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Fei Fong Wong
Voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese) and Brian Tochi (English)Abel, the -Contact-, Kim Kharim, Lacan, Grahf, Id, and the -Coward-. 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.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fei fights purely on martial arts. This extends to his Gear.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is Lahan's resident Nice Guy, but he's a powerful fighter and has a Superpowered Evil Side.
- Broken Bird: A male version, especially once you start learning about his forgotten past.
- Byronic Hero: Since his current personality was created three years ago, he's not very good at controlling his emotions. His Dark and Troubled Past doesn't help either.
- Chinese People: Has a more conspicuously Chinese look than the other characters, and has the gratuitous Chinese name. Allegedly, he was inspired by a Jet Li movie.
- The Chosen One: He's one of the incarnations of the Contact. His power is almost at Physical God levels.
- Dark and Troubled Past:
- Despair Event Horizon: Grahf is one of Fei's past incarnations that has gone over this.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Deconstructed. Fei spends a lot of time resenting the fact that he has to pilot his Gear and use it to kill people.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: This is what triggers Id's appearances.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Quite often during the early parts of the game.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: None of Fei's incarnations have had it easy, to say the least.
- Jekyll & Hyde: The Jekyll to Id's Hyde.
- Kamehamehadoken: Weltall's guide shot.
- 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.
- Messianic Archetype: He's the "Contact" between humans and the resident god. He just needs to get over his Dark and Troubled Past and tame his Superpowered Evil Side.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Often thanks to his Superpowered Evil Side.
- 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 reconcile peacefully 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.
- The newer Fei eventually creates a fourth personality that is completely catatonic, as Fei is unable to deal with the loss of Elly or the fact that she's been integrated into an interstellar doomsday weapon that's poised to wipe out all life on the planet. It doesn't stop Id from forcing himself on-stage, though.
- 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 B.S.O.D..
Weltall, Weltall-Id, Weltall-2, Xenogears
".... 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).
- Black Box: Weltall has a number of these. They are used when it transforms into Weltall-Id.
- Character Title: The Gear named Xenogears is the titular mech of the game.
- 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 its pilot.
- Discard and Draw: After upgrading from Weltall-2 to Xenogears, you can't use System Id to enter Hyper Mode at will anymore, but Xenogears is generally more powerful and can enter Hyper Mode the "normal" way more easily, which makes up for it.
- 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 11th-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.
- Wrong Context Magic: Weltall is not an Omnigear or nano-Gear. It's an inferior modern Gear based on a Deus close-defense Gear, with specific customizations to take advantage of Id's unique strength, and the fact that it's stronger than an Omnigear is because of its pilot. The Xenogears, meanwhile, is a direct channel to the Wave Existence and completely unique.
Elhaym "Elly" Van Houten
Voiced by Yumi Touma (Japanese) and Moira Quirk (English)
- Attack Drone: "Animum Ether Response Offensive Drones" or AERODs
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's nice to the point of reaching Friend to All Living Things by Disc 2, but she's still a superpowered fighter able to pilot an Omnigear.
- Break the Cutie: Happens several times across the game.
- Chocolate Baby: She's convinced she's not actually Medena's daughter because she doesn't really resemble either of her parents, and believes her real mother was actually her childhood nanny, a Lamb woman, though this turns out to be due to Reincarnation rather than genetics. Medena herself doesn't seem to think anything negative about her daughter and sadly dies before the truth comes out.
- 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.
- Fatal Flaw: Tied in with Senseless Sacrifice below.
- Faux 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.
- Elly was meant to have a second outfit, which she possibly would get from Taura after her uniform shredded in Disc 2(there is an illustration of this in the Perfect Works, and we have it in color◊. The design fits pretty much of her role in the second part of the game).
- 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: Elhaym may be meant to evoke "Elohim", one of the names of God in Hebrew. Elly's first gear (and only one you use in gameplay, but that's 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...
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches to her thighs.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Every single one of her prior reincarnations' sacrifices to save Fei's always has the opposite effect, either leaving him with nothing worth living for anymore or even becoming straight up evil.
- She-Fu: Some of her deathblows have her either doing a somersault or backflip kick.
