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The Breath of Fire series is a long-running series of games with a fairly long list of characters, so this may take a while.

Breath of Fire I

Ryu

  • Accidental Pervert: In The Dragon Warrior manga, Ryu gets to see Nina first as she's bathing on a lake.
  • Badass: His first major action in the first game is to walk into a monster-infested castle by himself (this is before he gains any of his dragon forms, by the way), head straight to the throne room, and beat the crap out of the boss monster, thus freeing the town. And things just go up from there.
  • Badass Cape
  • The Chosen One: Not as prominent in the game, but a big deal in The Dragon Warrior.
  • Cute Little Fangs: in the artwork.
  • Doomed Hometown: As soon as you start!
  • Facial Markings: A dragon-shaped birthmark on his forehead.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Myria sends Ryu into one in The Dragon Warrior: the dimension of the Soul Eaters, who would slowly nack at his soul for all eternity, with him still conscious and unable to die.
  • Fusion Dance: Agni, the most power dragon transformation, has the entire party melding together into one being.
  • Guide Dang It: How to get most of Ryu's dragon transformation sets require having certain equipments with him, all of which are well-hidden all over the world map. There's no in-game mention of even what items one needs.
    • The elders living in the ruins where Ryu gets his training will tell him something like, "You need to complete the first level and find the DragonSD." But you still have to puzzle out where to find the equipment. The most powerful transformation is only mentioned once, on a tablet you can find in a well on the world map; it's quite possible to beat the game without ever finding it and thereby getting the "bad" ending.
  • Instant Armor: In The Dragon Warrior manga, Ryu's ultimate transformation is switched with this.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic Mime: For most of the game, anyway. After saving the king of Winlan, he says "Well, there is one thing." in response to the king asking how he can help.
    • Averted completely in The Dragon Warrior and Princess Of The Wings mangas.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Slightly subverted as he's also able to use boomerangs.
  • I Will Find You: His main motivation is to find his missing sister.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: Ryu is practically forced to do this as part of the gameplay, so he could see a special tatoo on a woman's back, as the tatoo is the key to figure out how to open a safe. Did I menctioned the woman in question is the Queen of Tuneland and because of the water's reflection, Ryu got the wrong image of the tatoo?
  • Official Couple: Probably the only couple who gets anything close to a hint of having succeeded in the backstory of the second (and third) game.
    • The manga adaptations also plays up their relationship, including the Spin-Off Litle Adventurer starring their own child.
  • Our Founder: Or more aptly, "Our Hero". Ryu gets a nice gold statue in Camlon for his efforts in helping eradicate the monsters infesting the main castle.
  • Power Limiter: The Light Dragons have their powers sealed off in fear of how dangerous they were for the world. So, once the Dark Dragons have the upper hand thanks to Myria, Ryu is forced to go through trials in order to unseal his powers.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Comes with being part of the Dragon Clan. This version of Ryu seems to be the most adept at it, as he can shift into a dragon form and stay that way as long as he wants without losing AP.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Nina

Bo/Gilliam

  • The Archer
    • Arrows on Fire: In Princess of The Wings, he uses arrows set on fire with his magic.
  • Big Badass Wolf: The good type, obviously.
  • The Cameo: In II and III.
    • Back for the Dead: In the latter.
      • Thought it is subverted later, when there's a wolf-guy sitting on a rocking chair, and one NPC comments he was atacked by the dragon that appeared years ago. And there was no other wolf-guy in the prologue.
  • Canon Foreigner: In The Dragon Warrior manga, he gets 3: a wife, a child and a brother-in-law.
  • Dead Little Sister: The Dragon Warrior manga gives him one in the form of his wife.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He can use all three elemental spells.
    • Doesn't have enough in his Mana Meter to back it up, though.
    • Also the spells start off very powerful, but they'll start becoming less useful later on, as he never learns any new spells. The later parts of the game will see him relying more on physical attacks, or fusions with Karn/Danc.
  • The Hunter

