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    Ragna the Bloodedge 
The so-called "Grim Reaper" of Kagutsuchi. Don't fear him.

"Hahaha. Wow... I have no intention of taking any more of this bullshit. Seriously, guys. I'm gonna give you five seconds to get the hell away from me. If you're still here when I finish, I'm gonna kill you."

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese)/ Patrick Seitz (English)

The Protagonist of the series. A rebel outlaw with a bad attitude, a short temper, and an axe to grind with the Librarium, the international government. After destroying a branch of the Library and having a colossal bounty put on his head, he sets out for the city of Kagutsuchi in order to destroy the last "Cauldron" and prevent the resurrection of the Black Beast. As the story goes, he becomes more heroic and uses his power towards beating the genuine villains.

He's Jin Kisaragi's older brother. Their rivalry stems from when they were younger, when Jin used to bully their sickly sister Saya. One day, Ragna noticed that the church the three of them lived in was set on fire. When he entered, he was ambushed by Terumi, who took over Jin's mind, cut Ragna's arm off, and left him to die inside the burning building. A combination of the trauma, being bitten by Rachel and the Azure being implanted in him caused one of his eyes to turn red and his hair to turn white. He was then taken in and trained by his master Jubei, who gave him his signature coat and sword, as well as the title of "Bloodedge." The Azure Grimoire that he possesses is actually only half of a fake, the other half belonging to Nu-13.

His arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: The end of time, CONTINUUMSHIFT and nemesishorizon. His story playthroughs are named, in the first two gamesnote : Grim Reaper and stray sheep.

His Drive ability, Soul Eater, drains his opponent's health, adding it to his own. He can also activate the Azure Grimoire in his right arm to strengthen this ability, at the expense of his own health. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Blood Kain Idea, a former super move of his that grants him extra strength on his attacks and life-draining abilities. It used to drain his own life as well, but this is no longer the case in Chronophantasma. It also doubles the now-reduced damage of his Devoured by Darkness super. His Astral Finish, Black Onslaught has him using the fullest might of the Azure Grimoire and turn his blade into a scythe as he proceeds to repeatedly slash his opponent with it, using Soul Eater to empower it. He then transforms into... something, and unleashes a final strike that completely erases the opponent from existence.

