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->''"[[ArcWords The]] [[GroundhogDayLoop Wheel of Fate]] [[ArcWords is Turning]]... [[ScrewDestiny 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.

The games of the series are the following:
* ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger]]''
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' (including its expansions, ''Continuum Shift II'' and ''Extend'')
* ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma BlazBlue: Chronophantasma]]''

A DSiWare side game named ''[=BlazBlue=]: Battle X Battle'' has also been released in Japan featuring SuperDeformed characters and gameplay similar to ''VideoGame/PowerStone''. A North American version was released under the title ''[=BlayzBloo=]: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale''. A sequel based off of ''Chronophantasma'' (''[=BlayzBloo=]: Clone Phantasma'') has been announced for [=DSiWare=].

A light novel entitled ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase 0'' written by Komao Mako, illustrated by ''[=BlazBlue=]''[='s=] lead artist Katou Yuuki and based on a story from ''[=BlazBlue=]'' creator Mori Tochimichi 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 young lady harboring a mysterious power, and involves the mysteries of the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' world.

A sequel, entitled ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 1'', was released in April 2011. This time the focus shifts to Yuuki Terumi, while also elaborating more on Nine and Trinity before she became Platinum.

This was followed in January 2012 by a second sequel, ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 2'', which focuses on Jin Kisaragi's exploits during the Dark War. In turn, this was succeeded in May 2012 by ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 3'', whose focal point character is Konoe A. Mercury, better known as Nine of the Six Heroes.

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.]] [[NoExportForYou Too bad]] it's written in Japanese.

Mori has stated that work on a third sequel to the main fighting series has started in 2012. On August 5, 2012, it was finally announced as ''[=BlazBlue=]: Chronophantasma''.

A VisualNovel prequel, ''[[VisualNovel/XBlazeCodeEmbryo XBlaze Code: Embryo]]'', was released in July 25th on Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita.

A manga written by Mori himself and drawn by {{doujinshi}} artist Sumeragi was also made called ''[=BlazBlue=]: Remix Heart'', 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.

The fifth ''Phase Shift'' novel, ''[=BlazBlue=]: Phase Shift 4'', was 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.

An [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-05-17/blazblue/calamity-trigger-fighting-game-gets-anime-green-lit adaptation]], known as ''Anime/BlazBlueAlterMemory'', ran in the {{Fall 2013|Anime}} season.

In June 2014, another prequel story, ''Bloodedge Experience'' 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.

