Tir McDohl (The Hero)
The son of Teo McDohl, one of the Five Great Generals of the Scarlet Moon Empire. On his first days of service to the Empire, he and his retainers get embroiled in a centuries-long conspiracy that forces them to rebel against the Empire they once swore fealty to.
- Artifact of Doom: The Soul Eater rune.
- A Taste of Power: In Suikoden II, he comes equipped with excellent stats.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Using him in Suikoden II. He is a powerful character but isn't available in the party changing screen; if you want to use him, you have to make a long trip to Gregminster. If a cutscene automatically remove your party members, you will have to do it again.
- Four-Star Badass: Becomes one.
- The Chosen One: Selected by Leknaat the seer as the one to unite the Toran people against the Emperor's forces.
- Cool Hat: His bandana.
- Folk Hero: To the people of Toran and Dunan, following his actions in Suikoden I.
- Guest-Star Party Member: In Suikoden II. Tir can be recruited by using a Suikoden I save file with all 108 characters recruited.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: You can call the hero any name you wish, although his last name is always McDohl.
- The Hero: Of Suikoden.
- Heroic Mime: As is typical of RPG heroes. He's Suddenly Voiced later in the Drama CD, where he actually talks. Subverted in Suikoden II, see The Quiet One below.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's quick and also packs a punch, especially if his staff is augmented with rune pieces.
- Magnetic Hero: By necessity, with 107 potential recruits on offer.
- Meaningful Name: His canon name "Tir", which is (appropriately) after the Norse God of War.
- Monkey King Lite: Downplayed. Wears a golden headband, and uses a staff; the bandanna is also a shared trait with visual portrayals of Sun Wukong, but he doesn't otherwise share similarities with the Monkey King.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: He can be recruitable in Suikoden II by using an Old Save Bonus.
- The Quiet One: In Suikoden II. He has a handful of lines to say. Most of them during certain plot points.
- Retired Badass: In Suikoden II, unless you pull him out of it.
- Self-Made Orphan: After Teo refuses to betray the Empire, father and son are pitted against each other in a Duel to the Death.
- Side Quest: In Suikoden II. Once recruited, Tir takes part in an epic Rescue Arc to save a young boy from Banner village who has been kidnapped by mountain bandits.
- Simple Staff: His weapon of choice — a six foot staff.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He's around 15 to 16 years old.
Tir's retainer and servant, who follows him when the family (sans Teo, Tir's father) are forced to rebel against the Empire.
- An Axe to Grind: Wields the Axe of the Oath.
- Back from the Dead: He can be miraculously brought back to life by the powers of Leknaat's Gate Rune and the 108 Stars of Destiny if all other 107 Stars are recruited and are still alive prior to the final battle in Gregminster.
- Battle Butler: Always refers to the hero as "young master".
- But Thou Must!: You can order him to stay behind exactly once during the game, but he refuses to. Unfortunately for him, it's just before he dies.
- The Champion: To the hero.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He is killed by the flesh-eating Spores of Agony during the assault on Scarleticia.
- Crutch Character: He's required for a significant chunk of the first game. Sticking him with a Holy Rune is a great way to get use of out it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies protecting the hero from the Spores of Agony.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Gremio's obsession with the "Young master" straddles an uncomfortable line between Parental Substitute and this.
- Old Retainer: Although he is still young.
- Parental Substitute: To the hero, especially as Tir lost his mother at an early age.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: Gremio shows up with Tir in the sequel, if you beat this game with him alive. Otherwise, he is replaced by an NPC girl from Banner Village.
- Reluctant Warrior: He is this, but it's mostly because he is worried about the hero's safety.
- Required Party Member: For the early part of the game. He's pretty insistent about accompanying the hero.
- So Proud of You: He's gushingly proud of the hero's accomplishments as the story progresses.
- Undying Loyalty: Utterly devoted to the young master. It can become literal near the end of the game, as Leknaat can use the Gate Rune to bring him back to life if you have gathered all of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
- "X" Marks the Hero: Sports a massive criss-cross scar on his cheek.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Gremio's soul is drained by the Soul Eater Rune after his death, giving Tir the ability to cast "Black Shadow", the second skill of the rune.
One of the retainers of the McDohl household, she flees with Tir when the household gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving the throne.
- Action Girl: She's a soldier, although she doesn't talk about it much.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon is a throwing spear.
- Blood Knight: Downplayed when compared to Valeria, but Cleo likes to be in battle to clear her head.
- The Chick: Most overtly in the game's initial Five-Man Band character setup, including the hero, Gremio, Pahn, Ted and herself.
- Combination Attack: Cleo is a required member of the "Beauty Attack" combo, with Eileen and either Valeria or Sonya.
- Cool Big Sis: To the Hero.
- Magic Knight: She's much more competent in magic, but she's a solid knife fighter as well.
- Nerves of Steel: She really keeps it together in times of crisis.
- Not a Morning Person: She's not a fan of early rising and Gremio mentions the fact during the stay over to Sarady early on in the game.
- Playing with Fire: Her magical element, a gift from Leknaat the Seer.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: She appears as a NPC in Suikoden II, still living in McDohl house.
- Secret Diary: Subverted. Cleo's diary can be found at her room, in the McDohl's mansion, but it's locked.
- Team Mom: Is often the voice of reason and calm amongst the party members.
One of the retainers of the McDohl household, he harbors reservations about where his loyalties lie.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fight with his bare hands.
- Big Eater: He often complains he's hungry in the early part of the game.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: He informs the Imperials that Ted possess the Soul Eater rune, starting a chain of events that leads the hero to join the Liberation Army. However, he will get himself redeemed later on in the game.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He was defeated by Teo McDohl in hand-to-hand combat and since then has served under him, almost as a live-in servant/bodyguard.
- Duel to the Death: He is the only character other than Tir to fight one on one — in his case, he takes on Teo himself.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: He's pretty tough to keep alive, as he must be of a sufficiently high level to best Teo and given good equipment and a sharpened weapon. Even then, Teo's duel against him is the most difficult in the game.
- Grumpy Bear: He's a sour sort.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: He makes a cameo appearance in Suikoden II, during Tir recruitment quest.
- Sacrificial Lion: When the party confronts Teo's army, they're routed, and Pahn decides to stays behind to buy time by dueling with Teo. If Pahn loses the duel, Teo kills him.
- Secret Diary: Downplayed. Pahn's diary can be found at his room, but it's only about food and his daily training routine.
- Spirited Competitor: He lives for fighting.
- Terse Talker: When compared to Cleo, Pahn barely uses more than simple sentence structure.
TedSee Suikoden Recurring Characters.
The elder brother of Odessa Silverberg, the Liberation Army's leader. A retired military strategist who left the Empire's employ out of disgust following the Kalekka Massacre, Mathiu now teaches school children in a rural village. However, the Empire's barbarism convinces him to join the fledgling rebels under Tir's command.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: He is used to swap party members in and out of the hero's team if he is not needed for plot-related purposes.
- Anyone Can Die: Mathiu is backstabed by Sanchez.
- Awesome by Analysis: Has a preternatural ability to work out the best course of action.
- Badass Bookworm: He doesn't fight, but he can make others fight well.
- Badass Pacifist: A supremely gifted military strategist who hates the very concept of warfare.
- Badass Teacher: For the hero.
- Eyes Always Shut: In all of his portraits, his eyes are solemnly closed.
- Nerves of Steel: Never once loses his cool.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He is a strategist who was formerly a pacifistic teacher, who was formerly a master strategist in the Imperial Army; whereas his sister Odessa is a rebellious girl and early on in the game, leads the Liberation Army.
- The Stoic: Even when he is dying, he demands to keep things moving.
- The Strategist: He orchestrates all of the Liberation Army's battle plans.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon is a polearm.
- Combination Attack: Camille can perform the "Pretty Girl Attack" with Tengaar and Kasumi.
