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Playable Characters (in order of appearance)
Voiced by Ai Maeda in Japanese and Lia Sargent (Episode I & III), Olivia Hack (Episode II), and Stephanie Wittels (anime) in English.
Shion is the iron-willed but fairly ditzy
head of Vector Industries First R&D Division's KOS-MOS project. She is the character around whom most of the events of the games revolve. She is the main protagonist of the series.
- Ace Pilot: Arguably, but she piloted E.S. Dinah Filia together with Miyuki in the beginning of Episode III.
- Action Girl: Shion is described as a very competent martial artist, though this really only shines in episode three. Put her in a AWGS, however, and she kicks all kind of ass regardless.
- All-Loving Hero: Not so very much if you think about her relationship with Jin.
- Badass Normal: She's the only vanilla human in the first game's party. She quickly crosses over into Empowered Badass Normal though.
- Bare Your Midriff: In Episode III.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Shion seems to be a pretty competent scientist when not needlessly risking her own life or forgetting important documents.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: In Episode I before she begins to trust KOS-MOS. This attitude is more prevalent in the anime version.
- Cleavage Window: In Episode I.
- Combat Medic: Tends to learn both healing spells and a variety of attacks.
- Cosmic Keystone: Wears it around her neck for the entire series without ever knowing it.
- Deus Angst Machina: So very, very much. See the trope page for the full story.
- Doomed Hometown: Just replace "hometown" with home planet.
- Fanservice Pack: Her outfits grow more fanservice-y in each episode, culminating in an exposed midriff, shorts and Zettai Ryouiki in episode III.
- Fear of Thunder: Understandable, since her nanny, parents, and lover were all brutally killed in front of her during two different thunderstorms.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She can kick some butts and still have feminine aspects. Her cooking was favorited by all the crew of Elsa because none of them can cook, but they still have to take turns to cook every single day aboard.
- Flower Motif: Not the character, but her name. Soraya Saga says that every female character in the party was intended to have flower motif names.
- Hair Decorations
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With KOS-MOS. When she and Kevin waited for KOS-MOS's awakening, they're like parents waiting for a baby to come out. Shion's motherly attitude towards KOS-MOS afterwards is even approved by CHOCO in Xeno Emission 3.
- Heroic BSOD: After finding out she's the one who called the Gnosis into the real number domain and summoned Abel's Ark.
- Hot Scientist: Ironically, her attractiveness increases the further she drifts from her job, going from an awkward and nerdy woman who's shackled to her job in Episode I to a veritable (unemployed) fashion model in Episode III.
- Improbable Age: She's the head of an extremely prestigious and cutting-edge research group belonging to the largest company in the galaxy while in her early twenties. And the average lifespan of humans in this universe is hundreds of years. Probably justified in that Wilhelm needed her close so that he could keep track of her and make sure that she was in the right spot at the right time. This was mostly accomplished by Kevin hand-picking her to be his Number Two, and then committing his Thanatos Gambit, leaving her as his successor by default.
- Inner Monologue: Shion does this every once in a while.
- It's All About Me: Hoo boy, she has a big one. A little over halfway through Episode III, there's a universe-threatening danger going on. Shion wants to find her boyfriend very very badly. It takes a beat down from all of her friends and Allen's "World of Cardboard" Speech to snap out of it.
- Magic Knight
- Magitek: Shion's special attacks apparently use an "Ether Circuit."
- Meganekko: For the first game only. Plus, he explains that she has perfect eyesight, and only uses the glasses to collect and analyze visual data in Episode III.
- Memento MacGuffin: The pendant that she's wearing belonged to Kevin's mom who's already passed away. Turns out, the pendant is the Key that Wilhelm searched for.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Her Vector uniform in Episode I. It returns as an alternate outfit in III.
- Ms. Fanservice: There's one cutscene in Episode III which views her with full blown swimsuit wear.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: While she's a very capable engineer and she definitely didn't ask for it, the background details imply she's only the chief of the KOS-MOS project because she was banging Kevin and then inherited his position after the KOS-MOS archetype murdered him. Justified since it was all part of Wilhelm's Thanatos Gambit.
- Nice Girl: Mostly, but when it comes to Jin sometimes she's this (dere-rere mode on) sometimes she's in her tsun-tsun mode.
- No Social Skills: She has moments of empathy for others, like her little chat with MOMO on the Durandal and her mercy killing of Cecile and Cath, but beyond that she can be pretty self-centered.
- Oblivious to Love: Allen tries to ask Shion out and/or just get across that he loves her several times in the series and she just doesn't get it. He finally gets the girl, only because he decided to stand up to Kevin to win her back from him. To think what would have happened if that never occurred.
- Official Couple: With Allen at the very end.
- Out of Focus: Despite being the main character, the plot focuses more on Jr. and Albedo than on her and KOS-MOS during the third act of Episode I and most part of Episode II.
- Pals with Jesus: Shion, in a past life, was called the Maiden of Mary. It seems that she and Mary Magdalene (yes, that Mary Magdalene) were very close.
- Plucky Girl: She does rushes to fight Voyager and T-elos even though she knows they're much more stronger than her.
- Pretty in Mink: Her jacket in III has a fur collar.
- Protectorate: To KOS-MOS.
- Romantic Two Girl Friend Ship: With KOS-MOS, by III, they come off as closer than they any other two characters in the cast.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Jin's and KOS-MOS' blue.
- Replacement Goldfish: Of Mary Magdelene, to a lesser degree than KOS-MOS.
- Second Love: With Allen, after the party defeated Zarathustra.
- She's Got Legs
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Surprisingly she throw this to Albedo although she has no place between his and Jr.'s conflict.
- Stripperific: Her outfit in Episode III (above), although her outfits in I and II weren't exactly conservative either.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Shion's M.W.S. It's nerfed into a standoff weapon in Episode II, but is rebuffed in Episode III
- Team Mom
- The Cameo: She appears together with KOS-MOS and MOMO in Namco X Capcom.
- The Heroine
- Tomato in the Mirror: She made contact with the Zohar and summoned the Gnosis.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Episode III, although mostly out of reaction to knowing her own father took part in the Miltian Conflict, and later after knowing she called the Gnosis into their universe. Eventually gets better, though.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Curry. It's her specialty dish to make.
- Trauma Conga Line: HOLY SHIT does she go through a big one in Episode III. Traveling back into the past, finding that her boyfriend worked with the U-TIC organization, which caused the end of her home planet, trying to save Virgil in the past when he's nearly dead just to see him die, and then meet up with cynical Jerkass present self. And then she finds out that she was responsible for summoning the Gnosis, and that her boyfriend was alive and gets torn between him and the friends she has.
- Tsundere: Particularly to her brother Jin.
