A list of the supporting cast for Ni no Kuni. Click here to return to the main character page.
Ichi no Kuni/Motorville (Hotroit)
Oliver's mother. A kind woman who cares deeply for her child. She loses her life after saving Oliver's in a tragic accident. At the insistence of Drippy, Oliver goes on a quest to save her.
- Action Mom: Not only did she rush to Oliver's aid (at the expense of her own health and well-being... and life), but in actuality, she is the Great Sage Alicia. As a small girl native to the Other World, she was saved by Shadar before he became evil. When he did, she spent years to become a sage, traveled back (forward?) in time, crossed dimensions to Earth and absorbed Shadar's other self's soul that he had cast off (Oliver) and gave birth to him as part of a plan to save Shadar.
- All for Nothing: It turns out that by traveling through Oliver's world with the time spell, she merged with her Soul Mate, meaning there is no way of her ever coming back.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Oliver from drowning in the river, but suffers a heart attack afterwards and dies in the hospital.
- Killed Off for Real: Indeed, Oliver's quest to save her turns out to be in vain. Poor lad...
- Retired Badass: Of her own volition, more or less. She had to leave her home world in order to help raise Oliver, which meant that she had to give up her life in that world.
- Save the Villain: And she pulls one hell of a plan to do so: going forward in time and becoming the mother of his Alternate Self!
- Truly Single Parent: There's no mention of Oliver's father, and there's a reason for that: Allie — or rather, Alicia — took a piece of Shadar's soul inside herself, causing her to become pregnant. In other words, there is literally no father.
- Walking Spoiler: Her true identity spoils a major twist towards the end of the game.
Oliver's best friend. He has a hobby of making cars in his spare time. He is a hard working person, but tends to be stubborn and defensive.
- Cool Car: The Philmobile. You can even obtain it for yourself in post-game!
- Dub Name Change: Phil's name is Mark in the original Japanese version.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Implied with him and Oliver. One of the flashbacks implies that they originally weren't on equal terms, as Phil would occasionally pick on Oliver.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for the death of Oliver's mother and spends most of the time after the event depressed. He even loses his ambition, which causes a Nightmare to spawn in him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shows a bit of a mean side: from teasing Oliver and "Starey Mary", but he genuinely means well.
Ding Dong Dell (Goronel Kingdom)
King Tom XIV
The "Meowjesty" of Ding Dong Dell. He assists Oliver in his journey after restoring a piece of heart he was missing, giving Oliver his first real wand (as in, one that's not a stick).
- Adipose Rex: Considering his soulmate is a fat cat, this is probably not that much of a surprise.
- Animal Jingoism: His Arch-Enemy is a rodent king.
- Cats Are Mean: Completely Inverted. But played straight when affected by manna.
- Cool Cat: His subjects seem to like him.
- Dub Name Change: His name is Nyandal in the Japanese version.
- Face–Monster Turn: Thankfully it was reversible.
- Fisher King: His subjects' personalities generally reflect his, hence why you have to find him some enthusiasm.
- Friend to All Children: An NPC in Ding Dong Dell will comment that he sometimes comes into town to play with the local children.
- Mega Neko: A cat who is a bit larger than most humans. Exaggerated due to the manna infliction.
- Neat Freak: Near the end of the game, he spends a lot of time grooming himself before presenting himself to the town's festival.
- Poisonous Person: His claw swipes can poison you during his boss fight.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He becomes this once he's cured of his brokenheartedness.
- Royal "We": Or rather, "Royal One".
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Helps Oliver and company breach the White Witch's Ivory Tower.
- Stock Animal Name: Tom. As in tomcat.
- Turns Red: His monster form starts the battle on all-fours and doesn't have much in the way of attacks. Until you deplete his HP and he stands up...
- Verbal Tic: Like many cat characters, he says words like Purrfect or Purrcisely. He also says "One" in place of first person pronouns.
Al Mamoon (Babanasia Kingdom)
Great Sage Rashaad
A former Great Sage and father to Esther. He works as a Babana merchant in Al Mamoon and initially refuses to help Oliver stand up against Shadar, but warms up to him after he heals his brokenhearted daughter.
- Badass Baritone: Shared between both him and his soulmate.