- Determinator: Her willingness to go absurd lengths to collect debts earned her the nickname "Camille the She-Devil".
- Evil Debt Collector: Camille is determined to make Gremio pay his debts.
- Fiery Red Head: Sports bright red hair and an irritable personality, though this is exacerbated by Gremio's indebtedness.
- Never Lend to a Friend: Gremio owed her money, so she joins the Liberation Army because she wanted to make sure he didn't die before paying up.
- Rank Up: After the war, she become one of the Six Great Generals of the Toran Republic.
- Stripperiffic: Wears a Leotard of Power.
- Anachronism Stew: His contribution to the Liberation army is inventing an elevator.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Definitely, considering the series' medieval setting.
- Wrench Whack: He uses a wrench in combat.
- Apron Matron: She's very protective of the hero and his friends, risking her life to hide them in her Gregminster inn when the Imperials are searching for them.
- Continuity Nod: Appears in Suikoden II, still working at the inn.
- Honorary Uncle: She's a close family friend of the McDohls and helps shelter the hero before his escape from Gregminster.
- Supreme Chef: She's well known for her great cooking and Lester is desperate to match her skill at making delicious stew.
- Team Mom: To pretty much the whole Liberation Army.
- Trauma Inn: Her speciality. She opens an inn at the hero's HQ. Unfortunately, you still have to pay to use it.
- Gossipy Hens: Her portrait says it all — she's poised to impart her latest hearsay.
- Knowledge Broker: Her speciality, she provides hints for recruiting characters and story advancement.
- Maiden Aunt: Her look. She's the classic spinster auntie.
- Nosy Neighbor: She has a preternatural level of insight into the goings on within the castle and beyond.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: "Welcome To The Hardware Store"
- Intrepid Merchant: He was a traveling merchant, but was recruited by the hero to run the HQ item shop.
- Meaningful Name: A "chandler" is someone who sells candles (specifically) and other mercantile items.
- No Hero Discount: He charges Tir just like any other merchant.
- We Buy Anything: You can sell him any (sellable) items in your inventory.
- We Sell Everything: His store carries any item that has been found available in any other item store already visited by the hero.
- Badass Teacher: He was the hero's Bo stick instructor.
- Bald of Awesome: Though he sports a weird bump at the back of his head, aka a "double crown".
- Combination Attack: Kai can perform the "Master Pupil Attack" (with Tir) and the "Flash Attack" (with Liukan and Fukien)
- Disappeared Dad: Or rather, disappeared master. When he was still living with the McDohl's, he one day said, "I'll go out for a walk," and never came back.
- Old Master: To the hero.
- Rank Up: After the war, he become one of the new Six Great Generals.
- Simple Staff: Fights with a staff, as does his disciple, Tir.
- Training from Hell: As an instructor, he was ruthless, and the hero still calls him "master".
- Eyes Always Shut
- Furo Scene: His speciality. He has a passion for making baths, and once recruited, he builds a large onsen at castle HQ where party characters can be seen enjoying a nice soak. The onsen also serves as an area to display any antique treasures discovered.
- Bathtub Bonding: Certain combinations of characters and antiques placed within the baths will activate a variety of mini scenes.
- Nice Guy: He's very jolly and friendly.
- Shounen Hair: Sports big spiky hair.
- Frying Pan of Doom: His weapon.
- Chef of Iron: Along with fellow chef, Lester.
- Yellow Peril: His Fu Manchu mustache gives him this look, though he's undoubtedly one of the good guys.
- Bag of Sharing: His speciality. He looks after the HQ warehouse, where all items and equipment can be dropped off, stored and retrieved when necessary.
- Gentle Giant: He's very friendly and kind, despite his intimidating size.
- Heroic Build: He's incredibly broad, with huge muscular shoulders — likely due to dragging boxes around all day in the warehouse.
- Manchild: Looks big and tough, but he's actually very sweet and child-like, and not a combatant available for the active party.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He likes nothing better than sorting out inventory in the warehouse.
- Speech Impediment: He speaks with a slight nervous stutter.
- Cheshire Cat Grin
- Christmas Elves: His look, complete with red and green colour scheme and giant peter pan collar.
- Clock Punk: He creates and builds clockwork guards to protect Lepant's mansion, as well as a giant wheel of fortune room.
- Clockwork Creature: His creations.
- Combination Attack: Can perform the "Trick Attack" with Meg.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Created many robot guards to protect Lepant's house. He also created Gadget, a barrel-shaped robot that travels with Meg in Suikoden II.
- Nephewism: His niece, Meg, seems far more interested in spending time with him, rather than her own parents.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Juppo has a buffed (or fat) upper body but very thin legs.
- Trickster Mentor: To his niece Meg.
- Badass Family: Matriarch of one as she's the wife of Lepant and mother to Sheena.
- Barrier Warrior: Her speciality is shielding and healing magic, courtesy of her affinity with the Earth Rune.
- Combination Attack: Eileen can participate in the "Couple Attack" (with Lepant), the "Family Attack" (with Lepant and Sheena, and the "Beauty Attack" (with Cleo and either Valeria or Sonya).
- Continuity Nod: In Suikoden II, she appears during the audience with Lepant.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She comes equipped with an Earth Rune, which specializes mostly in shielding magic, but also has a fairly powerful attack spell as well (Earthquake).
- Happily Married: To Lepant.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Implied to be the reason why Kraze kidnapped her.
- Lady of Black Magic: An elegant family matriarch with high magic stats.
- Magical Girl Warrior: She has particularly good magic stats.
- Proper Lady: Elegant and refined at all times, she's depicted as the perfect wife and mother.
- Squishy Wizard: It's frustratingly easy for her to die if her family's charge attack fails during a war-battle.
- Battle Butler: He isn't available for the active party, though he still gets involved in battles with his "Spy" and "Steal" abilities.
- Old Retainer: He is Lepant's butler.
- Video Game Stealing: He is able to spy on the enemy in army battles and occasionally steal money from enemy troops.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Although he doesn't betray the party, in the epilogue, Krin successfully steals the treasures of Gregminster Palace and runs away.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the loosest sense. He's press-ganged into joining the hero after his scheme is uncovered. See Villain Ball below.
- Evil Plan: After cajoling the hero into stealing the sword Kirinji from Lepant, under the pretence that it will help to gain an audience with him, he tries to dose them all with Robber's Tea and steal the sword himself.
- Giggling Villain: Punctuates most of his speech with "hee hee!"
- Gonk: One of the game's few intentionally ugly characters.
- Smug Snake
- Villain Ball: His attempt to steel Kirinji and drug the heros backfires (as the heroes had fallen for it once before and knew what he was doing when he mentioned tea) and Krin is forced to drink his own drugged tea.
- An Axe to Grind: Wields the "Leppa Hatchet".
- Badass in Distress: Early on, Tir must rescue him and Sydonia from Rockland's military commander, Grady.
- Combination Attack: Varkas can perform the "Bandit Attack" with Sydonia.
- Continuity Nod: Varkas returns in Suikoden II as a NPC Roadblock responsible for protecting the Banner Pass border and escorting Riou to Gregminster.
- Dual Boss: When fought at Mt. Seifu, he has Sydonia with him.
- Lovable Rogue
- Miscarriage of Justice: He was wrongfully blamed for stealing tax funds from the town of Rockland and strung up in the town square.
- Parental Substitute: To Sydonia, who he took in after he ran away from the circus.
- Anime Hair: Sports huge blue, bouffant hair with a yellow Skunk Stripe
- Badass in Distress: Subverted. When Tir arrives to save him and Varkas, Sydonia reveals that he could have escaped by his own, and just didn't do it because he did not wanted to abandon his friend.
- Circus Brat: Formerly.
- Combination Attack: Sydonia can perform the "Bandit Attack" with Varkas.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Only Varkas knows about this.
- Dual Boss: Is fought alogside Varkas.
