The prince of Pars, but is frequently misinterpreted by those around him as being a weakling, because of his effeminate appearance, naivete, compassion, and optimism. While these are true to a point, Arslan is also philosophical, intelligent, and charismatic, able to rally even the most apathetic of people to his cause. He is dedicated to his friends, especially Daryun, at one time threatening to kill an ally who had got Daryun into a particularly nasty situation.
- All-Loving Hero: Mostly in the Arakawa version, though.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Hiromu Arakawa drew Arslan (and Andragoras) as girls, Arslan is incredibly beautiful
- Badass Adorable: The epitome of such, he's cute and he can kick ass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Threatens someone for the first time in his life when they cause Daryun to be in danger. And in general, he's just a capable fighter as the rest of his party.
- Bishōnen: In pretty much every version, he's quite effeminate in appearance. Part of it can be attributed to his youth, but he's also just generally really pretty. Look at this image and draw your own conclusions◊.
- Cain and Abel: His relationship with his adoptive cousin, Hilmes, who is planning on killing Arslan so he can take the throne of Pars for himself.
- Character Development: He develops into a person who's suited for the throne, while maintaining his kindness and altruistic nature as the story goes along.
- Combat Pragmatist: On both a personal scale and a tactical one. On the personal scale, he's not above targeting a horseman's horse to bring the horseman down and even the odds, for example. On the tactical scale, he listens to his advisors heavily and goes with both what they suggest and what he prefers. So far, he hasn't lost a single fight because of this.
- Distressed Dude: Arslan often needs someone, usually Daryun, to come help him get out of being cornered/attacked by the enemy. Justified in that he is young and inexperienced and while he can hold his own in a fight, he is frequently targeted because he is the prince with a price on his head.
- Friend to All Living Things: Kishward's hawks are very fond of him, particularly Azrael, who at times seems more like Arslan's pet than Kishward's. Vahriz says that animals are naturally drawn to the prince's noble heart.
- Good Is Not Soft: Despite his loving demeanor, he will not tolerate any betrayal or rash disputes amongst his allies and while merciful by nature, is not adverse to shedding blood should the situation call for it.
- Happily Adopted: Averted. While he loves his adopted parents, they do not reciprocate these feelings.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Son: While not ugly by any means, Andragoras has a very stern and frightening face when Arslan is young and almost effeminately beautiful. It's discussed in-universe that Arslan resembles his beautiful mother more. And it turns out that Arslan isn't even their real child.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: His blue eyes reflect his innocent and pure-hearted nature.
- Kid Hero: He's fourteen during his quest to reclaim Pars.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: He's nothing like his parents. He's the complete opposite of his hot-headed, warmongering father Andragoras and the cold, aloof mother Tamahimine. This is actually a plot point, as his lack of commonality with his parents hints to his true status as an adopted prince.
- Living MacGuffin: Arslan is frequently targeted due to his status as the Crown Prince of Pars and that he has a one hundred thousand gold coin price on his head.
- Magnetic Hero: One of Arslan's assets is his compassion and empathy. He can read people and manage to convert them to his side. It is to such extent that enemies treat him with respect and courtesy.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Etoile's masculine girl.
- Morality Pet: To Etoile. He's the only Parsian with whom she empathizes and the only one able to bring out her softer and more compassionate side.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest people you could ever meet. Other characters are often shocked by not only his compassion, but his thoroughly warm demeanor.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After Hodir's death, Arslan tries to free his slaves but they went against him. According to Narsus, the reason why the slaves were upset about their master is because they're treated better than the rest. Without him, they have nowhere else to go.
- Oblivious Adoption: For a good while, he doesn't even know he was adopted.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Parsian royalty are expected to be war heroes; the king basically serves as the commander and is on the front lines, and the prince is expected to go to battle at young ages; Arslan went into his first battle at 14. And in general, Arslan is trying to reclaim an entire country at 14.
- Unkempt Beauty: A male example, his hair has quite a few unruly strands, especially his bangs, doesn't stop him from being the Bishōnen he is.
- Uriah Gambit: After having freed himself, Adragoras forces Arslan to leave Pars until he's able to amass an army of other 500,000 men; which Arslan and his allies realize means that Arslan is effectively exiled.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: For most of his life, he wanted to become a successor his father would be proud of.
- The Wise Prince: He's trying to be one. Though most of the planning and politics are done by Narsus and Daryum, Arslan still tries to learn the ropes of it.
Formerly a high-ranking military officer of the kingdom of Pars, Daryun is demoted from his position in the opening of the anime. His new mission is to personally protect and serve Arslan, which inevitably lead Daryun and Arslan to become close friends. Daryun is loyal to a fault, and at points tells Arslan that whatever his true origins may be, Daryun regards him as his prince. His fighting skills are so legendary that, at one point, Prince Rajendra praises him as the greatest warrior in both Pars and Shindra.
- Black Knight: A heroic example. Daryun is known as "the Knight in Black" due to his dark armor, hair, and steed.
- The Lancer: Arslan's Number Two and wields a spear as his main weapon.
- One-Man Army: Single-handedly takes down a battalion of soldiers when rescuing Arslan in his maiden battle.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Arslan, Gieve often teases him about his over-protectiveness. Granted, it's rarely without good reason.
- Reused Character Design: In Arakawa's version, he strongly resembles Solf Kimblee.
- Undying Loyalty: To Arslan, to the point where he says he isn't loyal to Arslan because he is the prince, but that he's loyal to Arslan as a person.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Pretty much his relationship with Narsus, but they are a far more friendly example, rarely going beyond mutual teasing in their vitriol.
Narsus was once a chief adviser and tactician under Andragoras, but because he spoke out against the king's continued practice of slavery, he was removed from his office. In addition to being a brilliant tactician, Narsus is also an incredible swordsman, an intelligent philosopher, and a not-so-skilled painter. Arslan convinces Narsus to help in his cause by promising to make him the court painter.
