A twenty-year-old cook and Jack-of-All-Trades who lives in Elympios. His bloodline allows him to shift into the fractured dimensions, where he takes a monstrous form using an ability called Chromatus. His special ability is Weapon Shift and allows him to freely switch between three different weapons in combat, each with their own moveset. His Support Skill, Mirror, lets him copy the Support Skill of his Link Partner.
Big Brother Worship: He adores Julius and sees him as a father-figure. Though this can be taken to a tragic extreme, if the player wishes to do so
Boring, but Practical: Ludger's support skill is the most basic one in the game, but because it's able to copy another character's support skill, it makes it the best way to use certain character's more effectively.
Cosmic Plaything: According to the Word Guidance book, he's been this for the Origin Trial as a Chromatus user, and it's heavily implied that there's been a cycle of tragedy involving many versions of him and Elle. In the Good Ending he breaks the cycle so Elle can live a better life and hopefully for him to be reincarnated.
Deadpan Snarker: A few of his possible multiple-choices answers give off this vibe.
Elemental Powers: His Twin Pistol Artes in particular focus on this to compensate for their low power. While none of his three styles can use every element on their own, when combined they make Ludger the one of only four characters (alongside Jude, Milla, and Alvin) to have access to all six.
Fate Worse than Death: One way to interpret what happens to Ludger in the Good Ending. Becoming a catalyst through overusing the Chromatus would normally cause the user to create a fractured dimension of their own where they would be sent to. However, since his wish was to eliminate all fractured dimensions, he would be erasing himself from existence. Origin evens asks him if such a fate scares him.
Famous Last Words: Rather, a Famous Last Song as he sacrifices himself in the good ending, humming to Elle the Kresnik family lullaby before disappearing.
Future Me Scares Me: Victor, who murdered the entire Xillia 1 party in a fractured dimension, is that dimension's version of himself.
Heroic Bastard: Implied in the game, confirmed in supplementary materials. Bisley is only ever referred to being married once, and it was to Julius's mother.
Heroic Mime: First ever in a Mothership title. Short of calling out attacks, most of his dialogue in skits and cut-scenes is player-input, much like the Descender. This is to prevent players from realizing that his voice is identical to Victor's.
You have the option to "turn on" his dialogue in the second playthrough, in which case each multiple choice decision is accompanied by a spoken line.
Heroic Sacrifice: In the Good Ending, Ludger sacrifices himself to prevent Elle from vanishing as a result of destroying the rest of the fractured dimensions. He does this by becoming the millionth divergence catalyst to reset Origin's counter.
Kick the Dog: Ludger has several opportunities, thanks to the multiple choice system. For example, immediately dropping Milla into the summoning portal, or yelling at Nova after an inappropriately-timed complement.
Kill 'em All: If Ludger chooses to save his brother over the world, he has to go through the rest of the party to do it.
Kissing Cousins: The Marta family is an offshoot of the main Kresnik clan, making him a distant example with Lara. Like father like son.
Leitmotif: The melody used in the "Proof" tracks. In-game, it's hummed as a lullaby, known as the Hymn of Proof.
Lightning Bruiser: In chromatus form. He's incredibly fast, inflicts enormous amounts of damage that no enemy can resist, nullify or absorb, possesses a very varied moveset to hit enemies both close and far away (complete with a quite powerful Mystic Arte), and he doesn't even take damage while in this form.
Multicoloured Hair: Supplementary materials confirm his real hair color is silver, and the black part is dyed.
One-Man Army: Really, the only one who can match Ludger is YuriLowell. He has three different fighting styles, the ability to go One-Winged Angel, and fight some of the strongest characters in game easily. There's also the cutscene of him early on taking out a horde of Exodus soldiers by himself and then theres the bad ending, where he kills the original Xillia party, BY. HIM. SELF.