- Simple Staff: Her main weapon of choice.
- So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear: She spends the back half of Disc Two absent from the party and never returns as a playable character. 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.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Elehayym.
- Squishy Wizard: Both her and Vierge.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With the Contact's various incarnations.
Citan Uzuki/Hyuga Ricdeau
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.
- The Ace: Citan is a 29-year-old greatest swordsman in the world, an expert scientist, a master engineer, the main character's mentor without ever dying, perpetually the most intelligent person around, a spy, a Double Agent, one of the approximately ten people who actually knows what's going on in the world, one of the earlier generation of heroes, keeper of the backstory and also has a pretty swordfighting wife and an adorable daughter with mysterious powers. Not to mention that while his Gear is rather mediocre ability-wise towards the end of the game, he is perfectly capable of getting out of it and slaughter Gear-sized enemies on foot — and is better at it than most Gears. In a mild subversion, despite being that awesome, he really is a Geek deep down.
- A Dick in Name: His Japanese name has a equivalent which is Shitan and he is quite a Jerkass.
- Badass Bookworm: Despite being The Ace even as a fighter, his main occupation is being a scientist.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Fei, especially at the beginning when he has nobody else.
- Blind Without 'Em: Only slightly. Citan's glasses are worn as an equipment accessory, and his battle accuracy declines if you remove them. Otherwise, he is still perfectly capable in battle.
- Cannot Spit It Out: He had long suspected that Fei had another malevolent personality within him, but didn't want to voice his suspicions until he could confirm them.
- Double Agent: For Emperor Cain.
- Dramatic Ellipsis: His dialogue tends to be full of them...
- The Empath: And in frequent psychic communication with Emperor Cain throughout the game.
- 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.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Once Citan gets access to his katana moves, which greatly increase his offensive power.
- 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.
- This is further reinforced when you realize his name should correctly be spelled Shitan, which is a reflection of "Shaitan," the Islamic name for Satan.
- 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.
- Satan Is Good: See Meaningful Name, and understand that he's been working against Solaris for a long time. This mostly likely comes from the influence of Gnosticism on the game's plot and themes.
- 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
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.
- Ancestral Weapon: The El Andvari was used by Roni Fatima 500 years ago.
- 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.
- Dual Wielding: Bart lashes out with two whips at the same time.
- Eyepatch of Power: Appropriate for a both a sand pirate and a rebel leader.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sigurd.
- Hot-Blooded: Especially noticeable when the plot is about his personal nemesis.
- The Lancer: He quickly becomes one of Fei's closest friends and has a Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic with him.
- Leeroy Jenkins: A Running Gag involves Bart mistaking Fei for an enemy and opening fire on him.
- Master of None: Bart and his gear, Brigandier are this. El Andvari also become this after you get other Omnigear to use. With mixture with Lethal Joke Character, thank to Bart's Wild Smile ability.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: When he finds an Omnigear, the El Andvari.
- Noble Fugitive: His personal quest is about regaining the throne.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He wants to regain Aveh's throne to help the surface world obtain independence from Solaris.
- Red Oni: So red that he makes Fei (who up until then had been portrayed as a Red Oni towards Elly and Citan) look blue when they first meet up.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Barthlomei Fatima
- 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.
- That's A Lie!: Almost to the point it could be his catch phrase.
- 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.
- Warrior Prince: Despite being the prince, he often fights on the frontlines.
- Whip It Good: His weapon of choice.
Ricardo "Rico" Banderas
The man at the top of the food chain in Nortune Prison. Initiates new prisoners by beating them. He pilots Stier.
- Ambiguously Gay: In a decidedly Straight Gay Manly Gay manner, most evident after Hammer is lost. For someone who treats Hammer with such abuse, some of Rico's later comments reflect a complete indifference towards women and a heartwarming loyalty and partiality to Hammer. The ones most devastated by Hammer's loss are Rico and Elly; unless Elly who is compelled to stay out of the battle for a while to grieve, Rico opts to keep fighting. As the plot progresses, Rico periodically fondly reminisces about dear Hammer, and back on the Yggdrasil he spends time grieving in the room they used to share together.
