The characters of Half-Minute Hero its Xbox Live and PC port Super Mega Neo Climax, and the sequel The Second Coming. Thankfully, we have far more than 30 seconds to describe everyone in the game; otherwise, we'd probably ruin the economy paying the Time Goddess every so often.
The Time Goddess
A goddess who had fought a great battle with the Ultimate Evil Lord for eons, eventually sealing her away. She helps the Hero on his journey to stop the evil lords from casting the 30-second spell of destruction by rewinding time (for a fee, of course). She also assists the Evil Lord and the Princess, as well as the Knight in the form of the Sage.
- Big Good
- Berserk Button: NEVER pray at her shrine with insufficient funds if you're the Hero. She will screw you over otherwise.
- The Chooser of The One: Picks the Hero because she needs a pawn with which to deal with the Evil Lords.
- The Fog of Ages: While she remains active between Half Minute Hero and The Second Coming, by the time the plot proper starts up a lot of the intervening time's details have slipped her mind.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Especially the gold.
- Greed: Loves money and jewels almost to the detriment of the quest, but usually keeps herself in check.
- Killed Off for Real: At the hands of Noire. Yet she manages to come back after everyone defeats him.
- Limited Wardrobe: Which becomes an inconvenience in the colder regions.
- Meta Girl
- Miser Advisor
- Money Fetish: To the point where she nearly sympathizes with Gordon, who also loves his gold.
- Ms. Exposition: Fills you in on the plot of every quest.
- The Pollyanna
- Say It with Hearts
- Sunglasses at Night: In Evil Lord 30. Again in the sequel whenever she does any of her shadier business.
- Walk Like an Egyptian: Her sprite animations resemble the art style.
A young traveler living in Goddess Era 100, tasked with saving the world from being obliterated in 30 seconds by the spell of destruction. Thanks to the Time Goddess, he doesn't need to break a sweat.
- Bag of Spilling: Justified. He gave all his equipment and money up to allow the Time Goddess to seal him away until the world needed him the most.
- Cast From HP: His Dash ability allows him to run across the land and skip random encounters at the cost of some HP.
- Deal with the Devil: Makes one to defeat an evil lord and access the gloomy route. In addition, the devil in question promises to take his soul as payment after the four levels of that route are done. Thankfully, the Time Goddess will remove the contract for 1,000,000G.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His nobility earns him respect from a Time Beast.
- The Hero: "Hero" is even his default name, and in the sequel, his canonical name.
- Heroic Mime
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Punny Name: His canonical name is Hero as of the sequel, which also features his family as the major protagonists, who call themselves "descendants of Heroes" though it's also accurate to say they're descendants of Hero's.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: In the game's concept art, although only appearing in-game briefly near the end as part of the Brave Vest.
- Sealed Good in a Can/Human Popsicle: Opts to give up all his possessions to be put into stasis until the world's end.
- Walking the Earth: The Hero started out this way, as a simple traveler.
The (Beautiful!) Evil Lord
Unlike the other Evil Lords from Hero 30, this Evil Lord only learned and cast the spell of destruction out of grief of losing his lover Millenia. However, thanks to the Hero's kindness, he regains his sanity and stops the spell. Now (in GE 200) he sets out to break the curse placed upon her, fighting and punishing the humans that dare stand in his way.
- The Beastmaster
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- The Dandy
- Love Makes You Crazy: He cast the spell of destruction after he lost Millenia to Noire. Then he lost it again when Millenia reverted to bat form. It takes the combined efforts of The Hero, Knight, Sage, and Princess to snap him out of it the second time.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Made of Iron: Only his summoning circle is affected by the hits he takes.
- The Minion Master: His fighting style involves summoning waves of monsters to deal with his enemies.
- Narcissist: Feels the constant need to point out just how beautiful he is.
- Noble Demon
- Optional Party Member: Joins you in the sequel if you collect enough titles.
- Parasol of Prettiness: A rare male example. Justified in that his parasol is Millenia in her monster form.
- Purple Is Powerful: And boy does he know it!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. He doesn't actually live up to the "Evil" half of his title.
- You Keep Using That Word: Millenia is quick to note how the Evil Lord is using "abominate" when he means "dominate."
The princess of the World Nation, which was established prior to the current era of GE 300. Armed with her crossbow, her loyal troupe of knights, and her determination, she sets out to try and find cures for her father, the ailing King.
- Automatic Crossbow: She wields one, which turns her from a Princess Classic into a berserker death machine just by holding it in her hands.
- Giant Waist Ribbon
- Girl with Psycho Weapon
- Hair Decorations: Wears a green flower next to her Cool Tiara.
- Hot-Blooded: In "Crossbow Mode."
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Multiple outfits, even!
- Precision F-Strike: Also in "Crossbow Mode." One shining example:Princess: Woohoo! Feel the power!! Now I can tear everyone a new ***!