- The Ace: Narsus is Hannibal and Talleyrand rolled into one, while also having elite fighting skills.
- Badass Bookworm: An ancient version of this trope. Narsus is a very good strategist and sometimes makes very goods schemes to fight enemies.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever talk negatively about his skills as an artist. When his friend Daryun does it, it may merely lead to a spat. If you're not his friend though, you would really need to be a VERY good fighter.
- Cultured Badass: His interest in painting is enormous; unfortunately, his skill is somewhat less so.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has flowing locks and acts like every battle is an excursion for him.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Only joins Arslan's party after the prince says that he would allow him to become the court painter.
- Renaissance Man: A tactician, swordsman, philosopher, and painter (although he's not very good at the last one).
- The Strategist: His role in the party.
- Terrible Artist: So bad Arslan pales upon seeing his art.
- Taken Up to Eleven in Koei's Dynasty Warriors crossover game of the anime, where his Musou attack basically has him haphazardly paint a picture in the middle of battle, and the end result (which we're not shown) causing enemies around him to be so repulsed by the painting that they're blasted into oblibion.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Essentially his relationship with Daryun.
A youth whom Narsus brought out of slavery, Elam intends to serve his "master" Narsus until he is old enough to live on his own. Cunning in his own way, he acts as a spy to gather useful information through various disguises. He faces something of a struggle with Alfarid for the affection of his master Narsus.
- Age Lift: In the original novels and most adaptations, Elam is roughly the same age as Arslan. The OVA series, however, made him several years younger.
- Ambiguously Brown: In the OVA series, Elam has a noticeably darker skin complexion.
- Archer Archetype: He's more so seen wielding his bow than any other of his weapons.
- Born into Slavery: Elam and his parents were once slaves who were liberated by Narsus. He's technically a free man now, but keeps working as Narsus' attendant, due to the latter's inability to take care of himself.
- Defrosting Ice King: Elam follows Arslan out of a sense of duty to Narsus rather than companionship, and he doesn't hide it all that well, but he soon comes around after Arslan assists him in battle.
- Disguised in Drag: Once disguised himself as a woman while inspecting Ecbatana, complete with a very convincing voice.
- Dismissing a Compliment: He dismisses every compliment he receives, especially from Arslan; finding himself unworthy of praise.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Shows shades of this when Alfarid joins the party and acts familiarly with Narsus.
- Race Lift: He is Ambiguously Brown in the 90s OVA series, but fair skinned in all other adaptations.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Alfarid. They don't get along well regarding Narsus.
- Team Chef: He's an excellent cook and the one in charge of the meals when the team is travelling. His cooking skills were one of the reasons Narsus agreed to take him along.Arslan: "If Elam doesn't come, who will make us such delicious food?"
- Undying Loyalty: To Narsus, and later Arslan.
- Younger Than They Look: Elam is only 13, yet he is taller and physically more mature-looking than Arslan, who is one year his senior.
A traveling musician and womanizer, Gieve also happens to be a skilled bowman and swordsman. He initially joins Arslan's party out of his infatuation with Farangis, but later shows true sympathy for the young prince and is curious to see what kind of kingdom Arslan will make.
- Archer Archetype: Skilled with a bow and arrow.
- Bishie Sparkle: Every time he talks with Farangis, he's surrounded by many sparkles.
- The Casanova: He actually manages to charm his way into sleeping with a handmaiden of the queen, it's just that his latest target isn't falling for him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He might flirt with every pretty girl within the vicinity, but he was visibly upset and angry when Silver Mask killed one of the Queen's handmaidens in front of him, for whom he respectfully covered her body afterwards.
- Handsome Lech: He's quite the flirt, and several women throughout the series comment on how attractive he is; apart from the queen's handmaiden, Gieve gets a few Sindhurian girls swooning over him as well.
- Hidden Depths: He's well aware of Rajendra's political aspirations and two-faced nature. Furthermore, he's at least as strong as Jaswant, and he's just good at fooling him.
- Hopeless Suitor: His feelings for Farangis are completely one-sided.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially only joins the group so he can be with Farangis and thinks very lowly of Arslan. However, he comes to respect and care about the boy when he sees how genuine his personality is.
- Ladykiller in Love: A notorious flirt, but Farangis is the only woman he genuinely cares about.
- Love at First Sight: He fell for Farangis right away.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He initially joins the group not because he wants to help Arslan become king, but so he can be close to Farangis.
- One-Man Army: Claims he'd be able to handle 400 enemy soldiers by himself. He most likely can.
- Undying Loyalty: To Arslan, eventually. He accepts a mission from Narsus which would allow Arslan to have a legitimate claim to the throne that takes him away from the group. He decides to follow through despite no one really watching over him and telling him what to do.
- Wandering Minstrel: Calls himself this word for word.
Farangis is an aloof and cool priestess sent to assist Arslan on behalf of the Temple of Mithra. She is an extremely skilled marksman with a bow and is also able to hold her own with a sword.
- Absolute Cleavage: Part of her outfit.
- Action Girl: The biggest one in the series.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, attractive, calm and composed, and has long black hair.
- Archer Archetype: She, like Elam, uses her bow more than her other weapons.
- Bare Your Midriff: Part of her Stripperific outfit.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Was offered to be Arslan's "guardian" by her temple, who she basically serves as his protector, not that he always needs it.
- Boobs of Steel: Well endowed and just a good a fighter as the men in the series.
- Cool Big Sis: Shows shades of this to Alfarid, as well as with Arslan.
- Heroic Seductress: In the fifth episode of the second season, Farangis gladly agreed to seduce Pelagius until the right time to subdue him.
