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Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi
- Accidental Pervert: In two of the Bowdlerised scenes.
- Achilles' Heel: As he is the Literal Split Personality of Fou-Lu and a God dragon, both share the same weakness against weapons created specifically to kill beings such as themselves. On top of that, since Ryu is considered to be a Fire dragon, he has an innate weakness to water / ice.
- The Berserker: Same as in III. Now one needs to find all Endless in order to control the Kaiser Dragon.
- Big Damn Heroes: Subverted at the start of the game. Nina falls down a cliff side and Ryu jumps heroically to her aid... And just then notices Nina has wings. Cue Ryu's smacking the ground face-first.
- Big "SHUT UP!": A dialogue option allows Ryu to do this to Fou-Lu when choosing the "Good End" option after Fou-Lu's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Despair Event Horizon: When Rasso slaughters the innocent civilians of Chek, he falls into an Heroic BSoD. This is especially apparent in the manga adaptation.
- Elemental Powers: Back to form-specific elements:
- Jack-of-All-Stats: All of his stats are decently high.
- Hellish Pupils: The manga's depiction of the Dragon's Eye.
- Heroic Mime: At least until the ending.
- Averted in the manga adaptation, which has him speak frequently and greatly expands on his personality.
- I Will Find You: Ryu searching for Fou-Lu in the manga adaptation.
- Katanas Are Just Better: First Ryu to ditch the European swords for a katana. Likely as part of the setting switch from Medieval Europe to Ancient China.
- Living MacGuffin: Ryu ultimately becomes this.
- Naked on Arrival: An embarrassed Nina comes across his naked unconscious self at the merchant crash site.
- Playing with Fire: Three of his dragon forms are fire-type.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Fou-Lu's Blue. By the end of the game, it gets inverted: Fou-lu is angry and vengeful against humanity while Ryu is compassionate towards them and wants to impart this mentality to him.
- This Is Unforgivable!: In the manga version, Ryu screams: "I won't forgive you" during his Heroic BSoD... Right before unleashing THE KAISER DRAGON.
- Twin Telepathy: With Fou-Lu, probably closer to Twin Empathy. Depicted more blatantly in the manga (especially so starting around Chapter 19) and is actually the major driving plot-point.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Seriously, this is pretty much contractually obligated for a Ryu in a Breath of Fire game. Any Ryu. Should he perform his Split-Personality Merge wth Fou-Lu, his character sprite gains a green hair.
- Blow You Away: Outside of healing, Nina's specialty is using Wind magic, starting with Sever. With customizable skills, you can give her other elemental magic though.
- Character Narrator: Each chapter ends with a short narration from her.
- Cooldown Hug: Actually bringing Ryu down from KAISER RAGE by this, in fact!
- Healing Winds: She uses wind magic both offensively and for healing.
- The Heart: Of the team, she is the most affected by the suffering she sees, and it is she who actually recruits the other members (except for Ershin).
- I Will Find You: The game starts out with Nina and Cray searching for her lost sister Elina.
- The Medic: She gets all of the best healing spells by levelling up.
- Morality Pet: Serves as one for Cray, in the beginning. One suspects that the only reason the party got to six members at all is because Nina kept telling Cray to give them a chance. Cray outgrows the need for one eventually.
- Royal Blood: She's a Princess of Wyndia.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In her case, go in search of her lost sister Elina. And calm down raging KAISER DRAGON mode Ryu. And in the manga, have an "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight moment that slaps sense into Ryu when the latter is in Infini's mind.
Voiced by: Isshin Chiba
- Dishing Out Dirt: He has native access to Earth magic. While he lacks the Intelligence and Magic Points stats to use them effectively, he makes up for it thanks to his spells being multi-targets and being able to participate in Combos.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is human, his father (the previous chieftain) is Woren.
- Heroic BSoD: In the game, after he mercy-kills Elina. He does not speak again until the final dungeon.
- Hot-Blooded: Something of a problem for him and his tribe. To his credit, he does try to control his temper, with varying success.
