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Rean Schwarzer

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Rean as he appears in Cold Steel II
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Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Sean Chiplock (English)

"We stand before a great darkness, but remember, darkness can't exist where light is. Let's be that light!"

The main protagonist of the Trails of Cold Steel saga of the Trails franchise. He is the adopted son of Baron Teo Schwarzer of Ymir. A kind and respectable young man, his insecurities regarding himself leads Rean to enroll at Thors Military Academy in order to find purpose in his life and a place to belong. Due to circumstance, he ends up being assigned as a member of the newly established Class VII together with eight other students. Thanks to his personality and actions throughout the games, he ends up becoming the unofficial leader of the group. As an "Eight Leaves One Blade" style practitioner, he uses a tachi in combat.

At the end of the first game and after completing a series of trials together with his classmates, he ends up becoming the Awakener to the Divine Knight known as Valimar. A Humongous Mecha previously piloted by Dreichels the Lionheart. After the invasion of Trista at the hands of the Noble Alliance and the betrayal of his close friend Crow, he and the members of Class VII end up scattered throughout the eastern side of the empire. In Cold Steel II, Rean journeys across Erebonia and is eventually able to reunite with his friends. Together with support from Prince Olivert, he and the rest of Class VII, along with several others, end up serving as a Third Faction during the Erebonian Civil War.

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During this time it's also revealed that his true biological father is none other than Giliath Osborne. Thanks to his deeds during the civil war, he also ends becoming a national hero to Erebonia known as the "Ashen Chevalier".

In Cold Steel III, over a year and a half after the events of the second game, Rean finally graduates from Thors. Instead of signing on with the military, he instead takes up a teaching position at Thors Second Branch Campus wherein he ends up becoming the instructor of the new Class VII.

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  • Above the Influence: Much to Musse's dismay, he will not hit on her even when she forces herself on him. Even when she starts influencing his head, Rean still manages to snap out of it albeit barely. He almost gives into the temptations if the player go through her romantic bonding events in Cold Steel IV, but mentions to Musse that she should wait until she's graduated before she can get an answer from him.
  • Absolute Cleavage: His long coat DLC costume has him wearing his coat that is buttoned right in the middle, leaving a V.
  • Accidental Pervert
    • His attempt to save Alisa from being hurt during Class VII's orientation involved his unintentionally getting a face full of cleavage. One magazine article on the game wondered if Rean was trying to compete with Lloyd in this department.
    • In the audio drama "Returning Home," he decides to go for a soak in the hot springs during mixed bathing hours, only to walk on Alisa and Laura, who are under the mistaken impression that it's women-only hours. He gets a terrible beating before Alisa and Laura find out to their horror and shame that they're the ones in the wrong.
    • And again for a third time during an optional sidequest in the second game involving a monster near the hotsprings in Ymir. Just as the girls notice it, Rean rushes in and catches a view of all of them in their towels. They make sure to punish him off-screen afterwards after the monsters have been caught.
    • Following the swimming challenge on the final free day, everyone plays tag following Millium's suggestion.
    Narration: As usual, poor, pitiable Rean found himself accused of many scandalous acts he had no intention of committing.
  • Ace Custom: Subverted in Cold Steel III. If he's not piloting Valimar, he just uses a regular Drakkhen to teach the class.
  • Ace Pilot: In real life, for a pilot to be considered an ace, they need to take down 5 enemy vehicles (8 by the standards of Erebonia's historic counterpart ). By the end of the second game, he and Valimar have defeated a magic knight, over a dozen Panzer Soldats, as well as Crow (who has 3 years more experience) and delivered the finishing blow on Testa-Rossa. During the Divertissement he entered the battlefield by cutting down two of Calvard's airships, which prompted them to retreat. And in Juna's backstory, Rean appears right away and one-shots a Calvard airship like it was nothing. He's a combination of both a Steamroller and a Plugger.
  • Achey Scars: He has a nasty scar across his chest that pains him on occasion most ominously, when Osborne speaks to him. In Cold Steel III, it turns out that the scar is from when he was pierced with a wooden splinter when his house was attacked as a kid. Osborne had to transplant his heart to save Rean's life as Rean's heart was destroyed. Cold Steel IV reveals just how big the wooden splinter was and it is huge for a human, let alone a child, to even have lodged in their chest.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Does this in Cold Steel III anytime he's teaching class.
  • Adopted Into Nobility: Part of his isssues at first. While there's no question that he loves his adopted parents, which is completely mutual, he felt like a burden since their adoption of him led to them being ostracized by their fellow noble peers. This gave him the misguided conception that it would be better if he distanced himself from them. He thankfully realizes that was wrong.
  • Adoption Diss: Somewhat subjected to this as a child as there those who questioned the idea of adopting a commoner child into a noble family. Is also a victim of this from Patrick before the latter's Character Development that is.
  • Adult Fear: One of the many reasons he is a Martyr Without a Cause especially to his students is that he's afraid they'll get hurt. He also gets paranoid when both Alfin and Elise are kidnapped at the start of Cold Steel II. This is then taken Up to Eleven in Cold Steel III when he sees Altina being carried off unconscious in Cold Steel III.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Is prone to pat other people's head, most notably Elise, Alisa, Towa, Alfin, Altina, Juna, and Celine especially in her Cat Girl form. He's also on the receiving end of this himself from Sara, Toval, and Crow. Especially Crow.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: He's afraid that if he ever gave in to his Superpowered Evil Side, he'd start slaughtering everybody, both friend and foe. Victor calls him out on it and tells the guy to start accepting that it's a part of him. Fortunately enough for him, Alfin manages to finish the job and tells him that he really shouldn't worry too much about Elise. Unfortunately in Cold Steel III, his fears come to fruition after Millium's death wherein he completely loses control of himself at the climax of the story and unintentionally dooms Erebonia.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Him being adopted is one thing. Him awakening to his Superpowered Evil Side to defend himself and Elise from a monster is another story. Losing his friend and finding out his dad was the reason why his friend went to go on a revenge to avenge his grandfather was the point where he nearly breaks down.
  • All Your Powers Combined: His final S-Craft in Cold Steel IV combines all of the forms of the Eight Leaves One Blade style; Helix, Gale, Karma Flame, Autumn Leaves, Morning Moon, Scarlet Sky, Void, and ends with Lotus before sheathing his sword.
  • Amazon Chaser: Any of his potential love interests are all kinds of action girls and he has no problems chasing after them if the player desires, especially when it comes to Laura.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Becomes clear that his Martyr Without a Cause actions are a result of a very low sense of self-worth which makes him rather too quick to put himself in harm's way. His putting himself down as a burden to his loved ones, even to his adopted family, also isn't healthy.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He may chase after women if players do their bonding events, but his relationship with Crow absolutely straddles the line as his devotion towards him goes far beyond that of a normal friendship.
  • Amnesiac Hero: The only thing he remembers when he was just a kid when Baron Schwarzer found him was his name. Everything else was a blur until he sees his family for the last time in the second game before rescuing the Imperial family and Elise where he starts recalling a bit more. He fully remembers and sees his father's face after he confronts him at the Infernal Castle and is shocked at the revelation.
    • Cold Steel IV takes this to its logical conclusion where after he takes in some of the dark aura from killing the Nameless One, he starts forgetting his real name.
  • Ancestral Weapon: In a very roundabout way, Valimar is somewhat this to him as it's revealed that his father, Giliath Osborne, is the reincarnation of Dreichels Reise Arnor. The man who served as Valimar's previous Awakener during the War of the Lions. Valimar even initially greets Osborne as Dreichels before correcting himself during the finale of Cold Steel IV.
  • Anger Born of Worry: One of the reasons why Rean was so angry at Celine at the beginning of the second game was because he felt that he abandoned his classmates against a Divine Knight with a more experienced pilot to their deaths.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: He gets hit with this trope twice in the second game. The first time happens during the Intermission Sequence aboard the Pantagruel where Rean is given a choice to work for the Noble Alliance for a chance reunite with Elise again and help end the Civil War quicker. Fortunately enough for Rean, Crow tries to convince him to do what is right even if they end up on opposing sides. Alfin later snaps him out of his dilemma as well, telling Rean that he shouldn't prioritize Elise but instead to follow what he wants to do. The second time happens when Osborne forces Rean to become a national hero and help in participating the annexation of Crossbell. This time, Rean accepts due in part to wanting to prevent as much bloodshed as possible.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Osborne, who is his actual biological father. Rean has little love for him after the events of Crow's death and the annexation of Crossbell. However, it's not until the climax of Cold Steel III that the two finally come to blows with one another as Rean tries to stop his father from potentially dooming Erebonia. Averted by the final battle in Cold Steel IV as it's clear that Rean doesn't hate Osborne for what he had to go through to truly get rid of Erebonia's real issue.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: His final S-Craft in Cold Steel IV cancels all defense guards and reflects before applying damage. He also pierces through McBurn's defenses by summoning Valimar and using Millium as his sword to defeat the king.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Gives one towards Claire during the Epilogue of Cold Steel II, asking if she really didn't know that Osborne was his true biological father. She replies no, but she did have her suspicions. Rean curtly leaves her after this though he quickly comes to regret his behavior afterwards.
  • Asleep for Days: Cold Steel II opens with Rean awakening atop a snowy mountain range with Valimar after having been asleep for a month due to Valimar being badly damaged in the dramatic battle at the end of the original game. The Awakener shares the pain and damage, but Valimar has expended a massive amount of mana energy, all in bringing Rean back to health. And in a flashback in Cold Steel III, he apparently slept a few days after seeing a bunch of jaegers at North Ambria start killing citizens and gave in to his rage. This is Foreshadowing for his inevitable meltdown when he loses control of his ogre power.
  • A Taste of Power: During the Intermission Sequence in Cold Steel II, Rean gets unlimited access to his Super Mode just in time for two boss fights back to back with his Dual Boss in Bleublanc and Duvalie that players only need to do a set amount of damage, and his duel with Crow that players need to win. Unfortunately after that, the unlimited turns go away and the game will restrict it to three turns only.
  • Awesome, but Temporary: Spirit Unification. In-story, Rean is able to use it for a set period of time before he needs to release it. This translates into gameplay by limiting Rean's use of it for three turns unless there's a fight that requires him to be in Spirit Unification then the limitation is turned off. And it is permanently on throughout the Black Workshop level which includes him being a boss fight against New Class VII.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In Cold Steel III, Rean's final Brave Order, "Yellow Dragon/Kōryū" is this mainly thanks to so many options players have at their finger tips and 5 Brave Points is too expensive just to have a party wide "Insight"note  that lasts for only two turns and increases critical hit rate by 50% for 8 turns. Plus Rean has cheaper brave orders that are much better to use.
  • Badass Biker: Becomes this thanks to Angelica who eventually loans and later gives him her bike.
  • Badass Bookworm: There are achievements for having him collect books whenever he can (with the one in the first game even called Honorary Literature Club Member) and he can land in 7th place during the midterms of the first game.
  • Badass Boast: During his escape of the Pantagruel with Alfin, he delivers one to both Duvalie and Bleublanc. See the entry for I Am Your Opponent below.
  • Badass in Distress: Briefly when he's captured and taken to the Pantagruel in the second game. Happens again in Cold Steel IV, where Rean spends the entirety of Act 1 imprisoned within the confines of the Black Workshop as the others all work to find a way to rescue him.
  • Badass Longcoat: A black one in his DLC costume for the second game. His attire for the third game also has him wearing a white coat as part of his instructor uniform at Thors II.
  • Badass Teacher: In Cold Steel III, he becomes an instructor at Thors 2nd Branch School in Leeves, located on the western side of Erebonia and a suburb of Heimdallr.
  • Badass Transplant: Turns out the reason Rean has a scar and his chest and that it aches constantly and gives him access to ogre powers is because his heart is not his own. It's his father's, aka Osborne's heart, that's inside of him.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: An all around nice guy who'll stop to help anybody in need. However, he firmly believes that his powers are terrible in that he could accidentally kill someone in a fit of rage if he's not careful. Fortunately enough for him in the second game, he finally comes to terms with it and accepts those powers for his own strength. But then Cold Steel III happens and he fully loses control over it in his rage and slaughters the beast that dooms Erebonia.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: One of the costumes that he shares with Emma for New Game+ in Cold Steel IV is him being fully naked but not showing off his privates, all covered up in glowing markings. It's because Emma dives into his subconsciousness to try and hold off the effects of the curse within him.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His long coat DLC gives him this effect alongside Absolute Cleavage, as the coat is only buttoned at the middle.