- TV Genius: The alleged robotics genius is thicker than a brick on an interpersonal level and says and does a lot of really dumb things throughout all three games. Most obvious in the third game.
- Weapon of Choice: M.W.S.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Leads firmly towards to valuing anything sentient, Realians and humans.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Episode III.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Episode III only.
KOS-MOS is an android built by Shion and Kevin Winicott in order to battle and destroy the Gnosis threat. She can use UMN transport to manifest absurdly powerful weapons. She is capable of generating the Hilbert effect (which draws Gnosis into Real space so they can be fought) at a range wider than even 100-series Realians can do with an amplifier. Her inner workings are described as a black box, and she sometimes acts in ways that go outside her programming.
Voiced by Soichiro Hoshi in Japanese and Derek Stephen Prince (Episode I), Joshua Seth (Episode II & III), and Clint Bickham (anime) in English.
Chaos is a very mysterious young man working aboard the tramp freighter Elsa. He seems to have connections to Jr. and Jin that date back decades. He also has some sort of connection to KOS-MOS as well as the Testaments and Wilhelm. He can destroy Gnosis with a touch.
- A God I Am Not: He has the "power of God" which is Anima, but he didn't use it for God-wannabe schemes.
- Ace Pilot: Piloted E.S. Asher together with Canaan 14 years ago during the Miltia War.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the power of Anima, a failsafe built into the Universe to destroy the "lower number domain" (the "real" universe) if the dispersal of consciousness ever threatened to destroy the "upper number domain." Naturally, chaos doesn't really want to do that.
- Ambiguously Human: For most of the series, it's unclear what he is. Turns out he's not human.
- Apocalypse Maiden: He was this once, until Mary sacrifices herself to divide his power into 12 vessels of Anima.
- Apologetic Attacker: In Episode II if you execute his Heaven's Wrath sometimes he'll say "sorry".
- Badass: Read the spoilers, if you dare to spoil yourself.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: More apparent in the third game. In the first two, his fighting style is more like Full-Contact Magic.
- Bash Brothers: With Jin. They both even have their own Double skill at the beginning of Episode II. This also happens in the anime version.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The nice guy of the series. Also the one with the power to destroy Gnosis with a touch. And is an immortal, and implied to be the one behind Jesus' miracles. Oh, and he's the harbringer of the Apocalypse, if it ever comes to that.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the ending of Episode I when KOS-MOS once again pulls another crazy Heroic Sacrifice moment to save the Elsa from being burned in the atmosphere, he opens Abel's Ark that ends up saving everyone.
- Blessed with Suck: His power of Anima is to ensure that the dissipation of the Collective Unconscious doesn't engulf both the Upper and Lower Domains and destroy the universe. While this sounds all well and good, the alternative is that his power actually only contains the dissipation inside the Lower Domain, that is, the world the characters live in and the world where the Collective Unconscious resides, meaning, the Lower Domain is sacrificed to save the Upper Domain.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- Deuteragonist: Debatably
- Enigmatic Minion: A protagonistic example. Just look at all the spoilers here...
- Feather Motif: In this case, the feathers hint at a connection to the divine/angels.
- Foil: His name to KOS-MOS's Greek meaning "order" and his name written in lowercase contrasts to KOS-MOS's uppercase.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe/Power Limiter: According to the ODM, chaos wears these types of clothes to restrain his power (they emit from his skin, particularly from his hands).
- Thus, his ultimate weapon (in the first game) is Holey Gloves.
- Full-Contact Magic: His attacks always result in light spheres.
- God Was My Copilot: See Anthropomorphic Personification
- Green Eyes/Innocent Blue Eyes: All of his artworks and 3D models have green eyes, but one of the original material resources said that his eyes are blue.
- Hair Antennae: Disappears only in Episode II.
- Heroic Neutral: He acts like a Bad Ass Bystander during the majority of the plot (with only a declaration of... something at the end of Episode 2) and only reveals his full power at the end.
- Humans Are Special: He chooses to trust in the humanity rather than join Wilhelm's scheme.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Jack-of-All-Trades: When he worked on Elsa, he had several roles in the airship and he also did things other than his job.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: This is almost as literal a case you can get. He fights with his fists and was the Man Behind the Man to Jesus. i.e. chaos did Jesus' miracles while Jesus got the credit. Also, Wilhelm once called chaos "Yeshua," a name which, in some circles, is synonymous with Jesus.
- Light Is Good
- The Man Behind the Man: Inverted: chaos is supposedly the man who worked the miracles for "The Messiah" (read: Jesus) while said Messiah was the public figure who everyone thought was doing them. Not really all that evil.
- Made of Iron: Inside the E.S. Asher when Canaan impressed and told chaos that anyone should be passed out by his maneuver attack.
chaos: "It's true. You really are as good as they say."
Canaan: "How are you handling the feedback?"
Canaan: "You know, a normal person would've probably passed out by now."
- Meaningful Name: Plus points for Fridge Brilliance. His name has a point in one of Jesus's sayings that He came not to bring peace but to torn/seperate the believers and the non-believers.
"I want to believe in the existence of order born from discord."
- Messianic Archetype: Subverted, HE did the miracles in the ancient times.
- Mystical White Hair
- Nice Guy: So very much.
- Offscreen Teleportation: He can teleport. He did it twice on the Elsa in Episode I when he made his first appearance and after he bids good night to the sleeping KOS-MOS inside her sleeping pod. KOS-MOS was the only one in the entire series who noticed this.
- Older Than They Look
- Pals with Jesus: Literally. Even chaos was once one of Jesus's disciples in the story. It was implied that it was Jesus's teaching that lead his trust in the humanity.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Mary Magdelene in the past.
- Physical God: He possess the "power of God".
- Power Gives You Wings: In Episode I and several artworks.
- Power Glows: When he summons Abel's Ark in Episode I. Also his Episode III artwork depicts this of his hands.
- Really 700 Years Old: Or Time Abyss. He's been around since Jesus, making him at least 7000 years old. (Xenosaga taking place almost 5000 years after present day.)
- Right Hand of Doom: To the Gnosis.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jr.'s red.
- Sarcasm-Blind: In Episode II he doesn't seemed to be intimidated when Canaan says that he'll cut the bypass to the navigator (which is chaos's position) if he receive any errors from chaos.
Canaan: "Well, if I get anything unusual from you, I'm cutting the bypass to the navigator immediately."
Canaan: "I can operate this thing fine by myself."
- The Stoic: He doesn't emote much. It's especially jarring when KOS-MOS awakens as Mary and he... just... stands there. And he's supposed to be Mary's soulmate.
- Too Many Belts: His costume in Epsiodes II and III.
- Unfortunate Names: Given that chaos's real name Yeshua is actually the Hebrew version of Jesus's name (The commonly know name of Jesus is actually taken from His Greek name).
