Characters: Tales of Vesperia
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- Yuri Lowell
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:
- Action Hero
- The Atoner: From The First Strike we learn that he had to kill Repede's dad in self-defense due to a case of Demonic Possession. He, of course, takes care of Repede from then on.
- Animal Motif: Several of his attacks have the title "Wolf", and is the proud owner of an actual canine, Repede. His last name, "Lowell", means "little wolf"
- Anti-Hero: Due to his willingness to stain his hands with blood in the name of justice. Thankfully, the lessons he learns during the game keep him from Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, like Alexei.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Teaches himself how to do a Fatal Strike after seeing Clint do it.
- Badass: Yuri Lowell is probably the Tales Series' poster boy for this trope.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Flynn.
- Badass Arm-Fold: One of his skit poses.
- Badass Baritone: To an extent, courtesy of Troy Baker.
- Badass Boast: Very fond of giving these. The best example is probably when he claims he and his True Companions "eat guys like (Kratos) for breakfast" — and he has the skills to back it up.
- Badass Creed: "O brilliant blade of coldest steel, rend the infinite darkness... and crush my enemies to nothing! SAVA--GE WOLF FURY!"
- Badass Crew: Becomes part of one (as well as its de facto leader) when Brave Vesperia is formed.
- Badass Longcoat: The Dark Enforcer sidequest gives him one.
- Badass Minds Think Alike: With Flynn several times.
- Badass Moustache: Thanks to a synthesizable accessory.
- Badass Normal: He can't use any magic, even though all Blastia users should be able to in theory — he's simply a disinterested student. Not that it stops him from kicking all kinds of asses.
- Badass Unintentional: Very much one.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Karol.
- Big Brother Instinct: When the party gets trapped by the Baitojoh, he pushes Karol out of range of the aer krene.
- Bishōnen/Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Blood Knight: He seems to be happiest when in a good fight. Made especially clear in his reaction to the Giganto Monsters all being defeated, which is pure disappointment because there are no more monsters left that could give him a decent scrap.
- Blow You Away: Despite his general disinterest in the workings of Blastia magic, some of his attacks trend towards Wind. Yuri will literally say "I'll blow you away!" when activating his Over Limit.
- Born Unlucky: Early in the game, Yuri sarcastically declares that he must be cursed after string misunderstandings, unwanted trouble, and bad luck. Which turns into a Running Gag (and a Lampshade of a common RPG Cliche).
- Celibate Hero/Chivalrous Pervert: A rare combination with both. He enjoys flirting in general, but he never actually pursues any kind of romance.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome
- Cool Shades: Thanks to a synthesizable accessory.
- Cool Sword: There's his Second Star, Dein Nomos, and the Vesperia Mk.II in the PS3 version. That's not counting his Fell Arm, either.
- Covert Pervert: Played with. Yuri doesn't hide his perversions, you just don't expect him to have them. Case in point? He put a lot of love in his food.
- The Cowl: In contrast to Flynn's cape.
- Deadpan Snarker: There's a reason one of his Fan Nicknames is "Jade 2.0".
- Dirty Business
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: One Zaphias NPC mistakes him for a girl and, upon realizing his error, tells him to cut his hair, because having it long is "unmanly". Apparently either he hasn't heard of Even the Guys Want Him.
- Yuri's "True Knight" costume gives him a ponytail and curves around his waist in such a way that it is even easier to confuse him for a woman until you hear him speak.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In The Movie, when he's still a knight, he wears his hair tied back. The string is cut during a fight and he wears it loose from then on, showing that he's becoming more reckless and less rule-abiding.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: In the Kogorh desert believing he's about to get eaten: "Heh...go ahead. Hope you choke...on my bones..."
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Drowns Cumore in quicksand.
- Fingerless Gloves: His subweapon. The Garm Fang even goes as far as to give him Fingerless Gloves with huge spikes on the end of them.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Because Purple Is The New Black.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Yuri is aware that he can become what he kills, but he'll keep killing criminals the laws refuse to punish, as no one else will.
- The Hero
- Heroes Love Dogs: Given his wolf motif, he also big dog named Repede as a sidekick... who's just as badass as his partner.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: For all his apparent bravado, it's clear that he has a pretty low opinion of himself.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Not that he cares.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Flynn.
- Humble Hero: Doesn't care to be acknowledged for saving the world.