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She's hardly been outside the castle most of her life, so it's a given.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Too Important to Walk: She's carried into battle on a sedan chair. Part of her mode's gameplay mechanic is keeping your knights alive so you can maintain speed.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's the only protagonist from the first game who doesn't make a reappearance in Second Coming, though it's justified in part because the others are either immortal or made deals with the Goddess to pass into the later Goddess Eras. Yushia is also a partial Expy of her as well.
The last surviving knight after the awakening of the Ultimate Evil Lord and the ensuing monsters' rampage, revived by a benevolent Sage. In the desolate year of GE 500, he accompanies the Sage through the ruined World Nation, defending him from the now-dominant monsters.
- The Ageless: In Second Coming, it's revealed that he had his personal time-frame stopped by the Goddess, in order to continue serving her throughout the centuries.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: His skill in the second game excels at taking down things that usually only take one damage, such as boulders.
- Back from the Dead: How he met the Sage, and his gimmick in Hero 300.
- Butt-Monkey: Especially in Second Coming.
- Dumb Muscle/Dumb Is Good
- I Owe You My Life: The reason for his Undying Loyalty towards the Sage.
- Idiot Hero: He has traits of this. One standout example is fighting some wolves...with a duck.
- Improvised Weapon: He can use sticks and rocks to daze enemies, even going so far as to use smaller monsters to attack others.
- Undying Loyalty: He owes the Sage his life (literally) and will do anything to protect him.
A mysterious wizard who revives a Knight and has him serve as his bodyguard. With his help, he goes around the ruined world, purifying it of monsters as he seeks the three brave souls of times past. He is actually the reincarnation of the Time Goddess.
- Bishounen: Not quite as much as the Evil Lord, though he does get comments about it. Considering who he really is, it makes perfect sense.
- God in Human Form: Goddess, actually.
- Instant Runes: His spellcasting is represented by wavy upward-floating technicolor runes.
- Magic Staff: A golden one, from which the waves of his purification spell emanate.
- The Mentor: Briefly to Yushia, until she drops the disguise.
- Squishy Wizard: He can purify the world with his powerful spell of doom...provided he doesn't get hit four times by monsters. Or once by Bullwood.
- God Was My Co Pilot: The Time Goddess Was The Knight's Sage]]
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
NoireThe overarching antagonist of the game, he seeks to revive the Ultimate Evil Lord so that he can use her power for his own. He has taught the spell of destruction to various evil overlords in Hero 30, antagonized the Beautiful Evil Lord by kidnapping and cursing his lover prior to Evil Lord 30, cursed the King of the World Nation in Princess 30, and finally killed the Time Goddess to awaken the Ultimate Evil Lord, allowing the events before Knight 30 and Hero 300 to pass.
- A God Am I: Once he absorbs the power of the Ultimate Evil Lord.
- Bigger Bad: He hijacks the Ultimate Evil Lord towards the end of Hero 300.
- Cutscene Boss: In Princess 30, the King practically beats his ass when he finds him.
- The Corrupter
- Evil Sorcerer
- Future Imperfect: Barely referenced in the sequel, with the implication that either his hijacking of the Ultimate Evil Lord was forgotten about, or the two were conflated over time.
- One-Winged Angel: Again, after absorbing the power of the Ultimate Evil Lord.
Black Knight Lord Zain
Reaper Lord Lamde
- The Heavy: Responsible for most of Ouverture and Judgement by tricking Yusha into releasing the Evil Lords.
- Master Of Illusions: Is capable of disguising himself and other monsters as humans and spends much of Ouverture in his disguise as Ramiz.
- Obviously Evil: The King in his quest lets out a cackle when you talk to him. To no surprise, it's actually Lamde in disguise.
GrilladeOne of Roseir's servants, Grillade pesters the Knight and Sage as they travel the ruined world.
- Androcles' Lion: After being saved by the Knight and Sage, he pulls a Big Damn Heroes in exposing the fake version of him and giving them time to completely obliterate the fake, along with Roseir and Bullwood.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- HeelFace Turn: After the Knight and Sage free him from being brainwashed.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Winged Humanoid
- Bonus Boss: Just before the Ultimate Evil Lord in Hero 300.
- The Brute
- Implacable Man
- Samus Is a Girl: Don't be fooled by her monstrous size. Bullwood is a female.
Ultimate Evil Lord
The Evil LordsA collective of evil lords who have learned the spell of destruction and will use it for their own ends. This excludes the Beautiful Evil Lord, Black Knight Lord Zain, The Goddess of Judgement, Lord Larrie, Reaper Lord Lamde, Overlord Hol, and Noire, who all have their own sections.
The Bandit TrioA trio of misfits who cause mischief across the lands the Hero travels.
Tropes shared by all three characters:
- Goldfish Poop Gang
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: They accidentally revived the undead queen Nexus by stealing the holy grail sealing her.
- Theme Naming / Shout-Out: They're all (quasi-)named after The Three Stooges.
LarrieThe young brat of the trio.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Enfant Terrible: More so as evil lord.
- Panthera Awesome: He gets to ride a tiger as Lord Larrie.
CullyThe stout one of the trio.
- Acrofatic: Can easily destroy the boulder messing up the current, if given the right persuasion.
