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A mercenary swordsman hailing from the mountainous land of Forcena and son of the Golden Knight Loki, who famously aided King Richard in felling the power-hungry Dragon Emperor. Duran sets out to become the strongest warrior in the world after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Altena's Crimson Wizard.
- Cool Sword
- Failure Knight: His defeat at Koren's hands prompts him to leave the service of the knights until he redeems himself.
- Healing Hands: Possible only if he takes a Light-Side class.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: A plot point at the start of Duran's quest. He wants the Sword of Mana so he can defeat the wizard Koren, who Duran was not able to stop when the latter attacked Forcena. Averted in the actual gameplay, however, since all of Duran's possible classes end up learning magic of some kind.
- Magic Knight: In the Final Fantasy tradition of Magic Knights, Duran's spell specialty is giving elemental attributes to weapons.
- Mighty Glacier: Duran gets this label sometimes, although a little unfairly as his swing reset timer is the same as the other characters. The main reason is probably because he doesn't strike twice per attack like the other two males, who use daggers and Good Old Fisticuffs respectively.
The daughter of the Queen of Reason and princess of the magic kingdom of Altena, Angela failed to show any sign of magical prowess during her childhood. When her mother decides to make up for this by choosing her as the sacrifice for a powerful spell, she makes a break for it.
- Black Mage
- Hot Witch
- Rebellious Princess
- Sideboob: In her sleeping animation.
- Spoiled Brat: Played with; she acts like one, but feels neglected and rejected by her mother because of her difficulty learning magic.
- Squishy Wizard: With an extra helping of Squishy.
- Stripperiffic: Not the smartest choice when living in an icy kingdom, even if they do use magic to keep the capital warm.
- Somewhat obliquely Lampshaded during her opening sequence: While she's making her way across the aptly named Sub-Zero Snowfield, hypothermia eventually sets in and she passes out. She doesn't seem to have any problems on future visits though.
- Also Lampshaded by an old woman in Astoria.
"My, what are young girls thinking these days, running around dressed like that?"
- Well Done Daughter Girl: As mentioned above, she feels neglected by her mother. Her main motivation for going along on The Quest is to gain the power of magic from the spirits, and to get the Sword of Mana, in order to force her mother to at least acknowledge her as something other than a failure.
Kevin is the son of the Beast King, and thereby the prince of the Beast Kingdom. His mother disappeared around the time he was born, and as he grew up he associated with his fellow Beastmen less and less, preferring the company of a wolf cub he names Karl. However, he discovers his own Beastman strength when Karl attacks him and he kills the cub in of self-defense. Overhearing that the Beast King had orchestrated his wolf's attack on him, he attacks his father in a rage only to be swatted aside with ease. Denied his revenge, he sets out to find a way to bring his only friend back to life.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Emotion Suppression: A core teaching to those who wish to go down the path of the Dark Light job class, the Dervish, to ensure that they become veritable living weapons with no distractions or mental and spiritual flaws.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Human Mom, Nonhuman Dad
- Healing Hands: Can pick this up on one of his Light-Side class routes.
- Hulk Speak: Oddly, the full-blooded Beastmen don't talk like this.
- Ki Attacks: A power only attained by the Lightmost Godhand job class.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially with his attack bonus at night, almost to Game Breaker status.
- Martial Arts Headband and Martial Arts Uniform: The apparel and equipment with which Kevin's ultimate classes take the form of, naturally. In addition to bearing mystical enchantments, all four ultimate sets are steeped within martial arts legend within the world of Fa'Diel:
- The Byakko Uniform and the Ivory Band once belonged to a fighter who became a sacred luminary of the martial arts.
- The Suzaku Uniform and the Ruby Band once belonged to an undefeatable warrior whose image saw them drenched in blood and illuminated in the flames of war.
- The Seiryuu Uniform and the Sapphire Band have no reference nor legends about them.... Or so it seems. It is hence believed due to this that the extremely violent ways of Death Hands and their martial arts saw that the martial arts world renounced them and keep them hidden away due to their potentially dangerous and evil impact to the world of fighting.
- Martial Pacifist: A core teaching to those of the Light Monk job class. Though the class focuses on fighting without bloodshed and being fair in all fights, there is meaning to the "martial" in that some foes are unreasonable to be stopped peacefully, in where justified force can be used to the user's extent. This extends to the class's weapons, as they make use of little to no gimmicks to solely rely on fighting with total skill and technique.
