This page details the supporting characters affiliated with the kingdom of Lucis in Final Fantasy XV.
Any spoilers regarding Kingsglaive are unmarked.
The homeland of our main protagonist Noctis, Lucis is one of the four successor states (the other three being Tenebrae, Accordo and Niflheim) to the ancient civilization of Solheim, which was wiped out during the War of the Gods. Due to the power of its hallowed Crystal, it has become a highly developed and advanced nation. Its current king, Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, protects the city as the Crystal's guardian. For centuries, Lucis has been at war with the Empire of Niflheim. Under the guise of a peace treaty signing to end its war with Niflheim, Niflheim invades Lucis and steals its crystal, killing Regis in the process.
- Dark Is Not Evil: All of the royal family members and occupations closely tied to it wear black uniforms. That being said, the color is based on what the founder wore and he wasn't exactly the best of people.
- Doomed Hometown: Insomnia is the capital city of Lucis.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Hajime Tabata called Lucis "friendly" compared to the administration of Japan's prime minister Shinzō Abe, but wouldn't make a direct comparison. Insomnia itself is based on Shinjuku, Tokyo.
- The Good Kingdom: Of the quintessential fantasy variety, albeit more modern.
- The Grim Reaper: Lucis's patron deity, if the kingdom's emblem and Color Motif of black are any indication. In an early trailer for Versus XIII, a stone carving of the Reaper is holding Etro's portrait.
- Ironic Name: Lucis means light, but the color of Lucian nobility and royalty is black. For Tenebrae it's the exact opposite.
- Magical Society: Lucis's society revolves around magic, contrasting Niflheim's machine-based society.
- Meaningful Name: Lucis means "light" in Latin.
- Monument of Humiliation and Defeat: During the 10-year Time Skip in XV, Ardyn moves into Insomnia.
- Power Crystal: It powers the entire kingdom and has a profound influence on its advanced technology.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Caelum dynasty is filled with one Warrior Prince (and princess) after another. Being a fighter seems to be part of the job.
- Shifting Sand Land: Leide is a desert region.
- Standard Sci-Fi Army: Just about every category available is used by Lucis.
King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII
Voiced by: Tsutomu Isobe (Japanese); Jim Pirri (English, XV), Sean Bean (English, Kingsglaive)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Episode Ignis | Episode Ardyn | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV | Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV | A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV
The father of Noctis Lucis Caelum, Regis is the king of Lucis and guardian of its Crystal. As a prince, he was a member of the kingdom's Crownsguard along with Cid Sophiar, Clarus Amicitia, Cor Leonis and Weskham Armaugh during their battle on Accordo. Four years later, he ascended the throne following the death of his father, King Mors, and for 27 years has upheld the kingdom's peace. When Niflheim invades Insomnia, Regis is killed by Glauca despite his best efforts in trying to stop Aldercapt and Ardyn from stealing the Lucian Crystal.
- 13 Is Unlucky: He is the 113th king of Lucis, and has the dubious honor of allowing Niflheim to conquer Lucis at the end of his rule, along with dying during the invasion of Insomnia and burdening his son with the prophecy of the Astrals, which ultimately leads to Noctis's own demise and the end of the Lucis royal bloodline. It's subverted, however, in that his decisions were actually the best course of action he could take in the long run, resulting in the annihilation of Eos's greater threat.
- Appeal to Force: Ardyn might as well have just put a gun to Regis's head and told him to sign the treaty, lest Niflheim return in the future and take Insomnia by force. Regis realizes that eventually Lucis would be overwhelmed by the sheer military might of Niflheim and would have to agree to the treaty—no matter how suspicious it was—in order to save his Kingdom and people.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He joins the ranks of the previous kings of Lucis upon his death, and is the one to vouch for Nyx when he asks for their help.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the ruler of a nation, and a powerful fighter in his own right.
- Badass Baritone: It gives him a fitting air of command and gravitas.
- Badass Beard: Wore a neatly trimmed beard in his prime, and was a Master Swordsman to boot. He still proves capable of holding his own during battles, even with his advanced age.
- Barrier Maiden: Male example; his life-force is what powers the shield around Lucis. And as the "Dawn" trailers show, it has clearly taken its toll on him.
- Benevolent Boss: By the standards of royalty, the Kingsglaive and his council members are loyal to him.
- Big Good: He's the ruler of Lucis.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: The Crownsguard are reassigned to protect the people, and the Kingsglaive the King and Citadel, following a peace treaty offered by Niflheim. Most of the latter betray Regis, and its leader Titus Drautos ends up assassinating him.
- The Chains of Commanding: In Kingsglaive, he is stuck with the choice of continuing to fight Niflheim at the expense of his remaining life-force and his soldiers' lives, or accepting peace at the cost of surrendering nearly his entire kingdom and abandoning his people to Niflheim's rule. He's screwed either way; Niflheim had zero intention of honoring the peace treaty.
- Classy Cane: Owns a gold-tipped one that he uses as a crutch, given his accelerated aging and waning powers.
- Comes Great Responsibility:
- In the 2013 trailer, he advises a young Noctis to be careful with his words, as even an offhand comment can have dramatic, unforeseen consequences when it comes out of a king's mouth—for example, calling a dish bad because he doesn't like it could result in the cook's firing. See A Father to His Men.
- In Episode 3 of Brotherhood he chastises Noctis for endangering others with his recklessness, which a king should not do. Granted, Noct was actually taking the blame for someone else, but Regis didn't know that.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His finalized likeness is based off British actor Jon Campling, though he's voiced by Sean Bean in the movie and Jim Pirri in the game. The flashback in Kingsglaive's prologue shows that his appearance in his prime resembles that of the movie's English voice actor, Sean Bean.
- Cool Old Guy: Noctis considers him as such and profoundly idolizes him.
- Declaration of Protection: He solemnly promises to protect Noctis, after a demon sent by Niflheim nearly kills him.
- Dented Iron: The reason Regis is using a cane and wearing a brace come Kingsglaive is purely due to the strain of keeping up the magical barrier (as Ignis surmises during Episode 4 of Brotherhood). The man who used to be a badass Master Swordsman can now barely walk.
- Died Standing Up: Subverted; after Glauca runs him through with his sword, Regis spends his last breath trying to keep his composure and becomes motionless. His corpse keeps standing up for a few seconds before Glauca mercilessly shoves it to the floor.
- Dies Wide Open: His eyes remain open after his death.
- Drives Like Crazy: According to Cid, Regis was a terrible driver. Like Father, Like Son.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: In the second half of Kingsglaive, Regis faces off against Glauca while telling Nyx and Luna to flee, and he ends up getting stabbed by Glauca. He was played by the Chronically Killed Actor Sean Bean, after all.
- Famous Last Words: To Nyx, after getting stabbed to death:Regis: Go...
- A Father to His Men: In addition to being a pretty great dad to Noctis, he also cares deeply for his people and his staff in particular. As the 2013 trailer reveals, despite his household cook perhaps not being the best, he wants to make sure the cook isn't fired over one bad dish.
- Fingore: His fingers are cut off by Glauca, causing him to lose the Ring of the Lucii.
- Flying Weapon: He wields the same Armiger powers as Noctis, after all.
- Forced to Watch: After Clarus gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice courtesy of Glauca, all Regis can do is to say his name.
- Good Is Not Soft: Played With. In general, he's a very kind man and loving father and just about everyone idolizes him, especially Noct. That said, he pulls no punches in meting out punishment when Noctis falls out of line. It's a Justified Trope of course, because as the heir to Lucis, Noctis has to be properly groomed and made to develop a strong discipline, and for his part, Noctis fully understands and accepts it.
- Good Parents: A strict but very loving father. Noctis only has good things to say about him.
- Hero Antagonist: He's The Heavy in Episode Ardyn, being the main obstacle Ardyn must clear before he can finally deal with his brother Somnus.