  • Battle Aura: Always puts out red aura before he starts kicking ass.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: His final test before becoming a Divine Blade is him fighting a duel against his own self in ogre form.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: Subverted in Cold Steel IV where new Class VII holds him off while he attacks them but he doesn't snap out of his berserk self (in fact, he becomes even more enraged after a few seconds of him actually still in despair at how Millium died). It takes their ARCUS II's and Celine in her Cat Girl form telling them what to do: go inside his subconsciousness and snap him out from within.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Before the Civil War: an optimistic young man who wants to figure out what he wants to do with his life, saddled with some problems about his family. After the Civil War and the occupation of Crossbell: he doesn't have the spirit that he used to have, becomes the thing the Noble Alliance wanted him to do when they kidnapped him by participating in a war he doesn't even like but forced to so that there won't be that much bloodshed, and is almost jaded.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In his letter to Elise in the first game, he mentions that he's going to distance himself from their family so that they could gain the respect they deserve from their fellow nobles and enlist in the army. By the end of Cold Steel II he ends up doing just that but not in the way he expected.
  • Being Good Sucks: How he comes to view his role as Erebonia's national hero. Though he can help end wars faster thanks to Valimar, he's not at all proud at having to take part in the conflicts he's been in.
  • Berserk Button: Harm his family and friends and he'll make sure you pay for it. This backfires big time in Cold Steel III as it results in the Downer Ending of that game. And in Cold Steel IV while he's not himself at the Black Workshop, do not be a mere OZ series imitating Millium and Altina. Otherwise he'll wreck you for even "tricking him".
  • The Berserker: Throughout the Black Workshop where he's in his Superpowered Evil Side, he will swing his sword at whoever tries to bring him any harm while he makes his way towards Valimar and Millium who is a sword.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He might be one of the nicest guys in Class VII, but if you start threatening an innocent person, especially his little sister, he'll make sure that you'll be paying for it.
    • This gets Played for Laughs in one quest during Cold Steel III where, after discovering that Elise had been harassed by a nobleman, Rean quickly decides catch the ones responsible himself and promises to end them. Even musing on using Valimar as a way to scare them, and all with a gleeful smile on his face. Juna and the others have to call him out on it.
  • Be Yourself: This is Valimar's advice to Rean after hearing that Dreichels used to pilot Valimar and Rean starts to compare himself with the legendary emperor.
  • BFS: The tachi he forges for Valimar is almost as big as Valimar himself.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards the students at Thors II, especially to the new Class VII that he personally instructs.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's fiercely protective of Elise, something that dates back to an incident from their childhood wherein Superpowered Evil Side activated for the first time and he defended her from a monster. Also extends to some of his younger peers as well.
  • Big "NO!": After Vulcan's suicide, he lets out one.
  • Big "WHAT?!": In Cold Steel II, after finding out that the mysterious hooded man aiding him and his friends is actually Thomas.
  • Big "WHY?!": In Cold Steel II the first thing he does is to scream this in his face Osborne, demanding to know why he was still alive and thus rendering all of Crow's efforts in taking him down meaningless.
  • Bishounen: His good looks have attracted quite a bit of admirers as seen during Class VII's visit to St. Astraia where one of the girls there commented that Rean was handsome. Having become an adult by the time of Cold Steel III, he starts veering into biseinen territory and is noted by Alisa that he's even more handsome during their reunion hug.
  • Bi the Way: A notable aversion - Rean can choose to partner with the male members of Class VII for the "romance" events at the end of each game, but the relationships remain clearly platonic (as opposed to the girls, who form actual romantic partnerships with Rean).
  • Blade Spam: Autumn Leaf Cutter, Termination Slash - Dawn, and Enlightened Domination have him slashing his targets at high speeds.
  • Blessed with Suck: His Superpowered Evil Side in general. While it does give him the benefit of a power boost which would be helpful in tight spots, it also comes with the price of Rean being consumed by feral rage and thus prone to possibly attacking anyone close to him if he's not careful. He starts taking steps to mastering this power of his in Cold Steel II. Unfortunately in Cold Steel III his power starts growing beyond his ability to control and eventually culminates in him completely losing it after Millium's death.
    • His status as Valimar's awakener is also this. Though having the power of a Super Robot on his side is all well and good, it results in Rean participating in several conflicts he has no real interest in but does so at the behest of the government since he could help end them quicker due to Valimar's power.
  • Blue Blood: Rean is a member of Erebonia's ruling aristocracy by adoption, though not one of the great houses. Cold Steel II confirms that he's a commoner by birth though his biological father was also elevated to the nobility a year after Rean's adoption. Said dad also wants to get rid of the nobility.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: One reason why both he and Fie have a close bond with each other, as both of them are orphans who don't know their birth parents and were taken in by foster families. The Schwarzers for Rean and Zephyr for Fie.
  • Book-Ends: Throughout the first two games. The first time Rean and Crow fight together was against a gigantic mech. The last time they fight together is inside their Humongous Mecha taking on an even bigger mecha in the form of the Vermillion Apocalypse.
    • The first time he comes to Trista during prologue of Cold Steel I, he admires the scenery, sees the lino flowers, and is optimistic about his new school life for the next two years. The Epilogue of Cold Steel II starts out with him coming back from Crossbell via train and after coming out of the train station, he sees the blooming lino flowers again. This time, he's lost all of his optimism and has become a lot more cynical about his situation.
  • Boots of Toughness: Goes from his school shoes in the first game to wearing boots in the second and third.
  • Boring, but Practical: Players are probably going to abuse Arc Slash or Gale as soon as Rean gets those abilities.
  • Bridal Carry: He carries Alfin in this fashion twice. Once at Heimdallr and another when escaping the Pantagruel. He also does this to Fie during their bonding event at Celdic where Rean finds her sleeping on the floor and decides to carry her to the bed instead.
  • Bring It: When he uses Morning Moon, he'll always tell his enemies to "Bring it on!"
  • Broken Ace: Rean is an extremely skilled swordsman even at the start of the series, being a practitioner of the Eight Leaves One Blade school of swordsmanship wherein he studied directly under the school's founder much like Cassius Bright and Arios Maclaine, is well liked by his peers, has a Super Mode and Humongous Mecha among his arsenal, and eventually becomes the national hero of Erebonia known as the Ashen Chevalier. Despite all that however, Rean is consistently plagued with self-doubt, his Super Mode comes with a heavy price, and his status as a national hero serves as nothing but a heavy burden to him.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In Cold Steel IV, Rean ends up losing his ogre powers by the end of the game. However, this doesn't mean he's been weakened all that much as he's still an experienced fighter and a Divine Blade of the Eight Leaves One Blade style. It's noted that with training he'll eventually get back to former level of strength in no time.
  • Brutal Honesty: In Cold Steel III, he tells Kurt in Chapter 1 that his swordsmanship is still inadequate enough to help him on his military business.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: As revealed by Juna when talking to Kurt and Altina, Rean had once saved her and her siblings lives from a Calvard Airship back during his mission in Crossbell. Rean for his part doesn't remember this, and it's not until Juna's siblings mention this to him (not knowing that he's their savior) that he finds out.
  • But Now I Must Go: Inverted. He's the one who stays at Thors while everyone else leaves at the end of Cold Steel II.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Thanks to the nature of their relationship, he never actually calls Osborne "father" and instead simply refers to him either by his name or title. He finally calls him father at the end of the Golden Ending just before Osborne disappears for good.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Something he didn't even mean to do at the end of Cold Steel II yet coincidentally happened.
  • Can't Drop the Hero: Players cannot take him out of the party, though he can be taken out of the battle line-up and has not participated in some battles because of things happening in the plot.
  • Casting a Shadow: His primary element is Time, though it doesn't really show in his Crafts, delaying turns aside.
  • Celibate Hero: By Cold Steel IV, the women in his harem have started to confess to him, long before the final bonding event. Despite this however, Rean does acknowledge it but doesn't say anything about it till the final bonding event mostly because he's already accepted that as a "sacrifice", he would have to die at the end of the "Seven Rivalries".
  • Character Development: Starts out as someone with low self-worth and an inability to realize that the people around him genuinely love and appreciate him (at one point he claims that he'll someday "make it up" to his foster parents, which is an awful thing to say to the people who love him unconditionally) before becoming someone who is more confident in himself and the love that people have for him. By the end of Cold Steel II, however, he's almost delved right back to where he started. He still holds the same confidence he has in himself and others, but he's become very cynical and jaded after failing to save his friend and being forced to participate in a war he had no real interest in.
    • In Cold Steel IV after being saved by friends in the Intermission, Rean is able to finally move past his insecurities and become to person he was always meant to be. He ends up becoming a more confident version of himself, willing to share his burdens with others and never hesitates in the face overwhelming adversity (both inner and outer) culminating in him finally becoming a Divine Blade after passing Cassius's test.
    • A huge part of his character development is centered around his understanding of the Eight Leaves One Blade 7th form: Void. Initially, Rean has difficulty grasping the true meaning behind the words "Form Is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form." The phrase essentially boils down to the idea that nothing (Void) is separate from anything else and that everything is connected. Yun Ka Fai teaches him this concept to Rean in the hopes that he will realize that it applies to his own life, that his existence is an indelible part of everyone else's life and vice versa. While Rean is able to grasp the meaning of these words by Cold Steel II, he is only able to reach true understanding in IV.
      Cassius: In order to reach the pinnacle of the sword, will you turn yourself into nothing?
      Rean: No. I exist with you, exist with them, exist together with the universe.
  • Character Tic: Tends to stroke his chin when thinking about a problem or an event. This is foreshadowing of who his birth father is.
  • The Chew Toy: An In-Universe example. As much as he's adored by his companions, everyone in Class VII, his students, and his friends often take great pleasure in making fun of him for various things such as his ability to come up with dorky speeches on the spot or his ability to attract women. Best shown during Cold Steel IV where the story of his deeds aboard the Pantagruel (entering Duvalie and Altina's room unannounced, the latter while she was sleeping, and his daring rescue of Alfin) is revealed and results in everyone having something to say. Rean, for his part, can only facepalm as he says the following:
    Rean: ...Instructor, do you mind if I cry a little?
    Sara: Oh just deal with it.
  • Chick Magnet: Oh so very much. It's lampshaded repeatedly by other characters that Rean is someone blessed by Aidios to have so many women pining over him. Both Randy and Joshua compare him to Lloyd over this and note that Rean is the greater one of the two by way of looks, reputation, and sheer number of women. By the time Cold Steel IV rolls around, he can potentially get together with Alisa, Laura, Emma, Fie, Sara, Towa, Alfin, Elise, Juna, Altina, or Musse. Then there's the Ship Tease he gets with Claire...
  • The Chosen One: He's chosen by Valimar after completing a series of trials during the first game. When Valimar speaks to him during the epilogue of the second game, it's made clear that he and Valimar both must choose the other in order to form a contract.
    • Cold Steel III reveals that his master, Yun Ka-Fai, had taught Rean the Seventh Form - Void out of the belief that Rean could master it and that through it he would be able to succeed where both Cassius and Arios have failed; learn the true meaning of the Eight Leaves One Blade style.
    • On a darker note, Cold Steel IV reveals that he was chosen as the sacrifice to unleash the curse of Erebonia ever since he had gained the scar on his chest.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: A gameplay mechanic: the more you help out people, the higher the Academic Rank he is, allowing him to access some of the best items.
  • Chuunibyou: According to the description of his "Unspeakable" DLC costume, Rean used to wear a tattered longcoat, a visor, and a set of headphones to bring out his "inner darkness" during his impressionable younger years. As seen in a few 4-koma gag comics, Rean is very much embarrassed by this phase of his life.
  • Clark Kenting: In Cold Steel III, he will pull out his glasses if he talks to the public, particularly when he talks with other NPCs at Crossbell in chapter 2.
  • Clothing Damage: Cold Steel IV shows that his Cold Steel III outfit has been left in tatters after having been held captive by Osbourne and Alberich within the Black Workshop. He later trades the outfit in for a new one after his rescue.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Unsurprising considering that he's as swordsman. Outside of Arts, his only ranged attack is Arc Slash.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Just like Lloyd before him, Rean ends up attracting the attention of numerous women, but is always oblivious to it. He only gets better when the girls themselves confess to him.
  • Combination Attack: Exclusively one with Crow in their mechs: Deadly Domination.
  • Connected All Along: In Cold Steel II, it's revealed that Rean met Alisa when they were children when Alisa's family went on vacation at Ymir. Then it turns out that their fathers are more connected with each other than at first glance. Cold Steel IV reveals that he's also secretly connected to Lianne Sandlot, as she had been watching over him since childhood in order to help keep him safe because of his connection to Osborne. The latter of whom is the reincarnation of Dreichels Reise Arnor, the man that Lianne had sworn fealty towards and had loved.