- Kinda subverted since Yeshua is taken from the name Yehoshua (can be Joshua in the Old Testament).
- Walking Spoiler
Ziggurat 8, dubbed "Ziggy" by MOMO, was a police man named Jan Sauer in life. He committed suicide after losing his wife and child and was resurrected as a cyborg. He was hired to rescue MOMO from the U-TIC organization. He seeks to have all the organic parts of his brain replaced with machines so he can finally die. Eventually becomes a father figure to MOMO.
- Badass Baritone
- Blade Below the Shoulder: A fold-out one that stays sheathed in Artificial Arms most of the time. He uses it for melee attacks.
- BFG: All of his special weapons.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cyborg: He is one, but is considered obsolete by the time the series starts. Doesn't stop him from kicking ass all over the place.
- Driven to Suicide: The reason he was a cyborg now, because he pulled out suicide because of his son's death. Then he receive the Life Cycling Act from Vector.
- Expy: Ziggy has a great deal in common with Robocop, from the Robo Cam to denying his previous identity until after some Character Development, and also looks more than a bit like Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty.
- Also shares some physical traits and backstory with Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager (blonde haired, blue-eyed person turned into a cyborg against their will slowly regaining their humanity). They even have the same hairstyle.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Suitable trope for both Ziggy and MOMO if you have them both in your party in Episode II and III.
- Hammerspace: Presumably he uses UMN transport for his BFGs, just like KOS-MOS.
- Hidden Heart of Gold
- Hot Dad: His son has already passed away, sadly.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: His self preservation directives prevent him from killing himself.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He's a good man, though his eyes speaks differently.
- Made of Iron: See the picture?
- Mighty Glacier: Up there with KOS-MOS in dishing out and taking damage, but he's just as slow as his bulky metal limbs would imply.
- Nerves of Steel
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His looks and attitude were based on David Bowie and his Ziggy Stardust persona.
- Parental Substitute: To MOMO.
- Power Fist
- Punny Name: His human name was Jan Sauer. Who's demeanour can easily be described as "sour"? You guessed it!
- Really 700 Years Old: He is frozen at the age of his death, which is his early thirties. However, he is about 130 years old.
- Summon to Hand
- Swiss Army Weapon: Ziggy himself.
- Take a Third Option: At the end of Pied Piper, Voyager offers Jan the choice of becoming a Testament like him, or being absorbed into his consciousness like all his other victims. Jan puts his service pistol to his head and blows his brains out.
- The Big Guy
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: After he sees Voyager in Episode II, we get to see him get pissed. Which leads to...
- Hypocritical Humor: Invoked by Jr. Ziggy spends a lot of time lecturing Jr to never let his emotions get the better of him during a high stress situation.
- To Become Human: Inverted. Ziggy is a human who wants to become a machine.
- Eventually played straight. He stops his mechanizing after some Character Development from meeting MOMO and finding out Voyager is alive.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Not that he wanted to be rebuilt...
Voiced by Rumi Shishido in Japanese and Sherry Lynn (Episode I), Christina Puccelli (Episode II & III), and Brittney Karbowski (anime) in English.
MOMO is the prototype 100-series Realian (a type of organic android) who is widely sought after for the data her "father," Joachim Mizrahi, left inside her. She regards council member Juli Mizrahi as her mother and is visibly distressed when her mother doesn't want anything to do with her. She has the appearance of a 12-year-old girl.
- Ace Pilot: She pilots (Ziggy credited her for the pilot) the airship used by both of her and Ziggy during their flee from U-TIC. In the next games she pilots E.S. Zebulun.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her Episode I outfit is prone to giving the viewer many a Panty Shot and she's twelve. She may be a Realian, but still.
- Apologetic Attacker: Episode I only. "I'm sorry, are you okay?" is one of her standard battle ending phrases.
- Artificial Human
- Bunnies for Cuteness: She receives a bunny stuffed animal in the anime version.
- The Cameo: She appears together with Shion and KOS-MOS in Namco X Capcom.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: She's based on Sakura Mizrahi, who is strongly associated with Death (since she was a terminally Ill Girl and Posthumous Character) and who was Jr.'s first love interest. MOMO's pink hair and status as a White Magician Girl (at least in the first two games) seems to be a reference to this trope.
- Daddy's Girl: MOMO is really fond of her father, from what she can remember of him. She doesn't believe the rumors of his insanity when they pop up, even when they're seen as the common opinion. It is believed (even by her sisters) that she was Joachim's favorite.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: In Episode I, resulted the panty shots all along.
- Distressed Damsel: In Episode I by the U-TIC and Albedo.
- Drives Like Crazy: During Episode II's Chase Scene. Justified in that she was driving away from people who were trying to capture her (with Jr., Ziggy and chaos beside her at the same time).
- Fun with Acronyms: Her name means "Multiple Observative Mimetic Organicus".
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: If you have her together with Ziggy in Episode II and III.
- Healing Hands: She has nano technology curing ability.
- Living MacGuffin: She has the Y-Data which contains ALL Joachim Mizrahi's research notes. And because of this, she was pursued by the U-TIC and Albedo.
- In Episode II, Albedo finally succeeds to snatch it away from her.
- The Load: A minor example in Episode I. Her low health and Awesome but Impractical transformations make her difficult to use reliably until the last one or two dungeons.
- Magical Girl/Magic Wand: In Episode I, MOMO has in-battle Transformation Sequences that give her special abilities. Seriously. Her name is also a Shout-Out to a classic magical girl, Minky Momo.
- Magic Knight: Due to gameplay mechanics in Episode III, she can be the best at dealing the most single target physical damage of all playable characters, even if her actual strength is actually dishing magical attacks and heals. Of course, she's not able to take damage as well as other characters, and takes certain gearing to bring her to average defensive wise.
- Meaningful Name: MOMO means peach or peach blossom in Japanese. And this become the reason why Albedo calls her "ma peche" (my peach).
- The Medic
- Mind Rape/Break the Cutie: By Albedo.
- Mini Dress Of Power: In Episode I.
- Morality Pet: For Jr.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: One of her techs in Xenosaga III is her own version of Ziggy's basic attack, Sword Fish, identical in animation and name. Since it does more damage and includes a heavy breaking effect, this pretty much reveals that MOMO punches harder than Ziggy. Mull that one over. Possibly justified by her being a super-advanced Realian.
- Nice Girl
- Nice Hat: In Episode II and III.
- Panty Shot: Disturbingly often in episode I.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: In Episode III.
- Protectorate: To Jr. and Ziggy.
- Replacement Goldfish: To Ziggy for his dead child, presumably to Joachim for his daughter Sakura, and possibly to Jr. for Sakura.
