!Main {{Shout Out}}s
* The game has several shout outs to the ''{{Nasuverse}}''.
** Rachel is Rin. Aside from having the same Japanese and English Voice Actors, they also have their respective servants who are walking TimeParadox - Hakumen and Archer, respectively.
*** Interestingly, Relius shares a [[Creator/JunichiSuwabe voice actor]] with Archer.
** Hakumen is Archer. Despite Archer having the same looks as Ragna.
** Noel even has a [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Sion]] colour scheme.
* Blonde/White-Haired Guy with big sword in red trench coat has a brother in a blue coat with katana. [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Sound familiar]]?
* During Ragna's story mode, Platinum accuses him of being a paedophile, before calling him 'Aqualung' in reference to the well known Jethro Tull song.
* Blonde/White-Haired Guy who can tap into his inner demonic powers and even become it. Sounds like Manga/{{Naruto}}.
** His rival has similarities to Sasuke. Both are deuteragonists, have an older brother who is sympathetic criminal (Ragna and Itachi), are top students at the academy, being a {{Jerkass}} to their female teammates (Noel and Sakura), are [[PerpetualFrowner always frowning]], have a one-sided rivalry with a hyperactive ninja (Bang and Naruto), and being an UnwittingPawn to a snake-like villain (Hazama and Orochimaru).
* Blonde/White-Haired Guy with a giant sword that can change form, wears red, and has demonic powers. Sounds a lot like Manga/{{Inuyasha}}.
* Spiky silver hair, red trenchcoat, giant sword... that screams [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Sanger Zonvolt]].
* The setting also draws inspiration from ''{{Trigun}}''.
* The game has references to ''RozenMaiden''.
** The most notable example would be Rachel, whose overall appearance, outlook and attitude is perfectly similar to Shinku. Up to having the [[Creator/MelaLee same English voice actor]].
** Ragna's also has heterochromia.
** Jin shares his most notable traits with Suigintou. Including having an existing [[TheRival Rivalry]] with the main characters. As well as having a "Suigintou" color palette in ''Calamity Trigger''.
** Nu-13's overall appearance and emotionless attitude is a reference to Barasuishou. Both wears eyepatches (Albeit, Nu-13 can only be seen wearing an eyepatch in her "Younger Form"), both are clones of the originals, and both only show their emotions towards someone important to them.
*** Nu's unarmoured form and attack patterns (not to mention being an artificial being) highly resemble Cinque from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''.
* The Game has references and actual plots from ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
** Hakumen (Jin's alternate persona) is obviously similar to Zero (Lelouch's alternate persona). And it's official, Hakumen's voice is based from Zero.
* The game has some notable references to the ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' Anime/Game Series.
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''[='s=] GroundhogDayLoop is similar to ''Higurashi'''s GroundhogDayLoop in which certain events happen and keep repeating in a cycle.
* Then to ''Film/MaryPoppins'' (somewhat) with Rachel.
** One of the trophies in CT is called "A Spoonful of Sugar". It involves keeping Rachel aloft for an extended time.
* A lot of ''Continuum Shift'''s [[http://www.succesfull.fr/index.php?option=com_succesfull&Itemid=5&l=fr&JeuID=913 achievements]]. Examples:
** [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Fatality]]
** [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1.21 Gigawatts!]]
** [[ZeroWing For Great Justice]]
** [[TheBeachBoys I Get Around]]
** [[JudyBlume Are You There, God? It's Me, Noel]]
** [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Aniki Is Watching You]]
** [[FearAndLoathingInLasVegas Fur and Loathing in Kagutsuchi]]
** [[TheSimpsons Twirling Towards Freedom And That's the End of That Chapter.]]
* In ''Continuum Shift''. In Jin's Arcade Mode where he faces Ragna, and resisting Yukianesa's influence.
--> '''Jin''': [[ShakuganNoShana Shut up, Shut up, Shut up!]] / Urusai, Urusai, Urusai!
* There is a shout-out to ''Franchise/StarWars'' in Ragna's Continuum Shift Story Mode when Jubei tells Ragna of Kagutsuchi.
--> '''Jubei''': The 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. You will never find a more WretchedHive of scum and villainy.
** Another Star Wars shout-out occurs later in the game during Rachel's joke ending, [[spoiler: when she equips Ragna with sunglasses that make every woman in Kagutsuchi (and for hilarity purposes, Jin) fall in love with him.]] Kokonoe's description of Bang's reaction to [[spoiler: Litchi declaring her love for Ragna]] is "as if millions of voices cried out in anguish, and were suddenly silenced."
** And again in Noel's CS story mode, where [[spoiler:Terumi]] orders her "StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred!"
** And there's this gem from Bang in his story mode when he first sets out:
---> "I sense something; a presence I've not felt since..."
* And when Taokaka fights Hazama:
--> '''Taokaka''': [[Franchise/SailorMoon "In the name of...that round white thingy in the night sky...I shall punish you!"]]
* Hazama to Carl:
--> '''Hazama:''' Come on, Carl Clover. [[Film/TheDarkKnight Why so serious?]]
* Hazama in Makoto's Gag Reel:
--> '''[[AxCrazy Hazama]]:''' [[Film/TheShining HEEEEEEEEEEERE'S TERUMI!]]
* Arakune's joke ending:
--> '''Arakune:''' I'm in a role-playing game... Form party... I need to find the Azure, weapons, allies, Azure, final boss. Ultimate Attack is [[Anime/DragonBallZ "OVER 9000...!"]]
* Bang to Taokaka in episode two of "Teach Me Miss Litchi ":
--> '''Bang:''' You can do it, Tao. [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Believe in me who believes in you!]]
** This doubles as an ActorAllusion. Bang's [[Creator/TonyOliver dub voice actor]] is also the narrator in Gurren Lagann.
* There's another one in episode three of "Teach Me Miss Litchi ":
--> '''Taokaka:''' [[Film/BlazingSaddles Now please do... that voodoo... that YOU do... SOOOO WELLLLLL!]]
* A few are in Rachel's "Help Me Professor Kokonoe" episode:
--> '''Rachel:''' [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Tea ba-]]
--> '''Kokonoe:''' Ugh. Look, don't go there, OK? You can't even do that in this game.
* And...
--> '''Rachel:''' [[ShakuganNoShana Shutupshutupshutup!]] / Uruchai! Uruchai! Uruchai!
* ''CS'''s "Help Me! Professor Kokonoe!" segments can be seen as shout outs to the Tiger Dojo ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', as they're both only viewable upon attaining a bad ending, they're much more lighthearted and comedic in tone, and they both tell you how you screwed up and how you can get it right next time.
* When finishing her Astral Heat, Taokaka helpfully informs her opponent "[[FistOfTheNorthStar You're already dead!]]"
* Tao to Hazama:
-->'''Tao''': "My [[SpiderSense kitty senses]] [[SpiderMan are tingling!]] You're a bad guy, aren't you?"
