Characters: Tales of the Abyss
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Luke fon Fabre
"I may not do a good job right away. I may make mistakes. But I'm going to change."
Luke is the son of a duke in Kimlasca-Lanvaldear, and has been kept locked up in his family's manor since the age of ten after an incident in which he was kidnapped by an opposing nation and developed complete retrograde amnesia. In that time, he's grown up into a spoiled and selfish person with little regard for anyone outside of his immediate circle of friends. After he is inadvertently teleported halfway across the world with Tear, his journey to return home leads to some startling discoveries about himself: not only is he a prophesied Chosen One
, but he possesses the power of hyperresonance, a force that can reshape reality itself
After a certain incident
, he vows to change himself for the better and gives himself an Important Haircut
As the main character, Luke is a pure swordsman. He is balanced in both attack and defense, and his combat style specializes in chaining artes to keep the enemy off-balance.
- Adorkable: After his Important Haircut he is humble, unsure of himself, and trying to be a Nice Guy.
- All-Loving Hero: Post-Important Haircut he makes a point of helping everyone, including the other replicas that no one else likes.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Averted. While he never knew any of the people there, it's clear that Luke feels incredible guilt over his role in the destruction of Akzeriuth, to the extent that atoning for it becomes the defining point to his character.
- Apologises a Lot: Post-Important Haircut. Justified because of his Guilt Complex.
- Ass in Ambassador: His power as ambassador goes to his head, and he uses it to order the party around.
- The Atoner: After the debacle at Akzeriuth Luke spends the rest of the game making up for it.
- Bare Your Midriff: His typical outfit leaves his chest exposed.
- Bishōnen: He's noted to be rather handsome.
- Blank Slate: He thinks it's amnesia, but it's really this because he was born as a replica.
- Blessed with Suck: In regards to the fact that he has the power to cause hyperresonances on his own but it is abused by the Big Bad, and it's also supposedly too unstable to use in battle..
- Book Dumb: Justified. He's a seven year old that's trying to learn at the seventeen year old level.
- Break the Haughty: At the start of the game Luke is a entitled, arrogant, spoiled brat. Then Akzeriuth happens, he learns he's a replica and The Team abandons them...
- Butt Monkey: The world of Auldrant seems to exist solely to break Luke's mind into tiny little pieces as often and as brutally as possible, and almost all of his otherwise noble friends and family seem only too glad to help it out.
- Case in point, almost everyone blames him for Akzeriuth, even though logically trusting the man who helped raise him makes far more sense than trusting the people he just met. Essentially, they're blaming him for being a victim. No wonder he has so many issues.
- Character Development: There aren't bigger developments than going from Jerkass to All-Loving Hero. Specially if we consider he goes through different stages:
- The Chosen One: Played with. A passage in Yulia's Seven-Part Score says that a savior shall be born in the country of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear; a noble with hair of red, who shall be called "the light of the sacred flame". "Luke" means just that in Ancient Ispanian, and he is the son of a duke with red hair, so it's clear that he's the prophesied youth. Indeed, Luke Fon Fabre is the chosen one. However, it's not this Luke, but rather Asch. Luke is a replica created solely for the purpose of overturning the prophecy by allowing Asch to survive an event that is fated to kill him. Then a later event seems to play it straight again by having Luke "destroy himself" (by performing an action that causes terminal fonon separation) "and his people" (Replicas) in the "miner's city" (the Tower of Rem used to be just that). However, so much of the Score has gone off track by that point that it's difficult to say.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Starts off as a good hearted but extremely unpleasant Sheltered Aristocrat, and though he goes on fill the role of a hero, he's still plagued with crippling self-esteem issues even on his best of days.
- Cloning Blues: Realizing that he's a replica causes him no end of angst.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments seen here.
- Disney Death: Someone resembling him comes back two years later after the final battle. It was made ambigious if it was really him, Asch, or a combination of the two that came back.
- Doting Parent: His mother loves him despite knowing he's a replica. She thanks Tear for watching over him in her place.
- Dynamic Character: See Character Development.
- Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged about Akzeriuth. While he 'pulled the trigger' so to speak, he was being manipulated by the Big Bad into destroying the place; he thought he was saving it. The others give him crap and abandon him because of it but ultimately they forgive him for it. However, he doesn't forgive himself until much later.
- Evil Knockoff: A inversion of the trope in every aspect. He's Asch's knock off but he's also The Hero of the story.
- Expy: He looks a heck of a lot like Zelos Wilder who is also a member of the nobility who acts like a jerk. He uses a number of the same artes, with the exception of not having magic.
- Fiery Redhead: Long red hair and an antagonistic jerkass. He cuts it off at the same time as toning down his behavior.
- God in Human Form: Has the power of the most mysterious and special of Auldrant's seven god-like beings, though Asch is more powerful.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His eyes are drawn wider after his haircut than before, most likely due to less apathy from him post-Heroic BSOD. They also give him a younger look which may be in keeping with the reveal that chronologically and mentally, he's really seven years old.
- Guilt Complex: After the events of The Reveal tore Luke's sense of self-worth into little-itty-bitty pieces, he becomes susceptible to this kind of thinking, and the rest of the party have to keep a close eye on him to keep him from going over the edge. It begins spiraling out of control in the last third of the game.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Gender Inverted. Just ask Tear or Anise (though she was more interested in Luke's fortune) or Natalia.
- Heroic BSOD: Unwittingly nuking Akzeriuth puts him into a deep funk.
- Heroic Sacrifice / The Hero Dies: It began as a slow death from ion seperation and culminated in a quicker death in the crashing Elderant. He comes back at the ending, having merged survived via a merge with Asch.
- Heroic Wannabe: Leading up to Akzeriuth he wants to be like his role model, Van, and be a hero. It's really a means to an end for him.
- Idiot Hero: He admits it himself. Justified in that, even before the dramatic reveal, he only remembers the last seven years of his life and was basically under house arrest and deliberately Locked Out of the Loop that entire time.
- I Just Want To Be Free: What his Heroic Wannabe phase was really about; getting out of the mannor.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: The entire town of Akzeriuth serves as this for Luke.
- Important Haircut: After his Heroic BSOD he cuts his hair to mark his comittment to changing himself.
- Internalized Categorism: After he finds out that he's Asch's replica, he develops an inferiority complex about whether or not he should exist. It gets especially bad in the lead up to the Tower of Rem, when he goes from Heroic Self-Deprecation into full-blown Fantastic Racism (towards his own kind).
- It's All My Fault: Luke's mindset through about the middle of the game till just before the end.
- Jerkass: Before Akzeriuth, he's abrasive, arrogant, and typically has selfish motives for his good deeds (he wants to save Akzeriuth so that he'll be a hero and be freed more than out of concern for the people)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his mouth, he automatically helps people when he sees them in trouble and is one of the few RPG protagonists who are utterly averse to killing. This means that the plot forces him to destroy an entire city against his will, and then later consciously choose to disintegrate what are basically thousands of newborn clones in order to save the world from being covered in poison. Ion put it best when he said that Luke was always kind, he just wasn't very good at showing it. After his Important Haircut, he loses the "jerk" part.
- Kamehame Hadoken: His Lost Fon Drive
- Kid Hero: Luke's really only seven years old. His true age and the ramifications of being thrust into so many difficult decisions and dangerous situations is pointed out several times.
- Lethal Chef: No where near as lethal as Natalia but at least his food is edible.
- Lightning Bruiser: Luke is the hardest-hitting front-line member of the party, and only outpaced by Guy.
- Limit Break: Radiant Howl and Lost Fon Drive
- Meaningful Name: 'Luke' means 'light of the sacred flame' which refers to a Score that drives the game.
- Mr. Fanservice: Taking into account all of the alternative costumes, he easily shows the most skin out of the entire male cast.
- Multicolored Hair: He has sort of dip-dye style blond tips, thought these are chopped off later on.
- Never My Fault: After the destruction of Akzeriuth, he refuses to take responsibility for what happened and at one point repeatedly shouts "It's not my fault!" This is what finally drives the rest of the party to leave him. He gets a lot better after his Important Haircut.
- Nice Guy: Post-Important Haircut he deliberates treats others better.
- Pet the Dog: Even before he loses his Jerkass attitude, he has a soft spot for Ion.
- Reality Warper: His power of hyperresonance, which he uses during his Radiant Howl Mystic Arte. Lacking any kind of finesse over it, he just forces his power into a ball and shoves it into his target.
- Reckless Pacifist: His aversion to killing puts himself and his allies in danger and injuries Tear. Moving past this is one of the earliest stages of his extensive Character Development.
- Red-Headed Hero: It's a plot point; 'a noble with hair of red' is mentioned on the Seventh Fonstone.
- Reluctant Warrior: He's quickly forced to accept that killing enemies is necessary, but that doesn't mean he has to like it.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Jade and Anise are initially not too pleased to see him when he reunites with them.
- Replacement Goldfish: He was created because Van didn't want to part with the original Luke. Guy comes to believe that Replica!Luke is the "real Luke", and his relationship with him is different than the one with Asch, the original Luke.
- Royal Brat: Initially; his mother is the king's sister. See Jerk Asss.
- Say My Name: In the voice dramas, when Asch takes a blow from Van meant for Luke and bids Luke farewell as he dies, Luke screams his name in anguish: ASSSSSHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUU!
- Secretly Dying: He's entirely composed of seventh fonons because he's a replica. This makes him vulnerable to fonon seperation from the Tower of Rem. It turns out by the end that everyone knew. Merging with Asch at the end of the game re-stabilized him.
- Semi-Divine: The same package as Asch as his replica albeit a weaker version.
- Sheltered Aristocrat -> The Wise Prince: Character development moves him from a cloistered nobleman's brat to a heroic royal that is honored by his king for bravery.
- Spanner in the Works: His existence 'as a replica' threw Yulia's Score off track.
- Sphere of Destruction: His "Radiant Howl" Mystic Arte has shades of this. Not to mention what happened at Akzeriuth.
- The Southpaw: Luke is left-handed. Asch wields his sword with his right hand. Character design materials note that Asch was born left handed but was brought up to learn how to use his right for "proper etiquette" reasons. Perhaps the fact that this wasn't enforced on Luke is a sign of how spoiled his upbringing was compared to Asch's.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: He doesn't like killing. Ultimately defied in that he realises that it is unfortunately necessary.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The game leads the player and The Team to believe that Asch is an evil clone but the truth is that Luke is the clone.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ambassador Asshat. He wasn't a role model from the start, but after being appointed as an ambassador, he becomes much more irritable and quick-tempered; impatient to meet Van at Akzeriuth. The fact that he is Locked Out of the Loop by the rest of the party only provokes him more.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After his Important Haircut. Even his quotes during and after battle become more polite.
- Tsundere: Like with Asch, when he's in jerkass mode, he gets like this to Ion and whenever he's complimented. Once he takes a level in kindness, he ceases to be a tsundere.
- The Watson: Being an amnesiac Sheltered Aristocrat who hasn't left the family manor in seven years, Luke is perfect for the role of asking "what's going on?"
