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Characters: White Knight Chronicles
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     Heroes 
  • Screw Destiny: Cisna states in the narration for the second game that they are fighting against some sort of cruel fate.

The Avatar

A character that the player can customize and accompany Leonard and his allies with throughout the game. He or she is also the character used by the player for online multiplay. He or she was a new employee at Rapacci's wineshop and was told to acompany Leonard on their wine delivery to the palace.

The Avatar also takes center stage in the "Avatar Storyline" DLC, and Cyrus even comes along for the ride. Good luck getting it without a Japanese console and disc.
  • The Ace: The only character able to use all weapon types.
  • Action Girl: If your avatar is female.
  • Badass: See The Ace above. Plus the avatar can possibly take down the Bigger Bad solo.
  • Character Customization
  • The Chosen One: The Avatar in Origins at least. He or she is tasked with finding the lost heir to the kingdom of Marhk by the spirit of its first king.
  • Doomed Hometown: The avatar in Origins.
  • Fan Nickname: "Avatar" is just a term that the fandom came up with. There's no actual canon term used to refer to your custom character.
  • Heroic Mime
  • Hero of Another Story: In the sidequests, but most notably the last one of the second game, where only the avatar (and other avatars, should you have an internet connection and some friends with the game) is able to ascend castle Vellgander in order to defeat Madoras once and for all. There's also the events of Origins for the PSP, if you count that avatar as the same as this one.
  • Humble Hero: Perfectly content with not taking the spotlight, but still fights to save the world along with the rest of the party despite not being bound by the "cruel fate" Cisna mentions.
  • The Lancer
  • The Only One: Able to ascend Castle Vellgander and finish off Madoras once and for all.
  • The Stoic
  • The Quiet One: Save for the Avatar yelling out party members names when they are HP Critical and battle cries, they don't say a single word during the story. Although during the beginning, he/she is implied to be talking to Leonard.
  • Say My Name: In-game, the Avatar will shout out the names of party members who are near-death.
  • Spanner in the Works: In combat, due to the side quests, your Avatar is likely going to be the most devastatingly powerful character, the game makes a clear point of emphasizing your Avatar before the Final Boss, which becomes even more poignant if you complete the Ark Knight side quest and gain access to the Avatar's own Incorruptus. With the five Yshrenian Knights absorbed into the Demon Knight, the Ark Knight is the only useable Incorruptus left to take on Ledom and Madoras—a fact that both Ledom and Madoras both lose their shit over, if you pay attention to their in-battle dialog. Your Avatar is also the only one able to ascend Castle Vellgander and defeat Emperor Madoras once and for all. Not too bad for the newbie wine seller whom no-one gave a second glance, huh?
  • The Unchosen One: The only character in the game that has no obligation to help out whatsoever, but it still there the entire way.

Leonard

The main protagonist, and pactmaker of Wizel, the White Knight. Originally an apprentice wineseller, he was on a delivery and chose to sneak into the palace with his friends. When the Yshrenians attack, he takes matters into his own hands and takes up the White Knight in order to rescue Princess Cisna. He was found as an infant in some ruins which had been uncovered 17 years earlier.

  • And I Must Scream: If what Madoras said is any indication... Thankfully, it only takes one boss fight to free him.
    The child has been cast into the darkness.
  • Badass
  • Bishounen: His looks have been lampshaded at more than one point in the games.
    Kara: You're all looks and no smarts, pretty boy.
  • The Chosen One
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Demonic Possession: Goes throug this at the hands of Madoras before the Final Boss. You have to defeat him to free him.
  • Failure Hero: Just check out the huge write up on him on this trope's page...
  • The Hero
  • Heroic RROD: Goes through one in the second game due to overuse of the White Knight. It's temporary and is actually a side-effect of Madoras slowly taking over his body. Once the only necessary factor to facilitate the possession is the Knights being together for a bit, he temporarily returns to normal.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In a way, seeing as the Knights and those capable of using them were originally Yshrenian weapons. Origins also states that Mureas had been captured by the Yshrenians during the original Dogma War and the White Knight was supposed to publicly execute her, but chose to free her and run off instead.
  • Idiot Hero
  • Jumped at the Call: Taking advantage of their chance to sneak into the palace was really his idea.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He keeps most of his mullet under control and in a pony tail, though.
  • Unskilled, but Strong

Yulie

A girl who comes from the same village as Leonard and was Leonard's childhood friend. She decides to come along for the latter half of that fateful wine delivery. Hints in the story indicates that she could be the pactmaker of Luthia, the Moon Maiden.