Trauma Conga Line: Let see, he failed his entrance exam to become a Spirius Agent, fell into a 20 million Gald debt, get dumped by Nova and runs away from home crying when Nova was in love with Julius instead, learned that he murdered all of his companions in one dimension, traumatized Elle and had been unknowingly turning her into a catalyst, has to fight and sacrifice his beloved brother to reach Canaan (or kill his friends sacrificing everyone he loves in one option)... Ludger's life sucks.
Voice Grunting: All you'll ever hear him do outside of a New Game+. Ludger calls his attacks in battle, and either gives short answers like "yes," "right" or "got it" or just gasps and grunts in skits, cutscenes, and after-battle quotes.
Break the Cutie: The end of the Chapter: "Elle and I" does this to her. Her mission to Canaan was a cruel plot by her father, who's gone absolutely insane. He killed the party members she befriended in their dimension, and lured the party to kill prime Ludger, who was her first friend and a guardian to her. For added trauma, Ludger has to kill Victor for the Waymarker.
Cloning Blues: Experiences this when she finds out that she is a resident of a fractured dimension. An interesting take in that the Prime!Elle hasn't been born yet. She even calls herself a fake because she technically isn't suppose to exist yet.
Cosmic Plaything: Being the Key of Kresnik has not done her any favors, and this is implied to be the case for any other Elles in other fractured dimensions. Chronos wants her dead, Bisley used her for his own goals, her father is insane from it all, and like it's stated above, it's implied no version of her has yet to survive past childhood.
Disappeared Dad: A rare example where it's not the dad being dead, just busy.
Heroic BSOD: The end result of Chapter: "Elle and I" leaves her a wreck for the rest of the game.
Heroic Sacrifice: If Ludger asks Origin to save Elle at the cost of the world, then Elle will step in and ask that the world be saved instead, even knowing that it will cause her own death.
Innocently Insensitive: Elle doesn't know the meaning of the word tact, which causes her to say some rather hurtful things while meaning no harm at all by it. Justified by her age though.
Kid Hero: The youngest main character the series has seen yet. She is not playable though, for obvious reasons.
MacGuffin Girl: She's the "Key of Kresnik", which means she has a direct connection to Origin's power of the void. Elle has the power to traverse the fractured dimensions, bring people from fractured dimensions into the prime dimension (happens after touching fractured Milla before her world is destroyed, but at the cost of the prime Milla getting trapped in the dimensional abyss), create her own fractured worlds (which she does when frightened), open the path to Origin, and grant Chromatus powers.
Orphan's Plot Trinket: The pocketwatch given to her by her father, which acts as a key to the fractured dimensions and allows Ludger to use his Chromatus transformation. Except Elle herself is the master key, and she simply empowers the watches.
An alternate version of Milla Maxwell from a timeline where her mission was accomplished when she was only six years old. Thus, she was no longer required to have the power of the four Greater Spirits, and grew up Nia Khera as a human under the care of Muzet, who was blinded helping Milla complete her mission and denied re-entry to the spirit realm by Maxwell, and takes her anger out on Milla. This version of Milla has an obstinate and prideful personality that pushes people away, resulting in her having no real friends. She's taken to the prime dimension by Elle as hers is destroyed, which causes the prime Milla to be stuck in the dimensional abyss.
Action Girl: It practically wouldn't be Milla otherwise.
Cooking Duel: Whereas the other Character Episodes focus on serious Character Development for the existing cast, Milla's Character Episodes are about her getting jealous over Elle liking her father and Ludger's soup more than Milla's, and going on a quest to create the ultimate soup. She really just wants to see Elle, her first friend, smile.
Cloning Blues: Milla suffers from a version of this when she discovers that a person or object from a fractured dimension can't exist with its prime counterpart in the prime dimension after watching a fractured Rollo who was accidentally brought into the prime dimension fade away.
Deadpan Snarker: Best exemplified when she initiates a Link Arte with Gaius - you can feel the sarcasm dripping in her voice.
Heroic Sacrifice: If you refuse to let go of her hand when she is being sucked into the summoning portal, and her Relationship Values with Ludger are high enough, then she tells Ludger to let her go so he can save Elle. If Ludger continues to hold on, she lets go herself.
