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Ragna the Bloodedge
"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."
The main character: 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. 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.
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 (disguised as Jin), who cut his arm off, and was left to die inside the burning building. A combination of the trauma 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 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 he transforms into... something
, and unleashes a final strike that completely erases the opponent from existence.
In Calamity Trigger
's true ending, he is saved by Noel from falling into the cauldron and becoming the Black Beast. As such, Nu dies and all is well... until Terumi shows up and observes Noel surviving as a possibility of the Continuum Shift. After a brief scuffle, Noel tags along with Ragna for Continuum Shift
, but then Ragna tells her off and sets out on his own to kill Terumi. They fight, but it is revealed that Noel is already being tempered by the cauldron, and he is unable to stop her transformation into Mu -12-.
In Continuum Shift
's true ending, after witnessing Noel's transformation he fights Terumi until he can no longer stand. Just as Terumi is about to deliver the killing blow, Lambda, now with the soul of Nu awakened from her slumber, sacrifices herself and her Idea Engine to save him and grant him enough strength to counteract Terumi's Azure Grimoire. He heads to the cauldron and deals with Noel, sacrificing his left arm in order to undo the tempering that turned her into Mu, but this single moment averts the attention of Takamagahara for just enough time that Terumi can hack the system and shut them down. The Imperator appears before him and Ragna is shocked to see that the Imperator is a beautiful woman who looks just like his sister Saya. Kokonoe builds him a mechanical arm out of Lambda's remnants, and he heads off with Taokaka to investigate Ikaruga, leading to the events of 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.
- Accidental Marriage: In Rachel's joke ending, 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.
- 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.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Along with his younger brother/rival Jin, this is Ragna's case towards Noel, Celica and Rachel.
- All Just a Dream: His joke ending in CS.
- Always Night: As the Material Collection and his CT story state, Ragna prefers to attack the NOL when it's dark because "Everyone lets their guard down at night..."
- Ambidextrous Sprite:
- Canonically, he carries his sword in his left hand. In gameplay, the sword always in the hand farthest from the camera. One of his Too Many Belts changes sides as well.
- The character portrait for his younger self is a more noticeable example, as his eyes are larger and the shirt he wears is sleeveless. In flipped version of the portrait for when he's facing toward the left side of the screen, they try to avert the issue by making sure to keep the colors for his mismatched eyes in their correct positions. However, the bindings for his grimoire still switch to the wrong arm.
- Given a nod in the anime where he is ambidextrous.
- Ambiguously Human: Ragna's race is never defined. Several sources point out that he is an Artificial Human. Interestingly, he actually seems to be aware of it.
(to Noel/Mu) "Just shut the hell up! So what if you're not human?! I'm just like you! God only knows whose soul this actually is! But it doesn't matter... I'm a person... a Human Being!"
- And I Must Scream: One of his alternate endings. After Ragna fought Nu, Noel enters the scene. Ragna's begging her to run as Nu has apparently taken control of his body. Noel starts to completely freak out and starts firing at him, calling him a monster. Then the player sees what's really happening; Nu merged with Ragna to form the Black Beast as the dominant personality, with Ragna unable to do anything but watch.
- In his CS bad ending, the Azure overpowers him and transforms him into a new Black Beast. Moments before his transformation, he blacks out. It apparently destroyed most of the world, but was stopped by Rachel and several others. When he wakes up, Rachel is cradling him, and though he can hear speaking, he can't speak, though he keeps trying to ask them all what's wrong, and asking Rachel to stop crying.
- Once more in Chronophantasma's True Ending. Izanami forces his Grimoire to go out of control and has Nu impale and fuse with him, which turns Ragna into a demonic looking monstrosity not unlike the one from the aforementioned bad ending. The only thing Ragna can do is urge for Celica, Jin, and Noel to get away before he hurts them.
- And Then Ragna Was The Black Beast
- Until Phase 0 reveals that he was not in fact the actual Black Beast, and Nu simply fused with his false Azure Grimoire arm to form the Black Beast's body, and when he is sent back to the past he loses his memory and becomes the hero Bloodedge, who single-handedly fought against the Beast for a year.
- Double Subverted. Ragna gets absorbed into the Beast and becomes part of it after he dies.
- Zigzagged. As it turns out Bloodedge was actually Ragna during Chronophantasma, who was sent back into the past by Rachel with the Tsukuyomi Unit and then survived the return trip home. However, that also implies that the Black Beast really was a fusion of Nu and a past timeline Ragna.
- Animal Motifs: Strangely enough, he's called a "little puppy" by Terumi and compared to a stray dog by Luna. Perhaps a better way to describe Ragna would be to refer to him as an "underdog" of sorts.
- Anime Hair: His hair is seemingly unaffected by the laws of gravity.
- Anti Anti Christ: CS reveals that he was born to be the Destroyer of the World, though there's a chance he could become the Protector of the Azure instead.
- The Anti-Hero: Ragna is a good person at heart, but he has a really bad attitude problem and tends to take his frustrations out on other people most of the time. He's basically a terrorist fighting against an established government. And no, he's not doing this for altruistic reasons, but to hunt down one man who royally screwed him over.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Fills the general criteria, despite being made well after the decade. Has the dark and gritty name, lethal powerset and an equally lethal weapon with names just as gritty as his (Dead Spike, Hell's Fang, Blood-Scythe, Blood Kain, etc.), the bad attitude, is totally committed to whatever his current goal is (often to the point of getting him into some deep shit), and will beat down anyone who gets in the way of said goal. However he gets better in Chronophantasma as stated above.
- Anti-Hero With Bad Publicity: Although its kinda justified. While Ragna is not a bad person(Although he certainly isn't very nice), he is technically a terrorist who has destroyed many NOL branches and threatens the stability of the world. It's not surprising that he doesn't have a very good reputation to people who don't know him personally.
- Arc Words: "I can hear the pulse of the Black Beast..."
- Arch-Enemy: Hazama/Terumi, natch. Most of Ragna's motivation comes from simply wanting to end his existence, period. However as of Chronophantasma not anymore as Izanami takes the role for not just Ragna but for the world cast.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Wanted for terrorizing the world government through sheer destructive force, Ragna has of late been pushed into adding dine-and-dashing to his rap sheet.
- Artifact of Death/Artifact of Doom: The Azure Grimoire serving as his new right arm, is the remnant of the Black Beast and using it is slowly corrupting him into another beast.
- Artificial Limbs: Ragna's right arm is actually the Azure Grimoire which is actually a fake, and also the future/past body of the Black Beast replacing the arm Terumi cut off. In Continuum Shift he loses his OTHER arm by overloading it with power and making it explode while turning Mu back into Noel. Kokonoe builds him a new one from Lambda's spare parts, including the IDEA Engine...which she tells Ragna is a bomb. For the Lulz.
- 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.
- Awesome McCoolname: Considering the source of his name is the Norse Ragnarok, his first name means "god."
- Bad Dreams: He is haunted by his inability to do anything against Terumi in his past.
- Bad Powers, Bad Reputation, Good People: Doombringer and a very violent person by rumor, but he's actually nice when he isn't being screwed over by the universe, angered, or being attacked.
- Badass: Despite his treatment from the plot, rest assured, Ragna earned his title as "Grim Reaper"
"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
- Badass Normal: An alternate version of Ragna was thrown into the past and had his Grimoire stolen. That Ragna became Bloodedge, whose equipment was given to Ragna, who took on the name as a title in memory of the great hero.
- Badass Transplant: His missing right arm was replaced with an Artifact of Doom. Can YOU tell the difference? His enemies sure can. The artists? Not so much.
- 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.
- Chronophantamsa ups the ante by removing his ability to use the Azure, and by extension, the use of his right arm and eye. It helps him realize that he should fight using his own strength, without relying on the grimoire. While he does spend most of the game tossed around by the likes of Kagura, Jin, and Azrael due the handicap, he's a much more efficient fighter when he regains the use of his limbs and sight. He even defeats Nu in the True Ending without the Azure, something he was never able to do prior.
- Berserk Button: Ragna gets pissed off at a lot of things, but Hazama/Yuki Terumi is the one person who he hates more than anyone. The average match between the two is just them shouting for the other to die.
- As of Chronophantasma it shifts to Izanami taunting him by mimicking Saya's voice which makes him snap.
- Also in Chronphantasma, it's revealed that his other Button is endangering those he holds dear, as seen when Azrael attacks Celica during the tournament.
- Best Served Cold: Against Terumi for completely ruining his life.
- Although Chronophantasma changes this with Terumi's demise and Ragna's Character Development now shifts towards Izanami.
"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, its 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, when he saves Noel from being killed by v-13 by blocking her attack an instant before it connects.
- He pulls it off again and again in Continuum Shift's True Ending. Saves Rachel from Hazama and Phantom's trap, saves Jin from Mu, and reverts Noel to normal at the cost of his left arm.
- Big "WHAT?!": Ragna the Whatedge, and all the other moments in Rachel's gag reel. Due to playing the Only Sane Man in Gag Reels, this is expected.
- Biseinen: His features are a bit too grim to fit under Bishōnen, but he's still a pretty-boy.
- Bonus Boss: If you beat the final stage in Arcade Mode with enough super finishes, you fight a special version of him called Unlimited Ragna that is permanently in Blood Kain mode and whose stats are heavily increased.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Was subject to this when he was unable to use the Azure and by extension, the use of his right arm and eye. 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.
- Broken Hero: Becomes apparent pretty quickly that he's a man who has lost almost anything he ever held dear, which is why he is as cynical as he is. Notably, in the Anime when he's helpless against Nu, he willingly accepts her offer to destroy the world saying it disgusts him and didn't resist any further until Noel intervened.Though he later gets better.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center
- Butt Monkey: Continuum Shift seems to have turned him into this. The ghost-dream and the Spectacles of Eros scenes are both huge Crowning Moments of Funny. Not to mention that just about anyone not named Taokaka has something derisive or snarky to say to him.
- Calling Your Attacks: Ragna does an enormous amount of this, at maximum volume and ferocity.
- The Cameo: In XBlazeCodeEmbryo 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!"
- Character Development: Over the course of the series, Ragna has 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. This is mostly present in Chronophantasma when he can't use his powers for the majority of the story (Due to Celica's presence) and after getting soundly beaten by Kagura and then Jin, wonders what his worth is without the Azure and laments how he doesn't anything to fight for like Noel and Jin do. And it is Celica who convinces him that he should focus on being a protector. His attitude and temperament get better as well.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- The Cowl: In contrast to Jin's/Hakumen's cape.
