Characters: Xenogears

Character sheet for Xenogears. Due to the nature of the game, all spoilers are unmarked.

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Fei Fong Wong

Fei

Voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese) and Brian Tochi (English)

Eighteen year old painter and martial artist from the small village of Lahan, and the main character of the game. Also known as Abel, the -Contact-, Kim Kharim, Lacan, Grahf, Id, and the -Coward-. note 

  • Named After Somebody Famous: Wong Fei-hung, their names are written the same in katakana.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Xenogears's hyper mode.
  • Reincarnation: Abel/Kim/Lacan/Fei are all one person who lived different lifetimes.
    • The sole survivor of the wreck of the Eldridge (besides Deus), Abel was the original incarnation who made -Contact- with the -Wave Existence-, and Abel's consciousness became linked to the Wave Existence to be reincarnated four more times in the future.
    • Kim was his reincarnation during the Zeboim period—unknown whether Kim is the second or third incarnation, because the story skipped one of them.
    • Lacan was the fourth incarnation, who also became Grahf. It becomes even more complicated when Grahf took to Body Surfing to keep on living for 500 years. Grahf was no longer the Contact, which allowed the reincarnation cycle to continue from the forfeiture of Lacan's body. Eventually, Grahf in another body came face to face with...
    • Fei Fong Wong, the fifth and final incarnation. After the disastrous initial encounter where Fei's mother Karen sacrificed herself to save Fei's life, Grahf took over the body of Fei's father Khan. Fei and Grahf continued to face and conflict with each other over the course of the game as Grahf sought to combine Fei and himself into one. But after Fei finally brought all his own power under his control and regained the memories of his past lives, Grahf passed on the torch and died along with Khan.
  • Reluctant Warrior: "I hate fighting. And Gears..."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Can be either red or blue depending on who the other one is.
  • Split Personality: Original Fei ("the Coward"), Id and the newer Fei, who is "on the stage" for most of the game's active storyline. The three personalities finally peacefully reconcile and merge near the end of the story. This healed Fei also recalls Lacan's memories, including his memories as Grahf before Body Surfing. In this sense, Grahf got his wish — he and Fei finally joined to become one.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Elly. Their previous incarnations too, for extra-Star Crossing.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Due to the Dissociative Identity Disorder caused by his Big Bad-possessed mother and her experiments.
  • Warrior Painter: The game starts with him painting, and it's clear he would prefer a quiet painter lifestyle to being a warrior.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: By mistake, once his Superpowered Evil Side gets unlocked by his Heroic BSOD.

Weltall, Weltall-Id, Weltall-2, Xenogears

".... You and I seem to have a fated relationship."
Fei

Pronounced "velt-all", german word for "universe", Weltall is a powerful, black/red gear that that came into Fei's possession during the Lahan incident. It's probably the most important and mysterious Gear in the entire world and plays a pivotal role in the game's storyline.

  • Ace Custom: While it was originally thought to be new prototype from Kislev, it turns out Grahf had the gear built specifically for Fei (or rather Id).
  • Black Box: Weltall has a number of these. They are used when it transforms into Weltall-Id.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Fei, understandably, wants nothing to do with the gear after Lahan. However, no matter how many times he tries to ditch it, fate keeps finding ways to put him back in the cockpit until he just accepted being it's pilot.
  • Empathic Weapon: There are occasions where the gear seems to display a will of it's own.
  • Flawed Prototype - Played With: While Weltall is an inferior knockoff of Grahf's Alpha Weltall, it serves as this trope when compared to its second iteration, Weltall-2, which patches out a lot of the bugs and design compromises made when constructing Weltall. Specifically, the Alpha Weltall was an Omnigear capable of drawing on infinite power and built with Lost Technology materials, and it didn't really scale down well to a normal Gear built with Kislev technology, so Weltall was designed with a regular mode where it was effectively a regular Gear, and then a larger Super Mode for when it had access to Id's power. Weltall-2 is a larger model constructed with better technology and a means of controllably releasing Id's power, making it stronger than most Omnigears (though not as strong as Weltall-Id or Alpha Weltall).
  • Jack of All Stats: The Weltall, upgrading into Master of All in disc 2.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The Weltall become Weltall-2 at start of disc 2. Later, it gets an Eleventh Hour Superpower upgrade into Xenogears just before the final dungeon.
  • Power Floats: Xenogears floats all the time.
  • Super Mode: Whenever Id takes over Weltall transforms as well, becoming the crimson red Weltall-Id. It is insanely powerful in this state, capable of wiping out armies with little effort and is said to have single-highhandedly destroyed an entire continent in the past. When it was rebuilt as Weltall-2 it was installed with a system that allowed Fei to unleash this mode without turning into Id (aptly named System Id). In game-play, this allows Weltall to instantly enter hyper mode at the cost of 1000 fuel.
  • Transforming Mecha: The Weltall was designed to transform when Id controlled it, becoming larger and turning red.

