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Character sheet for Suikoden II. For Jeane, Viki and Leknaat and other recurring characters, see Suikoden Recurring Characters.

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Riou (The Hero)

Voiced by: Hisafumi Oda (Drama CD)
An orphan adopted by the late disgraced hero Genkaku alongside his similarly adopted older sister Nanami. He and his best friend Jowy join the youth army of their home nation, Highland, only to realize the depths of the military's depravity, forcing them to switch sides - this leads Riou, Jowy, and Nanami to pick up a destiny that Genkaku left off twenty years prior.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Bright Shield Rune. Due to its unique nature, the rune compels its owner to fight its other half, which translates to Riou having to fight Jowy on opposing sides during the war.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Does this with Jowy, Nanami (unless she decides to have tea) and, later, with Tir in their Unite attacks. In the case of he and Hoi, this is amusingly subverted in their unite attack.
  • Badass Family: His adoptive father was a war hero, and his sister and he are very skilled at martial arts at a very young age.
  • Bash Brothers: His unite attack with Jowy.
  • Big Good: Riou is chosen by destiny to bear the Bright Shield Rune and to oppose Highland by becoming the leader of the Orange Army.
  • Blood Brothers: With childhood best friend, Jowy.
  • Chick Magnet: Richmond will lampshade this trope if you investigate Eilie.
  • Child Soldier: Like Jowy, Riou is a soldier of the Highland Army's Unicorn Youth Brigade.
  • The Chosen One: Choosen by a True Rune, granting him the power to fight against his enemies and eventually become the leader of an army.
  • Combat Medic: With the Bright Shield Rune, which grants him several powerful healing spells, making him an invaluable asset against bosses.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He and Nanami had been left orphaned by previous wars and were adopted by a local hero named Genkaku.
  • Dramatic Wind: Later on when you win against Boss Battles and Duel Battles with Riou, instead of spinning his Tonfa, he'll just feel the wind on his face. Even inside a castle!
  • Dual Tonfas: His weapon of choice, which he wields with ease.
  • Fighting Your Friend: He is forced to fight against Jowy, following his defection to the Highland Kingdom.
  • Four-Star Badass: Eventually becomes one during the course of the game.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: You can call the hero any name you wish.
  • The Hero:
  • Heroic Mime: As is typical of RPG heroes.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Bright Shield Rune's level 2 and level 4 spells. The latter, called Forgiver Sign, which is unlockable by getting all 108 recruits, heals all allies for a total of up a certain amount of HP and deals damage to a single target equal to the amount in excess of the HP healed. Thus, it deals maximum damage when the party is at full HP.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Strangely, an alternate depiction of Riou in the Gaiden Game Suikoden Card Stories depicts him implicitly as he may have looked some time after the events of the main game after assuming leadership of the reunified Dunan (i.e. the alternate ending where Jowy is either not fought at all, or fought and then killed), wearing Eastern-style armor and a katana strapped to his waist. Trope is in effect here whether Riou has eschewed his Dual Tonfas to fight with this weapon or is just wearing it for ceremonial purposes as katanas look awesome.
  • Light 'em Up: Thanks to the Bright Shield Rune. Also, Riou has a strong affinity with the Resurrection Rune, which he can use effectively against undead foes.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast, very strong. He has one of the highest dodge, Counter-Attack, and critical hit rates in the game.
  • Magnetic Hero: By necessity, with 107 potential recruits on offer.
  • Ryu and Ken: He and Jowy roughly have the same stats, but Riou has slightly better physical stats than Jowy, making him The Brawn.
  • Shout-Out: His costume design is very similar to the archetypal portrayal of Monkey from Journey to the West.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: At one point, Nanami tries to convince him to run away from his responsibilities. Accepting leads to a 10-Minute Retirement, after which the other characters catch up and try to convince him to be their leader again. Refusing here turns the temporary retirement into a Non-Standard Game Over permanent one.
    • Running away will also lead the storyline to one of the Stars of Destiny, Ridley Wizen, being killed off-screen and later being replaced by his son. However, if you refuse to run away, Ridley will live.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: A classic example - Jowy, Nanami and himself.
  • William Telling: He participates in a traveling circus' show by having various pieces of fruit placed on his head while knife-thrower Eilie impales them with expert precision. You can throw off her aim and get hit with a knife yourself by choosing to wimp out and move to either side before she throws.


Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (Drama CD)
Riou's older adopted sister, who trained alongside him and Jowy under their father, Genkaku. She is forced into the complicated politics of Jowston and Highland when both Riou and Jowy join in the war between the two states.
  • Action Girl
  • Angst: While she could get back up again eventually, throughout the game, Nanami constantly expresses how much she's tired of the war, fighting Jowy and how they should just run away and lead a secluded life. In Tinto, the hero can agree to this sentiment and run off with disastrous result, and if the conditions were met, she FINALLY ran off from war and faked being dead just to avoid seeing the hero and Jowy fighting.
  • Badass Adorable: An incredibly appealing, plucky young woman who is also highly skilled with her three-sectioned staff.
  • Big Sister Mentor: To the hero.
  • The Champion: To the hero.
  • Cool Big Sis: She and Riou aren't blood related. They were orphans adopted by Genkaku and raised together as siblings. Nanami took it upon herself to look after Riou after their grandfather's death, because she's the elder sibling.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Faking the Dead: If you gather all 108 Stars before reaching a certain point, her death turns out to be this when she is shot by Gorudo.
  • Four Is Death: During the climax of Matilda's invasion, Nanami successfully blocks the first three arrows shoots at her, but the fourth one hit his mark and kills (or not) her.
  • Fragile Speedster: She's the fastest character you can get early game, even faster than The Hero. She can't take as much punishment as him. But with the right equipment, she could become a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Genki Girl: The first thing she does when she sees that Riou has returned home is initiate The Glomp.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She is mortally wounded protecting the hero from Gorudo - depending on whether or not the player meets the right conditions, she either survives and pretends to be dead in order to escape the war, or is Killed Off for Real.
  • Hot-Blooded: Don't mess with the hero or Jowy when she's around.
  • Leitmotif: "Beautiful Morning" is light and cheerful to emphasize the fact that Nanami is a Genki Girl.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking is so bad that the only reason Riou can eat it is because he's developed an immunity to it.
  • Not Blood Siblings: The hero and herself.
  • One of the Boys: To Jowy and the hero.
  • Parental Substitute: To Pilika.
  • Plucky Girl: She's one of the bravest of all the Suikoden characters.
  • Short Tank: To most of the other characters - Viktor especially, who calls her a "pug-nosed tomboy".
  • The Pollyanna: She almost always remains positive for the hero's sake, despite the hardships they must face.
  • Team Mom: She not only looks after Riou, but Jowy and Pilika as well. When Jowy assassinates Annabel and defects to the Highland Army, he leaves Pilika in Nanami's care.
  • Tomboy: But don't call her that to her face.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: She can convinces the Hero to flee with her during the Tinto incident, if you choose the right answers during a dialogue with her. Eventually, others characters will catch up and try to convince them to come back.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Nanami is an absolute idealist and refuses to accept the harsh reality that war does not end just by both leaders saying "Let us sign a peace treaty." out of blue or one of them going "Screw This, I'm Outta Here!". She fakes her death to get away from those harsh realities and stays at Kyaro until both Riou and Jowy came back in her ideal visions (as buddies, not leaders of two warring factions).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ghosts. She is petrified of them.

Jowy Atreides (later Blight)

Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Drama CD)
Riou's best friend and fellow martial artist. Having come from a well-to-do family in their hometown of Kyaro, he is naive to the true natures of war and the vicious forces behind his country's military, leading him to detest the virulent politicking he sees around him.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs Luca to stop killing his adopted daughter Pilika. Luca won’t listen to this.
  • Arc Villain: He changes sides early in the game, and after much successful planning, becomes the new king of Highland after Luca is killed (which he's partially responsible for), making him the primary antagonist for the rest of the game.
  • Arranged Marriage: He marries Jillia Blight, the Big Bad's sister, to further his power in the Highland Kingdom.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Black Sword Rune - it soon starts to consume him...
  • The Atoner: After everything he does over the course of the game, Jowy doesn't believe he deserves the second chance Leknaat grants him in the Golden Ending. She tells him that while his sins have not been cleansed, he still has the power to help make the world a better place, which is enough to give him some peace.
  • Bash Brothers: His unite attack with the hero.
  • Big Bad Friend: Even after his betrayal, he still cares about Riou and Nanami, giving them multiple opportunities to stop opposing him.
  • Bishounen
  • Blood Brothers: The hero is his childhood best friend.
  • The Chosen One: By the Black Sword Rune.
  • Crutch Character: While not overtly powerful, both his Black Blade Rune and the unite attack he shares with Riou make him very strong asset to have on the team that makes the first leg of the game a breeze. His departure marks the point where things start getting difficult.
  • Death Seeker: He's ready to die by the end of the game and knows he doesn't have much time left anyway. The only thing he wants is for his friend to kill him and put a definitive end to the war once and for all.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His betrayal of the hero and Nanami - however it is revealed to be a False Flag Operation and he decided to destroy Highland from within after witnessing the power of Luca Blight. The hero and Nanami are completely oblivious to this plan.
    • Not so much that they're oblivious. They catch on eventually and even conspire with Jowy to kill Luca Blight. What makes this trope really stick though is that Jowy decides that peace will never come between Highland and Jowston because the two countries hate each other so much, and he invites Riou and Nanami to a fake peace treaty signing with the purpose of taking them hostage and forcing the City-State to surrender. The only thing that saved Riou and Nanami then was that Shu planned ahead and used Pilika as a meat-shield to get them out of there. Because of this, the war continues regardless and both countries end up being absorbed into each other as the Dunan Republic.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Fighting Your Friend: He is forced to fight against the hero, following his defection to the Highland Kingdom.
  • Four-Star Badass: Becomes one for the villain team.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality
  • Hero Antagonist: Contains the Beast Rune as the King of Highland.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: He has to face the hero in one final battle to get the games ultimate 'good' ending.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about all of the above - he feels it was for the greater good, even murdering Anabelle. Although he admits at the end of the game he does feel bad about doing it all.
  • The Lancer: To the hero.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While he doesn't hit as hard as The Hero physically, he makes up for it by being a better mage than him.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He came from a rich family, but his situation was not a happy one. Neither his stepfather nor his stepbrother had any love for him, his mother was distant, and the other children of Kyaro relentlessly bullied him. Riou and Nanami were the only friends Jowy ever had.
  • Magic Knight: Proficient in both physical combat and magic.
  • The Mole: Jowy joins Luca Blight, believing he can work from within to bring about a better future. Jowy eventually becomes a general in Highland, marries Jillia Blight, and secretly plots against Luca with Leon Silverberg.
  • Parental Abandonment: His step-father throws him out of the Atreides house and his mother does not intervene.
  • Power of the Void - Jowy's Black Sword Rune spells.
  • Ryu and Ken / Brains and Brawn: He and Riou have roughly the same stats, but Jowy has slightly better magical stats and much better elemental affinities than Riou, making him The Brains.
  • Simple Staff: He fights with a bo staff. He trades it up for a sword when he joins Highland.
  • Storm of Blades: The Black Sword Rune's level 4 spell, Hungry Friend.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 'JoEy'?
  • We Used to Be Friends: His betrayal. Nanami is incredibly upset about Jowy's defection to the Highland Kingdom - even faking her own death (in some conditions) so she doesn't have to fight him.


