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Characters: Tales of Phantasia
This page needs to be updated to use the names from the GBA translation.
Cless/Cress Alvein/Albain/Albane
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN, OVA)

Cless is an archetypical RPG hero- he's a Hot-Blooded, courageous, Book Dumb, and slightly oblivious country boy with a sword who gets sucked into an adventure he didn't want. He loves justice, and is motivated by wanting to avenge his Doomed Hometown.

Mint Adenade
Voiced by: Junko Iwao (JP), Satomi Koorogi (JP, SNES and GBA versions), Karen Strassman (EN, OVA)

A Mysterious Waif Cless meets after being captured and thrown in jail. He helps her escape and find the one person who can help them defeat Dhaos. She is an orphan from a long line of healers with a deep connection to the legendary Unicorn.

Klarth/Clark/Claus F. Lester
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP)

Shortly after arriving in the past, Cless and Mint seek out Klarth, a researcher who is trying to find a way for humans to use magic. On the way, he ended up rediscovering the lost art of summoning, and is making an effort to resurrect it, much to the scorn of his colleagues. Part Mad Scientist, part Witch Doctor, part Mr. Exposition, and all Cool Old Guy, he acts aloof and vain, but he truly does care for the crazy kids dragging him all over the world. His weapon is a book.

  • Bald of Awesome - Subverted. It's clear to everybody that he has long silver hair and there's nothing to suggest it's a wig, but Arche suggests it anyway.
  • Biseinen
  • Chivalrous Dirty Old Man- Well... older than the others, to be precise.
  • Cool Hat
  • Cool Old Guy- Okay, so he's not that old, but by RPG standards, 29 is pretty ancient. Arche lampshades this at one point. (Then again though; a lot of this is partly because he's drawn in a way that makes him look older than he really is, as well as the white hair.) This wasn't helped at all by his sprite in the SNES version looking nothing like his character art - he looked pointedly overweight, had grey hair in a ponytail and wore a scholar's robe and beret, and even animated like you'd expect a middle-aged man to. SNES Klarth looked more like he was in his 40s or 50s, rather than 29. The PSX version made sure to "correct" this and was far closer to the original art.
  • Deadpan Snarker- He has his moments.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He's taken to drinking and sulking at home in the beginning of NDX because the scientific society burned his thesis on summon spirits. He quickly recovers with a bit of help from Mel and Dio.
  • Facial Markings: And a full-body Power Tattoo... Not that they do anything.
    • The skits imply that they're required components for a summoner.
  • Improbable Weapon User- He attacks by swatting at enemies with a book, AND one of those is a dirty magazine not suitable for children found in an old man's drawer. The dictionary and encyclopedia I can compromise, the thin little dirty magazine?
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold- In the beginning, until he eventually loses the "jerk" part altogether.
  • The Leader- Despite not being The Hero, he makes most of the major decisions the party faces and is even given command during The War Sequence. Then again, he is the only adult in the party.
  • Magikarp Power - Klarth is a mage who first joins the party with no spells at all! He'll end up being a better offensive force than Arche during your stay in the Past era, however.
  • Mood Whiplash - Klarth breaks up a humorous moment during a skit in the future where the rest of the party are realizing how old they would be by mentioning that he's long since six feet under in that time period.
  • Nice Hat- A running gag in the PSX remake.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend- With his assistant, Mirald. You're a fool if you buy it.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Spell My Name with an S- His name was translated as Clark in Tales of Eternia, and as Claus in the Gameboy Advance version of Phantasia, there's a chance he'll become Klarth once more if the route Radiant Mythology took is taken.
  • Summon Magic
  • Throw the Book at Them
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight- Nobody ever comments on his bizarre outfit and tattoos, even though he's the one always explaining the situation to political and military leaders...

Arche Klaine/Klein
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN, OVA)

A half-elf from the past, she joins the party because they need someone who can use magic to defeat Dhaos. She is usually immature and easygoing, and a bit of a perv, but she's a powerful addition to the team, and essential at lightening the mood. Her weapon of choice is the flying broom that she rides on.

