Characters / Ys

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    The Main Duo 

Adol Christin

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: 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 in Ys Seven.
  • 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
  • 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

Dogi

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Ys Drama CD) / Tessho Genda (Ys I and II OVA)

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.

    The Twin Goddesses 

Feena

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.

Reah

Voiced by: Louise Vallance
A 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.

    Characters in Ys I & II 

Goban Tovah

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.

Lilia

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.

Luta Gemma

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.

Dalles

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).

    Characters in Origin 

Yunica Tovah

The 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 sword 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 Fact

The 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.
  • Deal with the Devil
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: This is hinted at before he is exposed as a Reverse Mole when he mentions that he was captured and then turned on his own volition.
  • 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 Toal handled being turned into a demon to see how he handled 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.
  • Wolverine Claws: He uses silver claws as his primary weapon in order to disguise the fact that he is Toal Fact, who is known to use a silver sword, from the Darklings.

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.
  • Archnemesis Dad
  • 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.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Big Bad: Of Ys Origin and Ys II
  • The Chessmaster
  • 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.
  • Man Behind the Man
  • One-Winged Angel: Fuses with the black pearl to become the demon king Darm.
  • Psycho Electro
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • True Final Boss: Of Ys Origin
  • Turncoat: He was the leader of the Six Priests of Ys, and he decided to betray Ys in order to seize ultimate power.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He killed Dalles in Ys Origin in Toal's route when Dalles tried to destroy the Black Pearl.

Epona

A Darkling who serves Dalles in his scheme to claim the Black Pearl.

Kishgal

Epona'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.

     Characters in The Oath in Felghana 

Elena Stoddart

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka
A 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.

Chester Stoddart

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito
Elena'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.

Bishop Nikolas Garland

Voiced by: Bin Shimada
Head 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.

Count McGuire

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo
The 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 and Heel–Face Turn: 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.
  • Break the Haughty
  • 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
  • The Heavy
  • Jerkass
  • 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
  • The Unfought
  • 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.

Galbalan

Voiced by: Banjo Ginga
An 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.

    Characters in The Ark of Napishitim 

Olha

The 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.

Isha

Olha'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.

Geis

A 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...

Ernst

A 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.

    Characters in Memories of Celceta 

Karna

Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara (Japanese)
A cheerful, honest young girl who lives in the treetop village of Comodo. An extremely skilled huntress, she puts most of the other hunters in the village to shame with her accuracy and cunning talent. Her weapon of choice is the throwing knife, though she has an unfortunate habit of throwing first and asking questions later…

Remnos

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese)
Karna's younger twin brother and a bit of a resident Black Sheep in Comodo in that he has chosen the path of an artist/craftsman/historian rather than following the way of the warrior. His disappearance from the village is what prompts Karna to join Adol's party.

  • Big Damn Heroes: With Leo during the climax.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Is accused of being this. The "lazy" part is inverted in that he works hard to not reveal how good he really is because he respects Karna's hard work and doesn't want to discourage her by making it look too easy.
  • Determinator: Withstands the effects of Bami's death curse on him long enough for Adol's team to kill the one who placed the curse on him and break it.
  • Fake Defector: He joined the Romun army, but only to act as a Reverse Mole on Adol's behalf to spy on the rogue army officers.
  • Insane Admiral: Subverted. He was trying to infiltrate the rogue officers' ranks to feed Adol's party information.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His reason for pulling a Fake Defector act was to infiltrate the ranks of the rogue Romun army officers and feed information to Adol's team.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Male version.
  • The Unfought: Possibly as a result of being Reverse Mole.

Duren

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (Japanese)
An information dealer whom Adol encounters at a bar in Casnan. He claims to have met Adol before – though with no memory, Adol remains skeptical. An extremely kind-hearted man (though he’d never admit it), Duren can’t bring himself to walk away from someone in need, making him a perfect travel companion.