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
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: You ''did'' read the title, right?
* 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, 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.
* AlignmentBasedEndings: Each character's ending can be effected by their decisions, such as if [[SmugSuper Hakumen]] gets too confident and tries to beat Terumi alone, the ending may change.
* 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.
* 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''. Now ''Chronophantasma'' has rolled around, Trinity and Hazama can be added to the list.]]
** [[spoiler:: Maybe. See NeverFoundTheBody. That said, Yuki Terumi is DeaderThanDead.]]
* 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]].
* 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]] and [[SquirrelGirl Makoto]].]]
** Taokaka [[SuperSoldier may as well sort of be one herself]]...
* 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.
* AscendedFanboy: Apparently, Creator/TomokazuSugita and Creator/YuuichiNakamura also play ''[=BlazBlue=]'' on their free time.
* 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? It's actually subverted a bit; when the ThemeMusicPowerUp kicks in, 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, 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]].
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much everyone.
* {{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.
* [[spoiler:BigBad: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.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Ragna, Jin, and Saya lived in an orphanage. Jin's neediness led to depraved insanity, Ragna turned into a half vampire SociopathicHero, and Saya was kidnapped to be used as a template for androids of mass destruction. Eventually, we find out that [[spoiler:Ragna is the reincarnation of a beast that once went unto destroying the world, labeling him as the destroyer of worlds, 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: There is very little good in the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' world. The NOL is an oppressive organization ruled by a menacing, unseen Imperator, which is not such much 'black' as it is an extreme case of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremism]] that prevents the world from plunging into an age of utter chaos where war can erupt anywhere if the wrong maniac gets a hold of the wrong ArtifactOfDoom. Unfortunately, the 'oppressive' regime looks like it does because it has such wonderful enforcers as a {{troll}} who caused much of the destruction seen thus far in the game strictly ForTheEvulz; a PuppetMaster who transformed his own wife and daughter into weapons with his insane experiments; and a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking colossal]] [[{{Jerkass}} jack-off]] with a murderous hard-on towards his older brother. And it's supposedly the former two who could be manipulating NOL into the oppressive organization everyone else believes it to be; ([[spoiler:The Imperator herself could very well be a PuppetKing for them but it turns out that she's the real Big Bad Izanami the Goddess of Death and has been using the two as puppets the entire time]]). On the heroes' side, we have a OneManArmy who will stop at nothing to destroy the NOL, even if this means slaughtering every government worker he comes across; this includes innocent {{Punch Clock Villain}}s who're just getting their paycheck. Then there's Sector Seven, a clandestine organization opposed to the NOL, but with so much dirty laundry they'd keep a laundromat busy for months. Of note is the fact that one of their top-ranking scientists is so hellbent on revenge towards one of the NOL's enforcers that she is fully prepared to [[NukeEm launch a nuclear strike against a whole city]] should her plan of using a reformatted clone as a weapon for her vengeance go awry. Yep, this is one hell of a CrapsackWorld.
** There are some genuinely good characters who aren't affiliated with both sides, though. Litchi is a very nice and compassionate woman... [[spoiler:except [[TokenGoodTeammate she's now on the NOL side]]. Though, to be fair, she could probably just count as yet another victim of [[FlawExploitation manipulation]] and [[ForcedIntoEvil coercion]] by the above {{Troll}}, being told that the NOL has the cure for her abominized boyfriend (which, for all intents and purposes, they could destroy easily if she does anything they don't want)]]. Taokaka does have good intentions, but she's [[TheDitz a ditz]]. Bang fights [[ForGreatJustice for frigging justice]] and protecting the people! He's the series JokeCharacter story-wise and is never treated seriously, but he's got nothing but good intentions in mind for protecting others (though this could be changed because his weapon was designed to destroy other Nox Nyctores). Makoto is pretty much an all-rounder and generally cheery nice girl, and the only thing that could possibly piss her off is the notion of [[BerserkButton any harm coming to Noel]]. Which might look nice on paper, but also mitigated because she can betray ANYONE for her, so there comes the possibility of her letting the world get destroyed just so long as Noel is well protected... Not to mention that thanks to her Bad End by Relius, we do know she's hiding ''severe'' racism issues that can be unleashed when certain buttons are pressed... yeah. It's that kind of world.
