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Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Ys Drama CD) / Yuuki Kaji (Memories of Celceta and Lacrimosa of Dana), Takeshi Kusao (Ys I and II OVA), Dave Wittenberg (Ys I and II OVA, English Dub [Credited under a pseudonym]) / Bryce Papenbrook (English, Memories of Celceta)The Protagonist of the series, Adol is a wandering swordsman who appears in the majority of games of the series. He is a very capable swordsman and an adventurer who is detailed in the world's history centuries after his adventures ceased.
- Badass in Distress: He often gets captured or arrested. He either needs to be rescued or is released when a reasonable government realizes that it has arrested the wrong person for a crime.
- Badass Normal: Adol usually starts off as such until he receives powers from mystical artifacts and/or higher beings.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Duren points out that he's a terrible liar in Memories of Celceta after he tries to set the party up to take the fall if something should happen to Calilica when she forces her way into the party.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Adol is a good person, but he is forced to use Black Magic in Ys II to progress fully knowing that using it generates demons as a side effect by being taught that early in the game by the ghost of one of the priests. The magic is bad because its source is the Black Pearl, which generates demons as a side effect when it is used to fuel magic when used by anyone not made up completely of white emelas like the Eldeen including the Goddesses.
- Been There, Shaped History: The tales of his exploits apparently inspired the Age of Exploration.
- But Now I Must Go: Every. Single. Game. Sometimes it's with Dogi, sometimes it's alone, but it always ends with some maiden seeing him off at the docks.
- Celibate Hero: Word of God says its up to the player to decide how he feel about a girl. However, none of them ever get the guy.
- Challenge Seeker: He chooses not to obtain knowledge from Eldeel, instead choosing to use his own ability to explore the world.
- Chick Magnet: Adol's had multiple girls interested in him throughout his career, Not that he ever seems to care.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Doesn't matter where he goes or what kind of trouble he's in, Adol is there to help.
- Clear My Name: Twice in Memories of Celceta when it is revealed that disaster befell Selray and Comodo soon after he left said villages before losing his memories. Naturally, it gets lampshaded. This also happens once in Ys Seven due to a Frame-Up.
- Combos: He is fast enough to deliver a second hit with his sword to an enemy while it is in hitstun in Ys: The Oath in Felghana.
- Deadpan Snarker: In Memories of Celceta, some of the dialogue choices are pretty snarky.
- Determinator: When Adol becomes the victim of obvious state-sanctioned Police Brutality, he becomes the responsible government's biggest enemy as seen in Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys. He also will not stop investigating ruins until he solves their mysteries and stop the upcoming cataclysm if one is revealed.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Does this for a living.
- The Drifter: Adol doesn't stay in one place for long, just going from place to place while fighting demons.
- Geometric Magic: His skill Pentagram in YS SEVEN has him dashing making a pentagram shape. It's actually kinda like someone's S-craft.
- Get on the Boat: Adol usually begins his adventures in one of two ways: on a ship, or shipwrecked (or otherwise unconscious).
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Adol will often resort to these in the beginning of earlier games because his initial money is not enough to buy a sword, a shield, and a suit of armor, so he has to skip at least one until he fights enough enemies to get enough money to complete the set.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: In Ys Seven, where he's falsely accused of assassinating the king halfway through the game. Adol is a fugitive from the Romun Empire in Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim and later games originally because the Romun Empire invaded Comodo looking to conquer it and the rest of Celceta, and Adol defeated said invading army in Ys IV: Mask of the Sun which was canonical until Memories of Celceta replaced it. In the never-canonical game Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys, the Romun Empire becomes a persistent enemy that Adol repeatedly defeats after its soldiers arrest him without any justification because he accidentally found its soldiers arresting Karna, making him a fugitive in that game as well.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Adol can almost always be seen with a sword of some sort in battle.
- Heroic Mime: Played With. Although we rarely hear him speak, how the games handle the trope vary from game to game. Early in the series, he didn't speak outside of one or two instances. Ys III made him speak, Oath in Felghana aside, and most later games has the narrator describe what he says to others. Justified because the games are actually stories based on Adol's personal journals.
- Not to mention in Ys Seven, you could hear his battle grunts like the other party members. Interestingly enough, there's an option to mute him and only him.
- Fully averted in The Alternative Saga, but only if he's the player character in Story Mode. Then again the player still gets to choose dialogue option during his playable story mode.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dogi.
- Jumped at the Call: No matter what kind of predicament he is in, he will never refuse an opportunity for adventure.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Like Father, Like Son: Memories of Celceta reveals that his wanderlust is hereditary and that his father journeyed for several years before settling down.
- Long-Range Fighter: Adol is this against most bosses in Ys II because his sword is worthless against these bosses because they are vulnerable only to magic. Fortunately, Adol gets a fire magic wand and the ability to use the Black Magic that is required to use this wand. He can also be played as a long range fighter in order to preserve his health before he finds the spirit cape required to heal when he is not outside in areas whose climates are not inherently hostile to human life without using an item that could be better spent while in a boss fight.
- Lunacy: In Ys Seven, Adol's Limit Break is replaced with one that is enhanced with lunar power because the elder of the lunar tribe is the Big Bad, and therefore is unable to receive the lunar power granted by its dragon.
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: In Ys III and Ys V, he gathers ancient artifacts only to end up giving them all to villains, who then proceed to use those artifacts to release Sealed Evil in a Can.
- Magic Knight
- Memetic Badass: In-universe, tales of his adventures are so great people wonder if he truly existed.
