." Plus, for all his animosity towards his replica, he seemed really appalled when Jade "killed" Luke during the Doctor Mambo sidequest. Overall, his kinder side is much more obvious in the Drama Discs and the Asch manga, his equivalent to Destiny's Lion Side; where the summoning of ALL the Six God-Generals to slaughter the Tarturus' crew just to capture Ion was what added onto his suspicions about Van, deeming it to be strange and unnecessary. Remember, he was a soldier and, at that time, he was just following orders from the Commandant and doing his job. Regardless, he didn't have much of a kill count during the Tartarus slaughter.
:"No. Your fight is with me, Asch—no, Luke fon Fabre! Prepare to die."
Murder Is the Best Solution: Somebody trying to destroy Akzeriuth? It must be Van. Let's kill him! The continents is sinking into the Qliphoth? If we kill Van, everything will sort itself out! Planetary-replication threatening to engulf the world? Asch willfind a way to blame Van. As it turns out, there is a Freudian Excuse behind this; namely that Van manipulated and betrayed him to create Luke.
No Social Skills: With the exception of Natalia (and even then she's not immune to his rudeness), he's terrible with people: being rude, abrasive, secretive, condescending, and just an all-round jerk to everybody that he meets. This is, however, justified: Van saw him as little more than a tool to accomplish his goal of killing Lorelei and has little regard for his personal wellbeing. This kind of emotional abuse, which he must have endured for years, on top of the fact that Van took advantage of his trust to create a replica that stole his life, rightful destiny, and even his fiance more or less caused Asch to cross a Rage Event Horizon.
Revenge Before Reason: Asch has a reason (albeit it still shouldn't be excused), that being his issues regarding trust ever since Van betrayed him and seeing his family and fiancee getting friendly with his replica, not knowing it wasn't him, as a child and getting kicked out of the manor for being a "dirty kid" (he spent weeks fighting monsters in the wilderness while trying to get back to Baticul). Ever since then, he's kept his problems bottled up to the point where he withholds information so he wouldn't have to get close to anybody ever again, but of course his resentment of Luke adds fuel to it.
Say My Name: Sorta... "REPLICAAAAAAAAA!" Yes, it's memetic.
Secretly Dying: Implied in the main game, as one of the Dark Wings states it. However, the issue is never confronted directly in the main quest. Doing the Contamination Effect sidequests imply that he may have been undergoing a delayed Big Bang the whole time. It's canonised by the anime and Drama Disks as Asch goes through one of the symptoms of the Big Bang before his death in both.
Semi-Divine: Though completely human by lineage, he was born as an isofon of Lorelei (something which should be impossible) and possesses powers far greater than any normal seventh fonist.
Static Character: In contrast to Luke, whose character grows significantly throughout the game. This is the main reason why Luke is eventually able to surpass Asch. Only after Asch lets go of his bitterness towards Luke is he able to take the first step towards true character development but sadly this comes on the cusp of his You Shall Not Pass moment...
Showcased perfectly towards the end, as a self-assured Luke, now confident in his individuality, nonchalantly asks for his help while casually noting his superiority in regards to Hyper-resonance and Asch flips out. After a whole game of denigrating Luke, Asch is the one who keeps defining himself by contrast to Luke and now has trouble accepting him as a separate individual from himself who doesn’t care about competing.
Averted in the Drama Disks, where the duel between Asch and Luke happened earlier and therefore Asch had more time to warm up to Luke as a separate being and becomes a full-fledged party member.
Stockholm Syndrome: He spent seven years loyal to the man who kidnapped him and even after switching sides it's clear that he still admires and respects Van. There's also a scene in the manga adaptation which shows Van convincing him that he is the only one who still cares about him after seeing everyone else embrace Luke in his place.
This is exemplified in the Tales of Fandom Vol. 2 crossover sidestory (which takes place before Tales of the Abyss's Final Dungeon), especially during the School Uniform side-skit for the entire Abyss party:
Anti-Villain: Type II (Woobie Anti-Villain). She tried to kill Van only to fail and be recruited by him. She fell in love with him because the Score said so, not because she wanted to.
Boobs of Steel: Arietta has no chest (possibly due to having an improper diet growing up as a result of being raised by ligers), so Legretta has to compensate (though her first cut-in image is deceptive) in yet another contrast to Tear. Her breast size may have increased in the anime.
Dark Mistress: Defied. Despite being in love with him, there's no romantic interaction between her and Van and with good reason - it's a love born from the Score, which she despises with every fibre of her being.