* There's at least one shout out to KenAkamatsu's ''[[MahouSenseiNegima Negima]]'' hidden in both games. Some fans speculate that Ishiwatari and Akamatsu know each other and are fans of each others' works.
** A pretty large one is that Rachel Alucard to Evangeline, possible right down to the {{Expy}} level. However, her cross shaped attacks are more reminiscent of [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Remilia Scarlet]]. Considering though that Evangeline herself may be an {{Expy}} of Remilia Scarlet, this may just be a recursive sort of thing.
* Arakune used to be a normal being, but he is now some sort of EldritchAbomination. He is litterally consumed by madness, he isn't aware of what he is doing, and he repeats lines and lines with the same word over and over. In Story Mode, one of his losing scenes shows him as a creepy swirl repeating "Azure" ad nauseam. The resemblance with Giygas from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' is striking.
* Before you dismiss it too quickly, bear in mind that ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has a healthy sense of humor.
-->'''Kokonoe:''' [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Tager? What's going on!? Report... Tageeeeer!]]
* Villain with a high rank in the military? Blonde hair and mask? Fights with the aid of a red robot? Relius Clover has a lot in common with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]] and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Father]].
* The appearances of Tager's "Golden Tager" form in his joke endings contain {{Shout Out}}s to various SuperRobot anime.
** His "Sunshine Spark" attack is identical in appearance to [[GetterRobo Stoner Sunshine]], and draws part of its name from [[GetterRobo Shine Spark]].
** Kokonoe's image of a "remodelled" Hakumen resembles {{Dancougar}}.
** Golden Tager's fight with Mecha-kaka in ''Continuum Shift'' contains references to the fight between [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva-01 and Zeruel]].
** Not to mention his RocketPunch in the "Teach Me, Miss Litchi" segment.
-->"Kokonoe! Just when did you install this?"
* There are some shout outs to ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'':
** Arakune and the infestation of bugs can be compared to Nrvnqsr (Nero) Chaos and his chaos of 666 'black beasts'.
*** Arakune has also been compared to the [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Night of Wallachia]], via consuming information.
** The title, main characters, and guest characters of "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!", would very well be a shout out to Tsukihime's "Teach Me Ciel-Sensei!".
*** Meat buns are mentioned often throughout the "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!". In comparison, Curry is a common food topic in "Teach Me, Ciel-Sensei!"
** References with ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' actual plots happen a lot:
*** ''Fate'' route probably gets shouted out by... Bang, the overly idealistic 'Hero of Ikaruga', who is way too eager to follow his master's footsteps, and had a nearly impossible dream of winning Litchi's heart, same way like Shirou who is dead set to follow Kiritsugu's footsteps as a 'Hero of Justice', and never gave up loving Saber, even when [[spoiler:she went back in time and die there. Most agree that even when Litchi joined NOL, Bang's love to her never dies out, and only time will tell if True End gets shouted out]].
*** ''Unlimited Blade Works'' main shout out would come from Jin, after the discovery that he is the world's antibody and that Hakumen is his future self, resulting him losing his insanity (or traded it with a different one), similar on how Shirou starts seeing a harsher light of his ideals thanks to his future self Archer, who is the Counter Guardian of the world (similar to antibody). Hakumen himself became bound with the orders of Rachel, same way like Archer became the Servant of Rin... who has the same Japanese and English voice actresses like Rachel.
*** ''Heaven's Feel'' has elements of it running already. Tsubaki, being the lover of Jin who stays on the dark due to a jealousy with someone else (Noel) is similar to Sakura, the lover of Shirou on the route, becoming Dark Sakura as she is jealous with Rin. On the other hand, Litchi started to mirror Shirou in the case of [[spoiler:her joining NOL to save Arakune even after knowing that they're run with bad people is the same like Shirou completely tossing his ideals aside to save Sakura; and in the same time, Litchi has become something like Rider during her tenure with Shinji, a fanservice-providing lady fighter who is deep down good, but is saddled with a cruel superior]]. Bang's involvement may also be seen as a reference whereas Bang is like Shirou while Litchi is like Sakura, as it is believed that Bang's Nox, Phoenix Rettenjou, is the key to save Litchi from corruption, same way as how Shirou used the Rule Breaker to separate Sakura from the Dark Grail.
* The plot of Carl's [[TheSevenMysteries joke ending]] resembles the "six mysteries" event in Kingdom Hearts II... with added hilarity. The sound of a crying girl in the restroom? That's the school nurse Litchi trying to get into a miniskirt one size too small. It also references Manga/DetectiveConan, for obvious reasons, and even Scooby Doo, since one of the group members calls them "Mystery Inc."
* One of Ragna's costumes in ''Calamity Trigger'' bears semblance to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* Genesic Emerald Tager Buster references to Genesic ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. Tager even gets a ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'' palette as DLC.
** Speaking of color palertes, Tager also has one referencing ''Anime/TheBigO''.
* Tager takes quite a few cues from the Nakajima sisters in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
** {{Cyborg}}s.
** Tager's gauntlets look like upsized Revolver Knuckles.
** Melee-centric but with ranged secondary ability (Divine Buster and the... [[BuffySpeak magnetic ball thing, Spark Bolt]]).
** ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'' references for both sides.
** [[spoiler:MeteorMove... Why is this a spoiler? That's because it's a brainwashed Gin-nee who's throwing them around.]]
* Tager's joke ending has Kokonoe have him perform the Golden Tager [[GetterRobo Sun. SHINE SPAAAAAAAAAAAARK!]]
* Musical nods is still ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''[='s=] shtick, but it seems to have bled into its SpiritualSuccessor, as Tager's theme song is entitled [[Music/{{Motorhead}} "MOTOR HEAD."]]
* Arakune's gag reel mentions quite a few internet memes.
* Bang himself is loaded with them.
** His design and HotBlooded personality is based on Ryoma from ''GetterRobo''. The sketchy art style and crazy, spinny eyes in his Astral Finish are also a homage to the show and manga.
** He also wears a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' belt and occasionally performs the [[TransformationSequence henshin]] pose.
** Bang also has many the similarity to another [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Hot Blooded Determinator with a BFS]].
* Terumi has several lines:
** [[Franchise/MortalKombat GET OVER HERE!]]
** [[Film/TheShining "Heeeeeeere's Terumi!"]]
** [[Film/TheDarkKnight "Come on, Carl Clover! Why so serious?!]]
** [[Franchise/StarWars "Strike me down with all of your hatred!"]]
** [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei "Please just die for me."]]
** And the [[EyesAlwaysShut obvious]] [[CheshireCatGrin similarities]] to [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Gin Ichimaru]]. Right down to the same [[Creator/DougErholtz English voice actor]].
** "[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure DIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIE!]]"
