A mysterious man who knows a lot about the aer and the Entelexeia.
- All There in the Manual: His surname.
- All Your Powers Combined: His true final boss form gains a new Mystic Arte that combines all of your party's Mystic Artes into one super-powered attack, and will surely kill at least one party member and significantly heal Duke himself.
- Anti-Villain: Starts off as a mysterious, but fairly douchebaggish wanderer who, despite everything, still assists the party. The Adephagos pushes him over the edge, however. He then saves the day, like Shizel did in Tales of Eternia, but unlike Shizel, he survived the final batttle.
- Badass Baritone: One of the deepest voices in the series, which makes his womanly appearance rather hilarious.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up at the end of the first arc to disable Barbos's special blastia powered weapon.
- Bishōnen: He's so much this that players thought he was female.
- Bishōnen Line: He does this in the final boss fight... and if you've collected the Fell Arms, he fuses with them to cross it again and become a demigod. It's at this point that the player starts to regret collecting them.
- Boomerang Bigot: Played with. Duke makes it clear that he doesn't think all humans are terrible. Just the ones who ignore the Entelexeia and live off the luxury provided by the blastia.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He shows up a few times (and you can seek him out even earlier than his first real appearance in the plot) and ultimately turns out to be very important to everything going on.
- Cool Sword: Dein Nomos, aka that sword needed to induct an emperor that he stole. It's very handy.
- Defeat Means Friendship: A rare case of actually getting through to the Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Despair Event Horizon: Happened before the game's events, when his best friend Elucifer is betrayed and killed after helping the humans win the Great War.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: The first trailers featuring him did not help, considering that it's a woman's voice that talks over his appearance. Then the game was released and we all heard Jamieson Price's voice.
- Early-Bird Cameo: There is a series of optional scenes featuring him. The first couple of these are triggered before he is formally introduced to the player.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Though not so much as evil as rude.
- Expy: It is hard to un-see how the white hair makes him look like Sephiroth. Or an eviler InuYasha, with the red clothes.
- Fallen Hero: He single-handedly won the Great War for humanity... and then single-handedly gained a Freudian Excuse to turn against them.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Don't expect an insightful conversation with him.
- Final Boss: An Anti-Villain version; he also wants to save the world but thinks the best way is to remove all the humans from it. The party has to convince him otherwise.
- Friend to All Living Things: He becomes one during the ending.
- Freudian Excuse: He... doesn't have the best opinion of his species, since he single-handedly turned the Great War around for them, and then they stabbed his Crystal Dragon Jesus Lancer in the back.
- Gratuitous Greek: His last name is a reference to the Neoplatonist philosophy of "panta rhei".
- Grave-Marking Scene: Part of the optional sidequest involving him will have you finding him paying his respects at Elucifer's grave.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: First he's an ominous villainous guy who seems threatening, then he gives you Dein Nomos to help you save Estelle. Then he saves Yuri after he falls off Zaude, takes his sword back, and decides that the only way to save the world is to sacrifice all of humanity. And finally, after being defeated, he is reminded of Elucifer's wish to protect humanity and aids the party in destroying the Adephagos.
- Heel Realization: After being defeated by the party, and reminded of Elucifer's wish to protect humanity.
- Humans Are Bastards: What he views the rest of his own race as. He's got a good reason to think so.
- I Was Just Passing Through: His reasoning for rescuing Yuri at the end of the second arc is that he wanted his Cool Sword back. Never mind that he obviously cared for Yuri's injuries and only leaves once Yuri is awake and able to move.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off a flat out jerk, but as he interacts more with the group, his battered Hidden Heart of Gold starts to shine. Just before he becomes the Final Boss.
- Last-Second Chance: He is repeatedly offered one by Yuri and eventually takes it.
- Limit Break:
- Big Bang will blow up the entire party; it looks scary and deals tons of damage, but it actually only drains the party's HP to 1. Unless he is in his Radiant Winged One form and the difficulty is Hard or Unknown, in which case that safety net is removed and it will unavoidably kill the entire party if you don't prepare for it.
- His Radiant Winged One form has a powerful and long one that actually utilizes, in All Your Powers Combined fashion, the Mystic Artes of all the party members (excluding Flynn and Patty). He only calls out the name of it at the very end of the attack, just before the Sacred Penance blast that also heals him: Brave Vesperia.
- Karma Houdini: Never really punished for attempted genocide. Possibly justified because he DID help save the world.
- Necessarily Evil: Tarqaron will kill him along with the rest of humanity.
- One-Man Army: One of the Entelexeia, massive Olympus Mons that can raze armies by themselves, says point-blank that the party has no chance fighting him. This is after you've fought and killed a few Entelexeia yourself.
- One-Winged Angel: Of the Bishounen Line variety. Twice.
- Power Floats: He can be seen levitating during his boss fight.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted, since they're his natural colour. Played straighter during the finale.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: In the ending. Sort of.
- True Final Boss: As Radiant Winged One, on a power trip from the Fell Arms.
- World's Strongest Man: Those Entelexeia you've been fighting? One of them calls him unbeatable. He proves it too in his two (three) phase boss fight.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is willing to sacrifice all of humanity (including himself) to prevent the Adephagos from destroying the planet.
