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 Though Grahf was originally Lacan, his personality and memories permanently diverged when he started to Body Surf 500 years before, and so that Grahf has his own character section further down the page.
Manchild: Because he initially didn't have his memories, the three-year-old 'Fei' personality is completely artificial and based on experiences he learns as he goes. This is why he has difficulty coping with certain situations, such as going off on Elly when she insists she travel with the party to Mahanon.
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.
Split Personality: Original Fei ("the Coward"), Id, and the newer Fei. The newer Fei personality 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.
".... You and I seem to have a fated relationship."
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).
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 his 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.
Mid-Season Upgrade: The Weltall become Weltall-2 at start of disc 2. Later, it gets an Eleventh Hour Superpower upgrade into Xenogears considering all thats left to do after getting it is complete the final dungeon.
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.
Elhaym "Elly" Van Houten
Voiced by Yumi Touma (Japanese) and Moira Quirk (English)
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.
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.
Parental Incest: Abel wished for the original Elly based off of an image of his mother.
Shotacon: Subverted. At the time of their original relationship, Abel was seven and Elly was born an adult. PerfectWorks says that their original relationship was mother-son, and the two did not become romantically and sexually involved until they were reincarnated at the same age.
Reincarnation: Five incarnations, just like the Contact. But unlike him, in all her lives, she was named Elhaym, and the Contact called her -Elly-.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear: She spends the back half of Disc Two absent from the party, and never returns (in terms of gameplay). In a strange twist on the trope, all her equipment is still there in the inventory, but it's completely useless.
The Southpaw: Elly is left-handed, as animated cutscenes show.
Supporting Leader: Much of the first quarter of the game revolves around his attempt to retake Aveh. It's only after that fails horribly thanks to Id that Fei starts to take the reins of the main character role.
Trigger Happy: He shoots down the Goliath with a "Bart Missile" while Fei and the Kislev party are commandeering it. In his defense, they were flying a heavily-armed airship from an enemy country that was going to be used to sack Bart's hometown, but a simple hail would have told him that the Goliath was a friendly target.
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.
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.
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....
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.
Little Miss Badass: Especially once she's in her adult form, which gives her phenomenally good stat growthnote Every stat except agility is guaranteed to get an increase of at least 1 point every time adult!Emeralda levels up. Most other characters will never get an across-the-board stat boost for even a single level-up. Given that agility rarely increases for anybody and Emeralda is already fast, that's still quite good. 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.
Which 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.
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.
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.
Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: His second Omnigear, Amphysvena, is mistakenly assumed to be Vendetta aligned to a second Anima Relic. According to the Perfect Works, however, its actually Krelian's Omnigear — Ramsus pilots it because Krelian has no more use for it.
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 everyone else calls 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.
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.
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.
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 Executioner, she has more autonomy to do dirty work herself (and she does it efficiently enough for this identity to be widely feared), but Miang apparently prefers to play sidekick as herself to Ramsus, Grahf (even as Executioner, and also the only time you fight Miang in this identity), then 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 The only exception would be Emeralda, since her DNA-equivalent was artificially constructed from scratch at the atomic level. Which is a good thing, since body-surfing into Emeralda would've given Miang an immortal, shapeshifting body; she's more than dangerous enough as it is.—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 Ouroboros. When one Miang dies, she just awakens in another convenient woman. Near the end of the game, Elly becomes the 999th Miang, immediately on the death of the 998th (Ramsus's assistant), who appeared in most of the game.
Body Surf: As mentioned above, 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.
Chessmaster Sidekick / Dragon with an Agenda: 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.
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.
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.
Pet the Dog: Sacrificing herself (as Karen Wong) for Fei. This is debated; the characters tend to think that Karen regained control and did it out of love for her child—a theory the cutscene animation seems to support—but it's also possible that she was just tossing aside a disposable body to protect a valuable investment.
Squishy Wizard: Has vaugely 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 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.
"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 who was really being controlled by Miang 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.
Bishounen: Arguably, even though he's basically just Fei with his hair let down.
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.
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.
Split Personality: Subverted. You would think that Fei was the true person while Id was the split personality. But in reality, Id was around for many years before Fei and arguably has more cause to be the true personality then Fei is. But then played straight when it's revealed that Id is a split personality of the Coward, the original Fei.
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.
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: He attacks you during his first boss fight on foot and is still a significant threat to your party of three gears (to the point of being 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.
Note- for a majority of the game, whenever you hear his theme; you know shit's about to hit, why? This is a character with so much power, he willingly gives some to lesser bosses. See Catch Phrase entry below.
The last fight with him is a Curb-Stomp Battle, but that's mostly 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.
Expy: Krelian shares a lot of similarities in personality to Karellen of Arthur C. Clark's Childhood's 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 Melchiore, and friend to Sophia, Lacan, Roni and RenÚ. 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.
To be fair, he admits that they have won a moral victory over him; he wants to "go to walk with god" simply because no one else could love him, while Fei and Elly have finally achieved happiness together after 10,000 years of searching for each other. In short, 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.
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 Babyjust 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.
▄bermensch: See the quote. 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Bart's sixteen year old cousin and current Holy Mother of Nisan.
I Just Want to Be Special: Deconstructed. Hammer realizes that he's surrounded by so many important people that want to save the world, while he's just a nobody, that he's willing to do just about anything in order to be special like them. Perhaps even murder.
Megane/Meganekko: Hammer's glasses are most certainly a significant distinguishing feature. He is certainly Megane, but his Meganekko status is less certain, at least because his pince-nez glasses sit further away from his eyes and partially rob the classical "moe glasses" effect.
Morality Pet: Surprisingly, Hammer was this for Rico, but we only learn about it after Hammer is gone.
Sympathetic Murderer: Elly and Rico still loved Hammer, even after he killed Medena. Rico continually emphatically insists that it wasn't Hammer's fault. If this is so, then Hammer 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.
Retired Badass: According to Citan, she did defeat him in swordfight before their marriage.
The Wave Existence
Fei: "I don't understand what you are talking about. Who, or what are you?"
WE: "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 WE 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.
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 WE 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.