The Dragon: She's an enforcer for Mohs. She's actually Van's.
Love Makes You Evil: Legretta is horrified by the fact that she has fallen in love with the man she wanted to kill and is sickened by the idea that she only fell in love because it was determined in the Score.
Spell My Name with an S: Her name in Japanese is Regret, which got changed to Legretta. It may have been caused in order to keep the musical name theming among the God Generals. Legretta stands for "alegretto". Largo and Arietta are both musical terms. Sync may come from "syncopation", while Dist may or may not refer to "distortion", as in "sound distortion". It seems the Japanese prefer the change, since the anime site has it as such.
Strangled by the Red String: Invoked in-universe and deconstructed, via They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste. She genuinely doesn't want to love Van - but doesn't have a choice in the matter because the Score controls her destiny, as it does everyone's. This is one of the many reasons why she hates it; she wants to choose who she loves.
Undying Loyalty: To Van; despite her love being Score based she is genuinely loyal to him.
Dist The Reaper
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP), Liam O Brien (EN)Also known as Dist The Rose (his preferred moniker) or Dist The Runny (Jade's preferred moniker for him) or (rarely) his birth name of Saphir, Dist is an effeminate Mad Scientist who is also one of the Six God Generals. He hangs out on a floating chair in a permanent Slouch of Villainy, and summons Humongous Mecha to fight in his place. He has a long history with Jade.
The Dark Chick: Despite being the resident "brain-boffin" of the villains, he's more like this trope. He's the closest they have to a Token Good Teammate - given his Pet the Dog moments - and is most definitely the most emotional of the bunch.
Evil Counterpart: For a certain value of "Evil" anyway. He is this to Jade as the eccentric Mad Scientist that researches forrbidden fields like fomicry. The difference is that Jade learned from the mistakes he made last time.
The Friend Nobody Likes / The Scrappy: In-universe, for the God-Generals. Despite the fact that he's the closest thing they have to a Token Good Teammate, he gets no respect form any of them and they all go out of their way to avoid him. It's not just aversion - they genuinely dislike him. This may be because he's oh-so-obviously not working towards their goal. invoked
Gadgeteer Genius: Is incredibly skilled at making fontech and fontech machines. Boss Battles with him are always with robots he created. That battle plushie Anise uses to fight? Dist made it for her.
Never Live It Down: In-universe, Jade will never let him forget how his nose used to run whenever he got angry when he was a child.
Not So Harmless: At the Tower of Rem, when he reveals his most powerful robot yet and starts massacring the Replicas.
Opaque Lenses: Varies between the artwork and the game. In the artwork, only one is opaque, but in-game both are.
Pet the Dog: Anise relates a story where she approached Dist in the Oracle Knights lunch hall (where he usually ate alone) and struck up a conversation with him. In return, he modified her Tokunaga doll to allow it to grow to massive proportions. Anise comments that he always seemed lonely.
Psychopathic Manchild: For such a brilliant mind, he's quite juvenile. It's implied that the shock of watching Nebilim die and then seeing her Replica go insane had something to do with it.
Reliable Traitor: Dist makes it clear that his goal is to revive Nebilim and that working for Van is a means to an end.
Sissy Villain: In case you hadn't guessed it from the rest of this list, Dist is a wimpy and effeminate villain.
The Starscream: Yes, he's only using the God-Generals for his own ends but those ends turn out not to be further power and control - They're finding a way to revive Nebilim.
Taking You with Me: He attempts this after beating him the last time. It fails. He survives the explosion, though only if you follow the catalysts and Nebilim sidequest to the end, even after she hits him in the face with a Fragmented End. Tenacious as a cockroach, indeed.
One of the Six God Generals. When she was orphaned during the Hod War, she was rescued and raised by Ligers. Due to this, she is the only human on the planet that can communicate with monsters. Van found her at an early age and raised her to become a functional- if not entirely sociable- member of society.She used to be the Fon Master Guardian to Ion, but was transferred to another position two years previously and replaced by Anise. Because of this, she has a bitter hatred of Anise, who she claims "stole" Ion from her.The party kills her "mother" early in the game (in an unrelated boss fight) and she swears to take vengeance against them. She fights alongside monsters and is a powerful spellcaster.
And This Is for...: "Your deaths will be for Mommy. Anise, yours is for Ion. For Van, too! I'll finish all of you!"
Anti-Villain: Type II (Woobie Anti-Villain) and/or IV (Villain in Name Only). She fights the protagonists to avenge her mother, (the Liger Queen) and to support the closet thing she has to a living human parent, Van.