Elhaym "Elly" Van Houten

Elly

Voiced by Yumi Touma (Japanese) and Moira Quirk (English)

Eighteen year old lieutenant in Gebler, Solaris' surface expeditionary force. As known as the -Anti-type-, and in a past life as the Holy Mother Sophia. She pilots Vierge and El-Regurus.
  • Crutch Character: She fits this though because she gets benched about 2/3rds of the way through disk 2 and is gone for the rest of the game as far as gameplay is concerned.
  • Disc One Nuke: Grind up enough to give her an Ether Doubler from Nisan and she can use her magic/Aerods to kill almost anything on Disc 1, bosses included.
  • Doomed Upgrade: Aside from Battling Mini-Game, you never have chance to use El Regurus.
  • Faux Action Girl/Action Girl - Zig-Zagged: It's a weird case of Gameplay and Story Segregation. She's pretty good in battles, but she's absurdly hesitant in the actual story, to the point of becoming useless several times.
  • Fem Bot: Both Vierge and Regurus.
  • Heel-Face Turn: When she defects Solaris and join Fei's group. Then she does a Face-Heel Turn once Miang body surfs to her. Then another Heel-Face Turn when Miang is gone for good.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Across multiple lives.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Each of her incarnations has some shade of red hair. Incarnations of Elly are born to natural parents, but always bear a twinlike resemblance to previous incarnations, no matter how genetically different they might otherwise have been.
  • Kick Chick: Her secondary attack.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She has the strongest offensive magic of the party, while not being a strong physical fighter.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Even though she left the army, she still wears her Gebler uniform.
  • Messianic Archetype: Or rather an Expy of Gnosticism's Sophia (which she was even named after in one incarnation). Perhaps ironically, she's the only one whose gear doesn't get crucified at Golgotha, though she does take a pretty nasty beating for the party's sake nonetheless.
  • Meaningful Name: Not Elly's name, but her gear's. Vierge, Elly's first gear (and only one you use in gameplay, but thats not the point) is french for Virgin. After she has sex with Fei near the end of the game, she never uses Vierge again, instead using her Omnigear.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her profession, she is actually nice.
  • Parental Incest: Abel wished for the original Elly based off of an image of his mother.
    • The English dub would have us believe that she was already at adult age when she met Abel but that is just due to lazy localization. The original Japanese dub clearly shows that she was also a child at the time of their meeting. The original scene wanted to make this point so clear that it even make her voice gradually transition from that of her child voice to her teenage voice as she tried to wake Fei up from his dream. Shown here. Their exact age difference, however, is unknown and she could still act as a mother-figure regardless.
  • Reincarnation: Five incarnations, just like the Contact. Unlike him, in all her lives she was named Elhaym and the Contact called her -Elly-.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: She has one. You fight them over the course of the game a few times and they eventually do a Heel-Face Turn with her.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: A part of her uniform...

Citan Uzuki/Hyuga Ricdeau

Citan

Voiced by Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese)

Village doctor in Lahan. Has a wife and daughter. Spends all day tinkering with junk in his shed. His real name is Hyuga Ricdeau, and he's a native Solarian. He pilots Heimdal and Fenrir.

  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: He begins the game fighting hand-to-hand, but midway through he takes up the sword again, drastically boosting his offensive capability.
  • Jack of All Stats: Heimdal is faster than Weltall but can't hit as hard; it's still too tough to be Fragile Speedster though. Same as El Fenrir, which can deal more damage with its sword, but still not enough to be Lightning Bruiser.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Inverted: Citan is a nice, affable person... with a jackass streak a mile wide. Among repeatedly locking the party out of the loop on information that could have helped them, he also doesn't tell Fei and Elly in Solaris that the food they're eating is made of people until after they eat it.
  • Lethal Chef: Citan is a man of many talents. Cooking is not one of them.
    Fei: (After eating a disgusting looking fish) Ugh..... Reminds me of the time I tried some of Doc's cooking.
  • Martial Medic: He even has the best healing spells.
  • Meaningful Name: Citan —> Satan. If Solaris is heaven (and Solarians certainly think it is), then Citan is their greatest fallen angel.
  • Megane: One of the crowning examples of this trope.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Gets El Fenrir at start of disc 2. He also starts using swords in battle.
  • Mr. Exposition: As one of the few persons in the world who actually know what's going on, this is often his role.
  • Mr. Fixit: He often mentions having repaired or upgraded various mechanisms offscreen.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's The Ace of scientists.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Shitan Uzuki/Hyuga Rikudou
  • Technical Pacifist, Reluctant Warrior: The reason why he stopped using his sword.
  • The Smart Guy: He's both the most knowledgeable of the party and the one most likely to keep his wits and think of a plan in bad situations.

Bartholomew "Bart" Fatima

Bart

Voiced by Tomokazu Seki (Japanese) and Dave Fouquette (English)

Young heir to the throne of Aveh and captain of the Cool Ship Yggdrasil. He pilots Brigandier and Andvari.

  • Crutch Character: The El Andvari is extremely powerful when you get it, as it's the first Omnigear in your party. It becomes Master of None once you get more of its kind.

Ricardo "Rico" Banderas

Rico

The man at the top of the food chain in Nortune Prison. Initiates new prisoners by beating them. He pilots Stier.

  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The El Stier, his Omnigear.
  • Master of None: His terrible accuracy and speed largely negate his damage output and Late Character Syndrome puts his defense behind the other physical attackers in the party. Thankfully, this only applies to battles on foot.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A muscly Hunk of a mutant with an always bare chest and nipples. But what woman would be interested, you ask? You'd be right — Rico is Fanservice for men.
  • Not So Stoic: Besides moments of anger and rage, Rico tends to keep his emotional output under lock and key. It was Hammer who eventually ripped the lock right off its hinges, revealing Rico's nice guy. But we never saw any of this until Hammer's demise, after which Rico began grieving and fondly reminiscing in the open.
  • Royal Blood: He's the Kaiser's bastard son.
  • Tsundere: Started out as a Type A tsundere for most of the story. Apparently Hammer got to see much more of Rico's deredere side when they were alone than the audience had a chance to see. After losing Hammer, Rico shifted decisively from a Type A to Type B tsundere, if indeed he had any tsuntsun left by that point.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He never feels the need to wear a shirt.