- Private Military Contractors: Adol tries his hand at being a mercenary in Ys V, where the contract is to stop an environmental disaster.
- Real Time Weapon Change: In The Ark of Napishtim, Adol's different emelas swords have different speeds, levels of damage boost at the same weapon level, different magic skills, and different skills that do not consume any of their magic meters. Adol can switch between them on the fly.
- Red Baron: "Adol The Red".
- Red Is Heroic: Often wears red.
- Running Gag: Though it hasn't happened as often as the fandom likes to joke about it, he has a bit of a tendency to get shipwrecked and washed up on the shores of whatever new land he's exploring to start another adventure.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Dons a green one in Oath in Felghana and Seven.
- Sinking Ship Scenario: Adol often gets shipwrecked before starting many of these games, so he survived many of these.
- Walking the Earth
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Ys Drama CD) / Tessho Genda (Ys I and II OVA) / Kenta Miyake (Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana)Introduced as a thief who breaks Adol out of prison in the first Ys, Dogi is a Breakout Character and Adol's traveling companion in the majority of the series.
- Ascended Extra
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Dogi fights unarmed whenever he chooses to fight.
- Dynamic Entry: where do you think he got his nickname from?
- Gentle Giant
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Adol.
- I Want to Be a Real Man: His motivation for leaving his hometown of Felghana.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: He becomes this in Ys Seven due to the local dragon energy fueling the magical skills his gauntlets teach him.
- The Lancer: Serves this role in Ys SEVEN.
- Red Baron: "Dogi The Wall Crusher"
- Running Gag: He crushes walls to save Adol in every game that he appears in except for Memories of Celceta.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The Twin Goddesses
Voiced by: Debi Derryberry (TG-16 version)Introduced as a mysterious amnesiac blue-haired girl who is locked away underneath a shrine until Adol comes along to rescue her in the first Ys, she turns out to be a key character in both Ys I and Ys II as she is one of the twin goddesses who governed over the mythic kingdom of Ys.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: What happens to her at the end of Ys II.
- Distressed Damsel: In Ys I, Ys II, and Ys Origin.
- Faking Amnesia: She fakes amnesia in Ys I, and She and Reah admit their collective deception in the endgame of Ys II.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When Adol first encounters her, she remembers nothing but her name. Subverted, as she faked the amnesia, and admitted the deception in the endgame of Ys II.
- Mysterious Waif
- Physical Goddess and Winged Humanoid: As one of the last Eldeen, she fits both tropes.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Adol.
Voiced by: Louise VallanceA mysterious blue-haired poet in Minea who asks Adol to find her lost harmonica in the first Ys. Just like Feena, she later reveals herself to be one of the twin goddesses who governed over the mythic kingdom of Ys in the second game.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: What happens to her at the end of Ys II.
- Distressed Damsel: Subverted in Ys I. She deliberately lets herself captured and taken to the Darm tower in order to meet Adol and warn him about Dark Fact's Cleria cloak. Played straight in Ys II. She and Feena are unwillingly captured by Darm, and Adol has to play the silver harmonica to free them.
- Half Truth: She only claims to be a poet or troubadour in Ys I, but she is much more. She and Feena admit their collective deception in the endgame of Ys II.
- Mysterious Waif
- Physical Goddess and Winged Humanoid: As one of the last Eldeen, she fits both tropes.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Spell My Name with an "S": The North American TGCD localization names her as "Lair".
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Toal Fact in Ys Origin.
Characters list (by game of introduction)
Ys I & II
Voiced by Thomas Haden Church (TG-16 version)Head of the thieves in Esteria. Despite the claims that his group was stealing all the silver around the island, it wasn't: Dark Fact was the thief. Some time before Adol's arrival to Esteria, he led an ill-fated assault on Darm Tower, which lead to the group's pulling back but losing Dogi in the process. He comes back in the second game at the last minute and also re-appears in The Dawn of Ys. He has an older relative in one of the towns, and a sister that is a fortune teller her fate is ambiguous in the TG-16 version and re-arrives in the non-canonical Dawn of Ys, dies in every other version.
- Heroic Lineage: He's a descendant of Priest Tovah.
- Just Like Robin Hood
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
Voiced by: Mea Martineau (TG-16 version), Kotono Mitsuishi (Ys II OVA)A kind-hearted girl who finds Adol lying in the field after he's catapulted through the sky at the beginning of Ys II. She is also tragically unaware that she has a terrible illness that will kill her any day. After Adol repays his debt by finding the cure, Lilia develops a hilariously overbearing crush that's powerful enough to bleed into the later games.
- Ascended Extra: She doesn't have much of a role in the original II, but her involvement is massively expanded in the OVA.
- Breakout Character
- Distressed Damsel
- Genki Girl
- Hopeless Suitor: Adol just does not seem to recognize that she has a crush on him.
- Ill Girl: Which gets remedied as Adol takes care of her illness shortly after he arrives.
- Take Me Instead: Does this repeatedly in the first episode of the OVA to Belagandar, to the point where he flat out tells her it won't work because she's part demon herself.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In the OVA, she has the blood of Darm's minions in her thanks to an Emergency Transformation by Keith Fact.