- Flash Step: His special skill, he can teleport in combat.
- Knife Nut: Wields the Mikagetsusui.
- Lovable Rogue
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is mostly blue-black, with a big blonde streak.
- Redemption Demotion: Once he's recruited, he only uses throwing darts for normal attacks, not like the Flash Step close combat attacks displayed when he fought you. He'll still use it when he goes Unite Attack with Varkas, though.
- The Runaway: Taken in by Varkas after he ran away from his cruel tormentors at the circus when still a child.
An elf who, unlike his brethren, does not harbor racism against humans or dwarves, he joins the Liberation Army to save his village and region from Kwanda Rosman's tyranny.
- Archer Archetype: Downplayed. Kirkis is a skilled archer, but is also emotional, unlike most of his kind.
- Combination Attack: Kirkis can participate in the "Wild Arrow Attack" (with either Sylvina or Stallion) and the "Elf Attack" (with both of them).
- Domed Hometown: The Hidden Elf Village where he was born is destroyed by Kwanda with the Burning Mirror.
- Elfeminate: Is a male elf and has a Bishounen appearance.
- Happily Married: After the war, he marries Sylvina and helps rebuild their village.
- Heroic Spirit
- High School Sweet Hearts: He is engaged to Sylvina.
- I Found You Like This: When first encountered, he is found washed up on shore at the castle HQ.
- Only Sane Man: Amongst the Toran elves. Kirkis is notable by being the chronologically first non-prejudiced elf that came to power and probably changed how Elves treat themselves and others through the rest of the timeline.
- Our Elves Are Better: Subverted. He actually feels this attitude is why elves are terrible people.
- Overly Long Name: Word of God says that his full name is Kirkis Shana Ques Laviankaana.
- Pointy Ears: Naturally, as he's an elf.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Following the destruction of the Elf Village by Kwanda's burning mirror, he joins the Liberation Army to bring the Imperials to justice.
- Betting Mini-Game: He runs a Chinchirorin game, where you can play to earn potch.
- Defeat Means Friendship: You must earn a set amount of potch on his mini game to have him join the hero.
- Eye Patch Of Power
- The Gambler
- The Rival: To Shilo, from Suikoden II.
- Combination Attack: Has the "Kobold Attack" (with Gon) and the "Kobold + 1 Attack" (with Gon and Fu Su Lu).
- Cool Sword: His weapon. It's even named "Good Sword" and "Excellent Sword".
- Funny Animal
- Heroic Dog
- Hulk Speak: "Kuromimi fix people."
- It's Personal: He joins the hero to help save his people. See below.
- Kick the Dog: Literally. His fellow Kobolds were corrupted and brainwashed by Kwanda's black rune. He's the only one not affected and was looking for a cure.
- Our Monsters Are Different: He's a Kobold, but Suikoden Kobolds are more like cute dogs than the more usual lizardine versions.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Beauty = Goodness
- The Chief's Daughter: She is the daughter of the Elder of the Village of Elves.
- Combination Attack: Sylvina performs the "Wild Arrow Attack" (with either Kirkis or Stallion) and the "Elf Attack" (with both).
- Curtains Match the Window: Downplayed. Her hair and eyes are from different shades of purple.
- Distaff Counterpart: Stats-wise, she's pretty much similar to Kirkis. Just female.
- Happily Married: To Kirkis, after the Liberation War.
- Hidden Elf Village: Her home.
- High School Sweet Hearts: She is engaged to Kirkis.
- The Ingenue: She's very innocent and naive of the world outside her village. Which, in her case, a really good thing, because the rest of the elves except Kirkis and possibly Stallion are Jerkasses.
- Love Redeems: It was her love for Kirkis that made her try to trust humans despite at first being similar to the other racist elves. Saves her life too.
- Meaningful Name: Very suitable in her case as "Sylvina" means "from the forest" in Old English.
- Not Quite Dead: After the destruction of the Village of Elves, Sylvina was believed to have died, but luckily Stallion saved her before the Burning Mirror conflagrated it.
- Pointy Ears: Being an elf, Sylvina has pointy ears.
- Purity Personified
- Big Brother Mentor: He strives to be as good a fighter as his older brother, fellow Kobold Kuromimi.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Along with all the other Kobolds (except Kuromimi) after Kwanda Rosman used his Black Rune to control the them. He was saved by the hero and his team.
- Combination Attack: Gon is part of the "Kobold Attack" (with Kuromimi) and of the "Kobold + 1 Attack" (with Kuromimi and Fu Su Lu).
- Funny Animal
- Our Monsters Are Different: He's a Kobold, but Suikoden Kobolds are more like cute dogs than the more usual lizardine versions.
Fu Su Lu
- An Axe to Grind: He wields a double battle axe.
- Barbarian Hero: His look.
- Combination Attack: He participates in the "Kobold + 1 Attack" with the kobolds Kuromimi and Gon.
- Big Eater: And you have to pay his bill, which is a hefty 10,000 potch, to recruit him.
- Dual Wielding: Uses two hand axes.
- Heroic Build
- In the Hood: He wears a tiger's head mask.
- Sublime Rhyme: His name.
- World's Strongest Man: He's one of the most (if not the most) powerful hitters in the game.
- Badass Long Robe
- Barrier Warrior: Her speciality is shielding magic.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She comes equipped with most powerful earth based rune, the Mother Earth rune. Her weapon of choice is a Magic Staff that evolves into the "Earth Rod" and the "Gaia Rod".
- Magic Staff: She wields the Gaia Rod.
- Never Mess with Granny: The oldest available female recruit — and a badass magician to boot.
- Teleporters and Transporters: She entrusted the hero with the Blinking Mirror, allowing an instant return to HQ from anywhere on the world map.
- Anime Hair: She sports the classic anime bouffant she-mullet.
- Combat Stilettos: Wears a pair of golden high heels.
- Continuity Nod: Richmond's investigation in Suikoden II reveals that Karen is her disciple.
- Dance Battler: She attacks by pirouetting with her shawl, which is accompanied by a short musical flourish.
- Flower in Her Hair: A white lily.
- Improbable Weapon User: Mina's weapon is her shawl.
- Ms. Fanservice: Second only to Jeane.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Her weapon, the Pretty Shawl.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her dress is backless.
- Show Girl Skirt
- True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue dress with a yellow ribbon in its waist.
- Elemental Crafting: He's an armorer and once recruited, opens a store at castle HQ.
- Oral Fixation: The piece of straw in his mouth.
- No Hero Discount: Charges the hero as any other store does.
- We Buy Anything: You can sell him any pre-bought armor for extra potch.
- We Sell Everything: He sells armor that is available from any other armor store already visited.
- High-Class Glass: Wears a monocle for appraising treasures.
- Fetch Quest: He endlessly seeks the "Nameless Urn" and will only join the Liberation Army if you bring him the artifact.
- Grail in the Garbage: The Urn in question is often found out in the wilderness after it's dropped by random monsters.
- The Professor: When it comes to treasures.
- Unknown Item Identification: As an appraiser, his job is to identify the "? items" Tir brings him.
- Badass Adorable: A very cute young girl whose appearance belies her high-level magical powers.
- Continuity Nod: In Suikoden II, Lotte and her cat appears in Gregminster.
- Cute Witch: She's part of the most powerful magic-based team in the game, The Children of the Runes.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Lotte joins with an Earth Rune attached.
- Genki Girl
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She owns a cat called Mina, who has the habit of wandering off to extreme distances.
- Little Miss Badass: One of the youngest females in the game, and amongst the most powerful magic-users — she's up there with Luc and even Crowley.
- Magical Girl
- Magic Staff: Wields the "Star Rod".
- Combination Attack: Can perform the "Fatal Attack" with Kamandol.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Jumped at the Call: When the hero comes to town seeking out a way to pass the Dunan Rapids, Gen takes up the challenge with gusto.