  • Chew Toy: He is a target of many snarky comments from party members and NPCs alike.
  • Childhood Friends: With Frieda.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is a member of the Clan of Darkness, but is not evil.
  • Expy: Of Dogi in Memories of Celceta. He fights using martial arts. Dogi could not be Adol's partner because Dogi asks Adol about the latter's EXTRA attack after he performs one in Ys Seven, and about where he was hiding this power. Having Dogi witness one in Memories of Celceta would have introduced a major Plot Hole.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Claims that he hates "goody-two-shoes" type like Adol, but as others pointed out, Duren is often too kind for his own good.
  • Ki Attacks
  • Kung-Fu Wizard
  • Knowledge Broker: He helps out Adol with his ability to gather information and point out the places in Celceta that they should visit.
  • Miser Advisor: Shades of this - his intro scene even has him declaring Adol is his favorite "source of money" before correcting it to "friend".
  • Mystical White Hair
  • Nice Guy: Somewhat subverted in that his helping Adol regain the lost memory turns out to be not so altruistic. At the same time, however, he is shown to be the type who doesn't like leaving people in trouble, as much as he hates to admit it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He is actually very knowledgeable about all events that were transpiring in Celceta, including Adol's memory loss and what led to it. He tags along with Adol in order to point him in the right direction.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Frieda.
  • Tsundere: Mild example.

Frieda

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida [Frieda] and Yui Kano [Nina] (Japanese)
A female knight from the village of Danan who also serves as a storyteller. She has a homunculus fairy, Nina, as a partner and wields a halberd.

Ozma

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese)
A resident of the village of Selray, and the sole remaining member of the tribe which cares for the sacred beasts known as Spardas. Though young, Ozma acts as the village’s leader and has managed to uphold its peaceful ways for as long as he’s been in charge. Reliable, level-headed and dedicated, he is loved and respected by all of the village’s residents. While extremely stubborn and inflexible when it comes to the laws of his tribe, he is also extremely loyal to the people in his charge.

  • Badass Boast/Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers one at Gadis' Hannibal Lecture late in the game.
    I am in a position to change those laws!
  • Butt Monkey: While in Danan, he of all people becomes the butt of some jokes in regards to romance.
  • Charged Attack: Some of his skills are very strong to start off with but require charging time. Leveling up these skills generally shortens the time it takes to charge them.
  • Implied Love Interest: A late-game sidequest revealed that the NPC who takes care of Spardas in his absence harbors crush on him. The party approves.
  • The Judge: He is the sole person in Selray who is assigned to handle crimes and to deal with criminals. Fortunately, he is not a Hanging Judge.
  • Last of His Kind: The sole remaining member of a tribe designated as Sparda caretakers.

Calilica

Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese)
An energetic, curious young girl who is mature beyond her years in many regards. She harbors something of a complex about her age and youthful appearance, and is constantly seeking to be recognized as an adult by those around her. She looks up to Leeza as an older sister, and has been with her since they were both children. As such, she will hold back at nothing if she can be of assistance to her.

Leeza

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese)
A girl who lives in the plateau town of Highland. Generally a quiet polite girl, she can act rashly to protect the people she holds dear.

Eldeel

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese)
A winged man who lives a solitary life on the top of the tower in the Land of Origins. Before Adol lost his memory, the two had encountered each other…

  • A God Am I: The town of Highland worships him as a god. He denies it in general but his dark Eldeel persona embraces it.
  • Big Bad: This trope applies to his versions in previous games. One is the main antagonist in Mask of the Sun, and another one is one of the main antagonists of Dawn of Ys. In Memories of Celceta, his dark personality is the one who came up with the idea of using the Mask of the Sun to test humanity with disasters, though Gruda takes over once he's been sealed.
  • Climax Boss
  • Evil Makeover
  • I Let You Win: Gruda claims that Dark Eldeel was holding back in the boss fight and didn't use the full power of the mask. Additionally, it's implied that Eldeel was going to tone down the apocalypse enough for humanity to survive rather than being a Sink-or-Swim Mentor like Gruda.
  • Last of His Kind
  • Parental Substitute: He acts as this to Leeza.
  • Physical God and Winged Humanoid: As an Eldeen, he fits both tropes.
  • Shipper on Deck: He doesn't hesitate to think of Adol as a good match for Leeza.
  • Split Personality Takeover
  • Superpowered Evil Side
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His dark Eldeel persona isn't so much as evil as extreme in the sense that he wishes to invoke creativity in people by creating many obstacles for them to overcome.
  • Unwitting Pawn: All Eldeel (or at least his dark half) wanted was to foster creativity in humanity. He never realized how much he played into Gruda's hands until it was almost too late.

