The main character and leader of the Power Trio. A Hot-Blooded 17-year-old boy who enrolls in Lanseal Royal Military Academy in order to find out the truth about his brother Leon's death. Serves as Class Representative and Squad Leader of Class G, dumping ground for all of Lanseal's worst students.
Big Brother Worship: Witness his "Brother's Words" potential. This is replaced by "Left The Nest" after Dirk/Leon's true death in December, after which he decides to follow his own path rather than his brother's.
Brother's Words: "A crisis is a turning point, right bro?"
Jack of All Trades: Capable of everything short of Tank Commander, although he's still commonly depicted as a Scout, judging from his red class stripe. However, in the short CG scenes, the color of his stripe will reflect the player's choice of class for him.
Walking the Earth: After his graduation, Avan set off to help towns across Gallia ravaged by the civil war.
Avan's 17-year-old best friend/rival in the Power Trio. A calm, intelligent Darcsen Shocktrooper who dreams of becoming a hero as a means to somehow reduce the prejudice heaped against him and his race. Initially finds Avan to be a nuisance, but gradually opens up to him.
Fan Boy: Judging from his reaction upon first meeting them, he thinks very highly of Welkin and Alicia.
Glory Seeker: Believes that becoming a hero could help alleviate the prejudice leveled against his fellow Darcsens. After graduation, he joins the Army, where his talent eventually won the admiration his superiors and peers, regardless of his race.
The 17-year-old Chick of the game's Power Trio. Cosette enrolled in Lanseal as an Engineer in order to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor, having been rejected in a regular med school. Became colorblind due to her parents' death during the Imperial invasion.
The Medic: Comes as a part of her classification. Upon graduating, Cosette, now cured of her colorblindness, joins medical school, where she became known for her willingness to work with people of any nationality, gender, age and race.
Stepford Smiler: Turns out her cheerfulness masks a horrifying trauma induced by her parents' deaths during the Imperial invasion two years prior.
Class G's 21-year-old Tank Commander and Class G's principal contact in the R&D Department. She was one of Leon's friends before he died. Harbors guilt for not being able to prevent her squad from getting killed by a 'Ghost Tank'.
I Choose to Stay: Long after Avan and company graduated, Lavinia stayed behind to not only research tank technology, but also service weapons and help rehabilitate Lanseal.
New Game+: Lavinia herself is available for most of the game, but her Memories skits and Classmate Mission only become available after finishing the game the first time around.
Revenge: Her motivation for becoming a tank pilot - an entire squadron using her tank was wiped out by a "ghost tank", one of whom was a friend of hers. One of the few survivors is none other than Leon Hardins.
Tank Goodness: With her "Bloodthirsty" potential (which allows her an extra shot), she's an even better tank commander than Welkin and Zaka. Add in her "Tank Master" potential, gotten upon finishing her Classmate Mission, she gets even better.
You Remind Me Of Leon: Towards Avan - he was a survivor of the "ghost tank" attack that decimated an entire squadron, killed a friend of hers, and wrecked one of her tanks — heck, she even embraced him after finishing her Classmate Mission, mistaking him for a moment for Leon.
Mind Over Manners: Upon joining Class G, she decides to protect Gallia without using her Valkyria powers (unless we count her "Valkyria" Potential, which increases her powers at half HP). Subverted in December, when she's forced to go Valkyria again to confront Dirk/Leon, killing him in the process. She ultimately regrets her decision, wondering if she can only do nothing but destroy, but Avan comforts her, telling her that at least she freed him from his V0 Armor-induced suffering.
Scouts retain their VC1 role: Fragile Speedsters that can become Lightning Bruisers once better Rifles are built. Scouts can become either Scout Vets (which are Scouts with better stats in all categories) or Snipers (which trade defense and HP for long-range killing capability). Scout Vets, in turn, can be promoted into either Scout Elites (which are Scouts Vets Up to Eleven) or Heavy Scouts (which trade mobility for durability and some extra firepower), and Snipers into either Sniper Elites (which get sniper rifles that fire multiple shots) or AT Snipers (which carry BFGs that can heavily damage even tanks). Their class stripe is red. Both Avan (by default, as he is the Jack of All Trades) and Aliasse belong to this class.Nichol Martin
Voiced by Keisuke Koumoto in Japanese and Cam Clarke in English
An introverted 16-year-old who often hides in dark places and is frequently being chewed out by his older sister Franca.