  • Cool Board: Gets to ride in one in the snowboard mini game of the second game.
  • Cool Mask: Ends up wearing one in the opening of Cold Steel IV, however it doesn't show up in-game other than being part of DLC.
  • Cooldown Hug: Gets one from Towa in the second game after finally unloading all of his grief for failing to save Crow and bring him back to the academy.
  • Cool Teacher: Develops into this in Cold Steel III, after becoming the instructor of the new Class VII. This also extends to pretty much the entire student body of Thors Second Branch Campus as Rean is more than willing to help and motivate any student in need.
  • Cosmic Plaything: For all of his powers, abilities, and main character status, the plot still manages to find ways to screw him over in the worst possible ways ever conceived. This is finally averted by of Cold Steel IV, killing the being that made him, his family, and Erebonia one.
  • Counter Attack: "Morning Moon", which is the fifth form of the Eight Leaves One Blade school that Alan Richard specializes in. Rean himself mainly utilizes the form as one of his crafts when piloting Valimar.
  • Covert Pervert: As shown with some of his monologues about the women around him, the games like to remind us that Rean is a young man with a healthy libido. Thankfully not as much as Angelica.
  • Cracking Up: Non-battle-related example. Chance that he'll do this if you manage to hold still Rean's sprite.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: As seen in the second game, this guy is crazy enough to try to escape from the Pantagruel with Alfin despite the overwhelming odds against him. Duvalie and Bleublanc both lampshade for this.
  • Cry into Chest: Ends up unloading all of his grief about Crow's death towards Towa during the epilogue of Cold Steel II after she tells him that it's all right for him to cry and hugs him.
  • Cultured Badass: Very knowledgeable in the ways of the east despite not having been there, can serve green tea, pretty good at playing the lute, versed in the ways of the sword, and will kick a lot of ass.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In Cold Steel III he delivers the mother of all curb stomps onto the Final Boss once his ogre power goes out of control, transforming Valimar into a new form and corrupting a Divergent Sword forged from Millium's soul. He ends up utterly destroying the beast as a result. Then, after he finally finishes it off, he still starts hacking at it in rage.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Manages to destroy Soldats in one swing but not so much in gameplay. Though you never fight those basic Soldat types in a regular battle past that point, which might just imply he's grown in skill to the point where he can disable them in one attack. There's also his escape at Pantagruel against boss level enemies by himself while carrying Alfin where players can't replicate any of his feats during it.
  • Dance of Romance: Potentially in the first game where Rean can get girls to dance with him if he has a high bonding level with them. The guys meanwhile don't get any dancing scene but instead have them sitting down right away. Happens again in Cold Steel III where, during Alfin's debut party, Rean ends up dancing with Elise, Alfin, Alisa, Towa/Sharon, Altina, and Juna. Though only the former three can be considered as such due to their crushes on Rean with Alisa being potentially his girlfriend by that point if the player chooses her.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His ogre power in general. Using it comes at the cost of Rean potentially losing control of himself in a fit of rage if he isn't careful with it. In Cold Steel III this becomes even more apparent when his power starts growing beyond his ability to control.
    • In Cold Steel IV He's able to enter this form at will, though he's only able to control it for three turns before completely losing control with a 30% chance of snapping out of his berserk state.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A few days before the Hamel Incident, his original house with the Osborne's was raided because his dad didn't want the Hamel Incident to happen. Rean's mother dies and Rean was impaled with a wooden splinter where his scar is at, damaging his heart. Osborne then transplants his heart to Rean's via unknown means and gives Rean to Osborne's foster younger brother Teo and tells the latter to forget about their sibling relationship as Osborne was about to do the things that he did throughout the series.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His primary orbment is time which is the darkest element in the series, yet he is very heroic. This also applies when he's in control of his Super Mode which makes things scary when he starts losing control over it.
  • Dash Attack: His S-Craft in Cold Steel III starts off with him slashing the enemies in range in this manner.
  • Date Peepers: One late hidden sidequest in Cold Steel II has him peep on a date with Anton and Sharon. He also accidentally peeps on Olivert and Schera during their date in Cold Steel IV, even overhearing the former proposing to the latter. Rean quickly leaves in order to avoid being a Moment Killer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly when he acts as the Straight Man to his more eccentric peers such as Crow or Sara, though he shows it at other times.
  • Death Glare: In New Game+ mode, if you don't pick anyone to dance with during the festival, he'll stick around with Elise and pull one of these on Patrick when he tries to ask her to dance thus scaring him away. In Cold Steel II, he gives one of these to two bean stealing monkeys in town, scaring them off. And in Cold Steel III, he gives one to a nobleman after Elise confesses that she has been harassed by him alongside other students from St. Astraia. Rean was not amused with the last one.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: How Spirit Unification works: it costs 100 CP that boosts Rean's strength, speed, and defense and makes him immune to most status ailments. However, it only lasts three turns and once those turns are up, he reverts to his base self. It's usually best to use Spirit Unification in conjunction with him unleashing a 200 CP S-Craft to maximize its effects (and his ogre form 2nd S-Craft usually has the highest S-Craft rating in the game). Taken Up to Eleven in Cold Steel IV where once the three turns are up, he enters into a berserk state where he has a permanent strength buff but he can only attack an enemy. He can't even counterattack enemies in this state nor can he use ARCUS links, and him snapping out of it manually depends on how many turns the game takes to bring him back or have another party member waste their turn and cure the ailment.
  • Death Seeker: Played With in Cold Steel IV. In their first bonding events, Laura accuses Rean of searching for a place to die and Emma yells at him for accepting his role as a sacrifice. For his part, Rean claims he's accepted that he may die, but he does want to live.
  • Declaration of Protection: He swears that he will protect Elise as her big brother. Deconstructed in Cold Steel II where he feels the pressure that Elise is used as a bargaining tool to force Rean to fight for the Noble Alliance. Rean almost was about to give in when Alfin snaps him out of it.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: He deconstructs a few character tropes:
    • His Humble Hero status where he's willing to sacrifice himself to save others ends up being more of a Martyr Without a Cause where it borders on near suicidal tendencies. People call him out on it more than anything else.
    • His chosen one status as the pilot of Valimar ends up forcing him to participate in wars he doesn't even want to join but knows has no choice because if he didn't join, the wars would take much longer and more innocent people will die.
    • His ogre power that no one knows how it works or where it came from. While people have been telling him to start accepting it as a part of him, it's not like they know what it is which ends up breaking his body in the long run.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: In Cold Steel III, with the help of the Sword of Plot Advancement, he's able to slay one of the Holy Beasts, sacred creatures that are supposed to be completely unkillable. This is not a good thing.
  • Delayed Causality: Many of his crafts tend to have this such as Autumn Leaf Cutter, Termination Slash - Dawn, and Enlightened Domination.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: One of the reasons why he went to Thors was to find out what he wants to do in life.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Ooh boy, Rean has got it rough... To wit:
    • As a kid, he was abandoned at a snowy field. Then he discovers that he has powers that outright terrify him as his personality shifts to evil, and finally he finds out that his friend and classmate is the leader of the terrorist group and trounces him, forcing him to separate from his classmates to certain doom.
    • And in the second game, he thought his parents died and his hometown nearly razed, gets separated again from his classmates after reuniting with them, fails to save Vulcan to make him atone for his crimes, fails to save Crow from his Heroic Sacrifice, finds out his real dad and that his dad is the Evil Chancellor all along, and finds himself going to war with another state that he has no reason to fight against other than being shackled with the responsibilities of being a national hero. It's a wonder the worst thing he did in the epilogue was to slightly snap at Claire for thinking that she hid information about who his dad was.
    • In Cold Steel III' he's forced to go on grueling missions as a military officer (at a rate of once per month). The North Ambria campaign was particularly traumatic for him, and it marked the downward spiral for his power, permanently losing the ability to fully control it. Said game's finale manages to take this Up to Eleven where Millium ends sacrificing herself right in front of him in order to forge a new sword for Valimar, gives in to his Superpowered Evil Side, engulfs the world in darkness after killing the Final Boss in pure rage, and then later captured by Osborne. Promotional images for Cold Steel IV show him and Valimar bound in chains. Things are not looking for good Rean at all.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The first character of the series to kill a Divine Beast sent by Aidios to guard her treasures, corrupted or not. As stated, this is not a good thing.
    • In Cold Steel IV, using Millium as his sword, he slices Ishmelga, the source of the curse and everything wrong with Erebonia, into two after it desperately attacks Rean one final time. This time, it's a good thing.
    • Right before that, he's the first confirmed character onscreen to make Cassius Bright kneel! Granted the guy comes back up really quickly but still! Even the party in The Third couldn't make him kneel after his boss fight.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: At the main story of Cold Steel II, Crow dies in Rean's arms. In Cold Steel III, Millium dies while he's riding Valimar. Finally in Cold Steel IV, Osborne physically disappears in his arms.
  • Die or Fly: He first awakens his ogre powers when he encounters a monster up in the mountains and was desperately trying to protect Elise.
  • Disc-One Nuke: In Cold Steel III, he is the one who can do the "infinite Mira trick" with the first recipe obtained in the game.
  • Doom Magnet: Trouble really loves seeking out Rean, who would rather just leave it.
  • Doomed Hometown: Surprisingly subverted in the second game. Thought it was razed by Jaegers during the prologue, it was rebuilt rather quickly afterwards.
  • The Dreaded: During the Divertissement Chapter of Cold Steel II it's revealed that he has more or less becomes this towards the Calvard Republic. As soon as both he and Valimar appear, and quickly make short work of two Calvard gunships, the rest of their army quickly retreats.
  • Dreaming Of Things Gone By: In Cold Steel III, as soon as he steps inside Hamel, he sees a vision of a young Loewe, Karin, and Joshua and then watches Hamel destroyed and finally Osborne carrying his young self.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: This is what Alisa thought of what Rean did when he tried saving her from the trapdoor at enrollment and got a face full of Alisa's chest in the end.
  • Dual Boss: He teams up with Machias to fight against Laura and Fie and loses. He becomes this again when he teams up with Altina to fight against Lloyd and Rixia in Cold Steel II. In Cold Steel III, there's an optional boss fight with Rean and Randy in Valimar and Randy's Hector that the students can participate.
  • Dub Personality Change: He quips a lot more in the English dub more than in the original Japanese.
  • Duel Boss: Gets the most of the characters. He duels the armored suit in the fourth chapter in his Superpowered Evil Side, duels Victor twice, Angelica, and the Final Boss fight of the first game with Crow in their Divine Knights. Then in Cold Steel II, he duels a magic knight, Crow in their Divine Knight twice and on foot, Vulcan, and Scarlet. Finally in Cold Steel III, he duels Aurelia twice with him using his ogre powers the second time, Jessica where he's the boss fight, Arianrhod, Wallace, the Aion Gamma Type II before Kurt joins in, Azure Siegfried, and the Nameless One, although the term "duel" might as well not exist. In a bonding event with Sara in Cold Steel IV, he duels Sara and he has a permanent 75% strength status buff on him. He's also the boss fight. He also is the boss fight in a duel against Fie in their romantic bonding event where Rean will use Spirit Unification (because Fie tells him to). Thankfully for both fights, the player isn't required to defeat Rean (in fact, there's no experience gained for even beating Rean).
  • Dueling Player Characters: With Lloyd in Cold Steel II with the twist that Rean is the boss fight.
  • Dying as Yourself: He'd rather commit suicide than allow himself to get possessed by Ishmelga who craves for the completed Great One.
  • Ear Cleaning: He gets one in Cold Steel III in a late chapter bonding event with Musse who is very enthusiastic at cleaning his ears after winning their match in Vantage Masters, with the winner of the match getting to choose what to do with the loser (the other option was to scrub his back at the bathroom). Rean is not happy nor is he comfortable with her cleaning his ears.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything—his mother's death, his father's abandonment, his adoption woes, his struggle with his ogre power, his grief over losing both Crow and Millium, and his general insecurity, he was finally able to move past it all, get his two friends back and protect the people who are precious to him until the end. It took him four whole games and altering causality to influence his fate, but he was finally able to get a happy ending.
