Other characters from around Alrest.
- Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Stephen Critchlow (English)
Chairman of the Argentum Trade Guild. He hired Rex to aid Torna in their endeavors to obtain the Aegis for his own profit.
- Bad Boss: Makes Lila continue to attack even when it would destroy her. Near the beginning of the game, he was complicit in letting an entire salvage crew be executed by Jin and Malos for being witnesses to the Aegis, and even further, he even told his own camera feed guy beforehand that he was supposed to die and was ready to scold him for coming out alive.
- Beard of Evil: Has a tiny goatee growing in his face.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Willing to do whatever he can to line his own pockets.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Unlike Bana of Bionis, this Bana is clearly painted as a villain from the get-go.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Following his defeat, a sidequest regarding his secret treasure reveals that his true treasure are letters from his Mamapon. Following that, talking to an NPC reveals that Bana loves his parents genuinely, but his obsession with money has been his fatal flaw.
- At the end of the game, after uncovering his Mamapon's letters and completing the Farewell, Good Friend quest, you get to uncover that the mastermind behind the groups seeking the end of the Ardainian empire is Bana's Dadapon Don Dondon. After beating him, he joins Bana on the wheel and the two go on about how much they love each other.
- Evil Is Bigger: He is much larger than the other Nopon, including Tora.
- Fat Bastard: Rotundness is a normal Nopon trait, but Bana is a lot bigger than normal and he's an opportunistic slimeball even by his race's standards.
- Gonk: He's distinctively non-cute compared to other Nopon, such as having a heavier brow and a garrish beard, mustache and topknot. Even his portraits do little to downplay his relative ugliness, making him look more like a tiny Hutt with fur. In-universe, he's still considered cute by Nopon standards.
- Greed: He cares for nothing but money to keep his lavish lifestyle sated.
- Hate Sink: From him ordering Tora's familiy's deaths, and putting Tatazo into slavery, to torturing Lila when she fails to destroy Poppi, to attempting to assassinate the royalty of Uraya and Mor Ardain, there is nothing likeable about him at all.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Never thought that The Hero Rex would actually try to stop him when he did unscrupulous weapon construction.
- Humongous Mecha: Pilots the giant artificial Blade Rosa in his boss fight. Later pilots an improved version without Muimui.
- Made of Iron: Survives the explosion of Giga Rosa.
- Mythology Gag: Shares his name with a Nopon from the previous game, who was also a greed-driven villain. They are both also punished for their crimes by being forced to run on a giant wheel.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Bana's attempt to assassinate the leaders of Mor Ardain and Uraya to trigger a war between them ultimately causes them to call a ceasefire, since Emperor Niall's Heroic Sacrifice convinces Queen Raqura that Niall was sincere in not wanting to start a war with Uraya.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite being a Nopon, which usually the role of comical relief, he's actually a genuine threat. Using Lily to cause havoc in Mor Adain, developing artificial blades for Torna, and trying to kill the political figures of the kingdoms to ensure a way in order to profit, and trying a suicidal attack to kill all of his enemies.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Calls Dughall an idiot due to the latter's excessive flattery and mentioning of their illicit Core Crystals trafficking on an unsecured line. Later on chews out Muimui when he brings the heroes all the way into the factory while failing to capture them.
- Taking You with Me: After his attempts to execute the royalty of both Uraya and Mor Ardain fail, Bana attempts to defy them with one last suicidal act by self-destructing Rosa. It ends up killing no one in the long run.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: He speaks this way in the English dub.
- Villain Respect: It's suggested he has some degree of respect towards Rex, since he calls Rex "Rex-Rex" (which is an Affectionate Nickname by Nopon who respect him, like Tora). Might've began when he was impressed with Rex's surprising display of cunning thought during the raid on the Abandoned Factory.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Trusted by the populace. Rex only learns of his nefarious misdeeds later on. Albeit it turns out an auditor Nopon in Mor Ardain had been suspicious of Bana for a while, and working on exposing his corruption.
- War for Fun and Profit: Bana was willing to sell weapons and material to all factions, including Torna. He later attempts to kill Queen Raqura and frame the Ardainians for the crime so he can profit from a war between Uraya and Mor Ardain.
- Voiced by: Fuji Mitsuya (Japanese), Jonathan Keeble (English)
Former assistant of professor Soosoo.
- Deceptive Disciple: Muimui terminated his internship with Soosoo by terminating Soosoo.
- Humongous Mecha: Pilots Rosa alongside Bana.
- Large Ham: Starts to go this way during the Rosa fight.BAM BAM ROCKEEEET.
- The Mole: He worked for Bana while helping the professors, eventually betraying them and taking Lila to be reprogrammed and mass produced as part of Bana's own plans.
- Nerd Glasses: Wears swirly glasses, much like Tatsu before him.
- Number Two: Of the Abandoned Factory segment in Mor Ardain, he works for Bana and is the one driving the arc in the first place.
- The Nondescript: Tora completely forgot Muimui existed simply because he's unmemorable.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He wears only a small mask during the flashback of the raid on Soosoo's lab. Tatazo and Tora don't recognize him, but the player most certainly will.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's shown to have survived the fight with Rosa, but is barely conscious. However, his whereabouts following the end of Chapter 4 are unknown. Morag mentions that Bana's conspirators have all been apprehended in the Poppibuster side quest, so it's likely Muimui was among those arrested.
An auditor from Argentum's Intelligence Division, who has been following Bana's illicit dealings.
- Forensic Accounting: Niranira is an auditor, and has tracked Bana's money to Mor Ardain.
- Rank Up: Following Bana's deposal, Niranira is enstated as Acting Chairman of the Argentum Trade Guild and attends the summit of leaders.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even before becoming the new Argentum chairman, he handles authority with efficiency and reason.
- Red Herring: There are a number of shots that suggest that he's a spy when the gang enters Mor Ardain's capital city. Turns out he was monitoring them for the sake of good. Lampshaded by Dromarch.
- Vocal Dissonance: Has an uncharacteristically deep and stoic tone for a Nopon.