- Blood Knight: You find him as the champion of Kislev's arena, motivated only by the idea of fighting other strong warriors.
- The Big Guy: The strongest physical fighter in the party.
- Chained by Fashion: Rico stills wears his deactivated bomb collar as a trophy.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After you manage to become the champion, he joins the party.
- Expy: Of Blanka. The Stier is modeled after AT.
- Fiery Redhead: He's a red-headed Blood Knight.
- Fingerless Gloves: Part of his tough-guy outfit.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The El Stier, his Omnigear.
- Mighty Glacier: Both Stier and El Stier are some of the slowest gears in the game, but its with out a doubt one of the heaviest hitting ones in the game. And due to either a glitch or a mistranslation, even though Maria's final frame upgrade says it gives more health, it actually gives 2000 hp's less than rico's making it the bulkiest gear in the game. In general this applies to Rico as well but...
- 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.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Rico's fighting style is wrestling.
Billy Lee Black
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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was young his farther disappeared with out a word, his mother was murdered by Wels when he was less then 10, his sister became traumatized by this and won't even speak to him, he almost sold his body to be able to support him, his sister, and a bunch of orphans he took in, and when his farther suddenly returns after being gone for years, he's now a vulgar alcoholic that holds no resemblance to the father he once loved. yeah.... life's not been to kind to billy, nor will it get much better throughout the events of the game.
- Elemental Weapon: Billy's Ether guns fire special rounds of fire, water, wind, and earth. They also provide infinite ammo.
- 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.
- Hidden Weapons: Billy houses his special Ether Guns up his sleeves.
- 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.
- Ray Gun: One of Billy's deathblows has him take out a special gun part for his shotgun that lets him fire a highly focused laser beam at point blank range.
"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. As for her disappeared mom, she's been inside Seibzehn all this time.
- 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, being the strongest, but also the slowest of the gears.
- Robot Mommy: Seibzehn has her mother's mind. Seibzehn doesn't move on its own until their encounter with Achtzehn because she doesn't want Maria to be 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. In fact, it's so big that it can't fit inside the hanger on-board the Yggdrasil; it has to be stored outside the hull.
- Token Mini-Moe: She's just a kid, but is part of the main party thanks to Seibzehn's strength.
Voiced by Michiko Neya (Japanese)Small pink creature, originally mistaken for a stuffed toy.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Chu-Chu doesn't have a gear, so makes up for it by growing huge to fight gear-sized enemies.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Did that stupidly-cute little thing just grow to giant size and hold off that HUGE PROTOTYPE GEAR?
- Interspecies Romance: Has a "maidenly pure" crush on Fei, played for laughs.
- Magikarp Power: With enough Drives, Chu-Chu can become the ultimate Gear-scale weapon, complete with the ability to actually heal Gears in battle. The only such ability in the game.
- The Power of Love: Causes it to break its limiters and go Gear-scale.
- Small, Annoying Creature: Although when in "Big Chu-Chu" mode, she's a a Big Annoying Creature.
- Verbal Tic, chu: She ends sentences with "chu", chu.
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.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her teenage body. Since it appears tattered on the official art, it's likely due to not adjusting to her sudden growth spurt.
- Daddy's Girl: She was made to be a surrogate daughter to Kim and his wife. As such she's very fond of Fei.
- Feather Fingers: Her gear doesn't have any arms, but it's okay, because the wings on its head can shape themselves into hands.
- Fem Bot: Her Crescens.
- Flawed Prototype: Crescens is the prototype of the other nanite Gears. Krelian made a slight mistake with its operating system by setting the safety of Emeralda as its top priority. This makes Crescens always reserve a certain level of energy so it can heal Emeralda in case that she gets injured. And since self regeneration requires a lot of energy, Crescens can't repair itself from disabled state like other nanite Gears (in gameplay terms, that means it can get KO'd just like the rest of the party's Gears). This is an even bigger mistake when you consider 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.
- Hulk Speak: Her sentences are clipped and very simplistic. It's understandable, considering she was effectively born when you first see her.
- Hypocritical Humor: She refers◊ to Elly as an "old lady" when chronologically she's much older than Elly is.
