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Lenneth Valkyrie / Lenneth the Creator
Voices: Yumi Touma (Japanese), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese, Anatomia: The Origin), Megan Hollingshead (English)
- Action Girl: One of the strongest female leads in RPG history.
- Archer Archetype: If you choose to equip her with a bow, she's the best archer.
- Battle Ballgown: Mostly of the armor with a skirt variety, although still very fancy armor.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Again, only in the first game. She might be the only example that wears plate mail.
- Critical Existence Failure: If she is defeated, you have three turns to revive her before you automatically lose. Justified in that she is the power source of the main party in the first game.
- Cry Cute: As soon as she regains her memories as Platina.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Lenneth slowly shows more concern for humans as the game goes on, though it doesn't really appear readily until the Golden Ending has been triggered.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the Golden Ending when she defeats Loki after he displayed the power to destroy Migard with the Dragon Orb.
- Emotionless Girl: At first, though even she later showed the same attitude to Freya even after regaining her memories.
- Energy Bow: Her arrows seem to be composed of some sort of light energy.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Played with — mortals don't actually know the names of any of the valkyries, and only address them by that title (or sometimes Lady Valkyrie). Only other gods refer to her as Lenneth. Used to great effect in the second game to foreshadow The Reveal about Rufus.
- Evolving Attack: Lenneth's finisher has three levels, although the third is only really seen in the endgame.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Lenneth's new outfit in Anatomia looks like she's only wearing half of her usual outfit, perhaps since she seems to be younger and inexperienced. Her breastplate only covers one breast and she only has one pauldron on her left shoulder.
- Fanservice: Averted in the first game, but as time goes on, the artists of the series just keep blowing her skirt up more and more in illustrations until it finally resulted in this◊.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her armor forms around her breasts.
- Freudian Trio: Explicitly referred to as the Valkyries' primary ego in the bad ending.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Her outfit is gold, blue, and white.
- Good Bad Translation: Her finishing move Nibelung Valesti was apparently a corruption of Nibelung Velocity. Also, her pre-fight quote as mentioned above doesn't make sense in the first game, especially when she refers it to her warriors. This was fixed in the sequel game, where she now says "Come to me brave warriors, the battle awaits us!"
- The Grim Reaper: Subverted. Although many people call her a death goddess, she is actually a goddess of destiny.A god of death is merely responsible for the snuffing out of lives. I however, can show you the path...
- Half-Human Hybrid: In the Golden Ending of the first game, again - her soul is placed in a new body that's half-elven.
- Hero Antagonist: In Convenant of the Plume, she's the main target of the protagonist's revenge, despite not really deserving it.
- Heroines Prefer Swords: Even if she is equipped with a bow, Lenneth uses a sword to slash things in dungeons. She's also the only sister to use swords as primary weapons in the second game; all three Valkyries still use a sword for Nibelung Valesti.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After having her memories and being reassembled, she briefly goes into this over Lucian's death.
- Karma Meter: Lenneth has two. One, more obvious, shows how well she is in the graces of Odin, the All-Father. The second shows how strong the seal is on her memories. If it's low enough at the appropriate time, the Golden Ending opens up on Medium or Hard difficulty.
- Mama Bear: Toward her Einherjar and, in the A Ending, the whole world. Loki's last big mistake was blasting Midgard.
- Physical God: She's a low-ranked Aesir who takes physical form to handle preparations for Ragnarok. In the Golden Ending, Lenneth assumes the prime position as the creator of a new world - one of the most benevolent examples of the trope. While stripped of much of this power when she time travels after Lezard in the sequel, she is still Lenneth the Creator in her sequel appearance.
- Party in My Pocket: Probably one of the most literal examples given that she's powering them.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her braid reaches to about her lower back, and it's even longer on her in-game sprite.
- Restraining Bolt: She has no memories of the time she spent as Platina, whose guise she still uses when going incognito on Midgard. Odin is extremely unhappy should this be released; he attempts to reseal Lenneth and awakens Hrist in her stead.
- The Scapegoat: Wylfred blames her for his father's death, even though she had no real role in the war that he died in. Despite that, she still lets him kill her in the worst ending in order to end his rampage.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In the C ending of Convenant of the Plume, Odin and Freya speculate that she let Wylfred kill her because she somehow felt responsible for his plight. Unfortunately, this sympathy causes her bosses to wipe her memory after each of her reincarnations.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Lenneth grapples with this question as she regains her memories and sees past Odin's façade. She ultimately settles on good.
- True Blue Femininity: Bright blue armor and a blue glow when she uses Nibelung Valesti.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: For most of the first game, she just doesn't "get" love in general, and calls into question some of her einherjar's judgment when they do something apparently crazy out of love.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives one to Loki in the Golden Ending, just before recreating the world, resurrecting all the humans that died in Loki's attack, and kicking his ass.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: She kills no less than two of the souls who join her.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Lenneth's new outfit in Anatomia has them.
Silmeria ValkyrieGolden Ending) in the first game. She's one of the central characters of the second, which was named after her. Active centuries before the first game, Odin's attempt to put a Restraining Bolt on her was incomplete, and Silmeria was able to communicate with her host body, Princess Alicia of Dipan. It turns out that Silmeria was sealed because she found out about Odin's world-destroying plan to win Ragnarok by potentially causing the world to fall apart. Silmeria's attempting to counter-plan against this in the meantime. Her Finishing Move is also Niebelung Valesti, colored yellow.
- Action Girl: Not nearly on Lenneth's level, but she has her moments.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Silmeria prefers to use a bow, but remains proficient with a sword for when she's directly controlling Alicia or using Nibelung Valesti.
- Cosmic Keystone: In the second game, it's revealed that Brahms held her frozen body in Midgard because Odin stole the Dragon Orb, which was supposed to keep Midgard stable, and Silmeria's power was used as a replacement.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Gameplay-wise, she takes over the archer role from Lenneth in the second game. Design-wise, her armor is light purple and she is the least armored of the three. Her valkyrie headpiece is smaller and has three hawk feathers.
- Expy: Unintentionally, Silmeria is very much a version of Skuld, the youngest of the Norn sisters in the original myths.
- Freudian Trio: With Lenneth and Hrist being respectively referred to as the primary ego and the secondary ego, the Id is the logical conclusion for Silmeria's role in the Valkyrie.
- Good Is Dumb: Many a time a situation may have been resolved in her favor had more forethought been put into her plans. Alas, she ends up Out-Gambitted by everyone and their dog.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Wears lavender armor.
- Grand Theft Me: Princess Alicia and Silmeria Valkyrie share the same body. Silmeria can take control anytime she wants.
- The Grim Reaper: Unlike her sisters, though, Silmeria's active recruitment days are behind her. She instead has to find her old einherjar where they had been dropped.
- Hot-Blooded: When compared to her sisters.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Silmeria is more traditionally heroic than her sisters, as she's acting out of her disgust towards Odin's manipulative actions.
- Human Popsicle: She's trapped in crystal during the first game.
- Informed Attribute: Is said to be the kindest of the three Valkyries. In practice, Lenneth consistently is as of the second game. Silmeria is more along the lines of Jerk with a Heart of Gold by actively trying to protect humanity from Odin's plans.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has a rough exterior, but she is trying to protect humanity from Odin.
- Out-Gambitted: Constantly. Whether it's being outdone by Hrist, the three mages, Lezard, or Odin, Silmeria never once comes out ahead. She's either a freakin' Vizzini or just very, very unlucky.
- Rebellious Princess: Well, rebellious goddess, but the effect's the same. And she gets sealed into another rebellious princess.
- Spoiled Brat: Easily the most rebellious of the three Valkyries. It also appears in her invocation for Niebelung Valesti, which is a much more curt version of her sisters' invocation. Of course, as she's found out that Odin's willing to sacrifice the entire human realm for his ambitions to win Ragnarok, Silmeria's more than justified in acting like this.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Silmeria has the least difficulty with this question. Her commitment to good over law makes her the quickest to rebel.
Voices: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese, first game), Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese, second game), Megan Hollingshead (English, first game), Tara Platt (English, second game)The eldest Valkyrie, who finds herself fighting against her sisters an awful amount. Very cold and imperious, she very much believes in Odin and tries to follow directions the best she can. Or, alternatively, she's a vicious, cold-blooded killer who is all for Odin's potentially world-shattering plans. Her Finishing Move is, as with her sisters, Niebelung Valesti. Her version of Nibelung Valesti is red or purple.
- Aloof Big Sister: The most emotionally distant of the three valkyrie sisters, and the one who consequently has the most elaborate invocation for her finisher.
- Blade on a Stick: The lone Valkyrie who uses a spear instead of a sword outside of Nibelung Valesti.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her truthade bio in the third game basically says "Be strong. They'll have to make a game about you someday".
- Conflicting Loyalty: She comes to question her more disturbing duties under Odin (like stealing the power source that holds Midgard together, destroying whole kingdoms, and such) after spending some time with the heroes, and eventually even confesses that she doesn't know what to believe anymore when asked at a certain point.
- Dark Action Girl: Whether you believe one Alternate Character Interpretation or the other, she definitely is.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Posing as Leone gives her an opportunity to get to know Alicia and develop sympathy for her she hadn't had before.
- Demoted to Extra: Hrist has not been the central character of any Valkyrie Profile game yet; she only makes a brief appearance in the first game's Golden Ending (and a mention of her name in the worst ending), and she spends much of the second game hunting her sister's Soul Jar. Her appearance in the third is restricted to complaining about not having a starring role in the Bonus Dungeon.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In Silmeria. In the first game, she's a Palette Swap of Lenneth; in the second, she's given a different weapon and moves.
- Her moves in Silmeria are based from Lawfer's attacks, primarily because there are no other spearmen in your team other than her.
- Design-wise, aside from having a black and dark purple color scheme, Hrist is the most heavily-armored of the valkyries and she actually wears a helmet rather than just a tiara. Her valkyrie headpiece has five black fathers.
- Enemy Mine: What those who tend to dislike her believe she does by the end of Silmeria. She has the first one of the series exacted on her.
- Freudian Trio: Is explicitly referred to as the Valkyries' secondary ego, or (superego) by Freya. However, in the first game, she goes after Brahms immediately after awakening without plans, without allies, and in a weakened state, just to try to liberate her sister Silmeria from Brahms. A pretty emotional course of action for a super ego character.
- The Grim Reaper: The only one of the three valkyries in the habit of personally killing people she wants as einherjar.
- Humans Are Average: How she views us the best of times.
- Heel–Face Turn: What those who do like her believe she does by the end of Silmeria.
- Kick the Dog: In Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria, she kills Arngrim to turn him into an einherjar so that he's forced to obey her instead of siding with Silmeria. Those that don't like her find her killing and brainwashing an ally brings her over the Moral Event Horizon. Those that do forgive her in part because Death Is Cheap and in part because he rebels and goes back to joining the good guys anyhow.
- Knight Templar: There is nothing she won't do to achieve what she thinks right. Nothing.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Yes, believe it or not, Hrist pulls one of these in the first game. Without any forward planning whatsoever and while disobeying orders, thus derailing Odin's plans, Hrist rushes headfirst into Brahms' Castle without any einherjar and while somewhat Nerfed from having been forcefully awakened before her time. It ends about as well as for her as the Trope Namer's own venture.
- Meaningful Name: In Old Norse, her name translates to "the shaker" or "the quaking one".
- Purple Is Powerful: Her Nibelung Valesti is purple in the second game.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears black armor, and in the first game, when she was completely antagonistic, her Nibelung Valesti was red. By the time she uses it in the second game, she has begun the process of undergoing a Heel–Face Turn and uses a purple version instead.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Rather than attempt to recruit einherjar when Odin awakens her in the first game, she attempts to rescue Silmeria.
- Slasher Smile: A subtle example during the execution of King Barbarossa in the first game.
- This Cannot Be!: Her reaction to being defeated in the Golden Ending of the first game.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Hrist has the most difficulty with this question. She initially settles on lawful, but spending time with Alicia and being faced with all the problems Odin has caused pushes her towards good.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: You Kill Arngrim, You Bought Him. It's implied that she regularly uses this method to gain Einherjar. She also takes it very seriously, as she will go out of her way to ensure her Einherjar's safety. Even if she killed him herself, she also believes it is her duty to keep them safe once they are under her command, and is even willing to fight Freya to protect them.
- "Let it be done!"
- BFS: Wielder of Rangrid's Blade, Blade named after she of the shield truce. One swing dispels all darkness.
- Freudian Trio: Hrist, Lenneth, and Silmeria are the Valkyrie's Super Ego, Ego, and Id respectively.
- Fusion Dance: The True Valkyrie are briefly recombined at the climax of Valkyrie Profile Silmeria using Princess Alicia as a vessel.
- Just a Flesh Wound: Stoically stands there and allows Lezzard to stab her in the stomach with Gungnir before delivering a brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech and passing sentence on his soul.
- Literal Split Personality: The True Valkyrie has been split into the three sisters for so long that no-one even remembers them as one anymore...
- Power Gives You Wings: She briefly manifests a pair of wings when she is reborn and manifests three pairs during the climax of her Niebelung Valesti (a pair from each sister).
- Restraining Bolt: Implied that she was split into three to limit her power.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Can control Fate itself.
Voices: Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Ken Gates (English, first game), Arthur Russel (English, second game)
All-father, the lord of the Aesir, who is hoping to win Ragnarok over the Vanir led by Surt. He is the one who controls and has exclusive use of the Sovereign Rite, which can bind the divine or so he thinks. He wields Gungnir, a Cosmic Keystone that he can draw upon for devastating attacks. He's also a Half-Elf/Half-Aesir hybrid, which is how he's able to constantly increase his power.
- BFS: Well, it's a spear, but Odin's huge two-sided spear Gungnir definitely counts.
- Disc One Final Boss: In the second game.
- Gambit Roulette: His plans might edge into this territory if not for his divinity.
- Give Me Your Inventory Item: After defeating a boss, he'll ask for the divine treasures in chests left by the bosses. He gives you one point of karma for giving them up, but dings you five points if you don't.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Ironically killed by Loki using the Dragon Orb, the artifact that he stole from Midgard.
- Jerkass Gods: Literally the god of Jerkass.
- Kick the Dog: Made all the worse that he used to be just like one of the dogs he kicks. Namely, Rufus.
- Omniscient Morality License: He claims one, anyhow. Too bad he's not actually omniscient.
- Slouch of Villainy: Just look at how he sits in his throne in both games. That's not the sign of a good guy.
- Smug Snake: This makes his respective owning at the hands of other villains all the more satisfying.
- Unwitting Pawn: Loki completely snows him in the Golden Ending of the original. Fitting, considering the original myths.
- The Worf Effect: He's the king of the gods, and yet still falls victim to less powerful villains, for crying out loud.