- Butt-Monkey: This guy can't catch a break. First, before the game even starts, his wife runs out on him. Then he's sent by Bana to keep an eye on Rex onboard the Maelstrom, during which it was supposed to crash in order to reap the benefits from its insurance (and Bana's livid that "Pupunin can't even die properly"), then much later, onboard the Ardainian battleship parked at Indol the heroes (incorrectly) assume that the Tirkin cooks he hired were assassins and end up beating them up senseless, then exit to confront Bana, leaving Pupunin with a huge mess. On Percival's side quest, Pupunin's the next target for a group of assassins that the former is tracking.
- Dirty Old Man: Like his son and dadapon, Tatazo's motives for making Poppi and Lila are less than pure, especially when it comes to the optional features.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He gets no respect from Lila, noting that whenever she throws out the trash, she throws him out as well.
- In the Blood: Tora inherited his love of maids from him, who likewise inherited it from Soosoo.
- Kidnapped Scientist: A good portion of Chapter 4 is spent dealing with who kidnapped him and why.
- Superior Successor: Averted. He's nowhere near as creative and brilliant as Soosoo was, and most of his work is just making modifications to his father's, and later his even more brilliant son's, inventions. His ether furnace is a poor reverse engineered version of the one Soosoo created. Tora even gets frustrated by this when his only ideas are to make Poppi bigger or smaller.
Tora's grampypon and Tatazo's dadapon.
- Cyborg: When Soosoo's revealed to still be alive, he now has an Electronic Eye and a robotic claw. The gunshot wound he received also impaired his motor skills.
- Dirty Old Man: Spent most of his time locked in the family's lab. When Rex praises his dedication, Tora corrects him: that's where he kept his Porn Stash. When he shows up still alive, he convinces the party that he is indeed Soosoo by leading them to his stash.
- Mad Scientist: Tora has fond memories of Soosoo leaning over blueprints and cackling maniacally.
- Posthumous Character: Dies prior to the start of the game. However, the Poppi Buster quest reveals he's still alive.
An artificial Blade created by Toras grampypon Soosoo and dadapon Tatazo.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: She's a Martial Artist, as shown by her boss fight.
- Disney Death: Ceases functioning after using the last of her power to jump-start Poppi's ether furnace properly. Of course, she's a robot, and her creator is right there. Tatazo simply repairs her.
- Flawed Prototype: Despite being of mostly superior quality to Poppi's default configuration, her Ether Furnace is only Tatazo's inferior replication of his dadapon's work, meaning Poppi is capable of matching her power output without her own Furnace working at full power.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Despite being reprogrammed to ignore Tatazo, she rips out the control device implanted in her to defy Bana and honor her creators.
- Jet Pack: Has one on her back.
- Meido: Wears a maid outfit.
- Servile Snarker: While she's much more polite to her creator's face than Poppi, she's also a lot more passive-aggressive. The example given is that she frequently classifies Tatazo as household waste and attempts to throw him out with the garbage.
- Super Prototype: Lila was the original creation of Soosoo, Tatazo, and some aid from Tora. Unlike Poppi, she has her full capabilities brought forth from the start thanks to the genius of Soosoo. Subverted though when it turns out her Ether Furnace is an inferior attempt to copy Poppi's. She claims to still be superior when she recognizes Poppi's Ether Furnace is not operating at full capacity, but Poppi still crushes her one-on-one following the second fight with her.
Don DondonBana's dadapon and leader of the Lindwurm Anti-Ardainian organization.
- Arc Villain: Of the Brionac/Lindwurm sidequest arc that starts with We Meet Again.
- Bonus Boss: Takes the original Bana's place as the strongest sidequest boss in the game.
- Dondon is this to, ironically, the original Bana, being a regular-sized nopon kingpin fought riding a flying enemy after a long sidequest chain.
- Zadazan is named after Zazadan, one of the original Bana's pawns, but his role as the penultimate villain of the arc brings to mind fellow pawn Dedeba.
- Cigar Chomper: One of his distinguishing traits is a cigar in his mouth at all times, even when he's running on the wheel with Bana.
- The Dragon:
- Common Blade Akatsuki serves as his first, manipulating Brionac into fulfilling his wishes.
- Zadazan, another Nopon, is his second after the death of Akatsuki's Driver, and is fought right before Don Dondon himself.
- Bana also turns out to be another one unrelated to the others. His role is to build up Argentum, which will weaken Mor Ardain in return.
- The Man Behind the Man: Akatsuki, Zadazan, and Bana were all members of Lindwurm under him. Argentum under Bana as a whole is also a piece in taking down Mor Ardain.
- Punny Name: His name is an obvious play on don, a common title for mafia bosses that he also has before his actual name.
- Unwitting Pawn: Downplayed with Bana. While the two genuinely care for each other and Bana willingly helped his father, talking to Zadazan at Dondon's office after Lindwurm is taken care of reveals that Don Dondon had Zadazan forge the letters from Bana's mother, who had walked out years ago, to keep Bana focused on Argentum.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: While he's not a difficult Boss Battle by any means, he still puts up a better fight than one would expect from a chubby, foppish governor, and is more powerful than the trained soldiers encountered beforehand. That being said, he is at least a Driver, and may have some degree of military background.
- Authority in Name Only: Subverted. While he's completely aware his post is just getting him out of the way and he permits things like insane delivery fees for merchants (since he gets a cut), he did actually do his job keeping the town guard in order. After he's deposed, racial tensions flare and the militia is stretched to breaking point keeping the city running. Lampshaded later when the party is shocked to hear his administration might have been doing the occupied city some good.
- Corrupt Politician: Is the corrupt Ardainian consul of Gormott and is an ally of one of the villains: Bana.
- Cowardly Boss: Unlike later enemy Drivers, he prefers to hide behind his Blade, Dolmes while he takes potshots at the party with his rifle, and he will run behind Dolmes if he gets damaged enough.
- Dirty Coward: Frequently hides behind Dolmes during battle rather than face Rex and the crew directly. While the logic is sound (Blades can regenerate from harm, but he can't), Nia points out that Blades can still feel pain.