  • Elemental Powers: His Unite attacks and the available arts that Rean can cast with whoever is partnered with him during Valimar battles have them.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Happens in Cold Steel I where he gains access to Valimar and proceeds to beat Scarlet's Spiegel with him. A second time happens during his fight with Crow and later the Vermillion Apocalypse where Rean somehow activates a Super Mode of Valimar's that allows him to keep up with Ordine's own Super Mode. A third time happens right before the Final Boss fight of Cold Steel III begins, wherein he obtains the divergent sword from Millium's soul and together with Valimar, both are then corrupted by Rean's Superpowered Evil Side. Rean then proceeds to unleash hell upon the Divine Beast. He also receives another one in Cold Steel IV from McBurn as a one time gift that allows the party to heal their HP, EP, and CP to full and cures status debuffs and ailments, just in time for Osborne's Divine Knight fight.
  • The Enemy Weapons Are Better: Subverted. Due to Valimar being weaponless at the beginning of Cold Steel II, Rean steals a sword off one of the enemy Soldat units in order to compensate. However, while the sword is indeed useful to him for a number of battles it's not nearly as useful it could be to Rean due to him to being a practitioner of the Eight Leaves, One Blade style school of swordsmanship which requires him to use a Tachi-style blade to make full use of its teachings. Luckily for Rean, he later receives one forged from Zemurian Ore and it remains Valimar's weapon of choice for the remainder of the game and beyond.
  • Epiphany Therapy: After a much needed pep talk with Alfin that he's not alone and that he should not be using Elise as an excuse for his place in the war, he finally starts accepting his ogre power and masters it.
  • Evil Overlord: His "Prince of Darkness" DLC costume is supposed to evoke this image in Cold Steel II.
  • Exact Words: When he first meets the noble-hating Machias, he reassures him that he "doesn't have a single drop of noble blood in him". This is true... but he never said he wasn't a noble: he's adopted. As revealed in Cold Steel III, this was done towards him when he's told the truth of how he came to be in the care of the Schwarzer family. Osborne went to Teo and asked the latter to take care of his son and to forget their relationship. So From a Certain Point of View, Rean really was abandoned at a snowy field. Just that his father (Osborne) told Teo about where to find and raise him in Osborne's stead.
  • Experienced Protagonist: By the time of Cold Steel III, he's pretty much this after the events of the first two games. During the timeskip, Rean had also taken part in other conflicts on Erebonia's behalf thanks to his status as the Ashen Chevalier. To reflect this in gameplay, he will always be a few levels ahead of his students.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Implied to have done this to the bear that he killed as a child. He unknowingly does this again towards the Nameless One after seeing Millium killed right before his eyes. Unknowing because he wasn't planning on killing the Nameless One but rather just put it back to sleep. When he comes back to his senses, he's in shock as to what he has done.
  • Face Palm: He's more active in doing this in Cold Steel III as best shown when his students went to the casino at Raquel and helped him and the other adults out. Except they were not permitted to be there, nor were they supposed to be there in the first place as they're all still minors.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Teleported technically, but his first use of Valimar pretty much went exactly as described as Rean himself had no prior training in piloting Valimar before even with the knowledge he received from their contract with each other.
  • Failure Hero: All three games end up with Rean failing in some way. In Cold Steel I, he and Class VII fail to prevent the Noble Alliance from invading Trista. In Cold Steel II, he fails to keep his promise to Towa to bring Crow back as the latter ends up dying. In Cold Steel III, Millium ends up dying right in front of him which leads to Rean going berserk and killing the divine beast, accidentally releasing the curse of Erebonia upon continent in the process.
    • Defiantly averted in Cold Steel IV, where he outright ends up saving the world.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Played with. He's a heroic individual with a list of genuine accomplishments under his belt, but after becoming the "Ashen Chevalier" some of his feats end up being exaggerated by Osborne in order to play up his status as a hero. Despite this, Rean chooses to keep up with it because he sees it as a necessity. Osborne is proud of him for not becoming a Miles Gloriosus after becoming the Ashen Chevalier.
  • Famed In-Story: By the end of Cold Steel II, and especially as of Cold Steel III, he's become a rather famous figure in Erebonia because of his exploits as the Ashen Chevalier.
  • Famous Last Words: In the normal ending of Cold Steel IV:
    Rean: Farewell and thank you. It was fun.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Rean is an Eight Leaves One-Blade style practitioner taught directly by Yun Ka-Fai himself. He specializes in the Seventh Form known as Void, the credo of which is "Form is emptiness and emptiness is form."
  • Fashionable Asymmetry : Only wears one fingerless glove in his right hand in his summer uniform. According to the one-shot manga, "Link of Hearts case:A.R.", Alisa gave it to him and kept the other.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Martyr Without a Cause tendencies that a lot of people call him out on.
  • A Father to His Men: He will prioritize the safety of his friends and his students more than himself much to their chagrin.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Or in his case, just one glove. Averted in Cold Steel III where he wears black gloves.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: In his case, it's with Altina, who goes from kidnapping his sister and the princess, to working together at Crossbell. It's enough that the both of them can activate an ARCUS link just fine.
  • Final Boss: Together with Altina, he serves as this for the Divertissement Chapter of Cold Steel II.
  • Flaming Sword: Flame Slash, his first S-Craft, along with its upgraded form Azure Flame Slash, his second S-Craft Termination Slash - Dawn and his final regular Craft Flame Impact with its upgrade Flame Dragon. By Cold Steel III, his regular attack has fire properties whenever he swings his sword.
  • Flash Step: He performs this when using Gale. In Cold Steel III, time slows down while he uses Spirit Unification to reach his target in cutscenes showing how fast he really is moving.
  • Foil:
    • To Alisa. Thanks to their respective backgrounds, both are neither truly a noble nor truly a commoner. Both also tend to be meddlers at heart and have similar reasons for studying at Thors with Rean wanting to live separately from his family and find a purpose for himself and Alisa wanting to assert her independence from her family. However, whereas Rean tends to be calm and rational, Alisa tends to be somewhat more hotheaded. Rean also comes from a loving and supportive family whereas Alisa comes from a broken shell of one thanks to her mother's actions. Not to mention that Rean uses a sword while Alisa uses a bow.
    • Also towards Sara once he becomes an instructor himself in Cold Steel III. While both are similar enough in being a Cool Teacher towards their students, Rean is serious about his job and can be very hands on with his students whereas Sara is laid back moocher who likes to leave her students to solve their problems on their own. Rean being Rean, he'll also go out of his way to go the extra mile in performing his duties as an instructor whereas Sara tends to leave it in the hands of others unless she has to.
    • By Cold Steel IV, Rufus is another foil for him. In short order, both are the adopted older brothers to their younger siblings, both are Awakeners, both are raised by a noble family, both use swords as their weapons, and both have a relationship with Osborne. The differences however are that while Rean ends up loving his adopted parents, Rufus thinks of his relationship with Duke Albarea as a sham; while Rean took the trials to become a Divine Knight with his friends inadvertently, Rufus took the trial by himself and intentionally sought out his Divine Knight; Rean is a practitioner of an eastern style of swordsmanship while Rufus practices western court fencing; Elise is very loyal to Rean and falls in love with him, while Jusis ends up seeing Rufus as a Broken Pedestal; finally Rean is the biological son of Osborne but at the same time is very estranged with his father while Rufus seeks approval from Osborne to be his son while knowing that in the end, Osborne still loves his real son.
  • Foreshadowing: Any of the luck fortunes that he draws in the first game foreshadows a lot of events in the second game.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: As revealed in Cold Steel II, it's shown that Rean actually met Alisa as a child when her family took a trip to Ymir. Wherein, after Alisa wondered off from the town and got lost and scared, Rean eventually found her and gave her a snow bunny as a way to calm her nerves. Afterwards, he then took her back Ymir.
  • The Four Gods: In Cold Steel III, his final brave order obtained after defeating Aurelia in an optional duel in the final chapter has him invoking "Kōryū's" name. And in Cold Steel IV, his upgraded defense Brave Order has him invoking "Genbu".
  • Freudian Excuse: Was abandoned in a snow field as a child when he couldn't remember anything prior. His adopted family ended up ostracized from their noble peers due to the circumstances of taking him in, which made him think of himself as a burden. Then he discovers he has a strange and dangerous power, that frightens him greatly. Considering all this, his lack of self-esteem isn't all that surprising. And that's before things get worse for him...
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a kid who lived on the northern outskirts of the empire in Ymir to the National Hero of Erebonia known as the Ashen Chevalier.
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  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Rean's ability sense the presence of others can be taken as a referral to how in-game the players are able to know the location of each individual NPC and quest objectives via the map.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: During the finale of Cold Steel II, Valimar mentions that he'll need time to rest before he and Rean can take on Crow and Ordine. Despite this however, Rean can still summon in battle during gameplay.
  • Generation Xerox: In Cold Steel III, he receives a letter from his foster father where he explains more about his real parents. Osborne also was abandoned as a kid on a snowy field, though in his case, both of his parents died when Osborne was 13 years old thanks to an avalanche and he was then adopted to the Schwarzer family, with Teo being Osborne's adopted younger sibling as he was 5 then, just like Elise is Rean's adopted younger sister.
  • Genius Bruiser: If players make him to the highest academic rank possible at least. Even then, his status as a Instructor who teaches history in Cold Steel III cements him as this.
  • Genre Refugee: He would rather fit right in as a Stock Light-Novel Hero and win in story arcs rather than in a Trails game where all of the most dangerous villains and masterminds gather.
  • The Gloves Come Off: He discards his Thou Shalt Not Kill stance when he uses Millium as his sword to kill Ishmelga.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: After losing control of his ogre power at the end of Cold Steel III, his eyes are yellow with a black slit in the middle.
    • When Rean uses Spirit Unification in Cold Steel IV, he enters this state.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: If he's unarmed, then he can always utilize the Mute form. He does this in some of his fights piloting Valimar.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's a good guy with a very prominent scar. And it turns out the scar itself is actually insignificant compared to what's behind the scar as his heart was destroyed when he was a child, forcing Osborne to transplant his heart to Rean's.
  • Go Out with a Smile: The normal ending of Cold Steel IV has him, Millium, and Crow smiling at the credits with their eyes closed.
  • Got Volunteered: He ends up helping out the Student Council in the original Cold Steel because Instructor Sara "volunteered" him for it. He agrees to Sara's request to get the journals from Towa in the Student Council room, but when he gets there, Towa tells him "thank you for everything," and he's confused, she clarifies about how pleased she is that he agreed to help out the Student Council with their work on his free days. Of course, he agreed to no such thing, but upon seeing how overworked Towa already appears, he can hardly refuse.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: With Crow in their final duel during the finale of Cold Steel II. Everyone in Class VII mocks them after Rean wins.
  • Handshake Substitute: Gives Randy a fist bump in Cold Steel III after Randy asks Class VII to take care of the Ouroboros problem and help out Lloyd and the others trapped at Mishelam.
  • Happily Adopted: Though not without it's share of troubles, Rean is mostly happy about being adopted by the Schwarzer family.
  • Has Two Mommies: Somewhat the case with his adoptive father Teo Schwarzer and biological father Giliath Osborne. Before his final battle begins, Osborne also names Kasia, Lucia, and Lianne as Rean's mothers.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: In a bonding event with Alfin at Roer, when Alfin starts shipping Rean with Crow after Rean explains his relationship with him just like a game of Blade, he's not amused to hear that the princess decided to ship him with Crow while she offhandedly mentions that she's jealous of Crow.
  • The Heart: Is usually the one who acts as a mediator whenever some of his classmates argue (with examples being Jusis with Machias and Fie with Laura) and the one who can have the easiest time maxing out bonding links with the others. The moment he's taken out of the picture, Class VII almost immediately falls apart as seen in Cold Steel IV where his capture together with Millium's death have demoralized his old class to such a degree that they all fail to take any real action for two weeks until Juna snaps them out of it.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Crow's death takes a heavy toll on Rean as seen at the end of Cold Steel II. Cold Steel III'' ups the ante by having Millium die right in front of Rean without him being able to do anything at all.
  • The Hero: The central protagonist of the Cold Steel saga and quite the heroic individual to boot.
  • Hero Antagonist: During the Divertissement Chapter in Cold Steel II, he and Altina are the antagonists for Lloyd and Rixia.
  • Heroic BSoD: During aboard the Pantagruel where he's trying to find what he wants to do for the war. He considers allying with the Noble Alliance to swiftly end the war, despite their goals not really coinciding with his. Crow calls him out on it and Alfin snaps him out of it. There's also him not being able to fulfill his promise to Towa, Angelica, and George: get Crow back with him.
  • The Hero Dies: The normal ending of Cold Steel IV has him, Crow, and Millium dying to get rid of the curse of Erebonia for good.
  • Hero Does Public Service: During his first free day in the first game, he's more or less forced into the role because of Sara. Though being the reliable guy that he is, Rean quickly adapts to it. He also does it to help lighten the work load on Towa's shoulders despite the latter's worries that he's wasting away his precious free days. Lampshaded by Machias during the epilogue of Cold Steel II, calling him the "ever reliable gofer".