Billy Lee Black

Billy

Voiced by Yuji Ueda (Japanese)

"Rest in peace, agents of evil. May all of you turn to dust."

Young clergyman of the Ethos. He pilots Renmazuo.

  • Badass Longcoat: While Billy wears a priest's robe, his manner of wearing it, combined with his Gunslinger style of fighting and cowboy attire underneath, turns it into a Badass Longcoat as opposed to a Badass Longrobe.
  • Badass Preacher: He's a priest who carries several handguns and shotguns hidden in his robe.
  • Cattle Punk: Some of his guns can shoot Ether energy.
  • Guns Akimbo: His standard attacks involve him juggling two handguns.
  • Gun Kata: His deathblows, which often involve at least four different guns.
  • The Gunslinger: He's a big expert in Gun Fu.
  • The Medic: He has the most defensive magic set out of anyone.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The El Renmazuo, his Omnigear.
  • The Paladin: A pure-hearted, religious monster-hunter with healing magic.

Maria Balthasar

Maria

"I am coming Solaris! Seibzehn and I shall be the dark wings which carry you all to your deaths!"

A Shevite girl whose father Nikolai was captured by Solaris. She has a guardian gear, Seibzehn.

  • Break the Cutie: When she learns what happened to her father.
  • Chest Blaster: Seibzehn's Graviton Cannon.
  • Disappeared Dad: Though this plotline gets its resolution pretty soon
  • Expy: Seibzehn is obviously based on Giant Robo.
  • Hammer Space: Seibzehn's strongest hyper mode attack Maria Beat has Maria herself pull gigantic hammer out of nowhere and smack enemy.
  • Kid With The Remote Control: She's incredibly weak in human battles, but her Gear is one of the strongest ones.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: One of Seibzehn's attacks.
  • Magikarp Power: Arguably, and almost borders on Joke Character as she's nearly useless on foot, if it wasn't for the fact that her 'ether' attacks are rather inexpensive and summon forth Seibzehn to do the damage for her. When she's riding her Seibzehn however....
  • Mighty Glacier: Seibzehn.
  • Robot Mommy: Seibzehn has her mother's mind. Seibzehn doesn't move on it own until their encounter with Achtzehn because she doesn't want Maria to aware of this.
  • Rocket Punch: One of Seibzehn's attacks.
  • Shout-Out: Her win animation is very similar to Aeris' from ''Final Fantasy VII'
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Seibzehn, who dwarfs near every other gear in the game.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's just a kid, but is part of the main party thanks to Seibzehn's strength.

Chu-Chu

Chu-Chu

Voiced by Michiko Neya (Japanese)

Small pink creature, originally mistaken for a stuffed toy.

Emeralda

Emeralda

Voiced by Michiko Neya (Japanese)

Nanomachine colony developed 4000 years before the start of the game's events. She pilots Crescens.

  • Accidental Misnaming: She constantly calls Fei "Kim" when she first joins. Of course, that's the name she knew him under back in the Zeboim era.
  • Artificial Human: Or Robot Girl, depending on how Nanomachines count. She's kind of both.
  • Fem Bot: Her Crescens.
  • Flawed Prototype: Crescens is the prototype of other nanite Gears. Krelian made slight mistake in its operating system by setting the safety of Emeralda on high priority. This makes Crescens always reserve certain level of energy, so it can heal Emeralda in case that she got injured. And since self regeneration require high energy, Crescens can't repair itself from disabled state like other nanite Gears. This is an especially bad mistake when you take into account that Emeralda, being made entirely of nanites herself, shouldn't ever need Crescens to heal her.
  • Glass Cannon: Crescens starts as a Squishy Wizard. It can hit pretty hard after Emeralda's Plot-Relevant Age-Up, but still suffer from low HP.
  • Little Miss Badass: Especially once she's in her adult form, which gives her phenomenally good stat growthnote  as well as a 20% boost to physical and Ether attack power that's not displayed in her stats. She'll easily end up as one of the fastest character in the game (second only to Citan) and is already the best magic user, and her physical prowess will with enough level-ups be on the same level as Fei and Citan. She basically has no weaknesses on foot, though she'll still be a bit of a Glass Cannon in Gear combat.
    • This gives her a bit of Awesome but Impractical as by the time you can do the sidequest to get her adult form, you have already fought the last on foot battle in the story line and her growth does not affect her gear performance. There is an extra dungeon that is on foot, but its rather simple and the rewards are more on foot gear for other characters. Presumably her upgrade would have been more useful if the game hadn't been cut short like it was.
  • Magic Knight: She's basically a combination of Elly's magic skills and Fei's combat prowess. That's not a coincidence.
  • Prehensile Hair: She uses it in her deathblows.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Complete the Zeboim Ruins side quest, and Emeralda grows up.
  • Robot Hair: Of course, since she's entirely made of nanomachines, it sort of makes sense that she can make them into hair if she wants to. She also uses it as a weapon in some of her attacks.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Averted. Her weight doesn't change when she shifts to adult form; Emeralda is always considerably heavier than she looks at 212 pounds.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Emerada.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Highlights the fact that she's not a normal human.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In battle, she transforms her limbs and hair into various weapons like spiked balls, drills, etc. More bizarrely, some of her deathblows somehow allow her to transform her entire body into laser beams.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Justified by her not being human.