The Beastmaster: She can communicate with monsters and they always assist her in every boss fight involving her.
The Brute: She doesn't look the part but she most definitely acts it. She's got a Leeroy Jenkins attitude going on and, while she's not necessarily stupid, she most certainly isn't clever. She doesn't need to use her head when she can just Zerg Rush everything with her monsters. Van and the God Generals treat her like extra muscles for missions like All Your Base Are Belong to Us.
Bodyguard Crush: On Ion. This is made slightly sad if you know anything about the original Ion, who was a complete jerk.
For the Evulz: Despite what his fangirls will tell you, Sync truly is the sort of depraved sociopath who thinks that life is utterly meaningless so everyone should kill each other. After Ion's death he mimicked Ion's voice to Anise for no reason other than to guilt-trip her. He laughed at her reaction.
Omnicidal Maniac: Other God Generals have sympathetic goals like reviving a beloved teacher or granting free will; Sync just wants to kill everyone.
Red Herring: Guy seems to recognize Sync when he sees him without the mask. This implies that Sync will be Guy's Evil Counterpart, similar to how all the other God Generals correspond to a member of the party. It turns out that Guy recoginzed Sync because Sync is a Replica of Ion and that the rest of the party would probably have had the same reaction if they had seen Sync mask-less prior to The Reveal.
Straw Nihilist: He believes that his life is completely meaningless because he was born as a failed Replica and his creators intended for him to die. Before the last fight with him, he reveals that he follows Van only because Van's plan means destroying the world that created a life as empty as his own.
One of the Six God Generals, and the leader of the shock troops in the Oracle Knights. A huge man who wields a giant scythe. Largo first appears during the assault on Tartarus and places a Fon Slot Seal on Jade. Though he seems to know Natalia on a personal level, she does not recognise him.
Anti-Villain: Type II (Woobie Anti-Villain) He's working towards Van's Evil Plan because the Score took his family away from him. The true Princess Natalie was stillborn so the Score told the king to take Largo's daughter as a replacement. His wife committed suicide out of grief.
Archnemesis Dad: to Natalia but it takes quite a while for her to find out.
Armor Is Useless: Averted. He's killed when Natalia shoots him in the back... the one part of his body that isn't armoured in the final battle with him.
Blood Knight: Decent guy though he may be, he sure does enjoy a straight-up scrap.
Boisterous Bruiser: Zigzagged. Largo makes threats like any other bruiser but, when he's put up against an enemy he's clearly outmatched by, he won't start the trash-talk unless he's made damn sure they can't do anything against him. Unfortunately for him, said enemy was Jade - a man who is The Combat Pragmatist to a T.
Cruel Mercy: Averted. He never shows it to his enemies because he believes it's an insult to go easy on an opponent.
Ensemble Darkhorse: In-universe. The party have varying levels of hatred and disgust towards the God Generals but they all like Largo because, despite being an antagonist, he's still a really good guy.
Friendly Enemy: He starts out as something of a rival to Jade for being the one who sealed his Fonic Artes but, as time passes, the whole group comes to regard him with a lot more respect.
Gentle Giant: Outright stated to have been one in his past and, as much as he tries, it still shows through in the game.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Based on how big his daughter and mother-in-law are, he and his wife were definitely this.
Irony: Supplementary material reveals his wife married him not just out of love, but also partly because it was predicted in the score. Largo hates the Score despite this, as it is also what took his wife's life when she had to hand over their child.
Noble Demon: More so than his comrades, he doesn't mean anything personal and doesn't want to cause any unnecessary damage.
Nothing Personal: Even if he has to kill a load of Tartarus guards, Largo makes it clear that he's not the kind of man who enjoys slaughter. It's just what has to be done. A truly great fight is something he relishes.
Red Baron: "The Black Lion". He could only live up to this more if he were a genuine big cat.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Went on one when he realized that his daughter had been stolen and that his wife killed herself in grief; he killed a guard before he was subdued.
Born Vandesdelca Musto Fende, Van is the commander of the Six God Generals, and Commandant of the Order of Lorelei's Oracle Knights. He is also Luke's sword-instructor and mentor, and one of the few people to treat him with patience and respect. Despite this, Tear seems intent on offing him, and the God Generals who are supposedly under his command are wrecking havoc upon Auldrant.
Anti-Villain: Type III, Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain. He believes the Score is a drug that creates tragedies and destroys free will. He seeks to destroy it and to do that he has to destroy a lot of others things.