- Fantastic Racism: When called out on using his Blade as a living shield, he states that he does not care about Blades' feelings, and mocks the protagonists for doing so. Notably averted regarding the province he was governing, though. He's never seen talking to the locals, but he doesn't go out of his way to insult the Gormotti either, and he was actually keeping military bigots in line (although he often refers to the city/province itself as a "flea-bitten backwater").
- Gonk: He's quite portly, has got a disproportionately big mouth, a big nose, a heavy brow and a gaudy mustache. Among the human cast, he's one of the uglier ones.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: As far as enemy Drivers go, he is the only one in the game to have his Blade attack independently of him. He is functionally a more powerful Ardainian soldier and fights with a rifle as his main weapon instead of his Blade's weapon (which is a Shield Hammer). No other enemy Driver in the game fights like this because, as Vandham points out later, more experienced Drivers don't get the most out of their Blades by letting them do all the work.
- Sissy Villain: Has very...campy poses when he talks to people.
- Smug Snake: Dughall's absolutely full of himself, and acts like more of a bigshot than he really is. Naturally, Rex kicks his ass.
- Starter Villain: Is the first major boss the protagonists face, and disappears from the plot without fanfare after a single defeat.
- Surrounded by Idiots: While Bana gets frustrated when he states their dealings on open channels that Indol can overhear, even Dughall finds Captain Padraig to be a moron for not knowing the color of emerald. Even moreso with the fact Padraig never even informs him Brighid was there when they encountered the Aegis, leaving Dughall surprised when Mòrag and Brighid mention her.
- Warmup Boss: As capstone to the first real "dungeon" the player completes, he's pretty plainly just a punching bag so the player can understand the Blade combo mechanic, with an annoying Blowdown attack to show how useful seals can be.
An Ardainian captain serving under Consul Dughall at the Torigoth Relay Base.
- Book Dumb: He takes his job as a soldier seriously and is at least moderately competent when it comes to dealing with run-of-the-mill enemy Drivers, but Dughall berates him for not knowing what color emerald is. However, not only is it shown that Ardainian soldiers are pooled from commoners (and may not have the same education experience as someone of higher social status like Dughall), Padraig's priorities at the time were focused on capturing Torna members.
- Dual Boss: Accompanies Brighid in Mòrag's stead when the former first faces the party.
- Mook Lieutenant: Captain, actually, but serves the same purpose.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's only an antagonistic force while Rex and Nia are wanted by the Ardainian Empire, and even his involvement with Dughall was a case of Just Following Orders. As soon as that's cleared up he becomes a friendly NPC for the remainder of the game.
A shipbuilder living on Gormott, and an old friend of Soosoo.
- Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Daniel Buckley (English)
The Emperor of Mor Ardain, and Mòrag's younger cousin, though he refers to her as his sister. Partnered with the Blade Aegaeon.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: He looks close to Rex's age.
- Disney Death: Does die for a short time after shielding the protagonists from Bana's bomb, as shown by Aegaeon returning to his Core Crystal, but fortunately is quickly revived by Nia.
- The Good King: Is loved and respected by his people and he tries to do his best to solve the problem of the dying Mor Adain Titan without bloodshed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Puts himself in the way of Bana's last ditch bomb so that Aegaeon can protect everyone else.
- Identical Grandson: Hugo, his ancestor who fought in the Aegis War with Aegaeon and Brighid, looks just like him.
- Inadequate Inheritor: In a meeting with Mòrag after the peace talks he refuses to take back Aegaeon's Core Crystal, feeling that he failed as a Driver, being unable to save himself along with everyone else and decides that is better for his cousin Mòrag to keep hold of it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite the early suggestions that Mor Ardain, and thus its ruler, are a sinister force, Niall himself is a good-hearted ruler doing his utmost to resolve Mor Ardain's crisis without conflict. Indeed, most of the questionable actions the Ardainian forces take in the story turn out to have been directly against his orders.
- Shipper on Deck: When Morag hesitates whether to leave the Mor Ardain military for a while to travel with Rex and the team, Niall after convincing her to go mentions that he can see she is interested in Rex... which could be potentially interpreted like that. Although it's worth mentioning that Niall is pretty much only character who seems to acknowledge it that way.
- Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Chris Ragland (English)
Emperor Niall's Blade and bodyguard.
For tropes applying to Aegaeon in Torna ~ The Golden Country, see here.
- Ace Custom: Aegaeon looks much like the missing link between Common Blades and Rares, being essentially a much more ornate version of a Common. He's also one of the only story-related Blades, playable or not, whose weapon is of an existing type rather than unique.
- Ancestral Weapon: Like with Brighid he has been passed down the Mor Adain royal bloodline. Both he and Brighid were the Blades of Hugo, Niall's ancestor who fought in the Aegis war alongside Addam.
- Failure Knight: Laments that he has become this after his failure to save the life of Emperor Niall. Luckily, thanks to Nia, Emperor Niall survives. However, the current Aegaeon has no memory of his past self and Emperor Niall prohibits Aegaeon from accessing his past records, though he hears rumors about the incident. Brigid reassures to him that Emperor Niall simply wishes that he would use his strength to protect all of Alrest, rather than just him.
- Innocently Insensitive: The late-game sidequest "Farewell, Good Friend" reveals that Aegaeon is not exactly good with children due to his rather blunt way of handling things. Brighid even tells Aegaeon that his past self was prone to making Niall cry when he was a child, making Aegaeon flustered in embarrassment by this revelation.
- Meaningful Name: "Wadatsumi" is one of the names for the Japanese God of Seas, born when Izanagi was washing himself clean of Yomi's corruption.
- "Aegaeon" is also the alternate name of Briareos, one of the Hecatoncheires in Greek myth.
- Arc Villain: Of Perun's quest, Eternal Spirit.