* Makoto's full of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' references. While her fighting style is already similar to [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen Dudley's]], her [[SNKBoss Unlimited mode]] pretty much gives her his entire moveset (and taunt). In addition, her [[FinishingMove Astral Finish]] is an over-the-top version of the Seichusen Godanzuki, an attack used by [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII her]] [[NamesTheSame namesake]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Makoto]]. Unlimited Makoto can also perform the Abare Tosanami and the original Seichusen Godanzuki.
** She randomly shouts [[WesternAnimation/TheTick "SPOOOOOON!"]] when performing her drive.
** One of her Distortion Drives resembles [[VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}} Jin]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Saotome's]] [[MegatonPunch Blodia Punch]].
* ''{{Hellsing}}'' should be all that needs to be said in regard to Valkenhayn.
** Not to mention that his Japanese VA also voiced Walter C. Dornez
*** The techniques he uses in his werewolf form are based off of Jon Talbain from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', and those of his normal form are similar to another aristocratic fellow from Arc System Works: [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Slayer]].
** His wolf form also resembles Zafira from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Zafira's master has [[Creator/KanaUeda the same voice actress]] as Rachel and even shares a cross motif.
** His howl while in wolf form sounds a bit more like [[StreetFighter Blanka's]] yelp than a wolf's howl.
* [[spoiler: Saya]]'s overall look is possibly a reference to Himiko, an ancient Japanese shaman queen which apparently ruled in the Yayoi period. And we know somebody in this game that has Yayoi as her last name...
* A lot of Litchi's traits are similar to school nurse [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Kyoko Minazuki]]. To wit:
** They're two {{Hospital Hottie}}s with leerings to HotScientist (Litchi was before, Kyoko was after) with long black hair. They had an occasion wearing a lab coat too (Litchi on the back stories as her scientist days, Kyoko wears it all the time, even in combat), and both [[{{Meganekko}} wear glasses all the time]]. They're also teachers (Litchi taught the Kaka clan, Kyoko is a BadassTeacher)
** Both tangled/sided with the antagonist faction (NOL and Justice High), but their true personality seems to leer to actually good hearted people.
** Though they seem professional/kind most of the time, when nobody's looking, they tend to be LadyDrunk (Litchi as seen in Noel's CT Joke End and Tsubaki's Gag Reel, Kyoko's AllThereInTheManual).
** They're surrounded with two guys, one intellectual and so far is the one winning their affection (Arakune/Lotte Carmine and Hideo Shimazu), one HotBlooded guy who probably had one-sided crush on them (Bang Shishigami and Hayato Nekketsu, the latter of whom teamed up with Kyoko and Hideo in ''Project Justice'')
** Lastly, she plays the role of school nurse in Carl's Gag Reel.
* This may seem like a stretch, but during Hakumen and Hazama's unique battle intro (with settings into English language), Hakumen said something along the lines of "[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight You do not belong in this world"]] to Hazama. Now, [[Creator/DavidVincent who's Hakumen's VA again]]?
** Even more hilariously, Ragna's VA is Creator/PatrickSeitz. [[{{Dracula}} Guess which Castlevania character he did?]]
* Several characters also bear similarity to those from this game's [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear spiritual predecessor]].
** Personality-wise, Ragna is very much like Sol.
*** Furthermore, take note how Tao dubs Ragna [[AffectionateNickname "Ii hito"/"Good Guy"]], thus making him an antithesis to Sol "Badguy".
** As far as looks and [[{{Deuteragonist}} pos]][[TheRival ition]] go, Jin is almost identical to Ky. But [[JerkAss his personality is]] [[SubvertedTrope completely]] [[EvilIsDeathlyCold different]].
** Noel is akin to Dizzy with Bridget's design.
** Rachel is essentially a female Slayer. In a wink from the creators, Rachel and Slayer even share one of their KO poses.
** Arakune's backstory brings Zato-1 to mind.
** Litchi's AnimeChineseGirl aesthetic is clearly borrowed from Jam. Her relationship with Arakune however nearly mirrors Millia Rage's relationship with Zato-1.
** If Potemkin were a cyborg devil, Tager would most likely be the direct result.
** Carl Clover fills Bridget's role as the junior bounty hunter with a mechanical companion.
** Amane Nishiki bears Anji Mito's performance/festival design aesthetic.
** The Murakumo Units in general take a lot of inspiration from Justice.
** If Justice were a {{Samurai}}, Hakumen may have been the result. Gameplay-wise, he takes a lot of inspiration from Robo-Ky.
** Bang, being a hotheaded HighlyVisibleNinja with a dead master he's sworn to avenge, could be an expy of Chipp Zanuff. C'mon, Chipp even wears a red ScarfOfAsskicking sometimes! Fortunately, Bang does not share Chipp's [[FragileSpeedster infamously low defense.]]
*** Ragna, however does - in the fourth ''Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!!!'', Ragna even complains about his low defense, and Litchi explicitly says it's "not as bad as Chipp Za-", while her thought bubble had a silhouette of SuperDeformed Chipp.
** Considering their pink hair, grumpy personalities and revenge based motivations, Kokonoe is basically Baiken if she were a scientist and still had all her limbs.
** Tsubaki's playstyle bears much similarity to Order-Sol. She even asks Kokonoe to refrain from comparing her to him in her ''Help Me Professor Kokonoe'' segment.
** Platinum the Trinity's general design, fighting style and precocious adoration for her mentor figure may have been inspired by May.
** Yuuki Terumi[=/=]Hazama share's I-No's role as the sadistic, manipulative {{Troll}}.
** Kagura is Johnny, both rebellious {{Chivalrous Pervert}}s who sympathize with the suffering (Kagura cares more for the people than the NOL, Johnny's Jellyfish crew was made up of orphans). Funny enough, [[PlayingAgainstType both of their voice actors are usually typecasted into villainous roles.]]
* Hakumen's entire character fighting style is based off an older Daisuke Ishiwatari game, ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'', back when he started at Creator/{{SNK}}. He plays much like a Power character from that series.
* During one of CS's "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!" segments, Noel comments on how she had been trying to make herself smarter for her studies, and brings out the. "Ludovico Brain Flex-O-Matic model [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]." She said she saw an ad for one in a magazine and ordered it from the ''[[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] Industries'' website.
* During Ragna's gag ending/reel, Rachel tells Valkenhayn, "[[Film/GalaxyQuest Explain to him, as you would a child]]".