Gruda

Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Japanese)
A sharp-eyed man who came from the Romun Empire to serve as an assistant to the Governor Griselda. He seems favorable to Adol but perhaps there is more to him than meets the eye... He is actually a member of the Clan of Darkness from Danan. Unlike most members of the clan from that village (such as Frieda) who regret their ancestors' actions, he left with Ernst and Geis to Romun, before returning in search of the Mask of the Sun.

  • A God Am I
  • Big Bad: He finally goes from The Heavy to the full-fledged Big Bad.
  • Black Sheep: Most members of the Clan of Darkness attempts to atone for their ancestors' sins. However, Gruda wants to exterminate the weak and decides to use his ancestors' name by calling himself a Darkling.
  • Dark Is Edgy
  • Dark Is Evil
  • Dragon Ascendant:While he ends up being the final antagonist, Dark Eldeel was the one who established the Evil Plan long before he was even born. All Gruda did was take over once Dark Eldeel is neutralized and then make the plan even more extreme.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: His Dawn of Ys counterpart serves Leo, but is clearly more dangerous than Leo and has a much more dangerous goal than Leo does.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: His Dawn of Ys counterpart serves Leo, but they don't work together much but do not fight each other because their goals are different but do not conflict with each other. Downplayed in Memories of Celceta, where he shares Eldeel's view that humanity must overcome trials, but is more willing to wipe them out if they can't pass.
  • Duel Boss: The very last battle against him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He disagrees with the previous Darklings' MO of blindly seeking power for its own sake. Unfortunately, his goals are also far more destructive than the previous group, since Dalles and Zava planned to simply take over the world rather than use the power to kill off the weak.
  • Evil Former Friend: Of Frieda and Duren.
  • Final Boss
  • Flunky Boss
  • Fragile Speedster: His Phantom form is fairly quick, but has low attack and defenses compared to previous bosses.
  • Insane Admiral: In this game, he is a rogue military leader. In the games that were replaced, he is an officer of an evil empire.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is pretty much behind everything in this game.
  • Misery Builds Character/The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: An extreme version of this trope. He intends on using the power of the Akashic Records to create a massive calamity for humanity because he believes that people can unlock their full potential only at the face of extreme danger.
  • One-Winged Angel: He transforms into a gigantic colossus for the first phase of the final battle.
    • Clipped Wing Angel: He becomes a shadowy humanoid in the last Duel Boss against Adol and is much weaker than the gigantic colossus form.
  • Obviously Evil: The biggest surprise isn't that he is a bad guy but that he is the Big Bad in this official version of Ys IV.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Unlike Eldeel, he believes that if humanity cannot survive his trials, they don't deserve to exist.
  • Spoiler Opening: The intro to the game shows him smiling while the town of Highland is getting burned to the ground. Also in the trailer, he states the line "Humans are like insects before the power of the ancient one," which clearly shows that he is not one of the good guys. Of course, those who played other versions of Ys IV already know that this character is a bad news for Adol.
  • The Social Darwinist: This trope is his motive in a nutshell. He feels that only the strong deserve to live and the weak should be killed.
  • The Starscream: His Dawn of Ys version served Eldeel, but then kills him when his goal of restoring the Eldeen conflicts with Gruda's goal of resurrecting Arem, the ancient leader of the Clan of Darkness, and having Arem conquer and rule Celceta. He is a Starscream only to Eldeel and is perfectly loyal to Arem.
  • This Cannot Be!: After losing against Adol in the final Duel Boss battle.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to the villagers of Danan.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once Adol and his party defeat his godlike colossus form, he becomes completely unhinged. Right before the final Duel Boss against him, he even starts muttering a Madness Mantra.
  • Villain Teleportation
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Misery Builds Character above.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
  • Wolverine Claws: He sports these for the final Duel Boss battle.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Adol one. Though he later loses the state of mind for that.

Bami

Voiced by: Yurika Hino (Japanese)
A female sorceror who seems to be working with Gadis for some nefarious purpose in the trees of Celceta.

