Voiced by Kensho Ono (Japanese), Tom Bauer (English)
Randi is the chosen wielder of the Mana Sword.
He was out with two friends near a waterfall, but he fell down and tried to find his way back to the village on his own. Hearing someone calling him nearby, he found the Mana Sword stuck in stone and pulled it out, not knowing the consequences it would have.
When he returns to Potos Village, he fights off a large monster and gets told of the legend surrounding the Mana Sword by Gemma. The villagers banish him from Potos because they fear his actions will put them in further danger if he stays. Randi heads to the Water Palace on Gemma's advice and meets Sage Luka, who gives him the task to regenerate the power to the Mana Sword and thwart the Empire.
- Badass Normal: Randi feels left out when Primm and Popoi get magic, while he doesn't. Undine tells him that his using magic to amplify himself would be dangerous, and that the Mana Sword is actually stronger than any magic.
- Blamed For Being Railroaded: In the beginning, he cannot get back to Potos Village because there are some bushes in his way, so he takes the sword to cut through them. Doing so leads to him being banished from Potos Village.
- Canon Name: Randi.
- The Chosen One: Zigzagged. It's said that only a chosen hero can pull the Mana Sword from the stone and that Randi is too young and inexperienced to be said hero, so his ability to pull the sword must be a sign of Mana weakening. Randi is told to take care of the sword, until he can hand it to the real hero. Of course, it turns out that Randi was the Chosen One all along.
- Distressed Dude: Can be captured by goblins and almost cooked alive, but Primm arrives to save him.
- Giving the Sword to a Noob: Gemma handwaves this issue by saying that Randi will just wield the title of the Mana Knight by default, simply because the sword's weakened powers allowed him to easily take it out of the stone. Subverted, when Randi taking the sword was not by chance.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: His mother is the Mana tree. His father is the ghost seen when he pulled the sword.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Pulling the sword from the stone caused monsters to appear near Potos Village and even awakened the Mantis Ant below. The villagers all but name this trope directly to Randi.
- No Cutscene Inventory Inertia: When Randi attacks a possessed Dyluck, he will always use the Mana Sword, no matter what weapon he currently has equipped. Justified, as using the Mana Sword allowed the possession to be nullified.
- Shonen Hair: A mess of spiky, brown hair only slightly contained with a bandana.
- You Can't Go Home Again: He got banished from Potos Village as part of the introduction.
Voiced by Nozomi Yamamoto (Japanese); Lindsey Alena Green (English)
Primm is a noble girl from Pandora and in love with Dyluck.
She was planned to have an arranged marriage with another noble's son, but she refused to go through with it. When she learns that her father sent Dyluck and his men onto a dangerous mission to confront the witch Elinee, and news spreads that they haven't returned, she runs away from home. Primm planned to rescue Dyluck from Elinee, only to see him being sent away to Thanatos.
Determined to save Dyluck, Primm joins up with Randi and Popoi out of selfish reasons. She eventually chooses to stick with them for the journey, when she sees the extent of Thanatos' plans and his focus on Dyluck.
- Action Girl: In spades. Her default weapon are knuckles and her entire reason for leaving home was to go rescue her boyfriend, who is a soldier of Pandora, from a dangerous witch.
- Arranged Marriage: Supposed to marry a noble's son, but she ran away from home when this was decided.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: She brings in the knuckles as a weapon, which are her default.
- Canon Name: Primm.
- Chainmail Bikini: The Tiger Bikini has better stats than the full-body Tiger Suit that Randi and Popoi can obtain at the same time.
- Combat Medic: Primm specializes in healing and support spells, but she also has good physical stats and can easily fight on the front lines alongside Randi.
- Damsel in Distress
- She gets accosted by two werewolves in the Haunted Forest, from which Randi and Popoi have to save her, before she joins the party permanently.
- Midway through the game, she gets kidnapped by a possessed Dyluck and her life energy getting taken. She's only sent into the next room, so she quickly joins the party again for the next boss fight.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Not particularly evident in the original game's sprite art, but official art and her 3D remake model make it clear Primm's top completely bares her shoulders and a substantial part of her back.
- Light 'em Up: Lumina grants her powers to Primm. Its Lucent Beam is her sole, purely-offensive spell.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Her father wants to marry her off to a noble's son because he disapproves of her dating a mere soldier.
- Pointy Ears: Not as obvious in her original sprite, but official art always depicted her with pointy, elf-like ears. The remake makes them more noticeable by having them flare outward instead of upward.
- Rapunzel Hair: Kept up in a noble ponytail, but it reaches down to her knees.
- The Runaway: She left home against her father's wishes in order to escape an Arranged Marriage and to find the man she's in love with.