- 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.
- 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 Griomoire grants him extraordinary abilities, enough to be considered the most wanted criminal in the world by the NOL and wage a one man assault on them. On the other hand, using it is slowly killing him and everyone wants to kill him for its power. The Material Collection also reveal that he generally avoids humans because his Grimoire constantly sucks lives out of his surroundings in order to function.
- Outright admits this to Litchi in Continuum Shift.
- Chronophantasma pushes his Azure Grimoire more towards the Blessed with Suck territory. As it turns out, whenever he gets wounded, those wounds extend to damage his very soul and they remain there even if someone uses phenomenon intervention to set time back. Oh and have we mentioned that his Azure Grimoire is spreading throughout his body?
- Cuteness Proximity: Has a bit of this going on in CS. Even he can't help but be swayed by the cuteness of the Kaka kittens. A flashback reveals that his first reaction upon seeing his master Jubei was "you're a kitty! A big fluffy kitty!"
- While they never meet in the CS main story, Ragna exhibits a bit of this in Arcade mode after fighting Makoto.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: Dead Spike's input is reversed in Chronophantasmanote With its old input being his new Bloodscythe move.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was a child, he lost his home, his family, and his arm. He got a replacement for the latter but its 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: However...
- Deadly Upgrade: Blood Kain.
- 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.
- Declaration of Protection: In Chronophatasma, 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...
- The Dragon: to Boing Queen Litchi in Platinum's gag reel in Continuum Shift
- The Dreaded: To the NOL.
- Dynamic Entry: He has a new attack in Continuum Shift called Belial Edge which is this.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He really doesn't get as much respect from the cast as his reputation would imply.
- 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.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Besides Jin, Arakune's CS Gag Reel features Hazama wanting to marry an unconscious Ragna.
- Face Monster Turn/Rogue Protagonist: In Chronophantasma's True Ending, Izanami causes his grimoire to go out of control and morph into something akin to a humanoid Black Beast, not unlike the one in his Continuum Shift Bad Ending. He loses control of himself and attacks Jin and Noel and beats them within an inch of their lives. He disappears afterwards, but Rachel says he needs to be put down before whatever is in him gets out, and charges Tsubaki with the task.
- Face of a Thug: Despite Looking perpetually angry, he is actually a pretty good guy when you show him some kindness.
- Foreshadowing: One of his dislikes is ghosts. And Terumi is one; he's possibly even the reason for this phobia in the first place.
- Friend To All Living Things That Aren't Bounty Hunters: Gets along with Tao, and as seen here, official art shows him with an apparent and natural affinity to cats.◊
- Glass Cannon: He has very low defense - so low, in fact, that despite his huge firepower, even his life-sucking ability will have a hard time keeping it up. A console-exclusive skit 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.
- 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... and for some reason, Jubei never tells anyone, despite idolizing the man.
- Guest Fighter: In Lost Saga.
- 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 its been revealed that thanks to the Azure, the damage he takes remains on his soul forever.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Ragna has a really hard time recognizing that people see good traits in him, and doesn't see himself as anything more than a murderous scumbag who's only goal in life is to get revenge on Terumi, the man who wronged him.
- Hey, You!/The Nicknamer: Has a habit of referring to most of his acquaintances this way; "Rabbit"note , "Masked Freak"note , "Old Man"note . Unlike Tao who does it out of playful innocence, there's a lot of irreverence behind Ragna's naming.
- High-Pressure Blood: In Taokaka's CS story mode, she describes him as looking like a "blood-sprinkler."
- Hopeless With Tech: In Valkenhayn's Gag Reel, he is utterly clueless about operating his smartphone. To put this in perspective, Tao understands the phone perfectly.
- Humanoid Abomination: He becomes one when using his Astral, and after becoming part of the Black Beast.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: "Restriction 666 released... Dimensional interruption imaginary number formed... BlazBlue (or Azure Grimoire in some parts of the dub, or both)... Activated!"
- I Can Still Fight:
- In Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode, after losing to him.
- In Valkenhayn's story mode, to Relius.
- In the True Ending, to Hazama.
- Idiot Hero: Sorta. He has pretty average intelligence, but a really nasty habit of blindly attacking any problem head on. In all fairness, however, the characters who try to talk him out of such things really are godawful at explaining themselves — see Only Sane Man.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: While he can't really do it in gameplay (his attacks have too much startup delay), Ragna is often seen swatting aside projectiles in cutscenes and story sequences, up to and including stopping ''lasers' with Blood-Scythe.
- Instant Death Radius: Devoured by Darkness really puts the hurt on enemies — pity about the many Awesome, but Impractical issues, starting with the atrocious range.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although it's sometimes really hard to see the heart, though.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: It's Not Over Yet! has this effect, though it's more like "pick them up while they are down and sock them."
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: According to this image,◊ cats are apparently pretty fond of him. Furthermore, in his story route in Continuum Shift, he gets along better with the Kaka Village inhabitants than he does with pretty much every other character in the series, and is even shown playing with the children. Must have something to do with his master being a cat...
- Large Ham: Just listen to his battle quotes. Both Sugita and Seitz clearly had a lot of fun with them. And then there's the fact that Seitz Screams Like a Little Girl...
- 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: His Unlimited self is not only faster and stronger than he normally is, he out-tanks Tager.
- Living Macguffin: In the first game, practically everyone wants a piece of Ragna.
- Locked into Strangeness: He used to be blond, like the rest of his family.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Is aware of being this and extremely annoyed by it. He repeatedly yells at Rachel to "throw him a bone!".
- Lolicon: In CS he's teased and mistaken for being this. To make matters worse he claims he's into young girls, but then explains it came out wrong.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Side materials confirm that his red eye is connected to the grimoire instead of vampirism. Rachel only ever bit him once in the first loop, his eye stops working when his grimoire stops working, and his eye starts working again when his grimoire starts working again in Phase 0. Put two and two together.
- The McCoy: To Jin's Spock and Noel's Kirk
- The Mean Brit: Was born in England according to Word of God.
- Meaningful Name: Ragna comes from the Ragnarok, the Twilight of the gods and the end of the world.
- Alternately, it references the Norse hero Ragnar Lodbrok, who is known for slaying an evil snake and being executed by getting thrown into a Snake Pit. Considering that Terumi is associated with snakes, this probably is not a coincidence.
- Mystical White Hair
- 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: Shown off gloriously in the 8th episode of the anime when a lost Lambda proves that as long as you don't try to stab him to death, he's actually a very caring individual.
- 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-Man Army: Has destroyed entire NOL installations all on his own.
- One-Winged Angel: Does this during his Astral Finish, where he turns into... something big and covered in shadow.
- Only Sane Man: Ragna, usually in the Gag Reels, is played as a spectacularly hammy version of this by both voice actors, wildly lampshading the absurdity around him while others hardly seem to notice. However, in main story, he's less so, considering that he's got tons of anger-management issues and has the Black Beast stored within him that could turn him into that very beast. He still tries his best to be sane, bless him.
- Order Versus Chaos: His rivalry with his brother Jin/Hakumen is based mostly around this trope, with him obviously being the chaos.
- Perpetual Frowner: While Sol's artworks commonly depicts him smiling/smirking, Ragna is often portrayed as frowning in his artworks. His portrait in the sequel even has him scowling.
- When He Smiles: In his story mode though, he's shown to smile now and then, especially if he's playing with Tao or the other kitties in the Kaka Village. In the eighth episode of the Anime, he gives possibly his warmest◊ smiles◊ to date◊ when he's caring for a lost Lambda.
- Pet the Dog: Sharing his dinner with Taokaka, for starters. And buying food for the starving Platinum (except he's actually being suckered by Platinum).
- 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.
- Punctuated Pounding: Goes hand in hand with being a Large Ham during gameplay. Any match when he fights Jin or Hazama(But not Terumi strangely enough) is effectively a shouting match between the two.
- Real Men Wear Pink: According to Word of God, his hobby is... cooking. Apparently, his specialty is meat dishes... which Jin happens to despise.
- Rebel Scum: How most of the normal NOL see him.
- Also, his theme song? It's called "Rebellion."
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. He wears a red jacket and a black vest underneath, but he's both The Hero and while a bit of a dick at times, he's positively a messiah compared to Relius and Hazama.
- Red Oni: To Jin's Blue Oni.
- Red Right Hand: His right arm is the Azure Grimoire, and he turns it into a giant demonic claw for Devoured by Darkness.
- Reverse Grip: Might be a nod to Sol Badguy.
- 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.
- Screaming Warrior
- 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.
- Ship Tease: Ragna is shipped with some of the females of the cast, both in promotions and within the games themselves. It gets Played for Laughs in a specific Gag Reel from CS and CP respectively, when almost every named female characternote falls in love with him when wears the Spectacles of Eros.
- Shotoclone: Conspicuously averts this with his lack of full-screen projectiles and hurricane kick. Inferno Divider on the other hand....
- While not full screen, in Chronophantasma, Dead Spike's input has changed (to a 236/QCF motion) while looking and functioning more like a projectile
- Sibling Rivalry: Because of circumstances outside their control when they children, and the fact that their destinies are at complete odds with each other, there is a lot of bad blood between him and Jin. Even being on the same side during Chronophantasma doesn't quell their feud much.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Far too much of his dialogue outside of each game's True Ending consists of him cursing and raging at everyone with little to no provocation.
- When playing his story mode, make sure you're not in a public place with the volume up. It'll happen that much.
- Curse Cut Short: In Calamity Trigger Reconstruction, he, like Makoto, almost slips an F-bomb beneath the radar when Jubei gives him a ghost scare.
- SNK Boss: His "Unlimited" version.
- Super Mode: Blood Kain.
- Swiss-Army Weapon: The Blood-Scythe, which covers...
- Synchronization: CS reveals he has a "life-link" with Nu, which is why no one could kill her in the previous game. Whatever else a life-link involves, it means that neither he or she can die unless both of them die at the same time (or something severs the lifelink).
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Temporal Paradox: Hakumen is not the only Alternate Self from around these parts. Thanks to Laser-Guided Amnesia, it turns out that a future version of Ragna was the original Bloodedge.