Chester Barkright/Burklight/Barklight
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP, SNES version), Kentarō Itō (JP), David Vincent (EN, OVA)

Cless's childhood friend, an orphan who lost his only family when their Doomed Hometown was destroyed by the army trying to ressurrect Dhaos. He's the best archer in town... Or at least, he was, before the town burned down. He's very Hot-Blooded.

Suzu Fujibayashi
Voiced by: Taeko Kawata (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN, OVA)

Suzu is a ten-year-old ninja girl from the future. In the PSX remake and beyond, the party meets her in Volt's Temple. (In the SNES version, you met her when (if) you managed to find the hidden ninja village, Japoni.) She's next in line for the position of chief of Japoni, since her parents are Brainwashed and Crazy and ran off. In the PSX remake and beyond, she will join your party after a brief sidequest involving fighting in the Euclid coliseum and finding Japoni. She fights with a nintou.

Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (JP), Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP, after Shiozawa's death), Patrick Seitz (EN, OVA)

The "Demon Lord," a man from another world who is wreaking havoc on the world and needs to be stopped. Later, it's revealed that his homeworld was dying, and he came to Aselia to prevent the people from destroying their Mana Tree, and get a seed from it so that he can save his homeworld. He has the ability to travel through time.

  • All-Encompassing Mantle
  • Beam Spam- "DHAOS LASER!!!"
  • Belated Backstory-It wasn't until Narikiri Dungeon that his whole schtick was finally explained.
    • His backstory was fully explored in the novel Katararezaru Rekishi, which depicts him before he was forced to jump off the deep end.
  • Big Bad- Although his vast knowledge surrounding the World Tree and his fighting prowess also allow him to fill in as his own army's Evil Genius and Brute.
  • Bishōnen- Oh so much.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: But not in the OVA; where he actually did try to reason with people. It didn't take.
  • Fallen Hero: To quote the Tales wiki; he was relieved when he didn't have to use force to stop a war and began to organise relief efforts for the citizens who were caught in the crossfire. When Dios fired a mana weapon, thus wiping it from the planet, his immediate reaction was to see if anything could be done to save the World Tree. Upon finding that it was too late, he immediately headed to Aselia... And then the plot happened.
  • Fantastic Racism- Against humans. Turns into something of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the humans end up doing exactly what he was assuming they would... but they only do it trying to stop him from attacking them without explanation. The anime changes things around somewhat (see "Poor Communication Kills").
  • Humans Are Bastards- Subverted. In the sequel to Phantasia, Narikiri Dungeon, it is revealed that when Dhaos came to Earth and saw the state it was in, his heart was filled with malicious intent, which he himself acknowledged as his hidden voice of evil.
  • Not So Different- Cless realizes that they're both trying to achieve the same thing for their respective worlds and they see each other in the same way.
  • Pet the Dog: In the Phantasia OVA, he willingly assists Mint in healing Yggdrasil. Even if he did it for his own reasons, he outright says that he will share her pain out of respect for what she is doing.
  • Poor Communication Kills- In the game only. In the OVA, he tried to tell the people that they were about to royally screw themselves over, they just refused to listen and called him a monster.
    • Katararezaru Rekishi shows that Dhaos did attempt to tell Midgard the dangers of magitech research, but Reisen accused him of being a demon due to his alien mana flow and refused to listen to him, instead attempting to kill him and sending the guards to hunt him down.
  • Restored My Faith In Humanity: According to the Tales wiki, his spirit comes to understand that he's Not So Different from humans and that the darkness in both their hearts must not be expelled but, rather, controlled.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can- he was sealed away by Cless's, Mint's, and Morrison's ancestors when he first came to Aselia.
  • The Other Darrin- Dhaos's first voice actor died.
  • The Wise King: Until he came to Aselia...
  • Villain Has a Point: In the OVA, he says that pretty much everything that happened is because of humans and their lust for power. He kind of has a point when he's telling Cless this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist- Not very well done in the game, however. The OVA fixed it by making him much more sympathetic.

Trinicus D. Morrison

A descendant of one of the four original heroes that defeated Dhaos. Was one of the four that trapped him and sealed him away for 12 years.When he realizes that Mars has both pendants and plans to release Dhaos, he rushes off to the Mausoleum, ordering Cress, Mint, and Chester to stay behind.