- Heroic BSoD: He goes through a minor one when Clarus is killed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He covers for Nyx and Luna's escape before making his last stand with Glauca at the cost of his own life.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Glauca runs him through from behind with his sword, in a manner eerily similar to Sephiroth's murder of Aerith in Final Fantasy VII.
- In-Series Nickname: His closest friends call him "Reggie" in private. Except Cid; he's not one for formalities.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Though not terrible-looking for an old man, he was strappingly handsome in his physical prime, as seen during the opening act of Kingsglaive.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Regis received a vision of an apocalyptic future where Niflheim destroys Lucis and the world is plunged into darkness and chaos from the crystal. Cid Sophiar lampshades that Regis knew Niflheim was trying to con him and was simply trying to make do with what he had. Regis believed that he could take the Emperor of Niflheim into his custody if necessary and sent his glaives out to rescue Luna who they had abducted. What he did not count on was that this was part of their plan all along, using Luna as bait in a trap, to lure and kill off the glaives loyal to him during the rescue mission to weaken his defenses, kill him and his councilors, as well as steal the Lucian Crystal. He was also not aware of the traitors within the Kingsglaive.
- Last Stand: He makes a final stand against Glauca in Kingsglaive, but it doesn't work out and he is killed.
- Living Battery: He's the source of the magic used by the Kingsglaive and his own bodyguards. Unlike with Noctis however, they don't need to be near him to use it.
- Living with the Villain: As he and Noct share their goodbyes, the pair can be seen warmly reassuring each other that they will be all right. Unbeknownst to the pair, standing nearby is Regis's own assassin in the not so distant future, Titus Drautos/Glauca, who had been living in Insomnia at the Palace listening to their secrets, overhearing their plans, and working to bring down the Kingdom of Lucis for over a decade.
- Meaningful Name: Regis, Lucis and Caelum are Latin for "king", "light" and "sky", respectively.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He taught his son how to become a good king before he is slain by Glauca.
- Mirror Boss: In Episode Ardyn, he is fought as a boss using the Royal Arms, just like Ardyn Lucis Caelum.
- My Greatest Failure: His failure to protect Ravus and Luna from Niflheim.
- Not So Above It All: Regis is one of the Big Goods of the game and one of the most idyllic figures of royalty. He also once carved 'Property of Mr. Hammerproof Thickskull' into one of Cid's hammers.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Pulls one on Nyx and Luna after the trio barely escapes from Glauca. He puts a barrier between himself and the two, and makes a final stand against the incoming Niflheim general, determined to make sure Luna is escorted to safety. Bonus points for actually getting killed by a Darth Vader Clone and Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence afterwards.[To Luna] "I know your mother would wish the same as me: that you and Noctis live happily. All those years captive because I failed you. Not again. Locked doors will seal your fate no longer."
- Offing the Offspring: A non-malevolent example. His armoured spirit deals the final blow to Noctis, helping him fulfill his destiny.
- Oh, Crap!: In the second half of Kingsglaive, Regis is utterly shocked when he realizes that Niflheim's peace treaty is a trap and when Clarus is killed by Glauca.
- Papa Wolf: Do not hurt his family.
- Further reinforced in Kingsglaive; knowing full well that the peace treaty will fall through, he sends Noct and his companions away from Insomnia.
- It's not just limited to his family, but extends to Luna as well. At the start of Kingsglaive, he drags her along for dear life to keep her out of Niflheim's hands. Later on, her safety is part of the reason for his Heroic Sacrifice and he has her know it before he dies.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: His verbal exchange with Aldercapt right before Niflheim's invasion of Insomnia is less of a casual conversation on how to apply justice to theft and more of a duel of words where one is probing the other's intention.
- Posthumous Character: By the time of Final Fantasy XV, Regis is dead thanks to Glauca. The main cast fondly remembers his time with him and his wise words of advice.
- Promoted to Playable: He's the main playable character in A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV.
- Rapid Aging: Due to the strain of maintaining the magical barrier via the kingdom's Power Crystal, he has aged rapidly into a gray-haired elderly man despite being 50 years old.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He has a reasonable judgment befitting of a king.
- Say My Name: Regis yells Clarus's name when the latter gets killed by Glauca.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His suits are perhaps the sharpest in the entire game.
- Shock and Awe: He seems to have an affinity for lightning magic, using it liberally against the Niflheim forces attacking Insomnia with flair.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He has the values of a mature man: wise, courageous, loyal, a loving father to his son and a devoted leader to his people. His last act alive was pulling off a heroic sacrifice so that Luna and Nyx could escape.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His one notable action in Kingsglaive is to accept a peace treaty from Niflheim, thus leading to the destruction of Insomnia and the kingdom's fall.
- Unwitting Pawn: With his son absent, it only takes a peace treaty from Niflheim for him to seal the fate of the kingdom in the Empire's favor.
- Vehicular Sabotage: Regis sends Noctis off on a trip to Altissia, humorously reminding his son to be mindful of his manners around Luna. In reality, the marriage was simply a cover up; Regis never intended for Noctis to go to Altissia to marry. He sabotaged the Regalia to have it break down right outside Insomnia, arranging for Cid Sophiar to look after the King-to-be, although he declined Cids request to meet him in person. Regis had this all elaborately set up to have Noctis away from the Crown City in order to protect him from Niflheims inevitable invasion, though he regretted not being able to be honest with his son.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Flat-out gets called out on this by Nyx, for putting his own son's wellbeing ahead of everyone else's, even sacrificing his own soldiers and citizens for it. In fact, most of the Kingsglaive betray him over this. To his credit, if they knew why he took such actions for his son, and exactly what the real threat was, they wouldn't be complaining so much. Until its revealed the real threat is meant to unleash the starscourge and kill most of them, making them even more justified.
- Younger Than They Look: He is 50 years old, but has aged well beyond that due to the strain of maintaining the magical barrier around Lucis. Funnily enough, his physical model, Jon Campling, was 49 at the time of filming.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Regis puts up a forcefield around himself and Glauca to allow Luna and Nyx to escape unharmed. Unfortunately for Regis, he is killed in the process.
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (Japanese), John DeMita (English)
Appears in: Episode Ardyn | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV | Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV | A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV
The father of Gladiolus and Iris Amicitia, and a childhood friend of Regis. Clarus is a member of the High Council of Lucis and Commander of the Crownsguard — the royal shield.
- Bald of Awesome: He has a receding hairline due to his old age.
- Blood Brothers: With Regis.
- The Cameo: Has a short, quick voice cameo in Episode Ardyn.
- Childhood Friends: He's been friends with Regis ever since they were young.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: In a very weird way. He's only mentioned once in the game, but never by name, after his untimely demise in Kingsglaive.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He valiantly fights one last time alongside his King despite being offered the chance to leave. To Regis's horror, Glauca literally nails Clarus to the wall with his own sword, killing him painfully.
- Like Father, Like Son: The relationship between Clarus and Regis seems to mirror the friendship his son Gladiolus has with Regis's son, Noctis.
- Number Two: The novel makes it clear that he also serves as this to Regis.
- Red Baron: As the personal bodyguard of the king, he is known as "the King's Shield".
- Undying Loyalty: Regis offers him the chance to flee as Glauca prepares to attack them. However, Clarus insists on staying, stating that if Regis falls, so will Lucis.
Voiced by: Yuka Nagaoshi (Japanese), Anna Vocino (English)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Comrades
A long-serving officer of the Crownsguard and Cor's most trusted subordinate. Following the sacking of Insomnia, she organizes and evacuates most of the city's refugees, including Iris. She also happens to be a pretty damn good cook.
- Mission Control: Is the primary quest-giver in Comrades.
- Nice Girl: While a bit serious, she's regardless very kind and somewhat motherly.
- The Reliable One: Cor's most trusted officer. Anything he tasks her with, she gets done. Whether it's combat, support, intelligence, and cooking!
- Team Chef: Not as spectacular as Ignis, but she is the team's primary cook in Comrades.
- Team Mom: Takes up this role in Comrades. She also takes to raising Talcott alongside Dustin.
