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    Rex 
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"I'm in. Let's go to Elysium. I'll take you there myself!"

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Al Weaver (English)

Rex is the main protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Starting the story working as a salvage diver, his whole life changes when he comes across a mysterious Blade, Pyra, and decides to take her to Elysium.


  • A Child Shall Lead Them: After Vandham's death, he becomes the head of the Garfont Mercenaries.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: As a salvager, Rex explores ruins under the Cloudsea to bring in the bread. It's a genuine passion - his favorite items include Coral Reversi, a popular boardgame of long ago, and Antiques.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called Rex-Rex by Nopon who respect him, such as Tora. And the powerful Chairman Bana, interestingly enough.
  • All-Loving Hero: By nature, he always assumes the best of people and tries to be everyone's friend, unless they really try to hurt him or are unrepentant. This even extends to Malos and Jin after finding out their motives, with Rex wondering if he could have been friends with them without Amalthus' intervention.
  • Almighty Janitor: He's this among Argentum regulars if you complete a sidequest. He's just a regular Salvager, but he can become a top-ranked one if you Salvage enough. This is opposed to Bana who, despite serving as head of the Argentum Trade Guild, is merely an average salvager.
  • Art Evolution: Rex's design evolved quite significantly from the reveal trailer to release.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Garfont Mercenaries respect strength, and a sidequest needed to increase the Merc Group's influence involves earning their respect by laying the smackdown on some of them.
  • Attractive Zombie: He was briefly a corpse before he was given new life by Pyra, half of her core taking over the functions of his destroyed heart. He doesn't look too bad, all things considered.
  • Back Stab: Rex takes one of these from Jin when he finds Pyra. Pyra saves him, on the condition that he take her to Elysium.
    • His Driver Art Sword Bash is also one of these, being more effective directly behind an opponent.
  • Back from the Dead: Like his predeccessor Shulk, Rex dies and comes back from the dead shortly afterwards, thanks to Pyra sharing part of her Core Crystal with him as a substitute for his damaged heart.
  • Badass Normal: Even before becoming a Driver, Rex knows how to wield a sword and use Arts to protect himself while salvaging. Even Malos is impressed with his light feet and combat instincts when Torna scouts him for a salvaging mission.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: In the final chapter he is put in one by Klaus, where he has to literally fight alternate versions of his allies, who are projecting his own latent self doubts.
  • BFS: The Aegis is a pretty big sword and some of the regular Blades have larger ones.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His salvage gear is primarily blue.
  • Camera Abuse: One of the battle transitions involves him getting smacked by Mythra so hard that it ends with him literally Breaking the Fourth Wall.
  • Chick Magnet: He has Ship Tease with Pyra (both versions), and Nia falls for him eventually..
  • Combat Medic: The Aegis sword is technically an attacker-type, but comes with an art that drops healing potions, meaning that he's going to be both a source of damage and HP no matter the build. By the end of the game, he has both the best offensive Blade and the best healer Blade locked to him, and gets extra perks for equipping both at once, so the game naturally shifts him towards this.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Interviews with the director have confirmed the focus of Xenoblade 2's story to be this for Rex.
  • Dead to Begin With: He is killed by Jin early on in the game. Fortunately, Pyra allows him to keep on living by lending him half her life force.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Happens occasionally, notably one post battle quote is him asking if anyone else finds Poppi's adult form distracting. Another post battle quote has him trying to make an excuse for staring at Mythra. A third post-battle quote has Kora asking Rex if her attire is too tight on her, which Rex chooses not to answer after stumbling for a brief moment.
  • First Love: He's Pyra and Mythra's, which is worth noting due to their feelings for him make the two of them are the first real attachment they've had to anything since being brought into Alrest, and he's the part of the world that makes them realize they DO have something to lose if they committed suicide during the story's climax.
  • Fetish: He blushingly admits to having one towards the end of the game. It's ponytails.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He winds up on the receiving end by Nia, then Brighid, and finally Poppi in Chapter 7 after a brutal loss against Jin's true power and Pyra surrendering herself to spare them. He was willing to give up due to failing Pyra, in a far cry from his usual optimism.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: He has one built in his gauntlet - a handy tool for someone who explores ruins for a living. Creative use saves Rex's bacon several times throughout the story. In combat it is used in Anchor Shot, one of his most useful Arts due to its ability to spawn healing pickups and inflict Topple.
  • The Hero: Rex as the main player character, a heroic anime swordsman from humble beginnings, and eventually charismatic leader of the group. His drive to get to Elysium, and relationship with Pyra are the main focuses of the game.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's this to Shulk from the first Xenoblade, since the first game's plot is happening in the universe Klaus created.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His weapon before becoming Pyra's driver is a collapsible broadsword. Futher enforced by Pyra/Mythra and Nia.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Possibly with Pyra; Azurda distinctly implies this motivation for helping her in the Nintendo Direct presentation, and artwork depicts them holding hands.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a temporary one beginning of Chapter 7 after losing to Jin and failing to protect Pyra.
  • Heroic Lineage: Played with. It's unknown whether or not he is a biological descendant of Addam (while Addam's wife was pregnant at the end of the Torna DLC, we have no idea where the child ended up), but as a Leftherian he is at least a spiritual descendant. Several people who knew Addam point out their similarities; they even have the same favorite food.
  • Hidden Depths: It's heavily hinted that despite his Love You and Everybody reaction at the time, he actually did realize what Nia was trying to confess in hindsight. Post-battle chatter with Blade Nia has him try to bring it up only for her to cheerfully deflect before he can say anything, his Secret Test of Character involves Nia being resentful of Rex only having eyes for Pyra (despite being his hallucination, implying he does realize the truth), and during the ending, Nia's able to communicate her support for Rex with only a silent look, and he clearly gets the message.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Despite his combat training from Gramps, he doesn't really know much about being a Driver. It's not until two-thirds through the game that he even knows Blades can create a new weapon for their Driver if the current one breaks. Furthermore, after he becomes the Master Driver, he doesn't really know how to use his new abilities. He can borrow Blades from other Drivers, but Amalthus demonstrates that the Master Driver can completely control both Titans and Blades (though that was arguably only possible due to Amalthus also having amplifier towers and Haze's core crystal)..
  • Innocently Insensitive: He is rather tactless when addressing a woman's weight, as Pyra and Fiora from the Challenge Mode DLC would attest to. Azurda calls him out on it for the former while the latter talks about it in post-battle banter.
  • Instant Expert: Justified. Gramps had been tutoring him in basic sword techniques before the start of the game, and these translate to the Aegis Blade just fine.
    • Played straight in regards to the the trick of toppling enemies with the grappling hook that Vandham teaches him. Rex pulls it off instantly while Vandham mentions taking five years to learn how to do it.
  • Love You and Everybody: He reacts like this when Nia confesses her love for him, being completely oblivious that she was talking about more than just platonic love. However, a vision invoked by the Architect later implies that Rex does understand Nia's feelings, and simply doesn't know how to address them.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means king in Latin; fitting, as he becomes the leader of the Garfront Mercenaries.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Pyra can switch between two forms, essentially giving Rex access to up to four Blades. On top of that, after he unlocks the Master Driver program, he can engage any Blade in the party, even those bonded to other Drivers (except for Poppi).
  • Mysterious Past: That goes completely unexplored. Rex is confirmed by the game to be ethnic Leftherian, and mentions are made of how much he resembles Addam. But he's an orphan and ward of his home village, and his hereditary died with his parents, who passed before they could reveal anything. Ultimately he considers Fonsett his home, and that's good enough for everyone.
  • Oblivious to Love: He never openly recognizes Nia's affections as romantic. Later events suggest that he may be aware of her feelings deep down, but is unable or unwilling to respond to them, as he has feelings for Pyra/Mythra.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a pretty big one near the ending when he sees the "control room" Pyra/Mythra sent them to was actually a room full of escape pods and immediately realizes that she does not intend to leave with them.
  • Older Than They Look: Rex is a mild example. He is frequently derided as a child over the course of the game (Nia mocking that he could pass for a 12 year old), but he's been living on his own (well, on Azurda) and supporting himself for at least five years. His actual age is never stated in the game, but his referring to his past on Fonsett as "when he was a kid" and Azurda at one point lampshading that Rex was never the biggest among his peers, suggests he is at least in his mid teens and just rather short for his age. And according to the game's director Rex is indeed 15.
  • Only in It for the Money: Rex initially claims that he's only in the salvaging trade "for the cash", taking the job at the start of the game just because he's offered a big paycheck. But it's subverted in that he doesn't keep most of the money he makes, sending it to support Fonsett Village instead, and he admits to Nia that his real reason for salvaging is because he dreams of a better world in Elysium.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents passed on when he was two years old, and Azurda's been taking up the slack as Rex's father figure.
  • Power Crystal: Has part of Pyra's Core Crystal set in his chest after becoming her Driver.
  • Protagonist Power-Up Privileges: With having Pyra/Mythra as a Blade, he can access four different elements versus three for the other party members. And when he awakens the full power of the Aegis, he can link up to anyone's Blade (save for Poppi) and use any element he wants..
  • Ship Tease:
    • Rex is heavily teased with Pyra and by extension her alternate form, Mythra. It arguably becomes more than a tease when Zeke outright says that Mythra/Pyra's fused form Pneuma is the girl Rex loves and Rex doesn't object.
    • Rex also had some with Fan la Norne during the course of chapter 5. His reaction over her death towards the end of it in particular adds quite a bit of fuel to the fire. Beforehand, Nia also teases him on it by playfully threatening to tell Pyra on him.
    • He has some with Nia, though most of it is one-sided. After New Game+, the title screen changes so that eventually Nia will arrive to hold hands with Rex.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: When Pyra/Mythra obtains her ultimate Pneuma form, she morphs his salvager suit into something more like futuristic space armor. This shift remains throughout the rest of the game.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: While he does get flustered by other girls on occasion, he only has eyes for Pyra/Mythra.
  • Superior Successor: He's able to awaken and control the full potential of Pyra/Mythra, where Mythra's previous Driver Addam elected to seal it away in the form of a sword.
  • Supporting Protagonist: At the end of the day, while Rex's nigh unwavering optimism is what keeps everyone going, the story itself is about Pyra/Mythra and the members of Torna. He's also this in a literal sense, as all the emotional support he gives to everyone is exactly what makes him so irreplaceable since all of the above and more begin the story wanting to commit suicide.
  • Sticks to the Back: His current weapon sticks to his back outside of combat.
  • Synchronization: Thanks to Pyra sharing half of her lifeforce with Rex, they have a deeper connection than most Blades and Drivers; as a negative consequence, any pain or damage one sustains is felt by the other, making Pyra mortal.
  • Too Many Belts: Less than some examples, but the double belt is still one more than necessary.
  • The Unchosen One: In stark contrast to his predecessor Shulk, Rex isn't chosen by Fate/God to become the Aegis's Driver, he just happened to be recruited on a mission to retrieve her and ends up becoming bonded to her out of the kindness of her heart. Well, and the fact that he had just died and it was the only way to revive him. That said, Pyra does believe it was fate that they met, and Rex is multiple times referred to as being similar to the hero Addam. The Torna expansion reveals that Mythra had a vision of Rex before sealing herself away, so this may be more of a trope averted.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Pyra and Mythra tower over him, though at his age he probably isn't done growing yet.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pan-Fried Tartari, which Pyra can cook for him and is only available through her. According to Mythra, it's also Addam's favorite food, contrary to popular Tantalian lore that he preferred spicy Embercakes.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Pyra and Mythra in their plan to commit suicide. Early on multiple characters, particularly Azurda and Nia, doubt that Pyra and Mythra want to go to Elysium for the whole "save humanity" thing, and they're right. Rex never doubts their motives at all until everyone else chews him out for not trying to get them back from Malos. Throughout the game their guilt from hiding this from Rex despite knowing it would break his heart makes their own problem much worse and Rex none the wiser. Luckily, by the time it becomes an issue, they both love Rex too much to want to die anymore.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Both played straight and deconstructed. Rex is very much a novice Driver (though he is more experienced at regular fighting than one would expect, thanks to Azurda teaching him from a young age), but his Blade just so happens to be one of the strongest in existence. This allows him to go toe-to-toe with opponents that have a lot more experience than him. However, he is far from invincible, and his inexperience can and does cost him battles. Invoked by Mòrag during her boss fight in Chapter 2:
    "The power of the Aegis is formidable, but the Driver's skill betrays her..."
  • Strong and Skilled: After gaining Mythra he learns a lot of skill, while gaining a lot of power in the process allowing him going to fight Morag and Brighid one on one while not actually trying to hurt her, while Morag was taking it completely seriously (albeit Mythra states Brighid was holding back too). Eventually he is able to destroy Aion and deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to Jin. Even without Pneuma in Chapter 7 he is almost even with Jin due to what Addam teaches him.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: He's hilariously casual with Klaus to the point where he recites the Salvager's Code to him. Justified, as Klaus is very insistent that he isn't God despite being the Architect and wanted those present speak their unfiltered opinions. Rex accepts that Klaus is just a mortal man right away, and leaves the conversation calling him by his real name while thanking him for creating Alrest so that Klaus would die knowing his rebuilding humanity after his foolishness destroyed the first Earth wasn't just one more mistake.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: His enduring optimism is often criticized (but also praised) by the other characters, particularly Azurda and Nia. While he is eventually forced to confront the cold realities of life in Alrest, he keeps a stiff upper lip.
  • Working-Class Hero: A simple salvager who makes a living pulling up scrap and treasures from the Cloud Sea, who gets wrapped up in an adventure that will decide the fate of the world.
  • X Marks the Hero: He has a green X branded on his chest where part of Pyra's Driver crystal is embedded.
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    Nia (Niyah)  
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"Here I come, ready or Gormotti!"