- Hunk: A quick look at his official artwork reveals that Cray is jacked. Naturally, he is one of your hardest hitter.
- I Will Find You: Searching for Elina along with Nina. It doesn't end well and Elina has to be given a Mercy Kill.
- Idiot Ball: He's no Dumb Muscle, but he still grabs firm hold of this at times, mostly in the beginning in his desperation to find Elina.
- It's Personal: With Yuna, after he finds out what he did to Elina.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the beginning, he's really something of a bully. He all but forcibly conscripts Ryu into the party because of his prophetic dreams leading to Elina, and when they don't pan out, considers ditching him. He also beats up Marlok's bodyguard, forces his way into his house, and demands that he give information about Elina while offering nothing in return. His behavior toward the other members of the party, especially Ursula, isn't that great either, and he often ignores their needs entirely unless Nina speaks up for them. And that's not going into his illegal entry into The Empire, which caused a lot of people a lot of problems which he never apologized for. Despite all this, he really does care for Nina and is protective of both her and the party in his own way. And, through the wonders of Character Development ( and a few rounds of Break the Cutie) he pretty much drops the "jerk" part completely by the end.
- Kangaroo Court: The Ludian court isn't exactly on his side when he's on trial. To be fair, they aren't entirely wrong, either.
- Love Confession: He confesses his love to Elina moments before he is forced to kill her to end her never-ending suffering.
- Love Hurts: And how. He genuinely loves Elina from all his heart, and will stop at nothing to find her. When he does finally find her, she is beyond saving, and he has to kill her himself, at her own request.
- Love Redeems: Cray has his own experience with this when he must ultimately euthanise Elina with the Dragonslayer.
- Mighty Glacier: Well, his weapon is pretty big and heavy, so that might explain it.
- Morality Pet: Nina, in the beginning. One suspects that the only reason the party got to six members at all is because Nina kept telling Cray to give them a chance. He outgrows the need for one eventually.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Finding Cray and Co. illegally across borders, assaulting Imperial soldiers nearly broke the ceasefire The Empire had with the Western Alliance, and by manufacturing a copy of the weapon that Cray also stole (and gave away to Nina, who gave it to Ryu, who broke it,), The Empire was able to modify the treaty between the countries so that they could seize more land on the border, so that they could more easily search for Ryu. A great deal of trouble the True Companions face in the later Acts could have been avoided entirely if Cray had been capable of any degree of subtlety — though he IS right in that Elina couldn't be found through proper channels, given what the Empire had done to her.
- Only Sane Man: Feels like this most times, mostly in regards to recruiting Scias and Ursula since they were former enemies briefly.
- Papa Wolf: In regards to Nina. Considerably more explicit in the manga.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Chieftain of the entire Woren nation, at that.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His attitude concerning his search for Elena. He learns to grow out of it, though.
- Shout-Out: His ultimate combination magic is named "Weretiger" in reference to Rei's feral form.
- Team Dad
- What the Hell, Hero?: He faced a LOT of chewing out from the Ludian court for his illegal entry into The Empire and his loss of a priceless heirloom and symbol of the kingdom. His response was to throw it right back.
- Ursula and Ershin also bluntly call him on bad leadership decisions.
- Animated Armor: Deis' aura granted the armor a will of its own.
- Bilingual Bonus: Two separate ones, in fact, both of which contain spoilers.
- Cloudcuckoolander: To call Ershin "bizarre" wouldn't do her justice. She acts quite aloof, can be pushy at times, has laughing fits and can be sometimes disconnected from reality.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gave up its life to protect the Abbess of Chek while Deis was speaking with the Endless.It didn't stick, though.
- Jerkass: Deis was hardly warm to Ershin when it was revealed that it had a mind of its own. She absolutely refused to go back inside, cruelly insisting it was never alive and that it should "go back to being a suit of armor," and then leaving it alone in Chek. She eventually realized how selfish this attitude was when Ershin gave up its life to protect the Abbess, and goes back into the armor to rejoin Ryu.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: When the party has to release Deis.
