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    Ragna the Bloodedge 
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  • Height: 185cm (6'0.8")
  • Weight: 78kg (172 lbs)
  • Blood type: B
  • Date of Birth: March 3
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Cooking (meat especially)
  • Values: His silver bracelet
  • Likes: Tentama udon
  • Dislikes: Ghosts, the Novus Orbis Librarium

"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 Exceed Accel (in BBCF), Seed of Tartaros, has him attack his foe with a chop of his sword. If it hits, he then turns his sword into a scythe and charges a powerful slash. 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 Just a Dream: His joke ending in CS. As well as the abridged Continuum Shift's gag reel in CPEX.
  • Aloof Big Brother: During their childhood, he was this to Jin. Or at least, that's how Jin viewed him.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Let's see... White-haired, red-and-black wearing Badass Longcoat, who's a snarky Dark Is Not Evil Anti-Hero with a compassionate side to him who wields a BFS one-handed, and has an antagonistic relationship with his brother. Are we talking about Ragna? Or Dante?
  • 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.
    • He takes this Up to Eleven in Act 3 of Central Fiction. he chooses to protect Noel and the girl inside the Master Unit from the other Entitled and denying all of their desired worlds, even though he knows it will mean truly becoming the “enemy of the world”.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite:
    • Canonically, he carries his sword in his left hand. note  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. There's also the fact that he's often mistaken for a Dhampyr. 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Part of his Dark and Troubled Past is him losing his right arm, which is then replaced by the Azure Grimoire. Then in CS, he lost his other arm in his struggle to save Mu-12. Fortunately Kokonoe gives him a new arm after that.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: In general, most of the time loops in the first game always involve him turning into a Black Beast.
    • In his CS bad ending, the Azure Grimoire overpowers him and transforms him into a new Black Beast.
    • This actually came to pass in Chronophantasma's True Ending, where Nu stabs him and Izanami forces his latent power to awaken.
  • 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.
    • A more appropriate one for him would be... the Black Beast itself.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is seemingly unaffected by the laws of gravity.
  • Anti Anti Christ: CS reveals that his destiny is to be the Destroyer of the World, though he's made a vow to become the Protector of the Azure instead. Time will tell if this persists to the end of the series.
  • 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. CP has him growing out of this.
  • Arc Words: "I can hear the pulse of the Black Beast..."
  • Arch-Enemy: Terumi, natch. Most of Ragna's motivation comes from simply wanting to end his existence, period. As of Chronophantasma, Izanami takes on this role for him and the whole cast. After beating her in Act 2 of Central Fiction, however, Act 3 has him striving to be one to the entire cast (see Zero-Approval Gambit below).
  • 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.
    Ragna: (Talking to Mai) What are you planning to do when you find it? It's not something you can easily handle.
  • 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 McCool Name: 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, Good People: Doombringer by virtue of his Azure Grimoire which may turn him into a Black Beast, with the power to suck the soul of other people, 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 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/Yuuki 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 completely snap.
    • Also in Chronphantasma, it's revealed that his other Button is endangering those he holds dear, as seen when Azrael provokes him by attempting to murder 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 "NO!": In the Continuum Shift retelling in CPEX, he shouts this when Rachel shocks him, Nago and Gii after Gii showed them the picture of Rachel being bound by the baddies. Earlier Ragna had called her out about that moment but Rachel purposefully ignored him.
  • 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: Unlimited Ragna is the very first in the series. He even gets a separate theme just for his boss version.
    • In CT, get enough super finishes and you will fight him directly after fighting Nu, skipping your character's ending and returning to the Sheol Gate stage. Defeating him rewards the player with a special "Congratulations!" screen.
    • In CS2 and CSE, only Mu-12 can fight him if she has gotten enough super finishes. Jin and Hazama fight him as their Final Boss.
    • In CF, defeating all opponents with Astral Heats will cause the credits to be interrupted and Ragna's Drive symbol to flash on the screen while he shouts his Astral quote. You are then taken to a secret stage known as Judgment Day to fight him.
  • 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: He's mainly a crass guy with a penchant for violence, but he's a nice guy deep down who can barely hide his empathy. He also quickly becomes friends with Taokaka.
  • 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.
  • Cain and Abel: 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.
  • 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 XBlaze 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 liking his own brother, It Makes Sense in Context), so Ragna isn't exactly ENTIRELY uninterested in the opposite sex.
  • 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. In Central Fiction, he becomes much more calmer than he was before and shows more resolve to solve the big problem, even getting to make a plan for it: see Zero-Approval Gambit below.
