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->''"The Wheel of Fate is Turning... REBEL 1..."''
-->-- '''The Announcer''', starting a match

''[=BlazBlue=]''[[labelnote:*]][[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY pronounced "blaze-blue," or "blay-blue" in Japanese]][[/labelnote]] is a FightingGame series by Creator/ArcSystemWorks, and a SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. This series has about as large a fandom, if not more, as its technical daddy.

[[folder: Main Titles]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger''
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' (including its expansions, ''Continuum Shift II'' and ''Extend'')
* ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma]]'' (including its expansion, ''Chrono Phantasma Extend'')
* ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction BlazBlue: Central Fiction]]''

[[folder: Side games]]
* ''[=BlazBlue=]: Battle X Battle'': features SuperDeformed characters and gameplay similar to ''VideoGame/PowerStone''. A North American version was released under the title ''[=BlayzBloo=]: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale''.
* ''[=BlayzBloo=]: Clone Phantasma'': Based on ''Chronophantasma'', a sequel of the above, released on the [=Nintendo eShop=] for [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS Nintendo 3DS]].
* ''Eat Beat Dead Spike-san'': A RhythmGame for the iOS and Android, starring Ragna's "pet" Dead Spike. Eat food while beating to the tune of Blazblue music!
* ''Blazblue: Battle Cards'': A FreeToPlay CollectibleCardGame for mobile devices.

Aside from those, the franchise also has side stories in other media. Listed below:

[[folder: Light novels]]
* [=Blazblue=]: ''LightNovel/BlazBluePhaseShift''
** ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase 0'': written by Komao Mako, illustrated by ''[=BlazBlue=]''[='s=] lead artist Katou Yuuki and based on a story from ''[=BlazBlue=]'' creator Mori Toshimichi was published by Fujimi Shobo on August 20, 2010 ([[http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/official/blog/index.cgi?eid=43 see here]]). The story begins when Ragna has a chance encounter with Celica A. Mercury, a young lady harboring a mysterious power, and involves the mysteries of the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' world.
** ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 1'': The first sequel was released in April 2011. This time the focus shifts to Yuuki Terumi and a boy named Kazuma Kvar, while also elaborating more on Nine and Trinity before she became Platinum.
** ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 2'': Released January 2012, this sequel focuses on Jin Kisaragi's exploits during the Dark War and his eventual evolution into taking up the mantle of Hakumen.
** ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 3'': Released May 2012 the focal point character is Konoe A. Mercury, better known as Nine of the Six Heroes, and tells her dealings with the Magic Guild and their involvements in the Dark War.
** ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 4'': The fifth novel, released in late September of 2012, this time placing the spotlight on Celica yet again, all the while [[SequelHook setting the stage]] ([[TimeTravel in a rather]] [[NotQuiteDead major way at that]]) for later iterations of the series, ''Chronophantasma'' in particular.
* ''LightNovel/BloodedgeExperience'': In June 2014, another prequel story was released, following a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute new cast that bears quite a few resemblances to the main story cast]], though younger versions of a few of them appear too.

[[folder: Visual novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/XBlazeCodeEmbryo'': released in July 25th, 2013 on Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. The story takes place 150 years before ''Calamity Trigger''. It stars Touya Kagari, an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who lives peacefully until a mysterious girl named Es comes to his life. From there, the story explores the hidden mysteries of the world.
* ''[=XBlaze=] Lost: Memories'': Sequel to the above, released in 9th April 2015 in Japan (and summer 2015 worldwide), stars "Watashi" ("Me") in her journey inside a strange dimension named "Phantom Field", along with the mysterious girl Nobody, to find pieces of her [[TitleDrop lost memories]] and her missing sister. The story will also explain what happens with the cast of the previous game.

[[folder: Drama [=CDs=]]]
* ''[=BlazBlue=]: The Wheel of Fortune'': Released September 8, 2010, this story takes place in the original timeline (before all of the time loops happened) and stars Tsubaki Yayoi, who's appointed as the secretary for Major Jin Kisaragi (instead of Noel in the games, who doesn't exist here). [[spoiler:It retells the "old man's tale" of Hakumen in the second game.]]
* ''[=BlazBlue=]: Happy Trigger'': The first, ''Blue Drama Rebel One'', released July 2009, and the second, ''Blue Drama 2 Rebel Two'', released December 2009. Both are mostly gag stories involving the Blazblue cast.

[[folder: Other]]
* An official monthly webcomic entitled ''[=BlazBlue=]: Chimelical Complex'' by Haruyoshi Kob began on August 6 on ''Famitsu''[='s=] Comic Clear website. It can be viewed [[http://www.famitsu.com/comic_clear/se_blazblue/ here.]] It's written in Japanese, however.
* ''Manga/BlazblueRemixHeart'':A manga written based on a by Mori himself and drawn by {{doujinshi}} artist Sumeragi. which is set in the NOL Military Academy Days and stars a new character named Mai Natsume, who, by the power of the Grimoire, has been changed from a man to a woman.
* ''Bururaji'' (''[=BlueRadio=]''): A radio show that airs in Nico Nico Douga with the purpose of promoting the franchise. It is hosted by TomokazuSugita, Kanako Kondo and AsamiImai with several guests (mainly other Blazblue voice actors) coming and going, and they're partaking in various fun activities throughout the show.

Aside from those, the games also have been adapted to various media.

* ''Calamity Trigger'' light novel comes in 2 parts, the first released January 2013 in Japan and the second in May 2013.
* ''Continuum Shift'' light novel also comes in 2 parts, the first released Semptember 2013 in Japan and the second in January 2014.
* ''Anime/BlazBlueAlterMemory'': AnimeOfTheGame based on the first 2 games, ran in the {{Fall 2013|Anime}} season.

This series has [[Characters/BlazBlue character sheets for each sub-series]]. Please place all character-specific tropes there.

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* TheAbridgedSeries: It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/goteamazuredrive here.]]
* AfterTheEnd: The "end" in question being the Black Beast's apocalyptic rampage, which shaped what used to be our future world into what we see in the present timeline of the games.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: You ''did'' read the title, right?
* AdorableEvilMinion: The cute, Victreebel-esque squid-thingy Arakune summons.
* AerithAndBob: This game can't decide whether it wants to be Japanese or not. The NOL would certainly appear to be, if it weren't for all the [[AltumVidetur Gratuitous Latin]] thrown in. While most [=RPG=]s have a decent amount of mixing, it still makes no sense why Jin is meant to be English but has a completely Japanese name (though his 'Kisaragi' surname is justified by being adopted, it doesn't explain his first name), or why he and Saya have Japanese names while their brother Ragna doesn't. Bang comes from the so-far most traditionally Japanese part of the world, even referring to himself in eastern order, but has a western first name. Konoe A. Mercury is the other way around. Also, normal names like Noel, Carl and Rachel are joined by completely made up ones like Litchi, Tager, and Valkenhayn. For the [=DLCs=], we also have Makoto Nanaya right next to Platinum the Trinity, who has personalities that go by "Sena" and "Luna". And let's not forget: Hazama/Terumi Yuuki is working next to a man named Relius Clover. ''Then'' everything goes to hell once it's implied that the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' world is actually supposed to be modelled after this one.
** The English dub makes things a little more confusing. The NOL uses Latin, Jin and Hakumen use Japanese words, Bang uses English words but keeps translated prefixes (Ninja Style Art:) for his distortions, Carl and Relius use Italian, and it just becomes one big mess of GratuitousForeignLanguage mixed with translation issues.
** The Japanese makes even less sense when you find out NONE of the cast come from there (with the exception of Jubei), and the entire region was nuked into oblivion in a (failed) attempt to destroy the Black Beast.
* AlignmentBasedEndings: Both Continuum Shift and Calamity Trigger, (And to a degree, Chronophantasma) have alternate endings based upon player decisions during each character story.
* AllThereInTheManual: There is so much of the background information available in the side materials that you can somewhat predict what will happen in the next game if you are up to date with the side materials. Unfortunately, none of them are officially translated.
* AnimeThemeSong: "ao-iconoclast" by KOTOKO.
** Continuum Shift continues this by bringing back KOTOKO with the song "Hekira no Sora e Izanaedo"
** The UpdatedRerelease Continuum Shift II has "Shinsou", now by Asami Imai (ie Tsubaki).
** The second updated rerelease, Continuum Shift Extend, features "Sōkyū no Hikari" by Faylan.
** ''Chronophantasma'' uses another Faylan's song, this time named "Blue sanction". ''CPEX'' has "Blue desire", by Faylan yet again.
* AntiMagicalFaction: Sector Seven. Downplayed in that they do interact and play with magic; what they're actually doing is trying to control magic through the way they know: science. They believed that as long as magic isn't properly understood and controlled, the rest of humanity will be at the mercy of mages.
* AnyoneCanDie: Characters can and ''will'' be killed during Story Mode playthroughs. Although {{subverted}} by the fact that thanks to the GroundhogDayLoop, characters killed will return to life when the loop resets itself. [[spoiler:The sole exception is Lambda-11, who was [[KilledOffForReal permanently killed off]] in the finale of ''Continuum Shift'', at least until she came back in ''Chronophantasma's'' UpdatedReRelease. Speaking of ''Chronophantasma'' though, Terumi can be added to the list, while Hazama and Trinity's fates are ambiguous.]]
* ApocalypseHow: A variant on a Class 1, thanks to the Black Beast. Most of the Earth (at the lower elevations, at least) is still inhospitable to most forms of life, thanks to the high concentrations of [[AppliedPhlebotinum seithr]]. However, unlike most Class 1's, humanity came out with a little extra something: the [[FunctionalMagic Ars Magus]].
** [[BigBad Hazama]]'s plan is to bring about a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Class 5]]. [[spoiler:Later on Izanami's goal also has the similar scale.]]
* ArcWords: "The Wheel Of Fate Is Turning" hints at the GroundhogDayLoop.
** "[[TitleDrop Continuum Shift]]" in the sequel.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The titular [=BlazBlue=], aka Azure Grimoire and various Nox Nyctores and Armagus. [[spoiler:The only characters who aren't confirmed to possess one or be an EldritchAbomination are [[CatGirl Taokaka]], [[LittleBitBeastly Makoto]], [[CrossDresser Amane,]] [[BloodKnight Azrael]] and [[HandsomeLech Kagura]].]]
* ArtificialStupidity: The AI has no idea how to fight Arakune. This leads to stupid things such as the AI blocking his Drive attacks [[note]] which fill the curse bar needed to make his attacks become extremely deadly [[/note]] despite the bar filling if the attack hits, blocked or not, or his Astral Heat going from the worst in the game[[note]] It's an easily avoidable, uncontrollable eye that does only one of a few preset patterns a set amount of times and can be blocked [[/note]] to being arguably the best in the game, due to the AI chasing it down and trying to ''attack'' it, very often resulting in being hit by the Astral.
* AscendedMeme: The vocalist for [[EarWorm Okkusenman]] posted a vocal version of Bang's theme on Nico Nico Douga. It was revealed that on the ''Continuum Shift'' OST, Bang's voice actor is singing a vocal version of the theme with ''the very same lyrics as the original version''.
** ''Continuum Shift'''s English translation has an achievement called [[BeeBeeGun BEES]], referencing the "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEES" meme.
* AutobotsRockOut: Daisuke Ishiwatari did the soundtrack, are you surprised in the slightest? Subverted in the occasion of a ThemeMusicPowerUp, where the music goes from the rest of the soundtrack's metal to Kotoko's vocal J-Pop.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Most Astral Heats. To perform the Astral Heat, you must have 100% Heat, a Burst Node (no longer the case as of ''Chronophantasma''), having won one round, and your target must have less than 35% Health (i.e, their health bar must be red). Many of them are easily countered or blocked with good timing or strategy. However, there is no more stylish way to finish off your opponent. Every Astral is unique to the character you play as, and all of them are awesome. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdP6eKLc9Ng Observe]].
