Van Fanel is the male lead of The Vision of Escaflowne, and the pilot of the titular machine. The Prince (soon to be crowned king) of Fanelia. In his trial to become king, he accidentally brings Hitomi to Gaea, and soon afterwards, he is forced to go on the run from the Empire of Zaibach. While generally calm, he is prone to sometimes let his emotions get the better of him, and even though he is initially reluctant to fight others unless it's in self-defense, he becomes pressured to do so more and more as the story goes on, to disastrous results for everyone involved.
In the 2000-2002 Bandai Entertainment dub of both the original series and the movie, he is voiced by Kirby Morrow. For Funimation's 2016 redub of both products, he is instead voiced by Aaron Dismuke.