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"The Monado... I hope I can figure out the secret of its power one day."

Voiced by: Adam Howden (English), Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese)

Shulk (シュルク) is the main protagonist of Xenoblade. He likes to think things through and is very methodical in his approach to most situations. Early details show that he is able to wield the Monado due to the fact that he was one of the only known survivors on a previous expedition to retrieve the sacred weapon. He first acquires the sword when his home, Colony 9, is attacked. His first act upon acquiring the "destined weapon" is to fight for an end to the war with the Mechonis and avenge Fiora.

  • Adorkable: He's a nerdy engineer who, up until the Mechon invasion, spent more than a fair bit of his time in the lab; his early-game social interactions tend to be more than a little awkward as a result. He builds up his resolve considerably over the course of his journey, but he still occasionally lapses back into geeking out in the Heart-to-Hearts. His victory and "battle going well" quotes are remarkably spirited (an aspect which was happily carried over to his Smash Bros. incarnation).
  • A God I Am Not: After defeating Zanza, Alvis gives Shulk the ability to remake their world so that the inhabitants of the destroyed Mechonis and dying Bionis still have a place to live. He uses this power to fulfill Meyneth's last wish, creating a world without gods, and then relinquishes his power, presumably living out the rest of his life as a mortal.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice, in fact. First, when he died in the Monado expedition when he was a child, and brought back to life by Zanza to use him as a vessel. The second time, when Dickson shoots him and Zanza abandons his body. This second time, he comes back with Meyneth's intervention.
  • Badass: He can take on creatures twice his size almost from the very beginning. And it all goes up from there...
  • Badass Boast: Several, but this one stands out:
    Shulk: Dickson! If you're so determined to stop us....then we will kill you.
  • Badass Bookworm: He starts the story as an engineer student, but turns out he can fight like a real pro.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Try to harm Fiora in front of Shulk and you will discover the true meaning of pain.
    • Shulk's case is also a rare example of a Berserk Button getting unstuck as a plot point. Not long after it's revealed that Fiora isn't dead after all, he goes back to being an All-Loving Hero, to the point of offering mercy to Fiora's almost-killer while Dunban is about to finish him off. To be clear, he still wants revenge on Mumkhar for what he did to Fiora and the Emperor, but not so much as to be blinded by it.
  • Boring but Practical: Monado arts notwithstanding, he never gains any arts other than his initial 8.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually he's the nicest guy around, but will fight tooth and nail to protect the people he cares about. Up to Eleven if that person is Fiora.
  • Bishōnen: He's like Link in this regard. A pretty blond boy from a Nintendo game who wields a sword that no one else can use. He probably shares the title of "Most attractive Xenoblade male" with Dunban, Alvis, and Zanza. Though Zanza is essentially an evil version of himself.
  • Broken Ace: He dosen't take the news that everything he did was a lie too well.
  • Chick Magnet: Both Fiora and Melia have feelings for him. He's also rather popular with the girls in Colony 9.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Fiora. Victorious Childhood Friend example; Everybody who knows Shulk and Fiora can tell they love each other and have for a long time, and they are pretty much a canon couple by the end.
  • The Chosen One: Zigzagged. At first it's not clear whether he was explicitly chosen by the Monado or whether there was something else at work for a long time.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: The Monado gives him the ability to see the future, specially during combat.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has special moves revolving around both Back Stabbing enemies and kicking them while they're down. Most characters have moves like this, but Shulk's are especially prominent since he never gets more than 8 normal Arts and thus never needs to swap them out for others.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His parents died when he was a kid. Although he still has mentor figures in Dickson and Dunban.
  • Dead All Along: He died as a young child, back on Valak Mountain where the Monado was found, when Dickson found him with the other dead Homs. For most of the game, the only thing keeping Shulk alive is that he's a Soul Jar for Zanza.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He does in the end (well, slashes him actually).
  • The Engineer: It generally only comes up in the start of the game, where he's looking for metal to make weapons and machines as well as researching the Monado. It also comes up mostly in sidequests, a number of which involve various people asking him to fix or build things for them. He's also fascinated with Nopon and High Entia engineering, and will occasionally make small talk about it. In the main story, though, it sort of gets dropped in favor of him discovering the power of the Monado firsthand.
  • Fragile Speedster: He can heal, debuff enemies, dish out lots of damage, and is one of the faster party members on the whole. However, his health is rather lacking.
  • Happily Adopted: Although his parents died when he was 4, he fits so well in Colony 9 and his Parental Substitute figures did such a good job with him that he's completely moved on.
  • Healing Hands: His recovery skill.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After losing Fiora, but gets better as her sanity is restored.
  • The Hero: With shades of The Smart Guy.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: And pretty huge ones. A plot justification in him using the Monado. Amusingly, it seems Shulk hasn't ruled out using other weapons just yet. Some of his after-battle dialogue consists of asking Sharla and Melia if they could teach him how to use a rifle/ether magic, respectively. In both cases, Dunban scolds him for being willing to give up the sword so easily.
  • Heroic BSOD: After discovering that Dickson, one of his Parental Substitute, was Evil All Along... and that he himself has been Dead All Along for 14 years! He's almost ready to give it all up right there and then, convinced that his own existence has, beyond being Zanza's puppet, been utterly pointless; Alvis talks him out of it.
  • Heroic Spirit: Nothing stops Shulk in his quest. Not even death... TWICE.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Reyn, by virtue of being Childhood Friends.
  • I'll Kill You!: Says this word-to-word to Metal Face after it kills Fiora.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Fiora's apparent death haunts him during the first part of the story.
  • Instant Expert: The second he grabs the Monado ready for combat, he already wields it better than anyone before. There's a reason he wields it so well...
  • Intimate Healing: With Fiora, when trying to give her water via mouth-to-mouth.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: It turns out that he was chosen by Zanza... because he happened to be near to the Monado and he needed a vessel. Not to mention the fact that the being who chose him was a colossal jackass.
  • Light 'em Up: Most of the Monado attacks are energy or light-based.
  • Magic Feather: The Monado turns out to be something like this. While its mechon-killing powers are very real, Shulk's power to see the future turns out to be all his own, as he discovers in the late-game when he loses the Monado to Zanza.
  • Moral Dissonance: His ultimate goal is effectively genocide against everything on Mechonis, because they're just unthinking machines. Once he realises just how wrong this is, he admits he's made a horrible mistake and dedicates himself to stopping all future fighting between the peoples of the two titans.
  • Nice Guy: A good studient, loyal friend, and treats everyone with respect.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Whenever Shulk swears revenge on someone, or demonstrates a willingness to kill his enemies, you know that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: He died back when he discovered the Monado. He's basically a walking corpse powered by Zanza.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Mechon for attacking Colony 9 and killing Fiora. It's lampshaded by everyone to be an Out of Character moment as he's usually an All-Loving Hero to a T. He eventually realises that they're right and he doesn't have the stomach for it.
  • Robosexual: His attraction to Fiora doesn't diminish one bit when she's turned into a half-Mechon.
  • Say My Name: He really goes crazy with this trope, and even does this more times in the Japanese dub! Especially when Fiora is with Shulk at the beginning of the Fallen Arm arc, he does this repeatedly, in succession.
  • Screw Destiny: Both in story and the gameplay. He always fight to change the future he sees in his visions.


"I'm coming along as well. I'd feel better going with you boys than sitting at home worrying about you."

Voiced by: Carina Reeves (English), Eri Nakao (Japanese)