* BackgroundMagicField: The seithr is described as this; it is found everywhere in the atmosphere and then used for Ars Magus. In a variation, there's only so much seithr in a given area; once they're all used up, no one can use Ars Magus there until the seithr recovers itself in the area. Also thick concentrations of seithr is harmful to humans. This magic field was originated from the Black Beast and was spread out throughout the Dark War until it covers the whole world.
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much everyone.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: [[TheChick Noel]], [[TheSmartGal Tsubaki]], and [[TheBigGal Makoto]] respectively.
* {{BFS}}: Absolutely egregious. Ragna's sword is described as a "massive slab of metal" and is not only positively huge but capable of transforming into a scythe, Hakumen uses a Japanese-styled two-handed sword that's as long as he is tall, Kagura's is so large that it's at least twice as long as he his tall and he can realistically plant it into the ground and lean against it, Bang uses ''a 55-inch long nail'' as easily as a cheerleader's baton, and don't get us started on the Murakumo units, who summon swords the size of ''skyscrapers'' in their Astrals. Even Jin's Yukianesa counts, as it's far longer than any regular Japanese katana.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Izanami the Imperator Librarius and the Goddess of Death]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: Everything bad that's happened within this series can be traced back to Yuuki Terumi and Relius Clover. [[spoiler:Although as of the third game they're [[DemotedToDragon Demoted To]] CoDragons.]]
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Ragna, Jin, and Saya lived in an orphanage. Jin's neediness led to depraved insanity, Ragna turned into a half vampire SociopathicHero after the fateful incident in their church, and Saya was kidnapped to be used as a template for androids of mass destruction. Eventually, we find out that [[spoiler:Ragna is, by virtue of his Azure Grimoire, a potential beast that once went unto destroying the world, to the point of being called the "destroyer", Jin being the world's "antibody" and Saya being the Imperator of the NOL although in her defense being Possessed by the Goddess of Death would do that to you and your siblings.]]
** As of ''Continuum Shift'', the Clover family can also be put in this category. There's the father, Relius Clover, who [[spoiler:is obsessed with creating the perfect puppet, going as far as turning his daughter Ada and his wife to puppets, along with being one of the series' two {{Big Bad}}s]]. Carl, Ada's younger brother, [[spoiler:gets tempted and self-manipulated into performing acts of violence for his sister and does some pretty messed up things at times, all to turn his sister back and to find his father to get revenge]].
** Makoto's family is heavily implied... in fact, scratch that, they're ''very obviously'' this, although it's mostly limited to the gag reels and played for ComedicSociopathy.
--> '''Narration:''' Mommy ends Mikoto's rant with a wicked right cross to the mouth - a textbook example of the famous Nanaya "tough love".
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The world of Blazblue is very cynical to say the least, with very few unambiguously good characters. The world was ravaged in the past by an EldritchAbomination that nearly drove humanity to extinction, and even after it was defeated it left most of the world poisoned and uninhabitable. Humanity was forced to create cities high above the ground to avoid being poisoned and governed by an organization that quickly went oppressive and started subjugating any and all opposition. The heads of said organization are an [[AxCrazy insane]] psychopath bent on plunging the world into chaos, a MadScientist only interested in creating the perfect being, and [[spoiler: a god of death]]. The only ones willing to oppose said organization are TheProtagonist, [[BestServedCold who has his own personal issues to sort out,]] and doesn't really give a damn about the world at large, a second organization with its own dirty laundry, and a small number of vigilantes.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Noel, Makoto, and Tsubaki, respectively.
** Interestingly, the [[DumbBlonde most]] [[BrainyBrunette common]] [[FieryRedhead stereotypes]] are all switched around; Tsubaki is the brainy level-headed redhead, [[TheDitz Makoto]] the book-dumb Brunette, and Noel is the emotional blonde (although she is [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold a well-meaning person]]. Double subverted when you go a little deeper; [[spoiler: [[FieryRedhead Tsubaki]] reverts to type whenever her inner GreenEyedMonster rears its head around [[SingleTargetSexuality Jin]], [[DumbBlonde Noel]] is noted in-universe for not being very bright, something her boss Jin constantly belittles her for, and [[BrainyBrunette Makoto]] is a lot smarter than she lets on, which leads to her becoming the SpannerInTheWorks.]]
** Aside from them, there's also Trinity, Celica and Nine respectively (although Nine's hair is pink) in the novels. The stereotypes are also played with: Trinity isn't exactly dumb (although she has [[LoveMakesYouDumb a serious case of lovestruck syndrome]]) and she is [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold a kind and gentle person]]. Celica is the BookDumb like Makoto. Nine, on top of being a genius mage, also has [[FieryRedhead quite a fiery temper.]]
* BondageIsBad: Relius. His Astral Heat tends to put the losing opponent in rather compromising positions.
* BountyHunter: Referred to as "vigilantes" in-game.
* BreakMeter: The Barrier Gauge and Guard Libra/Guard Primer system in the first 2 games; in the third, only Barrier Gauge system remains.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens in several episodes of [[FourthWallMailSlot "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi" and "Help Me, Professor Kokonoe"]], as well as the gag reels.
* ButterflyOfDoom: In the retelling of Continuum Shift in CPEX, Celica theorizes this as how a character's actions, however small, can have wildly different results; Rachel adds that those different results exist as probability that can be manipulated by Phenomenon Intervention, in other words, the "Continuum Shift".
* BuxomIsBetter: Many comments flying around the game are about aggrandizing big boobs and girls who have them, and either having the flat-chested ones belittling themselves or other people belittling them.
** Lampshaded by Taokaka. HilarityEnsues when she names Litchi "Boobie Lady" and Noel "Lacking Lady".
*** Some of her battle quotes enhance the hilarious effect.
--> '''Taokaka:''' ''[To Litchi]'' Hey Boobie Lady!
--> '''Taokaka:''' ''[To Noel]'' Are you sure you're a lady?
** Lampshaded to a hilarious, gut-busting degree in ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'' during the new "Teach Me Ms. Litchi" episodes.
--> '''Litchi:''' Tao! Are you alright?!
--> '''Taokaka:''' ''[After being electrocuted in front of Litchi, Makoto, Tsubaki, and Noel]'' Uh... I see three sets of boobies and... one cutting board.
--> '''Noel:''' ''[Utterly embarrassed, sobbing]'' A ... A cutting board? She compared me to a... a cutting board!?
** Makoto's section of "Help Me! Professor Kokonoe!" confirms this trope to be in play. Kokonoe is, let's just say, very pissed off and jealous at Makoto's boob size... and the latter is number two as shown in the chart[[note]]There are 6 girls, no. 1 (the biggest) is Litchi and Kokonoe is apparently no. 5. A weeping Noel is no. 6[[/note]].
* CardCarryingVillain: JustifiedTrope. Terumi's presence in the world is maintained by the protagonists' (mainly [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Ragna's]]) hatred of him, so [[KickTheDog keeping a puppy just for kicking]] is actually how he keeps himself from simply [[RetGone going poof]]. DoubleSubverted in that he goes about his malicious deeds without a hint of [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone remorse]] or [[IDidWhatIHadToDo justification]], and instead takes ''genuine enjoyment'' out of the atrocities he commits. Even if he didn't need to make people suffer to survive, he would still do it because he finds it all fun.
* TheCameo: The Bururaji Radio ([=BlazBlue=] radio show) features a cameo by of all people... [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear SOL BADGUY]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-GXfQkHvfM&feature=related Drawn in chibi like other [=BlazBlue=] chibi characters.]]
** In a later one, Ishiwatari one-ups Sugita's recurring segment with "Scold Me More, Badguy! (HeartSymbol)"
** And later there's also cameos of [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Heart Aino]] and [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Yosuke Hanamura]]. Usually when to promote an ASW collab.
* CallBack: In Tager's Story Mode, when you go to meet the NOL ReverseMole, you're given a password to initiate the meeting. The password is "Gnu", but you're given a second password, "Baa", [[spoiler:that initiate the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Gag]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Reel]]]]. In [[spoiler:Makoto's Story Mode, where she falls into the alternate timeline, she bumps into Tager, who's looking for her]]. Guess what the real password is? [[labelnote:*]][[DontExplainTheJoke It's Baa]].[[/labelnote]]
* CastOfSnowflakes: Not just in terms of the characters themselves, but also in gameplay: every character has a unique game mechanic that no other character has access to.
* CatGirl: People from the Kaka Clan are generally composed of these, with males being a rarity. Kokonoe, on the other hand, is a [[spoiler:half-]]''nekomata''.
* CensoredForComedy:
** Kokonoe wanted to put something on Tager's '''GIGANTIC TAGER''', but she didn't think it was practical.
** Well, first, Kokonoe intended to take Ragna's '''INFERNO DIVIDER''' and put it in a '''CARNAGE SCISSORS.''' Maybe a little '''GAUNTLET HADES''', to go with. We can only imagine what his '''HELL'S FANG''' will '''DEAD SPIKE'''... [[http://youtu.be/stDCmiGCsfg No, really, that was pretty much word for word.]]
* CentralTheme: The struggle of free will versus predetermination.
* CharacterDevelopment: Quite a bit of it too, particularly in Continuum Shift and Chronophantasma. CP in particular is a good source for this for most of the cast. Ragna becomes more heroic, vowing to find a way to use his Azure to protect people as opposed to using it to destroy [[spoiler:(Which makes what happens to him at the end even more tragic)]], Jin is less of a Jerk Ass to others (Even around Noel he's simmered down a bit) and Noel herself is far more confident than before, even being able to harness her Mu-12 form at will. Even Hakumen seems to have cooled down as he speaks less harshly to others, and isn't as hostile to Ragna as he was before.
** On the other hand, Litchi goes from a normally nice lady into a rather pitiful [[TragicHero Tragic Heroine]] with several, but severe, dark elements and flaws that could bring her downfall, though still retaining her sympathy. Carl also went from a murderous kid who'd remorselessly kill anyone for information into an upstanding boy that re-discovered and uses his humanity more. More importantly, Bang Shishigami goes from your typical JokeCharacter into a serious, respectable but still occasionally boisterous man.
* CheekyMouth: Apparent in the story mode sprites, especially on those who face sideways like Ragna or Relius, because [[MotionlessChin the artists didn't bother to animate their chins]] (except for Tager).
* ChekhovsArmoury: Shows up in the fifth episode of ''Teach Me Miss Litchi Reloaded'' in ''Continuum Shift''. The missing Nox Nyctores will undoubtedly show up in the sequel.
* ColorMotif: WordOfGod states that red represents rebellion, while blue represents order.
* ComboBreaker: Barrier/Break Burst. Every character also has a [[CounterAttack counter command]] usable while blocking (called the Counter Assault), but it uses up 50 Heat in all games (save for in ''Continuum Shift: Extend'' where half the total current Guard Primers are also used up alongside the 50 Heat).
* ComicTrio: [[OneOfTheKids Makoto's]] the idiot that comes up with stupid plans, [[ExtremeDoormat Noel]] blindly follows, and [[OnlySaneMan Tsubaki]] can't do anything to stop them. Even more so in the ''Teach Me, Miss Litchi'' segments.
* CrapsackWorld: Go read the BlackAndGrayMorality entry, then come back and see if you want to say otherwise...
* CriticalHitClass: Hitting the opponent with Azrael's Drive attacks exposes [[AttackItsWeakPoint weakpoints]] on their person, either high or low depending on the attack. If Azrael hits the opponent with a corresponding Drive attack (or certain special attacks) while these weakpoints are exposed, it becomes a critical attack with different properties, such as causing a groundbounce or being unblockable. One of Azrael's [[LimitBreak Distortion Drives]], as well as his [[SuperMode Overdrive]], make these weakpoints permanently exposed for a set amount of time.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: If you came here from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', pressing all four face buttons sets up an Instant Kill. Try that here and you get Barrier Burst (in the first game), Gold Burst (in the second game), and Overdrive (in the third game).
