Dedicated and protective martial artist
カール, Kāru
108 Stars Chiaku Star

Illustration Kawano Junko
Gender Male
Race Human
Age 34 (S4)
36 (ST)
Birth Year SY 274
Height 181cm (5'11") (S4)
Voice Saitō Ryōta (S4)
Appears in

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
T-those are some intense eyes, buddy.

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 Allied Forces. 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 must 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 the Hero?
Karl He possesses 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!!


Talk to Karl at Razril (Backstreet) following the Regaining Razril naval battle and the subsequent sunset scene.

Genso Suikoden Card Stories TCG

Card # Name Type Release
CS2-713 Karl Free CS2 Booster Pack Vol.4


  1. Genso Suikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 401, 509
Suikoden IV
Characters - Enemies - Locations - Runes
108 Stars (Battle) Hero IVAkaghiAldoAmeriaAxelBartholomewChampoCharlemagneChiepooDarioEugeneFlareFredericaGauGretchenHelgaHelmutHerveyIzakJeaneJeremyJewelKarlKatarinaKateKenethKikaKonradLino En KuldesLo FongLo HakLo SengMaxineMillayMitsubaMizukiNalkulOrnanPabloPaulaRachelReinholdRitaSelmaSchtolteheim Reinbach IIIShiramineSigurdSnowe VingerhutTalTedTravisTrishtanUgetsuVikiWarlockWendel
108 Stars (Support) AdrienneAgnesBangBasilBrecCarrieCedricChadliDeborahDesmondElenor SilverbergEmaEtienneFunghiGarethGaryGunterHarutoIgorJangoKeenKevinLilanLilenLilinLilonLiloonLouiseMaoManuMickyNabokovNalleoNaoNatalyNicoNoahOlegOskarPamPecolaPerraultPhilRakgiRamadaReneRikieSetsuTaisukeTanyaTovYu
Other characters BrandeauColtonCray's sonElven ElderFog Ship GuideGlen CottGovernorGraham CrayLeknaatNa-Nal Island ChiefQueen of ObelRakgi's fatherRominaSchtolteheim Reinbach IITroyVincent Vingerhut
Dukedom of GaienIsland NationsKooluk Empire
Island Nations Deserted IslandDonut IslandEl-Eal FortressFog ShipHermitage IslandIluya IslandLime Shelf IslandKingdom of Obel (Obel Royal PalaceRuins of Obel) • MiddleportMordo IslandMountain Mass IslandNa-Nal Island (Elven SettlementGreat Elven Tree) • Nay Island (Nay-Kobold SettlementStonecutter's Field) • Nest of PiratesRazril
Events Island Liberation War (First EngagementPirate BrandeauRetributionPirate DarioDefending ObelFormer FriendRegaining RazrilBattle Once MoreFor Obel's FreedomMysterious FleetFinal Engagement) • Man-Hunting Incident
Races ElfHumanMermaidNay-Kobold
True Runes Rune of Life and DeathRune of Punishment
Terms Allied ForcesCray Trading CompanyElven RemedyHeadquarters ShipIsland Nations FederationKnights of GaienOrark Maritime TradeRune Cannon
Suikoden Tactics
Party characters Andarc BergmanBlue MercenaryBrandeauBuskCoopCorseliaEdgarKyrilLalacleMercenary LeaderOrnelaPeckRed MercenaryRogetSenecaSimeonWalterYellow Mercenary
Suikoden IV party characters Hero IVAkaghiAmeriaAxelCarrieCedricChampoCharlemagneDarioEmaEugeneFlareFredericaGaryGretchenHerveyJeaneJeremyJewelKarlKatarinaKateKenethKikaLino En KuldesMaxineMillayMitsubaMizukiNalkulNalleoNoahPabloPaulaRachelReinholdReneRitaSelmaSchtolteheim Reinbach IIISigurdSnowe VingerhutTalTrishtanWendelYu
Non-player characters AdrienneHeinzIskasJuliusMartinMirandaNohlRalphSchtolteheim Reinbach IISetsuSteeleYohn
Island Nations FederationKooluk Empire
Island Nations Federation Deserted IslandHermitage IslandIluya IslandKingdom of Obel (Obel Royal PalaceRuins of Obel) • MiddleportNa-Nal IslandNay IslandNest of PiratesRazril
Kooluk Empire Caleron Laboratory (Caleron) • Canal Town MersetoCollanbal RuinsEl-Eal FortressFrontier Town HarunaImperial City of GraskaMido ShallowsSecret Patriarchal FacilitySmall Border VillageTerana PlainsXasta Grassland
Terms Dukedom of GaienElvesEvil EyeHumansImperial FactionIsland Liberation WarIsland NationsIsland Nations FederationKooluk EmpireMan-Hunting IncidentNay-KoboldsPatriarchal FactionRune CannonScarlet Moon Empire