- Joachim and, eventually, Juli come to see her as a second daughter than a Replacement Goldfish for Sakura. It's even mentioned that their personalities are very different.
- Robot Kid: Though not technically a robot.
- She's Got Legs
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Since her bow channels Ether energy, and she is an ether attacker in almost all of her skill paths, the bow actually is a better choice for a weapon than a more "modern" weapon, at least in game logic.
- To Become Human: Dr. Mizrahi told her that if she did many good deeds, she'd become a real person.
- Indeed, she gets closer than most after the end of Episode III - the Encyclopedia mentions that she gained an upgrade that would allow her to carry a child.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's more girly than Sakura who Jr. mentioned to be more tomboy, according to Juli Mizrahi.
- Took a Level in Badass: From a Magical Girl in Episode I to an impressive arrow shooter in the next Episodes.
- White Magician Girl: Fits to a T in the first game, being primarily a support character, very feminine, a Mysterious Waif, and wielding a rod. Her skillset is player defined in the second, and in the third, you can choose to make her a Black Mage or a break attacker.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki: Episode I and II. We can only conclude that the character designer likes this trope.
A gung-ho young man who commands the starship Durandal. He is second in command of the powerful Kukai Foundation, although his exact relationship to the owner, Gaignun, is the matter of some speculation. His weapon of choice is antique dual pistols
- Adorably Precocious Child: He looks like he's in his preteens, but acts much more mature. His design is obviously intended to play up the cute aspect of this. However, it's later revealed that he's actually immature for his chronological age, which is somewhere around 30.
- Artificial Human: Jr. is a URTV, a human specifically designed and created to fight U-DO.
- Badass Longcoat: In Episode I and Episode II. In Episode III he gets a Badass Shortcoat.
- Bond One-Liner: Usually as part of his victory pose after battle:
- Episode I: "Sayonara, baby!"
- Episode II: "I'll be sure to send you some flowers."
- Episode III: "Try again in ten years!"
- Bottomless Magazines: In multiple scenes, Jr. is seen firing many more shots than what would be possible from a pistol.
- Cloning Blues: He, like the rest of the URTV army, is a child clone of mad scientist Dmitri Yuriev.
- Compensating for Something: Shelley implies this is why he uses guns.
- Cultured Warrior: In contrast to Albedo who is just Wicked Cultured.
- Expy: He has the same weapons and similar attacks to Billy Lee Black from Xenogears, which may also be where his religiously-themed clothing and Angelic Requiem attacks come from. His personality and role, however, is closer to Bart Fatima.
- Guns Akimbo
- The Gunslinger: Jr. is the perfect example of when this trope is used outside of Westerns and it works.
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- Older Than They Look: Since he's doesn't age.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He has a pink shirt (or sweater) under his Badass Longcoat in Episode II
- Really 700 Years Old/Never Grew Up: Jr's powers have frozen his physical age in his late preteens or early teens. He's really in his twenties and the oldest of the variants (including Gaignun). It's also implied he can live as long as he wants, having The Ageless type Immortality.
- Redheaded Hero
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to chaos' and Gaignun's blue.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Or rather, Superpowered Berserker Side
- Twin Telepathy: Between all the remaining URTVs, but especially strong with his formerly conjoined twin, Albedo.
- Warrior Poet: Jr. likes to quote from books, which are considered antiques by Xenosaga's time. One 4Koma pokes fun at this by having Allen being bewildered at how to even start reading one.
- Weapon of Choice: Jr. wields dual pistols because he's so fond of Gunslinger heroics.
- You Are Number Six: He is URTV #666, also codenamed Rubedo.
- Young Gun: In addition to being The Gunslinger, Jr. completely fits this role as well. He's both, because he is actually over twenty years old and is definitely experienced enough to be an actual gunslinger. However, since he looks and acts like a typical Young Gun, he fits this too. The only difference is that he's not attached to any sort of older mentor.
Voiced by Crispin Freeman (Episode I), Michael Gough (Episode II & III), and Chris Ayres (anime) in English.
Shion's brother, a slacker who abandoned medical practice shortly after completing his training and bounces from obsession to obsession. He currently runs a book shop full of actual paper books, which baffles and infuriates Shion. He has a history with chaos, and was deeply involved with the incident on Old Miltia that led to it being sealed away.
A mysterious girl who appears before Shion many times, starting when she first encounters the Zohar. She seems to have a connection to chaos.
Shion's childhood nanny, who has somehow begun to appear to her in visions.
Shion's subordinate, who has a hopeless crush on her. He has a tendency to whine and get weepy and emotional when faced with adversity.
- Butt Monkey
- Cannot Spit It Out: He has a crush on Shion, but can't work up the nerve to tell her. Justified: Shion hasn't had the nicest of lives, especially with people that are close to her. He's afraid that in getting close to her, he'll end up hurting her more by reopening old wounds or otherwise. When he ''does'' work up the courage to say it, however...
- Determinator: During his Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Guest Star Party Member: Uses a cross-bow weapon in battle, when he briefly joins the party in Episode III.
- Hannibal Lecture: To Kevin.
- Nice Guy
- Non-Action Guy: Then subverted when he finally stands up to Kevin. And kills a Gnosis. With a rifle's butt!
- You also get to have him in battles in the third game where he wields a crossbow.
- Only Sane Man: The only vanilla human who tags along with the party.
- Secretly Wealthy: Evidently, Allen comes from a wealthy family but he never flaunts it and prefers not to rely on their help.
- Spanner in the Works: Maybe, depending on your interpretation of Wilhelm's ultimate goals.
- The So-Called Coward
- Took a Level in Badass: In the end, he bludgeons a Gnosis to death with a rifle butt, after delivering a Shut Up, Hannibal! to Kevin.
Voiced by Emi Uwagawa in Japanese and Michelle Ruff (Episode I) and Heather Hogan (Episode II & III) in English.
Miyuki is a systems programmer for Vector and an amateur inventor. She is very fond of Shion and goes out of her way to help her out with her inventions when she can.
Voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya in Japanese and Beng Spies (Episode II) and Steve Blum (Episode III) in English.
A specialized Realian built with enhanced memory, reflexes, and suppressed emotion. He pilots the ES Asher.
Leader of the anti-Vector terrorist organization Scientia. Doctus helps co-ordinate Shion and the party's quest to uncover Vector's dirty secrets in Episode III
- An Arm and a Leg: She's introduced in A Missing Year by picking a fight with KOS-MOS and having her arm torn clean off. This is also how it's revealed she uses android body doubles.
- Arm Cannon: One of her many hidden weapons.
- Badass Long Coat
- Big Good: For the first half of the game.
- Cool Old Lady: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn plays her as one in the English dub.
- Cool Shades
- Cynical Mentor
- Dissonant Serenity: Almost on par with Wilhelm's.
