A twenty-year-old cook and Jack-of-All-Trades who lives in Elympios. His bloodline allows him to shift into the parallel worlds, where he takes a monstrous form using an ability called "Corpse Shell". 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, Mirroring, lets him copy the Support Skill of his Link Partner.
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 in place of Elle to get the clock moving again.
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.
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 part, BY. HIM. SELF.
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.
Kid Hero: The youngest main character the series has seen yet.
MacGuffin Girl: She's the "Key of Kresnik", which means she has a direct connection to Khronos' power. As Khronos is the source of the parallel worlds and Corpse Shell, Elle has the power to traverse the alternate worlds, create her own parallel worlds (which she does when frightened), open the path to Origin, and grant Corpse Shell powers.
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 without the responsibilities of "Maxwell". Because of her unique upbringing, this version of Milla has an obstinate and prideful personality that pushes people away, resulting in her having no real friends.
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's soup more than Milla's, and going on a quest to create the ultimate soup.
Cloning Blues: Milla suffers from a version of this when she discovers that if someone from a parallel world (e.g. her) ever meets their "real world" self, then the copy will fade away.
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 requests for Ludger to let go so that he can be free to save Elle from Redau.
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.
No Social Skills: Though unlike her inexperienced original self, this Milla's personality has driven away people.
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 Ark Noah was defeated. Just like in Tales of Xillia, Muzét's Undying Loyalty to Maxwell in the face of this betrayal drives her into insanity, only now she has Milla to take out her frustrations upon for fourteen years.
Ship Tease: Gets one with Ludger, though unlike the others its made much more obvious. It makes her Heroic Sacrifice much more sad when you think about it...
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 an Origin Spirit, gaining control over one of the three most powerful Spirits in all of creation.
"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, "Arst Outway", seeking the opinions of the common citizen. His special ability Revenger lets him guard and counterattack with a powerful strike. His Support Skill Spread Force bolsters the attacks of his Link Partner, reducing TP consumption, adding knockback and making every attack act like it hit an elemental weakness.
The Atoner: He seems to be trying to make up for his past attempt to destroy Elenpios by living amongst its people.
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.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Beyond using a different name, he's really not doing much to hide the fact that he's Gaius.
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.
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.
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 Rieve Assault lets her teleport around the battlefield if she is knocked into the air, while her Support Skill Tractor Move can be used to teleport her Link Partner out of harm's way.
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 attacks is to confuse her enemies and do some quick combos before throwing them. Interesting enough, she seems to focus on aerial skills like Milla did in the first game.
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.
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.
"Ludger... for the sake of the world, I want you to lend me your power."
CEO of Clanspia Company, 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 "Time Factors" that threaten Elympios.
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.
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.
Ludger's older half-brother, who lives with him in the city of Trigraph and works as an agent of Clanspia Company. Like Ludger, he can use the "Corpse Shell" ability to transform into a monstrous warrior.
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.
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.
Go Out with a Smile: Their Mystic Artes clash at the climax of their final fight, and Julius- realising that Ludger has surpassed him and will win- accepts his defeat with a smile.
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 Time Factor, having over-extended his Corpse Shell.
Really Dead Montage: Gets one if Ludger kills him to retrieve the Soul Bridge needed to reach Canaan.
The Worf Effect: He can use Corpse Shell like his brother but wheres Ludger's is full Story Breaker Power, his seems to do little to nothing. He gets beat up by Khronos twice in the same scene, Readu kicks him around, and the two times he's fought, he's beaten without much difficulty.
Ludger's childhood friend, now an accountant working for Clanspia Company. Her current job is to process the payments Ludger makes to cover his debt.
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.
"Let us uphold the rules of the company, Mr. Ludger."
An elite medical agent of Clanspia Company who dresses in red and black. He became famous for the development of a new wonder drug, though there are rumours that he is involved in the trade of illegal medical technology, fuelled by his obsession with acquiring wealth and fame.
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 Clanspia Company.
"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 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.
Killer Game Master: Despite the fact that he's supposed to be a neutral arbiter, Khronos really hates humanity and has no problem with stacking the deck to ensure they fail Origin's trial.
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.
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 Corpse Shell.
Kill 'em All: In his timeline, he killed every member of the original party (including Milla) 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 Corpse Shell power.