As Tales of Xillia 2 is a direct sequel to Tales of Xillia, be prepared for Late Arrival Spoilers.
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Voiced by Takashi Kondo (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
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.
- The Atoner: One can interpret his choice to sacrifice himself in the Elle Ending as this, since he (and by extension Victor) had committed so much necessary evil to reach this point.
- Action Dad: To Elle, his future daughter.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed with his Chromatus form in escort games. It's much weaker than the original game portrayed, but on the flip side it no longer comes at such a steep cost.
- Adorkable: The situations he gets into definitely put him in this territory, and his dialogue options can exemplify this.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: When he maxes friendship with Milla, Muzet, Rowen, and Alvin, he gets Palette Swaps of his dress shirt and tie.
- All There in the Manual: Although Ludger doesn't talk much, you can still get a good understanding of his views and personality by reading the synopsis.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: During Muzet's chapters, Ludger wears a special bracelet that lets him hear Muzet's outrageous thoughts. Unfortunately, he wasn't told beforehand that taking it off can kill him, so he's stuck with it and reading Muzet's mind for quite a while at least until the thing releases itself off during her last chapter.
- Badass: He's considered to be one of the most broken Tales protagonists since Yuri Lowell.
- Badass and Child Duo: With Elle. She gives him advice and voices dialogue for him in battle.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Elle. Later revealed to be a Papa Wolf. Can also show shades of this towards Elize, if the player chooses.
- He appeared to be this in canon as it carries to other escort games where he showed to care and worry about in younger girls so much that some fans joke about him begin a lolicon.
- Big Brother Worship: He adores Julius. Though this can be taken to a tragic extreme, if the player wishes to do so, by having Ludger kill Julius.
- 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.
- Born Unlucky: Of sort, as all of his appearance and incarnations outside of his game have him somehow run into the huge debt in one way or another. This is mostly Played for Laughs.
- Break the Cutie: Ludger goes through a lot of crap, but killing Julius is the ultimate kick to the gut.
- Butt Monkey: In victory quotes and many skits, Ludger is everyone's punching bag.
- Can't Drop the Hero: For the entire storyline, he is locked into the party and can't be removed until the postgame.
- 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.
- Declaration of Protection: Screams that he'll protect Julius when the player is locked into the bad ending. He proceeds to make good on this promise by killing the rest of the party, all by himself.
- 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.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Ludger unlocks Lv.4 Chromatus in the last battle of the Elle/Ludger ending route, along with a new Mystic Arte to finish off the Final Boss with.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Even without his superpowers he's still a Multi-Melee Master and in cutscenes is shown to be more than competent in a fistfight.
- Exotic Eye Designs: His irises have a distinct yellow-green ring around their pupils.
- From both a gameplay and storyline perspective, Ludger has a surprising number of things in common with the Persona 3 protagonist (and not just by being Silent Protagonist). Just to name a few:
- Both have a game-breaking, plot driven power that's not exclusive to them in-universe, but is to their party.
- Both are multi weapon masters that have access to the games three physical elements (slash, smash and shoot).
- They both go along in Character episodes that strengthen the bond between each party members, which ends with them gaining even more power.
- Depending on their choices at the end, they can either leave the world to a slow, painful demise by a deity that rules over death, or they can perform a heroic sacrifice and save everyone.
- In addition to the above Neither actually gets to fight the deity in question, the closest they get is to their vanguard, Nyx Avatar and Chronos.
- On top of all that, he's one of Dante. Specifically, in that he's the protagonist of a Spectacle Fighter who's a Multi-Melee Master, draws from a Hyperspace Arsenal (with one of his weapons types being Guns Akimbo pistols), and has a One-Winged Angel Super Mode. In fact, this is lampshaded here.
- Strangely enough, he's one of Tsukasa Kadoya from Kamen Rider Decade. Protagonists who are tasked with eliminating various worlds for the sake of saving their own? A Henshin Hero with access to the powers of previous heroes (Through his Support Skill) as well as a versatile arsenal of his own? Sacrificing themselves to save the people they love?
- There's also .hackGU's Haseo. Like Ludger he has a similar combat system of switching between 3 equippable weapon types (Dual Swords/Broadsword/Scythe vs Dual Swords/Hammer/pistols) and Ludger Chromatus armor looks very similar to Haseo's iconic 3rd form "Terror of Death" armor.
- An interesting east-meets-west example occurs with Booker DeWitt from Bioshock Infinite, who wears a similar outfit and acts as the guardian of a girl who is actually his daughter, with whom he embarks on a dimension-shifting adventure. Like Booker, he also has an evil alternate self that he can only eliminate through his own sacrifice.
- From both a gameplay and storyline perspective, Ludger has a surprising number of things in common with the Persona 3 protagonist (and not just by being Silent Protagonist). Just to name a few:
- Facial Markings/ Tron Lines: Yellow ones, whenever he's in Chromatus form.
- 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 be sent to a new fractured dimension they created. 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: As he sacrifices himself in the good ending, he hums the Kresnik family lullaby to Elle 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.
- Happily Married: Implied to become this with Elle's mother in the semi-good ending. You can guess what will come after that.
- Heel Realization: In the bad end. He's killed all of his friends and screwed over the entire world for the sake of saving Julius, but then Julius' corruption continues to spread.
- The Hero: And the first silent protagonist in a mothership Tales title.
- Heroic Bastard: Implied in the game. Bisley is only ever referred to being married once, and it was to Julius's mother. Supplementary materials confirm that Ludger was conceived in a one night stand between the recently widowed Bisley and his sister-in-law.
- The Hero Dies: If you choose to save Elle instead of just wiping out the multiverse.
- 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. Even then, all of it is only a few words at most. 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.