Voiced by: Bruce Lanoil (TG-16 version), Kirk Thornton (Ys I and II OVA, English Dub [Credited under a pseudonym])A sleepwalker who happened to be in Darm Tower. Helps Adol out by giving him family heirlooms that help traversing the higher levels of the tower. Despite having an injury, he survives the first two games.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Falcom's own Romanization of his name is "Luther Gemma". His name was a victim of "Blind Idiot" Translation in the TurboGrafx-CD version which was mistranslated into "Luta", and XSEED decided to keep the mistranslation. The iOS and Android versions of Ys I use the correct translation.
Voiced by: Jim Cummings (TG-16 version)The second-highest villain in the second game and one of the main antagonists in Origin, actually a dark mage who answers to Darm, and leading the series of killing off the Six Priests' descendants.His looks have varied depending on the version (TG-16 version has him looking outright evil under his hood, some versions of Eternal are just red eyes in shadow, the OVAs have him look like a short, bald guy and Chronicles has what he looks like from Origin under a hood).
- Ascended Extra: Went from being in just the second game to being in both of the OVA versions of Ys I and Ys II.
- Bald of Evil: In the OVA.
- Baleful Polymorph: Subjects Adol to this in Ys II.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Origin
- The Dragon: To Darm.
- Evil Sorceror
- Faux Affably Evil: He spends a lot of his time politely reminding the heroes of how powerless they are while he petrifies their loved ones.
- Knight of Cerebus: Things tend to go to hell for the heroes the moment he shows up.
- Especially in the Ys: Castle of the Heavens OVA, when he turns the already Darker and Edgier series even darker.
- Obviously Evil
- One-Winged Angel: He does this in Origin.
- Playing with Syringes: Cain Fact directed Dalles to turn Hugo into a demon as part of an experiment to determine if it was safe for Cain to take in demonic essence, and Dalles did so. Hugo gets better.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Taken for Granite: One of his favorite tricks in Origin and Ys II. This gets upgraded to Literally Shattered Lives when he kills Epona.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Cain Fact in Origin.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His look in Origin.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gets this pulled on him in Origin and the OVA adaption of Ys II. The English dub of the latter even has Darm quote the trope word for word.
YS III: The Oath in Felghana
Voiced by: Ai NonakaA blond kind-hearted girl from the village of Redmont who gets saved by Adol at the beginning of the third game, she is a childhood friend of Dogi. She is worried about her brother Chester, who has gone missing for past few months.
- Distressed Damsel: She gets kidnapped by Garland and Dularn close to the end of the game.
- Heroic Lineage: She and her brother Chester are the descendants of the warrior Genos.
- She's All Grown Up: Dogi didn't even recognize her because she used to be a Tomboy eight years ago.
- Take Me Instead: Near the end of the game, she offers to be the sacrifice for the revival of Galbalan in place of her brother Chester.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her new look in Alternative Saga.
Voiced by: Kentaro ItoElena's brother and Dogi's friend who has gone missing for past few months. He later shows up and reveals that he has become the Count McGuire's knight in order to make a name for himself. He quickly becomes a menace to Adol as he is also looking for statues that house the power of the ancient demon Galbalan by the order of his master. It turns out that he is actually trying to get revenge on the Count McGuire for destroying his hometown. While his plan for the revenge is successful, he does not realize that he has been used as a pawn by the real mastermind - Bishop Nikolas - for the complete revival of Galbalan.
- Ancestral Weapon: The blade of Genos. He dual-wields it with another blade, which shows that he means business.
- The Dragon: to Nikolas Garland
- Heroic Lineage: Of the hero Genos, just like Elena
- Heroic Sacrifice: After Adol saves Elena and knocks out the local Galbalan, Chester blows himself up and Genos Island in order to kill the Galbalan.
- Flash Step: when you fight him
- Kick the Dog
- Pet the Dog: He spared Bob and merely locked him up in the dungeon even though Bob witnessed Chester and the Count's soldiers' searching for the statues of Galbalan at the mine.
- Master Swordsman
- My God, What Have I Done?: Garland plays him like a fiddle in awakening Galbalan, and that's not to mention all the lives he killed just for a chance to kill Count McGuire.
- The Starscream: Purposely joined Count McGuire's knights in order to eventually kill him for revenge.
- You Killed My Father: Garland wants revenge against the Count McGuire for murdering his parents and razing his town.
- What Were You Thinking?: Gets this a lot.
Bishop Nikolas Garland
Voiced by: Bin ShimadaHead of the Felghana diocese. Once served at Redmont's church, but now focuses his efforts on trying to keep relations between the count and the townsfolk as smooth as possible.In reality, he is the mastermind behind Chester's Roaring Rampage of Revenge and the Count McGuire's more vicious actions. After making contact with Galbalan at the Illburns Ruins some point before the game, he became convinced that Galbalan is the true god and did everything in his power to bring Galbalan's revival to completion. After revealing his true colors near the end of the game, he kidnaps Elena in order to use her as a final sacrifice to Galbalan. The dark bishop is ultimately defeated by Adol, who proceeded to destroy his "god" Galbalan as well.
- Evil Is Hammy: Once he reveals his true colors, he becomes much hammier.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He was once a perfectly sane priest before learning of Galbalan.
- Kaizo Trap: See Taking You with Me below.
- Taking You with Me: He attempts this at the end of his boss fight.
- Would Hurt a Child: Chester witnessed his village become a victim to genocide when he was a boy and became a victim of this trope. This is his motive. McGuire is the one who ordered this genocide. Garland is the one who manipulated McGuire into ordering this massacre.