  • Accidental Marriage: In Rachel's joke ending in the second game, Noel got a marriage certificate for the two of them and faked the seal. Too bad it was annulled by Nirvana. Who ripped up the contract and remotely detonated the civil administration building which had the copies.
    • In Rachel's joke ending in the third game, Kokonoe appears and wants to give Ragna a new left arm (his left arm is artificial as of the third game). Litchi points out that the left arm(s) that she brought has wedding rings pre-installed that can't be taken off.
  • Adaptational Badass: Minor case in the second manga. He fights off the group of bounty hunters at the restaurant with Tao instead of running away from them.
  • Adorkable: In one of the gag reels of Blazblue Chronophantasma, when he's at a loss for words after Celica confirmed that she likes him.
  • Afraid of Needles: If his Help Me, Professor Kokonoe's session is of any indication, he doesn't like injections.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Along with his younger brother/rival Jin, this is Ragna's case towards Noel, Celica and Rachel.
  • All Just a Dream: His joke ending in CS.
  • Aloof Big Brother: During their childhood, he was this to Jin. Or at least, that's how Jin viewed him.
  • Always Save the Girl:
    • Saving the girl is an objective so utterly impossible to attain in Continuuum Shift in relation to Mu-12 that Takamagahara is DISTRACTED trying to observe Ragna doing it!
    • In Chrono Phantasma, it doesn't matter if it's the past or the present, Ragna is always oppossed to the idea of using Celica to activate the Kushinada Lynchpin.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite:
    • Canonically, he carries his sword in his left hand. In gameplay, the sword always in the hand farthest from the camera. One of his Too Many Belts changes sides as well.
    • The character portrait for his younger self is a more noticeable example, as his eyes are larger and the shirt he wears is sleeveless. In flipped version of the portrait for when he's facing toward the left side of the screen, they try to avert the issue by making sure to keep the colors for his mismatched eyes in their correct positions. However, the bindings for his grimoire still switch to the wrong arm.
    • Given a nod in the anime where he is ambidextrous.
  • Ambiguously Human: Ragna's race is never defined. Several sources point out that he is an Artificial Human. Interestingly, he actually seems to be aware of it.
    (to Noel/Mu) "Just shut the hell up! So what if you're not human?! I'm just like you! God only knows whose soul this actually is! But it doesn't matter... I'm a person... a Human Being!"
    • There's also the presence of a No.5 tattoo on his chest, leading many to believe that he is either a male Murakumo unit or something similar
  • And I Must Scream: One of his alternate endings. After Ragna fought Nu, Noel enters the scene. Ragna's begging her to run as Nu has apparently taken control of his body. Noel starts to completely freak out and starts firing at him, calling him a monster. Then the player sees what's really happening; Nu merged with Ragna to form the Black Beast as the dominant personality, with Ragna unable to do anything but watch.
    • In his CS bad ending, the Azure overpowers him and transforms him into a new Black Beast. Moments before his transformation, he blacks out. It apparently destroyed most of the world, but was stopped by Rachel and several others. When he wakes up, Rachel is cradling him, and though he can hear speaking, he can't speak, though he keeps trying to ask them all what's wrong, and asking Rachel to stop crying.
    • Once more in Chronophantasma's True Ending. Izanami forces his Grimoire to go out of control and has Nu impale and fuse with him, which turns Ragna into a demonic looking monstrosity not unlike the one from the aforementioned bad ending. The only thing Ragna can do is trying to hold himself from attacking Celica, Jin, and Noel and telling them to get away before he hurts them.
  • And Then Ragna Was The Black Beast: Aside from the And I Must Scream above, in general, the time loops in the first game always involve him turning into one.
  • Animal Motifs: Strangely enough, he's called a "little puppy" by Terumi and compared to a stray dog by Luna. Perhaps a better way to describe Ragna would be to refer to him as an "underdog" of sorts.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is seemingly unaffected by the laws of gravity.
  • Anti Anti Christ: CS reveals that he was born to be the Destroyer of the World, though there's a chance he could become the Protector of the Azure instead.
  • The Anti-Hero: Ragna is a good person at heart, but he has a really bad attitude problem and tends to take his frustrations out on other people most of the time. He's basically a terrorist fighting against an established government. And no, he's not doing this for altruistic reasons, but to hunt down one man who royally screwed him over.
  • Anti-Hero With Bad Publicity: Although it's kinda justified. While Ragna is not a bad person (Although he certainly isn't very nice), he is technically a terrorist who has destroyed many NOL branches and threatens the stability of the world. It's not surprising that he doesn't have a very good reputation to people who don't know him personally.
  • Arc Words: "I can hear the pulse of the Black Beast..."
  • Arch-Enemy: Hazama/Terumi, natch. Most of Ragna's motivation comes from simply wanting to end his existence, period. However as of Chronophantasma, it's no longer the case as Izanami takes the role for not just Ragna but for the world cast.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Wanted for terrorizing the world government through sheer destructive force, Ragna has of late been pushed into adding dine-and-dashing to his rap sheet.
  • Artifact of Death/Artifact of Doom: The Azure Grimoire serving as his new right arm, is the remnant of the Black Beast and using it is slowly corrupting him into another beast.
  • Artificial Limbs: Ragna's right arm is actually the Azure Grimoire which is actually a fake, and also the future/past body of the Black Beast replacing the arm Terumi cut off. In Continuum Shift he loses his OTHER arm by overloading it with power and making it explode while turning Mu back into Noel. Kokonoe builds him a new one from Lambda's spare parts, including the IDEA Engine...which she tells Ragna is a bomb. For the Lulz.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: His Modus-Operandi, the best way to take down opponents to him is to just beat the shit out of it. If that doesn't work, he just keeps trying until it does. This is all holds true to gameplay.
  • Awesome but Impractical: Devoured by Darkness, where he makes a clawed hand that grabs you and summons a bunch of claws to ravage your body and take away 60 percent of your health, adding 30 percent to his own. This would be awesome if it weren't for the fact that you need to enter Blood Kain mode first, which requires 50 Heat, and then you need to use another 50 Heat in order to use this move. Unless you're using Unlimited Ragna, but even then there's still the issue of range. No longer the case as of the third game where the Blood Kain is safer to use, although there's still the issue of range.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Considering the source of his name is the Norse Ragnarok, his first name means "god." And of course, "The Bloodedge".
  • Bad Dreams: He is haunted by his inability to do anything against Terumi in his past.
  • Bad Powers, Bad Reputation, Good People: Doombringer and a very violent person by rumor, but he's actually nice when he isn't being screwed over by the universe, angered, or being attacked.
  • Badass: Despite his treatment from the plot, rest assured, Ragna earned his title as "Grim Reaper"
  • Badass Creed: During his Astral Finish:
    "I'll show you the power of the Azure! I'll show you fear. There is no hell, only darkness. This is the power of the Azure."
  • Badass Longcoat: His rather distinctive jacket which he inherited from Jubei after completing his training with him. It belonged to Jubei's old friend from the Dark War named "Bloodedge" which Ragna adopts as his title in honor of the man. In actuality Bloodedge is Ragna himself thrown back to the Dark War by Rachel to learn the true nature of the Azure Grimoire, and simply gave Celica his jacket and sword before leaving to return to the present timeline.
  • Badass Transplant: After Terumi cut off his right arm as a child, Rachel brought Ragna to the basement of the Church he lived at and presented him with the Azure if he chooses it. Ragna wills it to serve as his new right arm and looks almost indistinguishable from his old one, albeit being completely black. Ragna's new right arm makes him one of the most powerful individuals in the series, albeit not without some problems.
  • Berserk Button: Ragna gets pissed off at a lot of things, but Hazama/Yuki Terumi is the one person who he hates more than anyone. The average match between the two is just them shouting for the other to die.
    • As of Chronophantasma it shifts to Izanami taunting him by mimicking Saya's voice which makes him snap.
    • Also in Chronphantasma, it's revealed that his other Button is endangering those he holds dear, as seen when Azrael attacks Celica during the tournament.
  • Best Served Cold: After Terumi burned down his church, cut off his arm, and kidnapped his sister, Ragna dedicated his entire existence towards ending his. By Chronophantasma however, he realizes that its not worth it.
    "I can't kill you enough times!"
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ragna was said to be very protective of Jin and Saya when they were children, and even after all of the crap that's happened between him and Jin, it's implied that whenever they fight, he holds back, mostly likely due to this. He also never goes through with the killing blow should he win. In CS, he's even gives Jin words of encouragement to overcome his Evil Weapon.
    • This also extends to Noel as well. Which makes sense considering she's a clone of Saya. To the point where despite only knowing her for a day at most, he's willing to sacrifice his left arm to restore her after she was Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the True Ending of the first game, when he saves Noel from being killed by v-13 by blocking her attack an instant before it connects.
    • He pulls it off again and again in Continuum Shift's True Ending. Saves Rachel from Hazama and Phantom's trap, saves Jin from Mu, and reverts Noel to normal at the cost of his left arm.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Ragna the Whatedge, and all the other moments in Rachel's gag reel. Due to playing the Only Sane Man in Gag Reels, this is expected.
  • Body Horror: While its usually obscured due to his jacket, extra material shows the arm that houses the Azure Grimoire is covering his body in what looks like a shadow.note  When he uses Devoured by Darkness, said arm becomes a giant, red tipped claw with a pulsing eye. And in two endings of the series, his clothes start to shred as he turns into a very feral looking monstrosity.
  • Bonus Boss: If you beat the final stage in Arcade Mode with enough super finishes, you fight a special version of him called Unlimited Ragna that is permanently in Blood Kain mode and whose stats are heavily increased.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Was subject to this in the third game when he was unable to use the Azure and by extension, the use of his right arm and eye for most of the game. He becomes a much more efficient fighter when he regains the use of his limbs and sight, and is able to even defeat Nu in the True Ending without using the Azure, something he was never able to do prior.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: While he does regain some of his sentience, Izanami makes his Grimiore go wild, turning him into a mindless berserker that injures Jin and Noel before heading off with Izanami.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: Most of the endings featuring him have him receive some type of injury. He's also a Glass Cannon and even his Super Mode drains his health (although no longer the case in the third game).
  • Brought Down to Badass: As Bloodedge in Phase 0. Also throughout CP when his Azure Grimoire his sealed off. Sure, he doesn't exactly fare a whole lot, but he manages to hold his own well enough despite the handicap. Also see Boxing Lessons for Superman above.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center
  • Butt Monkey: Continuum Shift seems to have turned him into this. The ghost-dream and the Spectacles of Eros scenes are both huge Crowning Moments of Funny. Not to mention that just about anyone not named Taokaka or Celica has something derisive or snarky to say to him.
  • Byronic Hero: A textbook example. He's tall, he's handsome, he has a troubled past and a cynical and occasionally abrasive (but also down-to-earth) attitude to match, and his quest for revenge against Terumi and rebellion against all forms of authority leave him morally questionable, but this is obscured by his surprising compassion. Oh, and chicks dig him.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Ragna does an enormous amount of this, at maximum volume and ferocity.
  • Came Back Strong: An heroic example. He nearly bled to death after Terumi cut off his arm and burned down his home. Then he was bitten by Rachael and fused with the corpse of an Eldritch Abomination. This gave him the Azure Grimoire and Soul Eater powers which turned him into a One-Man Army. The bad news is that if he uses them too much, he will turn into the aforementioned Eldritch Abomination.
  • The Cameo: In X Blaze Code Embryo as a Silhouette.
  • Catch Phrase: "It's not over yet." It's even the name of one of his Special attacks. He is also very fond of variations of "Outta my way!"
  • Celibate Hero: Despite the vast amounts of Ship Tease he gets, Ragna hasn't really shown any romantic interest in anyone. Makes sense, he's got way more important matters to worry about than his love life. He does mention a liking for "young girls" in CS (when he gets mistaken for pedophile, It Makes Sense in Context), what means Ragna isn't exactly uninterested in the opposite sex all the time, at least offscreen.
  • Character Development: Starting with Continuum Shift and all throughout Chronophantasma, Ragna has slowly gone from an individual motivated purely by revenge and was more than content with destroying everything that pissed him off, to a far more heroic individual willing to protect those he cares about.
  • Chick Magnet: In Rachel's non-canon joke ending for Continuum Shift, by the power of the Spectacles of Eros placed upon him by Rachel as a prank. It magnets a lot of characters, from Noel to Kokonoe... to even Nirvana.note  Her jealous body language, however, speaks much louder than the mocking banter she provides throughout the ending. Supposedly the glasses worked a little too well for her subconscious comfort. He's also a somewhat muted example in canon, receiving Ship Tease with several characters.
  • Close Ranged Combatant: He excels extremely well the closer he is to the opponent and overwhelms them with his life draining moves and above average damage output.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Was told by Jubei to never think of the Azure Grimoire's power as his own, but Ragna never seemed to understood what that actually meant considering how willing he is to throw it's power around at anything that remotely pisses him off.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Ragna never catches a break, at all. Whenever he succeeds in something, the universe makes sure for something equally bad or worse to happen afterwards.
    • It's bad enough that he's stuck in two unwanted yandere relationships with both of his siblings (well, one real sibling and one "technical" sibling).
    • In Chronophantasma, when Rachel warns him that discovering the truth about the Azure Grimoire will decide his future, Ragna states that he believes his future was never really in his hands to begin with.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A case of Gameplay and Story Segregation but, if Ragna performs his throw, he lifts his opponent over head, activates his Blood Scythe's extension of the blade, and stabs them in the face, making a cruel remark along the lines of "This'll sting!"
  • Cursed with Awesome/Blessed with Suck: On one hand, his Azure Grimoire grants him extraordinary abilities, enough to be considered the most wanted criminal in the world by the NOL and wage a one man assault on them. On the other hand, using it is slowly killing him and everyone wants to kill him for its power. The Material Collection also reveal that he generally avoids humans because his Grimoire constantly sucks lives out of his surroundings in order to function.
    • Outright admits this to Litchi in Continuum Shift.
      • Chronophantasma pushes his Azure Grimoire more towards the Blessed with Suck territory. As it turns out, whenever he gets wounded, those wounds extend to damage his very soul and they remain there even if someone uses phenomenon intervention to set time back. Oh and have we mentioned that his Azure Grimoire is spreading throughout his body?
  • Cuteness Proximity: Has a bit of this going on in CS. Even he can't help but be swayed by the cuteness of the Kaka kittens. A flashback reveals that his first reaction upon seeing his master Jubei was "you're a kitty! A big fluffy kitty!"
    • While they never meet in the CS main story, Ragna exhibits a bit of this in Arcade mode after fighting Makoto.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Dead Spike's input is reversed in Chronophantasmanote  With its old input being his new Bloodscythe move.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he was a child, he lost his home, his family, and his arm. He got a replacement for the latter but it's the remains of an Eldritch Abomination that ravaged the world years ago and if Ragna overuses its power, threatens to consume him and destroy the world again.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He dresses in Red/Black, his epithet is The Grim Reaper, and has the potential to destroy the entire world. Is he a good guy? Sort of... This trope is however played straight after some Character Development mellowed him out considerably.
  • Deadly Lunge: His Hell's Fang move.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Blood Kain.
  • Declaration of Protection: In Chronophantasma, when Ragna laments not having a reason to fight like Jin and Noel do, Celica gives him the suggestion that he should be her protector. Ragna doesn't really understand what he's protecting her from, but he agrees regardless. He takes this a lot more seriously when Celica's purpose is revealed however, especially after he returns from a trip to the past, where he met the real Celica there.
    • Gives a pretty damn impressive one for Noel in Alter Memory.
  • Determinator: Most people would go insane if put through half of the shit Ragna goes through, but he just swears a bit and keeps it moving.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Ragna does not give a single shit about the titles or status of the various characters he knows and pretty much speaks to them with the same attitude he treats everyone with. He also has no problem fighting against those same people either despite the fact that more than half of them are capable of kicking his own ass.
  • Die or Fly: After getting his arm chopped off, he had two choices; bleed out and die or survive assimilating the Azure Grimoire. Naturally he survives the latter.
  • The Dragon: to Boing Queen Litchi in Platinum's gag reel in Continuum Shift
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: For some reason, if Celica is in his proximity, his right hand becomes crippled, his red eye unusable and he can't use his Azure powers around 1/3 into the third game's story. Made worse by Kokonoe telling him to stay close with her or his Idea Engine will blow up. This leads to the Power Loss Makes You Strong below. Later Kokonoe reveals that the "bomb" thing was a lie, and she later upgrades his Idea Engine so that he'll be immune to Celica's seithr-nullifying ability and he can use his powers again.
  • The Dreaded: To the NOL.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He really doesn't get as much respect from the cast as his reputation would imply.
  • Dying Deal Upgrade: After Terumi cut off his arm, he was left to bleed out in the burning Church until Rachel came to him. She offered him the Azure Grimoire to get a second chance at life and, in the first time loop, drank his blood.
  • Dynamic Entry: He has a new attack in Continuum Shift called Belial Edge which is this.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: It seems to happen once per game, but in every True Ending of the series, Ragna will be forced to activate his Azure Grimoire to fight the respective game's final boss.
  • Escaped from the Lab: He, along with his siblings, was rescued from an unknown lab by Jubei and then was brought to Celica's custody.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Besides Jin, Arakune's CS Gag Reel features Hazama wanting to marry an unconscious Ragna.
  • Face Monster Turn/Rogue Protagonist: In Chronophantasma's True Ending, Izanami causes his grimoire to go out of control and morph into something akin to a humanoid Black Beast, not unlike the one in his Continuum Shift Bad Ending. He loses control of himself and attacks Jin and Noel and beats them within an inch of their lives. He disappears afterwards, but Rachel says he needs to be put down before whatever is in him gets out, and charges Tsubaki with the task.
  • Face of a Thug: Despite Looking perpetually angry, he is actually a pretty good guy when you show him some kindness.
  • Failure Hero: He tries damn hard, but it seems like Ragna's attempt to change anything about his miserable life just end up for naught. He does win a few times, but they're usually not crucial victories and when the stakes are higher and he does manage to win, it usually furthers the villains' whims.
  • Foreshadowing: One of his dislikes is ghosts. And Terumi is one; he's possibly even the reason for this phobia in the first place.
    • His specials have a hellish theme to their names. That, and some of the designs, point towards the Azure Grimoire being the Black Beast.
  • Glass Cannon: He has below average health, so much that despite his huge firepower, even his life-sucking ability will have a hard time keeping it up. A console-exclusive skit in Calamity Trigger had Litchi poke fun of it and compare him to Guilty Gear's Chipp Za—GAUNTLET HADES!
    • Gameplay and Story Integration: Ragna tends to leave himself open alot to attacks and insults in story mode, and he often gets badly injured even by light attacks.
  • Gonk: His wanted poster.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Our patron deity.
  • Grapple Move: His Devoured by Darkness Distortion Drive has him grab his opponent with his enlarged right hand and then suck their life force for himself. Also his Not Over Yet! (See below)
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: As the original Bloodedge, he bought the Six Heroes the year they needed to arm humanity against the Black Beast — by sacrificing himself to put the Black Beast in a coma for a year. Nobody aside from the Six Heroes (and Celica) knew this... Jubei never tells anyone, despite idolizing the man, due to immense guilt of not being able to prevent his death.
  • Guest Fighter: In Lost Saga.
  • Handicapped Badass: In BlazBlue: Phase 0, after getting sent back in time, Ragna's right arm and eye stopped working. However, it's downplayed as while he can hold his own he notes his center of gravity is off due to not being able to use his arm, and that he has a blind spot on his right side, so his fighting style is severely hindered as a result.
    • Also happens in the third game, where his Azure Grimoire, and by extension his right arm and eye stop functioning. It's due to Celica's abilities.
  • Hates Being Touched: Doesn't seem to mind if he's on good terms with people such as Noel or Tao, but if not, contact weirds him out.
  • Healing Factor: Hakumen's sword has the ability to nullify it though.
    • Good Thing You Can Heal: He also gets grievously injured, a lot. However, healing may not be the right word since it's been revealed that thanks to the Azure, the damage he takes remains on his soul forever.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Ragna has a really hard time recognizing that people see good traits in him, and doesn't see himself as anything more than a murderous scumbag who's only goal in life is to get revenge on Terumi, the man who wronged him.
  • Hey, You!/The Nicknamer: Has a habit of referring to most of his acquaintances this way; "Rabbit"note , "Masked Freak"note , "Old Man"note . Unlike Tao who does it out of playful innocence, there's a lot of irreverence behind Ragna's naming.
  • High-Pressure Blood: In Taokaka's CS story mode, she describes him as looking like a "blood-sprinkler."
  • Hopeless with Tech: In Valkenhayn's Gag Reel, he is utterly clueless about operating his smartphone. To put this in perspective, Tao understands the phone perfectly.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He becomes one when using his Astral, and after becoming part of the Black Beast.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: "Restriction 666 released... Dimensional interruption imaginary number formed... BlazBlue (or Azure Grimoire in some parts of the dub, or both)... Activated!"
  • I Can Still Fight: If there's one thing Ragna is good at, it's fighting when he realistically has no chance of winning. This literally happens in every game to date. Every one.
  • Identity Amnesia: As Bloodedge in Phase 0 and the Six Heroes storyline in Chronophantasma. Happens again in the new true ending of Chronophantasma Extend, where he appears out of the Embryo.
  • Idiot Hero: Sorta. He has pretty average intelligence, but a really nasty habit of blindly attacking any problem head on. In all fairness, however, the characters who try to talk him out of such things really are godawful at explaining themselves — see Only Sane Man.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: While he can't really do it in gameplay (his attacks have too much startup delay), Ragna is often seen swatting aside projectiles in cutscenes and story sequences, up to and including stopping ''lasers' with Blood-Scythe.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although it's sometimes really hard to see the heart, though.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: It's Not Over Yet! has this effect, though it's more like "pick them up while they are down and sock them."
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: According to this image, cats are apparently pretty fond of him. Furthermore, in his story route in Continuum Shift, he gets along better with the Kaka Village inhabitants than he does with pretty much every other character in the series, and is even shown playing with the children. Must have something to do with his master being a cat...
  • Large Ham: Just listen to his battle quotes. Both Sugita and Seitz clearly had a lot of fun with them. And then there's the fact that Seitz Screams Like a Little Girl...
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Twice. Rachel sends him back to the past to learn about Kushinada's Linchpin, the process of which leaves gaps in his memories. He still remembers his own name and recognizes Celica and Juubei, but it feels like déjà vu to him. The process is reversed when he gets back. The second time is in the ending of Chronophantasma Extend, where he wakes up with the Embryo high in the sky, with no clue where or who he is.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In a rare case for a Japanese protagonist, this is arguably Deconstructed. Ragna's tendency to just attack everything in his way leads him to making some pretty poor decisions. A notable example is when he goes after Terumi in Continuum Shift despite repeated warnings not to, the reason? Terumi created the Azure Grimoire, and not only does he know how to shut down Ragna's, he has his own, more powerful version.
  • Leitmotif: The song rather appropriately named "Rebellion", which describes...well, Ragna's rebellion against the world and his fate. His boss theme is "Black Onslaught", when he really cuts loose with the Azure Grimoire.
  • Life Drain: As noted above, the main ability of his drive. The more attacks he hits you with his drive attacks, the more health he drains. The amount increases even further in Blood Kain.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Unlimited self is not only faster and stronger than he normally is, he out-tanks Tager (at least in CT).
  • Living Macguffin: In the first game, practically everyone wants a piece of Ragna.
  • Locked into Strangeness: He used to be blond, like the rest of his family.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Is aware of being this and extremely annoyed by it. He repeatedly yells at Rachel to "throw him a bone!".
  • Lolicon: In CS he's teased and mistaken for being this. To make matters worse he claims he's into young girls, but then explains it came out wrong.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Side materials confirm that his red eye is connected to the grimoire instead of vampirism. Rachel only ever bit him once in the first loop, his eye stops working when his grimoire stops working, and his eye starts working again when his grimoire starts working again in Phase 0. Put two and two together.
  • The McCoy: To Jin's Spock and Noel's Kirk
  • The Mean Brit: Was born in England according to Word of God.
  • Meaningful Name: Ragna comes from the Ragnarok, the Twilight of the gods and the end of the world.
    • Alternately, it references the Norse hero Ragnar Lodbrok, who is known for slaying an evil snake and being executed by getting thrown into a Snake Pit. Considering that Terumi is associated with snakes, this probably is not a coincidence.
  • Mystical White Hair: His hair bleached as a result of the trauma he endured when Terumi chopped off his arm and assimilating the Azure Grimoire.
  • Named Weapons: His BFS, the Blood Scythe. Somewhat not fitting until you see his Astral Heat.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Well, this should have been painfully obvious by now.
  • The Namesake: Ragna's title, "the Bloodedge," actually comes from the unsung hero, Bloodedge. That coat and sword is also from the same man. In reality Bloodedge was an semi-amnesic time-displaced Ragna.
  • Nerf: Continuum Shift took the nerf bat to Unlimited Ragna, toning down his health to make him a less ridiculous True Final Boss... and to make Hazama and Mu-12 even more impressive by comparison. This despite Ragna acquiring the Idea Engine story-wise, which would seem to cause the opposite effect.
  • Nice Guy: He's actually a rather decent guy to anyone who gets past his gruff exterior, such as Noel and Celica. Shown off best in Episode 8 of the anime, in his interactions with a lost Lambda.
    • In the "Six Heroes" story of Chronophantasma, his Bloodedge incarnation has amnesia and thus has no memory of all the terrible events of his life. He's a much less aggressive and confrontational guy (although still resorts to swearing a lot), and he's really sweet to Celica, implying that beyond his Freudian Excuse, this is his true personality.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • In CS: Him managing to turn Mu-12 back to Noel is considered as something nigh-impossible that Takamagahara gets distracted at it, allowing Terumi to hack into their system and taking over them.
    • In CP: Him saving Nu-13 instead of killing her (as Hakumen expected) leads to Izanami controlling Nu to stab Ragna while he's distracted, leaving him injured enough for Izanami to control his Azure Grimoire.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: Fills the general criteria, despite being made well after the decade. Has the dark and gritty name, lethal powerset and an equally lethal weapon with names just as gritty as his (Dead Spike, Hell's Fang, Blood-Scythe, Blood Kain, etc.), the bad attitude, is totally committed to whatever his current goal is (often to the point of getting him into some deep shit), and will beat down anyone who gets in the way of said goal. However he gets better in Chronophantasma as stated above.
  • Nominal Hero: Before Character Development started to settle in, this was all he really was. It's pretty easy to miss the fact that Ragna wasn't fighting against the NOL for altruistic reasons, but just to get his chance to kill Terumi. In fact, he said in no uncertain terms that he hates the world and everything in it and deep down he wanted to destroy it for screwing him over.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: A protagonist example. His path of destruction and vengeance earned him the highest bounty ever put out by the NOL, and the very likely occurrence that he will become another Black Beast has made him a rather feared and hated individual within the series. The misunderstood part comes from the fact he has very justifiable reasons for his destructive tendencies, and he barely has any control over his grimoire as it is. Almost everyone that gets to know him learn quickly that despite the rough exterior and his questionable actions, he's nowhere near as bad a person as his reputation implies.
  • The Obi-Wan: As "Bloodedge", he was this to Jubei. Jubei's now returning the favor.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: In standard Anime fashion, he has absolutely no trouble wielding a sword that's clearly too large to be of reasonable use.
  • One-Man Army: Has destroyed entire NOL installations all on his own.
  • One-Winged Angel: Does this during his Astral Finish, where he turns into... something big and covered in shadow.
  • Only Sane Man: Ragna, usually in the Gag Reels, is played as a spectacularly hammy version of this by both voice actors, wildly lampshading the absurdity around him while others hardly seem to notice. However, in main story, he's less so, considering that he's got tons of anger-management issues and has the Black Beast stored within him that could turn him into that very beast. He still tries his best to be sane, bless him.
  • Order Versus Chaos: His rivalry with his brother Jin/Hakumen is based mostly around this trope, with him obviously being the chaos.
  • Perpetual Frowner: While Sol's artworks commonly depicts him smiling/smirking, Ragna is often portrayed as frowning in his artworks. His portrait in the sequel even has him scowling.
    • When He Smiles: He does smile occasionally throughout the series though. In his Continuum Shift route, he's shown to smile now and then, especially if he's playing with Tao or the other kitties in the Kaka Village. In the eighth episode of the Anime, he gives possibly his warmest smiles to date when he's caring for a lost Lambda.
  • Pet the Dog: As much as he tries to embrace his reputation, he definitely seems to have some morals to himself.
  • Power Degeneration: The more Ragna uses the fake Azure, the greater the chance that it will take control of his entire body and turn him into a humanoid Black Beast.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His dark power manifests in a dark angel wing, during his win poses.
  • Power Glows: Blood Kain comes with a black/dark purple glow.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: Pretty much his Character Arc in Chronophantasma, he's unable to use his Azure Grimoire and is forced to fight without it. In the process, he grows to understand the meaning of power and the responsibility that comes with it.
  • Power-Up Letdown: Calamity Trigger Reconstruction brings back the moment Ragna finally stops holding back (see Power Limiter above), only this time, for whatever reason, Unlimited Ragna does not become playable. Cue Unlimited Hakumen and Nu-13.
  • The Promise: His promise to Litchi to spare Arakune. Also one for Celica in the past, as Bloodedge, to meet again in the future.
  • Punctuated Pounding: Goes hand in hand with being a Large Ham during gameplay. Any match when he fights Jin or Hazama (but not Terumi strangely enough) is effectively a shouting match between the two.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: According to Word of God, his hobby is... cooking. Apparently, his specialty is meat dishes... which Jin happens to despise. Somewhat justified, as his master Jubei is a Supreme Chef, some of his cooking skills might've been passed on to Ragna.
  • Rebel Scum: How most of the normal NOL see him.
    • Also, his theme song? It's called "Rebellion."
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. He wears a red jacket and a black vest underneath, but he's both The Hero and while a bit of a dick at times, he's positively a messiah compared to Relius and Hazama.
  • Red Baron: As mentioned, his moniker is "Grim Reaper" due to his Badass Longcoat and Sinister Scythe.
  • Red Oni: To Jin's Blue Oni.
  • Red Right Hand: His right arm is the Azure Grimoire, and he turns it into a giant demonic claw for Devoured by Darkness.
  • Reverse Grip: Might be a nod to Sol Badguy.
  • Rolling Attack: His new move in CP, Blood Scythe, is him doing this with his scythe form of his weapon.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Him and Celica seem to have this dynamic. She's incredibly Genki, and Ragna is constantly exasperated at her energy and No Sense of Direction. At times, though, they may become Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl instead.
  • Say My Name: TERUMI!!!, JIN!
  • Screaming Warrior: Not a single match using doesn't have him shout at the top of his lungs.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In his CS Gag Reel, after realizing that he became what he feared the most: a ghost. Being the Butt Monkey he is, he is mocked relentlessly afterward by Rachel and Tager, of all people. Link to proof is above under Large Ham.
  • Screw Destiny: Basically tells this to Jin in his CS True Ending. He doesn't care if he is destined to be the Destroyer of the World, he's going to fight that destiny, and that if Jin wants to fight him, he should do it as his brother rather than as the World's Antibody.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: A good number of his specials come out with the imagery of dark claws or beastly heads.
  • Ship Tease: Ragna is shipped with some of the females of the cast, both in promotions and within the games themselves. It gets Played for Laughs in a specific Gag Reel from CS and CP respectively, when almost every named female characternote  falls in love with him when wears the Spectacles of Eros.
  • Shotoclone: Conspicuously averts this with his lack of full-screen projectiles and hurricane kick. Inferno Divider on the other hand....
    • While not full screen, in Chronophantasma, Dead Spike's input has changed (to a 236/QCF motion) while looking and functioning more like a projectile.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Because of circumstances outside their control when they children, and the fact that their destinies are at complete odds with each other, there is a lot of bad blood between him and Jin. Even being on the same side during Chronophantasma doesn't quell their feud much.
  • Signature Move: Most of his specials, DD and Astral Heat can be this, but special mention goes to his Dead Spike (where he throws out a monstrous head made of darkness). It even becomes its own character in a spinoff game.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Someone really needs to wash his mouth out with some soap, and this is taken Up to 11 whenever he's up against someone he really hates (Jin, Terumi, etc etc)
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: whenever he has a conversation with Rachel, sit back, grab a popcorn and enjoy the show.
  • SNK Boss: His "Unlimited" version in Calamity Trigger's Arcade.
  • Sticks to the Back: His Blood Scythe freely hangs horizontally on the back of his hip when he's not using it.
  • Super Mode: Blood Kain.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Blood-Scythe, which doubles as both a BFS and, as the name suggests, a Sinister Scythe.
  • Synchronization / Gemini Destruction Law: CS reveals he has a "life-link" with Nu, which is why no one could kill her in the previous game. Whatever else a life-link involves, it means that neither he or she can die unless both of them die at the same time (or something severs the lifelink).
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Temporal Paradox: Ragna went back in time and eventually left his jacket and sword with Celica before he returned to the present and Ragna would eventually inherit said jacket and sword from Jubei. So basically, his jacket and sword have no point of origin. Even stranger, when Ragna eventually returns to the present, he's without the jacket and sword but somehow gains them again in the very next scene. Also, Mitsuyoshi gets his alias "Jubei" from the future Ragna who called him such, being Jubei's disciple.
  • Theme Naming: Ragna's attack names sound dark and demonic (Dead Spike, Belial Edge, Blood Kain, and Carnage Scissors), invoke the imagery of Hell (Hell's Fang, Inferno Divider, and Gauntlet Hades), or involve darkness in some way (Devoured by Darkness).
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He'll shout this at Jin when using some of his specials. In CS, he shouts it at Hazama during an animated cutscene.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: While the details are a mystery, it appears Ragna is not a naturally born human, a point he tries in vain to use to argue Noel back into sanity. He's aware of whatever is going on, but we the audience have to wait on another sequel.
    • Used quite literally in Phase 0, where it is revealed that Ragna is the original Bloodedge, just without his memory.
  • Too Many Belts: Two Many Belts, to be exact.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already a badass to start with, and he just gets better as the series goes on. The first glimpse was in Continuum Shift, Terumi shuts down Ragna's grimoire and pretty much makes him his bitch. After Lambda's sacrifice he gains the Idea Engine and overcomes Terumi's influence and proceeds to return the Curb-Stomp Battle he had just been on the receiving end of, rescues Rachel from the Imperator's trap, then saves Jin's ass from brainedwashed Noel and proceeds to kick her ass and save her as well.
    • Chronophantasma ups the ante by removing his ability to use the Azure, and by extension, the use of his right arm and eye. It helps him realize that he should fight using his own strength, without relying on the grimoire. While he does spend most of the game tossed around by the likes of Kagura, Jin, and Azrael due the handicap, he's a much more efficient fighter when he regains the use of his limbs and sight. He even defeats Nu in the True Ending without the Azure, something he was never able to do prior.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Chronophantasma, see Character Development above. But since he's still Ragna at heart, he's still a bit of a smartass, just not a perpetually angry one anymore.
  • True Final Boss: Unlimited Ragna in Calamity Trigger Arcade Mode.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: In covers and promotional ads, Ragna, Jin and Noel are always sided together as the series's main protagonists.
  • The Unfettered: What he tries to be, but he really is a good person at heart despite his protests.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As noted by Kagura, Ragna really doesn't use any sort of skill or finesse when he fights but just straight up throws his power around against anyone who gets in his way and use the Azure Grimoire when things look bleak. If somebody can negate his Azure Grimoire (which a lot of characters have the ability to do) then he really finds himself in trouble. Though he starts growing out of this in Chronophantasma, as mentioned above in Boxing Lessons for Superman.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He was enraged after Lambda/Nu's Heroic Sacrifice and death at the hands of Terumi (which is really saying something given his usual attitude). What followed was one of the most satisfying beatdowns in the series.
    Time to die, you degenerate son-of-a-Bitch!!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He's basically this with all of his associates, particularly with Rachel. He may be constantly annoyed at her attitude, but he always comes through for her when she needs him to.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Did not consider any of the Prime Field Devices humans, just things that needed to be destroyed. However, after meeting Noel (and Lambda in the Anime), a Prime Field Device who is almost indistinguishable from a normal human, he starts questioning this stance. After Noel is MindRaped into her Prime Field personality, Ragna has the epiphany that it doesn't matter if she's human or not and that she has a right to live and this enables him to restore her to her "good" self.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Near the end of the anime towards Rachel and Kokonoe, calling them out holier than thou attitude but having no alternatives to save Noel after she's been tempered to her Murakumo personality.
    • Gives Kokonoe a second one in Chronophantasma for her plan to use Celica to activate a Fantastic Nuke, knowing full well it would kill her in the process.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. Sure, he's a big, swear-prone meanie head with outspoken hatred to the world and has become infamous as a criminal, but at times he can't help but be helpful to people.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Ghosts?: He's rather comically afraid of ghosts. It was first revealed in a non-canon gag reel, but seems to have bled into canon as well.
  • Why Won't You Die?: "Die Already!"; something he yells out while fighting. Especially for Terumi/Hazama.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Pre-Character Development. Really more noticeable in the Anime.
  • The Worf Effect: Arguably what contributes to his Butt Monkey status the most. Whenever a powerful new character comes along, their first feats of strength is usually beating the shit out of Ragna to prove how badass they are. Hakumen, Terumi, Kagura, and Azrael are the most notable characters to do this. It's gotten to the point where he's known for this than anything, despite his record not being too bad.
  • Worf Had the Flu: To be a bit fairer, most of his losses are due to some influence out of his control; Hakumen's sword negates his Healing Factor, Terumi's Azure Grimoire shuts down his own before he acquired the Idea Engine, and he only had use of one arm and eye when he fought Jin and Azrael.
  • World's Strongest Man: Has this reputation due to possessing both the Azure Grimoire and the world's highest bounty. Comparatively, however, there are a good number of other people who out-power him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite his status as the series Chew Toy, he does garner some bit of respect for his reputation; The likes of Jin, Hakumen, and Azrael all express a desire to fight him at his best.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Double Subverted. He will hit a girl if they attack him, but that's only because holding back against a girl in this setting is a good way to get your ass kicked. That said, he clearly doesn't enjoy fighting them.
    • (to Litchi) "*sigh* It just doesn't feel right fighting a woman."
    • (to Nu, before killing her) "I really am sorry... Saya..."
    • (to Lambda) "This whole thing... just... sucks!"
  • You Are Number Five: Several pieces of official art show a tattoo marking Ragna as number five of something, similar to the Murakumo Units, though it's still unknown just what he's the fifth of.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: At the end of Chronophantasma Rachel reveals that the evil inside of him is slowly consuming him. With the amount of seithr in the world lowered, he has even less time, thus he must be killed before that happens. If that fails, then apparently killing Rachel might help as well.
  • You're Insane!: He thinks Rachel is insane, calling her a "twisted, evil, blood-sucking rabbit" in her Continuum Shift Gag Reel when, due to the effect of the Spectacles of Eros, Luna falls madly in love with him and Rachel taunts her by claiming that he's head-over-heels in love with her (Rachel).
    Rachel: "Ragna is simply head over heels in love with me, of course!"
    Luna: "Is... is this true?!"
    Ragna: "No! And in case you missed it the first time, HELL NO! You twisted, evil, blood-sucking rabbit! What the hell do you think you're doing?!"