- Subverted in other escort games where he speaks normally.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Averted due to his Weapon Shift ability. But the swords is his starting Weapon of Choice. Many official artworks also often have him with swords or guns for a lesser degree, not so much with the hammer.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the Good Ending, Ludger lets himself become the millionth Divegence Catalyst to reset the the counter and under Elle's own transformation into one.
- Henshin Hero: Downplayed since it's more of a Super Mode rather than a regular state, but yes his Chromatus allows him to become this.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Oh yes. Aside from being a Chef of Iron who works for an organization that's basically Dimensional Police, he can switch between three different weapons and can copy his Link Partner's skills. He even racks up a huge debt from the company, yet manages to pay off a big chunk and possibly all of it by the end of the game . He's even able to avoid the Crippling Overspecialization of most Jack-of-All-Trades being the Master of None, no matter what Elle says.
- 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.
- Klingon Promotion: Becomes the CEO of Spirius Corporation in one of the endings.
- 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 just like his father's, and the black part is dyed.
- Multi-Melee Master: Ludger's specialty allows him to change weapon styles on the fly, making him very versatile (especially since Xillia 2 adds in weapon types as part of the game's Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors mechanic).
- Nice Guy: He tends to go off-track of what he is trying to do in the firs place just to help people in trouble (Giving people a direction or searching for a lost child). This trope played more often in escort games.
- Not So Above It All: Ludger can sometimes be a little wacky, like one scene where he poses alongside Ivar.
- Official Couple: In Elle's dimension and the semi-good ending, with Lara Marta. However, he's implied to be this with the Alternate Milla instead in the real dimension, where the game takes place. This is kinda confirmed in the manga, where he's shown to be Together in Death with her.
- One-Man Army: Really, the only one who can match Ludger is Yuri Lowell. He has three different fighting styles, the ability to go One-Winged Angel, and fight some of the strongest characters in game on his lonesome easily. There's also the cutscene of him early on taking out a horde of Exodus soldiers by himself and then there's the Julius ending, where he kills the original Xillia party, by himself.
- One-Winged Angel: His Chromatus form.
- Parental Substitute: At times to Elle. By Elle's own admission, the stuff Ludger does for her are things her father did.
- Reality Warper: His Chromatus form does this, and allows him to travel to the altered realities.
- Reincarnation: Origin and Victor confirm that humans reincarnate after passing away. Then it's hinted by Origin in the good ending, that Ludger will probably eventually reincarnate.
- Shipper on Deck: If the right dialogue choice is chosen during a skit during one of Muzet's character episodes, Ludger's expression makes it clear that he ships Gaius/Muzet.
- Potentially can be this for several characters depending on the dialogue options, like Jude/Leia, Jude/Millia, and Rowan/Marcia.
- Ship Tease: Can have some with Alternate Milla. The manga adaptation goes even further and seems to confirm they have feelings for each other. At least, they end up Together in Death in the Elle ending.
- Suddenly Voiced: Not counting Victor; after the fight with Julius, Ludger happens upon another fractured dimension. And this dimension's Ludger actually speaks in full sentences.
- Also, starting a New Game+ gives you the option of "turning on" Ludger's voice, which causes the dialogue choices you make to be accompanied with a voice clip.
- Can be counted as this outside of his game.
- Supreme Chef: Ludger is considered a really good chef by most of the characters in the game. He was even given a job as a chef for Spirius after he failed his trial for the Spirius agent position.
- Trauma Conga Line: Let's see... He failed his entrance exam to become a Spirius agent, fell into a 20 million Gald debt, learned that he murdered all of his companions in one dimension, traumatised Elle and had been unknowingly turning her into a catalyst through the use of his power, has to fight and sacrifice his beloved brother to reach Canaan (or kill his friends, sacrificing everyone he loves to protect him; which dooms the whole multiverse), and then has to either sacrifice his daughter or himself to save the world. And he can also find out that the girl he'd been crushing on actually had feelings for his brother all along. Yeah, Ludger's life sucks.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: When he was five years old, Ludger witnessed his mother being killed by Julius.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Due to his lack of real fight experience at the beginning. This is lampshaded in his other appearances outside of his game where he would comment about not being good with his weapons and needing to train more.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Two different colors, matching his Multicolored Hair.
- 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.
- Weapon of Choice: He has three to choose from, and a fourth in his One-Winged Angel form.
- Yandere: Has the potential, depending on the ending, just like Victor.
Voiced by Mariya Ise (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)
An eight-year-old girl who seeks a way to Canaan, a mythical land that grants wishes, in order to save her father. She does not participate in battle.
- Amplifier Artifact: Her Orphan's Plot Trinket is what triggers Ludger's Chromatus transformations.
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies, a fitting motif for a young girl with appropriate symbolism (in this case, "change for the better").
- Badass and Child Duo: With Ludger, or Alternate Milla.
- Also briefly with Yuri Lowell in Tales of Asteria.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Elle tends to act like she's an adult and doesn't like it when people treat her like a child. This aspect of hers shows up less and less as the game goes on.
- 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.
- Captain Obvious: What's that? Slash the enemy? You mean that thing I've been doing? Way to contribute, Elle!
- 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, as stated above, it's implied no version of her has survived past childhood.
- Disappeared Dad: A rare example where it's not the dad being dead, just busy.
- Does Not Like Spam: She really isn't fond of tomatoes, much like certain other characters. She gets over this in the Elle Ending, where she promises to Ludger she'll eat her tomatoes, and is shown to be eating one after the Time Skip.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Elle has the same eyes as Ludger. there is a reason for that.
- Exposition Fairy: To Ludger's Heroic Mime.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: She's actually Ludger's daughter from an alternate world set in the future.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. She's not a jerk per se but she is quite forward and, at times, abrasive. Justified by her age.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Pretty much takes over as Rollo's owner after she meets Ludger. She's also taking care of all the other cats the party finds.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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 Super Person: 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.