- Kicked Upstairs: Farangis implies to Arslan that her fellow sisters at the temple despised her, which is why she was given the noble task of guarding the Prince, conveniently kicking her out in the process.
- Lady of War: She's easily one of the best fighters in the cast. A beautiful, graceful lady who is also one of the most skilled with a bow and sword in the series.
- Mama Bear: Much like Daryun, she has little sympathy or patience for those who'd harm or speak ill of Arslan. When Pelagius, who she's feigning interest in, starts badmouthing him, she is visibly unable to contain her disgust.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the 24th episode of the 2015 adaption, arrows never seem to hit her. Whether it's the intervention of the Djinns or just utter good luck is never explicitly shown.
- Never Gets Drunk: She beat Gieve and Rajendra in a drinking contest in episode 14. While Gieve had already passed out and Rajendra's face was flushed, Farangis displayed no side effects. She even manages to keep up with the notoriously hard-drinking Kubard with no worse for wear.
- Stripperiffic: In Arakawa's version, her "clothing" consists of little more than a long strip of white fabric wound around her breasts from over her shoulders to create an Absolute Cleavage effect, a white knee-length loincloth, and brown leather sleeves on her legs in lieu of pants. She also wears a white hooded cloak most of the time.
- In the winter months, she has fabric around her midriff, swaps the leather sleeves for navy tights, couples them with navy arm sleeves, wears brown moccasins, and wears her cloak much more often.
- Undying Loyalty: Is every bit as loyal to Arslan as Daryun, and almost as protective.
The daughter of the chief of the Zott Clan, Alfarid is a bandit who was saved by Narsus from Silver Mask when the latter killed all her companions including her father.
- A-Cup Angst: Seems to have this in Arakawa's version, given that she looks at Farangis' chest with irritation in Episode 13.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hair barely peeks out of her head wrapping.
- The Chief's Daughter: The daughter to the chief of the Zot Clan. And heiress to the title of chieftain.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Red hair and red eyes.
- Facial Markings: Has one red line on either side of her cheeks.
- Hopeless Suitor: Her feelings for Narsus are unrequited.
- Nice Hat: Her trademark blue headband.
- Older Than She Looks: She says she's older than Elam, but she looks to be about the same age, if not younger.
- Rebellious Princess: Er, Chief's Daughter, but same effect. She was supposed to inherit the title of chieftain after her father, over her older and more mature brother, but she doesn't want to.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: She refers to herself as Narsus' wife/mistress, but he doesn't reciprocate her feelings.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Elam. They don't get along well regarding Narsus.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some translations romanize her name as "Alfreed".
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Has a very short, stubby ponytail which is more clearly seen in the second season.
- Wild Child: She lived in the mountains in a bandit tribe.
- You Killed My Father: Her motivation for killing Silvermask.
- Voiced by (OVA): Hiro Yuki (Japanese)Voiced by (TV): Wataru Hatano (Japanese), Marcus D. Stimac (English)
A Shindran soldier sent by Prince Gadevi to infiltrate Rajendra's army. He ends up as Arslan's guide and when he's discovered, Arslan spares him since he empathizes with his situation: he's an orphan raised by Grand Vizier Mahendra, who was like a father to him. He eventually joins Arslan's main group, but refusing to pledge his allegiance to the kingdom Pars. Instead, he personally swears loyalty to Arslan to repay the prince's mercy.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Is appointed as Arslan's personal guard when he joins the party.
- I Owe You My Life: Freely admits that he feels indebted to Arslan and vows to serve him after having saved his life on three occasions.
- Fantastic Racism: He's on the receiving end of this a couple of times when the Parsian officers start joining up with Arslan.
- Honor Before Reason: It was pretty clear that Gadhevi's not someone worth serving, but he's bound by his duty to keep serving him.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: A slight variant. Despite being aware that Gadhevi and Rajendra aren't exactly the best people, Jaswant stayed in Sindhuria partly because of the above trope and partly because he's so devoted to Mahendra.
- Not So Stoic: Jaswant is normally serious, but not even he's immune to Narsus's painting skills; he has a comical Heroic BSoD upon seeing his art for the first time, which lasts for several panels before he finally recovers.
- Undying Loyalty: To his country, telling Arslan that if Pars and Sindhura were to go to war, he'd still side with Sindhura. But in the meantime, he is personally loyal to Arslan.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In Arakawa's version.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Rajendra on his lack of honor after Arslan himself honored his end of the deal.
Silver Mask. (Real Name: Hilmes)
Leader of the Lusitanian army and the main antagonist. Later is revealed to be the adoptive cousin of Arslan, and an heir to the throne of Pars by blood.
- Badass Baritone: A badass with a relatively deep voice, even though he is voiced by Yuuki Kaji, whose voice is known for being rather high in pitch.
- Big Bad: The antagonist of the series.
- Cain and Abel: Essentially his relationship with Arslan, his adoptive cousin. Hilmes is jealous of Arslan being the prince and plans on killing him so he can have the throne for himself.
- Char Clone: He wears a silver mask to hide a burn on his face, which was a result from a tragic incident from his youth. He is introduced as a Dragon with an Agenda, but it is revealed that he is a Long-Lost Relative of Parsian's royal family, and he eventually becomes a member of Big-Bad Ensemble. Visual cues aside, he is even voiced by Char's Japanese VA in an OVA adaptation.
- Hypocrite: He proclaims Andragoras to be a usurper and unjustly ruling Pars. Truth be told, given the Gray and Grey Morality in play here, Hilmes is just setting himself up to be a usurper. At least Andragoras kept the whole thing internally, while Hilmes invited the Lusitanians to wreak havoc on Pars.
- Insane Troll Logic: His excuse for killing innocent Parsians who had nothing to do with the politics of the royal family? Simple: They are supporting a usurper and because of that, they deserve to die by the hand of the rightful king of Pars as punishment and he has the full right to kill them because he is their rightful king and is therefore punishing them for supporting a usurper. With me so far?
