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Ragna the Bloodedge
"Outta my way, or you're dead."
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 turns his blade into a scythe as he proceeds to smack his opponent in the face with it, 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 Azure Drimoire 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.
I don't have the time to waste on you.
. Major Jin Kisaragi is one of the elite commanding officers of the NOL. Known as the Hero of the Ikaruga War, 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. 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 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 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 Reishi (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." We've yet to see how it works in practice, however.
- The Ace: And HOW! 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 the next in-line inheritor of the Kisaragi Family, was the head of the Student Council in his tenure, was well-respected among his peers and classmates alike (except his adopted siblings), and the youngest individual to earn the title of "Hero". Did we miss anything?
- Broken Ace: Yet all these things mean nothing to him. He saw 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 his siblings mocks and envies him..
- 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.
- 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 Gay / Depraved Homosexual: Jin's fixation upon Ragna has... uncomfortable undertones, which is lampshaded in various official sketches or joke ends.
- 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 always super-needy and scared when he was 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.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Unlike Ky Kiske, he worked his way HARD 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 cured. He's still an aloof jerk, though.
- Badass Armfold: One of his intros before a fight where he promptly stands behind a cross-shaped pillar of ice which helds Yukianesa inside.
- 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 and Noel, and probably with the rest of their division.
"Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are Knights of the Blue Flame!"
- And another, shared with Hakumen:
I am the cold steel...
- Badass Army: A part of this in the NOL as one of it's most powerful soldiers before his defection, nonetheless. He IS regarded as the "The Hero of Ikaruga", after all.
- Badass Longcoat / Badass Longrobe
- Badass Normal / Brought Down to Badass: He can hold his own even when he is not able to use Yukianesa. He took a lot of beatings, though. But, still...
- One-Man Army: He took down the Ikaruga Federation all by himself. It took him only two days.
- Four Star Badass: Oh, yes! There's a perfectly good reason the NOL assigned this young man to the Ikaruga Civil War. You don't just simply get assigned to oblitirate a whole nation at such a young age without being recognized for your superb potential. No, you just don't.
- Took a Level in Badass: The first time he broke free of Yukianesa's grip.
- 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 any way in front of him. The button won't be pressed hard. But, he will STILL kick your ass.
- Betty and Veronica: He's the Archie to Tsubaki's Betty and Makoto's Veronica.
- Big "Shut Up!": Says this to an extreme when resisting Yukianesa, even to the point of saying it atleast three times in a row.
- Bi the Way: His feelings towards both Ragna and Tsubaki put him into this catagory now that he's no longer a Depraved Bisexual.
- Bishounen: Being Ky's Spiritual Successor, this must be a requirement.
- Big Damn Heroes: When he saves Makoto from Hazama by parrying his attack in time, freezing his tracks, and then carrying Makoto off to safety. All this while he is still afflicted with heavy injury.
- 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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: 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.
- Blue Oni
- Brainwashed / Grand Theft Me: It's revealed that Terumi is the one who possessed him to burn down the church and cut Ragna's arm off.
- Broken Bird
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: His reaction to Bang's one-sided vendetta.
- Button Mashing: Sekkajin (Mash C).
- Catch Phrase: "You are...MY ENEMY!". When facing those who threaten the world and trigger the Power of Order.
- Character Development: 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 all of them are NOT amused when they suspected Tsubaki of cheating.
- Child Prodigy: Being Ky's Spiritual Successor, this is a 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 can be referred as this towards his group with Tsubaki, Noel, Makoto and Carl.
- Cool Sword: Literally. His sword, named Yukianesa ("snow fairy") has a blade made of ice. It is also stated that the ice created by Yukianesa destroys/absorbs life force.
- 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.
- also his fight with a brainwashed Tsubaki in CS when he broke free of Yukianesa's influence. Tsubaki literally has NO chance whatsoever.
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dating Catwoman: If Jin still has his feelings with Tsubaki, this is what he'll end up doing now that Tsubaki has undergone a Face Heel Turn.
- 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 to win.
- Jin walking with Makoto in Ronin-Gai
Makoto: Everybody is working so hard.
Jin: Noisy would be much more accurate.