  • 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 Range 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.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His whole Dark and Troubled Past turns him into a rough man who doesn't care about the world and is obsessed with revenge. However Character Development slowly turns him into a better person.
  • 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. In CP however it gets a non-deadly upgrade in form of Blood Kain Idea.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His story and arcade lines have a lot of this for pretty much everyone he talks to.
  • Death from Above: He has a new attack in Continuum Shift called Belial Edge, where he dives downward with his blade. It's replaced in Central Fiction with a move named Nightmare Edge, which does a similar thing but has an added attack that restores Ragna's health if it hits.
  • 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.
  • Dhampyr: He becomes one after Rachel bit him to save him from his mortal wound in his Dark and Troubled Past. Though that only happens in the original timeline; in the others, she just gave him the Azure Grimoire to save him.
  • 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.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In his Continuum Shift Bad Ending Rachel does a combination of this and Lap Pillow for him. After turning into the Black Beast and being defeated, Rachel rests his head on her lap and holds his face, crying as he dies.
  • The Dragon: To Boing Queen Litchi in Platinum's gag reel in Continuum Shift.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Because of her ability to suppress seithr, 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. Not helping is that 1) most of the cast are capable of kicking his ass, 2) he's got that confrontational personality.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: In Remix Heart ch. 11, he agrees to help Mai finding the Azure, claiming that leaving a woman in a place like that (i.e a place with thick seithr concentration and other dangers) would disturb his sleep.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Ragna is constantly told by Jubei to never mistake the power of Azure Grimoire for his own. For good reasons: 1) It endangers him into turning into a Black Beast should he overuses it, 2) if the grimoire is somehow manipulated from outside sources, he's screwed, such as Terumi shutting it down (because he can create Azure Grimoire and thus knows its ins and outs), Celica's latent ability disables it, and Izanami forcefully turning him berserk with it.
  • 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. In Central Fiction, however, he calmed down and goes back to being himself - for however much of himself is left, anyway.
  • Face of a Thug: Despite looking perpetually angry, he is actually a pretty good guy when you show him some kindness.
  • Facial Composite Failure: In his infamously Gonk Wanted Poster, natch. Taokaka had a hard time differentiating real Ragna with poster Ragna because of it.
  • 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.
  • Fight Magnet: Being the main character of a fighting game series, this is kind of expected and he's very annoyed by it.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: He met Tao when she was just a kitten when he and Jubei encountered her Torakaka during training. Ragna eventually remembers, Tao...doesn't.
    • In the third game Celica apparently recalls meeting Ragna before; he recalls nothing of the sort. Although, he didn't really forget, so much as he didn't go through the events that led to their first meeting yet... (Hint: time-travel shenanigans.)
  • 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.
  • Fusion Dance: As revealed in CT, the Black Beast comes from a fusion of him and Nu (with 2 halves of an Azure Grimoire and a Murakumo Unit) getting sent back to the past by the Cauldron.
  • 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. Though he and Rachel are not as bad as Hakumen, Jin, or Kokonoe.
  • Grapple Move: His Devoured by Darkness Distortion Drive has him grab his opponent's neck with his enlarged right hand, then lift them up 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to piss him off, especially with the weird cast around him.
  • Harmful to Minors: All of those Dark and Troubled Past above happened while he was still a young kid.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: As the main protagonist, it's natural that he gets to wield a sword. In this case, the Blood-scythe.
  • 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. This continues into Central Fiction.
  • 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.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses "ore" to refer to himself, and "temee" to call everyone else (though he sometimes uses "omae" or "anta" instead). It reflects his rough, mean personality.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tries very hard to portray himself as a cold and unfeeling hardass, but he really sucks at it. Ragna can't turn the other cheek when someone's in trouble. He's also fairly down to earth when interacting with people not trying to antagonize or kill him. By Chronophantasma the heart of gold part is given more prominence.
  • 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 Jubei, 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; this continues in CF up until the end of the Act 2.
    • Wistful Amnesia: Even during is amnesic phase in CF he can still remember his resolve to save Nu, the Izayoi, Rachel and Saya.
  • 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. But then due to the combination of trauma he got in his Dark and Troubled Past, as well as Disease Bleach after getting his hand lopped off and replaced by Azure Grimoire, his hair turned white.
  • 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 claims he's into young girls, but then explains it came out wrong.
    • Of course the metric ton of Ship Tease he has with Rachel certainly doesn’t help his case.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Just in case he wasn’t enough of a Cosmic Plaything already. In Continuum Shift, the waitress at the Chinese restaurant assumes this after he accidentally says he likes young girls and he is directly called a pedophile by Luna and Rachel.
  • 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. Or, as of the third game, his new special move Blood-Scythe.
