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Lightning Farron (Final Fantasy XIII)

Leader of the All-Stars' second gathering. Lightning was captured by Polygon Man and made to fight a forcibly disguised Sora to restart the Battle Royale, but foiled it alongside Crash Bandicoot.

  • The Hero: Of Battle Royale: Round 2.
  • Indy Ploy: Lightning takes note of the battleground's quick regeneration and Sora's Ragnarok Limit Break to attack Polygon Man and drive him away.
  • The Rival: Polygon Man attempts to set Sora up as Lightning's rival. Unlike their predecessors, this rivalry doesn't go anywhere
  • Rotating Protagonist: Although she's the protagonist of the tale, several of the chapters are focused on Raiden or Jak.
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  • Two Girls to a Team: Lightning and Nariko are the only female All-Stars in the group.

Raiden (Metal Gear)

A cyborg who was part of the first Battle Royale. He, Nariko, and Sora were sent to find their missing comrades suspected to have been captured.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter Six focuses on Raiden clashing with The Beast and saving Cole McGrath and Dante Sparda from Master Xehanort.
  • The Rival: Raiden and Cole are rivals in the game, which they lampshade in Chapter Six when Raiden has to save Cole from Dante's alternate self.

Jak and Daxter

PlayStation 2 era mascots. They were sent by Lightning to spy on Kratos when he refuses to team up with the All-Stars to go after Polygon Man, before being caught up in Caius' hostage crisis.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Jak ends up losing control of his Dark Eco when Xehanort decides to "even the number", sending him on a rampage against his allies. It's foiled when Jak is mislead into thinking Xehanort is a revived Baron Praxis. This indirectly leads to him being Ret-Gone in Diamond Adventure.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jak gets both sides of this trope. He sends Master Xehanort running through his sheer hatred of Baron Praxis. However, when he attacks Caius with the Peace Maker, it's reflected back for a One-Hit KO.
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  • Handicapped Badass: Despite memory loss in his previous appearance, Jak retains his skills in battle.
  • It's Personal: Invoked. Jak might not fully remember Baron Praxis, but his hatred remains. Daxter uses this to get Dark Jak to attack Master Xehanort by convincing him that Xehanort is Praxis.
  • One Degree of Separation: They both don't know that Xehanort is Sora's Arch-Enemy when they face him in the Keyblade Graveyard. They find out the connection at the end, courtesy of Sora himself.
  • The Rival: Their rivalry with Ratchet and Clank faded away over the Time Skip, and now they're close allies. Polygon Man had intended for Riku to become Jak's new rival, but Caius ended up in that place for both parties.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once the truce between Zeus and Kratos has expired and they go back to fighting, Jak and Daxter leave for their next objective out of disgust.
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  • Supporting Protagonist: Chapters Seven and Eight have the duo as the viewpoint characters. In Seven, they force Zeus and Kratos into cooperating if it means fighting Master Xehanort. In Eight, they help Sir Dan and PaRappa face Caius Ballard.

Sir Daniel Fortesque (MediEvil)

An undead knight who proclaims himself the "Hero of Gallowmere". He was desperate to avoid actual battle because of Kratos, only to find himself facing Caius Ballard.

  • Cowardly Lion: Attempts to bail out of Lightning's meeting when Kratos doesn't show up, leading to Radec calling him out for cowardice. He also chooses to stay with PaRappa when trying to free Sora and Riku from crystal stasis, but Caius ambushes them. Sir Dan makes up for it by fighting Caius head on, and later dragging Riku to safety with Daring Dash.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter Eight focuses on Sir Dan as he conflicts with Caius Ballard. Although he's moved aside when PaRappa frees Caius' hostages, he uses his Daring Dash to save Riku from a Mega Flare.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts this at the thought of Kratos being on Polygon Man's side. It's foiled... on account of Kratos finally showing up and slamming the door on Sir Dan.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Unlike in the game, Sir Dan is fully capable of speech.

Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon

PlayStation era mascots. Both were dragged into the pantheon against their will by Polygon Man in a second attempt to restart the Battle Royale, but was again foiled by Crash's quick thinking. Lightning later recruits them.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Averted with Crash, but played straight with Spyro, in Chapter 2 when they're captured by Polygon Man.
  • Call-Back:
  • Insult Backfire: Polygon Man calls Crash "stupid" because he couldn't control the bandicoot with his brainwashing ability. Crash responds by forcing Aku Aku onto Spyro, freeing and empowering him.
  • Those Two Guys: Both of them are always in the same chapters, and are rarely apart, contrasting their successors who don't interact much.

Sly Cooper

A raccoon descended from a long line of thieves. He found out about the Blast Core, and joined Lightning to help steal it back. He's also friends with Ratchet and Clank.

  • Demoted to Extra: A supporting character in Dark Proxies, Sly only appears in two scenes and is captured in his second. However, his actions are crucial in that he's the one who informs Lightning about Caius, and steals the Blast Core from Polygon Man.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets trapped in a polygonal cell in Chapter Nine by Polygon Man to prevent the Blast Core from being stolen.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Sly offers to share popcorn he stole from Gleeman Vox with Ratchet and Clank when everyone starts bickering over Kratos being absent.

