|Appearance||Tales of Symphonia|
|Residences||Asgard Human Ranch|
|Occupation||Desian Grand Cardinal|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Shigeru Ushiyama|
|English Voice Actor||Chris Edgerly|
Kvar (クヴァル Kuvaru?), full title Kvar the Fury Tempest, is an antagonist in Tales of Symphonia and one of the five Desian Grand Cardinals. He is in charge of the Asgard Human Ranch, and his base element is Lightning.
More than seventeen years before the start of the story, Kvar developed the Angelus Project, which was to find a host that could actually produce a Cruxis Crystal within the body. At one point, or at the start, a human named Anna became one of the hosts, and she was one of the few that survived successfully. Some point between this and seventeen years before the storyline, Kratos Aurion met Anna on the surface, and at some point freed her from the Human Ranch. Because she was a successful host for the Angelus Project, Kvar hunted them everywhere around the world. Eventually, he and the humans met outside the Iselia Human Ranch, and he removed Anna's Exsphere. As the Exsphere was without a Key Crest, her mana became out of control, and she attacked both Kratos and their son, Lloyd Irving. In the end, they managed to get the Exsphere away from Kvar, but Kratos was forced to mortally wound Anna. Seeing an opportunity while Kratos was in shock, Kvar attacked, which sent Anna, Lloyd and their pet, Noishe, down the cliff. Kvar somehow got away while Kratos fought the last Desians and headed down to look after his family, but the Grand Cardinal himself never found the Exsphere and most likely returned to the Asgard Human Ranch, having given up on the Angelus Project for the moment.
Fourteen years later, at the present, Kvar is informed that many escaped prisoners are hiding in Luin, and orders an attack where many are killed, and the survivors are taken to the Human Ranch. During the attack, Sheena Fujibayashi tried to protect the citizens, but ultimately failed. A while later, Kvar's ranch is invaded by some Renegades, including the lieutenant Botta, and Kvar decides to chase them down. While he is doing this, however, he meets the Chosen's group, who also invaded the ranch, and although he loses the trail of the Renegades, he tries to take Lloyd, who is the new bearer of the Angelus Project Exsphere. With the help of Colette Brunel, the party escapes deeper into the ranch, but Kvar finds them again at the place where they make Exspheres out of human life, and explains the mechanism to the shocked heroes. He then explains to Lloyd how the Exsphere he is using belonged to his dead mother, and how his father was in fact the one who killed her. His continued insults against Anna and Lloyd's father provoke Kratos, who is playing a mercenary and has not told Lloyd who his real father is. Kvar just laughs and orders his men to get the Exsphere. Sheena comes to the rescue and helps them escape, but Kvar chooses to wait for them to come back, and in the meantime find the Exspheres that the Renegades stole.
Burning in Hell
At some point after this, Kvar notices some of his data stolen and suspects the leader of the Grand Cardinals, Pronyma, is jealous because he is about to get promoted with the Angelus Project Exsphere, and thus seeking revenge. He contacts Pronyma through a hologram and speaks with her on the matter. However, true to his previous predictions, the party returns and confronts him. Pronyma tells Kvar that she knows about the Mana Cannon before she ends the transmission, and Kvar is left to fight the party. After the battle, Kvar falls down while Raine Sage prepares the ranch's self-destruct sequence. In his last attempt to get the Exsphere, he rises up and tries to strike down Lloyd, but Colette comes in between them and takes the blow. Furiously, Lloyd stabs him. Kratos follows right after, stabbing him thrice. Kvar then dies, and the party escapes to avoid the explosions. Some minutes later, a hologram of Rodyle appears, and he tells the deceased Kvar that he will take the rest of the data about the Mana Cannon before it is all gone, laughing at his fellow Grand Cardinal's death in the process.
Appearance and Personality
Kvar's appearance is very basic compared to the other Grand Cardinals. He has short, light blond hair that is combed back, pointed ears, and thin, menacing eyes. His attire consists of a typical Desian general uniform, although his is blue and accompanied by large, gold pieces of armor on each shoulder. Kvar is shown as a heartless and sadistic person who seeks only promotion and ultimately bettering himself. He consistently maintains a calm and professional attitude even in the most dire of situations. As revealed in most of his appearances, he has good predictions, able to successfully guess that the group would return to the ranch.
As a Desian Grand Cardinal, Kvar is a formidable opponent. He fights alongside three "Energy Stones" that act as crowd control. These enemies attack with a technique that resembles a smaller variant of Spark Wave, as well as being able to cast Lightning. Kvar is armed with a scepter through which he channels his spells. He is proficient with Lightning magic, making use of the Lightning and Spark Wave spells. He has two exclusive artes, available only to him. The first is Lightning Strike, which unleashes three quick lightning bolts in succession, dealing heavy damage. The other is Guardian Shield, a technique that sees Kvar hover as he thrusts his scepter into the ground, creating a magic rune that deals heavy energy damage. This move is used by Kvar only once as a desperation move.
Tales of Symphonia: The Animation
In the third episode of Tales of Symphonia: The Animation, Kvar sits in his office, bothered by the complications of the Angelus Project. However, when he sees through the screen that Lloyd is using the successful Exsphere that got away many years ago, he goes to the laboratory where they create Exspheres and waits for Lloyd. Surely enough, Lloyd comes, and Kvar tells him how Exspheres are made, and that the Exsphere Lloyd uses is the results of being on Anna. This provokes Lloyd into a battle, which Kvar easily wins while he explains to Lloyd how his father killed Anna. Disappointed that Lloyd was unable to use the Exsphere's power to its full potential, Kvar is about to kill Lloyd when Kratos arrives and uses Lightning to stop the murder. He is eventually stabbed by the mercenary right through the heart and dies. During the ending sequence of the fourth episode, Kvar is the only one of the Grand Cardinals who is shown without color, an indication of his death.
- The acronym KVAR stands for kilovolt-amperes reactive, a unit of reactive power, which is a reference to Kvar's Lightning alignment.