Jerkass: Without the Greater Spirits to guide her, and having to suffer the abuse of her sister for 14 years, this version of Milla is simply an abrasive hard case at first.
Magic Knight: A odd take on the class since the original Milla was one herself. This Milla combines the use of magic artes with melee to perform combos better then the original Milla did. However, she does not have the original's powerful summon attacks.
Morality Pet: Milla is considerably nicer to Elle than any other party member.
My God, What Have I Done?: When Jude tells her that his father was once a member of Exodus, Milla is horrified to realize that she must have killed her dimension's Jude when he was an infant.
No Social Skills: Though unlike her inexperienced original self, this Milla's personality drives people away.
Sororal Abuse: Milla is incredibly submissive towards her world's Muzét, who has become crazed and abusive towards her younger sister after losing her sight. In this world, both Milla and Muzét were abandoned by Maxwell in Rieze Maxia after Exodus was defeated. Just like in Tales of Xillia, Muzét's Undying Loyalty to Maxwell in the face of this betrayal drives her to insanity, only now she has Milla to take her frustrations out on for fourteen years.
Nice Guy: He's still one of these. Heck, compared to the first game, he might be even nicer.
Older and Wiser: If anything, he seems to be a lot less naive than he was before.
Olympus Mons: If you complete all of the Character Episodes, then you unlock an Extra Episode where Jude manages to turn Maxwell into a Spyrite, gaining control over one of the three most powerful Spirits in all of creation.
Kick the Dog: Given how he failed to save Presa back in Xillia 1 and an alternate him was the one that killed Presa here, it almost feels like the game is trying to make him miserable. Especially since the circumstances were almost identical to how he almost killed Leia in the first Xillia.
Yank the Dog's Chain: The Divergance Catalyst in that reality is his engagement ring to Presa. Ouch.
Easily Forgiven: Subverted. It's because forgiveness didn't come easily to him that he's spent his time since the first game trying to earn it.
GoodCostume Switch: He went from fiery reds and browns in the first game, which gave him a much more "dangerous" look, to a much calmer and reserved blue and purple color scheme in the second.
I Hate Past Me: He already hates the way he used to treat other people, but seeing an alternate version of his past self in a fractured dimension painfully drives it home.
The Mourning After: His fourth Character Episode indicates that, a whole year later, he still can't forget about his feelings for Presa. Meeting her in a Fractured Dimension however helps him start to move on.
Never the Selves Shall Meet: Subverted, as he actually can meet one of his alternate selves in a Character Episode. It doesn't end well.
Phrase Catcher: Sometimes borrows Elize's "sharing is caring !" after using an item.
Plucky Girl: Even when getting criticism from her boss, she's still cheerful.
Retcon: That thing in the Xillia epilogue where she chooses to stop training to be a nurse and sticks with her family? Yeah, that doesn't happen anymore. Nobody's complaining, though. The only time this gets brought up is during chapter 2 of Alvin's character quest, where he says that going from medical assistant to journalist is a pretty big career change.
Ambiguously Bi: If she's chosen to fight the final boss, Teepo will proclaim that he's fighting "for all the beautiful girls out there." However, as those who played the first game will know, Teepo has no personality of its own. When it speaks, it's simply saying Elize's subconscious thoughts out loud.
The Medic: While every party member has some sort of healing arte now, Elize outstrips them all by a wide margin.
Nice Girl: She's grown into one. Looks like Driselle did a mighty fine job.
Retcon: In Xillia's ending, she chooses to put Teepo away because she doesn't need him any more and can make real friends. His reappearance is brought up in one of the skits, where Elize explains that her friends and her promised to show each other their plush dolls on a school trip, only they ran into monsters on the way and Teepo had to be woken up to fight them again.
Dirty Old Man: A more honourable example than most though. While he may make the occasional lewd comment during skits, such as being very intrigued by the discovery that Muzet is technically naked, he's still a gentleman most of the time. Refusing to let Vera spill Nova's secrets even earns you afinity with him.