- Qipao: The Kung Fu Dress armor, which only Primm can wear, evokes this trope. However it's only evident on the inventory sprite.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only (official) female party member of the heroic trio.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her official name was believed to be Purim. The remake makes it clear that it's Primm.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Dyluck gets sent away early on and Primm goes off to rescue him, but the game keeps pulling the two apart. In the end, Dyluck's death separates them completely.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her character model in the remake. She's at least half a foot taller than Randi, and is one of the taller characters in the game in general.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial
- An inn dialogue in the remake has Primm stop a plan of Popoi's to use the Cannon Travel service unnecessarily, citing that it would be a waste of time. It definitely isn't that she's scared of travelling that way!
- Another inn dialogue of the remake has her claim to not admire the view from Flammie because the wind stings her eyes, and certainly not because she's terrified of heights. Popoi even offers to have Sylphid block the wind for her next time, but Primm objects on the grounds that it would be a blatant misuse of an elemental spirit's powers.
- White Magician Girl: Played with. The only one to obtain even a typical healing spell, but she's by no means a weak healer. With proper equipment, she can be as strong as Randi in terms of physical fighting, and her Lucent Beam is deadly when leveled up properly.
Voiced by Emiri Katou (Japanese); Lizzie Freedman (English)
Popoi is a little sprite child that is met in the Dwarven Village.
They got pulled away from their home by a flood and were found by the dwarves and taken in, with the resulting trauma leading to them having lost all memories of their home and how to get there. Popoi reluctantly joins Randi when the Dwarven Elder tells them that the Mana Seeds might help them regain their memories.
Popoi learns that they came from the Upper Lands and lived in the Sprite Village. Upon heading there, it turns out that the village was rampaged and most are implied to have died, except for Popoi and Gramps, who was safe in the Wind Palace at the time. When they learn that the sprites will cease to exist if Mana were to disappear from the world, Popoi sticks with Randi to prevent this from happening.
- Ambiguous Gender: Popoi's gender was left ambiguous in the Japanese version. The English version made Popoi male, while the German version went for female. The English translation of the remake then chose to use the gender-neutral 'they', albeit other western translations, such as Spanish, went with 'he' instead, due to language restrictions regarding gender. Popoi is generally voiced by women, with the Japanese voice using 'oira' to refer to themselves, which is generally a male pronoun to use, but can be used by girls.
- Amnesiac Hero: Has no memories of their home or how to get there. Interacting with a Mana Seed returns some of Popoi's memories, enough for them to remember that they come from the Sprite Village.
- Big Eater: Eats an entire ship's worth of food within hours. The remake has Popoi express an interest in eating Mana Seeds, and considers it a revelation that the Empire is not trying to eat the seeds themselves.
- Black Mage: Most of Popoi's spells are offensive and they are your main, magical attacker.
- Canon Name: Popoi.
- Casting a Shadow: Shade grants Popoi exclusive use to his Shadow spirit powers.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Popoi does this constantly in the remake.
- Con Man: Tried to con people out of their money before joining Randi.
- Fiery Redhead: Very excitable and quick to anger, with a long mane of reddish-pink hair.
- Mundane Utility: The remake has an inn dialogue where Popoi complains about thirst when talking about the Kakkara Desert and promptly summons Undine. She gives them abundant water, quenching their thirst, much to Randi's surprise.
- Rapunzel Hair: Popoi's hair reaches almost to the ground because of their short height.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Popoi versus Popoie. The remake makes Popoi official.
- Squishy Wizard: Has the weakest physical attributes out of all three characters and will probably start at the lowest level, too, but their magic can tear up regular enemies and bosses equally well.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Their hair is depicted with a slightly more pinkish hue in some art. Justified, as they are not human, but a sprite.
Voiced by Joji Nakata (Japanese), Jarred Kjack (English)
Thanatos is the main antagonist of the story.
Thanatos is behind the strange behavior of the people in Pandora, and eventually those in Northtown. He saps their life energy, leaving them in a zombie-like state, to give himself strength.
He's also one of the four generals of The Empire, though he has no real loyalty to it. Once the Mana Fortress has resurfaced, Thanatos kills Emperor Vandole and becomes the main threat, before the Mana Beast gets resurrected. Thanatos' main goal is to obtain a new, all-powerful body for himself to possess, and his eyes are set on Dyluck.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: His Badass Cape covers most of his body and enlarge his frame.
- Badass Cape: Held in place with skull-shoulderpads.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one as the Dark Lich, one filled with a starry night.
- Badass Longrobe: Fitting the Evil Sorcerer he is. The remake makes it covered with moon and star motifs, foreshadowing his true form.
- Big Bad: The biggest evil of the story and the most personal enemy to the heroes. He is the real source of the conflict and the power behind the Empire.
- Body Surf: His demonic soul has done that for centuries, if not millennia, each new body fuelling his evil.
- Climax Boss: Despite being the Big Bad, he is only the second-to-last boss due to his actions awakening the Mana Beast. The battle against him settles the conflict but the world remains in peril until the Final Boss is slain.