- Cool Old Guy: At least once he knows that Esther is freed of her brokenheartedness.
- Dub Name Change: He's Solon in the Japanese version.
- Retired Badass: Temporarily. He seems to get back into the Sage business after his daughter's heart is restored.
The "Cowlipha" of Al Mamoon. She favors cheese to the point that when she became brokenhearted, that's all she'd eat (in excess). She assists Oliver by providing him a boat after he cures her of her gluttony.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Subverted. While she has an obvious crush on Marcassin, giving the heroes his photo, and Drippy finds this fact creepy, we aren't shown how Marcassin himself reacts to her fawning over him when they meet for the first time.
- Achilles' Heel: The 'Burden' spell when she's turned into a monster.
- Adipose Regina: Supposedly her prodigious size is due to how much she stuffed herself while brokenhearted. We never see her when she's thin, but the Wizard's Companion provides a bust picture of one of her ancestors, who resembled a skinnier version of Lowlah.
- Big Beautiful Woman: The Cat Girl who runs the inn describes her as beautiful.
- Big Eater: Brought on by Shadar taking away her restraint.
- Dub Name Change: She's Kaula in the Japanese version.
- Face–Monster Turn: Same deal as Tom.
- Large and in Charge: She's taller than Oliver's house!
- Loss of Inhibitions: Queen Cowlipha, as one of the brokenhearted, loses her restraint and becomes a glutton for cheese. This causes her to refuse to get out of bed and demand more cheese until her restraint is restored.
- Meaningful Name: In Japanese, Kaula is a pun on "cow" and "kalipha". This is lampshaded in the English version by making her official title "Cowlipha".
- Our Giants Are Bigger: The largest character in the game aside from Shadar's final form! Nothing anywhere explains why she's like this.
- Royal "We": Her speech pattern.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese.
- Turns Red: Jumps up on her feet in the second phase of her fight and starts dishing out really painful body slams.
- Villainous Glutton: She acts this way when heartbroken.
Supreme Sage Solomon
A sage who lives within the Temple of Trials. He assists apprentice wizards and runs a competition called the Solosseum.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Little guy to his servant, Umbopa.
- Dub Name Change: His name is Pokoro in the Japanese version.
- Jerkass: He doesn't have many nice things to say towards Oliver and Esther, or anyone in general.
- Meaningful Name: According to some legends King Solomon was said to be able to tame and control Daemons, in the game Sage Solomon gives Ester an item that lets her do the same thing to get more familiars.
- Older Than They Look: He looks about as tall as Oliver, and almost looks around his age. However, he's old enough that he's trained Rashaad, Khulan, Marcassin and Alicia.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Well, we never see him in action, but according to everyone else, he should be pretty powerful. The closest we come to witnessing his power is in the Solosseum, where he's the final match. Appropriate to the trope, instead of using the biggest, most powerful Nobilia type creatures against you (which are all stronger than normal familiars by their very nature), Solomon just uses gold versions of Oliver, Esther, and Swaine's starter familiars in their base form (so Mite, Drongo, and Hurly respectively). And they're strong enough to kick the ass of a max leveled party of familiars to boot!
- Sickeningly Sweet: Invoked by Solomon himself. He appears to hate anything "cute" or "sweet", and refers to the hearts that appear over tamable familiars' heads as "disgusting".
Smiley n' Surly
Two faeries who are friends with Drippy, as he had trained them on their comedy stylings when they were up-and-comers. They put on a comedy routine in the Fairygrounds.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Their little comedy bits are this.
- Dub Name Change: They're Nico and Pucchi respectively in Japanese.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: They're even color coded to match!
- Those Two Guys: Aside from just being Drippy's old "butties", they are also Drippy's informants, providing important news to him while he was dormant as a doll. However, Drippy later tells Oliver (if you speak to him in Nevermore or the Ivory Tower) that the two were idiots that never gave him any useful information.
Great Sage Khulan
The Great Sage Khulan was once the queen of the Kingdom of Xanadu. After the Kingdom fell to Shadar, she became brokenhearted and proceeded to do the same to the people of Perdida.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: While brokenhearted, she was being manipulated by Shadar, acting as his "representative."