- 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 - offscreen 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".
- 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.
- Emotion Control: It is heavily implied that the more Jin is in control of his emotions, the stronger he gets.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: At least until Character Development kicked in.
- Face Palm: He does this when he loses due to Time Up.
- Future Me Scares Me: With Japanese voices switched on, Jin is audibly freaking out at the start of a match against Hakumen. Continuum Shift takes this up a step further when Hakumen faces Jin in his Arcade Mode path.
- Giggling Villain: When around Ragna. The now legendary "Help me, Professor Kokonoe!" episode had him let out such a high pitched giggle (followed by an even higher pitched "Nii-san~") that it's barely recognisable as the same person.
- 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.
- Good Is Not Nice: After being freed of Yukianesa's control.
- Green Eyes
- Hair Flip: In one of his win pose.
- 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
- He's Got Legs: Goddamnit, Jin!
- Heroic Willpower: "The Power of Order"
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In Bang's Story Mode, one path has Yukianesa freeze him.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner
- Ice King: So much so that he is regarded as "The Ice Prince" in the fandom.
- 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".
- 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.
- It Amused Me
- 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.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His Nox Nyctores, Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa. It's a Nox Nyctores in the form of a Katana.
- 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.
- Kill It With Ice
- Knight in Shining Armor: For Tsubaki, to a crazy extent.
- Laughing Mad: Does this excessively around Ragna and anyone close to Ragna, to extreme lengths.
- 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.
- Lust: His musical theme, "Lust SIN."
- Made of Iron: Oh, good God!
- Magic Knight
- Man 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Named Weapons: His Nox Nyctores, Yukianesa. Which literally means "Snow Fairy".
- 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.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Rival
- Razor Wind: Fubuki/Blizzard, Sekkajin/Snow Flower Storm.
- Reality Warper: The "Power of Order" is this, in a sense. Jin can basically tamper with fate and counter any of it's intervention if his will is strong enough.
- Red Baron: He is the "The Anti-Body" and "The Endbringer".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Ragna's red oni. Continuum Shift started to give him a few red traits, though.
- Ride the Icecar
- 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.
- 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 it's 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.
- Single Stroke Battle: Yukikaze.
- 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.
- Soul Cutting Blade: His sword, Yukianesa. Not the blade itself, but the ice Yukianesa creates - it erodes all life.
- The Stoic: For most of the time.
- Not So Stoic: If you value your own life, don't mention 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.
- Student Council President: Jin is the Head of the Student Council of the Military Academy before he graduated.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Was this until he found out that the "Grim Reaper" is actually his older brother, Ragna. Then he quickly shifted to Tsundere territory.
- Super Speed: Hardly a surprise due to being a wielder of a Katana-type weapon. He can quickly draw his weapon out of it's scabbard to slash in less than a second. and if you look closely at his Sekkajin/Snow Flower Storm move, he even uses one of his feet - which you can't clearly see in-game due to how fast he executes each slash.
- Sword Beam: One of his Distortion Drives, Touga Hyoujin.
- Sword Plant: His crouching Drive move is basically him planting his sword to the ground emitting a pillar of ice a few feet away from him that also freezes the opponent.
- Talking to Himself
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Not really dark. But tall? Yes. Snarky? Double-yes.
- 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.
- Token Evil Teammate: Despite a Face Turn, he still is a colossal jackass (amped Up to Eleven when it comes to Noel) and not exactly letting go of his Nietzche Wannabe 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Jin is a famous hero in the world of BlazBlue for his actions in the war against Ikaruga.
- 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.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Delivered at the end of his Continuum Shift storyline, and a little heavy on the exclamation marks.
- Would Hit a Girl: Especially if the girl's name is Noel Vermillion.
- Yandere & Cute and Psycho: Blame Yukianesa for amping this Up to Eleven.
"Long time no see... brother...!"
- By Continuum Shift, he is noticeably less yandere, as a result of him finally being able to resist Yukianesa's influence on him.
"I am Lieutenant Noel Vermillion. You're under arrest!"
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 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 Norl 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
- Badass Creed: Shared with Jin, Hazama and Tsubaki, and probably with the rest of their division.