* DevilButNoGod: Terumi is the closest you can get for a {{Satan}} {{Expy}} who's pretty active in ruining everyone's lives. A benevolent God? Don't even think about it (Takamagahara is quite the JerkassGod).
** [[DeusEstMachina The Amaterasu Unit]] might come close to being a benevolent God, due to it looping time constantly to prevent the end of the world...
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Nu-13 is pretty much the closest thing ''Calamity Trigger'' has to a BigBad, but it turns out in the end that she's just one of [[spoiler:Hazama's]] pawns, and she is quickly discarded. [[spoiler:Ironically, Hazama (and Relius as well) are revealed to be mere pawns for Izanami/Saya, as of ''Chronophantasma'', and she discards them just as easily]].
* DivineChessboard: Everyone seems controlled by Jubei and Rachel (and Kokonoe to a smaller extent) on the protagonists' side. Just about everything else in the story is being controlled by [[spoiler:Hazama and Relius]]. [[spoiler:Except Saya, or rather Izanami.]]
* DoubleJump: Everyone can do this. Some characters have Triple Jump and/or other mobility options that let them be suspended in midair for long.
* DownerEnding: Both games' true routes and the arcade endings for the first two games -- every single one ends with the character in question ultimately failing to make a difference, except for [[KarmaHoudini Hazama]]. This is zig-zagged in the third game.
** Although they aren't {{Canon}}, the [[BadEnd Bad Endings]] for most characters are called that for good [[TearJerker reason]]. A lot of them involve the character [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath dying horribly]] (''[[FateWorseThanDeath or worse]]''), [[TheBadGuyWins the villains achieving their goals]], or the character otherwise being put in a hopeless situation.
* DramaticIrony: Goes a lot, especially in Continuum Shift. For instance, [[spoiler:Carl gets calmed down and regained his trust of adults thanks to Litchi... not knowing that Litchi is on the NOL's side and sided with Relius... WITHOUT knowing the reasons for her doing so. And on the other hand, Litchi didn't know there's a certain Boundary-rending Nox Nyctores called "Phoenix Rettenjou" which may be the key to her problems... and it's in Bang's possession, and he wasn't even aware at first. Bang was at least told about its function by Platinum eventually... and then he doesn't even know Litchi's problems.]] All these informations were known by the audience, leading to things from speculations, assumptions, etc.
** In the same game, [[spoiler:Hakumen's little story that he tells Tsubaki is full of this once you've listened ''Wheel of Fortune''. Especially when Tsubaki said that she envies the woman who inspired Hakumen and gives him the will he needs to fight the Black Beast; that woman turns out to be herself from another timeline. And of course, she never realizes who Hakumen really is.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Newcomer Amane.
* DungeonPunk: Although it also has it's share of PostCyberPunk and general anime tropes (especially when it comes to Sector Seven), the setting fits squarely into this. Most of civilisation has been destroyed, and what's left is controlled by a very dictatorial and almost feudal world government that maintains power by having a monopoly on a sort of artificially engineered magic that is powered by toxic EldritchAbomination fumes.
* DysfunctionJunction: Easily one of the most screwed up casts of fighters ever.
** Let's see... Jin's either a sociopath or an [[BrotherSisterIncest (incestuous)]] {{Yandere}}. Carl's walking around with the living corpse of his sister and is scarred for life; his father ''murdered'' his wife and daughter. Tao's hyperactive and is, well, an idiot; Bang is the SuperHero version of this combined with TestosteronePoisoning. Litchi's got a ''severe'' case of GuiltComplex. Arakune lost his mind. Kokonoe comes off as mad at the world. Hazama's a thoroughly despicable being who finds joys in being a malicious {{Troll}} to everyone. Platinum has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociative_identity_disorder DID]] ''and'' a GuiltComplex. Hakumen's an entirely ''different'' level of sociopath. Noel is WAY too emotionally unstable to be serving in ''ANY'' military capacity, and Tsubaki [[spoiler:is at least crazy enough to off her best friend for a chance with Jin]]... and then there are [[EmotionlessGirl the]] [[OmnicidalManiac Murakumo]] [[StalkerWithACrush Units]]. Valkenhayn is weighed down with the guilt of his past failings and his duties to Madame Rachel, who comes off as bored and depressed at the world. Ragna has just about broken from all the crap he had to go through, and also comes off as mad at the world due to all of Terumi's shenanigans. And Makoto, who seems well-adjusted compared to the others, is a Pandora's Box of racism issues she's trying to keep shut. Newcomers involve a girl who's RaisedByDudes as a mercenary and thus always have a mercenary mindset when dealing with everything (Bullet), a fight-happy beast of a man (Azrael), and a dude that [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a lady]] and too obsessed with doing his own things (Amane). Arguably the most normal of them is Kagura Mutsuki, the extent of whose emotional dilemma (the nature of the Ikaruga Civil War) is concealed behind his lechery. ''And this is just the top of the barrel!''
---> '''Ragna:''' Dear god, why me? Why do I always seem to attract the who's who of mental illness...?
** Although almost all of them get better as of the third game. Even then, there is [[spoiler:Izanami, The Goddess of Death who is possessing Saya, Ragna and Jin's younger sister and the Murakumo template. She's obsessed with creating a world of death.]]
* EnsembleCast: The plot is very much focused on Ragna and his exploits, but also lends plenty of spotlight and development to the secondary cast as well. Most of them have their own plotlines going that run independent of Ragna's.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite Terumi working with Relius and [[spoiler: Izanami]], neither of them like him particularly much because of his scheming and unpredictable behavior, and [[spoiler: she leaves both of them to their fates when she has no more use for them]], noting that [[spoiler: Saya]] might have rubbed off on her when it comes to her contempt for Terumi.
* FanService: The tie-in manga are made of it; if one of the females is even vaguely pretty, then take it as read that she'll appear in a shot that leaves little to the imagination, and some that [[UpToEleven leave absolutely ''nothing'' to the imagination.]]
** The games themselves have FanService in spades as well. Mostly provided by the female characters for male players, but female players are fortunate enough to get some from male characters on occasion. The presence of blatant fanservice is enough to get a LampshadeHanging on occasion as well.
*** And that's not even mentioning the material collections where not even [[ElegantGothicLolita Rachel]] is safe from scantily-clad scenarios, various states of undress, or suggestive shots of her and Noel dripping with les yay.
* FantasticRacism: Beastkin are typically seen in a derogatory light by humanity in general, with the known cast being amongst the majority of the exceptions. It's telling that, given all the problems Terumi and/or Relius instigated as part of their plans, ''this isn't one of them''!
** Kagutsuchi was built on top of Lost Town, where the Kaka clan lives, depriving it of sunlight and contributing to their decline, and nobody saw a problem with this a hundred years later. The Kaka kittens all praise Bang as a hero for bringing the sun back.
** DarkAndTroubledPast / NoodleIncident: Makoto's pre-Academy backstory has never been explored to this day, and this problem plagued her even during her tenure. Given how she refuses to remember it, how she was [[JerkassFacade a much nastier person]] in ''Heart to Heart'', and how being forced to relive it outright ''[[BreakTheCutie shattered]]'' her during the bad ending to ''Slight Hope'', the possibilities lead the mind to ''very dark places''.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Just looking at the playable characters, we have [[BadassNormal normal humans]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], a [[{{Cyborg}} cyborg]], [[FunctionalMagic magic-wielding]] [[RobotGirl robot girls]], an insect-filled EldritchAbomination, a [[CatGirl cat girl]], a [[PettingZooPeople squirrel girl]], a HighlyVisibleNinja, a MagicalGirl with 3 personalities inhabiting one body, a [[{{Samurai}} samurai]] whose sword is [[{{BFS}} longer than is physically possible to unsheath]], and a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf butler]].
* FighterMageThief: While none fit the trope fully, Makoto is undoubtedly the fighter with the greatest offensive potential, Tsubaki fits the mage best, though her Unlimited version is the toughest of the three (15,000 HP to the other two's 14,000HP according to The Other Wiki; in normal mode they all get 11,000 according to Dustloop), and Noel the thief noted for her speed, though her reliance on her magic guns leans towards the mage a little.
** It's switched around for [[spoiler:Mu-12 and Izayoi (Noel and Tsubaki's alter egos respectively): Mu is the mage with her powerful zoning capabilities and low health, while Izayoi is the thief with her quick attacks and high mobility.]]
** Also to some extent with Bang's three "apprentices" Carl, Platinum and Taokaka (respectively). Carl is mainly the brute fighter with the help of Nirvana, although he's not without some intricate tactics of his own. Platinum is the mage, being a MagicalGirl, although her playstyle involves a lot of powerful smashing. Taokaka is the thief, with weak attacks and multiple mobility options.
* FinishingMove: Known as Astral Heats, these moves can only be used during the final round, when the opponent has less than 25% life remaining. In the arcade version of ''Calamity Trigger'', only Ragna, Rachel, and Nu -13- have Astral Heats, a fact which, according to WordOfGod, was related to the game's plot. [[spoiler:That is, Astral Heats are only unlocked in the console versions when a character completes their Arcade Mode; with each Arcade Mode being one iteration of the GroundhogDayLoop. At the time of the arcade game, only Ragna, Rachel and Nu -13- have completed their "loops" and gained the Astral Heat power]]. ''Continuum Shift'' has raised the maximum health to 35% and allowed their usage in the match point round, but in return you need to burn a Burst. ''Chronophantasma'' leaves out the Burst while keeping the "having win one round" restriction.
* FiveManBand: The Six Heroes in the past:
** TheLeader: Hakumen
** TheLancer: Mitsuyoshi (Jubei)
** TheBigGuy: Valkenhayn R. Hellsing
** TheSmartGuy: Konoe A. Mercury (Nine)
** TheChick: Trinity Glassfille
** SixthRanger: Bloodedge and Clavis weren't part of the main team, but they greatly contributed before and during uthe Dark War (i.e. Bloodedge held off the Black Beast ''for a year'', while Clavis sealed Terumi in the Boundary). Celica Mercury had her own role to play as well.
** SixthRangerTraitor and TokenEvilTeammate: Yuuki Terumi
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* FixedFloorFighting
* FlawlessVictory: "Perfect!"
* ForegoneConclusion: The prequel novel, [=BlazBlue=] Phase 0. [[spoiler:If you've played the games, you already know what's going to happen. The Black Beast will be unleashed and nearly cause the end of the world. A group of people whom will be known as the Six Heroes will rise up and lead the remnants of humanity to challenge and eventually slay the beast. Hakumen is Jin. Bloodedge will sacrifice himself to save Jubei. Celica will watch over the Black Beast's remains. However, while we know ''what'' will happen, we don't know ''how'' it happened, which the novel will explain. There are also stuff that foreshadow things to come in the games, particularly for the third.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Hakumen's Shipuu (Squall) [[LimitBreak Distortion Drive]] is a slower, stronger version of Jin's Touga Hyojin (Arctic Dagger) Distortion Drive.
** Amazingly, the two different Japanese covers for the PS3/360 ver of CT. PS3 = Ragna/Jin/Noel 360 = Ragna/Hakumen/Nu-13. [[spoiler:It's technically the same three people on the cover.]]
** Lambda plays her "Nox Nyctores detected..." intro against BadassNormal Bang. That can't be right?
** A fake (but still made by AKSYS) trailer for a [=BlazBlue=] movie had Litchi end up turning evil. Guess what happened in Continuum Shift...