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Is an honorary member of the fishing club.
  • Heroic Rematch: Against Crow in their mechs. The first time was just Crow toying with Rean, the second time was Crow totally stomping Rean, and the third one was the charm where he finally wins.
  • Heroic RRoD: Usage of his ogre powers tends to leave Rean exhausted afterwards. By Cold Steel III, his ogre powers have grown so much that it starts taking a toll on Rean every time he uses it. It's not until Emma gives him a pendant to hold off the terrible effects that he starts to formally use it in battle again. And even then, that didn't stop Rean from fully giving in to his rage and destroying the Final Boss with ease.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted to do this when Class VII is thoroughly defeated by Scarlet with a Soldat equipped with a Reactive Armor by him tapping in his Superpowered Evil Side. He never goes through with it because this is when Valimar shows himself to Rean for the first time. The normal ending of Cold Steel IV has him sacrificing his life (along Crow and Millium who join him) to get rid of the Great One for good.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: So many times thanks to his low self-worth from being an adopted child and his mysterious powers which cause him no end of grief.
  • Heroic Suicide: In the normal ending of Cold Steel IV, he's forced to destroy himself and Valimar in order not to be taken in by Ishmelga's influence who is craving for the completed Great One's power. He's then joined by Crow and Millium as their lives are also tied by the Great One.
  • Heroism Equals Job Qualification: What happens to him after the Infernal Castle incident. By virtue of his deeds throughout the civil war and Osborne playing them up, he ends up becoming a national hero to Erebonia as a whole and ends up becoming a provisional military officer in various operations on behalf of the empire.
  • Hero of Another Story: Normally this shouldn't be a trope of his considering he's the protagonist, but he plays this trope straight during the Divertissement Chapter of Cold Steel II where players control Lloyd and Rixia in which he's doing his heroics away from the Crossbell characters' point of view. From their point of view, Rean is a major threat.
  • Hero on Hiatus: Though still the titular protagonist of Cold Steel IV, Rean ends up being unplayable for both the prologue and first chapter of the game due to being held captive within the Black Workshop. He later returns to action full-time in the Intermission and afterwards the following chapters.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He's the first protagonist in the series to actually use a sword.
  • Hidden Depths: Knows how to play the lute, something that he shows off to Elliot in the second game. He's also knowledgeable about ballroom dancing, something Alfin points out to Rean when Elise told her about it. He gets to show this off in Cold Steel III during Alfin's debut party.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: At the climax of Cold Steel II, Crow dies in his arms after Crow gives him an opening to rescue Cedric with Emma and Celine frantically trying to heal him to no avail. After their duel in Cold Steel IV, Crow loses and is about disappear for good with Emma and Celine trying to heal Crow yet again, when Rean won't have any of it and shares the life energy that Valimar's absorbing to Ordine, back to Ordine so that Crow will live.
  • Horrifying the Horror: For one last time in Cold Steel IV, Ishmelga tries to make a deal with Rean to save his skin in exchange for Rean to become much stronger than before. Rean refuses and cuts him down into two, claiming that it's time for humanity to move on. Ishmelga's shock and expression despite being nothing more than just a bunch of eyes really says it all as it's clear that he's shaking.
  • Hot-Blooded: Downplayed in that he's much cooler than any other hot blooded heroes as even Laura is more hot blooded than him. Put him with Crow however, and all the hot blooded passion is in full view.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's definitely much taller than Towa despite being the younger of the two. Also this, though to a lesser extent with Alisa and Fie.
  • Humble Hero: Repeatedly insists that he's not someone who deserves any praise.
  • Hurting Hero: The angst and burden of being Erebonia's national hero is not lost to him and everybody that many people see Rean not having the spirit he once had. He will still fight for Erebonia however.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Can sense anybody within his vicinity. Seems to be a trait of anybody practicing the Eight-Leaves One Blade style as Cassius Bright also has this. As seen in Chapter 5 of the first game, Rean's senses are acute enough that he can actually spot Towa, Olivert, and Osborne on the Eisengraf as it's speeding by. Claire notes that Rean must have the eyes of a hawk for him to be able to do that. Cold Steel III has a few events that play these for laughs when his students repeatedly attempt to spy on him, only for him to call them out after his conversation with the present party is finished.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Cold Steel II, he claims that he's going to duel with Crow without the help of his classmates. Yet despite that he subconsciously ends up pulling off ARCUS links with all of them to beat him. Crow calls him out on this. In Cold Steel III, at the end of Chapter 1, he berates his students for disobeying a military order of staying put at the Derfflinger due to the danger. Elliot, Laura, and Fie end reminding him that they and the old Class VII did exactly just that at the climax of Cold Steel I.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Shown especially in his Arc Slash where he sheathes his blade before he pulls it out. Also in his first craft Autumn Leaf Cutter. This is the stance he uses in Cold Steel IV to finally defeat Ishmelga in their Single-Stroke Battle.
  • I Am a Monster: What he feels in regards to himself due to his unknownpowers after an incident where he brutally butchered a monster as a child.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Pulls this off on an unknowing Lloyd and Rixia twice during his and Altina's mission to prevent them from completing their mission. The first is when he starts to use Spirit Unification, a move that puts even Rixia on edge because of how sinister Rean's aura is, but is interrupted. The second is after the first one, where Rean then decides to pull out Valimar instead which forces both Lloyd and Rixia to retreat.
    • On a lesser note, he can also fight without his sword thanks to having learned the unarmed form of the Eight Leaves One Blade style as taught to him by Yun Ka-Fai.
  • I Am Your Opponent: Rather awesomely in Cold Steel II when facing Blueblanc and Duvalie after activating his Super Mode (or "ogre power") at will for the first time.
    Rean: Eight Leaves, One-Blade, intermediate level. I, Rean Schwarzer, will be your opponent!
  • I Die Free: Chooses to explode himself rather than getting possessed by Ishmelga in the normal ending of Cold Steel IV.
  • I Gave My Word: Promises Towa, Angelica, and George in Cold Steel II that he will bring back Crow. Tragically, he fails. However, he's finally able to live up to the promise in IV as he successfully convinces a resurrected Crow to join them after preventing him from sacrificing himself to power up Valimar.
  • I Got Bigger: According to a few of his friends, he grew taller between Cold Steel II and Cold Steel III.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: What he feels after Vulcan dies from the exploding Soldat. He then swore that he would not let anyone else die after that. He only succeeded with Scarlet, but Crow was killed after a Heroic Sacrifice. Cold Steel III adds Millium to the list as his weapon was wrecked very easily plus Valimar was being chewed up. It would have have been Altina had Millium not swooped in at the last minute.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: When his students first meet him and call him by "Ashen Chevalier", he tells them to stop that.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He does this to the beast after hacking it so many times in Cold Steel III. Unfortunately, this also releases the red plemora flowers in the world and blankets the world in darkness. When the cutscene returns back to Rean, he still keeps on hacking at it! During Osborne's flashback in Cold Steel IV, Rean finally sees that he was impaled in the heart by a gigantic wooden splinter that should have killed him if not for Osborne making a Deal with the Devil to save Rean's life.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: In Cold Steel I he perfectly cuts through solid steel in order to break a lock on gate preventing entry to Lunaria Nature Park during Chapter 1. A feat that impresses even Laura.
  • Improbable Age: Starts teaching in school at 19 years old in Cold Steel III.note 
  • In a Single Bound: Showing in Cold Steel II during his escape aboard the Pantagruel where, while carrying Alfin in his arms, he jumps really high twice to reach another floor in order to escape both Duvalie and Bleublanc. In Cold Steel IV, he jumps towards the portal from a really great height with Millium following him.
  • Incompletely Trained: Years before attending Thors, Yun Ka-Fai had cut Rean's training short before it was even complete. This was due to Rean being unable to move past his fear of his own power, thus him being stuck at "beginner" rank when the series starts. He later moves up to "intermediate" level after receiving a scroll given to him by his father from Yun Ka-Fai, but it isn't until he learns to control his Super Mode that he believes himself worthy of the rank. He even muses that he was given the rank too early.
  • Indy Ploy: As the leader of Class VII he has a tendency to come up with plans on the fly when the situation calls for it. One of the most notable examples of this is in Cold Steel II when he escapes the Pantagruel together with Alfin. There's also him preventing Crow from disappearing by having Valimar return the power that was he was absorbing from Ordine in Cold Steel IV.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: In Cold Steel II, the upgraded version of "Flame Impact", "Flame Dragon", has a flaming dragon rising up before Rean slams his sword to the ground.
  • Instant Expert: Played with in regards to Valimar during their first outing. Though he was given knowledge on how to pilot Valimar through their contract with each other, it doesn't mean that Rean would become automatically good a piloting him either. While he does well enough against Scarlet in her Spiegel, his fight against Crow and Ordine ends up less than successful.
  • Instant Fanclub: In Cold Steel III, it's revealed that he has one at St. Astraia, much to Elise's dismay, when he and his students decide to visit there on a whim.
  • Interface Screw: A minor variant happens in Cold Steel IV, where players can barely read his name. This signifies his current state of mind after losing control of his ogre power at the end of Cold Steel III. It's bad enough that he can't even remember his own name. It even extends to people outright saying his name in his presence as it ends up being muted out.
  • Ironic Echo: In Cold Steel II, his stance is that he and the rest of Class VII should not be directly involved in the Civil War as they're nothing more than students. While at the end of the day their actions end up helping the RMP and the Imperial Army, it's mostly through a coincidence of their goals aligning with one another rather than an outright desire to aid the reformists. This gets turned on its head later when he willingly participates in the annexation of Crossbell since he believes with Valimar's power he could help reduce the bloodshed and help to quickly put an end to the conflict.
  • Irony: He's the kind of guy who would be willing to sacrifice himself to protect others. At the end of three games, he's been the recipient of three heroic sacrifices to protect himnote .
  • It's All My Fault: Whenever things go wrong with Rean present, then chances are that he'll likely blame himself for it. Best seen when he blames himself for failing in his battle against Crow at Trista despite the fact that he had no real way winning said duel at all.
    • In Cold Steel III, he blames himself for not seeing through Ash's anguish and shooting at the emperor, unaware that the emperor actually did a Heroic Sacrifice. Randy tells him to not blame himself as he's also partly to blame for not seeing it when Ash was also his student as well. And by Cold Steel IV, he blames himself for killing the Nameless One and spreading the curse as far as Crossbell and beyond.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: During the second game, Crow is his number one priority. Vita and Duke Cayenne by comparison aren't that much important.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: After Rean uses Valimar to subdue the Noble Alliance and help end the war, he is portrayed in the press as a war hero and strong-armed by the Intelligence Division into assisting in the Imperial Army's occupation of Crossbell. He goes along without complaint, but it's abundantly clear to everyone who knows him that the burdens of the civil war, Crow's death, and the empire's militarism are taking a heavy toll on him.
  • It Has Been an Honor: In the normal ending of Cold Steel IV he tells his friends and students that their time together was fun before blowing himself up in the atmosphere alongside Crow and Millium.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His Brave Orders in Cold Steel III are standard attack and defense buffs, no casting time for arts for a short time, and if unlocked, increased critical hit rates. None too powerful but they're so useful that players end up using a lot of them especially during duel boss fights.
  • Just Following Orders: This is what he says when he and Altina are there to stop Lloyd and Rixia from erasing the data on the Crossbell Orbal Net.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: As with previous examples, it's not any inherent property of the weapon but the skill of the wielder. Rean studied under Yun Ka-fai, teacher of Cassius Bright, Anelace Elfead, and Arios MacLaine.
  • Kiai: He does this anytime he uses Arc Slash.
  • Kill It with Fire: His secondary element is Fire and it shows in some of his Crafts.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Alfin considers Rean to be this for her after he inadvertently rescues her at Pantagruel. It's one of her most cherished memories that she shares when the party visits Pantagruel again to meet up with the world leaders in Cold Steel IV.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: By the end of Cold Steel II, he finds his role as the Ashen Chevalier demoralizing due in part to him helping to conquer the state of Crossbell but keeps it up because he believes it will ultimately be for the greater good.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: To the people who don't know him, they refer to him as the Ashen Chevalier.
  • Lap Pillow: Ends up on the receiving end of this twice. Once from Emma in Cold Steel II in her Bareahard bonding event and the other from Musse in Cold Steel III after Musse wins their match in Vantage Masters and makes Rean choose between two cards (the other option was to scrub his back in the bathroom).