Eldore

A mysterious man who travels with Leonard and a skilled warrior.

Kara

A dancer from the desert village of Albana She is the pactmaker of Dinivas, the Black Knight. She is one of many warriors to don the armor of Dragias. She was found as an infant at the same time as her older brother Grazel, Caesar and the other pactmakers. She is shown getting killed by Shapur after turning her back on the Magi, but is resurrected by Father Ygdra in the second game.

  • Action Girl
  • The Atoner: After she is given a second chance at life by Father Yggdra, she's determined to right the wrongs she's done.
  • Badass: Even as Scardigne, she shows it.
  • Back from the Dead: in the second game but spends most of it as Scardigne
  • Black Knight: Played with. She is the contractor of Dinivas, the Black Knight, but when it comes to her double-life as Dragias, she is only one of several Yshrenians to don his armor.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: It's almost insulting how she's able to get away her Mole act for about 80% of the first game, including transforming into the Black Knight (repeatedly!) without anyone noticing, and even slipping off a bus-sized gondola mid-flight to go report back to Grazell.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Starts off good, but then turns out to be The Mole. Then towards the end she becomes good again. Unfortunately, it doesn't last.
  • Killed Off for Real: Turns out to be subverted in the second game.
  • Jerkass: Throughout the first game, she can act rather hostile to the other party members at times.
  • The Chosen One: That was before she was killed by Shapur.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Does this twice. Once as the Black Knight and once as Scardigne. Albeit, anyone paying attention to the latter's figure could have guessed that this trope was going to manifest at some point.
  • Tsundere: Scads of it with Caesar.

Caesar

Leonard's questmate and friend, originary from the Free City of Greede and pactmaker of Larvayne, the Dragon Knight. He was adopted by the Mayor of Greede as a boy and, after hearing their story, decides to help out Leonard and co.

    Villains 

Belcitane

Early antagonist that deters Leonard and his friends. He seems to be at least in his late 40s and his nationality is unknown. He seems to be the lowest in command hierachy amongst the Magi.

Voiced by Dana Synder.

Grazel

Magi Organization Leader, Pactmaker of Aldomaea, the Sun King. His goal was to unite all the Knights together to bring forth the ancient prophecy, which was said to cause the Dogma War to begin anew. His reasons for doing so aren't clear. To meet his goal however Grazel has proven ruthless, willing to sacrifice even his more valuable pawns to succeed.

Shapur

A Magi warrior and Farian. He kills Kara and steals the Black Knight from her, becoming far more of a major antagonist in the second game.

High Priest Ledom

Priest of the Yshrenian Empire who plots Madora's resurrection. Later revealed to be Sarvain

General Dragias

The wielder of the Black Knight and the one responsible for killing Cisna's father at the beginning of the first game.