- Hypocrisy Nod: He's aware that his vigilantism are rather hypocritical when he's called out for them. However, he does it anyway because nobody else will.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He grows increasingly but steadily ruthless in his dealings with villains over the course of the story, until Don Whitehorse's death causes him to re-evaluate things, at which point he decides that he's been "too soft" and starts threatening to kill his own friends over relatively minor infractions. Thankfully he is pulled out of this mindset before he gets a chance to act on it.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He left the Knights because he felt they were doing little to protect the downtrodden and end the corruption among the nobles, but his sense of honor and justice still drives him toward this goal.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Despite what he might say about himself, he'll always come to the aid of the needy, even at his own risk. In the scene for Yuri's True Knight title, Estelle says he is more of a knight than anyone she knows.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's fast, strong and can take a lot of hits.
- Meaningful Name: Lowell means "little wolf" to line up with his Animal Motif.
- Mr. Fanservice: Not only a Tall, Dark and Handsome Nice Guy with Chronic Hero Syndrome, can fight, can cook (with love even), loves animals, and even shows some skin in the PS3 version's Mitsurugi costume. His normal and swimsuit costumes showing a peek at his chest are certainly appreciated by us fangirls. He also looks great in a tank top.
- Murder Is the Best Solution
- Nerves of Steel: Being very close to dying freaks him out a little.
- Subverted when around Judith. He wholeheartedly admits that he thinks she could rip open a monster's stomach from the inside. And that the idea scares him.
- Nice Guy: Tall, Dark, Snarky and Badass? Oh yes. Otherwise he's actually a nice, friendly guy who likes to help people. Just don't do evil deeds in front of him.
- Nice Hat: Yuri gets two pimp hats as Add-ons.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish male to Flynn's noble.
- One-Man Army: Can pretty much slaughter the whole coliseum with his Fell Arm, and Water Burst Arte, which obliterates pretty much everything around him.
- Order Versus Chaos: Very firmly represents chaos to Flynn's order.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He kills Ragou because the law failed to punish him. He later leaves Cumore to drown in quicksand.
- Power Fist: His sub-weapon.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Tell me. How many times have you heard those same words?"
- Razor Wind/Sword Beam: His Final Gale and Azure Edge artes respectively.
- Rousing Speech/Dare to Be Badass: He fires off some extremely badass rants and one-liners that almost instantly break Raven, Karol and Estelle out of their respective BSODs.
- Shipper on Deck: For Ristelle. At the very least, he coins their ship name.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: His response to Flynn's "What the Hell, Hero?" moment:
"You can't deny that lives were saved because those bastards [i.e., Ragou and Cumore] were put down! You'd rather tell people, 'sorry you have to die today, I promise we'll change things soon'."
- Small Steps Hero: Kill a villain to end his villainy forever? No problem. Allow an innocent young woman die to save the world? Forget it. See the quote in Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids! for emphasis.
- Supreme Chef: Presumably perfected his skills from helping out at the inn he lives above, but he started learning how to cook so Flynn wouldn't.
- According to the skits, he's one the best cooks in the party, along with Judith.
- The Southpaw: Technically he's ambidextrous, but he favours his left hand when fighting.
- Sweet Tooth: Yuri likes every cookable dish. However, he loves every single dessert.
- Tall, Dark, Snarky AND Handsome!
- Technician Versus Performer: His fighting style is very much that of a performer. He's not as technically skilled as Flynn, but more than makes up for it with his agility, creativity and sheer Rule of Cool.
- The Nicknamer: Seems to have a nickname for everyone — he's coined "Estelle", "Captain", "Judy", "Old Man", "Tweedle A and B", "Apple Head"...
- Think Nothing of It: Has turned down rewards for several of Brave Vesperia's jobs, much to the rest of the guild's economic despair. Also doesn't mind when people attribute his heroics to Flynn, though Flynn certainly does.
- The Unchosen One: Yuri himself is just normal, if not Badass and snarky guy who had no role in the Empire and Union issues, the secssion issues, or anything to do with the Adaphagos prior to the games start yet becomes the major factor in them.
- Vigilante Man: Again, when he kills Ragou and Cumore. He even gets a title for it.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: Look at his picture.
- Weapon of Choice: Swords or axes. Lampshaded in a skit where Estelle and Karol argue over which weapon Yuri would look cooler wielding.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When he kills Cumore, Flynn calls him out on it.
- He later repays the favor by calling Flynn out on his blind faith in Alexei.
- Would Hit a Girl: Gets into a fistfight with Judith early in the game. They weren't serious, but it was his idea. He even throws the first punch.
- Youdidnt Ask: Yuri would be good at Poker, as he frequently pulls this trope throughout the game. For example, he'd known, or at least suspected, who Estelle was from the moment they first met, but had decided to play along instead of saying anything.
- Zen Survivor: Ends up playing this role for Sodia near the end of the story.