- Fat Bastard
MoThe sneaky one of the trio.
SashaA girl Hero meets in a quest and rescues from some monsters.
- Ascended Extra: She's an optional party member in Second Coming and Hero's wife as well as Yusha's mother.
- Easy Amnesia: At first in the sequel, due to being asleep for almost 900 years. But seeing Hero brings everything back to her.
- HeelFace Turn: She was a monster who worked for Lamde in order to buy time for him by distracting Hero, but she decided that she didn't want such a beautiful world destroyed.
- Lightning Bruiser: As a party member, she's the fastest one, so she'll get the first strike in a battle, her attack is decent, and she's one of the most durable party members in the game.
MilleniaA young human woman who the Evil Lord fell in love with. They shared a happy life together until Noire kidnapped her and turned her into a bat. After the Hero rescued her, The Evil Lord set about finding Noire to make him remove the curse.
- Baleful Polymorph
- Little Bit Beastly: After the Evil Lord finds Noire and defeats him, making his curse go away partially. Too bad it doesn't stick.
- Morality Chain: The minute her curse worsens, The Evil Lord completely loses it.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: By the time of the sequel, going back and forth between human and bat form so often has apparently given her the ability to do so at will.
- Weakened by the Light: As a bat undergoing monsterization, she is averse to sunlight. The Evil Lord only has so much time to accomplish his objective before the sun rises.
- You Gotta Have Violet Hair: Deconstructed. She was the target of Fantastic Racism because of her hair color, and would have been made a human sacrifice for her village had she not attempted to drown herself.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The very "sacrifice" that caused her to flee the village was actually her doing all along. After complaining to her friend, Mr. Bat, about her treatment because of her hair, he came back to the village, posing as a god and demanding the sacrifice of violet-haired girls. It later turns out that the girls weren't being sacrificed, but were kept safe by Mr. Bat to avoid persecution. If Millenia hadn't met BEL, she would've run away from her home for nothing.
The Goddess of JudgementThe Big Bad from Valhalla Knights 2 (another game developed by XSEED), she reprises her role in the Bonus Dungeon Another Goddess, while acting as a Walking Spoiler. Only appears in the PSP version.
The KingThe king of the World Nation, who united it under his rule and proceeded to live a happy life with his queen and daughter, the Princess. Unfortunately, at the beginning of Princess 30, he falls ill and becomes bedridden, causing the Princess to go out and find a means to cure him of his sickness.
- The Ace
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: If not for his illness, Princess could just stand back and watch him solve everything.
- Real Men Wear Pink Pajamas
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The moment his illness is cured, he unveils and defeats Noire within seconds.
Johnny and MaxThe Princess's two most loyal guards. They (along with up to 28 others) carry her across the land while she rains arrow-shaped death at whatever monsters stand in her way.
The Second Coming
YushaThe protagonist of the Overture and Judgement chapters. The commander of Brave Kingdom's commando force in Goddess Era 600. Tasked initially with clearing out the last remnants of the Evil Lords, he's eventually given a top-secret mission from the queen herself. A mysterious man with no knowledge of his past. Furthering his mystery, he has a single white wing that appears when he gets serious in battle.
- Back from the Dead: It takes him nearly 400 years but he eventually pulls his personal Timestream together enough to take his revenge in Heaven at the start of Destiny. After the heroes defeat Fate, he gets to more properly come back to his own time.
- Commanding Coolness
- Determinator: If he has a mission to complete, he will never stop. Not when a curse is tearing his body apart, and not when walking across a river of lava with the Ultimate Evil Lord at its end.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: After an overload of timestream energy,he has a vision including scenes from centuries in the future. While his response seems to indicate that he is coming unhinged, he has an easier time interpreting it than the average player.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Yusha is actually Hero's son, and belongs to his time period, but the Goddess accidentally displaced him to GE 600 while saving him from the Ultimate Evil Lord.
- Frame-Up: In Judgement, an Evil Lord frames him for the death of Brave Kingdom's queen, causing him to be chased from the kingdom, and leading to Yashu's fall.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: His single wing is white, to signify his heroic nature. Throughout Prelude, the Elements' curse gradually turns it black. In the final mission of Overture, it turns completely black, and begins to radiate the Spell of Destruction.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He turns out to be the son of Hero and an angel. Amusingly, he's referred to not as half-angel and half-human, but as half-angel and half-hero.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: At the start of Judgement, thanks to Reaper Lord Lamde.
- Leitmotif: "One Winged Hero"
- Knight In Sour Armor: He's developed into this in Judgement. His primary motivation is revenge, but he still helps people whenever he can.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Destiny, in part thanks to his descendants, he's a lot more kind and even cracks some jokes and smiles.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Dying after defeating Metsvolos puts him in a position where he can continue his revenge in the afterlife, though it takes several centuries for him to pull himself back together. He supposedly was able to plan it all out as he was overloaded with Timestream at the end of Overture.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His "top-secret-mission" to destroy the Eight Elements was actually a ruse by Reaper Lord Lamde. The Elements were the only things maintaining the seal on the Dark World and the Evil Lords.