  • 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: A rather unique subversion. While he fills the general criteria; 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. The subversion comes in that...Ragna is taken nowhere near as seriously as other examples; he commands almost no respect from the cast as they generally look down and make snide remarks toward him, most of the series` humor is at his expense, and despite his attitude, he's one of the kindest characters in the series and generally helps people for no benefit to himself. Really, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold masquerading as this trope. As noted above, Ragna eventually gets past this trope once he realizes that he never really accomplished anything by just attacking things head on and seeking out revenge, so he decided to focus on protecting the things that are precious to him.
  • 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. By the third and fourth games he starts to grow out of this and becomes more genuinely heroic to protect those he cares about.
  • 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 complaining and lampshading the absurdity around him while others hardly seem to notice. This ranges from all sorts of wacky scenarios, where he dies and becomes part of a ghost pirate crew to forcibly joining Terumi's new rock band and trying to correct Celica's sense of direction. However, in the 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.
  • Parrying Bullets: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Cook: 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.
  • 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.
  • Resist the Beast: He's repeatedly told not to overuse his Azure Grimoire to hold him back from being turned into a new Black Beast. He seems to learn his lesson slowly but surely; when he's provoked into unleashing his Azure Grimoire against Azrael, he almost complies - but he forcefully stops in the middle of it. And when Izanami causes his AG to go berserk, he still tries to hold himself back from killing Jin and Noel.
  • 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!, SAYA!!!
  • 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.
  • 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 Eleven whenever he's up against someone he really hates (Jin, Terumi, 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. And again as a hidden boss in Central Fiction's Act 3 Arcade.
  • Stable Time Loop: His existence and major actions revolve around this. It's through his actions as Bloodedge, aided by Rachel, that he can stop the Black Beast for a year and inspire the Six Heroes to unite and arm humanity with Ars Magus, which defeated the Black Beast. His sword and jacket also has no real origin, as he gives them to Celica to be then given to young Ragna, only for him to grow up and become the Black Beast and then have Ragna (coming from the future) taking them up again. He himself is one, too - the Azure Grimoire he uses is actually his own decapitated corpse, after the Black Beast is decapitated - which is why Azure Grimoire's initial form looks like a little headless humanoid statue.
  • Sticks to the Back: His Blood-Scythe freely hangs horizontally on the back of his hip when he's not using it.
  • Super Mode: In terms of gameplay, Blood Kain acted as this for the first two games before it became the standard Overdrive. Story wise, his Super Mode is activating BlazBlue and unleashing the full power of the Azure Grimoire (which translates to playing as Unlimited Ragna in gameplay).
  • Superpower Meltdown: His Azure Grimoire will damage his soul the more he activates it and makes him more at risk at losing control and turning into a Black Beast. In fact, it does happen in his CS bad ending.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Three Strike Combo: His Inferno Divider
  • 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 Grimoire, 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tentama udon (ball noodles). He's always shown eating it whenever he dine-n-dashes.
  • True Final Boss: Unlimited Ragna in Calamity Trigger Arcade Mode. Reappears with full force in Central Fiction act 3.
  • 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!!
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Hazama/Yuuki Terumi. He used Ragna's battle with Mu to make Takamagahara distracted so he can hack into them.
  • 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. Not to mention she saved him from dying in his past.
  • Weapon Twirling: He does this in one of his Battle Intro.
  • 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 Snakes?: He's rather comically afraid of ghosts. Many gag reels play with this.
  • 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 6: 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.
  • You Rebel Scum!: How most of the normal NOL see him.
    • Also, his theme song? It's called "Rebellion."
  • 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?!"
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: What he ultimately decides to do in CF Act 3 in order to try and change the world. He finally accepts what it truly means to be "the enemy of the world", and chooses to protect the girl in the Amaterasu unit and create change for the world by denying and devouring everyone's wishes, including her own, reasoning that the Entitled's desires will all just end with the world "repeating its mistakes again" and thus, he wants people to stop denying their losses and misfortunes (as one sentence in Act 3 opening says: "Leave no regret behind.") He knows full well that by doing this, he will end up having to hurt and sever ties with his friends and even his own brother.

    Jin Kisaragi 
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The Hero of Ikaruga. Kind of an asshole.
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  • Height: 178cm (5'10.1")
  • Weight: 61kg (134.5 lbs)
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: February 14
  • Birthplace: United Kingdom
  • Hobbies: Collecting vintage motorcycles
  • Values: None
  • Likes: None
  • Dislikes: Weakness, meat dishes

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.