- Master of All: There is a reason for Meaningful Name.
- Meaningful Name: Though hidden by a Bilingual Bonus. The Keep It Foreign renaming of Master to "Ershin" — literally meaning "two souls" in Sichuan Chinese — was to preserve the Bilingual Bonus.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: On some of her character portraits.
- Sealed Good in a Can: It turns out Ershin is actually the robotic "host" for the goddess Deis.
- Stone Wall: Excellent Defense and no Elemental Affinity.
- Took a Level in Badass: Becomes much more useful after an event which occurs about halfway through the game; specifically, unsealing Deis' power allows Ershin to learn a greater variety of skills, including all four level three elemental spells.
- Team Pet: Though a surprisingly powerful one once she is leveled up.
- Third-Person Person: Oh god yes. Entirely justified to the point of Fridge Brilliance based on the above.
- Use Your Head: Following in Peco's example.
- Achilles' Heel: Scias' element being Water, he shares Fou-Lu's weakness to Fire attacks.
- Alcohol Hic: Unfortunately, Bowdlerised in the English version to a stuttering issue.
- An Ice Person/Healing Hands: He's the secondary healer and he has ice magic (all three levels of ice spells), but he can learn other elemental magic from the customizable skills.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: It is implied in the game (and even more in the manga) that the reason Scias left the employ of Ludia was because he was touched by Nina's optimism and faith in him.
- Blinding Bangs: Doesn't stop him from being damn good with a katana, though.
- Captain Obvious: Scias' reaction to the discovery that "Fairy Drops" are the Solid Gold Poop of actual fairies.
- Combat Medic: And he is no slouch in both departments.
- Drunken Master: Scias' original characterization in the Japanese version had him constantly falling-down plastered, and still pulling off all the fanciest of moves he does in battle. Imagine what he could accomplish sober.
- Dummied Out: Scias naturally-gained "Analyse" spell was removed from the English version. It can still be assigned to any character with a GameShark, though in a buggy state.
- Flash Step: His attack animation.
- Glass Cannon: When Rakhasa activates (when his HP has fallen into the yellow): it adds his Defense to his Power and then drops his Defense to zero.
- HeelFace Turn: He entered the party in the employ of Ludia to spy on the party, but he reneges and returns the money.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He tries to project the image of a Badass mercenary, but his campfire conversation and certain other events reveal that he's not nearly as devoid of conscience as he pretends.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Much better if they give him an extra attack.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is fast, he hits hard (Shining Blade, hello!) and his Defense and Evasion are pretty good as well.
Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe
- Ascended Extra: In the game proper, Ursula joins late and her role is fairly restricted. In the manga adaptation, she gets more time to shine, with several pages dedicated to her perspective and thoughts, thus expanding her character and giving her more depth.
- The Comically Serious: She smiles exactly once during the whole game.
- Cry Cute: In the manga, she cries when her adoptive grandfather, General Rhun, is dying.
- Defensive Failure: She pulls her gun and aims at Ryu when he is in his berserk state, but is visibly shaking and is ultimately unable to shoot. Were it not for Nina's intervention, she would have been vaporized on the spot just like Rasso.
- Even Evil Has Standards: During her very brief time as an antagonist, she shows disgust with Rasso when he slaughters the women and children of Chek. Invoked: In the manga, she explicitly describes Rasso's actions as unforgivable and begs Nina to not think of all Fou Empire soldiers as being similarly monstrous.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Fond of delivering these to Cray.
- Happily Adopted: By General Rhun, it turns out.
- I Will Find You: At the game's end, she goes looking for her foster-father General Rhun. In the manga, she goes searching for Yuna, presumably to hunt him down and kill him.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Could be Master of None, but training with Masters helps her to stay decent.
- Sixth Ranger: She doesn't even show up until near the end of Chapter 2, but she still starts as an antagonist.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Her victory sprite has her disappear in a ninja-style Smoke Out.
- Tsundere: Specifically, Type A.