My Commander, Right or Wrong: Despite his hatred of Darcsens, Helmut's Classmate Mission involves protecting a Darcsen village from Rebels. He later states that it is his duty as a soldier to obey the orders of his commanding officer, regardless of personal opinion.
Noble Bigot with a Badge: Despite being an Imperial and a Darcsen hater, he is still an able, obedient soldier. He also seems to be aware of his prejudice: in the aftermath of his Classmate Mission, he admits as much to Zeri, contrasting it with Zeri's dislike of the Imperials.
Token Evil Teammate: While not necessarily evil, Helmut is still an unrepentant Imperial who openly hates Darcsens.
Voiced by Shunzou Miyasaka in Japanese
A 17-year-old ex-Rebel and Reiner's best friend. Recruited after completing Reiner's Classmate Mission. He's been struggling to find acceptance with the rest of Class G and the whole school ever since his enrollment.
Intrepid Reporter: Ellet would be so proud. Not even the theft of her camera by a schoolmate whom she caught extorting his classmates diminished it one bit, even cornering him at the end of her Classmate Mission for more scoops.
Yandere: Zeri Lover + Misogynist + other Potentials' quotes = Lots of hints for this. Thankfully subverted, though, by her non-intrusive attitude. Not even Avan is spared, telling him after her Classmate Mission that he's her "public enemy #1" for being too close to Zeri.
Avan: "Suddenly I feel like I just helped the forces of evil..."
Voiced by Hiroko Ushida in Japanese
A 21-year-old artist who came to Lanseal in order to find a new inspiration after painting several war scenes.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: While she hasn't actually fought prior to joining Lanseal, painting all those war scenes hasn't been good for her.
Sunglasses at Night: Keep in mind that she's a Scout, a class practically defined by their vision.
Writer's Block: Of the artistic variety. She ultimately gets over this at the end of her Classmate Mission, having been inspired by Avan's gregariousness to take up still-life drawing.
Class G's principal Anti-Infantry units, they're the all-rounders of any squad. With at least 15 shots per turn (depending on their equipped weapon), they can also Suppress enemies more effectively than any other class. Shocktroopers can be promoted into either Shocktrooper Vets (which have enhanced stats all-round, plus extra grenades) or Gunner (which trade mobility for durability and a machinegun). Shocktrooper Vets, in turn, can be promoted into either Shocktrooper Elites (Shocktrooper Vets Up to Eleven) or Commandos (which pack Flamethrowers instead of grenades), while Gunners can either become Gunner Elites (which regains some mobility and gets even More Dakka) or Heavy Gunners (which trade even more mobility for a bigger machinegun capable of tearing even vehicles apart). Their class stripe is black. Zeri, one of the main characters, belongs to this class.Erik Kampmann
Ignored Rival: Zeri pointedly ignored any of Pete's attempts to set up a rivalry between them. He eventually gets better, after Zeri saves him during his Classmate Mission, and subsequently becomes his "disciple".
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may act like a royal pain in the ass most of the time, but Nahum knows the value of winning the trust of his subjects. Exemplified during his Classmate Mission, when he chews out a Rebel officer "enlisting" townsfolk into burning towns in the name of restoring Gallia's peace.
Distressed Damsel: What Joachim sees her as, even volunteering to be her "knight in shining armor." While she's obviously not one, you don't really know howmuch until the end of her Classmate Mission
Fantastic Racism: A mild one against the Darcsens, in that she believes they're the "gloom and doom" type of persons. Eventually got over it in order to give respect to the late Darcsen engineer (and firearms pioneer) Theimer.
Gun Porn: At the end of her Classmate Mission, she reveals she has a fetish for guns - in fact, this is her very reason for entering Lanseal. After graduation, she attends the same mechanic school Theimer attended and studies a book by another gun nut, Wendy Cheslock.