- Irrational Hatred: Despising King Andragoras for killing his father is perfectly reasonable. Despising Arslan, who had nothing to do with it simply by being of the same blood, and possibly not even that, is not.
- Kissing Discretion Shot: When he promises Irina that once he reclaims his throne, he will set her free from her country, the camera pans to their feet and Irina gets up on her tiptoes.
- Long-Lost Relative: Arslan's long lost cousin.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Wears a mask almost every time he appears and has a burning desire to kill Arslan.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Is revealed to be Hilmes, Andragoras' nephew, and at one point, the crown prince of Pars. After Andragoras staged a coup on his father and him, leaving Hilmes scarred, he has been plotting revenge for his father and reclaiming his place on the throne.
- Scars Are Forever: Has bad burn scars on the right side of his face from a fire he was stuck in during his youth.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Translation of his name has switched between Hilmes (as is in Koei's game adaptation, Kodansha's translation and in Funimation's version) and Hermes (in the Viewster translation).
- Violently Protective Boyfriend: When the man harboring him sells him out to the Lusitanians, he makes a callous remark about Irina will be killed as well, this triggers Silvermask to go into full-on Unstoppable Rage mode, killing all the Lusitanian soldiers.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was a nice and cheerful young boy. Then his uncle killed his father, tried to burn him alive, and usurped his throne.
- It gets even worse, immediately following the attack, he kindles a friendship and romance with the princess of Maryam, Irina, promising once he claims his throne, he'll set her free. Once he discovers he was sold out by the man that he was being harbored by to the Lusitanians and informed they will takeover his country, all form of sweetness leaves him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is deathly afraid of fire, understandably so.
- With Friends Like These...: His alliance with Lusitania is strained to say the least; and most of Pars' defectors serve him, not Lusitania. Lo and behold, by the time the second season rolls around, Hilmes has mutually burned the bridge with Lusitania.
- You Killed My Father: Says this to Andragoras word for word and it serves as the motivation for his actions.
One of Andragoras' loyal retainers. He sets a trap for the Pars army that leads to the kingdom's downfall and now serves Lusitania.
- Better to Die than Be Killed:
- He didn't exactly complain of his death when it was his own weapon that did him in.
- In the OVA adaptation, he finds himself trapped between a ravine and Daryun. He chooses the ravine.
- FaceHeel Turn: Betrays his country for an unknown reason, though later events hint that it was because he found out Hilmes is alive and is seeking the throne.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Literally; his spear was bent badly while fighting Daryun and while he prevented a fall. But when he fell off his horse anyway, the bent blade struck him straight between his neck and chest.
- Karmic Death: You may find him, his motivations and his loyalty tragic, but the betrayals he committed along the way and the cruelty of his methods don't exactly inspire remorse for his passing.
- Kick the Dog: Burns down a village and kills all the men, just to lure Arslan out.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: Kharlan dies satisfied, in a way, as he has contributed to Silvermask/Hilmes's road to kingship.
One of Pars' Marzban, who nearly got killed during the takeover of Ecbatana. He sworn his loyalty to Silvermask upon knowing of his true identity.
- Death Seeker: Of a sort. Being defeated at the hands of Silvermask hurt his pride and he did not feel right with taking his own life. In search of a more worthy grave, and not wanting to waste his talent, he joined Silvermask.
- FaceHeel Turn: His defection is technically a Deconstruction of the trope—in that he chooses to live in shame as having betrayed Andragoras's regime for justifiable reasons: he seeks to assist Silvermask in his attempted coup to take over the throne.
- The Strategist: Generally serves as Silvermask's confidant, but that's not to say he's hopeless in combat. He would have been classified as The Evil Genius of Hilmes's faction if the conflict wasn't a case of Gray and Grey Morality.
Kharlan's son, who serves Silvermask in hopes to achieve his vengeance against Arslan and Daryun.
- Berserk Button: Call his father a traitor. Go on. I promise you he won't get mad.
- The Brute: To an extent, of Hirmes's inner circle—especially when compared to Saam. He does field duty and commanding troops very well, but is little good for anything else.
- BFS: He initially fights with a sword which may conceivably be considered anti-cavalry due to its thickness and weight. He later switches it for the next trope
- Drop the Hammer: His Weapon of Choice is a huge mace may as well not even count as an infantry weapon. He even does this with his introduction, turning a sword stuck in a tree trunk into an improvised hammer.
- FaceHeel Turn: He is a Parsian who now serves Lusitania/Silvermask. It is a grayer exammple than most, if only because he is serving Silvermask personally, due to his own father Kharlan's loyalty.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Translation of his name differs between Zandeh and Xandes.
- Super Strength: Zandeh rips a tree trunk out of the ground after lodging his sword in it—and then using that as a weapon
- You Killed My Father: Wants Daryun dead because he believes Daryun killed his father, even though Kharlan took his own life in refusal to Arslan's mercy.
King of Pars, Arslan's father. Known for his stubbornness and preference of power over strategy, Kharlan's betrayal and Silvermask knowledge of Parsian tactics led to his and his army's disastrous defeat. He is kept alive as a prisoner after his kingdom's fall.
- Badass Boast: Gives a chillingly good one to Guiscard to explain how he's still such a monster after being in captivity for so long.Andragoras: "Unlike gold, iron rusts".
- Badass in Distress: Is revealed to have been taken captive by the Lusitanians rather than being killed and is currently being held in captivity.
- Crazy-Prepared: Learned a chain-whip fighting technique developed by slaves in another country in the event of him being captured.