- Fantastic Racism: At first it seems like she hates Realians. Later it's revealed she just hates Canaan. Though if fanon is to be believed, he deserves it.
- Gratuitous Latin
- Hacker Cave: She as a modest one glimpsed in A Missing Year.
- Hikikomori: Bit of an enforced example. If she appears out in public, Vector will have her assassinated.
- The Mentor: To Shion (and Miyuki).
- Mission Control
- Ms. Exposition
- The Obi-Wan
- Out of Focus: After playing a major role in the A Missing Year and the Episode III prologue, she all but disappears after that, putting in sporadic appearances here and there before resurfacing in time for the epilogue.
- Orcus on His Throne: The real Doctus never appears until the denumont of Episode III. Up to that point, she's been in hiding in an undisclosed location operating through remote controlled body doubles. Justified in that Vector apparently has a kill-on-sight order on her.
- Quickly Demoted Leader: She's the leader of Scientia, but Shion seems to do all its legwork.
- Remember the New Guy: In all fairness, she's introduced in a canon interactive comic prior to her appearance in Episode III. It was simply never localized for North America.
- Send in the Clones: She has a veritable army of android body doubles which she uses to interact with the outside world.
- The Stoic
- Surrounded by Idiots: While she points out "to err is human," her patience for Miyuki's constant screw ups is limited.
- Voice With A UMN Connection: ...And an android body-double.
- Woman in White: Sure, it's more of an off-white, but the trope still stands.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Scientia has been branded an anti-Vector terrorist organization by the Galaxy Federation Government.
Kevin Winnicott/The Red Testament/ Roth Mantel
The former head of the Third Division, KOS-MOS's original designer, and Shion's fiance. Deceased at the time the game opens. Or so you are meant to think. He orchestrated his own demise at the hands of the KOS-MOS archetype in order to become a Testament and help Wilhelm. His reasons for doing so is so that his time with Shion can last forever.
- Back from the Dead
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's initially presented to the player as an otherwise upstanding guy who became the innocent victim of circumstance. Hints about his dark side start slipping out as the series progresses until the vernier of likeability is torn clean off halfway through Episode III and you see what a completely messed up domineering creep he really is.
- The Dog Bites Back: He betrays Wilhelm only when the guy starts to tell him how much he failed at his role in his Evil Plan and tortures Shion by karate chopping his arm off. When that doesn't work, he literally stabs Wilhelm In the Back, killing the both of them so the party can save the universe.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The flashback where Wilhem recruited him as a child showed him hating the universe for his mother's death.
- Jerkass: Outside of his genuine love for Shion and mentioning that he did love his mother, he's completely heartless and has no moral qualms about any of his actions, even the destruction of Old Mitlia. Even then, he's idea of love still doesn't spare Shion from everything he put her through while going along with Whilelm's plan. And he's a rude smug asshole.
- Knight Templar: Arguing that everything he did was to save Shion's life, even if it meant breaking her and use her.
- Love Makes You Evil: Kevin becomes a Testament to save Shion, who briefly returns the favor by becoming his minion in a boss fight.
- Memento MacGuffin/Tragic Keepsake: The pendent his mother gave him right before she gnostified, which he in turn passes on to Shion.
- Morality Pet: Shion. In scenes without her, he almost comes off as a sociopath, even the fate of Old Miltia doesn't bother him.
- Pet the Dog: With Shion
- Posthumous Character: Or so you think.
- Punny Name: Roth Mantel means Red Cloak
- Redemption Equals Death: Though YMMV on how "redeemed" he really is...
- Secret Identity: Two of them.
- Shirtless Scene
- Stalker with a Crush
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Subverted to hell and back: He was a rotten, duplicitous little bastard even as a kid. Heck, he used to be a bad kid by comparison because at least he was a lot better at hiding it as an adult.
- Yandere: Towards Shion he's trying to save her, but he's willing to kill anybody who gets his way, or at least sees as in his way, even if they're getting in his way because his plan to save her is making her suffer.
Lt. Luis Virgil/Blue Testament
Rank Lieutenant. He is a A.G.W.S. pilot stationed on the Woglinde and a veteran of the Miltian Conflict. A Jerk Ass
who actively insults Shion's optimism and belief that Realians count as people. Is eventually killed by KOS-MOS because he kept getting in line of her fire. Or he would have if he wasn't brought back by Wilhelm. He then becomes the Blue Testament, personality intact. His reason for becoming a Testament is tied into the Miltian Conflict. During the period, he lost his whole squad to Realians and would have died if he didn't get a transplant from a Realian named Febronia, who also took care of Shion. While recovering, the formerly hard-assed soldier eventually softens and the two fall in love. However, when all things went to hell, Febronia died. He blames himself for being too weak and not being able to protect her. Because of this, he rejected love and developed an intense hatred towards Realians. The reason he hates Shion's optimism so much is because she reminds him of Febronia.
The head of the Kukai foundation and actually Jr.'s "brother" of sorts.
Voiced by Takehito Koyasu in Japanese and Henry Dittman (games) and Chris Patton (anime) in English.
The pilot aboard the Elsa who has "immaculate piloting skills." At least, according to him.
Tony's childhood friend and the navigator of the Elsa. His hacking skills are reportedly top-notch, and Vector has tried repeatedly to hire him.
- Expy: Of Hammer from Xenogears, minus the anthromorphic rat aspects.
- Playful Hacker: So good that Vector scouted him but he always declined.
The captain of the Elsa.
Mary and Shelley
A pair of sisters rescued from cruel experimentation by a pharmaceutical company by the Kukai foundation. They serve as Gaignun and Jr.'s secretaries and seconds-in-command.
A politician and scientist who is MOMO's legal guardian and Joachim's widow. She is the Contact Subcommittee's Dedicated Representative to the Federation Government and is introduced when she hires Ziggy on its behalf.
- Ascended Extra: She gets more and more screentime in each Episode.
- Big Good: She and Helmer are the only major politicians who are unambiguously on the heroes' side.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards MOMO, and Ziggy to a much more subtle extent.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted in regards to her political career. She helped create and joined the Subcommittee after the Militian Conflict, when her late husband began to be vilified as a mad man.
- Screw The Rules, You Should Do What's Right: In Episode III, she urges Shion to rescue KOS-MOS (illegally) from Vector's trash heap.
- The Stoic: Although polite, she is composed to an almost unsettling degree.
- Stoic Woobie: She lost her daughter and husband in quick succession. She is alienated from MOMO because she believes Joachim made her as a replacement for Sakura.
Joachim and Juli's daughter. She inspired the physical appearance of Observational Realians.
She was loved dearly by her parents and shared a special bond with Jr.
