Characters / Ys

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Major characters

    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: In Ys Seven, Adol's Limit Break is fueled by 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

Dogi

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.

    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 list (by game of introduction)

    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).

    YS III: 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.

  • Ancestral Weapon: The blade of Genos. He dual-wields it with another blade, which shows that he means business.

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.

  • 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.

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...

  • 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
  • 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.

    Ys IV: Memories of Celceta 

    YS V: 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.

  • 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.
  • Rebel Leader: Leads the resistance against Kefin's oppressive regime.
  • Parental Substitute: He was this to Niena before he disappeared three years ago.

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.

    Ys VI: 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.

    Ys: 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 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 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: Goes through the deal with Dalles to be fused with demonic essence in both his and Toal's routes.
  • 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.
  • The Unfavorite: Cain did not take him abandoning their family traditions well and constantly disparages him. This is averted when Toal defeats Demonic!Hugo, causing Cain to be equally disappointed in both.
  • 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 corrupted with demon seeds, just to see how much hidden potential they can unlock. Worse yet, he practically disowns Hugo (though thankfully out of earshot) when the latter loses to Toal, who he already considers a failure.
  • Archnemesis Dad: The father of the Fact brothers and is the man responsible for Ys's destruction.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's very dismissive towards the magic of the Darklings, considering them far inferior to his own. In an older fan-translation, he dips into Fantastic Racism by calling them savages.
  • 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: Has a goatee.
  • Big Bad: Of Ys Origin and Ys II
  • The Chessmaster: Carefully manipulated the events of the game from shadows so he can take control of the Black Pearl.
  • Faux Affably Evil: After skewering Dalles, he attempts to act like a polite and loyal servant to Reah, despite how obvious it is that he's a traitor. As he finishes off Dalles, he gives the latter False Reassurance that he'll be revived as a slave in the future. Afterwards, he drops any pretense of politeness when talking to Toal.
  • 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: He is the one who allowed the clan of Darkness and the demon army to overrun Ys.
  • One-Winged Angel: Fuses with the black pearl to become the demon king Darm.
  • Psycho Electro: Tends to favor lightning magic.
  • Running Both Sides: He is 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.

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.

    Ys SEVEN 

    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 Seiren 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 Seiren 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.

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.

  • A Taste of Power: In the first segment where she's playable, she's at double the party's level.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the true ending, she is chosen to become the "Goddess of Evolution".
  • Big Damn Hero: Despite having been unconscious at the start of the Interception battle that takes place after she's brought to the village, she shows up before the final wave to provide reinforcements.
  • But Now I Must Go: After becoming the Goddess of Evolution, she must part ways 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.
  • Half Truth: She tells her handmaidens that her vision during the Tree Festival was that of an ocean and it is considered a good omen. She completely omits the fact she saw her own island sink into that ocean.
  • Height Angst: She's considered short for an Eternian, but is of perfectly normal height compared to modern humans.
  • 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.
  • Stripperific
  • Tornado Move: Some of her skills incorporate this.
  • Underboobs: Though unusually for the trope, she is not busty.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

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.
  • Cute Little Fang: Visible when her mouth is open.
  • 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: Full of energy and constantly smiling.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Happily Adopted: She loves her adopted father, Thanatos, just as much as a real daughter would.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Both her whip maces are almost as big as she is!
  • Raised by Wolves: She was raised by Master Kong (white gorilla) and Hasibiroko (giant bird) before meeting her adoptive father Thanatos.
  • Token Mini-Moe
  • Unfortunate Name: While pronounced differently, her name is the same as a type of cheese.

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.”

  • 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.
  • Determinator: He's so focused on completing his job that he'll intentionally go to an island that no one has escaped from, face off against unknown monsters and dinosaurs while exploring uncharted lands, all to deliver a package based on a note in a bottle that he found.
  • Hired Guns
  • Honor Before Reason: He had blueprints to build a ship the whole time, but never revealed that fact to anyone because of his contract as a transporter.
  • 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.

Captain Barbaros

The Captain of the Lombardia and leader of Castaway Village. Tasks Adol with finding other survivors and mapping Seiren Island.

  • Disappeared Dad: Becomes one as he leaves behind a wife and daughter when he dies.
  • Large and in Charge: The man towers over every other character in the game.
  • The Heart: Serves as the pillar of support to keep everyone together and in high spirits to get off the island. He passes that task to Adol with his dying breath.
  • Too Cool to Live: Dies at the end of Chapter 2 when one of Nameless's trap wires severs his femuroid artery.

Alison

One of the castaways and opens up a Tailoring shop in the village. She is already married when the story begins and gives birth to a child while on the island.

Dr. Kiergaard

One of the castaways who serves as the village's doctor.

Sir Carlan

A Romun noble and one of the castaways.