- Missing Mom
- Older Than They Look
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Cut short by the Beast King.
- So Proud of You: Kevin's ending with the Beast King.
- Teach Him Anger: The purpose of the Darkmost job class, the Death Hand. Death Hands are encouraged to throw themselves into blind rage and utter abandon into their worst aspects to bring about unmatched strength that no other class can compare to. However, this proves to be utter Crippling Overspecialization, as Death Hands come to learn to only be terrifyingly strong and bloodthirsty brutalizers in the heat of combat, and nothing else.
- Wrestler in All of Us: With the sole exception of his starting class, all of his classes learn some kind of throw technique in addition to their normal tech.
Carlie is half-elf, half-human, and was raised in the Holy City Wendel by the Priest of Light. She idolizes Heath, a fellow cleric, and is somewhat obsessively protective of him, enough that she sneaks away after him after he's called off on a mission. When she witnesses him being captured by Deathjester, her journey begins.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Dub Name Change: Her name in the original Japanese script is "Charlotte". The change to Carlie for the Fan Translation was due to space constraints.
- Epic Flail
- Half-Human Hybrid: Human Dad Non Human Mom
- Healing Hands: Basically the default medic, and is the only hero to start with recovery magic.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her Bishop class gains the Turn Undead spell.
- Improbable Weapon User: Many of her level 3 techs.
- Immortality Begins At Twenty: Gloriously averted. At the age of fifteen, she has both the body and mind of a five year old.
- Nice Hat
- Older Than They Look
- Third Person Person
- Verbal Tic: Carlie is very childlike, 'n shtuff, in her shpeech, m'kay? (This is a Woolseyism in the fan translation of her Katakana use in the Japanese version.)
- White Mage
Hawk comes from a much more humble lineage than his fellow protagonists. As a member of the Navarre Thieves Guild, he steals from the rich and gives (some) to the poor, and is very hapy with his job at that. Soon after the Guild takes in a young lady named Isabella, however, the guildmaster Flamekhan decrees that the guild will turn from petty thievery to all-out raiding and invasion, starting with Rolante. In trying to get to the bottom of this personality change, Hawk is framed for the murder of his best friend, Eagle, and locked away, threatened with the death-by-curse of Flamekhan's daughter should he tell anyone what he knows. Saved from his cell by his cat friend Nikita, Hawk begins his own quest for vengeance.
- Bishounen: Put him and Angela in the same party and she will flirt with him. She'll also remark that he's 'cute' (complete with a heart) if she confronts him in Rolante.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He'll try to charm the ladies at every chance he gets, asking Lise or Angela out in Jad and striking a pose while telling the Altenian soldiers "not to get so excited". But the worst transgression he ever commits is giving a Lise a (not entirely unwelcome) peck on the cheek if she confronts him in Rolante.
- Dub Name Change: Originally named "Hawkeye". Like Carlie/Charlotte above, this ended up being shortened to fit the namespace.
- Flechette Storm: The Level 2 Tech for his Ranger class is "Flying Swallow Toss", which consists of him spinning around and tossing knives at all enemies on the screen. Alternatively, his Ninja class can use the Shuriken skill, and if he takes the Ninja Master class, learns how to target all enemies at once with it.
- Holy Hand Grenade: His Rogue class' Silver Dart skill, best thrown at zombies & demons.
- Knife Nut
- Jack of All Stats: Without a doubt the most balanced character in the game.
- Just Like Robin Hood: His Lightmost job class, the Wanderer is best exemplified by this. Along with being foresters and nomadic dwellers of the wild, and to even his official art evoking Robin Hood aesthetics, the Wanderer's ultimate armor, the Phantom Cuirass, is not just any piece of magical armor capable of blending in with nature's palettes, but once was the signature armor of a legendary and valiant thief who soon became the bane of a greedy and tyrannical empire.
- Lovable Rogue
- Malevolent Masked Man: Can become one if he becomes a Nightblade, the Darkmost job class. Along with becoming versed in the ways of assassination and murder to steal lives, the class's ultimate headgear, the Bloody Mask, doesn't just help make the user look terrifying to strike fear into their foes and protect the user's identity with its blood drenched and dyed visage, but it also stimulates the killing instinct of its wearer, allowing them to kill more easily.