- Would Hurt a Child: He conducts human experimentation on kidnapped children.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He calls out his father for abandoning the family, killing a kid's parent, and conspiring against the very Empire that is feeding his sibling. He can even arrest his father if the player chooses so.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced as an unnamed NPC to show the concept of "aptitude," he then triggers the most lengthy chain of sidequest in the main game.
- Promoted to Parent: With his mother dead and his father abandoning the family, Jac becomes the breadwinner of the family. His primary reason to becoming a Driver is to provide for his younger siblings.
For tropes applying to Cole in Torna ~ The Golden Country, see here.
- Blessed with Suck: He got all the bad aspects of being a Flesh Eater Blade with none of the benefits. Aging, lack of power, and an inability to absorb required ether to live when in small amounts.
- Cole: Most experiments were failures, and I was no different. I gained nothing, and lost my immortality to boot. I likely won't last much longer.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The DLC reveals that he was very handsome back in the day.
- Mysterious Past: Knows Pyra and Torna, but doesn't give anything specific on his past during his first meeting with Rex. He mockingly calls Malos "comrade," suggesting they might have been allies at some point as it is interesting to note that they both shared a former Driver in Amalthus as Cole's dagger initially belonged to him. It's also implied in the same scene that he has knowledge/expertise that could be useful to Torna.
- The Reveal: His real name is Minoth and he once fought in the Aegis War and knew Mythra and Azurda.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Due to Uraya's less than ideal ether amount in the environment, his health is significantly worsened by living there, shortening his lifespan significantly. A side quest lets you improve his health greatly, but it's noted that his human side means he will still eventually die.
- Voiced by: Mami Koyama (Japanese), Teresa Gallagher (English)
The Queen of Uraya.
- Adipose Rex: Is noticeably more rotund than her starving subjects, as a consequence of Uraya's social stratification.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite Uraya's tensions being at an all-time high with Mor Ardain, she is willing to accept that the recent unprovoked attack on her people was a False Flag Operation after a little deliberation, and work out an agreement with Mor Ardain.
- Out of Focus: Much of the exposition on Uraya is done through Vandham. Raqura doesn't even make a proper appearance until Chapter 6, well past the point where the party has moved on from Uraya. She does play a featured role in the final Mercenary level-up mission, however.
The Praetor of Indol who effectively controls the nation through Core Crystals.
- A God Am I: He considers himself the chosen of the Architect. He's deluded himself into believing that the Architect's will aligns with his own, and eventually begins referring to his own ambitions as what the Architect wants him to do. He refuses to even entertain the idea that he is wrong or should change, believing he will lose who he is (or rather has deluded himself into being) if he does so.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His death has shades of this, as Zeke thinks back on a conversation he had with Amalthus after he had saved his life, remarking on how horribly sad he seemed to be, and pondering if this was as genuinely a part of Amalthus as the monster that they had just witnessed. In the end it can come across that Amalthus was as much a thoroughly broken person as he was evil.
- The Assimilator: Weaponized the Blade Eater concept to a horrifying degree, becoming able to absorb entire Core Crystals and make himself ever more powerful as he chose only the best cores to absorb, albeit with some Body Horror side effects. One motivation for the heroes to protect the weakened Jin from him is the fear that if he managed to absorb Jin he'd become utterly unstoppable.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Besides forcing an Enemy Mine, his arrival at the World Tree conveniently results in the deaths of four-fifths of Torna as well as himself, thus ensuring our heroes don't have to stain their hands with sympathetic-villain blood.
- Barrier Change Boss: In his boss fight, he can change his weakness with the move "Divine Robe".
- Being Evil Sucks: Make no mistake, Amalthus is not a remotely happy person, his delusions of following the Architect's will being perhaps the only thing that keeps him going.
- Big Bad: Shares this role with Malos; Malos is the greater physical threat of the two, even with Amalthus's transformed state, but Amalthus is the one responsible for setting Malos on his way.
- Big Damn Heroes: Given who he ends up being, he has a surprisingly impressive example of this trope, as he gets between the two armies just in time to stop all out war between Uraya and Mor Ardain.
- Church Militant: Is the leader of Indol and also an extremist who wants to carry out his perverted interpretation of the Architect's will at any cost.
- Combat Tentacles: Has them in his One-Winged Angel form.
- The Corrupter: As Malos' Driver, Malos' personality was formed from Amalthus's desires, turning him into an Omnicidal Maniac driven only by Amalthus's darkest impulses.
- Despair Event Horizon: Healing a wounded man, only to later catch him in the act of murder, drove him far enough into despair that he was willing to climb all the way to space in order to demand some kind of explanation from the Architect. Not getting one is perhaps part of what pushed him right over the edge.
- Embodiment of Vice: Sloth, primarily, as befitting the leader of the nation themed after that particular sin. Though he plays the role of peacekeeper between the other nations, his contentment with keeping the world reliant on his services means no actual change occurs. Taken to extremes once he shows his true colors, embodying the more despairing and nihilistic aspects of sloth; he would rather just destroy the world than try to improve it, and he refuses to change who he is or acknowledge change in others.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He sees the ghost of his deceased mother in his final moments. It was also her death over 500 years ago that served as his Start of Darkness.
- Fallen Hero: His life story is essentially one long downward spiral, from a Knight In Sour Armor to an Omnicidal Maniac to finally just not caring about anything but his own power and prestige.
- Good Shepherd: In his youth, he was a genuinely benevolent priest who healed the sick and injured and protected the weak and downtrodden.
- Expy: Essentially the Xenoblade equivalent of Patriarch Sergius. Both are Church Militants who seek to use their respective god's power for nefarious means.
- Fantastic Racism: He sees Blades as nothing more than tools to be used and discarded. Same for Titans. He wants the Architect's power in part to destroy both.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite coming off as wise and noble towards Rex and his friends, they were nothing more than a means for him to secure dominion over Alrest. He also drops all friendly pretenses on the way to Elysium with him and his soldiers attacking anyone in his way without giving them a chance.
