@NTC3: In the original, he wasn't. He is now, and pretty tough too.
@Craze: The middle guy's pose comes from the VX RTP general, but apart from that, he's custom. I was just doing a test run for the battlers to see how they would mesh with the backgrounds. The battlers themselves are easy enough to do if I work from a base. =)
Yes, all human foes can counter-attack you now. I'm working on a Bannerman enemy now. This guy won't attack at all, but will buff the enemy party and generally be a nuisance to your player party. He's also got high defence and HP, making the battles a little tougher now.