    Jin Kisaragi 
The Hero of Ikaruga. Kind of an asshole.

I don't have the time to waste on you.

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese) / David Vincent (English)

The Rival and the secondary male protagonist of the series. Major Jin Kisaragi is one of the elite commanding officers of the NOL. Known famously as the "Hero of Ikaruga", Jin is aloof, cold, arrogant, borderline sociopathic, and teeters on the edge of insanity, with a disturbing and almost incestuous fixation upon his brother. Despite all this, he genuinely earned his status, and is respected among the NOL's ranks, even though his own opinion of the organization is dubious at best. Jin also has an irrational hatred for his subordinate, Noel Vermillion. His sword, Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa, is a katana with a blade made of pure ice; it's one of the Nox Nyctores, an Evil Weapon that both rekindles his lost memories, turning him insane and inspires homicidal fury around Ragna and Noel.

Ragna got fed up with his especially needy attitude as a kid, and when Ragna ignored him in favor of Saya (whom Noel resembles, which is why he hates her), Jin's slow path to insanity began. He apparently began having visions of the future, which may or may not have been induced by Terumi or Yukianesa, and as Terumi assaulted the church, he possessed Jin, told him that Ragna will be responsible of the world's destruction, and made Jin cut off Ragna's arm. Terumi then ran off with Saya and Jin, wiped Jin's memory of the incident, and Jin never saw Saya again. He was later adopted into the noble Kisaragi house, joined the academy, and quickly rose up the ranks; after graduating, he's quickly appointed to the fields to deal with Ikaruga Civil War, and afterwards was given the Major rank. When he heard Ragna had been sighted in Kagutsuchi, he actively disobeys the Library's orders and hunts him down by himself. Ultimately becoming a Fallen Hero as seen by many, although in terms of the story (particularly the sequels) he's slowly becoming a true hero.

His arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Impossible meeting, Resume and Determination. His story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: False hero and Decision.

His Drive, Reitou (Frost Bite), freezes his opponents. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Zettou (Frost End), which enhances his freezing abilities by causing every attack involving his sword Yukianesa to re-freeze the opponent. His Astral Finish, Rengoku Hyōya, involves him firing a small but fast wave of ice on the ground that is unblockable. If it connects, the opponent is frozen along with the background, then shattered.