* For an old school ShoutOut, Hazama/Terumi has a lot in common with Richard Wong from ''PsychicForce''. Both lived in a CrapsackWorld steered to satisfy their desires (Terumi feeds on hate, Wong always seems to get the happy ends for him). They can [[TimeMaster manipulate time]] and highly think of themselves as in the world's most awesome person. They manipulate a 'dark, antagonistic but may be well-intentioned' group (NOL and NOA) for their own purposes... [[EyesAlwaysShut with eyes closed]]. They also at one point turned a good ShrinkingViolet member of the good guys into psychotic evil people (Noel and Emilio). And while Hazama is on his way to screw a hot female scientist ([[spoiler:Litchi]]), Wong already screwed a hot female former scientist ([[spoiler:Chris Ryan, turned into the combat cyborg Sonia, that he canonically got killed by the second game]])
** And coincidentally, Jin shares the same birthday (Valentine Day) with Keith Evans, who is the resident [[TheRival rival]] and [[AnIcePerson ice user]] of VideoGame/PsychicForce.
* Said in a very commanding and serious tone, Makoto's victory line at the end of a match parodies ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.
-->[[CaptainObvious "I have already... won."]]
** Also, she says this during the RapidFireFisticuffs component of her Astral:
-->ATATATATATATATATATATA!
** Another victory quote is a shout out to ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''.
-->"He who conquers the left[[note]]field[[/note]]... CONQUERS THE WORLD!"
* Noel's "Fenrir" minigun has ''exactly'' the same front grip as the one from ''Terminator2''.
* Taokaka in ''Teach Me, Miss Litchi! '' quotes a certain someone:
-->[[Film/PulpFiction "And I will strike down upon those with great vengeance and furious anger those who dare to defile my-...er...meatbuns...meow"]]
* A possible reference in the English version when Hazama finishes of someone with his Astral Heat he will say "[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Please, just die for me]]".
* One of Arakune's winquotes is translated in the dub as "[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight What is a man?]]"
* Tsubaki also seems to have similarities to [[TheLancer Lancer]] TropeCodifier [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain]]. They're both the best friend of a more important character (story-wise), they are both more skilled fighters than said friend (Noel needs Bolverk to fight, whereas Kain deals more damage than Dark Knight!Cecil due to his Jump), and yet they are both ranked lower than their friend on account of favouritism (although, granted, Cecil was the king's adopted son while Noel is the victim of a ManipulativeBastard), ''and'' in both cases TheLancer is jealous of their friend's close proximity to their LoveInterest. Also? [[spoiler:Their respective [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turns]] are for the most part due to {{Envy}}.]]
* Platinum's Astral Heat is almost identical to [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa Kirisame's]] "Surefire Spark" spellcard from ''Touhou Hisoutensoku''.
** In ''Cronophantasma'' she shouts [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Hikari ni Nare!]]
* Relius' fighting style is similar to a ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' character, mixed with [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Eddie]].
** Unlimited Relius gains a new Distortion Drive, "Nero Angelo" which is exactly the same as Venom's "Dark Angel" overdrive from GuiltyGear, moreso when you notice that, as of Accent Core, [[Creator/JunichiSuwabe both Relius and Venom have the same seiyuu.]]
* Taokaka's "Help Me, Professor Kokonoe" segment has Tao say, after recovering from eating Kokonoe's silvervine candy, that her mind [[Film/BlazingSaddles "was aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention."]]
* Platinum's Gag Reel (a parody of the MagicalGirl genre) has the following references:
** Relius shows up as [[Franchise/SailorMoon "Puppeteer Mask."]]
*** "[[InTheNameOfTheMoon In the name of all the]] [[ACupAngst flat-chested chicks in this world]], [[InTheNameOfTheMoon we shall punish you!]]"
** Platinum needs to collect the [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Boing Cards]] to stop the Boing Queen (Litchi) from hogging all the breasts' sizes (seriously) in the world.
** Arakune: [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "make... tract... me... become... magical girl..."]]
*** Most fitting, since Platinum's [[Creator/AoiYuuki voice actress]] voiced Madoka. And then she fights Taokaka, who shares [[Creator/ChiwaSaito a voice]] with Homura from the same series.
*** Interestingly, this reference is still kept somewhat intact in the English dub, with Noel and Litchi's [[Creator/CristinaValenzuela voice]] [[Creator/LaurenLanda actresses]] having voiced Homura and Kyoko, respectively.
** There's a throwaway plot comparison to ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by Noel and Rachel. Sena even {{lampshades}} it.
** ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is referenced a couple of times:
*** Litchi is called an "oppai obake" (lit. boob monster), the exact same nickname that Vita has for Signum
*** STARBOING... BREAKER!!!!
* During Plantinum's encounter with Ragna, while insulting him Luna randomly calls him "Baldy." This is probably a shout out to ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''[='s=] Hiyori, another bratty character who likes calling people "baldy" regardless of whether they actually are.
* Another possible ''Bleach'' reference: one of Hazama's favorite insults is "trash." This is the signature insult of prominent villain Ulquiorra.
* Perhaps unintentional, but Mu's appearance while in battle is evocative of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''[='s=] ''[[MoeAnthropomorphism MS Girl/MS Shojo]]'' designs.
* ''Chronophantasma'''s [[spoiler: Izayoi]] has an attack named Slaver [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Trans-am]]. It summons {{Attack Drone}}s, a Gundam staple.
** In fact, all of [[spoiler:Izayoi]]'s moves are named after machines or concepts from {{Franchise/Gundam}}, particularly ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED SEED]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Destiny]]'', and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 00]]''.
*** Likewise, all of Amane's moves are named after Franchise/SuperSentai shows.
** The horn-like "engines" on her skirt are also clearly [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 GN drives]]
* The achievement list for Chrono Phantasma has a few, including:
** [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Attack on Gigant]]
** [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion We'll Finish This in 62 Seconds, Meow!]]/[[GoneInSixtySeconds Gone In 62 Seconds]]
** [[TheKarateKid Mahjong, Mahjoff]]
** [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann This Is The Nail That Will Pierce The Heavens!]]
** [[DirtyHarry Did She Fire Six Swords Or Only Five?]]
** [[TheKingOfFighters Misete yaru, Kusanagi no ken wo! ("I'll show you the sword of Kusanagi!")/Watashi hitori de juubun da. ("I can handle this on my own.")]]
*** [[DontExplainTheJoke Because the Trophy involves Bullet's Blackout move, and K' has a teleport called Blackout, and his catchphrase is "Ore hitori de, juubun da".]]
** [[LightNovel/OreImo Our Gauge Can't Be This Easy to Gain]]
** [[ToCatchAPredator Why Don't You Have a Seat Over There]]
* In Platinum's Arcade Mode story, she refers to Bang as a [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack scruffy-looking nerf herder.]]
* In one of the Teach Me More, Ms. Litchi! segments, Taokaka, upon being asked how vigilantes receive their payment, suggests that captured criminals turn into coins. Luna retorts "They're not RPG monsters or [[ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld evil exes]]!"
* When suspecting that her walking meal ticket is keeping food to himself, Taokaka takes a page out of [[JoJosBizarreAdventure Bruno Buccellati's]] book:
--> '''Ragna''': What the hell did you lick me for?