Ratchet & Clank

PlayStation 2 era mascots. Among Lightning's recruits, they don't have much reason to fight Polygon Man, but soon discover one of their old foes Dr. Nefarious is working for him.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The two mainly support Lightning, but get the spotlight in Chapter Nine when Dr. Nefarious comes into the picture.
  • Demoted to Extra: Supporting characters here, while their rivals from the game are major characters who face Xehanort and Caius.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ratchet doesn't take Caius imprisoning Sora and Riku in crystal very well, going as far as to prepare the RYNO V to free them. Clank tells him not to, since they could get killed with this method.
  • Pass the Popcorn: They eat popcorn with Sly Cooper during the panic over Kratos' absence. Clank does ponder over Sly taking popcorn from the House of Theater, although it was from Gleeman Vox's studios.
  • The Rival: Their rivalry with Jak and Daxter became friendly over time, so Polygon Man can't force them to clash like he did before. They've also developed another rivalry with Sora in the Time Skip, one that's also friendly.

Zeus and Kratos (God of War)

Bitter foes who's fights are infamous even within the pantheon, something Master Xehanort takes advantage of. Kratos refused to join the All-Stars, so Lightning sent Jak and Daxter to spy on him.

  • The Dreaded: Given his reputation, Kratos' absence in Lightning's meeting causes several to panic over his possible Face–Heel Turn.
  • Enemy Mine: They're forced into one when Master Xehanort threatens them. Once he's defeated, they go back to fighting, much to the disgust of Jak and Daxter.
  • The Rival: They have other official rivals (Sweet Tooth for Kratos, Isaac Clarke for Zeus), but they're technically each other's rivals, to the point that Lightning had to choose the House of Combat for the meeting in case she can't keep them in one room without fighting for more than ten seconds.

Sora and Riku (Kingdom Hearts)

Two Keybearers who are best friends. Sora was brainwashed into fighting Lightning during the first attempt, but is freed and later joins her group. Riku was later captured and used as a pawn by Caius Ballard into trapping Sir Dan and PaRappa.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Both of them (and Spyro) end up like this at separate points by Polygon Man. Lightning frees Sora by attacking Polygon Man himself, while Riku is released when Polygon Man is done using him to bait the All-Stars.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter Eight puts focus on Riku during the second half once he takes over from Sir Dan in facing Caius.
  • Distressed Dude: Polygon Man brainwashes Riku and sends him off to bait Lightning's group. Sora falls for the bait, and is taken hostage alongside Riku.
  • Demoted to Extra: A major character in Dark Proxies, Sora is only a supporting character here.
  • Handicapped Badass: Brutally deconstructed with Sora, who has a broken leg as a result of the events of Dark Proxies. He continues to fight despite his handicap, only for Caius to stomp on his knee, worsening the injury.
  • Missed the Call: They were both "invited" to the original Battle Royale, but missed out because of their Mark of Mastery Exam. Despite this, a polygonal minion of Sora shows up in the climax.
  • One Degree of Separation: Sora never encounters Master Xehanort or Dr. Nefarious in the tale, even though the former is his Arch-Enemy and fights two of his friends. In regards to the latter, one of Nefarious' minions, Courtney Gears, was responsible for Sora's broken leg in Dark Proxies.
  • The Rival: Polygon Man tries to set Lightning and Jak up as their respective rivals, but both times are foiled. Caius ends up the rival for Riku at the end. Sora also has a friendly rivalry with Ratchet and Clank.
  • Starter Villain: The first chapter has Lightning fight a brainwashed Sora in Polygon Man's chambers. He's freed when she attacks their captor.
  • Taken for Granite: They're both crystalized while Caius holds them hostage against the All-Stars to further bait them. They're reawakened and freed with the help of PaRappa.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Polygon Man has Riku captured and brainwashed to use as live bait against any All-Stars looking for him, Dante, and Cole. Once he succeeds, Polygon Man releases Riku from his control, and allows Caius to take the Keyblade Master as a hostage.

PaRappa the Rapper

A paper-thin rapper dog with strong willpower. He was put in charge of freeing Caius' two hostages from crystal stasis alongside Sir Dan.

Nariko (Heavenly Sword)

  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter Six. She and Raiden face Evil Cole and DmC!Dante, and fight The Beast.
  • The Rival: She had one with DmC Dante. While they face each other in Chapter 6, they don't interact.

Dante Spada (Devil May Cry)

  • Defeat Means Friendship: Dante defeats the DmC Dante, and impressed with his skills, decides to become a mentor figure for him. Unfortunately, it's short-lived when Evil Cole ends up absorbing DmC Dante to become The Beast.
  • Distressed Dude: He's captured by Caius Ballard early on.

Cole McGrath (Infamous)

Isaac Clarke (Dead Space)

Nathan Drake (Uncharted)

Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet)

  • Making a Splash: Sackboy uses a hose to weaken the robotized Polygonal Minions.

Colonel Radec (Killzone)

Heihachi Mishima (Tekken)

The owner of the Mishima Zaibatsu, seeking to claim superiority over his son and grandson.