Freya (Frey in the Original Japanese version)
Voices: Maria Kawamura (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English, first game), Kirsten Potter (English, second game)
- Action Girl: Is famous among fans for being gloriously badass.
- Berserk Button: Never make references to her age.
- Combat Stilettos: Well, at least she can hover.
- Composite Character: Of both Frigg, Odin's wife, and Freya, the Vanir goddess of love and fertility.
- Da Chief: She's the one who Lenneth has to answer to — handing out rewards if Lenneth has been in Odin's good graces, and admonishing her if not. If you cheese off Odin too much, she wipes the floor with Lenneth as part of the bad end, and is shown afterwards awakening Hrist.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's just as cold as any of the Aesir, but she shows a lot of emotion when her husband dies.
- Disneyfication: in the original myths and legends... let us just say that Freya really knew how to get around, with everyone from Odin to four dwarves... for a necklace. This makes the series stand out for being one of the few Norse Mythology adaptations to remember that Freya is also a warrior goddess who runs the Valkyries and focus on that aspect instead.
- Energy Ball: Freya's Purify Weird Soul / Soul Crush, Ether Strike, is a huge ball of energy that she charges up in her hands. It also tends to be the most powerful finisher in the game.
- Gender-Blender Name: In the original Japanese version, Freya was named Frey, who in the original Norse mythology was actually Freya's brother, yet the character is clearly intended to be the Norse fertility goddess. This was changed in the English version.
- Glacier Waif: You wouldn't think this based on her appearance, but Freya hits like a truck and is slow as molasses.
- Guest-Star Party Member: In the first game, she helps out Lenneth for most of the first dungeon, but steps aside to let Lenneth handle the boss without further guidance. If you get certain items found in particular Hard Mode dungeons, she also joins up in the Bonus Dungeon.
- Humans Are Average: She seems to think this.
- Kamehame Hadoken: One of Freya's attacks, Thunder Sword, manifests as a powerful beam of energy from her hands.
- Light 'em Up: Her attacks are all Holy elemental, and they resemble giant Asgardian laser beams more than anything else.
- Magic Skirt: Though official art◊ shows she's actually wearing a leotard, with the "skirt" just covering her hips.
- Male Gaze: There are quite a lot of cutscenes in the second game that focus on her posterior...
- Mighty Glacier: Her attacks are powerful, but incredibly slow. Combos have to be based around Freya's slow speed to pull off attacks in order to fill the Heat Gauge.
- Mundane Utility: Most people would just walk - or at most hover - down the three steps to Odin's throne.
- Power of Creation: She is the in-game goddess of life and fertility, and worshiped by humans as such. Cof P states that she can "conjure being where there was once none." She has infinite materialize points, and her ability to create is only limited by her creativity.
- Power Floats: To show off that she's an extremely powerful goddess (not to mention Lenneth's boss), she floats pretty much constantly in the first game.
- Shout-Out: Two of her attacks are trademarks of Chun-Li - the spinning bird kick attack and the lightning legs attack, both having the same description of being secret, forbidden attacks.
- Spam Attack: Her Divine Punishment attack looks a lot like Chun-Li's Hyakuretsukyaku/Lightning Leg attack...
- Stripperiffic: a hat, a swimsuit, and boots. Although her promiscuous side is left untold, she still looks the part.
- Teleport Spam: In battle, she pulls this off constantly between her attacks.
- Widow Woman: The first two games have her eventually dealing with the death of Odin, whom she deeply cares for.
- Ax-Crazy: Uses a Cosmic Keystone to rain fire and death upon all. All the while wearing a big, happy Slasher Smile.
- Big Bad: Only if you've unlocked the Golden Ending.
- The Chessmaster
- Deceptive Disciple
- Evil Laugh
- Final Boss: In the Golden Ending.
- Freudian Excuse: He's half-Aesir half-Vanir, yet lives in Jerkass Gods Valhalla central. As apathetic to the needs of those they deem beneath them that the Aesir feel, it's left to little wonder how Loki ended up so frikkin' nuts.
- Kick the Dog: Starts with Lucian, then moves onto Kicking Every Dog in the Known Universe.
- Large Ham: The ending battle of the Gold Ending could be reinterpreted as Lenneth and him battling over the right to be the Patron God of Ham.
- Motive Rant: during the final showdown.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Half-Aesir, half-Vanir. However, both are humanoid, so the fact that he's also humanoid doesn't raise eyebrows.
- Not So Different: Tries this on Lenneth, but she just delivers a Shut Up, Hannibal! once she gathers her wits.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He ultimately wants to destroy everything to get back at how he's been treated. He gets his chance in the Golden Ending route.
- One-Winged Angel: This falls under one of Loki's actual powers according to mythology, shape-shifting, which he used very frequently. Changing shapes also does change his abilities; the only reason he probably isn't known in mythology for doing exactly this is because he just doesn't get into fair fights in the first place.
- Slasher Smile:
- The Starscream: A successful one.
HelThe mistress of Nifleheim, she makes a brief appearance in the original game, and has a more prominent role in Covenant of the Plume, where she makes the titular covenant with Wylfred, offering him power in exchange for the lives of his allies.
- For the Evulz: She gave Wylfred power, and is revealed to have been behind the Succession Crisis in the first place, apparently for her own amusement.
Frei / Freyja (JP)
Voices: Kae Araki (Japanese), Kayzie Rogers (English)One of the Aesir of Valhalla, who appears as a young girl and is the younger sister of the goddess Freya. Frei seems to be the greeter of Valhalla and is friendly and warm to Lenneth. She is said to have the power to destroy the universe, but it was sealed away at birth.
- Advertised Extra: Despite being one of the named gods in the series, Frei does almost nothing of importance. She seems to be on good terms with Lenneth and has a few scenes with the Einherjar you send up, but beyond that, nothing else. Odd considering there is quite a bit of concept art of her and some backstory. It is possible that she was intended to have a bigger purpose at some point.
- Apocalypse Maiden: According to backstory information about her. This was never explored in the games, though.
- Death by Adaptation: She is killed by Loki in the Valkyrie Profile manga.
- Gender-Blender Name: In the original Japanese version, Frei is named Freyja. It is clear in the game that . Their names were reversed in the English version. In the original Norse mythology, Frey / Freyr is one of the Vanir, Freya's twin brother, and is a fertility and sun god.
- Put on a Bus: She has yet to appear in any other game in the series except the first game.
- Talking to Herself: She shares some scenes with Jelanda if you send her up to Asgard. The two share a voice actress in the original Japanese version.
Voices: Dai Matsumoto (Japanese), Stephen Martello (English)The Aesir god of protection. Just like his counterpart in Norse mythology, Heimdall is tasked with guarding the rainbow bridge, Bifrost, and exterminates any intruders trying to invade Asgard.
I won't sit idly by while vermin like you stained the blessed ground of Asgard!
- Bonus Boss: Heimdall can be fought again in the Seraphic Gate, this time under the name Heimdual.
- You Shall Not Pass: He has the same role as the Heimdall of Norse mythology, who guards Asgard at Bifrost. He even says this line word for word in battle.
Voices: Toko Aoyama (Japanese, second game), Maria Kawamura (Japanese, Covenant of the Plume), Yuri Lowenthal (English)The Aesir god of archery. In the first game, he can interact with some of the Einherjar that Lenneth sends up to Asgard. In the second game, he has a bigger role in the story and is charged by Hrist to guard the passage to Dipan. He seems to have a precocious crush on Silmeria.
Don't you know that Hrist was just trying to save you unnecessary suffering?
- Ascended Extra: In the first game, Ull has a relatively small role in the story and is only seen when he interacts with some of the Einherjar that Lenneth can send up to Asgard. In the second game, he opposes both Alicia and Silmeria and can be fought as a boss.
- Bishōnen: Ull appears as a very young-looking boy.
- Bonus Boss: Like most bosses in the game, Ull can be fought again in the Seraphic Gate, under the name Ull in High Socks.
- Humans Are Average: He seems to dislike humans, based on his interaction with Alicia in the second game. In the first game, he gets along fine with Einherjar, though.
- An Ice Person: Part of his Soul Crush, Desperate Horror, which encases his target in ice crystals shot from his bow.
- You Shall Not Pass: Hrist charges him with guarding the passage to Dipan. At first, he tries to convince Silmeria not to go through, but afterwards he is forced to attack Alicia and her party after they refuse.
RoussalierAn Elf living in the Forest of Spirits, she helps Alicia and Rufus escape Heimdall. An archer, she shows an almost maternal concern for the two, particularly Rufus, leading to speculation that she's his mother.
- "Now face a princess's true wrath!"
- A Fate Worse Than Death (Narrowly averted. See below.)
- Black Magician Girl: Your starting mage. A decent and reliable one, too. Commonly ends up being the Closing Mage, too.
- Body Horror: Changed into a demon by the Ghoul Powder. The transformation is offscreen in the original, but is shown in its full glory in the PSP remake. Her transformed and possessed body goes on a murderous rampage while she watches helplessly, a prisoner in her own vessel.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Lives and breathes this, initially. Throws her scepter during a temper tantrum soon after Arngrim has humiliated her father in front of his own knighthood by exposing him as a coward.
- So, she disguises herself to hire Arngrim for a job on which she intends to pay him back. While discussing the "job" with him, she makes a scene over what she deems inadequate food at a restaurant before accidentally downing alcohol and passing out on the floor.
- Break the Haughty: A particularly horrifying example.
- Clark Kenting: Glasses + babushka = her alias, Angela.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: The entirety of her escapades as Angela. Half the fun is watching Arngrim react to this proverbial train wreck.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?Jelanda: Arngrim, it hurts!
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple / Purple Is Powerful: Her princess dress is purple.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: For all her bossy attitude, she's a genuinely good person and rather unaware of the outside world as a princess.
- Kill It with Fire: Starts out like this.
- Mercy Kill: By her eventual Big Brother Mentor Arngrim and Lenneth after being transmogrified into a terrible beast.
- Pimped-Out Dress: As a royal, she wears a grand dress. It can be seen in her concept art and recruitment scenes.
- Pretty in Mink: As a sorceress, she wears a cape trimmed with white fur.
- Rebellious Princess
- Red Mage: Starts with fire spells, but can also heal your party.
- Regal Ringlets
- Squishy Wizard
- Treacherous Advisor: Is the victim of one of these. Her father's advisor is actually a double agent for the enemy nation and arranged for her to be delivered to them. If the plot is unveiled, she was drugged, and the soldiers sent to her rescue were ordered to give her some medicine in order to wake her up.
Voices: Hiroki Tochi (Japanese), Maddie Blaustein (English, first game), Dameon Clarke (English, second game)
- "I grow tired of you!"
- Ascended Extra: Thanks to his popularity, he returned in the second game and got a lot more of a speaking role.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Better to Die than Be Killed
- BFS: The largest in the series.
- Big Brother Mentor: Becomes this to Jelanda. Was also this for Lawfer, training the younger warrior in the use of the spear and helping him realise his self-worth.
- The Big Guy
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Captain Ersatz: There's no denying it. He's Guts from Berserk.
- Chainmail Bikini: A rare male example. Arngrim wears shoulder pads and gauntlets but no chestplate, and he's shirtless. Guess that just goes to show how much of a badass he is.
- Driven to Suicide: Played straight in the first game and narrowly averted in the ending of the second.
- Death Seeker: Is implied to be this after the fall of Dipan.
- Enemy Mine: The first one against Hrist. The second one against Lezard.
- Expy: Is actually an Expy of Ancel in Covenant of the Plume, but only in combat. Played straight in the second game.
- Face–Heel Turn: Forced into it by Hrist in the second game. Later reversed into a Heel–Face Turn when he sides with Alicia and Rufus.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A long one running down the left side of his face.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lawfer.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Leeroy Jenkins: His standard operating procedure. Only he makes it work for him.
- Macguffin Escort Mission: Ends up on a permanent one, protecting the Dragon Orb from all those who would abuse it as its official guardian.
- Meaningful Name / Named After Somebody Famous: Besides the Aesir and their enemies, Arngrim perhaps is one of the few human characters in the game who has his original mythological counterpart (the mythological Arngrim is a berserker in the Tyrfing Cycle of the Norse Mythology)
- Mighty Glacier: He hits like a truck, but his most of his attacks only hit a few times.
- Morality Pet: His crippled younger brother.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: In Silmeria, he actually uses one hand for a lot of his attacks.
- Punch Clock Villain: How he tries to justify siding with Hrist after becoming her Einherjar. Emphasis on "tries."
- Rage Against the Heavens: Covenant Of The Plume says he was put through reincarnation after calling out Odin over his actions in the unaltered-timeline version of the events of the second game.
- Stripperiffic: Arngrim's missing a huge chunk of armor from his chest.
- Talking to Himself: Arngrim and Lawfer are both voiced by Maddie Blaustein in the first game.
- "You have paid the price for your evil!"
- Blue Blood
- Cool Sword: Especially in his Purify Weird Soul.
- Dull Surprise: Several of his quotes show him being somewhat bored in battle.
- Equivalent Exchange: His use of Soul Transfer to save his beloved's life.
- Happiness in Slavery: He's legitimately in love with his slave, and gives up his life for her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Willingly gives up his life to save the life of his beloved.
- Sacrificial Revival Spell: Soul Transfer
- You Can't Fight Fate: In one scene, he spends several moments wondering if everything that happened to him was the result of fate. He then realizes this after his servant dies.
Voices: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Tara Jayne (English)
- "With enemies like this, even I might have a chance!"
- Archer Archetype
- Bishōnen: His attractiveness is even one of his positive points for Asgard.
- Ensign Newbie: He's clearly out of his depth in the army, and a big chunk of his scenes are to ultimately show that War Is Hell by killing him off.
- Rain of Arrows: His finising move, Layer Storm, bombards a single foe with arrows.
- Roboteching: One of his normal attacks and his Purify Weird Soul do this with arrows.
- War Is Hell: War forces him to leave the girl he loves, who breaks down after his death. It's even remarked that he's too gentle a soul to participate in war.
Voices: Atsushi Naito (Japanese), Maddie Blaustein (English)
- "I pledge my strength to the lady Valkyrie!"
- Always Second Best: Compared to tactical genius Arngrim. Doesn't help that his father is captain of the knights, as well.
- Bishōnen: Being beautiful is even a positive trait that Valhalla values.
- Badass Normal: One of the top knights of Artolia, without any sort of magical power or history (prior to his recruitment) of supernatural assistance.
- Blade on a Stick
- Blow You Away / Razor Wind: His Purify Weird Soul, Justice Stream.
- Dare to Be Badass: Arngrim calls him out on this during a flashback of Arngrim kicking his ass in training.Arngrim: "Genius? That's what losers say. He's 'different', he's 'special'. Pick up your spear, all you can do is your best."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Arngrim.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Implied. He attempts to release Arngrim's brother, Roland, from prison, and is then recruited to Valhalla.