** Iron Tager is mostly a nice guy as long as you have nothing to do with his mission (as in, it doesn't require him to pummel you to death), his biggest problem being that he is loyal to a fault to Kokonoe, the earlier mentioned vengeanceful scientist with plans to NukeEmAll if things don't go as she wants them to, who apparently keep Sector Seven's dirty laundry from being known by him. He does have a justification that Kokonoe programmed him to be all-loyal to the tee; he can argue with her amoral decisions, but he always would obey, and has no plans for fixing that no matter how called out he is.
** Hakumen is the legendary hero who defeated the Black Beast. Like Bang, he fights for [[ForGreatJustice justice]], and ''unlike'' Bang, the story doesn't treat him as a joke. And when he learns of Kokonoe's [[NukeEm backup plan]], his reaction is nothing but horror and disgust. ...Unfortunately, he's also got an ego the size of Kagutsuchi and his brand of justice involves killing TheHero, and if his BadassBoast and words at the end of CS are any indication, 'cleaning up the world from humans and restart it anew' is part of the brand. [[KnightTemplar He is not open to alternative solutions.]]
** The newcomers in ''Chronophantasma'' are not making things better. Azrael is ''[[BloodKnight way too fight-happy]]'' that he's a different breed of of ObviouslyEvil. Bullet could easily be overcome with madness while wanting vengeance over the loss of her unit. And Amane... [[BystanderSyndrome is only interested in adding young people to his troupe]]. Kagura manages to counteract this by being a happy-go-lucky good guy whose only flaw is being quite the pervert.
** TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: When it boils down to it, even when The Good is [[BlackAndGrayMorality pretty gray]], it's still based on this... then ''Chrono Phantasma'' makes it even WORSE:
*** [[spoiler: The Good: Jin post CharacterDevelopment, Noel/Mu, Makoto, Tsubaki/Izayoi post HeelFaceTurn, Rachel, Valkenhayn, Tager, Taokaka, Bang, Hakumen, Kagura, Jubei, Celica.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Ambiguous: Bullet, Amane, Carl, Litchi, Kokonoe.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Bad: Azrael, Relius post beatdown, Nu.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Evil: Imperator Saya/Izanami, Phantom/Nine by extension.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Mindless: Arakune, Ragna.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Dead: Trinity (possibly the rest of Platinum too), Hazama/Terumi. Hazama is a probably, Terumi is a definitely.]]
* 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.
*** Played straight 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.]]
** BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: [[TheChick Noel]], [[TheSmartGal Tsubaki]], and [[TheBigGal Makoto]] respectively, though all 3 fit the first trope.
** 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.
** 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.
** FreudianTrio: Noel and Makoto both shows signs of being the Id, with Noel also displaying a few signs of being the Ego. Tsubaki is definitely the Superego.
** RockTrio: In some official merchandise, but altered; Noel is the singer, Tsubaki the bass, and Makoto drums (with Jin on guitar).
* BondageIsBad: Relius. His Astral Heat tends to put the losing opponent in rather compromising positions.
* BountyHunter: Referred to as "vigilantes" in-game.
* BreakMeter: The Guard Libra/Guard Primer system.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens in several episodes of [[FourthWallMailSlot "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi"]].
* ButterflyOfDoom: [[spoiler:This is pretty much the whole basis of the story. Hence "The Wheel of Fate is Turning".]]
* BuxomIsBetter: Played amazingly straight with Litchi and Makoto. Also averted with Noel.
** Lampshaded by Taokaka. HilarityEnsues when she names Litchi "booby lady" and Noel "Lacking Lady".
*** Some of her battle quotes enhance the hilarious effect.
--> '''Taokaka:''' ''[To Litchi]'' Hey Booby 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 she's number two.
* 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.]]
* 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 (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.
* 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 counter command usable while blocking, but it uses up 50 Heat.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The explanation of how seithr works means this is literally a fundamental law of the universe in ''[=BlazBlue=]''; there's only so much in a given area for anyone to use.
* 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 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]] makes 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 the defence-lowering (at least in ''Calamity Trigger'') Barrier Burst instead.
* 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... [[spoiler:At least, it may have been before Saya destroyed it. It is still active at least.]]
* 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 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.]]