Lancers are the primary Anti-Armor units, but needs frequent resupplying from Engineers. While still cursed with limited walking range, they can send soldiers flying. Lancers can be promoted to either Lancer Vets or Mortarers, which exchange Anti-Armor power for stronger Anti-Infantry power. Lancer Vets can be promoted into either Lancer Elites or Mobile Lancers, while Mortarers can become either Mortarer Elites or Mobile Mortarers (both Mobile Lancers/Mortarers retain their previous class's firepower while increasing mobility). Their class stripe is yellow.Reiner Tristan
Voiced by Keisuke Koumoto in Japanese and Liam O'Brien in English
A 17-year-old big guy whose hobby is climbing and training himself.
Hero-Worshipper: Towards Brigitte "Rosie" Stark, who even indirectly helped him change from a rocker singing for himself into one singing for others.
Heroic BSOD: A minor case, in which he became increasingly less hammy after being touched by a song from Rosie dedicated to the late Isara Gunther. Ultimately gets over it in the course of his Classmate Mission.
Survivor Guilt: He was drafted for the "special mission" (i.e. donning the V0 Artificial Valkyria Armor) together with Leon, but was so afraid Leon volunteered for him. Jugin has since regretted all this, but at the end of his Classmate Mission Avan assures him, through letters to him, that Leon never once regretted his decision.
Overprotective Dad: Her father tried to keep her away from enrolling at Lanseal, and once even tried to pick her up. He still does have his reservations long after Noel graduated and joined the Army soon after.
Voiced by Chihiro Ishiguro in Japanese
An 18-year-old girl highly popular with the boys.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Inverted, with Morris - although slightly shorter than Morris (162cm to his 165cm), she's still rather tall by female standards.
I Am Not Pretty: Refers to herself as one to Avan at the end of her Classmate Mission.
Feminine Women Can Cook: An inverse case - despite her tomboyish looks, Rene is secretly the "Garment Goddess" revered by the school for her laundry skills. After graduating, she opened up Gallia's first house cleaning service.
Team Mom: She cares a lot for other people in a motherly fashion. Especially towards Magari, who she met while nursing her from a cold.
Engineers lose the ability to disarm mines (a role now taken by Armored Techs) but remain as main medics and the only units that can repair the tank. They can be promoted to either Engineer Vets or Anthem Corps, which exchange wrenches with a trumpet to increase allies' abilities. Engineer Vets can be promoted to either Engineer Elites (which can now heal allies over a wide area) or Medics, which can now revive fallen allies, while Anthem Corps can become Anthem Elites or Melodists, which exchange their ally-buffing trumpets with enemy-debuffing ones. Engineers are usually not intended for confronting enemies, but at close range they can deploy a Hand Cannon that can kill in only a few shots. Their class stripe is green. Cosette, one of the main characters, belongs to this class.Raymond Moen
The Big Guy: He's even physically strong for an Engineer, a class more support-based than offense-based. In fact, one of his issues center around being forced to switch classes. Raymond eventually finds his best ability as an Engineer, though...
Manipulative Bastard/Obfuscating Stupidity: As Vice President, he tries to act like the nicest person in Lanseal in order for everybody to like him more than the President. He then set off to humiliate Avan, who may risk spoiling his plans upon seeing him in his authentic self - he simply never expected Zeri, though.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Ultimately, his relationship to Avan, though different from that between Avan and Zeri. Avan respects his kind facade (so long as it makes people happy), and Randy to Avan's perceptiveness.
Fantastic Racism: Being of the upper class and working for other nobles, it's not surprising that he's got some prejudice towards Darcsens. He's also one of the only two cadets with their "Darcsen Hater" Potential not replaced with "Reconciliation", the other being Imperial transferee Helmut Bourdais.
I Will Wait for You: After graduation, he retires from his career and sets up a tea shop, hoping that one day Avan - who sees him as more of a peer than a subordinate - may chance upon him on his travels.
Ronin: In a sense - his previous master died fighting for Gallia during the Imperial invasion, and has since landed in Lanseal, seeking a new one. Guess who he finds...
Woman Scorned: The very reason she came to hate men. During her earlier years a boy she has a crush with asked her out for a date, only to be jilted on the appointed day - and learn that it was a big fat joke.