- Fatal Flaw: He was overconfident that his powerful army could overcome any enemy with little regard for tactics or planning, despite warnings from one of his generals. That pride would cost him the battle of Atropatene where he not only lost a huge portion of his soldiers, the rest of his followers scattered, the capital city becoming overrun and he himself would be imprisoned.
- Happily Married: Averted; he indulges his wife with gifts, but she is cold to him. It's later revealed she might have a pretty good reason for that.
- Jerkass: Doesn't seem to have a nice bone in his body. "Civil" is about as close to "nice" as he gets.
- Ungrateful Bastard: How does he greet Arslan after he breaks himself out sees that Arslan's managed to amass an impressive army and begin a similarly impressive military campaign? Exile him under the extremely flimsy pretenses of "treason",(doing his best to help their Kingdom survive in his absence) so that he can have the glory of taking back Ecbatana himself! Oh, and no, he doesn't even give him so much as an empty "well done". Hell, he doesn't even answer Arslan's question about his mother still being alive! Royal prick.
- The Usurper: Andragoras killed his older brother, King Osroes, and got rid of Prince Hilmes so he could claim the throne for himself. Except as it turns out, Hilmes wasn't as dead as Andragoras thought he was.
Queen of Pars, Arslan's mother, with a cold attitude towards him. It is said that her striking beauty was the reason for several nobles to betray and kill each other for her hand.
- Arranged Marriage: Innocentis falls for her at first sight and decides he's going to make her his empress. Not that anything ever goes through, though.
- Happily Married: Averted, she's completely cold to her husband and is even colder to her son. With the former, she has a pretty good reason. The latter? Not so much.
- Ice Queen: Tahamine is aloof and detached to everyone, including her own family.
- Parental Neglect: She's very cold towards her son and doesn't seem to care about him at all.
- In the first episode of the second season, she is shown on the brink of tears, pleading with Andragoras to return her child to her, however, it's likely that the child she's referring to isn't Arslan.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Tahamine herself voices no opinion, but it's observed that her incredible beauty seems to have a way of provoking powerful men to go to extremes for the sake of having her, leading them to unfortunate ends.
- The Stoic: Her face is trained to a stoic poker face at all times.
- Not So Stoic: Breaks her stoic visage for the first time in the series when pleading with Andragoras to give her child back.
The Eran of Pars and King Andragoras' right-hand man. Whenever he is not on the battlefield, he serves as Arslan's swordsmanship instructor. After the battle of Atropatene proves to be a death trap, he convinces Andragoras to retreat to Ecbatana, but they are ambushed by Silvermask and Vahriz is killed in the ensuing fight.
- Badass Grandpa: He's a high-ranking soldier and routinely manages to disarm Arslan during the latter's swordsmanship tutoring despite his age.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Being both Arslan's teacher and Daryun's wise uncle, the poor man never stood a chance.
- Old Soldier: At 65 years old, Vahriz still serves as the commander-in-chief of Pars' armies.
- Secret Keeper: One of the very few people who knows that Arslan is not Andragoras and Tahamine's son.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in a couple of chapters/episodes, but the letter he sends to Bahman proves to be very important later on, as it reveals the truth of Arslan's parentage.
- The Worf Effect: One of Pars' most experienced warriors, he gets killed early in the story to establish how strong Silvermask is.
One of Andragoras' loyal retainers. He was captured during the battle of Atropatene and presented at the gates of Ecbatana. He's put out of his suffering by Gieve.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Suffers this at the hands of the Lusitanian army and would have died for it if not for Gieve.
- Go Out with a Smile: Grins defiantly as he dies knowing that he didn't at least die to the Lusitanians.
- Mercy Kill: After his capture, torture, and presentation at the gates of Ecbatana at the hands of Lusitania, he defiantly demands for this from his brethren as he'd rather die by the hands of an ally than an enemy. Gieve grants his wish.
- Reused Character Design: It's no secret that he greatly resembles Roy Mustang, of Hiromu Arakawa's most well-known work.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's captured during the disaster of Atropatene, and after being horribly tortured, Mercy Killed by Gieve at his own behest.
One of Pars' Marzban known as the Twin-Blade General and the trainer of the hawks Azrael and Sirrush, that are very fond of Arslan.
- Badass Beard: He sports a long beard in the 2015 anime.
- Dual Wielding: Is known as the Twin Blade General.
- Happily Married: In Arakawa's manga, he has a wife and a young son named Sitar.
- It Runs in the Family: The novels reveal that Kishward's grandson eventually follows in his footsteps, as the boy develops into the Arslan equivalent to ROSTAM, famous Iranian folk hero.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Sides with Andragoras after his king kicked Arslan out for raising an army, and was willing to fight Daryun over conflicting loyalties, but admits he only does so because of the law.
- Undying Loyalty: To Arslan.
One of Pars' Marzban. Known for being a heavy drinker as well as a ladies's man.
- The Alcoholic: Usually seen drinking.
- BFS: His sword is massive.
- Blood Knight: He loves nothing more than a good fight. Good drink and beautiful women are his next favorite things.
- Chick Magnet: Get quite a lot of attention from the ladies.
- Handicapped Badass: Only has one eye and yet is still a dominant force on the battlefield.
- Neutral No Longer: Kubard lived as a mercenary after the fall of Pars until he rejected Saam's offer to fight under Silvermask's banner, which prompted a death squad to be sent after him, after a raid on a Lusitanian Templar castle. Realizing what this meant, he decided to fight under Pars banner once again.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Under the misconception that Andragoras had fled the disaster that was the battle of Atropatene plains, he decided to abandon the Parsian banner in disgust that his king would turntail on his own army.
One of Pars' Marzban and is the oldest of the Marzban at age 62.