- Lightning Bruiser: Lawfer hits hard, fast, and his Purify Weird Soul happens to be one of the most powerful among the regular Einherjar.
- Put on a Bus: He is somewhat important to the storyline considering he's just a lowly Einherjar, but he only appears in the first game of the series. An incarnation of Lawfer appears as one of Hrist's Einherjar in Dipan, but he is nowhere to be seen in the second game.
- What Happened to the Mouse? - How he died is never shown onscreen. The manga states that Lawfer was turned into a vampire and Arngrim, who had already become an Einherjar, killed him. It is implied that he tried rescuing Roland, but was killed during the jailbreak.
Voices: Natsumi Yanase (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)After both her parents died, she was adopted by a Shinto priest and chosen to inherit the shrine duties. Her upbringing has left her honest and self-sacrificing, but also fatalistic and resigned to the vicissitudes of fate. As a mage, she uses the pool of twelve Great Magics for her Finishing Move.
"I have drawn dai-kichi: excellent fortune!"
- Determinator: She set out to prove that familial bonds can transcend simply being of blood in order to obtain her family's power.
- Disc One Nuke:
- Her heirloom sword, Dragonbane, which can be obtained after recruiting her. It is the strongest mage weapon in the first disc (outside of Element Scepters and Ether Scepters, both of which have a high chance of breaking when used, and the Unicorn Horn, which is one of the several endgame-tier weapons potentially available via Transmutation) and can be equipped by any sorcerer).
- She also starts with Lightning Bolt, which can be used to one-shot many early-game enemy encounters.
- Fragile Flower
- Happily Adopted
- Hime Cut: A sign of her miko and aspiring Yamato Nadeshiko status.
- Replacement Goldfish
- Sacrificial Revival Spell: She sacrificed herself on a soul transfer to let Minayo, her adoptive parents' real daughter, live in her body.
- Shock and Awe: Starts with a lightning spell.
- Squishy Wizard
- The Fatalist
- Yamato Nadeshiko: A Nice Girl from wutai who has a hime cut and works as a miko.
Voices: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Scottie Ray (EN)A young man from the land of Yamato, Jun wields two swords with a style all his own. Jun's goal is to find a miracle drug that will cure his beloved sister, Ai, of blindness. His life is devoted solely to his sister, whom he cherishes. However, his greed gets the best of him; he's turned into an ogre by it, and Lenneth is forced to kill him. His finishing move, Senko-Jin, is a series of rapid slashes while he move around in lightning speed.
"No matter who the opponent, I shall not yield!"
- Big Brother Instinct: According to his story, his own clouded eyes are what caused his sister to become blind.
- Blade Spam: Mugen No Kensen
- Dual Wielding
- Everything's Better With Samurai
- Grand Theft Me: for defeating the Ogre, the demon possessed his body afterwards.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Jun speaks Japanese for some of his attacks, including his Purify Weird Soul.
- Half-Identical Twins: With his sister, Ai.
- Katanas Are Just Better: As with the other katana wielders, subverted - he does much better if equipped with the European-style swords used by standard light swordsmen. He still appears to wield katanas regardless, however.
- Morality Pet: His sister, Ai.
- Samurai Ponytail
- Your Mind Makes It Real
KashellHeroic Sacrifice, both to save his ally Celia's life and to defeat a medusa preying on a town. His Finishing Move is Flashing Blade, where he leaps up and impales his foe on his zweihander.
- BFS: Second to Arngrim
- Blood Knight: Several of his battle quotes include expressing excitement over the start of a battle or disappointment when it ends.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Jumped at the Call: Unlike some of the others, he's adventuring because he wants to do good and can't wait to do it.
- Nice Guy
- Ship Tease: Some dialogue suggests that he and Celia (one of his companions, along with fellow Einherjar Aelia and Grey) have feelings for each other; in one scene he accidentally calls Lenneth by Celia's name, and Celia herself is far more devastated by his death than the deaths of Aelia and Grey.
- Speak of the Devil: How he taunts the demon before it unexpectedly showed up right in front of him and impaling him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voices: Norio Wakamoto (JP), Scottie Ray (EN)A disgraced former knight and sniper from Crell Monferaigne, Janus lost his social status and was disowned by his family due to the public fallout of an assassination mission he undertook on behalf of his liege. He desires to return to his rightful position, which is used to manipulate him to his death by those who don't want the truth of his actions to come to light. His Finishing Move is Guilty Break, a repeated stream of arrows pinning his target before finishing with an explosion.
"How long must we keep fighting the same battles?"
- Archer Archetype
- Badass Baritone: Deeply resonant and strong, and Janus puts up with a lot (including the ruining of his own reputation) all for his country.
- Badass Normal: The best Archer you'll have after Lenneth who, lest we forget, is a super-powered immortal Valkyrie.
- Acquitted Too Late
- Automatic Crossbow
- Cold Sniper: Played with, as he acts this way, but is wounded deeply by his past.
- Handicapped Badass: Seems to be missing his left eye
- Hitman with a Heart
- Short Hair with Tail
- The So-Called Coward
Aeliapowerful energy beam in a similar fashion to Bahamut.
- Action Girl
- Blade on a Stick
- Blood Knight: Much like Kashell (who was her compatriot in life), several of her quotes exult in the thrill of the fight.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Chainmail Bikini: Not as extreme as some examples, but her armor does accentuate her curves and she has absolutely no armor on her thighs. She also does seem to be wearing a chainmail leotard underneath her armor.
- Chest Blaster: Uses one in her dragon form in lieu of a Breath Weapon.
- Defiant to the End: She refuses to divulge her secrets to Gandar, which leads to him just killing her.
- Does Not Like Men
- Informed Flaw: The only indication of this is on her Traits list; not only does she not show any misandrist tendencies in the game, but in life almost her entire circle of friends was male.
- Fiery Redhead
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Not her character art so much, but her battle sprite has her head be almost twice the size of her abdomen.
- Javelin Thrower: Aelia can throw her spear like a javelin for one of her attacks. It can magically return back to her hand afterwards.
- The Lad-ette: Has "drinker" as a positive trait that Valhalla favors.
- One of her scenes in Valhalla is enjoying herself at the "post-everyone fights to the death that day and get resurrected" feast.
- Lady of War
- Leotard of Power
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Scaled Up: Her Purify Weird Soul maneuver, one of the most powerful strikes in the game, involves her transforming into her dragon form.
- Sucking-In Lines: She gathers energy before firing her Purify Weird Soul move.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type C.
Voices: Hiroko Emori (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)A young and feisty mermaid that lived off of the coast of Yamato, Yumei was born to a mermaid mother and a human father. Throughout her life, Yumei was ostracized by the mermaid community for her human blood, and felt she could never be accepted by either race and learned to suppress all of her emotions. After her mother died, Yumei attempted to locate her father by hitching a ride on a small fishing boat operated by a man and his son. Yumei struck up a friendship with the boy, Fuyuki, and revealed to him her desire to find the Cerulean Lapis, a rare jewel said to grant any desire. Her death comes after Fuyuki finds the Cerulean Lapis and wishes that the despondent Yumei could be reunited with her parentsnote . She is a mage, and her Finishing Move is one of the twelve Great Magic attacks.
"Father, Mother; watch over me!"
- An Ice Person: Her default spells are Icicle Edge and Frigid Damsel.
- Apparently Human Merfolk: Only in concept art. Yumei's mermaid form has human hands and legs in her concept art, but whenever she transforms in-battle, she looks like a typical mermaid with a fish tail and webbed hands.
- Break the Cutie: Outcast among her people for being a Half-Human Hybrid, leaves her home alone to find out her father is dead, and is inadvertently killed by her friend when it turns out the wish he was granted was a Literal Genie.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Yumei also starts out with the Stone Torch spell.
- Fragile Flower
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Can be seen in the concept art of her human form.
- The Unfavourite: At least among merpeople society.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Because of this, she is a pariah among the merpeople.
- Literal Genie, victim of: Yumei dies when Fuyuki wishes that she could be with her parents again.
- Ironically being recruited as an Einherjar means that she still isn't with her parents.
- Our Mermaids Are Different
- Squishy Wizard
- Stepford Smiler: Present in some of her story. It's pretty clear she's lived a horrible life, but she tries to be cheerful.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Is able to shift between mermaid and human form at will.
Voices: Naoko Kuda (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)Lorenta was the intelligent and refined headmistress of the Flenceburg Sorcery Academy. She was very well-respected, though strict. She considers Mystina her favorite student, but is secretly hated by her. She was responsible for expelling Lezard Valeth from the Academy, and is later killed by him on her 36th birthday. Specifically, Lezard uses Ghoul Powder to transform her beloved husband into a demon, which crushed her spine. As her position indicates, she's a mage and uses Great Magic for her Finishing Move.
"Depart now, you grotesque thing!"
- Happily Married: Until Lezard decided to use her and her husband as a sacrifice to attract Lenneth's attention. Thanks a ton, jerk.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Has Mystic Cross as an starter spell.
- Pimped-Out Dress
- Power Floats: She's apparently so powerful, she can wield her staff by having it hover near her.
- Prim and Proper Bun
- Schoolmarm: Certainly in appearance.
- Squishy Wizard
- Stern Teacher: At least to Lezard and Mystina. Despite this, she's considered a favorite instructor at the Flenceburg university.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Lezard.
MystinaLaser-Guided Karma that Lezard's next victim is her; he freezes her to death after explaining his plan to her. She has the array of Great Magic attacks as her Finishing Move, befitting a mage.
- Always Second Best: Well, when your peer is Lezard Valeth, what do you expect? The only reason she became top of her class was because Lezard was expelled from the magic university. This is also why Lezard killed her, since her power is a threat to him.
- Alpha Bitch
- Bat out of Hell: Mystina's unique Familiar is a bat, representative of her personality.
- Chekhov's Gun: The elf homunculus that Mystina stole from Lezard's tower.
- For Science!: Stealing valuable homunculi from a dangerous, insane necromancer and considers being an einherjar an improvement over being alive, since she can learn about Bifrost and Yggdrasil, among other things.
- Gag Boobs: In the game, but most noticeably in the Manga, with plenty of panels dedicated to her body to boot.
- Green Eyes
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: She astrally projects herself into Lezard's tower and steals some valuable data, and later, she's killed when Lezard freezes her astral projection machine.
- Hot Witch
- Karmic Death: She acts cold about her teacher's death at Lezard's hands, and then Lezard kills her by plunging her body to absolute zero.
- Lady of Black Magic
- Magic Staff
- Of Corsets Sexy
- Red Oni: To Lezard.
- Squishy Wizard
- Vain Sorceress: A rare heroic example. Well, sort of.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment
- Zettai Ryouiki
LucianFinishing Move is Round-Rip Saber, a Teleport Spam attack.
- Always Save the Girl: He attempts to do this... with varying degrees of success.
- Anchored Ship: With Claire. Type 2.
- The Atoner: Still feels guilty over being unable to save his Unlucky Childhood Friend, Platina.
- Back from the Dead: On the best ending.
- Big Brother Mentor: He's this to the orphans in Gerebellum.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lucian may not be king of this trope, but he has a spot in the king's court.
- Dysfunction Junction: He came from a village that was selling most of their children into slavery, and after escaping, fell in with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits in Gerabellum.
- First Boy and Girl Win: Lucian and Platina were childhood friends, [and they end up together at the end, as Lenneth the Creator and Lucian the Einherjar.)
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While the sprites show him in a dark blonde/ Light brown hair. His illustrations, manga, and FM Vs, he's show with blonde hair. And at worst, he can be considered a Robin Hood like figure.
- Harmful to Minors: A big part of his backstory. You do not want to be a child in Coriander Village at the time Lucian, his little sister, and Platina lives there.
- Gerabellum also counts. Lucian ended up having to fight off hordes of royal soldiers in order to save Clare and the orphans when a complete genocide of the slums was commencing. Why did the royals order this? One guy from the slums stole from a noble.
- He Knows Too Much: Killed by Loki after he uses the Water Mirror to speak to Lenneth, which Loki used as a cover to sneak and steal the Dragon Orb without Odin realizing it, then framed him for stealing it.
- His Heart Will Go On: A rare male example. Reversed back into a straight Her Heart Will Go On later before he comes back from the dead.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When he begins to suspect that Lenneth is Platina after he finds out that valkyries live as humans when not active and that their human memories are sealed, he doesn't hesitate to try to bring them back. This unfortunately leads to ...
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Balances out his mediocre PWS with powerful regular attacks, and can break an enemy's guard frequently.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Convinces Lenneth to do this.
- Which after Lenneth kisses him, he starts to cry.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Dumb enough to trust Loki.
- Mangst: Can you blame him?
- My Greatest Failure: Not being able to save his sister or Platina.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He trusts Loki - you know, the guy that everyone calls the god of trickery. Set off the events that lead to The End of the World as We Know It.
- Nice Guy: Shows signs of this - it's mostly set back by his feelings for Platina affecting him. Also, he's the only Einherjar who's hero value starts off in the positive number scale.
- Official Couple: Of the first game.
- Red Is Heroic: Definitely. Also, contrasts with Lenneth. While they don't show the whole Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy trope. They're opposite colors.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Things didn't work out how he planned with Platina. A mere human and a goddess. It doesn't get anymore star-crossed than that. However, when Lenneth becomes Creator at the end, that problem is nullified. You wanna question her choice of romances? Have at her. Just don't do it near me.
- Shock and Awe: Oh, yes, 12 hits, and and his Limit Break Round Rip Saber
- Single-Target Sexuality: Even with Claire and her short, short skirt around, his heart still only belongs to Lenneth/Platina, a girl who for all intents and purposes to the mortal realm had been dead for years. The game even lists this as a weakness, yet he and Lenneth still end up together. Broken Aesop?
- Underestimating Badassery: He's quite capable as a warrior, but fangirls tend to look down at him, when it's actually one of the best warriors
- Unwitting Pawn: To Loki.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: In the Golden Ending, he's finally able to reunite with Lenneth, who has her memories and feelings as Platina restored.
- Violation of Common Sense: Just because Lucian is a top-tier character and plot-important doesn't mean that you shouldn't put him on a bus to Valhalla if you want to get the Golden Ending.
JayleFinishing Move is Eternal Raid, a Spam Attack with her rapier.
- Jeanne d'Archétype
- Lady of War
- Master of None: In terms of stats, she's the most well-rounded of all the physical fighters.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Sweet Polly Oliver
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Her CO, the only one who knows her secret.
Voices: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Jimmy Zoppi (EN)A thief who works alone, having refused to enter the Thieves' Guild. His power is unquestionable, but his unique ability to make enemies makes him unpopular. He has a notorious weakness for women and drink. He also handles any mercenary work, so long as he gets paid; he accompanies Arngrim on the mission to escort Jelanda before they're killed. His death comes from an arranged hit, from elements that worry he knows too much. His Finishing Move is Sphere Strike, in which he sets explosives around his foe and sets them off (with a shot in the American version, with his cigarette in the original).