* DownerEnding: Both games' true routes and the arcade endings for both games -- every single one ends with the character in question ultimately failing to make a difference, except for [[KarmaHoudini Hazama]].
** 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 r 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.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Newcomer Amane.
* 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 someone who's using battle skills for just about everything (Bullet), overly fight-happy (Azrael), and [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a lady]] and too obsessed with youth (Amane). ''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.]]
* EasyModeMockery: Rachel is in charge of the tutorial mode, and insults you constantly as she teaches you how to play the game. Also, in every game, completing all of the tutorials is required for an achievement.
* EnsembleCast: While the first game focused mainly on a handful of characters who had any impact on the plot, the second game gave so much development to the extended cast that it has become this; everyone has some ties to the main conflict as of the True Ending.
* {{Engrish}}: For whatever reason, none of the announcers, default or DLC, were dubbed into English. This gives us gems such as "LOOK AT TIME"[[note]]When the timer reaches 10 seconds[[/note]], "Caruru Crowbar"[[note]]Carl Clover[[/note]], "Air-a-koo-nay"[[note]]Arakune[[/note]], "REEBOO"[[note]]Rebel[[/note]], and many, many more.
* 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.]] Just type Blazblue Remix Heart into Google Images; [[BarbieDollAnatomy one of the shots of Team RM in the bath is one of the above, and is one of the first displayed.]]
** 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.
* 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''!
** See IdiotBall below - one has to wonder how many iterations Jubei and/or Valkenhayn ''tried'' to tell the world what's going on before leaving them to their own fate for this very reason.
** 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.
** During ''That Which Is Inherited'', only Roy seems to give a damn that Kokonoe ditches out on the political meetings Sector Seven holds, but when Relius shows up, they can't get enough of him (this is mitigated in that he did disappear from the world for eighty years, and would be seen as a relic of those days). Further, while Azrael is restricted from attacking people who are otherwise defenseless, Kokonoe and Tager are considered exemptions from that inhibition. One has to wonder who called in the favor to let him out and why...
** 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''. Also, given how House Hazuki resides in her hometown of Shinatsu, and how the patriarch had [[OffingTheOffspring marked his own child for death]], one cannot help but ponder just how they play into it...
* 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]].
* 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:This 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.
* FiveManBand: The characters form groups for a limited purpose from time to time, but all have inevitably dissolved.
** Temporarily in ''Continuum Shift's'' True End:
*** TheLeader: [[spoiler:Ragna The Bloodedge]]
*** TheLancer: [[spoiler:Jin Kisaragi]]
*** TheBigGuy: [[spoiler:Hakumen]]
*** TheSmartGuy: [[spoiler:Rachel Alucard]]
*** TheChick: [[spoiler:Noel Vermillion post-restoration]]
** The vigilantes all travel together in Bang's CS story, and temporarily form their own FiveManBand of sorts for its duration.
*** TheLeader: Bang Shishigami
*** TheLancer: Taokaka [[spoiler:(probably left the position to join Ragna in the end)]]
*** TheSmartGuy: Carl Clover [[spoiler:(split up with Bang and is traveling on his own)]]
*** TheBigGuy: Nirvana/Ada [[spoiler:(went with Carl after CS)]]
*** TheChick: [[spoiler:Platinum The Trinity. Even though she isn't technically a vigilante, she travels with the group enough to be considered a part of it. She is still traveling with Bang after CS.]]
** The Six Heroes in the past:
*** TheLeader: Hakumen
*** TheLancer: Mitsuyoshi (Jubei)
*** TheBigGuy: Valkenhayn R. Hellsing
*** TheSmartGuy: Konoe A. Mercury
*** TheChick: Trinity Glassfille
*** SixthRanger: Bloodedge and Clavis weren't part of the main team, but they greatly contributed before and during the 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
** ''Remix Heart'' has its own Five Girl Band of sorts.
*** [[TheHero The "Hero"]]: Mai Natsume
*** TheLancer: Tsubaki Yayoi
*** TheBigGal: Makoto Nanaya
*** TheSmartGal: Cajun Faycott
*** TheChick: Noel Vermillion
%% Moving tropes. This page will be slim when the work is finished. Some of the past tropes were moved to the character sheets or the game pages.
* 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. Caelica 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.]]
* {{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 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 Nyctorus, 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.]]
* 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]].