Pronounced "oo-doo". It's an acronym
peration. Despite the deception, it is not a computer program.
An indescribably powerful and alien entity
, U-DO is an Energy Being
that lives in UMN space, discovered by Dimitri Yuriev. Able to drive people insane through mental contact alone
, it is a malevolent creature with no regard for humans... Except for the part where all that turns out to be boldface fabrications by Yuriev. While it does drive people insane-see Albedo-this is mostly accidental on it's part. In reality, it is the sentient avatar of the mind of the universe, a Gnostic God who possesses a benign, scientific interest in humans. Unfortunately, it's mind is so powerful it literally destroys the minds of most people it attempts to contact. As shown throughout it's interviews with Shion in game #3, it seeks to understand the goals and psychology of humans and the nature of the universe. To do that, it created two observational units-Abel, a Fei Expy who gathers information in physical space, and Abel's Ark, a colossal-star system sized-living ship who observes spiritual space. It is an important element in all three games.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Being from a higher dimension means it has difficulty understanding humans, but it wants to move past that any harm it does cause is unintentional.
- Brown Note/Mind Rape: Coming into contact with U-DO has this effect. The exact effects is the individual learning what U-DO has seen. Namely, isolation enough to drive a person mad and the end of the universe.
- Cool Ship: Abel's Ark, which is absolutely fuggin' huge, having a solar system as an interior decoration
- Counterpart Comparison: In-universe example. Since Abel's Ark lives in the same spiritual dimension as the Gnosis, people initially assume it to be a Gnosis Mother Ship like the Cathedral Ship.
- Cosmic Horror Story: Subverted. It's simply a completely alien existence from a higher dimension. And it's curious about humans in a scientific way.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Eldritch Abomination: Benign or not, it's still Yog-Sothoth lite.
- Fun with Acronyms
- God in Human Form: Well, God In Human And Cool Ship Form, anyhow.
- God Is Flawed: A benign entity who wants to do good, but coming into contact with it tends to have very bad side effects.
- God Is Good: Despite being an Eldritch Abomination who has difficulty understanding human morality, it wants to understand humans and wants to do good. But God Is Flawed, and its actions cause harm and it doesn't even realize it.
- Intrigued by Humanity
- Dark and Troubled Past: What we see of his past shows that it was terrible. It wasn't until he met Margulis off all people, that it started to get better.
- Expy: He is pretty much Ramses from Xenogears. Neither like to be called 'garbage' either.
The extremely creepy and Axe Crazy
recurring villain who delights in tormenting Jr. He has an obsession with MOMO that goes above and beyond seeking the data locked inside her.
- A God Am I: In heaping plates of ham.
- Arch-Enemy: To Jr.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- Ax-Crazy: And then some. (Even Margulis is is disturbed by him). Also one of the most pure examples of "crazy" in media. Most of the time, Ax-Crazy is simply extremely vicious sociopaths with little regard to human life. Albedo personifies the truly insane elements by making semi-coherent references to various works, often randomly and with the loosest relevance to the current issue and has a warped pattern of speech ("I am the ultimate telomerase!" when he's referencing his immortality). To be fair, though, this is due to being corrupted by U-DO.
- Back from the Dead: No less than three times in Episode II, for a given amount of "dead."
- Big Brother Attraction: To Jr.
- Big "NO!": Does one when he finds out he's immortal and will outlive his brothers... and then he hugs Rubedo...
- Bilingual Bonus: He makes a cool pun in French at one point, using "pêche" to refer to MOMO - pêche and momo mean "Peach" in French and Japanese, respectively - and then calls himself a "péché," meaning "sin."
- Black Cloak: Although it is technically white, the usage and effect is the same.
- Blessed with Suck: His immortality.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even to Ormus he mostly seen as a Necessary Evil.
- Clingy Jealous Boy: To Jr., especially as a kid.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Especially insane one because he does feel. Meaning that his is a...
- Creepy Child: Boy, was he ever. But also a...
- Death Seeker: All he thinks he wants is for Jr. to kill him at last.
- Demoted to Extra: In Episode III, sadly.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Albedo firing Proto Merkabah at Second Militia definitely qualifies. Also, this trope is a part of what he wants, overall, since he wants to link up with U-DO again so badly. Also, commenting on his first link up with U-DO...
Albedo: I experienced but a fragment of my true power that day. The waves that inundated my body, are now a part of me. I've reached a higher stage of existence, compared to you incomplete mortals. I am the Alpha AND the Omega of perfect consciousness!
- Establishing Character Moment: While he's featured in several scenes beforehand, which notably showed that even Margulis is disturbed by him and wasn't bothered by the destruction of an entire planet, Albedo's infamous Mind Rape scene is this in spades.
- Evil Albino
- Evil Laugh: Albedo's even dwarfs Kefka's in sheer insanity. Kefka's was jolly, jovial wickedness. Albedo's is the kind of thing you'd expect to hear in a mental institution. It's safe to say Albedo's runs laps around Kefka's and has energy (and lunacy) to spare.
- Evil Twin/Cloning Blues: To Jr. More-so than Gaignun as Jr. and Albedo were conjoined twins.
- Evil Tastes Good: "Feed me your hostility! Pierce me with your hatred!"
- Foil: To both Gaignun and Jr.
- Expy: Sociopathic, a God of raw martial arts, and has a Freudian complex with another side of "himself"... real subtle, Id.
- From a Single Cell: Technically, from a single particle.
- Go Mad from the Revelation/Freak Out!: Twice; first one was when he learned that his brothers lack his infinite regeneration and could die, and the second is when he came into contact with U-DO.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Frankly, having Albedo die from tearing his head off would've saved MOMO from the carnival of Body Horror. It's just not one of those games.
- Healing Factor: Arguably his defining characteristic.
- The Heavy: In Episode 1, after the Gnosis attack the Kukai foundation he pretty takes over as the main antagonist.
- The Hedonist: His quest to tap into U-DO again and to be killed by Jr. and, arguably, to then be reunited with Jr.
- I Can Not Self Terminate: No, seriously. He can (and does) blow off his own head (repeatedly) and survive without a scratch.
- I Thought Every One Could Do That: Assumed that the other URT Vs had a Healing Factor like him, which fueled some of his more violent early behavior since he thought they couldn't die like him. When he learned they couldn't...
- Large Ham: A pretty damn terrifying one given how it shows how batshit insane he is.
- Laughing Mad: Especially as a kid.
- Manipulative Bastard: He is able to make both MOMO and Jr. dance to his tune, usually by predicting their responses with near perfect accuracy.
- Mind Rape: Is very fond of this when around MOMO and Jr.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Justified. You'd be pretty damn nihilistic too if you were so unkillable that'd you'd get to see the heat death of the universe first-hand and got a preview of it from the local cosmic entity.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
- Noble Demon: While he doesn't pull a full-on Heel-Face Turn, he does just as much good for the party as he does acts of indiscriminate evil. This is most evident as the White Testament.