Authority in Name Only: He's has this relationship with the God Generals. They support the Grand Maestro faction of the Order of Lorelei, so people believe that he does as well. However, it turns out that he's actually on the Fon Master's side and that his generals have effectively gone rogue to fight for Mohs. Except it turns out that that's not true at all. They've been following his orders from the beginning. He just acts like this is the case in order to win Luke, and the player's, trust.
BadassBeard of Evil: Subverted. His goatee is clearly evil hair but he's a good guy who just grew it to look older than he really is. It's also lampshaded hilariously. It's the source of all his power, you know; and his eyebrows can fire hypno-beams. It's also Double Subverted once you realise that he's the Big Bad.
Big Brother Mentor: To Luke. He trains the boy and teaches him about life beyond the mannor. There are hints that he was this to Asch as well, before he learned the truth about him.
BFS & One-Handed Zweihänder: His sword is pretty darn massive, yet he has no effort in swinging it around with a single hand.
Broken Ace: Master Swordsman, top-level Magic Knight, Seventh Fonist, descendent of Yulia, promoted to Oracle Knights Commandant at a young age, has a beautiful singing voice... and yet he has mental and emotional scars deep enough to lose the collective Outer Lands in.
Broken Pedestal: For Tear. It's not explained what happened in their past but it's clear that it was something big for her to be so intent on killing him. He's also this to Asch and, eventually, Luke.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Order of Lorelei is dedicated to keeping destiny on its set path. The only reason why he's got such a high rank when he does nothing to hide his attitude even after The Reveal is because he's just that damn good at his job.
Cain and Abel: Played with. In the beginning, Luke sees him as the Abel to Tear's Cain, given her attempted fratricide, but it soon becomes clear who's who in their relationship after The Reveal.
Final Boss: He manages to pull this off twice. The first time at the Absorption Gate and the second at Eldrant.
Guest Star Party Member: Japanese version only; though he never fights in battle, he still temporary joins you, and has a status entry in the main menu. This was removed in the American release for some strange reason. He also appears in a skit and gets his own chat face. This is rectified for Radiant Mythology 3 where he's fully playable.
Improbable Age: This is a plot-point for him. He's just so damn good at everything he does that he became the Commandant at a young age. However, he got a lot of stick for it, so he grew his beard to look older.
Karmic Death: His eventual defeat at the hands of Luke, the boy he created and trained to use a sword, is ripe with this trope.
The Leader: A Mastermind/Charismatic hybrid for the Oracle Knights. He plans their operations and they follow him because they believe in him.
Limit Break: Imperial Slaughter, Celestial Elegy and Ancient Requiem. Interestingly, Imperial Slaughter and Ancient Requiem are basically Rending Saber and Radiant Howl, respectively.
Magic Knight: An excellent swordsman who is also a powerful fonist.
Meaningful Name: Van's full name, Vandesdelca, means "one who would seize glory" in Ancient Ispanian.
Memetic Badass: An in-universe example according to Luke and Anise, the latter of whom tends to play up his Badassery to ridiculous levels. His eyebrows can shoot hypno beams!
Moral Event Horizon: Not him personally but, in-universe, he considers the Watchers of Yulia City to have crossed it by not warning the people of Hod that they would be destroyed because they knew it would happen and did nothing to stop it. It's the primary reason why he's so adamantly against the idea of following the Score; as shown further when he offers to make Luke a member of the Oracle Knights to escape his own awful destiny and the primary reason why he became the Big Bad.
Not So Different: From Grand Maestro Mohs. Just as Mohs is willing to start the war and kill countless innocent people for the Score, Van is willing to destroy the whole world just to defy the Score. In fact, his sister Tear points out that he is so intent on screwing destiny that he's shackled to it more than anyone else.
Obviously Evil: Played with. His affable nature means is most definitely not this, but that doesn't stop Tear and Asch from suspecting absolutely every little thing he does as part of a plot to take over or blow up the world. It turns out that they were only half-right...The God Generals have tried to kill the heroes throughout the first half of the game. It is no secret that Van is the leader of the God Generals. Luke somehow fails to put two and two together until after Van has him kill thousands of people.
Omnicidal Maniac: Played with. He isn't an insane monster and it's clear that he regrets the fact that so many people will die. He just believes that the world needs to be replicated in order to escape the Score, which has the tragic side-effect of destroying it.
One-Winged Angel: Averted. He completely bypasses this and becomes something approaching the Bishounen Line during the final battle, as his last form is just his regular one with a few whistles and bells.