  • Above Good and Evil/Blue and Orange Morality: Not him personally, Jubei states that his Power of Order "... ain't good, but it ain't evil either." In practice, the Power allows him to resist and override Phenomenon Intervention by sheer force of will, imposing his own 'Order' on the world. While with that power he's stated to be the "antibody" for Ragna's potential "world destroyer" status, Rachel states that order can be overbearing, Mu-12 calls him "Endbringer" and Ragna tells him that he should act like what he wants to instead of following some kind of destined role.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: To the point that it can slice through magical barriers/fields. The first time we see this is in CS, where he cuts his way out of Phantom's magical field after his fight with Tsubaki.
  • The Ace: To name, he is a Child Prodigy who earned each and everything any man would fight and die for, is next in-line to inherit the Kisaragi Family, was the head of the Student Council in his tenure, well-respected among his peers and classmates alike, and the youngest individual to earn the title of "Hero."
  • Adaptational Heroism: In The Anime of the Game, Jin is noticeably less antagonistic and while still a dick, at least somewhat respectful of others.
  • Adorkable: He starts playing around with his ice car, making sound effects along with it.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He doesn't really care that much. But, this pretty much sums up his status in the Kisaragi family despite the enormous amount of awards and accomplishments he took home with him in their name. It's easy to see how he easily decided to cut his connections with them after he abandons his post in the Librarium.
  • Aloof Ally: Aloof younger brother to Ragna, and technically an aloof older brother to Noel.
  • Aloof Big Brother: See Ragna's entry. Jin becomes one to Saya partly due to that. In Wheel of Fortune, he was actually as compassionate to her as Ragna was.
  • Always Save the Girl: The first question that came to Jin's mind after Tsubaki's Face-Heel Turn was if he could save her.
    • In Makoto's Story Mode in EXTEND, Jin seems to value Makoto's safety more than his and doesn't even mind freezing Hazama while barely being able to walk and then carrying her off to save her. In CS proper, Jin parries a shot against her and still freezes Hazama despite his injuries.
    • In Chrono Phantasma EXTEND's version of Remix Heart, he cares enough for both Mai and Kajun to save them from a dangerous situation.
  • Ambiguously Bi/Depraved Bisexual: Jin's fixation upon Ragna has... uncomfortable undertones, which is lampshaded in various official sketches or joke ends. On the other hand, there are his thoughts on his childhood friend Tsubaki...
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Due to Terumi erasing his memories, he was actually pretty normal during his academy days; though still cold and serious, he could even be nice at times. This all went to hell after the Ikaruga War...
  • Ancestral Weapon: His Yukianesa was first wielded by Seven of Ishana's Ten Sages; he was also then-current head of the Kisaragi family.
  • An Ice Person: His sword can let him manipulate ice to attack his opponents and freeze them.
  • Animals Hate Him: Whereas Cat Girl Taokaka has normal victory quotes when fighting all the other characters, her response to Jin is just growling and hissing and "Tao doesn't like you!"
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: According to Ragna, he was super-needy and scared as a kid, always nagging him for help at every turn. It's easy to see why Ragna got so annoyed with him and paid more attention to Saya.
  • AntiHero: What he becomes after Character Development. He goes from a figurehead hero to an actual one. Although his attitude hasn't really changed all that much, just who he fights against.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: To the nth degree. What contributes to his Jerkass nature is that he's fully aware of how skilled he is. Almost all of his Arcade win quotes, in all three games are just trash talking at how inferior his opponent is and how foolish it was for them to fight him.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Unlike Ky Kiske, he damn well worked his way up to "authority" status, which makes him utterly badass. On the other hand, though, it is implied that what he did in Ikaruga War was partly orchestrated by NOL, and especially Hazama, so that he can become NOL's figurehead hero. In particular, it is stated that Hazama sentenced other NOL troops who are potentially stronger/more helpful than Jin with false crimes.
  • Ax-Crazy: Becomes this whenever he's around Ragna. After a psychotherapy session with Hakumen and Jubei, he has been more-or-less cured. He's still an aloof jerk, though, and delves back into Ax-Crazy whenever he sees Ragna, though he now has the capacity to ignore his Brother if there are more pressing concerns.
  • Badass: This is the man who single-handedly annihilated the Ikaruga Federation, effortlessly steamrolled both Phantom (a powerful magic-user and and also Nine herself, one of the Six Heroes) and Hazama (the all-powerful villain who even Ragna had trouble defeating), who is labeled as the "End-bringer" said to become Ragna's "Greatest Enemy", eventually.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: One of his pre-fight poses.
  • Badass Boast: "I am the cold steel... the blade that will restore balance to this world!" Only seen once, but it's the first time he's activated Yukianesa against its will, signaling that he Took a Level in Badass. Also, afterward, he is one of the few characters that doesn't receive a severe beatdown after fighting Hazama in story mode.
  • Badass Bookworm: A prodigy during the Academy days and grew up to become a badass.
  • Badass Creed: Before he defected, he recited the NOL's creed whenever he faced off against Noel, Hazama, Tsubaki, and Makoto in a match. He also has another near the end of his Continuum Shift route after his World Of Card Board Speech against Tsubaki after her Face-Heel Turn. It's also remarkably similar to Hakumen's own Badass Creed.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Bad Boss: Towards Noel, until he is less hostile towards her in Chronophantasma. Despite that, he still insults and demeans her every chance he gets, downplaying the trope.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: He plans to do this to Tsubaki in CP, along with Noel and Makoto.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hurting Ragna or getting in the way between him and Ragna. Tsubaki finds this out the hard way in the Drama CD Wheel of Fortune.
    • Mentioning anything remotely bad about Tsubaki is enough for him to slice you right then and there.
    • Harming Makoto in front of him. The button won't be pressed hard. But, he'll STILL kick your ass.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Says this when resisting Yukianesa, even to the point of saying it at least three times in a row.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he saves Makoto from Hazama by parrying his attack, freezing him solid, and then carrying Makoto off to safety. All this while he is still afflicted with heavy injuries.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Even after being adopted. His adopted siblings in the Kisaragi Family hate and distrust him because of their jealousy towards his accomplishments.
  • Bishōnen: Being Ky's Spiritual Successor, this must be a requirement.
  • Blade Spam: His Sekkajin special.
  • Blonde Guys Are Jerkasses: He may not be an antagonist, but he certainly fits this trope in his less lucid moments. By Continuum Shift, he's mellowed out considerably, subverting this trope.
  • Blood Knight: Only around Ragna though. He gets more than a little happy at the thought of fighting him.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Downplayed; he wears blue, is hailed as "Hero of Ikaruga" and becomes more heroic after his Character Development. Doesn't mean he has to be nice, though.
  • Blue Oni: To Ragna's Red Oni. Continuum Shift started to give him a few red traits, though.
  • Brainwashed/Grand Theft Me: It's revealed that Terumi is the one who possessed him when he burned down the church and cut Ragna's arm off.
  • Broken Ace: Oh sure, Jin is a prodigy and was adopted into a high-class family, yet all these things mean nothing to him. He found little to no happiness or purpose in his accomplishments. According to him, his life is decided upon by others, and he is only following what order is placed on him. Couple this with the fact that most of the members of the Kisaragi family look down on him and treat him as nothing special, yet he still obeys them to the letter. To be specific, he is more of a "Servant" to the family rather than a "Family Member."
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday/Unknown Rival: His reaction to Bang's one-sided vendetta.
  • Button Mashing: Sekkajin (mash C) in Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift. In a subversion, merely button mashing won't make the move actually be one of Jin's combo option, there is a time frame where Jin can stop and leaving the enemy vulnerable while floating a bit, for combo options. The input was changed in Chrono Phantasma to remove this though, being replaced with a simple Down-Down-C input.
  • Byronic Hero: Jin is extremely attractive, calm, intelligent, a Chick Magnet, and is considered a Hero by many for ending the Ikaruga Civil War. But, is very much deeply troubled inside because of his Dark and Troubled Past and the fact that he is a Sociopathic Hero who will not hesitate to hurt anyone who stands in his way.
  • Cain and Abel: With Ragna.
  • The Cape: In contrast to Ragna's cowl, though a rather dark one.
  • Catch Phrase: "You are...MY ENEMY!" When facing those who threaten the world and trigger the Power of Order.
  • Celibate Hero: Despite how obviously he cares about Tsubaki, he doesn't really express any actual romantic attraction towards her, or any other woman for that matter. He doesn't really know how to express his feelings as a result of his childhood, might have something to do with it.
    • Although this is somewhat justified, considering what the hell is currently going on, it's not really the best time to be acting on your feelings when there are more important things at stake.
  • Character Development: Like his brother Ragna, Jin has also done a lot of growing through the series. Originally concerned only with his selfish desire to kill Ragna and could care less about the world around him, to embracing his destiny as the keeper of order in the world and fights to restore it to its natural state. By the end of Continuum Shift, after finally managing to resist Yukianesa's influence, he is significantly more mellow. Even Jubei comments that he "sure has grown."
  • Chekhov's Lecture: When he first meets Jubei in the second game, the latter tells him about the Power of Order, but Jin dismisses him. Then after Valkenhayn's little "treatment" on him and his botched fight with Ragna, he starts to realize what the Power of Order is.
  • Chick Magnet: Heavily implied in Remix Heart. Apparently, in the Torifune Festival, he gets the title of "Izanagi" and then there were many competitors vying for the "Izanami" title, and they are NOT amused when they suspect Tsubaki of cheating (Technically, she is; Mai and Kajun are pulling some mind reading tricks on the opposition without Tsubaki's knowledge.)
    • No longer implied. Jin was proven to be a Chick Magnet even before the start of Calamity Trigger. His list includes a secretly Yandere childhood friend who would stab anyone who would take him away from her, a Beastkin Ms. Fanservice in a Stripperiffic outfit who seems to have a crush on him back in his academy days and maybe until this day, and a member of his student council in the Academy who loves teasing him in questionable ways. That's not even counting all of his frothing horny fangirls back in the Academy.
  • Childhood Friends: With Tsubaki.
  • Child Prodigy: Being Ky's Spiritual Successor, this is another requirement. Despite being adopted into a noble and prestigious family with many "siblings", Jin has been appointed the first in-line to inherit the House of the Kisaragi Family because of his outstanding talents. He's earned every one of his accolades, including a promotion to major due to his accomplishments in the war against the nation of Ikaruga.
  • Clothing Combat: His midair B attack is him spinning around, smacking his foe with his loose sleeves-thing.
  • Combination Attack: In the climax of CP, he and Hakumen use their Yukikaze to cut down the Monolith.
  • Cool Big Bro: In Jin's Military Academy Days, he behaves like this towards his group with Tsubaki, Noel, Makoto and Carl.
  • Cool Sword: Literally. His Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa is a katana with a blade made of pure ice, with a hilt that compresses it to keep it cool.
  • Counter Attack: Kokuujin: Yukikaze (Empty Sky Form: Winter's Riposte) from Continuum Shift onward. Not surprising it shares its name with Hakumen's.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Jin has these on his boots, which he shares with the rest of the NOL crew. The metallic clasps on his clothing are shaped like these as well.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Going for Bang's Bad Ending in CS? Just don't expect Jin to put up much of a fight, being unable to use C or D-attacks and specials.
    • Flip-flopped for his fight with a brainwashed Tsubaki in CS. He starts at a disadvantage because Yukianesa won't respond to his commands, but when he forcibly activates it, Tsubaki is on the receiving end.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Jin is a wielder of the "Power of Order", and deemed as the "World's Antibody." Yet because of this, he has been subjected as an Unwitting Pawn by Hazama particularly in the Ikaruga Civil War where he killed Tenjou. Also, take note that Jin is not even aware of this power until recently. Sure, he was a hero after the war, but Bang claimed he was a murderer.
  • Cryonics Failure: His ice powers all enable this, with his Astral being the clearest example thereof.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Jin in CP has A LOT of his movement either omitted or having different inputs and/or properties compared to the previous iterations (like Sekkajin no longer being a Button Mashing move, or the infamous Ice Car just hitting once instead twice (you have to press another button to initiate the SECOND attack) and only has TWO variants including the Heat-cost attack and can't be done airborne...)
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Just as much as Ragna. We get to see a tender-juicy view of his life after the church incident and adoption by the Kisaragi family, and it's not very pleasant.
  • Dating Catwoman: If Jin still has feelings for Tsubaki, this is what he'll end up doing now that Tsubaki has undergone a brainwashing-induced Face-Heel Turn. Of course, turning her good is part of his mission in the third game.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like Rachel. But even more extreme.
    • Tsubaki in shock of Jin's defection from the Library
    Tsubaki: "I can't believe someone as loyal as you would... Would defect. Why?"
    Jin: "Why? You know how to ask the most important question, don't you? Well Tsubaki, allow me to enlighten you. I did it because those were my orders. Is that not what a soldier is supposed to do?"
    • Bang giving some lecture to an injured Jin inside Ronin-Gai
    Bang: "However, a true warrior, will never leave an injured man to die."
    Jin: "Your idiocy is truly astounding. There is only one goal in war, and that is victory."
    • Jin walking with Makoto in Ronin-Gai
    Makoto: "Wow, look at them go! It's so peaceful."
    Jin: "Noisy would be much more accurate."
    Makoto: "Do you always have to be so cynical?"
  • De-Power: He's unable to use Yukianesa after Valkenhayn's little "treatment" for him in his CS story mode. What Valkenhayn did was suppressing Yukianesa's influence on him, making him unable to use it; this is so that he can learn to force Yukianesa to work using his Power of Order.
  • Desk Jockey/Kicked Upstairs: Prior to his desertion, Jin's life consisted of naught but meetings and mountains of paperwork. Jin makes no effort to hide his dissatisfaction with the monotony. Considering Hazama's manipulation of Jin during the Ikaruga Civil War for reasons unknown, his use of Jin as a roadblock for Ragna, and the likely implication that Jin's post was back at NOL Headquarters in the 1st Hierarchical City, the lack of action on Jin's part is a deliberate setup.
  • Determinator:
    • In Continuum Shift, Jin is the walking wounded courtesy of Ragna, yet he protects Makoto from Hazama, receiving further injuries, holds his own against Unlimited Rachel despite barely being able to move, receives an extremely painful healing treatment from Valkenhayn that not even Jubei would be able to handle, then gets beaten by Ragna while he's unable to use his sword (though Ragna held back), proceeds to get into a fun little love tiff with Tsubaki (read: she's trying to kill him), fights well enough to scare Hazama into a retreat, fights the incredibly powerful magic user Phantom - who can take out Rachel without sweating - off-screen and apparently wins, and since that's not nearly enough, he tells Hakumen to go away so he can challenge Mu all by himself. Clearly, he's switched one form of insanity for another.
    • If Hazama loses to Jin in his Story Path, it's revealed that this is actually a superpower for Jin. According to Kokonoe, the Power of Order gives him such extreme Heroic Willpower that he can "deflect phenomena intervention through sheer force of will."
  • Deuteragonist: The other big part of the story, aside from Ragna's growth, focuses on him becoming a true hero.
  • Dismotivation: The Wheel of Fortune reveals that he often neglects reading important documents that come his way, skips meetings and disappears without notice. See Desk Jockey above for why.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jin's idea of "fun" in Calamity Trigger seems to have been slowly freezing a challenger to death.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Tsubaki used to call him "Jinny the Kisaragi" when she was little. Kagura also calls him this, much to his dismay. In Japan, it's "Jinjin".
  • Emotion Control: It is heavily implied that the more Jin is in control of his emotions, the stronger he gets. That is how he unlocked his Power of Order.
  • Escaped from the Lab: He, along with his siblings, was rescued from an unknown lab by Jubei and then was brought to Celica's custody.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Nago really wants to take him home.
    • Amane is also interested in recruiting him to his traveling troupe. To the point of even telling him to leave the NOL (even though Jin already defected, by this point). Jin's reaction was just being literally creeped out at the way he stares at him.
    Jin: "Who the hell are you? Quit staring at me like that, you're giving me the creeps."
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: At least until Character Development kicked in.
  • Evil Vegetarian: He doesn't like meat dishes. Even after Character Development, he retains his dislike towards meat dishes. It is referenced in one Help Me, Miss Litchi segment and for one of Chronophantasma's joke endings; in the former, Noel and Hazama comment on wanting to catch Jin actually eating a meat bun at some point (Jin was about to eat one before getting attacked and dragged by Tao). In the latter, Jin expresses himself that he is unable to eat meat for certain yet-unexplained reasons.
  • Evil Weapon: Before he subjugates it, Yukianesa would inflict fits of madness upon Jin in order for him to do its bidding.
  • Face Palm: He does this when he loses due to Time Up.
  • Fallen Hero: Was going down this path before he shaped up and started becoming a real hero.
  • Force And Finesse: He strikes with elegant sword strikes and skillful use of his ice powers, in contrast to Ragna who's more of a reckless brawler with his Soul Eater powers backing it up.
  • Future Me Scares Me: With Japanese voices switched on, Jin is audibly freaking out at the start of a match against Hakumen. Continuum Shift takes this up a step further when Hakumen faces Jin in his Arcade Mode path.
  • Giggling Villain: When around Ragna. The now legendary "Help me, Professor Kokonoe!" episode had him let out such a high pitched giggle (followed by an even higher pitched "Nii-san~") that it's barely recognisable as the same person.
  • Green Eyes: Notably the only member of his family to still have his natural eye color.
  • Guest Fighter: In Lost Saga.
  • Hair Flip: In one of his win pose.
  • Handicapped Badass: He starts off as being halfway recovered from his injuries in his CS story, but as he faces other characters - even Unlimited ones! - he still manages to hold his own.
  • Hate at First Sight / Irrational Hatred: Hates Noel with a passion, even though they spend most of the story as (supposedly) allies. Because he recognizes her as a clone of Saya and instinctively senses that she's an enemy of the world. If his Arcade commentary in CT is any indication, this extends to Nu-13 as well. Though the third game makes him less hostile towards Noel. Keyword being less. He still insults and demeans her every chance he gets, but he no longer expresses a desire to murder her for the slightest infraction.
  • Healing Hands: In The Wheel of Fortune drama CD, it was revealed that Jin can use healing ars. Which he tries to use on Tsubaki after her Heroic Sacrifice. Sadly, he couldn't use it properly at that time due to his mind's state of panic.
  • Heel-Face Turn: As of CS's story mode.
    • Heel-Face Revolving Door: As a child, he was a Face as a kid, but turned into Heel when Terumi possessed him. As years go by, he's a Face, but turned into a Heel in the aftermath of the Ikaruga War. Recently, he's Face once again.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: With Tsubaki as his Morality Pet.
  • Heroic Willpower: "The Power of Order."
  • He's Got Legs: And he's wearing tight tights. Goddamnit, Jin...
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Jin really doesn't like to show people (barring Tsubaki) his kinder side. One notable example is in Chronophantasma when after Arakuna attacks Noel in her room, he shows up after all of the commotion is over and out of anyone's sight. He's caught in the act and tries to play it off as I Was Just Passing Through of course.
    • In Chrono Phantasma EXTEND's version of Remix Heart, he also seemed to care about Mai and Kajun enough to save and protect them from a hostile security system of one of the NOL Military Academy's buildings.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Bang's Story Mode, one path has Yukianesa freeze him.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Jin's sidelocks are noticeably longer than his hair, but he subverts if by being The Stoic most of time. However, he plays it straight when he's around Ragna or Noel.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: His primary style of fighting.
  • I Have Many Names: Well, not that many, but he does have some notable one's like, "The Anti-Body", "The False Hero", "The End Bringer", but the most notable is "The Hero of Ikaruga" or just plain "(Mr.)Hero."
  • Ice King: So much so that he is regarded as "The Ice Prince" in the fandom.
  • Improbable Age: He successfully ended the Ikaruga Civil War and was promoted to Major shortly after graduating from the Academy, which would put him in his late teens at the time.
  • Improbable Weapon: The long sleeves on the sides of his clothing can apparently increase in size and can be used to put on a world of hurt against opponents.
  • Incest Subtext: Lots of it with Ragna; the Gag reel just make it straight up text tho. His theme isn't titled "Lust SIN" for nothing.
  • Ineffectual Loner: According to his Material Collection Information, one of the things he likes is even "Being left alone".
  • In-Series Nickname: "Jinny the Kisaragi" or simply "Jinny", which is hilariously made up by Tsubaki in their childhood days. Apparently, Jin doesn't like it and he scolded her for it.
    • In the original Japanese, Tsubaki instead calls him "nii-sama", a respectful word for one's brother which she continues to use as they get older. Jin doesn't seem to find it quite so embarrassing, even though they're not actually related.
    • In Remix Heart, one of the members of his student council, Taro calls him "Jinjin." Kagura (Taro's relative) later mocks Jin with it.
  • Irony: His Nox Nyctores - Yukianesa is clearly a weapon that continuously puts a strain on his mind. Also, it is given to him by Saya — whom he pretty much despises. Yet, he clearly refuses to get rid of the said weapon and continues to use it.
  • Jack of All Stats: Jin's greatest attribute, he can be played reasonably well from anywhere on screen despite not excelling as well as other characters. Which is why is he good for beginners. Also being an expy to Ky this was inevitable.
  • Jerkass: He's the Current God of the trope for a reason. Jin is, in lament terms, a dick. He tolerates people at best, and is scathingly condescending at worst. It's implied that he wasn't quite an ass before the Ikaruga War, and as shown in Wheel of Fortune he, while still cold, is much nicer, especially towards Tsubaki.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his aloofness and icy cold attitude, Jin is deep down, a caring young man towards those he doesn't hold any deeper feelings of resentment and after the second game, actively working for the betterment of the world. He sure as hell doesn't like to show it though.
    • Lampshaded by Noel in Chronophantasma.
    Noel: I think maybe Major Kisaragi's changed a bit. He still says a lot of awful things, but I got the feeling he was concerned. I'm sure it's for Tsubaki, but still...
  • Jerkass With Good Publicity: In contrast to his brother's status, Jin is a famous hero in the world of BlazBlue for his actions in the war against Ikaruga. He's also a rather unpleasant person most of the time.
  • Keigo: In Remix Heart, he is shown to act and speak in a very formal manner in his academy days.
  • Kick the Dog: He hates Noel and never wastes an opportunity to insult and belittle her. In his CS joke ending, he calls her "trash", "garbage", and "compost" that can't do anything right. And it's hilarious. Although Chronophantasma makes him less hostile towards her.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: For Tsubaki, to the extent that he'd give his own life to help her and think nothing of it.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Post-Character Development. He's still the same nihilistic jackass he's always been, but he's at least fighting for a righteous cause now.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this excessively around Ragna and anyone close to Ragna, to extreme lengths.
  • The Leader: During his academy days, he's this towards Noel, Makoto, and Tsubaki, as well as being the Student Council President. Hell, in Chronophantasma, he is this to Noel and Makoto in their plan to save Tsubaki together.
  • Leitmotif: "Lust SIN", depicting his cold as ice attitude as well as his obsession with killing Ragna. The Chronophantasma remix, "Lust SIN II", however gives it far more heroic feeling, which describes how Jin has grown from his old days.
  • Light Is Not Good: As a contrast to Ragna's Dark Is Not Evil nature, Jin dresses in light colors, has blond hair, is celebrated as the "Hero of Ikaruga", and is a Bishōnen. He's also an enormous jerk. This is inverted later by his Heel-Face Turn, where he doesn't become a straight example of Light Is Good, but is probably getting there.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In Chronophantasma, despite no longer part of the NOL, he still wears his uniform. Word of God states that it's because he just doesn't give a damn about it.
  • Living Macguffin: In Remix Heart, it is stated by Shiori that countless number of assassins outside of the Kirihito family have been sent to dispose of Jin before, but all of them failed due to the constant interference of Taro. What exactly is the reason for their vendetta against Jin is currently unknown.
  • Lust: His musical theme, "Lust SIN".
  • Made of Iron: He can take a surprising amount of punishment, especially considering unlike his brother or Noel, he has no supernatural enhancements whatsoever (at least, none that directly affects his body).
  • Magic Knight: He's both an excellent swordsman and an adept ars magus user, which reflects in his Jack of All Stats playstyle.
  • Majorly Awesome: His rank is "Major" in the NOL, and he got it at such a young age for being such a Badass. He lost this rank after he defected. Still a Badass, though.
  • McSamurai: He's a British, yet is skilled in Battoujutsu, a Japanese style of swordsmanship.
  • The Mean, Evil Brit: Was born in England, according to Word of God, and therefore fits both of these tropes perfectly. Not that you'd know from the game, especially since David Vincent doesn't use the accent.
  • Meaningful Name: Jin's name means "blade." His little sister Saya's name means "sheath." Think about this for a second.
    • While his love interest Tsubaki's name is Japanese for "camellia," the tsuba is the sword guard at the hilt of a Japanese blade. Maybe unintentional, maybe not.
    • This also extends to his sword. "Yukianesa" ("Snow Woman") is more popularly known as the infamous "Yuki Onna" in Japanese folklore: a pale-skinned woman with inhuman beauty that appears on snowy nights. In some accounts, she is depicted as a Succubus or something akin to a Vampire who drains/absorbs the "life force" of her victims. She is described as beautiful and serene, yet ruthless in killing anyone who is unfortunate enough to be in her presence. Now think about the effect the sword has had on Jin's psyche throughout the series.
  • Mercy Kill: Supposedly the reason for his obsession with killing Ragna, as noted by his dialogue in Hakumen's route in Continuum Shift:
    Jin: "My brother is suffering in his own private hell. It is for that reason that I intend to kill him, to end his pain forever. To save him from the insanity of this world."
    • Given Chronophantasma's True Ending, he may have to actually do it next time.
  • Mood-Swinger: Jin's mood tends to change depending on who he interacts with. Normally he's aloof and taciturn, but around Ragna he's a hell of a lot more emotive and fight happy, around Noel he's even more of a Jerkass than normal, and around Tsubaki he's somewhat more open with her.
  • Morality Pet: His relationship with Tsubaki is one of his very few redeeming qualities as she's the only one he treats with any sort of kindness and warmth. He also doesn't seem to mind Makoto that much and cares enough about her to defend her from Hazama when he tried to kill her.
    • Kick the Morality Pet: He does this in the Wheel of Fortune timeline where he dismisses Tsubaki as his attention is shifted towards Ragna. He later paid for it in kind (thanks to Nu) and, as Hakumen, regretted it ever since. Jarringly enough, he also does this to Tsubaki in the anime during their confrontation (in the game he's still feeling sorry even after beating a brainwashed Tsubaki and is determined to save her).
  • Mr. Fanservice: Let's see here. Feminine looks? Check. Sexy body build? Check. Brooding? Check. Is a Tsundere? Check. Large population of real-world fangirls? Hoo boy, big check.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: With someone named "Blade", he sure is going to be dangerous.
  • Never Live It Down: Probably an in-universe example. When it comes to joke ends or extra stuffs, ASW just made sure you never forget that Jin is "that psychotically brother-obsessed jackass", no matter what kind of development he had over the canon story.
  • No Sell: His Power of Order renders him immune to any kind of phenomenon intervention. This comes in handy when Izayoi, in a trance, applies Immortal Breaker on him; he survives it aside from minor wounds, much to her surprise and delight.
  • Not Good with People: By his own admission, one of his dislikes is even listed as just "talking to people"
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He claimed that he didn't join Kagura in CP for his planned coup d'etat, but merely as a means to bait Tsubaki. Even after Tsubaki is saved however, he still continues to assist in Kagura's plan despite not having much of an incentive.
  • Not Worth Killing: After he handily beats Ragna (due to his handicap) in Chronohpantasma, he tells him this and just settles for rubbing it (and his boot) in his face.
    • Inexplicably, he also coldly says this to Tsubaki after defeating her in the anime, leaving her on the ground and leading to her almost committing suicide (as opposed to Phantom teleporting her away while Jin wonders if he can save her like the game).
  • Oblivious to Love: In the Drama CD The Wheel of Fortune, he may be this or may be pretending to be oblivious. Even Ragna notices that Tsubaki has a crush on Jin the moment he meets Tsubaki. Ironically, his birthday is in Valentine's Day.
  • One-Man Army: He took down the Ikaruga Federation all by himself. In only two days.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Pretty much says this word for word to Ragna, despite being in an insane, homoerotic manner.
  • Only Sane Man: In his Military Academy days, when everything was good and proper, he is literally this. He is most frequently seen scolding Noel or most especially Makoto whenever they do something improper to his eyes.
  • Order Versus Chaos: As stated above in Ragna's folder, this is partly the reason for their rivalry. Being the wielder of "The Power of Order" it should be obvious which side of the conflict he's on. Naturally, this also extends to Hakumen
  • Overranked Soldier: Played straight and subverted.
    • During Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, Jin was a Major due to killing Lord Tenjou and bringing the Ikaruga Civil War to a quick end. While a loose cannon throughout, he ended up defecting full-time after Continuum Shift. Terumi used Jin to hasten the war's conclusion to try to close the net on Rettenjou, but it slipped away, and Jin was quickly promoted to a desk job as a figurehead hero to keep from rediscovering the power of order and using it against him. He invariably did, thanks to intervention by Jubei, Rachel, Valkenhayn, Hakumen, and Ragna — in that order.
    • During Wheel of Fortune and Slight Hope, Tenjou died due to being caught in a shockwave of a nearby explosion, and Jin had to earn his Major rank the hard way. The resulting PTSD did nothing to help ease his brother issues.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Lampshaded by Litchi in her win quote against him in her Arcade Mode in Calamity Trigger.
    Litchi: "I think you'd be a lot more popular if you tried smiling a little more. Hmm... Then again, some people might be into that 'as cold as ice' personality..."
  • Pet the Dog: He has his moments.
    • Even present-day Jin cares a great deal about Tsubaki. When faced with her either becoming possessed or corrupted by Terumi's influence, he immediately sets out to save her.
    • He seems rather friendly to Makoto (if a bit snarky at times), and saved her from Hazama.
    • He is also apologetic to the female officer that he hits to escape the hospital at the beginning of CS.
    • In the Drama CD The Wheel of Fortune. it was shown that when they were kids, he is rather affectionate to Saya before she became sickly.
    • In his Military Academy days, he has this moment with Noel when he gave her back the paper that was blown away from her, despite the hallucination of her resemblance to Saya.
    • In CP, he decides to spare Ragna after finding out that he isn't at his best (in his own special way of course). He can also hold off his obsession towards his brother when there are more pressing matters at hand.
    • In Chronophantasma's True Ending, he shows rather noticeable concern for Kagura when Izanami strikes him down and later urges Noel to run away with Celica when Ragna's Azure Grimoire is going out of control.
    • In Chrono Phantasma EXTEND's version of Remix Heart, he protected Mai and Kajun from danger when one of the NOL Military Academy building's security system went haywire.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His ice powers manifests in white angel wings, during his win poses.
  • Power Limiter: Due to Yukianesa's influence on him, he isn't able to use his Power of Order to its full extent. By the end of Continuum Shift, this is fixed and he is the only one so far to actually make Terumi flee.
    • Power Incontinence: At first, for his Power of Order. May definitely be subverted later on as Jubei is currently training Jin to utilize his full powers.
  • Precision F-Strike: Not that common, but it happens.
  • Puppet Hero: He was revered as a hero for ending the Ikaruga Civil War, though the war itself was completely shady business involving the NOL with a lot of things happening behind the scenes to the point that Hazama had to take away Jin's memories when he seem to be catching on. Jin himself was sent in to test the potential of "The Power of Order", and his "victory" over Tenjo was used to show the NOL's authority and to establish a stricter rule by the NOL.
  • Privileged Rival: He grows up as a member of one of the NOL's duodecim families, which means he received the best education and training to one day serve in the praetorian guard. Contrast with Ragna's much more humbler upbringing by Jubei in the woods.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: He wore glasses in his Academy days (and looked damn good in them), but they're never seen or mentioned afterwards.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Whenever he's around Ragna, his mental state seems to regress to this.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When being around Ragna and being controlled by Yukianesa.
  • Reality Warper: The "Power of Order" is this, in a sense. Jin can basically tamper with fate and counter any of its interventions if his will is strong enough.
  • Red Baron: He is the "The Anti-Body" and "The Endbringer."
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: After being freed of Yukianesa's control. Downplayed in that he's still "tamed" to an extent, but not enough to make him fully stop being a jerk.
  • Reverse Grip: Also uses it on many of his attacks.
  • Ride the Icecar
  • The Rival: Somewhat Deconstructed. Jin is obsessed with defeating Ragna, to the absolute exclusion of everyone and everything around him. This makes him easily manipulated by the likes of Hazama, who uses him as an obstacle to keep Ragna at bay. Hakumen even calls him out on this in the former's True Ending path in Continuum Shift. Which makes sense because he used to be Jin in the Wheel of Fortune timeline and his obsession costed Tsubaki her life, something which still haunts him. It takes him three whole games before he sets his priorities straight and decides to help save the world before settling things with Ragna.
  • Saving the World: His supposed duty as the world's "Antibody". His purpose is to destroy anything that threatens the world's stability. Which is likely the reason for his psychosis, and why he is so hostile towards any anomalies like Ragna (the Black Beast) and Noel (Murakumo Units), although he technically has his own personal reasons for hating them as well. In Remix Heart, he also gets to be hostile towards Mai because she acquired a little Azure powers from an artifact and, as he senses it, it reminds him of Ragna (though he only acted on it due to Yukianesa's influence; later without the weapon he'll only feel uneasy around her).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
    • He abandoned his post and disobeyed orders from the Librarium to go after Ragna in the Calamity Trigger. Come Continuum Shift, take a look at what the Librarium turned out to be. The whole situation is muddied by his fanatical desire to be the one who gets to kill Ragna, though.
    • This can also be the case with his sword, Yukianesa. For all we know, Yuki is a Nox Nyctores and by BlazBlue rules, it gives mental burden to its user. The sword only wants Jin to kill anyone who stands in his way, but Jin usually screws the sword's orders and as what we found out, this is actually needed to unlock Jin's full power.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Lampshaded by Makoto in the drama CD. He is so sociopathic that he won't even raise an eyebrow when someone talk with him with chocolates all over his/her face. However, it's different if he cares about that someone. He still won't react, but he will at least tell you politely.
    • Also in "~Teach Me Miss Litchi~", where he doesn't even notice that Noel is wearing a bright orange maid dress until Litchi points him to it.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Was definitely an orphan when he was still a kid living in the church with Ragna and Saya. He was adopted to a high-class family later on. But made himself into this again after the events of Calamity Trigger, as he basically cuts off all his connections with the Kisaragi family.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: His Drive attacks has him shaping his ice in various forms to attack his foe. Also his Hishoken special (where he throws ice daggers) and Hiyoku Getsumei DD (where he forms a bow and arrow made of ice).
  • Sheath Strike: He strikes with his sheath in a few of his moves.
  • Ship Tease: With Tsubaki. Lots and lots of it.
    • Also with Makoto. He is rather caring towards her, almost to the point of his level of caring towards Tsubaki.
    Jin: "Lieutenant... Are you alright?""
    Makoto: "Y-yes! Thank you so much for saving me...!"
    Jin: "Your safety is all that... m-matters... ugh..."
    • Even though it's a joke on the creators' behalf, let's not forget Ragna. Jin's "~Help Me, Professor Kokonoe!~" episode in BB:CS, his joke ending, Rachel's CS joke ending, Arakune's joke CS ending, and his general obsession with his dear nii-san make it possibly one of the most hinted at parings in the series (even if, as said, it's usually just for a joke).
  • Shotoclone: As an Expy of Ky, this was sort-of inevitable: he has a traditional projectile move, but unlike Ky's traditional Shoryuken-esque move Jin instead does an upward quick slash as his anti-air, with a similar command.
  • Signature Move: Wouldn't be Jin without his Ice Car.
  • Silence, You Fool!: Towards Noel, when she thanked him for accepting her and Ragna's alliance near the end of Chronophantasma.
    Jin: You have no right to speak to me. Now, shut up, you trash.
    Noel: ...So mean.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: His Yukikaze DD, if you successfully counter an enemy's attack first. Also in CP, his Sekkajin can be followed up with this.
  • Skill Gate Characters: Jin's "icecarz" are infamous.
  • Slide Attack: His infamous "icecar", Musou Senshozan is him sliding on an ice surfboard and crashing onto his foe.
  • The Snark Knight: Downplayed; he's about as cynical as much as he's a snarker, but (as of CS' end) he refuses to just stand aside and be apathetic.
  • SNK Boss: Infinite-heat from story mode deserves a mention, because his infamous cheapness is made insanely worse by infinite freezing special moves.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Very much at his best, at least until Character Development kicked in.
  • Soul-Cutting Blade: It is stated that the ice created by Yukianesa destroys/absorbs life force.
  • Split Personality: A stoic, calm and cool Byronic Hero with one hell of a determination in his normal state, and a sadistic, psychotic and murderous villain who could easily break out into mad laughters and traumatize any unlucky souls who come his way in his Yukianesa-influenced state.
  • The Spock: To Noel's Kirk and Ragna's McCoy, although he has some McCoy traits of his own, also serves as this to Tsubaki's Kirk and Makoto's McCoy.
  • Spread Shot: The D version of Hishoken (Ice Blade) has him shooting multiple ice daggers in this fashion. His Unlimited-only DD takes this Up to Eleven.
  • The Stoic: For most of the time.
    • Not So Stoic: And it gets thrown out of the window when he's around Ragna or Noel.
  • Story-Breaker Power: His "Power of Order" is literally this. Not only can he basically eliminate anything he wants if he wishes it enough, but he is also immune to fate itself. Unfortunately, we have yet to see this power in it's fullest.
    • We are given a preview of its full potential in Chronophantasma, and boy did it not disappoint what with the whole completely nullifying an attack from Izayoi that should've instantly killed him.
  • Straw Nihilist: Doesn't believe in community, and has no ideological or moral compass beyond himself. Rants sometimes about how meaningless the world and the order of the NOL is. By the end of his story, he said he gave up on the world.
  • Student Council President: Jin is the Head of the Student Council of the Military Academy before he graduated.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Was this until he found out that the "Grim Reaper" is actually his older brother, Ragna. Then he quickly shifted to Tsundere territory.
  • Super Speed: Hardly a surprise due to being a wielder of a Katana-type weapon. He can quickly draw his weapon out of it's scabbard to slash in less than a second. and if you look closely at his Sekkajin/Snow Flower Storm move, he even uses one of his feet - which you can't clearly see in-game due to how fast he executes each slash.
  • Sword Beam: One of his Distortion Drives, Touga Hyoujin, made of ice.
  • Sword Plant: Or more like magically sinking your sword into the ground. But, it emits a pillar of ice a few feet in front of him, not unlike Gin Ichimaru's Shinsou. His Astral also starts with this.
  • Talking Weapon: Yukianesa is the only Nox Nyctores shown so far to be capable of talking to its user (Jin). Either telepathically or otherwise.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • A Taste of Power: In the very few scenes where Jin was able to fully utilize his powers, it's always a scene of awesomeness. And if we go by what Hazama and Kokonoe said, that was just a taste of his true power.
  • Teen Genius: It is implied that he graduated out of the academy with high grades.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Noel in Chronophantasma, twice. First when saving Tsubaki from the Imperator's control, and then taking down the Take-Mikazuchi. Also with Ragna in the case of the latter, Jin really isn't fond of working with either of them.
  • Tender Tears: In one of his endings in his Story Mode in Calamity Trigger.
  • Theme Naming: Ice, snow, and anything relating to cold.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Despite a Heel-Face Turn, he still is quite a jackass (amped Up to Eleven when it comes to Noel) and not exactly letting go of his Straw Nihilist tendencies. He fared better than the other one, Kokonoe, since with Jubei at helm on training him, and his honest efforts to free Tsubaki, he could be losing his "Token Evil" status. In fact, his only "evil" record is now merely "Being mean to Noel", otherwise, he's just a cold, aloof jerk no worse than any other jerks (aside of Terumi, of course). By the third game he's relatively less hostile towards Ragna and Noel.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Hakumen is himself from another timeline. Although he doesn't react much to it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After awakening to his Power of Order, he's become far more of a badass and a real thorn in the villain's side.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Tsubaki, Makoto, and even Noel noted that he was nicer before his involvement in Ikaruga War compared to his behavior post war, although they mistakenly blamed PTSD (it was actually because of a Laser-Guided Amnesia).
    • The anime plays this straight with his attitude towards Tsubaki. Most of their relationship is glossed over and the Ship Tease is severely downplayed, with Jin treating her no different than [[{{Jerkass he would anyone else.]] In the adaptation of their Continuum Shift confrontation, after a Curb-Stomp Battle, he tells her she's Not Worth Killing and leaves her in tears. Its pretty jarring to say the least.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By Chronophantasma he mellows down a bit and while still not nice he's at least much less of a prick around Noel.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His Nox Nyctores: Yukianesa, which is given to him by Saya. YMMV if you think he's keeping it in memory of her, or not. Since he refuses to get rid of it.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Implied during his childhood and after the Ikaruga War, Continuum Shift eventually reveals that this is actually a case of Laser-Guided Amnesia inflicted by Terumi, for both times.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Tsundere: Type A, and how!
    • Jin is very heavy on the Tsuntsun directed towards other people. His Deredere can only be seen when around Ragna or Tsubaki.
    • As if you don't know, Arc Systems Works recently released a Fan CD called: "BlazBlue Fan Disc Tsundere CD" starring Jin and Rachel; proving even more of Jin's Tsundere Complex.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: In covers and promotional ads, Ragna, Jin and Noel are always sided together as the series's main protagonists.
  • The Übermensch: He's apathetic towards how the world's going around him and goes by his own whims. Later he decides to be more active about it, trying to restore the balance of this world and turning it as he sees fit. The Power of Order is pretty much a manifestation of it. Which makes him slowly and slowly becoming "another" Hakumen.
  • Unorthodox Sheathing: To a serious level of absurdness. Unlike Haohmaru, however, he catches the sword with it's sheath vertically in mid-air and in the middle of a battle.
  • Villain Protagonist: Pre-Character Development. Though he was at worst an Axe Crazy Jerkass rather than a true villain.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: His current relationship with Rachel. She makes no effort to hide her negative views on him, even if the guy does nothing in particular to displease her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Tsubaki comes to apprehend him while she's wearing the Zero Squadron (Wings of Justice) getup, Jin asks if she knows what she's doing. Then he breaks it to her: In the Ikaruga Civil War, the Squadron disposed of many NOL soldiers that were potentially able to win the war (instead of Jin) after they're falsely condemned. He then asks Tsubaki if she's still following the NOL and Imperator's whims after knowing that.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a fear towards the moon that goes unexplained, as Ragna revealed in his CT story.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Says this in one of his Calamity Trigger Story Mode paths when Nu refuses to stay down.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He gets better though.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Delivered at the end of his Continuum Shift storyline, and a little heavy on the exclamation marks.
    "Give up? You have got to be joking. I've already given up on life... on the world. But I've decided to cast aside apathy and fight... not only against this so-called 'order,' but against the world! Tsubaki, if you insist on preserving this travesty you call order, then from now on, you are my enemy! I am the cold steel... the blade that will restore balance to this world! Nox Nyctores Yukianesa, activate!"
  • Worthy Opponent: In his own twisted way, he considers his brother Ragna this. Jin claims that killing Ragna wouldn't be fair if they didn't fight with equal levels of hatred, and constantly taunts him for holding back.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He will do this in self-defense in almost all cases. Much less provocation is required if the girl's name is Noel Vermillion although he seems to get over her.
  • Yandere: A non-romantic example (not that the shippers care mind you), but he's pretty obsessed with Ragna and threatens anyone who might steal his chance at killing him.
  • You Fool!: Says this to Noel in Chronophantasma when she disobeys his order to leave with Celica when Ragna's Azure Grimoire goes berserk, turning him into a resemblance of the black Beast.