'"Goddess, I'd give my life for you... shyeah, right!"
- Anti-Hero: Type IV, and this is exemplified by the fact that he has the absolute lowest hero value among the Einherjar (negative 111 points). Only two other characters are with the negative one-hundred range with him (Arngrim and Gandar) and neither of them can be sent up to Valhalla anyway.
- Archer Archetype: And not a good one at that.
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Badrach's attempts to convince Lenneth to take him as an einherjar rather than be sent to Nifleheim involve him citing some of his other deeds... like theft and extortion.
- Jumped at the Call: When he saw Valkyrie, he was all too happy to be picked up to be brought to Valhalla, mainly because the alternative was to rot in Nifelheim instead with Hel.
- More Dakka: His attacks fire off more shots than anyone else in the game - more than ten more, at best, than anyone else. However, he generally will only connect with less than a quarter of this unless fighting a really large foe.
- No Smoking: He's a smoker in the original Japanese version; the removal of his cigarette takes away from the effect of his finisher.
- Professional Killer
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Mentions one time he was stiffed by slavers; he let a girl get away to screw them over. This is the one thing that allows Lenneth to take him with her. It is implied that the girl was Lucian's sister.
- Schizo Tech: Guns in early Norse Medieval times. Though he equips bows like any other archer and his artwork shows him with a crossbow.
Voices: Tatsuya Nagatomo (JP), Eric Stuart (EN)Grey is a mysterious man who is only seen in black full plate armor. Upon dying, he was saved by his love, Lemia, who sacrificed herself for the the Ritual of Soul Transfer. He attempted to return the favor, but discovered too late that Soul Transfer cannot revive someone who sacrificed their life via Soul Transfer. However, his comrades Aelia, Kashell, Celia, and others mistakenly believed he had killed her, and he was forced to go into hiding. His finishing move is Icicle Disaster, which assaults the enemy and encases it in an ice block before scoring the final blow.
"Even in the face of defeat, I shall never surrender!"
- An Ice Person: One of the few physical fighters that can create energy attacks outside of his finisher, with two small icicles flying after him when he charges an enemy.
- The Atoner: He regretted that his wife did a soul transfer for him.
- Animated Armor: It's suggested that Grey doesn't have a body anymore; his spirit is holding up his armor.
- Black Knight
- Creepy Monotone: Well, he doesn't have vocal chords anymore.
- Sacrificial Revival Spell: It cannot be done to regain someone who already used it to revive someone else.
- Stone Wall: Why most people don't like him; he has rather low attack, though most don't notice his increased defense.
- As the game eventually becomes about doing as much massive amounts of damage to the enemy before they do the same to you, with plenty of options to be automatically revived after death, having a high defense doesn't really make up for a weak offense.
Voices: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)A song maiden, her goal was to use the enchanted nature of her song to empower her countrymen in battle against Yamato. However, she finally started to realize just what her power was being used for. In horror, she stopped singing, and was massacred on the field of battle. She's a mage, and uses the Great Magic spells for her Finishing Move.
"It's a blessing I cannot look upon you."
- All of the Other Reindeer: She was feared for the power of her songs.
- Blessed with Suck: Although her powers made her nation's army unstoppable, she was treated like crap for her entire life.
- Blind Seer
- Broken Bird: She thinks of herself as just a tool of war at first, though events on the battlefield cause her to question this at the worst possible time.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Which actually leads to her death - a battlefield is a bad place to have a My God, What Have I Done? moment.
- Disability Superpower: Shiho is blind, and this focuses her magical power.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Shiho's uniform only has decorative anklets for footwear.
- Green Eyes: Shown in some of her in-game portraits
- Facial Markings: She has a third-eye chakra on her forehead.
- Handicapped Badass: Can become this if you choose to level her up
- Heroic B.S.O.D.
- Hime Cut
- Magic Music
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Ship Tease: With Suo.
- Squishy Wizard
- Together in Death: An optional scene near the end of the game shows her and Suo falling in love in Valhalla.
- White Magician Girl: The one mage that actually fits the archetype; she starts with all of the defensive spells, but is the only mage that does not start with an offensive spell.
Voices: Akimitsu Takase (JP), Ted Lewis (EN)A samurai from Yamato; his life was a constant series of battles that he began to question more and more as Ragnarok approached. He was part of what led to Shiho's Heroic B.S.O.D., which later led to further doubts on his behalf. He died while trying to clear out a town supposedly filled with warriors by a man trying to cover the escape of women and children, not sure anymore if fighting further was actually worth it. His Finishing Move is Hyoso-hojin, a deep slash with his no-dachi.
"My path is strewn with corpses!"
- An Ice Person: Seen in his PWS.
- Bishōnen: Suo is quite handsome when he takes off his helmet. Only seen in a handful of his portraits and concept art.
- Cool Helmet: Suo wears a samurai-style kabuto with a faceplate that looks like a demon.
- Everything's Better with Samurai
- Gratuitous Japanese: Like his fellow samurai Jun, Suo speaks Japanese for some of his attacks, including his Purify Weird Soul, Hyoso-Hojin.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.
- Katanas Are Just Better - Actually a no-dachi, but most treat it like one. As with Jun, though, it's better to actually equip him with the swords any others use.
- Together in Death: With Shiho, see above.
LyseriaFinishing Move is from the list of Great Magic.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-Jotun, which grants her such out-of-control power that she intentionally seals herself away.
- Hard Mode Perks: She's the only party member found exclusively on Hard mode. While she has one of the highest base magic stats, there are already a slew of mages to pick from, so her exclusivity loses its value.
- Permanently Missable Content: If you send her to Asgard, you'll never get her back at the end of the game.
- Restraining Bolt: She's hoping Lenneth can be one.
- Sealed Good in a Can: She sealed herself, no less.
Voices: Mugihito (JP), Ted Lewis (EN)A maniac mage behind most of the mortal chaos that others had to trudge through, his goal is to arise to the stature where he can become a god himself. Odin sends Lenneth after him on the theory that, no matter how insane and evil he is, his power would be a great last-minute addition to his Ragnarok forces. Lenneth kills him as well, and he uses one of the Great Magic spells as a Finishing Move.
"My sorcery makes even the gods tremble!"
- Early-Bird Cameo: We first meet him during Aelia's recruitment, where he tortures and kills her for information about the Dragon Orb.
- Evil Sorcerer: The only characters with as low of a ranking on Asgard's scale of virtues are Arngrihm (who has a bit of a grudge with the gods, and it's mutual) and Badrach (who was literally just one good deed away from being sent to Hel). Gandar manages to put them both to shame.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Gandar's Familiar is a tiny adorable dragon, which is unique to male sorcerers.
- Obviously Evil: He dresses the part of an Evil Sorcerer, and his first appearance is him torturing Aelia in one of his dungeons during her recruitment phase. Nothing about Gandar is subtle.
- Physical God: His goal is to become one of these.
- Restraining Bolt: He's upset to discover that Lenneth can be one.
- Token Evil Teammate: Despite the fact that he has absolutely
- Wizard Classic: Gandar seems like an evil version of the trope: he's an aging wizard, he carries around a pipe and a wizard's staff which doubles as a cane, and even his English name is similar to Gandalf. However, he is pretty heavily armored for a wizard, wearing scale and plate armor.
- Silmeria: "They exist within me."
- All There in the Manual: Their origin stories are all explained in their character menus (and are gone into greater detail here).
- Belated Happy Ending: Once Silmeria has sufficiently trained her Einherjar she is able to release them back into Midgard as mortals. In many cases this means that related heroes who died tragically can be reunited again in peace and live out their lives together.
- Hero of Another Story: All of Silmeria's Einherjar have been dead for centuries and therefor have little to do with the current plot, yet they all were heroes once and many of them had interweaving storylines of their own.
- Written by the Winners: The bios given in the character profiles are presented as how history remembers them. Their actual stories can often differ from recorded history or are understood much better by comparing them to each other. As such their listed tropes may be inconsistant with their profile above.
Heavy Warrior. Age 28, 772cc - 800ccAn Einherjar materialised by Silmeria. He lived 150 years ago as a heavy warrior who swore loyalty to the Kingdom of Dipan. Dylan happened to be accompanying Silmeria when she was transmigrated by the Sovereign’s Rite, and thus he came to reside within Alicia as well. While other transferred Einherjar souls deteriorated, Dylan’s spirit remained strong, as did his body upon materialization. Thus, he was summoned forth to protect the Princess of Dipan, Alicia. Knowing that Dipan is in danger, he steps forward to protect and assist Alicia. His taciturn gruffness belies a deep sense of honour and the kindness in his heart. His Finishing Move is Violent Rage, a series of attacks done with his enormous sword.
"I will cut asunder your earthly bonds!"
- Badass Normal: Like any Einherjar, he's just a warrior who doesn't seem to possess any special powers.
- The Big Guy: In terms of size, he's even bigger and more muscular than Arngrim, who is already a big guy to begin with.
- BFS: He carries an enormous greatsword that's even larger and broader than Arngrim's.
- The Comically Serious: Whenever Alicia and her party have a lighthearted moment (few as they are), Dylan usually maintains his trademark grim face throughout.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Dylan is noticeably more tan than other characters and his face is framed by silver-grey hair.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his gruff and grim exterior, he is pretty soft-spoken and kind, especially when it comes to Alicia / Silmeria.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a large scar on each of his shoulders, but their origin is never explained.
- Magikarp Power: He starts off a little worse than your other heavy warriors, but he becomes a beast in the Seraphic Gate.
- Mighty Glacier: Like most Heavy Warriors in the series. Dylan also happens to have the most powerful Heavy Warrior attack in his arsenal.
- The Reveal: Is really Brahms in disguise.
- Undying Loyalty: In his lifetime, he served as a loyal warrior to Dipan and eventually to Silmeria herself. Gameplay-wise, he's one of the few characters who cannot be released as an Einherjar due to his plot importance, similar to Arngrim and Mystina in the first game.
The Beginning Years
Voices: Dai Matsumoto (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)
Mage. Age 29, 112cc - 146ccLed the military of Fraelgard, a country that existed on the island south of the continent from 80cc to 234cc. It is said Mithra was behind the construction of hidden fortresses at key points on the island that fended off would-be invaders from the continent. However, a mistake by a subordinate raised suspicions of treason against the King, during a battle in 145cc Mithra was left to die on the battlefield and eventually captured. For the entire year he was held captive in a dungeon, Mithra was subjected to unspeakable tortures, yet never spoke a word. When his corpse was later delivered to Fraelgard without eyes, ears or tongue, the King is said to have broken down in tears at his own shameful folly.
"Be calm! Do not show weakness"
- An Ice Person: One of only two mages to use ice magic.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Subverted. He never actually betrayed his King.
- Making a Splash:"Awaken the song which speaks of empty skies! Now hearken thee the voice of the ocean's lord! Tidal Wave!"
- Mutilation Interrogation: Was horrifically tortured after his capture, as seen above it included both Eye Scream and Tongue Trauma.
- My God, What Have I Done?: From the King of Fraelgard upon seeing Mithra’s corpse and realising the mistake he made.
- Nice Hat: A traditional Wizard's pointy one.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: During battle he is Left for Dead by his King who suspected him of treason.
- The Strategist: Showed great defensive strategy in his placement of fortresses, May also qualify as The Engineer if he had a part in their actual design/construction.
- Synchronization: After the Sovereign's Rite in Dipan he is able to sense that Silmeria is in distress despite the fact that his connection to her was severed after his release. Presumably this is because he has been with her for centuries longer than any other Einherjar.
- Torture Always Works: Subverted. Despite repeated gruesome torture Mithra never spoke a word (although maybe they simply started with his tongue).""Have you finished with my powers?"
Voices: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Erika Lenhart (English)
Archer. Age 25, 308cc - 333cc.A member of the Tehm, a small tribe from the north of the continent. The tribe excelled in the ability to handle horses. They rode as fast as the wind and flew over mountains like birds. Tehm tribal custom calls for a Protector, one who is sacrificed for the blessings of the gods. However, the Protector of the time broke the laws of purity by bearing a child. Atrasia was this Protector. Without a Protector, the tribe was attacked by a group of undead and wiped out. Atrasia managed to escape to a nearby town with her child, but died of exhaustion and physical injuries.
"I despise the gods, but you I trust"
- Bargain with Heaven: The Tehm had a deal with the gods to become Einherjar upon their deaths in exchange for Divine protection.
- The Chosen One: Atrasia was supposed to be a pure sacrifice to the Gods. Subverted in that she broke the tradition and had a child.
- Deal with the Devil: The truth however was that Atrasia distrusted the Gods and voluntarily tried to break the traditions of her people by working with Hel, the Mistress of Niflheim, in exchange for the protection of her child.
- I Love the Dead: Well not quite that, but she does have a lot of respect for the undead and none for the Gods.
- Jerkass Gods: In retaliation the Gods destroyed her tribe yet allowed her child to live.
- Sole Survivor: After her tribe was destroyed by the Gods she survived only long enough to get her child to safety in another village, leaving it as the last of her people.
- To Hell and Back: Supposedly her child died and a saddened Atrasia ventured into Niflhiem to retrieve her child's soul.
- "The rest's up to you. Believe in yourself."
Light Warrior. Age 22, 324cc - 346cc.
Voices: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Hunter Mackenzie Austin (English)A member of ‘Truth’, a band of treasure hunters spanning the entire continent. A treasure hunter through and through, Lwyn travelled with her father from a young age, slaying numerous monsters and discovering countless relics and ruins. She was last heard from in 346cc, in the desert region to the south of Artolia Pass. She disappeared soon after reporting to Truth Headquarters regarding her discovery of an ancient dynasty's royal tomb.
"Is it my turn now? I've waited an eternity"
- Family Business: Tomb raiding adventurers.
- Long-Range Fighter: Lwyn is the only light warrior with access to all three projectile attacks.
- Treasure Hunter: She's more interested in treasure than history.
- "Hm? That's all you need from me?"
Heavy Warrior. Age 25, 350cc - 375cc.An adventurer from the outskirts of Gerabellum. Blaming the undead for the death of his parents, Falx spent his entire life seeking vengeance by defeating Brahms, the Lord of the Undead. Falx not only excelled in wielding a sword, but also used his knowledge of contraptions and sorcery to his advantage in battles. After his extraordinary fighting ability skills finally caught Brahms' eye, he soon lost his life.
"I'll watch our backs! Now go!"
- Fantastic Racism: If you count Undead as a race. He hunts all of them in revenge for the death of his parents.
- "I would've liked a little more action."