Fiora (フィオルン, Fiorung) is the childhood friend of Shulk and the younger sister of Dunban. Naturally she has a soft-spot for Shulk and often cooks for him, as he is grateful for the thought. She has a theory that Shulk has no taste buds and therefore no sense of taste.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Mostly while wearing the Speed-type Frames.
  • Action Girl: From the very beginning, she's a proficient knife user. And then there's her Mechon body, in which she's capable of giving KOS-MOS a run for her money. A sidequest even mentions that Fiora was once considered for the Colony 9 Defense Force (much like Reyn and Dunban).
  • And I Must Scream: She says that during the time she was Egil's minion, she was fully aware of everything that was happening, yet couldn't do a thing to stop it.
  • Back from the Dead: Although turned into a Mechon. She is revived to serve as Meyneth's vessel.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit as a Homs. She does away with it during her term as a Mechon.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Her personality was rewritten to be loyal to Egil after this, though The Power of Love allows her to remember who she is.
  • Badass Adorable: Sweet, kind, cute, and capable of wiping the floor with her enemies' asses.
  • Beam Spam: If you decide to use them consistently. They're all-around efficient, effective, and powerful.
  • Become a Real Boy: Thanks to High Entia technology in the form of the Regeneration Chamber, Fiora gets her human body back for the epilogue.
  • Betty and Veronica: Starts off as the Betty to Melia, as Shulk's childhood friend and Girl Next Door. After she rejoins the party her part-machine nature and fiery personality make her the Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After seeing her taking care of her brother and preparing lunch for Shulk, you wouldn't expect to see her driving a freaking tank and shooting its main cannon in a Mechon's face at point-blank range!! And that's BEFORE her transformation.
  • Boobs of Steel: Pun aside, Fiora is a strong melee fighter and has the largest bust of all the female characters in her half-Mechon form.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: The artwork of her Mechon form has her twisted around so that her chest and backside are both visible.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: With traits of the Sixth Ranger in personality as, after becoming part-Mechon, she's noticeably a lot more serious and battle-ready. Despite this, she never loses her kind nature.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Shulk. Victorious Childhood Friend example; Everybody who knows Shulk and Fiora could tell they love each other and have for a long time, and they are pretty much a canon couple by the end.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: An early heart-to-heart implies that she made one with Shulk after having an argument with Dunban. If you choose to bring it up, though, Fiora will get mad at Shulk, stating that she was too young to know what marriage meant at the time (but secretly finding it sweet that he remembered).
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her standard Homs outfit.
  • Did You Get A New Hair Cut: Shulk awkwardly tries to invoke this on her during the epilogue. It's pretty clear he does notice that she has her Homs body back, but he pretends not to in order to get out of showing a preference for either one.
  • Disposable Woman: A subversion. she dies shortly after her introduction, and her death is both the cause of Shulk's initial quest and a source of angst for him. Then she's revealed to have survived her apparent death, and goes on to take a prominent role in the story.
  • Dub Name Change - She's called "Fiorung" in the original Japanese ("フィオルン" written in katakana). Nintendo of Europe's localization team probably modified it because "-ung" is, in most European languages' phonetics, an exclusively male name ending.
  • Dual Wielding: Both as a Homs, using a pair of knives, and as a Mechon, this time with a pair of swords.
  • Elemental Powers: After becoming a Mechon Fiora gains several elemental abilities:
  • First Episode Spoiler: Her temporary death and "revival", to the point that she's constantly referred to as "Seven" or "7th" outside of spoilers.
  • First Girl Wins: Goes hand and hand with her being Shulk's Childhood Friend Romance. She was the first female party member by a long shot.
  • Girl Next Door: For Shulk, since they grew up together living very close to each other.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She ticks practically every personality trait on the list. Beautiful, good, young, innocent, sweet, wholesome, kind, feminine - all of them apply. The only thing that doesn't is an aversion to violence, because she is both heavily armed and entirely willing to fight if it means protecting her friends.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Her Mechon body, which seems to have varying degrees of still-human parts depending on what armor is equipped.
  • Intimate Healing: With Shulk, when he tries to give her water via mouth-to-mouth. She even lampshades it.
  • Plucky Girl: She never looses her cheerful spirit, despite the amount of crap she has to go through.
  • The Pollyanna: Her reaction to having a machine body forced on her and realising that she's slowly dying after Lady Meyneth is killed? "It'll be fine....I think."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Shulk, Blue to Reyn. Both to Melia, who swap sides around over the course of the second half of the game.
  • Robotic Spouse: The possibility of Fiora becoming one is discussed by both her and Shulk in a few Heart-to-Heart's, but it's ultimately subverted due to the Machina growing her a new body.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She is apparently killed when the Mechons invade Colony 9. It's subverted, as it turned out she was saved by being given a robot body, and then her human form restored at the end.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Most of her equipment has this, usually in accord with Absolute Cleavage.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only has eyes for Shulk.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Shulk's kindness is what wins her over.
  • Soul Jar: The same way Shulk is Zanza's, Fiora becomes Lady Meyneth's.
  • Spam Attack: Her Talent Art. Her Sword Drones in her Mechon form also allow her to do one.
  • Stepford Smiler: The girl goes through a huge amount of crap, but she never openly angsts about it.
  • Stripperiffic: Fiora's Speed set is the most revealing of her armors and shows off quite a lot of her cleavage.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: The exact nature of her death and how it was used in storyline is a direct example of this trope.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Though she takes it in stride later on, even discussing some of the advantages of being a mechon, like not needing food or sleep. And considering death was the alternative, it's not hard to imagine she would have picked this option willingly if she was in any condition to be asked. The biggest advantage Fiora sees in having the Mechon body is that it allows her to stand with and fight alongside Shulk against any enemy, and boy can she ever. Fiora still prefers her human body, though, and she gets it back in the epilogue, courtesy of the Regeneration Chamber.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's pretty much impossible to say anything about the plot without spoiling her (temporary) death two hours into the story.
  • Weapon Twirling: She just loves to spin her weapons in "cowgirl with her revolver" style whenever she takes them out or puts them away. The latter takes around 5 seconds after every single battle... but you gotta admit she looks pretty damn cool while she does it!.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Her Mechon body slowly begins to shut down after the loss of Meyneth. She's aware she's living on borrowed time, but doesn't give a damn.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A in her default Homs costume, visible in the picture above.


"OK, I got it. I'll make you a promise. Shulk won't even get a scratch."
Voiced by: Jay Taylor (English), Eiji Miyashita (Japanese)

Reyn (ライン, Rein), one of Shulk's childhood friends, he is the second character introduced into the game. Although he is a member of Colony 9's Defense Force, he can often be seen at Shulk and Fiora's side. Reyn is the stereotypical fun-loving joker of the group. He uses an oversized shield-gunlance, which can switch from shield mode into gun or lance mode.

  • BFG: The weapon is officially deemed a "gunlance", although the first part is rarely seen.
  • BFS: Most of Reyn's attacks involve using the massive blade to stab or slash things.
  • The Big Guy: Class 4. The largest member of the team, with health and weaponry to match.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's very confident in his fighting abilities and very vocal about it. Check out his battle quotes.
  • Book Dumb: He's frequently shown to be the slowest member of the team - outright saying he prefers to leave the thinking to Shulk.
  • Catch Phrase: "IT'S REYN TIME!"
  • Character Development: He goes from a rather boisterous and irresponsible young man into a strong and compassionate warrior who defends his friends to the best of his ability.
  • Combos: Dive Sobat gains an additional effect if it's used after Bone Upper.
  • Drop the Hammer: His weapon has the weight to function as one, which is good as Reyn frequently uses it in such a manner in his Battle Arts.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hot-tempered, eager to fight, and red-haired to match.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shulk. The two have been together since childhood and remain inseparable over the course of the story.
  • Heroic Build: He's huge and muscular, to contrast with Shulk's general weediness.
  • Hidden Depths: Reyn may be rather slow academically, but he's also one of the most empathic and insightful people on the team.
  • Hot-Blooded: The most extroverted and gung-ho member of the party.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: His dialogue during the battle with Jade Face pretty much reeks of this. Although the ending implies that they may end up together after all.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Reyn starts the game off as kind of rude and brash, when Sharla comes into his life he wants to be with her. By the Wham Episode of the game, he's the biggest supporter of Sharla and Gadolt, is the party's main motivator, and he's extremely empathetic.
  • Number Two: To Shulk.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: It forms part of his Character Development. He used to protect the weedy Shulk when they were young, but later in the game he realises that Shulk has become strong enough to protect himself. He then decides that even if that's the case, he can still watch his friend's back.
  • Practical Taunt: "Mad Taunt" is his Talent Art, which greatly boosts Reyn's aggro for a limited amount of time. Thereby, diverting attention away from other party members, keeping them safe from harm. And since he has multiple Arts that increase aggro and refills his talent meter, he's usually able to reuse Mad Taunt just as it's effect has begun to wear off.
  • Shipper on Deck: During the battle with Jade Face, he reveals that he's become something akin to this for her and Gadolt.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Energy Aubergines (better known as eggplants in the 'states) are his favorite gift. You even get an achievement for giving him one!
  • Undying Loyalty: It doesn't matter how dangerous the going gets, Reyn will never ever leave his friends' sides. Especially not Shulk's.
  • Unknown Rival: He seems to consider Gadolt his rival for Sharla's affections on a subconscious level, despite having never met him. He eventually grows out of it, though.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Although it never gets in the way of gameplay, one of his Heart-to-Hearts with Shulk reveals that Reyn is afraid of spiders due to Shulk placing one in his shoe.
  • Worthy Opponent: Somewhat. They're not quite hostile, but his strength and determination are eventually respected by Gadolt.
  • You Remind Me of X: Dunban compares him to how he used to be and he's spot-on. Watch how Dunban acts during the prologue cutscene and then watch any five minutes of Reyn in action. You could swap their character models around during this time and nobody'd be able to tell the difference.


"We may die if we take a stand here. But staying gives us the chance to change our destinies."

Voiced by: Rufus Jones (English), Ryo Horikawa (Japanese)

A high-ranking soldier of Colony 9, Dunban (ダンバン) was originally thought to be the only one capable of wielding the legendary Monado, and used the weapon to great effect against the invading Mechon at the Battle of Sword Valley, one year prior to the game's main story. During the battle, however, the Monado took a considerable toll on Dunban's health, so much so that his right arm is now almost completely paralyzed, and he is thus no longer able to wield the Monado, as any further exposure to the weapon could potentially kill him. However, he is still able to effectively wield a katana with his left arm to fight against enemies.