- It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the fall of Xanadu. Oliver and Kublai mention that this is not the case.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Once she's cured, she orders Kublai to assist in helping all the world's cities stand up to Shadar's evils.
The King of the Sky Pirates and master of Tengri, a winged Dragon.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a former commander of Xanadu's airborne division. Who knew?
- Badass Boast: He's one of the few (or possibly, the only) people you encounter who isn't afraid of the very mention of Shadar, proclaiming that he'll show him what it means to face a "true adversary."
- Cool Airship: The Iron Wyvern.
- Emotional Bruiser: Oliver takes two parts of his heart over the course of the story.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's probably the only other character aside from Solomon who hardly cares for Oliver's manners, but he loves his land and would do anything to help it and its Queen, including admitting that he loves Queen Khulan in order to help mend her broken heart.
- Meaningful Name: He's named after Kublai Khan, the founder of the Yuan Dynasty in China. His soulmate in the other world, Genghis, is named after the founder of Mongol Empire.
- Red Baron: "King of the Sky Pirates."
- Sky Pirate: The leader of the only band of Sky Pirates in the world, thanks to their flying airship and their dragon allies.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Khulan at first, of the 'commoner loving royalty' type. That is, until she points out that, since her city was destroyed, she's technically not queen anymore...
Horace / Horologium
A mysterious, ghostly boy who speaks to Oliver in riddles, and rewards him whenever he can figure them out. The player encounters him in various villages throughout the game.
- Child Mage: He claims to be the Sage of Ages and the one who penned the first Wizard's Companion when we first meet him. Drippy doubts him almost immediately (thanks to having never heard of a "Sage of Ages") and thinks that he's just a braggart. Turns out that he's lost his memory, and ends up being spurred on to regain it after meeting Oliver.
- Deadpan Snarker: He lets out a few snarks towards Oliver and Drippy, mostly towards the latter.
- Dub Name Change: He's Miranto in the Japanese version.
- It's All My Fault: He feels that leaving Cassiopeia behind and ignoring her for the sake of revenge against the Council is what started this whole mess, and that being forced to wander the world as a ghost, blissfully unaware of his actions in life for the longest time, is apt punishment for what he had done. When his sidequest is finally over, he gives Oliver the alchemy plans for a powerful wand and simply asks him to save his queen.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The fact that Horace can't remember his life from when he was alive distresses him greatly. It's later revealed that, among other things, he was a student of the Wizard King, took part in the Wizard Wars, was tasked to train Cassiopeia in magic (which is why he wrote the Wizard's Companion, to be a manual of sorts for the future queen), and was part of the Nazcaan Council of Twelve as the original "Gallus". He left the Council when he realized their true intentions, afraid that they were going to snuff him out like they did the Wizard King, leaving behind Cassiopeia, who had tried to deal with their cruelty to her kingdom by invoking the Forbidden Spell, manna, which she thought would save her kingdom due to her spellbook's lack of details on certain spells.
- My Greatest Failure: He firmly believes that it was his resignation from the Council of Twelve is what doomed Nazcaa to ruin, and his constant thoughts of revenge for their evils blinded him to his duty to Cassiopeia. Because he had only wrote down spells with their descriptions in the Wizard's Companion he gave, but not their drawbacks, he inadvertently set Cassiopeia on her Start of Darkness, who, in a misguided attempt to save her kingdom, used the Manna spell, causing the utter destruction of Nazcaa and the eventual birth of the White Witch.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In that he's inexplicably a child when you first meet him, despite him dying as an adult.
- Quest for Identity: He travels the world trying to figure out who he was.
- Walking Spoiler: He plays a fairly major role in the game's backstory that is only revealed in post-game.
Old Father Oak
A very old tree that lives in the Deep Dark Wood. He is one of the first people Oliver encounters in the other world. He assists Oliver by giving him his first spells and the Telling Stone, a compendium of knowledge.
- Deadpan Snarker: Towards Drippy.
- Dub Name Change: He's simply called the "Ancient Tree" in the Japanese version.
- The Mentor: Gives Oliver his first spells, as well as his first Familiar.
- Walking the Earth: Did so in his youth. How he did it is detailed in a Wizard's Companion tale that he gives you.
- Wise Tree: Though his backstory implies that he wasn't always so wise.