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    Principal Vandyck 
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Voiced by: Shingo Horie (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

The head of the school, an ex-soldier and mentor to several important characters.


  • Badass Grandpa: Those muscles aren't just for show. Though he's over seventy years old and retired from the Imperial Army, he's still fit enough to swing around his BFS around like it's nothing as shown when he and the other combat capable members of the Thors staff defend Trista from the invading Alliance forces at the end of Cold Steel I.
  • BFS: His zanbatou is this crossed with Blade on a Stick.
  • Expy: Of Dean Collins from the Sky games.
  • Heroic Build: Easily the tallest and most muscular male character in the series.
  • Large and in Charge: He's two meters tall and built like brick.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He never lets the students forget that he is in charge but he's very nice about it. He's also not prone to micromanagement.
  • Retired Badass: He is an ex-military after all. He is brought out of his retirement and back to the military in Cold Steel III and IV.
  • Secret Keeper: Knows that Rean is Osborne's son. He did play matchmaker for Osborne after all.
  • Shipper on Deck: Played the role of matchmaker between Osborne and his future wife Katia as the former was nervous about courting the latter due to ten year age gap between the two of them.
  • Take a Third Option: He supports the 'Third Way' movement and is fully behind Olivier's plans for Class VII.

    Instructor Neithardt 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Matsubara (Japanese), Cam Clarke (English)

A Major in the 4th Armored Division of the Imperial Army who teaches Military Affairs at Thors. He is also known as "Neithardt the Mighty" considered the ace of the 4th Armored Division. He is good friends with Mueller Vander.


  • An Aesop: His speech in the swimming competition: just because one side thinks its cheating to send out their most powerful weapons at the other side, it doesn't necessarily mean the other side will find it unfair and that they should be thoroughly prepared for it.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: In Cold Steel II, he engages this with Mueller. The two then briefly catch up with one another before challenging each other to a friendly challenge to see who can kill more magic knights.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He does this twice in Cold Steel II. The first time happens when Class VII have to deal with another batch of monsters, though they weren't really having a tough time with Rean taunting the enemy that he's just delaying the inevitable. The second time happens when engaging the magic knights near the entrance to the Infernal Castle where he engages a friendly duel with Mueller to see who can kill more.
  • Colonel Badass: Between Cold Steel II and Cold Steel III, he ranked up in the military and is now a colonel.
  • The Comically Serious: In contrast to Sara.
  • Cool Sword: One that vaguely resembles the Silver Sword from Ys in fact.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When teaching the male students swimming techniques because he doesn't think they're tough enough. He also tries to be the serious one to compensate for Sara's laid-back style of instruction.
  • Dual Boss: He's a boss fight alongside his superior Craig in Cold Steel IV.
  • Facepalm: Delivers an epic one in Chapter 5. Again in Cold Steel III under the same circumstances.
  • Graceful Loser: Has no problems accepting defeat in the swimming competition, and turns it into a military lesson for Class VII.
  • Humongous Mecha: In Cold Steel II, he eventually takes to piloting a Spiegel stolen from the Noble Alliance after the capture of Twin Dragon Bridge and asks Rean to duel with him. Said duel is also one of the hardest Divine Knight fights in the game. He's also pilots again during Çold Steel III.
  • Instant Expert: He only took the Spiegel for a few test runs, yet managed to be one of the toughest mech battles to the point where winning earned optional AP. One could only imagine how powerful he would be if he was an Awakener.
  • Last-Name Basis: He refers to all of Class VII members and Sara by their last name.
  • Majorly Awesome: This was his rank in Cold Steel I and II.
  • Men Are Tough: He doesn't like Class VII's male students getting shown up at swimming by Laura and Fie and appeals directly to Rean's manliness to rope him to into gathering them for special swimming lessons.
    Neithardt: I'm always serious. If you've got the stones, gather up Class VII's men and I'll teach you all at once.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Cold Steel II, when the boys lost in the swimming competition because Sara only sent out Laura and Fie, two of the best swimmers, the boys started complaining about it. Neithardt stops them and actually makes it a lesson that just because one side thinks its cheating, it doesn't mean that the other side will find it cheating. He then accepts the loss for not seeing through Sara's plan, something that shocks her as everyone knows that they're usually at odds against each other.
  • Ship Tease: With Eliot's sister Fiona starting in Cold Steel II.
  • Tank Goodness: The ace of the 4th Armored Division who leads alongside Lieutenant General Craig.
  • Training from Hell: Puts the men of Class VII through a training regiment for swimming that he dubs "The Manway Method". He also does this again in the second game.