  • Last-Name Basis: Patrick, Lechter, Michael, Randy, and Aurelia always refer to him as "Schwarzer", though Randy calls him "Rean" by Chapter 2 in Cold Steel III. Lechter also calls him "Rean" after his quest in Cold Steel III.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: When it comes to Crow, he usually switches from saying "I" to saying "we" so that he involves the rest of Class VII.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: As of Cold Steel III it's nearly impossible to talk about Rean without mentioning any of the things he does throughout the first two games at least once. This includes things like him becoming Valimar's Awakener at the end of Cold Steel I, and later becomes the Ashen Chevalier at the end of Cold Steel II because of his actions during that game. There's also the fact that Giliath Osborne is his biological father.
    • Ditto Cold Steel IV where Rean kills the Nameless One after Millium dies and she transforms into the sword that is capable of defeating one of Aidios' seven guardians of her treasures, dooms the continent, and gears Erebonia up for a war against Calvard.
  • The Leader: Though he never refers to himself as such and even wonders why's always put in charge, it's clear that the members of Class VII all agree on seeing him as their leader whether it be in battle or in other activities.
    • Especially seen in Cold Steel II. While Towa is the acting captain of the Courageous and Alfin the official authority of the group as a member of the royal family, it's clear that Rean is basically the one-in-charge as Class VII's unofficial leader and Valimar's Awakener. In the Divertissement Chapter, he also ends up leading Erebonian troops in fighting off enemy forces from the Calvard Republic.
  • Legacy of the Chosen: He finds out that he's not the only person who has piloted Valimar; the great emperor Dreichels himself was its former pilot. Rean then starts comparing himself to the guy before Valimar tells him that Rean is his own person and to stop comparing himself to others.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: As of Cold Steel III, there's not one person in Erebonia or outside of it who hasn't heard of the Ashen Chevalier and his role in helping to put an end to the civil war in Erebonia and as well as his actions in helping pacify the conflicts in Crossbell and North Ambria.
  • Leitmotif: Blue Destination more or less serves as one for him. It first ends up playing when Rean achieves control over ogre power for the first time aboard the Pantagruel, and plays through several more instances throughout the game such as during his fight with Crow and later when Lloyd and Rixia have to fight against him and Altina. It also ends playing when he and Azure Siegfried end up fighting each other in Cold Steel III.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Hits hard, hits fast, can decently tank, and is the king of delaying enemy turns. His only real weakness is that he needs to be next to an opponent to Counter Attack as his default attack has him positioned right next to the enemy.
  • Like Father, Like Son: With Osborne. Several characters note that the two of them resemble each other in a number of ways, one of which is being thickheaded when it comes to women.
  • Limit Break: His first S-Craft is "Flame Slash", which would later be upgraded into "Azure Flame Slash" by the end of the first game. In Cold Steel II, he gains a second one known as "Termination Slash: Dawn" during the finale. It's also his main S-Craft during the Divertissement Chapter in his and Altina's boss battle. Whenever he pilots Valimar in all four games, his finishing move is "Enlightened Domination".
  • Limp and Livid: When he breaks free from his chains in Cold Steel IV, he's slightly hunched and struggling to walk for a bit before he grabs his sword nearby.
  • Literal Change of Heart: According to Osborne, a wooden splinter actually pierced his heart when he was a kid and was dying. Osborne had to transplant his heart to Rean's just so his son can survive.
  • Little "No": Anytime Altina asks him if he's thinking of something indecent.
    Altina: Instructor, you aren't thinking of something indecent, are you?
    Rean:(exasperated) No, I'm not.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's this for Class VII. When he gets captured in Cold Steel IV, they all end up being lost as to what to do for an entire week before Juna had to call them out when New Class VII just woke up.
  • Low-Level Run: Normally averted as the game scales the other characters near Rean's level as he's always in the party if players play the game normally. However in a Speed Run setting, the game will still scale the levels of the other party members to where they would normally be at in the game. Rean's levels however will be unaffected and the gap between his levels and the other party members grows higher and higher the farther players get to the game.
  • Mad Dictator's Handsome Son: Although whether he's really mad or not is another story, Rean's dad is Osborne, the true ruler of Erebonia known for his militaristic and expansionist policies that have many resentful of him such as Crow.
  • Man Hug: Delivers this towards Machias in Cold Steel II in their reunion. He also shares a very passionate hug with Crow in Cold Steel IV while giving Crow the power that he absorbed from Ordine back to Ordine to preserve Crow's life, tying their lives together.
  • Master Swordsman: Comes with the territory being that he's a practitioner of the Eight Leaves One Blade style. In the beginning Rean considers himself a mere failure of one, but his skills are good enough to impress Laura who herself is considered to be the best swordswoman of their year at Thors.
    • He later takes it up a notch in Cold Steel IV. After completing a test from Cassius Bright, Rean finally becomes a Divine Blade.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: When he first saves Alisa from the trapdoor and when he saves Jusis and Machias from the monster. Jusis calls him out on this by trope name when he talks with Rean at Bareahard.
  • Mirror Boss: Ends up fighting his ogre self in Cold Steel IV, using the same techniques as him. In reality, he's fighting against Cassius but in his head, he's fighting against himself.
  • Missing Mom: His biological mother is nowhere to be seen. Turns out, she died a few days before the Hamel Incident with his mom telling Osborne to take care of him. It also turns out that Rean mostly inherited her looks.
  • Mission Control: In Cold Steel III, he's this for the 4th level of Einhell Fortress, while the player uses the students of the new Class VII plus Tita. Players can still use his Brave Orders however.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: In Cold Steel III, both Juna and Kurt assume the worst when Altina starts narrating that Rean walked in on her sleeping and did things to her. Rean has to explain that it didn't happen that way.
  • Moment Killer: Averted in Cold Steel IV where Rean stealthily ran away immediately once he overhears Olivert proposing to Schera.
  • More Friends, More Benefits: Though it applies to all of the playable characters, Rean has a much easier time grabbing all of the passive bonuses for Links the more he spends time with the other characters via the bonding system.
  • Mr. Exposition: Explains a lot of things to his classmates, especially when it comes to martial arts and people who are experts at it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Already noted to be handsome in the first two games, he becomes even more so by Cold Steel III as mentioned by Alisa and several others. He also got really ripped after the Time Skip as demonstrated in swimming classes where he's also the advisor.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His backstory where he starts becoming afraid of his powers when he destroys a beast with nothing but a hacksaw and giving in to his Superpowered Evil Side to protect Elise is this trope. And in Cold Steel III, when he finally snaps himself out of his rampage courtesy of Osborne calming Rean's heart (that used to belong to Osborne), Rean starts to have this reaction after he kills the beast that they were supposed to put to sleep in the first place.
  • My Greatest Failure: How he thinks about him failing to bring back Crow alive. Then in Cold Steel III, Millium's death is another one for him.
    • He has a hard time letting go of the fact that he doomed the world by killing the Nameless One and ushering in the Great Twilight. He doesn't let it stop him from doing what needs to be done, however.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Thanks to his mixed ogre powers, he can detect if a person is a Divergent being or not, McBurn being the guy he usually senses thanks to the latter's mixed self. Osborne is the other person he reacts to and that's because his heart originally belonged to his biological dad.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: As Patrick finds out, he won't let anybody just have Elise until said person is screened by Rean. Unfortunate for Elise as she's interested in Rean, whom himself doesn't have any romantic feelings for her. In Cold Steel III, this extends to his students at Thors II.
  • Neck Lift: He's on the receiving end of this at the end of Cold Steel III from his dad.
  • Nerf:
    • In Cold Steel III, he no longer has his Arc Slash but instead is replaced with a cheaper attack that deals burn and impede damage but no longer delays enemies.
    • In Cold Steel IV, Spirit Unification took a nerf in that after three turns are up, Rean is uncontrollable for awhile and only has a strength buff. Fortunately, the game allows Rean to learn Arcane Gale in his base form rather than needing to transform after he gains some levels.
    • Cold Steel III and IV nerfed his Morning Moon craft in Divine Knight fights where Rean cannot dodge the attack if the attack done by the enemy is a Herd-Hitting Attack.
  • Nephewism: As he finds out in Cold Steel III, his adopted father is technically his adopted uncle because his father's adopted older brother is Osborne.
  • Nice Guy: Jusis would attest to that, especially in Cold Steel II.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His killing of the Nameless One ends up engulfing entire continent in darkness. Though to be fair to Rean, he had no idea it was going to happen as he was not himself at that point.
  • No Badass to His Valet: To the empire, he's the national hero who the one who ended the Civil War and Calvard's worst enemy. To his friends however, he's their dork, Sara's gofer, and over exaggerates his needing to protect his little sister.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: He's the noble to Crow's roguish.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Not satisfied with just curb stomping the Nameless One, he goes on top of the thing and keeps on slashing at it repeatedly and no one can even hold him back.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: His coat in his DLC for the second game has him wearing a black coat with no shirt underneath him.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: He and Class VII aren't the ones who ultimately end the Civil War. That's all on Osborne and Rufus who reveals himself to be the primary member of the Ironblood. Osborne however does pin the accomplishment to Rean to make him into a national hero.
  • Non Standard Skill Learning: In Cold Steel II Rean gets his second S-Craft during final chapter.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Brings up this trope during his Duel Boss with Crow in their respective Divine Knights that win or lose, they probably can't come back to the way they used to be. Crow tells him to quit acting like a spoiled child and tells Rean to do what he feels is necessary.
  • Not So Different: As far as Claire is concerned, both Rean and Osborne are so similar to one another from their facial features to the atmosphere they put out. Their backstories also ended up beings mirrors of one another starting with the abandonment issue on a snowy field (in Osborne's case, his parents died due to an avalanche), being adopted as the older sibling to a Schwarzer (Teo for Osborne, Elise for Rean), to attending and graduating from Thors, both ended up in the army, both went from bright and optimistic to cynical and jaded due to circumstances, and finally both father and son ended up becoming an Awakener to a Divine Knight.
  • #1 Dime: Crow's 50 mira is part of the shrine at his desk alongside the pictures of his friends and family.

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  • Obi-Wan Moment: Tells his students and friends goodbye before he, Crow, and Millium die to destroy the Great One for good in the normal ending.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's not very good at picking up on the fact that Elise's feelings for him go just a little bit beyond sisterly. He's also this towards his potential love interests as he fails to notice their feelings for him unless they outright spit it out. Randy puts it best in Cold Steel IV:
    Randy: Look Lloyd, there's someone here that's as thick-headed as you.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: During the North Ambria Campaign, he was able to sneak into Haliask, the capital of North Ambria, and while he was helping with the evacuation of the citizens, thousands of archaisms were unleashed onto the city. The last thing people have heard about him is that he demolished all the archaisms while losing control of his Spirit Unification.
  • Oh, Crap!: A meta one for players. He's definitely one of the best characters to play as, but when the game decides to make him fight you, he's dangerous.
    • In Cold Steel III, he makes a huge one when he hears Abend Time on the radio and hears Vita's voice.
  • One-Hit Polykill: In Cold Steel II, he manages to cut through three Spiegels with one slash while testing out his sword coated in Zemurian Ore at Aurochs Fort.
  • Once an Episode: Once per game, he'll be a boss fight.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: A gameplay and a downplayed example in Cold Steel IV where he's the only one who can defeat McBurn's demon form by having him summon Valimar and cut him up with Millium's sword to dispel his barrier and bring him down to his knees. And even then, McBurn's still fine but he's started to finally remember his former self and his new goal and that was enough to calm him down.
  • Only I Can Make It Go: Rean is the only one who can pilot Valimar as his Awakener. The rest of Class VII can board Valimar, but cannot pilot him as Alisa finds out.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: While he can be be prone to anger, he's usually calm about it. At least until he sees Osborne alive despite all of Crow's efforts to kill him. He then runs toward him and grabs his collar, demanding from Osborne why he's still alive. He later gets another moment in Cold Steel IV. After discovering the truth behind Osborne's fall to darkness and as well as finding out the true culprit behind the Curse of Erebonia, Rean nearly succumbs to the curse himself out of pure rage.
  • Parental Abandonment: Abandoned in a snowy field at that! Though Rean does think, and comfirmed by Baron Schwarzer, that the entire abandonment issue was deliberate since Rean reasons that a child so young would have died from freezing after a few hours. In Cold Steel III, it turns out that both Teo and Osborne knew about each other and were related by adoption for years before Osborne asked Teo to take care of his child and to forget about their relationship.
  • Piggyback Cute: Does this to Fie in their bonding event at Bareahard because one of her boots had the sole open up. It reminded Fie of her foster dad.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair turns white when he accesses his hidden power.