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Uniquely among the party, Luke recognizes enemy soldiers as human beings and values their lives even pre-Character Development, with him experiencing a Heroic BSOD the first time he kills an enemy Mook. He'll defend himself against enemy attacks and kill if he has to, but its mentioned that killing all these Mooks haunts him, and he has unique end-of-battle dialogue against human enemies where he expresses regret.
- Younger Than They Look: He’s only seven years old, the kicker being that nobody trustworthy is aware of it. note
"It's not easy to regain trust once you've lost it."
Voiced by: Yukana
(JP), Nicole Karrer (EN)
Born Mystearica Aura Fende, Tear is a Seventh Fonist from the Order of Lorelei who- at the beginning of the game- attempts to assassinate her brother Van Grants. She accidentally teleports herself and Luke halfway across the world, and stricken with guilt she vows to return him home. Though she carries herself as a soldier, Tear possesses a powerful mothering instinct and a weakness for girly or cute things. As a Songstress of Yulia, she can sing hymns that bestow powerful magical effects
Tear is the main healer of the party, and possesses several spells for creating Fields of Fonons. Though Tear's healing spells heal less damage than Natalia's, they have a large area-of-effect. Her offense is primarily magical.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments. For example, when a stagecoach driver thinks Luke's with the Dark Wings, and Luke objects, Tear agrees, saying that the man might upset the Dark Wings.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Downplayed. She's not really a cold individual, but Luke has so many foot-in-mouth moments that it looks that way.
- Lady of War: A beautiful and composed soldier whose weapons include songs and expertly thrown knives.
- Lawful Stupid: It's subtly implied that raising her as this was deliberately done by the Yulia City elders to help her adhere to the Because Destiny Says So attitude of the Oracle Knights. Ironically, she's more open to the idea of changing destiny than she is breaking the rules of her society.
- Limit Break: Innocent Shine and Fortune's Arc.
- Magic Music: The fonic hymns are powerful spells, thus making her a Musical Assassin.
- The Medic: She has the best healing power and the most varied healing spells of the playable characters.
- Meido: Her "Proud Maid" costume title.
- Moral Dissonance: She chews out Luke for trusting his beloved father figure Van, who then proceeded to use Luke to blow up Akzeriuth. However, she saw no problem with defending the honor of her direct superior Grand Maestro Mohs, even after it is readily apparent that he masterminded the repeated kidnappings of her ultimate superior and, by that time, close friend Ion, and was trying to send the entire world into war. She never seems to bring this up, even when its revealed that he knew and was fully supporting Van's actions regarding the destruction of Akzeriuth.
- Parental Abandonment: As stated, an explanation for how Tear's father dies is never given, and her mother died not long after giving birth to her.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her long hair covers one of her eyes; hinting at her reserved demeanor.
- Pillars Of Light and Death from Above: Innocent is light magic attack beams that rain down from above.
- Promotion to Parent:
- In a different sense; Luke's mother promotes her to "sister" in a cutscene, but she still views Tear as someone that takes care of her son when she can't.
- She was also on the receiving end. She and Van were officially adopted by the mayor of Yulia City, but Van was the one who ultimately took responsibility for raising her.
- Properly Paranoid: About Van. He really is responsible for all the trouble going on.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Falls into this as she watches Luke become an All-Loving Hero after his Important Haircut.
- Sugar and Ice: both her English and Japanese voices. They play two different sides of her character, too.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her deceased mother's pendant.
- White Mage: She can cast healing magic based on Yulia's holy fonic hymns.
- Words Do Not Make The Magic: Tear has to understand the lyrics, melody and symbolism of Yulia's Hymns in order to invoke their effects. Otherwise, they're just songs.
Guy is Luke's personal servant and "best friend", going so far as to travel into the middle of enemy territory looking for Luke when he goes missing. Though Guy is extremely charming, he suffers from a crippling case of gynophobia and freaks out if he is touched by a woman. He also has a geeky obsession with Fon Machines.
In battle, Guy is a swordsman who sacrifices attack power for pure speed in both his movement and rate of attack.
"I merely expressed distrust as a matter of formality."
Also known as Jade the Necromancer, Jade is the oldest character to join your party (in his thirties). Born as Jade Balfour and adopted into the noble House Curtiss. He is a prodigy in fonon use and research. He grew up with the Emperor of Malkuth as a neighbor, and serves Malkuth's military as commander of the Third Division Forces. Unofficially, he's the Emperor's right-hand-man.
Jade is (usually) calm and collected, and is always ready with a witty or sarcastic remark. He also tends to enjoy playing the age card to get out of physical labor (like pushing boxes
). His fonic ability is sealed early in the game, restricting access to all but his most basic spells. He unseals his existing abilities as he levels up.
Jade is mainly an offensive spellcaster, though he can also summon a spear for close-range combat.
- Adults Are Useless / Competence Zone: Averted, and lampshaded to hell and back. Jade is a Magic Knight and vital to many plot events but exploits the trope for fun.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's very, very clear that Jade's mind simply does not work in the same way that other people's do, but what exactly his mental difference is and what caused it is never addressed, and since There Are No Therapists, it won't be.
- Anti-Hero: Jade is not nice by any means and one gets the feeling that he's more "helping his friend/boss" than "fighting For Great Justice".
- A Taste of Power: That Liger Queen was created so that Jade would brutally murder her with powerful spells. note
- Badass Bookworm: Jade is a colonel in Malkuth's military and also one its brightest scientists.
- Badass Cape: Gets one in his optional final costume, "Evil Fonist?".
- Biseinen: As mentioned below, he's 35, but looks considerably younger.
- Black Mage: All his spells focus on dealing offensive magical damage.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He mutilated his own arm with "the contamination effect" so he could summon and dismiss the weapon at will.
- Blade on a Stick: Uses spears for melee combat.
- Broken Ace: Jade is so famous, so skilled, so renowned, so respected and so damn intelligent that more or less everybody who isn't a villain (and even then, some of those too) treat him with respect... None of which he's happy about. Why? Because he's not the god of a man people seem to think he is. He's a sociopathic, borderline Mad Scientist whose lack of emotional connection to the world and the people in it just makes their lives worse... and he's Genre Savvy enough to know it. As the story goes on, he seems to develop envy towards Luke; as he's able to overcome his flaws and develop true compassion for the lives of others whereas Jade struggles with very similar issues up to and beyond the game's end.
- Celibate Eccentric Genius: He has enough difficulty forming friendships, let alone any sort of romantic relationship.
- Character Development: Subtle and rather depressing.
- While he keeps an almost invariably cool facade, Jade is initially very emotionally detached and aloof to everything. As Luke grows and Jade sees the fruits of both his inventions and his apathetic treatment of others, he begins to increasingly loathe his work and curse his irresponsible detachment from his surroundings. Late in the game, during a skit contemplating both, he wishes he could go back in time and kill himself as a newborn and, for once, he doesn’t seem to be joking.
- During a private chat with Luke, he confesses that he had guessed that Luke was a Replica long before The Reveal, but that he withheld the information because he felt explaining would be a hassle. He’s aware of the ramifications of keeping everyone in the dark about this, with no small amount of self-loathing.
- Colonel Badass: Jade is a colonel in Malkuth's military.
- Cool Old Guy: Parodied. Jade repeatedly pulls the "old man" card despite being only thirty-five and he's aware of how ridiculous this is when he states that he doesn't consider someone a true adult until they're in their forties. He just invokes it to get out of hard work.
- Creepy Child Prodigy: He used his genius-level skill in fonic artes to torture monsters For the Evulz. His own sister called him a monster, but he got better after Professor Nebilim showed him the errors of his ways.
- Colony Drop: A late-game sidequest grants him several "forbidden spells" and one of which is Meteor Storm.
- Crutch Character: Sort of. The first time he joins your party, he's level 45, while Luke and Tear are probably closer to 5. This changes very fast.
- Cursed with Awesome: Jade admits on several occasions that his intelligence is a curse.
- Death Seeker: He states that, if he could, he'd go back in time and kill himself before his intelligence could blight the planet. He doesn't take any such actions in the present.
- Dissonant Serenity: Has a few moments of this. For example, if the party gets attacked from behind by an enemy encounter, his reaction is to just laugh and cheerfully proclaim "This is terrible!"
- Dressed to Heal: The "Doctor Mambo" costume.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He skirts around the edges of this trope, but his self-awareness of his Lack of Empathy and a desire to do something right despite that lead to him deliberately averting it.
- The Gadfly: 90% of Jade's dialogue consists of making snarky jabs at the other characters to get a humorous reaction out of them, and he enjoys every second of it sporting a Perpetual Smile, and sounding utterly joyful, and humorous while doing so. This leads to many comedic moments with him throughout the game.
- Gender-Blender Name: Jade is also a common girl's name.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man:
- He delivers one to Natalia during their final mission in Eldrant for being so clingy to Asch, and almost getting herself and the others killed when Asch dies.
- He does a verbal one to Luke when St. Binah falls into the Qlipoth. The elder McGovern tells Luke it's proof that Jade's warming up to him. If Jade didn't care, then the reprimand would have been too much of a hassle.
- Glass Cannon: He's putting out better numbers than anyone else on Unknown difficulty, due to his huge Fonic Attack growth and very strong spells. However, he's got low physical defense growth and mediocre health and is the only character incapable of healing himself without special equipment and/or items.
- The Glasses Come Off: Before the fight with Van. This is bad news for Van, considering the glasses are a Power Limiter for his fonic powers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- He is this with Emperor Peony, the only person Jade's sarcasm fails against. Instead, he himself is teased.
- He used to be this with Dist before actively disassociating himself from him to escape his past. Dist still hasn't gotten over it.
- Hot for Teacher: Subverted. While there's enough subtext to suggest that this was be the case, Jade confesses that he has difficulty in forming truly meaningful emotional bonds with others. As such, this is denied.
- Improbable Age: He created the first replica when he was nine. This is Played for Drama when he and his sister reveals their awareness that such a thing was unnatural for a boy of his age. It's implied his use of torturing monsters For the Evulz with his fonic artes came soon after.
- Instant Runes: They form in preparation for the Mystic Arts.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Downplayed. While his significantly higher intelligence than other kids his age made it harder for him to relate to them, the true reason he had few friends was because he creeped the other kids out.
- It Seemed Trivial: The reason why he kept the information concerning Luke being a replica to himself.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Implied to be what he did to Dist to extract information about Mt. Roneal. We don't see it because of Relax-o-Vision (although Dist was screaming like a pussy), and Jade 'covers it up' with incidents about earthquakes awakening an underground monster.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Small but it's there, and becomes more noticable as the story progresses. He even gets a title called "Soft Meanie".
Sure you can be bitter, mean, nasty, sarcastic, and snide. But once in a very long while, only to those you trust, you can actually be nice.
- The Leader: Pretty clear mastermind for the protagonists.
- Limit Break: Mystic Cage and Indigination
- Mad Doctor: A small sidequest results in him testing out an experimental treatment on the character of your choice. He gets a doctor's outfit costume title as a result. If you equip it for a battle, he tells Anise in a skit that he originally planned on being an autopsist, not a soldier.