- Flynn Scifo
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:
- Accidental Hero: He's very often credited for Yuri's work, and is even named Commandant. He doesn't approve of being given all of Yuri's credit and becomes (highly) upset that Yuri doesn't care who gets credit for what he does.
- The Ace: He's even the ace card in the poker minigame.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Yuri.
- Badass Cape
- Badass In Charge: Becomes the de facto leader of the Imperial Knights after Alexei reveals himself as the Big Bad. He's officially promoted to Acting Commandant soon after.
- Badass Minds Think Alike: With Yuri several times. Especially due to their Dual Mystic Arte.
- Big Damn Heroes: Often heads The Cavalry that bails Brave Vesperia out of situations too big to handle on their own, like halting the war between Dahngrest and the Empire, and ramming the rampaging battleship Heracles off-course so its laser cannon misses the heavily populated Zaphias. Also played in the Big Damn Villains territory when his brigade is the one that's meant to cut Yuri and his party off after Belius' death.
- Blood Knight: Like Yuri, he seems to be happiest when fighting. Unlike Yuri, however, he doesn't actively search for scraps.
- The Brigadier: After his first promotion.
- The Cape: In contrast to Yuri's cowl.
- Chick Magnet: A sub-event in Dahngrest reveals him to be very popular with women when Raven takes him long to the bar. Yuri says girls always used to flock around him in the past.
- Colonel Badass: Especially in the PS3 version where he is promoted into a proper party member. Although he's not quite a colonel — he goes from Lieutenant to Captain to Commandant over the course of the game.
- Combat Medic: Has a few healing artes, but is best suited in physical combat.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: The most dangerous cook in the game. Yuri comments during a skit that he learned to cook so that Flynn wouldn't, and once caused the the Wonder Chef to storm off in disgust. The thing is, Flynn's actually a very good cook, and his food always looks wonderful. The problem is that he's got a warped sense of taste; the dish is great if he sticks to the recipe, but if he modifies it, it's ruined. Since there's no way to know exactly what he put in it, eating one of his meals is much like playing Russian Roulette.
- Cool Sword: His signature weapon is a blue sword with a large and somewhat elaborate crossguard.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in banter between him and Yuri.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: In the PS3 version, where he permanently joins after Aurnion.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: To a certain extent. While he does some good, he ultimately gets the credit for most of Yuri's actions. In a bit of a twist, he's fully aware of his status as one, and isn't too fond of it.
- Foil: To Yuri. Flynn mostly dresses in white; Yuri is mostly clad in black. Flynn is blonde and idealistic; Yuri is raven-haired and sarcastic. Flynn is the patient, soft-spoken blue oni to Yuri's outspoken, rebellious red oni. Flynn believes in following his duties to the letter, hoping he can set an example to reform the Empire from within; Yuri is disillusioned with the Empire's corruption, and is more than willing to stain his hands with blood if he has to in the name of justice; and Yuri is a very good cook, while Flynn is a Lethal Chef.
- Former Teen Rebel: Apparently was something of a trouble-maker back in the day.
- Guest Star Party Member: Only in the Xbox 360 version. The PS3 version, however, upgrades him to a full party member who is available much more often throughout the game, although not often enough to disqualify him from this trope. He permanently joins after Aurnion.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: All of the nameless NPC Knights wear helmets, but Flynn is a major character therefore his face needs to be visible.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yuri.
- Holy Hand Grenade: His primary element in the original version. Doubles up with Playing with Fire in the PS3 version thanks to his second Mystic Arte, along with Gurenken and Gou Gurenken. He can also combine his light with Blow You Away thanks to a Skill Change in the Updated Re-release.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: One of very few knights wholeheartedly devoted to goodness, and not involved in any shady business. That doesn't mean he's immune to manipulation, however, which is lampshaded to hell and back.
- Inspector Javert: To the party in the first act.
- Internal Reformist: His motivation for joining the Imperial Knights.
- Magic Knight / Jack-of-All-Trades: In the PS3 verison, Flynn has a few spell artes, healing artes, and plenty physical artes which lets him cover any area need be.
- Kamehame Hadoken: He has a frickin' laser beam spell in the PS3 version. Has led to Memetic Mutation with people shouting "FUREN LAYZAA!!" in reference to [[Tales O**fPhantasia Dhaos]].
- Knight in Shining Armor
- The Lancer: In the PS3 version.
- Lethal Chef: If he follows the recipe to the letter, his food is great. If he doesn't... he is apparently so bad he got the Wonder Chef to yell at him, and causes one of the judges in a cooking contest to spontaneously combust. Yuri comments during a skit that he learned to cook for himself so as to avoid Flynn making the food.