- Nice Hat: You can even get it as a accessory for the other party members.
- Nom de Mom: To hide her connection to the Kresnik family, Elle uses her mother's name.
- Non-Action Guy: Well... Barring skin mods.
- 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.
- She's All Grown Up: In the epilogue of the Good Ending, which is ten years later. She also wears clothing very similar to Ludger's.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's the spitting image of her mother, just with Ludger's eye color.
- Third-Person Person: At least in the Japanese version, Granted she is only eight years old.
- Token Mini-Moe: replaces Elize in this regard.
- Tragic Keepsake: In the Good Ending, her father's pocketwatch that Ludger uses to sacrifice his life, and the Hymn of Proof that he (and Victor) hummed to her.
- Tsundere: Downplayed. She's very much a tsundere, but it's understandable as she's still very young.
- Unwitting Pawn: She was sent to the Prime Dimension by Victor so that she could eventually lead Ludger Prime back to her world, so that Victor can kill and replace him.
Voiced by Haruna IkezawaLudger's pet cat, who has a reputation for being the "boss cat" of his neighborhood's critters.
- Babies Ever After: In the Good Ending.
- Big Fun: That is a pretty lardy cat.
- Fat Cat: How anyone picks him up, especially Elle, is a big mystery cause he's huge!
- Large and in Charge: Rollo commands great respect from other cats.
- Team Pet: Just about everyone in the party adores Rollo, often doting on him in skits.
- The Rival: To Teepo, as both realize they're the Team Pet.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Minae Noji (English)
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.
- Action Girl: It practically wouldn't be Milla otherwise.
- Alternate Universe: Hails from an alternate dimension where her mission was completed without ever meeting Jude and the others. 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.
- 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.
- Expy: Of Luke fon Fabre. Both are jerks who whine and complain about and are rather rude to the other characters. Both are also a copy of the real version of them and end up dying at one point. Both also have massive Cloning Blues about being a copy, and dislike that person. The only main difference is that Luke develops into a Nice Guy while Alt Milla doesn't.
- Famous Last Words: In her death scene, when she finally meets Prime Milla (who simply nods at her), she lets out a very bitter "I knew I wouldn't like you."
- For Want of a Nail: Alt Milla is effectively what happened if Milla had never met Jude when he was a baby. Thus, she finished her mission and grew up without his positive influence later in life.
- Gag Boobs: Her chest is used for comedy much more often than the previous game's Milla. This includes a Thanks for the Mammary moment with Ludger (depending on the choices made) and Elle rather bluntly pointing out Milla's chest size in a chat.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's still a good person, however, and manages to quickly build a bond with Elle.
- Killed Off for Real: Although she's immediately replaced by the prime Milla
- 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.
- Parental Substitute: Along with Ludger for Elle.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: Gets one with Ludger, where he accidentally grabs her breasts.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: A general description of her relationship with the rest of the party save for Elle and maybe Ludger, but especially with Gaius. While Gaius and Milla Maxwell were Not So Different, and were Foils to each other, Alt Millia gets on his nerves.
- Tsundere: Her biggest difference from the prime Milla is that she can be very insecure and hilariously dishonest about her feelings.
- Some of her interactions with Ludger have her give him a dose of this.
- Undying Loyalty: She's so devoted to Elle that she'd rather pull a Heroic Sacrifice than to see Rideaux kill her. If Ludger chooses as much, and has enough of a strong bond with her, Milla will force Ludger to let go (or lets go herself).
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In-Universe the party feels this way about her. While they all feel guilty for destroying her world, they had to do it, or else the real one would be destroyed. Alt Milla never shuts up about it though and she wines all the time about how she's not the real Milla once she finds out. At one point Gaius flat out tells her that she's not the real Milla because she has none of her resolve.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared to the prime Milla, anyways. Since she doesn't have the Four Great Spirits, she's basically a normal human. However, she's much more skilled then Milla was in the first game, since she actually had to learn her skills from a early age.
- Weapon of Choice: Sword.
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)
A medical graduate who went on to become one of the world's leading researchers into Spyrite technology.
- Ambiguously Bi: Just like in the first game Jude gets some...questionable moments about his sexuality. The one that takes the cake is the fractured dimension where an Alt. Jude has a "tethering" relationship with the very Camp Gay spirit of light Aska.
- Badass Boast: During his Mystic Arte:My fists will open the heavens! Final! Fury!
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fights with various gloves and gauntlets.
- Berserk Button: Saying you've done anything to Maxwell does not sit well with him. During the first fight with Chronos, he demands to know what he's done with her, and the latter dismisses the question:
- Bishōnen: Wow Jude, you grew up quite well. (Not that he wasn't one before.)
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Despite, you know, not having boobs, he still does this in his status image for some reason.
- Boy In White
- Combat Medic: Now with an actual degree!
- Elemental Powers: He can now use all six.
- Hero of Another Story: During his character story, Ludger is more his Hyper-Competent Sidekick and best friend much like how Jude is this to Ludger in the main story.
- Hetero Sexual Life Partners: Shows shades of this with Ludger.
- Hospital Hottie / Hot Scientist: A combination of both.
- Improbable Age: Comes alongside being a Teen Genius, being only sixteen and a professional medical practitioner.
- Just Friends / Platonic Life Partners: with Leia.
- Like an Old Married Couple: His relationship with Leia can be described this way by the player.
- Love Hurts: He's notably surprised to see Alt Milla, and his feelings for Milla became rather hard to deal with when he has to work with her. Even when the real Milla is back, the fact that they can't stay together leaves him a bit hurt, though he gets better quickly.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Celsius tells him that the Spyrite device he was working on mentally enslaved her.
