People of Hyland
Voiced by: Mami Koyama (JP), Rachel Robinson (Anime) (EN)
A high-ranking general of Hyland. She trained Alisha in the ways of combat.
- Adaptational Heroism: The anime seemingly changes her affiliation and truly becomes a supportive teacher figure to Alisha.
- Affably Evil: Once revealed to be a hellion she proves to be this; she's quite polite even while saying horrible things and even when doing a bit of Evil Gloating.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She says she's a good guy, but she's anything but. She reveals herself to be a cunning hellion who has raised Alisha as a knight just to control her every move and stir more malevolence in a war in the name of the Lord of Calamity. Also, she wants to watch the world burn.
- Blade on a Stick: Uses a spear in battle.
- Boobs of Steel: Pretty well-endowed and a powerful warrior/ hellion to boot.
- Broken Pedestal: Alisha admires her so much that the party can't bear to reveal the awful truth until the last minute.
- Dying Declaration of Hate: She keeps criticizing Alisha for her naive idealism to her very last breath.
- Kick the Dog: The moment Alisha learns her true intentions, she wastes no time in gleefully crushing her student's spirit and ensures her death traumatizes Alisha as much as possible.
- Lady of War: She's a noted warrior on the Hyland side and also taught Alisha how to fight.
- Light Is Not Good: Like her student, she possesses the Mystic Arte "Light Blast". Unlike her student, she's not on your side when she shows it off.
- Moveset Clone: Her moveset is basically Alisha's. Justified because she trained Alisha.
- One-Winged Angel: Subverted. Although she does have a true monstrous form as a Hellion she intentionally suppresses it in order to fight the party in her human form. This makes it impossible to figure out what kind of Hellion she truly is.
- Parental Substitute: Alisha outright admits Maltran was more or less a mother to her. It makes her real actions much harsher.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Alisha thinks she is this as the woman who taught her. The party themselves also see her this way when they first meet her.Eventually, it's subverted.
- Red Baron: Known as the Blue Valkyrie.
- Spared By Adaptation: She lives in the anime.
- The Svengali: She teaches Alisha how to be a chivalrous knight, all to make the war between Hyland and Rolance even worse.
- This Is Reality: Says this to Alisha as she stabs herself with Alisha's spear.
- Undying Loyalty: To Heldalf. She intentionally stays corrupted after Sorey attempts to purify her in order to remain loyal to him.
- Unfriendly Fire: According to a retired soldier from Rolance, Maltran was once brutally attacked by her own soldiers-turned-hellion and she survived by becoming a hellion herself.
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino (JP)
The leader of a mercenary group called the Woodsman. Although not loyal to Hyland Sorey hires him to help Marliand and he unofficially fights for them.
- Adapted Out: He and his mercenary group are completely written out of the anime adaption.
- Badass Normal: One of the more notable examples in the game. Lucas isn't able to see Seraph's in any way, shape, or form but is a skilled mercenary. Edna even remarks that their pretty impressive for mere humans. He and the Woodsman even help Sorey take down a Dragon!
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Lucas purposelessly puts up the act of an asshole who only cares for money to test his clients. Outside of that, he's actually a pretty Nice Guy who only wants money to support his mercenaries and their families.
- Hired Guns: Being a Mercenary after all. Unlike a large amount of previous Tales characters though, it's his one and only job and he never has any major twists regarding his job either.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Alisha argues that they should protect Mariland out of a sense of honor, Lucas points out that honor might sound nice and all, but it doesn't mean anything to the Woodsman should one of them die, which in turn means their families and friends would be doing a good deed with no compensation for it, hence why he wants the group to pay for their services. Alisha finds herself unable to reply to this because he makes a good point.
- Neutral No Longer: Justified. Sorey had no intention of them being involved in the war but was forced to by Hyland's generals. Lucas takes it in stride though.
- Only in It for the Money: Invoked but ultimately Downplayed. Lucas truly does care for his clients and is a good man but he still does expect to be paid for his job. He puts up the facade of someone only wanting money as a means to test his clients, and to weed out people who would want to use them for bad reasons.
- Secret Test of Character: Gives one to Sorey when he decides to hire them to protect Marliand. Lucas asks if his group can "do anything they want" to Marliand while they protect it. When Sorey replies that anyone who values a contract and the lives of their men the way Lucas does won't do anything shady, Lucas tells Sorey that he is correct and hands him back a chunk of the five thousand Gald he asked for as payment. Basically, he wanted to see if Sorey could tell he was genuine instead of being a Jerkass.