** [[spoiler: There's a reason why Bang's Nox Nyctores has Lord Tenjou's name in it.]]
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: The second game reveals that as a student, [[TheHero Ragna]] met [[CatGirl Taokaka]] while she was still a kitten (although he ''might'' remember, she doesn't). In this case, however, their relationship is strictly platonic.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Makoto is Sanguine, Jin is Choleric, Tsubaki is Melancholic, and Noel is Supine.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Each character who reaches a bad ending in story mode in the second game is treated to an episode of ''"Help Me, Professor Kokonoe!"'', where she gives you advice on what you did wrong and how to avoid it the next time around. She's not afraid to berate the player for it, either.
--> ''"If you're one of those players who are like "I don't need help", or "I just want to unlock hidden stuff", or "[[GuideDangIt I'll just look up a Flowchart online]]", then you can '''PISS OFF!'''"''
** There's also the ''"Teach Me, Miss Litchi!"'' segments that help explain the story to the player by elaborating some of the backstory of the characters, and what certain things are like seithr, the Boundary, Ars Magus, Nox Nyctores, etc. [[spoiler:Despite Litchi being on the opposing side by the end of ''Continuum Shift''...]] this segment is back in ''Chronophantasma''[[spoiler:, and still with Litchi being the host.]]
* FreudianTrio: Makoto is the Id and Tsubaki is definitely the Superego. Noel, however, is the Ego by way of trying to balance between the two.
** Also between the three main characters: Ragna as the Id, Jin as the Superego and Noel (especially after CharacterDevelopment) as the Ego.
** The three main villains: Hazama as the Id, Relius as Superego and [[spoiler:Izanami]] as the Ego.
** Also applies to the other half of the team in ''Remix Heart'': Mai as the Ego, Kajun as the Superego and Shiori as the Id.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: In-game, it's possible for anyone to beat anyone else, and the chance of you winning ([[CharacterTiers theoretically]]) has more to do with your skill than with a character you're playing. Meanwhile, the story is riddled with moments where you win fights in-game and lose them (often very badly) in-story.
** GameplayAndStoryIntegration: In Story Mode during some fights: Ragna can't use any of his D attacks against [[spoiler:Unlimited Hazama]] when he claims his Soul Eater doesn't work on him and pressing the button just stuns him briefly. Jin can only use A and B attacks normally, no special attacks, and his D attacks have a much shorter range and obviously don't freeze when [[LivingWeapon Yukianesa]] refuses to activate, but he fights the next battle in Unlimited mode when his willpower causes it to reactivate. For more miscellaneous examples, rounded characters start the match with only half health, some fights end when you reduce your opponent's life to 20% or less instead of depleting it completely to emphasize their strength, and so on. These are also subversions of PowerupLetdown.
* {{Gainaxing}} JigglePhysics: Any girl with above-average breasts, namely [[strike:[[http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/6722/litchistand.gif Boobie Lady]]]] [[http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/532/litchiwalk.gif Litchi]] and [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/draconicmage/blazblue/jacket-1.gif Squirrel Girl Makoto]].
* GateOfTruth: The Sheol Gate can be described as this, as it contains the entrance to the Boundary, where all knowledge and experience of every person across timelines gather. Technically, however, said gate is just one of the many Cauldrons in the world; all Cauldrons can give you access to the Boundary. Nevertheless, entering Boundary will give you knowledge - oftentimes [[GoMadFromTheRevelation too much for a mind of an average person to handle]].
* GenreRelaunch: Along with ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', it's responsible for reviving the 2D FightingGame genre.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Arakune's research tapes reveal that his research into the Boundary and the nature of seithr led him to slowly lose his mind, as well as his original (humanoid) physical form. Kokonoe's story in ''CPEX'' elaborates further; [[spoiler:He was trying to acquire the Azure for research purposes, but after his Boundary experiments drove him off the edge, ghost Terumi then tempted him with the Azure by telling him to jump into a Cauldron. The rest is history. Hazama later mocked him in CS for being so foolish.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: The Ikaruga Civil War turns out to be this. [[spoiler:The Ikaruga Federation was indeed going to separate themselves from the NOL... but through peaceful diplomatic talks. Then the NOL makes them look like the bad guys so that they can launch an all-out war on them. Before that, there's also how Saya usurped the Imperator title from its previous holder, Lord Tenjo, who later became the head of the Ikaruga Federation and led to the whole conflict in the first place. Jin Kisaragi also got to be the one to assassinate Lord Tenjo because the other troops who could potentially do so were sentenced with false crimes. This is all done through Hazama's manipulation. Jin himself came to put the two and two together right after the deed... but then Hazama ate his memories.]]
* GrappleMove: All characters can do some grab commands on their own that can lead to combos. Some characters have these as their specials, with Tager and Bullet specializing in these.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Only the Six Heroes seem to know that the only reason the Black Beast didn't make any moves against the world for a year (which bought the Six Heroes the time they needed to teach people the Ars Magus that would eventually defeat the Black Beast) was because it was too busy fighting against the original Bloodedge. The rest of the world has probably never even heard of the name "Bloodedge" -- until Ragna started using it, of course. This story is eventually told in ''Phase 0'', which also reveals that [[spoiler:Ragna and the original Bloodedge are one and the same.]]
* GuideDangIt: Unlocked a shiny new Unlimited Character through blood and tears (or bribery)? You'll have to figure out their new moves on your own, as Unlimited Characters do not have movelists depicting their new attacks.
** Also on how to proceed through the Story Mode and especially getting the characters' various endings.
* HandHidingSleeves: The Kaka clan all wear Hoodie-like outfits with sleeves that extend past their arms. They're sealed at the end, apart from slots for their claws.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Done a ''lot'' in story mode, most notoriously in fights against Hazama.
** Nu has a bad habit of performing her Astral Heat in cutscenes after losing a story mode match.
* HeavenlyBlue: the "Azure" is stated to be where souls of the dead will go; the Azure looks like a shining blue light in the darkness of the [[EldritchLocation Boundary]]. In other words, a "blue heaven".
* HighHeelFaceTurn: By the end of ''Chronophantasma'', [[spoiler:the only former villains that finally stops being {{Heel}} are all female. Tsubaki is fully on the good side again, while Litchi did not officially join, she's freed from her manipulator, making her more 'neutral' in stance. However, Saya is revealed to be Izanami and took over as the BigBad, still taking Phantom with her. And the two evil men, Hazama and Relius? The former is dead, the latter suffered ''massive'' breakdown he couldn't even function as a villain anymore.]]
* HighSchoolAU: [[spoiler:Carl's Gag Reel in ''Continuum Shift''. It doesn't just feature the cast who were former students of the NOL Academy (i.e. Carl, Jin, Noel, Makoto, and Tsubaki), but also Valkenhayn as a Music Teacher, Bang as a Special Ed PE Teacher, Litchi as the School Nurse, Taokaka as a stray cat, Rachel as the vice principal, and Ragna as the principal.]]
* HoistHeroOverHead: Nu, Lambda, and Mu's throws and Tager's [[OneHitKill Astral Heat]].
* {{Homage}}: WordOfGod states that the general setting of ''[=BlazBlue=]'' draws inspiration from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Litchi. To Noel. With a chibi-panda.
** [[spoiler:What Hazama does to her in ''Continuum Shift'' is a much more sinister version.]]
* IdleAnimation: And your character will likely spout a unique line for each opponent.
* ILoveNuclearPower: There are artificial Causality Phenomenon Weapons which uses atomic power instead of human souls, and their power rival that of a Nox Nyctores. This include Tager's enhancements and Lambda's Idea Engine.
* InconsistentDub: At several points in ''Continuum Shift'' story mode, the English dub track switches from using "Azure Grimoire" to its original name, "[=BlazBlue=]," particularly with scenes with Terumi. The written script still uses "Azure Grimoire" during these instances. There are several other scenes in ''Continuum Shift'' where the spoken dialogue doesn't match the subtitles. Annoying especially because this was not a problem in ''Calamity Trigger''.
** One of the biggest examples would be one scene in Arakune's Story Mode when he [[spoiler:meets Nu-13 in a sort of BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind and she speaks in her yandere voice but the text is written as she's speaking in the usual emotionless-robot-voice.]] This is a subversion, as this was intentional.
** No one can seem to agree on how Arakune's name is pronounced. The English track seems to use "arak-nee" (like the Greek monster Arachne) and the announcer uses "ara-KOO-nay".
*** This may be because the English version seems to have the former as the intended pronunciation, whereas the announcer is never redubbed from the original Japanese, where all the names are pronounced slightly different.
** Makoto's last name is pronounced in a couple of different ways. Makoto and Noel say "na-nie-ah," but Hazama and the rest in the english dub says "nan-ee-ah."
** ''Chrono Phantasma'' takes this whole thing even further. There are more scenes than ever before where what the characters are saying doesn't match up with what their subtitled dialogue says that they are.
* InjuredVulnerability: Astral Heats can only be used when the opponent has low HP (in addition to a whole slew of other things).
* InJoke: The name of the spinoff game ''Clone Phantasma'' is a (not so) subtle ribbing of [[spoiler:what "chronophantasma" is: a clone.]]
* InTheHood: Taokaka and the Kaka Clan's method of being TheFaceless. In Teach Me Ms. Litchi during the discussion of the "Wings of Justice"; Tsubaki brings up the masks of the order. Jin makes a reference to Taokaka's face why she wears a mask.
** Also in ''Continuum Shift'', the new story mode Character Platinum the Trinity is always shown almost completely obscured by a hooded cloak. Although as her playable appearance she stopped wearing it.
* JustForFun/IReadThatAs: Similarly to the confusion around the title of Jam's theme from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ("Babel Nose" vs. "Babel Noise"), Taokaka's theme is spelled as "[[AltumVidetur Catus]] Carnival" in the soundtrack, but often mistakenly referred to as "Cactus Carnival" by fans.
* InjuredPlayerCharacterStage: Sometimes during story mode, your player character will be crippled for story reasons, and it is expressed in gameplay by you being unable to use Drive or other things. For example, Hazama shutting down Ragna's Azure Grimoire in ''CS'' makes you (as Ragna) unable to use his Drive attacks.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: The overseas version pronounces the title as BLAZE-blue, while the Japanese version goes BLAY-blue.
** And while we're at it, it's Nu-13, not Vee-13. While the symbol in front of her number is officially the Greek "Nu", not the letter "V", even characters in the storyline sometimes call her by what it initially looks like. There are a couple of instances when she is referred to as "VEE-thirteen", spoken out-loud. It specifically yet inexplicably happens only one time in EXTEND, but is pronounced as "Nu" from then on afterward. Even the main characters apparently can initially get confused when they see her "name" on paper, or the VA just slipped and no one bothered to fix it. Also, it can sometimes be pronounced as "Noo" when it should've been "New".
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The first game asks a ''lot'' of questions, and leaves most of them hanging. While CS and other material does reveal a great deal, enough to help make sense of past events and the time-skips (along with solidifying the overarching plot of the series), it also creates even ''more'' unanswered questions. CP, naturally, does a similar thing, although the plot structure is somewhat more streamlined this time.
* KillSat: Take-Mikazuchi, fuelled by magic power for extra destruction, but apparently nothing that [[spoiler:Rachel [[DeflectorShields can't handle]] thanks to the Tsukuyomi Unit, with almost no visible exertion.]]
* KnockbackEvasion: By pressing an attack button and a direction after you fall, you can quickly roll away from where you fell off.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler:Ragna and Jin are brothers, Kokonoe's a CatGirl and Tager's creator/boss, Hakumen is [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce The Cybernetic Ghost of Jin's Future from The Past]]]]. They barely even count as spoilers, since they're casually mentioned several times in the story and the FourthWallMailSlot.
** The ''Continuum Shift'' trailers give away that [[spoiler:Hazama]] isn't what he seems. His Arcade Mode opening wall of text casually drops the fact that [[spoiler:he's the one pulling the strings.]]