- Lovable Rogue
- Plot Coupon: His speciality is carpentry and boat building. See above — he creates a boat powerful enough to tackle the Dunan rapids and progress the game.
- Sir Swearsalot
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kamandol.
- Volleying Insults: He does a lot of bantering with his friend and neighbor, Kamandol.
- Combination Attack: Can perform the "Fatal Attack" with Gen.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Despite the series' medieval setting, he creates some form of engine to be used to power the boat Gen builds, in order that the party can traverse the Dunan Rapids.
- High-Class Glass: He wears a monocle.
- Magic Staff: Wields the "Rod of Hermes".
- Not Good with People: He's a fussy, grumpy old git most of the time.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gen.
- Volleying Insults: He does this alot with his friend and neighbor, Gen.
- Book Dumb: Is quite literally illiterate, which is odd considering her role as a forger.
- But Liquor Is Quicker: Her plan of action on her date with Flik.
- Christmas Cake: She is over 25 years old and is trying to find a husband. She attempts to seduce Flik, and later, Tai Ho.
- Knife Nut: Her weapon of choice is a kitchen knife.
- Lady Drunk: Drinks Flik under the table.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Will only help the hero if Flik agrees to a private drink with her. He's reluctant, to say the least.
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Plot Coupon: Her speciality is forging imperial seals, one of which the hero needs to rescue Liukan from Soniere.
- Continuity Nod: In Suikoden II, he was present during the forging of alliance between the New State Army and the Toran Republic.
- The Drag-Along: He (grumpily) accepts a commission to forge documents for the Liberation Army.
- Not Good with People: He's hardly the most sociable guy around.
- Perpetual Frowner: Is always serious.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Nobody is fooled when he denies his forging abilities and claims to be "Albert Onyx".
- Surrounded by Idiots: So he thinks.
- Combat Medic: Liukan is the Liberation Army's medic and also a powerful sorcerer in battles.
- Combination Attack: Liukan is part of the "Flash Attack", alongside Kai and Fukien.
- Continuity Nod: Makes a small appearance during the Tir McDohl side-quest in 2.
- Distressed Dude: He was abducted by Milich and taken away to Soniere Prison.
- Hermit Guru: He grew tired of the world and its wars and settled in a hard-to-reach hermitage beyond the Dunan Rapids.
- Insufferable Genius: He's very crotchety, especially when first encountered.
- Magic Antidote: Liukan creates a medicine that renders Milich's killer roses' poison pollen useless.
- Magic Staff: Wields the "Ebony Stick", his walking stick.
- The Professor: He is the most skilled doctor in Toran.
- Squishy Wizard: Very good at magic, but has very low physical stats.
- Cheerful Child: Very perky and sweet.
- Improbable Age: He was the gate guard for the town of Antei before joining the Liberation Army....at eight years old.
- Location Theme Naming: He shares his name with in-game location, Qlon Temple.
- Welcome to Corneria: "This is Toran Castle. I feel so good." Pretty much his only quote until the end of the game once he joined the army.
- The Beautiful Elite: Undoubtedly beautiful, and a haughty aristocrat to boot.
- Blue Blood: Her snooty tone, glamorous costuming, level of entitlement, and friendship with Vincent and Milich affirm her high-status background.
- Fetch Quest: Before she will join the Liberation Army, she sends the hero on a journey to recover "The Opal" for her.
- The Fighting Narcissist: She serves on Milich's Narcissist magic team.
- Flower Motifs: Specifically roses.
- Gorgeous Period Dress: She wears a pale lilac 19th century style ballgown patterned with a huge rose motif. Her outfit also includes the following:
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: She wears a bonnet incorporating two huge ostrich feathers held in place with a gemstone brooch.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her gown has victorian-era "leg of mutton" sleeves.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Particularly voluminous and spotted red and white.
- Opera Gloves: Very long, reaching her upper arm.
- Regal Ringlets: Her blonde hair is styled into two shoulder-length ringlets that frame her face, with the rest of her (very long) hair curled into six further ringlets that cascade down her back.
- Grail in the Garbage: The Opal she seeks is dropped off random monsters in Soniere Prison.
- It's All About Me: She's completely self-obsessed.
- Proud Beauty: As haughty as she is beautiful.
- Royal Brat: She's not keen on her quarters at the castle HQ, and tells the hero "I'm sick of this rundown dump!"
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: So she thinks. When first encountered, she presumptuously assumes the hero wants to kidnap her and hold her to ransom because of her beauty.
- Creativity Leash: When he was young, he was viewed as something of a Child Prodigy due to his artistic skills, but when he is kidnapped by Milich, he is forced to only paint portraits of the narcissistic general.
- Distressed Dude: He was abducted by Milich Oppenheimer to draw his portraits for him.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: The random pots of paint discovered throughout the world map are all required for him to complete his mural.
- Ambiguous Gender: He looks very feminine. So much that the translation not only mistaken his gender (as seen in his Old Book 5 profile), but also claimed that "she" and Milich are lovers.
- Music And Sound Effects: His speciality. He plays the various tunes used throughout the game upon request.
- Nice Hat: Tall, conical and similar to a nightcap.
- Shout-Out: Named after Casio, noted makers of electronic keyboards.
- Stockholm Syndrome: It's unclear, but he appears to be imprisoned at Scarleticia (in a similar manner to Ivanov) purely to play music for Milich. However, he appears to care for him very much and is perfectly happy.
- Undying Loyalty: To his master, Milich.
- Wandering Minstrel: His look.
- Arch-Enemy: He was the hated enemy of Sonya Schulen and enjoyed deliberately antagonising her.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields the "Demon Spear"note in battle.
- Combination Attack: Anji and his crew can perform the "Pirate Attack".
- Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Tir after being defeated in battle.
- Lovable Rogue
- Pirate: Of the dashing romantic type.
- Rescue Arc: Invokes one in the Sega Saturn version, where he and his crew kidnap a random girl from Toran Castle, requiring Tir and company to rescue her.
- Troll: He once pinned a wedding dress to the walls of Sonya's fortress of Shasarazade in order to make fun of the fact that Sonya was unmarried.
- An Axe to Grind: Wields the "Killer Big Hatchet".
- Badass Mustache
- Defeat Means Friendship: Joins with his boss and Kanak.
- Combination Attack: Can do the "Pirate Attack" with Anji and Kanak.
- Wild Hair: An impressive mane of bright, kabuki-style red hair.
- Combination Attack: Kanak can perform the "Pirate Attack" with Anji and Leonardo.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Same as Anji and Leonardo.
- Dumb Muscle
- Hooks and Crooks: He wields a chain sickle.
- Nice Guy: For a pirate. He is the nicest of Anji's crew.
- Betting Mini-Game: He runs a matching card game, which you can play.
- Defeat Means Friendship: You must best one of the records on his mini game to have him join the hero.
- The Gambler
- Cluster F-Bomb: She looks like a gentle girl, but she speaks brashly, which often surprises people who do not know her.
- Continuity Nod: Makes a small appearance during Tir McDohl sidequest in 2.: In Suikoden II, Sarah can be found at the Gregminster's inn. She will give Riou a Cyclone Rune.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: "Fetch me some soap"???
- Fetch Quest: She tells the hero she's out of soap, so recruiting her demands a (fairly lengthy) Chain of Deals with the denizens of Kirov to obtain some.
- It Was with You All Along: It turns out she had some soap all along. Grr!
- Knife Nut: Wields the "Slash Knife".
- Meido: She works at the Kirov inn doing laundry and cleaning. After the war, she works for Marie as her inn's maid.
- More Than Meets the Eye: She looks harmless, however she's actually a Ninja Maid and is skilled in combat with throwing knives.
- One Steve Limit: Played straight in this game, as she is the only Sarah, but downplayed in the series as a whole. One of the antagonists of Suikoden III shares her name, and Luca Blight's mother is named Sara Blight.
- Schizo Tech: Her weapon's second level is called the Laser Knife.