--> '''Taokaka''': Good Guy tastes like... lies.
* In Continuum Shift, one of Mu-12's intro lines in English seems to be a direct reference to [[GuiltyGear Justice]], mainly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37zfJLfwj4M#t=1m21s her translated opening line in her story path in Accent Core Plus.]] Interestingly enough, Accent Core Plus and Continuum Shift were released rather closely to each other in terms of release date.
--> '''Mu-12:''' Destruction...that is my raison d'etre!
* Konoe and Celica's last names continue the ArcSystemWorks [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear tradition]] of naming characters after [[{{Queen}} Freddy Mercury]].
* Unlimited Arakune's additional Distortion Drive from ''Extend'' is a direct lift of Zato-1's Dark Sentinel overdrive from the first Guilty Gear, though it functions more like the Dark Sentinel used by EX Eddie from XX onward.
* When he formally meets [[MsFanservice Litchi]], Kagura (being [[HandsomeLech Kagura]]) asks her [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid "Do you think love can bloom on a battlefield?"]]
* Hazama, while talking about Litchi's focus on Arakune, dubs the relationship "[[VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob A Girl And her Blob]]". [[LampshadeHanging He then says it's]] [[AGoodNameForARockBand a great idea for a game or something.]]
* In the Japanese version of Chronophantasma, one of Kokonoe's air attacks has her doing a small flurry of punches while yelling [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar "Atatatatata!"]].

!Palette Swap References
* In ''Continuum Shift'', The first color in the first DLC pack is a reference to other characters, and is also from CT's DLC.
** Ragna is [[Manga/GinTama Gintoki Sakata]]
** Jin is [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Ky Kiske]]
** Noel is [[{{Hellsing}} Seras Victoria]]
** Rachel is [[{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]]
** Iron Tager is GaoGaiGar
** Taokaka is [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]]
** Arakune is [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Lilith]]
** Litchi is [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan]]
** Bang is [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]]
** Carl is Manga/DetectiveConan
** Hakumen is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]]
** Lambda is a Franchise/{{Gundam}}
** Tsubaki is [[{{Vocaloid}} Megurine Luka]]
** Hazama is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker
** Mu-12 is [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA Unit 00]]
** Makoto is [[GurrenLagann Yoko Littner]]
** Valkenhayn is [[TalesOfVesperia Repede]], but it also doubles as [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Jon Talbain]]
** Platinum is [[LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]
** Relius is [[TigerAndBunny Kotetsu]], with Ignis as Barnaby
* In ''Chronophantasma'', the reference palettes are updated with new ones.
** Ragna is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo Kurosaki]]
** Jin is [[Manga/BlueExorcist Amaimon]], which adds another ShoutOut because both characters share [[Creator/TetsuyaKakihara the same Japanese voice actor]].
** Noel is [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]]
** Rachel is [[{{Oreimo}} Ruri "Kuroneko" Gokou]]
** Taokaka is [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]]
** Tager is [[ValkyrieProfile Brahms]]
** Litchi is [[{{Okami}} Sakuya]]
** Arakune is a [[GhostInTheShell Tachikoma]]
** Bang is [[Anime/DragonBallZ Goku]]
*** Bang is also a [[SystemShock God]]
** Carl is [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Lieselotte]], with Nirvana as Elfride
** Hakumen is [[FateZero Berserker]]
** Nu is [[MiraiNikki Yuno Gasai]]
** Tsubaki is [[Anime/MawaruPenguindrum Himari Takakura]]
** Hazama is [[GiantRobo Kenji Murasame]]
** Mu is [[RebuildOfEvangelion Asuka Langley Shikinami in her TEST plugsuit]]
** Makoto is [[AquarionEVOL Zessica]]
** Valkenhayn is [[{{Okami}} Oki]]
** Platinum is [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Kaname, Homura Akemi]] and some of the PreCure Girls
** Relius now really [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam IS A CHAR]]!
** Amane is [[Anime/UnGo Inga]]
** Bullet is [[GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Motoko Kusanagi]]
** Azrael is [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]
** Izayoi is [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]]
** Kagura is [[TheLastBlade Moriya Minakata]]
** Terumi is [[AssassinsCreed Ezio Auditore da Firenze]]
** Kokonoe is [[SpiceAndWolf Holo/Horo]].
* Also the fourth color of the second DLC pack is a reference to ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. This applies to Color 11 from ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'' as well, for characters with GG names in italics.
** Ragna is Sol Badguy
** Jin is Robo-Ky
** Noel is I-No
** Rachel is Slayer
** Tager is Potemkin
** Tao is May
** Arakune is Zato-1 / Eddie
** Litchi is Jam Kuradoberi
** Bang is Anji Mito
** Carl is A.B.A., with Ada as Paracelsus.
** Hakumen is Baiken
** Lambda / Nu is Justice
** Tsubaki is Millia Rage
** Hazama is Venom
** Mu-12 is Dizzy
** Makoto is Order-Sol
** Valkenhayn is also Slayer
** Platinum is Bridget.
** Relius is Faust
** Amane is Izuna from ''Overture''
** Bullet is Axl Low
** Azrael is Johnny
** Izayoi is Testament
** Kagura is Kliff Undersn
** Terumi is Chipp Zanuff
** Kokonoe is Dr. Paradigm from Overture.
* Other references include:
** Hakumen as [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero]] and [[VideoGame/MegamanX Zero]]
** Makoto as [[Anime/CodeGeass Kallen]] and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko]].
** Nu/Lambda as [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva Units 1 and 2]]
** Hazama's [[Film/{{Moonwalker}} white outfit]] and [[Film/TheMask yellow outfit]] seem familiar.
** Platinum as [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Nia]] and [[ActorAllusion eventually]] [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Kaname]]
** Bang as [[StreetFighter Ryu, Ken, Akuma, and Dan]] in ''Calamity Trigger'', as if being [[BadassGay Azrael]], [[SystemShock a god]] or [[HardCorpsUprising being in a war]] wasn't enough.
** Jin as Ronald [=McDonald=], because why the fuck not?
** Ragna as [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Gintoki Sakata]] and later [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo Kurosaki]]
** Noel as [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]]
** Bullet as [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Asuka Kazama]]
** Terumi as [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreed Ezio Auditore.]]
* The #14 swap in ''Chronophantasma'' exchanges each character with another.
** Ragna <-> Makoto
** Jin <-> Izayoi
*** Hakumen <-> Tsubaki
** Noel <-> Nu-13
*** Mu-12 >-> Lambda-11
** Rachel <-> Valkenhayn
** Taokaka <-> Arakune
** Tager <-> Bang
** Litchi <-> Amane
** Carl <-> Relius
** Hazama <-> Platinum
** Bullet <-> Azrael
* The #15 swap is a recall to ''Persona4Arena'' where Persona characters dress up as VideoGame/BlazBlue characters, but since not all VideoGame/BlazBlue characters were represented... italics refers to BB characters using the palette of those not playable in [=P4A=].