- Nice Guy: He's still one of these. Heck, compared to the first game, he might be even nicer.
- Oblivious to Love: Judging by some of the skits he is still quite ignorant of Leia's not so platonic feelings towards him.
- 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.
- Rail Enthusiast: After you raise his affinity to a certain level he will mention that upon reaching Elympios, he developed a passion for trains.
- Perpetual Poverty: Thanks to the cost of Spyrite research.
- Teen Genius: Even though he's the one that started it, he's still the youngest Spyrite researcher in the worlds.
- Weapon of Choice: Power Fist.
- You Should Know This Already: Jude helps to refine the Spyrite technology in Tales of Xillia.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Matthew Mercer (English)
A mercenary who is trying to turn legit after a lifetime of shady activity. He works as one of the founders of a small startup company in Elympios, alongside his old ally Yurgen.
- The Atoner: For being a total jackass in the first game and for betraying them.
- Badass Baritone: Not as deep as the likes of Gaius or Bisley, but still pretty deep.
- Badass Beard: Hilariously he grew it out simply cause, Why Not?
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Being a company boss, his default costume is a class formal suit.
- Big Eater: According to his cousin, Balan.
- Butt Monkey: A non comedic example. Poor Alvin goes through some just straight up horrible stuff.
- Character Development: Just look at his quote!
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He is trying very hard to cure himself of this. His Character Episodes show he's not doing as well as he would have liked.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: An alternate Presa dies in his during a Character Episode.
- 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.
- Elemental Powers: He retains his ability to use all six.
- Good Costume 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.
- Redemption Earns Life: Starts to dedicate his life to something other than backstabbing people.
- Weapon of Choice: BFS and Gun.
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Lauren Landa (English)
A former nurse-in-training who now works as a junior journalist at a Elympios newspaper.
- Action Girl
- Brainy Brunette
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: According to Before Episode novella, this is the reason why she decided to become a reporter.
- Elemental Powers She can now use all but darkness.
- Genki Girl
- Green Eyes
- Go-Getter Girl
- Hot Scoop: More on the cute, energetic side.
- Intrepid Reporter: Learning how to be one of these is the focus of her character episodes. She succeeds in the end.
- Just Friends / Platonic Life Partners: With Jude.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her bickering with Jude can be described by the player as this (Or like a mother and her child). Her Japanese voice actor also described their relationship like this.
- The Medic: Averted. She's chosen to be a reporter instead. She's still one gameplay-wise, though.
- Nice Hat
- 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. The localization of Xillia avoids this, having Leia's epilogue changed to where she said that "for now" she'd be working with her family That's when she got a job as a reporter.
- Took A Level In Smartness: Given her job as a reporter.
- Troll: She seems to enjoy teasing Gaius for his lack of technical know-how.
- Through His Stomach: Apparently attempted this, but with Jude being Jude it didn't work out as she planned.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Leia still has feelings for Jude, but she's accepted his relationship with Milla and it doesn't affect their friendship. However, she still fangirls whenever she feels closer to him.
- Weapon of Choice: A extendable Simple Staff, just like before.
Elize Lutus and Teepo
Voiced by: Yuki Horinaka (JP, Elize) and Haruna Ikezawa (JP, Teepo), Erin Fitzgerald (EN, Teepo)
A schoolgirl who was visiting Elympios on a school trip with her friends. Teepo is the name of her floating puppet, a Booster that artificially increases her magical ability.
- Accidental Pervert: With shades of Covert Pervert concerning Teepo. Unlike the last game, she's fully aware that Teepo just voices and acts on her subconscious thoughts, but it's something she can't control, thus grew to accept. There are points however where she's rather flustered by how Teepo acts, like revealing that she found out Ludger owns pink underwear, or cheerfully chewing on Gaius' face, something he would only do to people that Elize is very close to, like Jude or Rowen.
- 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.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Elle.
- Break the Cutie: Her last two character episodes are not kind to her innocent view of the world. The first time, she fails to save remorseful criminals from being sent to their executions. The second time, she watches Jiao murder people in front of her eyes, all because of her influence on him. On top of all that, she learns that the popular Bunnykins doll she's been trying so hard to get for Elle is made from poached animal fur.
- Cast from Hit Points: As a Booster, Teepo worked like this in the original game. There is nothing to say that this has changed.
- Character Development: Went from a Shrinking Violet to a cheery-looking schoolgirl. In fact, Elize is now the more talkative, Deadpan Snarker than Teepo. She develops further when her Character Episodes shock her out of her naïve view of the world.
- Child Mage
- Cool Big Sis: What she's aiming to be for Elle.
- Elemental Powers:
- Happily Adopted: By Driselle.
- 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A very sympathetic cause of one. In the Fractured Dimension where Jiao adopted her, she manages to convince him to bend the rules of the Kitarl Clan to spare Yurgen. However, this backfires horrifically when the poachers Yurgen worked with decide to blackmail him for his biased actions, and the Catalyst in Jiao causes him to go insane, murdering everyone to cover the incident up.
- Pink Means Feminine: As expected of a pro pinkist.
- 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.
- She's All Grown Up: Well, compared to how she was in the last game.
- Token Mini-Moe: Retains this role among the active cast.
- Weapon of Choice: A Simple Staff and Teepo.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Elize has a very naïve and childish view of the world. Her character episodes knock her out of this.
Rowen J. Ilbert
Voiced by: Mugihito (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
A former military strategist known as the Conductor. He now acts as the Prime Minister of Rieze Maxia, working alongside Gaius to promote peace with Elympios.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's Gaius's Prime Minister, making him the second most influential man in Rieze Maxia, and he's no slouch at all.
