The second Melee class of the game, Knights trade the stopping power of Soldiers for a relatively larger health pool and the ability to equip shields, the latter of which reduces ranged damage and makes them immune to flinching.
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Tropes common to the Knight Class:
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Barring two instances (Elza and Rolo), all Knights carry shields, which reduce all ranged (normal) damage as long as they are facing their opponent. They could also use this to protect any "soft" class (like Clerics, Wizards, or Archers) standing in the same line behind them.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Of course, though the Arcana from the Holy Kingdom play this more straight that Knights from the Lake of Sand, who wear far flimsier outfits due to being from a country that's mostly desert.
One of the first warriors to accompany the Hero in his journey, Kain is a farmboy that nonetheless enlisted in the Volunteer Army because he felt that it was the right thing to do. Unlike many of the other Knights among the Volunteers, Kain had no formal training, but he makes up for this with grit and persistence.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Implied, and reflected in-mechanics by actual immunity to the Poison debuff.
- Ambiguously Bi: There's an implication of a relationship starting between him and Michidia, but Kain also gets pretty upset if the Hero spends more time with another guy than he does with him.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: All his interactions with Michidia ooze with this.
- Can't Catch Up: Kain's first Arcana quest centers around his worries that his skills might no longer be enough for the increasingly dangerous encounters the Hero's group experience.
- This reflects the in-game fact that, as a 1-star Arcana, Kain is quickly eclipsed by the abilities and stats of rarer Arcana.
- Crossdressing Voices: The gung-ho and hotblooded knight is voiced by a female voice actress.
- Farm Boy: What Kain started as.
- Heroic Resolve: Played straight in Kain's first 4-star Arcana quest.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Hero, he gets a little aggressive when this is challenged by someone, such as Tubalao.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: by Yuuri, triggering his FaceHeel Turn.
- Jumped at the Call: He enlisted because he wanted to help protect people.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Kain's second Arcana quest has him make peace with the fact that there are far bigger threats out there that could be handled by better fighters, but that doesn't mean that he can no longer fight in his own way.
- Starter Equipment: Kain's 1-star Arcana is the first Knight-type Arcana you will get in the game.
- Took a Level in Badass: Symbolized by his 4-star Arcana, where he gains a boost to HP and Attack when in combat on top of his already existing poison immunity. What's more, once his HP drops a certain point, the effects of his shield increase, and he takes reduced damage from all sources.
A young knight who just recently joined the Order of the Endless Knoll. Because of his heroic actions at the town of Mendel, he was granted knighthood without graduating from the many military academies in the Holy Kingdom, though as a result he often feels that he doesn't have the skill or experience to back his new position.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Queen's Ascension side-story is half about Atone finally finding out the truth about his grandfather's so-called disgrace.
- Assassin Outclassin': What Atone does, multiple times, during The Queen's Ascension side-story. Granted, he had help, but it's still notable.
- Berserk Button: Gambling or any kind of bet-making, even in jest.
- Honor Before Reason: He initially attacks the Hero and his friends on the mistaken perception that they had kidnapped Juliana, and doesn't even bother to hear their explanation.
- Impoverished Patrician: Atone's born of an old knight family that had fallen on hard times due to his grandfather being branded a coward. His actions at Mendel mended his family's honor somewhat, but Atone would only learn the truth about what happened later on from Cervantes.
The leader of the Steelbloods, a small knightly order in the Holy Kingdom, he joins the Volunteer Army to make a name for his order.
- A Father to His Men: Despite his bluster, Baxton keeps the situation of his companions among the Steelbloods foremost in his mind.
- Childhood Friends: It turns out, he and Lephret came from the same orphanage. Given their current difference in prestige, he's rather embarrassed that she still calls him "big brother".
- Glory Seeker: He initially joins the Volunteer Army to make a name for his order, as more prestige means more work for his companions.
- Status Buff: Baxton's special increases his Attack power for a short time.