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel Kokuujin Ougi: Gekka Hyourou has him doing a quick upward slash. If it hits, he then freezes his enemy in midair, then slashing them multiple times, ending with a powerful slash. His Astral Finish, Rengoku Hyōya/Arctic Dungeon, 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."
    • 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."
  • 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.
  • Animal Battle Aura: For some odd reason, his crest (and thus aura) displays a unicorn.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Hero: 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. By Central Fiction he gets over this and becomes more similar to his other self Hakumen.
  • 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.
  • 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 Cape: In a variant, the cape in question consists of 2 long strips of cloth hanging above the sides of his coat, making them look like pseudo-sleeves. He can sometimes use them to attack.
  • 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 in Distress: In Makoto's CS story, Jin is in far too bad a shape to fight back against Hazama, who had come along with the intention of killing him. Rather than sit back and watch it happen, Makoto parries the hit and fights Hazama in Jin's place. Hazama "wins" (then again, Hazama), but Jin bails her out, having recovered enough strength to freeze Hazama in his tracks.
  • Badass Longcoat: His NOL military outfit has one, complete with whip sleeves.
  • 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 Brother Bully: Because Ragna favored Saya over him, he constantly picked on her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: 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. 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. Though his other self Hakumen did have feelings for Tsubaki.
  • 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 caring less about the world around him, he eventually began to embrace 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." Even more in CF where he pretty much gets over his brother complex with Izanami inheriting it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Childhood Friends: With Tsubaki.
  • Clothing Combat: His midair B attack is him spinning around, smacking his foe with his loose sleeves.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Act 2 of Central Fiction, Jin shows there are some lines even he won't cross. Namely, he is vehemently against Hakumen's plan to use Tsubaki and the Izayoi to eliminate Noel and restore the world to normal, because he knows Tsubaki couldn't bear the burden to do it to a friend of hers, and more so against his A Million Is a Statistic attitude claiming there's no point in saving a world where you have to sacrifice the people in it. It's a true testament to his Character Development given how he's never displayed such an attitude before. Especially ironic given who Hakumen is.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In his story route in Continuum Shift, he cannot fathom why Bang would not take the opportunity to kill him in his weakened state, and even show him hospitality. Keep in mind that Jin was the one responsible for bringing Bang's home country of Ikaruga to ruin, and even slayed his master in front of his eyes.
  • 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: Thankfully Character Development help makes this a reconstructed trope and he heads down the path towards being a true hero.
  • Fatal Flaw: Both his arrogance and obsession with Ragna have costed him greatly and were the primary causes of starting his path towards becoming Hakumen. Fortunately, he learns his lesson sooner than Hakumen, which allows him to save Tsubaki from herself and start down the path towards making a difference in the Crapsack World.
  • 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. This also contrasts him with Hakumen. Jin is again the finesse, while Hakumen has more raw power and relies on his defenses.
  • 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.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Starting from CS he starts becoming good and keeps mellowing gradually after that, but he still has his issues in dealing with his potential allies, especially Noel.
  • 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.
    • In CF, Izayoi notes that his injuries from CP (where he's got beaten to critical health by berserk Ragna) is still not fully healed yet, but he assures her that it's not a problem.
  • 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. As of Central Fiction he found out that Noel is the "cause" of the distortion in the Embryo because she's the superior Entitled and thus he's got a reason to try to kill her this time.
  • 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 Prefer Swords: Being the Hero of Ikaruga and the Deuteragonist of the game, he also wields swords. In this case, a katana named Yukianesa, which contrasts with Ragna's bulky BFS.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: With Tsubaki as his Morality Pet.
  • Heroic Willpower: Basically what The Power of Order is. If Jin is determined enough, he can basically shrug off all of the time travel foolery going on and even shrug off a weapon designed to kill immortals.
  • 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 Arakune 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. When he then issues the team a punishment on cleaning the dorm's rooms after the holiday ends (because they aren't supposed to enter the building), he also includes himself in the punishment because he claims that he also sneaks into the building; Mai suspects that he's just being nice while masking it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Bang's Story Mode, one path has Yukianesa freeze him.
  • Human Popsicle: His Drive moves, D versions of his specials, and some of his Distortion Drives can freeze the opponent solid, leaving them open to attacks.
  • 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."
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: His primary style of fighting.
  • Ice King: So much so that he is regarded as "The Ice Prince" in the fandom.
  • An Ice Person: His sword can let him manipulate ice to attack his opponents and freeze them.
  • 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. 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 (at least if she does it out of formal occasions), 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.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses "boku" to call himself, and "omae" or sometimes "kisama" to call most people. For Tsubaki he uses "kimi", reflecting their closeness.