    Noel Vermillion 
The Eye of the Azure. Flat as a board.

"U-Um... Please don't mock me! I was supposed to be the winner..."

Voiced by: Kanako Kondou (Japanese) / Cristina Valenzuela, Laura Bailey (CS2, Arcade Mode) (English)

A hapless Lieutenant in the NOL serving under Jin Kisaragi. She trained at the academy along with Jin, Tsubaki Yayoi, Makoto Nanaya, and Carl Clover. When Jin rushes off to hunt down Ragna without permission, Noel is assigned to stop him and bring him back to The Library. The guns she wields are the Arcus Diabolus: Bolverk, and are also a Nox Nyctores. She suffers from amnesia; over the course of the games, she discovers who she truly is, and the truth has changed her life ever since.

Her arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Sleeping Beauty, The Pain and accept one's portion. Her story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Lost child and Desperation.

Her drive ability, Chain Revolver, lets her perform a multitude of chain combos with her guns. Her Overdrive is Chain Quasar, which increases the speed of her Drive attacks. Her Astral Finish, Valkyrie Veil, has her creating a magical seal around her opponent and shooting them repeatedly with her guns. She then detonates the seal from within by clashing the butts of the guns together. In CP, however, it is now a Counter Attack, and the animations where she shoots the opponent are done in an anime-style sequence as she creates a different seal from her old one. Otherwise, it is the same as before.


