The main character of the game, he is an older man described as being an "unyielding protagonist" who is trying to find a cure for the Black Scrawl virus which has infected his daughter Yonah, by any means. He is voiced by Jamieson Price in the English version.
A scantily clad NPC swordswoman accompanying Nier who has drawn media attention for being a hermaphrodite. Kainé became intersex following possession by a demon, which also gave her a disposition towards swearing constantly. Though originally rumored to be a character exclusive to the Japan-only NieR RepliCant, the third trailer for NIER showcases an audio-only monologue of Kainé berating Nier's book companion, Weiss. She is voiced by Laura Bailey in the English version.
- Grimoire Weiss
A hovering, magical tome, Grimoire Weiss serves as Nier's access to magical spells (known as Words in the NIER lexicon), new melee attacks and weapon upgrades. Though Nier rescues Weiss at the game's outset, his motives are suspect, a Square-Enix representative commenting that "Defining Grimoire Weiss as good or evil is a difficult question, and one that the player will only truly understand after playing through NIER." Trailers have revealed other sentient books in the NIER universe. He is voiced by Liam O'Brien in the English version.
- No. 7
A skeleton-like creature wearing a robe and wielding an enchanted staff, No. 7 is a demonic experimental weapon that joins Nier and his companions.
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