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A young boy living in a remote village. Unlike other youths, he does not have an ARM. He dreams of leaving his hometown and becoming a famous Golem Hunter, like his hero Nightburn. Together with Rebecca, he witnesses a golem arm fall from the sky, with a young woman protected in its fist, and sets off to realise his dream and solve the mystery of this young woman. His unique ability is Double Critical
, which doubles the damage done when he scores a Critical Hit
Dean's childhood friend. She has strong feelings for him, but doesn't have the courage to reveal them
. Rebecca dreams of one day taking her acrobatic shooting act on the road and becoming a star. Her unique ability is Continuous Shot
, which gives her a chance to repeat an attack as long as she has bullets in her ARM.
Avril Vent Fleur
A mysterious girl
with no memories of her past beyond her name.
She fell from the sky held within the fist of a golem's arm. Dean and Rebecca agree to help her search for her memories. Her unique ability is Double DP
, which gives her a small chance to double DP earned when attacking.
Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese) and Patrick Seitz
A self-proclaimed "Golem Crusher" who goes around destroying golems
. He is seeking revenge on a certain Veruni, and he believes that by destroying golems he will eventually lure him out. This brings him into conflict with Dean, who loves golems and is appalled that anyone would destroy them. His unique ability is Shoot and Guard
, which gives him a small chance to automatically enter the defensive Guard stance after attacking.
- BFG: His ARM is the one Kartikeya used to kill his family.
- The Big Guy
- Clear My Name: Subverted. He tries to at first, but when he realizes that he has no proof and that no one will believe him, so he gives up and goes on his quest for revenge. He's later cleared when his father-in-law sees Kartikeya for himself.
- Crusading Widower: He's out to get revenge on Kartikeya for killing his family.
- The Cynic: To Dean's Idealist.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His family getting killed followed up by getting framed for it.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Evil Luddite: Seems like this at first, since he goes around blowing up any golem he comes across, and has a severe grudge against them. In reality, he's just doing it to lure Kartikeya out.
- Failure Knight: It seems rather strange that a dangerous fugitive would join a bunch of kids. Then you find out that Dean reminds Greg of his dead son.
- Hammerspace: During cutscenes, he pulls his rifle out of nowhere — and puts it right back in there, too.
- I'll Kill You!: Says this to Kartikeya, after he kills Greg's family. Greg's threat just gets laughed at.
- Mighty Glacier
- Mr. Fanservice: Not only does he have the "sexy cowboy" theme going on, some of his alternate costumes remove his shirt entirely.
- Nice Hat: One that covers his face.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: His school uniform costumes remove his shirt and replaces it with a long jacket. His Gallows-themed costume replaces his shirt with a short jacket.
- Perma Stubble: Not a lot, but it's there. Players can usually see it in close-ups.
- Sword and Gun: The handle of his gun has a hidden blade in it.
- Team Dad
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Often accidentally brought on by Dean.
Eiji Hanawa (Japanese) and Liam O Brien
A Golem Hunter apprentice with self-confidence issues. He is falsely accused of stealing an artifact and nearly executed hanged by the local Veruni, but Dean and party intervene just in time
. His unique ability is Damage Up
, which increases the amount of damage his attacks do as his HP decreases.
- Can't Catch Up: Joins the party several levels lower than everyone else. Can be avoided if you're making use of the Black Market (as you spend character levels there) or if you give him a lot of Level Apples or a Hen Badge.
- Childhood Friend Romance: An ultimately unrequired one with Lucille. Chuck himself states it was his own fault not for getting her feelings before, his troubled past really didn't help, either.
- Clear Their Name: When you first meet him, he's been accused of stealing the Mirror of De Soto, an ancient artifact. Dean and friends have to find the mirror before Chuck is executed for it.
- Deer in the Headlights: When faced with impending execution or simply confused about what to do, he tends to freeze up and stare blankly into space.
- Doom Magnet: Believes himself to be one.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Says this when he sees Lucille and Fereydoon together.
- Improbable Weapon User: The Pile Bunker, which appears to be a weaponized jackhammer.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Comes out of hiding and saves the party from a Rock Monster boss that had regained consciousness. It's also when he decides to stop running away and join your party.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Fereydoon during their duel over choosing to follow Volsung's orders over protecting Lucille.
- Sixth Ranger: Though you first meet him early in the game, he doesn't join until the middle.
An orphan who is looked after by a mysterious and half-mad professor. She is extremely intelligent but very shy and clumsy, especially around boys.
She was separated from the professor and is currently looking for him. Her unique ability is Shoot Anywhere
, which allows her to target any Hex in battle.