- Unwitting Pawn: The manga explicitly depicts Ursula as one regarding Elina's fate.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sea lice. Especially hilarious as sea lice are harmless isopods — and Nina even points this out.
- This in fact SO traumatises Ursula in regards to sea travel that when Khan knocks on the bottom of the ship later, Ursula is convinced it's actually the sea lice who are OUT TO GET HER.
- All-Loving Hero: Elina is a beloved public figure throughout the Eastern Continent. This was the biggest reason why Yuna captured her in order to eventually use her as an everlasting sacrifice for the Carronade.
- Arranged Marriage: She is engaged to Morley, the prince of Ludia, in order to secure an alliance between Wyndia and Ludia. Some people believed that she disappeared because she didn't want to get married in the first place.
- Astral Projection: In the depths of Yuna's underground laboratory at Astana, she projects an image of herself to tell Ryu and his friends that only the Dragonslayer will allow them to eventually find her.
- Body Horror: Everything beneath her waist is a mass of giant bones and internal organs that has integrated itself with Yuna's underground laboratory in Astana. Some of the organs even have eyes that follow anything that moves on them.
- Break the Cutie: Subverted. Despite her traumatic experiences during Yuna's cruel experiments, Elina retained her kind, loving personality through it all.
- Complete Immortality: As an Endless, only weapons that can kill a deity, such as the Dragonslayer, can kill her.
- Damsel in Distress: Her disappearance results in Nina and Cray searching for her. By the time Elina is found, it's too late to rescue her.
- Deity of Human Origin: As a result of Yuna's experiment to give her an immortal body Gone Horribly Right.
- Friend to All Children: Before her disappearance, Elina was last seen at an orphanage in the town of Synesta, where she was fondly remembered by the children.
- Go Out with a Smile: She accepts her death with grace, a serene smile on her face when Cray ends her suffering.
- Gory Discretion Shot: We never actually see Cray kill Elina. In the game, the scene cuts to outside Elina's room just as Cray takes the Dragonslayer. The player may not re-enter the room afterwards. In the manga, the scene changes just before Cray stabs Elina. After this, it is shown that Elina's body has disappeared.
- Onee-sama: She is deeply loved and respected by her younger sister Nina, who always calls her "Nee-sama".
- Princess Classic: She is the very image of a beautiful, kind, innocent princess.
- Royal Blood: She is a princess of Wyndia, being the older sister of Nina.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She has devoted her life to finding a way to end the war between the Fou Empire and the Alliance and promoting peace between them, acting as an ambassador-at-large. Elina has also conducted goodwill visits to many cities and towns ravaged by the war, making her a popular public figure.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Averted. Yuna originally planned to use Elina as a sacrifice for the Carronade due to her strong emotional ties to many people on the Eastern Continent. However, the Carronade required its victims to be tortured to near-death in order to properly utilize their negative thoughts and emotions as ammunition. Yuna conducted experiments to give Elina an immortal body in order to give the Carronade infinite ammunition. In the process, he accidentally turned Elina into an Endless.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite being missing for most of the story, Elina is the biggest reason why Nina and Cray push forward and endure many perils during their search for her. During this search, they encounter Ryu, which takes their quest to a new level of drama.
- Superpower Disability: As a side effect of becoming an Endless, Elina's bones and internal organs have grown to the point of permanently immobilizing her.
- The Lost Lenore: To Cray, after he kills her with the Dragonslayer.
- The Omniscient: As an Endless, she is able to know things beyond human perception. For example, she knew Ryu's name even though he never introduced himself to her, she knew about Fou-lu's existence and she fully understood that the meeting between Ryu and Fou-lu will decide the world's destiny. She also knew that Cray loved her enough to end her suffering.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is the most unambiguously good person in the game's story, making her death all the more tragic.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Having no wish to live and suffer for all eternity, Elina's last request is for Cray to give her a Mercy Kill using the Dragonslayer.
- Winged Humanoid: Like Nina, she too is a Wyndian.