- Ninja: The namesake of his Dark job class paths, and don't wear it out. Along with having adopted the ways of the Ninja from foreign lands from legacies and knowledge passing into the deserts of Nevarre, it appears that the class meshes best with reinforcing the trickery of Navarre's Thieves Guild with martial application.
- Not What I Signed on For: Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, he's perfectly fine with. Waging wars of conquest against other countries? Not so much.
- Only Sane Man: Only he and Eagle found a problem with the idea of invading other countries.
- Something About a Rose: Level 3 tech for his Wanderer Class, "Dance of Roses".
- Spam Attack: His Level 3 Tech for his Rogue class is called "Thousand Slice". Essentially it's the More Dakka principle applied to melee knife strikes.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Ninjas within the Mana Universe and the world of Fa'Diel are said to have gained their own ways of magic from their intense spiritual training to master the ways of Ninjutsu, allowing them to create items from nothing but their own spiritual energy, and to manipulate the natural energies of their surroundings to attack their foes.
The princess of the Wind Kingdom of Rolante, and a fierce wielder of the lance. The Navarre raiders took her castle, killed her father, and kidnapped her brother. Now she, too, is out for justice.
- Action Girl
- Blade on a Stick
- Cool Big Sis
- Hot Amazon: A large portion the fan art for this game is of Lise in sexy poses.
- Jack of All Stats: She isn't quite as balanced as Hawk, but her stats are better than average across the board.
- Light Is Good: She IS a blonde.
- Magic Knight: With a focus on status buffs or debuffs, depending on which class upgrade you choose for her.
- Promotion to Parent: Following her mother's Death by Childbirth with Elliot.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Spell My Name with an "S": Riesz/Rizu/Reese/Lise--"Lise" is used for this page because it's spelled as such in the Corlett fan translation.
- Stripperiffic: In the Fenrir Knight class only, but in it she beats out even Angela. Its costume is simply a bikini and a wolfskin cape.
The Dragon Emperor
An evil dragon with no specified origin baring that he waged a war and was believed to have been killed by Duran's father Loki. He in fact survived and turned Loki into his servant the Darkshine Knight. Wants to become a god and make life a living hell for everyone in the world.
- A God Am I: This is about as far as his characterization goes. Is he a real Physical God or just an egomaniac dragon? Never explained.
- Attack of the 50 Foot Whatever: His true form is by far the largest enemy in the game, he's so big you don't even see his whole body.
- Big Bad
- Breath Weapon: His strongest attack.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Unlike the Masked Mage and the Dark Prince, he has no motivation for wanting to conquer the world beyond the fact that he's evil.
- Deal with the Devil: he made one with Koren, taking a piece of his soul in exchange for making him the most powerful wizard in the world. Unarguably he fulfilled his end of the deal, but it's speculated that him having a part of Koren's soul caused his evil to corrupt him.
- Informed Ability: Talk to some of the townsfolk and the they claim the Dragon Emperor is stronger and smarter than any human. While the plot implies he's extremely powerful even without the Sword of Mana and the power of the God Beasts, he doesn't get enough screen to time live up to the latter.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Generally considered the middle-strongest of the three Big Bads.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Type One.
An Evil Sorcerer that serves the Dragon Emperor, who attacked Forcena at the start of the game and nearly killed Koren. He boasts to be the strongest wizard in the world. turns out that he was originally a no talent attempt at a mage and because he was abused by his teacher
- The Dragon: A particularly ironic case given that he is The Dragon to an actual dragon, whereas Koren himself is human.
- Freudian Excuse: Like Angela, he had no inborn ability to use magic whatsoever. The Dragon Emperor offered to make him into a powerful wizard in exchange for a piece of his soul. Koren got all the power he wanted, but after his defeat decides life isn't worth living without that part of his soul kills himself.
Just a piece! How could I refuse?
- Woolseyism/Dub Name Change: In the untranslated script, Koren is not his name, but rather, he's known as "Kouren no Madoushi," or "Wizard of the Red Lotus".
The Darkshine Knight
A powerful warrior serving the Dragon Emperor. Is in fact Duran's father Loki, who was injured fatally by the Dragon Emperor, but seeing value in him as a minion, he revived him as his servant. His mind-control breaks after his death.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- The Brute
- Came Back Wrong
- Dark Is Evil
- Duran, I am your father. Is pretty much an Un Twist by the time reveals it, but Duran is too thickheaded to pick up on it. If the Dragon Emperor isn't the Big Bad, he tries telling Duran but dies mid-sentence, and Duran still fails to pick up.
