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    Stahn Aileron

The classic Idiot Hero. He's a country boy from the boondocks town of Liena, heading off to seek to provide for his family by enlisting as a knight. He stows away on a ship bound for the capital of Seinegald, which is promptly attacked by monsters, so he grabs the first weapon he can find... Which turns out to be a Swordian, an ancient and extremely powerful sentient sword, named Dymlos, who promptly accepts Stahn as his master. And so the Hot-Blooded hick goes on to discover a huge history of cover-ups and corruption in his quest to save the world...

In the sequel, he marries Rutee, and they have a son, Kyle. After he was killed by Barbatos, Loni and Rutee made up a story of Stahn "being on a journey" because they were worried about the severly traumatized Kyle. However, due to Kyle's quest, his death was eventually annulled and he got to live his life as Kyle's father again.


    Rutee Katrea 
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Yuka Komatsu (JP, Tales of the Rays), Michelle Ruff (EN, Radiant Mythology)

A mouthy thief from Cresta, Rutee travels with her amnesiac partner Mary, stealing and doing odd jobs for cash. She joins Stahn (or rather, Stahn joins her) when he saves her from an old trap in a dungeon. She also has a Swordian, Atwight, that was given to her when she was very young. Later, it turns out that she only went on her thieving journey to help monetarily support the orphanage she was raised in, and keep it open. She's also Hugo's daughter, and Leon's older sister. She's the team healer, but is also a good physical attacker.

Between Tales of Destiny and Tales of Destiny 2, she marries Stahn, has a son with him, and takes over running the Dunamis Orphanage.

  • Action Girl: An experienced swordfighter, and grows from a petty thief into a fearless hero.
  • An Ice Person: Atwight is the Swordian of Water, but many of her spells are Ice-based since Ice and Water are classified as the same element in the Destiny universe.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Philia's Betty.
  • Hollywood Atheist: In the manga adaptation. In the games, she doesn't have much of an opinion on religion.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: She steals so she can raise money to keep the orphanage she grew up in from being shut down.
  • The Lancer: She tends to be a more cynical and pragmatic foil to Stahn's idealism.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Sort of. Leon tells her she's his sister.
  • Making a Splash: Atwight is the Swordian of Water.
  • Money Fetish: Not so much in the game proper, but in skits this is her number one trait, and she runs plenty of schemes to collect money.
  • Only in It for the Money: At first. This is often Flanderized into her biggest trait outside the first Tales of Destiny game.
  • Official Couple: Marries Stahn sometimes before Tales of Destiny 2 and their son, Kyle, is the main hero of Tales of Destiny 2.
  • The Medic: The only one in the party, though she's a Red Mage.
  • The Red Mage: She's both a fighter and a healer, though not as strong of a fighter as Stahn or Leon.
  • Retired Badass: By the time of the second game she's become a full-time mom and caretaker to dozens of orphans. She is quite happy with this and not interested in returning the adventuring life.
  • Shared Family Quirks: A pair of sidequests during the final part of the game allow you to read Rutee's childhood diary, and later that of her deceased mother. Rutee shares her mother's greedy streak, but only Leon got her sweet tooth.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Stahn.
  • Stripperiffic: She Bares Her Midriff and wears short shorts.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Between Rutee and Philia, Rutee's the tomboy.
  • Tsundere: A strong contender for Most Triumphant Example among the Tales characters. She acts like one all throughout the game, towards her son and his friend in the sequel and also to Stahn's spirit after he's killed by Barbatos.

    Leon Magnus 
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Michael Lindsay (EN, Radiant Mythology)

Captain of the Seinegald Knights and the youngest master swordsman the country has ever seen, Leon was originally sent to arrest Rutee, Mary, and Stahn, and ends up accompanying (read: babysitting) them to investigate problems at Straylize Temple. He's a grouchy teen with a big attitude. In the original PSX version, he stays grouchy and hates the party. In the remake, however, he starts to loosen up, and thinks of the party as close friends (though he'd never admit to it). He is Hugo's son and Rutee's younger brother- Hugo was able to send Rutee to safety before succumbing to insanity, but it was too late for Leon. He keeps his son on a leash with Marian, Leon's personal maid, whom he thinks of as a surrogate mother. Unfortunately, Leon doesn't get to see the end of the story... He also has a Swordian, Chaltier, who has been his best friend since he was little.

He makes an appearance in Tales of Destiny 2, but that's another (spoilerific) story. For tropes that apply to him in that game, see the Tales of Destiny 2 character page.