- Undying Loyalty: After her help during his Arcana quest, Baxton swears his loyalty to Phoena, much to the latter's embarrassment.
The leader of the Bloodlusts, Beatrix is a no-nonsense commander who wouldn't think twice about sacrificing the lives of her men if it meant bringing victory.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Beatrix has no qualms about throwing away the lives of her men — or her own — if that's what it takes to win. Phoena and Pirika are naturally disturbed about this attitude of hers.
- Not Afraid to Die: The outlook of Beatrix and her men.
- Not So Above It All: In a side quest, she participated in a party orchestrated by Roberta, Greg, and Cervantes to understand how alcohol can motivate those three. She got sloshed after just one drink.
- Status Buff: Like Baxton, Beatrix's special increases her Attack power for a short time. Unlike Baxton however, her special also increases the damage taken from enemies.
One of the oldest-serving Knights of the Holy Kingdom, Cervantes should have retired a long time ago, but in this time of turmoil he refuses to do nothing.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's been around for so long, he's still shown to use techniques that were known to have been banned for years. Silva even comments that even the Assassin's Guild no longer uses moves like that.Cervantes: Bah, who cares about honor? All I need is my sword and a battlefield.
- Determinator: Reflected by his ability, Toughness, which gives a bonus to Attack Power and a resistance to damage when his HP drops below 2/3rd of its starting value.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: His special, which knocks back an enemy in the same line Cervantes makes his attack on.
- My Greatest Failure: As he reveals in The Queen's Ascension, he still regrets not accompanying Atone's grandfather in returning to defend Mendel at the cost of his life, nor for not defending his friend when his reputation was tarnished by their superior.
- Old Soldier: He's been puttering around as a knight for fifty years. The only reason he hasn't stopped yet is because his hips still haven't given out. Yet.
- Shout-Out: His design is reminiscent of the classic depiction of Don Quixote, while his name is an obvious reference to Don Quixote's creator.
The commander of the Hawkfathers, a minor knightly order, Harman joins the Volunteer Army to gain more experience on the battlefield, for himself and the men he leads.
- By-the-Book Cop: When monsters attacked the part of the slum where his mother lived, he insisted that he wanted to evacuate its inhabitants as a knight, not bringing his personal feelings.
- Rags to Royalty: He came from a poor family and earned a minor knighthood through his swordsmanship. When he has a chance to visit his mother, he insisted to not do so until he fulfilled his dreams, a sentiment understood by his mother.
- Standard Status Effects: His skill can stun enemies for a while.
- Street Urchin: Implied to be this. An old friend of his commented on the trouble they're both used to get into.
A survivor of the battle of Royal Capital prior to the story. Traumatized by the horrors he saw, he wanders the land looking for death until the Volunteer Ar—what? Wrong person? Oh...oh, right. Moving on. So it turns out, this guy is just a cheap knockoff of the aforementioned survivor. Because their name is similar, though, he uses it to live in a slightly better lap of cloth.
- Achievements in Ignorance: His desire to actually live up to the fake reputation he took up and became a better man is also what motivates Alvert to once again stand, fight, and face his fears.
- Bilingual Bonus: If you understand how Japanese pronunciation works, the joke regarding his and Alvert's name are more understandable rather than just sounding really alike; the letter 'V' is usually spelled with a 'B' in Japanese. As a result, Alvert's name is pronounced Albert in Japanese.
- Cowardly Lion: In his character quest, he pretty much ran away from battle, so you have to fend off the invading monsters without him. Not that you needed him, though. What makes him this trope instead of being a Dirty Coward is the fact that even when he's stumbling in fear, at least he contributes by trying to evacuate the trapped civilians.
- Character Development: One of the plot points of Alvert's Chain Story is to grew him out of his cowardly phase while training the hero inside him. It's a huge success.
- Childhood Friends: With Fiona, though she forgot about it or at least, pretended to.