"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.
- Brought Down to Normal: After she loses the power of the "Eye", because Terumi no longer has any use for her.
- Butt Monkey
- Calling Your Attacks: A big offender.
- 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.
- Detached Sleeves: Which shows off her back as well. Then she loses the sleeves altogether in Chronophantasma.
- 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 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 Elfreed
, which increases the recovery rate of her Silpheed gauge.
- All-Powerful Bystander: A given, being an Observer.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: in Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode path, where she makes way for Tager.
- Animal Motifs: A rabbit, due to her hair ribbons and her air of mystique.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't call her a stalker.
- Implying that she holds feelings for Ragna is another way to invite abuse.
- Big Good: The closest the game has to one, sharing the spot with Jubei.
- 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: Not her, but Rachel has her familiars whom she cheerfully abuses, uses as both shields, weapons, chairs, and even a cushion when she falls down.
- 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.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- Flower Motifs: Red Roses, all over the place. Her attacks and even her stage are full of red rose petals splattering everywhere.
- 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.
- Guide Dang It: Her aerial down+C attack does more hitstun the faster you're falling when you hit. The in-game description doesn't even remotely hint at.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: She blocks with Gii, but when Rachel gets "hurt", she blocks with Nago. Therefore, Rachel virtually remains unhurt in any battle she fights in.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
- Little Miss Badass
- 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?
- 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 reffer to him without adding any insults, and said insults towards him are much tamer than the ones found in the main story.
- Parasol of Pain
- Parasol of Prettiness
- Parachute Petticoat
- 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.
- 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.
- Rebellious Princess
- Really 72,500 Years Old: At least.
- Rich Bitch
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Herself, along with her familiars/servants Gii, Nago, and Valkenhayn are the only ones whom 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: What she had been attempting to do for the past few hundred repetitions.
- Something about a Rose
- 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 Ojou
- 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
- 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.
- Weirdness Search And Rescue: Serves as one for Makoto when she's trapped in one of the Noel-free timelines.
- 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 Cloud Cuckoo Lander
. 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 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 Bad Ass
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.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Especially when food is involved.
- Badass: She's the desendant 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.
- 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.
- Cheshire Cat Grin
- Clone Degeneration: One possible explanation for the generalized senility of the Kaka. The Elder seems pretty tightly put-together, though.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- So much of one that she causes Nu to have a BSOD when she tries to comprehend Tao with logic.
- 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 Blonde
- 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.
- 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.
(If Tao wins) Taokaka: "Lunch is on you, Good Guy!"
(If Tao loses) Ragna: "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.
- ''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.
- 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 execpt 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.
- 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, on 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.
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Meat buns.
- 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.
"You're a second rate soldier."
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 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.
- 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 Tager is far from stupid, it's fairly obvious which one of them is which.
- 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.
- 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...
- Awesome Yet Practical: If you get it off and the opponent is magnetized, it almost always guarantees the end of the match. It's arguably the best Astral Heat in the game if you can pull off the three circles, and if you can build up a full meter and avoid using more than one burst. Even after Continuum Shift II, where many characters lost the ability to put their Astrals to practical use (Jin, Bang, Tsubaki, and Mu, to name a few), Tager can still combo into his Astral off of a Spark Bolt. The only characters left who can combo into their Astrals are Ragna, Noel, Arakune (while opponent is cursed), Tsubaki, Hazama, Makoto, and Valkenhayn. Platinum can do this too but it's extremely difficult to pull off and requires the opponent be trapped in a Dream Sally bubble.
- 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
- In a Single Bound: 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: CSII revealed him to be a Part-Demon Cyborg.
- Only Known By Their Nick Name: 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.
- Satelitte 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 but is yet to be playable, 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.
- This Trope is [BLEEP]: In 'Teach Me, Ms. Litchi', he covered up Kokonoe dreaming up to put enhancement on his
balls penis GIGANTIC TAGER!!!
- 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 got buffs on CS and CS II, he was still quite craptastic, being always the resident low tier of the game, now on Continum Shift Extend, it seems that even when he still has problematic matchups, he no longer feels like the worst character on the game
- 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.