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The Bracer Guild

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A peace-keeping non-governmental organization based in Leman whose main purpose is to protect civilians all around Zemuria. Their members, the Bracers, are investigative and combat specialists who help people in numerous ways, be it finding lost items, escorting people or eliminating monsters. They often act as a neutral faction in conflict around Zemuria, but are limited by the Bracer Code which prevents them to intervene in political affairs.
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    Estelle Bright 

Estelle Bright

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Click here to see Estelle as she appears in Cold Steel IV (SPOILERS) 

Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (game), Brittney Karbowski (anime) (English)

The cheerful heroine of Trails in the Sky. A newbie Bracer, and the daughter of the legendary adventurer Cassius Bright. Uses a quarterstaff in combat. Almost the quintessential Action Girl. Estelle doesn't think twice about throwing herself into danger, especially if it's to help another. She ultimately manages to be far more of a badass than any of the male cast members. She's capable of fighting everything from wolves to giant lizards to army officers to robots the size of buildings.


  • All-Loving Hero: Her bright personality and kind demeanor play a huge factor in Joshua and Renne's redemption. There is a reason why her nickname in-universe is something akin to lightbringer.
  • All Women Love Shoes: A unique twist in that because she's a tomboy, she's a big fan of athletic sneakers.
  • Battle Couple: With Joshua.
  • Beetle Maniac: During her youth, Estelle was an avid bug collector, something she tried to use (to some eventual success) in bonding with Joshua after she first met him. She's much less fascinated with them as an adult, but her hobby still occasionally gets brought up by friends and family.
  • Big "WHAT?!": In FC she drops one of these at every plot twist (or whenever there's a new "revelation" about her dad's Memetic Badass status) to the point that it's almost a running gag.
  • Book Dumb: Though she's not stupid, technical explanations tend to go over her head.
  • Bug Catching: One of her hobbies as a little girl was collecting insects (especially beetles) and she had a habit of forgetting that not everybody shared her passion. Joshua for example.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Estelle has an... exuberant personality and lets everyone around her know it. She also tries to encourage Joshua to do the same. She even gets a special super-sized version of the normal font for when she's in scenery-chewing mode.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets worried by the possibility of Joshua having feelings for Josette after he forms an Enemy Mine with the Capua Sky Bandits to fight Ouroboros.
  • Crush Blush: Rather susceptible to this whenever Joshua is brought up in a romantic context. It gets more frequent as the First Chapter goes on.
  • Deadpan Snarker: especially regarding Olivier's antics.
  • Empty Eyes: Gets a set of these when Joshua drugs her at the end of FC.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Plays out the part of the shocked girl perfectly because nobody bothered to tell her what was likely to happen when Weissmann encountered Joshua again in SC.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: She inherited her father's staff fighting style which is based on this concept.
    • In a specific sense, her Wheel of Time S-Craft on multiple levels. First, she spins fast enough to create a whirlwind around herself as she charges the enemy, then she spins around her victim at high speed, creating a whirling vortex of energy around the target as she repeatedly pummels it from all angles.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sort of; her hair is somewhere between red and brown.
  • Friend to All Children: Although she doesn't have that much patience when dealing with children like Luke and Clem, she's otherwise pretty good with them, as shown when she cheers up up a boy whose testimony regarding Sky Bandits was ignored by the Royal Army. Comes up again in her reappearance in Zero where she can sometimes be found playing with the children at Crossbell Cathedral.
  • Genki Girl: Mother of God. Her Genki Power could light entire cities. It seems like nothing can put a dent in her can-do, optimistic attitude. Even the revelation that Joshua is an agent of Ouroboros only tempers her resolve to help him.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her iconic brown tails. One of her few visible girly features.
  • Hair Intakes: Her hairstyle resembles cat ears.
  • Hope Bringer: One of Estelle's defining traits. She firmly believes that everyone working together can overcome any obstacle no matter how dark the situation appears, and she can make everyone else believe it too. This is why Joshua and Kevin both liken her to the sun. It's also why she is immune to the corruption of the Ring of Judgment, not because she has no guilt for it to feed on but because she can take it and turn it into something positive. She gets to demonstrate this ability shortly afterwards when the information Ein gave them on Renne turned out to be virtually useless but Estelle still spun it into a positive anyways.