  • Japanese Sibling Terminology: He's known for his infamous "NII-SAAAAAN!!" towards Ragna. That just shows how much of a psycho he is. Played up for laughs in the gag materials.
  • 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: He's the Current God of the trope for a reason. Jin is, in Layman's 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.
  • 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.
  • Lean and Mean: He's got a tall, slim build and is an asshole, though the latter is toned down over time.
  • 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.
    • As of Central Fiction, his win quote to Izanami implies that he feels he has to do this to Saya, telling her remorsefully to "go to sleep".
  • 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.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: As detailed in a flashback, Jin concluded that the best way for him to get Ragna to pay more attention to him than Saya was to kill Ragna.
  • 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 So Different: With Hakumen.
  • 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. He also won't let anyone to do it before him.
    • In CF, even if Izayoi is also going to kill Ragna and he isn't fully healthy yet, Jin still doesn't want her to do it.
  • 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, Makoto, or his roommates whenever they do something improper to his eyes.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: It's no secret that he's completely nuts about killing Ragna, so when he stops being his Blood Knight self around him you know something is seriously up. In Central Fiction, Jin drops all of his quirks in matches featuring Ragna, and even refers to him as "Dark One", not unlike Hakumen. On a minor note, his voice also becomes deeper and slightly more gruff for some reason, almost the same as Hakumen (without the enhanced sound effects). Considering the ending of CP it seems that this was Jin's wake up call.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Puppet King: Or rather 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.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: He wore glasses in his Academy days (and looked damn good in them), but they're never seen or mentioned afterwards.
  • 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."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Ragna’s Red Oni. Continuum Shift started to give him a few red traits, though.
  • 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
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: In Central Fiction, due to his Power of Order, he is unaffected by the memory altering properties of the Embryo and therefore knows exactly what's going on. Namely, he recognizes that he used to be a Major while his rank in the Embryo is a Captain.
  • 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 Destiny: Jin absolutely despises the very concept of fate, believing it to be just another lie, and adamantly refuses to be a puppet of anyone or anything who would dare attempt to sway him. Central Fiction takes this to its logical conclusion: Jin's ultimate desire is a world without a god.
  • 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, Yukianesa 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.
    • 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).
    • 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..."
  • 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 given Ripple Effect-Proof Memory from all of the time shenanigans, and can No Sell a weapon that is meant to kill immortals. In case all of that wasn’t ridiculous enough, he can somehow stabilize Luna and Sena’s existence like an Observer would.
  • 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.
  • Summon to Hand: A variant - In one of his Battle Intro, he's doing a Badass Arm-Fold, then a chunk of ice forms in front of him, from which he takes Yukianesa.
  • 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 the 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. He doesn't learn this until Chronophantasma he doesn't seem phased by the news, but from the way he talks it seems he'd begun to suspect it.
    Jin: As I thought...Crossing swords with you feels like looking into a mirror.
    Hakumen: When did you notice?
    Jin: Listening to your words and watching your actions it's hard not to.
  • 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).
  • 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 its sheath vertically in mid-air and in the middle of a battle.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Hazama devoured Jin's memories of his childhood and told him about the Black Beast lurking inside of Ragna, so he can use their Sibling Rivalry to slow Ragna down. Hazama also made Jin go to the Ikaruga Civil War which lead to him becoming its "hero", and Hazama also ate Jin's memories again (of what exactly he did in the war) after the war.
  • Villain Protagonist: Pre-Character Development. Though he was at worst an Axe Crazy Jerkass rather than a true villain.
  • Villain 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.
  • 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/Wouldn't 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. He will, however, regret it and apologize for it whenever he does, except for - again - Noel.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: His Central Fiction arcade quote against Platinum has him claim he won't waste his strength hurting a child.
  • 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. By Central Fiction however he subverts this trope by becoming more and more like Hakumen.
  • 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 
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The Eye of the Azure. Flat as a board.
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  • Height: 157cm (5'1.8")
  • Weight: 48kg (105.8 lbs)
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: December 25, 2194
  • Birthplace: Switzerland (raised in)
  • Hobbies: Shopping via the Internet (so she does not have to meet people), writing poems (never shows them to anyone)
  • Values: Parents
  • Likes: Cute things
  • Dislikes: Insects, especially ones with lots of legs

"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.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Zero Gun: Sleipnir has her stun her opponent with a poke of her gun, then fires a Thor missile at them that launches her foe away. Then she transforms her gun into a giant railgun and fires a shot at the faraway opponent. If done in Active Flow, she does the Chamber Shot and Fenrir before the Thor missile, which leads to the railgun as well. 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.


