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Characters: Xenoblade

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Shulk

"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
  • 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 Alvis' intervention.
  • Badass: He can take on creatures twice his size almost from the very beginning. And it all goes up from there...
    Shulk: Dickson! If you're so determined to stop us....then we will kill you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: The Monado gives him the ability to see the future, specially during combat. Or so he thinks at first...
  • 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 God??: He does in the end (well, slashes him actually).
  • Elemental Powers: Mostly from the Monado.
  • 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.
  • Expy: They look almost nothing alike, but his tragic past and status as The Chosen One, among other things, parallel Fei Fong Wong.
  • Fragile Speedster / Jack of All Stats: 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.
  • 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!
  • Heroic Spirit: Nothing stops Shulk in his quest. Not even death... TWICE.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Reyn, by virtue of being Childhood Friends.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Subverted. He never openly rages against the heavens or acts like a douche. Instead, he very calmly and understandably tells Alvis that he doesn't believe in anything that he can't physically see.
    • Skeptic No Longer: After it becomes clear to him that the battle between the Bionis and the Mechonis isn't just a myth and that the repercussions of that fight are what led to the current crisis, he realises that he can't ignore what he isn't aware of and becomes more of an Agent Mulder.
  • I'll Kill You!: Says this word-to-word to Metal Face after it kills Fiora.
  • I Let Fiora Die: Fiora's aparent death haunts him during the first part of the story. Although thankfully his angst is kept to a minimum, when not outright substituted by Unstoppable Rage.
  • Impossibly Cool Laser Bladed BFS Of Combat Clairvoyance And Plot Advancement: The Monado itself. Later, its replicas qualify.
  • 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 / Sacred First Kiss: With Fiora.
  • 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 / What Measure Is A Non-Homs?: 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Subverted. He was supposed to kill Egil so Zanza could get away with his plan. However, Shulk refuses to kill him so they have a chance to work things out with him. Cue Dickson revealing he's been Evil All Along to finish the job.
  • Oblivious to Love: Subverted. Dunban notes that it's obvious that he and Fiora like each other, but they suffer from the Twice Shy problem.
    • Although when it comes to Melia, Shulk fits the trope to a T.
  • 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.
  • 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 / If It's You, It's Okay: 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.


Fiora

"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.

  • Action Girl: From the very beginning she's as 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 Meineth's vessel.
  • Bare Your Midriff: As a Homs.
  • 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.
  • Become a Real Girl Again: Thanks to High Entia technology in the form of the Regeneration Chamber, Fiora gets her human body back for the epilogue.
  • Betty: At first. She turns into a Veronica after becoming part-machine.
  • 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: Incredibly Lame 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.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: A common fandom comment after her transformation.
  • The Chick and The Lancer: Her personality leans more towards the former, but her fighting abilities, specially in her Mechon body, allows her to be the latter.
  • Enemy Mine: As Face Nemesis.
  • 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.
  • Dub Name Change - She's called "Fiorung" in the original Japanase ("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 pait of kinives, and as a Mechon, this time with a pair of swords.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Less power per strike than Shulk, but attacks faster.
  • Limit Break: Given that it requires her to be in very high Tension, Final Cross is about the closest the game has to a traditional version.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: For exactly one storyline sidequest, you are required to help her find a part on the Fallen Hand that allows her to perform fully. She's also bedridden, says she's fine and doesn't want anyone else to worry, and Sharla even leaves the party to watch over her. You may end up finishing it almost immediately after it is given.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's already attractive enough in her homs body, and still is in her Mechon body.
  • 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."
  • Power Is Sexy: A popular theory to why she acts... wilder in her new form.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted so long as you're on the side of good. When Fiora's eyes turn red, it usually means Meyneth is either giving helpful exposition, protecting them from an enemy attack, or doing some other action on the party's behalf. Not unlike Shulk's blue-glowing eyes whenever he has a vision. Which brings us to...
  • 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: Averted. The Machina manage to prevent her from ending up like one of these to Shulk, although the possibility is discussed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: The exact nature of her death and how it was used in storyline is a direct example of this trope.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After she gets the Mechon body. By far, the biggest example in the entire game.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's kind and sweet most of the time, but she will bring out her hot temper if you get on her nerves.
  • 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. Before it was decided to leave spoilers unmarked in this page, most of her tropes were covered in white!
  • 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!.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: With her default Homs costume.