Voiced by: Shinsuke Nagashima (Japanese), Neil Kaplan (English)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Comrades
An officer of the Crownsguard serving under Cor Leonis. Helps evacuate refugees from Insomnia, and later becomes Talcott's guardian following Jared's death.
- The Generic Guy: He's a Crownsguard dude with glasses. That's literally as deep as his characterization goes.
- Hidden Depths: Is supposedly one of the strongest warriors in the Crownsguard, but he never actually showcases it.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Is impeccably dressed, sporting a Waistcoat of Style. Fittingly, he's the player character's clothier in Comrades.
Commander Titus Drautos
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese), Matthew Waterson (English, XV), Adrian Bouchet (English, Kingsglaive)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
The commander of the Kingsglaive — the royal sword, Drautos is a man hard on himself and others, believing that hard work and conviction are everything. Harbors a rather unsavory secret.
- Catchphrase: The above quote, which also serves as the Kingsglaive's Faction Motto.
- Cool Car: Gets around in a gorgeous Audi R8. Subverted in that it's not actually his car, but Noctis's. He was borrowing it while Noctis took the King's Regalia for his road trip.
- Demoted to Extra: While he is one of the more important characters in Kingsglaive, he only appears in the game's prologue in XV.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": At one point he gets tired of Nyx referring to him as "Sir" and would rather have a man-to-man talk with the latter.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears a cloak that only goes over half his back. It's hard to describe.
- Fighting for a Homeland: His and most of the Kingsglaive's motivation.
- Fights Like a Normal: Despite having access to the king's magical power as a member of the Kingsglaive, Drautos never uses it to fight his battles. He even chastises Nyx for overly depending on it, especially since King Regis's life force is a finite resource.
- Four-Star Badass: He's very well respected by the Kingsglaive, with Nyx taking Drautos's criticism in stride because he's right, and conveniently bails Nyx out when the latter is in a pinch.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports several scars across his face, implying he is a veteran who has seen and fought many battles.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His likeness is based on his English voice actor in Kingsglaive, Adrian Bouchet.
- Large and in Charge: He's at least half a foot taller than the the next tallest Glaive, namely his pupil Nyx.
- Mentor Archetype: Drautos is quick to chastise Nyx for being short-sighted, and the latter takes it in stride because he still looks up to Drautos.
- Walking Spoiler: Drautos only appears in the first scene of the game. Kingsglaive gives him a more important role.
- You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: When Nyx declares that he follows his own strength, Drautos points out that this strength is reliant on the king, and that Nyx is "nothing without the king". He is ultimately dead-wrong, as it turns out Nyx is plenty impressive without it.
Voiced by: Go Ayano (Japanese), Aaron Paul (English)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
A member of the Kingsglaive, the elite military force of Lucis, and also one of the main protagonists of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Nyx hails from Galahd, one of the Lucian territories conquered by Nifhleim, and is grateful to Regis for taking him in as a refugee. Somewhat of a maverick and self-assured, as well with the talent to back it up, he makes a name for himself among his fellow Glaives, who jokingly call him "Hero".
- The Ace: If one shotting a Behemoth didn't tip you off, this guy is the top of the cream in handling Regis's borrowed magic. Not only does he fend off treacherous glaives with relative ease, he even goes toe to toe with the mighty General Glauca and eventually defeats him.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: "Nyx Ulric" sounds like the kind of name 80s action heroes would have in a fantasy world. Bonus points for the Religious and Mythological Theme Naming.
- Badass Boast: Several times in the movie.(To the past Kings of Lucis demanding his life in exchange for using the Power of the Kings) "You guys drive a hard bargain. (Beat) Where do I sign?""I don't know if you've heard it, but I'm the hero around here."
- Body Horror: Towards the end of the film, his body starts to get riddled with Volcanic Veins as a sign of the Lucii's power eating away at him. By the end of the fight, most of his body is burnt and he has lived through two spontaneous combustions, only to die anyway due to the pact with the Lucii.
- Brought Down to Badass: As soon as King Regis dies, all members of the Kingsglaive lose their connection to his magic. Nyx doesn't let that hinder his mission to protect Luna, fending off several attacks as they make their way through the city. It takes getting shot by Lazarus, as well as Glauca trying to strike him and Luna as he's injured, for him to cross the Godzilla Threshold and use the Ring of the Lucii to regain his power.
- The Cameo: Nyx makes a particularly grisly cameo appearance before the Final Boss of XV as detailed below in Creepy Souvenir.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Hence his In-Series Nickname. It seems Nyx constantly feels like he has to save others, which he shows from the start by saving Pelna and Libertus despite receiving orders to withdraw. Nyx claims he does this because he failed to save his mother and sister in the past, and it clearly still haunts him.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His likeness is based off French model Johan Akan, though Nyx is played by different voice actors.
- Creepy Souvenir: In a twisted take on the trope, his ultimate fate is becoming the creepy souvenir. After initiating the Starscourge, Ardyn Izunia chained his corpse above the throne in Insomnia, alongside Lunafreya, King Regis and Emperor Aldercapt.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He is named after a night goddess, yet is as loyal and honorable as they come.
- Deadpan Snarker: While not an overt case, Nyx regardless tends to have at least one clever quip for any given situation.
- Determinator: His primary character trait. From rescuing injured comrades to protecting Luna, once Nyx focuses his mind on a task, nothing will stop him from carrying it out. He doesn't even mind giving up his own life, so long as Luna escapes and the royal bloodline survives.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He outright mocks the past kings of Lucis sealed within the Ring of the Lucii for their inaction towards the sacking of Insomnia. Interestingly, his defiance and belief in carving a future impress them enough to grant Nyx their power until dawn."To hell with your power. I'm not here for it. I only came to tell you: you are no kings."
- Doomed by Canon: He is notably absent from Final Fantasy XV, which takes place during/after the events of Kingsglaive. It is evident that he won't survive, thanks to him using the Ring of the Lucii to battle Glauca; the Power of Kings lasts only until dawn, killing him afterwards. In a rather twisted, well, twist, Nyx does, in fact, appear in the game, though as an illusory corpse and one of Ardyn's sick "trophies" chained up above the throne.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: A more prolonged death than most, but Nyx goes out like a hero during the movie's final act; he makes a pact with the past kings of Lucis at the cost of his life to stall off Glauca and Niflheim's forces. He then spends the rest of his screentime engaging the general in a fierce duel to the death, all while summoning the statues of the Old Wall to deal with the Diamond Weapons, before finally defeating Glauca right before dawn arrives, fulfilling his contract. He dies with the knowledge that he has allowed Lucis to send out a glimmer of hope that will eventually defeat Niflheim and restore the kingdom.
- Empowered Badass Normal: The Ring of the Lucii rejects Ravus and Lazarus violently, but temporarily bestows Nyx with its power until dawn.
- Establishing Character Moment: During the opening battle in Kingsglaive, Nyx makes his first appearance killing a monster to rescue his allies and orders them to regroup with the other soldiers.
- Et Tu, Brute?: His reaction when he learns of Drautos's intentions to reclaim his hometown even if it means betraying Lucis.
- Face Death with Dignity: After spending the last of his strength using the Ring of the Lucii, he waits for the sunrise and is content about his death.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Before Nyx delivers the final attack to Glauca, he quips "Looks like I'm gonna owe him big."
- Famous Last Words: His last words were expressing how he was content with his death and his hope that Noctis would be a magnanimous and noble sovereign:Nyx: Not the worst way to go. Rule well, young King.
- Forced to Watch: Nyx is forced to watch Regis getting Impaled with Extreme Prejudice at the hands of Glauca.
- Gender-Blender Name: Nyx is a name of a goddess and Ulric isn't very feminine.
- A Good Way to Die: At the end of Kingsglaive, after Nyx holds off Glauca long enough for Luna to escape with the Ring of the Lucii, he dies content, knowing he has paved the way for a safer future that his mother and sister would have wanted.