Intelligence Equals Isolation: She would rather stay indoors and read books than go see the world for herself. She got better though, at the end of her Classmate Mission and with Welkin's help, as proven by her Potential change from "Insular" to "Reveler".
Character Development: Her case revolves around having to fit into her role despite wanting to be a Shocktrooper.
Does Not Like Shoes: You'd expect a military school like Lanseal to have a somewhat more strict dress code...
Social Darwinist: She believes in a dog-eat-dog philosophy — one that ultimately comes back to bite her at the end of her Classmate Mission. It took Cosette's rescue to instill into her a sense of camaraderie.
Wild Child: She even has a potential called 'Wild Child'. This carries on long after graduation, when she accidentally went hunting on a farm, but was later adopted by its farmer.
The new base Class, Armored Techs can disarm mines (a role once delegated to Engineers). They're slow and can take a while to promote because of their range, but their Warpicks can hit hard (but watch out lest they accidentally knock allies down). They can be promoted into either Armored Tech Vets, which can now place Anti-Infantry mines, or Fencers, which trades defusing skills and range for an Anti-Infantry sword. Armored Tech Vets can become either Armored Tech Elites (whose mines can now even heavily damage tanks) or Specialist Techs (who can stun enemies into not countering), while Fencers can either become Fencer Elites or Maulers, which replaces the sword with an anti-Armor hammer. All units of this class have shields that prevent frontal reactionary fire. Their class stripe is blue.Joachim Osen
Voiced by Hirokazu Miyahara in Japanese
A 17-year-old recruit who keeps seeing the world in negative shades.
Born Lucky: Despite always finding something to complain about whenever luck smiles upon him... like getting asked out to a date, being spared from a fatal shot at the end of his Classmate Mission by a Kluivert figurine... or having to stay in the women's dorm upon joining the Army after graduation for lack of space (Lucky Bastard...)
A 16-year-old nun who frequently prophesizes bad events.
Cassandra Truth: Of the trivial kind (e.g., Avan getting soaked, Cosette burning her skirt, Joachim stepping on Zeri's glasses, and running out of lunch upon returning from Inghild's Classmate Mission).
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ultimately, Laurence simply wanted to give Gallia a power with which it can go toe to toe with both the Empire and the Federation, even if it meant sacrificing the lives, dreams and sanity of choice students from his own school, such as Leon and Julianna (and possibly even Avan).
Class G's 34-year-old homeroom advisor and a former sniper.
Brutal Honesty: Makes it very clear to his own students that they're the worst class in the entire school, and that he doubts that any of them will actually amount to anything, let alone actually winning a school-wide tournament.
Eyes Always Shut: Justified — because of an eye injury that made him retire from the militia.
Field Promotion: Subverted - Brixham declines an offer to replace Kluivert, claiming he is not ready yet for such a position (that and all the controversy surrounding Kluivert's involvement in the Asgardian Council), instead returning to his days as a teacher.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Even while he coolly describes Class G as a bunch of losers right in their faces, he genuinely cares for them, going as far as to give Avan Leon's notes, confront the Headmaster for sponsoring the creation of Artificial Valkyria, and nearly break down in tears while reminiscing on his days with Class G during their self-organized graduation ceremony in the end.
Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a nice brown pinstriped suit as civilian dress somewhat like the Tenth Doctor's, except the tie is a different color and we never get to see if he wears the Gallian equivalent to sneakers.
No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Sadly averted - she seems incredibly offhanded about her research getting stolen and her test subjects running off, with the result that the fruits of her research are everywhere.
Gag Boobs / Boobs of Steel: She's quite shapely and it's the basis of many jokes from fans (especially in combination with her personality) The steel part is that she's a Fencer, a durable class. It may be Foreshadowing as she ends up an Artificial Valkyria, and natural Valkyria are known for their large chests and aptitude with melee weapons.
Say My Name: She couldn't spell out Zeri's name... at least until when very near death.
Self Destructive Charge: She was already looking pretty messed up even before she charged a whole squad of V2’s. It didn’t end well.