- Theme Naming: Ragna's attack names sound dark and demonic (Dead Spike, Belial Edge, Blood Kain, and Carnage Scissors), invoke the imagery of Hell (Hell's Fang, Inferno Divider, and Gauntlet Hades), or involve darkness in some way (Devoured by Darkness).
- This Is Unforgivable: He'll shout this at Jin when using some of his specials. In CS, he shouts it at Hazama during an animated cutscene.
- Tomato in the Mirror: While the details are a mystery, it appears Ragna is not a naturally born human, a point he tries in vain to use to argue Noel back into sanity. He's aware of whatever is going on, but we the audience have to wait on another sequel.
- Used quite literally in Phase 0, where it is revealed that Ragna is the original Bloodedge, just without his memory.
- Too Many Belts: Two Many Belts, to be exact.
- Took a Level in Kindness:In Chronophantasma see Character Development above.
- True Final Boss: Unlimited Ragna in Calamity Trigger Arcade Mode.
- Two Guys and a Girl: In covers and promotional ads, Ragna, Jin and Noel are always sided together as the series's main protagonists.
- The Unfettered
- The Unfought: In Tager's story mode.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Despite his training with Jubei, Ragna has a habit of just attacking without much care and using powerful destructive attacks and this ends up leaving him open to further attacks. He makes up for it by using his Azure Grimoire.
- Weak, but Skilled: When Celica is around and he can't his arm or eye, he resorts to his actual training and skill from Jubei rather then then the Azure. He gets beaten sure, but he holds his own fairly well despite it.
- 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 beat-downs in the series.
Time to die, you degenerate son-of-a-Bitch!!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's basically this with all of his associates, particularly with Rachel. He may be constantly annoyed at her attitude, but he always comes through for her when she needs him to.
- Why Did It Have To Be Ghosts?
- Why Won't You Die?: "Die Already!"; something he yells out while fighting.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Pre-Character Development. Really more noticeable in the Anime, see Broken Hero above.
- World's Strongest Man: Has this reputation due to possessing both the Azure Grimoire and the world's highest bounty.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite his status as the series Chew Toy, he does garner some bit of respect for his reputation; The likes of Jin, Hakumen, and Azrael all express a desire to fight him at his best.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Double Subverted. He will hit a girl if they attack him, but that's only because holding back against a girl in this setting is a good way to get your ass kicked. That said, he clearly doesn't enjoy fighting them.
- (to Litchi) "*sigh* It just doesn't feel right fighting a woman."
- (to Nu, before killing her) "I really am sorry... Saya..."
- (to Lambda) "This whole thing... just... sucks!"
- You Are Number Five: Several pieces of official art show a tattoo marking Ragna as number five of something, similar to the Murakumo Units, though it's still unknown just what he's the fifth of.
- Your Days Are Numbered: At the end of Chronophantasma Rachel reveals that the evil inside of him is slowly consuming him. With the amount of seithr in the world lowered, he has even less time, thus he must be killed before that happens. If that fails, then apparently killing Rachel might help as well.
- You're Insane!: He thinks Rachel is insane, calling her a "twisted, evil, blood-sucking rabbit" in her Continuum Shift Gag Reel when, due to the effect of the Spectacles of Eros, Luna falls madly in love with him and Rachel taunts her by claiming that he's head-over-heels in love with her (Rachel).
Rachel: "Ragna is simply head over heels in love with me, of course!"
Luna: "Is... is this true?!"
Ragna: "No! And in case you missed it the first time, HELL NO! You twisted, evil, blood-sucking rabbit! What the hell do you think you're doing?!"
I don't have the time to waste on you.
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. 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
. His Drive, Reitou (Frost Bite)
, freezes his opponents.
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 this eventually caused him to burn down the church where his family lived after it was revealed to him that Ragna was technically responsible for the world's current state
. He watched with satisfaction as Terumi cut off Ragna's arm and left him to die. 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. 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 and inspires homicidal fury around Ragna
. His Astral Finish, Rengoku Hyōya
, involves him firing a small but fast wave of ice on the ground that is unblockable. If it connects, the opponent is frozen along with the background, then shattered
After being defeated by his brother during the events of Calamity Trigger
's true ending, he wakes up on an NOL airship, which is a trap set by Hazama. After escaping, he sets out to find Ragna again, but in his haste to confront Ragna he forgets exactly how wounded he is. In his canon path in Continuum Shift
, he has an encounter with Jubei, whom he doesn't recognize at first and whose advice he brushes off. Rachel intervenes and teleports Jin to her castle to "play with him", and then has Valkenhayn perform a treatment that restores him to peak physical condition for a while, but after it wears off Jin will be in much greater pain than he had been before. He is immediately teleported to Ragna's location and fights him, but realizes that Yukianesa doesn't respond to him. Ragna reveals that the sword has been using Jin and preying on his emotions, increasing his obsession with Ragna and hindering his will to the point where he can no longer utilize his ice powers of his own volition. Jin tries desperately to make his sword respond, but this fails and after trying to chase after Ragna, he is stopped by Tsubaki, who has been given orders to kill him by Hazama. Tsubaki pleads with Jin to return, but he refuses and tells her that he despises the way the Librarium works. Their argument continues until Hazama intervenes and reveals that he had planted a piece of Ouroboros into Tsubaki, which brainwashes her into revealing her hidden emotions of jealousy for Noel. After trying to desperately plead with Jin to come back a final time and being refused, Tsubaki undergoes a transformation and decides to take him in by force, but Jin's newfound resolve to protect his childhood friend allows him to focus his mind and summon Yukianesa's full power. Jin defeats her, but Tsubaki is teleported away by Phantom before he can act. He now understands what Jubei meant, and after having a talk with him heads down into the Cauldron, where he encounters Hakumen and Mu. He fights Mu and holds his own for a while, but is eventually defeated and can do nothing but watch the events that transpire. He is then taken in by Jubei to teach him how to further utilize his Power of Order.
, his Overdrive is Zettou (Frost End)
, which enhances his freezing abilities by causing every attack involving his sword Yukianesa to re-freeze the opponent.
- 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. This comes in handy for say, surviving being impaled by a weapon explicitly designed to destroy things dealing with Phenomenon Intervention.
- The Ace: According to his backstory, in his Military Academy days. 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." Did we miss anything?
- 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."
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: To absurd levels. Not only is Jin a top student in the Academy, but he's also the Student Council President, and being a member of the Duodecim, he's required to participate and oversee various academy events and such. Being the next head of the Kisaragi family, he's also required to participate in family meetings.
- 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 Girls Want Bad Boys: An extreme case with Tsubaki.
- Also applies to his fangirls.
- 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
- 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.
- 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...
- An Ice Person: His personality fits his powerset quite well.
- Animals Hate Him: Whereas Cat Girl Taokaka has normal victory quotes when fighting all the other characters, her response to Jin is just growling and hissing and "Tao doesn't like you!"
- Annoying Younger Sibling: According to Ragna, he was super-needy and scared as a kid, always nagging him for help at every turn. It's easy to see why Ragna got so annoyed with him and paid more attention to Saya.
- AntiHero: What he becomes after Character Development. He goes from a figurehead hero to an actual one. Although his attitude hasn't really changed all that much, just who he fights against.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Unlike Ky Kiske, he damn well worked his way up to "authority" status, which makes him utterly badass.
- Ax-Crazy: Becomes this whenever he's around Ragna. After a psychotherapy session with Hakumen and Jubei, he has been more-or-less cured. He's still an aloof jerk, though, and delves back into Ax-Crazy whenever he sees Ragna, though he now has the capacity to ignore his Brother if there are more pressing concerns.
- Badass: This is the man who single-handedly annihilated the Ikaruga Federation, the man who effortlessly steamrolled both Phantom (a powerful magic-user and was heavily implied to be Nine herself, one of the Six Heroes) and Hazama (the all-powerful villain who even Ragna had trouble defeating), and the man who is labeled as the "Endbringer" said to become Ragna's "Greatest Enemy", eventually.
- Adaptational Badass: In the Anime, albeit not at first. He's beaten fairly easily by Ragna in their first encounter, is beaten by Bang in one punch, and killed by Tsubaki( Takamagahara undid did this event however). The last two occurred because he couldn't draw Yukianesa as per his CS route. However, come episode 9, just like in his CS route he awakens to the Power of Order and forces Yukianesa to activate and proceeds to do some curb stomping of his own, against the aforementioned Tsubaki. Additionally, because this event occurs before his second encounter with Ragna(In the games, the opposite occurs), when the two have their fight, Jin is not only able to hold his own, but gains the upper-hand against him. Him and Ragna even team up to fight a recently awakened Mu, when in the games he only stood by as Ragna fought her alone.
- Badass Arm-Fold: One of his intros before a fight.
- Badass Army: A part of this in the NOL as one of its most powerful soldiers (if not the most powerful) before his defection, nonetheless. He IS regarded as the "The Hero of Ikaruga", after all.
- Badass Biker: His hobby, according to the Material Collection, is collecting vintage motorcycles. Your hobby can't get any more badass than that.
- 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: See The Ace above.
- Badass Cape: Although, they look more like sleeves rather than cape. But still, they can expand in size at will and hurt you real bad.
- Badass Creed: Shared with Hazama, Tsubaki, Noel and Makoto in CS. As of Chronophantasma, he, along with Noel 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!"
- Berserk Button:
- Hurting Ragna or getting in the way between him and Ragna. Tsubaki finds this out the hard way in the Drama CD Wheel of Fortune.
- Mentioning anything remotely bad about Tsubaki is enough for him to slice you right then and there.
- Harming Makoto in front of him. The button won't be pressed hard. But, he'll STILL kick your ass.
- Big "Shut Up!": Says this when resisting Yukianesa, even to the point of saying it at least three times in a row.
- Big Damn Heroes: When he saves Makoto from Hazama by parrying his attack, freezing him solid, and then carrying Makoto off to safety. All this while he is still afflicted with heavy injuries.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Even after being adopted. His adopted siblings in the Kisaragi Family hate and distrust him because of their jealousy towards his accomplishments.
- Bishōnen: Being Ky's Spiritual Successor, this must be a requirement.
- Blonde Guys Are Jerkasses: He may not be an antagonist, but he certainly fits this trope in his less lucid moments. By Continuum Shift, he's mellowed out considerably, subverting this trope.
- Blood Knight: Only around Ragna though. He gets more than a little happy at the thought of fighting him.