** If you bothered looking at the voice list, [[spoiler:Jin and Hakumen]] have the same [[Creator/TetsuyaKakihara voice actor]]. The extended credits played after the True Ending do list them, when TheReveal is done. Same goes for Continuum Shift's credits, which also point out that Hazama is Terumi. The credits in the console version do try to avert this though, by [[spoiler:replacing the names of Hakumen's and Nu's voice actors with question marks]].
** As of Chronophantasma, [[spoiler: Ragna and Jin's sister Saya being the Imperator of the NOL. Of course, the twist came later...]] And even [[spoiler:Jin comes to realize that Hakumen is himself from another timeline.]]
** The ''Continuum Shift 2'' opening FMV shows [[spoiler:Noel turning into Mu-12.]]
* LaughingMad: Arakune. He was even prone to fits of this [[spoiler: before his transformation when he was still Lotte Carmine, due to the side effects of experimenting on the Boundary]].
** Terumi, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j65pU6h1xoY especially with his Japanese VA]]. His fits of laughter [[ChewingTheScenery give ''Arakune'' a run]] [[EvilIsHammy for his money]].
* LagCancel: Per FightingGame standards, normal moves' recovery times can be canceled into another normal move (so long as it is stronger than the first) or a special move, then a Distortion Drive or an Astral Heat; you can also sneak in some Gold Burst or Overdrive in between. Some attacks can also be canceled into a jump ({{Launcher Move}}s especially), or a dash. Finally there's Rapid Cancel, which instantly reverts you to an idle position and lets you free to do something else, but it costs some Heat meter to perform.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Distortion Drives have a blue background with the character emblem in white. Astral Heats have a black one with the character's crest briefly overlaid in red. In ''Chronophantasma'', the background goes monotone with the emblem in blue when a character goes into Overdrive.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Like VideoGame/GuiltyGear, every character has one, in addition to the rivalry/relationship leitmotifs for Ragna vs. Jin, Jin vs. Noel, Rachel vs. Ragna, and Litchi vs. Arakune, as well as one for the MirrorMatch. Unlimited Ragna also has an unique leitmotif of his own.
** Continuum Shift adds Ragna vs. Hazama and Noel vs. Tsubaki to the list of rivalry themes. Also for Unlimited Hazama.
** Extend further adds Carl vs. Relius and Jin vs. Tsubaki.
** Chrono Phantasma adds Valkenhayn vs. Relius, Ragna vs. Hakumen, Hakumen vs. Izayoi, and universal themes for when members of Sector Seven or members of the Six Heroes fight each other. [[spoiler:Take-Mikazuchi also gets one.]]
* LethalChef: Noel in her ''Continuum Shift'' gag reel. Ironically the only person able to stomach her cooking was Hazama. Also appears in ''Remix Heart'' where her cooking becomes infamous to her whole academy; Mai, however, comes to like them due to her unique sense of taste.
* TheLifestream: The Azure is hinted repeatedly to be this; apparently souls, upon the bodies' death, will return to the Abyss of the Azure. It is also a source of energy that can be tapped into, whether indirectly (with Azure Grimoire) or directly (only possible with the Successor of the Azure).
* MagicCauldron: the "Cauldrons" (called "Furnaces" in Japan) aren't technically literal cauldrons (they are actually gates to the Boundary), but they're often used like one for creating powerful things, such as Nox Nyctores, Murakumo Units, the Crimson Grimoire and the Embryo. All of them requires sacrifices of souls to make during their "tempering". The Monolith can also work like them, although it isn't a gate to the Boundary.
* {{Magitek}}: The Ars Magus uses the seithr in the atmosphere and invented man-made machinations (such as the Grimoires) to be used in everyday life. Ars Armagus are them used as weapons. True magic, such as that wielded by Phantom, is much more powerful.
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler:By the end of ''Chronophantasma's'' story mode, the flow of seithr is gone, and the world is reeling from the rapid loss of {{Magitek}}.]]
* ManaMeter: The Heat Gauge. Hakumen's own is different (see MechanicallyUnusualFighter below)
* McNinja: Bang, to some extent. His birth city of Wadatsumi is apparently located near Poland and Ukraine.
* MeaningfulName: The subtitles for the games are all meaningful in context; see TitleDrop below. Aside from that, some characters' names are meaningful: Ragna is the short of Ragnarok (the apocalyptic event in the Norse myth) and refers to the danger that he poses, while Hakumen means "White Face". And so on.
* MechanicallyUnusualFighter: Hakumen replaces his heat gauge with a magatama gauge which automatically fills (with his drive ability accelerating the fill) and can store up to 8 stocks. While other characters can perform their specials at will, each of Hakumen's specials uses a certain number of magatama stocks. On the other hand, as his specials and Distortions run off the same gauge, he can use his distortions more often on average than the rest. He's also the only character capable of chaining one special into another freely, unlike others who would need to do a [[LagCancel Rapid Cancel.]]
** Kind of Fridge Brilliance, when you consider [[spoiler: Hakumen = Jin, as the latter's heat gauge depletes when he uses his drive attacks and specials too.]]
* MilitaryMage: The NOL Academy is both a MilitaryAcademy and WizardingSchool made for finding and teaching teens with potentials to become warriors of MagiTek to serve in the [[TheEmpire NOL's]] army. Some of them serves as PraetorianGuard, some as intel units, and a few (like Tsubaki) serves NOL's unofficial black ops unit.
* MindControlEyes: Subtle, but visible in Story Mode when a character is under the influence of [[spoiler:a Nox Nyctores]]. How much they're [[NotHimself Not Themselves]] at the time varies.
** [[spoiler:Jin, when under the control of Yukianesa, sports a SlasherSmile and gets extremely wide-eyed.]]
** [[spoiler:Noel's expression becomes completely blank and empty when under Bolverk's influence.]]
** [[spoiler:And Carl's eyes get shifty when Nirvana controls him.]]
** [[spoiler:Tsubaki's mind manipulation by the Imperator causes her and Izayoi's eyes to turn red.]]
** [[spoiler:Mu-12's formerly green eyes glow bright blue.]]
** [[spoiler:Worth noting that ''Imperator Saya'' seems to have these. Last time anyone saw her, she was Ragna and Jin's nice little sister. Then Terumi kidnaps her. Flash forward to today, she shows up as the Imperator, red-eyed and sans pupils (unless you zoom in really, really close. Then they're tiny dots). In Calamity Trigger, Terumi took over Jin's mind and tried to kill Ragna. Which is what has happened with Saya and Tsubaki. But at the end, Tsubaki quietly says "....Noel" when she was at Kagatsuchi port, which suggests that she is fighting Terumi's influence.]]
* MoodWhiplash: In ''Continuum Shift'', after the bad ending, there are some comedic hijinks with Professor Kokonoe!
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Depending on the friends you have and how much they like spoilers, it can be strangely unsurprising or MindScrew when you find out that [[spoiler:Hakumen is the future Jin Kisaragi, but he's renounced his {{Jerkass}} past to become a different kind of [[LawfulStupid jerkass.]] In Hakumen's story, it is revealed that the original Jin, the one that was kind to Saya, was in love with Tsubaki. Tsubaki, however, ended up sacrificing herself to save Jin.]]
* NamedWeapons:
** Ragna's sword/scythe Blood-Scythe, special among all the other NamedWeapons in that it is merely a very good sword/scythe, rather than an ArtifactOfDoom.
** Litchi's staff Matenbou, is a normal pole... with shape-shifting abilities.
** Jin's katana Hyouken / Mucro Algesco (Ice Sword): Yukianesa (Snow Woman); it has the ability to form ice, at the price of sanity.
** Noel's guns Majuu (Demon Beasts) / Arcus Diabolus (Devil's Arc): [[Myth/NorseMythology Bolverk]]. It can blast through barriers of any kind [[spoiler:and serve as a seal for Noel's emotions that aren't past ACupAngst.]]
** Carl's puppet Kishin / Deus Machina (God Machine): Nirvana; an automated guardian [[spoiler:originally designed as Celica Mercury's custodian]]. While it was decommissioned after the Dark War [[spoiler:by having its core [[SoulPoweredEngine (that is, its soul)]] extracted]], Relius restored it to working order using some motivators acquired via Sector Seven and, later, [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Ada's soul]]. [[BerserkButton Carl has never forgiven him for this.]]
** Hakumen's sword Zanma (Evil Slayer) / Interfectum Malus: Ookami (Howling God). It can negate Ars and magical powers, which is how it can easily kill Ragna and Arakune despite their HealingFactor.
** Murakumo Units' armor/sword dispenser Lux Sanctus (Holy Light): Murakumo (Gathering Clouds). It's just the unit's true form in a {{BFS}}.
** Jubei's sword Mujin (Nothing Blade) / Mucro Somnio: [[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]] - Jubei explains that Musashi's ability is that it can cut through objects that can't be normally cut -- almost anything.
** Hazama's Jasou / Geminus Anguium (Twin Snakes): {{Ouroboros}}, which takes the form of snake-headed chains. [[spoiler:It, apparently, is a MindRape in weaponized form; it can break the psyche of anyone it hits.]]
** Tsubaki's uniform, book, and sword are her Ars Magus Fuuin Heishou (Sealed Soldier's Garb): Izayoi (Sixteenth Moon). It's a dangerous Ars Magus which steals the light (read: makes you blind and lowers your life) of the wielder who uses it over time. The process is sped up if the Izayoi's power's used in battle a lot. [[spoiler:And it's actually a prototype to the Murakumo Units that, once released, gives the user armor and weaponry eerily similar to one as well, referred to now as Zero-shiki Heiki (Zero-Weave Weapon): Izayoi (Sixteenth Moon). The back of the portable unsealed Izayoi, in the form of a big shield with a pike encased, even has the numerals '00' to reflect its prototype status. It also grants the user the power of the Immortal Breaker, able to slay the likes of Observers (Rachel Alucard) though unable to damage those with the Power of Order (Hakumen and Jin).]]
** Platinum's [[spoiler: and formerly Trinity's]] wand Raigou (Roaring Thunder) / Arma Reboare: Muchourin (Untolled Bell). It can control and reconfigure matter, but apparently it steals the memories of its user in the process.
** [[spoiler:Bang's]]... something Houyoku (Phoenix Wing): Rettenjou (Violent Heavenly Summit) [[spoiler:Bang's Nox Nyctores is an anti-Nox Nyctores weapon, which means Rettenjou has the ability to destroy other Nox Nyctores. It was only mentioned by Platinum herself once, and it takes the form of his nail. It is also the "key" to the anti-seithr unit known as Kushinada's Lynchpin.]]
** Mu-12's [[spoiler:Kamigoroshi no Tsurugi: Kusanagi (Sword of the Godslayer Kusanagi) - an improved version of the Murakumo with Noel's power of the Azure.]]
** [[spoiler:Nine's]] and later Takamagahara's Gigant (Highlander): Take-Mikazuchi. [[spoiler:It is a KillSat in form of a gigantic android who can fire a concentrated seithr laser from its mouth, among other things. It needs to recharge every 4 years after it fires a full-power shot. Later Izanami seizes it.]]
** Relius' puppet Detonator Fluctus Redactum: Ignis. An automated guardian of Relius' own design, based off of Nirvana[[spoiler:, powered by the soul of Relius' wife of the same name]].
** In the same vein of Carl and Relius, Celica has her own puppet - Ex Machina (In Machine): Minerva. Made by Kokonoe using Nirvana as template.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Whether it's the truth or just Hazama messing with her head, it's implied that [[spoiler:[[TemporalParadox Noel does not, and is not supposed to exist in the world.]]]] In Lambda-11's story, V-11 briefly makes physical contact with her, who starts remembering everything that has happened to her in the past. That's a very bad thing.
* NintendoHard: SCORE ATTACK MODE. To elaborate, you must face 10 opponents on a single continue, with the last 4 being [[DeadlyUpgrade "Unlimited"]] characters. Oh, and did I mention that the [[UpToEleven difficulty is even higher than the hardest selectable difficulty in the game?]] Even if you have a 2P controller to buzz in when you're low on health and save you from certain death, you might not survive this without having an aneurysm.