- Light Is Good: Part of the whole Paladin thing.
- Lightning Bruiser: Although he has elements of a Mighty Glacier, Flynn's just as quick as Yuri and more durable. He also is very strong physically.
- Mana Shield: He has a skill which reduces damage taken by sacrificing some TP.
- Magic Knight
- Meaningful Name/ Bilingual Bonus: His first name in japanese is pronounced as furen (フレン), which sounds like 'friend' in Engrish.
- Neat Freak: At one point in the PS3 version of the game he mentions that he enjoys cleaning.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The noble male to Yuri's roguish.
- Order Versus Chaos: The order to Yuri's chaos.
- The Paladin: Albeit a more secular version.
- Real Men Eat Meat: His favourite recipes are those that contain beef or pork. He doesn't care for seafood, though. Like Yuri's fondness for desserts, this is implied to be a result of growing up poor and only having access to such foods on special occasions.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As a lieutenant in the Knights, and later as Captain, and Commandant.
- Stone Wall: As long as he is not out of TP, he'll take only a fraction of damage.
- Supporting Leader
- Technician Versus Performer: A technician, favouring traditional swordmanship while sacrificing speed and style.
- Think Nothing of It: Flynn goes out of his way to help people as much as he can, but he doesn't like it when people do this to him.
- Took a Level in Badass: The PS3 version significantly buffed him in every way possible, including turning him into a permanent party member. Unfortunately for the player, this also applies to the Duel Boss against him, which is no longer a joke, even if you know what you're doing.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He believes in making things better by rising high enough to make a difference, though he is at least somewhat down-to-earth about it.
- Weapon of Choice: Heroes Prefer Swords and Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me, befitting his knightly personality.
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
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:
- Action Girl: Believe it or not, she is a pretty decent fencer, a good tank, and serves as the game's resident Combat Medic.
- A-Cup Angst: Played with; while she's not flat by any means (she's in the middle in the Boobs of Steel scale by being a both a strike and magica arte user, not to mention between Rita and Judith), she has the most problems with Judith's proportions, leading to this quote...
Judith: What are you looking at?
Estelle: I wish I could bounce like that.
- Ironically they do in the opening movie.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Possibly. It is implied that Estelle has a crush on Yuri. It is debatable whether or not Yuri feels the same way.
- All Your Colors Combined: Combined with a bit of Summon Magic, in her PS3-exclusive Mystic Arte, Ultimate Elements.
- And I Must Scream: After getting Mind Raped by Alexei. She recovers.
- Animals Hate Her: She just can't get Repede to warm up to her, no matter how hard she tries and she's not getting better with other animals in Radiant Mythology 3.
"Why doesn't he like me? (sniff)"
- Apocalypse Maiden: Prior to act three she was virtually a walking, talking Hermes Blastia.
- Apologetic Attacker: One of Estelle's battle-opening quotes is "I'm sorry if I hurt you!"
- Artificial Brilliance: But at the same time? She often uses Angel Ring to bring enemies close together when Rita or Raven is preparing to hit one one with an ability that inflicts damage across a small area.
- Artificial Stupidity: She has a nasty habit of rushing into close combat when she really should be healing, and rarely heals status ailments without being directly ordered to. It takes a large amount of finagling with the AI settings to make things go smoothly.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Princess
- Blessed with Suck: As a Child of the Full Moon, she has the ability to use Artes without a blastia. Oh, and her mere existence causes the world to slowly die by disrupting the Aer flow.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By Alexei.
- Break the Cutie
- The Chick
- Combat Medic
- Cute Bookworm: Adores reading and libraries, and will often wax lyrical about things that remind her of her studies.
- Distressed Damsel
- The Ditherer: For a vast majority of the game, she has a hard time deciding what to do or what she really cares about.
- Ditzy Genius
- Duel Boss
- Friend to All Living Things: Subverted. She really, really tries, but for one reason or another, it doesn't work out for her. Sometimes with tragic consequences, sometimes just plain hilarious, such as her skits with Repede.
- Gratuitous French: Her strongest non-arte attack involves her counting to three in French, and one of her physical artes uses a musical term and a dancing term (respectively) both created by the French. Both conveniently combine to make a decent combo in-game.
Estelle: Un, Deux, Trois! Marche Waltz!
- Green Eyes
- The Heart
- Holy Hand Grenade / Light 'em Up: Her only elemental attacks involve the light element. The PS3 version gives her a few more, though, but this one still takes priority.
- Idiot Heroine: Far from Karol levels though.
