Artwork of Lloyd for the Nintendo GameCube version of Tales of Symphonia.
|First appearance||Tales of Symphonia (2003)|
|MG appearance(s)||Super Smash Flash|
Super Smash Flash 2
|Created by||Kōsuke Fujishima|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Katsuyuki Konishi|
|Voiced by (English)||Scott Menville|
|Company||BANDAI NAMCO Games|
Lloyd Irving (ロイド・アーヴィング) is the protagonist of the game Tales of Symphonia from the Tales series. He is a playable character in Super Smash Flash and Super Smash Flash 2. He was one of the first four playable characters in the Super Smash Flash 2 Demo, alongside Mario, Kirby and Ichigo. Notably, he has two swords; one of fire (called the Flamberge), and one of ice (called the Vorpal Sword). They are called the Material Blades. They can combine with each other to create the Eternal Sword which allows one to attack enemies using its space and time properties (as he does when he uses Falcon's Crest).
Lloyd Irving was created by NAMCO in order to provide a protagonist for Tales' fifth mothership title Tales of Symphonia.
Lloyd's personality is of an irresponsible, and brash young man, but also a gentle idealist who wishes for peace in the world. Orphaned as a child, he was adopted and raised by a dwarf named Dirk, just outside the village of Iselia. Once but a simple country boy, Lloyd is thrusted out into a journey of epic proportions following a brutal attack on his village.
He 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 game goes on, Kratos compares Lloyd to Mithos, the game's antagonist, 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 says he does not want to save the worlds Mithos' way, but in his own way without sacrifices.
Lloyd focuses on dealing melee physical damage, with concentrations in speed and combo building. Attacks such as Sonic Thrust and Sword Rain reflect his faster movements during battle, while sacrificing his damage output and durability, especially when compared to Presea Combatir. Like most swordsmen, his only ranged capabilities involve Demon Fang and related artes. In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Lloyd can now use Blazing Tempest and Rising Phoenix as separate artes instead of altered artes.
In the Super Smash Flash series
In Super Smash Flash
- ain article: Lloyd (Super Smash Flash)
Lloyd appears in this game as an unlockable character and the only character representation of the Tales universe. He's unlocked once you accumulate an hour playing Adventure mode. His sprites are from Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 for the Game Boy Advance.
In Super Smash Flash 2
- ain article: Lloyd (Super Smash Flash 2)
Lloyd reappears; but this time as a starter character along with new moves and attacks. While he has similar sprites to the ones he used in SSF, they've been retouched and polished to be much more detailed. Most of his special attacks involve him using techs ("artes") from Tales of Symphonia. He is ranked 5th of A+ tier on the current tier list.
- Though he is not playable in the Super Smash Bros. series, he is one of five Super Smash Flash characters to later have a costume for Mii Fighters based on him in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He shares this distinction with Mega Man X, Zero, Tails, and Knuckles. Unlike the other characters this applies to, this appearance had later influence on him in the Super Smash Flash series, with his moveset being altered to reflect it; Tempest, Rising Falcon, and his down aerial were confirmed to all be direct references to Mii Swordfighter's Airborne Assault, Power Thrust, and down aerial respectively.