Karn/Danc

Gobi/Manillo

  • The Cameo: In II.
  • Fish People: The Merchant/Manillo race as a whole.
  • Get on the Boat: He becomes the boat.
  • Greed: A defining trait of his race throughout the series.
    • To the point where the resident thief of the party calls him out on this.
  • It's All My Fault: In Chapter 5 of The Dragon Warrior, he sells out an ancient and very dangerous weapon to Judas, believing it was just junk. He then gets shocked when Judas use it on the Dark Dragon's own town. This is what determines him to join the gang at the end.
  • Prongs of Poseidon
  • This Looks Like a Job For Aquaman
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Calling Fish, Anyway?: It only works underwater and doesn't even serves him while he's alone.
    • And once the sub-plot involving the attack on Prima is done, there's little left to even do underwater, making his powers useless for the remainder of the game.
  • You Owe Me: His excuse for joining the party is that the group owes him money for the Gills they needed to proceed.

Ox/Builder

Mogu

Bleu/Deis

Wyndian Soldiers/Sieg, Rai & Enon

  • Badass Beard: Enon.
  • Blade on a Stick
  • The Captain: Enon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sieg and Rai/Raifel, both in-game and in Princess of The Wings.
  • Mentors: Both Sieg and Raifel serve as Nina's instructors at the start of Princess of The Wings.
  • No Name Given: In the original SNES version and the English GBA re-release.
    • The Dragon Warrior manga averts it by giving the fist two the names Kalu and Ilu. Years later, the GBA port gives the three official names.
  • Odd Couple: Their characterization in Princess of The Wings: Sieg is the serious guard, following the King's orders and not too happy on letting Nina go on a dangerous quest; while Raifel is more easy-going, understands Nina's feelings to go help Ryu and disregards orders to help her in her goal.
  • Palette Swap: Sieg/Rai use the same sprite, while Enon is just a red colored swap.
  • Red Shirt: As a funny detail, Enon does use a red uniform, and he survives.
  • Shout-Out: They were given names in the GBA re-release, with Sieg and Rai being a reference to two characters of the Princess of The Wings manga adaptation.
  • Tragic Monster: In The Dragon Warrior, the two servants of the Karma wizard are revealed to be Kalu and Ilu, ressurected as zombies and brainwashed to serve him.
  • Winged Humanoids