  • Abusive Parents: Hugo is emotionally abusive towards him and late in the remake shown to be physically abusive too (ie: he knocks Leon out for five days). There are also subtle hints Hugo might also be sexually abusive in the remake. In a slight subversion though, he is Brainwashed and Crazy (not that Leon knows that part).
  • Always Save the Girl: Deconstructed. Marian is the only person to show Leon any love for the first sixteen years of his life and is essentially his surrogate mother, it's not a huge surprise he's determined to save her. Hugo relies on this to keep him line, and his determination to save her, whatever it takes, finally destroys his reputation and gets him killed.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV, too. Though it looks more genuine in the remake where he actually befriended Stahn & company. In the original, however, he came off as a dark Type II.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Leon Magnus" is not the name his parents gave him; it's way too badass for that. But on the other hand, his real name, Emilio Gilchrist/Katrea, is very cool too.
  • Badass Cape: It billows in the wind a lot.
  • Badass Adorable: Not in the original, but his side in the remake gives him a boatload of adorable moments (mostly involving Marian) that arguably push him into this trope.
  • Big Eater: He loves sweet stuff.
  • Bishōnen: Of the old-school willowy, fair-faced teen variety. He's quite popular among the female fans partly due to this.
  • Bonus Boss: In the Bonus Dungeon in the Updated Re-release of the sequel. It's technically not him, but a shade taking on his appearance. Can also be a Mirror Boss if Judas is in the party.
  • Break the Badass: His father does this, using Marian's safety and his insecurities against him. Sadly, it works.
  • Came Back Wrong: He's resurrected as a zombie to fight the party again after he dies, begging for death throughout.
  • The Chick: Surprisingly enough. He may be a Jerkass, but he does (indirectly) inspire Stahn to become a better swordsman, mediate arguments (in his own way) and he's also the first to bring the party back to reality whenever things are getting too idealistic or too dark for their own good. Plus, in both versions of the game, he also supports Johnny via The Power of Friendship. Not that he would ever admit it, though. Not to mention Real Men Wear Pink as well as him taking hits like a baby. Another piece of proof that he's The Chick is that he uses Pow Hammer. How? This is a spell that is only used by women in the whole Tales Series.
  • Chick Magnet: Especially in skits. In one, Rutee tries to use this to her advantage by selling knockoff Swordians with his personality for 99 million Gald each... They sell out.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: The first half of Leon's side in the remake is more or less this for him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the gag omakes.
  • Despair Event Horizon: This is eventually what the second half of his story brings him to in the remake. Everything he's done to try to protect Marian has failed, he thinks she's killed herself to get him out of serving Hugo, and he gets beaten so badly by his father that he can't wake up for five days, having nightmares about Marian's death all the while. When he finally wakes up, he starts screaming about how weak he is and banging the floor in anguish.
  • Kill It with Fire: While his primary elements are earth and darkness, his "Cleansing Inferno" Mystic Arte has him immolate you with a cross-slash wreathed in red and purple hellfire.
  • Likes Older Women: His relationship with Marian has been interpreted this way on more than one occasion.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Leon does not suffer fools gladly.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Mad Dictator's Handsome Son, anyways. Not that Hugo isn't a looker himself.
  • Meaningful Rename: He named himself Leon Magnus, in an effort to distance himself from his abusive father.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: As much as he talks about it... sadly averted because of a hostage.
  • Name's the Same / Expy: He's suspiciously similar in many ways to another Leon.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: In the original game, whereas the remake turns him into a Defrosting Ice Kid.
  • Noble Top Enforcer
  • Not So Stoic: And getting pushed past the Despair Event Horizon in the remake shows it best.
  • Oedipus Complex: His feelings for Marian, his surrogate mother figure, are often implied to run much... deeper, and his primary antagonist is his own father.
  • Overused Copycat Character: A variation. Ever since Tales of Vesperia came out, he's been used as the basis for a cameo costume five times with two of those being his Judas outfit, but it still counts. Granted, none of those characters were anything like him in personality, but appearance is another story. Jude for one looks exactly like him in the getup.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: No matter how you look at it, that cape is, well, pink. And that lavender shirt has pretty frilly sleeves. He may be a Bishounen, but somehow this trope still works. He also uses a Pow Hammer
  • Redemption Equals Death: Again, remake only. Though he firmly takes his chance at redemption in the sequel.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Rutee's brother.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He was kept at home away from people for most of his life and molded into a fighter, so he has a very hard time working with or relying on others.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: ... He was less than thrilled at the thought of Rutee using his beauty to get money out of girls in an omake.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Leon" or "Lion"? Canonically, "Lion" is used in the Japanese versions, while Radiant Mythology cements the western one as "Leon". The change is probably due to the fact that "Lion" is pronounced differently in the west.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He has elements of both this and Tsundere.
  • Suicide by Cop: In the original, he goads and taunts Rutee and the rest of the party by proxy into attacking him.
  • Sweet Tooth: He tries for Real Men Hate Sugar, but he's not very good at concealing his love of deserts.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Not quite tall (Leon's height is stated to be 159cm/5'2.5", which is below average height for a male teenager even by Japanese standards), but definitely dark and snarky.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Due to both his Fatal Flaw of refusing to ask for help out of his situation and due to Hugo having taken Marian hostage and threatening her life.
  • Trauma Conga Line: What the second half of the game basically is for him, in the director's cut. In short, after defeating Greybaum, he has everything he wants. He's respected by his fellow knights (and respects them too), and Marian finally sees him as an adult. Then she is taken hostage, Leon is forced to steal the Eye of Atamoni and the flying dragon to keep her alive, effectively ruining his knight career (plus he is made to fight against a knight he previously befriended), and Hugo makes it clear that this is a neverending nightmare for him. Then Marian attempts suicide to save him, which results in Leon attacking Hugo and getting knocked unconscious for five days, after which he loses his will to live until Hugo reveals that Marian is alive. Then he is forced to fight against Stahn...
  • Too Happy to Live: In the second half of his story in the remake. Nothing like a Trauma Conga Line and Heroic Sacrifice to set the mood...
  • Tsundere: With Sugar-and-Ice Personality elements, also.
  • Tyke Bomb: Hugo certainly tried to make him into this, but the abuse he was put through made him rebellious instead of obedient, and his father finally resorts to kidnapping Marian to keep him in line.

