Tales of Protagonists Popularity Poll by Japanese Fans Revealed

Japanese website Net Lab recently hosted a popularity poll for the Tales of franchise, asking fans which protagonist was their favorite. A total of 23 protagonists were ultimately selected, with one placement solely dedicated to an “other” option, where fans could create tabs for protagonists not yet listed.

The full list of characters, their vote numbers, originating games, and placements are listed below. Some rankings are fairly expected, while a few others may take you by surprise.

  1. Luke fon Fabre (Tales of the Abyss) – 425
  2. Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia) – 303
  3. Sorey (Tales of Zestiria) – 128
  4. Reid Hershel (Tales of Eternia) – 115
  5. Lloyd Irving (Tales of Symphonia) – 114
  6. Velvet Crowe (Tales of Berseria) – 98
  7. Ludger Will Kresnik (Tales of Xillia 2) – 92
  8. Alphen (Tales of Arise) – 85
  9. Stahn Aileron (Tales of Destiny) – 75
  10. Asbel Lhant (Tales of Graces) – 67
  11. Cress Albane (Tales of Phantasia) – 62
  12. Milla Maxwell (Tales of Xillia) – 53
  13. Veigue Lungberg (Tales of Rebirth) – 27
  14. Other (Tell us in the comments) – 24
  15. Kyle Dunamis (Tales of Destiny 2) – 23
  16. Jude Mathis (Tales of Xillia) – 18
  17. Ruca Milda (Tales of Innocence) – 16
  18. Emil Castagnier (Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World) – 14
  19. Senel Coolidge (Tales of Legendia) – 14
  20. Kanata Hyuga (Tales of Crestoria) – 9
  21. Kor Meteor (Tales of Hearts) – 9
  22. Allen (Tales of Link) – 8
  23. Ix Neve (Tales of the Rays) – 7
  24. Caius Qualls (Tales of the Tempest) – 7


Tales of Symphonia Remastered will launch Westward for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch on February 17, 2023.

Tales of Symphonia was initially released for the Gamecube worldwide before receiving a Japanese-exclusive PlayStation 2 version that added more content. That same version would launch worldwide for PlayStation 3 and then eventually PC via Steam. This upcoming remaster is using the latest versions as the basis, though several new features are arriving, such as skippable events and improved maritime navigation.

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