Sara/Sayla

Cort/Kyura

Mote/Sigmund

Cerl/Carla

Goda

Zog/Zorgon

Jade/Judas

Tyr/Myria


Breath of Fire II

Ryu Bateson

Bow/Bosch Doggy

Katt/Rinpoo Chuan

  • Action Girl
  • Badass Adorable: She's cute, she's funny and she can pulverize monsters several times bigger and heavier than her.
  • Badass Normal: In her default form, probably the closest example of this out of all the characters through the whole series.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Katt likes to joke and make fun of her enemies while she's beating the hell out of them. This also counts as one of her game skills, as Katt uses it to break Ryu's concentration during their initial battle and later can use it against normal enemies to make them ignore her party and attack her instead.
  • Catgirl. Well, tiger girl.
  • Cute Bruiser: One of the party's heavy-hitters and the only character besides Ryu with the ability to counterattack.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Except for being covered in fur from the waist down, Katt, a female Woren, is a fairly standard cat girl. In contrast, Tiga, a male Woren, is a Beast Man with a tiger head.
  • Dance Battler: The game literally describes her as this.
  • The Ditz: Bow asks Ryu to take her along as he quickly realizes Katt isn't the sharpest knife in the box and if she's allowed to stay with him, she could destroy the house he was intending to fix. Rand even wonders if there's a way to get inside of Katt's head and rewire her brain to make her smarter.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Fragile Speedster: While she's one of the fastest and hardest hitting characters in the game, her HP and defense stats tend to be low.
    • Glass Cannon: Her ultimate Shaman combination deals maximum damage as a Charge Attack. Her defense, on the other hand, remains the same.
  • Genki Girl
  • Last Of Her Kind: She's never seen another of her kind. Until Tiga's entrance, who tells her that there are very few of them spread all over the world.
    • So few that when Ryu and her arrive at the monster hunters's place, they ask Ryu to sell her to them.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Katt romps around bottomless.
  • Love Interests: Tiga sets his eyes on her the moment she crosses the door. Later, Katt has to clear up the issues as she can't reciprocate the feeling, in quite a Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming.
  • Required Party Member: To enter CotLnd/Kott Fortress, and (rather troublesome) to proceed into the whale.
  • Running Gag: In the Japanese version, constant mention of her small cup size. If Salvador is recruited as a Township's resident, Katt will ask him to give her a bigger chest when it's her turn to get a statue. (He doesn't.)
  • Pettanko: See above.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Katt is short, thin and flat chested, yet she is the strongest character in the game and her shamanized form cranks it up to eleven.
  • Simple Staff
  • Stripperiffic: Katt's outfit is made of fingerless gloves, toeless boots, a bra... and nothing else. Her shamanized form ditches the bra, replacing it with a tattoo painted around her torso.
  • Women Are Wiser: Inverted, as Katt is the dumbest member of the party and gets called on it a few times. It's implied that her low intelligence is simply the result of her poor education, as she was raised to do nothing but fight.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Katt tries to fix everything using brute force, death threats and old fashioned violence. The funny part? It works.

Rand Marks

Nina Windia

Sten Legacy

Spar/Aspara Gus

Ekal Hoppe Do Pe Tapeta/Jean

Patty Smith

Tiga/Tigger Lee

Father Ganer

Ray Bradoc

Valerie McCarran

Augus/Argus Cont, Joker Heart, Trout Barm, Kuwadora/Quadra X, Shupkay, Ringmaster John, Father Manson.

Deathevan's servants.

Aruhamel/Alzheimer

Habaruku/Habalq V a.k.a. Father Hulk/Halq

Barubary/Barbaroi

Deathevan, a.k.a. Father Evans/St.Eva


Breath of Fire III

Ryu

Rei

Teepo

Nina

  "Garr? And...Ryu!?"

Momo

Peco/Pecoros

  • Breath Weapon: Naturally gains the Firebreath and Icebreath spells.
  • Elite Tweak: He starts at level 1, allowing players who have mastered the Master system of the game to easily manipulate his stats.
  • God Was My Co-Pilot
  • Heavy Sleeper: Half the time you see him in the camp, he's soundly asleep.
  • Magikarp Power: Thanks to him starting at Level 1. Most people disregard him right off the bat, while others take advantage of the Masters system to raise him into almost a game breaker.
  • Plant Person
  • Power Fist: Though some of his weapons are claws.
  • Stone Wall: Has the highest base HP of the whole party and the second-highest base defense, plus regenerative abilities and the biggest reprisal rate. Well-raised, one can win most battles in Auto Battle.
  • Team Pet
  • The Unintelligible: He speaks using some cutey sounds at all time.
  • The World Tree: At the end of the game, he's revealed to be connected directly to the Yggdrasil, which proceeds to give the team a hand against Myria.
  • Use Your Head: His field ability is to headbutt stuff.