Voiced by: Ryuzaburo OtomoThe feudal lord of Valestein Castle, and a materialistic nobleman from the Romun Empire. Levied heavy taxes on the people of Redmont for many years, and is regarded as a despot. In the game proper, he seems to be looking for the statues that house the power of the ancient demon Galbalan...
- The Atoner: Deeply regrets his actions and vows to work with the people of Redmont to make Felghana a better place at the end of the game.
- Disc One Final Boss: heavily played up to be the Big Bad for roughly half of the game.
- Dirty Coward: This Evil Overlord was quick to surrender to Chester and Adol when both start hunting him down.
- Evil Overlord: He levies insane taxes and shuts down the raval mine for reasons that at the time did not include an unsafe mine. (The mine became unsafe after its closure because there were no miners around who could kill monsters to prevent the monster population from getting out of control. The monsters therefore took over the mine.) Raval mining is the main source of income for the local economy.
- The Dragon: To Nikolas Garland
- Love Makes You Evil: His lust for power started from the desire to be a man worthy of his wife, who comes from the family of much higher social status than him.
- Non-Action Big Bad
- Pet the Dog: He sincerely loves his family.
- Smug Snake
- Unwitting Pawn: To Bishop Nikolas
- Would Hurt a Child: Chester witnessed his village become a victim to genocide when he was a boy and became a victim of this trope. This is his motive. McGuire is the one who ordered this genocide.
Voiced by: Banjo GingaAn ancient demon from the legend. Supposedly, it was slain by the warrior Genos with the blessing of the winged ones. However, it turns out that even Genos could not defeat the beast completely so he divided its powers into the four statues and sealed each statue at different regions across Felghana. Somehow, it managed to get in contact with the bishop Nikolas at Illburns ruin, turning the once devout priest into the fanatical madman who would stop at nothing to revive his true god. Through Nikolas, Galbalan was able to destroy most of the descendants of Genos and regain his powers. After receiving Elena's energy, Galbalan starts to awaken and declares his intention to destroy everything and spread terror across the world. Fortunately, Adol manages to arrive just in time to face the would-be destroyer. Although Adol manages to critically weaken the monster, it starts to regenerate rapidly. Ultimately, Chester, in his moment of redemption, sacrifices himself to blow up the whole island, destroying the demon for good in the process.It is implied that Galbalan is an artificial creation from ash emelas that was created by the clan of darkness long time ago as a weapon of mass destruction. It somehow managed to gain sentience and went on a rampage before getting sealed in Felghana by Genos.There are other Galbalans in other games like Memories of Celceta and The Ark of Napishtim.
- A God Am I
- Enemy to All Living Things: It is so evil that just getting in touch with its power/essence is enough to turn people and spirits into monsters.
- Greater-Scope Villain
- The Man Behind the Man: To Nikolas.
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Tactical Suicide Boss: In all three phases, the boss fight would be impossible to win if Galbalan does not do attacks that leave its vulnerable parts exposed.
- Tennis Boss: The final phase of the boss fight.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Galbalan seeks to destroy everything, including humans who are responsible for its creation.
Ys IV: Memories of Celceta
YS V: Kefin, the Lost City of Sand
Voiced by: Ai YoshidaA shopkeeper from Xandria and Stein's adopted daughter. Two years ago, Stein and others found her at the desert of Felte. She does not recall what happened to her before she got lost in the desert.
- Distressed Damsel: She is kidnapped by Dorman to be used as a hostage in exchange for crystals.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Mysterious Waif
- The Reveal: She's actually an alchemist from the city of Kefin who was sent to prevent Rizze and others from breaking the seal. However, the impact upon arriving the outside world caused her to lose her memories.
Voiced by: Noriko FujimotoA guard-captain and partner of Dorman. She's actually a royalty from the sealed city of Kefin. When the seal on Kefin got weakened, she escaped along with some of her soldiers and manipulated Dorman into hiring adventurers in order to break the seal on Kefin completely.
Voiced by: Koichi KasamuraA wealthy merchant from Xandria who hires Adol to look for the mystical alchemy from the lost city of Kefin, claiming that such power can be used to stop the desertification of Xandria. In reality, he is trying to harness the power of alchemy for himself. However, it turns out that he is manipulated by his partner-in-scheme Rizze, who has other ideas in mind.
ForestaStoker's fiance. In order to prevent Kefin's soldiers from taking the light crystal, she sealed herself along with the crystal. Stoker has been watching over her ever since.
- Heroic Sacrifice: However, Adol goes back in time and saves Foresta and Stoker, thereby making her sacrifice unnecessary.
StokerA spirit from 500 years in the past, Stoker might seem sinister, but there's more to him than it initially seems. He longs deeply for his fiancee, Foresta.
Voiced by: Ryoko TanakaA local alchemist who lives in the cabin near the village of Foresta. She helps Adol in his quest by using elemental stones to create alchemy spells for him to use.
Voiced by: Go YamaneNiena's adoptive father and a veteran adventurer who has gone missing while looking for the lost city of Kefin. It turns out he did manage to get into Kefin and decided to become the leader of La Résistance against its oppressive regime.
- Cool Old Guy
- Dynamic Entry: Adol first encounters Stein as Stein jumps down to catch one of the villains off-guard and slices the villain in half.
- Parental Substitute: He was this to Niena before he disappeared three years ago.
Voiced by: Kae ArakiA scurrilous little scamp from a group of outlaws in the forest, she first tries to scam Adol by pretending she's a maiden in distress. She and her family continuously cause mischief for Adol throughout the game but become allies later on.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Hopeless Suitor: Adol does not seem to recognize that she has developed a huge crush on him.