- Freudian Excuse: His mother sacrificed herself when he was a young child as they were running from a soldier. He soon stumbled upon the soldiers' camp where he found his dead mother with eyes open and the soldiers asleep. Amalthus promptly snapped, hating the world as he picked up a large rock and smashed a soldier's head in. Not helping matters is that all his attempts at giving humanity another chance ended poorly, such as when a man whose wounds he had tended to went off and committed murder.
- The Heavy: Everything that happens during the game can ultimately be traced back to him, and not just his bringing back the two Aegis cores from Elysium; he's also directly responsible for the formation of Torna with his post-war actions, his policies on Blades (Flesh Eaters and Blade Eaters) resulted in Nia and Zeke being able to join the party, and Indol's domineering presence over the other nations results in multiple bad outcomes for the party (Padraig moves to arrest Rex primarily because he's an unregistered Driver, Tantal believe themselves backed even further into a corner when Amalthus sends them an ultimatum and react poorly, etc.). Even the situation of the Titans dying out with no new ones to replace them is implied to be because of Amalthus's tampering with the natural lifecycle of Blades and Titans.
- Hypocrite: For all he carries on about how mankind is regressing technologically, he doesn't seem willing to admit that his own machinations keeping civilization dependent on an unsustainable resource he controls the distribution of might have anything to do with it.
- Implied Answer: A major part of his motivation is that he saw one where there wasn't. As the Architect never actually stopped him from stealing the Aegis cores, attacking Torna, or any of his more dubious actions, he came to the conclusion that "God" was fully on board with his hatred of everything. The truth was simply that Klaus believed his atonement was doomed to fail, and let his new humanity do its thing no matter what came out of it.
- It's All About Me: He is motivated solely by his own selfish desires and god complex. Even his despair over the world eventually came to be about how he thinks nothing else is as great as himself. Amalthus even admits to Rex the idea of people changing proves his selfish despair at the world's state is wrong, but doesn't care because he personally refuses to change because in his eyes he's already perfect.
- Klingon Promotion: The ending of Torna: the Golden Country reveals that he rose to the position of the praetor by assassinating the previous one and other candidates.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after Thomas Robert Malthus who believed that increasing food production and other resources would cause overpopulation leading to destruction called the Malthusian trap. Amalthus' own machinations such as "Core Cleansing" increases the resonance rate of Core Crystals, causing the demand for Drivers and Core Cleansing to increase but also causing the Blades to lose their accumulated data to grow into Titans. Over the centuries this results in fewer living spaces and thus more conflicts, which leads into an endless spiral that will slowly destroy all of Alrest.
- Misanthrope Supreme: His intense self-loathing and despair over the terrible state of the world festered into a desire to see everyone - humans, Blades, and Titans alike - destroyed forever.
- Motive Decay: While he was originally driven by a belief that the world was irredeemably corrupt and needed to be destroyed, the fame he gained from climbing the World Tree brought him power and prestige, and he eventually became more interested in preserving the status quo and advancing his own self-interest than in any sort of cause.
- Mouth of Sauron: Subverted. Amalthus believes himself to be this for the Architect, but in reality the Architect would rather have nothing to do with him.
- Karmic Death: After some heavy beatdown from Rex and his party, it is Jin, one of the few survivors from the Kingdom of Torna that Amalthus in effect destroyed the remnants of 500 years ago, who finishes him off.
- Knight In Sour Armor: In his youth, despite his cynicism, he still tried to make the world a better place. He was driven into complete despair by the seeming futility of his actions. He came to believe that all people desire to take what they want by force, and that those who seem to be different simply happen to give up partway. He took in refugees largely to remind himself of his own pessimistic philosophies.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears white and gold robes. He is also one of the game's antagonists.
- Oh, Crap!: The very first time his composure breaks is when Rex and Mythra rush Indol in midair, and it suddenly hits him that Rex and Mythra are trying to shoot down the transmission towers in Indol that let him control titans.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He intends on wiping out everything that he deems unworthy with the power of the Architect.
- One-Winged Angel: He becomes a gigantic tentacled monstrosity after absorbing cores of countless Blades.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his misanthropy, he seems to have genuine empathy for the downtrodden; he saved Zeke's life due to the circumstances reminding him of his childhood, and allows refugees to take shelter in Indol (though he doesn't care enough to evacuate them before mobilizing Indol for war).
- Power Nullifier: Is able to subjugate Blades to a degree as a result of transplanting half of Fan's Core Crystal onto his forehead and his own Master Driver abilities as Malos's Driver. Indol features transmission towers that amplify his power to the point he can even control the other Titans.
- Really 700 Years Old: He hasn't aged at all since the Aegis war 500 years ago. While he makes the excuse that Indolines live longer than other humans and that he still looks young due to being the Driver of an Aegis, the full truth is likely more due to his being a Blade Eater. That is while its conceivable that a normal Indoline could potentially live for five hundred years, they would be very elderly at that point.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In his One-Winged Angel form.
- Reverse Relationship Reveal: Upon their first meeting, Rex gets an eerie feeling and sense of familiarity like he's talking to Malos instead of Amalthus, and wonders if Malos is somehow influencing Amalthus. Near the end of the story it's revealed that, as Amalthus's Blade, Malos's personality was formed from Amalthus's, making it closer to the other way around.
- Shadow Archetype: He serves as one to the Architect. Whereas Klaus genuinely wanted to make the world a better place despite his own god complex, Amalthus's own negative traits overwhelmed anything else about him as he became more concerned with his own godhood and desire to destroy the world filled with life unworthy of him. Essentially becoming a mortal Zanza.
- Sinister Minister: Is the Xenoblade equivalent of the Pope, has a deep hatred of Blades and is one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate.
- Smug Snake: He tries so very hard to manipulate the heroes and establish control over all Blades in order to reach the Architect, but his plans fail at every turn and he is ultimately denied a second opportunity to reach Elysium. It is his Blade, Malos, that is the greater threat who has wrested free from dependence on Amalthus long ago.
- This Is Unforgivable!: The game marks his charge into battle with the Indol Titan without even evacuating the civilians as the point he goes too far. Even Mikhail is appalled when he notices the Titan he's wrestling with is still full of innocent people. In Tantal his taking control of other nations Titans is likewise treated as a grave, nigh unforgivable offense.