- Chef of Iron: Is one of the Liberation Army chefs and can be selected as a fighter.
- Frying Pan of Doom: His weapon.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Team Chef
- Badass Normal: He's a farmer, not a soldier, but he has a VERY high attack stat.
- Green Thumb: His ability to grow crops helped the Liberation Army to be self-sufficient.
- In Harmony with Nature: Don't step on his plantS, or he won't join you.
- The Quiet One
- An Axe to Grind: Wields the Ogre Axe.
- Gentleman Thief: He is the (honorable) head of the Tigerwolf Bandits.
- Nice Guy
- But Thou Must!: You have to drink the Robber's Tea in order to progress the story.
- Cheshire Cat Grin
- Dangerous Inn: He runs a half-way house on Mt Tigerwolf. He offers guests drugged Robber's Tea which puts them to sleep so he can rob them.
- Hand Rubbing
- HeelFace Turn: He apologetically joins the hero after Kessler stops him in his tracks when he spots Odessa amongst the drugged travellers.
- Slipping a Mickey: His method of robbery.
- The Oldest Tricks in the Book: Drugs his guests — then robs them.
- Music And Sound Effects: Her speciality. She can change the menu sound effect options once recruited.
- Nice Hat: In the shape of a music note.
- Quizzical Tilt: She looks pretty bemused in her profile art and head shot.
- Shrinking Violet
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Rumors say that he will kill his own family if the right price was given.
- Continuity Nod: In Suikoden II, Kage has a brief scene with Jowy in Muse City. "Kage" is also the name of an organization mentioned in Suikoden III.
- Face Framed in Shadow
- Ninja: A classic example, complete with the prerequisite ninja name, Kage ("Shadow").
- Punch-Clock Hero: He has no loyalty to anyone, but if he is paid to do a job, he definitely gets it done.
- Private Military Contractors: In Suikoden III, there's a "Kage" organization of ninjas for hire, who are implied to be his disciples.
- Stealth Hi/Bye
A shady merchant who is acquainted with Tai Ho and Yam Koo, he joins the army to help transport Fire Spears necessary to defeat Teo.
- Arms Dealer: Not directly, but he does assist with the transportation of the Fire Spears.
- Intrepid Merchant: He owns a large fleet of ships.
- Unfortunate Names: ....dear lord.
- Berserk Button: Heaven help anyone who calls her the "giant woman".
- Boobs of Steel
- Combination Attack: She can perform the "Beat Em' Up Attack" with Pahn.
- Gentle Giant: Despite her intimidating size, she's very good natured.
- Heroic Build: She's impressively tall and muscular and her build is in contrast to the rest of her fellow females.
- Kamehame Hadoken: She wields the Hate Rune, allowing her to perform a long-range fireball attack.
- Official Couple: With Mose.
- One Head Taller: She is often referred to as the "giant woman", due to her height, and she towers above her lover Mose.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She works closely with Mose at the Secret Factory and they are also romantically involved.
- Badass Cape: Wears a long orange cape.
- Loners Are Freaks
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Looks evil, but is a not such a bad guy.
- Not Good with People
- Off with His Head!: He's an executioner by trade.
- Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice.
- Tarot Motifs: His weapons names are "Tower", "Death" and "Judgement".
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He's surprised when offered a position in the Liberation Army, commenting on how the hero is a "weird guy to recruit someone who only knows how to cut off heads".
- Ambiguous Gender: It's not clear from his portrait that he's a "he", as he looks like a little old lady.
- Betting Mini-Game: He runs a "where's the coin" game, which you can play for potch.
- Defeat Means Friendship: You must win 5000 potch from his mini game to have him join the hero.
- The Gambler
- Animate Dead: His speciality is resurrection magic.
- Combination Attack: Fukien can perform the "Flash Attack", alongside Kai and Liukan.
- Badass Pacifist
- Badass Long Robe
- Bald of Awesome
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fights with his bare hands.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Light 'em Up: Joins with a Resurrection Rune attached.
- Old Master
- Shrines and Temples: He is the Head Monk of Qlon Temple.
- Zen Survivor
- Combination Attack: Morgan can perform the "Martial Arts Attack" with Pahn and Eiken.
- Continuity Nod: He is mentioned in Suikoden V by Shoon. It also Retcons his blindness: in this game Morgan claims to have been born blind, but in V he is mentioned to have had his eyes removed to give him a handicap, as he won every battle in the arena.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His is mentioned in Suikoden V. He was a slave and a gladiator, born in the Queendom of Falena. He had his eyes removed for "being too good at combat" and was sold to the Island Nations, but a typhoon hit the ship he was on and he was washed up in the Scarlet Moon Empire, where he was found by the Qlon Temple acolytes.
- Handicapped Badass: He's completely blind, but that doesn't harm his fighting prowess.
- Badass Pacifist
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Blind Weaponmaster
- Disability Superpower: Even after he became blind, he was equally powerful due to his focus into his inner being.
- Eye Scream: As a slave swordsman, he was so powerful that he always won. Thus, his eyes were removed to equal the odds in the gladiatorial arena. He still always won.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Across his eyes.
- Nice Guy
- Flower Motifs: He is highly skilled in growing flowers, and wishes to fill the world with more flowers.
- Green Thumb: Whereas Blackman's speciality is vegetable crops, Zen's speciality is the aesthetics of floral gardening.
- In Harmony with Nature
- Meaningful Name: His name implies enlightenment and inner peace.
- Encyclopedia Exposita: He manages Suikoden's version of this, the Old Books volumes 1-8.
- One Steve Limit: He is the only Hugo in this game, but one of the the protagonists from Suikoden III shares his name.
- The Short Guy with Glasses
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He's the castle librarian.
- Younger Than They Look: From his appearance, you'd never be able to tell that he's only 18 years old as he looks like a little old man.
- Black Sheep: Although he was raised in the Warrior's Village, he hates fighting and in that sense he is stubborn.
- Meaningful Name
- Nice Hat: He wears a top hat.
- Prophetic Names: He was named Window and his job is changing the window settings......
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Although he is not a bad guy.
- Video Game Interface Elements: His speciality. He can change the color (and design) of the in-game menu windows.
- Bald of Awesome
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fight with his bare hands.
- The Beast Master: He is the bearer of the "Lion's Trial Rune," which could summon monsters that could be fought against for training purposes... Which doesn't appear in the international release of Suikoden.
- Combination Attack: Eikei can participate in the "Martial Arts Attack" with Pahn and Morgan.
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He will not join the Liberation Army unless the hero is Level 40 or higher and Castle Level 2 or higher.
- Old Master
- Spirited Competitor
- Cute Bruiser
- Forest Ranger: His home is the Great Forest.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: He'll only join the hero if he already has 80 or more recruits.
- In Harmony with Nature: He only hunts what he needs to survive on.
- It's Personal: Joins the Liberation Army to exact revenge on the Empire for the destruction of his woodland home.
- Kid Hero
- Knife Nut: He fights by throwing kunai-like weapons.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Anime Hair: A classic example. He sports a huge, green and pink bouffant hair-metal mullet.
- Black Sheep: He is a renegade elf who left the Elven Village due to his disgust with the elven ways.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Appears to have a huge scar over one eye. It doesn't spoil his looks, however.
- Our Elves Are Better
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He won't join the hero unless Kirkis is level 35 or over.
- Pointy Ears
- Pretty Boy: One of the hottest males in the game, despite his scar.
- Rule of Cool: His look. An elf crossed with a rock guitarist.
- The Snark Knight: He scoffs at joining the Liberation Army at first.
- Behind the Black: Where he is encountered. His location's given away completely by that bright red gi.
- Cloak & Dagger: His main contribution to the Liberation Army is espionage.
- Face Framed in Shadow
- Highly Visible Ninja: He wears a bright red gi.