An ancient, incredibly powerful Entelexeia resembling a phoenix.
- Back from the Dead: Suiting his phoenix appearance, immediately after being killed by Alexei's armada, he is reborn as Efreet.
- Elemental Embodiment: Of fire, after his death and rebirth.
- Hannibal Lecture: He gives one when confronted, but Yuri would have none of it.
- Hero Antagonist: For the first half of act two.
- Humans Are Bastards: Has very little faith in the human race. Considering how he has firsthand knowledge of how humans still haven't learned not to mess with aerflow after the last Adephagos disaster...
- Meaningful Name: His roost is in the desert. His name is Phaeroh.
- Not So Different: To Yuri, which the party lampshades.
- Playing with Fire: He is reborn after his death as the fire elemental spirit, Efreet.
- The Unfought: He is the only major antagonist who the party never fights - although it certainly helps that the party doesn't want what he fears to happen as much as anybody, and that he wasn't really a true villain.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He knows killing Estelle is wrong, but believes it's the only way to preserve the world.
A massive Entelexeia embodying the elements of earth and water.
- Back from the Dead: Along with the other Entelexeia-turned-spirits.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He becomes Gnome, the earth elemental spirit, after his death.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears as the boss in Caer Bocram, long before anything about the Entelexeia or their aversion to Estelle is explained.
- Foreshadowing: He backs away from Estelle in aversion—innocuous at first, but foreboding in hindsight.
- Mercy Kill: When the party fights him at the Erealumen Crystallands.
- The Voiceless: Due to the fact that Gusios was driven mad from intense Aer poisoning from trying to consume too much, he becomes this. This transfers to Gnome, who is only able to communicate using trills.
A dear friend of Duke's from the Great War. He was a powerful Entelexeia who advocated living with humans. Though he and Duke fought together during the Great War, the Empire feared his power and murdered him in the aftermath. His grave lies on Ehmead Hill.
- One-Man Army: Responsible for humankind winning the Great War.
- The Pollyanna: He dreamed of humans and Entelexeia living together, and peace for all living things.
- Posthumous Character: Was betrayed by the Empire and murdered while he was injured ten years before the start of the story.
- The Unseen: Referenced only.
A knight who plays an important role in Raven's backstory. She died during the Great War.
- Archer Archetype: Used a bow called "Divine Cannon". Which was, until his death and the completion of a certain side-quest, in the hands of Yaeger after she died.
- Blue Blood: Born to a noble family.
- Dub Name Change: Kyanari (Canary) in Japanese, most likely to fit the bird theme of Schwann and Raven.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died trying to protect Damuron Atomais. Unfortunately was a Senseless Sacrifice as he died anyways and Alexis revived him as "Schwann Oltorain".
- Identical Stranger: Though it's never commented on, Yuri resembles her a lot or vise-versa.
- Idiot Hair: Has a big strand of this sticking up in front.
- Knight In Shining Armour: Was a good, noble person as well as an Imperial Knight.
- The Lost Lenore: To Raven and Yeager, who is implied to have been romantically involved with her.
- Nice Girl: Kind and caring to others.
- Posthumous Character: She died in the Great War ten years before the start of the story.
The first mate of the pirate guild Siren's Fang, and an important figure in Patty's backstory (and as such, like her, he only appears in the PS3 version and Definitive Edition).
- Back from the Dead: Of sorts, as he haunts the Atherum as a giant monstrous skeleton in the present day. After his final boss battle where Patty puts him out of his misery, he can show up as one of Patty's most powerful Summon Friends outcomes. The skit that triggers after his appearance in that sort of explains in a Hand Wave that it doesn't matter whether the people Patty summons in that arte are living or dead.
- The Face: Eventually it's revealed that he handled most of Siren's Fang's on-shore interactions, instead of his captain Aifread. This led to rumors that he was Aifread, resulting in the confusion that helped conceal Aifread's real identity as a woman (and later as the little girl Patty).
- Heroic Sacrifice: The Black Hope Massacre that everyone blames Aifread for was actually a disturbing incident where the members of Siren's Fang started turning into monsters. To save his captain from that fate, Seifer force-fed her a potion intended to keep her alive (but probably accidentally erased her memories and de-aged her, which Patty surmises was because the potion, Amrita, was meant for Children of the Full Moon and she wasn't one), threw her off the ship, and killed the rest of the crew, eventually succumbing to the curse himself and becoming the Cursed Wanderer. Unfortunately he probably didn't predict that Aifread would end up taking the fall for the massacre, sullying his captain's reputation, but when she reveals herself to him again, he expresses relief that she's at least still alive and has found new friends.
- Limit Break: Weird application: he doesn't actually have one himself, but he does show up as one of the most powerful options of Patty's Summon Friends after the relevant plot event.
- Sword and Gun: He carries a massive sword shaped like an anchor for melee attacks but also uses a powerful flintlock pistol. His first Secret Mission is to knock him down as he's reloading it. He uses these both to great effect in a strong combo when Patty summons him with her Mystic Arte. Patty also gets his gun as her strongest subweapon.