- Badass Grandpa: And his talent for asskicking never waned even with a year of inactivity.
- The Chessmaster: A retired one, as his military years are mostly behind him, but his Batman Gambit during one of his character episode shows that he's still sharp as a razor.
- Cool Old Guy: Very, very cool.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's still a very snarky man even after a year of not seeing the majority of the group.
- December-December Romance: Implied with Chancellor Marcia.
- Dirty Old Man: A more honorable 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 affinity with him.
- Elemental Powers:
- Troll: Takes every opportunity he can get to take a shot at his King. The only reason Rowen's still alive is that he's strong enough to survive Gaius' poor attempts at venegance.
- Weapon of Choice: Royal Rapier.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)
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.
- Adorkable: When he's not struggling under The Chains of Commanding, Gaius can be a goofball.
- The Atoner: He seems to be trying to make up for his past attempt to destroy/cripple Elympios by living amongst its people.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the king of an entire world, and one of the strongest party members gameplay wise.
- Bad Ass: Arguably the biggest in the game, second only to Ludger. These Giganto monsters you've been having trouble beating? He considers them as not much more than training dummies.
- Badass Armfold: He spends most of his idle time in this pose.
- This gets lampshaded in a victory skit where Ludger, Muzet, and Elle all copy his Badass Armfold, leaving him dumbfounded as to what they're doing.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Boast: He's a very badass man indeed, and he's not afraid to make it widely known. Perhaps the best example of this is during his dual Mystic Arte with Ludger:"You'll never scratch me."
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- 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 conversations with Ludger and Elle also have something of a theme to this.
- Brutal Honesty: When Alternate Milla continues to bemoan that she will have to die in order for Milla Maxwell to return, Gaius tells her upfront that the Milla he knew had once willingly sacrificed herself to save her allies, including himself.
- The Comically Serious: Gaius in general? About as funny as a brick wall painted grey. Gaius struggling at first, then rolling with the realization that he's the Only Sane Man Surrounded by Idiots? Hilarious.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He takes on this role once Muzet joins.
- 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.
- Easily Forgiven: For his actions in Tales of Xillia.
- Elemental Powers:
- Foil: The Milla from the Fractured Dimension acts as one to him, and vice-versa. She's extremely critical of him, and while he can hold his own against her attitude, her harsh words can hit some of his sore spots.
- He's also a foil to Spirius' superiors and how they treat Ludger. Both are his supervisors and ensure that he does his job. However, while later on it's apparent that Ludger is seen by Spirius as little more than a tool for their own ends, Gaius cares for Ludger as a human being and a comrade.
- Friend to All Children: Elle is a big fan of him, since he listens to her and takes what she says seriously. Muzet brings up in a skit that she's seen him play with Elympion children, and while he claims he does it to understand their perspective of the two worlds, she notes that he's very much having fun.
- The Gadfly: He does seem to get a kick out of saying or doing strange things to get a reaction out of the party.
- Good Is Not Soft: Gaius could ultimately be summed up as this.
- Heel–Face Turn: Although how much of a "Heel" he was is debatable, he's definitely good guy here.
- Hidden Depths: When it comes to matters that affect his people, Gaius is a man of duty and efficiency. However, expressing (and dealing with) his own personal thoughts and feeling is quite a challenge for him.
- Hopeless with Tech: He doesn't have a clue as to how to work the cellphone he was given. A victory skit has him wondering if it's broken, only for Rowen point out that it was turned off.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Possibly, then later confirmed. Some of his skits reveal he does truly feel he has no friends and when Elle mentions willing to be one, he seems relieved.
- King Incognito: Well, to anyone who doesn't already know him, he is.
- 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.
- Lonely at the Top: Gaius's character episodes largely show that despite being king, Gaius has no one he considers friends and thus comes across as aloof and awkward in skits. Despite the party thinking of him as one, he treats them more like subordinates and allies. Meeting the Fractured Dimensions of the Chimeriad, and finding out Kyle, one of the members of the gang he was hanging with, killed a Rieze Maxian soldier hit him much more then he realizes.
- 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. Subverted when he reveals just how out of touch he is with the words "modern" and "normal".
- 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.
- Promoted to Playable: Much to the delight of the fanbase.
- Real Name as an Alias: While traveling, he uses the name "Erston." Turns out, this is his birth name; "Gaius" was a name he invented to protect his family from his political enemies.
- 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.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Took a Level in Kindness: Due to the large weight of saving both worlds being lifted from his shoulders, he's turned out to be a pretty nice, just not soft, guy.
- The Stoic: Though he manages to smirk and laugh a little on a few occasions, he hasn't changed much in this regard otherwise.
- Not So Stoic: The energy he puts into his Mystic Arte is something to behold. His behavior in skits also say otherwise. Despite seemingly being as calm and cool as usual, his character episodes also show him being much more hesitant and emotional.
- The loss of the Chimeriad hit him harder than we ever get to see in game. When he gets called out by the people he's been hanging with for being cold, he admits that there was a time when he even lost his composure, referring to the death of the members of the Chimeriad.
- Not So Stoic: The energy he puts into his Mystic Arte is something to behold. His behavior in skits also say otherwise. Despite seemingly being as calm and cool as usual, his character episodes also show him being much more hesitant and emotional.
- Waistcoat of Style: His Jacket Off costume.
- Weapon of Choice: Big Frickin' Katana. Or, rather, a nodachi.
Voiced by: Asami Sanada (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)
A Greater Spirit who possesses the power to cut through dimensions, and also Milla Maxwell's older (non-identical twin) sister. She has traveled 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.
- Action Girl: Like her sister, though she's definitely more magic-oriented compared to Milla.
- Ax-Crazy: See Beneath the Mask. She's gotten better at hiding it (well, sort of) but it turns out that she's still off her rocker to some extent.