    Antagonists 

Shakhan

Shakhan

Current leader of Aveh, who established a coup and overthrew the ruling Fatima dynasty.

Bishop Stone/Stein

Stone/Stein

Part of the 'Ethos' organization and actually an undercover agent for Solaris. Has a beef with Jesiah Black.

Kahran Ramsus

Ramsus

  • Broken Ace: He spent his entire life trying to disprove the Ministry's low opinion of him — that he's a failed clone, just "trash." His ambition cost him his two best friends.
  • Butt Monkey: His first memory is of people talking about him as a failure before he was even born. And it doesn't get better for him.
  • Cloning Blues: Finding out he's a clone of Emperor Cain isn't the final nail in the coffin of his sanity, but it's pretty damn close to it.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: As The Dark Id points out, while Ramsus does get curb-stomped a lot when actual gameplay is involved, he actually does quite a lot of damage in cutscenes or scripted fights. He nearly kills Fei while underwater during the Thames arc, ambushes Fei and Elly near the end of Disc One and nearly kills both of them, permanently kills his genetic template, Emperor Cain, and dispatches Miang and Krellian in rapid succession during your first trip to Mahanon. (Granted, they both got better and Miang was counting on it, but still...)
    • Despite being portrayed as the sympathetic "little guy" who could never best Fei and is always desperately trying to get the recognition of those around him, he is actually a super talented super genius who is above 99% of humanity. In the end, he learns to be satisfied what he's got.
  • Determinator: He will go to any length to defeat Fei and prove he's not a failure.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was created as the epitome of humankind and as an Artificial -Contact- until he literally gets trashed as a fetus when Krelian discovers the new -Contact- has already been born. It doesn't help that Fei beats him every -single- time and his superiors consider him "trash". It turns out that Miang orchestrated this from day one, so as to manipulate him into killing Cain when the time was right.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After you defeat him a couple of times, you start to feel sorry for the poor guy even as he's desperately trying to kill you.
  • Made of Iron: Crosses into Iron Woobie territory at times.
  • People Jars: Considering he's actually an Artificial Human and a Designer Baby.
  • Plug 'n' Play Technology: One of the abilities he inherits from Cain is that he can interface with all twelve Anima Relics.
  • The Resenter: He has a burning hatred for Fei for being a natural -Contact- incarnation. Ramsus had been created by Krelian and Miang as a clone of Cain to be a substitute -Contact- in absence of a real one, but Ramsus ended up being discarded the moment Fei was identified.
  • Royal Rapier: His weapon of choice.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Carlin Ramsus
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Towards the very end of the game, Citan slaps him in to realizing that even if Krelian and Miang don't care about him, all of the Elements do. This allows him to finally let go of his resentment towards Fei and live Happily Ever After with his Quirky Miniboss Squad.
    • Lighthearted Rematch: Fei expresses the wish to someday fight Ramsus again, not as enemies, but as fellow martial artists.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Miang started manipulating him while he wasn't still born.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's actually younger than Fei.

The Elements

Dominia, Kelvena, Tolone and Seraphita

Kahran Ramsus' elite personal squad. Group is composed of Dominia, Kelvena, Tolone and Seraphita.

  • Blood Knight: Dominia
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Seraphita
  • Combining Mecha: Their Mechas fuse together to form the G-Elements.
  • Cyborg: Tolone, with her Positronic Photon Brain and Arm Cannon. According to Perfect Works, 90% of her body has been replaced with machines.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Kelvena, with good reason—her Ether level is so high that she must keep her eyes closed to keep her powers in control. This is in contrast to former fellow Element Elly, whose Ether level is off the charts but doesn't have to do anything exceptional to control her powers.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: The only times they pose a credible threat to your party are in the first fight with Dominia, the underwater fight with Kelvena, and the final fight as G-Elements.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Seraphita, with rabbit ears and tail.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: You have to fight them several times. Each time they engage in a bit of funny dialogue before the fight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tolone and Seraphita.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Dominia, Cherubina, Throné, Seraphita
  • Theme Naming: Named after the Choir of Angels: Dominion, Cherubs, Thrones and Seraphs.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Each role is shared by two members.
    • Tomboys: Dominia and Tolone.
    • Girly Girls: Kelvena and Seraphita.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kahran Ramsus.

Gazel Ministry

Four of the Surviving Eight.

The head Ministry that controls Solaris and behind many of the planned genocides and wars that have occured over the many, many years since created by Deus.

  • A God Am I: What the Ministry believe resurrecting Deus will mean for them.
  • All There in the Manual: Perfect Works says the names of the eight surviving Ministers are Enoch, Irad, Mehujael, Methushael, Lamech, Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Their lines have probably more ellipsis than actual words.
  • Expy: Of SEELE.
  • Ghost in the Machine: The actual Ministry members are long dead. What we see in the timeframe of the game are merely electronic copies of their consciousnesses stored in the SOL-9000.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Part of the reason why Xenogears' story is confusing at times is trying to figure out just WHAT these guys are talking about half the time.
  • The Reveal: Kinda obvious when you think about it, but the Gazel Ministry are actually A.I. kept in a huge spherical computer.
  • Snowy Screen of Death: A literal example. The four deceased members of the Ministry are depicted as SMPTE broadcast color bars.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: All Krelian needed the ministry for was to activate the Gaetia Key. Once that's done...
  • You Know The One: Literally 90% of their dialogue consists of this.