A giant golem that serves as a transportation device and ally in battle. He is not player controlled in battle, but his actions can be programmed from the menu
Dean's hero, a legendary Golem Hunter with fanboys all over the world. Turns out, he's The Quisling for the Veruni.
- Bad Boss: To the miners of Mount Chug-Chug. He's even thrown a few to the monsters to make examples out of them.
- Badass Baritone/ Evil Sounds Deep
- Badass Beard
- Boomerang Bigot: Blamed his own race for his lover's death and at one point wanted to see all of humanity destroyed, including himself.
- Broken Pedestal: Dean quickly finds out that Nightburn is not at all very nice or even very sane.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: However, once he sees Nightburn rescuing Honeysday from a golem attack, he sees him as his hero again.
- Cards Of Power
- Cigar Chomper
- Cynicism Catalyst: His Veruni girlfriend dying from Zopt Syndrome
- Disney Death: Seemed to be very, very dead after being buried alive in Mt. Chug-Chug. Turns up alive at the end of the game and saves his hometown from a golem attack.
- Fake Ultimate Hero
- Heel-Face Turn: After beating him at Mount Chug-Chug. He starts to regain his sanity and gives Dean his Hunter's license. Much later in the game, he even starts rescuing the people he once enslaved.
- Ironic Name: "Nightburn" is a Stealth Pun of "Knight Blazer," the main hero Ashley's Superpowered Evil Side from Wild ARMs 2. Despite being possessed by a demon lord, Ashley is still a good guy. Nightburn, on the other hand, is evil and only pretending to be good.
- Love Makes You Evil
- The Quisling
- Token Human: The only human member of the radicals, and a Sixth Ranger of sorts to the Sentinels.
- Villain with Good Publicity
Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase (Japanese)
A Veruni television producer and reporter who displays a great deal of interest in the party.
Katsuhisa Houki (Japanese) and Steve Kramer
The leader of the Veruni moderates, and captain of the vessel Mayflower
The most violent and unstable of the Four Sentinels, a man so psychopathic even the other Sentinels question his very presence on the team. He's also the one who killed Greg's family and framed him for it.
- Artificial Limbs: His golem arm.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: His battle music.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: After losing to Greg for the last time, Kartikeya shoots himself in the stomach, hoping to forever deny Greg justice, only to be stunned and die a failure when Greg reveals that he doesn't care about that anymore.
- Blow You Away
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Keeps leaving Greg alive because he wants him to be more of a challenge. This backfires on him when Greg beats him.
- Break the Badass: The only reason he takes orders from Volsung and only him is that he was able to scare the hell out of him when they fought in the past.
- The Brute
- Bullet Catch: When shot at by Greg, he just grabs all the bullets out of the air except for the last one...which he catches with his teeth.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When confronted about killing Greg's family, Kartikeya doesn't even remember who they were, although later dialogue hints that he's just claiming this to mess up with Greg's head even more.
- Combat Stilettos: Rare male example. And proof that a man can be intimidating in heels.
- Cut Scene Power To The Max: Averted — he's just as dangerous in battle as he is in the main plot.
- Evil Is Hammy: Loves to make a spectacle of himself, and often responds to orders with an evil cackle while sticking out his Overly Long Tongue.
- Fangs Are Evil
- Faux Affably Evil
- Finger-Lickin' Evil
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Ends up killing himself due to a failed "Better to Die Than Be Killed" gambit.
- Human Outside, Alien Inside: Unless it's due to censorship, he seems to have no innards.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: The reason he's loyal to Volsung is because Volsung beat him in a duel.
- Insane Equals Violent
- Ironic Name: Karthikeya from the Hindu pantheon is a war god and vanquisher of sin who defeated a horrible demon. This Kartikeya is the demon.
- It Amused Me: The reason he gives for sparing Greg. But when this comes to bite him in the ass later, he stops finding it funny.
- Killed Off for Real: By himself, being the only one of the Sentinels to die.
- Lean and Mean: Due to his slim physique, it's easy to initially mistake him for the Evil Genius or the Dark Chick.
- Leotard of Power: One that looks like a cross between a cyclist's outfit and a bondage suit.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's the most provocatively dressed out of all the sentinels, wearing what looks like bondage gear. That is, if you're not Squicked out by him instead.
- Overly Long Tongue: That he often uses to lick his golem arm with.
- Pointy Ears
- Psycho for Hire
- Psychotic Smirk: Has one on his face almost all the time.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"
- Sore Loser: Becomes very angry when something doesn't go his way. Examples include his violent temper tantrum after Captain Bartholomew rescues the party, and shooting himself after being beaten by Greg.