- Godzilla Threshold: With the Weapons tearing Insomnia apart, the treacherous Glaives killing the loyalists, and himself on the brink of death, Nyx wields the Ring of the Lucii. While the kings believe that a commoner such as him is unworthy, the newest king, Regis vouches for him, calling him an outstanding warrior. It isn't until Nyx openly laughs at the kings and calls them out that they grant him the power of kings. Of course, the price of the pact is a heavy one...
- Hearing Voices: Hears his dead sister's voice calling out to him in the past several times in battle, causing him to lose his focus.
- The Hero Dies: He's unquestionably the main protagonist of the film. And he dies at the end due to his use of the Ring of the Lucii to hold off Glauca.
- Heroic BSoD: He's clearly devastated when Crowe is killed.
- Heroic RRoD: At the end of Kingsglaive, Nyx uses the Ring of the Lucii's powers to fight Glauca. It greatly shortens his lifespan to the point that he eventually dies from the effort after defeating Glauca.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gives up his life in order to allow Luna to escape with the Ring of the Lucii.
- Hero of Another Story: Specifically, of Kingsglaive's, since he is unheard of in the game aside from a brief cameo as a corpse.
- Humble Hero: One look at his flat is all that's needed to spell out "below the poverty line." Yet as a member of the Kingsglaive, an elite unit handpicked by King Regis himself to receive his power, he most likely has the means to live if not an affluent lifestyle, at least one in the comfortable middle-class, yet he chooses not to.
- In-Series Nickname: A relatively understated one, but Nyx is constantly called "Hero" by the other Kingsglaive members.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nyx may have an arrogant personality, but he is a good person.
- Knife Nut: Nyx's weapons of choice are a pair of kukris, used in conjunction with his warping. These same knives can be obtained in Final Fantasy XV as weapons for Noctis or Ignis.
- The Last Dance: At the end of Kingsglaive, he uses the Ring of the Lucii's powers to launch a Final Battle with Glauca.
- Man on Fire: Towards the end of the film, he combusts twice as a result due to the Ring of the Lucii's powers greatly shortening his lifespan.
- Meaningful Name: Nyx was the goddess of the night. When the night goes away, so does he. Ulric is a variant of the German names Ulrich ("heritage ruler") and Wulfric ("wolf ruler").
- Missing Mom: His mother died when his hometown was invaded.
- Mr. Fanservice: Much like Gladio before him, his Hunk status is shown off through promotional pinups showing off his bod.
- My Greatest Failure: Failing to protect his mother and sister from the imperial army when they invaded his hometown.
- Oh, Crap!: He is utterly shocked when he realizes that Pelna is going to fall into a trap by the imperials while the latter rescues Luna and when he sees Regis being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice at Glauca's hands.
- Praetorian Guard: Like Gladio and Cor, that's his job.
- Posthumous Character: In the game proper - also counts as a Legacy Character since his actions are the only reason Noctis and the bros get as far as they do. In Comrades, he's regarded with legendary status as the best of the Glaives, and his friendship with Libertus is highlighted in random notes and letters.
- Power at a Price: After making a contract with the previous kings of Lucis to stop Glauca despite not being of the royal bloodline, Nyx is only granted until dawn to use the ring's power. When dawn does arrive, his body slowly starts to disintegrate.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: For disobeying orders to retreat during the opening battle, he temporarily gets assigned to gatekeeping, with the other gatekeepers mocking him for being an immigrant. Following the news that Regis agreed to Niflheim's unilateral peace treaty, however, Drautos personally assigns him to the Crownsguard.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Nyx was the Greek primordial goddess of the night.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Unlike the other glaives, he attaches a blue scarf to his uniform.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: During the finale of Kingsglaive:Glauca: A man's past is his pride.
Nyx: No. My pride is shaping the future.
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Kanuka (Japanese), Liam Mulvey (English)
Appears in: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV | Comrades
Nyx's best friend, Libertus also hails from Galahd. A feisty individual, he doesn't take kindly to Lucis's peace treaty with Niflheim, thinking it voids everything the Kingsglaive was fighting for.
- Acrofatic: He's noticeably plump, but not in a "couch potato overweight" sort of way - he's got more of a "retired football player" physique. And he's just as physically capable and nimble as any other Glaive.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Crowe since they were kids.
- Big Fun: He has a large physique and is a cheerful individual.
- The Bus Came Back: After a complete absence from the main campaign of Final Fantasy XV, Libertus returns as an occasional mentor and ally to the player character in Comrades, the multiplayer expansion.
- Car Fu: In order to confirm his suspicions after overhearing communications from various sides of the conflict, he tries to run Drautos over with Noct's Audi, forcing Drautos to reveal himself as Glauca.
- Childhood Friends: With Nyx and Crowe.
- Functional Addict: He's addicted to painkillers due to his injury, but it's never shown to compromise his faculties. He finally tosses his pills away near the end when he's asked to protect Luna.
- Guest-Star Party Member: During a couple of scripted events in Comrades, he is an AI controlled party member. Including in the final battle against Bahamut.
- Handicapped Badass: His left leg is crushed by a rock during the opening battle, and he spends the entirety of the movie in a cast. Doesn't stop him from being able to drive Lunafreya through the chaos of Insomnia's invasion, and even try to run over Glauca twice. The leg injury has healed by the time of Comrades, however.
- Heroic BSoD: Libertus has a major one when Crowe is killed, which leads to his FaceHeel Turn.
- HeelFace Turn: Near the end of the film, he realizes that Niflheim was pulling the strings behind his resistance cell and rejoins Nyx's side, helping Luna escape Insomnia while Nyx battles General Glauca.
- Hot-Blooded: Fairly impulsive and boorish, he reacts angrily to Lucis's decision to make peace with Niflheim, and is just as pissed when Luche flat out tells him Lucis is screwed whether or not they agree to it.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His likeness is based on his English voice actor, Liam Mulvey.
- Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Does this when deserting the Kingsglaive.
- I Will Wait for You: Platonically to Nyx at the end of the movie, saying he will wait for Nyx to come back to their hometown. Tragically, Nyx dies not long after.
- Last of His Kind: By the end of the film, Libertus is the sole remaining Glaive. Averted in Comrades, when it's revealed there's a couple more who survived - including the player character. From there on, he and Cor re-form the Glaives with new members.
- Meaningful Name: His name is derived from Libertas (Latin for "liberty"), the Roman goddess and embodiment of liberty. He is a member of the Kingsglaive that fights and protects Lucis and its people from tyranny.
- Not What I Signed Up For: Feeling betrayed by the King, Libertus joins a resistance cell. Once he realizes that the "resistance" is actually working with Niflheim, he pulls his HeelFace Turn.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: His actor's natural Welsh accent tends to slip through every now and again, sometimes to a downright distracting degree. He goes full-blown Not Even Bothering with the Accent in Comrades. It's considerably less distracting since it's now consistent.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Does this twice: first, feeling betrayed by the King, he deserts the Kingsglaive and joins a resistance cell; second, he quits the resistance cell upon learning that they're in bed with Niflheim.
- Sole Survivor: He is the only glaive to survive Niflheim's assault on Insomnia.
- Turncoat: Upon learning that Crowe died and convinced that Lucis's stance towards the peace treaty is responsible for it, Libertus decides to abandon the Kingsglaive and joins a civilian resistance cell composed of similarly-minded, anti-treaty militants.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A key player during the events of the movie, yet he's nowhere to be seen or even heard of in the game. Considering he made it out alive, one would think he would've at least tried to make contact with some of the folks who did get out, like Cor. Comrades reveals he's been working with Cor behind the scenes and serves as a party member during the tutorial.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
Appears in: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
The self-proclaimed leader of Nyx's group, Luche is a collected man who rationalizes the peace treaty between Nifhleim and Lucis, however pessimistic it might sound. This makes him at odds with Libertus, who would rather fight until the bitter end.
- Alliterative Name: Luche Lazarus.
