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    Heldalf, The Lord of Calamity 

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)

A towering, lion-like Hellion of incredible strength. Calm and collected, he desires to destroy the world and make it anew.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Played With in regards to his backstory. In the game the destruction of Camlann was less of his fault and more of Contrived Coincidence, seeing as Hyland attacked after he and his forces had left the village, and his choice to leave it to its fate is more of a pragmatic reason than anything. The anime instead has him and his forces at the village, with his superiors revealing it was a Xanatos Gambit to draw out Hyland into attacking. However the Played With aspect is that Heldalf seems to not agree with the plan and merely followed the orders given.
  • Animal Motifs: Lions, from his appearance to possessing the iconic arte Beast, which is renamed "Lion's Howl".
  • The Antichrist: He's the resident force of evil that opposes Sorey's Messianic Archetype. It's to the point where one of his attacks in his One-Winged Angel actually name drops Satan himself.
  • Archnemesis Dad: The manga implies that Heldalf is Sorey's father. Neither are aware of it, however.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Uses his fists along with his claws as his primary way of attacking.
  • Big Bad: He's largely responsible for the spread of the miasma and Hellions throughout the world. He retains the position for the entire story, unlike the villains of some other Tales games.
  • The Corrupter: He puts Sorey through all kinds of hell in order to turn him into a Hellion. His power is also so massive he corrupts anyone with any bit of malevolence and they instantly become a Hellion.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Like most Tales villains, he has his reasons for doing what he does.
  • Dark Is Evil: His design involves a lot of black and purple, and he's the Big Bad of the game.
  • Deconstruction: Of the typical old style Dark Is Evil type of villain such as Ganon.
  • Elemental Powers: Able to wield the four primary elements, presumably as a result of having consumed Seraphs who possessed them.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Due to the years he suffered from the curse and eventual transformation into the Lord of Calamity, Helfdalf lost the ability to see anything good in the world beyond hatred and darkness. His words as Sorey walks over to end his suffering were all about how striking him down would make him the next Lord of Calamity only to be mad and baffled at how he failed to turn.
  • Expy: Of Ganon, being the animal themed Antichrist Big Bad with ties to a god, and was made the Big Bad through a curse.
  • Freudian Excuse: Surprisingly Averted. It wasn't a single moment or event that made Heldalf the monster he is now. Instead it was a slow and even worse series of events ranging from his family being murdered, to him being unable to kill himself that shaped him into hating the world.
  • Four-Star Badass: Even before turning into a hellion, he was a powerful enough general in Rolance to be granted the Lion's Howl arte.
  • Fusion Dance: He armatizes with Maotelus, becoming a dragon with a lion's face.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The girls discuss in a skit during Alisha's story that his attempts to convince Sorey to join him were due to his feelings of loneliness and seeking someone to be his companion. He failed to realize that even if Sorey joined him and became a Hellion he would still oppose him since Hellions are fully capable of hating and opposing each other. It is implied that he is also reaching out to Sorey specifically because on some level he recognizes him as his son.
  • King of Beasts: He's more or less a humanoid lion, having the distinctive mane and tail, along with claws.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Him abandoning Camlann was the reason the previous Shepherd ended up cursing him, driving him mad by grief and despair until he turned into the Lord of Calamity.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The manga heavily implies that he is Sorey's father. While both of them are apparently unaware of this, Heldalf seems to realize the similarity between Sorey and Selene in his last moments.
  • Names to Run Away From: The Lord of Calamity.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He imprisoned a Seraph in the middle of a battlefield to turn him into a dragon and help wreck the world. This causes the remaining Hyland and Rolance soldiers to team up with Sorey against the dragon and leads to the war being cut short.
  • One-Hit Kill: His Mystic Arte causes so much damage that anyone who gets targeted with it is going to hit the floor, regardless of what difficulty you're playing on.
    • He also does this to a Dragon during a flashback.
    • In the second part of the final fight, he Armatizes with Maotelus and gains the ability to use Indignation and will attempt to use it for every quarter of health lost. Failure to inflict enough damage to disrupt the charging will result in this happening to the entire party.
  • One-Winged Angel: after Armatizing with Seraph Maotelus
  • Physical God: While he may of been human once, Heldalf is a walking well of malevolence. Simply appearing in any area generally causes anyone with any malevolence at all to instantly become a Hellion. He's so absurdly strong he defeats Sorey and the group the first time they clash with his domain alone. Keep in mind up until that point domains only were used to quell malevolence in cities. During a viewing of the Iris Gems the group is utterly horrified at how he defeats a Dragon in one hit.
  • Power Glows: Most of his body glows purple, and it does a good job of making him look powerful, in case him being a hulking, eight-foot tall lion man wasn't enough.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Heavily implied to have been this in his backstory; though he butt heads with Shepherd Michael, he was only truly doing his job and made choices that were logical and meant for the good for his soldiers. Unfortunately...
  • Shaping Your Attacks: As one might expect from his appearance, he's able to use the lion-shaped, Tales series staple of Beast. His Mystic Arte basically takes it and cranks it Up to Eleven.
  • Shoot the Hostage: At one point, Rose holds Symonne at knife point in an attempt to get him to back off and stop attacking the party. He responds by simply blasting the both of them with a torrent of water.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike his game counterpart, Sorey does not kill him and successfully purifies him in the anime.
  • The Stoic: Aside from occasionally showing some slight amusement at the party's determination, he tends to remain completely straight-faced.
  • Tragic Villain: Being cursed to endure eternal loneliness caused his family to die in tragic accidents, be alienated and mocked him by his peers, feared amongst those who saw his curse in action, watch innocent babies turn into Hellions just from him holding them, and have every attempt to commit suicide fail until he finally transformed into the Lord of Calamity.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He fights with punches and claw swipes, which can easily be used without finesse. He's also strong enough to one shot a dragon. Taken Up to Eleven during his One-Winged Angel mode after Armatizing with Maotelus. The unskilled part is downplayed, since he's at least skilled enough with countering to use Karmic Stance.
  • Walking Wasteland: He emits enough malevolence to blanket the region he's in, turning the sky an eerie purple, along with causing ill effects to those aren't protected from it; the worst of them being a swift transformation into a Hellion should the individual have enough darkness in their heart. The party initially doesn't stand a chance against him as a result.
  • Was Once a Man: Used to be a General from Rolance.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Sorey, but he declines.


Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Austin Tindle (Anime) (EN)

"Are you going to make me spell it out for you…? That I want to devour you?"

A cold-blooded assassin whose dark heart transformed him into a Hellion, and a member of the guild known as the Scattered Bones. His sudden appearance in Sorey's village and subsequent actions end up being part of what drives him and Mikleo to set out on their journey.

  • Animal Motif: He's designed after the mystical kitsune/foxes of Japanese folklore, having facial markings reminiscent of one, along with a tail-like hairstyle. He looks enough like one that he's referred to as a fox-man before his name is known, or is simply called a fox by those who don't respect him.
  • Ax-Crazy: He loves killing and is prone to fits of insane cackling.
  • Expy:
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: According to the Scattered Bones, Lunarre apparently started out as a small-time thief before joining them. The Stinger implies that he's going to become the new Big Bad.
  • Fusion Dance: The game strongly infers Lunarre was somehow created this way from Rolance Prince Konan's malevolence and the body of Dezel's old friend Lafarga, who had long hair. The fact the Scattered Bones met Lunarre only two years prior to the game, Lunarre not remembering a time when he wasn't a thief (assuming he wasn't being figurative), and his obsession with Rose further points to this trope.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He's introduced in the game literally eating someone! He even calls Alisha his next meal and refers to Sorey and Mikleo as appetizers.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the anime only. He sacrifices himself by using all of his power to destroy the malevolence.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: The party minus Rose doesn't know his name for a while and call him Fox Guy or Foxxy.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Two pasts in the game, one in the anime.
  • Natural Weapon: Uses his claws for close range combat, frequently imbuing them with the aforementioned flames.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Lunarre ends up saving Alisha in Zestiria the X's prologue from Symonne because he is the one who must kill her.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Lunarre when you get right down to it has no involvement in the war between Rolance and Hyland, the Shepherds journey apart from being a Hellion, and the group's general progression.
  • Playing with Fire: Wields blue flames to go along with his kitsune motif, but also incorporates some standard fire elemental magic into his arsenal in later battles.
  • Pointy Ears: One of his physical traits aside from his eyes and fangs that make him readily identifiable as a Hellion.
  • Recurring Boss: Yet another in the line of psychopathic assassins/hitmen who fill the role throughout the Tales Series.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression, and the markings on his face serve to emphasize it.
  • The Sociopath: The anime gives him this attitude regarding current events and will watch with glee as everything and everyone around him wither down under pressure, especially in regards to Alisha's issues.
  • Start of Darkness: Zestiria the X reveals he became the psychotic Hellion Lunarre after failing to defeat his target Alisha and begging Rose to let him finish the job she gave him.
  • The Stinger: Lunarre is shown to be alive in Alisha's story, plotting to kill all of Rose's friends or somehow kill Sorey in front of them all.