** Ragna is Yu Narukami
** Jin is Yosuke Hanamura
** Noel is ''[[{{Persona 2}} Maya Amano]]''
** Rachel is ''Chidori Yoshino''
** Taokaka is Teddie
** Tager is Kanji Tatsumi
** Litchi is Mitsuru Kirijo
** Arakune is ''Jack Frost''
** Bang is Akihiko Sanada
** Carl is ''Ken Amada''
** Hakumen is ''[[StealthPun Susano-o]]''
** Nu is Aigis
** Tsubaki is Yukiko Amagi-
** Hazama is Naoto Shirogane
** Mu is Labrys / Shadow Labrys
** Makoto is Chie Satonaka
** Valkenhayn is ''Shuji Ikutsuki'' (human) and ''Koromaru'' (wolf)
** Platinum is Nanako Dojima (although not playable, she is one of the available commentary options)
** Relius is Elizabeth, with Ignis as Thanatos (can also double as ''Theodore'', thus making it an ActorAllusion because Relius and Theodore share the same voice actors in both [[Creator/JunichiSuwabe Japanese]] and [[TravisWillingham English]])
** Amane is ''the Persona 3 Protagonist'' AKA [[FanNickname Minato Arisato]]
** Bullet is ''[[{{Persona 2}} Yukino Mayuzumi]]''
** Azrael is ''Takaya Sakaki''
** Izayoi is ''Metis''
** Kagura is ''[[{{VideoGame/Persona2}} Eikichi Mishina]]''
** Terumi is ''Shinjiro Aragaki''
** Kokonoe is ''[[{{VideoGame/Persona2}} Ulala Serizawa]]''
* Scope out [[http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/7109/hazamacolorchart.jpg Hazama's color sheet]]. MichaelJackson, [[{{Hellsing}} Alucard]], SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheRiddler, ''Franchise/LupinIII'', [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]] and ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.
* Platinum seems to have Franchise/SailorMoon, [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]], and [[Anime/MadokaMagica Madoka Kaname]] color palettes.
* Ragna's 4th palette resembles [[Anime/{{Bleach}} Ichigo Kurosaki]]

!{{Expy}} and CaptainErsatz references
* WordOfGod is that Ragna's design and personality are based on [[{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]].
** His personality in joke endings is influenced by [[Manga/GinTama Gintoki]], with whom he shares the same voice actor. Both Ragna and Gintoki are badass white haired swordsmen whose fear of ghosts makes them scream like girls. It is implied in the materials collection that Mori asked Creator/TomokazuSugita to be Ragna after he watched Manga/{{Gintama}}. This inspires various Blazblue x Gintama MAD videos.
*** [[spoiler:Bloodedge, Ragna's time-displaced alternate self who fought the Black Beast, pays further homage to Gintoki by only wearing his jacket on the left side, much like how Gintoki wears his outfit. ]]
* Jin's brother may be the one who looks a bit like ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]'', [[spoiler:but in terms of what their job is...he pretty much fills in the role as a Counter-Guardian. Jin is described as the world's antibody after all. He's probably still in the Emiya Shirou phase, however.]]
* Noel's appearance looks similar to VideoGame/MeltyBlood/VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'s [[ZettaiRyouiki Sion Eltnam Atlasia]] but her personality is completely different.
* As one youtuber commented, Taokaka is Felicia and Hsien-Ko's love child, with a bit of Dr. Baldhead/Faust thrown in. [[BrainBleach Sorry about the mental image.]]
* Considering how the Nasuverse reference spree goes, Rachel filled in for Rin Tohsaka; not only she has the same English and Japanese voice actresses, [[spoiler:she also summons and is essentially Archer/Hakumen's master. Then again, she looks more like Arcueid Brunestud...]]
** She [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} isn't the only vampire to attack with giant laser crosses.]]
** Her character design is pretty much "Gothic [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate Testarossa]]" or [[DanceintheVampireBund Mina Tepes]].
* Arakune is an obvious Expy of [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Zato-1/Eddie]], with a little bit of Zappa thrown in for good measure.
** He's also like a (more) terrifying version of [[SpiritedAway No Face]].
** He also bears some physical similiarities to [[VideoGame/YumeNikki Uboa]].
** Also, he superficially looks like the idle form of a [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona shadow]] (Black Goo / White Face form).
* Nirvana, Carl's doll puppet, looks a bit like [[Anime/TheBigO Dorothy Waynewright]].
* With Jin's case, Hakumen is [[spoiler:the Archer to Jin's Shirou]].
** And then, the obvious similarities to [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero]]. Hakumen's voice is officially based off from Lelouch's Zero Persona, after all.
* One look at Tsubaki's outfit and weapons and you might end up instantly thinking "[[SoulCalibur Sophitia/Cassandra/Lizardman]]".
** On the other hand, her playstyle is identical to [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Order-Sol's]].
** Again with the Nasuverse references, she seems like the stand-in for Sakura Matou, being the most likely of Jin's love interests. [[spoiler: She's also turned to the dark side (into a GreenEyedMonster, precisely) due to frustration of someone (surprisingly, not the Rin counterpart Rachel) taking everything away from her.]]
* Platinum has [[spoiler:a male personality, a female personality, and a third personality which is ridiculously powerful. Hmm.]] What we're facing here is a loli [[Literature/KaraNoKyoukai Ryougi Shiki]].
** Her actual character design is an over-the-top parody of Franchise/SailorMoon.
** Funny little note, if one notices, the third personality of Platinum is Ryougi... but in reverse. Where Ryougi can, more or less, destroy anything that she comes across being the personification of Akasha, Platinum's Trinity can create... anything. The odd thing is that Ryougi can recreate... [[RealityWarper anything]]... however this is a power of Akasha that she doesn't use all that much.
* Makoto is an expy of SquirrelGirl, and her fighting style is very similar to Dudley's from ''StreetFighter''. Her Unlimited mode takes this to its logical extreme as she gains several of Dudley's moves, and even a variant of his taunt where she throws an acorn at the opponent.
* Hazama is essentially [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Gin Ichimaru, Sosuke Aizen]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons Almark]] rolled into one, with a little bit of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker thrown in for good measure.
** [[spoiler:In his true form, he looks similar to [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Night of Wallachia]] (with whom he shares a similar origin) or the [[GurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]] (who shares his goal of inspiring despair)]]
** Some of his move set seems to be based on [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] as well.
** If you squint, you can easily spot him being a SatanicArchetype. [[Analysis/BlazBlue Justifications can be seen here as it's too long to fit in here]].
* Kokonoe is a pink-haired, rather egotistical MadScientist with a bit of an amoral streak... seems like a DarkerAndEdgier [[TenchiMuyo Washu]].