- Poor Communication Kills: He's very bad about not explaining his situation. At first, this is because his mission is classified but it quickly develops into a bad habit. Of course, other beings have the same problem of not explaining themselves to him...
- Revenge: At the end of Overture, he swears vengeance upon the Evil Lords, Reaper Lord Lamde in particular, and Fate itself.
- Future Imperfect: After 200 years, enough of the details have been lost that no one remembers that he was ever an outlaw.
- Winged Humanoid: Yusha has a single, white wing that appears from his back when he gets serious in battle. He loses it by the end of Overture. It's eventually revealed that the wing is a sign of his Angel blood.
YushiaThe protagonist of the Revolution chapter. A princess, and descendant of heroes, living in the Time Goddess Academy in Goddess Era 800. When the Evil Empire breaks its peace treaties and attacks, she considers it her duty as a hero to take up arms and fight them.
- A-Cup Angst: A few time during the main quest. DLC quest however completely turn Yushia into Butt-Monkey for this trope to the point that she has to admit that she is Pettanko just to proceed the quest.
- Captain Ersatz: Revolution is a Lighter and Softer Homage to Final Fantasy VI and she mixes the designs of several characters, being visually similar to Celes while lifting personality traits from Locke.
- Character Development: By the later arcs, she's developed a more subdued, Seen It All attitude.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: One of her defining attributes. While never actually addressed in game, the DLC bonus missions makes it clear that she's the Princess of the Brave Kingdom, and is Yusha and Ciel's descendant.
- Expy: A partial Call-Back to the Princess, as she has the same Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense attitude. The Princess' signature crossbow is even put in the Bowgun category, which is Yushia's signature.
- Genki Girl: Her main forte.
- Jumped at the Call: She's very eager to follow in her ancestors' footsteps.
- Leitmotif: "Princess, Defender of the Academy"
- Light Is Good: Towards the end of Revolution her new gear is described as divine, holy, and angelic, and Xi, the last storyline Bowgun, has a skill that unleashes Light damage. She's a descendent of the half-angel Yusha as well.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Her signature weapons are the Bowgunblades developed by Nanako, which specialize in hitting multiple enemies and having a high critical chance.
- Pals with Jesus: All of the heroes are friends with the Time Goddess, but Yushia's relationship with her is the most consistently positive. (However, even she sees the flaws in the goddess' attitude.)
- Plucky Girl: She's much more upbeat and kinder than Yusha or Yuja, but just as much of a hero.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: The game sprite make her look smaller than many characters yet she is as powerful as the rest of the hero.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Much like the Princess before her. When told that an ancient monster is demanding sacrifices from a village, she swears as a hero to put a stop to it... then, seemingly as an afterthought, asks what exactly a sacrifice is.
- Royals Who Actually Do S Omething
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's scared of frogs, though it doesn't come outside the second mission, though it does get a Call-Back in the first mission of Destiny before she's recruitable.
The protagonist of the Ragnarok chapter. A descendant of heroes. In Goddess Era 999, Yuja travels the land, beating up gods who are trying to disrupt the peace between humans and demons. His amazing strength has earned him the title "God Slayer".
- Blood Knight: Faced with a God demanding to battle him, he tells the Time Goddess that he dreads not its power or any traps it might be luring him into, but that it'll turn out to be all talk and he won't get a good fight.
- Captain Ersatz: A young Hot Blooded man wandering the broken future, fighting Gods that have taken over the world with a blue haired woman as his closest friend. Made more explicit with the Drill Lance found in his campaign which becomes his Weapon of Choice in the final campaign.
- Defeat Means Friendship: A few characters have join him after he beat them.
- Determinator:During his battle with the Dark Goddess, he takes all her attacks meant for Coo and continues to taunt her and tell her to listen to Coo's song.
- Hot Blood: And how!
- Idiot Hero: He prefers to fight first and think later. He is also apparently incapable of basic math.
- LeitMotif: "No More HERO"
- Monkey King Lite: Idiot Hero with bright red hair and a preference for polearms? Check.
- Pet the Dog: While he stops being nearly as rude later on, he's always a Friend to All Children.
- Skyward Scream: After Coo dies at the end of Ragnarok, the chapter ends with him screaming her name. He's still screaming at the start of Destiny.
Goddess Era 600
The young princess of the Brave Kingdom, who grew up alongside Yusha and Yashu.
- Distressed Damsel: On two separate occasions.
- My Girl Back Home: Yusha sees her this way and they share an attraction. She's obviously not satisfied staying home, though.
- Pre-Climax Climax: A g-rated version can occur if Yusha takes the hint to revisit her during Judgement's endgame sequence.
- Rebellious Princess: She'd like to accompany Yusha and have adventures, and slips away to meet up with him a few times early on. Unfortunately, Yusha's mission is "Top Secret" and he feels he can't let her tag along for Overture.
- Someone to Remember Him By: According to the DLC missions of Revolution, she had a child after Yusha died, and never remarried. Subverted after Destiny as Yusha gets to come back to life instead.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: After the start of Judgement, she must take control of Brave Kingdom in her mother's absence lest chaos reign. This forces her to stay put while Yusha leaves as a fugitive.