- Conflicting Loyalty: After receiving a letter from Vahriz about the possibility that Arslan isn't of royal blood and later finding out that Silvermask is former Prince Hermes, Bahman is no longer certain what is right anymore. He is torn between wanting to support Prince Hermes or continuing to stand behind Arslan.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He wanted to stop Kishward and the others from killing Silvermask/Prince Hermes and in his panic, blurted out that they must not extinguish the royal line, while in front of Arslan, unintentionally indicating that Arslan is not of royal blood and causing some serious emotional harm to the poor boy.
- Old Soldier: He's still in service at the age of 62.
- What You Are in the Dark: The manga expands his death a bit further than the anime. Seeing a spear thrown at Arslan, he ponders the fact that with Arslan dead, Pars would unite under Hilmes' banner and there would be no civil war. He gets in the spear's way, saving Arslan while dying himself.
Son of the Lord Mundhir of Oxus, who joins Arslan's cause before the battle of Saint Emmanuel's Keep. He's impatient and hot-headed, and takes a mutual dislike for Jaswant.
- Adaptation Expansion: On top of being Promoted to Playable, his background and personality is expanded upon in Koei's game.
- Gonk: Zaravant's most distinguishing feature is his round, almost baby-like face.
- Character Development: Surprising for a minor character. Getting his butt saved for trying to take the shortcut humbles him, while meeting another foreigner within Arslan's ranks leads him to apologize to Jaswant for his prejudices.
- Everyone Has Standards: For all his attitude, even he is also dismayed by Andragoras' exile of Arslan.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Although he also dislikes Jaswant for his Shindhurian heritage, he's mostly jealous of Jaswant's position of trust with Arlsan.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He nearly leads Tus and Isfan to their ends by taking a shortcut near a Lustanian outpost with the hope of also impressing Arslan. Getting his sorry hide saved taught him a lesson.
- Military Brat: Born into an aristocratic military family, and his attitude shows it.
Shapur's younger half-brother, who joins Arslan's cause before the battle of Saint Emmanuel's Keep. Isfan takes an immediate disliking for Gieve for his Mercy Kill of Shapur.
- Adaptation Expansion: On top of being Promoted to Playable, his background and personality is expanded upon in Koei's game.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: A particularly interesting case, as he's starts off fighting bare-handed in the game, despite using a sword in the anime and being a minor character.
- Heroic Bastard: He was born from an affair between Shapur's father and his slave mother.
- Parental Abandonment: His step-mother left him and his mother in the winter mountains to die when she learn of the affair. His mother died, leading to his being Raised by Wolves
- Raised by Wolves: He's said to have been raised by wild wolves after the death of his mother.
- You Killed My Father: Or brother. Even though he knows it was a Mercy Kill, Shapur was his only family after the death of his mother.
Garrison Commander of Zara, who joins Arslan's cause before the battle of Saint Emmanuel's Keep. Unlike Isfan and Zaravant, he's keeps a level head.
- Adaptation Expansion: On top of being Promoted to Playable, his background and personality is expanded upon in Koei's game.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald, and he kicks ass.
- Chain Pain: He wields a weight and chain to very deadly effect, and saves his allies more than once with it.
- Only Sane Man: Between Isfan and Zarafant, he's the only one who vocally opposes taking the shortcut to Sain Emmanuel's Keep because it's skirts by a Lustanian outpost. Lo and behold, they were ambushed when Zaravant decided to go anyway.
King Innocentius VII
The current King of Lusitania and ruler of occupied Myriam and Pars, and the elder brother of Guiscard.
- Adipose Rex: He is wider than he is tall.
- Anti-Villain: Despite being king of Lusitania, with all of the beliefs, he can barely be considered a villain at all. His relation to the country is pretty much the only evil thing about him.
- Expy: Considering his brother is the resident Richard III equivalent, he can be seen as both a) an exaggerated caricature of his brother Edward IV of Englandnote and b) the king he deposed, the supposedly-saintly Lancastrian Henry VI, whose martial experience is virtually non-existent.
- Even Evil Has Standards: More just on the side of it, but nonetheless... he openly weeps when Bodin has thousands of books burned, which contained everything from history, legends, and practical knowledge of medicine and other necessities.
- Fat Bastard: Averted. He's certainly on the heavy side, but a rather nice fellow, all-around.
- Kevlard: How he manages to survive an engineered assassination attempt from Irina: he's so damn obese, his subcutaneous fat managed to keep her dagger from inflicting anything fatal.
- Lazy Bum: He doesn't even seem to have the energy to have any of the hostility of the rest of Lusitania.
- Love at First Sight: He falls head over heels for Tahamine, allowing for her survival despite constant urging from Guiscard to have her executed.
- Puppet King: For all intents and purposes, his brother and Bodin are more active within Lusitanian ranks than Innocentius is, both figuratively and physically. His job is more or less to just approve of whatever they want to do.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: His experience with the real world is scant, leading to how gullible and easily manipulated he is.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Innocentius is actually a pretty friendly guy, if a bit dim. His younger brother Guiscard is much more cunning than he is.
- Spoiled Sweet: Innocentius would actually be a decent guy if not for his Lusitanian faith and incompetence as a ruler.
The Supreme Commander of the Royal Lusitanian Army and Grand Vizier. He is the brother of the current king of Lusitania, Innocentius VII and serves as his advisor.
- Beard of Evil: Unlike his older brother, has a full beard, showing his experience over Innocentius.
- Evil Chancellor: For all intents and purposes, Guiscard is the true ruler of Lusitania, managing all of its affairs while his older brother simply sits pretty on a throne.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Though a devout Lusitanian, he despises Bodin's fanatacism, though likely because Bodin destroys libraries and kills random Parsians, all potential assets for Guiscard.
- Expy: The man who can arguably be seen as the Only Sane Man and worthy Magnificent Bastard within the ranks of Lusitania (with a touch of fratricide) pretty much establishes him as a stand-in of the theatrical Richard III of England.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Guiscard is much more intelligent and less friendly than his older brother.