  • A-Cup Angst: BIG. TIME. It doesn't help her self-esteem that she's mistaken for a boy... and a cutting board.
    • Two of her soundbytes in the Gallery are "Don't talk about my breasts!" in differing tones
    • And it's getting to be a Running Gag for her in Continuum Shift, where it even comes to a point where she accidentally admits it herself in her victory speech against Taokaka in Arcade Mode:
    "Ack! Hey! There's nothing there! Ohhh, I admitted it... "
    • In Chronophantasma she switches to Murakumo personality & threatens to kill Amane for mistaking her as a crossdresser.
  • Adorkable: Very shy, clumsy and adorable.
  • Apologises a Lot
  • Artificial Human: She's Nu -13-'s predecessor/old sister, Mu -12-.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: specializes in close ranged pressure assaults with her Drive; fortunately she can also spice it up with high/low mixups.
  • Badass Adorable: From one side, she's a Personof Mass Destruction as Mu-12 and The Gunslinger as just Noel. From the other, she's a Shrinking Violet Cute Clumsy Girl.
  • Badass Creed: Shared with Jin, Hazama, Tsubaki and Makoto in CS. As of Chronophantasma, she, along with Jin and Makoto, no longer recite the creed during battle intros with the other NOL personnel, having defected after the events of Continuum Shift.
    "Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are Knights of the Blue Flame!"
  • Bare Your Midriff: In Chronophantasma and while keeping her Sexy Backless Outfit. Sheesh Noel.
  • Berserk Button: Do not ever mention how small her chest is if she's on duty, as Bang found out the hard way (at least Tao got a good workout in the process when she blurted it out).
    • The Button even extends to the production, wherein lead producer Mori Toshimichi apparently actively reprimanded designers and artists who gave her a notable bust, as seen in the special illustrations comments.
    Mori's illustration comment: The back is what's important!
  • Big "NO!": She drops these a lot, like in her winquote against Arakune because of her fear of bugs, and when Nirvana destroys her marriage registration in Rachel's CS joke ending.
  • Blue Is Heroic: "Child of the Azure", natch. She's innocent, sweet and always tries to be kind. Mu-12, however, was a completely different story - up until Noel gains control of that form.
  • Break the Cutie: BIG TIME. Keyword: Hazama.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Sorta-kinda, if you ship her with Ragna or Jin, as she is a clone of their younger sister, Saya. Not to mention that Chronophantasma hints that she carries some of Saya's soul as her behavior towards Ragna and hints of other characters about her memories.
  • Butt Monkey: None of which help her self-esteem.
  • Calling Your Attacks: A big offender.
  • Character Development: Rounding out the main trio, Noel too has grown as the series progresses. Despite her excellent Ars Magus ratings and being stationed in a high position within the NOL, Noel had very low self-esteem due to lack of knowledge about her past and her chest size. After she learns the truth about her past and nearly destroying the world itself as a result of her angst, she realizes that it doesn't matter who she is or where she came from and that her feelings are her own, which make her as much "human" as anybody else and ultimately accepts her Superpowered Evil Side as a part of her as well. This goes a long way in helping her rescue her friend Tsubaki when she needed it.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mostly confined to the realms of the gag reels but it's there. Notably in that she gets really worked up over Celica potentially replacing her as the main heroine, and she gets a tad too worried when Celica showcases her frank feelings for Ragna.
  • Cloning Blues: She's one of three clones of Saya, Ragna & Jin's little sister and the one that resembles her the most, in both looks and personality. Naturally this causes one hell of a Freak Out from her when she finds out, but she gets over her angst when she learns Clones Are People Too, see Character Development above.
  • Close Ranged Combatant: She has even less range to work with than Ragna, so up close and personal is pretty much the only way to play her.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In her Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment:
    Kokonoe: Well, it chafes my ass to say it, but [Jubei]'s really kind of an ultimate being... he's pretty damn amazing. I hate his guts, but... Anyways, so long as you listen to him, you'll be OK. Like I said, I hate him myself, but... if he tells you to go after Jin, you go after Jin and don't screw around, alright? Still, I hate the son of a bitch...
    Noel: So, basically you mean...
    Kokonoe: (irritated) You haven't heard a word I've said, have you?
    Noel: T-That's not true! I was listening! So, basically... I mean, to sum it up, you really, really don't like Mr. Jubei much, right?
    • To be fair, Kokonoe does mention that she hates him 3 times, and Noel also pointed that out.
  • Compressed Hair: Stuffs all her hair into her hat when she's wearing it.
  • Covert Pervert?: There's a scene wherein she (for a split second) contemplates second base because she heard from Makoto that her chest would be bigger if a dude massages them, but got flustered at the thought.
  • Cry Cute: At Continuum Shift True's Ending, after Ragna sacrifices his OTHER arm for her. Idiot indeeed.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In her Calamity Trigger joke ending, she responds to a very drunk Litchi's pet miniature panda with rapt attention. In fact, she allows Litchi to dress her up if she let's her pet the panda. She completely zones out while she's petting it. "Ooookaaay..."
    • In CS Arcade mode, she expresses glee at the possibility of fondling Makoto's tail; in CP, she goes right to it.
      *excessive tail fondling* "Oh, I'm in heaven...!"
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her choice of uniform is a ruffled minidress, apparently apathetic to the idea of getting a Panty Shot while using Gun Kata and Gun Fu. She switches to a more traditional skirt in Chronophantasma.
  • Detached Sleeves: Which shows off her back as well. Then she loses the sleeves altogether in Chronophantasma.
  • Downloadable Content: Her classic NOL costume is a downloadable costume to her in Chronophantasma. Aside of looking different, Classic Noel has access to her old and new Astral Heat.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Both in-universe (Litchi and Makoto, to an extent) and in real life (several female Dustloop members seem to be quite interested in her).
  • Fanservice Pack: Looks like her time nearly-completely-naked as a Murakumo Unit helped her self-confidence as far as showing off goes. Compare her CT/CS garb with her CP threads.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Of her group of friends, she's The Thief with her emphasis on speed.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: She is actually Mu -12-, the predecessor of Nu -13-. Her memories start to fade after her fight with Hakumen, and in her ending, she enters a state of Laser-Guided Amnesia, repeating the words "Who am I?" in a Creepy Monotone, much like her successor. Even creepier when she starts acting exactly like Nu -13-.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: She's born in Ibukido, which is located in Russia.
  • Grapple Move: See Murderous Thighs below.
  • Green Eyes
  • The Gunslinger: Type C, especially with Unlimited Noel's insane speed in play.
    • Guns Akimbo
    • Gun Fu
    • Gun Kata: To such an extent that many of her moves were actually modeled after stances and attacks used by the warrior-priests of Equilibrium.
    • Leap and Fire: Does this a lot in her drive moves.
    • Mage Marksman: she has the highest recorded Ars Magus aptitude in the story, and her guns fire magic blasts.
  • Hair Decorations: In Chronophantasma she wears a pair of hair pins. It is also apparently a Power Limiter for her Mu-12 form.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Hammer Space: Either this, or "Transforming Weapon." Where does Noel hide that gatling gun and the rocket launcher? She doesn't. That's just the Magitek gun, Nox Nyctores Bolverk, doing its thing.
  • Hand Cannon: The barrels of those guns are especially long; it's almost the same length as her forearms.
  • Heroic BSOD: As soon as she sees Lambda in Continuum Shift, a painful reminder of things she wants to forget forces its way forward and she freaks the hell out.
  • Image Song: Her voice actress sings a vocal version of her theme "Bullet Dance" called "Love so Blue ~Aoi Heartbeats~". She also speaks as both Noel and Nu during the song after the 2nd verse.
    • While unofficial, her English VA has done one too.
  • Informed Flaw: Noel is supposedly just an average athlete, yet her fighting style is incredibly acrobatic.
  • The Kirk: To Jin's Spock and Ragna's McCoy, also serves as this to Tsubaki's Spock and Makoto's McCoy.
  • Leitmotif: "Bullet Dance", which seems to have a mysterious yet powerful air surrounding it depicting her peculiar origins. Bullet Dance II has a more wild and forceful feel to it, describing how she isn't as timid and passive as she was before.
  • Lethal Chef: On full display in her Joke ending in Continuum Shift; Everyone but Hazama ends up throwing up when she has to take over as chef for a restaurant. Probably because she has no sense of taste. Sadly, she enjoys cooking a great deal. She also mentions that she never tastes her cooking as a rule.
    (Description of Noel's cooking): "What that 'something' was defied description. It didn't sit on the plate so much as squat malevolently, hating all and being hated by all..."
    • To explain just how foul Noel's cooking is: In the manga it is revealed that her cooking was used as a penalty, with an ASTRAL FINISH icon on top of a pile of half-dead students, and in her CS Gag Ending, Bang EXPLODES after taking a bite.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Ragna, just listen to any match between them throwing childish insults at each other. Noel even says that talking with Ragna feels like she's talking with a family member. It kind of helps that being a clone of Saya, technically makes them siblings as well.
  • Limited Wardrobe: With her own clothes torn to shreds and in possession of odd (if hot) armor, the wanted criminal goes home to find a spare NOL uniform.
    • Well, at the time, they are in an NOL facility. Shouldn't be too hard to find a spare uniform. Plus, because she's wearing the longcoat and beret combo, we don't know she's wearing her uniform
    • Averted in Chronophantasma, where she gets a whole new outfit. It makes sense since she's defected from the NOL following the events of Continuum Shift.
  • Living MacGuffin/MacGuffin Girl: Just as everyone's looking for Ragna in the first game, everyone's looking for Noel in the second.
  • Madness Mantra: In regards to her chest: "ITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTER!!!" (In one of Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments.)
  • Magic Skirt: As a consequence of constantly fighting in a Dangerously Short Skirt, the thing swirls around so much, that it's bred a bunch of rumors of her Going Commando; official artwork zig-zags between yes and no.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: during Amane's Astral Heat.
  • Meaningful Name: She was born on Christmas Day.
  • Mind Control: Yukianesa isn't the only Nox Nyctores that influences its master's mind; Bolverk does it, too, but in a more positive way. Instead of encouraging her towards sadism, it seems to mute her feelings of nervousness and fear, lending her mechanical efficiency. After losing a fight to her, Bang Shishigami notes that he was thrown off his game by the fact that he detected absolutely no hostile intent from her, despite the beating he received. During another loop, Rachel accuses Noel of relying too much on Bolverk to maintain her composure and takes the guns away from her, whereupon Noel collapses into a helpless puddle of tears. Turns out, Bolverk isn't just muting Noel's fear and indecisiveness in battle; it's also constantly suppressing the subconscious Omnicidal Maniac desires attached to her forgotten memories of being a Murakumo Unit. Getting her mad enough that Bolverk's seal breaks is all part of Terumi's plan to make her into Kusanagi, the God-Slayer.
  • Minidress of Power
  • Ms. Fanservice: As the games' poster character, this is unsurprising. She's not the only one - or even the best - though.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Bolverk can be a pair of pistols, a BFG, and now even a shotgun - all of which she can wield without issue.
  • Murderous Thighs: Her Muzzle Flitter special.
  • Mysterious Waif: Only deeper down though, as she isn't presented as being mysterious... at first.
  • Named Weapons: Her guns Arcus Diabolus (Devil's Arc): Bolverk.
  • Nice Hat: So nice it makes Jin less an asshole to her if she's wearing it. Gets rid of it in Chronophantasma.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: Many of her attacks has her shoot the opponent at very close range.
  • Norse Mythology: Her guns are named Bolverk, her Distortion Drives are called Zero Gun: Fenrir and Zero Gun: Thor, and her Astral Heat is called Valkyrie Veil. She also shouts out the name of various runes from ye olde alphabet while smacking people with her Drive ability. Unused move names (heard in the sound test menu) include Gungnir and Hel.
  • Overranked Soldier: Noel is completely inept at her job as Ministerial Secretary, and her mental profile is equally unsuited for frontline combat. In fact Jin himself lampshades this in one Material Collection story. Terumi needed her to keep tabs on Jin and eliminate him if he got too out of hand, plus he needs her to help him break the timeloop and destroy the Master Unit, and placing her in this role was ideal on all fronts. Among the other girls who could fill the role, Tsubaki (the ideal match) would be skewered by Nu without a much of a fight, and Terumi wants Makoto as far away from Jin as possible.
  • Perky Female Minion
  • Pistol-Whipping: Her normal attacks naturally consists of this. She even throws one of her guns like a boomerang in one of her drive moves.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Hip-length.
  • Reality Warper: In Continuum Shift, Noel gains the power of "the Eye". Essentially, this means that amongst the thousands and thousands of possible timelines, whatever timeline Noel "observes" becomes the "real" timeline. Essentially, she gets the power to create the default timeline, and everything else becomes a mere possibility.
    • Continued in Chronophantasma where she can make extra-dimensional realms out of her memories and observe things that cannot be observed normally; this also makes her able to locate the Kushinada Lynchpin.
  • Red Baron: "Eye of the Azure", "Calamity Trigger" and "Sword of the Godslayer/The Godslaying Sword". Additionally, Hakumen refers to her as "Child of the Azure", which doesn't sound that impressive until you remember what the Azure is.
  • Remember The New Girl: She didn't exist in the original timeline, and now that she does, Terumi stuck her in Tsubaki's "original" place, all as part of his plan to use Tsubaki's jealousy as an in-road to mind-raping her into a Face-Heel Turn. The fact that (an extra-continuual) Makoto brought this up in her story to him makes him shit his pants as he declared that his plans have been FUBAR.
  • Rolling Attack: One of her drive moves is her spinning vertically while firing her guns. One of her specials is a more powerful version of it.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit
  • Shipper on Deck: Noel is clearly a fangirl for Jin X Tsubaki.
  • Ship Tease: Her Calamity Trigger ending has this with Ragna, of all people! But then again, she's possibly a clone of Jin and Ragna's disappeared sister. Bet you didn't see that one coming.
    • The idea of having feelings for him actually crosses her mind at the beginning of her Story Mode in Continuum Shift, followed by a Suspiciously Specific Denial.
    • In Chronophantasma, after she's gained control of her Murakumo powers and able to access them at will her pre-battle intro with Ragna has her extremely embarrassed at him seeing her Stripperifficness and if she wins, she shyly tries to cover up. Ragna is the only character she has this reaction to. Perhaps best shown in arcade mode.
    Ragna: *Dropped from the sky* Owww! Goddammit! Where the hell am—Noel!?
    Noel: Huh? Ragna...?
    Ragna: What the hell are you wearing!? You idiot!
    Rachel: Just so you know, Noel...he's the real Ragna.
    Noel: Huh? *Realization sets in* EHHHHHH!? R-Ragna...don't! Don't look at me!
    • Interestingly, the major plot of Continuum Shift seems to be pairing her up with Jin.
  • Shoot Them While They Are Down: Her Flash Suppressor special is this. There's also an Unlimited-only Distortion Drive where she does a more powerful version of it.
  • Shrinking Violet: "Likes: shopping over the Internet (so that she doesn't have to talk to people)." This is also the personality she reverts to once you take her Bolverk handguns away from her.
  • Signature Move: Expect to see her Drive moves being used a lot.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: One of her Unlimited-only Distortion Drives has her rush through the opponent, then jam the butts of her guns together and the opponent somehow gets engulfed in an explosion.
  • Skill Gate Characters: Will overwhelm newbies with her spam-friendly Chain Revolvers. Even lampshaded by Kokonoe in her HMPK segment.
  • Slide Attack: One of her drive moves.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: To start off, she wields two pistols that are large and long enough to be small rifles as opposed to pistols. This is taken further with her Zero Gun: Fenrir, which her guns morph into a BFG.
  • Soul Fragment: Chronophantasma seems to hint that the reason why Noel has all of Saya's full memories is because Noel technically have some of Saya's soul within her as she called Ragna "Big brother."
  • Spanner in the Works: Noel's supposed to be dead in the "normal", Phase 0 timeline; as such her very existence messes with the plans of the Takamagahara (and her yanking Ragna out of the cauldron, far more so). Terumi, being one step ahead of everyone, has taken every possible advantage so far, but as of the end of CS, he's also decided he doesn't need her for anything anymore...
  • Special Guest: She appears in Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos as a replacement for Kasumi along with Wonder Momo, due to Tecmo-Koei's refusal to allow Kasumi to appear in that game. Cue to potential hilarity when she meets Cattleya along the way.
  • Spent Shells Shower: Everytime Noel attacks by shooting something, shells will eject out of Bolverk. Naturally, the moves what have her firing Bolverk multiple times start to get closer to this trope.
  • Squishy Wizard: Her evaluation in Remix Heart states that, even though she's weak on the athletic and academic fronts, she has the highest ars magus aptitude on record in the history of the Academy. This bleeds over into her armagus synchronization as well.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Her Astral as of Chronophantasma; the recipient is nowhere to be seen after the explosions.
  • Synchronization / Gemini Destruction Law: In Continuum Shift, Hazama established a "life-link" with her, which prevents either of them from being killed unless they both die, and at the same time. This is apparently broken when Hakumen kills Yuuki Terumi, which also results in Hazama's death.
  • Take My Hand: She does this to Ragna in CT's True Ending to save him from falling to the Cauldron. It breaks the time loop in the process.
  • Theme Naming: Her special move names start with "Type (Roman number)" and her Distortion Drives has the pattern of "Zero Gun: (names in Norse myth)".
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She flies into a rage and says this to Hazama when he reveals to her that he was using Tsubaki to greatly and deeply hurt her so much, for his own amusement. She gets so angry that she breaks Bolverk's seals on her emotions, allowing Hazama to turn her back into Mu -12-, the True Successor of the Azure. Just as Planned.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She's a cyborg clone, the Inheritor of the Azure, the Eye of the Master Unit... and also technically the sister of her queen, her commanding officer and the world's most notorious criminal. That's a lot to take in, in a single day. Not to mention Chronophantasma hints that Noel also carries some of Saya's soul explain her unusual behavior towards Ragna and her forgotten memories.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She can now freely turn into Mu -12-.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia (or Laser-Guided Amnesia)
  • Tritagonist: She's the "Successor of the Azure" and has just as an important role in the story as Ragna & Jin.
  • Tsundere: Yes, even Noel has this going; she's a severe Type B case towards Ragna.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: In covers and promotional ads, Ragna, Jin and Noel are always sided together as the series's main protagonists.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: So much that even Hazama is in love with them.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Admits that she is a doll created by humans in Chrono Phantasma, but decides that since her feelings are her own she is still an individual.
  • Why Does It Have to Be Bugs?: Especially ones lots of legs. Which makes Arakune a nightmare opponent for her. Amusingly, her freaking out causes her to become uncharacteristically violent (perhaps due to Bolverk's influence) and she proceeds to repeatedly shoot him until he stops moving. And some more, just in case.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: But not anymore.
  • You Are Number 12.
  • Younger Than They Look: She has the looks and maturity of a young woman, but chronologically she's only five years old. Not unlike Dizzy from Guilty Gear.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

    Rachel Alucard 

"It's such a pain, but I'll play with you."

Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese) / Mela Lee, Laura Bailey (CS2, Arcade Mode) (English)

Vampiric Badass Gothic Lolita. Rachel is the rightful heir to the Alucard house. She hates being bored, so she heads out to the real world with her familiars Nago and Gii in tow to view the current state of events. She's also Ragna's Stalker with a Crush, although it's more out of a mix of concern and boredom than actual love.

It's stated in her ending that she hates her vampiric impulses, but had no choice in using them. By doing so, she ended up biting a young boy with jade-colored eyes, Ragna. She also seems to care for him and the other characters, in a thoroughly backwards fashion. She also knows about the instabilities in the space time continuum, which caused her boredom in the first place, and is attempting to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. She becomes increasingly more active in the sequels, waging a Cosmic Chess Game with the main villains.

Her arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Crime and Punishment, Reverse and CHRONOPHANTASMA. Her story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Bystander and lie to myself.

Her Drive ability, Silpheed, allows her to control the wind and change the trajectory of her movements. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Elfried, which increases the recovery rate of her Silpheed gauge. Her Astral Finish, Clownish Calendula, lifts the opponent above a large crucifix as a thunderbolt strikes them dead.

