Characters: Tales of Vesperia

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    Our Heroes 

Yuri Lowell
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP) and Troy Baker (EN)

Yuri is a commoner born in the lower quarter of Zaphias. Initially seeking to recover the lower quarter's stolen Aque Blastia, he is swept up in an adventure that will take him far beyond the Empire's borders. Although he is quite close to Flynn, they frequently clash over their conflicting world views, and have a friendly rivalry.

Some tropes that apply to Yuri:

Flynn Scifo
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP) and Sam Riegel (EN)

Flynn is Yuri's childhood friend who Yuri states that he "could never beat at anything", and a rising star in the Imperial Knights. Over the course of the story he is promoted to Captain, and later Commandant.

Some tropes that apply to Flynn:

Voiced by: Makoto Ishii (JP)

Yuri (and Flynn)'s dog. Mainly a supporting character not directly involved in the plot, but serves as Yuri's loyal companion and moral support. The pipe in his mouth is a memento from his previous master.

Some tropes that apply to Repede:
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Highly intelligent, and usually seems to understand what the party is saying. He still needs Yuri to read him skill manuals, though.
  • Animal Stereotypes
  • Bottomless Bladder: Subverted, he has a sidequest in which he "marks" the various areas of the world.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth
  • Hates Being Touched: Very particular as to who he allows to pet him.
  • Item Caddy: Many of his skills augment item usage. There's a skit where the party complains to Yuri about having to use items covered in dog slobber.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Repede isn't much more fragile than the other melee characters, and if played right, he can decimate an entire field of enemies before they even have time to react.
  • Non-Human Sidekick
  • The Nose Knows / Scarily Competent Tracker: Has a very keen sense of smell, and is able to track Regaey/Yeager across an entire continent.
  • One-Note Cook: You can assign him to be the party's chef...though all he knows how to make is dog food.
  • The Stoic: Justified. He can't talk, after all. Even so, he is very indifferent and haughty towards most of the party, with the exception of Yuri, Flynn, Rita, Judith, and Patty.
  • Troll: For a dog, he really seems to enjoy messing with Rita and Estelle's heads.
  • Weapon of Choice: Fights wielding a knife in his mouth. And sometimes chicken.

Estellise Sidos Heurassein a.k.a - Estelle
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (JP), Danielle Judovits (EN), Cherami Leigh (The First Strike prequel film, EN)

Yuri finds Estelle while escaping from the castle dungeon. One escape sequence and an attack by a Psycho for Hire later, and the two are running off on a quest to find Flynn. Over the course of the journey, Yuri and Brave Vesperia help Estelle discover who she really is.

Some tropes that apply to Estelle:

Karol Capel
Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)

A Kid Samurai that Yuri and Estelle find wandering through the forest. He was a member of the guild called "The Hunting Blades" but gets fired for desertion. He and Yuri go on to make a new guild called Brave Vesperia.

