Like its predecessors, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian does well with few characters, its storytelling lens restricted to just two for much of the time. The boy’s relationship with Trico is much like the bond between Wander and Agro, save they are trying to escape a winding expanse, just as Ico and Yorda did. In many ways, the cast of The Last Guardian brings themes of Ueda’s Trilogy full circle.
- The boy
- The Knights
- Armored Beasts
The boy is the unnamed protagonist of The Last Guardian. He wakes within a cave to discover a large, man-eating beast chained to the floor. He does not know how he got there or, where the strange runic markings on his skin came from, but he knows he must befriend the beast if he is to leave the sprawling ruins.
Trico (トリコ, Toriko) is the giant, griffon-like beast whom the boy befriends.
Trico’s name has a variety of different meanings. For example, in Japanese the phrase toriko ni naru means to be “spellbound” or “enraptured” by something beautiful. Also, the word “bird” in Japanese–tori–and the word “child” in Japanese–ko–were combined to form “bird child.” Lastly, the name is something of a pun… Our first game was ICO, which can also mean “one” in Japanese. And we used Nico or “two” as Wander and the Colossus’s project name. So I wanted to use tri or “three” for this game, giving us Trico. — Fumito Ueda
The Armored Knights, Knights, or Armor (鎧, Yoroi) are hollow suits which relentlessly pursue the boy. As the boy is not strong enough to challenge them alone, he must rely on his feathered friend to open the way forward.
The Armored Beasts, or Armored Tricos are hostile. Being the same species as Trico, they possess more than enough strength and speed to capture the boy once and for all.
Track 01 Overture: Lore
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