Voiced by: Hitomi Oowada (Japanese), Catrin-Mai Huw (English)

A member of Torna who Rex meets after he takes up a salvaging job. After witnessing her comrade Jin kill Rex, she defects from the group and decides to lend her aid to the newly revived Driver. Nia is a sharp-tongued Gormotti girl who's always accompanied by her Blade, guardian, and confidante Dromarch.


  • A-Cup Angst: When the female party members take a dip in the Mor Ardain hot springs, she expresses a thinly-veiled envy of Pyra and Mythra's goods.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Nia actually manages to get herself to confess that she loves Rex. His response makes her laugh due to the way he phrased it, and she graciously hands him off to Pyra/Mythra in the end. The post-New Game+ title screens suggest that she may not have lost out after all, however, this mode is non-canon (admittedly this doesn't mean the title screens are non-canon).
  • Badass Boast: Delivers a pretty epic challenge to one of the bad guys:
    Nia: Your power destroys but mine restores. There is no wound you can inflict that I cannot heal.
  • Battlecry: In English: "Miii-YEH-YEH-YEH-YEH-YEH-YEH-YEH!" Often heard when she uses a Special.
  • Bishōnen Line: Downplayed. In her Driver form, Nia is a jumpsuit wearing teenage Gormotti with catlike traits. In her Blade form she wears heels and an outfit that midway between leotard and shinto priestess, and trades her Cat Girl traits for Kitsune traits, including elongated ears and tails if you look at her hair and sleeves.
  • Blue Blood: Played with. Her noble father spent several fortunes fruitlessly trying to cure her chronically ill sister; he died shortly after she did. In truth Nia's "sister" was originally Nia's Driver. It's implied that the treatments that her "father" was so desperately looking for were healer Blades.
  • Cat Girl: One of many Cat Folk who hail from the Titan Gormott.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has visible cuspids on her teeth line when she speaks.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After her family died she decided to hide her nature as a Blade and went on searching for a reason to live. This led her to join Torna as a Rebel Without a Cause. It is only after adventuring with Rex and his optimism that she decides her purpose is to accept her nature as a Blade and protect those she loves.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She has a bit of a stare at Mythra in the hot spring scene, though, as above, her expression also communicates a bit of A-Cup Angst.
    Nia: N-nice bod you've got there.
  • Distressed Damsel: She and Dromarch are arrested shortly after arriving in Torigoth, with Rex and Tora setting out to rescue them before their execution. Except...not really; it's just a rumor spread by Mòrag to draw out Rex and Pyra.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She has no problem working with a shady organization for personal gain, but does not take it well when Torna starts killing their hired help after locating the Aegis.
  • Facial Markings: It's a little hard to see from far away but she does have white stripes on her face. Why she has these was never really explained.
  • Furry Reminder: As a Gormotti, she sometimes exhibits feline behaviors like hissing when she's mad and scratching at things. Her ears also move to reflect her mood.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Nia wields the Catalyst Scimitar in many cutscenes after it is revealed. In gameplay, she can't do this outside of Rex's Catalyst Scimitar special attacks. She also fights alongside Dromarch as a Blade, even going so far as to wield her normal weapons as well.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Heatedly shoves Rex into a bunch of barrels when he succumbs to despair after a crushing defeat in Chapter 6.
  • Graceful Loser: Her Combination Attack with Pyra only becomes available after Nia's unsuccessful love confession, showing there's no resentment. While she does get rather vicious during a later Secret Test of Character, it's implied to be a construct of Rex's deepest fears, not necessarily her actual feelings.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Averted, as Nia is supportive of Rex and Pyra/Mythra despite her own interest. Rex's Secret Test of Character in the last chapter, however, implies she's nursing a lot of buried resentment at his obliviousness (albeit its also all but stated that this was not actually Nia but rather a representation of Rex's own fears that took on Nia's form, while the real Nia was undergoing her own Secret Test of Character, as were the rest of the group, that we don't see on screen).
  • Harmful Healing: She uses this intentionally against Malos, causing his cells to regenerate out of control and basically giving him fast-acting cancer that causes his body to start bursting at the seams. She remarks proudly that even if he is an Aegis his body is still made out of the same stuff as everyone else. Unfortunately, Malos has Plot Armor, so this only takes him out of the picture until the next cutscene where he has fully recovered from the attack. Points for creativity, though.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She's a member of Torna until Jin murders Rex.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Tells Mythra that she has a "nice bod" in the Hot Springs, and passes over her own Blade in favor of clinging to Pyra when they first arrive at Tantal.
  • Internal Reveal: Her Flesh Eater nature is revealed to the player when she heals Emperor Niall with everyone distracted. It's only when the party faces the Phantasms guarding the third Aegis sword that she reveals herself, not wanting anyone dying on her again.
  • The Lancer: Nia, Rex's first and most consistent foil, who is snappy and critical in contrast to Rex' simple and open mind. In contrast to most RPG Lancers, she has the powers of the stock White Magician Girl rather than being a complimentary combat unit.
  • Lethal Chef: One of the Heart-to-Hearts in Mor Ardain seems to imply this, as referenced when she offers to cook something with Pyra.
    Dromarch: You had best steel yourself, Master Rex. My lady's cooking is not what anyone would call "conventionally tasty"...
  • Making a Splash: Even without her sword she can fight in Blade form by making various slicing and shooting attacks using compressed water she forms through motions of her hands.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: After The Reveal in Chapter 7, she can be played as a Driver or equipped as Rex's Blade.
  • The Medic: Starts off with Dromarch, a healing-type Blade. Her various weapon Arts also include a few full-party heal spells. Her healing powers are significantly boosted in her Blade form, to the point that she can weaponize it by causing rampant cellular regeneration.
  • Not So Above It All: Nia can be on the dour side and takes herself seriously, but this is balanced by moments of complete daffiness when her blood gets pumping. Examples include her adorable cat-like dance to cheer on her Blades during a special, and her comments when she comes up for a Chain Attack:
    "Here I come, ready or Gormotti!"
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Dromarch. She only sees him as a family since he's the last reminder of her father after he passed away. When asked in Kora's sidequest, Nia says she sees him as a butler or a parent.
  • Punny Name: Nia (and her Japanese name Niyah even more so) is pronounced very closely to 'Nyan', which is the sound of a cat in Japan
  • Red Herring: The player is most led to believe at the hot springs that Nia is ashamed of her breast size compared to Pyra/Mythra's given there was a Scenery Censor with the mist blocking the view of her chest, when in truth what she really was worried about was the fact that her chest contained a Core Crystal embedded, which would point out to her status as a Flesh Eater.
  • Replacement Goldfish: To her "father" after his real daughter passes away. While she still thinks fondly of her "father" in the present, he can't have been mentally stable given what needs to happen to make Nia a Flesh Eater while keeping her memories of said Driver.
  • The Reveal: She is a Flesh Eater Blade with the ability to regenerate life. She uses this to counteract Malos' ability to erase all matter.
  • Ship Tease: She has some mostly one-sided teasing with Rex, as well as a tiny bit with Mythra. After New Game+, the title screen changes so that she'll either get waved over to hold hands with Rex, or she'll tackle him out of the way and hold hands with Pyra and Mythra.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She eventually falls for the very heroic Rex. Unfortunately for her, he seems to have eyes only for the Aegis.
  • Sinister Scimitar: Her Blade weapon.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: In the side quests, she's been hugged by Electra and had larger than normal Nopon jump on top of her.
  • Stripperific: Nia's outfit as a Blade is a ceremonial dress that bottoms out to a pretty skimpy Leotard of Power.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Fish.
  • Superpower Lottery: As a successful Flesh Eater Blade, her preexisting healing powers are amplified enough to bring back the recently dead or reverse the Aegis Malos' destruction powers. She can even weaponize her healing powers.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Beating New Game+ and waiting on the title screen gives her one.
  • Tsundere: Type A. She is prickly and quick to anger, but eventually mellows out to the party.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She likes seafood in general, but has a special fondness for other dishes: Cream Orange Paratha and Snowbaby Potato Salad.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her English voice may make her sound a little older to some people who haven't heard a Welsh accent before, in spite of her rather young appearance, even if she is a Blade that can live for a long time.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing everything about her reveals a great deal of the background plot and setting, and the motivations of a number of the villainous characters.

    Tora 
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"Tora has no potential to awaken Core Crystal...so Tora will finish Blade myself and become a Driver like always wanted!"

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese), Rasmus Hardiker (English)

A Gadgeteer Genius Nopon from Torigoth who, like his father and grandfather, dreams of being a Driver but simply has no talent to bond with Blades naturally. Instead, the family decides to build their own from scratch. When Rex and Pyra are on the run from authorities, Tora helps them escape and subsequently joins them when they help finish his masterpiece.