** By EXTEND, Score Attack Mode gets lighter in that the AI is just very high and you don't fight any Unlimited characters. On the other hand, say hi to UNLIMITED MARS, where you fight a series of all-Unlimited, all-High AI. Good luck with that, mate!
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: between the protagonist brothers, Jin is the noble one - being adopted to a noble family, taught in refined culture and became a TeenGenius of the Military Academy, and has a refined fighting style with his katana, while Ragna is the roguish one - he never receives proper education, is only thought ways of fighting by Jubei, grew up to become a criminal and fights brutishly with a big sword. Although both share a certain trait: they care little for the world and they're both assholes (although Ragna shows his heart of gold more than Jin does).
** Chronophantasma also gives Kagura as the alternative noble to Ragna's rogue - like Jin, he's a member of the Duodecim nobles, and the head of his family. Unlike the two, Kagura is a rather NiceGuy who thinks of the people, although [[HandsomeLech he often went overboard with women.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: In the beginning, it's really easy to deem NOL as one, but it turns out that it's [[WellIntentionedExtremist another thing]]. On the other hand, after Continuum Shift, Hazama becomes one so easily. Look at him: [[AnimalMotif Snake Motif]], [[EyesAlwaysShut eyes constantly shut]], gentlemanly but shady personality who offers DealWithTheDevil for poor UnwittingPawn (poor [[spoiler:Tsubaki and Litchi]]), not to mention [[LouisCypher a nickname meaning like "otherworldly"]], openly admitting to the only truth being '''despair'''. Need we say more?
* OffModel: The anime cutscenes in ''Continuum Shift'' were produced by Creator/StudioDEEN. Considering what they have already done to ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' at that time, the whole OffModel case suddenly becomes nothing more than a DullSurprise. Needless to say, these received flak for this.
* OrderVersusChaos: A major recurring theme.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: A person's soul takes form of bright blue ball of light. Souls in this game are often used for many things such as creating Nox Nyctores or smelting Murakumo Units. Drive abilities are derived from the soul.
** Strong souls can protect you from the agony of the Boundary if you fall into it, as seen with Relius, Makoto and Jin. There are also special kind of souls that can control the flow of life, such as that of Celica and presumably [[spoiler:Lord Tenjou.]]
* PersonalityBloodTypes: Most characters official blood types are:
** Type A: Jin, Noel, Tsubaki, Valkenhayn, Azrael, Celica, Relius (NOL members, mostly)
** Type B: Ragna, Bang, Kokonoe (Impulsive People)
** Type AB: Carl, Litchi, Hazama, Platinum (Intellectuals, for the most part)
** Type O: Taokaka, Makoto, Jubei (Beastmen). And Bullet, Amane and Kagura.
** Unknown/Other: [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Rachel]], [[{{Cyborg}} Tager]], [[EldritchAbomination Arakune]], [[AnimatedArmor Hakumen]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Terumi]]
* PhlebotinumOverload: Arakune got too much exposure to the power of the Boundary [[spoiler:along with a heavy dose of extra experimentation a la Terumi]] and got turned into... well, ''that.'' [[spoiler:Hazama tells Arakune *arcade story* that he was a failed cauldron experiment, a partial Black Beast. "You only know how to devour souls, nothing more." Kokonoe's extra story in ''CP EXTEND'' shows how Lotte becomes what he is, with the "help" of Terumi.]]
** [[spoiler:In her bad ending in CS, Litchi also takes too much of the power of the Boundary in and begins to lose her memories and sense of identity.]]
** More generally, seithr addiction is a major problem among soldiers in the NOL, as they overuse their Ars Magus and end up manifesting some... unpleasant symptoms. [[FateWorseThanDeath If you're lucky, death is one of the ones that comes quickly]].
*** [[spoiler:Outright physical collapse is invoked if the body processes way too much seithr at once. Terumi liquidates the Kagutsuchi branch in this fashion in ''Continuum Shift'', while ''Chronophantasma'' has every cauldron opened in the climax to do this on a worldwide scale. The activation of Kushinada's Lynchpin prevents further corruption, but those already corrupted are still beyond salvation.]]
* {{Orochi}}: The Black Beast bears a heavy resemblance to Orochi when seen in Hakumen's Arcade mode ending. Its core is The Murakumo Unit ([[spoiler:Nu-13]]), and there was considered a sacrifice for stopping the beast in the name of Kushinada ([[spoiler:Celica with the Kushinada Lynchpin]]) before it was defeated by the wielder of The Susanooh Unit (Hakumen). [[spoiler:It was a failed attempt to create The Kusanagi Unit, and destroy The Master Unit Amaterasu.]]
** [[spoiler:And the guy who made it has an entire snake motif. Ironically, he used to be in the Susanooh Unit.]]
* OutOfFocus: A number of fans say that certain characters in the first game, mainly Carl and Bang, "aren't important" to the overall plot, and neither show up in either game's true ending. Averted in ''Continuum Shift'', as [[spoiler:Bang's Phoenix Nox is now known to him, and Carl's ArchnemesisDad Relius is half of the game's BigBadDuumvirate.]] On the other hand, none of the cast's newly introduced characters (sans Izayoi and Kagura) show up in the ending of ''Chronophantasma''.
* PervertRevengeMode: Putting [[HandsomeLech Kagura]] anywhere near [[ActionGirl Makoto]] for any length of time invariably results in this. And [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]].
* PhlebotinumRunsTheWorld: ever since the Ars Magus were invented and Black Beast's defeat, almost everything in the world is powered by seithr and Ars Magus. Thus it is a big deal when TheMagicGoesAway at the end of ''CP''.
* PinballScoring: A typical one-round score will ''start'' in the low billions of points.
* PlaceBeyondTime[=/=]VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The Boundary is this. Specfically, it's where all knowledge and history from all timelines intersect, and where time is inconsequential.
* PoorCommunicationKills: With a generous helping of WhatAnIdiot; basically, a lot of the bad things that happened could have been easily avoided if the more knowledgeable people didn't decide at inopportune moments to grab the IdiotBall (Kokonoe & Rachel are probably the two biggest offenders), or you know, take head and stick out of their own asses and actually tell people who need to know important information. For instance, Kokonoe, though Lambda, telling Noel she's the eye, but follows up with "I don't have time to explain". It could've prevented the whole Mu-12 thing, but no, she resorts to type. Again. How thoroughly this continues into ''Chronophantasma'' remains to be seen.
** This works for misinterpretation on the receiving end, too. "Try to stay away from Captain Hazama" does not mean "charge Captain Hazama with guns blazing", Noellie.
--> '''Makoto''': This is all your fault, you know?!
** Partially {{justified|Trope}}: [[spoiler:Takamagahara wanted Mu to destroy the Master Unit, and would reset if this became impossible. Even Terumi had to play along until he could [[EvilIsNotAToy lobotomize them]].]]
** Outright ''defied'' in ''Slight Hope'', where Makoto learns and gathers information from those around her and uses it to reshape her plans (at least, in the true ending path). [[spoiler:Terumi had to throw everything out as a result of [[SpannerInTheWorks Makoto not knowing the most vital fact]] and [[UnderestimatingBadassery his own underestimation of her abilities]].]]
** A running trend is that a number of these logic-defying errors are typically used to further Terumi's plans outside of the timeline depicted in ''Slight Hope''.
** Both Jubei and Rachel tell Ragna not to fight Hazama but don't tell him ''why'', with Rachel claiming that it's "difficult to explain." [[spoiler: "He has a blaz blue, and it cancels out yours" doesn't seem like a particularly tricky explanation.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The Nox Nyctores were each made from thousands of human souls used in Nine's human transmutation technique. She was going to release those souls some time after the Dark War as she deemed that they all have done their jobs... but then Terumi killed her before she can do that.
** There are a number of other things powered by forsaken children (read: souls) in the verse, such as Murakumo Units, Relius' Detonators, [[SoulPoweredEngine the Kushinada Lynchpin]], the Crimson Grimoire and the Embryo.
* PracticalTaunt: Taunting in story or arcade mode completely fills your heat meter (useful in story mode if you have to end a fight with a special move to unlock a given ending, like Tsubaki [[spoiler: requiring a Distortion or Astral Finish to unlock her bad ending]]).
* PurposefullyOverpowered: The Unlimited characters, which increase the characters' stats and take away a LOT of their weaknesses.
* QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything: The basis of many elements of the plot revolve around principles of Quantum Theory, including the concept of Observers, parallel events converging into a single reality, the uncertainty principle, and components of string theory that make the current in-universe world "incorrectly arranged." The rest of them (Nox Nyctores for one) are outright magic.
* RageQuit: In online multiplayer, the game tries to alleviate this behavior by slapping a "Disconnected" counter on anyone who quits in the middle of a ranked match. However, the counter goes up for both the quitter and the non-quitter of the match, no matter the reason.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Six Heroes: [[spoiler:[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot One robot-samurai]], [[FunnyAnimal one bipedal cat]], [[GrandTheftMe one ghost/spirit-thingie]], [[HotWitch one witch]], one [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf butler]], and to top it off, a [[MagicalGirl magical girl]] with a [[SplitPersonality personality disorder]] (well, that's what she is now).]]
** The whole playable cast could count as this.
* RapunzelHair: A lot. Litchi keeps hers up in a bun outside combat; during combat she styles it into a ponytail. Platinum keeps hers hidden in that cloak. In general, a quick glance reveals that every woman has hair that goes ''at least'' down to the middle of their backs, with most extending past their waists or beyond. See those enormous rope-like things hanging off of Tao? Those are ''braids.''
** BoyishShortHair: The exceptions are Makoto and Bullet.
* RazorWings: The Murakumo units have "wings" made of blades that are used for their heavy attacks.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Averted with the Kaka clan; shining red eyes from their otherwise obscured face, yet they're mostly friendly and harmless. Played straight with most other red-eyed characters; especially Nu-13.
* RedOniBlueOni: In case you didn't catch on before, the game will even kindly poetically refer to a clash between Ragna and Jin as a fight of "red against blue" in Story Mode.
** The series' dual [[BigBad Big Bads]] [[spoiler:later CoDragons, Terumi and Relius]] act as a Red Oni and Blue Oni to each other. One the more talkative and active guy, the other the more composed and non-confrontational (but still strong) guy.
** Before that, in ''Bloodedge Experience'' novels, Relius also forms one, this time with Valkenhayn during their time as hitmen; Valkenhayn being a hot-tempered meanie who likes giving in to his beastly nature, and Relius being much nicer than he is now.
** In the past, Nine and Trinity (respectively) goes with this dynamic. The former being an impulsive witch with a mean streak, while the latter is a kinder, more soft-spoken witch.
** Also with old friends/[[spoiler:Tenjo's disciples]] Bang and Kagura. One a LargeHam HighlyVisibleNinja, the other a laid-back guy who tends to keep his cool most of the time.
* RegeneratingShieldStaticHealth: Like in most fighting games, health bar isn't recoverable, but you can perform a Barrier (much like ''GuiltyGear'''s Faultless Defense) that will absorb attacks without doing ScratchDamage. It comes with a gauge, and using it will deplete the gauge; it can recover when it's not used, but once it's empty, you'll take more damage from attacks until the gauge regenerates again to a certain point.
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler:Ragna is believed to be the reincarnation of the Black Beast. They're technically right; his Azure Grimoire has the danger of turning him into something similar to one]].
* RewritingReality: "Phenomenon Interventions" are described as such. It works by overwriting current reality with a new one, and can change the state of something from "not existing" to "existing" or vice versa. Only sufficiently powerful beings such as Amaterasu, Takamagahara, Clavis Alucard, Noel/Mu-12 (although she still finds difficulty on controlling it) and [[spoiler:Hades Izanami]] can do it. Beings who are outside the "logic" (such as Valkenhayn) or those who possess the Power of Order (Hakumen, Jin) can resist being "intervened", while there also other kinds of protections against this such as Tsubaki's Zanki Barrier.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Kaka kittens. So. ''Cute''.