- Blue Oni: To Ragna's Red Oni. Continuum Shift started to give him a few red traits, though.
- Brainwashed/Grand Theft Me: It's revealed that Terumi is the one who possessed him when he burned down the church and cut Ragna's arm off.
- 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: So very much. 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.
- The Cape: In contrast to Ragna's cowl, and 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 / Chaste Hero: Atleast, for now. Sure, he does show genuine care for Tsubaki and to a lesser extent, Makoto. But, his relationship with the former is sometimes really hard to distinguish between real love or just plain brother-to-sister caring. And then, there's his duty as the world's "Antibody". Subverted with the past Jin (aka Hakumen) who is more or less in-love with Tsubaki.
- Although this is somewhat justified, considering what the hell is currently going on, it's not really the best time to be acting on your feelings when there are more important things at stake.
- Character Development: Like his brother Ragna, Jin has also done a lot of growing through the series. Originally concerned only with his selfish desire to kill Ragna and could care less about the world around him, to embracing his destiny as the keeper of order in the world and fights to restore it to its natural state. By the end of Continuum Shift, after finally managing to resist Yukianesa's influence, he is significantly more mellow. Even Jubei comments that he "sure has grown."
- Chick Magnet: Heavily implied in Remix Heart. Apparently, in the Torifune Festival, he has many competitors vying for the "Izanami" title, and they are NOT amused when they suspect Tsubaki of cheating (Technically, she is; Mai and Cajun are pulling some mind reading tricks on the opposition without Tsubaki's knowledge.)
- 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.
- 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 Nox Nyctores: Yukianesa has a blade made of pure ice. Also...
- 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.
- Audible Sharpness
- Clean Cut
- Evil Weapon
- It Was a Gift: Given to him by Saya.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Meaningful Name: Aside from the literal meaning of his name, "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.
- Named Weapons: "Yukianesa" literally means "Snow Woman".
- Razor Wind: Fubuki/Blizzard, Rehhyou/Violent Ice, and Sekkajin/Snow Flower Storm.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Yukikaze.
- Soul Cutting Blade: It is also stated that the ice created by Yukianesa destroys/absorbs life force.
- Sword Beam: One of his Distortion Drives, Touga Hyoujin.
- 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.
- Unorthodox Sheathing: To a serious level of absurdness. Unlike Haohmaru, however, he catches the sword with it's sheath vertically in mid-air and in the middle of a battle.
- Counter Attack: Gains one in Continuum Shift. Not surprising that 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 compared to the previous iterations (like Sekkajin no longer being a Spam Attack, 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 SP-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.
- Deadly Upgrade: Once Jin is in full control of his power, he can technically curbstomp more than half of the cast. Just ask Hazama or Phantom.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shares ths trait with 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?"
- 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.
- 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, challenges Hakumen, gets stomped on, 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: He's the wielder of the Power of Order to Ragna's Destroyer.
- Dismotivation: The Wheel of Fortune reveals that he often neglects reading important documents that come his way, skips meetings and disappears without notice.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Jin's idea of "fun" in Calamity Trigger seems to have been slowly freezing a challenger to death.
- Elemental Powers: His power over ice.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Tsubaki used to call him "Jinny the Kisaragi" when she was little. Kagura also calls him this, much to his dismay.
- Emotion Control: It is heavily implied that the more Jin is in control of his emotions, the stronger he gets.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Nago really wants to take him home.
- Amane is also interested in recruiting him to his traveling troupe. To the point of even telling him to leave the NOL (even though Jin already defected, by this point). Jin's reaction was just being literally creeped out at the way he stares at him.
Jin: "Who the hell are you? Quit staring at me like that, you're giving me the creeps."
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: At least until Character Development kicked in.
- Evil Vegetarian: He doesn't like meat dishes. Even after Character Development, he retains his dislike towards meat dishes, and it extends to his alternate self, Hakumen. His dislike towards meat dishes 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.
- Face Palm: He does this when he loses due to Time Up.
- Fallen Hero: Was going down this path before he shaped up and started becoming a real hero.
- Fragile Speedster: Subverted. Jin is one of the fastest characters in the game and his defense is average (above Glass Cannon Ragna). Some of his moves have a fair amount of recovery, though.
- 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.
- Gentleman Of War: Putting aside his questionable behavior. Aside from being a war hero, Jin is arguably the most attractive male character in the series. Rachel, Litchi and Makoto complimented his elegance. His fighting style is also less about brute power and more about precision, freezing, style.
- 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.
- The Glorious War Of Brotherly Rivalry: He is the destined "Anti-Body" who is in constant fight with the destined "Destroyer", who happens to be his older brother, Ragna.
- Green Eyes
- Hair Flip: In one of his win pose.
- Harbinger of Asskicking: The "Endbringer", ladies and gentlemen. In that name alone. Once you catch him with his Power Limiter off, you are fucked.
- Hate at First Sight / Irrational Hatred: Hates Noel with a passion, even though they spend most of the story as (supposedly) allies. Because he recognizes her as a clone of Saya and instinctively senses that she's an enemy of the world. If his Arcade commentary in CT is any indication, this extends to Nu-13 as well. Though the third game makes him less hostile towards Noel. Keyword being less. He still insults and demeans her every chance he gets, but he no longer expresses a desire to murder her for the slightest infraction.
- Healing Hands: In The Wheel of Fortune drama CD, it was revealed that Jin can use healing ars. Which he tries to use on Tsubaki after her Heroic Sacrifice. Sadly, he couldn't use it properly at that time due to his mind's state of panic.
- Heel-Face Turn: As of CS's story mode.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Heroic Willpower: "The Power of Order."
- He's Got Legs: And he's wearing tight tights. Goddamnit, Jin...
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In Bang's Story Mode, one path has Yukianesa freeze him.
- I Have Many Names: Well, not that many, but he does have some notable one's like, "The Anti-Body", "The False Hero", "The End Bringer", but the most notable is "The Hero of Ikaruga" or just plain "(Mr. )Hero."
- Ice King: So much so that he is regarded as "The Ice Prince" in the fandom.
- Improbable Age: He successfully ended the Ikaruga Civil War and was promoted to Major shortly after graduating from the Academy, which would put him in his late teens at the time.
- Improbable Weapon: The long sleeves on the sides of his clothing can apparently increase in size and can be used to put on a world of hurt against opponents.
- Incest Subtext: His theme isn't titled "Lust SIN" for nothing.
- Ineffectual Loner: According to his Material Collection Information, one of the things he likes is even "Being left alone".
- In-Series Nickname: "Jinny the Kisaragi" or simply "Jinny", which is hilariously made up by Tsubaki in their childhood days. Apparently, Jin doesn't like it and he scolded her for it.
- In the original Japanese, Tsubaki instead calls him "nii-sama", a respectful word for one's brother which she continues to use as they get older. Jin doesn't seem to find it quite so embarrassing, even though they're not actually related.
- In Remix Heart, one of the members of his student council, Taro calls him "Jinjin."
- Invulnerable Attack: Part of his power in serious play, as opposed to Icecar spam.
- 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: He is average for both offence and defense. Which is why is he good for beginners. Also being an expy to Ky this was inevitable.
- Jerkass: Current God of the trope. Once Jin goes into crazy mode, he's really nasty. He mellows a bit in his Story Mode ending, which is technically canon and allows his paradox of becoming Hakumen to occur. Though Hakumen is still a Jerkass. Just less crazy.
- 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. He would snark at them for sure, but he usually means well.
- Hidden Heart of Gold
- Jerkass With Good Publicity: In contrast to his brother's status, Jin is a famous hero in the world of BlazBlue for his actions in the war against Ikaruga. He's also a rather unpleasant person most of the time.
- Keigo: In Remix Heart, he is shown to act and speak in a very formal manner in his academy days.
- Kick the Dog: He hates Noel and never wastes an opportunity to insult and belittle her. In his CS joke ending, he calls her "trash", "garbage", and "compost" that can't do anything right. And it's hilarious. Although Chronphantasma makes him less hostile towards her.
- Kill It with Ice
- Knight in Shining Armor: For Tsubaki, to the extent that he'd give his own life to help her and think nothing of it.
- 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. Hell, in Chronophantasma, he is this to Noel and Makoto in their plan to save Tsubaki together.
- Leitmotif: "Lust SIN", depicting his cold as ice attitude as well as his obsession with killing Ragna. The Chronophantasma remix, "Lust SIN II", however gives it far more heroic feeling, which describes how Jin has grown from his old days.
- Light Is Not Good: As a contrast to Ragna's Dark Is Not Evil nature, Jin dresses in light colors, has blond hair, is celebrated as the "Hero of Ikaruga", and is a Bishōnen. He's also an enormous jerk. This is inverted later by his Heel-Face Turn, where he doesn't become a straight example of Light is Good, but is probably getting there.
- Limited Wardrobe: In Chronophantasma, despite no longer part of the NOL, he still wears his uniform. Word of God states that it's because he just doesn't give a damn about it.
- Living Macguffin: In Remix Heart, it is stated by Shiori that countless number of assassins outside of the Kirihito family have been sent to dispose of Jin before, but all of them failed due to the constant interferance of Taro. What exactly is the reason for their vendetta against Jin is currently unknown.
- Lust: His musical theme, "Lust SIN".
- Made of Iron: Oh, good God!
- Magic Knight
- 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.
- 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.
- Mercy Kill: Supposedly the reason for his obsession with killing Ragna, as noted by his dialogue in Hakumen's route in Continuum Shift:
Jin: "My brother is suffering in his own private hell. It is for that reason that I intend to kill him, to end his pain forever. To save him from the insanity of this world."
- Given Chronophantasma's True Ending, he may have to actually do it next time.
- Mood-Swinger: Jin's mood tends to change depending on who he interacts with. Normally he's aloof and taciturn, but around Ragna he's a hell of a lot more emotive and fight happy, around Noel he's even more of a Jerkass than normal, and around Tsubaki he's somewhat more open with her.
- Morality Pets: Tsubaki and Makoto.
- Mr. Fanservice: Let's see here. Feminine looks? Check. Sexy body build? Check. Brooding? Check. Is a Tsundere? Check. Large population of real-world fangirls? Hoo boy, big check.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Mu refers to him as "The Endbringer" in battle dialogue.
- 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.
- Not Good with People
- 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.