People of Rolance
Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (JP), Xander Mobus (EN)
A high-ranking general of Rolance.
- Adapted Out: While he himself is still in the anime his brother doesn't even get his name mentioned. However the scene where he teaches Sorey Lion's Howl/Beast is left out of the anime making Sorey defeat Heldalf in some other way.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Sergei's younger identical twin was killed while investigating Cardinal Forton. A sub-event after Forton is dealt with makes it clear that Sergei is having a harder time dealing with it than he lets on.
- Badass Normal: Even if he can't see the Seraphim, he can instinctively parry their attacks. Make no mistake about it, Sergei is an incredibly skilled fighter.Edna: He is just that good.
- Chekhov's Gun: Lion's Howl/Beast, a move he teaches to Sorey, is used to finish off the final boss.
- Duel Boss: A non-lethal one that ends with him becoming an ally.
- Four-Star Badass: He definitely earned his rank.
- Good Counterpart: When Sergei is trying to convince his countrymen not to be so bloodthirsty towards Hyland, he admits that he sometimes feels the same way as his fellow citizens. Luckily, he doesn't give in to his inner demons and remains a genuine Knight in Shining Armor, unlike Maltran who is a hellion and only pretends to be a role model.
- Also to Heldalf, who was also a Rolance general and can also use the Lion's Howl arte. An image during the credits implies that Sergei thinks highly of Heldalf, unaware that he's now the Lord of Calamity.
- Humble Hero: Very humble and quick to downplay his abilities and efforts.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Downplayed. He sees through most of Rose's cover story and pretends to believe the party to make it easier to tail them. However, even after learning why they're in Lastonbell, he still apparently believes in their marriage act, which is arguably the most unbelievable part of their initial cover.
- Shaping Your Attacks: He can use Lion's Howl (aka Beast in previous Tales games), which focuses energy into the shape of a roaring lion's head.
- Shipper on Deck: He keeps shipping Sorey and Rose due to their Bad "Bad Acting".
- Signature Move: Lion's Howl/Beast, a move only the elite soldiers of Rolance know. He later teaches this arte to Sorey.
- Stepford Smiler: Early on it's revealed that his twin brother Boris is missing and ultimately turns out to be dead. Sergei refuses to let this pain show and flat out tells the group he doesn't want to burden them more than he already has.
Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (JP)
The Cardinal of the Shrinechurch of Rolance. She advises the young king and acts in place of the Pope.
- A Storm Is Coming: Her domain is the cause of all the rain in Rolance.
- Adapted Out: Cardinal Forton is completely written out of the anime.
- Dark Messiah: Seeks to unite and bring prosperity to Rolance by uniting the people through fear.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Her Hellion form is Medusa.
- Knight Templar: After becoming a Hellion.
- In the Blood: Her sisters were also nuns and part of the Shrinechurch. Like her they turned into Medusa Hellions (Stheno and Euryale) after being forced into situations beyond their control.
- Mercy Kill: Rose does this to her in Soreys place.
- Sinister Minister: As the Cardinal of the Shrinechurch who has fallen into malevolence.
- Taken for Granite: Her true form is Medusa, so of course she can do this.
- Tragic Monster: Blamed for the pope running away, forced to take his position as the leader of the church despite not being equipped to handle the position, and having to act as an advisor for the young boy that became king lead to her becoming a hellion.
- We Can Rule Together: Asks Sorey to join her to have the Shepherd unite the people, but he declines.
- Villainous Breakdown: After being defeated and having her beliefs questioned, Forton's spirit completely breaks and leaves her a shell incapable of being purified.
Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (JP, game), Kenichi Ogata (JP, OVA)
Elysia's elder, who raised both Sorey and Mikleo. While he can be strict, he dotes on the two boys as if they were his own children.
- Badass Grandpa: He's very old in appearance, and from what other seraphim say, he's probably also very old physically. He was also worshipped as a thunder god and fended off Heldalf to save the village even if he never made it out alive. In Berseria, he's mentioned by Zui Fuu, who implies he was one of the seraphim who came from the Heavenly Realm in the hopes of coexisting with humans. This means he's one of the oldest earth-dwelling seraphim.
- Character Death: He dies and his spirit disappears after Heldalf is slain.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He's absorbed by Heldalf, while trying to buy time so that Sorey and the others can reach them.