"If you continue to fight alone, the loneliness will swallow you some day."
The king of Rieze Maxia. He is currently travelling around the world incognito under his birth name, Erston Outway, seeking the opinions of the common citizen. His special ability Retribution lets him guard and counterattack with a powerful strike. His Support Skill Chivalry bolsters the attacks of his Link Partner, reducing TP consumption, adding knockback and making every attack act like it hit an elemental weakness.
Big Brother Instinct: He talks with an alternate Wingull about being torn between his duty to his country and his duty to his sister. His conversation's with Ludger and Elle also have something of a theme to this.
Crippling Overspecialization: The one drawback to Gaius in battle is that he's the most limited when it comes to the elemental variety in his attacks. Excluding weapon affinities and Linked Artes, he only has Fire, Light, and Slashing Artes, which makes it harder for him to stagger enemies and get a damage bonus. In addition to that, his Artes have a higher TP cost to balance his high strength that would compensate for his inability to exploit weaknesses.
Friend to All Children: When Muzet comments in a skit how she's seen him playing with children while undercover, he tries to justify it being important to understand what younger generation understand about their world, namely the relationship between Elympios and Rieze Maxia. His friendliness with Elle though plays this straight and it's adorable.
The Gadfly: He does seem to get a kick out of saying or doing strange things to get a reaction out of the party.
Lightning Bruiser: Gaius is surprisingly fast and hits very hard, harder then Alvin in fact making him the groups best damage dealer. However, for Competitive Balance, his artes take a lot of TP thus making him Awesome, but Impractical. However, his support skill somewhat negates the TP cost enough to deal out good damage.
Only Sane Man: Perhaps the only member of the party who doesn't snark, troll, or act the fool at some point, at least, usually.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Beyond using a different name, he's really not doing much to hide the fact that he's Gaius. It's at least Justified for people in Elympios, they only know his name, not how he looks.
He's figured out in his fourth character episode by the corrupt Trigleph sheriff through his connections, so it's not as ridiculously foolproof as one would believe.
Perpetual Frowner: While he does smile on rare occasions, don't expect to see it for more then a second or two.
Royals Who Actually Do Something / Rebellious King: A very weird mix of both tropes. On the one hand, it's clear that he's trying to make up for his attempt to annihilate Elympios by trying to understand its people so that he can bring the two worlds closer together. How an entire world is going to manage without its king is somewhat addressed with all correspondence going through Rowen and his ridiculous mobile phone skills.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: If Ludger has a high enough affinity with Gaius in the Good Ending, right as Chronos is about to bring up the possibility that humanity could follow in the Kresnik Family's footsteps toward destruction, Gaius interrupts to say they will succeed, no matter how long it takes.
Sole Survivor: In Elle/Victor's timeline, it's hinted he's the only human member of the party to have survived Victor's massacre, but he's severely crippled and can't even stand.
Take Over the World: A heroic variation. He's already the ruler of Rieze Maxia. Now he's trying to understand what he should be doing now that he's achieved world domination.
Voiced by: Asami Sanada (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)
"I am your sister, for better or worse."
A Greater Spirit who possesses the power to cut through dimensions, and also Milla Maxwell's older (non-identical twin) sister. She has travelled from the Spirit World to the Human World to search for Milla Maxwell, who has vanished from the Spirit World. Her special ability Emergency Warp lets her teleport around the battlefield if she is knocked into the air, while her Support Skill Support Warp can be used to teleport her Link Partner out of harm's way if they perform a back-step or directly to the targeted enemy if they perform a front-step.
Beneath the Mask: Episode 1 of her Character Quest has Ludger help the construction of a bracelet that is supposed to allow someone to "hear the voice of the Spirits". What it actually does is tune Ludger into Muzét's Inner Monologue, and it turns out she has a lot of crazy bubbling under her tranquil exterior.
Blithe Spirit: Matches this in terms of her childlike and whimsical personality.
