|Game||Tales of Graces|
|Age|| •33 (Childhood Arc)|
•40 (Main Arc)
|Height||6'1" / 186 cm|
|Weight||168 lbs / 76 kg|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Hiroki Touchi|
|English Voice Actor||Jamieson Price|
|Character Designer||Mutsumi Inomata|
Malik was born and raised in Fendel, a country with an extremely unstable political climate backed by military strength. Desiring to reform the country from within, he joined Fendel's military, where he met and became friends with Kurt Bessel and Lorelia, both of whom held the same motivation. Around twenty years before the story takes place, they formed a rebel movement to overthrow Chancellor Eigen, who had come into power as the ruler of Fendel. During this time, Lorelia was somehow able to obtain sensitive information that would aid their rebellious acts.
Kurt eventually revealed to Malik that she was able to do so because she is Chancellor Eigen's daughter. Worried for her safety, Malik tried to convince Lorelia to leave the movement. However, she refused and was able to acquire important documents detailing the location of Fendel's cryas supply. Lorelia was killed by Fendel soldiers while giving these documents to Malik. Despite the movement continuing afterward, Malik was no longer as dedicated to it as he once was, and the revolution failed due to increased pressure by the present regime. Malik soon left Fendel behind and started a new life in Windor, joining its knight academy as an instructor.
Appearance and Personality
Malik is a tall, well-built man with dirty-blond hair and piercing brown eyes. His attire consists of a brown jacket with red emblems and gold ornaments; faded, green pants; and large, brown boots. He wears black, finger-less gloves and a pink shirt beneath his jacket, which itself yields a purple interior, as evident from the collar and its trail in the back.
As an adult and instructor of the Knights' school, Malik is a disciplined man with honor. He is an adult man who can be both somewhat frank and in composure. He is the mentor of the party, being very mature everyone depends on him and trusts his opinion. He is strong to his beliefs and he does anything to protect them. Though on the flipside for comic relief, he tends to also take advantage of others in playful ways via providing them with false or ambiguous information, or doing things that seem very out-of-character for a man of his age.
However, the years have not been very kind to the captain as he carries very deep secrets and scars relating to his past. Despite coming to terms with most of them, the death of Lorelia, hinted to be a very close love-interest, still haunts him to this day, which is to the point where he refuses to be in a relationship with anyone else, and to a comical degree, refuses others' offers to tell him to get engaged.
Malik is the main offensive spellcaster of the game, though at first he may look more like a fighter. He handles the traditional Tales spells, lobbing out varying elemental blasts that often cover wide areas and usually deal a lot of damage to the inflicted opponents. While his burst style is focused on magic, his assault style is focused on long range attacks using his bladerang, which will always return to him.
Almost all of his assault artes tend to stay around the area where the bladerang is flung, making him open to attack until his weapon returns which makes him a bit of a tactical-ranged zoner. However, he does learn skills that have it return more quickly to his hand. He may look fairly solid as a melee character but he is rather fragile, as his defense is really low compared to his high HP. When questioned about the origin of his fighting style and handling of his weapon in one of the skits, Malik himself proclaims that it is "top secret", making the actual practices of his fighting style rather ambiguous at best.
- In the Sound Test of Tales of Graces ƒ, there exist incantations for assault and burst-style artes that Malik does not have access to in the final version of the game. The assault-style artes are: Nature's Wrath, Diving Phoenix, Pounding Waves, and Raging Earth. The burst-style artes are: Stone Spear, Crystal Blade, Real Blight, Ashes of Ruin, Searing Heat, Bursting Flames, Ghostly Flames, Bright-Burning Valor, Cloak of Ice, Flash Frost, Pallent Spear, Sword of Purity, Assassin's Blade, Iron Chains, Dark Chains, Holy Sword, Divine Will, Divine Breath, Revive, and Sword Dance.
- Malik, along with Asbel, appears in a special crossover DVD with the .hack//Roots and .hack//G.U. characters, Haseo and Ovan, when the game .hack//LINK is pre-ordered in Japan. In addition to this, Malik's costume is available to Ovan within the game itself. This is possibly to allude to the fact that both Asbel and Ovan's respective Japanese voice actors, Takahiro Sakurai and Hiroki Touchi, have respectively voiced Haseo and Ovan throughout the series; coincidentally, both Haseo and Ovan also have a mentor-follower relationship that also causes them to end up as enemies at some point.