- Villainous Breakdown: As Jin chills him to absolute zero, Amalthus loses all composure, admits to himself he was not the Architect's chosen one, and begins beseeching the Architect directly for providence before being reduced to a whimper."Father... Why do you not answer when I call...?"
- Walking Spoiler: Not much can be said about Amalthus without revealing his connection to Malos as his Driver, his role in the destruction of Torna 500 years ago, and his desire to see the world wither away.
- Weak, but Skilled: Has shades of this. He claims that he is not much of a fighter, and indeed we never see him fight as a Driver the way other characters do. However, his Master Driver powers are much more developed than Rex's, allowing him not only to bond with other Blades, but also erase their memories, steal data from their Core Crystals, create Blade Eaters, and control Blades and Titans (though that last part is amplified by Haze's Core Crystal). When he does personally confront the party, he does so using a form that he achieved by abusing those aforementioned powers.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and has almost zero sympathy for Blades, Titans, and humans.
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Samantha Dakin (English)
A Blade in service of Amalthus. Formerly known as Haze.
For tropes applying to Haze in Torna ~ The Golden Country, see here.
- Big Damn Heroes: Nullifies Patroka's power when she attempts to rampage against Rex and the party, forcing Mikhail to retreat with her.
- Identity Amnesia: Not remembering people is standard for a Blade, as they lose all their memories on being returned to their Core Crystal. Forgetting their name, however, is unusual. note It's the first main hint that something is deeply wrong in Indol.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Jin kills her by running her through and destroying the remaining half of her Core Crystal. To him, Jin feels it is a mercy since it frees her from Amalthus's control.
- Power Crystal: Has one, like all Blades. However, as Mythra takes note of and points out to Nia, there's something wrong with hers; half of it is missing. The culprit is eventually revealed to have been Amalthus.
- Power Nullifier: She can nullify the power of most Blades and in cases of really powerful ones, Nerf.
- Story-Breaker Power: Her ability to neutralise most Blades and weaken powerful ones would make a lot of encounters against enemy Blades a breeze. So she ends up getting killed by Jin.
- Voiced by: Shigeru Ushiyama (Japanese), Keith Bartlett (English)
Rules over the Kingdom of Theosoir, an ancient civilization that claims to have descended from Addam.
- Expy: Of Emperor Sorean, both are fathers of someone in the party (Melia and Zeke respectively), both were scared for destruction of their respective kingdoms due to the power of a legendary sword in the game but pull a HeelFace Turn in the end. Of course, the fact that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a parallel universe to Xenoblade Chronicles 1 means it is quite literal.
- HeelFace Turn: After initially restraining the heroes and attempting to outright destroy the Aegis in order to prevent any further destruction to Alrest, he apologizes for his actions, recognizing that he only made things worse, and helps the heroes find the third, true Aegis sword.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He says that a lot, to Zeke's ever-increasing exasperation. Especially when he tries to say that his ancestors's seizing of the crown was for the good of the country and not really a power grab.
- You Remind Me of X: In his youth he was much more like the party, and even had a dream of becoming a salvager, of all things. Probably the reason why he wasn't too harsh on Zeke for running away. There's a sidequest dedicated to getting him the sunken treasures he once longed for.
- Affectionate Nickname: She calls Zeke "Big Bro," per Zeke's request.
- Ditzy Genius: She is a brilliant prodigy, but she lacks awareness of her surrounding, as seen when she tries to strip KOS-MOS in public.
- Expy: She is essentially a younger version of Shion Uzuki from Xenosaga. She has brown hair and round glasses,and she is a Ditzy Genius who is obsessed with KOS-MOS. She would later be KOS-MOS' protectorate like Shion. For added bonus, Shion's name means "aster."
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Anna Koval (English)
Jin and Haze's former Driver.
For tropes applying to Lora in Torna ~ The Golden Country, see here.
- Abusive Parents: From what little we see of her father, he was a violent drunk, ready to stab his own daughter to get his Core Crystal back after she accidentally awakened Jin. As she was now under the protection of one of the world's strongest Blades, it didn't go well for him.
- Ambiguous Situation: Her appearance in Chapter 9 is this. Either Jin is hallucinating, or that's her ghost. If it's the latter, the sad expression on her face implies that she's aware of what Jin has gone through and done since their time together, and feels responsible for it all.
- Ascended Extra: In the Downloadable Content Prequel Torna: The Golden Country, she is the main protagonist.
- Identical Stranger: She and Haze looked like sisters, and even had the same voice in the Japanese version. While they were hardly strangers, given the wide variety Blades come in, this level of similarity due to resonance was treated as quite unique (Blades do often take on aspects of the person who first awakens them, but normally not to such an extreme degree).
- Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Is this to Jin, at least after Jin becomes a Flesh Eater. Albeit it's a pretty questionable case, as he uses Lora's death and the events surrounding it more as a reminder of why he believes himself justified in the atrocities he commits, while knowing full well Lora would hate him for what he is doing. It ends up being played straight when Jin remembers her one last time before sacrificing himself to finish off Amalthus.
- Posthumous Character: Lived 500 years ago, having fought alongside Addam in the Aegis War.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her death during Amalthuss attack on the remnants of Torna, and a moment of weakness when she despaired over Jin forgetting her, is what ultimately led to Jin joining Malos.
- Voiced by: Yusuke Handa (Japanese), Paul Thornley (English)
The legendary hero of Torna and the former Driver of Mythra.
For tropes applying to Addam in Torna ~ The Golden Country, see here.
- Bishōnen: He was handsome in his youth, and rather interestingly, resembles an older, lighter-haired Rex.
- Broken Pedestal: Played for Laughs. Zeke is mortified to learn that spicy food gave him diarrhea, and begs Mythra to stop when she begins rattling other little known facts about his hero.
- But Now I Must Go: It is stated that after sealing away the Aegis, the hero Addam disappeared from the world. Although his phantasm states he has long since departed from the world, it is never elaborated upon what exactly became of him.