- Ignored Epiphany: Zig zagged, but ultimately averted with Ba'ul. It's revealed that her healing artes are poisonous to Entelexeia—as they found out the hard way with Belius. When she sees Ba'ul in pain, Estelle rushes over towards him, Judith preemptively tries to stop her...and she ultimately doesn't use her power. She even acknowledges in that scene that, despite wanting to heal him, she would only make things worse for him in the process.
- In-Series Nickname: Her full name is "Estellise", though to Brave Vesperia she's "Estelle." To make no mention of the canon "Ristelle" nickname...
- Journey to Find Oneself - The entire premise for the suicide mission of finding Phareoh.
- King Incognito: Even though her reveal as royalty was only a surprise to Karol. It's likely that the player won't be surprised either, given her design.
- Lady of War
- Lady of Adventure
- Last of Her Kind: Though she isn't technically the last, she's the only remaining Child of the Full Moon that can do something with her power.
- Literal-Minded: Though she drops the habit soon after getting out of the castle.
- Meganekko: Can be turned into one via synth item, and wears glasses while writing in the ending.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After she accidentally drives Belius mad and when the party is forced to mercy-kill her.
- Nice Girl
- Plucky Girl
- Princess Classic
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Most obviously in her default outfit..
- Proper Lady
- True Blue Femininity: In her introduction in the game, as well as in the First Strike, she's wearing blue
- Rebellious Princess
- Sheltered Aristocrat
- Skirt over Slacks: Her default outfit.
- Spoiled Sweet
- Squishy Wizard: Averted! Except when you Duel Boss her, you will curse that they didn't make the healer a Squishy Wizard.
- Stone Wall: Has the highest defense stat in the game, with many skills that augment defense and guarding. (After all, apart from Flynn, she's the only party member with a shield!) However, she can still get stunlocked when she runs into the fray and melees, since she may not always have the health to make her a proper tank.
- Sword Beam: "Star Stroke"!
- Technical Pacifist: She hates having to hurt people, however knows that world outside the barriers; and at time even inside them, is too dangerous to not fight and not everyone is willing to sit down and talk.
- The Ojou
- The President's Daughter
- Took a Level in Badass: Arguably post-rescue; it's subtle, but afterward she no longer seems to be the same girl wanting to make graves for every monster she killed.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Yuri spoiled her royal status before the game was even out. He distinctly refers to her as "hime-sama" (or: "princess").
- Trauma Conga Line: During part two, she finds out the hard way that her healing artes cause Entelexeia to go insane, then later learns that using her powers could destroy the world. Then she gets kidnapped by Schwann/Raven and tortured into doing the bidding of Alexei, and sent over the edge by his hand that she begs Yuri to kill her. Thankfully, she recovers.
- Weapon of Choice: Royal Rapier or Simple Staff, and Luckily Her Shield Will Protect Her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Contrary to what her profile picture would make you think, Estelle has pink hair
- Karol Capel
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
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:
- Action Girl: Has some awesome offensive magic on her.
- Ambiguously Lesbian: She becomes very "dere-dere" around Estelle and seems quite interested in her, to say the least.
- Ambiguous, you say?
- Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, the main thing to remember about her is that Estelle is the first real friend (or otherwise) that she's had in her life.
- It seems like Namco isn't even bothering to cover it up anymore. They look after a baby in one sidequest in the PS3 version.
- Animal-Eared Headband: Her waitress outfit gives her a cat-ear headband, and a bunny-ear headband is available for everyone.
- Awesome but Impractical: Her Levitation skill. Even with the Risky Ring to solve the TP consumption problem, it basically negates the more useful Resilience skill. All the same, a flying spellcaster never gets old.
- Badass Adorable: Well, look at the picture for the "adorable" part, and as for the other, head over to "Game Breaker."
- Badass Bookworm
- Black Magician Girl
- Child Mage
- The Comically Serious: Especially during victory poses or skits, when the other party members start being silly.
- Companion Cube: Thanks to her lonely, orphaned childhood, she came to see blastia as her only friends. She anthropomorphizes them accordingly, bestowing them with names as she interacts with them.
- Covert Pervert: Depending on what you believe Estelle found in her dresser drawer.
- Crossdresser: Her Mao costume from the PS3 version.
- Elemental Powers: Her status as a mage allows her to cast spells from most of the elements in the game, such as Fireball, Tidal Wave, Stone Blast, Spread Zero, etc, although the one she seems to use the most in cutscenes is Fireball, as well as Stone Blast in a PS3 exclusive cutscene.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Rita loves to use Karol as her personal punching bag.