- Big Damn Heroes: Subverted during the recovery of Lunafreya, who had been kidnapped by Glauca; he arrives on board of a hijacked Niflheim gunship, ready to extract Nyx and Luna. Instead, he gets pushed off by one of Ultros's tentacles, leaving the pair to commandeer the ship themselves.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His likeness is based on actor Greg Blackford, though different voice actors play him.
- Les Collaborateurs: He and a good portion of the Kingsglaive accept a deal with Niflheim to betray King Regis, in exchange for being able to return to their hometowns.
- Disney Villain Death: He is burnt alive when he is rejected by the Ring of the Lucii, and ultimately falls off the building he and Luna are on.
- Fatal Flaw: His treacherous and power-hungry ambitions leads to his death.
- Man on Fire: He gets tricked into wearing the Ring of the Lucii by Luna, and is predictably rejected like Ravus before him, only this time his entire body is set aflame.
- Mission Control: He oversees the opening battle against Niflheim by relaying orders to the Kingsglaive, and directly reports to Drautos once the commander steps on the field.
- Not Quite Dead: Last seen by Nyx and Luna being pushed off a ship by Ultros, Luche reappears much later alive and well. Except he shows his true colours by shooting Nyx and attempting to take the Ring.
- Schmuck Bait: Luna all but taunts him with the fact that he isn't powerful enough to wear the ring, with the desired effect.
- Turncoat: He is the leader of the rebel glaives who defect to Niflheim.
- Villain Ball: He has Nyx at gunpoint and all he has to do is pull the trigger and recover the Ring from Luna. Instead, he decides not to kill Nyx and actually opts to put on the Ring, even after Luna tells him that it's too powerful for him to wield.
- Walking Spoiler: Much of his characterization and importance to the plot comes after he's revealed to be among the Glaives who betray Regis, the moment the latter agrees to the peace treaty.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: He gleefully describes Crowe's murder to Nyx, telling how one hollow bullet was all it took to make her die painfully while Nyx took two and still has the strength to move.
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese), Alexa Kahn (English)
Appears in: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
A close friend of Nyx and Libertus.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted; she's already started to slightly decompose by the time her body is returned to Insomnia.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Her appearance is based on actress Andrea Tivadar, though Crow herself is voiced by different actresses.
- Dies Wide Open: When Libertus and Nyx hurry to the morgue to see her recovered corpse, her eyes are still open.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: The mages among the Kingsglaive are all women, Crowe being the most prominent one.
- Killed Offscreen: In one scene, she is waiting for Luna to arrive. In the next scene, she is discovered dead.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Libertus. Crowe is tired of hearing that she is like a little sister to him, but after the opening battle, she is right next to him as he is carried away on a stretcher, clearly worried about him.
- Military Mage: She stays back and provides support with the other mages.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Her murder is not shown, though according to Lazarus she was shot to death.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Just in case you didn't realize what kind of film this is, she's the first named character to die, with her death causing the fracture between the Kingsglaive.
- The Squadette: Crowe is the only prominent female Kingsglaive and indeed the only one voiced, save for another who groans after collapsing.
- The Smurfette Principle: Crowe is the sole prominent female Kingsglaive seen in the film.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She's murdered by Luche, seemingly under Drautos's orders, in order to exacerbate the dissent between the Glaives regarding Lucis's peace treaty with Niflheim; with Libertus's fiery temper taken into account, his public fallout with Nyx only helped encourage the conflict.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She is killed off early in Kingsglaive without being given much characterization.
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English)
Appears in: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Another member of the Kingsglaive and a friend of Nyx's group.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His likeness is based on actor Tausif Patel, though different voice actors play his role.
- I Owe You My Life: A good of part of his characterization lies on the fact that he feels heavily indebted to Nyx for saving his ass multiple times, and really wouldn't want the latter to go on dying without Pelna repaying his debt. For this, he is one of Nyx's most reliable allies within the Kingsglaive.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: He reports to Nyx that he secured Luna, but at the same time ignores the former's warnings of an imminent trap. An Ultros immediately kills him for his trouble."One Tenebrae princess, safe and soun—"
- Token Good Teammate: One of the few Glaives who doesn't betray Lucis during the peace treaty, though he dies shortly before the rest turn en masse.
Voiced by: Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English)
Appears in: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
A member of the Kingsglaive who strongly opposes King Regis's agreement to Niflheim's unilateral peace treaty. He's said to be a weapons specialist and trains constantly to make sure his skills are top-notch.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His likeness is based on actor Mehran Armando, who doesn't voice the character.
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and a hot-tempered personality.
- Jerkass: He openly discredits Lucis's decision to make a peace treaty with Niflheim, claiming that the ruling body doesn't really care for the lands beyond Insomnia and only handpicks the Kingsglaive for their affinity with Regis's magic. Then he moves on to belittle Nyx for his continued support towards the king, prompting the usually calm Nyx to get at his throat.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Unfortunately for Lucis, his grand speech is a sentiment held deeply by the majority of the Glaives, which is hinted at when Petra makes snide remarks at Nyx for being an immigrant.
- Killed Offscreen: Libertus comes across his and his teammates' bodies when trying to regroup with the other civilian resistance members.
- Turncoat: He is among the glaives who betray Regis.
The Rulers of Yore
Appear in: Final Fantasy XV | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
The spirits of the previous kings of Lucis and the protectors of the Crystal entrusted by Bahamut, they hold power second only to the Astrals themselves. Only those chosen to wield the Ring of the Lucii are able to contact their souls and call upon their power. The weapons they once wielded in life become available summons for the current King as the Royal Arms.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: All of them are ancient Lucian kings who are long dead by present day, but their souls are contained within the Ring of the Lucii, the artifact that still links them to the mortal realm.
- Automatic Crossbows: The Bow of the Clever is a crossbow that allows Noctis to fire several shots in a row without the need to reload.
- An Axe to Grind: The Axe of the Conqueror is one of the stronger weapons in the Armiger Arsenal, and appropriately gives Noctis significant physical stats boosts.
- Badass Baritone: Along with Contralto of Danger, in the case of the Rogue; the few lines they have in Kingsglaive are all in a deep, reverberating voice that go in hand with their legendary combat prowess. Even the statues built in their image groan and roar in a fierce baritone.
- BFS: The Blade of the Mystic and the Sword of the Tall both qualify, as they're larger than Noctis when he wields them. And that's not getting started with the statues of the Old Wall, which all wield appropriately sized weapons.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the Updated Re Release, Ardyn infects the Fierce, the Rogue and the Mystic with the Starscourge to force them to fight Noctis and his team while they're ascending the Citadel. Once defeated, their spirits are released, and they encourage the party to move forward.
- Bystander Syndrome: Though able to watch over the present and lend their power to the chosen few, they couldn't care less if Insomnia was razed, stating that mankind is foolish to dwell on the past. Nyx calls them out on it, and convinces them to help stall Niflheim until Luna escapes the city with the Ring, albeit at the cost of Nyx's life.
- Chainsaw Good: The Sword of the Tall is more chainsaw than sword. It even has the sound to match.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: The lore and the presentation of kings don't always match. The Shield of the Just was supposedly wielded by a Queen, but is used by an extremely masculine-looking spirit. Likewise, the Bow of the Clever is used by a feminine figure, despite the Flavor Text describing it as being wielded by a King.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: The Wise has angelic wings.
- Hypocrite: They condemn humanity for their foolishness and ignoring the sacrifices they've made for them in Kingsglaive as they safeguard the future conveniently leaving out that the future they speak of protecting will kill most of humanity in the Starscourge and condemn them to a nightmarish fate until Noctis ends the plague.
- Katanas Are Just Better: The Katana of the Warrior. Not always better against Daemons, or at least those who have Dark elemental attacks...
