|Game||Tales of Graces|
|Hometown||Country of Fendel|
|Residences||City of Barona, Kingdom of Windor|
|Age|| 33 (Childhood Arc)|
40 (Main Arc)
|Weight||168 lbs / 76 kg|
|Height||6'1" / 186 cm|
|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 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
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. However, the years have not been very kind to the captain as he carries very deep secrets and scars relating to his past.
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. However, almost all of his Assault artes tend to stay around the area where the bladerang is flung. He is also open to attack until his weapon returns, though he learns 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.
Asbel Lhant - He has a close bond with his student Asbel, who views Malik as the one he would like to be. Malik often gives Asbel advices and helps him to become stronger. Malik often regards Asbel as one of the more gifted students in the Academy. His opinion of Asbel solidifies as he travels with him as well, though tries to steer him in the right way when it comes to things Asbel is oblivious to, namely Asbel's relationship to Cheria Barnes.
- Malik is a Serbo-Croatian name derived from the Ottoman Turkish malik, meaning king, while Caesar is a title of imperial character that derives from the cognoman of Julius Caesar.
- 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. Hiroki Touchi, the Japanese voice actor for Malik, shares his voice with Ovan throughout the .hack series.
- An outfit based on Malik's appearance is available to Regal Bryant in the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Symphonia and as a legacy DLC costume for Gall Gruner in Tales of Hearts R.