- Break the Cutie: She was subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture in preparation for fueling the Carronade. It is likely that she was utterly broken in mind and spirit by the end of it.
- Happily Ever After: What Mami was essentially hoping for. Subverted.
- Love Hurts: Quite fatally for her in fact — unfortunately for poor Mami, the Carronade literally operates on this principle.
- Morality Pet: She's Fou-Lu's counterpart to Nina in many ways, and she also shows exactly what happens when the Morality Pet is killed in the middle of a villain's developing HeelFace Turn.
- Sacrificial Lamb: For the Carronade.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Or in this case, the Carronade. Fou-Lu's reaction when he finds what caused the hex he was targeted with is pretty much classic for this trope, though.
- The Lost Lenore: Possibly for Fou-Lu, who kept her bell ornaments after her death in the manga. Also possibly for her landlord, who was suspicious of Fou-lu partly out of jealousy and blamed himself for her death despite trying to convince himself otherwise.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Do not insult or try to drive off her Ryong in her presence.
- Arch-Enemy: Thinks of himself as this in relation to the main party. Thinks being the operative word here.
- Determinator: Credit where it's due, no matter how badly Ryu and partly beat him down, he keeps coming back.
Voiced by: Isshin Chiba
- Achilles' Heel: As he is the Literal Split Personality of Ryu and a God dragon, both share the same weakness against weapons created specifically to kill beings such as themselves. On top of that, since Fou-Lu is considered to be an Ice dragon, he has an innate weakness to fire, something that the Empire is well aware of. General Yohm's first move upon Fou-Lu revival was to set the forest on fire, and each creatures he summons specialize in fire attacks.
- A God Am I: Well, he is. Not as pompous about it as other examples, but when first seeing men trying to kill him, he derides their attempts and says they might as well be trying to kill a part of nature itself.
- An Ice Person: His main dragon form is ice / water-type. He's also weak against fire in general.
- Anti-Villain: Though his end goals involve slaughtering humanity, the sheer tragedy he went through at the hands of the heigher ups of the Fou Empire such as Yohm and Yuna still makes him sympathetic. And in one of the endings, he sheds his dismissive views on humans and sacrifices himself, believing that they need no gods.
- Bishōnen: He's a Long-Haired Pretty Boy with soft facial features. It is more prominent in his in-game portraits.
- Bishōnen Line: For the Final Boss battle, his first form is the Tyrant, the black-colored counterpart to Ryu's Kaiser form. The second battle is against his Astral form, which, instead of its usual appearance, is a humanoid giant that resembles Fou-lu like it was a Fusion Dance of his human and Aura forms.
- The Cameo: Appears as a card in the Heroes and Heralds mode of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- Crutch Character: You only control him during his segments of the story, and he's all you'll need. Fou-Lu starts off with a very powerful dragon form, and is at such a high level that despite soloing battles he isn't likely to gain any levels, nor does he even need to.
- Dark Is Evil: The first part of the final battle with him has Fou-Lu in his Tyrant form: a black version of Ryu's Kaiser form that attacks with the dark magic of the Dark Wave and Malefication spells. He himself becomes an example of this throughout his story, wearing dark clothes and becoming vengeful against humanity.
- Despair Event Horizon: Losing Mami pushes him so far past it that he enters full-on Laughing Mad territory.
- Deuteragonist: His role in the story and viewpoint are as important to the plot as Ryu's journey.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: The Empire doesn't want him around and makes repeated attempts to kill him, which in the end drives his mad and causes him to burn the empire's capital to the ground, in addition to of course, killing nearly everyone sent after him.
- Driven to Villainy: At first he's a fairly decent warrior god, but then The Empire that he built keeps trying to kill him after he awakens and puts him through so many traumatic experiences until he snaps and decides to kill everyone.
- Dual Wielding: During the final fight.
- Elemental Powers: He gets ice over Ryu's fire, but otherwise he gets similar forms note
- Energy Weapon: He conjures a sword of Pure Energy for his standard attacks.
