|Game||Tales of Vesperia|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Rikiya Koyama|
Duke Pantarei (デューク・バンタレイ Dyuuku Bantarei?) is a major antagonist in Tales of Vesperia. Considered to be a hero from the Great War, Duke saw the barbarism of humankind and eventually lost faith in humanity. Due to this, he becomes an ominous, recurring figure throughout the story who both helps and hinders the protagonists.
Before the events of the story, Duke was an important figure in the Great War, in which humans and the Entelexeia fought. He fought alongside the Entelexeia Elucifer so that humans and the creatures could live together in peace. Although they were victorious, some humans no longer trusted the Entelexeia and executed Elucifer. After this betrayal, Duke lost all faith in humanity and cut all ties with them. He only appeared when he felt it was necessary for the protection of the world and the Entelexeia.
Role in the Plot
Duke wields the lost sword, Dein Nomos, which is able to control the flow of aer, and is proof of imperial lineage. Early in the story, he is briefly encountered by Yuri Lowell and his companions numerous times in different locations, during which he briefly talks with Yuri before leaving. He is officially introduced to the group by Raven after using Dein Nomos to neutralize an aer krene in Keiv Moc. Later in the story, when Yuri and his friends are trying to rescue Estelle from Alexei Dinoia, he hands this sword over to them in hopes that he will fight for identical goals and because they are the only other people besides him who are willing to listen to the Entelexeia.
However, Duke eventually feels their goals do not coincide and reclaims the sword. This change of heart occurs when the barrier of Zaude is destroyed and the Adephagos once again threatens the world. Duke then resurrects Tarqaron with the intention of trading all human life, including himself, for the destruction of the Adephagos. Yuri and his companions resolve to put a stop to his plans by offering all the blastia in place of humanity. Duke, however, longs to return the world to the rule of the Entelexeia as recompense for the slaughter of Elucifer, and fights against Yuri and his companions, serving as the story's "final boss". After Yuri and his companions prove victorious, Duke is finally persuaded by their perseverance and assists them through the aid of Dein Nomos, destroying the Adephagos.
- Duke appears as a hidden playable character in Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave, unlocked once the player has completed Tournament Mode on "Hard" difficulty at least once without continuing.
- While Duke does not directly appear in Project X Zone 2, he is referenced during the end of Chapter 21 when Doctor Urashima mentions "an attractive young man with silver hair and a flashy outfit of red, black, and gold", telling her where the party should go to save Estelle. Before the chapter ends, Yuri silently thanks Duke for the information.