Reyn

"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.

  • 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.
  • Expy: While he himself doesn't really have a clear-cut counterpart in Gears or Saga, his weapons bear some resemblance to Shion's MWS.
  • Hidden Depths: Reyn may be rather slow academically, but he's also one of the most empathic and insightful people on the team.
  • 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 Arte, 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 Artes 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.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Mocked. When Sharla starts comparing him to her fiance, his response is "What am I, some kind of Gadolt substitute?"
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Shulk, Sensitive Guy to Dunban; although that's more on account of Dunban being more mature than anything else.
  • Ship Tease: With Sharla. Lots with Sharla.
    • Shipper on Deck: Although, during the battle with Jade Face, he reveals that he's become something akin to this for her and Gadolt.
  • Stone Wall: Given that he's the game's primary tank...
    • Mighty Glacier: ... Although he also has the physical power required to be one of these.
  • 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 Spiders?: 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 My Younger Days: 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.


Dunban

"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.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Especially strange since his sister is a green-eyed blonde.
  • Badass: Arguably the biggest one in the game. He competes with Yuri Lowell for the amount of Badass tropes he embodies.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Shulk, Reyn and Fiora.
  • 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 fisishes 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
  • 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, and by recursion, Citan Uzuki.
    • Captain Ersatz: He also bares a lot of superficial resemblance to Auron, both being one armed sword users who helped save the world previously. However, their personalities and fighting styles are very different.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heroic RROD: Over-use of the Monado resulted in the loss of his right arm. Hmm...
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Subverted in that while his fighting style clearly revolves around the use of one, 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.
  • Mr. Exposition
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Averted. See "Shipper on Deck".
  • 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
  • The Obi-Wan
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Team Dad: And this during the other half.
  • The Southpaw: Subverted, as he's not actually left-handed. He's just forced to use it because his right arm has all but stopped working.
  • 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 because nobody else could until he couldn't handle it anymore.
  • 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.


Sharla

"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: Which is rather confusing as her younger brother is very clearly Caucasian.
  • Badass: No, being a medic does not stop her from being an extreme arsekicker.
  • Bare Your Midriff: See Ms. Fanservice below.
  • BFG: She wields a rather large rifle as a weapon.
  • Big Sister Instinct / Mama Bear: 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.
  • Boobs of Steel: If we're going by a defensive physical power rather than an aggressive one, then sure.
  • The Chick: A more mature and level-headed version, but she counts.
  • 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: Especially to Melia.
  • Dub Name Change: In Japan she's known as "Carna" (written "カルナ" in katakana).
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Expy: Her skill with a gun marks her as the successor to Billy Lee Black and Junior (and she also shares the former's role as team healer). Personality-wise, though, she's not especially similar to either.
  • Facepalm: A frequent expression of hers.
  • Gainaxing: Make her lead and start running.
  • Goggles Do Nothing
  • 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.
  • Jiggle Physics: Team Ninja would be proud...
  • Liking 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.
    • The ending implies they may have gotten together for real after all, though.
  • Male Gaze
  • Ms. Fanservice: Played very straight. The number of outfits she has that aren't Stripperific in some way can be counted on one hand.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge / Unstoppable Rage: 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: With Reyn.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The yin to Juju's yang.
  • Silent Snarker: Somewhat. Although she can speak, she very rarely vocalises her snark. Instead, she prefers to let her body language do the talking.
  • 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.


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.


Riki

"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.