Some tropes that apply to Karol:
  • Awesome Backpack: It might not be a backpack, but it certainly is awesome.
  • Charged Attack: With the appropriate skill equipped, his attacks can be charged to deal more damage.
  • Combat Medic: Bizarrely enough.
  • Cowardly Lion: Karol keeps joining guilds, only to quit shortly afterward when his cowardice sends him running for the hills...traveling with Brave Vesperia allows him to take a level in badass, but he still retains his nervousness in battle.
    • He even has several skills that reference this cowardice, ranging from shortening battle escape times to being able to restore HP and MP while "playing dead."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Yuri, obviously, but he still has his moments.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Both his first Arte and his first Mystic Arte have a definitive "earth" theme to them. Much like Presea, another Team Symphonia under-age Mighty Glacier.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the PS3 version, he can be seen atop a tower in Deidon Hold.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • Glacier Waif: A male example.
  • Humongous Mecha: His second Mystic Arte in the PS3 version is one.
  • Idiot Hero
  • Improbable Weapon User: Karol's sub-weapon is a bag of hammerspace.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He might be a Mighty Glacier in-combat, but out of it, he's a competent mapmaker, monster analyst, and handyman, with a wealth of knowledge about the Union and many areas of the world. Justified, since he probably picked up his skills from his constant guild-hopping.
    • A partial in-combat example as well, as he has aerial arts (Havoc Thunder and Rending Drop), a ranged art (Reaper Knock), a self-buff (Coil Beat), enemy debuffs (Destructo Booing, Destructo Spider Web, etc.), and healing arts (Nice Healing Smash series). He's the second most versatile party member after Raven!
  • Kid Hero: He is only twelve.
  • Kid Samurai
  • The Lancer: Qualifies for this trope in terms of the story due to his personality differences with Yuri and the fact that he's always either the first the one to back him up, or the first one to disagree with him. Combat-wise, he's more of The Big Guy.
  • Mighty Glacier: Team Symphonia continues their tradition of pre-pubescent tanks.
  • Oblivious to Love: As seen when he goes into the 100-foe melee in the colosseum, which ends with a rematch against Nan specifically because she claims that she can't have the man she marries be weaker than her. Karol then asks why she's attacking him in that case, thereby triggering her tsun side.
  • Stone Wall: Though he doesn't have as many guard-augmenting skills as Estelle, his high HP and defense make him an ideal tank.
  • Shout-Out: Karol has two skills, "Combatir" and "Raynard", which allows him to do more damage when equipped with an axe or a hammer, respectively.
  • Shock and Awe: Havoc Break Skill Changes into this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he rescues the rest of the party in the Blade Drifts of Zophier.
    • Also when he first learns his Mystic Arte — he gets it in a sidequest where he trains using the sword of his hero. The sidequest comes shortly after he watches his childhood hero commit suicide right before his eyes, thus giving him the needed motivation to start training.
  • Weapon of Choice: BFS, Drop the Hammer, and An Axe to Grind.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: If chosen for the seduction mission.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Karol gets a scene that is arguably his Crowning Moment of Awesome. With the rest of the party paralyzed and a giant monster baring down on them, Karol decides to invoke this trope rather than abandon his friends to a grisly death even though its clear from his expression that this battle is also probably a case of Bring Me My Brown Pants.

Rita Mordio
Voiced by: Rika Morinaga (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN), Luci Christian (The First Strike prequel film, EN)

A talented, feisty mage from Aspio. Yuri thinks she stole the blastia from the lower district. She joins the companions to continue her blastia research, and fights with a scroll and magic.

Some tropes that apply to Rita:

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (JP), Joe J Thomas (EN)

A 'Fishy Old Man', Raven is the right-hand man of Don Whitehorse, leader of the Five Master Guilds. Yuri initially encounters Raven in a jail cell next to his. Here, Raven gives Yuri the key to his cell so he can escape. The party later encounters him in Capua Nor, where he tricks them into going the opposite way towards Ragou (it works out in the end).

Raven is actually Captain Schwann Oltorain - sent by Alexei to spy on Estelle, and eventually capture her. He later rejoins Yuri after fierce coercion.