Mage. Age 28, 390cc - 418cc.A sorcerer from Solde. Although originally a Dipan soldier, Aegis become widely known because of his extraordinary contribution in the battle against the Principality of Paltierre, which once existed in the northeast of the continent. A master at reading the ocean, it was said he could take on any numbers of enemies at sea. However, despite being undefeatable on the water he was not so invincible in it, as he couldn't swim. While skirmishing with pirates in 418cc, he fell into the water and drowned at sea.
"I've never lost...
- An Ice Person: One of the only two Mages able to use Ice magic.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Is vulnerable to Water/Ice magic.
- Death by Irony: The great naval strategist and commander is unable to swim.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Subverted. He is weakest to his own element.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Averted. His weakness to water is both a gameplay element as well as the original cause of his death.
- Kill It with Water: Both his main attack and his main vulnerability.
- Making a Splash: One of the only two Mages able to use Water magic.
- Power at a Price: Sometime before he became a naval commander Aegis made a deal with some water nymphs wherein he sacrificed his ability to swim in exchange for the ability to read the water.
- Pride Before a Fall: Averted, Aegis understood that 'Pride and misplaced bravado are not always conducive to victory, and someone who cannot put that aside will never beat someone who can.'
- The Strategist: Maritime strategist at that. He also believes in having the wisdom to not fight losing battles whether by fleeing, changing strategies or by simply not turning up....(on the surface)"
Voices: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)
Mage. Age 27, 423cc - 450cc.A genius sorcerer from the Principality of Paltierre, which once existed in the northeast of the continent. Psoron created Fire Storm, the most widely used offensive magic spell, and Guard Reinforce, one of the most basic defensive magic spells. He was the court sorcerer for the king of Paltierre. After creating these two magic spells to fight the undead, he disappeared. More than half the magic spells in existence would not have been, were it not for the creation of Psoron's two basic spells.
"Things are getting interesting!"
- Court Mage: For the Principality of Paltierre.
- Nice Hat: Another fan of traditional pointy wizard hats.
- Playing with Fire: Creator of the spell Fire Storm.
- "Now I can finish my research uninterrupted."
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
Age 23, 445cc - 468cc.Raised by a merchant family in the Nethov region. A girl of such prosperous upbringing should never have been exposed to the brutishness of the world, but one day her destiny took a sudden turn. Her father, the wealthiest man in town, was ensnared in a trap that cost him his entire fortune- and his life. Her fiancé broke off their engagement when her house went bankrupt. Faced with starvation, Jessica decided to become an adventurer. In 468cc, she came across an enormous gemstone while adventuring through some ruins. Unaware that the stone sealed the spirit of an evil dragon, she removed it from its resting place.
"I am sorry; I am not ready for my journey to end."
- Action Mom: Par for the course for any einherjar that happens to be a parent.
Voices: Dai Matsumoto (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)
Age 25, 464cc - 489cc.A warrior from Nethov, a town vital to the Principality of Paltierre, a power that ruled in the northeast of the continent. Gerald was one of the many who volunteered to slay a dragon- a menace that often appeared near town. He and 99 other volunteers charged into the dragon's den, ready for a fight. As his sword plunged into the dragon's chest, a fountain of poisonous blood spurted from the wound, killing not only the soldiers in the area, but all living creatures in the Nethov region.
"Our will cannot be broken so easily."
- Call Forward: The Nethov swamp, and the dragon that comes with it, are one of the earliest dungeons in the first game.
- Disappeared Dad: A discussion with Jessica after releasing her implies that she doesn't even know who his father was, to boot.
- Dummied Out: His conversation with his mother, Jessica, doesn't make much sense (he tells her that she looks like her mother). It hints that their relationship was different at some stage of development.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: To the entire Nethov region, basically. If you release him he points out that Odin was masterminding the calamity, and it would have happened regardless.
- You Killed My Mother: Why Gerald took up arms against the dragon to begin with.
Age of Turmoil
Voices: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Hunter Mackenzie Austin (English)
Born 562cc.An aristocrat from Gerabellum. Crescent was only ten years old when the neighbouring city suddenly attacked in 572cc. She managed to escape with the help of a Mercenary. This sudden attack began an era of war from what would later be called the War of Camille Hill, a battle that lasted four years. However, because of her young age, Crescent was merely used as a bargaining chip by the kingdom for political purposes. After the war, she returned home, only to find her stepmother still holding reign over her father's land. The one she once called mother threatened her. She realized the attack itself was her stepmother's plot and exacted revenge. Afterwards, she and her heroic mercenary travelled the world. In 580cc, she enlisted with the Rosetta Dynasty, a power that once existed in the south of the continent. She joined the royal guard, the Knights of the Sun, and was appointed Meridian General. In 581cc, she joined the Year-Long War. She vanished after the Battle of Artolia Pass. Her body was never found.
"All set? Weapons ready!?"
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Adonis, if you put them together in battle. She occasionally tells him to go to Hel if he makes fun of her, and if Adonis falls in battle, Crescent isn't afraid to hide her gleefulness at the turn of events.
- Undying Loyalty: With Ehlen. When you acquire her, the first thing she wants to know is where he is, and if you put them together in battle, she'll declare that she'll be by his side until death. Given that they're both Einherjar now, that'll probably be a long time indeed. Adonis teases her about this if they're together in battle.
Voices: Dai Matsumoto (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)
Age 32, 549cc - 581.Formerly working as a mercenary mainly in the Gerabellum region, Ehlen was part of the Gerabellum Army in the War of Camille Hill that began in 572 C.C. His name was often found at the top of the list of the Seventeen Commanders of Camille, which included only the mightiest warriors. He was a fighter who never gave up, and had been through much in his lifetime. People looked at him with awe and fear. Thus he was given the nickname "Demigod Ehlen". He wandered the land after the war, but in 580 C.C., he sided with the Rosetta Dynasty, which once existed in the south of the continent. He was appointed as Horizon General of the royal guard, Knights of the Sun, and participated in the Year-Long War, which began the year after. He demonstrated his amazing fighting skills during the war as he held his own against the two major powers- Paltierre and Dipan. However, during the battle of Artolia Pass, he gave his life to protect his friends from an ambush by the Undead.
"I shall never retreat, never!!"
Voices: Takako Honda (Japanese), Gina Grad (English)
Age 27, 556cc - 583cc.Celes led the troops of Dipan in the War of Camille Hill from 573cc to 576cc. Her myriad battle tactics earned her a position as one of the Seventeen Commanders of Camille, and also earned her the moniker "Warrior Princess Celes." After the war, she married the lord of Lassen and lived a peaceful life. However, in 581cc, the Rosetta Dynasty, a power existing in the south continent, launched an invasion that resulted in her capture while her husband was away. This battle, known as the Lassen Invasion, was the cause of the Year-Long War, which ended with the whole Continent's involvement. Celes participated in this war as Eclipse General of the Knights of the Sun. They fought against Dipan's navy, which was said to be ten times the size of their army. Near the end of the Year-Long War, she was wounded at the Battle of Rosetta by her birth sister Phyress, Queen of Dipan. She died two years later as a result of the wound.
"Smash the silver chains that bind thee to life!!"
- Badass Princess: She was known as Warrior Princess Celes after all.
Voices: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Hunter Mackenzie Austin (English)
Age appearance 17 (actually 58), 564 - 622cc.A former queen of Dipan. Phyress participated in the Year-Long War which began in 581cc, with only two comrades. She was a heroine in the Battle of Paltierre, the Arkdain uprising, the Battle of Artolia pass and the Battle of Rosetta. Were it not for her the surrounding four powers would have been unable to completely contain Rosetta. During the Battle of Rosetta near the end of the Year-Long War, she lost her arm and decided to give up her warrior life. She married her childhood friend King Cyphel of Paltierre. She supported her husband governing the country, but in 622cc she caught an endemic disease and passed away. Mourning his wife, the king of Paltierre died five years later. Phyress had possessed the skill and knowledge of a great bowyer. She also compiled the writings of alchemy scattered throughout the continent to create the Tome of Truths.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost an arm when she fought her own sister, Celes.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With her husband, King Cyphel of Paltierre.
- Genki Girl: And how... Even though she's practically a 58 years old former Queen.
- Older Than They Look: Phyress was actually 58 when she died, but she specifically requested Silmeria to materialize her at a much younger age.Phyress: I'll come out, but I better look young!
- Playing with Fire: All of her Initial Attacks are fire-elemental. This Might have something to do with her fiery personality.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Celes's Blue.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Phyress was a prominent figure and heroine during much of her lifetime. She participated in numerous battles across Midgard for peace, defended her kingdom from invasion, and freed Xehnon when he was possessed by the Manuscript of Manifestation.
- Tomboy Princess: As noted by Khanon:Khanon: Hmph. If it isn't Dipan's own tomboy.Phyress: Well, everyone in my family was the same. Must be in our blood.
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
Age 27, 550cc - 577cc.A captain of the White Lily, Count Leon's royal guard. The count's domain was the western territory of what was once the Arkdain Kingdom, located in the northeast of the continent. Richelle was one of Camille's renowned "Seventeen Commanders" in the war of Camille Hill, and was later dubbed "Richelle of the Simmering Samite." In 574cc, under orders from the Count, Richelle fought in the War of Camille Hill. Her superior swordsmanship saved a defensive line from the brink of collapse and drove the enemy back into the mountains, resulting in victory. She commanded the frontline patrols for two years following the war and was eventually ordered home in 577cc. However, on the way home, the entire guard went missing after visiting a town in the Gorlha region.
"I believe in us... In our strength..."
- "Forward soldiers, and crush the foe!"
Voices: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)
Age 28, 553cc - 581cc.A captain of the Knights of the Bloodsword, crown defenders of the Arkdain Kingdom that once spanned the continent's northwest. Even though he began to realize the king was eccentric, he was loyal to his duty as a knight and continued to wage war against the king's brother's troops. In 581cc, he killed a captain of the king's brother's troops, the Knights of the White Lily, in one-on-one melee. However, after the war, he refused treatment for his wounds and passed away quietly.
"Stick together and charge!"
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Erica Lenhart (English)
Age 25, 556cc - 581cc.A Captain of the Knights of the White Lily, Count Leon's royal guard. Count Leon was the younger sibling of the King of Arkdain. The Arkdain Kingdom once existed in the continent's northwest. In 578cc, Fraudir accompanied the count in revolting against the King and his corrupt ways. In the battles known as the Arkdain Uprising that raged until 581cc, she fought as Count Leon's right-hand guard. After invading central Arkdain, she faced a captain of the Knights of the Bloodsword in a duel. She lost her life without the chance to unsheathe her sword. However, she died with a content look on her face, knowing the count had succeeded in achieving his goal.
"We shouldn't waste time. Finish this quickly."
Voices: Dai Matsumoto (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)
Age 42, 539cc - 581cc.Originally a mere lord of a small region of Gorhla, Khanon began to make frequent appearances in Arkdain after several casualties in the War of Camille Hill that began in 575cc. He eventually gained enough power to make decisions concerning state affairs. He created a neutral clerical faction that opposed both parties that caused the War of Camille Hill, the king's and his brother's. At the same time, he created the Division of the Sacred Cross, a troop with a church. This inalienable right gave his clerical faction solid political ground. In 581cc Khanon was shot in the heart with an arrow while being anointed in the lake temple in the southwest region of the Arkdain Kingdom.
Age 24, 562cc - 586cc.Xehnon was a servant of the Rosetta Dynasty, a dynasty that once existed in the south of the continent in 578cc. He accidentally got a hold of a divine book, The Manuscript of Manifestation, and became possessed by its strong, godly powers. Under its spell, he managed to become the court sorcerer to get close to the king of Rosetta. Eventually, he was able to persuade the king to invade the rest of the continent. Xehnon was possessed for three and a half years, until the book was burned by Queen Phyress of Dipan. Once freed, he began searching the lands for a means to rectify the state the world was in, but in 586cc, he was attacked and killed by a group of rioters.
"Death is no great thing... Just a fleeting pain..."
Voices: Jouji Nakata (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English
Age 28, 553cc - 581ccFormerly a stray mercenary. Adonis participated in the War of Camille Hill, where he became one of the Seventeen Commanders of Camille and earned the nickname "Black Blade Adonis".He often did not fight for a particular side, but he would often strike a deal with the troops of the area he happened to be in. It is said that he once destroyed troops he sided with just two days prior. People regarded him as one of the strongest warriors of the time.He sided with the Rosetta Dynasty, which once existed in the south of the continent, after the War of Camille Hill. He led the Eclipse Troop of the Knights of the Sun. He was part of the invading troops during the Lassen Invasion. After a fierce duel, he was beheaded by Warrior Princess Celes, another one of the Seventeen Commanders.
"I'll kill you all."
- Jerkass: In spades. The only other einherjar that he acknowledges and isn't an ass to is Circe, but that's just because he's too busy giving her a Badass Boast about his swordplay to insult her.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With everyone he knew when he was living, though in some cases it's pretty one-sided on his part.
Voices: Jouji Nakata (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)
Age 26, 551cc - 581cc.Ehrde was appointed the Twilight General of the Knights of the Sun of the Rosetta Dynasty during the Year-Long War that began in 581 C.C. It was he who captured the feared Warrior Princess Celes during Lassen's Invasions. He stayed in Lassen and fought against the Arkdain troops from the northeast of the continent. However, after Artolia Pass to the east was overtaken by Paltierre forces, his troops became isolated. Although he fought valiantly, he lost his life. Ehrde not only achieved fame as a general, but also carried out many espionage missions for Rosetta. It is rumoured that he was directly involved in the assassination of the king of Arkdain.
"You didn't want to die? Too bad."
Voices: Dai Matsumoto (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)
Age 35, 546cc - 581cc.Guilm participated in the War of Camille Hill to aid Queen Celes, the leader of the Dipan Army. He was considered one of the Seventeen Commanders, and was given the nickname "Baron Blade Guilm". After the war, he resigned from his position as general and served his country as a mere soldier. However, during Lassen's Invasions six years later, he participated in the battle alongside Queen Celes's sister, Queen Phyress. In 581cc, during the Battle of Rosetta near the end of the Year- Long War, he laid down his life to recover the life of a friend he had lost.
"Let's go! I will clear the way!"
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
Age 32, 567cc - 599cc.An attendant of Dipan's Queen Phyress for as long as she can remember, Sylphide stood by the queen's side unquestioningly and ended up fighting in the Year-Long War that raged across the continent. Though not suited for war, the healing magic she wielded is said to have saved Queen Phyress from myriad dangers. Sylphide almost lost her life near the war's end in the Battle of Rosetta, but was rescued from the clutches of death by a companion. Upon her return, she spent her days quietly in Dipan's chapel, but she was found murdered by the undead during the Mist of Nifelheim- the dark ages that began in 599cc.
"We fight battle upon battle, will peace ever come?"