A sub-commander in the Brave Kingdom's Commando Force, alongside Yusha and Guy. A longtime sparring partner and friendly rival of Yusha, and fiercely loyal to Queen Maria.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: He's involved in variations of this multiple times - fighting the protagonist during gameplay before the chapter's real villain is beaten in a cutscene, and having chapters built around encountering him only for the level to continue on to another boss afterwards. His final fight against the protagonists plays it for drama: Yashu finally gets his last stand against Yusha's line, but instead they opt to knock away the Demon Sword eating his soul and defeat it instead.
- Bodyguard Crush: Averted. While he's a bodyguard to more than one beautiful princess as the game goes on, he's not interested in any woman but Queen Maria. Played straight with her but subverted in that the one time he's seen protecting Maria, it's a fake
- Bonus Boss: After defeating the Demon Sword, he waits at the bottom of the Demon Maze and will join the party after being defeated; however reaching the bottom of the Demon Maze itself requires a lot more effort than defeating the final boss, arguably elevating him to the status of the True Final Boss of the story mode.
- Captain Oblivious: Some things he can be forgiven for missing such as his bat cape being Maria. Others are far less justifiable.
- Expy: He's visually pretty similar to the Beautiful Evil Lord, and even has some of the same character traits. Like the Beautiful Evil Lord, he also eventually makes a HeelFace Turn and joins the protagonists.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Like Yusha, he was taken in by Queen Maria and has dedicated his life to her service, but to a higher, near-fanatical degree. Lamde exploits this to make him into Yusha's greatest enemy.
- The Rival: A sparring partner to Yusha from their respective childhoods, though they work well alongside each other in battle.
- Rival Turned Evil: After taking up the Demon Sword, he becomes hell-bent on taking revenge on Yusha, and anyone connected to him or his bloodline.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Saves Yushia from being blown off the Sky Continent for the sole purpose of killing her himself.
A sub-commander in the Brave Kingdom's Commando Force, alongside Yusha and Yashu. Not nearly as stoic or serious as his comrades, and a bit of a womanizer.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his carefree attitude, he is one of the Brave Kingdom's Sub-commanders, on par with Yusha and Yashu and is the first ally to realize something's wrong with the queen.
- The Charmer
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being part of the initial Power Trio, he gets few scenes and no interaction with Yashu in the finale chapter.
- Guest-Star Party Member: After the first few quests, he leaves the party only to show up as this in a couple more throughout the game, before finally joining for good late into Judgement.
- He Knows About Timed Hits: Provides tutorial information in the first few missions purely for the player's sake, much to Yashu's confusion.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: His Attack and Defense are identical.
A Brave Kingdom soldier who has a top-secret mission for Yusha on behalf of the queen. A dutiful soldier, but not much about him is known.
- Blade on a Stick
- Cannon Fodder: Is one of the weakest party members. Possibly intentionally, as he has absolutely no interest in saving anybody.
- Evil All Along: Is actually the Reaper Lord Lamde, manipulating Yusha to free the Evil Lords.
- Faceless Goons: The only visual difference between him and other Brave Kingdom soldiers is that his armor is black with a winged helmet and theirs is grey.
A sorcerer's apprentice who helps Yusha see through the Mist Dragon's deception, joining him on his quest.
- The Ageless: Keeps running her shop in Hero Castle for centuries without changing. It's not until a good ways into Ragnarock that anyone bothers to explain how. (She's an elf, as is her teacher.)
- Cute Witch
- Ship Tease: She's obviously attracted to Yusha, but he doesn't return it.
- Shopkeeper: Runs an item shop that sells summoning stones once you get the Hero Castle.
The same Knight who saved the world alongside the Hero and others from the first game. He has continued to live as the Time Goddess's servant to help protect the world.
See his entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Protagonists above for more details.
A veteran traveling swordsman who comes back to battle to help fight off the Rock Dragon, joining Yusha on his adventure afterwards.
- Heroic BSoD: As a result of losing his sword to the Rock Dragon.
- Optional Party Member: He will only join if you give him the new sword.
- Wrecked Weapon: At the start of his stage, his weapon breaks against the Rock Dragon's armor, crushing his spirit until you can make him a replacement.
A prisoner of Brave Kingdom. He helps Yusha escape jail after his wrongful imprisonment between Overture and Judgement.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Wants you to prove your strength to him before he'll help you.
- Epic Flail: Uses his shackles as a weapon.
- Stone Wall: Tough, but slow as molasses.
A young girl from a village on the outskirst of Brave Kingdom, she is able to play melodies that can lull animals to sleep. She joins Yusha to help him defeat the Evil Lords.
- Cheerful Child: Nothing gets her down, though her age is actually never given.
- The Heart: Befriends a demon dog with her music, and convinces her village to trust Yusha.
- Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Befriends one demon dog and lulls another to sleep with it in her introductory chapter.
Dai and Zochi
A pair of carpenters who maintain the giant mobile fortress "Hero Castle."