- Reforged Into a Minion: How he got the position.
The Masked Mage
Originally a human mage that was a healer, but ended up resorting to forbidden magic to save a patient, leading to his banishment. The dark magic he used eventually corrupted him and caused him to desire revenge on the world.
- Big Bad
- Expy: Of Thanatos the Dark Lich, Big Bad of Secret of Mana
- Giant Space Flea From Nowhere: Where as the other two Big Bads are mentioned by their minions throughout the game, he pretty much shows up out of nowhere late in the game.
- Heath, I am your father
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Is generally considered the weakest of the three Big Bads.
Monster Clown that serves the Masked Mage, and not much else is revealed about him.
- The Dragon
- Evilly Affable
- Horror Hunger
- Monster Clown: With a name like that, what do you expect?
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: If his faction fails in its bid for power, based on your character choice, the victor forces him to deliver a message to you, and when he does he makes the comment that he's going to take this opportunity to run.
- Sinister Scythe
- Villainous Harlequin: Sometimes lapses into this at certain parts of Kevin's story.
- Woolseyism/Dub Name Change: The literal translation of his name from the script is "Death-Eating Man".
- Your Soul Is Mine: Type Two B.
Fallen Cleric Heath
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Light Is Not Good: Not when he's the one using it, anyways.
- Tragic Monster: he left to try and save his father from the darkness corrupted him, but that simply resulted in him being kidnapped by Deathjester and brainwashed.
The Dark Prince
Formerly a the human prince of the Kingdom of Light, but for unstated reasons he was hated and feared by his subjects. This led to him making a deal with the demons of the underworld, gaining power in exchange for destroying his old kingdom. After the deal he went on to kill the former ruler of the underworld. He aims to join the human world with the underworld so he can rule of over both and force humans into worshiping him and the demons. Was sealed away by the Goddess prior to the game's events and Jagan and Bigeu hold his remains and plan to find a host for his ressurction.
- Big Bad
- Complete Monster: despite Bigieu feelings for him and her Undying Loyalty, he's not affected by her death and considered her an acceptable loss.
- Dark Is Evil: The DARK Prince
- Like a Badass Out of Hell
- One-Winged Angel: The only Big Bad with one, in fact.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Generally considered to be the strongest of the three Big Bads.
- Despair Event Horizon: Goes into this if you don't take the Hawk/Lise route, in which case the Big Bad of your route destroys the Dark Prince's remains, ensuring he can never be resurrected. Not wanting to face a world without her beloved, she murders Jagan when he tells her he plans to try stealing the Sword to merge the two worlds anyway, and then after delivering the exposition to you, kills herself.
- The Dragon: To the Dark Prince.
- Femme Fatale
- Yandere To the Dark Prince. If he's the Big Bad, she states that he lost his soul while among the demons and hopes to retrieve it, though exactly what that means is unclear.
- High Collar of Doom: He's got the typical vampire look down pat.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Our Vampires Are Different
The God Beasts
Powerful elemental monsters that were sealed away by the Goddess at the creation of the world, and they threaten it once again when they break free after the villains release the energy from the Mana Stones.
- Dark Is Evil/Light Is Not Good
- Eldritch Abomination: All of them.
- Elemental Powers:
- Evil Counterpart: To the eight elementals that are helping the heroes.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The player will discover that killing a God Beast directly sends all its Mana energy into the Mana Sword...which you gave to the villain to keep them from killing your Fairy Companion.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: It is explained that, when they first awaken, they are relatively weak, but as you defeat them, the remaining ones grow stronger (and so do the monsters in their respective dungeons). So in a way it is justifying why Zable Fahr, always the final God Beast you fight, is That One Boss.
- That One Boss: Dolan and Zable Fahr are considered the most difficult of the 8. The former because aside from his all-round power, has a strong attack the temporarily reduces the party's max HP in addition to inflicting massive damage. With the latter, it has really strong attacks in addition to hitting the party with de-buff spells, and has the instant death spell that will kill a party member they are at a lower level than it, and odds are they will be.
- Elemental Powers
- Light Is Good/Dark Is Not Evil
- Sealed Good in a Can