- Evil Counterpart: To Ryu. Turns out he's not really evil at all, though.
- God-Emperor: One of the few cases where the God-Emperor started out as a god first.
- God Is Good: While not soft and sometimes not that nice, it's clear that Fou-Lu does genuinely care about humanity and that he first intended to rule them only as a benevolent emperor. However, because Humans Are Bastards, they dick him over enough times that he crosses the Despair Event Horizon and decides to Kill 'Em All.
- HeelFace Turn: In the manga ending and arguably in the Good End of the game. He was well on his way there anyway, but then someone thought it'd be a good idea to kill his Morality Pet.
- Hellish Pupils: In the manga version. Justified as the manga in general uses cat-like eyes to denote someone is a dragon.
- Humans Are Bastards: He believes this about mortals in general: that they are foolish and belligerent and will use their powers to wage war and cause death amongst themselves. In one of the endings, he will soften his views and believe them to be "magnificent" as well.
- I Know Your True Name: It is explained that the mere act of saying his name causes ripples in time and alerts magic-sensitive people to his presence. Fou-Lu himself ends up a victim of this... Twice over. Once during the botched summoning that called him to the world (and split him in half), the other via Yohm having a bit too much knowledge of name magic. It doesn't help that he tells Mami his story, mentioning his name several times in the process.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even in his more benevolent moments, Fou-Lu was still arrogant and dismissive towards humanity. Though he showed much gratitude to the mortals that took care of him and when he was hurt, he wasn't above rudely telling them not to interfere with his affairs- which is what he told Mami. Then everything changes after she dies and Fou-Lu heads toward full-blown villainy.
- King Incognito: Upon reawakening from his sleep, only the higher-ups in the Fou Empire's hierarchy know who he is. None of the civilians are aware that Fou-Lu is the First Emperor. Bunyan thinks he just shares the name and soldiers keep him from entering the castle, believing him to be part of the common folk.
- King in the Mountain: Technically, Fou-Lu is this to the Fou Empire (what with being summoned as their literal God-Emperor and prophesying his own "resurrection" before going into torpor for 600 years). Unfortunately, The Empire that he happens to be the King in the Mountain of wants him quite dead — thus becoming a subversion of the trope.
- Laughing Mad: After he finds out poor Mami was used as a Fantastic Nuclear Warhead. The manga's depiction of this is especially disturbing, in part because Ryu also feels Fou-Lu losing his mind via Twin Telepathy after having had his own Kaiser Dragon Incident.
- Love Hurts: Learns this the hard way when Mami gets used in The Carronade.
- Love Redeems: Once he meets up with Mami, he starts down this path. Then Yuna brutally tortures her and uses her as a sacrifice for the Carronade. Ouch.
- Mystical White Hair: He has white hair and its is a sign of his otherworldly nature, being an Endless and all. His true form, upon merging with Ryu, has him with green hair, however.
- Nice Hat: He gets one after he kills Soniel and becomes emperor again.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While still a sympathetic character at the time, saying his own name multiple times to Bunyan and Mami keep alerting General Yohm and his soldiers to his presence. Furthermore, saving the village from the Rock Golem in the mountain exposes the common folk to his true nature, making them suspicious and leading Mami's landlord to rat him out to his pursuers.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Initially he is pretty alright even if he is not very nice. However, as he progresses, the manhunt on him by The Empire eventually makes him more and more wary of the humans. Even though his interactions with Bunyan and Mami slightly change his opinion for the better. He finally snaps after a tactical Carronade strike. He goes full Laughing Mad when he learns that Mami was used as an ammunition for Carronade. Probably subverted in Good End.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Ryu's Red Oni. He is generally more stoic, but things get inverted by the end of the story: Fou-Lu is consumed with despair and rage against humans while Ryu still has hope and compassion for them, and wants to teach him this.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: After uniting the world's nations into an empire, Fou-Lu went into slumber in a tomb, only to be summoned years and years later.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga ending, Fou-Lu is shown to be alive in the manga adaptation and lives with Ryu travelling the world. The manga ends with the two heading towards Wyndia, Fou-Lu wishing to learn what Ryu sees in humanity.