  • Badass Normal: Completely unable to resonate with Core Crystals. So he builds Poppi α instead.
  • Big Brother Worship: Tora views Rex as a big brother and looks up to him.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • He clearly has a maid fetish that he tries to hide from others. His wardrobe is filled with maid costumes and Poppi's initial personality setting is that of a cutesy maid. Given Lila's Maid motif and Soosoo's aptly named "Not-safe-for-work Folio", this obsession with Maids appears to run in Tora's family.
    • He also programmed several "questionable" functions into Poppi for his own titillation, to Brighid's ire.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: In one post-battle dialogue chain, Zeke makes fun of Tora's Nopon speech patterns. Tora claims that, in Noponese, he's considered a poet.
  • Fan Boy: Of Drivers, since he wishes to be one despite his missing the aptitude to resonate with a Core Crystal. This is why he helps Rex and Pyra escape Mòrag.
  • Made of Iron: Tora failed to become a Driver naturally, but got off with a 3-day nosebleed; many other unlucky Driver candidates die or suffer permanent injury for their efforts. Appropriately, he and Poppi start off filling the Tank role, and Tora has the heroes's highest HP growth.
  • Magikarp Power: Tora serves perfectly well as a tank early on, but having only one Blade becomes a hindrance in the midgame when Blade Combos dominate. Poppi's pre-loaded abilities also begin to wear thin, requiring the player to either play "Tiger! Tiger!" to get better ones or just switch him out for the much stronger and mechanically familiar Mòrag. The addition of Poppi QT fixes some of Tora's issues, but still leaves him lagging. Spend the time to fully upgrade and customize Poppi (Particularly using Poppi QT Pi), though, and Tora can become strong enough to solo superbosses in a fraction of the time it takes other characters.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means tiger. Appropriately, Poppi can be customized with parts and currency earned through a computer game called "Tiger! Tiger!"... which Tora developed himself.
  • Missing Mom: In the "Tora's Tribe" Heart-to-Heart, his mother left his father due to his father's dedication to his work in artificial Blades. Ironically, Tatazo being true to his dreams was what attracted her to him in the first place.
  • Naïve Newcomer: As the newest Driver and someone who wasn't even supposed to be one, he's constantly wondering how a true Driver should be, and if he's even up to the task. The issue is that Rex is usually his first pick to ask questions to... even though Rex was only a Driver for a few days more than him, resulting in really awkward answers.
  • No Social Skills: Tora is quite sensitive and can tell when someone is bothered by something. But between being an engineering shut-in and being a Nopon (which leads to some In-Universe Values Dissonance) he has trouble getting people to open up. In particular, he often breaks the ice by asking someone if they're hungry or worried about money, which are common topics for Nopons; others just find it offensively trivial or personal.
  • One Steve Limit: He shares his name with another Nopon from Xenoblade Chronicles X. This is lampshaded by Elma when she asks him if he knows Tatsu (the Tora of Mira is Tatsu's rival). Tora saying he doesn't know of any Nopon named Tatsu in Alrest confirms to Elma that he is not the Tora she knows.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Comes with being a Nopon.
  • Rule of Cool: A strong believer in it. He's into engineering because machines should be awesome (or lewd) in some way, a man's romance as he puts it. His designing method starts with picking a name as cool as possible ("the most important step!") and then building around it. One Heart-to-Heart reveals that he felt incredibly sad for his daddypon when he was kidnapped to work for Bana's factory, not because he was forced to build war machines, but because he was forced to design generic, uninteresting Mecha-Mooks.
  • Science Hero: Fights alongside Poppi α, whom he built and programmed from scratch (with the help of his Dadapon and Grampypon's schematics).
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Played with. He is the shortest of the playable characters, but is pretty sizable for a Nopon; he's a brilliant engineer, but misses the finer points of human etiquette.
  • The Smart Guy: Tora, the inventor with no innate abilities as a driver that makes up for it by creating an artificial blade. He also looks up to Rex as a sidekick would a hero.
  • Spear Counterpart: He's an Expy of Lin Lee Koo, being a Gadgeteer Genius with a close friendship with the main character, being the party's initial tank character (and uses Shields as a weapon), and has story quests that involve finishing a great creation started by relatives.
  • Stone Wall: He has incredible HP growth and Poppi starts off as a Tank-type.
  • Took a Third Option: He couldn't be a Driver, and he could've given up, but he took option 3 by building Poppi.
  • Younger Than They Look: By Nopon standards, at least. Tora gets offended when Shulk pegs him for 50 by comparing him to the 40-year-old Riki from his world, countering that he's younger than Shulk (18) by "many years," putting him at around Rex's age or even younger.

    Vandham 
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"This world's full of war. Don't matter if you're a soldier or not. As long as you're alive...you're in the war, some way or another."

Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese), Simon Thorp (English)

Leader of the Garfont Mercanaries. Partnered with the Blade Roc.


  • Acrofatic: While he's more muscle than fat, Vandham is very stocky by Urayan standards. However, he's also incredibly agile for a man his size both in gameplay and cutscenes, partially as a result of his bond with Roc.
  • Awesome Aussie: Has a big, bold Australian accent in the English dub.
  • Berserk Button: He has a major beef with Torna due to them killing innocent people, and he's furious when Akhos appears in Garfont Village.
  • The Big Guy: Vandham, the gruff older jolly giant who leads a mercenary company, and teaches young Rex about how to find his place in the world. His blade, Roc, subscribes to a lot of the same philosophies.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He's a mountain of muscle, and also the first major character to be Killed Off for Real.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Just listen to his battle yells!
  • Blood Knight: Fought Rex just for a chance to face the legendary Aegis.
  • Blue Blood: He is descended from Urayan nobility, but chose to leave Fonsa Myma and lead his own band of mercenaries.
  • Crutch Character: Vandham will most likely outclass Rex when he joins the party thanks to his high level and stats. He can perform Driver combos (Break-Topple-Launch) and Blade combos (Water-Earth-Wind) with Nia and Tora. However, he doesn't stick around for long and his limited Blade options means Rex would catch up eventually.
  • Defector from Decadence: You may find a Phonox in Garfont Village who reveals that Vandham - actually Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole by birth - was once Urayan nobility. He christened himself Vandham after a folk hero and left Fonsa Myma to seek a more meaningful way of life. You'll need Nim, who understands the Phonox language.
  • Flunky Boss: Joined by his men in battle.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his hulking figure, he's one of the kinder souls in the game, offering Rex and the party a place to stay when they're washed up on Uraya and even taking in some war orphans. With that said, he's not afraid to let loose when people start threatening those closest to him.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Temporarily joins the party. He is killed by Malos and Akhos to prevent them from going after the party.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies holding back Malos and Akhos, which also results in Roc returning into a Core Crystal. Fortunately, Roc can come back to life by Rex's hand a little later.
  • The Mentor: Acts as one to Rex, giving him pieces of life advice and even teaching him how to topple an enemy with his grappling hook. Which makes his death all the more painful for Rex.
  • Mr. Exposition: Vandham not only mentors Rex In-Universe, but he also foreshadows a lot of plot development by explaining Blades, Core Crystals, and how Blades lose their memories when they return to their crystals. He also explicitly explains why Rex and Pyra sharing wounds is significant, in case the audience did not pick up on the earlier contradiction/implication that Blades should have a Healing Factor yet Pyra doesn't.
  • Nom de Guerre: According to a Phonex, "Vandham" is really a nickname he adopted from a childhood role model.
  • Overly Long Name: His birth name is Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: A major part of Vandham's fondness for Rex is that the boy reminds him of his deceased son.
  • Rated M for Manly: He's a Manly Man who rocks the Heroic Build, wears soldier equipment, and is a powerful Lightning Bruiser who hands Rex his ass at the end of the boss fight. Unfortunately, he's also Too Cool to Live.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: His Trademark Favorite Food is Armu T-Bone Steak.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Never bonds with any other Blade, but believes having Roc at his side at all times is enough.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As an Urayan, his hair has a blueish tinge to it, though it's more subdued and greyish than most Urayans.

    Mòrag Ladair (Meleph) 
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"I get the feeling that, if I stay near that boy, I might bear witness to something quite extraordinary."

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Kirsty Mitchell (English)