- Odd Friendship: He and the Katz go way back, as when you show them his pipe, they will immediately recognize it. Details on what kind of relationship the two had are still left in the air.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Mentioned mostly through the story as Gramps by Sorey and Mikleo. His actual name is Zenrus.
- Parental Substitute: For Sorey and Mikleo.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While he wants to get Alisha to leave the village as soon as possible to maintain its secrecy, he at least gives Sorey a few days to prepare supplies for her. He's also open-minded about letting Sorey explore the outside world and even gives Sorey his pipe in case of financial trouble.
- Shock and Awe: He was once worshiped as a Thunder God and when Heldalf absorbs him into his arm, the arm produces lightning attacks.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He has absolutely no involvement with Heldalf's endgame and survives the events of his game counterpart.
A famous merchant guild who can do just about any trade job. Rose is their boss. They're also the famous assassin guild, Scattered Bones, and use their day job as merchants to gather intel on their victims. Other members include Eguille, Rosh, Talfryn, Felice, and Lunarre. Eguille serves as their leader while Rose is busy accompanying Sorey on his journey.
Before they became the Sparrowfeathers and Scattered Bones, they were a famous mercenary guild known as the Wind Riders, who were forcibly disbanded by the Rolance imperial family after being linked to the death of one of the Empire's princes.
- Badass Crew: They're known in the whole continent as extremely capable merchants who get the job done. The same can be said about their assassin job.
- Half-Identical Twins: The Ayn twins, Talfryn and Felice.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: A variation. Once their identities are revealed and they ally themselves with Sorey, you don't see any of the named Scattered Bones members with their hoods and masks on.
- Hired Guns: As the Wind Riders.
- Hitman with a Heart: The Scattered Bones won't take a job if they feel the intended victim doesn't deserve it.
- Intrepid Merchant: There's one of them standing in a monster-infested field to sell you stuff.
- Nice Hat: Talfryn wears one.
- Murder, Inc.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: The Calling Card of the Scattered Bones is that the last thing their victims hear is "may these weary bones find peaceful rest."
- Token Evil Teammate: Lunarre, though they kick him out when they learn his true colors.
Voiced by: Greg Dulcie (EN, Anime)
A traveling explorer who researches ruins and the old history of Maotelus.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Just like Sorey and Mikleo.
- Advertised Extra: Despite being shown in the opening to the anime, Mayvin is Demoted to Extra and vanishes from the story after first few episodes of Season Two of the anime.
- Almighty Janitor: How almighty is he? He's an immortal storyteller who puts up quite the fight against the party.
- Badass Grandpa: Not even using extremely mundane skills to fight the main group can stop this man.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He decides to interfere in the world events for the sake of the party, knowing it will cost him his life.
A woman seen in the First Earth's memories. She is the sister of the previous Shepherd.
- Break the Cutie: Her village and family were killed, her brother went mad and used her son as a sacrifice to curse Heldalf. Finally, her son who just became a Seraph had to be taken away from her, along with her friend's child.
- Demoted to Extra: While she is a minor character in the game she is pushed further in the background in the anime as she only has about two lines of dialogue and less than five minutes of screen time. It's never even revealed that she's Mikleo's mother in the anime.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Uses her life to clean the last area so the party can reach Heldalf.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: It's revealed near the end of the game that she's Mikleo's mother. Certain scenes imply that he worked this out before it was revealed to the party.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's Mikleo's birth mother.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Way too good. She lost her village and family, but was still willing to sacrifice her life in order to seal Camlann.
A woman who lived in Camlann alongside Muse and Michael and is the mother of Sorey.
- Adapted Out: Is not mentioned in the anime.
- Good Bad Girl: No one knew she was pregnant until Sorey was born prematurely, meaning she wasn't wed and yet had a lover. The manga suggests this was Heldalf and considering he wasn't popular in Camlann there's a reason why she hid the affair and pregnancy.
- My Secret Pregnancy: From Muse's reaction when she finds out that she was even pregnant her pregnancy with Sorey is indicated to be this. Reasons why are mentioned above in Good Bad Girl.
- Nice Girl: Implied to have been a kind woman in the manga.
- Small Role, Big Impact: All she did was have an affair (implied to be with Heldalf in the manga) and get pregnant early enough that when her baby was forced to be born early he had a chance to survive. Said baby is The Hero and he went on to end the Age of Chaos.