- The Ageless: It is never explained how, but wherever, whenever, the Hero Castle is, these two can also be found.
- Ridiculously Fast Construction: Dai is able to switch parts of the castle instantly, provided he's available to talk to. Zochi, on the other hand, is able to add new floors to equip additional body parts, but only outside of quests.
- Those Two Guys
An Evil Lord who loves to collect weapons. She loves them so much, that she doesn't want the world to be destroyed, as it would mean the destruction of her weapon collection as well.
- Ascended Extra: Was only a normal stage boss in the first game.
- Bonus Boss: Is the final boss in Infinite Battle mode.
- HeelFace Turn
- Item Crafting: Acts as a weaponsmith in Hero Castle. She can combine one weapon with another to make a stronger version of it.
The same Beautiful Evil Lord who saved the world alongside the Hero and others from the first game. Not to be confused with the other Evil Lords out to destroy the world.
See his entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Protagonists above for more details.
See his entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Antagonists above for more details.
- Dungeon Bypass: Thanks to his flying skills, this is something of a specialty of his.
- Optional Party Member: Only shows up during his quest if Knight is in your active party.
A demon dog that Rina has befriended.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Is asleep when you meet him at first, but he shows up several quests later.
- Hell Hound
- Heroic Dog
- Meaningful Name: It's a corruption of Orthros, another mythological hellhound. Also a reference to the Final Fantasy VI Ultros. (While the corruption was accidental in the octopus' case, it's intentional here.)
Goddess Era 800
One of Yushia's friends at Goddess Academy. A technological expert who made Yushia's bowgun.
A handsome, though somewhat narcissistic friend of Yushia at Goddess Academy.
The princess of the empire. Somewhat haughty and conceited, but holds much love for her father and country. Opposes Yushia on multiple occasions.
- HeelFace Turn: Eventually joins Yushia to try and save her father from his madness.
- Jet Pack: Rides on a glider that serves both as her transportation and weapon.
- Noblewoman's Laugh
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Her first encounter has her learning about doing labor and monster hunting to get money from Yushia, who is herself doing it for the first time.
- Tsundere: It even says so in the gallery.
A Beastwoman defending her home from the Empire's invasion. Initially hostile to Yushia, she joins after Yushia helps protect her home.
- Beast Folk
- Machine Worship: The God of her people is actually the Hero Castle, stuck underground thanks to it being trapped in the Dark World for the past 200 years.
- Wolverine Claws
Brave General Silveria
One of the Empire's Three Imperial Generals. Although technically in opposition to Yushia's quest, she helps her out in order to mitigate casualties caused by the reckless actions of the other generals. Defects from the Empire and joins Yushia for good in order to help her destroy the monstrous Grimoire beasts that the Empire had created.
A robot abandoned at the Imperial Laboratory. With a little help from Nanako, he is repaired and gladly aids Yushia on her quest.
- Chekhov's Gun: It takes a few chapters after he's found to be put in working order.
- Expy: of Robo from Chrono Trigger, visually anyway.
- Robot Buddy: Obviously.
- Stone Wall: Among the highest defense stats in the game
A mysterious, silent swordsman in a hood who has come to the heroes' aid. His true identity is none other than the Hero from the first game, and Yusha's father.
- And the Adventure Continues: After the end of Destiny, he and Sasha are seen running in an unknown time period, off on another adventure.
- Everyone Calls Him Geezer: Yushia dubs him thus since he won't tell her his actual name. While the Time Goddess figures it out quickly, he doesn't want Yushia to know it. It sticks even in Destiny though, where he's known as "True Geezer" instead of "Hero".
- Human Popsicle: Is found encased in crystal the first time you see him in each time period.
- Heroic Mime
- Mysterious Protector: Plays this role in Revolution, rescuing Yushia and the Time Goddess from trouble several times before Yushia convinces him to just join the party already. Yushia even crushes on him, but for obvious reasons this doesn't go anywhere.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After a brief scene at the end of Overture, he and Yusha are separated by an explosion and he never reappears in Judgement. Presumably, he gave up and resealed himself at some point.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: It turns out that meeting Yusha was the reason he sealed himself in the first place. But mission-focused Yusha rushed to his final battle and died a hero before Geezer could catch up with him a second time. This echoes Hero being unable to find Noire again back in Hero 30.
Goddess Era 999
A blind girl who is the last of the Singer tribe, after the God Nine silenced the rest of them with their light. Is roped into helping Yuja stop the God Nine when he discovers that her song is the only thing that can counter the God Nine's magic.
- Blind Musician
- Despair Event Horizon: Having her song used as nothing more than an anti-sanctuary tool slowly wears her down to the point where she no longer finds joy in singing. This causes her to lose her ability to sing at all until she can remember why she became a Singer in the first place and becomes remotivated.
- Fading Away: Uses her personal Timestream to make the Song of Time reach the Time Goddess to snap her out of her Dark Time Goddess persona, which results in her death. She's not seen in Heaven during Destiny either, but the Goddess brings her back in the credits.