  • The Medic: Is said to be a healer in the game proper.
  • Shock and Awe- Is able to cast Indignation in the Anime, despite both Martel and the Yggdrasil having died by that point, and his extremely small amount of Elven blood. He's not shown to be able to do this in the game, sticking purely to Clerical Artes. A Continuity Snarl? We may never know.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Descended from a half-elf.

Mars Udole

A knight from Euclid that seeks to release Dhaos in order to gain power.

Edward D. Morrison

Trinicus's ancestor, one of the four heroes that originally defeated Dhaos.

  • Half-Human Hybrid: A half-elf.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sacrifices himself to take out Justorna, due to events being changed by Cress and Mint's arrival in the past. Because of this, he's killed before he can defeat Dhaos, leaving that to Cress and Mint.
  • Shock and Awe: His signature INDIGNATION, as seen in the opening against Dhaos. He leaves this spell to Arche when he dies in the altered timeline.
  • Palette Swap - A blue version of Trinicus's sprite.

Winona Pickford

One of the four heroes that defeated Dhaos. The archer on the ground. She's also a main character in the side novel Katararezaru Rekishi, which takes place before the Valhalla war. In the recent game Narikiri Dungeon X, her role in the story seems to have been replaced by Rondoline E. Effenburg, a new character.

  • Archer Archetype- Uses a crossbow in the side novel, seems to change to a regular bow judging by the opening.
  • Break the Cutie- Has her arm cut off and a bounty placed on her head at age 15/16, her close friend leaves her behind, and when she finally chases him down years later, a fight breaks out and he vanishes, never to be seen by her again.
  • Circus Brat
  • Determinator- Oooh boy. Hunts down Dhaos after he leaves her behind after she gets her arm cut off at Midgard.

Carol Adenade

One of the four heroes that defeated Dhaos. Mint's ancestor.

Alan Albane

One of the four heroes that defeated Dhaos. Cress's ancestor.


One of the two main characters of Narikiri Dungeon. A 13 year old girl. Dio's twin.

  • Badass Adorable
  • Battle Ballgown- Two of her knight costumes.
  • Becoming the Costume- Her main power, as a Narikirishi.
  • Cute Witch- Especially in Narikiri Dungeon X, where the first costume that she gets is a witch on a broom.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling - Always tries to keep Dio in line. Unlike him, she is skeptical about their Narikiri powers.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover - She really, really adores cats, to the point she can speak to them. Comes in handy when she goes searching for lost kitties.
  • Nice Hat- Her witch costumes have pretty snazzy hats.
  • Past Life Memories: When she starts remembering things that happened to Meltia.
  • The Atoner: In Narikiri Dungeon X, when she creates the Prism Ring that makes Valhalla town uninhabitable. In both versions, for her past life as Meltia.


One of the two main characters of Narikiri Dungeon. A 13 year old boy. Mel's twin.

  • Badass Adorable
  • Badass Bookworm - While he's the more mischievous and impulsive of the twins, he also happens to read a lot of history books.
  • Becoming the Costume- His main power, as a Narikirishi.
  • Broken Pedestal - The world outside and the heroes who defeated Dhaos don't exactly match Dios's idolised perception of them. When Basil, the elf he admired most of all reveals himself to have gone to the dark side, Dio loses all motivation and returns home.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling - He jumps at the opportunity for adventure and is quite a bit goofier than his sister.
  • Hates Baths - According to the hotsprings event. Rondoline offers to help him wash in order to embarass him into going in by himself. It works.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • The Atoner: For his past life as Dios.


A small animal that Mel and Dio encounter. Named after the sounds it makes.

  • Badass Adorable
  • Combat Medic
  • Becoming the Mask: In Narikiri Dungeon X, Kururu was sent by Norn to watch over Mel and Dio. It ends up leaving her, and siding with them. In the original, Kururu was implied to have been a direct part of Norn, and never leaves her.
  • The Medic- In Narikiri Dungeon X, knows Bouncy Dance(? Translation?), which heals 150 hp, plus 10 multiplied by its level.This is a rather good spell, even late game.


A floating woman in white that gives Mel and Dio as infants to the player character in Narikiri Dungeon, and to Etos in Narikiri Dungeon X.

Rondoline E. Effenberg

A girl that travels through time, chasing Dhaos. New to Narikiri Dungeon X.

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