Voices: Taiten Kusonoki (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)
Age 27, 554cc - 581cc.Farant hailed from Lassen, a town in the southwest of the continent. Farant created an organization which consisted of the remaining soldiers from the troops that participated in the Year-Long War from 581cc. The organization was formed to resist any powers that might try to assume control over Lassen. His troops used guerrilla tactics and were victorious with only 100 soldiers against an army of 5000. Even the generals of the Rosetta Dynasty, which ruled over Lassen, feared Farant's power and asked for reinforcements to help with this matter. During the Battle of Artolia Pass, near the end of the Year-Long War, he commanded a feint operation. Although the plan was a success, he was killed by the Meridian General of the Knights of the Sun. He died without ever seeing Lassen liberated.
"Teamwork wins it!"
Voices: Jouji Nakata (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)
Age 38, 563cc - 601cc.The second prince of the Principality of Paltierre, which once ruled in the north-eastern region of the continent. Alm was the son of Dragon Scale Sigmund, one of the Seventeen Commanders of Camille. His eyes were like his father's- similar to those of a dragon. He was known for his vast knowledge of magic. When his brother and father left for the mainland in 581cc for the Year-Long War, he stayed to keep the country in order. In the Mist of Nifelheim that began in 599cc, he commanded a regiment and fought off the undead invading the country. During one of the ensuing battles, he was attacked and killed by the underworld's dragon king.
"You sleep now, and never awake..."
Mists of Nifelheim
Born 573cc.Raised in Rand, a small town along Artolia Pass. During the Year-Long War that began in 581cc, Rand was attacked by an opposition group. These groups had rapidly increased in number due to the decrease of public safety. Seluvia was Rand's lone survivor. He was rescued by a woman who later went on to become Queen Phyress of the Principality of Paltierre. In 593cc, he disappeared, fearing that his existence would cause a war to breakout among the heirs to the throne. He then became a minstrel and travelled many lands, sealing the undead along the way.
"O gods! Give me courage!"
Voices: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)Born: 582cc.
- "You will never break through our guard of steel!"
Voices: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Hunter Mackenzie Austin (English)
Born 583cc.The only daughter to King Cyphel of Paltierre. Paltierre once existed in the northeast of the continent. In 598cc, Chrystie left the country to pursue a minstrel who happened to drop by the palace. In 599cc, during the three year Mist of Nifelheim, she and the minstrel travelled to many lands to seal and destroy the undead. However, she never returned to her country even after the door to Nifleheim was closed. She merely disappeared, never to be seen again.
"Well, I'm sure we'll be okay. ...maybe."
The Age of Restoration
Age 32, 630cc - 662cc.Hailing from a remote village on the north side of the continent, Kraad was one of the original founders of Villnore. They say his sword arm sliced enemies armour and all, while his steel-like body could repell speeding arrows.It is said that Villnore's first king gave Kraad his own sword and armour after gazing upon his battered arms, as repeated battles during the founding had taken their toll. Three years after the country was founded, Kraad was struck by a poison arrow while putting down a rebellion, ultimately leading to his death.
"If your interests clash, war is the only answer."
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Erica Lenhart (English)
Age 24, 634cc - 658cc.From the mines in the north-western region of the continent. Circe was both a warrior and a legendary swordsmith. Using the Secret Law of Principles, it was said her swords could cut through the hardest of rock, and her armour could repel even the sharpest of arrows. One of the founders of Villnore, she died in battle at the age of 24 before she could pass on her knowledge of the Secret Law.
"Might makes right. Think about that."
Voices: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Hunter Mackenzie Austin (English)
Age 23, 627cc - 650cc.Hails from a nameless island far to the southwest of the continent. Clever with her hands, Sha-Kon was the creator of mechanical dolls with various complex components. She travelled alone to the continent in hope of obtaining necromancy that enabled one to control a dead soul. Her desire was to fill her dolls with these souls, bringing them to life. After a long and painful journey, she succeeded in learning the spell. As a result of much experimentation, she managed to create a doll with a soul...Or so she thought. Her final creation was merely a doll that used the soul as energy for mobility.
"They were good! I'd like to mass-produce them."
Voices: Takako Honda (Japanese), Gina Grad (English)
Age 23, 639cc - 659cc.Raised in Lassen, a town in the southwest of the continent. Tyrith claimed to be the descendent of the Warrior Princess Celes, a heroine who lived more than 100 years ago. She sided with Arkdain which once existed in the northwest of the continent, and contributed tremendously in the battle against Villnore. She became as famous and as strong, if not stronger, than Celes, giving her soldiers courage to fight even at their most exhausted. In 658cc, during the Battle of the Lake Temple, the Villnore army's strategic plans sank the temple, killing Tyrith in the process. Although she claimed she was related to General Celes, she was actually a mere merchant's daughter.
"What the heck happened!?"
Age 23, 658cc - 681cc.Masato hailed from a nameless island far to the southwest of the continent. Not only did Masato excel at magic, but he was also able to perform the secret art of inscribing runes to create barriers. He devised a plan to assassinate the tyrant who ruled at the time, but was betrayed by his best friend. He crossed the ocean to flee from his pursuers. After reaching the continent, he lived a peaceful life, while chasing away the undead who attacked villages. However, his body began to wither as a repercussion of a failed spell. He eventually died, his body reduced to a mere skeleton.
"This might be trouble!"
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Erica Lenhart (English)
Age 20, 704cc - 724cc.From the desert town of Kalstad, Rasheeka was one of the several heroes who protected the town from the spreading forces of the powerful Crell Monferaigne. With her knowledge of the land and by controlling the water supply, she managed to protect the town from the colossal Crell Monferaigne army. In 724cc, she received a fatal wound during the Fourth Kalstad Invasion and died in the arms of her lover. When the Crell Monferaigne army later heard of her demise, they immediately regretted missing the opportunity to take Kalstad.
"Fine. If you want to die, come and get it!"
- Dying Town: Kalstad. If Rasheeka is released, she does theorize that the town can be saved if it's rebuilt a day and a half walk away.
Voices: Takako Honda (Japanese), Gina Grad (English)
Age 19, 705cc - 724cc.Raised in the desert town of Kalstad, Arcana was one of the heroes who saved the town from Crell Monferaigne, a kingdom trying to spread its power over the continent. With her superior knowledge of weather patterns, she managed to avoid battles during the disadvantageous rainy season, and kept the Crell Monferaigne troops from taking the town. In 724cc during the Fourth Kalstad Invasion, she suffered a deep wound and died in the arms of her most-trusted friend. Her death came at a young age, and it is said that even the Crell Monferaigne battalion mourned her death.
"Forward, forward! Keep pushing forward!"
- Dying Town: Kalstad. Unlike Rasheeka, if Arcana is released, she's more concerned with preserving old traditions.
Age 28, 724cc - 752cc.A ruthless alchemist who kidnapped the Queen of Crell Monferaigne in 746cc. Hiding out in the hinterland of Salerno, Woltar was rumoured to have spent his days and nights engrossed in horrifying experiments. However, in 752cc he was found and punished by officers from Crell Monferaigne. A month after the queen was rescued from her prison, she took her own life by throwing herself from atop the castle wall.
- Affably Evil: While he's not really too evil, per se, he did commit some gruesome experiments in his day... while also being a caring father and lover in his spare time.
- Badass Family: With Lylia and their daughter, Lydia. Only the best warriors qualify for einherjar, after all.
- Mad Scientist: According to his backstory, anyway. If you release him, he mentions that he's going to return to his experiments.
- The Hermit: If you release him, he mentions he's going to become this because of what happened to him in his last life.
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
Age 22, 730cc - 752cc.The daughter of a lord in Crell Monferaigne, Lylia was a holy child who received the blessings of Frei at birth. In 746cc, she was about to marry into the royal family, but ran out in the middle of the ceremony. Despite a thorough search for the new queen, she was nowhere to be found. Time passed, and people began to forget she ever existed. However, six years later in 752cc, mayhem broke out when she was spotted in the Salerno region. She returned to Crell Monferaigne, but in a fragile mental state. Awhile after her return, she threw herself from atop the castle walls in front of the king.
"I will be strong!"
- Badass Family: With Woltar and their daughter, Lydia.
- Runaway Bride: Whether or not she was this or outright kidnapped by Woltar on her wedding day is up to debate, and the accounts differ depending on whose history you're reading. Either way, she did fall deeply in love with him regardless.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: Lylia and Lydia look very close in age because Silmeria brings back einherjar to when they were their physical best in life.
- Together in Death: Her suicide was at least partially committed because she wanted this with Woltar. The whole family has the potential to be reunited (at least, in combat), although Lydia hates her mother for abandoning her in life.
Voices: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Erica Lenhart (English)
Age 21, 748cc - 769cc.The daughter of a Queen of Crell Monferaigne. Lydia suffered shame and disdain, as she was not the legitimate daughter of the king. To find her purpose in life, she trained hard and demonstrated great skill on the battlefield from a young age. However, her younger brother-in-law, Prince Cain, was jealous of her skills as a warrior and hired a group of thieves to kill her. Although she died at a young age, her prowess as an archer was legendary. It is said that during one battle, she was able to save an ally by disarming an enemy one hundred meters away.
"I will strike the target."
- The Ace: In her backstory. Subverted in the gameplay, as when compared to the famous archers that have become Silmeria's einherjar, where she's merely average.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Was actually known for this in life. Her starting skill, True Seeing, references this ability.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Definitely qualifies, given her father's background. However, he was executed before she really had a chance to learn about him and his work.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Lydia feels this way about her mother's suicide, and tells her so if you happen to put the both of them in combat together.
Voices: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
Age 29, 773cc - 802.Millidia lived a simple life in Gerabellum with her elder sister. Her entire life changed when her sister caught the eye of their lord. From then on, she was able to live the life she had only dreamed of- finally, shelter, and an abundance of food. However, unaccustomed to luxury, she requested to live in a house in the corner of town where she spent her days living a simple life.Shortly thereafter, she began to notice changes in her sister. Perhaps because her sister was not used to living in luxury, or maybe because she wanted to erase her past, her sister began showing disdain towards the poor. With the passing of her husband, her sister's attitude towards the poor only became worse. She disowned Millidia as her sister and even went as far as to burn the poor area of the town they once inhabited. She switched places with her sister to stop her from doing such horrible things with some help from the thieves' guild. Once she began governing the country, there was nothing but peace in Gerabellum.In 802cc, for some unknown reason, she set fire to the thieves' hideout and she burned herself to death with half the guild. The real cause of her death was covered up. The general public was told she died in a fire at the theatre.
"I only wish to be free..."
Voices: Takako Honda (Japanese), Gina Grad (English)
Age 24, 772cc - 796cc.Sophalla grew up in a poor neighbourhood of Gerabellum. Sophalla was raised as an assassin by a thieves guild, but caught the eye of a local lord and she married at 16. Her life changed completely as she became a member of the upper class overnight. However, unable to erase her past, she received letters of threat and blackmail from the guild. After coming clean about her past to the lord, they devised a plan to destroy the guild. However, in 790cc, the lord was assassinated by a member of the guild. After this incident, Sophalla continued to fight the guild on her own. In 792cc, she was kidnapped by the guild, who crushed her throat and sold her as a slave.
"Stay cool. We can't afford to throw away victory..."
Voices: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)
Age 22, 754cc - 776cc.An adventurer from Quiryl, a small town near Loahm Hill. Zunde became famous for discovering the legendary sword Grand Sting, in an old shrine he passed on his journey. Later, as he and his friends travelled through Camille Hill, he received a request to slay the monsters in the area. He set out full of confidence, never to be heard from again.
PlatinaSoul Jar, and her death frees Lenneth to take a more active role, with Platina's form used for covert scouting and her memories gone. Except that they're not gone; they're only sealed. Odin is very unhappy should they unseal, which opens up the Golden Ending in the first game.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Except in the Golden Ending, where Lenneth remembers her time as Platina and thus becomes the Victorious Childhood Friend.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced at the start of the game and dies shortly after she's introduced.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: By the bridge.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He sloughs his mortal form in the Golden Ending of the first game. He remakes it some time after the events of that to travel back in time to the second.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In the original game, he accomplishes every goal at the start of it. This is rectified in the sequel.
- Bishōnen: The second game made him into one, further cementing his position as a Draco in Leather Pants.
- He is also this in the first game. One of his traits when you recruit him in the Seraphic Gate is "Beautiful."
- Devil in Plain Sight: In Silmeria to anybody that played the original game.
- Enemy Mine: Present and accounted for at both the first and second games' examples of this. The first exacted on Hrist. The second on him.
- Evil Laugh: And how, especially in the second game where he rips one everytime he teleports around.
- Evil Plan: In the first and second game. The second one is harder on one's suspension of disbelief.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The vilest mortal in the series.
- Great Big Book of Everything: Was the owner of the Philosopher's Stone until he sacrificed it to save himself during Ragnarok.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: A prodigy Magic School Student who took the darkest path imaginable, far surpassing the likes of Voldemort... and Medea.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Despite being a villain, he is included as a guest star party member.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Lezard's Familiar is a tiny dragon, which is only available to male sorcerers.
- Karma Houdini: In the first game, at least. He actually is the only living mortal left at the end of the first game's events, according to the second game. He finally gets his just desserts in the second, unless you beat his final form without using your most powerful character, the combined Valkyrie, in which case he appears reincarnated in the ending cinematic.
- Lenneth mentions that she let him live in the first place because, bad though he was, he was the main reason she was able to survive and save the world in the first place.
- Large Ham: His voice actors know what kind of villain they're playing.
- Lolicon: Averted, he was mistaken as one by... well, everyone including Arngrim, Mystina, (and in the manga) Jelanda
- Love Makes You Evil: You can probably guess just from having read this far that he was never exactly a nice person. Falling for Lenneth, however, pushed him into the darkest, deepest parts of the Moral Event Horizon when he started exacting all kinds of horrors on those around him in order to get her.
- Mad Scientist: Lezard even had a hunchbacked assistant... until he killed him with lightning.
- Rage Against the Heavens: He really hates the gods, with the exception of a certain lovely valkyrie...
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Mystina's Red.
- Shout-Out: Debate rages concerning whether his resemblance to Harry Potter, and use of the Philosopher's Stone, is an intentional shoutout to that book series. His lab is also called The Chamber of Secrets, in the American version, at least; the book wasn't published in Japan until right before the game was released there, but as the American release for the game was well after that of the book, this might be something of a Woolseyism by someone who noticed the similarities. We could go on.
- Stalker with a Crush: Sometime during the first game, he caught sight of Lenneth and has been obsessed ever since. The lengths he goes to in order to become ‘worthy’ of her affections? Help facilitate her ascent to the highest echelons of divinity, then travel back in time, kill Odin prematurely, and establish himself as a new Creator by eating the All Father. Things get even worse from there.
- Your Soul Is Mine: After killing and absorbing Odin.
- Villainous Breakdown: Leading into his One-Winged Angel form.