- Magic Music
- NonActionGirl: Doesn't fight, unlike the rest of Yuja's companions.
A nun who joins Yuja to protect her village from the one of the raging God Nine. After helping slay the God, she decides to devote herself to the Time Goddess instead.
- Badass Preacher
- Carry a Big Stick
- Crisis of Faith: She doesn't know what to do at first after helping Yuja slay the local God Nine (who she had been praying to to stop the volcanoes, but to no avail,) but then the Time Goddess shows up to chat, and everything works out from there.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets angry somewhat easily.
An Android developed by the Empire from Revolution with the purpose of allowing them to manipulate the Timestream like the Time Goddess can. Serves as Yuja and company's Time Goddess while the actual Time Goddess has gone off the deep end.
- Gone Horribly Right: A helpful example. Wise General Richter built her to be just like the Time Goddess as a weapon for the Empire. Not only were her Time abilities replicated, however, but also her personality quirks and ability to only work with the Chosen Hero and descendants, making it useless to the Empire and perfect for Yuja.
- Jet Pack: Has rocket boosters in place of legs.
- Only in It for the Money: You need to have 15000 Gold on hand to get her back in Destiny. But this isn't out of malice on her part, rather it is in order for her repair systems to quickly complete themselves, as she literally operates on money. Although, it is unclear how much of that is actually needed and how much of it is due to the Time Goddess' personality.
- Wave Motion Gun: In the second Ragnarök DLC mission, she has one that can wreck an entire fleet of battleships. It costs 50000G to use.
A young boy who lives near the Tower of Contracts, whose village is wiped out while he is out. With Yuja's help, he is able to make a contract with either an angel or a demon to gain immense power, and accompanies Yuja to help save the world afterwards.
- Deal with the Devil: Subverted. While he can make a literal deal with a demon, it's never shown to have negative repercussions and the demon itself doesn't seem all that nasty. Inverted if he makes a deal with an angel instead.
- Magically Binding Contract: Forms one with either an angel or a demon in his chapter. Each one provides different abilities.
- Optional Party Member: It's possible to defeat the boss without helping him, but it is more difficult to do so.
Sach, the Third Daughter of Slaughter
One of the Venus Seven. A speed-demon through and through, she challenges Yuja to a motorcycle race, eschewing combat and sanctuaries and betting it all on the track. Impressed by Yuja's performance and strength, she decides to join his team after the battle.
- Car Fu: Her motorcycle is her weapon.
- Crippling Overspecialization: After Yuja wins the race, she realizes to her horror that she's been so focused on riding that she's completely neglected to work on her fighting skills, and proceeds to go down in one hit.
- Defeat Equals Friendship
- HeelFace Turn
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Provides a powerful buggy for Yuja to compete fairly against her in, and doesn't throw up a Sanctuary or Song of Destruction in her stage.
The combat expert of the Venus Seven. A powerful fighter who built an arena to satisfy her desire for a good fight. After refusing to stay dead after defeating by Yuja several times, he convinces her to join as a comrade-in-arms.
- Blood Knight
- Determinator: Returns after her death, as well as after being defeated twice more, earning Yuja's respect and admiration.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- Optional Party Member: Is found in one of the Ultimate Coliseum global dungeons.
Son of Zain, the Black Knight Evil Lord. After Zain's defeat in Judgement, he appears periodically throughout the game to take revenge for his father's death, fighting each of the heroes at least once. After giving his all in one final fight against Yuja, he joins Yuja to help fulfill the ideal of a world where everyone, human, demon, angel, or otherwise can live together in peace.
- Boss in Mook's Clothing: Randomly replaces a normal enemy in certain locations.
- Determinator: Is defeated by Yusha, Yushia, and Yuja on multiple occasions over the course of 400 years, ending in fighting a powered up version of him in one of the final coliseums. Just like with Asurako, this impresses Yuja enough to ask him to join.
- Optional Party Member: Is found in one of the Ultimate Coliseum global dungeons.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Mentions that he wasn't always seeing eye to eye with his father the first time you fight him, implying that part of his need for revenge is to earn his father's respect. Which he finally succeeds in getting after the final fight against him.
A former zombie who passed on and became an angel, who since reunited with Hero from the first game. Is Yusha's mother, and has been waiting nearly 900 years to reunite with her family after Yusha was taken away from them before the start of the game.
See her entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Other above for more details.
The Eight Elements
A host of powerful beasts that wield great magical powers. They plan to destroy the world, according to Ramiz and the Queen. They are able to annihilate all life on the continent with their powerful Breath of Destruction.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Each of the Elements is named "Something" Dragon.
- Good All Along: They were only fighting in self-defense to prevent the Dark World from being unsealed.
- Not So Different: When you think about it, they're a lot like Yusha. Focused on their mission over all else to the point of missing opportunities, and not bothering to justify themselves to others.
- Poor Communication Kills: They could have explained what was so important they'd destroy continents over it, but then we probably wouldn't have a story.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: Have no qualms about destroying entire continents just to kill Yusha.