- Tragic Monster: He is actually the Cursed Wanderer who haunts the Atherum, and the only surviving victim of the Black Hope Massacre.
- Walking Spoiler: Pretty much every detail about him can't be discussed without referencing his role as the Cursed Wanderer or his role in the Black Hope Massacre and Patty/Aifread's amnesia and de-aging.
The Cataclysm from eons past, the Adaphagos is a massive octopus-like creature made up entirely of aer and the physical embodiment of blastia overuse. It was sealed away by the Children of the Full Moon at Zaude until Alexei inadvertently deactivates the barrier keeping it at bay, allowing it to seep into the world. It threatens all life on Terca Lumireis.
- Eldritch Abomination: It is a colossal planet-sized octopus creature of pure aer capable of devouring the entire world.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Adephagos is this to the game as a whole, being a threat far greater than anything Brave Vesperia has ever dealt with before.
- Meaningful Name: The name "Adephagos" is Greek for "Gluttonous", which heavily symbolizes its appetite to consume all aer, and by extension, all life on Terca Lumireis. This becomes double meaningful when Undine and Efreet reveal that an adephagos is formed when an Entelexeia consumes more aer than its apatheia is capable of handling. Unfortunately, this is briefly mentioned regarding Gusios and never really touched upon again.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: There's a reason the Geraios Civilization resorted to sealing the Adephagos away because they found out the hard way that it cannot be harmed through conventional means, not even with magic. Being a creature made up of aer, it is only weak to one substance; mana, and there are only two sources of mana in the entire world; the life force of humans (and possibly Krityans as well), which is why Duke resorted to sacrificing humanity to try and destroy it, and Spirits.
- Planetary Parasite: Its sole reason for existing is to devour all of the planet's aer (which includes all life) and leave nothing in return.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Adephagos was sealed away eons ago with a barrier powered by the Children of the Full Moon at Zaude. It would eventually be forgotten by the rest of humanity for hundreds of years until Alexei's actions causes it to manifest into the world once more.
- The Unfought: Yuri and Brave Vesperia never fight the Adephagos directly. This is justified because of its size, so the group doesn't really stand a chance against it in a straight-up fight, at least as far as standard Tales gameplay is concerned. Instead, they fight its spawn in the form of Daybreaker and Nightbreakernote , and when it came time to actually defeat it, Yuri manages to kill it with one swing from his Heavenly Bladewing Mystic Arte powered by the Spirits and Dein Nomos in a cutscene.
First Strike Characters
Introduced in Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike, he is the strategist of the Niren Corps and a close friend of Niren Fedrok. In reality, he is an unethical Blastia researcher under Alexei's directive keeping a close eye on knights that might interfere with the Commandant's goals.
- Asshole Victim: Canonically the first victim of Yuri's vigilante justice, but richly deserved.
- Badass Book Worm: Unlike the next victims of Yuri's vigilantism to follow, Garista puts up a vicious fight against him and Flynn by himself.
- Big Bad Friend: To Niren, who he was deceiving and leading to death on Alexei's orders.
- Expy: Personality and appearance-wise, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Jade. Only he completely lacks a conscience and moral complexity.
- Faux Affably Evil: He puts up a facade of understanding and warmth to manipulate Flynn into Alexei's servitude, but once it's clear this isn't going to happen, he immediately plots to dispose of him.
- For Science!: He tries to justify all his atrocities with this to Flynn and Yuri. They don't care for a second.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: As an all-around sociopath and mad scientist...
- Kick the Dog: Before their climactic fight, he subtly hints to Flynn he murdered his father with wicked pleasure.
- Mad Scientist: His occupation under Alexei.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: His preferred way of disposing of nosy knights on Alexei's behalf. First, Flynn's father, then Niren. He voices his intent to do the same to Yuri and Flynn, but this fate befalls him posthumously instead.
- Obviously Evil: Rita assumed he was no good just from one interaction with him. Unsurprisingly, he is behind everything bad in the film.
The commanding officer of the Niren Corps that plays a pivotal role in Yuri dropping out of the knights.
- Badass Grandpa: Very much so.
- Cowboy Cop: He does as he pleases to get work done, and has good relations with mercenaries from the Guilds. This rebelliousness is why Alexei has Garista have him killed.
- Horrible Judgeof Character: Never suspects Garista for a moment and trusts him implicitly.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He is killed through a series of events staged by Garista to have him and his entire platoon dead.
Two twins who were senior knights to Yuri and Flynn during their time as Niren Corps knights in Shizontania.
- Buxom Is Better: Chastel's larger buxom is the victim of jokes from Niren, as he once referred to her as "the bigger [sister]" because of it. None of the two sisters is slightly amused at this.
- Canon Foreigner: Introduced in the prequel film, both appear in the later ports as part of a sidequest.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Both are almost exactly the same in looks, except for the fact older sister Chastel has a bigger chest than her little sister; a fact Flynn finds out in the most embarrassing way possible. Weirdly, in the game, it's the other way around.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Hisca is a little more serious and determined than Chastel, who is a little more soft-spoken and kinder than her.