Miang Hawwa

Miang, specifically her 998th incarnation

The Dragon to Deus, posing as The Dragon to everyone else, so she can be The Woman Behind Everyone Else.

  • And I Must Scream: Elly and Karen show that the original personality of the woman whose body Miang co-opts remains intact through the duration of the possession, re-emerging—in Karen's case—only after Miang has abandoned the body (moments prior to her death).
  • Becoming the Mask: As the Executioner, she has far more autonomy to do all the dirty work herself (she does it efficiently enough for this identity to be widely feared), but Miang sometimes prefers to play sidekick as herself to Ramsus, Grahf (and even as her alter ego, also the only time you fight her in this identity), then Krelian.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Krelian.
  • Body Snatcher: Can take over the body of any woman with her DNA when her current body fails. Considering she's this planet's Eve character, that's pretty much any woman, periodnote —which woman is at random, however. Miang's real form is that of the mitochondrial DNA of the planet's human population, which is called the Ouroburous. When Miang dies in one meatsuit, she just awakens in another convenient womanly meatsuit. Near the end of the game, Elly becomes the 999th Miang, immediately on the death of the 998th (who was Ramsus's assistant), who appeared in most of the game.
  • Body Surf: There have been 999 Miangs (after the original Mother) over the span of 10,000 years. That averages out to any particular Miang having roughly a ten-year lifespan.
  • Bodyguard Babe: To Ramsus, though she's officially his aide-de-camp. We later learn that Miang has acted as one of these to male leaders throughout history.
  • The Chessmaster: Before Krelian came along, Miang was tugging practically all the strings to her plan. The only reason he took this spot was because of their similar goals. Miang wanted to resurrect Deus, but Krelian wanted to take it a step further.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: To Ramsus, Grahf, and Krelian. Also to the Gazel Ministry in the past, most notably Cain. Standard practice should be to assume if a villain is currently on screen being evil (aside from Id, and even he exists because of Miang), you can probably trace it back to Miang one way or another.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Her Body Surf is allegedly random, but from what we see she has remarkable luck surfing into people that will quickly help her plans along.
    • Her final jump isn't random though, as she was "programmed" to reunite with Elly (they were originally one) when the time was right and return to Deus in order for Deus to fully revive.
  • God in Human Form: Being the Will of Deus, she basically acts as its physical avatar. In spite of that, she's not really a Physical God, as apart from the ability to Body Surf and vaguely-defined mind control powers, she doesn't seem to be especially powerful.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Her mental programming by Deus leaves her unable to take her own life. So she usually sets things up so that she can be murdered to keep Body Surfing.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She piss you off? Make you reeeally wanna kill her? Makes you wish you could stomp her smug face in? Here's some good news. The pathetic final boss Ouroburous IS Miang.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Usually, whenever Miang takes over a new body, whatever color that woman's hair was instantly turns purple, like the original Miang's hair was.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She is technically this to everyone except Abel, who had been onboard the Eldridge and survived its crashing thanks to his power as a Contact.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Deus doesn't talk much. Miang, however, is fairly chatty. Accordingly, she serves as its Metatron and manipulates the various players into working toward its resurrection.
  • Neutral Female: In the first couple of fights with Ramsus, she's either Ramsus' healer or co-pilot, never participating in combat directly. This is almost certainly a ruse, because later on she proves to be even deadlier in her own right than Ramsus ever was.
  • Smug Snake: She's pretty callous towards both her victims and the people she's manipulating into helping her.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Myyah Hawwa, partly a reversal of Elly's name.
  • Squishy Wizard: Has vaguely defined mind-warping powers and some of the strongest wave-type ether skills in the game. She has a few weaknesses though; swords, guns, massive ether blasts, nuclear holocausts, the Xenogears...
  • The Man Behind the Man: Thought she was just Ramsus' assistant, did you? Big mistake.
  • Tin Tyrant: Though at first Miang as the Executioner doesn't take the metallic look quite as far as Grahf does, when she rejoins with Deus there is no question that she is literally this trope.
  • Tsundere: To Ramsus again; sometimes treating him like crap and other times giving him the best sex of his life. Justified; she's doing it to mess up his mind so he'll go nuts and kill Cain.
  • The Vamp: Her preferred method of manipulation.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All incarnations of Miang have hair color between purple and black. The Mother and #998 had the lighter shade, while Miang!Karen had black hair.

Deus

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The game starts with him detroying the spaceship he's in, and ends with him trying to exterminate humanity.
  • Big Bad: Orchestrated the evolution of man through the "Mother" in an eon-wide gambit to revive itself. Deus is, in all practicality, God himself.
  • Deus Est Machina: It is "God" in the sense that it is the creator of the human race on the world on which Xenogears takes place. Which is ironic, as Deus itself was created by the human race who had left that planet. A case of the created creating the creators.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A man-made one.
  • Full Potential Upgrade: Krelian actually accelerates its evolution through Nanomachines.
  • A God Am I: With a name like Deus...
  • God Is Evil: And he created humanity only as a means to further his goals.
  • Living Weapon: It was originally created to be an interplanetary invasion system.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Before the beginning of the game, Deus destroyed the spaceship he was being kept in.

Id

Id

"That was pretty interesting. But dropping a warship on me is cheating... Take it back!"

A mysterious man in red with staggering amount of power in both himself and his own gear. Ramsus in particular hates this man with a passion as it was Id who was responsible for the destruction of the continent of Elru. It is revealed that Id is really an alternate personality of Fei, born from the continuous torture suffered at the hands of his mothernote  and finally awakened when she was killed.