* Relius Clover looks kinda like [[Franchise/AceAttorney Godot]].
** On the subject of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' characters, Relius seems a bit reminiscent of Manfred Von Karma, as both are [[TheStoic stoic]] and obsessed with achieving perfection, both are [[AbusiveParents abusive]] towards their (adopted in Von Karma's case) sons, and even [[OffingTheOffspring try to kill them]] when they get in the way. They are also [[WickedCultured very refined, and wear cravats]]. Not to mention their voices are both [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]]. All that's left now is for Relius to become a lawyer.
** Jokes are already being made about how [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} HE IS]] [[CharClone A CHAR]].
** Crazy genius who wears a mask, hangs out underground on occasion, ''his main interest is opera''... [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Remind you of anyone?]]
** His mannerism and penchant for [[LargeHam Hammy]] yet deadpan [[MadScientist Mad Science]] also sometimes led fans to compare him to ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''[='s=] Albert Wesker. That mask may also serve as a "replacement" for Wesker's CoolShades. Never mind that "Plastic Night" [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong sounds more than a bit reminiscent of]] [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 "Winds of]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Madness."]]
** While Relius is more based on hand-to-hand than his son, special mention goes to how savage he is when fighting, just like [[Persona4Arena Kanji, who has a Color Palette of said Genius]].
* [[spoiler:Saya]] appears to be the [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Aizen]] to Hazama's Gin at first.
* In Jin's Arcade Mode in ''Continuum Shift''. When he's resisting Yukianesa's influence on him, he says "Urusai!" three times in a row. Does this remind you of a certain [[FieryRedhead Fiery Redheaded]] [[ShakuganNoShana Girl]] who is also an aloof {{Tsundere}} and wields a [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]?
* Tager shows up in a FrenchMaidOutfit during Arakune's ''Help Me! Dr. Kokonoe!'' segment. This may be a reference to ''KamenNoMaidGuy''.
* The newcomer Bullet was immediately pegged as an {{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Zenia Valov]]. While their [[HotBlooded temperaments]] [[AnIcePerson differ]], both are white-haired, pilebunker-wielding mercenaries who display a no-nonsense attitude and favour close-range combat.
** Bullet also strongly resembles [[TheKingOfFighters Angel]] in, [[BoobsOfSteel eh... build]], hair colour, dress sense and fighting style, though their personalities couldn't be further from each other.
* Amane's use of a scarf as a whip (drill = Soul Spiral!) may have been inspired by [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Rose]] or [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Iku Nagae]].
* Take [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]] and add in [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi's]] code of honor, use of a PowerLimiter, and an obsession with fighting the [[AnimeHair spiky haired]] {{BFS}} wielding protagonist(Doubly so since Ragna has an Ichigo palette now). That's Azrael in a nutshell.
** Add in his [[HirokiYasumoto Japanese voice actor]] and you have [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath Asura]] with his mentor's personality.
** In terms of Guilty Gear parallels, he's pretty similar to Slayer. They share several animations, the same style of teleport dash, a general playstyle, the unique distinction of their standing medium attacks (5B and Slash respectively) having a followup and a similar 6A shoulder charge. There are several story similarities as well.
* Kagura Mutsuki has a hairstyle like the many members of the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Uchiha clan]], a sword that looks like [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts' Dragon Slayer]], charge attacks like [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Guile]], and a stance system. Also, with his giant sword and the stances, he may also be inspired by [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Siegfried and Nightmare]].
* Terumi's hoodie has already been the subject of [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Dr. Doom]] jokes.
* Background-wise, Makoto resembles [[Anime/QueensBlade Nanael]], being both fantastic beings with a cheerful personality, but with very screwed-up backstories, including being discriminated by their peers and both having human friends (Leina and Tomoe in Nanael's case and Noel and Tsubaki in Makoto's case).
* Hakumen is somewhat similar to [[spoiler: [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]]] in that he's [[spoiler: a JerkWithAHeartOfGold FutureBadass version of a main character, primarily seen wielding bladed weapons (Hakumen's Ookami & Archer's Kanshou and Bakuya), who acts as a somewhat antagonist to his past self (Hakumen being disgusted with Jin, and Archer wanting to commit suicide by killing Shirou), and each respective past self ends up eventually finding out the identity of their respective future selves]]. This is on top of them having connections with main characters who wear red, and\or are high-class {{Tsundere}}s [[spoiler: {Ragna and Rachel being Hakumen's brother and occasional employer (whom he fights for reluctantly) respectively, and Rin being Archer's Master and, during Unlimited Blade Works as Shirou, LoveInterest}]].
* As of Chronophantasma, Ragna and Kagura's dynamic is eerily similar to that of [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric and Roy Mustang]] respectively. Both parties have a very [[VitriolicBestBuds rough]] relationship, but eventually come to respect each other's strength. To add to it, Kagura uses a lecherous persona to cover up the fact that he wants to change the government from within to a more benevolent one, and Ragna has also lost his right arm in a childhood incident as well as being clad primarily in a red jacket. This is pretty much confirmed when in Episode 2 of ''Teach Me Again Ms. Litchi'', Litchi accuses Kagura of wanting all female officers in the NOL to wear miniskirts if he was in charge, which is pretty much word for word of Roy's [[MemeticMutation famous "Tiny-Miniskirts" line from the original series.]]
* There is a subtle one for Relius. His theme ''Plastic Night'', is most likely a reference to the theme of another puppeteer, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Alice]], with her theme ''Plastic Mind''.


!{{Homage}}s
* One of the unlockable artwork pieces shows Hakumen standing in a FieldOfBlades suspiciously reminiscent of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight another walking time paradox you may know]].
** Take a look at his Astral Finish, then notice the pose he takes afterward. He must've learned a thing or two from [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]].
** If you listen closely to his story mode dialogue in Japanese, you'll eventually realize that [[spoiler:Kakihara]] is pretty much channeling Creator/JunFukuyama's "[[Anime/CodeGeass Zero voice]]." It makes even more sense considering his mask, which looks chillingly similar. He is even more reminiscent of ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'' [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/code_geass_nightmare_of_nunnally/v03/c015/7.html Zero.]] This comes full circle when in ''CS'' he '''gains''' a Zero palette! '''All Hail Hakumen/Jin!''' and the realization that Hakumen's voice is based off of Lelouch's Zero Persona.
** One of his palettes gives him red armour and blonde hair, which together with the green sword trails may remind some of [[VideoGame/BubsyX another Zero]].
** One wonders if his name and Kitsune theme might make him a shout-out to the BigBad of ''UshioAndTora'', the kitsune daiyoukai Hakumen no Mono.
* According to WordOfGod, Ragna drew inspiration from another wanted man in red, [[{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]]. Also, there's stuff like the psycho-brother, dead female companion, (Rem may not have been Vash and Knives' sister, but damn close enough) [[spoiler:the robot arm]] and [[spoiler:the wing that comes out of his arm.]]