Reaper Lord Lamde
An Evil Lord with power over death. One of Overlord Hol's right-hand men in the previous game, he now works for Evil Lord Mestvolos in a similar capacity.
- Back from the Dead: Was slain by the Hero in the first game, only to come back stronger this time around.
- Manipulative Bastard
The Four Ultimate Kings
A host of powerful Evil Lords that serve as Mestvolos' top commanders. Like all Evil Lords, they are able to destroy the world with their Spell of Destruction.
Ultimate Evil Lord Mestvolos
Ruler of the Dark World and strongest of the Evil Lords. Seeks to conquer the world above, destroying all humans with the Spell of Destruction.
- Bad Boss: Pulls a You Have Failed Me on Vetra when Yusha has her on the ropes.
- Big Bad: Of Overture and Judgement.
Fierce General Gustaf
One of the Empire's Three Imperial Generals. A bloodthirsty fighter who is indiscriminate in the use of force to accomplish his goals.
- Blood Knight
- Unwilling Roboticization: When the Grimoire Spelvia takes over the Imperial Castle, it turns Gustaf into a biomechanical abomination.
Wise General Richter
One of the Empire's Three Imperial Generals. A scientist who is equal parts brilliant and full of himself. The main scientist behind the development of the Evil Lord Weapons, each equipped with their own continent-leveling Destruction Device.
A group of seven artificially-grown Evil Lords made to tap into the power of the Timestream, and siphon it to the Empire. However, the power proves to be too much for the technology to control, causing them to run mad across the land, threatening it with their built-in Destruction Devices.
- Gone Horribly Right: They ultimately serve their purpose as power sources, but not before breaking loose and threatening the world with their powers.
- Seven Deadly Sins: It's relatively subtle, but they seem to have this naming scheme. For example, Ava comes from avaritia, greed, while Spelvia is a corruption of superbia, pride.
- Tentacle Rope: The first Grimoire, Gravidon, specializes in this as a One-Hit Kill. If Yushia so much as touches one she is ensnared and consumed.
Leader of the Empire. He has ordered the collection and research into naturally-grown Chrono Crystals and the Timestream for unknown, yet likely sinister reasons.
- A God Am I: As the Evil Emperor.
- Ambition Is Evil: Wants to harness the power of the Timestream for his own ends. Even if it means sacrificing his country and daughter, thanks to becoming corrupted by it.
- Big Bad: Of Revolution.
- Demonic Possession: The bestiary entry for the Evil Emperor states that it is controlling Golvadis. This doesn't seem to match what we see happening, as it seems like a mindless beast without Golvadis' intelligence guiding it. Until Destiny reveals that the Evil Emperor had existed 800 years previously.
- Save the Villain: Yushia resolves to do so for Athena's sake. It works.
- The Emperor: Well, yeah.
The God Nine
A group of divine beings out to destroy the world, disgusted at the peaceful integration of humans and demons between the Revolution and Ragnarok chapters. They take to the field of battle themselves after Yuja kills all their minions at the start of Ragnarok. Able to destroy continents with their Songs of Destruction, and can erect magical barriers known as Sanctuaries to protect themselves, making them very fearsome opponents.
- Light Is Not Good: All of them, really, but especially Gospelia, who is explicitly associated with Light and uses it to blind you.
- Magic Music
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Appropriately enough, this forms the backbone of their themes.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: the fight with the gods stemmed from their misunderstanding of the nature of demonkind and lingering anger about the Eight Elements.
- Evil All Along: Psyche. It's because they feed on warfare, and realized that peace between humans and demons had dried up their food source.
The Dark Goddess
Although the God Nine were defeated, their manipulation of the Timestream's flow caused the Time Goddess to go mad. She is just as greedy and whimsical as always, but now completely evil and aiming to destroy the world.
See her entry in Half Minute Hero 1 —> Main Protagonists above for more details.
- Big Bad: In the Ragnarok chapter.
- Evil Is Sexy: Lampshaded in the description for the Dark Time Goddess's artwork, which claims that "many fans say they prefer this look."
- FaceHeel Turn: In the Ragnarok scenario of The Second Coming, the God Nine's disruption of the Timestream causes the Time Goddess to become the Dark Time Goddess and summon her own group of bad guys to blow up the world.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: She talks like this, oddly enough.
- Paint It Black: she trades gold and white for red and black.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
The Venus Seven
A group of Goddesses freshly made by the Dark Time Goddess to fill in the void left behind by the God Nine. As gods, they can also use Songs of Destruction and Sanctuaries to stop Yuja.
- Amazon Brigade
- Cute Monster Girl: All seven.
- HeelFace Turn: Two of the members will actually join Yuja after he defeats them: Sach after her stage, and Asurako, after defeating her in one of the final coliseums.
- Magic Music
- The Grim Reaper: The First Slaughter Daughter. Long black robe, gigantic scythe, power over Death... Her artwork even depicts her with a skeletal right hand.
- Twincest: Yuri Yaksha, a pair of identical (save hair color) girls holding hands within a crystal flower. The gallery describes them as twins, while their special move is called "Couple's World".