    • If Estelle is your main character in Alternative Saga she plays this role during the climax, as the power of her hope (buoyed by everyone else) is what weakens Galsis enough for the party to defeat him.
  • Idiot Hair: She has a small cowlick that stands atop her head and she isn't very smart.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Discussed (and dismissed) as an explanation for why the eponymous Ring of Judgment had no effect on her. Estelle has guilt just like everyone and the ring could feed off that, it was her ability to turn even her deepest sorrows into hope that protected her
  • Informed Flaw: Her being a Lethal Chef. Only once do we see her cook (in FC) and Joshua and Cassius think it wasn't that bad. Optionally, we see her cook via the Recipe Book and the stuff is at least edible. Well, no one complains.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: She's a perfectly balanced character, and since her orbment affinity is not restricted to certain element, she can be customized as the player sees fit.
  • Lethal Chef: To the surprise of few, the dismay of Joshua and Cassius, and the peril of the Bright family curtains. However, once you gain the Recipe Book she starts on her way to becoming a Supreme Chef, instead. This actually gets mentioned in SC.
  • Modesty Shorts: She has a pair in the first game, but ditches them for her SC outfit (which can lead to a rather embarrassing moment for her depending on the player's choices while searching for Renne). She gets them back for her Cold Steel 4 outfit.
  • Not Blood Siblings: She and her adopted brother Joshua are the Official Couple of the series.
  • Oblivious to Love: For most of FC, she is completely oblivious to the fact that she's in love with Joshua, her attempts to rationalize it as a big sister instinct notwithstanding. Pretty much everyone they meet forces Estelle to confront her feelings by one method or another, until the epilogue when it finally clicks for her.
  • Otaku: Of sneakers, of all things.
  • Overranked Soldier: She's a teenager who starts her career as a Junior Bracer in the prologue of FC. By the end of SC, which is maybe a year later, she's moved up to be one of the top fifty Senior Bracers on the continent. Top twenty if all sidequests are done perfectly (though this is not the canon ranking she winds up with according to ancillary materials). And despite this she is still Overshadowed by Awesome, as her dad is one of the top four.
  • Plucky Girl: Not so much in FC, but in SC, no matter how many horrors and tragedies she witnesses (and there are a lot), she never loses hope.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Joshua.
  • She Is All Grown Up: She has matured a lot by the events of Cold Steel 4.
  • Simple Staff: Wields a Bo staff. Despite her choice of weapon, Estelle is most definitely not the White Magician Girl of the party; she uses the weapon to pummel enemies into submission.
  • Straight Man: Often ends up playing the straight man to the relative zaniness of the rest of the cast. Her "'what' face" is a rather common sight in dialogue boxes.
    Estelle:Is that... a penguin? (An evil penguin?)
  • Spam Attack: A favorite of Estelle; all of her S-Crafts involve this to some extent until she learns Cassius' Phoenix Wave in Zero at least. Her first two attacks involve a rapid series of attacks from a standing position while Wheel of Time involves attacks from multiple angles as well.
  • Stellar Name: Literally and it fits her personality very well. Joshua calls her 'his sun' at one point and Kevin eventually starts calling her 'Sun Girl'. Her strongest weapon in The 3rd is even called Soleil.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She tells Weissmann she feels sorry for him because he's never known what it feels like to help others,and can only get satisfcation from making people suffer. However, she also notes that she can't just let him get away with everything he's done, so she'll have to take him down by force.
  • The Bus Came Back: Will be showing up with Joshua and Renne in Cold Steel 4.
  • Tomboy: Pursues a tomboy appearance almost aggressively. She doesn't have a lot of time for or truck with feminine frippery. Kloe and Schera occasionally call her out on trying a little too hard on this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By her appearance in Zero, she has mastered one of Cassius' Crafts and his S-Craft Phoenix Wave. She may not have surpassed him yet but she's making a good effort. In addition to becoming physically more badass, her talents in investigation have improved as well, overcoming her initial Book Dumb nature.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Holy Stregas!" To elaborate, Stregas is her favorite sports shoe brand.
  • Weapon Twirling: She really loves to spin her staff.
    • Spin Attack: One of her Crafts involve spinning around and damaging the enemies in the area.
    • Spin to Deflect Stuff: How she deflects the bullets fired by Mayor Dalmore in Chapter 2.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her outfit from SC onward.

    Joshua Bright 

Joshua Bright/Astray

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Click here to see Joshua as he appears in Cold Steel IV (SPOILERS) 

Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (game), Blake Shepard (anime) (English)

Estelle's adopted brother and partner in adventure. Uses twin blades.