Madoras

Emperor of the former Yshrenia Empire. Ten millennia before the start of the first game's events, he came to believe that it was his right to rule the world, a d waged war for Yhrenian dominance. His technologically advanced army singlehandedly wiped the nation of Marhk off of the map before moving on Athwan. The exact circumstances of his death are vague, but we do know that at the cost of entire nations, he was stopped and the Knights that acted as the keys to his success were sealed away, but not before he could hide fragments of his soul within them and place his consciousness within he White Knight Wizel.
  • Baddie Flattery:
    What's this? Mere Mortals? And you've ascended my castle unscathed? Quite impressive. Very well. I welcome you... To Castle Vellgander.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one to the Avatar before their one-on-onenote  fight.
    Wait... You're the mortal who fought alongside Mureas. (Chuckles) I see, I see. What luck. I was in need of a diversion. Before me then, you did not bow... But before me now, you shall break!
    • And when you make it to the second half of the fight...
    Impossible... How can mere mortals touch me? I will reduce you to dust!
  • Bigger Bad
  • Camp: The pose he makes right before you fight him is like this. He turns to the side, smiles, and dramatically places his hand in front of his face. How intimidating.
  • Expy: He's like a mix between Sauron and Lord Voldermort, but is much closer to the former.
  • Final Boss
  • Grand Theft Me: Pulls this on Leonard before the Final Boss.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Shares an English voice actor with Gara. The Voice of the Legion thing makes it kind of hard to tell, though.
  • Jerk Ass: The only explanation ever given for his causing the entire plot and trying to take over the world is simply that he believes that it's his right.
  • Large Ham: DAMN YOU! AAAAAUUUGH!
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Origins reveals that he was this ten millenia before the first game.
  • Obviously Evil: Lesse... Dark clothes? Check. Claws? Check. Creepy pale skin? Check. Voice of the Legion? Check. Ominous scepter? Check. Incredibly immense dark powers? Practically his signature. Have fun fighting him.
  • Physical God: Claims to be one. His title is also Dark God of Destruction: MADORAS.
  • Skyward Scream: Pulls one after the Avatar finally finishes him off. Permanently.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Good luck figuring out how he's still alive after the final battle despite lacking a host.
  • Voice of the Legion
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A villainous example towards the Avatar. His message can basically be summed up as "I've been waiting a damn long time to take over the world, and you just screwed all of that over! What the hell?" Albeit, his version is a lot more hammy. And evil.
    You dare... Rabble like you have no right! Ten millennia... Ten thousand YEARS I waited! And you have ruined it all! DAMN YOU!
  • Worthy Opponent: Played with. Madoras is impressed at how you managed to make it to the top of Vellgander, but he doesn't think that you'll beat him. He also seems to feel this way about Mureas.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Perfectly fine with commissioning infants to fight in the Knights, as well as hiding his consciousness within one to ensure that he could be resurrected if ever killed.

    Knights 
  • Lost Technology: They're all 10,000-year-old weapons of war.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Both in the Dogma era and the modern age, the Incorrupti are the apex of weapon design.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Each Knight has a unique theme, save for the Demon Knight, which makes due with the main theme of the game and the music for the final boss, The Battlefield Flower. The Ark Knight has no unique theme of its own; it shares a theme with either the White Knight, Dragon Knight, or Black Knight depending on what type of weapon you equip it with.
  • Transformation Trinket: Each Knight has one.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The Knights were originally constructed by the evil Yshrenian Empire to be their ultimate weapons in the war against The Kingdom of Athwan. While used for evil in the Dogma era, three of the five Knights Heel Face Turned after their pactmakers grew up to be good people.
The Five Knights

Wizel, The White Knight

Discovered by Leonard in a temple beneath Balandor and brought there 17 years prior to its awakening. The Ark is a gauntlet that fits on the Pactmaker's left hand, and it is activated by putting a knife into the top of it. weapons of war made by people known as the Ancients and used during the Dogma War. Seventeen years before the start of White Knight Chronicles it was unearthed and brought to Balandor.

Dinivas, The Black Knight

First seen in the Nordia Tunnels. Chosen Kara as the Pactmaker, however later Shapur kills Kara (whom is later revived through an unknown source) thereby tricking and stealing the Black Knight's Ark, and in doing so mutates the knight into the "Black Usurper". It is unknown exactly how this happened, At some point before the start of White Knight Chronicles it fell into the hands of the Magi.
  • Animal Motifs: Of a crow, or a raven, especially when it sprouts wings and starts flying—which is an actual attack in-combat.
  • Berserk Button: It goes completely haywire when Kara is murdered so Shapur can take control of it.
  • Black Knight: Obviously...
  • Final Boss: Of the first game. It's actually the Black Usurper at the time, and has gone so completely batshit out of control that it has created some kind of alternate dimension you fight it in.
  • Obviously Evil
  • The Rival: To the White Knight.
  • Unusable Enemy Equipment: Kara is its Pactmaker, and a member of your party for about 80% of both games. Do you ever get to use the Black Knight in combat? Dream on!

Larvayne, The Dragon Knight

First seen in the Bunker Lode Caverns, Caesar is the Pactmaker of this knight. Larvayne the Dragon Knight aka the "Vermillion Drake" is one of the five Knights. Its weapon of choice is a large double-sided spear. It also has the ability to fly. Apparently, weilding this knight allows the weilder to use the "Dragon Sight" ability which shows the weilder one's "true self".