    Stars of Destiny 
NOTE: For Apple, Clive, Flik, Futch, Georg Prime, Hix, Humphrey, Kasumi, Killey, Lorelai, Luc, Maximilian, Meg, Pesmerga, Sheena, Stallion, Tai Ho, Templeton, Tengaar, Tuta, Valeria, Viktor, Vincent De Boule and Yam Koo see Suikoden Recurring Characters.


A Kobold conscript to Flik and Viktor's mercenary army, he stays with the mercenaries as they later form a resistance against Highland.

A wandering swordsman with a huge appetite and an agenda of revenge against someone who wronged him in the past. Rikimaru joins the army to repay Riou and Jowy for covering his tab at a restaurant.

A mysterious teenager found wandering a village in Jowston. Her steadfast companion is her bizarre pet, Bonaparte. The two join if Riou helps Millie locate the missing pet.

Kinnison and Shiro
An archer living in the woods in Eastern Jowston, and his white wolf companion. The two join Riou after the latter shows himself to care about nature.
  • The Archer: Lives in the woods, wears a scarf and tunic, has a faithful dog companion, and uses a bow and arrows. A typical ranger type.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: If you successfully recruit all 5 squirrels, Feather, and Sigfried, along with Ayda, you get a special surprise during the end credits: a bonus cutscene, where Ayda visits Kinnison. However, this is only seen during the game's best ending, meaning, you also have to recruit all 108 Stars of Destiny.
  • Canine Companion: Shiro, to Kinnison. He is always by his side and apparently can communicate quite well with him.
  • Country Mouse: it takes him a little time to adjust to castle life, due to having grown up in the isolation of the forest.
  • Forest Ranger: He is recruited after he sees that the hero has put a fallen bird's nest back in a tree.
  • Heroic Dog: Shiro.
  • In Harmony with Nature: He only hunts what he needs to survive on.
  • Nature Hero: When you first enter the forest surrounding Ryubei Village, you find a fledgeling that's fallen from its nest. Put it back, then return a short time later to find Kinnison and Shiro, who'll ask if you were the one who saved it. Answer "yes" and he and Shiro will join Riou's army.
  • Nature Lover: If you have Richmond investigate him, he tells you Kinnison lives in the forest where you found him and that he's found peace with nature by only hunting what he needs to live on.
  • Nice Guy: Kinnison is humble and polite, which makes him a natural fit for the Friendship Runenote 
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Shiro grew up with Kinnison from when he was a pup.
  • Pretty Boy: Kinnison is quite dashing.
  • Purity Personified: A relatively rare male example.
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Ship Tease: With Ayda. Due to both of them having animal companions and a mutual love for nature and animals, they seem to get along very well. It's even mentioned that they keep correspondence with each other after the war.

An arrogant and highly vain magician, who joins the mercenaries when Nanami appeals to his vanity.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He is highly narcissistic and thinks himself to be incredibly powerful and beautiful.
  • Black Sheep: He was banned from his magic academy due to his arrogant rule-breaking.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He is a skilled mage, but is vain and lacks humility.
  • It's All About Me: Whe Shu makes him head magic instructor, he thinks this a logical and obvious choice given his own greatness.
  • Jerkass: One of the most obnoxious recruitable characters in the series.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard
  • The Münchausen
  • Only Sane Man: Despite all those insufferable tropes he possessed, Shu noted that he's still more stable than Luc or Viki, thus in his ending he ends up as the official magic instructor of Dunan.
  • Playing with Fire: One of the best Fire mages in the game.
  • Sim Sim Salabim: His look is decidedly middle-eastern in a game with primarily European and east Asian-costumed characters.
  • Smug Snake
  • Useless Useful Spell: His Fire Dragon shoryuken style move is powerful, but damages him too. Subverted if you equip him with the Fire Sealing Rune, which reduces all Fire damage to zero.


A wandering mercenary from the southern badlands, with a soft spot for children. Disgusted by Highland's wanton slaughter, she joins Riou in order to stop their destruction.
  • Barbarian Hero: Her Look.
  • Big Eater: She likes to eat a lot of meat.
  • The Drifter: She wandered to Dunan all the way from the Nameless Lands. According to the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, after the war she leaves for the Grasslands without a word.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite her intimidating look, she is quite maternal and likes children.
  • Heroic Build: She's incredibly muscular and strong.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Richmond mentions that she and Oulan would probably get along pretty well. He's evidently right as they can do a Unite attack.
  • Picky Eater: Implied; if you talk to her in the restaurant that Hai Yo opens in your castle, she'll say her food doesn't taste right, but everyone else is gushing about how fantastic the food is.
  • Smash Sisters: With Oulan, judging by their Unite attack.
  • Stone Wall

A gifted spear-fighter and craftsman who has retired from fighting, he rejoins the military effort when Luca Blight begins to threaten innocent lives. He has an estranged daughter, Tomo.

A wandering swordwoman with a tumultuous past with a general from the Toran Republic. She joins when Riou is kind to her, or if said Toran general confronts her about her lazy manners.
  • Action Girl
  • Always Second Best: To Valeria, whom she can't stand. She's challenged her to 11 duels so far, and is said to have lost 10 of them. Ouch.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: In hers and Valeria's Unite Attack.
  • Bifauxnen: She sports a masculine, cropped haircut.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Valeria, should you take her with you to recruit her, actually chides Anita for pissing away her talent by spending time getting pissed literally.
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite being rivals, she and Valeria are frequently seen at the HQ bar having a drink together.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Spends a LOT of time not fighting knocking back a drink.
  • Lady Drunk: She's said to have a penchant for drinking heavily.
  • Lady of War: Subverted, She may look the part, but her personality and penchant for boozing makes her anything but.
  • Magic Knight: Hits relatively hard with both her rapier and magic. Shame she has to wait until her second Rune slot opens up.
  • Really Gets Around: It's heavily implied that she sleeps around; particularly if you have Richmond investigate her.
  • Shock and Awe: Good affinity with Lightning element.
  • The Rival: Of fellow fencer, Valeria. This appears to be rather one-sided as Valeria has bested her 10 out of the 11 times they have dueled.
  • The Tease: Known for this, even hits on The Hero if you speak to her pre-recruitment.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: If you choose to recruit Valeria (rather than Kasumi), she and Anita will both gripe about being stuck having to work with each other.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Valeria.


A mercenary soldier who is acquainted with Flik and Viktor. He will defect from Highland's employ if Flik and Viktor confront him in battle.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Viktor and Flik convince him to defect from Highland early in the game.
  • Luck-Based Mission: There is only a very small window of opportunity to recruit him - you must damage his unit during the third major battle map. He must also survive this battle.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Old Soldier: He leads a group of hardened mercenaries.

A firebreather who travels with his adoptive sisters Rina and Eilie in a traveling sideshow. He and his family become early allies of Riou, and remain his close confidantes upon the formation of the State Army under his leadership.

A knife thrower traveling with Bolgan and Rina in a family-run sideshow act. She, along with her siblings, becomes a close ally to, and falls in love with, Riou, and the three are present when Riou, Flik, Viktor, and Apple revive the State Army.
  • Action Girl: Has no problem joining the army and fighting in combat. She can do reasonable damage with her throwing weapons and is fast to boot.
  • Expy: Menat, a young Egyptian woman from the 5th iteration of the venerable Street Fighter series is this to Eilie, and bears a striking resemblance to her via her hair and entire outfit — though of course Eilie came first by a good 20 years.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Ellie's is styled in a short bobcut hairdo, in contrast to her sister's waist-length hair. Which is used to convey that Ellie is the tomboyish one.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It's obvious to her sister and Bolgan, that she nurses a huge crush on Riou. But she can't work up the nerve to say so.
  • Circus Brat: She grew up in the circus with her older sister, Rina.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: In Ellie's ending, she and her sister take their circus performance on the road again, without Ellie confessing her feelings for Riou.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She's got a big inferiority complex towards her big sister.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's pretty feisty. She get particularly tempramental when teased about how she feels for the Hero.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: She forms a nice middle ground between her sister and adoptive brother in this regard: she's not as powerful physically as Bolgan, but she can dish out some hurt with her throwing knives, and she's handy with runes without being as good as Rina. The one category she beats both of them in is her speed.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Her speciality in circus performances and weapon of choice in combat.
  • Modesty Shorts: She wears a pair of black leather tights beneath her sarong.
  • Playing with Fire: Ellie excels in the use of fire runes, though her magic isn't as potent as Rina's.
  • Romani: She and her sister, Rina, are a travelling pair circus performers, but dress like gypsies.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Noted by Richmond, during his third investigation on her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Rina and herself. Rina often tells Eilie to act more feminine while Eilie is disgusted whenever Rina acts like a blatant flirt.
  • Walking the Earth: Her and her family make up a traveling circus.