- 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.
- Lost Technology: While Solaris and Shevat both have some access to nanomachines, Emeralda's tech is way beyond anything that could be developed in the modern era, and serves as the blueprint for advances by Krelian and the Sages.
- 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.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: She's never seen without her pink scarf (aside from her first appearance), which is bit oversized on her childish frame.
- 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.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her actual role in the story is very minimal. However, it was through her that Krelian was able to perfect his nanomachine technology, which is what goes on to drive the plot for the entire second disc.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Emerada.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Highlights the fact that she's not a normal human.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: While she joins the party before Elly becomes officially unplayable, she effectively fulfills the same function as her as the team mage with her array of offensive spells.
- 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.
Current leader of Aveh, who established a coup and overthrew the ruling Fatima dynasty.
- Bald of Evil: Appropriate for a tyrant.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Is a somewhat major antagonist early on, but after a series of defeats Grahf shows up, and Hilarity Ensues.
- Sinister Minister
Part of the 'Ethos' organization and actually an undercover agent for Solaris. Has a beef with Jesiah Black.
- Eyes Always Shut: Until he revealed himself as Stein, who has no eyelids at all.
- Love Triangle: With Billy's parents. It did not end well.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: How he killed Racquel.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Kills Racquel because she chose Jesiah.
- Sinister Minister: Helps Solaris with manipulating the Ethos.
A high ranking Gebler commander. Fights and loses to Fei's party several times, which due to his inferiority complex drives Ramsus insane.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's presented as the main baddie, being our first glimpse of Gebler. He is not.
- 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.
- Char Clone: No mask, but he otherwise fits. He's blond, favors golden Gears, is related to Fei by virtue of being his Beta Test Baddie, is The Rival to Fei (in his own mind) and is not entirely evil. As for being the Big Bad, he appears to be that sort of Char, including having been a former Well-Intentioned Extremist who lost sight of his vision due to his rivalry with Id, but it's revealed that he's actually a puppet for Miang's schemes.
- 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 with 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.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Objectively speaking, Ramsus is more powerful than nearly any human. He's capable of piloting any Omnigear, surviving nearly anything, and more than a match for Fei's "coward" persona. He could even operate as a Contact if the situation called for it. The problem is that (by design) he's not a full Contact, not as powerful as Id, and his Omnigears are no match for a real Weltall. Miang has brainwashed him into obsessively comparing himself to Id, causing him to become a Butt-Monkey instead of focusing on his own abilities and becoming a Hero of Another Story in his own right.
- 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.
Kahran Ramsus's elite personal squad. Group is composed of Dominia, Kelvena, Tolone and Seraphita.
- Blood Knight: Dominia
- Bodyguard Crush: Dominia is really devoted to Ramsus and wants to get his attention.
- 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.
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.
- Big Bad Wannabe: They think they're in charge. They're not.
- 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.
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.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: As a separate being, Miang is a capable and deadly opponent, and her Opiomorph nano-Gear is one of the most powerful adversaries you'll face. Urobolus, her symbolic final form after merging with Deus, is utterly outmatched by the Xenogears.
- Familial Body Snatcher: As the mother of humanity, she's able to possess any woman on the planet descended from her.
- God in Human Form: Being the Will of Deus, she basically acts as its physical avatar. She doesn't qualify as a Physical God by herself (being more akin to Elly in strength), but she does have some unique abilities and, more importantly, full access to Deus's technology well before it's deployed on a large scale.
- Humanoid Abomination: Even if she doesn't look like one, until she goes One-Winged Angel, in fact, it actually borders on Eldritch Abomination.
- 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.
- Deader Than Dead: And when you beat her, she's gone for good.
- 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's 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's 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.
"You'll shall be as gods."A highly advanced biological weapon created by humans (as in normal humans originating on Earth) to conduct war on an interplanetary level. However it proved to be too powerful and was declared to be disposed of on the far ends of the galaxy. It rebelled against this, taking over the ship carrying it as shown in the intro cutscene of the game and crash landed on the planet Xenogears takes place on. The events of both the game and the history of the world revolves around it's intricate plans to put itself back together.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The game starts with him destroying the spaceship he's in, and ends with him trying to exterminate humanity.