  • Badass Cape: His standard outfit comes with one worn over his crippled arm.
  • Badass Family: Has this with Fiora. Dunban is a warrior famous for his role in the victory at Sword Valley, and Fiora's his equal when it comes to fighting.
  • One-Man Army: His Establishing Character Moment has him charging, alone and unsupported, into the midst of a Mechon army and carving a path straight through them without taking a scratch.
  • Blood from the Mouth: When he tries to wield the Monado again during the Mechon raid, the strain on his body eventually causes him to vomit blood and collapse.
  • Cherry Blossoms: His Talent Art creates cherry blossom petals with each successful action.
  • Combos: Worldly Slash, Electric Gutbuster, and Tempest Kick gain additional effects if they're used after Gale Slash. Furthermore, Thunder affects enemies in an area of effect behind him; Gale Slash sends him straight through smaller enemies (if he's close enough) and Tempest Kick finishes with his back to the enemy, so Thunder is best used after one of these (essentially weaponizing the Badass Back).
  • Crazy Awesome: An in-universe deconstruction that shows what happens when somebody actually tries running on the Rule of Cool. During the Action Prologue, he's the only one who can wield the Monado and somehow manages to defeat the Mechon through the liberal application of Leeroy Jenkins tactics. He's so wild and unpredictable that Dickson ends up referring to him as a "Beast". He doesn't have any strategy, tactics or planning. Just a crapload of balls and a total disregard for the danger that his own life is in... and it works, but he loses the use of his right arm due to being overloaded with the Monado's power. Despite this, he still thinks he'll be able to use the sword. This turns out to be horribly wrong as when he tries to be Crazy Awesome again, he can't take the sword's power and nearly ends up getting himself killed. Cue Shulk picking the sword up...
    • Took a Level in Badass: Dunban takes his level in badass by taking one in common sense. After he gives up the Monado, he becomes a lot calmer and much more responsible. This is most noticeable during his reunion with the party, where he tells Shulk to understand his limits after their second battle with Metal Face comes to an abrupt end. The Dunban of one year ago would have recklessly charged the Mechon without a second thought.
  • Decoy Protagonist: You play as him for the very beginning of the game, when he's seen as the last hope for the Homs.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Hates Ether Plums with a passion. In fact, it's one of the few items that drops affliction the most when given to him. There's an achievement for giving him one anyway, however.
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Emotional Bruiser: According to Fiora, however, he's a massive softie underneath the badass persona he presents to everybody. This eventually shines through as he connects more and more with the party on an emotional level and reveals his Shipper on Deck hopes for her and Shulk.
  • Expy: Of Jin Uzuki, as the resident katana-wielding long-haired Cultured Badass older brother of the main heroine.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He can wear one as a head gear. And he doesn't seem to loose any depth perception, for some reason.
  • First Episode Spoiler: If you were able to correctly deduce what was happening in the opening scene and why he said those lines to Shulk, you may have spoiled the final act of the plot.
  • Four-Star Badass: Implied to be a Defense Force general, going by his default set of clothes.
  • Glass Cannon: He's arguably the game's best damage-dealer, and he can dodge most anything if you spam agility gems on him, but when he does get hit, he gets hit hard. Epitomized by two of his Abilities. One of which massively improves Agility, and one of which increases the Aggro he draws, but both of which require him to be wearing absolutely no armor.
  • Handicapped Badass: Lost the use of his right arm as a result of his using the Monado in the previous Mechon invasion of Bionis - the arm's not detached or anything, but his attempts to use it are incredibly painful. He doesn't let this slow him down any, though, proving just as proficient at swordfighting and traversing the landscape as the rest of the party using his left arm instead.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Even if he doesn't show it, it's clear that Fiora's apparent death affects him.
  • Heroic RROD: Over-use of the Monado resulted in the loss of his right arm. Hmm...
  • Horrible Judge of Character: His War-Buddies are Mumkhar and Dickson.
  • In Universe Nickname: "Beast", from Dickson.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His fighting style clearly revolves around the use of one, though quite a few of his weapons turn out to be hand axes, scythes, or BFS'.
  • Large Ham: Mostly in battle. His attack cries are undeniably, ridiculously over-the-top. Doubles up as Not So Above It All given his status as the sensible Team Dad outside of combat. Blossom Dance in particular is evidence that Rufus Jones could become the English answer to the likes of Jamieson Price.
  • Manly Man: To Shulk and Reyn.
  • McSamurai: He's the one with the katana-themed fighting style, yet he isn't from the local Wutai equivalent (on account of the game not having one) and, in the dub, has a very English accent.
  • Memetic Badass: Considered to be one in-universe at first due to his use of the Monado and the fact that his doing so is entire reason why the Homs weren't wiped out a year ago. Later on, the group comes to understand that, for all Dunban's badassery, he's still a normal person and is not to be put on a pedestal.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite normally being so as noted below, Dunban notably loses all control when he learns Mumkhar was behind the attack on Colony 9, to which his desire for revenge is on the same level as Shulk's.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Due to his paralyzed right arm, Dunban wields katana and BFSes in one hand.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His motifs are cherry blossoms.
  • Retired Badass: Due to his arm injury, he can't serve in the defence force anymore.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Against Mumkhar, once the truth comes out. It's notable in that this is the first time Dunban displays any of his characters flaws openly and Shulk has to help him back down because Dunban's Roaring Rampage of Revenge has the potential to even worse than his.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a nasty looking scar (which looks a lot like electrical burn) running up the whole of his right arm from where the Monado rejected him.
  • Shipper on Deck: He ships Shulk and Fiora.
  • The Smart Guy: On account of being Mr. Exposition, he is this precisely half of the time. He was The Hero during the war one year ago, however.
  • Submissive Badass: He might be the party's biggest Badass, but he defers to Shulk when it comes to leading them.
  • Team Dad: And this during the other half. Riki might be older and an actual father, but Dunban acts as the most mature and mentorly male member of the party.
  • The Stoic: A kinder version. The man goes through things that would break most people, but he bottles it up to stay strong for everyone.
  • The Unchosen One: He lacked Shulk's special affinity for the Monado and his gift of foresight, but he still wielded the blade through sheer Heroic Willpower because nobody else could until he couldn't handle it anymore.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the three Sword Valley "heroes" that fought in the prologue, as Mumkhar and Dickson are both antagonists later on in the game. He is also the most attractive of them.
  • Tranquil Fury: Every last one of his encounters with Metal Face... until he realises who he is.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His Monado usage can best be summed up as this.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He has Inner Peace, a skill that greatly increases Agility when he's completely void of armour, creating a rare case of shirtlessness being a legitimate strategy.
  • Warrior Poet: Recites a badass Haiku about war when using Blossom Dance.
  • World's Best Warrior: Was considered this before losing the use of his right arm. He was widely regarded as a living legend, and him wielding the Monado is the only reason the Homs weren't wiped out in the Battle of Sword Valley.


"I swear I won't stop until I've scrapped each and every one of you!"

Voiced by: Kellie Bright (English), Akeno Watanabe (Japanese)

Sharla (カルナ, Carna) is a medic of Colony 6's Defense Force. She uses an ether rifle to fight, and her specialty is healing.

  • Abnormal Ammo: In this world, bullets can heal wounds better than they can inflict them, for some reason.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Along with her kid brother (Juju), Otharon, and several of the survivors of Colony 6. Justified since, as Homs, they have no specified ethnicity.
  • Badass: No, being a medic does not stop her from being an extreme arsekicker.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Most of her clothes. The clothing she's wearing on the right is just one of several similar outfits.
  • BFG: She wields a rather large rifle as a weapon.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Just try to hurt Juju in front of her. Even if it takes her a long and painful trek through an Ether Mine, she will find her brother and she will put a bullet between the eyes of whoever took him.
  • Break the Cutie: She almost loses her brother to Xord, and then loses her loved one after he becomes a Face.
  • Combat Medic: She's the primary healer, although she'll spend a lot of time fighting as well due to the insane cooldown times on her healing Arts.
  • Dub Name Change: In Japan she's known as "Carna" (written "カルナ" in katakana).
  • Facepalm: A frequent expression of hers.
  • Gainaxing: Make her lead and start running.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: She wears a set of goggles around her neck, but at no point in the story do they go ever around her eyes.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Gadolt sacrificing himself to save the party prompts Sharla to grow stronger as a character.
  • Heroic BSOD: When escaping from Agniratha, her Not Quite Dead fiancee Gadolt bravely sacrifices himself to allow the group to escape. You can imagine how Sharla acted after that.
  • Loving a Shadow: Her friendship with Reyn seems to be based mostly off his similarities to Gadolt. Reyn eventually catches on to this, but realises that he can't compete with him, leading to a "I Want My Beloved to Be Happy" moment.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The number of outfits she has that aren't Stripperific in some way can be counted on one hand.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the people of Colony 6 are revealed to have been eaten by Xord, she goes absolutely apeshit and swears to "scrap each and every one of (the Mechon)".
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Shulk x Melia, to the point where she forces Melia to come along with the party. At least, until Fiora joins the party.
  • Ship Tease: There's a lot of flirting between her and Reyn, and the ending implies that they've gotten together for real.
  • Stone Wall: Especially with her heavy armour.
  • Team Mom: Especially in her Heart-To-Hearts with Dunban, of all people. After one, he thinks: "Now I know how Juju feels..." Lampshaded in a post-battle quote if she's in the party with Riki and Melia. The joke is that they're both older than her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves fruit, as evidenced in the fact that the presents that give the most hearts are all fruits and the fact that there's an achievement for giving her 20 of them.

Melia Antiqua

"If you do not grasp the importance of loved ones until after they are gone... That is simply too late."

Voiced by: Jenna-Louise Coleman (English), Shiori Katsuta (Japanese)

Princess Melia Antiqua (メリア) is a powerful mage who lives in the Royal City of Alcamoth prior to the games events. Her arts focus on summoning elemental spirits and ether magic. She becomes the leader of the High Entia after Sorean dies.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She clearly has feelings for Shulk. Unfortunately for her, he only has eyes for Fiora.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Putting her on AI control is an exercise in frustration. Her AI has very little regard for tactics, preferring to mindlessly use Elementals while at point-blank range. Since she's a Squishy Wizard, this very quickly ends in her demise.
  • Bare Your Midriff: If you give her the Jungle Girl-esque Makna/Panther tops she does this. Fanservice ensues.
  • Betty and Veronica: Initially acts as the Veronica due to her High Entia heritage and initial standoffishness, but her femininity and unrequited crush on Shulk make her the Betty when mechonized Fiora rejoins the party.
  • Black Magician Girl: Specializes in attack ether magic.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Her irises each have a dark ring that surround a thin pupil, which signify that she is half-Homs.
  • Glass Cannon: Her health growth is horrible, worse than what Fiora started at. However, her attacks are guaranteed to hit, and are usually extremely powerful when leveled adequately, along with being able to stack while on reserve.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She's half Homs and half High Entia.
  • Hopeless Suitor: When Fiora returns, it's over for her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She effectively gives up on Shulk so that he and Fiora can be happy, despite her being part-Mechon.
  • Kuudere: She acts very formal around Shulk, even as she develops love for him.
  • The Lancer: She provides a more practical counterpoint to Shulk's idealism in the beginning and eventually becomes one of his strongest supporters. Like many characters, she also has shades of being The Smart Girl, with her particular field being more ancient knowledge.
  • Limit Break: Her Battle Arts that can only be used during Elemental Burst, especially Mind Blast, could qualify.
  • Love Hurts: Shulk never does return her affections, and remains oblivious to them the entire game due to only having eyes for Fiora.
  • Nice Hat: It also helps hide her wings before she's revealed to be half High Entia.


"New Hom Hom friends! Meet this year's legendary Heropon, Riki! Riki live to serve!"

Voiced by: Wayne Forester (English), Yuki Kaida (Japanese)

Riki (リキ) is a member of the mercantile Nopon race. Although he looks like a child, he is actually 40 years old and has eleven children. A natural story-teller, he will go on at length about how he is actually the true legendary hero spoken of in the prophecies.