Some tropes that apply to Raven:
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's never outright stated by the characters, but there are enough clues to suggest that Schwann could be a completely separate personality. The way Schwann and Raven talk about each other like they're separate people is the most obvious indication: Schwann saying "Raven isn't here" during his boss fight or Raven saying that Alexei "buried that poor schmuck" in reference to Schwann. What makes it difficult to tell though, is that unlike most stereotypical examples, he's aware of what happens as either persona.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Most likely as a side effect of his blastia heart.
  • Back from the Dead
  • Back Story: Unusually for a Tales game, he stands out as being the only Vesperia party member to get a fully fleshed out backstory. It's mostly All There in the Manual through bonus materials though.
  • Badass Long Coat
  • Becoming the Mask: Adopted his Raven persona to spy on the guilds and grew to be genuinely comfortable there. Later he used it to spy on Brave Vesperia, and wound up joining them for good.
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Biseinen: Ignoring the garish coat, Raven's quite nice looking for an "old man". He's definitely pretty as Schwann and Damuron, though.
  • Blow You Away: His only elemental artes that he learns normally, except for Serpent, are of the wind element.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His Limit Break, Blastia Heart.
  • Combat Medic: Love Shot!
    • Which actually makes him a more efficient healer than Estelle, since it has no cast time. That being said, because of that it also can drain TP really fast if players aren't paying attention to how much they're using it.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Cursed with Awesome: He has a blastia for a heart!
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Death Seeker: Until he's defeated by the party.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Happened before the game's events, when he (and his unrequited love, Casey) died in the Great War and Alexei took control of his life.
  • Dirty Old Man: Only not as creepy; the only girl in the party he hits on is Judith.
    • He does have several... close female friends in Dahngrest, though.
    • If he and Estelle are in the party together, during one Victory Pose, he'll try to get Estelle to give him a hug. She refuses.
  • Easily Forgiven: Although he does have a close eye kept on him.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Two of Raven's artes, Arrivederci and Inverno, are Italian words (for "Goodbye" and "Winter", respectively).
  • Grumpy Old Man: Although he's only thirty-five, he gets invoked with the "Old Man" nickname by the other, much younger guild members and whines often about not being able to keep up with them physically on their long journeys.
    • In the original Japanese script, they refer to him by a slanderous term for a middle aged man. No similar word exists in English, so he gets the Old Man nickname instead, which is only slightly strange given his definitely-not-old age.
  • Handsome Lech
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: There are a few skits where Raven notes he's not interested in cooking for the guys, or giving them a piggyback. Yuri even teases him in one skit when Raven implies that Estelle's concern for Yuri is because she's 'grown close' to him. Yuri then points out that Raven cares about him as well, so they must have grown close too. Raven of all people, then seems awkward.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Shortly after he is outed as The Mole he joins your side for real.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He holds up the roof of Baction so the party can escape before it collapses. He gets better.
  • I Owe You My Life: A darker version. Yuri states that Raven's life belongs to Brave Vesperia after that little incident.
    • He was also Working for Alexei as Schwann due to believing in this and because of a Leonine Contract.
  • Leonine Contract: He's being forced to work for Alexei, who can supposedly kill him at any time.
  • Let's Get Dangerous As Schwann. Also, whenever he uses his Mystic Arte, since it burns his own life energy away.
  • Like You Were Dying: One of Raven's enter battle quotes after Baction: "Fight like I'm gonna die, huh?". He becomes much less of a Death Seeker after the events of Baction, and has gained a new lease on life by the end.
  • Literal Change of Heart: His own heart was replaced with a modified blastia.
  • Load-Bearing Hero: When holding up the ceiling at Baction so the rest of the party can escape.
  • Magic Knight: Capable of using both combat Artes and magic Artes.
  • Meaningful Name: Ravens are black and considered dirty, but Raven is free. Swans are pure white and considered noble and beautiful, but Schwann is caged by his past.
  • The Mole: In both the Guild Union and your party for Alexei.
  • Not Brainwashed: Yes, Raven really did kidnap Estelle and hand her over to Alexei of his own free will. Though he was somewhat forced to, since Alexei had control over the continuing function of his blastia heart.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Peek-a-Bangs: As Captain Schwann.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: He dislikes sweets, but proudly admits in a skit that he learned to bake them to impress girls.
  • Real Men Wear Pink And Purple
  • Sixth Ranger: Somewhat; he could also fill in as The Big Guy or The Lancer.
  • The Southpaw: Most notably in his Schwann guise. Less obvious normally since bow-usage is determined by eyesight rather than hand laterality, meaning that Raven wields his long-range weapon in the conventional manner.
  • Split Personality: Raven and Schwann certainly act like they're separate personalities, though it is a deliberate act on his part. Flynn calls him out on it in an optional scene in the PS3 version.
  • That Man Is Dead: "Sorry, but you buried that poor schmuck alive yourself. I'm Raven. Pleased ta meet ya."
  • Third-Person Person: Only on occasion, but sometimes he uses 'The Great Raven' or 'Ol' Raven'.
    • He also refers to his other personas this way.
  • Weapon of Choice: Bow and Sword, in Accord with Trick Arrow (normal ones, healing ones, landmine-planting ones...) This is played with in-game, as he shifts his fighting style to suit the situation, much like he shifts personalities.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: He kidnaps Estelle, hands her over to Alexei, and then proceeds to fight against you to slow you down in your pursuit. After the fight, the party discover that Alexei has been blackmailing Raven with his life all along, and Raven proceeds to pull a Heroic Sacrifice in order to save the lives of the party. He's welcomed back after a series of good punches.
  • Wild Card

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)

An aerial specialist that fights with a Blade on a Stick and wears very little clothing. Yuri meets up with her after being captured by Barbos. Turns out, she was the "dragon freak" flying around destroying blastia.

At first, she accompanies the Guild to continue her mission of destroying out-of-control blastia, and to spy on Estelle as per Phaeroh's request. Despite herself, she grows close to everyone, and becomes a permanent part of the Guild's True Companions.