- Famed In-Story: He is the most famous hero in Alrest, to the point that he is something of a deified hero, a childhood idol to many such as Zeke.
- Generation Xerox: Rex is seen as this to him by many who knew him, particularly Mythra/Pyra. They even look somewhat alike.
- Hero of Another Story: He is the previous Driver of the Aegis and the hero who saved the world from Malos 500 years ago.
- In the Hood: He seems to have preferred to keep his hood up even in the company of his comrades, obscuring his features. He does lower it in the "Torna - The Golden Country" expansion.
- Posthumous Character: He is long since dead from the start of the story.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's fourth in line to the throne of Torna, and is a legendary hero.
A massive, serpent-like being who guards the way to the World Tree. Is also Pyra's Artifice.
- Bonus Boss: After clearing the game, Ophion can be found still floating around the Cliffs of Morytha. It's level 117 and can be battled.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: It wouldn't respond to Pyra the first time the heroes tried to reach the World Tree. This is because its single-minded directive in guarding the World Tree was cemented by the Omega Fetter, kept in Tantal's possession. And then when Malos tried to use the Omega Fetter to summon Ophion to open the way to the World Tree, it autonomously attacked him, which was another reason why Pyra was willing to gave herself up. Having regained his Aegis powers, he overrides Ophion's programming and uses it to attack the party. Pneuma has Siren fight back in response.
- Call-Back: Ophion's upper body is essentially that of Weltall, sharing its distinctive head shape in particular.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Aion is stated to be the most powerful of the Artifices, but it is a whopping 47 levels weaker than Ophion.
- Humongous Mecha: Though it takes the shape of a serpent, it is actually an autonomous mechanical weapon.
A giant gold and white mech located high in the skies of Alrest. Mythra's Artifce.
- Kill Sat: Functions as one for Mythra, able to rain down beams of light on whomever she chooses. With Mythra onboard the power is amplified to titan-destroying levels.
- Mecha-Mooks: Chapter 10 reveals that even though it's a weapon of mass destruction, it used to be a mass produced weapon of mass destruction. Mythra's is just the only one still active, until Malos takes over the space station's forces and reactivates the rest. A lore dump from the official model kit reveals that Sirens, as well as other artifices, were created by the Trinity Processor to protect the Conduit.
- Shown Their Work: Pyra uses Siren's targeting laser to threaten to destroy herself; the only difference between a targeting laser and a weaponized laser is the power you put into it.
The strongest artifice, created with the purpose of destroying the entirety of Alrest.
- Combat Tentacles: Makes use of these during the boss battle.
- Continuity Nod: Its fight is a reference to the fight against Egil in the Mechonis Core, it even has a super attack that can wipe out your party if you don't finish it off in time.
- Duality Motif: Its right half is black/red and demonic (complete with tail), its left half is white/green and angelic. Someone took "becoming god or devil" a bit too literally.
- Final Boss: Malos pilots Aion to destroy Elysium, as he promised.
- Godzilla Threshold: The reluctance of the Beanstalk director to activate it indicates that it was built as a last resort. Too bad Klaus got to the Conduit first.
- Humongous Mecha: One of the leftover war machines from Klaus's world.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: The reactor overload variant. When it explodes, it explodes hard.
- Sphere of Destruction: Its most powerful attack, Prometheus, takes the form of a massive fireball that is likely to wipe out your entire party if you don't finish it off quick.
- Super Robot: It's a one-of-a-kind mech with a crazy design, humanity's last resort that was apparently designed to be capable of destroying the world.
The creator of life in the world of Xenoblade 2 and the maker of Xenoblade's universe. Once a human scientist named Klaus, the Architect is the remaining benevolent half of Zanza. He created Malos and Pyra/Mythra personally as the Aegis.
- Another Dimension: He states that half of his body is in one.
- The Atoner: Klaus remade life in his ruined universe to atone for his actions. He still wears the tattered remains of his labcoat from the day of the experiment.
- Big Good: He is likely the most powerful being in Alrest and the whole world is under his domain, with even Malos being unable to lay a finger on him. However, he is not truly with or against anyone, preferring to watch his creations seek their own paths. Yet seeing Rex and Pyra alerts him to a newfound possibility in mankind, convincing him to place his faith in them.
- Call-Back: In the year 20XX a scientist named Grimoire Verum accidentally destroys the Earth in a Zohar experiment. Klaus followed in Verum's footsteps.
- Creating Life: He made all life in 2 by using the memories of those who died in his experiment combined with core crystals to produce the Cloud Sea, from which the first life, Titans, emerged. The titans in turn produced life that lived and developed on them, and over thousands of years some of those life forms evolved into what became the various species of humans scattered about Alrest (Indoline, Gormotti, Nopon and so on).
- Creating Life Is Awesome: He came to be in awe of his creation as the new mankind ended up exactly the same as before, making him realize this was mans natural state as sentient beings. His only fears were of others like his original self being born into the world, and he created the Blades as monitors and overseers of the world to try to prevent such a scenario.
- Deity of Human Origin: Was a normal human scientist before using the Conduit.
- Face Death with Dignity: Both he and Zanza are able to see into the future and thus forsees Zanza's demise. While Zanza himself is in denial in regards to his visions cutting off, Klaus calmly informs Malos and Rex of his impending death and encourages them to take on their own paths. Indeed when the time finally comes, Klaus quietly accepts his end while granting humanity a final gift while Zanza goes down in disbelief that a mere mortal was able to fell him.
- Foil: In regards to his Zanza self in the previous game who is also the Creator God of his universe. Both halves are overall meant to represent the original human Klaus' opposing feelings and morals on the success of his universe-creating experiment, as well as how each of his reborn halves use their godly powers to will and affect their own universes.
- The Architect is remorseful in regards to his past actions and ultimately seeks to benefit his creations while Zanza is a boastful god who revels in his own power and sees his progeny as mere food to prolong his own life.
- The Architect has allowed time to take its toll, appearing old and emaciated by the time Rex arrives. Zanza, through the use of Shulk's body and Meyneth's Monado, maintains his youth and takes on a more divine appearance.