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP, anime), Josh Grelle (EN, Anime)
The previous Shepherd. He later settled down in Camlann with his sister in order to start a new life.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Seeing his village being destroyed and Maotelus abandoning them drove him mad with grief, and things then took a turn for the worse. Just ask Heldalf.
- Despair Event Horizon: Heldalf not defending his village is what drove him over the edge.
- Driven to Suicide: He apparently lost his life while cursing Heldalf with his nephew's life.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He's largely responsible for the Age of Chaos, and his actions led to Maotelus becoming corrrupt. On top of that, his curse on Heldalf is part of what made him into The Antichrist that he is.
- Kid Hero: Heavily implied he started working as the Shepherd when he was quite young. Deconstructed hard considering that, among other things, resulted in his breakdown that kicked off the Age of Chaos.
- Nice Guy: He was described as a very gentle person. Unfortunately, he later broke down, with understandable reasons.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Since he cursed Heldalf, he's basically responsible for the beginning of the Age of Chaos. Additionally, secretly hiding Maotelus in Camlann was also a foolhardy move that led to the Seraph getting corrupted.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He seems to be pretty short, being shown right next to the (roughly) 5'8" Lailah in a flashback.
Voiced by: Azumi Asakura (JP, anime)
The most powerful legendary Seraphim, who protects Glenwood. He appears to have been acquainted with Lailah, Edna and Zaveid.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the anime it is revealed that Dragons are indeed capable of turning back into seraphim, and that the only reason why no one figured out that it was possible was because no one ever tried it before. Sorey's power of purification comes from Maotelus who is the original wielder of it, which means that he has the same capabilities as Sorey if not better, but what that unfortunately means is that Maotelus never tried to save Eizen who is one of his good friends. Doubly worse since unlike the game Maotelus didn't become a hellion.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Heldalf, to the point where the Final Boss is him armatized with Heldalf.
- Big Good: He was this for Glenwood until he became corrupted.
- Deep Sleep: Along with Sorey in the ending. The manga reveals that during their sleep, they can converse together and Maotelus thanks Sorey, telling him everything about what happened in Berseria.
- FaceMonster Turn: Became a Hellion after the slaughter of the Camlann villagers by Hyland.
- Fusion Dance: He armatizes with Heldalf in the Final Boss battle.
- God: By default, being the most powerful of a deified race. He isn't actually a god, as he was once a Malak who took up the role as a Godlike figure to stop the spread of Malevolence.
- Minor Major Character: He's the source of the flames of purification and one of the Five Lords, and doesn't make an appearance until the very end where he briefly shows up and doesn't have any lines.
- The Reveal: Maotelus is corrupted and linked to Heldalf, meaning that killing Heldalf releases a monster so powerful it would destroy the world.
- As Tales of Berseria reveals, Maotelus was actually once a Malak named Laphicet.
- Light Is Good: Appears as a shining white dragon after the final battle.
- Rogue Protagonist: He was originally Laphicet, the Deuteragonist of Berseria.
- Top God: As mentioned above, he's the most powerful of a deified race.
- Was Once a Man: Maotelus was once known as the young Malak named Laphicet who was in turn the reincarnation of an unborn human child, who turns out to be the nephew of the first Lord of Calamity.
Ian voiced by: Morgan Garrett
Sirel voiced by: Jennifer Green
Alisha's two direct soldier subordinates who loyally follow her, though they are her closest friends just as much. Ian is a superb archer while Sirel is an exceptional swordswoman.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calling Alisha "princess" seems to have become this even after Alisha is crowned queen of Hyland.
- Badass Normal: Boy, these two pull their weight real well and are able to keep up with the main cast.
- Canon Foreigner: They only appear in the anime.
- Fangirl: Ian really likes Sorey for being the Shepherd and considers even shaking hands with him to be a good luck spell for her.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Ian somehow runs around with a piece of chicken to swing at people but she really wishes to find her ideal man someday so much that she'll take being friends with the Shepherd as a good luck charm. What does that tell you about her?
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In Episode 11, Ian takes down several Rolance soldiers through dense fog without missing a shot!
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: In the epilogue, Sirel breaks Alisha the news that Ian got turned down again because the man she hooked up with didn't like the idea of being the weakest of the pair, much to Ian's chagrin.
- Those Two Girls: Hardly seen apart from each other.