The Special Inquisitor and strongest Driver of the Mor Ardain empire. Accompanied by her Blade Brighid.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Mòrag is very proud of her skills and abilities. She often says "This is the culmination of years of training" and "there is a reason why I am Special Inquisitor." She looks down on Rex's shoddy Driver skills early in the game. She is insulted at the idea that her opponents are holding back on her, yet is disappointed when enemies go down quickly because she does not get the chances to show off her skills.
  • Badass Normal: Alone among the final party, she and Brighid are a completely normal Driver/Blade pair (as in no special aberrations in their nature/relationship).
  • Been There, Shaped History: Her motivation for joining the party. She senses great things are going to happen around Rex and Pyra and wishes to see them for herself.
  • Berserk Button: She doesn't tolerate jokes indicating how masculine she looks, particularly not from Zeke.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's got a very soft spot in her otherwise strict personality for her younger cousin, Emperor Niall. He even calls her big sister.
  • Bifauxnen: Even under her androgynous military threads and face-obscuring visor, Mòrag is boyishly handsome. In Japanese she is voiced by Mitsuki Saiga, who uses a husky androgynous voice and is often typecast as such characters.
  • Big "WHAT?!": One that the player will be hearing a lot, since she lets a very loud one out in gameplay every time she gets knocked over.
  • Boring Yet Practical: She does not have access to any exclusive Game-Breaker Blades, with the exception of the DLC Blade Corvin (who works best with her but is still excellent with everyone else). However, unlike Tora and Zeke, she does not have to grind for Tiger! Tiger! (Tora) or wait for New Game+ (Zeke) to obtain strong exclusive Blades. The game hands out to you Aegaeon in Chapter 6 and she can obtain Theory as early as Chapter 7.
  • Brave Scot: In the English dub, especially considering she has one of the heaviest Scottish accents out of all the Mor Ardainian characters.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: The few times she tries, it just falls utterly flat. Even Brighid seems unimpressed. There's an entire Heart to Heart option based around this. Her first attempt to copy Zeke's joke not only isn't funny at all, but accidentally implies that she wants to be buried right next to him. In the second attempt she basically says she'd want to be with Rex instead. Everyone catches the implications of what she just said except Morag herself.
  • Celibate Hero: According to her statement in Kora's sidequest, Mòrag is not interested in getting into a romantic relationship or dating, since it's a distraction from her military arts.
  • Commissar Cap: She wears one to indicate her rank.
  • The Comically Serious: Several [Heart-to-Hearts put her in mundane situations that she approaches with the same grim valor she applies to her job. These include a miserable attempt to cook a monkfish, learning how to crack jokes with Rex and Zeke (and failing), and arguing with Tora about going into the hot springs with the men.
  • Contralto of Danger: Has one of the deepest female voices, especially her Japanese voice which can easily be mistaken for a man's (courtesy of Mitsuki Saiga).
  • Dual Wielding: Wields Brighid's twin swords in combat.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: A female NPC in Mor Adain can be heard fawning over Mòrag. She even becomes starstruck when you speak to her as Mòrag.
  • Everyone Can See It: At least several characters can see that Mòrag developed a bit of a soft spot for Rex, which she vehemently denies.
  • Expy: She is a Gender Flip version of Dunban from the original Xenoblade. Mòrag is a high-ranking soldier who is widely respected as the most powerful warrior of her homeland. She is the most down-to-earth and professional party member. She becomes a permanent party member by reinforcing the heroes when they are about to be overwhelmed. She has a little cousin who she considers a little sibling. Said little sibling would then sacrifices himself to save Mòrag along with the party and then gets revived later. While her default weapon isn't a katana, she is the best katana user of the party, and she even obtains a katana later in the story. Her playstyle is also similar to Dunban; she is an Agility Tank who can also dish out damage.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her left shoulder has an armored pauldron on it, whereas her right is unadorned.
  • Foil: To Zeke. Both of them fight Rex and the party multiple times before eventually joining it. They are also the strongest Drivers in their respective Titans. However, Mòrag's reputation precedes her and is treated as a No-Nonsense Nemesis while Zeke is initially introduced as the comic relief and it takes him three fights to finally show off his true power. Both are also royalty to a certain extent but whereas Mòrag became the Special Inquisitor of Mor Ardain, Zeke ended up disowned and was exiled from Tantal before eventually making a home in Indol.
    • Also to Rex. Both are Drivers who's primary Blades are fire-based and some of the strongest Blades around. They are also the only two Drivers shown on-screen canonically have more than one Blade (barring Tora who simply upgrades Poppi and Lora) with Rex having the Aegis, Roc and Nia and Mòrag having Brighid and gaining Aegaeon's Core Crystal after Chapter 6. However, Mòrag is a lot more experienced and skilled as a Driver while Rex is rather inexperienced to the point where he just beam spammed Pyra's attacks at his opponent before realizing what it truly meant to be a Driver. Rex is just a nobody from Letheria while Mòrag was born into royalty. Rex met Pyra purely by chance (all Torna needed was a Leftherian to open the door) while Mòrag was born into royalty and as such was one of the few who actually had a chance to resonate with the Jewel of Mor Ardain. Their relationships with Pyra and Brighid are also contrasted. When they first met Pyra, despite being a Nice Girl was merely using Rex as a tool to get to the Architect so that she could die. Whereas Brighid has nothing but Undying Loyalty to Mòrag. In a sense Rex and Pyra represent how Mòrag and Brighid would've been when first starting out as a team and how they would've been had they not grown in skill and experience.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Unflagging in her service to the Empire, Mòrag eventually comes to see some truth to Rex and Pyra's version of events. She eventually joins the party.
  • Heir Club for Men: With no male heirs available, Mòrag was actually raised to be the Empress, and would have been the first one in Mor Ardain's history. However, when Niall was born, she stepped aside and he became heir. She doesn't mind in the least, but he worries about it quite a bit.
  • Hero Antagonist: During her time as an enemy, she is simply seeking to protect the world from Pyra's threat and later deal with the incidents involving Lila, for which she initially suspects Poppi.
  • It Gets Easier: One sidequest involves solving the murder of a Senator in Mor Ardain. Mòrag takes the unhappy job of informing the Senator's husband, commenting that delivering such news is something she's grown accustomed to.
  • King Incognito: Averted. She is of royal blood, and was being groomed to take the throne of Mor Ardain as Empress, but then her younger cousin Niall Ardanach was born. As the laws of Mor Ardain require power to pass along the male line, Niall became Emperor. She has no hard feelings over this, and treats him like the younger brother she never had.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: At the hot springs in Mor Ardain, Tora reveals he's mistaken Mòrag for a man for some time - awkward, but not an unusual error from a different species. She is much less tolerant when Zeke suggests she wear a skirt and heels to make it clearer.
  • Lady of War: She is very calm and her voice rarely rises above a quiet drawl even in the midst of battle. In her early appearances, the camera frequently films her speaking scenes from the side to just hide her mouth behind her shoulder, adding an aura of mysterious elegance to her. In addition, her cap's bill is interestingly designed like a metal grill and it frequently frames her eyes, making her look reminiscent of a dignified medieval knight.
  • Lethal Chef: She only shows shades of this when dealing with dying living ingredients such as fish. She can't really bring herself to deal with food when it's still alive, as that makes her feel guilt and gradual panic. The end result is an Art-to-the-stove.
  • Made of Iron: While her role in the party is designed to be an agility Tank (i.e. one who directs attacks to her but tries to avoid getting hit rather than relying on pure durability), she still shows herself to have this, such as when she takes a direct hit from the Monoceros' mounted guns but comes away with no real damage simply by raising one sword-bearing arm to shield herself. She also seems to have some resistance to fire (or at least fire produced by Brighid), as she walks right through a wall of flame in one of her first appearances.
  • Meaningful Name: Mòrag is Scottish Gaelic for "princess", as fitting of the former heir apparent to the Empire of Mor Ardain.
  • Never Bareheaded: The number of times her cap comes off can be counted on one hand.
  • Not So Above It All: Upon joining Rex's team, she softens up a bit - particularly when bantering with Zeke.
  • Not So Stoic: Her prim and proper demeanor only breaks a few times, but they're all pretty spectacular breakdowns.
    (At the end of Chapter 5): "NO! SHIT! Who gave that damn order?!"''
    • Her worst is when Naill dies.
  • Only One Name: Not quite (as shown above), but for the vast majority of the game, she is only addressed by her title and/or first name. Her full name is used only a handful of times and can be easily missed.
  • Only Sane Man: Morag, and her blade Brigid (The Stoic) share this role. As a military commander, she is much more worldly, and rational than the rest of the cast, and contributes through her experience and professional contacts.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: On the extremely rare occasion that her cap comes off, we can see that her hair is done up in a neat and tight bun.
  • Red Baron: Dreaded throughout Alrest as "the Flamebringer".
  • Reverse Armfold: Her default stance, as expected due to her strict military discipline.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: She has this dynamic with Zeke. In several Heart-to-Hearts, Zeke makes fun of her masculinity, and she threatens to kill him in return.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Less tomboy and more militarily unfeminine, but she does occasionally hint at womanly interests, such as muttering under her breath that she might need skincare after a battle. In the Pandoria's Troubles Heart-to-Heart, one option allows Mòrag to share her and Brighid's beauty tips with Pandoria, such as the beauty products they import from Argentum.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to take Pyra under her control to prevent her power from killing several Titans as it did 500 years ago.

    Zeke von Genbu (Zeke B. Ultimate Genbu) 
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"Behold the mighty Zeke! Von! Genbu! Bringer of Chaos! Mostly known as Zeke. And often addressed as THE ZEKENATOR!"

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Daniel Barker (English)

A tall, flamboyant swordsman with a flair for dramatic threats and an unlucky streak as long as history. Zeke seeks the Aegis, leading him into conflict with Rex and the party on multiple occasions. He wears an eyepatch that he is really proud of. Accompanied by his Blade (and all-around handler, much to her exasperation), Pandoria.


  • Affectionate Nickname: While initially demeaning, he eventually does warm up to the "Shellhead" nickname Nia gives him.
    Pandoria: You answer to that now?
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His Ultimate Lightning Fury Slash is visually spectacular, but, on top of not aiming it properly to hit anyone with it, it destroys the cliff he fought the party on.
    • It suffers from this to a lesser extent in normal gameplay as well, where it does good damage and inflicts Blowdown, but has one of the longest animations of any Driver Art.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His Japanese name, depending on how you want to read it, has either Ultimate or Goku as part of Zeke's name. Also, for a while, his Japanese first name was read as Sieg, as in the hero Siegfried.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a tattered black longcoat over his bare torso.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Gives one in his introductory scene, to Nia's disgust.
  • Born Unlucky: He is extremely prone to bad luck, as shown by his early encounters with the party being interrupted by something bad happening to him. It is for this reason that it takes until their third encounter to explain that he is a representative of Indol and means no harm.
    Tora: We all be shipwrecked by morning.
  • Butt-Monkey: He tends to get the short end of the stick, mostly due to his awful luck. And even as Tantal's prince and its strongest Driver, Zeke doesn't quite command the respect he ought to, probably due to his easygoing and goofy personality.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He was exiled from Tantal for rebelling against their isolationist nature, which he feels is killing the country.
  • Chuunibyou: He spouts a lot of dramatic nonsense, pushes nicknames like "the Zekenator" with all his might, and insists his eyepatch hides a force of nonspecific but incredible destruction termed "the Eye of Shining Justice" (and totally not his excuse for cheaping out on contact lenses). Nobody's fooled. Turns out it's actually true, at least in New Game+.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yes, his mannerisms are a bit...odd, but he still proves to be a formidable Driver in his own right. In one display, he downs the entire party in one fell swoop with no distractions to get in his way. Morag matter-of-factly describes him as the most powerful Driver in all of Tantal, and Rex compliments after their third fight that Zeke is just as formidable a Driver as Morag.
  • Dark Secret: Zeke's return to Tantal prompts a revelation from his father, King Eulegimenos, that they are not descended from the hallowed folk hero Addam - but from a cadet branch of the old royal family of Torna that took advantage of the chaos after the Aegis War. The prequel expansion heavily implies that Zeke's line was descended from the Tornan king's brother and Addam's uncle Zettar, meaning that he is at least descended from a close relative of Addam's.
  • Exposed to the Elements: He never wears a shirt underneath his longcoat, even in the frigid Kingdom of Tantal, his own homeland. This is lampshaded when Nia brings it up, only for Pandoria to point out he's gotten used to it.
  • Expy: Of Bart Fatima, as both are very Hot-Blooded exiled princes with an eyepatch over their left eye. Made explicit when using Zeke's Embercake costume, a Palette Swap that directly gives him Bart's colors.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Or at least he thinks so. According to Pandoria he wears it because he couldn't afford a second contact lens.
  • Genre Savvy: For all his blockheaded moments, he knows that that trying to calm down Mythra and Kora during their catfight would basically be pouring gasoline on a fire. Nia is surprised that he actually realizes how much trouble he causes for once.
  • Glass Cannon: He hits HARD, but he remains stationary during his arts and they have long start up times. His abysmal defenses don't help either.
  • Heroic Lineage: As a royal of Tantal, he is a descendant of the hero Addam. Except not really. His ancestors pretended to be related in order to take control during the chaos of Addam's disappearance after the Aegis War. Zeke was completely unaware of the lie, and is quite devastated when he finds out. However, the prequel implies that the Tantal royal line descends from Zeke's uncle Zettar, meaning that he still somewhat related to Addam.
  • Hidden Depths: While he acts like and is an overdramatic goofball, Zeke offers surprisingly insightful tidbits of wisdom from time to time. He also is fairly well-versed in politics, uses sophisticated vocabulary, and is capable of impressive mental mathematics. Not to mention his devastating swordsmanship.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Despite his royal heritage, he's been traveling in exile for the past several years and has had to work odd jobs to get by. Justified in that he doesn't advertise his status or use it to get things for himself. In one Heart to Heart Pandoria notes that she and Zeke sometimes got so hungry camping out while tracking/waiting for Rex's group that they were tempted to eat their mascot Turters.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: How he speaks in the Japanese version.
  • Large Ham:
    • Says that he has "the mind of a hero" inside his eyepatch.
    • His encounter line as a boss is 'Whoops! I went and revealed my incredible power!'. His Driver Art names are all also ridiculously hammy.
  • Late Character Syndrome: Has the misfortune of not only joining last, but being the only one to have direct competition for party rolenote . He's by no means a bad Damager but when you're competing with Mythra the deck's stacked against him. He only gets a relief in this on New Game+, due to his hidden affinity chart being the best out of all of them.
  • Magic Knight: He has high stats in both Strength and Ether, so whether you give him Great Axes or Ether Cannon, Zeke will always do well.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name, "von Genbu", refers to Genbu of The Four Gods, depicted as a tortoise with a snake for a tail (sometimes simply called "the Chimzera" or "the Tortoise"). It's also the only reference to The Four Gods to make it past translation; Byakko, Suzaku, and Seiryu becoming Dromarch, Roc, and Azurda respectively.
  • Only One Name: Averted. One of the few characters with a known last name, the other being Mòrag.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is "Ozychlyrus Brounev Tantal" ("Zeke" coming from "Ozychlyrus"), though he almost never uses it, preferring Zeke von Genbu.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He wears no shirt under his tattered longcoat.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Of the Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass variety, Zeke and his blade Pandoria (Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder) share this role. Despite their theatrical antics they're insightful and battle experienced, coming from a royal family.
  • Really Gets Around: He's quite a flirt, and if Pandoria's comments are anything to go by, his time spent Walking the Earth featured many exciting nights with local women.
  • Rebel Prince: He's actually Prince Ozychlyrus Brouney Tantal of the Kingdom of Tantal and one of its greatest swordsmen. However, in his youth, he preferred to travel the world instead of staying home and studying, given the dreary state of the kingdom at the time, and his belief that learning about and opening up to other nations was necessary to help Tantal. His behavior led to his father disowning him.
  • Recurring Boss: He is fought three times. Hilariously, of all the tropes he deliberately invokes, this isn't one of them. He would have explained himself all the way back in Uraya if he wasn't interrupted; ditto Mor Ardain.
  • Red Baron: Aside from his self-bestowed collection of titles, he's known as 'Thunderbolt' Zeke by others.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Not him, but his pet turtle, Turters, is extremely adorable.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: He has this dynamic with Mòrag. In several Heart-to-Hearts he makes fun of Mòrag's masculinity, and she threatens to kill him.
  • Super Speed:
    • Can use Pandoria's electric powers (perhaps aided or enabled by his Blade Eater status) to give him brief boosts of incredible speed and reflex abilities, earning him the title Thunderbolt Zeke. Even the light-speed Jin is impressed by his reflexes.
    • In New Game Plus, he can unlock "Unleash Shining Justice" to gain the ability to make his arts extremely fast for a period of time.
  • Synchronization: He was nearly killed by bandits several years before the start of the game. He's only alive because Amalthus transplanted part of Pandoria's Core Crystal onto his chest, resulting in them sharing their lifeforce.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In KOS-MOS's personal side quest, he meets his younger cousin Astelle for the first time, as she was born shortly after he left Tantal. Still trying to wrap his head over the fact that he has a new family member and with Astelle calling him "uncle" because of complicated family relationship terminology, Zeke then requests for her to see him as a big brother, only for him to realize the hidden meaning behind those words when Astelle promptly calls him "big bro." Nia, Pandoria, and even Astelle then milk the joke for all its worth, much to Zeke's annoyance.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Inverted. It's when his personal boss theme isn't playing that he's at his most dangerous.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's rather proud of having a rule of killing as little as he can afford (with his giant lightning sword, yes), which he sees as a proof of his strength. When he admits that to Amalthus in a flashback, the praetor can only answer "I guess I am quite weak, then." Zeke confirms and calls him the weakest of the weak when he discovers just how far he's gone.
  • The Reveal: He's a Blade Eater; part of Pandoria's Core Crystal was transplanted onto his heart by Amalthus before the events of the game in order to save his life.
  • Too Many Belts: Wears six or seven of them. Directly on his skin. Knowing him, it's probably purely for style points.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Zeke favors Addam's Embercakes (a vegetable dish with a mix of spices from 500 years ago), just like the legendary Driver Addam. It's one of Theosoir's regional specialties. In the Heart-to-Heart conversation "Addam's Appetite", he sours on them a bit after Mythra reveals the legend is a sham - Addam hated spicy food.
  • Turtle Power: On top of the whole "Shellhead" joke, he owns a pet turtle named Turters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Is by far the most playfully confrontational out of the main cast, and tends to earn the party's ire. This is balanced out by the various times the characters praise his more noble traits (Morag in particular liking how he never uses his title as a prince to take advantage of situations or get others in trouble).
  • The Von Trope Family: His English name, von Genbu, although it's not his true name.
  • Warrior Poet: Occasionally lapses into poetry when night falls.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Rex notes that at the speed Zeke was running to snatch Turters out of Pyra's hand, he could have just grabbed Pyra instead if he was really after her. It turns out later that Zeke never intended to kidnap Pyra in the first place.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of his knuckle arts is a drop kick, and he ends level 4 Blade specials with an explosive elbow drop.
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    Pyra / Mythra (Homura/Hikari) 
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"As the Driver of the Aegis... can you take me to Elysium?"