Some tropes that apply to Judith:

Patty Fleur
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (JP)

A new character for the Playstation 3 Updated Re-release. Was originally planned to be in the Xbox 360 version, but was scrapped. Patty is a little girl with dreams of sailing the seas. She talks like an old lady. She is actually the pirate Aifreed, whose crew made her drink a substance that reduced her age at the cost of her memories in order to protect her.

    The Empire 

Alexei Dinoia
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), DC Douglas (EN)

The Commandant of the Imperial Knights. As Commandant, Alexei was tasked with saving a world he soon realised was killing itself through its excessive blastia culture. Believing that the world was incapable of relinquishing its blastia culture and exhausting every other reasonable solution, Alexei crossed the Despair Event Horizon and arrived at an insane scheme to rewrite the natural laws of the world with the Enduring Shrine of Zaude, destroying the old world in the process.

  • All There in the Manual / Guide Dang It: For such a major character, Alexei's backstory, motivations, goals and hopes are very poorly explained throughout the game. Not only do you need to play through the game about twice, or do every sidequest under the sun to piece it all together, you also need to read the Japanese-exclusive guidebooks to get the full picture. Oh and, for the record? Namco has never had to do this for any of its Tales characters before. Ever.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Especially visible in his boss fight.
    Yuri: He may be crazy, but he still fights like a Commandant.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's probably in his forties at least but it's Depending on the Artist. In the main game, he's a White Hair, Black Heart pretty boy who are usually young. He's several years older than any of the main characters. In the game's anime cutscenes, the bags and lines on his face make him look like he's in his late forties and, on a few rare occasions, extremely aged and ugly. The First Strike struck a balance between the two.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: He has no reason not to turn off Raven's heart blastia when he betrays him. It's even lampshaded by the heroes. Despite this, he never does it. It could be that he viewed shutting off Raven's heart as a low priority. He already had what he believed to be the ultimate weapon, and there were already many obstacles in Brave Vesperia's way. Alexei is a formidable fighter himself; even Raven admits in a skit that he couldn't last more than a few minutes in a swordfight against Alexei.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Flynn.
  • Big Bad: Narratively-wise. Interestingly, he gets defeated after the second act. The last act is, essentially, cleaning up the mess he left. (The "mess" in question is an Eldritch Abomination threatening to devour the entire planet.)
  • Chekhov's Gunman
  • Cool Sword
  • Climax Boss
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: He lost sight of his ideals and...
  • Despair Event Horizon: Happened to him before the game's events and more than likely led to his Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. When tasked with protecting the world as Commandant, he realised the impossibility of the task due to the blastia culture that was slowly killing it.
  • Disc One Final Boss
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: ... Began plotting to unite the whole world under a single, united order. His order. At any cost.
  • Evil Is Petty / Troll: After The Reveal, he more or less stops trying to be subtle about anything and starts acting like a massive tool, even when it benefts him in no way to do so.
  • Evil Laugh: Just in case you had any doubts he was a villain.
  • Evil Plan: His is something along the lines of taking over the world and forcing everyone to give up blastia, which is slowly destroying the planet, by scaring them into submission with Zaude, which he believes to be a super-weapon. A noble goal, if not very well explained—and not very well-thought out on his part.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: He shows signs of regret in his last moments, and he might have been offered a chance at atonement had Flynn been the only guy there. Yuri, however, is not as forgiving; he cuts Alexei down after the Commandant starts laughing like a maniac.
  • Knight Templar
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He puts years of effort into uncovering and controlling Zaude, which he believes to be an ultimate weapon which he can use to force the general populace to give up blastia. When he activates it he realizes that it is actually a barrier sealing an Eldritch Abomination. Upon learning that his efforts only hastened the death of the world, Alexei literally snaps and begins raving about how humans are doomed.
  • Large Ham: In retrospect, a character voiced by D.C. Douglas really had no choice but to be one.
  • Last-Second Chance: Flynn tries this before the last battle at Zaude, causing Yuri to quip: "Flynn! Are you still saying things like that?"
  • Laughing Mad]]
  • The Man Behind the Man: Alexei is behind almost everything in the first two acts.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he accidentally released the Adephagos.
  • Necromancy: He's the one who raised Schwann and Yeager from the dead, via heart blastias.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Through his activation of Zaude, Alexei unintentionally revealed the Adephagos to the world—thus making its destruction a priority now that everyone could see it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zigzagged. It's not clear as to whether he's one or another corrupt knight for the first part of the game. Then he tells Yuri to keep protecting Estelle. Then he more or less screws the peace pooch between the Guilds and the Empire by attacking Phareoh with Heracles. Then he reveals that he was the BigBad all along.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The European trailer of the game reveals that you have to fight him.
  • Übermensch
  • Villainous Breakdown: After inadvertently bringing back the Adephagos.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Surprisingly averted. Although Alexei is a hero who is beloved by the Empire, when he shows his true colors, only the Leviathan's Claw Guild (under Yeager) and his personal Brigade continue to support him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Pretty much everything about him beyond his minor role in the first act.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite his abuse of Estelle and her powers, he was trying to reform the corrupt Empire and Guilds... by enacting a military dictatorship under his personal guidance.