  • Power Echoes: Anytime his Super Mode manifests.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: His most powerful sword in Cold Steel III is forged from Millium's own soul.
  • Power Incontinence: By Cold Steel III, his mixed ogre powers are going out of control and he has to wear a pendant that Emma gives to him to keep the terrible effects of his powers at bay.
  • Power-up Full Color Change: His hair changes to white, his eyes turn red and is constantly surrounded with a purple aura anytime he activates his ogre powers.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Delivers this towards Ishmelga in Cold Steel IV.
    Rean: "Farewell Ishmelga. I have no idea where your soul is going, but at the very least, I hope that it goes back to the goddess."
  • The Promise: In Cold Steel II, he promises Towa, George, and Angelica that he will bring back Crow with them whatever it takes. Tragically, he fails.
  • Properly Paranoid: Constantly worries that he will harm someone innocent or something bad will happen if he gives in to his ogre power. In Cold Steel III his fears end up becoming true as he loses control after Millium dies and accidentally dooms Erebonia in darkness after slaying the beast that was holding the curse of Erebonia at bay.
  • The Protagonist: Of the Cold Steel saga, just like how it was for Estelle Bright and Lloyd Bannings in their own games. He's also notably the longest running protagonist that the franchise has had, being the protagonist of four games compared to Estelle and Lloyd being the protagonist of only two.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Though Emma and Machias are the President and Vice-President of their class respectively, Rean is the one who ends up being the actual leader of Class VII as a group.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Ends up helping his students and their problems in Cold Steel III.
  • Pummeling the Corpse: What he does in his berserk state towards the corrupted Divine Beast that he already killed. Repeatedly.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Tells Millium "Don't. YOU. Dare." when the latter, jealous of how Class VII met together before she transferred in, decides to do something special.
  • Pure Awesomeness: In a hidden sidequest in Cold Steel II, he scares off a couple of monkeys just by releasing his aura and glaring at them.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: In Cold Steel III he starts wearing a pair of glasses as part of his role as an instructor such as when he's giving lectures to his students. He takes them off otherwise however.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The battle aura for his Super Mode is purple. This is shown fully well in the final battle of Cold Steel III where his portrait has a constant purple aura. Most of his crafts also turn purple in color.
  • Quick Draw: Whenever he uses Autumn Leaf - Cutter, he sheathes his sword then immediately draws it out at fast speeds. It's also how he executes the fourth form in his second S-Craft in Cold Steel IV.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Rean hits one in the second game when Crow dies and Osborne is revealed to still be alive. This is also usually the key to his ogre power awakening, as he nearly loses it whenever his loved ones are in imminent danger as seen when Millium dies and her soul is used forge the Sword of Demise. He then subsequently slaughters the Divine Beast responsible and would have done the same to Osborne and Alberich before being stopped.
  • Real Men Cook: Subtle implication on his cooking ability in Cold Steel that there's no recipe he's bad/terrible at, meaning lesser chance in making peculiar dishes; He has 2 dishes certified as "Excellent" but average in everything else. Averted in second game where he has poor grade in several recipes.
    • There's an event in the 2nd game where he shows his skill in the kitchen by helping Millium cook a meal for the rest of Class VII. He is not amused by her antics/lack of patience.
  • The Reveal: How he came to be in the care of the Schwarzer family is revealed in Cold Steel III. His house was raided when he was a kid and actually had his heart pierced from wood splinter a few days before the Hamel Incident. Osborne then transplants his heart to replace Rean's.
  • Red Baron: Comes to be known as the Ashen Chevalier after his actions in both the Erebonian Civil War and in the Crossbell campaign. He is referred as this by a lot of people in the following games. Although he does become Divine Blade by Cold Steel IV, he doesn't come up with his own spin of the title though his friends come up with a few names like "Ashen Divine Blade", "Divine Blade of Flash", "Divine Blade of Dawn", or "Divine Blade of Zero".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Anytime his Superpowered Evil Side is out. Even if he finally has control over it. It's when his eyes turn gold is where he fully loses control over his powers. He's stuck with his red eyes throughout Cold Steel IV though he loses it, and his white hair, after killing Ishmelga.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played with in regards to Crow as both end up playing the role of Red and Blue to each other at various points throughout the story. Taken further with their elements. Both have Time as their main element but Rean has Fire for his second whereas Crow has Water instead.
  • Reverse Grip: In Cold Steel IV, the way he uses the fifth form in his final S-Craft has him unsheathing his katana by reversing his grip and jumping while slashing the target.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Cold Steel II he nearly pulls this off on the Jaegers responsible for razing Ymir after believing that they killed his parents. Fortunately, he was able to snap out of it after discovering that Teo and Lucia were still alive. In Cold Steel III, he goes on a full rage, losing control of his Superpowered Evil Side after Millium dies and her soul is used to forge a new sword for Valimar. Then he solos the Final Boss, even managing to cut off one of its arms easily, and after said final boss fight, he still starts hacking at it in rage.
  • Rousing Speech: He often does this that his classmates start wondering how he even manages to say these things with a straight face. Lampshaded by Millium in the sequel:
    Millium: Eh, no biggie. We're Class VII! Throw in a few of Rean's trademark speeches and we're rarin' to go!
  • Running Gag: Several traits of his are usually brought up for laughs. His ability to come up with speeches on the spot is one, wherein characters such as Alisa and Millium tease him for it. His status as a Chick Magnet is also poked fun at several times. There's even his sister complex regarding Elise.
  • Samurai: In contrast to Laura's knight.
  • Scars Are Forever: His scar on his chest has been there since he was a child. He got it from a wooden splinter piercing through his chest and destroying his heart in his past. Osborne had to transplant his heart to save his life.
  • School Teachers: Just like his teacher before him , he is cool, hot, and badass. Rean however would be the first one to admit that he's nowhere near as great as Sara.
  • Screaming Warrior: Downplayed in that he doesn't scream that much during battles for the most part apart from a kiai or two. But when Crow is involved in the duel, then all bets are off and the screaming begins.
  • Screw Destiny: Because of the players actions after finishing Cold Steel IV for the first time when he dies, he's able to alter his fate from dying by visiting a shrine that has the spirit of Algrest, the Holy Beast of the Earth Sept-Terrion.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: In the first opening, it's more like Rean Schwarzer Is About To Slash You.
  • Second Hour Superpower: In Cold Steel II, he obtains Spirit Unification when Act 2 starts, allowing players to play around with it for 3 turns.
  • Secret Keeper: At the end of Cold Steel II New Game+ and for most of Cold Steel III, he knows that Thomas is the Second Dominion and doesn't reveal this to his friends for a year and a half.
  • Sempai Kouhai: While he does have a junior relationship with the second years in general at Thors, he ends up having a junior relationship with Cassius Bright in Cold Steel IV. Enough that Cassius ends up testing to see whether Rean is capable of becoming a Divine Blade.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Pulls this a number of times when questioned about the nature of his relationship with his female classmates from Class VII. Notable with Victor, Laura's dad and Erebonia's greatest swordsman, and Xeno and Leonidas, Fie's old comrades from her days with Zephyr. All three men more or less warn Rean of what would happen if he did anything "inappropriate" towards them. Rean is justifiably unnerved both times.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: By the time Cold Steel III begins it's clear that Rean has become tired with all the fighting he's done on behalf of the empire. Regardless, he still presses on like always.
  • Shipper on Deck: Played for Laughs with both Jusis and Machias. By Cold Steel IV, even he can't resist shipping both Agate and Tita together if Rean picks Tita during the purifying the hot springs sidequest.
    • He spends almost the entirety of the Overture chapter shipping various people together. It's all sorts of wholesome.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He never manages to fulfill what he was supposed to do at the climax of each game. From failing to put a stop to Crow and the Noble Alliance's invasion of Trista in Cold Steel I, to failing to save Crow himself in Cold Steel II. Then there's the Downder Ending of Cold Steel III...
  • Shout-Out: His 'hidden power' transformation makes him look like Mile did in A Tear of Vermillion after being resurrected as one of Octum's Apostles.
  • Sibling Team: With Elise in Cold Steel II especially when linked up.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Rean's primary orbment is Time with Fire as his secondary orbment; Elise's primary orbment is water with Time as her secondary orbment.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: He was well-adjusted as a kid until he finds out that he has a Superpowered Evil Side. It then proceeds to haunt him for the rest of his life even as a young adult.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: His final battle with both Osborne and Ishmelga Loge ends with him winning the strike.
  • Single Tear: After beating the Final Boss of Cold Steel II, he sheds one tear because Class VII's time is finished. They still have a few days of being together, but as a free day, it's finally over for them.
  • Skyward Scream: He lets out one at the prologue when the Garrelia cannons were fired. He lets out another one after Vulcan's death.
  • Speed Echoes: Uses some to avoid Xeno and Leonidas while escaping the Pantagruel with Princess Alfin. In Cold Steel III, his upgraded S-Craft has two other afterimages of him slashing his targets.
  • Spider-Sense: Thanks to his training from Yun Ka-Fai, he's able to sense things that most others can't. The only ones who actually do share it with Rean are Fie and Gaius. He also has another in the form of his "scar aching" issue which mostly pops up whenever he's in the presence of Osborne or McBurn.
  • Spirited Competitor: Just like Laura, he actually loves to test his mettle against foes and worthy rivals. He's just a lot more subdued about it than Laura.
  • Status Buff: Just like Estelle Bright, he has the craft "Motivate" that increases the parties strength and gives a bit of CP.
  • Stepford Smiler: While he is all smiles on the outside, he has a lot of emotional baggage with him, with the whole adoption thing to a noble family while he's a commoner, to his Superpowered Evil Side, and him needing a place to belong to the world. And then he adds another one to the list: Crow's death. Towa calls him out on the last one.
  • Stern Teacher: While usually friendly and mellow with the new Class VII, Rean isn't afraid to bring out the riot act whenever he feels that they've done something they shouldn't or should be ashamed of.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: He definitely hits all the high notes of the trope. He's also a huge deconstruction in the Trails series where everything that goes wrong will go wrong.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Noted by Claire herself to resemble Osborne slightly. As seen in a flashback during Cold Steel III however, it's seen that Rean quite clearly takes after his birth mother, Katia Osborne, in terms of looks.
  • Super Mode: In Cold Steel II Rean comes to terms with his power and gains the ability Spirit Unification which allows him to tap into it at will. For three turns, it boosts his stats, makes him immune to status ailments and changes his Crafts to even more powerful ones.
  • Supernatural Angst: He isn't exactly happy about his powers but at the same time knows that it won't go away.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: In the final battle of Cold Steel III, he has these eyes instead of his normal red in his Super Mode. It's a sign that he's completely lost control of his powers.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: When trying to protect Elise, his hair turns silver, his eyes turn red and he develops a dark aura. Plus in this state, he will kill his enemies. Cold Steel III shows off what happens when he fully loses control of it and in it, he keeps on hacking the final boss after it's long dead over and over again. It's horrifying to say the least.
  • Survivor Guilt: He ends up being hard on himself after Crow sacrificed his life to give Rean an opening to save the prince. He also ends up being hard on himself when Millium dies right in front of his eyes.
  • Swipe Your Blade Off: His victory animation will always have him swipe his blade before sheathing it.
  • Sword Beam: His Arc Slash where after unsheathing his sword, a beam fires out in a straight line. The upgraded version, True Arc Slash, has a bigger radius.
  • Sword Plant: His defeated pose has him stabbing the ground while kneeling.
  • Sword Pointing: He's fond on doing this while making a grand speech.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He starts to sympathize with the Imperial Liberation Front in Cold Steel II thanks to their backstories having to do with something Osborne did in their lives. That said, he still wants them to answer for their crimes instead of taking the easy way out.
    • He especially this way about Crow, to the point that he lashes out at Osborne for being alive despite everything Crow did to try and take him down.
  • Taking You with Me: Takes Ishmelga with him in death in the normal ending of Cold Steel IV with Crow and Millium joining for the ride.
  • Taught by Experience: Many things that he's learned for both the first and second games have applied by Cold Steel III. Best shown during his first foray with the new Class VII where he warns them right away to watch out for the floor underneath them which comes to pass when a trap door opens up much like it did with Rean and his friends.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He can develop one in 4 cases: with Sara on the teacher end, and Juna, Altina, or Musse on the student end.
  • Team Dad: For his students in Cold Steel III.
  • Tearful Smile: After the final boss of the second game, complete with a single tear.
  • Technicolor Fire: While his flame attacks and his first S-Craft are the regular red color, his upgraded S-Craft, Azure Flame Slash, is blue. In his Superpowered Evil Side, the color of the flames are purple, though it's back to blue after he masters his Super Mode in Cold Steel II. It becomes purple again in III and IV, including his second S-Craft where in his base self, they all different colors but in his Spirit Unification, it's all purple.