- The Starscream: Not particularly against his brother, though not technically being king drives him nuts; but to Silvermask, whom he doesn't trust, but supports anyway in hopes that he and Arslan kill each other, leaving Lusitania to him.
- Goes full Starscream by Season 2, having been humiliated by the escape of Andragoras, and imprisons Innocentis to keep him out of the way as he couldn't being himself to execute his brother personally. When he interrogates Princess Irina and witnesses her desire to get revenge for the death of her family, he uses her (along with Etoile) in an attempt to eliminate Innocentis and keep himself clear of suspicion.
The Grand Inquisitor and archpriest of Lusitania, and a servant of Lusitania's God: Yaldaboth. He enjoys torturing and killing those he considers "pagan" and is disliked by Guiscard for his extremism.
- Dirty Coward: Dogmatic as he is, he will always be the one to turn tail and run.
- The Fundamentalist: Both he and his Templars are absolutely fanatical of Yaldaboth, getting pissed off over any mere mistreatment of their flag and spreading destruction in the name of their god. Even Guiscard hates Bodin for his extremism.
- Gonk: Bodin has a constantly deranged look, giving away his extremely hostile nature.
- Hate Sink: With the exception of the Templars, pretty much everybody hates him for being too extreme in his faith.
- Hypocrite: Not him, but one of his Templars. Despite the Templars fanaticism towards Yaldaboth, the Templar was caught dead in the company of a Parsian (i.e. heathen) courtesan. Realizing this is the straw breaking the camel's back, leading him to leave with the Templars.
- Who Needs Enemies?: Bodin ultimately proves to be too much of a liability, due to his extremism and wanton destruction. When one of his Templars show up dead in bed with a Parsian courtesan (unbeknownst to him, at the hands of Silvermask's confidant), he leaves Ecbatana in paranoia.
A child from Lusitania that was taken captive after the first war between Pars and Lusitania, but managed to escape by using Arslan as a hostage. Three years later, Etoile serves as a squire to a Lusitanian count. Etoile is the one who sheds light to Arslan that the ways of Pars are not right and holds a firm Yaldaboathian belief that all men are equal. Initially believed to be a boy, it is later revealed that Etoile is a girl who cross-dresses as a boy so she can fight in the army.
- Accidental Hand Hold: Does this in episode 1 of the TV anime with Arslan, and pushes it away, embarrassed.
- Beautiful All Along: Upon completing her disguise as a Parsian serving maiden, she turns out to be quite beautiful.
- Boyish Short Hair: When Arslan first met her when they were kids, she had messy short hair which made her look even more like a boy.
- Child Soldier: She was already a soldier when she was 11 years old. Arslan found it horrifying, but in her culture it's normal to join the army at that age.
- Compressed Hair: Under her helmet and balaclava, she hides her long hair that reaches the middle of her back.
- Defector from Decadence: After having escaped execution from her superiors, Etoile decides to find Arslan and join his faction, with the hopes of saving her king. It's not confirmed if it's a permanent decision.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially cold to Arslan, thinking of him as just another Parsian heathen and a spoiled rich boy. Once he shows her his kindness and resolve to change the kingdom for the better thanks to what she taught him when they were children, she warms up to him and he becomes the only Parsian she respects and cares about to some level.
- Fall Guy: When she discovers Innocentis' imprisonment, Guiscard tricks her into to bringing his brother to the vengeful Irina to be eliminated and then frame Etoile for treason.
- Femininity Failure: When she infiltrates Peshward posing as a maiden, Etoile blows her cover by swearing out to some soldiers and then attacking one of them. If Arslan haven't shown up, Etoile would have been caught.
- The Fundamentalist: As all Lusitanians warriors, Etoile is a firm believer of the Faith of Yaldabaoth and believes that those who don't follow their religion are heathens that need to be eradicated. However unlike other Lusitanians, she's willing to show compassion to others if sees goodness in them and they accept to convert.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Arslan's feminine boy.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Etoile is really a girl who disguises herself as a boy so she can fight along the men in the army.
- Tsundere: She's brash, stubborn and hot-headed, but she has a hidden kind side. She looks down on Arslan as a spoiled rich boy and a heathen, but she soon develops a soft spot for him and prays for his safety and not having to fight him in the future.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: She thinks all Parsians are heathens that need to be eradicated. Once she gets to know Arslan, his kindness and desire to improve the kingdom make her acknowledge that Pars at least has one decent guy among them.
The blind Princess of Maryam of Lusitanian territory. She befriends and falls in love with Hilmes back when he was betrayed and left for death by Andragoras in his youth, and meets him again in the present while attempting to escape Lusitania's clutches.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's your classic Nice Girl, and one of the few people kind to even Hilmes (though all things considered, is understandable), but she had little hesitation in attempting to kill King Innocentis in revenge for the murder of her family when the opportunity presented itself.
- Damsel in Distress: Hilmes saves her three times: first from the Lusitanian soldiers that had invaded her home, later from a group of bandits, and the last time from being burned alive for trying to assassinate King Innocentis.
- Disabled Love Interest: She is this for Hilmes.
- Eyes Always Closed: As a result of being blind.
- Last of Her Kind: She's the only descendant of royal blood left in the Kingdom of Maryam, as the Lusitanians conquered and murdered her family.
- Token Good Teammate: Maryam to the rest of Lusitania. Her kingdom follows the faith of Yaldaboth. However, unlike the dogmatic Lusitanians, she is a kind-hearted lady who shows no hostility to even a Parsian like Hilmes.
- Tranquil Fury: Attempts to assassinate Innocentis with nary a twitch on her face. Damn.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: The Lusitanians claimed that they would leave Maryam alone after it was conquered, but killed her entire family anyway.