A former knight under the late Emperor Geil Rugner, he wishes nothing more than to see Barbarossa be slain. His rival, Humphrey, convinces him to join the army by allowing him the opportunity.
- Big Guy
- Boisterous Bruiser
- It's Personal: He joins the Liberation Army with a view to avenging his master, Geil Rugner, who was killed after Barbarossa took the throne.
- The Rival: With Humphrey.
- Action Girl
- The Ageless: After inheriting the Dragon Rune from Joshua, in the epilogue, she stops aging.
- The Beast Master
- Blade on a Stick: She wields a poleaxe.
- Bond Creatures: Her dragon's name is Thrash.
- Combination Attack: Milia can perform the "Dragon Knight Attack" with Futch.
- Dragon Rider: She's one of the Dragon Knights, along with Futch and Joshua.
- The Lancer: To Joshua. She's his second in command.
- Shonen Hair: She sports wild, spiky hair.
- The Ageless: Being the bearer of the the Dragon Rune, one of the 27 True Runes, he cannot age.
- The Beast Master
- Bond Creatures
- Dragon Rider: His specialty as commander of the Dragon Knights. He wields the Dragon Rune which allows dragons to exist.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Unlike traditional rampaging dragons, the Dragon Knight's mounts are friendly, loyal and bond closely with their human riders.
- Really 700 Years Old: As a True Rune bearer, he's ageless.
- The Stoic
- Team Dad: To the Dragon Knights.
The blacksmiths: Maas, Mace, Meese, Mose and Moose
- The Ace: Amongst the students, Moose is the most skilled one, being able to raise your weapons to level 15.
- Badass Beard: Mace has a long white beard.
- The Blacksmith: Their job. More specifically, Mose is the plant manager of the secret rebel factory, he was given the task to make Fire Spears.
- Color-Coded Characters: Each blacksmith has a uniform of a specific color: Maas = blue, Mace = white, Meese = green, Mose = red and Moose = yellow.
- Drop the Hammer: Being blacksmiths, their weapons are big hammers.
- Official Couple: Mose with Ronnie Bell.
- Sorting Algorithm of Weapon Effectiveness: They can level up character's weapon abilities.
- Team Dad: Mace is this to the other blacksmiths. It is necessary to bring all four to Seek Valley to recruit him.
- Theme Initials: Their names begin with the letter "M".
- To Be a Master: Maas.
- The Archmage: He is said to have more than 100 runes on his body. His magical abilities far surpass anyone else known in the world. He's the best magic user in the game.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: He's one of the hardest characters to recruit due to being completely hidden within a secret passage in the Cave of the Past.
- Hermit Guru
- Magic Staff: Wields the Comet Rod.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Shout-Out: He's likely named after Aleister Crowley, an influential English occultist.
- Up to Eleven: His magical abilities.
- Witch Species: Possibly.
The lord of Moravia Castle who is renowned for his generosity and hospitality. Upon being freed from Kasim Hazil's occupation, he joins the army.
- Blade on a Stick: He wields a mean looking zanbatou.
- Blue Blood: He is extremely rich but also very generous. His manor has become a free lodging facility for travelers.
- For Great Justice
- Nice Guy: He is much admired for his good nature.
Emperor Barbarossa Rugner
- Anti-Magic: His Sovereign Rune acts as a barrier to all forms of magic deployed against him, including Windy's charm spells.
- Anti-Villain: He's actually a pretty decent guy, even letting Futch leave his gardens without a fight, and he basically comes across as a guy who let everything in his life go to pot because he couldn't handle the death of his wife.
- Badass Cape
- Badass Mustache
- Better to Die than Be Killed: He and Windy dramatically leap from the palace battlements when they are finally defeated.
- Disney Villain Death: After being defeated, Barbarossa grabs Windy and jumps off the top of Gregminster castle. In the credits, Milich is said to be watching over his grave, confirming his death. However, the following games later altered his and Windy's status to "missing in action".
- The Emperor: Ironically, he winds up both literally and figuratively The Dragon for Windy.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Subverted, in that he knew what he was doing, but still played straight in that he failed logic and pissed off his own people anyway. He admits he let his control over his kingdom go down the toilet as a result of this. Hence why he became a villain in the first place.
- One-Winged Angel: For the final showdown, her transforms himself into the gigantic Golden Hydra, the Sovereign Rune incarnate.
- Red Baron: The "Golden Emperor".
- Redemption Equals Death: After being defeated, he grabs Windy and commits suicide by jumping from the top of his castle.
- What Does She See in Him?: He reveals to Windy that she has no control over his feelings. He genuinely loves her despite the terrible things she has done.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: She is the keeper of the Gate Rune, a True Rune that has the power to open portals to other worlds and dimensions. It was split in two following an attack on her village of the Gate Rune Clan by Harmonia. She kept the front half, Leknaat kept the back half. It is assumed Leknaat reclaimed the front half after Windy's death.
- Big Bad: Windy is the main antagonist of the game, as she controls the Scarlet Moon Empire because of her brainwashing Black Runes and Barbarossa's love for her. Her pursuit of the Soul Eater Rune also triggers most of the plot.
- Broken Bird: She suffered a lot of trauma in her past, and it's likely part of the reason why she's so wicked. The reason the Emperor cares for her so much is because he sees the sadness in her eyes and wanted to make her happy.
- Determinator: She is relentless is her pursuit of the Hero to recover the Soul Eater Rune.
- Disney Villain Death: Downplayed. Windy falls from the castle alongside Barbarossa, but her death is left ambiguous, as no bodies had ever been recovered, and her Gate Rune remains missing.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Windy doesn't believe that Barbarossa loves her, as in her mind, she is just a Replacement Goldfish of his late wife.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Hot Witch: Of The Evil Is Sexy variety.
- Manipulative Bastard: She used her magic to charm the Emperor and keep him compliant. Or so she thought. At the end of the game, he reveals his Sovereign True Rune acts as an anti-magic barrier and he does genuinely love her.
- Rapunzel Hair: Has long blonde hair.
- Really 700 Years Old: Due to the Gate Rune's power.
- The Unfought: Despite her being the Big Bad, you never directly battle her.
- Up to Eleven: Her ability to wield multiple True Runes. This ability increased her already considerable magical powers and is unique to her.
- Vain Sorceress: She is the Court Magician for Emperor Barbarossa.
- You Remind Me of X: She resembles Emperor Barbarossa's late wife, Claudia.
- The Captain: He is captain of the Imperial Guards and gives Tir his first commission.
- Dastardly Whiplash: His look and personality type.
- Finish Him!: Once confronted and defeated, the player may decide whether to let him live or die. Unlike the recruitable Generals, the game does not penalize you for killing him.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He kidnaps Lepant's wife Eileen for his own "amusement", leading to a Rescue Arc storyline.
- Jerkass: Ostensibly so.
- Pitiful Worms: He tends to act pompous towards Tir and his entourage and believes them to be slackers from the first day of their service to the empire.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Which is the only reason he holds his position in the first place.
- Smug Snake
- Back for the Finale: Disappears after ratting out Ted to Windy, only to show up near the very end of the game as a subordinate of Yuber's for the final war battle.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: He embodies the corruption within the Empire as the game commences.
- Fat Bastard: He is a useless Dirty Coward and a Jerkass who get all the credits for capturing the Lampdragon bandits.
- Karma Houdini: You can't get any kind of revenge on him for his above reveal, either.
- Though the next game reveal that after the war, he was reduced to banditry, and then finally caught and imprisoned.
- The Load: He insists on accompanying the party early on in the game, providing no help whatsoever.
- Number Two: To Kraze. Much later, becomes one to Yuber.