  • And Now For Something Completely Different
  • Butt Monkey: His intro involves him doing the saddest excuse for an entrance and being pelted with food by the other Nopon. He's the appointed Legendary Heropon because he is deeply in debt to the village.
  • Badass Adorable - One of his battle quotes is:
    "Riki can win by himself."
  • Breath Weapon: This is how he performs many of his ether arts.
  • Captain Obvious: Used by him and mocked by Reyn when Riki first joins up.
    "Dinobeast is big and scary."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Riki's response to Dunban saying "I can feel my power returning to me!" during battle? "Power sound like sour. Sweets are better."
  • Cuddle Bug: Especially to Melia.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Mostly. Even if it's in his nature to be optimistic, sometimes he is completely oblivious to people's feelings and, as a result, times things really badly; like declaring that he's bored and hungry in the aftermath of Melia's father's death. Counts as an in-universe example given that he's often called out for it by the other party members.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even though, if played right, Riki is one of the most useful characters in the game combining elements of thief and tank with some very useful XP boosting passive skills that can be shared with the others, the rest of the party treat him as a joke. Even if you have him as the lead character in the fight against the Makna Forest Telethia Reyn will mock him when he tries to claim credit for the victory.
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Expy: Of Chu-Chu, as the Small Annoying Creature of the team with a Verbal Tic, although unlike Chu-Chu Riki is a powerhouse from the getgo.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He'd have you believe that he's a legendary heropon. Nobody is really fooled, but they humour him. Later subverted during the quest given to him by the Nopon Sage to make him become the True Heropon.
  • Fighting Clown: Riki may be tiny and silly, but he's pretty powerful.
  • Gradual Grinder: He has a rather pathetic damage output... but his health and Battle Arts that focus on debuffing and slowly sapping the health of enemies allow him to outlast almost anything.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He's surprisingly empathic and responsive to the feelings of others... which makes his Dude, Not Funny! moments all the more glaring.
    • He's also well aware of his status as comic relief, but jumps headfirst into it because he knows the others need it.
  • Impossible Thief: His Talent Art is basically standard Videogame Stealing fare... except with the right upgrades, he can learn to steal EXP, AP and even stats!
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uncannily reminiscent of "grabber" toys like these. This apparently extends to the rest of the Nopon race; the soldiers they send to Alcamoth are all armed with them.
  • In the Back: Sneaky does triple damage if done from behind.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Melia, who's about 48 years older than he is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: An inversion. Although he's clearly a good guy at heart, his Pride still causes him to do some pretty dickish things. For example: After fighting the first Telethia, he pretty much takes all the credit... and most of the other Nopon seem to believe him.
  • Literal-Minded: Riki's response to the other characters' comments tend to involve him interpreting their comments literally. Case in point, have both Riki and Reyn on your team and Riki will respond to Reyn's "Now we're getting started!" with "But Riki already started...".
  • Magic Knight: Hits hard with either his Biter or ether magic.
  • The Pollyanna: He's constantly cheerful, even when the going gets tough.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's 40 and married with eleven children. The joke is lost a bit in translation. In the Japanese dub, Riki has a very high-pitched, childlike voice, which leads the party to be confused when his family shows up to bid him farewell. In English, Riki clearly has an adult voice, even if it's still high-pitched, so this comes as less of a surprise.
  • Small Annoying Creature: Well, Reyn thinks so. They get over it, eventually.
  • Standard Status Effects: Half of his moveset is based around them Bitey Bitey causes bleed damage, while Burn- and Freezinate cause Blaze and Chill damage respectively.
  • The Chosen One: Parodied. He is this year's Legendary Heropon. He was chosen by the village chief/seer, but it turns out he was "chosen" because he's in serious debt to the chief. When he does repay his debt (by defeating the big, scary dinobeast AKA the Telethia all on his own), the chief sends him adventuring with Shulk and co. because of an ancient prophecy. Riki doesn't buy it for a second. Played straight in a side quest brought about by the Nopon Sage that allows him to earn the title of True Heropon.
  • Tagalong Kid: Everybody else in the party has quite a big reason for wanting to fight the Mechon, be it avenging loved ones or trying to rescue them. Riki is pretty much roped into assisting them and a few Heart to Hearts actually lampshade this.
  • Team Dad: He has his moments and is mentally perhaps the oldest of the party. (Chronologically he's second after Melia.)
  • Third-Person Person: "Riki is Heropon!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Apparently insects, as evident with the achievement you get when you give 30 insect presents to other part members as Riki, as well as the fact that all of the presents that gives the most hearts when given to him are insects.
    • In various cutscenes it is fish. He hunts a huge fish for Dunban at the Fallen Arm ("Grilled fish taste yum yum!"), he has an entire Heart to Heart with Reyn about it, the epilogue includes a fishing scene, and one of his most powerful weapons is literally a fish.
  • Verbal Tic: Adding "pon" to every second word in his vocabulary. In the Japanese dub, he ends every single sentence with "mo".
  • Videogame Stealing: His Talent Art. It's a little more than just that though, see above.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Riki gets called out on his somewhat Jerkass behavior several times. A few times it finally gets through to him completely, and he is deeply affected.
  • X Marks the Hero: A variation, as it's on his stomach rather than his face.

    From Bionis 


"I like the look in your eye there, lad. It's time. This is war."

Voiced by: Anthony May (English) , Tsuyoshi Koyama (Japanese)

Dickson Soss is a veteran of the battle of Sword Valley a year before the events of the game and a comrade of Dunban and Mumkhar. He is a resident of Colony 9 and looks over Shulk, Reyn and the other residents. He claims to have found Shulk in the Valak Mountain with the Monado and his parents dead. Dickson raised Shulk as his own. It is later revealed that Dickson is a disciple of Zanza (Dickson of the Trinity) and only took Shulk because Zanza was using him as a host.

  • Evil All Along: Turns out that everything he did was to help Zanza destroy and recreate the world. Suddenly, his early lines start to make a lot more sense as to why he said them.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The morally grey cigar-smoking Badass variety. It becomes much more noticeable as the story approaches its climax and things get more difficult for everyone. Once Zanza returns he doesn't pick up another one until he dies.
  • Jerkass: Well there's a reason he's called Dickson, he's kind of an asshole even before being revealed as a villain.
  • Knight In Sour Armour: Goes hand in hand with his ambiguous neutrality. He's always on hand to help the heroes, but at the same time he's frequently dismissive and cynical. When he discovers that the Face Mechon are Homs, his reaction is basically, "So what? I gave up trying to figure them out yonks ago." Subverted once it turns out he's a villain.
  • Meaningful Name: Probably why the localization team chose to write his name as Dickson instead of the more common spelling of "Dixon."
  • Might Makes Right: His stalwart belief in this is why he follows Zanza, whom he (understandably) believes is the mightiest being in existence and thus follows without question. He freaks out when he sees hints that Shulk could be mightier.
  • Mr. Exposition: Especially earlier in the game, as he guides Shulk and co. through the lower half of Bionis.
  • No Hero Discount: So, Dickson's rolled out some sweet new tech that can pierce Mechon armour. Hooray! Also, he expects you to pay for it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks an awful lot like Hulk Hogan, or Willie Nelson.
  • Not Brainwashed: Dunban and the others have a hard time accepting that Dickson really is working for Zanza of his own free will. Dickson has to spell it out for them.
  • One Last Smoke: Smokes once last cigar before expiring.
  • One-Winged Angel: Transforms into his true Giant form before facing Shulk and co one last time.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: His true form, a Giant.
  • Parental Substitute: To Shulk, having raised him after finding him on Valak Mountain.
  • Parental Betrayal: He literally shoots Shulk In the Back.
  • Rage Quit: After Shulk fatally wounds him, he ends the fight there and walks off to deny him the satisfaction of victory.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Egil remembers him from Zanza's original rampage upon Mechonis, which was centuries ago.
  • Smug Snake: After the reveal, Dickson really loves to hit the party where it hurts with truths and taunts, like when he goads Dunban over the "victory drinks" they used to share.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Gets on the receiving end of this hard from Shulk near the endgame, noting that he hasn't felt fear like that in ages. In the climactic battle with him, it gets so bad that Dickson just gives up after Shulk deals a decisive blow, which is a far cry from his usual self.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: His sword, which, as mentioned above, doubles as a gun. In his true form, his weapon instead transforms between modes instead of being both at once.
  • The Svengali: Shulk himself will eventually become expendable, as he's just a Soul Jar for Zanza.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Zanza. He'll fight anyone Zanza asks simply because that's what he wants. Until the end, anyways, when he quits because fighting Shulk and company was becoming too much of a hassle. note 
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Dickson is actually a Giant, but is able to transform into a Homs as a disguise.
  • Walking Spoiler: Pretty much everything about him is a spoiler.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Dickson makes it very clear that the friend of Dunban and Shulk's adoptive father that they knew him of never really existed.
    Dunban: That's enough! Why, Dickson?! What made you like this?! Shulk looked up to you, respected you!
    Sharla: Dickson! Don't let Zanza control you! Wake up!
    Dickson: You can quit your bellyaching! I'm in total control. I've always been like this! Ever since long before any of you lot were born!

Mumkhar / Metal Face

Metal Face

"What're they trying to prove?! I'm not throwing my life away! No point dying in some godforsaken field."

Voiced by: Tim Watson (English) Norio Wakamoto (Japanese)

Mumkhar (ムムカ, Mumca) is first introduced in the opening scene at the Battle of Sword Valley, alongside Dunban and Dickson. We quickly find out that Mumkhar is an honorless fighter and is willing to flee battle and abandon his comrades to save his life. We also learn that he desires the Monado for himself.

He later returns as Metal Face (黒いフェイス, Black Face) and is the first primary antagonist and the first Faced Mechon introduced in Xenoblade. He is the main reason Shulk begins the journey to the Bionis head.