- One-Man Army: He took down the Ikaruga Federation all by himself. In only two days.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Pretty much says this word for word to Ragna, despite being in an insane, homoerotic manner.
- Only Sane Man: In his days in the Military Academy days, when everything was good and proper, he is literally this. He is most frequently seen scolding Noel or most especially Makoto whenever they do something improper to his eyes.
- Order Versus Chaos: As stated above in Ragna's folder, this is partly the reason for their rivalry. Being the wielder of "The Power of Order" it should be obvious which side of the conflict he's on. Naturally, this also extends to Hakumen
- Overranked Soldier: Played straight and subverted.
- During Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, Jin was a Major due to killing Lord Tenjou and bringing the Ikaruga Civil War to a quick end. While a loose cannon throughout, he ended up defecting full-time after Continuum Shift. Terumi used Jin to hasten the war's conclusion to try to close the net on Rettenjou, but it slipped away, and Jin was quickly promoted to a desk job as a figurehead hero to keep from rediscovering the power of order and using it against him. He invariably did, thanks to intervention by Jubei, Makoto, Rachel, 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. The reason for Jin's hatred towards Saya and why she suddenly became ill is as of now unknown Izanami possessing Saya may have something to do with that.
- 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 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. 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.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Comes close. Because, technically, it's not a skirt but it looks like a skirt, anyways.
- 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.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Whenever he's around Ragna, his mental state seems to regress to this.
- Psychotic Smirk: When being around Ragna and being controlled by Yukianesa.
- Reality Warper: The "Power of Order" is this, in a sense. Jin can basically tamper with fate and counter any of its interventions if his will is strong enough.
- Red Baron: He is the "The Anti-Body" and "The Endbringer."
- Reformed But Not Tamed: After being freed of Yukianesa's control.
- Reverse Grip: Also uses it on many of his attacks.
- Ride the Icecar
- The Rival: Somewhat Deconstructed. Jin is obsessed with defeating Ragna, to the absolute exclusion of everyone and everything around him. This makes him easily manipulated by the likes of Hazama, who uses him as an obstacle to keep Ragna at bay. Hakumen even calls him out on this in the former's True Ending path in Continuum Shift. Which makes sense because he used to be Jin in the Wheel of Fortune timeline and his obsession costed Tsubaki her life, something which still haunts him.
- 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).
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- He abandoned his post and disobeyed orders from the Librarium to go after Ragna in the Calamity Trigger. Come Continuum Shift, take a look at what the Librarium turned out to be. The whole situation is muddied by his fanatical desire to be the one who gets to kill Ragna, though.
- This can also be the case with his sword, Yukianesa. For all we know, Yuki is a Nox Nyctores and by BlazBlue rules, it gives mental burden to its user. The sword only wants Jin to kill anyone who stands in his way, but Jin usually screws the sword's orders and as what we found out, this is actually needed to unlock Jin's full power.
- Selective Obliviousness: Lampshaded by Makoto in the drama CD. He is so sociopathic that he won't even raise an eyebrow when someone talk with him with chocolates all over his/her face. However, it's different if he cares about that someone. He still won't react, but he will at least tell you politely.
- Also in "~Teach Me Miss Litchi~", where he doesn't even notice that Noel is wearing a bright orange maid dress until Litchi points him to it.
- Self-Made Orphan: Was definitely an orphan when he was still a kid living in the church with Ragna and Saya. He was adopted to a high-class family later on. But made himself into this again after the events of Calamity Trigger, as he basically cuts off all his connections with the Kisaragi family.
- Shotoclone: As an Expy of Ky, this was sort-of inevitable.
- Ship Tease: With Tsubaki. Lots and lots of it.
- Also with Makoto. He is rather caring towards her, almost to the point of his level of caring towards Tsubaki.
Jin: "Lieutenant... Are you alright?""
Makoto: "Y-yes! Thank you so much for saving me...!"
Jin: "Your safety is all that... m-matters... ugh..."
- Even though it's a joke on the creators behalf, lets 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).
- Skill Gate Characters: Jin's "icecarz" are infamous.
- The Snark Knight
- SNK Boss: Infinite-heat from story mode deserves a mention, because his infamous cheapness is made insanely worse by infinite special moves.
- Sociopathic Hero: Very much at his best, at least until Character Development kicked in.
- 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.
- The Stoic: For most of the time.
- Not So Stoic: And it gets throw out of the window when he's around Ragna or Noel.
- Story Breaker Power: His "Power of Order" is literally this. Not only can he basically eliminate anything he wants if he wishes it enough, but he is also immune to fate itself. Unfortunately, we have yet to see this power in it's fullest.
- We are given a preview of it's full potential in Chronophantasma, and boy did it not disappoint what with the whole completely nullifying an attack from Izayoi that should've instantly killed him.
- Straw Nihilist: Doesn't believe in community, and has no ideological or moral compass beyond himself. Rants sometimes about how meaningless the world and the order of the NOL is. By the end of his story, he said he gave up on the world.
- Ultimately subverted, as while he believes that the world is worthless, he refuses to fall prey to apathy.
- Student Council President: Jin is the Head of the Student Council of the Military Academy before he graduated.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Was this until he found out that the "Grim Reaper" is actually his older brother, Ragna. Then he quickly shifted to Tsundere territory.
- Super Speed: Hardly a surprise due to being a wielder of a Katana-type weapon. He can quickly draw his weapon out of it's scabbard to slash in less than a second. and if you look closely at his Sekkajin/Snow Flower Storm move, he even uses one of his feet - which you can't clearly see in-game due to how fast he executes each slash.
- 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: Taken up a notch in Remix Heart where he won a Rock, Paper, Scissors game and became the Izanagi of the Torifune Festival. Twice.
- Tender Tears: In one of his endings in his Story Mode in Calamity Trigger.
- Theme Naming: Ice, snow, and anything relating to cold.
- Token Evil Teammate: Despite a Heel-Face Turn, he still is a colossal 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 less hostile towards Ragna and Noel.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He is Hakumen.
- 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).
- 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: Continuum Shift eventually reveals that this is actually a case of Laser-Guided Amnesia inflicted by Terumi.
- 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.
- 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.
- Villain Protagonist: Pre-Character Development. Though he was at worst an Axe Crazy Jerkass rather than a true villain.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: His current relationship with Rachel. She makes no effort to hide her negative views on him, even if the guy does nothing in particular to displease her.
- White Mage: Combines with Magic Knight. He is shown to be capable of using Healing Ars. So, technically, this makes him one.
- 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 Hero: Well, he IS the world's "Antibody", you know.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Delivered at the end of his Continuum Shift storyline, and a little heavy on the exclamation marks.
- Worthy Opponent: In his own twisted way, he considers his brother Ragna this. Jin claims that killing Ragna wouldn't be fair if they didn't fight with equal levels of hatred, and constantly taunts him for holding back.
- Would Hit a Girl: He will do this in self-defense in almost all cases. Much less provocation is required if the girl's name is Noel Vermillion although he seems to get over her.
- Yandere: A non-romantic example(Not that the shippers care mind you), but he's pretty obsessed with Ragna and threatens anyone who might steal his chance at killing him.
"U-Um... Please don't mock me! I was supposed to be the winner..."
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. Her drive ability, Chain Revolver
, lets her perform a multitude of chain combos. She suffers from amnesia. 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.
The Material Collection reveals that she was a war orphan adopted by the noble Vermillion family. When the Vermillion family were at risk from losing their status, Noel made the decision to join the NOL in exchange for ensuring the future of her ailing father and mother. The one condition imposed by her parents was that she had to apply for non-combatant work, but after breaking all existing records for ars magus aptitude (the most important condition for Academy admittance) she was placed into a combatant program against her will. Despite her average grades, after graduation she was placed as secretary to the newly promoted "Hero of Ikaruga", although her actual job is to spy on Jin and kill him if necessary.
Throughout the story of Calamity Trigger
, it is revealed that Noel is the "Eye of the Azure". She is actually the Murakumo unit Mu -12-, whose memories had been lost due to the attack on Ibukido by the NOL's Nox Nyctores Take-Mikazuchi. Noel is special because she has managed to inherit the powers of the Boundary, and is the only one who can locate the Master Sankishin Unit: Amaterasu. In the end, it is revealed that the entire story of Calamity Trigger
revolves around her existence. Or, rather, it hinges on her not dying during a specific time loop so that Terumi can use her to acknowledge his existence and awaken her power, which happens in the True Ending.
In Continuum Shift
, she goes to visit Jin in the hospital, but finds that he's gone AWOL and decides to pursue him. She's unaware that her old friend Tsubaki has been given orders by Terumi to assassinate her. Canonically, after defeating Tsubaki, she finds out that Hazama is behind her order of assassination, and remembers his true self as revealed in Calamity Trigger
. When Noel confronts Hazama, her efforts in fighting him prove to be pointless, and Hazama shatters her emotional stability by showing her the horrors that the Black Beast inflicted upon humanity. Desperately pleading for him to stop confirming her doubts that she isn't human, Hazama cruelly tells her how the Murakumos are related to the Black Beast. This single act pushes her over the edge, and ends up destroying her Nox Nyctores, which were designed as limiters to prevent her from reverting to her original state. With Bolverk gone, Noel is successfully tempered into becoming Mu -12-. She is eventually restored to her original state by Ragna, and is last seen headed with Tager and Makoto to a safe haven designated by Kokonoe. Unbeknownst to them, Hazama already knows of this and has sent Tsubaki to follow them.
, she has a completely new outfit which discards her recognizable beret. Her Overdrive is Chain Quasar
, which increases the speed of her Drive attacks.
Her Astral has also been modified. 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.
She eventually allows herself to be transformed back into Mu -12- by Rachel in order to save Tsubaki.
- A-Cup Angst: BIG. TIME. It doesn't help her self-esteem that she's mistaken for a boy... and a cutting board.
- Two of her soundbytes in the Gallery are "Don't talk about my breasts!" in differing tones
- And it's getting to be a Running Gag for her in Continuum Shift, where it even comes to a point where she accidentally admits it herself in her victory speech against Taokaka in Arcade Mode:
"Ack! Hey! There's nothing there! Ohhh, I admitted it... "
- Adorkable: Very shy, clumsy and adorable.