- Pirate Girl: In Ys VI.
- She Is All Grown Up: In Ys VI.
- Token Mini-Moe: In Ys V.
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi AoshiAn alchemist who found the philosopher's stone in the jungle of Xandria 500 years ago. With its unimaginable power, he became immortal and took control of Kefin from the shadows. He then sought to conquer the rest of the world but other alchemists, led by Foresta, stopped him by sealing Jabir and the entire city of Kefin in another dimension. Since then he has been seeking to break the seal while maintaining the power of the philosopher's stone through human sacrifices.
- Big Bad: Of Kefin, the Lost City of Sand.
- Fighting a Shadow: the first battle against him.
- [[Mad Scientist: A mad alchemist.
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishitim
OlhaThe Priestess of the Rehda clan, Olha is a hunter that finds Adol washed ashore, and believes in him, despite everyone in the village not trusting his non-elven face.
IshaOlha's little sister. Initially scared of Adol, but after he saves her from the ash emelas monster, she comes to look to him as a big brother. She also has visions of his fierce battles, and worries endless.
GeisA mysterious mercenary whom Adol encounters in the sixth game. He is famous for his skill with pole-arms and talismans. He seems to be knowledgeable about strange events that are happening in the Vortex of Canaan...
- Blade on a Stick
- Dark Is Not Evil: Although he wears all black and is bit of a jerk, he is a man with good intentions, especially considering that he is also a member of the Clan of Darkness.
- Dark Is Edgy
- Fairy Companion: Has three of them after Ark of Naphatism that once belonged to his brother.
- Family Honor: He tried to preserve what is left of his family honor by trying to stop his evil brother.
- Private Military Contractors: He is a mercenary.
- The Red Baron: The Black Mercenary
- The Rival
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He tries to do this in Seven once he realizes that Adol is the one destined to fight Big Bad for the fate of Altago, not him, but ends up staying due to some persuasion from Clarius.
ErnstA Romun general who leads the Romun troop to the land of Canaan. He seems to have some connection to Geis...It turns out that he is Geis' brother and a descendant of the Clan of Darkness, who tried to gain control of the weather control Napishtim but failed. Unlike Geis who is trying to atone for the mistakes of his ancestors, he seeks to obtain the power of Napishtim for himself. To that end, he sends out his three fairies in order to undo the seal on the ark and kidnaps Isha. Using the control key Almarion and Isha's power, he manages to gain control of the ark but is ultimately defeated by Adol. After his defeat, Ernst tries to draw more power from the ark but fails, causing Napishtim to go berserk in the process. As he lays dying, he apologizes for his actions and asks Adol to stop the ark, opening the passage to the control room. He also bequeaths his three fairies to Geis.
- A God Am I: He becomes a Physical God when he gains the power of the ark.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Geis.
- BFS: His sword Almarion.
- Big Bad: Of Ys: The Ark of Napishitim.
- Black Sheep: Like Gruda, he seeks dangerous ancient powers that most of his fellow clansmen rejected.
- Fairy Companion: He has the three fairies that cause most of the troubles in the land of Canaan.
- Flunky Boss
- Man Behind the Man: He is responsible for leading the Romun troops into the Canaan and having the three fairies break the seal on Napishtim.
- One-Winged Angel: In his Final Boss form.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Downplayed. He enacted his entire plan both because he wanted a power-trip and because he wanted to control Napishtim to ensure that it doesn't go berserk. Of course, his plans become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy when he ends up overloading Almarion and loses control of the ark.
Yunica TovahThe grand-daughter of one of the six priests of Ys, she is part of a search party to discover what happened to the goddesses. Her main weapon is an axe.
- An Axe to Grind
- Badass Normal: She does not have any magical ability of her own.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Yunica is a good person, but she is forced to use artifacts that enable her to use Black Magic in order to progress without knowing that it is bad until she learns that the magic of Ys generates demons. The magic is bad because its source is the Black Pearl, which generates demons as a side effect when it is used to fuel magic when used by anyone not made up completely of white emelas like the goddesses.
- BFS: Yunica inherits the Crimson Lotusblade, her father's great sword which also contains fire magic.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Her strength is this.
- Close-Range Combatant: She is this when she is using her axe. The wind magic and electric magic that she can use while wielding her axe and the correct magical artifacts are all close range.
- Combos: She is fast enough to deliver a second hit with her axe to some enemies while they are in hitstun. Many enemies shake off hitstun fast enough that she cannot deliver combos while using her father's sword except by using a downthrust.
- Cute Bruiser: Kindhearted and wields an axe and sword all while wearing a pair of mittens.
- Braids of Action: Of the singular variety.
- Determinator: Until the Hopeless Boss Fight, she'd managed to push halfway up the tower through sheer grit.
- Distaff Counterpart: to Adol Christin, given that she's a skilled melee fighter whose only magical abilities come from artifacts she picks up.
- Genki Girl
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Feena suggests that it's because Yunica is so pure that she is unable to use any magic. While the Black Pearl grants the ability to use magic, it also gave rise to the demons.
- Lightning Bruiser: She is fast and strong when using her axe and can take the most damage of all of the playable characters.
- Long-Range Fighter: She becomes this while wielding her father's great sword. This sword deals more damage per hit than her battle axe, but it is so heavy that she takes much more time to swing it. She therefore deals less damage per second when executing consecutive attacks with the sword versus her battle axe. However, the sword when combined with a ruby allows her to unleash a slow, wide, strong, and extremely long range fire attack whose range is much longer than Hugo's range with either his normal attacks or his charged fire attacks.