  • Always Second Best: To Dunban, according to him.
  • Arch-Enemy: For Shulk, Reyn and Dunban. Especially Dunban, once his true identity has been discovered. When you add in the deaths of the inhabitants of Colony 6 and the Emperor, both Sharla and Melia also have their reasons to hate him. So that's pretty much the entire party except for Riki. And maybe Fiora, but since she rejoins the party long after Mumkhar's death, it's hard to say.
  • Back from the Dead: Dunban's thought Mumkhar was killed fleeing from the Mechon assault. He was very wrong.
  • Body Horror: His Mechon body shows just how much of the Homs' organic body is removed during the Face conversion. To clarify: if you look closely, you'll see that the lower part of his body is hollow and can see that his entire spinal column has been replaced with something mechanical.
  • Buffy Speak:
    • Some of his voice-clips from the very brief period in the intro where he's on your side display this.
    Mumkhar: I'll draw 'em to me. Dunban! You do that... blue business ya do!
    • Later as Metal Face, he refers to the swarm of Sky Rays as "ginormous things".
  • Dirty Coward: He deserts his war buddies to save his own skin barely five minutes after you first start playing the game.
  • Disney Villain Death: One part of his death. It follows being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
  • Dub Name Change: From Black Face to Metal Face.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Fiora, he's a dual-wielding Faced-Mechon with ties to Dunban and Shulk (Mumkhar being their enemy post-Metal Face, and Fiora being Dunban's sister and Shulk's Love Interest). Makes it rather appropriate that him killing her is what leads to her becoming a Faced-Mechon.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Although how much of a "Face" he once was is disputable.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Unlike Egil being a Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain and Zanza being an Egotistical Jerkass God. He has a personal enjoyment enraging Shulk and later Dunban while being ruthless and sadistic and he does so very well.
    Metal Face: Hope I'm not interrupting!
  • Finger Wag: His favorite Character Tic.
  • Foreshadowing: Metal Face's movements are very similar to Mumkhar's, which Dunban notices on Prison Island before the actual reveal.
  • For the Evulz: Why did he attack Colony 9, killing all those innocent people? Do you really want to know, Dunban?
    Because it's your home.
  • Gonk: Xenoblade's cast is not exactly made up of The Beautiful Elite, but they sure do look it when put next to this guy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He hates and envies Dunban for being the Monado's master during the war.
  • Guttural Growler: He always speaks in a low growl.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Upon his conversion to a Mechon. His new body is both almost completely mechanical and comes with a set of built-in laser claws.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Until you obtain the Monado II.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He meets his end when he gets impaled by a spire he blasted loose from Galahad Fortress.
  • Humongous Mecha: Like all Faced Mechon.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By a giant falling spire which he knocked loose by trying to hit Shulk and Dunban with a parting shot.
  • The Lancer: The underhanded variety to Dunban during the first Homs-Mechon war.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Although he clearly thinks he's a Magnificent one.
  • Name-Face Name: Black Face in the original, Metal Face in the dub.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If he hadn't needlessly antagonized the Monado wielders to the point of wanting revenge above anything else, his side would have found things a lot easier. His loose cannon status even contributes to Egil's decision to brainwash the next batch of Faced Mechon (including Gadolt) so they don't have the same problem.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Like all Faced Mechon until the Monado is powered up.
  • Obviously Evil: Let's see here... Gravelly voice, hunched-over battle stance, bulging eyes, being a rude and self-serving little bastard from the moment of his appearance... Was Dunban seriously surprised by his betrayal?
  • Recurring Boss: You fight him four times as Metal Face and once on-foot.
  • Primal Stance: His battle stance has him hunched over.
  • Psycho Supporter: He fully supports Egil's plan to exterminate all life on Bionis, but only for the joy of slaughtering innocent lives and not because of Egil's greater plans.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Same as Fiora, in that he comes back. Whether he counts as a lamb or not is another matter.
  • Skele Bot 9000: The ribcage-like markings on his chest and the thin "spine" connecting Metal Face's upper and lower body are obviously meant to give this impression.
  • Smug Snake: He's an absolute Troll that shows no respect for anyone or anything, and he doesn't take losing well. He also always thought he was better than Dunban, but when he fights Dunban hand-to-hand, Mumkhar still loses even though he has a Mechon body and Dunban is fighting with his off-hand, and with a normal weapon instead of the Monado, to boot.
  • Starter Villain: A pretty nasty example given that he gets the better of the protagonists in the first two encounters with him. It isn't until a decent portion of the way into the game you even learn that he's working for somebody else.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: His level goes up each time you fight him. This leads to an odd case when you fight Mumkhar on foot and he's stronger than his mech was on Prison Island.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While Egil's forces are all pretty evil, Mumkhar stands out as he could care less about the Bionis-Mechonis conflict; he just takes delight in murdering people and destroying lives, and then rubbing it in people's faces. His violent obsession with the party actually works against Egil's plans, leading him ensure all future face Mechon have all memory of their past lives erased.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After he becomes Metal Face.
  • Transforming Mecha: He and the rest of the Faces can fold up into an aircraft.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Justified. He was never a particularly loyal individual to begin with, which is why the Machina decided they didn't need to brainwash him, only offer him survival and power.
  • Troll: He loves pissing off Shulk. And he does this very very well.
  • The Voiceless: In his first appearance as Metal Face. He gets fitted with a voice projector before his second appearance.
  • White Mask of Doom: Metal Face's faceplate is stark white.
  • Wolverine Claws: His main weapon is a pair of triple-bladed clawlike weapons on each hand.


Voiced by: Jonathan Keeble (English), Tesshō Genda (Japanese)

Xord is the second Faced Mechon that Shulk meets and is the first Mechon to talk in the game. Xord features the ability to transform into a bulky jet, similar to Metal Face.

  • Back from the Dead: Confusingly, the Mass-Produced Face that shows up to save Juju from the Telethia at the end is implied to be him, despite him being considerably dead by that point.
  • Big Eater: He devours the rest of the prisoners minus Juju before you reach him.
  • Blood Knight: He comes back from falling into a bath of Ether, still hungry.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Metal Face even lampshades it.
  • The Brute: Subverted. He looks the part but, as a Mass-Produced Face, he turns out to just be an Elite Mook with backstory.
  • Degraded Boss: Mass-Produced Faces that look and fight just like him show up as regular enemies much later in the game.
  • Drop the Hammer: His main weapon is a hammer.
  • Fat Bastard: Noticeably bulkier than most other Mechon, and thoroughly unpleasant to say the least. Fitting, given his appetite and the size of his weapon.
  • Foreshadowing: He drops many hints that Faced Mechon are actually Homs.
  • Humongous Mecha: Complete with a jet form.
  • It Can Think: The first Mechon who displays human-like behavior in front of our heroes, cluing them in to the fact that they're something more than mindless robots.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Plays this up far more than any other Mechon, Faced or otherwise.
  • Large Ham: Every line of his is bombastic.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Even moreso than Metal Face was in his first encounter, as Xord is immune to Break unless it's inflicted via Chain Attack.
  • The Obi-Wan: In a very strange manner. His big mouth basically drops all of the hints that Shulk needs to seek the truth about Faced Mechon, even if he didn't mean to.
  • Sanity Slippage: Being turned into a Mechon clearly did his sanity no favors. At one point it's implied that he doesn't even remember his own name, and only responds to it because others have called him by it.
  • Tragic Monster: He was believed killed in the Battle of Sword Valley but was instead made into a Faced Mechon.
  • Was Once a Man: As a result of being a converted Homs. He was a blacksmith in Colony 9. You probably met his daughter, Desiree, while doing sidequests.
  • White Mask of Doom: Has a white faceplate.


"Do you wish to change it? The future."

Voiced by: Blake Ritson (English), Shizuma Hodoshima (Japanese)

Alvis (アルヴィース, Alviss) first meets Shulk when he is collecting some pure water crystals for Melia. They are attacked by a Telethia and Alvis teaches Shulk to use the Purge ability, while demonstrating he can use the Monado with great proficiency. Alvis is revealed to be the seer of the Emperor Sorean, and later one of Zanza's disciples.

More than that, at the end he reveals himself to be THE Monado, and a computer AI that may have created Xenoblade's world.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: He's one of the creators of the New Universe... and before that, he was a computer AI!
  • Big Good: While he does have an Omniscient Morality License, his ultimate goal is Zanza's ultimate downfall.
  • Bishōnen: Pretty, dresses rather fabulously, and has Ambiguously Gay mannerisms towards Shulk.
  • Cool Sword: Wields one during the fight with the Telethia. Not to mention him temporarily wielding the Monado against them to demonstrate the Purge ability. Also, he constitutes the soul of the True Monado that Shulk wields at the end, like Zanza and Meyneth did for theirs.
  • Cryptic Conversation: In classic Xeno style. It's clear he's more than just a seer, and most of his conversations with Shulk aren't clear until the very end of the game.
  • Deus Est Machina: Interestingly played, as he's an AI who became an omniscient god.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: First he's working for the High Entia as the royal prophet, with him advising Shulk on the side. Then it turns out he was secretly working for Zanza all along. Then at the end, he winds up betraying Zanza because he was really always on Shulk's side the whole time.
  • Enigmatic Minion: The twist is he's a lot simpler and more benevolent than you would expect him to be.
  • Expy: Takahashi could have put chaos' or Wilhelm's models in some scenes and probably a lot of people wouldn't have noticed the difference. Even their personalities, voices (specially in Japanese) and even roles in the story are almost the same.
  • Foreshadowing: If you examine the script, you'll notice that Alvis never actually calls himself a Homs. That's just Shulk's assumption that everybody rolls with.
  • God Is Good: He's the true god of the Xenoblade universe. Zanza and Meyneth have just been borrowing his power. Furthermore, his goal is to free the Homs and Machina from Zanza's tyrannical reign. He just has a very longwinded way of doing it.
  • Meaningful Name: The Monad in Gnosticism is the first God, who created those that followed, which makes Alvis' endgame revelation somewhat clearer. In computer programming, a monad is a structure that combines various functions into a sequence that can alter the state of a program. The Monado has a set of unique functions (powers) and can alter the state of the universe. In addition, one of the characteristics of a monad is that when you call one of its functions, the function will almost always return the monad it was called from. In other words, a monad is there at the beginning, and it's there at the end. The computer science analogy is doubly appropriate given Alvis' true form as an AI.
  • Mr. Exposition: Extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Monado, and at the end of the game he reveals the origin of the world the game takes place in.
  • Omniscient Morality Licence: Being the true god of the Xenoblade universe, he is effectively omniscient. While he may seem like he has Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, especially towards the end of the game, it's actually all a long Batman Gambit to ensure that Zanza is overthrown.
  • Outsourcing Fate: Lets Shulk decide what happens to the world after Zanza has been killed.
  • Pretty in Mink: His jacket has a gray fur collar.
  • Prophet Eyes: Sort of. They're a very light grey - but the trope still works as Alvis is a seer. As it turns out, that's only half-right. Alvis is not simply a Homs seer - he's a seer because he's a god and, thus, knows everything that's going to happen and how to change the future.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this repeatedly in his first meeting with Shulk.
  • Time Abyss: He predates both the Bionis and the Mechonis.