- Mad Scientist: He was the one who invented fomicry; note . No more needs to be said.
- Magic Knight: He is the game's most powerful offensive magic user, yet he also has high enough attack power and hit points to make him aptly suited for melee combat as well but His lack of healing abilities and physical defence means he won't last long in the role.
- Man Child: Subtly done for the most part, but it really comes out when he joins forces with Anise to tease the others, such as the moment when he joins in on tickling Guy.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He is not pleased when he discovers that the rappig Peony named after Nephry has the prettiest collar.
- Necromantic: There's a reason he's known as "Jade the Necromancer". He tried to save his mentor from the brink of death. It didn't go well.
- Older Than They Look: He's 35. He does not look 35.
- OOC Is Serious Business: At a few points.
- As Luke ponders sacrificing himself, Jade says that "as (Luke's) friend," he feels compelled to stop it, something Luke says he never heard Jade refer to him as before. Jade then follows with an apology.
- He loses his temper when he hears that the villains are using fomicry.
- After the collapse of St. Binah, Luke is quite upset and desperate to do something about the problem, and Jade scolds him for acting like a child. Elder McGovern tells Luke that this is a sign that Jade is warming up to him, seeing him as worth scolding.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Zigzagged. At one point, Jade has an idea that might answer a significant plot point, but since he's not a physicist, he insists they go to consult one to make sure his theory will work, which looks like an aversion of the trope. Then the physicist they consult confirms that he's absolutely right...and calls Jade brilliant for thinking of it in the first place. This happens with other disciplines, too, though not to the same degree, and with occasional lampshading - while Jade's field of expertise is fonic artes, he's apparently very well-read in a wide variety of other subjects. When it comes to biology he straight-up admits it's not his subject and can only make guesswork about the various creatures the group encounter but he entertains the idea of dissecting them to learn more.
- Overrated And Underleveled: Justified in a way that makes him seem even more awesome. In terms of cost, using a fon slot seal on someone is the equivalent of nuking them from orbit.
- Perpetual Smiler: He always has a smug smile on his face. It pissed Luke off when they first met.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: He wears glasses to keep this from happening to the fonslots in his eyes.
- Professor Guinea Pig: In his youth, he experimented on himself, which increased his Fonic ability by way of the Fonic Sight. However, during an experiment of harnessing the power of Seventh Fonons, it backfired horribly. Professor Nebilim's house was set ablaze and the backlash fatally wounded her. This course of events led up to his attempt at replicating Nebilim and her coming back as a bloodthirsty monster.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He did it to himself, when he was eight, by using magic to mutilate his eyes. "Fonic Sight" increased his power, but it's been banned because the arte usually makes people go blind or insane or dead.
- Sociopathic Hero: Jade is aware of the concepts of right and wrong, but is unable to fully comprehend them. Unlike most Sociopathic Heroes, he is troubled by this and makes an effort to do the right thing. Thus making him a case of Moral Sociopathy.
- Specs of Awesome and Stoic Spectacles: He's an unflappable magic soldier that wears glasses not because he needs them but to protect his enemies.
- Stepford Smiler / Stepford Snarker: Hits both by constantly snarking with a cheerful tone and smile. In truth he's bothered by his moral sociopathy and how his inventions have beenn turned to evil.
- Surrounded by Idiots: a playful variation "*Sigh* I'm babysitting a group of children."
- Token Evil Teammate:
- While Jade's not exactly evil, he's a lot less hesitant to Shoot the Dog than the other party members and is willing to cross lines that nobody else would even approach. While he never quite loses the sociopathic streak, he does gain enough understanding of people to be a better friend..
- If you look at his early childhood, his personality and actions are often disturbingly similar to those of real-life serial killers. Had he not lost one of the few people in his life that he gave a damn about the way he did, he could easily have grown up to be a Villain.
- Troll: Jade tends to spend most of his conversations messing with whoever he's currently talking to. This is most apparent when he's dealing with Luke or Dist.
- A very mild version, but he tends to treat Peony (and late in the game, Luke and Anise) in a dismissive way that's completely unconvincing when they tease him. One of his titles in the Japanese version is "tsundere ojisan" (tsundere old man). It's translated as "soft meanie" in the English version.
- He's also an example with Dist. While Jade is very clearly tired with him, he still seems to care about him as a friend deep down.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Peony, who is the only person ever to get away with teasing Jade as mercilessly as Jade teases everyone else.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Jade is the only main character in the game who is never shown taking an interest in anyone. This also extends to friendly compassion, to the point that Anise has to tell him flat-out that he's becoming concerned for their well-being when he starts questioning his feelings towards them.
- You Monster!: Would you believe he used to be one? His sister straight-up calls him a "monster" because he was a sadistic freak in his youth, who tortured helpless animals no reason other than he found it entertaining. He only stopped being one because Gelda Nebilim was able to change him. Tragically, it was because he developed an immense love and respect for her that led to the Break the Haughty moment that puts the events of the whole game into motion: her death and his subsequent application of fomicry to living beings.
Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Landvaldear
"A victory for me is a victory for my people!"
Natalia is the princess of the game, being in line for the throne of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear. She is stubborn, haughty and an utter romantic. As Luke proposed to her before his amnesia, she constantly pesters and pressures him to remember the promise they made. When Luke leaves the capital on a diplomatic mission, Natalia stows along and blackmails her way into the party. Despite her overbearing attitude, she is a sincere ruler who only wishes to see her country and people prosper.
Natalia is an archer who fights at a distance. She also possesses several healing spells. In comparison to Tear, Natalia's spells are more effective but only affect a single person at a time.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her Star of Malkuth costume prominently displays her assets.
- Action Girl: She's an awesome archer. See Badass Princess below.
- Archnemesis Dad Largo from the God Generals, is her biological father. They were separted when the real princess was stillborn and Natalia was chosen to fill in..
- Artificial Stupidity: Her AI loves to waste her TP...
- Badass Princess: She's an archer that has experienced war before the story began. In terms of cutscenes alone, if one pays attention, during cutscenes where fights take place, she's nearly always the first one to get a hit in and nearly always proves to in some way resolve the conflict. Seriously, Luke would have DIED had she not fired on Largo, and would have died even earlier if she hadn't, while TURNING, expertly SNIPED Sync out of a tree. She gives cover fire when the group is ambushed by Legretta, and certainly gets a LOT farther than the others in doing any real counterattack. Ironically, that girl who everyone but Jade and Luke have doubts letting into their group is also the one who most often saves their collective asses.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: With Luke. The original Luke, Asch.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sometimes falls into this, such as believing Anise's stories about Van's beard and eyebrows.
- Combat Medic: She can be played as either a healer or an offensive fighter.
- Distressed Damsel: Captured twice but the only time she needs rescue is when Luke is there with her.
- Dude, Not Funny! / My God, What Have I Done?: She gives herself this treatment in-universe. She's extremely fond of teasing Guy for his fear of women but once she learns why he suffers from it, she apologies instantly and stops ridiculing him for it.
- Hair Decorations:A headband.
- Hair Of Gold Hidden Heart of Gold: The hair of gold is always on display and heart of gold becomes progressively less hidden.
- Fragile Speedster: Averted. The Princess is the second MOST defensive character, and the second fastest. Her only real failing is her lack of a strong close range fighting style, which she can still solve with most of her strike artes.
- Idiot Ball: Played purely for laughs. She's the first to swallow Anise's tall tales, and tends to make outright idiot decisions whenever the Rule of Funny calls for it. For example? She set a metal pot on fire by accident and tried to fix it by casting Heal.
- Infinity–1 Sword: The Elven Bow. There are a couple bows that have better stat boosts than it, but you can only use her second level mystic arte (Noble Roar) when the Elven Bow is equipped, so most people stick with it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yeah, she's a bona fide Royal Brat, but at the same time she has legitimately changed her people's conditions for the better. As she progresses through the game, she loses the "Jerk" part completely.
- Kissing Cousins: Subverted. Natalia and Asch were thought to be cousins before her parentage was revealed and it turned out that she was of no blood relation to the royal family, Asch included.
- Lethal Chef: In the skits, burns a roast and tries to use Heal on it. Less so in the game itself.
- Limit Break: Astral Rain and Noble Roar
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Though her father didn't tell her this himself, Mohs and the wet-nurse did. Even then, they didn't specify his identity.
- The Medic: Shares the role with Tear in an odd way. They seem to make up for each other's weaknesses: Tear can't heal as well as Natalia, but she can heal more people. Natalia can only heal one person, but she also gets spells that not only buff party members but also gives them cool other effects. Physically, Tear is a pain to fight as, but has actual, painful spells. Despite not having spells capable of hurting others, Natalia's strike artes and physical attacks are probably tied with Guy as the third strongest on the field.
- Missing Mom: Her mother died when she was a child. Her real mother committed suicide out of grief over her baby daughter being taken away from her.
- Modest Royalty: Her travel outfits are quite un-pimped out. She can get her princess dress as an alternate outfit, but it's still pretty modest for something you'd expect a royal to wear.
- Morality Pet: She is perhaps the only person in the world that Asch cares about. The Dark Wings says he talks about her all the time and he can't say "no" to her. When he rejects her later in the game, it's a sign that he's really losing it.
- Ms. Fanservice: In some of her alternate costumes. It's surprising given that she's not the resident Gag Boobs character.
- Mythology Gag: Her real name, Meryl, belonged to another powerful healer much earlier in the series.
- Overly Long Name: Princess Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear... Wow, try saying that five times fast.
- Parental Abandonment: Her real mother died before the game, and her father is one of the God Generals. It's not their fault as she was taken away from her biological parents as a baby to replace the real Princess Natalia, who was stillborn. As an attendant, there wasn't anything her mother could do about it and keep her job. Her father was away at war at the time, and couldn't do anything about it either, though he gladly would have.
- Plucky Girl: Traveling, monster fighting, saving the world; it doesn't get her down. Discovering that she's not the real princess, that does the trick.
- Politically-Active Princess: Despite her initial brattiness, she is very much one of these. Luke even refers to her as a "wannabe queen" at one point. She uses her influence for the benefit of her people or engaging in international diplomacy, to the point where she's already almost universally considered a much better ruler than her father, the king. The people in fact, are so fond of her that they choose to protect her even after her lineage is revealed; she is not a real member of the royal family.
- Royal Brat: When she first joins the party she is abrasive and acts stuck up, but mellows after a short period. She does occasionally slip into these habits later on, but then she's usually quick to check herself and apologise. At one time she said that she was trying not to boss Guy around so much but she was having trouble because she was so used to acting that way. After she ran away and forced her way into the group, Anise asked the question everybody else was thinking- "Anybody else think I should rip daddy's little girl a new hole?"
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The reason everyone in Baticul is willing to save her from the guards when it's revealed that Natalia's not the real princess. She takes good care of Kimlasca and listen to the needs of its people.
- Significant Green Eyed Red Head: Inverted. Natalia's lack of red hair is used as proof that she is not the real princess.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's beloved by her people because she does so much to help them and volunteered to save the world instead of lounging in the palace.