  • Batman Gambit: Kevin and Cassius come up with a way for Joshua to break the Stigma in the form of a hypnotic technique, but it'll only work if Joshua can figure out a command from Weissmann that will trigger the cure. He correctly predicts that Weissmann will command him to kill Estelle.
  • Battle Couple: With Estelle from late SC and onward.
  • Bishōnen: To the point where, when dressed as a girl, he gets referred to as "beautiful."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Weissmann's manipulation of Joshua, first turning an empty shell of a boy into a heartless assassin, then turning him into The Mole.
  • Chick Magnet: To Estelle's never-ending despair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, and he still manages to be very sweet about it too.
  • Death Glare: It's one of his crafts.
  • Deuteragonist: Of FC and SC.
  • Disguised in Drag: In order to infiltrate restricted areas of the castle, he dresses up as a maid.
  • The Dog Bites Back: As explained in Batman Gambit above, Joshua finally manages to play the madman who manipulated him for most of his life.
  • Doomed Hometown: He's from Hamel, Erebonia which was wiped off the map because of the Hamel incident.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His final S-Craft, Phantom Raid.
  • Dual Wielding: He does this despite not really knowing why he's so good at it.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Poor Joshua often gets accused of this by fans (and occasionally in-character). At the very least, he's a very effete dude. That his Japanese VA is a woman doesn't help matters much. This visually fades a fair bit in SC and beyond, when he embraces his past and his abilities to various degrees.
    • This is so bad that he gets crossdressed twice in FC, and both times, he makes the girls in attendance jealous with "his" looks.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Joshua's eyes look rather like this when using his S-Crafts in FC, oddly enough. It's your first flagrant hint that something is wrong with the boy. SC plays around with this - In the game's first half, this becomes the default state of his eyes as he's embraced his "inner nature" as a a ruthless assassin; however, once Estelle quite literally "hugs the emo" out of him, they go away and never return.
  • Flash Step: A whole bunch of his Crafts and S-Crafts hinge on his ability to do this; it gives him some of the most devastating abilities in the game(s).
  • Friend to All Children: A straighter example than Estelle.
  • Glass Cannon: A downplayed example in FC and SC, where he has similar stats to Estelle, but with slightly higher STR and ATS, higher SPD, lower DEF, and a longer main orbment line (albeit specialized for time quartz). Additionally, unlike most Enforcers, he was trained more in stealth and sneak attacks than direct combat.
  • The Heart: At the start of the story, he's very much this, a gentle young man who wants to see and encourage the best in people. This makes the reveal about his past all the more crushing, especially to him.
  • Heroic Willpower: It may not have helped him resist Weissmann's mind control but it was enough that when the Ring of Judgment tried to force him to face his sins, he was able to resist falling under its spell long enough to let go of the thing.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He has a habit of picking up on things that a normal teenager wouldn't even think of looking for, let alone notice, and often comments on being able to sense the presence of monsters or people that aren't in the party's line of sight. Justified by his training as an elite assassin.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Why Joshua leaves at the end of FC, coupled with the fear that he could be as big a danger to Estelle as Ouroboros. When they finally meet up again, Estelle points out she's just about as strong as him and he doesn't argue.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He's pretty fuzzy on the details of his life before he came to live with the Brights... and he's not too fond of talking about the details he DOES remember. This turns out to be a combination of More Than Mind Control and Trauma-Induced Amnesia, as he desperately wanted to forget the horrors of Hamel... which was ruthlessly exploited by Weissman.
  • Mark of the Beast: Remember Joshua's tattoo? Remember how it only appeared after Weissmann restored his memories? Yeah, that's not actually a tattoo...
  • The Mole: Weissmann sent Joshua after Cassius knowing he would fail, all to set him up as an unwitting spy.
  • Not Blood Siblings: He is in love with his adopted sister Estelle.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He admits that he's actually weaker than the rest of the Enforcers due to training more in stealth than direct combat, though his stats and moveset show that he's still no slouch.
  • Red Baron: The Black Fang.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Estelle.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: In SC and during his days as Black Fang.
  • Sole Survivor: Alongside Loewe, they were the only ones who survived the Hamel Incident. Though as The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III reveals, Ash also survived that day.
  • Teach Him Anger: Weissmann effectively did this when Joshua was still a child, turning him into a cold-blooded killing machine and the perfect spy.
  • The Bus Came Back: Will be appearing in Cold Steel 4 along with Estelle after being absent since Ao no Kiseki.
  • Time Master: Two of his slots are reserved for Time Quartz.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Joshua remembered being part of Ouroboros (to an extent) but he didn't remember all the details of his past and he certainly didn't know he was being used as The Mole until Weissman restored his memory. Joshua didn't take it well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Twice. First when Weissmann restores his sealed memories, Joshua finds all his old skill retuning to him, with the result that he is faster and stronger than before. Second like Estelle he takes a level between The 3rd and his appearance in Zero, having mastered one of Cassius' Crafts in the interim and forming one hell of a problem-solving team with Estelle.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Not seen much in the series but heavily emphasized in the audio dramas and the first chapter of Loewe Monogatari, where we see what he was like before the Hamel Tragedy.
  • What Have I Become?: A bit more like "What Have I Always Been", but the trope certainly applies at the end of FC. SC is, basically, about dealing with this.