A tarot reader and magician, traveling with and leading her siblings in a sideshow. The three of them are early allies to Riou, and eventually become some of his closest confidantes.
  • Action Girl: Has no problem joining the army and fighting in combat. She can do reasonable damage with her throwing weapons, but she can really tear it up with her use of magic. Off all the best mages she is probably the most physically able.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Despite Eilie feeling in her shadow, Rina does look out for her a lot.
  • Circus Brat: She grew up in the circus with her younger sister, Eilie.
  • Crystal Ball: Uses a crystal ball in her fortune telling act.
  • Femme Fatale: Frequently uses seduction to her advantage.
  • Fortune Teller: Her speciality in circus performances.
  • Good Bad Girl: As part of her Femme Fatale traits. This, however, made her ineligible for recruiting Sigfried, despite being only 18.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She is said to be able to drink even Viktor under the table.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She's unmatched in the art of seduction and helps to "convince" a checkpoint guard to allow the party to proceed onto Tenzan Pass.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: As a mage, she has average proficies (C) in all magic runes except for water which is a B. She is also one of the characters that has 3 free rune slots to tweak with.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A feminine and mature Femme Fatale who is quite the powerful mage.
  • Parental Substitute: To Eilie, after their parents were killed by bandits, and also to Bolgan.
  • Romani: Her look.
  • Tarot Motifs: She hurls tarot cards in combat.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Eilie and herself. Rina often tells Eilie to act more feminine while Eilie is disgusted whenever Rina acts like a blatant flirt.
  • Walking the Earth: Her and her family make up a traveling circus.
  • Younger than She Looks: She acts really mature... and then you realize she's 18.

Freed Yamamoto
The personal retainer to Lord Granmeyer of South Window, who joins Riou's fledgling army after the latter is executed by Solon Jhee of Highland.
  • Battle Butler: He is the Mayor Granmeyer's loyal aide.
  • Crutch Character: A downplayed verison; he starts out at a somewhat higher level when he first joins you, but his overall stats are rather sub-standard, and it doesn't take long for everyone else to catch up with him.
  • Happily Married: To Yoshino. She even joins the army to be with him. In response, he refused a position in Dunan Republic in order to stay with Yoshino.
  • It's Personal: Joins the hero after his master, Granmeyer, is executed by Highland.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: he acts rather dork and looks a bit reedy, with glasses and everything, but he still wears his uniform well... and he has a very devoted wife.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks like a Japanese takeoff of Clark Kent
  • Not So Stoic: Is rather distraught After Granmeyer's murder.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses
  • The Stoic
  • Stoic Spectacles: He's quite straight-laced and proper.


Voiced by: Show Hayami (Drama CD)
A petty trader, having been expelled from the late Mathiu's school in the-then Scarlet Moon Empire for misbehaviour years before. An old classmate of hers, Apple recognizes his tactical genius (as well as her own self-perceived shortcomings in that regard), and convinces him to become the chief war strategist to the State Army with the help of Riou, Nanami, and Richmond.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: If you choose the path where you run with Nanami during the Tinto events, Flik, Apple and Shu will eventually catch up to you. If you refuse to come back, you will discover that Ridley made an Heroic Sacrifice, fighting off Neclord zombies, while looking for you. Shu then slaps the Hero, and proceeds to deliver to him a What the Hell, Hero? speech.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He is a world renown strategist and is directly responsible for winning many of the battles of the game.
  • Black Sheep: Like Apple, he also trained under Mathiu and was his most promising student until he was cast out when his greed got the better of him.
  • Broken Ace
  • Character Development: He goes from blunt cynic to courageous mentor as the game progresses.
  • Cynical Mentor: He starts out as this, but becomes more of a traditional mentor as he comes to realise that it is sometimes necessary to put himself on the line in order to truly win.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The famous line between he and Leon:
    Leon: "Never put your own life in danger; that's the first rule in the book."
    Shu: "I had to throw the book away; you read from it too many times."
  • Defrosting Ice King: He starts cynical but gradually warms up and starts to really care, mostly due to Apple and Nanami's influence.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Apple (see The Resenter entry).
  • Impossible Task: He (rather cruelly) tells Apple that if she can find a coin that he hurls into a river, he'll join the hero's cause.
  • Intrepid Merchant: Having been cast out by Mathiu, his uncanny grasp of the movements in the world quickly lead him to became rich through trading.
  • Jerkass: When first encountered he is cynical and does not want to get involved in the war. He is cruel to Apple making her get on her knees and beg and telling her if she can find a single coin tossed in the river then he will do as she asks.
  • The Resenter: After successfully completing Shu's challenge, he admits to being cold towards Apple because she spurned him. Apple was already aware of his reasons and tells him "it was necessary" when he asks why.
  • The Strategist: He orchestrates all of the Allied Army battle plans.
  • The Stoic: He can be distant, reacting to major turns in the war with some degree of aloofness.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Very much so; he is distant and just a touch broody in addition to being, well, tall dark-haired, and handsome.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: See Armor-Piercing Slap.
  • We Have Reserves: His initial, rather blunt attitude to combat.


The brawny woman in charge of the allied storehouses. She joins Flik and Viktor's mercenaries well before Riou and Jowy do, and retains her role as their quartermaster as they form a resistance to Highland.
  • Apron Matron: To the Allied forces.
  • Bag of Sharing: Her speciality — she looks after the HQ warehouse, where all items and equipment can be dropped off, stored and retrieved when necessary. After the war she serves as a keeper of the nation's national vault.
  • Big Eater: Like Bolgan, she likes most of the dishes served when she judges the Cook Off.
  • Brawn Hilda: Her look — she's pretty well-built from dragging boxes around all day in the warehouse.
  • Damsel in Distress: In Tai Ho's storyline she is poisoned by Ryuki to force Tai Ho into a cook off for the antidote. Fortunately, she will not die regardless if Tai Ho win or lose.
  • Determinator: Downplayed. She worked all night on a jigsaw puzzle before getting too frustrated.


A genius physician from Muse, and Tuta's instructor in medicine. He joins the State army as its chief surgeon upon its inception, having fled from Muse during Highland's takeover.

The bartender at the Mercenary Fort, and later at the army's headquarters, having supported Flik and Viktor well before Riou and Jowy joined them.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: She is used to swap party members in and out of the hero's team.
  • Christmas Cake: A great deal of her dialogue sounds like a come on, but she remarks that the hero is too young.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the younger members of the Allied Forces, even when she complains a little just for show.
  • Dragon Lady: Only in appearance. She's got the look, but not the evil personality.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: She runs the bar at the Allied HQ.
  • Lady in Red: She wears a sexy, clinging cheongsam.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She uses an elegant cigarette holder.
  • Stepford Smiler: Downplayed, Richmard reveals that she is broken up when her hometown Toto burns down, but hides it infront of her customers.
  • Team Mom: She shares this role with Barbara and often watches over Pilika. It's especially evident during an (unfortunately) optional scene where she tells Riou that he can rely on her for advice and comfort if he needs it.


A fisherman living in Radat who helps run the local sluice gate over the river. He joins the army if Riou can show himself to be strong.

A wandering bodyguard-for-hire, who detests when the weak are targeted. This chivalry prompts her to join with Riou when she sees him become a target by a bunch of thugs.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's as strong as she looks too.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Her speciality is unarmed combat.
  • The Berserker: Her Angry Dragon Rune puts her in a constant berserk state for the duration of the battle.
  • Bodyguard Babes: She is a veteran bodyguard and powerful martial artist. Gameplay wise, this ability means that even if the unit she's in is destroyed during a battle, there won't be any fatalities.
    • If she's in your final party, and if you say that you have to stay to find Jowy when L'Renouille Castle starts to collapse, she'll tell you that it's her job to be your bodyguard and that her contract is binding, and she'll then start dragging you out of the throneroom.
  • Boobs of Steel: Given the amount of gainaxing her battle sprite does...
  • Combat Stilettos: Oulan wears a pair of sharp crimson high heels.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She has a huge fan-club within the Allied Forces - and they're all female.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • For Great Justice: She has a passion for defending the weak and is in constant search for people who are worth defending.
  • Gainaxing: Her battle portrait.
  • Heroic Build
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Richmond lampshades this about her and Hanna.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Instant Fan Club: Accordign to Richmond, she is said to have one, composed only by girls.
  • Knight Errant
  • Ms. Fanservice: As Richmond's final investigation notes: "I found a memo of hers. It said '90 60 89'. I wonder what if could mean? Some kinda code, I guess." note 
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Can deliver one using her Angry Dragon Rune (once per battle, but it can be used multiple times if she's affected by Berserk status), where she pounds the hell out of the enemy with her fists, knocks them upwards and finally uppercuts them in midair.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Smash Sisters: With Hanna, judging by their Unite attack.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her battle sprite is the tallest non-monster sprite in the game.
  • Stone Wall: She has one of the highest defensive stats note  in the game.

A self-described detective who aids Apple in helping to recruit Shu for the military effort. He himself later joins and acts as an information broker on both already recruited members of the army as well as people of interest he thinks would be a good addition to the army.
  • The Barnum: When first encountered, but he joins the Allied Forces after the hero beats him in a coin flipping bet (where Richmond used a weighted coin). He apologizes for tricking the hero and agrees to join, impressed that the hero saw through his trick.
  • Information Desk: His speciality — he can be recruited (for a small fee) to find out the whereabouts of as yet recruited characters, although a certain amount of Figure It Out Yourself is also required.
  • Knowledge Broker: As well as letting the hero know the location of potential recruits, he can also investigate current team-mates, offering fun trivia but also useful game information about pairings for unite attacks, for example.
  • Hardboiled Detective: He runs the detective sidequests that becomes a fixture of later Suikoden games.
  • Film Noir: His look — the classic 1940's/50's, trench-coat wearing, coin-flipping, chain-smoking private eye. He also bares a striking resemblance to Columbo.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has a pet cat called Bianca who he keeps in his jacket pocket.
  • Leitmotif: A bluesy, filmic theme tune starts to play whenever the hero speaks to him.
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He is strongly implied to be responsible for the coin that Riou finds in the river(Nanami says she thinks she saw Shu pocket the coin he supposedly threw and Richmond flips a coin into the air after witnessing Riou find the coin and Shu joining the army.) that helps Shu join the army, who in turn is a major factor in defeating Highland's invasion.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Is one of the few characters shown smoking in the games.

Yoshino Yamamoto
Freed's wife, who has stayed home back in Radat while he serves Granmeyer in South Window. She later joins the military to stay by Freed's side, showing her skill with a naginata in battle.