- Stripperiffic: Although her regular outfit is modest enough, her alternate costumes reveal quite a surprising amount of flesh; much more than anything the Gag Boobs character wears.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Greatly resembles a younger version of her wet nurse/maternal grandmother.
- True Blue Femininity: The three outfits you're guaranteed to see her in without obtaining extra costumes (that is, her main outfit, the dress she wears when she's first introduced and her epilogue outfit) are all pale blue. it's curious, considering her strong patriotism to Kimlasca.
"Come on! If you don't try harder then it's just annoying!"
Anise is a Fon Master Guardian, the personal bodyguard and aide of Fon Master Ion. Her sugary sweet appearance and demeanour hide a ruthless and money-hungry personality that dreams of marrying into money and violently curses out enemies. She also works as a subordinate to Jade.
She is known as a "puppeteer", and can make her plushie Tokunaga grow to an incredible size. She uses this ability to ride Tokunaga into battle and beat her enemies into submission. Anise is also a powerful spellcaster in her own right.
- Action Girl: "Ionian Sergeant Anise Tatlin: Oracle Knights Fon Master Guard WINS!"
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Downplayed as they have little screen time but when they do show up they embarrass her with their lack of common sense.
- The Atoner: After Ion dies and she stops being a Gold Digger.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A minor example. She acts very cutesy, but she's a lot more rude and foul-mouthed than she lets on.
- Bodyguard Crush: It's hardly a secret that she crushes on Ion.
- Black Magician Girl: Her speciality is offensive magic and she's so small and squishy that she has to ride Tokunaga just to take part in battle.
- Casting a Shadow / Light 'em Up: Her spells mostly consist of contrasting light and dark elemental powers. By extension, this means Dark Is Not Evil and Light Is Good.
- Chef of Iron/Supreme Chef/Team Chef: The majority of the recipes you obtain she can upgrade them to make it better. She even has a title that can make her NOT ruin dishes. There's a skit where she can force Luke to call her "Anise-sama" by withholding her cooking.
- Cute Bruiser: Tokunaga, her puppet, is cute and can crush monsters with its fists. SHE, on the other hand, is as physically weak as her young age and short stature would suggest.
- Dark Is Not Evil: A hero who uses dark magic. (Negative Gate and Bloody Howling)
- Easily Forgiven: Acts as a spy for Mohs for most of the game due to the latter keeping her parents hostage, eventually leading to Ion’s death. Contrary to Luke’s game-long redemption arc, Anise’s is glossed over with a bit of crying and no hard feelings from the rest of the party. This can be explained because Luke did what he did for his own selfish reasons, and Anise did what she did for her parents, and shows genuine horror and remorse before Ion dies, and tries to get their help. She also tests to see what the party does with traitors as far back as when they learn Guy was originally on Van's side. She's easily the hardest on traitors, and remarks how stupid they are for trusting Spinoza. Luke, on the other hand, remained tight-lipped, in denial, and a jerkass from the start right to when he fell unconscious.
- Expy: Like Luke and Asch, she is a third one of Zelos, but unlike Luke and Asch, it's her character, not her appearance, that makes her an expy.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She's the best cook in the party, plays up her cuteness, and looks forward to being married (to a rich guy of course)
- Genki Girl: Compared to the rest of the cast, anyway, she has a lot more energy.
- Girlish Pigtails: Part of her 'cute girl' act.
- Glass Cannon: Not so noticeable on your first run through the game but she dies quick on higher difficulty levels.
- Gold Digger: She hits on a number of characters like Luke and Peony for their wealth. When Jade mentions that Guy, as a Malkuth nobleman has a good deal of it, she starts hitting on him too. She gets over this later, and it's also explained that she was so focused on money because her parents are extremely gullible, and are constantly in ridiculous amounts of debt because they keep donating money they don't have to the Corrupt Church and they constantly fall for mail-order time share and vacation scams, and she wants to help them pay off their debts.
- I Have Your Wife: Forced to work for Mohs to pay off her parents' debt, and this escalates to outright kidnapping when Mohs wants to use Ion to read the Score.
- Improbable Weapon User: While she equips wands, all of her physical attacks use her giant plushie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's nice to her friends but everyone else either gets the 'cute girl' act or a scathing comment.
- Kawaiiko: She deliberately plays up her age and apperance to invoke this trope.
- Limit Break: Final Fury and Fever Time
- Love Hurts: Her love for her parents causes her a lot of trouble and Ion's death causes a Heroic BSOD.
- Marionette Master: She rides a plushie puppet.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Averted. She's is weak physically and Tokunaga has to grow to seven or so feet to fight in battle.
- Precision F-Strike: "I'll kill you bastards!" and "We're going to shove the Commandant's ideas up his ass!"
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While she is after someone with a lot of gold what she really wants is someone with a heart of gold.
- The Mole: For Mohs, for most of the game, culminating in the death of Ion.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: "Ionian Sergeant Anise Tatlin: Oracle Knights Fon Master Guard WINS!"
- One of her win quotes has her stumbling trying to say it all.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: She can use spells of the First and Sixth Fonons, which are Dark and Light spells, respectively.
- Zettai Ryouiki: As part of her uniform.
Fon Master Ion
Ion is the Fon Master of the Order of Lorelei, meaning that he is technically the ruler of the world. He arranges for Malkuth to kidnap him so he can escape from Mohs and investigate the conspiracy that seems to have sprung up. He is one of the few people trained to read the Score. Though he can use powerful techniques known as Daathic Artes, he suffers from a weak constitution and often collapses after using them.
- Assist Character: He's not playable, but his Mystic Arte can be used as an extension to Luke's during New Game+.
- Badass Adorable: Ion is patient, endlessly forgiving, and physically frail. He's also a very proactive leader who isn't afraid to pull rank on those who underestimate him.
- Cloning Blues: Played with. Being a clone of the original Ion it doesn't seem to bother him, and he states at one point that he wants to help other replicas with their problems. However, he comments while dying that "there are plenty of replacements for him", hinting that it got to him more than he let on.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both green.
- Distressed Dude: He is often kidnapped during the game, especially earlier portions to unlock the Fon Slot seals.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: as pointed out in the manga, it is easy to mistake him for a girl.
- Heroic RROD: Using Daathic fonic artes puts a strain on his body.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His reading the Score provides Luke a valuable clue, and he also absorbs Tear's Fonons as he is dying, which cures her miasma poisoning, but also would have caused his death if he were not dying already.
- Ill Boy: He has a weak consitution and needs the support of his oracle guards.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. While he is a replica created at the time of the original Ion's death and thus two years old mentally, that doesn't stop him from being killed at the hands of Mohs.
- Nice Guy: He's one of the few who's unfailingly patient with Luke even at the height of his arrogance and abrasiveness.
- Non-Action Guy: He can use Daathic fonic artes, including one to extend Luke's Limit Break, but this is greatly taxing on him and he has no other means of self-defense.
- The Pope: As The Leader of the autonmous city of Daath and the religion headquarter there, he fits the trope.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Leader of Daath and well-respected mediator.
- Replacement Goldfish: He was created specifically to be one for the original Ion. It's had a severe impact on Ion's self-worth and prevented him from developing his own identity.
- Squishy Wizard: The main reason he's a Non-Action Guy despite his incredible powers: he's so frail that using them is a threat to his health.
- Young and in Charge: He's the equivalent of the Pope at fourteen years old. He's only a two year-old mentally.
Voiced by: Miki Maruyama (JP), Sandy Fox
A baby cheagle that accompanies the party. He is banished from his village for one year after accidentally burning down the Liger Woods, and bound to serve Luke for that time. Despite Luke's obvious dislike and abuse towards him, Mieu really doesn't mind and idolises his master.
He uses the Sorcerer's Ring around his belly to communicate with people and help clear obstacles in dungeons.
- The Atoner: He was banished for accidentally burning down the Liger woods, causing the Ligers to invade the Cheagle Woods and kill cheagles for food.
- Breath Weapon: Downplayed. He's too young to use it naturally, but the Sorcerer's Ring gives him enough of a boost to solve puzzles.
- Butt Monkey: He's kicked around a lot.
- The Cameo: Makes a cameo as a treasure Rutee tries to sell early on in Tales of Destiny R.
- Happiness in Slavery: He either doesn't notice, doesn't care that Luke hates him or he's atoning and seeing through to Luke's heart of gold.
- Flight: One of the upgrades for the Sorcerer's Ring grants him this ability.
- Most Annoying Sound: In-universe example. Luke despises the way he sounds early on but Tear finds it adorable.
- Not So Different: Tries to invoke this with Luke after he destroys Akzeriuth, saying that they both killed many of their people by accident, but Luke is in no mood to hear him out.
- Playing with Fire: Via the Sorcerer's Ring.
- Pokémon Speak: When he's upset or not wearing the Sorcerer's Ring he says "Mieu!"
- Small Annoying Creature: In Luke's opinion he's a 'thing' that bothers him.
- Team Pet: Specifically Luke's, but he hangs out with everybody.
- Verbal Tic: In Japanese, "desuno." In English, "-mieu!"
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: In Tear's opinion, he's cuddly.
Emperor Peony IX
The current emperor of Malkuth. To keep him safe from the political strife of Grand Chokmah, he was sent to live in Keterburg, where he met and befriended Jade and Dist. He keeps several rappigs as pets, collects weapons, and enjoys flirting.
- Biseinen: Despite being in his mid-thirties he barely looks any older than Luke and is incredibly good looking.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's The Wise Prince when his country needs him to be, but he's also a Sheltered Aristocrat, and when people don't need decisions out of him, he has far too much free time on his hands, which he's perfectly happy to spend goofing off and avoiding paperwork.
- Chivalrous Pervert: During a certain sidequest, the heroes ask to burrow an item from his room. He agrees to give it, free of charge, but only if the girls beg him for it. If he weren't such a friendly guy and didn't ask for more than flattery, Natalie would right when she said, "a fine case for sexual harasement".
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: His skin-tone is noticeably darker than most of the rest of the cast.
- Gender-Blender Name: Yet somehow it works for him
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jade. They grew up together and he can tease Jade with impunity.
- Hidden Backup Prince: The offical reason he was raised in Keterburg was so there would be an heir kept safe from Grand Chokmah's Deadly Decadent Court. The real reason is because the Score said he was supposed to take the throne, so having him be the one who was sent away and kept safe made it a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Talk to the NPCs in Grand Chokmah. They all adore him. Even when the world is literally falling apart around them, they trust that Peony has things in hand and will do what's best for everyone.
- Older Than They Look: He's in his mid-late 30s.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The main party frequently turns to him for support and since they have 'save the world' business he's willing to help. By contrast, his counterpart in Kimlasca was an obstructive antagonist.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's a great help to the party and to his people. When Eldrant raises, he's there to help.
- Sophisticated as Hell: His manner of speaking switches easily between formal and casual, no matter the situation.
- Trash of the Titans: Look at his personal room; neatness isn't his strong suit.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Jade's younger sister Nephry, because the Score said she would marry someone else.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jade. They're clearly very close, because if they weren't, the way they mock and tease one another might be considered cruel.