- Fashionable Asymmetry
- Forgets to Eat: Implied in a skit when the whole team is getting hungry.
- Glass Cannon
- Goggles Do Nothing: ...Neither does the lens. Or the ribbons. Or the thigh-high sock. Yep, Rita is a regular Rummage Sale Reject.
- Green Eyes
- Improbable Age: She started studying blastia at age 10. That was 5 years ago!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She becomes one of these as the game goes on. Initially she's just a jerk, but after Estelle saves her after the blastia malfunction at Heliord she becomes more open and gains her Heart of Gold.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She's a bit rough around the edges, but she is very fond of felines.
- Lethal Chef: Tough not as bad a Flynn. It's not that she can't cook, she's just too impatient to put the time or effort into it. For example, she once made a "meal" consisting of two slices of bread with a raw egg between 'em.
- Little Miss Badass
- Little Miss Snarker
- Petite Pride: An NPC dubs her "Flatty McChesterson." Unlike Estelle, she doesn't seem to mind, thinking large breasts just get in the way.
- Although in the skit "The Proper and the Picky" she does seem to get sensitive about it.
- Playing with Fire: Though she has access to spells of most elements, she always defaults to her Fireball spell during cutscenes. There's also mention of her using Fire magic in a skit.
- Samus is a Girl: Sort of. The person who Yuri was chasing in the beginning was clearly male, but was, for whatever reason, using her name. Thus, he was still surprised when he first met Rita and discovered she was female.
- The Smart Girl
- Squishy Wizard
- Teen Genius: 15-year old Rita is the smartest person in the world. Period. Ask her to create something that will tear the laws of nature asunder and her response will be something like, "Eh, it'll take until breakfast at least."
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: Some of her late game secondary weapons.
- Tsundere: So, so Tsundere.
- Weapon of Choice: Whip It Good (in whip, scarf, and scroll forms), Killer Yo-Yo, and Throw the Book at Them.
- Why do I have to board a haunted Ghost Ship?
- Zettai Ryouiki: On one leg in her default outfit, and in various incarnations in her alternates. Her waitress costume is around a grade B.
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
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:
- Action Girl
- Animals Hate Her: Inverted. Repede takes a liking to her the moment they meet, much to Estell's annoyance.
- Apologetic Attacker: Only once, but notable because in the battle with Raven, Blood Knight Judith is the only one to apologise for being forced to fight him.
- Ax-Crazy: Subtly done. It's implied from her love of fighting and her otherwise stoic personality that Judith is somewhat... odd in the mind; even by Krityan standards.
- Badass: The second biggest one in the game, after Yuri.
- Badass Normal: For the same reasons as Yuri.
- Bare Your Midriff: Particularly with her main outfit. And does a damn fine job at it too.
- The Big Girl: Due to her Blood Knight tendencies and the fact that she's so Bad Ass that even Yuri himself is scared by the possibility that she could rip open a monster's stomach if it ate her, she definitely qualifies. Like Karol, however, she double-teams this trope with The Lancer due to her tendency to carry the Conflict Ball in the mid-game.
- Blade on a Stick: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Blood Knight: She mentions that it thrills her to see enemies in pain, and the only time her excitement level goes above "sedated" is in battle.
- Blow You Away & Shock and Awe: Her elemental artes. The latter forms the theme for her Mystic Arte.
- Boobs of Steel
- Buxom Is Better
Judith: So you're jealous?
Judith: If that's all it is, just wear this outfit yourself.
Estelle: Like my boobs could fill out that top!
- Cat Smile: In some promotional artwork (see right...), but not usually in-game.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Myep. Our Judy's not always all there in the head.
- Combat Stilettos: Taken to their logical extreme as her actual secondary weapon.
- Daddy's Girl: Judith's father was the inventor of the Hermes blastia, and flew around the world on Ba'ul with Judith. In a dialogue with Yuri aboard the Fiertia, Judith says that her father has a huge influence on her, and she misses him a great deal.
- Dragon Rider: She is the armored "dragon freak" that has been flying around destroying blastia. She and her "dragon" (or rather, Entelexeia) friend Ba'ul have shared a bond ever since she befriended the lonely creature as a child.
- Easily Forgiven: She cripples the party's only mode of transportation and abandons them in hostile territory, but everyone seems to forget this after she rejoins. Then again, the fact that she actually had a very good reason for crippling the ship (the abandonment, less so) probably helped.
- Gainaxing: During her second Mystic Arte in the on the Playstation 3. She's also know by Kowz as "Miss Bouncy-bouncy".
- Guide Dang It: You want to know about her backstory? Good luck, unless you've got a strategy guide to find the hidden scenes.