An innkeeper alongside his wife and son outside of Muse, Alex is obsessed with treasure hunting. The family escapes the chaos of Highland's invasion, and joins Riou's army to help him.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: He is obsessed with finding the lost treasure of the Sindar Race. When first encountered, the hero teams up with him to help his quest.
  • All That Glitters: The "treasure" turns out to be a powerful healing herb, that he originally disregards in frustration, but whose power he comes to appreciate when Hilda falls ill and it heals her.
  • Happily Married: To Hilda.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Only in appearance, see below.
  • We Buy Anything: He opens an item store at HQ, once recruited.
  • We Sell Everything: His store carries any item that has been found available in any other item store already visited by the hero.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: His design is quite simple and he is dressed just like one of the generic non-player character townsfolk from Suikoden 1, in what appears to be a fond Shout-Out to the previous game.


Alex's wife and Pete's mother, who handles the day to day operations of running their family inn in the countryside. The three later escape Highland's invasion and join Riou in repayment for helping them earlier on.
  • Beauty Mark: Just below her left eye.
  • Happily Married: To Alex, despite his adventurous streak.
  • Housewife: She's the classic mother and homemaker.
  • Parents as People: In Richmond's investigations she is worried about her son Pete, who is unable to make friends due to fleeing from a war to a place that is a big lake away.
  • Purity Personified
  • Sacred Hospitality: After the traumatic events at Toto village early in the game, her warm, maternal manner provides a welcome respite.
  • Trauma Inn: She runs the peaceful White Deer Inn near Muse and later serves as the innkeeper at HQ once recruited.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Richmond lampshades this if you investigate her.


A bizarre inventor living in South Window, his proudest accomplishment is the elevator, which he installs in the army's headquarters. He joins when Riou stands up to his demands.


A loving grandmother from near Two River, she joins without complaint in order to support the youth of her home country.


A down-on-his-luck armorer stranded in Two River. He will join the military if asked to open a shop there.

A bathmaker, he joins Riou when he sees that the boy loves baths.

A Winger child who harasses Riou during an official visit to Two River, he later joins the army alongside the Kobolds when he is convinced that Riou wants to fight for his tribe and town.


A government official, first with Muse and then with Two River, he joins the army in an official capacity and serves as a broker of forged documents and official information.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat
  • Dogged Nice Guy
  • Irony: He's an overworked government official who has the potential to and does become the Mayor of Muse according to its laws, in the game proper, after the Two River storyline he serves almost no help to the player character.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His main trait - he comes across as a fool, but that is only an act to deceive others into underestimating him. Of course, as Richmond points out, not all of it is an act.

Ridley Wizen
A hard-nosed Kobold general, he at first suspects Two River and Riou's army of selling his tribe out. He later realizes his mistake, and becomes one of Riou's top generals.
  • Badass in Distress: Before Luca Blight's assault on your base, Ridley found himself isolated and surrounded by Highland Generals, and the scenario usually defaults that he ends up captured. However, Ridley's war unit has a tendency to trigger Critical Hit more often, therefore, it's possible for him to decimate a number of his enemies before running out of luck or reinforcements arrive.
  • Batman Gambit: He and Shu cook one up to fool the Highland Army into thinking the Kobolds are still vulnerable to Fantastic Racism post-Two River so they can outflank the Highland Army later when they least expect it.
  • Blue Blood: He is Kobold nobility and is the General of the Two River Army as well as the leader of the Kobold section of Two River.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He does NOT suffer idiocy or incompetence amongst his troops, and he was prepared at one point to horsewhip Fitcher for what he perceived to be cowardice/treason.
    • If he goes through with it, Fitcher notes that Ridley was holding back however...
  • Fantastic Racism: The three races who live in Two River - Humans, Wingers and Kobolds - do not get along and live in three distinct quarters of the town.
  • Four-Star Badass: So much so that his reputation will make every Kobold in the Jowston City States head for the battlefield without question. Bonus points for being more than happy to join his troops on the front lines.
  • Heroic Dog
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Can perform one if you choose to run away with Nanami during the Tinto events: Ridley will die fighting off zombies, while looking for you. Shu subsequent slap and What the Hell, Hero? speech to the hero are well deserved.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Large and in Charge: Most of the Kobolds are based on fairly small breeds of dog (terriers, for example) - whereas Ridley, as the leader, is taller and has a doberman or alsatian look about him.
  • 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

Boris Wizen

Ridley's son, and an equally powerful military commander. He will join if Ridley dies during the events of Tinto.

Hai Yo
An eccentric chef with a mysterious past, he finds his way to the army's castle and insists upon becoming its head chef.
  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: He was trained by the Black Dragon Clan of chefs, and was one of its four masters.
  • Chef of Iron: Is the Allied Forces chef and can be selected as a fighter.
  • Cooking Duel: The player must use the various ingredients found during the game to create recipes for Hai Yo as he battles the Black Dragon Clan members in a series of minigame cook-offs, which are judged by other members of the Allied Forces. Antonio and Lester from Suikoden 1 also make guest appearances.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Cooking Duel is his story, outside of the main one.
  • Defector from Decadence: He eventually escaped from the Black Dragon Clan, taking with him the coveted "Moon Bird Recipe" — problem is, the Clan want it back, which in-game leads to a series of escalating cook-off minigames.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: He wields a wok.
  • Fun Personified: He's a very happy-go-lucky guy.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Despite his silly appearance and subpar stats, his three rune slots add twinking potential to him.
  • Mysterious Past: This is unraveled as the Black Dragon Clan begin to pursue him to get their recipe back.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Team Chef

A vulgar gambler, he joins Riou's army when he's convinced that the leader is luckier than him.
  • Betting Mini Game: He hosts a chinchirorin game, which you can play to try and increase your fortunes. After the end his gambling house is still successful in North Window.
  • Born Lucky: So he says....
  • The Barnum: ...But a certain amount of trickery does go on.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: You must best the score on his mini game to have him join the hero.
  • Delinquents: His look - the typical banchou or juvenile gang member.
  • Jerkass: When you first meet him.
  • The Gambler
  • Tsurime Eyes: As befits his arrogant character.
  • Oral Fixation: He chews a piece of straw.
  • Skunk Stripe: A blond streak running down the middle of his slicked-back hair.
  • Smug Snake: He's very rude to the hero if you encounter him before the HQ is level 2.

Chaco's older brother who delights in tormenting the poor boy, he joins when he realizes that Chaco is part of the army, thus giving him ample opportunity to continue terrorizing him.

Gengen's younger relative, who idolizes the soldier. Gengen visiting Gabocha will convince him to join the army, much to the former's chagrin.

A robot created by famed trickster Juppo to act as a companion to Meg on her journey. He and Meg join Riou in order to stop the war so she can travel unimpeded.

A martial artist and the pupil to Long Chan Chan, she is training in the Forest Village near Greenhill, and will join Riou in order to improve herself, as well as search for her master.


A farmer living and working for the mayor of Forest Village, he joins the army in order to set up a thriving farm.

The headmistress of the academy in Greenhill, and a supporter of Teresa and the resistance against Highland. She joins the army when Riou reveals himself as its leader and his intent to save Teresa.

Teresa Wisemail
The acting mayor of Greenhill upon the death of her father, Alec. She joins the State Army when Flik, Riou, Nanami, Pilika, Nina, and Shin work together to smuggle her out of the city under Highland's nose.
  • Action Girl: In war.
  • The Archer: Again, in war; she's one of the generals of an archery unit.
  • Badass Boast: When she engages Luca in the army's (failed) attempt to execute him on the battlefield:
    "I will no longer accept your tyranny."
  • Bodyguard Crush: On her guardian Shin, but these feelings are never communicated.
  • Driven to Suicide: She attempted to take her own life for failing to repel the attack on Greenhill, before agreeing to join the Allied Forces cause.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Heroic Spirit
  • 100% Adoration Rating: She cares for her citizens above all else and is well-loved by the people of Greenhill.
  • Meaningful Name: A wise ruler named Wisemail.
  • The Ojou: Type 1 — she comes from a powerful, political family.
  • Purity Personified
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Takes after her father, but in a much more compassionate way.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Alec Wisemail, while a capable leader, can be rather scheming thanks to his involvement in the Karaya conflict. Teresa inherited his leadership skills, but she's MUCH more compassionate than her father.
  • Rescue Arc: The hero's team travel to Greenhill to help reinstate her as mayor from her exile.
  • Self-Deprecation: Felt she was not fit to take over her father's duties. In response, the citizens of Greenhill declared her the "acting mayor" instead.
  • Survivor Guilt: When Muse soldiers threatened to sell her for ransom to Highland, she was rescuded by Shin and hides out in a forest cottage. However, in her solitude (and safety) she blames herself for Greenhill's fall.
  • You Are in Command Now: She had taken over as mayor of Greenhill from her ailing father, Alec, before the Highland Invasion. After the war is over, she ended up becoming the leader of Dunan after Shu retiring from being a Chancelor.

A student in Greenhill who falls in love far too easily, harbouring crushes on Nash Latkje and later Flik. In reality, however, she is actually working with the resistance in order to keep Teresa safe, and joins alongside her, Shin, and Emilia.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Her rather amusing Unite attack with Flik.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's young and petite but stat-wise, she is surprisingly one of the better characters in the entire game - her unite attack with Flik is especially potent.
  • Genki Girl
  • Joshikousei: She's a student at Newleaf Academy in Greenhill.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Newleaf Academy's answer to this trope — she's quite mean to Nanami, very self-assured and does tease the hero's party with her ghost stories, but she's a nice girl at heart.
  • Mouthy Kid
  • Playing with Fire: She's one of the best Fire mages in the game.
  • Plucky Girl: She rallies the student body to help repel Highland's forces, and was acting as a mule to keep supplies running to Teresa whilst she was in exile.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl
  • Stalker with a Crush: She has a huge (unrequited) crush on Flik and follows him around wherever he goes.
  • Throw the Book at Them: She uses her book-belt as a weapon, whirling around and smacking the enemy with it (and getting a little dizzy in the process).
  • Unknown Rival: Nanami is puzzled when Nina sizes her up as competition for Flik's affections.

Teresa's bodyguard from the Nameless Lands to the south. He is incredibly stoic and undyingly loyal to Teresa, which prompts him to follow her and join Riou's army.

A little girl with a particular skill in rearing livestock, she joins the army when Riou helps her locate her missing flock of sheep.


Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Drama CD)
The leader of the Red Knights of Matilda, forming a triumvirate of sorts with his best friend Miklotov and their leader Gorudo. He defects to Riou's army out of disgust for Gorudo's Lack of Empathy towards common citizens.


Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Drama CD)
The leader of the Blue Knights of Matilda, he accompanies Riou to witness Luca Blight massacring the citizens of Muse. Upon Gorudo revealing himself to not care about the refugees from said genocide, he and his best friend Camus defect to Riou's side.

Kiba Windamier
One of the military leaders of Highland, the two have sworn fealty to King Agares Blight. When news arrives that Luca has slain his father, becoming king, a disgusted Kiba defects to Riou's side alongside his son.
  • Badass Beard
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He is taken prisoner after battle map 7 and joins the Allied Forces.
  • Determinator: His defense in war battles is so high that in the battle before he can be recruited, it's almost impossible to destroy his unit. In fact, you actually can throw everything at him, and you still have to wait for the plot to take care of things because he just refuses to be defeated.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Richmond's investigations let you know he had a high rank, but his pay was pretty crappy despite his fine service record.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Join the Allied Forces after learning of King Agares death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Acts as a decoy toward the end of the game, giving the main army a fighting chance, but dies in the process. He did this knowing fully well that he wasn't going to come back.
  • Made of Iron: His defense in War Battles turns his unit into this.
  • Master Swordsman: He's a veteran of many previous wars.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Whereas he is powerful, built and typically masculine, his son Klaus is mild-mannered, bookish and comparitively effeminate.
  • Stone Wall: His stats as a general: his attack is mediocre, but his defense is insanely high, especially when his son is in his unit.
  • Take Up My Sword: Asks Shu to take care of his son before the battle in which he dies.
  • The Stoic
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: He get's very angry with Viktor for his lack of respect when he's captured.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His main motivation to join is because Luca Blight murdered his own father, Agares, who was his master.

Klaus Windamier
Kiba's son and lieutenant in their military company, he acts as a strategist for the Highland Army. Once Agares Blight is murdered by Luca, however, he defects, eventually becoming one of Shu's lieutenants in strategy alongside Apple.

A mysterious wanderer with an affinity for animals, he joins Riou when one of the latter's animal friends is brought to him and convinces him of Riou's gentle nature.


A young man living in the Forest Village, he has a passion for music and sound, and joins Riou's army if presented with a Sound Set.
  • Bishounen
  • The Empath: As a phonologist, he has the ability to listen to the music of the mind, a way is deducing the mood of others.
  • In the Blood: His father is also a gifted phonologist.
  • Music and Sound Effects: His speciality - he can change the menu sound effect options once recruited.
  • Nice Hat: A black beret with a music note motif.

Ayda and Feather
A forest girl and her griffin companion; she and Feather join Riou when he protects them from a flock of rogue griffins.
  • Action Girl: She doesn't carry that bow and arrow for decoration. Just sayin'.
  • The Archer: She wields the Great Hawk Rune, which allows her to attack all enemy targets when used. The trade-off is that damage is halved. Additionally, her skills in archery are apparently good enough to become a general.
  • Birds of a Feather: See the Nature Hero entry.
  • Bond Creatures: Feather. The hero is able to befriend him by using the magic Listening Crystals Badeaux gives him.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Her look is a cross between a forest ranger's and stereotypical Native American garb.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Seen during the end credits of the best ending, if you've successfully recruited all 5 squirrelsnote , Feather, and Sigfried. If you do, you'll get a bonus scene where she visits Kinnison, causing him to blush.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She's basically a female Kinnison.
  • Flechette Storm: Her unite attack with Kinnison (or Stallion) has them shower all enemies with a rapid fire barrage of arrows.
  • Friend to All Living Things: When your party finds her in the Forest Village, she's defending Feather from the townspeople, to keep them from killing him. They get scared off when a flock of griffons swoop in to attack. Ayda tries communicating with them and gets wounded for her trouble, propmting your party to save her and Feather.
  • Giant Flyer: Feather.
  • Hachimaki: She wears a headband with a pair of feathers adoring each side.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Hilariously subverted. When Nash stumbled across her in the nude, he had to run for his life.
  • Monster Allies: Feather.
  • Nature Hero: Like Kinnison, she's also a defender of the woodlands and the animals therein.
  • Nature Lover: Although you find her in the Forest Village, if you talk to the townspeople, you'll learn she actually lives in the forest surrounding the village instead.
  • Nubile Savage: She's hot-blooded....and just plain hot. In fact, Nash from the Suikogaiden games even stumbles across her when she's naked.....and yes, this trope more than applies.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: Feather — he is their Prince.
  • Ship Tease: With Kinnison.

A spirit of sorts living in the forest, he is first confronted when Hix undertakes the heroic quest of legend at Tengaar's insistence. Later, he will join if Riou brings a "pure maiden" to see him.
  • Cool Horse: He's a unicorn.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He will only show up for attractive young maidens.
  • Bond Creatures: The hero is able to befriend him, partly by using the magic Listening Crystals Badeaux gives him.
  • Hilarity Ensues: When recruiting him, bringing Miku=Miku or Sierra to him as a maiden has interesting results. For an even funnier scene, bring Lo Wen. When Sigfried lays eyes on her, he doesn't say a word. Instead, a sweatdrop icon appears in his speech bubble, then he turns around and goes back into the forest, leaving Lo Wen feeling downright insulted!
  • Monster Allies
  • Mythology Upgrade: Unlike traditional unicorns, who's magic is mostly limited to teleportation, he possesses the unique Blessed White Lady Rune, which has 3 powerful magic attacks.
  • Side Quest: He first appears in Hix and Tengaar's sidequest, where Hix agrees to undertake "The Test of the Unicorn" ....which turns out to be an obvious Fetch Quest sham but coincidently, the pair do encounter Sigfried, who backs off when Hix bravely protects Tengaar from him.
  • Virgin Power: The other requirement to recruiting him is to bring a young female character with the hero to meet him.


An appraiser living in Radat, he has a love for Celadon Urns, and will join the army as its appraiser if presented one.

Simone Verdricci
Vincent de Boule's best friend with a love of roses. He is found in Radat mourning the loss of the Rose Brooch that Vincent gifted him. If it is found and returned to him, he will join Riou in gratitude.


An intrepid merchant living in Gregminster, he will only ally himself to those he considers to have great business acumen.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: True, all the merchants who join your team don't give you any sort of discount, but this guy makes a point of letting you know he wouldn't even try.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: His is possibly the most arduous recruitment process in the game...
  • Intrepid Merchant:....but now he wants YOU to do it.
  • Chain of Deals
  • That One Side Quest: For him to join, it is necessary to make 50,000 potch profit, purely from buy-low/sell-high trading at the various trade-posts throughout Dunan. This is an arduous, long-winded task compared to most of the other characters' recruitment processes.


A high-ranking ninja in Rokkaku, he will join the military is convinced by Kasumi, or failing her, Hanzo.

A young ninja in Rokkaku, he and Mondo will join if either Kasumi or Hanzo order him to aid Riou.

A demure spearwoman, and Tsai's daughter. She will join in order to convince her estranged father to come home after the war ends.

A werewolf living in Two River, he will join Riou if he sees that Riou has a sizeable army.
  • Badass Boast: "Now, shall I show you my true-form and power?!"
  • Cheshire Cat Grin
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: He'll only join the hero if he already has 80 or more recruits.
  • Monster Town: He comes from a whole village of lycanthropes.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: He is able to uses his Rabid Fang Rune to control his transformations, though with a twist: His rune merely helps him keep his human form easier, while being a wolfman is a inherent power.
  • Simple Staff: He wields the Beast Lord Rod.
  • Sole Survivor: Windy from the first game torched his hometown.
  • Token Minority: He has quite dark skin, dreadlocks and his costume colour-scheme is the same as the flag of Ghana.

A gentle and innocent woman who moonlights as a belly dancer in Kuskus, she will join Riou if he dances on stage with her.


The lead singer in a band with Pico and Alberto, the three were separated when Muse was sacked by Highland. She now lives as a destitute street performer in South Window, and will join if Riou listens to her song.


A petty crook operating in Radat, he impersonates Riou attempting to swindle food and other luxuries using the general's name. He will join when confronted about this.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: He pretends to be the hero, mostly in order to afford himself an easy life, with free food, drink and compliments. He is revealed to be a fake when the villagers ask him to see the Bright Shield rune, and it turns out he has simply drawn it on.
  • Easy Impersonation: He bares little resemblance to the hero, being short, fat and with only a vaguely similar outfit. However the people of Radat seem to be taken in by him to start with.
  • Gonk: Unlike the hero, he has a rather piggy, unappealing face.
  • I Owe You My Life: He pledges to join the hero, after he helps him out when the mobs turns on him in Radat when they learn the truth.
  • Loony Fan: Of the hero — he spends most of his time trying to be just like him.

Long Chan Chan
Wakaba's instructor who she is on a search for. He will join the military in Crom Village when Riou and Wakaba catch him dining-and-dashing.


An elderly gentleman with a passion for windows, he will join if offered a Window Set.

An old friend of Jeane's with a terrible sense of direction, she will join the army if given directions to it, setting up shop as a scroll-maker.

The leader of a band of thieves on Mt. Lampdragon, he joins with the Tinto forces to help fight Neclord and his undead army alongside Gustav, Hauser, and Jess, both to protect his home and to save his sister, Lo Wen, who was captured by the vampire. He and his siblings join the army after Neclord is defeated.


The commander of Muse's army under Annabelle and later Jess, he joins Riou after Neclord is defeated in Tinto.

Kahn Marley
A vampire hunter from a long line of Harmonian slayers, he allies himself with Viktor, Sierra, and Riou in order to finally defeat Neclord. In repayment for their help, he joins Riou's army after the fact.

The youngest of the Mt. Lampdragon bandits, he arrives to the army headquarters to ask Riou for assistance against Neclord. After Neclord is defeated, he and his family join the army.
  • An Axe to Grind: His main weapon is a axe.
  • Big Damn Heroes: If the hero should try to run away with Nanami, but come back, Koyu and Marlowe try one to rescue Lo Wen and Lilly. It doesn't work, but Lo Wen and Lilly are very appreciative, anyway.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Just like his sworn brother and sister.
  • Blood Brothers: With Gijimu and Lo Wen.
  • Distress Call: He relays the news of Neclords attacks to the Allied Forces.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Along with his sworn brother and sister, he joins with the hero's Allied Army to defeat Neclord and save his friends.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: He starts the Tinto section of the game by asking for help with the undead in the Tinto region.
  • Keet: He certainly talks a lot.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's the youngest of the Lampdragon Bandits.
  • Power Trio: Gijimu, Lo Wen and himself.
  • Super Speed: He has the Gale Rune equipped as standard.