- We Named the Monkey Jack: He named his pet rappigs after various people in his life. Jade does not approve of Rappig!Nephry having the fanciest collar or Rappig!Jade being called "the cute Jade".
Like Sync and Ion, he's a replica of the original Fon Master Ion. He was saved to keep reading the Score in case Ion refused. He plays the role of Fon Master after Ion dies.
- Backup Twin: He was kept as back up for the Fon Master in case something happened to the new Ion. He looks the same and has similar abilities but none of the memories.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both green.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Even more than Ion initially.
- Replacement Goldfish: For the original Ion and his replacement Golfish, the second Ion.
- Walking Spoiler: Due to being yet another replica of Ion, and showing up to read the Score after the Ion replica in your party is dead.
The Six God Generals
The Six God-Generals are the highest-ranking members of the Oracle Knights, the military arm of the Order of Lorelai, and answer directly to Van Grants. Despite their supposed allegiance to the Order of Lorelei, they follow their own agendas and act as the main antagonistic force to the party.
The Six God Generals as a group provide examples of the following tropes:
- Church Militant: They are warriors in service to the Order of Lorelai.
- Enemy Civil War / Teeth-Clenched Teamwork : Each God General is working for his or her own goals. The relationships between them range from simple professionalism to thinly-masked tolerance.
- Hidden Depths: They all receive an impressive amount of depth, to the point of rivaling the heroes in this department.
- Leitmotif: "Oracle - Coercion" and "Awkward Justice".
- The Magnificent: They each have one: "The Quick", "The Tempest" etc.
- Musical Theme Naming: Apart from Asch, whose Meaningful Name follows a different logic.
- The Psycho Rangers: They mirror the main party in numbers and serve as their Evil Counterparts (see each of their individual trope lists for more details).
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Just as much as the main party. All of them come form completely different walks of life, with only Asch and Arietta being anywhere close to each other in age.
- Recurring Boss: All except Asch are faced as bosses three times, whether alone or with others, and Asch is fought twice (but only as one-on-one duels against Luke).
Asch is a mysterious character that works as one of the Six God-Generals under Van. His appearance is strikingly similar to that of Luke - whom he has a venomous hatred of - but personality-wise they are completely different: where Luke is ignorant and naive, Asch is intelligent and hardened. Asch is also stubborn to a fault
and easily angered (especially by Luke). Though he appears to be a loyal follower of Van at first, he soon becomes a Wild Card
who starts working against more or less every major character in the game.
Having also studied under Van, he uses the same combat style as Luke. His moveset also includes several offensive spells. He is a Guest Star Party Member
on three occasions (being recruitable up to a maximum of three times during one of those three occasions).
- The Anti-Nihilist / Knight In Sour Armour: He believes that he has nothing to really live for, given that his life and destiny were stolen from him and despises everyone in the world who isn't Natalia. Despite this, he insists on being a Well-Intentioned Extremist Wild Card out to ultimately save the world because, hey, someone's got to do it.
- Aloof Big Brother: He's technically Luke's elder brother, initally antagonistic, and remains aloof to the end.
- Anti-Hero: He has a noble goal and redeeming traits, but only rarely joins the party and is anything but a conventional hero as shown through his actions.
- Badass: He's a tough and powerful general in a game where Authority Equals Asskicking.
- Bait and Switch: The game sets him up to serve as the party's Eleventh Hour Ranger when he joins the team (complete with appearing on the statscreen) toward the end of the final dungeon. He proceeds to leave the party and perform a Heroic Sacrifice one screen later without ever doing any fighting.
- Bishōnen: Like Luke.
- Blessed with Suck: Same as Luke, only he doesn't abuse it. This is because he knew about it his entire life and has full control over it.
- Broken Ace: Has the potential to be even stronger than Van thanks to being The Chosen One and all. He is just about as messed up, although for different reasons.
- The Bully / Stealth Mentor: A weird combination of both tropes. Asch is a remorseless bully to Luke throughout most of their interactions together but his motivations for doing so are only partly because he hates him. Since he's Secretly Dying, he needs Luke to be strong enough to take out Van and he finds Luke's compassionate nature post-haircut to be a constant source of frustration. Since he refuses to acknowledge Luke as his own individual person, believing that Luke is nothing more than a copy of him, he takes the fact that Luke isn't a cold-hearted Badass like he is as a personal attack against him.
- Cain and Abel: It's speculated that Asch might be an evil brother of Luke's due to their resemblance. The theory is quickly Jossed in universe but the sibling dynamic is still played up once it's revealed that Luke is his fonic clone.
- Can't Catch Up: When he joins the party as a Guest Star Party Member during the second half of the game, his level is adjusted accordingly but his equipment is still locked at the power level he was at during his first stint, severely handicapping him. It becomes very disadvantagous if you're playing in Unknown. He's going to get crushed whenever you're controlling him... and, for the record, trying to give him bonus stats with C.Cores is futile and waste of time since they will be wiped out when you're taking on the extra sidequest. Players who want to exploit a certain glitch in order to keep him in the party permanently usually keep Luke dead at level 2 (who Asch levels up to whenever he joins the party) so Asch can benefit from C.Core bonuses accordingly upon massive level-up. Having the same base attack stats as Luke, his ability to cast and cancel magic to string infinite combos becomes extremely useful to the point where it's broken, especially when you find ways to unlock his equipment.
- Also applies in universe. Initially, he's Luke's complete superior to the point where even the rest of the party consider him to be the more suitable leader. By the end, he finds himself completely outpaced by Luke in almost every way.
- The Chosen One: The real one because he's the original Luke. The prophecy was talking about him and Van created Luke to throw the Score off track.
- Cloning Blues: Luke is his replica and Asch is not happy about this. Then again, is he ever happy?)
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: Massive chunks of the game could have been skipped had Asch been more cooperative with The Team instead of taking turns leading them on with little explanation or antagonising Luke. This is lampshaded several times later on, as Luke is as baffled as the player by his stubborn uncooperativeness.
- Despair Event Horizon: More like a Rage Event Horizon, but it counts. Asch had his entire life stolen from him and his response was nothing less than pure hatred.
- The Dragon: Defied. He isn't one but, rather, Van wanted him to be his.
- Duel Boss: He has a one-on-one with Luke on two occasions.
- The Eeyore: He is never happy; ever. The closest he gets is 'only slightly annoyed', which is during his heart-to-heart talks with Natalia.
- Expy: His hairstyle reeks of Zelos Wilder's Narcissist costume. Personality-wise, he's an antisocial (Tsundere) magic swordsman, a temporary party member that prefers to work alone who has a close connection to the Big Bad but ultimately sacrifices himself to save the main protagonist that he claims to dislike? Hello again, Leon Magnus.
- Fiery Redhead: Also like Luke he has a temper but unlike Luke, he has better control of it.
- General Ripper: Has the personality for it, if not necessarily the rank. He will find a way to blame everything on Luke, Van or both; even if he has to use Insane Troll Logic to do so.
- Good Is Not Nice: Very rude, snide and generally a jerkass, but he's also trying to save the world. But he does show signs of kindness here and there, and extra Tales material portrays him as not that bad of a guy.
- Guest Star Party Member: You can even level him up to the point where you can use his Mystic Arte manually. It's averted in the Drama Discs, where Asch decides to open up a little and joins as a permanent member until he is killed by Van.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- In the game and anime, he is killed by Oracle Soldiers after a You Shall Not Pass moment that allowed Luke to get to Van. Then he merges with Luke, but whether or not he's still in there somewhere is unexplained.
- In the Voice Dramas, he is killed by Van after taking a blow meant for Luke.
- Hidden Depths: He's an excellent cook. There's also a manga side-story that reveals a lot about his point of view.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: His first duel with Luke is set up as one and the player will most likely lose but it is possible to win. The game acts as if Asch wins regardless.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Run through with several swords by the soldiers he's fighting.
- Identical Stranger: To Luke. As it turns out, there's a very good reason for that.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: For all of his boasting, a clear side of him believes that Luke is superior to him. While this becomes more obvious later in the game, defeating him in the Hopeless Boss Fight reveals that he had these feelings from the beginning.
- Insane Troll Logic: He constantly assumes that everything that goes wrong is Van's fault and will happy break any laws of logic required in order to justify his irrational hatred of the man. This turns out to be a case of Cassandra Truth crossed with The Extremist Was Right. Asch isn't always right in what he specifically blames Van for but he is always on the right lines, which usually leads to the heroes filling in the blanks. Furthermore, if he had just been allowed to murder Van when he had the chance, the entire plot could have been averted. Unfortunately for him, his atrocious social skills prevent him from being taken seriously until it's too late.
- Interface Spoiler: If one checks the Records menu at the beginning of the game, they'll be aware that a character named Asch joins the party at some point.
- I Was Just Passing Through: No matter what, Asch did not help you because he wanted to help you. It's only because his plans required it.
- Jade pokes fun at this in the Tales of Innocence Voice Adventure DVD when Asch claims to have been at the right place at the right time "coincidentally" when he saved Jade from Barbatos, in a completely different world and right at the last moment...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his uncooperative behavior and anti-social personality, his interactions with his parents and Natalia are touching, as is his devotion to his ideals. While in the party, the non-player-characters and Anise note that behind his cold exterior, he may be a Nice Guy, in which he replies "S-shut up!". This is more obvious in the Japanese version, where Chihiro Suzuki makes Asch sound audibly embarrassed when Anise brings up him possibly leaving Ion behind in the Tartarus to be for Ion's protection rather than just him "getting in the way." Plus, for all his animosity towards his replica, he seemed really appalled when Jade "killed" Luke during the Doctor Mambo sidequest. Overall, his kinder side is much more obvious in the Drama Discs and the Asch manga, his equivalent to Destiny's Lion Side; where the summoning of ALL the Six God-Generals to slaughter the Tarturus' crew just to capture Ion was what added onto his suspicions about Van, deeming it to be strange and unnecessary. Remember, he was a soldier and, at that time, he was just following orders from the Commandant and doing his job. Regardless, he didn't have much of a kill count during the Tartarus slaughter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: What he evolves into, because of Luke's Character Development. When Luke finally stands up to him near the end of the game, Asch's response is a combination of pure bafflement and even more Unstoppable Rage - even lashing out at Natalia - simply because he adamantly refuses to acknowledge that Luke doesn't need him anymore.
- Kick the Morality Pet / OOC Is Serious Business: While's never been the nicest of guys, the fact that he starts yelling at Natalia as a means to vent his frustrations regarding Luke standing up for himself near the game's ending is a clear indicator of just how much his rage and hatred have consumed him. He doesn't even seem bothered when Luke makes him promise for her sake to come back alive from his last stand.
- Limit Break: Rending Saber.
- Magic Knight: He's skilled with a sword but he also knows a number of spells.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's got shades of this trope. Given who his mentor is, it makes sense for him to have picked up a few tricks.
- Meaningful Name: He used to be the "light of the sacred flame" but after he was replaced, he became its ashes.