  • Adult Child
  • And Now For Something Completely Different
  • Butt Monkey: His intro involves him doing the saddest excuse for an entrance.
  • Badass Adorable - One of his battle quotes is:
    "Riki can win by himself."
    • And win by himself he does.
  • 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: "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, for some unfathomable reason, Chu-Chu. The entire Nopon race is an expy of the Chu-Chu race.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He'd have you believe that he's a legendary heropon. Nobody is really fooled, but they humour him.
  • Gradual Grinder / Stone Wall: 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.
  • 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!
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Melia.
  • 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.
  • Lethal Joke Character
  • Magic Knight
  • The Pollyanna: He's constantly cheerful, even when the going gets tough.
  • Really 40 Years Old: Happily married with eleven children!
    • Henpecked Husband: How much happy is open for interpretation.
    • 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.
  • Sad Clown: A very possible interpretation of his character.
  • Small Annoying Creature: Well, Reyn thinks so. They get over it, eventually.
  • Standard Status Effects: Half of his moveset is based around them.
  • 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 [read: 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.
  • Tagalong Critter: 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.
  • Team Dad: He has his moments.
  • Third-Person Person
  • 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.
  • X Marks the Heropon: A variation, as it's on his stomach rather than his face.

    From Bionis 

Dickson

"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.

  • The Ageless
  • Age Without Youth: It's ambiguous, but it's quite possible that his age is frozen at the moment in time when he became Zanza's Disciple as he's never shown in a "younger" body.
  • Ambiguously Neutral: Dickson never does anything bad per se and he is always on hand to help Shulk, but a lot of what he says and the way he retreats from answering most of the questions presented to him presents the image of a man who is either helping out of an Enemy Mine situation or a knight in really sour armour.
    • Pet the Dog: Despite this, it seems that he does have a genuine soft spot for Shulk and Fiora.
  • Badass. He is stabbed through by Mechon, jumps into an impossible fight against things not even the Mechon-destroying sword can kill, flies around in a fighter on his own shooting down the hideously strong things, and pokes fun at the Hero.
  • BFG: That gun of his is easily longer than his arm, yet he effortlessly wields it in one hand.
    • BFS: It also doubles as a sword.
  • Blood Knight: It's revealed that this is why he follows Zanza's orders...
    • A God Am I: ... Although his reason for doing so was to seize unlimited power.
  • Cool Old Guy: At first...
  • Dark Is Evil: Once he goes One-Winged Angel and reveals his true nature as a villain, most of his attacks become darkness-based.
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Evil All Along
    • Evil Chancellor: In his role as representative and de facto leader of Colony 9.
    • Evil Mentor: Suddenly, his early lines start to make a lot more sense as to why he said them.
    • Omnicidal Maniac: Turns out that everything he did was to help Zanza destroy and recreate the world.
  • Expy: Of Kahn Wong, father of Fei Fong Wong. Dickson adopted Shulk from childhood and has raised him as his own. Dickson even has a similar mustache and nearly identical headband as Kahn. And just as Kahn's alter ego Wiseman did in Xenogears, Dickson sprinkles just enough information and aid to help Shulk fulfill his fate. But unlike Kahn, Dickson is Evil All Along, and a Svengali who raises and guides the expendable Shulk just to further the plans of Zanza who's using Shulk as a Soul Jar. In this, Dickson also has shades of Miang Hawwa (also from Xenogears), in being The Mole of ancient age masquerading as a benevolent Homs to gradually and carefully fulfill Zanza's plans, and also in being Shulk's evil guardian who is just using him.
  • 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
  • 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."
  • Meaningful Name: Probably why the localization team chose to write his name as Dickson instead of the more common spelling of "Dixon."
    • Though the latter would also make sense, as "Dixons" is a hardware retailer in the UK.
  • 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.
  • One Last Smoke
  • One-Winged Angel
  • Parental Substitute: To Shulk.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He attempts it, but ultimately dies from his injuries before he can retreat.
    • Though this was probably a cover-up; he knew he was going to die, he just didn't want anyone to catch on.
  • 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.
  • The Smart Guy: A non-playable version. Despite not travelling with the heroes directly, he's still on hand to serve as a guide and provide tech support every now and then.
  • The Svengali: Shulk himself will eventually become expendable, as he's just a Soul Jar for Zanza.
  • Walking 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

"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 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.