Confusion Fu/Magic Knight: Manages to double as both tropes for fighting. She has physical and magic skills but the point of her physical attacks is to confuse her enemies and do some quick combos before throwing them. Her magic though is much more usful, making her a more magic version of a Jack-of-All-Trades.
Easily Forgiven: Subverted. At first glance, she seems to have gotten off as easily as Gaius, but her character episodes show that, except for Milla, the party is still wary of her, causing her to feel increasingly isolated.
Elemental Powers: Everything but Light and Ice (which is just a combination of Earth and Water anyway), but her versatility comes at the cost of being able to alter or enhance her spells the way Milla, Rowen, and Elize can.
The Fair Folk: Her design and personality takes some inspiration from this (both the good and the bad aspects).
Humanoid Abomination: A more benign version. No matter how human she appears, she's still a spirit; a being of incredible power.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Her Character Episodes focus on Muzét's desperate need to be accepted by the rest of the party as a friend and companion. It eventually culminates with her setting up a monster attack with the intention of "saving" the group, only for it to go horribly wrong.
Impossibly Cool Clothes: Her default outfit is by no means plausible to wear in real life without a good amount of fashion tape (or a skin colored bodysuit). Justified in that she's a spirit who creates her own clothing via her powers.
No Social Skills: Very much so, part of why she has little friends is her inability to realize that things like stealing is illegal, and that invading ones personal space may make someone uncomfortable.
Replacement Goldfish: While not her intended purpose, Milla's character episodes revolve around the discovery that Maxwell created her in the image of the Genesis Sage herself, Milla Kresnik, and figuring out what to do with that knowledge.
Replacement Scrappy: In-universe, for Elle; since the little girl considers Milla's alternate universe self to be the "real" Milla (since she met her first), she's rather confused by and distrusting of Milla Maxwell to start with. It takes some time for the two of them to work on subverting this trope and form a friendship.
Sealed Good in a Can: Chronos trapped her in the void between dimensions so she wouldn't tip the trial in humanity's favor. She ended up trapped even longer when Elle accidentally brought a different Milla into the prime dimension.
Serious Business: She held twenty-eight conferences with Muzet and the great four to design her current outfit.
"Ludger... for the sake of the world, I want you to lend me your power."
CEO of Spirius Corporation, a Mega Corp. that deals with everything from military weapons to household appliances. He tasks Ludger with travelling into the alternate worlds and destroying the divergence catalyst that threaten Elympios.
Affably Evil: The Evil part is often debatable but he's fairly polite, and holds his own of the deal.
Defiant to the End: He more or less punches Origin's clock, choosing to commit suicide so that Ludger and Elle have a chance to save humanity.
Evil Counterpart: He comes across as one for Gaius in the first game. Both are Well Intentioned Extremists who want to do what they can to protect their world. The difference is that Gaius did his for the people he cared for and was willing to become Maxwell to do it while Bisley wants to make spirits his tools.
Graceful Loser: Zigzagged. He compliments Ludger on his victory and warns him that his Level 4 form will turn him into a Divergence Catalyst very quickly. Then he spends his last moments raging at Origin.
Kissing Cousins: The Bakurs are an offshoot of the main Kresnik line, making Bisley and the mothers of his children distant cousins.
Lightning Bruiser: Fast enough to dodge Julius's attacks with no effort, and hits like a friggin truck.
Luke, I Am Your Father: The Perfect Guide confirms that Bisley is Ludger and Julius' father, and that the Bakur are an offshoot of the Kresnik clan. Their relationship is hinted at in the game but never made explicit, and never becomes relevant either.
No Sell: Dodges and blocks all of Ludger's attacks, including a gunshot.
Not So Different: His plan to turn spirits into tools is basically the same as Chronos's punishment on humanity. Additionally, both plans can be considered Disproportionate Retribution and ignore the fact that there are still humans and spirits that want to coexist.
Obviously Evil: Subverted like Gaius in the first game. While he's kind of a prick and clearly has a hidden agenda, he has nothing but the best interests of humanity at heart.
