Characters page for the Wii game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers.
- "Agents of the light, or children of the dark. In reality, we're neither, nothing special."Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura (Japanese), Darrel Guilbeau (English)
Main character of the game and the only playable one. Layle is a Clavat and a Crystal Bearer, who gains his gravity powers from the crystal shard embedded in his cheek. Already well known due to this status, he takes on jobs as a mercenary for hire.
- Adaptational Personality Change: In the original Japanese, Layle is more snarky and tired-sounding, as if the world has run him down. In English he is more upbeat and personable.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: For the ball, he dresses up in a tux and looks great wearing it. It also made an appearance as his alternate costume in Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia.
- Bottomless Pit Rescue Service: Layle can't fall into pits; he'll always use his gravity powers to pull himself back up.
- Catchphrase: "Leave it to me!"
- Cutscene Power to the Max: He's seen doing a lot of cool things in cutscenes that he can't do in gameplay, such as making barriers.
- Deadpan Snarker: Layle often has a quip ready for any occasion.
- Felony Misdemeanor: The Lilty guards pursue Layle throughout the game just because he used his magic powers within the city walls. Overlaps with Arrested for Heroism, since he was doing it to protect Belle.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He may be a mercenary with a sarcastic streak that attracts trouble, but Layle is ultimately a good-hearted person.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: In cutscenes - such as his first battle with Amidatelion - he doesn't hesitate to get up close and personal with them. He doesn't wield any weapons, so his fists and crystal powers are all he needs.
- Gravity Master: His powers are said to be gravity-based, but it functions like Mind over Matter.
- Hey, You!: He gets this a lot, or it's "Hey, Crystal Bearer!"
- Mr. Fanservice: Not as prominent as Belle, but he does look good in a suit.
- The Nicknamer: He calls Amidatelion "Goldenrod."note
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Even when he tries to help people he'll often get derided or ridiculed for it by the populace, due to their fear of crystal bearers.
- Red Right Hand: His crystal shard is right on his face, marking him as an ostracized crystal bearer.
- Super Mode: He gets it for the final battle, allowing him to do some Sky Surfing.
- Thrill Seeker: Despite being a pretty laid back person, Layle likes seeking out thrills and doesn't hesitate to throw himself into dangerous situations.
- Tranquil Fury: He goes into this after Jegran tries to kill Keiss and then again when Jegran kills Amidatelion.
- True Companions: Him and Keiss. The two insist they aren't friends, but partners, yet they have complete trust in one another. Without saying a word Layle figures out he's playing The Mole and Keiss doesn't hesitate for a moment when given a Friend-or-Idol Decision and picks to defend Layle from Jegran.
- "You really are nothing but trouble."Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), David Vincent (English)
Layle's partner, a Selkie. He seeks to distance himself from the Selkie stereotype and make an honest living as a member of the Lilty Empire, and seeks to one day achieve the title of High Commander for himself.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: A constant part of Keiss's appearance is his bandana.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He briefly trades in his Selkie attire for a Lilty uniform and looks sharp in it.
- Badass Normal: The only non-Crystal Bearer protagonist.
- Category Traitor: He's considered one by the Selkies for having business dealings with the Lilty who run The Empire. Keiss in turn argues public impressions of the Selkies won't improve until they choose to have dealings with the Lilty that don't involve swindling or robbing them.
- Colonel Badass: He eventually becomes colonel of the Lilty army, despite not being a Lilty himself. He is later offered the title of High Commander, but turns it down in favor of becoming the Selkie Guild Master.
- Hated Hometown: He's not on good terms with the Selkie leader Vaigali or people from his hometown.
- Mission Control: He's the one who assigns Layle his tasks most of the time and finds them jobs to make money, but he also doesn't hesitate to join Layle on the ground when the situation calls for it.
- Mr. Fanservice: Less prominent than Belle, but it's there.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: He finds Belle's attempts at being a Femme Fatale annoying.
- Red Herring: There are moments where Layle eavesdrops on conversations between Keiss and Jegran where it seems like Keiss might betray Layle or sell him out for a quick promotion, but he's a loyal ally through and through.
- The Reliable One: He's generally there whenever Layle needs him and often shows up unexpectedly to help.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Coffee. He's consistently shown with a coffee mug in official art.
- True Companions: Him and Layle. The two insist they aren't friends, but partners, yet they have complete trust in one another. Without saying a word Layle figures out he's playing The Mole and Keiss doesn't hesitate for a moment when given a Friend-or-Idol Decision and picks to defend Layle from Jegran.
- "I'm a Selkie, I can handle it solo."Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English, credited as Elle Deets)
A Selkie who gets caught up in the plot of the game due to her insatiable curiosity and desire for money and treasure. An unashamed thief who keeps bumping into Layle on his journey and starts to think he's stalking her.
- Butt-Monkey: At times. Most characters find her too pesky or annoying to care.
- Camera Fiend: She'll take out her camera to take pictures of whatever's around her if she finds it cool or valuable, even in dangerous situations.