* 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. [[spoiler:Or so we are meant to believe. In reality, it wasn't the Boundary that made him lose his form, but his experiments on ''himself'' to turn him into an Azure Grimoire, of sorts. He failed. Big time. Hazama/Terumi [[{{Troll}} makes fun of him for it]].]]
* GratuitousEnglish: The declaration at the start of every battle: ''The Wheel of Fate is turning. Rebel 1: '''Action!'''''
--> ''"Fainaru Ansaa?"''[[note]]"Final answer?" Sadly, this line was not brought over, being replaced with "Are you sure?"[[/note]]
--> ''"KARURU KUROBA!"''[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke Carl Clover, for anyone trying to put it together.]][[/note]]
** Taokaka's voice actress (as the announcer) has some horrible ones.
--> ''"Please Slect Yer Kawactur. Laycha Alucrd! Jean Kisooragee! Lambda Leben!"''
** Jin's ''"EKUSAITINGU"''[[note]]Exciting![[/note]] and ''"DANJERUSU"''[[note]]Dangerous![[/note]] pursuit of his brother.
** Ragna's [[CallingYourAttacks attack names]] on the Japanese audio. ''GANTRET HA-DES!''
** From what has been released so far it would seem Chrono Phamtasma may break the trend for the announcer; the first PV had the English phrases and names spoken in what sounded like fluent English.
*** But there are a few times the announcer can make a mistake, isn't that right ''Barretu?''[[labelnote:*]]Bullet[[/labelnote]]
*** Chrono's DLC now includes the rest of the cast doing the ring announcing; Hakumen's voice is already becoming popular. This could make it better or worse.
* 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: Unlock 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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* IdiotBall: Jubei and Valkenhayn (Hakumen you can sort of excuse due to not being around) are both well known and in some cases hero worshipped as members of the Six Heroes, so you'd think that their opinions would carry a fair bit of weight in the world of Blazblue. They know that Hazama = Terumi, so why did they not just out him from the get go and save everyone a ton of trouble? [[spoiler: Tenjo would've been still in charge during the incident at the church, so no Saya to sweep things under the carpet if they did decide to spill the beans]]. Yet they didn't. Silly animals! Hopefully the real answer's better than 'No Series'...
* IdleAnimation: And your character will likely spout a unique line for each opponent.
* 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.
* InTheHood: Taokaka and the Kaka Clan's method of being TheFaceless [[spoiler:in Teach Me Mrs. 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.
* 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.
* [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY It Is Pronounced BLAZE 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.
* 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.
* KillSat: Take-Mikazuchi, fuelled by magic power for extra destruction, but apparently nothing that [[spoiler:Rachel [[DeflectorShields can't handle]], with almost no visible exertion.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler:Ragna and Jin are brothers, Kokonoe's a CatGirl and Tager's creator/boss, Hakumen is [[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.]]
** 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]].
* 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.
** Continuum Shift adds Ragna vs. Hazama and Noel vs. Tsubaki to the list of rivalry themes.
** 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.
* LethalChef: [[spoiler:Noel in her ''Continuum Shift'' gag reel. Ironically the only person able to stomach her cooking was Hazama.]]
* LovableSexManiac: If Bururaji is to be believed, Bang's Japanese VA Tsuyoshi Koyama.
* {{Magitek}}: The Ars Magus. True magic, such as that wielded by Phantom, is much more powerful. [[spoiler:In a cutscene in Hazama's story, Valkenhayn and Hakumen got away from the Phantom and with shock. Hakumen: "was that..." Valkenhayn: "how can she be here?". Whom they're referring to is Nine.]]
* [[spoiler: TheMagicGoesAway: By the end of ''Chronophantasma's'' story mode, the flow of sethir is gone, and the world is reeling from the rapid loss of {{Magitek}}.]]
* McNinja: Bang, to some extent.
* MeaningfulName: ''Calamity Trigger'' refers to Ragna merging with Nu, causing the creation of the Black Beast.
** ''Continuum Shift'' refers to how [[spoiler:the time loop has been broken as a result of the True Ending, thus changing the time-space continuum of the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' universe.]]
* MechanicallyUnusualFighter: Hakumen replaces his heat gauge with a magatama gauge which automatically fills 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.
** Kind of Fridge Brilliance, when you consider [[spoiler: Hakumen = Jin]], as the latter's heat guage depletes when he uses his drive attacks and specials too.
* 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 Izayoi/Terumi MindRape induced FaceHeelTurn 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 jerk ass.]] 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.]] However, despite the two showing up ''in the same timeline and even meeting one another'', this DOES NOT create a paradox of any kind.
* 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): [[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). [[spoiler: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}}.