- Voiced by (Japanese): Hideyuki Umezu (OVA), Kosuke Toriumi (anime)
Second prince of Shindra, who leads an invasion of eastern Pars hoping to take advantage of the political situation. After his invasion is frustrated and he's captured, Arslan forces him to make an alliance with him, offering his help to ascend to the throne over his half-brother Gadevi in exchange for his assistance against Lusitania.
- A Father to His Men: Not fully, but he at the very least wants to bring glory and victory not only for himself but also for the soldiers under his command. It's notable that his first concern whenever things go bad for him is to be ashamed for leading his men to defeat.
- Affably Evil: Friendly as he may be, Rajendra's also a total snake.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Rajendra dramatically breaks down in tears during his father's funeral. The scene is a bit too melodramatic to not be planned, but Narsus thinks the prince's tears are genuine: he played the role of the loving son for so long, he ended up believing it.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Despite being allied to Arslan (if admittedly against his will), he nonetheless attempts to betray him once in each season.
- The first time, he attempts a coup against Arslan's forces after the success of the campaign. He's forced into a non-aggression peace treaty as a result.
- In the Season 2 opener, he merely informs Peshwar Keep of the incoming assault of Tuuraan, and chooses to simply wait for one of the armies to destroy the other. After all, he's "signed" for peace treaty, not an alliance.
- Lesser of Two Evils: Neither of the Sindhuran princes are a paragon of virtue, but Rajendra is far less of a scumbag than his cruel, poisonous brother.
- Let Them Die Happy: After Gadevi's last attempt to kill him fails, Rajendra tells his agonizing father that he will send Gadevi to live in a temple where he'll be secluded but safe. Yeah, sure. As soon as the king passes away, Rajendra orders his older brother's execution, but at least the poor old man dies thinking his sons reconciled.
- Opportunistic Bastard: He takes advantage of Pars' current political instability to try and conquer Peshawar. He also tries to use Arslan's forgiving and idealistic nature in his own favor everytime he has the chance.
- Son of a Whore: His mother was one of King Karikala's concubines, which in the eyes of a lot of Sindhurans, makes him unfit for the throne.
- Right-Hand Cat: His only appearance in Dust Storm Dance has him doing the classic "smug villain petting his lap cat" pose.
- Stern Teacher: How he justifies his betrayal of Arslan's forces, though this is really more his arrogance talking.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite the fact that he wouldn't have ascended to the throne without Arslan's help, he still betrays him after the campaign.
First Prince of Shindra and Rajendra's older half-brother. Against his father's wishes, Gadhevi seeks to secure the throne for himself while trying to get Rajendra killed whenever he can.
- Asshole Victim: The man has virtually no redeeming traits, and so nobody mourns his execution, even though Rajendra himself told his father it wouldn't happen. However, trying to kill Arslan who himself was currently a guest at the palace pretty much destroyed whatever chance of mercy he could've hoped for.
- Bad Boss: Even his Grand Vizier Mahendra is aware of this.
- The Dreaded: Not himself, but his War Elephants, which even Andragoras refused to face head-on.
- Entitled Bastard: Assumes for most of his life that his being the eldest legitimate son and "First Prince" means he automatically deserves the throne. He never really learns what responsibility and leadership actually means—something which is pummeled to him hard when he loses everything to Rajendra.
- Eye Scream: Azrael gouges out one of his eyes when he tries to attack Arslan at the banquet.
- Off with His Head!: In the end, his head is put on public display.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets a short, effective one from his father. Scornfully mocks Arslan for losing his temper when Daryun's life is in danger. His father is not amused, and replies that if he cared about his men half as much as Arslan does, he would've been made crown prince long ago.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Claims he is powerful and unbeatable because of his war elephants and his supposed fighting skill with the spear. He's properly disabused of both when his elephants fall to Narsus's strategies and when he gets a One-Hit KO from Daryun without even landing a single blow.
- Sore Loser: Despite an honorable duel via proxy to determining kingship landing in Daryun's (therefore Rajendra's) favor, he completely loses it and attempts to kill Rajendra then and there.
- Villainous Breakdown: He does not take his defeat and loss of the throne well at all, and attacks his father while ordering his forces to kill Rajendra and Arslan's forces but kills Mahendra instead, leading all the Sindhuran forces to arrest him for treason. And during his own pre-execution ceremony (which he is completely aware of), he loses it and unsuccessfully attempts to kill Arslan then and there. At the end of it all, Gadhevi is finally executed and his head is put on display.
Hereditary Grand Vizier of the Kingdom of Sindhura and an ally of Prince Gadhevi, he's also Jaswant's adoptive father.
- A Father to His Men: And the adoptive father to Jaswant.
- The Good Chancellor: While he laments that Gadhevi is not a better person and ruler, Mahendra serves him loyally.
- The Heart: Arguably of all of Sindhura. When Gadhevi kills him in his tantrum in reaction to his loss, Sindhurans on both sides lose the will to fight and arrest Gadhevi.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Mahendra doesn't hide his knowledge that Gadhevi is an unworthy successor to the throne, but nonetheless serves him anyway. His daughter, Selima, being engaged to Gadevi adds further pressure to obey him.
Daughter of Mahendra and the future wife of Prince Gadhevi.
- Adapted Out: She doesn't appear in the anime.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Selima is the one to capture and turn in Gadevi to Rajendra in revenge for Gadhevi murdering her father.
- Daddy's Girl: She loves her father and he returns the same affection. This was why she betrayed her husband who had killed her father.
- Like Brother and Sister: She treats Jaswant like a brother since they have known each other since they were children.
- Nice to the Waiter: She is shown to be friendly and kind to her attendants.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Despite being a fairly nice girl, she does not hesitate to hunt down Gadhevi for killing her father or openly tell Rajendra her opinions of him. Selima's got some major nerves.