    Philia Felice 
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP)

A priestess doing research at Straylize Temple, Philia is a soft-spoken, mild-mannered Meganekko who joins the party after they rescue her. She is very faithful and loyal, and always wants to believe the best about people. Even after witnessing her superior stealing a priceless sacred artifact, she still wholeheartedly believes that he is not evil. She decides to stay with the party upon learning that he was just a pawn in a much bigger scheme, threatening the entire world... When the party finds the Swordian Clemente, it picks her as her master, and she becomes the party's spellcasting powerhouse.

She appears occasionally in Tales of Destiny 2 as her temple's high priestess and gives the party advice here and there.

  • Action Girl: Not overtly so, but she does enjoy throwing bombs at enemies in battle and is never a Damsel in Distress.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: It's heavily implied that she has a crush on Stahn, who hooks up with Rutee. It's also hinted that she had a crush on Leon, who died (see Ship Tease, below).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Certain skits in the remake depict her as more of a Mad Scientist prone to Scary Shiny Glasses moments. There's also that creepy giggle as she's concocting a Philia Bomb, and her second Blast Calibur cut-in...
  • BFS: Partial subversion. Clemente is the biggest of the Swordians, but he's completely useless as an actual sword. His best function is as a catalyst for magic. But, he's still a big effing sword.
  • Black Magician Girl: She may be a priestess, but she's no healer.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Indignation of course. Especially since the sequel and remake establish that Lightning and Light are the same element in the Destiny universe. She takes this even further with her third Blast Calibur; Rebirth Crusader.
  • Bonus Boss: She appears in the cameo battle in Tales of the Abyss.
  • Elemental Powers: In the remake, she has a wide range of elemental spells as well as her usual Light spells.
  • Hot Scientist
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She has a crush on Stahn, but backs down and lets Rutee have him.
  • Mad Scientist: Downplayed, but when practicing alchemy she gains Scary Shiny Glasses and a menacing chuckle.
  • Meganekko
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Usually she's pretty nice, but when she starts talking about bomb making...
  • Ship Tease: No, not with Stahn. With Leon, of all people. Apparently she's the only character that met up with Leon between when he left at the end of the first arc and when he fought the party under Hugo's orders.
    • In Destiny 2, she's the only one of the other 4 Swordian masters to mention Leon by name.
    Philia: Leon Magnus, he was as cold as ice, and kept himself away from the others, but the truth is, he was kind, and had a heart that was warmer than everyone else's.
    • It should be noted that she mentions that out of all her memories of fighting alongside Stahn and co., her most painful memory is fighting against Leon.
    • In response to this, Leon, as Judas, tries to help her by saying that Leon never regretted his decision, and he doesn't want her to be saddened by it. It's also worth noting that this is the only time he ever speaks to one of his former comrades in the entire game.
    • And if it wasn't enough, it's hinted that Philia can see through Judas's Paper-Thin Disguise, something even Rutee, his own sister, couldn't do.
  • Shock and Awe: While Philia wields spells of a variety of elements, Clemente's actual element is Lightning.
    • Holy Hand Grenade: Tales Of Destiny 2 and later the first game's remake establish Lightning and Light as the same element.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Philia Philis or Philia Felice? Previous cameos used Philis, but more recent games have changed it to Felice.
  • The Smart Girl
  • Taken for Granite: Stahn mistakes Philia for piece of statuary the first time he sees her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Between Rutee and Philia, Philia is the girly-girl.

    Garr Kelvin (Woodrow Kelvin) 
Voiced by: Show Hayami

The prince of Phandaria, who travels around to practice his archery and become familiar with the people he will one day rule. He's often accompanied by his archery teacher's granddaughter, Chelsea, who has a crush on him. He and Chelsea help Stahn get to town after the ship he stowed away on crashes, and then joins Stahn again later when the quest for the stolen Artifact of Doom takes the group to his kingdom. He is chosen as the master of the Swordian Ignetos, and decides to help out Stahn again when the world is threatened.