** [[spoiler:Jubei's]] sword Mujin (Nothing Blade) / Mucro Somnio: [[MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]] [[spoiler: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). [[spoiler: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. And it's actually a prototype to the Murakumo Units...]]
** [[spoiler:Trinity's]] wand Raigou (Roaring Thunder) / Arma Reboare: Muchourin (Untolled Bell). [[spoiler: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 Ars Magus is an anti-Nox Nyctores weapon, which means Rettenjou has the ability to destroy any Nox Nyctores. It was only mentioned by Platinum herself once, and it takes the form of his nail. It also houses the anti-seithr unit known as Kushinada's Lynchpin.]]
** Mu-12's [[spoiler:the reincarnation of the Kamigoroshi no Tsurugi Kusanagi (Sword of the God-Slayer, Kusanagi), so says Hazama.]]
** 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]].
* 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 Lamda-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!
* 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 about the only truth being '''despair'''. Need we say more?
* OffModel: The anime cutscenes in ''Continuum Shift'' were produced by 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.
* PersonalityBloodTypes: Most characters official blood types are:
** Type A: Jin, Noel, Tsubaki, Valkenhayn, [[spoiler: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)
** Unknown/Other: [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Rachel]], [[HollywoodCyborg Tager]], [[EldritchAbomination Arakune]], [[AnimatedArmor Hakumen]]
* 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, a partial Black Beast. "You only know how to devour souls, nothing more."]]
** [[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 past the point of return 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 it is 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, mainly Carl and Bang, "aren't important" to the overall plot, and neither show up in either game's true ending. Will likely be averted by the next game, as [[spoiler:Bang's Phoenix Nox is now known to him, and Carl's ArchnemesisDad Relius is half of the game's BigBadDuumvirate.]]
* PervertRevengeMode: Putting [[HandsomeLech Kagura]] anywhere near [[ActionGirl Makoto]] for any length of time invariably results in this. And [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]].
* PinballScoring: A typical one-round score will ''start'' in the low billions of points.
* 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.]]
* PowerTrio: In Sector Seven:
** Id: [[spoiler:Makoto]].
** Ego: Iron Tager.
** Super Ego: Kokonoe.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:The Nox Nyctores were each made from thousands of human souls used in Nine's human transmutation technique.]]
* 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."
* 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]], [[WitchSpecies 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, and occasionally [[spoiler:while Platinum keeps hers hidden in that cloak]] but 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 from the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' series have "wings" made of blades that are used for their heavy attacks.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Adverted with the Kaka clan.
* 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:Terumi and Relius]] act as a Red Oni and Blue Oni to each other.
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler:Ragna is believed to be the reincarnation of the Black Beast]].
* 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 hair (although it's not stated if they're RidiculouslyHumanRobots or {{Artificial Human}}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.
* 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.
* 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 Takamagahara'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 him is because [[spoiler:Ragna is trapped, fighting him 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, 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.
** 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.
** 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.
* SerpentOfImmortality: Hazama, who is always associated with snakes, turns out to be [[spoiler:''very'' old]].
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/BlazBlue own page]].
* SignificantBirthDate: [[MeaningfulName Noel's]] birthday is on Dec 25 (Christmas), with Mu's rebirth falling on 7th January (Christmas for the Eastern Orthodox church). [[{{Irony}} Ragna's birthday is March 3 (Girl's Day)]]. [[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). AnimeChineseGirl Litchi is [[{{Tanabata}} Jul 7 (Chinese Valentine's Day)]]. Cute little boy Carl is May 5 (Children's Day). Kokonoe the ''scientist'' is Apr 18 (Invention Day). Hazama is Apr 29 (International Dance Day). Nu was born on ''New'' Year's Eve. Makoto's birthday is April 2 ([[HiddenDepths International]] [[OneOfTheKids Children's]] [[Fridge/BlazBlue Book Day]]). Bang was born on New Year's Day, making [[PunnyName his name]] a reference to "Start the New Year off with a Bang." [[{{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]]. Lastly, Valkenhayn's is on September 15th, the earliest day that Respect For The Aged Day can fall.