- Speak of the Devil: A self inflicted version (in order to avoid Yohm's I Know Your True Name where he refuses to tell Mami his real name.
- Split-Personality Merge: After the final battle in the game's Good End, he admits that whilst Humans Are the Real Monsters they are also "magnificent" and is absorbed into Ryu.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: The player controls him at several points throughout the game, allowing them to witness various Pet the Dog moments and humanizing scenes.
- Technically a Smile: Fou-Lu's character status sprite when he beheads Soniel.
- In the Comic Blade Avarus manga the last page of Chapter 19 has another example (which, of note, occurs right after the manga's depiction of the above scene). Fou-Lu is holding Mami's bells, begging Ryu to hurry up and come, whilst giving a positively feral smile. And this is after being run through with the Dragonslayer.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Fou-Lu gives one that is more of a "The Reason Humans Suck Speech"; this is actually how you start the decision path on which of the Multiple Endings to go with.
- The manga (in its Take a Third Option Ending) starts with Fou-Lu going into his "The Reason Humans Suck Speech", and Ryu agreeing and choosing to go with what appears to be the Bad End. He gets better, though.
- Trauma Conga Line: All the way down to frank Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds by the time all is said and done with.
- Twin Telepathy: With Ryu. Again, closer to Twin Empathy and considerably more explicit in the manga version.
- Unwanted Revival: The Fou Empire's leadership in general sees him as this. This even goes to the point of official propaganda declaring him the "Dragon of Doom", and Yohm explicitly states his reawakening is an Unwanted Revival.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: And combined with the Royal "We", at that, that forms his manner of speaking. Justified as it conveys the fact the he is an ancient being. This is likely Capcom USA's attempt to deal with the original Keigo, though rather more exaggerated in English.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Young with long, white hair; at first, it seems adverted but after getting nuked, he lives up to this trope.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Once The Empire literally Dropped a Mami on Him.
- Big Bad: The true main villain of the game, manipulating the Empire to suit his ends, and opposed by Ryu and friends, and, less directly, Fou-lu.
- Body Horror: His specialty. He experiments on people on a regular basis, and used Elina as his guinea pig, wishing to give her an immortal body in order to turn her into unlimited ammunition for the Carronade. His experience succeeded well beyond what he expected.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Acts as one to Emperor Soniel. Exactly what he really wants is never made clear in the game, but the manga implies that he has his eyes on the throne.
- Evil Is Not Pacifist: Subverted. He claims to be a "pacifist" and a "man of the arts", but this is just an excuse to save his own ass.
- Evil Sorcerer: Extra emphasis on the evil.
- Gone Horribly Right: He wished to give Elina an immortal body for a nefarious purpose. He accidently turned her into an Endless, whose evergrowing organs and bones completely invaded its laboratory.
- Karma Houdini: Probably one of the most notable examples of this in video games, especially since he pulls it off twice. He's directly responsible for nearly every bad thing that happens in the game, and to get the best ending, you have to let him get away with it. To make it even worse, the epilogue makes it very clear that he's already planning to rebuild his operation and do it all again.
- Love Hurts: It will if he has anything to say about it. Suffice it to say, Yuna is the last person you want to introduce your significant other to.
- Mad Scientist: He has actually been described as Breath of Fire's answer to Hojo, which pretty much hits the nail on the head. To some, Yuna is even more detestable due to being a Karma Houdini.
- Meaningful Name: Yuna translates to "night", which is a nice reflection on the type of person he is.
- Sissy Villain: Mostly in the manga.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: While he doesn't exactly look bad in the original game, the manga plays up his appearance and makes him more handsome. Justified since young women are a target audience of the publisher.
- Affably Evil: He's very polite with Fou-Lu.
- Anti-Villain: Has hints of this in the game proper, and the manga makes rather a better case for this interpretation. Overall, he is just following orders, and does what he thinks is best for his country.