Garr appears in Tales of Destiny 2 as the king of Phandaria and assists the party at various points.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Like Mary. There doesn't seem to be a specific reason for it.
  • Badass Beard: Sports one in Destiny 2
  • Big Brother Instinct: For Chelsea, though they're not related.
  • Blow You Away: Ignetos is the Swordian of Wind.
  • Bonus Boss: He's in the Tales of Symphonia cameo team.
  • But Not Too Black: Similar to Mary, one piece of official art depicts him as very pale.
  • Chick Magnet: A sidequest in Darilsheid pits Kongman against Leen to see who is most popular with women. Woodrow acts as the spokesman asking the girls whom they like most. They all choose Woodrow. The title he gets suggests it's his aura of royalty doing it.
  • Crutch Character: He's overleveled the first time he joins your party, and in accord with the trope he is much weaker later on. In this case it's because he doesn't gain any levels between when he leaves and joins again, and is underleveled when he rejoins. This is fixed in the PS2 remake, where he joins at an acceptable level and his attacks hit most enemies' weaknesses in the area.
  • D.C. Douglas: Yes, believe it or not, before Wesker, he voiced Garr in Radiant Mythology
  • Demoted to Extra: He gets considerably less spotlight than the other four Swordian masters. This spreads even to his Swordian, Igtenos, who remains deactivated for a majority of the game, and thus not having a speaking role in any of the scenes or skits until near the last stretch.
  • Dual Wielding: Bow and Sword, in Accord
  • Lampshade Hanging: There is an entire sidequest in the remake built around people all over the world confusing him for Veigue.
  • Mage Marksman: And a Magic Knight in the remakes, now able to use magic and a sword and bow.
  • Modest Royalty: He does not bring up the fact that he's the prince of Phandaria until it becomes necessary to do so.
  • Rightful King Returns: His story revolves around this.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He lives among the people of Phandalia specifically so he can get to know them as people, not just as subjects.
  • Sixth Ranger
  • Warrior Prince: The Prince of Phandaria and a Swordian Master.
  • The Wise Prince

    Mary Argent 
Voiced by: Yuri Amano (JP)

An amnesiac woman traveling with Rutee. She carries around a sword that she knows is deeply connected to her past, she just can't remember how. In Phandalia, the party gets imprisoned by a man named Dahlis, who awakens Mary's memories, and she remembers that Dahlis is her husband. Her weapon of choice is an axe, though in the original she could wield swords as well.

  • Action Girl: Whether it be with a sword or an ax, there's no questioning Mary's competence.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Like Garr/Woodrow. There doesn't seem to be a specific reason for it.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: She's good, but her husband is evil.
  • An Axe to Grind: She wields axes, despite her Memento Macguffin being a sword.
  • The Big Girl: Type 2.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of her titles, "Breaker", notes that she has a knack for making the atmosphere awkward due to her blunt nature.
  • But Not Too Black: Usually averted, but one of her pieces of official art is unusually pale, making her skin tone look the same as Rutee and Leon's.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: When she's an amnesiac, at least.
  • Companion Cube: Her sword isn't treated as a character (it might have been if there weren't already 6 sentient swords in the plot), but it comes close at times.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead
  • Guest-Star Party Member: While she's with the party for the first half of the game, she will leave after her character arc. The timing differs between versions. In the PSX version, if Dahlis is killed, she'll rejoin you very late into the game, provided you go visit her on regular intervals to comfort her. If he survives, she'll only rejoin you VERY late in the game. In the remake, If Dahlis is killed, she will potentially rejoin the party. If he survives, she remains content to stay with him.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the hands of her husband.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her sword.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Zigzagged. Not long after you meet her in the remake, there's a scene where she drinks through what must be half the bar's supply and is totally good to go the day after. It's not always the case, however.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Hi-Ougis both use fire.
  • Rescue Romance: Her husband met her by saving her from dying in the middle of a blizzard after she got split up from the rest of her fighting force.
  • Quest for Identity: The reason she travels with Rutee is so she can find out who she is.
  • Supreme Chef: One of her titles. There are a number of skits where her cooking is praised. Stahn and Rutee frequently ask her to make their favourite foods.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Due to her village being attacked by goons and her husband's near death.

    Karyl Sheeden (Johnny Shiden) 
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (JP)

A traveling bard who ran away from his wealthy family. He calls himself a lazy failure. Is often over-the-top.