* RivalsTeamUp: [[spoiler:The second game's true ending, which has Ragna, Jin, and Hakumen all attempting to work together. Hakumen holds his own until Jin shows up, interrupts the fight, and proceeds to fail miserably. The story was phrased as such that Hakumen wasn't beaten when Jin initially arrived, and before he had a chance to resume, Ragna showed up and defeated Mu, keeping Terumi's {{Plan}} alive.]]
* RobotHair: Nirvana has a crest on "her" head in the shape of [[spoiler: her hair when she was still Ada Clover.]] Occasional joke character [[RobotMe Mecha Tao]] has a metal version of [[CatGirl Taokaka]]'s hair. The [[RobotGirl Prime Field Devices]] [[spoiler: including Noel Vermilion]] all have normal looking blonde to white hair (although as they're actually clones of normal humans wearing robotic armor, it's justified).
* RockTrio: In some official merchandise, but altered; Noel is the singer, Tsubaki the bass, and [[AllDrummersAreAnimals Makoto drums]] (with Jin on guitar).
** NobodyLovesTheBassist: Tsubaki's popularity pales in comparison to Noel's and Makoto's.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: ''[=BlazBlue=]'s'' sprites are drawn over 3D models. Not to the same extent as ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' XII & XIII though, Arc only uses the un-textured 3D models for the outlines unlike SNK which uses the 3D models for colour and shadowing.
* RummageSaleReject: Much like its predecessor ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Comparatively, however, this series comes off as milder; the only characters with "extreme" clothes are Ragna, Jin, Noel (especially as Mu-12, but no longer the case for the third game), Litchi and Amane (and arguably Relius, Kokonoe and Terumi), the rest are either weird, stylish but simple, or even outright mundane (looking at you, Celica).
* SavedForTheSequel: The series runs on this. ''Calamity Trigger'' does not explain what exactly happened to Arakune, why Litchi is so bent on rescuing him, what Hazama is up to, who he works for, why Carl is looking for his father, what "Amaterasu" is, who the other five of the Six Heroes are, among many other plot details, creating a Mind Screw in general. ''Continuum Shift'' answers these questions, but brings up more. For instance, now that we know Carl is looking for his father because he's an absolute scumbag, we learn that he is a Chessmaster villain but nothing about what he wants or what he intends to do. Arakune is regaining sentience, but Litchi is about to do to herself what Arakune did before. Bang has the power to close portals to The Edge but has yet to have an opportunity to use it. And so forth. See also SequelHook below.
* ScrewDestiny: A major underlying theme. [[spoiler:Ragna is destined to be the destroyer of the world but seeks to become the protector of the Azure instead. Rachel is defying [[{{God}} Takamagahara]] by trying to stop the time loops. Noel is actually the Murakumo unit Mu-12 but renounces the reason for her creation and instead wishes to be a normal human girl; in fact, by the ending of ''Calamity Trigger'', Noel has already told destiny to screw itself. Litchi wishes to save Arakune from his current physical state even though everyone else categorically tells her he's beyond saving. Tsubaki is falsely led to believe that she was meant to be with Jin but Noel is stopping her. Even Terumi, the BigBad, his motivation boils down to trying to destroy Amaterasu's meddling within the world.]] There's a [[FridgeBrilliance good reason why]] the announcer's opening quote is "the Wheel of Fate is turning! Rebel 1!"
* SealedEvilInACan: The Black Beast. [[spoiler:Ragna is the can. Nu-13 is the can opener.]]
* SealedEvilInADuel: The reason the Black Beast goes dormant, allowing the Six Heroes to slay it is because [[spoiler:Ragna is trapped]], who then fought the beast endlessly for a year, until his death.
* SelfDeprecation: One of the Quick Messages you can send in to online players in an Online Match is "Anyway, let's go play some VideoGame/{{Arcana|Heart}}"
* SequelHook: The true ending of the first game, and by extension the rest of story mode, is almost nothing but a sequel hook, up to including obvious picks for future playable characters. And little more than a year later, a sequel was indeed announced. The sequel itself also ends in one, with [[spoiler:everyone going to Ikaruga as the next stage of the eventual battle]]. The third one follows suit.
* SerialEscalation:
** ''Calamity Trigger'', the first game, starts with being a rather standard fighting game, except for its overly absurd PinballScoring: You pick a character, go through 10 fights and have to beat an Unlimited character (essentially an SNKBoss) to win the game. But the game has a bonus boss, which is absurd even for Unlimited standards. Story-wise, the story is unclear on many things and the main "villain" (Nu-13) doesn't seem to have much personality or background other than wanting to destroy the world and be with Ragna.
** Then you can try going through the Score Attack mode, which pits you against all 12 playable characters in the game, all at the highest AI difficulty, with the last four bosses being Unlimited characters.
** Then ''Continuum Shift'', the sequel, adds two more characters to the roster, one of which comes with an Unlimited mode as a final boss, and thus adding them to the Score Attack mode. That means 14 characters in a row, with the last five being {{SNK Boss}}es. Story-wise, the story now elaborates a lot about the characters' tribulations and relationships, the main characters in particular going to face bigger threats than before, and now you can see how Hazama is a dangerous villain.
** Then ''Continuum Shift II'' adds even more characters, but surprisingly its Score Attack mode is reduced to fighting 10 normal characters. The reason for this is (unfortunately) simple: [=CS II=] has a second Score Attack mode named Unlimited Mars mode, where every enemy you fight is in Unlimited mode. To rephrase: that's almost a dozen characters, all of which are {{SNK Boss}}es.
** ''Continuum Shift Extend'' downsizes the escalation by merely adding one additional character as well as adding more moves to the already-broken Unlimited characters.
** The final boss of ''Chronophantasma'''s story mode is [[spoiler: Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi, a colossal Nox Nyctores which fires laser beams capable of leveling cities.]] Completing the story mode will unlock "Highlander Assault Mode", which will allow you to face the final boss again with other characters. Story-wise, the story is now focused more on the plot at large, with its story structure changed to follow the timelines better. The story also sees more event than before, and the main characters have shown their growth. Finally [[spoiler:we're treated to a very powerful villain surpassing even Hazama: Goddess of Death, Hades Izanami.]]
* SerpentOfImmortality: Hazama, who is always associated with snakes, turns out to be [[spoiler:''very'' old]].
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/BlazBlue own page]].
* SignificantBirthDate:
** [[{{Irony}} Ragna's birthday is March 3 (Girl's Day)]].
** [[MeaningfulName Noel's]] birthday is on Dec 25 (Christmas), with Mu's rebirth falling on 7th January (Christmas for the Eastern Orthodox church).
** [[OfficialCouple Jin's birthday is Feb 14 (Valentine's Day), coupled with Tsubaki being born on March 14 (White Day)]]; [[spoiler:the same is true for their alter-egos, Hakumen and Izayoi respectively]].
** Rachel the ''vampire'' is Oct 31 (Halloween).
** IdiotHero Taokaka is Feb 22 (World Thinking Day and Cat's Day in Japan).
** [[{{Irony}} Tager's (November 23rd) is Labor's Thanksgiving Day in Japan, and International Day to End Impunity worldwide.]]
** AnimeChineseGirl Litchi is [[{{Tanabata}} Jul 7 (Chinese Valentine's Day)]].
** Bang was born on New Year's Day, making [[PunnyName his name]] a reference to "Start the New Year off with a Bang."
** Cute little boy Carl is May 5 (Children's Day).
** Nu was born on ''New'' Year's Eve.
** Hazama is Apr 29 (International Dance Day). Fitting for someone who looks like a [[Music/MichaelJackson Smooth Criminal]].
** Makoto's birthday is April 2 ([[HiddenDepths International]] [[OneOfTheKids Children's]] [[Fridge/BlazBlue Book Day]]).
** BadassGrandpa Valkenhayn's is on September 15th, the earliest day that Respect For The Aged Day can fall.
** [[SplitPersonality Platinum's]] is on December 13th - the Twins Day in Japan.
** [[{{Irony}} June 1st is International Day for Protection of Children, and Relius' birthday]].
** Amane's birthday is November 15th; Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) is a Japanese children's rite of passsage festival that falls on that day.
** [[AxCrazy Azrael's is on World Mental Health Day, October 10th]].
** [[WhoWearsShortShorts Bullet's birthday (August 2nd) is Pants Day in Japan.]]
** Kagura the skirt-chaser was born in January 15th, is the earliest day where the International Fetish Day would fall.
** Kokonoe the ''scientist'' is Apr 18 (Invention Day).
** Celica was born in September 8th, also the birth day of Virgin Mary, and it reflects her motherly and benevolent personality as well as being a nun later.
** Jubei's is September 3rd, when the Chinese celebrate VJ day (Jubei was born in the 12th Hierarchical City of Kukunochi, in China)
** Naoto's birthday (December 1st) is called the "Iron Day" in Japan. His surname, Kurogane, means "black iron".
** Nine's birthday (Apr 30th) is the {{Walpurgisnacht}}, aka Hexennacht (Witches' Night).
** As of yet, Arakune and Lambda-11 have not had their birthdays revealed.
* SillinessSwitch: The joke ending for each character's story mode.
* SimultaneousArcs: Continuum Shift's canon paths. Chronophantasma's as well.
* SinisterScythe: Ragna's sword, Blood-Scythe, lives up to its name during his Astral Heat by turning into a scythe with red energy for its blade.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Kokonoe's preferred method of instruction in the "Help me, Professor Kokonoe!" segments. She borders on not helping at all. Due to the nature of the advice room these take place in, this comes to haunt her with a few characters that she ''HAS'' to give advice to or they cannot leave. [[spoiler:She ends up having a ''very'' odd session with Jin, argues with Hakumen, has to yell at Hazama, and only seemed to like about four or five of all of them total.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Pretty damn cynical. The characters all live in a CrapsackWorld ruled by an oppressive government, the only person who can actually get any shit done about it accomplishes this by slaughtering almost all of the government employees he sees (and yes, he's the good guy; this is a CrapsackWorld), and the most idealistic characters either exist for mockery or have [[BreakTheCutie so much piled on them]] [[TheWoobie that they can barely function]]. Bastards abound and always get the upper hand (for now). Bits of idealism occasionally shimmer through here and there via the characters' true/joke endings. However, Chronophantasma has some of good guys(mostly Ragna, Jin, and Noel plus their allies) [[CharacterDevelopment get better and more heroic]] thanks to Kagura and Celica inspiring them to shift to BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* SlidingScaleOfPlotVersusCharacters: The game's story slides along the scale as it goes.
** ''Calamity Trigger'' is heavier on the character side, as the main conflict is still vaguely defined beyond "stopping Nu-13 from destroying everything" and the story mode tells each character's trials and tribulations as they define who they are.
** ''Continuum Shift'' is more balanced, due to having more defined conflict as well as having Hazama/Yuuki Terumi, TheHeavy for the whole plot, becoming more active (as opposed to in the first game). All characters still face their own problems, but now all of them are tied to the big plot in some way.
** ''Chronophantasma'' is heavier on the plot side, due to the story mode structure being changed; instead of individual stories for each character, it has a more straightforward story with defined A and B-plots, and the story itself now focuses more on the big conflict (mainly Kagura's side and Six Heroes vs NOL) and not all characters are given the same amount of focus.
* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness: '''[[color:red:High.]]''' Terumi and Relius are borderline infinite-level with the amount of victories they've achieved. And it is ''not going down anytime soon.''