Garr/Garland

McNeil and ghost ancestors (Kanzei, Torast, Kassen, Galtel, Doksen)

Loki/Zurusuru

Balio & Sunder

Beyd

  • Arranged Marriage: Shadis' father Sinkar has approved of Zig to take her hand, as he wants a strong sailor to marry her. It will become formal once Zig fixes the Lighthouse.
  • Badass Normal: The badass part depends on the player's way of training him: if one is dilligent enough, Beyd can end the battle in 1-2 hits.
  • The Cameo: in IV. It's not hard to forget how he ended up in that game.
  • David Versus Goliath: The focus of his story, defeating the big and dumb Zig.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Zig cut off the bullying and admits his defeat.
  • Girl Next Door: He and Shadis have been friends since childhood.
  • Level Grinding: Training him so he can stand on his own may take some time.
  • The Rival: Zig.
  • The Smart Guy: He's basically the Guildmaster's bookworm.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: All characters from Raphala are named after fishing gear: Beyd is "Bait", while Zig, Sinkar and Shadis are named after the "Jig", "Sinker" and "Shad" baits.
    • The region itself is named after a brand of fishing gear. [1]
  • Statistically Speaking: You can overtrain him, make so he takes 1 damage from your + 30 level party and defeats Zig in a few rounds (maybe while him not even landing a punch), and still the next cutscene has him all injured and bandaged.
  • Took a Level In Badass: Boy howdy. Wimpy bookkeeper turns into master swordsman.
  • Training From Hell: One of the method to train Beyd is to smack him up as strong as possible, so he can build up ressistance. For a guy like him, that probably wasn't pretty.
  • Triang Relations: Type 4, Beyd wants Shadis, but she's engaged with Zig.

Dr. Palet

Mikba

Gaist

Elder Jono/Bono

Myria

  • A God Am I: She herself. She seems to be not so sure at the end, though.
  • Back From the Dead
  • Big Bad
  • Cain to Deis's Abel
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first game, she was the villain For the Evulz and literally fed on being hated and feared. Here, she's a Well-Intentioned Extremist trying to protect all life from destruction by destroying or imprisoning the Brood.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She appears right on the beginning in Ryu's dream.
  • Fan Disservice: She wears Godiva Hair during her battle. Except for her default attack, where her guts rupture out to slap someone as her hair flies back.
  • Light Is Not Good
  • My Beloved Smother: She's this to all the earth's habitants.
  • Nightmare Face: Just see her sprite during the Holocaust attack.
  • Our Angels Are Different: She's usually seen assuming the form of a winged woman with light all around her.
    • There is a distinct Red Right Hand/Uncanny Valley effect (I'm not sure which trope is more appropriate) when you realize that her wings are upside down.
  • Power Source: It is stated the chrysm, the fuel for all machinery on the world, is a medium for Myria to provide the world with her magical energy.
  • The Scottish Trope: The Urkans (and Guardians) are prohibited to speak the name of their goddess, or that of her enemy the Brood.
  • Space Station: Orbital Station Myria.
  • Villainous Breakdown
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She's protecting life and the world by sending the technology of Caer Xhan to humanity via the Black Ship in manageable doses, keeping the Desert of Death away from humanity with an ocean barrier, and stopping the Brood from destroying the world with their power. Unfortunately, sending machines to humanity means making humanity dependent on her, keeping the Desert away from the rest of the world prevents humanity and Yggdrasil from colonizing and restoring it, and protecting the world from the Brood means either killing them all or imprisoning them in a false Heaven.