- Living Statue: Several skyscraper-sized statues built in their image are strewn across the venues of Insomnia, and make up the legendary defense mechanic known as the Old Wall. Should the bearer of the Ring of the Lucii wish so, the statues will awaken and relentlessly repel invaders. It turns out that these statues are imbued with the kings' souls. Smaller, but still imposing statues exist, being twice as tall as normal human. Ardyn infects the smaller statues of the Mystic, the Rogue and the Fierce with the Starscourge, and sics them on Noctis's party when they ascend the Citadel.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The Shield of the Just, which is about as big as the Mystic and the Tall's weapons.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Wanderer has four arms.
- Mythical Motifs: True to their covenant with Bahamut, the kings' armor designs borrow heavily from the Astral, who presents himself in dark armor with draconic designs. The Mystic's helmet is decorated by two wings on its top, and the back of his armor suit has something akin to a bony tail; the Rogue's headwear resembles a dragon with horns, she is known as the "Crouching Dragon King" in the Japanese version, and the French localization dubs her as "The Dragon".
- Mythology Gag: They're the Knights of the Round summon from the previous Final Fantasy entries in all but name, as there are thirteen of them (eventually), they each carry an unique weapon, and they fight together by successively rushing a target.
- Prongs of Poseidon: The Trident of the Oracle, the only weapon from outside the Caelum dynasty. The King who wielded it was in love with the Oracle of that time; when she was killed in front of him, he took up her weapon and role until her successor was found.
- The Red Baron: Every king/queen is also known by an epithet, i.e., "the Tall", "the Wanderer", etc.
- She Is the King: While they are collectively known as "Kings", several of them—namely the Rogue and the Just—were Queens.
- Shoulders of Doom: The Just, the Fierce and the Tall have massive shoulder armor.
- Weapon of Choice: True to their inspiration, they each wield one weapon from the Lucian royalty's Armiger set.
- Weaponized Teleportation: The statues of the Old Wall display the terrifying capabilities of the Warp Strike placed on stories-tall warriors, as they make short work of Niflheim's fleet of warships and Diamond Weapons by moving at an incredibly fast pace.
Somnus, the Mystic
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Zach Villa (English)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Episode Ardyn | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV | Episode Ardyn: Prologue
The Founder King, Somnus Lucis Caelum, known posthumously as the Mystic and the leader of the spirits of the Lucii. As per Bahamut's covenant, he was the first King of Lucis and designated Chosen One of the gods to rule the world. His weapon is an elaborate longsword that would later be known as the Blade of the Mystic.
- Ambition Is Evil: He was always very ambitious, but as he grew older it turned into hostile ambition. During the ascension ceremony, Somnus immediately interrupted it and claimed he was the king and Ardyn was a "traitor" he lured. After Somnus killed Aera, Ardyn became overcome with grief and succumbed to the Starscourge, ironically only then becoming the monster Somnus claimed he was.
- The Atoner: While he spends the first half of the boss fight against Ardyn trying to justify his decisions, eventually he admits that he was jealous of not being 'special' or loved like Ardyn was. And at his defeat, he admits that he has no right to ask Ardyn's forgiveness for everything he did to him.(after being defeated by Ardyn in Insomnia and explaining his betrayal)
Somnus: I dare not ask for your forgiveness, but I do ask your understanding.
Ardyn: What!? You took everything from me--EVERYTHING--and you ask my understanding!?
Somnus: I pray your soul finds repose, Brother.
- In Dawn of the Future, he vouches for Ardyn when Noctis requests to grant him the power of the Ring of the Lucii, claiming it to be the first of many apologies.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The oldest of the kings is also most likely the strongest of them all, as shown in his duels with the Diamond Weapons, and his own brother.
- Bash Brothers: With Gilgamesh, particularly in Episode Ardyn Prologue, where they murder Ardyn in tandem after he succumbs to the Starscourge.
- Big Brother Worship: As stated by Word of God, Somnus never hated Ardyn, even if he killed him for the throne, and looked up to him ever since he was a child.Toru Osanai: As for the brothers, Somnus and Ardyn, it wasn't bad at all in their childhood. As mentioned before, they would play chess together when they were young and Somnus actually looked up to Ardyn. Ardyn also took great care of his competitive little brother Somnus. So they got along really well when they were young.
- Black and White Insanity: Whereas his brother traveled the country curing people of the Starscourge, Somnus merely rounded up the infected and set them on fire. If the townsfolk are to be believed, many weren't even infected. He simply had to suspect it for many innocents to be condemned to a horrible and gruesome death. In the end this didn't even stop the Starscourge despite the brutality, it merely went dormant for a time before returning.
- Blow You Away: He can create a cyclone with his sword that deals high damage.
- Cain and Abel: The relationship between Somnus and Ardyn is played with a lot in this regard. Somnus was always jealous of the popular and pious Ardyn who was favored by the Gods with healing abilities and favored as the one who would become the King. However it is revealed Somnus was the one the Gods had chosen to be the King all along and was given the duty of imprisoning his brother so that he may be destroyed by his descendant the True King. To this end, Somnus tries to make excuses for himself to justify what he feels is his duty to his people over his brother.
- Combat Pragmatist: During his duel with his brother, he used trickery and underhand tactics to gain the upper hand, such as utilizing the family's Weaponized Teleportation to get past Ardyn's guard.
- Dark Is Evil: The reason why black is the color of the royal family and all related to it, is because it's what Somnus wore and he was an extremely ruthless individual. As the Mystic, he's more Light Is Not Good instead.
- Final Boss: Of Episode Ardyn, and from a meta perspective, due to the cancellation of Epsiodes Aranea, Lunafreya and Noctis; Final Fantasy XV as a whole.
- Founder of the Kingdom: As the Founder King, he's Lucis's first ruler and the one who founded the kingdom 2000 years ago.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: The statue of the Mystic breaks its sword against a Diamond Weapon during Kingsglaive's climax, but then proceeds to engage in a fistfight with the kaiju-sized Daemon. The statue wins by punching through the monster's core. Against Ardyn in Episode Ardyn, he will also pound on him with his giant sized fists for a fair portion of the fight as well.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He admits near the end of Episode Ardyn that he was jealous of his brother's healing gifts and popularity among the people and it was helped motivate him into obeying the Gods and betraying and imprisoning him.(having an epiphany over the true motivation behind his actions while getting a "Reason You Suck" Speech from Ardyn during their violent reunion))
Somnus: The gods blessed you as their chosen. The people adored you as their savior. I was never powerful nor popular...just envious, perhaps. I yearned desperately to be special, yet I had nothing to set me apart. Nothing at all.
- Heel Realization: At the end of Episode Ardyn, he admits that he was always jealous of his brother and that he screwed him over and turned him into the monster he is today.
- Hero Antagonist: Of Episode Ardyn, the DLC being told from Big Bad Ardyn's perspective. That being said, it's only by virtue of his goal to end the Starscourge, as well as being the ancestor of XV's hero Noctis, that Somnus is counted among the good guys. In fact, he's actually responsible for turning Ardyn into the man he is today.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: In the present he's remembered as the Founder King, who established the Caelum line after the Gods chose him to be a savior, and he traveled the world with the Oracle saving people from the Starscourge. In reality he was a pawn of the Astrals meant to become the progenitor of the dynasty that would produce Noctis and was to imprison his brother in Angelgard by the will of the capricious Gods.
- Identical Grandson: As a human, he has the same dark hair and facial features as his descendant Noctis, though his personality and actions are the exact opposite. This is Discussed in The Dawn of the Future, where Noctis wonders if this is the reason Ardyn hates him so much. This is taken even further when it is revealed that the both of them look just like Bahamut, and he wonders if the god always intended to put his own face on the throne.
- I Did What I Had to Do: A major part of his characterization and forms part of the reason why he betrayed his brother.(after being defeated in Insomnia)
Somnus: What I did to you was unforgivable, but I did it for the future of our kingdom—of our people.
Ardyn: A small sacrifice for the good of society. How noble!
Somnus: Our line has done everything in our power to protect our people, just as the gods bade. I was merely fulfilling my calling.