Ioder Algios Heurassein
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Bryce Papenbrook (EN)

Estelle's distant cousin, and another member of the Imperial Family. He too was drawn into the succession crisis as a potential Imperial Candidate. He spends most of his time traveling and meeting with Guild leaders to improve the relationship between the Guilds and Empire.

Alexei's insurrection and the Adephagos crisis sees him named as emergency Emperor, and his leadership abilities help form an alliance between the Guilds and Empire. It is implied that he is made Emperor permanently with the support of the Council and Knights, ending the succession crisis.

Magistrate Ragou
Voiced by: ? (JP) and Dino Andrade (EN)

"It's the privilege of my exalted station to dispel such boredom with the...help of the common people."

An Imperial Councilmember tasked with governing the port town of Nor Harbor. He is corrupt and depraved; feeding his own people to his pet monsters if they cannot pay his obscenely high taxes. He openly despises Flynn for being a commoner and does his best to make his life difficult.

After using his connections in the Council to escape punishment for his crimes in Nor and nearly starting a war between the Empire and Guilds, Yuri takes matters into his own hands and murders him.

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP) and Liam O Brien (EN)

An Imperial Knight Captain of noble birth. Like Ragou, he also openly despises the commonly-born, especially those who have made a name for themselves in the Knights: namely, Flynn, Schwann, and Alexei. He is the appointed governor of Mantaic, a desert town, and has been tasked by a mysterious benefactor to find the creature Phaeroh.

After the full abuses he has heaped upon his townspeople have been brought to light, Yuri chases him out of his bed at night and watches as he drowns to death in quicksand.

The Schwann Brigade

A trio of bumbling knights serving under the perpetually-absent Captain Schwann. They are dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and are determined to get the fugitive Yuri back behind bars.

Adecor voiced by: Roger Craig Smith (EN)
Boccos voiced by:
Leblanc voiced by: JB Blanc (EN)

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

A lieutenant serving in the Flynn Brigade.

Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

A mage serving in the Flynn Brigade.

Voiced by: Satomi Arai (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

Alexei's aide and secretary, a mysterious Krityan woman. She is an Entelexeia in disguise, keeping tabs on Alexei's movements. She is close to Duke, and is the one who convinces the party to attempt to reason with him.

After challenging the party to defeat her as a test of their worthiness, she is reborn as the wind spirit, Sylph.

    The Guilds 

Don Whitehorse
Voiced by: Osamu Hosoi (JP), David Lodge (EN)

The head of the Guild Union and Karol's hero. Old friends with the leader of Nordopolica, Belius. He commits suicide to atone for his grandson's inadvertent role in her death, and without his leadership the guild union falls into chaos.

Voiced by: Kujira (JP), Mona Marshall (EN)

The cunning, much-beloved leader of the guild city of Nordopolica, and close friend to Don Whitehorse. She is also an Entelexeia, and is accidentally killed by Estelle in the midst of an invasion of the city by the Hunting Blades and Imperial Troops.

Later reborn as the water spirit, Undine, in the game's third act.