- Repeat to Confirm: When Kraze gives Tir his second mission:Kraze: Listen carefully. East of Gregminster, you'll find a town called Rockland.Kanaan: Understand? Rockland, east of Gregminster.Kraze: For some reason, this town has failed to pay its taxes.Kanaan: For some reason, they won't pay.Kraze: So you will go to Rockland.Kanaan: That's right, you'll go to Rockland.Kraze: And tell them that their tax payment is overdue.Kanaan: Tell them they're overdue.Kraze: Shut up! Stop yapping while I'm talking.Kanaan: That's right. All of you stop yapping.Kraze: Idiot! Kanaan! I'm telling you to shut up!
- Small Role, Big Impact: He was one who told Windy that Ted has the Soul Eater, which led to Tir becoming a fugitive.
- Yes-Man: To Kraze and Windy.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: Like Kraze and Kanaan, he mostly exists to showcase the corruption within the Scarlet Moon Empire, using the taxes from Rockland for his personal benefit.
- Jerkass: Using the taxes for himself, and blaming bandits when the Empire investigates the situation. His method of executing Varkas and Sydonia goes beyond this, however.
- Starter Villain: The very first villain Tir, Gremio and Cleo go up against after becoming fugitives from the Empire.
- Combination Attack: Alen can participate in the "Pretty Boy Attack" with Flik and Grenseal.
- Cool Sword: Wields the True Flame Sword.
- Continuity Nod: He and Grenseal make a brief appearance in Suikoden II, during the audience with the Toran Republic President, Lepant.
- HeelFace Turn: To honor Teo's Dying Wish, he and Grenseal joins the Liberation Army.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With fellow knight, Grenseal.
- Heroic Spirit
- Hot-Blooded: He's known for his ferocious skills in combat.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He believes in the ideals of chivalry.
- Magic Knight: He's equally highly skilled in combat and magic.
- Playing with Fire: His Rage Rune provides the ultimate fire based magic.
- Those Two Guys: He and Grenseal are always together and have little relevance to the plot.
- Combination Attack: Grenseal can is part of the "Pretty Boy Attack" with Alen and Flik.
- Cool Sword: Wields the True Lightning Sword.
- Continuity Nod: He and Alen appears during Riou's meeting with Lepant.
- HeelFace Turn: Joins the Liberation Army with Alen.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With fellow knight, Alen.
- Heroic Spirit
- Knight in Shining Armor: He believes in the ideals of chivalry.
- Magic Knight: He's equally highly skilled in combat and magic.
- Shock and Awe: Uses the most powerful lighting magic, the Thunder Rune.
- Those Two Guys: He and Alen.
A soldier under Kasim Hazil's command, he is forced to join the Liberation Army when Mathiu blackmails him.
- A Father to His Men: Griffith agreed on joining the Liberation Army after his men where threatened with death.
- Cool Sword: Wields the "Black Sword", which is named "Black Knife" in its base form.
- Gag Nose: Has a long nose.
- Defeat Means Friendship: "Friendship" in the loosest sense.
- HeelFace Turn: Deflects to the Liberation Army after being blackmailed by Mathiu.
- Number Two: To Kasim Hazil.
- Trojan Prisoner Ploy: After joining the Liberation Army, he pretends to have captured Mathiu and takes him to Kasim Hazil, while Tir and the others search for Viktor and Warren.
- Anti-Villain: A general in the Scarlet Moon army, but never really evil, even allowing Tir to escape the Empire's territory early in the game due to being a friend of his father. However, he ends up being the penultimate boss in the game, refusing to betray Barbarossa even after the Empire has lost the Final Battle.
- Back for the Finale: After only making a single appearance early on, he's the last antagonist to be taken out before Windy and Barbarossa.
- Honor Before Reason: Despite the Empire having already lost and Viktor even offering to spare him, he tries to stop the Liberation Army from entering Gregminster palace, since he's the only general the emperor has left.
- Playing with Fire: Uses a Fire Rune when fought.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Ain Gide refuses to betray Barbarossa and loses his lives while protecting the front gate of the Gregminster Palace from the invading Liberation Army.
After the formation of the Toran Republic, President Lepant named Kai, Valeria and Camille as members, to replace the fallen or retired, and restored the title to "the Six Great Generals".
- Badass Cape: They are the finest officers of the empire and wear capes.
- Averted with Kwanda.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Four of them will join the Libertaion Army after being defeated.
- In Sonya case, "Friendship" is perhaps too strong a word.
- HeelFace Turn: All but Teo McDohl will change sides after being defeated. Kwanda and Milich wants to make amends for their actions whilst brainwashed, Kasim wants to convince Barbarossa to end the war, and Sonya just to see Tir die.
- Praetorian Guard: They are the elite of the Scarlet Moon Empire and were appointed by the emperor himself.
- Red Baron: Four of them have a known nickname.
- Kwanda = "Iron Wall Rosman"
- Milich = "Flower General".
- Teo = "General of One-Hundred Victories"
- Kasim = "Kasim of the Blue Moon" due to his Blue Moonlight sword.
- Weapon of Choice:
One of the Five Great Generals of the Scarlet Moon Empire, he terrorizes the Kobold and elf populations in the eastern portions of the Empire. However, not all is as it seems when it comes to his behaviours...
- Armor Is Useless: Subverted. He's pretty easy to defeat, despite being encased in armor. Once he joins you, however, he can equip the heaviest armor available and he becomes the defining Stone Wall of the team.
- The Big Guy: The Gentle Giant of the Five Great Generals. He is also The Brute, while brainwashed, turning into an aggressive and xenophobic man who is willing to purge every non-human of the region.
- Brain Washed And Crazy: When first encountered, he is being controlled with a black rune by the Emperor's evil magician, Windy.
- Genocide Backfire: He brainwashed the kobolds and destroyed the elven village with the Burning Mirror, stolen from the dwarfs. Later, the mirror is destroyed by the dwarf's elder and Kwanda is defeated by the elf Kirkis and the kobold Kuromimi, with help from the Liberation Army.
- Stone Wall: He has the highest defense in the game.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Has this looks, due to his Shoulders of Doom.
- Action Fashionista: Most of the upstairs area of his house in Gregminster is filled with wardrobes of clothes.
- Agent Peacock: Viktor even calls him "peacock man".
- Ambiguously Gay
- Big Fancy House: His palace, Scarleticia Castle.
- Brain Washed And Crazy: Like Kwanda, Milich is being controlled by Wind's black rune.
- Blue Blood
- Continuity Nod: In Videogame/Suikoden V, he briefly appears during the Coronation Ceremony of Princess Lymsleia as the representative for the Scarlet Moon Empire in the Queendom of Falena.
- Cultured Badass
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The first war battle against the Liberation Army, thanks to Antoinette, a monstrous rose that releases a Deadly Gas that kills anyone who breathes it.
- Expy: Of Pisces Aphrodite from Saint Seiya. Both being androgens rose-themed generals that protects their domains with poisonous roses.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He's one of the Great Generals, known as the Flower General.
- Flower Motifs: Specifically roses. They're all over his hat, as well as his estate.
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": He wrote the stage play "Imperial Love", describing the events of the final battle of the game. In there, Milich reveals himself to Barbarossa as the mastermind behind the Liberation Army and effortless defeats the Golden Hydra, earning praise by everyone present.
- Hero Killer: He kills Gremio using the man-eating spores.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: His eccentric sense of fashion tends to overshadow his skills at combat.
- Leitmotif: The narcissist's theme "Scarleticia Castle" plays whenever the hero interacts with him.
- Man-Eating Plant: Named Antoinette, it guards Scarleticia with its toxic pollen.
- Sissy Villain: Milich is flamboyant, wears makeup and weird clothes and use poisonous roses as weapons. While brainwashed, he also used his authority to give weird french names to the nearby towns: "Lac Virginite"note (Teien), "Premier L'Amour"note (Rikon) and "Bier Blanche"note (Antei).
- Something About a Rose: Has a heavy rose moffit. His castle is also protected by poisonous flowers.
- The Unfought: Downplayed. You fight him in the war battles, but never directly.
- Warrior Poet: Enjoys writing in his spare time. Wrote the popular stage play "Imperial Love", a hilariously inaccurate retelling of Suikoden 1's final battle.