- Continuity Nod: Being a powerful Evil Sorcerer in service of an more martial oriented Evil Overlord Who ends up betraying his boss and becoming the major threat recalls Julius from the first game of the series.
- Cool Mask: Wears a horned one that hides his face.
- Dark Messiah: What he paints himself as, describing his reason for reviving the Mana Fortress — in the North American release — as to create a 'peaceful' world, by any means necessary. Dyluck exposes him as either a liar or planning to make a peaceful world for Mavolia instead of Fa'Diel.
- Deal with the Devil: How he obtained his powers from Mavolia.
- Demon of Human Origin: Once a "regular" Evil Sorcerer whose soul became immortal through a Deal with the Devil, now an ethereal, undead demon of Dark Magic powerful enough to command all demons.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Not much is known about Thanatos, beyond his desire of getting a new body from Dyluck. When that plan ultimately fails, he has no other choice than to assume his Dark Lich form and fight the party. Thanatos is just plain evil and loves destruction.
- Dragon-in-Chief: The Emperor is his superior and is plenty powerful himself, but it is Thanatos who drives the plot and causes the most trouble for the heroes and the world at large. Fitting in that he is the reason behind The Empire descent into evil.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Thanatos is noted quite early as working separately from the other Co-Dragons of The Emperor, and having a mysterious goal. He is in fact using the Empire's ressources for his own gain and covets immortality and supreme power for him alone.
- Evil Sorcerer: His whole concept.
- Expy: His Dark Lich form is a reference to Lich the Fiend of Earth. Other World Of Mana games reference the other Elemental Fiends Marilith, Tiamat and Kraken.
- The Faceless: We never see the ugly mug he was hiding under that mask of his. Fitting as it was a borrowed one.
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: His main leitmotif Ceremony and boss battle theme Oracle.
- Elite Four: One of the four generals of the Empire, and the most dangerous.
- Gender Bender: He gave consideration to possessing the body of Phanna, but she doesn't make the cut.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Making it look like that his skull-mask's eyes are his own, for additional creepy points.
- Grand Theft Me: Thanatos has done this multiple times before and plans to do this to Dyluck. When Dyluck thwarts his plan with a Heroic Sacrifice to destroy the perfect vessel Thanatos so desperately needs, he reveals his true form and attempts to to kill the party and take over one of their bodies in a last ditch attempt.
- Humanoid Abomination: He looks like a human (albeit creepy), but is in fact a corpse serving as the physical anchor to an extremely powerful wraith-like demon, feeding on destruction.
- Immortality Immorality: Taking someone as a host kills them and he is implied to devour their soul. Worse, they cannot bear his evil might for long and eventually break apart. Thanatos requires a very special individual to be the perfect, permanent host he needs, with implication that Dyluck was fated to become his vessel at birth. And he's in a hurry, as his current body is nearing its limit. Him taking energy from the people of Pandora Kingdom and Northtown was to prolong his body for now, before managing to root out Dyluck and Phanna.
- Life Drinker: Drains life-force wherever he goes.
- The Man in Front of the Man: Appears as the Emperor's servant but he only fakes loyalty and is hinted to be the reason why the Empire is a threat.
- Mass Hypnosis: He builds a cultist army wherever he goes. Justified since he needs their energy to sustain himself and empower his future host.
- Meaningful Name: 'Thanatos' was the personification of death in Greek mythology. It is also retroactive references to the Thanatos, flying masks of the Dark Echoes, which transforms humans into either Mavoles or Grimslies in Dawn of Mana.
- Mobile Menace: As soon as the party reaches the Mana Tree, Thanatos destroys it.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Thanatos.
- No Ontological Inertia: Placed a seal on Dryad's magic. It disappears once he's defeated.
- Number of the Beast: His Dark Lich form has 6666 HP.
- One-Winged Angel: Turns into his true Dark Lich form when fought.
- Our Liches Are Different: A spectral skeleton with a body formed from the night itself. His undead nature seems to be inspired by the Suel Lich from the D&D setting Greyhawk.
- Prophetic Name: Given his name, and its meaning, he was bound to be bad news.
- Purple Is Powerful: He's an extremely powerful sorcerer and his attire is full of purple.
- Red Right Hand: In the remake, he hides his left hand under his Badass Cape, for it is decayed to the point of being bare bones.
- Riddle for the Ages: Is he originally the Masked Mage Belgar, Granz or someone else entirely?
- Shoulders of Doom: His huge shoulder pads. Played Up to Eleven in the remake.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Skull mask and skull-shaped pads.
- The Starscream: Clearly had his own agenda going, despite belonging to the Empire.
- Undeath Always Ends: He spent a lot of time looking for an ideal body, but once that falls through, he's out of luck. And his boss theme makes it clear that he's not happy about it.
- Vader Breath: Begins to wheeze and cough as his body begins to break down.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A light shade of purple.