- Off with His Head!: In his Establishing Character Moment, does this to himself. And follows it up by Laughing Mad as he crushes it with his foot.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Albedo tries to blow up a planet. When that gets foiled, he just tries to drop the giant space station on it. However, this all may have been an act to get Jr hate him enough to kill him, as Jr is the only one who can actually neutralize U-DO's waves. Albedo would prefer getting killed than watch his brothers, mainly Jr, die.
- Please Don't Leave Me: "Rubedo, don't leave me behind!"
- Psycho for Hire: Though this trope alone wouldn't encompass his craziness.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Type C
- Redemption Equals Death: He does this three times and every time it looks like he's gone for good; however, he just won't stay dead— He's molecularly reassembled by the Testaments, killed again by Jr., brought back as a Testament himself and dies again when his mind is absorbed by Jr. and his body is obliterated.
- Required Secondary Powers: His Healing Factor.
- Start of Darkness: His initial Freak Out! when learning that everyone he knew would grow old and die and he stay alive forever.
- Suicide by Cop: He Can Not Self Terminate, so he repeatedly attempts to provoke Jr. into killing him.
- Terms of Endangerment: His frequent referral to MOMO as Ma belle péche or a variant of said phrase.
- Twin Telepathy: Although all the URTVs can communicate telepathically, the link between Jr. and Albedo is especially strong, with Jr. even able to sense when Albedo is reduced to particles.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Getting limbs shoot off, and even loses his head doesn't bother him.
"This pain. It's SO GOOD! SO GOOOOD!"
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Hoo, boy. Albedo has infinite regeneration, meaning he absolutely cannot die. Even if he is reduced to mere particles. Needless to say, upon learning that his brothers lack this regeneration, he takes it very badly. It goes From Bad to Worse after contact with U-DO.
- Wicked Cultured: Tosses literary references left and right in some of his more prominent scenes. Played with too; the way he makes references doesn't make him seem so much as "cultured" as completely insane.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He started to get unhinged learning that everybody he'd either spend life along or watching everybody he knew die of old age. Then he came into contact with U-DO, and what's worse, Jr. panicked and left him and the other URT Vs to it.
- You Are Number Six: He is URTV #667.
- Your Head Asplode: Repeatedly but to little effect.
Voiced by Joji Nakata in Japanese and Michael McConnohie (games) and Andy McAvin (anime) in English.
The Grand Inquisitor of the Ormus religion, Margulis is ultimately only answerable to the Ormus Pope. He seeks the Zohar as a source of power and a relic of his religion. He is driven by a fiery faith, which ultimately burns himself as often as it smites his enemies.
Patriarch Sergius XVII
Voiced by Chikao Ōtsuka in Japanese and Michael Bell in English.
In public, Patriarch Sergius is the head of the galaxy's largest quasi-legal religion, the Immigrant Fleet
; in private he's also the head of Ormus, the galaxy's largest religious terrorist cult. He is the immediate superior to much of the series's antagonists, namely Margulis, Pellegri, Sellers, and Heinlien.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He manages to be a huge threat throughout Episode II and gets his hands on the Weapon of Mass Destruction he intended to along with the Zohar, but then it turns out he was just an Unwitting Pawn to Wilhelm who was using him to get the Zohar.
- Church Militant
- Crystal Dragon Jesus is Catholic: Ormus is basically the Catholic Church IN SPACE! He's even referred to as The Pope in the Japanese version.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: He destroys Old Miltia by having the Ω System rip its way out of the planet's crust. Though Milita was uninhabited at the time, he is responsible for the largest amount of physical damage of all the villains until Wilhelm kicks off the Apocalypse at the end of Episode III.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He shares Margulis' distaste for Albedo.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: In Episode II, anyway. Margulis mentions him by name only in passing in Episode III.
- Evil Old Folks: He is the oldest-looking character in the series. The chronologically-oldest characters have him beat by gigayears. One of them is in your party, and has been alive since at least Jesus' time.
- First Church of Mecha: Ormus worships the Zohar as a holy relic and uses numerous religious-themed Humongous Mechas as part of their arsenal, including one that actually is a church. And then there's his own personal Deus Est Machina: Proto-Ω.
- Light Is Not Good: Dresses all in white? Check. Head of a major religion? Check. Light-based attacks? Check. Army of angelic super robots? Check. Base of operations looks like a space cathedral? Check. Genocidal tendencies? Double check.
- Out-Gambitted: By Wilhelm, spectacularly.
- Properly Paranoid: Is convinced that Margulis is plotting against him despite his apparent loyalty. He's right.
- Sinister Minister
- Take Over The Federation: What he planned to do Proto Ω, along with destroying the Gnosis.
Voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in Japanese and Richard Cansino (Episode I), Jason Spisak (Episode II & III), and Vic Mignogna (anime) in English.
The head of Vector Industries, the largest corporation in existence. It is also revealed that he heads up the second largest company, Hyams and the religious organization Ormus.
He has some sort of connection to chaos (the guy) and commands the Testaments.
- Agony Beam: One of the few 'offensive' powers we see him using, which Shion was on the receiving end of.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: It's heavily implied that Wilhelm was either Emperor Nero or Tiberius.
- Big Bad: The one and only, though the "bad" part is debatable.
- The Chessmaster
- Cosmic Entity: Created specifically by the Collective Subconscious to ensure the survival of the Lower Domain of the universe... at any cost.
- Creepy Monotone
- Determinator: So it will take several thousand years of manipulating mankind to achieve Eternal Recurrence? No sweat. It's not like he hasn't done it before or anything.
- Deus ex Machina: He acted as one for the protagonists in the ending sequence. Because the UMN had shut down, they had no way of getting away from Michtam quickly enough. Wilhelm created a gate so they could.
- Dissonant Serenity: Wilhelm, all the time. The most emotive he ever gets is a simple gasp when he realizes his Gambit Roulette just backfired... maybe.
- Fiction 500: He may be one of the wealthiest characters in the history of fiction, owning a company whose headquarters qualifies as an artificial planet.
- Interestingly enough, he actually manages to subvert the more prominent elements of this in a roundabout way. To note:
- Despite his status of being the CEO of Vector, very few people even seem to be aware of him (let alone of him having any status of being rich). For all intents and purposes, his office (which is a small room) on the Dämmerung seems to double as his "house."
- He is rarely (if ever) seen buying anything for personal want (let alone things that would have insane prices).
- He funds things in his interest under the name of "Vector" rather than personally funding. This is a fair bit believable given Vector's history, scope and size. On the other hand, whenever he needs something built, he simply uses the various divisions of Vector and manipulates events in such a way that the products built have seemingly little to no relation to him. The stuff built is all relatively possible given the science used in the verse.