Voiced by: Shino Shimoji (Japanese), Skye Bennett (English)
Designed by: Masatsugu Saitō

A mysterious Blade with power over flame. She sets off Rex's quest after he discovers her - and a bright red sword - inside a wreck salvaged by the mercenary group Torna. Pyra is in fact the Aegis, one of the first Blades created by the Architect and stolen from Elysium. Her only wish is to return to Elysium to set right what went awry 500 years ago.

For tropes applying to Mythra in Torna ~ The Golden Country, see here.


  • Apologises a Lot: Rex points out that Pyra says "sorry" a lot.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While it's pretty easy to see that Mythra has a major thing for Rex, one of her post battle quotes is her mentioning about Poppi QTπ's body upgrade.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Mythra is very good at analyzing the structural integrity of buildings and the strength of her opponents, so she can take them out in one shot without bringing the house down. This is reflected in gameplay, as she has access to the "Focus" field skill and her voice quip is pondering the structural weaknesses of what she's looking at.
  • Back Stab: Pyra's Sword Bash Art does more damage from behind.
  • Badass Adorable: Hard to believe that the legendary Blade that everyone is pining for is actually a cute, kind young woman with a penchant for cooking, isn't it?
  • Bad Liar: By her own admission. She's so dreadful at it she never even tries. The one time she does, it only lands because nobody else can follow her Techno Babble. A sharp player will probably see right through it.
  • Batman Gambit: Malos believed that she would have transferred the rest of her Core Crystal to Rex before she finished atomizing herself if Jin did not submit to her demand to spare him at the end of Chapter 6, meaning her attempted Heroic Sacrifice would have saved Rex either way.
  • Betty and Veronica: The two personalities have this dynamic with Rex: Pyra is sweet but headstrong, while Mythra is prickly but well-meaning.
  • BFS: Her sword is on the large side normally, and emits a blade of fire/light that makes it even bigger.
  • Bleached Underpants: She was designed by a Hentai artist.
  • Boobs of Steel: Pyra (and Mythra by extension) is far and away the bustiest main character (only beaten by Dahlia). She's also the resident Sword of Plot Advancement, and has access to two (later three) different forms.
  • Cain and Abel: Not with each other, as they get along quite well, but with Malos, their brother of sorts as a fellow Aegis and creation of the Architect, as well as their sworn enemy. They even all refer to the Architect as their "Father".
  • The Chick: Rounding out the main Chromatic Arrangement Power Trio (and Love Triangle), Pyra is the emotional ground for the rest of the group as a demure, feminine MacGuffin Girl. She's still a support unit as a blade, but can wield a sword just as well, if not better than, Rex, as shown in her first scene. Story-wise, she splits the difference of the Lancer and Chick roles with Nia.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Despite Pyra explicitly being created as a (relatively) low-powered smokescreen to hide Mythra's true destructive potential, nobody ever questions her right to personhood - even the "original" personality Mythra thinks of her like a sister with every right to continue existing. Unfortunately, despite Mythra trying to make Pyra an ideal version of her own personality she still inherited Mythra's suicidal impulses and self-hatred, so the existing part was something they both wanted to be rid of until Rex snapped them out of it.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Mythra can grant this to her Drivers. As a Light-element Blade and being implied to be a sister blade to the Monado, she can predict the movement of particles before they actually act, letting her predict the immediate future movements of her foes. This translates to accuracy and evasion boosts for the party when she is Rex's active Blade.
  • Contralto of Danger: Mythra speaks with a deeper and rougher voice than Pyra, and also happens to be one of the most powerful Blades in all Alrest.
  • Covert Pervert: While a good amount of the direct Ship Tease with Rex is focused on her Pyra side, Mythra has it too and it often hinges on Mythra having a lewder mind than she'd like to admit. Its subtly shown first when she wakes up in bed with Rex and, perhaps thinking it is a dream, her first reaction is to slowly move forward as if to start kissing him (while holding his arm between her breasts). We see this side again when she is deeply flustered by Nia's "one eyed monster" remark.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In all forms.
  • Death from Above: Mythra's level IV special, Sacred Arrow. It's Siren raining down lasers on the battlefield. However, it can't be used indoors.
  • Death Seeker: After Malos absorbs their memories, Pyra and Mythra reveal that their true reason to return to the Architect was to ask for death. Rex manages to convince them to continue living and go on to Elysium together.
  • Deuteragonist: She's Rex's walking, talking Call to Adventure, and at least initially, drives the plot more than Rex himself.
  • Disney Death: After the final battle with Malos, Pyra/Mythra reassembles her Core Crystal and gives it to Rex before sacrificing herself to stop the collapsing Orbit Station from destroying Alrest. In the Stinger, her Core Crystal regenerates, bringing them back to life, as separate people no less.
  • Distressed Damsel: Is captured a few times during the story, requiring Rex to rescue her.
  • Emerald Power: She is the only Blade with a green Core Crystal. Her Pneuma form takes it to its conclusion.
  • Expy: Mythra to Angela Balzac - a blonde Type-A Tsundere heroine of their respective titles with a white-and-emerald color motif; both share the same character designer.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: One of Pyra's field skills is the ability to cook at available kitchens. Leveling it up allows her to fix more meals with the same ingredients.
  • Fetish: One of the random post-battle dialogues with Vandam and Rex reveals that Pyra has one for more slender guys, and reacts with out of character disgust and panic at the idea of Rex getting muscular.
  • Foreshadowing: Pyra's plan to sacrifice herself to save Rex by giving him her entire core crystal and Malos' explanations of how an Aegis can still function for while without it is what allows Pyra and Mythra to give their Core Crystal to Rex before sacrificing herself to destroy the orbital elevator, under the guess that it would hold on to enough of the Conduit's power to reconstruct their bodies later. Of course, she knew the chance of it working was so small that she didn't tell anyone, and if it didn't work she still would've had to sacrifice herself anyway. But fortunately, her hunch paid off and they get new bodies after the ending.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Pneuma is the result of Rex and Pyra+Mythra's bond becoming unbreakable, yet in game her trust level is locked at an abysmal Level E. While she will still likely feel strong particularly on a first playthrough without doing any of the Bonus Boss, and her mechanics make the previously hard Chain Attack system easy to use, if the player is lucky enough to pull Blades to make good setups (especially on New Game+) then she's actually weaker than Mythra for things like boss farming or getting good Challenge Mode times.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: As Mythra, she wears a white dress and has gold hair.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Pyra and Mythra have developed far more as people and got way more involved with the world than their initial role as a control crystal was ever intended to. Ultimately acknowledged by the Architect, who initially calls them Pneuma, but eventually corrects himself to "Pyra and Mythra" while acknowledging this self-determination could be seen as succeeding in their role.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Several - one at the end of Chapter 6 where she willingly gives herself up to Torna so they can spare the party, and a larger one in the ending where she stays behind on Elysium to set Aion to self destruct, preventing Elysium from causing a Colony Drop on the planet. Subverted though in that her Core Crystal is restored not too long after.
  • Hive Mind: She has a subconscious one with every blade and titan that controls and upgrades the rest of the their species reproductive cycle, which is why they don't go through the standard Blade to Titan to death life cycle. Pyra and Mythra only know that they have knowledge of the properties of all blades, but not why they have it or what their lower level AI functions do with that information until their creator tells them.
  • Humongous Mecha: Mythra's Artifice follows the mecha theme.
    • Siren, the white mecha that provides Mythra's ultimate attack.
    • Ophion, a giant snake-like mech that was destroyed during the Aegis War and then repaired and retasked to prevent passage to Elysium. After clearing the game, you can face it at the Cliffs of Morytha as a formidable Bonus Boss.
    • Aion, which supposedly has the power to destroy the world, and represents the 'true nature' of the Aegis.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In Kora's sidequest, she and Mythra snipe at each other's wardrobe choices.
    • Other scenes see Mythra calling Rex out for being a Covert Pervert, with implications she has broader interests than she lets on.
      Azurda: She's certainly exposing a lot of skin.
      Dromarch: Pot, meet kettle.
      Azurda: Do you care to tell me what that means, my good sir?
      Dromarch: Have you looked in a mirror lately?
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mythra goes on a speech about how she thinks the advancement of technology led to nothing but ruin and suffering for the previous civilization. Which wouldn't have been that bad, if the person she was talking to wasn't Poppi, who goes into an existential crisis from thinking about it. Mythra immediately realizes what she just did to her and manages to backpedal enough to talk Poppi out of it, but not without promising to kill Poppi if Poppi destroys the world.
  • Laser Blade: Her weapon is a unique type called the "Aegis Sword", and it's a huge sword that emits light/fire to extend further. It also deals a lot more damage than common weapon types (The only exception being a Greataxe wielded by Zenobia), as expected from a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Lethal Chef: Implied with Mythra during Rex's Journey to the Center of the Mind during the last chapter, in which Pyra is still an excellent chef despite taking on Mythra's more abrasive characteristics while Mythra is noticeably kinder towards Rex. Mythra offers to cook for Rex next, but Pyra figures it would just make him sick. A later interaction with Crossette indicates this as Mythra herself claims she no longer cooks after Crossette messes up a recipe.
    Mythra: But carbon's good for you!
  • Light 'em Up: Mythra is one of only five Light-element Blades in the whole game, which of course deepens the contrast between her and Malos. However, most of her Light-based attacks (aside from her Laser Blade and the energy blasts it can shoot, of course), actually come from Siren, her Artifice.
  • Light Is Good: Mythra is Light-based. She's also the Deuteragonist of the game.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Mythra's native abilities speed up Arts recharge, increase critical hits, and boost evasion at max Affinity. Once her affinity tree is mastered, Rex can throw out Arts and Specials with near impunity. The Aegis sword by itself also can spawn health potions with Anchor shot, meaning that even Pyra has more potential staying power than most attacker blades.
  • Literal Split Personality: During a few dream sequences Pyra and Mythra both appear standing side by side. In the ending, they are revived from their core in two separate bodies.
  • Loving a Shadow: Mythra has Ship Tease with Rex, just like Pyra. Part of this is because Rex reminds her of Addam (whom she's implied to have had a thing for though it's made clear by Addam himself that she never had a chance back then since he had a wife with a child on the way at the time. The DLC reveals that despite similarities, he and Rex are quite different and if anything Mythra sees Addam as a Big Brother Mentor even if she finds the similar qualities in Rex attractive).
  • Martyr Without a Cause: The real reason Pyra and Mythra want to go to Elysium is to ask the Architect to unmake them, so they jump at every opportunity for a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Pyra" is the Greek word for "flame colored, red fire", referencing her control over the element of fire. Similarly, her Japanese name "Homura" means "fire" in Japanese.
    • Her alternate form, "Mythra", plays up her power being "mythical", being named after the Persian deity of Light, Mithra. Her Japanese name, "Hikari", means "light" in Japanese.