- Catchphrase: "I'm a Selkie, I can handle it solo." But most of the time, she can't and needs to be saved by Layle.
- He Knows Too Much: Jegran has the Lilty Kingdom pursue her throughout the game due to the fact that she witnessed and photographed Jegran using his crystal powers.
- I Will Find You: At the end of the game, she steals Keiss's airship to go and find the missing Layle for herself.
- The Most Wanted: Wanted by the Lilty Empire for reasons unknown in the beginning of the story. It's because she discovered Jegran's secret status as a crystal bearer right at the beginning of the game. She even has Wanted Posters all over the place that you can find.
- Ms. Fanservice: The camera often focuses on her chest or backside, and she has a pretty infamous bikini scene in the Beach Episode.
- Only in It for the Money: Most of the reason why she's around.
- Sticky Fingers: She tries to loot Layle's corpse after she thinks he died early in the game, even after he used his powers to save her instead of himself. Later, this gets her into trouble when she steals the Crystal Idol from the ancient ruins.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Her hiding spot for the things she steals, such as Layle's wallet.
Althea Sol Alfitaria
- "A kingdom, that's what I'm ready to sacrifice."Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)
Princess of the Lilty Kingdom of Alfitaria. She is a responsible and humble girl, if a little clumsy, and often goes out among her people in disguise. Has a pet ferret named Mia.
- Anti-Magic: She's revealed to be a crystal bearer as well - one who can negate the powers of other crystal bearers.
- Barrier Maiden: Her Anti-Magic powers enable her to protect the Yuke's tribal crystal - and thus the whole race - from Jegran's power.
- Bespectacled Cutie: She's shown wearing glasses in her first appearance and it's either an attempt to play up the character's cuteness or a bad attempt at Clark Kenting.
- Brought Down to Normal: At the end of the game, she loses her crystal bearer powers for an unexplained reason, perhaps due to overextending herself to protect the Yuke's tribal crystal.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Her target info calls her "Clumsy Lilty" before you learn her name, and it's when she's trying to chase down Mia and keeps falling.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is consistently kind throughout the story.
- King Incognito: She often walks the streets of Alfitaria in a civilian disguise.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, Alexis, died when Althea was young.
- Pimped-Out Dress: She has one that she wears to the ball, and she keeps the dress for the rest of the game.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She rarely lets her real emotions show and often keeps them hidden under a more serious demeanor.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the Lilty, who are otherwise evil-aligned and run The Empire the game takes place in.
- "I will show you the Crystal's will, and its power."Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
An enigmatic Yuke who appears from a portal on the deck of the Alexis II at the beginning of the game, in the middle of a Zu attack. They're revealed to be a crystal bearer who also possesses a Crystal Idol and confront Layle. With their intentions shrouded in mystery, Layle confronts them over the course of the game and learns their true intentions - to resurrect the fallen Yuke race.
- Ambiguous Gender: No one refers to Amidatelion by their gender. Even the game manual says their gender is "Unknown", though the original Japanese has them use female speech patterns and they are voiced by a woman.
- Animated Armor: Possibly - Amidatelion reveals a previously unseen ability of the Yukes, which is to transfer their soul to another armor body. Though it is unknown if this is a new Yuke ability, a crystal bearer thing, or an Amidatelion thing.
- Body Horror: Their armor is their body: years of being sealed in the Void seems to have robbed the Yukes of their bodies, turning them into souls powering armor. This was actually a claim made as far back as the original Crystal Chronicles, though refuted numerous times as more than an in-setting rumor.
- Cutscene Incompetence: Amidatelion sacrifices themselves taking an attack for Layle rather than opening a portal to protect him.
- Intangibility: Their power seems like this at first, but they really create portals to make it seem like attacks pass right through them.
- Last Of Their Kind: Yukes were previously thought to be extinct before Amidatelion appeared. This is subverted, as other Yukes exist, but they have been banished to the Void.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Amidatelion sacrifices themselves by Taking the Bullet for Layle, warping Jegran's arm to be crystallized in his stead. Their only wish is for Layle to finish what they started in the Resurrection of the Yuke race.
- Recurring Boss: Amidatelion is fought several times over the course of the game, starting in the Winery.
- Space Master: They tend to fight this way, creating portals to warp objects and opponents around the battlefield.
- Summon Magic: Their power as a crystal bearer is this, and it manifests as Thinking Up Portals. Amidatelion favors summoning Bahamut and several Zus.
- Super Smoke: Another facet of Amidatelion's powers is to generate a cloak of mist.
- Treasure Chest Cavity: Amidatelion hides the Crystal Idol in their open chest cavity.
- "Those defeated in battle have no rights!"Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)
The high commander of the Lilty army, who is immensely loyal to The Empire and believes everything he does is in the best interests of his people - even if he has to keep the royal family unaware of his actions.
- A God Am I: He starts thinking of himself this way, using the crystal reactor to boost himself to absurd levels of strength. He thinks that the Crystal Principle chose him to distort the Principle (i.e, fate) as he sees fit.