- Memetic Mutation: An in-universe example. The fact that he never smiles is noted a couple of times and before long the party turn it into a sort of Running Gag amongst themselves.
- Mirror Boss: To Luke, as the two have the same fighting style.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: During his You Shall Not Pass moment.
:"No. Your fight is with me, Asch—no, Luke fon Fabre! Prepare to die."
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Somebody trying to destroy Akzeriuth? It must be Van. Let's kill him! The continents is sinking into the Qliphoth? If we kill Van, everything will sort itself out! Planetary-replication threatening to engulf the world? Asch will find a way to blame Van. As it turns out, there is a Freudian Excuse behind this; namely that Van manipulated and betrayed him to create Luke.
- No Social Skills: With the exception of Natalia (and even then she's not immune to his rudeness), he's terrible with people: being rude, abrasive, secretive, condescending, and just an all-round jerk to everybody that he meets. This is, however, justified: Van saw him as little more than a tool to accomplish his goal of killing Lorelei and has little regard for his personal wellbeing. This kind of emotional abuse, which he must have endured for years, on top of the fact that Van took advantage of his trust to create a replica that stole his life, rightful destiny, and even his fiance more or less caused Asch to cross a Rage Event Horizon.
- Not Good with People: Not at all. His grumpy, pessimistic, self-assured, rage-filled attitude tends to be what alienates others from him. The only person he shows the slightest amount of tact around is Natalia.
- Perpetual Frowner: He's never without a frown. It's often Lampshaded and has become memetic◊.
- Prepare to Die: "No. Your fight is with me, Asch—no, Luke fon Fabre! Prepare to die."
- Pride: By far and away the single most arrogant being in the Tales series. Characterising him as such was the point of his character, as it helps him to serve as a Shadow Archetype to Luke.
- Revenge Before Reason: Asch has a reason (albeit it still shouldn't be excused), that being his issues regarding trust ever since Van betrayed him and seeing his family and fiancee getting friendly with his replica, not knowing it wasn't him, as a child and getting kicked out of the manor for being a "dirty kid" (he spent weeks fighting monsters in the wilderness while trying to get back to Baticul). Ever since then, he's kept his problems bottled up to the point where he withholds information so he wouldn't have to get close to anybody ever again, but of course his resentment of Luke adds fuel to it.
- Say My Name: Sorta... "REPLICAAAAAAAAA!" Yes, it's memetic.
- Secretly Dying: Implied in the main game, as one of the Dark Wings states it. However, the issue is never confronted directly in the main quest. Doing the Contamination Effect sidequests imply that he may have been undergoing a delayed Big Bang the whole time. It's canonised by the anime and Drama Disks as Asch goes through one of the symptoms of the Big Bang before his death in both.
- Semi-Divine: Though completely human by lineage, he was born as an isofon of Lorelei (something which should be impossible) and possesses powers far greater than any normal seventh fonist.
- The Sixth Ranger: To the main party. This is Lamp Shaded with his costume title, Abyss Silver, a common color for sixth rangers in Super Sentai.
- Static Character: In contrast to Luke, whose character grows significantly throughout the game. This is the main reason why Luke is eventually able to surpass Asch. Only after Asch lets go of his bitterness towards Luke is he able to take the first step towards true character development but sadly this comes on the cusp of his You Shall Not Pass moment...
- Showcased perfectly towards the end, as a self-assured Luke, now confident in his individuality, nonchalantly asks for his help while casually noting his superiority in regards to Hyper-resonance and Asch flips out. After a whole game of denigrating Luke, Asch is the one who keeps defining himself by contrast to Luke and now has trouble accepting him as a separate individual from himself who doesn’t care about competing.
- Averted in the Drama Disks, where the duel between Asch and Luke happened earlier and therefore Asch had more time to warm up to Luke as a separate being and becomes a full-fledged party member.
- Stockholm Syndrome: He spent seven years loyal to the man who kidnapped him and even after switching sides it's clear that he still admires and respects Van. There's also a scene in the manga adaptation which shows Van convincing him that he is the only one who still cares about him after seeing everyone else embrace Luke in his place.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like a younger version of his father, Duke Fabre.
- Talking to Himself: With Luke. They're basically twins.
- Tsundere: A male version, towards both Natalia and Luke.
Natalia: My! You'll don them?
Natalia: That is a shame.... I had wanted to see your graceful figure...
Asch: ...w-well, I didn't say I wouldn't wear them, either.
Guy': Man, you sure are quick to change your mind.
- Jade pokes fun at this in the Tales of Innocence Voice Adventure DVD when Asch claims to have been at the right place at the right time "coincidentally" when he saved Jade from Barbatos, in a completely different world and right at the last moment... "It's not like I worry about you people or anything."
- Walking Spoiler: A literal sense. It's hard to hear his voice, see his face, or observe his fighting style without realizing Luke is his replica.
- Weak, but Skilled: Enforced by the game. While he's statistically superior to Luke, his terrible availability mixed with his lack of access to Fon Stones means that, by the end of the game, Luke is statistically stronger, but Asch has a more varied and versatile move pool.
- The Wise Prince The way he used to act according to Natalia most certainly qualifies and disregarding his more... brusque actions toward Luke, he still has strong tendencies in this direction.
- You Shall Not Pass: In the final arc he stands alone against an army of knights to buy Luke time to reach Van and stop Eldrant. He kills all of them before succumbing to injuries.
- Younger Than They Look; Believe it or not, but he's 17.
Legretta the Quick
of the Six God Generals and Tear's mentor, who carries herself with the composure and integrity of a soldier. She wields two pistols
and light-elemental magic.
- Anti-Villain: Type II (Woobie Anti-Villain). She tried to kill Van only to fail and be recruited by him. She fell in love with him because the Score said so, not because she wanted to.
- Boobs of Steel: Arietta has no chest (possibly due to having an improper diet growing up as a result of being raised by ligers), so Legretta has to compensate (though her first cut-in image is deceptive) in yet another contrast to Tear. Her breast size may have increased in the anime.
- Blondes Are Anti Villainous. One blond haired villain and she's one of the first introduced.
- Broken Pedestal: She trained Tear in Yulia City and later became a heretic. A letter she left behind urged Tear not to follow her example and find her own path.
- Dark Action Girl: A villainous gunslinger.
- Dark Mistress: Defied. Despite being in love with him, there's no romantic interaction between her and Van and with good reason - it's a love born from the Score, which she despises with every fibre of her being.
- The Dragon: She's an enforcer for Mohs. She's actually Van's.
- Elemental Powers:
- Evil Counterpart: To Tear; a cold and composed soldier who is warmer than she appears and fights with projectiles. The difference is how they view The Score.
- Love Makes You Evil: Legretta is horrified by the fact that she has fallen in love with the man she wanted to kill and is sickened by the idea that she only fell in love because it was determined in the Score.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name in Japanese is Regret, which got changed to Legretta. It may have been caused in order to keep the musical name theming among the God Generals. Legretta stands for "alegretto". Largo and Arietta are both musical terms. Sync may come from "syncopation", while Dist may or may not refer to "distortion", as in "sound distortion". It seems the Japanese prefer the change, since the anime site has it as such.
- Strangled by the Red String: Invoked in-universe and deconstructed, via They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste. She genuinely doesn't want to love Van - but doesn't have a choice in the matter because the Score controls her destiny, as it does everyone's. This is one of the many reasons why she hates it; she wants to choose who she loves.
- Undying Loyalty: To Van; despite her love being Score based she is genuinely loyal to him.
Dist The Reaper
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao
(JP), Liam O Brien
Also known as Dist The Rose (his preferred moniker) or Dist The Runny (Jade's preferred moniker for him) or (rarely) his birth name of Saphir
, Dist is an effeminate Mad Scientist
who is also one of the Six God Generals. He hangs out on a floating chair in a permanent Slouch of Villainy
, and summons Humongous Mecha
to fight in his place. He has a long history with Jade.
- Adorkable: Was absolutely this as a kid. While it's mostly gone as an adult, the few occasions when Jade tricks him into thinking they've joined forces again makes him immediately switch into it.
- Anti-Villain / Well-Intentioned Extremist: This is how he views himself; horrible actions are okay for reviving the professor because she doesn't care about anyone else, except Jade.
- Biseinen: Like Jade, he's in his mid-thirties but looks about ten years younger. Further exaggerated by his campiness.
- Broken Pedestal: He's shown to have worshiped Jade when they were children, but now resents him for giving up on professor Nebilim. However, it's made quite apparent that he still worships Jade and he makes it clear that he'd drop whatever he was doing and work alongside Jade in an instant were Jade to "go back to normal".
- Butt Monkey: The other God Generals are treated as serious threats by both the heroes and the story. Dist is not. He's treated like a nuisance and a joke.
- Camp Jadesexual: Dist's personality can effectively be summed up as "Jade's Mad Stalker with a Crush". Everything in this guy's world revolves around the Colonel. Then there's that huge flower collar...
- The Chew Toy: Jade thinks of him not as a Friendly Enemy but as a pet.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Though he's treated as a joke most of the time, it becomes easy to forget that he's a prodigious genius whose contributions to the technological world were as revolutionary as Jade's were to the Fomicry world. It's just that Jade is such a Troll that he rarely ever comes off as threatening.
- The Dark Chick: Despite being the resident "brain-boffin" of the villains, he's more like this trope. He's the closest they have to a Token Good Teammate - given his Pet the Dog moments - and is most definitely the most emotional of the bunch.
- Evil Counterpart: For a certain value of "Evil" anyway. He is this to Jade as the eccentric Mad Scientist that researches forrbidden fields like fomicry. The difference is that Jade learned from the mistakes he made last time.
- Fake Brit: In the English dub he speaks with a haughty British accent but drops it when frustrated or flustered. This is further proven in a flashback to Jade's youth, where he has no accent at all. This further emphasizes his Man Child status, as he definitely does it to seem cooler and more sophisticated.
- Foil: Jade is his team's Token Evil Teammate, rarely takes anything seriously, is treated as one of the biggest badasses in the world by almost everybody and grew past his traumatic childhood. Dist is his team's Token Good Teammate (or at least the closest to one), carries grudges over minor things, is never taken as a legitimate threat despite his incredible amount of talent and is emotionally stunted. To further this, Jade specializes in the study of magic while Dist specializes in the study of technology.
- The Friend Nobody Likes / The Scrappy: In-universe, for the God-Generals. Despite the fact that he's the closest thing they have to a Token Good Teammate, he gets no respect form any of them and they all go out of their way to avoid him. It's not just aversion - they genuinely dislike him. This may be because he's oh-so-obviously not working towards their goal.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Is incredibly skilled at making fontech and fontech machines. Boss Battles with him are always with robots he created. That battle plushie Anise uses to fight? Dist made it for her.
- Harmless Villain: He's certainly treated like this, but that's simply because his arch-nemesis is Jade, who makes sure that everyone else treats him as one. In reality, he's a legitimate genius who is quite competent at his job.
- Insistent Terminology -
Jade: Well if it isn't Dist The Runny!
Dist: It's Rose, dammit! R-O-S-E ROSE!
Anise: You mean Dist The Reaper.