Parental Substitute: How Luke views him because Duke Fabre does his best to pretend Luke doesn't exist while Van teaches him swordplay.
Promotion to Parent: Even though they were technically adopted, he did the bulk of the work raising Tear.
Revenge: Just because he looks calm and collected on the surface doesn't mean that Van has ever forgiven or forgotten how the Watchers allowed his homeland of Hod to be wiped out just because destiny said it should be.
Villain with Good Publicity: Beloved master and father figure, high ranking member of the Order of Lorelei and world renown swordsman, fonist and soldier, who saves Luke from being stabbed in the back and having his powers fired against his will. It makes Tear's unexplained grievances against him come off as all the more egregious Then he makes Luke nuke a city and left him for dead.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to free the world from the Score and this unforunately involves replacing the world with a replicated one.
Where I Was Born and Razed: When Van was 11, he was used as a test subject for experiments on generating hyperresonnance. He and the researchers lost control of a particularly powerful one, which destroyed the island of Hod, killing most of its citizens, Van's parents included. It's implied that his father died during Hod's destruction, but his mother survived long enough to give birth to Tear, whom she was pregnant with at the time.
Younger than They Look: Van attained the rank of Dorian General and Commandant of the Oracle Knights at a remarkably young age, and was on the receiving end of a lot of ire because of it. He grew his beard for the sole purpose of trying to look older so people would leave him alone about his age (he's 27, believe it or not).
The second-in-command of the Order of Lorelei. He is obsessed with the enforcement of the Score, and is attempting to provoke a world war because it is supposedly predetermined.
Because Destiny Says So: The defining element of his character. He believes the Score leads the world to prosperity and is always right.
Big Bad: His plan to begin a major war sets him up as this before he's even introduced. However, by the end of the game it's subverted. As it turns out, he was nothing more than an Unwitting Pawn of the realBig Bad all along.
Body Horror: Provided happily by Dist imprinting a glyph on him that grants him control over the seventh fonon.
Disc One Final Boss: Played with in that the heroes's "victory" over him in "Disk One" is political. They don't get to actually fight him until near the end of the game.
Evil Is Petty: He decides to be vague about how to get to the Sephiroth in Mt. Zaleho, apparently for no other reason than to get back at the party for interfering with his schemes.
The Heavy: He's responsible for a massive chunk of the political drama that the party encounters, even when it's revealed that he isn't the main villain.
Manipulative Bastard: He's no fighter. The major problems he causes for the protagonists and the world at large are all based on manipulation of others. For instance, he starts a war and disiherits Natalie based on words alone. Supplementary material.
One-Winged Angel: An artifical seventh fonon ability turns him into a monster. Only then do the protagonists fight him.
Sanity Slippage: After Dist turns him into a monster he becomes irrational and loses the ability to speak coherently.
Smug Snake: Because he's legally untouchable due to his position, he takes almost every effort to smugly lord over the party at practically every meeting.
Tragic Monster: Some might say so, at least in-universe. Of course, he's still an utterly irredeemable piece of garbage who never apologises for any of the really quite awful things he does, but after Dist mutates him into a twisted freakish monster, he gradually degenerates into a raving lunatic; by the time you finally get to exact revenge upon him, he's so far gone that he probably couldn't spell his own name. Even Anise, who has more reason to hate him than anyone, finds it hard not to feel sorry for him at the end.
Start My Own: After it becomes clear that he's lost all influence within the Order of Lorelei, he starts the New Order of Lorelei with himself as the Fon Master/Pope.
Everything he does is for the sake of achieving prosperity from the Score. Even though he later knows full well that said prosperity would mean lots of sacrifices, and would not last very long.
He doesn't count as this in-universe to most people. In-universe, he's neither well-intentioned nor an extremist. He's following the Score, which everyone follows to the letter, to bring prosperity. The only time he really counts as an extremist to the public in-universe is when he accepts Dist's "help". Though for what it's worth, he does seem in denial that the fall of Auldrant will happen.
Jade and Dist's childhood teacher. Her ability to use the Seventh Fonon - something even the child prodigy Jade could not - placed her in a rare position of superiority to Jade, and she used his (begrudging) admiration of her to instill him with as much morality as she could. It is due to her influence that Jade did not grow up to be evil.
Church Militant: Is revealed to have been a Locrian Sergeant in the Oracle Knights.
Combat Medic: Is stated to have used the Seventh Fonon and was a member of the Oracle Knights. Her actual combat prowess is never shown.