  • Tell Me About My Father: In Cold Steel III, people who knew Osborne before he became a chancellor end up telling Rean what they know about him through either a letter or in person.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: If someone is on the screen and they are well known in martial arts, Rean is the man who will explain to the rest of his classmates of their fighting styles and the proficiency of said person's weapon.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: He's forced out of your active party for about exactly this long following an injury he receives when fighting Fatespinner in Chapter 2. He becomes active again once his arm heals up. And yes, the speed with which it happens is foreshadowing; although it's not his foreshadowing. It happens again when he takes a break from your active party to force Laura and Fie to fight together.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Got a face full of it during the early part of the first game. It's why Alisa was pissed off at him for three weeks, though she really wanted to apologize for it for over blowing the situation.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After defeating the final boss in Cold Steel III, he starts hacking at it so many times that even when it's lying on the ground and dying, he still keeps on doing it over and over till the corpse finally disappears.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His basic reaction when Laura and Fie team to fight him and Machias after their spar at Mater Park during Chapter 4 of the first game. Also, whenever an opponent catches their second wind and/or reveals they were holding back.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Claims that he has to leave Class VII to go to the Infernal Castle by himself because Crow is waiting for him there. Class VII, Towa, and Angelica won't let him.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: After seeing the hidden past of Dreichels and Lianne, Osborne, Franz becoming Black Alberich, and Rutger coming back from the dead, he blames Ishmelga for everything, complete with him nearly giving in to the curse.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Much like the rest of his classmates, this is his stance for the most part as he'll try to knock enemies unconscious instead of outright killing them. He foregoes this rule in Cold Steel IV when faced with Ishmelga, the being whose curse is responsible for numerous tragedies in Rean's life and Erebonian history.
  • Together in Death: In the normal ending of Cold Steel IV, he dies alongside Crow and Millium.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Takes several leaps in strength throughout the games. The most notable example of which would be how he initially fares against Crow both on foot and in their Divine Knights. He was initially outclassed on both fronts, but several months of training and fighting for the former and over a month of piloting for the latter helps him to eventually close the gap and allow him to defeat Crow.
    • Come Cold Steel III and Rean's strength and skill is taken even further as he becomes strong enough to defeat Wallace Bardias in combat, and even manages to bring Aurelia Le Guin down to a knee during a spar. This is eventually taken to its logical conclusion in Cold Steel IV where, after passing a test from Cassius, Rean finally becomes a Divine Blade.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: After the series of whams he gets after the end of the second game from Crow dying, to lashing out at Osborne for not being dead so Crow can get some closure, to finding out that Osborne's his real dad, to participating in the war against Crosbell, he starts to act very cynically. The way he talks with Claire after arriving at Trista in the epilogue starts it all off and he even has this to say once he exits the station:
    Rean: (thinking) It's not like the excitement of that day has faded away or anything. So why? Why do I feel so cold...?
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Briefly at the beginning of the second game towards Celine for forcing Valimar away from the fight against Ordine, possibly leaving all his friends to die as a result. Again in the epilogue towards Claire, having become upset at her because he thought that she knew the truth about his real father being Osborne. Much like with Celine, this is only brief as he later apologizes to her.
  • Too Many Belts: His second game regular costume has quite a bit (see his image above), but his DLC costume has quite a number of them. And then there's his outfit in the third game where there's even more.
  • Tornado Move: One of the new moves he has in Cold Steel III is that he delivers two quick slashes with his sword, on fire, and then delivers a third slash with a tornado forming in front of him.
  • Tragic Bromance: How he sees his relationship with Crow, despite only knowing him for less than a year. Despite that however, he still remembers him fondly even if Crow did hurt him badly at one point.
  • Tragic Keepsake: If going by the ending of Cold Steel II, Crow's 50 mira counts. Cold Steel III confirms this in a screenshot where Elise looks at Rean's belongings with one of them being Crow's 50 mira beside his pictures of Class VII and his family.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Played straight with Spirit Unification as while it does cause the turn bar to move, it's still his turn afterwards. So is summoning Valimar throughout Cold Steel II as none of the Noble Alliance soldiers even think of attacking him while he's summoning his mech. Averted in Cold Steel III to the point of Running Gag where someone either interrupts him from either summoning Valimar or unleashing Spirit Unification until the climax of the chapter.
  • Trash Talk: Does this at Pantagruel towards both Bleublanc and Duvalie, right before he uses his ogre power for the first time.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In short order in Cold Steel II: fails to save Crow and keep his promise to Towa, Angelica, and George, finds out that Osborne is his father, and finally said father makes him into a national hero where circumstances force him to participate in a war he has no stake on because he's the only guy who can pilot Valimar. Then in Cold Steel III, the entirety of the finale is pretty much this as he suffers one thing after another, culminating in dooming Erebonia in darkness from the curse spreading throughout the country.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Has a lot of problems in his life, yet still managed to gain quite a bit of female attraction.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Killing a monster far larger than you with nothing but a hatchet and in your Superpowered Evil Side would shake you considerably. This is the reason why he decided to train under Yun Ka-Fai.
  • Try Not to Die: His one order in Cold Steel III towards his students is to not die against Campanella.
  • Tsundere: He's not one, but in Cold Steel III Fie does refer to him as such when he bluntly states to Kurt that his swordsmanship would not be enough to aid him during Rean's mission to investigate Ouroboros during Chapter 1.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Isn't even angry at Crow for stomping him and inadvertently putting him in a coma for a month. He's more concerned as to why he'd do those actions instead.
  • *Twang* Hello: It's how he introduces himself in Cold Steel III during the prologue of the game against the Stahlritter before the How We Got Here settled in (and the event itself is repeated when the game finally catches up at that scenario). This also doubles as his field attack that gives the party a triple advantage against his enemies, and his first craft in the game.
  • Twerp Sweating: Is a victim of this, courtesy of both Xeno and Leo aboard the Pantagruel where the two really want to know if Rean did date or do something to Fie. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: He shares an umbrella with Rosine in a hidden quest in the first game. In Cold Steel III, he has this together with Towa.
  • Unique Protagonist Asset: Rean has two. The first asset is his ogre power, a mysterious ability that allows him to boost his own capabilities at the cost of his sanity. The only other character in the series to show a similar ability is McBurn. The second asset is Valimar, a Humongous Mecha of great power wherein there are only six others like it in existence. He eventually loses both at the end of Cold Steel IV.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The end result of him having the sword forged from Millium's soul, combined with losing control of his Superpowered Evil Side results in one of the most horrific curb stomps delivered towards the Final Boss in video game history.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Killing the corrupted beast in Cold Steel III was not the plan, but Rean unfortunately does this because he loses control of himself and his powers after seeing his friend die in front of him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Unfortunately, no matter what he does, he'll always be a pawn to Osborne. Anything he does will only further Osborne's plans. He knows this and can't do anything about it. And the one time he can finally stop him, he gives in to his rage and Superpowered Evil Side and kills the beast for Osborne. And just to make things worse, Osborne calmly snaps him back to reality just by stretching his hand towards Rean without even touching him.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Thanks to his kind and loving adopted parents, his very understanding little sister (who has a crush on him but he doesn't know that), Rean actually turned out far better than if he were ever raised by Osborne and/or people being scared by his super powered evil self.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As an Awakener, Rean is able to pilot Valimar, who is higher specced than the mass produced Soldats. However, he lacks experience in mech fighting as seen when he gets stomped twice by Crow who had three more years worth of experience as an Awakener. Averted by the end of the second game, where he finally manages to defeat Crow/Ordine in their third battle.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: He gets bitten by Roselia twice in Cold Steel III. Once at the Great Forest, and the other at Bryonia Island. Both times happen because his ogre power went a bit berserk and her bites were there to calm them down. His students, after seeing the bite, think that he had one crazy night after Sara and Claire both kissed him on his cheeks at two separate occasions on the same night. Subverted when it turns out that she's not a vampire at all.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: Cold Steel II begins with him waking up in the Eisengard mountain range, far north from Trista which was Rean's last location prior to being forcibly evacuated by Celine in order to save him and Valimar from Crow.
  • Warrior Therapist: Definitely provided a bit of therapy during his bonding scenes with the rest of Class VII and helping to resolve the situation between Jusis-Machias and Laura-Fie conflicts.
  • Weapon Twirling: His final S-Craft in IV has him twirling his sword twice before sheathing it and then starts attacking the enemy by unsheathing his blade and forming a Tornado Move for his first attack.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Loudly questioned by Duvalie after he shows off his mastered Super Mode.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In a bonding event in Cold Steel IV with Sara, he ends up calling her out when she was ready to sacrifice herself so that Rean will go back to his senses after he took in the curse that was possessing both Nidhoggr and the Northern Jaegers at the grave site of Sara's father.
  • Willfully Weak: Something other characters note that he's hesitating whenever he fights. During his bonding time with Sara at Roer in the second game, Sara notes that Rean could at land a proper hit on her if he just used his Super Mode but Rean doesn't use it though he still manages to draw against her. Fortunately for the players in Cold Steel III, he holds back a lot in his duel against Jessica as he doesn't use any Brave Orders, and any other tool (casting arts aside) that he could do when he's playable. In Cold Steel III, he's called out on this by both Shirley and McBurn though they both don't know that his ogre powers are gradually breaking his body and Rean's starting to lose control over it.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His ogre powers in general where he hesitates in using it because he ends up harming people too much which is why he duels Victor in Cold Steel I so that he could start accepting it. He does in Cold Steel II after a pep talk from Alfin but by Cold Steel III, his powers are growing so fast that he lost control over it at North Ambria and thus doesn't use it at the beginning of the game. He does get to use it again but only after Emma gives him a pendant to stave off the harmful effects but even it doesn't hold it back when Rean is fully consumed by his ogre powers when Millium dies. He's brought back by his students and classmates in Cold Steel IV but it's made clear that he'll never use his Spirit Unification powers unless any member of Class VII is by his side. In terms of gameplay, it means that Rean is uncontrollable after his three turns are up.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Finds out that his student shot the emperor thanks to a curse, loses his allies and friends that he trusted throughout the series and is forced to fight them, sees his most trusted allies blown up in an explosion, finds out that his Zemurian tachi isn't enough to even dent the Nameless One and is nearly chewed, nearly sees his student and friend Altina sacrifice herself to protect Rean, and sees Millium killed and her soul is forged with a Divergent sword. End result: Rean loses control of his Superpowered Evil Side, hacks the Nameless One in rage and dooms Erebonia to have every citizen become bloodthirsty for Calvard because the gun Ash uses is made from Calvard. Yeah, guy cannot catch a break.
  • The Worf Effect: He finds out the hard way that his Zemurian tachi, made from the strongest material of the Zemuria continent, is nothing compared to the might of a divine beast. Then he turns this around when he manages to obtain the Divergent weapon and easily worfs said divine beast.
  • Wrecked Weapon: During the climax of the story, Rean's Zemurian Tachi he forged for Valimar gets wrecked after the beast bites it. He then obtains a new sword from Millium's soul after she dies protecting him.
  • You Are Not Alone: During the epilogue in the second game, he's starting to feel the burden of being a national hero, who then joined the war at Crossbell and ended it much quicker. Fortunately enough, his friends all tell him that he really shouldn't be holding onto all those burdens. This is the focus of his character development in Cold Steel IV, with the main theme of the game itself being the lesson of people being stronger and better when they work together. Rean can only finish Ishmelga off if he accepts the help of not only the Holy Beast of Earth, but also from all his friends and comrades, who gave him enough energy through the ARCUS to expel Ishmelga out of his body. The last boss fight is also all the 39 characters against Ishmelga, with Rean finishing it off for good with Millium's help and Osborne's guidance.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In Cold Steel III, it turns out that all of his actions from the climax of Cold Steel II (the Vermillion Apocalypse) to Cold Steel III was already preordained within the Black Records and that someone will be the one who will kill the corrupted divine beast and fulfill a thousand year promise. Unfortunately for Rean, that guy is him.
  • You Did Everything You Could: How Towa comforts him when he fails to bring Crow back to the academy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though mostly referred to as having black hair by others, his hair also a slight tinge of dark blue in it.
  • You Remind Me of X: Upon finally meeting Rean herself, Renne notes that he somewhat reminds her of Loewe.
  • You Wake Up in a Room: One of his flashbacks reveal that when he first has consciousness after Baron Schwarzer rescues him is that he wakes up in a room with Elise tending to him as a kid.
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