    Scherazard Harvey 

Scherazard Harvey

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Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Yuko Shioyama (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (game), Shelley Calene-Black (anime) (English)

An experienced Bracer and an older sister figure to Estelle and Joshua.


  • The Alcoholic: Schera loves her drinking, and practically forces others at whip-point to join in.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one to Luciola atop the Saphirl Tower when the Enforcer tells her to show what she's learned since they parted.
    Scherazard: Don't look away then! Or you'll miss the Silver Streak!
  • Bare Your Midriff and Show Some Leg: Her outfits.
  • Big Damn Heroine: During the rescue mission in the final chapter of FC, she saves General Morgan's granddaughter from a Special Ops officer.
  • Braids of Action: Her long braid which she cuts after the events of SC.
  • Blow You Away and Shock and Awe: Her orbment affinity.
  • Circus Brat: She grew up in the Harvey Troupe which she took her name from after first growing up on the streets.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Estelle, and to a slightly less extent Joshua. The relationship is there in the first game and only gets stronger in the second. She explicitly calls herself Estelle big sister in a touching scene in SC.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The reason she drinks so heavily. She grew up homeless in a slum and never knew her parents. She was taken in by a traveling circus and learned everything she knows from its members, particularly her Cool Big Sis figure. Then her new life fell apart when the manager died, her big sister figure deserted her with barely a word and she had nowhere to go.
  • Dark-skinned Silver-haired pretty-girl
  • Death Dealer: One of her S-Crafts, "Judgement Card."
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Scherazard has no qualms about using her looks to manipulate people. Her Victory Pose even plays on this.
  • Dominatrix: She definitely has shades of this. Her first S-Crafts is called "Sadist Whip", which she precedes with "Someone's been naughty." Olivier comments that some masochist somewhere is dying to meet her, to which she offers to let him meet her whip.
  • The Ghost: According to her friends, she's spotted at eastern Heimdallr in Cold Steel III alongside Olivert. It's implied that the two have started dating and is the person Olivert apologizes to when the Courageous explodes.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She really likes her booze. And not just because she likes drinking, either.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Naturally. Dark skin, very revealing outfit relative to most of the cast, generally exotic-looking clothes and no problems exploiting her looks to manipulate people...
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Survived in the slums by any means necessary. Her backstory doesn't get as dark as some characters but she does mention eating garbage to survive
  • Important Haircut: Adopts a short style after the events of SC. When asked about it, she simply says that a lot of things have happened recently.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Scherazard's country of origin is unknown to the player, though not to her.
  • Parental Abandonment: She was an unwanted child dumped in a slum.
  • Razor Wind: Used in her Sylphen Whip skill.
  • Red Baron: "The Silver Streak."
  • Spam Attack: "Sadist Whip."
  • Street Urchin: Before she became part of the Harvey troupe, she was an orphan living alone on the streets.
  • Tarot Motifs: She reads them and occasionally does readings for the characters or herself. Unsurprisingly these tend to be significant. As with most of her skills, she learned it from Luciola
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Cold Steel III, it's mentioned that she's become an A-Rank Bracer.
  • Whip It Good: Schera can sometimes be very enthusiastic about that whip...
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Schera is pretty knowledgable for a 23 year old. She also talks like a middle aged woman at times, complaining about aching joints and bones (albeit with a bit of farce).

    Cassius Bright 

Cassius Bright

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Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (game), Leraldo Anzaldua (anime) (English)