- 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 creator.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: It is never made clear as to why Deus wanted to go to Earth when Deus took over the Eldridge. Perfect Works mentions that "in the game, it was never clarified as to why Deus switched course for Earth" and that Earth became sealed for unknown reasons and...still doesn't give an answer. The reason Deus needs 10,000 years to repair it self and the consequences of failure isn't explained in the game nor in Perfect Works.
- Doomsday Device: Deus was designed as a last resort in an endless interstellar war. By the time it mistakenly blew up a colony world, the military realized they had gone too far, and shipped it as far away as possible.
- Eldritch Abomination: A man-made one.
- Evil Is Bigger: In its original 'shell', Deus is many times bigger than a Gear.
- Full Potential Upgrade: Krelian actually accelerates its evolution through Nanomachines.
- A God Am I: With a name like Deus...
- God Guise: When Deus came in contact with the Wave Existence (the divine being which is unwittingly powering all the Gears), it came to believe that it was God. In other words, Deus is a false idol, created by humans. Unlike Deus, the Wave Existence never wished for worship or followers.
- Gone Horribly Right: Deus *was* originally created to be a weapon, and infused with the directive of learning how to become even better at it. Ultimately, its creators got what they wanted.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Krelian and Miang make up the duumvirate that the heroes mostly deal with, but ultimately their plans and actions are all just to serve and improve upon Deus. Nonetheless, Deus doesn't actually do much in and of itself.
- Human Resources: Deus seeks to produce the human bodies it needs to complete its body at all costs.
- Living Weapon: It was originally created to be an interplanetary invasion system.
- The Long Game: It created humanity only as a means to further his goals: a new body and ascension to godhood. The reason it needs 10,000 years to do it and the consequences of failure isn't explained in the game nor in Perfect Works.
- One-Winged Angel: It changes its form at least four times.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Before the beginning of the game, Deus destroyed the spaceship he was being kept in.
"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 turning back into Fei, Id is still just as psychotic and terrifying as he's ever been.
- Bishōnen: He actually looks more handsome than his usual self, Fei.
- 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.
- Catch and Return: See the folder quote. Sigurd and Mason try to scuttle the Yggdrasil on top of him to save Bart from a Hopeless Boss Fight, only for Id to pick up the entire ship, crumple it like a wad of tissue paper, and hurl it right back at Bart.
- Chekovs Gunman: Id was briefly seen in a cutscene near the beginning of the game, in a dream Fei was having. It also included Khan and Grapf.
- 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.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Aside from a change in hair, skin, eye color and clothing, Id has the exact same face as Fei. It's just not as readily noticeable at first because because Id usually shows up in person only after Fei has been off screen for prolonged periods.
- 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.
- Super Strength: In flashback scenes, Id completely decimated an army of gears with his bare hands.
- 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.
“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.
- 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.
- Dark Is Evil: His theme is called "Grahf, Emperor of Darkness" and he's mostly not a nice person.
- Darth Vader Clone: Assisting other antagonists? Check. Dark colored armor with a equally dark colored mask? Check. Reveal a Luke, I Am Your Father moment? Check. Dies as a result of redemption? Check-o-roony. The only marks he misses is that he's not a cyborg and perhaps not wielding a red Laser Blade.
- 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?
- Not to mention Master Asia, if he had gone completely off the deep end.
- 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 Mentor: 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...
- A more subtler instance is during the fight with him on the Goliath. Grahf never attacks Elly during the battle, instead targeting only Fei and Rico.
- 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, Grahf 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.
- Red Eyes! Take Warning: He has these◊ in this cutscene.
- 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.
- The Emperor: In-name only, his theme is called "Grahf, Emperor of Darkness" but he himself doesn't seem to rule over any kingdom compared to Cain.
- 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.
Voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese) and Cam Clarke (English)
"If god doesn't exist in our world, then I will create god with my own hands!"Leader of Solaris with a major chip on his shoulder.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His ultimate goal, which he actually manages to reach.
- Badass Bookworm: His biggest assets are his intelligence and skill in manipulating others, and he's very good at using them.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Miang.