  • A-Cup Angst: Severely downplayed compared to the rest of the cast. However, she is not happy when Luna, and Gii, call her a "loli".
  • All-Powerful Bystander: A given, being an Observer. The most she can do is trying to nudge the other characters to do the right thing. She increasingly becomes more active over time, though.
  • Almost Kiss: Played for Laughs in one of the joke endings in Chronophantasma. After clearly setting up the scene to look as romantic as possible, Rachel moves in towards Ragna as she strokes his cheek... and promptly jams the spectacles of Eros MK.II (literally!) into his forehead.
  • Animal Motifs: A rabbit, due to her hair ribbons and her air of mystique. It's even Ragna's nickname for her.
  • Antiquated Linguistics
  • Bad Boss: Averted with Valkenhayn, who she's always polite to. Played straight with Gii and Nago, who she gleefully insults, berates, and abuses with reckless abandon for even the most minuscule slight or even when she just wants to. This trait even extends into gameplay where she uses the two as both weapons and shields. One of her intros has her walking through a portal using Nago as a literal staircase and one of her winposes has her pulling on Gii. That's right, her entire playstyle revolves around being a Bad Boss.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode path, where she makes way for Tager.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't call her a stalker.
    • Implying that she holds feelings for Ragna is another way to invite abuse.
  • Big Good: One of the few characters actually trying to improve the world, and tries to urge the other protagonists to do so.
  • Bigger Bad: In Taokaka's joke ending in Continuum Shift.
  • Blessed with Suck: As an Observer, she has a perfect memory and cannot forget anything, even if she tried. Not even a single moment of the hundreds and hundreds of iterations of the Stable Time Loop, or the many thousands of variations caused by the continuum shift.
  • Blow You Away: Her Drive, Sylpheed.
  • Boring Insult: Says this to Hazama in her bad ending, claiming that Ragna is a more interesting man than he is. She gets a foot in her mouth for it, but props for keeping her cool.
  • Butt Monkey: Gii and Nago get far more abuse from her than even Ragna.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Not that she would ever admit it, but it's obvious. Case and point, she calls Ragna a pedophile for buying Platinum dinner, which is kinda ironic considering she herself looks about fourteen.
  • Clothing Combat: Some of her normal moves uses her clothing to hurt her foes, usually by transforming its parts.
  • Convenient Coma: After Clavis’ death Rachel fell into a deep sleep that lasted for more than 50 years. Since Valkenhayn wouldn’t leave her side this had the side effect of preventing him from helping the other Six Heroes deal with the aftermath of the Dark War, including the formation of the NOL, the Duodecim's rise to power, being unable to seal the Nox Nyctores and remove their cores and preventing Terumi from nearly killing Nine and Trinity, as well as Hakumen being trapped in the Boundary.
  • Cool Chair: Nago transforms into a chair in some of her moves, as well as in her win pose.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: A giant stone one grinds upwards out of the ground in her Astral Finish, apparently for no other reason than looking awesome.
  • Cultured Badass
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Sword Iris is 22A in Calamity Trigger, and 214C in Continuum Shift.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: However, it's not exactly nice either.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her snarkiness is doubled in Tutorial Mode.
  • Detached Sleeves: If you look closely at some of her sprites, you'll see that under her shawl her sleeves aren't connected to the rest of her dress.
  • Difficult but Awesome: She is one of only two characters considered to be the hardest in the game to learn. The other one is Carl.
  • Dominatrix: Some of her interactions with Ragna and Hakumen tend to give off this vibe. Gii even nearly calls her one, much to his peril.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita
  • Familiar: Nago and Gii.
  • Flat "What.": Gives one when the Imperator demands that Ragna be hers.
  • Flower Motifs: Red Roses, all over the place. Her attacks and even her stage are full of red rose petals splattering everywhere.
  • Foreshadowing: She calls both Jin and Hakumen "Mister Hero."
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: She insults anyone who beats her, with the exceptions of Hakumen and Nu-13. Top-tier in CT, low-tier in CS.
  • Girlish Pigtails: And quite long ones too.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She loves insulting everyone, regularly abuses her familiars, and picks fights to amuse herself. But she's undoubtedly on the good side.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: She's dressed in Elegant Gothic Lolita and has a snarky personality, and is a master sorceress.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Apparently, towards any girl that captures Ragna's undivided attention in a more normal, relaxed atmosphere.
    • This is subtly implied with her reaction upon seeing Ragna dining with Platinum, as well as her joke ending.
    • Her jealousy is joked about with a similar situation in in Teach Me, Miss Litchi Reloaded, where the threat of Ragna dining together with Taokaka coerces Rachel into agreeing to provide Tao with lessons on Ars Magus.
    • In Chronophantasma it is much more toned down, though it is still there if you're looking for it. Mostly seen in scenes where Rachel denies being angry despite that clearly not being the case.
    • In Noel's arcade route in Chronophantasma she gets irritated when Ragna and Noel are getting flustered about Noel's choice of apparel as Mu-12. Funny considering that she was the one who created the situation in the first place for "fun".
    • And the fun continues in Chronophantasma Extend, when she gets pissed and zaps Ragna with a bolt when it looks like Celica is going to perform "CPR" on him. Especially hilarious considering she was the one who drowned him in the first place.
  • Guest Fighter: In Lost Saga.
  • Guide Dang It: Her aerial down+C attack does more hits the faster you're falling when you hit. The in-game description doesn't even remotely hint at.
  • Herald: While Terumi provides Ragna the motivation to hate him, it's Rachel who saved his life, gave him a fighting chance and pushed him to do her bidding.
  • Hypocrite: This exchange between her and Ragna in Chronophantasma after the former attacks Gii and Nago.
    Rachel: That could be seen as abuse. Careful Ragna, you could be sued by an animal-rights group.
    Ragna: Says the woman who uses them as shields.
  • Idiot Ball: In Continuum Shift. There's nothing else to call it, considering that she doesn't even TRY guarding Noel against Terumi, despite knowing that the girl is the inheritor of the True Azure AND the new Eye of the Master Unit.
  • In a Single Bound: Can jump THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE STAGE using her drive.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's an arrogant and spiteful young lady, abusive to her familiars, her friends and allies alike, but nonetheless seems to care for the rest of the cast. Well, except for the villains.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
  • Kneel Before Zod: One of her battle quotes. Also her winquote after defeating Ragna in Chronophantasma. Maybe she is a Dominatrix...
    Rachel: It would seem I am now victorious. Now bow that pretty little face of yours down into the dirt and scream to the world "I am Master Rachel's humble little man-servant." Hehehe.
  • Lady and Knight: Though Hakumen doesn't really behave like a Knight towards her, they sort of have this relationship with each other.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Is one of the few people in the cast who can use actual magic rather than imitating it with Ars Magus. She has the looks of a Black Magician Girl but her age and mannerisms fit this more.
  • Leitmotif: "Queen of Rose", which is just as regal sounding as the name implies, fitting her personality as The Ojou.
  • Little Miss Badass: In looks only mind you.
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • Long-Range Fighter: Specializes in this.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: She has access to the Tsukuyomi Unit, a shield that is impervious to almost everything; it can block even Take-Mikazuchi's laser, and she can use it to protect Ragna while he's transported through the Boundary. In gameplay she also uses Nago and Gii as living shields.
  • Luminescent Blush: Happens exactly once in the series (and possibly in her entire life). In the Endless Waltz short story she blushes when she offers to drink Ragna's blood in order to save him.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: She has an ability called Slave Red, which allows her to take control of someone, however It Only Works Once on any individual.
  • Moral Dissonance:
    • In Calamity Trigger, she accosts Noel (who, at this point, doesn't even know who she is) without any provocation. Rachel taunts her with all sorts of secrets that she then refuses to share, all the while insulting Noel up and down, before outright attacking and beating up on her. Rachel then steals Bolverk and teleports away, leaving Noel a crying mess, completely unable to function. Since this isn't the cycle where the timeloop is finally broken (and in fact, pretty much singlehandedly guarantees that it won't be), these actions can't have any consequences, as it will all be erased with the next reset. Which means NONE of this is part of any sort of plan; Rachel apparently does it just because she's annoyed that Noel isn't what she wants her to be, and so she wastes one cycle to do nothing but abuse the poor girl to vent her irritation.
    • Similarly in Continuum Shift where she faces Jin (who likewise, at this point, doesn't even know who she is). Jin is barely able to walk, when she abducts him, insults him, challenges him in a fight. Worse in Jin's Bad Ending, she beats him using her unlimited mode, insults him, and finally throws him into the forest to die. Jin is not exactly Mr. Congeniality but no other character in the game (except Terumi) bullies a heavily injured person without any reason nor provocation. Unlike Bang (who gets reprimanded by Trinity and Kokonoe), no one calls her for this.
  • Morality Pet: Hakumen is probably the only character she's very close with (aside from Valkenhayn). While she harbors great respect to those she deems worthy of it, she treats Hakumen more differently than the rest. Even teasing him sometimes to sit and have tea with her.
    • Quite ironic, considering that Hakumen is Jin.
  • Morph Weapon: Nago and Gii can transform into various things for her attacks.
  • Mundane Utility: Makoto suggests (in her winquote against Rachel) that her lightning manipulation ability could save Makoto's family's money from the electricity bills.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While not done consciously, her Convenient Coma after Clavis' death kept Valkenhayn from helping the other Six Heroes deal with the recovery after the Dark War. He might have been able to help deal with the NOL and the Duodecim's power grab and the search for the missing Nox Nyxtores. At the very least, he would have been able to help Jubei and Hakumen fight Terumi, which probably would have prevented Hakumen trapping himself and Terumi in the Boundary. Rachel is angry at herself for sleeping through so much.
  • Odd Friendship: Gets along strangely well with Celica, and never insults her like she does with, well every other character.
  • The Ojou
  • Our Vampires Are Different: It is hinted that her nature is different even to her own father.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: While she's disrespectful almost everyone in cast, she finds Bang quite repulsive in particular even on Gag Reels, still some of her lines for the tutorial in Continuum Shift Rachel calls Bang a gentleman to outright refer to him without adding any insults, and said insults towards him are much tamer than the ones found in the main story.
  • Parasol of Pain
  • Parasol of Prettiness
  • Parasol Parachute: She can do this in one of her normal moves. In CP, in the intro of her fight with Ragna, she even does this while using Silpheed to float away from Ragna's attacks.
  • Pet the Dog: When she tells Ragna to never give up during one of the time loops. Doubles as a Ship Tease depending on how one looks at it.
    • Her case with Makoto, starting with saving her from Hazama, also counts.
    • Is much more kind in her treatment of Noel after the latter's Character Development, to the point where you could almost swear they were friends. She's also rather friendly and even protective of Celica as well.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She warns Ragna not to fight Terumi, despite the fact that he wants to do so more than anything else, but she doesn't give him a reason. She also warns him not to rely too much on the Azure Grimoire. For some odd reason, she never sees fit to share her suspicions that his Grimoire is a fake, and that Terumi is the one who MADE it, and thus not only knows how to counter it, but likely has a more complete version. Oh, and that if Ragna uses his fake too much, he'll become half a Black Beast. She apparently loves the sound of her own voice except when giving useful explanations.
  • Precision F-Strike: During the retelling of the first two games in Chronophantasma Extend, Rachel demands to know "where the bloody hell" her tea is. Like Valkenhayn, this is far stronger language than is implied. Also in Continuum Shift Extend, she uses the word "ass" when paraphrasing Makoto.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She looks like an early teen at most, she's actually one of the oldest members of the cast.
  • Rebellious Princess
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Which adds more to her dark vibes.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: She, along with her familiars/servants Gii, Nago, and Valkenhayn are the only ones who retain their memories of each time loop. This is because she is an Observer: someone tasked by Takamagahara (or another similar power) to observe the various potential timelines. So she can carry out her duty, Takamagahara excludes her from any alterations it makes to the timeline.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: What she had been attempting to do for the past few hundred repetitions.
  • Ship Tease: Calamity Trigger has the aforementioned ending with Ragna. Continuum Shift lays it on thick, however, to the point where it's nearly impossible to deny that the script intentionally does this. Especially in her bad and joke endings, which are both punctuated with a final line by Rachel intended to cause readers to question the extent of her feelings toward Ragna. Chronophantasma continues the trend but not as blatantly as the other two games, aside from one gag reel when the Spectacles of Eros return and it is confirmed that the reason she is unaffected is because she already loves him as strongly as someone would under the influence of Spectacles of Eros (she also explains this to Celica, who's similarly unaffected for the same reasons).
    • Towards Hakumen, as well. It's subtle, but it's there if you look hard at it. Their unique relationship as Lady and Knight definitely helps.
  • Shock and Awe: Many of her special attacks, as well as her super and her Astral Finish, involve striking the opponent with electricity. All her victims suffer the effect of X-Ray Sparks as a result.
    • A few notable mentions: Arakune, due to his amorphous biology, has no skeleton; Hazama reveals his ghost form in place of a skeleton; Nu -13- proves that she's a cyborg rather than a robot, as she has a skeleton whereas Hakumen, a human soul contained in a mechanical body, does not. She herself also never gets shocked; Gii and Nago takes it instead.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Kokonoe, naturally, in her HMPK segment. Also with Ragna a lot.
  • Something About a Rose
  • Spin Attack: One of her normal moves.
  • Spot of Tea: Including ordering it during a boss fight. Really, it sometimes seems like she can't go three minutes without drinking tea. It is hinted that it's her substitute for drinking blood.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The "crush" part has yet to be fully realized, though they sure love to imply it quite a bit in ''Continuum Shift'', canon or not.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: The ice part is very prevalent most of the time however.
  • Suicide by Cop: At the end of Chronophantasma she asks Tsubaki to kill her if she or Jin failed to kill Ragna.
  • Theme Naming: Her specials are all named after flowers.
  • Time Abyss: She remembers 72,500 years of time-looped existence. Her reaction: Boredom!
  • Token Mini-Moe: Subverted. She looks like one, but she's one of most influential and powerul characters in the cast.
  • Token Wholesome
  • Trap Master: Sets up Lightning rods and flying bats and pumpkins that the opponent has to try and maneuver around.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Lampshaded by Kokonoe in her HMPK segment.
    • In Arc Systems Works recently released Fan CD: "BlazBlue Fan Disc Tsundere CD", Rachel is a host along with the Game's Ultimate Tsundere, Jin.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Rather subtle, but she was a lot more snarky and condescending towards virtually everyone back in the early parts of the series. By Chronophantasma, she's shown to be protective and supportive of the likes of Noel and Celica and even gives out her respect towards Kagura. Really, the only character she's still really bitchy towards is...well...Ragna.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With everyone except Valkenhayn. She doesn't even try to hide her contempt for most of the cast. However, she has nothing but their best interests at heart and is trying her hardest to push them in the direction towards restore the world its natural state. Especially true for Ragna, just don't tell her that to her face.
  • Weirdness Search and Rescue: Serves as one for Makoto when she's trapped in one of the Noel-free timelines.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Her current relationship with Jin. She sure does love to berate the guy even if he isn't doing anything in particular to displease her.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Questions Celica about what she finds attractive about Ragna; which is ironic coming from her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • She delivers one to Litchi, after she executed a Face-Heel Turn out of desperation. Unfortunately for her, this didn't work, partly because all Rachel saw in her was 'obsessed with Arakune', rather than knowing that she's also dying and really needs the cure. Poor Communication Kills indeed.
    • Inverted when facing Hakumen. He delivers one to Rachel in Continuum Shift: after freeing him and trying to enlist him to her side, she explains that both Takamagahara and Terumi are on the move, due to Noel having become the eye. Hakumen, filled with rage, demands to know why, despite having been through hundreds of time loops and knowing how dangerous Terumi is, she still decides to do nothing but watch.
  • Willfully Weak: Story-wise, Rachel's actually one of the most powerful characters, but holds back due to her pride, as well as to avoid being bored. Her "Unlimited" mode, however...
    • Also, if you notice, she never actually gets hit in battles — rather, poor Nago and Gii take all the punishment. And if you hold down 'crouch', she falls asleep in the middle of battle.
  • Woman Behind the Man: It's implied that she was behind Valkenhayn and Carl's actions in Taokaka's Gag Reel.
  • Woman in Black
  • Yaoi Fangirl: For Jin/Ragna in her joke ending.
    Noel: *Under the influence of the Spectacles of Eros* It's just that...I...fell in love with Ragna the Bloodedge...
    Jin: *Enters out of nowhere* Excuse me, but what did you just say...?
    Ragna: JIN!?
    Rachel: My goodness! This is...both unexpected and...pleasing.

    Taokaka 

"Meow? Oh! Hey, let's play!"

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese)/Philece Sampler (English)

The resident Cloudcuckoolander. Tao is a member of a tribe of cat-people living in a small village underneath Kagutsuchi, and is next in line to become the village's protector. To that end, she is training to become a vigilante. Unfortunately... she's incredibly dim and doesn't even realize that the person she's been travelling with (Ragna) is the most wanted criminal in the world. Her species are actually genetically-engineered clones of Jubei, the original Grimalkin. Can be bribed to do ANYTHING if food is involved, and is good friends with Litchi Faye-Ling, whom she also considers as a teacher.

Her arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: afternoon sunbathe, Deja vu and Growth. Her story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Innocent heart and Journey.

Her Drive ability, Dancing Edge, lets her perform more confusing maneuvers to attack. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Almost Becoming Two!, a former super of hers which produces a shadow image of herself that doubles the amount of hits her attacks dish out. Her Astral Finish, Attack Meow Pow! involves her bouncing off of the walls while slashing her opponent, then performing a drill uppercut, which misses due to Jubei coming in from the left-field and being a sneaky Badass.