Estelle's father, and a former member of the Liberl Army


  • The Ace: One of four S Rank Bracers in all of Zemuria.
  • Always Someone Better: He is this to Estelle, to the point of becoming a Running Gag.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Ouroboros sent an assassin to kill him. Cassius handily beat the assassin and his backup, then adopted the assassin. Granted, this was all part of Weissmann's plan but it says something that nobody has since tried to have Cassius assassinated even though he's only become a more tempting target since then.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: He's one of the most famous Bracers/officers in the Trails universe and a jovial father who wouldn't be out of place in a family sitcom, which is why Estelle initially had a hard time believing his Memetic Badass status.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Three instances:
    • Early in FC he saves Estelle, Joshua and two children from Rolent from a losing battle.
    • At the end of FC, he ends up saving Richard and the heroes from the Reverie.
    • At the end of SC, he rides Ragnard who catches Joshua and Estelle as they're falling from the collapsing Liber Ark.
  • The Bus Came Back: He finally make his return in Cold Steel IV
  • Brought Down to Badass: He was a Master Swordsman before switching to a Bo Staff, requiring him to learn a whole new martial arts style. He's still one of the best fighters on the continent.
  • The Chessmaster - Even though he means well, he can get very manipulative at times.
  • Colonel Badass: Retired Colonel, anyway. At the end of FC he rejoins the Army.
    • Four-Star Badass: Upon rejoining the Army, he is promptly promoted to Chief of Staff.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Ouroboros caused an international incident for the sole purpose of removing Cassius from Liberl because just like everyone else in universe they believed that if he was present he could have singlehandedly thwarted their plans. In SC he does this to himself, as part of an elaborate Batman Gambit to trick Weissmann (knowing he would fixate on him) and allow everyone else to take him out
  • The Dreaded: A heroic example. It's telling that Weissmann had to get Cassius out of the country to ensure he didn't get in the way of his plans.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Subverted. Is apparently killed at the end of the prologue. Never Found the Body, combined with the sheer number of tropes, makes it clear he isn't dead.
  • Dual Boss: A copy of him forms a tag-team with a copy of Loewe in the Nightmare Arena.
  • Failure Knight: How he sees himself. After his plan turned the tide of the Hundred Days War, Erebonian forces launched a last spiteful attack on Rolent in which Lena was killed. Cassius has never forgiven himself for not being able to protect her.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: He invented his own, Mu ni shite Rasen, incorporating elements of the style he used to use when he carried a sword. As a Eight Leaves One Blade practitioner Cassius specialized in the currently unnumbered form Rasennote .
  • Genius Bruiser: He combines an almost unparalleled level of martial skill with a borderline-precognitive grasp of tactics.
  • Hero of Another Story: An entire story was created for him to be the hero of in order to keep him from becoming a Spanner in the Works to Weissmann's plans.
  • Hyper-Awareness: It's implied that Cassius is so powerful in a fight because he doesn't miss anything.
  • Living Legend: Virtually everyone on the continent knows who he is and gushes constantly about him (much to Estelle's annoyance).
    • When he's mentioned in games from the other series in the Trails universe, everyone pretty much acknowledges he's the greatest warrior alive. In a World of Badass, this is nothing to scoff at.
  • Master Swordsman: He holds the title Grand Chevalier/Divine Blade (Kensei aka Master Swordsman in Japanese) and is said to have been the finest swordsman in Liberl until he put aside his sword and took up the staff. Only four other people on the continent possess this title.
  • Memetic Badass - In-Universe. During the tournament at Grancel, Anelace comments that if he and Zin were to team up they would probably be disqualified for cheating. As events will show, this is not exaggeration. The Big Bad of FC believed that him staying in the Army would have been a deterrent to foreign invasion equivalent to militarizing the entire country.
    • Weaponized in SC knowing that Weissmann would be paying close attention to everything he did, he basically acted as a massive decoy so everyone else could maneuver and ultimately catch Weissmann, while making sure behind the scenes that everything got pulled off properly
  • My Greatest Failure: Cassius's failure to save his wife, Lena, during the hundred days war completely reshaped his philosophy on life, right down to the weapon he used, and led him to take up the path of the bracer.
  • Not So Different: Estelle is more like her father than she's willing to admit at first.
  • One-Man Army: During his offscreen adventures in Erebonia during FC, the Society threw an entire jaeger corps at him, and he broke it.
  • Red Baron: The Divine Blade, though later games imply that this title is not held by him alone, but is granted by everyone who has mastered one of the forms of the Eight Leaves One Blade style (Not that there are many of those).
  • Simple Staff: After putting away his sword, he took up the staff. This in no way makes him less badass than he was previously. He didn't get to be one of only four S-Ranked Bracers on the continent for nothing and he's able to use some of his old Eight Leaves One Blade techniques despite the change in weapon
  • Spam Attack: His Hundred Blows craft has him thrust repeatedly with his staff before swinging it at the target. Yes, one of his regular crafts is essentially Estelle's first S-Craft.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He's viewed as having this in-universe to the point that large chunks of the plot of the first two games revolve around the villains keeping him either too busy or in another country so he can't interfere with their plans, a fact which he exploits in SC.
    • He's also physically powerful enough to demolish Reverie in a matter of seconds with no apparent effort, this being the boss that your party fought twice and couldn't beat.
  • The Dreaded: He is considered this in Erebonia. When he entered the country to solve the case of the destruction of the Imperial Bracer Guilds during FC, he is regarded as a L4 Threat, the second highest level possible. Because of the sheer effectiveness of his tactics to catch and dismantle the attackers, he ended up as a L5 Threat, which is a rank given to people considered as a severe threat to National Security.
  • The Strategist: Colonel Cassius Bright was the brains behind the operation that saved Liberl from defeat in the Hundred Days War, though characters who don't put him on a pedestal are quick to acknowledge that it was the work of many people together that made it possible a fact that Estelle uses in her Kirk Summation to Colonel Richard at the end of FC.
    • Word of God states that Cassius' problem-solving and tactical abilities far outstrip that of some of the franchises other memetic badassses, so while he's not quite as good at fighting (anymore), he's 'stronger' in an overall sense.