- Mighty Glacier: She is this while using her father's great sword because his BFS is much heavier than her axe. She therefore takes some time to swing the sword despite her extreme strength.
- Oblivious to Love: Throughout much of her route, it's apparent that Roy likes her, but Yunica hasn't a clue and assumes he picks on her because he thinks of her as a kid.
- Real Time Weapon Change: She can switch between her normal battle axe and her father's great sword on the fly. The battle axe is faster and has a longer combo, but deals less damage per hit. The great sword does more damage per hit, but is slower.
- Take Up My Sword: From the spirit of her deceased father, Saul Tovah.
- Tragic Keepsake: In her route, she gets the Spirit Necklace from Roy, who imbues it with the last of his magic before he dies. It contains all of Roy's magic which he pooled into the artifact after he was fatally wounded by Zava. Roy's magic will completely resurrect Yunica once if she is killed if she has equipped this necklace.
- Un-Sorcerer: Ys was full of sorcerers at the time of Ys: Origin. She has no aptitude for magic at all except for using magical artifacts.
Hugo FactThe ancestor of the evil Dark Fact, Hugo is a powerful magician with projectile based spells. He controls two floating orbs known as the Eyes of Fact that effectively triple or quintuple his firepower depending on whether or not he is in boost mode or not. He also has a variety of shields at his control.
- Academic Athlete: While he's not a physical fighter like the other player characters, he can still do his fair share of running and jumping to traverse the Tower of Darm.
- Attack Drones:His Eyes of Fact are essentially magical versions of these.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Hugo is a good person, but he uses Black Magic in to progress initially not knowing that it is bad until he learns that the magic of Ys generates demons. The magic is bad because its source is the Black Pearl, which generates demons as a side effect when it is used to fuel magic when used by anyone not made up completely of white emelas like the Goddesses.
- Barrier Warrior: His wind skill and his final burst - the shield magic of the Fact family - count.
- Black Mage
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Dalles inflicts this on him in Toal's route, to the point where Epona can't snap him out of it like she did in his route.
- Break the Haughty: In his route, his lust for power ends up getting himself corrupted and Epona killed.
- Dating Catwoman: His relationship with Epona.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He puts up an arrogant facade to hide his jealousy of his brother's reputation. Dalles exploits this to tempt him into using the Demonic Essence.
- Insufferable Genius
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Long-Range Fighter
- Oblivious to Love: A trait he amusingly shares with co-protagonist Yunica. He has no idea Miuscha has a crush on him and it gets lampshaded twice during the events of the Wailing Blue, first by Rico and then by Cadena. The same can be said when Epona falls in love with him in his and Toal's routes. He falls in love with Epona, but he apparently has never been taught what love is and therefore does not know what it is.Hugo: But Miuscha... Honestly, I don't know why she volunteered for the search party in the first place.Rico: ...Hugo: ...? What's with that look?Rico: Oh, nothing. I was just marveling at what a contradiction you are. So smart in so many ways... yet totally oblivious in others.Hugo: What? Oblivious how?!Rico: (sigh) Never mind.
- Pride: His major character flaw.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he activates his demon seeds.
- Squishy Wizard: He takes less damage than Yunica can before he is killed.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Briefly gets taken over by demon seeds in his own route and Toal's route.
- Teen Genius
- Unwitting Test Subject: Cain Fact directed Dalles to turn Hugo into a demon to see how his own lineage could handle being turned into demons so that Cain could see if he could handle demonic power himself. Either Toal or Epona (depending on route) helps Hugo regain his humanity.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Unlike his brother, he loses his sanity when he is a demon.
The Claw / Toal Fact
- Aloof Big Brother: To Hugo. However, he cares a lot about Hugo beneath that aloofness.
- Bad Powers, Good People: He relies on demonic power to fight, but he still is mostly a good person who is forced to do bad things in order to infiltrate the bad guys.
- Battle Aura: Whenever he activates his demonic essence/boost mode, he has a dark battle aura.
- Combos: He is fast enough to deliver a second hit with his claws to most enemies while they are in hitstun. In fact, he depends on combos because a single hit from his attacks is very weak compared to other playable characters' hits in much of the game, and has very poor ability to take a hit for much of the game as well. On a side note, he does actually get the highest numerical Strength score after some levels, which isn't surprising given his whole deal.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: He receives one in the form of the Cleria sword for the final battle against Darm.
- Fake Defector: He pretended to join up with the Darklings in order to survive, but he always planned to destroy the Black Pearl.
- Fallen Hero: Subverted as he intended to betray the clan of darkness and destroy the black pearl - even at the cost of his own life - from the very beginnning.
- Fragile Speedster: He is this until late in his route when he becomes a Lightning Bruiser. He is fast, but for most of the game takes more damage than the other player characters.
- Heroic Willpower: Unlike Hugo, he is able to keep the demonic essence in check through sheer willpower.
- Lightning Bruiser: He becomes this once he levels up enough. He can start taking many hits once he levels up enough, and he keeps the speed he needed to dodge enemy attacks from when he could not take many hits.
- One-Man Army: He and his superior Saul Tovah held off the entire army of demons.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever he activates his demonic essence, his eyes turn red.
- Slide Attack: He can use a slide attack to damage an enemy's defense and to slide under small gaps that have spiked ceilings.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He is in love with Reah, but she and Feena sacrificed themselves to seal the demonic essence within the Black Pearl after Toal defeated Darm.