* SillinessSwitch: The joke ending for each character's story mode.
* SimultaneousArcs: Continuum Shift's canon paths.
* 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 are abound and always get the upper hand (for now). Bits of idealism occasionally shimmer through here and there via the characters' true/joke endings.Although Chronphantasma makes some good guys mostly Ragna,Jin,and Noel plus their allies get better and more Heroic thanks to Kagura and Celica making almost all of them evolve in BlackAndWhiteMorality section.
* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness: '''[[color:red:High.]]''' Terumi and Relius are borderline Infinite levels 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 what can supply 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.]]
* 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: As stated above.
* 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 fighting, short shorts (I'm looking at you, Bullet!), and lolicons...
* SuperDeformed: ''Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!'' and ''Help Me, Professor Kokonoe!''
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Mu-12, the console exclusive character for ''Continuum Shift'', is Noel after being turned back into her original Murakamo form by Terumi.]]
* SuperMode: Unlimited Mode for everyone.
** Aside from that, several characters have a super mode as their super moves, such as Ragna, Hakumen, and Tsubaki.
* 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 Manga, Phase 0, reveals that Ragna WAS Bloodedge. Just without the Azure Grimoire.]]
* 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.]]
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: In most cases, this would be grouped with storytelling tropes; however, all instances occur in gameplay.
* 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).
*** In addition, the last two games also have names regarding Time (Continuum Shift refers to both the Time Space Continuum and Paradigm Shifts. Chrono- is a prefix derived from "Chronos", a Greek word that means time, as well is the basis of the word "clock".)
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The world of ''[=BlazBlue=]'' could benefit some therapists, really. Even Litchi, who would look like the closest to ''be'' the therapists, ''also needs one''. Either NOL put a ban on therapist or there's 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.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: In their academy years, Noel as the [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]], [[FragileFlower crybaby]] Child, Tsubaki as the [[TeamMom caring]] and [[WomenAreWiser mature]] Mother and Makoto as the [[BuxomIsBetter big-breasted]], [[GenkiGirl energic]] Seductress.
* TigerVersusDragon:
** Ragna vs. Jin. The rebellious, passionate, crass Ragna as the Tiger. The cold ([[{{Pun}} in]] [[AnIcePerson more ways]] [[{{Jerkass}} than one]]), orderly, sophisticated Jin as the Dragon. Two battling brothers locked in conflict by destiny, yet neither is ever able to decisively defeat the other.
** Same as above, Hakumen vs. Terumi. The serious, rigid Hakumen is the Dragon, the sadistic trickster Terumi is the Tiger.
* 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.]]
** ''Continuum Shift'': [[spoiler:An endless time cycle created 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]].
* TooAwesomeToUse: It is possible to fall into this trap with Barrier Burst.
* TokenEvilTeammate and TokenGoodTeammate: Just to make sure this doesn't fall into BlackAndWhiteMorality, you'll find these at the end of the series. [[spoiler: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 lusting in fighting and would more than likely to do some friendly fire... even for Sector Seven.]]
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Jin Kisaragi and Noel Vermillion share this. Both cannot remember certain events before the Civil War, which causes some issues.
** Justified in Noel's case. [[spoiler:She was only five years old.]]
** And in Jin's case. [[spoiler:Terumi ate his memories.]]
** That last one is something you should never have the oppurtunity to say.
* 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 FunnyMoment 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. She also teaches the Tutorial of Continuum Shift, never being afraid to mock you as a player or Ragna or Bang... Especially Bang, since he's used as the training dummy.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Poor, poor Tsubaki. And Litchi.Later Terumi and Relius for Izanami. Also, anyone Terumi and Relius talk too save for Saya.]]
* 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.
* 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.
** Unless you're Noel, in which case they supress 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]]'''.
* 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.
* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: [[AndIMustScream Arakune]] [[TheUnintelligible (sort of)]] says this when given the chance to consume [[IdiotHero Bang Shishigami]] when the former wins.
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