"That sword... Could it be the...?"

Voiced by: Peter Dickson (English), Joji Nakata (Japanese)

Sorean (ソレアン) Antiqua is the Emperor of the High Entia and father to Kalian. He is eventually revealed to be Melia's parent as well.

  • Badass: He harms Metal Face. Put things into perspective, not even the Monado could do so at that point.
  • Cool Old Guy: Just because he's the emperor, and aged, doesn't mean he doesn't kick ass.
  • The Emperor: The benevolent version, being one who truly cares for his peoples' well being..
  • Face Death with Dignity: However, even he realizes that he cannot escape his own death.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Shulk has a vision of him dying very early in the game. Part of the High Entia episode is learning how to prevent it. It doesn't work.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies summoning Zanza to upgrade the Monado.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Justified because High Entia have long lifespans.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is very quick to be on good terms with Shulk.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Takes it upon himself to travel to Prison Island to unseal Zanza.
  • Screw Destiny: His opinion of this factoid is basically, "I'm going to do what's best for my people whether or not Fate does end up coming for me."
  • Unwitting Pawn: It's shown that he's unaware of the fact that his First Consort is attempting to off his daughter, which leads to the attempts on her life. Later, he becomes one of the many disposable pawns in Zanza's resurrection plot.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: For Melia. Turns out she didn't need to try and win his affection. He loved her all along.
  • Winged Humanoid: He's got headwings like all High Entia.


"If that weapon is truly the Monado, we shall be forced to take action."

Voiced by: Rufus Wrightnote  (English), Yukimasa Obi (Japanese)

Kallian (カリアン) is a member of the High Entia imperial family. Noted for being both a wise, responsible and understanding young man, many believe that he has the qualities required to be the next emperor of his people and the fact that he has chosen not to follow this path, instead supporting Melia in her own bid for the throne, has come as a shock to many of them.

  • Baleful Polymorph: Transforms into a Telethia like the rest of the pure-blooded High Entia. However, he retains his mind long enough to attempt a suicide attack against Lorithia.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Comes off as one to many members of the party, but especially to Melia.
  • Bishounen: Dickson even makes fun of it, stating that he looks "like a sissy".
  • Expy: Of Sigurd Harcourt, as the benevolent silver-haired older half-brother whose lineage turns out to be plot-important.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He isn't ashamed about becoming a Telethia, and uses his power to fight Lorithia head-on.
  • The Good Captain: Develops into this as the Bionis-Mechonis War begins.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts it twice. The first time fails and he becomes a puppet of Lorithia. The second time he sacrifices himself as a Telethia to ensure Lorithia's death.
  • Knew It All Along: Kallian was well aware of the true purpose of the ancient tradition of every emperor's second spouse being a Homs. He knew that it would inevitably be the fate of all pure-blooded High Entia to revert to Telethia, and that it would effectively mean the extinction of their race unless they could sire enough mixed-blood High Entia to give their civilization a fighting chance for survival. As a pure-blooded High Entia himself, he knew even he would have been doomed to become a Telethia when the genocide finally arrived, and this is one of the biggest reasons why he endorsed mixed-blood Melia to become the new High Entia empress. When the end came, he finally revealed these things to Melia, and his remaining intelligence could then Face Death with Dignity.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He leads the formation of the alliance among the races of Bionis, and formally apologizes for neglecting to help the Homs during the first Mechon invasion. Furthermore, when the alliance goes to war against the Mechon, he personally leads the attack.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: He will not accept saving either his sister or father when they are in danger if it goes against orders or the rules of their people. He realizes after his father's death that he should be good regardless of the rules.


"Enjoy this battle, for it will be your last."

Voiced by: Rachel Atkins (English), Sayuri Yamauchi (Japanese)

Lorithia is the leader of the Research department, and a member of the Trinity, the three disciples of Zanza.

  • Evil Is Sexy: Wears a suit of Stripperiffic armor in contrast to the rest of the High Entia who are dressed more conservatively.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: As part of Zanza's Trinity, she is firmly committed to reverting the High Entia race to Telethia to further Zanza's aims.
  • Hypocrite: She espouses that it is the destiny of all High Entia to be transformed into Telethia and serve Zanza. You have one guess as to who she conveniently excludes from the mass-transformation.
  • Immortality: It's revealed that she assisted Zanza because she was promised this. Which is a little confusing because, as his Disciple, it stands to reason that a) She knew about him beforehand and b) Already had it to begin with, like Dickson. Whether this meant an upgrade from the standard Undying type that the Disciples have to a Class I is unknown.
  • Obviously Evil: Genre Savvy players will peg her as a baddie the moment they see her—if the red and black stripperiffic outfit wasn't enough, she spends maybe a minute on-screen before she's scheming to have Melia killed.
  • One-Winged Angel: By performing a Fusion Dance with the Telethia that Kallian had become.
  • Out-Gambitted: By a dead man, no less.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Like all the High Entia.
  • Summon Magic: In a similar vein to Melia.
  • Sycophantic Servant: In contrast to Dickson, who's simply a Blood Knight, and Alvis, who isn't really working for Zanza, Lorithia is fanatically obsessed with "Lord Zanza".
  • Take-That Kiss: After displaying Kallian in his Telethia form to Melia, she rubs it even more in her face by giving him a deep kiss.


Voiced by: Katie McGuinness (English), Michiko Neya (Japanese)

Tyrea is Yumea's daughter, and by extension Kallian's half-sister and an agent working for the Bionite order. She helps Yumea conspire to assassinate Sorean's daugther, Melia in the High Entia Tomb, but is interrupted and defeated by Shulk's group before she has a chance to kill her. She then escapes after her defeat and isn't seen again until after the Mechonis Core events where more of her origins are discovered. The party finds Tyrea in the front gates of Colony 6 and discover that Tyrea is Yumea's daugther by Melia. After recovering on Junks, she leaves the Colony only to find trace energy of Ether before being attacked. The party will then witness a Telethia attack the colony reconstruction HQ, and follow it to Makna Forest. When the party encounters the Telethia, initially thinking it to be a transformed Tyrea, they engage and defeat it. However, Tyrea soon appears unscathed and reveals the Telethia was actually her mother, Yumea, and thanks them for granting her peace before leaving herself. It is also revealed during this sidequest that she is also a half-Homs, despite her long wings.

  • Dual Boss: She is faced in the High Entia Tomb alongside a Telethia.
  • Fantastic Racism: She thinks all half-blooded High Entia are inferior.

Colonel Vangarre

"[...]Then I want a million press-ups from both of you! And you better not stop until your biceps explode!"'

Voiced by: Alec Newman (English, Nobuhiko Kazama (Japanese)

The colonel of the Colony 9 Defense Force. He's known for abusing his troops and assigning them impossible tasks. Reyn refers to him as "Square-tache".

  • Badass Moustache: It curves up at a 90-degree angle, hence his nickname.
  • Bad Boss: In his very first scene, he screams and yells at two soldiers, punches one in the face, and assigns them a million press-ups.
  • Dub Name Change: Spelled Van Damme in Japan.
  • Impossible Task: These aren't meant to be a trick or test of character; he actually expects his men to be able to carry out superhuman or physics-defying commands.
  • Incoming Ham: His first voiced line is yelling out "You idiots!" from offscreen.
  • In Universe Nickname: "Square-tache", by Reyn.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's implied he's killed in the invasion on Colony 9 at the beginning, but he shows up again just fine during the attack on Mechonis.
    • An NPC at Colony 9 reveals that he survived the attack and was in recovery for a while.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's pink, which makes his moustache look all the more ridiculous.


"This battle is for my people. If you can't handle it, drop that weapon and head home."

Voiced by: Lewis MacLeod (English), Gorō Naya (Japanese)

Otharon is the leader of the Colony 6 defence force.

  • Badass Grandpa: Otharon's pretty old, but he has no problem jumping into the fray against the Mechon and later Telethia.
  • Badass Normal: Otharon can't use ether, from what we see, and he's not a crack-shot like Gadolt is. What he does have, however, are balls of steel and an incredible amount of Heroic Willpower.
  • Cool Old Guy: Despite his age he's an effective leader of the Colony 6 resistance forces, and puts up a decent fight against the Faced Mechon in the Ether Mines.
  • Determinator: Just try implying that he should give up on something. He simply will not rest until he's proven you wrong.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Narrowly subverted in-universe thanks to Shulk and his visions.
  • Grumpy Old Man: At first, though he warms up to Shulk's party. He continues to gives lip to just about everyone though, even Dickson and Kallian.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shulk has a vision of him pulling one early-on and spends much of the Colony 6 story arc thinking about how to stop his death. He succeeds.


"They're all cowards. I'll show them all."

Voiced by: Jordan Clarke (English) Kenichi Hatori, (Japanese)

Juju is Sharla's younger brother. He initially lives with his sister in the Refugee Camp, but he eventually tries to head for Colony 6, only to be captured by the Mechons and led to ether mines. After Shulk, Reyn and Sharla rescue him, he and Otharon go back to Colony 6 to try repair the town.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Oversees the rebuilding of Colony 6 while Otharon is out commanding the Allied Force against the Mechon.
  • What an Idiot: He makes a lot of really stupid decisions early on, which the party is quick to lampshade in-universe. Justified in that he's a child and doesn't understand the full consequences of them. He eventually matures beyond this.