  • Accidental Truth: In ch. 10 of Remix Heart, when she and her group are separated from Mai, Noel says that they may find her again in the place where the Azure is. Later on, in ch. 11, they do find Mai in the place where the Azure is, although all of the parties involved have no idea that the Azure is so close to them until the next chapter.
  • 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
    • She's pretty much irritated when Taokaka calls her "Lacking Lady".
    • 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: Especially when she first meets Tsubaki, the latter has to tell her to stop apologizing so much...only for her to apologize again.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the bonus story in CS, Heart to Heart, she delivers one to Makoto when she brought up the topic of beastkin.
    Makoto: I'm completely different from you guys.
    Noel: What's so different about you?
    Makoto: Different? Uh... The difference... *beat* ...I'm not... *begins crying* I'm not different from anyone else! I'M NOT! I wanna be the same! I just wanted to be the same...
  • 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!
  • BFG: She can morph her guns into this in her stronger moves. She can have a gatling gun or a bazooka.
  • 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. She also does this in Remix Heart Gaiden ch. 2 where she realizes that she and her group are trapped in the empty building.
  • 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.
  • Blown Across the Room: An effect for some of her gun moves for her opponent, notably the Chamber Shot, done with a Short-Range Shotgun.
  • 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. The whole experience also makes her a lot more confident.
  • 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.
  • Clones Are People Too: She's the most human of the Murakumos, and is treated as a normal person by almost the entire cast save the villains and Hakumen. She takes this stance herself, treating Lambda (an inferior clone) like a little sister.
  • 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 Range 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. Ironically, she does so with a pair of guns.
  • 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.
  • Costume Evolution: Starting in the third game, Noel ditches her NOL army uniform (back-baring minidress with detached sleeves and a beret) for a more casual one (a back and midriff-baring tanktop under a capelet, hair freely down with hairpins, gun holsters on her back).
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: She has 'em on her boots. At least before CP comes around.
  • Creepy Monotone: When she meets Nu in CT, she inexplicably goes into a robot-like state and starts saying things in monotone. CS explains that this is because she's Mu-12 and that she and Nu shares similar origins. In her CF arcade she goes like this again, only to snap out of it after beating Nu and become confused over what she was saying.
  • Cry Cute: At Continuum Shift True's Ending, after Ragna sacrifices his OTHER arm for her. Idiot indeed.
  • 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.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: In many earlier iterations of the time loop, she (that is, as Mu) usually died by virtue of Take-mikazuchi's attack on Ibukido. Some loops later, however, she survived; it continues until the loop in the present. In CS, Makoto's story is about finding this fact out, with her jumping to a timeline where Noel doesn't exist.
  • 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.
  • Dumb Blonde: Not exactly "dumb", but there's the fact that she's clumsy, meek and emotional. To be fair, she's only 5. In CP, while still emotionally-driven, she's no longer (as) clumsy and meek.
  • 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-.
  • Flash Sideways: In some of her CT routes (and a few times in CS) she can apparently see a vision of what happened in another timeline in the same place. This is attributed to her having the "Eye of the Azure".
  • Gatling Good: Her DD Zero Gun: Fenrir has her summon a gatling gun and fires it at her opponent. If done at close range, the shots will carry the foe upwards for the finishing shot.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: She's born in Ibukido, which is located in Russia.
  • Grapple Move: See Murderous Thighs below.
  • Green Eyes: A trait she inherited from Saya.
  • 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.
  • Gun Twirling: She does this a lot in her battle animations.
  • 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: Especially when compared with her blonde superior officer, Noel is sweet and kind to almost everyone she meets.
  • 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In Central Fiction, as seen in her arcade play, her inner desire seems to be just living normally with her parents and friends. This is probably also the reason why in Mu's Act 1 arcade play, she subconsciously wants Mu to disappear (basically, wanting to be a perfectly normal girl) by warping reality and turning everyone into hating Mu, as Nine puts it.
  • Image Song: Her voice actress sings a vocal version of her theme "Bullet Dance" called "Love so Blue ~Blue 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.
    • She also has a collective one with Tsubaki's voice actor, for their vs. theme "Memory of Tears" called "Don't Look Back".
  • Informed Flaw: Noel is supposedly just an average athlete, yet her fighting style is incredibly acrobatic.
  • I Will Find You: As seen in Lambda's CPEX arcade, she goes finding Ragna in the Embryo.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Calls herself with "watashi" or sometimes "atashi" and calls people with "anata".
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Her Flash Suppressor special is this with bullets instead of kicks. There's also an Unlimited-only Distortion Drive where she does a more powerful version of it.
  • 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.
