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It is from me that all life is born. It lives only for me. And it shall be returned!
~ Zanza

Zanza (originally named Klaus) is the main antagonist and creator of the conflict in the 2012 video game, Xenoblade Chronicles.

Zanza and his counterpart named Meyneth created the Bionis and the Mechonis, as the new universe in their own image after Klaus stumbled across a way to create a universe millennia prior to the game's beginning. He is little-known by the residents of the two giants except through stories alone. He is also known to have restarted the world multiple times.

He is voiced by Shintaro Asanuma in the Japanese version and Adam Howden in the English version


Early life

Not much is known about Klaus's history. He and Meyneth once lived on present-day Earth in the distant future. Klaus grew up to be a stereotypical scientist, working in a lab all day with test tubes and chemicals surrounding him. However, one thing set Klaus apart from the other scientists: Klaus had extreme curiosity. Curiosity enough to the point where he attempted to restart the universe. Somehow, for it is not stated exactly how, Klaus's attempts to create a new universe worked, and he and Meyneth were reborn as two titanic beings: the Bionis and the Mechonis. They were the only things in existence on a never-ending flat surface filled with miles and miles of nothing but water. 

The Downfall of the Two Titans

The Bionis was controlled by Klaus, who had renamed himself Zanza by that time. Bionis represented life, growth and the natural world. It wielded a huge and mighty sword known as the Monado. The Bionis gave rise to a near-human species called Homs, a form of humans set to live on the Bionis as humans did on Earth.

The Mechonis, on the other hand, was controlled by Meyneth. Mechonis represented intelligence, technology, and strength. Its weapon is unknown but it is known that it wielded an unnamed sword, similar to the Bionis. The Mechonis gave rise to a species of bio-mechanical organisms known as Machina.

Both giants were controlled by a mysterious substance known to the Homs as Ether. Both Zanza's and Meyneth's powers depended on a surplus of Ether collected from the deceased denizens of each titan, and when Ether ran out, Zanza was forced to restart the universe once again.

It was a never-ending cycle of birth, life, death, and re-birth on a universal scale. Life was peaceful and uneventful, until Zanza decided to destroy the Machina race, the Mechonis, and Meyneth to obtain her Monado, the Instrument of Creation, so that there would be no need for the life of Bionis. The two giants were locked in a timeless sword-fight, until, one day, both giants delivered a fatal blow to the other, and Meyneth fell into a state of hibernation. Zanza, however, was confined by the ancient High Entia to Prison Island, awaiting for a new vessel to be born.


Let the shackles be released!
~ Zanza
I sense a storm on the horizon.
~ Zanza
Heh ha ha ha ha ha ha! This is the passage of fate!
~ Zanza
A god should not long for friendship.
~ Zanza
How? How can you have visions?
~ Zanza
Mine is the one true Monado, instrument of destruction... and rebirth!
~ Zanza
This world only needs one god, Meyneth.
~ Zanza to Lady Meyneth.
The Homs are nothing but bacteria clinging to my body!
~ Zanza
There is no longer any need for the life of Bionis.
~ Zanza
Using one's power to change the world. That is a right possessed only by gods.
~ Zanza
Can it be? A Monado?!
~ Zanza
A third Monado has appeared. How can this have happened?! YOU ARE MERE MORTALS!
~ Zanza
How? The power of a god cannot be overcome.
~ Zanza
All that I am is fading. The memories of a god's existence, born from the chaos of creation. It is...vanishing...
~ Zanza
Ridiculous. It's perfectly safe. We are about to bear witness to the birth of a universe. Once, only a god could perform such a miracle. But today, mankind move one step closer to the divine!
~ Zanza