- Apologises a Lot
- Artificial Human: She's Nu -13-'s predecessor/old sister, Mu -12-.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Creed: Shared with Jin, Hazama, Tsubaki and Makoto in CS. As of Chronophantasma, she, along with Jin and Makoto, no longer recite the creed during battle intros with the other NOL personnel, having defected after the events of Continuum Shift.
"Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are Knights of the Blue Flame!"
- Bare Your Midriff: In Chronophantasma and while keeping her Sexy Backless Outfit. Sheesh Noel.
- Berserk Button: Do not ever mention how small her chest is if she's on duty, as Bang found out the hard way (at least Tao got a good workout in the process when she blurted it out).
- The Button even extends to the production, wherein lead producer Mori Toshimichi apparently actively reprimanded designers and artists who gave her a notable bust, as seen in the special illustrations comments.
Mori's illustration comment: The back is what's important!
- Big "NO!": She drops these a lot, like in her winquote against Arakune because of her fear of bugs, and when Nirvana destroys her marriage registration in Rachel's CS joke ending.
- Break the Cutie: BIG TIME.
- 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.
- Brought Down to Normal: After she loses the power of the "Eye", because Terumi no longer has any use for her.
- 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. She spends most of the first two games as a hapless, naive girl in over her head in the events surrounding her and used by outside forces. By the time Chronophantasma comes around, after going through hell in the first two games, she finds new resolve in saving Tsubaki from her Brainwashed and Crazy state and accepts her peculiar origins as apart of her, being inspired by Ragna's words. The result is that she now has control over her Murakumo powers.
- Compressed Hair: Stuffs all her hair into her hat when she's wearing it.
- Covert Pervert?: There's a scene wherein she (for a split second) contemplates second base because she heard from Makoto that her chest would be bigger if a dude massages them, but got flustered at the thought.
- Cry Cute
- 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..."
- 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.
- Deconstructed Trope: Her position as an apparent Mary Sue and Creator's Pet sucks big time in story. Her powers make her liable to manipulation, she's not fit for the military position she's in, her role in-story has wrecked her life, her good looks aren't an antidote for her lack of self-worth and her boobie issues, and she's been barely able to develop as a person and go past her Shrinking Violet core.
- Detached Sleeves: Which shows off her back as well. Then she loses the sleeves altogether in Chronophantasma.
- Downloadable Content: Her classic NOL costume is a downloadable costume to her in Chronophantasma. Aside of looking different, Classic Noel has access to her old and new Astral Heat.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Both in-universe (Litchi and Makoto, to an extent) and in real life (several female Dustloop members seem to be quite interested in her).
"It's such a pain, but I'll play with you."
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. Her Drive ability, Silpheed
, allows her to control the wind and change the trajectory of her movements.
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
. Her Astral Finish, Clownish Calendula
, lifts the opponent above a large crucifix
as a thunderbolt strikes them dead.
In the True Ending of Calamity Trigger
, when Take-Mikazuchi fires on Kagutsuchi, she abandons her role as an observer and activates her Sankishin: the Tsukuyomi Unit, which is a massive energy shield that can block anything that comes its way. She returns only to find that Terumi has succeeded in making Noel his Observer, and warns Ragna not to face him, stating that there is a "reason" that Ragna cannot defeat him at the moment, but Rachel herself only had suspicions at the time.
In Continuum Shift
she is summoned by Takamagahara to answer for directly intervening with the time loops, and resigns from her position as an Observer. She then releases Hakumen from his imprisonment by Kokonoe and both of them work together to find Terumi. When Rachel does encounter him and learns that his plan is to use Noel to locate the Amaterasu Unit, she is lured into a trap created by Phantom, Terumi's mysterious assistant. She endures a taunting session from the Imperator, Relius, and Terumi before being sealed completely. Rachel is saved by Ragna in the True Ending, and is last seen speaking with Hakumen, who states that she is "too soft" for an Observer and breaks their connection.
, her Overdrive is Elfried
, which increases the recovery rate of her Silpheed gauge.
- All-Powerful Bystander: A given, being an Observer.
- She's decided to take a much more active role near the end of Chrono Phantasma, using the Tsukiyomi unit to protect the Master Unit from Takemikazuchi. Its implied however that doing this is draining her power.
- This is beginning to change with Chronophantasma, where she is seen taking a much more active role in the events. However it is implied that this does not come without a cost.
- Almost Kiss: Played for Laughs in one of the joke endings in Chronophantasma. After clearly setting up the scene to look as romantic as possible, Rachel moves in towards Ragna as she strokes his cheek... and promptly jams the spectacles of Eros MK.II (literally!) into his forehead.
- Animal Motifs: A rabbit, due to her hair ribbons and her air of mystique. Its even Ragna's nickname for her.
- Bad Boss: Averted with Valkenhayn, who she's always polite to. Played straight with Gii and Nago, who she gleefully insults, berates, and abuses with reckless abandon for even the most minuscule slight or even when she just wants to. This trait even extends into gameplay where she uses the two as both weapons and shields. One of her intros has her walking through a portal using Nago as a literal staircase and one of her winposes has her pulling on Gii. That's right, her entire playstyle revolves around being a Bad Boss.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode path, where she makes way for Tager.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't call her a stalker.
- Implying that she holds feelings for Ragna is another way to invite abuse.
- Big Good: One of the few characters actually trying to improve the world, and tries to urge the other protagonists to do so.
- Bigger Bad: In Taokaka's joke ending in Continuum Shift.
- Blessed with Suck: As an Observer, she has a perfect memory and cannot forget anything, even if she tried. Not even a single moment of the hundreds and hundreds of iterations of the Stable Time Loop, or the many thousands of variations caused by the continuum shift.
- Blow You Away: Her Drive, Sylpheed.
- Boring Insult: Says this to Hazama in her bad ending, claiming that Ragna is a more interesting man than he is. She gets a foot in her mouth for it, but props for keeping her cool.
- Butt Monkey: Gii and Nago get far more abuse from her than even Ragna.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Not that she would ever admit it, but it's obvious. Case and point, she calls Ragna a pedophile for buying Platinum dinner, which is kinda ironic considering she herself looks about fourteen.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: A giant stone one grinds upwards out of the ground in her Astral Finish, apparently for no other reason than looking awesome.
- Cultured Badass
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: Sword Iris is 22A in Calamity Trigger, and 214C in Continuum Shift.
- Dark Is Not Evil: However, it's not exactly nice either.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her snarkiness is doubled in Tutorial Mode.
- Detached Sleeves: If you look closely at some of her sprites, you'll see that under her shawl her sleeves aren't connected to the rest of her dress.
- Difficult but Awesome: She is one of only two characters considered to be the hardest in the game to learn. The other one is Carl.
- Dominatrix: Some of her interactions with Ragna and Hakumen tend to give off this vibe. Gii even nearly calls her one, much to his peril.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- Flat "What.": Gives one when the Imperator demands that Ragna be hers.
- Flower Motifs: Red Roses, all over the place. Her attacks and even her stage are full of red rose petals splattering everywhere.
- Foreshadowing: She calls both Jin and Hakumen "Mister Hero."
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: She insults anyone who beats her, with the exceptions of Hakumen and Nu-13. Top-tier in CT, low-tier in CS.
- Girlish Pigtails: And quite long ones too.
- Good Is Not Nice: She loves insulting everyone, regularly abuses her familiars, and picks fights to amuse herself. But she's undoubtedly on the good side.
- 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 jealously 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".
- 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.
- Hypocrite: This exchange between her and Ragna in Chronophantasma after the former attacks Gii and Nago.
Rachel: That could be seen as abuse. Careful Ragna, you could be sued by an animal-rights group.
Ragna: Says the woman who uses them as shields.
- Idiot Ball: In Continuum Shift. There's nothing else to call it, considering that she doesn't even TRY guarding Noel against Terumi, despite knowing that the girl is the inheritor of the True Azure AND the new Eye of the Master Unit.
- In a Single Bound: Can jump THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE STAGE using her drive.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's an arrogant and spiteful young lady, abusive to her familiars, her friends and allies alike, but nonetheless seems to care for the rest of the cast. Well, except for the villains.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
- Kneel Before Zod: One of her battle quotes. Also her winquote after defeating Ragna in Chronophantasma. Maybe she is a Dominatrix...
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Remember, though, that Rachel is one of the only characters in the story who knows that Jin eventually becomes Hakumen. Maybe it's her version of the Training from Hell?
- The Ojou
- Our Vampires Are Different
- 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.
- Parachute Petticoat
- Parasol of Pain
- Parasol of Prettiness
- 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.
- 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.
- Odd Friendship: Gets along strangely well with Celica, and never insults her like she does with, well every other character.
- Really 72,500 Years Old: She looks like an early teen at most, she's actually one of the oldest members of the cast.
- Rebellious Princess
- 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.
- 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 where as Hakumen, a human soul contained in a mechanical body, does not.
- Something about a Rose
- Sophisticated as Hell: Has been more willing to use words like "badass" and "scrub" along side her usual high class vocabulary. Whether or not she actually understands the meaning of the words she's using is a matter up to debate.
- Spot of Tea: Including ordering it during a boss fight. Really, it sometimes seems like she can't go three minutes without drinking tea.
- 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.
- Tetragonist: Alongside Carl, being the more prominent of the Big Good Duumvirate
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: "Activating Tsukuyomi unit."
- Tsundere: Type A.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With everyone except Valkenhayn. She doesn't even try to hide her contempt for most of the cast. However, she has nothing but their best interests at heart and is trying her hardest to push them in the direction towards restore the world its natural state. Especially true for Ragna, just don't tell her that to her face.
- Weirdness Search and Rescue: Serves as one for Makoto when she's trapped in one of the Noel-free timelines.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Her current relationship with Jin. She sure does love to berate the guy even if he isn't doing anything in particular to displease her.
- What Does She See in Him?: Questions Celica about what she finds attractive about Ragna; which is ironic coming from her.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- She delivers one to Litchi, after she executed a Face-Heel Turn out of desperation. Unfortunately for her, this didn't work, partly because all Rachel saw in her was 'obsessed with Arakune', rather than knowing that she's also dying and really needs the cure. Poor Communication Kills indeed.
- Inverted when facing Hakumen. He delivers one to Rachel in Continuum Shift: after freeing him and trying to enlist him to her side, she explains that both Takamagahara and Terumi are on the move, due to Noel having become the eye. Hakumen, filled with rage, demands to know why, despite having been through hundreds of time loops and knowing how dangerous Terumi is, she still decides to do nothing but watch.