  • Alone with the Psycho: The entire scene between Id and Citan comes off like this. Even though Id is heavily restrained by a machine that cuts off his nerve connections and could only break it at risk of turnign back into Fei, Id is still just as psychotic and terrifying as he's ever been.
  • Badass: You wanna know just how powerful Id is? Take a look at Grahf's entry and see how powerful he is. Id is still stronger than him.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Id blames everything that happened to him, everything he had become on his father Khan, saying if he wasn't so focused on his work he would've actually done something to save his own family.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He is the part of Fei's psyche that actually experienced this.
  • Evil Redhead: Of the Blood Knight variety.
  • Enemy Within: Subverted. He starts as an enemy, but as the story goes forward he damages the villains at least as much as the heroes. In the end, Fei manages to calm him by convincing his other Split Personality to show him his happy memories.
  • I Should Have Been Better: A twisted version of this. Id felt that all of his power couldn't even save his own mother, so he felt that all he was good for was destruction.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The Hyde to Fei's Jekyll.
  • Meaningful Name: Blatantly obvious, but he is after all the "Id" to Fei's Super-Ego and The Coward's Ego.
  • Momma's Boy: Despite all the torture he underwent under her, Id knew that she was just being controlled by Miang. Which is why it's such a huge part of how he was willing to merge back with Fei.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Just compare his picture with Fei's up top. Pretty much the only clue that they're the same person is that they have the same facial structure, but even then, it's subtle.
  • Oh, Crap: Id is basically a walking one of these. He stands next to his relative contemporary Sephiroth as one of the more intimidating JRPG bad guys around, thanks to the game's tendency to show you exactly how much damage he can do nearly ever time he shows up. Thankfully the effect is preserved by having him appear infrequently in-game.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite all his power, Id is not exactly mature. Out of the superego's brain farts causing incompetence, Id somehow makes it worse, whether killing everything in a desert skirmish, hunting down friend and foe to protect his "child", or massacring a floating city because he didn't get his lollipop after being enhanced by the local clinic. Doesn't help his "parents" tweaked him into the ultimate culture-killing One-Man Army.
  • Split Personality - Subverted: You would think that Fei was the true person while Id was the split personality. Id was actually around for many years before Fei and arguably has more cause to be the true personality then Fei is. Double Subverted when it's revealed that the original Fei is actually a third personality.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Id has full command of Fei's latent abilities, making him an Implacable Man Magic Knight. He is also a completely amoral Blood Knight.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Not only does Id lash out at those who made him who he was: whomever superego Fei has underlying angst between, Id distributes with vengeance. Such victims include Fei's hometown, Bartholemew Fatima, Elly, Kahran Ramsus, and Solaris.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: While Id remembers every moment of how he was tortured, the one thing he didn't know was that his mother died saving his life instead of just being killed by him. This realization is what allows him to fully merge with Fei again.
  • Tyke Bomb: When Id was around with Grahf until he was 15, he was basically this.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: There's no denying, What Id went through as a child sucked. Not only was he tortured just as much as the real Fei, but he was constantly blamed by himself that he deserved all of it, as well as blamed solely for the death of his mother.

Grahf

Grahf

“Even if I go to hell, I will live till the end of this world. And if the world does not come to an end... I will destroy it with my own hands!”

He was once Lacan, the previous past life of Fei as the -Contact-. But since Grahf started to Body Surf, he has no longer been the Contact, and Fei and Grahf lost their continuity of shared memories. After taking many hosts for centuries, Grahf's latest host is Khan Wong, modern Fei's own father. Khan has only partial control over his body, so he has disappeared from the world's view; when he's not Grahf, he appears in disguise as the Wiseman. It is not known that Khan, Wiseman and Grahf are all the same host until The Reveal late in the game's story.

  • Badass:
    • During his first boss fight, he fights on foot and is still a significant threat to your party of three Gears (he would be That One Boss were it not for the fact that he'll never attack Elly). Once you fight him with his Gear, he becomes a Hopeless Boss Fight.
    • For a majority of the game, whenever you hear his theme you know shit's about to hit the fan: his favorite activity is giving some of his power to lesser bosses making them more powerful, since he apparently has too much.
    • The last fight with him is a Curb-Stomp Battle, but only because you get the actual Xenogears mech and it becomes a rare one-time heroic-version of The Worf Effect.
  • Body Surf: How he's survived until the present day.
  • Catch Phrase: "Dost thou desire the power?", when he feels you have defeated a boss too easily.
  • Evil Twin: He is a splinter of Lacan, the evil nature of him that came about from losing Sophia. Or, if you want it in simpler terms: Grahf is to Lacan what Id is to Fei.
  • Expy: Doesn't he remind you of Darth Vader?
  • Implacable Man: After fighting against your party of three Humongous Mechas without using his mecha and barely losing, he still keeps going after you.
  • I Need You Stronger: His primary motivation for tormenting Fei.
  • Large Ham: Every time he appears to help a boss you just defeated, he feels the need to repeat his "dost thou desire the power'' speech. The listener usually has no idea what he's talking about.
  • Literal Split Personality: He somehow splintered off from Lacan either before or after he died.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Actually, your previous incarnation who possessed your father's body.
  • The Obi-Wan: As the Wiseman, he drops by from time to time in the story, giving Fei additional help and guidance. He disappears just as quickly.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He saves Elly as she falls while trying to stop the Hecht from destroying Norturne. The incident also provides a pretty good clue as to who Grahf really is...
    • Near the end, he sacrifice himself in Fei's place.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Weltall Alpha doesn't have wings when Khan pilots it.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: After Sophia's death and his meeting with the Wave Existence, Graf decided that the world sucks so much that everybody is just better dead. He doesn't ask everybody for their opinion about this.
    • He develops a deeper reason for wanting to destroy the world; by destroying humanity, he would have prevented the resurrection of Deus. His angst against the world does make the task a whole lot easier on his psyche though.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Graf, German for "earl".
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: After losing his lover, being influenced by Miang and meeting the Wave Existence, he became a villain. He doesn't share any of the other villains' goals, though; he just decided life sucks so much he'll help them destroy humanity.
  • Super Prototype: The Alpha Weltall/True Weltall/Original Weltall. As the name suggests, this is the prototype for Fei's Weltall, which is potentially stronger than an Omnigear despite being a regular Gear. The Alpha Weltall, however, is an Omnigear version of the Weltall, which Grahf is capable of using to its full potential, which means that it's as far above other Omnigears as Omnigears are above regular Gears.
  • Tin Tyrant: Well, he does have to keep his identity hidden.
  • Wild Card: A major villain who sometimes works with Krelian and Miang, but is not under their control.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After you see his Start of Darkness and how things went bad for him and Krelian.