Breath of Fire IV

Ryu

Nina

Cray

  • The Big Guy: In that he's the biggest party member. Personality-wise, he's closer to The Lancer
  • Carry a Big Stick
  • Da Chief
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
  • Dishing Out Dirt
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is human, his father (the previous chieftain) is Woren.
  • Heroic BSOD: In the game, after he mercy-kills Elina. He does not speak again until the final dungeon.
  • Hot-Blooded: Somthing of a problem for him and his tribe. To his credit, he does try to control his temper, with varying success.
  • Idiot Ball: He's no Dumb Muscle, but he still grabs firm hold of this at times, mostly in the beginning.
  • Isshin Chiba: Cray's seiyû.
  • I Will Find You: Searching for Elina along with Nina.
  • It's Personal: With Yuna, after he finds out what he did to Elina.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the beginning, he's really something of a bully. He all but forcibly conscripts Ryu into the party because of his prophetic dreams leading to Elina, and when they don't pan out, considers ditching him. He also beats up Marlok's bodyguard, forces his way into his house, and demands that he give information about Elina while offering nothing in return. His behavior toward the other members of the party, especially Ursula, isn't that great either, and he often ignores their needs entirely unless Nina speaks up for them. And that's not going into his illegal entry into The Empire, which caused a lot of people a lot of problems which he never apologized for. Despite all this, he really does care for Nina and is protective of both her and the party in his own way. And, through the wonders of Character Development (and a few rounds of Break the Cutie) he pretty much drops the "jerk" part completely by the end.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Ludian court isn't exactly on his side when he's on trial. To be fair, they arent entirely wrong, either.
  • Love Hurts: And how.
  • Love Redeems: Cray has his own experience with this when he must ultimately euthanise Elina with the Dragonslayer.
  • Morality Pet: Nina, in the beginning. One suspects that the only reason the party got to six members at all is because Nina kept telling Cray to give them a chance. He outgrows the need for one eventually.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Finding Cray and Co. illegally across borders, assaulting Imperial soldiers nearly broke the ceasfire The Empire had with the Western Alliance, and by manufacturing a copy of the weapon that Cray also stole (and gave away to Nina, who gave it to Ryu, who broke it,), The Empire was able to modify the treaty between the countries so that they could seize more land on the border, so that they could more easily search for Ryu. A great deal of trouble the Nakama face in the later Acts could have been avoided entirely if Cray has simply searched for Elena through proper channels. Well done, Cray.
  • Only Sane Man: Feels like this most times.
  • Papa Wolf: In regards to Nina. Considerably more explicit in the manga.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Chieftain of the entire Woren nation, at that.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: His attitude concerning his search for Elena. He learns to grow out of it, though.
  • Shout-Out: His ultimate combination magic is named "Weretiger" in reference to Rei's feral form.
  • Team Dad
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He faced a LOT of chewing out from the Ludian court for his illegal entry into The Empire and his loss of a priceless hierloom and symbol of the kingdom. His response was to throw it right back.
    • Ursula and Ershin also bluntly call him on bad leadership decisions.

Ershin/Master

Scias

Ursula

Fou-lu

Yuna

  • Big Bad
  • Body Horror: His speciality.
  • Break the Cutie: His other specialty.
  • Dirty Coward
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Acts as one to Emperor Soniel. Exactly what he really wants is never made clear in the game, but the manga implies that he has his eyes on the throne.
  • Evil Is Not Pacifist: Subverted. He claims to be a "pacifist" and a "man of the arts", but this is just an excuse to save his own ass.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Extra emphasis on the evil.
  • Fan Nickname: "FUCKING YUNA!" seems to be turning into one on this very wiki.
  • Karma Houdini: Probably one of the most notable examples of this in video games, especially since he pulls it off twice. He's directly responsible for nearly every bad thing that happens in the game, and to get the best ending, you have to let him get away with it.
    • To make it even worse, the epilogue makes it very clear that he's already planning to rebuild his operation and do it all again.
  • Love Hurts: It will if he has anything to say about it. Suffice it to say, Yuna is the last person you want to introduce your significant other to.
  • Mad Scientist: He has actually been described as Breath of Fire's answer to Hojo, which pretty much hits the nail on the head. To some, Yuna is even more detestable due to being a Karma Houdini.
  • Meaningful Name: Yuna translates to "night", which is a nice reflection on the type of person he is.
  • Nice Hat
  • Sissy Villain
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: While he doesn't exactly look bad in the original game, the manga plays up his appearance and makes him more handsome. Justified since young women are a target audience of the publisher.
  • Treacherous Advisor
  • The Unfought
  • Verbal Tic: Yaa.
  • Villain Teleportation: If not for this little trick...