- Kick Chick: She can equip greaves as her secondary weapon, and many of her artes are flying kicks and the like.
- Lady of War
- Lunacy: See "Theme Naming".
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Hermes, the creator of the Hermes blastia, was Judith's father. She makes it her responsibility to destroy the manufactured Hermes blastia.
- Memetic Badass: Played for Laughs. Yuri regards her as an in-universe one for her willingness to kill a monster by getting eaten by it and then ripping open its stomach from the inside out to escape.
- Ms. Fanservice: Why shouldn't we say she's one of these? She's got nice curves, really nice legs (and tendencies to use them) plus an exposed midriff. And there's the fact she loves teasing/flirting with Yuri, Raven, and just about everyone who's interested (see TheTease below).
- One Woman Army
- Our Elves Are Different: And Judith, herself, is very different from normal Kritya; thanks to her Blood Knight and Ms. Fanservice tendencies.
- Professional Gambler: At Nam Combunda, it is revealed she made most of her traveling money before joining up with Brave Vesperia by gambling. She was quite infamous in the industry for her unflappable poker face.
- Samus is a Girl: Judith keeps it up longer than Rita.
- She's Got Legs
- Showgirl Skirt
- Sky Pirate: She isn't, but her Into The Sky costume invokes the image.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's the second-tallest party member in the game after Yuri.
- Stepford Smiler: She spends the first half of the second part hiding her conflict between keeping her life's mission a secret and her newfound friendship to the party.
- Stripperiffic: As both she and everyone else is aware of.
- And then subverted by her alternate outfits that are less revealing.
- Then the PS3 rerelease pulls a Double Subversion by giving her a bikini costume.
- And if that wasn't enough, her cameo costume is Rutee.
- The Tease
- In one skit where she offers to wears even less than her already revealing waitress outfit...
- Theme Naming: All of her techs have something to do with the moon.
- Unusual Ears: Has pointed elven ears and long antennae, like all krityans.
- Vigilante Woman: Revealed to have been a non-killing variant for the Entelexeia; what with her destroying of Hermes Blastia and all. When Estelle turns out to be an even greater threat to the world, she promises to take this trope to the extreme if there really is no hope that she can properly control and maintain her power. Three guesses as to whether she does this or not.
- Weapon of Choice: Blade on a Stick and Simple Staff.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Patty Fleur
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.
- Action Girl
- Cat Smile
- Cloudcuckoolander: After being rescued from a bug monster, "I wasn't attacked! We were playing!"
- Covert Pervert
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the Xbox 360 version, in Capua Torim's lighthouse, you can find a "woman's pirate hat" in a dresser with a name scrawled on it, although only the first two letters can be made out: "Pa". Namco Bandai flat-out denied that it had anything to do with Patty Fleur, but, well...
- (In the PS3 version, surprising absolutely no one, this is in fact Patty's room.)
- Fighting Clown: Uses playing cards, jack-in-the-boxes, rockets, etc. with random effects ranging from wiping out all enemies instantly to wiping out the party instantly. Handle with care.
- The Gambler: Her overall battle style.
- Knife Nut: Even if she's shown using guns in most videos, her actual equipable weapon is a knife.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Little Miss Badass
- Luck-Based Mission: Meeting all her "Summon Friends" pals for her "Successor to the Great Pirate's Name" title.
- Luck Stat: And she can max it with an exclusive accessory.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She feels this way after killing Seifer, even though he asked that she kill him. Directly after the fact, she regrets having to do it, and cries over the death of her friend, with Estelle nearby to comfort her.
- Nice Hat
- Older Than They Look
- Pirate Girl
- Rescue Romance: With Yuri. (It's all in her head).
- Spoony Bard
- Stance System: Between Normal, Advance, Brainel, and Critical. Normal is normal, Advance emphasizes direct attacks, Brainel caters to range and spell casting, and Critical has the benefits of the previous two. Critical also has so much going for it, it's almost unfair.
- Supreme Chef: Especially with seafood. She manages to save a restaurant from closing down by teaching them an amazing recipe, has the guilds and the council fighting over recuiting her thanks to her culinary abilities, and eventually gets a Wonder Chef costume.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Should her abilities create a difficult situation in battle, the other party members will call her on it.
- Verbal Tic: Uses old-person slurred speech patterns, nanoja. Not without reason...
- Alexei Dinoia
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.
- 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
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
"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.
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:
A lieutenant serving in the Flynn Brigade.
A mage serving in the Flynn Brigade.
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.
- Don Whitehorse
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.
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.