  • Big Brother Mentor: A stealthier version, especially to Leon. Also has hints of The Smart Guy, due to his political and historical knowledge.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: According to himself, anyways.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: A Love Triangle between him, Eleanor and his best friend Fate. It ended in tragedy.
  • Guide Dang It!: Getting his skills in the PSX version (especially Golden Voice) can be a bit of a challenge. The results, however, are definitely worth it.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Part of his motive for going after Tiberius is because he killed the woman he loved. Not that he'll admit it.
  • Hidden Depths: He tries to pass himself as a good-for-nothing bard that is shirking from his responsibilities to the family and prefers the life of a performer. In truth, he cares deeply for Fate and infiltrates an enemy castle on his own to save him. One of the reasons he kills Tiberius is to free the citizens of Aquaveil from his tyrannic rule, even though he would never admit it out loud.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the remake, because he loved both his childhood friends, he let Eleanor and Fate get together despite his feelings for her.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He fights with lutes or electric guitars.
  • Instrument of Murder: His lute or electric guitar.
  • Large Ham
  • Lethal Joke Character: None of his stats are particularly high unless you mess with herbs, while his moveset is a mix of support skills and rather unorthodox sonic attacks. It doesn't help that he spends most of the game out of the party and only joins permanently after Hugo's defeat. However, sonic attacks are the most common weakness among endgame enemies, and the final move he learns makes it incredibly easy to juggle bosses and combo them infinitely (including Barbatos). The final boss's powered-up form is wise to the whole scheme and automatically counters the use of said move with Celestial Earth.
    • In the PSX version, the AI controlling him is near useless. However, if a player is controlling him, he's an absolute monster of a midrange fighter, able to whale on enemies at close range and both use Samba or Golden Voice and buffing abilities at far range. He also has a healing move that is more effective and faster to cast than Nurse or Revitalize. The auto-targeting system the game uses works very heavily in his favour, as with it Samba is a guaranteed three-hit ranged move. If this isn't good enough for you, the lategame enemies are mostly all weak to sound. Guess what elemental category his attacks fall into.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In the remake and Leon's side manga, as soon as Tiberius challenges him to a duel. He drops the ditzy bard facade and proves he is the best swordsman in Aquaveil.
  • The Lost Lenore: Though he stepped aside and allowed Fate to be with Eleanor, it didn't matter in the end, since she died at Tiberius's hands. It's implied to be one of the reasons he's after Tiberius.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His scream ("WHOA!!!") can materialize into object and crush his enemy.
  • Musical Assassin
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He claims to just be helping out a friend, but Fayte points out the people are also being helped by Terrazi being deposed and Johnny can also get revenge for Elanor's death.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The master of it. He pretends to be a lazy and carefree bard, but he's very perceptive, writing songs about party members that accurately reflect their personalities after just meeting them and infiltrating a castle all by himself with relative ease. In the remake, he is also the strongest fighter in Aquaveil, not that he'll admit it.
  • Rebellious Princess: Gender-Inverted Trope. He's a son of wealthy family, but he's much more comfortable on his own as a Spoony Bard.
  • The Unchosen One: He would have been Swordian Chaltier's master, had the sword not been stolen when he was young.
  • Up to Eleven: Taken literally in his second Blast Caliber in the remake. How many amps just appeared from nowhere?!
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Inverted. At least in the PS1 version, the Impulse enemies that appear later in the game are immune to most of the attacks Swordian users can use (including Stahn), but a good beating with a lute is somehow able to penetrate their armor. The Samba attack also works well against them.

    Chelsea Torn

A young archer, the granddaughter of the greatest archer in Phandalia, and Woodrow's number-one fangirl.

  • Action Girl: Believe it or not, she's an excellent archer.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Justified, as she's just a kid, but she can get on everyone's nerves with her demands and obsession with 'Woodrow-sama!'
  • The Chick: A more traditional, albeit more manic, version.
  • Fangirl: Woodrow's.
  • Fragile Speedster: She's very powerful from a distance and is the only character who can use all her moves while airborne, but her physical defense is worse than a paper bag.
  • Genki Girl
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Briefly at the start of the game. She can be optionally recruited again later.
  • Gold Digger: Played for laughs, but she definitely has her eye on becoming queen of Phandaria. It doesn't pan out.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She acts like a bit of a brat, but she's a pretty decent kid at heart.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Yeah... See where we're going with this?
  • Say My Name: "Woodrow-sama!~"
  • Token Mini-Moe
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Inverted. Her arrow-based attacks can harm the Impulse enemies that appear later in the game, with said enemies being immune to most attacks of the Swordian-users.

    Bruiser Khang (Mighty Kongman) 
Voiced by: Tessho Genda (JP)

The reigning champion of the Neuestadt Arena, he often acts like a jerk and a showoff. However, he's a good person deep down, and has a crush on Philia. He suffers the same fate as Leon; in the original game, he was an irritating and unsympathetic bonus character, but in the remake he was rewritten into a very entertaining (mandatory) addition to the party.

    Lilith Aileron 
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (PSX version), Chie Sawaguchi (later appearances) (JP)

Stahn's little sister. She isn't playable in the original game (except by hacking), and is an optional character in the remake. She's an assertive girl who will kick your ass with cooking utensils.

  • Action Girl: Especially in the PS2 remake, where she can formally join the party without using a glitch or a hack.
  • Ascended Extra: She wasn't intended to be playable in the original (though she could be hacked in), and was made playable in the remake.
  • Ascended Glitch: She was only playable through a glitch in the original game, but she was so popular in battle she was added as an optional playable character in the remake, and even has her own Side (as part of Stahn's Side, but still).
  • Call-Forward: Fighting her in the remake in the arena isn't just a Shout-Out, it's a Call-Forward to her daughter, Lymle, who will replace Kongman as the arena champion. There's also a skit where he asks her to take his place in the arena. She doesn't want to, but her daughter stepped up to the plate.
  • Chef of Iron: She kicks ass with a frying pan and fish.
  • Dummied Out: Only obtainable through a glitch in the original Japanese game and cheat codes in the U.S. release.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Can only be recruited in the arena in the remake, and even then not after a considerable amount of time has passed.
  • Hammerspace
  • Improbable Weapon User: She fights with frying pans, ladles, and giant fish pulled from Hammerspace.
  • Improvised Weapon: Her frying pan and ladle attacks were originally designed to wake her brother up.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: THUNDER SWORD!!!!
  • Little Miss Snarker: She always has a quip to say.
  • Making a Splash: Almost literally, with the giant fish she pulls out of hammerspace splashing through conjured water.
  • She-Fu: Before her fighting style was retconned, she used mostly kicks and punches.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Thunder Sword hi-ougi.
  • Shout-Out: The way you recruit her in the remake (beating her in the Neuestadt Arena) is the same as how Kongman was recruited in the original- it's even parodied. You think you're about to fight Kongman... Until Lilith comes in and beats him up.
    • It's also a shoutout to Street Fighter 2, as her appearance in instantly defeating Kongman and being the true champion is a reference to Akuma killing M. Bison with the Shun Goku Satsu. She even obscures how she defeats Kongman like the SGS does.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A hilarious subversion. With her pink dress and apron, she looks the part. With her weapon and love of housework, she has the skills for the part. With her rather ''abrasive'' personality...she is most definitely not the part.
  • Yandere: Played for Laughs. Her Little Sister Instinct towards Stahn sometimes crosses the line into frightening people.