  • Damned by Faint Praise: After Zeus speculates that Kratos is siding Polygon Man, some of the other heroes are horrified of the possibility, with Heihachi simply laughing, mocking the scared All-Stars while commenting that, while his family members are obstacles to his path for domination, they aren't cowards.
  • Trash Talk: All of Heihachi's lines consist of him insulting other characters, from the other All-Stars to Polygon Man himself.

Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal)

Villains

Polygon Man

The main villain of the tale. He's trying to restart the Battle Royale, but his targets keep escaping.

  • Mook Maker: Like in the game, he's capable of creating the Polygonal Minions, copies of the All-Stars who faced him before. This time, instead of three at a time as defense, Polygon Man just brings out copies of all 26 All-Stars who faced him to be his army.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Polygon Man mentions he's trained since the first Battle Royale. Originally, it usually takes only one All-Star to defeat him. Now, he's capable of self-defense against a whole army of All-Stars, including a Goddess as their leader.

Caius Ballard (Final Fantasy XIII-2)

An immortal guardian recruited by Polygon Man into being his second-hand man in exchange for All-Star Power that could help Yeul. He's from an earlier point in his world's timeline than Lightning, explaining why he's still an Anti-Villain.

  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Caius rejects Riku's sympathy over his quest to save Yeul.
  • Driven to Suicide: He takes advantage of Riku still having the Way to the Dawn onhand to commit suicide and likely force his curse on the Keyblade Master. Because he's in the pantheon, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has not taken place for him yet, he's revived soon afterwards.
  • Hope Crusher: His actions lead Riku into a Heroic BSoD after taking Sora for granite. PaRappa foils him.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Sets fire to Dante's office while in the process of kidnapping him. Dante ends up swearing that he'll send Caius the repair bill. The epilogue confirms he did.
    • He also crushes Sora's broken leg and reflects one of Jak's Peacemaker shots to knock him out.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Despite being the most noble of the villains, Caius is also the cruelest and most serious of them. He has Sora and Riku captured and crystalized, shoots Jak in the heart with his own Peacemaker gun, and tries to fry the whole party as Chaos Bahamut after PaRappa saves the Keybearers.
  • Taken for Granite: Caius imprisons Sora and Riku in crystal, and begins the process on Jak. PaRappa saves all three of them through hope.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His main motivation for working with Polygon Man is to save Yeul from her reincarnation cycle. Riku sympathizes with Caius over it, but Caius won't accept his pity and commits suicide instead.

Evil Cole (Infamous)

Cole McGrath's Enemy Without created by Master Xehanort.

Master Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts)

A notorious Keyblade Master who seeks to recreate the X-Blade. Needing one more Seeker of Darkness for his cause, Xehanort has his sights set on Jak.

  • Arch-Enemy: For Sora and Riku, and now Jak and Daxter.
  • The Corrupter: He plans to make Jak a Seeker of Darkness.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Xehanort failed to take account that Jak's Superpowered Evil Side was created by Baron Praxis, and Jak really hates Praxis for ruining his life. He's sent running when Daxter tricks the brainwashed Jak into thinking Xehanort is the reincarnated Praxis.
  • One Degree of Separation: Xehanort never finds out that Sora and Riku are among the All-Stars Lightning recruited, with his antagonism mainly aimed at Jak and Daxter.

Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence (Ratchet & Clank)

A pair of robots; a mad scientist and his butler. They're Polygon Man's secret recruits who have rebuilt the Biobliterator. Ratchet knew they'd show up sooner or later.
  • Arch-Enemy: For Ratchet and Clank.
  • Demoted to Dragon: He serves as The Dragon to Polygon Man here.
  • For the Evulz: Nefarious admitted that he allied with Polygon Man caused he had nothing else to do.
  • Running Gag: Suffers yet another malfunction that causes a "Lance and Janice" episode to play out, right in the middle of a major battle even! Ratchet ends up snapping Nefarious out, but not before pointing out the show's Seasonal Rot.

Polygonal Minions

Polygon Man's army. They're clones of the original All-Stars and Sora who were robotized by the Biobliterator.

  • The Cameo: Since there are All-Stars who haven't joined the pantheon, Polygonal Minions of them show up instead. This includes Fat Princess, Kat (who ascended later on), Spike, Emmet Graves, and Toro.
  • Clone Army: They're all polygonal clones of the 26 All-Stars who fought in the first Battle Royale, plus a 27th clone based on Sora, whom Polygon Man attempted to use to restart the Battle Royale.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: They're turned into robots by Dr. Nefarious to boost their defenses. Backfires when they're left vulnerable to thunder-based attacks.
  • Mascot Mook: Exploited. Many of them take on the forms of Sony Mascots.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Polygon Man had them robotized after seeing a beam from the Biobliterator convert the Polygonal Sora while trying to attack Ratchet.

Other

Nanaki/Red XIII (Final Fantasy VII)

A beast who welcomes Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon into the pantheon after they escaped Polygon Man.

Hope Estheim (Final Fantasy XIII)

Carmelita Fox (Sly Cooper)

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