- Arc Villain: He's The Heavy for most of Fou-lu's side of the story.
- The Beastmaster: He summons mystical creatures to do the dirty job.
- The Dragon: To Emperor Soniel.
- I Know Your True Name: Yohm engages in this in a very literal sense with Fou-Lu — even explicitly commenting to him that: the very act of speaking Fou-Lu's name sends ripples in the world to such an extent Yohm can be inevitably led to wherever he is. Yes, name magic can be used as essentially radar to find Endless, for values of sufficiently powerful Endless.
- Just Following Orders: Yohm even admits as much before committing suicide by immolation.
- The Unfought: Like Rasso and Yuna, he is never actually fought during the course of the game. Given his age and physical state, though, it's probably justified.
- Asshole Victim: He is a smug, despicable man who would torture and kill children without a second thought. As a result, he becomes the first mortal that Ryu learns to truly hate, resulting in him being vaporized by the Kaiser Dragon, along with a chunk of landscape in the distance.
- Broken Armor Boss Battle: Ight is a Seemingly Hopeless Boss Fight since it carries a large shield that negates almost all attacks against it. However, if Ryu is knocked unconscious during the fight, he will revive, transform into the Kaiser Dragon and unleash Kaiserbreath twice; the first use will obliterate Ight's shield, and the second will destroy Ight itself.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He's absolutely determined to kill Ryu for inflicting his facial scar. Rasso even skirts disobeying a direct order from his superiors to bring Ryu back alive by claiming that they never said anything about bringing him back unharmed.
- Made of Iron: He breaks a sword by it striking his face. And it only leaves a scar.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: It convinced Rasso to hunt Ryu down before figuring out the latter was the one he was looking for.
- Marionette Master: He never fights, letting his summoned Animated Armors to do the deed.
- Oh, Crap!: His last thought just before he's vaporized by the Kaiser Dragon, barely able to comprehend or accept that it is even happening.
- Sissy Villain (bordering Camp Gay): Rasso speaks in a very effeminate way in Japanese (to the point it can be described as the Japanese equivalent of Camp Gay) and also has rather effeminate mannerisms. In the 4-komas included in the manga Ryu even refers to him as "okama" — which was translated to "THE GIRLY MAN" in the Fan Translation.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Rasso's three robots are named "Joh", "Ymechaf" and "Ight". Put together, they form "Joy Mech Fight", a NES fighting game.
- The Unfought: Even though you fight his summons, you never get to battle him directly. The closest one gets is burnination by Kaiser Dragon, and that's not exactly controllable. Still very satisfying to see him annihilated by Kaiser though.
- Would Hurt a Child: After finding the children of Chek, he tortures them to death for information on Ryu's location. Because of Rasso, Rhem and the Abbess are the only surviving inhabitants of Chek by the story's end.
- 13 Is Unlucky: He is the 13th and the last Emperor of the Fou Empire before its collapse by Fou-lu's hand.
- Backstab Backfire: He loses his head after attempting to backstab Fou-lu. It's especially explicit in the manga.
- Dirty Coward: He cowers and sucks up to Fou-lu before stabbing the God-Emperor with the Dragonslayer the moment his guard is down. Soniel then takes a moment to gloat to Fou-lu's face, bragging about killing a god and calling the Fou Empire's promise to him worthless. Unfortunately for him, Fou-lu is only wounded, aggravating him even further.
- The Emperor: One of the very few examples where a mortal, rather than the God-Emperor, qualifies.
- Horrible Judge of Character: The despicable Yuna is one of his most trusted advisors.
- Nice Hat: At least your decapitated head is stylin', Soniel.
- Off with His Head!: The result for Soniel of the Back Stab. A victim of Bowdlerisation in English, and treated to a Crowning Moment of Take That! in the Bloodier and Gorier manga adaptation.
- Pride: Especially apparent when he pulls the Back Stab on Fou-Lu bragging that he'd killed a god.