Lo Wen
One of the leaders of the Mt. Lampdragon bandits, Lo Wen is captured by Neclord alongside Lilly Pendragon. When the two are saved and Neclord is killed, she and her brothers join the army in thanks.
  • Action Girl: A good fighter, like most non-Squishy Mage women in the game.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Just like her sworn brothers.
  • Blood Brothers: With Gijimu and Koyu.
  • Epic Flail: She wields a whip-chain with a spiked ball at the end.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Following her rescue from Neclord.
  • Loveable Rogue: A bandit that can join your cause.
  • Power Trio: Gijimu, Koyu and herself.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied if you try to take her to see Sigfried.
  • Rescue Arc: Neclord captures her and Lilly as his bride. Normally, Riou, Viktor and Kahn rescue her, but if Riou tries to escape the war, but comes back, Koyu and Marlowe try to rescue them.
  • Sarashi: She wears a traditional fighter's body wrap, a symbol of toughness in Japan.
  • Tomboy: Just as rude as her brother Gijimu.
  • Tsundere: Apparently, she's pretty tough on guys she likes.

Marlowe Cody
Lilly Pendragon's tutor and Koyu's best friend, he feels that he is cowardly, but he shows great bravery in the face of Neclord's attacks. He eventually joins Riou's army after Neclord is destroyed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: If the hero should try to run away with Nanami, but come back, Koyu and Marlowe try one to rescue Lo Wen and Lilly. It doesn't work, but Lo Wen and Lilly are very appreciative, anyway.
  • Hot for Student: He has a crush on his young pupil, Lilly Pendragon, though this is deeply disturbing, as she is only 6 years old during the events depicted in Suikoden II.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He loves to read books about high adventure and longs to have the chance to take part.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: He is so inspired by the hero's bravery, that he begins to chronicle his adventures. Also wrote the stage-play "Neclord's End", which tells a rather inaccurate version of the Army's battle against Neclord.
  • Nice Guy: Aside from his squicky attraction to Lilly, he's a decent guy overall.
  • Odd Friendship: He couldn't be more different than his best friend, the hyper-active motor mouth Koyu.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: A glasses-wearing bookworm.

Sierra Mikain
One of the first vampires in the world of Suiko, she has been hunting Neclord for stealing her True Rune, the Moon Rune. To this end, she joins with Kahn, Viktor, and Riou to end Neclord for good, staying with the army after the fact in thanks.
  • Animal Motifs: Bats, clearly.
  • Artifact of Doom: She was possessed by the power of the Moon Rune, a magic artefact symbolising cruelty and compassion, that transforms the bearer into a vampire. She gained mastery over her desire to kill however, drawing on the compassionate aspect of the rune's powers and retreated into isolation.
  • Badass Cape
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She fights using her own innate vampiric powers, is a master of the Darkness Rune, and carries the Moon Rune, but she's actually an altruistic and fairly friendly person.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She's a vampire totally immune to the weaknesses of most of her kind.
  • Hot Witch
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Some of her fellow villagers, lacking the power of the rune to stay alive, went rogue and began to feast on the living again. She was determined to stop the renegade vampires from causing suffering to others and thus she became a vampire hunter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be snippy when she's annoyed, but she's basically a decent lady who hunts other vampires to protect humans from them.
  • Monster Town: She was approached by others who desired immortality and so created the Blue Moon Village, a safe haven for other vampires who had cast away their blood-sucking past. The power of the rune allowed the vampires to live without the need to drink the blood of the living.
  • Mystical White Hair: She is a vampire, so her hair color disinguishes her from humans.
  • Not a Morning Person: Due to her vampiric nature. Sunlight doesn't actually hurt her, but she still prefers to sleep in.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: She does not need to feed on the living to sustain herself, as above. Nor does sunlight actually harm her, though she doesn't find it pleasant.
  • It's Personal: Neclord, one of her fellow Blue Moon villagers, overtaken by the lust for power, stole the Moon Rune and fled, robbing immortality from the villagers other than Sierra.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At about a thousand years old, she's the single oldest character yet introduced in the Suikoden series. Even the seemingly-eternal Leknaat and the unseen but ancient Emperor Hikusaak of Harmonia are younger.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Although, she is one of the good guys.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Her shawl.
  • Sole Survivor: Of her village.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Averted. While she condescends towards humans now she's long been a vampire, she also is still firmly on their side and every thing she does as a vampire huntress is to protect humankind.
  • Undeathly Pallor


An arrogant government bureaucrat, he harbours a very fierce hatred for Riou and Nanami after wrongly assuming that they murdered Annabelle. Eventually, he realizes his folly, and joins Riou in penance.
  • The Atoner: He eventually apologizes for his initially being a Jerkass and is loyal and supportive from then on.
  • Break the Haughty: He eventually apologises and joins the Allied Forces, having initially accused them of Anabelle's murder.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: According to Richmond, he only eats a single crossiant at breakfast as the entire meal.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He was in love with Mayor Anabelle, but felt it inappropriate to tell her.
  • Jerkass: Downplayed. Jess is a douchebag Non-Action Guy who, without the mayor's aproval, sends Riou and Jowy on a dangerous mission that doesn't ends well for them; and he refuses to take any responsable for it. Even after Riou killed Luca Blight and did a huge favor for his nation, he still accuses him of killing Anabelle, and his insistence of not trusting Riou can lead to Ridley's death and a Bad Ending. In spite of that, he eventually apologizes for his behavior and becomes a good sub-unit for war.
  • Non-Action Guy
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He accuses the hero of Anabelle'a murder — it was actually Jowy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: According to Richmond, Jess is petrified of bugs.

An arrogant monk who was exiled from Qlon Temple in Toran for his excessive violence, he joins Riou's company when he is overpowered.

Abizboah, Rulodia and Chuchura
A family of squids who join Riou when he communicates with them on his castle's pier.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Each one of them is strong, but certainly not strong enough to justify taking up two party slots.
    • Abizboah is a Star of Destiny, but you have to choose between him and Siegfried if you want all 108 (you have to get Feather with the other crystal, because he brings another Star with him). Wasting the listening crystals on his family prevents you from getting the best ending.
  • Bond Creatures: The hero is able to befriend Abizboah and Rulodia by using the magic Listening Crystals Badeaux gives him.
  • Combat Tentacles: Being squids, their tentacles are used to attack.
  • Giant Squid: Abizboah, Rulodia are Kraken-like creatures.
  • Happily Married: Abizboah and Rulodia.
  • Magikarp Power: Chuchura has pitifully low HP at level 60, but it can grow to up to 999 HP at level 99.
  • Monster Allies
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Rulodia — Chuchara is her son.


A handsome musician who formed a band with Annabelle and Alberto, only for them to be separated following Muse's fall. He will join the army when he hears that Annallee is safe.


One of a trio of bandmates with Pico and Annallee, who were separated when Muse was attacked. He works as an armorer apprentice in Tinto, but will return to music and join the army if told that Annallee and Pico are within its ranks.


A sculpting teacher in Greenhill, he joins the army out of gratitude for Riou resupplying him with clay.
  • Cool Teacher: He teaches at the Newleaf Academy.
  • Fetch Quest: He's a sculptor and will join the hero if he brings him some clay.
  • Nice Guy: Lampshaded by one of his students even.


A jaded blacksmith who wishes to see a legendary sword, he joins Riou when Viktor presents him with the Star Dragon Sword to forge.

A wandering ronin with a fascination for weaponry, he joins Riou when presented with an adequately sharp weapon.

A rival to his old master, Crowley. He joins Riou when he sees how many people have joined the army.
  • The Archmage: His magical abilities far surpass anyone else in the known world, save perhaps his master, Crowley. He's the best magic user in the game.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: During a duel that took place against Crowley (of Suikoden I fame) over a hundred years ago, the force of their battling leveled three mountains and evaporated a lake.
  • Magic Wand: The Nova Rod
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Reincarnation: Implied. He and Crowley have listed years of birth after the time of their epic duel. Word of God confirms this wasn't an error, but doesn't elaborate. Since each sought to produce power equivalent to a True Rune without actually possessing a True Rune, this presumably was their method of matching the immortality that the things grant. It's generally assumed by fans that both of them died in their duel, were reborn, and resumed their rivalry after reaching adulthood again.
  • The Rival: With Crowley from Suikoden 1. He is Crowley's ex-pupil but the two are now bitter rivals.
  • Summon Magic: He wields the Blue Gate Rune, a rune used to summon monsters from another world to attack enemies.
  • Up to Eleven: His magicial abilities.
  • Witch Species: Possibly.
  • Wizard Duel: With Crowley.

Maku-Maku, Meku-Meku, Miku-Miku, Moku-Moku and Muku-Muku

Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (Drama CD)
A band of squirrels from around Dunan. Muku-Muku is an old friend of Riou and Nanami's, while the other four form his squad.