    • She seems to actually know how to cook well, as the manga has her make good comments how to make Kirihito's proposed medicinal porridge taste better. It's just that she has the baffling ability to turn good food into lethal sludge that can knock people out.
  • 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: Just as everyone's looking for Ragna in the first game, everyone's looking for Noel in the second.
    • Becomes this again in the fourth game with the revelation that she is the superior Entitled who cancels all of the other Entitled's wishes.
  • Madness Mantra: In regards to her chest: "ITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTERITDOESN'TMATTER!!!" (In one of Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments.)
  • Magical Eye: At the end of CT, she gains the "Eye of the Azure" which gives her supreme observational abilities and can turn probabilities into reality by focusing onto them.
  • 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: Her NOL uniform pre-CP.
  • 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 Girl: Is overall just a very friendly young girl who wants to live happily with her friends.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Love: Is either confused or outright ignorant of Kagura's advances on her. Although it helps that Makoto is blatantly cockblocking him.
    • Hilariously, her own object of affection, Ragna, is also oblivious, at best treating her like a little sister. (Considering what she is, it makes sense.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Continued in Central Fiction where she can tie out several continuum shifts together and realize her dreams in the Embryo... by eating everyone else's dreams.
  • 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 Guy: 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: In both of her main outfits, although more prominently in her post-CS one. Especially noticeable in one of her win poses where she turns away from the camera and removes her capelet.
  • Shipper on Deck: Noel is clearly a fangirl for Jin X Tsubaki.
  • Ship Tease: Her Calamity Trigger ending (and the True 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 True Ending of Continuum Shift also does this with Ragna again.
    • 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!
    • Also in CP, in her Arcade ending, she echoes what Ragna said to her in the CS true ending.
    Noel: These feelings I have for someone else. That cannot possibly be artificial. What that person told me - "As a human being, as a person, to fight until the very end." It was for my own sake... That sacrifice... That's why I must fight. I want to help others. As a person, as a human being. As... Noel. Until the very end.
  • 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...
  • Speak in Unison: In her Act 1 arcade play in CF, in her fight against Nu, they say "commencing extermination of target" in unison before the fight starts.
  • 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. Her Astral in the previous games does this too, but not as extreme.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Team Chef: For the team Remix Heart. Unfortunately, only Mai likes her cooking, the others are pretty much disgusted by it.
  • 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)".
  • Three Strike Combo: Her Exceed Accel in the fourth game consists of three parts. Though if done while in Active Flow, it becomes 5 parts.
  • 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, all forced by Hazama in order to turn her into Mu-12. Not to mention Chronophantasma hints that Noel also carries some of Saya's soul explain her unusual behavior towards Ragna and her forgotten memories.

    Rachel Alucard 
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  • Height: 145cm (4'9")
  • Weight: 31kg (68.3 lbs)
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: October 31
  • Birthplace: Transylvania
  • Hobbies: Teatime (her favorite pastries are milk crepes and financiers)
  • Values: Time, Meissen teacup
  • Likes: Mill Crêpe
  • Dislikes: Boredom, bell peppers

"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.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel is named Gerbela Lute where she first knocks up her foe, then summons a large tornado to blow them upwards. 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. In CF, she has intervened so much with her abilities that she becomes progressively weaker and potentially might come closer to death.
  • 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.
  • Alucard: Fitting for her (and her family), being a vampire.
  • Animal Motifs: A rabbit, due to her hair ribbons and her air of mystique. It's even Ragna's nickname for her.
  • Attack Animal: Aside from Gii and Nago, there's George XIII that she employs in one of her specials.
  • 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.
  • Bowties Are Cool: she wears a big red bowtie as a part of her lolita outfit.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: She does this in the retelling of CT and CS in CPEX. Justified as it is indeed for the viewers that she does this. She even uses her "combat ready" image (which has her looking directly at the screen) at one point while talking; Ragna reacts "Who are you talking to?"
  • 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.
  • The Coats Are Off: Inverted, she puts on a Nago-cloak with a hood and Cape Wings in her Baden Baden Lily DD.
  • 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. Her design also features these.
  • Cry Cute: In Ragna’s CS Bad Ending, while holding the dying Ragna, with tears in her eyes, she apologizes for not being able to do anything for him and promises to see him again in another world.
  • Cultured Badass: Is a high-class lady who enjoys drinking tea and wears fancy dresses. She also is, or rather was, one of the most powerful characters in the series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Hates bell peppers.
  • 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: Her outfit is a frilly goth dress.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: She does a curtsy as her winning animation.
  • Familiar: Nago and Gii. They are also her equippable allies.
  • 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."