- Colonel Badass: He is one of Emperor Barbarossa Rugner's Five Great Generals.
- Battle Couple: When fellow Great General Sonya Schulen took over as head of the naval forces, he would assist her with whatever she needed, and they soon became lovers.
- Dad the Veteran: The Hero's father.
- Duel Boss / Duel to the Death: Refusing to betray the Empire, his story culminates in a one-on-one duel between him and his son the hero, which ends in his death.
- Hero Killer: He will execute Pahn, if you lose the first duel against him.
- Old Soldier
- One-Man Army: He is also known as the General of One-Hundred Victories and is highly respected by Barbarossa and the citizens of the Empire
- The Patriarch
- Principles Zealot: After his son joins (and subsequently leads) the Alliance Forces, Teo's mighty principles mean that he refuses to betray the Empire, and engages his son in combat.
- Promotion to Parent: He has raised Ted as his own, after he found him wandering alone on a battlefield.
- So Proud of You: Having been bested by his own son, in his dying breath, he states how proud he is of Tir and that it is a great joy to be surpassed by his own son.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Emperor.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Teo's soul is drained by the Soul Eater Rune after his death, unlocking its third attack, "Hell" (translated as "Hades" in Suikoden IV).
One of the Five Great Generals of the Scarlet Moon Empire, his jurisdiction expands to the Jowston Border.
- Big Fancy House: He commands from the sprawling Moravia Castle.
- Master Swordsman: He wields a vicious looking scimitar.
- Old Soldier: Kasim is the oldest general and still can fight. Even after the formation of the Toran Republic, he still an active member of the, now Six, Great Generals.
- Out-Gambitted: By Mathiu, who uses himself as a hostage in order to Tir to rescue Viktor and Warren. Mathiu also ordered his troops to attack Moravia castle and manipulated the Jowston Army into attacking Kasim's Army, preventing them from sending reinforcements.
- Shoulders of Doom: His armor has large shoulders. but not on Kwanda's level.
- The Beastmaster: She summoned the Zombie Dragon to protect Toran Lake castle, which must be defeated to house the Liberation Army HQ.
- The Chick: Of the Five Great Generals.
- Christmas Cake: She is 28 years old during the events of the game and still single. To provoke her, the pirate Anji pinned up a wedding dress onto the walls of Shasarazade saying that "This woman can still wear white!", much to her anger.
- Color Motif: Blue. She wears a blue cape, has a Flowing Rune attached, used to protect Lake Toran HQ, and her weapons are named "Blue", "Turquoise Blue" and "Royal Blue".
- Combination Attack: Sonya can participate in the "Beauty Attack" with Cleo and Eileen.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempts to take her own life for failing to defeat the Liberation Army, before agreeing to join them.
- Lady of War: She is a very graceful Action Girl.
- Making a Splash: Wears the Flowing Rune, a stronger version of the Water Rune.
- Overlaps with An Ice Person because, when fought as a boss, she casts the only offensive Water magic in the game, which takes the form of a blast of ice.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Her other speciality.
- Redemption Demotion: Once you recruit her, you won't have access to her offensive Water Magic... except during wars, where she pretty much changes the Cleo-Camille unit from Archer to Magic, implying that she still uses that.
- Revenge: Wanted to avenge Teo's death at the hero's hands.
- Secret Diary: Sonya's diary can be found at her house in Gregminister. It describes her time with Teo and her thoughts about being away from him.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the Five Great Generals.
- Subverted after the events of the game, as both Valeria and Camille became members of the group, now called the Six Great Generals again.
- Sour Supporter: She agrees to join the Liberation Army so she can see the hero die in combat.
- Wicked Stepmother: To the hero. She and Teo were lovers before the war and she is extremely hostile toward the hero for killing him. She eventually forgives him, however, upon realizing how futile her efforts for revenge are and noticing how much Tir has grown to resemble Teo.
- Adaptational Badass: She already had a good stat growth in-game, and is a good archer though she unfortunately died way too quick. However, there was tie-in material which revolves around Odessa and her first lover before Flik came along: Achilles. It was this man's death and his final speech of "Defeat the Empire!" which spurred Odessa to kickstart the Liberation Army... and kill a lot of Imperial soldiers with just a sword, whilst still wearing her wedding gown. And it's canon. She might've bitten the dust too early because of maternal instinct kicking in at the wrong time, but dang, she's badass.
- Beauty = Goodness
- Blow You Away: She has a permanent Wind Rune.
- Brainy Brunette
- Chekhov's Gun: She made up plans for the Fire Spears and just asks for them to be stored in the Secret Factory so they'll come in handy. It does, when it ends up beating Teo's invincible Armored Cavalry.
- Hope Springs Eternal: She is always insistent on keeping up the tiny ray of hope of defeating the Empire despite her tiny army, which spurred her long term plans. This is also why she requested that nobody tells anyone about her death, because it would kill the Liberation Army's hope and morale.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: She gives the hero her earrings to take to Mathiu, evidencing her death.
- La Résistance: She bravely leads the fledgling Liberation Army.
- Lady of War
- The Paragon: She uses her folk hero status to inspire the people around her to rally to the Liberation Army's cause.
- Plucky Girl
- Quickly-Demoted Woman: She joins the party early in the game, and has great stats - unfortunately, she is killed very soon after joining as a Plot Device to allow the Hero to take over the leadership of the Liberation Army.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Mathiu is a strategist who was formerly a pacifistic teacher, whereas Odessa is a rebellious girl and early on in the game, leads the Liberation Army.
- Take Up My Sword: She inherited her fighting spirit from her ex-fiance Achilles. She ends up passing the torch to Tir, so it works both ways.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Odessa's soul is drained by the Soul Eater Rune after her death, unlocking its first attack: "Deadly Fingertips" (translated as "Finger of Death" in Suikoden II and IV).
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Shares this role with Mathiu, mainly when you want to switch party members without advancing the plot (which is almost always triggered by talking to Mathiu) or if Mathiu is somehow unavailable.
- The Atoner: Following his betrayal, he is pardoned by Lepant and cloistered within Qlon Temple.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It's pretty shocking when it is discovered that mild-mannered and seemingly loyal Sanchez is an Imperial spy who facilitated the deaths of Mathiu and Odessa...
- Bob from Accounting: He acts as the Liberation Army's financial advisor.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- The Mole: He secretly infiltrates the Liberation Army as an Imperial spy and cruelly betrays Odessa, and then the Hero..
- Becoming the Mask: He nearly becomes one, having grown to care for everyone in the Liberation Army. Unfortunately, as an old man, he's unable to let go of the past ways. He still felt horrible for betraying the team though, and was even willing to let Flik kill him for punishment, until Mathiu said otherwise.
- Interface Spoiler/Foreshadowing: Sanchez's name does not appear on the Tablet of the Stars, which players browsing it may notice.
Chief of Elf Village
- Fantastic Racism: Strongly looks down on humans, which even leads him to disbelieve their capability of exterminating the elves, and refuse to accept help from the Liberation Army. This matter even leads him to have Kirkis and the rest of the party locked up.
- Minor Major Character: Not even important enough to have his own character portrait (though he does have official artwork).
- No Name Given: Only ever referred to as the chief of the Elf Village.
Chief of Dwarf Village
- Back for the Finale: Makes an appearance after the final battle, along with Hanzo and Zorak.
- Big Damn Heroes: Finally shows up with the Firewind Cannon when it looks like the Liberation Army is going to be wiped out by the Burning Mirror.
- Fantastic Racism: Shown more against the elves than humans, not caring about the possible destruction of their village, and only willing to lift a finger after Tir and his party prove that humans could even be competent enough to break into their vault.
- Minor Major Character: Not a Star of Destiny, but a minor ally at one point.
- No Name Given: Only ever referred to as the chief of the Dwarf Village.