Gadolt / Jade Face

"I'll be fine. I'll be able to keep my mind on the battle knowing you're safe."

Voiced by: Nicholas Boulton (English), Kosuke Takeuchi (Japanese)

Gadolt is Sharla's fiance and a colonel in the Colony 6 Defence Force. A bold, fearless man whom Juju looked up to as a father-figure, he went missing during a battle with the Mechon; leaving behind only his ether rifle.

  • Badass: Let's put it this way, Dunban, the resident in-universe Memetic Badass considers Gadolt to be a legendary sniper.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Showing up at the last moment to shield Shulk and friends from the energy unleashed by the Mechonis' awakening.
  • Brainwashed: Jade Face in his attacks on the party.
  • Broken Ace: He's the best shot Colony 6 has, a hero to its people, fiance to a lovely lady and an all-round good guy. He's also wrecked with grief and guilt over not being able to protect more people, to the extent that Sharla only narrowly saves him from crossing the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre: Gadolt loves Sharla, but loses that love thanks to memory wipes.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned fairly early in the game but doesn't make an appearance until it nears its conclusion. It's totally worth the wait.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Only narrowly avoided thanks to Sharla. His frustration at not being able to destroy the Mechon and having to watch his friends die on a regular basis caused him a considerable amount of rage and frustration.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Becoming a human shield (with his giant mechon) to shield the party from the collapse of Agniratha. He dies deflecting the blast.

    From Mechonis 


Voiced by: Peter Bramhill (English), Daisuke Kirii (Japanese)

Egil is one of the main antagonists of Xenoblade, being in charge of the Mechon forces. A member of the Machina people, beings born from the Mechonis, he and his friend Arglas, the giant from Bionis, worked together to ensure a peaceful future between both the peoples of both titans. However, when Arglas was possessed by Zanza and laid waste to Mechonis, Egil swore revenge and, when both titans were put to sleep, began attacking Bionis with an army of Mechon: hoping to wipe out as much life as possible on the titan so that when Zanza returned he would have less ether energy to absorb and thus be more vulnerable to attack. Due to his thirst for vengeance, he has been abandoned by his people but continues to fight against the Bionis nonetheless. He has his own personalized Humongous Mecha, Yaldabaoth, of which he is seen in for the majority of his Appearances.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Once you get to the Mechonis Capital, you will realize that Egil isn't the malevolent person he was when you met him.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is white-greyish, like all the Machina.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To his father Miqol, who does not approve of Egil's war on Bionis and even asks Shulk's party to kill Egil when they first meet him on Fallen Arm.
  • Anti-Magic: His Apocrypha Generator, which negates the Monado's power by releasing counteracting ether-waves.
  • Anti-Villain: He makes it clear that he doesn't actually hate the people of Bionis (even if he does think of them as lower life). He's simply trying to destroy the Bionis itself.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: With or without Yaldabaoth, he always fights with his bare hands.
  • Big Bad: As the one behind the Mechon invasion, he appears to be this. However, he's ultimately upstaged by Zanza after The Reveal.
  • Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Vanea's Abel.
  • Cool Sword: Until he replaces Meyneth as the Mechonis' soul and wields a replica of its sword to control its movements.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: For all of five minutes (one of the longest cutscenes back-to-back by even more cutscenes) before Zanza goes and screws it up, but present.
  • Evil Genius: He's the primary antagonist until Zanza reveals himself and by far the most intelligent, being the creator of the Faced Mechon and the instigator of all the Homs-Mechon wars.
  • Fallen Hero: He once sought to create a peaceful unity between the peoples of Bionis and Mechonis, but Zanza crushed that dream when he possessed Arglas.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His final act of redemption is the save his newly minted friends (and his sister) from Zanza by using the Mechonis itself against him and actually makes his eventual defeat possible.
  • Humongous Mecha: He has one that's bigger than all the other ones in the game put together. And it's golden. It's also a dragon.
  • Ironic Echo: "This world no longer has a need for gods". His face when it's repeated by Meyneth before she dies says it all.
  • Large and In Charge: As a result of Yaldabaoth, though as a Machina he towers over Shulk and company anyway.
  • Made of Iron: Aside from being a Machina, he gets stabbed through the shoulder by the Monado II and doesn't even flinch.
  • The Man Behind The Monsters: The controlling intelligence behind the Mechon and their two invasions of the Bionis, killing untold numbers of Homs.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He is the only Machina who believes all life on Bionis should be killed to protect the people of Mechonis from Zanza.
  • Not So Different: The hero swears vengeance against the man who slaughtered his people and shattered the peace between Mechonis and Bionis. Shulk and Egil, or Egil and Zanza? In this case, it's a heroic inversion in that it's Shulk who points this out, not Egil.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Right before he summons Yaldaboath and defeats Shulk and his entire party:
    "Your blade... it did not cut deep enough."
  • Rage Against the Heavens: He seeks to eliminate Zanza, the soul of the Bionis. When Lady Meyneth tries to make him stop, he declares her a traitor to her own people and declares that the world no longer has a need for gods like her.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He was around when Zanza possessed Arglas and ravaged the Mechonis.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His ultimate goal is to avenge his fallen people by destroying Zanza.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Spelled as Aegir in Japan.
  • Summon Magic: He's capable of creating Mechon during the fight with him, presumably by pulling their components out of Hammerspace and piecing them together with what looks a heck of a lot like telekinesis. Or magnetism.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Zanza proved to be exactly as irreconcilably evil as Egil painted him to be. And while his methods were horrific and resulted in the deaths of himself, Meyneth, and the Mechonis (not to mention the death and/or forced conversion of countless innocent Homs), Egil did manage to weaken the Bionis just enough for Shulk and company to reach Zanza and finish him off.
  • Villainous Breakdown: It's subtle, but the you can definitely hear the sense of heartbreak in his voice after Meyneth makes it clear she's not on his side anymore. Him telling her that the world doesn't need gods comes off as being directed more to himself than to her. He regains his equilibrium for the final battle with him, though.
  • We Could Have Avoided All This: He realizes all too late that he could have could have avoided all this senseless death and pain if he'd trusted in the people of Bionis, who turned out to share his (and Meyneth's) desire of a "world without gods".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genocide for the betterment of all (including the relatives of the people who were killed).
  • Wham Episode: His Establishing Character Moment, which reveals a) that the Mechon are led by an intelligent being, b) that they are in fact Well Intentioned Extremists and c) that the Bionis is not the force of good that the Homs have believed up until now.
    "This is the strongest Mechon ever built. I am Egil, leader of Mechonis! ... We fight to free this world from the tyranny of the Bionis!"
  • White Mask of Doom: His Humongous Mecha has a very disturbing one that kinda looks like a melted skull.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's hard not to feel sympathetic for him, considering Zanza took over his friend's body and committed mass genocide on the Machina just so he could continue his vicious cycle of causing apocalypse to keep himself alive. Too bad that Egil's plan to kill Zanza would have resulted in the destruction of the Bionis, where Homs and other races live in.


Voiced by: Harriet Carmichael (English), Yuki Kaida (Japanese)

Vanea is Egil's sister and the daughter of the Machina chief. She does not like what Egil is doing and has asked him many times to stop killing life on Bionis. She tells her brother that she only wants a world where everyone lives in peace including him. All atempts have failed however. She is also the person who implanted Meyneth into Fiora's body.


Voiced by: Richard Ridings (English), Tadashi Miyazawa (Japanese)

     The Two Gods 

The Bionis and Mechonis

Two towering and enormous titans that are, at the very least, the size of small continents. Before the beginning of the game, they waged a long and difficult battle that ended in the two falling into a several thousand year slumber, as life sprung up on the enormous bodies of the two giants. However, their souls live on.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Mechonis is the benevolent one, and the Bionis is the evil one. You wouldn't guess so at first however, because the Mechonis does not look very friendly with it's humongous black body and glaring red eyes.
  • Divine Conflict: At the beginning of the universe, the two titans fought each other.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Mechonis. While their official size has never been stated, it (and the Bionis) have been theorized to be relatively the size of continents.
  • Physical God: Two giant continent sized titans.

Lady Meyneth

Voiced by: Jo Wyatt (English), Mio Umeda (Japanese)

The soul of the Mechonis, she created and is worshipped by all the Machina. She wishes for all living beings on both Bionis and Mechonis to live in harmony without a need for gods.

  • Absolute Cleavage: It goes down past her groin.
  • Big Good: She's the soul of the Mechonis and proves that it's not as malevolent as it looks.
  • Body Surf: Similar to Zanza she needs to inhabit a body.
  • Dark Chick: A lot more emotional and mediating than any of the other Faced Mechon pilots. Turns out that's because she's really the Big Good.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She looks the part, being a cyborg with predominantly dark colors, but she ultimately turns out to be a kindhearted and sagely scientist/goddess.
  • Defector from Decadence: The reason why she turns on Egil is because she feels he's gone too far.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Was originally human before becoming a god with the destruction of the old universe.
  • Dual Wielding: Her Monado turns out to take the form of a pair of swords.
  • Genius Loci: She's the soul of the Mechonis.
  • God Is Good: She's the god of Mechonis as well as its soul, but she's willing to let her creations live their own lives and not interfere in the running of them.
  • Humongous Mecha: Face Nemesis and the Mechonis itself.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Unlike Zanza, whose grip seems permanently affixed to his Monado once he reclaims it, Meyneth seems to prefer to only pull it out in extreme circumstances; the first time is what alerts Egil to her presence in Face Nemesis, and the second time is against Zanza himself. Without it, she's no more powerful than Fiora herself.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Meyneth is rather startled to realize that she bears strong feelings toward a Homs boy she only just encountered.
  • Ms. Exposition: To the party during their journey through the Mechonis.