    Swordian Dymlos 
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP)

The Swordian of Fire. In life, he was Lieutenant General Dymlos Timber, the Division Commander of the 1st Er'ther Army. A stubborn and prideful individual with a fiery temper, he comes into Stahn's possession by chance, and because Stahn can hear his voice, convinces him that he is The Chosen One in order to escape the disaster on-board the Draconis. Afterwards, he accompanies Stahn in his journey to save the world, constantly baffled by his chosen master's stupidity.

  • A Father to His Men
  • Bishounen
  • Broken Pedestal: To Kyle, because he chooses to be lawful instead of good when Atwight is kidnapped. He gets over it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's not hard to be when Stahn's your master.
  • Duel Boss: In the remake. Also doubles as a Mirror Boss, as he uses many of the same techniques as Stahn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He and the other Swordians make one to destroy the Eye of Atamoni before Belcrant can be fired again.
  • Flaming Sword: As the Swordian of Fire, he has some attacks that do this.
  • Mundane Utility: Stahn suggests his fire powers would be handy for frying fish. Dymlos is not amused.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: One reason why Barbatos hated him so much.
  • Official Couple: He and Atwight were married when they were humans.
  • Playing with Fire: He's the Swordian of Fire, after all.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Atwight. The kiss of the trope is emphasized, but they have their slap moments.
  • Talking Weapon: Like all Swordians, he can talk to a select few with the ability to hear him.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: He suffers through this, as well as The Needs of the Many, when Atwight is kidnapped by Barbatos in the sequel. Harold gives him a good excuse to go rescue her and choose the good.
  • Tsundere: While he is a capable commander, he often loses his cool. He is particularly tsun towards Stahn, who he feels does not take things seriously enough.
  • Worthy Opponent: At least, Barbatos thought so.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He had blue hair when he was alive.

    Swordian Atwight 
Voiced by: Emi Uwagawa (JP)

The Swordian of Water. In life, she was Colonel Atwight Eks, of the Er'ther Medical Corps. She was entrusted to Rutee when she was young by her mother, Chris Katrea, and served as her constant companion and surrogate mother figure as she grew up. She is kind, and patient, but she is also not afraid to tell Rutee what she thinks of her actions.

    Swordian Chaltier 
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP)

The Swordian of Earth. In life, he was Major Pierre de Chaltier, leader of the 2nd Er'ther Army Squadron. He has been by Leon's side ever since he was a child, and is the only one he considers his "friend." Unlike his master, Chaltier possesses a very gentle and restrained personality, seeming almost meek. He is, however, fiercely loyal to his young master. In Destiny 2, he is still by his master's side, although Leon no longer uses him in battle.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is golden instead of white/platinum in Tales of Destiny 2 and he wears a different outfit.
  • All for Nothing: In the original game he states trying to fight the Aetherians was pointless during his Despair Event Horizon.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In his diary entry in Destiny 2, he says that he is looked down upon by his peers for being weak, and that he seeks to become stronger to prove himself.
  • Ascended Extra: He has a greatly expanded role in the Destiny remake, and this role is even further expanded in Leon's Side of the Director's Cut.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest Swordian Master and the least competent.
  • Bishounen: Both his Destiny 2 and Destiny R designs are young and attractive men.
  • Butt-Monkey: He was always caught in-between Dymlos and Atwight's love affair, even on the battlefield, as they always paid attention to each other and never paid attention to him, which resulted in him always getting swarmed by enemies.
  • Casting a Shadow: As a secondary spell element.
  • Cool Sword: A Talking Weapon that allows the user to cast very powerful spells is certainly cool.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the sequel, even though he's with the party almost the entire time.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In the original Tales of Destiny, Leon's betrayal of the other Swordians makes him cross into the Despair Event Horizon, and he states their opposition of the Aetherians was all for nothing in the end. He seems to have recovered by the time of the sequel.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's the Swordian of Earth.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In the manga version of the first game, Leon laments being all alone at the end of his life while Chaltier sits beside him in silent disapproval.
  • Dumb Blonde: In Destiny 2, he is portrayed as a ditzy blond.
  • Extreme Doormat: He has a tendency of being pushed around and cowed by his fellow Swordians and Leon.
  • Genius Ditz: He's quite a ditz, but was proficient enough with a sword to become a Swordian Master.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Destiny 2, he manages to join the other Swordians just in time to help destroy the Eye of Atamoni, finally bidding farewell to Leon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Leon. May border on Living Emotional Crutch at times in Leon's story.
  • Playing Against Type: Hideo Ishikawa, hard (yup, that really is Itachi, folks).
  • Shipper on Deck: For Stahn and Rutee in Leon's story.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played for Laughs. During the Ae'ther Wars, he once brags that Miktran would be no match for him, only for his boast to be interrupted by a barrage of arrows that he narrowly manages to evade.
  • Stepford Smiler: In the original, he tries to maintain a chipper facade despite knowing Leon is going to betray the other Swordian Masters. It fails during the second half.
  • Talking Weapon: Like all the Swordians.
  • Undying Loyalty: In the remake. When Leon apologizes to him for having him accompany him in his Heroic Sacrifice in Destiny R, Chaltier merely responds that Leon is his master, and that he would follow him no matter where he goes. He accompanies Leon even after his death and resurrection in Destiny 2, though his final words express he is tired of following Leon around by the end.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: During the Director's Cut version of the game, after Marian is captured and Leon is left with no choice but to follow Hugo's orders ignoring Chal's repeated advice to contact his friends, the two of them go through a brief silent treatment until Chaltier finally calls him out for being a foolish kid. Possibly subverted though as while it does help Leon get a hold of himself, Chaltier agrees that the two of them can save Marian together instead of Leon finally agreeing to turn to his friends.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: He is tired of life by the time of Destiny 2 and wants to die.