** (Manga only) Dead Older Sister, Tessla. Closer?
** There's a sketch of him with [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Rebellion]] in his hand in the Material Collection. WordOfGod also says that he was inspired by Heine from the manga ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'', with additional inspiration from [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]].
* Noel is one to ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. In one of her story mode paths she's forced to dress as both a Jellyfish Pirate and later Valentine's outfit.
** Her entire fighting style is an homage to ''{{Equilibrium}}'', from which many of her moves are explicitly taken.
* This might be stretching a bit, but consider the fact Taokaka is a Genki Girl voiced by Creator/ChiwaSaito who doesn't wear pants... doesn't that also describe [[StrikeWitches Francesca Lucchini]]? (Yes, the pantsless bit is important.)
** A few references to Wolverine as portrayed in the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' games, such as Hexa Edge resembling Berserker Barrage X or both having supers that create a double.
* According to WordOfGod, Bang is based off a real person HiroshiFujioka (AKA ''Series/KamenRider Ichigo''). Notice the belt and scarf?
** His color schemes have homages to [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Galford]] and VideoGame/{{Strider}} [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Hir]][[VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom yu]].
* Carl's storyline is sort of a callback to ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* On the subject of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Hakumen can be seen as a reference to Alphonse considering he's actually Jin who sealed his soul into an AnimatedArmor. Plus both mention their brothers quite often.
** They might remind some of Tarvek and Anevka Sturmvoraus from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Mysterious father whose experiments have screwed up the family and [[spoiler: who has provided a body for the BigBad]], sister transformed from human to something not...
** He may also be a reference to ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', particularly Part 3 (on which the fighting game adaptation was based). As in the [=JoJo=] fighting game, the Carl player effectively controls two characters at once. Marionette Purple even sounds like the name of a stand.
* Nu's armour design is reminiscent of [[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Anubis]]. Specifically, the pointy ends of the legs combined with the wings. Now, if the armour had dog ears and a staff...
** Hmmm... silver-haired cyborg with an EyepatchOfPower and a fondness for throwing around sharp objects... [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha nope, doesn't sound familiar.]]
*** Speaking of which, go look at the palette used for Nu's Combo Six in the tutorial on the bonus disc. Consider it for a moment... Doesn't it looks like Lindy Harlaown in her admiral uniform?
* Relius's design seems to be a tribute to ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* Hazama's Astral Heat has the same input as our dear [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese Howard's]] [[SomeDexterityRequired Raging Storm]]. Geese's Raging Storm releases a series of shockwaves blasting above upon execution. Hazama's Astral Heat conjures a series of chains blasting above upon execution. Coincidence?
* Tsubaki's Astral Heat is one big homage to [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile Lenneth]].
* During Arakune's joke ending, Jin's shop has [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol's]] Fuuenken sitting on the table.
* [[AnIcePerson Jin's]] personality and powerset makes him similar to [[NotSoDifferent Fatima]] of ''LuminousArc2'' fame. In ''Continuum Shift'', [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np5/blaz-cs/art/jin-s8.png Jin even gains Fatima's color palette.]]
* Relius Clover's Astral Finish is just one big [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Hy5yHl4Ew shout out]] to hentai in general. The place looks like a crazy sex dungeon, the opponent is tied up (or in the case of Hazama/Tsubaki, totally willing/completely oblivious), and the doors close before anything can be seen or heard. While this may seem creepy the fandom has already started making fun of it, even going so far as to call it the greatest troll finishing move of all time.
** In Bang's case, he has cinderblocks placed onto his knees in order to break his legs. This is a ShoutOut to an ancient Japanese method of torture as well as ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', where this was the signature super of Bishamon.
* Platinum's joke ending in ''Extend'' has Arakune [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica saying]] "M[[spoiler:a]]k[[spoiler:e]] a c[[spoiler:o]]nt[[spoiler:rac]]t w[[spoiler:it]]h m[[spoiler:e a]]nd b[[spoiler:e]]c[[spoiler:om]]e a m[[spoiler:a]]g[[spoiler:i]]cal g[[spoiler:i]]rl!" Even funnier when you remember [[Creator/AoiYuuki who the Japanese voice of Platinum is...]]
* This gem from Calamity Trigger Reconstruct
--> '''Ragna:''' [[Film/TropicThunder Have you gone full retard?]] HE JUST ATTACKED YOU!
* Amane's Astral seems to forcibly cause its target to [[FountainOfYouth regress back into childhood]] after trapping them in a giant flower (the only exceptions to this being Platinum, who turns into Trinity and Valkenhayn, who goes back to being around his 20s or 30s). In essence, it's [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Alessi's Stand power]][=/=][[Franchise/MortalKombat a Babality]], with bits of [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Demitri's Midnight Bliss and Anakaris' Pharaoh Curse]] thrown in for good measure.
* Azrael's Astral is more or less a [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Falcon]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Punch]], with the addition of a scene afterward where he flashes his exposed back to the screen like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]].
* Azrael also borrows a mechanic from a past Arc Systems Works game, as his Valiant Charger special incorporates ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto no Ken]]''[='s=] Boost mechanic. Anyone who's familiar with the fighter probably shat bricks when they saw that, but fortunately, he can't lock you into an infinite loop with it. Well, he could originally, but they patched that out.
** The ''Fist of the North Star'' references get kicked up a notch with his Unlimited Mode. Not only does he have a RapidFireFisticuffs move, he also has an Overdrive Distortion Drive where his BattleAura flares up, and the number 7 appears above his super meter, which given the strong influence of ''Fist of the North Star'' in his design, it isn't much of a stretch to assume this move is a Musou Tensei homage.
* Terumi has been shown to have [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Rugal Bernstein's Genocide Cutter]] as one of his Distortions.
** Another of his Distortions, a counter super, has him perform his forward walk animation. This is taken from Freeman's counter super from ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]''.
* The first thing that should come to mind when seeing [[StabTheSky Kagura's Astral]]? [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! Its burning grip tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love, my anger, and all of my sorrow! SHINING FINGER SWORD!!! Go! Go! GO!!"]] ([[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Blasting Zone]] is also an acceptable answer, as is, with the possible nod to the aforementioned [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Siegfried]], Soul Conviction.)
* Sector Seven seems fond of playing homage to SNK. Unlimited Tager in ''Chronophantasma'' gains [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maxima's Bunker Buster]], whereas Kokonoe does her own spin on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard's Buster Wolf]] with her Assault: Broken Bunker Version 2.21 special move--complete with exploding [[PowerFist mechanized gauntlets]]. Coincidentally, Unlimited Bullet receives Pressure Buster, a Distortion Drive that combines Rugal's Gigantic Pressure and Terry's Buster Wolf.
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