Ludger's older half-brother, who lives with him in the city of Trigraph and works as an agent of Spirius Corporation. Like Ludger, he can use the Chromatus ability to transform into a monstrous warrior.
The Atoner: Why he protects Ludger and watches him due to the fact that he killed Ludger's mother, and was going to use him against Bisley at one point.
Becoming the Mask: He originally adopted Ludger with the intention of using him to carry out revenge against Bisley, but over time grew to genuinely care for his brother.
Big Brother Mentor: Tries to be this, but he somewhat fails at it due to being overprotective. The concept can get brutally torn apart if you have Ludger call Julius out on keeping secrets from him.
Cain and Abel: There are hints of this, and it's up to the player to decide just how antagonistic Ludger is towards his brother.
Dual Wielding: Just like Ludger, and he's the one who taught it to him.
Expy : Of Guy from Tales of the Abyss. Both serve as a brother to the main character and helped them when they were younger but secretly plotted to use said main character in their revenge on the main character's father. However both grew to care for said main character and became their brother in a sense.
I'm Having Soul Pains: He occasionally suffers from a vague (but crippling) pain in his left arm. This is because he is on the verge of transforming into a divergence catalyst, having over-extended his Chromatus.
Really Dead Montage: Gets one if Ludger kills him to retrieve the Soul Bridge needed to reach Canaan. Justified in that he became a Divergence Catalyst just before the final blow and created a Fractured Dimension of his own.
The Worf Effect: He can use Chromatus like his brother but wheres Ludger's is full Story Breaker Power, his seems to do little to nothing. He gets beat up by Chronos twice in the same scene, Rideaux kicks him around, and the two times he's fought, he's beaten without much difficulty.
Your Days Are Numbered: He's been using his Chromatus since he was young, so he's close to becoming a catalyst.
Dogged Nice Girl: To a painful extent. This is the cause of her always-on Genki Girl attitude while talking to Ludger. Unfortunately for her, she gets Locked Out of the Loop and often ends up spouting a oblivious happy-go-lucky remark at exactly the wrong time, losing her points with Ludger.
Early-Bird Cameo: Before showing up in the prime dimension, she is first introduced in the fractured dimension... where she is quickly killed off (depending on your choice).
This case is played with in that Ludger did have feelings for Nova in the past. She rejected him, though, and three years later the tables turned and put poor Nova on the wrong side of an unrequited love situation. Funnily enough, it seems that she (at least initially) had feeling for Julius.
The twin sister of Nova. She works as a secretary to Bisley and contacts Ludger whenever a new parallel world is detected.
Laser-Guided Karma: Delivers this to Nova for telling embarrassing stories about her to the party but she also does it in a way that burns Ludger, because he encourages such behaviour. Specifically, she reveals that Nova held feelings for Julius rather than Ludger.
The Stoic: So much so that you'll likely be hard pressed to find a moment where her tone is above apathetic.
Not So Stoic: According to Nova, Vera is really nervous around guys to the point where she can't even talk to them on dates, and she has to go through mental preparations to even function at her job. Not only that Vera keeps asking Nova to comfort her when she's drunk after getting dumped (due to her strict personality).
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Bisley had no idea that he had another son until Vera, unaware of the situation with Bisley and the Kresnik brothers, told him that Ludger was Julius's brother by a different mother.
"Let us uphold the rules of the company, Mr. Ludger."
An elite medical agent of Spirius Corporation who dresses in red and black. He became famous for the development of a new wonder drug, though there are rumors that he is involved in the trade of illegal medical technology, fueled by his obsession with acquiring wealth and fame.
Epic Flail: Utilizes a blade version of this as his weapon of choice. More then one in each hand, in fact.
Evil Counterpart: To Alvin, and lampshaded during his non-Chromatus boss battle. They both had the Freudian Excuse of their family breaking up due to bad circumstances and resorted to Dirty Business to support themselves. While Alvin is slowly redeeming himself, Rideaux crosses the Moral Event Horizon and stays a Jerkass to the bitter end.