- Willfully Weak: Story-wise, Rachel's actually one of the most powerful characters, but holds back due to her pride, as well as to avoid being bored. Her "Unlimited" mode, however...
- Also, if you notice, she never actually gets hit in battles — rather, poor Nago and Gii take all the punishment. And if you hold down 'crouch', she falls asleep in the middle of battle.
- Woman Behind the Man: It's implied that she was behind Valkenhayn and Carl's actions in Taokaka's Gag Reel.
- Woman in Black
- Yaoi Fangirl: For Jin/Ragna in her joke ending.
- You Can't Fight Fate: For all of her power, Rachel can at best indirectly affect events - it's implied that some force will stop her from intervening. She's not so great at the indirect stuff either.
"Meow? Oh! Hey, let's play!"
The resident Cloudcuckoolander
. Tao is a member of a tribe of cat-people living in a small village underneath Kagutsuchi, and is next in line to become the village's protector. To that end, she is training to become a vigilante. Unfortunately... she's incredibly dim and doesn't even realize that the person she's been travelling with (Ragna) is the most wanted criminal in the world. Her species are actually genetically-engineered clones of Jubei, the original Grimalkin. Can be bribed to do ANYTHING if food is involved, and is good friends with Litchi Faye-Ling, whom she also considers as a teacher.
Her Drive ability, Dancing Edge
, lets her perform more confusing maneuvers to attack. Her Astral Finish, Attack Meow Pow!
involves her bouncing off of the walls while slashing her opponent, then performing a drill uppercut, which misses due to Jubei coming in from the left-field and being a sneaky Badass
Her Calamity Trigger
Arcade and Story Mode may as well be called, "ADHD Quest
." In Continuum Shift
, on the other hand, she's out for a quest to get stronger. After a chance encounter with Hazama, she is beaten to unconsciousness, but is saved by Jubei before he can deal the finishing blow. In her canon ending, Tao is told by the Kaka Elder that in order to protect her village and those dear to her, she must first learn to protect others. Thus, the Elder tells Tao to go forth and venture into the outside world, and Jubei gives a special request for her to stay close to Ragna. As they reach Ibukido, however, she runs off after being distracted by an insect, leading into the events of Chronophantasma
, her Overdrive is Almost Becoming Two!
, a former super of hers which produces a shadow image of herself that doubles the amount of hits her attacks dish out.
- Airplane Arms: Her forward dash.
- Ambiguously Gay: Her fixation on boobs notwithstanding, she's also never affected by the Spectacles of Eros. It could just be her childlike innocence though.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Especially when food is involved.
- Badass: She's the descendant of Jubei, Bang's student and rival, and she's pretty much Chaos Incarnate. Who also stands on even ground with Tager, Jin and Ragna.
- Big Ball of Violence: One of her Distortions, which is appropriately named "I'm Gonna Beat the Crap Outta You!"
- Big Eater: Thinks about food pretty much all the time. In fact she's almost always hungry, to the point of emptying someone else's wallet due to a high tab, or she can be bribed into doing anything in exchange for food. Borderlines on Extreme Omnivore: In Story Mode, where (given the player's choice) she will even try to eat someone (Ragna and Bang can fall victim to this). And even in Arcade Mode, when fighting Litchi, will cause the latter to rant about not eating her steamed buns.
- She even thinks that little girls are food.
- Cat Spirit Encore, a move introduced in Chronophantasma has her swiping an item what opponent drops and eating it, not caring if the item is even food. She does show if the item isn't edible (or is a chili pepper from Bullet or a rotten octopus from Arakune) by being disgusted by what she just ate.
- Blood Knight: With the sort of innocent enthusiasm that only a childlike, nigh-invulnerable Super Soldier can properly muster.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mostly during the Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! segments, but she also looks up close into the TV screen during one of her entrances and if you hold down crouch.
- Calling Your Attacks: She doesn't so much name her attacks, but loves to provide verbal sound effects for them.
- Unless she's facing Arakune, in which most cases she has several new names for her attacks, mostly containing "squiggly" as part of them.
- Cat Girl
- Cat Smile: When she's not grinning, she often sports one of these, especially if she's being coy.
- Character Development: Tao seems to have acquired a bit of an intelligence boost for Continuum Shift, even going as far as reciting a medical fact she "remembered" to Bang in his Arcade story. And let's not forget how you can make her remember things in the new Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments.
- Clone Degeneration: One possible explanation for the generalized senility of the Kaka. The Elder seems pretty tightly put-together, though.
- So much of one that she causes Nu to have a BSOD when she tries to comprehend Tao with logic.
- Cool Big Sis: Torakaka is this to her. She is this to Feistykaka and Calikaka
- Covert Pervert: Taokaka shows signs of this. Her primary target, Litchi, seems completely oblivious, though.
- Exactly what is "covert" about grabbing somebody's meat buns?
- The fact that there's a fairly good chance she's innocent enough that she's doing it without even realizing why it's improper to do so.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- The Ditz: She has the "special ability" to forget anything she does... in three steps or seconds, whichever comes first. CS reveals this includes meeting Ragna as a child. That said, she does seem to be getting better.
- Dumb Blonde
- Dumb Is Good
- The Faceless: Possibly subverted: she presumably has a face, but it's... well... always covered with shadow.
- Confirmed to be wearing a mask in Calamity Trigger's "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!" segments and later by the developers.
- Fastball Special: Kitty Litter Special throws random objects, including a very surprised Kaka kitten.
- Foreshadowing: Her joke ending in Calamity Trigger, a trailer for a fake movie, "revealed" that Litchi would become a villain. Guess what happened in Continuum Shift...
- Fragile Speedster: She has two very fast command jumps (including a Wall Jump), her Drive offers a lot of mobility options, and she's the only character (other than Bang) with a triple jump. However, with low defense and only one projectile, it easy to be knocked out quick by the opponent if you don't use Tao with care.
- Fun Personified: Even Ragna can't help but smile around her.
- Genki Girl
- Hammerspace/Hyperspace Arsenal: Always carries a plate with her in case she comes across food, as well as other things such as fishbones, baseballs, bombs, pillows, apple cores, bowling balls, and even kaka kittens, which she can throw at her opponents.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: As with the rest of the Kaka, she wears a hoodie with oversized sleeves that close at the end (with slots for her claws).
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: In Continuum Shift, whenever Tao fights Ragna, she proclaims that she's hungry and he says she eats way too much. Regardless of the outcome, Ragna has to pay.
Taokaka (if she wins): "Lunch is on you, Good Guy!"
Ragna (if Tao loses): "Alright, alright, I'll buy you some lunch."
- Hey, You!: Normally doesn't call the characters by their real names. Instead she gives them names like White Guy Ragna, Good Guy Ragna after he feeds her (she calls him this at all times in the story mode of CS), Scruffy Man Bang, Shorty Carl, Super-not-soft person Ada/Nirvana, Hat Person Noel, Lacking Lady Noel (after she notices her chest), Black Squiggly Arakune, Boobie Lady Litchi, Flappy Nu-13 and Mu-12 (due to their pre-battle outfits), Red Lady/Eye Woman Tsubaki, Green Guy/Scary Guy Hazama/Terumi, Ice Man Jin, Bunny Person Rachel, Big Guy Tager, Tail Lady Kokonoe, Cat Person Jubei, Mask Man Hakumen, Fluffy Lady Makoto, and Butter Person Valkenhayn.
- Idiot Hero: So, very, very, very much...
- To the point that she doesn't realize the "good guy" she's hanging out with is the guy she's supposed to be hunting.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: There's only a slingshot bikini on beneath that coat, and a sizable chunk of Tao's screen time involves groping boobies without the target's permission. What keeps her from being the other trope is that she genuinely has no clue her conduct is inappropriate.
- ''In the name of... the big white thingy in the night sky! Tao shall punish you!"
- Is It Something You Eat?: One of her first responses to any new concept.
- The Lancer: Ever since Continuum Shift, she's been evolving into one of these for Ragna. She's also one of the few characters that he seems legitimately happy to be in the company of.
- Leitmotif: "Cactus Carnival", which is pretty much her randomness in music form.
- Lethal Joke Character: Word of God is that she's supposed be to the game's Dan, except she doesn't suck quite as badly; in fact, she's rather deadly.
- Ironically, Bang is Calamity Trigger's Dan.
- Tao's Unlimited form is one of the strongest out of everyone in CS. Even though it takes a second longer to charge up, 3 standard D attacks will finish off everyone except Tager (who requires 4).
- Lolcats: "Don't want" (presumably the voice actor ad-libbing a more memetic "do not want") and "*nom nom nom* " appear in her English script.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Tao will grope anyone with decent sized boobs, and give her (rather frank) opinion about her victim's chest. At one point, this resulted in her accidentally started feeling up the rock-hard chest of Bang Shishigami. She was, of course, looking for Litchi in her clinic, but Bang was the only one there.
- Though, given her personality, it's probably not perverted or sexual in nature. She just finds them fun since they're bouncy and squishy.
- Male Gaze: Her sprites in Continuum Shift have been modified with more well-developed boobs like Litchi, meaning she might be starting to grow up.
- This official piece of art (one of the unlocked gallery pictures in CT) show that Tao has always had a bit of this going on even in the original. She just was wearing a pretty baggy coat this whole time.
- Metaphorgotten: In Episode 1 of "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! <Reloaded>!":
Tao (upon learning about the NOL Military Academy's entrance tests): "Tao's really good at beating up people meow! It's like the green grass that horses use to make silk purses on the other side of fence!"
Litchi: "Huh? I think you're going for 'easy as pie.'"
- Morality Pet: For an Anti-Hero rather than an outright villain, but in Continuum Shift she is the only person that Ragna seems to genuinely consider a friend; even promising to play with her some day and taking a nap with her. Everybody else falls between being tolerated and him just not caring about them.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: One of two discernible facial features of Taokaka is a mouth full of lots and lots of sharp, pointy teeth.
- And like Kamineko, she is still hilariously adorable.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments in Continuum Shift, Tao explains that she remembers the general history of how Ars Magus came to be, but still doesn't know the real important stuff like Nox Nyctores. She says that she's close to finding the person who can properly teach her, because her spid... uhh Kaka senses are tingling.