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    Head Instructor Heinrich 
Appearances: Cold Steel | Cold Steel II

The Vice-Principal of Thors and the high-strung teacher of Political Science.


  • Fanboy: He's secretly a huge fan of Arc en Ciel and Rixia Mao in particular.
  • Non-Action Guy: He and Instructor Mary are the only instructors without any visible combat ability.
  • Stern Teacher: He's a bit of a classist and is often a harsh educator but typically has the school's best interests at heart.
  • This Cannot Be!: He'll be flabbergasted if Class VII comes out as the top class in midterms.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He's a bit of one.

    Instructor Thomas Lysander 
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Voiced by: Kohei Matsumoto (Japanese)

Thors' carefree professor of History and Literature. Though seemingly harmless, he reveals to Rean that he's actually the Second Dominion of the Gralsritter with Rosine being his squire.


  • Adjusting Your Glasses: By the bridge, unsurprisingly for the scholarly type. You only get to see this once though, in the final scene with him Cold Steel II only a New Game Plus if you completed the Black Records sidequest.
  • Badass Baritone: He drops a few octaves when he decides to open his eyes.
  • Beautiful All Along: A male example. Switching his initial pair of glasses to a more normal-looking pince-nez and sporting his Gralsritter outfit in Cold Steel III make him look a lot more attractive compared to his appearance in the previous two games and if the concept arts are to be believed, he's a full-blown Biseinen when he took off his glasses.
  • Big Good: In Cold Steel III, he and Roselia are this for Class VII in the final chapter.
  • Bookworm: He loves reading and researching legends and will happily discuss his findings at length.
    • Badass Bookworm: By virtue of being a professor at Thors. He's quite skilled with an Orbal Staff.
  • Church Militant: He's the Second Dominion of the Gralsritter. Seriously.
  • Collector of the Strange: In the first game, he asks you to bring him peculiar dishes.
  • Continuity Nod: He makes a couple of these while talking about legends he's researched, including Crossbell's historical association with alchemy. He also references the Sept-Terion.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Sara.
  • Expy: To the Thomas of the Gagharv Trilogy, at least if he took the glasses off.
  • Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are typically always closed aside from being hidden behind Opaque Nerd Glasses and he only opens them when he's being serious.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Acts nice and friendly towards Sara and Neithardt and has invited them for drinks on more than one occasion, while neither are exactly thrilled at the prospect of spending time around him.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He mastered the Orbal Staff because he always wanted to be a wizard. At least, that's what he says anyway.
  • In the Hood: When he operates undercover in the second game. He also adopts a deeper voice to throw people off, leaving Rean shocked when he reveals himself.
  • Magic Staff: His weapon of choice.
  • Number Two: The Second Dominion and Einz' right hand.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Oh so much. For instance, he's the hooded guy who helps out Rean and company at the Twin Dragons Bridge and Makarov calls him out on holding back in the fight against the Magic Knights in Heimdallr. And with good reason, too - this "carefree history teacher" is actually the Second Dominion of the Gralsritter.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: He has a variation of these in the first two games, complete with swirls on the lenses. While his eyes can be seen behind his glasses, it's only due to the camera angling itself so that his eyes can be seen and otherwise his glasses are this. He still wears these during his initial appearances in Cold Steel III, but his updated look mostly abandons the opacity. When he switches to his Gralsritter outfit, he swaps them out for pair of pince-nez.
  • Pocket Dimension: His specialty is creating/manipulating these and he doesn't need to use his Stigma for it
  • Red Baron: The Partitioner.
  • Secret Identity Vocal Shift: When covertly aiding Rean and his companions at the Twin Dragons Bridge he adopts a deeper, much more stern tone compared to his usual, higher-pitched tone. Turns out this is actually his real voice, as Rean finds out when Thomas explains who he really is during the Epilogue.
  • The Smart Guy: A bit clueless when it comes to realizing other people aren't as interested as he is but he really knows his stuff.
    • In Cold Steel II, his knowledge is instrumental in saving everyone fighting outside the Infernal Castle from Vermillion Apocalypse's energy-draining power, so score one for research.

    Instructor Makarov 
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese)

Professor of Natural Science and Mint's uncle. Was once an apprentice of Professor G. Schmidt during his days as a student at the Roer Institute of Technology, but quit due to differences with his mentor.