General Yohm

Captain Rasso

  • Fan Nickname: "Rasshole", for obvious reasons.
  • Made of Iron: He breaks a sword by it striking his face. And it only leaves a scar.
    • Minor Injury Overreaction: it convinced Rasso to hunt Ryu down before figuring out the latter was the one he was looking for.
  • Marionette Master: He never fights, letting his summoned Animated Armors to do the chore.
  • Sissy Villain (bordering Camp Gay): Rasso speaks in a very effeminate way in Japanese (to the point it can be described as the Japanese equivalent of Camp Gay) and also has rather effeminate mannerisms. In the 4-komas included in the manga Ryu even refers to him as "okama"--which was translated to "THE GIRLY MAN" in the Fan Translation.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Rasso's three robots are named "Joh", "Ymechaf" and "Ight". Put together, they form "Joy Mecha Fight", a NES fighting game.
  • The Unfought: Even though you fight his summons, you never get to battle him directly. The closest one gets is burnination by Kaiser Dragon, and that's not exactly controllable. Still very satisfying to see him annihilated by Kaiser though.

General Rhun

Emperor Soniel

Mami

Kahn


Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter

Ryu (1/8192)

Nina

Lin

Odjn

  • Badass Nickname: "The Thousand-Year Destroyer".
  • Body Horror: What his contracts tend to inflict on the Chosen. Odjn himself happens to be a rotting corpse crucified against a wall.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He was pinned to that wall due to Elyon's rejecting their link, and he is pissed.
  • Gentle Giant: Particularly compared to Chetyre and Dva, who are both complete basket cases. He calls Ryu his "little friend" and breaks their link after the sky is finally opened.
  • Grand Theft Me: A game over by maxing Ryu's D-Ratio will show Odjn bursting out of his body.
  • Not Quite Dead
  • You Are Number Six

Bosch (1/64)

Elyon

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Elyon became head of what would become the Regents by kicking Deamoned's ass when he was still a Chosen of Odjn.
  • The Chessmaster: Almost everything in Sheldar ultimately boils down to a Xanatos Gambit of some sort by Elyon. The entire establishment of the D-Ratio system and the Regents, the plan to have Ryu become a Chosen of Odjn, and the backup plan of the People Jars full of headless Nina clones...
  • Deadly Upgrade: Linking with a D-Construct is pretty much inevitably fatal. Even the ultimately rejected link with Odjn is slowly killing Elyon. The scene revealing this even has half of Elyon's face show Glowing Eyelights of Un-Death.
  • Expy: According to an interview, he is a different take on Fou-lu from the previous installment (specifically, a Fou-lu expy who was not a God-Emperor).
  • Ho Yay: With Cupid, whom he is implied to have a relationship with.
    • And partially the victim of one of two incidents of Bowdlerization known to have happened with Dragon Quarter, but (compared to the mass censorship in IV) was merely changed to a het relationship.
  • Kentaro Ito: Elyon's seiyû.
  • Me's a Crowd: summons two clones of himself in his Boss Battle.
  • My Greatest Failure: Elyon is ultimately rejected by Odjn when he refuses to open the sky--fearing it was not his decision and fearing he would be placing all of Sheldar at risk.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A permanent stigmata from where he was a Chosen.
  • Really Seven Hundred Years Old: Well, closer to a thousand.
  • White-Haired Pretty Boy

Cupid

Vexacion

  • Knight Templar: He trains Bosch literally from toddlerhood in gladiatoral combat--because he feels it's a necessity to protect Sheldar from rogue Genics, including and especially the D-Constructs. It's also very strongly implied that he killed everyone who bonded with a D-construct from the time Elyon bonded (and was rejected) by Odjn up to when Ryu became a Chosen.
  • Last Disc Skill: one of Ryu's best level 3 skills, Terabreak, is stolen from him.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Bosch's father.
  • Really Seven Hundred Years Old: Along with practically all of the other Regents.

Zeno (1/128)

Hortensia

Jezuit

Deamoned

Mebeth

Chetyre

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