  • Ax-Crazy: Estelle tries to heal Belius when she gets injured, but her powers are poisonous to the Entelexeia and it leads on to a boss fight.
  • Back from the Dead: Is accidentally revived by the party when they attempt to use her apatheia to condense an aer krene in the third act. She is reborn as the water elemental spirit, Undine.
  • Badass Boast: "I am not to be outdone by mere humans."
  • Barehanded Blade Block: In an Establishing Character Moment, Belius blocks Clint's BFS with a single hand without any visible effort. This leads on to...
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of water, after her death and rebirth.
  • Fantastic Foxes: Has the appearance of a nine-tailed fox in Entelexeia form.
  • Female Monster Surprise: The party is unaware that she's female to start with. Then they find out that she's an Entelexeia on top of that.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: May be this with Don Whitehorse, as both fought in the Great War and it's ambiguous as to which sides they were on.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Averted. Doesn't hate people as much as some other Entelexeia do.
  • Idiot Ball: The game never gives a good reason as to why Belius doesn't agree to meet the party before the night of the Full Moon, and what makes it especially jarring is that nobody comments on how ridiculous it is or mentions it again after the meeting. Apparently, Belius just likes to be awkward.
  • Interspecies Romance Ship Tease: Her comment that she wishes Don Whitehorse had been born as one of her race could be interpreted as a one-sided version of this.
  • MacGuffin Girl: A rather cruel example, since it's only by her dying that said MacGuffin can be acquired.
  • Making a Splash / An Ice Person: Focuses on water and ice attacks even before her death. After, she is reborn as the water elemental spirit, Undine.
  • Mr. Exposition: Rather, "Miss." Until the Hunting Blades interrupted.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: And how! In a world where everybody who could give you answers is backstabbing you, manipulating you, or just plain old trying to kill you, it says a lot about the character that Belius is the first one who tries to start answering your questions. Sadly, she gets killed before she can. Additionally, Belius runs the city lawfully, as you might expect a Guild leader to, but at the same time is willing to tell Estelle about her role regardless of whether or not she should rightfully be the one to do so.
  • Samus is a Girl: Notice how she's never referred to with pronouns outside of spoiler tags?
  • Screw Destiny: She tries to do this, telling Estelle who she is and what her destiny may be and more or less saying "Screw the consequences", but the Hunting Blades interrupt.
  • Tragic Monster: She becomes one, no thanks to the Hunting Blades.

Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP), Roger Craig Smith (EN)

A psychotic assassin working for Leviathan's Claw who grows increasingly obsessed with Yuri as the game goes on.

  • Anime Hair: Is very similar to Yugi's hair.
  • Artificial Limbs
  • Axe Crazy
  • Bad Boss: He kills a Mook for recommending that he retreat instead of fighting Yuri.
  • Blood Knight
    "My blade... it aches to kill...! I have to kill something!"
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The physical decay is fully apparent by the time the party fights him in Tarqaron.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Zagi has no backstory, no motive, no discernible allegiances (he doesn't even show concern or loyalty to the other members of Leviathan's Claw), no specific goal beyond killing people For the Evulz and no concrete connection to any of the characters. He just turns up at random points, even when it makes no sense for him to do so, to antagonise the party. This is exactly why Yuri is so frustrated with him.
  • Disney Villain Death: Crossed with Rasputinian Death.
  • Dual Wielding Knife Nut: Although they are big knives.
  • Foil: Seems to be what Yuri would be if he didn't have his moral code.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Raven seems to think this is why he's so crazy. Yuri is not convinced.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Oh yeah.
  • Laughing Mad: Good lord, yes.
  • Limp and Livid
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In his final confrontation, he uses... some kind of arte that seals the pathway behind him; forcing Yuri and co. to fight him. How and why he has this power is never explained.
    • It's also never explained who gave him his Blastia Arm and later upgraded it to have a giant skull shaped guard on it. Presumably his path-blocking skill was related to the previous, as he doesn't have his Mystic Arte, Shining Blastia Field, before the final battle with him either.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Yuri regards him as a joke until his actions almost result in the destruction of Zaphias.
  • Psycho for Hire: Eventually, he disregards the "for hire" bit completely.
  • Rasputinian Death: Zagi is not only repeatedly beaten up, but thrown off a boat several times, left on an exploding boat, had his mechanical arm short out, poisons himself, tries to fight off a Pterobronc at Mt. Temza during a sidequest in Act 3, and finally dies from falling.
  • Recurring Boss: Five times, excluding the Memory Dungeon. Think of it this way, there are that many of the 23 (or 25 in the PS3 version) Secret Missions dedicated to him!
  • Reverse Grip
  • Talkative Loon: About half of Zagi's dialogue is deranged gibberish. The other half is deranged laughter.
  • Unknown Rival: Yuri barely acknowledges his existence... until he endangers Zaphias.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Zagi becomes progressively more deranged and less human with each consecutive battle.

Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (JP), Spike Spencer (EN)

The leader of Leviathan's Claw, a guild that specializes in assassination and illegal Blastia distribution. In the English version, he speaks with a German accent, while in the Japanese version, he uses Gratuitous English.

Gauche and Droite
(Gauche) Voiced by: Satomi Arai (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)
(Droite) Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)

A pair of young twins who serve as Yeager's personal bodyguards.

Voiced by: Hirose Masashi (JP), JB Blanc (EN)

The head of the Blood Alliance, a powerful mercenary guild behind the string of blastia core thefts that kicks off the story. He is collaborating with Ragou, but it's clear Barbos is using him for his own ends. At the end of the first act, he is soundly defeated by Yuri and company. He dies after throwing himself from off the top of Ghasfarost tower.

Mary Kaufman
Voiced by: Megan Hollingshead (EN)

The head of Fortune's Market, an extremely successful merchant's guild. A shrewd businesswoman, she is not above taking risks to expand her company, and is one of the few guild leaders willing to do business with the Empire. She employs Brave Vesperia on many occasions, and her company's aid is instrumental in the construction of Aurnion.

The Hunting Blades
(Clint) Voiced by: Yuji Takada (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)
(Tison) Voiced by: Ryuzo Hasuike (JP), David Vincent (EN)
(Nan) Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

A guild dedicated to ridding the world of monsters. By any means necessary.

  • Antiheroic Neutral: Clint doesn't really care about anything except fighting and killing monsters. Anything that doesn't involve one or both of those things is simply none of his business.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Nan is the PG version.
  • BFS: Clint's sword is bigger than he is. And he looks about seven feet tall.
  • Blood Knight/Boisterous Bruiser: Most members really enjoy fighting. Tison is the best example.
  • Bonus Boss: Clint in the PS3 version.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Remember Gattuso, the infuriatingly difficult boss of Ehmead Hill? Clint's first appearance has him one shot it.
  • Cynicism Catalyst/Freudian Excuse: The guild is mostly populated by those who have lost loved ones to monster attacks.
  • Heel Realization: Clint seems to have a minor change of heart after getting called out by the party, though he tries his best not to show it.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • Improbable Age: Nan is held in high regard as a warrior in the guild... despite being twelve. Since there's no word on when her family was killed by monsters, it's likely Tison has been training her for years to be the warrior she is today.
  • Karma Houdini: You would think that they would have been punished for betraying the Union, openly attacking Nordipolica without first telling the Don about their suspicions over Belius, and directly causing Belius' death. You would be wrong. In fact, it is Harry Whitehorse, who wasn't even involved in the attack, who gets punished for what the Hunting Blades did. (or he would have, if the Don didn't commit suicide to save him)
  • Knight Templar
  • Psycho for Hire: Implied with Tison. He's quite the Blood Knight and is more than a little bit psychotic.
  • Tsundere: Nan.
  • Wall Crawl: Tison, showing it off at Caer Bocram.
  • Weapon of Choice: Among the three main members, Clint uses a BFS, Tison uses his fists, and Nan uses a Precision-Guided Boomerang about as big as she is.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Hunting Blades go in and out of this trope. They want to protect citizens from monsters; but they don't know that the Entelexeia, especially Ba'ul and Belius, are not monsters. Most of their members have a Freudian Excuse.
    • Except for Clint, who knew the whole time and attacked them because his parents were killed by an Entelexeia.

    Everyone Else 
Duke Pantarei
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

A mysterious man who knows a lot about the aer and the Entelexeia. He becomes an antagonist when he decides to sacrifice humanity to destroy the planet-devouring Adephagos.

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN)

An ancient, incredibly powerful Entelexeia resembling a phoenix. He is aware of how Estelle's power is causing the world to die, and believes that killing her is the only way to prevent it.


A massive Entelexeia embodying the elements of earth and water.


A dear friend of Duke's from the Great War. He was a powerful Entelexeia who advocated living with humans. Though he and Duke fought together during the Great War, the Empire feared his power and murdered him in the aftermath. His grave lies on Ehmead Hill.

  • Canis Major: He was reportedly as large as the tree of Halure.
  • Character Death: Was betrayed by the Empire and murdered while he was injured.
  • One-Man Army: Responsible for humankind winning the Great War.
  • The Pollyanna: He dreamed of humans and Entelexeia living together, and peace for all living things.
  • The Unseen: Rerference only.