Lezard: Bow to me! Worship me! Honor my name! Lezard Valeth!'''
- Also, his invocation of Meteor Swarm.
Lezard: KNEEL DOWN BEFORE ME!
- We get a couple of very early hints that it's coming from some of his Break Mode quotes...
- Villainous Rescue: His main role in the original game as a Token Evil Teammate. However, he only lusts for Lenneth.
- Yandere: A male example. He'll do anything for love. ANYTHING.
CeliaA mercenary that, at various points, works with Arngrim, Lawfer, Kashell, Aelia, and Grey. As noted above, they all died, leaving her increasingly alone in a world rapidly approaching its end. This does not bode well for her mental well-being.
- Demoted to Extra: So far, she's never been playable in any game, and it's heavily implied that her fate was to be destroyed in Ragnarok along with every other mortal.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Maybe a bit young comparatively, but she's this by the end.
- Sole Survivor: In addition to all her former allies that ended up becoming einherjar, there's a throwaway mention of at least two other former allies who died.
Voices: Akiko Yajima (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)Alicia is the Princess of Dipan, a powerful island nation, and is the current Soul Jar of Silmeria Valkyrie as of the beginning of the second game. She wasn't meant to be anything more than a mortal vessal for Silmeria, like Platina would later be for Lenneth, but something went wrong with the Sovereign's Rite, causing Silmeria to remain conscious while Alicia recieved a soul of her own. Her condition as such caused her father to send her away to a castle in the middle of nowhere, which resulted in her developing a shy, timid personality. Dipan, meanwhile, led by Barbossa and his court mages, decided to mount a war against the Aesir. Eventually, Odin discovered that Silmeria had awakened while still inside Alicia and sent Hrist to kill the girl and retrieve Silmeria's soul. At the beginning of Valkyrie Profile 2 Silmeria, this is the cause of Alicia and Silmeria being forced to escape the castle and begin their own journey to save Midgard and humankind from the wrath of the Aesir. Alicia is The Heroine and Player Character of Valkyrie Profile 2 Silmeria, in spite of the series not being called Mortal Profile. Being the container for a Valkyrie, it should be no surprise that her Soul Crush is Nibelung Valesti. Eventually.
- Abusive Parents:
- Even though he was doing it for her own good. Though... *Strike* "No one in this world has the right to call me father!"
- Her mother. After Barbarossa is executed, the Queen commits suicide with absolutely no thought of her daughter at all.
- Apologetic Attacker: Does not like fighting. One of her victory quotes is even apologizing to her enemies. Later, when she takes a level in badass, she becomes much less sympathetic to them, with quotes proclaiming she will mow down all that get in her way.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She starts the game as possibly the most innocent, Woobie-ish character in the series. By the end, she is kicking the crap out of gods and thirsting for blood.
- Blood Knight: Takes on shades of this after she takes her level in badass.
- Demonic Possession: What the citizens of Dipan think happened to her. She's actually just sharing a body with a Psychopomp goddess. That's all.
- The Determinator: Soldiers forth and battles her way into Valhalla to accomplish her objectives.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Alicia would probably argue, but yeah.
- Grand Theft Me: Silmeria pulls this every so often on Alicia. You can tell who is in charge by the eyes, voice, and demeanor.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Alicia is young, beautiful and has grown up rather inncent due to her attachment to Silmeria.
- Hime Cut: As befits her royal status, though due to the Norse setting of the games she has blond hair instead of the usual dark.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Prior to her levels of badass.
- Knight Templar: Borders on this towards the end, but she is very justified with her harsh approach to dealing with her enemies, who very much deserve every ounce of her ire.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Undead Ghoul Valkyrie.
- Older Than They Look: She's 18, but without looking it up, you'd guess 14.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father, King Barbarossa, ordered her banished and never seen again, and even strikes her for approaching him later. He gets beheaded later, and her mom commits suicide.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Those are some fine threads Alicia has while traveling all across the world.
- Power Gives You Wings: When her Nibelung Valesti upgrades to match Hrist, Lenneth, and Silmeria.
- Power Loss Makes You Strong: She only takes a level in badass after Lezard swipes Silmeria from her.
- Reincarnation: In the epilogue following the credits. So, in spite of Rufus not getting the girl because she, well, you know, died, he could always to wait for her instead.
- Sailor Earth: By the end of the second game, she is, for all intents and purposes, the fourth Valkyrie.
- Shrinking Violet: The result of being as cooped up as Rapunzel after being banished from her own homeland by her own father.
- Soul Jar: Silmeria's.
- Stupid Sacrifice: Insists on completing a Fusion Dance with the three Valkyrie souls to become Captain Valkyrie, even though Brahms offers to do so and is already dying. Did we mention the being is short lived and that she would eventually be reunited with Silmeria once the latter had reincarnated had she just let Brahms do it? Yeah.
- Alicia did not just volunteer, she seemed downright eager. Combining this with her earlier comment that she doesn't want to live without Silmeria, the fact that she already turned herself undead for the mission and her general depression during the entire game, she probably deliberately sought to end it all in a blaze of glory.
- Took a Level in Badass: Remember that poison that turned Jelanda into a monster? Alicia willingly downs some because only undead or gods can enter Valhalla. She does this and puts on a very special Ring that will keep her in control and human in appearance in order to rescue Silmeria and retrieve the Dragon Orb that held Midgard in balance. Culminates in her gaining full Valkyrie powers completely independent of Silmeria.
Voices: Yuichi Nakamura (JP), Taliesen Jaffe (EN)An archer that Silmeria urges Alicia to recruit early in the second game, while traveling. A charming fellow, Rufus joins them, and is later revealed to be a half-elf. Specifically, he's a spare body for Odin, should anything happen to him.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After losing his body at the top of Yggdrasil, Alicia materializes him as her first einherjar. By the end, he's become the boss of the Aesir.
- Bishōnen: Very, very pretty.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green Hair and Green Eyes.
- Deadpan Snarker: aside from Lezard, he's one of the only characters in this series to even possess a sense of humor; some of his snarking may have deeper meaning.
- First Guy Wins: Subverted. Just because his feelings with Alicia seem to be mutual does not mean he gets her in the end.
- Grand Theft Me: Intended to be Odin's spare vessel should the old one ever wear out. Well, the All-Father does eventually get to use it, though not in the way he intended...
- Half-Human Hybrid: Of the poor, unfortunate, and persecuted Half Elf variety.
- His Heart Will Go On: He and Lucian could start a club.
- Implied Love Interest: Of Alicia's. It's not directly stated, but hey, come on — the blushing, the ring, and especially the ending and epilogue after the credits gotta mean something. Heck, even the manga adaption of the sequel expands their UST to a degree.
- Pointy Ears
- Rage Against the Heavens: Hates his role as a spare body for Odin and is eager to join Alicia and Silmeria's rebellion against the gods.
- Soul Jar: For Odin, should he need a host body.
- Sour Supporter: Is initially distrustful and suspicious of Alicia, but his opinion of her greatly changes as time goes on.
- Timed Mission: At one point, you have to rush him to Valhalla, or else you get a Game Over.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Because of the Ring of Mylinn, he is unable to either age or die.
Leoneshe is actually the human form of the Valkyrie, Hrist, sent by Odin.
- Action Girl: She's a Light Swordswoman like Alicia, but unlike all the others in the game learns no magic.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The facade she puts on. The truth is a little more complicated.
- Combat Pragmatist: Although she's a sword fighter, she also utilizes hand-to-hand attacks and throwing knives.
- Combat Stilettos: Not immediately noticeable, but her boots have high heels which are seen in a few cutscenes.
- Cool Big Sis: She begins to act this way towards Alicia as they get to know each other.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Although she initially starts off somewhat cold, she begins to warm up to Alicia and the others.
- Flechette Storm: One of her attacks, Sneaky Throw. She also uses them in her Soul Crush, Sublime Horn.
- Lady of War: Her armor is quite feminine and she has a graceful fighting style.
- The Mole: She joins Alicia's party in order to spy on her and learn the location of the Dragon Orb for Odin.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Leone has this hairstyle.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: She eventually drops the act and reveals herself to be Hrist when the party reaches the Dragon Orb.
- Soul Jar: Implied to be Hrist's, similar to Platina and Alicia.
BarbarossaKing of Dipan and Alicia's father, who was executed by Hrist for defying Odin's will, and his ghost still haunts his ruined kingdom. His spirit is ultimately put to rest after Lenneth goes back in time and presents his wife's last words to him. Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria reveals more of his story: he rebelled against Odin due to his anger and resentment over his daughter being used as Silmeria's Soul Jar, and his court wizards manipulated him into seeking forbidden power and wisdom. He is capable of using the Great Magic Calamity Blast as a Finishing Move.
- Abusive Parents: Is very cold to Alicia though it turns out he was trying to drive her out to keep her from suffering in the event Odin retaliated against him.
- Animated Armor: His fighting form.
- Chewing the Scenery: FAIYA STORM!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He did some very morally questionable things, but he did still love his daughter and his people, and wanted to free them from Odin's rule.
- Knight Templar Parent: He really does love Alicia, and treats her coldly to keep Odin's eye off of his attempts to stop him - it doesn't work, though.
- Losing Your Head: Killed by beheading from Hrist; his ghost is headless as a result.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: In the first game, he's the first boss that manages to combine a huge boat of hit points, high attack power, and no easily-exploited weakness. He's also the first boss that can use the extremely powerful Great Magic attacks against you. Thus, he's the first boss encountered where the techniques mentioned under Game Breaker in the main article become less "make the game absurdly easy" and more "recommended for continued survival." He's also not that bad if you equip very heavily for fire elemental resistance, but he's also the first boss where this is recommended.
The Three Mages - Walther, Gyne and DallasMages working for Barbarossa and helping with his rebellion. Though it was later revealed that Walther and Gyne were secretly working for Hrist, although for their own ends.
- Emergency Transformation: All three take Ghoul Powder when it appears that Hrist is about to do them in. It's never explained why this apparently just turns them into lich-like beings instead of the monsters Jelanda and Lorenta's husband became under its effects.
- Face–Heel Turn: By the end, Dallas is on board with the other two. It's heavily implied that Ghoul Powder is the cause.
- Out-Gambitted: They're essentially shooting for the same "become the ultimate divine being" goal that many of the other characters have, but their plans are much less complex and they have much less power compared to other plotters. They also completely waste the potential of Time Travel; Lezard eventually shows them how to really do it.
- The Plan: The trio eventually are revealed to be attempting their own ascent into godhood, and are trying to play all sides against each other to get it.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Dallas.
WylfredThe main character of Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. When his father is claimed by the Valkyrie, he swears to kill Lenneth. To pursue this goal, he joins a mercenary company. When he falls in battle, Hel returns him to life and gives him the eponymous artifact, which he must fill with sin to turn it into a blade that can strike the Valkyrie down. His finishing strike is Grim Vengeance, a series of sword strikes, followed by throwing the enemy into the air with the Plume for one last, large slash.
- Anti-Hero: Depending on how many allies you sacrifice, Wylfred will develop into this archetype, Byronic Hero or Villain Protagonist.
- The Atoner: In the A ending, Wylfred finally comes clean about Ancel's death to Tilte. He also has shades of this in the B route, where he willingly accepts being taken to Nilfheim, but his father takes his place.
- Byronic Hero: Depending on how many allies you sacrifice, Wylfred will develop into this archetype, Anti-Hero or Villain Protagonist.
- Dramatic Irony: The only reason he survives the game's opening is because his father convinced Lenneth to spare him. Things might have gone a little differently if he'd known this.
- Heel–Face Turn: Only in the A and B routes, with far better results in the former of course.
- Hypocrite: At the end of the C route, he's caused far more death and destruction than he blamed Lenneth for and he's the main cause of all his sacrificed comrades becoming her einherjar.
- Misplaced Retribution: He doesn't seem to be aware or acknowledge that the Valkyrie only took his father's soul after he was killed by someone else.
- The Power of Friendship: Only people you've emotionally bonded with make appropriate sacrifices...
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The entire plot of the game.
- Villain Protagonist: Depending on how many allies you sacrifice, Wylfred will develop into this archetype, Anti-Hero or Byronic Hero.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is a little grayish, but it fits.
AncelWylfred's oldest friend joins him out of concern for his well-being, while harboring hopes that he might somehow dissuade Wylfred from the fruitless path of revenge against the Battle Maiden. Another childhood friend of Ancel's, Tilte, also draws his attention of late.
- Shotoclone: He is otherwise an almost exact copy of Arngrim.
CheriphaThough an accomplished assassin serving the Artolian court, watching her fellow soldiers fall one by one into unmarked graves forced Cheripha to question the life she had led for as long as she could remember. Resolving to see all the world has to offer before succumbing to such a fate, she deserts the assassin's guild and sets forth for adventure.
- Plucky Girl: Despite being trained as an assassin, being hunted by her own government, and knowing that in all likelihood she's going to be killed, she is by far the most cheerful of Wylfred's allies... or anyone you'll ever meet.
LockswellOnce a high sorcerer in the king's army, Lockswell was cast into the dungeon while the crown executed his wife and those of her house for treason. Loath to lose an able man, the court offered clemency on the condition both he and his infant daughter cast off their worldly bonds and enlist in the assassins' guild. Confronted with the choice of life or death, Lockswell elected to save Cheripha and relinquish his heart to the shadows.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: According to the truthade bio, becomes this once he joins due to him proclaiming his love for his daughter every waking moment.
DariusBorn to destitute nobles, Darius was surrendered for adoption to a merchant house as a boy. He would later rejoin his true house at fifteen years of age when his birth-brothers began to fall one after another to a vicious contagion.Aristocratic circles spurned him for his less-than-noble upbringing, and only through military service has he been able to restore a modicum to his name. He has but a lone friend in Earnest, an elder student of the Officer's Academy who never spoke ill of Darius's birth nor looked down upon him.
GwendalThe soulless sellsword Gwendal scours the lands of Midgard, hoarding plunder at will and sparing nary a thought to those he wrongs. Thievery, extortion, murder - no deed is beneath this unsavory villian.
- Big "NO!": In Seraphic Gate during the 'middle-aged men talking about the problems of middle age' scene.
- Bait the Dog: Inverted. The game all-but goads you to plume him, guiltlessly. He even kills off a Red Shirt for the good of the group. Then, when you do... He dies howling about who will look after his family with him dead. Whoops.
- Pet the Dog: Apparently, he sends all the money he made to his family.
HeugoeOnce a commanding officer in Villnore's military, Heugoe suffered near-fatal wounds during a battle when the host he led was sabotaged from within. Miraculously, his body recovered, but his spirit was later broken when it was revealed the traitor was none other than his very own son.Despair and depression drove Heugoe from the military to search for an early grave, and he soon took up work as a mercenary. Haunted by his past, he sees the face of his son in a boy of the same age.