- This is actually averted. While she is still kind of crazy, it's not really in a violent way anymore.
- 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.
- But Now I Must Go: In the good ending, she returns to the spirit world with Milla. Though it's somewhat of a subversion when you consider that Muzet is the only spirit capable of freely traveling between worlds.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Muzet is, frankly, nuts. Fortunately, she's not the violent type of nuts anymore.
- Cool Big Sis: Tries to be this to Milla and to the group as a whole. Hilarity Ensues.
- 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 useful, making her a more magic version of a Jack-of-All-Trades.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: She's gone from mild teasing in the first game to full on innuendo-laden trolling in the sequel.
- 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).
- Heel–Face Turn: Like Gaius, she returns to the game as a party member rather than as a final boss.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath her loopy exterior, Muzet feels very lonely and isolated. She desperately wants to bond with the rest of the party the way Milla did, but can't figure out how to go about it.
- 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. It's mentioned in one skit that Muzet is technically naked.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: She has occasional bouts of this, but the Ludger and Milla can talk her down.
- 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.
- Power Floats: She mentions to some
- Promoted to Playable: Same as Gaius.
- The Red Mage: She has a moderately strong healing arte (stronger than anyone besides Elize and Leia in any case) and can cast Resurrection, but she's primarily an offensive spellcaster.
- Ship Tease: With both Gaius and Ludger.
- The Tease: Her talks about "direct tethering" are so transparent and innuendo-laden it's not even funny.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She had a Hair-Trigger Temper in the first game. Here, she's still Hot-Blooded, but at least she keeps herself a bit more in check than she used to, out of the aforementioned desire to make friends. Lampshaded by Teepo.Teepo: She used to be a psychopath!
- Troll: Takes every opportunity to throw in an innuendo or a tease at anyone, including her little sister.
- Weapon of Choice: Prehensile Hair. Let's reiterate that. She uses her HAIR as a weapon.
- Although the actual thing that she equips is different hairpins but even that is still a little odd.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Maxing out her Relationship Values with Ludger will cause her to say that she feels "odd" around him.
- You Are Not Alone: Realizing this was the reason for her Heel–Face Turn.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Minae Noji (English)
The original Milla Maxwell from Tales of Xillia, who acts as the Lord of Spirits.
- Action Girl: But of course.
- Adorkable: She still has her moments.
- Big Good: As the Lord of Spirits, and thus one of the most powerful characters.
- But Now I Must Go: She makes it clear when she joins that her time in the human realm is limited. In the good ending, she indeed returns to the spirit realm with Muzet.
- Combat Stilettos
- Elemental Powers: She's the master of all four, being the Lord of Spirits. She still focuses on Fire, Wind, Lightning, and Light more than the others.
- Gene Hunting: In a metaphorical sense, this is what Milla's character episodes turn out to be, as she tries to find out what Maxwell was thinking when he created her and how it relates to Milla Kresnik.
- God Is Good: You can't really get more good than "helps you directly".
- Hot God
- Idiot Hair: It returns!
- Love Hurts: Same deal as Jude.
- Physical God
- 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.
- Staring Through the Sword: In the opening.
- The Stoic: In very sharp contrast to Alt!Milla, this one is pretty much unflappable.
- Weapon of Choice: A Sword, as you'd expect.
- Woman in White: Her new default outfit. Also comes in a black version, for extra badass points.
Voiced by: Tsutomu Isobe (Japanese), Mike McFarland (English)
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.
- Abusive Parents: While it's implied that he's genuinely proud of Ludger and Julius, he considers them as expendable as everyone else in his agenda.
- Affably Evil: The Evil part is often debatable but he's fairly polite, and holds his own of the deal.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Actually more Anti-Heroism Sounds Deep
- Archnemesis Dad: To Ludger and particularly Julius, though it's never confirmed in-game.
- The Atoner: Spirius was responsible for the Elympios army that attacked Rieze Maxia in Tales of Xillia. According to Bisley, he wants to make sure Spirius makes its amends.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass Longcoat
- Boxing Battler: Unlike most martial artists in the series, he uses nothing but his fists, and uses typical boxing stances, as well
- Better to Die than Be Killed: He chooses to commit suicide before his divergence catalyst consumes him, refusing to let his life play into Origin's trial.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Big Bad: One of two, both of which with very different goals. Of the two, he's the Final Boss.
- Blade on a Stick: Temporarily wields one to impale Chronos with before the final battle with him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Zigzagged, due to him being a Well-Intentioned Extremist. He does many under the table deals, bribes, even murder, but it's all for the sake of the world. In fact, he's more of a pragmatic take on the trope then evil.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: Bisley deserves special mention for channeling Dragon Ball Z-esque speed and physics during every one of his appearances.
- 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.
- Despair Event Horizon: He crossed it twenty years earlier when his wife was killed by Chronos due to her status as the Key of Kresnik. His sister-in-law's disappearance after his brief affair with her did not help matters.
- 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 is willing to come to an understanding with his enemies while Bisley is too consumed by hatred to do the same, leading to his plan to enslave spiritkind.
- Evil Versus Evil: A man who wants to make all the spirits into tools for humans versus a Prime Spirit trying to prove that Humans Are Bastards and make humans into "mindless mana producing objects" (basically food). Good job the party is there to Take a Third Option.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Bisley has the same eyes as Ludger. For good reason.
- 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's father, and that the Bakurs are an offshoot of the Kresnik clan. Their relationship is hinted at in the game but never made explicit, and never becomes relevant either.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has been orchestrating events so that he can take Elle into the land of Canaan and use her unique abilities to use his Chromatus form and get a shot of making spirits tools.
- Megaton Punch: His Mystic Arte, Absolute Fist.