- The Architect is still renowned through Alrest as their creator and is still actively worshiped by his people. Zanza's negligence has made it so that his presence on Bionis has been long been forgotten besides a select few.
- The Architect retains his physical form and memories after becoming a deity, with part of his body consumed to become Zanza, able to stay in this state for untold years without needing nourishment or a host. Zanza is reborn as a giant who lacks memories of the original world, requiring massive amounts of energy just to move his body. Only being able to stave off death by using mortals as hosts.
- God: He was the Xenoblade universe's creator god, after all.
- A God Am I: Prior to his experiment, Klaus had a massive God complex and wanted to save humanity by creating new universes and evolving humans into something more than they were. Thankfully for this universe, the Architect lacks this characteristic, while his other half Zanza inherited it instead.
- A God I Am Not: Though he created life in Alrest, and is worshipped as a god by its people, he's more than willing to do in his own wizard and explain the science behind it when approached, and sees himself as simply a scientist atoning for past mistakes.
- God Is Flawed: After he caused the destruction of his home universe, he decided to atone by recreating all life in said destroyed universe. Still he is flawed in that he became so set in his belief that his actions to atone will end in failure that he will not even bother to help against the antagonists untill the end.
- God Is Good: Is the good half of Zanza and genuinely wants to help as well as restore life in his old universe to atone for what he did.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Due to his belief about You Can't Fight Fate below, he does nothing to stop antagonists from wrecking havoc on the world until Rex unlocking Pyra's true abilities (and the Conduit reactivating) show that fate can be changed after all.
- Good Counterpart: A literal example to Zanza, being the part of Klaus that didn't become the first game's resident Genius Loci God of Evil.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Half of his body is literally in another universe.
- Humans Are Bastards: His views on them since they caused needless suffering in his world and believed that by using the Conduit and opening the gateway to multiple universes, he could stop the suffering in his world and make humanity into something better. But when that didn't work out and he tried to restore his world, he still holds these views because the new human races were still of the same flawed nature, causing him to feel that his atonement was doomed to fail.
- Literal Split Personality: He is the remaining half of Klaus after the original universe met its end, part of his body becoming a malevolent god in the new universe.
- Made of Good: While his other half Zanza inherited all of Klaus's evil characteristics, the Architect instead retains all of his good ones.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realized he had destroyed his original world and the people in it, scattering many of them to various universes, he was broken by the realization. To that end, he sought to atone for it.
- Neutral No Longer: Up until the party meets him he just let the new humanity do whatever they want, including Malos, even if it meant it would lead to their self destruction. After examining the shapes of the party's hearts and being exposed to Rex's optimism and determination he helps the party in their quest to defeat Malos, and even right before he dies he creates a new Elysium for humanity from the Titans.
- No-Sell: Fitting his godly nature, not even Malos's attack can hit him. Not that it matters much though considering his despondent nature.
- Power Echoes: Has a very heavy echoing reverb to his voice, fitting his status as a god.
- Secret Test of Character: Subjects the heroes to horrific phantasms individually crafted for each member before they reach him, just for him to see what's in their hearts. The player would only see and go through Rex's phantasms, but Zeke and Dromarch remark the whole experience being very unpleasant.
- Self-Deprecation: He refers to the people on the space station as "arrogant people" and "fools indeed." It's pretty clear he's including himself in those insults.
- Synchronization: Since he and Zanza are the same person, just split into two beings, they are forever linked together. If one dies, the other dies as well.
- Time Abyss: While his memory is overall pretty good he admits he doesn't really know how long it has been since his experiment, only mentioning that the evolution of the post-apocalypse humans took thousands of years. Zeke lampshades at one point how old the Architect must be to have been around before Alrest existed.Zeke: Not even Titans live that long.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Just like his evil half he believed fate was preordained. Unlike Zanza, however, Klaus came to believe his actions to atone were fated to end in failure, as the new human races were of the same flawed nature as the old one, and as Amalthus eventualy appeared and took both Pyra and Malos. It wasn't until Rex and Pyra started awakening the Conduit and harnessing its power that he came around to changing fate. Shulk's fight against Zanza also inspires him to change his mind as well, as he realizes he can die freeing both worlds.
- Walking Spoiler: Played with. His identity isn't a massive spoiler for the game as most of what happened to the old world can be gleaned from Morytha and the World Tree, but his existence is a massive spoiler for the original Xenoblade.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: As Klaus, he believed that by using the Conduit and opening the gateway to multiple universes, he could stop needless suffering in his world and make humanity into something better. Unfortunately, it resulted in the utter destruction of his world, scattering civilization into multiple dimensions.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Klaus was originally in a world full of war and hatred, indeed perhaps on the cusp of destroying itself. Klaus, desiring to create a new world without conflict and war and evolve humanity into a better state, activated the Conduit but instead only succeeded in destroying the world, scattering most of the survivors into various universes and separating himself into two. The Klaus remaining in his original universe was left alone for untold years with nothing but his guilt for company, and ends up dying when his other half, Zanza, is killed by Shulk. It's hard to not feel bad for Klaus on what happened, as he genuinely wanted to make the world a better place.
- Fanboy: Of Xenoblade protagonists and even Xeno protagonists in general. He brings the Xenoblade protagonists together and is implied to be responsible for KOS-MOS' (and by extension, T-elos') existence in Alrest. He even writes fanfictions and posts them on Argentum notice board!
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He comments that "is dream of everyone to see Shulk and Elma in one place together," refering to the Xenoblade fanbase and "friend sound startled like 10-ton gorilla with fancy name appear from nowhere and start playing electric guitar," refering to the infamous Territorial Rotbart and Hayreddin, the Territorial.
- Manipulative Bastard: He sold a combat simulator to Elma note . In fact, it is a ploy to bring Elma's consciousness to the Land of Challenge. After clearing up the confusion, Elma is cool with it.
- Really 700 Years Old: He is thousands of years old, yet he looks like a young Nopon.