Lloyd Irving is the protagonist of Tales of Symphonia.

Appearance and Personality Edit

Because he lives in an area that has a peace treaty with the Desians, Lloyd never actually understands how people are suffering at the hands of the organization. This causes him to be rather naive and short-tempered. He tends to make very rash decisions, regardless of what consequences his actions may have, claiming he is doing it for Colette. However, when it all ends wrong, he realizes his mistakes and attempts to repent for them. Under the guide of Kratos, he eventually matures through the journey, having witnessed people truly suffer. When he understands that people have to be sacrificed everywhere for the sake of others, Lloyd decides to stop "clinging to the Chosen", as Kratos describes it, and fight with his own strength and new ideals. What he wants is a world without sacrifices. Lloyd uses skill and logic to make up for what he lacks in knowledge, which is often a joke throughout the series as he fails to answer various educational questions. He is generally idealistic, and tries to do what he believes is best for the worlds of Sylvarant and Tethe'alla. As the story progresses, Kratos compares Lloyd to Mithos, saying the only difference between them is that Lloyd is capable of acknowledging his own mistakes. Another character named Tiga also compares Lloyd to Mithos by saying he is idealistic and very dearly wants to save both worlds, but Lloyd denies that he is like Mithos and claims he does not want to save the worlds through Mithos's methods, but in his own way without sacrifices and with the help of his friends.

Trivia Edit

  • The name "Lloyd" is of Welsh origin, meaning "one with grey hair".
  • His "Technical" arte branch is the arte set he uses in all Escort Titles.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, his costume can be seen in Nam Cobanda Isle with the description "Main character costume for A Tales of Two Worlds", in reference to the two worlds of Tales of Symphonia and paralleled with the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
  • He makes a cameo appearance as a costume for Karol Capel in the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Vesperia by equipping the "Akai Nittouryuu" title from beating the "200-Man Melee" as Karol. By equipping the title, Karol's arte Roaring Revolution can be altered into Blazing Tempest.
  • In the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Symphonia, he can acquire a costume based on Guy Cecil's appearance from Tales of the Abyss.
  • A plushie resembling his outfit appears in Tales of Zestiria. A save file from the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Symphonia is required on the system to obtain it.
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