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: More like snarky and arrogant, but she doesn't like feasting on blood.
  • Fuel Meter of Power: Being an Onlooker (special kind of Observer) ensured that she'll have tremendous amounts of power as long as she doesn't use it to intervent too much. Then she starts being actively using her powers more in CS, and in CF it's stated to have rapidly escalated to the point that she lost significant amount of her once tremendous powers because of its overuse. In particular, in CP, she lost her teleportation ability because she uses her Observer powers to help Ragna create a Stable Time Loop in the past.
  • Gentleman Snarker: A rare female example. She's pretty much the stereotypical snobbish upper class lady who looks down on almost anyone beneath him and engages in a lot of snarking.
  • 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.
  • Identical Stranger: In CF, Naoto almost mistook her for Raquel. Even then, he concludes that the two must be related.
  • 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.
  • Image Song: Her voice actress sings a vocal version of her theme "Queen of Rose" called "Queen of Rose ~Scarlet Onlooker~".
  • In a Single Bound: Can jump THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE STAGE using her drive.
  • I Will Find You: As shown in Lambda's CPEX arcade, and in her own CF arcade, she is trying to find Ragna inside the Embryo. During Act II of Ragna's Arcade Mode, she finally does.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses "watakushi" to refer to herself, reflecting her air of grace. And calls most people with "anata".
  • 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: Always wears Lolita-style dresses. This doesn’t slow her down in the least.
  • 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: Always has a snarky quip or insult at the ready, especially for Ragna.
  • 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.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: Her Exceed Accel in the fourth game has her pull off a tea break while her foe is blown up in a tornado.
  • 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.
  • Moon Rabbit: Downplayed, but her animal motif is rabbits and she is the owner of the Tsukuyomi Unit, named after the Shinto God of the Moon.
  • 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.
  • Neutral No Longer: Her job as an Onlooker was to simply watch the events unfold and not directly interfere herself. After the time loops from the first game were broken though, she takes a more active role and as a result, she's slowly losing her powers.
  • 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.
  • Not Quite Flight: She can use her Drive to "almost" float and fly around, both in story and gameplay.
  • Odd Friendship: Gets along strangely well with Celica, and never insults her like she does with, well every other character. Ragna lampshades this.
  • The Ojou: Is an upper-class woman and acts very haughty. Nago and Gii even refer to her as “princess.”
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • There are a few times when her chilly exterior crumbles, probably the best instance is when she meets Naoto face to face. It's the only time she really freaks out about something because Naoto's existence is threatening Ragna's due to their similarities. She gets even more violent towards Naoto when meeting him again in Act III.
    • In CF, she decides to not watch any more and do a lot of interventions, and it slowly weakens her. All because she has something to struggle against. Valkenhayn and Amane call her out on this.
  • 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: Her parasol is a weapon.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: She carries around a living one that coordinates with her frilly dress.
  • 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.
  • Power Degeneration: In CF, she apparently has done a lot of Phenomenon Interventions that it slowly eats away at her power and she becomes weaker, and it also shortens her lifespan.
  • 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.
  • 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). It's shown more in CF where she's got a beef with Naoto (notably among the very few person in the cast that gets her all worked up) just because his existence threatens Ragna's, and in the act 3 preview she shows that she still puts her faith on Ragna.
  • 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.
  • Smug Super: As an extremely powerful Onlooker vampire, she usually behaves smugly and haughtily to most of the cast. The only ones she's nice to are Valkenhayn and, to a lesser extent, other Six Heroes.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Kokonoe, naturally, in her HMPK segment. Also with Ragna a lot.
  • Something About a Rose: Is heavily associated with them. Her stage is filled with them, her emblem features one, every time she teleports she appears in a flurry of rose petals and Leitmotif is even called “Queen of 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: Is the most conservatively dressed female character and unlike other relatively wholesome characters like Tsubaki and Celica, Rachel never takes part in Fanservice scenes and has never been seen in anything but her full dress. This is heavily subverted in official art however, where she has probably the highest concentration of Not Safe for Work images.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mill crepes.
  • Transylvania: Her birthplace.
  • Trap Master: Sets up Lightning rods and flying bats and pumpkins and frogs 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, and even then she shows more and more concern for him.
  • 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 restoring the world to 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.
  • 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.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: It's implied that she was behind Valkenhayn and Carl's actions in Taokaka's Gag Reel.
  • Woman in Black: She wears mainly black dress and has the associated mysterious lady-like persona around her.
  • 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.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In CF, due to constant interference with the current events, Rachel has been stripped of her Onlooker status. Now she's slowly becoming weaker and weaker, and is only waiting for the time she vanishes completely.


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