    Agate Crosner 

Agate Crosner

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Click here to see Agate as he appears in Cold Steel III 

Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Takayuki Kondo (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (game), Corey Hartzog (anime) (English)

A grumpy Bracer with a very big sword.


  • Badass Biker: At the climax of Cold Steel III, he rides a bike with Tio on board towards the entrance of the final dungeon.
  • BFS: His sword is as tall as he is, and he's one of the tallest party members.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He gets very protective of the younger members of the group, especially Tita.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His new art in Cold Steel III and is his default stance in said game.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is teased a lot for his relationship with Tita. In case of Tita's parents, it can get more than just teasing. In Cold Steel III, even Tio and Randy join in on the teasing.
  • Cast from Hit Points: "Wild Rage" and its enhanced form sacrifice a percentage of Agate's HP (based on the maximum, not the current) in return for CP.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He lost his sister during the 100 days war. This led to strong resentment towards the army.
  • Death from Above: His final S-Craft, "Dragon Dive." In Cold Steel III, his S-Craft is an upgraded version called "Dragon Fall."
  • Declaration of Protection: Repeatedly gives this to Tita which is why Tita has a crush on him. Agate's too dense to figure out what comes out of his mouth.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When he trains the Ravens to become Bracers, he is very strict with them. He also has no qualms about sending them into a dungeon far above their level, though he makes sure to tail them just in case.
  • Fiery Redhead: He's quite Hot-Blooded.
  • Friendly Enemy : Following his Character Development, Loewe kinda become this
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In Cold Steel III, he is playable in both the last half of chapter 1 and the last half of chapter 4, alongside the other guest characters.
  • I Let You Win: During his boss battle in Star Door 6, he holds back against the Ravens to the point where he's barely beatable.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He keeps telling rookies like Joshua and Estelle to sit back and let him handle things, but only because he's worried for them.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Less so to Tita, but to everyone else, he starts out pretty grouchy. His reasons for this aren't so far out there, either.
  • Older and Wiser: His appearance in Cold Steel III.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: His normal attack in Cold Steel III has him drop his sword one handed. He does swing his sword with both hands if he's using his crafts.
  • Playing with Fire: His orbment has fire slots so he can focus on STR. Also, many of his crafts utilize fire visually, though they have no inherent element unless talismans are equipped.
  • Red Baron: "Heavy Blade" Agate.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He sees his dead little sister in Tita even though she may harbor deeper feelings. In one of the Drama CDs, he actually starts thinking about how he should treat her.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Repeatedly insists that he only treats Tita as a little sister. Unfortunately, people see Tita's reactions to the contrary and continue to ship them.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Out of all party members, he's perhaps the most foul-mouthed one.
  • Spam Attack: His first S-Craft (turned regular Craft in Cold Steel III) "Beatdown." note 
    • Also, Agate's play style boils down to abusing "Wild Rage" and spamming Crafts like there's no tomorrow.
  • Survivor Guilt: He survived the Hundred Days War. His little sister didn't.
  • Sword Beam: "Draguna Edge" and his second S-Craft "Final Break."
  • Sword Pointing: In Cold Steel III, he does this to the Back from the Dead leader of Zephyr.
  • The Bus Came Back: After years of not knowing what happened to the rest of the Liberl characters, Agate makes an appearance in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III.
  • This Cannot Be!: After seeing the Courageous explode with Olivert, Toval, and Victor still inside in Cold Steel III, this is what he can only utter.
  • They Call Him "Sword": His nickname among Bracers is the Heavy Blade, which is what he calls his large sword.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By Cold Steel III, he's now an A-Ranked Bracer.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His stone pendant was made by his little sister as a birthday present, shortly before her death during the Hundred Day War
  • Tsundere: A Rare Male Example. He cares a lot for people, but he covers it with being aggressive.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Tita once, when she screws up badly once.

