Moses Sandor and Jay (Tales of Legendia)

Usually, I wouldn’t have two characters share an entry, but Moses and Jay function as a duo in Legendia. While both are unique characters, they complement each other perfectly. You have Jay, the quick-witted smartass, while Moses is barbaric, born into a clan of beast masters. These two are polar opposites; a good portion of Legendia is spent with them at odds over their disparate opinions. Jay and Moses make it on the list for having some of the best banter in any Tales game. However, the ultimate highlight is seeing them start to form camaraderie; they begin to become more like brothers than foes. Plus, Moses and Jay are proof that we choose our own family, and sometimes we find them in the most unexpected places. 

Repede (Tales of Vesperia)

From the moment you meet Repede, it’s hard not to love the loyal canine. Not only is he your best friend, but he also means business – he has a pipe AND a scar. Badass dogs like this don’t come around often. Still, Repede could have functioned as just a setpiece, but how he’s incorporated into skits during Vesperia shapes his personality. He knows what – or should I say who – he does and doesn’t like, and it’s very clear he understands just what’s going on. For an animal who doesn’t really say anything other than “woof,” he makes an impression, and that’s a feat in itself. 

Farrah Oersted (Tales of Eternia) 

If trouble hits, Farrah is usually at the root of it. She’s a hyperactive gal whose hands never stay idle for long. As the daughter of the Elder of Rasheans, she’s set on rebelling against order and traditions. Those things are boring, and Farrah’s all about having fun. However, what’s most surprising about Farrah is while you’d expect her to be a distraction for the group, she actually ends up being the glue that holds them together and keeps them on task. Instead of using her energy to fuel arguments, she’s the one breaking them up. Farrah’s intentions are good-natured and she’s quick to help those in need, making her a loveable character with infectious energy. 

Chester Burklight (Tales of Phantasia)

Chester’s story in Phantasia is filled with pain and loss. His parents died at a young age, so he latched on to taking care of his little sister with all his heart. Then the unthinkable happens: his sister is killed when troops attack the village while Chester is out and he is never the same. That may account for why he’s not a happy camper; he’s arrogant and loves to start arguments, especially with Claus and Cress. He is also proud and can’t take any bruising of his ego, never admitting when he’s wrong. This also causes him to be too hot-blooded for his own good. While these traits don’t always win him fans, Chester wins you over in his plight to come to terms with his sister’s death. He soon realizes he can’t dwell on the past and must continue in his fight: it’s what his sister would have wanted. The whole process builds slowly, but it’s done in such a natural way that it makes Chester’s transformation believable.

Leon Magnus (Tales of Destiny)

Every franchise needs a heartthrob, and no Tales character broods like Leon Magnus. That’s part of his charm, but besides being to the Tales series what Edward is to Twilight, this bishounen is also a complex character. When Destiny begins, he makes your life a living hell by selling you out, letting an aura of mystery and distrust continually surround him. He’s the pioneer in the Tales trend of party member betrayal. But this swordsman prodigy just wants respect; unfortunately, he never gets it to the level he wants. Leon constantly struggles with his own self-worth. Throw in that he was trained to be cold-hearted, and you have a character who at first makes you angry, and then slowly earns your admiration as he grows throughout Destiny.  

Which Tales characters rank as your favorites?