  • Dirty Old Man: Tries to get Laxia to carry him all the way back to the village from the Raised Coral Forest, claiming he can't walk. Once Dogi offers to carry him instead, he reveals he can walk just fine.
  • It's All About Me: He demands that everyone in the village prioritize his wants and desires over their own survival and finding the rest of the castaways.
  • The Load: Does not help out in any Assistance Requests and demands everyone in the village wait on him hand and foot. They pretty much ignore him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tries to escape the island by himself after Nameless surfaces. Okeanos quickly sinks him.

Catherine

One of the castaways and granddaughter of a master blacksmith. She maintains the party's weapons.

  • Determinator: Works for three solid days and nights teaching herself how to refine and work with Orichalcum.
  • The Stoic: Even when stating her excitement over being able to work with Orichalcum, she maintains her composure.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Her goal is to surpass her grandfather and become one of these. She diagnoses the problems with the party's weapons just by glancing at them when they first meet her.

Sister Nia

A traveling nun and one of the castaways.

  • Action Dress Rip: Tears her skirt to avoid tripping on it again should she be attacked and need to run away while Adol is protecting her. She also discards her nun habit as part of this. Her outfit stays that way for the rest of the game.
  • Character Development: She spends most of her initial time at the village simply praying for God to intervene and get them off the island. She later realizes she needs to start doing more and becomes more proactive around the village, starting with handling laundry.
  • Escort Mission: Her sidequest involves Adol protecting her from monsters. She's able to restore Adol's HP by praying during it and will stay put if Adol gets too far ahead, making it easy to keep her away from the monsters.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is the nicest adult in the cast.
  • Optional Party Member: She is the first of the castaways who isn't required to be found to progress the story.
  • She's Got Legs: After her Action Dress Rip the camera focuses on them for several seconds.

Dina

A traveling merchant and one of the castaways. She opens her own shop in the village.

Reja

First son of a Romun noble and one of the castaways. He runs the village's farm (albeit reluctantly at first).

  • Raised by Wolves: A Pikkard takes care of him after washing ashore until the rescue party arrives.

Mirala

A castaway and the wife of a restaurant owner in Greek. She becomes the village cook after joining up with everyone.

Aaron

One of the castaways and a member of the Romun military police. He boarded the Lombardia while chasing a wanted fugitive.

  • It's Personal: Nameless killed his companions and is determined to capture him.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Captain Barbaros dies, he takes charge of the Captain's duties and measuring Adol's mapping progress.

Licht

A castaway who is also a shy but talented medical student. He originally wasn't going to sail on the Lombardia but got called in as a substitute for the ship's doctor.

  • Character Development: He loses his stutter and gains confidence in his skills as a doctor as the story progresses. Between his introduction near the end of Chapter 2 and preparing to deliver Alison's baby in Chapter 5, he's almost a completely different person.
  • Contrived Coincidence: It just so happens he's found and recruited right before Dr. Kiergaard leaves, never leaving the village without someone to run the clinic.

Kuina

A little girl and one of the castaways. She's a bit of a prankster.

Austin

A wandering artist and one of the castaways. He asks Adol to document the various Location Discoveries on the island for inspiration.

Thanatos Beldine

A middle-aged explorer who washed up onto Seiren Island a year before the events of the game and is Ricotta's adoptive father.

  • Disappeared Dad: Short-term version. He and Ricotta had been separated for a month before catching up to him, primarily because he got caught by a wyvern and almost fed to its hatchlings before managing to escape. But he was still stuck on the northern side of the island.
  • Jump Scare: Introduces himself by sneaking up on Laxia and yelling "BOO!" just to mess with the team.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The party only knew him as "T" based on his memos around the island until meeting him in-person and learning his full name.

Sylvia

An elderly lady and one of the castaways. She managed to survive being stranded on the northern half of the island mainly due to also being a legendary Gladiator who never faced defeat in the Romun Colosseum.

  • Bait-and-Switch: She first appears as a harmless old woman and even plays the part, then the dinosaur shows up.
  • BFS: It's longer than she is tall and she wields it one-handed.
  • Brawn Hilda: Easily the most muscular woman in the franchise.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The moment she throws back her shawl and reveals her muscular build to take down an Ancient Species that managed to sneak up on the party while speaking with her.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Even dinosaurs aren't safe from her. She one-shots them!
  • The Red Baron: The Silver Hawk in the Gladiatorial circuit.

Kashu

One of the sailors on the Lombardia who also befriended Adol during his brief stint as a sailor. He ended up on the northern end of the island.

  • Contrived Coincidence: It just so happens he can be found immediately after obtaining the ship's blueprints is the most knowledgeable about ships in general after Captain Barbaros, thus becoming the best-available resource in building it.

Ed

Alison's husband and a skilled tailor.

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