- Jerkass: Taunting your brother after killing his fiancée? Dick move, Somnus.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Zigzagged. His method of burning the victims and innocents blamed for the illness was horrifying, to be sure, but managed to eventually curb it over time. Yet for all the death he caused, he was not thorough enough and the Starscourge returned several generations later naturally and as Bahamut reveals, his brutal methods were always meant to be meaningless, as the plan was to have Ardyn spread the Starscourge on a scale that made Somnus's attempts to fight it utterly pointless with the number of lives consumed by it.
- The novel clarifies and showcases this further where he makes points about how his brother lets his chosen nature blind him to how he's not able to save everyone, and that his compassion and idealism were becoming a danger in themselves as it ended up vilifying his own actions. While its made clear he was truly motivated solely by jealously with these opinion, even Ardyn after being imprisoned came to the same realization. As with the above, however, his solution to the problem is itself temporary, showing how neither brothers solution was permanent by itself.
- Karma Houdini: He burns innocent people alive for possibly being infected with the Starscourge and imprisons his brother for 2000 years. He gets to spend the rest of his life as the king of Lucis, no indication is given that he ever paid for his crimes in any way, and it's not even made clear that anyone ever found out what an ass he was even after his death.
- Knight Templar: He burns people with even the slightest sign of the Starscourge in Episode Ardyn Prologue.
- The Leader: As the kingdom's founder, the Mystic is ostensibly the leading figure among the twelve kings, as he takes the center figure in all of their appearances, and is the last of the twelve to oversee Noctis's ascension, shortly before Regis becomes the thirteenth spirit with the Sword of the Father and deals the final blow to Noctis.
- Ludicrous Melee Accuracy: His statue accomplishes a very ridiculous feat in Kingsglaive by slashing Glauca, who's much, much smaller than the statue's BFS, off the road without nailing Libertus and Luna's Audi, while they and Glauca are moving at full speed on a highway.
- Meaningful Name:
- Somnus is Latin for "sleep". In Classical Mythology, Somnus was the Roman god of sleep, and the brother of Mors, the personification of death, just as Somnus here is the brother of Ardyn.
- In the Japanese version, he is known as the "Yaksha King". In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, yaksha were benevolent — sometimes capricious — guardian spirits of nature, who were brethren to the demonic rakshasa. According to some legends, the yaksha also had a darker side akin to their brother-race. His brother Ardyn's signature sword is known as the "Rakshasa Blade"; Somnus's own sword may well have simply been the "Yaksha Blade" before he became the Mystic.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Implied in the Royal Edition when he speaks to Noctis after being defeated as well as after killing his brother 2000 years before.◊(witnessing Ardyn succumb to the Starscourge after Aera's Heroic Sacrifice) "He's become the monster I made him out to be."
- Episode Ardyn confirms that he feels this towards having to kill Ardyn for the throne.
- Nominal Hero: The only thing that makes him remotely heroic is what he was opposing: the utterly horrifying Starscourge, and in the present, his own fallen brother. The latter is more or less not a case, as it was his fault that he had fallen to those depths in the first place.
- Our Founder: While Somnus is not the only king to have a statue built in his honor, as there are several more that make up the Old Wall around Insomnia's venues, the Mystic's statue has the honor of surviving the invasion of Insomnia and felling at least two Diamond Weapons, fighting alongside Nyx until the very end.
- Sequential Boss: The Mystic's boss fight has two phases; one where Ignis deals the finishing blow, and a second where he changes the setting, adds warp strikes to his moves, and ends up defeated by a combination attack from Noctis and co.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his older brother Ardyn, pre-betrayal. Ardyn was an idealist who sought to heal all infected with the Starscourge whereas Somnus was a realist who gathered anyone with even the slightest sign of infection and burned them all. Even so, they got along well until Somnus killed him for the throne.
- Sleepy Head: Evidently runs in House Caelum, as one of his hobbies is napping, according to Word of God.
- The Sociopath: It is telling that when Aera gets cut down, all he says is "foolish woman". Any other person would have felt some shock, sadness or shame at it happening, but Somnus felt nothing. That is some textbook psychopathic behaviour.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was said to be a kind-hearted and energetic young boy in his youth - if a little over-competitive - and greatly looked up to his brother. Over the years, Somnus grew envious of his brother's gifts and popularity with the people. This eventually became part of his reason for stealing the throne. Meanwhile, his brother didn't care for it at all — he simply wanted to cure the Starscourge.
- What Is One Man's Life in Comparison?: He was compelled when the Astrals made him King to imprison his brother and demonize him so that he would become keystone of the starscourge even when jealous of his elder brother, Somnus's dialogue implies it broke his heart to do what he did to Ardyn but had to for the sake of the world.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to Word of God, his desire for the throne was rooted in a completely genuine desire to protect the world, and everything he did in his eyes was for the greater good. He also took no pleasure in his coup. This heavily clashes with his downright glee at betraying Ardyn in the film.
- Written by the Winners: Even before ascending to the throne, Somnus starts his smear campaign against his brother, trying to convince his people that Ardyn is a traitor and a monster. After Ardyn succumbs to the Starscourge, the younger brother completely vilifies him to the point of Un-Personning him and absolves himself of any guilt.
Crepera, the Rogue
A queen who rose to power during a time where Daemons were prominent, Crepera Lucis Caelum avoided the public eye and ruled from the shadows to lead her people through the crisis. Her weapon is a large shuriken she crafted herself and would later be known as the Star of the Rogue.
- Fuuma Shuriken: The Star of the Rogue. It's not human-sized, but still pretty damn big.
- Lady of War: She's a high-heeled, graceful, ninja, warrior-queen.
- Meaningful Name: Crepera is derived from the Latin word creper ("dark"), and she's a reclusive ruler whose fighting style is optimal for dimly lit arenas.
- Ninja: The Rogue fights like a ninja in heels, using hit and run tactics and a dark arena to stay hidden.
- Shadow Dictator: A benevolent example; the secretive Crepera didn't like appearing publicly, so she took to the shadows to enact her rule. Only after her passing did her heroic deeds become known.
- You Are in Command Now: She inherited the throne when her father and brother died during a Daemon crisis, leaving her to lead the kingdom even though she wasn't prepared for it.
Tonitrus, the Fierce
A king who was renowned for his military prowess, Tonitrus Lucis Caelum appeared to his people as a compassionate ruler; to his enemies, however, he was a merciless demon of brutality. He wielded a large mace that would later be known as the Mace of the Fierce.
- Beehive Barrier: Upon being downed to critical health, the Fierce will deploy a spherical barrier that temporarily renders him invulnerable, though Gladiolus is able to break it open after parrying the Fierce's attack.
- The Berserker: His statue in Kingsglaive is hardly impressed by a Niflheim warship firing its main cannon through the statue's shoulder; this makes the statue turn its attention to the ship and wreck it with its remaining arm, before continuing the airborne rampage until it falls to the ground along with a Diamond Weapon (but not before punching the latter in the face).
- Beware the Nice Ones: He was a kind, just and loving king to his people. To his enemies, not so much.
- Carry a Big Stick: The Mace of the Fierce is larger than its user, and predictably dishes out large amounts of pain. Just ask the poor Diamond Weapons and Niflheim warships that got smashed to oblivion by it.
- Casting a Shadow: Employs gravity-based attacks.
- Meaningful Name: Tonitrus is Latin for "thunder", befitting his tempestuous nature.
- Mighty Glacier: Given his hulking size and the mace he carries, he strikes slowly, but if he so much as lands his hits even once, whoever's on the receiving end is in for a lot of pain.
- Mythology Gag: His armor's design has a lot in common with Final Fantasy X's Yojimbo.
- Samurai: He carries a giant mace, rather than a spear or sword, but otherwise his design looks like a cross between an ogre and a samurai.
Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa as a child and Ayumu Murase as an adult (Japanese), Kyle Arem as a child and Josh Keaton as an adult (English)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Comrades
The grandson of Jared Hester, a steward to the Amicitia family.