Retired leader of Squad 7, the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that staved off the Empire two years prior. Now he's working as a schoolteacher for a nearby town, while occasionally helping his wife Alicia with her work at Lanseal.
Babies Ever After: After the war ended, Alicia gave birth to a baby girl Welkin would eventually name in memory of his adoptive Darcsen sister Isara.
Now Archduchess of Gallia, Cordelia's confession of her Darcsen lineage caused much turmoil throughout Gallia through no fault of her own except her heritage.
Distressed Damsel: Locked up behind bars for seventy days, when Randgriz was taken by the Rebels.
Late Arrival Spoiler: The game's premise revolves around the massive fallout revolving around Cordelia's confession of her (and consequently that of the entire House of Randgriz) Darcsen lineage, months after barely fending off the Empire.
Took a Level in Badass: After surviving prison time, Cordelia personally leads the Gallian Navy's blockade against Baldren's forces, and even helps Class G pull Avan and Zeri from the sinking Dandarius.
Trademark Favorite Food: Cinnamon bread. She gave one to Class G after successfully escorting her APC, and one skit even shows her sneaking into a town to buy some.
Manipulative Bastard: He cares less for Darcsen extermination than usurping Cordelia's throne, taking advantage of the nobility's resentment towards them as part of his power play for the throne. He is also willing to sign a treaty with the Federation in exchange for security against the Empire. Baldren didn't take this very well, and when Gilbert expressed his intent to stop the Darcsen purges due to their unpopularity... he snapped and killed his own father.
The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: He was the founder of the Asgardian Council, which studied Valkyrur and developed Artificial Valkyria, along with Laurence Kluivert and Clementia Foerster, at least until he expelled them after seeing what the V0 Armor did to Leon Hardins.
Not So Different: From his father. Despite their nigh-irreconcilable differences over their methods and ideologies, culminating in Gilbert's assassination for selling out to the Federation, he is fine with escaping into Federation territory via the Dandarius, a Federation-given ship stationed at Anthold when the tide of the war turned against him and the Rebels were chased out of Randgriz after seventy days.
One-Winged Angel: Apparently the final stage of the creation of a perfect Artificial Valkyria (based on papers stolen from Kluivert and Foerster) consisted of injecting Valkyria powers upon himself instead of wearing Artificial Valkyria armor.
Patriotic Fervor: Of the bad kind, even more so due to his resentment for the Darcsens and militia.
Villains Out Shopping: Surprisingly enough, Baldren gets three skits revolving on his daily life - he shares his ideals with a Rebel soldier after picking up a photograph of him with his family, plays cards with another Rebel soldier, and gets invited by Audrey to a hunt.
Cutscene Boss: Though faced in combat beforehand, Audrey finally bit it in November, when she and her Geirolul were swept away by a flood from an aqueduct in Anthold destroyed by Zeri and unceremoniously crushed by her allies' tanks.
Villains Out Shopping: One skit has her inviting Baldren to a hunting session. The latter even recounts how, as a child, Audrey pulled a tantrum after their father refused to let her keep a fox she caught.
Youngest son of Gilbert Gassenarl (from a different mother than Baldren and Audrey) and leader of the Rebels' V2s. In reality, he was Leon Hardins, who was supposedly killed during a "special mission", which consisted of him using the V0 Artificial Valkyria armor, only to lose his mind due to its imperfection.
Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Leon's V0 armor was built with inadequate data on the Valkyrur, causing severe memory loss and brain damage, turning him into a mindless, zombie-like shell. He was since taken in by Gilbert, who expelled fellow Asgardian Council members Laurence Kluivert and Clementia Foerster by the time he staged his mutiny, while having successfully developed the V2 Armor.
Start of Darkness: As Lavinia recounted throughout her Memories skits, a "ghost tank" wiped out almost his entire squadron. Desperate to become stronger, Leon volunteered to become Kluivert's test subject. Needless to say, the results were not pretty.
Villains Out Shopping: One skit shows him meditating upon a Gallian swift near him, until a Rebel soldier interrupted him. When he was still himself, Leon gave Avan his pet swift Jarde.
Jean TownshendA Federation ambassador in Gilbert's employ.