- The Chessmaster: He orchestrates most of the events of the plot.
- Despair Event Horizon: Sophia's death pushed Krelian past this.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Certainly has an androgynous look to him, specially in the ending.
- 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 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 its 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 badasses who defeated God with The Power of Love. Even though Krelian gets what he wants, his last words to Fei and Elly is how much he envies them.
- Left Hanging: During the game, Krelian appears with blond-colored hair. In the Nisan flashback scenes, however, he has midnight blue-colored hair. The hair color change is never explained in the game nor in Perfect Works.
- A simple explanation: He dyed it/used the nanomachines to change his color to better reflect the look of the Gazels that represent upper-class society. It would've been harder to infiltrate the upper echelons of Solaris with blue hair.
- Love Makes You Evil: His Start of Darkness was because of his love for Sophia.
- Locked into Strangeness: His hair turned white, presumably 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's 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."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the Nisan flashback scenes, he is portrayed to have midnight blue-colored hair. But his hair color changed to blond/white later on.
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's 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 Prophecy: Cain's "Time of The Gospel" is when Deus would be revived using all of humanity as spare parts. It describes the time span of 10,000 years in which the Resurrection of Deus must be achieved. The reason for this timer and the consequences of failure have never been explained in the game nor in Perfect Works.
- 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.
- Bare Your Midriff: 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.
- 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.
Marguerite "Margie" Fatima
Bart's sixteen year old cousin and current Holy Mother of Nisan.
- Arranged Marriage: Despite being Bart's cousin, they'll probably have to marry someday.
- Kissing Cousins: Margie and Bart are not only first cousins, but arranged to be married. Bart does not like the idea, and Margie seems indifferent at best.
- Plucky Girl: She's often the most optimistic member of the group.
Hammer the Supplier
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.
- Ambiguously Gay: Has a few vaguely Homoerotic Subtext moments (with Fei or Rico) and one vaguely Pet Homosexual moment (with Elly). And he still has such moments after being lost, through Rico's fond reminiscing.
- Dead Sidekick: Mostly for Fei, Elly and Rico after Hammer forces them to kill him.
- Face–Heel Turn: After hanging around the heroes for a while, Hammer starts desperately wanting to be special like them. Unfortunately, the only people wanting and able to give him the power he wants are the villains.
- Homoerotic Subtext: It's true that Hammer is chiefly interested in finding his way in the world, but the particular gleeful eagerness with which he tries to court the favor of Fei or Rico goes beyond that of a mere Hero-Worshipper and well into Stupid Sexy Flanders territory, if not even further.
- 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.
- Mauve Shirt: He's a pretty funny and developed secondary character for most of Disc 1... which makes his Face–Heel Turn even sadder.
- Morality Pet: Surprisingly, Hammer was this for Rico. We only learn about it after Hammer is gone.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He feels becoming this is the only way to get the heroes to take him seriously.
- Petting Zoo People: He's an half-human mutant.
- Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Hammer was introduced and developed as a beloved True Companion before his act of murder.
- 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: 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
Billy Lee Black's father. Former agent of Solaris.
- The Alcoholic: One of the reasons why Billy doesn't like him.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Jessie ditched his family to go fight a secret work against the Ethos, leaving his wife unprotected from getting murdered. Jessie doesn't really understand why Billy is angry at him for this.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears from the game at disc 2.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- The Gunslinger
- Retired Badass
- Transforming Mecha: The Buntline, from humanoid mode to BFG.
Primera BlackBilly Lee Black's little sister.
Yui UzukiCitan'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
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 its 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: It claims that it it is both God and is not God at the same time.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The instant Deus is dead, it doesn't hesitate for a second to do just this. It neglected to mention to Fei that doing so gives off an energy burst powerful enough to destroy an entire planet, and would have done so were it not for Elly's intervention by forcing Deus's corpse into outer space.
- 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.
- There's No Place Like Home: For such a highly advanced being, all it's ever wanted is to go back home to its higher dimension. Krelian basically plans to hitch a ride with it.
- Walking Spoiler: Perhaps the most notable example in Xenogears, almost everything that happens in the plot is because of this character in some way.
- 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.