    Seraph Symonne 

Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi (JP), Christine Marie Cabanos (EN)

A rogue Seraph with the power to create illusions. Cold and cynical, she considers good deeds to be worthless, and belittles those who would strive for them.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In a bizarre way she came to serve Heldalf because he valued her and her abilities, something other Seraphim and humans did not.
  • Death by Adaptation: She sacrifices herself for Heldalf and turns into a dragon to block the path to his domain, though she is taken down by Dezel's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After Heldalf bites it.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: While not very threatening on her own in battle, she can create weaker clones with the same abilities as her. Her Mystic Arte, Metem Psychosis, has them gang up on a downed victim and stab them repeatedly in a scene reminiscent of a horror movie.
  • The Dragon: To Heldalf.
  • Elemental Hair: Black with purple tips.
  • Elemental Powers: On top of her illusions, she's able to utilize magic from a wide array of different elements, rather than being a specialist like the other Seraphim.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has cutesy pigtails in contrast with her villainous behaviour.
  • Hair Intakes: She has two intakes in her hair that resemble cat ears.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the anime only. See Death by Adaptation above for more details.
  • Loophole Abuse: She's not allowed to kill anyone, but she get around this restriction by setting her enemies up to be killed by others, like Hellions.
  • Magically Binding Contract: It's implied that her illusion magic is so strong because she took an oath forbidding herself from killing anyone.
  • Magic Staff: Her weapon of choice. She seldom attacks directly with it, preferring to keep her distance and use magic.
  • Master of Illusion: She's able to create tangible images capable of causing harm, disguise herself, and trap others in a world of illusion.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Alisha's DLC, though her attempts were to get Alisha to cross the Despair Event Horizon, she ends up helping Alisha with her Character Development.
  • Pet the Dog: She sics an illusion of Maltran against Alisha, which ends up helping Alisha get over the event. Though she may or may not have intended that.
  • Pure Is Not Good: She's a Seraphim who has dedicated herself to her master Heldalf and his cause. Thus she has no malevolence within her.
  • Sadist: In her first appearance, she cruelly taunts Dezel about his past mistake, and it turns out she was there to taunt him when it happened, as well.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She initially planned on using Alisha for the age of Chaos in Zestiria the X prologue, but Lunarre's interference makes her decide it's not worth it and leaves.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit is easily the skimpiest out of any female in the game, excluding some of the DLC costumes.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The party speculates that the cost of the oath she took to gain her illusion powers was that she couldn't kill anyone.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After being defeated for the last time, the party gives her a speech in an attempt to make her question her way of thinking, and she ultimately throws a crying fit as they walk away unable to understand what they mean.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Her illusion are basically a Story-Breaker Power, but she loses to the party in the final dungeon. The party speculates that her power comes from a pact that prevents her from directly killing them and when she does try to break the pact, she does it in a place full of malevolence, thus weakening her.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She has her socks reaching her thighs.


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