    Zin Vathek 

Zin "The Immovable" Vathek

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Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)

A calm and reliable Bracer from the Republic of Calvard. An expert in martial arts.


  • Adapted Out: Does not appear in the OVA at all.
  • Always Second Best: According to his master, this is actually self-imposed on Zin's part. He always views Walter as more talented, thus keeping him from realizing his own potential to surpass his senior.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He deduces Olivier's weapon of choice by observing how his eyes move.
  • The Big Guy: Shares this role with Agate and Mueller. Even moreso as his in-game model absolutely towers over the other characters' and is DOUBLE Tita's height - he's probably close to being 8 feet tall!
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Giving him a laidback but powerful look.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Goes out of his way to compliment young women that he finds attractive. Estelle notes that he's a sucker for a pretty face, and Joshua muses that all of the flattery that he lays down on the ladies may be equal parts flirting and extreme politeness.
    • In the final chapter of FC, he makes a Dynamic Entry by saving Estelle, Joshua, and a wayward nun from being overwhelmed by a swarm of monsters. After taking one look at the nun, he immediately turns to Joshua and asks if she's single.
  • Damager, Healer, Tank: The tank to Tita's damager and Kloe's healer.
  • Dirty Old Man: He's only 30, but at one point Estelle calls him this, word-for-word, to his face. Zin is absolutely aghast.
    Zin: OH, MY HONOR!
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His orbment has earth slots to build him defensively.
  • Draw Aggro: Like Estelle, he can taunt enemies into attacking him. Unlike Estelle, his taunt has an infinite area of effect.
  • Genius Bruiser: He did not gain the A rank in the Bracer's Guild with just brawns.
  • Gentle Giant: While he still loves things like martial arts tournaments, he's disarmingly friendly and sincere to everyone else. It isn't even an act, either - he's just a nice guy!
  • Hero of Another Story: Revealed in Zero no Kiseki to have been Cassius' second-in-command during the D∴G Cult Extermination.
  • Hyper-Awareness / Sherlock Scan: He can make an accurate assessment of a person's fighting style, overall skill level, and what weapons they specialize in by watching how they carry themselves (or in Olivier's case, just by watching how his eyes move.)
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite having a crush on Kilika, he initially shipped her and Walter until their breakup. Though this is partially because of his self-imposed Always Second Best status towards Walter.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His Aura Blast S-Craft, which is his strongest move in the first game. It gets outclassed later on.
  • Ki Attacks: His S-Craft Aura Blast. In cutscenes we sometimes see him using smaller-scale versions of it though he doesn't have any lesser Crafts with the effect in gameplay.
  • Mighty Glacier: It's right there in his nickname. Averted in the original trilogy, where every playable character except Joshua, Richard, Renne, and Mueller has the same SPD growth. Though with Distend and Clock Up EX, he can temporarily become a physical Lightning Bruiser.
  • The Not Secret: Estelle and Joshua try to keep their real motivations for wanting to get to Grancel Castle hidden because they don't want to burden Zin with their problems. As it turns out, they needn't have bothered because he knew about them before he even met them in Zeiss and figured out their real objective beforehand. In fact, his real reason for being in Liberl is that Cassius asked him to help his kids out, using the tournament as a handy excuse. Learning this solves one quandary, though Estelle is still irked that her 'delinquent dad' is five steps ahead of her again.
  • Perma-Stubble: A few hairs on his chin.
  • Playing Drunk: Via breath control he fakes the appearance of being very drunk in order to distract Kanone and allay her suspicions when she comes across Estelle and Joshua in Grancel Castle and wonders where they've been. Joshua sees through it and afterwards compliments Zin on his technique.
  • Red Baron: Zin the Immovable.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Out of the eight playable characters in First Chapter, he and Kloe are the only ones to not appear on HACCAN's cover.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Early translations has his first name as Zane.
  • Wutai: His home in eastern Calvard is an ambiguously asian land where people enjoy eating sushi, drinking sake, and taking open-air baths. During the royal feast, Mayor Maybelle even asks him if he's uncomfortable with using forks and knives, since his people traditionally eat with chopsticks.

    Kurt Nardin 

Kurt Nardin

Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Hidehiko Kaneto (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

He's one of only twenty or so A-Rank Bracers and the only one permanently stationed in Liberl.