    Swordian Clemente 
Voiced by: Joji Yanami (JP)

The Swordian of Lightning. In life, he was Laville Clemente, the Chief of Staffs for the Er'ther Army. He has the personality of a jovial but surprisingly insightful old man, preferences for pretty young ladies aside. After the Ae'ther Wars, Clemente was stranded deep beneath the sea, within the sunken base of Radisrol, where he has waited thousands of years for a new master, which he finds in Philia.

    Swordian Igtenos 
Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (JP)

The Swordian of Wind. In life, he was Igtenos Minarde, leader of the E'rther Army's Intelligence Unit. He has a very quiet and calm personality, and prides himself on logical decision-making. After the Aeth'er Wars, Igtenos became a symbol of the royal house of Phandaria, handed down from king to king, until he is stolen by Greybaum. Wielded against his will, Igtenos is severely damaged, and remains deactivated for a majority of the game.

  • Bishōnen
  • Blow You Away: As the Swordian of Wind.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He launches a surprise attack on Barbatos during his duel with Dymlos, and manages to lead him off a cliff.
  • Cool Sword
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has some moments of snark.
  • Demoted to Extra: He spends most of the game deactivated, and thus doesn't get much of a role in the story.
  • Not So Stoic: In a side story in the Tales of Destiny 2 manga, he is shown to be very passionate about cute things, to almost Keet levels.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Oddly, he knows many things about Swordian construction and upgrading, things that only Harold was implied to truly understand in the sequel.
  • Razor Wind
  • Talking Weapon
  • Troll: He has a habit of understating situations and then being amused at his companions' Freak Out! moments upon discovering the truth of said situations.
  • The Stoic: In general he is quite reserved.

    Swordian Berselius 
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP)

The Swordian of Darkness. The personality etched onto Berselius belonged to Karell Berselius, a strategist for the Er'ther Army as well as the older brother of Harold Berselius, the scientist responsible for the development of the Swordians. At least, that's what's commonly believed, but the sequel reveals the personality was Harold's all along. During the final assault on Dycroft, it was Karell and his Swordian that dealt the killing blow the Miktran; however, in his death throes, Miktran struck through Swordian Berselius's core, fatally wounding Karell and "killing" Swordian Berselius. However, it is revealed later that, with his last blow, Miktran transferred his soul into the now defunct Swordian, taking it over. Thousands of years later, when Berselius comes into the possession of Hugo, Miktran takes over his mind, using him to do his bidding.