- Determinator: Despite knowing that he's weak, he still stands up against all the horrors he faced, and it paid off big time.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: His initial characterization. See Took a Level in Badass below for the result of his character development.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: A heroic version. In Alvert's Chain Story, he went from a Fake Ultimate Hero to a badass young hero...who still needs more experience and training, but still a hero.
- Mighty Glacier: His skill gave him better defense for 8 seconds.
- Sword Beam: NO. KIDDING. While he can't do this in gameplay, Alvert eventually teaches him how to do this. When he finally starts to master it, it is also when his badassery starts coming out.
- Took a Level in Badass: On the scale of 1 to 10, he took up twelve levels in badasssery on Alvert's Chain Story.
A member of the Endless Knoll, one of the major knightly orders. An elite soldier who has been trained to be a knight since childhood. Still, she doesnt resent this, and her candid personality is well-liked within the knights.
- Cool Big Sis: Elena's very popular among the knights and the younger people. Also, Phoena regarded Elena as this trope.
- Cool Horse: While we didn't see it, she has one named Hayate.
- Love at First Sight: More like love at first touch with, of course, the Hero, where an Accidental Hand Hold is enough to make her fall head over heels.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed. She remarks that because she's been training to become a great knight for pretty much her entire life, she didn't have much social experience, especially on matters of dating. On a casual or formal level though, she carries herself with an elegant image.
- Not So Stoic: She pretty much turned into a typical, shy lovestruck schoolgirl when she can't bring herself to speak with the Hero after her Accidental Hand Hold. Phoena even remarked that some people won't regard her as a cool, elegant lady anymore when they see this side of her.
A mercenary of the Soldiers Guild. She is still young, but loves money, and has made a name for herself for seeing her jobs through to the end. Sensing profit in traveling with the group, she decides to follow along.
- Gold Fever: She pretty much has a money fetish, and pretty much has the same reactions whenever she founds get-rich quick schemes. She even helped Hati finding treasures maps because she just love to gain more wealth.
- Miser Advisor: While she never acted malevolent on your group, she joined the Volunteer Army because she sensed profit. Well, with the constant food shortage, treasure hunts, and powerful contacts, she might be right on the money.
- Nice Girl: Despite her constant search and desire, for more wealth, she never sold you out for more get-rich opportunities, and actually tries to help Hati finding more treasures so that she can help Hatifas.
Leader of the—wait, she isn't? Uh...ahem. Member of the Pure Hearts, one of the many knightly orders of the Holy Kingdom. She is incredibly fastidious, but a powerful fighter. Sharing the beliefs of the Volunteer Army, she allies with them, but it is incredibly dubious whether she can go along with their harsh lifestyle.
...hey, are you sure she isn't at least a captain?
- Mistaken for Badass: Actually mistaken for a bigger badass that is the Leader of Pure Hearts. She receives this treatment so much that she's getting really sick of this. And of course, you have the option to intentionally troll her by still calling her as her order's captain...
- This trope stopped being played for laughs when she became the target for an assassination job courtesy of Angelica, also mistaking her as the leader of Pure Hearts.
- Neat Freak: If you value your life, DO NOT dirty her clothes, hair, or whatever. She turned from a slightly annoyed, cool-looking knight to a rampaging mess when she got dirt on her person in her character quest, surprising everyone.
- Ojou: Of the slightly stuck-up variety. In her character quest, she got a job to a dirtier section of the city, which she resents while showing concern that it can ruin her appearance.
- Those Two Guys: With the Pure Hearts leader.
- Blackmail: How she maintained her position. When Pirika accuses her of this, she does not deny it outright.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's had some quirks, done some questionable things and she's doing so to maintain her position, but she gets her job done. Lampshaded by herself when Pirika confronted her about this. Deconstructed when it's revealed that her current personality is the result of having been deceived time after time again.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Her armor shows off ample cleavage while subtly showing a bit of thigh.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Her skill hits multiple enemies in front of her while also knocking them back.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: While this is a trait common among knights, she has an ability that increases its efficiency at blocking ranged attacks.
