A very disorganized Character Study for Niles [Using English dialogue]
On the subject of Niles’ past
It is revealed during his C support with Leon that he has little recollection of his earlier life before having been saved by Leon in the palace. He can only recall “an old brick, a field mouse, torrential rain, a disfigured man, a pile of money and the taste of blood”. It is also revealed during his supports with Arthur that he knows that his father left before he was born and that his mother abandoned him as an infant. From there he was picked up by a group of thieves and essentially raised among them. He consider the group to be the old real family he had, or some semblance of it. Niles participated in a number of criminal activities while in the gang of thieves. Thievery, kidnapping and killing were the only things mentioned. He also broke into Peri’s house with his crew at one point. He eventually fell out of the gang during a break in gone wrong. His crew broke into the palace and ditched Niles at the first sign of trouble. Niles begged Leon for death rather than to spare his life, intrigued, Leon allowed Niles to live as his retainer. From then on out all of Niles’ memories are crisp. Niles considers the day he met Leon the happiest memory he has. Niles considers the memories of his past to be on somewhat neutral ground, as in, he does not view them as negative in his mind.
On the subject of Niles’ personality/quirks
Niles doesn’t mince words and is quite lewd. He considers his lewd way of speaking to be normal and has trouble deviating from said speech patterns unless he is putting in a very conscious effort to keep himself from doing so as seen in his supports with Nyx. His vulgar way of speaking stems from his desire to keep others at arm’s length, which is stated during his support with Azura.
He holds “goody goodies” in contempt and loathes those who he believes have lead privileged and easy lives. He enjoys dragging those who deserve it down to his level, forcing a taste of what medicine was given to him on them by making them flustered or generally pissing them off by using his trademark way of speaking.
Niles is quick to judge others and can sort of tell when others have experienced pasts similar to himself, though his method is hardly ever successful. Often times, when he judges by appearances, he is wrong and is called out by numerous people on this. Whenever he is wrong he will apologize for his actions because he does not wish to drag others through the mud if they’ve already had a taste of hell.
Niles likes to know things, he takes pride in knowing dirt on others. He has an extensive web of underworld contacts and uses them to gather information on whomever he chooses. He doesn’t like not knowing, it irks him when he does not know something about someone because he likes to have that upperhand. Niles is comfortable sharing his past with others because he feels safe in doing so; there isn’t much left of his past to know after he tells them of how rotten it was to be him back then.
During his support with Leon it is revealed that Niles does not consider himself to be worthy of praise, this is also shown in his support with Arthur when he stated that he would prefer maintaining his bad reputation than have news of his goodness spread.
Niles is also a masochist, which I’m sure we all know after seeing support A with Camilla, however Niles cannot handle large amounts of physical pain like beat downs from Effie or Charlotte.
Niles does not smile often; instead of smiling Niles often smirks or leers which stems to him loving to wipe the smiles from others faces because if he is to drag them down to his level then they cannot smile because he does not.
When faced with the truth or when a piece of his facade cracks Niles will hide behind his innuendos or sarcasm to play off the mistake.
Niles is resourceful and will use any tactic to escape retaliation. In his support with Camilla he runs away, in his support with Charlotte he fabricates a logical sounding reason as to why she shouldn’t give him the beating of a lifetime and in his support with Effie he diverts the conversation in order to avoid becoming applesauce
In his support with Camilla it is revealed that he is slightly envious of those who are showered with affection because Niles never really got to experience such a thing when he was younger.
Zero is fiercely loyal to Leon. If it involves Leon then Niles will go through great lengths to do things whether it be naming weapons [in his and Odin’s support] or trying to dig up dirt on Laslow since Laslow is someone that makes contact with Leon [during Lawzard’s and his support]. Niles goes so far as to brag about Leon in his support with Elise. He considers serving Leon to be his purpose in life.
Niles is good with kids. Despite being lewd when speaking to adults, Niles is considerably toned down when he is with younger people which is shown during his support with Elise.
Niles does his best to help others. In his support with Arthur he lectures a thief on turning his life around and in his support with Mozu he returns to her something of great sentimental value.
Niles is a hypocrite because he does not like to be judged himself which is stated in his support with Nyx.
Niles doesn’t particularly like his bad reputation, he uses it as a tool to keep others at a distance more than anything else.
During his support with Azure it is said that Niles has little patience for those who don’t show compassion
Niles has trust issues, as seen in his and the Avatar’s support conversation. This most likely stems from the betrayal of his family against him during the palace raid.
Niles will dance around subjects he doesn’t care to speak about as seen in his support with Subaki
When his innuendos don’t work Niles turns to normal ways of insulting as seen in his support with Felicia.
Niles longs to be complimented but his view of himself is so warped whenever he does get complimented or praised he will shrug it off because he doesn’t believe himself to be worthy of such a thing.
The fragments of his childhood are what drive everything he does. Despite him constantly saying that his past is in the past and hardly matters it is the core of his actions.
Niles has trouble participating in small talk due to the fact that there had never really been any need for such things when he was living on the street
Niles suffers from night terrors from time to time. He usually forgets the dream by the time he is aware of himself.
Niles is not skillful at dancing because he does not funnel emotion into the dance.
@sarai377 this is what I managed to get on Niles’ localized dialogue. There’s not enough Japanese dialogue translated for a good compare and contrast yet ono