    • Her true name "Pneuma" is the Greek word for "breath", and can also mean "spirit" or "soul" in religious contexts; this also plays off the other Aegis names Ontos and Logos, which refer to body and mind, respectively. It is even written on her chest in that form in Greek letters.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter:
    • Thanks to having multiple forms, Pyra is essentially two Blades with different elements. This means Rex can have 4 different elements available at once.note 
    • After unlocking her Pneuma form, Pyra and Mythra can briefly transform into it during battle if Rex has max affinity with either of them and the party gauge is full. While active, she gains a number of unique and powerful abilities.
  • Mind Rape: Is on the receiving end of one by Malos in chapter 7, leaving her an unresponsive husk until Rex comes to rescue her.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Pyra was made by a hentai artist, after all. Huge breasts, Stripperiffic outfit, shows off plenty of Zettai Ryouiki, and even a bit of Gainaxing. It's rather blatant.
    • Mythra qualifies as well, with more emphasis on her cleavage, back, and legs.
    • Even their final form, Pneuma, qualifies for this despite having a lot more coverage. She's still extremely busty and shows off plenty of cleavage through her skin-tight suit, along with hugging her curves nicely.
  • Mundane Utility: Pyra uses her control over fire for many normal things, such as cooking, starting a campfire, and keeping the party warm in the cold.
  • My Greatest Failure: All of the people and Titans that died when she went wild on Malos 500 years ago caused one hell of a My God, What Have I Done? on Mythra after it was all over. She ends up suicidal because of it, and later asks Poppi to kill her if it happens again someday, which Poppi responds that she better do the same if it ends up the other way around since the two of them aren't that different in origins.
  • Mysterious Waif: Plays a significant role in the backstory, and meeting her provides Rex incentive to find Elysium.
  • Narcissist: Has some shades of this given her confidence as the most powerful Blade, but this particularly shows during Kora's sidequest upon activating Girls' Talk. Most of this comes from Mythra's half of their mind.
    Mythra: And so, thanks to the beautiful Mythra, the tale continued.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During Rex's nightmare sequence given to him by the Architect, Pyra is more distant and abrasive, while Mythra is sweet and caring towards Rex. Back in chapter 6, a conversation between Nia and Mythra reveals that this is how both of them respond when they're trying to comfort Rex when he's in intense grief, their personalities basically do a 180. Pyra's first instinct is to give him space so he can work it out while Mythra would rather be close and affectionate to him. Their behavior in this scene is a hint that they already know what is happening to Rex and are trying to ease his suffering as best they can.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Pyra suffers this in gameplay once the player unlocks Mythra's full power via her Affinity Chart, as the latter is designed to completely annihilate anything in the game without breaking a sweat, but being able to freely add her fire element for combos is still useful.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: When Rex and the party first meet her, Mòrag claims that the Aegis destroyed three Titans in a historical war. And it's true, as Mythra did it while fighting Malos during the Aegis War five hundred years ago.
  • Physical God: She is one of the Aegises. She has the power to control light as Mythra and can control all Artifices including Aion which can destroy the world.
  • Playing with Fire: Pyra has power over flame. Not only does she use it in battle, but one of her idle animations shows her playing with it. Even without the sword she can conjure a huge fire ball if she has to. It's an early plot point that Pyra is not technically a fire Blade, so large amounts of water (which disrupt the fire ether in the air) have no effect on her powers. Mythra is implied to be able to use heat attacks with her hands in a similar way as well, given in one scene she raises a hand as she threatens to burn Nia.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Pyra is a Nice Girl with more backbone than expected while Mythra is a Tsundere with a soft side. It's notable that in the dream sequence in the last chapter, when everyone has their hidden emotions brought to the fore, Pyra just starts acting a bit abrasive while Mythra just starts acting nicer. Rex likewise notes that their surface personalities hide a lot of inner similarities, hence why he is able to see them as the same person despite how different they seem. It's actually forshadowed as early as Fan La Norne's funeral, where Pyra acts more distant when Rex is in pain and would prefer to give him space, while Mythra is more clingy and is overly affectionate when he's suffering. This lets the player know that they're both worried about him despite Rex having no idea what is happening. This was intentional by Mythra, since she created Pyra to be everything she felt she wasn't at a time when Mythra hated herself.
  • Power Up Letdown: Pneuma is great for the first casual run through the game due to her easy mode of getting orbs and breaking them, but her trust is locked at level E. For players that delve into the game's damage math, this means once the player starts minmaxing for the traditional Xenoblade post game and hits orbs properly (not to mention getting Infinity Plus One Swords like KOS-MOS or DLC blades like Corvin), she's extremely weak for Challenge Mode compared to even her unfused halves when they have maxed out affinity charts due to the various damage bonuses that come with it. As of the most recent patch, these crutch tools are meaningless with Elma in the party, since Orbs and Chain Attack aren't even available when Overdrive is active.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Mythra's "Massive Melee Mythra" outfit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in addition to covering up her Cleavage Window, gives her black tights.
  • Punny Name: See Meaningful Name above. Befitting her personality, Pyra's favorite drink is "Jenerossi Tea".
  • Purposely Overpowered:
    • Pyra and Mythra are both tremendously powerful Blades, but Mythra is leagues ahead. Pneuma eclipses them both, without grinding or Min-Maxing at least.
    • While Pneuma is active, Rex will have a massively increased damage output and be unable to die, always surviving with one HP. Most importantly, she can change the element of her Special on the fly, essentially letting her trigger any combo route, and her Specials during chain attacks will damage all orbs at once. That said, her trust level being locked at E nerfs her special damage, so if the player wants to truly hit the limits of the game's damage system then other blades (including Mythra by herself) will easily outshine Pneuma with a little planning and work.
  • Reality Warper: Pneuma's true power. It allows Rex to bend reality according to his own imagination, allowing him to match Jin's light-speed and negate his absolute-zero powers. In gameplay this means, Pneuma can use every element possible, and hit every element in a chain attack. The power has limitations though, namely it can't effect things beyond a certain distance (illustrated when Rex and Pneuma have to get close to the Indol Titan before they can use her ability to make it briefly appear to be still).
  • Red Is Heroic: Pyra.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: Mythra chose to seal herself away after the war 500 years ago, both in body and mind. Her previous driver, Addam, however, did expect someone worthy to awaken her.
  • Second Love: According to Pyra, Mythra, before meeting Rex, never met a more wonderful man than Addam (and worded it in a very Ship Tease-y way). That said, Rex reminds Mythra of Addam quite a bit. The prequel seems to remove this trope, as Mythra never sees Addam as more than a friend and mentor figure due to him being physically older than her and being devoted to his wife with a kid on the way. The last leg of the main game supports Rex actually being her First Love, as Pyra and Mythra both hated the whole world until they came to love it because Rex was part of it. It doesn't stop Pyra from trolling Rex and Mythra by making him think Mythra liked Addam.
    • More proof that Mythra didn't love Addam shows up in Elma's DLC when she reveals that while she respected him, her memories of him don't have any real meaning to her, and ends up pressing Elma's Berserk Button in the process.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Though by a loose definition of family and impossible to see through normal gameplay, datamining reveals that Mythra and her fellow Aegis, Malos, have similar tastes in pouch items, both favoring desserts and art and especially liking a particular seafood dish, albeit different ones (Cloud Sea Crab Sticks in her case and Grilled Anchortail in his). Despite them sharing a body and mindspace, this is actually not the case between Pyra and Mythra when it concerns favored items, as all of Pyra's liked items are of entirely different categories than either of theirs. However, their tendency towards self-hatred, depression, and suicide are shared across all of them which is also shared by their "father", though the Architect's explanation to Rex makes it clear that happened because of their circumstances and wasn't an intended trait.
  • She-Fu: Her fighting style is graceful and acrobatic.
  • Ship Tease: Pyra and by extension her alternate form, Mythra is heavily teased with Rex, by the end it being arguably more than a tease.
  • Shown Their Work: It's mentioned that Mythra's abilities don't actually work at lightspeed because the particles are too heavy, which would make them a form of plasma. This explains where Pyra's power comes from, as fire is (mostly) plasma.
  • Sleepwalking: Mythra once finds herself in Rex's bed. Her response suggests this isn't the first time.
  • Smug Super: Mythra is pretty shameless about being the most powerful Blade. She's especially proud of her Foresight ability. She can also be sensitive/competitive if her abilities are questioned. Notably she is adamant that the one time Brighid beat her in a sparring match (Brighid lost every other time) didn't count, as Mythra had been worn out from sparring with Haze.
  • Split Personality: Mythra was the original form of the Aegis, but after the Aegis War, she chose to seal herself away to prevent misuse of her power. This included creating another form with its own personality, but a shared memory. The two forms consider each other sisters.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Their Pneuma form essentially merges both their personalities into their one true personality. The player can decide who Rex can later refer to this form in gameplay. However, it's not permanent; before meeting the Architect the story treats it as a Super Mode, and afterward the game continues to do so even when the story doesn't..
  • Super Mode: Pyra and Mythra's Pneuma form.
  • Supreme Chef: Pyra, to which she has a skill dedicated solely for cooking.
  • Sweet Tooth: Mythra has sweets as a favoured pouch item.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: She's a plot-important Blade, is the target of multiple factions, and the main plot (at least initially) is Rex escorting her home.
  • Synchronization: Thanks to sharing half of her lifeforce with Rex, they have a deeper connection than most Blades and Drivers; as a negative consequence, any pain or damage one sustains is felt by the other, making Pyra mortal.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Jenerossi Tea for Pyra, and Cloud Sea Crab Sticks for Mythra. Mythra admits they're not the most feminine thing on the menu, but likes the crunch.
  • Tron Lines: Particularly visible when channeling a lot of power, or in the dark.Pneuma, meanwhile, has them by default.
    Rex: Is it nighttime already?
    Pyra: Oh. And I've started glowing. ... I'm a bit self-conscious.
  • Tsundere: Pyra is a Type B, normally sweet but can be headstrong, while Mythra is a Type A, prickly but not completely cold-hearted.
  • Weight Woe: Being a special legendary Blade and all, she's a lot heavier than she looks. It's a point of some consternation to poor Pyra. Concept art reveals this isn't her fault, as a good portion of her chestpiece, boots, and gloves are made of solid metal.
  • Worthy Opponent: Kora to Mythra, at least in terms of Girl Power. In sheer battle prowess, only a very few Blades earn her respect, Brighid and Zenobia among them (though at the same time she is adamant that Brighid has never truly bested her).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pyra's Pneuma form has green hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Pyra wears Grade A with a combination of short shorts and thigh high boots.