Dist: It's DIST THE ROSE! I refuse to have such barbaric name!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Used to be this with Jade, before he dissociated from Dist after a particularly sore incident. Dist clearly wants them to become this again, and is incredibly resentful to Peony for stealing his place as Jade's best friend.
- Hot for Teacher: Suggested to have had a crush on Professor Nebilim, which he still seems to harbor to this day. Notably, his crush seems to have remained that of a schoolboy crush on his teacher despite now being in his mid-thirties.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Uses a fonic glyph to mutate Mohs into "the New Fon Master", but he seems to do it more out of professional interest and personal amusement than anything else.
- Lean and Mean: Not immediately obvious since he's almost always sitting down, but Dist is a good head and shoulders taller than Jade, who is 6'1". His official heigh is 5'9'' while his in-game model is taller than most of the rest of the cast by a wide margin.
- Mad Scientist: This is how he gained his nickname "reaper".
- Made of Iron/Nigh Invulnerable: He survives fontech explosions.
- Man Child: Childhood trauma led to him never maturing, making him come off as a whiny brat trying to look cool.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe, Jade will never let him forget how his nose used to run whenever he got angry when he was a child.
- Non-Action Guy: Justified. He specializes in Fontech and has no real reason to practice combat when he can have his inventions fight for him.
- No Respect Guy: Jade seems to have made it a personal goal to make sure nobody ever respects Dist. It has fantastic results, as everyone seems to hate him.
- Not So Harmless: At the Tower of Rem, when he reveals his most powerful robot yet and starts massacring the Replicas.
- Opaque Lenses: Varies between the artwork and the game. In the artwork, only one is opaque, but in-game both are.
- Pet the Dog: Anise relates a story where she approached Dist in the Oracle Knights lunch hall (where he usually ate alone) and struck up a conversation with him. In return, he modified her Tokunaga doll to allow it to grow to massive proportions. Anise comments that he always seemed lonely.
- Psychopathic Manchild: For such a brilliant mind, he's quite juvenile. It's implied that the shock of watching Nebilim die and then seeing her Replica go insane had something to do with it.
- Reliable Traitor: Dist makes it clear that his goal is to revive Nebilim and that working for Van is a means to an end.
- Sissy Villain: In case you hadn't guessed it from the rest of this list, Dist is a wimpy and effeminate villain.
- The Starscream: Yes, he's only using the God-Generals for his own ends but those ends turn out not to be further power and control - They're finding a way to revive Nebilim.
- Sole Survivor: The only God-General to survive the entire game.
- Taking You with Me: He attempts this after beating him the last time. It fails. He survives the explosion, though only if you follow the catalysts and Nebilim sidequest to the end, even after she hits him in the face with a Fragmented End. Tenacious as a cockroach, indeed.
- Tsundere: An incredibly transparent one. He acts like he hates Jade more than anything else in the world, when in reality it's quite clear he worships him like a god.
- Unknown Rival: Jade prefers to pretend that he doesn't exist.
Arietta the Wild
One of the Six God Generals. When she was orphaned during the Hod War, she was rescued and raised by Ligers. Due to this, she is the only human on the planet that can communicate with monsters. Van found her at an early age and raised her to become a functional- if not entirely sociable- member of society.
She used to be the Fon Master Guardian to Ion, but was transferred to another position two years previously and replaced by Anise. Because of this, she has a bitter hatred of Anise, who she claims "stole" Ion from her.
The party kills her "mother" early in the game (in an unrelated boss fight) and she swears to take vengeance against them. She fights alongside monsters and is a powerful spellcaster.
- And This Is for...: "Your deaths will be for Mommy. Anise, yours is for Ion. For Van, too! I'll finish all of you!"
- Anti-Villain: Type II (Woobie Anti-Villain) and/or IV (Villain in Name Only). She fights the protagonists to avenge her mother, (the Liger Queen) and to support the closet thing she has to a living human parent, Van.
- The Beastmaster: She can communicate with monsters and they always assist her in every boss fight involving her.
- Black Magician Girl: She casts dark magic in battle.
- The Brute: She doesn't look the part but she most definitely acts it. She's got a Leeroy Jenkins attitude going on and, while she's not necessarily stupid, she most certainly isn't clever. She doesn't need to use her head when she can just Zerg Rush everything with her monsters. Van and the God Generals treat her like extra muscles for missions like All Your Base Are Belong to Us.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Ion. This is made slightly sad if you know anything about the original Ion, who was a complete jerk.
- Dark Magical Girl: She's not evil, but a girl whose only friends are monsters and used by the Big Bad who is a Parental Substitute to her. Her Magical Girl foil is Anise; another much more lively girl who (eventually) has True Companions and fights alongside her plushie. She has more of a Morality Adjustment instead of a full Heel-Face Turn.
- Elemental Powers:
- Enemy Mine: She teams up with the party to save Ion from Mohs.
- Evil Counterpart: To Anise; both young girls who use dark magic and guard the Fon Master. The difference is that Arietta lives in the past while Anise gains the strength to move forward.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: This is why she challenges Anise to a duel after Ion's death; she blames Anise for Ion's death.
- Limit Break: Big Bang and Evil Light
- Locked Out of the Loop: She was purposefully reassigned because it was feared she'd kill herself if she knew that the original Ion was dead.
- Older Than They Look: She's sixteen despite both her appearance and personality being that of a little girl. Though the personality thing comes from being raised by monsters.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Not so much psychopathic though so much as she's taken slow to mature.
- Raised by Wolves: Ligers in this case. The Liger Queen was her mother.
- Villainous Rescue: Saves the party from Legretta and her men so they can try to save Ion.
- Wild Child: Thanks to Van she assimilated pretty well into human society but the Liger upbringing is still in there.
- Wolfpack Boss: In two of her boss battles, she fights with her monsters, and in another, fights with Largo and Legretta.
- You Killed My Mother: You know that Liger Queen Luke, Tear, and Jade killed? That was her mother, You Bastard.
Sync the Tempest
The youngest of the Six God Generals, who wears a mask at all times. He has a cruel and manipulative personality, and uses powerful Daathic Artes to curse and torture his enemies.
- Back from the Dead: It is unclear whether he died when he fell into the core and was resurrected by Van or if he was just badly wounded.
- Cool Mask: A gold and red one that resembles a bird peak.
- Cloning Blues: Is a failed Replica of the original Ion and tormented by this fact. The idea that he, himself, is a failure makes him act like an asshole to others. It also makes him suicidal.
- Disney Villain Death: ... Sort of. He attempts to kill himself by throwing himself into the core of Auldrant. He survives because of Van.
- Driven to Suicide: He attempted to kill himself by throwing himself into the core. Van saves him.
- Elemental Powers:
- Evil Counterpart: To Guy in both of them are Fragile Speedsters driven by revenge. Sync allowed his thoughts of revenge to consume him, while Guy ultimately put them behind him and moved on.
- The Evil Genius: Played with. While a case could be made for him serving more of a Dragon-y role in the game, his interaction with the God Generals make it clear that he's the brains behind most of their operations. Dist might be the one building their machinery but Sync is the one who comes up with the tactics, evaluates the situation and engages in frequent extremely horrific Manipulative Bastardry.
- Evil Twin: To Ion, and later, Florian. The former is a Reasonable Authority Figure and the later an Innocent Child; he himself is a Jerk Ass.
- For the Evulz: Despite what his fangirls will tell you, Sync truly is the sort of depraved sociopath who thinks that life is utterly meaningless so everyone should kill each other. After Ion's death he mimicked Ion's voice to Anise for no reason other than to guilt-trip her. He laughed at her reaction.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: If it looks like he's doing something nice for you... he's not. Anise learned that the hard way.
- Kick the Dog: Perfectly mimicking Ion's voice to demoralize Anise after Ion's death is a pretty low blow.
- Limit Break: Akashic Torment and Harrowing Gale
- Omnicidal Maniac: Other God Generals have sympathetic goals like reviving a beloved teacher or granting free will; Sync just wants to kill everyone.
- Red Herring: Guy seems to recognize Sync when he sees him without the mask. This implies that Sync will be Guy's Evil Counterpart, similar to how all the other God Generals correspond to a member of the party. It turns out that Guy recoginzed Sync because Sync is a Replica of Ion and that the rest of the party would probably have had the same reaction if they had seen Sync mask-less prior to The Reveal.
- Straw Nihilist: He believes that his life is completely meaningless because he was born as a failed Replica and his creators intended for him to die. Before the last fight with him, he reveals that he follows Van only because Van's plan means destroying the world that created a life as empty as his own.
- Talking to Himself: With Ion because they're clones of the same person.
- Token Mini-Moe: The youngest God General and overall youngest antagonist in the Tales series at the age of 14. That's not putting into account his real age.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Sure, his backstory is sympathetic, but the guy is a total jerk.
Largo the Black Lion
One of the Six God Generals, and the leader of the shock troops in the Oracle Knights. A huge man who wields a giant scythe. Largo first appears during the assault on Tartarus and places a Fon Slot Seal on Jade. Though he seems to know Natalia on a personal level, she does not recognise him.
- Anti-Villain: Type II (Woobie Anti-Villain) He's working towards Van's Evil Plan because the Score took his family away from him. The true Princess Natalie was stillborn so the Score told the king to take Largo's daughter as a replacement. His wife committed suicide out of grief.
- Archnemesis Dad: to Natalia but it takes quite a while for her to find out.
- Armor Is Useless: Averted. He's killed when Natalia shoots him in the back... the one part of his body that isn't armoured in the final battle with him.
- Badass Beard of Evil: Likely where he got his "Black Lion" nickname; it looks like a mane.
- Blood Knight: Decent guy though he may be, he sure does enjoy a straight-up scrap.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Zigzagged. Largo makes threats like any other bruiser but, when he's put up against an enemy he's clearly outmatched by, he won't start the trash-talk unless he's made damn sure they can't do anything against him. Unfortunately for him, said enemy was Jade - a man who is The Combat Pragmatist to a T.
- Cruel Mercy: Averted. He never shows it to his enemies because he believes it's an insult to go easy on an opponent.
- Death Seeker: Heavily implied. Outright confirmed when it's revealed that his wife died after their child was switched with a stillborn baby; driving her to kill herself.
- Despair Event Horizon: He crossed it a long, long time ago because he lost his family to the Score. See Death Seeker.
- Elemental Powers:
- Ensemble Darkhorse: In-universe. The party have varying levels of hatred and disgust towards the God Generals but they all like Largo because, despite being an antagonist, he's still a really good guy.
- Friendly Enemy: He starts out as something of a rival to Jade for being the one who sealed his Fonic Artes but, as time passes, the whole group comes to regard him with a lot more respect.
- Gentle Giant: Outright stated to have been one in his past and, as much as he tries, it still shows through in the game.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Based on how big his daughter and mother-in-law are, he and his wife were definitely this.
- Irony: Supplementary material reveals his wife married him not just out of love, but also partly because it was predicted in the score. Largo hates the Score despite this, as it is also what took his wife's life when she had to hand over their child.