** ''Chronophantasma'' had this actually wane a little, as [[spoiler:Terumi was killed by Hakumen, and then Saya, revealed as possessed by Izanami, ditches him and Relius while only taking Phantom, meaning that even alive, Relius will already lose access to a large reason for his effectiveness (including the NOL now currently being run by the good guys.) Why a little? Because Izanami is a frikkin' Goddess and probably can be more effective than Terumi and Relius ''combined''. She's even got the single most effective character on her team: ''Phantom''. Only time will tell if she lives up to her words.]]
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: The lyrics to Black Onslaught go "barghlegarghlebla WHAT A BIG BIG MISTAKE"
** [[http://blazblue.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Onslaught The Other Wiki has the lyrics here.]]
* SoulPower: At its most basic, the Drive ability is this. Specifically, it is derived from the soul's connection to the Azure.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: It's implied that the Kaka Clan's claws are of this nature; that is, they have the ability to produce them, rather than them being retractable. Taokaka (the only playable example of the species so far) seems to be able to produce them in a number of shapes.
* SpritePolygonMix: The background uses mostly 3D models while the characters you play are sprites (rotoscoped sprites but still).
%%* StealthParody: An [[RuleOfCool over-the-top]] [[ShoutOut reference-laden]] fighting game with copious {{Engrish}} and a byzantine plot through which we discover [[spoiler:most every character is [[TraumaInducedAmnesia an amnesiac]], [[CloningBlues a clone]], [[MyFutureSelfAndMe a time-displaced version of another character]], or [[BigScrewedUpFamily in the same family]]]]? [[SarcasmMode Which one?]]
* StoryBreakerPower: Many characters have broken powers that never show up in their gameplay. Terumi can MindRape anyone hit by his chain. Mu can create anything (including time and space) out of thin air. Hakumen and Jin can erase anything they want. Be glad they limit themselves most of the time.
* {{Stripperific}}: First, we had Litchi, who always took the time to move the upper half of half of her dress out of the way so we could see her [[BuxomIsBetter ample chest]] and legs better, as well as Noel. Then we got Mu-12, [[http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/106/1068285/blazblue-continuum-shift-20100210115844717.jpg whose outfit]] consists of a metal thong, some shoulder pads, and a sort of BreastPlate that still allows for a [[BareYourMidriff bare midriff]]. Then there's Makoto, whose outfit is... well, just [[http://www.videogamer.com/videos/blazblue_continuum_shift_makoto_dlc_trailer.html take a look.]] Really, if you're going to go that far, why bother putting clothes on the girl? (In ''Remix Heart'', there's a couple of scenes where they don't bother.) And dear lord, let's not start on short shorts (I'm looking at you, Bullet!), and lolicons...
** TokenWholesome: Tsubaki, Rachel, and Celica.
* SuperDeformed: In ''Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!'' and ''Help Me, Professor Kokonoe!'' sections of the games.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Mu-12, the console exclusive character for ''Continuum Shift'', is Noel after being turned back into her original Murakumo form by Terumi.]]
* SuperMode: Several characters have a super mode as their super moves, such as Ragna, Bang, Hakumen, and Tsubaki. And in the third game, the Overdrive system makes ''everyone'' has a super mode.
* SwordAndFist: Many characters who wield swords are also capable of hand-to-hand combat, but most prominently Ragna, who has a PowerFist in addition to his {{BFS}}.
* SymbolicWings: the Murakumo Units Lambda 11, and Nu 13 have flying swords as their main weapons; said swords generally float behind them in a winglike formation.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Bloodedge (Ragna's namesake, not the protagonist) was such a badass, that he was the only person in the world who went to fight the Black Beast when it first awakened. He fought it for an ''entire year'' and bought enough time for the Six Heroes to mount a counterattack. Unfortunately, Jubei is the only source of this information, mentioning him once very briefly, and the game doesn't provide any kind of visual imagery for this inspiring event.
** [[spoiler:The prequel novel, Phase 0, reveals that Ragna WAS Bloodedge.]]
* TechnicalPacifist: Hazama insists to Noel that [[BlatantLies he's not really the fighting type.]]
* TerminatorTwosome: [[spoiler:In the backstory (and, by extension, [[StableTimeLoop most of the endings]]), the Black Beast passes one hundred years into history and attempts to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt slaughter the world]], only to be thwarted by Jin following it after getting upgraded into Hakumen.]]
* TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar: The conflict between Novus Orbis Librarium and Sector Seven is largely attributed to this; NOL being in control of the Ars Magus regulations and Sector Seven trying to prove that science can beat magic.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: In most cases, this would be grouped with storytelling tropes; however, all instances occur in gameplay. Especially Bang's exclusive "Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan" theme that plays whenever he activates his SuperMode.
* ThemeNaming: Tsubaki and Jin's surnames (Yayoi and Kisaragi, respectively) are traditional Japanese names for months of the year. In Continuum Shift, it is revealed that the twelve families that serve the Imperator called "The Duodecim" all have surnames that are traditional Japanese months.
** Everyone has a bit of this in their attacks: Litchi has attacks named after mahjongg hands (Thirteen Orphans, Four Winds, All Green), Carl's attacks are musically-themed (Cantata and Crescendo), Rachel has quite a few flowers (Baden Baden Lily and Sword Iris come to mind), Bang has his "Secret" and "Forbidden" techniques, etc.
** The Murakumo Units are all named with one Greek letter and a number, with the number being the letter's position in the Greek alphabet.
** Even the games themselves have subtitles which start with C (''C''alamity Trigger, ''C''ontinuum Shift, ''C''hrono Phantasma, ''C''entral Fiction).
*** In addition, the second and third games also have names regarding Time (Continuum Shift refers to both the Time Space Continuum and Paradigm Shifts. Chronophantasma as a whole means "the phantom of time".)
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The world of ''[=BlazBlue=]'' could benefit some therapists, really. Even Litchi, who would look like the closest to ''be'' the therapist, ''also needs one''. Either NOL put a ban on therapists or there are just none...
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
--> "'''[[CosmeticAward It's The Only Way To Be Sure]]''': Complete a 20-hit combo after already winning the round."
** Astral Heats. Flashy finishing moves that are by no means practical, but are fun to look at.
** Go watch Arakune's "Help Me, Professer Kokonoe". They will tell you the sad truth.
** Tager players love to attempt this.
* TitleDrop: All three games do it within the Story Mode, to describe a particular plot device.
** ''[=BlazBlue=]'': Also known as the Azure Grimoire, the power that Ragna inherited to defeat his enemies. [[spoiler:The version he possesses is a fake created by Terumi, who also holds a fake Blazblue. The real Blazblue is owned by Noel Vermillion after she became Mu-12.]]
** ''Calamity Trigger'': [[spoiler:Name-dropped to describe the event of Ragna and Nu falling into the Cauldron, recreating the Black Beast. Later, however, it also describes the "Successor of the Azure", i.e Mu-12 (aka Noel).]]
** ''Continuum Shift'': [[spoiler:An endless time cycle created subconsciously by Noel and managed by Takamagahara, where every single possibility that could occur occurs parallel to each other, and the latter decides which possibility is canon by Observing it. The Continuum Shift ends when Hades hijacks Takamagahara.]]
** ''Chrono Phantasma'': A catch-all term to describe people or things that exist in a timeline where they shouldn't, prominently [[spoiler:Celica]].
* TokenEvilTeammate and TokenGoodTeammate: Just to make sure this doesn't fall into BlackAndWhiteMorality, you'll find these at the end of the series. On the good guys, Jin and Kokonoe are still colossal self-serving assholes despite opposing Terumi, with Jin possibly getting a bit better to stop being a Token Evil one (thanks to Jubei) while Kokonoe gets even worse... On the bad guys, there's Litchi who still retained her sanity, her motivation being ForcedIntoEvil as well as still capable of (and will) acting kind and motherly. And Chrono Phantasma now adds [[BloodKnight Azrael]] for the Token Evil ones, for having too much lust for battle and who would be more than likely to cause friendly fire, even for Sector Seven.
* TooAwesomeToUse: It is possible to fall into this trap with Barrier Burst.
* TownGirls: For the three "NOL girls": Noel is the femme, Tsubaki is neither and Makoto is the butch.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Jin Kisaragi and Noel Vermillion share this. Both cannot remember certain events before the Civil War, which causes some issues.
** Justified in both cases; [[spoiler:She was only five years old, and Terumi ate his memories.]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: A big part of ''Blazblue'''s charm is that contains an absolute plethora of tropes and stereotypes common in Japanese media, especially {{Anime}}, and flips them, tosses them, turns them inside out, deconstructs and reconstructs them. It's also laden with [[ShoutOut/BlazBlue shout-outs, homages]] and [[MemeticMutation memes]], near-constantly referencing other works. And it's wonderful for it.
* UnblockableAttack: The Crush Trigger mechanic added in the third game. It breaks regular blocking as well as drains a lot of Barrier Gauge if blocked with Barrier, and with their different properties per character, can be used to continue combos. It consumes 25% Heat, however.
* UnfortunateName: Kaka. If you replace the two Ks with the letter C, [[DontExplainTheJoke be prepared to laugh yourself sick at what it really means]]. [[BilingualBonus Especially if you understand Spanish]].
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Tsubaki. [[spoiler:Hazama's {partial} revelation that she wouldn't have been so unlucky had Noel never existed was the deciding factor in her FaceHeelTurn.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: It's safe to say that if the Narrator's talking, things have stopped being canon and a possible [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funny moment]] is about to ensue. For example, [[spoiler:In one Taokaka ending, she ends up as the apprentice of Bang. That part is canon. What isn't, is when he says she'll become a great ninja, and then descriptions for an epic ninja movie starring Taokaka, complete with Jin as a mysterious man and [[strike:boobie lady]] Litchi as the villain behind the entire plot. After this long description? "... Okay, that was a lie-nya."]]
** Rachel gives an accurate, but [[LemonyNarrator extremely lemony]] account of Hakumen's history in his Arcade mode ending.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Poor, poor Tsubaki. And Litchi. Later Terumi and Relius for Izanami. Also, anyone Terumi and Relius talk to, save for Saya.]]
* VagueAge: Despite the setting having a specific calendar, characters with stated birth dates, and the plot going forth and back in timeline events, none of the characters have canon ages (except Noel); one can make up which character is younger/older than the other, but even this isn't a safe assumption if there's no cemented ages to go by.
* VisibleInvisibility: One of Arakune's moves renders him a vague distortion of the background.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: The cornerstone of Ragna and Rachel's ShipTease is protracted exchanges of [[DeadpanSnarker snark]], with [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther the very occasional sweet moment]].
* WhamEpisode: ''Continuum Shift'''s True Ending is nothing but a non-stop marathon of Whams. Probably the biggest one is the revelation of the Imperator Librarius. It's [[spoiler:Saya]] in case you were wondering.
** Then ''Chronophantasma'' manages to top its previous installment; the biggest one being [[spoiler:Ragna starting to lose his mind and turning into a Black Beast thanks to Izanami's machinations]].
* WidgetSeries: The game simply doesn't have the following and lineage StreetFighter does. It's also a popular reason that the game is more popular on Playstation 3 than Xbox 360.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The Nox Nyctores amplify the psychoses in their users, turning them insane. Or, if you're less unlucky, just purging your memories and reverting you into an emotionless robot. Only those who have great willpower and/or certain synchronicity with them (such as the Six Heroes) can use it without facing the side-effects.
** Unless you're Noel, in which case they suppress part of your emotions [[spoiler: and keep your inner OmnicidalManiac from getting out.]]
* WorldOfBadass: Well, this IS a Fighting Game, after all.
* WorldOfHam: Nearly every character (except [[TheStoic Rachel]] and Litchi, for the most part) gets the chance to partake of the scenery. [[EvilIsHammy Terumi goes back for seconds, and thirds, and fourths, and fifths...]] Oh yeah, and then there's '''[[MemeticBadass Bang]]'''.
* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: [[AndIMustScream Arakune]] [[TheUnintelligible (sort of)]] says this when given the chance to consume [[IdiotHero Bang Shishigami]] when the former wins.