  • Bad "Bad Acting": He disguises himself as a Jaeger for a surprise training drill, but he's so over-the-top about it and he still uses his signature crafts, making the disguise fairly obvious. Despite that, he's never found out until after the drill is over because Estelle and Anelace are the only ones taking the drill.
  • Badass Crew: 'Team Kurt' is a powerful Wolfpack Boss in FC. In SC, they take on Ouroboros mooks in the Ruan region.
  • Blade on a Stick: His long spear Fuujin Raijin.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: The ultimate effect of his S-Craft Summon Lightning is to invoke this.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Weissmann brainwashes him to remove his memory of the incident where he obtained the Gospel and later to lure Estelle and company into a trap
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He's playable only once in the series, in a hidden quest in SC where he helps liberate Jenis from Ouroboros' control
  • Hero of Another Story: In SC, he and his Bracer group protect civilians from Ouroboros's mooks offscreen.
  • Interface Spoiler: In the English translation only. Kurt is one of the few Non Player Characters in FC to have voice acting, even when two of his fellow bracers did not; this is an early tipoff that he's going to be Promoted to Playable in the sequel.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lost his memory of the mission involving the Black Orbment.
  • The Leader: He leads an unofficial team of four Bracers, first in the Grancel Tournament and later in SC.
  • Magic by Any Other Name: His Fangshu techniques are the result of a great deal of study and some of them produce effects very similar to Orbal Arts. That said, he has high ATS and a good Orbment setup in the brief time that he's playable, making him no slouch in the more common form of magic.
  • Spear Plant His S-Craft has him perform one of these before calling lightning down on the spear.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

    Anelace Elfead 

Anelace Elfead

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Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Masako Okochi (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (game) (English)

A rookie bracer in the Bose region and lover of all things cute. Her grandfather is the legendary swordsman Yun Ka-fai, who has an entry here.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Not all that present in FC or SC, but in 3rd she's essentially "girl-crazy." Of course, she has a penchant for cute things in general, but 3rd blurs the line. She notable expresses jealousy over Mayor Maybelle and Lita's relationship as well.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Because of her extreme fascination with cute things to the point of making it her catchphrase, it's easy to forget that she's also Yun Kafai's granddaughter and a student of the Eight Leaves One Blade style. You know, the same style Cassius used and Arios uses. When she gets serious, much ass is kicked. In Star Door 5, she can square off against Richard and win, which is no mean feat considering he was the penultimate boss of the first game.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During SC, she is briefly mind-controlled by Weissmann.
  • Blade Spam: Eight-Leaf Blitz
  • Catchphrase: Cuteness is Justice!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: When cuteness enters the equation, she leaps firmly into this territory. Even bad guys call her out on this.
  • Cuddle Bug: If it's cute, she'll try to hug it.
  • Cuteness Overload: During her first meeting with Tita, if Agate is your companion, she is momentarily rendered completely insensate by the cuteness and has to struggle to speak for a few seconds.
  • Cuteness Proximity: So very much.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: A practitioner of the Eight Leaves One Blade style. Which of its eight Forms she specializes in (if she's picked one yet) is unknown. Her grandfather is the one who invented the style.
  • Genki Girl: If there is anyone in the trilogy who can even hope to compete with Estelle, it's her.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In SC, she becomes one but in the 3rd, she becomes a permanent party member.
  • Interface Spoiler: In the English translation only. Like Kurt, Aneleace has voice acting even though her companions don't. Sure enough, she's Promoted to Playable in the sequels.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Normally she's closer to the Jack-of-All-Stats but when given her exclusive sword in The 3rd which boosts all her stats tremendously she becomes this. Winning its upgrade sends her through the roof.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Unusually for a character with balanced stats, her Orbment setup is terrible. This is balanced out by her Jinu sword, which makes her into a physical Lightning Bruiser.
  • Sweet Tooth: She likes ice cream, enough that it's even part of her profile picture on The 3rd's website.
  • Sword Beam: Her Swordwind Slash Craft and Piercing Wave S-Craft, which creates overlapping explosive sword beams at higher levels.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She has a great deal more respect for Cassius than his own daughter does, in part because of the whole S-Rank Bracer thing and in part because he also studied the sword under her grandfather. She seizes the opportunity to meet with him when it arises.
  • Zettai Ryouki: Grade-A.

    Grant 

Grant

Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese)

A Senior Bracer from the Bose branch.


    Carna 

Carna

Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (Japanese)

A Senior Bracer from the Ruan branch. Friend of Scherazard.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During SC, she is briefly mind-controlled by Weissmann.
  • Gatling Good: She borrows a Reinford-model assault rifle from her friend Eva, a weapons trader in Ruan who is a Gun Nut, at one point. It using gunpowder comes in handy since Liberl has been deprived of its orbment technology.

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