    Dromarch (Byakko) 
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"I implore you to excuse my lady's discourtesy."

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), William Roberts (English)

Nia's Blade, a huge white tiger with gentlemanly airs and power over water.


    Poppi (Hana JS) 
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"How may I be of service, Master?"

Voiced by: Misaki Kuno (Japanese), Arina Ii (English)

Tora's artificial Blade, also known as Poppi α. A curious, super-tough Robot Girl. Though she starts with earth-based powers, Poppi's element and role can be customized freely - as long as the right parts are available.


  • An Ice Person: Poppi QTπ's initial element.
  • Artificial Human: Artificial Blade. Tora lacks the natural potential to be a Driver, so instead he built Poppi in order to realize his dream.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cute little Robot Girl who serves as the party's initial Stone Wall.
  • Badass Boast: "Alpha by name. Alpha by nature."
  • Badass Cape: Wears a red one in her base form.
  • Black Box: She is the result of three generations of development, from Soosoo to Tatazo to Tora. Because of this, there is much of Poppi - mainly the revolutionary ether furnace that powers her (contained within a literal black box) - that even her master doesn't fully understand.
  • Boobs of Steel: Poppi QTπ has the highest attack power of the game, and in a similar fashion to Mythra, she is designed to annihilate anything in her path after Poppiswap Grinding and maxing out her affinity chart. She therefore has the largest bust size besides Pyra/Mythra and Dahlia. Justified, as her design and inspiration from Tora was clearly based on Mythra.
  • Brutal Honesty: Par for the course, since she was only born yesterday. She learns a little more tact as more advanced modules are installed.
  • Cultural Translation: Poppi is practically rehauled in the English version of the game. She more references Western geek culture instead of the net-speak otaku culture in Native Japan, which can be seen with her forms' designations both being familiar slang in their respective country.
  • Creepy Good: Poppi always means well, but she is an innocent child with a vast array of deadly weaponry.
    Nia: So tell me, what's your body made from?
    Poppi: Poppi could tell you, but then Poppi would have to kill you.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her initial element is earth.
  • Dual Age Modes: Poppi α resembles a kid, Poppi QT a teenager. QTπ is her adult mode.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Tora equipped her with all manner of bells and whistles, most of questionable utility. These include a "Tail Waggle" function for cheering him up and a "Comb Protocol" for relieving bed-head.
  • Expy:
    • In-Universe, Poppi to the Aegises, as well as the Artifices: an AI/machine with the power to potentially destroy the world.
    • Character-wise she is a throwback to Emeralda, another little girl with childlike speech patterns made of advanced robotic technology, who can transform into a more mature and powerful form. Made explicit with her Nano Orange QT&pi Palette Swap which is based off Emeralda's colors.
    • Poppi QT&pi is one of KOS-MOS and T-Elos, human-like androids with great power.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Awakened by harnessing a blast of lightning on a stormy night. The allusions are impossible to ignore.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Poppi's "QT" designation stands for "Quixotic Tutelar". "QTπ" stands for "Quantum Technochampion π".
    • In the Japanese version, "JS" stands for "Jet Spark", "JK" stands for "Justice Knight", and "JD" stands for "Judgement Day".
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: As part of her final upgrade, she takes a one-day university crash course. The lesson topics end up becoming her new Field Skills (Forestry, Keen Eye and Ancient Wisdom).
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She's the third person to call out Rex on losing hope. Instead of the Megaton Punch expected, she just caresses Rex's face.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is tied into two little buns, with her QT form making them a lot more obvious.
  • Glacier Waif: She's Lin 2.0, a cute girl who acts as the party's default tank.
  • Glass Cannon: She's supposed to be this as Poppi QT Pi, due to being an attacker by default. With Maximum Muscle she only hits 10% defense in this form. That said, she's much closer to a Lightning Bruiser due to Tora's naturally high HP stat and being able to switch into the tankier forms at any point. She also has a high Critical Hit rate and can heal through how often she crits. When you max out Poppi QT Pi's affinity chart to at least rank S in trust, and put her to have lots of boosts through attacking in Poppiswap, she's the Infinity +1 Sword of the game and possesses the highest DPS in the game along with Fiora and Eye of Shining Justice Pandoria. Both of those are also exclusive to New Game+ or Downloadable Content.
  • Jet Pack: Her feet have built-in rockets for flight.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Poppi QTπ forgoes the solid metal pigtails in favor of long, natural-looking hair that hangs loose.
  • Living Lie Detector: Her built-in sensors can pick up when someone's heart rate spikes, such as when Brighid denies falling for the Driver's "confession of love" during Kora's Heart-to-Heart.
  • Magikarp Power: Poppi makes a pretty good tank right out of the box, but she has lackluster passives and completely lacks secondary effects on her specials. Spend enough time in "Tiger! Tiger!" and a find a few technical manuals, though, and she can excel in any role you want.
  • Meaningful Name: Her original name, "Hana", means "flower" in Japanese. Her English name was Woolseyed to be a play on the poppy, a type of flower.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Poppi is the only Blade Tora can use. However, she has various customizations and upgrades that others lack.
  • Meido: Wears a maid outfit in her QT form.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Gets another mode known as Poppi QT (Hana JK in the Japanese version) during the events at the artificial Blade factory.
    • She later gets a third form known as Poppi QTπ (Hana JD in the Japanese version) after completing a late-game sidequest surrounding her.
  • No-Sell:
    • Most anti-Blade tactics work by hindering a Blade's natural ether absorption; but Poppi is immune due to her built-in power source, which regularly comes in handy. She alone can break out of an Anti-Magic prison cell, and fight normally in the ether-scarce depths of the Spirit Crucible.
    • If you put on Ultimate Shield on Poppi alpha's maximum block rate (94%), it is likely that the majority of hits will be doing 0 damage and will class as Damage Immunity.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a beret sideways.
  • One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: As an Artificial Blade, she generates Ether from her internal ether furnace, which means that when all the other Blades are weakened by an interruption in the evironmental Ether, she can still function just fine, Most notably in the Spirit Crucible Elpys, where she is not restricted to level 1 Specials and low Affinity like the rest of the party. In general, if Mythra can't handle something, Poppi can. Which is why Pneuma takes Poppi aside to make sure she promises not to stop Pneuma's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Optional Party Member: Her QTπ form can only be obtained in an optional side quest. As a result, Poppi QTπ never appears in the main story.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Deep down, Poppi is confused and troubled that she's only an imitation of real Blades.
  • Playing with Fire: Poppi QT's initial element.
  • Point Build System: Poppiswap, which allows Poppi's role, attributes, and abilities to be tweaked however the player likes. Parts for Poppiswap, as well as improving her reactor (and thus raising the points available to use) are obtained by playing "Tiger! Tiger!".
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Wears something akin to one across the bridge of her nose in her base form.
  • The Promise: After Mythra goes on a philosophical tangent and says too much later in the game without realizing that she accidentally just told Poppi that it is inevitable that Poppi will destroy the world one day, Poppi forces Mythra to promise that she will kill her if it ever comes to that, since Mythra is immortal too and will always be around to stop her. Mythra starts to ask for the same, but then decides to change her request to be any one thing in the future. She ends up asking Poppi to force Rex to leave her to die when the space station explodes, though Poppi didn't know that Mythra knew that there was a small chance that the conduit might keep enough power to revive her core crystal later.
  • Punny Name:
    • Her QT form makes her quite the cutie. Same goes for QTπ, in which she looks like a cutie pie.
    • Her Japanese names contain Web jargon: "JS" for her initial kid form, "JK" for her mid-game teenage form, and "JD" for her late-game adult form.
  • Power Fist: Wields a pair of them in her QT form, known as Jet Gloves.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: QTπ is basically indistinguishable from a normal human aside from the grooves on her thighs and shoulders, which actually makes her more human-looking than most Blades. As well as this, emotionally speaking, she seems just as human as anyone else. During Rex's Heroic BSoD at the start of Chapter 7, she is the only one to make an emotional appeal to Rex to not give up; Nia and Brighid took the more forceful approach to try and snap him out of his funk. Additionally, she was genuinely torn up about Pneuma's request to not try and rescue her during the collapse of the World Tree.
  • Robot Girl: As a machine created by Tora, she carries on the Xeno series' tradition.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Wears a red one in her QTπ form.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: She's equipped with one, due to Soosoo believing that its the coolest way for a hero to go. Poppi soon reveals that its one of her safest functions, unnerving both Tora and Zeke.
  • Servile Snarker: Poppi has no filter when it comes to Tora's various embarrassing secrets. She also won't let him get away with showing off, fibbing, or offloading his busywork on her. Tora assumes it's due to some latent programming by Tatazo and Soosoo.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The localized version of her second form's designation is short for "Quixotic Tutelar." Likewise, her third form's designation is short for "Quantum Technochampion π".
  • She Is All Grown Up: Her QT form gains a noticeable bust, while her QTπ form has her fill out in all the right places.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Poppi QTπ is around the same height as Brighid who is also one of the tallest female characters. She is also a Ms. Fanservice among the other Poppi forms.
  • Stone Wall: She starts off as a Tank type, rounding out the initial Damager, Healer, Tank dynamic with Pyra and Dromarch.
  • Super Mode: Poppi QTπ, her third and final form, which is unlocked through a lategame sidequest. She's worth the wait, having some of the highest damage potential of any Blade in the game.
  • Super Prototype: Subverted. Poppi is a souped-up version of the artificial Blade that Tora's family was working on, and she can fight her predecessor to a standstill even without firing on all cylinders. She actually notes out loud that she's feature-complete; Tora only labeled her α because he wanted to tweak her U.I. Even her Black Box is a finished, highly-refined version of the concept. Part of her advantage is that every other artificial Blade is powered by inferior prototypes.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Her shield has rockets, a giant drill, and a buzzsaw built in. QT replaces it with shield tonfas that also double as bazookas and missile launchers. QTπ wields the Variable Saber, a combination BFS and BFG that mimics the Aegis itself.
  • Tagalong Kid: And Robot Buddy Poppi. Her base form has a childlike innocent mindset, but also incredible power as a robot. She lives to serve Tora, but likes to help everyone else too.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: When she first transforms into Poppi QT, the transformation sequence is accompanied by the boss battle theme.
  • Third-Person Person: She uses Nopon speech patterns, thanks to her creators.
  • Tin-Can Robot: Her original form is one with a cute girl head, inspired by 70's Super Robot looks. Her upgrades look increasingly human, with QTπ not looking out of place next to KOS-MOS herself and sound less and less robotically stoic (plus, she acquires some wicked dance moves).
  • Transformation Sequence: Upon activating the QT module for the first time. (She caps it off with an adorable head tilt.) In battle, Poppi shifts modes by weaving her red cape into a form-obscuring sphere until the selected form emerges.
  • Vocal Evolution: When she gains her QT form, her dialog gets less stilted and robotic. In QTπ form, her speech is smooth and natural-sounding, save for her Noponic dialect.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Part-and-parcel of her existence is that, unlike natural Blades, Poppi can outlive her Driver - and she won't lose her memories as they do (notwithstanding any possible damage to or corruption of her memory banks, as she notes in a Heart-to-Heart conversation with Brighid). Mythra helps counsel her with this thought.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A as Poppi QT.