- The Nicknamer: Since she can't remember anything for long she has a habit of giving other people nicknames right after meeting them, such as "Scruffy Man" for Bang or "Bunny Person" for Rachel. Some of her nicknames for other characters were even adopted by the fandom, the most well-known of which is probably "Boobie Lady" for Litchi.
- Continuum Shift suggests that she does know peoples' names but prefers to call them by nicknames. By this point she's aware that "good guy" is actually Ragna and actually refers to him as such when someone asks her what she means by "good guy." She learns Tsubaki's name, but still insists on calling her "red lady" because of her hair color.
- It repeats itself in Continuum Shift II; in Platinum's Arcade Mode, Tao is asked if she knows a man named Bang Shishigami, Tao replies with "Hmm, Bang Shishigami? Oh, you mean the Scruffy Man!" So it's pretty clear that can keep up with the names, but she just likes the nicknames that much.
- Sadly, she doesn't spell Bang's name correctly in the English dub of this scene.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "I'mma Beat The Crap Outta You!" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Panty Shot: With pretty much every move she makes.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In Continuum Shift, when planting her head on Litchi's boobies:
"Boobies are fun! Boingboingboingboing!"
- She also likes to say "Jump!" and "Leap" and the like whenever she's about to do so.
- Snot Bubble
- Spanner in the Works: In Tao's CP Arcade run, a brief "scuffle" with Lacking Lady sends the latter away from a Main Branch restraining squad sent to rein her in. Terumi is not a happy camper when he finds out.
- Split Second Blade Spam: She can do this with her claws.
- Super Soldier: The original purpose of the Kaka Clan. It... didn't work out so well.
- Theme Naming: Cats.
- Third-Person Person: "Tao is Taokaka, meow!"
- This Is Unforgivable: Yep, you saw this coming. In her Calamity Trigger story mode, this is one the things you can choose to have her say to Rachel after the vampire steps on her tail.
Taokaka: "I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!"
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Jubei enforces this during her astral finish. Just as she's about to strike the killing blow, he deflects the blow out of nowhere to save the opponent. Tao seems to notice and looks around for him.
- Too Dumb To Troll: She is the only character so far that Hazama has failed trolling.
- Took a Level in Badass: In her Continnum Shift Story Mode, she tried to fight Hazama only to fail spectaculary. Her CP Arcade Mode has her unknowingly break Hazama's plans by luring Noel away from a trap he had laid out for her, as well as seeing her hold her own against him until he's forced to leave with Phantom, a spectacular improvement. Her Arcade Run isn't called Growth for nothing.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Meat buns.
- Use Your Head: Taokaka's front grab has her latch on to the opponent and reel them in for a headbutt.
- Verbal Tic: Often edits words to sound like "meow" and tends to insert cat noises into her dialogue.
- Wrap Around: If Tao throws a baseball that fails to connect with her opponent, it'll show up on the other side of the screen a few moments later and try again.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Her back throw is a bulldog.
"You're within my estimates."
A giant man-cyborg
on steroids. Tager was an Ikaruga Federation commander at one point until he suffered major injuries during the Ikaruga Civil War. He was modified and healed by Kokonoe with cybernetic implants and demon genes, and now works for a secret organization known as "Sector Seven." His main objective involves bringing Hakumen to Kokonoe. After succeeding, Tager is sent out to capture Noel in Continuum Shift
In Tager's Continuum Shift
story, he meets with Makoto, who is revealed as a double agent in the NOL actually working for Sector Seven, and she hands him important data that Kokonoe had ordered to be delivered to him. He accidentally bumps into Hazama, who uses Ouroboros to jog his memories as a soldier in the Ikaruga Civil War. In the True Ending, he is seen escorting the now-deserter Noel and Makoto onto a private airship headed for Ibukido.
His Drive ability, Voltic Battler
, magnetizes the opponent and allows him to draw him/her closer with certain attacks. His Astral Finish, King of Tager
, makes him do a ridiculously exaggerated version of his Distortion Drive in which he lifts the opponent high into the sky and crashes them down into the Earth.
, his Overdrive is Voltic Field
, which places a magnetic field around the entire stage and forcing the opponent into a constant state of being magnetized.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Reddish-orange skin. Coupled with his high stature, musculature, and fangs, he looks like a traditional portrayal of a Japanese Oni. Amusingly, while he looks like a Red Oni, his personality is befitting of a Blue Oni.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: "You're within my estimates."
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode path, where Rachel makes way for him.
- Berserk Button: He really doesn't like it when people question his loyalty to Kokonoe.
- Body Horror: The second extra scenario in Continuum Shift II confirmed what Calamity Trigger implied in its story modes: Kokonoe "created" Tager by making him part-demon.
- Brains and Brawn: With Kokonoe. Though since Tager is far from stupid, it's closer to Tager making up for Kokonoe's frailty.
- Butt Monkey: In several Help Me! Prof. Kokonoe! segments, especially in Arakune's, where Kokonoe dresses him up as a Meido... and then uses him as a vacuum cleaner to clean up the squiggly mess Arakune left behind... through his mouth
- Calling Your Attacks: A big offender.
- Censored for Comedy: In 'Teach Me, Ms. Litchi', he covered up Kokonoe dreaming up to put enhancement on his GIGANTIC TAGER!!!
- Chekhov's Gun: In Continuum Shift, it was revealed that Tager had witnessed some kind of horrifying event that slaughtered countless people. In Continuum Shift II, we found out just what it was: the process of creating Nu killed almost everybody in Sector Seven.
- The Comically Serious: Comes with being the straight man to almost everyone else.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: King of Tager is hold A+B+C and mash D in Calamity Trigger, 1080+D in Continuum Shift. If you like using it...
- Face Of An Oni: Tager's appearance, as noted above, is reminiscent of a Japanese Oni, and he is indeed very intimidating looking, despite being really a nice guy who is just doing his job. Off-game, when the demo of Calamity Trigger revealed him as one of the playable characters, everyone almost immediately though he would be a villain. In-Game, his menacing appearance makes him stand out like no other, and at least one person attacked him because of his looks. To be fair though, that person was Bang.
- First-Person Smartass: Read his thoughts in his Continuum Shift story mode. He has a surprising amount of snark in him.
- Genius Bruiser: He's the Spiritual Successor of Potemkin, what else do you expect?
- Gentle Giant: His hobby? Building ships in a bottle. He also avoids conflict if possible, and will only attack if provoked or ordered.
- In a Single Bound: During Atomic Collider, he jumps high enough to briefly jump off the screen. When using Genesic Emerald Tager Buster, he jumps really, really high. In King of Tager, he jumps out of the atmosphere.
- Informed Ability: He is supposed to be around 550 kg, but everyone else can still toss him around like normal.
- Instant Death Radius: High-level AIs or skilled players will make his enemies regret getting into grab range.
- Invulnerable Attack: Had some, gained more as part of Continuum Shift buffs.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Completely fanboys Valkenhayn. Expectedly, Kokonoe calls him out on it, but relents to letting Tager have a quick spar.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: CSII's extra scenario revealed that the injuries he sustained during the creation of Nu erased most of his memory. Hazama temporarily unlocks it during Tager's story path via the power of Mind Rape.
- Leitmotif: "MOTOR Head", with the slow build up depicting his massive size and ferocity.
- Meido: He shows up in this outfit during Arakune's Help Me! Dr. Kokonoe! segment.
- Meteor Move
- Mighty Glacier
- Continuum Shift speed buffs are shifting him towards Lightning Bruiser. And then there's Unlimited Tager...
- Mind Rape: Undergoes one in Continuum Shift, delivered by - surprise surprise - Terumi, who uses Ouroboros to mess with his emotions, which temporarily unlocks his memories from the Ikaruga Civil War.
- Nice Guy: One of the few genuinely nice people in Blazblue world. Sadly, his jobs are the ones that involved turning people into mush.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: CSII revealed him to be a Part-Demon Cyborg.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Litchi and Kokonoe are the only characters that call Tager by his name. Everyone else refers to him as "(The) Red Devil."
- Only Sane Man: Tager is erudite and often baffled by the antics of other characters.
- Rated M for Manly: Second to only Bang. If they do not rate over to Bang, they rate on Tager. Could be a reason why he garners more popularity in the West.
- Red Right Hand: Subverted.
- Satellite Character: Subverted. Tager does have a lot of potentials going on and it seems that Chronophantasma will put that in light. However, he's completely bound to Kokonoe, and since Kokonoe is pretty damn important story-wise, Tager is mostly used in the story as merely a medium for Kokonoe to interact with the world outside her lab, and Tager can't even do anything about it due to his programming.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: All the time.
- Ship Tease: A noticeable amount, both ways, with Kokonoe.
- Skill Gate Characters: He was low tier in Calamity Trigger and rarely used except by people who knew how to correctly use him. In Continuum Shift he's still low tier, but much easier to use due to being generally faster. His high damage output and his Gadget Finger guessing games make him widely hated by new players, but expert players who know how to keep him at arm's length and not get magnetized can skillfully dissect him.
- Skunk Stripe
- Stone Wall: He can't dash and moves slow, but has the highest HP and defense of all.
- Talk to the Fist: In his joke ending, he punches Bang while the latter is calling an attack.
- Took A Level In Character Tiers: More like 4 levels. His Continuum Shift incarnation is frightening.
- As of Continuum Shift II he's now more frightening than before. Apparently he has new combos, his magnetism pulls in farther and is more accurate, and some of his moves have super armor. Be afraid. Very afraid.
- While Tager received buffs in CS and CSII, he was still quite craptastic, being always the resident low tier of the game; now in Continum Shift Extend, it seems that even when he still has problematic matchups, he no longer feels like the worst character on the game.
- Theme Naming: Electricity, magnetism and technology,
- Undying Loyalty: Kokonoe could be an Omnicidal Maniac for all he cared and he would still be loyal to her. Justified that he's specifically programmed to do so. He's taking Hakumen's warning about the nuke silo Kokonoe had, and while Tager is horrified, he knew that he has no place or ability to protest.
- Wrestler in All of Us
- Yes-Man: To go with his Undying Loyalty, a negative interpretation. Tager will do everything Kokonoe says without complains, though he's programmed to do so.
- You Are Number Six: His code name is TR-0009, though he's the only one who addresses himself as such in-game, and even then it's at the start of his missions.
- You Will Not Evade Me: Normal Tager cannot dash. He compensates by using his magnetism to draw his opponents to him.