  • Adaptational Badass: Minor case, but in the second manga she helps Ragna fight off the group of bounty hunters at the restaurant instead of being carried away by a fleeing Ragna.
  • Airplane Arms: Her forward dash.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Her fixation on boobs notwithstanding, she's also never affected by the Spectacles of Eros and artwork from the BlazBlue Material Collection shows her getting awfully... cuddly with Litchi Faye-Ling in a hot-spring. It could just be her childlike innocence though.
  • Ascended Meme: "Don't want" (presumably the voice actor ad-libbing a more memetic "do not want") and "*nom nom nom* " appear in her English script.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Especially when food is involved.
  • Audience Surrogate: She becomes this in Teach Me Ms. Litchi! where she asks about what the various things in the story are, from Sector Seven to Ars Magus.
  • Badass: She's genetically engineered from Jubei's genes, Bang's student and rival, and she's pretty much Chaos Incarnate. Who also stands on even ground with Tager, Jin and Ragna.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One of her Distortions, which is appropriately named "I'm Gonna Beat the Crap Outta You!"
  • Big Eater: Thinks about food pretty much all the time. In fact she's almost always hungry, to the point of emptying someone else's wallet due to a high tab, or she can be bribed into doing anything in exchange for food. Borderlines on Extreme Omnivore: In Story Mode, where (given the player's choice) she will even try to eat someone (Ragna and Bang can fall victim to this). And even in Arcade Mode, when fighting Litchi, will cause the latter to rant about not eating her steamed buns.
    • She even thinks that little girls are food.
    • Cat Spirit Encore, a move introduced in Chronophantasma has her swiping an item what opponent drops and eating it, not caring if the item is even food. She does show if the item isn't edible (or is a chili pepper from Bullet or a rotten octopus from Arakune) by being disgusted by what she just ate.
  • Bouncing Battler: Her new "Aerial Dancing Edge!!" DD in CP has her bouncing and flying around the screen as she slashes the midair enemy multiple times. Inverted with her Astral which has the opponent bouncing around as she warps all over the place to knock the foe over and over.
  • Blood Knight: With the sort of innocent enthusiasm that only a childlike, nigh-invulnerable Super Soldier can properly muster.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mostly during the Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! segments, but she also looks up close into the TV screen during one of her entrances and if you hold down crouch.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She doesn't so much name her attacks, but loves to provide verbal sound effects for them.
    • Unless she's facing Arakune, in which most cases she has several new names for her attacks, mostly containing "squiggly" as part of them.
  • Cat Girl
  • Cat Ninja: She becomes an actual ninja (Bang's apprentice to be exact) in some joke endings.
  • Cat Smile: When she's not grinning, she often sports one of these, especially if she's being coy.
  • Character Development: Tao seems to have acquired a bit of an intelligence boost for Continuum Shift, even going as far as reciting a medical fact she "remembered" to Bang in his Arcade story. And let's not forget how you can make her remember things in the new Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments.
  • Charged Attack: A few of her normals can be charged for more damage and greater hitstun.]
  • Clone Degeneration: One possible explanation for the generalized senility of the Kaka. The Elder seems pretty tightly put-together, though.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
    • So much of one that she causes Nu to have a BSOD when she tries to comprehend Tao with logic.
  • Cool Big Sis: Torakaka is this to her.
  • Covert Pervert: Taokaka shows signs of this. Her primary target, Litchi, seems completely oblivious, though.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Deadly Lunge: Her Drive is pretty much this.
  • The Ditz: She has the "special ability" to forget anything she does... in three steps or seconds, whichever comes first. CS reveals this includes meeting Ragna as a child. That said, she does seem to be getting better.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of her Distortion Drives has her making a copy of herself that copies her attacks. In CP, it's her Overdrive.
  • Dumb Blonde
  • Dumb Is Good
  • The Faceless: Possibly subverted: she presumably has a face, but it's... well... always covered with shadow.
    • Confirmed to be wearing a mask in Calamity Trigger's "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!" segments and later by the developers.
  • Fastball Special: Kitty Litter Special throws random objects, including a very surprised Kaka kitten.
  • Foreshadowing: Her joke ending in Calamity Trigger, a trailer for a fake movie, "revealed" that Litchi would become a villain. Guess what happened in Continuum Shift...
  • Fragile Speedster: She has two very fast command jumps (including a Wall Jump), her Drive offers a lot of mobility options, and she's the only character (other than Bang) with a triple jump. However, she's tied with Carl for the lowest health in the game, so she can be taken out fairly quickly once she's caught.
  • Fun Personified: Even Ragna can't help but smile around her.
  • Genki Girl
  • Grapple Move: One of her Distortion Drives is this, that leads to the Big Ball of Violence.
  • Hammerspace/Hyperspace Arsenal: Always carries a plate with her in case she comes across food, as well as other things such as fishbones, baseballs, bombs, pillows, apple cores, bowling balls, and even kaka kittens, which she can throw at her opponents.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: As with the rest of the Kaka, she wears a hoodie with oversized sleeves that close at the end (with slots for her claws).
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: In Continuum Shift, whenever Tao fights Ragna, she proclaims that she's hungry and he says she eats way too much. Regardless of the outcome, Ragna has to pay.
    Taokaka (if she wins): "Lunch is on you, Good Guy!"
    Ragna (if Tao loses): "Alright, alright, I'll buy you some lunch."
  • Hey, You!: Normally doesn't call the characters by their real names. Instead she gives them names like White Guy Ragna, Good Guy Ragna after he feeds her (she calls him this at all times in the story mode of CS), Scruffy Man Bang, Shorty Carl, Super-not-soft person Ada/Nirvana, Hat Person Noel, Lacking Lady Noel (after she notices her chest), Black Squiggly Arakune, Boobie Lady Litchi, Flappy Nu-13 and Mu-12 (due to their pre-battle outfits), Red Lady/Eye Woman Tsubaki, Average Lady Tsubaki (after she notices her chest), Green Guy/Scary Guy Hazama/Terumi, Ice Man Jin, Bunny Person Rachel, Big Guy Tager, Tail Lady Kokonoe, Cat Person Jubei, Mask Man Hakumen, Fluffy Lady Makoto, Butter Person Valkenhayn, Butt Lady Bullet, Big Fat Fibber Guy Relius, Dark Man Kagura and Antenna Lady Celica.
  • Hidden Buxom: She's actually quite stacked underneath that hoodie.
  • Idiot Hero: So, very, very, very much...
    • To the point that she doesn't realize the "good guy" she's hanging out with is the guy she's supposed to be hunting.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: There's only a slingshot bikini on beneath that coat, and a sizable chunk of Tao's screen time involves groping boobies without the target's permission. What keeps her from being the other trope is that she genuinely has no clue her conduct is inappropriate.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She never realizes that grabbing other females' "meat buns" is not a right thing to do.
  • In the Hood
  • In the name of... the big white thingy in the night sky! Tao shall punish you!"
  • Is It Something You Eat?: One of her first responses to any new concept.
  • Leitmotif: "Cactus Carnival", which is pretty much her randomness in music form.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Word of God is that she's supposed be to the game's Dan, except she doesn't suck quite as badly; in fact, she's rather deadly.
    • Ironically, Bang is Calamity Trigger's Dan.
    • Tao's Unlimited form is one of the strongest out of everyone in CS. Even though it takes a second longer to charge up, 3 standard D attacks will finish off everyone except Tager (who requires 4).
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Tao will grope anyone with decent sized boobs, and give her (rather frank) opinion about her victim's chest. At one point, this resulted in her accidentally started feeling up the rock-hard chest of Bang Shishigami. She was, of course, looking for Litchi in her clinic, but Bang was the only one there.
    • Though, given her personality, it's probably not perverted or sexual in nature. She just finds them fun since they're bouncy and squishy.
  • Male Gaze: Her sprites in Continuum Shift have been modified with more well-developed boobs like Litchi, meaning she might be starting to grow up.
    • This official piece of art (one of the unlocked gallery pictures in CT) show that Tao has always had a bit of this going on even in the original. She just was wearing a pretty baggy coat this whole time.
  • Metaphorgotten: In Episode 1 of "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! <Reloaded>!":
    Tao (upon learning about the NOL Military Academy's entrance tests): "Tao's really good at beating up people meow! It's like the green grass that horses use to make silk purses on the other side of fence!"
    Litchi: "Huh? I think you're going for 'easy as pie.'"
  • Minion Master: As her Unlimited self she gains new Distortion Drives that make use of the Kaka kittens.
  • Morality Pet: For an Anti-Hero rather than an outright villain, but in Continuum Shift she is the only person that Ragna seems to genuinely consider a friend; even promising to play with her some day and taking a nap with her. Everybody else falls between being tolerated and him just not caring about them.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: One of two discernible facial features of Taokaka is a mask with a mouth full of lots and lots of sharp, pointy teeth.
    • And like Kamineko, she is still hilariously adorable.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments in Continuum Shift, Tao explains that she remembers the general history of how Ars Magus came to be, but still doesn't know the real important stuff like Nox Nyctores. She says that she's close to finding the person who can properly teach her, because her spid... uhh Kaka senses are tingling.
  • The Nicknamer: Since she can't remember anything for long she has a habit of giving other people nicknames right after meeting them, such as "Scruffy Man" for Bang or "Bunny Person" for Rachel. Some of her nicknames for other characters were even adopted by the fandom, the most well-known of which is probably "Boobie Lady" for Litchi.
    • Continuum Shift suggests that she does know peoples' names but prefers to call them by nicknames. By this point she's aware that "good guy" is actually Ragna and actually refers to him as such when someone asks her what she means by "good guy." She learns Tsubaki's name, but still insists on calling her "red lady" because of her hair color.
    • It repeats itself in Continuum Shift II; in Platinum's Arcade Mode, Tao is asked if she knows a man named Bang Shishigami, Tao replies with "Hmm, Bang Shishigami? Oh, you mean the Scruffy Man!" So it's pretty clear that she can keep up with the names, but she just likes the nicknames that much.
      • Sadly, she doesn't spell Bang's name correctly in the English dub of this scene.
    • Further explained in Makoto's CP Arcade Mode, where Taokaka states that Noel's nickname is partly because she doesn't like her given name, which may be the case for the others. Notably, she never gives Torakaka a nickname beyond "Tora".
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "I'mma Beat The Crap Outta You!" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ragna.
  • Panty Shot: Pretty much every move she makes causes her to expose her panties.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted; she's innocent and playful. If you make her angry, however, then the red eyes should tell you that she means business.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In Continuum Shift, when planting her head on Litchi's boobies:
    "Boobies are fun! Boingboingboingboing!"
    • She also likes to say "Jump!" and "Leap" and the like whenever she's about to do so.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In her section of Help Me, Professor Kokonoe, Taokaka suddenly talks like this after eating Kokonoe's silvervine candy. It's only temporary, though.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: She's nowhere to be seen by the climax of CP.
  • Shotoclone: her Drive moves have both "forward rush" and "anti-air" variants while her Kitty Litter Special acts as her variable projectile.
  • Snot Bubble
  • Spanner in the Works: In Tao's CP Arcade run, a brief "scuffle" with Lacking Lady sends the latter away from a Main Branch restraining squad sent to rein her in. Terumi is not a happy camper when he finds out.
  • Split Second Blade Spam: She can do this with her claws.
  • Super Soldier: The original purpose of the Kaka Clan. It... didn't work out so well.
  • Theme Naming: Cats, for her special moves.
  • Third-Person Person: "Tao is Taokaka, meow!"
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Yep, you saw this coming. In her Calamity Trigger story mode, this is one the things you can choose to have her say to Rachel after the vampire steps on her tail.
    Taokaka: "I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!"
  • Too Dumb To Troll: She is the only character so far that Hazama has failed trolling.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her Continnum Shift Story Mode, she tried to fight Hazama only to fail spectaculary. Her CP Arcade Mode has her unknowingly break Hazama's plans by luring Noel away from a trap he had laid out for her, as well as seeing her hold her own against him until he's forced to leave with Phantom, a spectacular improvement. Her Arcade Run isn't called Growth for nothing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat buns.
  • Unblockable Attack: Unlimited Taokaka has one DD where she summons a Kaka Kitten to bring out a bomb. The bomb explodes in 10 seconds and its explosion is unblockable.
  • Use Your Head: Taokaka's front grab has her latch on to the opponent and reel them in for a headbutt.
  • Verbal Tic: Often edits words to sound like "meow" and tends to insert cat noises into her dialogue.
  • Wall Jump
  • Wolverine Claws: Her main weapon.
  • Wrap Around: If Tao throws a baseball that fails to connect with her opponent, it'll show up on the other side of the screen a few moments later and try again.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Her back throw is a bulldog.
  • Zipperiffic

    Iron Tager 

"You're within my estimates."

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese) / Jamieson Price (English)

A giant man-cyborg on steroids. Tager was an Ikaruga Federation commander at one point until he suffered major injuries during the Ikaruga Civil War. He was modified and healed by Kokonoe with cybernetic implants and demon genes, and now works for a secret organization known as "Sector Seven." His main objective involves bringing Hakumen to Kokonoe. After succeeding, Tager is sent out to capture Noel in Continuum Shift.

His arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Revival the One, Forget Past and INCEPTION. His story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Blind warrior and loyalty.

His Drive ability, Voltic Battler, magnetizes the opponent and allows him to draw him/her closer with certain attacks. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Voltic Field, which places a magnetic field around the entire stage and forcing the opponent into a constant state of being magnetized. His Astral Finish, King of Tager, makes him do a ridiculously exaggerated version of his Distortion Drive in which he lifts the opponent high into the sky and crashes them down into the Earth.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Reddish-orange skin. Coupled with his high stature, musculature, and fangs, he looks like a traditional portrayal of a Japanese Oni. Amusingly, while he looks like a Red Oni, his personality is befitting of a Blue Oni.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: "You're within my estimates."
  • Badass
  • Badass Normal/Empowered Badass Normal: When he was the captain of Bullet’s mercenary squad he fought against Azrael. Despite being a normal soldier, potentially using Ars Magus, he was able to hold his own against Azrael for a long time and it is implied that he managed to wound Azrael’s arm and that this wound still causes him pain.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode path, where Rachel makes way for him.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: He gains a new move in Chronophantasma where he smacks the airborne enemy to the ground and then crushes them under his weight. His Unlimited-only Distortion Drive takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like it when people question his loyalty to Kokonoe.
  • Big Red Devil: In looks only mind you.
  • Brains and Brawn: With Kokonoe. Though since Tager is far from stupid, it's closer to Tager making up for Kokonoe's frailty.
  • Butt Monkey: In several Help Me! Prof. Kokonoe! segments, especially in Arakune's, where Kokonoe dresses him up as a Meido... and then uses him as a vacuum cleaner to clean up the squiggly mess Arakune left behind... through his mouth
  • Calling Your Attacks: A big offender.
  • Censored for Comedy: In 'Teach Me, Ms. Litchi', he covered up Kokonoe dreaming up to put enhancement on his GIGANTIC TAGER!!!
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Continuum Shift, it was revealed that Tager had witnessed some kind of horrifying event that slaughtered countless people. In Continuum Shift II, we found out just what it was: the process of creating Ignis killed almost everybody in Sector Seven.
    • He also mentioned once that Tsubaki's weapon, the Sealed Weapon Izayoi, is a prototype to the Lux Sanctus Murakumo. In the third game, Tsubaki called upon the hidden power of her weapon and then it transforms into its true form: a set of pike and shield that then forms her armor, in a similar way to a Murakumo Unit.
  • Containment Field: Pre-installed by Kokonoe, he can project one named Eclipse Field. Aside from being physically impenetrable, it can also prevent observations or phenomenon interventions from the outside. It is used when Jin, Noel and Makoto start their plan on bringing Tsubaki back to her senses, to prevent the Imperator from interfering. It uses most of Tager's energy.
  • Crater Power: His Genesic Emerald Tager Buster creates quite a big crater as he slams his foe hard to the ground. His Astral Heat takes it Up to Eleven.
  • The Comically Serious: Probably the most "normal" character in entire cast, which makes him hilarious in the gag scenarios.
  • Cyborg
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: King of Tager is hold A+B+C and mash D in Calamity Trigger, 1080+D in Continuum Shift. If you like using it...
  • Deadly Lunge: One of his drive moves has him lunging forward, arms stretched and magnetized.
  • Energy Ball: His Spark Bolt move has him firing a very fast electric ball that has priority over other projectiles. It needs to be recharged after every shot, however.
  • Face Of An Oni: Tager's appearance, as noted above, is reminiscent of a Japanese Oni, and he is indeed very intimidating looking, despite being really a nice guy who is just doing his job. Off-game, when the demo of Calamity Trigger revealed him as one of the playable characters, everyone almost immediately thought he would be a villain. In-Game, his menacing appearance makes him stand out like no other, and at least one person attacked him because of his looks. To be fair though, that person was Bang.
  • First-Person Smartass: Read his thoughts in his Continuum Shift story mode. He has a surprising amount of snark in him.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted; see "Face Of An Oni" above.
  • Foreshadowing: It becomes increasingly obvious throughout all of Chronophantasma that he's the captain of Bullet's squad that was slaughtered by Azrael. Kokonoe knows too and she's trying to desperately keep it from getting out, especially because she was the one who modified Tager to begin with.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's highly analytical in battle and often assists Kokonoe in her research.
  • Gentle Giant: His hobby? Building ships in a bottle. He also avoids conflict if possible, and will only attack if provoked or ordered.
  • Grapple Move: He specializes in these.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: with Kokonoe.
  • Human Weapon: It is mentioned that his cybernetic implants are artificial Causality Phenomenon Weapons.
  • The Igor: To Kokonoe.
  • In a Single Bound: During his Gigantic Tager Buster command grab, he jumps high enough to briefly jump off the screen. When using Genesic Emerald Tager Buster, he jumps really, really high. In King of Tager, he jumps out of the atmosphere.
  • Informed Ability: He is supposed to be around 550 kg, but everyone else can still toss him around like normal. Of course, this might just be Gameplay and Story Segregation.
  • Instant Death Radius: High-level AIs or skilled players will make his enemies regret getting into grab range.
  • Invulnerable Attack: Had some, gained more as part of Continuum Shift buffs.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Much like Ragna, he can pick up grounded opponents for further attacks. It is also magnetized.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Completely fanboys Valkenhayn. Unsurprisingly, Kokonoe calls him out on it, but relents to letting Tager have a quick spar.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: CSII's extra scenario revealed that the injuries he sustained during the creation of Ignis erased most of his memory. Hazama temporarily unlocks it during Tager's story path via the power of Mind Rape.
  • Leitmotif: "MOTOR Head", with the slow build up depicting his massive size and ferocity.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Pretty much what his Drive does.
  • Meido: He shows up in this outfit during Arakune's Help Me! Dr. Kokonoe! segment.
  • Meteor Move: The Gigantic Tager Driver and its stronger variants are this. And his Crimson Meteor air move from Chronophantasma.
  • Mind Rape: Undergoes one in Continuum Shift, delivered by - surprise surprise - Terumi, who uses Ouroboros to mess with his emotions, which temporarily unlocks his memories from the Ikaruga Civil War.
  • Mighty Glacier: Being the quintessential grappler of the series, he's naturally a slow moving but hard hitting powerhouse. He's the only character without a dash or even a step(outside of Unlimited anyway), but has the highest health of the entire cast.
  • Morality Pet: While Kokonoe often puts him in embarrassing position and/or forces him to do things that he doesn't like, it's shown that she really cares about him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He often disagrees with many of the plans that Kokonoe is enacting, and even questions her on occasion, but can't do anything but obey her orders.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few genuinely nice people in Blazblue world. Sadly, his jobs are the ones that involved turning people into mush.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: CSII revealed him to be a Part-Demon Cyborg.
  • Oh Crap!: The prologue to Chronophantasma Extend has Tager (then captain of the merc squad) infiltrating Naobi with his group to seize Nirvana. When he arrives to claim it, he and his squad notice that everyone in the facility is gone or dead. It's when they are just about to claim Nirvana that they find out why.
    Azrael: "Let the hunt BEGIN!!"
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Litchi and Kokonoe are the only characters that call Tager by his name. Everyone else refers to him as "(The) Red Devil."
  • Only Sane Man: Tager is erudite and often baffled by the antics of other characters.
  • Power Fist: He can magnetize his forearms to do powerful punches or to drag enemies towards him.
  • Rated M for Manly: Second to only Bang. If they do not rate over to Bang, they rate on Tager. Could be a reason why he garners more popularity in the West.
  • Red Right Hand: Subverted. He may have oni features but he's a rather Nice Guy.
  • Rocket Punch: In one of Teach Me Ms. Litchi! segments, Kokonoe reveals that his arm can do this. He can't do it in gameplay though.
  • Satellite Character: Subverted. Tager does have a lot of potential going on and it seems that Chronophantasma will put that in light. However, he's completely bound to Kokonoe, and since Kokonoe is pretty damn important story-wise, Tager is mostly used in the story as merely a medium for Kokonoe to interact with the world outside her lab, and Tager can't even do anything about it due to his programming.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: All the time.
  • Ship Tease: A noticeable amount, both ways, with Kokonoe.
  • Shotoclone: somewhat: he has a normal projectile, but his "uppercut" move is instead an anti-air grab.
  • Signature Move: His Gigantic Tager Driver and its DD and Astral variants. Also to a smaller extent, his Gadget Finger and Spark Bolt.
  • Skill Gate Characters: He was low tier in Calamity Trigger and rarely used except by people who knew how to correctly use him. In Continuum Shift he's still low tier, but much easier to use due to being generally faster. His high damage output and his Gadget Finger guessing games make him widely hated by new players, but expert players who know how to keep him at arm's length and not get magnetized can skillfully dissect him.
  • Skunk Stripe
  • Smart People Wear Glasses
  • Spin Attack: His Magna Tech Wheel Distortion Drive is him spinning while his arms are covered in magnetic current. He can then continue it with a Megaton Punch.
  • Spock Speak: Often speaks like this. Gag reels has him break out of this on occasion. In one of Teach Me Ms. Litchi! segments, he's criticized for this as it makes Taokaka confused.
  • Talk to the Fist: In his joke ending, he punches Bang while the latter is calling an attack.
  • Took A Level In Character Tiers: Mostly subverted, actually. While Tager has gotten better with each game, his tier placement has been consistently near the bottom, low, or lower-middle portions of the lists. In Chronophantasma Extend, however, this is played straight. Tager has jumped all the way to top tier thanks to a new system mechanic - Guard Cancel Overdrive.
  • Theme Naming: Electricity, magnetism and technology for his moves.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kokonoe could be an Omnicidal Maniac for all he cared and he would still be loyal to her. Justified that he's specifically programmed to do so. He's taking Hakumen's warning about the nuke silo Kokonoe had, and while Tager is horrified, he knew that he has no place or ability to protest.
  • Use Your Head: One of his jumping attacks has him do this.
  • The Worf Effect: Tager is generally the character used to show off a character's strength; is used as a guinea pig for Relius to test out Ignis in his Continuum Shift Bad Ending, for Ragna in Chronophantasma, and Hazama in the Anime.
  • Wrestler in All of Us
  • Yes-Man: To go with his Undying Loyalty, a negative interpretation. Tager will do everything Kokonoe says without complaint, though he's programmed to do so.
  • You Are Number Six: His code name is TR-0009, though he's the only one who addresses himself as such in-game, and even then it's at the start of his missions.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Normal Tager cannot dash. He compensates by using his magnetism to draw his opponents to him.
  • Zipperiffic