Alvis

"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.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. Well, for everyone who isn't Zanza.
  • Ambiguously Gay: To the point where Nagisa would be proud. Though as his true form is an AI, he very well may be genderless.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: He's one of the creators of the New Universe... and before that, he was a computer AI!
  • Bishōnen
  • 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: Not as bad as the character he's an Expy for, but he has quite a lot of moments.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Deus Est Machina: Interestingly played, as he's an AI who became an omniscient god.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent
  • 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.
    • And it's hard not to see Nagisa during the Cryptic Conversations.
    • There's also the fact that, as a silver-haired Ambiguously Gay pretty boy who offers plenty of Cryptic Conversation, he's a dead ringer for Joshua, right down to both being "gods", in a sense.
    • He also shares some similarities with Akise, sharing that they mysteriously come to help the protagonist and that it is revealed that they are of a much higher existance, Alvis being a sort of God and Akise being the Observer.
    • His true form in the ending looks a lot like the Wave Existence from Xenogears and it's also revealed that he was the power source behind Zanza - just like the Wave Existence was used to power Deus.
    • From a Gnostic standpoint, if Zanza is the Demiurge then Alvis is the "true" god who created the universe.
  • Exact Words / 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.
    • Actually, he kind of does accept being called a Homs, but only because it's part of his grand scheme, as seen here.
  • 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.
  • God Was My Copilot
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Time Abyss


Sorean

"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.


Kallian

"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.

  • Badass
  • Baleful Polymorph
  • 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.
  • Face Death with Dignity
  • 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 Lorithea. The second time he sacrifices himself as a Telethia to ensure Loritheas 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • 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 fathers death that he should be good regardless of the rules.
  • Winged Humanoid


Lorithia

"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.

  • Christmas Cake: Clearly a lot older than the other female characters (and not just because she's a High Entia) but by no means less attractive because of it.
  • Evil Is Hammy
  • 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.
  • Expy: Of Miang Hawwa, to an extent. She's the most prominent female villain of the game, though Miang was a) never as hammy as Lorithia, and b) never gets blindsided by anyone as badly as Lorithia does by Kallian. She also has shades of Krelian, especially as an Evilutionary Biologist.
  • 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 Telethia!Kallian.
  • Out-Gambitted: By a dead man, no less.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Like all the High Entia.
  • Stripperiffic: If that's the official clothing of female High Entia ministers, they officially have the best Parliament ever.
  • Summon Magic: In a similar vein to Melia.
  • 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.
  • The Vamp: Subverted. She looks the part, but she doesn't capitalise on it.
  • Winged Humanoid


Tyrea

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.


Otharon

"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.


Juju

"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.


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.


Zanza

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

Zanza (ザンザ, Xanthe) 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.

(MASSIVE) Spoiler Tropes:
Zanza's true form.
  • It's All About Me: He is utterly incapable of acknowledging the value of anything that isn't himself.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: The ending reveals that Zanza is not half the god he thinks himself to be. He's actually an Expy of the Demiurge in this Gnostic story - as Alvis makes very clear after the final battle.
  • Big Bad: Thought Egil was the true enemy, did you? Not so fast, bucko!
  • Bishounen: His form upon awakening. Not surprising, considering he's basically Shulk with longer hair.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • Deity of Human Origin
  • Demonic Possession: How he operates.
  • Dual Wielding: Both Monado's.
  • Evil Is Petty
  • 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.
  • Final Boss
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: You are transported to outer space 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 Moral Event Horizon 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.
  • 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.
    • Jerkass God: Good magnificent fuck! This trope does not even begin to describe him! He's basically the living embodiment of every trope associated with evil and petty gods imaginable and then some!
  • Humans Are Bastards: One of only two true Humans left, and he kills the other one as soon as he awakens.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Subverted. He tries to pull this on Shulk, but the reaction is a gigantic "Shut Up, Hannibal!". Alvis also tries to explain this as the reason behind his actions but certain factors prevent it from taking.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Gods: 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 Is Not Good
  • Mad Scientist: Used to be one.
  • Manipulative Bastard -> Smug Snake: He clearly fancies himself as a Magnificent Bastard, and to his credit actually does start out quite manipulative. Once he gets both Monado's, however, he just throws all planning out of the window and starts wallowing in his own pride.
  • Might Makes Right: His justification for pretty much everything he does.
  • 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-Winged Angel: He has a total of three different forms during the final battle.
  • Physical God
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Technicolor Death
  • 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?!
  • 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.