- Superpowered Evil Side: He becomes much more evil when he activates his boost mode which temporarily turns him into a full demon. This is enough to allow him to open a door that is cursed to only open up for demons and other thoroughly evil beings. However, he is able to maintain control over himself while he is in this state and does not do anything evil while in this state except what he needed to do in order to maintain his cover.
- Sword Beam: When Toal uses his silver sword, he fires sword beams from his sword each time he swings it. Adol is unable to do this when he uses the same sword in Ys I.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Claims his combat skills are dulling because he relies too much on his demonic powers. Though this is a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation because his lack of ranged attacks means he's at the forefront of enemy attacks, requiring better dodging skills from the player.
- Unwitting Test Subject: Cain Fact told the Darklings to turn Toal into a demon in order to see how his own lineage would handle being turned into a demon. Cain wanted to see if he himself could handle the demonic essence, and used Toal as a pilot test subject before he decided to become Darm.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His demonic essence allows him to open doors that are cursed only to open to demons and other thoroughly evil beings but he manages to hold onto his sanity through sheer willpower.
- Wolverine Claws: He uses silver claws as his primary weapon as his original weapon, the silver sword, is broken at the beginning of the game.
Cain Fact / The Demon King Darm
Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer (TG-16 version), Norio Wakamoto (Ys II OVA), Kirk Thornton (Ys II OVA English Dub [credited under a pseudonym])The leader of the Six Priests who govern the mythical kingdom of Ys along with the twin goddesses. When the goddesses go missing, he sends down the search party to the surface to look for them. He is secretly responsible for every calamity that befell in Ys. In order to gain the power of the black pearl for himself, he allowed the Clan of Darkness and demons to invade Ys, causing the continent of Ys to float. At the end of Toal's route, he shows up and finishes Dalles off, revealing his true colors in the process. He then proceeds to fuse with the black pearl and become the demon king Darm. Nonetheless, he is defeated by his son Toal and gets sealed by the twin goddesses. The seal gets broken again 700 years later, but this time, he is defeated for good by Adol.
- A God Am I
- Abusive Parents: Hugo's recollection of training with him does not strike him as a good parent and explains Hugo's arrogance. Not to mention he allowed both of his sons to be fused with demon seeds, just to see how much hidden potential they can unlock.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the leader of the Six Priests, his authority is second in only to the goddesses themselves.
- Barrier Warrior: The shield magic of the Fact family.
- Big Bad: Of Ys Origin and Ys II
- Guinea Pig Family: Cain Fact told the Darklings to turn his sons Toal and Hugo into demons in order to see how they handled being turned into demons. Cain wanted to see if he himself could handle the demonic essence, and used Hugo and Toal as pilot test subjects before he decided to become Darm.
- One-Winged Angel: Fuses with the black pearl to become the demon king Darm.
- Running Both Sides: He was the leader of the Six Priests of Ys, and he is also the one who hired the Darklings and the demons to attack Ys.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In Ys I & II. Ys Origin shows how he became the demon king Darm and was sealed 700 years prior.
- True Final Boss: Of Ys Origin
- Turncoat: He was the leader of the Six Priests of Ys, but he decided to betray Ys in order to seize ultimate power.
- Walking Spoiler: Why are so many of his tropes spoilered out? Because he's really the Big Bad or Greater-Scope Villain depending on the game.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He killed Dalles in Ys Origin in Toal's route when Dalles tried to destroy the Black Pearl.
EponaA Darkling who serves Dalles in his scheme to claim the Black Pearl.
- Buffy Speak
- Dark Action Girl
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: When she's killed in Hugo's route.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Heel–Face Turn: Subverted in Hugo's route, where she mentions that despite wanting to save him for personal reasons, she's still loyal to the Darkling cause. Played Straight in Toal's route, where she returns home.
- Not So Different: She identifies with Hugo having an Inferiority Superiority Complex with Toal while still respecting him.
- Prongs of Poseidon
- Sibling Rivalry: Has one with her brother, Kishgal.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite her Buffy Speak, she is able to see through Hugo's complexes and somehow knows that the petrification Dalles inflicted on her is fatal.
- Superpowered Evil Side: She gains one in Yunica's route, complete with clones. She doesn't gain one in Hugo or Toal's route, probably because she saw how much it corrupted Hugo.
KishgalEpona's sibling who also serves Dalles
- The Berserker
- Blade on a Stick
- Blood Knight
- Hero Killer: Managed to kill Saul Tovah
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: When fighting Hugo, he initially doesn't use his Demonic Essence. After Hugo defeats his human form, he transforms into his demon form, but he is interrupted by a situation requiring his attention shortly after that, so he withdraws to deal with that situation.
- An Ice Person
- Magic Knight: He can hit hard with his halberd and unleash powerful ice spells
- You Killed My Father: Which is why he's the second to last boss in Yunica's route. He has this attitude in Hugo's route because Hugo's actions led to Epona's death, though he ends up cutting the fight short out of boredom and out of respect for Epona.
- Worthy Opponent: He constantly praises Saul Tovah as a worthy kill and is disappointed when Yunica doesn't live up to her father's reputation, at least at first. He's eager to fight both Yunica and Toal with his own Superpowered Evil Side.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
Voiced by: Hidenobu KiuchiA lively, openhearted, and cheerful fisherman from the Greek area. The noble-born Laxia is often exasperated by his crude and ill-mannered conduct, but he has his sentimental moments and is a man of sea with his own firm philosophy in life. He seems to have a family back home, and works with Adol and other drifters in order to escape Siren Island.