Highland Kingdom

    Blight Royal Family 

Prince Luca Blight

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Drama CD)
The commander of Highland's military, and the prince of the country. Luca is absolutely mad and murderous, and attempts to ignite a war with Jowston in order to get revenge on a perceived sleight against him during his childhood. His actions set most of the plot of the story.
  • Arc Villain: He's responsible for the False Flag Operation that instigates the game's plot, and remains the primary threat for the majority of it. However, his defeat doesn't end the war between Highland and Jowston.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the prince of the kingdom and one of the most dangerous characters of the game.
  • Ax-Crazy: A truly insane and sociopathic individual, he's more at home in a straitjacket than lording over an army.
  • Badass Normal: Luca is simply the "strongest human" in the world of Suikoden, driven by nothing but madness, determination, and sheer skill. While magic is commonplace in the setting, Luca has only his heavy armor and a sword. According to director Murayama, even his seemingly-supernatural flaming sword attack actually uses a mundane flammable substance rather than a Rune (note how there is no Rune symbol when he uses it). And he still manages to be one of the most terrifying beings in the entire series.
  • Battle Theme Music: He gets one of the famous Suikoden II one-shot (well, technically three-shot) battle themes for himself, entitled "The Chase": [1]
  • The Caligula: When the most murderous, cold-hearted, psychopathic member of an army is the royal prince in charge of it, you know you're in trouble.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: It's hard to imagine a guy more gleefully embracing of his title as a villain than Luca.
  • Climax Boss: He's fought in a massive multi-phase battle which concludes much of the plot, and is one of the most gruelling and challenging fights in the game by far. There's even a different battle theme from the other bosses. Also doubles as a Disc-One Final Boss.
  • Death Glare: Sports this when he enters the Highland Camp tent in Genso Suikodgaiden Vol. 1.
  • Determinator: His unwillingness to die after absurd amounts of mortal injury is insane.
  • Difficulty Spike: To actually have a chance of taking him on requires an unforeseeable amount of levelling up and equipping of 18 individual characters, and even when that's done, he still provides a steep jump in terms of difficulty.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's set up as the Big Bad, and the protagonists believe that defeating him will end the war. The game is far from over after you beat him, though.
  • The Dreaded: His enemies regards him as an unstoppable monster and even the others Highlanders are cautious of him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the loosest sense. His sister Jillia is the only person he will hold an equal discourse with. Although it is actually revealed in the Gaiden game that the only reason Luca tolerates Jillia is because of her strong resemblance to their late mother. Given his maniacal and wrathful character, this is probably the closest he comes to expressing "love".
    • Relatedly, he kills his father because he blames him for the capture, rape and death of his mother, as they had been ambushed as a family when he was a boy and his father ran off like a coward.
  • Evil Laugh: He particularly lets out a maniacal cackle for this moment.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Probably in the Drama CD adaptation.
  • Evil Prince: Murdered his father and took the throne.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He personally offers the Highland subordinates to facilitate the renewal of hostilities with Jowston.
  • Freudian Excuse: When he was a child, he and his mother were captured by bandits hired by Muse while his father ran away and abandoned them. He had to watch his mother being raped in front of him. Most of this is All There in the Manual however, mostly just alluded to in the game proper.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the past, he was a kind and cheerful child. Years later, he is now a totally murderous, genocidal, vengeful and furious madman since his mother's rape.
  • Hate Sink: Every single second of screentime, Luca is positively relishing in being as much of a brutal, sadistic, murderous, repulsive dick as he can be, having absolutely nothing that could be construed as a likable quality.
  • The Heavy: Luca's direct actions cause most of the conflicts in the story.
  • Kill It with Fire: Burned down a couple of villages when he invaded Jowston, and is able to light his sword on fire to strengthen his attacks.
  • Jerkass: Rarely. See Hate Sink above.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even his few humanizing traits are tinged in sheer cruelty and excess depravity.
  • Lack of Empathy: He callously kills everything in his path without any hint of remorse.
  • Large Ham: He steals almost every scene he's in.
  • Light Is Not Good: he wears whitish silver armor with gold trims and a blue cape, giving him a heroic appearance that can hide his twisted nature.
  • Humans Arethe Real Monsters: See World's Strongest Man below.
  • Made of Iron: He takes an absolute beating from three groups of 6 members of the Liberation Army and is shot by a volley of arrows before finally keeling over at the hands of the hero.
  • Messy Hair: He has long, unkept hair, which only further adds to his deranged look.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He hates everyone and everything and wants them all to die; one of his ongoing plans at the time of his death is to release the Beast Rune.
  • One-Man Army: It takes being hit by dozens of arrows and eighteen combatants fighting him directly to bring him down, even after he's been wounded in an earlier battle.
  • Nightmare Face: In all of his in-game portraits, and especially the game's opening movie, he looks totally unhinged.
  • Parental Issues: He has harbored a deep hatred for his father Agares, after he had to witness his own mother, Sara, being raped whilst his cowardly father simply ran away.
  • Patricide: Luca conspired with Jowy to poison his own father as a result of certain events in the past.
  • Pitiful Worms: He shows utter contempt for his subjects.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: In addition to being lustful, selfish, psychotic, and having zero qualms for slaughtering people to get what he wants.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": He's at his happiest while burning villages to the ground and slaughtering everyone in it.
  • Sadist: He personally proves to be one when he kills the scared woman, after letting her act as a pig when he burned the Ryube village to the ground, laughing maniacally afterwards.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He successfully conspires with Jowy Atreides to assassinate Agares.
  • Sequential Boss: DEAR LORD! To beat him, you have to form 3 different teams to ambush him. The first two teams can't kill him, only weaken him, and their battles will automatically be cut short if you manage to deal enough damage or after a few turns elapsed. It is then the final team's mission to land the killing blow, which is easier said than done, Luca being very resilient to pain and able to mop the floor with you if Riou doesn't heal constantly (and if you didn't damage him enough beforehand, chances are Riou won't have enough rune usages to keep everyone alive long enough to defeat him). Then, Luca flees, and you have to fight him in a duel with Riou, in which the usually straightforward action hints become downright misleading and Luca is perfectly able to kill Riou in just a few hits.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Where he is very mad, cruel and evil, his sister Jillia is so refined, calm and compassionate.
  • Slasher Smile: Judge for yourself. [2] But, his maniacal face is eerily reminiscent of both The Joker from the DC Universe and The Coachman from Disney's Pinnochio.
  • The Sociopath: To a disturbing degree.
  • Straw Nihilist: Being the genocidal psychopath that he is, he could very well carry out his plan to eradicate humanity by himself. To be fair, he's jumped off the slippery slope some time before
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • This Cannot Be!: Does this when being defeated in the one-on-one duel.
  • Warrior Prince: He is referred to as the "Mad Prince".
  • World's Strongest Man: In gameplay as well as in-universe. Gameplay wise, you have to buff up the Main Character's party and equip yourself with fire-reducing equipment. In-universe, it takes how many hundreds of arrows, three groups of six of the strongest members per group, even more arrows and finally a duel against the hero himself to kill him.
    Luca Blight: It took hundreds to kill me, but I killed humans by the thousands!!!! Look at me!!!! I am sublime!!! I am the true face of evil!!!
    • Just to give an idea of how monstrously vile and powerful Blight is, the only people who are seen to be able to hold him off for any length of time canonically are Riou, Jowy, Flik, and Viktor, all of whom are incredibly powerful warriors themselves. Beyond them, everyone else is either defeated or killed nearly immediately.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He kills Pilika's lovely brother Pohl.
  • You Have Failed Me: Luca beheads one of his generals (whose previous record was sterling) because the general had the audacity to lose a battle; it was lost not for strategic or tactical reasons, but because of a wickedly effective public relations move. In hindsight though it was a bad move, because Solon Jhee was respected by the other generals, and Luca killing him unnecessarily began a turning point for several of them to conspire his assassination.

Princess Jillia Blight
The princess of Highland, Jillia is Luca's half-sister, born to his late mother and a bandit who raped her.
  • Arranged Marriage: She marries Jowy, to strengthen her position, but also for love.
  • Child by Rape: She was born following her mother Sara's rape ordeal.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: She's beautifully dressed in a deep-scarlet gown.
  • Morality Pet: Subverted. While it may appear at first that she's one for Luca, as she is the only person he will hold an equal discourse with, it is actually revealed in the Gaiden game that the only reason Luca tolerates Jillia is because of her strong resemblance to their late mother. If not, he would have killed her.
  • Parental Substitute: She and Jowy adopt Pilika, following their marriage.
  • Princess Classic: An elegant, demure young royal, she's got the looks and the elegant, non-combative personality.
  • Proper Lady: She's dignified and regal, never once losing her cool.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her long, flowing black hair combines with an alabaster skin-tone.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Where Luca is very mad, cruel and evil, she is refined, calm and compassionate.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Highland Kingdom's upper echelons, she's one of the few who sees how pointless Luca's war with Jowston is. Even after marrying Jowy, she still seems to be a Morality Pet for most of the Highlanders, and is fittingly one of the few from the royal family and military to survive the game.

King Agares Blight
The aging king of Highland, father to Luca, and adoptive father to Jillia.
  • Abusive Parents:
  • Ermine Cape Effect
  • Dirty Coward: When his wife Sara was attacked and raped by Muse ruffians (which lead to Jillia's birth), he simply ran away, rather than help her. Luca forever holds this against him.
  • The Good King: Possibly. He is definitely no model parent, but when it comes to running the Highland Kingdom, nothing says that he was avaricious or evil, he was pretty good at it that generals like Kiba held an Undying Loyalty to him and it was news of his assassination that caused Kiba to defect, declaring Agares to be his true liege before his death. While he also suggested the Combat by Champion scenario between Genkaku and Han, he expected a fair and square combat as opposed to Darrel who coated Genkaku's sword with poison to rig the battle in his favor.
  • Minor Major Character: Is the king of the nation you spend the game fighting, but only appears in a single scene where he is promptly killed off.
  • The Mourning After: He is a troubled soul; having lost his wife Sara shortly after Jillia's birth, he was definitely not a good father to Luca.
  • Parental Neglect
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Agares gets poisoned not because there was poison in the cup or the wine given to him by Jowy; but because Jowy had poisoned himself before he symbolically bled himself into the wine to symbolize his loyalty. He then took a lot of antidote, but still almost died.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears a purple robe and is a king.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia

    Highland Army 

Solon Jhee
One of the commanders of Highland's military, he first engages with Flik and Viktor's mercenary troops and later goes on a campaign that costs the leader of South Window his life. However, his arrogance gets the better of him, and he is trounced by a strategy devised by Shu, Freed, Apple, and Riou. Luca quickly executes him as a result.
  • Anime Hair: He sports a slicked-back fin of hair, in a very similar style to Jin of Tekken fame.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!
  • Badass Normal: Despite not being in the game for very long, he had a number of successful attacks against the heroes at the beginning of their adventures.
  • Blood Knight: He has no issue with killing a gentle old man who peacefully surrendered.
  • Kick the Dog: He killed Granmeyer, the mayor of South Window, even though the latter peacefully surrendered without putting up a fight.
  • Non-Idle Rich: A member of a prominent noble family.
  • Off with His Head!: Luca has him beheaded for failing him. As a bit of irony, Jhee had done the same thing to the mayor of South Window, Granmeyer, despite Granmeyer surrendering the city as opposed to putting up a fight.
  • Pretty Boy

Culgan and Seed

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Culgan - Drama CD), Showtaro Morikubo (Seed - Drama CD)
Two of the generals in the Highland Army, they detest Luca Blight's command as being damaging to the country they love.
  • Bishounen: Especially in the Gaiden game.
  • Blood Knight
  • Dual Boss: You have to fight both of them together at L'Renouille's palace.
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Magic Knight: They are equally skilled in combat and magic.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cautious and reserved Culgan is the Blue Oni to the boisterous and aggressive Seed's Red.
  • The Stoic: Culgan.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They are together in most of the army battles, they both conspire with Jowy, and share a Boss battle. They only time in the game they are not together is when Culgan delivers a message to Riou's castle.


Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Drama CD)
A lower-ranking military commander, and Riou and Jowy's superior at the start of the game.
  • Affably Evil: Even at his worst, Rowd doesn't go over the top in evil and comes off more like someone doing a job that requires him being a jerk.
  • Dirty Coward: Rowd fled the Highland Army after Luca Blight is killed and Jowy Blight is crowned king.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: To the Highland Youth Brigade.
  • Head Swap: His battle sprite uses the same body as a regular Commander enemy, but with a different head.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Although many of Rowd's actions in the game could be considered cowardly and underhanded he is ultimately trying to earn money to take his blind sister to see a doctor. He also occasionally gave a genuine apology for what he must do, but not enough to make him stop.
  • It's All About Me: He is a Glory Hound and Luca Blight's Professional Butt-Kisser who only cares about being promoved, with little-to-none concern for anyone but himself. When his boss dies, he run away south.
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: He is never brought to justice for his behavior, and runs away South after the Highland army is defeated. The only semblance of 'justice' he got was that from what was heard, he pretty much failed to cure his sister and she died, making everything Rowd did completely pointless and only makes him look like a complete jerk.
  • The Unfought: Subverted. You actually do fight him early on in a nearly impossible Open-Ended Boss Battle which always ends with him capturing Riou and Nanami, but there's never a rematch, despite him initially being the most personal antagonist to Riou.

Han Cunningham
A legendary military leader, and an old friend of Genkaku. He comes out of retirement to help Highland fight off Riou's army.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Duel to the Death: With the protagonist at L'Renouille. Resulting in his death.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Cape
  • Duel Boss
  • Fighting Your Friend: He and Genkaku, detailed below.
  • History Repeats: His backstory mirrors and foreshadows Riou and Jowy's own storyline — 20 years before the events of the game, he lead Highland Army and was the hero of the Highland-Jowston. However, after Riou's master, Genkaku, rose as the leader of the Jowston forces, he was forced into a stalemate. Due to King Agares Blight's suggestion, he had to fight a duel with Genkaku. However, Genkaku did not lift his sword at all, and Han won the duel, making Jowston lose Kyaro to Highland. At some point after the Highland-Jowston War, he and Genkaku sealed their respective runes, the Black Sword Rune and Bright Shield Rune, in a cave in Toto.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Older Than They Look: He's 65, but looks like he's in his late 40s.



    Others antagonists 
NOTE: For Leon Silverberg, Lucia, Neclord, Sasarai and Yuber see Suikoden Recurring Characters.


Voiced by: Masashi Hirose (Drama CD)
The head of the White Knights of Matilda, and by extension, the lord of Matilda in general. Self-absorbed and uncaring, he shows himself to be unwilling to aid his fellow regions in the war.
  • Battle Theme Music: His fight uses the third of the one-shot battle themes, "Iron Fist of Anger": [3].
  • Beard of Evil
  • The Captain: He is the Captain of the Matilda White Knights and the leader of the Matilida Knights.
  • Corrupt Politician: His self-interest was enough of a cause to sacrifice his knight's code, and as Matilda became rich, he refused to offer support to surrounding regions when Highland attacked.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Wields a Mother Earth Rune, the most powerful Earth rune in the game.
  • Evil Gloating
  • Jerkass
  • Large and in Charge
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He is swiftly dispatched by the hero and Jowy in retaliation for his heinous deeds.
  • Poison Is Evil: Along with Teresa's father Alec he poisoned the Karayan chief's leader Kianu who was Lucia's father.
  • Stout Strength: He's rotund, very tall and his sprite is quite a bit larger than some of the other characters.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Implied, but Jowy cites that the squabbling and disorientation between the City-States leader is what caused him to finally go along with his plot to kill Annabelle and eventually prolong the war. Gorudo is amongst the less reasonable leaders, meaning that he unwillingly had a part in causing Jowy to do a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 37, but looks like he's at least in his fifties.

A fugitive member of the Howling Voice Guild who Clive is hunting for mysterious reasons.
  • Badass Cape
  • Death by Irony: Averted. Elza deliberately chose this end for herself which also mirrored the same duel between her and Kelley.
  • Death Seeker: It's revealed in the Gaiden game that Elza is waiting for the day when Clive will kill her. This is in part due to the past when their friend Kelley allowed Elza to kill him during a duel they were forced into by deliberately picking a gun filled with blanks.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars
  • The Gunslinger
  • Murder, Inc.: Like Clive she was trained Howling Voice Assassins Guild since the age of five.
  • Mysterious Woman: Of the alluring, sexy variety (even despite of her scar).
  • Parental Abandonment: Having come from a poor family Elza's parents sold her to the Howling Voice Assassins Guild when she was five.
  • Side Quest: A time based mission, with Clive hot on her heels. After a cat and mouse game throughout various locations in Dunan, this culminates in a showdown with Clive in her hometown of Sajah....

NOTE: For President Lepant, Lilly Pendragon and the Star Dragon Sword see Suikoden Recurring Characters. For Tir McDohl, Gremio and cameos from Suikoden I, see Suikoden I characters.

A gentle child living in Toto, she befriends Jowy and begins to see him as a surrogate father.
  • Break the Cutie: Following the events at Toto, where her parents were killed by Luca Blight with sadistic glee. Then, after being rescued, she gets to watch as Luca Blight brutally kills a completely helpless soldier for her viewing pleasure, and is only prevented from killing her by timely heroic intervention.
  • Dumb Struck: In reaction to the above events, she is no longer able to speak.
  • Cheerful Child: When first encountered.....
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Parental Substitute: The Hero, Nanami and Jowy, then later on in the game, Jillia Blight, following her marriage to Jowy.
  • Third-Person Person: Justified as she is very young.


Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Drama CD)
The mayor of Muse, and the de facto leader of the Jowston Alliance by default.


The leader of South Window.


The plenipotentiary of Two River.

Gustav Pendragon

The leader of Tinto, and Lilly's father.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Bystander Syndrome: By far, only concerned with Tinto only, not the City-State as a group (and as Tinto is the most remote member of the Jowston confederation, many of the citizens of Tinto feel the same way), so he refuses to send help for Muse when his people are starving, only getting involved in the war after the Hero saves his town and family from Neclord. Even then, that did not last, and by III, Gustav broke free of the City-State and formed the Tinto Republic.
  • I Own This Town: He is town mayor, as well as head of the Miner's Guild, so is easily the most powerful man in Tinto.
  • Papa Wolf: To his daughter, Lilly.


One of Flik and Viktor's top mercenaries, he mentors Riou and Jowy upon their capture.


The daughter of the innkeeper in Banner Village.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Sidequest Sidestory: Ellie can be involved in the quest to recruit Tir McDohl. It can be relatively minor or she can play more of a role in it depending on the Old Save Bonus.
  • Trauma Inn: She runs the inn at Banner. It's also revealed that she helped Marie run the inn at the Liberation Army Headquarters during the first game as well.

Fu Tan Chen

The host of the cooking mini-game.
  • The Host: He's the MC of the cooking contest. He does the introductions of the judges, often slipping in hints about their tastes as well some rather daring commentary about a few of them in a personal sense.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Some of his comments about a few of the judges provokes some rather amusing outraged reactions.
  • Slogan-Yelling Megaphone Guy


The hero of the Jowston City-States and Riou's and Nanami's adopted grandfather.
  • Fighting Your Friend: He and Hans faced each other in a duel over the custody of Kyaro. When he learned that the sword was poisoned, he choose not to fight so that he doesn't hurt his friend.
  • Morton's Fork: He was screwed the moment the duel began. Darell had the sword coated with poison and the consequence will end with exile. Either he loses and be called a "traitor" or win and be called a "murderer." He chose the former.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: He discovered that the sword Darell has given him was coated with poison and that his fate was already sealed in his duel with Han. He decided to forfeit the match and accept punishment than be dishonored by hurting his friend.


The late mayor of Muse and father of Anabelle.
  • General Failure: Had Genkaku not saved the City-States, he would have nearly caused its destruction during a war he started with Highlands due to his lack of military knowledge.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He envied Genkaku because he was a better leader that managed to ease the tension between the City-States and Highlands. He sets up Genkaku's fall in a duel over the custody of Kyaro.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His hiring of thugs to assault Highlands royalty caused Jillia's birth and Luca's insanity, which contributed to him renewing hostilities between Highlands and Jowston city-states and causing the current conflict.

    Hai Yo's cooking opponents 
NOTE: For Retso, see Suikoden V Sol Falena. For Antonio and Lester, see Suikoden.

Yu Kum

Hai Yo's first cooking opponent. He has no relation to the Black Dragon Clan.



Hai Yo's third cooking opponent. He is a member of the Black Dragon Clan.
  • Driven to Suicide: After losing, he drinks poison and die, promising Hai Yo that the Black Dragon Clan will continue to pursue him until he gives up the Moon Bird Recipe.


Hai Yo's fourth cooking opponent. He poisoned Barbara to force Hai Yo to accept a duel with him.
  • Driven to Suicide: After losing, he warns Hai Yo that the Black Dragon Clan will hunt him down until he return the Moon Bird Recipe, then he stab himself.
  • Master Poisoner: He made a poison extracted from 10 species of spiders from a nameless country north of Zexen. He used it on Barbara and will give an antidote if Hai Yo accept a duel with him.


Hai Yo's fifth cooking opponent.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Hai Yo were once friends when Hai Yo was still in the Black Dragon Clan. However, when he left, Bashok swore to claim the Moon Bird Recipe from him. He eventually turned around.


Hai Yo's sixth cooking opponent. He is Ryuki's younger brother.



The leader of the Black Dragon Clan, who covets the Blue Moon Bird Recipe from Hai Yo.
  • Arc Villain: He is the main antagonist of Hai Yo's story, which has little connection to the conflict.
  • Final Boss: He is your final opponent in the Cooking Duel. Though he appears and challenge you after defeating Retso, he doesn't necessarily need to be dueled right away.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He wears a black uniform with a red scarf.


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