The Hero (also known as the Boy, Sumo in Final Fantasy Adventure manual and Adventures of Mana, or Duke in the novel, manga adaptations and Circle of Mana) is one of the two central co-protagonists of Sword of Mana.
Born and raised in Granz Realm, the Hero had a happy childhood in which he was well provided for both financially, being the son of Consul Hermann, and spiritually, listening to the legends of the world as spun in song by Lord Granz. However, one dark day, his parents were accosted by Prince Stroud, who had taken on the moniker of "Dark Lord", for hiding the (supposed) sole survivor of his massacre of the Mana Village. While his parents stayed behind to try and reason with Dark Lord (a tactic that resulted in their deaths), the Hero fled alongside the girl. Unfortunately, he twisted his ankle and, telling the Heroine to run ahead, was eventually captured and thrown into the dungeons of Granz Castle. There, he was forced to become a gladiator-slave for the Realm, battling monsters daily just to stay alive.
When playing the story from the Heroine's perspective, the Hero joins her as a partner character. In battle, he comes equipped with a Sword and Salamander magic. However, due to always having a sword equipped, the Hero's magical abilities are rather lacking. He joins six times throughout the game:
- Firstly on the outskirts of Topple to help the Heroine find a child's lost book, leaving when they reach the village proper.
- Secondly, after he visits Cascade Cottage and stays with her until they are separated during their overnight stay at Vinquette Hall.
- Fourthly, after their successful infiltration of Granz Castle, when they do so to confront Dark Lord. They are parted after reaching Ishe in order to find the Sword of Mana.
- Fifthly, for their journey to Dime Tower Once they reach the tower, they split up so that the Heroine can keep Marcie company.
- Sixthly and finally, at the entrance to the Mana Sanctuary. The two then stay together until the end of the game.
|Hero · Heroine|
|Amanda · Bogard · Cibba · Lester · Marshall · Watts · Willy|
|Dark Lord · Julius|
|Count Lee · Devius · Ebony Butler · Elise · Gaia · Gemma · Granz · Hermann · Isabella · Ivory Butler · Li'l Cactus · Mana · Medusa · Niccolo · Sarah · Treant|
|Cascade Cottage · Dwarf Cave · Granz Realm · Jadd · Lorimar · Menos · Topple · Wendel|
|Abandoned Mine · Airship · Altar of Time · Batmo Cave · Cascade Cave · Devius Manor · Dime Tower · Gaia Cave · Granz Castle · Mana Sanctuary · Marsh Cave · Menos Outskirts · Miasma Glen · Mt. Illusia · Ruined Passage · Sealed Cave · Vinquette Hall|
|Glass Desert · Jadd Desert · Marsh Cave · Mushboom Forest · Prickly Desert · Scaly Lair · Topple Outskirts · Vinquette Vicinity · Wendel Beach · Westlake|
|Armoury · Dudbear · Gemma Knight · Mana Tree · Mana Sword · Mavole · Mavolia|