- Razor Wind: His soul crush.
Mirielle and MischkaMireille and her brother Mischka are fraternal twins who were abandoned at birth by their unknown mother and raised in an orphanage. When the twins were to be sold as slaves separately, they ran away and survived by peddling to mercenaries, who in turn told them of tales upon the battlefield. Inspired by these tales, the twins took up weapons themselves.
- Ax-Crazy: Kill first, ask any questions later.
- Self-Made Orphan: On 2B, but they did not realize it. No one did on that path, really.
NataliaAfter losing her lover to the Great Famine, Natalia decided to take up arms and lead the serfs in rebellion against the despotic regime that left them to starve. Aided by Villnore, she was able to turn an angry mob of untrained farmers into a formidable insurgency.
EarnestA loyal knight of Villnore descending from a noble and distinguished line, idealistic and sincere, Earnest was dispatched to Artolian territory in order to gain the trust of downtrodden serfs waging a rebellion.He and the rebel commander, Natalia, have come to share a bond of friendship that transcends affection. As dear to him is Darius, an underclassman from the Officers Academy with whom he holds a candid rapport.
UshioA native to a distant land who washed ashore on Artolian soil as a child after his ship was lost to a storm at sea. There, he was rescued by the court archimagus Cennair, who had merely gone to survey the area. Relations did not at that time exist between Artolia and the Yamato, and so there was no way to return Ushio to his homeland. Sir Cennair successfully convinced all involved that the boy's welfare would best be served if he himself were to raise him, and so it came to pass.On reaching his fifteenth year, per Yamato tradition, Ushio left Sir Cennair's ward to set forth on a swordwalk.
- Flash Step: His Soul Crush.
- Heel Realization: When Lieselotte and Rosea kill each other, he quits his own quest for revenge to avoid becoming like them.
- The Nicknamer: His truthade bio claims he forgets people's names in three steps and does this to compensate. Also called Arngrim Berserker Beefcake.
LieselotteThe daughter of struggling street peddlers, Lieselotte learned to con and steal before she could read or write. Ironically, it was while attempting to defraud a man who happened to be a court chronicler that her life took a turn for the better. The chronicler, enamored instantly by the girl's charm, took her under his wing and brought her into the palace, where the court archimagus, Cennair, would later unearth her innate talents for spellcraft.Liselotte ascended to the rank of court magus before a nefarious incident resulted in her banishment and left her to wander aimlessly, seeking whatever work that came her way.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Explodes in indignant fury when Rosea does this to her on the B Path.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her battle dialogues are laden with innuendos.
- Professional Killer: Among her many jobs on the wrong side of the law.
- Unwitting Pawn: Neither she nor Rosea murdered Cennair, but they were BOTH in fact framed for it.
RoseaRaised in the church house on whose steps she was left as an infant, Rosea was blessed with the gift of mystical powers from an early age. Her gifts did not go unnoticed by the royal court, and once of age, she was promptly summoned to serve as court magus.After controversy forced her from her post, Rosea chose to roam Artolia's lands, bringing vital relief to its impoverished peasantry. In gratitude and reverence, the people have dubbed her "the Saintess Rosea."
- All-Loving Hero: At least many people seem to think so based on her good deeds.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ends up stabbing former best friend Lieselotte on two paths out of sheer hate. Not that she doesn't regret it or anything...
- Beneath the Mask: Underneath Rosea's sweet and saintly façade, she's understandably bitter about being exiled from the royal court for a crime she never even committed. Although she tries to repress them and move on, her confrontation with Liese has those ugly feelings boiling back. How they resolve themselves depends on your path...
- Break the Cutie: Oh boy, fate really has it in for poor Rosea. Not only does she die painfully on two paths, the one where she lives has her go through a Despair Event Horizon for giving in to her suppressed wrath.
- Distressed Damsel: One particular mission in the A Path sees her in need of rescue. Fortunately, she returns the favor in the next battle.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine - Is the light feminine to Liese's dark feminine.
- Hime Cut: She is very close to royalty and was raised to uphold the church's teachings.
- Holy Hand Grenade: This is her initial magical attack, and, by extension, her Soul Crush.
- In the Back: Does this to Lieselotte in the A and C Paths.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Says this to Liese before killing her on the C Path. Cue My God, What Have I Done? moment.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted on two of the three story paths Rosea appears in as well as in later chapters when you can have her kill human opponents.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Aside from the whole drama with Lieselotte, Rosea's very much a candidate of this trope seeing as the game just loves to screw with her and some of the nicer characters in general.
- Unwitting Pawn: She and Lieselotte were framed by Fauxnel to cover up his role in Cennair's death.
- We Used to Be Friends: This is what Truthade has to say regarding her relationship with Lieselotte.
- White Magician Girl: Manages to meet all of the requirements of this trope.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ends up becoming a subversion on all three routes of Chapter 3.
DuwainDuwain was rescued from the clutches of certain death by Wylfred's father, yet failed to reciprocate the deed when the opportunity arose. As the enemy closed in around Thyodor, Duwain stood paralyzed by fear, his mind consumed with delivering the life-saving antidote his wife required.In the end, the medicine came too late, and Duwain's cowardice has been for naught. For months on end, he sought to drown his sorrows in drink, until at last he encountered Rosea, a saintess bearing an uncanny resemblance to his late wife. In an act of penitence, he devoutly accompanies the saintess hither and thither as she heals Artolia's ill and wounded.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Soul Crush, one of the only physical attackers in the game with an elemental one.
- Replacement Goldfish: He follows Rosea around because she resembles his late wife.
- The Atoner: He feels guilty about abandoning Thyodor to his fate because he was thinking too much about his sick wife, only to find that she had already died by the time he came back.
- Spin Attack: He likes to spin around his spear for some reason.
- Stalker with a Crush: His truthade bio claims this about him.
FauxnelArtolian court magus who has assumed the position of the court archimagus in absentia, granting him temporary rule over all palace sorcerers. A former colleague of both Rosea and Lieselotte, Fauxnel was said to be intimately involved in the mysterious death of Sir Cennair, for which the two were banished.
- The Dandy: Vain as a peacock, and has some hilarious battle quotes about his shoes.
- Heel–Face Turn: According to the official walkthrough, after the war ended, he worked to restore Artolia in order to atone for his past sins.
- Something About a Rose: He carries a rose in place of a staff.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Whatever his other qualities, he genuinely believes that what he does is for the good of Artolia. He's right.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Cennair's death was actually a complete accident, but he was quick to turn it to his advantage.
ValmurAs the first son of the venerated House Haughn, Valmur was given an exhaustive education in the arts of wars no sooner than he could stand, expected to one day follow in the hallowed footsteps of his honored forebears. In his youth, however, Valmur took quickly to the book and slowly to the blade, and soon came to doubt his own heroism - a doubt which still lingers to this day.Though he is Lord of House Haughn by title, more dear to Valmur's heart are his kin. That the name of his house would someday mean the deaths of those he loves torments him to no end.
- Break the Cutie: Goes mad at the loss of his remaining sibling on the C path, and mentally retreats into his childhood, the only time he was ever truly happy.
PhionaHot-tempered daughter of House Haughn, who alongside her brother Nicolas, persisted in spurring their sheepish elder brother, Valmur, to action. Nicolas's sudden death upset the balance, and now the once mighty house seems destined for ruin. Though she knows betrothal to another house awaits, Phiona's pride will not let her accept her true house's disgrace, and for this she lashes out against Valmur, lord of the house.
- Hot-Blooded: She wears heavy red armor and is passionate.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Apparently, she had quite the crush on her brother Valmur.
AugusteAuguste met his first battle holding tight his sorcerer's rod, only to dispense with it forevermore on witnessing the beauty of unarmed combat. His imagination captured, Auguste thenceforth dedicated all of his energies to perfecting the way of the fist.After a lifetime spent defending his clan's honor, Auguste was forced to bury his Nicolas, and no longer did the virtue of dying a warrior's death death appeal to him. He wishes solely that his remaining children outlive him, so that he need never suffer the agony of losing a child again.
- Badass Grandpa - If you plume him, he knows it was you, forgives you if it means getting revenge on the Valkyrie, and dies standing up, mocking the death that comes for him.
- Happily Married: To Reinhilde.
- Mundane Utility: His daily training regiment keeps the lands under his charge free of boulders.
ReinhildeDevoted wife of Auguste, former Lord of House Haughn. Reinhilde has stood by her husband in all matters, trusting in his vision over that of the house's current lord, her son Valmur. The sudden death of her son Nicolas, however, has called her faith in names and nobility into question. All she wishes for now are the survival and well-being of her children.
- BFG: Her giant crossbow.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: The truthade claims she's actually sexier than (or at least just as much as) Phiona, but covers it up so as not to draw even more of the latter's ire.
KristoffCrown Prince of Artolia, but not its eldest prince. By the laws and customs of old, the first son of the King and Queen Regnant, Kristoff, is entitled to the throne, yet some contend there are grounds that substantiate the claim of the elder Langrey, first son of the King who was born out of wedlock. Regardless, Kristoff cares deeply for his elder half-brother.While trying to calm the political furor raised in the wake of his father's death, Kristoff's passive demeanor has been a great detriment, placing him at the mercy of insistent and insidious advisors.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In the Seraphic Gate. His truthade bio also claims he loves to daydream about slaying monsters.
- Extreme Doormat: He is frequently manipulated by the nobles.
LangreyEldest prince of Artolia, but not its crown prince. That honor belongs to the son of the queen regnant, Prince Kristoff, per the traditions of Artolian succession. Nevertheless, there are those who argue that since Langrey's mother was of a birth more noble than the queen's, the throne by right is his, and Artolia has been embroiled in conflict since the princes were mere babies.Langrey's wishes for Artolian prosperity are genuine, and he laments that his kingdom does not enjoy the wealth its neighbors do. It is for that very reason, the future welfare of his homeland, that Langrey seeks to rule.
- Squishy Wizard: While he was trained to carry a sword like his brother, his poor athletics made him not a good fighter, so he trained in magic instead. His Truthade bio states that it takes a lot of effort on his part just standing up from his throne...
RoienburgOld friend to whom the king had entrusted the fosterage of his two sons. Weary of ceaseless political infighting at court and assigned the title of margrave, Roienebourg left the palace and the young princes to tend to his demesne in the southern borderlands. Following the king's death, he looked on from afar as the succession controversy unfolded, and recognizing that the infighting wouold ultimately spell Artolia's doom, took up the banner of Joshua, eldest son of Duke Valery, brother of the former king.
Demons, Beasts and Monsters
Brahms, Lord of the Undead
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese), Ken Gates (English, first game), Patrick Seitz (English, in the second game)Lord of the vampires and the one holding Silmeria Valkyrie hostage in the first game, although he strongly suggests that he has a very good reason for doing so, and actively discourages Lenneth from attacking him. It's revealed in the second game that he did so because Odin took the Cosmic Keystone that would keep Midgard from collapsing while freezing Silmeria, with the intent on having her frozen forever. Brahms instead took Silmeria and used her power to the best of his ability to keep Midgard from falling apart, and he'd rather not have to do this. His Finishing Move is Bloody Curse, using his raw strength and Bloody Murder to rip his foes apart.
- Badass Boast: His Soul Crush invocation in the second game.Brahms: My strength is the sword of the oppressed!
- Bloody Murder: Almost all of his attacks seems to utilize blood in some way.
- Dark is Not Evil: Despite being the Lord of the Undead, Brahms is genuinely one of the most decent and upstanding characters in the series.
- The Determinator: Can take over and force his way into Sovereign's Rite spell circles, which is a spell designed to render supernatural beings in this setting powerless and/or kill them.
- Flash Step: One of his abilities. He uses to pass through Hrist and aid Arngrim and the others fight her.
- Genius Bruiser: He possesses a quick, active, and intelligent mind.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: One of the few characters in the whole series to go with just fists.
- A Good Way to Die: He seems satisfied with his death at the end of the second game, at least.
- Guest-Star Party Member: In the first game, that is. In the second, he permanently joins after Chapter 5.
- Lightning Bruiser: One of the toughest, strongest, and fastest characters of the series. It kind of goes hand in hand with being a vampire, though.
- The Plan: One of the more successful ones; hiding himself in Silmeria's einherjar Dylan to emerge when Odin enacts his plan that could destroy Midgard. While Brahms doesn't succeed in stopping Odin from taking a Cosmic Keystone, he at least prevents Midgard's destruction.
- Our Vampires Are Different: He's referred to as a Vampire King many times, but aside from being undead and utilizing blood in his attacks, vampires in the series have more in common with zombies.
- Smarter Than You Look: He looks like he should be just a dumb thug. Don't be fooled.
- Warrior Poet: Face of a thug, but actually very sophisticated, articulate, philosophical, and soft spoken.
- Wild Hair: Brahms has a long, unkempt mane of silver-grey hair.
- "Such ugly creatures."
- I Let You Win: she is easy during Jayle's scene, but becomes much harder later, though still not quite worthy of the title of That One Boss.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Normal or Easy mode, since the final battle takes place in a Hard mode exclusive dungeon.
SurtSurt is the leader of the Vanir and rules from Jotunheim Palace. While Jotunheim is a land of ice, Surt's powers are primarily fire-based. Surt leads the Vanir against Odin and the Aesir during Ragnarok.
- Adaptational Heroism : Compared with the original myths where he was Generic Doomsday Villain whose only intent was causing destruction for no apparent reason, here he's actually portrayed as sympathetic.
- Even Evil Has Standards: while he initially agreed to Loki's help, he rejects it immediately after Loki summoned Bloodbane and Fenrir.
BloodbaneThe dragon which swallowed the demon sword Levantine. He is later summoned by Loki as one of his minions.
- Badass Boast:"Fear me, worship me, I AM BLOODBANE!"
- Boss Banter: What is worse than a boss that is already very hard? If he also endlessly taunts you all the time.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: "Feel my flame!"
- Voice of the Legion: His Magical Incantation of Gravity Blessing will make you cower under a table with a Big "NO!".
FenrirAnother monster guardian summoned by Loki after he obtained the dragon orb.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Did you bring that sword that can One-Hit Kill monsters with a fire weakness? Good, use it now. It turns Fenrir from That One Boss to a Zero-Effort Boss.
Gabriel Celeste and The Iseria QueenBosses in Seraphic Gate who appear in all 3 games.
- "How I yearn to feast upon your soul."
- Boobs of Steel: Can hit pretty hard and likely has the largest chest of the entire female cast.
- Meido: In Seraphic gate, her weapons are a feather duster, a mop, and a tea set filled with hot beverages... seriously.
- Resignations Not Accepted: If Wylfred refuses to play along with Hel's game, Garm will become the final boss.
- Yandere: In Seraphic Gate, we see her inching closer and closer to the cornered Wylfred as the screen fades black and a wolf's howl is heard.