- Anchors Away: Uses a big anchor as Weapon of Choice.
- Cowardly Lion: Out of all party members, he expresses the most fear of supernatural entities they encounter in Siren Island but still faces them head on regardless.
- Everything Is Better With Spinning: He sure can swing that heavy anchor easily.
- Gentle Giant: The largest cast member and one of the kindest. He's also easily scared of ghosts.
- Happily Married: Sahad has a wife and daughter waiting for him in Greek, this is one of his main reasons for wanting to escape Siren Island.
- Mighty Glacier: Has the highest attack power among the party members, but is also the slowest member.
Laxia von Roswell
Voiced by: Natsumi TakamoriDaughter of the noble Roswell family from Garman. As a noble, she always tries to conduct herself politely, but her high pride and stubborn personality get her in trouble at times. While she is confused by the environment of the Drifting Village with its mixed social statuses and jobs, she makes use of her profound knowledge of ancient ruins, plants, and animals to work with Adol and other drifters.
- Blow You Away: Her skills have wind elements.
- Feather Motif: Sometimes feathers can be seen when she uses some of her skills.
- Full-Name Basis: Thanks to their first meeting being an Accidental Pervert incident, Laxia is very cold to Adol at first and only calls him by his full name. She eventually drop this after becoming closer with him.
- Lady of War: Uses rapier as her Weapon of Choice and is a member of nobility to boot.
- Luminescent Blush: She's prone to this when she's embarrassed or with Adol in general.
- Ship Tease: With Adol of course.
- Sword Beam: Her extra skill bombards an area with what appears to be small gales spheres produced from the tip of her rapier continously. She ends it with a rapier stab to the ground.
- Tsundere: At first, to Adol thanks to the aformentioned Accidental Pervert incident. Eventually grows out of it and becomes much kinder after becoming closer to Adol and the other characters.
- The Von Trope Family: She comes from the noble Roswell family.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Rank B, with white leggings and boots combination.
Voiced by: Saori OnishiA mysterious, blue-haired girl who appears in Adol’s dreams. Contrary to her lovely appearance, she acts boldly and is very imaginative, which often surprise those around her. She lives in the advanced civilization that does not seem to belong in the Eresian continent, and Adol experiences her life through dreams.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the true ending, she is chosen to become the "Goddess of Evolution".
- But Now I Must Go: After becoming the Goddess of Evolution, she must part way with the party. The party members believes that she is always with them and watching over them, though.
- Deuteragonist: of Ys VIII.
- Dual Wielding: She uses "Crescent Moon Blades" as her weapon.
- Girl of My Dreams: Adol first met her in his dreams.
- Girly Bruiser: Despite her appearance, her power and speed are said to exceed even those of a seasoned adventurer like Adol.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Gameplay video shows this as one of her skills.
- Rapunzel Hair: Downplayed. Her hairs grow past her waist but it's several inches away from her knees.
- Ship Tease: With Adol again.
- Tornado Move: Some of her skills incorporate this.
- Underboobs: Though unusually for the trope, she is not busty.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Nozomi YamamotoA young girl who was living on The Isle of Seiren before Adol and company washed ashore. She’s innocent and not easily worn out, and she knows the island’s geography and traits of the Ancients very well. She seems to have learned knowledge and languages from the variety of books that washed ashore on the island, but the contents of said books are considerably one-sided, so she’ll sometimes say strange things. She is waiting by herself for her father, who went out to explore the island.
- Bear Trap: She can occasionally throw multiple of these as her skill to stun enemies.
- Dual Wielding: She uses two whip maces!
- Epic Flail: Her so-called whip maces is closest to this, not counting its retractability.
- Family of Choice: She was raised by her adopted father Thanatos and never knew anything about her real family. As the game progress, she considers all the party members as her family, viewing them as her older brothers and sisters.
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails
- Happily Adopted: She loves her adopted father, Thanatos, just as much as a real daughter would.
- Raised by Wolves: She was raised by Master Kong (white gorilla) and Hasibiroko (giant bird) before meeting her adoptive father Thanatos.
- Token Mini-Moe
Voiced by: KENNA “courier” of many mysteries hiding alone on The Isle of Seiren. He has extreme pride in his work, and finds it inexcusable to not handle a request flawlessly once contracted. He’s also obsessed with cleanliness. He seems to have washed up with some goods for a job, but he stubbornly refuses to say what they are or discuss the details of the request. He possess a state of the art, miniaturized cannon known as a “gun.”
- Bayonet Ya: His weapon of choice.
- Bottomless Magazines: You shouldn't be surprised at this point.
- The Comically Serious: As the game progress, many of his dialogue falls into this.
- Debt Detester: According to him, one of the Trabaldo family motto is to always return a debt you have to someone.
- Hired Guns
- Law of Inverse Recoil: Expect this to happen since he uses firearm (he can be seen moved from his initial shooting position when attacking normally). One of his skills also has a bigger version of this as a result of a point-blank shot.
- Neat Freak
- Nice Hat
- No Range Like Point-Blank Range: If executed properly, one of his skills include charging at the enemy in front of him and blasting it.
- Scarf of Asskicking: It's rather subtle, but the black cloth wrapping his neck is a scarf.
- The Stoic: Hummel is a man of few words. He eventually warm up to the other characters, though.