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Star of Destiny Chiaku Star
Illustration Kawano Junko
Gender Male
Race Human
Age 34 (Suikoden IV)
36 (Suikoden Tactics)
Birth Year SY 274
Height 181cm (5'11") (Suikoden IV)
Voice Saitō Ryōta (Suikoden IV)

Karl (カール, Kāru) is a supporting character in Suikoden IV and Suikoden Tactics. Karl is a fiercely dedicated martial artist.


“ Your body is your greatest armor! Are you diligently building up your muscles? ”

Karl was a passionate martial-artist who devoted his life to training and strengthening his body. It was said that he never laughed which wasn't exactly true, he merely did not have time to laugh due to the intensity of his training. Despite his intensity, he was a kindhearted man with a goodly sense of justice.

He would meet the hero in the backstreets of Razril following the town's liberation from the Kooluk Empire and would subsequently join the force. On board the Headquarters Ship, Karl would spend his time training on deck and sometimes worried he might be disturbing everyone else on deck. He was also prone to letting out war cries which would later earn him the ire of Rachel when the two journeyed together in Kooluk.

Throughout the Island Liberation War, he defeated enemy after enemy without much satisfaction and following the conflict he would leave on a journey to train and hone his body even further.

Karl would end up in Kooluk where his strong sense of justice would lead him to try and defend a group of children against a monster attack at the Collanbal Ruins alone. Luckily, he would be backed up by Kyril and, after rescuing the children, would accompany Kyril's group on their journey through the Empire.


Keen You have done well by coming here. In this room, you may confess what is in your heart and accept proper judgement.
Karl Very well...
Keen Would you secretly inform me about anyone onboard this ship who you think is causing problems?
Karl If I mus say, that would be myself. I have been of no particular use, yet, I am being fed to no purpose.
Keen Then, would you tell me what you think of Lazlo?
Karl He posses a pure soul. I can tell.
Keen Finally, quietly confess the things you wish to atone for, or all the things that you are thankful for.
Karl I am not satisfied unless I am constantly training, but...I am always yelling, so it must be a disturbance to others. I feel bad for that.


Karl Ah...So, I have...been forgiven?


Karl Nooo!! This is nothing...I will not lose! Nooooo!!


  1. Gensosuikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 401, 509