    Roc (Suzaku) 
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"I am Roc! Always have been, always will be!"

Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (Japanese), Todd Kramer (English)

Vandham's Wind-type Blade. A valiant and capable war-bird with great pride in his Driver.


  • Badass Mustache: He has the Vandham line's signature square-taches.
  • Blow You Away: Roc's element is wind.
  • Meaningful Name: "Roc" refers to a creature in Middle Eastern myth and literature, taking the form of a titanic bird. His Japanese name, Suzaku, is the Red Phoenix of the Four Gods.
  • No Biological Sex: While Roc is referred to by male pronouns, he is considered genderless by game mechanics. Or rather the game lists his gender as the number 4.
  • The Phoenix: He is a phoenix with a Wind elemental. His Japanese name is a reference to the Red Phoenix of The Four Gods. He is also "reborn" when Rex bonds with him after Vandham's death.
  • Sinister Scythe: He has a unique weapon that takes the form of small, handheld, dual scythes. Vandham admits he's never seen another Blade with a weapon even close to them in design. When Vandham dies, Rex acclimates to them pretty swiftly.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Vanishes from the story after being resummoned to clear some impenetrable miasma, even while Rex is using his weapons to fight in cut scenes during Pyra's absence for the majority of Chapter 7.
  • Wistful Amnesia: He is often preoccupied with thoughts about his past life as Vandham's Blade, once reawakened. Rex and friends help him fill in the gaps and face forward.
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    Brighid (Kagutsuchi) 
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"Such a commotion. Just when I thought I could enjoy a little peace and quiet."

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Japanese), Jules De Jongh (English)

Cool and collected partner of Mòrag the Flamebringer. Renowned as the strongest Blade in Mor Ardain.

For tropes applying to Brighid in Torna ~ The Golden Country, see here.


  • Absolute Cleavage: It goes right down to the groin.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In a Heart-to-Heart with the rare Blade Kora, Kora's Driver gets nudged into making a play love confession. Brighid winds up a little flustered no matter who it is.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Has been passed down the Mor Ardain royal bloodline ever since the Aegis War.
  • The Comically Serious: Much like her Driver, certain Heart-to-Hearts throw Brighid into humorous situations to contrast her usual reserved personality.
  • Cool Big Sis: Serves as this to Poppi. They share a number of skits which show Brighid to be rather protective of Poppi, and Poppi seems to look up to Brighid, such as by starting her own journal to preserve her memories much like Brighid does.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes - when visible - are purple, like her hair.
  • Diary: She has a journal to preserve the memories of her previous incarnations, due to the fact that Blades completely forget their past lives upon resonating with a new Driver. Brighid is haunted by the question of whether she's really the same Brighid as in her past lives, or if those Brighids died with her memory of being them.
  • Dual Boss: She's fought alongside Captain Padraig in her first encounter.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields two swords that she uses in her first encounter, and whenever Mòrag unleashes a Special.
  • Evil Counterpart: She starts off as one to Pyra, being a powerful fire-element Blade under a faction scheming to capture her.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Her default expression. She only ever opens them trice - once for a split second in her introduction in Torigoth, when Pyra surrenders to Torna at the end of Chapter 6, and the at the end of Chapter 10 when Azurda, now a full-grown Titan, flies the gang over Morytha and through the rift, in which there's a group shot of the entire gang being surprised.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Pyra gives herself up and Rex loses hope, Brighid delivers an Armor-Piercing Slap to snap him out of it.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her hair and outfit has a bit of purple intermingled with blue. Her beauty is well-known throughout Alrest, and she sometimes offers tips on her skincare routine. Her favorite item is Titan-Oil Hand Cream.
  • Lady of War: Much like her Driver, Brighid carries a composed and noble air about her and is very capable in a fight, even when separated from Mòrag.

    Pandoria (Saika) 
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"I go where you go. End of story."

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (Japanese), Becca Stewart (English)

Zeke's Electric-type Blade. Playful and snarky, she suffers his antics with good cheer.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her shirt has a deep V-neck that exposes her bra.
  • Adorkable: Has the cute nerdy look and is very devoted to Zeke to the point that she cheerfully imitates his poses during their encounters with Rex and the party prior to officially joining them. However, Pandoria still performs a variety of poses with Zeke during idle animation.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Zeke calls her "Pandy" for short.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Her Core Crystal is passed from Tantal king to prince. Zeke essentially stole her on his way out of Tantal.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Her weapon, the "Purple Lightning Dreamsmasher", is a formidable-looking BFS in Zeke's hands. Pandoria however removes the hilt to use as a staff rather than wielding the blade itself.
  • Bodyguard Crush: The Heart-to-Heart "Curse of the Zekenator" reveals that she might be nursing romantic feelings toward her Driver Zeke, but insists it's just sisterly affection.
  • Butt-Monkey: She doesn't have it quite as bad as Zeke, but because she's Zeke's Blade and is usually not far from him, some of the misfortune that befalls him extends to her as well.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green eyes and green hair.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Downplayed, but her voiced line upon being placed in the party is "Please be good to me." In addition, when selected for the first option in the Beneath the Aurora DLC quest in helping Len decide the setting to propose to his girlfriend, Pandoria remarks that she wishes someone was this nice to her just once in her life.
  • Everyone Can See It: The party suspects Pandoria feels something more than protective instinct for Zeke, as hard as she tries to deny it. It doesn't help the fact that her Merc team name is "Team Zeke 4eva".
  • Genki Girl: Each time Zeke confronts the party, she cheerfully mirrors his ridiculous posturing. She's really good at it, too - possibly because they share a lifeforce.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Played with, in that she doesn't ditch her glasses, but rather they stop being Scary Shiny Glasses so her eyes can be seen.
  • Hour of Power: With Eye of Shining Justice unleashed, Pandoria becomes the best offensive Blade in the game. However, the Super Mode can only be used once per battle and only lasts 90 seconds.
  • I Am Not Pretty: She admits to Mòrag in "Pandoria's Troubles" that she feels a bit plain next to Brighid and Pyra.
  • Laser Blade: Most of the Big Bang Edge's attacks have the user summoning a bolt of lightning as an extension to the blade similar to the Aegis' blade of light.
  • Magikarp Power: Pandoria is usually considered a low-tier Blade due in part to her weapon type's slow attacks. Cue New Game+, and Zeke unlocking a Super Mode for her where they unleash the Eye of Shining Justice, granting Pandoria an outrageous boost to her attack speed and even more power on top of that. It only lasts for about a minute, but it's more than enough to eviscerate most bosses.
  • Mind over Matter: Can use the staff portion of her weapon to control the blade portion in her specials.
  • Mistaken for Gay: One option in "Pandoria's Troubles" has Mòrag ask Pandoria if she's coming on to her.
  • Nerd Glasses: She wears a huge set of round opaque glasses. After a flashback that explores her and Zeke's characters, they become transparent and show her eyes. Her "Mermaid-Blue" Palette Swap turns them into swirly gag glasses.
  • Pointy Ears: Has long, pointed ears.
  • Servile Snarker: As loyal as she is to Zeke, she is not above pointing out his rotten luck or terrible taste in names.
  • Shock and Awe: Her element, as reflected by the light bulbs on her hat, tail, shoulders, and shoes.
  • Showgirl Skirt: She wears a frilly half-skirt in tandem with short shorts.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Among Zeke's misfortunes applying to her as well, she's fallen off a collapsing cliff and has been sent flying off a Titan by a boulder.
  • Synchronization: Half of her Core Crystal was implanted onto Zeke's chest to save his life. Pandoria doesn't mind her life force keeping him alive.

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    Azurda (Seiryu) 
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Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese), Sean Barrett (English)

A fairly old Titan who raised and provided a home for Rex since the boy's childhood. Rex addresses him as "Gramps".


  • Been There, Shaped History: He's old enough to have been alive during important events in the backstory and did take part in the Aegis War, and thus knows a number of important things, including a major one that he was directly asked to sit on. For another example, not only did he know Jin during the Aegis War, he knew Jin's previous incarnation. On the other hand he didn't always keep track of things, when asked about another part of history he admits he just had no interest in human affairs at that time.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Rex's ass soon after he meets Pyra. Does this again in the ending when an energy influx from Pyra/Mythra allows him to instantly regain his adult form after the party's escape pod breaks apart in the atmosphere.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His English name has the word azure in it, and his Japanese name refers to a legendary blue dragon.
  • Book-Ends: He begins and ends the story in his giant titan form.
  • Breath Weapon: In his adult form he can shoot quite destructive fire balls from his mouth.
  • Combat Commentator: If Rex is in the party, Azurda will call out enemy element changes during combat.
  • Genius Loci: He's been Rex's flying bachelor pad since childhood.
  • Gold Digger: Not Azurda himself, but if a late-game sidequest is any indication... he may have a type. An ancient Argentum chest, requiring 11 Nopon Doubloons to unlock, is found to contain evidence of Azurda's unpaid loans. Apparently he really needed an expensive gift for his girlfriend at the time. He's appropriately abashed in the present day.
  • Head Pet: When he regenerates to his larval state, he becomes small enough to ride in Rex's helmet.
  • Healing Factor: According to him, he learned to stay alive by rapidly regenerating his most important body parts. The side effect is being reduced to an adorable larval stage that'll unfortunately take centuries to grow back to adult form from.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: He's quite draconic in nature, especially shown when he pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment early on that showcases his wings. Helps that his Japanese name is Seiryu who is a dragon. Torna the Golden Country reveals that he was born from the Tornan titan, which is likewise draconic in appearance.
  • Long-Lived: He was some eight hundred years old during the events of Torna ~ the Golden Country, making him around thirteen hundred years old by the time of the main game and wise enough to keep quite a few tricks up his sleeve. That said, he is far from old enough to answer any questions about the Architect.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, Seiryu, is the name of one of the Four Gods, his being the Blue Dragon. His English name references this by alluding to "azure".
  • Mentor Mascot: Azurda "Gramps" who was Rex' caretaker and airship before reverting back to his larval state. He retains his wisdom as a cute Head Pet.
  • Parental Substitute: Rex's parents died while he was still a baby, leaving Gramps to rear him as his own.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: After a grave injury, Gramps is forced to revert to his juvenile form - an adorable sugar-glider-like creature.
  • Secret Keeper: He kept secret of the true fate of Addam, Mythra's previous Driver, and the existence of the Third Aegis sword. He also didn't reveal to Rex that he knew all about Jin and his tragic past, fearful that Rex couldn't handle it.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Done on purpose. He retains his elderly voice after regenerating into his baby stage, though it's softer than before.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Hilariously Subverted. After Rex is revived, Gramps takes fatal wounds rescuing him along with Pyra and Nia. After his body seemingly fades, he quickly reveals that he's simply regenerated into a baby version of himself. Even his initial titan form is subverted, as it returns in a Big Damn Heroes moment at the end of the story.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's much smaller than some other Titans (though it also seems Titans around his size actually make up the majority of the Titan population) and doesn't have the raw power the largest ones have. However, he's the only Titan seen that can speak human language and he can (perhaps) effectively live forever thanks to his ability to revert himself into a larval stage, while the other Titans have limited lifespans.
  • You Didn't Ask: Azurda knows a lot more about Pyra than he lets on, but nobody ever has any reason to suspect him. He's forgiven for withholding one extremely important secret because it essentially had to play out without his input as a crutch.

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