  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Apparently his specialty when he's forced to fight.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Graduated from the esteemed Roer Institute of Technology with top honors and is smart enough for Professor G. Schmidt to acknowledge his skills, but he's usually seen lazing around and complains about work most of the time.
  • Drop the Hammer: In Cold Steel IV, he's piloting a Hannibal, the Makoukihei equivalent of the Hector series of Panzer Soldat, and it wields a hammer on a pole. It even comes complete with "Riot Combo" as his finishing move.
  • Henpecked Husband: Well, brother/uncle. He gets a lot of it from his sister and his niece.
  • Must Have Nicotine: He's perpetually smoking on campus, which gets him scolded by Professor Heinrich constantly. One cutscene actually shows him even standing off to the side smoking while the boys are working with computers during a class.
  • Magic Staff: Like Thomas, he uses an Orbal Staff.
  • Perma-Stubble: Goes along with his Brilliant, but Lazy attitude.
  • Ship Tease: Ends up going out with Mary. Her father's not impressed, however, as mentioned in Cold Steel IV.
  • The Slacker: He gives off this impression but he actually does good work.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the staff of Thors. He's a top graduate of Roer Institute of Technology after all. He's also among the first to pick up that Thomas isn't all what he seems to be.

    Instructor Beatrix 
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Appearances: Cold Steel | Cold Steel II

Professor of Biology and Medical Science and the school's nurse. Always warm and welcoming, the entire school likes her. She was once a former member of the Imperial Army known as "The Reviver" was responsible for helping Sara move on from her life as jaeger.


  • BFG: She fights with a large sniper rifle.
  • Colonel Badass: She was once a colonel in the army.
  • Combat Medic: She used to serve in the Imperial Army where she was known as "The Reviver". She would beat you to a pulp, then she would patch you and everyone else up so you didn't die.
  • Friendly Sniper: Considering she's packing one hell of a sniper rifle, yet as friendly as ever, she counts.
  • Heroic BSoD: Although she's somewhat out of it, she did question at one point if she could even save anyone anymore after what had happened at the Hundred Days War.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Don't even think about trying to die either because she won't let you.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is one and even the Vice-Principal defers to her.
  • Red Baron: "The Reviver"
  • Retired Badass: She might be retired from the army, but she's still strong as ever.
  • School Nurse: The head nurse of Thors. She even patches you up if you either win or lose against her and Vandyck at the end of a quest during Cold Steel II.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She retires from the military thanks to the Hundred Days War with Liberl, seeing so many deaths and questioning as to whether it was worth it.
  • Unexpected Successor: Headmaster Vandyck has indicated that he wants her to succeed him when he retires.

    Instructor Mary Altheim 
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Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese)

Thors' Professor of Music and Arts and the supervisor of the Cooking Club.


  • BFG: In Cold Steel IV, she's piloting a Mordred, the Makoukihei based on the Kestrel series, and it's wielding a a rifle not too different from Musse's orbal carbine, complete with "Resonance Shot" as her finishing move.
  • Blue Blood: Her family are prominent Nobles from Sutherland Province.
  • The New Guy: Is in her first year teaching at Thors when Cold Steel begins.
  • Ship Tease: Ends up getting paired up with Makarov.
  • Supreme Chef: Is the advisor for at least three clubs on her first year, one of them being the cooking club.
  • Team Mom: Acts like one for her students.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She wasn't a fighter throughout most of the series. She ends up piloting a Mordred, the Makoukihei based on the Kestrel series and uses it to fight against Rean and co. in Cold Steel IV.

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    Celestin 
Voiced by: Daisuke Matsubara (Japanese)

Butler to the Hyarms family and personal attendant to Patrick. He serves as a caretaker for the Class I dormitory in the original game, and later fills the role for the Second Branch School in Cold Steel III.


  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He uses martial arts to fight.
  • Battle Butler: You can battle him on a few occasions, such as when taking back Trista in Cold Steel II.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Patrick. Both have known each other for years and more or less consider each other brothers.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: In the Wolfpack Boss battle of Act 2 Part 4, he's the strongest physical fighter on his team, including his master.
  • Nice Guy: Very much so compared to Patrick.
  • Older Than They Look: Is 30 years old during the third game, could pass for nearly a decade younger.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the climax of Cold Steel II, he was struggling against one magic knight and had assistance from his master and the other people just to take down one. By Cold Steel III, he personally gives one magic knight one hell of a flying kick on his own, while the rest of his allies had at least two people using rocket launchers to just take on one.

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