- Thigh-High Boots
- Token Evil Teammate: All other Sentinels and even Volsung are actually not such bad people. Kartikeya, however, is just plain evil.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Captain Bartholomew rescues the party from the radicals, he shoots a TV screen while screaming and shaking. And finally when Greg is starting to overpower him. Even when he shoots himself in a bid to forever deny Greg his vengeance, the latter reveals that he doesn't care anymore, making him realize he is about to die in vain.
- Would Hurt a Child: Shot Greg's son.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Of the yellow irises variety.
One of the Four Sentinels. He travels around the world, researching Filgaia's decay. He's also Carol's adoptive father.
One of the Four Sentinels. He is Volsung's right-hand man and most reliable soldier, carrying out his orders without fail.
One of the Four Sentinels and owner of the Laila Belle TV station FBC. She is portrayed as the most sympathetic of the group.
- Anti-Villain: Probably more so than the rest of the Sentinels (sans Kartikeya, of course).
- Big Damn Heroes: Near the end of the game, she helps Nightburn defend Honeysday from a golem attack.
- Cannot Spit It Out: To Nightburn.
- Carrying the Antidote: Conveniently has the antidote to Pastel's Veruni-caused illness. What she forgets to mention is that the antidote is for Veruni, and that the effects on a human could be fatal.
- Combat Stilettos
- Dark Chick
- Even Evil Has Standards: While Kartikeya butchers an escaping ship full of moderate Veruni, Persephone can be clearly heard on the intercom begging him to stop.
- Gatling Good: Her special attack, Gatling Gun, which can do around 9,000 HP of damage.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Often laments about "the wall," and is envious of how her sister overcame it. Later, she helps your party to escape Fereydoon.
- Ironic Name: The Persephone from Greek myth was an innocent girl who became cursed. This Persephone starts out seemingly villainous, be we quickly find out she's Good All Along.
- Noble Top Enforcer
- Playing with Fire
- Purple Is Powerful
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted, as she's not actually evil at all.
- Spy Catsuit
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'8". Being a Vernui, she's naturally taller than most human males (but not Greg).
- Thigh-High Boots
The leader of the radical movement to preserve the Veruni race at any
- Adjusting Your Glasses: By the bridge, in his artwork. He also does this right before you fight him the second time.
- Big Bad
- Big Damn Heroes: Destroys the Hatred right as it's about to attack Dean.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: ...Or is he?
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Lampshaded by himself. During the Very Definitely Final Dungeon, he wonders why he's just waiting for Dean and the gang, and if he's not subconsciously sabotaging himself.
- Boomerang Bigot: Volsung is fanatically dedicated to making sure nobody ever "crosses the wall" between Veruni and humans, despite himself being a Veruni/human hybrid and hence a living example of crossing the wall.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Demonic Possession: By the Hatred.
- Evil Plan: Reformat the planet so it will stop rejecting Veruni and making them sick. Unfortunately this process will kill every human on the planet. Then at the end, Dean and co. discovers that was a lie — his real goal, fueled by the influence of the Hatred, is to create a World of Silence and kill off both races.
- Freudian Excuse: Both sides' rejection of him led to him becoming vulnerable enough to be possessed by the Hatred.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Used to be a scrawny kid. But after getting possessed by the Hatred, he started climbing up the Veruni political ranks really fast.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- High Collar of Doom
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Journey to Find Oneself: After the end of the game.
- Many Spirits Inside of One
- One-Winged Angel: A rather gruesome one at that. Turns into a giant creepy-crawly with Monochromatic Eyes and Combat Tentacles. His human portion looks like it's been skinned alive. He can also grow a second head that leaks Tears of Blood.
- The Power of Hate: Uses the Hatred's strength to gain power.
- Purple Is Powerful
- Psychotic Smirk: Tends to do this when he's up to something, usually behind his comrades' backs.
- Self-Duplication: Your first encounter with him was just a clone.
- Slouch of Villainy: Spends a lot of time doing this. He even sleeps in this pose.
- Specs of Awesome
- Trauma Conga Line: His father disappeared, then his mother died, then he was chased out of his hometown, then the humans of the town he escaped to rejected him, and finally attacked and possessed by the Hatred.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: One of his attacks. In fact, it counts towards monster encyclopedia completion if you hit it after he throws it into the ground.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Has a dream about being mistreated by both races, and then being attacked by the Hatred.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to end racism between humans and Veruni. Violently. Subverted because he's actually not extremist at all, just possessed by the embodiment of the rage of every person who failed to bridge the gap between humans and Veruni. Played straight that he really wanted to do just that back when he was sane.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His secret reason for splitting up the Sentinels.
A mysterious device mentioned here and there throughout the game. Turns out to be the radicals' own giant golem.
The HatredA terrible entity possessing Volsung, composed of all the spirits of those who failed to bridge the gap between the races.