Krelian

Krelian

Voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese) and Cam Clarke (English)

"If god doesn't exist in our world, then I will create god with my own hands!"

  • Expy: Krelian shares a lot of similarities in personality to Karellen of Arthur C. Clark's Childhoods End. He was even named Karellen in Japanese.
  • Fallen Hero: Before Sophia died, Krelian was one of the good guys, allied to Shevat and Nimrod against Solaris, pupil of Taura Melchior and friend to Sophia, Lacan, Roni and René. He was never the same again after his Despair Event Horizon.
  • Karma Houdini: Krelian manages to manipulate Solaris for centuries, torments your party so many times whether intentionally or with other people, turns most of the population of the world into Wels, and gets to travel with the Wave Existence back into it's home dimension without so much as a slap on the wrist.
    • Played With: Despite reaching his goal, he admits that he his desire to "go to walk with God" was born by the fact that no one else could love him, while Fei and Elly have finally achieved happiness together after 10,000 years of searching for each other. His story is over, while Fei and Elly have lifetimes ahead of them as the Bad Asses who defeated God with The Power of Love.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His Start of Darkness was because of his love for Sophia.
  • Locked into Strangeness: His hair turned white as the result of nanomachines prolonging his life.
  • Mad Scientist: He controls Solaris, which is basically a Mad Scientist nation.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He and Miang take turns at manipulating others in horrible ways.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of the game, Krelian admits that he has done so many horrible things that he can't even call himself human anymore. A shot of Ramsus' fetal form appears behind him as he says this, pointing out one last time that he grew a Designer Baby just so he could mind fuck the kid beyond insanity.
  • No Place for Me There: Krelian nearly says this word for word at the end to Fei to the offer to return home with him, knowing full well the people will never so easily forgive him for all the things he's done.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: As with Lacan, Krelian is convinced that a world "without God" sucks so much that everybody would be better if he created a God using an Assimilation Plot. As with Lacan, Krelian doesn't ask if anybody else agrees.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Karellen, a reference to Childhood's End.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: As with Lacan, Sophia's death was Krelian's Start of Darkness. Instead of destroying everyone, though, Krelian wants to assimilate everyone and ascend them all to a higher plane of existence.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Krelian gives an epic one to the Gazel Ministry as he erases them one by one.
  • Übermensch: Krelian sees that there's no god in the world, so he creates one to follow instead.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A bit of Put Them All Out of My Misery, a little Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds...a lot of Utopia Justifies the Means. Basically, he believes that as long as he succeeds in ressurecting Deus, it will make every horrible thing he's done be worth it. He knows he's a monster who's murdered countless people, but he truly believes he's doing the right thing for everyone. In a sense, it's why he always acts so cold during the game, because if he didn't make sure his plan works, it would mean all that he had done would have been for nothing.
    "-Deus-, the physical manifestation of god, only wants results... The means are insignificant to him."

    Others 

Emperor Cain

Emperor Cain

Emperor of Solaris and the first human created by Deus. Is described many times as the Big Bad, but the truth is much different then realized...

"Then I leave it up to you... I atone for my crime by doing so..."

  • Age Without Youth: Unlike the Gazel Ministry, who abandoned their physical bodies for the SOL-9000, Cain retained his physical body. The skull-like mask shown in his character portrait is part of a gigantic life-support system designed by Krelian to keep him alive. When Ramsus destroys the mask, what's left of Cain that the audience sees is so degenerated after 10,000 years of being alive that it can't realistically be called "human" anymore.
  • The Atoner: Everything he does to help Fei is because he still feels guilty for killing Abel all those years ago.
  • Big Bad: Until Krelian came along, Cain essentially was the one in charge of Solaris for all those millennia.
  • Good All Along: You think he's on the Gazel Ministry's side, but he's actually doing whatever he can to get in their way.
  • Heel Realization: It isn't stated when exactly this happened, but Emperor Cain eventually turned against his original destiny and seeks to do everything possible to prevent Deus' resurrection.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Krelian is actually the one who controls Solaris, so this is basically what Cain has been reduced to for the last 500 years.
  • Immortality: The extent of his immortality is not entirely clear; however, it is said that he cannot be killed by anyone but himself. This is why Krelian and Miang manipulated Ramsus (his clone) into killing him.
  • Really 700 Years Old: If you don't count the Gazel Ministry who were turned into A.I. centuries ago, Cain is literally the oldest human on the planet at nearly ten thousand years old.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: It may not seem like in in a first playthrough, but everything Cain does or orders Citan to do is in order to help out Fei as he is the best hope for humanity to survive.
  • The Un-Reveal: When Ramsus kills Cain, his mask gets knocked off only to reveal a black, charred husk of a man decayed beyond recognition by 10,000 years of artificially extended life. Though most fans tend to agree that since Ramsus is a clone of Cain, then that is what he looked like.