A psychotic assassin working for Leviathan's Claw who grows increasingly obsessed with Yuri as the game goes on.
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
A pair of young twins who serve as Yeager's personal bodyguards.
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
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
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.
- Duke Pantarei
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.
- All There in the Manual: His surname.
- :All Your Powers Combined: His true final boss form gains a new Mystic Arte that combines all of your party's Mystic Artes into one super-powered attack, and will surely kill at least one party member and significantly heal Duke himself.
- Anti-Hero -> Anti-Villain: Starts off as a mysterious, but fairly douchebaggish wanderer who, despite everything, still assists the party. The Adephagos pushes him over the edge, however. He then saves the day, like Shizel did in Tales of Eternia, but unlike Shizel, he survived the final batttle.
- Badass Baritone: One of the deepest voices in the series, which makes his womanly appearance rather hilarious.
- Badass Longcoat
- Big Damn Heroes
- Bishonen Line: He does this in the final boss fight...and if you've collected the Fell Arms, he fuses with them to cross it again and become a demigod. It's at this point that the player starts to regret collecting them.
- Boomerang Bigot: Played with. Duke makes it clear that he doesn't think all humans are terrible. Just the ones who ignore the Entelexeia and live off the luxury provided by the blastia.
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Cool Sword
- Defeat Means Friendship: A rare case of actually getting through to the Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Despair Event Horizon: Happened before the game's events, when his best friend Elucifer is betrayed and killed after helping the humans win the Great War.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady / Viewer Gender Confusion: The first trailers featuring him did not help, considering that it's a woman's voice that talks over his appearance. Then the game was released and we all heard Jamieson Price's voice.
- Early-Bird Cameo: There is a series of optional scenes featuring him. The first couple of these are triggered before he is formally introduced to the player.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Though not so much as evil as rude.
- Expy: It is hard to un-see how the white hair makes him look like Sephiroth. Or an eviler Inuyasha, with the red clothes.
- Fallen Hero: He single-handedly won the Great War for humanity... and then single-handedly gained a Freudian Excuse to turn against them.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Don't expect an insightful conversation with him.
- Final Boss
- Friend to All Living Things: He becomes one during the ending.
- Freudian Excuse: He... doesn't have the best opinion of his species, since he single-handedly turned the Great War around for them, and then they stabbed his Crystal Dragon Jesus Lancer in the back.
- Gratuitous Greek: His last name is a reference to the Neoplatonist philosophy of "panta rhei".
- Grave Marking Scene: Part of the optional sidequest involving him will have you finding him paying his respects at Elucifer's grave.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: First he's an ominous villainous guy who seems threatening, then he gives you Dein Nomos to help you save Estelle. Then he saves Yuri after he falls off Zaude, takes his sword back, and decides that the only way to save the world is to sacrifice all of humanity. And finally, after being defeated, he is reminded of Elucifer's wish to protect humanity and aids the party in destroying the Adephagos.
- Heel Realization: After being defeated by the party, and reminded of Elucifer's wish to protect humanity.
- Humans Are Bastards
- Jerk Ass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Last-Second Chance: He is repeatedly offered one by Yuri and eventually takes it.
- Karma Houdini: Never really punished for attempted genocide. Possibly justified because he DID help save the world.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much
- Mystical White Hair / White Hair, Black Heart
- Necessarily Evil: Tarqaron will kill him along with the rest of humanity.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain / "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: An in-universe example of the latter. The Empire has spent the better part of ten years looking for its royal treasure, Dein Nomos, because without it they can't crown a new Emperor (for some reason). As it turns out, Duke pinched it at the end of The Great War: thereby making him directly responsible for the political crisis that has gripped the world for a decade. However, if he hadn't, it's very unlikely that he would have been able to resolve the issue of the Aer Krenes going out of control.
- No Cure for Evil: Subverted. Part of what makes his optional form That One Boss is that he is able to heal himself. Not only is it very hard to interrupt, but he'll usually heal himself for more damage than you just did.''
- One-Man Army: One of the Entelexeia, massive Olympus Mons that can raze armies by themselves, says point-blank that the party has no chance fighting him. This is after you've fought and killed a few Entelexeia yourself.
- One-Winged Angel: Of the Bishounen Line variety. Twice.
- Power Floats: He can be seen levitating during his boss fight.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted, since they're his natural colour. Played straighter during the finale.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: In the ending. Sort of.
- Straw Nihilist
- True Final Boss: As Radiant Winged One, on a power trip from the Fell Arms.
- World's Strongest Man
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is willing to sacrifice all of humanity (including himself) to prevent the Adephagos from destroying the planet.
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.