- 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.
- One-Hit Kill: His Mystic Arte. Though it doesn't have an "instant kill" effect, it does so much damage that it's practically a TKO anyway. And at one point during your fight with him, it literally knocks you out of the battle!
- One-Winged Angel: He can use Chromatus, and takes on this form during the Final Boss fight.
- Playing with Fire: In his Chromatus form.
- Power Gives You Wings: In Chromatus.
- Rage Against the Heavens: He believes that the Trial is stacked against humanity and is not too happy about it.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The evil part is debatable but he favors black suits with a red coat and the Chromatus form he takes for the final battle is black with glowing red lines.
- The Stoic: Always calm and calculating when you meet him.
- True Final Boss: After beating Chronos, you must fight him before he makes Elle into a Divergence Catalyst
- Younger Than They Look: You wouldn't think from looking at him that he had his first child when he was fifteen.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He asks Ludger to destroy the parallel worlds to save his own world. Tying into the game's theme, Bisley is a character willing to sacrifice anything to save the world. The party is willing to destroy the parallel worlds, but oppose him when he reveals that he wants to strip spirits of their free will..
- Wishing for More Wishes: An extreme example. He wants to take advantage of the fact that Origin must grant any wish to force spirits into servitude.
- Would Hurt a Child: He freely manipulates and exploits Elle for her abilities as the Key of Kresnik, then tries to kill her without hesitation when it looks like she might try to help Ludger. He is fully aware that Elle is his granddaughter from a fractured dimension.
Voiced by Toru Okawa (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
Ludger's older half-brother, who lives with him in the city of Trigleph 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.
- Bad Ass: Arguably just as much as Ludger. His skill with the dual blades is equal, if not greater than Ludger's. And let's not forget, he started destroying fractured dimensions at a very young age.
- 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.
- Duel Boss: You have to fight him mano a mano. Chromatus against Chromatus.
- Dual Wielding: Just like Ludger, and he's the one who taught it to him.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Being brothers, he has the same odd eyes as Ludger.
- 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.
- Foil: To Ludger.
- 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.
- Hypocrisy Nod: He's very much aware that he's being completely hypocritical by telling Ludger he's not suited to dealing with the divergence catalysts, while he himself is barely able to as well.
- I Have No Son: Inverted, he changes his last name from Bakur to Kresnik in order to cut ties with his Archnemesis Dad.
- 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.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover
- Man in White
- Mirror Boss: Somewhat. He fights using the same twin-blade style as Ludger (he did train him, after all) and has Chromatus (though he doesn't use it except in the final moments).
- My God, What Have I Done?: He was originally very neglectful of his little brother, leaving him all alone when he was working as a Spirius agent. Then seven-old-Ludger tried making Julius dinner all by himself and injured his hands, which caused Julius to have a change of heart.
- Nom de Mom: As part of cutting ties with Bisley.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: A sympathetic example, he rigs Ludger's exam to ensure his failure so that he doesn't get caught up in Bisley's schemes.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After being captured by Spirius, he escapes and manages to deliver some much deserved payback to Rideaux on the way.
- It's mentioned that he destroyed hundreds of fractured dimensions in his time as an agent, many when he wasn't even a teenager.
- One-Winged Angel: Comes with the Chromatus ability.
- Papa Wolf: He had to raise Ludger alone, and he definitely won't forgive you if you threaten his little brother.
- Promotion to Parent: Raised Ludger himself due to killing Ludger's mom, his aunt, in self-defense.
- Promoted to Playable: In the escort titles.
- Red Right Hand: More like Black Right Hand. His corruption into a divergence catalyst was hidden by a glove for far into the game.
- 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: His facial structure is very similar to Bisley's.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He's been destroying fractured dimensions since he was eleven years old and killed his aunt in self-defense when he was thirteen.
- 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. Somewhat justified due to his being close to becoming a divergence catalyst, causing him intense pain.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He's been using his Chromatus since he was young, so he's close to becoming a catalyst.
Voiced by: Satomi Sato (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English)
- "Hey, hey hey, it's payday! ...Well, for the bank, anyway."
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Some of her comments really strech into flat out what territory."Hehehe. You're one of the good ones...."
- 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).
- Genki Girl
- Innocently Insensitive: Due to being Locked Out of the Loop.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Nova is oblivious to most of the plot, especifically the really dark and serious parts.
- Mood Whiplash: Tends to call after major events, including to reminding you happily about your debt right after Alternate Milla has died or you just killed Victor.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Vera's blue.
- The Tease: Towards your wallet. One of her lines when you haven't paid for a while.Nova: Hey there, Ludger. It's Nova, your wallet's honey bunny. I do have needs and-What? We're in the middle of a meeting? Crap!
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Painfully so. It's so obvious that it's not even a spoiler that she'd not get with Ludger.
- 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.
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese) Michelle Ruff (English)
- 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.
- Mission Control: Once Ludger starts working as a Spirius agent, she's the one who sends him out on jobs and hears his reports.
- Prim and Proper Bun
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Nova's red.
- Sexy Secretary
- 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."
- Blow You Away: All of his magic is wind based.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The method he uses to take on his artificially-invoked Chromatus form.
- The Dragon: To Bisley.
- 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 Jerkass dog 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Combined with his Kick the Dog moments, he could be a contender for the series biggest asshole.
- 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.
- Almost has a literal one when he literally kicks Ellie and proceeds to stomp on her hand, simply because he can.
- Multicolored Hair: Black with beige streaks. In his Chromatus form, the beige streaks are red.
- One-Winged Angel: Uses a Spyrix device to take on an artificial Chromatus form.
- 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.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: As if you didn't need any more clues as to him being a Jerkass.