- Adorkable: He's an avid collector of Cactuar figurines, which Gladio describes as a "pretty grown up hobby", though it doesn't remotely diminish his enthusiasm for collecting the things. To say nothing of when he utterly flips his gourd when Noctis brings him a fancy and expensive Cactuar sculpture.
- Cheerful Child: Even in the wake of his grandfather's death he still finds a way to smile before long.
- Collection Sidequest: Talcott collects cactaur figurines which you can help him find as a sidequest. In the world of ruin he has the figures on the dashboard of his truck.
- Future Badass: As an adult in the World of Ruin he is a hunter and Adventure Archaeologist who aids Ignis in his research and saves people from Daemons.
- He's All Grown Up: Grows to a young adult during the World of Ruin, Noctis couldn't even recognize him at first.
- Mr. Exposition: When in the World of Ruin, he is the one Noctis talks to for information about the state of the world and the rest of the extended cast.
- My Greatest Failure: Giving away the Crownsguard to the Empire, leading to the death of Jared is his and haunts him a decade later in the World of Ruin.
- Survivor's Guilt: Blames himself for his grandfather's death.
- Tagalong Kid: He is the youngest of all of Noctis's allies.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When the Imperials come to Lestallum looking for Noctis, he unwittingly gives away that they are members of the Crownsguard, which leads to his grandfather's death.
- Wise Beyond His Years: He is quite the scholar for his age, and even leads Noctis and his friends to a Royal Tomb from information he digs up in old journals.
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese), Dave Fennoy (English)
Appears in: Final Fantasy XV | Episode Ignis | A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV
The proprietor and bartender of the Maagho, a local pub in Altissia. He helps Noct and his gang settle in during their visit. In the old days, he used to fight alongside Cid and Clarus as a member of Regis's Crownsguard.
- Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice, and is a Retired Badass to boot.
- The Bartender: He owns a bar in Altissia.
- Bash Brothers: He was this in the olden days, alongside Cid, Clarus and Regis.
- Casting Gag: His voice actor, Dave Fennoy, was one of the hosts during the Uncovered event. He was so ridiculously well-received (and liked by Tabata) that they made a character exclusively for him to voice.
- Cool Old Guy: In addition to being a Retired Badass, he's just a very kind man in general helping Noct settle down in Altissia.
- The Gunslinger: His weapons of choice, though he also sometimes used a rapier.
- Guns Akimbo: His combat style in A King's Tale.
- High-Class Glass: Wears a stylish monocle.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He's modeled after his English voice actor, Dave Fennoy.
- Support Party Member: He is a party member in A King's Tale.
- Retired Badass: Used to be in the Crownsguard, but now lives a life of leisure as a bartender in Altissia.
- Royal Rapier: He was mostly The Gunslinger, but he did wield a slender rapier as well.
- Verbal Tic: Uses the word "lad" (and "lads") quite often.
Voiced by: Neil Newbon (English)
Appears in: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
A security officer tasked with gatekeeping and various overwatch duties, he taunts Nyx when the latter is temporarily re-assigned to one of the city's gates.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have any of the Kingsglaive's magical powers, yet he manages to hold off a Niflheim gunship armed with just an armored truck and a machine gun.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The likeness of actor Ryan Oliva is used for Petra's 3D model, while different voice actors play him.
- Fantastic Racism: Is openly racist towards Galahdians, and other "immigrants." Doesn't stop him from doing the right thing when it counts though, as detailed below.
- I Got You Covered: Arrives just in time to provide cover fire to Nyx and Luna against a Niflheim gunship, giving the two some respite. It's implied he dies holding off Tredd's group, as Libertus happens upon the wreckage of his truck.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Belittles Nyx for being an immigrant and questions the Kingsglaive's purpose in Lucis (given Insomnia already has the Crystal's impenetrable protection), but he's very keen on safekeeping the peace the city has enjoyed for over a hundred years.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Judging by Tredd's corpse and the surrounding wreckage, it's implied he somehow managed to shoot down a gunship with just a machine gun.
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Tom Taylorson (English)
Overseer of a legendary trial to test warriors of their mettle and skill. Failure to succeed results in death. During his absence from Noctis's party, Gladio undertakes the trial in order to attain more strength. He was the Founder King's Shield, and slays the Shields unworthy or unwilling to fulfill their duty.
- Darker and Edgier: Unlike the series' previous depictions of Gilgamesh, which have always been comedic in spite of also being a sufficient challenge, there's no joking around with this guy. Many expeditions by Lucis have always resulted in no discoveries... or survivors. Except Cor. You can see previous challengers lying dead around the caves, some of whom are impaled to the cave's walls.
- Flash Step: Surprisingly, he is capable of phasing throughout his fight. His aura is the same color as Ardyn's. The reason for this is because the Founder King, to whom Gilgamesh was the Shield, was Ardyn's brother.
- Good Is Not Nice: Gilgamesh is well-meaning in his trials meant to forge warriors worthy of the title of the King's Shield, but will not hesitate to outright slay those he considers unfit for the task.
- Handicapped Badass: In sharp contrast to how he's usually presented in the series, this version of Gilgamesh only has one arm (his left arm was sliced off by Cor when he took the trial). It does very little to diminish his abilities, especially when he can create a spectral arm to replace the one he lost.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: During the first encounter with him Gladio cannot block his attacks and all of them will automatically break his guard. Combined with that, should you attack him you will deal pitiful damage, ineffective and only double digits.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Gil's primary weapon is a large katana-type sword. The sword, known as the Genji Blade, belonged to Cor in his youth, and was taken from him when he failed the Trials. Upon his defeat, he gifts it to Gladio, who can use it both in the base game as well as an extension to his Maelstrom Glaive Art, Dual Master, where he summons it to wield two greatswords at once.
- Leitmotif: Similar to previous Gilgamesh iterations, this one's boss theme is a rendition of "Clash on the Big Bridge", only this time it incorporates a bombastic orchestra and Ominous Latin Chanting, making the song associated with a traditionally goofy character much more serious in nature.
- Master Swordsman: Capable of completely overpowering Gladiolus even without an arm. After Gladio acquires the souls' blessings he can duel Gilgamesh on equal terms, which were required to damage him at all. Even then he still manages to scar Gladio after he draws the Genji Blade.
- Multi-Melee Master: Fights skillfully with a a plain broadsword, a rapier, a greatsword, and a katana, although the length is more similar to a nodachi befitting his size.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Whilst he himself is quite honorable, him being complicit with all his liege lord's atrocities lands him squarely into this.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: To even damage him you require a special aura around your weapon, one that disappears after he is defeated.
- Really 700 Years Old: Gilgamesh has been around since the time of the Founder King, some 2,000 years prior to the events of the game, waiting for the arrival of a warrior worthy enough to serve as the True King's Shield. How he's managed this is never really addressed, though cut dialogue from Episode Gladiolus suggests he tied his soul to the Trial Grounds after Ardyn's first defeat to prepare future generations for the return of the Immortal Accursed. The fact he has Glowing Eyes of Doom in the present day but not in the distant past does imply he's currently of a supernatural nature.
- Red Baron: The Blademaster.
- Secret Test of Character: Both he and the souls who bar the way to him spend the trial taunting Gladiolus that a Shield burdened by fear is unfit to serve, and as Gladio is afraid, he will fail the trials and die. After Gladio defeats Gilgamesh and admits he is afraid but is going to keep trying anyway, Gilgamesh reveals that is the true essence of a worthy Shield — not to have no fear, but to serve in their duties in spite of it.
- Villain Respect: Holds his last challenger in deepest respect, who claimed his arm yet lost regardless. In honor of that, he kept his weapon which he uses in his second phase. His respect spread to his army, who look down on Gladiolus due to their belief he cannot match his predecessor.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Apart from Episode Gladiolus and Episode Ardyn: Prologue, Gilgamesh never makes any other appearances; whatever became of him after the fulfillment of the prophecy is never brought up.
- You Don't Look Like You: Unlike previous appearances, Gilgamesh drops the other five arms and aims to kill you single-handedly.