- Sergeant Rock: Despite her questionable attitude, she's truly a competent leader and her men respects her. After a tiring training session with the Volunteer Army, her men tells her to let them Bring It instead of complaining, so she must have done a lot of things right.
- The Tease: So much, frustrating Phoena in Ihelmina's second quest. You can play along if you want.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In her final quest, she remarked that Phoena reminds her of herself when she was younger. One thing after another, and she became what she is right now.
- Oh, you know. A bad man deceived me and took my home and property. The usual. Then another bad man pretended to help me, only to deceive me again. So I had to change. I had to become brave, and threaten, and blackmail...
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Apparently, she and the Hero did something after she beat him in a drinking contest. The ambiguity of the events really frustrated Phoena.
- Zettai Ryouiki: It's subtle, but it's there in the character art. She's grade A.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Her second ability makes her immune to daze and poison.
- Big Eater: She managed to empty out a Flame Sprite's restaurant by herself.
- The Big Guy: Of the Holy Order Knights.
- Childhood Friends: With Baxton, who came from the same orphanage. She stills refers to him as 'big brother' despite being higher than him in prestige.
- Drop the Hammer: In the OVA, she wields a gigantic hammer twice as big as her. Note that she's already 7 feet tall.
- Friend to All Children: She enjoys being around children because she was never able to be as carefree.
- During her third quest, she expresses concern about Princess Tsuru having to act like an adult.
- Keep the Reward: Insistent about this to Rolo during her second quest.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is over 7 feet tall.
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit is basically a shirt and bikini bottoms.
- Weapon of X-Slaying: She deals extra damage to golems.
A knight claiming that she draws power from the "Holy Darkness", and hopes that her exploits make her well-known.
Nicole is a Korean exclusive character, and should not be confused with another Nicole on the Japanese server.
- Dark Is Not Evil: For all her talk about the "Holy Darkness", and her choice of fashion accessories, Nicole is a fairly helpful and nice person.
- Eyepatch of Power: Averted, as the eyepatch is purely aesthetic, just one of the things Nicole put on to add to her "cool" persona.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Because of her antics, Nicole eventually gets banned from all the inns in the towns the Volunteer Army visits.
- I Just Want to Be Special: A lot of Nicole's antics (much like how Real Life chuunibyou are) arise from her need to be noticed that she's a great hero. However because of her chuuni persona, it backfires spectacularly, and she becomes infamous instead among townsfolk. She eventually realizes this, and with Phoena and Pirika, starts to turn things around for herself.
- Life Drain: Her first skill grants a variant of this, where instead of healing Nicole of the damage she's done, she's only healed by the damage done by critical hits.
- Mega Twintails: Much like Touka, Nicole's twintails are long enough to reach past her waist, but it's particularly true for her in-battle sprite, where her twintails are HUGE compared to her character model.
- Mr. Imagination: Much like Airi, Nicole exhibits all the symptoms of chuunibyou, from her creation of a cooler "dark persona", to her claiming to be drawing her power from exoteric sources, to her hairstyle and eyepatch. It's so obvious that Phoena (who's already experienced all this from Airi at this point) actually calls it "middle school syndrome".
- No-Sell: Her final skill makes her immune to Poison and Weak, and gives an increasing amount of damage resistance per attack wave.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; there's another Nicole who is a Christmas-themed Arcana.
- Subverted with the Global Version, as the server closed before releasing the other Nicole.
- Spikes of Villainy: Averted. as mentioned Nicole is actually a pleasant and friendly girl, it's just that the spikes (and skulls!) completes her image of what a Holy Darkness "sonadora" should look like.
- Third-Person Person: Nicole regularly refers to herself this way. While it's fairly common when done in Japanese, this makes her sound like she's talking to herself when translated to English.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Part of her outfit.