  • Artifact of Doom: Because of who's in it.
  • Artifact of Death: In a sense, due to Miktran manipulating Hugo until his mind was sufficiently unhinged to possess, killing him. His body stays alive, but his mind is gone forever.
  • Badass Longcoat: He used to wear one.
  • Badass Bookworm: Okay, so he's The Strategist, he'll probably be staying behind a lot... Nope. He not only goes on a very complex rescue mission, but when he gets his Swordian he casually creates black holes like it's nothing.
  • BFS: Looking at size charts comparing all the Swordians together, his sword is bigger than Clemente's.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Talking to him, it's pretty clear he cares very dearly for Harold. Especially when he dies- He uses his last words to reassure her he'll always be there to protect her.
  • Bully Hunter: Implied in the sequel's manga.
  • Bishounen: Both his original self and Miktran/Kronos.
  • Casting a Shadow: As befitting the Swordian of Darkness.
  • Coordinated Clothes: It's subtle, but both Karell and Harold seem to like laces and fur down their jacket sleeves.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Zigzagged. He was originally extremely kind, but by the first game Miktran has taken over and he's very evil.
  • Demonic Possession: His Swordian, at least, is being possessed by Miktran/Kronos.
  • Demoted to Extra: Zigzagged. He's the only Swordian user we don't really get to meet in the first game, but he has a role in the sequel... As a Satellite Character and dead big brother to Harold. He's also the only Swordian Master to have no official art or cameos whatsoever, not even in the Tales of Kizna Swordian special story.
  • Doomed by Canon: His death in the sequel. It's coming from a mile away and if anyone tried to save him, they'd end up changing the timeline.
  • Evil Weapon: Though not because it's a darkness sword, but because of Miktran.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mentioned in the sequel. Had Karell not gotten in dangerously close to Miktran to deliver him the final blow, the Swordian Team might not have won the fight.
  • Holy Hand Grenade / Light Is Not Good
  • Killed Off for Real: Unlike the other Swordians, his death also killed his sword.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: At Miktran's hand. It's how he died.
  • Nice Guy: Incredibly kind-hearted, he'd do anything besides disobey direct orders to help the party in the sequel (since his sister has joined them, after all). Too bad he's long dead in the first game...
  • Razor Wind
  • Satellite Character: Subverted. While he does outwardly seem this way in the second game, not discussing anything besides Harold with the party and falling victim to a lot of Show, Don't Tell when it comes to his prowess as a strategist, he does have some personality, mostly shown right before his death.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Unfortunately. Killing Miktran just results in his sword getting possessed and Dycroft getting resurrected 1000 years later.
  • Soul Jar: Miktran's.
  • Soulless Shell: His sword ends up being turned into Miktran's Soul Jar at the expense of the original personality.
  • The Strategist: Though a lot of it is done through Character Shilling and Show, Don't Tell.
  • Think Twins: With Harold, while he was alive. He was the Er'ther army's best strategist and she was their best scientist.
  • Unholy Holy Sword: Hugo thought it was perfectly innocuous, having the personality of a great strategist and having been used to win the War Between Heaven and Earth... Not exactly. Again, Miktran's fault. By itself, it would be a very nice sword.
  • Yandere: Played for Laughs. His protectiveness of Harold is taken Up to Eleven in certain 4komas.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Specializes in darkness and light magic.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious:

Non-Playable Characters

    Hugo Gilchrist 
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (JP)

Leon's father, and also Rutee's, and the president of the Oberon Corporation. Once, he was a kind man, but after the discovery of Swordian Berselius, he was driven mad. He used the last of his sanity to drive Rutee away from home and his madness, but in process killed her mother. He then took Leon and trained him rigorously and strictly, forming him as his own puppet, using the maid Marian, whom Leon treated as a surrogate mother, as his hostage to cow Leon to his biddings. He brought Dycroft to the surface and planned to use its superweapon, Belcrant, against the Earth, but Stahn and co. defeats him, bringing him back to his senses before he dies.

    Kronos (Miktran) 
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP; PSX version); Ryo Horikawa (JP; PS2 remake)

The leader of the Heavens/Ae'therians during the War of Heaven and Earth/Ae'ther Wars and would stop at nothing at fulfilling his goal to enslave the Earth/Er'ther Lands. He is defeated by the Swordian Masters in the past, especially by Karell Berselius. However, in his last breath, he possessed Karell's Swordian (Berselius) and was put in slumber for thousands of years, until it's discovered by Hugo Gilchrist. Right after that, he drove Hugo mad and manipulated him to further his goal, including the resurrection of Dycroft. However, Stahn eventually puts an end to his ambition.

  • Bishounen
  • Butt-Monkey: Nobody really knows what his motive is, so he's ridiculed by Kyle and co. in one of the bonus disks.
  • The Corrupter: To Hugo, with the ultimate goal of possessing him.
  • Cultural Posturing: According to him, the Aetherians were superior to the Er'thers in every way imaginable.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His final form in the remake.
  • Evil Overlord: A very Bishounen version.
  • Final Solution: Wanted to wipe out the Er'thers completely, if he couldn't enslave them. He repeatedly refers to Er'thers as filthy vermin and has utterly no qualms about murdering thousands of them.
  • For the Evulz: What was his motive again? He did have one in the original game, but in the second game he mostly just wants to destroy everything.
  • Hope Crusher: He likes giving Leon just a little hope, then snatching it away.
  • Man Behind the Man: Behind Hugo.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates both Leon and Hugo with ease.
  • Motive Decay: His motive went from reviving the Aetherian race (conveniently ignoring there was a whole continent of the descendants of the survivors) to wanting to laser the whole planet For the Evulz.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Of the evil kind.
  • Power Floats
  • Obviously Evil
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In Berselius. He breaks himself out with Hugo's help.
  • Taking You with Me: Subverted. He killed Karell Berselius AND managed to keep his soul intact in the process.
  • Trash Talk: Insults the living hell out of Hugo when he reveals himself, and how it was easy to brainwash both him and manipulate Leon.

    Marian Fustel 
Voiced by Eriko Fujimaki (JP)

A maid employed by Hugo Gilchrist. She's the one responsible for raising Leon, and as such he regards her very highly.


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