Sigurd Harcourt

Sigurd

Bart's right hand man on the Yggdrasil, and also his Long Lost Sibling. He also has a past in Solaris, and is old friends with Citan, Jessie and Ramsus.

  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Maybe he's just very tanned from living in the desert.
  • Eyepatch of Power: The opposite eye from Bart's. Convenient, because late in the game, you need a full set of eyes from the Aveh royal family to unlock a piece of ancient technology.
  • Heroic Bastard: Unlike Bart, he's the illegitimate son of the last previous king of Aveh.
  • Royal Blood: He's actually Bart's half-brother.
  • Stripperiffic/Bare Your Midriff/Mr. Fanservice: Whether in Gebler, in the Elements or aboard the Yggdrasil, Sigurd always modifies his outfits to expose his abdomen above his waist and below his chest. This actually resembles the traditional clothes of his mother's people from the Ignas desert, but it also makes him fanservice. But most of this is All There in the Manual — it's not quite as obvious in game that he dresses this way.

Marguerite "Margie" Fatima

Margie

Bart's sixteen year old cousin and current Holy Mother of Nisan.

Hammer the Supplier

Hammer

Master, sir, did you just see my MAD SKILLZ?"

A demi-human whom Fei first meets in Kislev, claiming to be a merchant. He was imprisoned in Kislev's D-Block, but escaped alongside with Fei and his allies.

  • Sympathetic Murderer: Elly and Rico still love Hammer, even after he kills Elly's mother. Rico continually emphatically insists that it wasn't Hammer's fault, and that he may have been manipulated into doing it. The seeds of Hammer's betrayal were sewn during his time of captivity in Krelian's lab, and it was never certain just what was done to him before the party escaped.
  • Tragic Monster: What he becomes after his Face-Heel Turn.
  • Unfazed Everyman/Muggle: Hammer follows the heroes everywhere, even without fighting skills. This gets eventually tragically Deconstructed.
  • Was Once a Man: Before becoming a giant cyborg.

Jesiah "Jessie" Black

Jessie

Billy Lee Black's father. Former agent of Solaris.

Primera Black

Billy Lee Black's little sister.

Yui Uzuki

Citan's wife.

  • The Ace: She was once (allegedly) the best swordswoman in Shevat prior to meeting Citan. Yeah, that's right, the two Aces are married to one another.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Seems to vanish off the face of the earth in disc 2 and is not even mentioned in passing by her husband or daughter. Considering everything that happens, this might lead to some horrifying and tragic implications.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Fei repeatedly proclaims his love of Yui's cooking. Citan is less appreciative.
  • Retired Badass: According to Citan, she did defeat him in swordfight before their marriage.

The Wave Existence

Wave Existence

Fei: "I don't understand what you are talking about. Who, or what are you?"

Wave Existence: "In one word... ...EXISTENCE."

The true God of the Xenogears-verse (Or is it?), everything that occurs in the game can be traced back to this being from a higher dimension. Over ten thousand years ago, Humans created an infinitely powerful engine called the Zohar, which needed a source of power so strong that it literally dragged this being from it's plane of existence to power it. And ever since then it's been wanting to return, and was fully willing to grant it's power to young Abel in order to do so, thus turning him into the Contact and starting the story that was ten thousand years in the making...

  • A God Am I and/or A God I Am Not: It claims that it it is both God and is not God at the same time. It basically all depends on your point of view.
  • Energy Being: It's precisely this trope is why it makes such a good power source for the Zohar and thus, the source of all Gear functions and Ether abilities.
  • God Is Good: Unlike Deus who treats all of mankind like it's personal tools, The Wave Existence honestly implores Fei to do what's right and destroy both Deus and the Zohar to free both it and all of humanity. To that, it basically gives his Gear a godly upgrade, turning it into the aptly named Xenogears.
  • It's All My Fault: It honestly feels bad for everything Fei has suffered in his life and feels it was it's fault that Fei's personality split. Fei however rebukes this, saying the fault was within him that he must deal with.
  • Living MacGuffin: While in-story the Zohar would technically be the MacGuffin, the Wave Existence is basically what powers it, thus becoming this trope.
  • Pieces of God: According to Krelian, all of the universe and in turn humanity and souls in general were originally created by the overflow of this being.
  • Return To A Higher Plane Of Existence: The instant Deus is dead, it doesn't hesitate for a second to do just this.
  • There's No Place Like Home: For such a highly advanced being, all it's ever wanted is to go back home to it's higher dimension. Krelian basically plans to hitch a ride with it.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: When the Wave Existence first connected with Abel, the first thing it felt was Abel's desire to find his mother. This reaction gave the being a "mother's will" and created the original Elhaym to help Abel in his quest to destroy Deus.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: It has no physical form, rather it simply takes the form of a virtual version of itself that you create, IE, it is only your perception of it.

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