- Jamieson Price: His English VA
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A blindingly bright heart of gold... It's just too bad that he's crossed the Despair Event Horizon and decided he has no reason to live in the world anymore.
- Limit Break: Brimstone Tempest.
- Noble Demon: More so than his comrades, he doesn't mean anything personal and doesn't want to cause any unnecessary damage.
- Nothing Personal: Even if he has to kill a load of Tartarus guards, Largo makes it clear that he's not the kind of man who enjoys slaughter. It's just what has to be done. A truly great fight is something he relishes.
- Red Baron: "The Black Lion". He could only live up to this more if he were a genuine big cat.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Went on one when he realized that his daughter had been stolen and that his wife killed herself in grief; he killed a guard before he was subdued.
- Sinister Scythe: Averted. His weapon of choice is in no way indicative of his personality.
- Sixth Ranger: He's a newcomver in the God Generals. The others have been with Van for longer.
- Token Good Teammate: Out of all the God-Generals, he's the one with the strongest moral code.
- Undying Loyalty: One of his defining traits is his loyalty towards Van.
- Warrior Poet: He's given to waxing poetical before or after the boss fights.
- Worthy Opponent: Their final confrontation is more or less an exchange of compliments in-between arse-kickings.
- You Shall Not Pass: His final scene is guarding the Absorption Gate from the heroes.
Born Vandesdelca Musto Fende, Van is the commander of the Six God Generals, and Commandant of the Order of Lorelei's Oracle Knights. He is also Luke's sword-instructor and mentor, and one of the few people to treat him with patience and respect. Despite this, Tear seems intent on offing him, and the God Generals who are supposedly under his command are wrecking havoc upon Auldrant.
- Anti-Villain: Type III, Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain. He believes the Score is a drug that creates tragedies and destroys free will. He seeks to destroy it and to do that he has to destroy a lot of others things.
- Authority in Name Only: He has this relationship with the God Generals. They support the Grand Maestro faction of the Order of Lorelei, so people believe that he does as well. However, it turns out that he's actually on the Fon Master's side and that his generals have effectively gone rogue to fight for Mohs. Except it turns out that that's not true at all. They've been following his orders from the beginning. He just acts like this is the case in order to win Luke, and the player's, trust.
- Badass Beard of Evil: Subverted. His goatee is clearly evil hair but he's a good guy who just grew it to look older than he really is. It's also lampshaded hilariously. It's the source of all his power, you know; and his eyebrows can fire hypno-beams. It's also Double Subverted once you realise that he's the Big Bad.
- Big Bad: Tear starts off believing that he's the villain and the fact that his God Generals are running rampant only serves to confirm her suspicions. Subverted when it turns out that he's just an Authority in Name Only and that his men are really loyal to Mohs and then Double Subverted when it turns out that he's the true power behind Mohs. Once Akzeriuth falls, he rapidly begins taking the stage for himself.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Luke. He trains the boy and teaches him about life beyond the mannor. There are hints that he was this to Asch as well, before he learned the truth about him.
- BFS & One-Handed Zweihänder: His sword is pretty darn massive, yet he has no effort in swinging it around with a single hand.
- Broken Ace: Master Swordsman, top-level Magic Knight, Seventh Fonist, descendent of Yulia, promoted to Oracle Knights Commandant at a young age, has a beautiful singing voice... and yet he has mental and emotional scars deep enough to lose the collective Outer Lands in.
- Broken Pedestal: For Tear. It's not explained what happened in their past but it's clear that it was something big for her to be so intent on killing him. He's also this to Asch and, eventually, Luke.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Order of Lorelei is dedicated to keeping destiny on its set path. The only reason why he's got such a high rank when he does nothing to hide his attitude even after The Reveal is because he's just that damn good at his job.
- Cain and Abel: Played with. In the beginning, Luke sees him as the Abel to Tear's Cain, given her attempted fratricide, but it soon becomes clear who's who in their relationship after The Reveal.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: His enemy is The Score, but he does everything in his power to make it come true... so that it does so on his terms.
- Disney Villain Death: He throws himself off a ledge into the core of Auldrant, and we get a shot of him grinning wildly as he falls to what he and the party fully believe to be his death. He survived, but only because he remembered that he could make a pact with Lorelei thanks to the Fonic Hymns.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Betrayed his family, who are all Watchers, and betrayed Asch and Luke respectively to throw the Score off track.
- Evil Counterpart: To a lot of people.
- Luke, the child used to create a hyber resssonace to sink a town.
- To Tear, the watcher who went rogue.
- To Guy, the man obessed with revenge.
- He can also fill-in this role for Jade, given their differing outlooks on fomicry.
- Evil Mentor: To Luke and Asch. He trained them both and raised them to exploit their trust and abilities.
- Famous Ancestor: The mother of the Score, Yulia Jue herself.
- Final Boss: Subverted. After defeating him at the Absorption Gate, the game continues... and then it's Double Subverted when he reappears for the real Final Boss fight at Eldrant.
- Guest Star Party Member: Japanese version only; though he never fights in battle, he still temporary joins you, and has a status entry in the main menu. This was removed in the American release for some strange reason. He also appears in a skit and gets his own chat face. This is rectified for Radiant Mythology 3 where he's fully playable.
- Improbable Age: This is a plot-point for him. He's just so damn good at everything he does that he became the Commandant at a young age. However, he got a lot of stick for it, so he grew his beard to look older.
- Informed Ability: According to Tear, Van has an amazing singing voice. Sadly, we never get to hear it. However, we do get to see him play the organ (with one hand) and he uses the Fifth Fonic Hynm in the final battle.
- In the Blood: Van can also use Yulia's hymns.
- Karmic Death: His eventual defeat at the hands of Luke, the boy he created and trained to use a sword, is ripe with this trope.
- The Leader: A Mastermind/Charismatic hybrid for the Oracle Knights. He plans their operations and they follow him because they believe in him.
- Limit Break: Imperial Slaughter, Celestial Elegy and Ancient Requiem. Interestingly, Imperial Slaughter and Ancient Requiem are basically Rending Saber and Radiant Howl, respectively.
- Magic Knight: An excellent swordsman who is also a powerful fonist.
- Meaningful Name: Van's full name, Vandesdelca, means "one who would seize glory" in Ancient Ispanian.
- Memetic Badass: An in-universe example according to Luke and Anise, the latter of whom tends to play up his Badassery to ridiculous levels. His eyebrows can shoot hypno beams!
- Moral Event Horizon: Not him personally but, in-universe, he considers the Watchers of Yulia City to have crossed it by not warning the people of Hod that they would be destroyed because they knew it would happen and did nothing to stop it. It's the primary reason why he's so adamantly against the idea of following the Score; as shown further when he offers to make Luke a member of the Oracle Knights to escape his own awful destiny and the primary reason why he became the Big Bad.
- Necessarily Evil: His constant attempts to defy the Score could be seen as this, given that he's supposed to be one of the people upholding it. Also, see "Omnicidal Maniac".
- Not So Different: From Grand Maestro Mohs. Just as Mohs is willing to start the war and kill countless innocent people for the Score, Van is willing to destroy the whole world just to defy the Score. In fact, his sister Tear points out that he is so intent on screwing destiny that he's shackled to it more than anyone else.
- Obviously Evil: Played with. His affable nature means is most definitely not this, but that doesn't stop Tear and Asch from suspecting absolutely every little thing he does as part of a plot to take over or blow up the world. It turns out that they were only half-right... The God Generals have tried to kill the heroes throughout the first half of the game. It is no secret that Van is the leader of the God Generals. Luke somehow fails to put two and two together until after Van has him kill thousands of people.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Tear accuses him of being one, even though it's his job to protect the world. Turns out that Van's definition of "protecting the world" means protecting it from the Score, which he views as being the Bigger Bad. He believes that the world needs to be replicated in order to help its people escape from it, which has the tragic side-effect of destroying the original world in the process. Obviously, he isn't an insane monster and it's clear that he regrets the fact that so many people will die.
- One-Winged Angel: Averted. He completely bypasses this and becomes something approaching the Bishounen Line during the final battle, as his last form is just his regular one with a few whistles and bells.
- Parental Substitute: How Luke views him because Duke Fabre does his best to pretend Luke doesn't exist while Van teaches him swordplay.
- Promotion to Parent: Even though they were technically adopted, he did the bulk of the work raising Tear.
- Revenge: Just because he looks calm and collected on the surface doesn't mean that Van has ever forgiven or forgotten how the Watchers allowed his homeland of Hod to be wiped out just because destiny said it should be.
- Say My Name: "Luuuuuuke!"
- Screw Destiny: Despite being the leader of the Oracle Knights, Van makes it extremely clear that he thinks destiny can go screw itself. He is the polar opposite of Grand Maestro Mohs.
- Self-Made Orphan: See Where I Was Born and Razed, below.
- Slipknot Ponytail: When Luke gets serious, he fights without concern for the survival of others. When Tear gets serious, she starts performing feats of knife and magic combo-ery that are impossible in-game. When Van gets serious, his... hair comes undone.
- Take a Third Option: Essentially, his plan is to Screw Destiny by forcing the prophecy to come to pass and building a new world as the old dies.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Beloved master and father figure, high ranking member of the Order of Lorelei and world renown swordsman, fonist and soldier, who saves Luke from being stabbed in the back and having his powers fired against his will. Asch and Tear seem to think that his public image of the guy is a bit too perfect, however, and decide to try and take him down despite everyone dismissing their concerns as paranoid delusions. Then he makes Luke nuke a city and leaves him for dead.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's very happy to break the rules of the Oracle Knights to save Luke and the other people he cares about from horrible fates recorded in the Score. He ultimately wants to free the world from the Score and this unforunately involves replacing the world with a replicated one.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: When Van was 11, he was used as a test subject for experiments on generating hyperresonnance. He and the researchers lost control of a particularly powerful one, which destroyed the island of Hod, killing most of its citizens, Van's parents included. It's implied that his father died during Hod's destruction, but his mother survived long enough to give birth to Tear, whom she was pregnant with at the time.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He is largely portrayed in a sympathetic Well-Intentioned Extremist or Necessarily Evil light.
- Younger Than They Look: Van attained the rank of Dorian General and Commandant of the Oracle Knights at a remarkably young age, and was on the receiving end of a lot of ire because of it. He grew his beard for the sole purpose of trying to look older so people would leave him alone about his age (he's 27, believe it or not).
Grand Maestro Mohs
The second-in-command of the Order of Lorelei. He is obsessed with the enforcement of the Score, and is attempting to provoke a world war because it is supposedly predetermined.
Jade and Dist's childhood teacher. Her ability to use the Seventh Fonon - something even the child prodigy Jade could not - placed her in a rare position of superiority to Jade, and she used his (begrudging) admiration of her to instill him with as much morality as she could. It is due to her influence that Jade did not grow up to be evil.
- Purity Sue: In-universe example. Much like Stella, this is only Dist's opinion of her. Jade seems to realise that, as incredible as she was, she was still a human being with her own faults and flaws.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A inversion, of the "Kind Red Eyes" variety. Her replica plays it straight.