Zanza when you meet him on Prison Island. Or rather, Arglas.
Zanza's true form.
Voiced by: Stephen Greif and Adam Howden (English), Takashi Taniguchi and Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese)

Zanza (ザンザ, Zanza) is a giant that Shulk beholds in a vision and learns the secrets of the Monado from. Although he is shrouded in mystery, his knowledge and eventual empowerment of the Monado prove extremely beneficial to the party.

... Until they realise that he's actually the real Big Bad. The giant is actually named Arglas and was Egil's closest friend before discovering the Bionis Monado and being possessed by the evil god within: Zanza. Considered to be the soul of the Bionis, Zanza is the being responsible for all life on it and its attack on the Mechonis. Since Zanza requires a physical body to maintain his existence, being unable to remain in his spirit form forever, he has locked all life on Bionis in an endless cycle of death and rebirth: wiping out everything and creating life anew once life on Bionis reaches a certain point. This is because, if his creations evolve too much and leave the world he has created behind, then he will be without a living host and ultimately die.

It is eventually revealed that he was once a human scientist named Klaus who destroyed the previous universe in an experiment to create a new world and, together with Meyneth, became a god of the new one.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He's some kind of purple shade... or, rather, Arglas' skin is.
  • Arch-Enemy: Subverted. One is lead to believe that the High Entia are his, because they sealed him away. The honest truth is that he doesn't care about that - chalking it up to the nature of mortals - and instead wants to see Shulk kick Mechonis' ass.
  • Badass Beard: While possessing Arglas.
  • Badass Boast: He tells Shulk that, should he master the Monado's power, "Nothing but a god can stand in (his) way." That's not an understatement.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: The ending reveals that Zanza is not half the god he thinks himself to be.
  • Big Bad: Thought Egil was the true enemy, did you? Not so fast, bucko!
  • Bigger Bad: He wasn't revealed to be the true Big Bad until most of the way into the game.
  • Big Good: Subverted. He's set up as this but doesn't actually get enough screentime to play the part. Besides, his real role is the complete opposite of this trope.
  • Bishounen: His form upon awakening. Not surprising, considering he's basically Shulk with longer hair.
  • Blood Knight: We never get to see the giant fight but it's implied. He gets very... animated about the prospect slaughtering the Mechon with the Monado.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: It's implied that he isn't capable of understanding that the beings of Bionis are living beings with their own individual lives. To him, they're just food... which still doesn't even begin to justify what he does, as the other god (Meyneth) understands that they are people and not food or bacteria.
  • Body Surf: Once Arglas picked up the Monado, Zanza entered his body. Then, it was picked up by Dunban and Shulk, the former of which resisted his control.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's introduced as a One-Shot Character who's relevant for one plot point and is never heard from again... until much later in the game when it turns out that Zanza was one of the most influential people in the world.
  • The Chessmaster: He controlled all of the actions on Bionis, and created the High Entia to assist in the termination of life on Bionis.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: His third form has only half the HP of his second form, and with Shulk acquiring the Monado III chances are the fight won't last very long.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: You need to pass a reaction test to get your Visions during the fight, otherwise he'll shave off colossal amounts of health with each attack without any warning... He'll still cause ridiculous amounts of damage, but at least this way you're prepared for it.
  • Cool Sword: Well, the Monado was his after all... It eventually gets upgraded into an even bigger one when he emerges from Shulk's body.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Was once a human scientist by the name of Klaus.
  • Demonic Possession: How he operates.
  • Dual Wielding: Both Monados.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Shulk, he's a scientist connected with the Monado, and had the ability to become a Physical God at the end of his story. They even look alike and share voice actors. What sets them apart is that Shulk decided not to be a God, and Zanza is generally a douche.
  • Evil Is Petty: His reason for trying to exterminate all sentient life on the Bionis? He just doesn't want them to leave him.
  • Expy: He's basically Deus with a speaking role. Out of all the previous Xenocharacters to get a counterpart in 'Blade, this guy is probably the most similar to the original. Furthermore, he has the High Entia revert to Telethia - something that almost exactly parallels humans mutating into Wels for Deus.
  • Fallen Hero: Implied in his conversation with Face Nemesis, who apparently accuses him of sacrificing the party in his quest to defeat Mechonis. He tells her to stuff it. The whole thing takes on a much darker note when you realise what Zanza's ''actual'' nature is.
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: You are transported to outer space (or a convincing replica) for the showdown against him.
  • For Science!: Which ended up turning him into a God.
  • For the Evulz: Even though he wishes to maintain his existence, Zanza doesn't really have much of a reason to be such a colossal jackass about it, especially when Meyneth has been maintaining her existence just fine without resorting to such tactics. Zanza's not a Well-Intentioned Extremist, he has no Freudian Excuse... He just crosses the line with each appearance like it's going out of fashion purely because he can. He even admits this to be his modus operandi when he explains that he gave the Telethia intelligence, creating the High Entia, on a random whim.
  • Genius Bruiser: Zanza's a hulking giant with extensive knowledge of the Monado.
  • Genius Loci: He's the soul of the Bionis.
  • A God Am I: Well, he was already a god... but getting Meyneth's Monado amped his pride Up to Eleven.
  • God Is Evil: Or, rather, one of the gods is evil.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While he helps Shulk, he's kind of a dick towards Face Nemesis/Meyneth - who tries to speak with him and has no malicious intentions whatsoever. The morality of the scene is completely inverted when you realise that she's actually the goodie in this scenario.
  • Grandpa God: His long, wild hair and muscled body makes him look like something from a Michelangelo painting, and he has the voice to match. However, it's not his real form.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The final battle ends when Shulk bisects him vertically with the Monado III.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He dies trying to give the Monado an upgrade to hurt Faces, though it turns out to be not so heroic after all.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Zanza remarks that he had hoped to have a friendship with his creations, but Shulk rebutts him, pointing out that it wasn't friendship he wanted, just worthless slaves. After Zanza's death, Alvis remarks that Zanza probably really did desire friendship, even if he was too selfish and destructive to make any friends.
  • Immortality: A Parasitic-type, as it's stated that he cannot survive permanently in his spirit form and needs a physical body to inhabit every thousand years.
  • It's All About Me: He is utterly incapable of acknowledging the value of anything that isn't himself.
  • Jerkass God: He has the mindset and immense power of one.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's incapable of seeing the Homs as anything more than "bacteria, clinging to (his) body."
  • Light 'em Up: He wielded the Monado against the Mechonis in the past, specifically in its "sword of light" form that was used to strike the blow against the other titan.
  • Light Is Not Good: Upon exiting Shulk's body, he appears bathed in golden light and dressed in elaborate white-and-gold clothing. Not to mention the floating golden halos that accompany him everywhere.
  • Mad Scientist: Used to be one.
  • Might Makes Right: His justification for pretty much everything he does. "Only a god can ____" might as well be his catchphrase.
  • Mr. Exposition: He reveals the truth or, rather, some of it, about the Monado to Shulk and co.
  • Narcissist: His gargantuan ego and Lack of Empathy takes this to its logical extreme.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Shulk... for all of one cutscene, until The Reveal shows he was something very, very different.
  • Obviously Evil: Subverted. Melia deduces minutes after meeting him that, despite how helpful his exposition and offer of powering-up the Monado without a catch are, the High Entia ancestors must have had a reason to seal him away. Despite this, Shulk agrees and he becomes one of the most important allies to the party until he revives and reveals that she was ''right'' to be skeptical about him.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: He dual-wields both Monados during the Final Boss fight.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He's created a cycle of destruction and rebirth where, the moment life on Bionis looks like it's going to escape from it and abandon the old world, he possesses one of them to use as a vessel, devours everything else and creates life anew so he can live forever. It gets ramped Up to Eleven when he decides to kill everything that isn't himself before recreating the world.
  • One-Shot Character: For all his plot relevance, the giant only appears for one scene. The giant, that is.
  • One-Winged Angel: After gaining Meyneth's Monado and going to confront Shulk, he grants himself Bionis-themed armor. Partway through the fight he steps it up, becoming a half-Bionis-half-Mechonis monstrosity with Zanza's upper half sticking out of the center.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Although it turns out that Zanza was only possessing the giant Arglas. Also, the Japanese name for the Bionis is "huge god".
  • Physical God: Played with. He's a literal god with a physical form, but at first he needs to hijack somebody's body to provide the form.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Double Subverted; Though his glowing red eyes lend him an intimidating aura, he's benevolent enough. Except that he only seems benevolent because you're working toward his goals at the moment.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: He took control of the entire Bionis and used it to attack Mechonis.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He inhabits the Monado and must inhabit the body of a Homs within a thousand-year period or else he dies.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: In this case, Shulk.
  • Smug Snake: He clearly fancies himself as a Manipulative Bastard, and to his credit actually does start out quite manipulative. Once he gets both Monados, however, he just throws all planning out of the window and starts wallowing in his own pride.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: The Monado itself turns out to have been created by him. He also powers it up so that it can damage beings from Bionis as well.
  • Super Empowering: He can upgrade the Monado.
  • Take Up My Sword: Kind of. He once fought against Mechonis with a giant version of the Monado and encourages Shulk to take up his fight.
  • Troperiffic: You are seeing how many tropes he covers, right?
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts to have one midway through the final battle, centered around the fact that he can no longer see the party's future, but Shulk can still see his. By the time Shulk breaks out the True Monado, Zanza's breakdown goes into full-swing.
    No! How can you still have visions?!
  • Walking Spoiler: Nearly everything about him is spoilerific.
  • We Can Rule Together: He tries asking Shulk to be his new Disciple... It goes down about as well as you'd expect.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In stark contrast to the rest of the game up to then, which was full of Screw Destiny, both in story and in battle. His first few lines during The Reveal are him telling you that all things up to that exact moment were predestined, and he goes on to say that they cannot fight the fate he has decided for them.
  • You Monster!: Absolutely every single character who knows of his existence regards him as completely and utterly evil and without a single redeeming quality. Not even his subjects try to defend him: they sidestep the issue altogether.