Hate Sink: Most easily the most Jerkassdog kicker in the game, and the series. Where's other villains are sympathetic to a degree, Rideaux is completely without any sympathetic qualities.
Hoist by His Own Petard: He is eventually rendered helpless by the same Aspyrix device he's been using for the entire game.
Hypocrite: Accuses you of trying to strongarm him in your first encounter, only to forcibly grab Elle by the arm and suggest keeping her as collateral less than a minute later.
Kick the Dog: Repeatedly, to everyone. He's quite possibly the biggest, most unrepentant jackass in a Tales Series game since Tales of Rebirth's Saleh. Even then Saleh might not seem nearly as bad as Rideaux.
Forces Ludger to chose between arresting Julius, which causes a boss fight against him, or refuse a direct order from a supervisor. Etheir way, he tosses Julius around, attacks you, and even say's it's time for Ludger to be punished.
Only in It for the Money: Although this does not excuse some of the things he does. Subverted in that his life pretty much depends on his performance.
Rags to Riches: A darker take. His family was mired in debt because he had an expensive aspyrix operation. He then had to resort to Dirty Business to pay it off. Ironic considering he put Ludger into debt too.
Unwitting Pawn: To Bisley, who uses Rideaux's Chromatus Jintech to cultivate a Soul Bridge within him, then kills him to harvest it and travel to Canaan.
Subverted, according to supplementary guide books, he knew all along that Bisley would sacrifice either him or Julius and ruthlessly served the company in hopes that Julius would get picked first.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Quite possibly the single least sympathetic example in the entire Tales series. His goals when you fight him the second time? bringing back Prime Mila, who's preventing you from reaching the final waymarker to Caanan and thus saving the universe. Him succeeding in this does nothing but HELP the party in their goals. How does he go about this? Via a ritual powered by your party members, invading a peace conference and taking everyone there hostage, ensuring Alternate Mila dies in the most soul-crushing way possible, and nearly murdering Elle. Despite them essentially sharing the same goals, it is no surprise the party gives him a much deserved asskicking after this.
Subverted, this was done to earn brownie points with Bisley and make himself less likely to be turned into a Soul Bridge.
A returning character from Tales of Xillia. After losing to Jude during the events of Tales of Xillia, Ivar wandered aimlessly around Elympios until he was found by Bisley and offered a job as an agent for Spirius Corporation.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Essentially why he throws himself so passionately into his new role as an agent. Once Milla became Maxwell, he had nothing to live for, and it's why he joins Spirius.
"I will show you that there are things in this world that cannot be destroyed."
One of the three Prime Spirits, the first three Spirits to ever have existed (along with Maxwell and Origin). He is the Great Spirit of Time and guardian of the Land of Canaan in the Human World, and involved with both the emergence of the parallel worlds and the powers of the Kresnik bloodline.
Big Bad: Considering that he helps to set up the trial against humanity and is more than willing to tilt the scales against them, he's most definitely one of them.
Evil Versus Evil: What the conflict between him and Bisley practically comes off as.
God Is Evil: Subverted. While he is indeed a powerful being above human comprehension who really doesn't like them, he's not the biggest fish in the Spirit pond. That would be the benevolent Origin.
Satan: Given that he's subservient to Origin, who likes humans enough to skew the results of the trial in their favour in the True Ending, he comes across more like a rebellious angel than an actual higher power.
Graceful Loser: Averted in the semi-good ending but subverted in the good one. He technically won because humanity failed Origin's Trial like he wanted, but it's an empty victory because of Ludger's actions going above and beyond his perception of humanity's self-serving nature, to which he ruefully calls "profoundly foolish". When the party vows to Origin that they (humanity) will strive to overcome their "impurity", he considers that harder than any challenge he could throw at them and accepts defeat.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Invoked twice by the portion of his power he gave to the Kresnik Clan that manifests as the chromatus ability. One is that Ludger is required to use it in their final boss fight to defeat him. The second is in the true ending: The Chromatus ability was intended to prove that humanity would selfishly abuse and fail the trial (overuse turns the user into a catalyst of a new fractured dimension) but Ludger intentionally overused it to perform a completely selfless act, winning Origin's favor.