- The only times he defies physics is when he's literally defying the laws of physics, which never has anything to do with money or Rule of Funny/Cool.
- Foil: To chaos (the person). And to a lesser extent, Mary Magdalene.
- Gambit Roulette: This may be one of the very few times this trope is justified, since he has possession of a device called the Compass of Order and Chaos, which shows him the movements of consciousness. Being several thousand years old probably doesn't hurt, either.
- He also has practically absolute control over the economy due to being the CEO of Vector and Hyams, as well as being a high-ranking Cardinal in Ormus. He was also head of the government a decade before the game takes place, giving him significant clout with the Federation.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He prefers not to get his own hands dirty, but if he needs somebody offed, he's more than willing to sic a Testament on them.
- Lean and Mean: Compared to contemporaries in the Xenosaga rogues gallery, he's a little on the thin side.
- The Man: He fits this, considering that he runs/ran, at the very least we know of, two rivaling companies (Vector and Hyams), Ormus, and at least one of the Militian government's Subcommities.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Played with. He's well-dressed, immaculately groomed, and certainly wealthy, but he rarely if ever indulges in personal luxuries, aside from chess, opera music, and in one scene, wine.
- Meaningful Name: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, anyone?
- Necessarily Evil: Once Shion realizes just what it was he was doing (or rather, trying to prevent), she recognizes him as this.
- Really 700 Years Old: Much, much more than seven hundred.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- The Stoic: If he has any emotions, the best we'll ever hear of it is him literally stating it.
- Time Abyss: He is at least 4000 years old. Supplementary material suggests not only has he been around since the birth of the universe, he's been going around the Stable Time Loop an uncountable number of times prior to Shion and KOS-MOS sabotaging Zarathustra. So it's possible Wilhelm is quadrillions of years old, probably even more.
- The Übermensch: Considering the Nietzsche subtitles and that Nietzsche's middle name was Wilhelm, this is not surprising.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He exists solely to prevent the destruction of the Lower Domain. He does not care for how many lives must be lost to achieve this goal.
- Ironically, blue and orange are the colors of chaos' outfit in Episode I.
- The Unfought
- Walking Spoiler: Just in case all of the spoiler tags weren't enough of a clue.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His goal is to save the universe.
- Wicked Cultured: Likes to refer to all the events happening as if it were an opera, apparently listens to Wagner a lot, is never seen in anything other than a plain business suit and plays chess. Apparently, a whole freaking lot. He also has some elaborate and poetic titles for certain people and features ("shining wills" and refers to the White Testament as the "Weaver of the Eternal Circle of Zarathustra").
Margulus' subordinate within Ormus. Unlike her superior, she seems to have flashes of conscience about the paths they walk, but not enough to make her reconsider her choices. She has a past with Jin.
Dr. Dmitri Yuriev
Voiced by Osamu Saka in Japanese and Keith Szarabajka in English.
The "father" and creator of the URTVs. He is obsessed with destroying U-DO for an unknown reason.
- A God Am I: Wilhelm notes this as ironic; Yuriev's fear for U-DO, what he thought was God, lead him to attempt to become one.
- Badass Bookworm: Shortly after making his entrance, he pulls a coup and frees The Federation from the influence of Ormus. He then proceeds to build several weapons of mass destruction and leads the only faction in the game that isn't directly controlled by Wilhelm.
- Big Bad Wannabe: A a very effective one, enough to be A Spanner In The Works in Episode II. Had Wilhelm not stepped up to the plate at the last minute, he would have been the Big Bad of Episode III.
- Body Surf: His time as hyperspace transit test subject granted him the ability to Body Surf, hence why he's Really 700 Years Old.
- Chess Master: Again, comes in a close second to Wilhelm in the Manipulative Bastard category.
- Creepy Monotone
- For Science!
- Go Mad from the Revelation: What happened when he came into contact with U-DO.
- Grand Theft Me: One of the ways he's lived for so long and an acquired skill from contact with U-DO.
- It's All About Me: Unlike other villains, he's motives are entirely selfish, and doesn't care about anything but himself. He even outright mocks the URT Vs who disobey him as failures.
- My Grandson Myself
- President Evil: In the gap between Episodes II and III, he has the Salvator faction stage a coup and install him as the Executive Committee Director of the Galaxy Federation.
- Really 700 Years Old
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a number to Jr. deriding him for failing the purpose Yuriev created him for.
- Smug Snake
- Truly Single Parent: The URTV line are all enhanced clones of himself.
Voiced by Rena Mizuki in Japanese and Erin Fitzgerald and Stephanie Mitchell (child) in English.
URTV #668, the missing unit between 667 (Albedo) and 669 (Nigredo). One of very few female URTVs produced by the Yuriev Institute, she was groomed from childhood to be Yuriev's personal aide and pointwoman for the Salvator Faction.
Voiced by Masaharu Satou in Japanese and Steve Blum in English.
One of the brightest scientific minds in the post-Miltian Conflict galaxy. Dr. Sellers is known as much for his intellect as he is for his shifting loyalties.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It's probably easier to list the people he hasn't screwed over.
- Cool Shades: Described as "motorized sunglasses" in the Episode I database. They're apparently bolted to his face.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Dragon: To Yuriev in Episode III.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's not even named in-game when he shows up in Episode I for a minute or two. His proper introduction comes at the start of Episode II.
- Evil Laugh: Does a little evil chuckle in his last scene.
- For Science!
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Genius Cripple: A self-made example. He ruined Joachim Mizrahi's life, so Mizrahi shot his kneecaps off.
- Jerk Ass: He's mean, rude, inconsiderate and disrespectful.
- Knee-capping: Mouth off to Joachim Mizrahi, kiss your legs good bye.
- Mad Scientist
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Shoddy Knockoff Product: He openly admits his life's work is nothing but this, with his inspiration being Mizrahi's works.
- Sinister Shades: See: Cool Shades.
- The Unfought
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's one of the few dangling threads the series left behind, as he's never actually killed on screen. Everyone just assumes he stayed on the Merkabah as it was absorbed by Abel's Ark.
- You Are Too Late: He whips this out only after the fact, telling the party that while they've wasted their time battling their way through Merkabah, Yuriev has invaded The Durandal, and they're probably too late to do anything about it.
Voiced by Kouji Tsujitani in Japanese and DC Douglas in English.
The black testament, who has some sort of connection with Ziggy.
Voiced by Mariko Suzuki in Japanese and Bridget Hoffman in English.
A humanoid weapon system built on the same principles as KOS-MOS, and vastly more powerful. She states that she must destroy KOS-MOS in order to be complete.