- Ambition Is Evil: He seeks power and dominion, though he already has one of the highest ranks in The Empire.
- BFS: He wields a gigantic wing sword that he uses for close quarters combat and ranged attacks with projectiles from it. Jegran himself is already one of the largest characters in the game, towering over the already massive Vaigali. The sword is as long as he is tall.
- Big Bad: He is a ruthless man who doesn't care about the wellbeing of anyone except himself, and serves as the main villain of the game.
- Conspicuous Gloves: He wears one to conceal his Red Right Hand. Curiously, it's huge and decorated with an animalistic creature, as if he wants to give off the impression that the glove itself is his real weapon.
- Create Your Own Hero: Layle would have never bothered with any of it if Jegran hadn't hired him, harassed him, tried to have him arrested, attacked his friends, or killed Vaigali and Amidatelion.
- Disney Villain Death: He loses his crystal bearer powers after his defeat and falls to his death, but he tries Taking You with Me on Layle. Layle survives the fall, but Jegran has an Uncertain Doom.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: None of this would have happened if he either hadn't hired Layle as an escort or tried to crash the Alexis II into Alfitaria by stealing its crystals from the reactor. His schemes overall were upended by a combination of lack of patience and overcompensating to try to cover his tracks, putting the Brilliant, but Lazy Crystal Bearer in a position where he could no longer ignore his heroic impulses. Summed up nicely during the final phase of his final fight:Jegran: "You've been an eyesore from the beginning."Layle: "You're the one who hired me!"
- One-Winged Angel: True to Final Fantasy villainy, he transforms by merging with the airship Alexis II, thanks to its crystal reactors.
- The Precious, Precious Car: He more or less has this trope with the Lilty Empire's airship, the Alexis II, and eventually fuses with it, becoming the Final Boss (though it's less about the airship and more about the crystal reactors powering it).
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: His red crystal powers enable him to turn people into crystal and use them as a power source for the crystal reactors, similar to the red crystals in other Crystal Chronicles games.
- Red Right Hand: His monstrous gauntlet conceals his crystalized right arm, which allows him to crystallize anything he touches.
- Smug Super: He considers himself above everyone else, especially other crystal bearers.
- Taken for Granite: His crystallization ability effectively causes this. Combined with Body to Jewel.
- We Can Rule Together: He actually offers this to Althea, but she turns him down.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: He calls Keiss a credit to Selkies. He takes it back when Keiss turns on him when Layle's life is on the line.
- Voiced by: Matthew Mercer (English)
A Clavat crystal bearer, and Layle's former partner who taught him how to wield his powers. Blaze, appropriately, wields power over fire. He is hired by Jegran to hunt down Belle, and attempts to bring Layle back to his side.
- Badass Longrobe: He wears a long robe, giving him a wizardly look. It is actually the same robe used by Clavat pilgrims in the Snowfields monastery.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He makes minor appearances early in the game before becoming relevant later; it's his cart that Belle and Layle steal while they're escaping from the authorities.
- Elemental Weapon: When fought as a boss, he is capable of molding fire into the shape of a sword that he wields.
- Evil Mentor: In backstory, he was this to Layle. Nowadays, Layle barely gives him the time of day if he can avoid it.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is covered in scars that look like they could be from burns or just a part of his dangerous lifestyle as a mercenary.
- Personality Powers: He's pretty hot-blooded, appropriate for someone with fire powers.
- Playing with Fire: Combined with Kill It with Fire, this is his power as a crystal bearer.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Blaze, appropriately, has fire-based powers.
- Tennis Boss: A viable strategy for dealing with Blaze is to throw his fireballs and flaming projectiles back at him.
- Taken for Granite: Jegran turns him into crystal after Blaze tries to use the crystal reactors to overpower Jegran.
- Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
A Lilty and former chief engineer of the Lilty Empire before he retired. Now, he runs his own private workshop in Bridge Town and seems to care for Layle but also considers him prime research material. He seeks to build steam engines that can one day replace crystal power, which is a dwindling resource.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As usual for a Final Fantasy Cid.
- Taking the Bullet: His airship jumps in front of the Alexis's cannon to take a hit in place of the Yuke's tribal crystal. Cid manages to escape with a smaller airship once it goes down.
- Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi (Japanese), John Snyder (English)
The leader of the Selkie guild and fierce opponent of the Lilty Kingdom. Operates the Selkie train that spans the continent and often makes deals with Layle. Doesn't trust any of the Lilties, and dislikes Keiss for falling in with them.
- Fantastic Racism: Toward the Lilties, who he calls "Onions." He eventually gets along with Cid, though.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He makes one for Keiss toward the end of the game, becoming crystallized in Keiss's place.
- Pirate: It's not shown too much in game but the Selkie guild is on a ship inside a cove and he was said to be a pirate leader in the backstory.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Vaigali doesn't have a fully clothed upper body.