- The Scrappy: An In-Universe example. Just about everyone in the game hates his guts. Elle sums it up:Elle: Blegh, Rideaux's here.
- Smug Snake
- Spikes of Villainy
- 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.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: His main motivation is to subvert this trope and make it happen to Julius instead, though it still doesn't excuse his Kick the Dog moments. And in the end, he gets sacrificed anyways.
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese), Orion Acaba (English)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.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Artistic License – Gun Safety: Ivar forgets two rules when giving Ludger the first pair of guns: Never put your finger inside the trigger guard unless ready to shoot and always treat a gun as though if it were loaded, especially when you aren't sure whether or not they are. Then there's the fact that he gave Ludger the guns barrel first when proving that they were still loaded and not properly cleared.
- Big Damn Heroes: Yes, really. In a sidequest, he delivers Maxwell's spirit fossil to the party and holds off the Elemental Golems until they can turn the fossil into a Spyrite.
- Butt Monkey: Is still doomed with this role, he's even the tutorial boss for when you unlock new weapons for Ludger!
- Cool Shades: Picked up a pair of shades, though they don't improve his Butt Monkey status.
- 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.
- Dishing Out Dirt: In his Mystic Arte and most of his melee artes.
- Kill the Cutie: In one of the alternate worlds, it is all but stated that he was murdered by that world's Muzet.
- Pungeon Master: He says some horrible puns in the tutorial fights for Ludger's new weapons:Ivar (Sledgehammer): You better nail this because it's hammering time!Ivar (Dual Pistols): Better get your guns ready... because we are gonna have a blast!
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)
- "I will show you that there are things in this world that cannot be destroyed."
- 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.
- Defeat By Irony: After spending hundreds of years manipulating the Kresnik's to destroy each other, Bisley manipulates him into being beaten by Ludger and the crew.
- 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.
- Graceful Loser: Averted in the Ludger ending but subverted in the Elle 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: To the first game. It's because of Chronos that Maxwell decided to seal off Rize Maxia from Elympios and it's his manipulation of the Kresnik's that resulted in Elympios ending up the way he did.
- 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 Elle 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.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: During your second battle against him, he constantly rewinds time to heal himself. Your only solution is to keep fighting until Cutscene Power to the Max takes over.
- Humanity on Trial: Is helping Origin with one.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: His main belief, which is why he helps Origin set up the trial and why he takes an antagonistic role despite the fact that he is supposed to be a neutral arbiter.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is on the receiving end of this from Bisley. Though he survives. Happens earlier in his fight with Gaius, Ludger, Muzet, and Milla, but survives.
- Implacable Man: Of sure, you can injure him, but he'll simply reverse time and be perfectly fine. He survives being stabbed FOUR TIMES AT ONCE before said reversal. He just simply won't die.
- Instant Runes: Both of his Mystic Artes involve this.
- 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.
- Time Master: Can use "Time-Elemental" magic and artes.
- Wave Motion Gun: His second mystic arte is more or less one.
Voiced by Takashi Kondo (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
- "What do you say, Ludger?"
- Action Dad: To Elle, as shown in the opening. All of his actions are motivated by a desire to protect her.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: That's one fine suit. Bonus points for it being an attainable alternate costume for Ludger. He's also clearly got the upper hand during his fight with Ludger, and considering that he managed to kill the entire party on his own in his own dimension, he's definely got the "badass" part down.
- Break the Cutie: Having to kill the party, and then having his wife die from the shock of his actions in his timeline certainly didn't help. Could even count as Broken Bird.
- Cloning Blues: The knowledge that he exists in a fractured dimension is a large part of what makes him snap.
- The Comically Serious: Mostly outside of his game. Victor tends to over-kill pretty much everything he does like catching a fish with his Mystic Arte or even act like a Super Sentai just to entertains Elle.
- Dual Wielding: He wields two large swords, one in each hand. He can also go Guns Akimbo if he wants to.
- Expy: From a purely aesthetic point of view: his mask resembles that of Marth in Fire Emblem Awakening.
- Fallen Hero: Given that he is actually Ludger in a Fractured Dimension.
- 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.
- Future Me Scares Me: Causes this for Ludger.
- Guttural Growler: Only in Japanese. His English voice is considerably softer. It only hides his true identity better. That, or Ludger's voice got a lot harsher after he killed his comrades...
- Kill 'em All: In his timeline, he killed every member of the original party under Bisley's orders save for Gaius, in order to protect Elle from him. He also claims to have killed both his father and brother to enhance his Chromatus power.
- Mask of Power: His mask actually has no powers of its own. He says he wears it to hide scars from previous battles. It actually serves to hide his identity and the Chromatus taking over his face.
- Mirror Boss: Made especially evident by him and Ludger sparring right before it starts, where they match each other move for move.
- One-Winged Angel: Being an alternate version of Ludger, he possesses the Chromatus ability and uses it against you in battle.
- Red Baron: "Victor" is actually a title held by the warrior with the strongest Chromatus power. It's acquired by killing whoever held the title last.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His right eye has turned red due to overusing the chromatus power.
- Supreme Chef: Even better than Ludger, according to Elle.
- Tragic Villain: He used to be Ludger and was a pretty good guy, but his desire to keep Ellie safe made him a monster.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: After Elle refuses to kill everyone in order to be reincarnated, Victor briefly falters. And then, he completely loses it.
- Walking Spoiler: While he's shown in one of the opening cinematics, once you learn who he is and what he's doing, the entire game turns upside down.
- 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 dimension 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.
- Blinding Bangs
- Light 'em Up / Light Is Good: He takes the form of a small boy made entirely out of light.
- Messianic Archetype: A divine being who suffers for the sake of humanity's redemption. Hrm, where have we heard that one before?
- Power of the Void
- 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.