Adolmaea, The Sun King

Grazel's Knight and supposedly the most powerful of the five. It originally served as Emperor Madoras' personal Incorruptus during said war, though ten thousand years later it chose Grazel as it's pacemaker. Adolmaea's appearence possesses a few unique traits when compared to the other Incorruptus. One such trait is that the Sun King is the largest and tallest of all the Knights, standing at what appears to be at least ten meters tall. As synonymous of it's nickname, the Sun King possess an appearence that is meant to display royalty and power.

Luthia, The Moon Maiden

It is found in the underground tunnels of the Van Haven Waste. Her Pactmaker is Yulie. The Moon Maiden played a great role in protecting Balandor in the Battle for Greydall Plain. The Moon Maiden is the final Knight to be introduced, if you don't count the Ark Knight. She is the only long-range knight.

Other Knights

Ark Knight

An optional knight for The Avatar.

The Demon Knight

The Demon Knight is a devilish incarnation of the White Knight, with horns and a jewel in the middle of his chest like the Sun King. The Demon Knight is far more powerful than the other knights, most of his attacks can almost kill you in one strike.

  • Badass Cape: Whereas the White Knight's cape is a valiant Royal Blue, this one is tattered and lets off an ominous purple aura.
  • Demonic Possession: How it comes to be. Poor Leonard...
  • Evil Counterpart: To the White Knight. And you thought Ebonwing filled that role...
  • Final Boss: Even in the bonus dungeon. Madoras can still become it after being purged from Leonard for some reason. This can serve as more evidence to Madoras' self-proclaimed status as a Physical God.
  • Obviously Evil

    Others 

Princess Cisna

The heir to the throne of Balandor. She spent most of her life mute due to the trauma of having witnessed her mother's assassination. The shock of seeing her father murdered, and by the same person no less (albeit she isn't aware of that last detail), snaps her out of it. She then leads Leonard beneath the palace and to the White Knight.

She is actually the reincarnation of Queen Mureas, the monarch of Athwan who fought against Emperor Madoras and the Yshrenian Empire ten-thousand years prior.
  • Break the Cutie: Witnessed the queen/her own mother get slaughtered right before her eyes. Needless to say, she obviously didn't take it well. To the point of not speaking in ten whole years. Then she sees her father get murdered right before her eyes. However...
  • Determinator: She's a rare video game damsel who prospers from adversity. Though she's unable to help herself, she takes her situation mostly in stride with an uncommon resolve, even successfully managing to subvert her captors' plans at times. When she's finally rescued, she parlays what she's learned into running Balandor as her father's successor.
  • Distressed Damsel: Most of the first game is spent trying to rescue her. Averted in the second game, where she stays safe.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Lady of War: A bit of it towards the end of the second game. While she still doesn't join the party, she commands Balandor's troops into battle against the Yshrenian Empire.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Introduced and kidnapped in one. Apparently she hid one of her more comfortable outfits in it, because she switches to that after being kidnapped and stays in it after being returned to safety.
  • Politically-Active Princess: Exaggerated! The first game ends with a montage of her invoking this trope, and suddenly everything is all sugar and gumdrops in Balandor again!
  • Princesses Prefer Pink
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Rightful Queen Returns: The epilogue vignettes of the first game show she wastes little time settling into her role as Balandor's monarch, leading to...
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Spoiled Sweet: Was truly loved.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the second game.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Of the thigh-high boots variety when she looses her fancy dress.

Cyrus

Captain of Balandor's Royal Guard. He was somewhat distrusting of the Farian Archduke due to the belief that the Queen was assassinated by a Farian, and abandons his position after Cisna's capture.

It's later revealed that the King saw the bravery he had at a young age and adopted him, supposedly taking him out of a life of poverty and making him Cisna's stepbrother.

Miu

Heir to the throne of Faria. She takes the Archduke's death harder than anyone else. Her kingdomm is going through a coup d'état when Leonard and co play Big Damn Heroes for her. She forms a close friendship with Yulie and is very wise despite her young age. She is the Archduchess (beforehand princess) of Faria and granddaughter of former Faria leader Archduke Dalam.

Framboise

A researcher working for the royal palace. She's the only character who directly acknowledges the avatar on more than one or two occasions within actual cutscenes. She's the one who manages to make the Ark Knight.
  • Cat Girl
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Distressed Damsel: Apparently winds up as this in the seventh quest for the Avatar storyline, but the details of this are vague since there's no translation available.
  • Genius Ditz: Don't let her initial demeanor fool you. She creates a freaking Knight.

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