Gadis

Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese)
A large man claiming to be a ‘beastmaster’ whom Adol and his party encounter during their adventure.

Governor Griselda

A Romun governor who recently got stationed in Celceta. At the beginning of the game, she asks Adol to clear monsters and to create the map of Celceta. She returns in Lacrimosa of Dana, but only if you found her.

  • Defector from Decadence: While she and Leo show that not all Romuns are bad, they both acknowledge that people's mistrust towards Romn is more or less justified due to its corruption and militant expansionist policies.
  • Everythings Betterwith Princesses: She is the fourth crown princess of Romn.
  • Internal Reformist: She is one of the few members of the Romun Empire that fights against the corruption that is typical of this empire.
  • Quest Giver: She asks Adol to create the map of Celceta, the sidequest that spans throughout the whole game.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The townspeople of Casnan are surprised to find that unlike previous governor generals who only cared about lining their pockets, she sincerely tries to improve the living condition of people in Celceta. She is also one of the few authority figures from the Romn empire who isn't hostile to Adol at any point.
  • Rebellious Princess: In one of the memories, she states that she is hated back in her homeland, just like Leo.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: After Gruda's attack on Highland, she personally visits to apologize and has her troops stationed there and at Selray as a defensive rather than occupying force.

Commander Leo

The commanding officer in charge of the Romun troops stationed in Celceta. He was once held in high esteem as Roaring Leo but he got demoted and sent to Celceta. He always appears with the two soldiers under his command, Sancho and Panza.

  • Adaptational Heroism: His original versions in both Mask of the Sun and The Dawn of Ys are evil men. The nameless counterpart in Mask of the Sun gets killed by Adol when he attempts to conquer Comodo and fights alongside his men. The counterpart in The Dawn of Ys dies thanks to his own greed causing him to trigger a trap that kills him. The version in Memories of Celceta is much more heroic and survives the game.
  • A Father to His Men: He took the blame for one of his subordinates' grievous mistakes, which caused him to be demoted and sent to Celceta.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: During the endgame, Leo proves that his sword isn't just for show when he fights off several shadow creatures.
  • Death by Materialism: In Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys when the motive of the version of Leo in this game is greed for treasure. He gets zapped to death for opening a treasure chest that only Adol is authorized to open by the deceased. This trope does not apply to the Leo in Memories of Celceta at all.
  • Frontline General: He and his nameless evil counterpart in Mask of the Sun fight alongside their men when they fight.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He is smarter and more perceptive than he looks.
  • Obviously Evil: In Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys. This trope does not apply to the version of Leo in Memories of Celceta.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His main purpose in the game is to appear in front of Adol's party and make complete fool out of himself and soldiers under his command in various places. The people of Casnan think of him as a joke.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: That said, he genuinely wants to help out the people of Celceta. This trope does not apply to his appearance in Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys because he is a villain out to conquer Celceta in this non-canonical game.
  • Reassigned to Celceta
  • We Have Reserves: This trope applies to the Leo in Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys, where the version of Leo in that game sends his troops into a fire trap, and most of them get incinerated by that trap. This trope does not apply to the Leo in Memories of Celceta at all.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: By the end of the game, some townspeople and soldiers start showing respect to him.
  • Unknown Rival: To Adol.

    Characters in Kefin, the Lost City of Sand 

Niena

Voiced by: Ai Yoshida
A 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.

Rizze

Voiced by: Noriko Fujimoto
A 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.

Dorman

Voiced by: Koichi Kasamura
A 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.

Foresta

Stoker'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.

Stoker

A 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.

Massea

Voiced by: Ryoko Tanaka
A 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.

Stein

Voiced by: Go Yamane
Niena'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.

Terra

Voiced by: Kae Araki
A 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.

Jabir

Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Aoshi
An 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.

    Characters in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana 

Sahad Nautlus

Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi
A 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 Takamori
Daughter 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.

Dana Iclucia

Voiced by: Saori Onishi
A 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.

Ricotta Beldine

Voiced by: Nozomi Yamamoto
A 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

Hummel Trabaldo

Voiced by: KENN
A “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.”

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