Karma Houdini: Although he does help Origin with the soul purification process, which is apparently incredibly painful.
Killer Game Master: Despite the fact that he's supposed to be a neutral arbiter, Chronos really hates humanity and has no problem with stacking the deck to ensure they fail Origin's trial.
Love Makes You Evil: A platonic example. Chronos cares deeply for Origin and wants him to stop suffering because of the soul purification process.
Not So Different: Origin notes that this makes him similar to the very humans he despises. Chronos is not amused by the idea
Made of Iron: Easily catches bullet's in his fingers in his introduction with no injury what so ever. He survives also being impaled four times and survives being impaled towards the end.
Manipulative Bastard: He's not above manipulating people to get the results he expects. In the backstory, he manipulated Maxwell and Milla Kresnik to drive a wedge between them, all for the sake of ensuring humanity's failure in the trial.
Out-Gambitted: Bisley fools him into thinking Ludger is the Key of Kresnik instead of Elle and is caught off guard when Bisley uses Elle's power to bind him.
Reset Button: One of his abilities, which turns back time and heals himself. From the second battle onwards, you can interrupt this ability by activating Chromatus.
Cloning Blues: The knowledge that he exists in a fractured dimension is a large part of what makes him snap.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He wants to make a wish to Canaan so that he and Elle can be reborn in the Prime Dimension. He's called out by the party that they would be different people, but the way he set up his plan gave him no other options. He knew that using his daughter's Key of Kresnik powers to bring the Prime Ludger to their dimension would cause her to be the conduit for his chromatus and eventually become a divergence catalyst like himself, which is why he wants them to be reincarnated.
Freudian Excuse: His unstable nature concerning Elle is implied to stem from one. In the past, he had befriended another alternate version of Elle. However, she had died on their journey and even though he gathered all the Waymarkers, he could not make a wish in his dimension to resurrect her because his dimension wasn't the Prime one, thus did not have the Land of Canaan.
Kill 'em All: In his timeline, he killed every member of the original party under Bisley's orders, in order to protect Elle from him. He also claims to have killed both his father and brother to enhance his Chromatus power.
Tragic Villain: He used to be Ludger and was a pretty good guy, but his desire to keep Ellie safe made him a monster.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to be with Elle and live happily without fear of them turning into Divergent Catalysts. To do so, he kills the party, and manipulated Elle so he could have them go to the prime dimonson and be "reborn".
Yandere: His ultimate goal is to kill the prime Ludger so he can take Elle to Canaan and wish that they reincarnate together as father and daughter in the prime dimension, which essentially means committing murder-suicide with her.
One of the three Prime Spirits, Origin is the Great Spirit of the Void and the judge of the Trial. He exists in the Land of Canaan, where he guides humanity's cycle of reincarnation. Unfortunately, the aforementioned souls release a sinister energy called Miasma, which, while not fatal to him, places him constantly in an incredible amount of pain as he guides humans into their new lives.
Bigger Bad: Subverted. While he's judge of the Trial and the one responsible for making humanity go through it, his motives are far more complex than they first seem.
Big Good: As it turns out, Origin is very much on the side of humanity and is even willing to twist the rules in their favour because he likes them so much.
Screw Destiny: His motivation for allowing the Miasma and the impurity within human souls to exist effectively boils down to this. He believes humans can rise above their impurities and achieve perfection.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right / Screw the Rules, I Make Them! : He does this to the terms of his own trial on humanity in the Good Ending. It's supposed to be considered a failure since Ludger became the millionth divergence catalyst, but since he willingly did so to save the one person who would not benefit from his wish (Elle), Origin was moved enough to deem humanity worthy and continue the sealing away of miasma.