    From Mechonis 

Egil

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, Yaldaboath, of which he is seen in for the majority of his Appearances.

  • 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: Somewhere between a Type II and III. He makes it clear that he doesn't actually hate the people of Bionis. He's simply trying to destroy the Bionis itself.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: With or without Yaldabaoth, he always fights with his bare hands.
    • Cool Sword: Until he replaces Meyneth as the Mechonis' soul and wields a replica of its sword to control its movements.
  • Big Bad: As the one behind the Mechon invasion, he appears to be this.
  • Cain
  • 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.
  • The 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.
  • Expy: Of Krelian, in the sense that both are the biggest Well-Intenioned Extremists of their respective games. Both take it upon themselves to reshape the world, even if it means destroying the universe and dooming its inhabitants as a result.
    • Krelian's Omnigear, Amphysvena, even shares the same 'tailed robot' motif as that of Yaldabaoth. Hell, to some extent, they're even composed of two robots in one!
    • He also has a good amount in common with Magus, in that they are both initially portrayed as the Big Bad before revealing that all their efforts were meant to destroy an even bigger evil than themselves, with the party only being antagonized because they happened to be in the way.
  • 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 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.
  • The Man Behind The Machines
  • Not So Different: The hero swears vengeance against the man who slaughtered his people and shattered the peace between Mechonis and Bionis. Now who am I talking about? 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.
  • 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: At least. He could be one of the oldest characters in the game outside of Zanza, Meyneth, Alvis, and Miqol.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His ultimate goal is to avenge his fallen people by destroying Zanza.
  • 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.
  • 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 him cursing her for betraying him while holding back tears. 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).
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Metal Face

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

Metal Face (黒いフェイス, Black Face) 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. Is eventually revealed to be Mumkhar.

  • Arch-Nemesis: 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.
  • The Dragon: Subverted. He look to be this, but he's actually The Brute.
  • Dub Name Change:
  • Finger Wag
  • Foreshadowing: His movements are very similar to Mumkhar's.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Until you obtain the Monado II.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • The Voiceless: Initially. He gets fitted with a voice projector before his second appearance, after which he never shuts up.
  • Name-Face Name
  • 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 heckuva 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.
  • Recurring Boss: You fight him four times, five if you count Mumkhar on-foot.
  • 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 Mumkar on foot, since he's at a higher level than Metal Face was back on Prison Island.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Okay, he's technically a member of the Five-Bad Band, but all the others simply want to stop Zanza from destroying everything. Metal Face is simply driven by jealousy and spite.
  • Troll: He loves pissing off Shulk. And he does this very very well.
  • White Mask of Doom


Xord

Voiced by: Jonathan Keeble (English), Tessho 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.

  • Blood Knight
  • 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: In a sense. Mass-Produced Faces that look and fight just like him show up as regular enemies much later in the game.
  • Drop the Hammer
  • Foreshadowing: He drops many hints that Faced Mechon are actually Homs.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • 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
  • Nigh Invulnerable
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Probably unintentional on the Japanese side, but his big bruiser physique and bucket jaw call to mind the Orkz of Warhammer 40,000 fame, which his English VA intentionally plays up. His main weapon is even a warhammer!
  • Was Once a Man: As a result of being a converted Homs. Though he only vaguely recalls his name.
    • Not only that, he was a blacksmith in Colony 9. You probably met his daughter, Desiree, while doing sidequests.
  • White Mask of Doom


Vanea

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.


Miqol

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


Lady Meyneth

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

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